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EPCC Recertified as a National Leader
El Paso Community College (EPCC) has been recertified as an Achieving the Dream Leader College. EPCC was a Round 1 college in the Achieving the Dream Initiative and has maintained the Leader College status since 2009. With the recent recertification, EPCC will maintain its Leader College status for the next three years, until 2014-2015. Twenty colleges nationwide were recently recertified for this status. Leader colleges must demonstrate three years of sustained student success improvement. These colleges serve as mentors within the Achieving the Dream community of learners, as well as advocates for the principles of Achieving the Dream. See El Paso Community College’s profile at o_community_college. Colleges selected into Achieving the Dream signify their commitment to closing achievement gaps and improving student success by creating a culture of evidence on their campuses. The task of improving student success is as difficult as it is important, which is why accomplishing and sustaining positive change deserves recognition. Achieving the Dream is proud to award the Achieving the Dream Leader College designation, giving national recognition for sustained improvement in student outcomes at community colleges. Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidencebased, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide. For more information on EPCC’s involvement in Achieving the Dream, contact Dr. Lydia Tena at (915) 831-8859.

City Manager’s Office to Relocate to New Offices
Beginning Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:00pm the following areas will begin to move out of City Hall into the New City Hall, located at 300 N. Campbell. City Manager Deputy City Managers Internal Audit Communications and Public Affairs Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) The offices will be at the new location at 300 N. Campbell, 2nd floor with the same phone numbers and open for business beginning Monday, March 11, 2013, 7:00 am – 6:00pm. For all updated information on the City Hall Relocation please visit the City homepage at and click on “City Hall Relocation.”

Money from bond election is not yet being spent
ith almost $500 million jingling in city leaders’ pockets, they are smacking their lips in anticipation and rejoicing over how best to spend the money to improve El Paso. On Nov. 6, 2012, election-day voters opted to approve the sale of $475 million in general obligation bonds by a big majority of 70 percent for and only 30 percent against. Voters came out in droves due to its being a presidential election year, plus the contentious bond election which also played a part in the big voter turnout. El Paso should be much better and brighter in a few more years…oh, give it anywhere from five to ten years. Voters approved $245 million for parks, recreation, open space and zoo improvements. This would also include soccer and sports fields, an aquatic center and new and improved community and senior centers. Voters also approved $228 million to build or improve museums, cultural centers, performing arts and library facilities. This will include a new children’s museum, a cultural heritage center and an interactive digital wall. Well, the money’s there, but, it hasn’t yet been allocated. The looming projects can’t all be done at once, city leaders say. There has to be great design, great location, good participation and good stockholders. District 2 City Rep. Susie Byrd, said none of the money has been spent.


By Joe Olvera ©, 2013

“We haven’t spent any of the bond proceeds from Proposition 1 and 2,”

she said. “We have authorized the first three years of projects and work is already beginning now on those, but we won’t spend money on them until we bid the work or buy land. On Proposition 3, I don’t know that we have used any of the funds authorized by the Hotel Occupancy tax rate yet, but, we have hired architect, engineer, the construction company and have started to work on relocation.” Proposition 3 turned out to be the most contentious of the complex issues because it required the demolition of City Hall to build the multi-million dollar stadium in its stead. This caused a lot of heartache and confusion to El Pasoans who were not opposed to building the stadium, but, were opposed to destroying city hall and moving city services to other locations. A back and forth court battle finally resulted in officials approving the tearing down of city hall and the stadium being built there. Oppo-

nents fought what they considered the unnecessary destruction of the 30-year old building, still in what many considered good repair. Proponents, however, insisted that building the new baseball stadium to house a Triple-A baseball team – once removed from the major leagues – will do much to revitalize downtown and to attract people to the downtown area, where new hotels, restaurants, and other amenities will also be built. The stadium itself is on a fast track to completion, but, the other projects will take much longer; in some cases up to 12 years. Some improvements will be in place more quickly, such as improvements to the zoo, libraries, existing museums and the Fox Plaza. Other projects, like the soccer stadium, aquatic center, children’s museum and a multi-purpose entertainment center will take longer. The city is currently looking at possible sites and buying land. The next major step for city council will be to accept the bond passed by voters, and approve the Hotel Occupancy Tax rate at 2 percent, up from one percent. Citizens must also be approached to join oversight committees to ensure that the work goes according to plan. So, hang in there, El Pasoans, big changes are coming – and, for the better.

Gold to EPCC Graphic Artists
El Paso Community College (EPCC) Marketing and Community Relation’s Graphic Artists, Monica Tarin and Luis Flores, have won the Gold Award from the 2012 Collegiate Advertising Awards (CAA). The design of the poster was for the EPCC Quality Enhancement Project (QEP). The poster was in the top 5% of those entered in the Poster/Designs category. Joyce Cordell, Director of Marketing and Community Relations said, “The promotion of the QEP initiative was a collaborative effort of the entire Marketing Department. With the short deadlines that were presented to us, the creativity of Monica and Luis really came to the forefront.” The Collegiate Advertising Awards is an elite program designed to recognize today’s most talented educational marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in all forms of advertising, marketing and promotion. A complete list of winners can be viewed by visiting

Monica Tarin and Luis Flores


DPS Increases Spring Break DWI Enforcement
Spring Break, which is an extremely dangerous decision that often leads to senseless tragedy," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Getting impaired drivers off the roads during Spring Break is a major priority for the department, and we also urge the public to make responsible decisions, such as designating a non-drinking driver or finding alternative transportation if they are impaired." During last year's Spring Break enforcement period, DPS troopers made more than 1,000 DWI arrests, and approximately 300 were the direct result of the increased patrols funded by the grant. DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 9,400 speeding citations, 1,500 seat belt/child safety seat tickets and 12,500 other citations. In addition, troopers made 545 fugitive arrests and 402 felony arrests during routine patrol operations. The drinking age in Texas is 21, and any driver under that age with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can be charged with breaking the law. Additional troopers will also be patrolling in areas with high concentrations of Spring Break activity. DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Spring Break holiday: .Slow down - especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas. .Eliminate distractions while driving, including the usage of mobile devices. .Buckle up everyone in the vehicle - it's the law. .Don't drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination. .Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges. .Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins. .Slow down or move over for tow trucks and police, fire and EMSvehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated it's the law. .Avoid travel to Mexico. (U.S. citizens who do travel to Mexico should always check the U.S. Department of State website for the latest information regarding security issues in Mexico, and they should register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by visiting _pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html.)

The Fort Bliss Officer & Civilian Spouses’ Association hosts its annual spring “Bliss in Bloom” shopping bazaar Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10 at the Trading Post— Building 1717 Marshall Rd. on Ft. Bliss. Featuring a variety of vendors including jewelry, pottery, local crafts, military artwork, woodwork, toys, and many more—the bazaar is a great place to buy gifts, home décor, and even souvenirs! Open Friday afternoon 4-8pm, Saturday 10am-

AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols from March 8 - March 17, one of the most active Spring Break periods 5pm, and Sunday noon-5pm. Shopping is open in Texas. DPS troopers will to the public and a pass is not needed to enter focus DWI patrols in high-risk Ft. Bliss. Both the Cassidy and Robert E Lee locations at times when alcoare accessible without a military ID card. Simhol-related crashes are most ply show your government issued identification. frequent. The enhanced patrols that target intoxicated drivers Admission is $2 for adults and children 12 years are funded through a grant from and younger are free. Profits benefit the Ft. the Texas Department of TransBliss Officer & Civilian Spouses’ Association portation. Community Giving and Scholarship funds. Both the "Too frequently people choose Simply Contact OCSA President Angie Tabat for more show to drink and drive during information 619-316-9705.




