The Daily Word in yearbook woes, the job market and free pot
Economists say the job growth in August wasn't very good, but there's no reason to worry.
In Florida, a missing autistic boy was found unharmed; however, the man he was found with is suspected of four murders.
A Maine mother is fighting the state over a do-not-resuscitate order placed on her injured child.
Another individual has come forward to sue Penn State in regard to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Open space officers located a group of hikers who went missing yesterday in the Embudito area. All three were unharmed.
The autopsy report has been released for the gruesome killing of Emily Lambert in March in Carlsbad, N.M.
People in Portales, N.M., are outraged at topless photos in a high school yearbook.
Starting next summer, citizens in Berkeley, Calif., who make less than $32,000 can get free pot. Assuming they have a medical marijuana card, of course.
The Daily Word in Oscar nominations, Baseball Hall of Shame, tape faces
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired their head coach.
Albuquerque man who said he lost his memory showed up at a McDonald's in Colorado with no idea how he got there or where he was from.
Jerry Sandusky begins process of appeal for sex abuse conviction.
No new members were elected this year to the Baseball Hall of Fame (thanks a lot, steroids).
Everybody calm down, the whales are fine!
Boston declared itself in a state of flu emergency after more than 700 confirmed cases were reported throughout the city.
The incredible, edible, valuable bacon dragon.
Yar, buried treasure in a Black Sea fortress.
Thanks to Nick Brown and Brennan for help with the links.
Implications of the NCAA crackdown on Penn State
The stench of crime has been associated with PSU ever since the Jerry Sandusky accusations were upheld in court (and for many, long before that). The association of Joe Paterno, legendary coach and inspirational figure, has been one that many people have struggled with. The university tried on Sunday to take pro-active steps to dissociate themselves from a man who may or may not have aided in covering up these heinous crimes. But the NCAA announced on Monday that this wasn’t enough. Not even close.
The things that Sandusky has been found guilty of are undeniably horrible. No one disputes that. The University and its figureheads, according to Louis Freeh's report, did not do enough to stop these crimes. And now, the NCAA is taking unprecedented—and, some say, illegal—action to punish both the athletic program as well as the university as a whole.
So now the question becomes: Is the NCAA in the right here? Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty in a court of law, and Penn State has been found guilty in the court of popular opinion. But where is the overlap between the two and what does the NCAA have to do with either of those two things? The NCAA bills itself as "founded ... to protect young people from ... dangerous and exploitive athletics practices." The young men who were taken advantage of at Penn State were clearly in danger and were clearly exploited. Of this, there can be no doubt.
The rumors before the fines and sanctions were officially announced put the monetary figure in excess of $30 million. Now, we see that the reality is twice that amount, plus an unprecedented number of wins that are being vacated—dropping Joe Pa from first all time in coaching wins to twelfth. Yet, despite universal recognition that there were terrible occurrences at Penn State, there has been an almost-instantaneous claim that, perhaps, the NCAA has ovverreached.
The money the NCAA is fining Penn State will go to an external program—or more than one program—that focuses on sexual abuse or assisting victims of sexual abuse. The total is said to have been determined by one year's revenue from the football program, which will be handicapped for the next four years, including loss of scholarships and bowl ineligibility. The athletic department, finally, will be on probation for five years.
All of these consequences seem to send a clear message from the NCAA—that it believes there was wrongdoing at Penn State. And there is little doubt in most peoples' minds that there was. But by taking this unprecedented step—and here we are not specifically addressing the money, the wins or the handicapping, but rather the new jurisdiction that the NCAA believes itself entitled to—we are entering into a new era, one where the governing body of athletics and academics might have tremendous power in not only those two fields, but also over colleges and universities as a whole.
The Daily Word in Westboro Baptist Church, NM bankruptcy rates, Penn State penalities.
Westboro Baptist Church appears to have not have actually shown up to the candlelight vigil held last night for the Aurora shooting victims. They were probably too busy being blocked from protesting the funeral of a fallen soldier.
NCAA doles out intense punishment for Penn State.
More than 100 killed in Iraq after bombings and shootings make for the deadliest day this year.
200-year-old Rancho De Corrales Event Center destroyed by fire.
Which would be more likely to provoke you to stab your husband: An obnoxious facebook post, or the fact that he was high on PCP?
AMC says no more masks at their movie screenings. Sorry superhero cosplayers.
You may now smell like books.
The Daily Word in electoral politics, lack of confidence and not-so-fun bags
North Carolina’s constitutional amendment barring gay marriage (along with some legal rights for unmarried straight couples) passed by a wide margin.
