Mar 13 - 19, 2008 

News Bite

PD Bill Wipes Out

Who needs an independent public defender?

By Marisa Demarco

Homer Robinson didn't expect the measure he was lobbying for to get as far as it did. House Bill 193 called for a commission to choose the state's chief public defender, an office that in New Mexico is appointed solely by the governor.

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Answer Me This

By Marisa Demarco

Why is Ted Nugent coming here? Who is 10 million years old? Can I shoot you an e-mail about that public record? How long have a mother and son been missing?

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Thin Line

By Simon McCormack

The Press Takes Clinton's Bait

If Sen. Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic presidential nomination, she'll have "Saturday Night Live" to thank.

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Council Watch

Eye of the Storm

By Laura Sanchez

While world crises loomed, historic presidential primaries sizzled and trials for courthouse kickbacks stalled, the March 3 Council meeting moseyed along.

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The Real Side

Could Udall Lose?

Democrats have a real fight ahead

By Jim Scarantino

Could Tom Udall lose the race for the U.S. Senate seat opened by Pete Domenici’s retirement? Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce not only think so, they’re convinced they can beat him.

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News Feature

From the Window of the Rail Runner

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Imagine passengers encapsulated within a shiny, new train car, gazing out on an industrial and often decayed desert landscape. It's a lush and uniquely New Mexican juxtaposition of prosperity and poverty, modernity and the pastoralan experience possible via the state's roadrunner-themed commuter train. Already coursing across the brown and blue landscape between Belen and Sandoval County, the Rail Runner, which began its travels in the summer of 2006, arrives in Santa Fe in December. When completed, the project will have cost the state a few hundred million contentious dollars.

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Eric J. Garcia

The Radford Files

Karmas and Dogmas

By Benjamin Radford

While waiting in line for coffee in Santa Fe a few years ago, I met a nice young woman. She was in her early 20san intelligent college student and a bit of a free spirit. While her double-mocha-soy-something was being made, we struck up a brief conversation. I don’t know what prompted the talkperhaps it was one of those nuggets of wisdom printed on the cupsbut we briefly discussed beliefs.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Japan--It’s probably not the first time they’ve come in handy, but a Japanese pinup model was saved a stint in jail thanks to her overly large breasts. Serena Kozakura, 38, was charged with breaking into a man’s apartment by kicking a hole in his door and crawling through because he was with another woman. The bikini model was later cleared of all charges after defense lawyers held up a plate showing the size of the hole that Serena was accused of kicking in. The lawyers demonstrated that Kozakura’s 44-inch bust would not fit through the opening. “I used to hate my body so much, but it was my breasts that won in court,” Kozakura said. Judge Kunio Harad of the Tokyo High Court threw out the guilty verdict, saying there was reasonable doubt about the man’s story.

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Letters

The readers write.

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