Natalicio Receives Prestigious Hesburgh Award
Becomes Chair of American Council on Education
The TIAA-CREF Institute announced March 4 that Diana Natalicio, president of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), is the winner of the 2013 TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence. The institute will bestow this honor today at the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. President Natalicio also today will assume the chair position of the Board of Directors of ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions. The TIAA-CREF Hesburgh award, which includes a $20,000 prize, recognizes leadership and commitment to higher education and contributions to the greater good and is presented to a current college or university president or chancellor who embodies the spirit of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh and his contributions to higher education and society. During her 25 years as the first female president of The University of Texas at El Paso, President Natalicio has guided the institution’s vision to serve talented young people from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds by ensuring that it offers the full capacity, breadth and innovation of a national research university, while creating access and affordability for a 21stcentury student demographic. “The TIAA-CREF Institute is thrilled to recognize Dr. Natalicio’s commitment to create educational access for talented young people, who are critical to the future success of our nation,” said Stephanie BellRose, senior managing director and head of the TIAA-CREF Institute. “Her work truly reflects the spirit of both Father Hesburgh and this award.” Demonstrating UTEP’s commitment to create access for the majority Hispanic and firstgeneration students from the broader El Paso region, President Natalicio established financial aid programs to make enrollment possible, and worked to recruit and retain highly successful Hispanic faculty members, whose professional accomplishments could serve as a model for Hispanic students. "I am deeply honored to be a recipient of the Hesburgh Award and enormously grateful for this recognition of the role that I've been privileged to play over the past 25 years in raising educational aspirations and attainment along this U.S.Mexico border," she said. "From discovering the abundant talent in a region with historically low access to higher education, to building collaborations with partners from prekindergarten to college to foster that talent, to aligning access and affordability with excellence, to enabling thousands of young people to achieve the American Dream, I can't imagine any more intellectually challenging and professionally fulfilling work." President Natalicio’s commitment has been not just to her university, but to the entire surrounding El Paso community. In 1991, she formed the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a partnership among UTEP, Continues on page 8 by the Ball Boy

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WOW! The Don Haskins Center
was really rocking Tuesday night. a 56-54 loss to Memphis was sad but still a great game. The Miners can play against anyone in the country and taking UNLV and Memphis to the wire at the Don just shows how truly hard it is for any team to come play here. Julian Washburn led the Miners with 19 points and Chris Crawford lead memphis with 15 points. The officiating in this game was very fair and not a lot of bad calls. UTEPs home crowd was insane last night. With an estimated crowd or 11,500 it was a really loud place. UTEP travels so Dallas on Saturday to face SMU. Any team coached by legendary coach Larry Brown is going to be

tough. SMU is 14-15 and have a bad 4-10 record for conference play. This will be another tuneup for UTEP as this will be their final regular season game before the Conference USA tournament. The big news this week was about CoachTim Floyd meeting with USC. Coach Floyd was forced to step down from his position at USC. Him meeting with the school shows that USC does not think he did anything wrong during his tenure at USC. We can only hope his heart is to stay at UTEP and that he will continue to build on something truly special here. Coach Tim Floyd's mentor was Don Haskins and I think he knows Don would be disappointed if he left within only coaching UTEP for 3 seasons.

Western Technical College Appoints Customized Training Coordinator
March 4, 2013, El Paso, Texas-Western Technical College is proud to announce the appointment of Customized Training CoorGraciela Olivas dinator, Graciela Olivas. Olivas will be responsible for coordinating with local, regional, national, and international businesses and organizations in the development of customized training for any type of industry. Olivas received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing and Spanish from The Red McCombs Business School at the University of Texas at Austin, in December of 2006. Since completing her degree she has worked in sales and marketing for non-profit organizations such as The Austin Public Library Foundation and the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For More Information Contact Donna Villarreal at (915) 253-4764

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Keep El Paso Beautiful Announces New Executive Director


The 3rd Annual SUNS Health Fair
When: March 9, 2013 from 10am to 2pm Where: Texas Tech Univ. Health Science Center Family Medicine Clinic 9848 Kenworthy St. El Paso, Tx. 79924 Who: Everyone! All activities are free and open to the public.

Romie Ruiz El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department is pleased to announce Romie Ruiz as the new Executive Director of Keep El Paso Beautiful. Hired earlier this year, Ruiz will lead the Keep El Paso Beautiful (KEPB) program to raise awareness, educate and inform residents on how to maintain and enhance the environment. She will create and organize various community based clean-up events and beautification projects, as well as work with local schools and organizations. An El Paso native, Ruiz graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. She is a seasoned executive with extensive experience and has provided leadership for several non-profit organizations throughout the city. In the past 13 years, Ruiz has worked for the following organizations: Director of Promotions and Community Outreach for KCOS-TV; Assistant Head of Development for the El Paso Museum of Art; Corporate Market Director for the American Heart Association and Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso. Keep El Paso Beautiful, a non-profit organization (501c3), has a partnership with the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department. The program has a board of directors with an executive director who is employed by the Environmental Services Department. The mission of Keep El Paso Beautiful is to empower individuals to take greater responsibility towards enhancing their community. For more information on Keep El Paso Beautiful visit or call (915) 621-6709.

Free Activities and Services
Heart Health Screening Diabetes Screening Dental Health Screening Child and Adult Healthy Weight Screening Sports Medicine Exams First Aid Training Bike Safety and helmet giveaway DJ and Jumping Balloon/Castle!


By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

Our Windy Season. What are we talking about?
Many of us are probably not looking forward to March and April when it comes to El Paso weather. Those who have lived here long enough realize that wind, dust and sand are words that become commonplace. It’s also commonplace for our ABC-7 weather team to toss out phrases such as wind advisories, high wind watches and high wind warnings. What do we actually mean by these terms?

Wind Advisory: a wind advisory means that sustained winds of at
least 30 miles per hour or gusts of at least 45 mph are expected. In this situation we typically urge motorists to use caution while traveling across the area.

Impact: winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles.

High Wind Watch: there is the potential for a hazardous high
wind event. This means that sustained winds could hit 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger.

Impacts: winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving

High Wind Warning: a hazardous high wind event is occurring
or expected. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

What is the weather instrument that is used for measuring both the wind direction and speed? A. Barometer B. Anemometer C. Spectometer D. Omnimeter
“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

Impact: Trees could be uprooted; shingles blown off area roofs, driving difficulties, especially for high profile vehicles. Now, you may be wondering what are sustained winds? This is the wind speed indicated by averaging the wind values over a two-minute period. By the way, winds are measured at a distance of 30 feet above the ground. This is meant to minimize the effects of terrain and obstacles.







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Mostly Sunny Breezy
High: 73º Low: 50º

20% Storms Windy
High: 77º Low: 47º

40% Storms Partly Cloudy
High: 65º Low: 47º

Partly Sunny Breezy
High: 60º Low: 38º

Mostly Sunny Breezy
High: 62º Low: 39º

Mostly Sunny
High: 76º Low: 47º

Partly Sunny Breezy
High: 74º Low: 41º


difficult especially for high profile vehicles.

Weather Trivia:

Answer: B – Anemometer


El Paso Harmony Science Academy (26-3) vs. Dallas Triple A Academy (26-5) - TWC SportsChannel 24/FS Webcast
Time Warner Cable will broadcast boys 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A Division I & II semifinal games, as well as the boys’ title games. FSN will carry the 5A Final game scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Lincoln Rose will handle playby-play for the tournament with analysts former University of Texas basketball player JD Lewis, Coach Candi Harvey and with analysts Jim Haller and Craig Way.. The Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is available to digital cable customers in Austin (Channel 888), Corpus Christi (Channel 888), Dallas (Channel 185), El Paso (Channel 24), Laredo (Channel 888), the Rio Grande Valley (Channel 888), San Antonio (Channel 888), Waco-TempleKilleen (Channel 888) and Wichita Falls (Channel 888). El Paso, TX (March 5, 2013) –Time Warner Cable digital customers in Texas can watch the UIL boys state basketball tournament live from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin March 7-9 on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Fox Sports compliments the coverage with web access and exclusive coverage of the 5A championship game. Fox Sports webcasts will be available on

