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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico H2 THE NEW MEXICAN Sunday October 2 2005 NATION WORLD WEEK IN REVIEW 2 troops die in Iraq fighting BAGHDAD Iraq Heavy fighting surged Friday in the Euphrates River city of Ramadi police and hospital officials said and the military reported the deaths of two more soldiers around the militant stronghold sqene of nearly onequarter of 29 American deaths this month On Saturday morning a suicide car bomber driving at high speed exploded his vehicle near an Iraqi army checkpoint in downtown Baghdad killing three soldiers and an Iraqi civil ian police said The attack also wounded three Iraqi soldiers and two civilians said police Capt AbdelHussein Minsif A suicide bomber on a public minibus set off an explosives belt on Friday as the vehicle approached a busy terminal in Baghdad on Friday killing at least five people and wounding eight police said Elsewhere in the capital a roadside bomb killed a Army soldier whose convoy was patrolling southeastern Baghdad Friday night raising to at least the number of service members who have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 Puerto Rican rebel dies in Shootout HORM1GUEROS Puerto Rico A Puerto Rican nation alist leader wanted in the 1983 robbery of a Connecticut armored truck depot to finance his political movement was killed in a Shootout with FBI agents sources said Police said gunfire erupted Friday as agents surrounded the farmhouse where Filiberto Ojeda Rios 72 was liiding in the western of Hormigue ros and at least one agent was wounded A lawenforcement agent who spoke on condition of ano nymity and Hector Pesquera president of the Hostiano inde pendence movement told The Associated Press that Ojeda Rios was killed But there was no official confirmation Main Puerto Rican radio and TV stations carried reports that Ojeda Rios who had been in hiding for 15 years was either captured or killed The robbery of million from the Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford con stituted an act of domestic terrorism because it allegedly was carried out by 19 members of the Puerto Rican militant nationalist group Macheteros or Cane Cutters promised to use all means against the militants The offensive coming just two weeks after Israel withdrew from Gaza followed a wave of militant rocket attacks against Israeli towns over the weekend Israel has promised to continue with its airstrikes arrests and a possible ground invasion until the rocket fire ceases Late Sunday a top Hamas leader in Gaza said his group would halt the rocket fire Israeli officials said they would wait to see if things remained quiet before calling off the offensive Intelligent design heads to court HARRISBURG Pa Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial the latest legal chapter in the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools is to unfold in federal court The Dover Area School Dis trict on Monday was to start defending its policy of requiring ninthgrade students hear about intelligent design beforebiol ogy lessons on evolution Dover is believed to be the first school system in the nation to require students be exposed to the concept under a policy adopted by a 63 vote in Octo ber 2004 Intelligent design a concept some scholars have advanced over the past 15 years holds that Charles Darwins theory of natural selection cannot fully explain the origin of life or the emergence of liighly complex life forms It implies that life on Earth was the product of an unidentified intelligent force Critics say intelligent design is merely creationism a literal reading of the Bibles story of creation camouflaged in sci entific language and it does not belong in a science curriculum Eight Dover families are suing the school district alleging that the policy violates the constitu tional separation of church and state Brown plays the blame game WASHINGTON Embat tled former FEMA director Michael Brown says he was initially unaware of desperate conditions at the New Orleans Convention Center because it was not a planned Hurricane Katrina evacuation site accord ing to a congressional memo After learning from television about the thousands of evacu ees who gathered at the center Brown ordered food and water be delivered there But Brown who on Tuesday faces a House inquiry into the governments slow response to the Aug 29 disaster told congressional aides that there is no reason FEMA would have known about it In Katrinas aftermath thou sands of people gathered at the convention center where adequate food water and other supplies were lacking and where violence was common The congressional memo details Browns selfdefense and attacks on other officials in managing the response to the catastrophic storm and flooding that killed more than people in Louisiana Mis sissippi and Alabama Sheehan arrested outside White House WASHINGTON Cindy Sheehan was arrested along with hundreds of other protes tors after failing to heed police admonitions to keep their dem onstration against the war in Iraq moving along outside the White House Sheehan the California mother who set up camp outside President Bushs ranch in Texas during the summer rallied with others Monday in a park across the street from the White House and then marched to the gate of the executive mansion They sat down on the pedes trian walkway in front of the White House knowing they faced arrest and began sing ing and chanting Stop the war now 