A judge has delayed the sentencing for friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, due to a question still pending before the US Supreme Court over what is considered “tangible” evidence.
Due to recent marijuana legalization victories in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC, pot proponents are looking toward California to make it legal for recreational use.
After the name of Osama bin Laden's shooter was revealed, other members of SEAL Team Six are speaking out in disagreement over who actually fired the fatal shot.
A judge is expected to rule today on a restructuring plan that could get Detroit out of bankruptcy.
New Zealand has withdrawn its charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd for allegedly trying to “procure a murder.”
A priest in Gallup, N.M., up and left the church, leaving parishioners wondering why he left and if he took any of the church's money with him.
Dr. Kent Kiehl of the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque says that the brains of child killers are “strikingly different” from those of other children.
The city council voted 8-0 last night to approve the Department of Justice's agreement, which gives APD four years to make necessary reforms aimed at their use of excessive force and how they deal with mentally ill people.
Elaine, a 38-year-old chimpanzee, gave birth to twins at the BioPark Zoo this past week!
This little guy was really upset that he couldn't vote.
Economists say the job growth in August wasn't very good, but there's no reason to worry.
In Florida, a missing autistic boy was found unharmed; however, the man he was found with is suspected of four murders.
A Maine mother is fighting the state over a do-not-resuscitate order placed on her injured child.
Another individual has come forward to sue Penn State in regard to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Open space officers located a group of hikers who went missing yesterday in the Embudito area. All three were unharmed.
The autopsy report has been released for the gruesome killing of Emily Lambert in March in Carlsbad, N.M.
People in Portales, N.M., are outraged at topless photos in a high school yearbook.
Starting next summer, citizens in Berkeley, Calif., who make less than $32,000 can get free pot. Assuming they have a medical marijuana card, of course.
Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death last year for fatally shooting 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, has asked to be made a citizen of the Islamic State.
California passes an “affirmative consent” bill to address the problem of rape on campuses.
A police officer in Atlanta was arrested for allegedly killing a woman he met online and then burning her body.
Soaring rents prove problematic for people living in urban areas, as that's where everyone wants to be.
The Washington Post on young children and guns.
Albuquerque authorities are investigating a robbery at a Dairy Queen, during which an employee shot and killed the suspected robber.
So, not only did they still a car, but they left a bag of caca and a gun?
A judge will decide today whether to grant the $350,000 buyout for former APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.
“Longmire,” formerly shot in Garson Studios in Santa Fe, has been canceled. Now fans wonder whether another network will pick it up for a fourth season.
A couple guys found out why those rocks in Death Valley move.
Authorities believe bad weather caused an Air Algerie plane to crash in Mali, resulting in the deaths of 118 people on board.
The Palestinian Fatah movement calls for a “day of rage” in honor and respect for those suffering in Gaza.
Obama is meeting with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador today to urge them to slow the number of immigrants coming toward the US.
Speaking of President Obama, according to a CNN poll, 33 percent of Americans think the president should be impeached.
A Michigan dog-owner may be charged with involuntary manslaughter after his two canines fatally mauled a man.
California Police are investigating a number of incidents where porcelain dolls have been left in front of homes of little girls they resemble. Cause that's not at all creepy.
Albuquerque police and the Department of Justice “announced progress in reaching a deal designed to fix the problems the [DOJ] report identified.”
Two men who did construction work without licenses and ripped off numerous individuals will face criminal charges.
The sister of a homeless man who was beaten to death by three teenagers speaks out.
According to the ABQ Journal, the two APD officers who shot and killed Jeremy Robertson on Tuesday have shot and killed other men within the last four years.
Colleges look at fraternities to ease the pressure.
Secretary of State John Kerry sent a message to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, urging Iraqis to “come together,” as Al Qaeda-inspired militants continue their march toward Baghdad.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American prisoner of war, has been returned to the states.
A priest was shot and killed at a church in Phoenix, Ariz., while another was wounded.
Bobby Lee Pearson, who was on trial for a burglary charge, died in a fight mere hours after being acquitted.
You don't want your gun? Take it to the landfill!
Two Chinese nationals were apprehended and face federal charges for trying to buy military sensors from an Albuquerque company and smuggle them back to China.
