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  • It's all about checks and balances

    “Checks and balances” is the phrase that describes the web of interactions among the branches of a government that provides for limiting governmental excess by the separation of powers into legislative, executive, and judicial sectors.  For example in the first instance, the federal government, the legislature passes laws but those laws can only be enforced by the executive and interpreted by the judicial, the legislature can remove judges or presidents and controls their budgets but is itself greatly constrained by being bifurcated.  And so on.  In the extreme these checks and balances can and do produce gridlock so moderation is necessary.

  • Bears roll past Cowboys

        ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Lance Briggs plucked the ball out of the air and started rumbling down the field. As the Chicago linebacker approached the end zone, he fully extended his left arm over his head with the ball in his hand.

    Briggs and the rest of those 30-something Bears defenders showed Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys how much they can still play.

    Charles Tillman, another of the five defensive starters in their 30s, also returned an interception for a touchdown in the Bears’ 34-18 victory Monday night.

  • Hilltoppers open district play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will open District 2-4A play Wednesday night against a tough customer.

    Los Alamos, the defending district champion, will face off against the Bernalillo Spartans at home to start its district season.

    The two teams opened the 2011 district season against each other as well. The Hilltoppers swept all eight of their district matches but one of the toughest was against the Spartans.

    The Spartans, who had one of the best seasons in the history of their volleyball program in 2011, gave the Hilltoppers all kinds of trouble. Although the Hilltoppers prevailed in four sets, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21, the Spartans led in each set and seemed to be well in control in the decisive third set before the Hilltoppers’ rally.

  • Police arrest trespassers


    During a routine house check in the 3200 block of Villa Street Sept. 21, police were surprised to see a group of people inside the house. 

    Upon further investigation, police discovered that the son of the homeowners, Nathan Mann, 47, of Los Alamos, did not have permission to be there while his parents were away on vacation. Four people, including Mann, were then arrested for simple trespass. All of the trespassers were from Los Alamos. 

  • Police beat 10-2-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

     

    Sept. 20

     

    12:33 a.m. –– A 38-year-old Los Alamos woman told police her house had been burglarized in the 700 block of 43rd Street.

     

    Sept. 21

  • Cerutti retirement recognition
  • Lab marks 20 years without nuclear testing

    Two decades ago the last full-scale underground test of a nuclear weapon was conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Nevada Test Site.

    The test, code named “Divider,” was detonated Sept. 23, 1992 as the last of an eight-test series called “Julin.”

    The test had an announced yield less than the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT. The purpose of the test, also announced at the time, was “to ensure the safety of U.S. deterrent forces.”

    Divider was the last of 1,030 nuclear tests carried out by the U.S. The first nuclear test, Trinity, also conducted by Los Alamos, took place in southern New Mexico 47 years earlier on July 16, 1945.

  • Teaching respect, responsibility

    It’s Wednesday afternoon, and for most sixth graders at Chamisa Elementary, the school day is almost over. However, for students Heather Willbanks and Maya Ceniceros, it’s not quite quitting time. 

    With fluorescent orange vests and stops signs in hand, the students head out to their assigned crosswalks to help their fellow students safely cross the street, all under the watchful eye of Chamisa teacher and librarian Beverly Baker.

    Willbanks and Ceniceros are just one of many students in the Los Alamos Public School District to take part in the district’s student crossing guard program, a program designed to teach safety and responsibility. 

    “With this program, I see nothing but good,” Baker said. “It teaches them responsibility, community leadership and gives them a connection to their school as well.”

  • White Rock accolades mount up

    Council Chair Sharon Stover began her address for the new White Rock Visitor Center and the N.M.4 redesign ribbon cutting ceremony with “White Rock rocks.”

    A new report from Coldwell Banker Real Estate would appear to back that up. The “Best Places to Live for Suburbanites” ranks White Rock as 16th out of 11,000 suburbs in the United States. In the state of New Mexico, it topped the list at number one. 

    The report, compiled with the assistance of Onboard Informatics, evaluated communities on a range of features, such as access to grocery stores and banks as well as outdoor activities, proximity to good schools and community safety. 

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. SYRIA CIVIL WAR LOOMS OVER GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Over seven days of U.N. speeches, Syria was discussed by countries from Albania to Zambia.

    2. WHERE SOCIAL MEDIA IS FUELING VIOLENCE

    The NYPD is doubling the size of its gang unit to combat teen crime driven by dares and insults traded on Facebook and other online networks.

    3. THE THREE-PART PERFORMANCE OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

    AP's Connie Cass explains the strategy of first lowering expectations, then being ready to improvise on the fly, and finally spinning the performance.

    4. HIGH STAKES FOR PENNSYLVANIA'S VOTER ID LAW