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 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 pastoral—an 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 20s—an 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 talk—perhaps it was one of those nuggets of wisdom printed on the cups—but we briefly discussed beliefs.

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Odds and Ends

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

[Re: Feature, "Diary of a Locavore," March 6-12] That article is beautiful, soo well-written, so fine. Thank you, thank you for doing it. It does point out the growing trend toward local eating and is Exhibit A in our renewed quest for village funding for a certified kitchen for the Corrales growers and the Corrales Growers' Market. It's a project that was started and stalled, but your article reminded me that some of the growers like Bonnie Gonzales, and Doug and Heidi Eleftheridu had put in a lot of groundwork on that project. And now that many people are interested in year-round, quality local foods, the demand is ready for a supply. It would be great if growers could use a certified kitchen for canning during peak season and sell in winter. I will certainly help make it happen with the additional wake-up call of your article.

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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, May 3)

The Kind of Hero We Need

Assistance Dogs of the West's 21st Annual Graduation Ceremony

By Megan Reneau
Dogs graduate to take on new roles within the judicial system, veterans’ groups, the FBI, and help individuals with disabilities. Hosted by Ali McGraw.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 6)

Con-con-con-con COOOON

Sabaku Con

By Devin O'Leary
An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Hey Bob, Try a Kebab

Albuquerque Turkish Festival

By Renee Chavez
Samples of Turkish-Mediterranean Cuisine, cultural exhibits, folk dances, live music, children's area, arts & crafts and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Oh, wow-o!

Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival

By Taylor Grabowsky
Over 35 local artists, music by Alpha Blue and Mariachi Amor Eternal, and Wild Fiesta Apron Contest hosted by Cherie and Pamela Montoya.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Say “Chubby Bunny” Five Times Fast

Rabbit Adoption Event

By Renee Chavez
The New Mexico House Rabbit Society is adopting out rabbits seeking their forever homes. Free nail trims for those who bring their pet rabbits.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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