Alibi V.17 No.12 • March 20-26, 2008 
Inside Hale's Shoe Store on Fifth Street in downtown Albuquerque.

News Profile

The Other Shoe Drops

After nearly 80 years Downtown, Hale’s Shoe Store is closing up shop

The bewildered look on Chris Mobley’s face reveals a great deal about the way he’s sold shoes for 40-plus years.

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Answer Me This

Who's hurt by a sick economy? What did you catch over spring break? Where did the Virgin Mary show up? What do you call Rio Rancho's police?

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News Bite

Nothing Personal?

One state senator says the governor's veto of a veterans museum shows a "lack of honor"

Gov. Bill Richardson says he's all for building the first veterans museum in the state, but his decision to veto a bill that would do just that has at least one lawmaker furious.

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Thin Line

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

It was a simple idea: Let's put faces to the names of soldiers New Mexico sacrificed to the war effort. The cover of the Alibi this week is, in plainest terms, a reminder of what these last five years have cost.

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The Real Side

Clinton’s Hot Poker

Letting racism do its damage

A salty old lawyer, who’s now arguing before that appellate court in the sky, once bragged of his favorite trial tool. We were unwinding after court (as I've disclosed in this column before, I used to practice law) and the war stories, along with my beer and his scotch, flowed freely. He called his favorite trial tool “the hot poker.”

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Protesters hold up signs at the corner of Menaul and Louisiana objecting to the “Bodies Human” exhibit in the Coronado Mall. From left to right: first-year UNM medical student Gabriel Palley, former medical school librarian Sally Bergen, history graduate student Graham McNeill and first-year medical student Jennifer Hunt.
Tina Larkin

News Feature

The Anatomy of Ethics

Medical students question exhibit's use of bodies without donor consent

UNM medical student Amanda Lo objects to the " Bodies Human" exhibit in Coronado Center. She's not grossed out by it. She harbors no religious qualms. But the people on display for shoppers to gape at in Albuquerque's mall did not give their consent to be filleted, propped up and posed.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: India--At least 50 people in India’s Kottayam district have reportedly lost their vision after staring at the sun for prolonged periods searching for an image of the Virgin Mary. St. Joseph’s ENT and Eye Hospital in Kanjirapally alone has recorded 48 cases of vision loss due to photochemical burns on the retina. The hospital began receiving patients with these abnormal symptoms on March 7. When doctors detected a pattern, they reported it to the district medical officer. The health department has since put up a billboard discounting the holy sunspot rumor and warning the faithful against exposing their eyes to direct sunlight. That hasn’t stopped believers, curious onlookers and foreign travelers from flocking to a rooming house near the town of Erumeli, where the hotel’s owner had claimed statues of the Virgin Mary have been crying honey and bleeding perfume. People have been flocking to the “blessed land”--hastily christened Rosa Mystica Mountain--for some time now, but the mad rush to view the solar image began earlier this month.

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Letters

Benjamin Radford's "Karmas and Dogmas" [Re: The Radford Files, March 13-19] offers no useful information regarding the teaching of karma, but does reveal a great deal about Radford himself. He begins by criticizing a woman who "... embraced the superficial, pop culture version of karma, without understanding what it is." Later on he adds, "If you claim a belief in (and support of) an idea, it implies you actually understand what you say you believe." Radford might be reminded that before we reject an idea, we first ought to correctly understand the idea we're rejecting.

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Quit Your WINEing!

Albuquerque Wine Festival

Enjoy the award-winning musicians, dine on delicious local cuisine, enjoy free painting classes and shop from over 50 local artisans.
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Sex Ed, But Not Terrible

Sex Ed Game Show and Carnival

A game show with consented audience participation on everyone's favorite subject as well as prizes, a spanking booth and more.
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Art Created by Valerie Serna

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Gettin' the Wrigglies

Vermicomposting: Worm Farms for Fun and Profit

Jeremy Bridge addresses everything needed to know about compost worms, from how to select and establish a bin, to harvesting compost and troubleshooting common problems.
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Ready to Cross the Fine Line

8th Annual ABQ Blues and Brews

The kickoff celebration for ABQ Beer Week boasts over 80 breweries, unlimited sampling and five fantastic blues bands.
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Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

Learn how to bring these winged beauties to the yard and help bring back the Monarchs in greater numbers.
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Corrales Garden Tour

A self-guided tour of six private gardens newly landscaped, rejuvenated and mature gardens from the Bosque to the sandhills.
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Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike

An instructional hike led by Dara Saville of Albuquerque Herbalism. Registration required.
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Pint Size Polkas

Mike Schneider brings the happiest music on earth together with magic and comedy, promising tons of fun for the whole family.
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Scribbling Machine

Make a motorized contraption that bounces, spins, bumps and moves to leave a mark to trace its path. For ages 13 to 17. Registration required.
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