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mm nruySex in the City' Alleged kidnapper of toddler arrested IB triggers trends -VCiaium i urn WEDNESDAY JULY 4, 2001 96 70 PARTLY CLOUDY -MIMES wmm Parades Fireworks The Del Norte Lions Club's 22nd annual parade begins at 9 a.m at Hanks High School. The parade will follow Mont-wood to Yarbrough drives and then head north to Album Park. The Rotary Club of West El Paso's parade begins at 9 a.m. at Western Hills United Methodist Church. The Chamlzal will present a fireworks display after the 8 p.m. performance of the El Paso Wind Symphony. Las Cruces' all-day street festival will include a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. at Hadley Avenue between Solano Drive and Walnut Street. Inside Complete list of Fourth July events 2B nnn of French Resistance fighter knows value of freedom IB Dl country, we followed the diary," Haggerty said, referring to the daily account O'Rourke posted on an online magazine run by his son. "He was very deep. As much as many of us would like to say we knew him, we did not know him. "I think he was a lot more of a man and a lot less of a politician than some of us would like to think." O'Rourke, who could often be found at lunch or dinner at Cincinnati Bar and Grill Please see Risk-taker 2A 40 CENTS 50 CENTS Texas Tech chancellor announces resignation By Tammy Fonce-Olivas El Paso Times El Pasoans were stunned Tuesday to learn that after five years as Texas Tech University's first chancellor, John Montford will resign in the fall. The university operates a health sciences center in El Paso. "I think he's done an outstanding job for Tech. He has raised the overall image of Texas Tech, and from a legislative standpoint, he has done a fabulous job working with the Texas Legislature. He will be missed," said Robert Brown, an El Paso businessman who is chairman of the Texas Tech University Board of Regents. Montford's resignation will be effective Sept. 3. He has not discussed future plans other than to say he intends to explore opportunities in the private sector. "This has been the most difficult decision for Debbie (Montford's wife) and me, and it was not arrived at easily," he said in a statement. "The Texas Tech students, faculty and staff are the best in the world. It has been a privilege to work alongside them." He did not say whether he would stay in Lubbock. Montford did say he would make no decisions until he has finished at Texas Tech. Montford became chancellor of Texas Tech in September 1996. His tenure will fulfill his original commit ment of five years. Brown said Montford told him over lunch at the El Paso Club on Monday of his intention to step down as chancellor. Other El Pasoans who met with Montford on Monday including Jose Manuel de la Rosa, Texas Tech's regional dean in El Paso, and state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso said they were caught off guard by his resignation. They said Montford didn't mention it to them during his visit to El Paso. "I had no idea he was contemplating leaving Tech," Shapleigh said. Shapleigh said Montford will be missed. However, he said, the chancellor's absence shouldn't prevent El Paso from getting a four-year medical school. "I believe Chairman Robert Brown, the Board of Regents and Texas Tech are committed to a four-year medical school in El Paso. I don't think Montford's departure will change that position," Please see Tech 2A Airqiulty OK Hlght to water 000 4 Low Pollution Pollen Printed on recycled newsprint using a soybean-based ink CONTAINS S0Y0JL "40901 02401 III HI COPYRIGHT 2001 A GANNETT NEWSPAPER Burgers buoy backyard barbecues ID Ex-county udge was bicycling enthusiast By Laura Cruz El Paso Times Former El Paso County Judge Pat O'Rourke died Tuesday when he was struck by a car while riding his white recumbent bik near Artcraft Road and Westside Drive at about 7 a.m. O'Rourke, 58, was riding along the far-right eastbound lane on the Pete Domenici High way in Santa TZfTZTZT Teresa, just over the New Mexico state line, when he was struck, said Jaime Villasenor, one of the New Mexico State Police officers at the accident scene. Investigators said O'Rourke was in the roadway about 2 feet from the shoulder when he was hit from behind by a gray 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. The driver, 20-year-old Michael Zamora ofSanta Teresa, was also in the