V.21 No.6 | 2/9/2012
It’s Gov. Martinez’ bash, and she’ll pack it with controversy if she wants to
By Marisa Demarco
The guv stuffs even brief sessions with contention: 2012 brings us relentless hammering on driver's licenses, an embattled education secretary, abortion, medical marijuana, bullying and prescription pills.
V.20 No.52 | 12/29/2011
Year in Review: News
Best and Worst of 2011
It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times
By Marisa Demarco
It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. In 2011, the happenings of the world—and Burque—loomed large. Inspect the Alibi’s highlight reel.
V.20 No.48 | 12/1/2011
Ortiz y Pino
Send Me Your Weary
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
If a democracy can’t do anything more when confronted by serious problems than kick them down the road for someone else to solve at some nebulous “more cooperative future time,” does that actually qualify it as a legitimate form of government? Or has Congress simply become a debating society on a grand stage?
V.20 No.45 |
The Daily Word in Penn State riots, UC Berkeley beatdown and the 90-foot-wave surver
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Nov 10 2011 10:18 AM ]
Local credit unions see lots of new accounts after Bank Transfer Day.
The city of Farmington tries to assure Navajos that the city is a safe place for them to visit.
N.M. rattlers provide venom for cancer treatment.
Perry screws up. Big time.
A 70-year-old machine gun that still works.
Dude surfs a 90-foot wave.
Someone stole a ghost bike.
A trailer park in Tesuque Pueblo is demanding proof of citizenship from renters.
Unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe.
Police beat protesters with clubs at Occupy demonstration at UC Berkeley.
Penn State students riot over the firing of their football coach, who is accused of covering up his assistant coach's child molestation.
There are no more rhinos in West Africa.
Ex-banker takes over Greece.
California had a law against euthanizing "downer" animals. The Supreme Court overturned that law.
Why is gold our basis for money and not something else?
V.20 No.42 |
The Daily Word in Gaddafi, tattoo Barbie and electronic whips
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Oct 20 2011 10:55 AM ]
Gaddafi is dead.
Was the Elephant Butte killer really a killer?
New Mexico is considering opening a "foreigners only" DMV in Albuquerque.
Maybe the Declaration of Independence was illegal.
The State Fair is insolvent.
Who runs the world?
In Alabama, "Mexican" is a dirty word.
Authorities capture or kill all the animals freed from a preserve in Ohio—except for one monkey.
Disneyland big brothers hotel workers with a system employees call the "electronic whip."
Archeologists unearth a street from the 1600s in Santa Fe.
We are using a lot of antidepressants.
The new Cranberries single—their first in a decade—is not so great.
The real Sybil says the multiple personalities weren't real.
V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011
The Daily Word in Tim Gunn, The Sucklord and teleportation
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 29 2011 11:14 AM ]
Second report also clears Darren White.
Onion joke goes terribly wrong.
Tim Gunn is coming to New Mexico.
Race car champ Al Unser Jr. arrested for DWI.
12-year-old finds out she’s pregnant after sexual assault.
Chemical castration for pedophiles in South Korea.
ICE sweeps the country, picks up 2,901 undocumented immigrants, 36 in New Mexico.
Feds may challenged four state immigration laws.
The advertising genius behind “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
Meet The Sucklord, asshole.
Online dating is hard.
Sex-toy company is launching a vibrator into space.
China’s also going to space.
The album that changed everything 20 years ago.
A dress made of cow and yak nipples.
Tiny robot rocket jumps.
45 years of KUNM.
Why rats feel like they’re being teleported all the time.
This cantaloupe thing is serious, the deadliest food-borne outbreak since 1998.
V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
Driver’s license checks no mas. For now.
By Elise Kaplan, fearless intern [ Thu Sep 1 2011 3:31 PM ]
Everyone is talking about driver's licenses. First Gov. Susana Martinez required 10,000 foreign nationals to show proof of residency. Then, Mexican-Americans rallied to fight back: protests, letters, and lawsuits abound.
Yesterday, a District Court judge in Santa Fe, Sarah Singleton, issued a temporary halt to the guv’s push. The order came in response to a lawsuit brought against the Taxation and Revenue Department. Freedman Boyd, working with the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, filed the suit. He says Martinez’ license verification effort violates the separation of powers between New Mexico's executive and legislative branches.
“We think it's a great step towards ending this unconstitutional action once and for all,” says David Urias, an lawyer who also worked on the lawsuit. “We believe the courts will step in and stop it.”
This would be good news for El Centro and Somos un Pueblo Unido, organizations that advocate for immigrant rights. Both groups have vocally opposed the program, saying Martinez is targeting immigrants for political gain.
Somos un Pueblo Unido issued a news release yesterday about the judge's decision, explaining their stance on the residency certification. The organization “believes the program is inefficient, costly, confusing, and is being used to intimidate immigrant families in New Mexico … .”
