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  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Monday, May 8 — Gov. William J. Mills has been invited to be guest of honor at the annual commencement of the New Mexico Normal University. Dr. Frank H.H. Roberts, president of the institution, today mailed the governor an invitation to attend the alumni dinner, which will be served at the Castaneda hotel Wednesday morning, May 31, and the commencement, which will occur on the following evening. Gov. Mills is a strong friend of the Normal and of education throughout New Mexico.

  • Looking Ahead

    Elks hosting Mother’s Day breakfast Sunday

    The Las Vegas Elks Lodge #408 will be holding a Mother’s Day Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Mothers eat free and others pay $5 a plate. The breakfast will be held at 2305 Collins Drive.
     

  • Weather - May 6, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunday
    Sunny and breezy, with a high near 80. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 43.

  • FYI - News

    High over the Mojave Desert, the stubby-winged SpaceShipTwo bent itself into a near-right angle shape and plunged nearly straight downward for more than a minute before unfolding and gliding to a runway landing before an excited crowd, The Associated Press reported. The test flight Wednesday marked another milestone in Virgin Galactic's effort to be the first company to carry tourists into space.

  • Pakistan army wants cuts

    By Chris Brummitt
    Associated Press

    ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s army on Thursday called for cuts in the number of U.S. military personnel inside the country to protest the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if it stages more unilateral raids on its territory.

  • Salazar endorses Latino museum

    By Brett Zongkera
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is endorsing a federal commission’s call to build a national museum devoted to American Latino art, history and culture next to the Capitol as part of the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Activists target states

    By Matthew Brown
    The Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont. — A group of attorneys using children and young adults as plaintiffs plans to file legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia on Wednesday in an effort to force government intervention on climate change.

    The courtroom ploy is backed by high-profile activists looking for a legal soft spot to advance a cause that has stumbled in the face of stiff congressional opposition and a skeptical U.S. Supreme Court.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Boy’s death ruled a homicide

    SANTA FE — The medical examiner says a Santa Fe-area boy’s death resulted from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. The Office of the Medical Investigator released results of an autopsy Tuesday into the death of 3-year-old Leland Valdez in January.

  • 4 East finalists left jobs early

    Four of the five finalists for the Las Vegas City Schools superintendent post were shown the door by their previous employers before their contracts expired, and at least three of them continued to receive their superintendent salaries even though they were no longer carrying out their job responsibilities, the Optic has learned.

    Finalists Marc Space, Eric Martinez, Sheri Williams and Paul Gregory Rockhold were each stripped of their responsibilities as superintendents at the schools they previously led.

  • ‘Justice has been done’

    By Adam Goldman
    and Chris Brummitt
    The Associated Press

    Americans awoke on Monday to a world without Osama bin Laden, and many felt jubilation, a surge of patriotism and a sense that their prayers had been answered and that the U.S. had finally avenged the nearly 3,000 people killed that bright September day nearly a decade ago.

    “Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said late Sunday from the White House in an announcement that seemed sure to lift his own political standing.