The Daily Word in Saudi Arabian women vote for first time, Wu-Tang Clan and Janis Joplin
Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. You’d think this former Oklahoma police officer would have been aware of that.
Saudi Arabian women get to run and vote in an election for the first time ever and I think that’s pretty awesome.
The amount of money auctioned on Janis Joplin’s 1965 Porsche could probably pay for my college tuition for the rest of my life.
Wu-Tang Clan drops one copy of their new album and it’s not Bill Murray who bought it.
The Daily Word in 'stop-and-frisk,' DiMaggios' legacy and Gilligan's leadership
A U.S. district judge has ruled New York's “stop-and-frisk” procedures unconstitutional due to unfair racial profiling.
Some luxury resort condominiums collapsed in a massive sinkhole near Disney World. So far no injuries have been reported.
After James L. DiMaggio was shot dead over the weekend, resulting in Hannah Anderson being found safe in Idaho, authorities reveal that DiMaggio's father once held a teenager at gunpoint in the '80s.
After spending a year and a half in a coma, Dutch Prince Johan Friso died this morning.
Hey Mr. DJ, is this your equipment we found on Craigslist?
Let the record show that if you wave a stun gun at your son in the front yard, you're probably going to get probation.
The city introduced a plan to provide $2.4 million a year to rebuild APD. The bill will be brought to the public at the Aug. 19 City Council meeting.
Just a few leadership lessons from Vince Gilligan, creator of AMC's “Breaking Bad.”
A woman looking to get new boobs takes to the streets!
The Daily Word in D3 demolition, thrash metal and glass burrito
City Council approves a plan to carve up District 3 (Downtown, Barelas, UNM area) and ax Benton's seat.
APD officer ends up in the hospital after chewing on a glass burrito.
St. Michael's in Santa Fe to conduct random student drug tests.
Outrage over Quran burning spreads in Afghanistan. At least 10 Afghans and two American soldiers have died.
Midair helicopter smash kills seven marines during training.
9-year-old girl dies after running for three hours as punishment for stealing a candy bar, according to an Alabama sheriff's office.
UN may prosecute Syrian officials of crimes against humanity.
FDA questions inhalable caffeine.
Maybe you don't need eight hours of sleep.
Serious hipster cruise. Like on a ship.
Startups looking to skim carbon dioxide from the atmo. Bill Gates thinks it's a good idea, says his money.
Virginia politicians second-guess mandatory pre-abortion vaginal probing.
Analysts predict soaring national debt under all GOP contenders' tax plans—except for Ron Paul's.
Thrash metal endorsements for 2012: Megadeth dude supports Santorum.
Council considers eliminating Downtown-UNM district
Greg Payne's running for Council
Greg Payne told me yesterday via email that he's jumping into the Council race this year and going after Trudy Jones' District 8 seat. Both Jones and Payne are Republicans, though the race is ostensibly nonpartisan.
Payne is a former Alibi columnist and known for his controversial opinions. He won a Council spot in 1999. He went on to the Legislature and became transit director for the city under Mayor Martin Chavez.
Payne plans to use public financing for his 2011 run.
Joe Monahan's got the lowdown.
Year in Review
The Council on Bees, Nukes and Slashes
The City Council did a smooth job contending with a first-term mayor's new administration. Even better, councilors remained professional while negotiating Mayor Richard Berry’s budget cuts.
Camera Cash Buys Police Cars
Camera Cash Buys Police Cars
Remember paying all those red-light camera tickets? The City Council spent most of the fine money collected since 2005 at the Monday, Feb. 1 meeting. Those dollars were allocated for upgrades to three fire stations, protective equipment for firefighters, 200 police cars and beefing up the party patrol.
District 1: Southern Portion of the Westside
Unopposed incumbent: Ken Sanchez
Ken Sanchez is running for re-election this year without a challenger. Sanchez knows the issues of his Southwest district well. Gangs flourish in the area, and property crime numbers are up. Houses were built, but retail wasn't. Extra fees and taxes have been paid into city coffers for years, but infrastructure is lacking. The roadways are bizarre in the area, and the passages across the Rio Grande are often clogged.
District 3: Downtown, Parts of the South Valley
The Alibi endorses: Isaac Benton
You can't ask for a better councilor than Isaac Benton. Early in his first term, he was faced with the immediate problem of flooding in Barelas and the Santa Barbara / Martineztown area. Benton says the flooding wasn't a top priority of Mayor Martin Chavez' administration at first. He passed a bill through the Council that forced it to the top of Chavez' to-do list. Benton's efforts resulted in new storm drainage retention ponds in those neighborhoods that reduce the chance of future floods.
District 5: Northern Portion of the Westside
The Alibi endorses: Michael Cadigan
Dan Lewis wants Michael Cadigan's job, and his campaigning fueled perhaps the ugliest Council race this season. Unfortunately, Cadigan was a topic Lewis couldn't let lie during his endorsement interview with the Alibi. The pastor and small-business owner called the councilor ineffective and demeaning, said he was too hostile to the city administration, and declared him “combative.” And that was just the first five minutes.
District 7: Uptown
The Alibi endorses: no one
What a horrible thing to not endorse any candidates, especially when we started out with three hopefuls. But here's how the District 7 race has gone down: Two months ago, incumbent Sally Mayer was running for re-election against challengers David Green and Mike Cook. David Green failed to turn in his Declaration of Candidacy to the City Clerk's Office in time. His name will be absent from the ballot, although he's still running as a write-in candidate. Green doesn't appear to have a campaign website, so all we can tell you about him is this: He's a baker and this is his first time running for public office.
District 9: Southeast Heights
The Alibi endorses: Don Harris
In his first term, Don Harris did a lot of good for people in his district who aren't the noisiest or most powerful. His predecessors "kissed the ring of Four Hills," as Harris puts it, and didn't do much else. Keeping Four Hills happy might be all it takes to secure a Council seat in District 9, but Harris tackled more.