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Coverage in decay Gaps in dental insurance open Colo. wide to medical crises

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School closure plan passes Eight elementary buildings will be shuttered and five will have revamped programs after Monday night’s 7-0 vote. By Jeremy P. Meyer The Denver Post

Denver Public Schools will close eight elementary schools next year and develop new programs at five other schools under a sweeping reform plan approved 7-0 by the school board Monday. The district has 30,000 empty classroom seats because of declining enrollment, and closing the schools reduces that number by about 3,000. It also will free up about $3.5 million annually in operational costs, which the district says will be directed back to classrooms to help boost achievement. Last week, community groups marched and appeared at a board meeting to plead for a change of course. On Monday night, several students from Smedley Elementary entered the board room in their school T-shirts and sat on the floor — hoping their northwest Denver school would be spared. It was not. Each board member and Superintendent Michael Bennet explained in passionate terms why DPS must DPS » 14A

17 percent of Coloradans have no medical insurance

56 percent of Coloradans have no dental coverage Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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ighteen of the 20 teeth in 4-yearold Jennifer Gomez’s mouth were pitted with cavities. Jennifer never complained to her mother, but when the girl opened wide during a screening at her Head Start program, the visiting hygienist didn’t need an X-ray to see the holes. The process of restoring Jennifer’s mouth started last week in the Salud Family Health Center’s Commerce City dental clinic, which charges patients on a sliding scale based on income. “We did two teeth today. It’ll probably take five more visits,” said Salud dentist Eva Paulson as she pushed a crown on one of Jen-

nifer’s decayed molars. The little girl’s story is part of a broader problem — one that has been overshadowed by the health insurance crisis. While 17 percent of Coloradans have no medical insurance — about 790,000 people — U.S. Census Bureau figures show that more than three times as many have no dental coverage. A quarter of all third-graders in the state have untreated dental decay, figures show. The consequences go beyond the achy jaw or gap-toothed smile, Paulson said. Tooth and gum infections can trigger heart and lung disease and make it harder for diabetics to regulate their blood sugar, Paulson said.

Dentist Eva Paulson comforts Jennifer Gomez, 4, at the Salud Family Health Center’s clinic in Commerce City. If left untreated, the child’s many cavities could have ballooned into more serious health concerns. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

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Iraqis testing limits of safety as Baghdad security improves Some brave residents move back to their homes in onceviolent areas as bombings and deaths plummet. By Damien Cave and Alissa J. Rubin The New York Times

baghdad» Five months ago, Suhaila al-Aasan lived in an oxygentank factory with her husband and two sons, convinced they would never go back to their apartment in Dora, a middle-class neighborhood in southern Baghdad.

Today she is home again, though the half-dozen other apartments in her building echo with emptiness, and on most days Iraqi soldiers are the only neighbors she sees. “We need more people to come back,” she said, standing in her bedroom between a flowered bedspread and a bullet hole in the wall. “We need more people to feel safe.” The Shiite librarian, 45, is living at the far end of Baghdad’s tentative recovery. She is one of many Iraqis who in recent weeks have begun to test where they can go and what they can do when fear no longer controls IRAQ » 14A

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“I have lost everything.” Women and children rest near an uprooted shop in Boroitola village, on the southern coastal area of Bangladesh. Soldiers and relief workers raced to get aid to millions left homeless by the cyclone in Bangladesh, where the official death toll has topped 3,100 and is certain to rise. »8A Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images

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Hate crimes up 10% in state Colorado Springs sees the highest increase, especially in incidents involving religion. By Felisa Cardona and Erin Emery The Denver Post

The number of hate crimes in Colorado rose 10 percent from 2005 to 2006, with the largest increase in Colorado Springs, where crimes with a religious bias jumped from two incidents to 12, according to an FBI report released Monday. “The numbers are so small that there really is no significance to them,” said Colorado Springs police Lt. Skip Arms. “What a lot of them are this year are graffiti-based. We have graffiti on church buildings or we have graffiti with some religious overtones to them. There is not any specific target to any specific religion or denomination or anything like that.” Arms said Colorado Springs police did not see an increase in such crimes a year ago, when the Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as pastor of New Life Church after admitting to “sexual immorality” involving a male prostitute from Denver and drug allegations. HATE » 15A

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THE MIX Furnace rule too cool on efficiency, critics say washington» As families face record-high heating bills, the Energy Department on Monday issued new requirements for home furnaces, although critics say the rules will do little to save consumers money or push more efficient equipment onto the market. The new rule, which would replace 15-year-old regulations, requires all home gas furnaces to be 80 percent efficient by 2015. Critics argued almost all gas furnaces sold already meet that level, meaning it will do little to spur new technology. Energy-efficiency advocates had argued for a minimum 90 percent efficiency, a level already achieved or exceeded by about a third of the gas furnaces sold, or for regional standards with more stringent requirements in cold-weather areas. The Energy Department rejected both options, maintaining it has no authority to issue regional standards — a position some energy-efficiency advocates dispute. The Associated Press

Inthe paper Secretary’s star fades Condoleezza Rice has lost her rock-star status, becoming a workaday secretary of state. If Cabinet secretaries got report cards, analysts say most categories for her would be “incomplete.”

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Allies in U.S. enmity Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, above, joined with Iran’s leader Monday in boasting that they are “united like a single fist” in challenging the U.S. »12A

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Teen driver distracted Investigators say a teen driver was distracted by sunflower seeds prior to hitting and killing a state trooper.

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Wine-tasting eyed at DIA A San Franciscobased company wants to open a wine-tasting shop at Denver International Airport. »1C

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Holiday tribute hails those who sacrifice charles city, va.» President Bush on Monday honored acts of everyday decency and supreme sacrifice, part of a Thanksgiving tribute like none he’d ever done. Bush devoted his day to those who he said serve a cause larger than themselves — police, firefighters, teachers and citizens who become heroes in crisis. “As we count our many blessings, I encourage all Americans to show their thanks by giving back,” Bush said at Berkeley Plantation. Never before had Bush devoted a speech to the holiday. The typical tribute is a radio address and a turkey pardon. This year, he honored those who have made an impression on him. The Associated Press

Stacked Pakistani court culls Musharraf charges ONE ISSUE REMAINS

Lawyers and civil-rights activists in Pakistan light candles in Peshawar on Monday night during a protest of the imposition of emergency rule Nov. 3. The U.S. is trying to help defuse the political crisis. Tariq Mahmood, AFP/Getty Images was no indication Musharraf would bend to the growing U.S. pressure. In Karachi, U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson met with opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who has aborted U.S.-backed plans to form a political alliance with Musharraf. The two are no longer speaking. Bhutto said she was frustrated that the Bush administration had not made lifting the emergency a condition of continuing aid to Pakistan.

