The Daily Word in yearbook woes, the job market and free pot
Economists say the job growth in August wasn't very good, but there's no reason to worry.
In Florida, a missing autistic boy was found unharmed; however, the man he was found with is suspected of four murders.
A Maine mother is fighting the state over a do-not-resuscitate order placed on her injured child.
Another individual has come forward to sue Penn State in regard to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Open space officers located a group of hikers who went missing yesterday in the Embudito area. All three were unharmed.
The autopsy report has been released for the gruesome killing of Emily Lambert in March in Carlsbad, N.M.
People in Portales, N.M., are outraged at topless photos in a high school yearbook.
Starting next summer, citizens in Berkeley, Calif., who make less than $32,000 can get free pot. Assuming they have a medical marijuana card, of course.
The Daily Word in Oscar nominations, Baseball Hall of Shame, tape faces
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired their head coach.
Albuquerque man who said he lost his memory showed up at a McDonald's in Colorado with no idea how he got there or where he was from.
Jerry Sandusky begins process of appeal for sex abuse conviction.
No new members were elected this year to the Baseball Hall of Fame (thanks a lot, steroids).
Everybody calm down, the whales are fine!
Boston declared itself in a state of flu emergency after more than 700 confirmed cases were reported throughout the city.
The incredible, edible, valuable bacon dragon.
Yar, buried treasure in a Black Sea fortress.
Thanks to Nick Brown and Brennan for help with the links.
The Daily Word in a female president, Japan gun laws, APS suspensions
South Korea elects first female president, conservative Park Geun-hye.
The sky (of The Pit) is falling!
Penn State scandal voted top sports story of the year (again).
APD officer arrested and accused of theft.
Tebow’s sad, sad story.
American pastor imprisoned in Iran while visiting family.
Rumors of school violence lead to 7 suspensions at Manzano High School.
Those darn foxes getting their heads stuck in everything.
A menagerie of adorable things that happened in 2012.
How gun control works for Japan.
The Daily Word in hazmat, more Gangnam Style and Penn State prez
Gary Johnson's campaign splices him into the presidential debates.
Guy rode his bike through Hurricane Sandy.
Back East, people are lined up for miles to get gas.
Former Penn State president charged with perjury in Sandusky scandal.
Gene Hackman knew the dude he slapped in Santa Fe.
Dr. Kevorkian's paintings.
City councilors lodge an ethics complaint against a pro-minimum wage hike group.
Campaign finance reports filed today. So, how much did those legislative campaigns blow?
Noam Chomsky Gangnam Style
10 election oddities explained. By the British.
Is America ready for a female president?
Implications of the NCAA crackdown on Penn State
The stench of crime has been associated with PSU ever since the Jerry Sandusky accusations were upheld in court (and for many, long before that). The association of Joe Paterno, legendary coach and inspirational figure, has been one that many people have struggled with. The university tried on Sunday to take pro-active steps to dissociate themselves from a man who may or may not have aided in covering up these heinous crimes. But the NCAA announced on Monday that this wasn’t enough. Not even close.
The things that Sandusky has been found guilty of are undeniably horrible. No one disputes that. The University and its figureheads, according to Louis Freeh's report, did not do enough to stop these crimes. And now, the NCAA is taking unprecedented—and, some say, illegal—action to punish both the athletic program as well as the university as a whole.
So now the question becomes: Is the NCAA in the right here? Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty in a court of law, and Penn State has been found guilty in the court of popular opinion. But where is the overlap between the two and what does the NCAA have to do with either of those two things? The NCAA bills itself as "founded ... to protect young people from ... dangerous and exploitive athletics practices." The young men who were taken advantage of at Penn State were clearly in danger and were clearly exploited. Of this, there can be no doubt.
The rumors before the fines and sanctions were officially announced put the monetary figure in excess of $30 million. Now, we see that the reality is twice that amount, plus an unprecedented number of wins that are being vacated—dropping Joe Pa from first all time in coaching wins to twelfth. Yet, despite universal recognition that there were terrible occurrences at Penn State, there has been an almost-instantaneous claim that, perhaps, the NCAA has ovverreached.
