Alibi V.18 No.16 • April 16-22, 2009 
The Ho-Bots practice on the Wells Park basketball court in preparation for the 2009 season. From left: Rosie the Ho-Bot, Botulism, Bebe Bot, Brutalitaur and Punchkin Pie.

Answer Me This

Soon you may be prescribed cannabis for what condition? How did a Bernalillo official spend citizens' cash? Court records say this guy ducked his DWI trial by ... . And who is commending the state for doing away with capital punishment?

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The Ho-Bots practice on the Wells Park basketball court in preparation for the 2009 season. From left: Rosie the Ho-Bot, Botulism, Bebe Bot, Brutalitaur and Punchkin Pie.
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Derby Wars

Y’all Ready for This?

Rivalries and roster shakeups foreshadow a dramatic season

“Hit harder!” The Vixenator demands as her fellow Ho-Bots circle her at the Wells Park Community Center basketball court. “Don’t rely on your elbows. Rely on your shoulders and your legs.”

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Rep. Danice Picraux’s new law asks New Mexico schools to reveal data about their compliance with Title IX.
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News Profile

Keeping Score on Title IX

One legislator drives New Mexico to size up gender equity in school sports

Rep. Danice Picraux remembers playing basketball for her high school in New York City. "We wore funny-looking gym outfits," Picraux says. "We didn't even have uniforms."

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Thin Line

The Burrito Vendor: An Editor's Nightmare

In the Alibi's April 2-8 issue, I ran a story called "The Burrito Vendor" by Isaiah Montoya that contained some bad information.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Michigan—Detroit police bravely waded into a public park and broke up a pillow fight last weekend. The impromptu pillow fight was scheduled to take place at Campus Martius Park on Saturday, April 4, and was one of at least 50 slated across the world. World Pillow Fight Day was organized through the website pillowfightday.com and a number of online social networking sites. Despite the seemingly innocuous nature of the event, police swarmed the park and shut down the event. “I am furious,” 23-year-old Elida Quesada of Ferndale told the Detroit News. “[A pillow fight] is so silly and childlike. It would have been fun. It seems like everything that is fun is illegal.” Officers in blue jumpsuits were reportedly polite to the would-be participants but were firm about confiscating any and all pillows. One officer told a unarmed fighter that 5,000 of the fluffy headrests had been seized by the 4 p.m. start planned for the event. Michael Davis, 32, of Hamtramck told the Detroit News, “They took my pillows but let me keep my cases. They told me I needed a permit. I can understand.” Scott Harris, a 48-year-old Ferndale resident whose pillow was taken by officers, was not as understanding. “It is not illegal to own a pillow,” he was quoted as saying. Detroit Police spokesperson James Tate would not tell reporters how police learned of the event in advance but said there were numerous Internet postings. Tate said the unsanctioned event posed a “cleanup issue” and there were concerns about people getting hit who did not wish to participate.

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Letters

More than ever, New Mexico, as well as the rest of the country, needs to make a transition into a clean energy economy to address the threats of global warming and to help repair our flailing economy. Now we have that opportunity. President Obama’s budget lays out a framework for action not only to address global warming but also to stimulate our economy. President Obama’s budget will strengthen our national security by reducing our dependence on oil, helping to revitalize our economy with good, green jobs and protecting future generations in New Mexico from having to deal with the damage that previous generations have imposed on our planet. Science tells us that if we do not act soon then it will be too late. I, personally, would like to thank Rep. Martin Heinrich for supporting President Obama’s budget in the House of Representatives, as well as Sen. Udall for supporting the president’s budget in the Senate. I hope that they continue to make global warming and clean energy a priority.

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Gay Out West

The Gay West: From Drug Store Cowboys to Rodeo Queens

Kate Alexander Ph.D., gives a talk on the masculine ideal represented by the American cowboy and its interpretation and articulates the social and geographical spaces of the gay American West.
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Hoof Dreams

2019 Hoof Health Conference

The wait is over! The Hoof Trimmers Association is stampeding through town this weekend for what will most likely end up being three solid days of absolute debauchery at the 2019 Hoof Health Conference. The infamous band of scoundrels are gathering at the Crown Plaza to view chute and trimming demonstrations, shop vendor booths and meet with like-minded, hoof-obsessed enthusiasts—for three days. Yes. Starting at 1pm on Thursday, Feb. 21 and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 23, those rowdy rascals are trading hoof secrets and discussing hoof health with basically no oversight, meaning pretty much anything can happen … like maybe a comedic ventriloquist amongst a 40 and under mixer and other tomfoolery. Tickets for active members of the association, dairy producers and veterinarians cost $175. For casual observers, tickets cost $310.
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Less Shark Tank, More School of Fish

Techstars Start-Up Weekend

Participants create working startups during the event and collaborate with like-minded individuals. Teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive feedback from entrepreneurs.
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No Peace, No Justice!

Black Lives Matter March

The state we live in is historically a melting pot of culture and beauty. During February, Black History Month, we observe all facets of African-American culture: history, progress, the victories, the continuation of repression, the love. What better time than Saturday, Feb. 23 for the annual Black Lives Matter March? Stand tall and raise a fist to fight alongside the brothers and sisters of the community. The march starts at 5pm at Century 14 Downtown and goes loud and proud into the night, ending at 10:30pm. Stand against police brutality. Stand against inequality. Stand for peace. Stand for justice. Affirm the existence of black bodies in a world that consistently tells them they aren't human. Stand for humanity.
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