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V.22 No.37 |

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The Daily Word in New Mexico jobs, Costa Concordia and record-breaking rain

The Daily Word

A shooting at Washington Navy Yard broke out this morning, with police reporting that one of three possible shooters was “down,” though reports aren't clear on exactly what that means. Reports also state that at least seven people have been killed, and eight have been injured. This is still a breaking story, so check news sources for more information.

Engineers are attempting to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the island of Giglio in Italy. The ship, which capsized in January of 2012, killing 32 people, is being watched closely by environmentalists who fear that a toxic spill from the ship could pollute the waters.

Search-and-rescue teams in Colorado are grounded due to heavy clouds in the sky, and more than 1,000 people are still unaccounted for after massive floods in Larimer County and surrounding areas.

New Mexico's health care system is in turmoil as an investigation looks into allegations that 15 of its largest mental health providers defrauded Medicaid of $36 million over the course of three years.

In today's city council meeting, a proposal will be introduced that will make it illegal for Albuquerque's employers to refuse paying the new minimum wage, unless they want to face criminal charges.

The number one issue in New Mexico is jobs.”

Albuquerque's rainfall over the weekend broke a record, y'all.

I think someone in Northampton took Stephen King's IT a little too seriously.

V.22 No.33 |

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The Daily Word in Mubarak's potential release, bear maulings and Pistorius' indictment

The Daily Word

Egyptian officials are calling for the release of former President Hosni Mubarak from prison, which some say could result in more violence in Egypt.

A study shows that US unemployment rates increased in more than half the states in July, and hiring, which has been steady since January, took a slow decline in July as well.

Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic champion, is being indicted for premeditated murder for the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

This is why I don't go jogging in Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming … or pretty much anywhere.

I don't care if you raised the prices. We came to see some polar bears!

UNM has incorporated a new system where students can log in online to report crimes they witness on campus. … because phones are so last year.

It's not every day that you pay 25 cents upon receiving a parcel from China. … and then get arrested for it.

Just in case you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck a fork into your meat and two veg, a 70-year-old Australian man has the answer.

V.22 No.31 |

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The Daily Word in the Bulger trial, a bomb-throwing beauty queen and singing canines

The Daily Word

The defense says he was an informant; the prosecution says he's a murderer. Bulger's trial should come to a close this afternoon.

Talk about the future in food ...

It looks like the recently crowned Miss Riverton isn't your average bombshell.

Two people were injured in a shootout that targeted the Black Berets motorcycle club. The Black Berets say “it ain't over.”

In Bernalillo County, a man was shot and killed by police on Sunday evening after threatening a deputy.

Apparently breaking into public pools for a late-night dip isn't enough …

The “Old Main” prison, which been closed for 15 years, could become “New Mexico's Alcatraz.

It seems like Daft Punk might be popular with canines as well.

V.22 No.29 |

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The Daily Word in roll-coaster mishaps, a royal baby and Carlsbad farmers

The Daily Word

Something royal this way comes ...

Police have identified one of three murder victims in East Cleveland, and they've charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with three counts of aggravated murder.

German roller-coaster manufacturer is sending experts to Arlington, Texas to investigate the death of a victim who died while riding the Texas Giant over the weekend.

Mohammed Morsi, recently ousted president of Egypt, has gone missing, and family claims he was "abducted by army."

Police are investigating the drowning of 19-year-old Matthew Mares in Los Lunas that happened over the weekend.

APD to testify today in court in a wrongful death lawsuit in relation to the shooting of 27-year-old Christopher Torres in 2011.

Carlsbad farmers could possibly receive less than half the water allotted to them from a network of wells that pump groundwater into the Pecos river.

In a nutshell: If you fake cancer and take $9,000 in donations from your community, then you're probably gonna go to jail.

V.22 No.27 |

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The Daily Word in BP appeals case, Roswell and Google Doodle and superhero villains

The Daily Word

BP Lawyer cites "irreparable injustices" in how settlement payments are being handled.

Officials probe why a jet that crash landed in San Francisco was flying too slow before it hit the runway.

Authorities search for 40 missing people after a train blast in Quebec town that killed five.

Michael Allen speaks out in speculation over whether Albuquerque police could have spared his brother, Vincent Wood, who was shot multiple times on Friday night.

Albuquerque remembers Austin Hudson-LaPore.

Google Doodle and Roswell? Oh, we're there!

City planners want to make Central a little snazzier! Neon signs anyone?

First Batman ... and now Spider-Man? I thought superheroes were supposed to fight crime!

V.22 No.26 |

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The Daily Word in Arizona firefighters, New Mexico water plan and meth in the pelvis

The Daily Word

An Arizona wildfire claims the lives of 19 firefighters.

Zimmerman trial update: The jury was able to listen to Zimmerman's interview tape from the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, which could give clues as to who the "aggressor" was.

Europe wants to know if the U.S. has been bugging them ... otherwise, we can kiss that trans-Atlantic free trade agreement bye-bye.

