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Today's News

  • UK police: Wedding guests to face security checks--video extra

    LONDON (AP) — British police say guests at the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will have to pass through security checks to enter Westminster Abbey.

    Police would not say what methods will be used. Some 5,000 police will be deployed at the wedding and 60 people have already been arrested in pre-wedding sweeps.

    Metropolitan Police Commander Christine Jones said Wednesday that there is no intelligence suggesting any new terrorist threats against the royal wedding.

    She says Internet chatter is being monitored and asks the public to be on alert for suspicious behavior.

  • Be There 04-26-11

    Wednesday
    Earth Day Talk: Foundation of Sustainable Energy, 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Dr. Donald O’Sullivan from Los Alamos National Laboratory will give a free talk sponsored by Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the lab. LANL participated in the oil spill clean-up at the N.M. gas outage recovery — hear what advances are being made in greening our infrastructure.

    Los Alamos Medical Center’s community education series, “To Your Health,” will feature a presentation on the hereditary aspects of breast and ovarian cancer, by Dr. Kathryn Zerbach of Los Alamos Surgical Associates at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Conference Room. For more information, call 661-9165.

    Thursday

  • Community announcements 04-26-11

    Volunteers needed
    The Fuller Lodge Art  Center needs up to a dozen new volunteers. Volunteers sit at the reception desk, greet visitors as they enter and handle any sales. Often visitors have questions about Los Alamos and the interactions with the volunteers become part of their vacation experience. Volunteers are assisted by Fuller Lodge Art Center staff members, as needed. Shifts available are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call Amy Bjarke at 662-1635 or email gallery@fullerlodgeartcenter.com.

    March on Hunger

  • Earth Day Fest offers something for everyone

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will celebrate its 11th Earth Day Festival Saturday, but what would the Earth Day Festival be like without entertainment, booths and food? This year, they have a variety of activities and information for children and adults.
    The event, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank,  will be headlined once again by Clan Tynker. Clan Tynker is a family troupe that performs a wide variety of stunts in a whimsical “Old World/Vaudeville” style of entertainment. The show is a kaleidoscope of skills from around the world, performed to live music. A variety of juggling skills will be displayed, including balls and clubs. Other highlights of the show consist of stage magic, comedy and wire walking.

  • Amazon.com's profit tumbles more than expected

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon.com said Tuesday that its net income fell 33 percent in the latest quarter, a steeper drop than Wall Street expected as the online retailer battles stronger competition from Wal-Mart and other rivals.

    The numbers reflect the competitive challenges for the world's biggest online retailer and the impact of higher costs of expansion. Amazon's expenses increased by nearly half in the first three months of 2011, including investments in order-fulfillment centers and new technologies.

    Thomas Szkutak, the company's chief financial officer, attributed the higher expenses to higher demand.

  • AP sources: Crocker top pick for Afghan post

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is likely to name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, several sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday, part of a far-reaching turnover of the nation's top leadership of the Afghanistan war as Obama prepares to begin bringing forces home this summer.

    The move would reunite Crocker with Gen. David Petraeus in a rerun of the diplomatic and military "dream team" credited with rescuing the flagging American mission in Iraq. In the coming months, Obama will have to name replacements for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, other senior military leaders and probably Petraeus himself.

  • Monday deadline to congratulate the LAHS Class of 2011

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos Monitor are partnering to produce a special commemorative section, “Congratulations Los Alamos High School Class of 2011.”

    The publication will feature graduation portraits of each senior as well as messages from the LAPS Board of Education, Superintendent Eugene Schmidt, Principal Sandra Warnock and others.

    The special publication will be distributed at the graduation ceremony May 28, 2011, and will be circulated as an insert inside the Los Alamos Monitor Sunday, May 29, 2011.

  • LA middle schooler wins supercomputer challenge

    Los Alamos Middle School student Cole Kendrick captured the top prize in the 21st New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory. For his research project, “Computer Simulation of Dark Matter Effects on Galaxy Rotation,” Kendrick developed a computer program to model the rotation of a galaxy including dark matter in an attempt to answer these questions:

    • How does dark matter affect rotational curves in galaxies?

    • How accurately this effect can be modeled?

    • What happens when the dark matter and galaxy masses are changed?

    • How well would this method work for different galaxies?

    Kendrick received a check for $1,000.

  • Gov. Martinez to be in Los Alamos Wednesday

    Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Los Alamos Wednesday.

    In the morning, Martinez will attend a breakfast at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and then take a tour of the facility.

     In the afternoon, Martinez will attend a reception at a local bank.  

    Watch for more details here and in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • JFK visit remembered

    On December 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy along with Vice President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Los Alamos.

    Their visit to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, as LANL was then known, was for a briefing on the details of the top-secret Project Rover, the Lab’s program at the CMR to develop nuclear rocket engines for space travel. After the tour of the lab, Kennedy went to Sullivan Field to address Los Alamos residents and then rode down Central Avenue in a motorcade.

    For many people who were there, it was something they will never forget. The Bradbury Museum is featuring some of the artifacts from Kennedy’s memorable 100 minutes in Los Alamos through August.