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The Daily Word in ancient fish, Twitter dickery and Pluto's moons
Tomorrow is the 4th of July, but please don't set our state on fire.
A probe has determined that UNM professor's research project on the effects of being a dick on Twitter wasn't actually a project. It was just him being a dick on Twitter.
Yes, of course green chile is the US's best regional food.
I am (™) not sure, but this may be the stupidest lawsuit ever.
Pluto's recently discovered moons get badass, totally metal names.
A man in Alaska caught a massive, ancient fish that was alive during the James Madison Presidency. He's going to stick it on his wall.
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.
The Daily Word in mini-iPads, Syrian emails and the key to the universe
All of the fireworks in San Diego's big show accidentally went off at once. (This has never happened to the Big Bay Boom before.)
In the Dirt City, plenty of people flipped a sparkly middle finger to fire restrictions.
We've entered monsoon season.
Apple is working on a mini-iPad. No, dummy, not an iPhone.
Government confirms: Mermaids are not real.
Fukushima disaster was the result of collusion, says expert panel.
Did you know Hannah Montana makes a raccoon repellent?
Lifeguard in Florida fired for trying to save a drowning swimmer.
Wikileaks releases 2.5 million emails from Syria.
Physicists find key to the universe.
How to take care of your vinyl in the heat.
India's going to give its citizens free medication.
Mitt Romney may pick a woman to be his running mate.
"Like a Virgin" moves Madonna to tears during a concert.
Party down with your cylindrical fountains
And keep a hose nearby
We are in yet another extremely dry and dangerous fire season here in New Mexico. Because of this, Bernalillo County and Albuquerque officials restricted the use of fireworks. But they can’t ban them completely. Read about why in this week’s NewsCity.
The Albuquerque Fire Department announced that the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible devices are prohibited within city limits. It is illegal to use any fireworks in the Bosque or any Open Space area. AFD advises that fireworks should only be used on paved or barren areas and with a readily available water source.
The only permissible fireworks are ground and handheld sparkling devices, cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches and wheels.
In 2011, AFD responded to more than 945 illegal fireworks calls during the Fourth of July weekend. Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen says, “Any one of these incidents could have turned into a deadly fire just because somebody was acting carelessly.”
Bernalillo County issued fireworks restrictions for all unincorporated parts of the county. Bernalillo banned the sale and use of fireworks that shoot sparks or pieces higher than 10 feet or further than a 6-foot radius, or are louder than a cap gun.
Last year, both Gov. Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry became frustrated with their inability to ban fireworks completely. They both lobbied the Legislature unsuccessfully to pass a bill that would allow local authorities to completely ban fireworks during extreme fire danger.
Two major wildfires have already destroyed large areas of the state. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex in the Gila Wilderness is the largest fire in size in state history. The Little Bear fire in Lincoln County near Ruidoso destroyed hundreds of homes.
Stay updated about blazes in the state at NMfireinfo.
Rockets’ Red Glare
In the glow of wildfires, officials stare down the Fourth of July
Under state law, no one can ban fireworks completely. Not a city council or county commission, not a mayor or the governor. Not after the largest blaze in New Mexico history or the Bosque’s been charred.
The Daily Word with Rare Earth Minerals, A Groundbreaking Tampon Ad and a 100-Mile-Wide Dust Storm
President Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry at odds over scheduled execution of a Mexican national.
Al-Qaida linked terrorist secretly brought to New York to stand trial.
Not many problems with illegal fireworks this year.
Roadwork on the west side begins today.
South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Did illegal immigrants cause a 100-mile-wide dust storm in Phoenix???
Biker dies from head injury while protesting helmet laws in New York.
The Anti-PowerPoint Party is Switzerland's newest political party. Can you guess what their agenda is?
New study shows environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism.
Behold, a landmark American tampon ad.
Ad for the new Kevin James movie digitally inserted into 2007 rerun of How I Met Your Mother.
Man tries to escape prison in his wife's suitcase.
Japan discovers huge deposit of rare earth minerals.
Top 10 cosmic album covers.
Monkey steals camera, takes the greatest self portrait ever.
Man sues to get his porn in prison.
The first cyborg horror story is 1834's The Steam Arm.
Your July financial to-do list.
McDonald's is test marketing an English Pub Burger.
Largest ever marsupial fossil discovered in Australia.
Nice Parking Job, Assholes!
Assholes + Fireworks
Thanks to David for sending me this one. He writes:
I count five assholes!
