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TUESDAY, JUNE 20,2006 NATIONAL THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A7 Arizona wildfire forces evacuations National Guard troops to patrol New Orleans SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — A 1,500-acre wildfire breached northern Arizona's scenic Oak Creek Canyon early today, leaving crews to try and stop flames from reaching hundreds of homes and scorching the surrounding wilderness. The fire started Sunday and spread quickly, forcing the evacuation of about 400 homes and businesses in the narrow canyon and about 100 homes in five subdivisions on the rugged north side of Sedona. The fire was 5 percent contained, officials said, and no structures had been lost. "We need some rain in the worst way here and our monsoons aren't due to start till after July 4, it's been my experience. So, pray for rain," said Serge Wright, an optometrist whose home wasn't one of those that was evacuated. The blaze was one of several that firefighters in Colorado, New Mexico and California were battling. Temperatures were forecast to be in the triple digits today in Arizona, with a forecast of very low humidity and winds of 10 to 20 mph. Flames had edged about 300 feet below the rim of the canyon in spots and were about a hair- mile from some homes, said Connie Blrkland, a spokeswoman for fire crews. No buildings had been damaged yet. The estimate of the burned area had been reduced from 3,000 acres to about 1,500 after more precise mapping during the day, another spokeswoman said. Authorities believe the blaze started in a camp used by transients. "I'm a little apprehensive," said Sedona Mayor Pud Colquitt, one of the evacuees from Oak Creek Canyon, more than 90 miles north of Phoenix. "It's a wait-and-see now." In neighboring New Mexico, four fires started by lightning had burned more than 30,000 acres in the tinder-dry Glla National Forest hi the southwestern part of the state. The biggest of the three had charred nearly 11,000 acres and threatened 150 homes in the Lake Roberts area. Residents will be allowed to return today, said fire information officer Shayna Carney. Two new blazes were reported Monday hi New Mexico: Lightning caused the Rivera Mesa fire, which consumed 1,500 acres in Mora County in the northwestern part of the state; while a 6,000-acre fire east of Alma in Catron County prompted evacuations of homes and campgrounds in the little-populated Willow Creek, Snow Lake and N-Bar Ranch areas. In southern Colorado, a wildfire burning In dry, thick forest exploded in size Monday as flames as high as 200 feet moved across 4,500 acres about 10 miles northeast of Fort Garland. MATT YORK / Associated Press A firefightlng airplane drops fire retardent Monday on the fire in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Ariz. Coast Guard cadet pleads not guilty to sex offenses Briefs NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Coast Guard cadet accused of rape and other sex offenses was a manipulative senior who preyed on lonely women, a prosecutor said today in opening arguments at the defendant's court-martial. Webster Smith, 22, of Houston pleaded not guilty Monday in the first student"'",'•.;'".V court-martial in Coast Guard 1 Academy history to charges including rape, sodomy, extortion and assault that stem from allegations by three female cadets. His military attorney compared the case to the Salem witch trials, in which people were put to death based on concocted stories that weren't backed up by evidence. The case centers on a night of heavy drinking last summer at Annapolis, Md. Friends testified during pretrial hearings that one of the women — Smith's on- again, off-again girlfriend — drank until she passed out and was enraged the next morning when she learned that she and Smith had had sex. The former girlfriend took the stand today as the first witness following opening statements. In his opening statement, Cmdr. Ronald Bald, the military prosecutor, described Smith as a manipulative person who preyed on women when they were weak. "When they were drunk and • alone, he moved in. When they were helpless, he moved in. When they had nowhere left to turn, he moved in* 1 '. Bald said,- ;' Smith's military defense lawyer, Lt. Stuart Kirkby, stressed there is no DNA, no forensic evidence, no rape kit and no crime scene photos. He said the former girlfriend "doesn't recall anything from the moment she left the house, conveniently, until the very next morning." Defense attorneys maintain the young woman was not as drunk as she says and suggested Monday that she might have concocted the rape accusation to cover up her embarrassment at having sex with an on-again, off- again boyfriend. Mayor admits cocaine use, says he is 'humiliated' STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport Mayor John M. Fabrizi has admitted using cocaine since taking office, telling the Connecticut Post he feels ashamed and humiliated. Fabrizi was interviewed by the newspa- ,™H board Monday after he had called seeking the meeting. The mayor said he quit using the illegal drug well over a yeariagOM.i'C) i'lii .timuiiJibnoo "I'm ashamed.'Tm humiliated ' for myself. I never meant'tc- let ' the world know. I didn't want my family to know," Fabrizi told the newspaper. Episcopalians debate moratorium on gay bishops COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP).— With only two days remaining, the Episcopal General Convention is far from deciding whether they should bar gays from serving as bishops for now. Delegates are considering a moratorium to appease fellow News Hotline (436) Got News to Report? Call: 628-1081 1-800-657-6017 *HDN (436) on your Nex-Tech Wireless phone Help us stay on top of the latest news and weather. Now you also can dial *436 on your Nex-Tech Wireless phone when you see news or weather events happening. Each time you report news from your wireless phone you'll be entered to win a free t-shirt from Nex-Tech Wireless. Also, visit the Nex-Tech Wireless website at www.nex-techwireless.com to register for a year's subscription to the Hays Daily News wireless watartflM Spill* J^ MiUlmim • THE VOICE OF THE HISH PLAINS Partnering together to keen the community informed! Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2006. There are 194 days left in the year. in Hietnrv would veto the re-election of U.N. Secretary-General in nibiury Boutros Boutros . G haii. five years ago: Houston resident Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family bathtub, then called police. (Yates was later convicted of murder, but had her conviction overturned; she faces a retrial.) One year ago: A suicide car bomber killed at least IS traffic policemen outside police headquarters in Irbii, Iraq. Kuwait's first female Cabinet member (Massouma al-Mubarak) took the oath of office over the shouts of Muslim fundamentalist and tribal lawmakers opposed to women in politics. Today's Birthdays: Actress Olympla Dukakis is 75. Actor James Tolkan is 75. Actor Danny Aiello is 73. Actor John Mahoney is 66. TV personality Bob Vila is 60. