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Today's News

  • Census data available, eventually

    A few days ago, the sweet young blonde woman newsreader gushed on the noon newscast that the Census has announced that New Mexico’s April 2010 population was just over 2 million.
    Actually, this number, 2,059,179, was released three months ago.
    So much for television’s immediacy. The “news” that sunny March 15, which I think the blonde lady missed, was that the Census had done its first public release of a huge amount of New Mexico data.
    For those of you interested in this material and who also are, uh, “challenged” by getting there, here are some initial steps, offered because this ain’t easy, even perhaps for the unchallenged.
    On the Internet, start with www.Census.gov.

  • Men's basketball: Tide knocks Lobos out of NIT

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Trevor Releford's speedy drives, Tony Mitchell's high-flying dunks and an effective dose of full-court pressure kept Alabama alive in the National Invitation Tournament.

    Mitchell scored 23 points and Releford matched his career-high with 20 to lead the Crimson Tide to a 74-67 win over New Mexico Monday night in the second round of the NIT.

    The Tide (23-11), mostly known for its defense, made 15 of 20 shots in the second half to move into the quarterfinals. Alabama will host Miami on Wednesday night, aiming for its sixth trip to the NIT final four at Madison Square Garden.

  • Sports update 03-22-11

    Spring golf opener cut short by wind

    The spring season opener for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team was cut short Monday.
    Los Alamos started a round at the Belen Invitational Monday morning, but wind speeds were hitting 50 mph during play. The wind and accompanying dust made the Tierra Del Sol course virtually unplayable.
    Hilltopper head coach John Stam said the tournament, one of five scheduled for his team this spring, may be rescheduled for April 7.

    Dog Jog registration open

    The 2011 Dog Jog is scheduled for April 16 in White Rock.

  • Baseball: Home Safe

    Los Alamos’ Thomas Russell slides safely into home. Russell hit a three-run double Monday to lift Los Alamos over Santa Fe Indian School 12-8 in Santa Fe.

  • Track and field: LA girls win big Saturday, boys are 2nd behind Rams

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team picked up its second win of the season in three outings Saturday, taking top honors at the Bernalillo Invitational.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys finished a strong second behind Rio Rancho at the same event.
    Los Alamos’ girls earned 128.5 points Saturday, easily outdistancing Rio Rancho in second place. Only Class 5A school Rio Rancho (73) and 3A Las Vegas Robertson (66) finished with even half the Hilltoppers’ total in the 10-team event.

  • SD governor signs 3-day wait for abortion into law

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation.

    Abortion rights groups have already said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions.

  • As Japan mourns dead, many bodies remain missing

    NATORI, Japan (AP) — Those in search of the dead go to Natori's bowling alley, walking up the cracked concrete steps and through the glass door. "Enjoy Coca-Cola," says a neon sign out front.

    They go under the two-story painting of the bowling ball crashing into giant pins. They walk past the lists of the dead and the descriptions of the bodies yet to be identified. Inside, they step slowly through the makeshift morgue, peering into satin-wrapped coffins arranged in neat rows where bowlers so recently faced off.

    They rarely find the people they seek.

  • Japanese police say disaster death toll near 9,100

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's police agency says nearly 9,100 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami. Almost 13,800 are missing.

    Those tallies are likely to overlap, but police officials estimate that the final figure will likely exceed 18,000 deaths.

    A police spokesman from one of the of the hardest-hit prefectures, Miyagi, estimates that the deaths will top 15,000 in that region alone. Police in other devastated areas declined to estimate eventual tolls, but said the confirmed deaths in their areas already number nearly 3,400.

  • Burglaries at an all-time high in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Repeat offenders are helping drive up residential burglaries in Santa Fe. The police department released numbers Monday showing residential burglaries were at a 15-year high in 2010.

    There were 876 residential burglaries investigated in the city limits in 2010, up 7 percent from the 820 in 2009.

    Police Capt. Gerald Rivera says officers arrest a lot of the same guys over and over for burglary.

    Rivera says burglaries are not really considered violent offenses and judges seem reluctant to give burglars any real time in prison.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the city's Property Crimes Division has recently compiled an unofficial list of about 50 people considered the most problematic repeat offenders.

  • Israeli aircraft strike Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck a series of Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, damaging smuggling tunnels and suspected weapons sites. Palestinian officials said 19 people were wounded.

    Israel's volatile border with Gaza has been largely quiet since an overwhelming Israeli military offensive two years ago. But Israeli officials say Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group has recovered from the fighting, and the area has begun to heat up in recent weeks.

    Palestinian health official Adham Abu Salmia said one man was critically wounded in a border clash Tuesday.

    The Israeli army confirmed the incident, saying it opened fire at a group of militants who were about to fire a missile at a tank.