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 Aug 12 - 18, 2004 

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Blowing the Whistle on the Bureau

FBI has long track record of hostility toward internal complaints

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Yet again, the strong arm of the federal government has come under attack from within. After the 9-11 Commission's report criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation for continued failings in antiterrorism efforts arising from "gaps between some of the announced reforms and the reality of the field" (in the words of the report), another former agent has stepped forward to expand the litany of criticisms.


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Thin Line

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The press loves statistics because they give a story the patina of fact, of being based on firm and undeniable proof. But as last week's frenzied and contradictory media coverage of Kerry's anticipated "bounce" in the polls showed, there is always more than one way to read the numbers.


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Commentary

Supersizing Albuquerque

From the beginning, Paseo has been about only one thing

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It's a long story, but in the mid-'80s I found myself at a Bastille Day party in the Rio Puerco Valley. We were 15 miles beyond the western edge of town, in the unused headquarters of a worn-out ranch. I found myself talking to a real estate agent, whose eyes shone as he explained how the valley would fill with suburban neighborhoods. The key to his dream was a good road, which he predicted would soon be built. The road's name was the Northwest Loop. When the road came, the ranch would be transformed from isolated range land to prime real estate.


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Council Watch

Roaring Back

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After a month's vacation, city councilors returned on Aug. 2 and ripped through legislation like a squad of superheroes. Crying “One for All and All for One,” they passed every bill unanimously.


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Ortiz y Pino

Whose Economic Recovery?

Once again, the president is full of baloney

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Every time I hear George W. Bush brag about turning around the economy I do a double take. What are you talking about? I see pitiful little evidence of an economic recovery going on, no matter how many ads our president buys to try to convince us of the contrary.


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Payne's World

Bouncing Up and Down

Face facts, Dems: Kerry is a crappy candidate

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Anyone with any lingering doubts that John Kerry's lackluster acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention had practically no impact on the race for the White House need only look to the polls.


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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

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Dateline: Poland—Police in the Baltic port city of Gdansk are searching for the thief, or more likely thieves, responsible for stealing a 400-ton bridge. A Gdansk construction company had stored and forgotten the disassembled bridge in a local warehouse. According to Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza the bridge was discovered missing during a recent inventory of the storage unit. Police believe a gang of scrap metal thieves made off with the bridge in bits and pieces over the course of several months. An insurance claim made by the construction company estimates the bridge is worth nearly two million zloty ($500,000).


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Letters

Thank you for the article "Gas Pains" by Rhett Zyla that appeared in the July 29-Aug. 4 issue. The author asks a highly pertinent question. While we are in the midst of a volatile war that is arguably greatly motivated by our country's addiction to oil, our government continues to deny technological advancements that could save us billions of gallons of gas, and therefore billions of dollars and untold human lives. The answer to this question can be found by examining who the current movers and shakers of this government are. Republicans' lackluster support for environmental protection is no secret and the fact that the GOP controls the House and Senate must be noted. But specifically, it is the Bush administration that has heralded in a new age of unprecedented environmental attacks.


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Seas the Day

Pirate Adventure Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Corrales

By Maggie Grimason
Enjoy 2.6 miles of trail through a corn maze, pumpkin patch picking, petting zoo, picnic area and barrel train rides. Keep a look out for the pirates.
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Have You Met Ted?

TEDxABQ Two-Day Event

By Maggie Grimason
An exploration of emerging ideas from New Mexicans focused on the community.
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Gimme Shelter

Build Your Refuge Day

By Maggie Grimason
Help build the first trail on the refuge, voice ideas for education and interpretation programs and help the design of the visitor center. Also enjoy kids' activities, tours, food trucks, music and augas frescas.
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Reefer in Reality

The Medicine in Marijuana Film Screening

By Joshua Lee
The biggest thorns in the paw of medical cannabis are the lack of research available on the subject and the vast amount of misinformation bandied about by both its friends and foes. Using a National Academy of Sciences report as a starting point, Ben Daitz and Ned Judge present The Medicine in Marijuana, a documentary that tells the stories of cannabis patients and practitioners. For one time only, meet the cast and crew in person at the Guild Cinema, this Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1pm for a showing of the film and Q&A. Tickets are $7 at the door.
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A Consensual Cuddle Puddle

The Cuddle Revolution

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
This is a completely platonic experience for adults only. Please arrive on time. Use a series of exercises to practice consensual and safe touch, as well as authentic connection.
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Ragin' Like the Pagans

Pagan Pride Festival

By Ramona Beezus
It's fall again and time for the 18th Annual Pagan Pride Day Festival. Through education, activism, charity and community a better understanding of Paganism can be part of the higher consciousness. For the price of a canned food item, bag of rice or sack of beans you can enjoy a day filled with activities and entertainment at beautiful Bataan Park at Lomas and Carlisle. The food donations given help to feed families across Albuquerque. All food collected is donated to the First Unitarian Church food pantry. The day's activities include vendors, kids' corner, artisan gallery, workshops, live entertainment and more. Come out to see special musical guest star, Wendy Rule. Pagan Pride day takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 9am to 5pm. This is an all-day event so bring a picnic basket, but if that isn't enough to satiate the hunger, check out local food trucks, with vegan and vegetarian options provided by Street Food Institute.
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