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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 1, 2014
  • Work of Art — Try the ‘interrobang’

    An old-time commercial that advertised a controlled, measured laxative featured a woman asking the rhetorical question about prunes: “Is one enough? Are three too many?”

    That question goes right up my alley, but my preference is to think of too few/too many in the context of punctuation marks. Specifically, I believe people are slaves to the notion that “If one is good for you, two  are even better.” We can use that analogy when discussing aspirin, Tums, cough syrup, cigarettes and burgers.

  • Tourney had solid individual efforts

    Although this past week’s Stu Clark Tournament didn’t bring the team finishes they might have hoped for, the West Las Vegas Dons and Robertson Cardinals did take a couple of things away.

    One is the valuable experience gained from playing some quality opponents — particularly the finalists, champion Atrisco Heritage out of Albuquerque and runner-up Central from Arizona.

    The other is the knowledge that they had some good moments themselves.

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  • Black Monday: Ax falls on 5 NFL coaches

    The Associated Press

    It didn’t take long.

    Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed.

    Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano.

    The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 1, 2014

    Wednesday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Northern Rio Grande Tournament (featuring Mora and Pecos boys and girls), TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Clayton tourney, TBA, Clayton
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Metro State, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Northern Rio Grande Tournament (featuring Mora and Pecos boys and girls), TBA, Jacona

  • Bombings raise Olympic concerns

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — IOC President Thomas Bach expressed full confidence Monday that Russian authorities will deliver a “safe and secure” Olympics in Sochi despite the two deadly suicide bombings in southern Russia that heightened concerns about the terrorist threat to the Winter Games.

    The International Olympic Committee said Bach wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin to offer his condolences following the attacks on Sunday and Monday that killed more than 30 people in Volgograd.

  • Busy month for narcotics agents

    A 28-year-old Las Vegas woman is in hot water after authorities say she sold an undercover police officer $160 worth of crack cocaine in the Walmart parking lot earlier this month.

    Worse yet, the woman had her three young children in the backseat when she handled the drug sell, according to court documents. Now Kimberly G. Tapia, of the 700 block of Calle De Leon, is facing three third-degree felony counts of abandonment or abuse of a child on top of several drug charges.

    But Tapia isn’t alone.

  • A year of ‘fits and starts’ - Difficult second term for Obama

    By Julie Pace and Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — It was a moment for Barack Obama to savor.

    His second inaugural address over, Obama paused as he strode from the podium last January, turning back for one last glance across the expanse of the National Mall, where a supportive throng stood in the winter chill to witness the launch of his new term.

    “I want to take a look, one more time,” Obama said quietly. “I’m not going to see this again.”

  • The frigid tradition continues

    Daredevils planning to take the plunge will run the gamut from the very young to septuagenarians. The New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge is expected to draw up to 200 participants and spectators, of all ages.

  • DWI crackdown planned for holiday

    The Associated Press
    Law enforcement agencies around New Mexico are planning to be out in full force, looking for suspected drunken drivers during the New Year’s holiday and beyond.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Holiday Superblitz continues through Jan. 5. Some local agencies have also planned enforcement actions through the end of January.

    As part of the Superblitz, state, local and tribal officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols as well as looking for other traffic violations.