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V.22 No.7 |

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The Daily Word in Albuquerque's "voluntary" minimum wage, Ganymedean slime mold and the Chubby Checker

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Albuquerque restauranteur's decision not to pay the new minimum wage has sparked a call to boycott the business.

Some high ranking APD cops are the subjects of a new internal affairs investigation.

Competitive mass-shooting?

Documentary about the file-sharing site Pirate Bay premieres Friday.

Assange for Senator? Interesting new interview with the Wikileaks founder.

There was a diamond heist in Brussels.

There are Ganymedean slime molds all over the part of Siberia that was struck by a meteor.

Are drones armed with shotguns and grenade launchers and operated by local police departments in our terrible and absurd future?

The Chubby Checker app.

It appears the Chinese military is responsible for a great amount of cyber espionage world wide.

This record store only buys&sells copies of The White Album.

V.22 No.1 |

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The Daily Word in A REPUBLICAN IN THE CABINET!?

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Obama to nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense.

Seven unsolved Albuquerque murders still remain after 2012.

RG3 injured his knee.

The minimum wage hike may be pushed into Bernalillo county.

America's oldest living citizen died at 114-years-old.

The kilogram has gotten heavier.

53 jokes in 4 minutes ... you'll laugh if your brain has time to get them.

It appears an Iowa day care may have been used as a Meth lab.

Get off the ice naked Alberta woman, you're drunk!

V.21 No.47 | 11/22/2012

Editor's Note

A Simple Majority

Councilors can override the will of the people

Though Burqueños did their civic duty and weighed in on the minimum wage, it’s possible for city politicians to squash their votes. Turns out, it’s pretty easy.

V.21 No.44 |

Election

View From the Hotel Lobby

I had a chance to chat with an employee madly tidying up the Marriott lobby in the wake of the Republican Party election night gathering. He told me his roommate participated in the campaign to get the minimum wage ordinance passed.

"I was totally for it," he said. "I think a lot of the people I work with didn't even know about it, but I'm really glad it passed. I think it could help a lot, and I like that it goes up with the cost of living."

He nodded toward the crowd filtering out of the ballroom.

"I've been waiting to see some tears—even just one. And I finally did," he said, grinning. "I feel much better now."

Election

"What Do We Do Now?"

Few celebrations at state GOP rally

The mood's been somber in the Marriott hotel ballroom since Obama’s win was flashed on the big screens looming in each corner. Lieutenant Gov. John Sanchez tried to console a woman who looked on the verge of tears, saying that this loss could serve to rally and galvanize conservatives to work even harder as they go forward.

"But what if the country goes completely bankrupt in the meantime?" replied an older man with an "I voted" sticker on his lapel. "It could happen."

"I'm feeling a little flabbergasted that people in this country and this state don't realize what's going on," said Bob (he didn't want to share his last name). A retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, Bob said individuals need to take more responsibility for their own actions and not rely on government to take care of things for them.

"When are they going to wake up and realize that the country is in a malaise that, to a large extent, is caused by government?"

Take the passage of Albuquerque's minimum wage ordinance, for instance, said Bob. It's a sign that people are caught in a cycle of government dependence: Instead of getting more education or working harder, they legislate themselves a raise.

There’s a clear segment of the country that favors the policies of Romney, Bob continued. The fact that their candidate didn't win does not bode well for the overall economic health of the country, he added.

“I think we’re going to see that there’s an overwhelming number of counties that vote Republican, and it’s only the cities that vote Democrat,” he said. “You have an influx of people into cities who are dependent on government, and people who are not dependent on government leave the cities. And of course what’s happening now? Cities are going bankrupt.”

Mayor Richard Berry and Westside City Councilor Dan Lewis were both pleased that the Paseo/I-25 bond measure passed resoundingly.

"I'm excited because it'll alleviate enormous traffic problems and improve air quality," said Berry. "Plus, the Mid-Region Council of Government estimates that it could create up to $2 billion in economic activity."

