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 V.13 No.29 | July 15 - 21, 2004 

Newscity

Wanted: Young Albuquerque Voters!

Local voter registration drives focus on presidential election and beyond

By any reasonable measure, the 2000 presidential election was a disaster. Nobody knows for certain whether Bush or Gore won. And amidst Florida's voting irregularities and the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial intervention, there is another debacle of sorts that gets less attention. That is, four years ago less than 30 percent of 25 million eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 24 voted. In other words, roughly 17 million young Americans that could have voted chose not to.

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Thin Line

Who me? Couldn't be. Last week, a New York Post employee told hated rival The New York Times that the source of the Post's shockingly inept cover story on Tuesday, July 6, that proclaimed Democratic presidential contender John Kerry had chosen Dick Gephardt to be his running mate came from the Post's owner, Rupert Murdoch. The story, missing a byline, even ran a giant, National Enquirer-style front-page photo with Kerry and Gephardt peering deeply into each other's eyes, as if tongue action were going to ensue. Needless to say, Murdoch's Manhattan-based daily quickly became the laughingstock of the media world.

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Commentary

The Real Meaning of "No Reasonable Alternatives"

Extending Paseo del Norte is not the best way to give Westside residents the traffic relief they deserve

As someone who spent 22 years doing environmental compliance work, I was surprised by the recent report on Paseo del Norte by the Mid-Region Council of Governments (one of whose members is the city of Albuquerque). In over 20 years in that field, I never saw a public agency come so close to calling a proposed road a foolish idea. Still, the report contains a giant escape hatch for supporters of extending Paseo del Norte through the petroglyph monument. One page of the report states, "there are no reasonable alternatives to the currently planned alignment for the Paseo del Norte extension." Even Gov. Bill Richardson seized on this wording, in his Albuquerque Journal op-ed piece of July 5.

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Ortiz y Pino

Nader's Siren Song is Tempting, But ...

Big government resides on both sides of the aisle

I heard Ralph Nader on Amy Goodman's “Democracy Now” radio show the other day and I have to tell you that the guy makes so much sense that I almost found myself tempted to vote for him. Almost. At least I realized, somewhat guiltily, that I was hoping that somehow the Democratic candidate ("my guy") John Kerry would take positions as strong as Ralph's.

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Payne's World

Michael Moore's True Believers

Fahrenheit 9/11 stirs up anti-Bush crowd, or was it just a glucose high fueled by Skittles?

There probably won't be any impact on my daughter because she attended an early afternoon screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 on the Fourth of July. At three weeks of age, she can't vote (although it is New Mexico) and spent most of the 120 minutes asleep in her mother's arms anyway. And while there are parts of the movie I wish I'd slept through, my suspicion is that Fahrenheit 9/11 will have some impact on the November elections.

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Letters

[RE: Letters, "What's Entertainment?" July 8-14] While I do understand Chef Kent's concern that his advertising is being lost amongst the sex ads, his letter was unnecessarily condescending to strippers. I am both an artist and a stripper, and one does not make me more worthy as a human being than the other. I've worked hard at both professions, neither is easy, but both have brought great rewards. Stripping is hard work. It is fast money, but it is not easy money.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: India—And you thought American bureaucrats were good at passing the buck. Laloo Prasad Yadav, India's railway minister, told The Times of India newspaper that he was not to blame for a rash of accidents that have hit the country's aging railway system. Instead, he claims, the fate of all 13 million daily passengers rests in the hands of the Hindu god of machines. “Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma,” Yadav was quoted in last Friday's edition as saying. “So is the safety of passengers. It is his duty [to ensure safety], not mine.” Yadav's statement came less than a month after 20 passengers were killed and around 100 injured when a passenger train plunged off a bridge in western India after hitting a boulder. India's railway system, which stretches for more than 200,000 miles, sees accidents nearly every day thanks in part to a badly outdated infrastructure and a lack of mechanical upkeep.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Sep 25)

Support your Local Non-prophet

Albuquerque Pagan Pride Day

Over 30 exotic merchants, workshops, ritualistic plays, belly dancing, artisan displays and games and activities for the whole family.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Sep 25)

Little Blossoms

New Mexico Dahlia Festival

A floral competition featuring design, photos and blossoms.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Sep 27)

Strangely Forgotten

Curiosities of New Mexico

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.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

Got Minerals?

Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show

Browse gemstones, mineral specimens, rough rock, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools and equipment.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

OPA!

Grecian Festival

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.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

DIY Adventures

24 Hour Comics Day

Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

Latte Birthday Wishes

Birthday Bash

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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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 5)

Night at the Museum

Outside of the Box

Music and dancing with DJ Mike Vetter, cash bar and food trucks with snacks for purchase, local vendors, talk by pilot of the beautiful fractals hot air balloon and much more.
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Today's Events

New Mexico Dahlia Festival at Albuquerque Garden Center

A floral competition featuring design, photos and blossoms.

Santa Fe Concorso at The Club at Las Campanas

ABQ Home Remodeling and Lifestyle Show at Expo New Mexico

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