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When Will the Violence End in Juarez?
By Rafael Navarro Barron
For reporters and
others who cover the news in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, it’s the eternal question, something that’s asked of us every day. When will the violence end? Although we try to cover the news as well as we can, it becomes increasingly difficult when your news day starts with car bombings, threats by delinquents, shots fired from guns with high potency, intimidation by governmental structures so that the public won’t become aware of their ineptitude and their corruption. Daily statistics frighten even the bravest of reporters, and statistics don’t lie. We hear about statistics about murders being committed in the city, and, at the time that this analysis was written, the problems serve to electrify the populace in a negative way. Let’s see, on Thursday, there were seven killed; 17 met their doom on Friday, on Saturday, we suffered 11 executions. On Sunday, a day in which we felt the violence would cease somewhat, without our hearing the rat-a-tat-tat of bullets, there were six murders, all of them young people who were at a party. At the end of the day, there had been 21 people executed – which made the day the most violence of the year. Those who witness or who hear about the non-stop bloody violence ask themselves, “when will this violence in Juarez come to an end?” Apparently, however, nobody has an answer. All the predictions that have been made, have been wrong. The cartels – the murderers – predict that the violence will end, that “deadly weapons will fall silent,” at the start of the new year – January, 2011. Chihuahua’s Governor-elect, Cesar Duarte of the PRI, also promised, mind you now, he promised that the violence would end at the start of the new year, 2011. What is it about this day that makes him so sure that people will
awake to a peaceful Juarez? Should we believe him? No, because he’s a politician. What have been some of the results of the ongoing dread? Thousands of Juarenses have fled the city, 500 teachers, according to official data, have also left by asking for transfers to other, less deadly communities. Everyone, it seems, is leav-
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based their prediction on disagreements with the social order that have been a part of Mexico’s history in 1810 (the fight for Independence); and in 1910 (the Mexican Revolution). Mexico’s past history have been enough inspiration for the currents that affect the nation today, and, that, in 2010, a new revolution would take place to continue the cycle of revolutionary
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ing. Everytime someone leaves, those of us who remain behind feel deserted. Juarez has become a city of sadness, restaurants remain empty, two universities – schools of higher learning have shut their doors because there are no students to teach. Nobody believes politicians anymore, because the population believes that they are afraid of the hit squads that surround the city. To boot, a great majority of Juarenses believe that military personnel and law officers are in cahoots with the killers, that there is extortion, thievery, kidnappings in which innocent people are held, albeit, many politicians are corrupt and are working in conjunction with traffickers.
change. They weren’t mistaken. The war has now hit the streets. The same problems that fomented the revolutions of 1810 and 1910 are now forming what is being considered a Third Revolution. I am referring to the poor. These people have become what criminals need so that they can form their own government, so that these people can pur the squeeze on government. In three years, we have lost our nation because our political leaders didn’t have the strength fo avoid the current crisis either socially or economically. The question that is asked of us not only in Juarez proper, but, in El Paso as well, is: “When will the violence end and is there no solution to the problem?” The answer is, yes, there is a solution. In a conversation with religious people, former professional athletes,... Continues on page 4
A CERTAIN PREDICTION:
At the beginning of 2009, Mexican intellectuals believed that our Mexican nation would meet the new year with a new social order. They
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Democrat Bill White is snubbing President Obama at his own peril
by Joe Olvera (c), 2010
I think that Bill
White is making a huge mistake, ignoring President Obama's recent trip to Texas where the President addressed more than 3,000 students at U.T. Austin. White's excuse for not meeting with and/or speaking with Obama is that he is busy running his campaign for Texas Governor against Republican incumbent Rick Perry. Sorry, Bill, but, you can't have it both ways. Either you are with the President or you are against him. If you think that by ignoring him, you're going to win my vote, well, you're sadly mistaken. And, for you to suggest that if the President wants to talk to you at all, that he should call you. As we say in Spanish, Bill: "Mira, mira, pues, quien te crees?" I'm watching your campaign very closely, Bill, because I believe you're wearing a coat of many colors - color you red, blue, purple, and whatever other color you pre-
fer. The scuttlebutt is that you're trying to appease moderate Republicans by acting as if Obama were your enemy. He's not, you know. He's working to get you elected as the first Democrat Governor in Texas in more than two decades. But, the way you're going about it, you're hurting yourself much as Al Gore hurt himself when he refused the help of thne-President Bill Clinton. With Clinton's many problems, both politically and personally, Gore chose to distance himself and refused to acknowledge one of the most popular presidents in history. Well, guess what, Bill, Gore lost the election. I'm afraid the way you're going - striving to put yourself above the fray isn't going to work for you either. You know, Obama might have his detractors, but, he's doing everything he promised when he ran for President. He's not succeeding at everything simply because the Republicans have placed many
obstacles in his path. You know that, don't you, Bill? After all,you're a savvy candidate. You read and listen to the news, don't you? Obama is doing everything he can to secure the border with Mexico, as Republicans are demanding. He knows that Republicans won't accept any form of immigration reform until the border is secure - to their satisfaction, that is. Well, Obama has been as tough as he can be about that issue without alienating the many Hispanics who supported him in 2008, but, alas, and alack, he can only do so much. Many Mexicans think he's not doing enough, but,they don't understand that Obama isn't a dictator, he can't just say do it, and it will get done. No, he's got to fight Congress, the Senate, Tea Party enthusiasts and many other voters who are anti-immigration, legal or illegal. Continues on next page
Escalante Enterprises 2nd Annual Rainy Day Bailout:Give us your story, we'll give you a roof
El Paso, TX -August 10, 2010. Escalante Enterprises of El Paso will give away a free roof to a family or person in need. Winners will be announced on September 8, 2010. All entries must be submitted by Friday, September 3,2010. This is the second year Escalante Enterprises hosts the Rainy Day Bailout charity. The rules are simple, give them your story and they'll give you a roof. To participate, contestants are asked to write a letter (200 words or less) explaining the personal or financial hardships that have kept them from making necessary improvements to their home and all efforts they've made in furtherance of overcoming such hardships. Letters may be submitted electronically at www.EscalanteEnterprises.com or prises.com or Jessica Escalante, Project Coordinator at 915.860.2672, email@example.com Escalante Enterprises of El Paso is a locally owned roofing company. In business for over 25 years, the roofing contractor specializes in residential and commercial roofing. mailed to 355 Ivey Rd, El Paso, TX 79927. Deadline for letters is Friday, September 3, 2010. Free roof winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. All participants must own property in question. For nomination or participation inquiries, please contact Johnny Escalante, Sales and Marketing Director at 915.920.9180, johnny@escalanteenter"We know there are bigger issues in the city, but we are taking care of the issues we know," stated Johnny Escalante, Sales and Marketing Director. For more information contact: Johnny Escalante Sales and Marketing Director Office: 915.860.2672 Cell: 915.920.9180 Johnny@escalanteenterprises.com
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Continued from page 2 ... former governmental employees, and others, the conversation becomes the same: “I haven’t been to Juarez, and I’m not going. I’m scared to death of crossing into Mexico.” They may feel sorry for Juarez, but, they don’t understand the problem. They’ve heard of streets being blasted with bullets and blood, they’ve heard of innocent children being killed in broad daylight, and, of course, they’ve heard of adults, women and others being murdered. At the sound of gunfire, everybody runs, and if the gunfire happens at a school, children immediately dive for cover. In the minds of many Americans, the idea is that Juarez’s problem is focused on the battle between two cartels for supremacy. However, what they ignore is that drug trafficking is only one of the many problems that have infected Juarez. Other crimes include bank robberies, carjacking, extortion, kidnappings, frauds, sexual violations – these crimes are not necessarily committed by organized crime. They are, all too often, committed by common criminals, and, in very few cases, by cartel members. The problem arises in that commissions, politically motivated people, and an irresponsible government don’t truly understand what is happening. What they don’t understand, or don’t want to believe is that the problem is social – that is the root of the evil happening in Juarez. Can we end the violence in Juarez? Of course, we can! That is, we can end it when we attack the social problems, which is not something that happened overnight. The young people who have been recruited to join these nefarious gangs are not from another galaxy, they are young people made of flesh and blood, who have experienced misery and extreme poverty throughout their lives. These are young people who have dealt with a harsh reality – that children, teenagers, young adults, and others are without a solid education. They have been part of the extreme poverty that afflicts our nation. The enormous differences between rich and poor in Mexico are part and parcel of the problem, part of the violence that has engulfed Mexico, and, in particular, the State of Chihuahua. Let’s look at some items that reflect on Juarez – Juarez is No. 1 in terms of poor transportation; first place in divorces; first place in the high cost of natural gas; first place in the cost of gasoline (in a one-year period, the cost of gas has been raised 8 times); we have the high cost of electricity, sometimes even more expensive than that in El Paso, Texas; Juarez leads the nation in houses being abandoned because the government placed those houses where flooding is a major problem; open canals carry disease and dead animals through these neighborhoods – is it any wonder that people have abandoned these homes constructed with state and federal money? .....To read the full story go to www.spotlightepnews.com also available in Spanish
Census and Redistrictin
The census had two stages. The first stage was the mail in forms that were distributed to El Pasoans who filled them out and mailed them back. El Paso County did quite well as 72% of the recipients responded. However, the Census Bureau arbitrarily excluded Socorro, San Elizario and Homestead Meadows North from participation. This exclusion may very well have alienated an estimated 50,000 residents from participating in the mail in process. After the initial stage, the process now required census personnel to go door to door getting the forms filled out. This is where we became very concerned. I had hoped that the bureau would provide information to my office that confirmed an aggressive and complete effort in east El Paso County. Even after asking for meetings, the Census Bureau was a closed door. The only information we received was an explanation of the census process. This was done over and over. With so much on the line for my district and El Paso County, I sent a letter to the state director pretty much demanding proof that enough money and people were used to physically contact our residents. I provided the committee with a copy of the letter. The testimony that my office provided was well received by the members of the committee. The Chair of the committee accepted a motion that they recall the state director to answer the questions they had and also to address our issues. The scheduled meeting in the Dallas area is where the committee plans to hear from him. I will be there to meet him in person and to advocate for El Paso. Our community cannot let this issue go without forcefully standing for our needs.
• Qué: Sirviendo su objetivo de atender las necesidades apremiantes de las comunidades del mundo, el Club de Leones Atlanta Latino – entidad sin fines de lucro- ha habilitado una cuenta de banco para recaudar donativos en pro de la reconstrucción de Monterrey, ciudad que fue severamente afectada por el fenómeno meteorológico "Alex". Los Leones son una red internacional de 1,3 millones de hombres y mujeres de 205 países y áreas geográficas, quiénes trabajan juntos para ayudar en casos de desastres mayores, dan ayuda vocacional y servicios humanitarios en el mundo. • Cómo: cuenta 0032 6121 7675 de Bank of America a nombre de Atlanta Latino Lions Club • Informes: Atlanta.Latino. firstname.lastname@example.org 770-377-8921.
n Tuesday, August 16th, Representative Joe Pickett hosted several House Members who were in El Paso to hold a committee hearing on redistricting. The event was preceded by an informal evening reception where a good number of local elected officials had the opportunity to share their concerns and issues. Before you can do any redistricting, you must first have a complete and accurate census count. That is the main issue that I wanted to be put before the committee so that they can understand our dilemma. Leading up to the initiation of the census, several estimates and projections had been issued. The Texas Department of State Health Services estimated that the population in El Paso County would be around 773,000. Later, we saw a release from the U.S. Census Bureau that estimated the population count at 754,000. This summer, the State Demographer release an estimate that showed our population at 804,000. Basically, we need as high a population as possible to avoid having a reduced representation in the House of Representatives. I have shared with you my concerns about that on several occasions in the past. The most important issue that needed to be clear was that the census did not work cooperatively with my office. We were adamant about seeing to it that an accurate and complete count was done but census personnel would not keep us informed.
