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Today's News

  • Finale of 'Oprah Winfrey' airs after 25-year run

    CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey ended her famous talk show Wednesday by telling her viewers of 25 years that they weren't saying goodbye.

    "I won't say goodbye, I'll just say until we meet again," Winfrey said.

    She hugged and kissed her longtime partner Stedman Graham and shook hands with audience members before walking through the halls of Harpo Studios in Chicago, hugging and crying with her staff.

    Winfrey shouted "We did it!" The last shot of the finale showed Winfrey walking away with her cocker spaniel, Sadie.

  • Philippines braces for typhoon, evacuation ordered

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials began evacuating thousands of residents in areas prone to floods and landslides Wednesday as Typhoon Songda roared toward the country's northeast.

    Government weather bureau chief Graciano Yumul said the typhoon is likely to make landfall Friday afternoon over Aurora and Isabela provinces. It has already brought heavy rains to the Philippine archipelago's eastern seaboard.

    Yumul said the typhoon was packing winds of 80 miles (130 kilometers) per hour and gusts of 100 mph (160 kph).

  • Official: Storms killed 4th in Ark.; toll at 14--video extras

    KANSAS CITY, Mo (AP) — A violent storm system rumbled through the central U.S. on Wednesday, spawning tornadoes that turned homes into splintered wreckage, killing at least 14 people and hampering rescue efforts in a city slammed by a massive twister days earlier.

    The new system, which followed closely behind the one that spawned the massive twister that struck Joplin, Mo., and killed more than 120 people, moved into the Oklahoma City area Tuesday evening as worried commuters rushed home from work.

    Several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma City and its suburbs, killing at least eight people and injuring at least 70 others, authorities said. Among those killed was a 15-month-old boy, and searchers were looking for his missing 3-year-old brother.

  • Playing games for sustainability

    I call the computer the bringer of prospects. A few odd souls will think of computing. Most think of video games, texting, or e-books.
    Environmental thinkers may think of smart cars and paperless records. Rare is the breed hooked on sustainability games, a many-pronged teaching tool.
    Who knows? Games may be the best hope that the world’s youth will work out the problems we pass to them.
    “Sustainability games” are computer games that test a player’s skill at prolonging the world’s use of natural resources and the environment. The games take many forms.

  • Pop some Mr. Bubble, just make sure it’s liquid

    If you’re reading this, the world didn’t end, darn it. That’s right, in case you didn’t know, there was a group that believed May 21 was Judgment Day and that the world would end with a series of earthquakes.
    During the last two weeks of school, the kitchens and the living rooms of any house in which school-age children live, probably look like an earthquake has hit, but several friends, including myself, have agreed that the result is the fact that it’s May.
    You see, in the midst of insanity, I have remembered to put a loaf of bread in the deep freezer in case we run out. That can only mean one of two things: hell is freezing over or school is coming to an end.

  • Be There 05-24-11

    Wednesday
    “Do Slime Molds Make Good Pets?” talk by Relf Price. At 7 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Free and open to the public.

    June 2
    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

    June 5
    Field trip to the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, led by docent Natali Steinberg.  Meet at noon at PEEC.  Bring lunch, water. Free, but let PEEC know you’re coming, 662-0460 or programs@pajaritoeec.org.  

    June 6

  • Supercomputing exhibit updated

    Throughout its history, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been synonymous with supercomputing, achieving a number of milestones along the way. Those milestones and more are showcased in a new, updated supercomputing exhibit on display at the Bradbury Science Museum. The public grand opening of the exhibit, featuring a guest lecture and reception, is from 4-6 p.m. May 26.

  • Strong prepares for SGC meeting

    Kathy Strong, landscape designer, readies the courtyard in her home in Pajarito Acres for her lecture for the Summit Garden Club meeting June 6.

  • Police Beat 05-24-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    May 12

    10:47 a.m. – Los Alamos Public Schools reported being the victim of larceny at 90 Grand Canyon in White Rock. The estimated loss is less than $250.

    6:55 p.m. – Clinton Green, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant for violating conditions of his release.
    May 13

    7:43 a.m. – A 29-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of larceny on 35th Street. The estimated loss is less than $500.

  • Electronic poster display project

    The Los Alamos Teen Center is the beta test site for the Chamber of Commerce electronic poster display project. Los Alamos High School Sophomore Paul Montoya sits near the new display Monday, which features among several other posters, information and a photo of slime mold, the subject of a presentation that will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.