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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 30, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA E DECEMBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS A WHISKER AWAY FROM DEATH teen runs off to Iraq to see struggle oo between good and evil By Jason Strazsuso The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraq Maybe it was the time the tasi dumped him at the Iraq Kuwait border leaving him alone in the middle of the desert Or when he drew a crowd at a Baghdad food stand after using an Arabic phrase book to order Or the moment a Kuwaiti cab driver almost punched him in the face when he balked at the fere But at some point Farris Hassan a 16yearold from Florida realized that traveling to Iraq by himself was not the safest thing he could have done with his Christmas vacation And he didnt even tell his parents Farris dangerous adventure winds down with the 101st Airborne delivering the Fort Lauderdale teen to the US Embassy in Baghdad which had been on the lookout for him and promises to send him back to the United States this weekend Please see IRAQ Page A4 Peter Associated Press Farris Hassan a 16yearold from Fort LauderdaEe is shown Wednesday hi Baghdad Iraq tagged for cellphone use Jane New Mexican A driver talks on her cell phone at the corner of Cerriilos Road and St Francis Drive on Thursday morning Santa Fe law prohibits drivers from using ceil phones without a handsfree device Santa Fe police say many drivers still not taking law seriously By Jason Auslander The New Mexican While drivers who talk on cell phones remain ubiquitous in Santa Fe police say they enforce the citys ban on such behavior This year between Jan 1 and Dec 1 Santa Fe police officers wrote tickets to motorists caught talking on the phone while driving within the city limits said Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson And while Johnson said he believes many drivers have taken the law seriously and purchased handsfree devices many have not So many people are doing it it may be giving the impression we dont enforce it but we he said Our goal is to make sure we send a message to driv Please see TAGGED Page A5 THE LAW Passed by the City Coun cil went into effect four years ago Jan Rne for violating the law is including court costs Signs warning of the law and advertising the possible fine are posted along roads heading in to the city LANL Security project sparks lawsuit County says sixgate checkpoint could hurt tourism development By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican Los Alamos County this week carried out its threat to sue the Department of Energy over a planned security checkpoint near Los Alamos National Laboratory The government maintains the project which calls for rebuilding a major intersection with a complex of security gates and traffic lanes is intended to keep potential truck bombs and other unwanted vehicles from reaching the nuclearweapons lab However the county worries that what the federal agency calls a vehicle limitation device also could deter tourists hurt economic develop ment and impede emergency vehicles among other ill effects At an estimated cost of million the Energy Department intends to build an inter change on West Jemez Road at Diamond Drive with six gates said Bernie Pleau a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administra tion which oversees the project Jemez Road is one of two major eastwest routes in the oncesecret hilltop community whose history and economy are dominated by the birthplace of the atomic bomb Diamond Drive runs northsouth bridging a canyon that separates some lab areas from the heart of the residential and commercial commu nity that sprang up following World War IL Pleau said traffic through the intersection would be handled according to three different levels of security At the lowest level cars would be waved through and only suspicious vehicles and large trucks would be searched Pleau said vehicles would be waved through the checkpoint most of the time At the second level cars would be randomly Please see LANL Page A5 Plaza menorah repaired relighted Religious leaders say vandalism represents small number of hateful people By Brandon Garcia The New Mexican Three religious leaders say recent vandalism to the Plaza rnenorah was an act of antiSemitism but Santa Fe is still safe for Jews About 100 people watched as the repaired Hanukkah display was relighted Thursday evening The menorahs branches were bent and twisted and the glass tops on its candelabrums were smashed Tuesday night I dont think Jews need to be afraid in Santa said Rabbi Malka Drucker of HaMakom a Jewish community We dont have people painting swastikas on Drucker and the Rev Richard Murphy of St Bedes Episcopal Church agreed with Rabbi Berel Levertov of the Chabad Jew ish Center of Santa Fe who said the vandalism was antiSemitic because no other religious displays in the same area were damaged Murphy said the incident proves theres a presence of religious bigotry in the but he believes ifs a small number of hateful people I dont think Santa Fe is an anti Semitic Levertov Please see MENORAH Page A6 Rabbi Chaim Schmukler from the Chabad Jewish Center of Albuquerque lights the Santa Fe Plaza menorah Thursday The menorah was vandalized Tuesday night Jane Phillips The New Mexican OBITUARIES Laurence 60 Tesuque Dec 22 RosinaABaca Dec 24 Efrain C Campos 81 Santa Fe Dec 26 GuadaiupeC Albuquerque Dec 27 Michael F Gray 60 Santa Fe Dec 29 Theodore Puck 89 Nov 6 Jack Robinson 54 Dec 26 David Romero 62 Dec24 PageC2 JAGUARS IN TOURNEY SEMIS Capital rolls over Bernaiillo 5825 at the Stu Clark Tournament Sports Bl Landscaper needs help with rent after weather slows down business PageC6 DEADLINE LOOMS Saturday is the final day applicants rejected from the 1986 amnesty program can apply for citizenship Page A6 A GUIDE 10 WINTER DRIVING How local teens can prepare for driving in snow and ice Generation Next Dl EIGHTEEN More than a year ago two economicimpact studies of art in Santa Fe revealed the city doesnt provide young artists enough opportunities to keep them living and working here Pasatiempo talked to 18 artists between the ages of 12 and 28 to get their views on the matter Pasatiempo inside TODAY Partly sunny High 51 low 25 PageC8 Index Annies D6 D4 A locally owned and independent newspaper 2 Generation Horoscope Local Police Time Main office9833303 Five sections 38 pages Late paper9840363 Pasatiempo 72 pages 156th year Issue No 364 News Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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