Alibi V.17 No.15 • April 10-16, 2008 
Nathan Brody of Biciaccion fixes Eric Hurley’s bike while Xin Xin Wang looks on. Biciaccion offers free maintenance by the Duck Pond on the last Wednesday and following Sunday of every month.

Newscity

An Ailing System

Health Care for urban Native Americans hits a crisis point. A unified group forms to seek a cure.

Part I

Greg Pohuma woke from receiving a kidney transplant in 2005 and discovered a problem. Though he had been told the medications ensuring his body wouldn't reject his new kidneys would be paid for by Indian Health Services, he found IHS wouldn't be able to cover the cost, he says. "The day I was getting out, they told me they weren't going to give it to me, because I wasn't from one of the area tribes here closer to Albuquerque. I was denied the transplant drugs for my kidney, which would have meant that I would have to go back on dialysis or lose the kidney."

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Answer Me This

Mayor Martin Chavez hears some exciting news. What's happening with UNM tuition? Who made sure a reckless driver stopped wreaking havoc on the road? And what should movie patrons at Century Rio 24 be wary of?

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Thin Line

FOIA Evaders Lose

Good on District Court Judge Robert Brack for ruling that the National Nuclear Security Administration in Albuquerque has to respond in a timely matter to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

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Nathan Brody of Biciaccion fixes Eric Hurley’s bike while Xin Xin Wang looks on. Biciaccion offers free maintenance by the Duck Pond on the last Wednesday and following Sunday of every month.
Marisa Demarco

News Feature

Changing Gears

Cyclists rally in Burque. Can the city offer safety and support?

Rolled-up pant legs, durable water bottles hanging from backpacks and faint grease stains around the fingernails distinguish a group of cycling enthusiasts. These road warriors also often have a few scrapes to prove a commitment to cycling.

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Ortiz y Pino

The Sane Rev. Wright

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency seems to have weathered the controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons. A hailstorm of criticism from right-wing media pundits followed the release of videotapes of Obama’s pastor preaching from his pulpit in Chicago.

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Eric J. Garcia

The Radford Files

Logic 101

Mayor Chavez vs. Sex Offenders

I give a dozen or so talks each year to college students and the public. I discuss critical thinking, logical fallacies, misleading arguments and more than a few cases of simple stupidity. Sometimes coming up with new material is difficult; there are plenty of classic examples of logical fallacies, but the most interesting ones are real-world cases, not moldy stuff like "If all men are mortal and Socrates was a man …"

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Russia--Several members of an apocalyptic Russian cult, who have been sequestered inside a cave waiting for the destruction of the planet, were forced to abandon their doomsday-proof shelter after it started to collapse around them. Followers of Pyotr Kuznetsov, an engineer-turned-prophet, have been holed up underground in the Penza region of western Russia since November. Last week, several sect members were persuaded to leave their man-made bunker after melting snow caused part of the roof to cave in. Police and Orthodox clergymen had been trying to communicate with followers of Kuznetsov’s True Russian Orthodox Church through a chimney but were chased away last month with rifle shots. The church has apparently been waiting for a rain of brimstone to destroy the earth in May. But many of the church members were beginning to have second thoughts as temperatures climbed above zero with the onset of spring. “The sect members realized their lives could have been in danger if they remained underground during the spring thaw,” a regional spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph. Although 21 of Kuznetsov’s disciples have now left the cave, a determined core of 14 still remains.

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Letters

[ Re: Letters, “Toking and Driving”] In reference to the letter by A.M. in the April 3-9 issue concerning legalization of marijuana: I feel that I can give A.M. a few pointers when it comes to trying to convince Americans to do anything about anything.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 26)

This One's a Keeper

Harry Potter Night

See the Albuquerque Isotopes go against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Fans dress up as their favorite witches or wizards and explore Hogwarts.
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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 (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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