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The Daily Word in tiny Trump videos, Shia LaBouef makes a wrong turn in Albuquerque on way from New York to L.A. and the light punishment for running over bicyclists in the Duke City

By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Feb 21 2017 4:36 PM ]
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Woman does cartwheels instead of sobriety test, fails.

A local motorist who seriously injured two bicyclists has been sentenced to probation, providing restitution and community service.

Vandals struck the wall where Shia LaBouef's increasingly famous art installation is located, near 7th and Central in downtown ABQ.

Homeland security, local police departments and ICE are about to launch a serious increase in deportations.

Milo Yiannopolus has resigned from Bretibart.com and is threatening to form his own media company which will soon be the only company that will publish anything he says.

Four Americans died in a dramatic plane crash in Melbourne, Australia.

The only thing funnier than the "tiny Trump" meme is the "tiny Trump" video meme.

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The Daily Word in more Trump horse sheet, legalizing cannabis in New Mexico and a meteor

Just one meteor but a dandy one

By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Feb 7 2017 9:43 AM ]
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While unlikely to happen soon, legal recreational cannabis use is closer than ever to becoming reality in New Mexico.

Fat lady who fell in comical fashion while riding a scooter and shopping for gallons of soda pop in a Walmart is speaking out about how everyone is laughing at her and it isn't funny.

President Trump wants you to know that there are thousands of terrorist attacks killing innocent midwest farmers and average Euro Svens news of which is being suppressed by evil media companies. Like Weekly Alibi, for instance. We could have reported on the briefcase nuke that destroyed UNM's Valencia campus, but rah rah terrorism (raspberry sound).

There isn't any actual skateboarding but still, this Russian skater is pretty damn high up in the air on the edge of a skyscraper, uh ... with his skateboard.

A spectacular meteor zoomed across a pile of states and part of Canada Monday morning.

Finally we may rest assured that huge amounts of LSD will not "fry" your brain and turn it into swiss cheese on a stale Trisket. You might develop a mental problem tho but that's different.

Let us all—all of us adults—enjoy Alistair Crowley's completely obscene 666 word poem about his girlfriend, who, in a tamer moment, he once compared to a hoover vacuum.

Here for your further enjoyment or, maybe, just to induce uncontrollable rage, is every tweet Trump has tweeted in the time he has had the POTUS Twitter account!

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The Daily Word in Trump's orders, local fallout and ketamine grocery shopping

By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jan 31 2017 4:07 PM ]
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The President's Muslim travel ban directly affects 110 UNM students.

Milo Yiannopoulus left a bad taste in everyone's mouth after he and his crew visited a local restaurant.

There's been a spate of threats to local Jewish centers in ABQ.

Vice has a very detailed running list of President Trump's executive orders and proposed law.

This google generated dream-filtered supermarket trip is a fair representation of what the world looked like when I was given intravenous ketamine for ten days last year.

Daimler is the latest company to make a deal with Uber for self-driving cars.

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The Daily Word in the new fascism, Taos avalanches and homicidal psychopaths

By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jan 24 2017 2:49 PM ]
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There is an avalanche warning in the Taos area.

Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf is working on a gigantic new installation, "The House of Eternal Return".

As many as 1 in 4 men in the United States have HPV.

The Trump administration claims the Donald's tweet about millions of illegal aliens voting illegally in the recent election is based on "evidence".

This teenage girl self-identifies as a "homicidal psychopath".

The Trump administration has eliminated spanish language options on the White House website.

President Trump has sided with Big Oil by green lighting the controversial Dakota Pipeline.

When your new pair of Adidas shoes is worn out, they simply decompose when put in water.

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Workout Trends 101

For Trendy Gym Rats and Cutting Edge Couch Potatoes

By Kristi D. Lawrence [ Mon Jan 23 2017 12:04 PM ]

The New Year is known for two things: predictions and resolutions.

