Alibi V.13 No.31 • July 29-Aug 4, 2004 

Newscity

Drug War Politics

Murderers and rapists can get financial aid, but drug offenders—forget it

On Friday, July 22, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) rescinded his support of "The Second Chance Act" (on the last working day, before the 108th Congress adjourned for August recess), and now the bill must be put on hold until at least September.

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Thin Line

Darren, what were you thinking? Ah summer! Your mind goes numb in the blazing heat, your body gets even lazier than usual and the average news day is just plain slow.

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Payne's World

Breaking with Convention

Another sorry chapter in the Albuquerque Convention Center debacle

If you're a high-ranking city official in the midst of hiring an employee to oversee a couple of multi-million dollar a year contracts the city has with private companies, do you:

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Scott Rickson

On Assignment

Gas Pains

If poor gas mileage hurts the U.S. economy and harms public health and the environment, why don't lawmakers call for greater efficiency?

Do you know what CAFE is? No, not your local croissant and cappuccino outlet, this acronym stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy, a spate of vehicle fuel economy requirements mandated by Congress in 1975 in response to the Middle East oil crisis. CAFE rules demanded that automakers increase fuel economy for light-duty vehicles from an average of 13.1 miles per gallon (mpg) to 27.5 mpg for cars and 20.7 mpg for light-duty trucks. They were given until 1985 to come into compliance. What happened? The world did not end! We got cars with better gas mileage.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Sweden—Teenagers at a three-day music festival got their mouths washed out with soap—but it was entirely voluntary. It didn't take long for revelers at the Baltic Sea Music Festival in Karlshamn to figure out that the liquid soap used in the portable toilets contained 62 percent alcohol. Carbonated beverages spiked with the detergent soon became the drink of choice over the long weekend. “I suspected something was wrong because the soap went like hot cakes,” Anders Persson, whose company Bajamaja was hired to provide 65 portable latrines, told the Associated Press. Most of the soap dispensers had been smashed open and emptied by the end of the festival. One 14-year-old girl was briefly hospitalized with a minor stomach ache after pouring too much soap into her soda. Access to alcohol is strictly regulated in Sweden, with the state monopoly selling spirits only through a national chain of retail outlets.

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Letters

Thank you for the article "Support Our Troops, Dump Bush." [RE: "Bush's Unnecessary War," July 8-14] In it, Lt. Col. Garcia explained the March 31, 2004 mutilation of four American businesspeople in Fallujah: "You know, I have no way of knowing, but it's entirely possible that the people who did that had family members who were blown up by our bombs."

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Quit Your WINEing!

Albuquerque Wine Festival

Enjoy the award-winning musicians, dine on delicious local cuisine, enjoy free painting classes and shop from over 50 local artisans.
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Sex Ed, But Not Terrible

Sex Ed Game Show and Carnival

A game show with consented audience participation on everyone's favorite subject as well as prizes, a spanking booth and more.
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Art Created by Valerie Serna

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Gettin' the Wrigglies

Vermicomposting: Worm Farms for Fun and Profit

Jeremy Bridge addresses everything needed to know about compost worms, from how to select and establish a bin, to harvesting compost and troubleshooting common problems.
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Ready to Cross the Fine Line

8th Annual ABQ Blues and Brews

The kickoff celebration for ABQ Beer Week boasts over 80 breweries, unlimited sampling and five fantastic blues bands.
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Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

Learn how to bring these winged beauties to the yard and help bring back the Monarchs in greater numbers.
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Corrales Garden Tour

A self-guided tour of six private gardens newly landscaped, rejuvenated and mature gardens from the Bosque to the sandhills.
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Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike

An instructional hike led by Dara Saville of Albuquerque Herbalism. Registration required.
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Pint Size Polkas

Mike Schneider brings the happiest music on earth together with magic and comedy, promising tons of fun for the whole family.
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Scribbling Machine

Make a motorized contraption that bounces, spins, bumps and moves to leave a mark to trace its path. For ages 13 to 17. Registration required.
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