Alibi V.13 No.13 • March 25-31, 2004 
Singeli Agnew

Newscity

What's That Sound?

Strange, pulsating hum baffles Sandia Heights resident

Phil Ciofalo, 81, is tired of being pestered by a constant humming noise in his house—and is even more annoyed by the fact that he can't figure out where it originates.

Ciofalo, a retired chemical engineer, has lived in his far Northeast Heights home since 1984. His doctor says he has the hearing of a newborn baby. He started hearing the noise roughly three and a half years ago.

"The sound got worse (with time) and now it's going on day and night. You hear a vibration like a truck idling in your driveway."

Ciofalo said at first people thought he was crazy but then they began to hear it, too. "People ask 'how can you live with the noise?' I have a cassette player and natural sound tapes to help me sleep." Ciofalo said a friend of his described the hum as a steady stream of noise accompanied by an intermittent pulse. Similar complaints have been reported in Taos for years.

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Thin Line

Bookmark it. Now here's a cause that's as noble as the challenge. FactCheck.org wants to reduce the level of confusion and deception in political TV ads.

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Ortiz y Pino

Nation Building

Haiti's Sad Tutorial on Democracy

It is too bad that our actions speak louder than our words. If that were not so, our treatment of other countries would go into the history books as benign, altruistic, principled. We would be trusted. We would be a beacon of hope. Those are the things that our leaders have always said we stand for.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: France—A 35-year-old artist, allegedly traumatized over the recent bombings in Spain, was convicted of trying to run over a pedestrian he believed to be Osama bin Laden. The artist, identified only as Pierre, was sentenced last Tuesday by a court in southern France. Pierre was handed a three-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay the victim $615. "If it was [bin Laden], we would have won $5 million," said Pierre's lawyer, David Mendel, referring to the U.S. government's reward for the wanted terrorist. Unfortunately, the victim was not bin Laden. The pedestrian—a man in his 30s—was able to run away from Pierre's car, which crashed along the side of a street near the historic center of Montpellier. Mendel told the court that his client was "the victim of a hallucination."

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Singeli Agnew

Council Watch

As the Credits Roll

Like watching the credits for LOTR: Return of the King, the March 15 council meeting made one aware of the thousands of people working off screen as city employees, outside experts, volunteers, neighborhood groups, consultants, boards, committees and interagency coordinators. Reports on the 2025 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Middle Rio Grande Regional Water Plan represented two of the largest efforts.

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Letters

How does one respond to people like State Sen. Steve Komadina and attorney Paul Becht in "Defining Marriage" (March 11-17)? After all, they seem learned enough based on their professions; however, like many pious people they have opened their hearts to God and closed their minds at the same time. This is not surprising given that freedom of thought is anathema to most religions. But, why would our Creator endow us with such ability to think and to reason yet expect us not to use it, demanding blind obedience instead?

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EVENT HORIZON ()

Serve Yo' Self Some Cake

13th Birthday Celebration

Enjoy prizes, giveaways and other exciting opportunities to win piles of pleasure as well as a free vibe with every purchase.
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Chúc mừng năm mới!

Vietnamese New Year Festival

Celebrate Lunar New Year, a time to celebrate family, renewal and prosperity with a traditional ceremony, music, dance performances, traditional Vietnamese dishes and much more.
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Let''s Rise Up in 2020

NM Women's March

Women Rising, the 2020 New Mexico Women's March, happens on Sunday, Jan. 19 at noon. This year's rally, highlighting immigration rights, climate justice and reproductive rights happens in the middle of Downtown, at Albuquerque Civic Plaza. Besides a protest march, powerful speakers are scheduled to bring an affirmative and empowering message to an event that also features crafts and informational booths, food trucks and live music. For more info and a printable flyer about this free, all-ages victory march, visit nmwomensmarch.org.

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