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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 9, 1998, Santa Fe, New Mexico CALL HIM MISTER BRISTER V fj Filling in for John Elway Bufeby Brister makes the plays in Denvers preseason win Sports Cl KEEPING It SIMPLE Some Santa Feans jmd it easy to step off the fast track and enjoy more time with friends Focus El SUNDAY SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN wHhh tfriMh Polls say the people want the death penalty but politics and lengthy appeals have made for idle times at New Mexicos DEATH HOUSE Toll reaches at least 148 at embassies By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Guards and administrators have called it the Death House for so long nobody seems to remember its official name I guess you could call it the Execution Facility or the Lethal Injection prison administrator Don Cavi ness said when asked about the Inside puiid irigput up eight years ago at the Peniten tiary of New A look at the four inmates i on death States last execution was a quiet swift done all you can say is Oops if youre wrong a freed innocent man says Mexicos North Facility near SantaFe course well probably never use Caviness said in a halfjoking manner He is not alone in that See Page A7 opinion bet a reporter back in 1986 that nobody would be executed here before the end of the said Tony Tupler a prosecutor with the state Attor ney Generals Office who han dled appeals in death penalty cases in the early 1980s It sure looks like I would win that Feeding their doubts that the death penalty will be used here any time soon is the fact that New Mexico because of both legal and political circumstances has not carried out a death sentence since 1960 The time consumed by the appeals process is lengthy And the state Supreme Court on sev eral occasions has overturned death sentences after finding legal flaws in the cases Tupiers expectations also may be shaped by the fact that all the death penalty sentences on which he worked in the 1980s were commuted by Gov Toney Anaya shortly before Anaya left office in 1986 Though polls show New Mexi cans overwhelmingly support the death penalty the state has not actually executed anyone since David Cooper Nelson died in the states nowdefunct gas chamber nearly four decades ago While the recent lack of execu tions might be a relief to death penalty opponents to at least some families of crime victims the wait and the uncertainty are Please see DEATH Page A6 Rescuers frantically search for survivors as hospitals are flooded with more than injured New Mexican wire services NAIROBI Kenya Using garden shovels construction cranes and hands protected only by thin gloves hundreds of peo ple mounted a Herculean effort Saturday to pull survivors from mountains of concrete glass and metal heaped around the bombedout Embassy here but the death toll continued to climb As of late Saturday the num ber of dead from the Kenyan blast and a near simultaneous blast in Tanzania totaled including 11 Americans Victims and survivors were still being discovered in the ruins With some people injured and 154 people still missing from the Nairobi blast medical facilities in Nairobi were overwhelmed Some vic tims were taken to hospitals 30 miles away As night fell and klieg lights The Associated Press A nurse holds badly injured Rose mary 2 Rosemary and her mother were in a bus outside the embassy when the bomb exploded illuminated the rubble rescuers directed heavy cranes to remove the massive chunks of concrete that once formed the building The blast packed such enor mous force that it transformed cars and buses into twisted incinerated wreckage and blew Please see EMBASSIES Page A10 Alarmist farfetched terror report seems to be coming true Abel New Mexican Colleen Gore whose daughter Dena Lynn was killed 12 years ago by convicted child rapist Terry Clark wants to be there when he dies I want him to see me He apologized in court and he looked at my exhusband But he wouldnt took at It predicted trends in terrorism will continue to mutate in the postCold War world Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON A few years ago the Pentagons secretive Office on Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict quietly buried one of the most compre hensive reports ever commis sioned on the changing patterns of global terrorism The Terror 2000 findings compiled by 41 experts including former ranking CIA FBI State Department and Rand Corp officials as well as an ex KGB general and Israeli intelli gence agent were deemed too alarmist and farfetched Outra commented one CIA official Even a sanitized version designed to promote public pre paredness was axed The only catch is that many of its predictions have since come true Among them International terrorism would reach Ameri can shores potentially targeting a major financial center Homegrown zealots would pose bigtime threats to domestic security Within three years of the 1993 report massive bombs at the Please see REPORT Page A8 INSIDE Oldest New Partly cloucfy chance of showers High 92 Low 54 Pagcft2 paper 9824451 Community 8204O60 OnttwWorMWktoVltob Air fares 63 Local news M 65 Ann Landers D8 Movies Books F2 Neighbors Efi Business Dl Obituaries B2 Calendar B2 Opinion F4 Classified Outlook Comics Crossword D8 Pasa Sports Ci Entertainment 65 Television 08 Horoscope D8 Travel 61 Heven sections 100 pages 149th year Issue No 222 Real Estate A map to todays open houses appears on Page 114 in todays real estate section Mortgage rates appear on Page D4 Seeking shelter rodents make car trouble By BOB QUICK The New Mexican Dont just check the oil Look tin your cars air conditioning system too You might find that rodents perhaps seeking refuge from the summer monsoon rains have made a nest there to an apparent increase in the local rodent population thats what some Santa Fe resi dents are dealing with these days And it can be a problem Rats and mice have chewed through wires hoses and even battery cables And some of the creatures are finding their way into the blower box assembly which might create a hantavirus danger when the air conditioning is turned on Its happening more this year than in previous Bryan Ashbaugh of Alex Safety Lane a vehicle repair business on Pacheco Street said last week of the car invasions Michelle Leighton a prosecutor with the District Attorneys Office had what turned out to be a rodent problem last week She was driving her 1998 Subaru Outback to the grocery store when she noticed the speedometer didnt work nor did the odometer or the gas gauge When she took her vehicle into Premier Motorcars in the Santa Fe Auto Park for service she was informed rodents had crawled into her vehicles engine compartment and gnawed on wires cutting them in half and making parts of the Please see RODENTS Page A5 9 y j v