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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 1, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years FRIDAY FIFTY CENTS Schiavo dies RIGHTTODIE CASE CAUSED RIFT IN POLITICS RELIGION AUTOPSY WILL EXPLORE BRAIN DAMAGE ABUSE CLAIMS The Associated Press Veronica Puckett of St Petersburg center becomes emotional outside Woodside Hospice in Plnellas Park where Terri Schiavo died earlier Thursday morning Laurene Temple left and David Vogel try to console Puckett Doctors say endoflife starving not painful death By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican The decision to remove Terri Schiavos feeding tube was clearly painful for all who loved her especially for those who still believed she could recover But her death was not likely the horrible and painful ordeal some activists claimed it would be according to local doctors Withdrawal of food and water at the end of life is not painful they say Its not like being in the middle of the Mojave Des ert and not being able to get said Dr Patrick Jud son a physician associated with the Cancer Institute of New Mexico Dying patients do not usually suffer from hunger or thirst when nutrition is withdrawn Cancer patients often already Please see DOCTORS Page A8 By VICKIE CHACHERE The Associated Press Dallas Morning News Schiavos brother Bobby Schindler left and her sister Suzanne Vita damo are escorted to the hospice to see Schiavo after her death Case indicates judicial battle ahead Page A6 Vatican Death violates Christian ethics Page A6 Key dates in the 15year Schiavo case Page A8 Livingwill software sales surge Page D4 PINELLAS PARK Fla With her husband and parents feuding to the bit ter end and beyond Terri Schiavo died Thursday 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching righttodie dispute that engulfed the courts Capitol Hill and the White House and divided the country Cradled by her husband Schiavo 41 died a calm peaceful and gentle death at about 9 a stuffed animal under her arm and flowers arranged around her hospice room said George Felos Michael Schiavos attorney No one from her side of the fam ily was with her at the moment of her death Her parents Bob and Mary Schindler were not at the hospice Felos said And her brother had been expelled from the room at Michael Schiavos request moments before the end came The death of the severely braindam aged woman brought to a close what was easily the longest most bitter and most heavily litigated right todie dispute in history Mr Schiavos overriding concern here was to provide a peace ful death with said Felos who was also present at the death But the Rev Frank Pavone one of the Please see SCHIAVO Page A7 Police arrest 2 teens in slaying By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 23yearold Santa Cruz man was shot and killed Thursday morning in a dispute apparently over an 18yearold woman Espanola police said Andrew R Vigil walked outside his job at Real Estate Title Services in Espanola about and was shot in the upper left side of his chest allegedly by Julio A ChiviriaGrijalva 17 of Espanola Police Chief Richard Guillen said ChiviriaGrijalva had gone to the business with La Mesilla resident Jake Lucero 17 who was dating Vig ils exgirlfriend Guillen said Vigil dated the girl until December when Lucero began dating her he said The two men had been feuding for some he said Guillen said Lucero and the girl had gotten into an argument Thursday morning and Lucero threatened to burn her clothing The girl went back to a house she shared with Lucero and an altercation occurred there accord ing to Guillen who didnt have further details The girlfriend then called Vigil the two of them had remained friends and told him what had occurred Please See SLAYING Page A8 Pope suffers heart failure condition is very serious By FRANCES DEMILIO The Associated Press VATICAN CITY The Vatican said this morning that Pope John Paul IPs condition was very serious hours after he suffered heart failure Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls said in a state ment that on Thursday afternoon the pope experienced heart fail ure after developing a urinary tract infection This morning the condition of the Holy Father is very the statement said However it said that the pope had par ticipated in a 6 Mass today and that the Holy Father is conscious lucid and The 84yearold pontiffs health declined sharply Thursday when he developed a high fever brought on by a urinary tract infection He was being treated with antibiotics at the Vatican his spokesman said The latest health setback for the pontiff came one day after he began Please see POPE Page A10 Pope John Paul II Todays forecast JNSSDE TODAY Mostly sunny not as cool High 53 low 25 Page B2 INDEX Vinies Mailbox B5 Business D4 Classifieds C3 Comics C10 Crossword B5 Nrxr Cl Horoscope B5 Local news Bl Lotteries B2 Opinion A9 Police notes B2 Scoreboard D2 Sports Dl Stocks D5 Todays obituaries Amada G Valdez 99 Santa Fe March 27 Antonio Montano 65 Santa Fe March 26 Elizabeth M Purtymun 84 March 24 Joe M Ortega 72 March 29 John Hernandez 47 March 30 Joyce Hernandez 47 March 30 Louis Montoya 66 Albuquerque March 30 Salomon Gonzales 97 Albuquerque March 29 Please see Page B2 School district hopes to track true dropout rates Officials say decline in dropouts doesnt include students who leave school during their first three years Four sections 32 pages Pasatiempo 88 pages 156th year Issue No 91 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 By WENDY BROWN and BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican A highschooldropout rate of percent sounds great But what does it really mean Santa Fe city planning offi cials touted the percent dropout rate from city public high schools in the 2002 03 school year when they unveiled the 2005 Santa Fe Trends report at a City Coun cil meeting Wednesday The report says the rate dropped by almost half from per cent in 200102 But the figure could be mis leading to people who assume it represents the percentage of highschool students who dropped out in the four years between their freshman year and graduation Instead it represents only the number of students who dropped out in one year Christopher Swanson a senior research associate at The Urban Institute in Wash ington who has studied highschooldropout rates said while the low numbers arent necessarily misleading there is a big difference between dropout rates and highschool completion rates It may be good to know that percent of students are dropping out in one year but intuitively what you want to know is out of a freshman class how many are going to Swanson said Ruthanne Greeley spokes woman for the schools said district officials do not know the percentage of students who dropped out between their freshman year and graduation but the guesstimate is about 40 percent Greeley said the district gives raw data to the state which came up with the percent figure According to state figures 55 freshmen dropped out of Santa Fe Public Schools in 200203 47 sophomores dropped out 28 juniors dropped out and 10 seniors dropped out The statewide dropout rate is percent according to the state Greeley said district offi cials do their best to keep students who have moved or decided to attend private schools off the dropout list Jennifer Chavez FED spokeswoman said school offi cials should have more accu rate dropout rates in about four Please see DROPOUT Page A10