Bicycle = Freedom
The liberating art of bike construction and mechanics
The Daily Word in the incredible story of the Cleveland hostages, pink dolphins and hairy visors
Reported cases of HIV infection are on the increase on the Navajo Reservation.
Colorado pot legalization involves some new taxes that may not have the support of pro-marijuana groups.
KOAT reports a rash of bike thefts downtown.
Are some of our contemporary English words identical to words from a 15,000 year old "proto-Eurasiatic" Ice Age language?
The United States finally came out and accused China of cyber-espionage.
The pink dolphins of Hong Kong are dying.
The ABBA museum in Stockholm is now open!
This article explains the origins the conservative Islamist movement in Bangladesh.
There's only enough room in this world for one manufacturer of "visors with simulated hair," AKA hairy-hats.
The Daily Word in hazmat, more Gangnam Style and Penn State prez
Gary Johnson's campaign splices him into the presidential debates.
Guy rode his bike through Hurricane Sandy.
Back East, people are lined up for miles to get gas.
Former Penn State president charged with perjury in Sandusky scandal.
Gene Hackman knew the dude he slapped in Santa Fe.
Dr. Kevorkian's paintings.
City councilors lodge an ethics complaint against a pro-minimum wage hike group.
Campaign finance reports filed today. So, how much did those legislative campaigns blow?
Noam Chomsky Gangnam Style
10 election oddities explained. By the British.
Is America ready for a female president?
The Daily Word in Syrian ceasefire, Hurricane Sandy and WikiLeaks
A funeral home sent a family their loved one’s brain in a bag. Court says they can’t sue.
Maximum sentence for a driver who killed a cyclist in January: 90 days in jail, $300 fine.
Syrian army agrees to a ceasefire from Friday to Monday.
Hurricane Sandy is heading our way.
WikiLeaks is releasing the U.S. policies on detaining people in camps and GitMo. The website hacked them from the DOD.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei goes Gangnam style.
Why it’s so hard to fire a police officer.
Bullied teen throws herself in front of a train.
7-year-old girl writes an opera.
Legalizing marijuana is on the ballot in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.
Rape is rape, says the president.
Don’t worry about convicted sex offenders this Halloween. They’ve got a curfew.
Last-minute DIY Halloween costumes.
Nirvana, the Broadway musical.
The Daily Word in minimum wage, cardboard bikes and Bob Dylan
State Supreme Court orders minimum wage increase back on the November ballot.
There’s a zip line at the Fair this year—and tigers.
Way to go, N.M. organ donors!
Santa Fe’s politicians call for a meeting with Zozobra organizers, saying the event should be more family-friendly.
Slinky blows physics’ mind.
The man who made the anti-Islam film causing violent protests throughout the Middle East is a 55-year-old former criminal and Coptic Christian in California, according to the Associated Press.
Protesters storm the U.S. Embassy in Yemen.
An actor from that anti-Islam film says she had no idea they were staring in a propaganda flick.
Meet the $9 recycled cardboard bike that can support a 485-pound rider.
Monica Lewinsky is writing a book, maybe.
“Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff,” says Bob Dylan in response to accusations that he’s plagiarized some of his material.
How to: Turn your wall into a projector screen for $50.
31 rad DIY projects.
The first 1,000 digits of Pi skywritten over San Francisco.
Hobby Lobby doesn’t want the Affordable Care Act to make it cover birth control for employees.
No One Expects the Inquisition
The Daily Word in cocaine, doves and plus-size
We might lose 50 post offices.
Politician wears blackface to say he’s Germany’s Obama.
Guy backs car into someone’s living room.
State on a $70,000 hunt for teachers who change students’ test scores.
FBI curriculum: Mainstream Muslims are likely terrorist sympathizers.
Auditor says chairman is blocking a review of the PRC.
Journal complains of the number of police escorting a bike safety ride.
The recession has affected yet another business: Cocaine.
Doves are tasty.
Department of Transportation wants to ban e-cigs on planes. Here’s a list of other stinks that should be banned first.
American Apparel and a plus-sized debate.
