Daily Word in California Wildfires, US airstrikes in Libya, and hot air balloon crashes
A wildfire that broke out in central California a week ago has now grown to 40,000 acres—that's the size of San Francisco. The fire has destroyed 40 buildings, displaced 500 people, and killed one. The severity of the fire is in large part due to California's years-long drought.
Syrian rebels shot down a Russian helicopter in Aleppo today. All 5 aboard the helicopter were killed. This comes amid deadly fighting in eastern Aleppo, where rebels are trying to break government control.
The US has launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya, the Pentagon said today. The strikes were requested by the Libyan government.
Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Chicago, releases his book Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row this week. The book examines how "zero tolerance" policing can pit those most in need of help—the poor, addicts and homeless—against each other, through the lens of Stuart's five year study on the street corners of Skid Row, one of the poorest and most policed neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You can read an excerpt of the book here.
The Board of Elections and Registration in Sparta, GA., has been systematically questioning the voters' registrations of 180 of its Black residents. Those residents have been subpoenaed by deputies and asked to appear in court to prove their residence and defend their registration. This is one of many instances of voter discrimination that have caught national attention since three years ago, when the Supreme Court repealed the mandate that changes in voter registration must be pre-cleared by the Justice Department.
The Daily Word in Lybian extremists, teachers' strike, Jason Sudeikis returns
The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other American diplomats have been killed by suspected religious extremists in Lybia.
Factory fires kill at least 314 people in Pakistan.
Chicago Teachers Union strike most likely won't be resolved today.
APD Police Chief gives his program a stand-up 94% on their report card.
Apple slips up.
Notre Dame is headed to the ACC in all sports except for football.
McDonald's will soon start including calorie counts on their menus ... dang it, I hate guilt.
Apparently NBC feels that Kris Jenner's boobs are more important than a 9/11 moment of silence.
Jason Sudeikis is returning to SNL!
Hard core, back-in-the-day, super legit snowball fight.
The Daily Word in newspapers, cop-sex, and JSOC
Vote for the best animated T.V. theme.
"Alcohol doesn't make you behave badly, it just stops you from caring...."
Two major Beijing newspapers suddenly have a new "publisher:" the Propaganda Bureau.
There is no safer place to invest your money than print media, according to... The Onion.
Ten enduring myths about the U.S. space program.
New Mexico State Police cop caught copulating on car in front of canine has been fired.
Update on the New Mexico based Lone Ranger film shoot that is on hold.
Excellent Washington Post article about the recent exponential growth of JSOC, the United States' "secret army."
Berlusconi calls Italy "Shitaly." OK, he only said "shitty," but that's his cross to bear.
On this day in 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right.
The Daily Word 8.23.2011 with no more tailgating, no drugs in Amy Winehouse, no more bears in the Heights
Sorry, 49ers fans; no more tailgating after the game starts.
A Long Island winery makes 9/11-themed wines, priced at $19.11 each ...
The immense Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is unveiled at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Alcohol, but no illegal drugs, are found in Amy Winehouse’s toxicology report.
Hurricane Irene is set to hit eastern North Carolina.
Mayor Bloomberg wants red light cameras at every intersection in NYC.
Juan Tabo is open again after authorities tranquilized a bear this morning.
Photos from a nasty fire and flood at Dixon’s Apple Orchard.
This will make you feel old; the web is now officially older than incoming college freshmen.
An ancient Roman shipwreck is found that was probably used in the transportation of wine.
The Daily Word 5.6.11
Eat more salt, off-shore drilling bill, al Qaeda threats and sea monsters
Al Qaeda is mad and making some threats against the U.S.
Kurdish separatists are mad and making some threats against Turkey.
France kicks out Libyan diplomats; Russia and China stick up for Libya.
House passes Republican-sponsored bill to expand off-shore drilling.
Study shows you should probably eat more salt.
Oh no, county officials got free concert tickets!
D.C. schools receive envelopes full of white powder, but no illnesses or deaths.
Access Industries takes over Warner Music.
You could buy the Home Alone house.
Scientists find proof of ancient sea monster fisticuffs.
The Daily Word: Gary For President, iPhones Track Your Every Move, Glowing Pork
Former governor Gary Johnson skips the exploratory committee and announces he is running for president.
