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  • Sandia selects first woman as director

    ALBUQUERQUE, (AP) — The largest U.S. national security research and development laboratory announced Monday that for the first time a woman has been selected to run its operations.

    Jill Hruby will take over next month as president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, one of the most high-profile positions in U.S. science with responsibilities that cover nuclear weapons, energy and environmental technology.

  • Editorial cartoon - June 24, 2015
  • Monsters among us

    The shooting last Wednesday at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is a startling reminder that monsters do indeed exist.

    Parishioners were taking part in a Bible study class at the church when a young, white man walked through the door and joined them.

    About an hour later, the man pulled out a .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol with a laser light and began shooting while uttering racist rants.

  • Work of Art: Ring missing 55 years

    A few decades ago, when the late broadcaster Paul Harvey used to provide “The Rest of the Story,” he told about a well-to-do couple who’d given each other expensive wedding rings, engraved, with names and dates, before taking a trans-Atlantic cruise on a luxury liner.

  • Wind blows past LV

    Unable to recover from a sluggish start, the Las Vegas Train Robbers combined for just six hits Sunday night in a 14-7 setback against the visiting Garden City (Kans.) Wind, the Pecos League’s newest team.

    The Wind may have endured one of the longer trips in the league to reach Rodriguez Park, but it was hardly apparent.

    And the Garden City boys didn’t necessarily resemble a club that currently occupies the cellar in the Pecos’ Northern Division at 9-23.

  • Local Little Leagues set All-Star lineups

    La Plaza Little League officially concluded its regular season Saturday at Rodriguez Park, setting the table for the next segment of the season — district play.

    Both La Plaza and Las Vegas Little League have released All-Star rosters for the District 4 tournaments, which get under way starting July 5 in Taos. (Brackets will be published upon receipt by the Optic.)

  • U.S. women advance

    The Associated Press

    EDMONTON, Alberta — Now that Alex Morgan has a goal, she doesn’t want to look back on the opportunities she’s missed.

    She wants to look forward to the goals to come.

  • Late homers sink Topes

    Despite a nine-strikeout start from Albuquerque ace Jon Gray, the host Isotopes couldn’t hold on to their lead and fell 6-5 against visiting Tacoma on Sunday at The Lab.

    Gray went six innings on the mound and scattered seven hits and two walks with two earned runs on his ledger.

    The Isotopes led 5-2 three innings into the contest, getting a solo home run and a two-run double from Dustin Garneau.

    But the Isotope bats cooled, and Franklin Gutierrez tied the game with a two-run blast to left in the sixth inning.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - June 24, 2015

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Las Cruces Vaqueros, 6 p.m., Las Cruces
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas
    Softball
    • Las Vegas adult league games, evenings, city softball complex

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Las Cruces Vaqueros, 6 p.m., Las Cruces
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas
    Softball

  • Area native killed in crash

    State police are still trying to figure out what led to a single- vehicle crash on Interstate 25 Thursday afternoon that left a Las Vegas woman dead.
    Killed in that crash was 21-year old Eliana Herrera, a University of New Mexico graduate who was planning to begin law school at the University of Colorado in the fall.
    The crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday near mile marker 344, which is within city limits.