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   Yuma Sun, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 2007, Yuma, Arizona                                 50 CENTS  YUMA & RÉGION • B1 -41 SPORTS • Cl -4  DESERT LIFE • D1-4  CLASSIFIEDS -06-10  OPINION • A7  QUE PASA • A10  WHEN YOU MAKE THE CHOICE TO KICK THE SMOKING HABIT, WE'VE GOT SOME TIPS FOR YOU  M  IN QUOTES  "We are trying to restore security in the area while the Americans are killing us."  Nabil Saleh, at his post in Abu Lukah, Iraq/ A5  J  ,s>  YUMA  American Conservation Experience brings worldly volunteers/ B1  > DESERT LIFE  Time to quit smoking. No more "buts" and no more butts/ D1  > NATION  Landslide skews San Diego, causes an estimated $48 million in damages/ A4  > SPORTS  Cardinals and Chargers both  score first road win of the season/ CI  > CLASSIFIEDS  Find a home for your umbrella with a cast-iron umbrella stand only in The Sun Classifieds/C6-11  Subscription/ Delivery service  Call 539-6900  THE SECRET LIVES OF  > Workers describe Yuma Regional's trauma department  BY NICOLE E. SQUIBBS  SUN STAFF WRITE.6R  Yuma Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the state, seeing over 60,000 patients per year, with only 37 beds for visiting patients - and no other emergency department to send patients to if their waiting room is crowded.  "We literally take care of every patient from womb to tomb," said two-yeai YRMC night charge nurse Ginny Bush. "Sometimes I feel more akin to a paramedic."  She said YRMC emergency nurses are adaptable, flexible and dedicated and work 12-hour shifts.  "It's amazing this many people work gs hard as they do for as long as they do," Bush said. "Nurses deal with the best and worst situations ... I've had parents walk up and put their dead baby in my arms... I've spent last ' moments with couples who've been together for 75 years."  This week is Emergency Nurses Week, a recognition of  PHOTO BV NICOLE E. SQUIBBS/THE SUN KATHY ODAFFER, YRMC Emergency Department nurse, sorts through medical care items on a supply cart.  »w raaKWBjygA ;Jamvuwuiu » ma—mmrn  > "WHEN YOU WALK IN AND SEE BEDS IN THE HALL, YOU KNOW WE'RE BUSY, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT OUR GOAL. ANOTHER NURSE SAID, 'IN WINTER, THIS IS WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WOULD CALL  A DISASTER.'" — Nurse Kathy (Matter  those who are on the front line during life-and-death situations.  "Thanksgiving weekend is our busiest weekend. We can get up to 100 traumas in one weekend," said six-year YRMC emergency nurse Ann Honkala, 33.  She said holiday weekends present special challenges, such as finding vacuums for the sand so staff members don't slip and lining up trauma patients in cervical collars, because they cannot lie down.  Honkala said another  challenge in Yuma is the large population of geriatric patients.  "Sometimes, they pull into the parking lot before they find a place to live... saying, 'He hasn't felt good since Texas.'"  SEE NURSES/AS  MEDICAL CLERK America Valencia multitasks in the Emergency Department at Yuma Regional Medical Center.  YUMA REGIONAL MEDICAL Center Emergency Department nurse Ann Honkala enters data in the medicine dispensing machine.  Koreas see glimmer on the horizon to end stalemate  ASSOCIATED PRESS  On a July morning a lifetime ago, two generals, one in American khaki, the other in North Korean drab, strode into a makeshift building in a no-man's-land, took their seats at separate tables and signed the papers put before them. They left after just 12  minutes, without a handshake, without a word.  The papers said it all: The warring armies would ceaSe fire that night "in thp interest of stopping the Korean conflict, with its great toil of suffering and bloodshed."  The armistice agreement signed in 1953 at Panmunjom, Korea, did stop the fighting,  but it didn't start the peace. Now the last generations to remember the "great toil" may see their war truly come to an end, if the, two Koreas achieve the peace settlement proposed last week by their leaders.  The vision of two nations at peace — with normal trade, comings and goings,  diplomatic ties — falls short of reunification, Koreans' vision of two nations made one. And ending , a 54-year-old war-on-hold will mean negotiating through a diplomatic and political thicket grown denser by the decade, and remaking the face of a fortress peninsula.  SEE K0RIAS/A8  Housing costs, low wages hit families  > Number of homeless on the rise  ASSOCIATED PRESS  AMHERST, Mass. — There is just enough space for Lisa Rivera's family to sleep at Jessie's House homeless shelter.  In one room, she fits the full-sized bed she shares with her 9-year-old daughter, the trundle for her 11-year-old son, a twin bed for her 14-year-old daughter and a playpen for her 1-1/2-year old son.  "It's comfortable, but it's hard sleeping all together," the 32-year-old woman said. "Oh my God, sometimes it's so hard."  Faced with domestic abuse, high housing costs and unemployment, Rivera's family finds itself among the growing ranks of the homeless in Massachusetts — and possibly, the country.  About 1,800 homeless families were in Massachusetts shelters last week — up from 1,400 in June 2006 and just under 1,200 in June 2005, according to state figures. There are more families in SEE HOMElfSS/AS  British jury heads to Paris to retrace Diana's fatal path  ASSOCIATED PRESS  PARIS — A decade after Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were killed in a Paris car crash, a British coroner's jury comes to the French capital this week to retrace the lovers' fatal path.  Although the events leading up to the deaths have already been dissected in two lengthy investigations, the visit today and Tuesday marks the first time an inquest jury has left Britain.  Where the 11-member jury will stay is top secret, and their exact itinerary while the court is "in session" in Paris will not be divulged in advance.  "It is very difficult to conduct this sort of visit where you are leaving the protection ... offered by your own legal system," said a spokesman for the inquest, who asked not to be named in keeping with British procedure. "All of a sudden, we are about to walk down streets in Paris with no legal-authority over those people around us."  INSIDE  ANNIE'S MAILBOX............01  CLASSIFIEDS .............C6-11  COMICS ...................D3  CROSSWORD ...............D3  DESERT UFE ...............01-4  HOROSCOPE ...............A10  LOTTERIES .................B1  OPINION ..................A7  PUBUC NOTICES ...........C5-6  ¿QUE PASA? ..............A10  SPORTS .................C1-4  YUMA/REGION..... .......BM  'if*  T J   fresh perspective' to Yumá council  ■ *  h JT xr ± -a'¿.«ipirir.  - iT i- X*   

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