A wildfire that broke out in central California a week ago has now grown to 40,000 acres—that's the size of San Francisco. The fire has destroyed 40 buildings, displaced 500 people, and killed one. The severity of the fire is in large part due to California's years-long drought.
Syrian rebels shot down a Russian helicopter in Aleppo today. All 5 aboard the helicopter were killed. This comes amid deadly fighting in eastern Aleppo, where rebels are trying to break government control.
The US has launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya, the Pentagon said today. The strikes were requested by the Libyan government.
Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Chicago, releases his book Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row this week. The book examines how "zero tolerance" policing can pit those most in need of help—the poor, addicts and homeless—against each other, through the lens of Stuart's five year study on the street corners of Skid Row, one of the poorest and most policed neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You can read an excerpt of the book here.
The Board of Elections and Registration in Sparta, GA., has been systematically questioning the voters' registrations of 180 of its Black residents. Those residents have been subpoenaed by deputies and asked to appear in court to prove their residence and defend their registration. This is one of many instances of voter discrimination that have caught national attention since three years ago, when the Supreme Court repealed the mandate that changes in voter registration must be pre-cleared by the Justice Department.
William Auten, writer and musician from California, will be at Page One Books at 6:30pm on Thursday, July 7, to talk about and sign his 2016 novel, Pepper's Ghost, which partially takes place in a circus sideshow.
The book is described as such: "Charlotte Alexandra Long is determined to create her own life, but severe reverberations await her at the crossroads of each decision and always the possibility that the very thing she put in place on her own terms could be wiped away by an uncertain future. As Pepper's Ghost weaves in and out of her experiences as a teen and young adult, and locations in the South and Midwest, Alex emerges from the remains of young Charlotte, but her evolving identity will never escape being an outsider in society's eyes. After a series of ill-fitting jobs, Alex joins a traveling amusement company as a sideshow performer, where illusion and reality interplay through the metaphor of an old theater trick. She faces challenges from her troubled but devoted father, her self-absorbed mother, a spectrum of circus employees, and emotional ties to memories and places that give solace in times of ambiguity and loneliness."
Auten's work has appeared in Cahoodaoodaling, District Lit, Drunken Boat, failbetter, Hawaii Review, Nimrod, Notre Dame Review, Origins, Rum Punch Press, Canada's Saturday Night Reader, Terrain, and other publications. Auten read at the bicentennial celebration for North American Review in 2015. He is also an accomplished painter and musician, and a member of the Gym Jones community. His other interests include science and technology, history, religion and history. Having lived in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Virginia, he and his wife now call California home.
If you haven’t already heard, Harper Lee died last night.
The NM Legislature is finally funding the 5,500 rape kits that are on backlog to be tested.
The ‘Hairy Panic’ tumbleweed has taken over an Australian town.
North and South Korea are gunna go to war any minute now.
The Mayor gets called out by a local (former) zookeeper.
In case you need reassertion that the police don’t care about black people in Florida.
This badass kickboxer is teaching Muslim women to defend themselves.
“Men are just smarter than women. It’s just a scientific fact.”
The New York Daily News has no chill towards Ted Cruz.
But did Sean Penn really think meeting El Chapo would have a good outcome?
David Bowie may have passed but his spirit is definitely kept alive and it warms my heart.
So North Korea did make an H-Bomb?
Sexual abuse and misconduct by law enforcement is barely reported to agencies. Here’s one woman’s experience with following through this appalling ordeal.
The governor of California declared a state of emergency due to a major methane gas leak.
1 million dollars of Chris Christie’s “campaigning” costs will likely end up being paid by New Jersey residents.
Deakin from Animal Collective (finally) finished his solo album.
If you loved playing Sims as much as I did growing up, you’ll definitely enjoy this.
Parents have been polled, and here are the results.
Snapchat trying to cover news via their story is like trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.
Robert Downey Jr. and I have one thing in common and it’s not being able to keep surprises a secret.
The only thing on the internet that I’m obsessed with is Anna Kendrick’s Tweets.
On a more emotional note, as if feelings weren’t already uncontrollable, frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots dies at 48.
The Real ID Act is no joke and has Albuquerque post offices booked pretty far in advance.
There’s a 50/50 chance a U.S. military drone killed Jihadi John.
Google Car gets pulled over for driving too slow when it’s just doing its best.
iHeartRadio and Pandora really wants Hispanic listeners to vote for in the Presidential election.
Who’s stoked for the Holly Holm v. Ronda Rousey fight this weekend? Pretty much everyone in Albuquerque. Check out this list of places to catch the fight.
Dismaland attraction turns into a shelter for refugees.
Can CNN really sue for being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Talk about high quality customer service. Uber and AT&T are working together to stream football games for passengers.
Imagine being able to feel for the first time? Scientists bring the the feeling of touch to prosthetic limbs.
Playboy will no longer be the dirty magazine you once hid under your bed.
Eight people died last night in a series of shootings in south-central Missouri.
Jim Inhofe provided a little show-and-tell on the Senate floor.
A California couple who'd been married for 67 years died on the same day while holding hands. That's love, y'all.
Porn lovers can rejoice, as Google has lifted the “explicit sexual content” ban on Blogger.
Season 3 of “House of Cards” is now live on Netflix, y'all! Note: SPOILERS in the following link.
A Rio Rancho mother is “disturbed” by a pornographic book her son checked out of his high school library.
Bernalillo County commissioners approved a tax hike that'll go to mental health services.
Snap! APS has decided to close schools today. Snow day!
Apparently, a thief in Oregon stole an entire house. No, really.
What were the “errors” made by Cleveland Police that led to the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice?
Thousands are gathering in Riyadh to pay their respects to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who passed away yesterday.
66-year-old Rodney L. Halbower is being charged with two counts of murder in connection with the serial killings of six women in 1976.
TSA seized a record 2,212 firearms from carry-on luggage in 2014, 83 percent of which were loaded. Hot damn!
Tai Chan, a New Mexico deputy being charged for the murder of a former fellow deputy, is asking the judge to let him go home to Santa Fe while he awaits trial.
A kidnapping phone scam is plaguing New Mexico residents.
Since the GOP now has the majority in the New Mexico House, bishops want to restrict late-term abortions.
A special needs educational assistant at Belen High School is being charged with having a sexual relationship with one of her students.
A German judge rules: The man can pee standing up!