V.25 No.22 | 06/02/2016

The Daily Word in Wonder Drugs, Justice and The Science of Cuteness

The Daily Word

Norway takes a bold stance against deforestation, banning it across the nation in hopes of protecting the quickly declining rainforests.

A petition to remove Stanford sex offender's arguably biased judge has received over 100,000 signatures. Meanwhile the victim's powerful 12-page letter continues to go viral.

Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

It's electric! And it can jump.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in real life.

Ever wonder why babies' round faces and Bambi eyes never fail at getting attention? Cuteness is really just an evolutionary advantage, and not just in humans. Your brain's neural networks are playing tricks on you.

Speaking of cute animals... You decide.

V.25 No.10 | 03/10/2016


The Daily Word in pregnant dinosaurs, sainthood and Merrick Garland

The Daily Word

Dahling, your neighborhood is just sooooo charming.

#TrumpUniversityMascot is the best hashtag game ever.

The food industry doesn't want you to know which products are genetically modified. Gross.

Also gross: a video of molten copper being poured over a Big Mac ... to no effect.

President Obama has nominated Garland as Scalia's replacement in the US Supreme Court.

Mitch McConnell plans to delay the Senate's vote on the next Supreme Court justice.

Ready for the real life Jurassic Park? Scientists have discovered a fossilized pregnant T Rex!

N.M. has a serious opiate abuse problem so the government has awarded the state $1.7 million for health centers and treatment providers.

Divers in Indonesia found endangered animals trapped in underwater cages.

The Ferguson City Council has unanimously agreed to a DOJ overhaul on its police force and municipal court system.

Mother Teresa may be coming up on sainthood but she was no saint.

V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011
Michael Lee had the words “Not Guilty” tattooed across his back while he was in jail. The work was done by several inmates with sharpened staples and ink made from Vaseline soot.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com


City writes $1 million check to magazine salesman accused of murder

Michael Lee spent 15 months in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center before being released in March 2009. He was facing the death penalty for the murder of the Yis, an elderly couple who'd been found dead in their Northeast Heights home in December 2007. "It's the scariest thing I've ever been through. Hands down."


City settles for $1 million with ex-salesman accused of murder

Last night, I sat down with Michael Lee, one of two door-to-door salesmen accused of a murder that happened in late 2007. An elderly couple in the Northeast Heights, Tak and Pung Sil Yi, were found dead in their home.

Lee and fellow salesman Travis Rowley spent about 15 months in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. In July 2008, DNA evidence from another murder linked Clifton Bloomfield to the 2007 crime scene. Eventually, Bloomfield confessed.

According to a civil suit filed by Lee, hundreds of physical samples were taken from the Yi crime scene, and after testing, no DNA from Lee or Rowley was found on the items. Charges were dropped against Lee and Rowley in March 2009, and they were released from prison.

Lee’s civil suit against the city was settled today for $950,000. The suit alleges that police should have known early on that Lee and Rowley couldn’t have been at the Yi’s house when the murder took place—that their alibis were “ironclad.” A shoddy investigation and a coerced confession from Rowley landed the men behind bars, according to the lawsuit.

Lee will donate a chunk of his money to the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to freeing through DNA testing people who’ve been wrongfully convicted. “I hope nobody else has to find out what it feels like to be the most hated man in the state,” Lee said.

Read the Alibi’s interview in this week’s edition on stands Wednesday and Thursday.

V.19 No.10 | 3/11/2010
From the   Alibi’s   March 27, 2003 cover
Signeli Agnew

News Bite

Protesters Lose Battle With APD

Spectators entered the courtroom, greeted one another and chatted animatedly while they waited for the jury. Some hugged the plaintiffs, the 11 demonstrators who had been among hundreds in Albuquerque on March 20, 2003, to protest the war in Iraq. Seven years later in District Court, after two weeks of testimony, the verdict was due. The news vans were parked outside. Would the jury find that the Albuquerque Police Department stepped over the line that night by donning riot gear, launching tear gas grenades, and shooting pepper-ball guns and beanbag rifles?

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