President Pervez Musharraf is calling for elections Jan. 8.

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto drops plans for a political alliance.

Security aide leaving White House She’s the latest of several senior officials to resign as Bush nears his final year in office. By James Gerstenzang Los Angeles Times

Dick Wilson, above, who as TV’s Mr. Whipple was consumed with keeping shoppers from squeezing the Charmin, died Monday at 91.

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islamabad, pakistan» Pakistan’s Supreme Court, newly stacked with allies of President Pervez Musharraf, dismissed most of the challenges to his re-election Monday, but opposition leaders rejected the ruling as engineered and illegitimate, the latest controversy in the country’s ongoing political crisis. Deliberating for just less than three hours, the judges, many of them handpicked by Musharraf, struck down the five main challenges to his re-election. The sixth and final petition will be heard Thursday, though that case was also expected to be dismissed. Pakistani opposition parties had asserted Musharraf was ineligible to seek re-election last month while also serving as chief of the army. The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear challenges in the case before Musharraf fired several justices and proclaimed emergency rule Nov. 3. After the court clears all of the challenges to his re-election, Musharraf has promised to resign as head of the country’s military and become a civilian president. On Monday, the president also said he was asking the country’s electoral commission to call parliamentary elections for Jan. 8. Opposition leaders have said the elections would be deeply flawed and unfair if conducted during emergency rule. Hundreds of political leaders remain jailed, and independent TV news stations have been blacked out. In a rare public appearance, Musharraf insisted that he was the only leader who could safeguard the country as Islamic extremists increase attacks in the northwest. “I could have said thank you and walked away. But this was not the right approach because I cannot watch this country go down in front of me after so many achievements and such an economic turnaround,” he said at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new highway and bridge project in the southern city of Karachi. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte held talks with Musharraf over the weekend to persuade him to end emergency rule, restore the constitution and free political opponents. But there

President Bush embraces two members of Virginia tribes who came to hear his message. Joe Mahoney,

washington» Fran Townsend, President Bush’s domestic security adviser, announced Monday that she was resigning, the latest in a series of senior officials to leave the administration as the president juggles a still-full agenda. Townsend, who began working for the government as an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., rose over two decades and the administrations of four presidents to become a regular fixture in the Oval Office and on Sunday talk shows — delivering confidential reports to the president and security warnings to the public as the homeland security threat evolved. She gave no reason for her departure, other than to say she wanted to shift to the private sector. In a handwritten letter she delivered to Bush on Nov. 6, Townsend said she was leaving with “a heavy heart” but had “decided to take a respite from public service.”

The president said in a statement that Townsend had “played an integral role” in forming anti-terrorism policies. In recent months, some of Bush’s closest aides, including several who came to Washington with him nearly seven years ago, have left or announced they would leave soon, among them longtime political adviser Karl Rove; Dan Bartlett, the White House counselor; Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; and Karen Hughes, who preceded Bartlett as counselor and held several other key posts, most recently that of the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. With 14 months remaining in his second term and Democrats holding a majority in the House and Senate, Bush is struggling to fend off the appearance of being a lame duck, insisting he will press ahead with domestic policy priorities and a foreign policy built around fighting terrorism abroad and bringing stability to Iraq and Afghanistan. Dana Perino, the White House press secretary, took issue with what she said was the “story line” that the president’s “sprint to the finish” would be more difficult with top aides heading for the exits.

chicago» The lawyer of former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson, named as a suspect in his fourth wife’s disappearance, on Monday disputed the findings of an independent pathologist that his third wife was murdered. In Peterson’s second interview within five days on NBC’s “Today” show, his attorney, Joel Brodsky, did most of the talking, clearly frustrating interviewer Matt Lauer. When Lauer asked Peterson to react to the findings of an independent pathologist — Dr. Michael Baden, former New York City chief medical examiner — that the death of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, 40, was not accidental but staged to look like an accident, Brodsky interrupted and answered. Baden, Brodsky responded, had “a pre-existing opinion” as to the cause of Savio’s death and his findings were a “self-fulfilling prophecy,” he said. He also said that Baden was “a paid commentator for Fox (News Channel).” “We do disagree with his findings,” Brodsky said. “The first autopsy was very thorough.” Peterson said little during the interview. When Lauer asked him to comment on perceptions that during his previous interview he did not appear concerned about Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, Peterson said: “Of course, your wife leaves you and I have kids at home. You’re very much worried about her.” When Lauer asked Peterson if he was angered by a statement published in The Chicago Tribune in which Peterson’s second wife, Vicki Connolly, said he had threatened her and said he could make her death look like an accident, Brodsky once again refused to let Peterson answer. “Are you worried she may never come back?” Lauer asked about Stacy Peterson. “I don’t know, I have no idea,” Peterson responded, then added: “Yes, I am. My kids need a mom.” Peterson concluded the interview by once again asking Stacy to return.

Corrections The Denver Post will correct all errors in its news columns. If you find a problem with a story — an error of fact or a point requiring clarification — please call the city desk, 303-954-1201. B Because of a reporting error, an item in the Roundup on Page 3C of Sunday’s Post said Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe would serve three free meals to the needy this week. The restaurant, 2005 W. 33rd Ave, will serve a meal from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. B Because to a reporting error, an article on Page 1C Sunday incorrectly said that only one all-girl team competed in a Lego-building competition. Three all-girl teams took part. B Clarification: To clarify a story on Page 3C on Sunday, neither the Rev. Gill Ford nor the family of Bruce Randolph Sr. is connected to the current efforts by Epworth United Methodist Church in its annual distribution of of Thanksgiving food baskets, which occurred Saturday, on Bruce Randolph Avenue.


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More younger women dying of heart disease The higher rate may reflect rising obesity. The trend in the general population is positive. By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

atlanta» For decades, heart-disease death rates have been falling. But a new study shows a troubling turn — more women under 45 are dying of heart disease because of clogged arteries, and the death rate for men that age has leveled off. Heart experts aren’t sure what went wrong, but they think increasing rates of obesity and other risk factors are to blame. The rates will have to be monitored to see if this is the beginning of a real trend. But if the statistics hold, the new study may be an early glimpse of the im-

pact of escalating obesity and diabetes on U.S. deaths, said Wayne Rosamond, a University of North Carolina epidemiology professor and expert on heart disease statistics. To be sure, the overall trend is still positive: From 1980 through 2002, the death rate from blocked heart arteries was cut in half for men and women over 35. Improvements in treatment and preventive measures, including cholesterol-lowering medications, get the credit. But what’s going on with younger adults is startling, said Dr. Anthony DeMaria, editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which is publishing the study and released it Monday. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing almost 700,000 Americans each year. Nearly 500,000 of those deaths are at-

tributed to coronary heart disease, in which fat and plaque clog the arteries feeding blood to the heart. It can take many years for arteries to get dangerously blocked, and about 93 percent of deaths occur in people 55 and older. But a combination of factors — including genetics, obesity and high cholesterol — are sometimes fatal for younger adults. In 2002, about 25,000 men and 8,000 women ages 35 to 54 died of coronary heart disease. The study was conducted by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Britain’s University of Liverpool. They looked at U.S. vital statistics for artery-related deaths in adults ages 35 and older for the years 1980 through 2002, the most recent year for which figures were available.

