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 Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2008 
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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Folk Yeah!

4th Annual South American Folk Fair

By Maggie Grimason
A wonderful day that mixes traditional food, folkloric dances, arts and crafts and finishes with a Salsa music concert and dance.
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We Like Highland Games

Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival

By August March
Goes without saying. Anywho, the biggest, baddest and most eloquently mountainous of countries within that sceptered isle known collectively as the United Kingdom has a festival here in Burque. It is so much fun: people put on kilts, listen to bagpipes, eat haggis, dance jigs and all that Scotch stuff. The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival happens yearly…
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How Much is That Pupper in the Window?

National Adoption Weekend

By Valerie Serna
Everyone knows by now that the best way to get a new furry best friend is to adopt one from a local shelter or rescue. If you've been waiting for the perfect moment to adopt, this weekend is National Adoption Weekend. Four times a year, PetSmart Charities hosts these adoption events. Almost 30,000 pets nationally found forever homes during the past event in February. Your friendly neighborhood rescue Watermelon Mountain Ranch has many pets available for adoption…
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Albuquerque Wine Festival

Enjoy the award-winning musicians, dine on delicious local cuisine, enjoy free painting classes and shop from over 50 local artisans.
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Sex Ed Game Show and Carnival

A game show with consented audience participation on everyone's favorite subject as well as prizes, a spanking booth, and more.
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Vermicomposting: Worm Farms for Fun and Profit

Jeremy Bridge addresses everything needed to know about compost worms, from how to select and establish a bin, to harvesting compost and troubleshooting common problems.
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8th Annual ABQ Blues and Brews

The kickoff celebration for ABQ Beer Week boasts over 80 breweries, unlimited sampling and five fantastic blues bands.
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