Alibi V.16 No.31 • Aug 2-8, 2007 
Graffiti artists gather in front of one of the murals that was painted over earlier this year by the city.

Newscity

Graffiti Writers Call Off Mural Repainting

Word had it the Gang Unit was planning to show

Art or criminal activity? Artists or criminals? Bernalillo County can't seem to make up its mind when it comes to graffiti and its practitioners.

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Thin Line

Rotten Apples

The media is able to control the public’s view of its prominent figures—just look at Pete Rose. You probably think he’s a bad guy for betting on baseball, right? We call it slant, and sadly, it’s unavoidable. Recently, the world of athletics has been a media free-for-all when it comes to reporting on what’s been going wrong. Coverage has been overtly dark, blowing the negative out of proportion, and covering up the good fun of sports.

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Richard Brandt (left) and 15-year-old Miguel Martinez pull vegetables on Dragon Farm.
Xavier Mascareñas

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Rock Star Farming

South Valley Academy’s Dragon Farm takes root

“It’s a challenging place. We have a tough curriculum,” says Richard Brandt of the South Valley Academy charter school.

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Answer Me This

The news just keeps on coming. Some days you pay attention. Some days you don't. Look here in every Alibi to refresh your memory about what's going on in your community. Don't worry if you don't know all the answers—there's a cheat sheet at the end.

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The Real Side

Chimps are Cool!

Never mind those kids in the gutter

A failed prosecution for animal cruelty has riled the ruling class. Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, former Gov. David Cargo, former Attorney General Patricia Madrid, former State Land Commissioner Ray Powell, other public officials and animal activists are livid that the New Mexico Court of Appeals dismissed charges against a primate care center in Alamogordo. They want the Supreme Court to resurrect the case.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: England—A prize-winning poodle from North Wales has become the latest victim of online identity theft. Owner Lynne Day posted information about her two-year-old poodle, Afonwen Welch Fusilier, on the Internet. According to the North Wales Post, that information was pilfered by an unknown identity thief. The thief claimed Afonwen Welch Fusilier, known as “Blue” for short, had given birth to puppies. Blue, who won the Midlands Counties Canine Society Show and the North West Poodle Club, is actually male. The mystery seller, who called himself Henry Daf, offered Blue’s nonexistent offspring to potential buyers for 1,000 pounds ($2,000) each. The address Daf gave turned out to be a graveyard in Glasgow. North Wales Police are investigating the scam.

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Letters

I finally got it. See? I didn't get it at first, but now I know!

It’s like knowing the secret handshake for the Shriners Convention or the the secret Masonic rule of the universe that allows them superiority over us mere mortals.

But I get it when you run the "Mexican" column, with the trademark Mexican picture in black and white. This emasculates the message sent in the original "in color" pic of the Mexican; he loses all depth of character—no gold tooth, or is it just rotten or rotting in the black and white representation?

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Earth Day Celebration

Discover different ocean habitats and how to protect them. Learn about why it is important to buy sustainable seafood. Also make a recycled craft to take home.
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Experience an outdoor public typewriter gathering using a wide variety of typewriters. Write poetry, start that novel and discover digital detox.
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Rio Grande Mule and Donkey Association All Breed Classic

Support or compete in a great variety of equestrian classes for prizes.  Enjoy donkey races during lunch break. Registration required.
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EarthFest 2018

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Sex and Self-Love for Survivors

Trauma survivors learn to take control of sexuality and reclaim the sense of self through gentle, nurturing techniques. Donations are welcome.
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