Sen. Karen Peterson and her partner, Vikki Bandy, become first same-sex couple to legally marry in Delaware!

Wait a minute ... so that's one well (or spring) for 290 water systems? So, what's plan B?

New Mexico orders another trial for Manuel Turrietta, who was convicted for killing Alberto Sandoval in 2006 in a gang-related shooting.

Ashley Browder's memorial banner taken down from the corner of Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch Road.

Wow Claudia! That's a whole pound of meth! How'd you get that in there?

Hello sir, I believe this arm is yours ...

V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
samantha celera via flickr

News Feature

911 Calls Illuminate Shooting Timeline

Barron Jones delves into 911 recordings to bring us continuing coverage of the Jonathan Mitchell shooting investigation.
V.22 No.22 |

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The Daily Word in China's fire, the Chavez case and bites on the buttocks

The Daily Word

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.

V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

News Feature

Neighborhood Watch

Mitchell shooting investigation continues

It's been almost seven weeks since a neighborhood standoff left 23-year-old African American Iraq War veteran Jonathan Mitchell dead from a gunshot a few feet from his back door.
V.22 No.12 | 3/21/2013
Texts with   Alibi   editor Carl Petersen, during the incident.
Texts with Alibi editor Carl Petersen, during the incident.

Culture

Watching From the Sidelines

A first interaction with Burque police and SWAT

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.

V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012

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Gun Girl

My weekend as a gun-lovin', gun-wieldin' member of the Wild West.

I took my first gun class this weekend, and boy was it an eye-opening experience for someone who knew absolutely nothing about guns. The course was titled "Introduction to Handguns for Ladies Only," and was given at Calibers, an indoor shooting range and gun shop in Albuquerque.

The class instructor, Lindsey, explained to us that because men and women have very different reactions to guns (men are generally less leery and less emotional about shooting), Calibers chose (wisely in my opinion) to offer a separate women's class. Lindsey, who was incredibly knowledgeable as well as personable, is only 22 years old. She has been shooting guns since she was a child, and has been working at Calibers for 5 years—since she was a teenager!  She knew more about firearms than anyone I have ever met.

The first thing that struck me about the class was how little I really knew about the subject matter. I felt like I was taking a beginner's foreign language class with how hard it was to keep up with the strange words. Terms like "single-action", "striker-action," "de-cock," "mag clip," "mag release," "front sight" and "cartridge caliber" were completely beyond me. I soon realized I did not even have the most basic handgun knowledge, like the difference between a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver, or what an actual bullet looked like.

The first day of the 2-day course was in a classroom setting. We learned firearm safety (never point a gun at something you are not willing to destroy), basic handgun anatomy (semi-automatic vs. revolver, single action vs. double action), ammunition basics (bullet types and caliber measurements), handgun maintenance (you should clean your gun once a month whether you fire it or not!) and, of course, handy tips on selecting and purchasing a handgun (it is a gun shop, after all). We also learned about New Mexico gun laws. There don't seem to be many. There is no waiting period to buy a gun and no required registration. New Mexico is an Open Carry State, meaning it is legal to carry a loaded weapon as long as it is not concealed. "Seriously?" I thought to myself. You need a permit to carry a concealed gun, but not one that is openly visible? Does that seem strange to anyone else? New Mexico law also allows a person to have a concealed loaded firearm in his or her vehicle—including motorcycles and bicycles. Yup, this is the West, folks, where it is absolutely fine to tote around your loaded gun in a cute little bicycle basket. I did feel a little better learning that in New Mexico you must be 21 to buy a handgun, though only 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun and only EIGHT to shoot at Calibers Shooting Range. I was still learning how to shoot a water gun when I was 8!

Course participants were encouraged to bring their own hardware (the polite term for guns and ammo) to class. Since many people apparently inherit guns or get guns as gifts (who gets a gun as gift?), about half of our 12-person class brought their own. When it came time to learn how to load and unload ammo, the rest of us experimented with different types of handguns, all semi-automatics (which are nowadays much preferred over revolvers). Loading rounds in a semi-automatic handgun is much harder than loading a revolver though and I struggled to get even 5 rounds into a gun designed to hold much more. The next day we would be shooting on the range and everyone seemed to be pumped, except me, the petrified one. What if I accidentally shot someone? Maybe I should just watch and brush up on the lingo I just couldn't quite seem to master.

The next morning I awoke at the crack of dawn (extremely unlike me, especially on a weekend) and drove to Starbucks to get a latte (also extremely unlike me, since I don't drink coffee) in the hope that the caffeine would keep me alert enough to not shoot anyone (like classmates) or any thing (like my foot) that I wasn't supposed to. In preparation for shooting, our class practiced things like stance (the stance you see on old cop shows is, by the way, totally outdated, no one shoots standing sideways anymore),  grip (sorry lefties, almost all guns are built for the right-handed), sight alignment (which part of the gun to look at before you fire), trigger control (this one I understood—"index finger" is pretty easy to remember), breathing (don't forget to breathe) and follow-through (don't let the recoil hit you in the head or knock you off your feet.)

