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 V.18 No.47 | November 19 - 25, 2009 
“It makes no sense to spend the kind of money we spend as a society locking up people for using drugs and using the criminal justice system to address the problem." —Former Gov. Gary Johnson
Eric Williams


The War on the War on Drugs

Ex-Gov. Gary Johnson talks policy reform

More than a thousand people from around the globe gathered in Downtown Albuquerque from Nov. 12 through 14 to forge a plan for better drug laws. The International Drug Policy Reform Conference brought together scientists, police chiefs and law enforcement officers, think tank policy-makers, human rights activists and government officials. Three days of workshops pointed toward one idea: The “war on drugs” is a failure.

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Councilor Sally Mayer

Council Bite

So Long, Councilors

The last meeting of Albuquerque's 18th City Council started with goodbyes to Michael Cadigan and Sally Mayer. There were slight quivers in some councilors' voices as they shared not only warm and fuzzy memories but reminders of the prickly times as well.

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Mayor Elect R.J. Berry

Gene Grant

A New Shade of “Green”

Let us pause, briefly, to applaud Mayor Martin Chavez for his efforts on getting Albuquerque “green”—most notably, on just the idea of being “green.” We can have our quibbles on how this effort was done and what was accomplished, but let’s be clear here: We’ve moved well beyond “why.” That is no small accomplishment.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: South Korea—A would-be motorist has finally passed the written exam for a driver’s license—after her 950th attempt. Cha Sa-Soon, 68, has spent more than 5 million won ($4,200) in application fees and has taken the test on a near-daily basis since April of 2005. Until now, the vegetable seller had failed to score the minimum 60 out of 100 possible points needed to get behind the wheel for her driving test. But police officials in Jeonju, 130 miles south of Seoul, confirmed last Wednesday that Cha finally passed the test with exactly 60 points. Officials were unsure how many times Cha had failed the written exam, but local media put the estimate at 950. Now all she’s got to do is pass the physical driving test.

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Has our government forsaken Main St. for Wall St.? Last week, the national unemployment rate reached a staggering 10.2 percent, the first time in 26 years that it has been over 10 percent.

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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

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