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 Jan 6 - 12, 2011 
Empire My Prince
Esther Tenenbaum in the 311 call center
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Newscity

The Hub

The eyes and ears of Burque

By Marisa Demarco

A lonely woman used to call 311, the city's information hotline, in the dead of night. She said her husband was a doctor, that she was home alone and just wanted to say hi. Operators got to know her on a personal level, says Esther Tenenbaum, division manager. "That's great, but that's not why we're here."

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Charles Reuben
Charles Reuben

In Memoriam

Empire My Prince

Carl Baum, trestle-maker

By Charles Reuben

I was shocked and awed when UNM offered me the job of assistant to Dr. Carl E. Baum. What could I possibly offer the most famous electromagnetic theoretician in the world? I was just a local poet and burned-out newspaper man who couldn’t even grasp the fundamentals of elementary calculus.

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Council Watch

El Pinto vs. Los Cuates: Fight!

By Carolyn Carlson

There was something blue lurking in the shadows of the Monday, Jan. 3 City Council meeting. A large turnout of police was expected to comment on the end of the take-home car perk, but no officers came to speak at the meeting. Instead, police union president Joey Sigala and a few others paced in and out of the room.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Connecticut—A would-be robber has been accused of taking a cell phone to a knife fight. Police in New London say Jerome Taylor, 20, wore a mask as he entered the Northern Indian Restaurant on State Street, pulled out what looked like a gun and demanded money. Several of the restaurant’s cooks snatched up knives and meat cleavers and refused to comply. At that point, the masked man told the cooks he was only kidding and fled the scene. Taylor was gone by the time police arrived, but they caught up with him a short time later. Officers said Taylor confessed to the crime, but told them he didn’t have a gun—only an iPhone.

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Letters

Thanks for your excellent article on the Lead/Coal mess [News, “All Torn Up About Lead and Coal,” Dec. 23-29]. I think the small business owners threatened by the Lead/Coal gentrification project were left out of the planning loop to avoid a howl of protest from them. I don't see how small businesses, not just on Lead but on now jam-packed Yale SE, will survive this disruption.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jan 19)

High Rollers

Game Night

By Rini Grammer
Snacks, games and music with friends.
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Big Foot

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jan 20)

Robot Dinosaurs: A Menace

Toughest Monster Trucks

By Joshua Lee
See Bigfoot driven by Larry Swim, Heavy Hitter driven by Derick Anson, Snake Bite driven by Vinny Venom, Megasaurus—the three story tall car-eating dinosaur and a flame throwing jet car—and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jan 21)

Rebel Grrls

Women's March on Washington

By Megan Reneau
Join the many unique cultural groups across New Mexico in an inclusive dialogue to become more educated about how to take positive and peaceful action to exercise your constitutional rights.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jan 28)

Underdog Pet Parade and Adoption Event

Join Weekly Alibi to celebrate all those less-than-perfect pooches.
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