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lionel Richie is 57. Actor John Goodman is 54. Rock musician Michael Anthony (Van Halen) is 52. Musician John Ifeylor is 46. Actress Nicole Kidman is 39. Actpr Josh Lucas is 35. Thought for Today: "'History,' Stephen said, 'is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.'" - From "Ulysses," by James Joyce, Irish poet (1882-1941). Newspapers in Education Sponsored By: By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On June 20,1893, a jury in New Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother. On this date: In 1756, a group of British soldiers was imprisoned in India in a suffocating cell that gained notoriety as the "Black Hole of Calcutta"; most died. (The exact circumstances of this incident - such as the number of prisoners, originally put at 146 - are a matter of historical dispute.) . . ' In 1898. during the Spanish-American War, the U.S. cruiser Charleston captured the Spanish-ruled island of Guam. In 1943, race-related rioting erupted in Detroit; federal troops were sent in two days later to quell the violence that resulted in more than 30 deaths. In 1947 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, apparently at the order of mob associates. In 1979, ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot to death in Managua, Nicaragua, by a_ member of President Aoastasl'o Somoza's national guard. "fan years ago: The Clinton administration announced it (•••lllPIWBBMWWWBIIIllPill'W'W 1 *"*'^^^^*^^****?^^ , Newspaper Activity Find stories that mention at least 5 community helpers, I Who are they? What Jobs do they do? TUXPHONC Anglicans angry about the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop — V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. The House of Deputies, comprised of lay people and clergy, ended debate Monday night without a vote on a proposal that stopped short of a ban. Instead, it would urge dioceses to "refrain from" choosing bishops "whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church." The deputies did adopt an "expression of regret" on a 563-267 vote for failing to properly consult Anglicans before confirming Robinson and for "the consequences that followed." The measures need approval from thfrHouse-bf •Bisliojis' Before they 1 De'cornVfiM/"" ''•"""'''"'"' NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Acting at the mayor's request, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Monday she would send National Guard troops and state police to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a bloody weekend in which six people were killed. "The situation is urgent," Blanco said. "Things like this should never happen, and I am going to do all I can to stop It." One hundred National Guardsmen with law enforcement experience and 60 state police officers were to be sent to the city today. Up to 200 more troops would be deployed after that, said Denise Bottcher, the governor's spokeswoman. Earlier Monday, Mayor Ray Nagin had asked for as many as 300 National Guardsmen and 60 state police officers. It was the first time the National Guard has been used for law enforcement in the United States since the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Nagin had sought the troops after five teenagers in an SUV were shot and killed in the city's deadliest attack in at least 11 years. Police said the attack was apparently motivated by drugs or revenge. Also, a man was stabbed to death Sunday night in an argument over beer. '.'Today is a day when New Or- leanians are stepping up. We've had enough," Nagin said. "This is our line in the sand. We're saying we're not going any further." Nagin said he would not allow criminals to take over when the city is still trying to recover from the hurricane. The mayor said troops should be posted in heavily flooded neighborhoods to free police to concentrate on hot spots elsewhere. Community leaders have raised fears that the violence could discourage people from moving back to New Orleans. The National Guard had as many as 15,000 soldiers in the city in the weeks after Katrina. As many as 2,000 stayed until February, said Louisiana National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Pete Schneider, , crafted last week to-stepaip'antiw > crime, efforts, but the* weekend > slayings forced authorities to move faster. She said she was talking with New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley about his exact needs. Riley assured residents that the Guard was "not coming in and taking over the city." "You will have to look for them to find them," Riley said. "They will not be uptown, downtown or in the French Quarter. Our people will be there. This will allow us to have more of our people there." The police force has been operating with depleted ranks. It has about 1,375 officers, compared with about 1,750 before Katrina. The city's pre-Katrina population of 465,000 has rebounded to about half its size. The governor urged the mayor to put a juvenile curfew in place. New Orleans has a curfew for juveniles, but Riley said it is not being enforced because there is no place to put young offenders. Blanco offered two warnings: "First, to parents, keep your teenagers off the streets and out of trouble. Second, to judges, I am urging you to keep hardened criminals where they belong — in jail and off the streets. We must protect our citizens." Nagin's request for help had been backed by the City Council. "If we don't have wind knock- Ing us down, we have shooters knocking us down, and that's unacceptable," said City Council President Oliver Thomas. Reaction to the mayor's request was mixed. "As we tell people to come home, we have to keep these areas safe," said LaToya Cantrell, president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, a heavily flooded neighborhood. "It's long overdue. Neighborhoods should not have been left alone to begin with. Pulling out was a mistake." But Sherman Copelin, president of the New Orleans East Business Association, cautioned that handing over some neighborhoods to troops unfamiliar with those, areas could be a mistake, 'saying offiqialsjshovudirtot "let someonecomeimand'be a housekeeper." CANCER PROJECT Finally! A prescription with side effects jou want. Blueberries and red beans, just a few of the many foods rich in antioxidants, are powerful remedies in the fight against cancer. 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