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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 10, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving Nevv Mexico TUESDAY MAY 10 2005 FIFTY CENTS troops sweep Syrian border Assault which killed 100 militants is described as biggest offensive in Iraq By ALEXANDRA ZAV1S The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraq Hundreds of American troops backed by helicopter gunships and warplanes swept into remote desert villages near the Syrian border Monday hunting for followers of Iraqs most wanted terrorist and report edly killing as many as 100 militants since the weekend operation began The military said some for eign fighters were believed among the insurgents killed in the first 48 hours of the assault which began late Saturday in the border town of Qaim about 200 miles west of Baghdad At least three Marines were killed in the region it said officials described the area as a known smuggling route and haven for foreign fighters involved in Iraqs insurgency The assault was the biggest offensive since the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah fell last fall Meanwhile militants claimed in an Internet posting to have captured a Japanese man after ambushing an international British security compa nys convoy in western Iraq A spokes man for the company confirmed the employee was missing It wasnt clear whether Sundays Please see SWEEP Page A3 Day of violence in Iraq officials announced that as many as 100 militants were killed in a major offensive near the Syr ian border against followers of Iraqs mostwanted insurgent Abu Musab alZarqawi Three Marines also died Militants claimed in an Internet posting that they took a Japanese man hostage after attacking a group of foreigners and Iraqi troops near Hit west of Baghdad Iraq The Ansar alSunnah Army identified the hos tage as Akihito Saito a 44yearold private security contractor Six bodies were found in Markab alTair village near the Syrian frontier police Col Wathiq Moham med said He identified them as a senior Iraqi border policeman and five of his relatives Two Iraqi policemen and a civil ian were killed in a suicide car bomb ing at a police checkpoint in Baghdad police Maj Mousa Abdul Karims said At least three car bombs exploded in Baghdad including one that wounded a number of Iraqi sol diers military spokesman Mas ter Sgt Greg Kaufman said The Associated Press INSIDE TODAY VICTORY DAY MAY Icecream dreams Forget chocolate vanilla and strawberry How about organic white pepper or lemon grass The latter are a sampling of the ice cream flavors created by Tara Esperanza the founder of Taras Organic Ice Cream a new business with big dreams Driveby shooting Two men were hospitalized at St Vincent Regional Medical Center with wounds from an apparent driveby shooting Monday night Santa Fe El Norte Bl Highway gridlock Traffic jams are no longer a plight experienced only by city dwellers According to a new study motorists in some of the countrys most wideopen spaces spend nearly a full day each year stuck in traffic Page A4 Todays obituaries Arthur B West 88 May 7 Gilbert C Lucero 83 May 4 Juanita C Chavez 89 Los Alamos May 10 Juanita Sena Pecos May 7 Larry T Rood 69 Santa Fe May 5 Mildred Canon 78 Tome May Page B2 Todays forecast Sunny to partly cloudy windy High 75 low 41 Page B2 INDEX Annies B6 Lotteries B2 B2 Business Dl Movies Classifieds Opinion Comics A5 C6 Police notes B2 Crossword Scoreboard C2 Horoscope Si Sports Cl local new Bl Stocks C5 Four sections 24 pages 156th year Issue No 130 Publication No 596440 late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9844363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Russia remembers Soviet role in World War II victory The Associated Press Russian soldiers dressed in Soviet World War II uniforms march in Red Square during a victory parade in Moscow on Monday World leaders joined Russian President Vladimir Putin for a lavish military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Allied yictory over Nazi Germany By STEVE GUTTERMAN The Associated Press MOSCOW Leaders of the victors and the vanquished united Monday to com memorate the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin hosting PresidentBush and dozens of oth ers in a Red Square celebration replete with goosestepping sol diers a flag and other symbols of the Soviet era At a lavish military parade Putin evoked the alliance that brought victory but he alsostressed the Soviets huge sacrifice in defeating Adolf Hitlers Germany I bow low before all veterans of Russian President Vladimir Putin described May commemorated in Russia as Victory Day as a day of victory of good over evil freedom over the Great Patriotic he said using Russias name for World War II which killed an estimated 27 million Soviets during nearly four years of bitter fighting after the Nazi invasion of 1941 Amid strict security that closed the heart of Moscow to ordinary citi zens Putin watched the parade from a podium in front of Lenins tomb flanked by Bush French President Jacques Chirac and German Chan cellor Gerhard Schroeder On the Kremlin wall the word victory was emblazoned in several languages including those of the wars losers Putin described May commemorated in Russia as Victory Day as a day of victory of good over evil freedom over Beneath overcast skies the parade began with four goose stepping soldiers in ceremonial goldembroidered uniforms carry ing a replica of the red hammer andsickle banner unfurled atop Please see VICTORY Page A3 Zozobra stars in new Santa Fe board game By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Remember the thrill of getting rich quick during a night of playing Monopoly Well the fun of trading realestate proper ties can take on a Santa Fe theme Whats more thepurchase of each Santa Fe On Board game will help build a pediatric section in St Vincent Regional Medical Cen ters emergency room The game is expected to be available in time for Christmas Custommade for Santa Fe this new game will follow rules similar to the Parker Brothers classic but feature local attractions Zozobra the crowdpleasing 50foottall marionette that meets a fiery demise every September at Fort Marcy Park will have a starring role Sponsors for property squares housing Please see GAME Page A3 Kathy De La New Mexican The Foundation at St Vincent Regional Medical Center is raising money by creating a Santa Fe board game similar to this game created for Boul der Colo Local merchants will be able to purchase realestate spaces and playing cards to advertise their businesses on the game board Court hears case on leaks about Lee spy probe Reporters who refuse to name sources about exLANL scientist appeal contempt order By RICHARD B SCHM1TT Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Lawyers for five journalists found in contempt for refusing to name confidential sources told a federal appeals court Monday that a former nuclearweapons scientist who is suing the government should have tried harder to get the infor mation from other sources before taking the journalists to court But the lawyer for former weapons scientist Wen Ho Lee said even government inves tigators were stymied in their attempt to identify who might have leaked information to the media about a government espionage investigation of Lee in the late 1990s The lawyer con demned a culture of officially authorized leaks that impugns reputations without giving the Please see LEAKS Page A3 Former lab worker dies before LANL battle ends By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican In a restaurant on Friday Todd Kauppila celebrated the news of Pete Nanos resignation as direc tor of Los Alamos National Labo ratory Every table is packed and the beer is he told The Associated Press Kauppila had more to rejoice about than any average lab worker He was fired in Sep tember over a pair of computer disks mistakenly thought to be missing this past summer and he was in the process of legal action for what he had said was a wrongful termination He con sidered himself a scapegoat The worst of his situation looked like it was lab employee Douglas Roberts said in an interview Monday Over the weekend however Kauppila fell sick with what he thought was the flu On Sun day his wife Sarah found him passed out in the house and called 911 Kauppila died at 11 Sunday He was 41 John Sarracino a neighbor whose son is best friends with Kauppilas son heard the ambu lance sirens wailing down the street around dusk Sunday He Please see LANL Page A3