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  • ‘Holistic’ cardiologist in Santa Fe accused of fraud

    07/02/2015 5:16:52 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark Oswald
    SANTA FE – Dr. Roy G. Heilbron, 51, a self-described “holistic” cardiologist in Santa Fe, has been charged with health care fraud and wire fraud in a 24-count federal indictment. The indictment, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs from January 2010 to May 2011 by submitting false and fraudulent claims. Heilbron entered a not-guilty plea in federal court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. His medical license had been suspended by the New Mexico Medical Board for three months last...
  • Former CNN journalist kills man in shootout at NW Albuquerque motel

    07/01/2015 1:42:23 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 83 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Robert Browman and Nicole Perez
    A former CNN reporter shot and killed a man who allegedly tried to rob him and his wife at a northwest Albuquerque motel room Tuesday night. Chuck de Caro, who is married to former CNN Headline News anchor Lynne Russell, has worked as an investigative reporter for CNN and other news organizations. The couple was staying at the Motel 6 at 6015 Iliff NW while on their way to California. According to Russell’s account, de Caro was struck three times in the firefight before shooting and killing the offender, who hasn’t been identified by police. De Caro was taken to...
  • State Supreme Court calls for reasonable bonds (NM judges -let the killers walk free!)

    06/12/2015 8:49:33 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 14 replies
    KOAT-TV, Albuquerque ^ | June 12, 2015 | Nancy Laflin
    At a time when New Mexico judges are under fire for not being tougher on suspected criminals, the state Supreme Court is telling them to give suspects more rights. Even some suspects accused of murder would be allowed the chance to get out of jail on lower bonds, or no bond at all. The high court said Walter Brown's case is the reason. In 2011, Brown was accused of fatally stabbing a man in the heart. A judge set his bond at $250,000. According to court records, he sat behind bars for more than two years awaiting trial. But last...
  • Politics Notebook: Martinez strategist to lead Jeb Bush’s campaign; Land Office official quits (NM)

    06/10/2015 8:32:49 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 10, 2015 | Dan Boyd
    A Republican strategist with ties to Gov. Susana Martinez has been selected as Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign manager. Danny Diaz, who has worked on and off for Martinez’s political operation for the past five-plus years, was tapped for the new job this week in a surprise move, according to The Washington Post. The Washington, D.C.-based Diaz has worked as a press consultant and adviser for Martinez. He played an active role in the governor’s 2014 re-election campaign and spent time in New Mexico helping with her inaugural events. Despite Martinez’s insistence she is not interested in national office, might the...
  • California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

    05/29/2015 11:06:23 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2015 | Todd C. Frankel
    The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California, 360 square miles of unlikely liquid pooled in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Now the sea is slipping away. The Salton Sea needs more water — but so does just about every other place in California. And what is happening here perfectly illustrates the fight over water in the West, where epic drought has revived decades-old battles and the simple solutions have all been tried. Allowing the Salton Sea to shrink unabated would be catastrophic, experts say. Dried lake bed, called playa, is lighter and flies farther than ordinary soil....
  • [NM] Blue Cross seeking 51 percent premium hike (Obamacare cost fallout)

    05/28/2015 9:23:09 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 28, 2015 | Jessica Dyer
    Citing higher-than-expected costs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico wants to raise premiums by an average of 51.6 percent on individual Affordable Care Act plans in 2016. The company made the request in a preliminary rate proposal filed with New Mexico Insurance Superintendent John Franchini. Blue Cross and Blue Shield – which insures an estimated 600,000 people statewide – said the proposal affects an estimated 35,000 customers who signed up for qualified individual health plans through the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, but also those who bought the same plans off the exchange. Franchini has the final authority...
  • Law journal publishes special issue examining ‘Breaking Bad’

