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Milestones

  • Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles--Video Extra

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle, died Monday morning in her Los Angeles home at age 95.

    "She died peacefully in her sleep and with a smile on her face," her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told The Associated Press.

    Diller, who suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999, was found by her son, Perry Diller. The cause of her death has not been released.

    She was a staple of nightclubs and television from the 1950s — when female comics were rare indeed — until her retirement in 2002. Diller built her stand-up act around the persona of the corner-cutting housewife ("I bury a lot of my ironing in the backyard") with bizarre looks, a wardrobe to match (by "Omar of Omaha") and a husband named "Fang."

  • 'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge--Video Extra

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," ''Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said.

    The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

    "I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement.

    Several people called 911 around 12:35 p.m. to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor, according to Los Angeles police Lt. Tim Nordquist.

    A dive team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later, Nordquist said. Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner's office.

  • Ron Palillo of 'Welcome Back Kotter' Dies at 63
  • Film critic Judith Crist dies at 90


    NEW YORK (AP) — Judith Crist, a blunt and popular film critic for the "Today" show, TV Guide and the New York Herald Tribune whose reviews were at times so harsh that director Otto Preminger labeled her "Judas Crist," has died. She was 90.

    Her son, Steven Crist, said his mother died Tuesday at her Manhattan home after a long illness.

    Starting in 1963, at the Tribune, Crist wrote about and discussed thousands of movies for millions of readers and viewers, and also covered theater and books.

  • Births 08-05-12

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • July 18: A boy, Sonny Donovan Reass, born to Burgandy Brock and Daniel Reass
    • July 27: A girl, Myla Anne Torrez, born to Renee and Leonard Torrez
    • July 30: A girl, Lusie Zhang, born to Jingjing Huang and Jinsuo Zhang
    • July 31: A girl,  Ava Mae Hall, born to Diana and Keith Hall

  • Births 07-29-12

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • July 14: A girl, Laine Genevieve Gauss, born to Casey and Adam Gauss
    • July 16: A boy, Okn’E Oyegee Vigil, born to Noelle and Agoyo Vigil
    • July 17: A boy, James Russell Aldaz, born to Yoshabelle and James Aldaz
    • July 19: A girl, Natalie Sue Whitehead, born to Samantha and Jared Whitehead
    • July 20: A boy, Andrew Eddie Archuleta, born to Amy and Alex Archuleta

  • People in the News 07-29-12

    Suzanne M. Birdsell of Los Alamos, has been named to second honors on the Clark University dean’s list.
    This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the spring 2012 semester.
    To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79, of a maximum of 4.3.

  • Sherman Hemsley of TV's "The Jeffersons" dies

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Sherman Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of "The Jeffersons" one of television's most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, has died. He was 74.

    Police in El Paso, Texas, said late Tuesday that Hemsley was found dead at his home on the eastside of the city. A statement from police said no foul play is suspected and that the exact cause of death is pending.

  • People in the News 07-22-12

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presented a $1,000 scholarship check to Aidan Bradbury-Aranda at its annual meeting last month.
    Bradbury-Aranda will attend the University of Southern California, where he was accepted into the School of Cinematic Arts. The Los Alamos High School graduate already has an established film production company and plans to be a filmmaker or film editor.

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    More than 4,200 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2011 semester, including Maslyn Locke, of Los Alamos. Locke is a graduate of Los Alamos High School and is a junior in behavioral neuroscience and pre-design. She was named to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2012 spring honor roll.

  • Births 07-22-12

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • July 10: A boy, Brenden Patrick Mares, born to Danielle and Patrick Mares
    • July 14: A boy, Alexander Lucca Gurule, born to Angelica V. Gurule