Alibi V.18 No.16 • April 16-22, 2009 
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.

Answer Me This

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

“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

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

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 and Ends

Odds & Ends

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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Letters

More than ever, New Mexico, as well as the rest of the country, needs to make a transition into a clean energy economy to address the threats of global warming and to help repair our flailing economy. Now we have that opportunity. President Obama’s budget lays out a framework for action not only to address global warming but also to stimulate our economy. President Obama’s budget will strengthen our national security by reducing our dependence on oil, helping to revitalize our economy with good, green jobs and protecting future generations in New Mexico from having to deal with the damage that previous generations have imposed on our planet. Science tells us that if we do not act soon then it will be too late. I, personally, would like to thank Rep. Martin Heinrich for supporting President Obama’s budget in the House of Representatives, as well as Sen. Udall for supporting the president’s budget in the Senate. I hope that they continue to make global warming and clean energy a priority.

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