Ortiz y Pino
Money Warps Legislative Races
The Daily Word in veep debate, diamond planet and sassy Big Bird
Supersonic human free fall has been rescheduled for Sunday due to weather.
Navajo Nation will put drone tech to good use by using an unmanned aircraft to monitor crops.
Soprano to take a Virgin Galactic flight into space and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.
A diamond planet bigger than Earth.
13 obscure punctuation symbols you might like to use, such as the authority point and the snark mark.
Lots of people are going to be sassy Big Bird for Halloween.
Advice from Miami stripper Skrawberry. (Warning: Kinda raw.)
America is not mostly Protestant anymore.
How to find truth on the Internet.
In today's so-
And she's talking about driver's licenses some more.
Ortiz y Pino
Guv Revises History in Tampa
The Daily Word in Martinez at the RNC, onion nuggets and megalopolises
Hurricane Isaac is grows weaker and heads inland, leaving a soggy mess in its wake.
Someone was keeping a military-grade rocket launcher in a Los Lunas storage unit.
The full text of Gov. Susana Martinez’ speech at the convention last night.
Theft is a big problem at UNM.
100-year-old driver injures kids in L.A.
Do vegetarians and vegans think they’re better than you?
McDonald’s archivist—yes, that’s a real job—says before chicken nuggets, there were onion nuggets.
23 musicians share their paintings. (Results are marginally better than when famous actors record albums.)
Speaking of, here’s cell-phone video of Johnny Depp playing guitar at the Lone Ranger wrap party.
Awkward political candidates: How do they happen?
China’s megalopolises are not fun to inhabit.
Space telescope spots millions of supermassive black holes.
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The Daily Word in hipster topics, inmate heroes and Dave Mustaine
An inmate work crew in Las Cruces saved a man’s life.
Someone won $1 million in New Mexico but might not know it yet.
A judge told Gov. Martinez she couldn’t publish the salaries of some state workers on the Sunshine Portal. So she put them on the New Mexico home page.
Megadeth singer blames President Obama for mass shootings. And if you can’t trust Dave Mustaine about politics ...
Brits are pissed that Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum.
Can’t hang with the footage of mosquitos biting people in this story about West Nile being on the rise. Stupid nature’s vampires.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order to deny Arizonans benefits from the new federal Dream Act-esque immigration program.
This month in free speech.
Anti-Semitic jerk in Hungary finds out he’s Jewish.
These gorillas are all happy to see each other.
Where does all that aid money go? Haiti’s still without safe housing for most people.
How to shop for groceries when you hate shopping for groceries. (Step One: Realize that your problem is not really a problem. After all, you could be living in a tent in an earthquake-ravaged country.)
Coffee shop bans people from talking about annoying hipster stuff like denim, left-handedness and anything that happened before 2000.
Best gravel voices in movie/TV history.
The Daily Word in awesome Canada, Opposite Day and the sinking ghost ship
Thousands pilgrimage to Chimayó today.
Las Vegas, N.M., fights fracking and bans oil and gas drilling.
Why Canada should be cheered for ditching the penny.
Menacing Easter bunnies.
Kid sells his kidney for an iPhone.
Marine Corps pilot says he played tag with a UFO in the ’70s.
Guy gets naked for Opposite Day.
Jesus appears in duct tape in Albuquerque.
Coast Guard sinks a ghost ship with a cannon.
Ex-Gov. Gary Johnson says making Gov. Susana Martinez the veep pick would be Sarah Palin, Part Deux.
Smallest town in the States sells for only $900,000.
Why Catholics really eat fish on Fridays.
Pit bull takes a bullet for his owner.
Chevy Chase is an asshole.
The Daily Word in D3 demolition, thrash metal and glass burrito
City Council approves a plan to carve up District 3 (Downtown, Barelas, UNM area) and ax Benton's seat.
APD officer ends up in the hospital after chewing on a glass burrito.
St. Michael's in Santa Fe to conduct random student drug tests.
Outrage over Quran burning spreads in Afghanistan. At least 10 Afghans and two American soldiers have died.
Midair helicopter smash kills seven marines during training.
9-year-old girl dies after running for three hours as punishment for stealing a candy bar, according to an Alabama sheriff's office.
UN may prosecute Syrian officials of crimes against humanity.
FDA questions inhalable caffeine.
Maybe you don't need eight hours of sleep.
Serious hipster cruise. Like on a ship.
Startups looking to skim carbon dioxide from the atmo. Bill Gates thinks it's a good idea, says his money.
