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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.