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The Alibi’s Greatest Hits

Every year, we round up articles and submit them to contests. Sorting through back issues and submitting articles can become a hectic affair of scissors, glue sticks, newspaper shreds, envelopes, sharpies, etc. Still, it’s the only time we reflect on our work as a whole.

Contests have categories and requirements. A lot of our best work last year didn’t fit in those boxes (man).

Here is but a small sampling of blue-ribbon (in my heart, anyway) 2009 features. Some of them may have been entered. It’s hard to remember after all the glue-stick huffing.

Bruised, Bloody and Bushy-Tailed: The diary of a wannabe stuntwoman (Amy Dalness)

Beware His Sting: An interview with a real-life superhero (Marisa Demarco)

Juárez: Bleeeding but still breathing (Maren Tarro)

Exonerated: A developmentally delayed man files suit against the system that put him behind bars for three years (Marisa Demarco)

Pearls Before Swine: Strong City stands by its spiritual leader and waits for deliverance—at the hands of God or the legal system (Maren Tarro)

What’s a Feminist Like You Doing in a Place Like This?: Judy Chicago’s Belen vs. The Hometown I Narrowly Escaped (Erin Adair-Hodges)

The Weatherman and Me: Mark Rudd—Political organizer, ex-federal fugitive, my pseudo stepdad (Simon McCormack)

Mixed Martial Albuquerque: Jackson’s MMA gym makes Albuquerque an unlikely stronghold for elite cage fighting (Ari LeVaux)

Blue Reporter in a Red State: A journalist burns out and breaks down in Small Town, USA (John Bear)