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Winning photograph speaks volumes

Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han
Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han

An older Latina woman stands clutching a telephone pole painted with colors of the American flag in a border town of the Southwestern United States. She’s expressionless except for a squinting of her dark eyes during the midday sun. Her gaze is slightly off camera and a silver cross is half hidden under her blouse. Her left wrist is bandaged, yet she doesn’t seem broken. Rather, she's solid and stoic with an unassuming strength. The author of this photograph is Junfu Han, a UNM Art Education graduate student and the winner of the 1st Annual International Education Week photo contest.

During the week of Nov. 11, UNM’s Global Education Office hosted International Education Week, and unlike previous years, this year’s event included the photo contest. The week focuses on the benefits of studying abroad and celebrates the diversity of UNM students. Photographers entered the contest, whose theme was “International Experiences,” with portraits, landscapes, architecture, street photography, abstract or experimental pictures. Han’s striking composition of the Latina woman in the Chihuahuita community in El Paso, TX was declared the winner with its portrayal of American mythos and Mexican experiences on the border.

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The Daily Word in the postal service, Van Damme's split and New Mexico immigration

Mr. Ford can't fight the fever … “to lose some powers” has gotta be rough.

Police have identified the passenger who fell from a small plane that was flying over the Atlantic.

Patsy Davis' body was exhumed from her frontyard after her husband lost a court battle to keep her in her wanted resting place.

The postal service lost $5 billion this past year.

An abortion protester named Rives Grogan was arrested yesterday for shouting at people near Zimmerman Library about religion and abortion. He's being charged with disorderly conduct and public nuisance. And that's not counting his Veterans Day stunt.

Today is the last day for early voting in the special election. The election itself happens on Nov. 19.

US attorneys have prosecuted 5,999 people for immigration offenses in New Mexico so far this year, the fastest rise among the country's 94 judicial districts.

And you thought you could do the splits?

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The Daily Word in crap in a bag, protesters in the poke and the house of turds

The Affordable Care Act officially takes effect today

How the government shutdown that took effect at midnight will affect the nation, New Mexico and public fountains.

Thirty-four undocumented youths are in custody at the US-Mexico border. They are protesting US immigration laws.

The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")is here. But the enrollment websites are not working.

It's mating season for tarantulas.

Yes, we know: Levi Chavez is flat broke.

CNN celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain declares Santa Fe's Five & Dime Frito Pie "crap in a bag" made with canned chili, quickly issues apology.

O.J. Simpson is innocent!

Apparently this CBGB movie is really, really crummy (with link to movie and scathing review.)

Edward Snowden is a nominee for the Sakharov Prize, which recognizes individuals' achievements in furthering human rights.

BP may be fined for and are accused of lying about the magnitude of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

"Your fridge looks like it belongs to Satan" says reporter to man who consumes only raw meat.

A list of everything Walt Jr. ate for breakfast on Breaking Bad.

House of Turds.

Author Margaret Atwood wants the lyrics of O Canada changed so they are gender-neutral.

Goddammit, yesterday was Blasphemy Day.

V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013
courtesy of Working Classroom

Art Theater Preview

Is It Real, or Is It Just the American Dream?

Dreamlandia adapts old questions for a new century

Working Classroom brings their own spin to the timeless tale of how we deceive ourselves and others just to get by.
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The Daily Word in Arizona's voting law, news on same sex marriage and New Mexico fire updates

Supreme Court shuts down Arizona voting law that requires people to show citizenship verification.

A Pew Study concludes that news stories revolving around same sex marriage have taken on more of a supportive stance rather than an opposing view.

So ... they're still looking for Jimmy Hoffa?

Zimmerman trial enters second week of jury selection.

New Mexico wildfire update from fire officials: Thompson Ridge is 80 percent contained. Tres Lagunas is 90 percent contained. Jaroso is zero percent contained. White's Peak is 25 percent contained, and Silver Fire is five percent contained.

