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The Daily Word in marriage equality, behavioral health audit lawsuit and ballet on knifepoint

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New Mexico County Clerks vote to seek ruling by the State Supreme Court on issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

On Wednesday the State Supreme Court denied two Santa Fe plaintiffs' lawyer's request to consolidate current and future gay marriage cases and assign them to a single judge, calling the request "moot."

State Senator William Sharer (R) published a poorly argued and thoroughly offensive blog on same-sex marriage. Excerpts include: "Sex between a man and a woman produces babies – society needs babies – babies need both moms and dads" and "Alexander [the Great] may have engaged in homosexual activity, but he married a woman. He directed his officers to stop 'whoring' around and find a local woman to marry."

Tres Amigas proposes underground New Mexico Express line to connect Four Corners area power generators to the Texas grid and southern New Mexico.

Scope Alibi contributing writer Nora Hickey's excellent arts feature on Justin St. Germain's memoir, Son of a Gun. Read all about it in Beyond Legend.

New Mexico In Depth and Las Cruces Sun-News filed a joint lawsuit on Tuesday pushing for the public release of audit records used by the New Mexico Human Services Department to suss out "credible allegations of fraud" against 15 behavioral health care providers.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, your moment of a ballerina dancing—in pointe shoes extended by kitchen knives—on a piano.


The Daily Word in marriage equality, NIMBY and Kurt Vile

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At 8am on Wednesday, Aug. 21, Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced his office would begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Couples traveled to Las Cruces from all over New Mexico to enshrine their love in the eyes of the law; by close of business, 42 same-sex couples had taken the matrimonial plunge.

Barron Jones reports on the controversy over the New Mexico Corrections Department's plans to centralize and consolidate services for probationers in Downtown's Plaza Maya building.

Mark Lopez raps with Kurt Vile about parenthood, music and schnitzel. See Kurt Vile and the Violators at Sister (407 Central NW) on Friday, Aug. 23. Geoffrey Plant reviews Antenna to the Afterworld, the latest from show opener Sonny & the Sunsets.

Wikileaks saga protagonist Bradley Manning comes out as transgender, and asks that appropriate pronouns and the name Chelsea be used to refer to her henceforth.

State regulators say that Kirtland's jet fuel plume cleanup must take a more aggressive tack.

New Mexico Mercury Publisher Benito Aragon urges lawmakers to resist the conservative, corporate agenda and pursuant pressure from groups like American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Congrats to Rebel Donut on their doughnut-makin' contest triumph on Food Network's "Donut Showdown."

New Mexico In Depth poses and attempts to answer the top 10 questions about the State's behavorial health provider Medicaid freeze.


The Daily Word in back-to-school survival, BrBa and B-movies

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I love that my Daily Word duty falls on Thursdays because I get to hype all our new issue's content. This week, that's our annual back-to-school survival guide. Audit our 101s: environmental noise studies, cultural/historical geography, transportation science, zoology and entomology and philosophy.

Barron Jones reports on the out-of-state teens bused in by anti-abortion organization Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust—which compares legal abortions performed since 1973 with the Holocaust—and a proposed ballot measure that would create a City ban on late-term abortions.

Peep the expanded, online version of film editor Devin O'Leary's interview with B-movie veteran Albert Pyun to learn about Pyun's passion project, Road to Hell, which is a sequel to cult classic Streets of Fire.

Rent the apartment Jesse and Jane shared on "Breaking Bad." Pinkman's 1983 Toyota Tercel and Mike Ehrmantraut's '92 Buick are also gonna be up for grabs.

Navajo Nation is poised on the cusp of a wifi sea change.

I skimmed the aural cream from this week's live music happenings and the result is Four Up: “ ... A stone gas, honey,” wax vs. twang, BaBa’s Sunday roost and psyched for sexbeat.

ATTN Foodies (or is it foodists?) Cast your virtual ballot for our annual Best of Burque Restaurants issue soon.


The Daily Word in New Mexico News, Breaking Bad and 4-foot monitor lizard

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Ace reporter Barron Jones explores the practical intersection of Nob Hill retail and real estate markets in "Growing Pains."

Scope the inaugural Alibi serialization of New Mexico News by Mike Smith (fait divers/"sundry fates") and ¡Brapola!(comic art). Keep your eyes peeled every two weeks for more terrific, banal and surreal news of New Mexico.

This week's Aural Fixation, "My Breaking (Bad) Heart," emerged in the form of a love note/Spotify mixtape for "Breaking Bad," with 30-plus BrBa soundtrack selections by artists like Mick Harvey, Conway Twitty, Thee Oh Sees, Fever Ray, Timber Timbre, Clyde McPhatter, Ana Tijoux and John Coltrane.

Remember when Alfonso Hernandez was arrested in 2010 for feeding the homeless at Fourth Street Mall? The charges were all dismissed, and then Hernandez sued the City, which has now agreed to settle to the tune of $45,000. Hernandez still shares nourishment and community at Fourth Street Mall every Sunday.

