May 10 - 16, 2007 

Thin Line

By Marisa Demarco

How to be an American Journalist, Part IILast week, “Thin Line” focused on an eye-opening documentary by Bill Moyers on how the media failed to ask tough questions during the run-up to the Iraq War. It's instructive to learn about the failures of our largest publications and networks, about reporters blinded in a fog of patriotism. As potential military conflict with Iran approaches, what are the questions we should be asking? Primarily, are things really as they seem? How do we go beyond military news releases and spokesperson responses to get to the heart of this situation?

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Kids performing in Opera Unlimited’s production of   The Mikado  .

News Profile

Opera Unlimited

Not just fat ladies in steel bras

By Jim Scarantino

There’s singing. Then there’s singing.

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Ortiz y Pino

The End of the Spear

Our obsession with war

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

One of the amenities of living in this high-tech world that our household most enjoys sampling is Netflix. We watch films ordered from this outfit that slipped past commercial theaters and that I didn’t get over to the Guild in time to see.

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The Real Side

Repast with Palast

The rock star of investigative reporting

By Jim Scarantino

Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater. A packed house. Techno rap rattles the sound system. A gruff baritone on full automatic slams rhymes of defiance and rebellion. The audience sways to the relentless, driving beat. The woman next to me slides to the edge of her seat. I think she’s holding her breath.

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Graffiti artist Rock stands in front of the now-blank wall that used to exhibit his crocodile hunter tribute behind the Pop ‘n’ Taco on Central and Edith.
Xavier Mascareñas

News Feature

White Wash

Clean-up of graffiti murals angers artists  Part one of a two-part series

By Marisa Demarco

Sofa's been writing graffiti for 17 years. He was arrested for it three times in his younger days, back when he was going "all-city," which means he was tagging all parts of ’Burque.

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Letters

The readers write.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: ItalyA fan of the AC Milan soccer team, angry over the poor performance of Brazilian-born goalie Dida, put the player up for sale on eBay. The 33-year-old, who joined Milan in 2000, was a hero after the shootout win over Juventus in the 2003 Champions League final, but his popularity has slumped after a series of errors. Unfortunately, the goalie did not raise much interest on the popular auction site. His sale price, before the auction was shut down by eBay officials last Friday, had reached just 71 euros (about $116) after 25 bids.

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