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 V.13 No.9 | February 26 - March 3, 2004 

Newscity

While Politicians Talk About Jobs ...

Employees worry about health care, savings and debt

Like other election years, between now and November you'll hear the word "jobs" bandied about by politicians on the campaign trail. You'll see catchy photos in your mailbox, like the one of Heather Wilson wearing a hard hat and embracing a Hispanic guy in one of those taxpayer-funded campaign fliers. Every candidate jockying for votes will want you to feel good about your future job prospects, because that's always one of the issues pollsters and consultants say electoral victories are made of.

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Thin Line

Where did you get that information? Our pawn of a congresswoman was on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" show last week, regurgitating many of the same falsehoods about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction that the Bush administration was taken to task for: that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, that he received large quantities of uranium from Niger, Africa, and that Saddam is in league with members of al Qaeda, the group that claims responsibility for the September 11 attack.

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Council Watch

Coming and Going

With Councilor Eric Griego showing up late, Councilors Brad Winter and Craig Loy leaving early, and Councilors Michael Cadigan and Miguel Gomez not appearing at all, the Feb. 18 council podium resembled a busy take-out window.

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Payne's World

Random Observations

The Big-I looks like crap

February is set to give way to March, bringing with it the end of the latest installment of the state Legislature where all New Mexico's problems were thoughtfully addressed and solved in a spirit of bipartisanship; with neither individual legislators nor Gov. Bill Richardson stopping to worry about who might be getting the better of whom in the press. And if you believe that, you probably believe the state is cutting taxes and spending less money!

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Massachusetts—Last week's New England Journal of Medicine reported on a case in which French surgeons removed 12 pounds of coins from the stomach of a 62-year-old patient. The man, who had a history of psychiatric illness came to the emergency room of Cholet General Hospital in western France in 2002 complaining of stomach pain and an inability to eat or move his bowels. An X-ray revealed an enormous opaque mass, which turned out to be around 350 coins—approximately $650 worth. Readers of the New England Journal of Medicine wrote in and correctly diagnosed the unnamed man as suffering from a psychological condition known as pica, a rare compulsion to eat things not normally consumed as food. The man had his expensive stomach contents removed, but died 12 days later from complications.

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Letters

Greg Payne's column on the City Council's rejection of a building project on Walter Street in Huning Highlands (Payne's World, Feb. 19-15) omits any mention of the specific grounds on which the project was opposed by the Huning Highlands Neighborhood Association (not by "a couple of neighborhood activists"). Apart from zoning questions raised (which this writer cannot pretend to understand), there were other objections which, if Mr. Payne had paid any attention to them, would have made clear grounds of the councilor's "difficult to explain" and "irrational" negative votes on the plan.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 14)

Davy Jones' Peep Show

That's A Moray

Indulge your animal instincts with the a guided tour learning about the exotic, erotic and often curious romantic rituals of aquatic animals.
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AMC

EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Feb 15)

S'all Good!

Better Call Saul Season Two Premiere Watch Party

Watch the premiere with other fans plus live painting of the characters in the show, vendors, food, beer and prizes.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 19)

Albuquerque Death Cafe

People come together in a relaxed, confidential and safe setting to discuss death while eating delicious cake or cookies.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Feb 20)

Battle of the Beards

People show their prized beards, real and fake, to compete with others.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 21)

Albuquerque March and Rally to Unite Against Hate! Stand up to Trump & Bigotry

March with others to stand up to hate, violence, injustice, sexism, homophobia, transpobia and racism in the US and New Mexico.
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Today's Events

Latin Love Fest at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Mingle in a magical Valentine’s atmosphere of chocolate fountains, desserts, cash bar and one gorgeous, brand new, enormous dance floor.

Pre-registration for Book Club Bonanza Ends at Main Library

Treat Thyself: A Day of Pampering and Relaxation at Desert Montessori School

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