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The Daily Word in the postal service, Van Damme's split and New Mexico immigration

Mr. Ford can't fight the fever … “to lose some powers” has gotta be rough.

Police have identified the passenger who fell from a small plane that was flying over the Atlantic.

Patsy Davis' body was exhumed from her frontyard after her husband lost a court battle to keep her in her wanted resting place.

The postal service lost $5 billion this past year.

An abortion protester named Rives Grogan was arrested yesterday for shouting at people near Zimmerman Library about religion and abortion. He's being charged with disorderly conduct and public nuisance. And that's not counting his Veterans Day stunt.

Today is the last day for early voting in the special election. The election itself happens on Nov. 19.

US attorneys have prosecuted 5,999 people for immigration offenses in New Mexico so far this year, the fastest rise among the country's 94 judicial districts.

And you thought you could do the splits?

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The Daily Word in Anal Obsessed Cops, Crack Smoking Mayors and Perfect (Mechanical) Students

Don't forget to use your turn signal in New Mexico. Our cops are waaaay into butts.

Bill de Blasio becomes New York City's first Democratic mayor in 20 years. Some say his son's impressive Afro made the difference.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack, but it was probably when he was "in a drunken stupor," so no big deal.

Teachers who complain about students on social media should probably stop doing that. Especially if their status update contains the words "I can just kill these kids."

But here's a perfect student: a 240-year old mechanical boy that can be programmed to write just about anything.

And the Metropolitan Detention Center faces more overcrowding: This time it's from 30,000 pounds of unpopped popcorn.

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The Daily Word in the YouTube Music Awards, Cibola protesters and a birthday party gone wrong

In cased you missed the first YouTube Music Awards, here's a little recap.

A New York University student is in recovery after he was rescued from being wedged between two buildings.

LA Police say they missed the LAX shooter by minutes.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) supports LGBT job protection bill.

SAC comes clean.

A “gang” infiltrated a northeast Albuquerque birthday party on Friday night.

Closing arguments for the sentencing phase of the John McCluskey murder trial are set to happen today.

Protestors say no to military training in the Cibola National Forest.

The Street Sweep Master is here!

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The Daily Word in the Bulger trial, a bomb-throwing beauty queen and singing canines

The defense says he was an informant; the prosecution says he's a murderer. Bulger's trial should come to a close this afternoon.

Talk about the future in food ...

It looks like the recently crowned Miss Riverton isn't your average bombshell.

Two people were injured in a shootout that targeted the Black Berets motorcycle club. The Black Berets say “it ain't over.”

In Bernalillo County, a man was shot and killed by police on Sunday evening after threatening a deputy.

Apparently breaking into public pools for a late-night dip isn't enough …

The “Old Main” prison, which been closed for 15 years, could become “New Mexico's Alcatraz.

It seems like Daft Punk might be popular with canines as well.

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The Daily Word in roll-coaster mishaps, a royal baby and Carlsbad farmers

Something royal this way comes ...

Police have identified one of three murder victims in East Cleveland, and they've charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with three counts of aggravated murder.

German roller-coaster manufacturer is sending experts to Arlington, Texas to investigate the death of a victim who died while riding the Texas Giant over the weekend.

Mohammed Morsi, recently ousted president of Egypt, has gone missing, and family claims he was "abducted by army."

Police are investigating the drowning of 19-year-old Matthew Mares in Los Lunas that happened over the weekend.

APD to testify today in court in a wrongful death lawsuit in relation to the shooting of 27-year-old Christopher Torres in 2011.

Carlsbad farmers could possibly receive less than half the water allotted to them from a network of wells that pump groundwater into the Pecos river.

In a nutshell: If you fake cancer and take $9,000 in donations from your community, then you're probably gonna go to jail.

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The Daily Word in stand your ground, electric Apple and Cory Monteith's death

George Zimmerman trial outcome causes speculation on the "stand your ground" law.

Taking photos of the secretary of state's house and a pellet gun in your car? Someone's been a busy boy.

Apple is set to investigate a claim that a woman was electrocuted by her iPhone.

"Glee" star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel over the weekend. Police have ruled out foul play.

"Angel" the dog is said to be recovering well after having her throat slashed.

Heavy rain catches Albuquerque citizens in the metro area off guard.

Jury deliberations for the Levi Chavez murder trial started at 8:30 this morning.

K-Y Intense Arousal gel causes Alabama post office evacuation. No joke.

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The Daily Word in BP appeals case, Roswell and Google Doodle and superhero villains

BP Lawyer cites "irreparable injustices" in how settlement payments are being handled.

Officials probe why a jet that crash landed in San Francisco was flying too slow before it hit the runway.

Authorities search for 40 missing people after a train blast in Quebec town that killed five.

Michael Allen speaks out in speculation over whether Albuquerque police could have spared his brother, Vincent Wood, who was shot multiple times on Friday night.

