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The Daily Word in Chris Christie's apology, West Virginia's water and dead chickens

People weigh in on Gov. Chris Christie's apology concerning his team's “callous” and “stupid” behavior.

HBO's "Girls" gets renewed for a fourth season. Has the third even premiered yet?

After a chemical spill contaminated the water supply, nearly 200,000 people in West Virginia were left without H2O.

A major drop in added jobs for December flusters economists.

Someone's been leaving dead chickens at a North Valley cemetery.

It seems that panhandling has become a profession for a couple (and their kids) in Modesto, Calif.

Some students in Gallup found a way to cheat the system.

A woman surrendered her dog (that tested positive for cocaine and marijuana), but now she wants her canine friend back.

Coors Banquet beer puts out an 18-wheeler engulfed in flames.

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The Daily Word in the debt ceiling, pesky interest rates and political superheroes

With three days before the debt-ceiling deadline, the White House and the House Republicans are still having discussions and working toward avoiding a default.

A San Francisco man is recovering after having spent 19 days lost in the woods in Mendocino County, surviving on squirrels, lizards and berries.

Your medical insurance won't cover this procedure? Sure, we can help you, but watch out for those interest rates!

Three Americans won the Nobel prize in economics for their work in assets.

A man wanted in connection with a Georgia murder was found in Albuquerque during a drug raid.

After nine missing children were reunited with their parents on Sunday evening, inquiries of abuse and an investigation of the Tierra Blanca Ranch still looms.

The 42nd Annual Balloon Fiesta wrapped up last night, and what a good finale it was!

What do your favorite superheroes think about political issues?

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The Daily Word in Dayton's immigrants, the mayoral election and randy tarantulas

While the government shutdown still looms, Congress is questioning whether the debt ceiling will be increased and ponders the likelihood of a default.

Al Qaeda fugitive Abu Anas al-Libi was captured in Libya over the weekend and is being held on the U.S.S. San Antonio in the Mediterranean Sea before being taken to New York to be prosecuted.

“World's first flexible OLED [organic light-emitting diode] panel for smartphones"? LG corners the market on curved screens and such.

Dayton, Ohio sees improvements in its economy by lending help to people immigrating to the US.

After an anti-abortion group was accused of picketing a doctor's house in Bernalillo County, the county commissioners are looking into an anti-picketing ordinance to prevent this from happening again.

Jerry Chavez is accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death while his two boys, ages 6 and 12, witnessed the crime. Though his friends have stated that he is a good, Christian man and “would never kill anyone.”

With the mayoral election happening tomorrow, the question remains: Will there be a runoff?

Who knew tarantulas really like to get it on?

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The Daily Word in BP, poorest president and Pong

BP's looking at a $4.5 billion fine and criminal charges against staff members.

The gap between rich and poor in New Mexico is the widest in the nation.

Pit bull terriers killed a Chihuahua and sent her owner to the hospital.

Debbie O'Malley might remain on the Council and take a seat on the County Commission.

Remember when 48 women training for the military said they'd been sexually assaulted or harassed by their instructors? The Air Force has a weird solution: Trainees must have a wingman all the time.

Nonstop flights from Albuquerque to New York.

FBI investigates death threats against the guy holding the coyote-killing contest in Los Lunas.

The poorest president in the world. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them."

Violence escalates in Gaza and Israel. Rockets kill 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.

Louisiana governor is the first Republican to denounce Mitt Romney's notion that he lost the election because President Obama gave gifts to minorities and youth.

5-Hour Energy shot-like drink blamed for 13 deaths.

Colorado Visitors Bureau plans NOT to capitalize on legal recreational marijuana.

Science looks at rappers' brains to find the basis of improvisation.

Pong is 40-years-old and no one has topped it, says this guy.

How to become as observant as Sherlock Holmes. (Also, "Sherlock," the BBC miniseries available on Netflix instawatch, is dope.)

