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V.20 No.45 |

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The Daily Word in Penn State riots, UC Berkeley beatdown and the 90-foot-wave surver

In the news: Local credit unions, Navajos, N.M. rattlers, Perry, machine gun, 90-foot wave, ghost bike, trailer park, Marilyn Monroe, Caviar lipstick, clubs, Penn State students riot, West Africa, Ex-banker, "downer" animals, gold, The Leila texts

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V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010

Fashion

Track Marks: Make Yourself At Home

No, really, it’s totally cool

Because I like to allow my mind to wander into a world where I live in something that resembles an old movie scene, reality is often harsh when I come into contact with it. As in, when I’m forced to interact with strangers. Sometimes not even interact, just be near them.

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V.18 No.50 | 12/10/2009
Vicious Creature, The Vanity Makeup Studio
Eric Williams

Feature

Downtown

Off Central between First and Sixth Streets

Microwave

Microwave owner Ray Chavez has skateboarding in his blood.

His grandparents opened the South Valley's Concrete Wave in 1988 (it's still there). Ray, whose feet were already glued to a deck, started working the counter when he was 9 or 10 year old. "Back then, there wasn't a lot of shops. There was the mall, and that stuff was overpriced," he says. "That's why this is the Microwave. It's the little one."

Chavez' three-year-old satellite store is, in fact, very small. But it's filled with all the right gear. "Even if we had the room, I wouldn't carry anyone besides the brands we do. They're good people with quality products. And quality products is probably the main thing in skateboardingthat's what we look for." Chavez’ is one of only a few stores in town to carry SBsNike's chunky, colorful, tricked-out skateboard shoe line that's sought after by "sneaker head" collectors and straight-up skaters alike ("pro" boat-style shoes run around $70, high tops jog up to $200). And since he was the first SB account in Albuquerque, he gets hooked up with a constantly changing selection of special and limited edition shoes.

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Zap ... oh!
Eric Williams

Feature

Nob Hill

Off Central between Carlisle and Wellesley

Zap ... oh!

Though celebrity kids may have upped the fashion ante, this children's boutique is anything but hoity-toity. Fun and affordable, Zap ... oh! has what salesperson John Besante calls "a different perspective in children's clothing." All of the staff are bonafide kid experts eager to help you find the perfect piece for your favorite tiny humans. Our favorites include alien overalls, tutus and the Pee-pee Teepeeif you've met an infant boy, you get it.

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