Daily Word in California Wildfires, US airstrikes in Libya, and hot air balloon crashes
A wildfire that broke out in central California a week ago has now grown to 40,000 acres—that's the size of San Francisco. The fire has destroyed 40 buildings, displaced 500 people, and killed one. The severity of the fire is in large part due to California's years-long drought.
Syrian rebels shot down a Russian helicopter in Aleppo today. All 5 aboard the helicopter were killed. This comes amid deadly fighting in eastern Aleppo, where rebels are trying to break government control.
The US has launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya, the Pentagon said today. The strikes were requested by the Libyan government.
Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Chicago, releases his book Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row this week. The book examines how "zero tolerance" policing can pit those most in need of help—the poor, addicts and homeless—against each other, through the lens of Stuart's five year study on the street corners of Skid Row, one of the poorest and most policed neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You can read an excerpt of the book here.
The Board of Elections and Registration in Sparta, GA., has been systematically questioning the voters' registrations of 180 of its Black residents. Those residents have been subpoenaed by deputies and asked to appear in court to prove their residence and defend their registration. This is one of many instances of voter discrimination that have caught national attention since three years ago, when the Supreme Court repealed the mandate that changes in voter registration must be pre-cleared by the Justice Department.
Crib Notes: Aug. 28, 2014
The Daily Word in World War II vet, same-sex marriage licenses, spontaneous combustion
One suspect arrested after a World War II vet died following a beating in a parking lot.
New Mexico district judge is ordering the Santa Fe County clerk to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
APD accused of handcuffing children.
How do you feel about the idea of Ben Affleck playing Batman?
Flames from massive California fire have reached Yosemite Park.
The Daily Word in abortion restrictions, Egypt’s unrest, Wimbledon upset
Huge changes to go into effect this week in five states as the fight for the right to life marches on.
The Egyptian military may be on the verge of overthrowing their elected president.
Man accused of dozens of random attacks across Albuquerque is finally getting charged with battery.
U.S. Military to dispatch planes to aid in Yarnell Hill wildfire.
It’s time to irrigate the Rio Grande.
It is now a law in China that grown children have to visit and call their aging parents.
No. 1 Serena Williams is upset at Wimbledon.
NBC to collaborate on a sequal to the miniseries “The Bible.”
The Daily Word in Zumba prostitution, giant asteroid, hotel zombies
Man arrested in Albuquerque with crime-
A Zumba instructor who pleaded guilty to using her studio as a front for prostitution is going to jail.
Tres Lagunas fire near Pecos has burned about 500 acres and prompted a slew of evacuations.
Forget regular exercise, it's all about Prancercise now.
Homeless man accused of throwing pieces of concrete at a hotel, claims that he was trying to escape from zombies.
Does this grainy sonar image show a piece of Amelia Earhart's plane?
Party down with your cylindrical fountains
And keep a hose nearby
We are in yet another extremely dry and dangerous fire season here in New Mexico. Because of this, Bernalillo County and Albuquerque officials restricted the use of fireworks. But they can’t ban them completely. Read about why in this week’s NewsCity.
The Albuquerque Fire Department announced that the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible devices are prohibited within city limits. It is illegal to use any fireworks in the Bosque or any Open Space area. AFD advises that fireworks should only be used on paved or barren areas and with a readily available water source.
The only permissible fireworks are ground and handheld sparkling devices, cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches and wheels.
In 2011, AFD responded to more than 945 illegal fireworks calls during the Fourth of July weekend. Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen says, “Any one of these incidents could have turned into a deadly fire just because somebody was acting carelessly.”
Bernalillo County issued fireworks restrictions for all unincorporated parts of the county. Bernalillo banned the sale and use of fireworks that shoot sparks or pieces higher than 10 feet or further than a 6-foot radius, or are louder than a cap gun.
Last year, both Gov. Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry became frustrated with their inability to ban fireworks completely. They both lobbied the Legislature unsuccessfully to pass a bill that would allow local authorities to completely ban fireworks during extreme fire danger.
Two major wildfires have already destroyed large areas of the state. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex in the Gila Wilderness is the largest fire in size in state history. The Little Bear fire in Lincoln County near Ruidoso destroyed hundreds of homes.
Stay updated about blazes in the state at NMfireinfo.
The Daily Word in world temperature record, Carlsbad wildfire, Breaking Bad tour
Voters will get a say on Obamacare.
Millions are without power amid record heatwave across the U.S.
A sound historian at Indiana University recreated the oldest record in history using just a printed photograph of the album.
Sign up now for your ABQ Trolley Co. 'Breaking Bad' tour.
New wildfire burning near Carlsbad caverns has grown to 5,000 acres.
Best thing to do when accused of cat hoarding: Deny, deny, deny.
Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory break world temperature record with high of 7.2 Trillion degrees Fahrenheit.
Shooting in Hobbs has left one man dead and another arrested.
