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 V.19 No.33 | August 19 - 25, 2010 
That’s How They Roll

Derby Wars

That’s How They Roll

Ho-Bots and DoomsDames triumph in DCD doubleheader

When 14-year-old Marlo McCarter first saw a derby skater on TV this summer, she was so stoked that she started begging her mom and grandma to take her to see some live bouts.

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Janine Corinne and Robert Quintana at Santa Fe Pride in late June.
Shelley Mann-Lev

News Feature

A Rainbow Over Taos

One activist dreamed of bringing gay pride to his town. In spite of his death, the festival must go on.

Friends and colleagues describe Robert Quintana as a master organizer with a talent for inspiring people. "He wanted to make everything bigger, better and more fun and more delightful," says friend Janie Corinne. She worked alongside Quintana for months to bring about the city’s first ever gay pride festival.

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Thin Line

Digital Justice

Google's been known as a fierce advocate for net neutrality. But the web giant, along with Verizon, is suggesting a model critics say threatens Internet freedom. "What they're trying to set up is a public, slower-running Internet and a private, faster-running Internet," says Andrea Quijada, executive director of the New Mexico Media Literacy Project.

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Council Bite

City Breaks for Builders

There was both finger-pointing and back-patting at the Monday, Aug. 16 City Council meeting.

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Betty Sprocket

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Paseo de las Montañas

Jeez, you guys, I’m runnin’ out of trails. For this, my penultimate week on the bike path beat, I had to search the map and my soul to find one I haven’t already written about. I couldn't remember ever having been on Paseo de las Montañas, and I couldn't exactly figure out why. The map showed it intersecting Tramway just south of Candelaria, a stretch of road I've traversed too many times to count. How could it be that I'd repeatedly ridden past an inviting bike-only turnoff without ever even noticing it? The answer is that there is no inviting bike-only turnoff. I made a couple of increasingly bewildered circuits on Tramway's western shoulder before giving up and hauling my bike through the grass until I found the trail.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Turkey—An overly enthusiastic bridegroom who decided to mark his wedding with a little celebratory gunfire ended up riddling the wedding party with bullets and killing three of his own relatives. The unnamed groom was attempting to shoot bullets into the air with an AK-47 at a ceremony in Akcagoze, in southeastern Gaziantep province. Unfortunately, the man struck his own father and two of his aunts, all of whom later died in the hospital. Eight other wedding guests, including children, were struck by the gunfire as well. The groom was arrested by local police. Turkish police have tried, in recent years, to crack down on the traditional custom of wedding gunfire by imposing harsher penalties.

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Responses to Last Week’s “Rainbow Warrior” Arts Feature

Readers had a lot to say about last week’s arts feature: an interview with a person claiming responsibility for the controversial rainbows dripping down the sides of buildings around Albuquerque. Behold the vivd commentary.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 9)

Ready. Aim. Fire! Squash?

20th Annual Punkin' Chunkin'

Punkin' Chunkin' is the traditional sport of hurling a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance and accuracy. Witness the power of pneumatic air cannons, catapults and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 10)

History's Overlooked Spaces

Outhouses: Underrated Icons of New Mexico History

Learn about how outhouses were introduced to New Mexico, their essential role in communities across the state and their continued presence as historical artifacts.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Blow the Kids' Minds

Playground Build Day

Lend a hand to build a playground in just one day with local non-profit NewLife Homes. Food, drinks and music will be provided for registered participants.
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Tomorrow's Events

Learn about how outhouses were introduced to New Mexico, their essential role in communities across the state and their continued presence as historical artifacts.

Farm Volunteer Day at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Community Organizing as Empowerment, Advocacy and Action at UNM Art Museum

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