The Daily Word in ancient fish, Twitter dickery and Pluto's moons
Tomorrow is the 4th of July, but please don't set our state on fire.
A probe has determined that UNM professor's research project on the effects of being a dick on Twitter wasn't actually a project. It was just him being a dick on Twitter.
Yes, of course green chile is the US's best regional food.
I am (™) not sure, but this may be the stupidest lawsuit ever.
Pluto's recently discovered moons get badass, totally metal names.
A man in Alaska caught a massive, ancient fish that was alive during the James Madison Presidency. He's going to stick it on his wall.
The Daily Word in chemical explosion, NSA, child tattooing
One dead and nearly 75 injured after a chemical plant explosion in Louisiana.
Good news, Verizon and T-Mobile users: Your phone might be safe from the watchful eyes of the NSA.
Trio of heroes (like the rhyme?) save a group of people and several dogs from a burning apartment building in the heights.
Albuquerque man charged with illegally tattooing his 3-year-old nephew.
Mega Man, the Villager from Animal Crossing and the Wii Fit Trainer are all joining the Super Smash Bros. crew.
Christmas is saved!
British researchers have solved the mystery of how sea mammals hold their breath for so long.
Southwest Women's Options doctor compares death injection to 'flu shot.'
The Daily Word in tropical storms, wildfires, government surveillance
James Holmes changes his plea of 'not guilty' to 'not guilty by reason of insanity.'
Tropical Storm Andrea makes her way up the east coast.
Meanwhile in New Mexico, more fire.
A Seattle woman is attempting to live without food for six months, planning to sustain herself on water and sunlight.
US spy chief James Clapper strongly defends government phone and internet surveillance.
Belen Middle School teacher may have been running a fake booster club.
Don't you just hate it when you're trying to be all romantic so you go to your girlfriend's house naked to propose, but it's not her house?
Paula Deen is rolling out her own line of butter.
The Daily Word in scummy lawyer tricks, Craigslisting your baby and FIRE
Hey Albuquerque, you're getting paid less than everyone else.
Anti-war demonstrators may have had their First Amendment rights violated, but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals says that doesn't mean they get to sue.
If you haven't done so already, go ahead and cancel those Jemez mountain camping plans. The Thompson Ridge Fire has grown by 5,000 acres since yesterday.
Friendly advice: Don't try to get rid of your baby via Craigslist.
George Zimmerman's lawyers would like you to believe that a video of "two homeless men fighting over a bike" will help you understand why Zimmerman had to kill Trayvon Martin.
Google Glass porn? "Er… no," says Google.
This old lady decided to jump off a bridge for her 102nd birthday.
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.
The Daily Word in San Francisco limousine fire, a man's boa constrictors and Bangladesh riots
San Francisco limousine catches fire, killing five women trapped inside.
Riots in Bangladesh, over an anti-blasphemy law, have left 19 people dead.
Risso could play in the majors!
Julia Martinez, 16, is being charged for first degree murder for the death of Maurice Gonzales.
Sure, Cobb. You can keep your boas.
The Daily Word in Sandy reactions, Route 66 housing project, zombie training
Be careful with those fake contact lenses this Halloween.
Former Route 66 motel to undergo renovations for conversion into AIDS housing project.
CNN did a series of blog posts on the faiths of the presidential candidates.
Is that your real name?
Prescribed burn in SF National Forest may cause smoke over Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
Ginormous fishing Gollum statue makes me want to fly to New Zealand real bad.
Police in Tulsa say a man being booked into a county jail had a woman's ear in his pocket.
Military zombie training is no joke.
Is “Megadrought” the new normal?
We've all heard the gloomy scenarios of global warming: extreme weather, drought, famine, breakdown of society, destruction of civilization. Here in New Mexico it feels like we’ve made the switch from esoteric to actual, from computer model to daily life. My perch in Placitas feels like a front-row seat to the apocalypse. Smoke is in the air. Neighbors are fighting over water. Some of my outdoor flower pots have melted in the heat. Wild animals are getting thirsty, hungry and bold. It turns out, this might just be the new normal for the American Southwest.
Southwest farms bite the dust as “megadrought” becomes the new normal
In a dirt parking lot near Many Farms, Ariz., a Navajo farmer sold me a mutton burrito. He hasn't used his tractor in two years, he told me, and he’s cooking instead of farming because "there isn't any water." He pointed east at the Chuska mountain range, which straddles the New Mexico border. In a normal year, water coming off the mountains reaches his fields, he said.
