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  • In Brief - News - Dec. 13, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Panel considering scholarship fix

    SANTA FE — A legislative panel is considering possible changes to a lottery-financed college scholarship program so that awards aren’t tied to tuition.
    Legislative Finance Committee Chairman Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela outlined the proposal Tuesday during a hearing on the scholarship program, which faces a shortfall because lottery revenue isn’t keeping pace with rising scholarship costs.

  • McCluskey escapes death penalty

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal jury deliberating the sentence for Arizona inmate John McCluskey failed to reach a unanimous verdict on Wednesday, meaning the judge will sentence him to life in prison for murdering a retired Oklahoma couple.

    It will close the final chapter on a brazen Arizona prison break and multistate Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime spree.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 13, 2013

    In 1963

    Thursday, Dec. 12 — Two juveniles were turned over to authorities recently by City Police who picked them up for stealing from parked cars on Tilden and at Hewett Hall. Most of the clothing, razor, shaving kit and radio, was recovered. The two youths signed confessions to the crime. When asked why they did it, one said, “For kicks.” The other said, “For the fun of it.”

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 13, 2013

    Survivors’ candlelight vigil today

    Survivors of Victims of Homicide Candlelight Vigil: Participants meet at 4:30 p.m. at Las Vegas Peace and Justice Building at 719 Sixth St., with the walk starting at 5 p.m. to the Plaza Park on Friday (today). For more information, call Helen at 429-1608.
     

  • Weather - Dec. 13, 2013

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 16. North wind around 10 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:02 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.

  • Red Cross issues safety tips to prevent holiday home fires

    Submitted to the Optic
    The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays.
    “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as people are cooking, entertaining, and stringing lights this holiday season, we’re urging that they take safety measures to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire,” said Rahim Balsara, Regional CEO of The American Red Cross in New Mexico.

  • Interpreter at event: I was hallucinating

    By Alan Clendenning and Juergen Baetz
    The Associated Press

    JOHANNESBURG — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, has schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.

  • U.S. files brief on water dispute

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take a middle-ground approach on a water dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande.

    A brief filed Tuesday by the U.S. solicitor general’s office didn’t take sides in the interstate dispute but said the Supreme Court should leave the door open for a quick resolution, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Messy house led to murder

    The Las Vegas man charged with murdering his uncle Friday night is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond, according to online court records.

    Manuel A. Quintana, 39, of the 100 block of Pecos Street, was arraigned Monday. A standard not-guilty plea was entered for him.

    Manuel Quintana was apprehended by Las Vegas police shortly after they were dispatched to the scene. He has been charged with a single count of second-degree murder in the death of his uncle, Arthur Quintana.

  • Generous Gift - Local bank donates $3,500 to mariachi

    Southwest Capital Bank is spreading cheer. The local bank has completed the paperwork and will soon hand over a $3,500 check to the Mora Schools for its mariachi program.

    Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, director of the program, said the money will be used to help purchase mariachi uniforms for the group Mariachi de Lo de Mora. He said the total needed is $5,000.

    On Sunday, the group performed for the bank’s Mora branch’s tree lightening ceremony.