UNM President David Schmidly says he won't seek contract extension.
Your iPhone keeps a record of everywhere you go.
Homemade bombs found at mall near Columbine High School.
How to get ready to be fired.
Stranger catches toddler falling from Florida hotel balcony.
People fake being sick to get sympathy online.
Michigan police are using cellphone hacking devices during routine traffic stops.
BP sues Transocean for at least $40 billion for the Gulf oil disaster.
The Weird Al / Lady Gaga feud appears settled.
A professor vanished into another dimension.
Director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo and Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer Chris Hondros were killed in Libya.
Glee extra tweets career-ending spoiler.
Looks like Gordon Ramsay has a real kitchen nightmare on his hands. Get it?
It's science: cancelled TV shows make you sad.
How did you think you'd look in junderpants?
Something tells me this guy is in a gang.
Make a bunny rabbit cake for Easter!
Glowing blue pork found in China.
Jerry Seinfeld pulls out of a Donald Trump-sponsored benefit.
Robot throws out first pitch, chokes.
The Daily Word: Government shutdown, another earthquake,
Student says Cibola told her: You're either a boy or a girl, so no pantsuit at graduation.
See video of a San Juan County sheriff's deputy beating a guy in the head with his flashlight.
Another quake hits Japan.
President Obama says there won't be a government shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's going to happen.
What it would mean to you.
If the government does shut down, Congress will still be paid as usual.
The Recording Academy will no longer offer a Grammy for Native American music.
Land Comish Powell returned White Peak to the nature-loving and -hunting public.
16 campus security officers (called "narcs" at my ABQ high school) were slashed from the APS budget.
Read an interview with the journalist who was captured and then released in Libya.
Can we blame Britain for everything?
Alec Baldwin says "30 Rock" ends next year.
A history of stoner movies.
The Daily Word with Lindsay Lohan as Sharon Tate, Conflict in the Ivory Coast, Sperm-Killing Phones and Laptops
Are phones and laptops contributing to low sperm counts?
Two Americans, including an MMA fighter, were shot and killed execution-style at the Tijuana border.
Obama calls upon U.N. and French forces to the Ivory Coast after former president Laurent Gbagbo refuses to leave.
Gamers are becoming physically ill after playing Nintendo’s new 3DS console.
Japan’s ocean radiation is 7.5 million times the legal limit.
Gadhafi’s forces in Libya are now starting to use human shields during airstrikes.
Lindsay Lohan could be playing the role of Sharon Tate in an upcoming Charles Manson-inspired film.
Are ultra-realistic 3D movies becoming just way too damned creepy?
A SWAT conflict at the Rodeway Inn on Menaul ends in a suicide.
UConn defeated Butler last night to win the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in probably the worst game I’ve ever seen.
The Daily Word: Giffords, Libya defections, bug-eating
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.
The Daily Word: Self-immolation, Bernalillo health stats, cosmic disco and bossa nova
Man set himself on fire in the Lowes on Paseo del Norte.
The most detailed health data by county ever compiled: here are Bernalillo’s stats.
No one lives in Chinese ghost cities.
BK nuggets dissected.
Sixty useless stock photos.
Gold mine of cosmic disco and late ‘70s electronic avant garde.
Happy birthday, Astrud Gilberto!
The Daily Word 3.26.11: No confidence vote for Stephen Harper; marionettes; The Beardpick Challenge; TMZ style Gandhi revelation
Geraldine Ferraro is dead.
Elizabeth Taylor lives on in pictures.
Bill Maher has found the perfect anti-Obama GOP presidential candidate and his name is Karab Amabo.
The FBI still doesn't know who was behind the anthrax-letters in 2001.
Police in Texas took a woman into custody for driving without a license. The cops left her two year old kid behind in the car.
Brett Michaels claims his stroke was caused by a Spinal Tap styled stage mishap. AND he's suing over it. W/ video!
"Where there's smoke, there's fried chicken." Latest Rio Grande Sun Police Blotter.
Get a %25 discount at a Santa Fe smoke shop if your pic... uh, mugshot, appears in the "Jailbyrd" free newspaper.
