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Today's News

  • Trump says no to presidential run

    NEW YORK (AP) — After months of flirting with politics, Donald Trump said Monday he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting "The Celebrity Apprentice" over a bid for the Republican nomination.

    The reality TV star and real estate mogul made his announcement at a Manhattan hotel as NBC, which airs his show, rolled out its fall lineup.

    "I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," Trump said.

  • Endeavour soars on 2nd-to-last space shuttle trip--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour is finally on its way.

    Endeavour blasted off on the next-to-last shuttle flight Monday morning under the command of Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The wounded congresswoman watched the launch in private from Kennedy Space Center.

    As many as 45,000 guests jammed NASA's launch site. The crowd outside the gates was estimated to be in the tens of thousands, if not more.

    It was the second launch attempt. Late last month, an electrical problem halted the countdown.

  • Small cuts - big consequences

    A pretty young woman in a Harley Davidson tank top is describing to me in fine, enthusiastic detail the history of White Oaks, the one-time mining town and now satellite community of Carrizozo. She’s holding forth in the No Scum Allowed Saloon, where she works.
    “I just love working in White Oaks, because the history is all around us,” she said.
    I wanted to hug her. As it happened, a friend and I were returning from the annual meeting of the Historical Society of New Mexico held this year in Ruidoso.
    Looking at its graying membership, I had wondered who will carry the torch – who will care about history?

  • Council decision questioned

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Another incredibly bad decision from council on the Los Alamos Municipal Building.  At a time when most state agencies are struggling for funding, including the schools, the council decides to spend $25MM+ on a huge municipal building, at the same time replacing tax-generating apartments with parking.  It’s hard to see how this decision could have negatively impacted more people  and organizations.

  • So we want a mayor...

    It was an interesting piece in the Los Alamos Monitor on the machinations of the Charter Review Committee “that doesn’t want a mayor but would prefer a super county council chairman.”  This looks like a “weak mayor” form of government but would not subject the position to a vote of the people.  The mayor would be a strong council chair who would be chosen for us by the council.
    This sounds a bit elitist and it may well be since the CRC consists of former council chairmen and longtime members of county boards and commissions. This type of position would be beholden to the council members and not directly to the electorate.

  • Word on the Street 05-15-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon recently asked eighth grader Nathan Simmonds a few questions.

  • Poetry Corner 05-15-11

    Ode to a pencil

    Yellow and wooden
    plump pink eraser slightly rubbed and smudged with gray.
    Layers of light brown wood peeled off of the tip.
    A chunk of soft black graphite pokes itself up and shines dully in the light.
    A layer of paint is evenly spread.
    Dented and scratched
    nibbled on from anxiety and impatience leaving indentations of molars in its soft wooden body.
    Twirls in fingers, having the potential energy and power to write down any thought any idea, any image, picture,
    create any world.
    The soft black graphite comes in contact with white crisp paper scratching little gray marks revealing what was once in the mind and laying it before all eyes to see.

  • Tackling the tricky T-shirt

    T-shirts are so common these days that we tend not to think about their importance anymore, yet we wear them every day. T-shirts come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, styles, cuts and colors. Choosing a T-shirt can sometimes be so overwhelming that some of you may just give up and resort to wearing the plain white crewneck T-shirt, which does absolutely nothing for you. Do not worry. I am here to help sort out this dilemma for you.
    Let’s start with buying the right shape of T-shirt. Unbelievably, your face shape has everything to do with the type of T-shirt you buy. If your face is round or you have a shorter neck, do not buy T-shirts with round necklines. Wear a V-neck or a long necklace to elongate your face and neck.

  • Bin Laden loses hide-and-go-seek title

    The members of the Thoughtful, Encouraging, Rational, Reliable, Optimistic and Realistic Individuals Supporting Tranquility in Society (T.E.R.R.O.R.I.S.T.S) withdrew Osama bin Laden’s title of World Hide-and-Go-Seek Champion May 1.
    The title was originally presented to bin Laden in 2004, after many years of hiding from the powerful United States government.
    Bill Omb, the chairman of the hide-and-go-seek committee, joked, “Of course Osama wasn’t there to accept his award. He was so good at the game that he would not risk revealing his ultimate hiding spot.”
    When asked what he thought of bin Laden’s capture, Omb looked down sadly and sighed.
    “I was so disappointed. Not only was he found, but he cheated!”

  • Was SBA testing a waste of time?

    Throughout high school, there’s one day that every teenager looks foreword to: Graduation. It’s the end of some things and the beginning of others, as teens try to find their place in the world.
    In order to receive a diploma, a student must earn all of the required academic credits and pass the Standard Based Assessment. The state of New Mexico chose the SBA as the common graduation test for all New Mexico public schools.
    Students take the SBA their junior year and have several opportunities over the next five years, if they do not pass the assessment. The test’s purpose, similar to MAPS testing, is also to measure adequate yearly progress among students.