Tuesday’s Five Facts-
- Some are wondering if the political career of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is in tarnished after her call to call of the cops from breaking up a holiday party. A UNM political-science professor thinks that along with the federal investigation targeting her top adviser, this could make the governor an unlikely pick for VP or Attorney General at least for now.
- A new multi-million dollar arena is coming to downtown Albuquerque. City councilors just signed off on the project to turn the east building of the convention center into a $10,000 seat arena to feature everything from trade shows to sporting events. The overall plan expected to cost $24 million and include more parking and an entertainment district.
- Today will be mostly cloudy, windy. With a slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the mid-40’s to lower 50’s.
- A local woman just signed a lease in downtown Albuquerque for a new cat cafe Gatas y Galletas, customers could get coffee and meet about a dozen cats. The owner also wants to serve vegetarian food, and offer the animals for adoption.
- Young local film makers are getting their shot at the big screen. Rio Rancho high school and Washington middle school students created their own sci-fi movie trailers for a local competition and won. Rio Rancho came in first. Washington middle came in 2nd overall. Now their trailers will be featured before showings of the star wars movie at premiere cinema in Rio Rancho.
Top Morning Headlines
If you’re like some, maybe you haven’t quit made it out to grab those last minute gifts. But not to worry, experts say there’s still time to save the holidays. With time running out, experts suggest ordering online and picking up your gift at the store. They also suggest not getting hung up on details. It’s best to buy the gifts you need despite it being in a different color or model. Don’t be a perfectionist. Lastly, keep it simple when buying generic gifts. Don’t over think it, rely on gift cards or even money. If that’s not your style, experts say go with a crowd-pleaser that everyone can enjoy: alcohol.
New this morning, a once controversial lifetime ban is now lifted for a specific group of people to donate blood, but there are restrictions. Gay men will now be able to donate blood, but they must be celibate for 12 months. This comes as the Food and Drug Administration lifted its lifetime ban on accepting blood donations from men who have had sex with men. Gay rights advocates say lifting the ban is a step in the right direction–but forcing gay men to wait to donate–stigmatizes them. The lifetime ban of blood donations from gay and bisexual men was implemented by the FDA in 1983 at the start of the aids crisis. At the time, little was known about the spread of the disease.