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 Nov 15 - 21, 2007 
Aaron Lewis (left) and John Baxter settle down for a game at the Frontier.
Tabatha Roybal

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Endgame

Albuquerque’s hidden chess scene

By Simon McCormack

As I listen to 13-year-old Ian Jones rattle off phrases like "dynamic attack," "releasing the tension" and a "fully formed endgame," I become less and less confident in his previous assertion that chess "isn't just for super geniuses."

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News Bite

"E" For Effort?

New health care report card shows New Mexico is far from making the grade

By Simon McCormack

When it comes to the health of New Mexicans, it's hardly a level playing field.

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Answer Me This

By Marisa Demarco

Why is the mayor studying red-light cameras? Who's jumped in the Senate race (that could give said mayor a run for his money)? Why is Downtown suddenly a war zone? What new privilege have we given the city's public school police?

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A carnival sideshow banner advertising a chupacabra at the 2005 Erie County Fair.
Benjamin Radford

The Radford Files

Chupacabras of the Southwest

By Benjamin Radford

In July 2007, a rancher in the small Texas town of Cuero captured a strange creature that had been attacking her livestock. She claimed the blue, hairless animal had been lurking around her ranch for years, and when it was hit by a car, she suggested she had finally captured a chupacabra, the vampiric goat-sucking monster of lore. Tissue samples were sent to biologists at Texas State University for DNA analysis, and while the rancher waited for the results she sold thousands of "2007: Summer of the Chupacabra" T-shirts and caps.

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Asshat of the Week

"I am not seeing the reduction in accidents that justify the headache and the controversy."

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The Real Side

Green Cowboy Hats

Ranchers step up to protect federal lands

By Jim Scarantino

On the environment front, good news arrives from an unexpected quarter.

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Ortiz y Pino

Immigration? Who Cares?

Why it may not be such a big issue after all

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

When KKOB and ABC radio announced Albuquerque would be the site for a national town hall on one of the hottest of hot button issues, the “immigration crisis,” I groaned.

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Council Watch

Polishing the Jewels

By Laura Sanchez

While councilors lit no bonfires to mark their Nov. 5 Guy Fawkes Day meeting, they protected the crown jewels and added another one to the treasure chest.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: The Netherlands--Residents of chilly Terschelling island, 70 miles north of Amsterdam, are getting their recommended daily allowance of potassium thanks to the tons of unripe bananas that have washed up on a half-mile stretch of beach. The fruit fell off a Cuban cargo ship that encountered stormy weather last week. Authorities estimate that six containers were washed off the ship and at least one burst open. Local beachcombers checked out the tropical bounty but weren’t as excited as they were one year ago when tennis shoes, aluminum briefcases and toys washed ashore. Old-timers also remember a nice load of sweaters that was swept onto the beach 20 years ago.

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Letters

[RE: Newscity, “Scraping By,” Nov. 1-7] Well, I guess we know now that homelessness is not brain science. People are homeless because there is a lack of housing: 3,000 homeless (many think around 5,000) and a total of just more than 300 total beds available.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

Finish Him

Art Fight 21: Summer Block Party

By Maggie Grimason
Live music featuring Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Burque SOL and Sol One as well as an art market with local vendors, art auctions, an art swap and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

MuggleWatch 2016

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Magic Party

By Joshua Lee
Enjoy a night of activities and giveaways leading up to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

Viva Frida, Colorful Art Goddess

6th Annual Frida Fiesta

By Monica Schmitt
Celebrate the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with live music, a Frida Parade and a Frida birthday cake.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Aug 5)

Geek Out!

Albuquerque Cosplay Ball

By Maggie Grimason
A night out with local cosplayers. Enjoy skits, waltz lessons, food from Kirei cafe, a dance contest hosted by Nikoel of SenshiGomi cosplay and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

A Midsummer Night's Wings

Summer Wings, A Festival of Flight

By Monica Schmitt
Bilingual, guided walks to learn about native animals. Watch a hummingbird capture, banding and release, an insect capture, indentification and release and learn about nature journaling.
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The Wailers
Saranga U Nara

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

Wailing Through Downtown with a Groove

Downtown Summerfest

By August March
Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

Glowing Recommendation

Glow Swim

By Joshua Lee
Rangers give presentations about water safety and how to properly use a lifejacket. All swimmers are required to wear a USCG approved lifejacket.
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