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  • Louisville beats Duke 85-63 to reach Final Four

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.

    Russ Smith scored 23, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and top-seeded Louisville put aside the shock from Ware's gruesome leg injury to earn a second straight trip to the Final Four with an 85-63 victory over Duke on Sunday afternoon.

    As the final seconds ticked down, Chane Behanan put Ware's jersey on and stood at the end of the Louisville bench, screaming. Cardinals fans chanted "Kevin Ware! Kevin Ware!"

    "We won this for him," coach Rick Pitino said. "We were all choked up with emotion for him. We'll get him back to normal. We've got great doctors, great trainers. We talked about it every timeout, 'Get Kevin home.'"

    This was the first time Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski had met in the regional finals since that 1992 classic that ended with Christian Laettner's improbable buzzer-beater, a game now considered one of the best in NCAA tournament history.

    This game will be remembered, too, but for a very different — and much more somber — reason.

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  • Physicist Richard Feynman: Los Alamos Safe Cracker

    A chat about some of the ways legendary physicist Richard Feynman cracked safes (filing cabinets) at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

    Discussed by Professor Roger Bowley.

  • Today in History for March 31st
  • Pope leads Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter's Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers.

    Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter's Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy.

    Faithful had already filled the square hours before the Mass began in mid-morning, and throughout the service streams of people kept flocking there for his speech and blessing, traditionally delivered after the Mass from the central balcony of the basilica.

    By mid-ceremony, some 250,000 people had turned out, the Vatican said.

    Francis bowed his head in reflection as the Gospel was sung in Latin, recounting what Christians believe is the central mystery of their faith — the resurrection of Jesus after this death by crucifixion.

    After heavy rain battered Rome during the night, more was forecast. But Sunday saw sunny skies alternate with clouds.

  • Wichita State upsets OSU 70-66 for Final Four trip

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wichita State is headed to the Final Four, and these Shockers should be no surprise to anybody.

    Not after the way they held off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final.

    Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over the Buckeyes on Saturday.

    Van Vleet scored 12 points as the Shockers (30-8) followed up last week's win over top-ranked Gonzaga with a nail-biting victory over the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-8), whose 11-game winning streak ended one game short of their second straight Final Four.

    Wichita State is just the fifth team seeded ninth or higher to reach the Final Four since seeding began in 1979, but the second in three years following 11th-seeded VCU's improbable run in 2011.

    "Last year we were watching all this on television," said Cleanthony Early, who scored 12 points. "Now I'm looking at a hat that says 'Final Four Atlanta' with my team on it. It's crazy. I still can't believe we're here. You try to expect it, but you expect a lot of things that don't happen. This really happened."

  • Pilgrims pleased with new pope

    Pilgrims to the Santuario de Chimayo where pleased with the election of Jorge Bergoglio as leader of the Catholic Church. Here are some of their thoughts on Pope Francis.

    Maria Sena: "I think he's a great pope. There are a lot of Latinos in the church, and I think with him being Latino he may understand their needs. And he doesn't go for the wealth, like the red shoes and things."

    Mika Tari: "I think it's good. It's nice we have someone who's experienced with the working class and from an order that's committed to helping people. It's good to have someone in that position that really wants to focus on disadvantaged people."

    Argelina Barraza: "I think he's really open-minded and he seems really kind. I hope he'll change stuff like the sexual abuse. That has got to stop."

    Norma Bustillos: "I'm full of hope. I think we'll experience a lot of changes. He's Hispanic. This is the first time, so it's hard to say what will happen, but I think we'll see a lot of changes."

    Salvador Salas: "I'm glad to see we finally got one who is not European. I think he'll be a great asset to us Catholics."

  • LA, Bernalillo face off to open 2-4A

    It could be a crapshoot in District 2-4A baseball and softball this season, but both Los Alamos Hilltopper teams have as good a shot as anyone.
    Both the Hilltopper baseball and softball teams open district play Wednesday, playing approximately 100 yards from each other. The teams will take on Bernalillo’s Spartans in single contests Wednesday in Bernalillo.
    The district season consists of 12 games per team, with each head-to-head matchup consisting of a doubleheader hosted by one team and a single game hosted by the other team.
    The Hilltopper baseball team was four games under .500 heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against Miyamura — results from those games weren’t available as of press time — but, despite managing just a 4-8 record, still have more wins than Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Capital put together.
    District 2-4A could be shaping up to be a two-team race between the Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils (8-2). The Sundevils who play Aztec Monday before opening their district season Wednesday against Santa Fe, have outscored their opponents nearly 2-1 this season.

  • On Schedule 03-31-13

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Track and field: LAMS at Pecos Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

    Thursday

    Softball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.

    Friday

    Track and field: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Santuario has historic roots

    Legends about the Chimayo's healing powers date back to the Tewa-speaking Puebloan Indians, whose oral histories tell of healing springs that have since dried up. When the Spanish arrived, they learned that the indigenous people viewed Chimayó (Tsi Mayoh in Tewa) as a sacred place where the earth had the power to cure illness. 

    The Santuario was built by Don Bernardo Abeyta in 1816. Many legends surround Abeyta and his chapel, but the one that draws pilgrims from all over New Mexico relates to the healing power accredited to the spot. 

    According to the legend, Abeyta was on the hillside watching his sheep, and very ill, when he had a vision of Jesus in the form of Nuestro Señor de Esquípulas (Our Lord of Esquípulas). The apparition beckoned him, and as he drew near, it disappeared. He knelt where the vision of Christ had stood and was instantly cured. 

    Abeyta built the chapel in gratitude. A hole in a side chapel is said to be the spot the healing took place, and many say the dirt taken from that spot has the power to heal.