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  • Arias Tells Jury What She'd Do if She Gets Life

    Jodi Arias told a jury Tuesday that she can contribute to society if allowed to live, saying she'd like to start literacy, recycling and other programs in prison.

  • In tornado's wake, parents seek out their kids


    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The parents and guardians stood in the muddy grass outside an Oklahoma City area church, listening as someone with a bullhorn called out the names of children who were being dropped off — survivors of a deadly tornado that barreled through their community.

    For many families, the ordeal ended in bear hugs and tears of joy as loved ones reunited. Others were left to wait in the darkness, hoping for good news while fearing the worst.

    At least seven children are among the 24 reported dead so far in Moore, the Oklahoma City suburb ravaged by Monday's tornado that packed winds of up to 200 mph. The twister reduced one elementary school to a heaping mound of rubble and heavily damaged another while also flattening block after block of homes. Officials earlier said more than 50 people had died, including 20 children. The medical examiner's office revised that death toll Tuesday morning, saying some victims were maybe counted twice in the initial confusion after the storm.

    At St. Andrews United Methodist Church, parents stared into the distance as they waited, some holding the hands of young children who were missing siblings.

  • N.M. team heads to Oklahoma

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The University of New Mexico hospital is sending a 26-member team of medical, computer and security specialists to Moore, Okla., to help with the response to Monday’s massive tornado hit.
    Medical personnel who are part of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team include doctors, nurses and medical managers.
    The deployment could be for up to two weeks.
    According to the hospital, the team is part of a national system that deploys medical support to events of national significance. The hospital says the team is outfitted to treat up to 250 patients per day for up to three days without resupply. The New Mexico team has deployed to hurricanes as well as terrorist attacks, earthquakes, Olympic games and other events.

  • Smart Meter study open to all residents

    Los Alamos County and White Rock residents are invited to sign up for the 100 Smart Meter Seasonal Study. The study, which will support global research for residential smart grids, is a partnership between DPU, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Toshiba.
    These groups, along with research partners Marketwave and iThink, are working together to measure electric usage behavior during the various seasons of the calendar year. This involves measuring electric usage behavior in response to pricing signals, called “demand response.”
    The study originally intended to focus on residents of North and Barranca Mesa, and, with an outcome of over 650 participants, project representatives from Marketwave are aiming to recruit the remaining residents of the Mesas. Recruitment will end on May 28, and representatives will use phone calls, door-to-door conversations, and flyers as means of communication with the residents.
    Now open to residents outside the Mesas, the study is in need of 100 households to participate in the year-long program. Participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Update 05-21-13

    Memorial service

    The Los Alamos High School Student Council is holding a remembrance service for Isaac Hayden at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Garden. The public is invited.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County
    Council will meet in a regular session at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Arts board

    The Arts in Public Places Board has just discovered technical difficulties with the email address associated with its “Open Call for Art.” (ArtProposals@lacnm.us). All proposals must be resent and the deadline has been extended to June 7.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Memorial Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday. Put roll carts out on Wednesday.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a special meeting at the White Rock Town Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday. 

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    Video taken from a helicopter shows the extent of damage caused by Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

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  • Raw: Rescue Workers Search Oklahoma School

    Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb. Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were taken to a triage center set up at Plaza Towers Elementary School. As. many as two dozen children are feared dead.

  • Raw: Witness Describes Scene After Okla. Tornado

    A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods in Moore, Okla., setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.