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 Dec 24 - 30, 2009 
Barbara Bruin is taking over the city’s animal shelters. She poses here with Brandon, a dog available for adoption.
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Newscity

Leader of the Pack

A new director helms Albuquerque’s animal shelters

By Christie Chisholm

Albuquerque’s new mayor, Richard Berry, walked into his 11th-floor office for the first time on Dec. 1. But that Tuesday wasn’t just Berry’s first day on the job. It was also Day 1 for all of his city appointments, including Barbara Bruin, the head of the city’s two animal shelters.

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Council Bite

By Carolyn Carlson

Don’t Say “Light Rail”

City Councilors zipped through the city’s Monday, Dec. 21 business, bringing the last meeting of 2009 to a close in less than two hours.

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Ortiz y Pino

Carbon Tax Trumps Cap and Trade

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

I am amazed that the concept of “cap and trade” as a way to slow global warming has any traction in Congress.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Germany—Two Germans ended up in the hospital after a supermarket battle involving cold cuts. The fight took place in the western city of Aachen when a 74-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman tried to take possession of the same shopping cart. As the elderly man wrestled the cart from the hands of his rival, the woman’s 24-year-old brother stepped forward and decked him with a punch. The brother and sister, along with their 53-year-old mother, took their four-wheeled spoils of war into the store. But the defeated pensioner followed them to the deli counter where he snatched up a tube of salami and started clubbing the younger man. Thinking fast, the 24-year-old’s mother grabbed a sharp, 4-pound wedge of Parmesan and used it to fend off the meaty blows of the salami. At some point during the food fight, the 53-year-old woman was knocked over, hitting her head on the deli’s glass countertop. Police eventually arrived to break up the melee. Two of those involved were treated in at a local hospital for minor injuries. According to London’s Daily Telegraph, the trolley was undamaged.

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Letters

Last week our Congress passed the 2010 Appropriations bill, which takes some important steps in the right direction for New Mexicans. We applaud the bill’s elimination of ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage funding; instead, the bill funds medically accurate, evidence-based comprehensive sex education. It seems that Congress is catching up with what we at Planned Parenthood have known all along—that a comprehensive approach to sex education is the most effective way to reduce unintended pregnancies in women of all ages.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 25)

Off to the Races

Grand Opening

By Renee Chavez
The grand re-opening of the newest Grandstand in New Mexico.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 30)

Roswell UFO Festival

Light parade, 10k, alien costume contest and intergalactic carnival to celebrate all things extraterrestrial.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Freedom 4th

See the biggest firework show in the state to celebrate the 240th birthday of the USA along with a car show. Nationally known band Lonestar performs.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

4th of July Fireworks Hot Spring Soak

View a fireworks show from the home of the Giggling Springs. Reservations required.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

24th Annual 4th of July Celebration

The annual festival for family entertainment, with a lineup of New Mexico’s favorite bands, water slide and jump balloons, BBQ and food for sale and NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at dark.
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