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Today's News

  • S&P also downgrades Fannie and Freddie, US-backed debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Monday downgraded the credit ratings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and other entities linked to long-term U.S. debt.

    S&P also lowered the ratings for: farm lenders; long-term U.S. government-backed debt issued by 32 banks and credit unions; and three major clearinghouses, which are used to execute trades of stocks, bonds and options.

    All the downgrades were from AAA to AA+, reflecting the same downgrade S&P made of long-term U.S. government debt on Friday.

    The downgrade of the mortgage giants Fannie and Freddie reflected their "direct reliance" on the U.S. government, S&P said.

  • Dow plunges more than 600 points after downgrade--video extras

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged Monday as anxiety overtook investors on the first trading day since Standard & Poor's downgraded American debt.

    The Dow Jones industrials fell 634.76 points. It was the sixth worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst one-day drop since December 2008. Every stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index declined Monday.

    Investors worried about the slowing U.S. economy, escalating debt problems threatening Europe and the prospect that fear in the markets would reinforce itself, as it did during the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.

  • 'Captain America' hits the big screen

    Comic book fans can now see Captain America in action on the big screen and in 3D. “Captain America: The First Avenger” was released worldwide on July 22.
    The action-adventure film takes place during World War II, where America is losing increasingly more men on the front lines.
    Steve Rogers is a scrawny, young man who wants to serve his country more than anyone else.
    He finally gets his chance when a German scientist who has defected to America notices him. The scientist is working on an experimental “super soldier” for the United States Army.

  • Word on the Street 08-07-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Madalina Ciuca recently asked Los Alamos High School students a few questions.

  • In freshman World History

    Philosophers were these somewhat smart guys, who saw the world with different eyes.
    The Enlightenment was all about figuring it out and these guys were determined to, without a doubt.

    From the French nobility came Montesquieu, who discovered the three branches familiar to you.
    From legislative, executive and judicial, with separation of powers, his analysis was official.

    Then came Voltaire, a Parisian, who fought against intolerance of religion.
    He mastered deism based on reason and natural law, close to the “world machine” that Newton saw.

    And of course there was Diderot.
    Writing the Encyclopedia is how he is known.
    It was 28 volumes of trying to change the way people think.

  • LAHS student gets an inside look at a Swiss school

    Editor’s note: Teen Pulse staff member Alexandra Hehlen wrote this story after spending a day at a school in Switzerland.

    School Here, School There: What is the Difference?
    At the Progymatte Oberstufen Schule, or the Progymatte Upper-level School, in Thun, Switzerland, the learning atmosphere is different for teens compared to that of Los Alamos High School. Every morning, the bell rings at the large, old stone schoolhouse at 7:30 a.m.
    The teenagers rush to their classrooms, catch up on morning gossip and await the arrival of their first period teacher.
    The teacher walks into the room just after the bell rings. As he does so, all the students stand up as a polite way of greeting him, and sit down when he tells them to.

  • Animal Shelter 08-07-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

  • News for Retirees 08-07-11

    Aug. 7-13, 2011
    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 plus exercise
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken salad
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile burger
    7 p.m.    Bridge

  • 21 nonprofit New Mexico organizations receive grants

    Sara Armstrong, President of the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, announced that 21 non profits in New Mexico have received grants for 2011-2012.
    “I am excited to announce that non-profits in Las Vegas, Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico have received grants.
    These grassroots organizations serve children in Las Vegas, Cañones, Los Alamos, Ojo Sarco and Taos.  The Fourth Judicial District CASA, Samaritan House, Ojo Sarco Community Center, Cañones Early Childhood Program,  Self Help and Youth Heartline are among the groups selected,” Armstrong said.

  • Births 08-07-11

    July 26: A girl, Hailey Lopez, born to Jennifer Medina and Brian Lopez
    July 26: A boy, Gabriel Cruz Baca, born to Sheryl and Abraham Baca
    July 27: A boy, Dimetrius Rayen Marcus, born to Stephanie Vigil and Byron Marcus
    July 28: A girl, Alexis Paige Fredlund, born to Angela and Zak Fredlund
    July 28: A girl, Kennedi Jayde Rodela-Olson, born to Maria Elena Rodela and Kenneth James Olson