Predictions, as in, “The hot trend this year will be purple-sequined zebra print. You’ll see it EVERYWHERE.” And resolutions as in, “THIS is the year I’m gonna work out regularly! I’m losing 20 pounds if it kills me!” Put these two together and you'll be working out in a purple-sequined zebra print ... What a mental picture.

Fortunately, purple sequined zebra print is not on the fashion radar for 2017, but fitness is virtually always a resolution. And just like jelly bracelets and neon colors in the '80s, grunge and “The Rachel” cut in the '90s and some of the styles predicted to rock our closets in 2017 (all shades of pink, a resurgence of platform shoes, and “vacation-style prints”) there are trends in fitness, too. Think Thighmaster, Jazzercise, Zumba.

The American College of Sports Medicine has released its annual list of the New Year’s top fitness trends. Here’s what’s hot for 2017.

1. Wearable Technology

This is number one for the second year in a row. Whether you’re working out on your own while wearing a Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, or Apple Watch, or hitting a gym like Orangetheory Fitness that issues a special heart rate monitor to members, chances are you’ll be wearing some sort of device to track every heartbeat, mile, and calorie burned.

“We use technology to help people train through their workout zones and reach their target heart rate,” says Orangetheory coach Colton Gibney. “It helps people stay motivated, because you have the stats to know you can push yourself a little more.”

But he cautions against getting too dependent on your device.

“Sometimes, instead of using it as a training tool to learn your body and how things should feel, people get fixated on numbers. It can get a little obsessive,” Gibney says.

2. Body Weight Training

This was the number one trend in 2015 and was number two last year as well. Push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, squats–you can do these anywhere. No time for the gym today? “Stand up and sit down 10 times from your work chair and you just did a set of squats,” says Gibney. It also helps you focus on that 2pm meeting with the boss.

3. HIIT -- High Intensity Interval Training

Number one on the list in 2014, HIIT is still super popular, rounding out the top three. This concept is what a lot of gyms like Orangetheory Fitness are based on, because it works.

“A lot of people are on the go. That’s what makes HIIT great—you don’t have to spend as long training because you’re hitting it harder for a shorter time,” says Gibney. “We’re taking you up into a push zone or all-out–that’s taking you into a HIIT zone, spiking your heart rate, then back to your recovery zone.”

Along with the top three fitness trends for the New Year, there are some other notable fitness processes that made the list.

Group Training

On the list for the first time, Group Training makes a strong showing at number six. It's high-energy exercise, motivation, a social outlet, and support group all in one (and who doesn’t need that?)

“You’re with a group of people experiencing the same thing and when you see they’re not giving up it lets you know that you can keep going, that you can do it,” Gibney says.

It also ups the fun factor. “You make new friendships you may never have made otherwise,” he adds. “They’re your fitness buddies now. It helps with accountability.”

Fitness programs for older adults

Chances are, you’re noticing more, shall we say, “distinguished” folks at the gym. The older population is working out more often, and for good reason. They’re building strength, coordination, and balance for their golden years.

“Low-impact exercise with good resistance training helps keep those bones nice and strong, and increases cardiovascular and cognitive function as well,” says Gibney.

And don’t kid yourself. Some of those people can outpace fit Millenials.

“We’ve got a member who has had a double hip replacement and has taken almost 300 classes,” says Gibney. “There is an 82-year-old woman who works out with us who has eight children and 12 grandchildren. We ensure that everyone works out within their own means.”

Whether you hit the gym or exercise at home, you can try some of these trends to stay motivated. And the best part–you never have to wear purple sequined zebra print workout clothes. Unless of course, you’re into that.

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The Daily Word in Solo Cups, Marijuana, and Avalanches

By Samuel Kerwin [ Fri Jan 13 2017 3:20 PM ]
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Belen's old Solo Cup factory is about to begin pouring the molten plastic again. As Plastic News reports, the plant was bought out by Keter Plastics—who plans on expanding the operation to consume up to 100 tons of plastics a day! The plant will produce patio furniture, sheds, toolboxes, and much more.