The money the NCAA is fining Penn State will go to an external program—or more than one program—that focuses on sexual abuse or assisting victims of sexual abuse. The total is said to have been determined by one year's revenue from the football program, which will be handicapped for the next four years, including loss of scholarships and bowl ineligibility. The athletic department, finally, will be on probation for five years.
All of these consequences seem to send a clear message from the NCAA—that it believes there was wrongdoing at Penn State. And there is little doubt in most peoples' minds that there was. But by taking this unprecedented step—and here we are not specifically addressing the money, the wins or the handicapping, but rather the new jurisdiction that the NCAA believes itself entitled to—we are entering into a new era, one where the governing body of athletics and academics might have tremendous power in not only those two fields, but also over colleges and universities as a whole.
The Daily Word in Westboro Baptist Church, NM bankruptcy rates, Penn State penalities.
Westboro Baptist Church appears to have not have actually shown up to the candlelight vigil held last night for the Aurora shooting victims. They were probably too busy being blocked from protesting the funeral of a fallen soldier.
NCAA doles out intense punishment for Penn State.
More than 100 killed in Iraq after bombings and shootings make for the deadliest day this year.
200-year-old Rancho De Corrales Event Center destroyed by fire.
Which would be more likely to provoke you to stab your husband: An obnoxious facebook post, or the fact that he was high on PCP?
AMC says no more masks at their movie screenings. Sorry superhero cosplayers.
You may now smell like books.
The Daily Word in freedom fighters, not-so-soothing warmth and dark money
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela.
Top Syrian defense ministers, including President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, were killed in Damascus by a suicide bomber.
Shrinking Greenland ice sheet birthed a Manhattan-sized iceberg.
Track the extent of countrywide drought conditions.
City cracks down on illegal dog breeding.
Investigation of the Little Bear Fire initiated.
Santa Fe is the "best food town."
Senate Republicans heart secret donors.
"Outsized level of influence": an infographic.
The end of Penn State football is a possibility.
Should we be required to vote?
Sorry, but the Olympic mascots creep me out.
Ugh, I need some good news.
Life in an undersea space station.
The Daily Word in Egypt, genetic attraction and the chocolate city
The ugliest dog of the year.
Cutest baby dwarf bunny of the year.
D.C. is no longer a chocolate city.
Beyond the Thunderdome in Alamogordo.
Motorists in Massachusetts must pay a fee in order to contest a ticket.
Ever heard of "genetic attraction?"
A billionaire's unprecedented land donation may result in more protected areas in New Mexico.
Sandusky may appeal guilty verdict.
Sandusky's conviction could spell trouble for Penn State University.
New technology allows someone (read: "some government agency") to identify your fingerprint from twenty feet away.
Mary Jane, the musical.
On this day in 1944 Jeff Beck was born.
The Daily Word in Mitt's taxes, State of the State and recall in Wisconsin
It's all good guys, Mitt Romney probably pays 15% in taxes.
State House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election.
Someone threw a smokebomb at the White House.
Why are your favorite websites dark today?
Governor Martinez emphasizes education and tax cuts in the State of the State address.
LAPD is treating the human head found in a bag near the Hollywood sign as a possible homicide.
Over a million signatures collected in Wisconsin to recall its Republican governor.
Los Angeles City Council approves measure requiring porn actors to wear condoms.
Joe Paterno has never heard of "rape and a man" before.
The FDA says black licorice can be bad for your health. And it's gross.
The Palestinian Muppets need to have a telethon.
If dinosaurs were alive today, what would they look like?
A lost animated version of The Hobbit by Gene Deitch has been rediscovered.
This Angry Brides game sounds about right.
Hello, is it me you're looking for?
8 things the Internet ruined.
The Daily Word in ending Occupy, cop car sex, Newt Gingrich and Freddie Mac
Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park shut down after 2 months.
Pacific Northwest woman drives herself to hospital safety after boyfriend shoots her in the head.
Police say a drunk woman pushed a man in front of a semi at San Mateo and Central.
Texas couple arrested at Whataburger get busy in the back of a cop car.
Did Newt Gingrich get nearly $2 mil in consulting fees from Freddie Mac?
Man who disarmed and stabbed cop in Santa Fe not convicted of attempted murder.
The week's best mug shots.
AK-47 rounds found on White House lawn.
Jerry Sandusky says he went to police about alleged Penn State rape.