Albuquerque remembers Austin Hudson-LaPore.

Google Doodle and Roswell? Oh, we're there!

City planners want to make Central a little snazzier! Neon signs anyone?

First Batman ... and now Spider-Man? I thought superheroes were supposed to fight crime!

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The Daily Word in Arizona firefighters, New Mexico water plan and meth in the pelvis

An Arizona wildfire claims the lives of 19 firefighters.

Zimmerman trial update: The jury was able to listen to Zimmerman's interview tape from the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, which could give clues as to who the "aggressor" was.

Europe wants to know if the U.S. has been bugging them ... otherwise, we can kiss that trans-Atlantic free trade agreement bye-bye.

Sen. Karen Peterson and her partner, Vikki Bandy, become first same-sex couple to legally marry in Delaware!

Wait a minute ... so that's one well (or spring) for 290 water systems? So, what's plan B?

New Mexico orders another trial for Manuel Turrietta, who was convicted for killing Alberto Sandoval in 2006 in a gang-related shooting.

Ashley Browder's memorial banner taken down from the corner of Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch Road.

Wow Claudia! That's a whole pound of meth! How'd you get that in there?

Hello sir, I believe this arm is yours ...

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The Daily Word in affirmative action, transgender rights and possible fraud

First the Food Network and now Smithfield! You're making some enemies, Paula!

Affirmative action takes the backseat ...

Berlusconi gets seven years, but will it stick? No pun intended.

Colorado court rules in favor of a transgendered girl who was denied access to the girls' bathroom.

Phillip Garcia found guilty of kidnapping.

Have some mental health providers been mishandling funds? Tsk Tsk Tsk ...

When did they start letting people in Aransas Pass have monkeys? Should I move back to Texas?

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The Daily Word in Snowden's "disappearance," Syrian rebels and the Zimmerman trial

Whooping cough claimed 10 children. Could lack of vaccines be a factor?

Where did Edward Snowden go?

The Zimmerman trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin starts today ...

Will the U.S. back Syrian rebels?

The Levi Chavez murder trial starts today as well ...

Ahem ... sir! That golf cart is not free!

New Mexico democrats rally to save federal special ed funding.

Officials say Thompson Ridge fire is 40 percent contained, while Kingston, N.M. has been issued a formal evacuation due to a fire in the Gila National Forest.

Val Midwest is on a photo spree!

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The Daily Word in China's fire, the Chavez case and bites on the buttocks

You have the right to remain silent, now take this cotton swab and swirl it around your mouth for a spell.

Michael Douglas says that you can get throat cancer from an STD. Who'd have thought?

A fire at a poultry plant in Dehui, China kills 119 and injures 50.

Three storm chasers killed in Oklahoma; among them was veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras.

After a lengthy SWAT standoff, police have arrested a father and son in connection with the murder of 8-year-old Sunni Reza.

New Mexico fire crews hope to have two fires (Pecos and Tres Lagunas) fully contained by the end of Monday.

The Levi Chavez trial breaks ground almost six years after the shooting of his wife, Tera Chavez.

Tonight, we say "NO!" to fireworks!

Man arrested for aggravated battery after biting his wife's butt.

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The Daily Word in a stolen tortoise, a sharp wit, a titanic exhibit and an anniversary

NM Governor Susana Martinez is in Rome.

Mister Turtle the tortoise is safe and sound in Santa Fe.

An exhibit featuring items from the Titanic opens in Albuquerque this Saturday.

Check out this big old Bull Durham building sign.

Michael Bloomberg wants retailers to keep tobacco products out of plain view, like they do in Canada.

How to maybe win rock/paper/scissors.

"A whole bunch of large, menopausal rats..."

Rochester Police employ the lost art of letter writing.

North Carolina has extensive rules for MMA fights.

Mark E. Smith quotes.

It is the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Possible chemical weapons attack in Syria.

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Watching From the Sidelines

A first interaction with Burque police and SWAT

Texts with   Alibi   editor Carl Petersen, during the incident.
Texts with Alibi editor Carl Petersen, during the incident.

When we wage war, we often do it with ourselves. Whether it be second-guessing critical choices, or diverting our mind's attention to something less intrusive. Yeah, that's vague. But, sometimes a war is waged on us, and the limits of control are bursting at the seams, begging the question: What happens when it happens to me? So, I thought I'd share my first run-in with Albuquerque police and SWAT.

So, I'm sure that it's no news to people that an armed robber was gunned down near Menaul and Louisiana on March 5th after fleeing from police. I believe the breaking news article focused on businesses in the area being on lockdown as police and SWAT were in pursuit of said robber. Living in the area, approximately smack-dab in the middle of the guarded perimeter which spanned several blocks, I was unable to get into my apartment building upon returning from a grocery-shop excursion.

