Alibi V.13 No.28 • July 8-14, 2004 

Newscity

Downtown Arena Plan Moves Forward

City can walk away from partnership if private funding fails

The prospect of big bucks and flying balls delighted a T-shirt-wearing crowd at the June 28 special meeting of the City Council. The freebie T-shirts, reading "Albuquerque Arena Route 66—Let's get it started," were passed out by the Downtown Action Team, one of several civic and business groups avidly supporting a proposed Downtown arena.

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Thin Line

The Dick Cheney affair. It's fair to say, the vice president is very popular among GOP supporters, generally. Many actually still believe he is the bland, avuncular pragmatist at the White House who remains cool, even statesmanly, under pressure. Anyone who has read recent books by Paul O'Neill, Richard Clarke and Bob Woodward might get a slightly different impression, however—that of a secretive, brooding, physical wreck of a man who drives the neocon agenda with almost deranged passion.

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Ortiz y Pino

A Big John Kerry Abrazo for La Plebe

Hispanics give him the love at Phoenix convention

If you believe the propaganda emanating from some Republican strategists' pipe dreams, the Hispanic vote is up for grabs in the 2004 presidential derby.

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Payne's World

The Show That Never Ends

Random musings on the week that was

Last week, political blogmeister Joe Monahan (www.joemonahan.com) offered some commentary on three recent votes by Congresswoman Heather Wilson and how those votes might be play into her re-election strategy. The votes of interest were 1) to cut CIA funding by 25 percent until the Bush administration turns over all documents dealing with the treatment of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2) against a corporate tax bill that included targeted tax breaks for pharmaceutical companies and 3) against a budget overhaul favored by Republican leadership.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Belgium—A couple who have named all 15 of their children in honor of Elvis Presley say they have run out of names for their 16th child. Jean-Pierre and Carine Antheunis from Gent are lifelong Elvis fanatics and their children's names are all linked to the music legend. Elvis, Priscilla, Dakota and Tennessee are among the swelling Antheunis brood. But the parents are now stumped for a name to give their new baby boy. “If it had been a girl, we would have called her Linda. Elvis once had a lover with that name,” said Jean-Pierre. According to the daily newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, the couple are now thinking of naming the new child Ohio. “There's no connection with Elvis, but it's in America,” said Mr. Antheunis.

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Letters

I have a slight issue that I would like to clarify in response to Jerry Ortiz y Pino's article [RE: "Sniffing out the Reagan Legacy," June 24-30] about the mania surrounding President Reagan's death. The article states that he wasn't actually in the armed forces during the war. I happen to know, through my grandfather, that he was in a special unit of the Army, known as the First Motion Picture Unit. It was comprised of Hollywood actors and behind the scenes journeymen, like my grandfather. Their mission was to help war bond drives and lift the morale of the American people by going to public appearances, acting in propagandist movies, and doing shows for the men in uniform. The camera men also recorded the war to show in newsreels.

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For Young Pioneers

Peter and The Wolf

Musicians and alumni from the UNM's music department and local artists narrate the popular children’s tale. Sarita Sol González opens the show with original performance poetry.
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Measure Up

LEAP Into Science: Measure up

Kids learn what people used to measure before tape measures and explore non-standard measurement.
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Strolling Through Holiday Traditions

Old Town Holiday Stroll

Enjoy live entertainment, the traditional lighting of the Old Town Christmas tree as well as discounts and specials offered by local businesses, restaurants and museums.
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Hawkish Holidays

Holiday Wild

See live falcons, hawks and owls, browse arts and crafts that are for sale, enjoy a raffle and kids activities.
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Hit the Snooze Button

I Dreamed I Was a Dog

Award-winning New Mexico author and artist Joel Nakamura reads from his new illustrated children's book following the dream world of a boy.
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