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 V.15 No.19 | May 11 - 17, 2006 

Workers clear out some of the aftermath of the fire.
Wes Naman

Newscity

Up in Smoke

Details on the Zimmerman Library fire

A little piece of history was singed the night Zimmerman Library's basement caught fire.

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Newscity

The Robert Vigil Scandal: So What?

When journalists pursue a story, it's their job to ask themselves two important questions: “Why now?” and “so what?”

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“The way a community responds to its animals reflects how that community responds to its citizens,” in the words of Councilor Sally Mayer, CAO Gail Reese and ... Mahatma Gandhi?
Wes Naman

Council Watch

Fighting Like Cats and Dogs

At the May 1 City Council meeting, citizens packed the underground chamber to argue over Councilor Sally Mayer's long-deferred, massive HEART ordinance designed to control treatment of animals in the city. Meanwhile, up on Civic Plaza, "Day Without an Immigrant" marchers filtered in from Tiguex Park, a film company's trucks ringed the plaza and the Convention Center was actually busy.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: The Philippines—Although he claimed he could see the future, an eccentric Filipino judge was surprised recently when he was fired by the country’s Supreme Court. “They should not have dismissed me for what I believed,” Florentino Floro, a trial judge in the capital’s Malabon northern suburb, told reporters after filing his appeal. Floro was sacked last month and fined 40,000 pesos ($780) after a three-year investigation found he was incompetent, had shown bias in a case he was trying and had criticized court procedure. In addition to his ability to see into the future, the judge told investigators that three invisible mystic dwarves named Armand, Luis and Angel helped him carry out healing sessions during breaks in his chambers. The Supreme Court agreed with the court clinic’s finding that he was suffering from psychosis.

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Letters

The readers write.

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Ortiz y Pino

Chalk Dust Wisdom

Teachings from a mean eraser

At the all-boys school in which I spent my formative years, I several times witnessed an “education moment” take place suddenly, practically instantaneously.

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