Alibi V.16 No.6 • Feb 8-14, 2007 

Thin Line

Self-Scrutiny—All right fellow media critics, we’re about to make “Thin Line” history. As best I can tell, this is the first time the Telescope of Righteous Indignation has been flipped over, leaving the Alibi squirming at the wrong end.

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Rex Barron

News Feature

Show Mom the Money

One woman's story illustrates that New Mexico’s Child Enforcement Division is deadbeat for single parents seeking aid

When Jessica Sanchez was a child, she strategically planned visits to friends’ homes at the dinner hour. “I would pretend I was going over there to play, but, really, it was just in time for dinner,” she says. Food and money were scarce during Sanchez’ childhood, as her single mother struggled to collect child support for Sanchez and her sister. Now 28, Sanchez has yet to see a cent of child support, for either herself or her two young sons.

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Ortiz y Pino

Adrift in a Sea of Life Preservers

What will it take to save APS?

Ideas for how to save the Albuquerque Public School system are flying around the Legislature like aspen leaves on a blustery October afternoon. Every lawmaker seems to have a pet scheme for rescuing our ponderous district from itself--to no effect.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Croatia--An angry husband who threw old clothes into his garden and set fire to them because he couldn’t find any clean underwear accidentally burned down his own home. Ivo Jerbic, 55, from Prikraj, near the capital city of Zagreb, told police he had lost his temper after failing to find any clean underpants in a closet full of old clothes. “My wife never throws anything out, I just lost my temper,” he admitted to officers. Jerbic dumped all the clothes in his yard and lit them on fire. Unfortunately, the fire spread to the house, which burned to the ground. Local news agency Hina reported Jerbic could face up to eight years in jail for putting other family members in danger, even though no one was injured.

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Letters

I would like to commend Jim Scarantino for his excellent article “Land of Impeachment” [The Real Side, Feb. 1-7] and respond with some very important information concerning the impeachment resolution, SJR5. This Friday, Feb. 9, this resolution will be voted on in the Senate Rules Committee. The Republicans can be expected to all vote no, since they are basically ignorant tools of empire (i.e. ignorant of the fact that the 9/11 attacks, which they use to justify most of their backward and harmful policy, was an inside job, as proven by the work of David Ray Griffin and others), and the Democrats are all expected to vote yes, except one, Ben D. Altamirano, who has repeatedly shown himself to be a closet Republican, like House Speaker Ben Lujan (I’ll explain shortly). He has voiced opposition to the resolution stating that he doesn’t think that states have a right to begin impeachment proceedings. This is completely false of course, as pointed out in Mr. Scarantino’s article; section 603 of Jefferson’s Manual does give states this right very clearly.

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Respect Your Elders

Obon Festival

A cultural holiday honoring the spirits of ancestors with folk dances, taiko drumming, lanterns and food. Participants receive a floating lantern and are released into the pond in the evening.
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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Jurassic Quest

Kids love dinosaurs. This is a fact … because science. This event caters to that chid-like obsession. Head to the Albuquerque Convention Center for Jurassic Quest! It promises to deliver a far less scary version of the dinosaurs seen on film. Find a host of activities and spectacles to make the kids drool. With exhibit tours, science stations, dino crafts, face painting, a dino bounce, bungee pull, dino rides, fossil digs, food vendors and more than 80 lifelike dinos to see and hear, the entire family can get on board with this one and find some entertainment. Come on down on Friday, Aug. 17 from 3 to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19 from 9am to 8pm. There are 2 options for kids ages 2 to 12—general admission for $20 or VIP for $34. VIP tickets mean not having to pay the $5 up charge for select activities. Seniors are in for $18, adults pay $20 and kids 2 and under are free! Bring an extra $6 to $8 for parking and step back in time for the day.
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Goodbye, Summer(fest)!

Westside Summerfest

This family-friendly event features fun for everyone including an artisan market, microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national headliner Ozomatli.
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