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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Thursday, July 31, 2014

From drugs to baseball to home invasion, test your New Mexico news savvy with the Alibi pop quiz.

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News

The Daily Word in Arnold’s oasis, postmodernism, and Meteorite Museum

This week’s ABQ Journal fishing report sez you can catch catfish in the Rio Grande between here and Socorro using night crawlers, liver or stink bait; the tiger muskies at Bluewater Lake fancy hotdogs, though.

Jim Goodman at the Mountain View Telegraph likes to hike Embudito Canyon.

Last night, an Isotope homered in the PCL All-Star game.

Carlito Springs, a hidden oasis in the southern part of the Sandia Mountains – and a favorite resting spot for my old dog Arnold – will be open to the public beginning in August.

The Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary is visiting Albuquerque today on official business.

On Wednesday evening, it rained and rained some more.

Postmodernism comes to Coyote Canyon.

An alleged probation violator in Albuquerque threatened authorities with a BB gun before he was gunned down by US Marshal.

Former NM governor Toney Anaya was recently investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission; he later settled the resulting lawsuit out of court.

UNM’s Meteorite Museum at Northrop Hall is undergoing a much-needed asbestos removal process.

V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: July 17, 2014

From APD to religion to baseball, test your New Mexico news savvy with the Alibi pop quiz.

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The Daily Word in Uber, APD and APS

After hitting .309 this season and with 56 RBIs under his belt in 2014, Isotope First Baseman Clint Robinson gets called up to LA.

San Pedro Boulevard has the potential for walkability.

This sister of an APD shooting victim speaks out at World Socialist Web Site.

Uber is denied by the state Public Regulation Commission, yet continues to operate in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.

A man is suing Albuquerque Public Schools for having him arrested when he was 12.

A federal judge issued an injunction against the city of Ruidoso, N.M., over a violation of the First Amendment.

The Brookings Institution says our town is in the midst of a double dip recession.

Here is what’s going on at the vast nuclear weapons repository and 24-7 hot refueling center next door to us.

Thirty-six million dollars in Burque’s outstanding senior lien airport revenue bonds have an A+ rating, according to Fitch.

In this week’s fishing report, please note some dude named Robert “caught a 42-inch, 26-pound tiger muskie on Saturday at Bluewater Lake and later said, “It was a big, fat guy.”

V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: June 26, 2014

From VA scandal to SCOTUS to baseball, what do you know about last week’s New Mexico news? Test your recall with the Alibi pop quiz.

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The Daily Word in commie ride-sharing plots, bitey baseball players and Rio Rancho foreclosures

Lyft, a commie ride-sharing plot, is ordered to cease operations in the state.

Veteran backstop Miguel Olivo, sent down to Burque after a lackluster season upstairs in LA, is suspended after biting off part of the ear of Isotope’s teammate Alex Guerrero (who was also demoted to the farm squad after performance concerns from Dodger management).

The board of directors at the local water authority has approved a rate hike.

A hiker from Albuquerque was found dead near Taos.

Foreclosures in the large city to the northwest of Albuquerque have risen.

No video record of Mary Hawke’s fatal encounter with APD is available.

Over at Salon, a BrBa actor discusses his many deaths.

An old bottle found at our local flea market will be auctioned off for thousands of dollars.

A local mother of two and part-time math tutor says, “People who have enough money to run for Congress are only in it for themselves."

V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
“Who here wants to score some Martinis and some stewardesses?”

Film Review

Million Dollar Arm

American baseball gets some Indian spice in extremely likable, Disney-approved biopic

Disney pitches genuine feel-good sports movie with Million Dollar Arm.

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The Daily Word in grasshopper clouds, millennial habitats and synthetic drugs

Swarms of grasshoppers have been observed in many areas of Albuquerque.

Hello and goodbye, Nicolas Gregory Chili Buss.

A drought advisory has been issued by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.

A new pool for the South Valley is needed but is not funded.

The DEA is busy busting local synthetic-drug pushers.

Some bad men who beat and then kidnapped an El Paso man, driving him to Albuquerque in the process, have been sentenced to long prison terms.

There is a job fair for veterans today at the Convention Center.

Millennials have a habitat. Knowledge of that habitat can be exploited by capitalists seeking to acquire more feria.

