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The Daily Word in the Keystone XL pipeline, the Mac's birthday and catching a Goodfella

Wow, the Mac is 30?

According to FBI, Vinny Asaro has been caught in connection with the Lufthansa heist.

The debate heats up over whether to end the life of a pregnant woman in Texas who has been declared brain dead.

Could the Keystone XL pipeline bring on a new frontier in our nation's environmental politics?

Synthia Varela-Casaus pleads not guilty after being accused of kicking her 9-year-old son to death.

A former employee of Redflex, a company that manufactures red light cameras, says they paid hefty bribes to score deals in several cities in the US, including cities in New Mexico.

This flu season sees more hospitalization rates than usual.

A man in Florida has been arrested after trying to perform an exorcism on his “demon” son and then violently resisting arrest.

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The Daily Word in pot-legalization in New Mexico, 85 people own half the world and the toilets of Sochi

There was a very high-speed police chase and accident in Corrales.

New Mexico State Senator Ortiz Y Pino is trying to get a pot-legalization resolution on next November's ballot.

A New Mexico Judge ruled that spotting pot plants from the air does not allow authorities to conduct a ground search.

President Obama's current views on marijuana.

Fundraiser for the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team!

Detroit is getting a big-ass Robocop statue.

Macgyver should have driven a Pontiac Stinger.

85 people own half the world.

A huge cache of documents related to sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archiocese have been published online.

There is a large dolphin kill happening in Japan.

An Arizona State University fraternity held an offensively-themed MLK Day party.

Read this Legs McNeil interview with Moe Tucker.

The Sochi Olympic games still have the specter of terrorism hanging over them but the big news is now the toilets.

Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Unfortunately I read the news too late for it to be included in last week's Rooster Roundabout, but last Friday, Phil Everly (of The Everly Brothers) died at the age of 74. One of the greatest groups of all-time (I don't care who disagrees), this is a major loss to the music world. And seing as how my all-time favorite love song is “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” it seems like a beautifully appropriate send-off to the man.

The Everly Brothers - “All I Have To Do Is Dream”

I like Common. Granted I'm not completely knowing of his musical repertoire. But having heard him recite poetry on “Def Poets,” I always thought his poetry was honest, visceral and relatable. And now Common has teamed up with No I.D. For a collaborative LP, titled Nobody Smiling. Not sure when it will be released, but Common and No I.D. Have made one track available (“War”). The album was thought of because of the violence permeating the Chicago area, but also in relation to violence happening all over the world. It's some heavy stuff, but sometimes people need music like this to wake up and smell the blood.

For those of you who want to hear what Carrie Brownstein has in store for herself in 2014, you can read her extensive Stereogum interview.

I don't know much about King Krule. Nothing, in fact. I know he's a British musician whose debut album dropped in August (6 Feet Beneath the Moon), and now he's released a video for the track “A Lizard State.” The track and video, a black-and-white representation of an Alfred Hitchcock influence, make me want to know more.

King Krule - “A Lizard State”

There's not really much you can say about Bruce Springsteen that hasn't already been said. The man is an institution. And said institution has a new album (High Hopes) coming out on Jan. 14, but like most people these days, he's streaming it ahead of time to give people a sneak peak of what his new record will deliver. You can head over to CBS to hear the album in its entirety.

Some people's dreams just came true … It's been “confirmed” that OutKast are reuniting to play some shows at Coachella. Apparently, the rap group (comprised of Andre 3000 and Big Boi) are going to headline the Friday night sets (happening on April 11 and 18). So start booking some flights, buying festival tickets, packing them bags and get to the show! P.S. It's also been announced that they're going to headline the Governors Ball in June.

OutKast featuring Killer Mike - “The Whole World”

I'm not going to gush about Thee Oh Sees. I've done that many times, probably more than I should. But that's neither here nor there. After the band claimed that they're going on hiatus, singer John Dwyer has announced that he's releasing a solo LP under the name Damaged Bug, titled Hubba Bubba. And he's shared a track (“Eggs at Night”) off said album, which hits stores on Feb. 25. Mark them calendars.

This one has been a long time comin'. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are set to release their latest LP (Give The People What They Want) on Jan. 14. But for those of you impatient hecklers, you can head over to NPR to stream it in is entirety. And if you want a great visual to an old-school kicker, you can watch the video for the track “Stranger To My Happiness” below.

