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 Nov 1 - 7, 2007 


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A survey of Albuquerque's homeless population uncovers surprising data

By Marisa Demarco

Homeless people need affordable places to live—an obvious statement on its surface. But a survey released last week by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness arrives at that conclusion and flies in the face of many assumptions people maintain about Albuquerque's homeless population, says Lisa LaBrecque, policy and advocacy director with the coalition.

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Asshat of the Week

"All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours--whereas all the testing says not really."
Dr. James Watson on Sunday, Oct. 14, referring to his belief that those of African ancestry are inherently less intelligent than those of European descent

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Thin Line

By Simon McCormack

Shooting the Messengers

When I heard the news that three employees at the Orlando Weekly were arrested on charges of deriving proceeds from prostitution and aiding and abetting prostitution, my first thoughts were: What about every other alternative weekly (including the Alibi) that runs advertisements for escort agencies? Why haven't they been targeted, and are they going to be?

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Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

How does cancer's latest foe do battle? How much is APS paying its educational assistants? How did a Northern New Mexico resident get caught by Johnny Law? And what does the "Governator" think about the sticky-icky?

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Special Edition News Crossword

Word Nerd

By Marisa Demarco and Christie Chisholm


1. The state's train

7. The Alibi's original mascot

8. “Ask a _____”

10. _____ 101.5, independent radio in Santa Fe

12. AM radio host who accused the city of shortening yellow light times

15. Banned as animal cruelty

16. “Best of _____”

17. The Apple product that got way too much media attention this year

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Ortiz y Pino

Don't Hire the Patsy

APS' search for a new superintendent

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

I wasn’t able to attend the public meetings conducted by the search committee for a new APS superintendent. The committee’s purpose was to gather input from the community on two important issues the search will have to confront, so I’d like to toss my own two cents into the pot.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: England--Vince Mattingley of Watford, Hertfordshire, has proudly showed off his tattoo for the last 26 years. The tat, emblazoned across his chest, spells out his name in Chinese characters--at least that’s what he thought. According to England’s The Sun, Mattingley was on a recent trip to Thailand when a barman asked him why he had “Coca-Cola” written on his chest. “I thought it was a joke, then I found out that’s what it said.” Mattingley got the tattoo’s design by asking the staff of his favorite restaurant to write out his name in Chinese characters. “The restaurant staff must have had a good laugh about it.” Mattingley says he now plans to get another Oriental tattoo to cover up the name, adding, “I’m going to go with something Japanese this time.”

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Plant fruit trees and nut trees in your yard for food. Plant fruit trees and nut trees instead of other trees. Imagine if all the trees in Albuquerque were fruit trees and nut trees. Lots of nutritious, fresh fruit and nuts, free! Trees for shade, oxygen and beauty are great! Trees for shade, oxygen, beauty and food are much better yet! Fresh, local, tree-ripened fruit tastes better and is more nutritious than store-bought fruit picked green and shipped hundreds or thousands of miles.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Get Learnt


By Megan Reneau
Influential women share their expertise on various topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Mars in a Handbasket

Generation Beyond: Mars Experience Bus

By Joshua Lee
Kids experience travelling to Mars in a virtual reality bus, taking a tour along the surface of the Red Planet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Trick or Treat for the World

UNICEF Costume Party and Fundraiser

By Renée Chavez
Trick-or-treat in costume, enjoy snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun all while raising money for refugee children across the world.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

A Grin that Glows

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest

By Renée Chavez
Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
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