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Today's News

  • Negotiating disasters

    Flooding is the latest in a line of weather catastrophies that have struck the U.S. this year. Hurricane Irene — which did huge damage to New England even after it had downgraded to tropical storm status — has created yet another disaster, with cost estimates in the billions of dollars.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 7, 2011
  • Work of Art: Wish to friend someone?

    In the past few days, I performed two highly unusual acts: I chose to gift a relative and to friend someone on Facebook. You say this is no big deal?

    Let me explain:

    At the school I attended three-fourths of my life ago, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, our English teacher, Margaret Kennedy (after whom Highlands’ Kennedy Hall is named), drilled into us the notion that there are verbs and there are nouns.

  • Locals among leaders at Lobo meet

    Henrique Chavez and Amanda Ortzow were once leaders of their respective packs — the Mora boys’ cross country team and the West Las Vegas Lady Dons runners.

    At least on Saturday, they weren’t far from the front for New Mexico Highlands University.

    Chavez was the Cowboys’ No. 2 man behind Ismael Samano. He finished the 8-kilometer men’s course at the University of New Mexico Lobo Invitational in 26:17, good for 23rd place overall. Samano was 16th individually with a time of 25:29.

  • Pushing No. 3

    Highlands’ women’s soccer team extended the No. 3 nationally ranked Saint Rose Golden Knights to 104 minutes — the full 90 minutes plus overtime — before falling 2-1 this past Saturday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Derith Fernandes ended the match with a lengthy shot from the right wing after getting a pass from teammate Laura Taylor.

    Highlands came close to a monumental upset in its first match of the season.

  • NFL teams make cuts as opener nears

    The Associated Press

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Brandon Meriweather, Tommie Harris and Larry Johnson are former Pro Bowl players now looking for jobs.

    The three were among hundreds of players cut Saturday as NFL teams got down to the mandatory 53-man roster maximum just five days before New Orleans and Green Bay kick off the regular season.

  • Starting with a ‘W’
  • Looking Ahead - Sports Sept. 7, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Cross country
    • Pecos middle school invitational, 4 p.m., Pecos

    THURSDAY
    Football
    • Mora vs. Magdalena, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 7 p.m., Tucumcari

  • Payton gets new contract

    METAIRIE, La. — Sean Payton has a new contract that gives him a chance to make his first NFL head coaching job a decade-long gig.

    The Saints announced that Payton, who coached New Orleans to its first Super Bowl championship two seasons ago, has agreed to an extension through 2015.

  • $5.25M settles football case

    The federal lawsuit filed by seven victims in the 2008 Robertson High School football team assaults has been settled for $5.25 million, their attorney confirmed to the Optic on Friday.

    The settlement was reached Tuesday after about 10 hours of negotiations. Las Vegas City Schools officials could not be reached for comment Sunday morning.