Have a Drink?
Sandia National Labs and its critics disagree over the danger posed by a toxic landfill to Albuquerque’s drinking water
By Tom O’Connell
Think twice before drinking from your tap. According to recent studies by Sandia National Laboratories, 13 organic carcinogenic compounds have been detected in two monitoring wells in or near the labs’ Mixed Waste Landfill, located near Kirtland Airforce Base. It’s a discovery that doesn’t sit well with local government watchdog group Citizen Action, who believes the contaminants could pose a health risk for Albuquerqueans.
By John Bear
A Print Journalist's View on TV News--I've always harbored a simmering hatred for TV news.
Will the Real Comedians Please Stand-Up
An interview with local funny man Marc Shuter
By Amy Dalness
Being funny isn't something to take lightly. Sure, you're the friend Mary turns to when she needs to chuckle off a tough day at the office. Yeah, Mark is always nudging you at the bar saying, “Tell them the one about the rabid monkey and the three-legged elephant.” So you can tell a joke, but do you have what it takes to be a stand-up comic? With a cup of coffee in hand and a world-famous Frontier breakfast burrito stuffing his face, local up-and-coming comedian Marc Shuter tells the Alibi why funny isn't the only skill you need to bring on stage.
"Ding" Goes the Trolley
A recap of the Nov. 20 Council meeting
By Laura Sanchez
Irate citizens hurled verbal pitchforks at the administration and City Council during the Nov. 20 Council meeting.
The Real Side
The Streetcar Railroad, Episode II:
My developer is better than your developer
By Jim Scarantino
When we last rode the Trolley Named Folly, Mayor Martin Chavez and City Council President Martin Heinrich hit us with a massive tax increase to pay for a $270 million streetcar line along Central ["The Streetcar Railroad," Nov. 23-29]. But they weren’t able to slip this massive project by without the public taking notice. So now they’ve promised to let us vote on it [read this week's "Council Bite” on page 8 for more details]. How considerate of them.
Wal-Mart and Gays
The righteous new cause of the religious right
By Eric Griego
I’m the last guy to stand up for Wal-Mart. Sure, they sell stuff cheap, but it’s because they pay substandard wages, offer few full-time jobs, stiff employees on health insurance and force suppliers to sell below market or lose huge contracts. But I have to admit, I feel sorry for them for the grief they’re getting from the radical Christian right over the company’s ties to gay and lesbian groups.
Ortiz y Pino
Will our troops ever come home?
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
A lot of the post-election discussion about Iraq has centered on when (not if) we should start pulling out our troops. John McCain serves as the lonely holdout for sending in more troops, while Congressman Charles Rangel suggests it’s time to reinstitute the draft—and spread around the misery.
Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O’Leary
Dateline: England--Dedicated James Bond fan David Fearn has legally changed his name to all 21 official 007 film titles. The 23-year-old from Walsall, Stratfordshire, is now known as “James Dr. No From Russia With Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live And Let Die The Man With The Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View To A Kill The Living Daylights License To Kill Golden Eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Bond.” The 69-word name is the longest in the UK Deed Poll Service’s history.
I generally find Laura Sanchez more annoyingly glib than accurate, but her reporting on the Modern Streetcar Project was a new low for her and for the Alibi [Council Watch, “Pandas on Wheels,” Nov. 16-22].
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