UFO expert Alejandro Rojas posted this letter about Kirtland Air Force Base and the Paul Bennewitz controversy.

Journal columnist Leslie Linthicum, writing about the recent City Council meeting takeover, is criticized by a commenter for “keeping with Albuquerque Journal's longstanding policy of presenting uninformed corporate stoogery as journalism."

V.23 No.18 | 5/1/2014
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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: May 1, 2014

From beisbol to bicycling, sales to science—test your New Mexico news savvy with our weekly pop quiz.

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Boston Red Sox Hammer the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 to Win the World Series

Graphic courtesy of ESPN

The World Series began on Wednesday night with a blow out win by the Boston Red Sox. The Sox were widely expected to win the series, so the beginning of the best-of-7 set seemed, at least, auspicious. However, the St. Louis Cardinals came back on Thursday to squeak out a 4-2 win to knot up baseball’s ultimate contest.

Then things got wacky.

St. Louis pulled into a series lead after a bizarre win on Saturday night. There was no end to the analysis about the game-ending call: Opinion pieces were written as were some obligatory defense of the umps—by the umps, for what it's worth. ESPN trumpeted the two aforementioned stories on the event, and it even made the front page of CNN.com.

However, Boston took their turn eking out the same supposedly small victory, a 4-2 margin that once again tied things up Sunday night. And with a defensive showdown in Game 5, won 3-1 by the Red Sox, the World Series was all but over. With Game 6 to be played at Fenway in Boston, wild reports circulated of record prices being set for the city's first chance, in this lifetime, to witness a championship.

The Red Sox famously hadn't won the World Series since 1918, but suddenly found themselves in the spotlight, winning twice in the last 10 years. However, the 2004 championship was a sweep, ending in Game 4 at Busch Stadium, when the Red Sox beat the Cardinals. Most recently, they swept the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies, finishing Game 4 in Denver. Thus, the people of Boston tingled for a closing win at home.

When the Cardinals had trouble with the plane getting them to Boston, it seemed as though things were primed for the Red Sox to close everything down for the season. Game 6 did indeed slam the door on baseball for the year, and Boston did it in near-dominating fashion. In the largest romp of this World Series since Game 1, the Red Sox won their 8th World Series title 6-1, holding the Cardinals scoreless until the seventh inning, at which point Boston was firmly in charge.

Nike sent out their obligatory tweet and the people of Boston celebrated like they hadn't seen this in 100-plus years—which, in a way, they haven't. Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on winning it all, especially since it finally came on their home field. That said, they've won the World Series three times now since 2004.

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The Daily Word in San Francisco limousine fire, a man's boa constrictors and Bangladesh riots

San Francisco limousine catches fire, killing five women trapped inside.

Riots in Bangladesh, over an anti-blasphemy law, have left 19 people dead.

Risso could play in the majors!

Julia Martinez, 16, is being charged for first degree murder for the death of Maurice Gonzales.

Sure, Cobb. You can keep your boas.

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The daily word in Beirut blast, meteor shower and sexy Big Bird.

Bomb blast in Beirut kills at least eight.

The Orionid meteor shower is set to peak this weekend!

New Mexico organic peanut plant is cleaning up after national recall.

Madonna is getting into all sorts of trouble.

Dressing up as sexy Big Bird is just so not cool and Sesame Street agrees.

Tigers end Yankees season with four game sweep.

Now you can help Mitt catch women with his binder!

Marathon meeting ends in a “no” for new Westside Wal-Mart.

Forget the Fountain of Youth. Here is the real secret to staying young forever.

Obama and Romney bring comedic relief to annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner

Man pleads guilty to punching Darth Vader’s wife.

Somebody help this poor puppy!

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #264: The mini batting game.

A kid with a crew cut gets another high score on the mini batting game. I tell him, "They should just give you that thing."

sports

World Series preview

Rangers in seven

Nelson Cruz had six home runs in the ALCS.
Nelson Cruz had six home runs in the ALCS.
Every year, every major sport comes down to two teams. Usually, there's some sort of grandiose narrative framing that championship match-up. This year, MLB does not disappoint, and gives the people a trope they've come to expect: team on a roll, delivered through improbable circumstance, versus a team that is defying some odds.

