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  • In Brief - News - Sept. 28, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Feds pick up 140 warrant arrests in NM
    ALBUQUERQUE — A coordinated effort between 33 county police officials and U.S. Marshalls has led to the arrest of more than 140 convicted criminals across New Mexico.

    KOB-TV reports that the arrests came thanks to a three-month long investigation called Operation Zia aimed at catching criminals on the run.

    Police arrested men and women with felony convictions like sexual offenses and violent crimes.

  • Tackling bullying

    A recent Associated Press/MTV poll of youth in their teens and early 20s found that most of them — 56 percent — have been the target of some type of online taunting, harassment or bullying. Moreover, according to bullyingstatistics.org, last year about 160,000 children a day missed school out of fear of being bullied. And for many of them, when they weren’t being physically picked on at or near school, they were having to endure cyberbullying — something that can haunt a child day and night, and it’s on the rise.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 28, 2011
  • Work of Art; They’ve already left Yanostan

    Possibly the most confusing and complicated verb form in the English language is, paradoxically, also about the shortest: to be.

    In many languages — not just in English — the different forms of the word seem to defy logic. You start with “be,” but you can’t change the tense of it by saying or writing “beed”; no, instead many forms of the word branch out: am, was, were, been, being. To most English speakers, the various permutations come naturally, but in other languages, such as Spanish, the issue seems much more difficult.

  • AP news analysis: Redistricting replays 2001 battle

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic divisions in the House doomed the Legislature’s chance to approve a plan that would revamp the boundaries of New Mexico’s congressional districts.

    The Legislature ended a special session this weekend without the House and Senate agreeing on a congressional redistricting plan. But in the end, it may not matter.

    A court almost certainly will determine the makeup of the three congressional districts. That’s what happened a decade ago.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 28, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Losses, lack of support cited in Locksley firing

    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs says the football team’s bad record, a lack of fan support, and off-the-field events led to the firing of head coach Mike Locksley.

    Krebs said at a news conference Monday that he told Locksley on Sunday about his decision because he didn’t "see any good ending to this story."

  • Cowboys climb to 35th in poll

    With four consecutive victories to start the season — and counting — the New Mexico Highlands University football team jumped several spots in this week’s American Football Coaches Association poll.

    Highlands garnered nine votes in the poll, which was released Monday, unofficially ranking 35th among NCAA Division II programs nationwide.

    A week ago, the Cowboys got a single vote, good for 42nd.

    The rankings are unofficial because the AFCA poll only recognizes the top 25 teams in the country.

  • Remembering a legend

    Editor’s note: The following tribute was written by Luna Community College spokesman Jesse Gallegos, who read this during the college’s half-hour radio show on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Sanchez, who died Sept. 19,  was a part-time instructor in sports performance at LCC. A longtime friend of Sanchez, Gallegos covered his coaching career while serving as New Mexico Highlands University’s sports information director and as sports editor of the Optic.

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

  • Colts, Eagles deal with injuries to their QBs

    The Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning is out, Kerry Collins is hurt and Curtis Painter isn’t sure if he'll be starting next week.

    It’s just another messy Monday in Indianapolis.

    Less than 13 hours after a third straight loss, the Colts’ quarterback carousel spun wildly — team officials denied a report Manning was lost for the season, declined to say whether Collins had suffered a concussion and sidestepped the issue of adding another quarterback to the roster.

  • Big day for cross country

    The following are highlights of a full day of cross country — New Mexico Highlands University’s XC Jam and the Meadow City Invitational hosted by Robertson High — Saturday at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    NMHU XC JAM HIGHLIGHTS

    MEN'S 8K
    1. Kemoy Campbell, South Plains, 24:16
    2. Isiah Samoei, ENMU, 25:12
    3. Mohammed Noor, ENMU, 25:14
    4. Nicaise Kazingo, NMHU, 25:17
    8. Ismael Samano, NMHU, 26:14
    9. Henrique Chavez, NMHU, 26:17
    11. Justin Lueras, NMHU, 26:28