Democrat Bill White..
Continued from page 3 But, you, bill, what are you doing about immigration? At least we know where Rick Perry stands, he's for tough border enforcement, although whatever Obama does in that respect is never enough for him. But, where do you stand, really, Bill? So, if you would rather campaign on your own, rather than teaming up with President Obama, then, let the chips fall where they may. I was thinking of supporting you this time around, but, Bill, after you snubbed my President, and, yes, your President too, I'm beginning to doubt myself. Should I, or shouldn't I, that is the question. Unless you reverse your anti-Obama sting, Bill, I'm afraid the answer is going to be, "shouldn't." Orale! Sin Fin
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Western Technical College Partners with Socorro Independent School District to Prepare Students for Automotive Technician Certifications
August 16, 2010-El Paso,
Technical College’s (WTC) Automotive Technology Program has recently partnered with high schools from Socorro Independent School District’s (SISD) Career and Technical Education Program. The goal of the partnership is to help high school student’s advance by preparing them for important industry certifications such as those from the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and competencies required by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Participating high schools are Americas, Socorro, and El Dorado. The partnership began this week with specialized tours and safety orientation for the high school students to become acquainted with the automotive facility at WTC’s Main Campus. Robert Galvan, Advanced Automotive Technology Instructor of America’s High School, has been actively working with the College to develop the new partnership. Galvan says, “This is the first program of this kind for SISD’s Automotive Technology Program, where high school students will go to a college campus and practice their automotive learning with college instructors and with the latest technology in a facility that our high school budgets just don’t allow for.” Albert Garcia, Supervisor of the Automotive Technology program at WTC has been working with Galvan to solidify the partnership. Garcia says, “We are thrilled to be helping SISD, as they have their own automotive programs, but the advanced equipment and technology will enhance the curriculum. Ultimately, this training partnership will help students to become better prepared for their future career.” Diana Medina, an Instructional Specialist for SISD Career and Technical Education, and has been with the District for 30 years, says, “SISD has been looking to take our advanced automotive classes to the next level in education. This is a very innovative concept, and like WTC provides
externship opportunities through its curriculum, SISD will be placing these students in the second semester in a real working environment.” SISD is also working on an articulation agreement with WTC so that those high school students who go through the program and decide to continue their education at WTC, will not have to take classes that they have already been trained in and have the technical background for. George Arrants is a Consultant for both SISD and WTC and says, “ This is a partnership that will not only provide students with higher quality post secondary training while still in high school but, will truly benefit the local business community by keeping the local talent local and providing a seamless transition to high education. Western Tech is providing an amazing community service and cost savings to Socorro ISD and the future transportation workforce in El Paso.”
El Paso, TX. July 12, 2010
What: SISD High School Students Training at Western Technical College, Advanced Auto Technology & Practicum When: Begins Monday, August 9, Monday- Fridays. throughout 2010 8:30- 11:15 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m. Where: Western Technical College, Main Campus, 9624 Plaza Circle Dr.
Mathew McIntyre has become the youngest person to cross America by motorcycle. He was accompanied by his father Tracy and grandfather Gene. All three generations rode there Honda Motorcycles from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California (coast to coast). The trio started on July 7 and finished on July 11, 2010. Mathew who is 14 is now the youngest person on record to ride a motorcycle from coast to coast across
America. All three took pictures, video and kept travel logs for the benefit of several national magazines who will be publishing stories about the ride. Witnesses followed the trio to document and support the ride. Tracy McIntyre, President and CEO of Mr Motorcycle 6020 Gateway East in El Paso stated “My father turns 70 this year and Mr. Motorcycle is celebrating its 25 anniversary so we decided to celebrate by helping Mathew break this record"
For More Information, Contact Donna Covey at (915) 253-4764
Grant to Help UTEP Library Digitize Mexican Revolution Archives
The University of Texas at El Paso library recently earned a grant to digitize regional materials that document the history of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The library will oversee the creation of a bibliography of photographs, manuscripts and print materials related to the Mexican Revolution that are appropriate for digitization in the University Library, the El Paso County Historical Society and the El Paso Public Library. The bibliography will be on the University Library’s website, libraryweb.utep.edu. UTEP library officials expect interest to grow in the revolution, including the Battle of Juárez, as its 100th anniversary gets closer, said Claudia Rivers, head of the Special Collections department. “Because of these anniversaries, the library anticipates heavy usage of its revolution-related collections. Putting some of them online will allow students of all levels to use the materials,” Rivers said. The UTEP program was among nearly 30 selected by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The almost $800,000 in awards are administered by the commission and funded primarily by the federal Library Services and Technology Act through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant runs from Sept. 1, 2010, through Aug. 31, 2011. The grants were made to libraries and regional library systems across the state that support library collaboration, literacy and educational attainment initiatives, digitization and other resource sharing, according to a commission announcement. The University Library grant was in the TexTreasures category, which provides access to libraries’ special or unique assets, and supports the distribution of the information. Information: 915-747-5697
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By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
A Hot and Dry August
This August is going down as not only fairly dry but also very hot. As of this writing we’ve had 7 days of triple digits (we typically don’t see too many) and the average rainfall for this month is well below normal (August is our wettest month of the year). Below is the total number of triple digits per month since 1970. As you can see over the past 15 years we’ve only had 3 years (including this year) in the month of August with 4 or more triple digit days. You’ll notice that the month of September rarely brings triple digits but the way this year has been, we may see more hot days than we want.
TOTAL NUMBER OT TRIPLE DIGITS PER MONTH PER YEAR 1879-2008 (Courtesy of the El Paso National Weather Service)
What is the average ending date for triple digits in El Paso?
A. August 1 B. August 13 C. August 25 D. September 6 E. September 10
“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.
Answer: B. August 13
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Fall’s Color Palette
Don't let life get you down ... just open your closet and throw some color on. How about Lipstick Red? Purple Orchid? Living Coral? Blue Lagoon? These are the new hues touted by the color authorities at Pantone, a color forecasting company, and by fashion designers hoping that we'll all get in a much brighter mood when fall rolls around. Consumers may still be watching their budgets, but we all get the urge to splurge every once in a while, according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Building on the color palette from spring," she says, "this season's offerings include innovative takes on fundamental basics, as well as transporting lively colors that conjure images of travel and adventure, whether real or aspirational." So even if you're an armchair fashion traveler, you can still indulge in the allure of vibrant colors that look like they've sprung up from an exotic travel poster. This fall, red is one of the most dramatic colors that designers are falling for. The hot color always adds a spark to black and is the perfect foil for the popular leopard prints and camel tones this fall. When worn head-to-toe, it can be stunning. "Red plays an important role in our fall and holiday collections," says special occasion designer Sherri Hill, whose namesake collection this fall features her famous "shift shaper" sheath dresses. "When dressing up and wanting to make a fashion statement, nothing evokes more attention than a red dress or gown," Hill adds. "When women wear red, they feel attractive and sexually desirable. All eyes go to the woman in the red dress when she enters the room. Red is a strong color that inspires confidence and inner strength and makes the wearer feel positive and good about herself." Hill has incorporated a red palette into her collections because she feels the color not only works well with many different skin tones and hair colors, but it also evokes power — and "nothing is more attractive than a dominant, powerful women in a beautifully cut and designed dress." Other designers are getting into the rush on red this fall, too. Tommy Hilfiger, famous for his signature "Americana" classic collegiate style, says that "pops of color, especially tomato red, really plays off gray to create a dynamic look." Yigal Azrouel, whose favorite fall color is vermillion red, says that "it screams against stark cool neutrals." His must-have item for your closet is a vermillion cocoon coat that "dramatically envelopes the body." Christophe Lemaire at Lacoste uses what he calls a "vibrant and crisp colorful cocktail of red-orange, nugget gold, virtual pink and raspberry radiance" in his go-to item of the season — a cotton and wool bolero jacket that combines all these vibrant hues. In Thuy Diep's fall collection, a dahlia-red, paisley wrap dress is sparked with Swarovski crystals. "Rich vibrant colors raise our optimism and mood," says Diep. "The new fashion color rule for 2010 is that there are no rules." Designer Nanette Lepore agrees that happy colors are more important now than ever. "Incorporating a few fresh colors into your wardrobe can revitalize and provide an array of potential new color combinations to make getting dressed exciting," she says. "Of course, we are conscious of the economic conditions, but that does not deter us from continuing to put out luxurious, beautiful clothing," says designer Rachel Roy. "My new fashion color rule for 2010? Have fun with color always!" And even if you're on a bare-bones budget this fall, splurge a little and put some color on. You can always buy a new tube of red lipstick! Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.
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Designer Sherri Hill joins the red club this fall with her figure-enhancing "Shape Shifter" collection of mini-dresses with built-in foundations available at retail for under $300 (www.sherrihill.com).