On this day in 1885, the Second Louis Riel Rebellion began at Duck Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Daily Word: Earthquake in Myanmar, jet fuel, sperm from scratch
7.0 earthquake hits Myanmar.
Jet fuel from Kirtland leaks into a neighborhood.
UNM proposes 8 percent tuition hike.
Lobo Village dorms to allow alcohol, but planners never mentioned it to the City Council.
Gov. Martinez is not done on the driver's license issue.
Scientists grew sperm from scratch outside the body.
Without serotonin, male mice lose their preference for females.
In 2009, Gaddafi demanded energy companies from around the world help him cover his bill for acts of terrorism.
Palestinian missiles getting closer to urban areas near Tel Aviv.
An interview with the clowns of ICP.
The Daily Word: God's Wife, Red Light Cameras, RIP Elizabeth Taylor, Strip Search
Howard Dean defends Obama's decision to attack
Lybia Libya: This time our government isn't lying to us.
South Dakota now requires a three day wait before an abortion.
Albuquerque is losing money on red light cameras.
Homeland Security says they could strip search every airline passenger if they wanted to.
13 illegal immigrants arrested in California wearing US Marine uniforms.
Seven black men shot and killed so far this year in Miami.
Another thing to worry about: the status of US nuclear spent-fuel storage.
Fox News is sending security guards do its war reporting.
The town of Bernalillo files suit against NM Gas Company to recover damages from last month's gas outages.
Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler is resigning from his position.
Maybe you should help James O'Keefe pay off his credit card debt.
Should you give money to homeless people?
Was God's wife edited from the Bible?
Finish those episodes of Dexter and Weeds quickly, Showtime won't be renewing it's contract with Netflix to stream them instantly.
Iran unveils its flying saucer to the world.
Elderly man stoned to death for making gay advance.
Beloved old-timey actress Elizabeth Taylor is dead at 79.
Whatever you do, don't take a picture of this guy's mohawk.
Someone found a 50-million-year old piece of lizard skin.
I'm not sure what to think about the costume for the new Wonder Woman TV show.
Barella redesigns its spaghetti box to announce it is redisgning its spaghetti box.
Is your blog among the 100 web sites the movie and music industry want shut down?
I guess yesterday's rumors of Charlie Sheen coming back to Two And A Half Men weren't true.
The Lord of the Rings is finally being released on Blu-Ray this summer (not that I have a Blu-Ray player).
For some reason I really identify with Paranoid Parrot.
Coming soon: Koala burgers.
Twenty-five police officer fails.
Seven supermarket rip-offs.
I haven't watched the Masters of the Universe in a long time, but I don't remember He-Man being all sweary.
The Daily Word featuring Twitter growing up, Libya going crazy, South Park creators getting Mormon
A New York Times photographer was taken hostage and sexually assaulted in Libya. She took some incredible photos.
Already, this ridiculous Libyan faux-conflict is already costing several billion dollars.
This man brought an open can of beer to his DWI court appearance.
The Quran is found “guilty,” burned in a Florida church.
Get ready for Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.”
People are signing an online petition to have Apple remove a “gay cure” app.
This Albuquerque man went in to cardiac arrest and later died after being tased by police.
So that’s where my WWII-era machine gun went...
This man was so pissed off that Taco Bell burritos went up in price, he started firing at police. They’re not real anyway, dude.
Stand by Me? These kids in Texas find a human skull while fishing.
OMG, it’s Twitter’s fifth birthday!
...And this N.C. historian is telling the story of the Civil War through Twitter.
The Daily Word: .xxx, menthols, fast food
Roundhouse 2011: Bills on driver's licenses, social promotion and capital outlay fail.
Gov. Martinez promises to veto a tax that would keep New Mexico's unemployment fund afloat.
The cleanest fast-food joints in town.
First lady gives APS teacher a grant to install a salad bar at his school. But APS doesn't want it.
30 puppies may be euthanized in Las Cruces.
Fire breaks out on the roof of a nuclear reactor in Japan.
Menthols may be harder to quit, says FDA.
Porn industry and religious groups unite in hatred over .xxx web suffix.
Rich countries are eating so much quinoa, Bolivians (who lived of it for centuries) can't afford it.
The world's most perfect steak can be found in Idaho, says globe-circling book writer.