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 Nov 6 - 12, 2008 
Kimberley and Bobby Garcia Jr. got help paying their rent from the CNM Foundation
Eric Williams

Newscity

Smart Money

Students stay afloat in a tumultuous economy

By Simon McCormack

Kimberley Garcia decided she wanted to make more than $7 an hour.

There was no opportunity to move up the ladder at her job cleaning hotel rooms, so the wife and mother of two decided to apply to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).

She was excited, but her joy only lasted a few weeks. She soon found out going to school meant putting her job status in peril. Because of her class schedule, Garcia was unable to work the hours her employer needed her to. Garcia lost her job and so did her husband, who worked for a small construction company that folded under the weight of the poor housing market. Garcia and her husband were late on rent and in danger of getting kicked out of their home. Both were attending classes at CNM, and they didn’t want to quit.

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Answer Me This

By Marisa Demarco

How's the breast milk in our state? What did some Las Cruces men want removed from city logos? Who made violent racist comments? What unusual headline did a state newspaper display?

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Ortiz y Pino

What Happened to the Republicans?

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

As I write this, one week before the votes get counted in this year’s election, the question I still can’t answer satisfactorily is “What the heck happened to the Republican Party?”

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Spain—A British expat who speaks only a few words of Spanish has become the “accidental mayor” of a town on the Costa Blanca. Mark Lewis, 58, has been left in charge of San Fulgencio after the mayor, deputy mayor and four senior councilors were all taken into police custody following corruption allegations. Mr. Lewis was given the title as he is the only one of the two councilors from the ruling coalition not to be arrested, reports the Daily Telegraph. Mr. Lewis refused to comment on his new position except to say, “It’s only temporary, I hope.” Lewis, who lives in Spain with his family, previously held the title of Councilor for Animals, which involved organizing searches for lost pets and monitoring the local animal rescue shelter.

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Letters

In a reply to the Alibi article “The Definitive KiMo Ghost” [Feature, Oct. 23-29] New Mexico Paranormal Investigators (NMPI) would like the opportunity to refute certain misleading and disparaging claims.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 2)

Christmas Rocks

Mother Nature's Luminarias

By Renée Chavez
An interactive black light adventure in the brightly colored world of fluorescent minerals.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 2)

The Other Rio Grande

River of Lights

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Twinkle, Twinkle, Albuquerque Stars

Twinkle Light Parade

By Desiree Garcia
Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Run, Santa, Run

Santa Shuffle and Elf Scoot

By Joshua Lee
Watch runners complete a 5K or walk a 1K in a Santa costume.
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Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush, 2005
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Dec 4)

Armed with Knowledge

Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration

By August March
Learn more about the life and ideals of the South African patriot and president who changed the world.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Dec 7)

Second Star to the Right

Stargazing Night

By Megan Reneau
Peer through telescopes at the dark winter sky. Learn about stars, constellations and other night sky objects with astronomers from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society.
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