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 Oct 2 - 8, 2008 

Newscity

How Bad Is Bad?

What the economic crunch means for New Mexicans

By Simon McCormack

Miguel Garcia says he’s scared. The married father of one and grandfather of two hasn't had work since Aug. 1. After construction was completed on his latest job, a water treatment plant, Garcia's services were no longer needed.

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Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

Who resigned after making an incendiary racial remark? A Powerball ticket worth how much was sold in the state? New Mexico has a new ... ? What wreaked havoc on three Santa Fe art galleries?

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“Mama José,” as Sarria is affectionately known
Courtesey of PJ Sedillo

News Profile

A Queenly Activist

Legendary female impersonator comes to Albuquerque for National Coming Out Day

By Marisa Demarco

José Sarria didn't know while he was doing it that he was the first openly gay person to run for office in the United States. "I found out later," he says. In 1961, the female impersonator fought his way onto the ballot for San Francisco city supervisor, though he had no desire to win the position. "I wanted to prove that I had the right as a gay person to run for public office," he says. "Because you must remember that back then, gay people thought they had no rights, that they were second-rate citizens."

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Thin Line

By Marisa Demarco

Mom, the Media's Hitting Me

Man, do Sen. John McCain's people ever get tired of crying foul over the press? It's his camp's default defensive position. Steve Schmidt, a senior campaign adviser, deflected a touchy question on Monday, Sept. 22, by falling back on the old, "The media's out to get us."

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The Real Side

Buddy, Can You Spare Some Change We Can Believe In?

Politicians rake it in while America suffers

By Jim Scarantino

There’s not a thing wrong with the American economy. We’re doing great. Just look at all the extra cash Americans are able to give to politicians despite high gas prices and a rocky stock market.

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Guest Editorial

Battleground State of Mind

Count Every Vote New Mexico brings a nonpartisan voter-protection program to our state

By Steven Robert Allen

Debates are heating up. Political signs are sprouting in yards all over New Mexico. Campaign ads are proliferating like partisan bunnies on our TV screens. At this point, anyone with the slightest interest in politics knows New Mexico is on the cusp of an election that could become the most exciting our state has witnessed in decades.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: India—More than 63 people were arrested on suspicion of murder after a mob of workers bludgeoned to death the CEO who sacked them from an auto parts factory in a suburb of Delhi. The Times of London reports Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, head of the Indian operations of Graziano Transmissioni—a manufacturer of car parts that has its headquarters in Italy—died of severe head wounds last Monday after being attacked by scores of laid-off employees. The incident followed a long-running dispute between the factory’s management and workers demanding better pay and permanent contracts. Apparently, Mr. Choudhary had called a meeting with more than a hundred former employees who had been dismissed after an earlier outbreak of violence at the plant. He wanted to discuss a possible reinstatement deal. A spokesperson for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry said, “Such a heinous act is bound to sully India’s image among overseas investors.”

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Letters

In 2006 I was working as a beer vendor at Isotopes Park and sold you a beer. At that time, I told you the Democrats should be making a big stink about the national debt. I told you the debt was almost $9 trillion, and that if the government paid it off at a thousand dollars a day, it would take more than 30,000 years. I said the government had turned all future generations into slaves. You said I was scaring you.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

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 (Saturday, Oct 1)

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)

Latte Birthday Wishes

The Brew's 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
Live music and dancing, 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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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 9)

Doggo Does the Parade

2nd Annual Dia de los Perros

By Maggie Grimason
Enjoy a pet costume and trick contest, kissing booth photos and raffle and food from Phat's Beats and Eats, With Love Waffles and Hot Stuff Cafe. Proceeds go to support locally rescued bully breeds.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Oct 10)

Heritage, Past and Present

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration

By Monica Schmitt
students of the Native American Community Academy express what it means to be Indigenous in their eyes through story, song and dance.
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