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V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014

Idiot Box

Staff Infection

“The Night Shift” on NBC

By Devin D. O’Leary
NBC’s new doctor drama “The Night Shift” takes the environmentally friendly route, recycling old TV cliches for summer viewing.
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V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014

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The Daily Word in Ukraine, Uganda and, you guessed it, eugenics.

By Carl Petersen [ Mon Feb 24 2014 10:22 AM ]
The Daily Word

Our army is shrinking.

Fox plans to make a movie about Dennis Rodman’s visit to North Korea.

Will the FDA approve eugenics? Khaaan!

Ukraine’s fugitive ex-president is sought for “mass murder.”

There’s a new anti-gay law in Uganda.

Rest in peace, Maria von Trapp.

Huh?

Discover the secret origin of the Bloody Mary.

Discover the secret origins of dirty words.

Take this good email advice.

Beware Paseo Del Norte.

Don’t throw trash at basketball players.

Happy birthday, James Farentino.

V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012

Occupy the Alibi

La Lucha, Unida

Mexican peace movement crosses the border

By Andrew Beale
The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity traveled from the top to the bottom of Mexico in a "caravan of consolation" to demand an end to the drug war and the violence it entails. On Saturday, Aug. 18, it comes to Albuquerque.
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V.21 No.23 |

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The Daily Word in depraved penguin sex and Gordon Ramsay self-destruction

By Tom Nayder [ Mon Jun 11 2012 11:16 AM ]
The Daily Word

Military suicide rate at highest level in ten years.

Is the Obama administration using leaks to bolster the President's image?

Small town murder rates are climbing.

It's not gonna happen, Jeb Bush.

Fire at the the downtown Hyatt overnight.

How prepared is the military for the eventual alien invasion?

Georgia widow wins $3 million lawsuit after husband dies during three-way.

"We're not racists, we just want to be with white people." said racist KKK member while defending the group's Adopt-A-Highway application.

Self-destruct with Gordon Ramsay.

Dead toddler comes back to life, then doesn't

The most shoplifted items are …

Trees reveal mysterious 1,200 year old radiation burst.

ATTN sinners: Introvale birth control pills recalled.

Depraved penguin sex scandalized uptight polar explorers.

Don't worry Israel, those weird lights in the sky are just the Russians testing their ICBs.

115 years together is enough for these tortoises.

Fiona Apple has a new album.

Pizza Hut getting into the gross sandwich business.

Happy Birthday, Peter Dinklage!!!

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V.21 No.21 |

News

The Daily Word in friends in high places, freedom of (adult) speech and Homer's fave

By Margaret Wright [ Wed May 30 2012 8:17 AM ]
The Daily Word

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for “heinous and brutal” war crimes.

The seemingly endless GOP presidential nomination season ends with Mitt as the last one standing. He celebrates with Donald Trump.

Governor Susana Martinez is scheduled to return from California today after attending private PAC fundraisers. Susana PAC has almost a million dollars in its coffers, which the guv aims to use in key state legislative races.

With a week left to go before the primary election, experts are projecting low turnout. Get out and vote!

Rest In Peace, (country music legend) Doc Watson.

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange still has a little time left to fight Swedish extradition charges, although he lost his latest appeal.

In a split decision, the state Supreme Court upheld the Guild Cinema's conviction for violating a city ordinance prohibiting adult film screenings, which the theater argues infringed on free speech rights.

War veterans make stops in New Mexico as they bike across the country to raise awareness about many serious issues that face returning service members.

Two asteroids hurtled past Earth on Monday and Tuesday. Some scientists (and billionares) see a missed opportunity to troll for valuable minerals.

Roger Federer broke grand slam records with his most recent win at the French Open, while Novak Djokovic successfully battled into the third round.

Notorious cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson could have ties to unsolved cases in the L.A. area.

Mark your calendars! Friday is national Donut Day.

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V.21 No.20 | 5/17/2012
Staff Sgt. Yvette McClelland circa 1990 in San Antonio, Texas
Courtesy of Yvette McClelland
Staff Sgt. Yvette McClelland circa 1990 in San Antonio, Texas

News

Military sexual assault numbers are shocking

By Marisa Demarco [ Fri May 18 2012 12:45 PM ]

Last week, I sat down with Yvette McClelland, a veteran who served in the Air Force for a decade. She worked as a telecommunications maintenance specialist. Her time in the military was fraught with sexism, harassment and assault. McClelland was raped three times by fellow service members, she says.

Many years later, she’s still working on handling the fallout. As part of an effort to draw attention to this systemic problem, she’s brought a movie to town. The Invisible War will screen at Guild Cinema today at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

The 8 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday screenings feature guest speakers Ariana and Ben Klay. They are suing the military after Ariana was assaulted while in the Marines.

The numbers are staggering. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta estimates that 19,000 people serving in the military were sexually assaulted last year, though only about 3,000 people reported it.

Though the Department of Defense is attempting to address the issue, McClelland points out what she thinks is the real problem: Sexual assault cases remain entirely within the military. The Stop Act, introduced in November, aims to create an independent body of civilian and military experts to investigate and prosecute those cases. McClelland says she hopes people will encourage their political representatives in Washington to support the bill.

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Staff Sgt. Yvette McClelland circa 1990 in San Antonio, Texas
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News Feature

The Unspoken Battlefield

Veteran speaks out about military sexual assault

By Marisa Demarco
You don't talk about it when you're in the service, says Yvette McClelland. But sometimes you can just see it in someone's face.
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V.21 No.10 | 3/8/2012

opinion

18 veterans commit suicide each day

By Marisa Demarco [ Wed Mar 14 2012 5:20 PM ]

That’s the startling opener to Alex Limkin’s column “Flashes of Light,” which is all about staying alive after war.

