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At right, local television personality Mark Underwood models a classic black cutaway coat with hickory striped pants from Mr Tux. He wears a matching striped ascot and a dove gray vest, a color that's increasingly popular. Pearls and lace adorn the Alfred Angelo gown ($1,000), modeled by Marika Sayers. The bouquet from Peoples Flowers features roses in shades of white and champagne for a romantic, vintage appeal. And they pose around Fiona, the classic 1951 Ford belonging to Bob Agnew of Old Car Garage on Girard NE.

Ready to dazzle

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

Brides and grooms recently tying the knot have coordinated their wedding attire to reveal more of their personalities, both individually and as a couple.

Albuquerque surgeon Dr. Linda Ann Smith, one of the key researchers on the effectiveness of a new device, holds a BioZorb that leaves markers that allow better targeting of cancerous cells. (Courtesy photo)

Implant improves radiation treatment

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

Implant improves targeting of radiation treatments for breast cancer

YONAS: Will talk about advances in neurosurgery

UNM neurosurgeon to discuss network

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

Chances are better than ever that if you or a loved one have a stroke in New Mexico, you will survive.

Triathletes Sierra Smith, left and Alex Willis, model some of the new lighted and reflective gear for running Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal

Be seen: Exercising in the dark

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

Winter’s long hours of darkness can challenge anyone who enjoys exercising outdoors — from eli …

Social worker and therapist Demian Rubalcaba listens during a SMART Recovery meeting. Rubalcaba, 36, who recovered from a five-year heroin addiction, says each person finds a unique path in and out of addiction. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Former addict guides others to recovery

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

Demian Rubalcaba, a licensed social worker, sees more out his fourth-story window than meets the eye.

A roadmap to recovery

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

Nationally, 23 million people are recovering from all kinds of addictions, including alcohol and drugs.

Ashley Charzuk has been in recovery for about five years for heroin addiction. She says her life with her daughter, Parker Doyle, 5, and her husband, Stephen Charzuk, brings her happiness. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

One-time heroin addict rebuilds life

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

Five years later, one-time heroin addict rebuilds a happy life, family

Former DEA agent Mike Vigil traveled to Afghanistan in 2001 in his work to stem drug trafficking. (Courtesy of Michael S. Vigil)

NM native recounts career fighting drug trafficking

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

The war on drugs continues for retired DEA agent Mike Vigil, an Española native who rose to be chief of international operations along with other high ranking assignments in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.