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By Russell Contreras The Associated Press

Brew the years: Beer fans ‘CANvention’ opens in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In middle school, Dan Scoglietti rode his bike through Chicago, picking up old beer cans with his twin brother, Ed. It was an odd hobby for a pre-teen in the 1970s that turned into a lifetime pursuit.

“We’d go to junior high and trade beer cans,” says Scoglietti, now 57. “Today, I do it all the time.”

Vintage typewriters gain fans amid ‘digital burnout’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Typewriter enthusiasts gather at an Albuquerque restaurant to experiment with vintage Smith Coronas. Fans in Boston kneel in a city square and type stories about their lives during a pro-immigration demonstration. A documentary on typewriters featuring Tom Hanks and musician John Mayer is set for release this summer.

Professor says historic outhouses underappreciated in American Southwest, urges preservation

CORRALES, N.M. At a time when life could be harsh in the American Southwest, outhouses served more than one important role. They provided structure, protected water resources and created important social norms, a New Mexico professor says.