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The Daily Word in Google drones, banning cars from the Santa Fe plaza and rumours of an AC/DC breakup have snowballed

Albuquerque police and family members are looking for this mentally disabled kid who ran away from school on April 9th. He was last seen (by this writer) in the 4th and Central area yesterday evening.

Tuesday April 15th 2014: your taxes are due.

There was blood on the moon last night.

Google bought a drone company in Moriarty, New Mexico.

The mayor of Santa Fe wants to make the plaza pedestrian-only.

Pollution in China is affecting the weather.

Things are heating up in Ukraine.

Pulitzers were announced.

Dr. Kevorkian painted a lot of surreal and creepy pictures.

There is a smoke ring halo over England.

Munich has "official nudist zones".

It was a long way to the top in this dog eat dog world, but it now looks like the end of the highway for AC/DC.

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The Daily Word in eclipse pics, SpaceX, literal skull camera

Photos from yesterday's solar eclipse. Albuquerque is represented at 21 and 24.

The story of how Pixar almost deleted Toy Story 2.

Former Las Cruces basketball coach facing sex exploitation charges.

3 dead and 2 missing after a rush of climbers took on Everest over the weekend.

SpaceX hopes to try a second time on Tuesday to send a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station.

20 awesome zoo signs.

Why organic food may turn you into a jerk.

These creepy photos were creepily taken with a creepy human skull.

Ah, the Fresh Prince.

Extremely awkward 9-1-1 visit.

These parents put their kid in a washing machine to scare him ... so of course the machine's automated system kicked in and it turned on.

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The Daily Word in fiery semi, unchicken, stripper database

Minority births are the majority in the U.S.

A semi truck carrying lighter fluid just combusted on I-40.

If you're wondering why there are throngs of people in Albuquerque on Sunday, it's the eclipse.

Will drones spy on us?

Council plans for a stripper database delayed.

Tape dress. Neat.

The world's oldest yoga teacher is 93. And she's a badass.

Republican Super Pac plotting extreme attack ads about President Obama.

Limbless man attempting to swim between five continents.

Coffee drinkers live longer, says my new favorite study.

Fake chicken meat-maker promises new nonflesh will be even better than the real thing.

Gale-force wind in yo face.

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The Daily Word in presidential marketing, biting bears, Jay-Z for gay marriage

Wait, is Obama the first gay president or the first female president? Last I checked, he wasn’t either. Maybe he can close the books on gimmicky headlines used to sell magazines by coming up with an all-encompassing term like Cablinasian.

Jay-Z also in support of gay marriage. Does that make him the nation’s first gay rap legend?

French Socialist François Hollande is inaugurated this morning as the nation’s president.

Man claims he was assaulted by the chairman of the Public Regulation Commission during one of its hearings.

Rio Rancho boy bitten by captured bear.

Greek government talks fall apart, prompting an election do-over.

Apparently it's not too late to live out that life-long dream of fellating Charles Bukowski. ... What else would be the purpose of whiskey-flavored lube?

I’ve tried a sugar-free Slurpee. Not bad, but they melt really quick.

Partial eclipse this Sunday afternoon.

No. 7 in this list of people doing dumb things takes my vote.

One of the the Swamp People died.

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Total eclipse

Fred Espenak
The coming weekend presents me with a rare quandary. I must choose between my most valued pastime of sleeping and my giddy, school-girlish love for astronomical phenomena. Luckily, the inevitable best choice of cosmos-viewing will not drag me from bed all that early.

On Saturday morning, a total eclipse of the moon will be visible in the skies of western Northern America. For those on the West Coast, the shadow of the Earth will begin to eclipse the moon at around 4:45 a.m. PST. By 6:05 PST, the moon will be fully engulfed in a reddish-brown light. The total eclipse will be visible all the way from the Pacific Coast of North America to Asia and Eastern Europe.

Sadly, for us New Mexicans, we will miss out on the full-fledged, actual, total eclipse of the moon. We will, however, be able to see a partial eclipse at moonset, which will happen at 7:05 that morning. Partial or not, I contest that it will be quite romantic to face west for an eclipsed moonset whilst the sun rises over the Sandias to the east. This kind of magic doesn't happen every day, and this kind of eclipse won't happen again until 2014.

Shadowandsubstance.com provides an interactive visibility map that gives more detail of what will be visible when, and for how long. The website also provides videos of what the eclipse will be like in major U.S. cities.

Also, I've had Bonnie Tyler's “Total Eclipse of the Heart” stuck in my head all morning.

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