far-right eastbound lane on his way to work in El Paso. "Right before 7 a.m., when you come around the curve, you get the sun," Villasenor said. "When he saw the cyclist was on the road, he struck him. He didn't have time to brake." The posted speed limit is 55 mph, and investigators said there were no indications that Zamora was speeding. O'Rourke, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown 70 feet and suffered severe head injuries, Villasenor said. "When we arrived, we saw that there was a person Please see O'Rourke 2A tificial heart develonmpnt" said Dr. David Faxon, president of the American Heart Association. The experimental heart, made by Abiomed Inc. of Danvers, was implanted by Laman Gray and Robert Dowling, one of five surgical teams across the country trained to use the device in human experiments. for if 1 1 Police stop revelers from sneaking fireworks into city IB Ruben R. Ramirez El Paso Times Paths along Artcratt from Doniphan to the Texas-New Mexico state line. El Paso Times AbioCor, is also a technological leap from the mechanical hearts used in the 1980s, which were attached by wires and tubes to bulky machinery outside the body. The most famous of those, the Jarvik-7, used air as a pumping device and was attached to an apparatus the size of a washing machine. "I think it's potentially a major step forward in the ar -i taN jilt l.area, VI ov TEXAS 3 I lArtcraft gjjr New Mexico State Police Officer Leonard Frietze on Tuesday in- O'Rourke. O'Rourke died when he was struck from behind by an east-spected the bicycle ridden by former El Paso County Judge Pat bound car on the Pete Domenici Highway in New Mexico. Political risk-taker died doing what he loved switched parties to make an unsuccessful run for Congress as a Republican. He was 58; the father of one son, Robert "Beto" O'Rourke and two daughters, Charlotte and Erin; and husband to Melissa Williams O'Rourke, who runs the upscale Charlotte's furniture store on the city's West Side. Pat O'Rourke owned and managed the Ethan Allen furniture store on the West Side. A funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa, after which O'Rourke will be By David Crowder El Paso Times Pat O'Rourke, a colorful El Paso politician, businessman and observer who lived life with passion and loved taking chances, was killed Tuesday morning riding the low-slung bicycle that was taking him across the country this time last year. A former county judge and commissioner, O'Rourke helped engineer the consolidation of the city and county tax offices and left office as the county's top Democratic official in 1986. Soon after, he Inside Business 8B Classified IE Comics 5-6D Crossword 6D, 6E Deaths 2B, 6E Lotto 2B Movies 4D Opinion 8-9A Sports 1C Television 2D Things to do 3D Weather 10A i Doctors implant 1st self-contained artificial heart buried at Memory Gardens of the Valley, 4900 McNutt, in Santa Teresa. Arrangements are by Martin Funeral Home West. "I just saw him two nights ago," Commissioner Dan Haggerty said. "You just kind of think that life is funny, life is fragile, and all of the things that people think are so important aren't really." Haggerty said what many others who knew O'Rourke might have thought on hearing the news that he died doing what he loved, pedaling a bicycle alone. "When he crossed the Surgeons put their hearts into their work 6A University of Louisville implanted the titanium and plastic pump during a seven-hour operation Monday at Jewish Hospital Hospital officials said the patient was "awake and responsive" Tuesday and resting comfortably. It refused to release Service personal details. The patient had been expected to die within a month without the operation, and doctors said they expect the artificial heart to extend the person's life by only about a month. But the device is considered a major step toward improving patients' quality of life. The new pump, called the By Mike Chambers Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. A patient on the brink of death has received the world's first self-contained artificial heart a battery-powered device the size of a softball that runs without the need for wires, tubes or hoses sticking out of the chest. Two surgeons from the ALL SEASON STEEL BELTED RADIAL 35,000 mile Limited warranty tO 75 wrtM wttHlMwalli. TMe lfn may wry El Paso's Home For Great

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