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L ike a number of cities nationwide, Nashville is revamping how it handles drug-related crime. Nonviolent felony offenders who used to face stints in prison, where problems with drugs would go unchecked, can now enroll in specialized court programs designed to address their needs.

Five ethnic Albanian journalists from Kosova who visited Albuquerque to study free elections and the relationship between a free press and the government, talk about their homeland, the 1999 war in Kosova, American and NATO intervention, and their impressions of the United States.

If the powers-that-be aren't careful to monitor and maintain the relatively pristine Colorado River in Central Texas, life could dry up and blow away like so much dust.

Also, the future of commuter rail transit in Tennessee, a peek inside one of Chicago's ethnic bathhouses, the genesis of Juneteenth, and more.


Columns
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Making a Stink [11]
Don't cover up a bad smell with a good one.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Soldiering On [12]
2000 Isuzu Trooper LS.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [13]
Disabilities, eating clay, and writing nuclear waste warnings.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Now What? [14]
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Volume III, Issue 52
June 19 - June 26, 2000  

Features
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Court of Last Resort [2]
Critics say he's coddling criminals, but don't tell that to the drug addicts and alcoholics trying to pass muster with Judge Seth Norman.
— Matt Pulle NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Life After War [3]
As Albanians try to rebuild lives in Kosova, Kosovar journalists study democracy and elections in Albuquerque.
— Dennis Domrzalski, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Big River [4]
How healthy is Austin's Colorado River?
— Dan Oko, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Train in Vain [5]
While momentum builds for reconnecting East Tennessee to a modern rail service, the goal remains distant.
— Joe Tarr, METRO PULSE
 
Steam Heat [6]
Taking a trip through one of Chicago's remaining ethnic bathhouses.
— David Murray, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Jubilation in June [7]
The story of Juneteenth, America's other independence day.
— Chris Davis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Man With A Mission [8]
In defense of the suburban life.
— David Dawson, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Scoot Over [9]
Taking a ride on the new Xooter.
— Ellen Fox, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Penthouse Party [10]
Not all Pets are all boobs.
— Ellen Fox, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

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