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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, Sep 24)

Steamed Cheese

Steampunk Spectacular 5: Cthulhu’s Revenge

By Joshua Lee
A science-fiction themed day of workshops, costume contests and entertainment. Teens allowed if accompanied by an adult.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Sep 24)

District 505

International District Festival

By Megan Reneau
A showcase of the diverse art, food and entertainers from the southeast area of Albuquerque.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Sep 25)

Support your Local Non-prophet

Albuquerque Pagan Pride Day

By Maggie Grimason
Over 30 exotic merchants, workshops, ritualistic plays, belly dancing, artisan displays and games and activities for the whole family.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Sep 25)

Little Blossoms

New Mexico Dahlia Festival

By Renée Chavez
A floral competition featuring design, photos and blossoms.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Sep 27)

Strangely Forgotten

Curiosities of New Mexico

By Joshua Lee
A panel of presentations that will cover fascinating yet less-known nuances of the state's history like Diné Memories of the Crownpoint Boarding School during the 1960s, the Red Power movement and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

Got Minerals?

Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show

By Megan Reneau
Browse gemstones, mineral specimens, rough rock, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools and equipment.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

OPA!

Grecian Festival

By Desiree Garcia
Taste authentic Greek cuisine, watch dancers streaming by in colorful costumes, enjoy browsing  imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries and tour the St. George Church.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

DIY Adventures

24 Hour Comics Day

By Devin D. O'Leary
Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

Latte Birthday Wishes

Birthday Bash

By Renée Chavez
Enjoy the signature brews, live music, live art demonstrations, games and a special beer release while raising money for the charity There's A Better Way to help local homeless families.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 5)

Night at the Museum

Outside of the Box

By Renée Chavez
Music and dancing with DJ Mike Vetter, cash bar and food trucks with snacks for purchase, local vendors, talk by pilot of the beautiful fractals hot air balloon and much more.
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