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 V.14 No.26 | June 30 - July 6, 2005 

Newscity

Still Tired of Waiting

Animal activists grow impatient with city over shelter evaluations

It's our anniversary. No, I'm not talking about the Tricentennial. I'm talking about a much quieter and unnoticed passage of time. It's been five years since the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) came to our city to evaluate the Albuquerque Animal Care Center (formerly known as the Albuquerque Animal Services Division) and found widespread instances of animal cruelty at both of the city's animal shelters. After that visit, evaluators laid forth a hefty set of recommendations and since then the city has continually promised to bring them back for a reevaluation. Five years later, they still haven't returned, and local animal rights activists say that conditions at the shelters haven't improved much, despite political promises to the contrary.

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Thin Line

Hauntingly Familiar

Published in 1949, George Orwell's novel 1984 follows the life of Winston Smith, who lives in London, a city in the country of Oceania, and works for his government's Ministry of Truth. A sense of twisted harmony exists in this fictional world. The other national offices in Oceania are Ministry of Peace (concerned with war), Ministry of Love (concerned with law and order), and the Ministry of Plenty (department of economic affairs).

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Council Watch

Melt Down

At the June 20 meeting, city councilors braced for a session running into early morning, but a Democratic walkout cleared the chamber before 10:45 p.m.

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Ortiz y Pino

Sherlock Holmes and the APD Evidence Room Caper

"I've brought you all together," the famous British detective said, glancing meaningfully around Mayor Marty Chavez's conference room, "because I believe I've come to the end of my, ahem, investigation into the missing evidence."

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The Real Side

The Joys of Wolf Music

Hearings provide great free entertainment

Wolves can be such fun. Nothing brings people together like wolves. Just announce a wolf hearing in the village of Reserve, and stand back.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Romania—A young nun has died after being bound to a cross, gagged and left alone for three days in a cold room by several other nuns and a priest at her convent. Police say members of the convent in Northeastern Romania claim Maricica Irina Cornici was possessed by evil spirits and that the crucifixion had been part of an exorcism ritual. According to the BBC News, the 23-year-old nun was denied food and water throughout her ordeal, had been tied and chained to the cross and had a towel shoved in her mouth. A postmortem is to be carried out, although initial reports say that Cornici died from asphyxiation. A priest and four nuns have been charged with imprisonment leading to death. The priest, Father Daniel, is accused of orchestrating the crime, but remained unrepentant in the local media. “I don't understand why journalists are making such a fuss about this,” the AFP news agency quoted Father Daniel as saying. “God has performed a miracle for her. Finally Irina is delivered from evil.”

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Letters

University of New Mexico Hospital is in a looming financial crisis. We are currently breaking even but in two years the hospital needs a profit of $14 million a year to pay for the new "west wing."

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 28)

Hive Five!

Bees and Seeds Festival

Second annual fest with eco-friendly vendors, food trucks, artists and professional beekeepers. Free plants available courtesy of Red Tractor Farm.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 3)

Albuquerque Folk Festival

Learn about folk activities that include old American, New Mexican, Middle Eastern, and other international traditions that include music, dance, storytelling and more.
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Courtesy of Cerrillosstation.com

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 4)

First Stop on the Turquoise Trail!

Cerrillos Station Open House

Opening reception for paintings by renowned painter Mishcka O'Connor. Family activities including a baby farm animal coral, pop up art show, food trucks, and more. The Attitudes perform live.
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Courtesy of Faye Fearless Facebook Page

EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jun 7)

The Park of Wands

Olivander's Wand Making Class for Witches and Wizards

Learn about the wandlore history of the Harry Potter world. Every attendee will leave the class with their very own custom designed wand.
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Today's Events

Bees and Seeds Festival at Tractor Brewery Wells Park

Second annual fest with eco-friendly vendors, food trucks, artists and professional beekeepers. Free plants available courtesy of Red Tractor Farm.

Yoga for the Bees at Tractor Brewery Wells Park

Basic Necklace and Earring Making at Mama's Minerals

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