As my roommate and I tried to turn into our street, a police officer (that reminded me of a young Ed Harris) told us that we had to turn around and find another way home. Pointing to our building, my roommate said, “But we live right there, like RIGHT THERE!” The officer kindly replied, “I'm sorry ma'am, but it's a SWAT stand-off. Can't let anyone through.”

We turned around and went down another road, only to find that it was also being blocked by police. Clearly, they had the entire neighborhood in check. We parked about two houses down from the officer, so that we could see her leave, and we'd know the streets were safe, and we could finally put the lingering perishables in a safe, cozy freezer. To pass the time, we read breaking news reports and ascertained the situation.

After about 20 minutes of waiting, while helicopters flew overhead and seeing several cars get rejected and told to turn around, my roommate looks at me and says, “I'll love you forever if you get down and ask the cop what's going on.” At first, I was a bit hesitant, because with my luck, the robber would have come out the moment I stepped out of the vehicle and used me as a body shield. But, after a moment, I said, “okay,” and got out of the car.

I walked over to a young female officer, and politely said, “Hello … I live right over there in that apartment building, and my roommate and I were wondering about how long do you think you guys are going to be here.” Right after the words left my lips, we heard several gunshots being fired. Without losing her composure or the polite smile on her face, the officer said, “It shouldn't be too much longer.”

After some careful maneuvering, my roommate and I circled the surrounding area, noticing they stopped blocking the entrance to the Sheraton hotel on Louisiana and Menaul. So, we entered the parking lot, drove around back in an attempt to exit the back parking lot, which sits directly across the street from our building. When we got there, we were disappointed to see that it, too, had been blocked off, and officers with assault rifles walked by our car, not even noticing us.

“I think we're in the shit now,” I said. My roommate, clearly one to panic, held her composure and actually got out of the car and told an officer the situation (It being that we were literally across the street from our building and just wanted to get home and put our groceries away). The kind officer said he couldn't remove the tape to let us drive through, but that we could walk across the street and go home. Needless to say, we went home, picked up a grocery basket (my building has several in a downstairs closet), and we walked back across the street and got our groceries.

Upon entering the gate of our apartment building, we found our maintenance guy outside, drinking a Bud Light as he scoped out the situation. As we walked by, he said, “They got him.” “Oh, they did?” we asked. “Yeah, they shot him right over there, see where all those guys are standing?” We turned and saw several armed officers standing in a group on Chama Street (though we'd later discover that this wasn't actually the location where the man was killed).

After settling in our apartment and taking several trips to the balcony to see what was going on (like true nosey Mexicans), we finally went to bed. Upon later reading about the incident, I found out that the deceased's name was Parrish Dennison, and read that he had several ties to white supremacist gangs. Now, a life is a life. Regardless of your beliefs or your political standing, every life lost is always a tragedy.

As human beings, we make choices. While some decisions we make may not always reflect our most innate goodness, every human being has multiple layers that complete the indelible picture we present to people. Dennison chose to rob homes and died for what news reports said was “a guitar and a banjo.” Yet, I learned from a very early age that death is one of those inevitable, inconceivable situations that comes around to teach you the value of living. So, on that note, I say thank you, Mr. Dennison. While you may no longer be with us, you reminded me of that value.

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The Daily Word in Syrian ceasefire, Hurricane Sandy and WikiLeaks

A funeral home sent a family their loved one’s brain in a bag. Court says they can’t sue.

Maximum sentence for a driver who killed a cyclist in January: 90 days in jail, $300 fine.

Syrian army agrees to a ceasefire from Friday to Monday.

Hurricane Sandy is heading our way.

WikiLeaks is releasing the U.S. policies on detaining people in camps and GitMo. The website hacked them from the DOD.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei goes Gangnam style.

Why it’s so hard to fire a police officer.

Bullied teen throws herself in front of a train.

7-year-old girl writes an opera.

Legalizing marijuana is on the ballot in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.

Rape is rape, says the president.

Don’t worry about convicted sex offenders this Halloween. They’ve got a curfew.

Hobbit spoilers.

Last-minute DIY Halloween costumes.

Nirvana, the Broadway musical.

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The Daily Word in Red Bull, Scientology and Weaponization.

An heir to the Red Bull fortune is accused of a fatal hit and run.

Did the Church of Scientology audition girlfriends for Tom Cruise?

Old Navy needs a new proofreader.

An Iowa air show disaster was caught on tape.

The Obama White House brews beer.

Here are some “perfectly timed” photos.

Here is some interesting song trivia.

Here’s what happens when you try to kick a cop.

Weaponize your life with these fun projects.

Keanu is sad.

This map of the Fantasy World can’t possibly be accurate.

Albuquerque is going to host a conference on sex offender issues.

Tractor won the fight for growlers in Nob Hill.

Russ Sype for President.

Happy birthday, Beyonce.

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