Monday morning briefing: A book, some popcorn and a stunning announcement

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing.

Book and a movie

Two events at the Portales Public Library Tuesday:

• at 10:30 a.m. it’s Books and Babies featuring “Ticklish Fingers and Toes.”

• Then, at 4:30 p.m., the Tween Programming movie is “Beethoven.”

Free popcorn, too.

Republican women

City commissioner and state Interstate Stream Commissioner Randy Crowder is guest speaker at the Curry County Republican Women’s lunch, 11:30 a.m. at Dakota’s Steakhouse.

It’s open to the public.

Quirky quote of the day

“I think the most un-American thing you can say is, ‘You can’t say that.’” — Garrison Keillor

Today in history

On this day in 1991, basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson stuns the world by announcing his sudden retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, after testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

At the time, many Americans viewed AIDS as a gay white man’s disease.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. North wind between 5 and 15 mph.

Tonight — Isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind between 10 and 15 mph.