Alibi V.17 No.10 • March 6-12, 2008 
New York Times   sports columnist William Rhoden

Talking Points

A Call to Arms

African-American sports stars may net fame and cash, but how much power do they hold?

William Rhoden's inflammatorily titled book 40 Million Dollar Slaves isn't as confrontational as its name. It's an exploration of sports history and an appeal to African-American unity more than an angry protest against exploitation. New York Times columnist Rhoden draws parallels between plantation slavery and the power structure in professional sports, where the athletes are disproportionately African-American and the owners are typically white men. Last week, Rhoden was the keynote speaker at UNM's Black Cultural Conference. Before hopping on a plane to the Duke City, he talked with the Alibi about how he got the idea for the book and what it will inspire in its readers.

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Answer Me This

What caused the fire at the Golden West? How many Whole Foods does Burque have? Who gets Journal profits? What did jokers do to anger Albuquerque police?

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Thin Line

“Predator" Gets Caught

After years of putting suspected pedophiles on the hot seat, the people behind the “ Dateline” segment " To Catch a Predator" now find themselves in a tough spot.

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Virginia Burris
Jim Scarantino

News Feature

Habitat Gardening

First steps into a new land

The dead zone out our back door is gone. It took five men, two jackhammers and a hydraulic breaker to remove tons of concrete patios, sidewalks and a swimming pool installed a generation ago. Our Northeast Heights house had been landscaped with concrete. All those hard, flat surfaces meant no trouble and no maintenance. It also meant no natural life outside our doors.

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Ortiz y Pino

Nuclear Hair of the Dog

New Mexico’s elected leaders have begun to sound ominously like the drunk asking for just a little “hair of the dog” to get him through the roughest hours of the day: those when the sun is shining.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Romania--Cops have closed their investigation of a vandalism case that left local houses in ruins by concluding ghosts were to blame. Families living in the town of Lilieci reported broken windows, bicycles flying through the air, objects moving on tables and candles blown out when there was no wind. At first, police scoffed at a supernatural source for the damage, but a police spokesperson concluded, “There were bottles and things flying around. I did not know what to dodge first. We can find nothing to suggest it was anything other than what the people claim.” A priest has been called in to exorcise the homes in question.

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Letters

[Re: News Feature, “Keeping the Faith—In Science,” Feb. 14-20] Both Simon McCormack and New Mexicans for Science and Reasoning’s evangelists seem to be somewhat confused about a lot of things. First, NMSR has not “infuriated” creationists--at least not the one writing this letter. With respect to their vapid attacks on Creation Science, I consider NMSR to be a bunch of censors. If the organization and its members were not so effective at playing the censor, NMSR would be a mere entertaining sideshow.

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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, May 31)

Nothing to See Here

UFOs at UNM: A Skeptical Believer Presents His Research

David Marler talks about how he uses UNMs collections and other resources to research UFO phenomena, including the mass sighting in Farmington in March 1950 and the “Battle of Los Angeles” in 1942.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 1)

Rock and Roll on Outta Here

Fifth Rockabilly On The Route

Performances from over 27 bands, a classic car and bike show, pin-up contest, a parade, beard and mustache competition, tiki pool party, tattoo contest, swing dance classes, Mr. Man competition and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 3)

Volleyball Tastes Better With Mud

The 23rd Annual Mudd Volleyball Tournament

Recreational volleyball fundraiser tournament for the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. Teams can include up to 12 players.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 3)

Peace, Y'all

Shampooch: Old Skool Dog Wash

Dogs receive a hand bath with shampoo and conditioner, brushing and towel drying to raise money for Fat Katz foster care program.
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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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