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 V.17 No.51 | December 18 - 24, 2008 
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Next Stop: Santa Fe

When you step off the Rail Runner at the Santa Fe Railyard, what awaits at the end of the line?

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The Northbound Train

A portion of the track under the Rail Runner's wheels was built by Burlington Northern more than 100 years ago.

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Answer Me This

Which prominent New Mexican may have been blackmailed? How are criminals coming up with extra holiday dough? Winrock Mall is set to make a big improvement. What makes our state attractive to identity thieves?

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From the   Alibi’s   March 27, 2003 cover: Protesters met police in riot gear in the UNM area on the day the United States entered Iraq.
Singeli Agnew

Civil Rights

Protester Loses Civil Rights Fight

Dr. John Fogarty was sure his case was cut and dry.

But after two hours of deliberation on Friday, Dec. 12, the jury pulled the plug on his years-long case against Albuquerque police and the city. The verdict was not in Fogarty's favor.

On March 20, 2003, the day the United States and three other countries invaded Iraq, several hundred citizens demonstrated near the University of New Mexico. "The mood of the crowd was almost festive," Fogarty says. "People were playing music. People were singing and chanting."

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The Radford Files

Senator Pete's Miracle Cure: A Closer Look

Longtime Senator Pete Domenici announced his retirement in October 2007 under the worst of circumstances. He wasn't retiring because of some political scandal; instead, it was something far more tragic. He announced his diagnosis of a fatal brain disease called frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: China—A Chinese woman who had not cut her hair in 10 years called police to report that her lengthy locks had been purloined. Xiao Hong, 30, of Siping told the Beijing Evening Post someone cut off her 4-foot braid as she walked out of a shopping mall. “People were squeezing together out the door, and when I stepped out I felt I lost something,” she explained to the newspaper. “I subconsciously touched my hair, but it was gone.” In the past, Xiao said she had been offered the equivalent of $500 for her hair, but refused to sell it.

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Rarely do we at the Rio Grande Foundation agree with Jerry Ortiz y Pino, but I agree with much of what he says in his recent article on New Mexico’s broken education system and the prospect for a 1 percent statewide gross receipts tax hike [ “Re-Reform,” Dec. 11-17]. Basically, although Ortiz y Pino ponders (misguidedly in my opinion) the possibility of increasing the income tax, he ultimately concludes that real reforms are necessary before we spend any more money.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Get Learnt


Influential women share their expertise on topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

A Grin that Glows

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest

Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Mars in a Handbasket

Generation Beyond: Mars Experience Bus

Kids experience travelling to Mars in a virtual reality bus, taking a tour along the surface of the Red Planet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Trick or Treat for the World

UNICEF Costume Party and Fundraiser

Trick-or-treat in costume, enjoy snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun while raising money for refugee children across the world.
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Tomorrow's Events

Baile Cuban Salsa Casino del Rueda Dance Classes at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Beginning and intermediate dancers learn footwork, partner skills and choreography. No experience necessary.

Monthly Meeting of the Mind (and Brain) at North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center

Zumba Toning at Sabrina's Z CREW Fitness

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