Residents fed up with stench from sewer project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Residents said the smell is unbearable as a $1.6 million sewage project goes on right outside their front door.

“You can’t eat. I mean, you’re constantly sick from your stomach,” Viviano Gallegos said. “You’re always nauseous. It’s just hard.”

KRQE News 13 spoke with Gallegos last Thursday at his home on Goff Boulevard near Bridge Boulevard.

Right in front of it was an opening into the sewer where crews were working, releasing a terrible smell even inside the house, Gallegos said.

“It’s pure sewage. It’s pure, like a backed up toilet,” he said.

He said it smelled that way for weeks, that his grandchildren couldn’t go outside to play and that the family couldn’t use the air conditioner because it would just bring in more of that odor.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority said it’s part of a project that started three weeks ago to replace about 1,500 feet of sewer pipeline on Goff Boulevard from 5 Points Road to Poplar Lane because the pipeline is more than 50 years old.

“It’s collapsing in places, that’s caused sinkholes in the road and holes in the road,” Public Affairs Manager David Morris said.

He said occasionally the project involves cleaning out the sewer line.

“During those times, it’s very hard to control the odors that are created from the cleaning process,” Morris said.

It has been a few days since that work happened and the smell wasn’t too bad on Monday, but it’s not over yet.

“It’s going to need to happen again on an intermittent basis as the project continues,” Morris said.

The project is scheduled to continue through mid to late November.

The Water Utility Authority said it plans to visit with the family on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

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Local Heavy Rock Heroes Headline Slim’s

By Dave Pehling

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A force on the San Francisco underground for over a decade, veteran proto-punk quartet Hot Lunch was founded by singer Eric Shea after the split of his muscular retro-rock outfit Parchman Farm in 2006. Features talented locals including former Mensclub guitar hero Aaron Nudelman and the pulverizing rhythm section of drummer Rob Alper — ex-The Sermon as well as guitarist with reunited Sacto garage-punks SLA — and bassist Charlie Karr (best known for his work with the Alternative Tentacles band Harold Ray Live in Concert), the group soon became a fixture in S.F. clubs with their fiery live performances.

However, the gestation of Hot Lunch’s first album would take considerably longer. Funding their own recording sessions in 2012, Shea and company captured the fuzzed-out fury of its stage show on analog tape at Louder Studios in Grass Valley with lauded producer Tim Green (Comets on Fire, Melvins, Sebadoh, Earthless) who had relocated from San Francisco the previous year. Unlike the many acts who do little more than mimic the sonic template of influential early ’70s bands, Hot Lunch interweaves elements of skate punk, psychedelia and prog rock into their unique sound.

The eponymous album’s 2013 release on the small German label Who Can You Trust? in Europe and Tee Pee Records stateside led to sponsored recordings and concert appearances for Scion A/V and Converse, considerably raising the band’s profile. And for good reason: Echoes of the MC5 and other more obscure ’70s riff rockers like Sir Lord Baltimore and Dust can be heard in the headlong drive of “Handy Denny,” “She Wants More,” and the wah-wah fueled “Killer Smile,” but the more straightforward salvos are balanced by a number of equally potent curve balls.

The band boldly recasts a tune by prog-rock power trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer, transforming “Knife Edge” from a virtuoso keyboard workout to a doom-laden dose of guitar mayhem. The album’s second side ventures even further afield, unspooling an Arthurian legend on the nearly eight-minute “Lady of the Lake.” Replete with lyrics about wild mushrooms and crystal harps, the multipart song even has a British-accented spoken-word soliloquy that brings to mind “The Necromancer” from Rush’s heady third album Caress of Steel.

Since then, the quartet has issued a number of singles and EPs, most recently the five track Scion A/V collection Slappy Sunday that was released for free download in 2015. Having recently emerged from the studio after tracking their forthcoming second album, Hot Lunch headlines it’s biggest Bay Area show yet with this concert at Slim’s in San Francisco. The quartet will be joined by local destructo psych-punks CCR Headcleaner — who have established a solid reputation with their feral live shows — and Frisco, a new group featuring singer Bob McDonald and bassist/guitarist Andy Oglesby of sadly defunct punk vets Hank IV with ex-Acid King/Altamont drummer Joey Osbourne and onetime Lost Goat guitarist Eric Peterson that hints at the noisy ’90s chaos of the Jesus Lizard and Unsane.

