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  • Washburn returns following suspension ruling

    BERNALILLO — Just three days after his reinstatement onto the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, Grant Washburn suited up in his first game of the 2012 season.
    Washburn, a two-year offensive and defensive line starter, as well as a 2011 first team All-District player at both positions, made an appearance in Friday’s game against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Washburn was suspended from extracurricular activities Aug. 30 for a violation of Los Alamos Public Schools’ alcohol and drug policy, but his suspension was overturned Tuesday by the Los Alamos School board.
    According to New Mexico Activities Association rules, players must have 10 days of practice before they can compete, but Washburn was suspended just one day before the start of the regular season and had put his mandatory practice time in by then.
    “He was back at practice (Wednesday), Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said. “The team is happy to have their teammate back.”
    Williams said Washburn kept up with his conditioning and strength training during his suspension.

  • Exploration of Jewish scientists set for Sunday at Bradbury

    Jewish scientists played a key role in Los Alamos' Manhattan Project effort to develop the first atomic bombs. The role of these research luminaries in LANL's Theoretical Division, such as Hans Bethe, Victor Weisskopf, Richard Feynman and John von Neumann among others will be explored in a talk at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    The talk, "Jews in Theory: A Snapshot of Theoretical Division at Los Alamos in 1945" will be delivered by Jack Shlachter, LANL's Theoretical Division deputy division leader, and it is open to the public. Shlacter is also a local rabbi. All events at LANL's Bradbury Science Museum are free.

    Shlachter notes key positions within T Division that were held by scientists like Bethe, who J. Robert Oppenheimer chose to run Theoretical Division, and in 1967 he won a Nobel Prize in physics.

    Acccording to Shlacter, four future Nobel Laureates, all Jewish, worked in the Theoretical Division during its Manhattan Project heyday and almost 25 percent of its employees were Jewish.

     The Bradbury Science Museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.    

  • Big 2nd half gives LA huge win Friday night

    BERNALILLO – A game against two evenly matched teams started as a nip-and-tuck affair, but ended in a rout.

    And the routing team, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, could be in a position at the end of this week to all but sewing-up the District 2-4A title.

    Los Alamos opened its district title defense campaign Friday nigh at Spartan Field in Bernalillo, a place Los Alamos has struggled at in the past, to take on Bernalillo’s Spartans, one of three teams along with the Hilltoppers and Santa Fe’s Demons, that appear to have the best crack at earning the 2-4A championship.

    The two teams matched each other’s running attack for a good share of the ballgame, but a 95-yard touchdown toss in the third quarter from Hilltopper Brice Van Etten to slotback Seth Drop broke the back of the Spartans.

    The Spartans fell apart following the huge play, which put the Hilltoppers up by three scores at the time. The Hilltoppers would break open the game late, giving them a 34-0 victory on the road.

    Hilltopper Arnoldo Ortiz, who led all rushers with 116 yards on the contest, said Los Alamos went into Bernalillo Friday ready to win.

  • LA among winners in Friday prep football games

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Artesia 55, Clovis 48

    Aztec 46, St. Pius 27

    Capitan 47, Loving 0

    Carrizozo 46, Melrose 22

    Centennial High School 41, Hot Springs 20

    Deming 29, Alamogordo 28

    EP Cathedral, Texas 49, Chaparral 6

    Escalante 35, Fort Sumner 20

    Farmington 35, Bloomfield 12

    Goddard 20, Carlsbad 17

    Grants 36, Miyamura 18

    Hagerman 48, Cloudcroft 12

    Kirtland Central 49, Capital 0

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  • Mom Gets 99 Years for Gluing Tot's Hands

    A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler's hands to a wall was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison by a judge who described his decision as a necessary punishment for a brutal, shocking attack.

  • Authorities: Body Is That of Missing Colo. Girl

    Authorities say a body found in a suburban Denver park is that of missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. The disclosure came a week after the fifth-grader disappeared after leaving her home to walk to school.

  • Town's Agony Prolonged in Prostitution Case

    Residents of a Maine community will have to wait at least the weekend to learn which of their friends and neighbors stand accused of giving business to a fitness instructor charged with running a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio.

  • All hail breaks loose in Los Alamos -- photos added

    A massive hailstorm struck Los Alamos and two to four inches of ice were on the roadways Friday afternoon. The ice, though, has melted in most places and the roads are passable in most areas.

    At about 2:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm moved through the area, dropping marble-sized hailstones on the townsite. And a  caller working near East Gate reported golf-ball sized hail.

    LAPD Captain Randy Foster said there were no reports of damage. At about 3:40 p.m., Foster said there were some rocks on West Jemez Road that were eventually cleared by LANL personnel. There were no accidents, he said.

    The county, meanwhile, postponed a groundbreaking for the multi-purpose arena scheduled for the North Mesa Stables today. The county reports the stable's roads were muddy and impassable.

    The county deployed snowplows to help remove the ice. By 3:30 p.m., the sun was back out and that helped melt the ice on the roads in time for the evening commute.

    One motorist reported that a passenger side mirror was damaged due to the hailstorm.

    Stay tuned to LAMonitor.com for more details.