    05/20/2015 3:35:41 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 19, 2015 | Mike Bush
    The New Mexico Law Review is devoting its entire spring issue to eight contemporary legal issues – as seen through the entertaining but nonetheless very serious lens of a “Breaking Bad” perspective. Eight articles and essays include analyses of criminal procedure, a hypothetical arrest of Walter White, attorney-client communications, police practices, the war on drugs, and morality and the law. The Law Review, edited by University of New Mexico School of Law students, is due out Friday. An electronic version already has been posted online at lawschool.unm.edu/nmlr/current-issue.php. The Law Review’s faculty adviser, Professor Dave Sidhu, described the issue as creative...
  • Amtrak Ordered to Modify Signal System Following Deadly Crash

    05/16/2015 8:53:05 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2015 | Fox News
    The Federal Railroad Administration has reportedly ordered Amtrak to modify its signal system to protect against speeding around sharp curves along the Northeast Corridor, including the one where a train derailed Tuesday night killing eight people. The Wall Street Journal , citing a person familiar with the matter, reports Amtrak will change its current automatic braking system to protect against speeding trains at the curve where Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia derailed. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said Thursday that such a circuit would have prevented the Amtrak derailment Tuesday.
  • Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck Before It Derailed, Officials Say

    05/15/2015 4:26:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday believes she heard the engineer tell another regional train operator in a radio transmission that the train had been struck by something just before the accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. At a news conference on Friday, Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, said the F.B.I. had been asked to examine what he described as a fist-size impact area found on the lower left side of the train’s windshield. Officials said that the F.B.I. had been called in because it has...
  • New Mexico’s commuter rail line faces financial burdens (Richardson's railroad: Expensive legacy)

    05/08/2015 1:13:10 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 36 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 7, 2015 | Vik Jolly , AP
    When launched in 2006, a New Mexico commuter rail line that would connect Albuquerque and Santa Fe was hailed by supporters as a progressive step toward taking people out of cars and putting them on the train. But as impressive a feat as it was for a poor state’s huge foray into mass public transit, it comes at a price: The train earned $2.8 million last fiscal year in fares from more than a million riders but cost $28.4 million to operate. And even bigger amounts of red ink are looming over the horizon. Now the question of whether the...
  • DEA agents left college student in cell for five days, receive light punishments

    05/06/2015 5:13:54 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 06, 2015 | CJ Ciaramella/Washington Free Beacon
    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who left a 23-year-old UC San Diego student locked in a holding cell for five days without food or water received only light punishments, according to the Justice Department. In a Friday letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), the Justice Department revealed that, of the six DEA agents involved in the near-fatal incident, four received letters of reprimand and two were given week-long suspensions without pay. In 2012, DEA agents detained University of California San Diego student Daniel Chong following a raid on his friend’s house, where Chong had gone to smoke marijuana....
  • DEA to traveler: Thanks, I’ll take that cash

    05/06/2015 4:29:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 47 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 6, 2015 | Joline Gutierrez Krueger
    Maybe he should have taken traveler’s checks. But it’s too late for that now. All the money – $16,000 in cash – that Joseph Rivers said he had saved and relatives had given him to launch his dream in Hollywood is gone, seized during his trip out West not by thieves but by Drug Enforcement Administration agents during a stop at the Amtrak train station in Albuquerque. An incident some might argue is still theft, just with the government’s blessing. Rivers, 22, wasn’t detained and has not been charged with any crime since his money was taken last month. That...
  • Salt Lake City Bishop named new Archbishop of Santa Fe

    04/28/2015 9:40:45 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 27, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexicans on Monday had their first glimpse of Archbishop-elect of Santa Fe John C. Wester, who declared his commitment to serve the poor, reform a broken immigration system and to work with others “to strengthen the common good.” The bishop of Salt Lake City since 2007, Wester will become the leader of an estimated 300,000 Roman Catholics in New Mexico on June 4 when he is installed as the 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. He will succeed Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan, who will step down...
  • White House Correspondent's Dinner 2015 (Live thread)

    04/25/2015 4:05:35 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 274 replies
    CSPAN.org ^ | April 25, 2015 | C-SPAN
    A Red-carpet of liberals arriving with their correspondent escort.
  • Fracking boom creates jobs for women — but only as prostitutes and maids, activist claims

