Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2008 

News Interview

Just Relax?

Did the FCC save newspapers or kill media diversity? Ex-FCC commissioner Gloria Tristani gives us her take.

By Simon McCormack

The Federal Communications Commission made a decision last week that could forever change the country's media landscape.

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Answer Me This

By Marisa Demarco

Where’s your red-light camera money going? The federal dollars the state doesn’t want. This week in Spaceport America. Plus, A 14-year-old girl gets sent to the slammer.

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Thin Line

By Marisa Demarco

Take That, Secrecy!

The House and Senate pushed through big reforms to the Freedom of Information Act, more commonly known as the FOIA around newsrooms. What does FOIA do? If journalists want to lay hands on an unreleased but legally available document, they submit FOIA requests.

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Council Watch

The TIDDs Roll In

By Laura Sanchez

After boycotting the last meeting, Heights councilors (along with District 1's Ken Sanchez) showed up on Dec. 17 to bestow a Christmas present on the Southwest mesa.

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Albino Garcia founded La Plazita to pull kids off the streets.
Tina Larkin

News Profile

Streetology

A graduate of Hard Knocks University builds familia in the South Valley

By Tami Brunk

To the casual observer, La Plazita café might look like your average Albuquerque coffee shop—serving fair trade coffee, free Internet and your choice of old-school tunes from the record collection. Well, look again. The kid who just walked in the door? He was tagging his gang’s “turf” last year—today he’ll be selling one of those paintings on the wall. The barista who just handed you your latte—she looks a little tired? She was up until 3 a.m. cooking for a group of Hopi runners traveling 1,500 miles from Arizona to Mexico City to raise awareness of water crisis in the region.

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Ortiz y Pino

Gender Politics

Why more women in New Mexico need to enter government

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

It's starting to look like the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign may not be grinding its way to inevitable victory after all. Her once formidable lead in the polls has been slipping in recent weeks. She is beginning to look beatable.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Brazil--Santa Claus almost got a cap busted in his ass while flying over a notorious Rio de Janeiro slum. A helicopter taking Santa to deliver presents to children came under heavy gunfire while passing over the Baixa do Sapateiro favela, or slum neighborhood. The flight was bound for a Christmas party last Sunday where Santa was to deliver presents to underprivileged children. The pilot flew back to a heliport where Santa was transferred to a car and continued on his journey. Charles Gonzales, the president of the Baixa do Sapateiro Neighbors Association, said his group picked up Santa after being notified about the incident. No one was injured in the attack, but at least two bullet holes were found on the helicopter. Police blame the attack on drug traffickers at war with a rival gang in the nearby Vila João favela.

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Letters

The readers write.

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