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DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
DAD'S CHRONIC CHEATING STRAINS DAUGHTER'S TRUST IN BOYFRIEND
DEAR ABBY: My father is having an affair -- another one. It is not the first time I have found evidence of it. I was using his computer to work on my grandmother's memorial and an IM popped up from a woman telling him to meet her at a family event my mother was not supposed to attend. Her message to Dad was extremely sexual and very upsetting. The "other woman" is an old high school friend of my parents' and a friend of the family. I have confronted my father in the past, even threatened to end my relationship with him if it didn't stop. My heart breaks for Mama, but she loves Dad so much she will stand by him through anything. Somehow, I always manage to get stuck in the middle of their marital problems, and I was even blamed for their separation five years ago. This has affected my relationship with my boyfriend because I have extreme trust issues. I find myself hating my father more and more each day. Please help me before I lose my sanity. -- DAUGHTER OF A CHEATER
For your own emotional well-being you must remove yourself from the drama and dysfunction in your parents' marriage. You cannot fix what's wrong with it; your father doesn't want to and your mother appears to have made peace -- if you can call it that -- with his infidelities. Not all men are like your father. Many men respect women and are capable of having loving, monogamous marriages. You need professional help, and with good reason, and I urge you Dear to get it. Abby If you don't, your hatred of your father may color the way you regard all men, and it will always be a problem. ** DEAR ABBY: We have some longtime friends, the "Gotrocks," who frequently come over for dinner. When they do, they bring "house gifts" -- commercially made cakes, Danish, etc. that are well past their expiration dates -- then brag about how much they saved on the food. My wife and I limit our intake of sugar, high-fat and processed foods, and the Gotrocks are aware of it because we have told them, but they persist. I am offended that they would offer lowquality food that I wouldn't serve an animal. What should I do? Accept the garbage gracefully, not serve it and deepsix it after they leave, or tell them to stop bringing it? Incidentally, money isn't an issue here; they proudly admit they are cheap. -- OFFENDED IN PENNSYLVANIA Having been put on notice that you and your wife do not consume sugary, high-fat and processed foods, the Gotrocks already know they are bringing an inappropriate house gift. Here's how I'd handle it: The next time they come, make a point of serving their gift to THEM for dessert -- while you and your wife enjoy a healthy portion of fresh fruit. If they enjoy it -- fine. If they look askance, you will have made your point. Waste not, want not. ** DEAR ABBY: How do you respond to an overweight person who says she's fat? Or a short person who says she's short? Or to anyone else who points out a true physical flaw that goes against today's ridiculous standard of beauty? I am in a sorority and this happens all the time. Please don't tell me to say that their personalities are beautiful -- even if it's true -- because what these girls want to hear is that they are physically beautiful. -THE UGLY TRUTH FAIRY
Organic Vs. Non-Organic? Know The Dirty Dozen
It's summer, the perfect time to crank up your intake of fruits and vegetables. If you don't know why that's important, you have flunked Healthy Living 101 and can spend the rest of the day sipping high-fructose slushies at your local hot-dog stand. Others may proceed to your local farmer's market and have your best time. The peaches are divine, the berries are luscious, and even the beets are calling out to you: buy me, steam me, love me with a dash of olive oil and a side of just-picked sweet corn. But here's a question ripe for answering: Should you only and always buy organic fruits and vegetables? Not necessarily. If you can afford all organic all the time, go for it. Your body will be much happier, and you'll be supporting the farmers and businesses that bring you pure food, clean food, food that is free of the kinds of chemicals and toxins that increase your risk of certain cancers. But consider this: Buying organic is more important for some foods than others. The Environmental Working Group has come up with an invaluable list of The Dirty Dozen conventionally grown fruits and veggies that have the most pesticides. Read the list, memorize the list, or carry it with you when you shop. When you're buying The Dirty Dozen, go organic and don't regret the expense for a moment. The Dirty Dozen: 1. Peaches 2. Apples 3. Bell peppers 4. Celery 5. Nectarines 6. Strawberries 7. Cherries 8. Kale 9. Lettuce 10. Grapes 11. Carrots 12. Pears. The next EWG list is The Clean 15. These are the lowest in pesticides, and you can get away with buying the conventional varieties: 1. Onions 2. Avocados 3. Sweet Corn 4. Pineapples 5. Mangoes 6. Asparagus 7. Sweet peas 8. Kiwifruit 9. Cabbage 10. Eggplant 11. Papayas 12. Watermelon 13. Broccoli 14. Tomatoes 15. Sweet Potatoes. What about fruits and veggies that don't show up on either list? Use your head. For example, I love spinach. It's not on either list, but spinach is a second cousin to kale, and since kale shows up on The Dirty Dozen list, I'm going with organic spinach. Cantaloupe is in the melon family with watermelon, so consider conventionally grown cantaloupes an acceptable choice. By the way, if your local farm stand doesn't advertise itself as certified-organic, don't reject it outright — use your words. Many small farmers who don't spray with chemicals or use pesticides can't afford the time or money to buy the certifiedorganic label. So ask questions. The more interest you show, the more likely Farmer Brown will throw in a few extra ears of that delicious corn. Q & A: Strength Training 101: How Many Sets Is Enough? Here's a strength-training question I'm asked a lot: Is one set of each exercise enough, or do you have to do two or three sets? My answer won't work for serious body-builders, but for the rest of us mortals just trying to stay strong and prevent injuries, one set is enough — if you are lifting enough weight to nearly exhaust your muscle by the final lift. Here's why: To build muscular strength, you need to bring your muscles to the point of fatigue. It's that final one or two lifts — as you exhale with enthusiasm, giving it everything you've got — that build strength, not the 30 or 40 lifts you can do easily, without real effort. Think of it this way: On a scale of one to 10, with 10 representing the impossible, your goal is to have your last rep be an eight or nine. When you can do 12 to 15 reps without getting to that eight or nine level of intensity, it's time to switch to a heavier weight. Also, do each repetition slowly, mindfully, pausing at the top of each movement to give the muscle you're working a little squeeze. And don't let the weight fall back down into the starting position. Big mistake. Resist as you lower the weight, and move directly into the next rep without resting. And never hold your breath when you lift. Exhale on exertion. You knew that, right? Energy Express-O! To Lift Your Spirits "What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those sets and reps ... that we are always stronger than we know." — Arnold Schwarzenegger Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, personal trainer and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longestrunning syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, http://marilynnpreston.com and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to MyEnergyExpress@aol.com.
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you're socially adept, you'll find something nice to say -unless you want to be as welcome as a skunk at a picnic. The girl with the weight problem may have beautiful skin or a fabulous head of hair. And the short girl may have such beautiful posture that people regard her as graceful. Get it? ** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. **
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DEAR UGLY TRUTH FAIRY: Don't lie. But if
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Shawn Dell Joyce Ocean fish are the last wild creatures that people hunt on a large scale. We used to think of the ocean's bounty as endless, until recently, we have discovered its limits. Between 1950 and 1994, ocean fishermen increased their catch 400 percent by doubling the number of boats and using more effective fishing gear, according to Seafood Watch from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. In 1989, the world's catch leveled off at just over 82 million metric tons of fish per year. We have reached "peak fish," and no amount of boats will help us catch more fish. Today, only 10 percent of all large fish — both open ocean species, including tuna, swordfish and marlin, and the large groundfish such as cod, halibut, skates and flounder
— are left in the sea, according to research published in National Geographic. "From giant blue marlin to mighty bluefin tuna, and from tropical groupers to Antarctic cod, industrial fishing has scoured the global ocean. There is no blue frontier left," lead author Ransom Myers told National Geographic. "Since 1950, with the onset of industrialized fisheries, we have rapidly reduced the resource base to less than 10 percent — not just in some areas, not just for some stocks, but for entire communities of these large fish species from the tropics to the poles." "The impact we have had on ocean ecosystems has been vastly underestimated," said co-author Boris Worm. "These are the megafauna, the big predators of the sea, and
lieved that even when there is only one bluefin tuna left in the sea, someone will pay a million dollars to be able to eat it." Earle, who is also an author and sustainability advocate, points out that "most people also don't know how bad it is for us to be eating so much fish, not only because of the destruction of an ecosystem vital to survival but also because the big predatory fish are full of the toxins and other pollutants that we cast into the oceans. It's not as healthy to eat fish as most people believe." Three factors are responsible for the depletion of our oceans: — Coastal wetlands are a fertile habitat for fish and shellfish, but also popular places for people. Continues on next page
Oil spills in the Gulf are an environmental catastrophe, but overfishing is causing greater devastation. the species we most value. Their depletion not only threatens the future of these fish and the fishers that depend on them, it could also bring about a complete reorganization of ocean ecosystems, with unknown global consequences." Marine biologist Sylvia Earle says: "I don't blame the fishermen for this. We, the consumers, have done this because we have a taste for fish and 'delicacies' such as shark-fin soup. Our demand for seafood appears to be insatiable ... driven by high-end appetites. I've always be-
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Continued from page 9 More than half of the world's people live near a seacoast; placing most of our large cities next to the ocean. Bay waters are polluted by sewage, oil, chemicals and agricultural fertilizer. Paved surfaces near wetlands and tidal areas increase storm water runoff. — Trawling and dragging are fishing methods that destroy habitat by dredging up the sea floor. Some trawlers put rock-hopper gear, including old tires, along the base of their nets to roll over rocky reefs giving sea life no place to hide. Dredges drag nets with a chain mesh base through soft sand or mud to catch scallops and sea urchins, crushing other life on the seafloor and damaging places where fish feed and breed. Some scientists believe that fishing with rockhoppers and dredges harms the ocean more than any other human activity. — According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, one in four animals caught in fishing gear dies as bycatch (unwanted or unintentional catch). Tons of fish are tossed out because they're not what the fishing boat was after, have no market value, or are too small to sell. Bycatch often takes young fish that could rebuild depleted populations if they were allowed to grow up and breed. It is estimated that for each pound of shrimp caught in a trawl net, an average of 2 to 10 pounds of other marine life is caught and discarded as bycatch. Some seafood can be sustainably farmed. Clams are raised in special beds on sandy shores, where their harvest does little to disturb the ecosystem. Oysters and mussels are often raised in bags or cages suspended off the seafloor, doing little damage as they're harvested. Many farmed fish, such as salmon, are grown in net pens, like cattle in a feed lot. This is as environmentally damaging in the ocean as cattle feed lots are on land. Additionally, Mangrove forests have been cut down and replaced with temporary shrimp farms that supply shrimp to Europe, Japan and America until the water becomes polluted. Shawn Dell Joyce is an award-winning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at Shawn@ShawnDellJoyce.co m. To find out more about Shawn Dell Joyce and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Dr. James Dobson
QUESTION: My thirteenyear-old daughter has become increasingly lazy in the past couple of years. She lies around the house and will sleep half a day on Saturday. She complains about being tired a lot. Is this typical of early adolescence? How should I deal with it? DR. DOBSON: It is not uncommon for boys and girls to experience fatigue during the years of puberty. Their physical resources are being invested in a rapid growth process during that time, leaving less energy for other activities. This period doesn't last very long and is usually followed by the most energetic time of life. I would suggest, first, that you schedule your daughter for a routine physical examination to rule out the possibility of a more serious explanation for her fatigue. If it does turn out to be a phenomenon of puberty, as I suspect, you should "go with the flow." See that she gets plenty of rest and sleep. This need is often not met because teenagers feel that they shouldn't have to go to bed as early as they did when they were children. Therefore,
they stay up too late and then drag through the next day in a state of exhaustion. Surprisingly, a thirteen- or fourteen-year-old actually needs more rest than when he or she was nine or ten, simply because of the acceleration in growth. In summary, your daughter is turning overnight from a girl into a woman. Some of the physical characteristics you are observing are part of the transformation. Do everything you can to facilitate it. ** QUESTION: How can parents prepare their younger children for the assault on self-esteem that is almost certain to come in adolescence? That was a tough time for me, and I want it to be easier for my kids. DR. DOBSON: Well, one important approach is to teach boys and girls valuable skills with which they can compensate in years to come. They can benefit from learning something that will serve as the centerpiece of their self-concept during the difficult years. This would include learning about basketball, tennis, electronics, art, music or even
raising rabbits for fun and profit. It's not so much what you teach your child. The key is that he or she learns something with which to feel good when the whole world seems to be saying, "Who are you and what is your significance as a human being?" The teenager who has no answer to those questions is left unprotected at a very vulnerable time of life. Developing and honing skills with which to compensate may be one of the most valuable contributions parents can make during the elementary school years. It may even be worth requiring your carefree kid to take lessons, practice, compete and learn something he or she will not fully appreciate for a few more years. **
Dr. Dobson is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 (www.focusonthefamily.org). Questions and answers are excerpted from "Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide" and "Bringing Up Boys," both published by Tyndale House.
