Feb 9 - 15, 2006 
George Bach (left) and Larry Kronen are attorneys representing Laura Berg, a VA nurse who was investigated for “sedition” for writing a letter to the   Alibi   critical of the Bush administration.

Newscity

Big Brother is Watching

A letter printed in the Alibi leads to the investigation of a local VA nurse for "sedition"

By Steven Robert Allen

George W. Bush's America just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser, doesn't it? Consider the case of Laura Berg—a local Veterans Affairs (VA) nurse currently represented by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys George Bach and Larry Kronen in a peculiar matter that seems to involve official retribution against Berg for her criticisms of the Bush administration.

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Typical weekday traffic congestion on Second Street approaching Montaño. Photo taken at 4:15 p.m.
Berry Ives

Commentary

The Long and Winding Roads

Will the Paseo and Montaño road projects do what they promise?

By Berry Ives

The extension of Paseo del Norte and the proposed four-lane restriping of Montaño are two of the most controversial road projects in the city. Even though both of these projects still face legal challenges, they have also recently gained significant victories for their proponents, with Paseo winning in U.S. District Court and Montaño winning a vote of approval by the MRCOG Transportation Board.

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Ortiz y Pino

My Stint in the Movies

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

An urgent call from a friend on my voice mail set off alarm bells. “Jerry! I just went past your house and there are cops and SWAT team cars all over the place! Give me a call; hope you and your family are all right.”

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Guest Editorial

Starving Artists Unite!

It's time we support our friendly local arts organizations

By Eric Griego

I've decided to start a new organization: End Artist Starvation (EAS). I know it's not a very catchy title for an organization, but it gets to the point. Too many of our arts organizations and the singers, painters, actors, playwrights and directors they support are struggling. Keeping underfunded arts companies functioning has become an artform in itself. It's crazy that those who provide so much creativity to our civic life are living on the economic edge.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O'Leary

Dateline: England—A man in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, lost his appetite when he checked the label of a packet of ham he had purchased at the local supermarket and found “dog shit” listed among the ingredients. Mick Woods, 34, examined another of the 12 oz. containers of cooked, sliced ham and saw the same “additive” listed. “Obviously, I haven't eaten it,” he told reporters. “It sort of puts you off.” Meat packer HR Hargreaves & Son is recalling the products. A spokesperson for the Manchester-based firm said, “We can't have people fooling about with food products. A number of packs are affected. We're trying to find out what shops they're in.” According to detectives, a 21-year-old employee of the meat manufacturer has been arrested on suspicion of tampering with the labels. “We spent 40 minutes laughing,” added Woods. “But we haven't put any in the kids' sandwiches.”

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Letters

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