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V.20 No.37 | 9/15/2011
“Thank you for not giving me a ticket, Deputy. As you can see, my car also works for the Sheriff’s Department.”

Film Review

Higher Ground

Occasionally (but not always) “well balanced” is a synonym for “flat”

Increasingly arresting actress Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Up in the Air) strikes out in a bold new direction, directing and starring in her first indie feature. The disarmingly intelligent spiritual drama Higher Ground is based on Carolyn S. Briggs’ memoir This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost, about the author’s born-again life in an independent, evangelical Christian church. The film approaches Christianity from a very different viewpoint—neither pandering to the converted (as most religious films do) nor demonizing the religion (as many Hollywood films are apt to do).

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V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
Lola Brandon, a cashier, waits to greet customers at the biblical, soul food café.
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Noah’s Ark Café

Kingdom come hungry

A great flood didn’t carry Edward and Iolanda Johnson from New Orleans to Albuquerque in 2005, but Katrina had something to do with it. That journey would be a logical reason to call their restaurant Noah’s Ark Café, which serves a range of New Orleans specialties—but Edward says that’s not why they picked the name. Perhaps it’s a nod to the biblical boat’s function, stewarding the DNA of the animal kingdom to safe passage. But in the case of Noah’s namesake café, it’s the secrets of Cajun, Creole and New Orleans soul food that are guarded. Closely.

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News

The Daily Word 04.22.10: Gathering of Nations, South Park, Quakes of Immodesty

The first Earth Day was 40 years ago today.

Should New Mexico give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants?

She was sentenced to nine years after dragging an elderly man with her car, but she's out after little more than a year.

The APS solution: Bigger classes.

Gathering of Nations starts today. (Red Earth will reunite.)

Mom's mystery infection.

Lawyer: He shot his 100-pound pregnant girlfriend in self-defense.

The Havasupai in Arizona won a fight with a university over the misuse of their DNA.

Obama tells Congress to regulate Wall Street's bullshit.

Sarah Palin's Christian nation.

WellPoint used a computer algorithm to target breast cancer patients and cancel their health insurance with allegations of fraud.

Earthquakes happen because women aren't modest enough, says a prayer leader in Tehran.

"South Park" self-censors an ep about the Prophet Muhammed after warnings show up on a radical Islamic group's website.

Kate Gosselin creeped some people out. (She's famous just so we can hate her, no?)

That is one patriotic (racist) pickup.

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