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The Daily Word in Doritos Roulette, Sarah Palin opened her mouth and Insane Clown Posse fans are a "gang"

A Mason Jar exploded in the Jemez Mountains.

A prisoner escaped from MDC.

New Mexico made the top of another list, this time for slowest internet speeds in the nation.

Obama is asking Congress for 4 million dollars to help deal with all the unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the US-Mexico border.

Insane Clown Posse's lawsuit over their "gang" status was tossed out.

State declarations and nuclear-free zones.

Sarah Palin is calling for President Obama's impeachment.

"Doctor Death" Jack Kevorkian's Deathmobile (a bubble window VW microbus, a real deathtrap!) was purchased from a Detroit pawnshop.

One fifth of Detroit is slated for demolition.

Three new species of mushroom were found in a package of dried mushrooms from China.

If you live in Canada you can try the new Doritos flavor: "Doritos Roulette".

Arts

Their Hearts Into Art

Incarcerated students’ work exhibits ingenuity and passion


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Ronald Chavez aka Dreamer
“Envelope art is a strong tradition in the jails,” says Juli Cobb. “We will have a number of them displayed at the Library. Most students work with ball point pens and the detail and shading is remarkable.”
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Hendrick Yellowhorse
“Envelope art is a strong tradition in the jails,” says Juli Cobb. “We will have a number of them displayed at the Library. Most students work with ball point pens and the detail and shading is remarkable.”
Where Juli Cobb teaches, the school uniform is orange, the attendance rate is almost perfect, and the atmosphere can be stressful: “There are doors that clang and dogs that come in and sniff things,” she says.

Cobb’s art students are inmates at the Bernalillo Metropolitan Detention Center. They study at the Gordon Bernell Charter Schoolone of only two full high schools in the US housed in a jail. (The other one is in San Francisco.)

The students have to be creative at developing projects from the get-go. “I can’t bring many things in there that are second nature to an art teacher,” Cobb says. Everything is a potential weapon, including scissors and heavy objects. Even ink is forbidden in order to prevent illicit prison tattoos.

So when they were supposed to design objects for the OFFCenter Community Arts Project’s “Albuquirky Little Houses” Silent Auction, for which artists usually construct diminutive homes out of wood, Cobb was at a loss. She bunted the problem to her class and the resourceful students decided to draw the shapes onto paper and collage together the walls of each house.

Quirky houses decorated by Gordon Bernell students
Ron Breen
Quirky houses decorated by Gordon Bernell students
Home is where I left my heART: Writings and Art for Our Families from Afar, the Gordon Bernell students’ upcoming exhibit at the Special Collections Library (423 Central NE), will put similar creative solutions on display with a collaborative quilt of collages expressing memories of the students' kitchen tables and several collaborative mosaics of mini-masterpiece paintings. In addition, you can scope envelope art, handmade poetry books and more from Cobb’s students and those of colleague and co-exhibit coordinator Andrea Fletcher.

Cobb’s average students are in their early twenties to mid-thirties. “If they have a GED but they don’t have a diploma, they can take classes,” Cobb explains. The students tend to be highly motivated yet extremely unsure of themselves. Unlike some teenage “know-it-alls” in regular high schools, these older students suffer from real problems with self-esteem. And when students come in depressed, “something is going on.” Are they worrying about a court date? Are they missing their children?

However, mostly the students are lighthearted in class. “I’ve got a ton of students now that I care about,” Cobb says. “The classes are so joyful. They love being in school.” See that love and redemption shining through at the opening reception for Home is where I left my heart on Thursday, May 22, from 4 to 6:30pm.

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Home is where I left my heART:
Writings and Art for Our Families from Afar
opening reception

Exhibit continues through June 21

Thursday, May 22, 4 to 6:30pm

Special Collections Library
423 Central NE
abclibrary.org/specialcollections, 848-1376
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am-6pm; Thursday 11am-7pm; closed Sunday and Monday
news

The Daily Word in Anal Obsessed Cops, Crack Smoking Mayors and Perfect (Mechanical) Students

Don't forget to use your turn signal in New Mexico. Our cops are waaaay into butts.

