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 Mar 26 - Apr 1, 2009 
Petland kennel technician Angelina Richardson holds one of the store’s long-haired Chihuahuas.
Simon McCormack

Newscity

Pet Peeved

Animal rights organizations say a Rio Rancho pet store sells dogs from puppy mills, and the store responds

By Simon McCormack

Susan Kern urges me to take a good look at the puppies in her store. “I want you to see that they’re happy and that they’re perfectly healthy,” she says.

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Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

How did a sick teenager spend his prom night? Bad news for smokers. What are mobile home owners demanding? Which TV show will begin shooting in New Mexico?

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Making Sausage

By Marisa Demarco

What legislation was turned into links, and what was left as greasy globs of guts? The session’s over, but Gov. Bill Richardson hasn’t taken action on everything that made it to his desk. We'll keep you in the loop as things progress by adding updates here.

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The Radford Files

Descansos: A Closer Look at Roadside Memorials

By Benjamin Radford

Descansos are the roadside memorials that pepper our state. The word “descanso” comes from the Spanish word meaning “to rest” (as in a resting place, either a final one for a body or a temporary one for pallbearers making their way to a grave). Roadside memorials are both traditional and popular in the Southwest. Albuquerque Journal columnist Leslie Linthicum noted Dec. 21, 2008, that “the decorated crosses that dot our highways, marking the place where a soul left this earth in a car crash, are high on my list of what makes New Mexico the best place to live.”

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: AustraliaAn Australian state minister has lodged a complaint after a city councilor put forward a motion to buy her a sex toy. Sydney Councilor Danny Lim lodged the motion to buy a "vibrator" for New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge. He wanted to encourage her to "stop screwing with the people of Strathfield and screw herself instead," reported the Australian Daily Telegraph. The Council refused to table the motion, but Ms. Judge has lodged a complaint calling for action against Mr. Lim. Lim admitted to the incident and said he had been behind a series of corruption allegations against Ms. Judgeclaims that have been rejected. "The pattern of harassment and verbal abuse is intimidating and upsetting to me and my family," Ms. Judge said.

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