In last week’s paper, I interviewed Rudolfo Anaya about censorship. His landmark Chicano novel Bless Me, Ultima was boxed up and put into storage along with a host of other books in Tucson, Ariz. It’s part of a push to do away with ethnic studies programs the education department considers divisive.
New Mexico is no stranger to this conversation. Anaya has on file an article published in 1981 about an attempt in our state Legislature to set standards for schoolbooks. In that article, one state senator is quoted as saying she personally saw to it that copies of Ultima were burned in Bloomfield, N.M.
Tonight the Librotraficante caravan hauling contraband literature from Houston to Arizona will be making a stop in Albuquerque. At 7 p.m., the banned book bash will commence at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW).
Navajo Nation suing Urban Outfitters for titling some products “Navajo.”
Arizona public schools ban Bless Me Ultima, the landmark novel by local literary legend Rudolfo Anaya.
Image of Jesus appears in a tortilla in Española.
Request your FBI file.
HuffPo article on the owner of Effex, an LGBT rights activist and a Christian Republican.
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Recycling photos from around the world.
Understanding fluffed marshmallow vodka.
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Awesome 1965 documentary featuring Buster Keaton.
There is a new version of the (open source) VLC media player and it is kick-ass.
Learn about "jiggle keys."
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Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez will run for congress.
Air quality alert issued for Albuquerque, so don't breathe between 4 and 8 tonight.
Taliban attack luxury hotel in Kabul.
Hackers expose Arizona police officers personal info.
Albuquerque named one of America's most sedentary cities.
Michelle Bachmann and John Wayne Gacy have a lot in common.
The company behind FarmVille and Mafia Wars is preparing for an IPO.
Some sort of devil jumping over babies party in Spain.
Read all about the first meteorite recorded in Egypt.
This Princess Diana issue of Newsweek is not at all weird.
Bill Clinton: Brony.
The Daily Beast could only think of eight appalling things about The Bachelorette.
Finally, a combination elliptical machine/office desk chair, and it's only $8,000!
Do gay bars make money?
Florida fishermen catch a 23-foot squid.
Your 4th of July menu.
Hipster Lord of The Rings is awesome.
One hundred mummies from the 16th century found buried in an Italian church.
Should we dig up Shakespeare to see if he smoked pot?
The mothership is in London.
There's all that annoying smoke from the Wallow fire, but at least we weren't evacuated.
More of these damn tornadoes.
Don't keep dead rhinos in your backyard like this guy does.
A marijuana expo...medical. Of course.
Government hackers want you to make cupcakes, not bombs.
Gunman kills six in Arizona, including himself.
We have a new deadly strand of mutant E coli. Awesome.
Salvador Dali Foundation irked about the artist's name getting slapped on just anything.
This woman has ten reasons why Sarah Palin should run for president. Ten yawl.
That intense smoke smell in the air tonight and the thick haze are from a fire in Eastern Arizona, news outlets are reporting. More than 60,000 acres have been swallowed by the flames.
Albuquerque officials are asking that you don't call the emergency lines about the haze.
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Civil War II? Liberals in southern Arizona want to secede and form their own state.
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You can conveniently buy crack pipes in Detroit gas stations and dollar stores.
A Northwestern University human sexuality class featuring a live sex demonstration is cancelled.
Microsoft to purchase Skype for a record-shattering $8.5 billion.
The United States has been granted access to speak to Osama bin Laden’s numerous wives.
APD officer shooting alert: One dead this morning near San Mateo and Menaul.
This Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn edited out Hillary Clinton from the iconic “OMG we got bin Laden!” photo.
For those of you that care, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver split up.
For future reference, 911 is not to be used to make your beer runs.
Whoa! These conjoined twins in China have two heads but share a single body.
Scott Owens found not guilty on all charges.
A 13-year-old APS student brings a loaded gun to school.
Banks can't freeze Moammar Gadafi's funds because they don't know how to spell his name.
First Lady Michelle Obama was almost killed yesterday.
Happy 4/20 Day marijuana smokers/losers.
Police car torched in Four Hills neighborhood.
Car slams into crowd at McDonald's job fair.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs law giving Tea Party flag the same status as the American flag.
