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Today's News

  • Gates: NKorea must show good faith for new talks

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New international disarmament talks with North Korea are possible only if the North backs off recent aggression against South Korea and demonstrates it is willing to bargain in good faith, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

    Gates said diplomacy is worthwhile, starting with direct talks between the North and South. South Korea has rejected new talks for now, reflecting intense anger and impatience over North Korean attacks.

  • Youngest Ariz. shooting victim laid to rest

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Some 2,000 mourners packed a Catholic church to honor Christina Taylor Green, the bubbly 9-year-old who was the youngest victim of the Arizona shootings, while hundreds more lined streets outside in a show of unity and support.

    Christina's was the first of half-a-dozen funerals in the coming days, and was to be followed Friday with a service for U.S. District Judge John Roll at the same church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Security was expected to be tight at the ceremony, with many federal judges among the mourners.

  • Major milestone: Wounded Giffords moves arms, legs

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is opening both eyes, moving both legs and arms and is responding to friends and family.

    Her doctors call it a "major milestone" in her recovery.

    "We're hoping that she crosses through many more," said her neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Lemole.

    Her remarkable recovery five days after being shot through the head has provided a much-needed dose of jubilation after a tragic week that left the nation in mourning.

  • Small scale bold changes appear

    Consider this column a memo to New Mexico’s new public education boss, Hanna Skandera.
    When thinking about system change, don’t think about reform. The trap is that words mean something. “Reform,” by definition, accepts the current system and proposes betterment by tweaking.
    Mere “reform” of our public schools won’t get the job done, Ms. Skandera.

  • Wrestling: Toppers win one of four at home duals meet

    No one can accuse the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team of resting on its laurels this month.
    The Hilltoppers hosted their second event of the a six-event slate Wednesday afternoon, entertaining Albuquerque Academy, Capital, Pecos and Rio Rancho at Auxiliary Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos won just one of the four duals contests Wednesday, its final dual against Pecos. Nevertheless, Los Alamos was feeling upbeat afterwards.

  • Men's basketball: UNM holds on to beat CSU by 7

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Phillip McDonald equaled a career-high with 27 points and Drew Gordon added a double-double to lead New Mexico to a 68-61 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday night.
    The Lobos (13-4, 1-1 Mountain West) never trailed, but they needed a McDonald 3-pointer with 47.6 seconds left to finally put away the Rams (11-5, 1-1).
    “He was hard to guard tonight,” coach Steve Alford said of McDonald. “He took good shots.”

  • Basketball: New teams top Class 4A polls

    Both the Class 4A boys and girls basketball polls have new teams heading them this week.
    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association released its weekly coaches poll Wednesday and both former No. 1 teams were displaced. In the Class 4A girls poll, Roswell earned 139 points to take over the top spot from Kirtland Central, which garnered 135 points.

  • Los Alamos Concert Association presents Sergei Babayan: Piano man

    On Jan. 22, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents a performance by the renowned pianist Sergei Babayan. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium on the Los Alamos High School campus, and a reception will follow the concert.

  • Series features Johnson and Blakeslee

    The Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new line up beginning at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library Jan. 27 with two science writers, both frequent contributors to the New York Times.
    Scientist or not, everyone is welcome to the free talk by these professionals who also run the annual Santa Fe Science Writers Workshop each summer. The authors will offer tips of the trade on the basics of how to translate complex scientific information into language accessible to laymen.

  • Murder done right

    Murder, mystery and intrigue are all a part of any good murder mystery. Los Alamos Little Theater’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Go Back for Murder” is no exception.
    The advertisements and articles leading up to the show intrigued me. I definitely wanted to see this play. I love a good murder mystery, so I was hoping this production wouldn’t disappoint.
    It didn’t.