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Today's News

  • LALO to hold auditions

    Los Alamos Light Opera is holding auditions for its October/November 2011 production of Steven Sondheim’s, “Into the Woods.” The director is Laurie Tomlinson; Gretchen Amstutz is the musical director and will direct the orchestra. Rehearsals will begin in July.
    Auditions are 1-6 p.m. April 10, and 6:30-9 p.m. April 11 in the Duane Smith Auditorium. Potential cast members are asked to come prepared to sing a solo. It does not have to be a selection from “Into the Woods.” A pre-audition music workshop will be from 3-6 p.m. April 3 at the Unitarian Church. Everyone interested in auditioning is urged to attend.

  • Program helps parents, babies bond

    Aside from the staples such as diapers, bottles, blankets and clothes, one of the first items that parents buy for their newborn is a book of nursery rhymes. It’s a way to bond with their baby, while exposing them at a very young age, to the literary world.
    The Literacy Committee for the Rotary Club of Los Alamos is lending parents a helping hand by supplying babies born at Los Alamos Medical Center with a copy of “Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes,” as part of their “welcome” basket when they leave the hospital. Each book sports a sticker saying that it’s a gift from Rotary.

  • LAPS Foundation event slated for April 10

    Once again, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner is coming to town. Join a group of tablemates and a speaker at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative and fun conversation.
    This is the sixth in a series of articles on the featured speakers. For a complete list of speakers, topics and to print a registration form, visit www.lapsfoundation.com. Tickets are $60 per person and include appetizers, a gourmet meal, wine, dessert and coffee. Registration is open now and is complete when payment is received.

    Nelson Hoffman

    Topic:  Science’s Debt to Religion. Speaking points include:

  • Gaps in US radiation monitoring system revealed--video extra

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Parts of America's radiation alert network have been out of order during Japan's nuclear crisis, raising concerns among some lawmakers about whether the system could safeguard the country in a future disaster.

    Federal officials say the system of sensors has helped them to validate the impact of nuclear fallout from the overheated Fukushima reactor, and in turn alert local governments and the public. They say no dangerous levels of radiation have reached U.S. shores.

  • First woman to run for VP Geraldine Ferraro dies at 75--video extra

    BOSTON (AP) — Geraldine Ferraro was a relatively obscure congresswoman from the New York City borough of Queens in 1984 when she was tapped by Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale to join his ticket.

    Her vice presidential bid, the first for a woman on a major party ticket, emboldened women across the country to seek public office and helped lay the groundwork for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential candidacy in 2008 and John McCain's choice of his running mate, Sarah Palin, that year.

  • Winning Mega Millions tix worth $319M sold in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lottery official says a winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth $319 million has been sold at a variety store in Albany, N.Y.

    New York Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman says the winning jackpot ticket for Friday's drawing was sold at Coulson's News Center, located just a few blocks from the state Capitol.

    Hapeman says final sales numbers raised the annuity value of the prize to $319 million, with a cash value of $202.9 million.

    According to the Mega Millions website, the jackpot is the fifth-largest in the game's history. The biggest jackpot was $390 million in March 2007.

  • US rushes freshwater to help Japan nuclear plant--video extra

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — U.S. naval barges loaded with freshwater sped toward Japan's overheated nuclear plant on Saturday to help workers struggling to stem a worrying rise in radioactivity and remove dangerously contaminated water from the facility.

    Workers at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been using seawater in a frantic bid to stabilize reactors overheating since a tsunami knocked out the complex's crucial cooling system March 11, but fears are mounting about the corrosive nature of the salt in the water.

  • Libyan rebels take back oil town in westward push

    BREGA, Libya (AP) — Libyan rebels took back a key oil town on Sunday in their westward push toward the capital, seizing momentum from the international airstrikes that tipped the balance away from Moammar Gadhafi's military.

    Brega, a main oil export terminal in eastern Libya, fell to rebels after a skirmish late Saturday, said Ahmed Jibril, a rebel commander manning a checkpoint on the westernmost edge of town.

    "There are no Gadhafi forces here now, the rebels have Brega under their full control, it is free," Jibril said.

  • New Mexico job market remains stagnant

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal labor statistics show most states have seen positive job growth over the past year, but New Mexico and several others remain on the negative side of the curve when it comes to the job market.

    There haven't been any sizable layoffs in the past year by big employers in New Mexico, but business leaders say small businesses — from plumbing contractors and car dealerships to real estate companies and architectural firms — have been forced to lay off handfuls of workers, and those numbers are adding up.

  • Qatar becomes 1st Arab country to fly over Libya--video extra

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Fellow Arab and African nations raised the international pressure Friday on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, with tiny Qatar flying the Arab world's first combat missions over his country and the African Union imploring him to move toward democratic elections.

    The military operation against Gadhafi, which on Friday included airstrikes by British and French jets, remains a U.S.-led operation, though NATO was preparing to assume at least some command and control responsibility within days.