Noon Nuggets: Friday, Feb.15, 2013

Posted: February 15, 2013

With Wire Reports


"This is my first and last cruise. So if anyone wants my free cruise, look me up."
- Kendall Jenkins (left), 24, of Houston, referring to compensation offered by Carnival Cruise Line. Bounding off the ship Thursday night clad in bathrobes, she and her friend Brittany Ferguson immediately kissed the pavement at the Port of Mobile in Alabama.
                                        (Associated Press Photo)



WEATHER: It's 54 degrees under clear skies at noon in Winchester. A 60 percent chance of rain later today and tonight, with a high of 55 and a low this evening of 28. Partly cloudy, but colder this weekend, with a high of 39 on Saturday and just 30 on Sunday. Lows of 21 Saturday night and 19 on Sunday night.

When Life Give You Lemons . . .

Make Lady Lemony

A worker puts the finale touch today to The Statue of Liberty made with lemons and oranges during the 80th Lemon festival in Menton, southern France. The theme for the festival, which involves more than 300 professionals work on the project and 145 tons of citrus fruits is "Around the World in 80 Days".

(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)


STOCKS: Stock indexes are little changed in midday trading on Wall Street as investors keep a close eye on a meeting of global finance ministers in Moscow.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was on track for a seventh straight week of gains.

At midday Friday the Dow Jones industrial average was up two points at 13,975. The S&P slipped half a point to 1,520. The Nasdaq composite also lost half a point to 3,198.

Currency policy is high on the agenda at the meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers. Japan's currency will be of particular interest because the country has been forcing the yen's value lower.

HEADLINES: Meteor falls in Russia, 1,000 injured by blasts
A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

The spectacle deeply frightened many Russians, with some elderly women declaring that the world was coming to an end. Many of the injured were cut by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what the source was for such an intense flash of light.

The meteor — estimated to be about 10 tons — entered the Earth's atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered into pieces about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

The explosions broke an estimated 100,000 square meters (more than 1 million square feet) of glass and damaged 3,000 buildings, city officials said.

ALSO, Asteroid will buzz, miss Earth — unlike meteor

Weeping Pistorius faces life in prison in shooting

Activists: 150 killed in clashes for Syria airport

Dorner's remains ID'd, cause of death unclear

Police track elusive figure in soccer match-fixing

'Underdog' cartoon co-creator dies at 85

TODAY IN THE STAR: James Cobler, a local man who knowingly risked transmitting HIV when he sexually molested a 4-year-old boy, was sentenced to 120 years in prison. STORY

After 30 years as pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Rev. Jim Utt is retiring May 19. STORY

With a potential $6 million funding gap to overcome, the city School Board will have to decide whether it will need to build a smaller John Kerr Elementary School than originally proposed. STORY

If you're on Winchester's alcohol interdiction list, stores and restaurants/bars can't sell you alcohol. How does someone get on the list and how is it enforced?

Independent water haulers are upset with a Frederick County Sanitation Authority proposal to limit water hydrant access to farmers and owners of swimming pools and cisterns.

Healthy Families Northern Shenandoah Valley has received a $520,600 grant to increase the number of home visits it makes to families with developmentally delayed children.

AROUND TOWN THIS WEEKEND: "An Evening of Shakespeare and Love", 7 and 8 tonight at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. STORY

Americana group Where's Aubrey highlights a fundraiser for the Barns of Rose Hill and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. Reception at 6:30, Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Barns of Rose Hill. STORY


High School basketball is dominated by boys' district championship games, while the first day of state meets for wrestling and swimming get under way.

Long-time rivals Handley and James Wood will face off for the Northwestern District Boys' Basketball Tournament Championship tonight at Millbrook. Clarke County will travel to face top-seeded William Monroe in the Bull Run District Tournament Final. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

By that point, the state wrestling and swimming meets will be in full swing. Both are two-day events.

Group AA and A have their state wrestling meet at the Salem Civic Center, with early rounds starting at 10 a.m. today and the key final matches beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Group AA and A State Swimming Meets begin today in Christiansburg and finish up on Saturday.