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V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary
From Singapore to Oregon, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

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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 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?

Celebrity b.s.

Two of New Mexico's Youth Volunteers are honored with a warm, sweaty handshake from Kevin Spacey.

On May 5th, two New Mexico students received awards for their volunteer services. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards gave Brianna Swinderman, from Rio Rancho, and Joseph Lee Estrada, from Velarde, titles as New Mexico's top youth volunteers for 2013 and as State Honorees.

A judging panel reviewed 5000 Local Honorees, and selected 102 to receive State Honorees titles. The panel chose these Honorees based on their personal growth, initiatives, impacts, and efforts.

State Honorees received $1000 dollars, silver medallions, and paid trips to Washington, D.C. for national recognition events. They also attended a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, visited congressional representatives, and met the top youth volunteers from around the world.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognized ten of the State Honorees as National Honorees who received gold medallions, crystal trophies, additional $5000 awards, and $5000 grants, from The Prudential Foundation, that went to nonprofit, aid-giving organizations that the Honorees chose.

[Additional commentary from Nick Brown: What Sara failed to mention was that these teenagers got to shake hands with major Hollywood movie star Kevin Spacey. Spacey, you’ll notice from the photo, is even wearing a suit for the ceremony—it’s not like he just walked up there in a bathrobe and a bag of chips, demanding a $2,500 check. He took this thing seriously.

It reminds me of the time I got straight A’s in school; my parents were so pleased they hired Lee Majors to come to our house and congratulate me in person. Of course that never happened, and I never got straight A’s, either, but the story puts some perspective on how these kids must have felt shaking hands with Kevin Spacey. Spacey also recently photobombed a woman in Boston.]

video games

Webgame Wednesday: The Watergate Game

I'm no historian. I don't remember everything about the infamous Watergate break in. But I'm pretty sure it involved an elvish broadsword. The Watergate Game totally backs me up on this fact. At first a serious Zork-style text/point-and-click adventure game that casts you in the role of investigative journalist Bob Woodward, the game goes off the rails about the time the editor of the Washington post hands you that elvish broadsword. Hilarious, ridiculous and at times even historically accurate, The Watergate Game is something you must waste time on right away. Hint: I highly recommend taking Timothy Leary's drugs when you get the chance.

NEWS

The Daily Word in fire fighting drug traffickers, nuclear waste, National Good Day Day and Juan Epstein, r.i.p.

An AFD firefighter was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges Friday.

There is a new commission trying to figure out what to do with thousands of tons of nuclear waste in America.

Gwynyth Doland is the new head of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

Are Yelp and other crowdsourcing tools wrecking your chances for good time?

This guy figured out when Ice Cube actually did have that good day.

Here's a helpful guide about the American film industry's long-standing resistance to new technology.

The Pentagon wants a super-commando-mothership... and its name is the U.S.S. Ponce?

Uggs are banned at this Pennsylvania middle school.

Oakland Mayor tells Occupy Oakland protesters to "stop using Oakland as its playground." 300 arrested.

This physician wanted to reanimate George Washington using a bellows, fire and lamb's blood.

Cats in sinks photo gallery.

Robert Hegyes, Welcome Back Kotter's Juan Epstein died.

The Star Trek house may be dismantled and sold. By the builder's ex-wife.

On this day in 1880 W.C. Fields was born.

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The Daily Word 10.12.10: Chilean miner rescue, inflatable weapons, Gap’s for the people

Restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area are under “terrorist watch.”

A bus-sized asteroid skims right past Earth this Tuesday.

A strange signal has been picked up from alien planet Gliese 581g.

Check out Russia’s new inflatable weapons.

Brett Favre is accused of sexting three women.

A balloonist is shot at traveling over Texas during the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race.

A Rasmussen Poll puts Susana Martinez ahead of Diane Denish.

J’s Spa and Therapy on Tramway and Montgomery is shut down for prostitution.

It’s okay everyone, you can relax; Gap is keeping their original logo.

An armless pianist wins “China’s Got Talent.”

Trapped for 68 days, the rescue of the Chilean miners begins tonight.

Because of our sensational luck with this sort of thing lately, the moratorium on deepwater drilling is lifted.

He’s still got it, apparently; here’s a video of a woman fainting in front of Bill Clinton.

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