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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 yews THURSDAY JUNE 16 2005 FIFTY CENTS Schiavo autopsy finds irreversible damage Report baclcs up husbands claims but cause of her 1990 collapse remains undetermined By MITCH STACY The Associated Press LARGO Fla All along Michael Schiavo said his brain damaged wifes situation was hopeless that she had zero chance of emerging from her persistent vegetative state On Wednesday the autopsy backed him up Medical examiners deter mined that Terri Schiavo had suffered irreversible brain dam age and even blindness and they found no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused before she collapsed But the answers about Schia vos condition were not enough to quell the controversy between her husband and parents who still do not believe the findings They insist their daughter inter acted with them tried to speak and might have gotten better with therapy The autopsy results on the 41yearold woman were made public more than two months after Schiavo died of dehydra tion on March 31 following the removal of her feeding tube 13 days earlier The death ended an extraordinary righttodie battle that engulfed the courts Congress and the White House The autopsy showed Schiavos brain had shrunk to about half the normal size for a woman her age and it bore signs of severe damage This damage was irrevers ible and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regen erated the massive loss of said PinellasPasco County Medical Examiner Dr Jon Thogmartin who led the autopsy team He also said she was blind because the vision centers of her brain were Yet medical examiners could not say for certain what caused her sudden 1990 collapse long thought to have been brought on by an eating disorder Her Please see SCHIAVO Page A6 Terri Schiavo Autopsy also revealed she was blind because the vision centers of her brain were Plaza ForRent Downtown spruced up for filming of the movie musical Photos by Wes New Mexican Onlookers line up Wednesday morning to catch a glimpse of the filming of the movie Rent on the Plaza The Plaza was closed to all traffic until early afternoon By YASMIN KHAN The New Mexican Filnvcrew members spent most of Wednes day morning convert ing the Santa Fe Plaza into well the Plaza The Plaza is one of three New Mexico filming loca tions including Albuquer que and Nambe for Rent a film version of the Broadway musical of the same name In the film Santa Fe is the ideal destination for a char acter who wants to escape the grind of New York City to open a restaurant in the City Different Santa Fe is pretty close to the polar opposite to New said Howard Cum mings production designer for the musical was written in the early 80s when the world was discovering Santa Fe style Director Chris Columbus takes a turn behind the camera while lin ing up a shot at the comer of Palace and Washington avenues It coincided with he said Few modifications were needed to create the perfect autumn Plaza Cummings said Plaza vendors were hired to play Plaza vendors locals were hired as extras and the Palace of the Gover nors served as a traditional New Mexican backdrop Crew members added a few chileristra carts propped up some Navajo vveaying displays and rolled in cart adorned with dried corn Producers originally planned to shoot in the mid dle of the Plaza Cummings said but because it was so green and the scene is supposed to be November in Santa Fe they were forced to shoot on the edges of the Plaza and scatter fall leaves under the trees Well change the leaves to fall colors Cum rnings said He said the original musi cal has a song called Santa Fe which in the movie is sung in a New York subway station but crews shot the scenes for another song What You Own on the Plaza People were directed around filming areas and often blocked from walking through the Plaza creat ing some confusion among pedestrians who didnt Please see RENT Page A5 Republicans fretting over presidents political standing ANALYSIS By RON FOURNIER The Associated Press WASHINGTON As funny as this might sound President Bush misses John Kerry In the 2004 campaign Bush sought to make the election a ref erendum onthe Democratic senators char acter and leadership skills rather than his own record as president Now that he has nobody to run against every day is a referendum on Bush And its taking a toll Bushs approval ratings are among the lowest of his presidency Voters are growing increasingly uneasy Bushs approval ratings are among the lowest of his presidency Voters are growing increasingly uneasy over the war in Iraq and the economy over the war in Iraq and the economy His signature domestic issue Social Secu rity reform was received coolly by Congress and the Some Republicans are raising the prospect that Bush could cost them control of Congress What happened in seven months One explanation is that he lost his punching bag a political rival who once pummeled helped make Bush look good by compari son On Election Day a major ity of voters were concerned about the war in Iraq and the economy But the president and his bareknuckles politi cal team with some help from Kerry convinced enough voters that the t Democrat was an indecisive flipflopper who might do more harm than might not agree with his poli cies Bush said but at least they knew where he stood Now with nobody else to blame Bush stands alone He cant deflect voter concerns about the economy and other pressing domestic matters With the death toll in Iraq pushed above more than double the number of a year ago its no longer a choice between Bush and Kerry Its Bushs war Period Theres just a general angst right said Please see BUSH Page A5 Richardsons jet draws more flak in GOP radio ads By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican The radioad war Bill Richard son and the New Mexico Republican Party escalated Wednesday The GOP unleashed two more commercials in English and in Spanish blasting the governor for his administrations pur chase of a million jet airplane and what they call his highroller Both ads make pointed references to the eight passenger jet and to Rich ardsons having a makeup artist on staff The spots will air on six stations across the state for the next week state GOP executive director Marta Kramer The ad comes a week after Republicans ran a similar radio ad in New Mexico and in New Hamp shire where Richardson last week made a political foray to the site of the nations first presiden tial primary Richardson responded to that attack with his own ad on New Mexico radio stations in which he defended the purchase of the corporate style aircraft Richardsons political director Amanda Cooper said the ads are full of She calied it uncon scionable and disgrace ful that Republicans would run such ads at a time when the governor is working with Sen Pete Domenici of New Mexico and other Republicans to try to save Cannon Air Force Base at Clovis which the Pentagon has recom mended for closure Bipartisan work needs to be she said Lets save Please see JET Page A6 Growing hallucinogenic mushrooms not illegal state appeals court rules By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press Growing hallucinogenic mushrooms isnt prohib ited by a New Mexico law against manufacturing an illegal drug Thats the legal conclusion of the state Court of Appeals which has overturned the felony drugtrafficking con viction of an Alamogordo man for growing psilocybin mushrooms in his home Under state law drug traf ficking includes the manu facturing of illegal drugs However the court said growing mushrooms was not covered by the drug trafficking laws definition of The hallucinogenic sub stance in the mushrooms psilocybin is an illegal What is psilocybin Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance obtained from certain types of mush rooms that are indig enous to tropical and sub tropical regions of South America Mexico and the United States Source controlled substance under state and federal law Street terms for the mushrooms include magic mushrooms and according to a Justice Department Web site Please see COURT Page A6 Todays obituaries Jose Angel 57 June 10 Stella Catanach June 11 Dean L Gonzales 44 Santa Fe June 12 Vincent J Lutz 93 Denver June 11 Isabel G Maes June 15 Nabor Maestas 83 June 12 Louisa Noriega June 13 Charles Rosul 94 Santa Fe June 9 Allene Smith Albuquerque June 13 DeeAnna Vigil 25 Chimayd June 14 Page C2 Todays forecast Sun some clouds and hot High 91 low 52 Page C8 Annies Local The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 167 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 984O363 9863000 9863030 9833303 ;