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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico jbrlSGyears increase needed in MM Advocates say in minimum vvould decrease poverty By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press New Mexico should increase its state minimum wage to an hour to help reduce poverty and benefit families struggling in lowwage jobs a state wide labor leader and social welfareadvocacy group said Thursday theJstate and federal minimum wages stand at an hour A increase inthe states wage floor wouldbehefit New Mexicans a tenth of the work Increasing the minimum wage is a proven way to decrease Gerry Bradley aheconomist with New Mexico Voices for said Thursday in releasing a report critical of the states economy v A greater share of New Mexicans 6 percent work in jobs paying at or below the minimum wage than1 in any other state in the nation he said The bottom line is New Mexicos economy is hot an engine for opportunity and prosperity for far too many of our working families A staggering 43 percent of New Mexicans live at or below 200 percent of the federal pov erty Bradley said x Christine Trujillo presi dent of the New Mexico Please see WAGE Page A8 California Senate OKs bill to allow gay marriage By STEVE LAWRENCE The Associated Press SACRAMENTO Calif The state Senate approved legislation Thursday that would legalize samesex marriage inCalifornia a vote that makes the cham ber the first legislative body in the country to approve a gaymarriage bill The 2115 vote sets the stage for a showdown next week in the California Assem bly which narrowly rejected a gaymarriage bill in Equality is equality said one of the bills supporters Democratic Sen Liz Figueroa When I leave this Legislature I want to be able to tell my grandchil dren I stood up for dignity and rights for Massachusetts became the first state to recognize gay marriages when the state Supreme Court legalized samesex weddings there in 2003 That prompted a num ber of states across the nation to pass constitutional amend ments banning gay marriage Other states offer civil unions which provide many of the same legal benefits without the status of marriage Gov Arnold Schwarzeneg Please see GAY Page A8 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2 2005 FIFTY CENTS Fights gunfire break out as New Orleans slips into anarchy A military helicopter makes a food and water drop to floodvictims Thursday near the convention center in New Orleans The Associated Press WE DONT HAVE HELP Stofm victims find only chaos at convention center The Associated Press New Mexican Volunteers help load a trailer Thursday for Michael principal at Gonzales Elementary Lee will be driving the donations to Shreveport this morning School leads local relief effort By JOHN SEN A The New Mexican Michael Lee stood in the park at on Thursday afternoon his red flat bed trailer loaded with black plas tic bags filled with clothing bed ding and shoes Lee the schools principal decided the night before that he was going bring the trailer to school and seek donations for vic tims of Hurricane Katrina But he did not stop He decided after consulting his bosses about getting a day off that he was going to spend the Labor Day weekend driving the a relief center in Shrevepbrt La We were going to go camping do the family Lee said of his previous plans But we thought that was not thetime with other people losing their The school also served as a drop off point for anyone wanting to Please see RELIEF Page A5 Inside Fats Domino missing in New Orleans Page A5 Storm victims face uncertain future Page A6 A good deed amidst the lawlessness Page A7 State sends aid tcxGulf Coast Page A7 NEW ORLEANS Storm victims were raped and beaten fights and fires broke out corpses lay out in the open and rescue helicopters and lawenforce ment officers were shot at as floodedout New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday This is a desperate the mayor said Anger mounted across the ruined city with thou sands of storm victims increasingly hungry desperate and tired of waiting for buses to take them out We are out here like pure animals We dont have the Rev Issac Clark 68 said outside the New Please see DESPERATION Page A4 THE LAST CAB OUT Santa Fe couple flees city in face of Katrina By NATALIE STOREY TheNew Mexican Some things Jennifer White will never forget the eerie calm before the storm the way rain fell side ways the emotional wreckage of people without their homes And the anxious doubt about deciding to stay White and her husband Ricardo Martinez left Santa 1 Fe on Friday for New Orleans where they had planned much earHer to celebrate their fifth wedding anniver sary At that time Hurricane Katrina was just gain ing steam in the Gulf of Mexico headed forecasters said for Florida White and Martinez who work for Please see OUT Page A6 Thirsty Ear gets back to the ranch After taking a year off Thirsty Ear Festival returns to the Eaves Movie Ranch This years offerings include Rickie Lee Jones Otis Taylor BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Santa Fean Alex Maryol Pasatientpo inside INSIDE TODAY Coming Saturday A reconstruction of what happened to the weapons of mass destruction on the road to war in Iraq Todays forecast Partly sunny Tstbrm in evening High 81 low 55 Page C10 Index Annies Mailbox Local news Cl Business C8 Lotteries C2 A9 Classifieds El Opinion Comics CX Police notes C2 Crossword M Scoreboard B2 Generation Next Dl Sports Bi Horoscope O4 Stocks C9 The Wests Five sections 40 pages Pasatiempo 104 pages 156th year Issue No 245 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9844363 ClMtHM 9863000 News 9863030 Todays obituaries Isaac Rael 92 Santa Fe Aug 31 Lillian Roberts 83 Santa Fe Aug 30 Pastor Harold Chiotero Santa Fe Aug 31 Richard Frank Albuquer que Aug 31 Stuart Reichard Augusta 15 Page C2
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