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Video Game Reviews
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DEVELOPER: Raven Studios PUBLISHER: Activision SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC, PS3) PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Mature REVIEW RATING: 4 stars (out of 5) Thanks to awesome movies like "The Matrix," many shooters now come packed with some sort of slow motion effect to heighten the gaming experience. Raven Studios decided to expand on this concept by letting players actually manipulate time while playing their new shooter, "Singularity." While this concept makes for some great game play sequences, the rest of the title is rather generic. In an alternate timeline, Russia discovered an incredibly powerful energy source during the Cold War that they dubbed Element 99 (E99). However, it is highly unstable and the research facility on the island of Katorga-12 was destroyed during research. Nearly 50 years later, a U.S. Special Forces team is sent to investigate disturbances in the area and is shot down by enemy forces. Now, it's up to Captain Nathaniel Renko to uncover the conspiracy. Game play consists of the standard shooter fare in the beginning. Sure the action and gunplay are done well, but none of the regular weapons are particularly memorable. It's only until a bit later in the game that the player gains access to out-of-this-world weaponry, such as the E99 Seeker and AutoCannon. What really shines, however, is the ability to control time with the TMD (Time Manip-
ulation Device). This handy gadget lets the player age and renew objects, stop time and control gravity. As a result, inventive combos like using telekinesis to toss a cryo tank into a pack of enemies and then shattering it with the TMD Pulse Wave are possible. I laughed the first time I renewed an enemy into infancy and also enjoyed aging them into piles of dust. The TMD really adds a new layer to game play, but I can't help but feel as if it could have been explored more. My biggest gripe is that the time puzzles become too simplistic. In addition, boss battles are also not very inventive as players are taxed with exploiting classic weaknesses. Still, "Singularity" has solid game play and some fun online multiplayer modes to keep players fascinated with time. REVIEW SCORING SYSTEM 5 stars = Must Have 4 stars = Very Good 3 stars = Above Average 2 stars = Bargain Bin 1 star = Don't Bother RATINGS KEY Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) E: Everyone E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and older) T: Teen (13 and older) M: Mature (17 and older) To find out more about Jeb Haught and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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Pet lovers win a few battles, but ticks winning the war
by yesterday. Says Dr. Dryden, affectionately known as “Dr. Flea” in veterinary and academic circles, don’t hold your breath. That’s because the range and numbers of North America’s tick species — about a dozen of them — just keep growing, along with the populations of deer and wild turkey that serve as their primary targets. “When I started studying ticks, I didn’t know I needed to study deer,” Dr. Dryden said at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s recent convention in Atlanta. “But where there are deer, there are ticks. When I was growing up, we used to stop and stare in amazement when we saw a deer. Now, you only stop if you hit one.” The explosion of deer populations means that ticks are everywhere — and in mild climates, they’re a year-round problem that’s not getting better and and likely won’t. Aggressive hunting and deforestation had decimated deer and turkey populations by the beginning of the last century, said Dr. Dryden, noting that the deer populations of the United States and Canada fell below 300,000 before legislation banned the mass slaughter of game animals — and the U.S. alone is now approaching 28 million deer. Add increases in the number of deer and wild turkey — perfect hosts for juvenile ticks, noted Dr. Dryden — to the successful efforts to regrow forests, as well as a mobile human population that loves to be where the wild things are, and, well, the good news for ticks just keeps coming. “It’s a numbers game,” said Dr. Dryden, who said the problem widely thought to be resistance to tick-control products is really a matter of those products being overwhelmed. In some areas, a dog can pick up one tick per minute on a simple walk, and if a spot-on product eliminates all but a couple of them, the dog’s owner will consider it a failure. “Tick control isn’t like flea control,” he said. “People want to have ticks eliminated and repelled, and that’s just not possible.” Still, he says, some products seem to do better in different regions against different tick populations, making it worthwhile to ask your veterinarian which product works best in your area. For the ticks that remain — and there will always be ticks, ticks and more ticks — picking them off with tweezers or a tick-removal tool immediately after a walk remains the best defense against the parasites. On your property, keep grasses cut low, leaf piles cleaned up and spray under shrubs and along the fence lines, where ticks are waiting for you and your pets. That, or avoid the areas where ticks are heaviest from spring through fall. “Sometimes, the only thing I can advise is that you can’t take your dog where you’ve been taking your dog,” said Dr. Dryden.
Parrots can survive the shift to feral
A: Depends on where you live. If you live in warm Southern California or tropical South Florida, the answer is likely to be “yes.” Both of those regions are wellknown for colonies of feral parrots — escaped pets, most likely, now living as wild. Even in cooler, more northern climates, sightings of parrots gone wild are not uncommon. Some areas consider feral parrots to be a threat to native species, as in the case of a Quaker (also known as Monk) parakeet. The bird’s easy ability to thrive in the wild and its aggressive colonizing tendencies have led to the species being banned as pets in some jurisdictions, most notably the entire state of California. On trips to Southern California, I haven’t noticed any Quaker parakeets, but I have seen many other parrots — and listened to their loud calls to each other at dawn and dusk. In Northern California, San Francisco has a well-known colony of feral parrots, and even where I live in Sacramento, Calif., my old neighborhood had a couple of conures living wild for years — and I assume they’re still there. By the way, some if not most parrots will not survive the transition from house pet to wild animal, so setting one “free” if you can no longer provide a home isn’t a good option, either for your bird or for the environment. — Gina Spadafori Do you have a pet question? Send it to email@example.com. Q: There has been a big green parrot flying around my neighborhood for the last couple of years. Can parrots really survive so far away from their natural habitat? — T.S., via e-mail
Walking through a wilderness area almost certainly means picking up ticks. By Dr. Marty Becker and Gina SpadaforiUniversal Uclick ATLANTA — Spot a flea or two on your dog or cat, and the reaction is likely to be a slight shudder and a mental note to check the calendar to see if it’s time for the monthly application of a few magic drops between the shoulder blades. But spot a tick or two on your pet, and the reaction is more likely to be a string of swear words, or even a scream. There’s something about those nasty eight-legged pests that evokes a visceral reaction and does more than trigger a desire for parasite control: The sight of a tick, says internationally known flea and tick expert Dr. Michael Dryden of Kansas State University, makes pet owners dream of a nuclear option able to annihilate the blood-sucking pests in as complete and painful a way as possible. And if possible,
Pet Connection is produced by a team of petcare experts headed by “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show” veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and award-winning journalist Gina Spadafori. The two are also the authors of many best-selling pet-care books. Dr. Becker can also be found at Facebook.com/DrMartyBecker or on Twitter at DrMartyBecker.
Kim Fowley, a legend in pop music, is still going strong in his musical career despite his latest fight with cancer. Photo courtesy of Sarah Morrison Photography.
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CINEMARK CIELO VISTA
Now Showing The Dry Land
Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall Schedule good for Friday August 20th
INCEPTION*(PG-13)10:50am 2:40pm 6:10pm 9:40pm LOTTERY TICKET*(PG-13)10:40am 1:40pm 4:40pm 7:40pm 10:40pm PIRANHA* - REAL D 3D(R) 10:20am 11:30am 1:20pm 2:30pm 4:20pm 5:30pm 7:20pm 8:30pm 10:20pm THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE - CinéArts*(R) 10:10am 1:10pm 4:10pm 7:10pm 10:10pm THE SWITCH*(PG-13)10:00am 1:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm 10:00pm DESPICABLE ME - REAL D 3D (PG)1:05pm 4:05pm 7:05pm 10:05pm DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG-13)1:15pm 7:15pm GROWN UPS (PG-13)10:15am 4:15pm 10:15pm SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD* (PG-13) 10:25am 11:50am 1:25pm 2:50pm 4:25pm 5:50pm 7:25pm 8:50pm 10:25pm THE DRY LAND*(R) 10:45am 1:45pm 4:45pm 7:45pm 10:45pm THE EXPENDABLES*(R)12:00pm 3:00pm 6:00pm 9:00pm THE EXPENDABLES* DIGITAL (R)10:30am 1:30pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:30pm THE OTHER GUYS (PG-13)10:35am 1:35pm 4:35pm 7:35pm 10:35pm TOY STORY 3* - REAL D 3D (G)10:05am
Nanny McPhee Returns
08/20/10 In the latest installment, Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a harried young mother, Mrs. Isabel Green, who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But, once she's arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green's children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave. Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life to a tree-climbing piglet and a baby elephant who turns up in the oddest places, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons. Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Rhys Ifans, Asa Butterfield, Daniel Mays, Bill Bailey, Nonso Anozie, Sam Kelly
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LOTTERY TICKET*- DIGITAL (PG13)9:35am 11:55am 2:35pm 5:05pm 7:40pm 10:15pm NANNY McPHEE RETURNS*(PG) 10:55am 1:35pm 4:20pm 7:05pm 9:45pm PIRANHA*- REAL D 3D (R) 10:35am 1:00pm 3:25pm 5:50pm 8:15pm 10:35pm THE SWITCH*(PG-13)11:20am 2:00pm 4:40pm 7:20pm 10:00pm VAMPIRES SUCK*(PG-13)10:25am 12:35pm 2:55pm 5:15pm 7:35pm 9:55pm DESPICABLE ME - REAL D 3D (PG)9:40am 2:10pm 6:55pm DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG-13) 1:05pm 6:10pm EAT, PRAY, LOVE*(PG-13) 9:25am 10:30am 12:40pm 1:45pm 3:50pm 5:00pm
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West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday Aug 20 thru Sun Aug 22
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Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa Schedule good for Friday Aug 20 thru Thursday Aug 26
CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY 3D (PG) 12:25pm 5:55pm DESPICABLE ME 3D (PG) 11:05am 1:50pm 4:20pm 6:50pm 9:40pm DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG-13) 1:40pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:30pm *EAT, PRAY, LOVE (PG-13) 11:00am 12:05pm 2:15pm 3:20pm 5:30pm 6:35pm 8:45pm 10:10pm *EXPENDABLES, THE (R) 10:45am 12:30pm 1:30pm 3:15pm 4:15pm 6:05pm 7:00pm 9:00pm 9:45pm *EXPENDABLES, THE - DIGITAL (R) 11:55am 2:35pm 5:20pm 8:10pm 10:55pm INCEPTION (PG-13) 1:35pm 5:10pm 8:55pm *LOTTERY TICKET (PG13)11:45am 2:25pm 5:05pm 7:45pm 10:25pm *NANNY McPHEE RETURNS (PG) 11:15am 2:10pm 5:00pm 7:50pm 10:40pm *PIRANHA 3D (R) 11:10am 1:55pm 4:25pm 6:55pm 9:30pm *PIRANHA 3D XD (R)12:35pm 3:05pm 5:35pm 8:00pm 10:35pm SALT (PG-13) 12:50pm 3:35pm 6:10pm 8:50pm *SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (PG-13) 10:55am 1:45pm 4:35pm 7:25pm 9:30pm 10:35pm *STEP UP 3 3D (PG-13) 3:10pm 9:05pm *SWITCH 11:25am 2:20pm 5:15pm 8:10pm 10:55pm *TOY STORY 3 (G) 1:00pm 3:50pm 6:40pm *VAMPIRES SUCK (PG-13) 10:50am 11:50am 1:15pm 2:05pm 3:40pm 4:50pm 5:50pm 7:10pm 8:05pm 9:25pm 10:20pm
James (Ryan ONan) returns from Iraq to face a new battlereintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they cant fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects peopleat least on the surface. This moving, taut story of redemption and reconstruction extends beyond a post-traumatic-stress-disorder narrative. ONan is heartbreaking as he explores the depths of his internal struggle; Ferrera fearlessly tackles her role of a young wife in turmoil. The Dry Land is about one mans fight within his own terrainhis country, home, and mindand his journey to rebuild what hes lost.
