We Got the Neutron Bomb
A chat with a WMD disarmament specialist
By Marisa Demarco
Michael Spies never anticipated going to work for the United Nations. "It always seemed to be something of an unobtainable aspiration for someone who doesn't have the pedigree," he says. He didn't attend a university in the Northeast, and he doesn't have any political connections. Instead, Spies got his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of New Mexico.
Lewis Calls for TSA Replacement
By Carolyn Carlson
The Council elected Don Harris as its president during the Monday, Dec. 6 meeting. Councilor Rey Garduño will step in to do his turn as vice president. Former President Ken Sanchez will serve as chairman of the Committee of the Whole. Other appointments were tabled until the Dec. 20 meeting.
Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O’Leary
Dateline: Ghana—A 72-year-old grandmother suffered a horrific death when she was burned alive by a mob after being accused of witchcraft. As reported in Ghana’s Daily Graphic, a group of five people allegedly tortured Ama Hemmah in order to extract a confession of witchcraft before dousing her in kerosene and setting her on fire. The suspects, including the preacher of a local evangelical church, denied the charges. According to Pastor Samuel Fletcher Sagoe, 55, he and his compatriots were simply praying to exorcise an evil spirit from the woman when the anointing oil they had applied to her body accidentally caught fire. The incident occurred at Site 15, a suburb of Tema Community 1 near the capital city of Accra. A student nurse, who happened upon the scene, attempted to rescue the woman, but the victim died of her burns within 24 hours of arrival at the Tema General Hospital. So far, no arrests have been made, but the case has been turned over to the Attorney General’s Department for possible prosecution.
Our addiction to oil can have disastrous impacts on the environment and economies that depend on it. We saw a prime example of that this summer as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico washed oil-drenched birds and fish on our shores and fishermen lost the source of their livelihood almost instantly. Luckily, President Obama reinstated an offshore drilling moratorium for sensitive areas [last] week, which will help protect those ecosystems and people who depend on them. However, this moratorium does not take land-based drilling into account, which impacts New Mexico directly.
Albuquerque Pagan Pride Day
By Maggie Grimason
Over 30 exotic merchants, workshops, ritualistic plays, belly dancing, artisan displays and games and activities for the whole family.
New Mexico Dahlia Festival
By Renée Chavez
A floral competition featuring design, photos and blossoms.
Curiosities of New Mexico
By Joshua Lee
A panel of presentations that will cover fascinating yet less-known nuances of the state's history like Diné Memories of the Crownpoint Boarding School during the 1960s, the Red Power movement and more.
Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
By Megan Reneau
Browse gemstones, mineral specimens, rough rock, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools and equipment.
By Desiree Garcia
Taste authentic Greek cuisine, watch dancers streaming by in colorful costumes, enjoy browsing imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries and tour the St. George Church.
24 Hour Comics Day
By Devin D. O'Leary
Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
By Renée Chavez
Enjoy the signature brews, live music, live art demonstrations, games and a special beer release while raising money for the charity There's A Better Way to help local homeless families.
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