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The Daily Word in dog cop, Hoffa and Morrisey

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.

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British words creeping into American English.

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Police look for Jimmy Hoffa under a driveway in Detroit.

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History Lesson

DayBird - March 17th

180 – Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire. Just like in the movie.

461(?) – According to tradition, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. (b.387)

Born in Great Britain, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. Wait, he wasn’t Irish? Wait, he was British? Hahhaha. Awesome.

According to the Confessio (which he wrote), back in his homeland- Britain, Patrick had dream, in which an some guy gave him a letter, entitled "The Voice of the Irish." As he read, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country. So, he went to the priesthood, and was ordained a Bishop, and set off for Ireland in 433. He began converting lots and lots of Irish and building churches. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and converting, Patrick died, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.

Do the Irish know their patron saint is British?

1756 – Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern).

1845 – The rubber band is patented.

1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

1973 - St Patrick Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday.

1985 – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker," commits his first two murders in his California murder spree. I didn’t know he was from El Paso, TX.

V.18 No.41 | 10/8/2009
Justin Sullivan, second from right, leads the charge in old-school British punk outfit New Model Army.
Aimee Candelaria

Music Interview

New Model Army

Punk rock and poetry in motion

These days, a real punk band can almost never find its way onto the pop charts. But back in the day (see: mid-’80s), England’s New Model Army released political punk that didn’t merely sell to left-wing extremists. Almost 30 years ago, frontman/mastermind Justin Sullivan, who has been compared to punk legends like Joe Strummer and Dick Lucas, named NMA after Oliver Cromwell’s successful (at least for a while) 17th-century British anti-royalist forces. Sullivan’s intelligent, informed and captivating songwriting helped the group get signed by EMI—who the Sex Pistols swindled in the ’70s—and embark on a dozen British Top 30 singles before descending (or ascending, depending your worldview) to the worldwide cult status NMA holds today. The Alibi caught up with Sullivan just before the start of New Model Army’s North American tour, which hits the Launchpad this weekend.

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