The Daily Word in American Citizenship, Natural Disasters and Fragile Bones
The Donald should be able to pass a naturalization test in his own country, right? It's only fair.
Over 10,000 Louisiana residents are staying in emergency shelters after enduring four days of rain and flooding, while the city of Baton Rouge struggles with water damage.
Cecile Richards fights harder than ever for abortion rights.
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th. Know what that means? Free entry into any National Park! Road trip time.
This is why Shaunae Miller's dive across the finish line in the Olympic 400 meter race was a fair way to win.
Scientists have developed a drug that stimulates bone growth and prevents fractures for people with osteoporosis.
This guy's weekend plans? Just peering over the edge of an active volcano. Nothing special.
The Daily Word in Gabby Douglas, Milwaukee protests, and flooding in Louisiana
After days of fighting, the Taliban has taken a district in the northern Baghalan province of Afghanistan. The importance of Baghalan province is that the main highway linking nine other districts passes through it. Which means that if the Taliban takes over neighboring districts, they will have complete control over travel into and out of those nine districts.
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas has been the target of severe social media and press attacks the last few days. She's being criticized for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem, and for not having straight enough hair. Y'all. We're better than this.
Protests began in Milwaukee on Saturday, just a few hours after police shot and killed Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old Black man, who was apparently armed and running away from police. The protests continued into the early hours of Monday morning, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declaring a state of emergency and calling in the National Guard on Sunday. Some protestors claim that Smith was shot in the back while running away, which police deny happened. It would all be a lot clearer if the police would just release the body camera footage...
Days of heavy rain have flooded Southern Louisiana, wreaking homes and submerging roads and highways. Five have died, and 20,000 have had to be rescued. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has called it an "historic, unprecedented flooding event."
Chinese diver He Zi won a silver medal on Sunday, and got another surprise: as she was standing on the medal podium, her boyfriend of six years, fellow diver Qin Kai, pulled out a ring and proposed. The photo pretty much says everything you need to know about this. Love is cool.
The Daily Word in Kellogg's, Pi Day and Richard Simmons
Politically expressing yourself. Burque style.
R.I.P Bruiser Woods. Forever in our hearts.
Remember that time when someone took Richard Simmon’s down time from Hollywood as a hostage situation?
My favorite part about the Presidential Election is Saturday Night Live.
Universal Studios Hollywood welcomes the zombie apocalypse.
The Daily Word in the Balloon Fiesta, dispensary woes and a cancer ball
Police in Thailand take alleged killers to the scene of the crime to reconstruct the murder.
Two Louisiana teachers are accused of having a three-way with one of their students.
New York is attempting to pass a bill that limits its involvement with federal immigration organizations because their policies are too “anti-immigrant.”
After many abortion clinics in Texas shut down due to a law that was signed last year, the appeals court is now allowing the state to enforce new restrictions.
Officials in Dallas, Texas, are cleaning and sanitizing the apartment of a Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola.
The BioPark Aquarium is attempting to replace fish that were poisoned when an employee was trying to get rid of a parasite in their tank.
About $50,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from a dead man's apartment in Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kicks off this weekend y'all! The Alibi's got the schedule and more for ya.
That's a giant ball … I mean testicle. A man is pushing a 6-foot teste across the US to raise cancer awareness.
Odds & Ends
The Daily Word in hungry gators, a stegomastodon skull and a POW's return
Colleges look at fraternities to ease the pressure.
Secretary of State John Kerry sent a message to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, urging Iraqis to “come together,” as Al Qaeda-inspired militants continue their march toward Baghdad.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American prisoner of war, has been returned to the states.
A priest was shot and killed at a church in Phoenix, Ariz., while another was wounded.
Bobby Lee Pearson, who was on trial for a burglary charge, died in a fight mere hours after being acquitted.
You don't want your gun? Take it to the landfill!
Two Chinese nationals were apprehended and face federal charges for trying to buy military sensors from an Albuquerque company and smuggle them back to China.
Doctors at UNM Hospital are trying to reconstruct an 8-month-old child's organs after she was allegedly raped by her mother's boyfriend.
A Louisiana tour guide likes to swim with gators … and feed them … with his mouth.
The Daily Word in Pussy Riot, New Mexico tourism and Nintendo porn
Pussy Riot may be out of prison, but their work is far from over.
Conrad Alvin Barrett's getting charged with a hate crime, and he thought he was just playing a game.
A Louisiana man, who was in the middle of a custody battle for his four children, shot and killed three people before killing himself.
Monsignor William Lynn's case involving priest-sex abuse charges was overturned, and he could get released as early as this week after spending 18 months behind bars.
