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 V.13 No.30 | July 22 - 28, 2004 


A Test for Forgiveness

John Ryan's candidacy for a seat in the Legislature raises ghosts from the past, highlights divisions among state GOP leaders

John Ryan, just like anybody else, has had his good days and bad days. Last inweek, though, the state Senate candidate had a particularly stressful day when a felony conviction from his past resurfaced after he sent a letter to prospective voters acknowledging his "participation in a burglary" more than 20 years ago.

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Thin Line

Welcome to the most read and most trusted column in Albuquerque. That's right, Thin Line is a no spin zone, where we report, you decide. Some people say Thin Line is the most fair and balanced journalism you will find anywhere in the United States. And that's a good thing, because other news outlets, unlike Thin Line, are so skewed and biased, you and me practically puke at the sight of it.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: England—In what sounds like a textbook example of “adding insult to injury,” a 28-year-old man, who shot himself in the groin after drinking 15 pints of beer and stuffing a sawed-off shotgun down his pants, was sentenced to five years in jail recently. David Walker underwent emergency surgery after the March 26 incident in Dinnington. Prosecuting lawyer Andrew Hatton told the court that Walker had gone home to get the shotgun after arguing in the pub with lifelong friend Stuart Simpson about whose turn it was to buy a beer. Walker retrieved the illegal shotgun and returned to the pub, only to find it closed. At that point, Walker apparently discharged the weapon on accident. “He had it shoved down his trousers,” Hatton said. “After the shotgun had discharged, he placed it in a rubbish bin and crawled home.” Walker told officers he was so drunk he had no idea how he managed to shoot himself or why he had gone home for the gun. Walker was sentenced to a mandatory five years thanks to recent legislation regarding banned weapons. Tests are continuing to determine if Walker would be left infertile.

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Payne's World

The Things People Say and Do

Compliments and scorn come in all colors

When it comes to doling out compliments to city bureaucrats, I'll be the first to admit that I tend to be more Simon Cowell than Paula Abdul. But after watching him speak at a recent meeting of the Economic Forum, I have to say that Jay Czar was one of our best public servants and will be greatly missed.

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Ortiz y Pino

Mayoral Election Runoff an Amendment Away from Reality

Voters get to decide in November

One of the three proposed state constitutional amendments that will be on this November's ballot could create a very interesting scenario for Albuquerque's next mayoral election if it passes. Constitutional Amendment 3 will permit municipalities to hold runoff elections.

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[RE: "Downtown Arena Plan Moves Forward," July 8-14] I am very supportive of most developments Downtown, and like to see business other than bars appear in the area. However, I am not supportive of the most recent development as detailed in the Alibi regarding the construction of a 10,000 seat arena between Central and Martin Luther King. Obviously, as stated in the article, "Albuquerque makes decisions more rapidly" than other cities, perhaps too rapidly. The location for this arena is poorly thought out and will only serve to bring congestion and aggravation to an already congested area. The type of events and the numbers of attendees will substantially increase many undesirable aspects for nearby neighborhoods, namely increased noise levels, crime, alcohol related incidents and traffic. Now, as for the traffic, I might not object so vigorously if some parking provisions were to be made, but in a stupidly shortsighted leap at dollars, this development has no added parking in an area where it is already difficult to park. As far as using the existing parking structures, this might be a good idea except that the arena attendees will not pay the higher parking fees when they can fill up all the other (albeit scant) parking, and spill out into residential and/or other areas. In the end, it will end up that the other Downtown employees, tourists and customers will have no parking alternatives available except the over-priced event parking, which will result in a drop in Downtown vitality and attendance overall.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 22)


Naturalist Series: Bats Found Around the World

Dr. Ernie Valdez from the U.S. Geological Survey discusses different shapes, sizes and colors of bats that occur around the world and their unique behaviors that reflect their amazing morphology.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 22)

Pittie the Fool

Eighth Annual Pittie Parade

Celebrate your favorite pet with adoptable dogs and several rescue groups. Participate in the Pittie Parade and canine costume and tricks contests.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 23)

Straight Outta Carlsbad

A Special Evening with Linda Wertheimer

The legendary broadcast journalist and New Mexico native discusses her unique insights on today's top news stories. A panel discussion featuring KUNM’s news staff follows Wertheimer’s presentation.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 23)

Running Water

Third Annual Acequia Celebration and Fun Run

Support a benefit for a small South Valley organization that aims to protect and preserve ways of life and local traditions in our community.
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