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Today's News

  • Vick signs another big contract

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick shared some laughs, and offered up an occasional smile. But for the most part, his Tuesday press conference announcing his new contract was handled the same way he’s handled everything since he landed in Philadelphia two years ago.
    All business.
    “The common goal is to bring that ring back to the city of Philadelphia. That’s why we play,” Vick said. “That’s what we’re all working for. As a competitor, I don’t feel my career will be complete without that.”

  • LASG opens season Sept. 10

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers will open their competitive season Sept. 10 and are hoping to start the 2011-12 year the way they closed out 2010-11.
    The Atomic Tumblers will open at the two-day state clinic in Albuquerque. Following that clinic, the Tumblers will hold an intersquad meet Oct. 1.
    LASG has 25 gymnasts on its roster for the season in five different levels.
    Among its top returning performers are Level 4 state champion Elizabeth Lockhart and state runner-up at Level 4, Alyssa Hilger. Both Lockhart and Hilger graduated to Level 5 competition for the upcoming season.

  • Government sues to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers.

    The government contends that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition.

    At a news conference, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the combination would result in "tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services."

    The lawsuit seeks to ensure that everyone can continue to receive the benefits of competition, said Cole.

  • AT&T, T-Mobile pledge to bring 5,000 jobs to US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Inc. is pledging to bring 5,000 wireless call center jobs, currently based abroad, back to the U.S. if it is allowed to proceed with its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

    The company is also promising that the merger would not result in any job losses for AT&T and T-Mobile USA wireless call center employees who are on the payroll in the U.S. when the deal closes.

  • Up to $60B in war funds said wasted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption, an independent panel investigating U.S. wartime spending estimates.

    In its final report to Congress, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said the figure could grow as U.S. support for reconstruction projects and programs wanes, leaving both countries to bear the long-term costs of sustaining the schools, medical clinics, barracks, roads and power plants already built with American tax dollars.

  • Flood Advisory Issued for LA County

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 400 PM MDT

    * AT 154 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS TRAINING OVER THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. THESE STORMS WERE MOVING EAST AROUND 10 MPH. UP TO ONE HALF INCH OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE. ADDITIONAL THUNDERSTORMS WERE FORMING OVER SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN AREA. THESE STORMS MAY PRODUCE BETWEEN ONE QUARTER AND ONE HALF INCH OF RAIN.

  • Wallace Scholarhip awarded

    Kiwanis recently awarded the first Jeannette Wallace Memorial Scholarship to Keanna Cohen. On the occasion of the presentation, Terry Wallace Jr., son of the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace, presented Kiwanis with a check for $22,975, all of the money that remained in the Wallace election fund. The money will be placed in a permanent fund for the scholarship so that it can be awarded each year. Jeannette had been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos since January 1988 and her husband Terry is also a long-time Kiwanian.

  • Assets month comes to an end

    I have a pouty lip as I write this week’s column, and there’s a good reason for it. The end of the month marks the end of assets month, which started at the beginning of August, with the help of the Los Alamos County Council.
    I will soon contact council to see what they have done to help spread the assets message, because the winner will receive baked goods from the “assets kitchen.”
    You see, we work pretty hard trying to get the asset message across, trying to tie it into pre-existing programs and projects and trying to teach people how to work it into the course of their day.
    It is the big impact events that help to get the word out, but the little things you do daily keeps it going.

  • Be There 08-30-11

    Today
    Fifth and sixth grade students and parents who are interested in learning about band are invited to “Come and Go” night, to try out instruments and learn more about the school music programs. The event will be from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Barranca Elementary;  and 4-7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Chamisa Elementary. Those who need more information should contact their school music teacher.

    Wednesday
     Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.

  • Zozobra's organizers hope to limit crowd

    SANTA FE — Organizers of the Santa Fe’s annual burning of Zozobra are hoping to keep crowd numbers in check.
    KKOB-AM reports that tickets for this year’s Sept. 8 event will have bar codes in an effort to keep the crowd to below 25,000 at Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park.
    The burning of the white marionette precedes the Fiesta de Santa Fe weekend in New Mexico’s capital.
    The fiery ritual is intended to burn away a year’s worth of troubles.
    Event producer Ray Valdez says said the biggest crowd at Zozobra was in 1993 when around 33,000 people attended but the annual event then was on a Friday evening.
    He said the event was moved to Thursday night a few years later.

    The Associated Press