Alibi V.19 No.47 • Nov 25-Dec 1, 2010 
Commissioner Michael Copps spoke to a crowd of more than 400 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Newscity

Not Just Net Neutral

FCC commissioner rallies New Mexicans around Internet freedom but remains silent on plans

Michael Copps of the Federal Communications Commission had a lot to say about the importance of access to information and the Internet. But he remained tight-lipped on how and when the FCC would protect it.

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Ortiz y Pino

Hard Lessons

In the end, what did 2010’s election mean?

Ten days after the election, I took our collies for their regular morning romp at one of Albuquerque’s dog parks. I pulled up alongside an ancient vehicle. In the window was a declaration: “If Obama is too stupid to understand what the voters said this year, we need to repeat the message in 2012.”

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Massachusetts—School administrators at North Brookfield Elementary School were forced to clarify policy after a teacher sent students home with a note stating that all writing instruments had been banned from classrooms. Earlier this month, sixth-grade teacher Wendy Scott sent a letter to all parents of sixth graders announcing that she and fellow teacher Susan LaFlamme were instituting a new rule banning students from carrying writing implements—including pencils, pens and mechanical pencils. According to the memo, students would be issued a pencil for use in class. That pencil would be collected at the end of the school day. The memo went on to say that any student found with a writing implement on their person or in their backpack after Nov. 15 would be assumed to be using it “to build weapons.” The memo said any offending students would be sent to the principal’s office for disciplinary measures. Within a day of the memo’s release, however, interim Superintendent Gordon L. Noseworthy explained that the teacher’s memo had not been reviewed or approved by either the principal or the superintendent. Noseworthy told Worcester’s Telegram that the memo was “over the top” and does not reflect any North Brookfield School District policy. Police Chief Aram Thomasian Jr. told the newspaper he was approached after the memo was released by parents of one student who had been suspended for having a pen that had been altered to fire a wadded-up piece of paper. “The student showed me how it worked. I'd be surprised if the spitball traveled 4 feet. And at that, I'm not even sure it had any spit on it,” he said. The school’s principal sent a follow-up memo to the families stating that no changes would be made to school procedure, Mr. Noseworthy clarified. “This was an attempt by a fairly new sixth-grade teacher to make changes that were not warranted. The student who was found with an altered pen was suspended and as far as administrators were concerned, the matter was put to rest.”

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Letters

Thank you so much for including me in your article about Albuquerque Etsy shops [Feature, “Etsy-Querque,” Nov. 18-24]. I have enjoyed the Alibi for so many years. I really appreciate your time and consideration. Etsy has been a great venue for me to sell my hand-knitted items in addition to local arts/crafts shows. It is a great community of hand-creators.

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Space Junk

Pieces of Other Worlds: Samples from Across the Solar System

Dr. Carlton Allen discusses scientific research of the formation and evolution of our solar system.
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Nature's Name Day

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge 5th Birthday Party

Cake, hayrides, music, food trucks, kids activities, children's book drive and more.
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(Don't) Get Lost

Map Festival

scavenger hunt for children, workshops, discussions about electronic map resources, door prizes and more.
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A Good Place to Drink Your First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the Year

Corrales Harvest Festival 2017

Food, music, N.M. cultural history, a kids zone with rides and activities, haywagon rides and more.
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Lively Livers

Liver Life Walk

Raise community awareness of the American Liver Foundation's work in supporting liver health through education, research, community involvement, patient and family advocacy and more.
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What time is it? Healing Time!

Healing Winds Psychic Fair

Psychic readings, reiki, holistic products, spiritual portrait artist, yoga, alternative health demonstrations, food vendors, entertainment for kids and much more.
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