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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 3, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE i owned and independent Serving New Mexico TUESDAY MAY 3 2005 FIFTY CENTS Key Abu Ghraib figure pleads guilty By BADGER The Associated Press FORT HOOD Texas The pho tos were some of the most grue some images to come out of the Abu Ghraib scandal Pfc Lynndie England was seen grinning giving a thumbsup even pointing at a naked prisoners genitals as a ciga rette dangled from her lips On Monday a softspoken Eng land was in a military courtroom pleading guilty to several charges of mistreating inmates at the prison the smile and cigarette replaced by tightly pursed lips the boister ous pointing replaced by arms held close to her side Wearing her dress green uniform the 22yearold Army reservist from West Virginia told the judge she initially resisted taking part in the abuse at the Baghdad prison but ultimately caved in to pressure from her comrades I had a choice but I chose to do what my friends wanted me she said entering her pleas a day before the start of her trial The charges carry up to 11 years in prison but prosecutors and the defense reached an agreement capping the sentence at a lesser penalty the length of which was not released A military jury will convene today to determine her punishment she will get the lesser of the jtirys sentence or the term agreed on in the plea bargain If she had been convicted as charged she could have gotten 16k behind bars The plea bargain settles one of the most prominent cases to come out of the Abu Ghraib scandal which dam aged the image of Americas mili tary and sparked outrage against the United States around the globe England became a central figure in the scandal after photos emerged last year showing her and others sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners One of the photos showed her holding a hooded naked prisoner on a leash Another showed her smiling and giving a thumbsup aext to nude prisoners stacked in a pyramid A third depicted England pointing at the prisoners genitals as she smoked the cigarette England said she replied No no way at first when a fellow soldier asked her to pose for that picture But they were being very per Please see GUILTY Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Sweet marriage Sefior Murphy Candymakers organic Eros Truffled Truffles combine rare and expensive French black truffle mushrooms with Belgian chocolate truffles for a sweet taste sensation Business Dl Cache explodes A warlords secret arms cache exploded in an Afghan village killing at least 28 people Page A3 Recruitment faceoff The Supreme Court agrees to consider whether the federal government can withhold funds from colleges that bar military recruiters as a way to protest the militarys dont ask dont tell policy Page A6 Todays obituaries Marcos M Sartdoval 24 April 29 Irene M Martinez 99 Nambe May 1 Edward Martinez 85 Chimayo April 29 Mercedes Martinez 67 Santa Cruz April 29 Gilbert M Valdez 37 Los Luceros April 30 Guadalupe L Sena 93 Los Alamos April 29 Jose A Rodriguez 85 Santa Fe April 30 Josie G Ronquillo Santa Fe May 1 Carl Miller April 29 Page B2 Todays forecast Scattered rain and snow showers High 55 low 33 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox B5 Lotteries Business EKL Movies B2 Classifieds Opinion A5 Comics B6 Police notes B2 Crossword B5 Scoreboard C2 Horoscope B5 Sports Cl Local news Bl Stocks TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 24 pages 156th year Issue No 123 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9340363 9863000 9863030 9833303 A spicier Taste of Santa Fe Luis Sanchez New Mexican Jose Antonio Rodriguez a cook at II Piatto prepares crab ravioli Monday for the 22nd annual Taste of Santa Fe The restaurant will have a table at tonights event at the Sweeney Convention Center Organizers add more flavor to culinary festival with ethnic performances and Adobe Chef contest By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican When famous TV chef Emeril Lagasse wants to kick it up a he pulls out a concoction he calls The Essence and tosses it into his recipes When organizers want to kick up the Taste of Santa Fe they add games and entertainment The threehour event starts at 6 tonight at the Sweeney Convention Center As in previous years admission to Taste of Santa Fe means access to delectable edibles from some of the citys best restaurants and caterers Tickets are on sale around town and organizers will sell tickets at the door beginning at 5 The cost is This year event cochairwoman Bizia Holmes Greene said she and cochair woman Judy Berger are trying to build on the events legacy of serving up good food for a good cause by adding more entertain ment Musicians and dancers representing vari ous ethnic traditions will perform through out the evening Its the first time the event has included entertainment the entire eve ning Holmes Greene said In another first students from Santa Fe Community College will compete in an event called Adobe The contest is based on the Japanese television show Iron Chef in which competing chefs are pre sented with a mystery ingredient and given one hour to design an original recipe In the Santa Fe version two teams of stu dents will receive a box of mystery ingredi ents and get 90 minutes to devise dishes to determine as they say on TV Whose cui sine reigns supreme The students work will be counted toward their final grades Holmes Green said Organizers will host a live auction Bid ders will have the chance to take home themed packages In one Holmes Greene said a package called Smile includes a toothwhitening session and portraits Hol mes Green said her goal was to sell tickets to the event More than 500 have already been sold Administrators at the Palace of the Gov ernors use the proceeds of Taste of Santa Fe to fund adult and child education pro grams as well as fund archival work said John McCarthy Museum of New Mexico deputy director If you What 22nd annual Taste of Santa Fe When 69 tonight Where Sweeney Convention Center Who Proceeds go to Palace of the Gov ernors Cost Tickets cost each and can be purchased at the door and locations around Santa Fe Lensic Per forming Arts Center Museum of New Mex ico Foundation Palace of the Governors shop Museum of Fine Arts shop Museum of International Folk Art shop Colleen Cloney Duncan Museum shop Santa Fe Pens Maxs Beauty Salon The Shop and A Christmas Store River flows lure beaver to Frenchys Field By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican As the rushing Santa Fe River continued bringing its spring bounty through the heart of Santa Fe a bea ver made appear ance swimming busily near Frenchys Field Park and the Camino Carlos Rael crossing this weekend The large rodents brown coat gleamed in the morning sun as Terry Smith looked down on the river from her secondstory window Saturday Smith a retired statistician who lives in The Commons housing group hurried to alert her neighbor Rich Schrader It was really Smith recounted Monday To haveall this wildlife outside our back yard is Decades ago spring on the Santa Fe River brought wild life such as black bears which would wander along the water Please see BEAVER Page A4 Rich The New Mexican A young beaver swims in the Santa Fe River on Satur day near Frenchys Field park and the Camino Carlos Rael crossing Army Pfc Lynndie R England looks down as she arrives to testify in her court martial at Fort Hood Texas on Monday The Associated Press Norton wont cut Lake Powell releases The Associated Press LAS VEGAS Nev In an apparent victory for Cali fornia Arizona and Nevada Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Monday rejected a plea by four other states including New Mexico to cut releases of Colorado River water from drought depleted Lake Powell In letters to governors and water officials in the seven Colorado Riverbasin states Norton said melting snow is projected to be slightly above average for the rest of the year and more water is stored in reservoirs now than had been projected last year We have concluded that an adjustment to the release amount from Lake Powell during the next five months is not she said However Norton also declared her authority over managing water flow on the river said she wants another review next April to see if adjustments should be made and instructed the states to start meeting this month Please see LAKE Page A4 small businesses Insurance too costly the Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Nearly half the New Mexico businesses with 50 or fewer workers dont offer health insurance largely because it costs too much Laura Shirley owner of Le Chantilly pastry shop in Albuquerque for 17 years said health insurance has always been too expensive for her to provide her 16 mostly parttime employees She doesnt think it will be possible in the future either because healthcare costs keep going up Its not just the cost of insurance its also just the price of getting stitches going to the she said Its the cost of being Smallbusiness owners who dont have enough employees to leverage lower rates pay about to each month per employee depending on whether the worker has individual or family coverage said Samantha Lapin president See INSURANCE Page A4   

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