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The Daily Word in college woes, a handsy officer and BDSM

Kentucky firefighters were hurt while trying to perform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for charity.

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, a 27-year-old police officer in Oklahoma City, has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting six women.

A Tallahassee federal judge ruled Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

According to a new New York Times poll, most white people “reserve judgment” in regards to whether the Michael Brown shooting was justified. Blacks, on the other hand, stand firm that it was not.

Surprise, surprise: College students are wondering whether getting a degree is worth the cost and debt they'll undertake from acquiring it.

Today the APS board will interview four interim superintendents to take over for Winston Brooks, who resigned last Friday.

Alex Gallegos, an Albuquerque murder suspect, has been apprehended after a shootout on Wednesday afternoon that left several schools on lockdown and shut down Taylor Ranch Road.

A woman who was admitted to UNM Hospital and tested for Ebola is not infected with the virus. So don't be all paranoid.

According to police data: Despite recent acts of violence, Albuquerque is on course to have “far fewer” homicides this year than in past years. So … good news?

NSFW: In case you were curious, here are some photos of the dual lives of everyday people who practice BDSM. It beats 50 Shades, no?

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The Daily Word in offshore oil, US earthquakes and same-sex marriage

A judge overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage; however, it only applies to Florida Keys.

Police in Pontiac, Mich., have identified “mummified” remains found in a garage.

16 US states have an increased risk of experiencing earthquakes in the coming years.

Obama administration approves offshore oil exploration on the East Coast.

Researchers find a possible connection between vasectomies and prostate cancer.

The massive number of toxicology reports to a state laboratory has caused delays with issuing death certificates.

Joy Junction's photos of the food they serve have ruffled someone's feathers.

Three people were killed yesterday morning in a helicoptor crash in Guadalupe County.

Uh oh, the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association's president got a stern warning from a state law enforcement board.

Walter White went to space!

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The Daily Word in the SPU shooting, same-sex marriage polls and "Desiree"

A shooting at Seattle Pacific University left one student dead and a couple others wounded.

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered today to pay respects to Prince Joshua (P.J.) Avitto, a 6-year-old boy from Brooklyn who was stabbed and killed in an elevator.

A Virgina base is on lockdown after a stabbing this morning. A suspect hasn't been apprehended.

According to a Washington Post/ABC poll, about 50 percent of America thinks same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

If you're going to the Albuquerque Sunport, watch out for “Desiree.”

Mayor Richard Berry responds to the protest that took over his office.

Five teens in Santa Fe who shot at cars with BB guns called the cops on themselves when one of their victims started chasing them.

APD Chief Gorden Eden wants the police union to cooperate with DOJ reviews and reforms.

It looks like police officers in Spokane aren't allowed to make whoopee on the job anymore.

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The Daily Word in faulty ATMs, faulty meter readings and a faulty chemistry teacher

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich stepped down after being protested against for his intolerant views against same-sex marriage. Now some think this is reverse-intolerance.

Sparks from welders are thought to be the cause of a Boston fire that killed 2 firefighters and injured 13 people.

A mother in South Carolina could face 20 years to life in prison after her infant died of an overdose of morphine from her breast milk.

Former President George W. Bush has been getting crazy with the oil paints.

Have you heard of these firefly devices? Apparently they can screw up your water meter readings.

A child abuse prevention rally is scheduled to take place today at noon at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

City websites back on track after Anonymous unleashed a “cyber hurricane” this past weekend.

A political science professor from Johns Hopkins University wrote an analytical paper stating how Walter White was a “bad teacher” and a “failure.”

A man requested $140 from an ATM in Maine, but got $37,000 … can you point out its exact location on this map I'm holding?

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The Daily Word in Washington mudslides, a coin-flip removal and gay marriage in Michigan

After two major mudslides occurred in Oso, Washington, authorities say up to 90 people are missing, and the death toll has risen to 17.

If Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriage, the federal government will.

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today to smooth things over with King Abdullah.

Nine mid-level commanders charged with safe-guarding the US nuclear arsenal have been fired for “creating a culture that enabled” cheating on proficiency exams.

Mayor Richard Berry doesn't think a federal takeover of APD is a good idea.

Phillip Chacón flipped the coin, called heads and lost his city council seat.

A “new state-by-state comparison” puts New Mexico near the bottom in regards to university graduation rates.

Just in case you forgot why New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment

In case you're planning on playing basketball at the University of Georgia, know this: “Orgies and gangbangs are inappropriate.

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The Daily Word in New Mexico pot, Aiken for Congress and brutal punishment

A stranded research vessel in Antarctica makes people question whether it's safe for tourists to venture to the icy continent.

A report says that Jang Song Thaek of North Korea (and five of his associates) were fed to starving dogs.

