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Today's News

  • Weather - Nov. 23, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.  

    Friday
    A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 23, 2011

    Area residents who typically have their trash picked up by city crews on Thursdays are asked to put their rollout containers out on Wednesday instead due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday’s special needs pick-up will be picked up Monday through Wednesday as crews are on their regular routes. The solid waste transfer station will close Thursday and Friday.

  • Debbie Pike: Woman with a sharp eye and good aim

    By Elizabeth Orem
    Submitted to the Optic

    Debbie Pike hadn’t unpacked before she took a group of Cub Scouts on a hike, spent a day at Maxwell National Refuge, attended a lecture on grasses, and started work on the Junior Duck Stamp contest.

    And that’s all in less than a week. She’s had help: Debbie smiles gratefully at Lori Casados of the Refuge staff. “Lori is an awesome lady,” Pike said.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 23, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bouregeois and the character theme is “Franklin” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.” All programs are free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR
    • Free Thanksgiving Dinner, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, at El Sombrero Restaurant, 825 Mills Avenue.

  • Noticias - Nov. 23, 2011

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

    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • Searching for Billy Goat Roberts

    By John McLeod
    Rio Gallinas School

    He was a colonel in the Spanish American War in the Philippines. He was a superb marksman with a slingshot. He was successful in obtaining a mail order bride from Chicago. He loved adventure and was last seen heading down the Rio Grande River on a raft on his way to the East Coast of the United States.  

    These are only a few of the stories that students at Rio Gallinas School for Ecology and the Arts have been researching of a man known affectionately as Billy Goat Roberts.

  • Super failure: Panel gives up

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Congress' supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    Judge seeks top Ala. post again
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The former top Alabama judge known for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse said Tuesday that he's seeking to regain his old job as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Gates back on stand in antitrust trial

    By Paul Foy
    The Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY  — Microsoft’s Bill Gates returned to the witness stand Tuesday to defend his company against a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit that claims the software giant tricked a competitor into huge losses and soared onto the market with Windows 95.

    Utah-based Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004. The company said Gates duped it into thinking he would include its WordPerfect writing program in the new Windows system then backed out because he feared it was too good.

  • Thanksgiving expressions

    Editor’s Note: A version of this editorial first appeared in 2010.

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s centered on a great American pastime, eating, and one of the better virtues of the human spirit — being appreciative for the blessings bestowed upon us. It also consists of long family weekends together, shopping, ball games, and relaxing with family and friends. All in all, this is a holiday that can be as hassle-free, or hassle-filled, as we choose to make it.