Noon Nuggets, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Posted: February 19, 2013

with wire reports

BREAKING NEWS: The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is investigating a reported stabbing this morning. A man called 9-11 and reported that he had been robbed and stabbed and then dropped off at Carpers Valley Road.

WEATHER: It's currently 43 degrees at noon in Winchester. Rain  until 4 p.m. today. High near 47.  Mostly clear tonight, with a low around 26.  Mostly sunny Wednesday, with a high near 36. Breezy, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

STOCKS: Talk of more mergers and acquisitions (retailers Office Depot and OfficeMax are discussing a combination)  is sending stock prices higher in early trading, setting the market up to continue a seven-week rally.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 54 points at 14,035 at midday Tuesday.

The S&P 500 was up eight points at 1,527.

The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index was up 12 points at 3,203.

Presidential peekaboo

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
Colin Romesha, son of last week's Medal of Honor recipient retired Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, hides behind the presidential podium in the East Room of the White House in Washington, prior to the start of the Feb. 11 medal of honor ceremony.
HEADLINES: Pistorius said he thought girlfriend was an intruder in shooting

Mortars land near Syrian presidential palace

Obama presses GOP to halt automatic spending cuts

Judge approves Transocean's $1 billion spill settlement

UN: Drones killed more Afghan civilians in 2012

Samuel Adams Boston Lager will be sold in a can for the first time beginning this summer.

Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time

TWO SETS OF TWINS: Is it double trouble or double delight? A Texas woman has delivered two sets of identical twin boys.
The Houston Chronicle reports Tressa Montalvo delivered her sons on Thursday — Valentine's Day — at The Woman's Hospital of Texas.
It says the odds of giving such a birth naturally are one in 70 million.
The 36-year-old Montalvo delivered sons Ace and Blaine at 8:51 a.m. Ace weighed 3 pounds, 10 ounces, and Blaine weighed in at 3 pounds, 15 ounces. Sons Cash and Dylan arrived a minute later — Cash at 2 pounds, 15 ounces, and Dylan at 3 pounds, 6 ounces.

IN TODAY'S STAR: Parking fees may increase in downtown Winchester. (STORY)

New World Pasta celebrates 20 years in Winchester. (STORY)

IN WEDNESDAY'S STAR: Home Depot says it plans to hire 120 seasonal workers at the local retail story and the distribution center.

Clarke County residents give their views at a public meeting tonight on the the $7.2 million plan to renovate the former Clarke County High School.

MEETINGS OF NOTE: Winchester Planning Commission, 3 p.m., City  Council Chambers

City Council Work Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

Frederick County School Board, 7 p.m., 1415 Amherst St.

Clarke County Board of Supervisors, 1 p.m., Joint Government Center

Public meeting on plan to renovate old high school, 6:30 p.m., Joint Government Center


Boys' basketball

Region II, Division 4 Quarterfinals

No. 7 Millbrook at No. 2 Sherando, 8 p.m.
No. 5 James Wood at No. 4 Loudoun County, 7:45

Region II, Division 3 Quarterfinals
No. 5 Fluvanna County at No. 4 Handley, 7

VACA North Region Quarterfinals
Ridgeview Christian at SVCA, 7:30

Girls' Basketball

Region II, Division 4 Quarterfinals

No. 7 James Wood at No. 2 Sherando, 6
No. 5 Tuscarora at No. 4 Millbrook, 7

Region II, Division 3 Quarterfinals
No. 7 Handley at No. 2 Warren County, 7

Region B, Division 2 Quarterfinals
No. 6  Goochland at No. 3 Clarke County, 7

VACA North Region Quarterfinals
United at SVCA, 6