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012
Jeff Drew jeffdrewpictures.com

Election 2012

Bucking the Buck

Businesses combat a $1 minimum wage bump

By Margaret Wright
The wage hike will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. In the meantime, groups on both sides of the issue mount campaigns to sway voters.

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V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012

Bear With Me

Unemployment Blues

By John Bear
Some background: I have been convicted (a very serious word indeed) of unemployment fraud, for underreporting part-time employment. The underreported amount was ... one dollar. I have been appealing, unsuccessfully, for six months.

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The Daily Word in Johnny Tapia, Cypress Hill and food waste

APD made an arrest in connection with Tuesday’s double homicide of Kirsten Landeau of the Duke City Darlins and her nephew. (The Darlins are holding a vigil tomorrow.)

Johnny Tapia died of heart disease, according to his autopsy report.

A woman says she was fired from her state job after testing positive for marijuana, even though she had a medical card.

Does legalizing marijuana boost economies?

Olympic bronze medalist welcomed home to the 505.

America throws out 40 percent of its food.

Rupert Murdoch’s daughter isn’t a fan of his media empire.

Understanding Homer’s D’oh!

Zero percent of the country’s African-Americans support Mitt Romney.

Gonzo guide to the RNC.

Action movies aren’t always the worst.

Henry Rollins in column form.

Happy Birthday, Keith Moon.

Playing Cypress Hill through a squid.

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The Daily Word in the U.S. winning, Chick-fil-A kiss-in, Jenna Jameson hearts Mitt

U.S. Olympians had a record-setting day with Gabby Douglas becoming the first African American to win the women’s gymnastics all-around and Michael Phelps three-peating gold in the 200-meter individual medley.

Oh, and the men’s bball team put up an Olympic-best 156 points against Nigeria. That still doesn’t answer my question as to why we haven’t been able to view their games on regular TV.

Not much change in the job market.

Balloon Fiesta vendors are worried about what they say could be price-fixing at this year’s event.

Where Chick-fil-A ranks in terms of major companies with controversial policies.

Speaking of which, today is “National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A.”

Santa Fe bus driver admits to multiple instances of sexual misconduct, but isn’t jailed.

Sexist photography at the Olympics?

French president fulfills his promise of cracking down on the rich.

Wojdan Shaherkani became the first Saudi woman ever to compete in the Olympics.

It’s tax-free weekend in New Mexico.

The worst commercial for ice cream of all time.

Mitt Romney gains the support of what appears to be a hunk of humanoid plastic that calls itself Jenna Jameson.

Proof that Ryan Lochte is the frat-boy version of Jeff Spicoli.

And because you know you need to know, a little more info on “Gangnam Style.”

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The Daily Word in freedom fighters, not-so-soothing warmth and dark money

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela.

Top Syrian defense ministers, including President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, were killed in Damascus by a suicide bomber.

Shrinking Greenland ice sheet birthed a Manhattan-sized iceberg.

Track the extent of countrywide drought conditions.

City cracks down on illegal dog breeding.

Investigation of the Little Bear Fire initiated.

Santa Fe is the "best food town."

Senate Republicans heart secret donors.

"Outsized level of influence": an infographic.

The end of Penn State football is a possibility.

Should we be required to vote?

Sorry, but the Olympic mascots creep me out.

Just embrace the suck.

Ugh, I need some good news.

Life in an undersea space station.

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The Daily Word in Kutcher, Munch and Love

Ex. Gov. Gary Johnson likely to get the Libertarian nod for prez.

Santa Fe carnival gave out live rabbits and turtles as prizes.

College student says DEA forgot him in a holding cell for days.

Credit is America’s welfare plan, says professor.

In a move that can only devalue the old-fashioned paper tome, publishers are planning to put ads on book covers.

Ashton Kutcher’s brownface Popchips ad pulled.

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sold for $120 million, making it the most expensive painting in the world.

Courtney Love’s art.

Lost parakeet tells police where he lives.

