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Today's News

  • Isotopes streak past Zephyrs

    Luis Cruz smashed a two-run blast in the sixth inning Friday night and the Albuquerque Isotopes completed a doubleheader sweep of New Orleans with an 8-4 win.

    It was the third victory in as many games for the host Isotopes over the Zephyrs.

    Albuquerque is 43-32, a half-game behind division leader Oklahoma City.

    Nashville plays at Isotopes Park through Tuesday before the ‘Topes take off to Memphis for a series there.

  • Sex abuse case: Sandusky guilty of 45 counts

    By Genaro C. Armas
    and Mark Scolforo
    The Associated Press

    BELLEFONTE, Pa.  — Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, a swift and emphatic end to a case that shattered Penn State University’s Happy Valley image and brought down Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno.

    Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno’s heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts and is almost certain to spend the rest of his life in prison.

  • Looking Back - June 25, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, June 21 — The Plaza Hotel will open next Tuesday. The hostelry has been made one of the finest in the whole Southwest. Made absolutely modern in every respect and beautifully furnished. The Plaza Hotel will be reopened under new management to accommodate thousands of visitors thousands of visitors who are expected to be here for the Flynn-Johnson festivities.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 25, 2012

    Council meeting is Wednesday

    The Las Vegas City Council meets at 6 p.m. this Wednesday at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave.

  • Weather - June 25, 2012

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • Corrections - News - June 25, 2012

    An Optic “thumb” in the weekend edition identified the owner of property at Eighth Street and Highland Drive, where three box trailers had been placed, to be Carlos Gallegos. That is incorrect. Gallegos said he owns property nearby but not the land where the trailers were parked.
     

  • Cautionary, tragic tale

    Two weeks ago, a baby was killed after a collision involving a suspected drunken driver. Actually, the mother was pregnant at the time and emergency responders had to rush her to the hospital, where a cesarean section was performed in an attempt to save the baby, but the baby died about a minute after its birth.

    Now, Ramon Hernandez, 43, of Santa Fe, is facing multiple felonies in connection with the Interstate 25 wreck. State police said it’s the fifth time he’s been charged with driving drunk.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 25, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Newspaper war stories

    I think it was one of the greatest newspaper wars of our time — the battle between two Little Rock, Ark., newspapers, the Arkansas Gazette and the Arkansas Democrat.

    I’m not sure the story I’m about to tell supports that contention, but I’ll tell it anyway. Just for the fun of it.

    It was my first journalist job off campus. I was hired at the Gazette to take down scores and stats and write brief high school football game summaries.

  • City workers off the hook

    The two city of Las Vegas employees suspended last year following a fatal trench collapse returned to work this week, and city officials say they will not be disciplined over the deaths.

    “This was a sad and unfortunate accident, and it does no good to penalize anybody further in light of all the suffering that everybody has endured,” City Attorney Dave Romero told the Optic on Wednesday.