Continued from page 5 El Paso Community College, all nine school districts in El Paso County, and local business and civic leaders, to raise educational aspirations and attainment among young people in the region. “We face many challenges in higher education, and ACE is proud to join the TIAA-CREF Institute in honoring leaders like Dr. Natalicio who are working to promote diversity and access to education for all students,” said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education. The University of Texas at El Paso has seen impressive metrics during President Natalicio’s 25-year tenure. Enrollment has increased from 14,971 to 22,700 students, and the number of doctoral programs offered by the university has grown from one to 19, with more awaiting authorization. Degree completions have also grown dramatically at the institution, with an 85 percent increase in undergraduate degrees awarded over the past decade—more than 80 percent of them to Hispanics. President Natalicio succeeds Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University (MA), as president of ACE and will serve a one-year term. Before becoming ACE Board chair, Natalicio served as vice chair. “American higher education has entered a potentially transformative era, one of formidable challenges but also great opportunities,” President Natalicio said. “As it so often has in the past, the world is looking to the U.S. system of higher education for leadership, and I am honored that my colleagues have elected me as ACE board chair at this important time.” President Natalicio also serves on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation and on the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. She also has served on the boards of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science, the NASA Advisory Council, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Trinity Industries, Sandia Corporation and Internet2. She was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as a member of the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Initially appointed to the National Science Board (NSB) by President Bill Clinton in 1994, she served two six-year terms as a board member and three two-year terms as the NSB’s vice chair. President Natalicio was recognized in 2011 by the president of Mexico with the Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca, the highest honor bestowed on foreign nationals. She received the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education in 1997, was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1999, was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and is the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, Smith College and the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. President Natalicio received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from St. Louis University, a master’s degree in Portuguese and a doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

The schedule of televised games on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel includes: THURSDAY, MARCH 7 – SEMIFINALS
8:30 a.m. 1A Division 1 10:00 a.m. 1A Division 1 1:30 p.m. 3A 3:00 p.m. 3A 7:00 p.m. 4A 8:30 p.m. 4A El Paso Harmony Science Academy (26-3) vs. Dallas Triple A Academy (26-5) TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast Mumford (38-0) vs. San Augustine (23-6) TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast Abilene Wylie (34-4) vs. Dallas Madison (30-4) TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast Houston Yates (31-4) vs. Royal (29-9) TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast Rosenburg Terry (29-9) vs. Fort Worth Arlington Heights (23-10) TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast Northside Brennan (39-2) vs. Dallas Kimball (22-9) TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast

8:30 a.m. 2A 10:00 a.m. 2A 1:30 p.m. 1A Division 2 3:00 p.m. 5A 7:00 p.m. 1A Division 2 8:30 p.m. 5A White Oak (35-1) vs. Winnie East Chambers (26-9) Idalou (34-3) vs. Brock (31-6) Roxton (28-4) vs. Texline (28-6) South Grand Prairie (36-3) vs. Cibolo Steele (25-12) Water Valley (33-2) vs. Douglass (29-6) Richardson Berkner (33-5) vs. Fort Bend Travis (31-5) TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast

8:30 a.m. 1A Division 1 10:00 a.m. 3A 1:30 p.m. 2A 3:00 p.m. 4A 7:00 p.m. 1A Division 2 8:30 p.m. 5A TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast TWC SportsChannel/FS Webcast FSSW

The Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is an exclusive free service for Time Warner Cable Digital Cable subscribers.Following the live coverage on Time Warner Cable, the games will be available on select local On Demand channels in Texas.

Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center Arts and Crafts Fair
Saturday, March 23, 2013 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

El Paso, Texas - The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a free Arts and Crafts Fair at the Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 20013.

Vendor registration begins Monday, March 4, 2013 for a $5 fee per table on handmade items and $45 per table for commercial/business vendors. Information Jacqueline Paz or Lluvia Espinoza (915) 629-7312

Sharon Mosley In the decades that I have been writ-

ing about the world of fashion, there is always one question I seem to hear over and over. Why? Why does

as a sort of gift to the world — people adorning themselves to express their feelings and celebrate occasions; it creates memories and marks time in one's life."

and Nary Mnivong — "Fashion is an outward reflection of yourself to the world — it empowers you."

fashion matter? And since the simplest of answers — we all have to wear clothes — doesn't quite suffice, it does seem that many of us are interested in looking good and, hey, that usually makes us feel better about ourselves and the world around us. As one designer, Tadashi Shoji, put it: "Fashion inspires and brings cultures together. Plus, you can't walk around naked!" A dear aunt who recently died was always the epitome of style and she always said when she didn't care about how she looked, that's when it was time to go. She lived to be 90 and had a Hermes scarf tied around her neck when she died.

Nicole Miller — "Because fashBCBG by Max and Luvov ion is psychologically uplifting! It creAzria — "Fashion is important because it ates positive energy!"
comes from within. Fashion is all about juxtaposition and coming out of your comfort zone."

Peter Som — "Fashion matters
because it's a form of self-expression that provides a moment in the day for one to dream. A little time to dream is OK — the world has enough challenges to keep us busy."

Bibhu Mohapatra —"Fashion matters because it is a language and a tool used to express oneself. Self-expression is extremely important, and fashion allows you to do that. Yes, it does help the world in a range of ways — from establishing individual identities to creating jobs!" Carmen Marc Valvo — "Fashion is part of our everyday lives and it helps people with their personal sense of self and how they project that into the world."

Saunder by Emily Saunder — "Let's be real,
fashion will never smooth out the rift between warring factions or find a cure for cancer, but it is still a powerful force in many people's lives. It allows men and women a means to express themselves on a daily basis and is an amazing and accessible creative outlet. Also more and more companies are pushing the boundaries of the kind of impact fashion can have by collaborating with artisans, promoting fair trade and eco-friendly practices and giving more thought to how their garments are made."

Pantone, the global color authority — you know the one that
tells us "Emerald Green" is the color of the year — reached out to its Facebook fans to pose a question to fashion designers: "Why does fashion matter ... and how does it help the world?" There were some interesting answers that I thought I'd share. Here are a few of the designers who responded and their responses:

Charlotte Ronson — "Fashion matters. It is about individuality, personal expression and choice. It helps the world by helping each individual person. Once in a while we all have a bad day, and sometimes simply putting on your favorite dress, shoe or even makeup will make you feel happy." Elie Tahari — "Fashion has the ability
to bring people from all diverse walks of life together; it is a tool that allows individuals to be expressive."

Tracy Reese - "Fashion is a reflection
of one's self. When you are wearing something that makes you feel comfortable and confident, you can take on the world!" Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.

Tommy Hilfiger — "Fashion helps
shape individuality. I have always loved the way styles and trends are interpreted differently all over the world."

Barbara Tfank — "I think of fashion

NAHM by Alexandria Hilfiger

Designer Nicole Miller creates "positive energy" this spring with her Nicole by Nicole Miller collection at JCP featuring colorful florals in mix and match separates. (


Years ago, I read a fascinating study from Reuters Health about debt and its effect on one's health. The conclusion was amazing. Not only is debt harmful, credit card debt is the worst the kind of debt.

Sick Over Debt
AOL Health poll. The term "stress" is fairly broad, but this study reported how stress plays out. Would you believe those in credit card debt are more likely to have ulcers, severe depression and even heart attacks? It's true, and it may be affecting you.

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Digestive issues? Uh-huh. Could be that big load of debt you're dragging from one month to the next.

This was later confirmed by an Associated Press-

So, how are you feeling? Are you experiencing panic attacks?
There could be a correlation. Headaches, depression?

If you are truly suffering, I hope you are seeing a physician who can help you treat the symptoms. I doubt, however, if any doctor is prescribing the one thing that will cure the stress and all of its fallout. So I'll do that: Stop adding to your debt, and get started on a plan today to get out of debt. Once. And. For. All.

for getting out of debt. Believe me, I know. But if you're interested in debt-proofing your life, check out my story and The DPL Plan at I'm there every day to encourage and walk with you as you turn your life around.

To your health!
Mary Hunt is the founder of and author of 23 books, including her 2012 release, "7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of Your Financial Future." You can email her at, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630.

