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 V.13 No.16 | April 15 - 21, 2004 

Newscity

~ Local ~

A new generation of homegrown scientists. With all the brainiac scientists supposedly doing brilliant work over at Sandia Labs, it only made sense to Mayor Marty Chavez that Albuquerque Public Schools somehow build a conduit to all that higher intelligence. So more than 18 months ago, Chavez and the presidents of UNM and New Mexico Tech met with Paul Robinson, Sandia Labs' president, Joey Vigil, the superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools at the time and local business executives to hatch a plan for a new high-tech high school. It would be a public school where local students with a knack for math and science could refine their skills and carve a career path that might some day boost the local economy.

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Thin Line

Missing the point. If you picked up the Albuquerque Journal on Friday, April 9, in hopes of getting some solid coverage of Condoleeza Rice's testimony before the 9-11 Commission last week, what you got was a truncated "analysis" originating from the Washington Post.

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Ortiz y Pino

Medicaid Isn't Out of Control, Lawmakers Are

The federal deficit causes states to suffer

If we've heard it once, we've heard it a hundred times in the past 10 months: The state's Medicaid budget is spiraling out of control. That's what Gov. Bill Richardson said, the legislative leaders warned, the policy wonks opined and some political pundits editorialized.

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Council Watch

Spending Passover at City Hall

At the April 5 meeting, city councilors unanimously passed the administration's latest version of a sex offender bill, which deletes three provisions in a previous bill struck down by the courts. The extension of a moratorium on walls built along streets until new design standards are finished also passed unanimously. Councilor Sally Mayer was absent.

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Payne's World

Remembering a Friend ...

I've had writer's block for the past couple of weeks. At other times when that's happened I have a difficult time pinpointing the reason, but I'm clear what the cause is in this case. It's name is Chuck and he passed away last month. Until I say a few words for him, writing about the blarney of local, state and national politics just isn't going to happen.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: England—Yana Rodionova has agreed to marry circus performer Jayde Hanson, despite the fact that Hanson has stabbed her three times—once on live television. Rodionova, 23, is the assistant to Hanson, who works as a professional knife thrower. Last year, Hanson tried to break his world record for the number of knives thrown around his assistant. Unfortunately, the stunt—which was filmed for ITV's "This Morning" show—went wrong when one of the knives struck Rodionova in the head. The bloody scene was broadcast to millions of viewers. Hanson blamed the accident on fatigue. Miss Rodionova suffered minor injuries. "It didn't hurt because of the shock of it all," Rodionova recently told the British press. "I felt more sorry for Jayde. There was blood coming out everywhere and he looked so pale." The Russian-born Rodionova admitted, "I fell out of love with him for a couple days afterwards, but I love him again now." Although the mishap was actually the third time Hanson nailed her with one of his knives, she agreed to marry him soon after. "I forgive him. It was only an accident, but I think I will have to teach him to do something else." The couple is expected to tie the knot in May.

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Letters

Cowboys would like to thank the people of Albuquerque and its surrounding areas for voting us the number one country bar in town. We were elated to hear the news, but a bit disgruntled with your writer's comments.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Mar 26)

This Must be the Pace

Safari Run

Kids race a 1k while adults participate in a 5k or run in an 8k. The run benefits non-profit Global Health Partnerships, an organization that provides medical care and humanitarian aid to the poor in rural Kenya with local community support.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Mar 31)

Come Together

QTPOC Meet and Greet

Connect with other queer and or trans people of color. Learn about organizations and events from members of the community.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

Bleeding Hearts to the Rescue

Wildlife Rescue Training for Volunteers

Learn ways you can help and care for more than 2,000 wild animals each year. Ages 11 and up welcome.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

#Winning

April Fools A.R.T. Fest

A block party on Harvard with four stages of music, free outdoor yoga classes, face painting, ariel performance and much more.
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