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Leader of the Pack
A new director helms Albuquerque’s animal shelters
By Christie Chisholm
Albuquerque’s new mayor, Richard Berry, walked into his 11th-floor office for the first time on Dec. 1. But that Tuesday wasn’t just Berry’s first day on the job. It was also Day 1 for all of his city appointments, including Barbara Bruin, the head of the city’s two animal shelters.
By Carolyn Carlson
Don’t Say “Light Rail”
City Councilors zipped through the city’s Monday, Dec. 21 business, bringing the last meeting of 2009 to a close in less than two hours.
Ortiz y Pino
Carbon Tax Trumps Cap and Trade
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
I am amazed that the concept of “cap and trade” as a way to slow global warming has any traction in Congress.
Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O’Leary
Dateline: Germany—Two Germans ended up in the hospital after a supermarket battle involving cold cuts. The fight took place in the western city of Aachen when a 74-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman tried to take possession of the same shopping cart. As the elderly man wrestled the cart from the hands of his rival, the woman’s 24-year-old brother stepped forward and decked him with a punch. The brother and sister, along with their 53-year-old mother, took their four-wheeled spoils of war into the store. But the defeated pensioner followed them to the deli counter where he snatched up a tube of salami and started clubbing the younger man. Thinking fast, the 24-year-old’s mother grabbed a sharp, 4-pound wedge of Parmesan and used it to fend off the meaty blows of the salami. At some point during the food fight, the 53-year-old woman was knocked over, hitting her head on the deli’s glass countertop. Police eventually arrived to break up the melee. Two of those involved were treated in at a local hospital for minor injuries. According to London’s Daily Telegraph, the trolley was undamaged.
Last week our Congress passed the 2010 Appropriations bill, which takes some important steps in the right direction for New Mexicans. We applaud the bill’s elimination of ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage funding; instead, the bill funds medically accurate, evidence-based comprehensive sex education. It seems that Congress is catching up with what we at Planned Parenthood have known all along—that a comprehensive approach to sex education is the most effective way to reduce unintended pregnancies in women of all ages.
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