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The Daily Word in Uber, APD and APS

After hitting .309 this season and with 56 RBIs under his belt in 2014, Isotope First Baseman Clint Robinson gets called up to LA.

San Pedro Boulevard has the potential for walkability.

This sister of an APD shooting victim speaks out at World Socialist Web Site.

Uber is denied by the state Public Regulation Commission, yet continues to operate in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.

A man is suing Albuquerque Public Schools for having him arrested when he was 12.

A federal judge issued an injunction against the city of Ruidoso, N.M., over a violation of the First Amendment.

The Brookings Institution says our town is in the midst of a double dip recession.

Here is what’s going on at the vast nuclear weapons repository and 24-7 hot refueling center next door to us.

Thirty-six million dollars in Burque’s outstanding senior lien airport revenue bonds have an A+ rating, according to Fitch.

In this week’s fishing report, please note some dude named Robert “caught a 42-inch, 26-pound tiger muskie on Saturday at Bluewater Lake and later said, “It was a big, fat guy.”

V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014

Week in Sloth

This week around the TV dial: The history of cocktails in Hey Bartender, the return of some ’90s icons in “Girl Meets World” and real estate in teh raw with “Naked Buying.”

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Albuquerque's Newest Team: The Sol FC

Sol FC

After Team USA's incredible win last Monday night, the country seems primed to love soccer again—right on time.

And since local is the best reflection of the national, this is an apt time to mention that Albuquerque is developing their own semi-professional soccer team, the Sol FC.

In an exclusive interview with the Alibi, Sol FC General Manager Larry Espinoza shared his vision for the future of the team in Albuquerque, reveled in a bit of local pride and reflected on the beginning of this year's World Cup and this new venture in the 505.

The Sol opened their inaugural season on May 3 in Las Vegas, playing against the Mobsters of the USL Premier Developmental League (PDL). Before that, though, there was a lot of work before the season began—and before the team was even formed. Espinoza says that he and Ron Patel, president of the team, have put in the work, but they haven't been alone. The team runs with the help of an extensive network of volunteers: everyone from high school students to a social media guru, running both the official Twitter account as well as their Instagram.

Albuquerque Sol FC may be merely a fourth-tier team this year, but Espinoza says the attendance in our fair city is smashing the competition. “The average [attendance] for PDL is 200. Our first home game, we had more than our five opponents’ previous games combined.” Not surprising, given the documentation of fans' desire for a local, professional soccer team.

However, the transition up the ranks of the PDL obviously will not—and cannot—happen overnight. Espinoza says the plan is to continue to move up the ranks: “Probably not next year, but maybe the year after, really make a push to go USL Pro.” That, however, will involve getting a 5,000-seat stadium into the picture. So the team and its affiliates plan to go before the New Mexico State Legislature. “We'll do our homework. We'll go before the legislature again this February. We believe we'll get the money. There's a lot of things that have to be included to build an MLS team. We believe we can build that.”

The biggest signs that this team is already a success, though, can't be counted, unlike attendance figures. Nor can those successes be summarized as succinctly as Espinoza's repeated afirmations. The true success of the team shines when you get to see a game in person, where you'll hear the PA guy 'sponsoring' yellow cards with bail bonds companies and hear about a highlighted charity at each game. The intensely personal feel of both the physical and mental spacemakes this a truly Albuquerque team.

That local spotlight will grab an even bigger stage at the last home game of the season on Saturday July 12. Espinoza claims, “If you played soccer in Albuquerque, you know the name Pat Grange.” Grange was a local soccer legend, whose tragic diagnosis with ALS led to his untimely death at 29 years of age. ESPN showcased his story recently. The game on Saturday, July 12 will be dedicated to Pat Grange and the Albuquerque Sol FC will retire his jersey. Espinoza says he's in talks to make sure Grange's parents are guests of honor. And the charity the Sol will be partnering with for their last home game? The ALS Association.

As a great way to celebrate the legacy of soccer in the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico, the Sol FC's last home game stands head and shoulders above any other options. And, while you're at the game, think about what this team could mean for the future as well.

The Sol have five home games remaining, all of which are played on the Ben Rios field at St. Pius high school. Tickets can be obtained at the gate for $10 on game day. Children's tickets are only $5, and they can both be bought ahead of time online, but you will pay a handling fee.

V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014

Week in Sloth

What should you be wasting you life on this week? How about “The Pool Master,” “The Musketeers” and “Mystery Girls”? Take a spin around the TV dial with us.

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The Daily Word in hungry gators, a stegomastodon skull and a POW's return

Colleges look at fraternities to ease the pressure.

Secretary of State John Kerry sent a message to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, urging Iraqis to “come together,” as Al Qaeda-inspired militants continue their march toward Baghdad.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American prisoner of war, has been returned to the states.

