Alibi V.17 No.17 • April 24-30, 2008 
Joe Anderson’s new T-shirt.

Newscity

Still Smoldering

Launchpad owner struggles to help his business to its feet

Operator of the Launchpad, Joe Anderson, is angry. "It's agitating—watching everything I've built over the last 20 years fall apart on me."

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Answer Me This

Some discouraging news for the Albuquerque Police Department. Which reality show got a dose of New Mexico flavor? What does an Albuquerque-based mining company hope to find in the Ortiz mountains? And police say they've caught the ______ bandits.

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Democrats wait in line Saturday, April 19, to cast their vote for the delegates who will represent New Mexico at the party’s national convention in Denver.
Simon McCormack

News Feature

The Life of a Delegate

The process, the upside and the weight of responsibility on party representatives

Dozens of signs are placed strategically along the entrance to the National Hispanic Cultural Center. People with leaflets, stickers and large posters eagerly approach passersby, imploring them to select their candidate. But the folks here aren’t voting for someone to fill a public office. They’re choosing the delegates who will go to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where the party’s 2008 presidential nominee will be announced.

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Thin Line

The Virtual Newspaper

A new breed of news distribution has come to New Mexico. There are no offices. There are no advertisements. It doesn't put out a paper edition.

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The Real Side

The City Hypocritical

On oil and Santa Fe

As they battle the evil oil monster, opponents of energy exploration near Santa Fe drape the green cape of environmentalism around their shoulders. Underneath they wear a body stocking knit with threads of hypocrisy.

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Web Feature

Delegate Roll Call

Congratulations to all those individuals who were elected as national delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Saturday, April 19.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Germany--A Frankfurt man survived a 25-foot plunge down an elevator shaft when he fell on a woman who had tumbled down the same shaft a day earlier. Jen Wilhelms, 27, was unhurt after landing on the 57-year-old woman. He managed to free himself from the elevator shaft, located in his apartment building, and called rescue services. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors reported her in critical condition. Police spokesperson Manfred Vonhausen said, “The woman had been lying unconscious in the shaft for some time already. Although it made her injuries worse, it also probably saved her life that he fell on her as it meant he knew she was there and managed to get help.” Wilhelms said he had slipped as he walked past the elevator shaft, which had been left open while it was undergoing repairs. “I saw the door open and I just wanted to check whether somebody was finally working on the elevator,” said Wilhelms. “I took a closer look inside the shaft as it was pitch black and must have slipped off the edge somehow.” Rescue workers said that without her klutzy rescuer, the woman would have died from internal bleeding.

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Letters

[Re: The Radford Files, “Logic 101,” April 10-16] I almost never point out illogic in published opinion pieces, the instances of unintended and intentional (rhetorical) illogic being so common. But I do so in this case because the entire point and purpose of Radford's sarcastic article was to decry—illogic! Berating Mayor Marty Chavez' contention that “children are in significant danger of being molested by strangers in libraries,” Radford states that “kids are in far more danger of being abused, kidnapped or killed by their own parents than by any stranger or sex offender in a library or on the Web.”

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