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Today's News

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

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

    1. GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR A SYRIAN TRUCE

    UN backs latest call for a cease-fire, though similar efforts have failed.

    2. WHY ABORTION IS BACK IN POLITICAL FOREFRONT

    Republicans in close races rush to disavow an Indiana Senate candidate's comment that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."

    3. THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL

    CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford a flop when Microsoft unveils a pivotal overhaul Thursday of its Windows operating system.

    4. EMBRYOS HAVE GENES FROM ONE MAN, TWO WOMEN

    It's not clear if scientists' new technique will ever be used to produce children.

  • NM court rules against family given brain in bag

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has ruled that a New Mexico family can't sue an out-of-state funeral home for placing a relative's brain in a casket before shipping an embalmed body to New Mexico.

    The family, whose identity isn't revealed in the damage lawsuit, discovered the brain after smelling a "foul odor" a day after a New Mexico funeral home gave it to them in a bag containing the personal effects of a woman killed in a 2009 automobile accident in Utah. The brain was in a separate plastic bag labeled with the word "brain."

    The court ruled Wednesday that Serenicare Funeral Home in Draper, Utah didn't have enough contact with New Mexico for it to be sued in this state. The family has filed a separate lawsuit in Utah.

  • Police: Teen Arrested in Killing of Colo. Girl

    A teenage boy who lived just a mile from a 10-year-old Colorado girl who was abducted and killed earlier this month has been arrested in her death, along with a May attack on a runner, authorities said Wednesday.

  • LA blanks Capital to finish 2-4A schedule

    SANTA FE — As expected, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team wrapped up District 2-4A play with another big win.
    The Hilltoppers scored four goals in each half at Jaguar Field Tuesday, routing Capital 8-0. The win completed a sixth consecutive undefeated district season for the Hilltoppers, who have just one more game remaining on their 2012 schedule.
    In all, six Hilltoppers got into the scoring column. Forward Leslie Guarello, a senior, picked up a hat trick, posting her third goal midway through the second half.
    Despite the big victory, Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said it was a low-energy game for his team, which will finish off the regular season Thursday at home against St. Michael’s.
    “It was one of those games, you don’t want to be in it,” he said. “It’s hard to show up for these kinds of games.”
    To its credit, Capital (6-9 overall, 2-3 in 2-4A), in contrast to most of Los Alamos’ district opponents in recent years, actually attempted to play with a standard formation rather than stuff 10 people within a few yards of its own goal and hoping for the best — a tactic that almost never works at the prep level.
    Guarello scored in the 7th, 20th and 56th minutes, upping her season total to 11 goals.

  • LA locks up 2-4A title with win

    SANTA FE — There was quite a bit, including a fair chunk of pride, on the line Tuesday night.
    For the second year in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team and the Capital Jaguars met at Jaguar Field for the Hilltoppers’ season finale with the District 2-4A championship on the line.
    But this time, the Hilltoppers, after falling behind, were able to mount a comeback.
    Los Alamos had to bounce back after a quick-strike goal in the 6th minute by the Jaguars. It wouldn’t take long for Los Alamos to answer or claim the lead, however.
    The Hilltoppers scored their goals just about a minute apart and held on the rest of the way to claim a 2-1 victory Tuesday.
    More importantly, the Hilltoppers earned the 2012 District 2-4A championship with the win. The two teams are tied in the loss column — Capital has one more district game remaining — but the Hilltoppers pick up the tiebreaker, finishing with more net goals than the Jaguars.
    Los Alamos midfielder Henry Steinkamp, who was injured on what was the deciding play of the 2011 contest between the two teams, turned in another big performance, scoring the equalizing goal in the 11th minute, then sending a corner kick straight to the head of Brady Stokes in the 12th minute for the go-ahead goal that would ultimately prove to be the difference.

  • Campaigning in Cuba

    State Rep. Debbie Rodella and Cuba residents Gene and Peggy McCracken hold a meet and greet for House 43 Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard Saturday at El Bruno restaurant in Cuba.

  • Crowdfunding presentation slated for Thursday

    Marcia Kaplan will present Crowdfunding at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to the  Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network at The Hive in White Rock. The public is invited.
    Crowdfunding is a new method of raising funds for one-time  creative projects, non-profits, social causes and businesses. Currently, most campaigns are donation-based. To   raise money for a project, cause or business, those interested should attend the presentation to learn more about the crowdfunding opportunity.
    Also, in April, as part of the JOBS Act passed by Congress, equity crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and small businesses became legal in the United States. In 2013, entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses will be able to raise funds via crowdfunding. Learn about the different crowdfunding models and the benefits and limitations of crowdfunding.
    The speaker is Marcia Kaplan, principal of Kaplan & Associates, a Santa Fe-based consulting firm that specializes in market research, marketing, due diligence and business plans. Kaplan has worked with both, Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in the Silicon Valley.

  • Be There 10-24-12

    Today
    Republican candidate Jefferson Byrd will visit Los Alamos for a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. at the GOP headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite D1. The public is welcome to attend.

    GeekOut Family Night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs, at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games, or play theirs.

    Los Alamos High School will host a Financial Aid Information Night at 6 p.m. in the Speech Theater. All interested students and parents are encouraged to attend. New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation Representative Ruben Reyes will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, scholarships, grants, work-study programs and loan programs. For more information about Financial Aid Information Night, contact Connie Goettee at 663-2595 or c.goettee@laschools.net.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host an open discussion at 6:30 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. Questions can be sent to losalamoscommunityofatheists.com.

    Thursday
    The last outdoor Farmers Market of the season will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • Middle school book fair goes online

    Community members are invited to visit the Scholastic Book Fair online at the Los Almaos Middle School web site. The online store will offer books for all age levels and will be available on the web site from Oct. 28-Nov. 17. All books will be delivered free to the library and held until parents or students pick them up.
    The Middle School Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library portable and will not be as large as normal, due to size constraints. The book fair will be from 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5-9.

  • Fly into BESC for breakfast

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will hold its annual fall pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center—and this year, the breakfast will feature a Halloween twist.
    The serving line, staffed by Kiwanis members and volunteers from Kiwanis-affiliated youth organizations, will provide pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and milk. Seconds will be available until the food runs out.
    During the breakfast, from 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m., costumed witches will “fly” through the dining room, distributing wrapped candies to children.
    Kiwanis are selling tickets and tickets will also be available at the door. The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for children.
    Kiwanis uses the proceeds from the fall breakfast to support a long list of service projects. Among them are: college scholarships; the Senior Appreciation Night Breakfast; the Fourth of July Fireworks at Overlook Park; Breakfast with Santa; Los Alamos Science Fair prizes distributed by Kiwanis; and Kiwanis children’s organizations including Key Club, Builders Club, K-Kids at Barranca and K-Kids at Aspen.