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 protesters chanted The whole world is England sentenced to three years FORT HOOD Texas Army Pfc Lynndie England who posed for some of the most infa mous pictures of detainee abuse at Baghdads Abu Ghraib prison was sentenced to three years behind bars The jury of five Army officers needed about 90 minutes Tues day to determine their sentence for England the most recog nizable of the nine lowrank ing reservists charged in the scandal that severely damaged Americas image in the Muslim world and tarnished the military at home and abroad England who was convicted Monday on six of seven counts involving prisoner mistreat ment spent some time with her 11monthold son Carter before being escorted out of the Fort Hood courthouse Roberts sworn in as chief justice WASHINGTON John G Roberts a conservative protege of the late William H Rehnquist succeeded him Thursday and became the nations youngest chief justice in two centuries winning support from more than threefourths of the Senate after promising he would be no ideologue Roberts at 50 becomes the 17th chief justice presiding over a Supreme Court that seems as divided as the nation over abortion and other tumultuous social issues The court opens a new term on Monday The Senate has confirmed a man with an astute mind and kind President Bush said just before Roberts was sworn in by acting Chief Justice John Paul Stevens All Americans can be confident that chief justice of the United States will be prudent in exercising judicial power firm in defend ing judicial independence and above all a faithful guardian of the Bush is expected to make his second Supreme Court nomina tion within days one that conser vatives hope will move the court to the right Replacing Rehnquist with Roberts keeps the courts current balance but replacing the moderate Justice Sandra Day OConnor with a conservative could tilt it rightward Delay indicted steps down WASHINGTON House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was indicted Wednesday by a Texas grand jury on a charge of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws making him the highestranking member of Congress ever to face criminal indictment and forcing him to temporarily step aside from his GOP post DeLay said he had done noth ing wrong and denounced the Democratic prosecutor who pursued the case as a partisan He said This is one of the weakest most baseless indictments in American his tory Its a Nonetheless DeLays tempo rary departure and the prospect of a criminal trial for one of the Republicans most visible lead ers reverberated throughout the GOPrun Congress Republicans quickly moved to fill the void while voicing polite support for DeLay Speaker Dennis Hastert named Missouri Rep Roy Blunt to take over most of DeLays leadership duties Insurgent attacks Jj kill nine in Iraq BAGHDAD Sunniled insurgents killed at least five j people in a crowded vegetable r market on Friday the Muslim i day of worship police said New information also emerged about coordinated suicide and ri mortar attacks the day before in another mostly Shiite city that left nearly 100 people dead Elsewhere in the southern city of Basra an Iraqi police convoy was ambushed late Thursday killing four police men and wounding one said police Capt Mushtaq Khazim The new surge of violence before an Oct 15 referendum on Iraqs constitution has killed at least 190 people including 13 service members in the past five days Reporter Miller agrees to testify WASHINGTON Finally agreeing to testify New York Times reporter Judith Millers grand jury appearance throws a damaging spotlight once again on a White House whose ibility has been undermined in the criminal probe into the leak of a covert CIA officers identity Freed after 85 days in a fed eral detention center Miller was to testify Friday for Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgeralds investigation about her conver sations in July 2003 with Vice President Dick Cheneys chief of staff I Lewis Scooter Libby Until a few months ago the White House maintained for nearly two years that Libby and presidential aide Karl Rove were not involved in leaking the identity of Valerie Plame whose husband had publicly suggested that the Bush administration twisted intelligence in the runup to the war in Iraq The Associated Press doctor makes me feel like I am his only patient Antiwar protest draws huge crowd WASHINGTON Crowds opposed to the war in Iraq surged past the White House on Saturday shouting Peace now in the largest antiwar protest in the nations capital since the invasion The rally stretched through the day and into the night a marathon of music speechmak ing and dissent on the National Mall Police Chief Charles H Ramsey noting that organiz ers had hoped to draw people said I think they prob ably hit Speakers from the stage attacked President Bushs poli cies head on but he was not at the White House to hear it He spent the day in Colorado and Texas monitoring hurricane recovery In the crowd young activists nuns whose antiwar activ ism dates to Vietnam parents mourning their children in uni form lost in Iraq and uncount able families motivated for the first time to protest Israel kills Islamic Jihad leader GAZA CITY Gaza Strip Israel pressed forward with a broad offensive against Islamic militants on Sunday killing an Islamic Jihad commander in a pinpoint airstrike in the Gaza Strip arid rounding up more than 200 wanted Palestinians Prime 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