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V.20 No.37 |

news

The Daily Word in look-a-likes, female PMs and

Plus, a planet with two suns!

The Daily Word

Denmark just elected its first female prime minister.

Stud Finder, by xkcd.

DNA test being done to see if Santa Fe mom's son is really a missing boy from 2000.

Florida cable guy exposes himself and masturbates in client's living room, police say.

Meet some Stanford genius hackers and code writers.

China's buying up gold, perhaps to weaken the U.S. dollar.

Can this tiny college in the Catskills annihilate the economy?

Texas inmate receives stay of execution from the Supreme Court because testimony at his trial may have been racist.

Scientists discover the first planet that is definitely orbiting two stars.

The changing face of atheism.

V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
The extremely photogenic Van Jones

news

Jobs rally at Civic Plaza tonight

Unemployment, the economy and budget cuts can be boring topics, but once you start paying attention, they're scarier than that time you watched The Shining late at night, alone. Instead of cowering in fear of a federal ax hacking away at social programs, the American Dream Movement will rally at Civic Plaza today from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The American Dream Movement, a progressive response to the Tea Party, includes MoveOn.org and 30 other organizations. It’s mission is to create economic justice for veterans, students and others in need. The movement grew out of the turmoil in Wisconsin and was named by Van Jones, who was the green jobs adviser to the White House in 2009. The debt ceiling deal and cuts to Medicare, education and transportation spurred a recent round of demonstrations.

“The priorities are upside down,” says Margo Morado, the council coordinator for the Albuquerque chapter of MoveOn.org, “Taxes have not been raised, and the cuts are going to affect the poor, elderly and disabled the most.”

Albuquerque's rally is one of 254 nationwide taking place today. Morado says 200 people have signed up, and she estimates an attendance of 250 to 400 participants. The demonstration will feature a reading of “A Contract for the American Dream,” a plan to get the economy back on track based on ideas from 131,203 people. The 10-point proposal was developed through online forums and house meetings.

Democratic state Sens. Eric Griego, Jerry Ortiz y Pino (an Alibi columnist) and state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas will speak in support of job creation and halts on spending cuts. In addition to policy discussions, the rally will also include poets, music from the Route 66 Revelers and a flash mob.

V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011

news

Burque in top 10 for green jobs growth

And here we thought all the eco-business was going to go the way of Martin Chavez-head bus decals when our former flashy mayor left his post to Richard Berry.

But Albuquerque is No. 10 on a 24/7 Wall St. list of the cities with the fastest growing green jobs. (Knoxville, Tenn., is No. 1.) From the article:

10. Albuquerque, NM

• Green Job Growth Rate: 7.8% per year

• No. of Green Jobs in 2010: 9,912

• Current Unemployment: 6.8%

• Peak Unemployment: 9.4% (July 2010)

• State Unemployment: 6.9% (14th lowest)

Albuquerque has emerged as a major center for companies that use green technologies as well as large manufacturers of green technologies, such as Advent Solar and Schott AG. Last year, “The EPA awarded $49,000 to the Earth Works Institute and the Gila Resources Information Project towards the employment of New Mexico high school students in green jobs,” reports New Mexico news station KRQE.

Unemployment is now two and a half percentage points lower than it was at the city’s peak, only one year ago.

V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011

news

The Daily Word: Brown haze, war on drugs, gluten free

The Daily Word

The haze in the sky is smoke from wildfires.

Chief justice of the state Supreme Court says he did not buy his job.

Driver facing vehicular homicide charge after cyclist’s death last month.

Arizona sues the feds over medical marijuana.

Unemployment fell in New Mexico.

Google says hackers in China got into hundreds of Gmail accounts. Chinese government says that’s baloney.

Lady Gaga killed the notion of “the album.”

Two senators warn that the government is using the Patriot Act in alarming ways. But they say they can’t talk about it because it’s classified.

The war on drugs hasn’t worked, say politicians around the world. The United States and Mexico disagree.

T-Pain renounces auto-tune.

Europe’s mutant E.coli killed almost 20 people so far.

Nudism is on the decline.

Demand goes up for gluten-free, vegan baked goods, which means they’re becomming more delicious.

You can’t scrub yourself off the Internet.

V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011
Brapola

Newscity

Take a Hike

Utility reps and public advocates trade blows on rate increase

PNM said it needed more cash—now. In the middle of a battle to raise prices overall, the electric company asked for part of that increase as soon as last week. But opponents stopped the measure in its tracks.

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V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010
Lisa Huval, policy and advocacy director for the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

News Feature

The Cost of Living

The affordable housing crisis in New Mexico

Michelle knew she was close to the edge, but she didn’t realize how close until her fiancé found himself out of work. He had been employed as an electrician on a construction site. When the project finished, he didn’t have another gig lined up. He searched, but two years ago during the height of recession phobia, no one was hiring. Suddenly Michelle’s waitressing income was the only thing supporting the two of them and her five girls, ages 4 months to 14 years old. A few months later, after falling behind on rent, they were evicted.

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V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010
Peacecraft's Executive Director Jim Neustel with UNM student Molly Caldera, who has been volunteering at the store since June
Sam Adams

News Profile

Keeping the Peace

Burque’s fair-trade mecca faces closure

A cooperative of more than 800 South African Zulu works full-time to create brightly colored baskets and bracelets fashioned from telephone wire. These crafts catch the eye upon entering Peacecraft, Albuquerque's only retailer that deals exclusively in fair-trade products. The items sold here provide enough income to support the Zulu co-op’s members and families, says Sharon Cantrell, Peacecraft's outreach director. The trade also creates jobs for fathers, she says, in a region where many families are split apart when men have to travel across the continent to find work.

