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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 24, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                DECEMBER SATURDAY 50 CENTS FAROUTOWALK SUPREME COURT BBQ for homeless will go on despite ban By Natalie Storey Tne New Mexican Who tried to ruin Christmas David Luckey says hed like to know Luckey the owner of Luckey Ventures and Luckey Barbeque was planning to hold a barbecue for Santa Fes homeless people on Canyon Road before tonights Farolito Walk But city officials told him Friday that he didnt have the right type of permit to do that and would have to save his 72 racks of ribs for something else Luckey though says hell go ahead with the cookout anyway He said Friday that officials tried to stop his barbecue after members of the Historic Neighborhood Association complained to the city that there were already too many people in their neighborhood during the evening even without any homeless people The event draws about according to Please see BBQ Page A6 HEALTH CARE Challenging endin o With program for developmentally disabled adults closing its doors at end of month family struggles to find alternative Kathy De La New Mexican Morgan Dennis center greets Jimmy Garcia while having lunch with his sister Ruth at Borders Books Music Cafe on Friday The two men know each other because Morgan is a client of Challenge New Mexico and Garcia is a former client there By Phaedra Haywood The New Mexican Challenge New Mexico has not been able to find new provid ers for five clients it must place before it can close the four pro grams it announced last month it would cut at the end of December The programs for developmentally disabled adults serve 25 clients 20 of whom have been placed with new providers Nonprofit Chal lenge New Mexico is required by its contract with the State Long Term Services Division to keep the four programs open until all the clients have new providers but many of them require constant supervision The agencys planned cuts will eliminate its Supported Employment Assisted Living Day Habilita tion and Community Membership programs Finding new providers was relatively easy for families of developmentally disabled adults using the states developmentally dis abled waiver commonly referred to as the DD Santa Fe has several large for profit organizations and more than a dozen smaller nonprofits that provide care for devel Please see CHALLENGE Page A3 1984 memo could hurt Alitos Nominee defended domestic wiretapping without a warrant By Jonathan S Landay Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON As a Reagan administration lawyer Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito argued that federal officials cant be sued for damages for wiretapping Ameri cans without warrants in national security cases a document released Friday showed Alitos position could complicate his prospects for confirmation because its disclosure comes amid an uproar over a fouryearold Bush administration counterterrorism operation thaf s been eavesdrop ping on Americans without court approval President Bushs argument that he has the legal and constitutional authority to direct the National Security Agency to conduct the secret domesticsurveillance opera tion is almost certain to end up before the Supreme Court The operation intended to track alQaida members and their allies in the United States has provoked questions about its legality among Democrats and some Republicans including Sen Aden Specter of Pennsylvania the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Please see ALITO Page A4 Samuel Alito Supreme Court nomi nee wrote in 1984 on the question of whether the attorney general could be sued for damages for wiretapping Americans without war rants do not question that the attor ney general should have this absolute CONGRESS Talk of pi lobbyist Hill on Morgan Dennis gestures to show he likes the movie Halloween II while shopping with his sister at Borders However they ended up picking out a ScoobyDoo movie for Morgan with the gift card they received for Christmas Abramoff scandal could produce biggest political fallout in a decade By Janet Hook and Chuck Neubauer Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Jack Abramoff is hardly a house hold name outside the capital But in Washingtons corridors of power his name is spreading waves of anxiety about a possible political corruption scandal that could tarnish members of Congress their aides and Capitol Hill lobbyists Abramoff a oncepowerful lobbyist who is the sub ject of a federal influencepeddling investigation is considering a deal to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors according to sources familiar with the probe That could open the prospect that Abramoff will implicate any number of lawmakers and aides who were part of his vast network of access The case has already turned an unflattering spotlight on the ways of Washington It has brought scrutiny to lawmakers who had dealings with Abramoff including dozens who accepted campaign contributions golf trips Please see LOBBYIST Page A6 OBITUARIES Fidel Valedez Dec 19 Santa Fe Dec 20 Marcia Lujan 72 Santa Fe Sharoll Shroyer Dec 22 PageC2 COMING SUNDAY Mark Gonzaies was still in high school when he started building his dream house But six years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and he and his wife Michelle feared they would never complete the house Now family and friends are helping them achieve their dream Index A locally owned and independent newspaper Business Classifieds Comics Crossword E4 Health D6 Police Time DRIVING THE DEBATE Two New Mexican employees debate the virtues of two of the hottest seliingcars on the market Drive El Main Late News TODAY Partly cloudy High 54 low 26 PageC8 Five sections 32 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 358 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years   

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