Look, I know that's easy to say. And you're right, I don't know your specific situation. But I know what it's like to be in debt. I know that feeling of hopelessness, of not being able to fall asleep and then being terrified to wake up. I know that feelCOPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM ing in the pit of your stomach, the heart pounding that happens every time the 'Tween 12 and 20 BY dr. roBerT wallace phone rings. I have been in horrible debt. And I got out. I don't write this column every day because I love to write (I do, by the way). I write it because I have such a burning passion to help people who are stuck in debt to get out and to stay out. I love to teach people with ordinary incomes to do extraordinary things with what they have — like pay back their debt and go on to debt-proof their lives. So, are you sick and tired of being sick and in debt? Good. That's the first step. And you have to get mad. I mean really angry about what you've allowed debt to do to your life, your family — your health! It's time to start fighting back. Next, you need to get a plan — one that will allow you to continue living and paying your bills, but also to start whacking away at your debt. I can't promise you that in a year from now you will be debt-free. But I can promise that if you will follow a plan, a year from now you could be on your way to being debt-free. There's no one-size-fits-all plan

Don't Introduce Alcohol to Your Son

DR. WALLACE: My husband and I are "social" drinkers. We drink at home occasionally and at social functions. We both feel we can control our drinking, and it has rarely caused any kind of problem. We have a 17-year-old son who is attending parties where, we are sure, alcohol is being served. My husband wants to introduce him to alcohol in our home, so he can teach him how to respect it rather than have to learn about drinking from his peers. I don't think this is a good idea. My husband and I are social drinkers, but I would be happy if our son never consumed a drop of alcohol in his life. But my husband's plan might have some merit. What do you think? —Mother, Batavia, Ill. MOTHER: Your husband's plan to teach your son to "respect" alcohol by introducing him to drink at home would be a serious mistake. Would he introduce him to drugs at home so he could learn to respect them and use them socially? You must remember that alcohol is a highly addictive and depressive drug, which has wreaked havoc on millions of families. When you and your husband drink at home in front of your son, you are sending a message that it's OK to drink. Children are deeply influenced by what their parents do — far more than by what they say. If you truly care that your son never consumes a drop of alcohol in his life, set an example for him and stop drinking. Never should a parent encourage a child to drink alcohol for any reason. Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at

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Milk Does a Pimple Good
Acne is not a modern affliction, though it probably feels that way to the more than 17 million Americans who suffer from it, most of them in adolescence and young adulthood. Research into the causes or aggravation of acne has varied with time. From the late 1800s to around 1960, the focus was on dietary culprits, most notably chocolate, sugar and fat. After 1960, however, many researchers began suspecting other agents, such as hormones and stress. A new published metaanalysis by researchers at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development brings some of the focus back to food. Reviewing studies between 1960 and 2012, the researchers concluded that a high glycemic index/high glycemic load diet and frequent dairy consumption were leading factors in linking diet and acne. In other words, overconsumption of foods that rapidly break down and elevate blood sugar levels (think white bread, potatoes and other carbohydrate-rich edibles) and dairy products appears to influence or aggravate acne. There is no evidence that they alone cause the condition. The researchers suggest that patients and their dermatologists consider dietary counseling when devising acne treatments.

Poorer But Happier
The National Opinion Research Council tries to quantify how happy Americans are with a yearly poll. Since 1950, the number of Americans responding that they were "very happy" has steadily declined. Between 1970 and 1994, it dropped five full points, indicating that less than a third of Americans were "very happy." In 2006, our happiness level was at a new low in spite of a healthy economy and record amounts of consumption per capita.

Are American's actually happier with less? According to recent social studies, many psychologists respond

pectancy has increased by 19 years, and government funding is spent on education, health care and the environment. In the U.S., with a recession raging, we can still communicate with people all over the world instantly, eat fresh foods from the other side of the planet and watch over 100 channels of TV anytime of the day or night. We have mountains of stuff crammed into mountain-sized houses, ..Continues on p. 18


1991 was a time plenty for average Americans. We owned twice as many cars, drove twice as far, used twenty-one times more plastic and traveled 25 times farther by air than did the average family in 1951, according to environmentalist Alan Durning. Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per person has tripled since the 1950s. So did the square footage of the average house and the circumference around our waists. However, homelessness increased, alcoholism and drug abuse statistics rose and divorce rates doubled. Surveys have found virtually the same level of happiness between the very rich individuals on the Forbes 400 and the impoverished Maasai herdsman of East Africa. In contrast, Bhutan, a small Himalayan country, recently decided to stop measuring GDP, and replaced it with a "happiness index." Citizens of Bhutan are no longer measured by how productive they are at work, instead, they are measured by how happy they are in life. "There is no necessary relationship between the level of possession and the level of well-being," said Thakur S. Powdyel, a Bhutanese official to the New York Times. As a result, household incomes in Bhutan are among the poorest in the world, but life ex-


DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
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DEAR ABBY: I am writing to you because I can share this anonymously. I am close to 60 years old and I'm terrified of the dentist. Every time I pick up the phone to make an appointment I get so anxious I feel like I'm going to die. Do you think I will be able to find a caring, compassionate and nonjudgmental dentist? Are they out there? Sometimes I wish I could die instead of going to the dentist. Am I crazy? -- MRS. ANXIETY IN THE U.S.A. DEAR MRS. ANXIETY: Let me put it this way -- if you're crazy, you have a lot of company. Many people fear going to the dentist. However, there have been improvements in the field since you were a child -- including sedation for people who choose "not to be there" while their dental problems are being attended to. Good dental health is very important to our overall health, so please don't put off any further making an appointment. Tell the person who is booking the appointment what your needs are, and if that dentist can't accommodate you, ask for a referral to one who can. ** DEAR ABBY: I have been a nanny for four families over the last 10 years. I am now working for a family of five. I don't make a lot of money, but I enjoy what I do. My problem is all the gift-buying I feel required to do -- such as on the children's birthdays, Christmas and the mom's birth of more babies. My employer is expecting yet another baby this summer and her 3-year-old has another birthday coming up. I'm tired of the giftbuying and really can't afford to do it anymore. When the new baby is born, I am tempted to just say "Congratulations!" Any suggestions? -- GIFTED OUT DEAR GIFTED OUT: Yes. When the newest addition to the family arrives, give your employer a nice card. You should not be expected to come up with a gift. You are already giving these children loving and responsible care and that is gift enough. ** DEAR ABBY: During the first year of our marriage, my husband cheated on me with women from his past as well as new encounters. When I confronted him, he promised to stop. He would then call and email these women, and tell them I was checking up on him and he'd contact them later. This has gone on for years. He swears he's no longer cheating, and we have sought counseling -- which I stopped because the counselor and I agreed that my husband didn't think he had a problem. When I confront him with my suspicions, he insists that I am "driving him away" by accusing him. He is very arrogant, and people who don't know him believe he's a great guy and I am the problem. I have considered revenge cheating, but it goes against my morals. I think about divorcing him, but then I think -- what if I am wrong? What if he really is being faithful? What should I do? I love him. -- UNSURE IN TEXAS DEAR UNSURE: I agree that "revenge" cheating is not the solution to your problem. Hire a private detective and get to the bottom of this. If you're wrong, you need counseling to resolve your insecurities. However, if he's cheating, you will know you haven't been imagining things and can decide rationally if it's in your best interests to continue being married to a womanizer. **
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By Holiday Mathis

week 3/07 - 3/13
terminants of success you would like to see will increase your chances of a positive outcome. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Negativity isn't always nasty or sad. Often it just lacks any positive features. Avoid falling into the trap of doing less than you could. There won't be a prize for turning in neutral or merely good work. You'll have to be great to get noticed. That shouldn't be hard for you! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Sometimes your life mirrors the parable of the prodigal son. You are so consistently excellent that your excellence is taken for granted while weaker characters get all of the attention. Remind yourself of why you are so committed to doing right. It's not because you want everyone to throw a big party for you. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You are a fan, and this year you'll have exciting experiences involving the ones you enjoy and follow. Your reputation will open a door this month. April brings a turnover of material items. May is your chance to see a part of the world that will be all new to you. Simplification is the name of the game through the summer. Whatever you can do to streamline your work and domestic scene will help you focus and make money in August. Wedding bells ring in August, too.

