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V.23 No.33 | 8/14/2014
Big flood = the perfect time for a boat ride?
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Culture Shock

Reckless endangerment

Adventure runs high, Hamlet goes for the testosterone, and vintage baubles keep things pretty in this week’s Culture Shock.

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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.

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The Daily Word in the Bulger trial, a bomb-throwing beauty queen and singing canines

The defense says he was an informant; the prosecution says he's a murderer. Bulger's trial should come to a close this afternoon.

Talk about the future in food ...

It looks like the recently crowned Miss Riverton isn't your average bombshell.

Two people were injured in a shootout that targeted the Black Berets motorcycle club. The Black Berets say “it ain't over.”

In Bernalillo County, a man was shot and killed by police on Sunday evening after threatening a deputy.

Apparently breaking into public pools for a late-night dip isn't enough …

The “Old Main” prison, which been closed for 15 years, could become “New Mexico's Alcatraz.

It seems like Daft Punk might be popular with canines as well.

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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.

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The Daily Word in biker wars, flash flood warnings, a massive prison hunger strike and speculation about Edward Snowden

The tone of this local KRQE piece about an influx of rival biker gangs reminds one of an old biker film.

I do not own a lawn but I still want a free rain gauge.

There was more flooding in the Albuquerque area last night.

My iPhone sent me a warning about flash floods for the first time in my life last night. The government knows exactly where I am.

Urban chicken farming sounds great but apparently is starting to result in skyrocketing chicken-abandonment.

A massive hunger strike protesting prisons' isolation policies began yesterday in California.

Edward Snowden might be going to Venezuala according to a Russian politician. And who the hell is Snowden, really?

This U.S. federal court decision in favor of the EFF is an important result of the documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

At the Transportation Safety Board of Canada site you can check out ALL the recent Canadian train wrecks (and other disasters) including updates on the one in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Osama Bin Laden owned a cowboy hat which he wore to prevent drones from spotting him.

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The Daily Word in breast milk banks, airbag shrapnel and sawing to the bone

Due to the lack of tablet sales and lack of Windows 8 enthusiasm, PC sales are in a tailspin.

So, on top of worrying about getting in an accident, now I have to worry about my airbag shooting shrapnel in my face?

Yeah, it may look a little suspicious if you remove your items from your home a week before it explodes ...

Identity theft mastermind pleads guilty.

Albuquerque is the proud owner of its first, its one and only, its very own breast milk bank?

Xavier McAfee was arrested again; is there another celebrity in town with an important script lingering in their car?

I know some people like to test items before they buy them, but this puts a whole new spin on going above and beyond, poor guy.

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The Daily Word in anti-American riots, middle income, large sodas and new monkeys

Anti-American rallies across the Muslim world are now also targeting British and German embassies.

Romney comments on the anti-Muslim propaganda film that started it.

Obama is leading in the polls.

Romney defines middle income as $200,000 to $250,000.

The 1957 murder of a young girl solved.

Investigating accidental early releases in New Mexico's prison system.

NYC bans large sodas.

A new monkey species was found.

In APS, 37 percent of juniors failed a high school exit exam.

U.S. reps go bipartisan in an effort to preserve Native American languages.

Local girl is the new face of Guess.

Loyal dog visits its master's grave every night.

Weather: Temps reach mid '70s today, and mid '80s by Sunday. Autumn is nigh.

News

The Daily Word in hot water, Vegas odds and animals gone wild

A House of Representatives committee could vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over Operation Fast and Furious documents.

Ecuador's embassy in London may now be the only thing standing between Wikileaks leader Julian Assange and extradition to Sweden.

Egypt seizes with new political and constitutional upheaval as conflicting reports over ousted President Mubarak's failing health circulate.

China's reserves of rare earth mineralsessential to production of high-tech devicesare dwindling due to "excessive mining," says report.

Interactive map of West Africa's devastating drought conditions.

May's global hot flashes are not relenting in June.

Vegas roulette wheel beats 114 billion to one odds.

New state department study counts 20.9 million worldwide victims of modern slavery.

Charter schools may be underperforming when it comes to serving disabled students.

Former inmate now exonerated testifies before Senate subcommittee that solitary confinement in prisons "by its design is driving men insane."

Wildlife conservation group says black bears around the Duke City are being egregiously eliminated from the area.

Charlie Sheen's surge of "tiger blood" was in fact a "psychotic break."

Handy tip: If you're squeamish about squid sperm ruining your calamari dinner, remove the internal organs before cooking it.

Water tanks in NYC as public art.

Amorous prehistoric turtles immortalized.

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The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes

Egypt's high court orders that its parliament be dissolved.

Officers stumble across starving horses while looking for a man with a gun.

APD used stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog in the arrest of a 60-year-old man. Judge says: Pay up.

"Game of Thrones" sorry about using President Bush's head in scene about heads on pikes.

When is it OK to shoot someone in Albuquerque?

Drake and Chris Brown maybe got in a fist fight at a NY club, say police.

State's paying too much in jail and prison contracts.

The flavorful space between fresh and rotten.

Lara Croft to be put through harrowing attempted gang rape in Tomb Raider reboot so male players will feel compelled to protect her.

