The Emerging Voice of The Verging Cities
An interview with poet Natalie Scenters-Zapico
The Daily Word in secret Domenicis, Methopoly and Norwegian wood
Let's all congratulate former Senator Pete Domenici on welcoming a baby boy into the world. Three decades ago. With someone who wasn't his wife.
Get ready for a spring time dust up.
Maybe you're a Breaking Bad fan. Maybe you want to corner the meth market, but without all that blood and killing and crime and stuff. Maybe Methopoly is for you.
Violence and crime are dropping in Juarez, but people don't feel safe there yet.
Norwegian reality TV: 12 hours of chopping wood and then burning it. And then receiving angry emails about how the wood is stacked.
Finally, the last Harlem Shake video you ever need to see.
Hope and Faith in Ciudad Juárez
Writer Charles Bowden said in the May 2009 edition of Harper’s magazine that he “cannot explain the draw of the city that gives death but makes everyone feel life.”
The city he referred to was Cuidad Juárez. I was drawn there too, in search of forces of creation amidst much destruction. In a place so rocked by violence, militarization and economic hardship, it can be hard to believe that—like any other big city—there are many determined individuals striving for more than mere survival. The women I met during my research for this piece have banded together to forge a hopeful vision for themselves, their families and their community.
Valores, Fe y Vida
Values, faith and life on the border
8 Murders a Day
In 1990, the annual number of murders in Juárez was in the double digits. Last year, it topped 3,000. It’s statistics like those that catch Charlie Minn’s eye. Minn used to be a sportscaster in Albuquerque, but in recent years he’s become known as a crusading documentary filmmaker. His 2010 film A Nightmare in Las Cruces, about a notoriously unsolved multiple murder in Southern New Mexico, was just released on DVD by Lionsgate. His follow-up film, the controversial 8 Murders a Day, has played in 17 cities so far and will open at the Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema on Friday, Sept. 30. Expanded screenings at the Starlight Cinema in Las Lunas and the Regal Winrock are tentatively set for Oct. 14.
The Daily Word 11.2.10: election day, space alien research, red light cameras return
It’s Election Day! Get out there and vote, damnit!
The San Francisco Giants win the 2010 World Series, the first since they moved to the left coast.
“The Governator” bans the use of welfare cards at psychics and medical marijuana centers.
A drunk Florida man groped a bunch of teens at a haunted house.
A teen is suspended for wearing medieval armor and riding a horse to school.
Two more Albuquerque massage parlors are shut down for prostitution.
Vote “yes” for space alien research on this Denver ballot.
The red light cameras will return modified; speeders no longer ticketed.
The I-25 rock chuckers have been arrested.
Three Americans are shot to death at the U.S.-Mexico border near Juarez.
The Daily Word 10.26.10: happy Marty McFly day, devastating earthquake in Indonesia, zombies in New York
Happy Marty McFly Day! Where we’re going we don’t need ... roads.
At least 103 people are dead following a massive Indonesian earthquake.
Forget First Class; fly the “Cuddle Class” on Air New Zealand.
Madonna plans to open her own health club chain.
Charlie Sheen is hospitalized after he was found drunk and naked in a hotel suite with an escort.
Zombies invaded NYC during the morning rush to promote AMC show “The Walking Dead.”
Let’s all move to Norway, which tops all countries in this year’s prosperity list.
... Because a few hours south of us, people are still getting killed in Juarez in yet another cartel-related shooting.
Noooo! Paul the Octopus, the oracle of the World Cup that correctly predicted tournament matches, has passed away.
The “Burger Bandit,” responsible for robbing three Blake’s Lotaburger restaurants, is finally arrested.
Here’s a slideshow featuring cute dogs wearing even cuter Halloween costumes! My heart melts.
The Daily Word 08.26.10: Glenn Beck and MLK, uranium drilling, pizza burger
40 new plant and animal species discovered off the coast of Indonesia. Think: giant sea spiders and carnivorous flower sponges.
Where did the stimulus money go?
Glenn Beck to host a rally where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream" on the speech's anniversary.
Ex-RNC chair and Bush's campaign manager reveals that he's gay.
Women of Wal-Mart join together in a class-action discrimination suit.
German singer won't do jail time for exposing two men to HIV.
Cigarettes will no longer be free for those over 54 in Cuba.
Uranium drilling starts near Grants.
Old man in Santa Fe says the 15-year-old girl was teasing him.
Federal money will help New Mexicans buy food from farmer's markets.
President Obama will be in El Paso on Tuesday.
Rio Rancho may outlaw selling cats and dogs in pet stores.
Journal apologizes to Juarez, which is not the murder capital of the world.
Burger King's 2,500-calorie pizza burger.
The Secret School
A teacher struggles to educate in Juárez, where extortion is the cost of doing business
A small paper sign posted near the door is all that signals there's a school inside this small, yellowed house in south Juárez. Trinidad Vasquez teaches English here with the shades drawn. Inside, he leads four of his youngest students through a scenario involving paying the phone bill in English. Vasquez’ eyes dart to the door when he hears a car horn, a siren, a shout. “OK, on to the next one,” he says to his class, “calling the utility company.”
El Sabor de Juarez
Juárez-style home cooking since 1980
If you need a reminder that there’s more to Juárez than disheartening headlines, look no further than El Sabor de Juarez. The sunny little place on Gibson near Carlisle serves Juárez-style Mexican food under the care of owner Jesus Mata Sr. and his son Marcos. Jesus says the only concession to New Mexican cuisine they've made is the addition of flour to thicken the red and green sauces.
The Daily Word 12.06.09: Real ID, Juarez, tainted beef, climate summit
Protesters march against violence in Ciudad Juarez, which some considered the world's most dangerous city.
Bingamen and Udall request Real ID extension—because NM is not in compliance, NM licenses won't be valid for flight-boarding come Dec. 31.
State's expensive, federally-funded career seeker site has found only one person a job.
Beware of Safeway beef.
U.S. to stick around Afghanistan.
Piece of the genome missing in people with severe obesity.
Climate change summit, said to the most important the world's ever seen, set to open in Copenhagen.
Tiger Woods confirms that, yes, 2009 was the year of infidelity.
American student convicted of murder in Italy.
FCC investigates Verizon for upping early termination fees.
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley's daughter attempts singing career, suicide.
Radar's best and worst dressed of the week.
Weather: Highs in the mid '40s all week, snow Tuesday.