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 V.15 No.41 | October 12 - 18, 2006 
The Doomsdames’ Kamikaze Kim at a scrimmage on Monday, Oct. 9.
Wes Naman

Sports Preview

Roller Rivals

Brutal competitors go head to head on the track at the Duke City Derby's first Season Championship

Neither Kamikaze Kim nor Muffin have illusions about their assets—or their liabilities.

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News Bite

The Sound of Silence

A resolution to quiet Albuquerque’s trains passes the City Council

For some, the sound of progress is the sound of nothing at all.

A resolution to install quiet zones at the nine railroad crossings within Albuquerque city limits passed the City Council unanimously last Wednesday, Oct. 4. The proposal, which aims to modify rail crossings to be safe enough so train whistles are no longer necessary, has garnered some controversy since it was first discussed this spring [Re: News Bite, “Minor Chords,” June 1-7; News Feature, “Quiet the Trains,” Sept. 14-20].

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The Real Side

Democrats, the Party of Peace?

If the Dems regain control of Congress, will they just be another war party?

Those were hard days opposing the invasion of Iraq. Millions marched for peace, and still George W. Bush ignored us. But we’ve easily forgotten that Democratic congressional leaders also gave us their backs. Being against the war back then wasn’t for risk-averse politicians. Calculating office-holders wanted room to maneuver in case Bush came out of Iraq a hero.

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Monte Skarsgard rests on a post in one of Los Poblanos’ harvested fields.
Wes Naman

Commentary

It’s What’s for Dinner

The e.coli breakout on spinach makes us wonder … what’s really on our plates?

In October, the FBI and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) executed search warrants on two California produce companies. It does seem kind of surreal, actually, that the FBI would carry out a spinach bust, but e.coli contamination in packaged spinach did, after all, sicken 199 people, including five New Mexicans, and lead to the death of three people.

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Thin Line

Beyond the Big City--Three years ago, New York City native Gideon Elliot found himself living in rural New Mexico. There might be days when he wakes up wondering what the hell he’s gotten himself into, but I, for one, am glad he’s here. His website, New Mexico Matters (newmexicomatters.com), is easily the best website I’ve found that synthesizes the state’s news.

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Cadigan moved a bill to prohibit subdivisions from restricting the use of solar collectors. The bill passed unanimously.

Council Watch

Not In My Backyard

At the Oct. 4 meeting, councilors debated what will or will not be allowed in various neighborhoods. Councilor Isaac Benton moved an administration bill putting a six-month moratorium on adult businesses Downtown. The bill passed unanimously.

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Ortiz y Pino

The Mess We're In

The state of our Border Control isn't a solution ... it's a hypocrisy

Last month I was invited by the New Mexico National Guard to see firsthand the deployment of Guard units from around the country on the Mexican border near Columbus.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Poland--Police have launched a nationwide hunt for a flatulent political dissident. Hubert Hoffman, 45, was charged with “contempt for the office of the head of state” for his windy actions after he was stopped by police in a routine check at a Warsaw railway station. He complained that, under President Lech Kaczynski and his twin brother Jaroslaw, the country was returning to a Communist-style dictatorship. When told to show more respect for the country’s rulers, Hoffman allegedly farted loudly. He was immediately arrested and taken to jail. Hoffman later posted bail, but failed to turn up at a Warsaw court hearing early last week. The judge in the case rejected an appeal by defense lawyers to throw the charges out. A court spokesperson said, “Such a case of disrespect is taken very seriously.”

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Letters

[RE: Music Editorial, "The Spirit of the Radio," Sept. 14-20] I’ve been a KUNM listener for more than 25 years but now tune in for news and little else. Many “specialty” music programs have been deejayed by the same people for the entire time I’ve been a listener. Of course, a new DJ may end up playing the same old B.B. King records on the “Blues Show,” but give someone else a chance, please!

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Twinkle, Twinkle, Albuquerque Stars

Twinkle Light Parade

Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Run, Santa, Run

Santa Shuffle and Elf Scoot

Watch runners complete a 5K or walk a 1K in a Santa costume.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

The Other Rio Grande

River of Lights

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.
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Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush, 2005
Public Domain

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Dec 4)

Armed with Knowledge

Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration

Learn more about the life and ideals of the South African patriot and president who changed the world.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Dec 7)

Second Star to the Right

Stargazing Night

Peer through telescopes at the dark winter sky. Learn about stars, constellations and other night sky objects with astronomers from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Starlight in a Paper Bag

Eleventh Annual South Valley Acequia of Lights

Stroll along the enchanting luminaria-lit Atrisco Acequia under the stars.
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Today's Events

Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.

WinterFest at Los Alamos Mesa Public Library

Speakeasy Swing at Maple Street Dance Space

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