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V.21 No.35 | 8/30/2012

Gene Grant

Abroad in New Mexico

International students bring culture and cash to the places they visit. How can we attract them to the Land of Enchantment?
V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012

news

The Daily Word in hipster topics, inmate heroes and Dave Mustaine

The Daily Word

An inmate work crew in Las Cruces saved a man’s life.

Someone won $1 million in New Mexico but might not know it yet.

A judge told Gov. Martinez she couldn’t publish the salaries of some state workers on the Sunshine Portal. So she put them on the New Mexico home page.

Megadeth singer blames President Obama for mass shootings. And if you can’t trust Dave Mustaine about politics ...

Brits are pissed that Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum.

Can’t hang with the footage of mosquitos biting people in this story about West Nile being on the rise. Stupid nature’s vampires.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order to deny Arizonans benefits from the new federal Dream Act-esque immigration program.

This month in free speech.

The stoner Olympics.

Anti-Semitic jerk in Hungary finds out he’s Jewish.

These gorillas are all happy to see each other.

Where does all that aid money go? Haiti’s still without safe housing for most people.

How to shop for groceries when you hate shopping for groceries. (Step One: Realize that your problem is not really a problem. After all, you could be living in a tent in an earthquake-ravaged country.)

Coffee shop bans people from talking about annoying hipster stuff like denim, left-handedness and anything that happened before 2000.

Best gravel voices in movie/TV history.

V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012

Guest Editorial

Gun Rhetoric Fires Blanks

Once again, we’re in the middle of two sad American cycles: senseless, lethal violence and the slew of specious arguments that inevitably follow, flying hither and yon like, well, bullets that never quite hit the mark.
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Gabriel Chavez, community service director at La Plazita Institute
Russell Page

News Feature

True Identity

Traditions heal young Native gang members

Gangs have infiltrated tribal nations, recruiting young people who seek identity. But activists say traditions can heal.
V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012
Professor Deleso Alford at the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

News Profile

Presence of the Past

How exploitation in health care’s history informs medicine today

Professor Deleso Alford shines a light on horrors suffered for science. She tells these stories to create better doctors for the future.
V.21 No.20 |

news

The Daily Word in fiery semi, unchicken, stripper database

The Daily Word

Minority births are the majority in the U.S.

A semi truck carrying lighter fluid just combusted on I-40.

If you're wondering why there are throngs of people in Albuquerque on Sunday, it's the eclipse.

Will drones spy on us?

Council plans for a stripper database delayed.

Tape dress. Neat.

The world's oldest yoga teacher is 93. And she's a badass.

Republican Super Pac plotting extreme attack ads about President Obama.

Limbless man attempting to swim between five continents.

Coffee drinkers live longer, says my new favorite study.

Fake chicken meat-maker promises new nonflesh will be even better than the real thing.

Gale-force wind in yo face.

V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012

news

The Daily Word in Kutcher, Munch and Love

The Daily Word

Ex. Gov. Gary Johnson likely to get the Libertarian nod for prez.

Santa Fe carnival gave out live rabbits and turtles as prizes.

College student says DEA forgot him in a holding cell for days.

Credit is America’s welfare plan, says professor.

In a move that can only devalue the old-fashioned paper tome, publishers are planning to put ads on book covers.

Ashton Kutcher’s brownface Popchips ad pulled.

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sold for $120 million, making it the most expensive painting in the world.

Courtney Love’s art.

Lost parakeet tells police where he lives.

Most of us are outliers.

Who riots best? Sports fans or protesters?

How superstitions and rituals help you win.

Hello Kitty airline.

V.21 No.8 |

news

The Daily Word in D3 demolition, thrash metal and glass burrito

The Daily Word

City Council approves a plan to carve up District 3 (Downtown, Barelas, UNM area) and ax Benton's seat.

APD officer ends up in the hospital after chewing on a glass burrito.

St. Michael's in Santa Fe to conduct random student drug tests.

Outrage over Quran burning spreads in Afghanistan. At least 10 Afghans and two American soldiers have died.

Midair helicopter smash kills seven marines during training.

9-year-old girl dies after running for three hours as punishment for stealing a candy bar, according to an Alabama sheriff's office.

UN may prosecute Syrian officials of crimes against humanity.

FDA questions inhalable caffeine.

Maybe you don't need eight hours of sleep.

Serious hipster cruise. Like on a ship.

Startups looking to skim carbon dioxide from the atmo. Bill Gates thinks it's a good idea, says his money.

Virginia politicians second-guess mandatory pre-abortion vaginal probing.

Analysts predict soaring national debt under all GOP contenders' tax plans—except for Ron Paul's.

Thrash metal endorsements for 2012: Megadeth dude supports Santorum.

V.21 No.7 |

culture

Ask the chick from "Shit Burqueños Say"

Lynette, newly crowned Burque culture queen, has all kinds of shit to say. She's going to say it in our paper.

So, like, what do you want to know?

V.21 No.6 |

news

The Daily Word in heavy baby, Icelandic incest and yoga

The Daily Word

Belen police chief: "It always raises a red flag for us when we see a sex offender trying to get into the girls bathroom."

Some APD officers make more than the mayor.

Have you seen this missing girl?

