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 V.19 No.40 | October 7 - 13, 2010 
Is There a Silver Bullet?

Newscity

Is There a Silver Bullet?

A look at officer-involved shootings and police training in comparable cities

Darren White stood before the City Council alongside Police Chief Ray Schultz. The director of public safety was trying to give context as to why Albuquerque officers have shot at or killed 11 members of the public this year, nearly twice the city’s average since 2004.

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Council Watch

Floating Along

While there may have been lots of hot air in our skies, there was not much inside City Hall on Monday, Oct. 4. It was a quick-and-easy Council meeting with a sparse crowd. First, councilors picked over the agenda and postponed a number of items. Then they approved a large package of police department grant applications and the sale of about $135 million in general obligation bonds. They also made some committee appointments. Not much debate was stirred by these issues.

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Courtesy of Stephen Sawicki

Guest Editorial

Confessions of a UNM Parking Attendant

It was a little irrational, I admit. But ever since last summer, when I got the job as a parking attendant for the University of New Mexico's special-events staff, I had taken to scouring the newspaper's sports section after every home game. Be it football or women's basketball, I was fully expecting to see mention of how my colleagues and I acquitted ourselves the night before.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Brazil—Political critics who are trying to prevent an actual clown from running for office are calling for the candidate to pass a simple literacy test. Francisco Silva—better known as Tiririca, which means “Grumpy” in Portuguese—is running in October’s general election in an attempt to represent Sao Paulo in Congress. Incredibly, the TV comedian in the multicolored hat is ahead in the most recent polls thanks to slogans like, “It can’t be any worse than it is now!” Opponents say he is unqualified, since the country’s constitution states members of congress must be literate. According to Sao Paulo’s Metro daily, critics have filed a lawsuit demanding that Tiririca be forced to take a literacy test. Época magazine recently reported claims by people who have worked with the clown/politician that he is illiterate. A video on the publication’s website shows a reporter asking Silva to read questions from an election poll. The candidate appears unable to do so, and has a campaign aide read them for him.

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Letters

Joe Biden's visit to Albuquerque last Thursday that caused citywide gridlock for about 90 minutes at rush hour had to be detrimental to Denish's campaign. If I wasn't scared to hell of Martinez it would have cost them my vote. How many poor pendejos like myself were rushing from job No. 1 to job No. 2 and couldn't get there in time because the whole city was paralyzed? I'm just thankful that my boss was cool when I started a half-hour late. And it was all so Denish and Biden could have their $1,500-a-plate fundraiser. Didn't the Democratic party used to be the party of the poor and the working class? Most New Mexico Democrats are lucky if they can dine out once or twice a month and spend five or six dollars on a plate these days. A little more awareness and a little more planning for this event would have been nice.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Twinkle, Twinkle, Albuquerque Stars

Twinkle Light Parade

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

Watch runners complete a 5K or walk a 1K in a Santa costume.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

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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Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush, 2005
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Dec 4)

Armed with Knowledge

Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration

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

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

Stroll along the enchanting luminaria-lit Atrisco Acequia under the stars.
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Tomorrow's Events

Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration at African American Performing Arts Center

Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush, 2005
Public Domain

Learn more about the life and ideals of the South African patriot and president who changed the world.

Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue Meet and Greet at PetCo

River of Lights at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

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