Virginia politicians second-guess mandatory pre-abortion vaginal probing.
Analysts predict soaring national debt under all GOP contenders' tax plans—except for Ron Paul's.
Thrash metal endorsements for 2012: Megadeth dude supports Santorum.
The Daily Word in Sheriff Joe, the Governor needs a hairdresser and the Death Star IRL
The Supreme Court will review
racial profiling affirmative action .
R.I.P. journalist Marie Colvin, killed in Syria.
Nuclear inspectors kicked out of Iran.
Elliot Spitzer explains why Mitt Romney's campaign is collapsing.
Gov. Martinez' hair stylist refuses to cut her hair until she changes her stance on gay marriage.
Indiana lawmaker says Girl Scouts are a "radicalized organization" promoting "homosexual lifestyles."
Sheriff Joe Arpaio to release the results of his investigation into President Obama's birth certificate.
Georgia Democrats proposing vasectomy limitations in response to proposed abortion prohibitions.
Producer for "Amazing Race" found dead in Uganda.
Fox News needs a new chart designer.
Waterworld found by the Hubble telescope.
14-year-old about to graduate from college. WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPRESS?
One of the nine disembodied feet discovered on Vancouver shore has been identified.
Long list of ancient computers still being used.
This San Juan Mountain Bigfoot footage "appears" to be authentic.
How many gigs of data does your vibrator hold?
Don't fall for these brainwashing techniques!
Lemmy doesn't want you to buy the $600 Motörhead box set even though it comes with a sweet chrome skull.
A bunch of economic students figured out how much it would cost to build a Death Star.
No one ever likes Worf's dumb ideas on Star Trek TNG.
Have you been looking for a new squirrel recipe?
State Axes Cap-and-Trade
After more than a year of death-defying escapes, an environmental rule was repealed on Monday, Feb. 6, with a unanimous vote by a Gov. Susana Martinez-appointed board.
It’s Gov. Martinez’ bash, and she’ll pack it with controversy if she wants to
Grading schools and teachers
In this week’s issue, longtime Alibi contributor and State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, wrote about the great teacher debate rampaging across the country. How do we improve our schools?
Some folks—like New Mexico’s public education secretary, Hanna Skandera—want to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores. This is being explored in various school districts nationwide. In some cases, teacher pay is determined by how well students do on standardized tests.
The details of how this would work in New Mexico haven’t yet been unveiled. But Ortiz y Pino predicts we’ll hear more about it during the legislative session, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
In the meantime, the state graded all our schools. It’s not looking good. There are more Fs than As:
Look up specific schools here.
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The Great Teacher Debate
Guv to tie schools and pay to test scores
Year in Review: News
Best and Worst of 2011
It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times
The Daily Word in the end of the Iraq War, the NAACP and the Golden Globes
The Iraq War is over, and the remaining troops are coming home.
Feds issue a scathing report of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying his treatment of Hispanics constitutes extensive civil rights violations.
Man sentenced to 10 years for distributing oxymorphone pills at a party. A 15-year-old died.
Top five places your car will get stolen in Albuquerque.
The Army made a sandwich that's good for two years.
Golden Globe nominees.
CEOs in America enjoyed a pay hike between 27 percent and 40 percent last year.
African-American legislator called the governor a Mexican.
Nob Hill merchants are banding together for a sales day today after that apocalyptic windstorm besieged the Shop and Stroll.
Girl forced to eat jalapeños on nacho day at a Rio Rancho elementary.
Michael Jackson's daughter on that mask her dad made her wear.
The AG's looking to throw the book at Jerome Block Jr.
Chomsky encourages occupiers to keep going through neighborhood-based political organizing.
The most boring celebs of 2011.
The Daily Word in lions, commoners and mixtapes
UNM students protest Chick-fil-A for donating money to groups that oppose gay rights.
Sarah the lion at the zoo has died.
KOB grills Occupy Albuquerque protesters for solutions.
“We have a permit. It’s called the Constitution.” —Occupy Boston.
Gov. Susana Martinez’ PAC took in thousands during the legislative session, though state law prohibits politicos from doing so directly.
Target promises to sell only sustainable seafood by 2015.
Gawker dubs FOX News article on funny, sexy women possibly the most horrifying thing ever written.
Top headline of the day: Why are these galaxies bending like crazy snakes?
Slutoween is coming!
King of Bhutan marries a commoner. Trendy.
Why some women are not getting married.