Berry said he had misgivings about the minimum wage increase initiative, particularly the effect it could have on organizations that provide home healthcare services to the elderly and disabled. Still, he said "our bosses—the voters—have spoken, and I wouldn't be doing what I did if I didn't believe in the will of the people."

“I’m excited,” said Monica Youngblood of her race’s outcome for state House district 68. “My constituents want legislators who can help the governor reform New Mexico in a good way, and my seat is good pick up in the right direction.”

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The Daily Word in hazmat, more Gangnam Style and Penn State prez

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People in Santa Teresa, N.M., were told to stay inside and seal windows and vents. Turns out, 200 people got sick, and an unknown hazardous material caused it. The industrial park reopened yesterday.

Gary Johnson's campaign splices him into the presidential debates.

Guy rode his bike through Hurricane Sandy.

Back East, people are lined up for miles to get gas.

Former Penn State president charged with perjury in Sandusky scandal.

Gene Hackman knew the dude he slapped in Santa Fe.

Dr. Kevorkian's paintings.

City councilors lodge an ethics complaint against a pro-minimum wage hike group.

Campaign finance reports filed today. So, how much did those legislative campaigns blow?

Noam Chomsky Gangnam Style

10 election oddities explained. By the British.

Is America ready for a female president?

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012

Feature

Minimum Wage

Boost it! Because it’s the right thing to do.

Why we should raise it and help low-income families in Albuquerque.
V.21 No.41 |

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The Daily Word in binders, backsliding and boosting productivity

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Both George Zimmerman and his wife were in court today, and a date has been set for the murder trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Journalists under Taliban threat in Pakistan.

Fact-check those feisty contenders for prez.

Binders! Binders full of women.

Conservative city councilors dive into the fray over Albuquerque's proposed minimum wage increase.

Is Afghanistan's security situation losing ground?

Verizon is watching you.

New project will try to identify remains of migrants who perished in the Sonoran desert.

Geez, AZ: Investigation launched over Arizona National Guard misconduct allegations.

Damien Hirst, butterfly killer.

Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson enters academia.

The lovemaking travails of a very ancient lizard.

Tell your boss.

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012
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Election 2012

Bucking the Buck

Businesses combat a $1 minimum wage bump

The wage hike will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. In the meantime, groups on both sides of the issue mount campaigns to sway voters.
V.21 No.38 | 9/20/2012

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The Daily Word in minimum wage, cardboard bikes and Bob Dylan

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State Supreme Court orders minimum wage increase back on the November ballot.

There’s a zip line at the Fair this year—and tigers.

Way to go, N.M. organ donors!

Santa Fe’s politicians call for a meeting with Zozobra organizers, saying the event should be more family-friendly.

Slinky blows physics’ mind.

The man who made the anti-Islam film causing violent protests throughout the Middle East is a 55-year-old former criminal and Coptic Christian in California, according to the Associated Press.

Protesters storm the U.S. Embassy in Yemen.

An actor from that anti-Islam film says she had no idea they were staring in a propaganda flick.

Meet the $9 recycled cardboard bike that can support a 485-pound rider.

Monica Lewinsky is writing a book, maybe.

Santa Muerte.

Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff,” says Bob Dylan in response to accusations that he’s plagiarized some of his material.

How to: Turn your wall into a projector screen for $50.

31 rad DIY projects.

The first 1,000 digits of Pi skywritten over San Francisco.

Hobby Lobby doesn’t want the Affordable Care Act to make it cover birth control for employees.

V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012

Council Watch

Debate-Be-Gone

Councilors sweep the Paseo / I-25 issue and a questions about the city’s minimum wage off the table.
V.21 No.36 |

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The Daily Word in typos, Wells Fargo, Larry Flynt, bed bugs, and Fords

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Call the State Police instead: Rio Arriba County Sheriff's department will no longer be open after eight pm.

A typo and confusion over the ballot process may prevent Burquenos from voting on a minimum wage hike.

