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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 18, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Localty owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years SATURDAY JUNE 18 2005 FIFTY CENTS Court OKsSJF mans shipwreck dive By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican An Irish court ruled Friday that Santa Fe venture capital ist and adventurer F Gregg Bemis can conduct a forensic dive that could solve the mys teries about the sinking of the Lusitania by a German subma rine in 1915 Bemis called the decision a victory for the little guy against the Irelands Duchas or heritage office which is charged with protecting the countrys cul tural assets claimed the wreck is an archaeological site and has denied Bemis requests to make the forensic dive The British passenger ship lies 300 feet below the surface in Irish territorial waters approximately 12 miles off the coast of County Cork In a 31page opinion Justice Dan Herbert of the High Court in Dublin told the government that Bemis should be allowed to explore the Lusitania Bemis said an Irish friend who was in court for the ver dict told him the judge said Given the amount of lives that were lost it would be in the states interest to find out what did Bemis has been waiting for this verdict since November 2003 when the case was pre sented to the High Court Sole owner of the wreck since 1982 Bemis has spon sored many dives to the sunken Please see DIVE Page A4 Lowdown oh the Lusitania British passenger ship built by John Brown Co Clydebank Scotland launched June 785 feet long tons Made maiden voyage from Liverpool Eng land to New York Sept Left New York on its 202nd transAtlantic trip May carried passengers Hit by a torpedo launched from a German Uboat May off the coast of Ireland casualties including 128 Americans and 94 children INSIDE A timeline of the Lusitanias recovery and Gregg Bemis effort to explore trie shipwreck Page A4 Gregg Bemis of Santa Fe is planning a forensic dive to investigate the sinking of the Lusitania a British passenger ship sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland in 1915 An Irish court approved the dive Friday Lara Shipley The New Mexican COMING SUNDAY Spotlight on design Long known for Santa Fe Style the City Different grabs hold of a different sort of design From architecture to music to art to green construction design takes center stage as part pf Santa Fe Design Week and the Southwest Design Conference Read all about Santa Fes newest conference inside Design magazine only in your Sunday New Mexican INSIDE TODAY Of mice and a man Biologist Rob Roy Ramey has risked his life for endangered species worldwide His biggest challenge however is a mouse that he claims isnt endangered but goes by another name where it is found more commonly Environmentalists are in an uproar Health Science Dl Todays obituaries Adelaida Rivera 63 Santa Fe June 16 Amalia Martinez 83 June 16 Celeste A Due 23 April 28 Eufemio Varela 88 Pecos June 17 Filiberto Carrillo June 14 Gabriel C Gonzales 86 June 16 Page C2 Todays forecast Sunny to partly cloudy High 91 low 52 Page C8 INDEX Annies Mailbox B6 Local news Cl Business C6 Lotteries Cars Trucks El Classifieds E3 C2 Comics r6 Crossword B6 Health 01 Horoscope B6 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 40 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 169 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863035 9833303 A LOVE OF BULL Tall tales surround Santa Fe rodeos oversized mascot Lara New Mexican Freddie Baca known as Grandfather and El Toro Diablo the bull icon that serves as Rodeo de Santa Fes mascot will appear in the rodeo parade at 10 today in downtown Santa Fe BY NATALIE STOREY The New Mexican his is story I so you better believe I So says 89year I oldTreddie Baca the man who is otherwise known as Grandfather Rodeo and the protector of El Toro Diablo the sacred bull mascot of the Rodeo de Santa Fe Freddie tells a lot of stories The setting was an early summer morning at the state fair in AlbuT querque about 25 years ago Fred die usually rounds off the dates and years in his stories He cant recall the specific years and they seem to be minor details Fred die had gotten up to feed the horses when he noticed El Toro Diablo was missing He panicked and ran to tell his boss Roy Butler one of the founding members of Rodeo de Santa Fe Butler wanted to know had been awakened so early in the morning The bull is Freddie wailed parade start and finish The New Mexican Butler sprung out of bed and into action He called every lawenforce ment agency he could think of Later that day police rolled up at a house in Las Lunas where a party of cowboys was outside drinking and singing Behind the house in full view was Diablo The police wanted to arrest the banditsjbut Butler said all he wanted was for them to return the bull to the failgrounds A caravan drove back to Albuquerque that day Diablo followed by a string of police Butler and Freddie The bull Freddie usually rides If you What Rodeo de Santa Fe Parade When Starts at 10 today Where Downtown Santa Fe Who Santa Fe Rodeo Association Cost Free More information along with it always the head liner of the rodeo parade which begins at 10 today The bull is repainted with a fresh coat of white every year before the parade a task Please see BULL Page A8 School board member Replace Rendon By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Days before the Santa Fe school board is scheduled to vote on renewing the super intendents contract one member announced her no vote in a threepage letter to the media Mary Ellen Gon zales says Superintendent Gloria Rendon should be replaced with a more gifted collaborator who listens to the concerns of teachers Her management style and mine are very differ Gonzales said in an interview Friday I would like to see her involve facili tators on a much more rapid Also Citizens for Better Schools a group of parents teachers and community members who assembled in May is calling for new lead ership Mitch Buszek presi dent of the ParentTeacher Committee at Santa Fe High heads the antiRendon group On Tuesday the school board will consider a one year extension for Rendon 54 who has been superinten dent for the past four years Her contract expires June 30 She has spent 28 years of her career in this school dis trict where she grew up The deciding factor in Tuesdays vote could rest on theXvording of the contract In interviews Friday four out of five board members said Rendon has been an out standing leader Yet every one listed ways she could improve Some members want those concerns built into the contract Board President Martin Lujan and member Marcy Litzenberg said they defi nitely will vote yes I feel that our superinten dent has done a wonderful Please see RENDON Page A5 ExTyco execs convicted of looting million By SAMUEL MAULL The Associated Press NEW YORK In the wave of prosecutions against busi ness executives that followed the boom of the L Dennis Kozlowski came to be portrayed as the poster child for corporate excess The former Tyco CEOs first trial last year was a parade of eyepopping largesse an million Manhattan apart ment a shower curtain and an infamous million party on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia Prosecutors said Kozlowski financed the lavish lifestyle with money he pillaged from Tyco and on Friday a jury convicted him and another executive of looting the com million Kozlowski and former Tyco finance chief Mark H Swartz are the latest former executives to be convicted or to plead guilty in thegovern ments crackdown on white collar crime following Martha Stewart WorldComs Bernard Ebbers and a host of others The convictions came after Please see TYCO Page A6 Dennis Kozlowski Mark H Swartz 40 million credit cards possibly exposed to fraud By JOE BEL BRUNO The Associated Press NEW YORK A security breach of customer information at a creditcardprocessing com pany could expose to fraud up to 40 million card holders of multiple brands MasterCard International Inc said Friday The creditcard giant said its security division detected multiple instances of fraud that tracked back to CardSystems Solutions Inc of Tucson which processes transactions for banks and mer chants MasterCard said in a news release late Friday afternoon that it was notifying its cardissuing banks of the problem CardSystems was hit by a computer virus that captured customer data for the purpose of fraud said company spokeswoman Sharon Gamsin The FBI was investigating MasterCard which said about 14 million of its own cards were exposed said it was giving Card Systems a limited amount of time to demonstrate compliance with security Please see CARDS Page A8
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