08/18/10 "Vampires Suck" is a comedy about contemporary teen angst and romance movies. Becca, an anxious, non-vampire teen, is torn between two boys. Before she can choose, Becca must get around her controlling father, who embarrasses Becca by treating her like a child. Meanwhile, Becca’s friends contend with their own romantic issues -- all of which collide at the prom. Starring: Ken Jeong, Matt Lanter, Charlie Weber, Marcelle Baer, Chris Riggi, Wanetah Walmsley, Michelle Lang, Bradley Dodds, Parker Dash, Nedal Yousef
08/20/10 "The Switch," is an offbeat comedy about Kassie, a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her slightly neurotic best friend Wally's objections, decides it's time to have a babyeven if it means doing it by herself… with a little help from a charming sperm donor. But, unbeknownst to her, Kassie's plans go awry because of a last-minute switch that isn't discovered until seven years later when Wally finally gets acquainted with Kassie's precociousthough slightly neurotic-son. From the people behind "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Juno" comes "The Switch," due in theaters this summer. Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Juliette Lewis, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Caroline Dhavernas, Todd Louiso, Scott Elrod, Bryce Robinson, Thomas Robinson
*NO PASSES-NO SUPERSAVERS
6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for 08-20-10
11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:25p 4:50p 6:05p 7:30p 8:45p 10:15p *STEP UP 3- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:35a 1:30p 4:20p 7:10p 10:00p *VAMPIRES SUCK- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:45a 12:10p 2:30p 4:55p 7:15p 9:45p CATS AND DOGS- DIGITAL (PG) 10:15a 12:45p 3:15p 6:05p 8:30p CHARLIE ST. CLOUD- DIGITAL (PG13) 9:45a 12:15p 2:45p 5:15p 7:50p 10:20p PREDATORS- DIGITAL (R) 10:15a 1:15p 4:15p 7:15p 10:15p THE LAST AIRBENDER 2D DIGITAL (PG) 10:15a 1:05p 3:50p 6:30p 9:20p THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSEDIGITAL (PG-13) 10:30a 1:30p 4:30p 7:30p 10:30p
* -- denotes Pass Restricted features
*3D CATS AND DOGS- DIGITAL (PG) 9:45a 10:45a 12:15p 1:15p 2:45p 3:45p 5:15p 6:15p 7:45p 8:45p 10:15p *3D SHREK FOREVER AFTER- DIGITAL (PG)10:45a 1:30p 4:15p 7:00p 9:45p *3D STEP UP- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:05a 11:05a 1:00p 2:00p 3:50p 4:50p 6:45p 7:35p 9:35p 10:15p *3D THE LAST AIRBENDER- DIGITAL (PG) 9:45a 12:30p 3:15p 6:05p 8:50p *EAT PRAY LOVE- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:50a 2:25p 6:05p 9:30p *KARATE KID- DIGITAL (PG) 9:45a 1:45p 6:05p 9:30p *NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS- DIGITAL (PG) 9:45a 12:35p 3:35p 6:35p 9:25p *SALT- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:45a
The Girl who played with fire
(R) Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.
08/20/10 Kevin Carson, a young man living in the projects, wins $370 million in a nationwide lottery. When his opportunistic neighbors discover he has the winning ticket in his possession, Kevin must survive their greedy and sometimes even threatening actions over a three-day holiday weekend before he can claim his prize. Starring: Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Keith David, Charles Q. Murphy, Loretta Devine, Terry Crews
EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 08/20 - 08/26/10
DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2010) (R) 3:05 | 5:00 | 9:00 IRON MAN 2 (PG-13) 12:00 | 2:25 | 4:50 | 7:15 | 9:45 KILLERS (PG-13) 12:20 | 6:50 KNIGHT AND DAY (PG-13) 12:50 | 3:00 | 5:20 | 7:35 | 9:50 MARMADUKE (PG) 1:30 | 3:30 | 5:30 | 7:30 | 9:20 PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (PG-13)12:10 | 12:55 | 2:30 | 3:10 | 4:50 5:25 | 7:10 | 7:40 | 9:30 | 10:00 RAMONA AND BEEZUS (G) 12:40 | 2:45 | 4:55 | 7:20 | 9:40 SHREK FOREVER AFTER (PG) 12:15 | 1:15 | 2:15 | 3:15 | 4:15 5:15 | 6:15 | 7:25 | 8:40 | 9:25 THE A-TEAM (2010) (PG-13) 12:05 | 2:20 | 4:45 | 7:05 | 9:35 THE KARATE KID (2010) (PG) 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:40 | 3:40 | 5:30 6:20 | 8:20 | 9:10
(R) I.D. Required After a tremor under the surface of Lake Victoria unleashes scores of prehistoric piranhas, a group of strangers under the direction of the local sheriff (Shue) band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food.
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PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7
When notorious rock legend Kim Fowley was about to be sedated before having cancerous tumors removed from his bladder last month, he made an unusual request. "If anything happens to me," said Fowley, a lifelong workaholic, "put a cell phone in my coffin." His anesthesiologist nodded, then made a request of his own to Fowley: "Can I give you my demo tape?" If this sounds like a scene from a movie, well, so does much of Fowley's improbably colorful life. Since coproducing his first No 1. record in 1960, "Alley-Oop" by The Hollywood Argyles, he has amassed 50 years of experience as a rock 'n' roll songwriter, record producer, solo artist, talent manager/Svengali, filmmaker and raconteur. His accumulated knowledge should make for a provocative hour or two when he gives the keynote address Aug. 13 on the opening day of San Diego's third annual That North Park Music Thing conference (northparkmusicthing.com). "Kim has worked with everybody from Doris Day and Helen Reddy to Kiss and Axl Rose, and nearly everyone in between, and he can relate an incident about all of them as if it happened yesterday," said David Branfman, a Southern California entertainment attorney who has worked with Fowley since 1994. "Kim has the ability to see what other people don't see. And he is not going to stand in front of an audience and tell war stories for 90 minutes." Indeed, he's not. At 71, Fowley is too busy juggling multiple projects and searching for new talent to dwell solely on his storied past. He does, however, praise actor Michael Shannon's acclaimed portrayal of him in "The Runaways," the A shameless self-promoter, his fourth and most recent bout with cancer has convinced this tireless music-biz veteran to expand his schedule, not slow down. "I have to go back to the hospital in three months for exploratory surgery and then return every three months, for the next six years," he said, speaking from his Hollywood home. "So, from now on, all my music and movie projects will have to be completed in 90 days. People ask me why I'm so aggressive. Well, I have to be, not only for rock 'n' roll reasons, but for survival." Continues on next page 2200 N. Yarbrough
Schedule good for Aug 20 , 21,22 & 24
IRON MAN 2 (PG-13) 1:10p 3:55p 6:40p 9:25p JONAH HEX (PG-13) 12:20p 2:35p 5:00p 7:05p 9:25p KARATE KID (PG) 12:05p 3:05p 6:05p 9:05p KNIGHT AND DAY (PG-13) 12:05p 2:20p 4:40p 6:55p 9:20p MARMADUKE (PG) 12:35p 2:45p 4:55p 7:00p 9:30p PRINCE OF PERSIA (PG-13) 12:00p 2:25p 4:50p 7:15p 9:40p SHREK FOREVER AFTER (PG)12:15p 2:30p 4:40p 7:10p 9:25p
Schedule good for 8/20 - 8/26
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VAMPIRES SUCK (PG-13) 11:15 12:45 1:40 2:55 3:45 5:05 5:50 7:15 8:00 9:25 10:15 (11:35 12:15 FRI/SAT) NANNY MCPHEE (PG)1:15 4:10 7:00 9:35 THE LOTTERY TICKET (PG13)12:50 3:30 6:10 8:50 (11:20 FRI/SAT) PIRANHA 3D R *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES 12:30 2:45 5:05 7:25 9:40 (12:00 FRI/SAT) THE SWITCH (PG-13) 1:45 4:30 7:20 9:45 (12:10 FRI/SAT) THE EXPENDABLES (R) 12:10 2:35 5:00 7:25 9:50 (12:15 FRI/SAT) EAT, PRAY, LOVE (PG-13) 12:00 3:00 6:05 9:00 SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (PG-13) 11:00 1:35 4:20 7:10 9:50 (12:10 FRI/SAT) THE OTHER GUYS (PG-13) 1:00 3:35 6:05 8:35 (11:30 FRI/SAT) STEP UP 3D *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES 12:00 2:30 5:00 7:30 10:00 (12:15 FRI/SAT) CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE 2D 12:30 2:40 4:50 DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG-13) 11:00 1:30 4:15 7:05 9:45 (12:05 FRI/SAT) SALT PG-13 7:00 9:30 (12:00 FRI/SAT) INCEPTION (PG-13) 7:05 10:10 SORCERER'S APPRENTICE (PG) 6:15 8:45 (11:30 FRI/SAT) DESPICABLE ME 3D * 3D SURCHARGE APPLIES (PG)11:50 2:10 4:30 DESPICABLE ME 2D PG 11:50 2:10 4:30 6:50 TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (PG-13) 9:00 (11:30 FRI/SAT) TOY STORY 3 (G) 11:00 1:20 3:45
2010 film that stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as members of the Joan Jettled, all-girl teen rock band that Fowley masterminded in the mid-1970s.
THE FOWLEY FILE
Name: Kim Vincent Fowley Age: 71 First No. 1 hit he co-produced: 1960s "Alley-Oop" by The Hollywood Argyles. First No. 1 hit he wrote: "Nut Rocker" by B. Bumble & The Stingers. Most recent gold record: This year for Trans-Siberian Orchestra's version of "Nut Rocker" (from the 2009 album "Night Castle"). First solo album: "Love is Alive and Well" (1967). Latest solo album: "Michigan Babylon" (2004). First all-girl band he worked with: The Runaways (formed 1975). Most recent all-girl band he worked with: Black Room Doom (formed 2010; marketing slogan: "We are the best rock 'n' roll fake band in the world"). Song credits: Fowley has co-written songs recorded by Cat Stevens, Kiss, Helen Reddy, Warren Zevon, The Byrds, The Runaways, Leon Russell, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Sonic Youth, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Wayne Newton, The Seeds, Manfred Mann, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gram Parsons, Fabian, Primal Scream and others. First major film credit: Produced three songs by Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids for 1973's "American Graffiti" Intriguing cameo: That's Fowley introducing John Lennon and Yoko Ono to the audience on the Plastic Ono Band album "Live Peace in Toronto, 1969." Quote of note: "How many other 71-year-olds do you know who just got their latest gold record?"
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Continued from page 17 A tireless hustler as a young man and even now as a senior citizen, Fowley declared that he is "proud to be my own pimp and prostitute." He is also happy to provide his services to others. His advice for aspiring young artists seeking fame and fortune, ideally under his well-paid guidance, is simple and direct. "What I plan to ask the people at That North Park Music Thing," Fowley said, "is this: 'Does anybody here know who your public is going to be? Who's going to buy this stuff, and why?' Most people don't think of that. They want to be rich and famous, or compensate for a painful childhood. Or they're emotionally retarded, so they want to be rock stars, or they want revenge — 'Nobody liked me in high school, so I'll show them!' "I look at making music like making shoes — all kinds of people have needs for their feet. I never wanted to be a star; I succeeded. I never
and magazine publisher Mike Stax. "He's been part of rock since the late 1950s and he's never walked away from
Zen-Meister Bar —
1160 Airway. Information: 778-1089. The alternative band Sponge performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. Hits include “Plowed” and “Molly.” Tickets: $15 in
advance; $18 day of show.
