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 Dec 24 - 30, 2009 
Barbara Bruin is taking over the city’s animal shelters. She poses here with Brandon, a dog available for adoption.

Newscity

Leader of the Pack

A new director helms Albuquerque’s animal shelters

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Albuquerque’s new mayor, Richard Berry, walked into his 11th-floor office for the first time on Dec. 1. But that Tuesday wasn’t just Berry’s first day on the job. It was also Day 1 for all of his city appointments, including Barbara Bruin, the head of the city’s two animal shelters.


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Council Bite

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Don’t Say “Light Rail”

City Councilors zipped through the city’s Monday, Dec. 21 business, bringing the last meeting of 2009 to a close in less than two hours.


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Ortiz y Pino

Carbon Tax Trumps Cap and Trade

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I am amazed that the concept of “cap and trade” as a way to slow global warming has any traction in Congress.


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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

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Dateline: Germany—Two Germans ended up in the hospital after a supermarket battle involving cold cuts. The fight took place in the western city of Aachen when a 74-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman tried to take possession of the same shopping cart. As the elderly man wrestled the cart from the hands of his rival, the woman’s 24-year-old brother stepped forward and decked him with a punch. The brother and sister, along with their 53-year-old mother, took their four-wheeled spoils of war into the store. But the defeated pensioner followed them to the deli counter where he snatched up a tube of salami and started clubbing the younger man. Thinking fast, the 24-year-old’s mother grabbed a sharp, 4-pound wedge of Parmesan and used it to fend off the meaty blows of the salami. At some point during the food fight, the 53-year-old woman was knocked over, hitting her head on the deli’s glass countertop. Police eventually arrived to break up the melee. Two of those involved were treated in at a local hospital for minor injuries. According to London’s Daily Telegraph, the trolley was undamaged.


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Letters

Last week our Congress passed the 2010 Appropriations bill, which takes some important steps in the right direction for New Mexicans. We applaud the bill’s elimination of ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage funding; instead, the bill funds medically accurate, evidence-based comprehensive sex education. It seems that Congress is catching up with what we at Planned Parenthood have known all along—that a comprehensive approach to sex education is the most effective way to reduce unintended pregnancies in women of all ages.


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Seas the Day

Pirate Adventure Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Corrales

By Maggie Grimason
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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Silk and Lights and Everything Nice

Dragon Lights Albuquerque

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Formerly known as the Chinese Lantern Festival, see the all new larger-than-life, fully-illuminated lanterns, Chinese cultural performances and special handicrafts.
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Chasing the Dragon

Dragon's House of Horror

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Enter the world's longest indoor, walk-through horror house with no lines. Receive a text when your turn is up.
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Calling All Starbeings

The Galactic Collective Conference

By Ramona Beezus
Join Starbeing Shamans Tammy and Anthony Chino—sacred space holders for the Collective Frequency community—at the Galactic Collective Conference for an awareness raising weekend that is sure to heighten the energetic vibrations. Enter this spiritual domain of Wise elders and vainglorious millennials at Tedge beginning Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21. This three-day conference focuses on bringing advanced techniques from the New Star Being Tribe teaching how to be one with Mother Earth. For the small investment of $122, this power packed weekend includes insightful presentations and enriching workshops from 5 to 10pm on Friday, 9am to 8pm on Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. And for those just starting out on their spiritual journey tickets are half-price for kids under 20.  
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A Consensual Cuddle Puddle

The Cuddle Revolution

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
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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