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Today's News

  • US default could be doomsday option for economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don't want it to happen now. But with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and Democrats and Republicans so far apart on how to tame the deficit, the unthinkable is suddenly being pondered.

    The government now borrows about 42 cents of every dollar it spends. Imagine that one day soon, the borrowing slams up against the current debt limit ceiling of $14.3 trillion and Congress fails to raise it. The damage would ripple across the entire economy, eventually affecting nearly every American, and rocking global markets in the process.

  • Guest list, seating plan released for royal wedding

    LONDON (AP) — The full list of confirmed guests and the seating plan for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton were released by the British monarchy Saturday.

    Many of the 1,900 invitees had already been mentioned in the media weeks ago, including soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, musician Elton John and director Guy Ritchie. But others, like soul singer Joss Stone and Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson — a close friend of William's father Prince Charles — were new.

    St. James's Palace also confirmed for the first time that Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa will be attending, despite British concerns about the treatment of activists there.

  • DPU customers may receive automated phone survey

     Beginning Monday, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers may receive an automated phone survey on natural gas.  The calls will be launched from the Washington DC area and will have a (202) area code.  Survey duration is approximately ten minutes long and assesses customers’ knowledge of gas safety issues.

    “Natural gas is safe, clean and efficient.  But like other forms of energy it is important to respect its potential dangers,” stated Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill.  “Our job is to communicate natural gas safety.  I hope that our customers will take the time to answer the survey questions so that we may determine how to improve our public awareness program.”

  • GM likely to retake No. 1 sales spot from Toyota

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is almost certain to claim the title of world's biggest automaker this year, retaking the top spot from Toyota, which has been hurt by production problems since the Japanese earthquake and still can't escape the shadow of major safety recalls.

    The No. 1 title, a morale booster for the winner's employees and managers, would cap GM's remarkable comeback from bankruptcy.

    GM's sales are up, mainly in China and the U.S, the world's top two markets. Its cars are better than in the past, especially small ones.

    But even though GM came within 30,000 sales of Toyota last year and began strong in 2011, any sales victory this year has more to do with Toyota's problems.

  • Dozens killed in bloodiest day of Syria uprising

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces fired bullets and tear gas Friday at tens of thousands of protesters across the country, killing at least 75 people in the bloodiest day of the monthlong uprising and signaling that the authoritarian regime was prepared to turn more ruthless to put down the revolt against President Bashar Assad.

    Among the dead were a 70-year-old man and two boys ages 7 and 10, Amnesty International said. In the southern town of Izraa, a man ran carrying the body of a young boy, whose hair was matted with blood from a gaping wound on his head, as another child wept and shouted, "My brother!" Footage of the scene was posted on the protest movement's main Facebook pace.

  • CMRR Draft Supplemental EIS available online

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Nuclear Facility portion of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory is now available online.
     
    The CMRR would replace the 60-year-old Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building used for analytical chemistry and materials characterization critical to NNSA national security missions that require nuclear materials handling, processing and fabrication including stockpile management, nonproliferation and counterterrorism.
     

  • Good Friday: Pope does Q and A on suffering

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has taken a new step in engaging with the public, fielding questions on Italian TV during a Good Friday broadcast and telling a 7-year-old Japanese girl her suffering wasn't in vain and a Muslim woman in the Ivory Coast that peace must prevail.

    Benedict was responding to questions submitted over the last few weeks by the general public via state-run RAI television's website, part of the Vatican's new push to engage with the world online and through Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

  • Religion listings 04-22-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, Pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

  • Bible Answers 04-22-11

    “Just how important is ‘the resurrection?’ Isn’t the important thing just that people believe in Jesus and love others like He loved?” — Rob

    Over the centuries, the importance of an historical, bodily resurrection has been down-played by numerous schools of thought. Some have dismissed as myth or wishful thinking or outright fraud the early Christian declaration of a resurrection event. Others have expressed doubt concerning the veracity of the biblical record. Some critics, both within Christianity and without, have promoted the idea that indeed the historical event is not necessary. One merely needs to possess the kind of hopeful faith that would exist had a resurrection actually occurred.  

  • Update 04-22-11

    Eco Station closed
    The Los Alamos County Eco Station will be closed on Easter Sunday.

    Easter egg hunt
    An Easter egg hunt will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

    Parks meeting
    Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 9 a.m.
    April 30 at the playground located near the North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer Arena.

    Public meeting
    The public meeting No. 2 for Parcel A19A is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.
     
    ‘Annie” the musical
    The Los Alamos High School Olions present, “Annie the Musical,” at  7 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door.