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 May 22 - 28, 2008 
Maria Mercury gets both her nostrils pierced by Evolution Body Piercing artist Noah Babcock.
Crystal Sims

Newscity

Needle Point

State sharpens rules for tattoo and piercing shops

By Simon McCormack

Piercing and tattoo artists in New Mexico will have to do an apprenticeship before practicing, and a fresh batch of inspectors will make the rounds and evaluate parlors.

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Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

Cops say they busted up what kind of illegal business? What are APS officials investigating? Bad Rail Runner news. And who met in Albuquerque to discuss climate change?

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"I'm not a person who likes to be told, You can't do this," says Brett Weitzel.
Tina Larkin

News Profile

The Journey to Telluride

Athleticism and optimism lead amputee to a 215-mile bike ride

By Miela Kolomaznik

Brett Weitzel is uncomfortable with the idea that his physical abilities are in any way amazing. "It's not like I'm working out like crazy. It's just I'm going out and doing the stuff I used to do that I'm excited to be able to do again," he says. Weitzel, who skis, bikes and kayaks, lost his right leg to a third bout of cancer about eight months ago. "Anything's really possible if you're willing to figure it out," says Weitzel. Almost as an afterthought, he adds, "or if you're willing to do it at a slower pace than someone who has two legs."

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Editorial

Say "I Do" to Gay Marriage

By In-house Alibi editorial staff

Friday, May 16, was a good day to buy a newspaper.

You would have a souvenir to show to your descendants. Headlines declaring "California High Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban" will be something to see, especially if the decision becomes one of many affording same-sex couples the right to marry—and to call it marriage. Because there may be a day when anything other than equality, regardless of sexual orientation, is unimaginable.

Domestic partnerships and civil unions aren't a fair substitute for marriage, the California Supreme Court decided on May 15. But don't throw rice at this thing yet. A coalition of conservatives is sending in an assassin: a ballot measure in November that would lodge a ban on gay marriage into the state's Constitution. That would trump the court's Thursday decision.

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The Radford Files

Astrology, Prejudice and Racism

By Benjamin Radford

Unlike astrologers, I don’t think people should be stereotyped and subjected to prejudice. (I use prejudice in its original meaning: forming an opinion about a person or group on the basis of generalizations, assumptions or stereotypes.)

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Japan--A suicidal man who had doused himself with kerosene in front of police burned to death after asking officers for a smoke his during interrogation. Hifumi Kubota, 45, was taken for questioning to a police station in Nagoya last Saturday after a woman who was living with him told police he was acting violently. When officers arrived at the house, “he poured kerosene over himself in front of police,” a police spokesperson said. Kubota refused to change out of his kerosene-soaked clothes at the police station and asked to smoke during questioning, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper and other Japanese media. Despite a no-smoking rule in the building (and the presence of kerosene-soaked clothing), a police official provided the flammable felon with a pack of cigarettes and a lighter. After bursting into flames, Kubota was rushed to a hospital where he died the next day from burns over a major portion of his body.

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Letters

[Re: Bite, “Meat the 21st Century,” May 15-21] I’m sorry to hear that Jessica Cassyle Carr has serious food allergies, but that’s no reason to misrepresent meat substitutes to the rest of us. Said author “gave up all meat substitutes ... realizing their processed nature and general lack of food value. No seitan, no tempeh, not TVP, no tofu, nothing,” after a Quorn mishap. Did she forget her CalorieKing at home?

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J. Grisham

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 30)

Probees Anonymous

Roswell UFO Festival

By Joshua Lee
Light parade, 10k, alien costume contest and intergalactic carnival to celebrate all things extraterrestrial.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Hotline Freedom

Freedom 4th

By Megan Reneau
See the biggest firework show in the state to celebrate the 240th birthday of the USA along with a car show. Nationally known band Lonestar performs.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Steaming Pool of Freedom

4th of July Fireworks Hot Spring Soak

By Renée Chavez
View a fireworks show from the home of the Giggling Springs. Reservations required.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Boom Town

24th Annual 4th of July Celebration

By Devin O'Leary
The annual festival for family entertainment, with a lineup of New Mexico’s favorite bands, water slide and jump balloons, BBQ and food for sale and NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at dark.
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Courtesy of Self Serve

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jul 7)

Not your Mama's Show and Tell

Toy Party: A Sex Toy Tour

By Blythe Crawford
Self Serve Owner Matie teaches about the world of sex toys, lubricants, sensation play and creative loving. Matie will provide a safe, comfortable space to have intimate questions answered.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 9)

Water Under the Bridge

Centennial Nights: A River Thirsting for Itself

By Joshua Lee
Learn about the history of water, agriculture, environment and politics surrounding the Rio Grande.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jul 12)

Raise Your Voice

UNM Seal Forum

By Monica Schmitt
The first of a series of discussions with the public about the meaning and future of the seal of UNM.
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