Apparently Bradley Cooper is the Sexiest Man Alive. He also speaks fluent French.
More on Ashton Kutcher quitting Tweeting.
Justin Verlander unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award.
Obama to send 2,500 troops to Australia.
The Daily Word in Lobo sports, European debt crises, and an ADHD galaxy cluster.
It was an excellent weekend for UNM sports. The Lobo football team gets 21-14 conference win over UNLV, Steve Alford's men's basketball team opens the season with 92-40 triumph over New Orleans, and the men's soccer team takes the conference championship over Cal State Bakersfield.
Oh, also, Monster Jam was at Tingley this weekend all vintage-style.
Sexual abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky suggest his youth mentoring charity might have been a pipeline for potential victims.
Hawaiian recording artist busts out “Occupy” song during fancy dinner hosted by President Obama.
Cracked.com's take on the 6 Most Horrifying Lies The [Processed] Food Industry is Feeding You.
Bernalillo County officials working on new “realistic” ad campaigns against drunk driving.
Europe risks EU split in wake of major debt crises.
The Oatmeal illustrates what it would be like if his brain were an imaginary friend.
You know those cool high-powered magnetic ball desk-top toy things? Yeah, they're dangerous.
Strange hyperactive galaxy cluster spotted by Hubble about 9 billion light-years away .
Thanks to CM and CP for the help.
The Daily Word in Penn State riots, UC Berkeley beatdown and the 90-foot-wave surver
Local credit unions see lots of new accounts after Bank Transfer Day.
The city of Farmington tries to assure Navajos that the city is a safe place for them to visit.
N.M. rattlers provide venom for cancer treatment.
Perry screws up. Big time.
A 70-year-old machine gun that still works.
Dude surfs a 90-foot wave.
Someone stole a ghost bike.
A trailer park in Tesuque Pueblo is demanding proof of citizenship from renters.
Unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe.
Police beat protesters with clubs at Occupy demonstration at UC Berkeley.
Penn State students riot over the firing of their football coach, who is accused of covering up his assistant coach's child molestation.
There are no more rhinos in West Africa.
Ex-banker takes over Greece.
California had a law against euthanizing "downer" animals. The Supreme Court overturned that law.
Why is gold our basis for money and not something else?
The Daily Word in gay penguins, approaching asteroids, and the end of red light cameras
City councilors vote in favor of ending the red light cameras. Hooray!
President Obama’s health care law is upheld as constitutional by a federal appeals court.
In other incredible news, 43,000 people and counting are signing a petition to prevent Nickelback from playing the Super Bowl halftime show.
Zookeepers in Toronto are splitting up a gay penguin couple for the sake of breeding.
Legendary boxer Smokin’ Joe Frazier is dead at 67.
The Penn State sex abuse scandal could permanently taint the legacy of coach Joe Paterno.
Police could end up tracking your GPS device without a warrant.
Dr. Conrad Murray, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, is placed on suicide watch.
Four men and a teenager are accused of attempting to steal a lion carcass in Ohio.
This giant asteroid is making a close pass by Earth today, the closest since 1976.
The White House spoils the fun for everyone in making a formal declaration that extraterrestrials do not exist.
Happy Birthday, Leif Garrett!
Thanks to Emily and Constance for some of today’s links.
The Daily Word in sex scandals, the Mars500 Project, and a dancing shoplifter.
New woman stepping forward in sex charges against Herman Cain will speak at news conference this afternoon.
Penn State officials step down in wake of sex scandal cover-up for ex-football coach.
Council voting today on red light cameras.
Six men locked away in steel tubes for a year-and-a-half in simulated Mars500 Project have emerged from isolation.
Guitarist for the satirical heavy metal band GWAR found dead.
The joys of daytime talk shows.
Masked bandits steal 6,000 copies of Modern Warfare 3 in France over the weekend.
Stores opening earlier than ever before this Black Friday.
Community College instructor falls to his death in front of a group of students.
Hubble makes first ever direct observation of a disc around a black hole.
Jimmy Kimmel vs. Ellen Degeneres nice-off.
Do you park like an idiot?
WE WANT BEER: anti-prohibition signage.
Facebook unfriending is alleged motive in arson case.
Do you have a doggelganger?
Thanks to Uncle Tom and Uncle Carl for the helpful links.