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 V.18 No.34 | August 20 - 26, 2009 
One of the kennels at the Westside shelter
Eric Williams

News Feature

Living Like Animals

A walk through the city's shelters

More than 10 years ago the city's animal shelters were declared inhumane and abusive. It started in 1998, when a woman named Marcy Britton discovered practices that led her to file a lawsuit against the city (using her entire life savings in the process—a sum totaling more than $95,000). The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was called in, and the organization released a report in 2000.

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The storage silos at American Cement’s transfer station sit in a North Valley neighborhood.
Eric Williams

Neverending Stories

Air Conditioning

American Cement's permit will likely be approved, but public input could keep the company on a tighter leash

Hours of heated debate probably won't stop a North Valley cement company from operating 24 hours a day and escalating pollution.

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From a 2008 Duke City Derby game at the Taos Youth and Family Center.
Elisa Baker

Derby Wars

House Hunting

Prospects dim for finding an indoor Albuquerque venue this year, but the league remains resilient

When asked whether he feels confident Duke City Derby will find a venue, John Morningstar takes a several-second pause before answering.

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Answer Me This

Which company announced it will be doling out layoffs? Why did a mom say she was shoplifting? What did a 6-year-old girl want for her birthday? Why is a man facing 18 felony counts?

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Ortiz y Pino

Wrong Side of the Law

When I was younger I didn’t have such a tough time obeying the law, but lately, in my mature years, it seems I’m hanging out more and more with a pretty hardened bunch of criminals. At least, to hear the city and state tell it, a whole raft of my friends and relatives have stamped themselves as notorious scofflaws ... myself included.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Nigeria—A stuttering man who says he can’t find a girlfriend has announced plans to marry his pillow instead. Okeke Ikechuku, a 26-year-old laborer from Lagos, told Nairobi’s Daily Metro that his stammer makes it difficult for him to speak to girls, who laugh at him whenever he talks. Nonetheless, Ikechuku admits that he has needs and wants a companion to sleep with. Ikechuku says he has been sleeping with his pillow since he was 16 and has fallen in love with it. Unlike a woman, he adds, the pillow will cost him little or nothing to maintain. According to the article, he plans to spend the rest of his life with it.

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[Re: Feature, "Who's Got Their Straws in Albuquerque?" Aug. 6-12] In the desert of Albuquerque, where money and water are not plentiful and schools are among the poorest in the country, Double Eagle Elementary School in the Far Northeast Heights recently ripped apart its very large, very green, grassy field to put in brand-new sod for the third time in less than a year. 

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Get Learnt


Influential women share their expertise on topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

A Grin that Glows

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest

Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Mars in a Handbasket

Generation Beyond: Mars Experience Bus

Kids experience travelling to Mars in a virtual reality bus, taking a tour along the surface of the Red Planet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Trick or Treat for the World

UNICEF Costume Party and Fundraiser

Trick-or-treat in costume, enjoy snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun while raising money for refugee children across the world.
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Today's Events

Hora de Cuentos: Bilingual Preschool Storytime at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Bilingual storytelling for preschoolers. Parents or caregivers must remain with their child.

Sunrise Yoga Flow at Yogasaar

Myth of the Hanging Tree at Bachechi Open Space

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