Off to the range we went. Those of us who did not bring our own ammo had to buy 50 rounds for our shoot. I had so much trouble getting the ammo into the gun that I was the last one to finish shooting our initial 25 rounds. This is a skill that will take some practice for me. I shot four different types of guns: a Barretta 9mm standard-issue Army Reserve model, a Glock .40, a Glock 9mm and an HK 9mm. We were supposed to shoot the man on the paper poster in the chest, which was marked with a rectangle. If you were really good, you could then graduate to shooting the man in the brain, which was marked by a much smaller rectangle. I never graduated to the brain rectangle. In fact, I seemed to be shooting poster man everywhere except his chest. Lindsey came over, gave me a few corrections, and viola! I lethally wounded poster man on the next shot. And the next and the next. Well, now things were looking up. This was probably as close to being a bad ass as I will ever get in my life.

Unbelievably, I gained some confidence and got so into the shooting toward the end of class that I bought another round 50 rounds and stayed on the range after everyone else had left. My second paper poster man was a huge improvement on my first, although I was still not able to shoot him in the brain. Oh well, there's always next time. Oh and there will be a next time because I found out that every Thursday at Calibers is "Ladies Day" so women shoot for half price! Just like happy hour at the local bowling alley. Woo hoo! How can you say no to that?

A majority of the women in my class indicated that they were going to follow this course up with the Concealed Carry Permit class, which, if you pass, gets you an official CCP in the state of New Mexico. I have no desire to do this, or to ever own a gun. But as my boss, John, said as I shared with him my skepticism about guns before the class, "If you are ever in a situation involving a gun, wouldn't it be better to know something about guns than not to know?"  Yes. I'm glad I took the class, and I'm glad I now know.

V.21 No.31 |

NEWS

The Daily Word in Mars landing, Sikh temple shooting, Olympic outfits

The Daily Word

Mars rover Curiosity lands safely!

Gunman who killed 6 people in Sikh temple has been identified as an Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist band.

Inmate mistakenly released from Albuquerque detention center is missing.

Some are complaining that Olympic gymnasts' uniforms are not patriotic enough.

It's a no on the whole "using a 3D printer to download a gun" thing.

Dead man driving.

State Public Education Commission considering 14 proposals for new charter schools.

Mmm ... chalupas.

Who is really the best Olympian?

Baldness and Breaking Bad.

I am sort of wishing this had been my wedding cake.

V.21 No.29 |

NEWS

The Daily Word in Westboro Baptist Church, NM bankruptcy rates, Penn State penalities.

The Daily Word

Westboro Baptist Church appears to have not have actually shown up to the candlelight vigil held last night for the Aurora shooting victims. They were probably too busy being blocked from protesting the funeral of a fallen soldier.

Yay for falling bankruptcy rates in New Mexico!

NCAA doles out intense punishment for Penn State.

More than 100 killed in Iraq after bombings and shootings make for the deadliest day this year.

13 killed in Texas pickup accident.

200-year-old Rancho De Corrales Event Center destroyed by fire.

Which would be more likely to provoke you to stab your husband: An obnoxious facebook post, or the fact that he was high on PCP?

AMC says no more masks at their movie screenings. Sorry superhero cosplayers.

Girl, where'd your arm go?

You may now smell like books.

V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012

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The Daily Word in Colorado movie massacre, unlicensed tattoo parlors, Scottish train drunks

The Daily Word

At least 12 dead as gunman opens fire at Dark Knight Rises midnight showing in Denver suburb.

President Obama responds.

Young sportscaster who died in the shootings had written her last blog on a separate massacre.

State officials confirm 48 tattoo parlors operating without licenses in New Mexico.

City’s clean water supply may be jeopardized by millions of gallons of spilled, underground jet fuel.

Details being withheld on slain Virginia reporter.

Live updates on this weekend’s British Open.

Jeremy Lin on his three-year, $25 million deal with the Rockets.

Yay, Albuquerque is not among AARP’s list of the top five most dangerous U.S. cities.

You can no longer get blitzed on Scottish trains.

V.20 No.49 |

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The Daily Word in sword dancing, polar bears and Twitter

The Daily Word

Virginia Tech shooter yesterday killed a police officer and then himself, according to police.

Man says he was stabbed 24 times after giving two kids a ride home.

The woman who authorities say left her dogs without food or water for months will not face felony charges.

World's oldest dog dies at 26.

The new Twitter.

APD costs the city—and taxpayers—$7 million in settlements.

Thai court sentences an American to more than two years in jail for insulting the king.

Missing FBI agent's family releases a hostage video.

Female immigrants are the nation's entrepreneurs, according to a study.

Gingrich is using his campaign to get more rich.

Is Pulp Fiction as good in chronological order?

What is Jian Sword Dancing?

Polar bear cannibalism. No kidding.

"Millionaire surtax" not such a big deal to millionaires.

Appeals court unlikely to overturn a ruling against the gay-marriage-banning Prop. 8.


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