Alibi V.16 No.22 • May 31-June 6, 2007 

News Feature

Military Brats

Waging a war against recruitment at Albuquerque’s public high schools

In Albuquerque’s high schools, students are more likely to sign up for military service than join the student senate. The armed forces are as popular as any school sport and, on many campuses, military recruiters and the JROTC are a more prominent presence than college or career scouts.

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News Bite

Surplus City

Freecycle proves one man's ugly pink chair is another man's treasure

In many respects, ours is a throwaway society. We use untold disposable widgets: Razors, pens, lighters, napkins. Restaurants and households toss out foodstuffs like there's an unlimited supply. Cars break and are indifferently junked. Functional buildings are torn down and replaced with new ones. Lasting objects, underneath it all, seem to be an affront to this ever-revolving door, relentlessly enticing its consumers with new and better goods. As a result, landscapes are marred with dumps that teem with the discarded, both legitimate refuse and salvageable goods.

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Thin Line

Bad Science, Bad News—I hope by the time this is published, it is but one more voice in a symphony of angry letters and editorials directed at the top story on the front page of Friday's Albuquerque Journal. The story, "Lean to the Left? It May Be Mommy's Fault," succeeds on no level. It's a bad headline on a bad piece of reporting about some bad science.

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An amendment that would require a proposed youth space in the old Ice House building (its south-facing wall pictured here) to hold its first event by June 30 of next year passed unanimously.
Tina Larkin

Council Watch

Numbers

On May 21, Mayor Martin Chavez promoted his FY08 budget at a press conference outside City Hall, while inside councilors prepared to amend the mayoral package to reflect their own priorities. The amended FY08 Goals bill passed unanimously, and the Council's appropriations bill passed 6-3, Councilors Sally Mayer, Craig Loy and Ken Sanchez opposed.

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Ortiz y Pino

Marty the Street Fighter

The story behind the mayor's tax cuts

Let’s run through this one more time. Maybe then it’ll make some sense to me, ’cuz I gotta say, so far this brouhaha over cutting the city’s share of gross receipts taxes seems like mayoral foolishness and not much else.

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Commentary

Too Punk to Smoke

The New Mexico State Legislature recently made it almost impossible to smoke anywhere beginning June 15.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Germany—Police are trying to decide whether or not to charge a wheelchair-bound man with drunk driving after he was found weaving down the road near the northeastern city of Schwerin. The unnamed 31-year-old was found to be 10 times over the legal alcohol limit for drivers. “He was right in the middle of the road,” a police spokesperson told reporters. “The officers couldn’t quite believe it when they saw the results of the breath test. That’s a life-threatening figure.” The intoxicated man told police he had been out drinking with a friend and was just trying to get back to his home some two miles away. Police said that because the man was technically traveling as a pedestrian, it is unlikely that he will be charged with a driving offense. “It’s not like we can impound his wheelchair,” the spokesperson said. “But he is facing some sort of punishment.”

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Letters

[RE: The Real Side, “The Man Who Got Iglesias,” May 24-30] Scarantino argues that charges of voter fraud against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now were “bogus." Of course, anyone who remembers that case knows that, in fact, there were documented cases of ineligible voters registered by ACORN personnel. The excuse for not filing fraud charges was that the law had been “interpreted" so that it isn't really “fraud" unless you can prove that the primary intent was to corrupt the election process, rather than simply making more money (ACORN workers are paid based on how many people they sign up). Proving “state of mind" in such cases is next to impossible. Thus, the people on the bottom are “safe" because they have a monetary motive, and those on top, who set up the process with precisely those incentives, are sufficiently distant from the actual dirty work that they're safe as well ... and Scarantino complains about Karl Rove?

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Confused, but in a Sexy Way

I Can Lick My Own Eyebrows

A guide to assemble and execute phenomenal scenes and personal fantasies.
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Grave New World

Famous and Unusual Graves in N.M.

Dr. Richard Melzer discusses the most illustrious and notorious final resting places around the state of leaders to unsung heroes, criminals to artists and more.
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courtesy Weekly Alibi

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Elected!

Fireside Chat with Tim Keller and Dan Lewis

An in-depth discussion with the candidates for the Mayoral run-off election.
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Not A'Feared

Spirits of New Mexico's Past

Listen to historical figures' amazing stories of bygone events.
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Calaveras, Maravillas y Muertos

Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration of Life

Celebrate life and those who have passed. Enjoy pet blessings, live music by Wagogo, arts and crafts vendors, a growers market, a Dia de los Muertos altar, and more.
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Happy Harvest

Fourth Annual Harvest Festival

Food, fun, music and seasonal activities.
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Just a Treat

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Costume Party Fundraiser

Wear your best costume, enjoy snacks, cider, a parade, games, contests and more while raising money for United Nations Children’s Fund.
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A Real Treat

14th Annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Halloween Carnival

A great and safe way for little ones with diabetes to celebrate Halloween with their families and friends.
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