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August Goes Shopping

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I did not want to drive to Ghetto Smith’s. Sometimes that place is okay, but there is always the chance I will run into someone I know. Without a clean scramble suit to put on for show, that thought made me itchy all over.

Walmart is closer, at the end of a street that's mostly houses—except for the intersection, where there was a wreck. A broken telephone pole was left behind afterward; two weeks later, it's still there. One time I saw a dead dog on the median nearby, but it was gone after a few minutes.

It's still a veritable oasis where I live. One of the houses has a grip of datura plants coming up in their compost pile. There is still some grass here and there, but mostly folks let the lawns wither. For ground cover there is a lot of London rocket weed this time of year, if you don’t like lava rocks.

Most afternoons and evenings, seven out of 10 houses depicted in this narrative setting are playing the teevee. Even over in my two-person people’s republic, things won’t go dark until the yearly beisbol ritual is completed in October.

I still could not find anything decent to soak up today, tube-wise. I needed a package of black, plastic garbage bags to keep up my end of the social contract. I made a deal with my personal gasoline-powered shuttlecraft and roared off toward the blue behemoth. The Radiohead EP my wife left in the player began where it left off. Something, something about white teeth.

I rolled into the parking lot just as Thom Yorke started going on about selling your suit and tie. I’ll be damned about the next part, but some lanky dude the size of Texas came bolting out of the store at the same time; it was a close one. He gave me a stare, and his blue eyes were practically throbbing out of orbit as he bounded over the hood.

The guy kept running and running. I parked the car. Inside were seedless watermelons, loaves of angel food cake and enough toilet paper to save an army. Plus the garbage bags were on sale. On the way back, I turned the volume down to practically nothing at all. I listened to the engine and scoured the road for signs of home.

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The Daily Word in APD, DOJ and justice

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The United States Department of Justice has “reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment and Section 14141."

Here, in summary, are the findings of the United States Department of Justice:

Albuquerque police officers shot and killed civilians who did not pose an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to the officers or others.

Albuquerque police officers used deadly force on individuals who posed no threat to anyone but themselves.

Albuquerque police officers’ own recklessness sometimes led to their use of deadly force.

Albuquerque police officers used force against individuals who were passively resisting and posed a minimal threat.

Albuquerque police officers used excessive force against individuals with mental illness, against individuals with impaired faculties, and against individuals who require medical treatment.

Supervisory reviews do not address excessive use of force.

Force incidents are not properly documented.

Shooting investigations are inadequate.

Internal review mechanisms are not implemented.

The Department’s training deficiencies contribute to the pattern or practice of unreasonable use of force.

The Department’s deficient policies contribute to the pattern or practice of unreasonable use of force.

Under-use of the crisis intervention team contributes to the pattern or practice of unconstitutional force.

The Department’s ineffective use of its tactical deployments contributes to the use of excessive force.

The Department’s aggressive organizational culture contributes to excessive force incidents.

The Department’s limited external oversight contributes to the pattern or practice of unconstitutional uses of force.

Inadequate community policing contributes to the department’s pattern or practice of unconstitutional force.

Read the entire findings letter, including recommended remedial measures, at bit.ly/DOJfindingsAPD.

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Following in Giant Steps

The alt music scene here in the 1990s was a diverse and fertile workshop for sounds that varied from sludgy proto-grunge and pure punk-rock to melodic, danceable and jazzy reggae and ska. Perhaps the local band that best personified the latter description in this burg's old-school narrative was Giant Steps.

A ska band active in Burque from 1993 to 1999, Otto Barthel, Rob Kerley, Tom Siegel and company have made it a matter of habit to regularly schedule reunion shows here in town, much to the delight of lingering fans and plain old folks who just wanna dance the night away. The eight-piece Giant Steps return with their “in your face” horn section and their “rude” rhythm section for their latest reunion concert tomorrow at Launchpad (618 Central SW). CrazyFool and The Reagan Motels open the show. Doors for this 21-plus show open at 8pm, and tickets are available through holdmyticket.com. Launchpad • Sat Apr 5 • 9:30pm • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in the great outdoors, transuranic waste and APD

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Prepare to be boarded, APD.

On this list, Austin is number one and Burque is 89.

Check out this year’s Isotopes.

LANL began removing 3706 cubic meters of transuranic waste from above ground storage. The stuff is headed to Texas until WIPP reopens.

The vast Union-Pacific railyard in Santa Teresa is open for business.

The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, Maryland has a new exhibit called New Mexico: Land of Enchantment.

An oil well in Loco Hills, NM exploded.

New Mexican chile crop acreage declined in 2013.

After a two-year closure, Manzano Mountains State Park is reopening on April 21.

Here's this week’s New Mexico fishing report.

Last night, the Lobos pounded the NMSU Aggies.

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Paying Tribute to Woody

This spring legendary folkie Arlo Guthrie hits the road with a small ensemble to celebrate the work of his renowned father, Woody. With only a dozen stops scheduled, each of these intimate concert appearances is destined to be a flavorfully significant reiteration of Woody’s immense stature in the annals of American music, as well as an opportunity to show off a folk family whose musical cred ranks right up there with Dylan and Cohen.