El Paso Diablos Baseball — The American Association minor league team regular home game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.) at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Tickets: $8 box seats; $7 general admission (free for age 4 and younger). Information: 7552000 or diablos.com. • Aug. 20-22 — Wichita Wingnuts
“Well, guess how many platinum records
better in the 1980s, when he made regular trips down here to coach San Diego talent. He's worked at his musical craft for many years and has an incredible resume. I have nothing but admiration for the work he's done." Married once "for 68 days," Fowley is hailed as a walking musical encyclopedia who doesn't suffer fools gladly. Neither does he easily forget those who fail to agree with him on matters small and large, as the depiction of him in "The Runaways" film makes vividly clear. As if to underscore the point, during this interview he bristled at the mere mention of two longdefunct San Diego bands that opted not to work with him in the early 1980s because, they contended, he was overbearing and dictatorial. "Well, guess how many platinum records (those bands) have? None," Fowley snapped. "If ignorant, unsuccessful, nonproductive, noncompetitive, non-platinum people thought I was too heavy, then they were probably right. But they didn't (realize) their dream. Others I worked with, who (together) have over 102 million in record sales, went along with my style of doing business, and they benefited. I'm not trying to be a band's best friend or run for student body president. I have work to do, just like the coach of a football team. Somebody has to say: 'You're wrong. Change this. Change that. I don't like your haircut, I don't like your guitar.' "If that causes me to be the bad guy, I'll be the bad guy. I'm not looking to be loved. I'm looking to make a living."
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Fowley snapped. it. He's always looking for the next big thing, and he's always right with the times. While he'd never admit it, he's quite a tenderhearted guy under his gruff exterior."
wanted to be famous; I really succeeded. What I wanted to do is make a living in music; I succeeded. When I'm dead, when I'm not around to be overbearing or obnoxious, people will better appreciate this. Am I a businessman or an artist? I'm both." What he has also been, since at least 1960, is an ubiquitous presence in rock. "Kim may not be a household name, but the sheer number of records he's made qualifies him as one of the prime movers of rock 'n' roll," said veteran musician
Fowley, who had polio as a child and spent most of World War II in a foster home in Culver City, Calif., fondly recalls living in San Diego's North Park and Pacific Beach neighborhoods after the war. He also speaks with warmth about his halfbrother, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister. "Kim is 12 years older than me and I remember being awe-struck when he would drop in to visit us in Pacific Beach, after he moved to Hollywood and got in the record business," McAllister, 59, said. "I got to know him
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El Paso Diablos Baseball....team regular
home game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.) at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Tickets: $8 box seats; $7 general admission (free for age 4 and younger). Information: 755-2000 or diablos.com. • Aug. 24-26 — Shreveport Captains
fina Niggli at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre Annex. The play views the Mexican revolution from the perspective of women soldiers. Admission: $25. Information: 474-4275.
table); masks provided. Information/reservations: 5815534 or epopera.org.
gies at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at NMSU.
Run to the Copper Country Car Show –
The 19th annual car show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Gough Park in Silver City, N.M. (weather permitting), with vendors, refreshments, raffles, oldies music
and a trophy winner parade. Sponsored by The Copper Country Cruizers. Admission is free; registration is $35 per
car. Information/registration: (575) 388-3468, (575) 5362898,
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El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa
Fe. Information: 351-3588 or elpasotexas.gov/history. A
‘The Clown Who Ran Away’ – El Paso
Playhouse, 2501 Montana,
66th anniversary celebration of the end of World War II is 2 to
4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, with the Friends of Fort Selden, 79th US Infantry Division and Pittsenbargar’s Own SS Living History/Reenactment Groups. After the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 6 and 9, the Japanese surrendered, bringing an end to the world con-
‘Let’s Cook, El Paso’ — KTSM, KDBC
and Western Wholesale Supply will host the learning event 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at El Paso County Coliseum, featuring classes, demonstrations and wine and food tastings from local and regional chefs. Class sizes limited; age 16 and older admitted. Class packages range from $20-$105, depending on number of classes taken. Admission (no classes): $19; advance tickets at ktsm2.ticketfill.com. Information: 342-5465. presents Conrad Seiler’s family comedy about a clown who must save six other dolls Aug. 6-21. Directed by Moises Hinojos. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 under age 12). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. Dodo is a clown whose rescue effort changes him from runaway to hero.
Encores and Overtures Gala — The El
Paso Opera Guild’s 11th annual kickoff event
flict. The celebration includes skirmish reenactment with American troops, WWII display, and vintage vehicles.
“An Opera Masquerade”
for El Paso Opera’s 17th
UTEP Women’s Soccer — The 2010
‘Soldadera’ — Eden Enterprises presents a staged reading of the play by Jose-
season is 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at Camino Real Hotel Grand Ballroom, 101 S. El Paso, featuring voices from UTEP and a surprise guest artist. Dinner, cocktails and silent auction also featured. Tickets: $125 ($1,250 per
home game is 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, against Northern Arizona. Home games are at UTEP’s University Field. Tickets: $7 ($3 children). Information: 747-6150 or utepathletics.com. The Miners take on the Ag-
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS AUGUST 20, 2010 PAGE 20 Continued from page 19 coppercountrycruizers.com. Registration is 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Holiday Inn Express, 1103 Superior, with a hot dog burn at 5:30 p.m. and Oldies dance 6 to 8 p.m. The Cruizers are a familyoriented auto club, and booths and other activities will be available during the show, which is limited to vehicles from 1973 and earlier.
Run to the Copper Country Car Show
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‘Nunsense’– The Las Cruces Community Theatre, in the city’s Downtown Mall, kicks off its 2010-2011 season with the its season with the “habit-forming” musical by Dan Goggin Aug. 6-22. Directed by Art Haggerton. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Gala opening night is Aug. 6. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors/students/military; $8
per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children 5 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org. When the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, “Sister Julia, Child of God,” has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, they are in dire need of funds for the burials. They decide the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show and take over the school auditorium currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon translated into 21 languages.
(575) 523-1223. This fanciful comedy is considered by many to combine Sullivan’s finest opera compositions with another of Gilbert’s comic plots and his witty and waggish dialogue. Iolanthe presents a topsyturvy love story involving fairies and members of the House of Lords in a political fairy tale.
noon Saturday, Aug. 21. There will be new stations and activities this year, including kids’ arts and crafts, butterfly sponge toss and face painting. Guests can make a butterfly watering plate, stroll along the Desert Discovery Trail or
Butterfly Flutterby –
The Asombro Institute for Science Education at Chi-
‘Iolanthe or the Peer and the Peri’ — The
Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso presents its 41st anniversary performance with the comic opera at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21-22, at The Black Box Theatre, 430 Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors). Group rates available. Reservations:
huahuan Desert Nature Park, 56501 N. Jornada in Las Cruces, hosts its 8th annual celebration of butterflies 9 a.m. to
browses the bucket auction. Proceeds auction benefit Institute’s education programs and site development. Admission: $2. Information: (575) 524-3334 or asombro.org.
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Live Music, Lively Wine at Harvest Wine Fest Labor Day Weekend!
LAS CRUCES, NM — Labor Day marks the official end of summer, and at New Mexico's many vineyards, it's the height of the grape harvest season. To celebrate another great harvest, the 2010 Harvest Wine Festival returns to the Southern New Mexico State Fairground with three days of award-winning New Mexico wines, food and music! Open from noon to 6 p.m. on September 4, 5 & 6, the Harvest Wine Festival is a favorite annual tradition for West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Activities at the Harvest Wine Festival include the annual grape stomp competition every hour, where attendees can volunteer to jump into a wine barrel tub and out-stop the competition for prizes, glory and fame! The University of Wine returns, with speakers and topics to help guests better understand and
appreciate wine. Live music will be featured every day, with area favorites like the Daddy Os, Nuevo Sol, Terry Bullard, The Liars, Remember Then, and CW Ayon! The Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds are located eleven miles west of Las Cruces on I-10. The annual Harvest Wine Festival is hosted by the New Mexico Wine Growers Association to create awareness for the state’s award-winning wine industry. Attendees will find locally grown and handcrafted New Mexico wines in an old-fashioned, fun atmosphere. New Mexico wines continue to place increasingly well in judged wine competitions across the nation and even internationally. In addition, the familyoriented event features plenty of local food, refreshments
and shade to enjoy. Arts and crafts vendors will display fine paintings, handmade crafts and apparel for sale. Admission is just $15 for all adults over the age of 21 and includes a souvenir glass. Entrance is free for those under 21, but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Military Monday is back September 6 with a $3 discount for all military. All adults must have a valid photo ID with them, regardless of age. Designated drivers are encouraged. For more information on the Harvest Wine Festival contact Helping Hands Event Planning at (575)-522-1232 or visit www.wineharvestfestival.com and buy tickets on line to save time at the gate. More information on the New Mexico Wine industry can be found at www.nmwine.com.
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The sun enters Virgo this week, beginning a cycle of analysis. In order to understand our world and our place in it, we have to break things down and look carefully at the parts, turning them over in our minds, weighing and measuring them, and figuring out how they all fit together. A process of inventory and accounting helps us to appreciate the current state of things and to understand how we can improve upon it. ARIES (March 21-April 19). It is your nature to be kind and gracious. You certainly don't expect thanks for this. And yet, if you are not acknowledged, you'll get the sneaking suspicion that you are throwing your kindness into an energy-sucking void where it will disappear and make no difference in the world. Go where you are appreciated. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will strive for deeper understanding of those around you. You'll gather subtle clues as to their personality and character. You perceptively read the hints in their clothing, gestures and handwriting. "A signature always reveals a man's character — and sometimes even his name." — Evan Esar GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You will be divinely guided to accomplish a goal in a completely new way. Believe in your mission, even when others find your drive and manner somewhat strange. You'll have to explain yourself repeatedly in order to be understood. Those who finally get it will be supportive and proudly involved. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You will see someone so beautiful that your heart will literally pause — and then pitterpatter harder and faster to make up for the lost beat. When this happens, seize the moment. Make something memorable out of it. If you let this person go without making a connection, you'll be searching for him or her in the weeks to come. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Here's a strategy: Be highly enthusiastic. Take your joy over the top. Go on and on about how wonderful it is that your dreams have come true, even if this isn't the case. Assume that it will be soon enough. The rest of the world will support you, if only because it's not worth the effort to disillusion someone so gleeful. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You will utilize different tools to increase your power and influence. For instance, instead of writing an e-mail, you will find that you can communicate your requests telepathically. You mentally give clear directives to someone, and this person seems to pick up on your instructions and respond to your wishes.
