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 V.15 No.15 | April 13 - 19, 2006 
Cosette Wheeler, back left, poses with the Hope Clinic’s research team, which has been performing clinical trials on the HPV vaccine for nearly 10 years.
Wes Naman


The Path to a Cure

UNM researchers are on the forefront of a vaccine that could end cervical cancer

It's the culmination of a lifetime of work for University of New Mexico professor Cosette Wheeler, and it could be the largest development in women's health since the advent of the birth control pill. After studying the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for two decades, she will likely see a breakthrough vaccine for the virus released to the public this year. The hope is that this vaccine could potentially prevent more than 80 percent of cervical cancer cases.

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News Sidebar

Making the Wage

An update on the minimum wage

Thanks to a new bill by City Council President Martin Heinrich, a possible minimum-wage hike is on the Council's plate—again. Here are the basics:

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Ortiz y Pino

“Silver Bullets”

Drunk driving and mental illness need better solutions

The hearts of our local policymakers must brim over with optimism. I can think of no other possible explanation for why they're falling so gullibly for such goofy silver-bullet solutions for complex social problems, such as Kendra's Law and an ordinance requiring the publication of DWI offender photos in newspapers.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Australia—A naked man may be a little less of a nature lover after suffering burns to one-fifth of his body while trying to set fire to a spider at a nudist resort in New South Wales. The 56-year-old Sydney man tried to kill what he thought was a funnel web spider by pouring gasoline down the spider's burrow and igniting it with a match, CareFlight rescue copter service told the Sydney Morning Herald. Unfortunately, the fuel exploded, burning the man on his upper leg and buttocks. Resort staff treated the man before paramedics arrived. The man was flown by helicopter to Sydney's Concord Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with burns to 18 percent of his body. Resort guests told emergency crews it was probably a harmless trapdoor spider and not a deadly funnel web. The man's lack of clothing probably contributed to the extent of his burns, the rescue chopper service said.

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[RE: The Dish, “Vietnam comes to UNM,” April 6-12]

A million “thank you”'s—for calling it exactly right.

I'm so crushed. I'm a nut for those Vietnamese sandwiches—I lived on one for two days in Los Angeles last fall, priced at $3.75—and what I got the first time [at Green Jasmine] was simply terrible. The second he put it in my hand there was a problem. It was light as a feather.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Dec 3)

Get Your Shop On

Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll

The event will include shopping and food specials, family entertainment and photos with Santa.
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Santa Paws Helping Heroes

Pet Photos with Santa

Santa is coming to Vet-co! Bring your whole family down to get their photo taken with Santa and his elves. Cats, dogs, ferrets, turtles, birds, everybody is welcome.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 5)

Spread Good Cheer + Socks

Holidazzle at the Promenade

Donate a pair of funky socks stuffed with a gift card for kids looking for forever homes through Adoption Exchange of NM. Take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause and more.
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