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  • All aboard the hellbilly rollercoaster

    Folks can usually anticipate what kind of show they’re in for when they decide to go to a live concert. After all, they’re most likely fans of the band they’re buying tickets for.
    That logic, however, does not apply to a Hank 3 show.
    Shelton Hank Williams aka Hank 3 gave spectators an up-close experience Tuesday night in Albuquerque. He’s no stranger to the Sunshine Theater and seems to play there at least once a year.
    The venue is small and intimate, which can be good or bad, depending on how many people are packed into it. For some shows, it’s standing room only, but for this show, there were a few tables and bar stools scattered about. The stools really came in handy, considering Hank 3 put on a three-hour performance.
    The music preceding the show was a mixed bag, ranging from death metal to two-steppin’ country songs. That should have been an indication of what to expect of the concert.
    It was like being in one of those honkytonks you see in movies. The bar area is separated by Plexiglas walls. Speakers, along with equipment packed the small stage. The crowd was rowdy and the only thing missing was the thick cigarette smoke that tends to choke the air whenever you see them in films.

  • Authors Speak Series presents Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

    “I love and fear words — their potential to uplift or tear down. My father taught me to respect that potential. Dad, a man of few words, wrote poetry and sketched. My mother made me love stories. She’d sit at the top of the stairs every night and create magic with a book. It was reader’s theater. If mommy couldn’t be there, she assigned the reading to whomever she’d deputized to watch us that night. But no one could do it like her. So much of the writer in me is my parents’ doing. I got really lucky with them.” — Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    It is no surprise that Nelson is New Mexico’s official Centennial Children’s Author. The author of 10 books, from a beginning reader, “Ready? Set. Raymond!” to her latest “documentary novel” for young adults and adults, Nelson simply and always with a touch of humor, tells tales that engage all ages.
    Nelson will discuss her award-winning non-fiction book for ages 7-10, “Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, as part of the Authors Speak Series.

  • 2 Sheriff's Deputies Dead 2 Hurt in La. Shootout
  • Swinging Away

    Alicia Herrera takes a big windup on the No. 1 tee during Saturday’s Los Alamos Junior Golf Boosters tournament.

  • Cabrera suspended for 50 games

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension comes just as reliever Guillermo Mota is nearing his return to the Giants from a 100-game performance-enhancing drug penalty of his own.
    Yes, San Francisco now accounts for two of the four suspensions this season under the major league drug program — and suddenly the Giants are back in the spotlight for performance-enhancing drugs several years after the club had finally moved forward from the Mitchell Report and BALCO mess.
    “Unfortunately, these things happen in baseball,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “There’s not a lot you can do about it. I guess the best thing we can do is keep educating players so these things don’t happen. I can’t dwell on these things.”
    Cabrera, the 28-year-old MVP of last month’s All-Star game, was suspended 50 games Wednesday following a positive test for testosterone. That puts an abrupt end to what had been a remarkable regular season and throws the Giants’ playoff hopes into doubt.
    “Ultimately, it was just a bad decision,” catcher Buster Posey said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

  • Hilltoppers' opener pushed back

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity volleyball team will have a few more days of practice to prepare for its season opener in 2012.
    Los Alamos’ scheduled season opener against Pojoaque was pushed back. The match was originally scheduled for Aug. 25, but had to be rescheduled.
    The two longstanding rivals will now have to wait until Sept. 11 to face off. Instead, Los Alamos will take on another of its most bitter rivals, St. Pius X, to open the season.
    St. Pius, which has knocked Los Alamos out of the playoffs for each of the past four years including last year, will meet Los Alamos Sept. 4 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque, which had a remarkable season in 2011, losing just one set in the regular season — to Los Alamos in the Elks’ opener — will travel up the hill to play Los Alamos Sept. 11.
    Instead of its originally-scheduled contest Aug. 25, Los Alamos will take part in a preseason scrimmage hosted by District 2-4A rival Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers, along with the other prep volleyball teams in the state, officially opened their preseason Monday.

  • LA gridders are 15th in first MaxPreps rankings of 2012

    MaxPreps.com released its first preseason rankings for New Mexico’s high school football teams this week and those rankings weren’t particularly kind for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers finished with a Freeman Rating of zero, placing it 15th among the state’s 25 Class 4A football teams.
    Los Alamos opens its season Aug. 31 at home against Pojoaque.
    This is the first year the state is going to a computer ranking system, as opposed to previous years in which media and coaches polls were conducted.
    However, the current MaxPreps Freeman Ratings don’t look terribly dissimilar to what a human poll might have revealed about the upcoming prep season.
    The top two teams in the current ratings are Aztec and Goddard, which met for the state 4A title in 2011. Aztec nipped Goddard, which had been the top-ranked team in the state for the entire season, 28-27 to earn Aztec’s Tigers their first state title in program history — Aztec had finished as the 4A runner-up four times since 2003.
    Aztec earned a 43.7 Freeman Rating, second in the state behind only Class 5A defending champion Cleveland, while Goddard earned a 31.3 rating.
    The top-ranked 3A team is St. Michael’s (31.3).

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  • US economic recovery is weakest since World War II

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

    Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest.

    The ugliness goes well beyond unemployment, which at 8.3 percent is the highest this long after a recession ended.

    Economic growth has never been weaker in a postwar recovery. Consumer spending has never been so slack. Only once has job growth been slower.

    More than in any other post-World War II recovery, people who have jobs are hurting: Their paychecks have fallen behind inflation.

    Many economists say the agonizing recovery from the Great Recession, which began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, is the predictable consequence of a housing bust and a grave financial crisis.