    04/20/2015 3:43:54 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A key figure behind New York’s statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing says that losing out on oil and gas jobs is no big deal because the industry only creates work for women as prostitutes and hotel maids. In an April 6 lecture at the University of Pittsburgh, biologist Sandra Steingraber of New Yorkers Against Fracking described the fight over oil and natural gas development as a feminist issue. “Fracking as an industry serves men. Ninety-five percent of the people employed in the gas fields are men. When we talk about jobs, we’re talking about jobs for men, and we need...
  • 'Muppets' Revived at ABC With 'Big Bang Theory' Co-Creator

    04/03/2015 5:09:02 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 3, 2015 | Lesley Goldberg
    It may be time to light the lights. ABC is filming a proof of concept for a revival of The Muppets, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is co-writing the script for a pilot presentation that sources say could be unspooled at May's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue advertisers. Sources tell THR that the project, if all goes well, could go straight to series. Bob Kushell (Anger Management, 3rd Rock From the Sun) will also co-write and is attached to serve as showrunner, with Wilfred's Randall Einhorn attached to exec produce and direct the...
  • Chicago Robbers Appear to Copy Mexican Cartel Roadblock Tactics

    04/01/2015 2:26:02 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    A group of robbers on the south side of Chicago appear to have taken a page out of the Gulf Cartel or Los Zetas manual for setting up roadblocks in order to carry out violent robberies. Just last week a group of three or four robbers have used a construction area in the city’s south side to set up roadblocks as a trap for motorists. Once the motorists stop, they were assaulted and robbed, UPI news reported. The practice bears a striking similarity to a practice already established by both the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas who set up roadblocks...
  • City puts hold on adoptions of certain dogs (Albuquerque)

    04/01/2015 8:44:32 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 1, 2015 | Colleen Heild
    The city’s Animal Welfare Department is putting a moratorium on adopting out dogs that have failed behavior tests and has begun contacting owners of potentially dangerous dogs adopted over the last year, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said Tuesday. “This is an urgent situation,” he said in a Journal interview. “This is a big deal.” The mayor also reiterated his confidence in the department’s director, Barbara Bruin, saying he was confident she would make whatever changes were needed in the interest of public safety. Bruin came under heavy criticism in a complaint to the city Office of Inspector General, which alleged...
  • Complaint: Dangerous dogs being released by city (Albuquerque)

    04/01/2015 8:43:50 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 31, 2015 | Colleen Heild
    They have names like Pappy, Taz and Smokey – pleasant names to make them better candidates for adoption. But these and dozens of other dogs adopted out of the city of Albuquerque’s animal shelter last year have something else in common: They have killed and maimed other pets, bitten children, attacked their handlers or displayed other signs of aggression. In more than 100 cases last year, the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department has allowed the dogs to be adopted by families or returned to their owners even though they flunked nationally recognized standardized tests that showed the animals had dangerous tendencies....
  • USDA bans viral Arizona llamas from appearing in public (Feds prevent photos)

    03/30/2015 4:44:44 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 28, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    The trail-blazing escape artists known as Kahkneeta and Laney are prohibited from making public appearances after their owners were contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with bad news. USDA officials revealed Bub Bullis and Karen Freund lacked the proper permits to show the animals off at public events, like the senior home show-and-tell they escaped on Feb. 26 in Sun City, Ariz. "They just totally destroyed everything I had planned for my retirement," Freund told the Associated Press. "We've taken them to schools before. Now they're telling me I can't do anything, even like a photo shoot."
  • Man shoots himself in head at shooting range, police say (Albuquerque)

    03/30/2015 2:10:00 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 29 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | Nicole Perez and Elise Kaplan
    A man walked into Calibers shooting range, rented a gun and shot himself in the head with it Monday, according to the Albuquerque Police Department. He died at a local hospital. Police say the man used a gun rented from the indoor range, which is near Washington and I-40, to commit suicide. Tanner Tixier, a spokesman for APD, said police believe he shot himself in the head. Doctors found a suicide note in his pocket. His identity has not been released.
  • Kerry Warns US Ambassadors They Will Be Dealing With ‘Climate Refugees’ In Not-Too-Distant Future