A priest was shot and killed at a church in Phoenix, Ariz., while another was wounded.

Bobby Lee Pearson, who was on trial for a burglary charge, died in a fight mere hours after being acquitted.

You don't want your gun? Take it to the landfill!

Two Chinese nationals were apprehended and face federal charges for trying to buy military sensors from an Albuquerque company and smuggle them back to China.

Doctors at UNM Hospital are trying to reconstruct an 8-month-old child's organs after she was allegedly raped by her mother's boyfriend.

It's a stegomastodon skull!

A Louisiana tour guide likes to swim with gators … and feed them … with his mouth.

V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014
Creepy Government Man (Laurence Fishburne) says Hi! to his friends in New Mexico.

Film Interview

Signal Secrets

An interview with The Signal director William Eubank

With the sci-fi mindbender The Signal hitting theaters this Friday, we chat with director William Eubank about shooting the film right here in New Mexico.

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Week in Sloth

Get nostalgic with “I Love the 2000s,” wave bye-bye to “True Blood” and watch Jane Fonda get an “AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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The Daily Word in the SPU shooting, same-sex marriage polls and "Desiree"

A shooting at Seattle Pacific University left one student dead and a couple others wounded.

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered today to pay respects to Prince Joshua (P.J.) Avitto, a 6-year-old boy from Brooklyn who was stabbed and killed in an elevator.

A Virgina base is on lockdown after a stabbing this morning. A suspect hasn't been apprehended.

According to a Washington Post/ABC poll, about 50 percent of America thinks same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

If you're going to the Albuquerque Sunport, watch out for “Desiree.”

Mayor Richard Berry responds to the protest that took over his office.

Five teens in Santa Fe who shot at cars with BB guns called the cops on themselves when one of their victims started chasing them.

APD Chief Gorden Eden wants the police union to cooperate with DOJ reviews and reforms.

It looks like police officers in Spokane aren't allowed to make whoopee on the job anymore.

V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014
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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: June 5, 2014

From invasive species to culinary battery, test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz.

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Idiot Box

Staff Infection

“The Night Shift” on NBC

NBC’s new doctor drama “The Night Shift” takes the environmentally friendly route, recycling old TV cliches for summer viewing.

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Week in Sloth

The NBA Finals start, Michael Palin goes to Brazil, and the Tony Awards go head-to-head with Miss USA.

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The Daily Word in Snowden's letter, the first "elfie" and James Boyd's autopsy

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to some California schools.

A Quincy cabdriver, who was a friend of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has been arrested for obstructing the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The NSA released a letter from Edward Snowden from 2013, in which he raises concerns about surveillance activities, though Snowden says the version they released is incomplete.

A former roommate of Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger speaks out.

An Alaskan woman played dead after being attacked by a mama bear and survived to tell the tale.

The company that owns a historic Albuquerque cemetery is finally listening after years of complaints about it being unclean and unkempt.

An autopsy for James Boyd, a homeless man killed by APD in the foothills, showed that he was shot in the back and arms, and had no drugs in his system.

Independent voters of New Mexico are planning to sue for being denied the right to vote in the closed primary elections.

The BioPark welcomes a couple of sandbar sharks.

Latabe takes the first “elfie.” And now "elfies” are a thing.

V.23 No.22 | 5/29/2014

Week in Sloth

Flipping around the TV dial (do TV’s still have dials?) this week we find John Malkovich dressing up as a pirate in “Crossbones,” ABC asking you to “Bet on Your Baby” and something called “Ice Holes.”

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The Daily Word in Detroit carjackers, New Mexico oil and a jailhouse stripper

A postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, a gay civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1978, has been unveiled.

Carjackers are takin' over Detroit.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert thinks states not defending same-sex marriage bans is “the next step toward anarchy.” If that's the case, chaos couldn't be sweeter.

Google is creating a tablet with “advanced vision capabilities.” If it doesn't make you invisible, I don't care.

Last night, Albuquerque police shot and killed a man who is suspected of attacking a woman and then stabbing a good samaritan who tried to help her.

Nothing like an explosion to get rid of a fire.

According to New Mexico State Police, at least six people died in a car crash involving multiple vehicles on I-10.

The oil industry is drawing more folks to certain parts of New Mexico.

Birdland, a local store in Nob Hill, was broken into yesterday morning, apparently another in a series of Nob Hill businesses that have been “compromised.”

After Miami police arrested a strip club employee, she decided to give them a show right in the jail cell.

V.23 No.21 | 5/22/2014

Week in Sloth

HBO studies the origins of the AIDS epidemic in the star-studded film The Normal Heart, while Animal Planet scares us with Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys starring Shannen Doherty.

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