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The Daily Word in stress, Communist scandal and scornful ex-governors

A burned SUV found on Pajarito Mesa turns into a double-homicide case.

PETA is not pleased with Albuquerque's cat problem.

Governor showdown: Gary Johnson takes Susana Martinez to task.

LANL is ready to pay big money to three N.M. companies eager to handle some of the lab’s dirty work.

China's Communist party leadership struck by scandal.

Vladimir Putin pulls a " do as I say, not as I did."

UCLA accidentally dashes the hopes of 894 high school students.

California attorney will tell a parole board that Charles Manson needs hospitalization, not prison.

Meanwhile, a man who thinks Manson is his dad is anxious for confirmation before the killer dies in custody.

Trayvon Martin's shooter George Zimmerman is " stressed out."

Also stressed out: tsunami-wary Indonesia.

Charlie Sheen still on winning streak, soon to enroll in Anger Management.

Courtney Love super hates Dave Grohl.

NEWS

The Daily Word:Limbaugh's losing more advertisers; Iraqi emo kids are getting stoned; Himalayan viagra

Firesign Theater's Peter Bergman died.

Vintage covers from lesbian pulp novels.

The first Santa Fe spice arrest.

Steven Seagal is being sued.

Another unexplained light phenomenon appeared over Phoenix.

Delicious sounding egg in an onion ring. *[8pm]original site is down because everyone wants to know how to make these delicious eggs.

The stoning of Iraqi emo kids has begun.

Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk show hosts are losing advertisers faster than fleas jumping off a dead rat.

The Iran War Clock.

No cowbells or saxophones allowed under Nazi rules for jazz.

Watch this guy completely lose his shit over a role playing game.

Dick Clark's nifty Flintstones home is for sale.

"Himalayan Viagra" wars.

Today is the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

News

The Daily Word in tester city, drunk elk and Schweddy Balls

City Council fails to override the mayor's veto of a measure that called for the feds to look into APD. Citizens at the meeting are outraged.

Company schemes to build a vacant tester city in New Mexico.

Ice cream man pulls a knife, according to family.

Meteorologist found asleep in a bathtub with a dead guy wearing a dog collar.

Guv pushes to merge state departments to save money.

Drunk elk stranded in apple tree.

9/11 by the numbers.

Vinyl faces.

Hamlet goes homophobe.

Dick Cheney is honored when people say he's like Darth Vader.

It's National Honey Month. Did you know it can clean your wounds and fix your scratchy elbows?

Stop CHEWING like that.

The future of Grateful Dead marketing endeavors, man.

Ben and Jerry's latest flavor: Schweddy Balls.

News

The Daily Word: God's Wife, Red Light Cameras, RIP Elizabeth Taylor, Strip Search

Howard Dean defends Obama's decision to attack Lybia Libya: This time our government isn't lying to us.

South Dakota now requires a three day wait before an abortion.

Albuquerque is losing money on red light cameras.

Homeland Security says they could strip search every airline passenger if they wanted to.

13 illegal immigrants arrested in California wearing US Marine uniforms.

Explosion at a Jerusalem bus stop.

Seven black men shot and killed so far this year in Miami.

Another thing to worry about: the status of US nuclear spent-fuel storage.

Fox News is sending security guards do its war reporting.

The town of Bernalillo files suit against NM Gas Company to recover damages from last month's gas outages.

Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler is resigning from his position.

Maybe you should help James O'Keefe pay off his credit card debt.

Should you give money to homeless people?

Was God's wife edited from the Bible?

Finish those episodes of Dexter and Weeds quickly, Showtime won't be renewing it's contract with Netflix to stream them instantly.

Iran unveils its flying saucer to the world.

Elderly man stoned to death for making gay advance.

Beloved old-timey actress Elizabeth Taylor is dead at 79.

Whatever you do, don't take a picture of this guy's mohawk.

Someone found a 50-million-year old piece of lizard skin.

I'm not sure what to think about the costume for the new Wonder Woman TV show.

Meet Lu Mao, the 132 pound 3-year-old.

Barella redesigns its spaghetti box to announce it is redisgning its spaghetti box.

Dr. Phil's six biggest scandals.

Is your blog among the 100 web sites the movie and music industry want shut down?

I guess yesterday's rumors of Charlie Sheen coming back to Two And A Half Men weren't true.

The Lord of the Rings is finally being released on Blu-Ray this summer (not that I have a Blu-Ray player).

For some reason I really identify with Paranoid Parrot.

Coming soon: Koala burgers.

Twenty-five police officer fails.

Seven supermarket rip-offs.

I haven't watched the Masters of the Universe in a long time, but I don't remember He-Man being all sweary.

Happy Birthday Akira Kurosawa!

sports

Why we hate sports celebrities

Covering sports is getting to be harder day by day. There's the usual suspects (NBA players arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse and previously untouchably clean superstars turning out to be kinda-sorta scumbags), and then there's a little bit more.

Reggie Bush just became the first Heisman Trophy winner in history to give the trophy back. This will not put an end to the cloud of scandal surrounding the University of Southern California. Nor is that cloud limited to the football program and now-departed (but not fired, he just got a job in the NFL) head football coach, Pete Carroll. The USC basketball program, meanwhile, is dogged by accusations that its star around the same time, O.J. Mayo, who now plays in the NBA, engaged in essentially the exact same behavior.

To anyone who thinks the current trouble is SoCal-centered, look no further than Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and the suspicion that is refusing to leave his side. In the pros, the recent NBA newsscape has been dominated by the fact that LeBron James' Q Score has fallen—drastically.

But is this really new? Are these things that didn't happen before? Are we living in some kind of deadly dark era, where athletes are misbehaving at a never-before-seen level? Is there something wrong with our generation?

Or, is it simply a reflection of the sped-up era in which we live? There have been numerous suggestions that the 24-hour cable news cycle makes it appear as though we live in a more violent world than is actually the case. With athletes hopping onto social networks like Twitter we get an unfiltered look at them and their lives. Few people will dispute that this is an interesting and probably positive wrinkle to the fan-entertainer relationship.

However, there is always a price to pay for closeness. (Remember the phrase about meeting your heroes?) With the media going full-tilt around the clock and the specialization of news organizations, we get revelations that we might not have in the past. Shaq's Twitter account is funny, but it's kind of sad to read about him stealing ideas for TV shows from teammates.

All this is merely to say: It's a shame about Reggie Bush. It's a shame that he essentially had to give back one of the most prestigious awards in the sport. It's a shame that there were suspicions about his time at USC since he was there. But the biggest shame of all is that the defending Super Bowl champs—the New Orleans Saints—are tainted, even if it's ever so slightly, by yet another negative news story about a sports star.

What's the solution? We refuse to live in blissful ignorance, and that's a good thing. But it feels like it keeps getting a little harder to watch sports, root for the same old kind of star, and read the same kind of story when they inevitably slip up.

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