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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving Nevv Mexico forlSGyears SATURDAY JULY 2 2005 FIFTY CENTS It has been a great privilege indeed to have served as a member of the court for 24 terms I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the court and its role under our constitutional SANDRA DAY OCONNER Supreme Court associate justice Justice OConnor leaves high court t First woman named to Supreme Court announces resignation fierce battle exvected L over successor By MARK SILVA Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON First word of a vacancy on the Supreme Court arrived Thursday morning at the White House A sealed envelope was on its way Friday But not until that envelope arrived in the hands of the Supreme Courts chief marshal the White House said Friday did the president or anyone on his staff know that it was Justice San dra Day OConnor who was stepping down not the ailing Chief Justice William Rehnquist whose retirement has been anticipated for weeks Youre one of the great Ameri Bush told in a tele phone call from Friday morning after trie sealecl enve lope was opened I wish I were there to hug said Bush Texasraised with a nod to the El Pasoborn OConnor You cannot believe how much Laura and I admire Bush told her according to a spokesman For an old ranching girl you turned out pretty The president will not name a replacement for OConnor until after he returns from Europe and the Group of Eight economic summit according to press secretary Scott McClellan Bush will return late July 8 There will be no decision before returning from the McClellan said This vacancy offering the second term president his first opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice didnt turn out quite the way the White House had expected Thursday morning Pamela Talkin the courts head marshal called Har riet Miers White House counsel to say she had something to deliver to according to McClellan She did not specify what it was other than she had a sealed Miers a tenacious fellow Texan who has overseen a long and arduous behindthescenes Head hunt for the next member of the Supreme Court advised Bushs chief of staff and Please see OCONNOR Page A6 Photos by The Associated Press Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor waves a cowboy hat that was a gift at an event sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center in Houston on March 10 OConnor the first woman on the Supreme Court and a swing vote on abortion as well as other contentious issues announced her retirement Friday Regardless of Bushs choice confrontation in Senate likely By TOM RAUM The Associated Press WASHINGTON Presi dent Bushs choice to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Sandra Day OConnor is all but cer tain to ignite a political inferno no matter whom he picks Her departure gives MtfSIS Bush an opportunity to transform the dynamics of the high court But that opportunity for Bush also raises the stakes Democrats indicate they will wage a mammoth Senate battle if the presi dent caters to his conser vative base and attempts to replace the moderate OConnor with a jurist they consider to be out of the judicial mainstream On the other hand if the president nominates some one with views similar to OConnors he could face a within his own party from conser vatives still fuming over the Senate rejection of Robert H Bork in 1987 Wellbankrolled inter est groups on the political right and left are already Please see SENATE Page A6 INSIDE Just who will replace Sandra Day OConnor Will it be Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez far left who many believe to be the frontrunner or others who have been rumored to take over the vacant seat on the Supreme Court Page A7 New Mexico senator considered a swing vote Page A6 Wes Mexican Joyce Collins left and Judy Knopps of Santa Fe tour the opera parking lot Friday evening wearing New Mexican Briinhilde costumes designed by their friend Draytori Hamilton Operas opening notes Firsttimers veterans strike unanimous chord on Santa Fes unique venue By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Far from the elaborate dinner spreads and formal dress of most tailgaters on opening night at the 49th Santa Fe Opera on Friday five people enjoyed their dinners in shorts and Tshirts The group ate food packaged in plastic containers from Whole Foods cold meat potato rsalad beers arid1 pod and drank champagne There were no decorations adorning their space the sounds of the main crowd died out long before reaching the relative obscu rity of their gathering But as the bloodred sun began to set behind the mountains cast ing shadows and signaling the approach of showtime it was evident that despite the lack of extravagance they had gotten exactly what theyd come for This is so said Peg Please see OPERA Page A4 Mexicos Fox defends alleged racist stamps slams critics By MORGAN LEE The Associatea Press MEXICO CITY President Vicente Fox said Friday that activists who have condemned a new Mexican postage stamp as rac ist should read the beloved comic book on which it is based before they make judgments They dont have information Fox said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press black activists and the White House on Thursday criticized the stamp featuring Memin Pinguin a sort of Jim Crowera image of a black child that has been a cartoon character since the 1940s The Rev Jesse Jackson the Rev Al Sharp ton and leaders of other black and Latino organizations have urged that the stamp be withdrawn The stamp is recognition of character very loved in Mexico and that has absolutely nothing discriminatory about said Fox adding that he himself has been Please see STAMPS Page A5 The Wests Oldest Newspaper 5 sections 40 pages 156th year issue No 183 Publication No 596440 Index Obituaries Annies Mailbox Health Science Dl Opinion Business Dl Cars Trucks El Police notes Local news Religion C2 A9 C2 Classifieds Bl Todays obituaries Page C2 Braulio A Martinez 78 June 30 Karen Avila 58 June 28 Ruth D McPnerson June 29 Tesste E Sandoval 78 Santa Fe July 1 Contacts Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 ft   

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