Alibi V.18 No.17 • April 23-29, 2009 
Rep. James Roger Madalena in the courtyard of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Answer Me This

What do police say was the weapon of choice in a robbery? Why are meth labs on the rise? What sparked a violent confrontation? And who visited New Mexico last weekend?

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Rep. James Roger Madalena in the courtyard of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
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News Profile

An Olive Branch

Native Americans capitalize on Obama’s promises to protect sacred sites

Laurie Weahkee speaks with groups large and small that are fighting to protect areas sacred to their people. Those fights, she says, are being lost.

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Ziad Abbas

News Profile

Life in the West Bank

Palestinian journalist Ziad Abbas shines light on an American blind spot

In 1948, 750,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes. Ziad Abbas' mother was one of them. "My mom, she closed the house with a key, and took the key with her," she says. "She thought she would come back to the house in a few days."

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Council Watch

It’s Always About the Green

Councilors weeded their way through what at first glance looked like a packed 4/20 agenda. They deferred some items, added others and approved in one swoop a consent agenda full of committee appointments, reports and grant applications. Then the Council got some work done. Sort of.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Russia—An immigrant from Azerbaijan living in the northern city of Saint Petersburg has been charged with hiring hit men to kill his 21-year-old daughter for wearing a miniskirt. The man’s arrest last week follows the detention of two other men from Azerbaijan—a majority Muslim, ex-Soviet state in the Caucasus—who confessed to murdering the girl. “They admitted to being paid 100,000 rubles [$3,000] by the girl’s father. They said he wanted to punish his daughter for flouting national traditions and wearing a miniskirt,” a police source told reporters at Agence France-Presse. The girl, a university medical student, was abducted on the street on March 8, taken to the outskirts of Saint Petersburg and shot twice in the head.

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Letters

Our body is the only material thing we each possess from birth to death. I aim to take better care of my body than any other material possession! No other material possession can give me more pleasure or more misery.

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City Boss Fight 2009

And Then There Were ... Eight?

The struggle for the city’s top job looks like it will narrow down to a three-way bout between Democrats Mayor Martin Chavez and former state Sen. Richard Romero and Republican businessman Rep. Richard Berry. The candidates have until April 28 to submit more than 6,500 ballot petition signatures in order to qualify. These camps say they have more than enough.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, May 4)

Allies Unite!

Town Hall on Immigration

Discuss policies and the realities of immigration in N.M. and learn about opportunities to volunteer to support immigrant families.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 5)

The Big Five-Five

Cinco de Mayo

Performances from Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana and Mariachi Buenaventura with a presentation on the history of Cinco de May celebrations by Teresa Carpy from Consulado de Mexico en Albuquerque.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 7)

Travel Well and Arrive

New MeXpo

Over 50 destination booths, indoor and outdoor activities, live entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 13)

Youth of the Nation

Youth Engagement

Kids identify their skills while learning about themselves, how to approach different activities with an economic mindset and find hobbies that are inherently valuable.
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