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It's Wednesday, May 7th,

and Governor Susanna Martinez, tireless crusader against conflicts of interest in government, is holding a high-powered fundraising dinner for her re-election bid at the home of a lobbyist in Maryland,

following a take-over of the last meeting, City Councilors in Albuquerque are taking steps to keep too much democracy from interfering with the next one,

and APD released footage of their most recent shooting— they only show the moments after the suspect was already dead, but at least we now know that officers properly handcuffed the corpse.

Meanwhile,

a new study shows that Google users are increasingly worried about the NSA logging their searches and are therefore avoiding the use of "trouble words" like "nuclear facility" and "organized crime,"

a Kickstarter campaign for "cricket chips"—-which are exactly what they sound like--met and surpassed its goal,

and physicists smashed a bunch of atoms together and created the 117th known element. They call it "element 117."

Have a great day!

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The NAACP is suing the city

Yesterday, the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed a discrimination lawsuit in District Court against the city of Albuquerque. It accuses the city of treating African-American employees differently on the basis of race.

The lawsuit charges that the city does not promote African-American workers, pays them less and asks extra work of them without compensation. They are also subject to harassment and intimidation, according to the lawsuit.

The city demands that African-American employees “perform menial and demeaning tasks,” states the lawsuit, and requires them “to adhere to unwritten policies and procedures” that don’t apply to other city workers. “This conduct is continuing and is pervasive,” according to the suit.

In June, the NAACP filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a national agency that ensures federal discrimination laws are enforced. In September, the commission told Albuquerque’s NAACP that it was within its rights to take the issue to court.

The African-American employees of the city will be represented as a class by the Law Office of Brad Hall. The suit says they’ve suffered “loss of income and benefits, damage to their reputation, severe emotional distress, [and] disruption of their career,” among other things.

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The Daily Word 4.29.11

Morocco cafe bomb, dolphin podcast, Superman's citizenship

Terrorist attack shreds a Morrocan cafe.

Meteorologists showed live footage of tornadoes approaching.

New regulations aimed at food marketing to help reign in childhood obesity.

Superman threatens to renounce US citizenship.

Del Norte high school football coach popped for second DWI.

Nearly half a million dollars misused around an NHCC fresco causes scandal.

Hilarious minor differences illuminated by The Oatmeal.

Some researchers say dolphins are too smart for captivity.

Kia Motors recalls cars whose gas tanks fall off.

Malfunction delays space shuttle launch.

National Institutes of Health get favorable ruling on stem cell research.

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V.18 No.32 | 8/6/2009
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is a suspected al-Qaeda member incarcerated in Guantánamo and represented by Nancy Hollander.

News Profile

The Most Important Cases in America

Albuquerque lawyer defends Guantánamo prisoners—and our justice system

Nancy Hollander's been fighting the government since she was a teenager.

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V.18 No.26 | 6/25/2009
Jeremy Reynalds
joyjunction.org

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No Shelter

Code violations at the old Westside jail prevent its use as an emergency summer sanctuary

Joy Junction is turning away between five and nine men every night, says Jeremy Reynalds, the shelter's founder and CEO. He says the economy is spitting out more folks than Joy Junction can take in. "We are seeing more people."

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