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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Los Alamos Lab Blocks All Archive Research

Los Alamos National Laboratory will no longer permit historians and other researchers to have access to its archival records because Los Alamos National Security (LANS), the private contractor that now operates the Lab, says it has "no policy in place" that would allow such access.

"Policies that had previously applied to the University of California relating to the disclosure of information directly to you are no longer applicable," wrote Judy Archuleta of the Los Alamos Information Practices Office to Alex Wellerstein, a graduate student at Harvard.

In effect, when it comes to historical or other public research, the Los Alamos archives are closed for business.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is no more. Last year after conducting a fear up on security at LANL the republicans turned control of Los Alamos over to a private corporation. Los Alamos National Security LLC, is owned by University of California, BWX Tech, Washington Group International, and Bechtel. Who have been forcing a brain drain their by requiring random drug tests and lie detector tests. This after firing 700 contractors.

And now they are shutting down access to the public archives. All of this work was produced from public money, and now only Bechtel will have access.

Republicans just plain bad for national security.

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