The news just does not get any more hard-hitting than Lindsay Lohan's hair evolution throughout the years.
RIP Minitel (France's predecessor to the world wide web).
Rockets’ Red Glare
In the glow of wildfires, officials stare down the Fourth of July
Under state law, no one can ban fireworks completely. Not a city council or county commission, not a mayor or the governor. Not after the largest blaze in New Mexico history or the Bosque’s been charred.
The Daily Word in Nora Ephron, drought and community relations
R.I.P., Nora Ephron. The multi-talented writer and filmmaker died Tuesday of leukemia.
More than 32,000 residents were evacuated as a wildfire grows near Colorado Springs.
U.S. West isn't the only region suffering from severe drought and heat.
A boat full of asylum-seekers capsized.
Significant handshake in Belfast.
Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic could be on the verge of closure.
APD chief says new recruitment measures are helping address the department's high-stakes community relations problems.
Hungry for the 4th best burger in the country?
What tomorrow's possible Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act could mean to you.
"Male chimpanzees are well known for violence … and the human encroachment on chimpanzee territory, such as in zoo environments, may exacerbate them."
The Daily Word in ruin porn, Lead/Coal construction, a toothpick heist, and Happy Days
Joanie Cunningham lives in a trailer park.
Texas may increase the state speed limit to 85mph.
Scientists in Oregon are really trying hard to kill the Japanese sea creatures.
Sad story from Penasco, NM.
Remember the kaiboshed donkey-
It's the anniversary of the escape from Alcatraz.
For the millionth time, scientists warn that the planet is approaching the point of no return, calamity-wise.
Did the dismembering-
This hysterical bank customer stole the bank-robber's getaway car.
eldiabolik.com has a great psychotronic podcast composed largely of sixties/seventies soundtrack music.
Dumb pictures from online dating sites.
Someone stole 400,000 toothpicks.
New Mexico's Lightning Field is in need of restoration.
The Daily Word in Quebecois student protests, oral contraception for men, the comic sans song, and John McAfee's action film worthy life in Belize
The fire in the Gila forest is zero percent contained.
"Investigative grand juries" may no longer determine whether Albuquerque Police shootings are justified. An investigative grand jury has never found an officer involved shooting unjustified.
John McAfee, founder of McAfee Anti-Virus is in hiding in Belize.
A dude reassembled a 1925 MG that was discovered buried in pieces underneath a cattle barn.
Remembering the Easy-Bake Oven.
Some Canadians are facing a Kafkaesque post-9/11 problem in proving their citizenship.
Hawaii responds to AZ Secretary of State Ken Bennet's Obama birth certificate request by asking Bennet to prove who he is.
Young man with purpose squatted in AOL's headquarters for two months.
There's going to be a Philip K. Dick festival.
Bill Murray stars in a film about walking in slow motion.
This mean homophobic woman defines "lowest common denominator."
Former Alibi arts&lit editor John Bear has a blog.
On this day in 1927, the fifteen millionth Model T rolled off the assembly line.
Year in Review: News
Best and Worst of 2011
It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times
The Daily Word in rain, beer and tall women
Atlantis touches down.
Russians declare the era of the Soyuz.
First spacesuits sewn by women who made bras for Platex.
ACLU sues secretary of state for failing to reveal evidence of 37 immigrants she says voted illegally.
Corrales couple wins $200,000 off the lotto.
Ghost of a ghost town all that remains after Bland burns up in Las Conchas fire.
Hit songs written at expensive writing camps, hit factories.
You may be able to trap creatures again in New Mexico.
Russia finally admits beer is alcohol.
What's a calorie?
You're so vain … creative people, says this study.
Tall women get cancer more.
A year unlike any other
A fire as big as ...
Maybe it's just me, but acres don't mean a whole lot to me. Numbers and statistics fly over my head, and what I really want is for someone to say “that means HUGE.”
The Las Conchas fire, 12 miles south of Los Alamos, is HUGE. Almost twice as HUGE as the Cerro Grande fire in 2000. It's grasping at the coattails of the 2003 Gila National Forest fire to become the HUGEST fire in New Mexico history.
HUGE adds up to 92,735 acres of wildfire.
One acre is roughly the size of a football field, including both end zones. There are 640 acres in a square mile. The Las Conchas fire covers at least 145 square miles. Albuquerque is only 181 square miles.
Winds can reach 40 mph. That's faster than you can drive on Central with a cop watching.
The firefighters have the area 3 percent contained. “Contained” in firefighter-speak means they've cleared areas ahead of the fire, hoping it will run out of fuel and burn itself out. Three percent is the sip of beer you leave at the bottom of your pint glass when you slide it across the bar for a refill.
Evacuations cleared out Los Alamos and surrounding areas. Thirteen homes have fallen prey to flames, and three more were damaged. Although a small football-field-size fire broke out at Los Alamos National Laboratory it was quickly extinguished without causing any damage.