NOON NUGGETS: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Posted: March 14, 2013

With Wire Reports

WINCHESTER WEATHER: It's 36 degrees and breezy with scattered clouds in Winchester at noon. Considerably cooler and windy today with a high of 41. Clear to partly cloudy tonight and a low of 30. Partly cloudy and 55 on Friday. A high of 64 on Saturday, but a 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy and 46 on Sunday.

 

Tight Formation
The Breitling Jet Team flies over the Petronas Towers less than 3 metres apart above Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday. Malaysia is the fourth stop of their Breitling Asian Tour
 

Associated Press Photo
 

MIDDAY STOCKS: 
Stocks are rising in midday trading following the latest encouraging news about the job market, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index near its all-time high.

The S&P 500 rose six points to 1,560 at noon Thursday. It's just five points away from the record high it reached in October 2007.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 60 points to 14,516, putting the index on course for 10 straight days of gains. The last time that happened was November 1996. The Dow surpassed its own all-time high last week.

The Nasdaq composite rose 10 points to 3,255.

HEADLINES: First lady: Priority is ensuring 'family is whole'

Cops kill suspect in deadly NY shooting rampage

Fla. charity probe to next focus on campaign money

Gov't acknowledges thousands released from jails

Court removes judge from Whitey Bulger's trial

Census: Record 1 in 3 US counties are now dying

Brominated vegetable oil in Gatorade?

Boehner turns down invitation for Vatican visit

Family of NYC teen shot by police to speak out

Poll finds attitude shift among working moms

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 3.1415926535 . . . Today, 3/14, is Pi day. No, it has nothing to do with Academy Award-winning "Life of Pi," although it did just come out on video Tuesday. Instead it is about the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. If you divide the circumference of (the distance around) a circle by the diameter (the distance from one side of a circle to the other and going through the center point) you get the same number, no matter the size of the circle. That number is pi.

ODD STORY OF THE DAY: Book returned to Estonian library 69 years late

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library for the late return.

Ivika Turkson of the Tallinn Central Library says that last week the man in his mid-80s returned the overdue book — which was checked out on March 7, 1944, while Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany — along with an apology and an offer to pay a late fee.

Turkson said Tuesday that the library waived any penalty for the late return of the tome, which still contained the original emblem and serial number, allowing librarians to identify it.

It was not immediately clear why the man waited so long to return the book, a work of fiction by Estonian author Eduard Vilde.

TODAY IN THE STAR: Ex-PTO treasurer pleads guilty to stealing $12,000 from Bass-Hoover Elementary School group. STORY

Employers, workers differ on the possibilty of raising the minimum wage. STORY

City police are investigating three reported break-ins at the Apple Blossom Mall. STORY

IN FRIDAY'S STAR: Bibianna Santana, a Handley senior, has recently been accepted to a week-long National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security, where she will meet policy makers and senior military personnel. She is Latino and will be the first high school graduate in her family.

Frederick County Board of Supervisors agrees to settle deputies’ overtime lawsuit out of court.

Chmura Economics & Analytics says during the fourth quarter of 2012, the Winchester MSA employment grew 2.9 percent and unemployment declined to 5.3 percent — the third lowest among Virginia metro areas. Retail sales, auto registrations and building permits all increased and all are expected to continue to climb in 2013.

SPORTS: TODAY
Baseball

Clarke County at James Wood, 5
Musselman (W.Va.) at Handley, 5:30
Softball
Clarke County at James Wood, 6
Boys' Soccer
Handley at Harrisonburg, 7
Girls' Soccer
Harrisonburg at Handley, 4
Briar Woods at Millbrook, 7:30
Girls' Tennis
Clarke County at Stonewall Jackson, 5