Ghost bikes are descansos (roadside memorials) that remind us of cyclists killed by vehicles. Although the New Mexico Department of Transportation documents more than 100 deaths of bicyclists in New Mexico since 1989, only 10 ghost bikes haunt Albuquerque’s streets. The Duke City Wheelmen Foundation installs ghost bikes when a friend or family notifies the group of a death. Jennifer Buntz, the group’s founder, says the Duke City Wheelman began memorializing fallen comrades in 2010. For more information on the individual memorials, how to install a ghost bike or to get involved, visit dukecitywheelmen.org. (EK)
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Native youth group bikes 200 miles on the Trail of the Ancients
My two wheels get ticketed
Today across the country, cities celebrate national Dump the Pump Day by encouraging public transportation. By cutting back to one car, a two-person household can save more than $10.000 a year according to the American Public Transportation Association.
Teams from ABQ RIDE and the Rail Runner are doing their part by handing out goodies on various bus lines and Rail Runner trains throughout the day to promote a car-free lifestyle.
Me, I got a different kind of goodie.
As a bicycle commuter I wear a helmet and look both ways. But, I admit, I occasionally stretch traffic laws.
On June 16 at 9:43 a.m., a motorcycle cop flagged me down. He called me out on a violation of failing to obey the traffic control device at the corner of Silver and Cornell.
As surreal as it was to be standing on the sidewalk with my bike while an officer ran my driver's license through the system, it was even weirder to read the resulting warning notice.
License plate number—BICYCLE
Vehicle year—1900 (actually, 1988, but whatever)
Color—BLU (I'd call it gray and teal with yellow brake cables and red handle bars)
Under the line for make and model there is no mention of my aluminum frame Raleigh Technium other than BK. I think that stands for "bike."
Bicyclists are quick to defend our harmless commuting lawlessness. The truth is if we want to officers on our side, we need to follow the rules or pay the price just like everyone else on the road.
But is it wrong if I'm hoping my next violation is a speeding ticket?
The Daily Word: Brown haze, war on drugs, gluten free
The haze in the sky is smoke from wildfires.
Chief justice of the state Supreme Court says he did not buy his job.
Driver facing vehicular homicide charge after cyclist’s death last month.
Arizona sues the feds over medical marijuana.
Unemployment fell in New Mexico.
Google says hackers in China got into hundreds of Gmail accounts. Chinese government says that’s baloney.
Lady Gaga killed the notion of “the album.”
Two senators warn that the government is using the Patriot Act in alarming ways. But they say they can’t talk about it because it’s classified.
The war on drugs hasn’t worked, say politicians around the world. The United States and Mexico disagree.
T-Pain renounces auto-tune.
Europe’s mutant E.coli killed almost 20 people so far.
Nudism is on the decline.
Demand goes up for gluten-free, vegan baked goods, which means they’re becomming more delicious.
You can’t scrub yourself off the Internet.
Velocipedes on Tramway
Albuquerque got a little more bicycle-friendly after the City Council approved a measure to allow bikes on Tramway and other limited-access roads. Councilors removed a prohibition that kept bicyclists off a few roads at the Monday, March 21 meeting. Councilor Trudy Jones said she received hundreds of comments from bicyclists asking to be allowed to ride legally. Police Chief Ray Schultz said his officers would sometimes give warnings to those riding on Tramway and said he is in support of this change.
Green-thinking recovery center gets its motor running—but still needs fuel
Jesse was far from home last winter, detoxing at a rehab facility in in the Midwest. The 23-year-old recovering addict returned to New Mexico to take up residence at the Endorphin Power Company. At the transitional living facility, exercise helps addicts kick their habits, replacing the euphoria of drugs with endorphins.
The Daily Word 09.30.10: Un-naked Santa Fe, Ochocinco Os, Color Me Badd
Apartment fire kills a baby.
Albuquerque balloonists missing in Italy.
For all his talk of government spending, Jon Barela's company sure does like those film tax rebates.
A distant, Earth-like planet that may have life.
Canada's throwing out its anti-prostitution laws.
Drivers text anyway.
Tony Curtis died.
Lobo Club won't spend donations to buyout (fire) Locksley.
Chad Ochocinco cereal box accidentally advertises a sex-talk phone number.
Obama likes Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity.
AIG says it's totally going to pay us back.
The men of Color Me Badd tell their story.
It's OK to vote against stuff.
Does gargling salt water help anything?