JFK mistress speaks out in book form.

15.5 pound baby born in China.

Mickey D's minty green Shamrock Shake goes nationwide.

The ancestor to all animals.

R.I.P. Florence Green, the last WWI
veteran.

Can porn be copyrighted?

A website in Iceland helps residents avoid accidental incest.

Maps of stereotypes.

Some yoga is dangerous, but it's mostly awesome, says some guy in his new book.

V.20 No.51 | 12/22/2011

News Bite

NAACP Sues the City

A local chapter of the NAACP is suing the City of Albuquerque, charging that it treats African-American employees poorly. And Jewel Hall says the city is not backing the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Celebration next month.
V.20 No.47 | 11/24/2011
Gordy Andersen at Mom’s
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Profile

The Frontier at 40

Sweet rolls, good memories

In four decades, no one has died at 2400 Central SE. This according to majordoughmo Larry Rainosek, who has greeted gut-growling crowds there since Day 1 back in 1971.
V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011
Play Youtube Video

Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): Circus of Horrors

Halloween Countdown Edition

Circus of Horrors (1960)

Directed by Sidney Hayers

Cast: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence, Jane Hylton, Kenneth Griffith, Conrad Phillips, Jack Gwillim, Vanda Hudson, Colette Wilde, William Mervyn

Are you an insane plastic surgeon on the run for pursuing your unethical experiments? Have you directed your own facial reconstructive surgery in a mirror using only a local anesthesic? Do you enjoy dallying with the lovely ladies whose deformed features your skill has made whole again? Are you willing to cut down anyone in your path who dares defy your iron will? Well, have you ever considered running a circus?

Hawk-faced Anton Diffring (Fahrenheit 451, The Blue Max) excels as the cruel, oddly sympathetic and totally bonkers Dr. Schüler (or is it Rossiter?), mad doctor turned circus master, in this outrageous, non-supernatural, vibrantly technicolor horror film (from the producers of Michael Powell’s notorious Peeping Tom). The ridiculousness of the scenario (Schüler collects scarred criminals—mostly women—heals them and binds them to perpetual service in his circus) is made compelling by its twisted character studies, particularly the doctor’s toady-like accomplices (Kenneth Griffith and Jane Hylton) who seethe with mixed worship and revulsion for their master. Hurried exposition (especially at the beginning) and laughable animal costumery detract only slightly from psychodrama, blood and intrigue. Great actual circus performances and a genuine pop hit (“Look for a Star”) round out the lurid entertainment.

V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011
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Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): The Legend of Hell House

Halloween Countdown Edition

The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Directed by John Hough

Cast: Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt, Peter Bowles, Roddy McDowall, Roland Culver, Pamela Franklin

For this ludicrous-yet-effective haunted house film, Richard Matheson adapted his own down-and-dirty novel for the screen, somehow managing to create a reasonable PG version from the NC-17 source material. The scenario is very deliberately a sexed-up ’70s remix of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House (not Hell House, got it?), itself filmed quite effectively in 1961 as The Haunting.

The setup is archetypal. Four quirky characters investigate a haunted house: The physicist and his wife (Clive Revill and Gayle Hunnicutt), the touchy-feely medium (Pamela Franklin, formerly haunted as a child actress in The Innocents) and the sole survivor of a previous expedition (Roddy McDowall). The cast is great and utters potentially clunky lines about “ectoplasm” and “multiple hauntings” with so much in-character authority that they totally work.

My previous VHS viewing of this film did not include the pleasure of beholding the awesome wide-angle, widescreen frame composition employed throughout (and especially during the opening sequences). Creepy exterior shots of the fogbound house with datestamps presage each supernatural incident, creating both quickie verisimilitude and a rhythm of suspense. The general aura of competency and class—plus Delia Derbyshire/Brian Hodgson’s extra-delicious electronic score—makes Hell House an excellent Halloween A/V treat. (Well, aside from the overwrought ending.) I watched it twice.

V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011

Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): Deathdream, a.k.a. Dead of Night

Halloween Countdown Edition

Deathdream (1974)

Directed by Bob Clark

Cast: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus, Henderson Forsythe

This low-budget riff on the W.W. Jacobs short story “The Monkey’s Paw” begins where the original ends: Instead of wishing the undead son away, his family invites him in. Sure, he seems a little weird, preferring to sit silently in his room all day and waiting for dark before he emerges with mod sunglasses and white turtleneck to prey upon the living. But that’s how it is when you’ve been dragged back from the grave by a mother’s love.

Director Bob Clark (himself now one of the undead) made a handful of notable indie horror films in the ’70s (not to mention an all-star Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper flick) before hitting box office paydirt with Porky’s and A Christmas Story. Much of the credit for Deathdream’s effectiveness must go to screenwriter (and monster-makeup artist) Alan Ormsby for creating a queasy sense of doom, Richard Backus who rocks it as the deadpan, unwillingly-revived son, as well as actors John Marley and Lynn Carlin for convincingly transplanting their troubled-married-couple routine from John Cassavetes’ 1968 film Faces into this weird little horror movie. How long can a family stay together under these conditions? Answer: not long. The downer ending manages to be both sad and horrifying, the lesson of the Monkey’s Paw learned the hard way.

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