Child slavery is still a major problem in the chocolate industry.
DO NOT attempt to make your dog or cat vegan or vegetarian.
The age to buy tobacco in Chicago will now be 21.
The world doesn't believe Trump can do it.
Read new secrets!
A nearly 100-million-year old bird wing has been found encased in amber.
President Obama is showing five things that are more difficult than registering to vote.
John Oliver tackled doping in his most recent episode.
Crime scene blood can now tell the age range of a person.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to make ramen crust pizza.
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.
Beware Mountain Dew Mouth.
Rest in peace, Mary, of Mary and Tito’s.
Happy birthday Devin O’Leary.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.
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.