I'm sure you see plenty of asshole parking jobs, take a picture and email me.
The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks
Police have arrested former UNM president Chris Garcia in connection with a prostitution ring. They arrested a physics professor yesterday and charged him with promoting prostitution.
A bridge in the Bosque caught fire.
Gov. Martinez says it might be better to skip the fireworks this year.
Who's going to jump into the race for Heinrich's congressional seat? Ex-Mayor Martin Chavez? Ex-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish? State Sen. Eric Griego? City Councilor Dan Lewis? Jon Barela?
Guv also looking to tighten rules for driver's licenses for foreign nationals.
The FBI's been hunting Whitey Bulger for 15 years. Yesterday, agents caught the 81-year-old mob boss in Santa Monica.
The world's first totally synthetic pop star.
The seas are rising.
Potatoes make Americans fat.
FDA says breast implants won't last for life.
The end of gender?
Alibi Flickr Photo of the Week
The Daily Word 7.6.10: Queen Elizabeth, Prince, More Tar Balls
Tar balls are discovered in Texas, meaning that oil has successfully infiltrated all five gulf states. Fuck you, BP!
The Artist Still Known As Prince says the Internet is dead.
The “grand finale” during the fireworks display goes horribly wrong in Palmyra, PA as eleven people are hurt.
Queen Elizabeth to visit New York City for the first time since 1976.
The Feds file a lawsuit today against Arizona’s SB 1070.
Charles Manson follower Leslie “Lulu” Van Houten is up for parole.
Stamps may go up by a 2-cent increase to 46 cents next year.
Michael Astorga appeals his conviction for the murder of Bernalillo County deputy James McGrane in 2006.
A fire broke out at the Mountain Run shopping center early this morning.
Hot summer: temperatures could reach 102 degrees as the east coast gets slammed with a massive heat wave.
A topless woman in Albuquerque slams into a gas line with her car.
The Daily Word 07.05.10: Mad Mel Gibson, Iranian Robots and Princess Di Hair Jam
Who has the biggest July 4th fireworks displays?
Read the racist rantings of Mad Mel.
Morning people are difficult to tolerate, and waffles don’t have blades.
Somali Pirates strike again.
A lumpy-faced felon fights the alien invasion.
In Amsterdam, there’s a forest in a box.
Deadly horses completely fucked a parade in Iowa by killing people.
Read this awesome story of the real Pied Piper courtesty of Geoffrey Anjou.
Deutsche Raucher sind mit Plänen für Oktoberfest frustriert.
South African police thought Paris Hilton was stoned, but she was just being normal.
Delicious jam was made with Princess Diana’s hair.
Follow Bigfoot both in the woods and on Twitter.
Other than Dracula, what were some of Christopher Lee’s greatest roles?
Look at this cool “handsome guy” mask.
A vampire made a Colorado woman smash her car.
Closer to home, an I-40 car smash killed three.
Mayor Berry cut wages for police and firefighters.
Two Albuquerque babies left in a hot van for two hours are ok.
It’s Huey Lewis’ birthday. Here’s Christian Bale talking about him.
Fourth of July: Waking Nightmare for Princess Fluffilyaya
While humans love loud, bright, exploding Fourth of July fireworks, our furry friends hate pyrotechnics. For dogs, cats, horses and other animals, this is one of the most stressful and dangerous times of the year—especially this time around, because the holiday weekend stretches over several days. The noise can drive pets to run away, especially if left outside and unattended.
“We have a higher volume of stray animal calls and a higher volume of barking complaint calls on July Fourth than on almost any other night of the year,” says Capt. Albert Marquez of Animal Welfare’s Field Services Division.
Since the noise of fireworks can stress cats and dogs into running away, the city animal welfare folks strongly suggest you keep your pets inside as much as possible at night and to some extent busy. Give them something to chew on or play ball with them. If your pet gets especially stressed, they recommends you ask your veterinarian for some sort of medical help to calm your pet down.
With the holiday weekend stretching into the beginning of the week for many people, kennel workers are expecting an unusually high amount of stray pets into the Eastside and Westside shelters on the mornings of July 3, 4 and 5. Should your pet get lost and end up at either shelter, Animal Welfare wants to expedite the process. If your pet already has a microchip, a license and is spayed or neutered, he or she will be returned to you free of charge. Owners will not be charged a reclaim fee. All they have to do is pick up their lost pets at the shelter.
If your pet turns up missing during the weekend, please check Albuquerque’s Eastside or Westside shelters immediately. Or you can get help by dialing 311.