Accompanied by his son (Woody’s grandson) Abe and longtime collaborators Terry Hall and Bobby Sweet, the storied composer of seminal '60s protest tune “Alice’s Restaurant” will perform a cross-section of the Guthrie family legacy. Besides grand distinction as an American musical voice, Guthrie is known for his sharp wit and gift for telling stories that turn out to be pertinent reflections on the quintessential American cultural experience. The “Here Comes the Kid” tour makes Burque its second destination tomorrow at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $39 to $59 and are available at holdmyticket.com and the KiMo box office. KiMo Theatre • Thu Apr 3 • 7:30pm • $39-$59 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in the fuzz, the po-po and la chota

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Over at the Journal, UpFront columnist Leslie Linthicum tells the dude in charge of APD that, contrary to his exhortation, "we’re not good."

The APD shootings are scaring away much-needed tourists, businesses and retirees.

NM Attorney General Gary King will launch an investigation into the two latest fatal shootings.

Even the Guardian has a photo of an unsmiling, visibly uncomfortable Mayor Berry reacting to the Foothills shooting.

Local Police Union President Stephanie Lopez has some insight into the officers involved in the Foothills shooting.

Those clever internetz folk in Guy Fawkes masks are very interested in our police department’s web presence.

The Las Cruces Police Department has declined Mayor Berry’s request to investigate the March 16, 2014 APD shooting.

This week’s Economist turns a critical eye toward the militarization of America’s police.

The Voice of Russia has similar coverage of our nation’s descent.

Oh well ... At least K-9 Rico, a Belgian Malinois, will probably live.

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Space is the Place

Photo by Michael Donovan

Masters of time, space and alt-hip-hop Deltron 3030 will soon materialize at Sunshine to jam the fuck out and possibly prepare Burque for colonization from beyond the stars. The supergroup features genre-defying aural astronauts Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala. Unlike other purveyors of hip-hop, Deltron 3030 doesn’t spend much time reflecting on the complexities of urban life or ruminating on romantic success and its consequences. Instead these dudes wanna take us to the future—to the stars, through the void.

Besides having imperial cred with hip-hop and rock and roll audiences through work with artists as diverse as the Wu-Tang Clan, ska-punk outfit The Dirty Heads, alt-rock OG Dinosaur Jr. and meta-fictive cartoon band Gorillaz, Del’s work with frequent collaborators and producers Dan and Kid led to a renaissance of interest in complex, techno-sci-fi-laced raps generated by trans-dimensional entity Deltron 3030. Admission to this age 13-plus show at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) tomorrow is 24 simoleons at the door, a nominal price for a guaranteed journey into the depths of the æther. Transmission begins at 7pm. Sunshine Theater • Sun Mar 23 • 7pm • $24 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in hoops, marine mammals and booger sugar

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One of the policemen involved in Sunday night’s fatal shooting of a homeless man in the Sandia Foothills was fired by the NM State Police in 2007; he is currently a detective with the Repeat Offender Project.

The Lobo men’s hoop squad is in St. Louis for the NCAA Tournament. On Friday the pack takes on Stanford.

Finally, there's gonna be a German restaurant and beer garden in Burque!

The Center on Law and Poverty is suing the New Mexico Public Education Department.

NM officials dispute federal research that suggests behavioral health services in the state have declined.

An abandoned fraternity house caught fire on the UNM campus yesterday.

Burque blogger Joe Monahan is wary and weary of state government initiatives, especially when they involve job creation.

Starting this weekend at the BioPark, its Marine Mammal Appreciation Week.

As WIPP is temporarily shuttered, nuclear waste may have to go to Texas.

That Church's Chicken hot sauce shipment was actually a load of booger sugar and bambalacha.

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Gypsy vs. Dixie

A Friday afternoon concert is just the thing to psych you up for a weekend of jamming out and rocking on. Complete this motivational sonic ritual with The Appleseed Collective, which plays VSA North Fourth Art Center (4904 Fourth Street NW) on Friday, March 14, at 12:30pm. Part of an essential concert series aimed at bringing musical experience to the developmentally disabled artists who work and create at N4th, this recital is an excellent opportunity to catch Americana folk ensemble The Appleseed Collective.

The quintet plays a form of American music that has roots in Dixieland, bluegrass and European folk traditions, but remains original and postmodern in its execution; the Collective is thoroughly listenable and full of melodic, rhythmic surprises. Tight chops and the group's youthful, hip performative style make this free, all-ages gig a shouldn't-miss. With merely 60 seats available, reserve your spot today at Amp Concerts website at bit.ly/applesamp. After the show, don’t forget to check out the amazing work of N4th artists and staff. N4th Theater • Fri Mar 14 • 12:30pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in UFC, SXSW and UFOs

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In Austin, Texas, a driver evading arrest crashed into a SXSW crowd, killing 2 people and injuring 23 more.

Pat Murdoch is officially off the hook.

Manny Aragon’s name is now mud.

An employee of the NM State Parks Division was allegedly found passed out from drunkenness in her state-issued vehicle.

The Jayhawk track squad is coming to Burque this weekend.

A UFC dude from Albuquerque is known as “The Natural Born Killer."

A notable West Coast graffiti artist returned to his Albuquerque roots at Hidden Park this past weekend.

Former mayoral candidate Paul Heh is demanding an investigation regarding his former boss.

UNM is still a decent place for grad school.

A federal court trial held in Albuquerque will determine whether there will be a Ten Commandments monument at the Bloomfield City Hall.

About a month ago, a blimp-like UFO was spotted near Deming.

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