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The Daily Word in snow cone machines, snobars and snow storms

More wintery closings and delays take effect in the East Mountains and Rio Rancho.

North Korea is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S.

The job market’s not so abysmal in Florida if you want to be an alligator hunter.

The religious far-right will just love this; the FDA considers making the morning-after pill available at supermarkets.

Homeland security gets 13 new snow cone machines.

Not surprisingly, the Chevrolet Volt is another GM piece of fire-causing crap.

Two recently discovered black holes are the largest ever found, each 10 billion times the mass of the sun.

Meanwhile, an earth-like planet is discovered by NASA spacecraft.

Alcoholic popsicles hit store shelves in Arizona with flavors including cosmopolitan and margarita.

Thanks to Lynn for some of today’s links.

NEWS

The Daily Word in Thanksgiving chaos, GOP race and an arrested snowman.

Happy Cyber Monday!

New Mexico teen accused of kidnapping younger boy.

UNM sports: Soccer team sees end of NCAA tournament. Basketball team beats Boston College to become “consolation champions” (5th place) in the 76 Classic tournament.

So what exactly is the Thanksgiving/Black Friday damage?

NASA launches Mars Science Labratory.

I didn't know this was a thing, but I'm glad that I do now: The 21 best Keanu conspiracy meme images.

Stanford brain study may shed new light on autism.

“Frosty the Snowman” arrested at a Maryland parade.

Newt's got a chance to narrow the GOP field.

Remember that lady who was suspected of pepper-spraying people at Wal-Mart? Apparently she's not talking to LAPD.

Remember that dude that was accused of dressing up as Gumby and robbing a 7-Eleven? He pleaded guilty.

The Oatmeal's take on Thanksgiving as a kid vs. Thanksgiving as an adult.

Pimping your ride on a budget.

V.20 No.47 | 11/24/2011
Courtesy of the Spaceport Authority

News Bite

Leisure ... in Space

The initial round of construction on the world’s first purpose-built commercial rocket ship launching center is scheduled to be completed in January.

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The Daily Word in global stocks, moon research, and iconic sweaters.

Global stock market drops alongside the value of the euro as debt fears rise.

Oh goodie, police bust pimps and prostitutes at the New Mexico State Fair.

Dutch woman charged with stalking after calling her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times.

Who wore it better? Dick Cheney or The Penguin?

Redflex is paying big bucks for campaign to sway Albuquerque voters on red light camera initiative.

Suspicious 9/11 bathroom behavior.

Nicolas Cage is totally a time traveler!

NASA launches newest moon research mission.

Longshore union worker assaults local news crew with his dirty mouth.

Buzz in real life.

Shirley the smoking orangutan quits cold turkey.

I want one of these magic chairs for Christmas.

Who is Pablo Fanques, Tom?

Rhinos may soon become the newest agents of chemical warfare.

Iconic sweaters.

The life and death of Borders.

6 industries that are clearly catering to supervillains.

Cliff Robertson dies at 88.

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The Daily Word in newspapers, cop-sex, and JSOC

Vote for the best animated T.V. theme.

"Alcohol doesn't make you behave badly, it just stops you from caring...."

Two major Beijing newspapers suddenly have a new "publisher:" the Propaganda Bureau.

There is no safer place to invest your money than print media, according to... The Onion.

Commander of Libyan rebel forces says he was tortured by the C.I.A. who, documents prove, worked with Ghaddafi.

Ten enduring myths about the U.S. space program.

New Mexico State Police cop caught copulating on car in front of canine has been fired.

Update on the New Mexico based Lone Ranger film shoot that is on hold.

Excellent Washington Post article about the recent exponential growth of JSOC, the United States' "secret army."

Berlusconi calls Italy "Shitaly." OK, he only said "shitty," but that's his cross to bear.

Self-powered cyborg beetles.

Utah Bigfoot sighting (thank you, Nick Brown.)

On this day in 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right.

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The evacuation of outer space

Will humans voyage beyond our blue planet?

Atlantis lifts off
Atlantis lifts off

Space is still the final frontier. But it seems mankind is no longer goingeven where others have already gone before. On Feb. 1, 2010, the Obama administration announced the cancellation of the Constellation program, taking with it all of NASA's foreseeable return-to-the-moon plans.

The final NASA shuttle, Atlantis, launched on Friday, July 8. And late last week, rumors began circulating about the possibility that the International Space Station may go unmanned in the wake of a Russian supply ship crash.