1 Helps in a heist 6 Heckelphone 10 Grand ___: home of Evangeline 13 Ignited again 14 Serling and Steiger 15 Bone up 16 Similar 17 “___ a song go ...” 18 Busy place 19 DC presidential guest house 21 Certain corner 22 Many eras 23 Short trip for a special purpose 25 Freight 29 Ant 31 ___ Khayyam 32 Assuage 34 Trades 38 Lounge ___ 40 Kind of pass 42 Palm 43 Hops or malt kiln 45 Late night star 46 Oglers 48 Certain monastery resident 50 Tasty egg dish 53 Identical 55 Avatar of Vishnu 56 Derbyshire home of the dukes of Devonshire 62 “It’s ___ to tell a lie” 63___ over the coals: discipline 64 Venerate 65 Blabbed 66 Scat lady 67 Part of a stair step 68 Compass pt. 69 Defeats at bridge 70 Mom’s kinsman
dahl’s raft 5 Sound system 6 Hunter in the sky 7 Large pills 8 Pindar products 9 High regard 10 “The ___ Ballerina”: Degas pastel 11 Poe bird 12 Edit text 15 Winston Churchill’s home in southern England 20 Did a fireman’s job 24 R and R word 25 Soft drink 26 Turkish title 27 Demolish 28 Elvis Presley’s Memphis home 30 Torme and Ott 33 Hebrew lyre 35 Vicinage 36 Huff and puff 37 The blackthorn 39 Memorable Martha 41 Tiny bits 44 Violent attack 47 Engraves 49 Watch out! 50 Emulate Cicero 51 ESG’s Perry 52 ___ Zola 54 Rand’s “___ Shrugged” 57 American patriot Nathan 58 Aesir leader 59 ___ Bonheur 60 Waste allowance 61 Now’s partner
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Being a force for good is a big responsibility. But over time and with daily practice, it is suddenly effortless. It's no longer what you do; it's just who you are. Continue to hold yourself to high standards and you'll lift the world around you. This week you recommit yourself to being the person you have always wanted to be. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you don't have a lot of desire, you won't have a lot of frustration. Maybe your frustration is a good thing — you want a lot out of life. You could just accept that because of your ambition you will spend part of your time being perfectly, beautifully frustrated. Or you could reduce your wish list and just be happy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Progress will be thwarted for some of the week. It's nothing you should take too personally — you are not being picked on. Rather, the rest of the world needs time to catch up to your ideas. During this slight pause, you'll have time to brainstorm and dream. This is your chance to broaden the scope of your vision. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). In defining the word "frailty," the Oxford English Dictionary suggests, "All drama begins with human frailty." Since you are trying to reduce the amount of personal drama in your life, you will spend much of this week working to strengthen your emotional core. You will face fear and conquer it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Someone who wants to know you will ask excellent questions. This will be your opportunity to present who you really are. Steer away from cliches, and refrain from regurgitating views that are popular. You can be you — the true, original version. And when you are, you're exciting and very attractive. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In certain moments, it is easy for you to lose your ego and truly see the world as someone else does. This week brings opportunities to step out of yourself and suddenly acquire knowledge that you could not have found without taking the leap. You will astound those who have more conventional learning methods.
1 Bedouin 2 “Ding dong ___ ...” 3 A Lamb 4 Kon- ___: Heyer-
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You don’t have to reach too high to achieve an ideal position at the top of your swing. But most golfers try to swing their hands as high as possible on the backswing because they equate “high hands” with increased power. Flexible golfers tend to get their hands “up,” and there are players on the PGA Tour such as John Daly, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson who have very high hands. However, I’m convinced that most golfers would benefit greatly from what I call “low hands, high clubhead.”
Two specific problems are common:
1. You straighten your spine angle, rising up from your original address position. This causes your shoulders to turn on a too-flat plane, and if you don’t lower your spine angle perfectly on the downswing, you’ll hit it thin or fat. 2. The other problem occurs with the front elbow. In an attempt to get the hands higher, you’re likely to bend your front arm instead of turning your spine for a full coil. So unless you’re blessed with maximum flexibility or have learned high hands as a junior player, consider playing with low hands.
Problems with high hands
“High” is when you raise your hands above the right ear (for right-handed players), and there are costs in trying to play with high hands if they don’t fit your body type. The danger is you’ll exceed your flexibility threshold. This threshold varies among individuals, but far more golfers swing beyond their flexibility and balance boundaries than stay within them.
Own the club at the top
Low hands are approximately even with the top of the right shoulder, never going above the right ear. Continues on mnext page Low hands, high clubhead with short iron.
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Continued from page 23 The key to developing low hands, high clubhead is maximizing the angle between your front forearm and the clubshaft at the top. The following tips can help create this leverage. First, use a “long” thumb in your grip, extending it fully along the club’s handle. Second, adopt a different pressure point in your grip. At address, exert steady pressure with the pad of your right thumb on the top of your left thumb, somewhat similar to what a quarterback might do when taking the snap from center. Third, aim your left arm to 10 o’clock at the top of your backswing.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit his Website at tjtomasi.com.
Picture this player standing in the middle of a clock facing you with his head at 12 and his front arm at 10 o’clock.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I think I would have to shoot a 56 to even compare to something like that, for sure.”
—Stuart Appleby, commenting on how hard it was to shoot 60 with the equipment Sam Snead used to set the course record in the Greenbrier Classic in 1950. After breaking Snead’s record with a final-round 59 at Greenbrier, Appleby finished tied for 63rd with his lowest round being 70, at the Bridgestone Invitational the very next week, proving once again — that’s golf.
BIRDIES AND BOGEYS
Are the golf courses on the PGA Tour too easy? Watching the pros rip the Greenbrier apart, led by Stuart Appleby’s 59, has some people buzzing, especially after journeyman Paul Goydos shot 59 a few weeks earlier at the John Deere Classic. The next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, Appleby finished tied for 63rd in a field of 80. But nobody can control the weather, and low scores follow the rain. A wet course is a wide course because the ball sticks rather than runs, so it plays easy off the tee. And wet greens hold, so you can fire at the flag knowing (1) the ball will stay where it lands, and (2) if you miss, it’s easier to get up and down. Thus green speed is the prime defense against the pros, and you can’t see fast greens on TV or even as part of the gallery. The average amateur plays green speeds much lower than the pros do, so it’s hard to appreciate how difficult these courses are when the pros come to town. Give great players wet conditions and even good golf courses are defenseless.
Life is full of trade-offs, and so it is that Phil “the Thrill” Mickelson decided that accuracy is good. Mickelson swings so hard it magnifies errors, so he has been trying to shorten his swing, but at Firestone Country Club he shortened his driver shaft to 44 inches for more control. All things being equal, the longer the shaft, the longer the shot, but it’s a trade-off since it’s also true that the longer the shaft, the harder it is to make contact in the center of the clubface. And offcenter hits cause both distance and direction loss. The experiment failed as Mickelson finished 78th out of 80 in driving accuracy at the Bridgestone Invitational.
GOLF SPOKEN HERE
v.: to attempt to control the shot in an exaggerated manner, which results in losing the desired distance and/or direction. Take the no-steer pledge.
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Choose the right ball to match your swing
There are two main classes of balls: (1) twopiece/low spin and (2) three- or four-piece/high spin. It’s important to use the type that best matches your game.
ASK THE PRO
Key to spin control is in the grooves
rough.” Why is this true? In a counterintuitive finding, USGA testing has shown that the groove configuration (U vs. V) makes little difference from a clipped fairway, but from the rough there is a major difference. The studies all show that Ushaped grooves produce much better spin and trajectory than V-shaped grooves from the rough. All things being equal, the golf ball also plays a major role in control from the rough. The testing showed that amateurs using U grooves and playing a urethane ball like the ProV1 spin the ball much more from the rough than with V grooves. However, if they use a Surlyn-covered ball, as about 70 percent of amateurs do, there is very little difference in spin between U and V grooves. Thus if you use a Surlyn ball, the groove change won’t be an issue for you.
High clubhead speed
Players who hit the ball solidly and who like to work the ball should choose a multilayered ball with a soft, spin-friendly cover. This means choosing a ball like the ProV1 with a central core surrounded by a casing and a soft urethane cover. If you have high clubhead speed with the driver, you get the best of both worlds with this kind of ball: You can compress the two outer covers and energize the hot core, which produces high launch and low spin. And you can spin the ball with your lowspeed irons for maximum stopping power.
cover and solid core will travel the farthest. A two-piece with a Surlyn cover is durable at a reasonable cost. The Titliest NXT is a good example. The problem is these balls don’t spin much and that means less control around the greens. So it’s a trade-off — long game vs. short game, distance vs. control.
Very low clubhead speed
Medium clubhead speed
Most golfers don’t have a high enough clubhead speed to take advantage of a multilayered ball, so a low-spin two-piece ball with a hard
The problem a very low-speed player faces when using a lowspin, distance ball is that he can’t spin it enough to get it in the air, so all his shots have a low trajectory and a short carry. Very lowspeed golfers need flexible shafts and lots of clubface loft coupled with a two-piece ball with a soft cover like the Precept Lady IQ or the Karma by Nike. The Takeaway: It’s a threepiece maximum-spin ball for low-handicap players and a two-piece low-spin ball for players with lower clubhead speed.
issue. What is the problem and why are they changing the rules? — G.G. A: Clubface grooves are important in keeping the face “fairway dry” by acting as conduits to remove grass, water and other friction-reducing elements that get between the face and the ball. Fairway dry means that in non-fairway lies, the grooves make conditions as close to a fairway lie as possible. A dry fairway face means increased friction, and to a ball traveling up an inclined face, that means more spin. Because of the loft, a 5-iron at 25 degrees spins less than a sand wedge at 56 degrees. Dryer, more-lofted clubfaces increase spin and launch lower shots while wet, slippery faces allow the ball to slide up the face without turning over as much, launching higher shots with less spin that often fly farther than expected under less control.
Q: I’m a little confused about the grooves
Penalty for inaccuracy
The USGA has outlawed U-shaped grooves (as opposed to V-shaped grooves) in order to penalize inaccurate shots. Bret Wahl, senior director of development at TaylorMade, explains: “Most players won’t experience a dramatic reduction in spin from dry fairway lies, but will see a decrease in spin by up to 50 percent from the
If you play from the rough using V-shaped grooves, you pay a price in spin and control. Starting last January, the pros began paying this “inaccuracy tax,” the big-time USGA competitive events will feature the tax starting in 2014, and all golfers will have to pony up by 2024. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, e-mail him at: TJInsider@aol.com.)
GOLF BY THE NUMBERS
While average PGA Tour driving distance significantly increased over the past 10 years, it has leveled off during the past five years. The average for 2009 is 288 yards, and you can see in the chart below that the average increase since 2003 is very small.
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Race: Irwin Tools Night Race Where: Bristol Motor Speedway When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (ET) TV: ABC 2009 winner: Kyle Busch (right)
Race: Food City 250 Where: Bristol Motor Speedway When: Friday, 7 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2009 winner: David Ragan
CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS
Race: O’Reilly 200 Where: Bristol Motor Speedway When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2009 winner: Kyle Busch
By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers
Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet leading the pack during the Carfax 400 at Michigan Intl. Speedway. (NASCAR photo)
As final 10 approach, is Harvick the new pre-Chase favorite?
