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  • Bible Answers: Celebrating Jesus’ birthday on Dec. 25


    “Someone told me that Jesus probably wasn’t born on Dec. 25.  If that is true, is it wrong to celebrate his birth on that day?”— Linda 


    The Bible doesn’t give us a date nor mention a celebration of his birthday in the early church. Two gospels (Matt. 1:18-2:12; Luke 1:26-2:20) provide only minimal birth accounts.  

    The Christmas holiday we observe today is a relatively recent (19th century) development. It largely represents efforts by the church over the centuries to co-opt a smattering of pagan holidays and their trappings.

    Scripture does emphasize incarnation, God becoming man (Jn. 1:14; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:15-20; I Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14-18; I Jn. 4:2). 

  • Kirk leads Lobos past No. 8 Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Several games of stagnant offense finally caught up with No. 8 Cincinnati.
    Sean Kilpatrick had his shot swatted away just before the buzzer Thursday night, allowing New Mexico to hold on for a 55-54 victory that handed the Bearcats their first loss.
    And none of them was all that surprised.
    “The last two games, we’ve been in a (shooting) drought and it came down to that,” Kilpatrick said. “But we’ll get through it. You can’t go undefeated throughout the whole season.”
    Cincinnati (12-1) moved up to No. 8 this week — its highest ranking in nine years — and was trying to go 13-0 for only sixth time in school history. The Bearcats couldn’t salvage a tight game against a team known for knocking off top teams.
    The Lobos (13-1) have won six of their last seven games against ranked teams, leaving them 14-6 against the Top 25 during coach Steve Alford’s six seasons. They beat Connecticut earlier this season.
    Cincinnati’s loss left Duke, Michigan, Arizona and Wyoming as the only unbeaten teams in Division I.

  • Kirk leads New Mexico over No. 8 Cincinnati 55-54

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Sean Kilpatrick had two options: Take the quick shot if it's there, drive to the basket if it's not. He caught the pass and thought he had just enough room to get the shot off.

    He never saw Alex Kirk's hand coming.

    Kirk scored 15 points and blocked Kilpatrick's shot just before the buzzer Thursday night, preserving New Mexico's 55-54 win that handed No. 8 Cincinnati its first loss.

    New Mexico (13-1) rallied in the second half behind its 7-foot center, who hit a 3-pointer, got a team-high seven rebounds and slapped away Kilpatrick's jumper in the final seconds. Kilpatrick passed it in from the baseline to center Cheikh Mbodj with 4.5 seconds left, then got the ball right back with the two options.

    "I thought I had him," Kilpatrick said. "I could have drove, but I didn't."

    Kirk figured that Cincinnati's top scorer was going to let it fly and managed to get there just as the ball left his hands.

  • Today in History for December 28th
  • Most Shocking Celebrity Surprises of 2012

    A South Korean recording artist becomes a global superstar, a Hollywood couple pulls off a top-secret wedding and Kristen Stewart finally has a reason to look so unhappy. Here's a look back at some of the biggest celebrity surprises of 2012.

  • Suspect in NM double homicide found dead

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Rio Arriba County say a man considered the prime suspect in a double homicide case in the community of Hernandez is dead.

    County Sheriff's officials say 20-year-old Tomas J. Sanchez was one of two people found dead inside a trailer that had been set on fire in Medanales last weekend.

    Sheriff Tommy Rodella told KRQE-TV that Sanchez was the top suspect in the Dec. 10 deaths of two Hernandez men.

    Rodella says 53-year-old Matthew Maestas and 47-year-old Joseph Eugene Valdez both were shot at least five times.

    Authorities say the men were found dead in Maestas's trailer home north of Espanola and the victims appear to have been targeted by someone they knew.

    They say deputies identified Sanchez as a suspect through tips and confidential sources.

  • Desert Storm commander Norman Schwarzkopf dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

    The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."

    That one perhaps suited him better later in his life, when he supported various national causes and children's charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.

    He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa, where he'd served his last military assignment and where an elementary school bearing his name is testament to his standing in the community.

  • Ala. Gov: 'We Know of Six Tornados'

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says officials aren't sure whether the state will qualify for federal aid to help with recovery from the Christmas Day tornado outbreak.

  • Recurring meetings

    Recurring meetings

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Dixie Girl restaurant.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge.  

    The Military Order of World Wars hosts a monthly dinner meeting  on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Norm Wilson, USAF retired, at 662-9544.

    The Los Alamos Photography Club meets the third Tuesday of the month upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The meetings are from 7-9 p.m. Annual dues are $12 per year. For more information, visit tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/la-photoclub/.

  • Be There 12-27-12

     The Los Alamos Big Band will present its annual Christmas Dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet, the Mountainaires. LeClaire, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall, sang for many years with LABB in the style of the Glenn Miller quartet, the Modernaires. Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just sit and listen to live, authentic Big Band music. Admission is free, although contributions to the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund will be welcome.  
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Frost/Nixon. Special New Years Eve performance at 8:30. Also at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets $12/adults, $10 students/seniors and available at CB Fox and at the door. lalt.org, 662-5493.
    Jan. 4
    The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for its first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com.
    Jan. 7