When the restless become rested
The Daily Word in a mad doggy, New Mexico's most wanted and police chief camera sex
In case you're sad about Barbara Walters leaving “The View,” you can read about how she wants to spend her retirement.
Police try to categorize what kind of killer Aaron Hernandez is … you know … in case he gets convicted.
Charity Johnson, a 34-year-old woman from Texas, was arrested after posing as a high school student for nearly a year.
Police unions across the nation are pushing for workers' compensation if they suffer from PTSD.
Since ABQ Pride is coming up, here's a little snippet of milestones in the effort to legalize gay marriage, as compiled by the Miami Herald.
Mason Campbell, the 12-year-old suspect in January's Roswell Middle School shooting, is expected to plead guilty at today's hearing.
It's “America's Most Wanted”—New Mexico style. Okay, it's New Mexico's Most Wanted.
“Naia” is apparently proof that modern Native Americans and the first Americans share common ancestors.
Prescription for Termination
Medical marijuana laws conflict with employers’ drug testing policies
The Daily Word in Betty Page, valley fever, Bangladesh and Glorp!
Do you have Valley Fever?
This little boy lost his ear on Easter.
The public meeting about the proposed Rio Grande and Candelaria roundabout was very long and inconclusive.
Don't forget about the treasure buried in the Sangre de Cristos.
Increasingly, it appears North Korea is serious.
Paul Rose, infamous member of the Quebec separatist group the F.L.Q, died last month.
35 Atlanta area teachers and administrators are turning themselves in to police this morning.
Upcoming auction of Betty Page photos gives us an excuse to look at Betty Page photos.
This article about the current war crimes tribunals in Bangladesh has a great timeline of the country's tragic history.
Your life isn't complete until you have watched the world's worst Pink Floyd cover.
A tragedy of amazing proportions befell this flea circus.
On this day in 1947, Author Camille Paglia was born.
18 veterans commit suicide each day
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
Playing Chicken With Millions
Senators battled as the final moments of the 2011 legislative session ticked away
If an eye for an eye makes everyone blind, a bill for a bill leaves our roads messed up and our senior centers unfunded.
During the legislative session, most measures are passed in the final days, hours and even minutes. As the clock wound down on Saturday, March 19, lawmakers threw a wrench in the works to force one of the governor’s priorities through. But it didn’t work, and in the end, Gov. Susana Martinez’ “social promotion” education bill got left behind—and so did millions for improvements around the state.
An Army of One
Veteran’s sister challenges law enforcement’s PTSD policies
Jonelle Ellis hasn’t done much public speaking. She's never been involved in politics. But for the last six months or so, she's helped create a bill and convinced legislators in Santa Fe to carry it.
Marine walks across the country barefoot
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.
The Daily Word 12.31.10: 2010 is finally over.
No pardon for Billy the Kid.
Uncle shoots nephew while playing 'cops and robbers' with real gun.
Man hurt playing real 'Frogger.'
Man shot by police had PTSD.
Former President of Israel convicted of rape.
Top Ten Books of 2010.
Tornado kills three in Arkansas.
Flood in Australia the size of Texas.
Stars who died in 2010.
Man strips at Virginia airport.
Restaurant critic gets exposed by restaurant owner.
Estimates suggest the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will produce more than 1 million veterans.
In this week’s news section, I highlighted the lack of media coverage on veteran’s issues. I spoke with local members of Iraq Veterans Against the War in January after Kenneth Ellis III, who was being treated at the VA Medical Center for PTSD, was killed by Albuquerque police. He was pulled over for bad plates, and stepped out of the car with a gun to his head.
Romeo Rocha, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, said he hoped Ellis’ death would give PTSD more media attention. "It's still showing up, but it's not making headlines anymore,” he told the Alibi in January.
Even if American media isn’t focused on the issue right now, an Italian documentary at the Venice Film Festival follows three veterans who served in Iraq and how they were treated by the military. It’s called Ward 54, so named for the psychiatric ward of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 2005, Mark Benjamin penned a piece for Salon.com that shined a light on the hospital’s neglect of PTSD patients.
Benjamin spoke of the substandard care for mental disorders caused by the war in a “Democracy Now!” interview:
“... the entire time that they’re at Walter Reed, the Army seems to be more bent on trying to determine that their problems were not, in fact, caused by the war and that, in fact, these soldiers were just crazy of their own accord.”
Though, as the AP story on Ward 54 points out, a report to Congress last month shows that these wars have produced significantly high rates of suicides for the U.S. military. More than 1,100 service members killed themselves between 2005 and 2009. The suicide rate is only going up in 2010.
City Breaks for Builders
There was both finger-pointing and back-patting at the Monday, Aug. 16 City Council meeting.
From the Foxhole
Beyond the War Zone II
General Petraeus swapped for General McChrystal in Afghanistan
The names of the countries in which we are fighting no longer matter. This is what happens when war drags on interminably. It becomes enough to refer to the conflicts solely by the passage of time during which the dead and the bereft have multiplied insensibly.