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  • City union chief charged

    The president of one of the city’s unions has landed in hot water after a local activist accused him of battery.

    Benito Anthony Lujan, 32, who works in the city’s housing department, has been changed with battery, a petty misdemeanor for allegedly punching longtime activist Lorenzo Flores in the face. The charge stems from an Oct. 17 incident outside of KNMX radio station.

  • Gov to push water projects

    Optic Staff and Wire

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez this week unveiled a $112 million proposal that she said would give the state greater security when it comes to drinking water resources.

    The amount the governor has proposed to invest in water infrastructure projects would be about 60 percent of the capital outlay funds lawmakers will have to work with when they meet for their next legislative session in January.

  • The assassination: 50 years later - Death of a President

    By Christopher Sullivan and Jamie Stengle
    The Associated Press

    The mementoes are everywhere, preserved for five decades by people who wish they could forget: Letters of grief and thanks, in a widow’s hand. An unwanted wedding band. A rose stained with blood.

  • Optic staff scrambled to report on assassination

    By Jean Whiting
    For the Optic

    Editor’s note: Jean Whiting was managing editor of the Optic at the time of the assassination.
    Nov. 22, 1963, was a relatively uneventful day in Las Vegas until news of the shooting in Dallas spread throughout the city.

  • Area residents recall that awful day

    Editor’s note: Some of us know about President Kennedy’s assassination from history books. But for those who experienced Nov. 22, 1963, first-hand, it was a day like no other. An assassin’s bullet in Dallas brought John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s presidency to an end, and robbed a nation of its innocence. We spoke to nine area residents about their recollections of that day, and below are their stories.
    When possible, the Optic secured photos of those interviewed, taken at the approximate time the assassination occurred.

  • For a moment, U.S. stopped to say farewell to JFK

    By Jerry Schwartz
    The Associated Press

    The horse’s name was Black Jack. His saddle was empty, but boots were in the stirrups — backwards. Skittishly, he followed the body of John F. Kennedy on its last journey.

    You could hear his hooves against the pavement, along with the clip-clop of the team of six white horses that pulled the caisson bearing the flag-bedecked coffin. And you could hear the muffled drums that resounded across Washington, and across the nation.

  • ABQ voters reject late-term abortion ban

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — In a closely watched, first-of-its kind municipal election, voters in New Mexico’s largest city have soundly defeated a ban on late-term abortions.

    Voters on Tuesday rejected the measure 55 percent to 45 percent following an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising. The campaign included protests that compared abortion to the Holocaust and displayed pictures of aborted fetuses.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 22, 2013

    Editor’s note: The following jail log is shorter than normal because, as of press time,  the San Miguel County Detention Center hadn’t posted any individuals taken into custody after Nov. 15.

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15:
    Raul Quintana, 37, failure to appear
    Anthony Baca, 31, failure to appear
    Styles Gold, 18, disorderly conduct
    Lorenzo Gallegos, 51, shoplifting larceny

  • Weather - Nov. 22, 2013

    Friday
    Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. A 50 percent chance of snow At night. Cloudy, with a low around 18. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 22, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Nov. 22 — President Kennedy has been assassinated.