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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mex i co for 156 years FRIDAY AUGUST 26 2005 FIFTY CENTS State might ban allages shows at clubs By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Allages rock n roll shows at New Mexico bars and nightclubs could become a thing of the past if the state Regulation and Licensing Department adopts proposed new rules A gettough attitude by political lead ers toward underage drinking and driving while intoxicated sparked the proposal However prohibiting the sale of alcohol at events where minors are present could scuttle some performances aimed in part at 1 younger audiences The owner of a popular downtown night club in Albuquerque where the change likely would have the most immediate impact said Thursday that he might have to change his business format or perhaps even close And a Santa Fe music promoter said the proposed regulations would squelch thoughts of staging such events here Please see BAN Page A8 If You Go i What Hearings on proposed restric tions on allages music events where alcohol is sold When 9 today in Albuquerque and 9 Tuesday in Santa Fe Where The Santa Fe hearing will be held at the Regulation Licensing Departments Rio Grande Confer ence Room 2550 Cerrillos Road Information State Regulation and Licensing Department 4764548 Retiree signs on at St Johns i Former emergency room doctor joins colleges incoming class Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexican Richard Ferber 62 of Santa Fe prepares to sign the registry Thursday morning during a convocation ceremony at St Johns College Ferber is one of 51 new graduate students The ceremony marked the official start of the new school year By NATALIE STOREY Mexican Richard Ferber a 62year old in a billed cap and sunglasses sat quietly among a crowdof 20 something graduate stu dents at Thursdays St Johns Col lege welcoming ceremony When his turn came Ferber walkedto the stage with gladly shaking the presidents hand Although hes the oldest incom ing student at the eastside Santa Fe campus this year the former Santa Fe emergencyroom doctor doesnt feel out of place After all hes used to burning the midnight oil and he figures his study habits arent much different those of the other incoming students My study habits are probably wretched since I havent been to school in a long said Ferber who last attended a college class St Johns faculty members join students for the schools convocation cere mony A class of 120 new undergraduate students officially started Thursday about three decades ago Ferber took part in the schools 221yearold convocation cer emony which marks the official start of classes and serves as a welcome for new students and faculty New students were called to the stage to sign their names in the great book of the which includes the signatures of all current and former students Faculty members attended in full regalia This year St Johns has an Please see St JOHNS Page A8 More than anything they teach us that lifes not over at 62 especially not the life of the JEANPAUL RUCH St Johns associate director ojgraduate admissions on older students Mexico prepares documents for voters abroad t Tribunal paves way for first election with absentee ballots The Associated Press MEXICO CITY federal elections tribunal has approved docu ments that will allow Mexicans living abroad to vote in their native countrys elections for the first time in history The forms passed by the Federal Elec toral Institute during a special session Wednesday night will enable citizens who are on the countrys voter registra tion list to cast a ballot without having to travel to their original hometowns in Mexico The institutes action follows months of discussions among Mexicos leaders and political aspirants some of whom initially tried to find ways to also regis ter the millions of Mexicans who are not on voter rolls Government officials estimate that 11 million abroad 98 percent of them in the United States Of those in the United States million are believed to be registered vot ers Previously under Mexican law citi zens living abroad were allowed to vote but the government lacked the infra structure such as absentee ballots to allow them to do so In approved reforms to the law to include those mechanisms Please see MEXICO Page A8 Iraqis miss 3rd deadline on draft of constitution Differences between Snnnis Shiites may be irreconcilable Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD Iraq Iraqi lawmakers failed to meet their selfimposed deadline Thursday night to approve a draft constitution deferring a decision yet again as negotiations to win approval from Sunni Arab repre sentatives remained deadlocked The delay increased the possibility that Shiite and Kurd ish leaders will abandon hopes for consensus and simply send the draft to a national referendum without a vote of approval from the transitional National Assembly We needed one more day to reach a result that will God willing please said National Assem bly Speaker Hajim alHassani speaking at the Bagh dad Convention Center shortly after midnight We do not draft a constitution every now and then nor even every year but rather this constitution might be Please see CONSTITUTION Page A7 Panel to vote today on fate of Cannon base Commission decides to close historic Walter Reed hospital The Associated Press WASHINGTON Siding with the Pentagon the baseclosing commission voted Thursday to shut down the Armys historic Wal ter Reed hospital and move about defense workers miles away from their offices just outside the nations capital The ninemember panel also started deciding which Air Force facilities should be closed or consol idated as part of Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfelds nationwide restructuring of military bases Overall the commission endorsed much of Rumsfelds broader plan to streamline support Please see BASE Page A6 Inside Clovis residents await decision on Cannon Air Force Base Panel votes to keep Army research lab at Sands Missile Range Page A3 On the Web Pentagons base closing plan Base closing commission INSIDE TODAY Melodrama Art reality and green chile Snarley Grove and his sidekick Major Funding escape from and land in the capital of a red state during the Green Chile Crusade So it goes in the 2005 Fiesta Melodrama premiering tonight at the Santa Fe Playhouse Pasatiempo inside Todays obituaries Todays forecast Clair W Reiniger 55 Aug 15 Earl P Wood 79 Santa Fe Aug 24 Nick F Catanach 42 Aug 21 Ruth P Samuel Aug 24 Please see Page C2 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 46 pages Pasatiempo 96 pages 156th year Issue No 238 Publication No 596440 Partly sunny High 88 low 58 Page C10 Annies D7 Local news Cl Business D5 Lotteries C2 A9 Classifieds El Opinion Comics D8 Police notes C2 Crossword D7 Scoreboard B2 Generation Nert Dl SpOHS Bl Horoscope D7 Slocks D6 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303   

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