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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 27, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico DECEMBER TlJESDAY 50 CENTS HM BOYS SCHOOL Jane New Mexican Michelle Chiltis and her daughter Kaela 5 light candles for their menorah at their home Sunday night The Childses observe both Christmas and Hanukkah but dont tie any religious significance to the Christian holiday This is the first time since 1959 that Hanuk kah started on Christmas Day Family balances faith and tradition celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah By John Sena The New Mexican As the sun sank and darkness fell Sunday evening David and Michelle Chiids and their 5year old daughter Kaela did something none of them had ever done before They lit the first candles of thek menorah on Christ mas Day For the first time since 1959 and only the fourth time in 100 years the start of Hanuk kah the Jewish festival of lights coincided with the Christian holiday For families who celebrate one or trie other the coincidence might not have made a difference in their usual observances But for the Childs family who celebrate both but tie no religious significance to Christmas it meant honoring their Jewish faith while balancing it with a longtime fam ily tradition I feel guilty mat Im blowing Hanukkah way out of proportion to balance Christ Michelle Childs said The family has thek menorah set up right next to thek Christmas tree and on Christ mas Day Kaela received not only her Christ mas presents but also her first Hanukkah gift Michelle Childs knows the rest of Hanuk kah will be a little more subdued But she is concerned Kaela who still does not under stand the significance of either holiday might get the wrong idea Hanukkah is a secondary Jewish holiday It commemorates a miracle where after a successful revolt against Syrian rule Jews rededicated the Temple in IsraeL When it eame time to light the menorah which is supposed to bum throughout the night every night they found they only had enough oil for one night That amount miraculously lasted for eight nights enough time to get more oiL An eightday festival was declared to remem ber the event For Jews Hanukkah is not as Important a holiday as Rosh Hashana or Yornkippur Michelle Childs said she grew up in a home that celebrated Hanukkah and Christ mas In adulthood she has become more observant in her Jewish faith and even sends Kaela to school at Temple Beth Shalom But celebrating Christmas is a tradition the fam ily is not ready to leave behind We put up a tree and we celebrate Christmas because its what our families always said David Childs who was raised Roman Catholic David Childs grew up in western Mas sachusetts and said he was friends with children of various faiths exposing him to all sorts of traditions He thinks Santa Fe is a similar envkon ment 1 think Santa Fes great because it has such a diverse community of Christians and Jews and he said I think if s a great place for Kaela to grow up and see that Eventually Michelle Childs said when Kaela is old enough to know the difference the family might not celebrate Christmas as much as they do now Until then while they might not be cel ebrating both holidays at the same time the family will continue to light thek Christmas tree and thek menorahThey also remem ber that regardless of religious beliefs the season also provides a time for something else If s all about David Childs said If s a time for being with family and recon necting and getting away from the day to Closure marks shift Officials hope shutting down Springer school will give kids more attention closer to home By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican The announcement that the New Mexico Boys School in Springer will close its doors put a smile on Vince Tapias face He took the decision to move troubled kids from the remote campus as a signal that the state is serious about changing its tack on juvenile crime Tapia 24 served time in the states notorious lockup for boys in the mid1990s and based on what he hears from kids getting out of the school now not much has changed there since he was inside I thought it was a terrible said Tapia who now works as a program director for YouthWorks a nonprofit that employs atrisk teens Its very rough very violent Unfortunately people who step into that place usually do step out a lot The Springer facility could remove its juvenile population as early as this summer and replace it Please see JUSTICE Page A6 IMMIGRATION Contact John Sena at 9953812 or firstname.lastname@example.org ban stalls but 11 B 1 I T ClCOdtt IHIlifcTS By David Crary The Associated Press NEW YORK A proposal to change longstand ing federal policy and deny citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants on soil ran aground this month in Congress but it is sure to resurface kindling bitter debate even if it fails to become law At issue is birthright citizenship provided for since the Constitutions 14th Amendment was rati fied in 1868 Section 1 of that amendment drafted with freed slaves in mind says All persons bom or naturalized Please see BIRTHRIGHT Page A3 TECHNOLOGY Scientists battle common sense in question of leap second ByGuyGugiictta The Washington Post WASHINGTON Tune marches on but Earth is falling behind The solution again this year is to add a leap second as 2005 ticks away so Earth can catch up with the atomic clocks that have defined time since thek unerring accuracy trumped the heavens three decades ago This will be the fkst leap second in seven years and its arrival will be closely watched by physicists and astronomers enmeshed in a pro longed debate over the future of time A lineup of leap seconds As the difference between international atomic time and mean solar time approaches seconds the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service announces an impending leap second Coordinated Universal Time is adjusted simultaneously worldwide on either June 30 or for this year Dec 31 at Mountain Standard Tims midnight Greenwich Mean Note Earths rotation has not 22 seconds since 1970 Leap seconds merely correct for the daily disparity between solar mean time and atomic clock time ooooooo oeo o i I I I i I I T T T Y T Y Y T Y Y Y Y r O O O e o o i i i V Y r O I T o o Y Y O 70 72 74 SO in a world increasingly dominated by technology Some experts think the leap second should be abolished because the peri odic but random adjustment of time 82 90 92 94 imposes unreasonable and perhaps dangerous disruptions on precision software applications including cell phones aktrafFic control and power grids 02 04 06 CASK VVUHffiSTOM rtST Others however argue that it would be expensive to adjust satel lites telescopes and other astronomi cal systems that are hardwked for the leap second and besides people want thek watches to be in sync with the heavens Nobody knows how disruptive the leap second really is but researchers hope to find out soon Were going to look at what happens this said Naval Research Laboratory physicist Ronald Beard If there are no signifi cant problems the whole issue will go away but I dont expect that to Leap seconds are an outgrowth of the postWorld War TJ development of increasingly accurate clocks based Please see SECOND Page A6 A DiNINS LEGACY Rancho de Chimayo has been area favorite for years Business Dl OBITUARY Marda M Ugan 72 Santa Fe PageC2 PETS SET POLICY There is a small but growing number of pet owners buying health insurance for their beloved animals Local news Cl Index Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds Horoscope Local D4 Police Scoreboard Time FITTING END OF AN ERA The best team of the last generation of ABCs Monday Night Football the New England Patriots closed the show out on the network with a trouncing of the New York Jets the team that hosted the first game Sports Bi TODAY Clouds and sun High 5L low 23 PageC6 Five sections 26 pages Main Late News 156th year Issue No 361 Publication No 596440 A locally owned and independent newspaper 1 f Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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