PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

PHS band scores superior ratings

By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band received superior ratings in district competition Thursday in Clovis. It was the first time in six years the band received the highest ratings in marching band, concert band and sight reading competition. The band had earlier this year aced the marching band competition. Thursday, the concert […]

Perfection PHS band’s main goal

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By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band has already won a superior rating in marching band competition this year, and now the band hopes to get superior ratings at the concert band and sight reading district competition next week in Clovis. Jeremy Smith, an alto saxophone player in the band, said he is […]

Grandma’s ratings rant ridiculous

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor It’s been a few weeks since the revelation that the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” has an explicit sex scene that can be unlocked using third-party software. Currently, the company that makes the game, Rockstar Games, is facing litigation. Though no decisions have been made in the case, […]

Newspaper ratings would give readers a choice

Bob Huber If you’re watching TV these days, you’re in good hands, because television now has rated shows just like the movies. But the ratings are a little different. Among others, they have “R,” “PG-14”and “NR.” • R stands for Raunchy. You can tell it’s wicked, because parts that caused the R rating have been […]