Alibi V.14 No.15 • April 14-20, 2005 
Singeli Agnew

Newscity

Leaving a Footprint

Coronado Mall's plan for redevelopment raises air quality questions

People hate bad city planning. Which is why, nearly 25 years ago, Albuquerque's City Council decided to put an end to it, at least in one part of our city. The Uptown district, which is well-known for its sea of asphalt, undeveloped space and semi-empty strip malls, also has the worst air pollution in the city and is, for the most part, pedestrian unfriendly. And so, in an effort to curb these characteristics and transform Uptown into a thriving urban area, in 1981, the Council created the Uptown Sector Plan.

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Thin Line

Our Banana Republic. Politics can be a downright pitiful exercise in nepotism. In New Mexico, the latest obvious example was a bill sponsored at the Legislature by Reps Dan Silva and Kiki Saavedra that was championed by their sons, who both happened to be lobbyists for the cause.

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Singeli Agnew

Council Watch

Billions and Billions of Bills

City councilors began the April 4 meeting an hour early, shunted 14 bills to a land use meeting and slogged past the 10:30 p.m. deadline, but the last few weeks' backlog of bills just piled higher. The single thing councilors didn't discuss, having vented earlier at an afternoon press conference, was the current APD ruckus.

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Ortiz y Pino

What Makes Us Think We're a Culture of Life?

The Terry Schiavo tragedy just won't let go of my imagination. It is tempting to move on, to shift our focus, to look for the next public circus to distract ourselves from the painful truths opened by the still-fresh experience in Florida. But until we've teased out a few answers for ourselves, the contradictions are too extreme to set aside comfortably.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Louisiana—Rapper C-Murder, in jail for the 2002 murder of a teenager, has changed his stage name because he thinks he is misunderstood. “I am not a murderer,” the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, said in a statement released last Tuesday. According to his publicist, Giovanni Melchiorre of New York-based Koch Records, the incarcerated musician will now go by the name of C Miller. “People hear the name C-Murder and they don't realize that the name simply means that I have seen many murders in my native Calliope projects neighborhood,” the rapper explained. The state of Louisiana disagrees, however. Miller was convicted of second-degree murder Sept. 30, 2003, in the death of Steve Thomas, 16, a fan of the rapper who was shot inside a nightclub in the New Orleans suburb of Harvey. Miller faces a mandatory life sentence without parole. Earlier this month, a state appeals court upheld Miller's conviction. His defense lawyer, Ron Rakosky, has said he will appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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Commentary

Follow the Money

Campaign contributions put legislation into perspective

Handicap these odds: An important piece of legislation is before the New Mexico Legislature. Lined up on one side are all of Albuquerque's neighborhood coalitions. On the other sideline huddles a handful of lobbyists. Who wins?

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Letters

I am glad I have no car! I would not keep a car if you gave me one free! I have owned no car since 1979. I enjoy the freedom of having no car. I save much money and many resources—oil, metals, rubber ... I avoid all parking and traffic tickets. I have no hassles with car repairs, car theft, car crashes, flat tires, vandalism, monthly payments, depreciation, road rage, paying for insurance and finding a parking space. I walk most places I go in town. Our legs are great doctors. Much walking strengthens bones and heart, prevents diabetes, clears the mind, and stimulates blood circulation. Cars spoil people—making their bodies fat, lazy and sick.

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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, May 31)

Nothing to See Here

UFOs at UNM: A Skeptical Believer Presents His Research

David Marler talks about how he uses UNMs collections and other resources to research UFO phenomena, including the mass sighting in Farmington in March 1950 and the “Battle of Los Angeles” in 1942.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 3)

Volleyball Tastes Better With Mud

The 23rd Annual Mudd Volleyball Tournament

Recreational volleyball fundraiser tournament for the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. Teams can include up to 12 players.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 3)

Peace, Y'all

Shampooch: Old Skool Dog Wash

Dogs receive a hand bath with shampoo and conditioner, brushing and towel drying to raise money for Fat Katz foster care program.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 19)

New Mexico Hempfest

Presentations from industry leaders, as well as exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services. Vendors are licensed producers, dispensaries, nutrient companies, medical clinics, health and wellness providers and more.
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