When they compared age groups, they detected the worrisome difference. The study found the death rate for women ages 35 to 44 rose from 1997 to 2002, when the rate was 8.2 per 100,000 women, the highest it’s been since 1987. The results are statistically significant and a legitimate cause for concern, said Dr. Wayne Giles, director of the CDC’s division of adult and community health. The rates for men age 35 to 44 were relatively stable in the past few years of the study period. The rate was 26 deaths per 100,000 men in that age group in 2002. The fact that the male rate didn’t worsen may indicate doctors are more likely to suspect heart disease in men that age than in women, said the CDC’s Dr. Earl Ford, a study co-author.

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Rice’s legacy still uncertain She lacks major treaties, but possibly significant deals in works HIGHS AND LOWS A look at some of Condoleezza Rice’s accomplishments and disappointments as secretary of state:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks to reporters Monday at the State Department in Washington. One international-relations expert says Rice’s “single point of progress — and it’s not a success yet — is North Korea.” Pablo Martinez Monsivais, The Associated Press

While striving where others have failed in the Mideast, she sees no need to polish her record. By Anne Gearan The Associated Press

washington» Donald Trump says she can’t close a deal. The pope politely declined to meet with her, saying he was on vacation. When Condoleezza Rice travels overseas, the local papers don’t do big photo spreads anymore. At home, Rice is feuding with congressional Democrats and scrambling to counter recent embarrassments that include the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians by the State Department’s hired bodyguards. The rock-star diplomat has become the workaday American secretary of state, with all the advantages and all the baggage that the title and Rice’s long association with President Bush and the Iraq war entail. Well-traveled, energetic and

consistently more popular than her boss, Rice nonetheless has a mixed record as the nation’s top diplomat. If Cabinet secretaries got report cards, most major categories for Rice would be marked “incomplete.” Rice has completed no peace treaties or other major foreign-policy pacts in her nearly three years on the job, although some deals are in the works. Her effort to place more U.S. diplomats in strategic hot spots like the Middle East stumbled this fall when too few diplomats volunteered for hardship duty in Iraq. After a row over the prospect of forced service in a war zone, enough people stepped forward. “How’s she doing? Well, we haven’t got peace between Israel and the Palestinians yet, and we’re still in Iraq, and we’re still in Afghanistan, and the Pakistan government is still teetering on the edge,” said Gordon Adams, a professor of international relations at American University in Washington. “The one single point of progress — and it’s not a suc-

cess yet — is North Korea.” Now on the downslope of Bush’s second term, Rice is gambling that she can succeed where past diplomats have failed as she works to restart Mideast peace talks after a nearly seven-year lull. Mideast peace is a sort of foreign-policy Holy Grail, a seemingly soluble problem with enormous practical and symbolic ramifications, yet one that has eluded two generations of talented diplomats. If she succeeds, Rice could easily claim a place alongside Henry Kissinger as a peacemaker or George Shultz as a shrewd negotiator. If she fails, it would set back the prospects for whichever U.S. diplomat tries next. Rice scoffed last month at the notion that she is seeking to burnish her own reputation or legacy in Washington. “There are probably easier foreign-policy tasks to take on than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” she told a House hearing that had begun with an Iraq war protester rushing Rice and shouting “war criminal.”

Low: Rice’s January 2005 Senate confirmation hearings turn unexpectedly testy, and her confirmation is held up by Democrats. The tally, though one-sided at 85-13, was still the largest “no” vote against any secretary-ofstate nominee since 1825. High: In February 2005, Rice is warmly received by French and German leaders on her first trip abroad as secretary, a fencemending session with European allies unhappy with the U.S.-led war in Iraq. High: Rice presides over a potentially historic initial nuclear bargain with North Korea in September 2005. The deal went dormant and nearly fell apart but was revived last year after the North exploded a nuclear device. High: Rice directly negotiates a November 2005 agreement to allow greater movement of goods and people into the impoverished Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip. The accomplishment was short-lived, however. The agreement never took full effect and Gaza came under the full control of Hamas militants. Low: Rice appears taken aback by the victory of Hamas militants in Palestinian parliamentary elections in January 2006 but says the Bush administration remains committed to democracy and elections in the Mideast. High: In May 2006, Rice makes a bold offer of face-to-face talks with adversary Iran, but Iran later rejects the terms. Low: Israel goes to war with Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon in July 2006, a setback for Rice’s diplomacy in the Mideast, including the fragile new U.S.-backed democratic government in Lebanon. Rice appears exhausted and harried during a trip meant to lower tensions and hold off international demands for a U.S.-brokered cease-fire. High: Rice draws Israeli and Palestinian leaders back into regular contact in early 2007, despite the continued challenge posed by Hamas. Low: Hamas routs rival moderate Palestinian forces in Gaza in June 2007 and assumes control of the territory. This splits the Palestinian government and removes a third of the Palestinian population from the direct control of the moderate U.S.-backed government in the West Bank. High: In July 2007, President Bush announces plans for a U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference. The session is expected to take place next week in Annapolis, Md.

Neighbors intolerant of swelling museum By Duke Helfand Los Angeles Times

los angeles» In the 14 years since it opened, the Museum of Tolerance has become an international sensation, attracting millions of visitors with its message of compassion and mutual respect. But to Sharron Lerman, who lives two blocks away, the landmark has become something more: a bad neighbor. Lerman and other homeowners complain about tour buses blocking their driveways, crowds leaving trash on their streets and FBI agents prowling their rooftops when foreign dignitaries visit. Now Lerman and about 100 of her neighbors are trying to stop the museum from enclosing part of its open-air memorial plaza to build a two-story cultural center with a cafe and rooftop garden — a complex that could be rented out for weddings, bar mitzvahs and other private functions. The longtime neighbors are pressing their campaign against the museum’s owner, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the organization named for the

Neighborhood activists, from left, Fred and Jean Colton, Daniel Fink and Sharron and Harry Lerman want the city of Los Angeles to reject the proposed addition for the Museum of Tolerance, a popular cultural center. Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times famed Nazi hunter. Many of those fighting the plans are Jewish and many are museum members. They say they support the museum’s mission to educate people about intolerance and hate, but they object to plans they believe would further spoil the peace and quiet of their Los Angeles neighborhood. The expansion would require a loosening of conditions imposed by the city of Los Angeles from the center’s beginning to protect the community. Among the changes: Operating hours would expand significantly, keeping the museum open until

midnight for private affairs; the cafeteria would be open to the public; and a 100-foot buffer separating the museum from homes — an area now occupied by the memorial plaza — would be reduced to 20 feet. Museum leaders say they have done everything possible to reduce the effects on neighbors. They have stationed extra security staff outside the museum, for example, and passed out fliers reminding bus drivers to stay off neighborhood streets. But museum executives acknowledge that buses continue to rumble through the neigh-

borhood — in violation of the museum’s operating permit — despite their best efforts. “We don’t want to be disrespectful of our neighbors,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center. “We’re not perfect.” Hier said the proposed cultural center is necessary to raise revenues and to accommodate the phenomenal growth of the museum, which has gained a global reputation for its exhibits and educational programs about the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide and other subjects that have attracted about 4 million visitors since 1993.


