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Today's News

  • Thoughts on various subjects...

    One of my very favorite events to cover during the calendar year is the Atomic City Invitational.

    First of all, covering golf isn’t too stressful. As golfer Bruce Norman, who won the senior men’s competition this year, told me as he saw me buzzing along in my little golf cart in between holes, “must be tough, riding around and drinking sodas.”

  • Six more pot producers licensed

    SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Department of Health has approved six more medical marijuana producers.

    That makes 11 nonprofits licensed by the state to provide the drug. The first producer was approved in March 2009.

    Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil said the additional producers will help meet the needs of patients by making medical marijuana more accessible in all regions of the state.

  • U.S., Russia swap spies in Vienna

    MOSCOW — The U.S. and Russia orchestrated the largest spy swap since the Cold War, exchanging 10 spies arrested in the U.S. for four convicted in Russia in a tightly choreographed diplomatic dance Friday at Vienna’s airport.

    The exchange was a clear demonstration of President Barack Obama’s “reset” ties between Moscow and Washington, enabling the U.S. to retrieve four Russians, some of whom were suffering through long prison terms.

  • Unbelievable, a peer review failure

    Back in the ”old corps,” getting a paper communicated and published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) was a cause for celebration up and down the hall and an “Attaboy” from Harold.  

    We regarded these as cherished publications, justifying the “all-nighters” required to collect data from a system that had no concept of the eight-hour day or the five-day week.

  • We pay for what we value

    Throughout our lives, there are those few special people who touch us in a way that sets them apart from all the others.

    For me, it was Mr. Eberhardt, Doc Spooner and Col. Matheson.

    These three helped shape my way of thinking, gave me insight on my life and the world around me and guided me toward adulthood.

    I will always remember them as life mentors. All were teachers.

  • Listen in on law makers

    If you ever wanted to listen in on the interim committee meetings of state lawmakers at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, here’s your chance.

    A live, streaming audio feed of these meetings is accessible online at www.nmlegis.gov.

    Lawmakers grew accustomed to being broadcast during the 2009 and 2010 regular sessions. Last week the Legislative Council voted to begin webcasting interim committee meetings beginning July 1.

    Because this year’s meetings are being held in Santa Fe as a cost-saving measure, the meeting rooms were already wired.

  • Taking a look at bones

    The Bradbury Science Museum recently continued its Tuesday summer learning with the topic of bones. The Bradbury is utilizing youth as summer volunteers.

  • Spy swap with Russia now underway

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion Thursday, with up to 10 guilty pleas planned in New York by defendants accused of spying for Russia in exchange for the release of convicted Russian spies. A Russian convicted of spying for the United States was reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna.

    A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties chilled by a deepening atmosphere of suspicion.

  • IMF raises world growth forecast but risks rising

    BEIJING (AP) — The global economy is recovering faster than expected but Europe's debt crisis might stall the rebound and governments need to shore up shaky public confidence, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

    The IMF raised its 2010 world growth forecast to 4.6 percent from 4.2 percent in April and boosted estimates for the United States and China. But its quarterly World Economic Outlook warned that "risks have risen sharply" and Europe has to quickly resolve debt problems and restore confidence in its banks.

  • Russia-US spy swap appears to be in motion

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion Thursday, with a Russian convicted of spying for the United States reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna. Defense lawyers in the U.S. say they hoped for an immediate resolution for their 10 clients charged with spying for Russia.

    A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties chilled by a deepening atmosphere of suspicion.