Most of us are outliers.

Who riots best? Sports fans or protesters?

How superstitions and rituals help you win.

Hello Kitty airline.

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The Daily Word in Urban Outfitters, marshmallow vodka and BofA’s sneaky fees

Navajo Nation suing Urban Outfitters for titling some products “Navajo.”

Arizona public schools ban Bless Me Ultima, the landmark novel by local literary legend Rudolfo Anaya.

Image of Jesus appears in a tortilla in Española.

Request your FBI file.

HuffPo article on the owner of Effex, an LGBT rights activist and a Christian Republican.

Farewell, heartthrob Davy Jones.

Recycling photos from around the world.

Understanding fluffed marshmallow vodka.

The Aquabats have a TV show.

Girls make beats.

Han Solo in carbonite crayons.

50 worst baby names.

Track down criminals with Twitter.

Bank of America rolls out even sneakier fees.

Yoga championships. It’s a thing.

The life of the robot.

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The Daily Word in the Old Main, supergiant and Anonymous

U.S. to ease its combat mission in Afghanistan.

Burqueños prison gang exhibits civic pride.

Foreigners stick their foreign fingers in our chile market.

Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Chicano activist, mounted an armed raid to make a citizen's arrest of New Mexico's district attorney in the '60s. He's speaking at the Statehouse today.

Tour the Old Main, home of the lethal 1980 prison riot.

To protect his riches, this wealthy man adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend as his daughter.

Anonymous hacks emails and accuses Ron Paul of being linked to a neo-Nazi group.

Washington the state passes a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Komen yanked its funding from Planned Parenthood, so supporters around the country donated enough in a single day to make up the difference.

Baratunde Thurston on how to be Black.

Remember when we sold guns to cartels so we could track them? And then it didn't work out so well?

This cheerleader can dead lift 250.

Meet supergiant—not the band, the amphipod.

Marchers in Egypt protest military mishandling of a soccer riot that killed 74.

The most common regrets of folks at the end of their lives.

Rest in peace:

Sonic Youth collaborator and artist Mike Kelley

"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius

Poet Wislawa Szymborska

Boxing trainer Angelo Dundee

The man who played Mr. Pitt on "Seinfeld," Ian Abercrombie

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The Daily Word in Penn State riots, UC Berkeley beatdown and the 90-foot-wave surver

Local credit unions see lots of new accounts after Bank Transfer Day.

The city of Farmington tries to assure Navajos that the city is a safe place for them to visit.

N.M. rattlers provide venom for cancer treatment.

Perry screws up. Big time.

A 70-year-old machine gun that still works.

Dude surfs a 90-foot wave.

Someone stole a ghost bike.

A trailer park in Tesuque Pueblo is demanding proof of citizenship from renters.

Unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe.

Caviar lipstick.

Police beat protesters with clubs at Occupy demonstration at UC Berkeley.

Penn State students riot over the firing of their football coach, who is accused of covering up his assistant coach's child molestation.

There are no more rhinos in West Africa.

Ex-banker takes over Greece.

California had a law against euthanizing "downer" animals. The Supreme Court overturned that law.

Why is gold our basis for money and not something else?

The Leila texts.

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Mayor Bloomberg evicting protesters?

You know, for park cleanup. Not for anything political or anything.

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Zuccotti Park have got to get out tomorrow morning. The billionaire mayor went to the park to deliver the news.

According to this notice, maintenance crews will be cleaning the park in thirds. While one-third is being cleaned, the other two will remain open, and it should take four hours to clean each section.

That sounds like it should ultimately affect the protesters only a little, but tacked on to the notice is a list of appropriate uses of the privately owned park.

Prohibited activities include:

Camping, erecting tents

Laying down on the ground, benches, sitting areas or walkways

Spreading tarps and sleeping bags

Storing personal property

Using bikes, skateboards and roller blades

Taking things out of the trash cans

MoveOn’s got a petition going to stop the eviction.

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