Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2008 

Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

What did a Republican chairperson call Obama? How many years did a fake psychologist get? What kind of pay are Albuquerque's educational assistants seeking? A Silver City woman is being evicted because ...

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Thin Line

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Is the Journal Drunk? (I Certainly Am.)

Prom night, 1999: I was arrested by the Cape Girardeau police department at the Victorian Inn where a very boring party had been taking place. Down at the station, I got a "minor in possession of alcohol" charge and was photographed wearing pearls and a lovely corsage.

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Voting Bloc

Poll Pointers

By Alibi staff report

Can I wear T-shirts, pins, stickers or other items with candidates' names on them to the polls?

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At home with Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and his protection
Eric Williams

Talking Points

Separation of Church and Military

Lawyer wages war against evangelism in the armed forces

By Marisa Demarco

His Albuquerque home has become a bunker. Flood lights, attack dogs, loaded weapons. The evening before Father's Day, someone painted a swastika and a cross on Mikey Weinstein's Albuquerque home. The Weinsteins are Jewish.

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Council Watch

Build High, Build Wide or Build Less?

By Laura Sanchez

Several speakers called for strengthening the Police Oversight Commission during public comment at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting. The Council passed Councilor Don Harris’ bill requesting an extension until June 30, 2009, of interim design guidelines for the East Gateway Sector Plan area. Council President Brad Winter and Councilor Michael Cadigan were excused.

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Commentary

Carol Miller’s Remarkable Road

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

The race for New Mexico’s northern Third Congressional District seat, the position Tom Udall is vacating to run for Pete Domenici’s Senate spot, has not garnered many headlines or much television coverage in Albuquerque. Only a tip of that district touches the metropolitan area, and the hotter contests elsewhere have caused that particular campaign to fade from scrutiny.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Japan—A 43-year-old woman in southern Miyazaki was arrested after killing her virtual husband in an interactive online videogame. The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, said she was so upset over an unexpected divorce from her online husband that she “killed” his digital persona. “I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning,” the unidentified woman told reporters. “That made me so angry.” The death occurred in the MMORPG MapleStory, in which players use digital “avatars” to interact with one another, engaging in relationships, social activities and combating monsters. The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old male office worker whose avatar was married to hers to kill off his character. The man complained to police when he discovered his beloved online avatar was dead. The woman was arrested last Wednesday and detained in Sapporo, where the man lives, on suspicion of hacking. She could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000. Police said they did not know if the woman was married in real life.

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The readers write.

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