Doctors at UNM Hospital are trying to reconstruct an 8-month-old child's organs after she was allegedly raped by her mother's boyfriend.
A Louisiana tour guide likes to swim with gators … and feed them … with his mouth.
High schools are just now catching on that a later start time means healthier students. Did you think beauty rest was a myth?
Authorities now think the Malaysian plane that's been missing for almost a week was “deliberately flown off-course.”
The NSA has made Mark Zuckerberg so mad that he called the President to complain.
Police in California arrested a teen father for allegedly biting the nose off his 1-month-old son because he wouldn't stop crying.
It's looking like fewer planes are gonna land in Albuquerque.
Renatta Torres, mother of Christopher Torres (who was fatally shot by APD almost three years ago), took to the stand to talk about her son.
Anthony Samora, 46, is getting life in prison, plus 27 years, for raping and murdering a 16-year-old boy. This was his second conviction for rape.
According to a report released today, a truck that caught fire at WIPP was “improperly maintained.”
I guess this just adds to the many reasons I don't like snakes.
President Obama is meeting with the Dalai Lama today. And China ain't happy about it.
A court will hear several groups' petitions for appeal regarding Detroit's eligibility to file for bankruptcy protection.
Someone wants to split Cali into six parts...
Racism is still brewing at Ole Miss.
A murder suspect was found living and working in an Albuquerque motel. Do I hear discount?
A stabbing in northwest Albuquerque sent three people to the hospital, and police think they have all the suspects in custody.
Brandon Villalobos' lawyer says that his lack of mental capacity could be a key component in his defense. Villalobos is accused of killing 12-year-old Alex Madrid.
Now, I love a good Twix. But this is dedication.
While the government shutdown still looms, Congress is questioning whether the debt ceiling will be increased and ponders the likelihood of a default.
Al Qaeda fugitive Abu Anas al-Libi was captured in Libya over the weekend and is being held on the U.S.S. San Antonio in the Mediterranean Sea before being taken to New York to be prosecuted.
“World's first flexible OLED [organic light-emitting diode] panel for smartphones"? LG corners the market on curved screens and such.
Dayton, Ohio sees improvements in its economy by lending help to people immigrating to the US.
After an anti-abortion group was accused of picketing a doctor's house in Bernalillo County, the county commissioners are looking into an anti-picketing ordinance to prevent this from happening again.
Jerry Chavez is accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death while his two boys, ages 6 and 12, witnessed the crime. Though his friends have stated that he is a good, Christian man and “would never kill anyone.”
With the mayoral election happening tomorrow, the question remains: Will there be a runoff?
Congress and the White House are still trying to decide whether or not to launch a limited military strike against Syria for using chemical weapons on civilians last month.
One-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot in the head and killed Sunday night in Brooklyn, NY. According to sources, the bullet was meant for this father, Anthony Hennis.
For those who are taking a break this Labor Day and reading Fifty Shades of Grey, the two main stars of the movie adaptation were announced.
California's Rim Fire is still raging, and many fear for the lives of the cattle that graze those lands.
It's getting hot in here, so can I please go home?
The search still continues for missing firefighter, Token Adams, who went missing on Friday afternoon when he failed to report to his crew at a “pre-planned meeting point” when responding to a fire in the Jemez.
Five people (including two children and a pregnant woman) died this Labor Day weekend in car crashes around the state.
Hey Londoners, go get you some lava lamps. They turn 50 tomorrow!
I do not own a lawn but I still want a free rain gauge.
There was more flooding in the Albuquerque area last night.
Urban chicken farming sounds great but apparently is starting to result in skyrocketing chicken-abandonment.
A massive hunger strike protesting prisons' isolation policies began yesterday in California.
This U.S. federal court decision in favor of the EFF is an important result of the documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
At the Transportation Safety Board of Canada site you can check out ALL the recent Canadian train wrecks (and other disasters) including updates on the one in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.
Osama Bin Laden owned a cowboy hat which he wore to prevent drones from spotting him.
Whooping cough claimed 10 children. Could lack of vaccines be a factor?
Where did Edward Snowden go?
The Zimmerman trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin starts today ...
Will the U.S. back Syrian rebels?
The Levi Chavez murder trial starts today as well ...
Ahem ... sir! That golf cart is not free!