New Moon Rules?
Wacky pursuits seem less so now under the open-minded Pisces new moon on March 11th and the days that follow. After all, how can we be sure about the way things are related? The Pisces new moon is a moon of integration. An amalgamation of all the other signs, Pisces has a message for us: Every part of the whole is related to every other part of the whole, and it could be no other way. ARIES (March 21-April 19). A good salesperson knows not to waste time trying to convince people who can't or won't buy. You may not be selling an actual product, but you'll be selling something this week — maybe your ideas or personality. Qualify potential "buyers." Make sure the relationship would be a good fit. How can you help each other? TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Learning can be hard work, especially if your inner voice is like a chattering classmate, making it difficult for you to concentrate on what the "teacher" is saying. Quiet your inner voice. Agree to have fewer problems and opinions. Your open-minded, receptive approach to life will augment your fortunes. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Scientists disagree about how birds find worms in the ground. Do they use their ears? Peck at random? Feel the ground moving beneath their feet? Similarly, you have a talent that comes so naturally to you that no one, not even you, knows how you do it. Someone new will be fascinated by your process. CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are extremely specific dating websites on the Internet these days. Whether you want to date a farmer, a clown, a person your exact age or even someone whose face maps out similarly to your own, there's a site for it. However, in matters of the heart, nothing beats your own basic instincts this week. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There have been times when your status depended on your ability to persuade another person to see and do things your way. Thankfully, now it's not your job. It's much easier to simply acknowledge another person's point of view without the added pressure of feeling like you have to change it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Building personal bonds with those around you requires a certain quality of attention over a period of time. Good friends are not magic gifts that just come to you. You have to create and earn relationships. That's why this week you'll derive great satisfaction and pride from your strong ties with others. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You may crave attention and recognition more than usual. Can you think of a way to give it to yourself? That would feel the best. You are, after all, best qualified to acknowledge what you've done in regard to your projects and goals, because you know everything that went into them. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you tell yourself "it's not about the money," you really mean it. Money is a form of communication. Money acknowledges the worth of a service or the work that went into making an item. You'll think carefully about the various trades you make this week. Your accounting will yield surprising conclusions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're a fix-it pro this week. The secret to getting things up and running is to make that your primary aim. People who are more concerned with being right than they are with fixing the problem won't be effective. You've made that mistake in the past, and now you know better. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll wisely get focused on one relationship. If you were to have a successful outcome in this regard over the next 60 days, what would it look like? Knowing the specific, measurable de-

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Travel and advenTure


Landmarks Recall Santa Monica's Gold Coast
By Athena Lucero The opulence of a venerable hotel steps from the sand, a modern-day bathhouse and sunset views of Santa Monica Pier (more than a century old) were all the intrigue I needed to peel back the layers of landmarks dotting this world-famous beach, that is, the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway north from the pier to Santa Monica Canyon — the Gold Coast, as it was known at the turn of the century. In fact, Santa Monica beach has been a tourist hot spot since the mid-1800s, when it was already becoming a leisure destination for wealthy Easterners who headed west to escape icy winters for sunny shores. And had it not been for successful efforts to prevent Santa Monica from becoming the major port for Los Angeles (that title went to San Pedro in 1897), Muscle Beach might not be, well, Muscle Beach. The silhouette of the Ferris wheel on the pier might not adorn Santa Monica beach's skyline at dusk. Built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif., was the first pleasure pier on the West Coast. Photo courtesy of Athena Lucero. Like beacons, grand hotel resorts constructed along the coastline welcomed visitors. Santa Monica's first hotel, the Arcadia, was built in 1885, and by the mid-1920s, the Club Casa del Mar, the Breakers and the Edgewater were beachfront neighbors on the Promenade. Club Casa del Mar, the "Grande Dame of the shore" was the place to see and been seen, and it is the only hotel of the era to stand the test of time. It survived the Great Depression, served as a World War II military hotel, housed the drug rehabilitation group Synanon and was home to the Pritikin Longevity Center. Where Pico Boulevard meets the sand, Casa del Mar today glitters once more. In 1999 it was purchased by E.T. Whitehall Seascape Partners, who spent more than $50 million restoring the Grande Dame back to her original glory. A walk to the beach behind the hotel treated me to the architectural splendor of the stately eight-story Italian Renaissance Revival that seemed as though it was plucked right off the Mediterranean coast. The Gold Coast earned its name because real estate along Santa Monica's coastline attracted the rich and famous. Residents included movie producer Irving Thalberg and his wife, actress Norma Shearer; Greta Garbo; Cary Grant; Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford; and oil magnate J. Paul Getty. The allure of the Gold Coast also caught the attention of media mogul William Randolph Hearst, one of America's most powerful men. In 1926 he began construction on what would become Pacific Coast Highway's hottest address. Hearst commissioned Julia Morgan (the architect of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.) to help build a sprawling estate on the beach for silent-film actress Marion Davies, his mistress. The 4.9-acre property included a 110-room mansion, two guest houses, two swimming pools and a tennis court. Davies (also a producer, screenwriter and philanthropist) hosted lavish parties for the Hollywood elite, business moguls and international dignitaries. By 1947 the Davies estate was sold to a private party and eventually to the state of California. The state leased the land to the private Sand and Sea Beach Club Hotel until damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake forced the demolition of most of the buildings. Enter philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, president of the Annenberg Foundation (and a member of the Sand and Sea Beach Club). She envisioned the property's great potential... Continues on next page

Club Casa del Mar, built in 1926, the only surviving resort from the Gold Coast era in Santa Monica, Calif., has been lovingly restored to its original glory. Photo courtesy of Athena Lucero.


Continued from page 13.... to serve the community and in 2005 saved a guest house and one of the pools (where Charlie Chaplain swam) from the wrecking ball. "What could be more spectacular," said Annenberg in the Santa Monica Mirror, "...than that space on Pacific Coast Highway?" It was her vision to see it become a beach park.

Santa Monica...
under the sun. It offers private clublike amenities: swimming pools, changing rooms, showers, a children's play area, paddleboard rentals, beach volleyball, yoga, a gallery, an event room, the Marion Davies Guest House (not a hotel) and the Back on the Beach Cafe. Amusement parks sprang from the Gold Coast era. Built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier was the first "pleasure pier" built on the West Coast. Its 80foot roller coaster and famous carousel were constant draws. The last amusement park on the pier was during the 1930s. But in 1996 nostalgia returned with the opening of Pacific Park, the West's only amusement park on a pier. There is no admission charge, and its 12 rides include the roller coaster that wraps around the park. The park also went green in 2008 with the world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel. The Looff Hippodrome, which houses the carousel, is the pier's most conspicuous building with its cone-shaped roof. The Los Angeles historical landmark is named after Charles Looff, amusement park impresario and master carver of carousels. He also built Coney Island's first carousel in New York. When Muscle Beach first opened in 1934 at the base of

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That dream became a reality $35 million later in 2009 (the Annenberg Foundation provided $27.5 million). Owned by the state and operated by the City of Santa Monica, the Annenberg Community Beach House might well be the only public beach club (no membership required) in the country, according to its manager, Nan Friedman. Waiting in the queue to pay my admission into the Beach House ($10 adults, $5 children, $4 seniors, $24 family pass) reminded me of public lidos around Europe where entire families enjoy hours of fun

The spirit of the Davies estate was not forgotten, either, when the Frederick Fisher architectural partners designed the Beach House property. A row of 15 concrete pillars hovers over the historic pool to represent the Grecian columns, the location and scale of the original mansion. The colonnade invites visitors to imagine being a guest of Davies as they look out to the sea from the mansion's terrace. While lodging is not offered at the Georgian Revival Guest House, free docent-led tours delight visitors with a nostalgic peek into Davies' life. Sound and video installations highlight her acting days and her renown as the Gold Coast's premier hostess.

Santa Monica Pier, it was much more than an entertainment spectacle. It was the brainchild of the Works Projects Administration under President Franklin Roosevelt and the beginning of the modern fitness boom. Gymnastics and acrobatic exhibitions, often performed by movie stunt artists and actors, were its earliest events. Muscle Beach eventually moved to nearby Venice Beach and is now a bodybuilding landmark and a must-see for visitors to Southern California. Today the most treasured icon of the city, the neon sign at the entrance to the pier, reads "Santa Monica Yacht Harbor — Sport Fishing, Boating, Cafes." The city hasn't had a harbor since the 1930s, but the pier's business association installed the sign in 1940 — a tribute to its vibrant history.

Get Out of That Relationship NOW
Dear John, I've been dating "Don" for three months. He proposed a month after we met, and we are going to get married as soon as his divorce is finalized. Don moved in with my roommate and me so that we could begin saving for a house. At that time, he suggested I get rid of anything that I don't need. He went through all my personal diaries, read them and destroyed them. He also dumped pictures of ex-boyfriends. I'm a grown woman, yet Don is shocked that I've had six relationships in my life! He also checks all my cell phone calls and shows up when I don't expect him. Now he's talking of having children immediately even though we're not yet married. What should I do? —Concerned, in Santa Monica, Calif. Dear Concerned, Get out. Now. Many of the actions you've described indicate that Don could be an emotionally abusive person. People who have no respect for your property or privacy lack a basic respect for you. Do yourself a favor and remove yourself from this relationship as fast as possible. This may be easier to do when someone else is around, such as a family member or your roommate. You can make it clear that things are moving too fast for you and that his actions are not consistent with those of a partner you are seeking. Your voice should be calm. Don't express anger or blame, just your resolution about your decision We all make mistakes. The important thing is to try not to marry them. It's time to say goodbye to Don.
2013 John Gray's Mars Venus Advice. Distributed by Creators Syndicate. John Gray is the author of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus." If you have a question, write John in care of this newspaper, or by email at: All questions are kept anonymous, and will be paraphrased.

