Weekly Alibi
 Feb 17 - 23, 2005 
African-American Day at the State Legislature
New Mexico history comes alive as the state Legislature celebrates African-American Day. Stacey Adams and Gwyneth Doland travel to the capital for this picture-perfect occasion.
NEWS/OPINION
Commentary
While City Councilor Sally Mayer worries about prairie dogs, her Northeast Heights district looks like a giant going-out-of-business sale.
Thin Line
An allegedly gay, homophobic journalist-impersonator gets access to the White House so he can "mainstream" propaganda during a presidential press conference. Confused? Welcome to George W. Bush's America.
MUSIC
Blue Note
Natalie MacMaster is staking an impressive claim on stages worldwide as both a master fiddler and step dancer. Don't miss her this Sunday night at the KiMo Theatre.
FOOD
Restaurant Review: Big John's BBQ


A no-pork policy doesn't keep Big John's BBQ from going whole hog.

FILM & TV
Constantine
Thank goodness for low expectations, because Constantine ends up being an enjoyable, occasionally visionary supernatural film noir.
ARTS/LIT
Storyteller Profile
Brenda Hollingsworth-Pickett shares her gift of gab with Arts and Literature Editor Steven Robert Allen.

RSSRaw posts and updates from our writers with info too timely or uncategorizable for print. What, we said something stupid? Chime in, buddy.
news

The Daily Word in airstrike plans, Alison Krauss' imposter and a hearse parade

The Daily Word

The White House kicks off it's “It's On Us” campaign to address sexual assault on campuses.

The American Freedom Defence Initiative has placed anti-Islamic ads on a hundred NYC buses and two subway entrances this week.

Deputies in North Florida are baffled after 51-year-old Donald Spirit killed seven of his family members, then turned the gun on himself.

Alabama District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller is being pressured to resign after being accused of assaulting his wife.

After Congress gave the “OK” for a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, the Pentagon is waiting for President Obama to approve their airstrike list.

A New Mexican woman is in trouble for violating probation after impersonating bluegrass star Alison Krauss and conning an elderly man in Arkansas out of his life savings, his house and his cars.

After two New Mexico counties went to the Supreme Court to put two nonbinding questions about marijuana and taxes on the November election ballads, Secretary of State Dianna Duran went to the federal court to intervene. But they said they won't referee this issue.

Jesus Arredondo Soto has been convicted of killing a woman and her 1-year-old son in 2010. He faces up to two life sentences, plus more than 70 years in prison.

According to a statewide ABQ Journal poll, 50 percent of New Mexico voters opposed marijuana legalization, while 44 percent were in favor.

You ever see a parade of hearses? No? Head to Michigan this weekend.

news

The Daily Word in poverty, beisbol and cannabis

The Daily Word

More nuevomexicanos live in poverty this year compared to last. And we're still the second-most impoverished state in the nation.

The Grey Lady covers the National Police Shooting Championships and surrounding protest.

The Isotopes struck a four-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.

Scope our inaugural Cannabis Issue in print or online for editorials on politics and policy and arts and economics, a N.M. MMJ primer, a cannabis timeline, a compilation of weed quotes and more.

James Gandolfini would have turned 53 years old today. We sure do miss you, boss.

Alibi Picks

Going Over the Edge for New Mexico Special Olympics

Courtesy of Over the Edge New Mexico

Having recently discovered firsthand how important a part Special Olympics plays in the lives of many intellectually disabled New Mexicans, I take great pleasure in drawing Alibi readers' attention to one of Special Olympics New Mexico's more interesting events. The culmination of months of fundraising by individuals and businesses, tomorrow is the day both Special Olympics athletes and coaches, partners and financial supporters are rewarded for their hard workby climbing over the edge of the New Mexico Bank and Trust building (320 Gold SW) in Downtown Albuquerque and rappelling 16 stories down the west side.

While admitting that it is an exhilarating experience, one of last year's participants stresses that it is just plain unnatural-feeling (and frightening) to climb over the side of a 16-story building. I can tell you it is pretty entertaining to watch and an unusual sight in Downtown Albuquerque, almost as if Philippe Petit has come to town. The donations raised go toward a host of things including sports equipment, medals, health screenings and travel expenses. Participants start going over the edge of the building at 9am and can be watched best from anywhere along Fourth Street between Gold and Silver. Event is free. New Mexico Bank and Trust • Fri Sep 19 • 9am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar

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