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The Daily Word in yearbook woes, the job market and free pot
Economists say the job growth in August wasn't very good, but there's no reason to worry.
In Florida, a missing autistic boy was found unharmed; however, the man he was found with is suspected of four murders.
A Maine mother is fighting the state over a do-not-resuscitate order placed on her injured child.
Another individual has come forward to sue Penn State in regard to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Open space officers located a group of hikers who went missing yesterday in the Embudito area. All three were unharmed.
The autopsy report has been released for the gruesome killing of Emily Lambert in March in Carlsbad, N.M.
People in Portales, N.M., are outraged at topless photos in a high school yearbook.
Starting next summer, citizens in Berkeley, Calif., who make less than $32,000 can get free pot. Assuming they have a medical marijuana card, of course.
The Cuckoo Flies Again: ALT stages a crazy classic
William R. Stafford directs this adaptation of the famous book and film about patients in a mental ward who rebel against an evil nurse. Runs through 9/14.
The Daily Word in jet fuel, horse meat and performance art
The New Mexico Public Education Department is grabbing the financial reins for a group of troubled Albuquerque charter schools.
It may rain this week. *fingers crossed*
The New Mexico State Fair is less than a week away. Eat something fried for me.
Azul Burrito Co., we barely knew ye.
UNM is "not substantially compliant" with the Clery Act, which requires schools to properly communicate and monitor campus safety issues.
"Breaking Bad" is the gift that keeps on giving.
Colonel Tom Miller asks for a take-back on previously submitted KAFB jet fuel spill data.
Today in cultural relativity, zoo animals in Albuquerque will probably get to eat horse meat. And that's not unusual.
Performance art ain't dead yet, and thank goodness (and folks like Emma Sulkowicz) for that.
King Kong of Car Shows: KongFusion 2014
A car show featuring live music by Chamillionaire, Paul Wall and more, as well as a bikini contest, Car Limbo, exhibitions and more.
The Daily Word in Saved by the Bell and a butt full of cocaine
Another APD lapel camera somehow stopped recording during a fatal shooting.
Ricky Gervais is kind of a prick, but no surprise there.
Cee Lo Green is actually a huge prick and maybe a rapist, which is more surprising and makes me sad.
Vice magazine continues its hard-hitting reporting by answering the question: What happens when you put cocaine in your butt?
Two UNM physicians are going to kill a bunch of grasshoppers.
The New York St. Patrick’s Day parade will be cooler and gayer this year.
And, for the children of the late 20th century, here are 100 things that apparently happened in that Saved By the Bell movie that you didn’t watch but secretly kind of wanted to.
The Daily Word in the might of Putin, self-decapitation and what the future holds for the ABQ Isotopes
A 650 year old tree named Yoda died in El Malpais.
Next season the Isotopes may no longer be the LA Dodger's farm team.
Some folks think skateboarders are going too fast through one ABQ neighborhood.
Vladimir Putin is shooting his mouth off about the might of Russian armed forces.
Some letters between RFK and JFK are up for auction.
Justin Bieber was arrested following an ATV collision.
Negativland is releasing a new album of biblical proportions.
The Daily Word in nude photos, Joan Rivers and dinosaur battles.
Hackers leak nude celebrity photos snatched from the cloud.
Doctors will wake Joan Rivers from her medically induced coma.
A radioactive boar is running loose in Germany. It has not yet grown to gigantic proportions.
Famous authors’ day jobs might surprise you.
Watch footage of Katy Perry as a teenager. A couple minutes will suffice.
The Portuguese man-of-war is beautiful, as these photos illustrate.
You’ll be able to use your iPhone 6 like a credit card.
APD arrested a shooting suspect last night.
Police are searching for a suspect in Saturday’s fatal shooting.
Happy birthday, Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The Revolution Will Not Be Posted On YouTube
Berry's historic veto endangers Albuquerque's future
Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry made history yesterday. In addition to debuting a YouTube communiqué strategy, Berry became the first mayor in Albuquerque's history to veto an election amendment. According to the announcement, Berry vetoed R-14-91 because he couldn't "in good conscience" allow citizens of Albuquerque the opportunity to vote on a) lessening criminal penalties for possession of marijuana in quantities of one ounce or less and b) raising the Albuquerque gross-receipts tax rate one-eighth of a cent to fund social services for addicted, mentally ill and homeless citizens.
In this historic address, Berry cites his unwillingness to sign a bill that would raise taxes without any "clear and concise plan" on how to spend resulting funds and "flying in the face of state and federal law" by decriminalizing the possession of an "illegal drug." And the big, bad "illegal drug" is ... marijuana, a drug so innocuous even notoriously conservative local media outlets refer to it by slang terms like "pot" or "weed."
Deferring a vote on lessening penalties for possession of marijuana—which is a far cry from actually decriminalizing marijuana—is rather short-sighted, but the greater injustice in this veto is stalling funding for a citywide crisis of addiction, mental illness and homelessness. These three issues—which overlap and are at the root of immense suffering, both for those grappling with these afflictions and those impacted by resulting crime—must be at the core of any "urban renewal" strategy.
The City Council can override Berry's veto with a vote of 6 to 3. Three other ballot initiatives—granting the City Council approval authority over the Mayor's hiring of police and fire chiefs, changing the voter-initiative process to prevent costly special elections and a bond proposal that would fund "metropolitan redevelopment"—are also included in Berry's veto. Within the scope of these combined, largely progressive initiatives, consider the urgency of funding social services for our city's homeless, mentally ill and addicted residents when communicating with your City Councilor. If you're not sure who that is, find out here.
For my money, raising sales tax one-eighth of a cent, from 7 percent to 7.125 percent, is a prudent investment in the future of Albuquerque. And if lessening criminal penalties for possession of marijuana allows Albuquerque law enforcement to focus on addressing the institutional failures clearly outlined by the US Department of Justice and preventing violent crime, so much the better. Whatever your opinion of the ballot initiatives proposed in R-14-91, let your City Councilor know what you think. This is an issue that deserves your attention and civic engagement ... even on Labor Day weekend.
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
Wherein writer Mark Lopez muses on declining album sales, a new track by Usher and Chuck Berry’s big win!
Metalachi • heavy metal, mariachi at SkyLight
Taxi Driver (1978) at KiMo Theatre
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