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 Dec 25 - 31, 2008 

Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

How many calls is the unemployment office getting every day? What do you have to do to get tasered around here? Why was a Guadalupe County sheriff arrested? Problems plague the first few days of Rail Runner service to Santa Fe.

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Construction workers dig deep to bring the Drinking Water Project online.
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

Environment

Pour Me a River

Albuquerque drinks from the Rio Grande

By Christie Chisholm

Two roiling basins of water press against each other, divided by a two-story-high concrete wall. One side is a gurgling brown mess of chemical dust—it looks like mud soup. But the other side glistens, clear as glass, tempting a dip of the hand.

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Council Watch

Bean Counting

By Carolyn Carlson

Most of the Dec. 15 City Council meeting was deferred due to icy roads and snow. The councilors still managed to get a couple things out of the way. The most interesting items—sweeping water conservation measures, sector plan approvals and what to do with all those water-hog city toilets—will be heard sometime in the new year.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: China—London’s Telegraph reports a Chinese man was struck and killed by a wayward weather rocket—a fact that was not discovered until the man’s body exploded while being cremated. The body of Wang Diange, from the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia, was found in the wreckage of a house where he had been overseeing the wake of a recently deceased family member. As it was raining and thundering at the time, family members concluded Wang had been struck by lightning. Several days later, after his own funeral, Mr. Wang’s body blew up as it was being fed into the cremation chamber, blasting the metal doors from their hinges. When the fire had been put out, the only clue left was a small, twisted piece of metal, which seemed to be the glowing remnant of a screw. A military serial number was found on the metal and a lengthy investigation traced it back to the local weather bureau. The day that Mr. Wang died, the weather bureau had been firing shells into the atmosphere to break up hail in a bid to protect the local tobacco crop. Inside the shells was silver iodide, a chemical that helps break hail into rain. The weather bureau’s own investigation concluded that one shell must have failed to explode, hit the house in which the wake was being held and lodged inside Mr. Wang’s body. As a result of the investigation, the weather bureau paid out a 80,000 yuan (about $15,000) settlement to the Wang family.

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Letters

[Re: Pop Culture, “Be a God,” Dec. 11-17] I'm getting tired of Ben Radford, apparently the Alibi's skeptic-in-residence. He seems to be fixated on the concept of "religious hypocrisy." We Buddhists would recommend he let go of the concept and try to relax. Sure, there is religious hypocrisy, but truly spiritual beliefs feed, clothe and shelter a lot of people in the world.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Aug 25)

Black Culture and Black Futures

NM Black Expo 2

By Robin Babb
Discuss shared cultural experiences regarding health care advocacy, education advancement, policy advocacy, community development and celebrate Black culture.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Aug 26)

Face the Sun

Mountainair Sunflower Festival

By Joshua Lee
Enjoy arts and crafts, a sunflower hat contest, food vendors, children's activities and juried art show. Live entertainment from Rye Creek, Erineo, The Roadrunners and Kubatana Marimba Southwest.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 27)

Make it 'Til You Make It

Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire

By Joshua Lee
A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the maker movement.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Aug 30)

Pro-Am Science

Petroglyph Pláticas: Revolution, Renaissance and Transformation

By Devin D. O'Leary
Sharman Russell speaks about the new world of citizen science.
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