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V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
The Handsome Family
Eric Williams


The Handsome Family’s Americana Gothic

Talking metaphor, Wilderness and Custer’s corpse

By Geoffrey Plant
Geoffrey Plant chats with The Handsome Family’s Brett and Rennie Sparks at their Albuquerque home.
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V.21 No.48 |


The Daily Word in fat stacks, emo countries and Roasted Turkey Doritos

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Nov 29 2012 9:02 AM ]
The Daily Word

Someone in Arizona and someone in Missouri bought the winning tickets for the $587.5 million jackpot.

Ask two people in New Mexico to spot you some cash because this morning, they're millionaires.

Feds to probe the culture of APD.

Prompted by religion, a ENMU graduate returned toilet paper he stole from the school years ago.

The world's most emo countries, color-coded.

On Monday, there was no no violent crime in NYC. That anyone knows of.

And fast-food workers there go on strike.

The immortal jellyfish ages backward.

People in India arrested for political Facebook posts.

AP Style Guide—the rulebook for most media—bans the use of "homophobia" in favor of something "more neutral" ... ?

Holiday flavorcountry: Roasted Turkey Doritos.

Down in the dumps? There's a good chance you're going to spend your money foolishly. (Plus: Studies making fun of your spending habits a surefire cure for depression.)

Pro wrestler wants his Romney tattoo erased from his face.

V.21 No.47 |


The Daily Word in APD probe, Miley's pig and milk for inmates

By Nick Brown and Co. [ Tue Nov 27 2012 10:19 AM ]
The Daily Word

U.S. Justice Department announces it will investigate APD.

APD officer accused of encouraging neighbors to brawl to settle a dispute.

Smoking is dumb for you.

Best prank ever. By which we mean freaking scariest.

Napping baby art.

San Juan County inmates nearly riot over lack of milk at breakfast.

That Facebook privacy notice everyone's posting won't help you at all.

Bigfoot DNA results. Finally.

Albuquerque Authorities name their baby rhino Chopper rather than Bonbornio.

Scared red panda.

PETA gave Miley Cyrus a pig for her birthday. She didn't get it.

Fiona Apple cancels a tour to spend time with her dying pit bull, Janet.

L.A. might ban circuses from having pachyderms. (Also, best Primus song.)

Worst logos ever.

Happy birthday, Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix.

V.21 No.46 |


The Daily Word in BP, poorest president and Pong

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Nov 15 2012 10:27 AM ]
The Daily Word

BP's looking at a $4.5 billion fine and criminal charges against staff members.

The gap between rich and poor in New Mexico is the widest in the nation.

Pit bull terriers killed a Chihuahua and sent her owner to the hospital.

Debbie O'Malley might remain on the Council and take a seat on the County Commission.

Remember when 48 women training for the military said they'd been sexually assaulted or harassed by their instructors? The Air Force has a weird solution: Trainees must have a wingman all the time.

Nonstop flights from Albuquerque to New York.

FBI investigates death threats against the guy holding the coyote-killing contest in Los Lunas.

The poorest president in the world. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them."

Violence escalates in Gaza and Israel. Rockets kill 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.

Louisiana governor is the first Republican to denounce Mitt Romney's notion that he lost the election because President Obama gave gifts to minorities and youth.

5-Hour Energy shot-like drink blamed for 13 deaths.

Colorado Visitors Bureau plans NOT to capitalize on legal recreational marijuana.

Science looks at rappers' brains to find the basis of improvisation.

Pong is 40-years-old and no one has topped it, says this guy.

How to become as observant as Sherlock Holmes. (Also, "Sherlock," the BBC miniseries available on Netflix instawatch, is dope.)

V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012


The Daily Word in dog cop, Hoffa and Morrisey

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 27 2012 11:02 AM ]
The Daily Word

27-year-old Abiquiú writer wins $53,000 on “Jeopardy.”

A KRQE interview with Chris Johnson, co-ower of the Weekly Alibi who also founded The Onion.

Schools around town give Breathalyzer tests to see if students are drunk.

In Vaughn, N.M., the only member of the police force is a dog.

How to casually exit a semitruck smash.

Is the Earth trying to shake us off?

British words creeping into American English.

What’s the deal with gluten?

Samuel L. Jackson curses his way through a children’s story in the name of politics.

Hand gestures can tell you what’s really going on.

Police look for Jimmy Hoffa under a driveway in Detroit.

Romney can’t keep his lines straight on health care.

Mexican navy captures top Los Zetas guy.

Controversial Morrisey stances.