For more information about Santa Monica Beach's Gold Coast history, visit Santa Monica Public Library, 310-4588600 or; Santa Monica Conservancy, Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, Calif.; 310-581-5533, Annenberg Community Beach House: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, Calif.; 310458-4904, . Each January the Beach House celebrates "Happy Birthday, Marion," a free event open to the public. Santa Monica Pier: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Calif.; 310-458-8901,

The historic swimming pool from the Marion Davies estate is part of the Annenberg Community Beach House property on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, Calif. Photo courtesy of Athena Lucero.

Athena Lucero is a freelance writer. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM


Inspired by the starlet’s legendary style, the eponymous clothing line will be available in 150 Macy’s stores and online at this March
Miami, FL – (February 28, 2013) – Macy’s today unveiled Marilyn Monroe, an apparel collection that re-imagines the style of the greatest icon of the 20th century for the 21st century fashionista. The collection, created by LF USA and Authentic Brands Group, will infuse the actress unrivaled personality and retro styling into flirty and fun garments for the fashion-forward girl. This March, Marilyn Monroe will launch exclusively in the Mstylelab department at 150 Macy’s stores and online at Customers and fans can look forward to an advertising campaign that immortalizes the starlet’s style through iconic photographs alongside the new collection. "We are thrilled to partner with the retail experts at Macy's to bring to life one of the things Marilyn loved most – fashion," said Nick Woodhouse, president & CMO of Authentic Brands Group. "As one of the world's most famous style icons, it only made sense to create a Marilyn Monroe apparel collection that represents the glamour and beauty that she is known for." The Marilyn Monroe line embraces silhouettes that fit and flatter, from halter dresses that cinch at the waist to gingham tie-front, button-down tops and pink polka dot denim, evoking a Monroe-esque image. Recreating the icon’s noteworthy personality this spring,.Continues on next page


Continued from page 15... Marilyn Monroe is effortless, flirty and ultra-feminine. Soft blues and pinks highlight a girl-nextdoor quality, while bold reds and black and white add a sense of allure. Customers can also show their love for Hollywood’s eternal “it” girl by wearing a smiling Marilyn Monroe cropped t-shirt that features the icon in one of two famous poses. The collection will retail from $29 to $89, offering affordable fashion to girls who want to look confident, feminine and fun. “Marilyn Monroe’s appeal is legendary and Macy’s is excited to launch a collection that draws inspiration from her timeless style,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer.

“This new line takes her unique sensibility, noteworthy silhouettes and colors of the time, and reinvents them for a modern-day Marilyn Monroe that is fun-loving, flirty and not afraid to play with fashion.” Macy’s Marilyn Monroe advertising campaign takes today’s modern-day Marilyn and sets her against a backdrop of the icon’s most famous photographs. Each image depicts a carefree persona and sassy attire in an updated style that is relevant to today’s customer. The marketing campaign will debut in March issues of fashion magazines as well as in direct mail, online and in-store visual presentations.The Estate of Marilyn Monroe is a subsidiary of and managed by Authentic Brands Group. For more information about the Marilyn Monroe collection at Macy’s, please visit This spring, Macy’s customers can shop the collection by visiting

SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MARCH 07, 2013 PAGE 17 a greener view BY JeFF rugg

Indoor Lighting
Not every light bulb will work for growing plants indoors. The quantity and quality of light
it produces can vary greatly. Plants use large amounts of red and blue light, lesser quantities of other colors and very little green, which is the color they reflect back to our eyes. The measurement scale of the color of light is expressed in the temperature scale of degrees Kelvin (K). Sunlight at noon on a slightly overcast day is around 6,500K. A normal incandescent light is much cooler, around 2,800K, while a cool white bluish colored fluorescent light is a warm 4,100K. I know that it sounds odd to say that a yellowish-red light bulb that produces heat is cooler than a bluish colored fluorescent light, but it is true when you are only looking at the colors of light and not the kind of bulbs producing the light. Bulbs with color temperatures below 5,000K look more yellow or red, while bulbs rated between 5,000 and 6,000K are viewed as white and bulbs above 6,000K tend to look blue. Some light bulbs are sold as "daylight," "sunlight," "natural," "balanced" or "wide spectrum." These terms mean the bulb is producing a color of around 5,000 to 6,000K. On the other hand a "full-spectrum" bulb produces a light that covers the entire range of visible light (400-700nm) without gaps in its spectral output. I have grown aquarium plants and vegetable transplants under full spectrum lights and a mix of cool and warm fluorescent lights, and the plants lit by full spectrum bulbs easily outgrew the others. Old incandescent bulbs have an efficiency rate around 5 percent, and the spectrum of light produced is not ideal for growing plants. Incandescent bulbs also produce a large amount of heat, which will increase cooling costs. High output full spectrum fluorescent lamps are a great choice for indoor plant growth. They are 3-7 times more efficient than incandescent bulbs but need to be placed close to the plant. Compact fluorescent bulbs can be good for growing a single plant in a room away from windows. Newer fluorescent bulbs are only 5/8 inch in diameter, while old bulbs are an inch and half in diameter. The new bulbs produce more light and heat but use less electricity. The new bulbs cost more and require a new fixture.

HID lamps


typically used for streetlights or for warehouses and greenhouses. They are used by home growers who are determined to get the most light possible. They produce a huge amount of heat and can't be placed near plants. They may need ventilation fans installed.

LED's (Light Emitting Diodes) are relatively expensive but
use very little electricity, produce almost no heat and last much longer than all other bulbs. I have a GlowPanel 45. This one-foot square panel of LEDs uses only 28 watts and can replace a 250-watt metal-halide grow light. It does so without producing the heat of a light bulb, too. I have tested it with my regular fluorescent grow light. I planted the same seeds in two identical trays. There were tomato, beans, peppers and cilantro. The seedlings growing under the bright red and blue LEDs of the GlowPanel 45 were sturdy and stocky plants with good dark green leaves. In the same room, the plants under my regular grow light were tall, spindly and pale green. The only drawback that I see is the unusual color. The LED bulbs in GlowPanels are intensely blue and red. Combined, they produce a purple glow that takes some getting used to. The green leaves look strange under the light, but when the light is off, the good green color is obvious. If your local garden center doesn't have them, check them out at Email questions to Jeff Rugg at

SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MARCH 07, 2013 PAGE 18 The savage TruTh on MoneY BY TerrY savage

Congress’ March Madness Over a 2 Percent Budget Cut
The month ahead will take the term "March Madness" out of the basketball arena and into the political arena. America faces a series of continuing financial challenges. And although the NCAA tournament hasn't begun yet, here's what the financial "brackets" look like:

be fewer IRS agents!
The picture is painted in such stark terms because both parties agreed that they needed this discipline to force themselves into taking much more sensible action with regard to the budget, an idea endorsed and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Speaking of budgets, the United States hasn't had an official budget for more than three years. Instead, we are funding our government with a set of "continuing resolutions" that merely authorize ongoing deficit spending — with no oversight or judgment of which programs might be appropriate to cut. In mid-March, the president will send his budget message to Congress, a delay of about one month from the traditional budget message. Once again, it is likely that nothing gets done on a budget agreement.

