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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 6, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NEW THE SANTA FE OCTOBER Home of we Jaguars Karl New Mexican Santa Fe Police Chief Beverly Len nen speaks to a concerned relative of a Capital High School student Wednesday after the campus was locked down following a fight CAPITAL HIGH SCHOOL Fritopie slinging triggers brawl Student security guard hospitalized officials lock down campus By John Sena The New Mexican A lunchroom fight involving a horde of Capital High School stu dents erupted Wednesday after one student hurled a Frito pie at another student according to police A security guard and student were taken to St Vincent Regional Medi cal Center after local and state police went to the school around noon A rock or bottle struck the security guard in the face during the fracas and the student was hospitalized as a precautionary measure after police used a stun gun to subdue him city police reported That student 16yearold Nick Mendoza was arrested and charged with one countof battery on a peace officer and one count of resisting arrest police said Police say Men doza assaulted a police officer during the fallout Four other students were detained by police and later released to their parents and Deputy Chief Eric Johnson said their cases are being reviewed for possible charges Students who witnessed the fight said mayhem ensued when the stu dent struck by the Frito pie became upset began hitting tables and win dows and threatened the pie thrower Friends of both students got involved in the incident and it spilled out of the cafeteria to the front of the schools gym At one point about 200 students gathered either as participants or observers Johnson said The crowd shrunk to about 75 students after it moved outside After the incident the entire school was put on lockdown for der of the afternoon about three hours Lockdowns require teachers to lock doors and windows pull shades turn off lights and make sure students sit away from doors and windows Please see BRAWL Page A4 THURSDAY 50 CENTS TREASURER SCANDAL Vigils return sparks anger Steve The New Mexican State Treasurer Robert Vigil discusses agenda items during an Investment Committee meeting Wednesday his first day back on the job since being charged with extortion Starting today the state House of Representatives will discuss whether to impeach Vigil Treasurers first day back at office could swing House members toward impeachment By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Indicted state Treasurer Robert Vigil who has rejected calls that he resign or face impeachment returned to his Santa Fe office to conduct business Wednesday for the first time since the FBI arrested him there in midr September on extortion and racketeering charges The move angered Gov Bill Richardson and according to at least one state legislator could help sway more House members to vote for Vigils impeachment after the Legis lature convenes today for a special session Vigil showed up for a meeting of the State Treasurers Investment Committee which meets monthly a week before the state Board of Finance meets The treasurers panel reviews and recommends changes in policy and the offices investment of public funds After the meeting which lasted more than three hours Vigil told reporters he still has a INSIDE Impeachment could entangle special session Page A5 job to do despite the felony charges pending against him Im just doing my duties as I was elected to he said Vigil who has pleaded innocent to charges he took kickbacks from pri vate investment compa nies said he plans to show up only when needed at the office His deputy Elaine Olah has overseen operations since his arrest Im going to certainly address anything that needs to be Vigil said Weve transitioned a lot of the daytoday affairs to capable people But you know any thing that requires my presence I have no choice but to be Vigil said he knows his presence attracts attention I want to be low key and do our he said I certainly dont want you folks Please see VIGIL Page A5 SUPREME COURT Justices split over assisted suicide Roberts raises concerns that states could undermine federal drug laws By Gina Holland The Associated Press WASHINGTON New Chief Justice John Roberts stepped forward Wednesday as an aggressive defender of federal authority to block doctorassisted suicide as the Supreme Court clashed over an Oregon law that lets doc tors help terminally ill patients end their lives The justices will decide if the federal government not states has the final say on the lifeordeath issue It was a wrenching debate for a court touched personally by illness Roberts replaced William H Rehnquist who died a month ago after battling cancer for nearly a year Three justices have had cancer and a fourth has a spouse who coun sels children with unbeatable cancer The outcome is hard to predict in part because of the uncertain status of retiring Justice Sandra Day OConnor who seemed ready to support Oregons law Her replacement may be confirmed before the ruling is handed down possi bly months from now Please see SUICIDE A4 ROBERTS ON OREGON LEGISLATION If one state can say its legal for doctors to pre scribe morphine to make people feel better or to prescribe ste roids for body building doesnt that undermine the uniformity of the federal law and make enforcement impossible INSIDE Oregon man hopes to die on his own terms Page A4 MEXICO Church under fire for admitting it accepts money from drug dealers By Lisa J Adams The Associated Press MEXICO CITY When a Mexican bishop declared that drug traffickers often donate to the church shock waves ran through this predominantly Roman Catholic nation not because the news was a surprise but because admitting it was tantamount to confessing that nothing not even God is sacred when it comes to organized crime in Mexico Provoking the uproar were Bishop Ramon Godi nezs comments to reporters that donations from drug traffickers are not unusual and its not the churchs responsibility to investigate He argued the money is purified once it passes through parish doors Just because the origin of the money is bad doesnt mean you have to burn Godinez of the central state of Aguascalientes said last month Instead you have to transform We live on this on the offerings of the Organized crime especially drug trafficking and Please see CHURCH Page A5 OBITUARIES Angela CdeBaca Oct 1 Carrie Clay Oct 4 David Sept 30 Johnnie M Martinez 79 Oct 3 Manuel 64 Santa Fe Oct 1 Senate Chavez 82 Santa ft Oct 4 Page C2 Cffi ASTROS TAKE GAME1 Andy Pettitte ties John Smoltz as the playoffs winningest pitcher as Houston takes a 10 series lead over Atlanta Sports Bl Index A loealy owned and Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds D3 CrosswordD3 C6 El local newsCl D4 Police B2 Time ifer urn LONG JOURNEY FOR CANINE EVACUEES Forty dogs arrived at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Humane Society for some pampering Tuesday after they were rescued from Hurricane Katrina Local news Cl Main Late 8 News 9833303 9863030 TODAY Windy showers High 55 low 38 PageC8 Five sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 279 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for ISi yean   

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