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New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 8, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 356 years FRIDAY JULY 8 2005 FIFTY CENTS LONDON REELS FROM RUSHHOUR BLASTS Officials believe local alQaidalinked group coordinated lowtech explosions killing at least 37 wounding 700 Photos by Ttie Associated Press A forensic officer walks next to the wreckage of a doubledecker bus with its top blown off and damaged cars at Tavistock Square in central London on Thursday A string of rushhour explosions tore into at least three London subway trains and the bus killing at least 37 people By CRAIG WH1TLOCK The Washington Post LONDON The bomb ings that rocked the British capital Thurs day closely track a pattern embraced by Islamic radicals in the past three years in Madrid Casablanca Bali and Istanbul lowtech but coordinated explosions in crowded public places crudely designed to inflict as many civilian casualties as possible Although investigators are a long way from concluding who was behind the London attacks they bore an especially strong resem blance to the last major terrorist strike in Europe the March 11 2004 train bombings in the Spanish capital of Madrid In both cases the bombers targeted largely unpro tected public transport systems dur ing the height of the morning rush hour with multiple bombs that blew up within minutes of each other Many things remind me of March 11 said Rafael L Bardaji a security adviser to for mer Spanish Prime Minister Jose Aznar who lost his reelection bid in a highly charged vote three days later The modus operand is basi cally the same On the operational side the similarities are In Madrid assailants left 13 backpacks and packages filled with explosives on commuter trains and detonated 10 of them from afar with cellular phones killing 191 and Please see BLAST Page A7 Injured people leaving Ed g ware Road tube station after the explosion walk to the London Hilton Metropole to seek treatment Officials estimated 700 were injured in the attacks UKs support of policy seen as motive By JON SAWYER St Louis PostDispatch WASHINGTON Within hours of Thursdays attacks on rail and bus commuters in London British Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed to confront and defeat those responsible The steely eyed Blair was reminiscent of Winston Churchill the VVorld War II leader who rallied his coun trymen in the face of Nazi Germanys aerial assault on the city But even as Blah evoked memories of the Blitz and British resolve there were questions as to the pos sible motives of those behind the attack and how the British public might respond It was scarcely a week ago that President Bush defending his Iraq policies in a speech at Fort Bragg declared that Iraq was but the latest battle field in the global war on terror We must defeat them he added before they attack us at London was a reminder that the baltlefront isnt con fined to Iraq While I agreed with Bushs goal it was more than nuttily said Ste phen Gale a terrorism expert at the Philadelphiabased Foreign Policy Research Institute What the London attacks demonstrate he said is what we already knew that it doesnt take very much to seriously disrupt the kind of societies we Britain is the most impor tant ally Its troops currently serving in southern Iraq represent the only signifi Please see POLICY Page A7 INSIDE Bombings could indicate Bushs focus on Iraq leaves home front at risk of attack Page A7 United States puts masstransit systems on orange alert Page A7 Radical groups have threatened London for years Page A8 Attacks reflect a changed alQaida Page A8 Despite experience with IRA investigators face arduous task Page A8 Suddenly grim summit continues in Scotland Page A8 INSIDE TODAY i Milton Avery is dead long live Milton Avery An independent thinker can sustain a potent influence among his peers while being critically shunned for much of his life Such a master was Milton Avery who has attained nearnoble stature in the four decades since his 1965 death Pasatiempo inside Todays obituaries Mary L Deaton Santa Fe July 4 Rafaelita G Guarjnrdo 65 Altus July 1 William M Holcepl 77 July 2 Adelene Mclaughlin Espanola 84 July 4 Frank Olguin July 6 Janis Chastaln Santa Fe June 14 Page C2 Todays forecast Mostly sunny hot a Tstorm High 91 low 57 Page C10 Kour sections 40 pages Pasatiempo 112 pages 156th year Issue No 189 Publication No 596440 Lnte paper 9840363 WalMart one step closer to another store City Planning Commission approves retail giants plan for supersized store despite opposition By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican WalMarts plan for a new super center in southwest ern Santa Fe won approval from the city Planning Com mission on Thursday after a contentious debate between supporters and opponents of the retail giant The issue now goes to the City Council Plans for the Entrada Con tenta development call for square feet of com mercial space including a Wal Mart a Walgreens plus spaces for smaller businesses on acres along Cerrillos Road between Ocate and Beckner roads William Henera a retired dentist who owns the prop erty said the second Wal Mart in Santa Fe would pay good wages offer affordable products and help reverse the trend of locals being forced to leave for Rio Randio and other more affordable towns But Consuelo Luz a profes sional singer who opposes the project said it was absurd to believe a new WalMart See WALMART Page A6 Peters ranch could get tax break By DEBORAH BAKER The Associated Press Santa Fe businessman Ger ald Peters has bought a ranch near Chama that could benefit from a tax break for private hunting resorts that the gover nor signed into law this year Peters purchased the Quinlan Ranch for million according to documents filed three weeks ago in Rio Arriba County The ranch is in prime elk country near another ranch in which he owns an interest according to a spokeswoman for Peters whose holdings include art galleries res taurants and commercial property Its just a beautiful area hes loved and appreciated for probably the last 25 or more Denise Green law Ramonas said Thursday When the opportunity arose to buy it from the family that had owned it for nearly a century he was delighted to be able to acquire Ramonas said The new law exempts pri vate hunting resorts from being taxed at commercial rates ensuring they will be treated instead as agricul tural property The change in law was sought by the Jicarilla Apache Nation after Rio Arriba County assessed the tribes Lodge at Chama resort a premier elkhunting destination at Please see PETERS Page A6
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