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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico for 156 years SATURDAY MAY 7 2005 FIFTY CENTS COMING SUNDAY Salute to WWII veterans Our 24page special section salutes the men and women of Northern New Mexico who served in the military during World War II Roll Call is the first of four sections The New Mexican plans to publish between Sunday VE Day and Aug 15 VJ INSIDE TODAY Civiccenter visions Five architects unveiled designs Friday for a new Santa Fe convention center Only one will be chosen The city invites the public to view the models today at the Sweeney Convention Center Page Dl Hothouse flower The Baja Subarus second foray into the experimental world of trucklings wilts in the shadow of the more refined Outback Cars Trucks El Historians protest casino plans Investors seek a casino license as part of a proposed Gettysburg Gaming Resort and Spa near Gettysburg National Park in Pennsylvania Historians are outraged Page A6 Todays obituaries Betty Garrett 58 May 4 Ernest Rodriguez 91 Santa Fe May 5 Harriet S Barteau May 4 Larry T Hood 69 Santa Fe May 5 Sarah Spelts Valentine April 8 Robert Paul Ortega 48 May 5 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy rain and snow showers High 66 low 37 Page B2 INDEX Amues Mailbox D5 Lotteries B2 Cars Trucks El Movies B2 Classifieds E3 Opinion Comics A5 D6 Religion 03 Crossword D5 Scoreboard C2 Horogcope DS Sports Cl Local news Bl Stocks C5 Five sections 36 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 127 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads 9863000 Nukelab veteran to lead LANL EDITORS NOTE A production error in Fridays New Mexican deleted a large portion of a story about Pete Nonas departure from Los Alamos National Laboratory That information is in todays story By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Robert Kuckuck is coming out of retirement in California to lead Los Alamos National Laboratory through the greatest period of uncertainty the institution has faced A physicist pilot and outdoors enthusiast Kuckuck will become interim director of the worlds oldest nuclearweapons lab on May 16 the same week that a competition is scheduled to kick off to decide who will run the lab for the next seven years The University of California has been the unchallenged manager since World War II Pete Nanos the labs director for the past two years resigned Friday His next job is with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the Department of Defense Los Alamos hasbeen the prob lem child of the Energy Depart ment Besides security and safety lapses there have been cases of fraud and suspicions of spying As pressure mounted from Congress and the energy secretary Nanos instituted sweeping changes and even a suspension of work that lasted an unprecedented seven months Still the heat is on Just this week one member of Congress called for the permanent closure of Los Alamos I still believe its a great labo ratory and its on its way to fix ing what problems it Kuck uck said Friday A seasoned manager from Law rence Livermore National Labo ratory in California he figures he has five to eight months to do Please see LANL Page A3 Robert Kuckuck Over a 35year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory a nuclearweapons program in California Robert Kuckuck rose from experimental physicist to deputy director a position he held from 1994 to 2001 He later took lead positions in the Department of Energys National Nuclear Security Admin istration In 2003 he received the DOEs1 highest honor in recognition of his superiorleadership Starting May 16 he will be the interim director at Los Alamos National Laboratory and earn an annual salary of He will oversee a billion budget and a work force of Source University of California news release Bullies beware Students learn to step in when classmates are threatened Photos by Kathy De La New Mexican Carlos Martinez 15 leaps off the 25foottall courage pole to touch a rope hanging from a wire as Kevin Moeller a project coordinator with the AntiBullying Initiative holds a rope that supports the teens weight Students could climb the pole and stand on top of Jt or leap off it knowing someone below was supporting them Sixteen students from Santa Fe High School participated In the initiative Thursday at the Santa Fe Mountain Center In Tesuque By WENDY BROWN The New Mexican Santa Fe High School students who conducted a schoolwide survey on bullying said they were surprised to learn that students feel least safe in their classrooms That was a real eyeopener for said student Rachel Roybal 15 If I cant even feel safe in the classroom where am I safe Fifteen percent of students stated they feel unsafe in their classrooms compared to about 7 percent in other areas of the campus such as the bathroom or parking lot said Jenn Jeffers program coordinator at the Santa Fe MountainCenter in Tesuque Students in Bill Ellsworths health class polled 740 of the schools students in conjunction with the cen ter Rachel said The poll was one part of ongoing efforts at the center to reduce bullying in Santa Fe Public Schools In the last month 32 percent of students said they were threatened by another student and 37 percent said they had been teased or called names by another student according to poll results Nearly 20 percent of students said they are afraid to go to school Rachel said she frequently sees jocks picking on skat Mfkafla Tauber 15 right gets a congratulatory hug from Vanessa Sanchez 15 after Mlkaila successfully climbed the courage pole ers at school but the mostpickedon group is gay and lesbian students That includes students who might not be gay or lesbian but are perceived as being gay or les bian she said Bullying most commonly takes place at outside areas Please see BULLIES Page A2 Judge says no to Prep runner By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican I A high school track stars last bid to compete in the state championships this weekend ended in defeat Friday State District Judge Michael Vigil denied Benjamin Fletch ers request for an injunc tion that if granted would have effectively overturned the disciplin ary action taken against him by Santa Fe Prepara tory School for an explo sivesrelated arrest earlier this week and reinstated him as a student and an athlete This is a penalty youre going to Vigil said Its not something Fm going to interfere with My heart wants you to run but the law and the actions of Prep are Fletchers absence from the Class AAA State Track and Field Championships will be noticed according to at least one coach For the teams in the run ning for a state trophy his loss is going to make a huge said Santa Rosa head coach Frank Ortiz Those are a lot of points someone else is going to get Its definitely going to make a Fletcher 18 who is cap tain of Preps track team and three other young men were arrested early Monday morning and charged with possession of dryice bombs Please see RUNNER Page A2 Benjamin Fletcher INSIDE Highlights of Fridays NMAA Track and Reid State Championships Page Cl Emily Jacob most popular names for newborns By LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON The biblical name Jacob the most popular choice for baby boys for the sixthstraight year also tops the first official ranking of names given to twins Parents like to pair it with Joshua Even more durable is the name Emily which for the ninth year in a row claims the top spot among newborn girls according to the Social Secu rity Administrations tally for 2004 released Friday Whats the staying power of Jacob and Emily Hard to say according to experts but it has something to do with appealing to multiple ethnic or religious groups and hav ing no widespread negative cultural connotations Jacob for example is the name of the biblical figure who fathered the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel Jacob is No 1 because it has a long said Cleve land Evans associate profes sor University in Nebraska and president of Please see NAMES Page A4 Student suspended over call from mom in Iraq Knight Ridder Tribune Kevin Francois holds a dog tag containing a photo of his mother Sgt 1st Class Monique Bates who Is currently on duty in Iraq By ANGELIQUE SOENARIE Columbus LedgerEnquirer COLUMBUS Ga Kevin Francois gave up his lunch break to talk to his mother but it ended up costing him the rest of the school year The student a junior at Spen cer High School in Columbus was suspended for disorderly conduct Wednesday after he was told to give up his cell phone at lunch while he was talking to his mother who is in Iraq he His mother Sgt 1st Class Monique Bates left in January for a oneyear tour and serves with the 203rd Forward Sup port Battalion 3rd Brigade 3rd Infantry Division This is our first time sepa rated like said Kevin 17 on Thursday Bates and her son went to Fort Benning from Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah Ga She enrolled him at Spencer in August Since her deployment overseas Kevin whose father was killed when he was 5 years old lives with a guardian who Please see CALL Page A4   

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