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.
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.”
“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.
Ugh, I need some good news.
Life in an undersea space station.
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.
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.
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.
Track down criminals with Twitter.
Bank of America rolls out even sneakier fees.
Yoga championships. It’s a thing.
The life of the robot.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
We got curious about one of the bonds on the ballot. (No, not No. 12, which handcuffs millions for the Paseo interchange to millions for a sportsplex.)
We were interested in “No. 10: Affordable Housing” that kicks $10 million to workforce housing, homes for working families and inexpensive rental properties for senior citizens.
Read Carolyn Carlson’s report on the developments that come out of this money.
Denmark just elected its first female prime minister.
Stud Finder, by xkcd.
DNA test being done to see if Santa Fe mom's son is really a missing boy from 2000.
Florida cable guy exposes himself and masturbates in client's living room, police say.
Meet some Stanford genius hackers and code writers.
China's buying up gold, perhaps to weaken the U.S. dollar.
Can this tiny college in the Catskills annihilate the economy?
Texas inmate receives stay of execution from the Supreme Court because testimony at his trial may have been racist.
Scientists discover the first planet that is definitely orbiting two stars.
The changing face of atheism.
Unemployment, the economy and budget cuts can be boring topics, but once you start paying attention, they're scarier than that time you watched The Shining late at night, alone. Instead of cowering in fear of a federal ax hacking away at social programs, the American Dream Movement will rally at Civic Plaza today from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The American Dream Movement, a progressive response to the Tea Party, includes MoveOn.org and 30 other organizations. It’s mission is to create economic justice for veterans, students and others in need. The movement grew out of the turmoil in Wisconsin and was named by Van Jones, who was the green jobs adviser to the White House in 2009. The debt ceiling deal and cuts to Medicare, education and transportation spurred a recent round of demonstrations.
“The priorities are upside down,” says Margo Morado, the council coordinator for the Albuquerque chapter of MoveOn.org, “Taxes have not been raised, and the cuts are going to affect the poor, elderly and disabled the most.”
Albuquerque's rally is one of 254 nationwide taking place today. Morado says 200 people have signed up, and she estimates an attendance of 250 to 400 participants. The demonstration will feature a reading of “A Contract for the American Dream,” a plan to get the economy back on track based on ideas from 131,203 people. The 10-point proposal was developed through online forums and house meetings.
Democratic state Sens. Eric Griego, Jerry Ortiz y Pino (an Alibi columnist) and state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas will speak in support of job creation and halts on spending cuts. In addition to policy discussions, the rally will also include poets, music from the Route 66 Revelers and a flash mob.
And here we thought all the eco-business was going to go the way of Martin Chavez-head bus decals when our former flashy mayor left his post to Richard Berry.
But Albuquerque is No. 10 on a 24/7 Wall St. list of the cities with the fastest growing green jobs. (Knoxville, Tenn., is No. 1.) From the article:
10. Albuquerque, NM
• Green Job Growth Rate: 7.8% per year• No. of Green Jobs in 2010: 9,912• Current Unemployment: 6.8%• Peak Unemployment: 9.4% (July 2010)• State Unemployment: 6.9% (14th lowest)Albuquerque has emerged as a major center for companies that use green technologies as well as large manufacturers of green technologies, such as Advent Solar and Schott AG. Last year, “The EPA awarded $49,000 to the Earth Works Institute and the Gila Resources Information Project towards the employment of New Mexico high school students in green jobs,” reports New Mexico news station KRQE. Unemployment is now two and a half percentage points lower than it was at the city’s peak, only one year ago.
The haze in the sky is smoke from wildfires.
Chief justice of the state Supreme Court says he did not buy his job.
Driver facing vehicular homicide charge after cyclist’s death last month.
Arizona sues the feds over medical marijuana.
Unemployment fell in New Mexico.
Google says hackers in China got into hundreds of Gmail accounts. Chinese government says that’s baloney.
Lady Gaga killed the notion of “the album.”
Two senators warn that the government is using the Patriot Act in alarming ways. But they say they can’t talk about it because it’s classified.
The war on drugs hasn’t worked, say politicians around the world. The United States and Mexico disagree.
T-Pain renounces auto-tune.
Europe’s mutant E.coli killed almost 20 people so far.
Nudism is on the decline.
Demand goes up for gluten-free, vegan baked goods, which means they’re becomming more delicious.
You can’t scrub yourself off the Internet.