NOON NUGGETS: Friday, April 12, 2013

Posted: April 12, 2013

With Wire Reports

WEATHER: It is 63 degrees and mostly cloudy at noon in downtown Winchester.

Overcast with a chance of thunderstorms this morning and periods of heavy rainfall possible. High of 79 and mostly cloudy this afternoon. Low of 50 tonight.Clear to partly cloudy for the weekend with a high each day of 68. Then back into the mid- to upper 70s to start the next week.

 

A hot air balloon prepares to land at sunset near Phoenix.

(Associated Press)

 
MIDDAY STOCKS: Energy and mining company stocks are sliding in midday trading as prices for crude oil and other commodities fall sharply.

The broader market also fell, but not as much.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 46 points at 14,818 at midday Friday, a loss of 0.3 percent. In the first four days of the week the Dow had risen 300 points, or 2 percent.

The Standard & Poor's 500 fell nine points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,583. The Nasdaq fell 19 points, also 0.6 percent, to 3,280.

HEADLINES: Kerry to North Korea: Don't test missile

Despite tensions, NKorea readies for festivities

Senate background check debate starts next week

AP source: Immigration bill could exclude many

Spring storm that killed 3 moving to the Carolinas

BBC in dilemma as anti-Thatcher song climbs chart

Tears flow as 13 Serbian shooting victims buried

Coding boot camps promise to launch tech careers

Greinke breaks collarbone in brawl with Padres

SOMETHING STRANGE: Defendant tries to bring bag carrying pet duck, bottle of beer into Honolulu courthouse

HONOLULU -- Officials are reminding the public that animals aren't allowed into courthouses after Honolulu security screeners had to turn away a defendant's pet duck.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says Michael Hubbard reluctantly revealed to guards that his pet was inside his bag when X-ray screeners noticed something was moving inside.

Schwartz says there was also another contraband item inside the bag: a bottle of beer.

Screeners told Hubbard that the duck and beer wouldn't be able to go with him into Circuit Court for his appointment Monday. Hubbard left and then returned to ask the screeners to look after his belongings. He went inside, while his pet waited outside.

THIS WEEKEND IN THE STAR:  Whose responsibility is it to take care of the homeless? There are resources out there, but not enough, say homeless people and advocates for the homeless and low-income housing. They’d like to see the the city step up and take a leadership role. But city officials say they’re concentrating on economic development.

Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI will be announced today as the 86th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is nearing.

WEEKEND CALENDAR: Full Calendar

SPORTS:

Today
Baseball
Parkway at SVCA, 4:30
Handley at Millbrook, 7
Clarke County at Strasburg, 7

Softball
Handley at Millbrook, 5:30
Clarke County at Strasburg, 7

Boys’ Soccer
Strasburg at Clarke County, 7
Broadway at James Wood, 7:30
Millbrook at Loudoun Valley, 7:30

Girls’ Soccer
Clarke County at Strasburg, 7
Loudoun Valley at Millbrook, 7:30

Saturday
Boys’ Soccer
Charlottesville at Handley, 11:30 a.m.

Girls’ Soccer
Charlottesville at Handley, 3

Girls’ Tennis
Handley Invitational
Handley vs. Western Albemarle, 10 a.m.
Handley vs. Spotswood/Washington (W.Va.). 1

Track and Field
Handley at Fork Union, 10 a.m.
Millbrook, Sherando at Turner Ashby Invitational, 9 a.m.
Clarke County at Wrangler Invitational (Page County), TBA