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  • Bookkeeper to testify against Vaughan

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bookkeeper who kept the financial records for an alleged multi-state Ponzi scheme is lined up as a key witness in the criminal prosecution of the former real estate executive accused of swindling more than 600 people out of some $74 million.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that Martha Runkle has reached a plea agreement to testify that her former boss, Doug Vaughan, ran an investment scheme in which money put up by later investors was used to pay false profits to earlier ones.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 23, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Nov. 21 — Four minutes were required this morning by the jury in the case of the territory against Frank Mitchell in returning a verdict. Mitchell was indicted this morning ... on a charge of larceny... He pleaded not guilty... Several months ago, Mitchell, who was employed by J.W. Ackerman, the dairyman took the Ackerman team and wagon and drove to Las Vegas ... where he purchased some groceries and feed and other supplies, which he directed should be charged to Mr. Ackerman. He did not return to the Ackerman farm.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 23, 2011

    Carnegie story time is Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, Nov. 23, in the children’s area of the library. This week’s book is “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bouregeois and the character theme is “Franklin” All programs are free and open to the public.
     

  • Weather - Nov. 23, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.  

    Friday
    A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 23, 2011

    Area residents who typically have their trash picked up by city crews on Thursdays are asked to put their rollout containers out on Wednesday instead due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday’s special needs pick-up will be picked up Monday through Wednesday as crews are on their regular routes. The solid waste transfer station will close Thursday and Friday.

  • Super failure: Panel gives up

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Congress' supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    Judge seeks top Ala. post again
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The former top Alabama judge known for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse said Tuesday that he's seeking to regain his old job as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Gates back on stand in antitrust trial

    By Paul Foy
    The Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY  — Microsoft’s Bill Gates returned to the witness stand Tuesday to defend his company against a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit that claims the software giant tricked a competitor into huge losses and soared onto the market with Windows 95.

    Utah-based Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004. The company said Gates duped it into thinking he would include its WordPerfect writing program in the new Windows system then backed out because he feared it was too good.

  • Europe treated to works by O’Keeffe

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Fame followed Georgia O’Keeffe through New York’s art galleries and across the desolate landscapes of the Southwest. But beyond America’s shores, her work is relatively unknown.

    For the first time, her iconic paintings of flowers, bleached bones and dramatic landscapes will be exhibited over the next year in Italy, Germany and Finland as part of a major traveling retrospective.

  • Court weighs scrapping huge California water pact

    By Elliot Spagat
    The Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — A vanishing lake figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets it water, a high-stakes dispute with consequences that could ripple throughout the western United States.