Alibi V.16 No.52 • Dec 27-Jan 2, 2007 
Albino Garcia founded La Plazita to pull kids off the streets.

News Interview

Just Relax?

Did the FCC save newspapers or kill media diversity? Ex-FCC commissioner Gloria Tristani gives us her take.

The Federal Communications Commission made a decision last week that could forever change the country's media landscape.

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Answer Me This

Where’s your red-light camera money going? The federal dollars the state doesn’t want. This week in Spaceport America. Plus, A 14-year-old girl gets sent to the slammer.

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Thin Line

Take That, Secrecy!

The House and Senate pushed through big reforms to the Freedom of Information Act, more commonly known as the FOIA around newsrooms. What does FOIA do? If journalists want to lay hands on an unreleased but legally available document, they submit FOIA requests.

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Council Watch

The TIDDs Roll In

After boycotting the last meeting, Heights councilors (along with District 1's Ken Sanchez) showed up on Dec. 17 to bestow a Christmas present on the Southwest mesa.

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Albino Garcia founded La Plazita to pull kids off the streets.
Tina Larkin

News Profile

Streetology

A graduate of Hard Knocks University builds familia in the South Valley

To the casual observer, La Plazita café might look like your average Albuquerque coffee shop—serving fair trade coffee, free Internet and your choice of old-school tunes from the record collection. Well, look again. The kid who just walked in the door? He was tagging his gang’s “turf” last year—today he’ll be selling one of those paintings on the wall. The barista who just handed you your latte—she looks a little tired? She was up until 3 a.m. cooking for a group of Hopi runners traveling 1,500 miles from Arizona to Mexico City to raise awareness of water crisis in the region.

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Ortiz y Pino

Gender Politics

Why more women in New Mexico need to enter government

It's starting to look like the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign may not be grinding its way to inevitable victory after all. Her once formidable lead in the polls has been slipping in recent weeks. She is beginning to look beatable.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Brazil--Santa Claus almost got a cap busted in his ass while flying over a notorious Rio de Janeiro slum. A helicopter taking Santa to deliver presents to children came under heavy gunfire while passing over the Baixa do Sapateiro favela, or slum neighborhood. The flight was bound for a Christmas party last Sunday where Santa was to deliver presents to underprivileged children. The pilot flew back to a heliport where Santa was transferred to a car and continued on his journey. Charles Gonzales, the president of the Baixa do Sapateiro Neighbors Association, said his group picked up Santa after being notified about the incident. No one was injured in the attack, but at least two bullet holes were found on the helicopter. Police blame the attack on drug traffickers at war with a rival gang in the nearby Vila João favela.

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Letters

[RE: Letters, "Ditching Pornotopia," Dec. 13-19 and “Perverting the Porn Supply,” Dec. 6-12] The last two letters that have been printed regarding both Pornotopia and Self Serve have not exactly been complimentary, prompting me to throw my hat into the ring. Let me first disclose that I am a friend of the owners of Self Serve, and I am a vocal advocate of their business. Having worked for a year and a half at a "traditional" porn store in Atlanta, I can appreciate what a breath of fresh air their store can be.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 26)

This One's a Keeper

Harry Potter Night

See the Albuquerque Isotopes go against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Fans dress up as their favorite witches or wizards and explore Hogwarts.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, May 31)

Nothing to See Here

UFOs at UNM: A Skeptical Believer Presents His Research

David Marler talks about how he uses UNMs collections and other resources to research UFO phenomena, including the mass sighting in Farmington in March 1950 and the “Battle of Los Angeles” in 1942.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 19)

New Mexico Hempfest

Presentations from industry leaders, as well as exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services. Vendors are licensed producers, dispensaries, nutrient companies, medical clinics, health and wellness providers and more.
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