Some Albuquerque home invaders messed with the wrong woman.

Some don't see eye to eye on the "Rio Grande Vision."

So now you wanna lick some eyeballs?

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The Daily Word in water wars, Elmo's further transgressions and Justin Bieber's monkey

The next battle in the New Mexico water wars has begun: Carlsbad issues a "priority call" to stop Roswell and Artesia from pumping groundwater.

Round about we go, arguing about a roundabout. Perhaps some circular logic is in order?

The AP style book agrees: People aren't illegal.

The ACLU wants to make sure the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission actually listens to its constituents.

The mean old Germans took Justin Bieber's monkey away!

C'mon guys, we ran out of "tickle-me-Elmo" jokes months ago. This stuff is just depressing now.

Now, let Yogi Okie Dokie entertain and unsettle you.

V.22 No.9 | 2/28/2013
If good fences make good neighbors, then scary giant walls are probably twice as effective.

Film Review

Harvest of Empire

Polarizing issue of immigration has its origins exposed in historical doc

New, PBS-style documentary by Peter Getzels & Eduardo López, tries to tackle the issue of immigration from a fresh perspective. Based on the book by award-winning journalist Juan González (“Democracy Now!”), Harvest of Empire asks one very simple question: What are these people doing here in the first place? The knee-jerk, surface-layer answer is that people from poor countries emigrate to America to make more money. Simple, no? But why are so many Latin American countries riddled with civil war, organized crime and overwhelming poverty in the first place? The answer, as in so many cases, lies in America’s neo-colonial government policy.
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V.21 No.49 | 12/6/2012

Council Watch

The Commish

O’Malley was elected to the Bernalillo County Commission in November, filling the seat vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham.

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V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012

Council Watch

Election Eve

Zoo fees and Westland parks at a quiet Council meeting

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V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012

Council Watch

Rain on Downtown’s Parade

Twinkle Light Parade moves to Nob Hill, strip clubs are scrutinized, and the city bans spice and bath salts.

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The Daily Word in veep debate, diamond planet and sassy Big Bird

Supersonic human free fall has been rescheduled for Sunday due to weather.

Navajo Nation will put drone tech to good use by using an unmanned aircraft to monitor crops.

Soprano to take a Virgin Galactic flight into space and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.

A diamond planet bigger than Earth.

Anarchist Peter Rabbit.

13 obscure punctuation symbols you might like to use, such as the authority point and the snark mark.

Lots of people are going to be sassy Big Bird for Halloween.

Do you guys care about the veep throwdown? Guardian says it's crucial. And USA Today breaks it down. All the way down. "Joe just needs to be Joe," says the prez.

Advice from Miami stripper Skrawberry. (Warning: Kinda raw.)

America is not mostly Protestant anymore.

How to find truth on the Internet.

In today's so-obvious-maybe-it's-not-news news: NRA backs Heather Wilson.

Some pop stars to be naked on their album covers.

Gov. Martinez wants to evict the Mexican gray wolf pack.

And she's talking about driver's licenses some more.

V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012

Council Watch

Council chambers were three-quarters full of people wanting to comment about several issues. Some were in support of more money for the zoo, others protested Mayor Richard Berry’s recent award from the New Mexico Freedom of Open Government for bringing more transparency to the city’s government website. And one person spoke from her heart about supporting Thursday, Oct. 11, as National Coming Out Day, a national observance celebrating people who are publicly LGBTQ. 2012's theme is "Come Out. Vote." to encourage folks to cast a ballot in November for politicians who support equality. The day was launched in 1988 by a psychologist from New Mexico, Robert Eichberg.

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Council Watch

Coming Out, Touching Down

Citizens show up to Council chambers to talk National Coming Out Day. Councilor Michael Cook wants to make it easier for balloons to land around the city.

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V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012

Council Watch

Hot in Here

The Council gives a thumb’s up a landmark designation at Bataan Memorial Park but won’t support Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day.

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