New Mexico democrats rally to save federal special ed funding.
Officials say Thompson Ridge fire is 40 percent contained, while Kingston, N.M. has been issued a formal evacuation due to a fire in the Gila National Forest.
Val Midwest is on a photo spree!
Israel is prepared to send troops into Gaza, but would still prefer a diplomatic solution.
Fight over Nativity displays in California heading to court.
Some animals were in fact harmed in the making of The Hobbit.
Two APD officers under investigation for sexual misconduct.
Curiosity rover suggests that astronauts might be able to survive on Mars.
Bill Nye and Shia LeBeouf: A glorious combination.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez appear to be back together.
Nob Hill business owners will meet tonight to duke it out over food trucks.
Apparently the KC Chiefs killed a guy.
Gas prices drop in New Mexico, AAA shows state at below the national average (finally something we WANT to be below average!).
Hubble may have photographed its farthest galaxy yet.
If you are going to counterfeit bills, at least use the right president.
Ah, action figures.
The early days of The Alibi, then known as NuCity (before a Chicago publication with a phonetically identical name threatened to rip out all of our editorial teeth), were the types of days that every flash-of-genius writer chortles over when he's being interviewed by Oprah about his sizzling debut novel, or every tech guru recalls as she laughingly characterizes her time spent paying her dues before the Big Brilliant Idea that Changed Technology ForEver. They were days of subsisting on Fred's bagels (since we mostly got paid in "bagel bucks" instead of cash); working (sometimes even crashing) in a hot office box with Department of Health condemnable carpet; and simply assuming, with the nearly impervious certainty of youth, that everything would get better, and that we'd have fun in the meantime.
But since I was a bit older (a UNM grad student) than the whippersnappers (freshly minted University of Wisconsin alumni who'd graduated at age 14 after starting the now-famous Onion and who then bounded over to Albuquerque to launch NuCity), maybe my perviousness was perviouser because a couple of symbolic events shook my sense of admittedly weak professionalism.
One came in the form of the "serious" debut of our politics issue. We'd worked hard on the format and content: local pols running for office had been profiled; corresponding election season events had been catalogued; illustrations had been applied to cleverly embellish the stories. I, as the Managing Editor/Editor, along with our Copy Editor at the time, had the last look through before giving the final approval. Perfect! So proud! So political! So grown up! Too bad about the blaring, mega-point headline that spelled the word "candidate" wrong, as we saw the next day before the issue inexorably hit the stands–a classic minor-major detail. The other folks at the paper who were psychologically healthier than I was just laughed it off, smoked a cigarette, and began laying out the next issue.
The second event actually came before the first one chronologically, but it had bigger ramifications at the time. We were applying for membership in AAN, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and a group of us (Chris Johnson, Dan Scott, Landry? Dabney? O'Leary? Jonesy? Petersen?) had flown over to California with our precious offering–an issue that featured a solid, well-researched story by the inimitable Tim McGivern, illustrated by the swashbuckling Jason Waskey. We actually had to appear before a panel of AAN judges in an American Idol meets the North Korean Ministry of People's Security moment. And we were eviscerated. Bomblets like "juvenile" and "unprofessional" and "unworthy" were tossed about casually by people who were supposed to be cool! They had the word "alternative" in their dang title! Where was the encouragement, the pub invitation, the tender promise of mentorship? AAN was important since, through membership, we could use their big stories in our paper and they could pick up and circulate ours as well. It was the only time, to date, that a professional setback made me cry. One journalist in the judging group did attempt to defend us and spoke to us afterward as well. He was the lone African American on the panel and commended the diversity of our coverage. Chris and Dan lobbed a few choice expletives, laughed, said we'd be fine, and smoked some cigarettes.
They were right. We eventually did make it into AAN, now operating under the expanded 21st identity of Association of Alternative Newsmedia. "Canidates," both in title and in practice, are long forgotten. (Although we did once have an interesting conversation with at-the-time New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, which presaged his perpetual libertarian presence on the national ticket ... but that's another story.) So while most of us, past and present, may not be Oprah dazzlers or tech zillionistas, we probably have better carpet now, and the Alibi still laughs, spits out an expletive here and there, maybe smokes a cigarette when the spouse isn't looking, and publishes onward.