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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 29, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE and Saving New Mexico for 156 years Bracing for Katrina New Orleans mayor orders entire city of to evacuate Experts Storm might leave disaster of biblical proportions Gulf Coast region declares state of emergency The Associated Press Hundreds of New Orleans residents funnel into the Louisiana Superdome on The Superdome opened to those residents unable to leave the city who were seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina which is expected to hit the city today By MATT CRENSON The Associated Press When Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans today it could turn one of Americas most charm ing cities into a vast cesspool tainted with toxic chemi cals human waste and even coffins released by floodwaters from the citys legendary cemeteries Experts have warned for years that the levees and pumps that usu ally keep New Orleans dry have no chance against a direct hit by a Cat egory 5 storm Thats exactly what Katrina was as it churned toward the city With top windsof 160rriph power to lift sea level by as much as 28 feet above normal as of 9 MDT the storm threatened an environmental disaster of biblicalproportions one that could leave more than 1 million people homeless All indications are that this is absolutely worstcase Ivor van Heerden of the Louisiana State University Hurri cane Center said Sunday afternoon The centers latest computer sim ulations indicate that by Tuesday vast swaths of New Orleans could be under water up to 30 feet deep In the French Quarter the water could reach 20 feet easily submerging the districts iconic castiron balconies and bars Estimates pre dict that 60 percent to 80 percent of the citys houses will be destroyed by wind With the flood dam age most of the peo ple wh6 live in and around New Orleans could be homeless Were talking about in essence having in the continental United States ref ugee camp of a million van Heerden said Aside from Hurricane Andrew which struck Miami in 1992 fore casters have no experience with Cat egory 5 hurricanes hitting densely populated areas Hurricanes rarely sustain such extreme winds for much time How ever we see no obvious largescale Please see KATRINA Page A8 Inside With 80 percent of the city evacuated Superdome becomes shelter for more than Page A8 Tracking Katrina Hurricane Katrina is moving northnorthwest as a massive storm at 10 mph and is expected to turn toward the north Hurricane Katrina CATEGORY 5 LOCATION MOVEMENT MAX WIND N NNW 160 mph W 1O mph As of 9 MDT Projected path i Window of movement Hurricane watch Hurricane warning Tropical storm warning TENN Pascagoula aA Gulf of j 9 Mexico 85 SOURCES NOAA Weather UrKterEround AP USGS volunteers to help out A Red Cross leader from Santa Fe is on his way to help victims of Hurricane Katrina Steve Bond a volunteer coordinator for the American Red Crosss Rio Grande Chap ter will work in Houston as part of a hurricanewatch team and wiil deploy volunteers from there said Edwina Larner director of emergency services for the Rio Grande Chapter Bond left with a Farmington volunteer Saturday morning Eight other New Mexicans also left to help one from Albuquerque and seven from Las Cruces They headed to Orange texas near the Loui siana border From Orange the Red Cross will send volunteers to set up shelters in Baton Rouge or drive specialized vehicles capable of setting up backup tele phone lines Larner said three more New Mexicans will leave for Orange this morning The New Mexican MONDAY AUGUST 29 2005 FIFTY CENTS Iraai leaders finish charter New constitution completed without Sunni approval By JONATHAN FINER and OMAR FEKEIK1 The Washington Post BAGHDAD Iraq Iraqi leaders completed a draft of a permanent constitution on Sunday after three months of negotiations that left Sunni Arabs still unsatisfied set ting up a potentially divisive nation wide referendum on the document to be held by Oct 15 Members of the committee that convened in May to write the docu ment ended their official duties by signing the draft and sending it to the National Assembly where it was read aloud to members Some Sunnis who had unsuccessfully sought the elimination of a clause allowing power to be devolved from the central government to autono mous regions walked out while the draft was read Committee members most of them drawn from the Shiite Mus lim and Kurdish coalition that con trols Iraqs government and other Iraqi officials then adjourned to President Jalal Talabanis home in Baghdads fortified Green Zone for a sundrenched ceremony to mark the occasion Please see CHARTER Page AG Mobile home fire leaves 8 homeless By BRANDON GARCIA The New Mexican A Saturday night mobilehome fire in southwest Santa Fe left 8 people homeless and damaged four vehicles but fire crews squelched the blaze before more harm was caused YolandaAlvarez a resident of Tierra Real a subdivision north of Airport Road said she heard explosions when the cars caught fire but that firefighters worked effectively It seemed like it took she said but they did a really good job because no other houses The fire started around 10 in a mobile home on Calle Kryshana and spread shed two vehicles next to the shed and two vehicles belonging to a nextdoor neighbor Santa Fe Fire Department Battal ion Chief Charlie Velarde said The flames also started a brush fire and at one point rose to 100 feet Please see RRE Page A6 Local filmmaker delves into the history of brotherhood By NATALIE STOREY The New Mexican High in a warehouse behind Whole Foods a film crew set up its equipment in the office of Godfrey Reggio a former Lasallian brother and teacher at St Michaels High School Crew members used a curtain to block out the sun from the one visible window but the office was still hot Antonio Weiss and Lauri Hakola the cameramen set up lights and crumpled tin foil over themhear Reggios wellworn desk The scholarly Reggio prepared to be inter viewed by Kasandra Clerii ente a local filmmaker and College of Santa Fe graduate who is producing a film on Please see HISTORY Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Index Annies Mabbox B5 Horoscope B5 Classifieds Cl Opinion Comics A7 C8 Police notes A2 Crossword B5 Spanish pg Cl Education P3 SportsBl Todays forecast Mostly sunny and hot High 86 low 54 PageB6 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 241 Publication No 595440 Late piper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 8IIII16646II0005QUII8 Voterecount dispute heads back to court By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press The states highest court is revisiting a dispute over last years presidential election in New Mexico At issue before the state Supreme Court is the proce dure for a statewide recount of ballots and a new law enacted because of the 2004 election flap Justices are scheduled to hear arguments todayfrom lawyers for and last years Green and Libertarian presidential candidates who contend the state wrongly handled their request for a recount Theres no deadline for the court to issue a rul ing President Bush won New Mexico in the general elec Please see VOTE Page A6   

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