The Daily Word: Tornadoes, tortillas, opera, Oprah, royal wedding
Tornadoes rip through the south killing 200 people.
Instead of allowing a Gay-Straight Alliance to form, the Clovis School Board banned clubs.
Albuquerque Tortilla Company sold to Mission (!!!). ATC owners to move into barbecue.
Home prices as opera.
Is a Megadrought on its way?
Bed bugs in Burque.
Gathering of Nations events kickoff around the city tonight.
Prince Charles breakdancing.
Americans don't like princesses as much as they used to.
Some brits don't care about the wedding.
Oprah talks to Obama about his birth certificate.
Ancient medicines recovered from a shipwreck. (That sounds like a spam.)
Protest art of SB 1070.
The Daily Word 10.28.10: Volcano, Charlie Chaplin, Keith Richards,
Dems hope they can win this thing if enough voters go to the polls.
Carve a pornkin. NSFW.
Woman spotted talking on a cell phone in a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film.
Anti-abortion group campaigns for candidates outside churches.
You know who pushed SB 1070? The prison industry in Arizona. More immigrants in custody means more money.
Secretary of State's Office causing trouble for poll workers today. Shouldn't affect voters.
Sisters are good for you.
When the Lobos suck, they lose big money in ticket sales.
How the hell is Keith Richards alive?
Things may be turning around for the unemployed.
Gas station robbers in Santa Fe make away with smokes and pocket change.
"I had no idea what I was signing," says Bank of America employee.
Heroin shortage in Dublin creates a new kind of drug-dealer.
He spoke to the volcano until it killed him.
The Accidental Historian
Estevan Rael-Gálvez, executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, on discourse and identity
He was a terrible rancher. The son of a borreguero (sheep herder) in northern Taos County, Estevan Rael-Gálvez says he constantly lost his flock. Life on the farm wasn’t for him. So with his mother’s encouragement, he walked away from his family’s generations-old trade of sheep and farming in Costilla and Questa to answer his calling—academia, and ultimately a much larger world where culture, art and politics converge. July marked Rael-Gálvez' first year as the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Lively and cerebral, Rael-Gálvez has wasted no time in the influential seat, propelling the NHCC to the forefront of Hispanic cultural and political affairs both locally and nationally. One year into his service as head of this increasingly powerful institution, the Alibi invited Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez to answer our resolana-style questions (but more on that later).
Blueprint for a Dream
An undocumented student imagines a life deemed legal
Maria’s passion for architecture and work as a graduate student fall prey to one consideration: She is an undocumented student. Every life decision is hinged on how she can keep her status a secret.
The Daily Word 07.29.10: Bears and cougars, flip-flops, border guvs
Border governors will meet in Santa Fe.
The state suggests hunters should be allowed to shoot bears and cougars—not the sexy kind.
The people who broke into the zoo last month say they aren't the first.
We had a female governor for two weeks in 1924.
Tanker ruptures near the Bosque del Apache, spilling up to 40,000 gallons of fuel oil into a dry arroyo.
This doctor the Alibi wrote about in a medical marijuana story gave free hyperbaric treatments to a teen suffering severe seizures who was on the news. (Her mom says she got the seizures from the HPV vaccine.) The teen is feeling much better.
Find out who Sarah Palin is supporting in races nationwide and how those candidates are faring. An interactive graphic by WaPo.
The DoD can't account for most of the $9.1 billion slated for reconstructing Iraq, reports Good Blog.
Real bear tries to take off with stuffed bear.
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation may not need to be mouth-to-mouth.
Flip-flops are worse for you than high heels, says England.
The SB 1070 Effect
Arizona’s stiff immigration law was scheduled to take effect on Thursday, July 29. As the day drew near, opponents were sweating, hoping a court would issue at least a temporary injunction to halt SB 1070 while lawsuits proceeded. On Wednesday, July 28, District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked part of the law, which she said may be unconstitutional.
The Secret School
A teacher struggles to educate in Juárez, where extortion is the cost of doing business
A small paper sign posted near the door is all that signals there's a school inside this small, yellowed house in south Juárez. Trinidad Vasquez teaches English here with the shades drawn. Inside, he leads four of his youngest students through a scenario involving paying the phone bill in English. Vasquez’ eyes dart to the door when he hears a car horn, a siren, a shout. “OK, on to the next one,” he says to his class, “calling the utility company.”
