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Milestones

  • Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies at 87

    DETROIT (AP) — He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of Crime.

    Every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller, and every fan of crime stories knew his name. George Clooney was an admirer. So were Quentin Tarantino, Aerosmith, Saul Bellow and Stephen King, not to mention bellhops, waiters, accountants and millions of others.

    Leonard, who died Tuesday morning at age 87, helped achieve for crime writing what King did for horror and Ray Bradbury for science fiction. He made it hip, and he made it respectable.

    When the public flocked to watch John Travolta in the movie version of "Get Shorty" in 1995, its author became the darling of Hollywood's hottest young directors. Book critics and literary stars, prone to dismissing crime novels as light entertainments, competed for adjectives to praise him. Last fall, he became the first crime writer to receive an honorary National Book Award, a prize given in the past to Philip Roth, Norman Mailer and Arthur Miller.

  • People In the News 08-18-13

    Benjamin Batha, of Los Alamos, a senior majoring in computer science and political science at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the spring 2013 semester.
    Batha is the son of Margo and Steven Batha, and a graduate of Los Alamos High School. 

  • People In the News 08-11-13

    Ariana N. Rowberry, a 2009 Los Alamos High School graduate, is the recipient of The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. She will be working at the Arms Control Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Rowberry received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and peace, war and defense with highest honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in May.

  • People In the News 07-28-13

    Meghan Montoya, of Los Alamos, and a junior at the College of William and Mary, is one of 44 undergraduate students accepted into the 2013 Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program, which provides participants with a challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory.
    Montoya was connected to the HSCI through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program.
    She is spending 10 weeks in the Joslin Diabetes Center. Her project is to identify factors produced by fibroadipogeneic precursors — cells that mature into connective tissue or fat cells — that regulate stem cell differentiation into skeletal muscle.

  • People In the News 07-25-13

    Ashley Montoya, of Los Alamos has been accepted into the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado, Denver Anschutz Medical Campus for the Fall 2013 semester. Montoya graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2004 and The University of New Mexico in 2008. She is the daughter of Lawrence and Yvonne Montoya of White Rock.

  • Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on "Law & Order" during his wide-ranging career, has died.

    Death came Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after Farina suffered a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69.

    For three decades, Farina was a character actor who displayed remarkable dexterity, charm and toughness, making effective use of his craggy face, husky frame, ivory smile and ample mustache. He could be as dapper as Fred Astaire and as full of threat as Clint Eastwood. His gift has been described as wry, tough-guy panache, and audiences loved him for it.

    "Sometimes you can take those dramatic roles and maybe interject a little humor into them, and I think the reverse also works," Farina said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press. "One of the funny things in life to me is a guy who takes himself very seriously."

    Farina's many films include "Saving Private Ryan," (1998), "Out Of Sight" (1998), "Midnight Run" (1988), "Manhunter" (1986), and his breakout and perhaps most beloved film, "Get Shorty" (1995), a comedic romp where he played a Miami mob boss.

  • Births 07-21-13

    July 6 — A girl, Adele Elyse Valdez, born to Alexandria S. Romero and Franchesco Valdez
    July 11 — A boy, Orlando Wayne Lopez, born to Waynette and Orlando Lopez
    July 11 — A girl, Samantha Alexis Romero, born to Denise and Fermin Romero

  • People In the News 07-21-13

    Keyla Tumas, of Los Alamos and a biology major in the class of 2013, was named to the Dean’s list in Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences for the Spring 2013 semester. She also graduated from Ithaca College in May. 

  • People In the News 07-17-13

    Maslyn Locke, of Los Alamos was named to University of Kansas Spring 2013 Honor Roll. Locke is a senior studying global and international studies. She was named to the honor roll for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
    The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the schools of allied health, architecture, design and planning, business, education, engineering, journalism, music, nursing, pharmacy and social welfare.

  • Births 07-14-13

    June 22 — A boy, Felix Merle Fellenz, born to Emily and David Fellenz
    June 25 — A boy, Jeremiah Juan Romero, born to Carla and Juan Romero
    June 28 — A girl, Makiah Grace Clark, born to Saree and David Clark
    June 30 — A boy, Darius Hayden Torres-Martinez, born to Tamara Torres and Troy Martinez