New Mexico's Medicaid fund may get a little higher with help from its friend: Marijuana. According to KRQE News a bipartisan bill was introduced yesterday that would tax medical marijuana in order to help bolster the state's underfunded Medicaid fund.

Call off the Saint Bernards, New Mexico is about to get its first avalanche warnings! According to KOB News, Taos, NM is now home to a new avalanche center that will help the National Weather Service and the U.S. Forrest Service issue avalanche warnings.

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The Daily Word in skirting questions, Montreal muffin fires and Paul Krassner's The Realist

By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jan 10 2017 1:30 PM ]
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There's a new charter school in downtown Albuquerque, Siembra Leadership High School.

Victoria Martens' autopsy for your perusal.

Lotsa bodies buried in the high desert.

This guy is accused of trying to burn down his local Walmart.

Russian interference in US elections? Watch future Attorney General Jeff Sessions masterfully skirt the question.

The US Senate published a damning report on Backpage.com yesterday.

Highway muff fire in Montreal.

If you haven't heard of Paul Krassner and his publication The Realist, you're welcome.

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The Daily Word in WIPP, the worst and waterflow

By August March [ Thu Dec 22 2016 1:23 PM ]
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Regulators with the New Mexico Department of Environment approve of re-starting operations at WIPP, a thing the US Department of Energy wants done before year's end.

Bill Jordan, the senior policy advisor at New Mexico Voices for Children, writes about our state's troubled economy in this commentary over at nmpolitics.net.

Last week, 70 or more attendees of a New Mexico Department of Health Holiday Luncheon were sickened by a mysterious food-borne illness allegedly served at the catered event.

Income inequality is worse in New Mexico than in 38 other states, reports the Taos News.

New Mexico's winningest high school football coach has resigned.

A woman stopped at the Columbus, New Mexico border crossing allegedly tried to smuggle methamphetamine into this country. The drugs were hidden in rubber tubing that was part of several "dreamcatchers" found in her possession.

This recent UNM grad is also the mayor of Magdelena, New Mexico!

Two Colorado hikers who were saved by rescue teams from Kirtland Air Force Base recently visited the Duke City to say thanks.

Duke City Fix Blogger Scot Key offers readers a year-in-review article that begins locally but also goes global.

Finally, here are current waterflow conditions for streams and rivers in the State of New Mexico.

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The Daily Word in New Mexico news highlights

By August March [ Thu Dec 15 2016 12:00 PM ]
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A team from the New Mexico Department of Environment has completed its inspection of the facilities at WIPP. The results of said inspection are pending.

Layoffs due to budgetary shortfalls at the NM treasurer's office mean an end to state-sponsored financial literacy classes.

Questa, New Mexico has gone eight days without running water. That's about to change, reports the Albuquerque Journal.

Public backlash over an artist's depiction of colonial New Mexico has resulted in the whiting out of a looming sword.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, UNM's football Lobos square off against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners in the Gildan Bowl. Named after a brand of men's underwear, the game will take place at University Stadium in Albuquerque.

Our own state Department of Transportation has launched a marketing campaign to help curb the over-serving of alcoholic beverages at bars and restaurants. It's a real buzzkill.

Albuquerque's National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is planning a series of winter day camps aimed at educating and entertaining holiday-break-bound local children.

Over at Duke City Fix, blogger Scot Key writes about the history of road construction in Albuquerque.

Meanwhile over at the Daily Lobo, Skylar Griego examines one student's experience at UNM's Department of Music.

Apparently, some pretty big rainbow trout reside in the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond at Tingley Beach.

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The Daily Word in the return of the DOJ and the debut of the "burgito"

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Dec 9 2016 10:01 AM ]
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New Mexico's lottery scholarship is set to shrink.

Levi Chavez was denied his request for law officer recertification.

Department of Justice is looking into allegations APD altered or deleted police body cam videos.

South Korea's president has been impeached.

Scary mall Santas of yore.

American soccer fans that emulate British football fans.

Austria has finally announced its word of the year.

What New Mexicans have long known as a tortilla burger is making its Park Slope debut under the awkward moniker "burgito".

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