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The Daily Word in hazmat, more Gangnam Style and Penn State prez

People in Santa Teresa, N.M., were told to stay inside and seal windows and vents. Turns out, 200 people got sick, and an unknown hazardous material caused it. The industrial park reopened yesterday.

Gary Johnson's campaign splices him into the presidential debates.

Guy rode his bike through Hurricane Sandy.

Back East, people are lined up for miles to get gas.

Former Penn State president charged with perjury in Sandusky scandal.

Gene Hackman knew the dude he slapped in Santa Fe.

Dr. Kevorkian's paintings.

City councilors lodge an ethics complaint against a pro-minimum wage hike group.

Campaign finance reports filed today. So, how much did those legislative campaigns blow?

Noam Chomsky Gangnam Style

10 election oddities explained. By the British.

Is America ready for a female president?

V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
The small lot of the Smith’s gas station on Constitution and Carlisle lacks space for cars to wait while others refuel.
Andy Carrasco

Newscity

Fuel to the Fire

Every day, fumes, traffic snarls and tanker trucks aggravate neighbors of the Smith's gas station on Constitution and Carlisle. And with a permit for the station to sell more fuel, the situation isn’t going to get any easier.

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The Daily Word in Google glasses, Pussy Riot and feathered dinos

Biologist to argue for year-round cougar hunting in N.M.

Augmented reality glasses.

Heinrich v. Balderas on the drug war and Mexico.

Death Star v. Borg Cube.

Los Alamos National Lab put all of its environmental monitoring info into a public database.

Sky News says it hacked into people’s emails.

No police at Lobo Village, just private security.

The best of rappers on game shows.

The real reason gas costs so much.

Amnesty International says Russia shouldn’t continue to jail Pussy Riot—a female punk rock performance troupe.

Federal judge rules that it’s discriminatory to deny insurance benefits to same-sex couples.

Snakehead is one nasty looking fish.

These great big dinos used to have feathers. Cute.

Is brain food for real?

Toys you used to have that are worth a lot of money now.

Bikes

My two wheels get ticketed

Today across the country, cities celebrate national Dump the Pump Day by encouraging public transportation. By cutting back to one car, a two-person household can save more than $10.000 a year according to the American Public Transportation Association.

Teams from ABQ RIDE and the Rail Runner are doing their part by handing out goodies on various bus lines and Rail Runner trains throughout the day to promote a car-free lifestyle.

Me, I got a different kind of goodie.

As a bicycle commuter I wear a helmet and look both ways. But, I admit, I occasionally stretch traffic laws.

On June 16 at 9:43 a.m., a motorcycle cop flagged me down. He called me out on a violation of failing to obey the traffic control device at the corner of Silver and Cornell.

As surreal as it was to be standing on the sidewalk with my bike while an officer ran my driver's license through the system, it was even weirder to read the resulting warning notice.

License plate number—BICYCLE

Vehicle year—1900 (actually, 1988, but whatever)

Color—BLU (I'd call it gray and teal with yellow brake cables and red handle bars)

Under the line for make and model there is no mention of my aluminum frame Raleigh Technium other than BK. I think that stands for "bike."

Bicyclists are quick to defend our harmless commuting lawlessness. The truth is if we want to officers on our side, we need to follow the rules or pay the price just like everyone else on the road.

But is it wrong if I'm hoping my next violation is a speeding ticket?

V.20 No.7 | 2/17/2011

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Gas Hogs

New Mexico Gas Company remains mum on which big customers decreased use during the shortage

Which companies use the most gas in New Mexico? How much do they use? Is it as much as, say, Española? More? And when the New Mexico Gas Company cut gas to thousands of homes in early February, was industry the first to get shut off?

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Fashion

And the San Pellegrino wears Missoni

All dressed up and no place to go, except my stomach.
All dressed up and no place to go, except my stomach.

The most chichi water ever bottled has found its way onto shelves at Whole Foods on Carlisle. San Pellegrino—for some reason—teamed up with Missoni—the Italian fashion house most famous for knitwear that features brightly-colored zigzag patterns. The designer water has been available since this summer, yet, I’m guessing, it’s late arriving in Albuquerque. As usual. A bottle of this limited edition water now lives in my humble refrigerator. See Lea, Perrins and Mr. Tapatio quiver with inferiority.

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New Mexico Gas Company Will Steal Your Time and Money

Happy New Mexico Gas Company customers, presumable enjoying hot showers, warm meals and being forced to pay for overpriced gas.
Happy New Mexico Gas Company customers, presumable enjoying hot showers, warm meals and being forced to pay for overpriced gas.

Today I had the pleasure of having my gas turned on by the non-PNM entity known as New Mexico Gas Company. Yesterday they informed me that someone would be by my house at some non-appointed time, and that I would have to be home all day, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Needing to go to work, today when 2:30 rolled around with still no sign of a gas guy, I put in a call to the monopoly, ahem, utility. After asking why I had to wait, and why I had to pay $63 dollars for the thing that I was waiting for them to do, one of the company’s peons rationalized the practice of non-scheduling with “policy,” whatever that means, and assured me that $63 dollars was a reasonable amount for such a service that ultimately, a most, takes all of 30 minutes to perform.

That it’s legal for the one and only gas provider to hold their customers hostage and rob them while doing so is astounding. Why? WHY?!!

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