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 Aug 3 - 9, 2006 

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Cadigan v. Zanetti

State Legislature candidates face off

By Neil H. Simon

It’s a regular Sunday evening at the Cadigan house. The family is doing the post-weekend, pre-work week juggle. Dad, City Councilor Michael Cadigan, is looking ahead to the next day’s Council meeting. Kids, Megan, 10, and Mason, 7, are arguing loudly in the background. Michael mediates for a second and returns to another task at hand—answering this reporter’s questions about the latest ball tossed into the increasingly complex Cadigan routine—the fact that his wife, coworker and campaign manager Traci is now also a candidate.

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Thin Line

By Marisa Demarco

The Thin We're In—Morally superior robots should read no further. This one's for the rest of us who find ourselves almost unconsciously turning the pages of the likes of Life & Style, a weekly gossip rag.

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Thank you so much for printing Jim Scarantino's lovely description of Mexican immigrants and the creative contributions they bring to our city and nation [The Real Side, “The Popsicle Prophecy,” July 20-26]. Scarantino's lively, colorful and all-American description of our nation's diverse humanity brought a smile to my face, a desire to visit Paleteria Michoacana for myself, and, most significantly, a personal and lighthearted compassion to the immigration issue.

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Scott Rickson

News Bite

A Quarter For Your Thoughts

With a year to go before the state announces the designs for the New Mexico quarter—let the speculation begin

By Simon McCormack

We’re all painfully aware of New Mexico clichés: from chile to bombs to balloons, this state is often identified (at least by the casual observer) by a handful of emblematic items.

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Jeanne Pahls marches in front of Sen. Pete Domenici’s office Downtown.
Wes Naman

News Feature

From Lebanon, With Love

An Albuquerque peace activist is stranded near Tyre

By Christie Chisholm

I met Mahassen Shukry on a warm day in early March. Her house smelled of spice, and potted plants, and that indescribable, earthy aroma that accompanies any true home. I was running a few minutes early, and so her daughter, Nidhal, and young grandson, Ziad, kept our staff photographer and me company while Mahassen finished getting ready. Ziad was extremely curious about my recorder, and while he eyed it, Nidhal eyed him and chatted with us about vacationing and the unusually dry weather.

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Ortiz y Pino

Room for the Poor

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

One-time presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey was fond of pointing out that the truest measure of a society’s success should be not how its wealthiest citizens fare but how that society provides for its neediest: the poor, the elderly, the infirm and the children.

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The Real Side

The Dirt on the Dirty Dozen

Environmentalists shoot at Heather Wilson, and miss

By Jim Scarantino

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation, the Coalition for Valle Vidal and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance have run big ads in the Albuquerque Journal to thank Rep. Heather Wilson for protecting New Mexico’s environment. Not long ago she won headlines for wrestling with the Department of Defense to maintain access for hikers and mountain bikers in Otero Canyon in the East Mountains.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: England—A man arrested in Central London’s Trafalgar Square last Tuesday on suspicion of taking lewd pictures with a hidden camera informed police he was actually an antiterrorist detective working undercover to videotape al-Qaeda suspects. Turns out the man, nabbed by a plainclothes team watching out for perverts and pedophiles, was actually a married Scotland Yard surveillance expert with more than 20 years’ experience. Unfortunately, when the officers went back to their station and looked at the detective’s “surveillance” tape, captured on a camera hidden inside a sports bag, they found “the pictures were not of terrorist suspects planning a bombing, they were of knickers.” A police spokesperson told London’s Daily Mirror, “the officer used surveillance techniques for his own perverted hobby--taking pictures up women’s skirts.” The spokesperson went on to say, “It was one of the hottest days and Trafalgar Square was packed with young women in skimpy clothes. When officers moved in, he told them he was a cop on an anti-terror operation.” The officer was arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance. He has been suspended from Scotland Yard.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Get on the Canna-bus

Duke City Medical Cannabis Convention

By Ty Bannerman
This event will have educational seminars covering a variety of subjects on cannabis. The seminars will be hosted by experts in their line of knowledge.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

The Truth is Out There ... in Rio Rancho

2015 New Mexico UFO Conference

By Devin D. O'Leary
What does the government really know? Featuring three top speakers, Col. John Alexander, Nick Pope and Nick Redfern.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Blow the Kids' Minds

Playground Build Day

By Renée Chavez
Lend a hand to build a playground in just one day with local non-profit NewLife Homes. Food, drinks and music will be provided for registered participants.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Ready. Aim. Fire! Squash?

20th Annual Punkin' Chunkin'

By Cerridwen Stucky
Punkin' Chunkin' is the sport of hurling a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance and accuracy. See large and small pneumatic air cannons, catapults, trebuchets and more.
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