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V.19 No.43 |

news

The Daily Word 10.28.10: Volcano, Charlie Chaplin, Keith Richards,

The Daily Word

Dems hope they can win this thing if enough voters go to the polls.

Carve a pornkin. NSFW.

Woman spotted talking on a cell phone in a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film.

Anti-abortion group campaigns for candidates outside churches.

You know who pushed SB 1070? The prison industry in Arizona. More immigrants in custody means more money.

Secretary of State's Office causing trouble for poll workers today. Shouldn't affect voters.

Sisters are good for you.

When the Lobos suck, they lose big money in ticket sales.

How the hell is Keith Richards alive?

Things may be turning around for the unemployed.

Gas station robbers in Santa Fe make away with smokes and pocket change.

"I had no idea what I was signing," says Bank of America employee.

Heroin shortage in Dublin creates a new kind of drug-dealer.

He spoke to the volcano until it killed him.

V.19 No.40 |

news

The Daily Word 10.07.10: Honeybees, thin women, the Danube

The Daily Word

Need a job? The city needs bus drivers.

A teen with a machete gets the Taser treatment from APD.

A lawyer in Mississippi was thrown in jail for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Year 10 of war in Afghanistan.

Soldiers and scientists may have figured out what's killing the honeybees.

A bill to help banks snuck through the Senate with no debate.

Very thin women make way more money.

Why does everyone hate the weather so much?

A Pakistani diplomat says President Obama exaggerated the terror threat to Europe.

Hispanics will likely vote Democrat this year.

Forbes named the first lady the most powerful woman in the world.

Toxic red sludge reached the mighty Danube in Hungary.

Westerly weed.

Got to read books by Mario Vargas Llosa. He just won the Nobel for literature.

V.19 No.38 | 9/23/2010

news

The Daily Word: The Dark Witch, Lohan’s drug test FAIL, APS on condoms

The Daily Word

Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell dabbled in witchcraft. She's also, um, kind of into Tolkien.

She got some advice from the Dark Witch.

Colin Powell thinks Obama should focus more on unemployment.

Lindsay Lohan tweeted about failing her latest drug test.

A missing cult once was lost but now is found.

The Gulf Oil Spill is officially, permanently plugged.

Spawn of the Super Salmon.

Hurricane Igor is very large.

Once knighted, fantasy writer Terry Pratchett forged a sword out of meteorites.

Have you tried a moral search engine? Me neither.

A whale fossil is discovered at the San Diego Zoo.

Yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day. What a day to miss church.

APS reveals its confused policy on condoms.

There was a stabbing on the Westside.

Why don't you have phone and internet?

Hello, Rio Rancho teaching hospital.

The world’s biggest and strongest spiderweb was discovered in Madagascar.

V.19 No.34 |

news

The Daily Word 08.26.10: Glenn Beck and MLK, uranium drilling, pizza burger

The Daily Word

40 new plant and animal species discovered off the coast of Indonesia. Think: giant sea spiders and carnivorous flower sponges.

Fire tornado.

Where did the stimulus money go?

Glenn Beck to host a rally where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream" on the speech's anniversary.

Ex-RNC chair and Bush's campaign manager reveals that he's gay.

Women of Wal-Mart join together in a class-action discrimination suit.

German singer won't do jail time for exposing two men to HIV.

Cigarettes will no longer be free for those over 54 in Cuba.

Uranium drilling starts near Grants.

Old man in Santa Fe says the 15-year-old girl was teasing him.

Federal money will help New Mexicans buy food from farmer's markets.

President Obama will be in El Paso on Tuesday.

Rio Rancho may outlaw selling cats and dogs in pet stores.

Journal apologizes to Juarez, which is not the murder capital of the world.

Burger King's 2,500-calorie pizza burger.

V.19 No.32 |

news

The Daily Word: A local spill, doughnut burger, lung-grown pea plant

The Daily Word

The activist organizing Taos Pride died, but the events will go on as scheduled.

Sheriff's department wants to move bus stops away from registered sex offenders.

Federal money to stave off funding cuts at New Mexico's public schools.

Another local spill—asphalt into the Rio de las Vacas.

Meet the doughnut burger.

Michael Pollan and the $4 peach.

The kidnapping capital of America.

Rape kits often go untested for years around the country.

Wells Fargo ordered to pay back unfair overdraft fees.

Grammar avenger hunting typos on signs around the country.

Baby born on 8/9/10 at 11:12.

Guy grew a pea plant inside his lung.

Pageants, still a thing.

The terrible comic strip "Cathy" is ending.

V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010

news

The government wants you to tell it how to save money. No really.

How many times have you said, “I can’t believe the city wastes money on ... “? Or “I can’t believe they spent taxpayer dollars on [blank] while [blank] goes to the dogs”?

Today, Mayor Richard Berry will announce his latest effort to save the city some cash. Through an online form, you can report abuse, fraud and waste. You can also offer tips on how you think the city can spend our dough more wisely.

V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010

Ortiz y Pino

Sleight of Mouth

When professional magicians make coins, cards or pigeons disappear, we call it “sleight of hand.”

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V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010

Bear With Me

I, Fired

A small-town reporter goes for broke

I’m a tumbleweed; you’re a micromanaging fascist.

In a case of irony invading my life, I was fired from my newspaper job for writing.

I had been working as a crime reporter for a twice-weekly paper, which means I was broke but also working as feature writer, city council writer, question-of-the-week writer, parade correspondent, photographer and Lunch Boy.

Lunch Boy (one who fetches the editor’s lunch) wasn’t offered as a class in college, so I learned on the job. Actually, I have no journalism degree, either, and learned how to be a reporter by being a reporter.

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