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Relief effort in high gear after cyclone The toll now tops 3,100. Many people did not heed the storm warnings Thursday. By Pavel Rahman The Associated Press

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Taking the campaign to classroom McCain endorsed by 9/11 panel co-chair Kean

des moines, iowa» Chris Dodd did what a lot of other dads do on Monday mornings — he took his daughter to school. Only the Democratic presidential candidate and his kindergartner were in Iowa. The Connecticut senator and his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, drove their 6-year-old daughter, Grace, to school Monday in their new neighborhood. The Dodds enrolled Grace in a Des Moines school after the candidate moved his family to Iowa, reflecting the importance he places on the state’s Jan. 3 caucuses. Grace Dodd held her dad’s hand as they entered Hanawalt Elementary School, which she has been attending for a few weeks. Dodd said he takes Grace to school whenever he’s in town, and he and his wife have spent time in the classroom helping her adjust. The Dodds have a younger daughter, 2-year-old Christina.

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The co-chairman of the panel that examined the nation’s security before Sept. 11, 2001, and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks announced Monday that he was endorsing John McCain — and not former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — for president. Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, a Republican, said the Arizona senator’s blend of congressional, military and foreign-affairs experience has left him the best equipped of the GOP candidates to serve in the White House. The Associated Press

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“Iraq and Afghanistan are the current front in a much bigger global conflict that we’re engaged in.”

Related Debates set for presidential nominees B washington» The Commission on Presidential Debates on Monday picked Mississippi, Tennessee and New York as the locales for next fall’s presidential debates. The first debate will focus on domestic policy and the third on foreign policy. Candidates will sit at a table with the moderator rather than stand at podiums for these debates, which will be divided into eight 10-minute issue segments. The second debate will have a town-meeting format and include questions from audience members and questions solicited online.

Ex-governor vs. ex-governor for Senate B richmond, va.» Former GOP Gov. Jim Gilmore announced Monday that he will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Republican John Warner. Gilmore’s announcement sets up a campaign with another former governor, Democrat Mark Warner — a clash between two men with vastly different views about government and little affection for the other. Gilmore, 58, made the announcement in a video e-mailed to 5,000 supporters. It was also posted on YouTube and announced in 70,000 letters mailed to backers Friday.

Richardson goes under radar N.M. governor aims to surprise other Dems with early primary wins By Foon Rhee The Boston Globe

Bill Richardson is running an against-the-grain campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The New Mexico governor says he is not interested in the “class warfare” being practiced by John Edwards with a populist crusade against the moneyed interests in Washington. He has nowhere near the rock-star status of Barack Obama. He has been the most vocal in defending Hillary Rodham Clinton against what he calls personal attacks on her trustworthiness and character. Whether his campaign takes off, he told Globe editors Monday, hinges on finishing in the top three in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, earlyvoting states where he stands fourth in the polls. If he can move up, he believes he can use that momentum to pull a surprise on Feb. 5, when more than 20 states will vote, including several in the West and several with sizable Hispanic populations. “I want to come in under the radar at the end,” he said, while chiding the national media, including the Globe,

Bill Richardson said he deserves more attention from the news media than he has received, citing his experience as a U.S. negotiator and ambassador to the U.N. and his time as energy secretary in the Clinton Cabinet. for not giving him more coverage. Richardson, 60, said he deserves more attention than he has received, based on his experience as a negotiator with Iraq and North Korea and his stint as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, his knowledge as energy secretary during President Bill Clinton’s second term, and his accomplishments as governor on issues such as jobs and education.

“A lot of these candidates have 10-point plans,” he said. “I’ve done it.” For instance, he managed to push through driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, which he said cut traffic deaths and the ranks of the uninsured in New Mexico, where he is in his second term as chief executive. The subject has roiled the Democratic field, and he said middle-class economic worries and the rhetoric of talk-

show hosts have created “a lot of fear,” often aimed at illegal immigrants. Still, the lone Latino candidate for president said he disagrees with the conventional wisdom that Republicans will be able to use illegal immigration as a wedge issue against Democrats next year. Richardson said he has an aggressive plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy independence. He’s written a book about the issue, and said the next president can use the White House to ask Americans to sacrifice a little. “A lot of voters are ready to be inspired,” he said. He also contended that he has the most aggressive plan to get U.S. troops out of Iraq: He would withdraw all except the Marine detachment guarding the U.S. embassy by the end of his first year as president. A withdrawal, he said, would give the U.S. leverage to convene a peace conference, similar to the Dayton talks for the Balkans conflict, to push for power- and oil revenue-sharing agreements among the Shiite, Sunni, and Kurd factions, followed by a United Nations-led peacekeeping force.

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jerusalem» Seeking Arab nations’ support for an American peace initiative, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert won his government’s approval Monday to free 441 Palestinian prisoners and reaffirmed a pledge to tear down dozens of unauthorized Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank. Olmert’s gestures at a contentious Cabinet meeting were aimed at drawing high-level Arab delegates to a peace conference next week, although they fell short of what Palestinian and Arab leaders had demanded — a freeze on all settlement growth and a larger prisoner release. President Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have tentatively planned the conference for Nov. 27 in Annapolis, Md., to launch the first substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years, with the goal of a Palestinian state by the end of Bush’s presidency. Olmert’s response Monday left it unclear whether Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations would dispatch their foreign ministers to Annapolis, downplay the U.S. initiative by sending lower-ranking functionaries or rebuff it by staying home. The Israeli leader was traveling to Egypt on Monday to urge President Hosni Mubarak to lobby for full-scale Arab support. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is heading to Egypt on Thursday to persuade Arab League members who will meet there to decide on participation at Annapolis. Amid the uncertainty, the U.S. has yet to announce a firm date for the conference or issue formal invitations.