Utah wants to take same-sex marriage ruling to the US Supreme Court.
Speaking of same-sex marriage, now that it's legal in New Mexico, does that mean a boost in tourism?
Robert Ortiz, after drunkenly rolling his Chevy Blazer, goes into a giggle fit when cops issue a sobriety test. Oh, and he also has 10 DWI arrests to his name.
Thanks to good road crews, descansos remain on the highways.
A father in Virginia reported to local news that his son found pornographic images on a Nintendo gaming system he got for Christmas. Sorry buddy.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Swampy survival tale serves up a gumbo of the real and the fantastical
Riding high on a wave of film fest bonhomie (it snagged the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and four awards at this years’ Cannes), Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of those wildly creative, fiercely independent, proudly idiosyncratic films that will be regarded as little more than a curiosity in the harsh light of the American cineplex. That’s a shame, really.
Ash Wednesday is fastly approaching—only a few more days are left to get out your pre-Lenten ya yas. The Carnaval festivities happening tonight and tomorrow at the National Hispanic Cultural Center are a multi-sensory way to celebrate Brazilian, Caribbean and Lousianan cultures. Mel Minter details the party here.
Life Is a Carnaval
Frank and Pilar Leto host a music and dance spectacular
The Daily Word in the Red Roof Inn killer, a Pastafarian Christmas and the dropping of the opossum
APD made an arrest in the Red Roof Inn killing.
The executive director of the Taos County Housing Authority is the target of an embezzlement investigation.
The first car in Antarctica was a VW beetle.
Hilarious Canadian road rage documentary from 1950: "Gentleman Jekyl and Driver Hyde."
Meet NYC killer dubbed the "Exterminator."
PETA wants to halt the annual new year's eve "dropping of the opossum" in this small North Carolina town.
On this day in 1964 the first episode of The Pink Panther aired.
The Daily Word 1.4.11: Louisiana birds die, superhero battles car thief, Tijuana beheading
Not to be outdone, Louisiana joins Arkansas in its own creepy end of the world bird kill-off with 500 birds of its own.
President Obama is losing a ton of weight. Obviously some sort of Communist plot.
... And just like the raging Socialist that he is, Obama plans to sign a food safety bill calling for greater government regulation in light of all the egg and produce recalls.
The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of arresting police searching cell phones without a warrant.
Greece plans to build a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants.
Forget the cheap vanilla and prescription drugs; a severed head is hung from a bridge in Tijuana.
Quarterback Brett Favre finds himself in yet another sexting scandal with two massage therapists.
Real-life Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones scares of a would-be car thief.
A “panda cow” was born in Colorado.
A ten-year-old Canadian girl discoveres a supernova, becoming the youngest ever to do so.
New Orleans, N.M.
My first husband and I drove through New Orleans in 1974, moving from Florida to the Land of Enchantment. We searched the French Quarter for lunch and stopped at a well-lit, noisy place. What I remember most was the shrimp étoufée—a spicy, tomatoey stew dished over a generous pile of rice. It was terrific, though I had no basis for comparison, being a novice in the world of Louisiana cooking. That was long before Katrina, Rita and BP heaped their misfortunes on the Gulf. Despite the challenges of rebuilding, the city maintains a robust attitude when it comes to living well—especially when it comes to food.
Scenes from the Gulf
After Hurricane Katrina, Grand Isle, La., an island with a population of about 1,500 people, was in ruins. But fishermen there say the BP oil spill is much worse. “Katrina in New Orleans is nothing compared to what this is,” Harry Cheramie says. “This here is totally different. ... How do we help each other? What do we do?"
The Daily Word 7.26.10: Wikileaks, Love Parade and Comic-Con Pen Stabbing.
A Love Parade turned into a Death Parade.
Wikileaks founder explains the leaking of thousands of military documents.
Everyone’s a critic: birdshit halted a Kings of Leon concert.
See the face of the face transplant.
Tiny houses are fun.
Learn to draw a yeti. So life-like.
I sure do hope they find the yeti.
Body modification has a long and profitable history for carnival staff.
A Comic-Con pen stabbing hints at over-crowding and poor self control.
See the longest tongue in the country.
Louisiana is the laziest state in the union. I say fine, let them have their title.
Police captured the “Wiggy, Fake-Boobed, Clown Pants Robber.” As he came to be known.
It’s been raining in Albuquerque.
We’re sure killing a lot of bears around here
Police say Rhonda Estrada ran over her boyfriend’s leg then fled.
Here’s another New Mexico meltdown story.
Bernalillo County Jim Goff is an atheist.