Laura Paskus examines the environmental and emotional impact and the poignant, painful history of Cochiti Dam at New Mexico In Depth.

Alibi media partner La Jicarita remembers the Church Rock uranium mill spill. Riveting short film Memory Keepers is a must-watch, too.

"Breaking Bad" media roundup: "Walter White's Home Town" in The New Yorker; "Albuquerque’s Role on 'Breaking Bad'" in The New York Times; and, in case you missed it, "Breaking Bad viewing parties for the final episodes, in Albuquerque: 'Watching Bad, Breaking Burque'" on Boing Boing.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, your moment of 4-foot monitor lizard.

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Stark Raving Mod: Mod night at Blackbird

If you like to dabble in the mod lifestyle, now's the perfect time to dust off your black-and-white-striped boatneck T-shirt, Chelsea boots, French New Wave coiffure skills, customized scooter and, yes, your records. DJs Bea, Cassyle, Zac Webb and Ben Adams spin hot wax selections from genres like garage, glam, rocksteady, power pop, soul and "trashy trash" at Mod Night at Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) tonight. Starting at 10 p.m., rock your best gamine heroine or Jean-Paul Belmondo impersonation at this 21-and-over dance party. There's no cover, but false eyelashes aren't cheap. Blackbird Buvette • Sat Aug 3 • 10 pm • free • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in copper mining regulation (or lack thereof), feral hog hunting and ammunition cross-sections

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The second installment of Weekly Alibi's august collaboration with online magazine of New Mexico environmental politics La Jicarita finds David Correia examining Susana Martinez's connections to copper mining behemoth Freeport-McMoRan.

M. Brianna Stallings talks with Santa Fe-based author James Reich on the friction and fission at the nuclear heart of his new novel, Bombshell.

Journal science writer John Fleck explains that despite recent rain, New Mexico is still in drought.

Check out Alibi alum Gwyneth Doland's piece on feral hog hunting in the Santa Fe Reporter.

Jerry Ortiz y Pino's blood pressure spiked over his concern for the state of behavioral health care in New Mexico, and his trip to the emergency room frames his excellent article on the subject for New Mexico Compass.

Bernalillo County, The Trust for Public Land and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquire 41 acres of Price Dairy property in the South Valley for Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

Austrian-born, El Lay-based artist Sabine Pearlman's ammunition cross-section photography is terrific.

GIF me a break

My Pet Peeves Interpreted by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

1. When typos attack

2. When it’s summertime

3. When publicists attack

4. When sources don’t return calls/emails

5. When people make assumptions about me because I’m a woman who smiles a lot and has a slight Southern drawl

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The Daily Word in cops, green chile and "Breaking Bad"

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Read ace reporter Barron Jones' report on embattled Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz’s retirement and succeeding Interim Chief Allen Banks.

Schultz is under fire for stating that physically fit, young and good-looking officers' extramarital affairs with their colleagues are examples of "nature at play."

"Hero" cop Dawne Roberto's lawyer, John D'Amato, contends that Roberto's firing was based on her connections to Eye on Albuquerque, a local blog that's highly critical of Mayor Berry and APD brass. The police union plans to appeal her dismissal for alleged violation of the department's social media policy.

Our beloved green chile is named most iconic American food in a survey conducted by aka USA Today's travel division.

Boing Boing hypes Burqueño watch parties for the final [sobs] season premiere of "Breaking Bad." Get all the "Watching Bad" deets here. And Marble Brewery announces a BrBa brew, an India Black Ale called Heisenberg's Dark.

And last but not least, scope our yummy, nutritious and oh-so-refreshing Summer Dining Guide, y'all.

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Timbre of Timber

Dan Gottwald/Analogous Ensemble

Artist Dan Gottwald describes his Analogous Ensemble as “a group of gracefully formed 'sculptures' made of wood, metal and fiber, with which players interact to produce sound.” This isn't the first time he's presented the ensemble locally, but iterations of this work are bound to be pretty darn anomalous. Gottwald explains that the sculptures' forms enhance focus on the visual and tactile nature of the whole's parts. The ensemble's free improvisation process follows a “loosely designated structure provided by a prose score/narrative evoking the different parts of and ideas associated with a tree.” See (and hear) the forest for the trees at The Tannex (1417 Fourth Street SW) on tonight. The aural arboreal happening begins at 6 p.m., and the free, all-ages performance ain't over 'til the Log Lady sings—or 8 p.m. Tannex • Sat Jul 20 • 6 pm • $5 • View on Alibi calendar


The Daily Word in medical marijuana, self-defense law and nü-folk

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Barron Jones reports on the conflict between employers' drug testing policies and New Mexico medical marijuana law. Read all about it in "Prescription for Termination."

Read Jeremy Shattuck's take on the state of New Mexico's film industry at New Mexico Mercury.

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, KRQE takes a look at New Mexico's self-defense law.

Rest in peace, Gallup Post.

Get your nü-folk on at Sister tonight with powerdove. Teetotum and Adam Woods open.

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