Monkey See
2:26 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Can NBC Get Its Fall Shows Into The Olympic Spotlight?

Matthew Perry and Brett Gelman of NBC's Go On appear in a promo shot especially for the Olympics.
Justin Lubin NBC

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 3:47 pm

With the Olympics drawing to a close, NBC is looking especially golden. They have had two weeks of great ratings — including record highs. What better time than on the eve of the network's new fall season to rack up two weeks of record audiences? But what might seem a slam dunk for the network is anything but.

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Books News & Features
2:11 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

'Age Of Desire': How Wharton Lost Her 'Innocence'

Edith Wharton moved to Paris in the early 1900s. Not long after, in 1913, after her affair with Morton Fullerton had ended, she divorced her husband of more than 20 years.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 3:47 pm

Jennie Fields was well into her new novel about Edith Wharton — and her love affair with a young journalist — when she heard that a new cache of Wharton letters had been discovered. They were written to Anna Bahlmann, who was first Wharton's governess and later her literary secretary. Bahlmann had never been considered a major influence on Wharton, but Fields had decided to make her a central character in her book, The Age of Desire, even before she heard about the letters.

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Local News
2:07 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Power plant decision could strain Navajo budget

Navajo Nation officials say the tribal budget will be strained further if three units of a northwestern New Mexico coal plant close sooner than 2014.

Tribal spokesman Erny Zah says the tribe had been prepared for the units at the Four Corners Power Plant to close in two years. But the plant's operator says decommissioning will start once it acquires ownership of the other two units, which is expected later this year.

Zah says that would mean a $9 million annual loss from coal royalties.

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Local News
2:05 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Feds order lethal removal for female Mexican wolf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has signed an order calling for the shooting of a female Mexican gray wolf that was accused of killing too many cows in southwestern New Mexico.

Agency officials signed the order Thursday. It's the first time since 2007 that the agency will be killing a wolf due to depredation problems.

The order calls for shooting the alpha female of the Fox Mountain Pack.

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Local News
2:03 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Voter purge hits active voters

KCIvey via Flickr

A voting rights activist and the wife of a Democratic state representative are among more than 177,000 New Mexico voters whose status has been deemed inactive. The move is raising questions about the criteria being used by Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran as she begins a cleanup of voter rolls three months before the presidential elections.

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Participation Nation
2:03 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Treats For The Troops In Denver, Colo.

Lainey Hamrick, center, flanked by the folks she supports.
Courtesy of CSOT

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 10:59 am

Over the past several years, Lainey Hamrick and the volunteers at Colorado Supporting Our Troops have sent hundreds of care packages to members of the military in Afghanistan, Iraq and bases all over the world. In December, the group shipped 160 boxes of goodies overseas.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

State may owe $20 million in back pay to state workers

The state Court of Appeals has ruled about 11,000 state workers are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former Governor Bill Richardson's administration didn't follow union contracts in distributing money provided by the Legislature for employee compensation in 2009.

Governor Susana Martinez's administration plans to appeal this week's ruling and says it could cost the state $20 million for back pay to workers covered by union contracts. A union lawyer estimates a lower cost.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

VIDEO: Researchers Present Hard-To-Kill Robotic 'Earthworm'

A robotic worm.
MIT

Robots are cool to begin with, but today researchers at MIT, Harvard and Seoul National University unveiled one that will impress some and scare others.

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Local News
1:59 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Albuquerque school district to cover some students' meals

The Albuquerque Public Schools district is covering the cost of meals this year for students who qualify for reduced rates. District spokesman John Miller says a decision to start charging food providers for things like utilities has made money available for the meals.

About 7,000 students qualify for the reduced meals, which cost 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast. Miller says the district expects to spend between $300,000 and $400,000 to pay for the lunches.

The Salt
1:33 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Some At-Risk Shark Species Are Ending Up In U.S. Soups

Click the image to see a full-size version. At least eight shark species, many endangered or threatened, were found in bowls of shark fin soup across the country.
Pew Environment Group

Sharks are some of the most feared and fascinating animals on the planet. They've had their own week of awareness-raising and celebration on the Discovery Channel for the last 25 years. But some say they are also delicious — as in the Chinese delicacy — shark fin soup.

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