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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 28, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE SUNDAY ONE DOLLAR Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years The Associated Press In Kailua Hawaii gasoline prices are climbing over a gallon Hawaii became the first state to cap the wholesale price of gas Sparing gas prices sparking calls for regulation Hawaiis cap has other states debating action By KEVIN G HALL Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON The soar ing price of gasoline has rekin dled debate across America over whether prices for gas should be regulated as they are for electricity and water On Sept 1 Hawaii will become the first state to cap the wholesale price of gasoline paid by retailers whopass on price hikes to consumers Hawaiis price ceiling will be set anew each Wednesday by taking the average of spotmarket prices for gas in Los Angeles New York and the Gulf Coast Hawaiis effort is sure to get wide attention Gasoline prices across the United States now average above Neverthe less federal investigations have turned up no evidence of price fixing and economists caution that regulating gas prices could result in less competition and even higher prices Michigan Oregon Califor nia New York and Connecticut all Have debated the merits of regulating the price of gasoline The clamor spread across the northern border last Sunday when the head of Canadas New Democratic Party called for it The call echoes broadly Its very clear to us that gas prices need to be regulated We really need to step back and rec ognize that like efectricity gaso line is too vital to the economy to be left in the hands of these cor porations that have been goug ing said Doug Heller the executive director of the Foun dation for taxpayer and Con sumer Rights in Los Angeles a consumeradvocacy group Please see GAS Page A8 SPHERE OF INFLUENCE How one Miraculous Year changed the world STORY BY HENRY M LOPEZ PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ALEXANDER USATINE THE NEW MEXICAN ne hundred years ago Albert Einstein unleashed a revolution in science so great it permeates the daily lives of nearly every person in the developed world With three papers published that year the 26yearold patent clerk challenged the way those who view the world through the lens of science understood the universe around them Einsteins vision as portrayed through those papers presented a version of reality radically different than the one people encounter on a daily basis Instead of an eternal neverchanging universe where time moved with the constancy of a single great clock Einstein offered a vision marked by great and dynamic change where even time was flexible The year in which he published his theories 1905 has become known as the Miraculous Year In recognition of Einsteins accomplishments as a scientist and philosopher the United Nations declared 2005 the World Year of Physics Such a declaration was meant to stimulate discussion of physics in daily life but also to foster an appre ciation for the convergence of science and imagi nation Up Hyde Park Road at the Santa Fe Institute researchers toil away under mountains of data The physicists are Einsteins scientific heirs continuing his work while making their own wild new discoveries Constantino Tsallis a visiting researcher from Brazil works in the field of statisticalmechan ics Among the topics he studies are the motions of atoms the building blocks of matter in the universe Tsallis references Einsteins work on proving the existence of atoms as laying a foun Please see EINSTEIN Page A7 President considers modified visa plan Under fire on immigration Bush eyes cutoff for guest worker program By RON FOURNIER The Associated Press PHOENIX Struggling to pacify his partys warring wings President Bush is mov ing toward allowing illegal immigrants who came to the United States before February 2004 to qualify for guestworker visas People smuggled in after then would be deported State leaders in Arizona and New Mexico have stepped up pressure on the Bush adminis tration and the Republicanled Congress to better police borders and deal with an esti mated 10 million people who are living illegally in this country Theyre trying to split the Sen John McCain said of the White House plan and I dont think they can do Bush and his advisers are caught between their supporters in the business sector who believe Please see VISA Page A6 Baseclosing commission took on Rumsfeld By LIZ SIDOTI The Associated Press i WASHINGTON Despite his plea not to pull a thread the baseclosing commission yanked away at Defense Sec retary Donald H Rumsfelds intricate plan to restructure military facilities The ninemem ber commission endorsed Rumsfelds vision of military to face future threats and his effort to streamline the Army Navy and Air Force But it made changes some large some small all politically sensi tive to achieve those goals in its own way Commissioners showed a will ingness to oppose the secretary who argued that even small changes could compromise the overall plan In doing so they opened themselves to criti cism that politics influenced their version of the blueprint to ANALYSIS Please see BASE PageA8 A vision of faith Santa Fe couple has a sighting of the Virgin Mary while on a pilgrimage to a Croatian site known for visions of the Mother of Christ Neighbors El INSIDE TODAY Southern states brace for hurricane New Orleans residents flee to higher ground in the face of Hurricane Katrina which is threatening to make a direct hit on the city Page A3 Finding the right laptop A complete buyers guide to the dazzling array of laptops which are now a standard college accessory Sunday magazine inside Whats ahead for Roberts A closer look at the 18 members 10 Republicans eight Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee the first stop for nominee John Roberts on his way to a possible seat on the Supreme Court Nation World Hl Todays forecast Todays obituaries Partly sunny chance of Tstorms High 82 low 54 Page C8 Annies Mailbox D2 Fl Hl notes C2 Pa sa E4 Local estate 11 B2 Bl Patricia M Mamalakis Aug 26 Rosina J Trujillo 53 Albu querque Aug 24 Page C2 TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 112 pages 156th year Issue No 240 Publication No 596446 Late paper 9840363 Classified ads 9863000 News tips 9863030
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