Today's News

  • 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.

  • Duplex to be scrapped or repaired

    Tired of what many are calling an eyesore, residents of Fairway Drive presented council with a petition on June 30.

    During Tuesday night’s council meeting, councilors took action on the petition and voted 5-1 (Councilor Nona Bowman was absent) to ask the Community Development and county legal departments to continue working with the property owner to either demolish or repair the structure at 4333 Fairway Drive.

  • Schools receive $300,000 solar grant

    As Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said, “these are exciting times for Los Alamos.” During the regular school board Tuesday night, a few high octane pieces of news were shared with the board.

    Schmidt told the board that the school district has earned a $300,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment State Energy Act to construct a 50-kilowatt photovoltaic solar electric array system near Los Alamos Middle School.

    Now that the money has been officially awarded, the clock is ticking to get the project completed.

  • LOS ALAMOS MONITOR EXCLUSIVE!Campaign spending flies off hill

    Despite the longtime Los Alamos mantra of “buy local” to help struggling businesses remain on the hill, most Los Alamos and White Rock candidates are spending campaign contributions out of town.

    A few candidates have bought items and services from local businesses, but thousands of dollars have flown off the hill.

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • Federal Reserve officials paint weaker picture of growth and employment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials have a slightly dimmer view of the economy than they did in April, reflecting worries about how the European debt crisis could affect U.S. growth and job prospects.

    Fed officials said Wednesday in an updated economic forecast that they think the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, will grow between 3 percent and 3.5 percent this year. That's a downward revision from a growth range in their April forecast of 3.2 percent to 3.7 percent.