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 V.16 No.38 | September 20 - 26, 2007 

Newscity

Scientology Moves In Downtown

Church plans renovation of four-story, 50,000-square-foot building

The night clubs, shops and lunch spots of downtown Albuquerque are about to get a new neighbor. The Church of Scientology is in the process of purchasing the Gizmo's building at 410 Central SE near Fourth Street, says Gabriel Rivera, a redevelopment planner with City Planning. "From what I've heard, in other places and other cities, [Scientologists] usually locate in the Downtown areas," Rivera says. Local Scientologists confirmed the deal.

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News Feature

Undercover

Are we watching our radioactive waste?

Robert Gilkeson has a lot in common with the 73 cubic yards of transuranic waste festering in Sandia National Labs’ Mixed Waste Landfill. Both are homeless. Both are situated in dangerous locations. And both are waiting for the day when a bunch of scientists will make a decision that will allow them to move on.

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Answer Me This

How many citizens pack heat in New Mexico? Which schoolyard barb did APD use on war protesters? What drama began unfolding for UNM's football team? How's the economy faring in Santa Fe with a $9.50 minimum wage?

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Asshat of the Week

"What's driving this desire for disclosure? So-called citizen groups and the media that says we want this information. I don't think anyone except people belonging to these organizations would say, ‘We want this [campaign finance] information.'"

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Commentary

Shooting Holes in APS Security’s Call for Arms

Seldom does an issue move me to drop the newspaper and pen a commentary on-the-spot.  But after reading Michael Orick's letter in support of armed security guards on APS campuses [Re: "Armed Education," Sept. 13-19], I felt compelled to write—and swat Orick with my ruler. 

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Ortiz y Pino

The Candy Factory

Sometimes there’s just too much information floating around to comfortably digest. In recent days I’ve felt a bit like a diabetic in a candy factory.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

DATELINE: RUSSIA—Officials in the province of Ulyanovsk are giving away prizes, including a refrigerator and an all-terrain vehicle, for its most fertile couples. Sept. 12 was officially “Family Contact Day” and was designed by Gov. Sergei Morozov as a way of “encouraging procreation.” A series of concerts and exhibitions were organized to promote family values and employers were encouraged to give workers a discretionary day off in order to, well, procreate their brains out. The event was timed precisely nine months ahead of next year’s Constitution Day so that mothers “ideally should give birth on June 12,” a spokesperson for the administration told England’s The Sun. Mothers who pop buns out of their ovens on the magic date will be included in a drawing for fabulous free prizes. Not all the locals were enthusiastic about the idea, though. Human rights activist Alexander Bragin complained, “We’ve already sunk to the level where the governor is ordering us on what day to conceive a child and on what day to give birth.”

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Letters

Dear Readers,

The letters section of a paper is the most-read—after the horoscopes and funnies, of course. It's with good reason, too. Who watches the watchmen? You.

It takes a particular kind of crazy, a special narcissism, to write anything for publication. Whether or not we get a paycheck for it, we must believe fundamentally that we have something to say worth hearing, that our opinions count.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

Finish Him

Art Fight 21: Summer Block Party

Live music featuring Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Burque SOL and Sol One as well as an art market with local vendors, art auctions, an art swap and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

MuggleWatch 2016

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Magic Party

Enjoy a night of activities and giveaways leading up to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

Viva Frida, Colorful Art Goddess

6th Annual Frida Fiesta

Celebrate the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with live music, a Frida Parade and a Frida birthday cake.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Aug 5)

Geek Out!

Albuquerque Cosplay Ball

A night out with local cosplayers. Enjoy skits, waltz lessons, food from Kirei cafe, a dance contest hosted by Nikoel of SenshiGomi cosplay and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

A Midsummer Night's Wings

Summer Wings, A Festival of Flight

Bilingual, guided walks to learn about native animals. Watch a hummingbird capture, banding and release, an insect capture, indentification and release and learn about nature journaling.
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The Wailers
Saranga U Nara

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

Wailing Through Downtown with a Groove

Downtown Summerfest

Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

Glowing Recommendation

Glow Swim

Rangers give presentations about water safety and how to properly use a lifejacket. All swimmers are required to wear a USCG approved lifejacket.
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Today's Events

Enjoy a night of activities and giveaways leading up to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

6th Annual Frida Fiesta at Patio Market in Old Town

Art Fight 21: Summer Block Party at Tractor Brewing Wells Park

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