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 Jun 11 - 17, 2009 

Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

Which horse won the Belmont Stakes? Roadside salespeople will no longer be carrying ... . Who's been immortalized by a statue Downtown? And what caused a huge sinkhole?

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Muñecas jammer and team captain Kamikaze Kim tries to skate her way around a Devil blocker.
Eric Williams

Derby Wars

A Texas-Sized Spanking

Muñecas tan the hides of the Dallas Derby Devils

By Simon McCormack

It looked like every point was going to come at a punishing price.

In the early minutes, Duke City's Muñecas Muertas and the Dallas Derby Devils were locked in a defensive, hard-hitting bout at the Santa Ana Star Center. Then Muñecas’ star jammer Muffin drew first blood.

She tore through the wall of Derby Devils and racked up big points, giving the Muñecas an early 28-18 point lead. Her jam demonstrated that the Dallas defense was penetrable. "If you can go in and prove that scoring is possible, it's important," Muffin explained after the match.

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Ruben Ortega
Eric Williams

News Profile

Fine Young Activist

One high school senior bolsters pride and acceptance in fellow LGBT youth

By Sarah M. Kramer

There's a parallel between Ruben Ortega's gay rights activism and his career goals—though it might not be readily obvious. When he starts at Cornell University in the fall, he wants to study hospitality administration. "I want to focus on real estate and project development, and opening hotels," Ortega says.

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News Bite

Trash TV

By Simon McCormack

By the time you read this, the conversion from analog to digital TV on Friday, June 12, may have already taken place.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Guinea—Overwhelmed by criminal behavior, law enforcement officials in the coastal African nation of Guinea are encouraging citizens to burn any suspected criminals alive. Speaking in the capital city of Conakry last Tuesday, the new military government’s anticrime chief, Captain Moussa Tiegboro Camara, told citizens, “I’m asking you to burn all armed bandits who are caught red-handed committing an armed robbery.” Camara went on to say, “The prisons are full and cannot take more people, and the situation cannot continue like that.” Camara, who was appointed by the military junta to oversee the fight against drugs and serious crime, made his comments at a meeting of city officials. “These measures worry us,” Thierno Maadjou Sow, president of the Guinean Organization of Human Rights, told Reuters news service. “The law of the country must not be bypassed, whatever the circumstances.” The National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) seized power in Guinea, the world’s largest exporter of bauxite, last December after long-serving President Lansana Conte died.

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Letters

Kelly's Brewpub fully supports all the efforts, participants and spectators of the Albuquerque Pride Parade. There has been some misinformation to the contrary. I have met with board members of the Albuquerque Pride Parade and members of the community to personally express our support and regret any misunderstanding.

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A Dallas Derby Devil pushes against a wall of Muñecas blockers.

Photo Essay

Derby’s Bold Brutes

By Eric Williams

Missed the Saturday, June 6 bouts? We got a recap right here.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 3)

Folk Yeah!

Albuquerque Folk Festival

By Maggie Grimason
Learn about folk activities that include old American, New Mexican, Middle Eastern and other international traditions. Music, dance, jam sessions, storytelling and more.
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Courtesy of Cerrillosstation.com

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 4)

First Stop on the Turquoise Trail

Cerrillos Station Open House

By Megan Reneau
Opening reception for paintings by renowned painter Mishcka O'Connor. Family activities including a baby farm animal coral, pop up art show, food trucks, and more. The Attitudes perform live.
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Courtesy of Faye Fearless Facebook Page

EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jun 7)

The Park of Wands

Olivander's Wand Making Class for Witches and Wizards

By Reneé Chavez
Learn about the wandlore history of the Harry Potter world. Every attendee will leave the class with their very own custom designed wand.
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