Party down with your cylindrical fountains
And keep a hose nearby
We are in yet another extremely dry and dangerous fire season here in New Mexico. Because of this, Bernalillo County and Albuquerque officials restricted the use of fireworks. But they can’t ban them completely. Read about why in this week’s NewsCity.
The Albuquerque Fire Department announced that the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible devices are prohibited within city limits. It is illegal to use any fireworks in the Bosque or any Open Space area. AFD advises that fireworks should only be used on paved or barren areas and with a readily available water source.
The only permissible fireworks are ground and handheld sparkling devices, cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches and wheels.
In 2011, AFD responded to more than 945 illegal fireworks calls during the Fourth of July weekend. Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen says, “Any one of these incidents could have turned into a deadly fire just because somebody was acting carelessly.”
Bernalillo County issued fireworks restrictions for all unincorporated parts of the county. Bernalillo banned the sale and use of fireworks that shoot sparks or pieces higher than 10 feet or further than a 6-foot radius, or are louder than a cap gun.
Last year, both Gov. Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry became frustrated with their inability to ban fireworks completely. They both lobbied the Legislature unsuccessfully to pass a bill that would allow local authorities to completely ban fireworks during extreme fire danger.
Two major wildfires have already destroyed large areas of the state. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex in the Gila Wilderness is the largest fire in size in state history. The Little Bear fire in Lincoln County near Ruidoso destroyed hundreds of homes.
Stay updated about blazes in the state at NMfireinfo.
Rockets’ Red Glare
In the glow of wildfires, officials stare down the Fourth of July
Under state law, no one can ban fireworks completely. Not a city council or county commission, not a mayor or the governor. Not after the largest blaze in New Mexico history or the Bosque’s been charred.
The Daily Word in $3 gas, dirty veggies and peaceful Iceland
Firefighters gain the upper hand in the Bosque.
Taliban attacks a hotel in Kabul.
Gas might go back down to $3 per gallon.
The Sandusky jury deliberates without hearing accusations from his foster son.
The highest temperatures on record in the U.S.
Dirty dozen list shows fruits and veggies with the most pesticides.
Police officers in Santa Fe who lie or participate in sexual misconduct can be fired immediately under a new policy.
What has come true from Blade Runner?
Find out where the rich keep their private islands.
Denham Fouts inspired his lovers and benefactors with cool disinterest.
Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world.
Cat shreds despite earthquake.
Science. It's a girl thing. Like sexiness and makeup.
The British Monarchy is hiring.
The Daily Word in depraved penguin sex and Gordon Ramsay self-destruction
Military suicide rate at highest level in ten years.
Is the Obama administration using leaks to bolster the President's image?
Small town murder rates are climbing.
It's not gonna happen, Jeb Bush.
Fire at the the downtown Hyatt overnight.
How prepared is the military for the eventual alien invasion?
Georgia widow wins $3 million lawsuit after husband dies during three-way.
"We're not racists, we just want to be with white people." said racist KKK member while defending the group's Adopt-A-Highway application.
Self-destruct with Gordon Ramsay.
Dead toddler comes back to life, then doesn't
The most shoplifted items are …
Trees reveal mysterious 1,200 year old radiation burst.
ATTN sinners: Introvale birth control pills recalled.
Depraved penguin sex scandalized uptight polar explorers.
Don't worry Israel, those weird lights in the sky are just the Russians testing their ICBs.
115 years together is enough for these tortoises.
Fiona Apple has a new album.
Pizza Hut getting into the gross sandwich business.
The Daily Word in fiery semi, unchicken, stripper database
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.
The Daily Word in AK-47s, sex workers and Darth Vader
Judge stops Gov. Martinez' license verification effort.
MVD didn't issue a driver's license to a teen who had his birth certificate and Social Security card.
Did BernCo put out this recycling plant fire in Southwest Albuquerque fast enough? And why is it always on fire?
Corrections secretary's boyfriend accused of shooting a gun on prison grounds.
PRC tech says he was fired after reporting employees were browsing online porn at work.
Man shot and killed by APD this week held a loaded AK-47, says Chief Schultz.
Those who profited off 9/11.
August was the first month since 2003 without the death of a U.S. solider in Iraq.
Darth Vader: Noooooooooo!
Justice Department sues to stop AT&T from buying T-Mobile.
George R. R. Martin is creepy, rape-y and racist, writes hilarious blogger.
Prosties and strip clubs in Tampa prep for the GOP convention in 2012.
Toddler wears fake T&A for pageant.
Did you hear about the guy with the $16 house?
It's OK if you think parenting is miserably hard work.