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  • Knowing no means no

    Katie’s parents were excited to see their daughter going to college.
    They told her that she would be making all sorts of new friends, that she should welcome the experience of new adventures and new challenges, and most importantly that she should not be afraid of the unknown.
    Yeah, right! Can you imagine parents telling their 18-year-old daughter not to be afraid of college? Encouraging her to take chances? Encouraging her to trust new friends?
    One in five female students on college campuses report sexual assaults to the authorities (police). These statistics do not include the alarming number of brutal sexual assaults not reported.
    Of course, if women didn’t go to college, they wouldn’t get raped in college, right?
    That’s the inspirational logic spewed from the putrid decomposing brain of Phyllis Schlafly, who said “Boys are more likely than girls to look at the cost-benefit trade-off of going to college. The imbalance of far more women at colleges has been a factor in the various sex scandals that have made the news in the last couple of years.”
    That’s pure genius!  Schlafly equates the increase in female enrollment in colleges to a cost-benefit for men. And women are “asking for it” by going to college in the first place.

  • 'Young Frankenstein' auditions starting

    Auditions are set for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” for singers and dancers. Auditions will be Saturday through Monday at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St.
    Singers are asked to come between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, prepared to sing 16 bars/measures of a song, preferably upbeat and not from the show.
    An accompanist will be available and don’t forget sheet music.
    On Monday, singers can audition from 7-10 p.m.
    Dancers can audition from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday at Dance Arts Los Alamos, 111 Longview Dr. in White Rock. Dancers are required to arrive ready to dance with appropriate shoes (tap and/or clean soft soled shoes) with the first count given at the start time listed.
    • 5:30-6:45 p.m.: Tap Dancers for “Puttin’ On The Ritz” big tap break/ending (Ideally looking for 10 tappers and one advanced featured tapper who’ll only be seen as a shadow)
    • 6-6:45 p.m.: Those auditioning for Frederick, Inga, Igor and the monster will join the tap auditions (taps or clean hard sole shoes required)
    • 6:45-8 p.m.: Dance call for all ensemble roles and those who only wish to be in the dancing chorus.
    Those interested in the roles of Elizabeth and/or Frau Blucher need not attend the dance call.

  • Update 5-1-15

    Clean Up LA

    The 12th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day is set for Saturday. Volunteers may sign up online to receive trash bags from Los Alamos County. All participants in the Clean Up Day are invited to a picnic at 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond. For more information, call Environmental Services at 662-8163.

    Olions

    The Los Alamos High School Olions will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” done in steampunk style, tonight at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Other performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students.

    Presentation

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will have a presentation, “Raising Children in a Challenging World,” from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Topics covered include habits of highly effective families, cyber safety and others. The event is free.

    Performance

    The opening night performance of “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids” is scheduled for today at Mountain Elementary School. The performance is at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

    Derby

  • Six officers charged in Gray's death

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Saying "no one is above the law," Baltimore's top prosecutor announced charges Friday against six officers involved in the arrest of a black man whose neck was broken in police custody, a decision that comes amid outrage around the country over police brutality against African-Americans.
    State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray's death was a homicide, his arrest was illegal, and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter. She said even though Gray requested medical help several times, officers repeatedly missed opportunities to get it for him.
    "The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner's determination that Mr. Gray's death was a homicide," Mosby said, "has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges."
    Onlookers cheered and expressed amazement over Mosby's announcement, which few expected so quickly. The city, which has been on edge and seen looting and a riot after Gray's death on April 19, was still under a nighttime curfew and National Guard troops and police were out in full force.

  • N.M. loses ruling on medical marijuana

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health may be reviewing its rules for medical marijuana patients after a judge ruled that the agency cannot require them to exhaust “standard treatments” before they receive cannabis.
    District Judge David Thomas gave the ruling late Wednesday, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.
    “The Department of Health has interjected itself and its judgment between the patient and his or her doctor in requiring an exhaustion of treatment remedies before declaring a patient eligible for the medical cannabis program,” Thomson wrote in his order.
    The suit focused on post-traumatic stress disorder, with the state arguing that there was a dearth of controlled studies focusing on the effects of cannabis on people with the condition. Thomas said in his ruling that any concerns about the appropriateness of the treatment should have been considered when the department approved post-traumatic stress for cannabis.
    About half of the approximately 13,000 patients enrolled in the New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program have certifications based on a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Santa Fe psychiatrist Carola Kieve filed the suit. She has certified about 50 patients for medical cannabis.

  • Jemez camping area is now open

    The Redondo Campground near La Cueva, a popular camping site is open for the season, officials from the Santa Fe National Forest announced earlier this week.
    Also opening up soon are the Paliza Family Campground and Paliza Group Campground.
    The campgrounds had to wait for seasonal opening following late winter and early spring snows and other considerations.
    “We know there are many families in New Mexico who have used these campgrounds for generations,” Jemez District Ranger Erik Taylor said in an announcement about the three campground areas. “We are very happy that we have been able to open them again for the 2015 season.”
    Redondo can be used by campers on a first-come, first-served basis.
    The Paliza sites are due to reopen for the season May 15. Those sites require reservations.
    The Jemez Ranger District said it hired a pair of students from Job Corps for the summer to help maintain the facilities.

  • Fines from N.M. total $73 million

    The state of New Mexico and the Department of Energy came to terms on a settlement in lieu of a big fine doled out by the state’s Environment Department late last year.
    Thursday, the DOE and the state issued a joint statement saying they had agreed to a $73 million settlement of the state’s claims against the DOE for the department and its contractors actions related to the February 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
    The $73 million price tag is considerably more than the fine the NMED initial levied against the DOE, but that money will go toward “mutually beneficial and critical” projects relating to state infrastructure.
    Among those projects, $34 million would go toward improving roads and transportation routes around the WIPP site and another $12 million would go to improve roads around Los Alamos on which transuranic (TRU) waste would be shipped.

  • Sports Briefs 5-1-15

    Kentucky Derby Party
    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos welcomes you to join the fun on Derby day, Saturday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    This year the Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course will host the event, which will include a derby-inspired buffet, mint juleps, cocktails, a derby hat contest, kids activities, large screen viewing and 50/50 betting on the big race.
    All proceeds will benefit Project Eliminate, a partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF to combat maternal and neonatal tetanus across the globe.
    For tickets and more information, email lclough@unm.edu or casadaly@aol.com or call 469-1465

  • Atomic Tumblers win 36 medals at Xcel championships

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Belen recently to compete in USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships.
    The Atomic Tumblers turned in a dominating performance. The team won medal after medal, 36 in all, had a few gymnasts win state championships and some qualify for the regional championships.
    Megan Brown, a first-year competitor, won the Younger Bronze Division, taking all-around gold with a 37.40. She also won state championships on the floor exercise (9.65) and the balance beam (9.50). She took silver on vault (9.15).
    Teammate Danielle Trellue medaled in every event to win a silver all around (37.20). Trellue placed first on the bars (9.40), second on both the beam (9.45) and floor (9.40) and finished third on the vault (8.95).
    Alexandra Simikov won bronze medals on bars (9.30) and the floor exercise (9.20).
    Claudia Jablonski finished ninth all-around (33.75).
    In the Youth Bronze Division, Deeanna Foster won a bronze medal in the all-around (36.70). Foster also won a gold medal on the beam (9.45) and a bronze medal on floor (9.35).
    Anika Lovato won a silver medal with her floor exercise (9.40) and bronze medals on both the vault (9.10) and bars (9.15).
    In the Junior Bronze Division, Aria Warner won a bronze on the balance beam (9.30).

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