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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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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)

Nature, Man

Herbfest 2016

By Joshua Lee
Herbs, wildflowers, native plants and arts and crafts for sale, guided bird and nature walks, live music, crafts for kids, a raffle and refreshments.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Hey Bob, Try a Kebab

Albuquerque Turkish Festival

By Renee Chavez
Sample Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine, cultural exhibits, folk dances, live music, arts and 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
Featuring 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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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 13)

Kids These Days

The First Annual ABQ STEM Fiesta

By Megan Reneau
Science, technology, engineering and math activities for all ages.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

What's New Pussycat?

Feline Fiesta Cat Show

By Taylor Grabowsky
Purebred cats and kittens compete for Best of Show. On-site adoptions and shopping also part of the fun. The proceeds benefit feline rescue groups.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

Bee There, Honey

Bee Walk and Native Bee House Tour

By Monica Schmitt
Learn about all the native bees and the urgent issues of habitat loss, lack of nutritional resources, and pesticide use with the resulting environmental and human impact with Dr. Olivia Carril.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 15)

Feline Fiesta Cat Show

Purebred cats and kittens compete for Best of Show. On-site adoptions and shopping also part of the fun. The proceeds benefit feline rescue groups.
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