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A Way to Keep Speeches Short

Journal Staff Report
    A sticky-fingered heister made off with a city of Albuquerque lectern minutes before a recent news conference outside the Frontier Restaurant.
    Saturday, before Mayor Martin Chávez announced a state proposal covering bus fares for University of New Mexico students, an audacious passerby snatched the lecturn, walked away and packed it into a pickup truck.
    The larceny happened before a growing crowd of local news reporters. None knew they had witnessed a crime.
    Officials haven't announced a reward or any leads in the case.
    A transit spokesman called the theft "kind of amusing" but said officials want the lectern returned.