Alibi V.17 No.24 • June 12-18, 2008 

News Feature

Prescription for Change

The UNM Hospital’s new policy puts a leash on prescription drug pushers

It's a common tactic: drug advertisements plastered on every pen, notepad, clipboard, tissue box and stapler in doctors' offices.

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A mock-up of the condos at 2000 Gold in the Silver Hill Neighborhood.
Courtesy of Sheffield Partners

Newscity

Green on Gold

Builder appeals to the City Council for a large condo project in the university area

Neighbors say it would be too tall, too big and too dense. The developer says density promotes environmental conservation.

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Neverending Stories

Scientologists Continue Fight to Move Downtown

Religious discrimination or zoning conflict?

By the time a decision is made, the Church of Scientology will have been trying to occupy the Gizmo building in the heart of Downtown for about a year. "We were told we would be in the building, that it wouldn't be a problem," says lawyer David Campbell, who represents the church. Though the group has purchased the building, it's had a series of zoning hurdles to jump before it can move in.

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Answer Me This

What's giving people salmonella? Northern New Mexico gets a summer surprise. A local sports hero in a tight spot. And where is New Mexico State University's president headed?

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Voting Bloc

Drumroll, Please

Primary yields political extremes

This wasn't the kind of primary season where you could tell in advance who was going to come out lead pony. The voters spoke. Here's what they had to say about the races we covered in our primary election issue:

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Council Watch

What is Our Nation But All of Us?

Several groups of citizens packed the June 2 City Council meeting. First up to bat were firefighters, who asked the Council to approve a collective bargaining agreement negotiated with the administration. The Council approved, although several councilors said they should have been consulted on any contract running three years.

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Ortiz y Pino

La Nueva Politica

Last week’s Democratic primary election results in the Bernalillo County state legislative races contained several shockers for ol’-style New Mexico political observers. Several very experienced and savvy pundits misfired badly on races in which senior, tenured lawmakers were knocked off by challengers.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Japan—Customs officials at the Narita International Airport are looking for five ounces of marijuana that got snuck into a random passenger’s suitcase. BBC News reports a customs official hid a package of the banned substance in order to test airport security. Sniffer dogs failed to detect the cannabis and the officer could not remember which bag he had put it in. “The case was extremely regrettable. I would like to deeply apologize,” said the airport’s customs head, Manpei Tanaka. The test was conducted against regulations. Normally, a training suitcase is used. “I knew that using passengers’ bags is prohibited,” said the unnamed officer who planted the pot. “But I did it because I wanted to improve the sniffer dog’s ability.” Anyone finding the free package of dope has been asked to contact customs officials.

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Letters

You want to know why I play bridge with 19 gay men every Wednesday night?

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Press On

Printing Press Demonstration

Special guest Bill Farmer gives a tour of the library’s press room. Try your hand at setting type and participate in a demonstration of one of the replica and antique printing presses.
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A Pretty Fowl Day

Bird of the Bosque del Apache: Field Trip

A journey to see thousands of birds at N.M.’s world-famous refuge south of Socorro. Drive there or ride in the museum van. Registration required.
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Dide, There's Free Shit at Maple Street

Community Clothing Swap

Ever been to a clothing swap? It's a helluva good time. People just bring in sacks and bins of old clothing and everyone exchanges to their heart's content. Things we've heard of people scoring from clothing swaps: Jimmy Choo heels, Valentino bags, nice leather gear, brand new makeup, vintage costumes, brand new clothes and so many more unexpected treasures. While this Community Clothing Swap doesn't guarantee high-end apparel for the taking, there is a great variety to sort through. Maple Street Dance Space hosts the swap on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 5:15 to 7:15pm and accepts donations throughout the evening. All ages are welcome to bring their clean women's, men's and kids' clothing and accessories as well as snacks or beverages to share. Not only do you get to bring a home a bag or two of newfound accouterments, but everything left over doesn't go to waste. The leftover garments go to Vision Zero Albuquerque and Thrift-A-Lot, in support of Transgender Resource Center. 
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