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 Feb 9 - 15, 2006 

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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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

Sen. Jeff Bingaman's tortured explanation of his reasoning in what amounted to a vote in favor of Samuel Alito's appointment to the Supreme Court was an insult to the dignity and intelligence of his constituents. Bingaman voted against Alito's confirmation because, he said, Alito would shift the court too far to the right. On the other hand, Bingaman said he voted against a filibuster because Alito was an “able jurist” and therefore qualified to sit on the court. Bingaman knew there weren't enough votes to derail Alito's confirmation and that the only hope of doing so lay in supporting a filibuster. Thus, in the only meaningful vote for Democrats at that stage, yea or nay on the filibuster, Bingaman voted in favor of Bush's right-wing nominee.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Mar 25)

Ridin' Derby

Duke City Roller Derby Season Opener

By Renée Chavez
The Dooms Dames take on the Disco Brawlers.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Mar 26)

This Must be the Pace

Safari Run

By Maggie Grimason
Kids race a 1k while adults participate in a 5k or run in an 8k. The run benefits non-profit Global Health Partnerships, an organization that provides medical care and humanitarian aid to the poor in rural Kenya with local community support.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Mar 31)

Come Together

QTPOC Meet and Greet

By Megan Reneau
Connect with other queer and or trans people of color. Learn about organizations and events from members of the community.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

Bleeding Hearts to the Rescue

Wildlife Rescue Training for Volunteers

By Renée Chavez
Learn ways you can help and care for more than 2,000 wild animals each year. Ages 11 and up welcome.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

#Winning

April Fools A.R.T. Fest

By Megan Reneau
A block party on Harvard with four stages of music, free outdoor yoga classes, face painting, ariel performance and much more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 19)

New Mexico Hempfest

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