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The Daily Word in the incredible story of the Cleveland hostages, pink dolphins and hairy visors

Reported cases of HIV infection are on the increase on the Navajo Reservation.

Colorado pot legalization involves some new taxes that may not have the support of pro-marijuana groups.

KOAT reports a rash of bike thefts downtown.

Are some of our contemporary English words identical to words from a 15,000 year old "proto-Eurasiatic" Ice Age language?

Kidnapped in Cleveland, hostages for ten years and an instant-classic TV interview.

The United States finally came out and accused China of cyber-espionage.

The pink dolphins of Hong Kong are dying.

I bet Bill Richardson could get Led Zeppelin back together.

The ABBA museum in Stockholm is now open!

This article explains the origins the conservative Islamist movement in Bangladesh.

There's only enough room in this world for one manufacturer of "visors with simulated hair," AKA hairy-hats.

On this day in 1980, Yugoslavian dictator Josip Tito was buried.

V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011
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News Bite

Burque’s Game Plan

Rather than spending Chavez-style on one or two big-ticket items, why not spread that money into myriad projects that connect in an integrated way? That's the idea behind Berry's "ABQ the Plan.”

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V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011

News Bite

First, a Roof

Mayor Richard Berry says homelessness is one of the most difficult challenges he's come across during his time in City Hall. "There are issues you look at as a mayor and you can say, OK. Here's a problem. Here's a linear solution." But homelessness, with its many dimensions and causes, is another story.

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Berry talks Burque, recycling and the arena

About three quarters of the way through Thursday's State of the City address, Mayor Richard Berry laid out his intentions for the proposed arena project. "I simply have not gotten to the point where I can look the taxpayers of Albuquerque in the eye and tell them that now is the right time to spend $300 million on a Downtown event center and headquarter hotel," Berry said. He went on to refer to the convention center market as "an industry ... in decline," and said that he was not willing to increase taxes to make it happen.

But Berry stopped short of ruling the possibility out. He mentioned the use of city-owned property and a renovation of the existing convention center as potential solves. "We can talk about incentivizing the private sector to finance a headquarters hotel," he added.

The mayor also addressed privatizing city recycling, to some degree. He began with the bold, sweeping promise that, "The way we recycle will forever be changed in Albuquerque by this time next year." He said it's unacceptable for the city to recycle only 6 percent of its total waste. He proposed a "public-private partnership" that would create a regional processing plant but didn't get any more specific.

Much of the speech was dedicated to addressing how Berry and his staff had achieved transparency and financial efficiency in hard times. He said they saved $25 million in 2010 largely by "trimming the fat," or cutting back in unnecessary administrative positions. All this was done while receiving an A+ review from the Sunshine Review, a national transparency rating company.

Other notable figures Berry mentioned for the last year include a 19 percent decrease in property crime, $10 million toward affordable housing, a record 11 million bus riders on public transit and 25 percent fewer cats euthanized by city shelters.

Planned projects for the next year include expanded bus routes in busy areas, building two fire stations, solar energy use at the airport and an east side spay-neuter clinic.

The mayor ended his speech in the same spirit of resiliency and collaboration he purveyed throughout: "We have weathered some tough roads this past year, and need to be vigilant as we move forward—but together we can look toward a bright future."

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The government wants you to tell it how to save money. No really.

How many times have you said, “I can’t believe the city wastes money on ... “? Or “I can’t believe they spent taxpayer dollars on [blank] while [blank] goes to the dogs”?

Today, Mayor Richard Berry will announce his latest effort to save the city some cash. Through an online form, you can report abuse, fraud and waste. You can also offer tips on how you think the city can spend our dough more wisely.

V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010

Council Watch

Mind on Its Money, Money on Its Mind

Coming off a monthlong break, the Council slid back into taking care of business at the Monday, Aug. 2 meeting.

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V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010

Newscity

Wrong Side of the Law

Will the city’s agreement with ICE impact immigrant victims of domestic violence?

The city's agreement allowing immigration agents into the Prisoner Transport Center Downtown may have unintended consequences for victims of domestic violence, advocates say.

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V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010

Gessing Again

The Downtown “Arena”

Berry should know better

Like a bad penny, the idea of expanding the Convention Center keeps coming back. Mayor Richard Berry says he's neutral on the concept, but at least seven city councilors seem hell-bent on acquiring land at the First Baptist Church site to build the $400 million project. The Council voted on June 21 to urge the Berry administration to share the site with APS, despite the fact that no vote has been taken on the so-called arena project.

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V.18 No.50 | 12/10/2009

Council Watch

The New Boss

A fresh City Council got down to business Monday, Dec. 7, with Councilors Dan Lewis and Michael Cook on board. Lewis replaces Westsider Michael Cadigan, and Cook takes Sally Mayer’s Northeast Heights seat. Mayor Richard Berry briefly addressed the Council, welcoming the freshman councilors to the table, introducing members of his staff, and pitching harmony and a clean start.

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V.18 No.43 | 10/22/2009

Ortiz y Pino

We Were Mugged!

Why Richard Berry won the mayor’s seat

The morning after the municipal elections, as I was removing droopy “Romero for Mayor” signs from my front lawn while a steady drizzle soaked my jacket into a leaden metaphor for my soggy spirit, I got a cell phone call from a friend (actually, now a former friend) who was calling just to berate me.

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Tonight! A Mayoral Debate!

The questions will be good. Yesterday, we gathered round a conference room table—we members of independent and public media—and put our collective brainpower into thinking about the city, its direction and its citizens. This won't be politics as usual.

You can show up to make sure that it isn't. I'll be collecting questions from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. I'll pick a couple of the best ones and pose them to the candidates during the broadcast.

If you can't make it down in person, listen tonight at 7 p.m. to KUNM 89.9. Or you can catch it Friday at 7 p.m. on KNME Channel 5.

Even better, see a live-stream of the event here at alibi.com and live-blog with us. (You should also be able to catch it and join the fray from any of the media partners' sites).

Don't forget about the debate afterparty at Blackbird Buvette (509 Central). Down a Civic Duty (seriously, that's our drink special), listen to some jams by Jessica Cassyle Carr and friends, and discuss the city.

ALL OF THIS IS FREE.

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