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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 1, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Lobos stay an hot sfeMk an fee road 7766f Sports Cl UESDAY MARCH 1 2005 F I F T Y C E NT S WWWWBBW6 Lebanese leader Cabinet step down About Lebanese protesters staged a display that prompted the nations proSyrian prime minister and Cabinet t6 resign Monday The peaceful protesters were bedecked in the bright red and white of the Lebanese flag I Tax deal sound too good to be true The IRS warns Dont be fooled by tax schemes promising big refunds or savings Taxscam artists will take your money arid leave you with a hefty tax says IRS commissioner Mark Everson Business D2 ftrttdayofdass The Andreeva Portrait Academy opened Monday giving students a chance to work with local and visiting artists ftwrta Fe A El Norte Bl Abortion is not a human rigtrt The government rocked a United Nations meeting on womens equality with a demand that legalized abortion be removed from a Beijing platform drafted in 1995 UMCK Ffeb 27 feb 27 MIMiiMl Rtlch 84 Santa Be MMfoite JofMMon Santa Fe Feb 25 Frank Ortiz 78 Santa Fe Feb 27 Wdor Wtante Feb 23 Orlando Oarcte 56 Feb 25 to 87 Feb 26 Rita dwda Feb 26 Richard Tratome Feb 25 Richard Vargas Santa Fe Please see Page B2 B3 Todays forecast Mostly cloudy High 52 low 24 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox IM5 Lotteries B2 Business Dl Mutuals C6 Classifieds C7 tK3 Opinion A7 Comics Police notes B3 Crossword IJ4J Scoreboard C2 Horoscope IMS Sports Cl Local news Bl Stocks C4i Fopr sections 28 pages 156th year issue No 60 Publication No 596440 Ute paper YEAS 38 I NAYS 31 House votes to end death penalty Vote marks first time repeal bill passes either chamber of Legislature measure faces tough battle in Senate Rep OaN Beam Jane The Now Menican 0 in fawr of repealing ttia death penalty to House Speaker Ben Lufan rtgm and the i pidmt diiiadii the atate of New Mexloeand Judl Cameo alieeter of Juan 9f In MM beckfroiml The repeal patted on a vote of 3831 and went to the Senate ty STIVE The New Mexifcan A bill to abolish the death pen alty in New Mexico cleared the state House of Represen tatives on Monday and heads to the state senate where it could face a harder time Five Republicans joined 33 Demo crats to pass the measure 38 to 31 Opponents included 23 Republicans and eight Democrats Thp vote marked the first time a deathpen ally repeal has passed either chamber of the Legislature Rep Gail Beam DAlbuquerque who has sponsored similar legislation every two years since she came to the Legislature in 1996 called Mondays vote a historic opportunity for New Mexico to take a step thats both thoughtful and practi cal and to join other industrialized democra cies in replacing the death penalty with a sentence of life without Repeal proponents said Monday they expect a close contest in the Senate where House Bill 576 first must clear committee hurdles The governor is on record favoring the death penalty But political experts Please see DEATH Page A4 Kathy De U New Mexican Elaine Ouran the mother of Ursula Duran outtkkt the courtroom after the arraignment of Karen Smallwood Smallwood hi chaffed with the murder of Ursula Duran 19 The state Is seeking the death penalty Panel revises Qwest fund proposal Senate votes on bill that would notify parents before abortion PageA5 Prosecution to seek death penalty in Smallwood case By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Prosecutors announced their intention Monday to seek the death penalty against the woman accused of murdering a 19yearold mother last October Meanwhile the mother of Ursula Duran the teen who was killed said in an interview while she and her family support the death penalty decision living without her daughter hasnt gotten any easier and in fact has become more ficuit Karen Smallwood 59 is charged with firstdegree murder aggravated bur glary tampering with evidence and two counts of unauthorized automated tellermachine withdrawal in the death of Ursula Please see CASE Page A4 Karen Smallwood On Monday Smallwood was arraigned via video conference by state District Court Judge Michael Vigil Police arrest 3 in attack on gay men By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Three men were arrested Sunday on charges they ganged up on a Santa Fe gay rrtan and beat him into unconsciousness while yelling antigay vul garities according to court documents Gabriel Maturin 20 and Isaia Medina 19 each face charges of aggravated battery conspiracy and battery David Trinidad 17 faces the same charges and an additional count of criminal damage to prop erty All three defendants are from Santa Fe James Maestas 21 of Santa Fe remained hospi talized Monday Hospital officials would not release Maestas condition at the request of his family The family also requested the name of the hospital not be released to the public cit ing safety concerns A sec ond victim Joshua Stock ham 24 of Albuquerque was hospitalized for minor injuries and released Sun day Trinidad will be arraigned on all charges today in Judge Barbara Vigils court Assistant District Attorney Heidi Pircher said she will seek to have Trinidad tried as an adult making him sub ject to hatecrime enhance ments on his sentence if he is convicted A state law allowing for hatecrime enhancements was passed in 2003 Trinidad has appeared in Vigils court before on a number of occasions In Please see ATTACK Page A3 The Associated Press A man looks at a vehicle that was sliced In half by a car bomb explosion Monday that killed 116 and wounded 132 others In Hillah Iraq Suicide car bomb kills 116 in Iraq insurgent attack is deadliest since the war began Knight Ridder Newspapers HELLAH Iraq Iraqs insur gents Monday slipped a massive car bomb into an area normally offlimits to vehicles then deto nated it in front of a medical clinic where dozens of military and police recruits were lined up to undergo physicals The explosion killed 116 peo ple in this city 60 miles south of Baghdad and wounded dozens more It was the deadliest single insurgent attack since the war began and it suggested Iraqs Jan 30 elections and the recent arrests of some insurgent lead ers havent crippled the loose alliance of militant Islamists disgruntled Sunni Muslims and renegades from Saddam Husse ins regime The insurgents now appear to be focusing their attacks on Iraqis who work for or support the government in an apparent effort to discredit the Iraqi regime and provoke civil war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims Many of the dead on Monday perished when buildings that housed government offices and shops in the busy downtown district collapsed from the force of the explosion Body parts were scattered for blocks and hysterical survivors trudged through pools of blood search ing for relatives Please see BOMB Page A3 Task force pushing for K8 schools By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican Charles Puglisi sent his three children to Gonzales Elemen tary School and has been pretty happy with the experience But when his oldest child finished sixth grade and graduated from Gonzales Puglisi chose St Michaels a parochial school for seventhto 12thgraders rather than send him on to public mid dle school Security grades safety mental Puglisi ticking off the reasons he was concerned about the districts public middle schools Puglisi is hardly alone Bob bie Gutierrez associate super intendent for Santa Fe Public Schools said the district loses approximately 17 percent of its Please see SCHOOLS Page A3