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  • Student arrested in Texas stabbing attack


    CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A student went on a building-to-building stabbing attack at a Texas community college Tuesday, wounding at least 14 people before being subdued and arrested, authorities said.

    The attack about 11:20 a.m. on the Lone Star Community College System's campus in Cypress sent at least 12 people to area hospitals, including four people taken by helicopter, according to Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Robert Rasa. He said several people refused treatment at the scene and all the wounds were consistent with stabbing.

    Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said officers responded to the campus after receiving a call about a male "on the loose" stabbing people. He said it was not immediately clear what type of weapon was used.

    "Some of the details in the call slip did indicate that students or faculty were actively responding to work to subdue this individual," Garcia said, describing the man as being about 21 years old and enrolled at the college. "So we're proud of those folks, but we're glad no one else is injured any more severely than they are."

  • Energy Secretary nomination hearings get underway


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Energy Department pledged to increase use of natural gas Tuesday as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production.

    Ernest Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said "a stunning increase" in production of domestic natural gas in recent years was nothing less than a "revolution" that has led to reduced emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that cause global warming.

    The natural gas boom also has led to a dramatic expansion of manufacturing and job creation, Moniz told the Senate Energy Committee.

    Even so, Moniz stopped short of endorsing widespread exports of natural gas, saying he wanted to study the issue further.

    A recent study commissioned by the Energy Department concluded that exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel.

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman of the Senate energy panel, called the DOE study flawed and said it relied on old data and unrealistic market assumptions.

    Moniz said he is open to reviewing the study to ensure that officials have the best possible data before making any decisions.

  • Swimming state short course results

     Here are the results for individual Los Alamos-area swimmers at the state short course meet March 7-10. Results are listed by name, team name, age group, event, place, time.


    (LAA: Los Alamos Aquatomics; PAC: Pajarito Aquatic Club; CA: Charger Aquatics; T: Taos-LA)


    Jillian Bennett (LAA, girls 11-12)


    50 freestyle, 19, 30.88; 100 breaststroke, 12, 1:22.80; 200 breaststroke, 9, 2:56.22; 50 breaststroke, 8, 37.97.


    Julia Chen (PAC, girls 10 and under)


    100 freestyle, 19, 1:16.96; 200 individual medley, 18, 3:11.99; 100 backstroke, 9, 1:22.81; 200 freestyle, 18, 2:49.61.


    Olivia DeCroix (LAA, girls 10 and under)


    100 backstroke, 29, 1:29.87.


    Katherine Elton (CA, girls 10 and under


    100 breaststroke, 7, 1:34.18; 100 freestyle, 26, 1:20.42; 100 individual medley, 17, 1:29.30; 50 breaststroke, 7, 43.65.


    Alana Goodwin (LAA, girls 11-12


    500 freestyle, 10, 6:10.45; 50 backstroke, 8, 33.71; 200 individual medley, 11, 2:41.93; 50 freestyle, 14, 29.70; 100 backstroke, 8, 1:12.52; 100 individual medley, 21, 1:17.55; 200 backstroke, 11, 2:31.94.


  • March subscriber contest winner

    Malorie Apgar accepted $100 in Chamber Checks on behalf of her parents, the March Subscriber Contest winners Sheldon and Carrie Apgar. Circulation Administrator Wendy Laird (left) and Publisher Keven Todd made the presentation. All one-year subscribers during March were entered in a random drawing for the $100 prize. The contest is ongoing in April, so all those who sign on for an annual “All Access Pass” subscription to the Los Alamos Monitor this month will have a chance to win the next $100 prize.

  • New website for interagency fire

    This fire season, local, state and federal land management agencies within the Southwest Area will use a new interagency website, Firerestrictions.us and other tools to communicate fire restrictions and closure information.
    At this time, there are no wildland fire restrictions or closures in effect across the Southwest Area, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle. As weather conditions continue to become warmer and drier, individuals are urged to be fire safe as they work and play outside.
    Firerestrictions.us highlights include:
    • Dynamic Google based map — residents and visitors can find restriction and closure information by clicking on the county/management unit—forest or park, of interest.
    • Fire restriction and closure information in text format with links to specific agency information.
    • Stage and closure definitions.
    • RSS feeds.
    • The new website will not replace existing websites or information hotlines. The website will be “linked to” from other state wildfire information websites and agency websites.
    • Site disclaimer — the website is not a real-time, although the goal is to keep the website updated with accurate information.

  • Land official reviews ruling on orchard site

    ALBUQUERQUE(AP) — New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell is reviewing a hearing officer’s ruling that Powell arbitrarily rejected a plan by the longtime operators of Dixon’s Apple Orchard to transfer its lease of state trust land to San Felipe Pueblo.
    According to the Albuquerque Journal, Powell can accept or reject hearing officer James Hall’s ruling issued Monday. However, Becky and Jim Mullane could challenge a rejection in court.
    The Mullanes closed Dixon’s after the orchard located in a canyon near Cochiti was devastated by fire and flooding in 2011.
    The pueblo had agreed to pay $2.8 million to the Mullanes for their lease for the 627-acre orchard and an additional 8,600 acres of adjacent state trust land.

  • Antibody evolution could guide HIV vaccine development

    Observing the evolution of a particular type of antibody in an infected HIV-1 patient, a study spearheaded by Duke University, including analysis from Los Alamos National Laboratory, has provided insights that will enable vaccination strategies that mimic the actual antibody development within the body.
    The kind of antibody studied is called a broadly cross-reactive neutralizing antibody, and details of its generation could provide a blueprint for effective vaccination, according to the study’s authors. In a paper published online in Nature this week, the team reported on the isolation, evolution and structure of a broadly neutralizing antibody from an African donor followed from the time of infection.
    The observations trace the co-evolution of the virus and antibodies, ultimately leading to the development of a strain of the potent antibodies in this subject, and they could provide insights into strategies to elicit similar antibodies by vaccination.

  • Police Beat 04-09-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 28

    11:53 a.m. — A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to his property (less than $1,000) in the 100 block of Bonnie View Drive.
    March 30
    10:27 p.m. — Suzanne Wilcox, 44, of Los Alamos was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving without headlamps, criminal damage to property and attempt to resist/evade/obstruct an officer at the corner of Granada Drive and Meadow Lane.
    April 1
    9:15 a.m. —Desiree Nitz, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on charges of battery against a household member and criminal damage to property at 48th Street and Arizona Avenue.

    10:29 a.m. — A 75-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of identity theft in the 100 block of North Diamond Drive.