SB 1070 Sushi Roll
While researching this week’s “Immigration Nation” roundup, I ran across word of Stingray Sushi’s SB 1070 roll. I phoned the restaurant for more info and a picture. Inside is crab meat, avocado and pico de gallo with tuna, white fish, avocado and cilantro on top. The roll is split in two by a wasabi border. “It’s one border you’re welcome to cross,” says Stingray in a news release.
Stirring your taste buds and political spittle, Stingray has two restaurants—on in Phoenix and one in Scottsdale, Az. But, the AZ mini-chain promises, “You don’t need any papers to get through the door. We only check ID for age when ordering cocktails, not status.” The roll will be available for as long as the law is tied up in court, or forever, as Stingray says.
Let’s make other SB 1070 food: Half apple pie, half empanada, says Arts Editor Patricia Sauthoff. Half wrap with cream cheese and ham, half chorizo burrito. You do some.
Frontier—in America, the word holds freedom. It implies individuality and self-reliance. "It's where we go to remake ourselves," says photographer David Taylor [See this week’s News Feature, “Port of Entry.”] Frontera on the other hand, adheres to the literal definition. It's a line, a boundary.
Port of Entry
From right and left, two men find their way to the real immigration story
When Paul Wells started working as a border patrol agent in Las Cruces 30 years ago, his station had a two-way radio and a telephone. "That was it," he says, and there were less than 2,000 agents nationwide.
This Ain’t No Girl Fight
Guv candidates brawl on immigration
You knew Denish vs. Martinez was going to be a donnybrook the second Susana Martinez declared victory on primary night. Since then, this huffing and puffing about these "ladies" not comporting themselves is not just silly, it's insulting. Welcome to modern politics. You get your love at home.
LULAC is throwing a free concert in Albuquerque this weekend featuring Ozomatli
This Saturday head to the Tingley Coliseum for a FREE concert, Voces Unidas por America. The event is sponsored by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), which is in town this week for a national convention. According to LULAC President Rosa Rosales, the concert is meant to solidify the strength of the Latino community and take a stand against Arizona’s SB 1070 and HB 2281. The show features Latin artists Pee Wee, Cristian Castro and Ozomatli.
From L.A., Ozomatli is well known for melding genres. The songs are a spicy blend of merengue, salsa and hip-hop beats. What you may not have known is that members’ creativity and political lyrics have earned them a place as U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. “Our world standing has deteriorated,” says Ulises Bella on the Ozomatli website. “I’m totally willing and wanting to give a different image of America than America has given over the last five years.”
The concert is free, but entrance requires tickets. Pick yours up at the Northeast Expo Hall at the Albuquerque Convention Center. All-ages.
The Daily Word 6.22.10: Decoy Jews, Ron Bell, Times Square Yoga
Dutch police plan to use “decoy Jews” to lure anti-Semites.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal is on thin ice after making derogatory comments about Obama in an interview.
A New York English teacher is stabbed 80 times.
The Justice Department is preparing to sue Arizona over SB 1070.
273 unreleased tracks by the Jackson Five surface.
One of the world’s largest yoga classes shuts down Times Square celebrating the first day of summer.
A 10,000-acre and growing wildfire in Arizona enters its third day.
Of course; charges against attorney Ron “I sue drunk drivers” Bell are dismissed.
Albuquerque’s new immigration status policy has already detained 63 suspects.
An angry worker at a Japanese Mazda plant runs over eleven of his co-workers, killing one.
The Daily Word 06.17.10: BP testifies, Zoo break-in, celly radiation
BP CEO testifies before the House. He says he is "deeply sorry."
Are Denish and Martinez doing their jobs? Or is campaigning a full-time gig?
Facebook photos show six people breaking into the Rio Grande Zoo and entering animal habitats.
Albuquerque's Gruet Winery in the L.A. Times.
New Mexico is parched.
Horrifying story about a local man accused of molesting a 1-year-old baby.
Fake store in Albuquerque staffed by federal agents takes in illegal weapons for a year.
After a Navajo man is branded with a swastika, Farmington is asked by the Navajo Human Rights Commission to sign a race relations-improving agreement.
Americans are exercising but still gaining weight.
Americans support SB 1070, according to a poll.
Israel to decrease the blockade and allow civilian goods into Gaza.
San Francisco will require retailers to post cell phone radiation levels.
Half vinyl, half CD, one disc-record.
What a beautiful Memorial Day weekend we've had. School's out. A nice time for our daughter to go visit the grandparents. Apparently Southwest Airlines doesn't think so.