The Justice Department disagrees with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's contraception opposition for religious-based organizations in regards to the Affordable Care Act.

Remember Clay Aiken? Me neither. But apparently he wants to run for Congress.

A man was struck and killed by a vehicle this morning while trying to cross Montgomery Boulevard.

Move over Colorado. New Mexico may be next.

APD says that 9-year-old Omaree Varela (who was killed by his mother) had reported being abused to school officials a year before his death.

While same-sex marriage is now legal in New Mexico, it's still considered unlawful in Navajo Nation.

Naughty America wants your unused gift cards!

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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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Love is Officially Love

New Mexico Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage

Image by Jeff Drew
Image by Jeff Drew
New Mexico has now become the 17th US state to legalize gay marriage. In a unanimous vote, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex unions, making it unconstitutional to deny homosexual couples a marriage license in the Land of Enchantment.

After several counties in New Mexico made a push in August to allow same-sex couples to marry, citizens urged the higher-ups to consider allowing statewide same-sex marriages to be considered lawful. Since state statutes neither banned nor condoned same-sex marriage, it has always been legal for gay couples to apply for marriage licenses. But depending on which county they lived in, it didn't mean they'd be approved … until now.

“We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law,” said Justice Edward L. Chavez in the Court's decision.

Just last month, Hawaii and Illinois also made same-sex marriages legal. This also makes New Mexico the first state in the American Southwest to legalize gay marriage. All signs point to a trend of tolerance developing throughout the US. One can only hope.

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The Daily Word in used pregnancy tests, crap in the oceans, "Hemisphere" and gay marriage in Los Alamos

RIP David Frost

NSA asked Zazzle to remove funny/joke/not real NSA shirts.

"Breaking Bad rehab."

Los Alamos County clerk may soon issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Another wide reaching and comprehensive phone records surveillance program: "Hemisphere."

The United States and Israel tested a new air-defense system by launching missiles from somewhere in the Mediterranean today.

Off the grid homeowners can't refinance their home because their house is off the grid.

David Frost died.

A snack chip eating utensil.

Because it is all about getting him to ask you to marry him. Or go on vacation. Or just pocketing 400.00.

Where all that crap people drop into the water ends up ten years from now.

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The Daily Word in Gay Marriage in Albuquerque, intervention in Syria, crack in a cavity and change in the South Valley.

Same-sex marriage is a reality in Bernalillo County.

Voice your opinion on a major makeover proposed for Bridge Boulevard today at 3:00 in the basement (Vincent Griego Chambers) of the City/County building (1 Civic Plaza).

Major improvements are also in store for Goff Road in the South Valley, however the Fourth Street Mall's future is uncertain.

Local Project Runway star Patricia Michaels was accused of stealing her own jewelry.

Monday rush hour traffic was all jacked up due to a driver with a bunch of crack shoved up their butt. Or, possibly, their hoo-ha. Police aren't saying which.

Donald Trump lashes out against everyone in the wake of a 40 million dollar lawsuit being launched against him and his university.

Part of Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach's divorce settlement dictates that the Bob Dylan hair goes to his ex-wife.

Russia is not cool with possible US/UK intervention in Syria. Ostensibly a response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, the US completely ignored its ally Saddam Hussein's use of WMDs in the eighties.

Why wouldn't you expect to get sick after eating something called a "cronut"?

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston may be playing the part of Lex Luther in an upcoming film.

Watch Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul on The Price is Right.

Oil of Gladness, Pain-Extractor, Pain-Exterminator, Eclectric Oil and other snake oils (gallery).

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The Daily Word in same-sex marriage and North Korea

RIP Paul Williams

An Albuquerque landlord was judged to be discriminatory in his treatment of a man who has multiple sclerosis.

APD released night-vision helicopter footage of neighbors in Ventana Ranch shooting at each other.

North Korea is sustaining their rhetoric against the U.S. and South Korea. Here's why this is happening.

This article about North Korea has a great mixed metaphor.

Rush Limbaugh concedes (in his own way) the same-sex marriage debate.

Many of you probably heard Justice Scalia say this.

Surprise! A Republican National Committee guy posted something offensive about gays on his Facebook page.

Bacon flavored condoms.

The show was cancelled but Michelle Shocked showed up anyway.

The U.S. Navy's "Little Crappy Ship."

Florida "polo tycoon" loses bid to legally adopt girlfriend in order to avoid losing millions after a possible wrongful death judgement.

Paul Williams, founder of Crawdaddy and executor of P.K. Dick's literary estate, died.

