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2 - FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2004 DAILY DIGEST Court blocks gay marriage in San Francisco Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco on Thursday as Massachusetts lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages in the only state where they have been ruled legal. Teary-eyed couples were quickly turned away at San Francisco's City Hall, where 4,161 gay couples have tied the knot in the last month. "We were filling out the application and they told us to stop," said Art Adams, who was the first to be denied as he and partner Devin Baker sought a license. "It's heartbreaking. I don't understand why two people in love should be prevented from expressing it." On the other side of the country, Massachusetts legislators returned to the Capitol to consider a constitutional amendment that would strip gay couples of their court-granted right to marriage but allow civil unions. The amendment won approval during two preliminary votes, but its final passage is far from certain. Gay marriage supporters were conducting procedural maneuvers that could ultimately lead to the proposal's defeat. Massachusetts took center stage in the national debate over gay marriage following a landmark decision by its highest court in November that was reaffirmed last month. The rulings set the stage for the nation's first legally sanctioned gay marriages on May 17. Lawmakers seeking to put a gay marriage ban before Massachusetts voters were unsuccessful during a joint House- Senate session last month. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom waded into the debate at about the same time, ordering his administration on Feb. 12 to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Newsom's defiance of California law prompted officials in several other cities and counties across the nation to follow suit, and President Bush last month cited the San Francisco weddings when he announced that he supports changing the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. Lawmakers in dozens of states have also taken up the issue. The high court's unanimous decision Thursday marked a victory for conserva- tives who have been fighting for a month to block the rush to the altar by gay couples. Had the court declined to intervene, the legal battle over gay marriage in California would have taken years as gay marriage lawsuits traveled through the state's lower courts. "They restored order to chaos in San Francisco," said Joshua Garden, an attorney with the conservative Alliance Defense Fund. The Alliance Defense Fund, a fellow conservative group and state Attorney General Bill Lockyer had asked the court to immediately block the gay marriages. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said the dispute was "of fundamental statewide importance," declared following the court's order that the judiciary, not San Francisco City Hall, "is the appropriate venue for resolving questions pertaining to the constitutionality of our state laws." Jon Davidson, an attorney for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a gay rights legal aid group, said the ruling simply puts the issue on hold for now. The world briefly Terrorist bombs kill more than 190 on trains in rush-hour attack in Madrid MADRID, Spain (AP) — A series of bombs hidden in backpacks exploded in quick succession Thursday, blowing apart four commuter trains, killing at least 192 people and wounding 1,200. Spain blamed Basque separatists but a shadowy group claimed responsibility in the name of al-Qaida for the worst terrorist attack in Spanish history. Panicked commuters trampled on each other, abandoning their bags and shoes, after two of the bombs went off in one train in the Atocha station in the heart of Madrid. Train cars were turned into twisted wrecks and platforms were strewn with corpses. Cell phones rang unanswered on the bodies of the dead as frantic relatives tried to call them. The bombing came three days ahead of Spain's general election on Sunday. A major campaign issue was how to deal with ETA, the Basque militant group. Campaigning for the election was called off and three days of mourning were declared. Former congressional aide accused of working as paid Iraqi agent NEW YORK (AP) — A former news reporter and press secretary for four members of Congress was charged Thursday with being a paid Iraqi intelligence agent and trying to contact her distant cousin — the White House chief of staff — to alter U.S. policy. See BRIEFLY, Page 16 Cell Continued from Page 1 dates. The additions will mount nine 8-foot-tall-by-l-foot- wide antennas to the top of the 150-foot tower located on a county road approximately 1 mile south of Duncan Peak. Tower height would increase by about 3 feet, as the new antennas would be mounted parallel to the existing three panel antennas. The new antennas utilize the digital technology CDMA, or Code Division Multiple Access, which will help 9-1-1 operators better pinpoint callers, said Heinz Lumpp, a Rancho Cucamonga consultant representing U.S. Cellular for the expansion project. "It means if (U.S. Cellular customers) dial 9-1-1, the operators on emergency service can locate them better," Lumpp said. New FCC requirements mandate that cellular providers install the technology in existing towers by next year. Lumpp said the existing tower facilities in the county do not meet the new mandates. The tower near