Jul 12 - 18, 2007 

News Feature

Uneasy Pickings

Department of Health and state law enforcement duke it out over whether patients can grow their own marijuana for medical purposes

By Marisa Demarco

Legalizing medical marijuana in New Mexico has been anything but cut and dried.

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Thin Line

By Christie Chisholm

Can It Swim?—There’s a phrase petrifying newspaper reporters across the country: “budget cuts.”

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Ortiz y Pino

The Fear of the People

Who's scared: us or them?

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

When I watched Michael Moore’s new film on health care in the United States, SiCKO, one comment quoted twice in the movie stuck in my mind.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Nepal—A Far Eastern goddess has been stripped of her divinity for visiting the United States. Ten-year-old Sajani Shakya was installed at the age of 2 as Kumari of the ancient town of Bhaktapur, near Katmandu. The position made her one of Nepal’s top three goddesses, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists, reports London’s Daily Mirror. But a recent trip to promote a U.K.-made documentary on Nepal’s traditions and political turmoil has upset local religious leaders, who believe the Western visit tainted the Kumari’s purity. “It is wrong and against tradition for her to go on a foreign tour without permission,” Bhaktapur temple official Jai Prasad Regmi said. “We will search for new Kumari and install her as the living goddess.” The Kumari are virgin goddesses believed to inhabit human form until menstruation.

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