The "sequester" — a 10 percent budget cut in "discretionary" spending is upon us — with dire warnings of cutbacks in unemployment benefits, "Head Start" programs for children, air traffic controllers and TSA workers at airports. On the plus side, there will

And without a budget deal, the government must shut down. That's the next potential crisis coming at the end of March. We lived through a shutdown back in 1995, when the first budget stalemate took effect under President Bill Clinton. The federal government shut down, starting in mid-November, and continuing through the winter holiday break, until everyone came back to their senses, and back to work — on Jan. 6, 1996. The world didn't end. People even started wondering what we needed some parts of government for, anyway.

how they'd deal with that issue, if Congress fails to lift the debt ceiling again. And no word on how the Treasury would stave off default to its creditors if the ceiling isn't increased. And so March Madness is but a prelude to another crazy spring and summer in Washington, D.C. How much of this can Americans take without totally destroying respect for our system? Does anyone seriously believe that Washington couldn't find a sensible $85 billion to cut out of a $3.6 trillion government spending plan — roughly 2 percent? Every working American has had to cut 2 percent of spending already this year, because that money is coming out of their paychecks in extra payroll taxes compared to last year. Millions of other taxpayers face higher tax rates and less disposable spending, not counting the drag of higher gas prices. Somehow the American family manages to cope, to do more with less money in their pockets. But govern-

ment will have more money in their pockets — from the tax increase they've taken from us. We know how to set priorities. Why can't government learn that lesson? It's because they have no process for talking to each other about actual spending plans.

If we don't have a budget — or agreement on another continuing resolution — the government will shut down March 27.
Yes, put spring break on the calendar, too. From March 25 through April 7, our elected representatives will go home to celebrate Easter and Passover — right in the midst of this likely "nobudget-so-we're-shutting-down-thegovernment" crisis. Just like they did in December for the holidays, in the midst of the debt ceiling crisis. Congress will come back to "work" the week before all of us must pay our taxes on April 15. Funny how they force us to meet deadlines, while they "kick the can ..." Maybe this time it will be different. Realizing that their joint committees and self-imposed deadlines were not forcing them to do their jobs, both parties passed the "No Budget, No Pay" bill, which the president signed. This new, and hopefully persuasive, law was passed as part of the negotiations over extending the debt ceiling. And, speaking of the debt ceiling, that's the next oncoming crisis — again. The No Budget, No Debt Act simply pushed the Debt Ceiling issue to May 18, when Congress must consider it again. In the meantime, any new Treasury borrowings above the current $16.4 trillion will push the country above its official limit. No word on

We will have our own March Madness if Congress can't find a 2 percent budget cut — as every American family must.
And that's The Savage Truth. Terry Savage is a registered investment adviser and is on the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She appears weekly on WMAQ-Channel 5's 4:30 p.m. newscast, and can be reached at She is the author of the new book, "The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?"

Continued from page 11...which hold smaller families who report they are still "not happy." Clearly it is not money or the stuff that makes us happy. So what does? Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied dozens of human activities to see what made Americans happy. He found that volunteer work of all kinds generated "high levels of joy, exceeded only by dancing." Why volunteer work? The most common answer is that "you make new friends" and "it gets me out of myself." For others it was "doing something meaningful" and "building a sense of community." In human society, relationships trumps money. In his book, "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of the American Community," Robert Putnam notes that as our incomes have climbed, our civic participation has dramatically decreased. This decrease takes the form of lower attendance in churches, civic groups and volunteer organizations, as well as reduced involvement in local government. Putnam notes, "Each generation ... since the 1950s has been less engaged in community affairs than their immediate predecessor." People born before 1945 and after 1964 both see family, friends and co-workers as providing a sense of belonging. However, these two generations disagree that neighbors, churches, local communities and organizations prove a sense of community. The fabric of communities is woven by volunteers, and recently, it has begun to unravel.
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

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Why Not to Be Neutral About Color!
By Rose Bennett Gilbert
Q: We are spending this cold
winter working on my late aunt's country cottage (makes us feel warm imagining next summer). It's a very plain little house, so our first idea was to make it all white. Nice and clean-looking, but not very interesting. We've already bought white (or off-white) furniture. What's your advice about adding color — where and how?

A: My advice in a word - no,
two words - is, do it! Anywhere and any color you introduce into an all-white scheme will have major impact on the attitude and energy in the room. The KISS syndrome also ap-

plies: Keep It Simple, keeping with the basic cottage nature of your house. Look what a genius stroke of apple green does for the all-neutral countryhome living room we show here. Folk artist and author Terry John Woods devotes his new book, "Summer House," .. Continues on page 24



Draw a Warm Bath --


By Rose Bennett Gilbert

Will you ever get out of the bathroom?! Not when it's as artful as this hand-painted masterful bath. Photo: John Ellis Q: We have a big, plain master According to their 2008 survey, Fishbein's colorful new book, we spend 1 1/2 years of our "The Painted House By Dena" bath. Everything works, but it's lives in the bathroom. That (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, pubnot very exciting. We've just breaks down to 7 1/2 hours a lishers). moved in and have zero dollars week on average (slightly more to dress it up. My cousin is a for women — making-up takes The house under discussion is decorative artist and has offered time). Dena's own, a sun-filled place to paint something as a housein Northern California surwarming gift. I wonder, would The bottom line: whether rounded by the gardens that init be a selfish waste of her talspire much of the artist's fresh you're investing money or talent to "spend" her gift in our work (You may already be livent, it's very worthwhile to bath? ing with her art: Dena's designs make your bath as attractive as appear on many products, from any other room in the house. A: Sometimes selfish is smart. Jump on your cousin's offer! textiles and apparel to gift cards, sold by such bold-face Let's do the math. ... No, wait! And show her the warm, colorretailers as Barnes and Noble, A company called Bathstore in ful bath in the photo we've borBed, Bath and Beyond, Target the UK has already done it for rowed from artist Dena and QVC.) 24 us.



Décor Score...
Continued from page romancing a cabin in the woods, a house by the beach, the kind of quiet, simple retreats where childhoods are spent and adults' memories are laid down. Here in the neutral living room of his southern Maine house, Woods demonstrates the power of one perfect color. On an antiquing expedition, he found the old green door in a salvage shop and, he writes, "I just had to have it." Merely propped against the wall, the door made the all-white room spring to life, abetted by the bright green print on the chair cushions. That green, by the way, is destined to take on more yellow undertones, according to the latest "Color Pulse" predictions from Benjamin Moore, the giant paint company that keeps close watch on the latest color trends. Here are a few highlights from the "Color Pulse" report they presented last week at the New York International Gift Fair: scene (another color blast from the past).

—Metallics are keeping their gleam but not their shine: look for more eggshell finishes, even on automobiles. —Wood, one of the world's oldest materials, is
new and important again. Watch for textures inspired by tree bark, for mixes of light and dark woods and for woods deliberately left unfinished and natural.

Draw a Warm Bath -Literally
Continued from page 22 Her master bath is private, however, shared only with her husband, Dan. But just look at the love she's lavished on it. Besides the lush window ensemble, she's dressed up the cabinets and tub surround with paintings done by hand, gold filigree framing the vanity and cupboard drawers and, on the tub panels, landscapes inspired by the French Impressionists. "Which I painted myself while lying on the bathroom floor," Dena reports. Michelangelo's ceiling may attract more visitors, but here's proof that a beautifully decorated bath can make for artful living. ... Even if it's behind closed doors and designed for an audience of only two.

—Coffee — the grounds, not the color — is another natural material that's making decorative news. Not the same old grind by any means: watch for objects like decorative bowls fashioned from coffee grounds. —Other ordinary materials showing up in unexpected places include manmade decking layered on as wall covering, plumber's plungers used as table legs and packing materials repurposed into light fixtures. What a bright idea! Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM

—Turquoise lies ahead on the color charts,
never mind that it's reminiscent of the '80s.

One wonderful stoke of color animates a neutralcolored country living room. Photo: Kindra Clineff

—Ditto for yellow itself, as it takes on
warm red-based overtones.

—Red is going orangey. More of yellow's
overall influence on the 2013 palette.