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Earlier this year, a 6-year-old in Mississippi and a 12-year old in Maryland died from severe infections that spread from dental cavities. Poor oral health in pregnant women has been associated with low-birth-weight babies — another major problem in Colorado. Still, in February, Colorado Medicaid stopped covering preventative dental care for poor, pregnant women. “We know it’s important,” said Joanne Lindsey of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “It’s a funding issue.” Oral-health advocates in Colorado are now pushing to bring dental care into the state’s health care reform debate. The state blue-ribbon panel on health care — which will make recommendations to the state legislature — did look at the dental care issue and dental benefits for adults, and children are included in the proposed public health plans for the poor and children. The commission, however, has made no recommendations whether private insurance plans should include a dental benefit. For now, government insurance programs for the poor and elderly do not cover dental care for adults.

Others pick up tab Few dentists will accept Medicaid patients because state reimbursement rates are too low, said Deborah Colburn, managing director of Oral Health Awareness Colorado! In some parts of the state, it’s an hour’s drive to the nearest dentist — or several hours to one who will accept Medicaid. This year the Colorado Dental Association started a “Mission of Mercy” program. Nearly 100 private dentists spent a weekend last month treating 1,300 people for free in a building at the Alamosa fairgrounds. People drove in from across southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, and started forming a line at 11 the night before, said Molly Pereira, associate executive director of the Colorado Dental Association. “At 4:30 a.m., there were 400 people wrapped up in sleeping bags in line, with kids. It was amazing,” Pereira said. The mission raised the ire of

Citizens growing bolder « FROM 1A

their every move. The security improvements in most neighborhoods are real. Days now pass without a car bomb, after a high of 44 in the city in February. The number of bodies appearing on Baghdad’s streets has plummeted to about five a day, from as many as 35 eight months ago, and suicide bombings across Iraq fell to 16 in October, half the number of last summer and down sharply from a recent peak of 59 in March, the American military says.

Moving with freedom

Roxanna Nicoll, a dentistry student at the University of Colorado Denver, works on Jerry Dukes, who broke three dental bridges but held off getting care because he has neither medical nor dental insurance. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

“We know it’s important. It’s a funding issue.” Joanne Lindsey

local dentists who have been working to provide consistent treatment for San Luis Valley residents at federally qualified health clinics in the valley. “You can’t get your dental needs taken care of in just one day,” said Marguerite Salazar, president and chief executive of Valley-Wide Health Systems Inc., which runs four nonprofit health clinics in the San Luis Valley — including one in Alamosa. Valley-Wide’s clinics treated 9,700 patients last year through the dental program, a 16-fold increase in the last decade, Salazar said. In Aurora, the University of Colorado Denver School of Dental Medicine is picking up some patients who can’t afford private care. Last week, Denver resident

Jerry Dukes reclined in a chair there, getting the last of five implants from fourth-year dental student Roxanna Nicoll. Each new tooth cost him about $1,600 — less than half what it would cost in a private dental practice. Dukes, 64, has neither medical nor dental insurance. When three dental bridges broke in the back of his mouth — “Bam, bam, bam, one after the other,” he said — there weren’t many options. “I put it off, put it off, put it off,” Dukes said. “You know, you can chew up a nut with your front teeth if you need to. I switched to hamburger from steak.” Dukes was sitting in one of 40 dental chairs in a vast open room, where students, guided by seven attending faculty members, worked with some of the latest equipment . “This really is a great deal,” said Daniel Wilson, associate professor of restorative dentistry and one of the supervisors.

Getting out of Medicaid “There’s a huge gap in dental coverage,” Wilson said. “And

look, it’s not just pain. A prosthesis means a job sometimes. It can make you employable, if you can’t smile because you’re missing teeth.” In addition to the clinics in Aurora, the UC Denver dental school launched a mobile pediatric clinic last summer, said Diane Brunson, director of oral health for the state health department. The mobile clinic treated kids in Eagle and Grand counties at low cost, Brunson said. Those trips are scheduled to continue in the spring. Last October’s Mission of Mercy is also slated to be repeated annually, in places around the state with high medical needs, according to the Colorado Dental Association. Still, it is an uphill battle. More than 1,000 dentists in Colorado are registered to treat children through Medicaid, according to state figures. But Gary Cummins, executive director of The Colorado Dental Associated put that figure closer to 500. “There may be less now,” Cummins said. “Most of the people we know here, they’ve gotten out of Med-

icaid, mostly because of the low reimbursement,” said Kathy Hurd, who works as the business manager for her husband’s general family dentistry practice in Pueblo. Mark Hurd treated children under Medicaid from 1988 to 2006, when he gave up the program after a series of billing mishaps that left him short $6,000, the Hurds said.

A tiny success In Commerce City, Paulson said she tries not to think about what it would take to meet the demand for services — a doubling of staff? A tripling? “I don’t go there,” Paulson said. “It’s too frustrating, and it isn’t going to happen.” Finishing a filling for Jennifer Gomez, she tells the 4-year-old, “Open up big, love.” When they were finished for the day, Paulson followed as the little girl bounced off the chair and ran down the hallway to her mother, Marisella Rodriguez, and a chest full of small toys. Katy Human: 303-954-1910 or khuman@denverpost.com

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move ahead with the largest school closure in its history. “We have to do something better for our kids with a sense of urgency,” said Kevin Patterson, who represents the area in which three schools were closed and two are getting new programs. “The question becomes is doing nothing better than what we have proposed,” said Jeannie Kaplan, whose district includes two closed schools and one school being changed. “The reform plan does have the potential for better opportunities for our kids.” And Lucia Guzman, who ended her final term Monday, said she was touched by the Smedley children. “Looking at them face to face ... it really does put a personal feeling on what we are doing,” she said. “If we do not move forward and educate these children, all the work of Martin Luther King Jr. has been in vain, all the work of César Chávez has been in vain. ... We are changing history. Not just for ourselves, but for our children.” The district will close Fallis, Whiteman, Wyman, Hallett, Mitchell, Smedley and Remington elementary schools next school year. The program at Del Pueblo Elementary ended this year, and the building was closed as part of the vote. New programs will be developed at Horace Mann, Place, Cole, Kunsmiller and Gilpin. The district said it must close buildings because it has

IRAQ:

As a result, for the first time in nearly two years, people move with freedom around much of this city. In more than 50 interviews across Baghdad, it became clear that while there are still no-go zones, more Iraqis now drive between Sunni and Shiite areas for work, shopping or school, a few even after dark. In the most stable neighborhoods of Baghdad, some secular women dress as they wish. Wedding bands play in public again, and at a handful of once-shuttered liquor stores, customers line up in a collective rebuke to religious vigilantes from the Shiite Mahdi Army. Iraqis are surprised and relieved to see commerce and movement finally increase, five months after an extra 30,000 American troops arrived in the country. But the depth and sustainability of the changes remain open to question. Only about 20,000 Iraqis have gone back to their Baghdad homes, a fraction of the more than 4 million who fled nationwide, according to a recent Iraqi Red Crescent Society survey. Iraqis sound uncertain about the future, but defiantly optimistic. Many Baghdad residents seem to be willing themselves to normalcy, ignoring risks and suppressing fears to reclaim their lives. Pushing past boundaries of sect and neighborhood, they said they were often pleasantly surprised and kept going; in other instances, traumatic memories or a dark look from a stranger were enough to tug them back behind closed doors.