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I voted (I wish I didn’t have to)

The author’s kids: Declan, 7, and Chelsea, 5
Maren Tarro
The author’s kids: Declan, 7, and Chelsea, 5

BALTIMOREWhen my husband and I headed to our polling place this morning we took along something extra: Our children. Previously we’ve opted to vote unencumbered by the whirling dervishes of energy that our children are, but this time around we felt a need for them to be a part of what could be an historic voteand I don’t just mean electing Barry O to a second term.

You see, while I occasionally send in reports to the Alibi about the goings-on in DC I actually live on the Maryland side. And this year’s Maryland ballot features Question 6, a referendum on extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. Maryland passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in February; opponents (shocker!) of the bill submitted signatures for the referendum in June. The bill not only allows for same-sex couples to be granted marriage rights, but also includes language guaranteeing religious organizations will not have to gay marry anyone. Question 6 has received support from African-American religious groups; a demographic considered pivotal in securing enough votes to once and finally recognize, legally, the inherent humanity of a group long discriminated against. Maryland has the best chance, so far, of passing such a referendum.

What does this have to do with dragging our five-and-seven-year-old sugar-boogars to a school gymnasium while mommy and daddy perform their civic duty? Did I want to share a warm, fuzzy, feel-good moment as we held hands, touched “yes”, shared a knowing smile and patted ourselves on the back for being open-minded? Or, perhaps, I didn’t want to take the chance that living in a blue county in a blue state wasn’t enough and wanted to model good progressive behavior for them? Not quite.

I took them along so they would have to walk past the people who have been fighting for their rights for too long and who were making that one last appeal to voters, who had smiles on their faces as they asked voters to see them as equals. I wanted them to walk past the people next to them who were asking voters to deny LGBTQ citizens any recognition of full equality under the law.

My husband and I ushered them into the booths with us so they could see us vote for something that should never have been put to a vote. We read the ballot out loud to them and explained why we were voting yes, why this was so important. We did everything we could think of to make sure these tiny people remember the day their parents went to the polls and agreed to legally treat LGBTQ citizens like everybody else.

We want them to remember this moment as past generations have remembered voting to extend rights to women, African-Americans and other disenfranchised groups. We want them to remember this moment because we hope this is the last generation that votes on who is equal and deserving of rights. Rights! We want them to be the generation that finally understands that we don’t have the right to vote on someone’s rights; the first generation to fully understand what equality means; the first generation to fully enjoy equality, equally.

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Hate-free chicken sandwiches

ProgressNow New Mexico

If you’re paying attention to Mike Huckabee, you know that today was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Huckabee is pissed off that other people are pissed off about the poultry merchant’s homophobic positions. The chain has long been a supporter of anti-gay marriage efforts, and its CEO said recently that he is firm believer in biblically sanctioned unions. “He took it to a new level,” says Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico.

CEO Dan Cathy’s comments spurred backlash, with some cities suggesting Chick-fil-A could peddle its hate hens somewhere else.

Anyway, Huckabee wanted folks to flock to Chick-fil-As around the country today and fill the restaurant’s pockets with more money for doing anti-LGBTQ work.

ProgressNow New Mexico was ready. Cow couple Adam and Steve led a protest in front of Albuquerque’s latest addition to the Chick-fil-A franchise on San Mateo and Montgomery. They brought 100 free chicken sandwiches provided by the gay-friendly Roma Bakery & Deli. The protest fare was devoured in 20 minutes by supporters who showed up to stand alongside Albuquerque’s active LGBTQ community, says Davis.

Davis counted more than 100 people on the sidewalk at one point. A giant chicken showed up to march in solidarity with the cows. A new LGBTQ-friendly business U-Swirlbrought some froyo over for the kids dancing with the protesters.

“We just wanted there to be an option for people in Albuquerque who don’t agree with that stance to express themselves,” Davis says.

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The Daily Word in marriage rights, Romney the bully and breastfeeding

Justice Department accuses infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio of trampling civil rights in his district.

President Obama announced his support for full marriage equality, but New Mexicans don’t see it happening anytime soon.

There were Christian same-sex unions in the 10th century, says anthropologist.

Kid fell into the zebra exhibit.

Former APD union boss arrested and charged with domestic violence.

With few protections in the state, some people wind up purchasing land from folks who don’t own it.

Mitt Romney was a bully and a cutter of hair he didn’t like.

A man in his undies stabbed his computer with a samurai sword while police were looking for child porn.

Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover.

What would it be like if pterosaurs walked the Earth right now.

Fancy business types are annoyed by the way Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg dresses.

Fundamentalist Phoenix high school forfeits championship baseball game because the other team had a girl on it.

South Korea accuses North Korea of jamming GPS signals for civilian flights.

This dog is ready to play.

Double-face white shark coffee table.

Hack your triggers.

Humpback whales defend baby gray whale from orcas.

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

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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