Hot Lunch with CCR Headcleaner and Frisco
Saturday, August 19, 8 p.m. $12-$14

Flower Shop Discourages Orders From Racists

(CBS) — An online flower shop that’s based in Chicago is asking potential customers to answer a question about their politics. If they don’t give the right answer they can keep their money.

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

The pop-up comes on the screen before you can order flowers from Flowers for Dreams.

It says: “Do you condemn racism, Nazism, and white nationalism?”

If yes – then customers may proceed.

If no – then people are automatically redirected to the U.S. Holocaust Museum website.

“For me, it’s pretty personal. I am the grandson of Holocaust survivors,” Flowers for Dreams co-founder Steven Dyme says.

“But we want to make it known that we don’t want their money.”

Dyme says he’s gotten positive feedback from people who already know his business — those who have already bought into the business model of a percentage of flower sales helping certain causes.

As this story has gone national, Dyme says there’s been some trolling.

God sees everything

“For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ This passage of Scripture speaks directly to me. The rest of Proverbs 5 is a warning against promiscuous women and warning not to be lead astray. It warns of the consequence of your actions. The commentary below talks…

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What is my calling?

Briefly, Jesus outlines the calling for every Christian here:

Mark 12:29-31 ESV Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (30) And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (31) The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

This isn’t a very specific answer, but it’s a very significant one.

It’s in response to Jesus being asked what the most important part of the law is. Why would somebody ask that? Because they’re hoping to trip Jesus up or they’re hoping for some sort of permission or endorsement of their current way of life. In the case of the Israelites of Jesus’ day, they were looking for laws connected to overthrowing the Romans or perhaps gaining public honor through religious ritual (Matthew 6:1-18).

But the most important thing, before you start looking to do some “world changing” or “personally enriching task” is to learn to appreciate God and to bring well-being to your neighbor.

Make Your House Sell For More With These Simple Tips

(CBS) — It’s definitely a seller’s market. But you could get even more for your house if you make some low-cost or no-cost changes.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker shows you how to cut costs and boost the value of your home.

Is it possible to upgrade your home on a budget?

“Absolutely,” says Realtor Margie Smigel.

The cheapest thing? Paint, she says.

It takes about $50 worth of paint, a couple of gallons, to make an impact. But how much of an impact depends on the color you choose, says a Zillow study.

If you want to add $1,800 to the selling price of your home, paint your kitchen a soft blue-gray and your living room beige or oatmeal.

To get another $5,000, paint your bathroom a light blue or light purple.

A tip from Smigel: Make rooms look larger.

“Midwesterners love space,” she says.

Also, use inexpensive mirrors to create the illusion of space.

Remove half of the clothes from your closets to bump up the roominess.

And, add and turn on lights when showing your home.

Light makes all the improvements shine.

You can also change brass fixtures to the latest hot look: brushed nickel.

If you have a bigger budget, landscaping recoups 105 percent of your investment. Adding insulation to the attic: 109 percent.

Stolen Van With Special Wheelchair Lift Found, Owners ‘Elated’

By Jeff Todd

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A van vital for a transportation of a young disabled Aurora woman was recovered in relatively good working order.

“We woke up with a big part of our life missing on Saturday and we’re just really touched by all the community support on Saturday and Sunday,” Carrie Ricard said. “And then of course this morning we were just elated! Over-the-top excited we were getting our van back.”

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The 1997 GMC van has a $15,000 wheelchair lift in the back of the van that helps transport Bobbi Jo Dunbar.

“I tested out the lift. That was the first thing I did when I got home just because that’s the most important part of our old brown van here, is to make sure that lift works,” Ricard said.

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When Aurora police called to say they found the van, a cousin went and picked it up. It might have some slight engine damage and the inside of the van had been treated more like a trash can. There is not a suspect for the theft.

“As long as it’s something fixable, we’re happy,” Ricard said. “I am just blessed to have it back. As long as it stays where it’s parked we are good.”

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Ricard started a GoFundMe page and the money will likely go to fixing the van. Bobbi Jo says she wants her first adventure back in the van to be a shopping trip to the mall.


Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.

Man Faces 30 Years In Prison For Drugging, Sexually Assaulting Victims

REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — A Pacifica man is expected to be sentenced to 30 years in prison
for sexually assaulting his victims by knocking them unconscious with a date rape drug and other drugs, San Mateo County prosecutors said Friday.

