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Journal Staff Reports
    Councilor Faces
    E-Mail Complaint
    A complaint filed with the city ethics board accuses Councilor Don Harris of using a city telephone and city e-mail address for campaign purposes.
    The complaint alleges that a committee established to help Harris fight a recall effort has violated the City Charter by encouraging people to contact Harris at his City Council office or on his city e-mail. It was filed Wednesday by Martha Lambert.
    Harris said he would change a Web site— keepdonharris.com— showing his contact information but doesn't believe it's a violation of the charter.
    "We'll get it corrected. It wasn't intentional," he said.
    Library Planning
    Potter Festivities
    The city's library system will celebrate the release of the latest Harry Potter book at a party Friday night at Erna Fergusson library, 3700 San Mateo NE.
    Three hundred copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will be available Saturday at that library and others in the city-county system. The copies will go to the first 300 people who placed a hold on the book.
    If you're not one of those people, you can still celebrate the last book in the Harry Potter series.
    Everyone is invited to the library party, which begins at 10:30 p.m. There will be Harry Potter-themed activities, including a Quidditch toss, wand-making and a trivia contest with prizes.
    For more information, call 888-8100 or 311.
    Councilor Raises
    Campaign Concern
    City Councilor Brad Winter has called on the mayor to ensure that Transit Director Greg Payne isn't doing campaign work on city time.
    He sent a letter to Mayor Martin Chávez this week. It stems from concern that Payne is helping Winter's opponent in this year's council race, Paulette de'Pascal.
    Payne said Wednesday he has no role in de'Pascal's campaign and isn't doing campaign work for anyone on city time. He said supporters of de'Pascal had approached him about helping her, but he doesn't have the "time or energy to get involved."
    De'Pascal said Payne "is not affiliated with my campaign in any way."
    She said an employee in the mayor's office, Tony Pedroncelli, did help gather signatures— but not on city time.
    UNM Med School
    Has a New Dean
    A longtime UNM medical school faculty member has been promoted to executive dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
    Jeffrey Griffith, who has been on the medical school faculty for 25 years, took over his new duties July 1, the UNM Health Sciences Center announced this week.
    Griffith had previously served as chair of the school's biochemistry and molecular biology department. The release states that he is well-known nationally and internationally for his research in breast and prostate cancers and for his collaborative efforts with the national laboratories in genetics research.
    Griffith replaces Mary Lipscomb, who is retiring, said UNM Health Sciences Center spokesman Billy Sparks.