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 & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: IndiaMore 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 Transmissionia manufacturer of car parts that has its headquarters in Italydied 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

The readers write.

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