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  • Marines headed to Libya to reinforce security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say some 50 Marines are being sent to Libya to reinforce security at U.S. diplomatic facilities in the aftermath of an attack in the eastern city of Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff.

    The Marines are members of an elite group known as a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, whose role is to respond on short notice to terrorism threats and to reinforce security at U.S. embassies. They operate worldwide.

    The officials who disclosed the plan to send the Marines spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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  • LAHS volleyball team tops defending state champion Pojoaque

    The Los Alamos High School volleyball team dropped the first game against defending Class AAA state champion Pojoaque but came roaring back to win a four-set thriller Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The scores were 14-25, 25-19, 25-12 and 27-25.

    The win was especially satisfying for the Hilltoppers because they had only won once in the previous 10 meetings against the Elkettes, who dropped their second straight match after having a 37-match win streak snapped by St. Pius X last week.

    The Lady Toppers were coming off a rough tournament at Moriarty where they were without their starting setter Savanah Romero, who sustained a minor back injury.

    Romero was back in the lineup, but Los Alamos got off to a slow start as Pojoaque clicked on all cylinders, jumping out to a 17-3 lead in the first set.

    “I think we were all a little nervous,” Los Alamos coach Garry Maskaly said. “But it really came down to serving.”

    And the Hilltoppers finally got into a rhythm in the latter part of the first set. And the momentum shifted in the second game as they found their stride. The Toppers lost the first set 25-14, but in the second game, they started to take some bigger swings on offense. And with their serving prowess, they were able to keep Pojoaque from running its offense.

  • East Road lane closure set for Thursday

    The eastbound traffic lane on East Road near Los Alamos County Fire Station 6 will be closed at 8 a.m. Thursday.  Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road, will excavate into the closed lane to tie the new line into the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities gas distribution system. 

    A flagging operation will permit traffic to travel east and west intermittently in the westbound single lane.  Department officials state that every attempt will be made to conclude repairs the same day by 3:30  p.m., prior to the evening rush hour. 

     Motorists should expect traffic delays Thursday morning.  Drivers are asked to exercise caution when approaching the work zone and be prepared to stop.     

  • Two nuclear power hearings set for Wednesday

    Two Senate committees are holding hearings tWednesday morning on nuclear power issues. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is hosting a hearing at 9:30 a.m. on committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman’s (D-N.M.) nuclear waste management bill, which is based on the recommendations of the president’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Brent Scowcroft, co-chairman of the commission, is one of the five experts testifying. The hearing will take place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building room SD-366 and will be streamed live on the committee’s website.

  • Otowi Station Book Store recovers from cyber attack

    The folks at Otowi Station Book Store are OK now, but you should have seen them yesterday. That was the day international hacker group “Anonymous” decided to take out millions of web sites hosted by GoDaddy.com to make a statement. One of those web sites belonged to Otowi Station.

    “One of the main problems for us was email,” store owner Peggy Durbin said. “We do a tremendous amount of business by email. Also, our website is where we post the bestsellers.”

    Durbin added Anonymous probably could have found a better way to make their statement.

    “I understand their logic behind it and they were perfectly valid,” she said. “However, inconveniencing millions of folks and causing them to lose business and preventing them from doing business is a pretty cheap shot.”

    Durbin said she’s not sure if she’s going to implement tighter security or move her site off of GoDaddy.com altogether.

    On GoDaddy’s site today, GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner issued a statement about the blackout, but did not attribute it to hacking or Anonymous.