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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 27, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE SEFFEMBER Ron Press Cindy Sheehan stands at the White House gate Monday hold ing a photo of her son Casey who was killed in Iraq last year Sheehan arrested at White House protest By Jennifer The Associated Press WASHINGTON Cindy Sheehan the California mother who became a leader of the antiwar movement after her son died in Iraq was arrested Monday along with hundreds of others protesting outside the White House Sheehan carrying a photo of her son in his Army uniform rallied with other protesters in a park across the street from the White House and then marched to the gate of the executive mansion to request a meeting with President Bush The protesters later sat down on the pedestrian walkway in front of the White House knowing they wpuld be arrested and began singing and chanting Stop the war now Police warned them three times they were breaking the law by failing to move along then began making arrests One man climbed over the White House fence and was quickly subdued by Secret Service agents Sheehan 48 was the first taken into custody She smiled as she was carried to the curb then stood up and walked to a police vehicle as protest ers chanted The whole world is If s an honor to be arrested with this group of said Gary Handschumacher 58 of Crawford who was waiting for police to arrest him Sgt Scott Fear spokesman for the Park Police said about 370 pro testers were arrested hours All but one were charged with dem onstrating without a permit a mis Please see SHEEHAN Page A6 50 CENTS TREASURERS OFFICE Gov backs Vigil impeachment Richardson will support proceedings if court rejects temporary treasurer proposal By Barry Massey The Associated Press Gov Bill Richardson said Monday he would support the Legislature starting impeachment proceedings against state Treasurer Robert Vigil if the Supreme Court refuses to allow a gubernatorial appointee to run the Treasurers Office while Vigil faces federal extortion charges Republican legislators meanwhile said INSIDE they will push for Vigils impeachment next week when the Legislature con venes in a special session State GOP chair man Allen Weh sharply criticized Richardson and Attorney General Patricia Madrid both Democrats for proposing the state Supreme Court allow Vigil to temporarily step aside with pay He said Treasurer debate To elect or appoint Page A4 the treasurer was being treated with kid gloves by Richardson and Madrid Under the proposal Vigil would still receive his annual salary but the governor would appoint an acting treasurer who would serve while Vigil defends himself in the federal prosecution Richardson and Madrid defended the request they made to the court Madrid Please see VIGIL Page A4 SANTA FE COUNTY Petitions calling for tax election THE GROSS RECEIPTS TAX The County Com mission decided July 27 to enact a onesixteenth grossreceipts tax that could be used to build a new courthouse and would go into effect Jan 1 The Commis sion voted 41 to enact the tax without asking voters a power called negative referendum that was given to cit ies and counties last year by the state Legislature DRIVE FOR SIGNATURES State law says a petition from 5 percent of voters requires putting the question on a ballot Retired airline pilot and county resident Kent Kerbel said signatures were collected but clerk work ers later counted Kathy De La New Mexican John Onstad right hands a few signature pages to Kent Kerbel at the County Clerks office Monday Kerbel brought a stack of peti tion signature pages to Denise Lamb head of the Bureau of Elections second from left and Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espinoza Clerk jnust verify signatures represent 5 percent of voters By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican Organizers of a petition drive hope theyve gathered enough signatures to require Santa Fe County hold an election on a new grossreceipts tax But no one will know whether that will hap pen until the county clerk verifies that at least signatures are from registered voters Retired airline pilot and county resident Kent Kerbel decided in July he would spearhead an effort to call for the election and undisclosed donations collected this month fay a local busi nessman helped make it an apparent success On Monday Kerbel filed a stack of papers more than 2inches thick at the clerks office He said they contained about signatures but clerk workers later counted The county clerks office began verifying signa tures after Kerbel turned in the petitions about an hour before time ran out on the 60day window that state law allows to overturn the negative ref erendum Denise Lamb head of the county Bureau of Please see TAX Page A6 Landmark trial on intelligent design begins in Pennsylvania School district requires statement declaring evolution theorynot a fact By Martha Raffaele The Associated Press HARRISBURG Pa A school district is undermining science education by raising false doubts about evolution and offering intelligent design as an alternative explanation for lifes origins a biologist testified at the start of a land mark trial Its the first movement to try to drive a wedge between students and the scientific pro said Brown Universitys Kenneth Miller the first witness called Monday by lawyers for eight families suing the Dover Area School Dis trict Dover is believed to be the nations first school system to require students be exposed to the intelligentdesign concept The policy requires school administrators to read a statement before classes on evolution that says Charles Darwins theory is not a fact and has inexplicable It refers students to an intelligentdesign textbook for more informa tion Intelligent design holds that Darwins theory of natural selection over time cannot fully explain the origin of life or the emergence of highly complex life forms It implies that life on Earth was the product of an unidentified intel ligent force r The eight families say the district policy in effect promotes the Bibles view of creation violating the constitutional separation of church and state But the rural school district of about students argues it is not endorsing any religious view and is merely giving ninthgrade biology classes a glimpse of differences over evolution This case is about free inquiry in education not about a religious said Patrick Gillen of the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor hi his opening statement The center which lobbies for what it sees as the religious freedom of Christians is defending the school Please seeDESIGN Page A6 OBITUARIES Berime Quintana 72 Sept 25 KathrynLShea LeoAKBey 87 Santa Fe Sept 26 86 Santa Fe Sept 23 Shawn R Farrefl 25 Sept 23 Ststasaiz 87 Santa Fe Sept 23 PageC2 PFC ENGLAND FOUND GUILTY Military jury convicts 22yearold on six of seven counts stemming from detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq PageA3 WATERS RECEDE TO REVEAL RITAS DESTRUCTION The death toll from storm rises to seven after five victims found dead in Beaumont Texas apartment complex Page A3 Annies Sports Local D4 Out BRONCOS DRILL CHIEFS AT MILE HIGH Mike Anderson runs for a 44yard touchdown and Rod Smith becomes the first undrafted player in NFL history to reach yards receiving as Denver routs Kansas City 3010 Sports Bl TODAY Afternoon storm High 83 low 55 PageC6 Main office Late paper Classifieds 8 News tips 9833303 Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 270 Publication No Spring New Mexico for ISfi   

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