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Today's News

  • Get outside and get smart

    Were you hoping that life might slow down a bit this summer, but disappointed that time still is moving way too fast?  Are you feeling increasingly harried and distracted?  Does the thought of reading this entire article seem like it’s just going to take up too much of your time, so you’d better just skim ahead and get the main point?

    If so, you’re not alone, and the cause, according to a new book (available at Mesa Public Library) called “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” might be the time you spend online.

  • IMTEC closing local operations

    3M officials were in town Wednesday informing employees at IMTEC (HYTEC) that the operation will shut down within 45 days.

    Dave Frezee, vice president of 3M digital oral care and Doyle Shea, 3M finance supervisor of real estate, also met with County Administrator Tony Mortillaro Wednesday.

    The men discussed the $2.4 million loan Los Alamos County provided the company in 2008. The money was to help fund construction of a nearly $4 million, 20,000-square-foot engineering and research facility with a 5,000-square-foot prototype manufacturing high bay at Airport Basin.

  • Make memories during family vacations

    Summer time is a great chance to build the Assets of Family Communication and Support with a little something called the family vacation. After I write that sentence, in the back of my mind I hear, dun, dun, dun.

    The family vacation, no matter how monotonous, can be memories that last a life time. If they do, as adults, we should try to make them as good as possible.

    Now for those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m as cheap as the day is long, so I certainly don’t mean a trip where we indulge in every purchase the dears would enjoy.

  • Cops could face death penalty in Katrina bridge shootings

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations.

    The four officers were charged along with two others in a 27-count indictment unsealed Tuesday.

  • Cops could face death in post-Katrina shootings

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations.

    The four officers were charged along with two others in a 27-count indictment unsealed Tuesday.

  • Stocks mixed after disappointing retail sales data

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks mostly fell Wednesday after a disappointing retail sales report chilled optimism from Intel's strong earnings and outlook.

    The Dow Jones industrial average fell 15 points, putting its six-day winning streak in jeopardy. But the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose thanks to chipmaker Intel Corp.'s results.

  • Baseball: Steinbrenner remembered for his bluster, charity

    NEW YORK (AP) — George Steinbrenner was suspended from baseball for trying to disgrace his high-paid outfielder, Dave Winfield.

    A low point for "The Boss," for sure. But rather than let the episode fade away, the Yankees owner reached out nearly a decade later to repair the rift.

    For those who knew Steinbrenner, behind a feisty facade was a fiercely loyal friend.

  • URGENT UPDATE!Government questions result in stunning setback for halting gusher in Gulf

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's work on capping the Gulf of Mexico gusher was frozen Wednesday after the federal government raised concerns the operation could put damaging pressure on the busted well that could make the leak worse.

  • Roadwork a hazard to pedestrians

    I am writing because I am very concerned about pedestrian and bicyclist safety on Diamond Drive.

    The increased amount of roadwork in numerous areas along the road is making it very difficult or nearly impossible to walk or ride a bike safely away from car traffic from the Los Alamos Canyon bridge past the high school and up past North Road.

  • State law impedes helping our schools

    John Pawlak’s usually amusing (content and style) column fell flat on July 9 when he argued like a politician about teacher pay. Namely, he quoted national expenditures of 600 billion dollars for this and 700 billion for that, but cuts in education funding.