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Today's News

  • Hockey: Bruins win Game 7 and the Cup

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — While the Boston Bruins beelined across the ice to mob him at the buzzer, Tim Thomas tapped both goalposts, sank to his knees and rubbed the ice in front of his empty goal.
    Thomas drew a virtual line in his crease throughout these crazy, contentious Stanley Cup finals, and Boston’s brilliant goalie just wouldn’t allow the Vancouver Canucks to cross it whenever it really mattered.
    After 39 years without a championship, the Bruins ripped the Cup — and several thousand hearts — out of a Canadian city that has waited four decades itself for one sip.
    Thomas was just too good and now the Cup is headed back to the Hub of Hockey.

  • Golf: Results from this week’s senior men’s tournaments

    The players on the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association circuit were busy this week, with three tournaments in a row.
    The NNMSMGA held the tournaments in the Santa Fe area, playing Monday at Las Campanas, Tuesday at Cochiti’s golf course and Wednesday at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
    Some local senior golfers fared relatively well this week. Bob Quick had the top finish among Los Alamos players, earning the first low net in the first flight Monday.
    Tuesday, Jay Boettner of Los Alamos finished with the best gross score in the third flight, while Gary Lind has the lowest gross score in the fourth flight.

  • Al Zawahri succeeds bin Laden as Al-Qaeda leader--video extra

    CAIRO (AP) — Osama bin Laden's longtime deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, a fiery ideologue who is known for his deep hatred of the West and helped plan the 9/11 attacks, has taken control of al-Qaida after the death last month of the terror network's founder, the group said Thursday.

    Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian-born surgeon, has been credited with bringing tactical and organizational cunning to al-Qaida, which has found itself increasingly decentralized and prone to internal disputes following its expulsion from Afghanistan after the 2001 U.S. invasion.

    The move also comes at a time the terror network is struggling for relevance as a wave of Arab uprisings has threatened to leave it marginalized.

  • Cars set on fire in Vancouver after Game 7 Stanley Cup loss

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Angry, drunken fans ran wild after the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to Boston in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, setting cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles and dancing atop overturned vehicles.

    Later, looters smashed windows and ran inside department stores.

    "We have a small number of hooligans on the streets of Vancouver causing problems," Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said. "It's absolutely disgraceful and shameful and by no means represents the city of Vancouver. ... We have had an extraordinary run in the playoff, great celebration. What's happened tonight is despicable."

  • Dems say Weiner to resign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Anthony Weiner intends to resign his seat in Congress after a two-week scandal spawned by lewd and even X-rated photos the New York lawmaker took of himself and sent online to numerous women, relieved Democratic officials said Thursday.

    "It's my understanding that later in the day he will have a news conference," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

    Weiner, 46, has been at a treatment facility at an undisclosed location since last weekend. He has not been seen in public since telling reporters on Saturday morning he intended to return to work.

  • Albuquerque merits pondered

    The Democratic U.S. senate primary is likely to be as hard fought and negative as the GOP primary. The two races have much in common.
    Both contests feature a U.S. house member or former member, representing Albuquerque, against an opponent who has won a statewide election.
    In the GOP primary, former Rep. Heather Wilson and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez do battle.
    In the Democratic primary, Rep. Martin Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas face off.
    Wilson represented Albuquerque for more than 10 years, never losing  an election. She left her seat and unsuccessfully ran statewide in the 2008 GOP senate primary to replace Sen. Pete Domenici.

  • Bigger budget cuts for state executive offices

    A good number of state department executive offices took a larger percentage budget cut in this year’s legislative session than did the activity the office directs. This sends a good signal; the executives suffer more than the workers.
    The insight, presented in the continuing quest for better understanding of what state government does, comes from the Legislative Finance Committee’s “2011 Post-Session Review.” See www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/lfc/lfcfiscal.aspx.

  • State Briefs 06-15-11

    Secretary of State IDs voter fraud cases

    SANTA FE, — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has identified what she says are 64,000 cases of possible voter fraud -- a number that represents more than 10 percent of the people who voted in the 2010 general election in New Mexico.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the huge number is raising questions about whether it is prudent of Duran to ask the Department of Public Safety to investigate so many cases.

  • Local governments debate firework bans

    SANTA FE, (AP)  — As wildfires rage in three corners of the state, local governments are debating fireworks restrictions.
    Los Alamos County already has instituted such a ban.
    Bernalillo County Tuesday imposed a ban on the sale and use of some fireworks in unincorporated areas heading into the Fourth of July holiday.
    In Santa Fe, City Councilor Chris Calvert has also suggested a ban. But he says it will be ineffective unless neighboring pueblos and counties go along with it.
    He told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the city is usually reluctant to enact bans because people just go outside the city limits and bring back stuff that is even worse.

  • On the Docket 06-15-11


    On the Docket items are compiled from public information contained in Municipal, Magistrate and District Court records.
    June 7

    Dustin Nelson, 22, of Los Alamos appeared in Municipal Court on charges of violating his probation. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Nelson to spend 15 days in jail and pay $46 in court fees.
    June 9

    Alexander Rose, 25, of Los Alamos appeared in Magistrate Court on charges of possession of marijuana, driving on an expired registration, no insurance and no headlights. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Rose to perform 10 hours of community service to be completed by July 26 and to pay $203 in court costs. As part of a plea deal with the state, Rose was found not guilty of marijuana possession.
    June 10