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  • VATICAN CITY (AP) — Wishing for a year better than 2015, Pope Francis on Friday called for an end to the “arrogance of the powerful” that relegates the weak to the outskirts of society, and to the “false neutrality” toward conflicts, hunger and persecution that triggers exoduses of refugees.
    In his New Year’s homily, Francis emphasized the need to “let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the indifference which blocks solidarity, and to leave behind the false neutrality which prevents sharing.”
    After celebrating Mass, the pope came to the window of a Vatican palazzo overlooking St. Peter’s Square to offer new year’s wishes to a crowd of tens of thousands of tourists and Romans cheering him from below.
    “At the start of the year, it’s lovely to exchange wishes. Let’s renew, to one another, the desire that that which awaits us is a little better” than what last year brought, Francis said. “It is, after all, a sign of the hope that animates us and invites us all to believe in life.”
    “We know, however, that with the new year, everything won’t change and that many of yesterday’s problems will also remain tomorrow,” the pope said, adding that he was making a “wish sustained by a real hope.”

  • VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says restless hearts these days are seeking sure answers to life’s questions but don’t find them.
    Francis has voiced this reflection during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Wednesday to mark Epiphany, which recalls the Gospel account of the Three Kings, or Magi, who follow a star to find the infant Jesus in Bethlehem.
    The pontiff says the Catholic church is tasked with seeing and showing ever more clearly the desire for God which is present in the heart of every man and woman.”
    Francis says: “Like the Magi, countless people in our day have a ‘restless heart’ which continues to search without finding sure answers.”
    Recalling the long journey of the Magi, Francis says “before Jesus, all divisions of race, language and culture disappear.”

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Museum of Spanish Colonial Art exhibit: “Starry Night – A Nativity Tableau set in the hills of Northern New Mexico” at 750 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe. Since 1969, artist Glynn Gómez has assembled a magical Christmas Nativity pageant with wood carvings in the Córdova style. Using birds, rabbits, bears, oxen, and donkeys as narrators, the Nativity unfolds and the story of Christmas comes alive heralded by angels. Artists whose work is represented in the exhibition include Sammy Córdova, Sabinita López Ortiz, Floyd Lucero, Ben Ortega, Eurgencio López, Orlinda López, Gloria López Córdova and Lawrence Baca.
    Art tours

  • LAS VEGAS — Look around. How many computing devices do you see? Your phone, probably; maybe a tablet or a laptop. Your car, the TV set, the microwave, bedside alarm clock, possibly the thermostat, and others you’ve never noticed.
    Much of that computing isn’t doing much while segregated into individual devices. But many of these gadgets have the potential to get smarter by connecting to their fellows, which in turn could open the door to a brave new “Internet of Things.”
    To see where that might be taking us, there’s no better place than the annual gadget extravaganza formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show – and now simply as CES.
    The show, which starts Wednesday in Las Vegas, is the place for companies large and small to show off new connected devices. These range from the seemingly trivial – for instance, smart umbrellas that message you if you leave them behind – to the undeniably helpful, such as navigation devices that display driving directions onto your windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting –Replay 1-05-15
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM United in Christ
    3:00 PM Road to Recovery
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM LA Council on Cancer – “Head & Neck Cancers”
    7:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    8:30 PM Let’s Talk Good Business
    9:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock & Roll
    9:30 PM Cheers for 30 Years: The White Rock Senior Center
    10:00 PM Northern NM Citizen’s Advisory Board
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Jan 9, 2016
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:00 PM Haskell Hallmark
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    8:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    9:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre Board of Directors invites proposals for plays to be performed during the 2016-17 season.
    The board will be looking for a diverse line-up to comprise the season. Generally, that diversity includes a dramatic play, a comedic or farcical play, a “classic” or well-known play, perhaps a musical and perhaps something new or that stretches the boundaries of LALT and its audience.
    The board also invites proposals for one-acts because the next AACTFest will be in spring 2017. The AACTFest starts with state events and proceeds to regional and national events.
    The New Mexico AACTFest will feature theatres from around the state performing and being judged on plays that can be performed in an hour or less. Full-length plays that can be cut down to an hour or less also would be considered for the AACTFest opportunity. Proposals should be sent to johngus@cybermesa.com before Jan. 30.
    Guidelines for what information to include in a proposal can be found on the lalt.org website under “resources.”

