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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE r owned Serving New Mexico for 156 years THURSDAY MAY 5 2005 FIFTY CENTS Foster kids defenseless in AIDSdrug testing By JOHN SOLOMON The Associated Press WASHINGTON Governmentfunded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hun dreds of foster children over the past two decades often without providing them a basic protection federal law and required by some states an Associ ated Press review has found The research funded by the National Institutes of the country It was most widespread in the 1990s as fostercare agencies sought treatments for their HIVinfected children that werent yet available in the marketplace The practice ensured that foster children mostly poor or minority received care from worldclass research ers at government expense slowing their rate of death and extending their lives But it also exposed a vulnerable popula tion to the risks of medical research and drugs that were known to have serious side effects in adults and for which the safety for children was unknown The research was conducted in at least seven states Illinois Louisiana Mary land New York North Carolina Colorado and Texas and involved more than four Please see TESTS Page A6 Drug tests spark investigation Drug tests Federally funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on foster kids usually without providing an independent advocate a protection afforded in federal law and required by some states Pros and cons Foster children mostly poor or minority received cuttingedge treatments at government expense in some cases extending their lives At the same time they were exposed to risks without someone acting on their behalf The outcome The Office for Human Research Protec tions is investigating the practice of using foster children INSIDE TODAY 60 killed in Iraq A suicide attack killed 60 people Wednesday in the northern Kurdish city of Erbil Iraq in the bloodiest day in the country in more than two months Page A3 time to ride For local cyclists this month means a number of probike activities and a gathering of cyclists pedaling south from Santa Fe on May 15 Outdoors Cl Horsemen stay alive With a 133 victory Wednesday over West Last Vegas St Michaels is now tied for second Place in District 2AAA and can make the Class AAA tournament by sweeping Pojoaque on Saturday Sports Dl i Fishing report Its time to start thinking about fishing again Check out whats happening Page C2 Todays obituaries Celia Jaquez De Trujillo 98 Chimay6 May 3 Harriet S Barteau May 4 Roland C de Baca 68 Albuquerque May 3 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy breezy showers High 69 low 40 Pag B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox B7 Movies B2 Business D6 Mutusls Classifieds C3 Opinion Connies A7 Outdoors Cl Crossword B7 Police notes B2 Horoscope B7 Scoreboard P2 Local news Bl lotteries B2 Sports 01 Stocks D7 TheWesfs Obtest Newspaper four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 125 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified News tips Main office 9844363 9863000 9863030 9833303 New lease on life Inpatient alcoholtreatment program returns this month t Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexican Bleys Lee of Enchantment Carpet Cleaning works Wednesday at the Santa Fe Recovery Center facility Now under new man agement the former Recovery of Alcoholics Program will soon reopen for people seeking substanceabuse treatment By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Last April Sean McKim began the 37day process of kicking booze at the Recovery of Alco holics Program Upon his exit a whole new life began Its a beautiful he said I have three daughters and they got their father But as McKim settled into sobriety RAP began sliding downhill Nine months later Santa Fe Countys only statefunded inpatient treatment pro gram was defunct RAP finally is scheduled to reopen May 18 with a a new director a new board a new treat ment approach and a fresh coat of paint After two banks rejected loan applications the solution to impending financial ruin was to sell the fiveacre property near Airport Road The Santa Fe Recovery Center as the treatment program is now called will lease the place McKim and a host of volunteers are busy sprucing it up Ive been out there every day for the past two he said They left it in For years RAP had helped people recover from substance abuse regardless of their ability to pay It took 20 months to destroy this Carolyn LunaAnderson a courtappointed custodian for RAP said According to her research more than was depleted from a discretionary account debts topped and major funding contracts had been withdrawn Theories abound about RAPs demise The first major sign of trouble occurred Jan 2 when RAP lost state funding Region 2 Behavioral Health Providers Inc terminated its contract Jacob Montoya a worker with Northern Power Lighting fixes security lights at the recovery center with RAP and demanded repayment of based on evidence that RAP billed Region 2 multiple times for the same services submitted claims for services that were not provided and failed to meet standards of care Scott Riedel RAPs executive direc tor at the time repeatedly denied mis conduct Efforts to reach Riedel were unsuccessful Later in January state District Judge James Hall ordered the nonprofit orga nization to hand over records for all Please see LIFE Page A4 Numerologist finds transition in todays date By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican For most people todays date expressed by a trio of fives might be just an uncommon curiosity Checks signed 050505 will perhaps elicit a laugh a shrug and nothing more But for those who look to numerology or systems of interpreting numbers for esoteric meaning the date could mean more The concentration of fives in a date hints at a time of transition said Espanolabased numerolo Inside For other memorable events that happened on 0505 check out Today in History Page B7 gist Gurumeet Kaur Khalsa Its an adventure its a number of exploring new ter she said solemnly Certainly for the people of Puebla Mexico May with only two fives in the date was a day of transi tion Under the command of Gen Ignacio Zaragoza a poorly armed militia defeated a much larger French force marching across the country as France tried to expand its empire Todays Mayo holiday commemorates that battle Similarly May with its four Germany became a sovereign nation and a focal point of the Cold War Kaur Khalsa uses playing cards as part of her numer ology practice Using spe cial mathematical formulas the cards act as a calendar in which each card spends with a specific birth date which corresponds to a life path Please see DATE Page A4 Numbers game Each year since 2001 has had one day that can be repre sented with a single repeated number a trend that will con tinue through Dec 050505 Espanolabased numerologist says the concen tration of fives in todays date hints at a time of transition 060606 Some might con sider June ominous but 666 has no special signif icance among numerologists 070707 Unfortunately July 7 2007 wont likely mean any extra luck for gam blers hoping to see the date show up on slot machines The New Mexican Julia Roberts Incident at Julias Taos ranch has neighbor in court By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican One of actress Julia Rob erts neighbors in Taos was ordered to undergo a 30day mental evaluation Tuesday for brandishing a stun gun and making outrageous allegations during a con frontation at the movie stars ranch sources said Wednesday The 45yearold female neighbor appeared in state District Court on Wednesday after having been examined by physicians in Taos and at St Vincent Regional Medi cal Center in Santa Fe said a source familiar with the case The woman showed up at Roberts ranch Dec 22 and was met by a caretaker according to a report from the Taos County Sheriffs Department The woman who was irate waved the stun gun around and demanded to speak with Roberts who was not home the report states The woman then reversed her out of the driveway struck a nearby post and drove The caretaker further stated that the suspect has Please see JULIA Page A4 Small oil firm hits big time in Utah The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY A tiny oil company has snapped up leasing rights to a halfmillion acres in cen tral Utah that it says could yield a billion barrels or more of oil Geologists are calling it a spectacular find the larg est onshore discovery in at least 30 years located in a region of complex geology long abandoned for explora tion by major oil companies Its turning out to contain highquality oil already com manding a premium at Salt Lake refineries With the secret out indus try players expect a bidding war to break out at the next Utah leasing auction set for May 17 in Salt Lake City At todays prices the oil reserve could bring Utah billion in royalties state auditors conservatively estimate Although the dis covery is still playing out the oil will take years to recover and some skeptics question the companys pro Please see OIL Page A5
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