    03/27/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 59 replies
    CBS DC ^ | March 26, 2015 | CBSDC
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Secretary of State John Kerry warns U.S. ambassadors that they will be dealing with “climate refugees” in the not-too-distant future. Kerry told U.S. ambassadors at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday about the threat climate change poses around the world. “There’ll be climate refugees that all of you will be coping with at some point, if not now, in the not-too-distant future,” Kerry said. “Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a...
  • Six Flags to cut 18,000 trees to go solar

    03/27/2015 4:22:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 43 replies
    My Fox NY.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | AP
    JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey. Park President John Fitzgerald said in a statement that solar power will significantly reduce the park's reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise

    03/26/2015 11:05:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 102 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 21, 2015 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals. Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week. Some commentators railing against the event referred to an online slide show allegedly created by USASOC, which outlined a special operations exercise slated to take place across multiple states, outside the confines of U.S. military bases. In the slide show, a map of the southwest region of the United States labels Texas and other...
  • Romney's former campaign manager on leading fight for 2016

    03/22/2015 1:31:33 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    Fox News Sunday - Power Player ^ | March 22, 2015 | Fox News Sunday
    Matt Rhoades has made a name for himself in the Republican ranks, serving as Mitt Romney's campaign manager and the research director for George W. Bush's 2004 campaign before that. As the race for the White House heats up, Chris sits down with Rhoades to discuss his latest venture, heading up the conservative opposition research group "America Rising," as our Power Player of the Week.
  • Ferry trapped in ice off Nova Scotia since Wednesday with 40 aboard

    03/20/2015 10:53:07 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 43 replies
    Banger Daily News ^ | March 20, 2015 | CBC News
    Forty passengers are still stuck aboard the MV Blue Puttees in the ice off Cape Breton. The Marine Atlantic ferry, which connects Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, has been there since Wednesday afternoon. The Louis S. St-Laurent — the largest icebreaker in the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet — has been trying to remove the vessel but so far hasn’t had any luck. “The ice is so pressurized and thick right now in that area they are unable to get through the ice as well. ...” Marine Atlantic spokesperson Darrell Mercer said. “This year, [ice] moved in early to mid-February, and it...
  • Was Hillary Clinton running her own rogue intel operation? (WA Times story)

    03/19/2015 12:35:47 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | Monica Crowley
    We all know that the only reason you would deliberately and premeditatedly set up a private email address and server is to have total control over your communications — to keep people away from those communications and to retain the ability to edit and delete your content. In Hillary Clinton’s case, given her long history of concealment and duplicity, total control was the system’s purpose, not to keep track of Chelsea’s bridal gift registry. A story originally reported in 2013 (and little-noticed at the time) may offer a deeper dimension to the reasons she wanted this control — and it...
  • Denver company's tests on wine triggers lawsuit (Arsenic in CA wines)

    03/19/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | March 19, 2015 | Staff, DBJ
    A lawsuit is expected to be filed in California today over the amount of arsenic in some of the best-selling wines in the country. CBS News reports laboratory testing by Denver's BeverageGrades found some wines have as much as time times the maximum level of arsenic the Environmental Protection Agency allows for drinking water. The EPA doesn't regulate wine as it does water, and there are no federal labeling requirements to disclose what's in wine.
  • No more ‘prommunism’ for Albuquerque seniors

    03/12/2015 12:25:01 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 40 replies
    KRQE-13, Albuquerque ^ | March 10, 2015 | Tina Jensen
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Seniors at an Albuquerque high school whose plans for an unusual prom theme sparked interest and criticism from around the country have landed on a new prom theme: Prom. It’s their way of taking back ownership of their prom theme, after the suggestion of a communism connotation created a backlash they weren’t anticipating. After KRQE News 13 reported that students at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School voted on “Prom-munism” as the theme for their spring formal dance, news traveled fast. Some headlines pointed out the irony of the theme: “Students democratically pick communism-themed prom.” Others were outraged. According...
  • Cop-killer’s sister writes to board, asks that he not be paroled (NM)