After a series of workers who make Apple products committed suicide, the company attempted to improve conditions. Yesterday, another worker committed suicide.

We're going to spy on Africa more.

Wine glass chess set makes for classiest drinking game ever.

Movies for women turn huge profits. So why doesn't Hollywood want to make those films? asks Meryl Streep.

Burger King's bacon sundae.

Ditch your car, city-dweller, and buy this folding pod on wheels.

NEWS

The Daily Word: Dominique Strauss Kahn conspiracy; latest Sunland Park mayor resigns; one nifty bathroom

Santa Fe police booked a man they suspect shot a speed camera vehicle.

Newest Sunland Park mayor resigns after receiving a letter from the NM Attorney General.

These NM National Guard soldiers helped save another soldier who had an RPG warhead lodged in his thigh and abdomen.

Meet this 92 year old WWII vet and manufacturer of copious copies of pirated movies.

George Zimmerman is not broke, contrary to what his family told a judge last week.

Connecticut prison officials may make aggravated masturbating a sex crime.

Check out this vertigo-inducing bathroom.

APS kids rejoice at a reprieve. No grades or attendance information was getting sent to your parents for two weeks!

The graduating class of this school in Connecticut contains 16 sets of twins.

Here's another find from Dangerous Minds: UKDK: A Film About Punks and Skinheads (1984.)

Former IMF president Dominique Strauss Kahn reiterates his "...bitch set me up" defense.

On this day in 1947 Thor Hyeredahl and crew set sail from Polynesia to Peru on a balsa wood boat to prove that the ancients traveled vast distances.

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The Daily Word in birth control, Romney's dog and Deep Throat

25 percent of marriages in the state are interracial.

New Mexico ditches No Child Left Behind.

Honduras prison fire kills inmates, many of whom hadn't been charged or convicted.

Congressional hearing on birth control includes no women.

Santorum says birth control is harmful.

One time, Romney put the family dog on the roof of his car during a road trip. Now, it's haunting his campaign.

Linsanity is no accident.

People who walk slowly may be prone to dementia.

Mamma Mia! actor to play Linda Lovelace, star of Deep Throat.

Is this bikini model fat?

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The Daily Word in the Old Main, supergiant and Anonymous

U.S. to ease its combat mission in Afghanistan.

Burqueños prison gang exhibits civic pride.

Foreigners stick their foreign fingers in our chile market.

Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Chicano activist, mounted an armed raid to make a citizen's arrest of New Mexico's district attorney in the '60s. He's speaking at the Statehouse today.

Tour the Old Main, home of the lethal 1980 prison riot.

To protect his riches, this wealthy man adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend as his daughter.

Anonymous hacks emails and accuses Ron Paul of being linked to a neo-Nazi group.

Washington the state passes a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Komen yanked its funding from Planned Parenthood, so supporters around the country donated enough in a single day to make up the difference.

Baratunde Thurston on how to be Black.

Remember when we sold guns to cartels so we could track them? And then it didn't work out so well?

This cheerleader can dead lift 250.

Meet supergiantnot the band, the amphipod.

Marchers in Egypt protest military mishandling of a soccer riot that killed 74.

The most common regrets of folks at the end of their lives.

Rest in peace:

Sonic Youth collaborator and artist Mike Kelley

"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius

Poet Wislawa Szymborska

Boxing trainer Angelo Dundee

The man who played Mr. Pitt on "Seinfeld," Ian Abercrombie

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The Daily Word in Mitt wins Florida, Colbert raises more than Palin and New Mexico's newest gang

Mitt Romney won Florida's Republican primary last night. Newt Gingrich isn't giving up (yet).

Chicago's draconian eavesdropping law poses problems for protestors and journalists at the upcoming G-8 summit.

Traffic crackdown in Rio Rancho.

New Mexico has a new prison gang with a lame name.

In response to an invasive abortion law, a Virginia state senator proposed an amendment requiring men seeking erectile dysfunction drugs to receive a rectal exam and stress tests.

Meet the monkey refugees of Louisiana.

Louis CK sold a sitcom to CBS.

Netflix won't be renting games after all.

DC Comics unveils its long-rumored line of Watchmen prequel comics. I wonder what Watchman co-creator Alan Moore thinks about it? "As far as I know … there weren't that many prequels or sequels to Moby Dick."

What does an artist with Alzheimer's paint?

Stephen Colbert's fake Super PAC raised more money than Sarah Palin's Super PAC.

Everything is cool guys, that red river in Texas was just polluted with pig blood.

SHEEP CYCLONE!!!!

Where did the Frito pie really come from?

Every overhead hand shot from Wes Anderson films.

Check out this recently discovered test footage from a proposed 1936 John Carter of Mars animated movie.

When I'm President this fake Breaking Bad RPG will be real.

Of these three trailers for returning HBO shows, I am excited about them in this order: Game of Thrones, Eastbound And Down and True Blood.

Completely mesmerized by this video.

Happy Birthday Garrett Morris!!!

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New Mexico Wine Festival at Loretto Park

Considered the biggest wine festival in the state, this event has a feast of food, agricultural products, arts & crafts, live music and wine.

Jujutsu instruction at Sandia Budokan

Rock Zone • rock at Molly's Bar

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