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Byline: Janet I. Tu and Lornet Turnbull
CORRECTION: Information in this article, originally published December 12, 2006, was corrected December 12, 2006. A version of this story incorrectly stated that Rep. John Ahern, a Spokane Republican, created a stir last year when he said the Washington-grown fir inside the capitol rotunda at the state house in Olympia should be called a holiday tree, not a Christmas tree. He actually stated that the holiday tree should be called a Christmas tree.
Dec. 12--The holiday trees that went away in the middle of the night are back.
Monday night, Port of Seattle staff began putting up the trees they earlier had removed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The trees had come down Friday night after a local rabbi requested that a Hanukkah menorah also be displayed, and Port officials had said the threat of a lawsuit left them without enough time to consider all the issues.
A nationwide furor erupted over the weekend as news of the trees' removal spread, with a flood of calls to Port officials and harshly worded e-mails to Jewish organizations.
On Monday, Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky said he would not file a lawsuit and the Port, in response, said it would put the trees back up.
"This has been an unfortunate situation for all of us in Seattle," Port of Seattle Commission President Pat Davis said in a statement. "The rabbi never asked us to remove the trees; it was the Port's …