Limkin, an Iraq War veteran, took a trip with Outward Bound. The wilderness organization leads vets through the backcountry for free. It’s part of an effort to help people cope with post-traumatic stress.

Folks can apply here.

From the Foxhole

Flashes of Light

Staying alive after war

By Alex E. Limkin
An average of 18 veterans commit suicide each day. The source for this statistic is not some obscure group with an anti-war agenda but an organization that probably knows something about the rate at which veterans are killing themselvesthe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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V.21 No.8 |

news

The Daily Word in D3 demolition, thrash metal and glass burrito

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Feb 23 2012 10:20 AM ]
The Daily Word

City Council approves a plan to carve up District 3 (Downtown, Barelas, UNM area) and ax Benton's seat.

APD officer ends up in the hospital after chewing on a glass burrito.

St. Michael's in Santa Fe to conduct random student drug tests.

Outrage over Quran burning spreads in Afghanistan. At least 10 Afghans and two American soldiers have died.

Midair helicopter smash kills seven marines during training.

9-year-old girl dies after running for three hours as punishment for stealing a candy bar, according to an Alabama sheriff's office.

UN may prosecute Syrian officials of crimes against humanity.

FDA questions inhalable caffeine.

Maybe you don't need eight hours of sleep.

Serious hipster cruise. Like on a ship.

Startups looking to skim carbon dioxide from the atmo. Bill Gates thinks it's a good idea, says his money.

Virginia politicians second-guess mandatory pre-abortion vaginal probing.

Analysts predict soaring national debt under all GOP contenders' tax plansexcept for Ron Paul's.

Thrash metal endorsements for 2012: Megadeth dude supports Santorum.

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V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011
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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #218: How to install a wing stabilizer.

By Brutus De Cervantes [ Sat Sep 24 2011 6:02 AM ]

I am to learn from an expert marine how to install a wing stabilizer. It is a long piece of soft metal: a hollow tube with rounded yet squared corners, tapered on the ends like a cigar. It has mounting bolt holes. He begins the lesson. I run to my room to get some paper so I can take notes. The mice have shredded the paper on my nightstand. Exasperated, I grab the commix page. I see that I can take a short cut back by going behind the school over the golf course. I meet a group of oldies hitting small brown balls up the hill toward the school. I join them with my club. The going is slow: there are so many balls.

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V.20 No.29 |

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The Daily Word: 7.21.2011- Oslo bombing, Greece bailout, Malawi protesters and gays in the military

And do those newspaper mugshots of DWI arrestees do anything?

By Summer Olsson [ Fri Jul 22 2011 3:46 AM ]
The Daily Word

Oslo rocked by bombing.

Pentagon repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" law.

Let's save Greece.

Farm thieves!

Lucian Freud, significant artist and grandson of Sigmund, dies at 88.

Ostalgia: New York exhibition features work by artists from former Soviet Block.

Newspaper mug shot shaming of DWI arrestees may not be working.

Heatwave seizes United States and Canada. Yep.

Malawi citizens protest unemployment, lack of aid and president, Bingu wa Mutharika.

Canada deports Chinese man accused of smuggling, who sought refugee status.

How to identify Southeast Asian sea life.


V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
Spc. Adam Jarrell was stationed in Afghanistan for a year with New Mexico’s National Guard. During that time, someone hung a noose outside his sleeping quarters, according to a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Courtesy of Adam Jarrell

News Feature

Return Fire

Soldier files a racism complaint about his superiors

By Marisa Demarco
Adam Jarrell has wanted to be in the military since he was a kid. So his treatment in Afghanistan came as quite a shock, he says. During his yearlong deployment, he was subject to racial slurs and threats of physical violence, according to a complaint. Jarrell says someone even hung a noose outside his sleeping quarters.
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V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011
Ron Zaleski
Ron Zaleski

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Marine walks across the country barefoot

By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Jan 7 2011 7:00 AM ]

Today is day 220 of Ron Zalski’s journey across the country. Without shoes, he’s traveled about 2,000 miles. He has another 1,000 to go.

Zaleski is 58 and a grandfather. He left Massachusetts in June. His long journey is intended to bring attention to the high suicide rate of veterans, particularly those who come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s been wearing a sandwich board as he walks alongside America’s roadways. It says “18 vets a day commit suicide.”

Today, he’ll be speaking at the New Mexico Veterans’ Integration Center in Albuquerque (13032 Central SE, near Tramway). And then he’ll keep on walking.

He’s collecting signatures on a petition demanding mandatory counseling for members of the military. He’d like to present them to President Obama on Veteran’s Day in 2011. You can sign the petition electronically at thelongwalkhome.org.

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V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010

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70 percent of the military is cool with ending DADT

By Marisa Demarco [ Tue Nov 30 2010 4:32 PM ]

This afternoon, the Pentagon released a study showing that most servicemembers are fine with allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly. About 70 percent of the military said repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would have a positive effect, a mixed effect or no effect at all.

A poll earlier this month revealed that 58 percent of Americans support an end to the rule, too. President Obama says, “With our nation at war and so many Americans serving on the front lines, our troops and their families deserve the certainty that can only come when an act of Congress ends this discriminatory policy once and for all.”

Sen. John McCain and other top Republicans say the report is flawed.

The Alibi spoke with Lt. Col. Steve Loomis about this issue earlier in November. He offered suggestions for how the change should be implemented. Earlier this year, we spoke with New Mexico’s congressmen about their positions on the matter.

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