After almost 100 years the CIA declassifies the secret recipe for the Kaiser's invisible ink.
Drugs don't work in space.
Meet the Republican governors who attack federal spending while accepting federal dollars.
One porn company owns nearly a quarter of all 1-800 numbers.
This is why you nerds can't have nice things.
Florida job center fights unemployment by spending $14,000 on superhero capes.
Why do so many smart people deny science?
Walmart listens to customer requests, loses $1.85 billion in sales.
Attempt at setting Q*bert world record aborted after someone unplugs the game.
Read about Superman's 1942 crossover with Flash Gordon and Dick Tracy.
That culinary institute the Olive Garden sends is chefs to is not what you think it is. Actually, it's exactly what you think it is.
Newly released FBI documents show J. Edgar Hoover's interest in UFOs.
Largest ever spider fossil found in China.
The cast of Happy Days is suing CBS and Paramount for unpaid royalties.
Seven often-debated movie questions that have already been answered.
New Chicken McBites coming to a McDonald's soon.
A man and his pig.
Bosque Farms cop investigated for stealing stuff from the department. Third in a year.
Tornado kills two in Oklahoma.
Meat contaminated with nasty bacteria.
Indiana House committee passes immigration bill.
World's first 3-D porno movie.
Arizona approves 'Birther' bill.
Brooke Mueller tries to pawn watch and stereo.
Marilyn Manson wants to be in Charles Manson biopic with Lindsay Lohan.
A woman who let her friend drive drunk is being charged with a DWI.
Rep. Pearce says something something "constitutional" something "don't' give money to public broadcasting."
Charges against the local nonprofit that sent human heads to a Kansas medical waste facility were dropped.
Someone put an explosive near an APD car this morning.
Do you know this guy? He stole a computer from UNM by picking it up and walking away.
Secretary of State says the guv may have breached campaign law.
Arizona outlawed abortions that are performed because of the sex or race of the fetus.
Maybe we will eat bugs when there's no more meat.
Is it too soon to ask: Will Giffords run for Senate?
Spoiler: The "Top Chef All Stars" winner.
Birth rate in the U.S. dropping fast.
Google makes baby steps toward social networking and "liking."
The cosmonaut who fell to earth.
State Rep. James Smith wants to repeal the medical marijuana program.
vigilante dirtbag gets the death penalty.
Judge upholds health-care reform law.
Republican governors may be busy trying to crush unions, but no too busy to be pranked.
Researches link cellphone use to changes in brain activity.
Rahm Emanuel will be Chicago's next foul-mouthed mayor.
Comedian Rush Limbaugh calls Michelle Obama fat.
Determined researcher discovers large order of fries doesn't have many more than the medium size.
R.I.P. comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie.
Banksy won't be at the Oscars this weekend.
US troops in Afghanistan finally get their shitty Pizza Hut pizza back.
I was into the Hipster Disney Princesses before they were cool.
Scuba inventor dead at the age of 93.
Netflix signs a deal with CBS to stream shows like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.
After initially condemning Kinect hackers, Microsoft announces a official SDK for the device.
Explore the secrets of spider anatomy.
I miss the 80s: here's list of rated R movies that got cartoon spin-offs.
Chinese gamer dies after three-day bender.
Four Americans are killed after being taken hostage by Somali pirates. I’m still getting over the fact that there are still pirates.
Police arrest an 11-year-old over an inappropriate stick figure drawing.
Another massive earthquake cripples the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Many dead.
Illinois abruptly cuts off all funding for its drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs.
What the hell? Arizona may make abortions illegal depending on the gender or race of the fetus.
Blockbuster trade in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony, known ‘round these parts as simply ‘Melo’, is traded to the New York Knicks.
Libya’s ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi vows to die as a martyr.
You know times are tough when you’re forced to steal 58 containers of deodorant.
The First Vice Chairman of the state Republican Party names her black Angus cow Oprah. Errrrr ...
Check out the “Mob Experience” at the Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas. So neat.
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Beer as a sports drink? Where have you been all my life?
An Indiana restaurant is banned from making references to Jim Jones’ cult in its advertising campaign. Way to take the fun out of everything, P.C. Police.