Aug 20 - 26, 2009 

One of the kennels at the Westside shelter
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News Feature

Living Like Animals

A walk through the city's shelters

By Christie Chisholm

More than 10 years ago the city's animal shelters were declared inhumane and abusive. It started in 1998, when a woman named Marcy Britton discovered practices that led her to file a lawsuit against the city (using her entire life savings in the process—a sum totaling more than $95,000). The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was called in, and the organization released a report in 2000.

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The storage silos at American Cement’s transfer station sit in a North Valley neighborhood.
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Neverending Stories

Air Conditioning

American Cement's permit will likely be approved, but public input could keep the company on a tighter leash

By Simon McCormack

Hours of heated debate probably won't stop a North Valley cement company from operating 24 hours a day and escalating pollution.

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From a 2008 Duke City Derby game at the Taos Youth and Family Center.
Elisa Baker

Derby Wars

House Hunting

Prospects dim for finding an indoor Albuquerque venue this year, but the league remains resilient

By Simon McCormack

When asked whether he feels confident Duke City Derby will find a venue, John Morningstar takes a several-second pause before answering.

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Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

Which company announced it will be doling out layoffs? Why did a mom say she was shoplifting? What did a 6-year-old girl want for her birthday? Why is a man facing 18 felony counts?

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Ortiz y Pino

Wrong Side of the Law

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

When I was younger I didn’t have such a tough time obeying the law, but lately, in my mature years, it seems I’m hanging out more and more with a pretty hardened bunch of criminals. At least, to hear the city and state tell it, a whole raft of my friends and relatives have stamped themselves as notorious scofflaws ... myself included.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Nigeria—A stuttering man who says he can’t find a girlfriend has announced plans to marry his pillow instead. Okeke Ikechuku, a 26-year-old laborer from Lagos, told Nairobi’s Daily Metro that his stammer makes it difficult for him to speak to girls, who laugh at him whenever he talks. Nonetheless, Ikechuku admits that he has needs and wants a companion to sleep with. Ikechuku says he has been sleeping with his pillow since he was 16 and has fallen in love with it. Unlike a woman, he adds, the pillow will cost him little or nothing to maintain. According to the article, he plans to spend the rest of his life with it.

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