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 Jul 14 - 20, 2011 
The Last Shuttle

News Feature

The Last Shuttle

NASA promises this is not the end of human space travel

By Natalie Willoughby
The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, marks the end of NASA's 30-year program, which began in 1981 with Columbia. Despite predictions that weather conditions would force a cancellation, an estimated 1 million visitors and 2,000 members of worldwide media looked on with awe.
Fans at Isotopes Park get ready for a game
Toby Smith


Heads Up

Making claim to a foul ball is seldom easy

By Toby Smith
Many of the signatures on Art Duran’s memento belong to players lost to time: Ray Katt and Al Aber, for instance. Four scribbles, however, were done by Baseball Hall of Famers: Leo Durocher, Bob Lemon, Al Lopez and Monte Irvin. What is most important to Duran, 77, is that he gained this souvenir during a game, not at some memorabilia show or off eBay.

Guest Editorial


Holding back the tide of big money in New Mexico politics

By Steven Robert Allen
Five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court seem hell-bent on dismantling campaign finance laws designed to prevent the wholesale buy-off of the American democratic process. The judges’ efforts are based on an eccentric interpretation of the First Amendment that could only be concocted by a bunch of insulated eggheads who are completely out of touch with political reality.
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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary
Funny because it happens to someone else.


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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 9)

Ready. Aim. Fire! Squash?

20th Annual Punkin' Chunkin'

By Cerridwen Stucky
Punkin' Chunkin' is the traditional sport of hurling a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance and accuracy. Witness the power of pneumatic air cannons, catapults and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 10)

History's Overlooked Spaces

Outhouses: Underrated Icons of New Mexico History

By Maggie Grimason
Learn about how outhouses were introduced to New Mexico, their essential role in communities across the state and their continued presence as historical artifacts.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Blow the Kids' Minds

Playground Build Day

By Renée Chavez
Lend a hand to build a playground in just one day with local non-profit NewLife Homes. Food, drinks and music will be provided for registered participants.
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