  • Top ranked professional championship bull riders in the world, two time CBR and PRCA World Champions Sage Steele Kimzey and Cody Teel are set to ride in Rio Rancho Jan. 30 at the Santa Ana Star Center.
    Bull riding fans will have a chance to see these cowboy athletes who set records at CBR and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. “Kimzey is a rare talent who rides fundamentally flawless, and Teel has the heart and determination of a champion each and every time he pulls his rope,” said Tuff Hedeman, the four-time world champion bull rider, who now produces the nationally televised Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour events.
    With 30 years of bull riding history on his resume, Hedeman is one of the most recognizable cowboys in the history of rodeo, but he defers to the young super stars that are currently the CBR and PRCA World Champions and the best bull riding talent he has seen in more than 15 years.
    The former four-time world titled Hedeman, who in recent years has made a name for himself in the production of great bull riding events, will serve as the “chute boss” and television commentator.
    Come early and enjoy the music and the concourse will be open with great shopping, products and autograph opportunities featuring the CBR Bull Riders.

  • The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society will present, “DNA, Genetics and Genealogy: What it Means and Finding New Mexico Family Connections” on Feb. 28 at the Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
    Bennett Greenspan, President of Family Tree, will share his genetic expertise for novice and experienced genealogists and DNA fans. Greenspan has discovered a personal connection to New Mexico that should be interesting to all participants, including Hispanics. Participants are encouraged to attend morning and afternoon sessions.
    From 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 28, the morning session. The morning session introduces exploring (paternal) Y DNA, (maternal) Mt. DNA and (five generations of maternal/paternal) Autosomal Testing. Greenspan will share New Mexico Crypto-Jewish DNA information and his New Mexico family links.
    From 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. lunch will be available for purchase and must be preordered.  
    The afternoon session is from 1:30- 2:45 p.m. “The DNA of the Jewish People”: Many have questioned the origins of the Jewish people. Some say that the Jews are entirely a Semitic people. Others have pushed an idea that the Eastern European Jews are descendants of converted Khazars from the 8th century. Isn’t it time to let the genetic record resolve this?

  • Park Ranger Jorge Moldonado will be the featured speaker at this week’s Nature On Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
    Moldonado will discuss the National Park Service anniversary. The National Park Service and one of its jewels in New Mexico, Bandelier National Monument, will be celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.  
    Join Maldonado for a discussion on what it means to celebrate 100 years of preservation and discuss how this major occasion will be commemorated.
    Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District, and hosted by PEEC, The Nature Center, this series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests.
    “On Tap’ is hosted twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC.
    The Los Alamos Creative District directs a variety of programs that bring people to downtown Los Alamos. Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • Teatro Paraguas continues its 12th season with Mike Batistick’s 2006 play “Port Authority Throw Down.” Directed by Rick Vargas, the play is set in Fall 2003 at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, and focuses on the lives of two college-educated Pakistani immigrant brothers selling newspapers and driving a taxi to make ends meet. One brother, Navaz (A.J. Goldman) has been detained by the FBI, but appears as a presence throughout the play.
    The other brother, Pervez (Daric Gutierrez), attempts to sell newspapers in Nawaz’s absence while keeping a low profile, and deal with Nate, a homeless black man (Joshua Wells) who claims the near-by pay phone as his turf. The fourth character is Barb (Rose Corrigan), an evangelical missionary from Akron whose inability to give away a certain quota of Bibles each day leads her to question her faith and zeal.