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 Dec 30 - Jan 5, 2005 

Newscity

Waiting for Reform

City Animal Services Division draws ire of animal rights activist

By Christie Chisholm

It all started six years ago, when one day Marcy Britton found a 6-week-old stray kitten in a gutter. Concerned for the animal's safety, the animal rights activist decided to take the kitten to the Albuquerque Animal Services shelter, where she hoped it would eventually be adopted. Yet, when Britton delivered the kitten, she witnessed an event that not only shocked and disturbed her, but would also come to change her life.

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Thin Line

Earning Your Mistrust

By Tim McGivern

If you watch KRQE News 13, you've seen the promos featuring anchors Dick Knipfing and Erika Ruiz promising to earn your trust with "balanced coverage."

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Payne's World

Fare Thee Well, 2004!

All in all, it was a pretty good year

By Greg Payne

Of course some will disagree—Bush was re-elected, the war in Iraq continues to simmer, federal spending actually makes inebriated sailors look tight-fisted and the last episode of “Friends” aired. But, given all the craziness in the world today, 2004 could have been worse—and, remember, things could always get worse (imagine Boy George and Culture Club reuniting).

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Council Watch

NIMBY Night

By Laura Sanchez

The Dec. 20 council meeting was called to order by new Council President Brad Winter, chosen along with Vice President Miguel Gomez in a special session on Dec. 15.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O'Leary

Dateline: Michigan—Santa's got a brand new bag! A 40-year-old Detroit man who visited a middle school in Highland Park was left with a citation after being busted for misdemeanor marijuana possession. A Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy who works at the school found the small baggie of marijuana while searching for identification in a coat left in a school restroom. The unidentified man had left the coat in the men's restroom after changing into his Santa suit. The man denied the pot was his, but now faces a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. His wife, who was at the school to take pictures of Santa with the students, apparently didn't know about the weed in her husband's coat. “She was not happy,” Lt. Paul Jones said. “It's going to be a long ride back to the North Pole.”

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Ortiz y Pino

The Real Attack on Family Values

Forget gay marriage, it's about health, child care and a living wage

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

Driving north from Deming last week the NPR station faded out somewhere between Hatch and T or C, so I hit the scan button on the car radio and was immediately transported into some weird other dimension, an alternative reality I can only begin to describe. It was scary. It was Christian Life Radio.

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Letters

"What a sad state progressives are in" starts the guest editorial by Eli Lee ["Brothers in Arms," Dec 23-29]. Truer words were never spoken from one who has done much to contribute to the sad state of affairs. Lest one miss the obvious target in this contribution, clearly Eli Lee has moved on from just attacking the Green Party; moved on from getting City Council candidates to withdraw; moved on for bigger fish to fry. Now, apparently Councilor Miguel Gomez is not voting as a member of a bloc, as Mr. Lee would desire. For this, he apparently has to endure Mr. Lee's rebuke.

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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, May 3)

The Kind of Hero We Need

Assistance Dogs of the West's 21st Annual Graduation Ceremony

By Megan Reneau
Dogs graduate to take on new roles within the judicial system, veterans’ groups, the FBI, and help individuals with disabilities. Hosted by Ali McGraw.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 6)

Con-con-con-con COOOON

Sabaku Con

By Devin O'Leary
An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Hey Bob, Try a Kebab

Albuquerque Turkish Festival

By Renee Chavez
Samples of Turkish-Mediterranean Cuisine, cultural exhibits, folk dances, live music, children's area, arts & crafts and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Oh, wow-o!

Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival

By Taylor Grabowsky
Over 35 local artists, music by Alpha Blue and Mariachi Amor Eternal, and Wild Fiesta Apron Contest hosted by Cherie and Pamela Montoya.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Say “Chubby Bunny” Five Times Fast

Rabbit Adoption Event

By Renee Chavez
The New Mexico House Rabbit Society is adopting out rabbits seeking their forever homes. Free nail trims for those who bring their pet rabbits.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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