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  • Greenglass of Rosenberg spy case dead at 92

    NEW YORK (AP) — David Greenglass, who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War and gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair in 1953, has died at 92.
    Greenglass — who admitted decades later that he lied on the stand about his own sister — died in New York City on July 1, according to the Rosenbergs’ sons, Michael and Robert Meeropol.
    After his release from prison in 1960, Greenglass lived under an assumed name in Queens, hoping to be forgotten for his part in a McCarthy-era cause celebre that is still furiously debated to this day.
    A spokeswoman for the Meeropols, Amber Black, said Tuesday that the brothers were aware of their uncle’s death last summer, but did not seek media attention and received no inquiries at the time.
    The Rosenbergs were convicted in 1951 of conspiring to steal secrets about the atomic bomb for the Soviet Union and were executed at New York’s Sing Sing prison, insisting to the very end that they were innocent.

  • House candidates square off in variety of issues

    The differences were stark between Democrat Ben R. (Ray) Lujån, who is running for reelection for the U.S. House of Representatives District 3, and his Republican opponent Jefferson L. Byrd at the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum last week.
    These are key points from the candidate’s responses to questions. See “Fact-checking the candidates” for some research into the candidates’ competing claims.
    What action should Congress take regarding social security?
    Lujån opposes the privatization of social security, as well as raising the age for retirement or reducing benefits.
    “The way we strengthen social security is we strengthen the economy. We bring more people in, we get more people working and contributing to the program,” Lujån said. “It’s solvent. We just celebrated 75 years, and with all of us working together we’ll celebrate 75 more.”
    Byrd countered, “According to the CBO (Congressional Budget Office), social security is going to fail…We all have to take actions now before that occurs.”
    Did either candidate support a higher minimum wage?
    Byrd does not. He advocated instead for “protecting employers” and creating mining and drilling jobs.

  • Scarecrows coming to town

    Los Alamos Arts Council is once again sponsoring the annual Scarecrow Contest Oct. 18-26 in downtown Los Alamos. The registration fee is $10. Bring the assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office at 109 Central Park Square. Applicants will be received from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Scarecrows will be on display through Oct. 26. 

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  • Emergency crews respond to pipe leak at LANL's CMR facility


    Emergency crews and the lab security force responded to a call at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building Wednesday.

    According to a lab spokesman, there was a report of a leaking pipe at the CMR facility.

    The spokesman later said that a fire suppression system leaked, either a faulty sprinkler head or broken pipe.  

    The spokesman said there was no major damage and they were currently in clean-up phase now. He added,” there was no contamination in the water, which is removed by the building's drainage system.”

    According to the lab website, the CMR facility totals 550,000 square feet, including an administrative wing, an office wing, six laboratory wings, and one area that includes hot cells that provide heavy shielding and remote-handling capabilities for work on highly radioactive materials. Three laboratory wings are in various stages of shutdown.

  • Briefs 10-14-14

    Power outage affects Western area

    A small power outage occurred Sunday evening along 47th St. in the Western Area. High winds caused a nearby tree to come into contact with cable TV lines and electric lines resulting in the failure, reported officials from the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities. At 5 p.m. Sunday, about eight residents along 47th St. were without power and had their power restored by 10:50 p.m. following the replacement of the affected overhead electric lines.

    LAFD announces promotions

    The Los Alamos Police Department announced the following promotions Monday: Jennie Martinez from detention officer I to detention officer II, Jude Binion from detention officer I to detention officer II, Joshua Cordova from detention officer I to detention officer II, Erika Bustos from detention officer II to detention supervisor, James Keane from officer to corporal, Ben Irving from officer to corporal, Adele Girmendonk from officer to corporal and Jordan Redmond from corporal to sergeant.

    UNM-LA, JJAB announce parenting class

  • Update 10-14-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    JJAB meeting

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. Wednesday in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.


    Los Alamos Historical Society Made in New Mexico Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Technology Transfer at LANL: A 70-year perspective with Dr. David Pesiri. He reviews the laboratory’s history of transitioning world-changing technologies to the private sector.

    Game Night

    5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.  

  • Solar home units raise issues

    Second in a two-part series.