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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 12, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned it Serving New Mexico for 156 yean SATURDAY MARCH 12 2005 FIFTY CENTS Committee kills deathpenalty ban By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican The effort to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico this year died Friday as a Senate commit tee voted to table a bill that would have replaced capital punishment with life in prison without parole An Espafiola who voted four years in favor of a similar bill was the deciding vote against House Bill 576 Democrat Richard Martinez joined four Republicans to vote down the bill sponsored by Rep Gail Beam DAlbuquerque A tearful Beam hugging anti deathpenalty activists after the vote said I guess we lost our The bill had passed the House by a 3831 vote On Thursday Martinez told a reporter that he was undecided on how he would vote in committee He said he found persuasive some of the prodeathpenalty testimony by family members of murder victims at a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary committees last month The testimony of Donna McN evih of Albuquerque whose father Estevan Vigil was murdered in 1988 was especially convincing Martinez said Estevan Vigils killer his wife Janet Vigil had her sentence commuted last year by Gov Bill Richardson Janet Vigil who was freed from prison last month long claimed her husband had abused her and had tried to molest her daughter from a previous marriage The crime wasnt a capitalmur der case But McNevin noted gov ernors have the power to set killers free Therefore she argued life without parole is an illusion that Please see PENALTY Page A6 Kasia McRoberts of Santa Fe right consoles House Rep Gail Beam DAlbuquerque left on Friday night at the Capitol after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted down a bill to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico Also pictured is Dave Norvell Beams husband Raul Vasquez For The New Mexican SAT to test effect of email on teens essay skills By CHRISTINA McCARROLL The Christian Science Monitor Three hundred thousand highschool students Two hundred and twentyfive minutes Twentyfour hun dred points Early this morning as the new expanded SAT debuts American teenagers will hunker down in plastic chairs hunch over laminate desks rub the last traces of sleep from their eyes and bear down on their No 2 pencils The SAT has undergone the broadest revision in its 80 year history and perhaps foremost among the changes and the challenges on stu dents minds is a 25minute twopage essay worth a pos sible 800 points To some its demonic to others a nuisance To a few its a barometer of the stale of adolescent prose in the age of the Internet as myriad types of writing com pete with the letters of yore Though plenty of adults grumble about email and instantmessaging IM and the text messages that send adolescent thumbs danc ing across cellphone keypads many experts insist that teen age composition is as strong as ever and that the prolifera tion of writing in all its har ried hasty forms has actually created a generation more adept with the written word People are so intent on seeing contemporary popu lar culture as bad as lesser that they cant sort out cer tain ways in which young people today because of the Internet revolution are bet ter at what we used to says Al Filreis director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsyl vania who deals with high school writers as well as college students In the past 20 years hes seen the qual ity of student writing at the highschool level go way up and this is explained by the fact that they do more Please see SAT Page A8 STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 42 PORTALES 37 Cinderellas no more WBS Nnw Mexican Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves from left Janine Chinana Adrianne Tenorio and Marcellta Povijua examine their state championship medallions Friday night in their locker room in The Pit The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE From the bottom of the bracket to the top of Class 3A girls bas ketball The Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves took their fanatical fans on a ride to remember SFIS a school with an enormous fan base but until now no state championships finished their improbable climb through the State Tournament field with a 4237 win over twotime defending champion Portales on Fri day night SFIS won its first title in its first season as a member of 3A The Lady Braves were in 2A for years but moved up this year as their enrollment increased Weve come in here 14 times and we had to go to 3A to win said coach Johnny Abeyta Patience on offense just enough free throws and a ballhawking defense that held the Portales scoreless for more than nine minutes in the second half did the trick for SFIS against the Lady Rams Tournament coverage on Sports Cl Woman charged in boyfriends slaying