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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years WEDNESDAY JUNE 15 2005 CENTS Downtown Santa Fe gears up for Rent Streets near Plaza to shut down for filming of movie based on Broadway musical By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Downtown Santa Fe today will be the setting of a scene for Rent a film version of the longrunning Broadway musical of the same name Filming began in March in New York and San Francisco for the movie which is being produced by actor Rob ert DeNiro Jane Rosenthal and Chris Columbus who directs and wrote the screenplay Rent is adapted from the Puccini opera La Boheme substituting AIDS for tuberculosis and Manhattans Lower East Side of the late 20th century for Montemartre in Paris in the 19th cen tury Near the end of Rent one of the char acters Roger Davis played by Adam Pascal escapes to Santa Fe Its not clear which filmmakers are in Santa Fe1 today Lisa Van Allen city film liaison through her firm Duke City Gourmet said the crew will be in the Santa Fe area days for some quick establishing In Hollywood parlance an establishing shot is a cam era shot that sets a scene often from a distance She said the crew will shoot from 6 to 2 today when San Please see RENT Page A8 Actor Adam Pascal right portrays HIVpositive musician Roger Davis in this image from the 1996 production of Rent Filmmak ers are in Santa Fe this week to film a scene in which Davis leaves New York for New Mexico The Associated Ptess New law puts older kids in safety seats Lauren The New Mexican Leora Dereta of Santa Fe buckles her children Peyton 1 right and Rlley 2 into their car seats Tuesday evening in a park ing lot outside Target Deretas oldest son Tanner 6 will foe affected by a revised requires children who are 5 or 6 years did to be secured In a federally approved car seat By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Children who are too big for child car seats and too small for seat belts will be required to ride in a booster seat under a recently passed law that will become effective Friday The new law requires all 5and 6 yearolds to be secured in a federally approved child car seat when riding in a car Parents can opt to put such children in a booster seat if they have outgrown a child car seat Under the states cur rent law only children through age 4 and weighing less than 40 pounds are required to ride in a child car seat Also any child 12 or younger weigh ing less than 60 pounds must also ride in a federally approved child car seat or booster seat Isabel Max mother of 3yearold Eli jah said she had not heard about the change in the law Her son who calls himself rides in a booster seat Max said during a shopping trip Please see SEATS Page A7 Online resources For more informa tion on child car seats and uses National High way Transportation Safety Administration Safer New Mexico Now National Safe Kids campaign Efforts intensify to end militarys antigay policy By DAVID CRARY The Associated Press NEW YORK Critics of the militarys dont ask dont tell policy are gaining new a few conservative congressmen and a West Point professor as they press on multiple fronts to outof thecloset gays and lesbians in the armed forces As part of their strategy opponents of the policy are now highlighting the ongoing struggles of Army and Marine recruiters The Servicemem bers Legal Defense Network say in a new report that many highly trained specialists including combat engineers and linguists are being discharged involuntarily while the Pentagon is facing extreme challenges in recruit ing and retaining On other fronts A federal court hear ing is scheduled in Boston next month on a lawsuit by 12 former service members challenging the 12yearold policy In Congress four Repub licans including stalwart conservatives Wayne Gil chrest of Maryland and lie ana RosLehtinen of Florida have joined 81 Democrats cosponsoring a bill to repeal the policy Gilchrest a for mer supporter of the ban said he changed his view partly out of respect for gay Marines he served with in Vietnam and for his brother who is gay A Military Acad emy professor Lt Col Allen Bishop wrote a column this spring in Army Times urg ing Congress to repeal the ban I thought Id get lots of hate mail and my colleagues would walk on the other side of the hall but theres been none of he said Still neither the White House nor the Pentagon has given any signal they would drop their longstand ing support for the policy implemented in 1993 under the Clinton administration It prohibits the military from inquiring about the sex Please see POLICY Page A7 Court overturns conviction after man finishes sentence By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press Calvin Parson always main tained he was innocent when he was charged with felonies in an elkpoaching investiga tion and on Tuesday the state Court of Appeals overturned his convictions Maybe there is justice after Parson said in a telephone interview after being told of the court ruling by a reporter I went to prison over this thing I had never even been in jail To clear my name would be great It would be really great to have a life Parson who lives in Las Vegas spent a year in a maximumsecurity prison in solitary confinement and was released in May 2004 Prison officials put him in protective custody because he had worked in corrections including as a guard at a state juvenile facility and a jail in the Santa Fe area The Court of Appeals in a 30 ruling overturned his convictions of transporting stolen livestock and con spiracy to commit the crime both fourthdegree felonies carrying an 18month prison sentence The court ruled Parsons was wrongly charged and convicted in 2003 for viola tions of the livestockrelated law because it does not cover wild or freeroaming elk only domesticated elk or Please see COURT Page A8 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox C7 Movies C2 Business C8 Opinion A9 Classifieds El Police notes C2 Comics D4 Scoreboard B2 Bl Crossword C7 Sports Local news Cl Stocks Lotteries C9 C2 Taste Dl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 38 pages 156th year Issue No i66 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads Main office 9844363 9863000 9833303 Todays obituaries Charles Rosul 94 Santa Dean L Gonzales 44 Santa Fe June 12 Gay Atwell 56 Fort Worth Texas June 12 Jose Angel 57 June 10 Joseph Trautweln Santa 8 Nabor Maestas 83 June 12 Stella Catanach June 11 Page C2 Todays forecast Chance of afternoon storms High 87 low 54 Page C10
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