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Today's News

  • LANL Honors R&D 100 Winners

    During a recognition ceremony at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday evening, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan spoke of the projects and people who earned three R&D 100 Awards this year.

    “Once again the R&D 100 Awards show that Los Alamos National Laboratory’s multidisciplinary scientific approach provides real-world innovation with the potential to drive job creation in the private sector while delivering benefits to the American public,” McMillan said.

  • Cost hikes raise CIP concerns

     Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

    The escalation in costs for the White Rock Visitor Center raised specters of past overruns and future budget nightmares.

    “I’m having a hard time with a design increasing 50 percent. I think it was a poor job of estimating. I don’t know if it was really tried to stay in the $2 million. I just feel that council was misled in the original estimate,” Vice Chair Ron Selvage said during Tuesday’s county council meeting where councilors narrowly approved an additional $1,126,697 for construction.

  • Behind the U.S. Senate race scenes

    Any visible action still is sparse in New Mexico’s congressional races. It is surprising because U.S. Senate contests without an incumbent usually happen only once every 30 years or so.
    House districts #2 and #3 are slam dunks but Congressional District 1 will be lively because Rep. Martin Heinrich is leaving it to make a run at the U.S. Senate.
    Labor Day is the usual kickoff for such races but it didn’t happen this time. Neither did the kickoff of nomination petition signing in early October create a stir. But much has been happening behind the scenes. Here is a run-down of the action there.

  • John Pawlak: Shooting my mouth off

    A recent news story heading read “Man in wheelchair shot to death by Phoenix police.”
    Personally, I found it surprising that getting killed by the Phoenix police would merit the cost of printing ink.  
    “Phoenix police investigated for being nice to visiting stranger” would have been a more news worthy item.
    But still, one might wonder why the journalist chose to use those particular words.

  • Tar Heels are tops in AP poll

    North Carolina broke a tie with its fiercest rival and moved into one with one of college basketball’s most storied programs.
    The Tar Heels, who return all five starters from the team that reached the regional finals last season, were the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ men’s preseason Top 25 on Friday.
    It is the eighth time they have received that honor since the preseason poll started in 1961-62.
    That breaks a tie with Duke, North Carolina’s Tobacco Road rival, and moves them into a tie with UCLA.

  • Football can clinch 2-4A title tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will have a shot at clinching the District 2-4A title tonight.
    Los Alamos will take on the Capital Jaguars at 7 p.m. A win for the Hilltoppers tonight at Jaguar Field will seal the 2-4A title for the 2011 season.
    Heading into tonight’s game, the Hilltoppers (5-4) are among the hottest teams in Class 4A. They have won four straight and five of their last six to put themselves in a position to clinch the district title. The Hilltoppers’ controlling their own destiny heading into their season finale seemed like a long shot a month ago.

  • Neal, Zumbro named district's top players

    For the second straight year, Amy Neal was named the top offensive performer in District 2-4A girls soccer.
    Neal, the leading scorer in Class 4A in 2011, led the Hilltoppers to a district title this season and was awarded as being named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2-4A.
    Los Alamos’ girls dominated the All-District first team selections, which were released Thursday night. In all, six Hilltoppers were named to the district’s first team along with Neal.
    Meanwhile, Hilltopper captain Zeke Zumbro was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the district. Zumbro, a junior, became the second straight Hilltopper fullback to earn the district’s top defensive player — the honor was won by Graham Delano in 2010.

  • Obama lost many donors from '08 presidential race

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has lost millions of dollars in support from former donors in Democratic strongholds and in districts that he won narrowly four years ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of the most recent federal campaign finance data.

    Tens of thousands of supporters who gave him hundreds of dollars or more in the early stages of the 2008 campaign haven't offered him similar amounts of cash so far in this campaign. And in some cases, former Obama contributors gave to GOP candidates, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

  • Cardinals stun Texas, force World Series to Game 7

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hours after David Freese's home run plunked down on the grass patch beyond the center field wall, long after the ballpark emptied, a message still burned bright on the scoreboard: "See you TOMORROW NIGHT for Game 7 of the World Series!"

    Whatever happens, whether the St. Louis Cardinals or Texas Rangers win, they'll have a hard time topping Thursday night.

    "You had to be here to believe it," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

    In one of the greatest thrillers in baseball history, the Cardinals twice rallied when they were down to their last strike of the season. First, Freese saved them with a two-run triple in the ninth, then Lance Berkman delivered a tying single in the 10th.

  • Medicare premiums up but not as much as expected

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Good news for seniors: The government says Medicare's basic monthly premium will rise less than expected next year, by $3.50 for most.

    It could be good, too, for President Barack Obama and Democrats struggling for older Americans' votes in a close election.

    At $99.90 per month, the 2012 Part B premium for outpatient care will be about $7 less than projected as recently as May. The additional money that most seniors will pay works out to about 10 percent of the average Social Security cost-of-living increase they'll also be due.

    Some recently enrolled younger retirees will actually pay less. They were charged $115.40 a month this year, and they'll see that go down to $99.90.