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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 25, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico for 156 years FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25 2005 FIFTY CENTS Former LANL workers get prison time t Charges stem from personal purchases made on labs budget such as TV sets vacuum cleaners and car tires By PETER BARNES The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Two former Los Alamos National Laboratory workers accused of buying televi sion sets barbecues and hunting gear on a lab purchase account were sentenced Thursday to prison terms Peter Bussolini 67 and Scott Alexander 42 pleaded guilty last October in federal court to charges of conspiracy and mail fraud in a plea agreement in which prosecu tors dropped 26 other charges Bussolini was sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months of house arrest arid in fines Alexander was sentenced to a year and one day in prison and will be eligible to be released after 10A months with good they will jointly pay in restitution to the University of California which manages the lab for the Department of Energy District Judge James Parker said Bussolini likely will pay more of thatbecause he has more money than Alexander Both men apologized to their families and the lab Alexander said tearfully to his family and the judge I am truly sorry and I will never let you down I was raised better than I have he said The two men were fired in December 2002 after being accused of putting hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable purchases on the labs account giving the items bogus names to make them seem more in line with lab uses A television was called a command center a picnic table was Please see LANL Page A10 Feds sue for teens allegedly harassed at work Incidents reported at McDonalds franchises in New Mexico Arizona the Associated Press PHOENIX The federal agency that oversees work place civilrights claims sued two McDonalds franchise holders in New Mexico and Arizona on Thursday accus ing them of allowing manag ers to sexually harass teen workers The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed classaction lawsuits in fed eral court in Prescott and in Albuquerque McDon alds Corp was not named in either lawsuit In the New Mexico case a group of teenage male work ers were subjected in 2003 to requests for sex other sexual remarks and unwanted touch ing by a male supervisor according to the lawsuit filed Please see WORK Page A10 INSIDE TODAY Mingus Big Band Living a legacy The Mingus Big Band playing Thursday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center has succeeded in memorializing bassist Charles Mingus music and keeping it fresh In Pasatiempo Todays obituaries Natasha Williamson Feb 21 Robert Maes 54 Santa Fe Feb 23 Ramona Garduno Feb 22 Patrick Louton Feb 20 Emily Martinez 79 Nambe Feb 22 Elizabeth Lamb 88 Santa Fe Jose Martinez 71 El Sitio Feb 23 frank Brrto Feb 18 Page B2 Todays forecast Cloudy chance of rain High 38 low 23 Page B2 INDEX Business D5 Classifieds C3 Comics C10 Generation Next Cl Local News Bl Lotteries B2 Opinion A9 Police notes B2 Scoreboard D2 Sports Dl Stocks D6 Time Out 84 Four sections 36 pages Pasatiempo 80 pages 156th year Issue No 56 Publication No 596440 Late paper Study in staffing Santa Fe schools gives temp agency a shot at maintaining a corps of substitute teachers Tina New Mexican Substitute teacher Rudy Jimenez rounds up a class of fourthgraders in the Gonzales Elementary School library Thurs day Starting March 28 Santa Fe Public Schools substitutes will work for Kelly Educational Staffing making Santa Fe trie first public school district in the state to use the company to hire such workers By BOB QUICK The New Mexican Santa Fe Public Schools is looking for a few good substitute teachers with the help of Kelly Educa tional Staffing that is Under the terms of a contract with Kelly Educational Staffing a subsidiary of Kelly Services a national temporarystaffing service based in Troy the companys Santa Fe office will hire train and place as many as 100 substitute teachers in public schools for the last two months of the school year The new arrangement will go into effect March 28 when all substitute teachers will begin working for Kelly During that time substitute teachers will be eligible for benefits from Kelly including health insur ance and a retirement plan If the trial period is successful Kelly will provide the schools all of its substitute teachers on a regular basis starting next school year said Lee Ann Buras director of human resources for Santa Fe Public Schools The superintendent Gloria Rendon and her executive staff have approved this on a temporary trial Buras said After that they will take a look at it and see what the cost was and see if its cost effective and the most important thing whether it improves our pro vision of substitute Please see STUDY Page A8 Doctors perform airway surgery on pope t Experts say procedure is beneficial to patients with Parkinsons disease New Mexican wire reports ROME Doctors oper ated on Pope John Paul II on Thursday night attaching a breathing tube to ease a life threatening respiratory crisis brought on by advanced Par kinsons disease aggravated by flu symptoms Vatican officials said the 30minute procedure on his throat known as a tracheos tomy was successful The pontiff 84 was resting in his hospital room at the Gemelli Polyclinic hospital rather than in the intensive care unit officials said Medical experts warned however that the aftermath of such surgery was serious in a frail older person and could involve complications including pneumonia Late Thursday Joaquin NavarroVails the Vatican spokesman said the opera tion was intended to relieve a narrowing of the larynx brought on by influenza syn Now we are more tran NavarroVails said following the surgery John Paul II had been released from Gemelli two weeks ago after recuperating there for 10 days from the flu according to officials The pope had been rushed suddenly to the hospital Thursday morning after his planned attendance was can celed at a meeting with high ranking prelates to finalize canonization of new saints His designated substitute Cardinal Angelo Sodano the Vatican secretary of state said that in the interest of would observe the proceedings from his apartment only a few yards away But almost immediately the pope was placed on a stretcher and driven in an unmarked ambulance to the hospital where witnesses saw him wheeled in lying partially erect Please see POPE Page A3 Police turn to public to learn womans whereabouts Nate By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican State police unable to locate a woman whose car was found near the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge this week asked the public for help Thursday in their struggle to piece together information A blue 1989 Subaru station wagon apparently belonging to a woman with the oneword name of Naia was discovered around 4 Wednesday by a state police officer on patrol near the bridge which spans a deep river canyon west of Taos The discovery set off a search that has yet to turn up any solid leads on her where abouts In January 2002 a state dis trict judge in Santa Fe issued an order granting Ava Sandrock now 37 a legal name change to the oneword name No one has filed a missing person report concerning the woman and police arent cer tain whether she drove the car to the site There is however some evidence suggesting she had been in the car in which investigators found her driv ers license The bridge and the dramatic 650footdeep gorge below it has been the site of suicides accidental deaths and at least one homicide in recent years However state police were not prepared to classify their investigation until they have more information The womans last known address is in Santa Fe authori ties said Records from the Motor Vehicle Division indi cate she lived in the 100 block of Santa Fe Avenue south of downtown However that address is apparently outof date A woman at that address contacted Wednesday by The New Mexican said she did not know Naia but had received Please see WOMAN Page A10   

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