Alibi V.13 No.50 • Dec 9-15, 2004 

Newscity

Faith-based Initiative

Bush administration suspends Santa Fe church's tea ritual

From the moment Drug Enforcement Agency officials confiscated 30 gallons of hoasca tea from Jeffrey Bronfman's Santa Fe office on May 21, 1999, folks practicing the religious beliefs of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal (UDV) have been missing a key ingredient of their faith.

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Thin Line

Dude, where's my congresswoman? The Republicans in Congress, at least those in control of the House of Representatives, no longer care about ethics or good government. What they care about is power. That, we know for sure, following the disgraceful Republican Conference meeting last month where GOP congressmen revised ethics rules so that Tom DeLay, the Republican majority leader, could continue at his post while being investigated for corruption in his home state of Texas. The Republicans said poor Tom was just the victim of a partisan attack and had done nothing wrong and therefore shouldn't lose his post for a little ol' Grand Jury indictment.

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News Feature

Justice Denied

Mothers step up campaign to solve Juarez murders while coverup continues

Like other mothers, Patricia Cervantes has heard promises sung like empty lyrics by a chorus of presidents, governors and law enforcement authorities working in northern Mexico. Their reassuring words vow to end impunity and find justice for their murdered daughters.

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Ortiz y Pino

Mayor's Race Is a Whole New Ballgame

Money taints our once fair and balanced election process

For a poor state, New Mexico sure seems to have a lot of elections, don't we?

I mean maybe we ought to figure out some way to turn our year-round, practically continuous, voting efforts into economic opportunity. Could we charge admission, sell the film, television or naming rights or perhaps even make book on them ... you know, pari-mutuel betting on the outcome, with odds set by experienced touts and the proceeds at least paying for the recounting costs. Or would that take all the fun out?

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Commentary

Why I Left the Local TV News Business

After three and a half years of employment, I recently resigned as the Floor Director of one of our local television news programs.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Indonesia—Public works officials on Sumatra Island are worried that a local bridge may collapse because too many people are taking a leak on it. According to the Jakarta Post, the Ampera Bridge, a landmark of Palembang City, the capital of South Sumatra province, has begun to lean at an angle and now rocks slightly when traffic is heavy. “We are concerned that one of its main support piers has been weakened by urine, as it is a popular spot for locals to relieve themselves,” Azmi Lakoni, an official from the public works department, told the Post. Lakoni added that the corrosive properties of human whiz could eventually contribute to the steel bridge's complete collapse. Cargo vehicles weighing more than one ton are now being diverted from the bridge.

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Letters

[RE: "Is Big Bad Bill Sweet Willie Now?," Tim McGivern, Nov. 25-Dec. 1] I agree—it will be interesting to see whether or not Gov. Bill Richardson will be able to get most of this legislative agenda passed in 2005. But of greater interest to many Democrats around the country who are looking for a fresh face in 2008 is Richardson's potential as a presidential candidate.

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EVENT HORIZON ()

It's Gonna be Lit

New Mexico Hempfest

Presentations from industry leaders, as well as exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services. Vendors are licensed producers, dispensaries, nutrient companies, medical clinics, health and wellness providers and more.
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Sun vs. Moon

Solar Eclipse Party

Storytime and crafts surrounding the solar eclipse.
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Goooood Morning, Albuquerque

North Valley Coalition Mayoral Forum

A mayoral forum to focus on both Valley issues and citywide issues. Moderated by Weekly Alibi news editor, August March.
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Elizabeth Leggett

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Back to the Future

Bubonicon 49

Over 50 authors, artists, filmmakers and more celebrate all genres under the theme of time travelling. Convention proceeds benefit UNMU's library and the Roadrunner Food Bank.
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All Too Short a Date

Westside Summerfest

Savor delicious food from food trucks, shop from local artisans and grab a drink from the microbrew garden. Legendary artist Chubby Checker performs live.
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