Today El Centro will hold a rally called “Don't Target our Families” outside of the Taxation and Revenue Department at the northeast corner of Central and San Mateo at 5 p.m.
V.20 No.35 |
The Daily Word in AK-47s, sex workers and Darth Vader
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 1 2011 9:46 AM ]
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.
V.20 No.33 |
Daily Word: 8.19.11-Balloon Records, Syrian Casualties and Immigration Policy
By Summer Olsson [ Fri Aug 19 2011 10:02 AM ]
If you love balloons, this might make you mad. France surpassed one of Albuquerque's ballooning records.
Thirteenth arrest made in News of the World scandal—an L.A.-based celebrity journalist.
David Letterman receives death threat from online jihadist.
New policy might mean fewer deportations of illegal immigrants who pose no threat and don't commit crimes.
Suicide attack kills eight at British council in Kabul.
New people's movement in India, led by Gandhi-esque social activist, meant to stop corruption.
xkcd illustrates the best workout.
New study supports the idea that not getting enough sleep can really mess you up.
A comedy about dealing with cancer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Plus, he needs your story contributions for a cool project.
With 15 more civilian casualties, the UN says Syrian government may be guilty of crimes against humanity.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
The Daily Word in Madoff’s pants, hand hearts and whiskey
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Aug 11 2011 11:49 AM ]
Family of civil rights lawyer Mary Han says police botched the investigation of her death.
Los Ranchos may get a plastic bag manufacturing plant that operates 24 hours a day.
Guv sent out letters to see whether immigrants with driver’s licenses still live in the state. She says more than a quarter of them were sent back by the post office.
Bernie Madoff’s pants can house your iPad.
Carlsbad is running out of water.
Tonight, Republican candidates will debate in Iowa. Gawker’s got your predictions.
More people are getting their tattoos removed.
The secrets of hand hearts revealed.
Robotic exoskeleton. Yhuuuuuusssssssssss.
Underwater volcano to erupt near Oregon.
American distillers may be rushing whiskey. Crisis?
An investigative report on the use of drones.
The top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books.
V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
Answer Me This
By Marisa Demarco
What do you know about last week?
V.20 No.29 |
Martinez requests proof of residency from 10,000 undocumented immigrants
By Elise Kaplan, fearless intern [ Thu Jul 21 2011 4:43 PM ]
Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday that the Motor Vehicle Division sent letters to 10,000 foreign nationals with state driver's licenses to request proof of residency. Letter recipients will have 30 days to contact the MVD and schedule an in-person appointment to verify their New Mexican address.
According to the guv's July 19 news release, there are about 85,000 foreign nationals with N.M. driver's licenses. The letters were sent to one-eighth of them, selected at random.
Martinez is seeking data on the percentage of driver’s licenses that have been issued to people from other countries who are no longer residents of New Mexico, according to the news release. If results indicate many licenses are held by nonresidents, the Tax and Revenue Division and the MVD will investigate the residency of more people.
Since passing a 2003 law, New Mexico is one of two states that allows drivers to obtain licenses without a Social Security number. The other state, Washington, permits residents to sign a declaration of their legal foreign worker status to obtain a license. Although Utah allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses, they cannot be used for identification purposes.
Since Martinez took office earlier this year she has fought to repeal policies that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Advocates of the practice argue that licensing is beneficial for public safety and the economy.
V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011
“Please Save Us”
Detainees beg to be deported through safe territory
By Andrew Beale
Almost 50 people held on immigration charges in New Mexico signed letters saying that if they are deported over the state's border, they will be immediately kidnapped or killed.
V.20 No.25 |
The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jun 23 2011 10:22 AM ]
Police have arrested former UNM president Chris Garcia in connection with a prostitution ring. They arrested a physics professor yesterday and charged him with promoting prostitution.
A bridge in the Bosque caught fire.
Gov. Martinez says it might be better to skip the fireworks this year.
Who's going to jump into the race for Heinrich's congressional seat? Ex-Mayor Martin Chavez? Ex-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish? State Sen. Eric Griego? City Councilor Dan Lewis? Jon Barela?
Guv also looking to tighten rules for driver's licenses for foreign nationals.
The FBI's been hunting Whitey Bulger for 15 years. Yesterday, agents caught the 81-year-old mob boss in Santa Monica.
The world's first totally synthetic pop star.
The seas are rising.
Potatoes make Americans fat.
FDA says breast implants won't last for life.
The end of gender?
V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011
Prison or Processing Center?
An immigrant detention facility in southern New Mexico faces sharp criticism from the ACLU
By Marisa Demarco
In the remote area southeast of Las Cruces lies an unincorporated region called Chaparral. About 15,000 people live scattered throughout, according to the 2010 census.
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