Alibi V.16 No.31 • Aug 2-8, 2007 
Graffiti artists gather in front of one of the murals that was painted over earlier this year by the city.

Newscity

Graffiti Writers Call Off Mural Repainting

Word had it the Gang Unit was planning to show

Art or criminal activity? Artists or criminals? Bernalillo County can't seem to make up its mind when it comes to graffiti and its practitioners.

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Thin Line

Rotten Apples

The media is able to control the public’s view of its prominent figures—just look at Pete Rose. You probably think he’s a bad guy for betting on baseball, right? We call it slant, and sadly, it’s unavoidable. Recently, the world of athletics has been a media free-for-all when it comes to reporting on what’s been going wrong. Coverage has been overtly dark, blowing the negative out of proportion, and covering up the good fun of sports.

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Richard Brandt (left) and 15-year-old Miguel Martinez pull vegetables on Dragon Farm.
Xavier Mascareñas

Profile

Rock Star Farming

South Valley Academy’s Dragon Farm takes root

“It’s a challenging place. We have a tough curriculum,” says Richard Brandt of the South Valley Academy charter school.

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Answer Me This

The news just keeps on coming. Some days you pay attention. Some days you don't. Look here in every Alibi to refresh your memory about what's going on in your community. Don't worry if you don't know all the answers—there's a cheat sheet at the end.

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The Real Side

Chimps are Cool!

Never mind those kids in the gutter

A failed prosecution for animal cruelty has riled the ruling class. Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, former Gov. David Cargo, former Attorney General Patricia Madrid, former State Land Commissioner Ray Powell, other public officials and animal activists are livid that the New Mexico Court of Appeals dismissed charges against a primate care center in Alamogordo. They want the Supreme Court to resurrect the case.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: England—A prize-winning poodle from North Wales has become the latest victim of online identity theft. Owner Lynne Day posted information about her two-year-old poodle, Afonwen Welch Fusilier, on the Internet. According to the North Wales Post, that information was pilfered by an unknown identity thief. The thief claimed Afonwen Welch Fusilier, known as “Blue” for short, had given birth to puppies. Blue, who won the Midlands Counties Canine Society Show and the North West Poodle Club, is actually male. The mystery seller, who called himself Henry Daf, offered Blue’s nonexistent offspring to potential buyers for 1,000 pounds ($2,000) each. The address Daf gave turned out to be a graveyard in Glasgow. North Wales Police are investigating the scam.

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Letters

I finally got it. See? I didn't get it at first, but now I know!

It’s like knowing the secret handshake for the Shriners Convention or the the secret Masonic rule of the universe that allows them superiority over us mere mortals.

But I get it when you run the "Mexican" column, with the trademark Mexican picture in black and white. This emasculates the message sent in the original "in color" pic of the Mexican; he loses all depth of character—no gold tooth, or is it just rotten or rotting in the black and white representation?

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 29)

Goat Pose

Kid Goat Yoga

Yogis practice surrounded by playful goats.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 30)

Dawn Julio

Space Science: International Asterioid Day

Learn about asterioids, NASA's mission to the asteroid belt and what is known about asteroid impacts on Earth. Registration recommended.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 1)

Use the Back Door

Speakeasy Swing

Learn the basics of swing dance without a partner. Go online for the entrance password.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

Yin Your Yang

Yin Yoga

Trauma informed yoga therapy.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

No Place Like Om

Laughter Yoga Wellness Group

A unique form of meditation combining unconditional laughter with a blend of deep breathing exercises, creative visualizations with role playing and simple stretches.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

Get Wild, Baby

Bosque Wild: Guided Nature Walk

A moderately strenuous guided hike through one of the largest riverside-cottonwood forests in the world and along the banks of the Rio Grande. Registration recommended.
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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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