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  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 13, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Wednesday in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Love Waves” by Rosemary Wells. Story Time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Feb. 13, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 45. Calm wind, becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    Friday

  • Correction - Feb. 13, 2013

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that the Feb. 1 house fire in Mora County was at the home of Manuel Martinez. The fire burned the Patrick Martinez home.

  • Resignation leaves church scrambling

    By Nicole Winfield and Victor L. Simpson
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict VXI did Monday what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, announcing his resignation and sending the already troubled Catholic Church scrambling to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.

  • Pope’s mission to revive faith clouded by scandal

    By Nicole Winfield
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Benedict XVI always cast himself as the reluctant pope, a shy bookworm who preferred solitary walks in the Alps to the public glare and the majesty of Vatican pageantry. But once in office, he never shied from charting the Catholic Church on the course he thought it needed — a determination reflected in his stunning announcement Monday that he would be the first pope to resign since 1415.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 13, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • The Local Emergency Planning Committee monthly meeting, 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the city of Las Vegas chambers. Open to the public. For more information, call Dennis English at 425-6190.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “Love Waves” by Rosemary Wells. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Future cosmetologist
  • Saturdays should stay

    The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to stop Saturday delivery mail — except for packages and to post office boxes — may sound practical, even necessary, but it’s not. Sure, the Postal Service has been facing some tough times, but what’s needed is a change of policy rather than a cut in services.

    Last week, USPS announced that it’s planning to cut back to weekday deliveries only to save money. “Our financial condition is urgent,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told The Associated Press. “Things change.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 13, 2013
  • Work of Art - Why not just converse?

    The guy is either contemplating his navel (isn’t that the expression people used decades ago, for doing something pointless?) or he’s texting while driving. His head bobs to check the color of the traffic light, and sometimes he relies on a honk from the car behind him to decide when to proceed.

    That’s become a common occurrence. Some state organizations have even created a public service ad that urges people to sign a pledge in which they promise to W8-2text.