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Today's News

  • Police: Massacre planned for months

    By Mead Gruver and Thomas Peipert
    The Associated Press

    AURORA, Colo. — The shooting suspect accused in a deadly rampage inside a Colorado theater planned the attack with “calculation and deliberation,” police said Saturday, receiving deliveries by mail that authorities believe armed him for battle and were used to rig his apartment with dozens of bombs.

  • Names of 12 killed in rampage released

    By Gillian Flaccus and
    Kristen Wyatt
    The Associated Press

    AURORA, Colo.  — Ashley Moser drifted in and out of consciousness in the ICU, a bullet lodged in her throat and a gunshot wound to her abdomen. In her waking moments, she called for her 6-year-old daughter Veronica.

    Nobody had the heart to tell the 25-year-old mother that Veronica was already dead, the youngest victim killed at a Colorado movie theater in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

  • Obama comforts families of victims

    By Mark S. Smith
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama again steps into the role of consoler-in-chief during a visit Sunday with distraught families of those gunned down in a minute and a half of horror at a midnight movie showing in Colorado.

    While authorities gather evidence on the suspect and the nation tries to fathom what drove the gunman, Obama planned to meet with loved ones struggling with pain and grief.

  • Usher's stepson dies from boating accident

    The Associated Press

    ATLANTA — The stepson of the Grammy award-winning pop star Usher has died, two weeks after the child was critically injured in a boating accident.

    Willie A. Watkins funeral home in Atlanta confirmed Saturday it was handling funeral arrangements for 11-year-old Kile Glover. He was a son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kile died Saturday morning at an Atlanta area hospital.

  • Wedding Bells
  • Que Pasa - July 23, 2012

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR

    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays & Saturdays, from 8 pm to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.

    • Vado de Juan Paiz Acequia Association meeting, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 at the old fire department in Anton Chico, N.M. Fore more information, contact Lisa Gallegos at 429-2079.

  • Noticias - July 23, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The city of Las Vegas Utilities Department has re-opened its utility payment center at City Hall at 1700 North Grand Ave. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is for payments only.

    • The Las Vegas unit of the American Red Cross helps individuals who have suffered a house fire plus engages in other emergency activities. Meetings are one Tuesday evening a month at 6 p.m. Those interested in becoming volunteers may contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224 or conniec@desertgate.com.

  • Policing Highlands

    Accusations of poor management against the Highlands University police department and its chief, Donato Sena, have been percolating for some time now, and while we’re not inclined to jump into the middle of the “personnel matters” they’re coming from, we do think that some further explanation is in order.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 23, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A ‘flipped classroom’

    There’s so much that can be said about the state of our schools in Las Vegas. Controversy surrounds them at every turn. The recent school grades, the four-day school week, consolidation — seems there’s always something to wring our hands over when it comes to preparing our children for the future.