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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Localfy owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years SATURDAY APRIL 2 2005 FIFTY CENTS World prays as popes life fades VATICAN PONTIFF IS ON THE VERGE OF DEATH ANXIOUS FOLLOWERS PACK ST PETERS SQUARE The Associated Press Thousands gather at St Peters Square outside the Vatican early today as Pope John Paul lls health deteriorates The pontiffs condition is worsening after he recently suffered several intense infections By TOD ROBBERSON The Dallas Morning News VATICAN CITY As Pope John Paul II clung to life early today tens of thousands of pil grims gathered in St Peters Square to pray hold vigil and per haps be among the first to hear the announcement of his death Here and around the world mil lions of Roman Catholics waited anxiously for each new develop ment on the popes condition Senior members of the clergy described what they presumed to be the popes final hours as a time of sadness mixed with apprecia tive reflection over the accom plishments of a 26year papacy At St Peters Square pilgrims took much the same view Its not a sad time for said Silvia Toso 30 a biologist in Rome Im here to pray for him Inside Whos next in line Page Dl to avoid any more suffering that he can see God and the light But Im not waiting for him to A Vatican spokesman told reporters late Friday that the popes condition was compro mised by multiple infections kidney failure shallow breath ing low blood pressure and other forms of cardiovascular failure It was clear from the dramatic change in tone of a long suc cession of announcements that the Vatican was preparing the world for the end The Vatican denied the pope was in a coma but described his condition alternately as grave and very Please see POPE Page A3 Jason New Mexican Antonia Parra of Sonora Mexico wipes a tear from her eye as she sits in St Francis Cathedral on Friday with her husband Rafael and daughter Karitza Many people visited the cathedral throughout the day to pray for Pope John Paul II Pueblo in litigation is seeking project funding Despite unpaid millions in slot revenue lawmakers earmark for Pojoaque By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican The state attorney general claims Pojoaque Pueblo has illegally withheld million in back payments on slot machine revenues from its casino But apparently state lawmakers arent holding that against the tribe Pojoaque Pueblo could receive in capital outlay appropriations if the bill is signed into law by Gov Bill The capital outlay funds and the litigation are separate issues Pojoaque Gov George Rivera said this week Thats an issue between the pueblo and the attorney said House Speaker Ben Lujan DNambe I hope it gets resolved Several legislators including Lujan and Sens Nancy Rodriguez DSanta Fe John Grubesic DSanta Fe and Carlos Cisneros DQuesta supported the money for the pueblo Lujan said The appropriations would help the tribe with several projects that include the Please see PUEBLO Page A4 Suspect arrested in brutal dragging The Associated Press GALLUP Police on Fri day arrested a man in the Easter morning dragging of a 32yearold single father and investigators believe drugs may have played a role John Pete Talamante 24 of Gallup was being held without bond at the McKinley County Detention Center in the drag ging of Fausto Arellano said Gallup Police Chief Sylvester Stanley Talamante was booked on charges of kidnapping aggra vated battery and assault with intent to commit a violent felony While Stanley pointed to narcotics as an indirect he said police had no indication that Arellano was involved in drugs Please see BRUTAL Page A3 Todays forecast Sunny slightly warmer High 66 low 24 Page B2 INDEX Maiitmx B5 Business C5 Cars A TrucKE El Classifieds E4 Comics B6 Crossword B5 Horoscope B5 Local news Lotteries Opinion Bl B2 A5 Police notes B2 Scoreboard Sports Slocks C2 Cl C6 Five sections 36 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 92 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 Todays obituaries Nellie Marquez 84 San Juan April 1 Donald L Anderson 86 March 11 Joe M Ortega 72 March 29 John Hernandez 47 March 30 Joyce Hernandez 47 March 30 Ken Luboff 62 March 15 Marciano Martinez 70 Gonzales March 28 Margaret M Ulibarri 76 Santa Fe April 1 Salomon Gonzales 97 Albuquerque March 29 Please see Page B2 Illini mascot forced from tournament By SHANNON SHAW The New Mexican The University of Illinois has made it to the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament this weekend but its mascot Chief Illiniwek wont be in St Louis with the team There are a lot of places that the University of Illinois cannol go with their said Char lene Teters a member of the Spokane Tribe in eastern Wash ington and professor at the Insti tute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe There have been resolutions with other campuses that say Leave your racism and face painting The root of the controversy is Chief Illiniwek a 78yearold tra dition in which a student dresses in buckskins and a fake war bon net and dances at halftime shows for basketball games and other university sporting events No the chief will not be per forming at the NCAA Final Four said Tom Hardy executive director of the schools Office of University Relations The mascots of the other three Final Four finalists are expected to attend according to the Si Louis PostDispatch Illinois is scheduled to play Louisville at 4 today at the Edward Jones Dome in Sc Louis Chief Illiniwek represents the Illini tribe which was nearly Please see MASCOT Page A6 A student acting as the mascot Chief Illiniwek performs at halftime during the University of Illinois football game against the University of Iowa in Champaign in 2000 The Associated Press
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