An oasis of calm

Students from Smedley Elementary School listen as the Denver Public Schools board formally approves a plan to close eights schools, including Smedley. Brian Brainerd, The Denver Post

too much space and not enough students. “This plan will lead us to success,” said Theresa Peña, who was reinstalled as board president. The administration used criteria developed by the citizen’s group A-Plus Denver to decide which buildings to close — with the top goal of sending students to better schools than the ones they are leaving. Of the $3.5 million saved by closing buildings, the district

says $2 million will follow students from their closed schools. Another $1 million will support 10 underperforming schools, and about $400,000 will fund development of new high-performing schools through a request-forproposal process that also was approved Monday. Board members said community concerns raised over the past two months helped them craft a package they say will hold the district accountable.

Specifically, a principal for the new Cole must be hired by Dec. 20. Also, Cole will start next year as a preschool-through-seventh-grade program, adding eighth-graders in the future. The district also will develop new programs using a new development plan that will have conditions and milestones to be monitored by the board. Bennet, who has led DPS and its reform effort since June 2005, spoke eloquently about the district’s mission. In every elementary school, Bennet said he sees students who believe they can achieve anything and that the color of their skin or their family’s economic status are mere curiosities rather than what defines them. “We have a responsibility to those students and the 70,000 students who go to Denver Public Schools,” he said. The goal is to make it so chil-

dren do not have the odds stacked against them, to enable them “to pursue their dreams.” “This effort will take more,” he said. “It’s going to take the energy of the entire city.” Members of the Metro Organizations for People, who criticized the plan and offered their own reforms, said in a statement that they were encouraged by the changes put in place but hope the district will be vigilant in tracking students and making sure reforms work. “We are a little disappointed that they didn’t apply a better thought process to a lot of it,” said Jennifer Gonzalez, of the Metro Organizations for People. “I believe they have good intentions. We’ll find out. They say the path to hell is paved with good intentions.” Jeremy P. Meyer: 303-954-1367 or jpmeyer@denverpost.com

Al-Aasan’s experience, as a member of the minority of Iraqis who have returned home, shows both the extent of the improvements and their limits. She works at an oasis of calm: a small library in eastern Baghdad, where on several recent afternoons, about a dozen children bounced through the rooms, reading, laughing, learning English and playing music on a keyboard. Brightly colored artwork hangs on the walls: images of lush gardens; Iraqi soldiers smiling; and Arabs holding hands with Kurds. It is all deliberately idyllic. Al-Aasan and the other two women at the library have banned violent images, guiding the children toward portraits of hope. “Our aim is to fight terrorism,” she said. “We want them to overcome their personal experiences.” But pain still lingers in the silence of her son Abather, 10. One day five months ago, when they still lived in Dora, al-Aasan sent Abather to get water from a tank below their apartment. Delaying as boys will do, he followed his soccer ball into the street, where he discovered two bodies. It was not the first corpse he had seen, but for al-Aasan that was enough. “I grabbed him, we got in the car and we drove away,” she said.


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FBI hate-crimes report spurs critics Civil-rights groups have been demanding tougher federal enforcement Most hate crimes are racially motivated

By Michael J. Sniffen The Associated Press

washington» An FBI report that shows a nearly 8 percent rise in hate-crime incidents last year is providing new ammunition for civilrights groups advocating a tougher law-enforcement response and new federal legislation to expand protections. This year, civil-rights advocates have increasingly taken to the streets to protest what they call official indifference to intimidation and attacks against blacks and other minorities. Others are pressing Congress to expand the groups protected by the federal hatecrime statute. Police across the U.S. reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting victims or property as a result of bias against a race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin, or physical or mental disability, the FBI said Monday. That was up 7.8 percent from 7,163 incidents reported in 2005. More than half the incidents involved racial prejudice. Although the noose incidents and beatings among students at Jena, La., high school occurred in the last half of 2006, they were not included in the report. Only 12,600 of the nation’s more than 17,000 local, county, state and federal police agencies participated in the hate-crime reporting program in 2006, and neither Jena nor LaSalle Parish, in which the town is located, was among the agencies reporting. Nevertheless, the Jena incidents, and a subsequent rash of noose and other racial incidents around the country, have spawned civil-rights demonstrations that culminated last week at Justice Department

In 2006, more than half the single-bias hate crimes were attributed to racial bias. California had 17 percent of total incidents reported.

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“The FBI report confirms what we have been saying for many months about the severe increase in hate crimes.” The Rev. Al Sharpton headquarters. The department said it investigated the Jena incident but decided not to prosecute because the federal government does not typically bring hate-crime charges against juveniles. Organizers said 100 busloads of protesters joined Friday’s march. In September, an estimated 20,000 protesters marched through Jena. On Nov. 3, hundreds of people marched in downtown Charleston, W.Va., to urge

prosecutors to add hate-crime charges against six white people charged in the beating, torture and sexual assault of a 20-year-old black woman who was discovered Sept. 8 after allegedly being held in a rural trailer for several days. The Jena case began in August 2006 after a black student sat under a tree known as a gathering spot for white students. Three white students hung nooses on the tree. They were suspended but not prose-

cuted. Six black teens, however, were charged by LaSalle Parish prosecutor Reed Walters with attempted second-degree murder of a white student who was beaten unconscious in December 2006. The charges have since been reduced to aggravated seconddegree assault, but civil-rights demonstrators have complained that no charges were filed against the white students who hung the nooses. “The FBI report confirms what we have been saying for many months about the severe increase in hate crimes,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who organized Friday’s march. “What is not reported, however, is the lack of prosecution and serious investigation by the Justice Department to counter this increase in hate crimes.” Sharpton called for Attorney General Michael Mukasey to talk with the Congressional Black Caucus and civil-rights leaders about enforcement. Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse noted that Mukasey praised the civilrights movement at his confirmation hearings and plans to meet “with a number of groups and individuals who have an interest in or concerns about the work” of the department. Roehrkasse also noted that federal prosecutors convicted a record 189 defendants of civilrights violations in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The Justice Department says it is probing a number of noose incidents at schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. It says “a noose is a powerful symbol of hate and racially motivated violence” recalling the days of lynchings of blacks and that it can constitute a federal civilrights offense under some circumstances.

