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Today's News

  • Hell In A Cell

    Alleged hauntings and ghost sightings of places where accidents and tragedies occurred is not uncommon. In fact, there are many places throughout the state that are said to be haunted, so it should come as no surprise that the New Mexico State Penitentiary’s Old Main facility is on that list — especially since it was the site of a vicious riot in 1980.

    Inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico, overtook prison guards in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 1980. Fed up with airing grievances about overcrowding, substandard food and the treatment of some prisoners — that seemed to fall on deaf ears — they decided to take action.

    During a routine inspection in one of the dormitories, the inmates overtook four prison guards and took them hostage. They then went to another dormitory, where another four guards were taken hostage. They continued to take hostages until they had acquired a total of 12. 

    During their initial assault, they were able to gain access of the control center, where they were able to get keys for the five grill gates in the prison. What happened after that will forever be etched in New Mexico history. For 36 hours, prisoners and guards alike, were tortured, beat, stabbed and raped. There were also several overdoses after the rioters gained access to the prison pharmacy.

  • Animal Shelter 10-28-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Autumn — This spayed female is one of those rare breeds that doesn’t come around very often — a New Mexico Brown Dog. She is housebroken and leash-trained, just don’t try to force her to be friends with any dog smaller than her.
    Axle — Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a total sweetheart. He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.

  • News for Retirees 10-28-12

    Oct. 28-Nov. 3
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beef stew
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Catfish
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sweet ‘n sour pork
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Tire pressure check
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:45     a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken pot pie
    11:30 a.m.    Community Health Council

  • Eastern US braces for dangerous superstorm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big cities from Washington to Boston buttoned up on Sunday against the onslaught of a superstorm that could menace 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, with forecasters warning New York could be in particular peril.

    "The time for preparing and talking is about over," Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate warned as Hurricane Sandy made its way up the Atlantic on a collision course with two other weather systems that could turn it into one of the most fearsome storms on record in the U.S. "People need to be acting now."

    Airlines canceled more than 5,000 flights and Amtrak began suspending train service across the Northeast. New York and Philadelphia moved to shut down their subways, buses and trains Sunday night and announced that schools would be closed on Monday. Boston, Washington and Baltimore also called off school.

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-28-12
  • Word on the Street 10-28-12

    Teen Pulse staff members Owen Bradbury Aranda and Sebastian Garcia asked students, “Do you still go trick-or-treating?”

  • There’s still hope for West Coast rap

    In the 1990s, rap music dominated the music industry. While some rap songs got radio play, the more volatile form, known as “gangsta rap” was at its strongest with artists such as Snoop Dogg and The Notorious B.I.G.
    After the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac) in 1996, and the collapse of West Coast Rap Giant “Death Row Records,” West Coast gangsta rap took a downturn. Newer West Coast artists, such as Game, have tried to breathe life back into the genre, but to no avail.
    Released on Oct. 22, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” is new West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut under Aftermath, Top Dawg and Interscope Records. With the debut of this album, under executive producer Dr. Dre (Andre Yong), hope is restored in the almost forgotten genre.
    Born in Compton, Calif. in 1987, Lamar got his first taste of gangsta rap when he witnessed 2Pac and fellow rapper Dr. Dre filming for their single “California Love. In 2003, Lamar released his first mixtape, which gained enough attention for him to be signed to Top Dawg Entertainment.  Lamar caught Dr. Dre’s attention after the release of his fifth mix tape, “Overly Dedicated” in 2010.  

  • Fashion Maven: The ultimate Halloween costume

    It’s no surprise that many high school students have decided to stop trick-or-treating. They’ve probably run out of ideas for what sort of costume they should wear.
    Is there a costume out there that is fun, comfortable, not embarrassing to wear in front of your friends, and — most importantly for me — fashionable? Actually, yes, there is one that fits the bill. Have you ever considered being a fashionista for Halloween?
    Wearing a fashionable outfit is not enough for this costume idea. A fashionista is a fashion fanatic, so a complicated outfit is necessary. Let’s check out what is needed for the typical girly fashionista’s ultimate getup.
    • Anything with frills or ruffles goes. Try a frilly skirt or a tank top with multiple layers. Since it will be cold out, I suggest wearing a pea coat or structured jacket that is pink, purple, white or very feminine.
    • If you are wearing a skirt, make sure to wear leggings underneath so you stay warm when you go trick-or-treating at night. Patterned or colorful leggings are a fun addition to this outfit.
    • Black skinny jeans or patterned jeans can also be worn instead of a skirt or dress.
    • Stylish boots will also keep you warm, but if you wish to wear flats, try sparkly shoes like Toms or flower-patterned shoes.

  • Coaches have high hopes for XC team

    For members of the Los Alamos High School Cross Country team, autumn is all about running.  
    Beginning the first week of August, team members start practicing and getting in shape everyday, running about three to four miles each session.  
    Rob and Kathy Hipwood have been head coaches of the boys and girls teams since 1994. Eight other assistant coaches help to make sure the team is practicing well and helping the runners to progress throughout the season.  
    “The team has been doing great, both boys and girls. We are very pleased with the race performances from varsity to C team. The teams have been racing very consistently. So we think it’s been a very successful season so far,” Rob said.  
    Cross Country teams are usually fairly large at Los Alamos High School, but Kathy noted the LAHS Toppers’ team is made up of 97 runners this season.  
    “This is the biggest team, not by a lot, because it’s been consistently in the 80s over the past 19 years,” she said.  
    The runners are divided into varsity, junior varsity and C teams. The varsity and junior varsity runners practice a little more, including running at 6 a.m., before school begins.

  • The Candyman can

    SANTA FE — Former Rep. George Buffett makes the list as one of New Mexico’s most colorful politicos. Buffett, who died recently, wouldn’t particularly appreciate being called colorful or a politico but that is part of why he was colorful.
    Buffett was as conservative as they come. He was conservative in all things. He introduced few, if any, bills during a session. When he spoke on the floor of the House, he was stingy with words. He didn’t appreciate legislators appropriating money to projects in their own districts. He didn’t do it himself and he voted against members of his own party doing it.
    His independent streak was part of the reason Buffett never served in a leadership position in the Republican Party despite his 24 years in the Legislature. The average tenure of a Republican legislator in New Mexico is much shorter than 24 years.
    Buffett said the quick in-and-out is because it isn’t as much fun always being in the minority and never getting to be a committee chairman. He pointed to the large number of Democratic retirements when Democrats lost the majority in Congress.