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 Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2008 
One of the flyers New Mexico Youth Organized sent out that the group says constitutes issue advocacy but the attorney general calls campaign literature.

Newscity

Not-So-Free Speech

Nonprofits that spend money to talk about candidates could be silenced

By Simon McCormack

A decision last week by New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera could have a major effect on what some nonprofit organizations do and say.

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Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

What does Big Bill think about Sen. Barack Obama's VP choice? APD is trying some new tricks to make Downtown safer. An Albuquerque author links nuclear weapons to ... ? And which TV show will be filmed at a New Mexico university?

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Matt Grommes looks through a magnifier at a power supply for prototype circuits.
Eric Williams

News Profile

Home Tech Heads

Idea Propulsion Lab members invent from the comfort of their living rooms

By Aeriel Emig

Necessity may spur invention, but for Matt Grommes, creativity is the driving factor behind his creations. The members of the Idea Propulsion Lab (IPL) don't need engineering degrees to go mad scientist. And while these garage engineers aren't reeling in millions with their inventions, they probably have the highest-tech stereo systems and the best solar-powered fighting robots in town.

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Council Bite

Power Seesaw

Council weighs in on labor-management balance

By Laura Sanchez

City workers won the right to settle disputes with the administration via an independent party—but their victory will probably last only until Mayor Martin Chavez wields his veto pen.

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The Real Side

Obama the War President

Will you fight his wars?

By Jim Scarantino

Barack Obama wants to keep as many as 50,000 American troops in Iraq indefinitely. His 16-month timetable does not mean a complete withdrawal, only a reduction in force so combat troops can be rotated from Iraq to Afghanistan.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Australia—A bizarre batch of garlic bread that mysteriously turns blue in the oven has sparked a nationwide recall by Australia’s biggest supplier. The recall of 13 brands made by Capalaba-based AGB International has left Australia’s top pizza chain, Domino’s, temporarily out-of-stock on its most popular side dish. A spokesperson for AGB said the company did not believe the breads were a danger to the public but was issuing the recall in the interest of quality control. AGB did not yet know why the bread turned blue when baked but believed the problem was “isolated to a batch of garlic we are no longer using.” Domino’s, meanwhile, said they would be replacing the dish with “cheesy herb pizza bread” for the time being.

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Letters

Imagine yourself as a cashier at a grocery store with a dozen people backed up waiting to be served. You’re the night manager, so you’re also distracted by other demands on your attention.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Sep 25)

Support your Local Non-prophet

Albuquerque Pagan Pride Day

By Maggie Grimason
Over 30 exotic merchants, workshops, ritualistic plays, belly dancing, artisan displays and games and activities for the whole family.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Sep 25)

Little Blossoms

New Mexico Dahlia Festival

By Renée Chavez
A floral competition featuring design, photos and blossoms.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Sep 27)

Strangely Forgotten

Curiosities of New Mexico

By Joshua Lee
A panel of presentations that will cover fascinating yet less-known nuances of the state's history like Diné Memories of the Crownpoint Boarding School during the 1960s, the Red Power movement and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

Got Minerals?

Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show

By Megan Reneau
Browse gemstones, mineral specimens, rough rock, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools and equipment.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

OPA!

Grecian Festival

By Desiree Garcia
Taste authentic Greek cuisine, watch dancers streaming by in colorful costumes, enjoy browsing  imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries and tour the St. George Church.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

DIY Adventures

24 Hour Comics Day

By Devin D. O'Leary
Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

Latte Birthday Wishes

Birthday Bash

By Renée Chavez
Enjoy the signature brews, live music, live art demonstrations, games and a special beer release while raising money for the charity There's A Better Way to help local homeless families.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 5)

Night at the Museum

Outside of the Box

By Renée Chavez
Music and dancing with DJ Mike Vetter, cash bar and food trucks with snacks for purchase, local vendors, talk by pilot of the beautiful fractals hot air balloon and much more.
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