I love Cee Lo Green. Love him. While I'm not too knowing of his work with Goodie Mob, I've always been a fan of Gnarls Barkley and his solo work (though “Fuck You” did get old after about two listens). Maybe it was Gwyneth Paltrow that ruined it. Either way … Green just did an interview where he talked about what 2014 has in store for him: a reality show, a new solo album (Girl Power), work with Goodie Mob and a possible Gnarls reunion. You can read more at Rolling Stone.

I mentioned a couple weeks back that St. Vincent would be releasing a self-titled album on Feb. 25. Now St. Vincent has shared another track from said album, titled “Digital Witness,” and digital it is … but with a disco-rock sound to it as well. If this track is anything to go by, I like St. Vincent's direction (and the gray hair isn't bad at all).

St. Vincent - “Digital Witness”

Just in case you wanted to see two legendary musical acts (The Byrds and Bob Dylan) perform a legendary number (“Mr. Tambourine Man”) in 1990, while providing a tribute to another legendary musician (Roy Orbison) who had died a month before due to a heart attack … (God rest his soul).

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The Byrds and Bob Dylan - “Mr. Tambourine Man”

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The Daily Word in foodstamps, mugshots and eyeballs

Patrick Swayze’s mom died. She taught him how to dance and use the bathroom. I think I’ll name a drink after her.

There was a shooting in Chicago.

Goodbye, foodstamps.

How to make ramen crust pizza.

Hey, look. This awesome story about lightsaber thumbwrestling was written by our Albuquerque pal Amanda Kooser.

Someday, I would like to have a pet antelope.

King Nerd delivers a speech.

SNL is finding cast members on the web.

Yes, I do always have to post something about Star Trek.

Everyone loves pictures of eyeballs.

Funny old-timey mugshots.

Beware Mountain Dew Mouth.

Rest in peace, Mary, of Mary and Tito’s.

Happy birthday Devin O’Leary.

news

The Daily Word in BP appeals case, Roswell and Google Doodle and superhero villains

BP Lawyer cites "irreparable injustices" in how settlement payments are being handled.

Officials probe why a jet that crash landed in San Francisco was flying too slow before it hit the runway.

Authorities search for 40 missing people after a train blast in Quebec town that killed five.

Michael Allen speaks out in speculation over whether Albuquerque police could have spared his brother, Vincent Wood, who was shot multiple times on Friday night.

Albuquerque remembers Austin Hudson-LaPore.

Google Doodle and Roswell? Oh, we're there!

City planners want to make Central a little snazzier! Neon signs anyone?

First Batman ... and now Spider-Man? I thought superheroes were supposed to fight crime!

news

The Daily Word in the sewer baby, a successful Crackstarter campaign and an exploding house

New Mexico is spending two million dollars to attract Chicagoan tourists.

Everyone had a great time on the Butte this past weekend.

Sometimes kids eat their parents' medical marijuana.

Santa Fean Charles Kokesh was already in some trouble, but now he is also accused of trying to trade ivory for money and guns.

A house BLEW UP in Rio Rancho on Memorial Day.

A newborn baby was rescued from a sewer pipe in China.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford remains grossly unpopular, is losing staff and still denying that a video purporting to picture him on the pipe exists. Meanwhile, Gawker's "Crackstarter" campaign has reached it's $200,000 goal, the price of the Rob Ford/crack video.

The Mayor of Osaka said something offensive again.

The new DSM is out and hoarding is now officially an illness.

Want to avoid crowds? Don't climb Mount Everest right now.

Impressive, thick fog in Sydney, Australia.

Happy Birthday John Fogerty and Keep On Chooglin.

news

The Daily Word in Amanda Bynes' twitter rant, Navajos saying no to uranium and Buffalo man screwing the IRS

Okay ... would not have wanted to be on Flight 132 this morning ...

Shootings in Chicago over the weekend leave six people dead.

Amanda Bynes wants to sue NYPD, and hopefully get a new hair stylist.

RIP Karleen Zetina ...

Is that uranium? Sorry, we can't do it ...

So, I know you've passed, but do you still need someone to file your taxes for you? The IRS won't know what's up.

"Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul got married this weekend.

news

The Daily Word in debate hangovers

Consensus is that President Obama and KitchenAid lost last night's debate, leaving Neil deGrasse Tyson and Big Bird the clear winners.

Facebook has a billion daily users and none of them will like the picture of your kid doing that thing you posted.

White college kids from Texas do the craziest things.

Food prices rising at Balloon Fiesta.

Chicago police find 1,000 pot plants growing in a field.

Arrests made following this weekends shooting at Fantasy World.

Miguel Cabrera wins baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967.

Cheese smugglers busted in Canada.

