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 Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2009 
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NEWS/OPINION
Could the death penalty get the ax in New Mexico? And Councilor Michael Cadigan spars with the mayor's right-hand men over the city's red-light cameras.
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Find out what the Legislature's grinding out.
MUSIC
Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham admits he's scared about being a father and a hardcore punker hell-bent on hurting himself. And Two Tongues' self-titled release combines the talents of emo all-star outfits Saves the Day and Say Anything. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for the TV playlist.
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Listen to "I'm The Slime," 13 TV-related tracks.
FOOD
The Alibi takes TV dinners to task and separates the inedible crap from the edible crap. And add some color to your Super Bowl party with watermelon radish bites.
FILM & TV
The animated import Fear(s) of the Dark runs though a gamut of common phobias, including insects, needles, dogs and fire. Meanwhile, after languishing on studio shelves for more than a year, Inkheart brings Cornelia Funke’s beloved juvenile fantasy series to the big screen. And discover the perils of cheering for the underdog in our Super Bowl preview.
ARTS/LIT
Pulling Strings: The Marionettes and Art of Gustave Baumann offers a glimpse into New Mexico’s past through the work of an old European art form. Plus, The Nation: Guide to the Nation provides a list of places where like-minded progressives can eat, drink and be Commies. Plus, we want to hear your creative ideas for disposing of your old TV sets.

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sports

Lobo Men's Soccer Back to the College Cup?

Looking to improve on last year's impressive season

Lobos in a pre-season game against the Air Force Academy
Lobos in a pre-season game against the Air Force Academy

As August fades into September, universities around the nation are finally getting back for the new term. The University of New Mexico is no different. With a new school year comes a chance for another team to shine. At UNM, lately, that's been the soccer team, and hopes are high that this year will be no different.

The UNM men's soccer team begins the year with a pre-season ranking of #13 in the nation. Obviously expectations are high, and those hopes and dreams will be tested almost immediately as the Lobos gear up to take on the Akron Zips today (Friday, Aug. 29) in their regular season opener. Ranked fourth in the nation in the same poll, the Zips won a national championship in 2010 and made it to the second round of last year's NCAA tournament. With only two seniors on their squad and the early high ranking, this is a team to worry about now as well as later.

The Lobos, though, possess plenty strengths of their own. Notably, three on the team are ranked in the top 100 men's college soccer players in the nation and twoBen McKendry and Kevin Correaare only juniors. James Rogers, ranked #70, leads a roster that's crawling with seniorssix in total.

The men's soccer team returns seven starters and, for those with short memories, advanced to the semi-finals in last year's College Cup. UNM lost to eventual champion Notre Dame, but will obviously be looking to improve upon that record this year.

The schedule for the Lobos shows the home games in red, and it's a great idea to note that Lobo Pride Passes are still available. These passes grant admission to every regular season soccer game, as well as all regular season volleyball, track and field, softball and baseball home games and cost a mere 50 bucks.

Alibi Picks

Ride the Thunder

There's no greater compliment this writer can bestow on Nik Turner's Hawkwind than describing latest single “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” as reminiscent of the psychedelic-punk sound of Chrome and the ongoing work of main man Helios Creed. When Turner's current Hawkwind incarnation played Low Spirits earlier this year, they kicked out the jams with impressive consistency, complete with visuals, writhing, gyrating and go-go dancing. Nik Turner's Hawkwind doesn't just perform standards in the “greatest hits” style so many bands past their prime tend toward; instead, they offer new material that equals the classics in intensity and weirdness.

The extensive Mighty Thunder Rider tour also features heavy sets by self-described Krautrock/prog rock group Hederslebenalso Nik Turner's backing band, featuring excellent guitar work by U.K. Subs' Nicky Garrattand Witch Mountain, “top-tier purveyors of American doom.” Also on the bill for this Launchpad (618 Central SW) show tomorrow night are Albuquerque's finest stoner rock outfit Black Maria, who are recording a new album slated for release in the near future; look forward to fresh material from these giants among men. As for the concert, don't worry if the volume makes your ears bleed: That's the way all these bands roll. Doors are at 8pm, and $12 gets you in. Launchpad • Sat Aug 30 • 9pm • $12 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

news

The Daily Word in "Longmire" cancellation, kids with guns and affirmative consent

The Daily Word

Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death last year for fatally shooting 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, has asked to be made a citizen of the Islamic State.

California passes an “affirmative consent” bill to address the problem of rape on campuses.

A police officer in Atlanta was arrested for allegedly killing a woman he met online and then burning her body.

Soaring rents prove problematic for people living in urban areas, as that's where everyone wants to be.

The Washington Post on young children and guns.

Albuquerque authorities are investigating a robbery at a Dairy Queen, during which an employee shot and killed the suspected robber.

So, not only did they still a car, but they left a bag of caca and a gun?

A judge will decide today whether to grant the $350,000 buyout for former APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

Longmire,” formerly shot in Garson Studios in Santa Fe, has been canceled. Now fans wonder whether another network will pick it up for a fourth season.

A couple guys found out why those rocks in Death Valley move.

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