The St. Louis Cardinals get to play the role of the former, shocking most casual fans with their astonishing run through the post-season and winding up only four wins away from the ultimate validation. The Texas Rangers, on the other hand, are a firm lock in the latter category, having raced to the World Series last year, after a long, long drought, and battling all year to get back.

When these two teams meet tonight at 6:05 p.m., they'll start things off in St. Louis, which has home-field advantage thanks to the National League’s win in the All-Star Game. The best of seven series follows a 2-3-2 format, ensuring that Texas' fans will be packing the stands in the middle of the series, regardless of the result.

David Freese is on a role.
David Freese is on a role.
There's the mini-drama over Lance Berkman, a free agent last year who was pursued by the Rangers, but ultimately spurned them for the Cardinals. There's the lockdown pitching of the Rangers’ bullpen, which is producing at a rate that is almost embarrassing for the starters. And, of course, there's the danger of St. Louis' powerful offense, combining Albert Pujols—perhaps the best hitter in baseball—with David Freese and the aforementioned Berkman.

Predictions, however, are hard to come by. These teams, with their varied styles and the differing ways they got to this point, play a somewhat even game. When forced to come with a prediction, though, I've got to go with the Rangers in seven games. These teams are so close, it's going to be a full series. We're going to see some beautiful baseball. But ultimately, only one of the familiar stories will get to be told. This is the year for the Rangers.

sports

Hangover Sports Roundup

Brewers get beastly, Edgar makes another comeback, Patriots humble Jets

MLB Playoffs

Fielder and Betancourt celebrate Betancourt’s two-run shot
David J. Phillip
Fielder and Betancourt celebrate Betancourt’s two-run shot
There's no love lost between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams engaged in trash talk throughout the season, which came to a boiling point in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. St. Louis controlled the tempo with David Freese’s three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. But the Brewers went into their signature “beast mode” and delivered a six-run fifth inning. Prince Fielder's two-run homer, Ryan Braun’s two-run RBI double, along with a Yuniesky Betancourt two-run homer gave the Cardinals pitching nightmares. The 9-6 win was huge for Milwaukee, but the series is far from over as the teams split their season series. Despite barely making the playoffs, the Cardinals still have the pitching advantage and could easily win their home games. But they'll have to find a way to win Game 2 without their best pitcher, Chris Carpenter.

UFC 135

Whoever said real life couldn't mimic Rocky movies has obviously never seen UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar fight before. Edgar fought Grey Maynard on Saturday night for the third time to settle their rivalry. On New Year’s Day of this year, both men fought to a controversial draw that saw Maynard almost knock out Edgar in the first round. Edgar recovered and did enough to convince the judges to rule the fight a draw. Their third encounter shockingly resembled their second fight with Maynard nailing Edgar with a huge uppercut in the first round. Edgar survived and Maynard failed to take advantage. During rounds two and three, Maynard was conservative, allowing Edgar to pull even in the fight. Then during round four, Edgar made Maynard pay for a takedown attempt and finished the fight with a dramatic knockout to retain the title. After two failed attempts, Maynard will have to climb back up the difficult rankings to get another shot at the title. Edgar may get matched up with Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez or fight the Ben Henderson-Clay Guida winner.

Also in MMA, it looks like Anderson Silva maybe seeing Chael Sonnen back in the octagon sooner rather than later. Brian Stann was poised to become breakout fighter of the year with a win over Sonnen. But the 14-month layoff did not bother Sonnen as he dominated Stann with his wrestling, eventually submitting him with an arm-triangle choke. However, the impressive victory was not enough as Sonnen insulted Silva and challenged him to a fight during Super Bowl weekend. Sonnen even put his career on the line if he lost, but with a victory told Silva he had to leave the Middleweight division.

NFL

BenJarvus Green-Ellis runs all over the Jets
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BenJarvus Green-Ellis runs all over the Jets
The New York Jets struggles continue as the New England Patriots used their running game to frustrate the Jets defense. Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a breakout performance with a career best 136 yards and two touchdowns to lead his team to the 30-21 victory. The Jets were down most of the game but managed to make a compelling comeback from 13 points down in the fourth quarter. But the Patriots used good clock management and sealed the game with a field goal with 1:03 remaining. Jets coach Rex Ryan shouldn't panic, despite losing his third game in a row; but losing one more could send the locker room into disarray.

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