Big things have been happening in North Dakota. "Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota emerged as climate change heroes when, with little political clout or media spotlight, they halted construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline." The proposed pipeline violated Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as it would cross Sioux land and any potential spills would contaminate the tribe's drinking water. Read Mark Sundeen's excellent report from the camp.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he's stepping down from his seat in parliament today, citing conflict of interest. This news comes three months after he resigned as PM of the country, after his failed campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. His successor as PM, Theresa May, is overseeing the process of Brexit. Cameron's resignation is effective immediately.
After a video hit the internet of Hillary Clinton appearing to stumble -- and possibly faint -- after a 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday, pundits have been quick to latch onto claims of the failing health of the Democratic presidential nominee. Several hours after the incident, Clinton's physician released a note saying that she'd been diagnosed with pneumonia. Some have said that her health could be a serious issue in the election. I think that attending a memorial service in Manhattan summer heat despite having pneumonia speaks volumes about Clinton's tenacity.
China and Russia have launched eight days of joint naval drills in the South China Sea. The sea that the UN said that China had no rights over. So, yeah.
There's a temporary ceasefire in effect in Syria, due to a deal brokered by the US and Russia. The ceasefire will ensure that Syrian government forces will stop airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in an attempt to flush out rebel forces. This time is also being used for much-needed humanitarian aid to be delivered to besieged areas like Aleppo.
Influential New Mexican civil rights leader, former NM Supreme Court Justice, World War II fighter pilot and all around chingón Dan Sosa Jr. died at age 92. He passed through the gate while residing in the same home he was born at, an adobe home in Las Cruces built by his abuelo in the mid 19th century.
Over at the local daily, Winthrop Quigley writes lovingly about New Mexico icon Mabel Dodge Luhan and her inimitable influence on American intellectual and cultural thinking.
Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson took a serious, foreign-policy related stumble while visiting with the folks at MSNBC.
The New Mexico State Fair comes but once a year; now it's here, now it's here.
Our state's Attorney General, Hector Balderas, wrote to the US Department of Education yesterday, asking them to protect students following the sudden closure of for-profit college ITT Tech, which had a campus in Burque.
Netflix new Western, "Godless," began filming in the land of enchantment this week.
Meanwhile, Thomas Lee at the San Francisco Chronicle says a "demonstration city" to be built in New Mexico faces "long odds."
The economy of Milan, New Mexico may suffer because of the Department of Justice decision to phase out private prisons across the United States.
"Roylee Luna of Albuquerque caught and released a 22-inch lake trout while fishing the river below Heron Dam on Sunday. He was using a black woolly bugger."
Meanwhile in Malawi, a "heartless burglar" was will spend the next seven years in remand.
A rainy summer up north means more mosquitoes in Manitoba.
A Channel NewsAsia-Institute of Policy Studies survey found that racism is still an issue in Singapore.
The leader of Nepal's newly formed government will meet with the Indian Prime Minister to discuss economic aid for the struggling Himalayan nation.
Here's an update from Aleppo.
A young man residing in the Vale of South Glamorgan was busted for selling cannabis, but avoided jail.
Jigging for squid was recently banned at Nantucket's town pier.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.
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 four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so." R.I.P, Gore Vidal.
Onlookers laugh at the mayor of London stuck on a zip line.
Syrian government forces use warplanes in Aleppo, while rebels employ "heavy weapons, including tanks."
A.P.D. hasn't been adequately tracking their weapons, according to internal audit.
Albuquerque "spice" traced back to China.
Rio Grande Foundation takes the mayor to task for proposed Railyard redevelopment.
Romney's swing state woes.
Olympic badminton players lost on purpose.
A bipartisan deal actually moves forward in Washington, D.C.
The "pepper-spray cop" of UC Davis doesn't work there any more.
Modern human behavior traced back 44,000 years.
Geez, these two are adorable.
Government forces in Syria step up efforts to drive the rebels out of Aleppo, the country’s biggest city.
Albuquerque plans to expand its free spay and neuter program to include moderate income households. Make Bob Barker proud.
Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen denies doping allegations after smoking the competition.
Brazilian judoka Felipe Kitadai breaks his bronze medal in the shower.
More than half of India—or 600 million people—is still without power.
Snoop Dogg is now Snoop Lion in light of his transformation to Rastafarianism.
Peter Jackson announces a third Hobbit film and plans to incorporate Tolkien’s appendices.
Mitt Romney didn’t mean what he said regarding his disparaging remarks about Palestine.
Romney’s aide tells reporters to “kiss his ass” in Poland.
Beware, beware, the haunted pizzeria of Louisiana.
A man is bitten by a shark in Cape Cod, and lives to talk about it.
The top 25 brands from the ‘90s ... and who wore them.
R.I.P., Sherman Hemsley.
Gun sales surge after Aurora movie shooting.
Glock Inc. sued by L.A. policeman who was shot by his 3-year-old.
Is your pastor packing heat?
Researchers focus on women for new AIDS prevention methods in Africa.
Mass shutdown of L.A.'s medical marijuana dispensaries.
Public outrage in Anaheim after two deadly police shootings.
Notorious Maricopa County sheriff tries to refute himself in court.
Kim Jong-un's "mystery woman" turns out to be his new wife/comrade.
New Jersey super blew the lid on NYPD undercover operation.
Young boy commits "unusual and serious breach" of security.
80-year-old lobster rescued from the dinner table.