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 V.18 No.34 | August 20 - 26, 2009 
One of the kennels at the Westside shelter
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

News Feature

Living Like Animals

A walk through the city's shelters

More than 10 years ago the city's animal shelters were declared inhumane and abusive. It started in 1998, when a woman named Marcy Britton discovered practices that led her to file a lawsuit against the city (using her entire life savings in the process—a sum totaling more than $95,000). The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was called in, and the organization released a report in 2000.

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The storage silos at American Cement’s transfer station sit in a North Valley neighborhood.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Neverending Stories

Air Conditioning

American Cement's permit will likely be approved, but public input could keep the company on a tighter leash

Hours of heated debate probably won't stop a North Valley cement company from operating 24 hours a day and escalating pollution.

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From a 2008 Duke City Derby game at the Taos Youth and Family Center.
Elisa Baker

Derby Wars

House Hunting

Prospects dim for finding an indoor Albuquerque venue this year, but the league remains resilient

When asked whether he feels confident Duke City Derby will find a venue, John Morningstar takes a several-second pause before answering.

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Answer Me This

Which company announced it will be doling out layoffs? Why did a mom say she was shoplifting? What did a 6-year-old girl want for her birthday? Why is a man facing 18 felony counts?

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Ortiz y Pino

Wrong Side of the Law

When I was younger I didn’t have such a tough time obeying the law, but lately, in my mature years, it seems I’m hanging out more and more with a pretty hardened bunch of criminals. At least, to hear the city and state tell it, a whole raft of my friends and relatives have stamped themselves as notorious scofflaws ... myself included.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Nigeria—A stuttering man who says he can’t find a girlfriend has announced plans to marry his pillow instead. Okeke Ikechuku, a 26-year-old laborer from Lagos, told Nairobi’s Daily Metro that his stammer makes it difficult for him to speak to girls, who laugh at him whenever he talks. Nonetheless, Ikechuku admits that he has needs and wants a companion to sleep with. Ikechuku says he has been sleeping with his pillow since he was 16 and has fallen in love with it. Unlike a woman, he adds, the pillow will cost him little or nothing to maintain. According to the article, he plans to spend the rest of his life with it.

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Letters

[Re: Feature, "Who's Got Their Straws in Albuquerque?" Aug. 6-12] In the desert of Albuquerque, where money and water are not plentiful and schools are among the poorest in the country, Double Eagle Elementary School in the Far Northeast Heights recently ripped apart its very large, very green, grassy field to put in brand-new sod for the third time in less than a year. 

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 30)

Get With the Times

Albuquerque Renaissance Faire

Food, music, demonstrations, arts and activities all recreated from the Middle Ages.
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Allen Russell Photography

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 30)

Pow-WOW!

Gathering of Nations

Competitive performances, food, music and art at the largest pow-wow in North America.
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via assistancedogsofthewest.org

EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, May 3)

The Kind of Hero We Need

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

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

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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via morguefile

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Hey Bob, Try a Kebab

Albuquerque Turkish Festival

Samples of Turkish-Mediterranean Cuisine, cultural exhibits, folk dances, live music, children's area, arts & crafts and more.
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via compfight

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Oh, wow-o!

Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival

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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via morguefile

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Say “Chubby Bunny” Five Times Fast

Rabbit Adoption Event

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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Today's Events

Dia de los Ninos Storytelling at Erna Fergusson Library

Bilingual storyteller Liz Mangual reads stories aloud. Children receive a free book.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop: Internet Resources at Main Library

The History of Figs in New Mexico at Special Collections Library

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