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  • Hanukkah festivities begin with candle lighting

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression.

    In Israel, families gathered after sundown for the lighting, eating traditional snacks of potato pancakes and doughnuts and exchanging gifts.

    Local officials lit candles set up in public places, while families displayed the nine-candle lamps, called menorahs, in their windows or in special windproof glass boxes outside.

    Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, commemorates the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to impose its culture on Jews and adorn the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem with statues of Greek gods.

    The holiday lasts eight days because according to tradition, when the Jews rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, a single vial of oil, enough for one day, burned miraculously for eight.

  • YAC schedule 12-09-12


    • Monday: Christmas lanterns
    • Tuesday: Paper poinsettia
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Holiday bingo
    • Friday: Kids choice board games

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity  Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Word on the Street 12-09-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Sebastian Garcia asked LAHS students, “What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name John Lennon?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 12-09-12
  • Paying homage to the ‘Lizard King’

    The 1960s were a turbulent time full of war protests and countercultures. In addition, that decade also produced many unforgettable rock front men that questioned not only the American government, but also society.
    Jim Morrison of The Doors is perhaps the most controversial of these bold singers. In honor of Morrison’s birthday on Dec. 8, 1943, it is essential to pay respects to the man that defined an entire generation with his stage antics and lyrics.
    From the beginning of his career, Morrison was able to command audiences with his ability turn his poetry into stunning epics.
    “The Doors” formed in 1965, and by the time 1970 came along, a combination of touring, recording and Morrison’s constant drug and alcohol abuse threatened to destroy the Los Angeles band.
    Following the widely unsuccessful release of their fourth studio album “The Soft Parade,” which relied heavily on horns and over-produced tracks, “The Doors” found themselves at the end of their career. Released Feb. 1 1970, “Morrison Hotel” breathed life back into the band, while warning that their best was yet to come.
    Morrison somehow found a way to come out of his drug-induced haze to write some of the best lyrics of his career.

  • Students show of their fancy footwork Monday

    Since the start of year, the dance students of Los Alamos High School have been learning and perfecting the art of ballroom dance. From the Samba to the Paso Doble, their dancing spans many cultures and many time periods. The student dancers also choreograph their own dances to show off to the audience at the end of the semester. See the student-choreographed dances and formation dances, as well as guest performances, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.

  • Fashion Maven: Denim done different

    Everyone has a pair of jeans. In fact, most of us have multiple pairs and over time, they have become the go-to type of pants that we can wear casually or professionally, depending on cut, fit and wash.
    Because of the latest trend, denim shirts and jackets are being worn more frequently. Surprisingly, this fad hadn’t been “in” until recently.
    We wear jeans frequently, so it makes sense to extend the convenient and comfortable qualities of denim to shirts.
    Since some denim is stiff or thick, it might seem uncomfortable to wear in jacket or shirt form. After all, we want to utilize the complete mobility of our arms, do we not?
    However, the new denim shirt trend has created tops that are just as comfortable as your favorite pair of skinnies. Very thin denim is used to make button-up shirts and thicker —but not more inflexible — denim is designed into comfortable jackets.
    Denim button-up shirts go hand-in-hand with studs, which are also currently trending. Button-ups that have collars adorned with sequins, pearls, rhinestones or metal accents, make fashionable and unique statements.
    You can button up your shirt all the way, wear it half-buttoned-up with a colorful or neutral shirt underneath, or use it as a light jacket.

  • A book not to curl up with

    SANTA FE – Have you ever researched a question and discovered that the answer leads to many more questions? That’s what happened with the compilation of a book that is referred to by many as the encyclopedia of Santa Fe.
    The book was produced as a part of the celebration of Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary in 2010. An outstanding task force of local historians compiled a list of trivia about Santa Fe, which expanded to 400 questions with answers and references. Most of the answers led to further questions and more answers.
    The task force strived for accuracy but some of the questions don’t have definitive answers. I was contacted by the task force about some of those questions. I told them what I had heard but some of the published answers reveal that others had heard differently.
    “Santa Fe: 400 Years, 400 Questions” is a fun book to read. Because the 304-page book has 400 numbered questions, it is easy to put down at the drop of a hat, the ring of a telephone or the announcement that the doctor is finally ready to see you.
     It isn’t a book to curl up with and read all night because you can’t put it down. Save that for a good murder mystery on a snowy night.

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