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  • Things that go bump in the night

    Skeptic Benjamin Radford lays out forceful reasons not to believe in some favorite New Mexico myths, legends, and ghost stories in his new book, Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment.

Honoring a slain colleague

Since Wednesday evening, at least two Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies have stood guard inside the Rivera Family Funeral Home in Santa Fe. 

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Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia speaks at a news conference Tuesday morning about the shooting death of a Santa Fe County deputy in Las Cruces. The accused shooter is a fellow Santa Fe County deputy.

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Burkina Faso leader steps down, vote in 90 days

President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after 27 years in power following a wave of protests against his rule. He said elections for a new leader will be held in 90 days.

Unflappable Robertson QB Lucero growing into role

Robertson QB Dominic Lucero was (and still very much is) the kid who pushed and shoved his way to the front of the line, the one who did what he had to in order to get the ball first, the one whose own tunnel vision helped him gain a step on anyone around him.

Verde Juice Co. delivers cold-pressed, high-fiber juices

Verde Juice specializes in fresh, cold-pressed, high-fiber juices like those that are taking hold in places such as Portland, Ore., and Boulder, Colo., as well as airports across the country.

Santa Fe chef serves up blood sausage for the adventurous palate

Blood as food has a long history beyond Vlad Drakula and Countess Bathory. It is a flavorsome addition to many other traditional foods across the globe. Morcilla, Spanish blood sausage, is on the menu at both Taberna and La Boca, where it is a feature in several dishes.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

The head of Africa’s continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.

Santa Fe High teacher turns to zombies to help bring algebra to life

It’s a tough morning for students in teacher Brian Smith’s algebra class. A horde of zombies is moving toward them and they’ve got to use their math skills to figure out how to coordinate the perfect parabolic arc to launch accurate mortar fire at the walking dead.

Whitewater parks offer thrills at your doorstep

While whitewater parks have proved hugely popular with locals, they also have become destination hubs for adventure tourists.

Five things adults get wrong about their teenage kids

Because my job is writing books for, about and from the perspectives of young teens, I stay in close touch with people who are in middle and high school. So I come to you, my fellow parents, in a spirit of camaraderie, to share both our most common assumptions and the adamant refutations of them that I’ve collected along the way.

Faces & places, Oct. 26, 2014

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, Gerald Garcia, 50, and his sister, Imelda Garcia, attended the 2014 National Arc Convention in New Orleans.

Haiti hopes to woo back tourists with resorts

Off this sleepy southern Haitian village, fishermen in weathered wooden boats slowly move across azure waters. Miles of picture-perfect sandy beaches slope gently, fringed by grasses and framed by mountains.

Schools around New Mexico have plenty of ghosts stories to share

There is a school in a district not far from Santa Fe that is so haunted that its administrators won’t allow the name to be included in the newspaper for fear it would discourage students from…

Explorador promueve rutas históricas

Por cuenta propia, Bart Smith cree que ha recorrido 25,000 millas de los senderos y caminatas de América. Su actividad es solitario y él dice así que le gusta.

Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges

Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years.

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