ISS
The International Space Station

In the middle of last week, the Soyuz rocket, which carries both unmanned cargo vehicles and crew modules, experienced a booster failure and crashed in eastern Russia just minutes after launch. The failure raised safety concerns and has pushed officials to consider running entirely unmanned operations starting as early as November.

An evacuation of the ISS would mean that the number of humans currently in space would drop straight to zero.

So what do these cancellations and evacuations really mean? Is this really the end of human space exploration as we know it? Many remain optimistic: NASA chief Charles Bolden declared in July that the end of the space shuttle program is not the end of human spaceflight. He was confident that private spaceflight firmsNew Mexico’s own Spaceport America, for instancewill pick up the responsibility of taking humans to space and back. NASA has also recently opened their new office, the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, which will oversee deep-space manned missions.

Other groups have embraced the end of human spaceflight and encourage others to do so as well. Michael Lind of Salon.com declares that “if God wanted us to live in outer space, we wouldn't have inner ears.”

Whether these changes truly mark the end of an era is uncertain, but it is clear that many things will change moving forward. The commercialization of spaceflight means fewer scientists and more vacationers; less exploration and more recreation. It may no longer be the international space programs' main responsibility to “explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

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The Daily Word: 8.5.11

Facebook, assaulting Philly buses, kidnapping babies, and weasels planning for the future

Rio Rancho bank robber still on the loose.

Gunmen shoot up Phillu bus.

Mark Zuckerberg's sister leaves Facebook.

Officials kidnap babies in China.

Head of India's Congress Party had surgery in the United States.

Juno to Jupiter!

Perhaps Obama didn't lose to GOP.

A seven-year-old kid's prehistoric blog.

Mac vs. PC.

South American weasel-like animals plan for the future.

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The Daily Word 7.25.11: NFL lockout; Chupacabras; Fake Apple stores; Rebecca Black

NFL players and staff agree on deal to end lockout.

Texas teen allegedly shoots and kills a chupacabra.

China is shutting down all the fake Apple stores.

Oh no, no, we are not done talking about Rebecca Black.

Christmas in July: Santas from across the globe compete in obstacle course.

Why is insolence so funny?: Blogger David Thorne on Missy the missing cat.

How to eat Cheetos without getting orange crap all over your fingers.

NASA releases book for visually impaired to learn about the moon.

Funky Aquariums.

The Oatmeal: Bobcactus.

16 pictures humorously depicting expectations vs. reality.

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The Daily Word in rain, beer and tall women

Rain! Maybe more rain!

Atlantis touches down.

Russians declare the era of the Soyuz.

First spacesuits sewn by women who made bras for Platex.

ACLU sues secretary of state for failing to reveal evidence of 37 immigrants she says voted illegally.

Corrales couple wins $200,000 off the lotto.

Ghost of a ghost town all that remains after Bland burns up in Las Conchas fire.

Hit songs written at expensive writing camps, hit factories.

You may be able to trap creatures again in New Mexico.

Russia finally admits beer is alcohol.

What's a calorie?

You're so vain … creative people, says this study.

Nazi exhumed.

Tall women get cancer more.

V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
Atlantis lifts off at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, July 8.
Natalie Willoughby

News Feature

The Last Shuttle

NASA promises this is not the end of human space travel

The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, marks the end of NASA's 30-year program, which began in 1981 with Columbia. Despite predictions that weather conditions would force a cancellation, an estimated 1 million visitors and 2,000 members of worldwide media looked on with awe.

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The Daily Word sings of leprechauns, hangovers and space coke.

Japan’s radiation problems continue.

The U.N. debates what to do about Libya.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Obama’s really an O’Bama.

She makes the same face in every picture.

Hangovers get worse as you get older. Unless you stay in constant practice.

People are critical of NASA’s space powder program.

33% of Staten Island is on pain pills.

Good guy Seann William Scott gets a thumbs up from Gawker for seeking help.

Who will be interim chief medical officer?

In 1997 a Roswell woman saw a leprechaun.

Ah, the ever fascninating Hensel Twins.

A funny thing happened to a loser and everybody felt good.

APD officers need to be careful with Facebook or it’s firesville.

It could be curtains for the Radisson Hotel and Water Park.

There will be an open casting call for The Avengers in about a week.

There are more local stories from Alexis over at DCF.

Happy birthday, Kurt Russell.

Thanks to Geoffrey Anjou and Tom Nayder for story links and constant emotional support.

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The New Mexico Edit at South Broadway Cultural Center

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