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V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
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Crib Notes: Aug. 21, 2014

By August March
Test your knowledge of last week’s acronym-heavy New Mexico newsfrom CDC to DEA to APD to UNMwith the Alibi pop quiz.

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The Daily Word in New Mexico land, a general's court-martial and ninjas

CNM's getting a Downtown location, y'all.

Albuquerque is getting a “Living Cities” grant, which will help with Downtown revitalization, low-income residents and community improvement.

President Obama's budget proposal could result in more access to New Mexico public lands.

Three more accusers have come forward against Rusty Glanton, a tumbling coach who was accused of “criminal sexual contact of a minor” in January.

The court-martial is underway for a US general accused of sexually assault.

A transgender woman was told by CrossFit that she couldn't compete in the women's strength competition. Now she's suing them.

Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs is the first woman to take command of Fort Knox. Not bad.

An abortion clinic in McAllen, Texas closed its doors yesterday due to new state restrictions. The law is expected to be “fully implemented” in September, which will leave only six clinics in the state of Texas.

Wait … there's actual employment for ninjas? With no experience required? Guess I'm moving to Japan.

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ACLU and City Settle Free Speech Beef

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Earlier this week, the City of Albuquerque and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled a lawsuit alleging that the Police Oversight Commission (POC) violated the First Amendment rights of several citizens during a meeting last December.

“The terms of this settlement constitute a big win for free speech,” said ACLU-NM Executive Director Peter Simonson. “In a healthy democracy, the public must be able to criticize their government without fear of suppression or retaliation. This settlement not only affirms that right, but expands the public’s ability to communicate with this commission.”

The plaintiffs in this case, Charles Arasim, Kenneth Ellis, Silvio Dell’Angela and Eli Chavez, are all community activists who routinely speak out against police brutality. The four men say they were denied an opportunity to voice their concerns over a perceived conflict of interest involving one of the POC commissioners.

In addition to the $14,000 in damages and attorneys fees, the settlement is supposed to include procedural adjustments to the Commission’s rules to promote enhanced free speech and expression and citizen involvement.

Kenneth Ellis Jr. says he is happy with the settlement because it affirms his right to question the government. “As the father of a son who was wrongfully killed by Albuquerque police, I must speak out about the problems with the police and the Police Oversight Commissioneven when the government doesn’t like what I have to say,” Ellis said. “No other family should have to go through what ours did.”

The fiasco began when these men attempted to challenge the ethical standards of then-POC Chairperson Linda Martinez for having deep ties to the Fraternal Order of Police. Martinez served as the law enforcement advocacy group's former president while serving as chairperson of the Commission. According to the complaint, the Fraternal Order of Police has a policy that opposes civilian oversight of police activity at any level of government. Martinez, who vacated the office after her second term, was not eligible for reappointment.

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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.

V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012

Idiot Box

Diversi-TV

1-2-3-4 ... What are we fighting for?

By Devin D. O’Leary
A mere two weeks after its debut, HBO’s ballsy, awkward and uncomfortably honest comedy “Girls” has become a surprising lightning rod for controversy. Depending upon which website you visit, the show is either a refreshingly feminist take on coming-of-age sitcoms or a distressingly antifeminist take on the same.

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The Daily Word 4.2.11: Edwin J. Quinby; killer cows; Jackie Mitchell, pitcher.

Vintage eye disease pictures from two centuries ago.

Edwin J. Quinby, the petroleum industry, streetcars and music.

Roger Ebert's Arthur C. Clarke like prediction of movies on demand.

Are U.S. government microwave mind-control tests causing TV presenters' brains to melt down? Maybe you should start watching television again.

Did you download a torrent of Nude Nuns With Big Guns? The mass copyright infringement lawsuit may not include your name after all.

Are you tall enough to take this ride? Ron English U.S. Mexico border prank

Cows kill more people in America than sharks.

Lily Allen's new clothing line is making vintage clothes.

BFD: Obama is going to run for a second term in office.

2011 is officially the year of the coup. Ivory Coast.

On this day in 1931 a teenaged girl named Jackie Mitchell struck out Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth one after another, in an exhibition game.


