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Today's News

  • One Soldier's Tale: 2,000 Dead in Afghanistan
  • Bizarre tumor case may lead to custom cancer care

    It's a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his life. Now doctors have found a way to help him by way of a scientific coup that holds promise for millions of cancer patients.

    The bizarre case is the first use in a patient of a new discovery: how to keep ordinary and cancerous cells alive indefinitely in the lab.

    The discovery allows doctors to grow "mini tumors" from each patient's cancer in a lab dish, then test various drugs or combinations on them to see which works best. It takes only a few cells from a biopsy and less than two weeks to do, with materials and methods common in most hospitals.

    Although the approach needs much more testing against many different types of cancer, researchers think it could offer a cheap, simple way to personalize treatment without having to analyze each patient's genes.

  • Today in History for September 30th
  • One take on Ashley Pond

    In response to the Sept. 21 Los Alamos Monitor article regarding the Ashley Pond project meeting.  This was a 30% design meeting to discuss the renovations at the pond, by no means the final.
    Why have the meeting if the public input is not welcome or its considered too late. People can not always attend all the meetings, but I was at the earlier meetings, I voiced my concern about the stage on the water but there was no response. I realize majority rules. But so should common sense.  
    People were not there to protest at this last meeting, it was a nice discussion.  I think all those in attendance at this meeting are for the renovations and don’t want delay, some of us that voiced our opinions just want this stage on the water rethought.
    It could certainly save the County lots of money if they leave off this stage. Funny how the project consultant, George Radnovich could not even tell us how much this stage would cost. Only what  the cover for the stage would be depending on the style selected. It was mentioned that the cover would have to be removed after each event, where would it be stored, how much time will this require?  

  • All about Super PACS

    SANTA FE — Super PACs have overwhelmed the political scene this year. Their presence is gigantic. It takes 10 million $10 contributions to equal the hundreds of millions that one high roller drops in.
    During the presidential primary nearly every candidate had a personal billionaire on hand for any help that might be needed. And the way these billionaires sidled up to the candidate of their choice — even appearing on stage with them — it seemed obvious that the rule about not coordinating with the candidate’s campaign was a complete joke.
    Comedy Channel program hosts Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart had a slapstick routine for several programs in which Colbert formed a Super PAC staffed by volunteers from Stewart’s office, which was just down the hall in the same building.
    Stewart, as a candidate, supposedly wanted to follow the rules and not do any coordinating. But that was rich guy Colbert’s total plan. So Colbert chased Stewart all over the building with doors slamming and Stewart screaming for help.
    Sadly, Colbert raised over $1 million for his Super PAC simply by making a joking request for funds one night. The donations didn’t cause Colbert any paper work since names of Super PAC contributors are secret.

  • Spend a night in Italy

    Italian music will fill the Hilltop House Hotel, when Assets In Action hosts “A Night in Italy.”
    Local Chef Jarda Belmonte of Tasty Creations by Jarda, will stir, sauce and sauté her way through the kitchen to benefit the local program of youth and community development.
    “After raising three daughters, I believe you can never do enough to help them along their way,” Belmonte said when asked why she decided to help the local program.
    The Hilltop House Hotel, also home of AIA’s Community Asset Awards, was ready and willing to work with the fundraising team to make it happen.
    After a scheduling bump, the event has been slated for Oct. 20, with cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.
    The multi-faceted menu will be a buffet, just like mama use to make, as Belmonte delivers various dishes of comfort food meant to stir the soul, while invoking memories or perhaps future trips to Italy.
     “Cooking is like therapy for me,” Belmonte said. “I am relaxed and comfortable when I am cooking.”
    Guests will find themselves in an Italian intervention as Belmonte prepares ensalada caprese, braciole, mussels in marinara, chicken marsala, Italian-style pork roast and various pastas. The meal will include wine and dessert for $40 a person.

  • Arruda to solo with LASO Oct. 5

    On the top of a list of varied things Roberta Arruda likes to do is playing her violin. She likes to play in chamber groups and big and small orchestras, but best of all she likes to solo.  
    “Playing as a soloist is very special,” she said. At 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Crossroads Bible Church, Arruda will solo with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. She will play the “Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3” —a work that Arruda grew up listening to on recordings by Josh Bell.
    Arruda, born in Brazil to non-musical parents, began her musical journey on the recorder at the age of seven. By 10, she had switched to the violin. It was a perfect match and she has continued to study violin all over the world — the United States, France, Belgium and Hungary.  
    Now, living in New Mexico, she has an active life, which involves teaching at New Mexico State University, playing with the La Catrina Quartet (the resident quartet at NMSU), and playing with the Santa Fe Pro Musica.  
    In past years, she has played with the Opera Southwest, the San Juan Symphony, UNMSO, the Santa Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

  • Births 09-30-12

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Sept. 6: A boy, Winston Thomas-James Fronk, born to Melissa and Tyler Fronk
    • Sept. 12: A boy, Owen Forrest Judge, born to Beth and Dan Judge
    • Sept. 12: A girl, Annalia Faith Martinez, born to Mariquita and Adrian Martinez

  • Animal Shelter 09-30-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.
    Four Border Collie puppies (Desmond, Bones, Reggie and Romper) — Four-months-old, all males. They are pretty shy and the volunteers are working on socialization. Keep watching as they develop into fun, approachable pups.
    Houdini — Not a magician, but rather an adorable black-and-white Spaniel/Border Collie-mix. He recently got a bath and is ready to show off his lovely, clean coat. He is affectionate and sweet with both dogs and people and would love to accompany his new person everywhere.

  • News for Retirees 09-30-12

    Sept. 30-Oct. 6
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 A.M.    Cardio
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of Balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beef tips
    7 p.m.         Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computers users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile chicken enchilada
    12:30 p.m.    Better breathers
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sausage, wild rice
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:45     a.m.    Variety training