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The Daily Word in the Bobcat Bite, peacocks in heat, spies and Mayan pyramids

At the Albuquerque Zoo, a peacock attacked a two year old kid.

Albuquerque's new recycling plant is almost open.

Rep. Steve Pearce wants to change the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's mission.

Santa Fe's famous Bobcat Bite restaurant is losing it's current operators after a dispute with the property owner.

The Russians claim to have captured an American spy.

The Department of Justice seized a HUGE number of Associated Press phone records from April and May.

This man spent the night in a grocery store.

This man seems to have found a copy of Coca-Cola's secret recipe. It is now on eBay.

Apparently in Belize it is not uncommon for ancient Mayan pyramids and mounds to be bulldozed and used for road-building material.

Contrary to popular claims, piracy is not killing the entertainment industry.

Here's another Chinese Ghost Mall.

If you live in L.A. you can go see a 35mm screening of the excellent film Manson. Otherwise, enjoy the trailer.

The Mayor of Osaka, Japan claims enslaved prostitutes were necessary during WWII.

On this day in 1936, Bobby Darin was born. He was talented but sickly and just after Darin got his own T.V. show in 1973, he died.

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The Daily Word in recycling for all, Amanda Knox on trial forever and Tarzan 1968

Soon every household in Albuquerque will have recycling bins.

Someone was arrested in connection with the break-in that caused a Breaking Bad script go missing.

A 30 percent tip is almost never deserved.

She won't have to return to Italy, but Amanda Knox will be retried.

Swine flu vaccine caused some recipients to come down with narcolepsy.

Nifty, weird and NSFW short documentary about a part of the Tokyo art-scene.

Ungoogleable.

North Korea says it is going to bomb the United States.

Give 'em enough rope.

In 1968 The Supremes guest starred as nuns in an episode of Tarzan. James Earl Jones was there too.

V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

Environment

Recycled Fears

Company makes overtures to a leery neighborhood

After a series of polluting industrial neighbors, one North Valley community is concerned about a coming recycling plant.

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V.20 No.46 | 11/17/2011

Gift Guide

Love the L.A.N.D.

Up-cycled bags for eco-crusaders

lovemylandbag.com

When Patio Screendoor (not the name his mama gave him) forgot to bring his reusable grocery bags to the market, he figured he’d simply pick one up along with his groceries. The store’s options—either too expensive or cheaply made—weren’t thrilling. “I had already replaced a few flimsy bags at this point and was determined not to own another crappy bag,” says Screendoor.

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V.20 No.18 | 5/5/2011

Council Watch

Curbside Recycling

Albuquerque City Council will once again feature adoptable shelter animals. At the Monday, May 2 meeting, two dogs and a cat were shown via photos instead of being brought into the Council chambers, as they used to be under Councilor Sally Mayer. Either way, it is good to have the furry friends back.

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The Daily Word 01.20.10: Garbage hotel, mafia, Gov. Martinez

Remember that TSA trial in Albuquerque I was talking about? After much delay, it’s happening today.

130 arrested from seven mob families in a mafia crackdown.

This guy’s trying to learn how to speak prairie dog.

How about an extra year to decide about college without losing your lotto scholarship?

Only 70 percent of the population can see 3D movies.

What was served at the “quintessentially American” dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao?

National Republicans may be considering Gov. Martinez for bigger things.

UNM Regent Jack Fortner is sure the governor will reappoint him. Did the $40,000 he donated to her campaign help?

Michelle Obama teams up with Wal-Mart on her healthy food campaign.

A hotel made of garbage! What will the Spanish think of next?

The ladies of death row. (Not the record label.) Wait, why is this a story?

Earth Wise

Secret Knowledge: Recycling #5 Plastics in ABQ

The city of Albuquerque’s recycling program can only process #1 and #2 plastics, which covers screw-top plastic bottles and jugs. That’s it for plastic. “But,” we all think to ourselves, “if it has that ‘chasing-arrow’ logo on the bottom, then they’re recyclable.” And we’re wrong.

In an enlightening Straight Dope column from January on compostable plastics (In a nutshell: “Breaking it down requires a special industrial facility that exposes the plastic to 140-degree-Fahrenheit heat for at least ten days— something you're not going to get by tossing it on your backyard pile of grass clippings.”), Cecil Adams breaks it down for us yet again:

The triangular chasing-arrows symbol with a number inside doesn't mean the product bearing it can be recycled. As I've explained before, it merely indicates what type of plastic the thing’s made from. Type 7 is miscellaneous, which can't be recycled because the materials in the mix may have different melting points and such. Plastic types 3 through 6 can theoretically be recycled but seldom are because the financial return is minimal.

A ton of food-grade plastics, like yogurt cups, are made from #5 plastic. Rather than add yours to the landfill or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you can take your cleaned-out containers to four Whole Foods locations in New Mexico. From there, Whole Foods ships its #5 collections to Preserve, where the plastics are reincarnated as toothbrushes and razors. (Then sold back to you through Whole Foods and other retailers. ... Ship back your spent toothbrush to Preserve, and they become a park bench.) While you’re at it, they’ll take your spent Brita water filters, too.

Whole Foods “Gimme 5” recycling drop-offs:

• Albuquerque, 5815 Wyoming Blvd NE

• Albuquerque, 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE

• Santa Fe, 753 Cerrillos Rd

• Santa Fe, 1090 S. Saint Francis Dr.

For a nationwide list of “Gimme 5” recycling drop-offs, look here.
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A Good Call for Haiti

I have piles of old cellphones in my dresser, my desk, my garage. Not only that, I have buckets of old wall and car chargers that I could never hope to match back to their devices of origin. (Sound familiar?)

Because of the battery and gnarly chemicals used in cell phone components, you can’t just chuck this stuff into the landfill. But your old cellphone and accessories can make life better for Haitians struggling after the earthquake.

Go to phonesforhaiti.com to download a free shipping label, then mail them your unwanted communication devices. Phones that work or can be refurbished will be given to aid groups in Haiti. Phones and accessories that don’t make the cut will be recycled, and 100 percent of their proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

V.18 No.39 | 9/24/2009

Letters

The readers write.

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V.18 No.38 | 9/17/2009
Albuquerque’s sorting facility
Christie Chisholm

Environment

(Un)Green in the Q

Would the city recycle more if it were easier?

Albuquerque is way behind its municipal counterparts when it comes to recycling.

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