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  • Costs mount in county investigations

    Aside from the obvious human toll, investigations into employee complaints lodged against Los Alamos County have made a financial impact on the community.

    In the last five years, the county has undertaken at least six investigations into allegations of gender bias, harassment and a possible hostile work environment.

  • NPR fires Juan Williams following Muslim remarks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NPR has fired longtime news analyst Juan Williams, also a commentator on the Fox News Channel, after he told Bill O'Reilly that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane.

    In a statement late Wednesday, National Public Radio said it was terminating Williams' contract as a senior news analyst over his comments on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor."

  • Study: Women give more to charity than men

    SEATTLE (AP) — Women across nearly every income level gave significantly more to charity than men, nearly twice as much in some cases, according to a study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

    Nonprofits have long suspected that women were the driving forces behind many of the gifts they receive, but they haven't had much proof. But the results of this study are so decisive and consistent, they can stop wondering, said Debra Mesch, director of the university's Women's Philanthropy Institute.

  • Election Day is already over for early voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Election Day is already over for more than 3 million Americans, and a surprising number of them are Democrats.

    Republicans clearly are gaining ground in turning out early voters compared with their showing two years ago, but figures from the first batch of states that offer clues about 2010 early voting patterns still give Democrats an edge in a number of states and big counties.

  • NM gov candidates square off in final TV debate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's candidates for governor are facing off in their final debate of the campaign.

    Republican Susana Martinez and Democrat Diane Denish meet for an hour-long, televised debate Thursday night in Albuquerque. The debate airs at 7 p.m. on KOB-TV.

    With less than two weeks remaining before Election Day, the debate offers an opportunity for the candidates to deliver their message to a large broadcast audience and make a last-ditch appeal to undecided and wavering voters.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Likely voters ready to embrace GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All signs point to huge Republican victories in two weeks, with the GOP now leading Democrats on virtually every measure in an Associated Press-GfK poll of people likely to vote in the first major elections of Barack Obama's presidency.

    In the final survey before Election Day, likely voters say the GOP would do a better job than Democrats on handling the economy, creating jobs and running the government.

  • Obama's 4-day campaign swing is his longest yet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years ago, presidential candidate Barack Obama drew 60,000 people to a riverfront park rally in Portland, Ore. Another 15,000 couldn't get in.

    But political organizers don't expect huge crowds when now-President Obama returns to Portland on Wednesday for the first time since that campaign heyday. Instead, the goal is for a far more modest showing of 5,000 people at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber at the convention center.

  • Update 10-20-10

    AN meeting

    All local chamber of commerce members and prospective members are invited to attend the FAN Club from 5:30-7 p.m. today at Aspen Ridge, 1010 Sombrillo Court. The event provides an opportunity to network with other chamber members and enjoy refreshments.

    Spooky Los Alamos
    Do you have a spooky tale that you want to share?  Have you had a spooky encounter at a place in town, or in general? Features Editor Jennifer Garcia wants to hear your stories. Send them to lacommunity@
    lamonitor.com by Thursday.

  • Pertussis cases are on the rise in New Mexico

    Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD, said Tuesday that New Mexico is seeing a significant increase in the number of pertussis cases statewide, and people can protect themselves and their families by getting immunized.
    Dr. Michael Nichols of the Los Alamos Children’s Clinic said this morning that there has been one case in northern New Mexico and it was a child who attends Los Alamos Public Schools. The schools are urging sixth graders and their parents to get booster shots as soon as possible.

  • Muni Building petition going to citizen vote

    The questions swirling around the legality of a petition concerning the municipal building weighed heavily on Los Alamos County Councilors during the regular council meeting Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station.
    While the council came down on both sides of the issue, they ultimately voted to certify the petition in a 4-3 vote.