Noon Nuggets: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Posted: January 30, 2013

With Wire Reports

It's your midday look at Winchester and the world.

WEATHER: It's currently 67 degrees in Winchester under mostly cloudy skies at noon. Our unseasonably warm temperatures are about to drop back below freezing over the next 36 hours. Lows tonight will fall to 36. A high on Thursday of 39 before plumeting to a high of 28 on Friday. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect from noon to 6 a.m. Thursday. The strongest winds are expected ahead of an approaching cold front this afternoon and through this evening. Winds will be coming out of the south at 30 to 35 mph. Gusts, mainly on ridges above 1,500 feet of around 50 mph. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect from 3 p.m. through late tonight. A line of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms will push across the Shenandoah Valley late this afternoon and evening. Total rainfall of 1 to 1.5 inches is expected. Most of this rain will fall in a very short period of time, which could cause flash flooding.

STOCKS: Stocks are little changed after a report that showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter, putting the brakes on a January rally that has lifted stocks toward record levels.

The Dow Jones industrial average is down 2 points to 13,952 as of midday. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell a fraction to 1,507. The Nasdaq composite rose 4 points to 3,158.

The U.S. economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles, the Commerce Department said.


Pa. man gets drive-thru send-off after funeral

Margaret Hess, the manager at Burger King in York, Pa., passes out a Whopper Jr. sandwich to a mourner of David Kime, Jr. before his funeral on Saturday. To honor Kime, who loved fast food, his mourners went to Burger King and each got a Whopper Jr. Kime Jr., 88, was a World War II veteran. He passed away Jan. 20.  Linda Phiel (right photo) places a Whopper Jr. on the casket to be buried with her father David Kime, Jr. at Prospect Hill Cemetery. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS)

HEADLINES: Giffords appeals for gun control

Israeli airstrike hits truck convoy in Syria

Standoff: Man shoots Ala. bus driver, takes child

Egypt liberals, Islamists add pressure on Morsi

French foreign minister: Troops to leave Mali soon

GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage

RIM changes name to BlackBerry, unveils 2 phones

Brazil nightclub owner blames inspectors for fire

New Orleans' challenge: policing 2 huge parties

FROM TODAY'S STAR: The area's run on new restaurants will continue with a new barbecue restaurant. STORY

As one business plans to come to town, another plans to close as Impressions Plus plans to shut down after 27 years. STORY

IN THURSDAY'S STAR: This year marks the 80th anniversary of drive-in theaters, and the owner of the Family Drive-In in Stephens City has been appointed head of a task force to save the dying venues.

LOCAL SPORTS: A pair of wild games on Tuesday night at Millbrook as the Pioneer girls held on to beat Sherando 64-60 for their 59th consecutive home victory, but the boys were stunned when the Warriors battled from as many as 17 points down and Tanner Ruths hit a buzzer-beater for a 69-67 win. GIRLS | BOYS

The Northwestern District Wrestling Tournament begins at 3 p.m. at Sherando High School, with the finals scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. Skyline (4-0) was the district regular season champion, followed by Handley (3-1), James Wood (2-2), Sherando (1-3) and two-time defending district champion Millbrook (0-4).

Boys' Basketball
Manassas Park at Clarke County, 7:45