Jul 6 - 12, 2006 

Newscity

Ghost of the Blue Spruce

Can the razing of an Albuquerque landmark lead to the redevelopment of a neighborhood?

By John Bear

The Blue Spruce Lounge was an Albuquerque landmark, its name synonymous with fun.

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News Bite

From Pavement to Paradise?

The mayor’s proposal for a new park Downtown would make Downtown greener ... but at what cost?

By Simon McCormack

Mayor Martin Chavez has proposed a plan to build a new park Downtown between Third and Fourth Street and Roma and Marquette on a site that is currently used as a parking lot.

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Newscity

On Both Sides of the Street

The days of free Downtown parking are over

By Amy Dalness

The changes came suddenly. White notices atop the familiar one-hour parking signs gave Downtown parkers and patrons insight into what was to come. Letters were passed out to local businesses alerting them of the change: No more free parking Downtown along Central.

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Bartender Sterling hangs out with Nicole (left) and Dylan at a local bar, which could be affected by the proposed liquor law changes.
Wes Naman

News Feature

Strong Medicine

A call for a tougher Liquor Control Act has business owners up in arms

By Marisa Demarco

It's a significant figure: 1,410. That's how many dispenser liquor licenses there are in New Mexico. None have been added since 1981.

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The Real Side

John Dendahl, Suicide Bomber

By Jim Scarantino

There stood John Dendahl, in front of television cameras, making his martyrdom video before he blows himself up.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: The Philippines--Six police officers may lose their jobs for pawning their pistols in the cash-strapped southern Philippines. German Doria, police chief of the central region of Mindano Island, said Wednesday the incidents of government-issue guns being pawned came to light after the National Bureau of Investigation raided shops selling stolen goods in the town of Tupi. Six police handguns were recovered in the raid. “How can police officers carry out their missions if they don’t have guns?” asked Doria. Severely underfunded and poorly paid Philippine security forces have been battling Muslim and communist insurgents for nearly 40 years. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has promised to release 30 percent of a proposed 1 billion peso ($18.7 million) budget increase this month to help defeat Maoist-led rebels.

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Letters

The readers write.

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