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V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013

Book Review

Hot and Bothered

Instructions for a Heatwave

During an unprecedented heatwave in the summer of 1976, Michael Riordan walks out of the lives of his wife and three grown children.

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news

The Daily Word in roll-coaster mishaps, a royal baby and Carlsbad farmers

Something royal this way comes ...

Police have identified one of three murder victims in East Cleveland, and they've charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with three counts of aggravated murder.

German roller-coaster manufacturer is sending experts to Arlington, Texas to investigate the death of a victim who died while riding the Texas Giant over the weekend.

Mohammed Morsi, recently ousted president of Egypt, has gone missing, and family claims he was "abducted by army."

Police are investigating the drowning of 19-year-old Matthew Mares in Los Lunas that happened over the weekend.

APD to testify today in court in a wrongful death lawsuit in relation to the shooting of 27-year-old Christopher Torres in 2011.

Carlsbad farmers could possibly receive less than half the water allotted to them from a network of wells that pump groundwater into the Pecos river.

In a nutshell: If you fake cancer and take $9,000 in donations from your community, then you're probably gonna go to jail.

news

The Daily Word in danger on Lead, Kanye West inspiration and scotch in a can

APD shoots and kills suspected burglar at St. Pius High.

Casey Anthony releases first installment of her video diary.

5-year-old boy falls into open manhole in the Lead construction zone, family says, and swallows sewage.

The final tally of U.S. casualties in the Iraq War: 4,486.

Mom wraps up real-live sergeant as Christmas present.

Songs Michele Bachmann should have resigned to.

iPhone app will pay you to work out.

Robert Frank chosen to be UNM’s president.

Inspirational Tweets from Kanye West.

Best sub-headline of the year thus far: At the Iowa caucuses, the corpse of the Republican Party was wandering around Des Moines, hungry for brains.

Drunk woman rubs her butt on a $30 million abstract painting.

Facebook makes in-person conversations redundant.

Scientists distort light for the Pentagon to create time holes.

Code Red Velvet,” a song about the cupcake that threatened national security.

Romney wants Big Bird to run on advertisements.

Vegan bodybuilders.

Satellite discovers a buried city in Egypt.

Scotch in a can.

V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
Midwives Melanie Yanke (left) and Abigail Lanin Eaves run Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center in the North Valley.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

News Profile

Where Babies Come From

Midwife-run nonprofit births alternative for expectant mothers

Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center sits on a lush plot of land in the North Valley, set back from the road and abutted by agricultural plots. The sprawling center seems about as un-hospital-like as Abigail Lanin Eaves could make it.

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news

The Daily Word: Coke plane, Gitmo papers, sitting

Awkward Family Photos celebrate Easter.

A coke plane crashed into Lake Heron.

Secret Guantanamo files reveal many prisoners have been held captive for years with little evidence.

Why is KOAT doing these mugshots?

Lots of ABQ kids skipped school on Good Friday.

Science tries to understand meditation by scanning the brains of Tibetan Buddhist monks.

People in the Middle East are angry that the U.S. response to violence against peaceful protesters varies by country.

Some women don't want to be FLOTUS.

Poll shows Republicans aren't stoked about their 2012 presidential options thus far.

Paperwork backup means DWIs are being dismissed.

Sitting all day might kill youeven if you exercise.

DCF's Sunday poem recalls the Kelly Ashner used car commercials.

The yeti is an unseen guardian angel.

Happy birthday, Hank Azaria.

Gambling

A day at the races

Gambling, but with fresh air

I don't have a gambling problem because I only gamble on Saturdays while jumping up and down on one leg.
I don't have a gambling problem because I only gamble on Saturdays while jumping up and down on one leg.

It's a family tradition. Once a year, my stepfather and I go to the Albuquerque Downs to get some fresh air and, more importantly, gamble.

We arrived in time for the first race. I picked up a program and we settled down at a bench. Richard, the stepfather, picked his horse purely from stats and horse history on the program. I like to watch the horses when they are paraded out in front of the grandstand before making my selection. Whatever horse looks the most pissed off is usually the one I go with. This works best on short races, 350 or 400 yards. On the longer races, the mad ones come in third. (Of course, a jockey friend of the family says it's all a sucker game.)

Richard told me his pick and I went inside to place the bets. This is our system as Richard requires oxygen and the smoky inside of the track is not the best place for him. He traverses it coming in and once again when we leave.

I won the first two races and picked the show (third place) on the last three races. I would have won had I picked “show” but I get greedy for the winner. Richard didn't fare
as well but won on the fifth race. Then we headed home.

The track is open for live racing until Nov. 14. You should go. Sure, it's gambling, but it's also like a day at the park. There are kids running around and a beautiful view of the Sandias. This is no Kentucky Derby and the crowd looks pretty rough. I call it the Ken-Thuggy Derby. But who needs aristocrats in white suits when you can have cowboys in long-toed boots. I love this town.

V.18 No.46 | 11/12/2009
Pho, with herbs, rice noodles and steak, is comforting and fragrant.
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Pho Viet

Food that’s pho-real

Albuquerque's Vietnamese population became established in the ’70s, thanks to Air Force marriages and a State Department resettlement program that brought approximately 3,000 South Vietnamese to New Mexico. Today, one in three Asians in Albuquerque is Vietnamese. And so we have an abundance of Vietnamese cuisine in the Duke City, a very fortunate thing for all of us.

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