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Today's News

  • Black Friday Shoppers Hit Stores Early
  • Today in History for November 23rd
  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Friday:

    1. WHY BLACK FRIDAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

    Americans' growing comfort with online shopping puts more pressure on brick-and-mortar stores, which depend so heavily on the holiday season.

    2. WHO THE U.S. IS COUNTING ON TO KEEP THE PEACE IN GAZA

    Egypt's President Morsi emerges from his first major international crisis with enhanced prestige after mediating between sworn enemies Israel and Hamas.

    3. ANOTHER BIG ADVANCE FOR SYRIAN REBELS

    They strengthen their hold on an oil-rich province, activists say, capturing a base seen as a bastion for Assad loyalists.

    4. 100 CARS AND TRUCKS IN TEXAS HOLIDAY PILEUP

  • Two Dead as Massive Pileup Shuts I-10 in Texas

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and dozens were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

    The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston.

    A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV.

    Officials at Acadian Ambulance service said at least 51 people have been taken to area hospitals and at least eight are critically hurt.

    It wasn't immediately clear how the pileup began, but Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Rod Carroll told The Associated Press the fog was so thick that deputies didn't immediately realize they were dealing with multiple accidents.

  • Shop ’til you drop

    It’s an Indoor Holiday Bazaar at the Art Center
    ’Tis the season to go shopping. At many stores, one can expect to see the same kinds of things year after year, increasing the challenge of finding the perfect gift. Things are different at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Affordable Arts sale, where there are always new artists joining the mix of regional artists, who share their artistic manifestations of what they believe makes the perfect gift.
    This year, 33 new artists join the 98 regular Gallery Shop artists, to offer gifts for everyone, with all prices at $250 or less. There are many things for sale at less than $100. These artists are driven to produce and nothing makes them happier than knowing their art will be shared and loved by others.
    For the Affordable Arts sale, the artists search their creativity to come up with work that will fit well into others’ lives.  When preparing for Affordable Arts, Gallery Manager Amy Bjarke specifically looks for things that will make good gifts — from the functional to the quirky. Functional items include things like  pottery and hand-tooled pens, cards and clothing. Quirky means whatever will tickle one’s fancy and make them smile. Melted record mirror anyone?

  • Mesa Public Library celebrates WinterFest

    Mesa Public Library will offer a Sunday afternoon of events as part of the downtown Winterfest celebration.
    A new exhibition, “The Plazas of New Mexico” will open with a reception at 2:30 p.m. Dec 9., in conjunction with a talk by Chris Wilson of the University of New Mexico, the author of the book of the same title, at 1:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the library.
    “The Plazas of New Mexico” documents the heritage of New Mexico’s public plazas and the everyday life and community celebrations that help sustain them. It traces three distinct design traditions — the Native American center place with kiva and terraced residential blocks; the Hispanic plaza with church and courtyard houses; and the Anglo square with courthouse and business blocks.
    The exhibit, comprised of images from the book, bring to life three urban design traditions, while profiling recent plaza revitalization projects and newly designed community plazas.
    “The Plazas of New Mexico” is about the past, for the future. Plaza site plans, elevation drawings, bird’s-eye views, community histories, historic photos and documentary photographs bring to life the history, physical setting and social life of 22 communities.

  • AC/DC releases entire catalog on iTunes

    NEW YORK (AP) — AC/DC is finally releasing its music digitally on iTunes.
    Columbia Records and Apple announced Monday that the classic rock band’s music will be available at the iTunes Store worldwide.
    Sixteen studio albums will be released, including “High Voltage” and “Back in Black,” which is already in the Top 30 on iTunes’ top albums chart.
    Two of the group’s albums are also in the Top 100 and several of the Australian band’s songs are in the Top 200.
    AC/DC was one of the few acts that would not release music through the digital outlet.
    Two years ago Apple struck a deal with The Beatles’ record label, EMI Group, and management company, and began selling the group’s music.
    Kid Rock, who had also been against selling his music through the digital retailer, is releasing a new album, “Rebel Soul,” on Monday and it’s available on iTunes.
    Four of AC/DC’s live albums and three compilation records are also available.
    The statement said the songs have been mastered for iTunes “with increased audio fidelity.”
    The group’s first live album in 20 years, “Live at River Plate,” was out Tuesday.

  • ‘Lincoln’ director Spielberg speaks in Gettysburg

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two-time Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg expressed a sense of humility Monday as he delivered the keynote address during ceremonies to mark the 149th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.”
    “I’ve never stood anyplace on earth where it’s easier to be humbled than here,” said Spielberg, whose biopic about the 16th president is currently in theaters.
    His remarks were made at the annual event at the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, near the site where Lincoln gave the famous oration amid the American Civil War in 1863, four months after the battle in which the Union turned back an invasion of the North by Confederate troops under Gen. Robert E. Lee.
    After spending seven years working his new movie “Lincoln,” Spielberg said the president came to feel like one of his oldest and dearest friends, and he sensed he was living in the presence of what he called Lincoln’s “eloquent ghost.”
    “Lincoln wanted us to understand that equality was a small ‘D’ democratic essential,” Spielberg said, describing Lincoln’s three-minute speech as “his best and truest voice” and the single “most perfect prose poem ever penned by an American.”

  • This week on PAC-8, Nov. 23-29

    Friday, November 23, 2012
    Happy Thanksgiving –
    No local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, November 24, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, November 25, 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 26, 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”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon
        Fiesta 2012
    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- “A Brief History of
        Wendover Airfield”
    08:30 PM Atomic City’s Got Talent
    10:00 PM Classic Movie –
        “Chamber of Horrors”

  • Giving thanks for football...

    If you’ve ever seen me, you can pretty easily come to the conclusion that I don’t skip a lot of meals.
    I was, at one time, more height-weight proportionate than I am now, but that was then.
    But again, as you might be able to decipher without any Sherlock Holmes-esque deduction skills, I also like Thanksgiving.
    Thanksgiving is, truth be told, my favorite non-Santa Claus-associated holiday.
    Other than Father’s Day, Thanksgiving Day is the only day I can really lounge around the house and do nothing not of my own choosing.
    I realize that sounds terribly unfair to my wife, but in truth, she’s very happy in the kitchen.
    I’m very happy eating turkey and mashed potatoes. It’s a match made in Heaven.
    But, long about now, the annual grousing begins about whether the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions should have exclusive rights to the Thanksgiving Day football games.
    Thanksgiving Day games are nearly as iconic as that Super Bowl thing you may have heard about.
    Football and overeating. Also, truly a match made in Heaven.
    For football fans in New Mexico and surrounding areas, I understand your frustration.