Alibi V.19 No.31 • Aug 5-11, 2010 

Council Watch

Mind on Its Money, Money on Its Mind

Coming off a monthlong break, the Council slid back into taking care of business at the Monday, Aug. 2 meeting.

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Ortiz y Pino

Sleight of Mouth

When professional magicians make coins, cards or pigeons disappear, we call it “sleight of hand.”

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Ask a Mexican!

Dear Mexican: I am a retired gringa living in Mazatlán, Sinaloa. Most of us foreigners here are liberal and sympathetic to the immigration problem, which the U.S. Congress refuses to address in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, I get lots of e-mails from acquaintances “apprising” me of the horrible situation in el Norte, and how all their tax dollars are being spent to educate and provide medical and Social Security benefits (Yes! They say that!) to these “criminals.” I used to laboriously write letters and show statistics and all that. IT DOESN'T DO ANY GOOD. Now, I ignore the messages but feel guilty about not trying to correct the bullshit. Can you give me a good, short response to those e-mails? Something in Spanish telling them they are stupid would be nice, but some of them are actually friends! I will be forever grateful.

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A demonstrator and her baby at the rally of abortion rights supporters
Marisa Demarco

News Bite

Protesters Stand Against Anti-Abortion Group

"Operation Rescue, not in my community" was the call-and-response chant of the pink-clad abortion rights supporters outside Planned Parenthood.

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The autoless portion of the Tramway trail near Candelaria
Betty Sprocket

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Tramway

"Gross," quoth my boyfriend when I told him I'd be riding and writing on Tramway Boulevard this week. "That road is home to the most aggro asshole cyclists in the whole city. I'll never understand why they insist on riding on the shoulder when a dedicated bike path is just 50 feet away."

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During a “theme” match in Arizona last season, clubs took to the field in prom dresses.
Aaron Gonzales, agonzales@cs.unm.edu

Sports Preview

Rugby, Up Close and Nuclear

They’re the Atomic Sisters, and they want YOU

On this side of the pond, rugby conjures mental images of battle waged on a muddy terrain in Europe, where brawny, rain-drenched Clive Owen types hoist teammates, pummel opponents and underhand pass—or drop-kick—an oblong ball.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Tokyo—In a shocking discovery, police in Tokyo have found that the city’s oldest living man has been cheating the record books, having passed away some 30 years ago. Police visited the home of 111-year-old Sogen Kato at the request of ward officials who were updating their list of centenarians for Japan’s upcoming Respect for the Elderly Day. Welfare officials reportedly tried to meet with Kato since early this year, but his family repeatedly chased them away. Officials grew suspicious and asked police to investigate. After forcing their way into the man’s house, police found the mummified body of Kato lying on his bed wearing pajamas and covered in a blanket. The man’s granddaughter told investigators Kato holed up in the room about 30 years ago after declaring he wanted to be a living Buddha. It is believe he passed away soon after. Tokyo police are investigating the possibility that the family covered up Kato’s death in order to receive pension money. According to records, Kato was born July 22, 1899.

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Letters

Victimizing the victim in domestic abuse is far from new and perhaps not so isolated [News, “Wrong Side of the Law," July 29-Aug. 4]. I was arrested on a domestic abuse call I placed in 2001. My personal information was run and I had a warrant for expired plates from three years prior. I was hauled off to jail, released back to my husband’s family. I would now classify that as kidnapping. Personally I would have rather stayed in jail.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 26)

This One's a Keeper

Harry Potter Night

See the Albuquerque Isotopes go against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Fans dress up as their favorite witches or wizards and explore Hogwarts.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, May 31)

Nothing to See Here

UFOs at UNM: A Skeptical Believer Presents His Research

David Marler talks about how he uses UNMs collections and other resources to research UFO phenomena, including the mass sighting in Farmington in March 1950 and the “Battle of Los Angeles” in 1942.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 19)

New Mexico Hempfest

Presentations from industry leaders, as well as exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services. Vendors are licensed producers, dispensaries, nutrient companies, medical clinics, health and wellness providers and more.
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