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Today's News

  • A twist on death

    Autumn doesn’t officially start until Sept. 23, but already the leaves on the trees are beginning to fall and hot summer nights have given way to cool evenings. Halloween is right around the corner and soon little ghosts and goblins will hit the streets seeking treats to satisfy their craving for sweets. The Fuller Lodge Art Center is also getting into the spirit with their “Muerto” show opening set for 5-7 p.m. Friday.
    The show is a six-week tribute honoring endings. Opinions on death are as unique as people are. Some see death as a transcendental experience, while others see it as the ultimate end. Some have a melancholy attitude about it, while others have a sense of humor about dying.

  • Apps for unemployment benefits dip; job growth remains elusive

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week, though the decline isn't enough to signal improvement in the job market.

    Weekly applications dropped by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 423,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    The four-week average, a less volatile figure, rose slightly for the fifth straight week to 421,000.

    Applications typically need to fall below 375,000 to signal sustainable job growth. They haven't been that low since February.

    "September is shaping up to be another difficult month for the job market," said Ryan Sweet, an economist at Moody's Analytics.

  • Republicans stepping up criticism ahead of debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans seeking the presidency have spent months pitching glossy versions of themselves to voters, but they now find their rivals highlighting the unspoken caveats in their records.

    Ahead of Thursday afternoon's candidate forum and an evening debate in swing-state Florida, their advisers telegraphed the criticism each campaign was likely to use. As most of the candidates plan a two-day trip to the hard-fought swing state, they are ramping up their rhetoric against each other.

    For instance: Texas added jobs during the economic recession under Gov. Rick Perry's leadership. But unemployment went up last month and is at the highest level since 1987, rival Mitt Romney noted.

  • Forecasts point to modest holiday growth

    NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers just got an early Christmas gift: Americans are expected to spend more than they did last year during the holidays.

    Retail revenue in November and December is expected to be up 3 percent during what is traditionally the biggest shopping period of the year, according to research firm ShopperTrak said Tuesday.

    The sales prediction, which matches the outlook from the International Council of Shopping Centers on Friday, would be below last year's 4.1 percent spike — and the 5-plus percent gains during boom economic times. But it's still above the 2.6 percent average gain over the last 10 years and is considered respectable growth given the down economy.

  • Dow falls 391 on worldwide fears about economy--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — Investors began giving in to fears Thursday that a global recession is already under way, and stock markets shuddered around the world. Selling started in Asia, picked up speed in Europe and sent Wall Street near its worst finish of the year.

    The Dow Jones industrial average lost 391 points and at one point was down more than 500, a return to the volatility that gripped the market this summer.

    One financial indicator after another showed that investors are losing hope that the global economy can keep growing. The price of oil and metals such as copper, which depend on economic demand, fell sharply. Traders bought Treasury bonds and the dollar for safety.

  • Veto showdown, court fight looms on redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats in the Legislature appear heading for a veto showdown with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over proposals for changing the boundaries of House and Senate districts.

    If no redistricting plans are enacted, the fight shifts to the courts and a judge likely will end up drawing new district boundaries.

    A House redistricting plan won approval early Thursday in the 70-member chamber and Martinez made it clear she doesn't support the proposal. The measure passed on a 36-34 vote with one Democrat breaking party ranks to join Republicans in opposing the measure.

    Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a "partisan gerrymander."

  • The end of the world: R.E.M. calling it quits--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — R.I.P. to R.E.M.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group announced on its website Wednesday that it has "decided to call it a day as a band."

    "A wise man once said — 'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it," frontman Michael Stipe said in a statement on the website.

    "I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way."

  • Be There 09-21-11

    Wednesday
    The September Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.

    Thursday
    The Authors Speak Series presents “Inspiration and perspiration: An Authors Symposium,” with playwright Robert Benjamin; children’s author Shirley Raye Redmond; poet Jane Lin; and sci-fi author Steven Gould, who will discuss the creative process in different genres. Moderated by Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan. 7 p.m., upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    Friday

  • Community announcements 09-21-11

    Volunteers needed  
    “Do you like to talk? The Los Alamos Historical Museum is looking for volunteers to greet visitors in the museum and tell them about the history of the community. No experience required, we’ll train you. Docent shifts are weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. from early May to mid-October and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. the rest of the year. Contact the museum offices at 662-6272 for more information.

  • Piñon students learn about bird banding

    Piñon Elementary sixth graders went to the Jemez, as part of a Pajarito Environmental Education Center program on bird banding. Here, Bandelier National Monument employee Steve Fetig teaches the students about bird banding and the impact of the Las Conchas Fire.