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  • In Brief - News - June 7, 2017

    Bill Cosby trial begins
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby went on trial Monday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman more than a decade ago, with prosecutors immediately introducing evidence the 79-year-old TV star once known as America’s Dad had done it before to someone else.

    The prosecution’s opening witness was not the person Cosby is charged with abusing, but another woman, who broke down in tears as she testified that the comedian violated her in the mid-1990s at a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles.

  • Weather - June 7, 2017

    Wednesday

    HIGH 80° / LOW 50°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:45 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

    Thursday

  • Congressman visits Ribera
  • Noticias - June 7, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
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    • First Born program provides services to families in San Miguel and Mora counties. It is a free and confidential home visiting program. To learn more about the program, or to schedule an informational visit, call 454-1343.

    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call 454-0223 or visit the office.

  • Que Pasa - June 7, 2017

    6.9.2017
    FRIDAY

    All day
    Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Firecracker Pageant on Saturday, June 24. The competition is open to boys six months to five years and girls six months to 12 years. The contestants will compete in personality in patriotic wear, beauty in formal wear, and photogenic. Entry forms may be picked up at the Carnegie Library or the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Entry deadline is Friday, June 9. For more information contact Philip Ortiz at 718-6848.

    6.10.2017
    SATURDAY

    9 a.m.

  • Remember Tamir Rice?

    By Connie Schultz

    Well, that’s it then.

    That’s it for Tamir Rice.

    Finally, 2.5 years after the 12-year-old black boy was shot dead in a city park in Cleveland ­— we know the fate of the two white police officers involved in his death.

    On Tuesday, Cleveland police announced that Timothy Loehmann, the officer who pulled the trigger within seconds of his arrival, has been fired. Not for killing Tamir. That wasn’t even mentioned. He was fired for lying on his job application with Cleveland police.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 7, 2017
  • Work of Art: Grab a cup of covfefe; we’ve got ‘alot’ to cover

    During my years of teaching, I don’t believe I ever had students — even at the college level — who consistently spelled “a lot” as two words. To that I say, “’Alot’ of students can’t tell the difference.” I believe the bigger problem is simply using the wrong word. There are, after all, many synonyms for “a lot,” including “many” and “plenty.”

  • Vatos place fifth at nationals

    The New Mexico Highlands University rugby club defeated Duke 31-0 to claim fifth place in the National Small College Rugby Organization sevens tournament on Sunday in Chester, Pa.

    The Vatos, who’d won the last two national championships in sevens rugby, were bumped from contention for a third straight title Saturday after finishing in third place in the pool play round.

    First-year NSCRO participant Christendom College (Va.) — a team the Vatos beat on Saturday — went on to edge St. Mary’s (Md.) 24-19 in the final on Sunday afternoon.

  • Valdez’s secret: Hard work

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School 2017 graduate Victoria Valdez is the second recipient of the Eliana Marie Herrera Memorial Scholarship.