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  • Victoria’s Secret apologizes for use of headdress

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Victoria’s Secret has apologized for putting a Native American-style headdress on a model for its annual fashion show, after the outfit was criticized as a display of ignorance toward tribal culture and history.
    The company responded to the complaints over the weekend by saying it was sorry to have upset anyone and that it wouldn’t include the outfit in the show’s television broadcast next month, or in any marketing materials.
    “We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone,” the company said.
    Headdresses historically are a symbol of respect, worn by Native American war chiefs and warriors. For many Plains tribes, for example, each feather placed on a headdress has significance and had to be earned through an act of compassion or bravery. Some modern-day Native American leaders have been gifted war bonnets in ceremonies accompanied by prayers and songs.
    “When you see a Lakota chief wearing a full headdress, you know that he was a very honorable man. He was a leader. He did a lot of honorable things for his people,” said Michelle Spotted Elk, a Santa Cruz, Calif., woman of mixed heritage whose husband is Lakota.

  • Oxford chooses ‘omnishambles’ as word of the year

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: “omnishambles.”
    Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word — defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations” — its top term of 2012.
    Each year Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that best reflects the mood of the year. The publisher typically chooses separate British and American winners. This year’s American champion is “gif,” short for graphics interchange format, a common format for images on the Internet.
    The editors said gif was being recognized for making the crucial transition from noun to verb, “to gif”: to create a gif file of an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event. And, inevitably, to share it online. Cute kittens, Olympic champions, President Obama — they’ve all been giffed.
    Coined by writers of the satirical television show “The Thick of It,” omnishambles has been applied to everything from government PR blunders to the crisis-ridden preparations for the London Olympics.

  • This week on PAC-8, Nov. 16-22

    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, November 16, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (11-13-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, November 17, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, November 18, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, November 19, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society

  • Restaurant Inspections 11-15-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Café Castro, 2811 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 8
    Violations: None
    Notes: Dishwasher sanitizing solution 75 ppm, good. Test strips are available. Kitchen is kept very clean all the time. Good process of cooling down food. Cutting boards and equipment surfaces look clean. Store raw meats at the bottom shelves of refrigeration units.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Domino’s Pizza, 604 N. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 6
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations, one for improper holding — food-grade thermometer needs to be calibrated; one for contaminated equipment — pizza cutter unsanitary condition; sandwich cutter unsanitary condition, broken.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Merendero Processing, 1514 Rodeo Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 7
    Violations: One low-risk violation for ventilation/lighting — light out of order in the walk-in refrigerator.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Flying Tortilla, 4250 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 6

  • Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday

    The original Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is just around the corner and this year, it will be at a new venue.
    A Los Alamos tradition for 45 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church — a new venue, as the middle school is being remodeled.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council is hosting the event and admission is free.
    To keep the tradition of a pre-Thanksgiving, holiday shopping spree alive, the LAAC has lined up artists from across New Mexico and nearby regions.
    As in past years, jewelry, pottery, painting, metal work, fabric arts and photography will be among the highlights, as well as a wide range of holiday-oriented crafts.
    New artists and longtime favorites will be on hand. Kathy Hjeresen, who sells handmade jewelry and woodworker Adrian Martinez, both veterans of the fair will return. Mary Ann Somers and Marilyn Lisowski, two more local jewelers, will also be at the fair.
    Fiber arts will be represented, including Hillary Harrell, who will have wool scarves and shawls. Los Alamos fiber artist Jeanne Robinson and her daughter Elise Koskelo, will also have knit wear, wraps and shawls. Susan Young Tweet will be back with her fleece items for both adults and children.

  • A spine-tingling good tale is told

    Around Halloween, a mysterious black-clad woman appeared in Los Alamos. She said nothing. Instead, she walked around, eyes staring blankly ahead — and was spotted at Trick or Treat on MainStreet and the annual Los Alamos County employee appreciation event.
    Many wondered if she was dressed up for Halloween, but it was not hard to figure out that she was dressed almost identical to the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s scarecrow, announcing their latest production, “The Woman in Black.”
    To say “The Woman in Black” is a scare-fest would not be accurate. To say it’s creepy, dark and a bit unnerving is far more accurate.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production opened Nov. 2, the day after the Day of the Dead, which seems to be rather fitting, considering that the play focuses on the supernatural and one man’s quest to rid himself of the evil that follows him.
    Arthur Kipps (Warren Houghteling) has hired an actor (Patrick Webb), to help him retell his experiences with The Woman in Black. He has been called upon to settle the estate of Mrs. Drablow.
    Along the way, he encounters various characters that seem squeamish whenever Drablow or the estate is mentioned.

  • Taking Steps to Stamp Out Hunger

    Ending world hunger is not something that one can do alone. In fact, it sometimes takes an entire community to make a difference.
    The CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot is one of those events that is trying make a difference. For the past several years, Lynn Wysocki-Smith has organized the event, in the hope of helping ease poverty and hunger. This year’s event will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Middle School. The two-and-a-half mile walk or run is free, but donations of canned food or money are welcome.
    Wysocki-Smith said the Turkey Trot was started more than “30 years ago, as the season finale event of the Atomic City Road Runner Club. It was always held either the Saturday or Sunday prior to Thanksgiving Day and has always been conducted out on North Mesa. It was a runners-only event, with the course being a fairly tough course, starting somewhere near the Los Alamos Posse Shack and going down into the canyon and then returning to the start by climbing out of the canyon behind the Posse Shack. There were a few turkeys given to best time predictors.”

  • BP to Pay US Billions for Gulf Spill

    A source says oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling $4.5 billion, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Benefits of exercising with your dog

     As the semester rolls on and tests pile up many students begin changing their daily routine to one that is more study-friendly and, unfortunately, usually more deskbound.
    What most students do not realize is that while your dog lies next to you on the couch day after day, it is being robbed of physical activity that is vital to their health.
    Multiple studies have shown that dogs that exercise have improved bone health and organ and lung function.
    It makes them look better, feel better, and they are less nervous when left alone.  
    “Exercise is good for maintaining general health, and it helps keep your heart, muscles, and joints strong. It also helps with maintaining weight and their coordination,” said Dr. Jacqueline Davidson, clinical track professor at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
    Studies also show that dogs lacking exercise usually have poor muscle tone and are more prone to injury, brain ailments, and bone disorders.
    They are also more susceptible to developing emotional problems and behavior quirks.
    “Dogs that don’t exercise are usually overweight, have less dexterity, and their heart and joints aren’t as vigorous,” Davidson said.

  • NM Blue Book a state treasure

     SANTA FE – How do you ever find time to research all your columns? It’s the most frequently asked question I receive about my journalistic endeavor.
    If my wife is around, she usually jokes that I just make it up, but that’s not true.
    I have plenty of readers who call me on any incorrect information. Over 40 years of working in various capacities at the Capitol, plus another 20 years of being aware of what was going on in Santa Fe give me a deep background from which to draw.
     But a guy can’t remember everything. So when I need to check a fact, I have a handy little book within reach that tells me nearly everything I need to know about our state.
     It is called the New Mexico Blue Book, a treasury of information about state and local government, past and present.
     You can obtain your own copy of the New Mexico Blue Book by calling Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s Office at 1-800-477-3632. The cost is $10.95 and well worth it.
    The 2012 Blue Book is a collector’s item. It is the centennial edition of the Blue Book which is published by the Secretary of State’s office every two years.