Johanna Andrez Santa Fean is accused of stabbing Manuel Garcia to death in February By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 24yearold man whose death last month was initially thought to be a suicide actually was mur dered a crime for which his girl friend was charged late Friday afternoon police said Johanna Andrez 1419 Zepol Road was charged with an open count of murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Manuel Garcia who was found dead Feb 3 of a stab wound to the left side of his chest accord ing to a news release from the Santa Fe Police Department At the time Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said officers were called to the Zepol Road apartment about in response to a domesticdistur bance call Neighbors reported hearing a loud argument in the apartment he said When officers arrived they found Garcia lying on the floor with the stab wound told them at the time that she ran out of the apartment to a neighbors house to call for help after Gar cia stabbed Johnson said Police who recovered a kitchen knife from the scene said there was no reason to believe foul play was involved in the death However Andrez was arrested on a probation violation at the time and has been held at the Santa Fe County jail ever since Upon further investigation Please see MURDER Page A3 Jury indicts 6 in mans beating By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Five Santa Fe men and a teenager were indicted Thursday on numerous charges relating to a savage beating that occurred nearly two weeks ago in the parking lot of a Cerrillos Road motel One of the men 19yearold Isaia Medina was arraigned on the charges Friday afternoon in a hearing protested by a representative of Gov Bill Richardsons Office of Vic tim Advocacy During that arraignment a prosecutor said Medina was most cul pable in this and that he admitted to police he straddled the victims face and battered him The only reason he stopped was that the victim was unconscious and was barely said Shari Weinstein deputy district attorney A person like this shouldnt he allowed to roam the streets and run into anybody else and beat them for the color of their skin or sexual orientation Medina was hit with the most serious slate of charges which include aggravated battery con spiracy contributing to the delinquency of a minor criminal damage to property and firstdegree kidnapping Of those the kidnapping charge is the most serious and carries a mandatory 18year prison sentence Medina faces a maximum of 24 years and three months in prison if convicted James Maestas 21 and Joshua Stockham 23 were attacked Feb because they are gay Mae stas suffered a broken nose facial injuries a concussion and lung damage because he aspirated on his own blood Weinstein said Stockham was punched in the face and Please see BEATING A2 INDEX Business Offi Classilifids Comics Crossword Horoscope news D7 C7 El E3 D8 07 D7 Bl Lotteries Movies Opinion Religion Scoreboard Sports Slocks B2 B2 C7 A7 D5 C2 Cl C8 Five sections 44 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 71 Publication No 596440 Late paper 984O363 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Soledad V Graham 91 Taos March 10 Eloy M Romero Santa Fe March 10 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Sunny breezy High 67 low 33 Page B2 Cosmeticbiz makeover might call for warning labels By DAVID GOLDSTEIN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON Imagine reaching for a tube of lipstick or a can of shaving cream and finding this label Warning The safety of this product has not been Many popular cosmetics and personal care products could bear such warnings if the Food and Drug Administra tion decides they need them The agency would act if it determines their ingredients havent been adequately tested to ensure their safety Its now working to decide that Last month the FDA informed the Cosmetic Toi letry and Fragrance Associa tion a Washingtonbased trade group that manufacturers of untested products may have to add the warning Theres no hard evidence of any health impact from long term lowdose exposure to the kinds of chemicals in cos metics said Lauren Sucher a spokeswoman for the Envi ronmental Working group a private nonprofit research center Some ingredients in cosmet ics such as methylpentan 2one found in nail polish havent been tested Others including triethanolamine used in skin scrubs are among the chemicals that researchers fear might cause cancer Products that could be in line for FDA warnings based on the Fnvironmental Working Groups study include Mascara which can con tain ingredients linked or potentially linked to cancer Liquid hand soap which may contain ingredients sus pected of raising the risk of breast and skin cancer Hair dye which can con tain coal tar which has been linked to bladder cancer and nonHodgkins lymphoma The bottom line is people dont know what the health effects are of the many chemi Please see LABELS Page A3 5KSS   

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