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On Location

How Wise Wolfe turned Albuquerque into Pittsburgh

By Ben Ikenson

Last year, a television and film location scout found himself in Albuquerque with a mission that could justifiably be considered a location scout’s worst nightmare—to make places here look like scenes from, of all places, Pittsburgh, Penn. The towns are as distant aesthetically as they are geographically.

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News Feature

A Man is a City is a Man

Burque makes a name for himself

By Marisa Demarco

It's hard to characterize Albuquerque. Some days, the politicians and headlines depict a city ready to modernize, courting businesses and industry found in real cities. But there's the rub. If Burque were a man, he'd have a pretty big little-dude complex.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a HEART

Answers on the city’s new animal ordinance

By Christie Chisholm

The laws of living with pets changed for Albuquerqueans on Oct. 10 of last year, the day the city’s HEART ordinance went into effect. Yet the real deadline for the legislation is still a few days away, on April 10, when the six-month grace period for the new rules will expire. The legislation—which stands for Humane and Ethical Animal Rules and Treatment—requires a number of actions from pet owners within Albuquerque city limits: They must have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered or else buy annual “intact permits” for their pets that allow them to go unscathed; owners must have their pets microchipped or tattooed; and if their pets are going to have babies, owners will have to purchase litter permits from the city, set with a six-month expiration date.

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Thin Line

By John Bear

Free Dumb of Speech--Move over, Fox News. Make way, Barbara Walters. There’s an even more despicable faux journalist out there.

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Jessica Cassyle Carr

Commentary

The Artlessness of Competitive Conversation

Oppressive talkers might consider shutting up every now and then

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Imagine this: You're surrounded by people you barely know. The conversation turns to a subject to which you can contribute. You're a shy person, and mustering the courage to speak around unfamiliar people involves a considerable amount of anxiety. There's a break in the banter, you finally begin to speak, but in the midst of what you're saying some dolt interrupts you, keeps talking and makes no amends for the discourtesy he or she has created. You feel humiliated and annoyed.1

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Ortiz y Pino

The Road to Ethics Reform

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

Democrats are salivating over the prospect of watching Congresswoman Heather Wilson and the previously unassailable U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici struggle during their upcoming re-election campaigns.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Gaza Strip--A woman who guards described as “strangely fat” was stopped and searched at the Gaza-Egypt border crossing last Thursday. Alerted by the woman’s unusual shape, a female border guard at the Rafah terminal searched the woman and found three crocodiles strapped to her waist. The animals, each about 20 inches in length, were concealed beneath a loose robe. Though it did not ultimately involve terrorism, the incident sparked a panic at the crossing. “The policewoman screamed and ran out of the room, and then women began screaming and panicking when they heard,” said Maria Telleria, a spokesperson for the European observers who run the crossing station. Still, “everybody was admiring a woman who is able to tie crocodiles to her body.” The animals, which were eventually returned to the Egyptian side of the border, were most likely intended for sale to Gaza’s small zoo or to private collectors.

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Letters

Regarding your cover story on the local geology of Albuquerque [Feature, “Naturally Disastrous,” March 29-April 4], Fred Lawrence does seem to have reasonable knowledge of the subject. However, there is no Professor Fred Lawrence in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at UNM Albuquerque, nor is there anyone of that name listed in the main directory. I also checked all other UNM campus directories and could find no reference to any Fred Lawrence anywhere, much less in geology.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 2)

Christmas Rocks

Mother Nature's Luminarias

By Renée Chavez
An interactive black light adventure in the brightly colored world of fluorescent minerals.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 2)

The Other Rio Grande

River of Lights

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Twinkle, Twinkle, Albuquerque Stars

Twinkle Light Parade

By Desiree Garcia
Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Run, Santa, Run

Santa Shuffle and Elf Scoot

By Joshua Lee
Watch runners complete a 5K or walk a 1K in a Santa costume.
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Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush, 2005
Public Domain

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Dec 4)

Armed with Knowledge

Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration

By August March
Learn more about the life and ideals of the South African patriot and president who changed the world.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Dec 7)

Second Star to the Right

Stargazing Night

By Megan Reneau
Peer through telescopes at the dark winter sky. Learn about stars, constellations and other night sky objects with astronomers from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society.
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Camerafiend

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Starlight in a Paper Bag

Eleventh Annual South Valley Acequia of Lights

By Renée Chavez
Stroll along the enchanting luminaria-lit Atrisco Acequia under the stars.
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