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Today's News

  • FACT CHECK: Stimulus assessments overly optimistic

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration claimed this week that $100 billion invested in innovative technologies under the economic stimulus law is "transforming the American economy" by putting the nation on track for technological breakthroughs in health care, energy and transportation.

    But an examination of details in the 50-page report unveiled Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden reveals something a bit different: a collection of rosy projections that ignore many of the challenges, pitfalls and economic realities in all those areas.

  • New jobless claims drop for first time in 4 weeks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New requests for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, the first decline in a month and a hopeful sign after a raft of negative economic reports.

    New claims for jobless aid dropped by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 473,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Still, claims remain much higher than they would be in a healthy economy. Employers are reluctant to hire as economic growth appears to be slowing.

  • Now divorced, Woods plays best round of the year

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods finally looked like the No. 1 player in the world.

    In his first tournament since his divorce, Woods played by far his best round of the year Thursday at The Barclays, missing only one fairway and two greens in a round of 6-under 65. It was his lowest round of the year.

    He was atop the leaderboard at Ridgewood Country Club, with the morning group still not finished.

  • WSI seeks lab security contract

    One of the world’s biggest security firms has entered into the race for the highly sought after contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Wackenhut Services Inc. confirmed it has responded to the lab’s request for proposals.

    “We submitted a proposal and would be honored to be selected,” said Susan Pitcher, WSI spokeswoman.

    She declined to provide details until a contract has been awarded.

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • New coach, new season

    For the first time in two decades, there will be a new man at the top of Los Alamos Hilltopper football.

    Garett Williams, the new head coach of the Hilltopper program, makes his debut Friday night when his team takes on the Pojoaque Elks.

    Game time Friday is set for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

  • Get a taste of Austin

    This Friday night we’ll be at Rover Park in White Rock with the Austin, Texas country-rock-soul-blues band Uncle Lucius. To get to Rover Park, turn left at the first light in White Rock (Rover Blvd) and go about one mile, the park’s on the left.

    The Black Crowes, The Band, the Outlaws, the Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, Otis Redding and Bill Withers have influenced Uncle Lucius’ music.

  • TV listings: Useful to readers or not?

    In today’s rapidly evolving media landscape, news and information products constantly have to be evaluated, changed, updated, and, in some cases, abandoned.

    Why?  Because the needs of readers are changing just as rapidly; a product that was highly read and utilized just a year or two ago, can become passé with a relatively minor advance in technology or a common shift in reader behavior.

    The Los Alamos Monitor is engaged in just such an evaluation with our weekly entertainment/TV listings publication, Kaleidoscope.

  • Boys soccer: Hilltoppers could be poised for a serious state title run

    For the past several seasons, according to Evan Gartz, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team has been something of a punching bag for the Rio Rancho Rams.

    But heading into today’s game, the Hilltoppers are hoping to deal a couple of haymakers of their own.

    With Los Alamos set to open its 2010 season at Rio Rancho, expectations around the team could scarcely be higher for the team to end its 23-year-long drought for a state championship.

  • FEDERAL LARGESS

    War in Ciudád Júarez has brought economic improvement in El Paso. The Júarez drug violence has pushed the city’s famous nightlife north across the border into El Paso. Retail activity has come along.

  • Los Alamos stores escape egg recall

    New Mexico has so far avoided the largest egg recall in American history.

    There have been more than 2,500 reports of illness related to salmonella poisoning and in the last week alone, nearly half a billion eggs have been recalled.

    That’s about two eggs for every person in the country, or nearly $60 million dollars worth.

    The egg contamination plagues 17 states throughout the nation, but Smith’s Food and Drug Centers are not affected, said corporate spokesperson Marsha Gilford.

    Smith’s has stores in Los Alamos and White Rock.