Jun 1 - 7, 2006 

Newscity

Riding High

Rising gas prices help increase bus ridership

By Simon McCormack

As the cost of driving becomes more and more cumbersome, many Albuquerque residents are deciding to use public transit to get where they need to go.

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Newscity

Market Megalith

A new Wal-Mart may be coming to town

By John Bear

Wal-Mart tends to be the only place in town where one can buy a shotgun, electric turkey carver, industrial-grade trash bags and socks all in one go and at three in the morning. Yet such convenience doesn’t necessarily translate into people wanting a Wal-Mart right next to their house.

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Thin Line

By Marisa Demarco

Margie Wants to KnowHi, I'm Margie Average. I've got an Internet connection and a computer, so maybe I'm actually slightly above average in a state as poor as this one. But that's the name, don't wear it out. Today, I want to access that so-called “public information” about local political campaigns and voting that's supposed to be available to me. I'm tired of reading about the highlights in the papers. I want to see the whole picture with my own two eyeballs.

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News Bite

Minor Chords

Albuquerque train whistles may soon fall silent

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

According to Paul Simon, "Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance." But that’s not true. Some citizens in Albuquerque have been complaining for years about the noise of the train whistles that echo throughout the city. Recently, a group of citizens decided to do something about it. The group, consisting of former Alibi News Editor Tim McGivern, state representatives, the Downtown Action Team (DAT) and others, have initiated an effort to create a quiet zone within the city that would effect the 16 railroad junctions from the South Valley to the North Valley and through Downtown.

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A bill that requires APS to approve all residential plats before the city approves them passed unanimously.
Wes Naman

Council Watch

Take Your Dog to School Day

By Laura Sanchez

Red-clad supporters of Councilor Sally Mayer's animal ordinance filled the Council chambers for the third time on May 22, wearing crimson gimme caps, which most had apparently not yet figured out how to adjust. Councilor Ken Sanchez presented three FY 2007 budget bills, all of which passed. Councilor Craig Loy's bill expanding the use of photo-radar spy cameras to nab red light runners passed unanimously after debate about the bill's constitutionality.

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News Feature

Downtown Fights Back

Bar owners are pooling their resources to battle increased pressure on their businesses and their patrons

By Marisa Demarco

When all the Downtown bar owners get together to hire a lawyer, you know something’s up.

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Ortiz y Pino

Law and Order

Patriots, Big Brother and APD

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

I was distressed to read that, by a large margin, most Americans are not worried by reports that the federal government has been listening in on private telephone conversations.

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Punch Line

Primary School

Time to vote again, Mom?

By Eric Griego

You might have heard there is an election next Tuesday. Then again, you may have a life. With the lack of primary opposition to most of the “bigger” races, including governor and U.S. Senate, voter turnout in next Tuesday’s primary could be as bad as that for the latest Jean Claude Van Damme movie.

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News Interview

Who is Greg Palast?

An interview with one of the world's most controversial investigative journalists

By Christie Chisholm

Greg Palast likes to read in the loo. He says he wrote his book with that habit in mindso that any casual bathroom reader could pick it up, skim around and still glean some bit of knowledge. And so, wanting to experience the shiny new hardback with the truest of intentions, I took his advice and settled down a few weeks ago, volume in hand, ready to flip casually through its pages to discover one of today’s most honest forms of truth to power. It did not disappoint.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: GermanySocial workers refused to help a worried mother after she called the youth department of social services in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, to complain about her daughter’s “uncontrollable, immoral and loose behavior with men.” The problem? Mrs. Schmidt was 92 years old and her daughter Tina was 68. Social workers told the woman they could not help her as her “child” was 50 years past the age limit where social services can get involved. Mrs. Schmidt apparently called the youth department after learning Tina had a boyfriend.

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Letters

The readers write.

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