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.
It's time for President Obama's year-end news conference!
Who will save Blackberry?
Could our recent economic growth and rise in stocks lead toward a prosperous 2014?
It looks like Bertha found “the object.”
In case you're unemployed, Eclipse Aerospace might have a job for you.
Animals shelters around Albuquerque have asked people to stop bringing in animals because there's no room left.
A parent went into a classroom and threatened a student at Colinas Del Norte Elementary School in Rio Rancho.
A portland pup ate too many weed brownies and had to be taken to the vet. Poor guy couldn't handle the high.
Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.
Shifts in climate appear to be linked to increases in violence around the world.
A New Mexico DWI attorney is facing charges after authorities say he walked into an Albuquerque courtroom drunk.
US employers add 162K jobs as unemployment rate falls to 7.4 percent.
Petition seeks to change Albuquerque’s minimum-wage ordinance, putting a 3% cap on how much the wage can increase each year.
Dead shark found at the door of a pub in Nantucket.
Woo hoo! Tax-free weekend!
People who are having a worse day than you.
February jobs report shows the economy added 236,000 jobs, bringing the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent.
New Mexico senate has voted to cut taxes on microbreweries.
Russian scientists claim the discovery of a new type of bacterial life in water from an Antarctic lake.
Accused Aurora shooter James Holmes expected to enter a plea next week, after his legal team lost an attempt to challenge the constitutionality of Colorado laws governing mental health defenses.
Some progress seen in the fight against childhood obesity.
Albuquerque bail bond company apologizes to a terrified family after bounty hunters accidentally swarmed their home looking for a bail jumper.
The "thong bandit" is not the name of a SisQo song.
The father of a Rio Rancho Middle School student says his daughter's substitute teacher hit her on the head with a pen.
Tragic escalator accident.
Stone breasts survive lightning strike.
Time to shoot an ibex.
Happy birthday Wilkie Collins.
Thanks to Plant and Maliskas for the help!
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.”
Japan to go nuclear energy free.
Better buckle up if you’re out cruising today.
Dog kills its Santa Fe owner.
April’s unemployment rate lowest in three years.
Pakistani suicide bomber kills at least 19.
Best closer of all-time may have just suffered a career-ending injury.
A game in which you drink in a tree until you get drunk and fall off the tree is apparently all the rage in New Zealand.
Obama’s attention-seeking college girlfriend dishes on their love life, and on the Prez’ literary smugness.
South African cat survives almost two hours in the washing machine.
Remeber that bear from last week that got shot with a tranquilizer and fell out of a tree? It’s dead.
Inside the mind of bin Laden.
The alco-bra. ... Kids these days.
Man steals school bus, say police, who chase him down I-40 from Grants to Albuquerque.
People want politicians to do something about gas prices, poll says.
BernCo Sheriff Dan Houston gets a vote of no confidence from his deputies.
Los Lunas judge fails alcohol test, steps down.
LSD might help people quit the booze.
Lots of new jobs, but unemployment rate holds steady.
Vogue Italia shoots for ghetto fabulous, rips off regular people, maybe wanders into racist and classist territory.
Banks are foreclosing on many churches now.
NPR fact-checks viral video "Kony 2012," which aims to take down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony with charges that he kills and rapes children.
Philosophy student at McGill is intentionally homeless.
New iPad not as fast as they say it is.
Coke and Pepsi change their recipes to be less cancerous.
Speaking of soda pop, Blue Sky may owe you a refund for not being made in New Mexico for a few years.
Filmmakers and Sarah Palin talk about the relative truthiness of Game Changer.
Go ahead and blame it on the liberal media to say it, but it appears that people are getting more jobs.
Watch your whip if you go to school in Las Cruces.
Speculations on a potential war between Iran and the U.S.
Drug smuggling into N.M., via airplane.
Komen Foundation restores Planned Parenthood funding.
Despite a common perception of assholishness, Mark Zuckerberg is still the boss.
For those who refer to cops as "pigs."
Possible (dead) chupacabra sighting in San Diego.
Not that anyone's talking about it, but the Superbowl is only two days away ...
"Breaking Bad," shitty 90s video game style.
Buffalo rampages through Edgewood, N.M.
Former Gov. Gary Johnson ditches the GOP and goes Libertarian in his quest to become president of these United States.
Should be a $4.2 million surplus in the state budget. Gov. Susana Martinez wants to spend it on college prep programs.
Barbie is a hoarder.
Best insta-celebs of the year.
The 10 most absurd quotes about women in 2011.
Apes to video chat on iPads.
Wendy's $16 foie gras burger.
At Vow's Bar in Tokyo patrons are served by real Buddhist monks.
The professional laugher.
My friend has given me a job at his restaurant. He takes me to the kitchen on my first day to introduce me to everyone. I meet a pretty waitress in white who is getting ready at a table. Around the corner everyone else has been lined up. My friend begins the introductions. I extend my hand at the right of the line, but am instructed to start at the left. There is a short Indian woman, a short Hispanic guy I had already met, two Hispanic cooks who spoke no English, and several others. I'm not remembering names. Each rushes off as soon as they shake my hand. Several sit at a break table playing a video game, with the screen up on the wall. The game allows you to pick a song and make the figures on the screen do funny dances to it. They are also able to dress the figures in different ethnic costumes from around the world.
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.
Need a job? The city needs bus drivers.
A teen with a machete gets the Taser treatment from APD.
A lawyer in Mississippi was thrown in jail for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Year 10 of war in Afghanistan.
Soldiers and scientists may have figured out what's killing the honeybees.
A bill to help banks snuck through the Senate with no debate.
Very thin women make way more money.
Why does everyone hate the weather so much?
A Pakistani diplomat says President Obama exaggerated the terror threat to Europe.
Hispanics will likely vote Democrat this year.
Forbes named the first lady the most powerful woman in the world.
Toxic red sludge reached the mighty Danube in Hungary.
Got to read books by Mario Vargas Llosa. He just won the Nobel for literature.