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 V.16 No.46 | November 15 - 21, 2007 
Aaron Lewis (left) and John Baxter settle down for a game at the Frontier.
Tabatha Roybal

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Endgame

Albuquerque’s hidden chess scene

As I listen to 13-year-old Ian Jones rattle off phrases like "dynamic attack," "releasing the tension" and a "fully formed endgame," I become less and less confident in his previous assertion that chess "isn't just for super geniuses."

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News Bite

"E" For Effort?

New health care report card shows New Mexico is far from making the grade

When it comes to the health of New Mexicans, it's hardly a level playing field.

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Answer Me This

Why is the mayor studying red-light cameras? Who's jumped in the Senate race (that could give said mayor a run for his money)? Why is Downtown suddenly a war zone? What new privilege have we given the city's public school police?

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A carnival sideshow banner advertising a chupacabra at the 2005 Erie County Fair.
Benjamin Radford

The Radford Files

Chupacabras of the Southwest

In July 2007, a rancher in the small Texas town of Cuero captured a strange creature that had been attacking her livestock. She claimed the blue, hairless animal had been lurking around her ranch for years, and when it was hit by a car, she suggested she had finally captured a chupacabra, the vampiric goat-sucking monster of lore. Tissue samples were sent to biologists at Texas State University for DNA analysis, and while the rancher waited for the results she sold thousands of "2007: Summer of the Chupacabra" T-shirts and caps.

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Asshat of the Week

"I am not seeing the reduction in accidents that justify the headache and the controversy."

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The Real Side

Green Cowboy Hats

Ranchers step up to protect federal lands

On the environment front, good news arrives from an unexpected quarter.

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Ortiz y Pino

Immigration? Who Cares?

Why it may not be such a big issue after all

When KKOB and ABC radio announced Albuquerque would be the site for a national town hall on one of the hottest of hot button issues, the “immigration crisis,” I groaned.

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Council Watch

Polishing the Jewels

While councilors lit no bonfires to mark their Nov. 5 Guy Fawkes Day meeting, they protected the crown jewels and added another one to the treasure chest.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: The Netherlands--Residents of chilly Terschelling island, 70 miles north of Amsterdam, are getting their recommended daily allowance of potassium thanks to the tons of unripe bananas that have washed up on a half-mile stretch of beach. The fruit fell off a Cuban cargo ship that encountered stormy weather last week. Authorities estimate that six containers were washed off the ship and at least one burst open. Local beachcombers checked out the tropical bounty but weren’t as excited as they were one year ago when tennis shoes, aluminum briefcases and toys washed ashore. Old-timers also remember a nice load of sweaters that was swept onto the beach 20 years ago.

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Letters

[RE: Newscity, “Scraping By,” Nov. 1-7] Well, I guess we know now that homelessness is not brain science. People are homeless because there is a lack of housing: 3,000 homeless (many think around 5,000) and a total of just more than 300 total beds available.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 6)

Con-con-con-con COOOON

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Nature, Man

Herbfest 2016

Herbs, wildflowers, native plants and arts and crafts for sale, guided bird and nature walks, live music, crafts for kids, a raffle and refreshments.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Hey Bob, Try a Kebab

Albuquerque Turkish Festival

Sample Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine, cultural exhibits, folk dances, live music, arts and crafts and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Oh, wow-o!

Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival

Featuring over 35 local artists, music by Alpha Blue and Mariachi Amor Eternal, and Wild Fiesta Apron Contest hosted by Cherie and Pamela Montoya.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Say 'Chubby Bunny' Five Times Fast

Rabbit Adoption Event

The New Mexico House Rabbit Society is adopting out rabbits seeking their forever homes. Free nail trims for those who bring their pet rabbits.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 13)

Kids These Days

The First Annual ABQ STEM Fiesta

Science, technology, engineering and math activities for all ages.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

What's New Pussycat?

Feline Fiesta Cat Show

Purebred cats and kittens compete for Best of Show. On-site adoptions and shopping also part of the fun. The proceeds benefit feline rescue groups.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

Bee There, Honey

Bee Walk and Native Bee House Tour

Learn about all the native bees and the urgent issues of habitat loss, lack of nutritional resources, and pesticide use with the resulting environmental and human impact with Dr. Olivia Carril.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 15)

Feline Fiesta Cat Show

Purebred cats and kittens compete for Best of Show. On-site adoptions and shopping also part of the fun. The proceeds benefit feline rescue groups.
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