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  • Today in History March 22
  • Upset of the day: Harvard ousts New Mexico--Video Extra

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some people may have heard of the school that's suddenly generating a bit of March Madness buzz.

    Harvard.

    Yep, Harvard —the school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night with a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico.

    Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to give 14th-seeded Harvard (20-9) its first tournament victory in only three measly trips.

    "It's unbelievable," guard Christian Webster said. "We're still in disbelief. This is as good as it gets for us right now."

    He had no doubt the scene at Harvard Square was as crazy as the one inside the Crimson locker room, where noise from Harvard's postgame celebration carried down through the concourse.

    The Crimson put the clamps on New Mexico's Tony Snell, holding him to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting after he dominated in the Mountain West Conference tournament. They banged inside with Lobos big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk, whose 22 points provided New Mexico's only consistent offense.

  • Scientists find universe is 80 million years older

    PARIS (AP) — A new examination of what is essentially the universe's birth certificate allows astronomers to tweak the age, girth and speed of the cosmos, more secure in their knowledge of how it evolved, what it's made of and its ultimate fate.

    Sure, the universe suddenly seems to be showing its age, now calculated at 13.8 billion years — 80 million years older than scientists had thought. It's got about 3 percent more girth — technically it's more matter than mysterious dark energy — and it is expanding about 3 percent more slowly.

    But with all that comes the wisdom for humanity. Scientists seem to have gotten a good handle on the Big Bang and what happened just afterward, and may actually understand a bit more about the cosmic question of how we are where we are.

    All from a baby picture of fossilized light and sound.

    The snapshot from a European satellite had scientists from Paris to Washington celebrating a cosmic victory of knowledge Thursday — basic precepts that go back all the way to Einstein and relativity.

  • Aggies no match for Billikens Thursday

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Saint Louis had no problem maneuvering around 7-foot-5 freshman Sim Bhullar and New Mexico State.
    Dwayne Evans scored 24 points, Cody Ellis added 12 points and the fourth-seeded Billikens overwhelmed the Aggies 64-44 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday.
    Playing with a heavy heart since Rick Majerus died in December, Saint Louis reached another mark in March for its late coach. The Billikens (28-6) eclipsed the 1988-89 team's school record of 27 victories.
    Evans shot 11 of 16 from the floor and finished a point shy of his career best to propel Saint Louis past Bhullar. The Billikens held Bhullar to four points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
    Bandja Sy had 17 points and nine rebounds for the 13th-seeded Aggies (24-11), who shot a miserable 28 percent. Saint Louis shot 46 percent and forced 16 turnovers.
    The big man bothered the Billikens at first.
    The lumbering center stayed around the rim while his other four teammates chased five players around the perimeter. The unconventional defensed allowed Bhullar to save energy and protect the paint.
    Once Saint Louis solved the big man, it had no trouble on either end of the floor.

  • Fallon Reportedly Replacing Leno, Moving to NY
  • Be There 03-21-13

    Today
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series featuring “Wreck-it Ralph,” will be at 6:30 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    New Mexico Consortium: Talk by Dr. Richard Sayre, director, at 7 p.m. at PEEC. Talk sponsored by Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network.

    The March Atomic Film Festival featuring “On the Beach,” will be at 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge. The Atomic Film Festival, held every other month except in the summer when it is held monthly, is free and open to the public, with support from Dr. Arthur Montoya, DDS and Re/MAX Los Alamos.

  • Youth Activity Center gets donations

    The Weidlinger Navarro Northern New Mexico Joint Venture made a $1,500 donation to the Family Council’s Youth Activity Center in Los Alamos. The Weidlinger Navarro JV provides architectural and engineering design support to Los Alamos National Laboratory, under subcontract to Los Alamos National Security, LLC.  The donation was used to upgrade the youth activity center with equipment including a new flat screen LED TV and to resurface badly worn pool tables. The Family Council youth centers in Los Alamos and White Rock are used daily by more than 100 children from Northern New Mexico.
    Pictured are Paul Martinez, executive director of the Youth Activity Center, middle; Jim Weeks, program manager for the Weidlinger Navarro JV, right; and Scott Den Baars, vice president for Navarro Research and Engineering, left.  

  • Recurring meetings 03-21-13

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Dixie Girl restaurant.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge.

    The Military Order of World Wars hosts a monthly dinner meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Norm Wilson, USAF retired, at 662-9544.

    The Los Alamos Photography Club meets the third Tuesday of the month upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The meetings are from 7-9 p.m. Annual dues are $12 per year. For more information, visit tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/la-photoclub/.

  • Cox-Clifton honored by MTNA

    Charlene Cox-Clifton of Los Alamos, was recently honored by Music Teachers National Association as an MTNA Foundation Fellow at the 2013 MTNA National Conference, March 9-13, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
    Cox-Clifton, a nationally certified teacher of music, has previously served as the president of the Kansas Music Teachers Association, president of the New Mexico Music Teachers Association, president of the West Central Division of MTNA and a member of the MTNA National Board of Directors.
    She was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Kansas Music Teachers Association in 1987. Cox-Clifton served as music director for the film series “Music Images” and was coordinator of piano classes and piano pedagogy at Kansas State University and Wichita State University.
    She presented “Teaching for Success,” at the MTNA National Conference in Kansas City in 1982. In 2007, the New Mexico Music Teachers Association presented her with the Outstanding Teacher award.
    The MTNA Foundation Fellow program offers a method of recognition for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to music teaching.
    The award is bestowed when a peer or group of peers donates $1,000 to the MTNA Foundation Fund in an individual’s name.

  • Know landscape before requesting small business loan

    Many Americans long to see where their talents as inventors or craftsmen or cooks can take them.
    But businesses often struggle in their early years, and this makes some lenders wary of financing enterprises that don’t have an established track record.
    After repeated rejections from potential funders, many entrepreneurs simply give up.
    Organizations like Accion are one option for the aspiring entrepreneur who can’t secure a loan through a more traditional financial institution, such as a bank or credit union.
    But getting a loan requires some groundwork, no matter where she looks.
    The Five Cs
    Traditional lenders evaluate loan requests on the basis of the client’s character, capital, collateral, capacity and conditions – the 5 C’s of credit.
    The lender measures character by observing the client’s punctuality, organization and understanding of the size and purpose of the loan. They listen to what references say and what his credit history demonstrates about his commitment to pay off debts. They review the business plan to see how well it reflects the client’s experience, strategy and commitment.
    Existing capital is a plus for an aspiring entrepreneur and a way for the lender to assess the borrower’s personal investment in the business.