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Today's News

  • Educators question rules for grading schools A-F

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators are cautioning Gov. Susana Martinez's administration against rushing the implementation of a new law that will assign grades A to F to rate the performance of public schools.

    Teachers, superintendents and others raised questions Monday about proposed rules by the Public Education Department for the school rating system enacted earlier this year.

    Gloria Rendon of the Coalition of School Administrators suggested the new grading system initially be implemented in a few schools to serve as a pilot for working out potential problems.

  • Educators question rules for grading schools A-F

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators are cautioning Gov. Susana Martinez's administration against rushing the implementation of a new law that will assign grades A to F to rate the performance of public schools.

    Teachers, superintendents and others raised questions Monday about proposed rules by the Public Education Department for the school rating system enacted earlier this year.

    Gloria Rendon of the Coalition of School Administrators suggested the new grading system initially be implemented in a few schools to serve as a pilot for working out potential problems.

  • Kim Kardashian files for divorce after 10 weeks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just 10 weeks after her star-studded, made-for-TV wedding, reality starlet Kim Kardashian filed for divorce Monday from NBA player Kris Humphries, citing irreconcilable differences.

    "I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision," said the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star in a statement. "I had hoped this marriage was forever but sometimes things don't work out as planned."

  • Cain says he was 'falsely accused' of harassment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday he was "falsely accused" of sexual harassment while he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

    Cain was responding to a Politico report that said the trade group settled complaints from at least two women that Cain had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior.

    Cain told Fox News he has never sexually harassed anyone and that he was "falsely accused." He said investigations into any complaints found that they were "baseless."

  • Power restoration in snowy East could take days--video extras

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Residents across the Northeast woke up to cold, dark homes and one of the earliest snow days in memory Monday after a storm dumped as much as 30 inches of wet, heavy snow that snapped trees and power lines and disrupted plans for Halloween trick-or-treating.

    Communities from Maryland to Maine that suffered through a tough winter last year followed by a series of floods and storms went into now-familiar emergency mode as schools and roads closed, shelters opened, regional transit was suspended or delayed, and local leaders urged caution.

    The storm's lingering effects likely will outlast the snow. Temperatures are expected to begin rising Monday and the heavy, wet snow will start melting, the National Weather Service said.

  • Los Alamos Monitor earns major state awards

    The Los Alamos Monitor has been recognized as being among the top newspapers in the state. The multimedia news and information organization’s efforts were affirmed by a number of accolades as part of the 2011 Better Newspaper Contest conducted jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the Associated Press Managing Editors.

    Chief among the awards, the Los Alamos Monitor earned the E.H. Shaffer Award for 1st Place General Excellence in the Daily Class III Division, which includes daily newspapers with 6,000 or less in circulation.

  • Leisure pool logic

    I have been on the Los Alamos County Council for just over 100 days. I have to admit that it sometimes seems like 100 years, and that each council meeting, 100 hours long.
     I have learned much in this time about county operations and those challenges and opportunities facing us.
    It is my duty to be responsive to your queries and comments and to follow-up with staff, but I have also learned that my main task on council is not to be the investigative reporter for the Los Alamos Monitor; my main obligation, my “real job,”  is to think hard about and to help set long-term direction for the county.

  • Wilson on spending, healthcare, regulation and national security

    This is the second of two columns sharing my mid-October conversation in Albuquerque with Heather Wilson, former congresswoman and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.
    Morgan: What are your observations about the financial challenges facing the country?
    Wilson: (President Obama has) chosen to make this a political issue rather than trying to figure out what’s right to do for the country and start working to figure out how we’re going to bridge these gaps and get back on the right path to something that’s fiscally sustainable.
    I just found that tremendously disappointing. So it does require the political will to say we will do what is best for the country.

  • Word on the Street 10-30-11

    Halloween is Monday, so instead of asking random students a question, Teen Pulse staff members and Los Alamos High School students Madalina Ciuca (senior) and Sebastian Garcia (junior) asked fellow staff members — and each other, “Who is your favorite horror movie character?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-30-11