Hopland is one of 14 in Mendocino County operated by U.S. Cellular which will undergo the addition of new antennas. In the past few weeks, U.S. Cellular received county approval to update four towers. Each tower will receive similar treatment: nine new CDMA antennas. Construction had not begun on any of the 14 towers in county limits as of Thursday afternoon. The county planning department did not receive! any letters or correspondence objecting to the new antennas, said Chief Planner Frank Lynch. No earthmoving or grading was proposed for the project near Hopland, and electrical service exists on the site, a 400-acre agricultural preserve where Verizon Wireless and Edge Wireless also operate. According to a staff report, the new antennas would not have a significant impact on wildlife or produce noise other than during their construction. At the March 4 county Planning Commission meeting, planners .unanimously approved the same modifications' to a 60-foot U.S. Cellular tower approximately two miles south of Boonville. At the same meeting, county planners reviewed a request by Verizon Wireless to build a 125-foot tall wireless communication tower on a 40-acre parcel about 10 miles north of Willits in the Longvale area. That proposal was tabled to a May 6 meeting. SHERIFF'S REPORTS The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office: BOOKED - Stuart Belmont Baker II, 40, of Ukiah, was booked into jail on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday. BOOKED -- Brenda Roseanne Fluke, 43, of Willits, was booked into jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and disobeying a court order, at 11:19 a.m. Wednesday. BOOKED -- Jesse James Adams, 21, of Willits, was booked into jail on charges of first-degree burglary at 2:12 p.m. Wednesday. BOOKED -- Oscar Rodriguez, 24, of Ukiah, was booked into jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, at 8:13 p.m. Wednesday. CHP REPORTS The following were compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol: ARREST - Keith Washington, 40, of Ukiah, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, on Millview Road. ARREST -- John Dawson, 41, of Redwood Valley, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, Wednesday on North State Street. ARREST -- Valentin Hernandez, 21, of Ukiah, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, on Highway 101 north of Hopland. Those arrested by law enforcement officers are innocent until proven guilty. People reported as having been arrested may contact the Daily Journal once their case has been concluded so the results can be reported. Those who feel the information is In error should contact the appropriate agency. In the case of those arrested on suspicion of driving under the Influence of an Intoxicant: all DUI cases reported by law enforcement agencies are reported by the newspaper. The Dally Journal makes no exceptions. ROAD REPORTS HIGHWAY 101 (9.2) ~ Caltrans is scheduled to perform routine maintenance on the Russian River Bridge on Tuesday. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists may experience 10-minute delays. HIGHWAY 101 (10.7) • Caltrans is scheduled to perform routine maintenance on Feliz Creek Bridge on Wednesday. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. One- way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists may experience 10-minute delays. HIGHWAY 101 (45.9/46.2) -- Signal system work from Baechtel Road to Walnut Street continues. Work is scheduled from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns. CORRECTIONS The Ukiah Daily Journal reserves this space to correct errors or make clarifications to news articles. Significant errors in obituary notices or birth announcements will result in reprinting the entire article. Errors may be reported to the editor, 4683526. LOTTERY NUMBERS DAILY 3: night: 1,0, 9. afternoon: 9, 2, 8. FANTASY 5: 09, 19, 29, 35, 36. DAILY DERBY: 1st Place: 12, Lucky Charms. 2nd Place: 08, Gorgeous Ge9rge. 3rd Place: 05, California Classic. Race time: 1:45.91. KONOCTI HARBOR] •e«o>t B mpm DEATH NOTICES • Louis Andrew Suchanek, 75, of Willits, died Tuesday, March 9, 2004. Services will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ukiah Valley Mortuary. • Harry V. Kalantarian, 77, of Ukiah, died Sunday, March 7, 2004. Visitation was Thursday at Ukiah Valley Mortuary. Graveside service is at 11:30 a.m. today at Ukiah cemetery. TheFoflOfWar pan Hidalgo . B:2B PO13 " ' »«5g/i»j.ip.'' '' POU The Passion Of Christ 6:30. 9:1 S cat! lhMt*r recording for wftMlctwJr I «cc««ilblllty Inlomullon Are You an Empty Nester? Before you list your home for sale, read this Free Report to discover how to sell it for the most amount of money and avoid making 9 common, costly mistakes. Free recorded message 1-866-256-0166ID01013 realtyworldselzer Death notices are free for Mendocino County residents. Death notices are limited to name of deceased, hometown, age, date of death, date, time, and place of services and the funeral home handling the arrangements. For information on how to place a free death notice please call our editorial department at 468-3500. nrtnrtrt™WVWrtfVVVVVVirVW»WWVVV% Fatman's & iqnature Theatres UKIAH 6 ff6* 1060 North State Stnet, Ukiah Sign up for Adelphla Digital Cable & recieve a coupon for a tto* toy Ptr Wmt mmrti. Sign up and receive Classic Cable for $29.95/mo for 6 months and Showtime ana Stan tne tor 12 months. 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