ASCAR’s Race to the Chase, the final regular season races that determine which 12 drivers will compete for the championship over the final 10 races, is down to three races – at Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway. And the big question now is whether points leader and Michigan winner Kevin Harvick has replaced four-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson as the preChase favorite. After his dominating win at Michigan on Sunday – his third triumph of the season –
Harvick clinched his spot in the 10-race run to the title. Now he has the luxury of using the next three races to prepare for the Chase and to try to add to his bonus point total. Each regular season win is worth 10 points when the Chase starts, and at this point both Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson have 50 apiece. Harvick said he plans to enjoy the upcoming stretch of the schedule. “Right now we’re in a fortunate position to be doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I’ve been in that 12th-, 13th-place battle … You can’t sleep at night, you can’t do anything to
get your mind off of that. “We’re going to enjoy it. We’re going to go and race hard. We’re going to try to gain 30 more bonus points. Hopefully we can have a couple things that we can try … whether it’s engines, parts, pieces, over the next three weeks [we’ll] try to get a little bit better. “We’re going to enjoy it and we’re going to hopefully be ready for the last 10 weeks.” For Johnson and the No. 48 team, a midseason swoon is nothing new, but the timing this year isn’t the best for the team. After scoring back-to-back wins at Infineon Raceway
and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Johnson has run six races with just one top-10 finish, a 10th a Pocono. At Michigan, he finished 12th after leading early on. It was a repeat in many ways of his recent runs. “We started the race good and faded a little bit in the middle of the race when things started to slip from us,” he said in his postrace interview. “We did a good job of keeping our heads in the game and not letting it beat us down, start making bad decisions. Continues on next page
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Continued from page 27 It’s definitely not the finish we wanted, but I think it was a big victory in a lot of other areas. “At a few races this year we’ve had some struggles, and you can all get frustrated and start making mistakes, but we kept our head in the game.” Despite Johnson’s recent struggles and Harvick’s rock-solid performance all season, Harvick wasn’t quite ready to declare himself the new Chase favorite. “I think over the last four years, you can look at the 48 and they’ve done the same thing and won the championship,” he said. “We’re fast enough to beat ’em, but the circumstances and all the things have to go your way over the last 10 weeks … it’s not about a whole season anymore, it’s about 10 weeks. “They’re going to start pretty much dead even or a little bit ahead of us. Hopefully we can keep doing the same thing that we’re doing. It’s like say- Kevin Harvick, after winning Sunday’s race at Michigan Intl. ing you’re going to beat somebody that’s won the (NASCAR photo) last four Super Bowls. wards, have been plenty Until you beat that guy, solid. Stewart is winless, but there’s no reason to put that he’s only had one finish outpressure on ourselves, I don’t side the top 10 since back in think.” May, at Charlotte. Along the There’s still plenty of presway, he’s posted five top-five sure to go around among the and nine top-10 finishes. top 12, although some, like Edwards also is winless, Tony Stewart and Carl Edbut he hasn’t finished worse
than seventh in the past six races. Jeff Gordon, also winless, has been consistently fast, too. He struggled to a 27th-place finish at Michigan after blowing a tire, but he has six top-six finishes in the past nine races. Denny Hamlin, who has cooled off some after winning five races, has two top-five finishes in the past three races. But other Chase contenders have struggled, most notably Mark Martin, who has posted just one top-10 finish, a seventh at Pocono, since May. He’s dropped to 13th in the standings, 35 points out of the elite group after a 28th-place run at Michigan. Afterward, he didn’t sound too optimistic about his chances of competing for the title. “I don’t know what they are,” he said. “We’ll keep digging. I don’t know. Every race is a new race.” The Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, also seem to be fading down the homestretch. Kurt Busch has run well, but has run into misfortune not of his own making. He wrecked at Pocono, then finished second at Watkins Glen, then blew an engine at Michigan. Kyle Busch has posted just two top-10 finishes in the past nine races, and both of those were eighth-place efforts – at Watkins Glen and Indianapolis.
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Economy booster – the Toyota Yaris.
With today’s economy in a state of uncertainty, the entrylevel subcompact class is gaining more and more attention amongst new car buyers. Traditionally, this market is characterized by its cheap, boring cars and for the most part that is still true, but automakers have been forced to improve in this market, and let buyers know that this is a class where they can get plenty of bang for their buck. The Toyota Yaris is a great example. The Yaris replaced the Toyota Echo a few years back. If you don’t remember the Echo, well, then, lucky you. Toyota is trying to erase those memories of its entry-level subcompact, and replace them with the Yaris. The Yaris has actually been around for many years in Europe, where it has been a top seller for Toyota. Here in America, it is positioned below the popular Corolla and is the least expensive car in the Toyota lineup. There are three versions of the Yaris available: a fourdoor sedan, a four-door hatchback and a funky three-door hatchback. The four-door models, which ride on a longer wheelbase than the three-door, provides decent room for rear passengers and looks very civil, much like a small Corolla. The three-door without seeing the gas gauge move. I was disappointed to hear that for 2010 Toyota dropped the S trim level – which greatly enhanced the look of the Yaris. But when my tester came, it had a new package for 2010 – the Sport package – which appears to give the Yaris that same look from the S trim level, including the underbody spoilers, side rocker panels, and rear spoiler. 2010 also sees stability control and traction control as standard features. In the entry-level subcompact segment, the Yaris may be a little pricey for some – my tester topped out above $19K. But being a Toyota, it can go without saying that the Yaris is built to last a long, long time and give its owners many years of trouble free miles – something that is encouraging to hear in times like these. -- Christopher
Sprint Cup pointS
1. Kevin Harvick 3,400; Leader 2. Jeff Gordon 3,107; behind -293 3. Denny Hamlin 3,047; behind -353
on the other hand looks like some sort of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with its small, unique styling. The interior of the Yaris will not be causing a lot of excitement for its occupants. Toyota uses a center-mounted instrument panel rather than the traditional behind-thesteering wheel style like we are most accustomed to. Toyota insists drivers do get used to it in this unconventional location. I suppose they do, but I still prefer to see the gauges right in front of me instead of in my peripheral vision. One thing the Yaris interior does provide is tons of storage space. Towards the end of my week with the car, I was still finding storage bins in unheard of places. Air conditioning is standard on every Yaris, and the controls are placed vertically on the center console stack, making for a unique, but clever arrange-
ment. Powering every Yaris is a fuel-efficient 1.5 liter fourcylinder engine. Rated at 106 horsepower, the Yaris should do very well in keeping its driver on the right side of the law. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, allowing you to squeeze out a little more power from the engine. The optional four-speed automatic, which is how my tester was equipped, really saps engine power and takes away any driving thrills you may have hoped to find in the Yaris. A small car, with a low output engine does have its advantage, though. Fuel economy in town will yield 29 miles per gallon, and on the open road, 35 mpg. Those numbers get even better when equipped with the manual transmission. There is something to be said about being able to drive days on end
4. Tony Stewart 3,020; behind -380 5. Jimmie Johnson 3,014; behind -386 6. Carl Edwards 2,986; behind -414
By The Numbers:
7. Jeff Burton 2,986; behind -414 8. Kyle Busch 2,975; behind -425 9. Matt Kenseth 2,961; behind -439 10. Kurt Busch 2,935; behind -465 11. Greg Biffle 2,913; behind -487 12. Clint Bowyer 2,755; behind -645
2010 Toyota Yaris 4-Door Sedan
Base Price: $14,165.00 Price as Tested: $19,012.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine:1.5 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 cylinder Transmission: 4 - speed automatic Horsepower: 106 hp Torque: 103 ft-lbs EPA Fuel Economy:29 city / 35 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to email@example.com]
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Danica Patrick’s average finish in six Nationwide Series starts this season
Laps run among the top 15 in the past 11 Sprint Cup races at Bristol by Jeff Gordon, tops among all drivers
Laps led by Kyle Busch in the past 11 Sprint Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most of any driver
Laps run among the top 15 in the past 11 Nationwide Series races at Bristol by Carl Edwards, the most of any driver
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Adding 4th team, will Childress avoid replay of ‘09?
Roush: “I feel very lucky”
Team owner Jack Roush made his first return to the race track since a July 27 airplane crash that left him with numerous injuries, including the loss of sight in his left eye. He told reporters at Michigan that he felt fortunate to have survived his second plane crash, the first coming in 2002 when his plane plummeted into an Alabama lake. “I feel very lucky,” he said. “I’ve had several bites at the apple here … “I survived two car wrecks too, both of them in racing. I’ve been extraordinarily lucky to have been able to survive, and I feel in some ways unworthy. I’m not sure I’ve done enough yet for the chances that I’ve had. Maybe that’s recognized and they’re just giving me more time.” He also said he plans to resume flying. “I think it’s very likely that I’ll be able to fly,” he said. “I’ve got to get recovered. I have to go through my recovery. Wiley Post was a one-eyed pilot, and there’s no restriction. “Maybe if you’re an airline pilot you can’t have one eye, but there’s not a reason why I can’t fly with one eye.” Roush, who also suffered injuries to his left cheek, a broken jaw and compound fractures in his back, briefly explained how the crash occurred. “The reality of it – on a trip arrival into Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I was put in conflict with the flight plan of another airplane close to the ground, and I was unable to address the conflict and keep the airplane flying,” he said.
“Is Paul Menard’s decision to become the fourth driver at Richard Childress Racing a good move for all the parties involved?”
A: Based on RCR’s performance when it added Casey Mears to the stable in 2009, it’s a bad idea for RCR. All four drivers missed the cut for the Chase and the team dropped back to three drivers. And Menard appears to be taking some risk by leaving Richard Petty Motorsports as his on-track results this season are the best of his career.
about Childress’ failure to perform in 2009, even though it has improved dramatically this year with just three teams. “That’s a question I had for Richard is how is it going to work this time,” he said. “The answer I got was that really the fourth team had no bearing on the performance last year. They really upped their engineering game, and got their cars improved over the winter, and there is no reason why a fourth team right now won’t work.” One factor that may ease the transition to a new team for Menard is the fact that his current crew chief Slugger Labbe is in position to make the move with him. “We’ve had a great relationship this year,” Menard said. “I would love to work with him in the future. RPM did pick up his contract option for next year, but if it works out where I can work with Slugger in the future I’d definitely welcome it.” Some in the sport say that the only reason Menard gets the deals he does is because he can bring the sponsorship dollars. But Childress said there’s more going on than that. “I get the same thing with Austin Dillon, my grandson, driving our truck — he’s got the break, but the difference is Paul and Austin both are making a difference,” he said. “They’ve got the opportunity, but if you watch them on the race tracks, Paul does the job on the race track. It’s something that he loves to do and a passion; it’s not just because he’s got the sponsor that comes along.” But the money does make a difference, as Kevin Harvick pointed out. “Our sport runs on cubic dollars,” Harvick said. “If you want to go fast, the more cubic dollars you have, the faster you go.” Got a question about NASCAR? Ask Rick! E-mail your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
Keselowski wins Carfax 250
Rivals Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards raced side-by-side and without incident in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway, with Keselowski eventually motoring away to his fourth victory of the season and pushing his points lead to an almost insurmountable 347 over Edwards. He now has 10 career Nationwide wins. But Keselowski said in Victory Circle that he doesn’t plan to back off just because he has a big points lead. “I want to win races going for the championship,” he said. “We don’t want to coast through it. We’re pushing as hard as we can for all these people that are working hard at Penske Racing and for those fans that support us.”
Paul Menard He’s 23rd in points, after being in the top 12 for several weeks at the start of the season, and he has one top-five and three top-10 finishes, the most of any season of his Cup career. But both parties say that the deal will work out well. “We felt that right now is a really good time to [add a fourth team],” said team owner Richard Childress at Michigan. “We had it in 2009, and that wasn’t any effect on our performance. We’re going to do this team completely different than we did that one. “I think the key thing is Paul, his driving abilities fit right in with our guys. Jeff [Burton] and all our guys are excited about having him over; he’s done such a great job on the race track, just improving. He took off early this year and was in the points a pretty good ways up there. We feel that we can take and keep him right up there running for the Chase next year.” Menard, who will bring along sponsorship from his family’s home-improvement store chain, agreed that the time was right for the move, but he also had questions
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge, waves an American Flag out of his window in celebration of winning the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 at Michigan Intl Speedway on Saturday. (NASCAR photo)
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