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“With the numbers so small, and with the thousands of calls that we take, it’s not anything that we can say that we’ve got an increasing problem,” Arms said. However, the Anti-Defamation League expressed concern about the increase, particularly in incidents involving religious bias. “Hate crimes are unique; they have an impact far beyond the individual victim of the crime,” ADL mountain states regional director Bruce DeBoskey said in a statement. “When a victim is targeted because of his or her race, religion, sexual orientation or disability, everyone who shares those characteristics feels threatened. These crimes resonate throughout the victim’s community and threaten the safety and well being of every member of that group.” The FBI’s statistics do not indicate which religions were affected in local jurisdictions, but nationwide, 65 percent were victims of an offender’s anti-Jewish bias. Across the state, there were 138 hate crimes reported in 2006, and a majority of them were race-related incidents. The year before, there were 125 reported hate crimes, also with a prevalence of racial bias. Nationwide, statistics show that the number of hate crimes rose nearly 8 percent from 2005 to 2006 but have not reached the nine-year high of 9,730 crimes that occurred in 2001. In Colorado, the number of

The number of reported incidents was up in some Colorado cities.

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race-related incidents stayed at 59 from 2005 to 2006, but the incidents involving religion rose from 22 in 2005 to 42 in 2006. The only notable decrease occurred in the category of crimes with an ethnicity bias. Those incidents dropped nearly 30 percent, from 27 cases in 2005 to 19 in 2006. And of large Colorado cities, both Boulder and Arvada had drops in the total number of reported hate crimes, from 10 to five in Boulder and four to three in Arvada. Denver’s reported hate crimes also fell from 12 to 11. In addition to the surge in Colorado Springs, Colorado’s overall numbers also may be influenced by an increase in the number of agencies reporting hate-based incidents to the FBI, the report says. Fifteen more agencies in Colorado participated in the FBI’s data collection in 2006, and two more agencies submitted reports of actual incidents. Felisa Cardona: 303-954-1219 or fcardona@denverpost.com

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Briefs 527 GROUP FINED $580,000 FOR ’04 ELECTION DEEDS washington» A unionfinanced advocacy group that played a major role in the 2004 elections has agreed to pay a $580,000 fine after the Federal Election Commission concluded it illegally ran advertising against President Bush and in favor of Democrat John Kerry. The FEC said Monday that the now-inactive Media Fund violated campaign finance laws because it accepted unlimited donations from labor unions and expressly advocated the defeat or victory of a political candidate. It is the latest in a string of so-called 527 organizations the FEC has fined for activities during the 2004 race. They include groups on both sides of the election, including the anti-Kerry Swift Boat Veterans.

Embattled U.S. attorney headed to D.C. B washington» Rachel Paulose, the embattled U.S. attorney for Minnesota, will leave the post to take a position at the Justice Department in Washington, ending a tenure marked by complaints about her management style. She will become counselor to the assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s office of legal policy, department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said in an e-mail statement. Paulose’s transfer is effective in January.

Fire, rockslide thwart mine rescue B donetsk, ukraine» Rescuers battled a raging fire and a rockslide Monday in search of 20 trapped coal miners a day after a powerful methane blast killed at least 80 others in one of Ukraine’s deadliest mining disasters of the postSoviet era. Dozens of weeping relatives waited at mine headquarters for word on the fates of their loved ones. Sobs broke out as officials called out names of miners found dead.

Royal “shut up” a popular ringtone B madrid, spain» Many Spaniards were so amused when King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to “shut up,” they want to hear it every time their phone rings. About half a million people have downloaded a mobile phone ringtone featuring the phrase “Por que no te callas?” or “Why don’t you shut up?” Madrid daily El Pais reported on its website Monday. That’s what the king told Chavez during a confrontation in Chile last week. Denver Post wire services

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Push for Khmer Rouge trials “serious” The last of five senior leaders of the brutal regime has been charged. By Anthony Faiola The Washington Post

phnom penh, cambodia» Pol Pot, the despotic leader of the Khmer Rouge whose brutal rule from 1975 to 1979 left as many as 1.7 million dead in the killing fields, labor camps and prisons of Cambodia, died a free man in 1998. His lieutenants, however, might not be as lucky. Khieu Samphan, the Khmer Rouge’s former head of state, was the last of five senior officials of the brutal regime to be taken into custody ahead of a long-delayed genocide trial. The U.N.-backed genocide tribunal charged him Monday with crimes against humanity and with war crimes. They face what is set to be Cambodia’s first series of public trials for the torture, starvation and execution of at least 1.7 million Cambodians carried out by the Khmer Rouge during its fanatical crusade to create a peasant society free of foreign influences. The detentions come as a U.N.-backed tribunal made up of international and domestic judges has defied critics inside and outside this nation of 14 million by finally resolving several internal squabbles over legal procedures that had stalled the trials. The court now can pursue its mission to deliver longoverdue justice for victims of the Khmer Rouge. “This process is serious now,” said Elizabeth Becker, a German Marshall Fund fellow and author of “When the War Was Over,” a history of modern Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge. “There is finally a confidence that this thing is going to get to trial.” Such confidence was virtually nonexistent earlier this year. The United Nations was on the verge of pulling out of the tribunal process — the latest of several efforts since the 1990s to hold trials — outraged over Cambodia’s initial unwillingness to agree to international legal standards. But a compromise agreement this summer ultimately led to the recent arrests, officials said. “What was a bumpy road now seems to be moving very quickly,” said Joseph Mussomeli, the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia.

Bum Leap, 15, sits near a shrine at his home in Wat Koh, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Monday. The shrine is filled with remains of people killed by the Khmer Rouge in the mid- to late 1970s. Photos by David Longstreath, The Associated Press

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baghdad» Iraqi troops detained 43 people, most of them Sri Lankans and other foreigners, in a convoy run by a U.S.contracted firm after an Iraqi woman was wounded in a Baghdad shooting involving their vehicles, the U.S. military said. It denied reports that two Americans were also arrested. The incident follows a series of recent shootings in which foreign security guards have allegedly killed Iraqis. Last month, the Iraqi Cabinet sent parliament a bill to lift immunity for foreign private-security companies that has been in effect since the U.S. occupation began in 2003. The convoy belonged to Almco Group, an Iraqi-run company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which has contracts with U.S.-led forces to provide food, water and other life-support functions to military transition teams, as well as the construction of a justice compound, Maj. Brad Leighton said. But the military spokesman said it was not yet known if those detained were working

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the convoy was driving on the wrong side of the road in the central Baghdad neighborhood of Karradah when the woman was wounded in a shooting that took place about midday. He said earlier that those arrested included two American guards, along with 21 people from Sri Lanka, nine from Nepal and 10 Iraqis. But Leighton denied any Americans were involved, saying the confusion may have stemmed from two Fijians who held identification cards issued by the U.S. Department of Defense.