A letter from teenage Morrisey about how the Ramones are rubbish.

Honey Boo Boo nickname generator.

The worst children’s toys ever.

V.21 No.35 | 8/30/2012


The Daily Word in Johnny Tapia, Cypress Hill and food waste

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Aug 23 2012 1:05 PM ]
The Daily Word

APD made an arrest in connection with Tuesday’s double homicide of Kirsten Landeau of the Duke City Darlins and her nephew. (The Darlins are holding a vigil tomorrow.)

Johnny Tapia died of heart disease, according to his autopsy report.

A woman says she was fired from her state job after testing positive for marijuana, even though she had a medical card.

Does legalizing marijuana boost economies?

Olympic bronze medalist welcomed home to the 505.

America throws out 40 percent of its food.

Rupert Murdoch’s daughter isn’t a fan of his media empire.

Understanding Homer’s D’oh!

Zero percent of the country’s African-Americans support Mitt Romney.

Gonzo guide to the RNC.

Action movies aren’t always the worst.

Henry Rollins in column form.

Happy Birthday, Keith Moon.

Playing Cypress Hill through a squid.

V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012


The Daily Word in hipster topics, inmate heroes and Dave Mustaine

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Aug 16 2012 10:49 AM ]
The Daily Word

An inmate work crew in Las Cruces saved a man’s life.

Someone won $1 million in New Mexico but might not know it yet.

A judge told Gov. Martinez she couldn’t publish the salaries of some state workers on the Sunshine Portal. So she put them on the New Mexico home page.

Megadeth singer blames President Obama for mass shootings. And if you can’t trust Dave Mustaine about politics ...

Brits are pissed that Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum.

Can’t hang with the footage of mosquitos biting people in this story about West Nile being on the rise. Stupid nature’s vampires.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order to deny Arizonans benefits from the new federal Dream Act-esque immigration program.

This month in free speech.

The stoner Olympics.

Anti-Semitic jerk in Hungary finds out he’s Jewish.

These gorillas are all happy to see each other.

Where does all that aid money go? Haiti’s still without safe housing for most people.

How to shop for groceries when you hate shopping for groceries. (Step One: Realize that your problem is not really a problem. After all, you could be living in a tent in an earthquake-ravaged country.)

Coffee shop bans people from talking about annoying hipster stuff like denim, left-handedness and anything that happened before 2000.

Best gravel voices in movie/TV history.

V.21 No.32 |


The Daily Word in Paul Ryan, Woodward and "f-bomb"

By Marisa Demarco [ Tue Aug 14 2012 9:11 AM ]
The Daily Word

Old man accused of shootin' prairie dogs.

Folks trying to raise the minimum wage by $1 in Burque may have gathered enough signatures to demand the issue goes to voters.

Paseo/I-25 interchange off the ballot and back in councilors' laps.

"Baby Got Back" as sung by 295 movies.

Olives cure motion sickness—and other DIY remedies your mom advocates.

How to avoid Olive Garden's infinity breadsticks.

This Is Sand <----art video game

Colbert on Romney's daring veep pick: Paul Ryan's "white, Christian and male!"

Michelle Obama welcomes Ryan to the race.

First female presidential debate moderator in two decades.

Woodward (of Woodward and Bernstein, the Watergate journos) has a book coming out on President Obama.

A comedian's sister was killed in a car accident. Her insurance company, Progressive, defended the killer in court.

A year of open-source living.

Someone stole Will.I.Am's DeLorean.

17-foot python captured in Florida.

"F-bomb" added to the dictionary, along with "gastropub" and "sexting" and "mash-up."

V.21 No.25 |


The Daily Word in $3 gas, dirty veggies and peaceful Iceland

By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Jun 22 2012 8:03 AM ]
The Daily Word

Firefighters gain the upper hand in the Bosque.

Taliban attacks a hotel in Kabul.

Gas might go back down to $3 per gallon.

The Sandusky jury deliberates without hearing accusations from his foster son.

The highest temperatures on record in the U.S.

Dirty dozen list shows fruits and veggies with the most pesticides.

Police officers in Santa Fe who lie or participate in sexual misconduct can be fired immediately under a new policy.

What has come true from Blade Runner?

Find out where the rich keep their private islands.

Denham Fouts inspired his lovers and benefactors with cool disinterest.

Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world.

Cat shreds despite earthquake.

Science. It's a girl thing. Like sexiness and makeup.

The British Monarchy is hiring.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012


Trap Neuter Return spurs debate

By Marisa Demarco [ Wed Jun 20 2012 10:00 AM ]

Every month, a volunteer force traps feral felines, fixes them and then puts them back where they came from. This method is practiced nationwide and is meant to replace the standard municipal strategy: trap and kill.

