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Today's News

  • Work of Art: Let’s do the Jeffersonian Rock

    My favorite dance — there can be no doubt — is the Elevator Dance. It has no steps. And the second favorite, a bit more complicated, is the Y- Dance. The idea here is to escort an attractive woman to the middle of the dance floor, put your arms around her and ... Y Dance?

    Any attempt at fancy footwork on my part might lead to an appearance on Dancing to the Stares, as my tripping would be more fantastic than light.

    Let me explain:

  • Feds begin look at BCS system

    By Frederic J. Frommer
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s antitrust division will meet with the BCS this summer, following up on concerns the department raised with the NCAA about college football’s postseason format.

    Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock told The Associated Press on last week that a Justice Department attorney had asked for a voluntary background briefing on how the BCS operates. Hancock said he agreed to provide one, but that no date has been set yet.

  • LV runners strong in Santa Fe

    Submitted to the Optic

    After weeks of unpredictable wind, more than 280 runners met on the Santa Fe Plaza to compete in the recent 33rd annual Santa Fe Runaround.

    Two area runners participated in the 5-kilometer and 10K events that  drew runners from as far away as California and New York — with one competitor coming from faraway Landschut, Germany.  

  • A’s vs. Rockies
  • Summer sports camps scheduled

    A host of summer sports camps for various age groups and activities are scheduled in the coming weeks.

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    The 2011 Don Woods Football Clinic will be held from Thursday, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, and will feature the camp’s namesake and 1975 NFL Rookie of the Year, an alumnus of New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Sprinters’ rivalry gains new blood

    By Pat Graham
    AP Sports Writer

    Sprinter Wallace Spearmon wants in on the best rivalry track has going.

    With Usain Bolt breaking all the records and Tyson Gay hot on the Jamaican’s heels, Spearmon often has been lost in their shadow despite his strong performances.

    The four-time world championships medalist would like to think he’s closing the gap on them, especially in his favorite event, the 200 meters.

    And especially now, with the 2012 London Olympics right around the corner.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 8, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League will hold its annual board meeting with elections for leaders at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the NMHU Student Center Senate Chambers.

  • Man gets 25 years in murder

    The Rainsville man accused of fatally stabbing and setting a man on fire in 2009 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday.

    Michael Strand Jr., 23, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, armed robbery, arson, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and conspiracy in November. The victim in the case was 59-year-old Roberto Mendez, whose burned body was discovered in Buena Vista Ranch on June 8, 2009.

  • Tijerina to attend local unity event

    Reies Lopez Tijerina, a prominent figure in the Chicano Movement and one of the people involved in the infamous 1967 Tierra Amarilla courthouse raid, will take part in several public events on Wednesday.