I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Trip’s morning reading
Kansas boasted the nation’s best parole program a few years ago, its programs the envy of corrections officials in many states. Even the federal government used Kansas’ programs as a model for its own similar grant program. Now Kansas’ status as a leader in parole is gone after that state’s budget cuts have decimated the programs that had other states looking to it for ways to reduce recidivism, reports the Kansas City Star.
Methamphetamine labs are on the rise in Oklahoma as drug makers turn to a different method to brew the highly addictive drug to get around state laws, according to The Oklahoman.
A 7.2 earthquake hit northern Mexico, sending tremors and scaring people as far away as Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas, reports the New York Times.
At a time when thousands of people are leaving newspapers across the country, Laylan Copelin of the Austin American-Statesman departed, and then returned. He explains why in a moving column that ran over the weekend. I liked it — A LOT!!!
For fans of Zora Neale Hurston, this travel piece in the New York Times over the weekend is a wonderful review of how the iconoclastic, legendary writer grew up in Florida and how she spent the last years of her life. Hurston, anthropologist/ethnographer/novelist/cultural critic all wrapped up in one, exploded all sorts of cultural and academic expectations during her lifetime.
Finally in the world of science, here’s a really interesting piece from Smithsonian Magazine on dark energy and dark matter, which might fill the majority of space in the universe if some scientific theories are correct.