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The Daily Word in Coca-Cola's vault, Bernalillo same-sex hearing and "sex boxes" in Switzerland

The United States and Britain team up to show Syria's government that when you “cross a line” (referring to a gas attack that killed at least 355 people, though some reports have stated the death toll was over 1,000), the world is going to get involved.

Police in Spokane, Wash., have arrested a second teenage suspect in the fatal beating of 88-year-old Delbert Belton, who was a WWII veteran.

After being found guilty last week for the Fort Hood shooting spree four years ago, the sentencing phase of Maj. Nidal Hasan's trial starts today.

There's a Coca-Cola vault? I want to go to there.

In preparation for a hearing this afternoon on same-sex marriage, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver has printed 1,000 same-sex marriage licenses.

Kids at Joy Junction learn how to capture their wishes and dreams with a camera via the Pictures of Hope program.

Mayor Richard Berry's office initiates the "Equity in Pay Task Force," aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women.

For those who find themselves taking long drives and suddenly getting the urge to have sex, Zurich, Switzerland now has “sex boxes” where people can drive up and give it a go. It's also safer for the prostitutes.

And now, the big question: Do we really want to see a John Lennon clone?

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Another broken soldier

Benjamin Colton Barnes
Barnes, an Iraq War veteran, died at age 24 in Mount Rainier National Park.

Would we have known the name Benjamin Colton Barnes if he hadn’t killed someone else before rushing to his own death in Mount Rainier National Park on New Year’s Day? Or would he have been just another young Iraq War veteran on a suicide trajectory?

Columnist Alex Limkin, also a vet, asks this question in his column From the Foxhole.

A veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes, according to a study published in November. It also indicates military suicides have been on the rise since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012
Barnes, an Iraq War veteran, died at age 24 in Mount Rainier National Park.

From the Foxhole

Benjamin Colton Barnes

Another broken soldier

The only reason the death of this Iraq War veteran has attracted such attention is that he did not go alone. Had Barnes simply headed off into the frozen wilderness to die, his story would have been unexceptional. After all, scores of returning veterans, traumatized and afflicted, have committed suicide over the last decade.

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V.20 No.52 | 12/29/2011

Year in Review: News

Best and Worst of 2011

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. In 2011, the happenings of the world—and Burque—loomed large. Inspect the Alibi’s highlight reel.

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