A felon serving time in Texas for extortion threats at UNM in 1999 beat President Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary. Among the victor's other resumé highlights: Federation of Super Heroes, 1976-1982.
Attorney to accused child molester/former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky asked for more time to get ready for the trial.
Tea party-backed candidate defeated one of the senate’s longest-serving members.
The Beastie Boys were nailed with a lawsuit just one day before Adam “MCA” Yauch’s cancer-related death.
Republican super-PAC fundraising soars beyond Democratic counterparts'.
The most recent bombing attempt by al-Qaeda against the U.S. was averted by a C.I.A. double agent.
Albuquerque teachers union representatives have “no confidence” in state Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.
Bernalillo County Commissioners voted to censure their scandal-plagued colleague Michael Wiener.
John Travolta's attorney says two legal suits alleging the actor committed sexual battery and harassment are bogus.
Coincidentally, on this day in 1950, L. Ron Hubbard published his Dianetics book which led to the launch of Scientology.
A warming planet could help spread tropical illness.
Researchers have begun documenting the impact of the massive Pacific Ocean “garbage patch” on underwater ecosystems.
Turns out plastic bags are disgusting in all kinds of ways!
The Daily Word in politics, human to animal contact and TALKING IN ALL CAPS
Again with the debt ceiling.
Kim Jong-il's two-day funeral begins.
Yes, Congress really is as bad as you think.
Rick Santorum promises to pack up and go home if he comes in last in Iowa.
Democrat Ben Nelson is retiring from the Senate.
No New Mexico float in the Rose Parade this year.
Surprise! Newt Girgrich's divorce papers contradict his claims about the split.
Questions are being asked about Jerry Sandusky's wife.
Mayor Berry reviews the first half of his term.
Vladimir Putin is too cool for vote rigging.
Two killed in a shootout at a Church's Chicken in Chicago.
Tweeting the phrase human to animal contact will attract the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.
A $25 computer about to begin production.
The great exploding churro lawsuit has been settled.
Toys R Us sued over loose wagon wheel.
ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS is exactly as awesome as the name implies.
The 50 most entered BitTorrent phrases of 2011 are…
Adorable anti-gender marketing rant from a 4-year-old.
2011s best animal videos.
When will the Co-op get a man aisle?
SETI to search the moon for alien footprints.
The Grand Canyon Burger sounds awesome!
Save cash and avoid airport impulse buys.
The true weight of the internet is somewhere between a grain of salt and a strawberry.
Former Saturday Night Live writer dead of apparent suicide.
Sweet old computer magazine covers from the 70s/80s.
The Daily Word in tuba thefts, porn domains and free lap dances
Conservative radio host Michael Savage offers Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the GOP presidential race.
Free lap dances when you donate a toy at Chicago’s Admiral Theatre.
UNM purchases a couple .xxx porn domains.
Iran has one of our spy planes, and we want it back.
A UFO was spotted flying over the Kremlin.
A slew of unsolved tuba thefts are hitting Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, a mummified cat is found in an old witch’s cottage in London.
Two professional hurricane forecasters quit their jobs because predicting doesn’t work.
Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky gives up his right to a preliminary hearing today on charges of sexual molestation of boys.
Tips on retro-traveling throughout the 1900s.
Put in Tebow! A burning Bible damages a Christmas tree.
The Daily Word in McDonald’s breakfast outrage, robotic ostriches, vodka-soaked tampons
The Bob Costas/Jerry Sandusky interview was one of the creepiest things I’ve ever heard. Sandusky says he showered with boys, but claims he is not a pedophile.
When Disneyland is old-hat; a Singapore family drops $1 million to take the Virgin Galactic space flight.
More than 80,000 people have signed a petition for Target to close its doors on Thanksgiving.
This woman bit her boyfriend’s arm and tore off his shirt after she discovered McDonald’s had switched over to breakfast.
Vodka-soaked tampons are all the rage. And yes, they still go exactly where you’d expect them to.
Mongolia’s capitol Ulan Bator bids on an ice shield experiment, designed to store winter temperatures in a giant brick of ice.
An Albuquerque toddler is going to live after her father cut her throat.
PNM is shutting down all of its payment centers next month.
This South Carolina teacher was accused of making students rub her feet.
The visual imagery of a naked runner colliding with barbed wire is too much to bear.
Take a look at FastRunner, a robot ostrich that’s quickly going viral.
Thanks to Constance Moss and Emily Anderson for some of today’s fun-filled links.