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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 20, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA EE and independent Serving New Mexico jbr156 years MONDAY JUNE 20 2005 FIFTY CENTS Test may predict wholl get Alzheimers Studies show lifestyle choices and diet might help protect the brain from the deadly disease ByLAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON A subtle change in a memorymaking brain region seems to pre dict who will get Alzheimers disease nine years before symptoms appear scientists reported Sunday The finding is part of a wave of research aimed at early detection of the deadly demen tia and one day perhaps even preventing it Researchers scanned the brains of middleaged and older people while they were still healthy They discovered that lower energy usage in a part of the brain called the hip pocampus correctly signaled who would get Alzheimers or a related memory impairment 85 percent of the time We found the earliest said the lead researcher Lisa Mosconi of New York University School of Medicine The hippocam pus seems to be the very first region to be But it is too soon to offer Alzheimerspredicting PET scans The discovery must be confirmed Also there are seri ous ethical questions about how soon people should know that Alzheimers is approaching when nothing yet can be done to forestall the disease Still the discovery may pro vide leads to scientists search ing for therapies to at least delay the onset of the degener ative brain disease It already affects million people in the United States and is predicted to strike 14 million by 2050 as the population ages Moreover researchers are honing in on lifestyle choices that may help protect the brain in the first place Its exciting that we can even talk about said Wil liam Thies scientific director of the Alzheimers Association He noted that just 10 years ago there was hardly any research into that possibility Among the findings pre sented Sunday at the associa tions first Alzheimers preven tion conference People who drink fruit or vegetable juice at least three times a week seem four times less likely to develop Alzheim ers than nonjuice drinkers according to a study of elderly Japanese Americans See ALZHEIMERS Page A3 INSIDE TODAY No quieren ser indigenas Un esciritor de la etnia purepecha dice que los indigenas mexicanos reniegan sus raices por culpa de le emigracion hacia EE UU y a las ciudades metropolitanas El Nuevo Mexicano Cl Lifeanddeath mystery in Russia Life expectancy in Russia already was below that of the West but after the fall of the Soviet Union it plummeted And nobody really knows why Page A6 Unshakeable Unheralded Michael Campbell withstood a finalround charge by Tiger Woods to win his first major championship the Open Page Bl Cant they all just get along Wolves belong in the wild and ranchers should find a way to coexist a supporter of an effort to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf to the wild said Page A2 Todays obituaries Eufemio Varela Carole Smith June 18 Tamsin Faith Bemis 38 June 18 Sylvia VizcayaAIderson 46 Santa Fe June 6 Celeste Angelle Due 23 Studio City April 28 Page A2 Todays forecast Mostly sunny and hot High 93 low 59 Page A2 B7 Horoscope B7 Classifieds Dl Opinion AS Carries D8 Police notes A2 Crossword B7 Scoreboard j Dodnesbury AS Spanish pg Cl Education C3 SportsBl i TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 171 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Program that teaches the culture of college makes a difference for 22 Capital High students Photos by Kathy De La New Mexican Alejandro Guerra 15 right jokes with tearrimates during an AABC League game at Fort Marcy Park Guerra whose parents are from Ciudad Juarez Mexico participated in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program at Capital High School and earned a gradepoint average By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican ast semester Maricela Saenz 15 sat in her freshman classes at Capital High School and took notes Not just random jottmgs hernotes were nized into two columns following the Cornell system a formal method of outlining information And they werent scribbled on any old scrap of paper they were organized in a binder with a pocket for each subject Saenzs diligence made her to say the least a bit of an oddity The other kids would look over at me taking notes and say That must she recalled I would just try to ignore Saenz was one of 22 students who completed the AVID freshman class at Capital this spring AVID which stands for Advancement Via Individual Deter mination is a program aimed at mid dling students whose parents did not go to college It teaches the culture of to administrators The program was created 24 years ago and has been successful around the country with 95 percent of its gradu Please see AVID Page A3 Maricela Saenz 15 stocks cups while working as a cashier at Posas El Meren dero Restaurant The Capital High School student was helped by the AVID program which provides special tutoring and study help targeting students whose parents didnt go to college Saenz says that she wants to go to college and become an obstetrician FBI didnt seek out terrorism expertise after Sept 11 By JOHN SOLOMON The Associated Press WASHINGTON In sworn testimony that contrasts with their promises to the pub lic the FBI managers who crafted the postSept 11 fight against terrorism say exper tise about the Mideast or terrorism was not important in choosing the agents they promoted to top jobs And they still do not believe such experience is necessary today even as terrorist acts occur across the globe A bombing case is a bombing said Dale Watson the FBIs terrorism chief in the two years after Sept A crime scene in a bank robbery case is the same as a crime scene you know across the The FBIs current terror fighting chief Executive Assistant Director Gary Bald said his first terrorism train ing came on the job when he moved to headquarters to oversee antiterrorism strat egy two years ago Asked about his grasp of Middle Eastern culture and history Bald responded I wish that I had it It would be You need leadership You dont need subjectmatter Bald testified in an ongoing FBI employment case It is certainly not what I look for in selecting an offi cial for a position in a coun terterrorism In a development that has escaped public attention FBI agent Bassem Youssef has questioned under oath many of the FBIs top leaders including Director Robert Mueller and his predecessor Louis Freeh in an effort to show he was passed over for top terrorism jobs despite his expertise Testimony from his lawsuit was recently sent to Congress Those who have held the bureaus top terrorismfight ing jobs since Sept 11 often said in their testimony that they and many they have promoted since had no sig nificant terrorism or Middle East experience Some could not even explain the ence between Sunnis and Shi ites the two primary groups of Muslims Probably the strongest leader I know in counterter rorism has no counterterror Please see FBI Page A3 60 years later censored report on Nagasaki horror surfaces The Associated Press TOKYO AnAmerican journalist who sneaked into Nagasaki soon after the was leveled by a atomic bomb found a wasteland of war and vic tims moaning from the pain of radiation burns in down town hospitals Censored 60 years ago by the military George Wellers stories from the atombombed city sur faced this month in a series of reports in the national Moinichi newspaper A woman at a hospital lies moaning with a blackish mouth stiff as though with lockjaw and unable to utter clear her legs and arms covered with red spots Weller wrote Others suffered from a dan gerously hightemperature fever a drop in white and red blood cells swelling in the vomiting diar rhea internal bleeding or loss of hair his censored dispatch said describing the then unknown effects of atomic radiation By hiring a Japanese row boat catching trains and later posing as a Army colo nel Weller an awardwinning reporter for the nowdefunct Chicago DailyNews slipped into Nagasaki in early Sep tember 1945 Mainichi said about a month after the Aug 9 bombing that killed people In a Sept dispatch Weller wrote of walking through the city a waste land of war and finding evidence to back the talk of radiation fallout in American See NAGASAKI Page A3 ;