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  • Editorial cartoon - July 22, 2015
  • A thrilling achievement

    “The revelations of New Horizons may help us to understand better how our solar system was formed. We explore because we are human, and we want to know. I hope that Pluto will help us on that journey.”
    — Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking

    The magnitude of what scientists have been able to accomplish with NASA’s New Horizons mission is astonishing and is an exciting reminder of why our nation must continue to invest in space exploration.

  • Work of Art: Is Atticus a racist?

    There was a bit of relief when I read a review of a new book that declares that “Go Set a Watchman,” is not a sequel to the 1960s blockbuster novel that became a great movie, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    But before proceeding, let me release the long-standing pun regarding the Mexican mixed drink called “Tequila Mockingbird.” There might be some mixicologists who will prepare you a Bloody Mary, or Gin and Tonic or a Hot Toddy, but a Tequila concoction? I don’t think so.

  • Everything Aces for Reno

    Mick Freeman roped in a line-drive single to score Nick Evans for a walk-off winner Monday night in Reno, lifting the host Aces to a 6-5 comeback win over visiting Albuquerque.

    The Isotopes had led 5-0 going into the bottom of the eighth inning but squandered control, allowing three runs in each of the final two frames.

    The setback dropped Albuquerque to 43-52, keeping the Isotopes mired in third place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division.

  • Tennis camp
  • Robber win slips away in ninth

    Las Vegas’ hard-luck Train Robbers pulled ahead of Santa Fe with a hard-fought 7-6 edge in the top of the ninth inning Sunday night only to watch it vanish.

    With two outs, the Fuego’s Matt Petrone tied the game. Then Alex Teal, a pinch runner for Chevas Numata, dashed home on a wild pitch for the walk-off victory at Fort Marcy Park.

    Petrone finished the night 3 for 4 with a sacrifice fly and one RBI.

  • Houdek new RHS coach

    “I love soccer, and I love what athletics can do for kids,” said new Robertson girls’ soccer coach Jeffrey Houdek.
    “It helps them develop life skills.”

    Houdek will have ample opportunity to provide leadership in that regard this fall, taking over a talented squad that got abruptly younger this offseason with the graduation of nine starting seniors.

  • Luna may scrap search

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees plans to discuss and take action on terminating its presidential search and retaining controversial interim President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as its permanent president.

    That action item is on the  agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Luna’s Student Services Board Room. The agenda states that board Chairman Daniel Romero will present the item.

    The Optic was unable to reach Romero for comment Sunday morning.

  • Anti-bullying campaign
  • Las Vegas firefighters to get raises

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a new agreement that will give members of the city’s firefighters union 50 cent per hour pay raises.

    The pay hike is equivalent to an annual raise of $1,040.

    Negotiations between the city administration and the International Association of Firefighters Local 4624 began in June.

    The agreement approved by the Council had already been ratified unanimously by members of the firefighters union.