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  • Just A Wag 07-22-11

    Retired teacher tapes History Channel Show

    We hear that former Los Alamos teacher Petr Jandacek fly to New York City in June and was filmed as part of a documentary  about Otzi, the Neolithic iceman whose frozen remains were found in the early 1990s.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Will teach pupils for pulp

    Being a teacher can be frustrating.  
    Meetings with parents after school, tutoring sessions, late nights and weekends spent preparing lessons, constructing tests, grading tests, getting really depressed over test grades – it’s all part of the job and as masochistic as it sounds, I love it.
    But there are things that do get you down. For instance, paper.  Yeah, those 8 1/2 by 11 inch flexible flash drives we use for kinesthetic education.  
    Maybe you remember these from before the computer age?
    You hold a stylus (called a pencil) in your hand and enter data (called writing) onto the information pad (called a piece of paper).

  • New Mexicans less educated, work less

    The interim Economic and Rural Development Committee held its July meeting in Santa Rosa.
    My concern here is the presentation by two esteemed observer-analysts of New Mexico, Adelamar Alcantara, who directs Geospatial and Population Studies at the University of New Mexico, and Jim Peach, economics professor at New Mexico State University.
    We couldn’t find the meeting. Alcantara and Peach provided their presentation materials.
    New Mexico’s population, as reported in the 2010 census, was Alcantara’s topic. Peach followed with a discussion of demographic trends and labor markets. Trust me, this stuff really is more interesting than watching paint dry.

  • Bomb tears through government HQ in Oslo; 2 dead--see video

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A powerful bomb tore into the heart of Norway on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring 15 as it ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office. It was the deadliest bombing since World War II in Oslo, normally associated with the Nobel Peace Prize that is awarded there.

    Elsewhere, a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire at a Labor Party youth camp at Utoya, an island outside Oslo, on Friday, shooting several youths, party spokesman Per Gunnar Dahl told The Associated Press. He said unconfirmed reports said five people were hit as panicked youth tried to escape the island swimming.

  • Senate rejects House GOP budget-cutting plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Friday firmly rejected a House Republican bill to slash spending and require a balanced-budget amendment, leaving unresolved with just days to go the urgent issue of increasing the nation's borrowing powers.

    The 51-46 Senate vote against the tea party-backed measure — which had been expected in the Democratic-run chamber — came shortly after House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he and President Barack Obama had failed to reach a separate agreement to resolve the debt crisis.

  • Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans withered under yet another day of searing sun Friday as a heat wave spread in earnest into the urban core of the Northeast, while warnings about excessive heat stretched from Kansas to Maine and the Carolinas.

    Temperatures were forecast near or into the triple digits Friday and into the weekend.

    The high temperatures and smothering humidity will force up the heat indexes. Boston's 99 degrees on Friday could feel like 105 degrees; Philadelphia's 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington, D.C.'s 103 degrees could seem like 116.

  • James Murdoch contradicted by his ex-legal manager

    LONDON (AP) — James Murdoch was under pressure Friday over claims he misled lawmakers about Britain's phone hacking scandal, as a lawmaker called for a police investigation and Prime Minister David Cameron insisted the media scion had "questions to answer" about what he knew and when he knew it.

  • Top 10 Movies 07-21-11

    1.  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” weekend gross, $169 million
    2.  “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,”  weekend gross, $21.3 million
    3.  “Horrible Bosses,” weekend gross,
    $17.7 million
    4.  “Zookeeper,” $12.3  million
    5. “Cars 2,” weekend gross,
    $8.4 million
    6.  “Winnie the Pooh,” weekend gross,
    $7.8 million
    7.   “Bad Teacher,” weekend gross,
    $5 million

    8.  “Larry Crowne,” weekend gross,
    $2.6 million

    9.  “Super 8,” weekend gross, $1.9 million

  • Out and about 07-21-11

    Art openings

    An exhibition of the Santa Fe Railway’s Couse calendar prints opens with a public reception from 1-4 p.m. July 31 in the chapel of the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, 146 Kit Carson Road, Taos. The exhibition of the 23 color lithographic prints of paintings by E.I. Couse that appeared on the Santa Fe Railway calendars between 1914 and 1938 will continue to be on view by appointment through mid-October. For an appointment to view the exhibit or to tour the Couse home and studio, call 575-751-0369.

  • LA Happenings 07-21-11

    Music
    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song.  Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, our barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.
     
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. No audition is necessary, but proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument is required. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. www.lacw.org.