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Today's News

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:

    1. NYC'S SUBWAYS GET BACK ON TRACK

    Limited subway service will resume Thursday morning, but not in lower Manhattan where the power remains out, officials say.

    2. WHAT HAPPENED TO NEW JERSEY'S BARRIER ISLANDS

    Superstorm Sandy turned the cherished area into a hazardous wasteland of badly eroded shore, ruined beachfront homes, flooded streets and damaged utilities.

    3. WHERE NOT TO GO TRICK-OR-TREATING

    The White House canceled its Halloween tradition because of Sandy and donated the goodies to the organizations that would have participated.

    4. THE US ROLE IN SHAPING THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION

  • Raw: Ky. Chemical Train Derailment Evacuations

    Flames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze. Some people forced from their homes faced a night in shelters.

  • Today in History for Nov. 1st
  • First Person: Riding Out Sandy on N.J. Coast

    After superstorm Sandy, New Jersey's southern barrier islands have been left in tatters, with ruined beach front homes, flooded streets and damaged utilities. On Cedar Bonnet Island, residents talk about riding out the storm and what comes next.

  • Raw: 'Amazing Despair' in N.J. After Storm

    In Belmar, New Jersey, streets remain flooded and the town's boardwalk has literally been swept on to the front lawns. Day 2 into the superstorm cleanup, and many still have no power and their food supplies are dwindling.

  • Who can fix political gridlock? Poll favors Romney

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just about everybody agrees Washington is a gridlocked mess. But who's the man to fix it? After two years of brawling and brinkmanship between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Mitt Romney to break the stalemate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

    Romney's message — a vote for Obama is a vote for more gridlock — seems to be getting through. Almost half of likely voters, 47 percent, think the Republican challenger would be better at ending the logjam, compared with 37 percent for Obama.

    With the race charging into its final week, Romney is pushing that idea. He increasingly portrays himself as a get-things-done, work-with-everybody pragmatist, in hopes of convincing independent voters that he can overcome Washington's bitter partisanship. The AP-GfK poll shows the race in a virtual dead heat, with Romney at 47 percent to Obama's 45 percent, a difference within the margin of sampling error.

  • Raw: N.J. Gov. Meets With Sandy Victims
  • Local Courts: On the Docket 10-31-12

    Oct. 25

    Heather Riggs was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of failure to yield of way to an oncoming vehicle.
    Riggs was ordered to pay $61 in court costs in addition to receiving a deferred sentence of a month’s probation, after which upon successful completion of the probation, the charge will be dismissed.
    Conditions of probation are the defendant shall notify the court of any address change within 48 hours and the defendant shall obey all local, state and federal laws while on probation.

    Juan Nester Vigil was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct.  Vigil was ordered to pay $73 in court fees and undergo six months of supervised probation.
    Conditions of probation are the defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense while on probation.
    Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not consume alcohol or enter any establishment serving alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm or other weapon or destructive device and the defendant shall maintain contact with the probation officer.
    Oct. 30

  • Update 10-31-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Chamber breakfast

    The topic will be LANL’s Recently Implemented Cost-Model pricing system that could impact its subcontractors. LANL officials will deliver presentations about these changes and answer questions. The event will be from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Lecture Hall, Bldg. 2.

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • IG scrutinizes management challenges at DOE

    The Department of Energy Inspector General released a report last week illustrating the management challenges at DOE.

    Inspector General Gregory Friedman wrote that “based on the results of our body of work over the last year, we have concluded that the list of management challenges for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 should remain largely consistent with that of the previous year. While positive strides have been made in a number of areas, many of the department’s most significant management challenges are not amenable to immediate resolution.

    Those management challenges include:
    • Operational efficiency and cost savings
    • Contract and financial assistance award management
    • Cyber security
    • Energy supply
    • Environmental cleanup
    • Human capital management
    • Nuclear waste disposal
    • Safeguards and security
    • Stockpile stewardship

    Friedman said the IG’s office has also developed a “watch list,” which came up after the recent events at the Y-12 National Security Complex where three trespassers gained access to a classified area. They defaced the building and they were not interrupted by any of the security measures in place.