NOON NUGGETS: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Posted: April 23, 2013

WEATHER: Overcast and 50 degrees in downtown WInchester at noon. A day similar to Monday with partly cloudy skies today and tonight. A high of 57 and a low tonight of 48. Considerably warmer on Wednesday with a high of 73, but a good chance of rain and thunderstorms. A low of 41. Low to mid-60s and dry for Thursday and Friday.
 

ISN'T SHE LOVELY?

Addie, owned by Lisa Schnathorst of Overland Park, Kansas, walks across stage during the 34th annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Monday in Des Moines, Iowa. The pageant kicks off the Drake Relays festivities at Drake University where a bulldog is the mascot.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
 
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MIDDAY STOCKS:
Strong earnings across a range of industries are driving stocks higher in midday trading.

Makers of handbags, jet planes and chemical products turned in good results for the first quarter, reviving investors' confidence after a sharp downturn last week.

Coach, Lockheed Martin, DuPont and Travelers rose after reporting results that were better than analysts expected.

The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index both rose nearly 1 percent, putting them on track for a third straight day of gains and closer to the record high closes they reached almost two weeks ago.

The Dow was up 142 points at 14,709 at midday Tuesday.

The S&P 500 was up 16 points at 1,578. The Nasdaq rose 39 points to 3,272.

SOMETHING STRANGE: Kan. woman meets circus tiger in bathroom

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas woman likely won't remember her first circus for the clowns or performances — it'll be the tiger in the bathroom.

The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring Saturday at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.

About that time, Salina resident Jenna Krehbiel decided she needed to use the restroom. When she walked in the door that hadn't been blocked off, she found a tiger standing about 2 feet away.

"You don't expect to go in a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you," Krehbiel said.

The tiger was captured within minutes and returned to its enclosure.

"Looking back, it was a scary ordeal," she said. "At the time, I was thinking I just needed to get out."

Krehbiel said her 3-year-old daughter had a different reaction.

"My daughter wanted to know if it had washed its hands," Krehbiel said. "That was her only concern."

TODAY IN THE STAR: The Frederick County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office has stated that no charges will be filed against a local woman who struck and killed a local homeless man with her car Feb. 10 on U.S. 522. STORY

Two men "who may be armed and dangerous" are on the lam after a targeted home invasion Sunday night. STORY

COMING IN WEDNESDAY'S STAR:
Preview on the 86th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which runs April 26-May 5. The first major event — the two-day Bloomin’ Wine Fest — kicks off Friday


LOCAL MEETING OF NOTE: Winchester City Council work session, 6 p.m. today. Rouss City Hall. AGENDA

LOCAL SPORTS:
TODAY

Baseball
Madison County at Clarke County, 5
Skyline at James Wood, 6
Handley at Sherando, 7

Softball
Madison at Clarke County, 5
Handley at Sherando, 6
Skyline at James Wood, 6

Boys' Soccer
Clarke County at Madison County, 5:30
Handley at Sherando, 7
Skyline at James Wood, 7

Girls' Soccer
Sherando at Handley, 4
SVCA at Highland View, 6
James Wood at Skyline, 7
Madison County at Clarke County, 7

Boys' Tennis
Handley at Sherando, 5

Girls' Tennis
Sherando at Handley, 4:30