    03/12/2015 11:59:24 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 12, 2015 | Patrick Lohmann
    The state parole board has received 500 letters in anticipation of a hearing today over whether convicted cop-killer Joel Lee Compton will be released from prison. But to the widow of Albuquerque police officer Gerald Cline – who Compton shot and killed 32 years ago – one particular letter stands out. “We were very touched, and we appreciate it,” said Yolanda Cline. “You’re not defined by what your relatives did. You can’t choose them.” In fewer than 200 words, Sharron Compton, sister of Joel Lee Compton, spells out why her brother should not be released from prison despite three decades...
  • Democrats block GOP abortion bill effort (NM Senate)

    03/11/2015 12:18:16 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Deborah Baker
    SANTA FE – The Democratic-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected a move by Republicans to keep two abortion bills out of a committee they say will bury the legislation. The bills – which have passed the House – would require parents to be notified when their minor daughters seek abortions, and would ban late-term abortions. Senate Republicans hoped they could pick up enough Democratic votes to pass the bills if the full Senate were voting. But Republicans said the parental notification bill would “never see the light of day” if it went first to the Public Affairs Committee, which historically has...
  • Senate committee tables right-to-work bill (NM Democrats)

    03/11/2015 12:13:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – A New Mexico right-to-work bill that has reignited old economic arguments and fanned partisan flames was shot down Tuesday in a Senate committee, leaving its path to final approval blocked with less than two weeks left in the 60-day legislative session. The proposed change in state labor laws was derailed on a 5-3 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee, after majority Democrats thwarted a GOP attempt last week to have the House-approved legislation sent to the full Senate for a vote. Labor union leaders lauded the vote but said they will be on the lookout...
  • Reports of possible deal on DHS funding reignites chatter about Boehner ouster

    03/01/2015 10:22:52 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 1, 2015 | Fox News
    Multiple reports that House Speaker John Boehner has cut a deal to pass a long-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security without ties to rolling back President Obama’s executive action on immigration has reignited rumblings about a Boehner coup. The deal was purportedly struck as the House agreed late Friday night to fund the agency for seven days to avoid a partial shutdown. At least one congressional aide said the deal between Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was to get enough Democratic votes in the Republican-led chamber to avoid the shutdown at midnight Friday, in exchange...
  • Driver’s license law still gets thumbs down (NM-70% oppose licenses for illegals)

    02/23/2015 8:36:47 AM PST · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexico voters continue their long-standing opposition to a 2003 law that allows the state to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, a new Journal Poll found. Seven in 10 registered voters surveyed last week said they opposed the law – results that mirror those of earlier Journal Polls. Respondents were asked: “Do you support or oppose New Mexico’s state law that allows driver’s licenses to be issued to immigrants who are in the country illegally?” Support is strongest among Democrats, Hispanics and younger voters, the poll showed. But even among those groups, a majority...
  • Op-Ed: Who Was Kayla Mueller? (Anti-Jewish activist with Palestinian Arab terror groups)

    02/11/2015 10:44:38 AM PST · by CedarDave · 82 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | February 11, 2015 | Lee Kaplan
    Sadly, she was allegedly killed by the Jordanian air raid attacks according to ISIS who held her hostage, although the United States says there is no evidence to that effect. The truth of how Kayla Mueller, 26, died may never be discerned. However, despite the sadness at her needless death, the myth that she was wonderful altruistic young woman should be exposed. This is another Rachel Corrie propaganda story in the making, and the western media is falling for it again, or embracing it on purpose. Kayla Mueller was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who spent at...
  • Snow sets historic records in Boston Boston breaks record for snow in 30 days

    02/09/2015 9:54:40 AM PST · by CedarDave · 111 replies
    WCVB-5 Boston ^ | February 9, 2015 | WCVB-5 staff
    The "snowmaggedon" of the past two weeks will almost certainly move Boston into the top 10 snowiest winters of all time Monday. "It's like the Energizer Bunny. It just keeps going," said Storm Team 5 meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon. The seemingly never-ending snowfall will give Boston over 73 inches for the winter, passing the 72.9 inches that fell during the winter of 1903-1904. As of 7 a.m., 66.3 inches had fallen this winter season at Logan Airport, where snow is officially measured. "For the past 14 days it seems like we have had a constant snow removal operation in Boston," said...
  • Climate change is shifting rainfall (Hawaii)