Students in China's Jiangsu province say they are being forced to manufacture the iPhone 5.

R.E.M. doesn't like the "puff adder brand of reportage" at Fox News.

The mystery of the "West Seattle hum" is solved.

People are on edge about circumcision in Germany.

How many people should a woman sleep with?

Wells Fargo foreclosed on an elderly couple's home... twice.

Wells Fargo fired a man for using a fake dime at a laundromat 49 years ago.

Gah! Bed bugs in the literature section.

Julian Assange, the movie.

Larry Flynt is offering one million dollars to anyone who produces Mitt Romney's tax records.

President Obama has a sense of humor. The jury's still out on Mitt Romney.

Parts of Romney's presidential platform are a bit fuzzy.

Roodharigendag Breda.

Long Island Tornado.

Oldest Ford in existence is up for auction.

On this day in 1958, Runaway Lita Ford was born.

V.21 No.35 |

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The Daily Word in deep space voyaging, fact checking and finger pointing

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On this date in 1977, Voyager 1 was launched. Soon it will reach interstellar space...

Dems, too, are skilled in the art of rhetorical gymnastics.

Top aide to Gov. Susana Martinez says a recording that includes troubling statements about his use of state email was aired without context and is "intentionally misleading."

Seriously though, a typo could derail the new minimum wage proposal.

Afghan military purges hundreds of soldiers in an attempt to respond to dozens of so-called "insider attacks" on international service members, most of them American.

Editor and writer Tom Engelhardt calls this violence "death by ally," and says that "such acts in such numbers are historically unprecedented."

U.S. Justice Dept. calls out B.P.'s bad behavior.

A strong earthquake in Costa Rica prompts tsunami warnings.

Gary Johnson's ballot access travails.

Chuck Norris is super stressed out in his airy home-dojo, on the potential eve of the end of the world as we know it.

"I often have to cut into the brain and it's something I hate doing."

Early Hitchcock films for free.

Slipped up sleight of hand.

Happy birthday to moonstruck Caspar Friedrich.

V.21 No.32 |

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The Daily Word in Paul Ryan, Woodward and "f-bomb"

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Old man accused of shootin' prairie dogs.

Folks trying to raise the minimum wage by $1 in Burque may have gathered enough signatures to demand the issue goes to voters.

Paseo/I-25 interchange off the ballot and back in councilors' laps.

"Baby Got Back" as sung by 295 movies.

Olives cure motion sickness—and other DIY remedies your mom advocates.

How to avoid Olive Garden's infinity breadsticks.

This Is Sand <----art video game

Colbert on Romney's daring veep pick: Paul Ryan's "white, Christian and male!"

Michelle Obama welcomes Ryan to the race.

First female presidential debate moderator in two decades.

Woodward (of Woodward and Bernstein, the Watergate journos) has a book coming out on President Obama.

A comedian's sister was killed in a car accident. Her insurance company, Progressive, defended the killer in court.

A year of open-source living.

Someone stole Will.I.Am's DeLorean.

17-foot python captured in Florida.

"F-bomb" added to the dictionary, along with "gastropub" and "sexting" and "mash-up."

V.21 No.3 |

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The Daily Word in film caps, Gingrich and Megaupload

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17-year-old student stabbed and killed at school.

City pays woman back after police destroyed her weed.

State lawmakers looking to banish the $50 million cap for film rebates imposed last year.

Look inside the Fukushima containment vessel.

Santa Fe's minimum wage will be the highest in the country.

Congress is going to hold off on PIPA and SOPA votes.

Romney may lose to Gingrich in South Carolina.

College students are playing the fainting game. I thought that was for kids.

Hackers retaliate after Megaupload is shut down.

A matrilineal state in India (where women rule).

If that capsized cruise ship dumps its fuel, it will pollute one of the most pristine segments of the Mediterranean.

Why is it hard to believe in evolution?

Advice that doesn't make sense until you're too old to need it.

Pulitzer Prize: Meh.