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  • Today in History for April 20
  • The story of two brothers in Boston


    BOSTON (AP) — Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer with muscular arms and enough brio to arrive at a sparring session without protective gear. His younger brother Dzhokhar was popular in high school, won a city scholarship for college and liked to hang out with Russian friends off-campus.

    Details of two lives, suddenly infamous, came to light Friday. Overnight, two men previously seen only in grainy camera images were revealed to be ethnic Chechen brothers suspected in a horrific act of terrorism. Tamerlan was dead; his 19-year-old brother would be captured after a furious manhunt that shut down much of Boston.

  • Teacher files suit against Los Alamos School District


    Zeynep Unal, a Turkish-born special education teacher who has been employed by the Los Alamos Public Schools since 2005, is suing the district for violations of the New Mexico Human Rights Act, defamation and breach of contract.

    The suit claims that Unal continues to suffer from loss of income, severe emotional distress, anxiety, humiliation, embarrassment and the violation of her federal and state statutory rights.

    Los Alamos Public Schools, the Los Alamos Public Schools School Board, Aspen Elementary School principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom and superintendent Gene Schmidt are named as defendants in the case.

    “I can’t comment on its merits,” said school board president Jim Hall. “It’s inappropriate to comment on a legal matter especially involving personnel. We have to wait and see what happens and let the court process play out.”

    “Until our attorneys look at this and study this, I can not comment,” Schmidt said.

    Unal’s attorney, Kate Ferlic of Santa Fe, filed the suit in district court Friday.

    Schmidt said Saturday morning the school district had not been served yet but confirmed the case was filed in district court.

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  • Kirk to throw out first pitch in LA, White Rock

    Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk, the center for the New Mexico Lobos, will be the center of attention on Saturday.

    Kirk will throw out the first pitch on two different occasions.

    Kirk will be at the opening ceremonies for the Los Alamos Little League at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Then at 1:30 p.m., Kirk will throw out the first pitch at Overlook Park as the White Rock Little League baseball and softball teams host its opening ceremonies.

    This week, Kirk recently shared team most valuable player honors with Kendall Williams after leading the Lobos to the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles.

    Kirk took home three awards at this year’s banquet, including

  • Cookies and conversation

    Peggy Pendergast bakes up a batch of love for Cookies & Conversation last month. The program takes place Monday during lunch at the LAHS Speech Theater offering an intergenerational opportunity for students with free lunch and cookies. The program is sponsored by Assets In Action and the JJAB. Call 661-4846 for information.

  • FBI investigating Rio Arriba Sheriff's Dept.

     ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An FBI investigation in which agents took documents from a Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office under a search warrant reportedly centers on a sheriff’s program under which citations could be dismissed in exchange for donations to charities.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the charities involved in the program include a scholarship fund managed by Sheriff Tommy Rodella.
    County spokeswoman Erika Martinez says most county officials are in the dark about the investigation but she says FBI agents seem to investigating whether citations have been unlawfully dismissed.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Jake Arnold says Rodella won’t comment, but Arnold denies that deputies dismissed tickets in exchange for donations to the scholarship fund.
    Spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez of the U.S. Attorney’s Office wouldn’t discuss the investigation and what the FBI agents were seeking.

  • Seminar addresses cancer

    The Los Alamos Council on Cancer and the United Way teamed up for a spring seminar on cancer, Thursday night.
    Dr. Carolyn Linnebur, Cardiology and Internal Medicine and member of the Board for the Los Alamos Council on Cancer acknowledged the success of the program, due to the collaboration of the United Way, the LAMC Auxiliary and donations made by community members.
    Dr. Eric Bernstein of Northern New Mexico Cancer Care and Dr. Kathryn Zerbach of Los Alamos Surgical Associates provided a well rounded presentation to more than 60 on breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
    The pairing provided information on what numbers are important to watch, the risk reduction factors, adjuvant therapies, hereditary cancer testing options and red flags.
    Los Alamos County Public Access (PAC-8) recorded the presentation, which will be shown on PAC-8 and available for check out at Mesa Public Library, within the next few weeks.
    Los Alamos County Library offered handouts of resources available at the MPL, LeeAnne Parsons was on hand to answer questions about the Look Good Feel Better class and Paula Roybal Sanchez provided health and nutrition information from Cooperative Extension.
    To learn more about many free resources in the community, visit their website at losalamoscounciloncancer.org. 

  • Update 04-19-13

    Living Treasures

    Living Treasures of Los Alamos will honor Lee A. Builta, Rosmarie H. Frederickson and Craig Martin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and reception, sponsored by LANB.

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    P and Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    PEEC parking

    Earth Day Festival at PEEC, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3540 Orange Street. All welcome to enjoy Clan Tynker and Hill Stompers, booths, food, activities for all ages. Free, but you must park at Sullivan Field and take the free Atomic City Transit shuttle bus to PEEC (no parking at the high school this year due to school activities).

  • APPB issues call for art

    The Art in Public Places Board received a flood of feedback on Los Alamos County’s Open Forum about the Historic Sculptures project and public art in general. But it was far from the first time members have heard ideas from community members.
    “Often people will come up to board members or come up to me as a staff member and say, ‘Oh, I’ve got this great idea,’ or ‘I would like an opportunity to put something in front of the board so they can decide if they would like to add it to the public art collection,’” said APPB Staff Liaison Libby Carlsten. “Through the ongoing interface with the public that they realized that something was missing.”
    In lieu of reviewing ideas or artwork on a piece-by-piece basis, APPB has spent the past year creating a mechanism for soliciting and evaluating proposals on a regular basis and has issued its first open call for art.
    “What we’re trying to do is provide people with an opportunity to suggest ideas for the public art collection,” Carlsten said. “There are lots of great ideas out there, and what we really want to do is provide an opportunity for people to present them to the board.”