Joseph Courtney, 33, pleaded no contest to 14 felony sexual assaults and will not be eligible for early parole.

Six of the felonies were deemed to be violent felonies, according to prosecutors.

On more than one occasion, Courtney met with victims who agreed to sex at Courtney’s home.

Prosecutors said he drugged the victims with a date rape drug and other drugs to knock them unconscious after which he and other male associates had sex with them.

On one occasion, Courtney showed a victim a video recording of the assault.

Courtney’s attorney Steven Chase said that his client may be addicted to sex.

Chase said that everyone who met with Courtney knew they were going to do drugs and have sex. But some of the victims thought they were given too much drugs, Chase said.

He said it’s unlikely that Courtney had sex with the victims while they were unconscious.

“He is kind,” Chase said. “If you met him, you would go, ‘This is the guy who was charged with all this?'”

Courtney decided to enter a plea because if he lost a jury trial he might have spent the rest of his life in prison, according to Chase. Chase said he believes that it’s very difficult to find a jury who will presume innocence before a person is found guilty of a sex crime.

Chase called the 30-year sentence Courtney is facing a compromise between the defense and prosecutors.

Courtney is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 6. He remains in custody on $10 million bail, according to prosecutors.

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Swift Justice: Jury Takes Taylor’s Side In Groping Lawsuit

DENVER (AP) — Four years after Taylor Swift tried to handle her groping allegation against a radio station DJ quietly, the pop superstar got a very public victory Monday with a jury’s verdict that she hoped would inspire other women.

Jurors in U.S. District Court in Denver deliberated fewer than four hours to find that ex-radio host David Mueller assaulted and battered Swift during a pre-concert meet-and-greet in June 2013. Per Swift’s request, jurors awarded her $1 in damages — a sum her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, called “a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation.”

After Monday’s verdict, Swift hugged her crying mom and thanked her attorneys “for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year-long trial process.”

“My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard,” Swift said in a prepared statement, promising to make unspecified donations to groups that help victims of sexual assault.

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The six-woman, two-man jury also rejected Mueller’s claims that Swift’s mother, Andrea Swift, and radio liaison Frank Bell cost him his $150,000-a-year job at country station KYGO-FM, where he was a morning host.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Martinez dismissed similar claims against Taylor Swift, ruling Mueller’s team failed to offer evidence that the then-23-year-old superstar did anything more than report the incident to her team, including her mother.

Mueller, who was seeking up to $3 million, denied Swift’s allegation from the start and maintained his innocence after the verdict.

“I’ve been trying to clear my name for four years,” he said in explaining why he took the singer-songwriter to court. “Civil court is the only option I had. This is the only way that I could be heard.”

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By the time Swift took the stand Thursday, she was more than angry. She was on a mission to eliminate any doubt about what happened, and she refused to sugarcoat her experience

During an hour of testimony, Swift blasted a low-key characterization by Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, of what happened. While Mueller testified he never grabbed Swift, she insisted she was groped.

“He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” Swift testified.

“It was a definite grab. A very long grab,” she added.

Mueller emphatically denied reaching under the pop star’s skirt or otherwise touching her inappropriately, insisting he touched only her ribs and may have brushed the outside of her skirt as they awkwardly posed for the picture.

That photo was virtually the only evidence besides the testimony.

In the image shown to jurors during opening statements but not publicly released, Mueller’s hand is behind Swift, just below her waist. Both are smiling. Mueller’s then-girlfriend is standing on the other side of Swift.

Swift testified that after she was groped, she numbly told Mueller and his girlfriend, “Thank you for coming,” and moved on to photos with others waiting in line because she did not want to disappoint them.

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But she said she immediately went to her photographer after the meet-and-greet ended and found the photo of her with Mueller, telling the photographer what happened.

Andrea Swift testified that she asked Bell to call Mueller’s employers. They did not call the police to avoid further traumatizing her daughter, she said.

“We absolutely wanted to keep it private. But we didn’t want him to get away with it,” Andrea Swift testified.

Bell said he emailed the photo to Robert Call, KYGO’s general manager, for use in Call’s investigation of Mueller. He said he didn’t ask that Mueller be fired but that “appropriate action be taken.”


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