    02/09/2015 9:39:36 AM PST · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | February 8, 2015 | Timothy Hurley
    Heavy rainstorms have become more numerous on Hawaii island over the past 50 years while becoming less frequent in Leeward Oahu and Central Maui, according to a recent study by a pair of University of Hawaii researchers who tie the phenomenon to climate change. By 1960, for example, a storm that dumped 12 inches of rain on the Big Island occurred once every 20 years. By 2009, however, a storm that strong was striking the island every three to five years, the study found, and the "new" storm was pouring down more than 16.5 inches of rain.
  • How Climate Change Leads to Volcanoes (Really)

    01/30/2015 12:16:51 PM PST · by CedarDave · 29 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jeffrey Kluger
    Give climate change credit for one thing: it’s endlessly versatile. There was a time we called it global warming, which meant what it said: the globe would get warmer. It was only later that we appreciated that a planet running a fever is just like a person running a fever, which is to say it has a whole lot of other symptoms: in this case, droughts, floods, wildfires, habitat disruption, sea level rise, species loss, crop death and more. Now, you can add yet another problem to the climate change hit list: volcanoes. That’s the word from a new study...
  • YouTube's video pick spells doom for Adobe Flash

    01/29/2015 8:07:56 AM PST · by CedarDave · 44 replies
    cnet ^ | January 28, 2015 | Stephen Shankland
    Adobe Systems' Flash software had a good long run as the technology of choice for bringing interactive splash to the Web, but Google is helping to give it the heave-ho by moving YouTube to Web-standard video instead. "We're now defaulting to the HTML5 player on the Web," said YouTube engineering manager Richard Leider in a blog post Tuesday. It took four years for Google to make the HTML5 change, which is a major victory for Web standards fans who've strived to eject proprietary plug-ins from the Web. If you watched a video online 10 years or so, ago, it was...
  • Immigrant accused of killing store clerk in Ariz. was out on bond

    01/27/2015 5:56:19 PM PST · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 27, 2015 | AP
    PHOENIX — Federal authorities say an immigrant was out on bond and awaiting deportation hearings when he killed a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk over a pack of cigarettes. Apolinar Altamirano, 29, pleaded guilty in 2012 to a burglary charge but did not serve time in prison. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement took Altamirano into custody on Jan. 3, 2013, after learning of his conviction in Maricopa County in Arizona. But after reviewing his case, ICE found he was eligible for bond, a spokeswoman said in a statement issued Monday.
  • No fracking? Then no bonds, New Mexico bill says

    01/25/2015 8:06:46 PM PST · by CedarDave · 16 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | January 23, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico receives about $2 billion a year in direct revenue from oil and gas production through severance taxes, property taxes and royalty and rental income. At the same time, a number of communities in the state have passed ordinances restricting oil and gas development. Now, as lawmakers start their 60-day legislative session, here comes a bill that’s sure to spark plenty of arguments. A state senator has introduced legislation that would strip severance tax bonds from communities that impose 25 percent or more in costs to mining as well as oil and natural gas production....
  • Footage of APD's Fatal Shooting of John OKeefe (ABQ NM)

    01/17/2015 1:41:14 PM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 16, 2015 | ABQ Police Dept
    Lapel camera footage shots Albuquerque police officers shooting and killing John Edward Okeefe on Jan. 13, 2015.
  • Sex slave suit: NM was a location used (Jeffrey Epstein ranch)

    01/07/2015 8:29:07 AM PST · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 6, 2015 | Mark Oswald
    SANTA FE – Lawsuit claims about young female sex slaves allegedly kept by billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein and offered to a worldwide list of the rich and famous have reached New Mexico. In a new court filing in Florida, plaintiffs’ lawyers maintain that a woman identified as Jane Doe No. 3, said to have been coerced into Epstein’s camp when she was 15 years old, was frequently sexually abused by Epstein “not only in West Palm Beach (Fla.), but also in New York, New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, in international airspace on … Epstein’s private planes, and elsewhere.” Epstein...
  • Oil glut saved Obama from himself

