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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Cheaper hydrogen fuel cells close to reality

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have developed a way to avoid the use of expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells, the environmentally friendly devices that might replace current power sources in everything from personal data devices to automobiles.
    In a paper published today in Science, Los Alamos researchers Gang Wu, Christina Johnston, and Piotr Zelenay, joined by researcher Karren More of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, describe the use of a platinum-free catalyst in the cathode of a hydrogen fuel cell.
    Eliminating platinum — a precious metal more expensive than gold — would solve a significant economic challenge that has thwarted widespread use of large-scale hydrogen fuel cell systems.  

  • GOP to solicit candidates for Wallace's seat

    The local Republican Party has an opportunity as well as a dilemma.

    Former Congressman Bill Redmond explained to the Los Alamos Monitor that the only chance the Los Alamos Republicans have for representation is through Rep. Jeannette Wallace’s seat. Wallace passed away earlier this month.

    Redmond said that prior to 1990, Los Alamos Republicans had a state representative and state senator. Following the 1990 census, Democrats took the senate district and broke it into two parts, he said. A portion of Los Alamos went to the Navajo reservation district in the west and a portion went to the Santa Fe district.  

  • Candidates vie for state Dem Party chair

    A crowd of Democrats filled Mesa Public Library meeting room 3 Thursday night to hear featured speakers Leticia Montoya and Javier Gonzales. They are running for chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, along with attorney Sam Bregman who was absent.

    One of the three candidates will be elected state party chair at the party’s Executive Committee Meeting April 29 in Albuquerque. Some 400 state Democrats will cast their votes during the meeting.

    Gonzales and Montoya spoke about the party’s disturbing results in the last election and how the Democrats should mount a strong comeback in 2012.