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 V.13 No.25 | June 17 - 23, 2004 


Shady Company Shuts Down

MCI's defection caused by “several negative factors”

The words economic development flow easily across the lips of New Mexico politicians who build their careers on promises of improving the quality of life and improving the state's unemployment rate by bringing a steady flow of new jobs to town. However, in order to make good on this promise they often resort to courting flighty companies that bring with them low-level, menial jobs and an abrupt exit strategy that leaves the local economy staggered.

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Thin Line

Ga-Ga for the Gipper

After last week's marathon coverage of former-President Ronald Reagan's death went from sublime to surreal, a little dose of reality is in order. Not to bash Reagan (it is tragic that his brain died at least 10 years before his body would admit it), but after reading a full-page elegy in the Wall Street Journal that practically deified the Gipper and looking at seven days of awe-struck headlines in the Albuquerque Journal, I was left to wonder: Where is the news media getting all this information about Reagan being one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century? Well, not from Gallup polling data.

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Council Watch

Almost a Triple Crown

The June 7 City Council meeting seemed close to scoring unanimous agreement on every bill. Councilors Brad Winter and Craig Loy were excused, leaving seven members racing for the historic goal. It looked like a sure thing coming into the home stretch, but then the next to last bill regarding a city Personnel Board appointment hit the table around 9 p.m. By this time, Councilors Sally Mayer and Tina Cummins had also vanished from the track, leaving only five members galloping toward agreement. Four voted down the appointment, but Council President Michael Cadigan supported the bill and became Albuquerque's Birdstone, wrecking the unanimous record.

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Ortiz y Pino

The Specter of Santa Feication

Another take on East Downtown's urban renewal efforts

I was amazed at the reaction I got to my recent piece suggesting gentrification (in the form of the East of Downtown Development just approved by the Planning Commission) might be a blessing for some neighborhoods, not a curse.

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Payne's World

Buying Blow from the Bench

Brennan's bust exposes clueless local media

Where would the Chief Justice of our State District Court buy cocaine? Tony Montana might have the answer, but a 57-year-old judge? Where does someone in his position go to score blow?

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Germany—This disgusting highway spill-over story comes to us from Bremen, where a truck hauling 9,000 gallons of pig blood spilled its entire cargo on the Autobahn last Wednesday after it was rear-ended. At least one other vehicle crashed due to the sanguinary spill-over. Authorities had to close the highway for several hours. The truck had reportedly been hauling the waste blood from the Netherlands for disposal.

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[RE: "Sun of a Bitch," May 13-19] Sunbathing is dangerous if you smoke, booze and eat common American processed cooked crap! Sunbathing is marvelously beneficial if you are smoke-free, booze-free, drug-free, soap-free, cosmetic-free, sunscreen-free and eat only raw vegan foods.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Get Learnt


Influential women share their expertise on topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
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A Grin that Glows

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest

Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Mars in a Handbasket

Generation Beyond: Mars Experience Bus

Kids experience travelling to Mars in a virtual reality bus, taking a tour along the surface of the Red Planet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Trick or Treat for the World

UNICEF Costume Party and Fundraiser

Trick-or-treat in costume, enjoy snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun while raising money for refugee children across the world.
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Today's Events

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest at Sandia Speedway

Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.

Trolley of Terror at ABQ Trolley Co. @ Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Madrid's Museum of Death at Mine Shaft Tavern

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