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Today's News

  • Candidates’ positions are as thin as the economy

    A water expert I know complained last week that the candidates for governor haven’t said a word about water, one of the state’s biggest issues. But you can name about any subject and come to the same conclusion.

    Instead, the candidates have chosen to wrangle over perverts and who’s running the dirtier campaign. It’s surprising that Diane Denish would start with crime, which is Martinez’s strength, instead of her own, which is business and the economy.

  • Where’s the money coming from?

    SANTA FE — The good news for Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez is that she out-raised her Democratic opponent, Diane Denish, $611,000 to $188,000 last month.

    The bad news is that Denish has $2.2 million in the bank and Martinez has $300,000. A big chunk of that was a $250,000 contribution from the National Republican Governors Association. In May, Martinez got $450,000 from Texas developer Robert Perry. Before that, much of her money was coming from oil interests.

  • Running: Clifford tops field at pace race

    Most predicted finish times were well off the mark Tuesday, but not James Clifford’s.

    Clifford was the winner at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race, which was held near Guaje Pines Cemetery. In all, 26 runners and walkers took part in Tuesday’s race.

    Clifford, who ran the 3-mile course, missed his predicted finish time by just 7 seconds.

    No one else on the long course was less than 71 seconds off. Tom Sandford missed by 71 seconds and Ted Williams was 76 seconds off.

  • Discover the magic in science

    The Harry Potter books are a gateway not only to magical worlds, but to aspects of the true history of early science and medicine. From botany (herbology) to chemistry (alchemy) to runes and codes (divination), J.K. Rowling based many details in her work on Renaissance scientific and philosophical endeavors. This summer, come explore “Harry Potter’s World”  through a traveling exhibit at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery from the National Libraries of Medicine and the American Library Association. Elizabeth Bland is the curator.

  • Running: McNiff, Wood repeat as Firecracker champs

    While the final result sheet said that Peter McNiff ran away with the title at the 2010 Firecracker 5K, it was actually Ryan McNiff whos earned the title.

    McNiff inadvertently grabbed his dad’s bib number at the start of the race, jumbling up the final standings. Nevertheless, McNiff and Heather Wood both successfully defended their 2009 titles at this year’s run.

    The Firecracker 5K, which is sponsored by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, was run on July 4. In all, 242 participants entered in this year’s race, a record turnout.

  • Spy swap complete: Russia 10 - United States 4

    VIENNA (AP) — 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.

    Two planes — one from New York's La Guardia airport and another from Moscow — arrived in Vienna within minutes of each other, parked nose-to-tail at a remote section on the tarmac, then spent about an hour and a half before departing just as quickly. A small bus was seen driving between the two planes.

  • Man dies in Thursday shooting at Santa Fe shopping mall

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a Santa Fe shopping mall.

    Police Chief Aric Wheeler says a man was shot around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Place mall on the city's southeastern side.

    Wheeler says the man was taken to St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and died a few hours later. Police did not immediately release the man's name or other details about the shooting.

  • Violent protests sparked by Calif train killing verdict

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Violent protests erupted in Oakland with stores damaged and dozens arrested after a Los Angeles jury convicted a white former transit officer of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

    Prosecutors had wanted Johannes Mehserle convicted of murdering Oscar Grant. So Thursday's lesser verdict raised concerns of a repeat of the rioting that followed the shooting on New Year's Day in 2009 on an Oakland train platform. The trial was moved to Los Angeles following the riots.

  • Suicide bombers kill 62, wound 111 in Pakistan

    KHAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where the army has fought the Taliban, killing 62 people and wounding 111 in one of the deadliest attacks in Pakistan this year.

  • Police arrest main suspect in Taos double murder

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Taos police arrested the main suspect wanted in the shooting deaths of two teens.

    Police announced early Friday that 18-year-old Jose Rivera was located in northeast Taos. Police responded to a residence and ordered everyone out of the home.

    Two people exited the home and while police were watching them, a tactical team member saw Rivera hiding in a drainage pipe nearby.

    Police arrested Rivera without incident and turned him over to the Taos County Sheriff's Office.