Alibi V.18 No.29 • July 16-22, 2009 
"They did a couple tests on me, and I waited five hours,” says Froozan Parwana. "They didn't do much to me. I was dehydrated. The bill was like $345."

Answer Me This

What kind of power plant is coming to the state? Who can't count? Don't take this pretty weed home. You'll never work for Whataburger again!

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"They did a couple tests on me, and I waited five hours,” says Froozan Parwana. "They didn't do much to me. I was dehydrated. The bill was like $345."
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News Feature

Health Care on Life Support

New Mexicans tell us what reform looks like

Froozan Parwana is one of more than 400,000 New Mexicans without health insurance.

Her trip to the emergency room last summer was a harsh introduction to what awaits patients without medical coverage. Parwana's bladder was pressing against her appendix, causing her white blood cell count to surge. After a few tests and a five-hour stint in the waiting room, doctors told Parwana she wouldn't need surgery unless her condition got worse. The visit cost more than $300. The hospital bill forced Parwana to take fewer classes last fall at CNM, where she studies engineering. "There is always that risk of something serious happening," Parwana says.

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Gene Grant

Filmy Residue

Scanning the room Sunday night at the 48 Hour Film Project party, I flashed back to a conversation I had about the contest with someone close to the now dormant Duke City Shootout (DCS), the original Big Dog of run-and-gun filmmaking contests, which started in 1999.

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City Boss Fight 2009

Mr./Ms. Future Mayor

What's your stance on sex, drugs and the music we call "rock"?

Mayor Martin Chavez is seeking his fourth (and third-consecutive) term, he announced Sunday, July 12.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Poland—According to England’s The Sun newspaper, a Polish woman has filed a lawsuit against an Egyptian hotel claiming that her teenage daughter got mysteriously pregnant after using the facility’s swimming pool. Magdalena Kwiatkowska claims her 13-year-old daughter became inseminated thanks to a stray sperm swimming around the hotel’s mixed-sex pool. The teen allegedly returned from a vacation in Egypt pregnant, and Kwiatkowska says her daughter certainly did not meet or fraternize with any boys while in Egypt. Tourist authorities in Warsaw confirmed the complaint. The knocked-up teen’s mother is seeking unspecified compensation from the hotel.

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Letters

One of your managing editors, Laura Marich [sic], in referring to Michael Jackson’s death [Music to Your Ears, “The Man in the Mirror,” July 2-8], has the unbelievable balls to write that “I was relieved to hear he’s died ..." [sic]? Are there any other early deaths that might make your daily trials easier, Laura? Insensitive, rude, uncouth, the list goes on. I may not always like the Alibi’s editorial stance and writing, but would I be glad if any of you died? God, no! Live long and prosper, and keep writing rude, shitty, disrespectful pieces! Get a grip. A famous person died an early death, don’t go on record saying that you are “relieved ... ” So bogus. So rude. So shallow. So embarrassing.

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Go Ahead, Test Me!

Free and Confidential HIV Testing

Get tested and wait for the results.
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Blunt Facts

New Mexico Cannabis Expo

Open to vendors from all over N.M. and Colorado as a B2B platform, a great source for card holders and is also open to attendees curious about medical cannabis.
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Starting the Wild Rumpus

Where the Wild Things Are Story Time and Painting for Kids

Let loose your little ones into a terribly roar-roaring, teeth-gnashing, eye-rolling frenzy of art-making at Art! Attack’s Where the Wild Things Are Story Time and Painting Event on Saturday, March 23 at 9:30am. Children up to 12 begin their Saturday morning adventure with a telling of the Maurice Sendak classic Where the Wild Things Are before painting their own little top shelf-only dishwasher safe ceramic monster with speckled or solid colored paints. Tickets are $16 per child. For more information and reservations, visit artattack.com or call 298-3275.
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