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  • Unheard MLK audio found in attic--Video Extra

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Stephon Tull was looking through dusty old boxes in his father's attic in Chattanooga a few months ago when he stumbled onto something startling: an audio reel labeled, "Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960."

    He wasn't sure what he had until he borrowed a friend's reel-to-reel player and listened to the recording of his father interviewing Martin Luther King Jr. for a book project that never came to fruition. In clear audio, King discusses the importance of the civil rights movement, his definition of nonviolence and how a recent trip of his to Africa informed his views. Tull said the recording had been in the attic for years, and he wasn't sure who other than his father may have heard it.

    "No words can describe. I couldn't believe it," he told The Associated Press this week in a phone interview from his home in Chattanooga. "I found ... a lost part of history."

  • Update 08-21-12

    Public hearing

    A public hearing on Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement  is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.

    Authors Speak

    Author Vaunda Nelson will discuss her award-winning book “Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library.


    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.


    The Arts in Public Places will host a statue dedication at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Justice Center courtyard.

  • Gas line leak causes school evacuation

    Los Alamos Middle School was evacuated Monday afternoon when a gas line was inadvertently punctured by construction crews at approximately 1:10 p.m.  

    According to LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn, procedures for emergencies such as this were followed and there was a two-hour delay today for students and staff.

    “The gas is off to the site, and I have directed McCarthy ( the construction contractor) to search for any other potential leaks,” Kilburn said.

    School Utilities Facilitator Jeff Sargent, said the gas line is owned by the school and supplies the kitchen area. It also heats water for rest of the school. Sargent said they shut off the gas yesterday and have started a 24-hour pressure check on the pipe. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sargent said they are still working on the problem.

    “We are still concerned, because we are still registering a slight drop in pressure,” Sargent said. As for the kitchen being inoperable, he said that’s been taken care of too. “We’ve already negotiated with our food service to bring hot food from offsite,” he said.

    The LAMS website stated there will be no gas pressurization tests while students are on campus. Food service will not be affected Tuesday.

  • Martinez gets primetime speaking slot for GOP convention

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will make a primetime speech next week at the Republican National Convention.

    Republican officials announced Tuesday that Martinez will deliver her remarks right before the keynote speaker on the convention's second day.

    Martinez appears before a video and the keynote address next Tuesday night by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    Republicans are holding their presidential nominating convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

    A primetime speaking role increases the potential for national television exposure for Martinez, who is the nation's first Hispanic female governor.

  • Diana Nyad ends Cuba-to-Fla. swim bid on 4th day

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Diana Nyad ended her fourth attempt in nearly 35 years to swim across the Straits of Florida on Tuesday, her dream of setting a record thwarted by storms, jellyfish stings, shark threats, hypothermia and swollen lips.

    The swimmer was pulled from the water at 12:55 a.m., her crew reported, as a thunderstorm raged and winds and waves tossed support boats. Her team had previously tweeted that she came out of the water at 7:42 a.m., and offered no explanation for the change.

    In a blog posting, crew member Candace Hogan wrote that Nyad angrily shook her head after being pulled from the water and planned to return to finish the swim after the storms subsided.

    "When can I get back in?" Hogan quoted the swimmer as saying. "I want full transparency that I was out. But I have plenty left in me and I want to go on."

    Nyad, who turns 63 on Wednesday, was making her third attempt since last summer to become the first person to cross the Florida Straits without a shark cage. She also made a failed try with a cage in 1978.

  • Today in History for August 21st
  • LA Middle School to open two hours late after gas leak

    Los Alamos Middle School was evacuated Monday afternoon when a gas line was inadvertently punctured at approximately 1:10 p.m. in the construction zone.

    Students and staff were immediately evacuated while the safety of the campus was assessed and students did return to their classrooms. There were no injuries and all students and staff were safe, the district announced this afternoon.

    Middle school students attending a lecture at the high school Monday night did not seem too worried by the afternoon event. 

    "We were all evacuated and moved off into the field, so  we were pretty far away from it," said eighth grade student June Cook.

    Gerd Kunde, father of middle school student Zar Kunde, said he was not particulary worried for his son. In fact they both laughed off the event. "I guess the best part for him is he gets to sleep in tomorrow," said Gerd, noting the students will be reporting to school at 10 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

    A notice posted on the LAPS website states, "To ensure that all repairs on the punctured gas line in the construction area have been completed and a safety inspection has been conducted, there will be a TWO HOUR DELAY tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Los Alamos Middle School.

  • ChemCam zaps first Martian rock

     NASA's Curiosity rover has zapped its first Martian rock, aiming its laser for the sake of science.

    During the target practice on Sunday. Curiosity fired 30 pulses at a nearby rock over a 10-second window, burning a small hole.

    Since landing in Gale Crater two weeks ago, the six-wheel rover has been checking out its instruments including the laser. During its two-year mission, Curiosity was expected to point the laser at various rocks as it drives toward Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-high mountain rising from the crater floor.

    Its goal is to determine whether the Martian environment was habitable.

  • Autopsy: Death of handcuffed man in Ark. cop car a suicide--Video Extra

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man whose hands were cuffed behind him in the back seat of an Arkansas patrol car shot himself in the right temple with a handgun he apparently concealed from arresting officers, according to an autopsy report released Monday that listed the death as a suicide.

    The state crime lab report, signed by three medical examiners, said the muzzle of a gun was placed against Chavis Carter's head when it was fired. Jonesboro police released the report to The Associated Press and other news organizations under a Freedom of Information Act request.

    The report said the manner of death was ruled a suicide based on autopsy findings and investigative conclusions from the Jonesboro police department, which has faced questions from Carter's family and community members about the circumstances surrounding the July 28 shooting.

    "He was cuffed and placed into a police car, where apparently he produced a weapon, and despite being handcuffed, shot himself in the head," the report said. Chief Medical Examiner Charles P. Kokes did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

  • Augusta National adds first 2 female members

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

    The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.

    Both women accepted.

    "This is a joyous occasion," Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said Monday.

    The move likely ends a debate that intensified in 2002 when Martha Burk of the National Council of Women's Organizations urged the club to include women among its members. Former club chairman Hootie Johnson stood his ground, even at the cost of losing Masters television sponsors for two years, when he famously said Augusta National might one day have a woman in a green jacket, "but not at the point of a bayonet."