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  • LAPD probes lab thefts

    Two incidents of theft at Los Alamos National Laboratory were reported last week and in one of the incidents a $1,200 computer monitor went missing.
    Los Alamos Police Department dispatch logs show that on March 26 an unidentified woman called at approximately 10:52 a.m. from TA 3 Building 1888 stating that she had purchased a 30-inch Dell computer monitor for $1,229 for her office, which was delivered on March 23.
    The monitor was left in its packaging over the weekend in the reception area, however when the woman returned on Monday the package and the monitor were missing.

  • Painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sales of the nation's two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients' suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.

    From New York's Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. Some places saw sales increase sixteenfold.

  • US growth of distant suburbs falls to historic low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by high gasoline costs, outlying suburbs that sprouted in the heady 2000s are now seeing their growth fizzle to historic lows, halting American city dwellers' decades-long exodus to sprawling homes in distant towns.

    New census estimates as of July 2011 highlight a shift in population trends following an extended housing bust and renewed spike in oil prices. Two years after the recession technically ended, and despite faint signs of a rebound, Americans again are shunning moves at record levels and staying put in big cities.

  • VIDEO: Today in History, Thursday, April 5th
  • Houston died face down in bathtub; cocaine in system--VIDEO EXTRA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston was found face-down in a bathtub with cocaine in her system and drug paraphernalia on the bathroom counter nearby, investigators revealed in the singer's final autopsy report released Wednesday.

    The report delivered a grim accounting of Houston's final hours nearly three months ago. The singer complained of a sore throat before an assistant suggested she take a bath before the start of a pre-Grammy Awards gala. By the time the assistant returned, Houston had drowned and was lying face down in the tub.

  • VIDEO: It's Here: a Car That Also Flies

    Flying cars aren't just science fiction anymore.Terrafugia is showing off a prototype flying car at the New York International Auto Show. The machine has completed its first flight. It is expected to go on sale next year.

  • NNSA releases FY 2011 Performance Evaluation Report for LANS

    In the face of impending litigation, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) released the Performance Evaluation Reports for its eight nuclear weapons sites including Los Alamos Wednesday.

    On March 28, Nuclear Watch New Mexico filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court in Albuquerque.

    “ These reports are the government’s scorecard for awarding tens of millions of dollars to nuclear weapons contractors, and were previously available to the public until 2009,” Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s Jay Coghlan said. “However, since that time the NNSA has withheld them in a general move toward less contractor accountability. We sought to help reverse that wrong direction through our litigation.”

  • Update 04-04-12

    Spring Fling

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Spring Fling for all ages, from noon-
    4 p.m. through Friday. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 662-8170 or visit losalamos
    nm.us/rec.

    LWV luncheon

    The League of Women Voters will have County Clerk Janet Foster and Election Manager Gloria Maestas as speakers at 11:45 a.m. April 12 for Lunch with a Leader.  The luncheon will be at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    March on Hunger

  • Johnson is engaged in the community

    Kenneth Johnson has spent 40 years of his life in Los Alamos. He was a child here when Los Alamos was still a closed city.

    He moved away, came back for his graduate and post doctorate work, left to reside in Switzerland for six years, then returned and never left.

    “I’ve seen the community change tremendously over several decades and kind of remember some of the old days being better - but memory is kind,” Johnson said.

  • New effort by MDs to cut wasteful medical spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Old checklist for doctors: order that test, write that prescription. New checklist for doctors: first ask yourself if the patient really needs it.
    Nine medical societies representing nearly 375,000 physicians are challenging the widely held perception that more health care is better, releasing lists Wednesday of tests and treatments their members should no longer automatically order.
    The 45 items listed include most repeat colonoscopies within 10 years of a first such test, early imaging for most back pain, brain scans for patients who fainted but didn’t have seizures, and antibiotics for mild- to-moderate sinus distress.