Alibi V.18 No.1 • Jan 1-7, 2009 

News Commentary

Best and Worst of 2008

A year in hyperdrive

So much unfolded on the world's stage in 2008 that the happenings of our city and state shrink in comparison.

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Ortiz y Pino

How About a Break, Bill?

At first, it all seemed to come together beautifully, a near-miracle of synchronicity: President-elect Obama picked Bill Richardson for a cabinet post in the new administration. When our governor agreed to become the next U.S. secretary of commerce, we all assumed he’d quickly leave the governor’s position two years before the end of his term, just as a new year, a new Legislature and a new budget crisis would all turn up in Santa Fe, ready to confront a new governor.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Saudi Arabia—An 8-year-old girl who was married off by her father to a 58-year-old man has been told by a Saudi court she’s too young to get a divorce. Lawyer Abdu Jtili said the divorce petition was filed by the unnamed girl’s divorced mother in August after the marriage contract was signed by her father and the groom. The judge dismissed the plea because the mother did not have the right to file. He recommended the girl refile the petition herself once she reaches puberty. Relatives of the girl said the marriage had not been consummated and that the girl was still living with her mother. The case was handled by a court in Qasim province, north of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Mr. Jtili told the AFP news agency that he would appeal the judge’s decision.

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Letters

I had a different take on Daoust's letter [Re: “No Love (for the Don),” Dec. 4-10] that I wasn't surprised A. Valery [Letters, “Normies vs. Nuts,” Dec. 18-24] misunderstood. I think the point was Don is nuts, but that's OK. It's the fact that he writes letters that appear to chastise the rest of the world for not living the way he does. The Alibi extorts his oddness for circulation purposes only. Daoust didn't say anything about conformity. I took his statements to mean that if you want to be un-normal, fine, but don't flaunt your lifestyle as the model others should follow. Live and let live, but don't act as though you're the only one that has life all figured out. It looks like The Don and A. Valery have much in common.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Like a Phoenix

Annual Plant Sale

Browse various plants at reasonable prices. Proceeds support the educational efforts of the council of the Albuquerque Garden Center.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Apr 30)

Olly Olly Oxen Free

Epic Hide and Seek

A park-wide game of hide and seek, camouflage, deer and wolf and other outdoor games.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, May 4)

Allies Unite!

Town Hall on Immigration

Discuss policies and the realities of immigration in N.M. and learn about opportunities to volunteer to support immigrant families.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 5)

The Big Five-Five

Cinco de Mayo

Performances from Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana and Mariachi Buenaventura with a presentation on the history of Cinco de May celebrations by Teresa Carpy from Consulado de Mexico en Albuquerque.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 7)

Travel Well and Arrive

New MeXpo

Over 50 destination booths, indoor and outdoor activities, live entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 13)

Youth of the Nation

Youth Engagement

Kids identify their skills while learning about themselves, how to approach different activities with an economic mindset and find hobbies that are inherently valuable.
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