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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 9, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years SATURDAY APRIL 9 2005 FIFTY CENTS City reroutes casino bus raising seniors ire By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Senior citizens can no longer catch a weekly shuttle bus to Camelrock Casino from Santa Fe senior centers because to a recent decision by city officials Their excuse was that its dan gerous for the elder citizens they may get the gambling said Leonard Pensler who lives in the Ventana de Vida senior apart ment complex on Pacheco Street And you should see these elder citizens in wheelchairs with oxy gen Pensler said This is their happiness It gets them out for three hours a B j Roberts another resident and regular on the casino bus said city officials feared they were contributing to the delinquency of seniors by teaching us to gamble Can you believe it At our age Like were out being delinquent I hope they dont try to discourage seniors from going to the casino in another way because if they do then Im really going to raise Another resident and casino gambler Nell Barnes said she understands the city banned the shuttle stops because it was afraid of liability In case one of us elderly people got in over our heads one of our children could go back to the city and sue she said Barnes said its ironic the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center at 1121 Alto St continues to sponsor trips to the gambling Mecca of Laughlin Nev Ventana de Vida is a 120unit threeyearold lowincome senior apartment complex at 1500 Please see CASINO Page A3 Sharon Cook a resident of Ventana de Vida talks about a recent decision from the senior citizen apartment complex to stop organizing a weekly trip to Camelrock Casino Luis Sanchez Saturno The New Mexican INSIDE TODAY Just for 01 Modern local voices offer a lowbrow take on news fashion and culture for the under30 set in the spring edition of The New Mexicans new publication U Magazine Check out the original comics and photos of people you know in U inside todays edition A timeless beauty Audi has beefed up its presence in the heart of the sedan market with a passionate new A6 Cars Trucks El Todays obituaries Ada V Wester 86 Tularosa April 6 Carroll W Williams 73 March 29 Gloria Fiske April 3 Janice Rogers March 24 Jean Seehaver 90 Santa Fe April 7 Matias E Armijo 69 Santa Fe April 7 Ouida B Reiland 89 Santa Fe April 5 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Cloudy windy High 60 low 31 Page B2 Annios Mnilbc Business Clis Trucks Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local nows f B5 C5 El E2 D6 BG B5 Bl Lotteries Movies Mutuals Opinion Religion Scoreboard Sports Stocks B2 B2 C5 A5 DA C2 Cl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 36 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 99 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9863000 9863035 9833303 FINAL TRIBUTE Popes funeral called largest public gathering in modern times Pholos by The Associated Press Churches leaders bless the casket of Pope John Paul II which is surrounded by cardinals during his funeral Friday in the Vaticans St Peters Square Tens of thousands of people jammed the square to say a final farewell to the pope in the presence of kings queens presidents and prime ministers John Pauls funeral capped one of the largest religious gatherings in the West In modern times By HENRY CHU Los Angeles Times RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil It was the simple cypress coffin that moved Luiz Alves Franco Jr to tears Such a spiritual giant such an extraordinary life in a wooden box that seemed surely too small He represented God to the whole said Franco 26 his voice catching as he watched the funeral of the only pope he has ever known He had such love for Franco his parents and two sisters crowded around the living room TV in their apartment near Copacabana beach before sunrise Friday to join countless others around the planet in paying their respects to John Paul II In places and time zones as varied as those he visited during his papacy modern everyday rituals were tem porarily set aside for a medieval one as people stopped to watch the late pontiffs funeral Mass Shivering Londoners beneath umbrellas gathered in front of a large outdoor screen Russians over flowed one of Moscows two Catholic houses of worship In tiny Madagas car residents flocked to town halls to see the telecast In Bethlehem in the West Bank which John Paul visited in fulfill ment of a lifelong dream pilgrims sat hushed in an inn close to the Church of the Nativity built over the spot where tradition holds Christ was born My feeling is said Father Angelo Falchi 65 a visiting Italian priest gazing at a televised image of the casket But I think he surely is in the hands of Commentators called the funeral in St Peters Square the biggest public gathering of the mighty Please see TRIBUTE Page A2 A devotee displays a picture of the pope during a Mass in Manila Philippines on Friday Mourners appealed to the church to canonize John Paul II Pilgrims appeal for swift canonization of John Paul The Associated Press VATICAN CITY The avenue lead ing to St Peters Square was crammed with pilgrims as far as the eye could see yet the cool morning air was silent as the homily began Suddenly a cry rose up and spread quickly through the hundreds of thousands of faithful Santo Santo Santo Even before John Paul II was car ried to his grave Friday mourners appealed to the church to canonize their first global pope The call echoed throughout the unprecedented gath ering of the mighty and the meek Some carried banners reading Santo Subito Immediate Im here not only to pray for him but also to pray to him because I believe hes a said Therese Ivers 24 of Ventura holding INSIDE Call for sainthood echoes fervor of centuries past Page A2 high an American flag We are the generation of John Paul said Mara Poole a 27year old housewife from St Paul tears streaming down her face He was all peoples father especially for us the said Dominika Bolechowska 29 a teacher from the popes favorite mountain town of Zakopane who traveled 28 hours by bus and spent a night on the streets with her 2yearold son John Paul managed to speak for all humanity in an era of wars and natural disasters for peace and said Sister Claudira Ribeira Santos a Brazilian nun He tore down the walls of countries of classes of ACLU takes aim at czar of domestic violence Sandra Gardner under attack for not supporting 103 By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Gov Bill Richardsons domesticviolence czar sold advocates for domesticvio lence victims down the river by withdrawing her support for a bill that would have pro hibited state and local police from enforcing federal immi gration laws the state Ameri can Civil Lib erties Union lnside director said Governor Friday signs capital Sandra outlay bill Gardner page A4 Richardons Richardson coordinator sjgns higher for domestic education bn violence pro Page M grams said Friday that she supports the idea behind the bill to encourage undocumented immigrants to report crimes to police without fear of deportation However Gardner said the consensus was that there were flaws in the Richardson on Thursday vetoed Senate Bill 103 spon sored by Sen Richard Mar Please see ACLU Page A6 Home sales plunge in city but prices soar By BOB QUICK The New Mexican The number of homes sold in the city of Santa Fe dropped sharply in the first quarter while the median sales price rose an indi cation that fewer and fewer homes are available and those are selling at higher and higher prices It could be an unsettling said Robbie Dobyns president of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors and a realestate agent with French and French Sothebys International Realty Its kind of a disturbing number but the market seems to be relatively That strength is apparent in Santa Fe County where both the number of units sold and the median sales price are up My gut feeling is that some of the constraints put on the acquisition of building permits by the city is slowing Please see HOME Page A3   

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