Alibi V.18 No.25 • June 18-24, 2009 

Answer Me This

Which notable Burqueños spent the night in jail? What spicy food got recalled? How did police find a cyclist's stolen bikes? And how can you track where federal stimulus dollars are going in Albuquerque?

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News Profile

A Life Sentence

Illiteracy traps New Mexicans in low-paying jobs, according to one coalition working to free them

Gilbert Zamora was a top janitor at a school in Alamogordo. He was in charge of placing the school's orders, sometimes for textbooks. He was an older man, in his 50s or 60s. And because he couldn't read, he devised a color-coded system for doing his job. "If someone messed with his system, he was vulnerable," says Heather Heunermund, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy (NMCL).

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Council Watch

Warehouse for the (Partial) Win

Warehouse 508 has ridden the ups and downs of the funding seesaw. The budding Downtown teen center saw its operating budget slashed by $50K and its Icehouse-rehab budget increased by $300,000 in a late-May meeting.

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Gene Grant

Slamming Slam

Wilted laurels

So we now have what's billed as the world's first Slam Poet Laureate in Danny Solis, crowned this past Saturday night, June 13, at the KiMo. Good on Danny. As a slam elder statesman, so to speak, this choice is right in the sweet spot.

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News Bite

Hundred-Dollar House

With home prices plummeting, Larry Garcia devised an unusual plan for getting his place off the market.

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Bear With Me

Nervous Breakdown

A step-by-step guide

I recently had the privilege of going completely crazy 500 miles from home.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: England—The City Council in Worcester has sent a letter to a dead citizen demanding he pay for upkeep on his gravestone or it will be repossessed.

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Letters

El Machete's "The Cost of War" [June 4-10] cartoon speaks volumes about the expanding war on Afghanistan. I recently gave a couple of lectures in New Mexico and used it to illustrate the folly of Washington's policy. Viva El Machete!

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Albuquerque Wine Festival

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Corrales Garden Tour

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Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike

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Pint Size Polkas

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Scribbling Machine

Make a motorized contraption that bounces, spins, bumps and moves to leave a mark to trace its path. For ages 13 to 17. Registration required.
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