• Holy Smokes, Batman! TSA picks up two inert hand grenades from travelers passing through ABQ Sunport.

• You're on candid camera! Video helps bust accused stalker Gary Smith. Also helps cops charge a purse snatcher at a downtown pizza shop. Crook appears to have had second thoughts about her alleged actions.

• DWI checkpoint arrests decline. APD spokesman says drivers utilize Facebook, Twitter to avoid the cops.

• Mesa del Sol giving away a free home in contest. Enter by March 30 while spending your dough at Hard Rock Casino.

• Hurry to Botanical Garden see special Japanese-style arrangements of bamboo, pine and plum known as kadomatsu before they go up in smoke in a New Year's good luck ceremony.

•‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet joins list of celebrities planning to ride into space from NM via Virgin Galactic, courtesy of new in-law Richard Branson.

• Have fun online! Go watch kid-composed videos, then vote, ‘American Idol’-style, to help several Duke City schools competing to win $15,000 music grant.

• Her friend may have stolen her sweetheart away during the Tennessee Waltz, but for many of us of a certain age, Clara Ann Fowler stole ours. Farewell Patti Page.

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Comment by Adelita on January 3, 2013 at 6:51am

Vote for the Taft Middle School band!!!

Comment by Black Dog on January 3, 2013 at 7:42am

While re-reading today's post, I was struck by how many TV show references I used. I count four. How many can you find? P.S. TV shows featuring Ashton Kutcher are not allowed.

Comment by hettie on January 3, 2013 at 12:47pm

Maybe the checkpoint arrests have gone down because people are being smarter about arranging rides home if they've been drinking? I wonder if this is an area where APD doesn't want to seem too successful, because it'll affect funding and overtime for officers working the checkpoints. The article cites a higher number of alcohol related deaths statewide for 2012, but are those numbers actually higher within city limits or just the state as a whole? If they're lower within city limits, it seems the checkpoints and other measures are having an effect and the "social media" accusation is bogus.

Comment by RunLikeADog on January 3, 2013 at 2:25pm
Given that social media has toppled a couple of governments and mobilized untold numbers of flash mobs; I would say that it is all within the realm of possibility that it could be used to notify other drunks about checkpoints.
Comment by hettie on January 3, 2013 at 2:50pm

I'm not saying it doesn't happen, just that APD doesn't acknowledge anywhere in the article that maybe the arrest numbers are going down because of the aggressive DWI campaigns that are being waged on multiple fronts in our state. You'd think they'd want to give those measures some credit.

Comment by once banned twice shy on January 3, 2013 at 2:54pm

Yes, RunLikeADog, everyone knows the awesome organizing power of "drunks."

Comment by RunLikeADog on January 3, 2013 at 3:25pm
Never underestimate the potential of people that are out to have a good time. Drunks can be incredible organizers as witnessed by the invention of beer-pong and sping break in general.

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