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F or those of us who grew up in its frightening, long shadow, the Cold War will go on forever, like a desert highway. Southern Arizona author Gregory McNamee offers a meditation on coming of age in an area where apocalypse was an ongoing event.

The most talked-about drug bust in Texas last year happened in a Panhandle county with more cows than people. One year later, the fallout from the controversial operation has brought revelations that something went terribly wrong.

The Rio Grande, which winds for more than 400 miles through New Mexico, is relied upon to sustain big cities with water-sucking, high-tech computer microchip plants, an agricultural industry that depends on irrigation to survive, and now, endangered species such as a two-inch long minnow and the willow flycatcher.

Also, singing the apartment-hunting blues, an author takes on an old murder case, and more.

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Barely Registering [7]
Who's minding the store? Some barely functional drones, apparently.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
Time Machines [8]
2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS, 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24, and 2000 Ford Focus ZX3.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [9]
"Pthlllllt! Thwaarrrrp. Fweeephthtl?"
"Yes, I agree, Mr. Smarty Pants does have some interesting facts this week."

— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Volume IV, Issue 6
July 31 - August 7, 2000  

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Growing Up Nuclear [2]
A meditation from Ground Zero.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
Color of Justice [3]
A drug bust in tiny Tulia, Texas opens up old racial wounds and raises questions about the veracity of the undercover cop-for-hire who orchestrated it all.
— Nate Blakeslee, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
H2 Woes [4]
When something has to give regarding water in the desert Southwest, you can expect a war. New Mexico is now in the midst of a water war.
— Dennis Domrzalski and Paul Krza, WEEKLY ALIBI
No Place Like Home [5]
All Belinda Acosta wanted was a roof over her head that wouldn't explode into flames. Little did she know that jumping into the Austin housing market is like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Page Turner [6]
An author is writing a book about the disappearance of Janet March, but will it tell the full story?
Now What? [10]
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