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  • Rams total 9 sacks in 17-3 upset victory

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Without his favorite target, Sam Bradford seemed lost. The top pick of the 2010 draft completed a measly seven passes.

    The St. Louis Rams defense was there to pick him up — by continually knocking down Kevin Kolb.

    The Rams (3-2) totaled nine sacks, their most since 1998, in a 17-3 victory Thursday night that ended the Arizona Cardinals' early unbeaten run.

    "They've played great all year," Bradford said. "They've kept us in a lot of games. Fortunately, we were able to make the big play in the fourth quarter to go up two scores, but all the credit tonight to our defense."

    Danny Amendola made a spectacular one-handed grab for a 44-yard gain on an underthrown ball that set up Bradford's touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks' on the Rams' opening drive.

    Bradford misfired on five consecutive passes before Amendola injured his right shoulder making a diving attempt on a 22-yarder that was initially ruled a catch but was overturned after the Cardinals challenged. Amendola used his left arm to fling his helmet on the way to the X-ray room and had his arm in a sling after the game, when he was not made available to reporters.

  • Thanks for the coffee

    My mother taught me that I should always thank people when appropriate.
    Over the past year, I’ve had countless occasions in which a hearty thank you was due, but it’s not always possible to thank the person face to face. And so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank some people that I haven’t had the pleasure of thanking in person.
    The other day, while sitting at Starbucks, my friend and I watched yet another dead-from-the-neck-up Los Alamos resident ignore the one-way signs and Do Not Enter signs as he turned into the parking lot.  My friend and I simultaneously said, “How much stupid can some people fit into one head?”
    But when I remarked that I’ve seen people do K-turns and U-turns right in front of the cafe, my friend told me that I was exaggerating. He agreed that people speed, use their cell phones while driving and even eat sandwiches while driving, but he refused to believe that anyone would be dumb enough to do something like that.
    And so I bet him a coffee that we’d see someone do exactly that before we left for the day.

  • Johnson trying to make inroads for Libertarians

    SANTA FE — Admit it. Wednesday night’s presidential debate would have been bearable with Gary Johnson added to the mix.
    As it was, moderator Jim Lehrer’s instruction to the crowd to remain silent throughout the debate was unnecessary. Within minutes the crowd was comatose and so were millions of Americans nodding off in front of their TVs.
    How nice it would have been to have former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson to liven the conversation with straight talk instead of carefully nuanced talking points.
    The sameness of it all has practically killed political conventions. National TV networks almost totally lost interest this year. By four years from now, what once were exciting nail-biters may be down to one-night pep rallies.
    Neither President Obama nor Gov. Romney got much of a bump in the polls after the conventions this year. It’s probably because no one watched enough of the coverage to form an opinion.
    Meanwhile, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is receiving an unexpected amount of coverage from newspapers, magazines and blogs because there always is something interesting to say about him.

  • Today in History for October 5th
  • Atomic bomb trigger man dies at 96

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Robert F. Christy, a former California Institute of Technology professor who helped design the trigger mechanism for the atomic bombs used in World War II, died Wednesday. He was 96.

    Christy died of natural causes at his home in Pasadena, surrounded by his family, according to Caltech spokeswoman Deborah Williams-Hedges.

    Christy was one of the early recruits to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos Laboratory, a U.S. government research project to develop atomic weapons during the war. He was hand-picked to join by his University of California, Berkeley, professor J. Robert Oppenheimer, with whom Christy studied quantum mechanics.

  • LA girls soccer tops La Cueva, 1-0

    A late goal by Allison Rooney following an outstanding run down the length of the field by Catie McDonald gave the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team a big win over the La Cueva Bears.

    McDonald scooped up a pass of a La Cueva corner kick and drove down the right hashmark and took a line drive shot from point-blank range at Bears goalkeeper Sam Johnson. Johnson couldn’t hang on to the shot, which bounced straight to Rooney, crashing in from the left side for a knock-in goal to give the Hilltoppers a 1-0 win at Sullivan Field

    More information on the Hilltoppers’ big win over the Class 5A Bears will be in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

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

    1. SEARCH IS ON FOR MENINGITIS VICTIMS

    Clinics, medical centers around the U.S. rush to contact perhaps thousands of patients who may have received tainted injections for back pain.

    2. WHY SEPT. JOBLESS NUMBERS ARE IN SPOTLIGHT

    One month before the presidential election, the report is likely to influence some undecided voters.

    3. FBI IN LIBYA TO PROBE CONSULATE KILLINGS

    No word on what, if anything, the agents — who waited weeks to access the crime scene — found.

    4. WHAT'S BEHIND SYRIA'S FIGHT WITH TURKEY

    The rebels who are trying to bring down the Syrian government have set up bases just across the border, enraging the Assad regime.

  • Doc: 'Never Seen' Meningitis Outbreak Like This

    A rare meningitis outbreak has infected 35 people in six states, health officials warn. All received steroid injections, a fairly typical treatment. One New York anesthesiologist says "It's the first time I've ever seen anything like this."

  • Bobby Valentine Fired After One Season in Boston
  • Pumpkin splash and Halloween carnival

    Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division Oct. 27 for the pirate-themed Pumpkin splash and Halloween carnival at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. This family event will be from 10 a.m-1 p.m. and includes pirate-themed carnival games, jumping into the pool and finding a pumpkin, decorating the pumpkin and watching pirate movies.
     The cost for the event is $ 7 per person. Sign-up at the aquatic center. The event is limited to 150 participants. For more information, contact the recreation division at 662-8173, visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec, or email lacrec@lacnm.us.