TNR proponents I spoke with for my news article “Claws Out” argue that returning fixed cats to their colonies decreases feral populations. The feline resumes its position in the neighborhood without birthing more kittens. If it were simply killed, another unfixed cat would take its place.

But I also spoke with a former city shelter veterinarian, who said TNR is unethical and inhumane. She argues without disease testing, the volunteers are just dooming the cats to long, slow deaths on the street.

There are no easy answers, but here’s what you can do:

Residents can help slow the rise of feral colonies by having their pets fixed, says Jayne Sage of New Mexico Animal Friends. She also recommends that if you start feeding feral cats, you should have them spayed or neutered. "Don't wait until there's kittens."

If you meet low-income requirements, take your animal to the shelter for free or low-cost sterilization.

Animal Humane New Mexico also offers low-income spay and neuter services.

V.21 No.24 |


The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jun 14 2012 11:10 AM ]
The Daily Word

Egypt's high court orders that its parliament be dissolved.

Officers stumble across starving horses while looking for a man with a gun.

APD used stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog in the arrest of a 60-year-old man. Judge says: Pay up.

"Game of Thrones" sorry about using President Bush's head in scene about heads on pikes.

When is it OK to shoot someone in Albuquerque?

Drake and Chris Brown maybe got in a fist fight at a NY club, say police.

State's paying too much in jail and prison contracts.

The flavorful space between fresh and rotten.

Lara Croft to be put through harrowing attempted gang rape in Tomb Raider reboot so male players will feel compelled to protect her.

After a series of workers who make Apple products committed suicide, the company attempted to improve conditions. Yesterday, another worker committed suicide.

We're going to spy on Africa more.

Wine glass chess set makes for classiest drinking game ever.

Movies for women turn huge profits. So why doesn't Hollywood want to make those films? asks Meryl Streep.

Burger King's bacon sundae.

Ditch your car, city-dweller, and buy this folding pod on wheels.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012


Claws Out

Program for street cats stirs controversy

By Marisa Demarco
The city’s facing a problem: What to do with an immeasurable number of feral felines? Trap, neuter and return (TNR) efforts are the latest answer, but a veterinarian is calling the process unethical and inhumane.
V.21 No.22 |


The Daily Word in tears, serpents and lucid dreams

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu May 31 2012 8:08 AM ]
The Daily Word

Speculation on what killed Johnny Tapia

New Mexico's five corporate legislators

Meth-like bath salts may be to blame for attack of the Miami face-eater.

NYC looks to ban large sodas and sugary drinks.

"Sesame Street" composer reacts to news that his songs may have been used to torture people at Gitmo.

Buy salt made from human tears.

Serpent-handling pastor dies from a rattlesnake bite.

Porn star is suspected of murder and mailing body parts to the Conservative Party of Canada.

The rise of lucid dreaming

What it means to be gay in Iran

Supercars that go 200 mph

American nuns prepare a response to Vatican charges that they're radical feminists.

Your state in sandwich form

Nicolas Cage performs John Cage. Kinda.

V.21 No.21 |


The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard

The Daily Word

African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.

Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.

Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.

Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?

KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.

George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.

Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.

Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.

There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.

The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)

Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.

Egypt is voting for president for the first time.

Can the human race tell aliens from gods?

Beautiful rot.

MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.

V.21 No.20 | 5/17/2012


The Daily Word in marriage rights, Romney the bully and breastfeeding

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu May 10 2012 11:57 AM ]
The Daily Word

Justice Department accuses infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio of trampling civil rights in his district.

President Obama announced his support for full marriage equality, but New Mexicans don’t see it happening anytime soon.

There were Christian same-sex unions in the 10th century, says anthropologist.

Kid fell into the zebra exhibit.

Former APD union boss arrested and charged with domestic violence.

With few protections in the state, some people wind up purchasing land from folks who don’t own it.

Mitt Romney was a bully and a cutter of hair he didn’t like.

A man in his undies stabbed his computer with a samurai sword while police were looking for child porn.

Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover.

What would it be like if pterosaurs walked the Earth right now.

Fancy business types are annoyed by the way Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg dresses.

Fundamentalist Phoenix high school forfeits championship baseball game because the other team had a girl on it.

South Korea accuses North Korea of jamming GPS signals for civilian flights.

This dog is ready to play.

Double-face white shark coffee table.

Hack your triggers.

Humpback whales defend baby gray whale from orcas.

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