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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 24, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Setving New Mexico for 156 yean FRIDAY JUNE 24 2005 FIFTY CENTS Governor vows to slow down his SUV By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Stung by criticism over his latest speeding incident in Albuquerque Gov Bill Richardson said Thursday that he intends to slow down While carefully not apologizing for breaking speed limits the governor said he has instructed his state police drivers to obey posted limits except under exceptional A lot of people especially the media have had some fun at my COMING SUNDAY With Gov Bill Richardson taking heat for buying a new jet The New Mexican looks at how other governors travel expense regarding reports of my state police drivers exceeding the speed Richardson said at a news conference in Los Lunas I am the first to admit that I try to cram as much business as pos sible into each and every day As you know Im Richardson said he is not above the law but admitted sometimes I have gone fast too The latest speeding controversy involved a June 2 incident in which the governors state police driver refused to stop for an Albuquerque police officer who noticed Richard sons 2004 Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle going at a high rate of speed on an interstate frontage road Spokesmen for the governor said this week that the driver didnt stop Please see GOVERNOR Page A7 2004 Lincoln Navigator Price Curt weight 3 tons Horsepower 300 rprri EPA fuel economy 12 miles per gallon highway Top speed 106 mph Acceleration 060 mph 9 seconds 0100 mph 30 seconds Source More channels but at a price photos by Jane New Mexican David Henry installer and technician for Sun Comm Technologies puts in a satellite dish at a home Thursday morning The family con vertecTto the dishnetwork system because of a rise in cabletelevision prices By WENDY BROWN The New Mexican A Comcast Cable advertisement informing customers of a new channel lineup that starts Saturday shouts EXCITING CHANGES ARE COMING FOR COM CAST CUSTOMERS The ad goes on to talk about the new channels and services the company has added over the past 18 months but there is one upcoming change customers might not be so excited about For the third year in a row Comcast on July 1 plans to increase its rates This years increase will be percent for Basic Plus analog ser vice which will rise by to a month When the company came to Santa Fe in 2002 basic cable rates were a month Thats a 34 percent increase in three years but customers who sub scribe to that service now receive 70 channels instead of 45 accord ing to Carmen Valadez operations manager at Comcasts Santa Fe office Valadez said this years rate increase is necessary cast keeps increasing the number of channels and services avail able to its customers in the Santa Fe area We just focus on adding value to our customers every time they turn on their televi she said Henry installs the systems digital video receiver and recorder Also increased fuel insurance and equipment costs have forced the Philadelphiabased company to raise rates Valadez said Comcast has a commitment to providing the latest in technology Valadez said and that has caused rate increases as well In 2002 the Please see COMCAST Page A8 Grammy winner to make clubs Last Dance a swingin swan song By TOM KNAUER The New Mexican After attracting acts ranging from country crooners to techno groovers since 1998 The Para mount Lounge and Nightclub has one more big show in store for Santa Fe night revelers The venue ends its sevenyear run Saturday with The Last Dance Paramounts Official Closing Party a multiact bill headlined by Grammy Award disc jockey and producer Frankie Knuckles Doors open at 9 and close at 2 Sunday Vocalist Lea Lorien a contributor INSIDE PASAT1EMPO Pasatiempo has compiled a 20page directory to regional musical resources Go to A look at the Para mounts short life in Santa Fe Page 54 Rob DeWalts days at the club Page 117 on NewYork DJ David Morales 2004 hitclub anthem How Would You Feel joins Knuckles who will perform free Please see CLUB Page A3 INSIDE TODAY Arses Mailbox D4 Local news Cl Business Lotteries C2 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A9 D6 Police notes Crossword D4 Scoreboard B2 Generation Next Dl Sports Bl Horoscope D4 Stocks C9 Todays forecast Partly sunny a stray Tstorm High 89 low 56 Page C10 Five sections 40 pages Pasatiempo 120 pages 156th year Issue No 175 596140 Late paper 9840363 True love doesnt hurt A local highschool student reveals her personal experience with dating violence a tragic and potentially deadly reality among teens Generation Next Dl Todays obituaries Celeste A Due 23 April 28 Mary L C de Baca 62 Santa Fe June 23 Norman Westwater 80 Norwich England June 7 Tamsin F Bemis William Hite 67 June 11 Page C2 Police say woman was raped robbed in riverbed By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Two men pushed a 33yearold woman into the bed of the Santa Fe River as she walked home from a downtown bar early Thursday morning then one of them raped and robbed her police said Officers initially responded to a call concerning a woman screaming in the 300 block of East Alameda Street about said Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson Officers searched the area but found nothing he said Just after 1 St Vincent Regional Medical Center personnel called police and said a woman there reported she had been sexually assaulted Johnson said The woman told was walking home alone from a nightclub along East Alameda Street when she saw two males in their early 20s standing in front of the Inn On The Alameda 303 E Alameda St The woman said the men were wearing tanktop Tshirts and blue jeans and one was taller than the other Johnson said The only other description related by police is that the men were Hispanic After she passed the men the woman thought she were being followed and turned around Johnson said At that time the two males jumped her and knocked her into the riverbed the Please see RAPE Page A10 High court OKs condemning homes in name of development By JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON Rejecting pleas by homeowners fighting to keep their prop erties the Supreme Court said Thursday that local governments could condemn a persons home or business so the sites could be redeveloped for more lucrative uses In a 54 decision written by Justice John Paul Stevens the court said the Constitution permits governments to con demn a persons property paying them a fair price for it as part of a broader eco nomicredevelopment plan to revitalize a distressed community The decision one of the most anxiously awaited of the term emphasized that governments have long relied on powers of eminent domain to condemn property for public uses such as railways and utilities The court has historically taken a deferential approach to legislative judg ments in this the majority said The court recognized the hardship such condemnations may bring to prop erty owners uprooted from homes and businesses in the name of ecoriomic development But local governments should be given broad latitude to deter mine whether their citizens would be best served by condemning private property Please see HOMES Page A10   

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