Alibi V.18 No.23 • June 4-10, 2009 

Answer Me This

A teen escaped from lockup—what was he convicted of? What happened to $16 million of APS' money? New Mexico's hungry get some welcome news. And who might throw a hat into the gubernatorial race?

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Jeff Drew

Health

Medical Debt

Overcoming an illness is only half the battle for cash-strapped New Mexicans

Rebecca says she felt safe because she had medical insurance.

That sense of security lasted until she was diagnosed with cervical and colon cancer in August. Rebecca, whose name has been changed for this story, says her medical expenses quickly mounted. "What they don't tell you is, even with insurance, when you have cancer and surgery and chemo and every test in the book, it costs a lot of money," Rebecca says. "You kind of gotta look around and dig up the money."

Her insurance covered some of the cost, but Rebecca's out-of-pocket expenses came to almost $5,000. Rebecca used what little savings she had and credit cards to cover some of the bills. She also got help from the Anita Salas Memorial Fund, which helps New Mexico women diagnosed with breast cancer or cervical cancer.

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Council Bite

Agenda Lite

Keshet Dance Company has a new home—the historic KiMo Theatre. At the Monday, June 1 meeting, councilors approved two measures forging a partnership with Keshet to operate the KiMo and lease the Freed Building next door. Keshet has about $150,000 in state money to spend on programs.

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News Bite

DigiBoobTube

The June 12 transition is imminent

New Mexico has the distinction of being the least-prepared state in the nation for the digital TV transition.

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The Radford Files

A Skeptical Look at American Beauty

It is widely assumed that Americans are heavily influenced by pop culture, including the belief that thin fashion models harm girls and women. But is there good scientific evidence to support this? That question was raised May 3, when the film America the Beautiful was screened in Albuquerque. The premise is simple: America has an unhealthy obsession with beauty and perfection, with disastrous consequences. The film claims that airbrushed media images of thin models are leading most women to a vicious cycle of starvation diets, low self-esteem and anorexia.

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City Boss Fight 2009

Union Love for the Big Guy

The race to be the city’s top dog saw some salvos fired to salute Mayor “still not an official candidate” Martin Chavez. AFSCME, the city’s largest union, endorsed the sitting mayor—though perhaps through gritted teeth.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Japan—A publishing company has printed the world’s first toilet-paper-based book. Drop, a new novella by horror author Koji Suzuki, is being released exclusively on rolls of toilet paper. The nine-chapter story, which takes place in a public restroom, takes up about three feet of the roll and is designed to be read in just a few minutes, according to the manufacturer, Hayashi Paper. Each roll carries several copies of the story, in case someone else comes along and “uses” the chapter you’re on. Hayashi promotes the toilet paper, which sells for 210 yen ($2.20) a roll, as “a horror experience in the toilet.” Toilets in Japan were traditionally tucked away in a dark corner of the house due to religious beliefs that evil spirits could haunt the stinky bowls. Parents would tease children that a hairy hand might pull them down into the dark pool below. The TP’s author, Suzuki, is known as “the Stephen King of Japan,” having penned the popular novel Ring, which was turned into several films in Japan and Hollywood.

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Letters

[Re: News Profile, “The Long Haul,” May 28-June 3] I commend the volunteers at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice for their efforts. However, their attempts to change human behavior, which can be very brutal, is all in vain. As long as there are leaders like those in North Korea, Iran, Lebanon and more, nothing will change. Our government is usually the target of peaceniks while others go uncriticized. P&J needs to set up in offices in Ar Riyad, Moscow and Pyongyang. As I said previously, it will do no good and their efforts will be no more successful than an individual who died on a cross some 2,000 years ago. Their efforts should be redirected to legalizing marijuana. This might be more appreciated by the homeless they feed. I would be greatly thankful.

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