What if everyone on earth pointed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time?

Chevy dealer totally sorry he had you arrested over pricing error.

Can a new font help dyslexic readers?

Happy Birthday Charlton Heston!!!

Flashback

One of the Alibi’s earliest editors remembers the olden days.

Lauri Sagle is an instructor of English at the University of Hawai’i and the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a core contributor to the English department and an integral member of the women’s studies department. She left the Alibi on December 28, 1994.http://www.hawaii.edu/about/awards/hilo.php?award=sagle
Lauri Sagle is an instructor of English at the University of Hawai’i and the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a core contributor to the English department and an integral member of the women’s studies department. She left the Alibi on December 28, 1994.

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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.

opinion

Video from the Chicago NATO protests

In this week’s opinion slot, Andrew Beale recounts his trip to the City of Wind to film and participate in the protests against NATO. He argues that biased mainstream media accounts are part of why more people get their news from Internet sources and from shaky cell phone videos posted to YouTube. Online, Beale’s piece “Don’t Believe the Hype” includes video footage he shot at the demonstration.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012

Occupy the Alibi

Don’t Believe the Hype

The image of veterans flinging their medals in the direction of McCormick Place, where the summit was held, provided an incredibly strong statement that our columnist will never forget. As powerful as that was, the act was far overshadowed by the violence immediately afterward, he writes.

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news

The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard

African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.

Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.

Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.

Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?

KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.

George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.

Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.

Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.

There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.

The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)

Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.

Egypt is voting for president for the first time.

Can the human race tell aliens from gods?

Beautiful rot.

MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.

news

The Daily Word in Facebook stocks, Frankenfish, finger sandwich

Facebook hits the stock market, but not every one is buying in.

Trayvon Martin case gets more complex.

Fort Wingate man who admitted to multiple child rapes is walking free.

Police say man shot to death in Santa Fe was a well-known thief.

Major Spice-manufacturing raid near I-25 and Jefferson.

Protests and precautions surround Chicago’s NATO summit.

Speaking of Chicago, Cubs’ owner still taking heat for now-canceled anti-Obama campaign.

Virginia man catches a world-record-sized snakehead.

Red Rock woman was running what looks like an indoor zoo.

Quail-Man robs a coffee shop.

Teenager gets part of a finger in his Arby’s sandwich.

Charlize Theron was pretty much toothless until the age of 11.

News

The Daily Word in Santorum's mounting pressure, Pi Day and mystery meat

Deep South froths as Santorum comes out on top in close Republican three-way; big blow to Gingrich.

African warlord found guilty of child-snatching. No, not Kony.

146 people killed by alcohol-related car accidents in New Mexico last year.

It's Pi Day you fools!

Kroger clarifies which of its ground beef products contain pink slime.

Speaking of pink slime, billboards in Chicago remind us that hot dogs cause butt cancer.

After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica gives up printing books.

Senator Chuck Grassley has had it up to here with The History Channel!

Is Apple really the most predictable tech company?

Finally, some official spoiler rules. SPOILER ALERT: Rita gets killed by Trinity at the end of season 4!

How exactly did Louis CK get involved in the Rush Limbaugh bullshit?

The greatest culinary joke ever.

Courtney Love says the Muppets raped Kurt Cobain.

Rule #13: If you're caught masturbating, don't stop.

How to extract your own DNA.

Somos Todos Super Amigos.

Happy Birthday Billy Crystal!!!

NEWS

The Daily Word: Sony is closing downtown ABQ studio; greasing a shaved baby sloth; circumcision news; Rush Limbaugh's Dr. Lauraesque diarrhea of the mouth

Expanded weekend police presence in downtown Albuquerque.

Sony pictures' post-production studio in Albuquerque is closing.

check out this new search engine, Duck Duck Go.

This Chinese lady wasn't really dead.

When they meet next week, Israel's Prime Minister will ask Obama to support an attack on Iran.

Picture gallery of stupid QR codes and stupid QR code placement.

The FCC wants to know if you think it's ok for cities and other public and private bodies to suspend wireless service when those institutions deem fit.

You are not going to believe how this circumcision went fatally wrong.

Listen to Rush Limbaugh's wacked out rant about a law student's sex life.

"A Ride of Death." 1940's Police Safety Council bicycle safety pamphlet with illustrations. "Result: cracked skull... and death."

BP settled with a large number of plaintiffs in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case.

Step one, shave baby sloth. Step two, grease up baby sloth with lard. Step three, clothe baby sloth in a onesy.

On this day in 1837, the City of Chicago was invented.

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