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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned andii Serving New Mexico for156 years THURSDAY APRIL 14 2005 FIFTY CENTS Rudolph pleads guilty to escape death penalty Luis Sanchez New Mexican Grant Avenue is blocked in front of the County Administration Building as employees from McDadeWoodcock Inc work on traf ficsafety improvements Wednesday New crosswalks at Palace Avenue in foreground and at Johnson Street at the opposite end of the county building are part of the project that is scheduled for completion by Memorial Day weekend Safety vs ambience Historicdesign panel nixes lights in dangerous crosswalk By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican City traffic engineers say embedding flashing lights in the pavement on Grant Avenue will make a new downtown crosswalk safer for pedestrians But Santa Fes Historic Design Review Board ruled this week that the lights would detract from the downtowns his toric ambience Now the city Public Works Department is awaiting a decision from the city man ager on whether to appeal the matter to the City Council The embedded lights are part of the design for a trafficsafety proj ect already under way on Grant between its intersection with Palace Sandoval Street and the Johnson Street intersection Workers have installed a new median on Grant to prevent drivers from making Uturns into diagonal parking places in Please see LIGHTS Page A4 Reworking Grant Avenue The city is working on a trafficsafety project on Grant between its intersection with Palace Street and Johnson Street New median prevents Uturns in front of the County Administration Building Bulbouts will narrow lanes improve visibility at Johnson Street intersection Curb and sidewalk improvements better accommodate people with disabilities Lights of contention City historicdesign board says flash ing lights in road would ruin down town ambience Charges stem from 4 bombings including blast at 1996 Olympics By KRISTEN WYATT The Associated Press ATLANTA In the end Eric Rudolph proclaimed himself willing to take the lives of others in his personal war on abortion but he was not willing to sacrifice his own life Bargaining away his freedom in order to escape the death penalty Rudolph pleaded guilty Wednes day to bombing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and carrying out three other attacks on abortion clinics and a gay nightclub across the South He issued a statement laced with Bible verses to justify bombs packed with roofing nails and screws saying the attacks were eyeforaneye retribution for a society and a govern ment that sanctioned abor tion Because I believe that abortion is murder I also believe that force is justi fied in an attempt to stop Rudolph wrote in the rambling statement handed out after he entered his pleas in backtoback court appearances first in Birmingham then in Atlanta The statement a ram bling rightwing manifesto on 11 typewritten single spaced pages marked the first time he offered a motive for the attacks In return for his guilty plea and for revealing where he buried a cache of explosives the 38year old Rudolph will get four consecutive life sentences without parole for the four blasts that killed two people and wounded more than 120 While victims and their survivors got some answers as to why they The Associated Press In exchange for a guilty plea Eric Rudolph will get four consecutive life sentences without parole for four bomb ings that killed two people and wounded more than 120 were targeted they heard little remorse and a lot of defiance In the Atlanta court room he sat stonefaced and answered questions calmly and politely But in Birmingham he winked toward prosecutors as he entered court said the government could just barely prove its case and admitted his guilt with a hint of pride in his voice With his head tilted back Rudolph looked down his nose slightly as Dis trict Judge Lynwood Smith in Birmingham asked whether he set off a 1998 blast at an abortion clinic there that killed an offduty police officer and maimed a nurse I certainly did your Rudolph Emily Lyons who lost an eye and nearly her life in the clinic attack wept and said she was almost physically ill as she watched in court from her frontrow seat He just sounded so proud of it Thats what really she said In his statement Rudolph said the purpose ot the attack on the Olympics was Please see GUILTY Page A4 Man shot in eye had been attacked before By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican When a 35yearold Santa Fe man was shot with a pellet gun Tuesday leav ing him blind it wasnt the first time the mans eyes have been the target of a violent attack On March 22 2004 at about Kevin Bankens was on his way to pick up the daughter of his then fiancee at Santa Fe High School when a red 1990s model Ford pickup with an extended cab flashed its headlights at him Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said Bankens told police he pulled over in the parking lot of the Temple Baptist Church 2103 Yucca to see what was going on Johnson said Bankens barely got out of his vehi cle when a male struck him in the eye with an unidenti fied object Johnson said Three other men in the truck also attacked him beating him until he was unconscious Johnson said Bankens car was found in the church parking lot with the door open the engine running and a turn signal still blinking Johnson said When Bankens regained consciousness he was in the bed of a moving pickup traveling through a wooded area he did not recognize with three men according to Johnsonand a story about the incident that appeared March 24 2004 in The New Mexican Bankens began fighting with the men in the truck and eventually was able to stab one of the men with an unknown object Johnson said At some point Bankens fell down an arroyo and got away from the men then called police and his fian cee on a cell phone John son said When he called police Bankens didnt know where he was and said he was having trouble seeing because hed been poked in both eyes he said Bankens eventually found his way to a nearby residence where police found him His injuries at the time included multiple scrapes and contusions a laceration in the area of his left eye swollen eyes and blood coming from his ears and eyes Johnson said Bankens said he was Please see EYE Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Pablo E Gonzalez 99 Sante Fe April 12 Marion Musser Lloyd 94 Libertyville April 12 Elizabeth M Parisi 80 Santa Fe April 11 Tammy R Archuleta 38 Santa Fe April 8 Audelia Roybal 88 Santa Fe April 12 Keith Pedroni 37 Pecos Jo Ann Beacham 73 Santa Fe April 9 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy High 69 low 36 Page B2 INDEX Annies Local The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 104 Publication No 596 440 Labs in state among thousands that received deadly flu virus At least four of 28 labs in NM including Santa Fe hospital report destroying samples By ANNA MACIAS AGUAYO The Associated Press Late paper 9840363 ALBUQUERQUE tyeight New Mexico labo ratories were among the thousands worldwide that mistakenly received a deadly flu virus in a routine testing kit according to the group that sent the germs The College of American Pathologists didnt release the names of the labs but representatives of at least four labs in the state includ ing at St Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe told The Associated Press on Wednesday that they destroyed the samples after national and world health authorities issued an alert Don Butterfield spokes man at St Vincent Regional Medical Center formerly St Vincent Hospital said the medical center destroyed its samples this week The College of American Influenza pandemics remain rare Only three times in the last century has the spread of a flu virus reached pandemic proportions 1918 SPANISH FLU 20 50 million deaths billion population 1957 ASIAN aU 1968 HONG KONG FLU deaths mil population WORLD 14 million deaths billion population UNITED STATES i deaths million 1 4 million deaths billion population deaths million Sources World Health Organization Centers for Disease Control AP Inside health officials restrict labs that can handle flu Page A5 Pathologists maintains that identifying the labs might pose a security threat In this world we are very cognizant that hospitals and biomedical labs can be considered the group said in a statement With that in mind it is in the publics best interest that we not release the names of these The group also stressed the virus was contained and there was little risk to personnel and even less risk to the public New Mexico health offi cials expressed relief that no one appears to have fallen ill because of the apparent mistake Given the fact that it was given to hundreds and thousands of labs and weve seen no infection that says that our labs are practicing very high said Stephen Young scientific director of microbiology and virology for TriCore Medical Laboratories in Albuquerque Young said TriCore tested and later destroyed one vial of the virus The New Mexico Department of Health also got rid of three vials The specimen was kept isolated in a secure locked area It was frozen There was zero danger involved in Please see FLU Page A5   

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