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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 23, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico for 156 years MONDAY MAY 23 2005 FIFTY CENTS First lady heckled by Jews and Muslims Mideast trip is meant to defuse antiAmerican feelings in wake of prisonerabuse allegation By NEDRA PICKLER The Associated Press JERUSALEM Laura Bush waded into Middle East ten sions on Sunday during chaotic visits to sacred religious sites where crowds and hecklers grew so rowdy that armed guards had to restrain them Americas first ladysaid what she witnessed showed that passions are running high among Palestinians and Israe lis The United States will do what they can in this she said urging both sides to work for peace Before entering the ruins of an eighthcentury palace in the West Bank town of Jericho Bush told reporters As you can tell from our day here this is a place of emotion everywhere we went from the Western Wall to the Dome of the Rock to At the Western Wall Juda isms holiest shrine protesters demanded that the release of an American Jew impris oned for spying for Israel At her stop nearby at the Dome of the Rock she faced heckling from angry Palestinians One man yelled How dare you come in here Why your hus band kill Muslim As she moved into the Pal estinian territory she said the both sides in the conflict sent her the same message Were reminded again of what we all want what every one of us pray she said What we all want is Bush placed a note in the Western Wall that she wrote while flying Sunday from Jordan to Israel She wanted to keep the contents private a spokeswoman said Dozens of protesters stood nearby shouting Free Pollard Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard now serving a life sentence in the United States Please see BUSH Page A3 First lady Laura Bush rushes back to her car Sunday after visiting the Western Wall and the AIAqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalems Old City The Associated Press INSIDE TODAY Dean lets em fly On his 99th day as the Democratic national chairman Howard Dean finally surfaced on national TV reinforced his image for rhetorical bomb throwing Page A4 Spurs take opener Layups dunks and 3pointers power San Antonio over Phoenix in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals Sports Bl Good question The query How many brain cells does a brain have gets our gray matter cooking Health Science Dl AlSadr calls for halt to violence A key Shiite cleric joined the effort to get Sunni Arab Muslims to quell the sectarian violence roiling Iraq Page A6 Quick switch Felipe Giaffone went for baby clothes to the starting lineup of the Indianapolis 500 in less than four hours Sports B3 Todays obituaries Dotoas M Armijo May 20 Lev G Acuna 84 Santa Fe May 18 Michael Abrams 65 Santa Fe May 20 Robert W Hayes 68 Pojoaque May 19 Page A2 Todays forecast Sunny in turning partly cloudy High 89 low 50 Page A2 INDEX Annies Mailbox B5 Horoscope B5 Classifieds C4 D3 Opinion Comics A5 Crossword B5 Education B6 Police notes A2 Scoreboard B2 Spanish pg Cl C3 Health 01 Sports Bl TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 143 Publication No 596440 Urte paper CtesMed ads Nows tips Mam office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Promise keeper Maryland mom is riding coast to coast in memory of son who shared her love of horses Tina New Mexican Linda Losey left and traveling partner Carol Ann Eroh head up Bonanza Creek Road on Friday Eroh rode with Losey from Albu querque to Santa Fe to keep her company during part of Loseys ride from San Diego to Maryland By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican Eight hundred miles ago Linda Losey set out on horseback from California to fulfill a promise to her youngest child Losey 42 and her horses have crossed the rugged Southern Cali fornia mountains endured the deserts of Arizona and ridden along Interstate 40 with its rush of 80 mph traffic When Losey rides out of Santa Fe today on Rocky a Tennessee walking horse leading a rescued paint mare named Val shell have more than miles to go before she reaches her home and family in Maryland She hopes to make it by Christmas It is a coasttocoast horseback trip she had promised her son Samuel they would take together Now she does it in his memory Samuel 10 died last June Linda Losey and her son Sam had planned to promote horserescue groups cross country trip along the American Discovery Trail in an accident when he slipped under the wheels of a moving trailer filled with landscape equipment Sam was the youngest of the Loseys four children He was his moms rid ing partner in a rural suburb outside of Baltimore Like his mother he shared a special concern for abandoned and abused horses They volunteered at Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc in Parkton where she adopted Val They had planned to promote horseres cue groups on their crosscountry trip along the American Discov ery Trail Sam accomplished much in his short life said his mother as Val and Rocky grazed along Bonanza Creek Road on Friday near Santa Fe He was a pub lished poet an artist whose work hung in a gallery an athlete and a song writer Losey wonders if her son had a pre monition about his death He always shared his songs with her But as she readied his favorite things for his funeral she opened his guitar case to find two songs he had written and never shown her In one Sam wrote I have to find my source of energy deep inside of me I cant reach my soul I cant reach my Please see PROMISE Page A3 Travel by lawmakers under greater scrutiny Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON The Nuclear Energy Institute a potent policy and lobby ing organization for the nuclearpower industry also runs a popular travel program for an elite group of Each year it invites selected members of Con gress and their staffs to travel to some prized desti nations such as Paris Bar celona and Seville in Spain Rome and Marseilles not to mention Las Vegas Since 2000 at least 17 members of Congress and in some cases their spouses have toured nuclear facili ties at the expense of an organization that has been working hard to revive the industry in the United States Such trips are coming under greater scrutiny in the wake of a controversy involving privately financed travel for House Major ity Leader Tom DeLay RTexas Some critics say there should be tighter regulation and greater dis closure of such travel Oth ers say these trips should be banned outright While it is illegal for a lobbyist to directly pay for such travel a trade association or other policy group can fund a trip Jonathan Turley a George Washington University law professor and critic of both congressional junkets and the nuclear industry called such trips the biggest joke on Capitol Hill and nothing more than an exercise in taking members and their spouses on a highpriced He added What is fascinating is how much the members want to pre serve this perk These trips are almost entirely value See TRAVEL Page A3 In filibuster fight White House quietly leans on Senate By EDWIN CHEN and WARREN VIETH Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON As a White House meeting was breaking up recently a chip per President Bush sidled up to Vice President Dick Cheney and Vermont Sen Patrick Leahy who had just discovered a mutual interest in 50 caliber handguns Guess what we have in Leahy said to Bush What youre both bald Bush quipped Leahy a liberal Democrat saw that Bush was in good humor and he sensed an opening He pleaded with Bush to help resolve the bit terly partisan Senate impasse over his judicial nominations We can settle this in an Leahy said citing three other leading sena tors he thought could work together on an agreement But Bush wouldnt hear of it according to Leahy Well I hope you keep working on it But I told Reid I was going to stay out of the president said referring to the Democrats leader in the Senate Sen Harry Reid DNev As his rebuff suggested Bush has assumed a public posture of bystander as the Senate barrels toward a show down that is likely to have repercussions far beyond the immediate issue of whether every presidential appoint ment to the federal bench deserves an upordown vote Negotiations were under way over the weekend to try to avert a collision over Senate Democrats use of fili busters or extended debate to block the confirmation of Bushs judicial nominees they find objectionable Behind the scenes how ever the White House has become an active player As recently as Tuesday the vice president met with Republi can senators behind closed See FILIBUSTER Page A3   

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