Bill de Blasio becomes New York City's first Democratic mayor in 20 years. Some say his son's impressive Afro made the difference.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack, but it was probably when he was "in a drunken stupor," so no big deal.

Teachers who complain about students on social media should probably stop doing that. Especially if their status update contains the words "I can just kill these kids."

But here's a perfect student: a 240-year old mechanical boy that can be programmed to write just about anything.

And the Metropolitan Detention Center faces more overcrowding: This time it's from 30,000 pounds of unpopped popcorn.

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The Daily Word in divorce, child support, gay marriage in Maine and Swedish pizza

Former Republican Congressional candidate Gary Smith is accused of slashing opponent Janice Arnold-Jones' tires.

Albuquerque Journal editorial endorses cessation of Metropolitan Detention Center's methadone program.

Joe Arpaio is in the news again.

Kansas seeks to force sperm donor to pay child support for lesbian couple's kid.

The woman who was gang raped in New Delhi died.

Congress renewed the FISA act without any of the amendments that might have protected Americans' digital privacy.

Gay marriage is now legal in Maine.

Video of Russian cops giving hugs.

Did the U.S. government kill Marilyn Monroe because she was a commie?

Interesting history of clothing sizes.

Silvio Berlusconi will pay his former wife 132,000 dollars a day according to their divorce settlement.

Kittens on album covers.

Swedes like kabobs on their pizza.

In 1997 this was a dark day for the fowl of Hong Kong.

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The Daily Word in Lindsey Graham, methadone at MDC, The Farm, and the unicorn's lair

The Metropolitan Detention Center is planning to end their methadone treatment program.

The Albuquerque Journal bought the Rio Rancho Observer.

What is the Journal publisher thinking?

The higher admission fees for the Rio Grande Zoo take effect on Sunday.

Comprehensive coverage of the Chinese "aircraft carrier style" meme.

The Chinese government finally got the owner of a house in the middle of the road to move out so they could demolish it.

A utility pole materialized in the middle of a road in Quebec.

"When I Say Jesus, You Say Die," Foggy Mountain Blasphemy" and other bargain bin record finds.

So you want to grow a mustache.

Why was Christian Slater's vote rejected in Florida?

Learn about Argentina's infamous "Death Flights" during the 1970's and 80's.

Stephen Gaskin's commune The Farm is still around.

The Farm founder Stephen Gaskin's wife, Ina May Gaskin, wrote the book on American midwifery.

The North Koreans have discovered the remains of a unicorn and it's lair.

Today is World AIDS Day.

Girls dressed as modern conveniences.

Lindsey Graham reminds us that the Guantanamo prisoners don't want to steal our cars.

There is a vampire in Zarozje,
Serbia.

On this day in 1986 the beautiful Musee d'Orsay opened in Paris.


News

City to pipe landfill methane to the jail

One of the tidbits in this week’s Council Watch got a lot of attention. Albuquerque is going to build a line from a local dump to our Westside lockup. The excess methane that’s usually burned off at the landfill with be used to heat water in the jail’s boiler room.

It’s predicted the project will save the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center thousands every year for about a century.

V.21 No.4 | 1/26/2012

Council Watch

A No-Bike Road

Bicyclists spoke out about the first-ever bike ban on a 3,000-foot stretch of Chappell between Osuna and Singer. Signs stating "no bicycles" went up in early January. The city says that stretch is too dangerous for cycling.

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V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011

Culture Shock

Enter the Valentine’s Day Card Contest or Die

Valentine’s Day is largely a corporate farce designed to sell cards, candy and conflict diamonds. If you are sans significant other, it’s guaranteed to make you feel worse about yourself.

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