Alibi V.17 No.32 • Aug 7-13, 2008 

News Feature

“It’s Been a Long, Long Road”

A bill demanding equal insurance coverage for those with mental disorders stalls in the Senate

Coping with a serious mental health issue, says Victoria Cain, is expensive. "There are some years, I think back on our income taxes, it was again tens of thousands of dollars even with insurance."

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Answer Me This

What percentage of New Mexico schools hit the mark this year? Police are looking for the _____ bandits. Who did Gov. Bill Richardson say he will lend a hand to? And which company's CEO is stepping down?

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Desi Brown and his swing dancing club have drummed up more than $51,000 for charities, peace organizations and local fundraisers.
Eric Williams

News Profile

Jitterbug for Justice

Dancer ignites interest in politics through swing

Dance and politics don't necessarily make a natural alliance. Yet Desi Brown managed to create a symbiotic relationship between the two, while remaining nonpartisan. “I’m amazed at how many people don’t question what they see in the news and why it happens," Brown says.

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Thin Line

Frozen Mid-Step

Is it really a free press when there are no guarantees for journalists protecting sources? Is it really free speech when there's no promise of safety for speaking out?

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Ortiz y Pino

Working Classroom

A few years ago, I read Jonathan Kozol’s Amazing Grace. It’s a work about what makes some kids reared in desperate situations “resilient” while others in the same circumstances collapse. Even today, I find myself frequently using many of his insights when I try to make sense of what might be happening with our young people.

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Eric J. Garcia

The Radford Files

Survive an Alien Abduction

Thousands of people say they were abducted by aliens, and you might be worried you’ll be next. If you suddenly find yourself floating out your bedroom window toward a mother ship hovering somewhere over the South Valley, take the following steps. You should memorize this list; if you keep it by your bedside table, you will likely be paralyzed and unable to reach for it—or your glasses—as you are tractor-beamed toward the ET visitors.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

DATELINE: New Zealand—As a sideline case to a custody battle, Judge Rob Murfitt ruled that the state would temporarily make a young girl a ward of the court so that she would be legally allowed to change her given name of Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii, according to the New Zealand Herald. Citing recent examples such as Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and a pair of twins named Benson and Hedges, the judge’s decision stated in part that “Quite frequently judges in the family court are dismayed by the eccentricity of names which some litigants have given their children.” Though the girl had kept her given name mostly secret by introducing herself as “K.,” the decision ruled that “In all facets of life, a child bearing this name would be held up to ridicule and suspicion. ... It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap quite unnecessarily.” To protect her anonymity, the girl’s new name was not made public.

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Letter writer Gary O’Connell (right) with Don Schrader

Letters

We did the Scavenger Hunt and had lots of fun. I was out of town for the last one.

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Seas the Day

Pirate Adventure Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Corrales

Enjoy 2.6 miles of trail through a corn maze, pumpkin patch picking, petting zoo, picnic area and barrel train rides. Keep a look out for the pirates.
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Have You Met Ted?

TEDxABQ Two-Day Event

An exploration of emerging ideas from New Mexicans focused on the community.
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Gimme Shelter

Build Your Refuge Day

Help build the first trail on the refuge, voice ideas for education and interpretation programs and help the design of the visitor center. Also enjoy kids' activities, tours, food trucks, music and augas frescas.
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Reefer in Reality

The Medicine in Marijuana Film Screening

The biggest thorns in the paw of medical cannabis are the lack of research available on the subject and the vast amount of misinformation bandied about by both its friends and foes. Using a National Academy of Sciences report as a starting point, Ben Daitz and Ned Judge present The Medicine in Marijuana, a documentary that tells the stories of cannabis patients and practitioners. For one time only, meet the cast and crew in person at the Guild Cinema, this Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1pm for a showing of the film and Q&A. Tickets are $7 at the door.
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A Consensual Cuddle Puddle

The Cuddle Revolution

This is a completely platonic experience for adults only. Please arrive on time. Use a series of exercises to practice consensual and safe touch, as well as authentic connection.
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Ragin' Like the Pagans

Pagan Pride Festival

It's fall again and time for the 18th Annual Pagan Pride Day Festival. Through education, activism, charity and community a better understanding of Paganism can be part of the higher consciousness. For the price of a canned food item, bag of rice or sack of beans you can enjoy a day filled with activities and entertainment at beautiful Bataan Park at Lomas and Carlisle. The food donations given help to feed families across Albuquerque. All food collected is donated to the First Unitarian Church food pantry. The day's activities include vendors, kids' corner, artisan gallery, workshops, live entertainment and more. Come out to see special musical guest star, Wendy Rule. Pagan Pride day takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 9am to 5pm. This is an all-day event so bring a picnic basket, but if that isn't enough to satiate the hunger, check out local food trucks, with vegan and vegetarian options provided by Street Food Institute.
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