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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 8, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locaityowned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years VICTORY IN EUROPE GOTH ANNIVERSARY Beyond J Faith transcended tragedy for a woman trapped in the warravaged city Salute to local WWII veterans Six decades after the Allied victory in Europe The New Mexican honors World War II veterans in Northern New Mexico with a 24page section Inside Nina Thompson 88 likes to tell stories about living In wartime Berlin and meeting the American soldier who would become her husband and selfpublished a memoir In 1979Thompson lives in Santa Fe with her 13yearold dog Rosie Story by Bob Quick Photo by Kathy De La Torre The New Mexican My soul is filled with thankfulness to the Almighty He has held us in His Lap and in His Hands through the eternity of this day February from The Enemy by Nina Q Thompson It was a direct hit bombers in an attack Fly ing Fortresses strong dropped thou sands of bombs on Berlin that Saturday morning killing hundreds Several of the bombs penetrated the earth and crashed into the Bayerischer Platz subway station used by Berliners as a bomb shelter But the bombs didnt explode immediately Nina Thompson and her mother who were in the station threw themselves to the ground and tried to crawl under a bench All around them people were falling and screaming Then came the explosion blowing every thing to pieces but strangely leaving Thomp son not only alive but calm and unafraid She knew it was time to get out of the shelter with her injured mother and find their way home Thompson who now lives in Santa Fe described the episode in her selfpublished book The Enemy She said she heard the voice of a man who said to her Take my hand I will show you the way I grabbed that she wrote It had a strong firm grip Mother hung onto my hand and we started half crawling People clung to my legs to my coat for help No I thought There room for anyone Please see BERLIN Page A6 Nina Thompson spent the entire war in Berlin after her family traveled to Germany on business in 1939 and was not allowed to leave SUNDAY 8 2005 ONE DOLLAR Plans for new civic center a hot topic By YASMIN KHAN The New Mexican Yes Santa Fes new million civic center is going to be brown and low profile on the outside But on the inside architects have loaded it with innovative ideas and green building strategies that can be seen in competing designs submitted this weekend Hundreds of Santa Fearea residents Saturday perused displays and turned in writ ten comments on the five proposals at Sweeney Conven tion Center Threedimen sional models adorned with tiny trees virtualreality videos with human figures wandering through the downtown site and colorful renderings show every angle of how the civic center and a planned underground parking garage might look On Saturday the architects were avail able to answer questions about their pre sentations which wiH be open to the pub lic again Monday through Wednesday One advantage to this design competi tion is people can endorse the design they like and then the city can move said George Langdon project manager with Conron Woods Architecture The project will replace the aging Swee If you What Displays of threedimen sional models and other materials submitted by the five design teams competing to build Santa Fes new civic center Where Sweeney Convention Center When 8 to 5 Monday through Wednesday Please see CENTER Page A4 Mommy wars a fight against cultural excess By LINDA FELD1YIANN The Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON Forget about the mommy in which stayathome mothers were supposedly locking horns with their working sisters at least in popular perception Whats really happening with Ameri can mothers of all stripes from fulltime homemakers to fullfledged workaholics all income levels all racial backgrounds is worry about popular culture and what feels like a tsunami of forces threatening parents ability to impart positive values to their children according to a new survey of more than mothers Moms report a cultural onslaught that goes far beyond Holly wood movies and TV and into the world of the Internet electronic games and advertising We heard mothers talking about the kind of hypersexuality thats out there about violence and disrespect about body image all the things that are not exactly news but cutting across a huge and diverse sample of said Please see MOMMY Page A5 INSIDE TODAY Annies toil box Local Lotteries The Wests Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 112 pages 156th year issue No 128 Publication No 596440 Todays obituaries Betty Garrett 58 May 4 Ernest Rodriguez 91 Santa Fe May 5 Gilbert C Lucero 83 May 4 Harriet S Barteau May 4 Lourdes T Mares 86 Santa Fe May 5 Mary F Hill April 15 Vincent Moreno Santa Fe May 6 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy High 71 low 37 Page B2 A new vibe in old Europe Germanys Rhineland serves up topnotch dining art venues arid a rich history Travel Gl When notification borders on vigilantism Sex offenders suicide raises questions about informing the public The Associated Press OCALA Fla nearly four years Chuckie Claxton lived anony mously amid the gated horse pas tures and mossdraped oaks of the Florida Orange Groves subdivision Then the crimes of others drew new attention to his own In the statewide outrage over the arrests of sex offenders in the separate killings of two young girls somebody in the Groves went to the state police Web site to see if any sex offenders were living in the neigh borhood That person authorities dont know who found an entry about Claxtons molestation of a young giri 15 years ago printed it out on bright yellow paper and blanketed the neighborhood with dozens of fliers The poster didnt mention that the Claxton relied on a wheelchair that police no longer considered him a serious threat and that he had no further sex offenses Please see OFFENDER Page A7 Chuckie Claxton Committed suicide after posters calling him a CHILD RAPIST littered 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