    01/05/2015 10:39:10 AM PST · by CedarDave · 33 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 5, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Gasoline prices are on the verge of crashing down to below $2 a gallon nationally. The price of oil may dip below $50 a barrel. Even with renewed demand from a global economic resurgence, energy prices continue to fall. The U.S. has suddenly become the world’s largest combined producer of oil and natural gas. That fact – along with a desire to weaken hostile Iran and Russia – has prompted the oil-rich Gulf sheikdoms to keep pumping oil even as the price falls. In their game of petro-chicken, the desperate sheiks hope that either their poorer enemies will run out...
  • Pope Francis chooses 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity

    01/05/2015 10:25:43 AM PST · by CedarDave · 39 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 5, 2015 | Frances D'emilio (AP)
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar to reflect the diversity of the church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa compared to affluent regions. Other cardinals hail from Ethiopia, Thailand and Vietnam. None came from the United States ...
  • APD officer shot and injured during traffic stop (Albuquerque, NM)

    01/03/2015 4:27:07 PM PST · by CedarDave · 22 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 3, 2015 | Robert Browman and Ryan Boetel
    An Albuquerque police officer was shot and injured while making a traffic stop in northeast Albuquerque early Saturday morning, according to a police department spokesman. The officer was struck twice and is expected to survive, officer Tanner Tixier said. Police are still searching for the suspect. The officer pulled over a man suspected of driving drunk at San Mateo Boulevard and San Mateo Lane near Del Norte High School around 2:30 a.m. As the officer was approaching the vehicle, the man fired shots at the officer, Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden said. “The driver fired at the officer several...
  • Report Downplays Role of Global Warming in California Drought

    12/08/2014 6:03:15 PM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | December 8, 2014 | Brian Clark Howard
    California's ongoing drought is due primarily to natural variability in the Pacific Ocean, not human-induced global warming, a government report released Monday argues. But whether that variation in ocean conditions is truly "natural" or is driven by a changing climate remains a major matter of debate among scientists. The new study, conducted by Columbia University for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), concludes that "natural oceanic and atmospheric patterns are the primary drivers behind California's ongoing drought," according to a NOAA press release. Human-induced climate change, on the other hand, was not found to be a significant factor, concludes...
  • DA under investigation (Bernalillio County NM top prosecutor)

    12/07/2014 7:23:56 PM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 7, 2014 | Mike Gallagher
    Albuquerque Police detectives believe they have probable cause to file felony charges against District Attorney Kari Brandenburg for violating the state law prohibiting bribery and intimidation of a witness in connection with burglary cases involving her 26-year-old son, Justin Koch. For the last year, detectives have been investigating Brandenburg for her role in contacting victims in two burglaries and a larceny in which her son was a suspect – cases that involve thousands of dollars in property, including a 9mm Smith & Wesson. In late November, APD forwarded its lengthy case file to the state Attorney General’s Office for review...
  • Obama to announce immigration steps Thursday (Prime time address)

    11/19/2014 11:09:07 AM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 19, 2014 | ERICA WERNER and JIM KUHNHENN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say such a step would poison relations with the new GOP led legislature. Obama, in a video released on Facebook, said he would make his announcement from the White House at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, then would travel to Las Vegas to promote the plan Friday.
  • All 50 states have below freezing temperatures (11/18 a.m.)

    11/18/2014 11:02:01 AM PST · by CedarDave · 40 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 18, 2014 | Tim Buckley, WFMY-TV Meteorologist
    Meteorologist Tim Buckley of WFMY-TV writes on Facebook: All 50 states have low temperatures BELOW freezing tonight. (Monday night) Yes, even Hawaii. Tall mountain peaks there regularly get below freezing, and even get snow. This typically happens a few times during winter, but is very rare this early in the season. Pretty neat!