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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!

news

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.

Culture

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.

news

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.

news

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.

opinion

Video from the Chicago NATO protests

In this week’s opinion slot, Andrew Beale recounts his trip to the City of Wind to film and participate in the protests against NATO. He argues that biased mainstream media accounts are part of why more people get their news from Internet sources and from shaky cell phone videos posted to YouTube. Online, Beale’s piece “Don’t Believe the Hype” includes video footage he shot at the demonstration.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012

Occupy the Alibi

Don’t Believe the Hype

The image of veterans flinging their medals in the direction of McCormick Place, where the summit was held, provided an incredibly strong statement that our columnist will never forget. As powerful as that was, the act was far overshadowed by the violence immediately afterward, he writes.

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News

The Daily Word in ruin porn, Lead/Coal construction, a toothpick heist, and Happy Days

Joanie Cunningham lives in a trailer park.

"Ladies man puts on gun show at Sonic."

Texas may increase the state speed limit to 85mph.

Scientists in Oregon are really trying hard to kill the Japanese sea creatures.

Sad story from Penasco, NM.

Remember the kaiboshed donkey-semen-chugging segment of Fear Factor? Here it is.

First manned Chinese space flight.

Here is a CBC interview with the guy who turned his dead cat into a helicopter.

City says the Lead/Coal project will be completely finished in three weeks.

Wildfire near Ruidoso.

Like another island off the coast of New York City, Hart Island features the ruins of a shuttered institution and an interesting history.

It's the anniversary of the escape from Alcatraz.

For the millionth time, scientists warn that the planet is approaching the point of no return, calamity-wise.

Did the dismembering-porn-killer chop people up in L.A. and Miami as well?

This hysterical bank customer stole the bank-robber's getaway car.

eldiabolik.com has a great psychotronic podcast composed largely of sixties/seventies soundtrack music.

Dumb pictures from online dating sites.

Someone stole 400,000 toothpicks.

New Mexico's Lightning Field is in need of restoration.


Domestic spy-drones.

Yesterday was Nancy Sinatra's birthday and today is Johnny Depp's birthday.


news

The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard

African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.

Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.

Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.

Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?

KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.

George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.

Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.

Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.

There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.

The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)

Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.

Egypt is voting for president for the first time.

Can the human race tell aliens from gods?

Beautiful rot.

MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.

news

The Daily Word in deadly videogames, Zimmerman bail, bear park attacks

Anders Behring Brevik, the militant psychopath Norwegian who killed 77 people in July, attributes much of his lethal training to “World of Warcraft” and “Call of Duty.”

George Zimmerman offers the Martin family an apology, has bail set at $150,000.

Santa Fe medical worker says he was fired for being gay.

A breakthrough in breast cancer science.

Albuquerque police shoot another person.

The chicken came first, at least in this instance.

Bears escape from enclosure at Japanese bear park and kill two people.

Pilot of commercial airliner messes up landing because he was texting. Everyone’s OK though, lol.

Book on OKC bombing brings new evidence to light.

German court makes it harder for people to watch YouTube videos.

Kentucky knucklehead siphons gas from a cop car and posts photo to Facebook.

The weird and wide-eyed world of pugs.

The origins of “420.”

R.I.P. Levon Helm

V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012

Occupy the Alibi

A Police State of Mind

Protesters being beaten in the Middle East. North Koreans fleeing across the Demilitarized Zone. That’s what we think of when we envision a “police state.” But the world’s largest police state that suppresses freedom of speech is the country we call home.

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NEWS

The Daily Word in Albuquerque had a really crappy weekend, celeb divorce, bird flu may be back

APD investigates dead body found in the middle of I-25.

One man shot and another stabbed in downtown Albuquerque New Year's Eve brawl.

Albuquerque police officer strikes and kills a pedestrian early on New Year's Day.

APD finds bloody scene at a Central bus stop but no victim.

Bad news for bronies.

Iwatchstuff's list of 10 movies not to look forward to in 2012.

Are American agents responsible for giving Hugo Chavez cancer?

Katy Perry and Russell Brand are splitsville.

Bird flu death reported in China.

Vintage poster outlines 23 ways to avoid marrying a girl.

First of NASA's twin GRAIL probes enters moon's orbit.

Police say a man in North Carolina tried to pay for his transaction at Wal Mart with a $1 million bill.

50 unexplainable black and white photographs.

How to make rage faces on facebook.

Man calls 911 after being hit by a grocery cart.

Pimp that snack.

Thanks Carl, Constance and Tom for the help!

news

The Daily Word in Stephen King, paper money, rape and cafeterias

The Small/Faces are headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The first Chinese space lab is called Heavenly Palace.

At last, Andy Rooney puts us out of our misery.

Sephen King is writing a sequel to The Shining. It's called Dr. Sleep.

Blind man vs. U.S. paper money.

Well, duh. Roman Polanski admits he's a rapist. Meanwhile, the federal definition of rape is 80 years old and only applies to women.

Apple's corporate cafeteria is as awesome as you've imagined it.

Anderson Cooper doesn't really care for food.

New York Police Department's brutality is finally getting TV media attention. Here are some less frightening scenes from the Wall Street protest.

The great pumpkin, for real.

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