The SB 1070 Effect
Arizona’s stiff immigration law was scheduled to take effect on Thursday, July 29. As the day drew near, opponents were sweating, hoping a court would issue at least a temporary injunction to halt SB 1070 while lawsuits proceeded. On Wednesday, July 28, District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked part of the law, which she said may be unconstitutional.
Wrong Side of the Law
Will the city’s agreement with ICE impact immigrant victims of domestic violence?
The city's agreement allowing immigration agents into the Prisoner Transport Center Downtown may have unintended consequences for victims of domestic violence, advocates say.
Bear With Me
A small-town reporter goes for broke
I’m a tumbleweed; you’re a micromanaging fascist.
In a case of irony invading my life, I was fired from my newspaper job for writing.
I had been working as a crime reporter for a twice-weekly paper, which means I was broke but also working as feature writer, city council writer, question-of-the-week writer, parade correspondent, photographer and Lunch Boy.
Lunch Boy (one who fetches the editor’s lunch) wasn’t offered as a class in college, so I learned on the job. Actually, I have no journalism degree, either, and learned how to be a reporter by being a reporter.
Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Bosque (North Half)
Mmm, how about those gravid gray rain clouds lately? August, our wettest month, is nigh. When that musty creosote tang is in the air, a low sun shining under the numinous pillar of a classic anvil-shaped thunderhead, I always feel inspired to buy a blank canvas and demonstrate my searing love for the desert monsoon season by painting an extremely trite watercolor landscape. Alas, nothing that springs from the brush of Sprocket will ever be worthy of even the shittiest Old Town gallery, so I choose to express myself through the medium of bike rides.
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Bosnia—A man living in the northern Bosnian village of Gornji Lajici says he’s being bombarded by vindictive space aliens and he’s fed up with it. Since 2007, Radivoje Lajic’s house has been struck six times by meteorites—the most recent roof-damaging strike coming within the last month. The U.K.’s Metro newspaper reports that experts at Belgrade University have confirmed all the falling rocks handed over to them have been meteorites. Lajic, 50, says the rocks only strike his house when it is raining heavily, never when the skies are clear. Scientists are trying to figure out what makes his house so attractive to the space rocks. Lajic has his own theory, of course. “I am obviously being targeted by extraterrestrials,” he told reporters. “I don’t know what I have done to annoy them, but there is no other explanation that makes sense.” Fortunately for the homeowner, Lajic has a steel-girder reinforced roof—a project that was funded by selling one of the errant meteorites to a university in the Netherlands.