Thursday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Authorities have released the names of the suspects in the mass shooting in San Bernardino. Police said 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, 27-year-old Tafsheen Malik died in a shootout with officers just miles from Wednesday’s shooting. According to officials, Farook — who worked for the county — left a holiday party for workers at a social services center angry and came back with Malik, dressed in assault-style clothing and opened fire. Fourteen people died and at least 17 are injured. At this time there has been no word on a motive.
  2. The federal monitor tasked with overseeing reforms to the Albuquerque Police Department is expected to release his first report Thursday. Doctor James ginger was called in to be the monitor of the deal between APD, the Department of Justice, and the city in January. Ginger says some changes to use-of-force polices are already underway and more officers are being trained in how to handle crisis situations.
  3. Today will mostly sunny with highs in the lower to mid-50s. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the 20s.
  4. A New Mexico lawmaker is backing a bill that would allow criminals to strike a deal with their victims and get their charges, dropped. It’s called a civil compromise. Under Chaparral Republican Rep. Rick Little’s proposal, the crook could apologize and pay the victim back. The victim could then ask the judge to drop the criminal case. Some say it would help wealthier criminals off the hook.
  5. A photo of a man “paying it forward” is getting a lot of attention Thursday morning. It shows Levi Carrejo footing the bill at the Target near Coors and Paseo, for someone he didn’t know, who couldn’t afford his items. Someone captured the moment then put it online.

Top Morning Headlines

The Nob Hill “Shop and Stroll is here. Dozens of Nob Hill’s unique business will showcase their wares Thursday night.  The hope is that you’ll spend your holiday cash locally and build up Albuquerque’s economy. This year a group of businesses are holding a scavenger hunt. You can find the game at the back of the shop and stroll booklet. Once you collect all the stamps you’ll be entered to win gift certificates. Winners will be notified by Monday, December 21st.

A proposal to cut down on panhandling along busy road ways is headed to Albuquerque’s city council. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Councilor Don Harris said the new legislation is focused on safety. It would stop people from panhandling from any median, within 100 feet. of an interstate access ramp and along roads with speed limits over 35.  It would also mean panhandlers could ask for money with 10 feet of a traffic lane where there’s no sidewalk area.

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