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The Daily Word: Japan, Politics, Politics, Politics, Hitler, Politics, Boob Jobs, Politics

Bill O'Reilly says the media is hyping the the nuclear situation in Japan, meanwhile Japanese workers evacuate the troubled nuclear plant. In an unrelated matter, it's being reported that radioactive snow is falling in Japan.

Not a single Republican on the House Energy committee will admit that climate change is real.

N.M. House rejects the Senate's immigrant license bill.

New census data shows Rio Rancho and Los Lunas are New Mexico's fastest growing cities.

Democrats are trying to force Republicans who oppose Obama's health care overhual to publicly declare whether they accept taxpayer-subsidized health care from the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program.

Missouri lawmakers are repealing voter-approved anti-puppy-mill lows.

House committee has nothing better to do than vote to defund NPR and PBS.

Is this what conservatives really want? Georgia governor raises taxes on Girl Scout Cookies, and cuts taxes on multinational corporations. While Michigan's governor cuts corporate tax rate by 86% and raises taxes for the working poor.

A terrible mother filed a lawsuit against her daughter's preschool for inadequately preparing the 4-year-old to pursue an Ivy League education.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is urging his citizens to say no to boob jobs.

Chicago bookstore forced to cancel mafia book signing after threats.

Some of the best walk off moments from 60 Minutes.

Life publishes some never-before seen photos of Hitler.

A tour of the worlds greatest holes.

The Wire's Snoop arrested, charged with conspiracy to sell heroin.

TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered 14 years ago this week.

Lean Cuisine meals are being recalled.

Were you a Hee Haw fan or did your parents prefer Soul Train? You can only choose one!

Hey nerds! Read Stan Lee's deposition on the creation of the Marvel universe. Seriously, it's good.

The Gap want's you to haggle for your next pair of pants.

Nickelodeon is bringing back some it's big hits from the 90s. Come on Pete & Pete!

Charlie Sheen's porn star loser girlfriend tweets her suicide attempt.

R.I.P. Nate Dogg.

Stephen King is writing another Dark Tower book.

Happy birthday Jerry Lewis!

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City settles in wrongful death lawsuit for officer’s wife

Tera Cordova Chavez
Tera Cordova Chavez

In October 2007, Officer Levi Chavez called 911 to report that he’d found his wife dead in their Los Lunas home. Tera Cordova Chavez had shot herself in the head with his weapon, he said.

According to the wrongful death lawsuit, friends and family didn’t believe it was suicide. The scandal-riddled suit alleges that Chavez killed his spouse, and fellow cops tampered with the evidence, among other things.

The city and APD were on the hook in part due to allegations of destroyed evidence. The lawsuit also says APD should have known Chavez was having multiple affairs with other officers and that he was carrying a tricked-out weapon, leaving his APD-issued gun at home.

Today, the City of Albuquerque settled out, paying $230,000 to Tera Cordova Chavez’ estate. All proceeds will go to her two children. Civil counts remain against Levi Chavez, and a criminal trial may be on the horizon.

Levi Chavez was transferred to the Animal Welfare Department, though he remains on the APD payroll.

The wrongful death suit was brought by the Law Offices of Brad Hall, where the Alibi’s City Council reporter, Carolyn Carlson, is an investigator.

V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010
Doug Vaughan

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Vaughan Investors Sue Trust Company

By Marisa Demarco

The Revo Law Firm is bringing a suit against Zia Trust Company, alleging Zia steered clients to invest with fallen real estate broker Doug Vaughan.

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V.18 No.45 | 11/5/2009
Oz Fox (far left) and Stryper continue to exact the yellow-and-black attack.

Music Interview

Holy Metal

Stryper’s still rockin’ the gospel

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Since 1983, Stryper has shone the light of Jesus on a style of music typically associated with the dark, debauched side of life. The glam metal band relaxed its outrageous black-and-yellow striped look in the early ’90s, then disbanded in ’92 when the genre went the way of the flying dragon-beast-thing ridden by a big-breasted cartoon woman. The hair metal revival of the early part of this decade spurred the band to reunite in 2003, and Stryper’s been performing/preaching since. At times the band was accused of blasphemy and devil worshipingnot true, folks. Last week I spoke with lead guitarist Oz Fox, and, whoa, this band loves the Lord.

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