Apr 16 - 22, 2009 

Answer Me This

By Marisa Demarco

Soon you may be prescribed cannabis for what condition? How did a Bernalillo official spend citizens' cash? Court records say this guy ducked his DWI trial by ... . And who is commending the state for doing away with capital punishment?

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The Ho-Bots practice on the Wells Park basketball court in preparation for the 2009 season. From left: Rosie the Ho-Bot, Botulism, Bebe Bot, Brutalitaur and Punchkin Pie.
Alex Williams

Derby Wars

Y’all Ready for This?

Rivalries and roster shakeups foreshadow a dramatic season

By Simon McCormack

“Hit harder!” The Vixenator demands as her fellow Ho-Bots circle her at the Wells Park Community Center basketball court. “Don’t rely on your elbows. Rely on your shoulders and your legs.”

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Rep. Danice Picraux’s new law asks New Mexico schools to reveal data about their compliance with Title IX.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

News Profile

Keeping Score on Title IX

One legislator drives New Mexico to size up gender equity in school sports

By Sarah M. Kramer

Rep. Danice Picraux remembers playing basketball for her high school in New York City. "We wore funny-looking gym outfits," Picraux says. "We didn't even have uniforms."

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Thin Line

By Marisa Demarco

The Burrito Vendor: An Editor's Nightmare

In the Alibi's April 2-8 issue, I ran a story called "The Burrito Vendor" by Isaiah Montoya that contained some bad information.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Michigan—Detroit police bravely waded into a public park and broke up a pillow fight last weekend. The impromptu pillow fight was scheduled to take place at Campus Martius Park on Saturday, April 4, and was one of at least 50 slated across the world. World Pillow Fight Day was organized through the website pillowfightday.com and a number of online social networking sites. Despite the seemingly innocuous nature of the event, police swarmed the park and shut down the event. “I am furious,” 23-year-old Elida Quesada of Ferndale told the Detroit News. “[A pillow fight] is so silly and childlike. It would have been fun. It seems like everything that is fun is illegal.” Officers in blue jumpsuits were reportedly polite to the would-be participants but were firm about confiscating any and all pillows. One officer told a unarmed fighter that 5,000 of the fluffy headrests had been seized by the 4 p.m. start planned for the event. Michael Davis, 32, of Hamtramck told the Detroit News, “They took my pillows but let me keep my cases. They told me I needed a permit. I can understand.” Scott Harris, a 48-year-old Ferndale resident whose pillow was taken by officers, was not as understanding. “It is not illegal to own a pillow,” he was quoted as saying. Detroit Police spokesperson James Tate would not tell reporters how police learned of the event in advance but said there were numerous Internet postings. Tate said the unsanctioned event posed a “cleanup issue” and there were concerns about people getting hit who did not wish to participate.

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