U.S. troops detain a blindfolded man after he was arrested for allegedly attacking a family member Monday in Baghdad. Some troops are acting as police to curb petty crime. Chris Hondros, Getty Images

kandahar, afghanistan» A suicide bomber targeting an Afghan provincial governor killed seven people Monday — the governor’s 25-year-old son and six police officers. Fourteen people were wounded. The bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body outside the governor’s house in the town of Zaranj in southwestern Nimroz province, said deputy Gov. Maluang Rasooli. Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad had entered the house shortly before the blast. “I was the target,” Azad said. Insurgents have staged more than 130 suicide attacks in 2007 — a record number for Afghanistan — including one in northern Baghlan province two weeks ago that was followed by panicked gunfire from bodyguards. Seventy-seven people were killed in that attack, the deadliest in the country since the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001. Government officials and international forces have been primary targets. Authorities have been particularly wary of attack-

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DIA set for light dusting of snow The storm expected in Denver tonight may drop 1-3 inches. But officials see no major travel problems. By Christopher N. Osher The Denver Post

A light dusting of snow will likely coat the Denver area beginning late today, but authorities say they are prepared and do not expect significant holiday travel delays at Denver International Airport. The National Weather Service reported Monday that a storm front was moving in from the northwest and predicted a 60 percent chance of snow in Denver with 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulating between 11 tonight and Wednesday night. “We’ve got our snowstorm team in effect and personnel and equipment standing by,” said DIA spokesman Chuck Cannon. Ann Williams, spokeswoman for Denver Public Works, said the city will have plows and personnel ready, but Monday’s warm temperatures should prevent snow from sticking to pavement, as happened during the holiday season a year ago. “Given the fact that today is in

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Front Range Airport is seeking to bring scheduled passenger air service to the small general aviation airport located just 5 miles southeast of Denver International Airport. If Front Range, which is owned by Adams County, succeeds in luring low-fare passenger service, it might encourage some existing carriers at DIA to migrate to the smaller neighbor with lower operating costs. That could create competition for

DIA, the nation’s fifth-largest airport, which just got low-fare leader Southwest Airlines service in January 2006. “DIA is the only airport in the world that can expand like it can; it’s a crown jewel,” said DIA deputy manager Sally Covington. “Why do anything to harm it?” Front Range aviation director Dennis Heap said his airport is responding to demands from carriers. Skybus Airlines, a new national discount passenger airline, inquired last year about operating at Front Range, Heap said, adding that the carrier

seeks out lower-cost, “secondary” airports. Even though Front Range had a long-standing policy of not seeking passenger flights, Skybus’ inquiry “opened our eyes” about the possibility that passenger service could drive the airport’s growth, Heap said. “I know of 11 carriers out there we could accommodate,” he said. Last week, Front Range’s board voted to pursue passenger airlines, overturning a 15-year policy. In 1992, Adams County and Denver officials signed a pact that said,

among other things, Front Range would not pursue scheduled passenger service and instead focus on general aviation and cargo flights. Adams officials rescinded the agreement shortly after it was signed and the county contends the pact’s provisions are no longer in force. “We are extremely comfortable that there is nothing to prohibit Front Range Airport from seeking passenger service,” said Robert Loew, an attorney with the Denver law firm Fairfield and Woods, which represents FRONT RANGE » 5B

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Teen charged in crash that killed trooper By Kieran Nicholson The Denver Post

A teenage driver who struck and killed a Colorado state trooper and injured a second patrolman will be charged with careless driving resulting in death, among other traffic infractions. Trooper Zachariah Templeton, 27, died at Denver Health Medical Center after the Oct. 11 accident on Interstate 76 in Adams County. Trooper Scott Hinshaw, 38, is recovering from his injuries. The 17-year-old driver of a 1994 Ford pickup truck “looked down for some sunflower seeds on his console” just before the accident happened, the Adams County district attorney’s office said Monday. The driver, who has not been identified by The Denver Post because he is a juvenile, swerved to avoid backed-up traffic on the highway and plowed into a trailer that the two troopers were helping a motorist reload. The teenager also faces a charge of careless driving resulting in bodily injury. Both careless-driving charges are misdemeanor traffic offenses and carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or knicholson@denverpost.com

Instructor Steve Malek tells Gilpin K-8 School student Roberto Chavez, 13, how to stay upright during his first day on skis Sunday at Loveland Ski Area. With snow sports out of many kids’ reach, various groups and resorts are stepping up to help. Lyn Alweis, The Denver Post

Denver students fall for skiing By Jeremy P. Meyer The Denver Post

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Roberto had never seen a ski resort, mountaintop or even a pine-beetle-ravaged tree until the eighth-grader joined about 40 other Denver students at Loveland Ski Area on Sunday with a teacher from his school. “It’s a shame that I’ve never come here before,” said Roberto, strapping on ski boots for his

first-ever ski lesson. “They’re part of Colorado.” The majority of Denver Public School students never get a chance to ski or snowboard in Colorado, say groups leading an effort to involve more urban kids in the state’s $2 billion snow-sports industry. “Kids here who live at the door-

step of arguably the best winter playground in the world aren’t getting to participate,” said Roberto Moreno of the Alpino Mountain Sports Foundation that has taken more than 12,500 kids skiing over the years but has seen the numbers drop. Children in general are spending less time outdoors, and the numbers fall even more for kids who live in the city, are poor or are minorities. Seventy-nine percent of skiers have household incomes of more than $50,000 a year, according to

SnowSports Industries America. An estimated 0.6 percent of skiers are African-American and 5.3 percent are Latino, according to the organization. “The numbers get worse every year … ,” Moreno said. “All we have to do is simply look at what is happening in our mountain communities. They are all turning into these places where only the wealthiest Americans can recreate.” Colorado Ski Country USA, an industry trade group, offers SKI » 8B

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Ask Portuguese business executive João Azevedo Coutinho why his company is spending $603 million to lease the Northwest Parkway for 99 years, and he says the investment comes with the expectation that there will be a “ring road” around metro Denver. On Monday, Portugal’s Brisa Auto-Estradas closed on its deal with the Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority that will retire about

$503 million in bond debt on the toll road, which has failed to meet original traffic and revenue predictions. The deal includes another $40 million to cover parkway debts owed to local government entities and $60 million that could be spent to extend the parkway 2.3 miles to the west, to Colorado 128 in Broomfield. Spending the $60 million is contingent on construction of a far longer extension of the parkway, to Colorado PARKWAY » 5B

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