—Dusty roses and mauves are back on the







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Hyper-Intense Action Permeates 'Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance'
DEVELOPER: Platinum Games PUBLISHER: Konami SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3) PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Mature REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars (out of 5) Konami's "Metal Gear Solid" series hooked gamers with a winning combination of sneaky stealth, intense action and highquality visuals. Action fans loved the ability to play as a samurai-wielding cyborg in part two, and now Raiden stars in his own game. Although "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance" oozes with style and hyper-intense combat, the game is way too short! The story begins four years after the events of "Metal Gear Solid 4," and follows Raiden as he seeks revenge(ance) for getting his butt kicked in the opening scene. He immediately gets a major upgrade to his cyberbody and sets about slicing and dicing his way through cyborgs as easily as a Ginsu knife slices through warm butter. This is where the trouble begins. Although the extremely flashy combat makes players feel like a total badass, it quickly grows monotonous. Sure it's cool to take down a towering Metal Gear by slicing off appendages, but why do I have to trod through boring, static environments and destroy dozens of mindless enemies in between the cool battles? Why can't it all be cool instead? Blade Mode helps to break up the monotonous combat by letting players initiate bouts of slow motion where they're free to cut through enemies to their heart's content. During Blade Mode, players can activate the Zandatsu move that steals energy from enemies so they can initiate Blade Mode again. While this is fun at first, it eventually turns into a disappointing wash, rinse and repeat style of play. I would have been completely bored if not for the ability to scavenge additional weapons from bosses. Each one offers distinct benefits, like gaining a further reach with the staff, launching enemies into the air with a heavy weapon, and pulling enemies close to you with the Sai. Take out the familiar franchise elements, and "Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance" pales in comparison to "Bayonetta."

'Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time'
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PUBLISHER: Sony SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3 (PS Vita) PRICE: $39.99 ESRB RATING: Teen REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars (out of 5) Continues on page 34

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The El Paso Museum of Archaeology Announces:

2013 Spring Archaeology Special Event And Scholarships for Children
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology announces that it is offering scholarships for the spring archaeology special event (camp) for children through a generous grant from the Franklin Mountains Rotary Club. The spring special event will be held Tuesday through Friday, March 19-22, 2013, from 9 am to 12 noon, for children 8 to 12 years, at the museum, on the museum’s grounds and with a field trip to Hueco Tanks State Park. These dates coincide with spring break for most public school students in El Paso County. The special event registration fee is $42.90 for museum members and $54.60 for non-members per participant. This fee is the scholarship rate made possible by the Franklin Mountains Rotary Club grant. Registration is accepted on a first-come first-served basis as attendance is limited to twelve students per special event. Registration and payment must be submitted no later than 3:00 pm on March 14, 2013. For information and the special event registration form contact the museum at 915-755-4332 or This Special Event for Children is an interactive, hands-on course designed to educate participants about the science of archaeology, its tools, and the prehistory of the Americas, especially the El PasoJuárez region, from the Ice Age to European contact. Participants will learn respect and appreciation for prehistoric, historic and contemporary Indian people.

New Mexico Museum of Space History Day
Apollo Boilerplate Makes 1500 Mile Journey
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) – Shortly after noon on March 1st, New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll officially announced the museum’s acceptance into the Smithsonian Affiliations Program. To mark the auspicious occasion, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Deputy Secretary Michael S. Delello read a proclamation from Governor Susana Martinez declaring March 1st as New Mexico Museum of Space History Day throughout the state. In addition, the Governor declared each March 1st to be a free day at the museum for New Mexico citizens in appreciation of their support. A round of enthusiastic applause from attendees greeted each of the announcements. The first artifact to arrive at the museum as part of the Smithsonian Affiliates Program was an Apollo Boilerplate Command Module. The module made a 1500 mile journey across the United States from Ocala, Florida, and arrived, under escort from the Otero County Sheriff’s Department, right on time for the Smithsonian announcement. Onlookers cheered and camera shutters snapped as the semi-truck carrying it drove up the hill to the museum. Roughly an hour later, and after much hard work from Southwestern Electrical’s volunteer crane and crew, the boilerplate settled onto a bed of sandbags near the entrance to the museum. That site will be its temporary location until a permanent home can be made near Astronaut Memorial Garden. During the Apollo era, boilerplate command modules were used for testing and training vehicles for astronauts and other mission crew members. A boilerplate is a metal mockup of the same external size as a flight production model. By using a boilerplate, characteristics of the spacecraft design and function can be evaluated without incurring the expense associated with using a more detailed model. This boilerplate Apollo command module (S/N 1207) was used in Florida, to train Navy and Air Force personnel in Apollo recovery procedures.

New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll, left, accepts the Governor’s Proclamation declaring “New Mexico Museum of Space History Day” from Michael S. Delello, Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Behind them, the Apollo Boilerplate Command Module sits atop the flatbed truck that drove it 1500 miles to its new home in Alamogordo. The goal of the Smithsonian Affiliations program is to share the rich knowledge of the Smithsonian Institution with a broader audience, adhering to the Smithsonian’s highest aesthetic, intellectual and professional standards. The Affiliations program brings the Smithsonian, in all of its wonder, to local communities like Alamogordo to create lasting experiences that broaden perspectives on art, history and culture. In addition, the Museum of Space History will have the opportunity to offer Smithsonian benefits to its membership. The museum will unveil new membership packages beginning May 1, 2013, and premier memberships will include Smithsonian benefits such as a one year subscription to either Smithsonian Magazine or Air & Space Magazine, personalized Smithsonian membership cards, travel and tour opportunities and more. In addition to becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate, the New Mexico Museum of Space History is the designated archive and repository for Spaceport America and was recently named home to the National Space Society Collection. The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For

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Workers from Southwestern Electrical and the New Mexico Museum of Space History carefully settle the Apollo Boilerplate Command Module onto its bed of sand bags.

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Continued from page 31 Platformers ruled the gaming roost at the dawn of the century, but now they seem to be more rare than an albino raccoon! Believe it or not, there are some gamers who don't want to riddle enemies with bullets or chop them into pieces for hours on end. Perhaps that's why Sony decided to resurrect their popular cel-shaded platform franchise with "Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time." Everyone's favorite cuddly yet mischievous raccoon, Sly Cooper, returns with his animal cohorts to pilfer items that don't belong to them. However, this time the gang sneaks through time as they attempt to stop history from being changed.
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far from the standard platforming formula, it still provides plenty of fun and variety. I love the ability to swing up to rooftops and zip across tricky areas with ease almost as much as I love sneaking up on enemies to perform stealth takedowns. It's also fun to pickpocket enemies and search for hidden treasures in each level as Sly and perform humorous belly-flops on enemies as Bently, the chubby hippo. Platforming games hinge on tight controls, and this game certainly delivers in that aspect. Players who blame missed jumps or falling off rooftops on the controls are simply in denial. I also appreciate how slight blue glimmers of light indicate areas that can be traversed. It's just enough to give a hint to players in need without holding their hand and making it too easy. "Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time" You see, Sly's genealogy book, called the "Thievius Raccoonus," is being rewritten, and only traipsing through exotic locals like feudal Japan and ancient Arabia can return things to normal. While the game play doesn't stray too Add in gorgeous hand-drawn cutscenes and equally stunning environments, and "Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time" emerges as the most enjoyable platformer I've played in years!


Patience when adopting an adult pet pays off in love
By Gina Spadafori Universal Uclick

Even though my
pets, from dogs to goats to horses, generally get along with others not of their kind, I believe most animals like having a companion of their own species. This is why I keep at least two of almost every type of pet I have, and why, three months ago, I added a cat.

room. But while Ilario came and went over the baby gate, Mariposa did not. She felt safer with the dogs on the other side of the gate, and I didn’t push it. Another couple weeks went by before she felt brave enough to explore a little more. My dogs are not cataggressive. If they were, I’d never risk having a cat in the home. But they are naturally curious, so I kept a close eye on interactions. After a few sniffs and one aborted chase that ended with Mariposa flying over the baby gate to safety — my dogs know the “leave it” command very well — everyone decided to get along. Each week they seem to get along better than the week before. I made it easy, of course, with three litter boxes (experts advise one per cat, plus one) and separate feedings for everyone. Two cat trees at opposite ends of the house offer places for togetherness or quiet time alone. Not that either cat is often alone: As I’d guessed he would, Ilario loves having another cat in the home. My biggest challenge now? Finding space on the bed. With two cats and two dogs, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of room left over. Mariposa, for her part, sleeps on top of me. That’s going to be uncomfortable in the summer, but on these cold evenings I have to admit: It makes me even happier for adopting her than I ever would have dreamed possible.

Smartphone can help your fat dog get fit
• Miami veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly, a popular columnist and blogger, has developed a smartphone application to help dog lovers trim down their pets. The Fat Dog Diet ($2.99) allows dog owners to enter precise details about their dog, including selecting from a menu that includes most commercial diets. The application then recommends meal portions, treats and minutes of exercise every day to slim down the pet. The app also tracks progress and encourages the pet owner through text alerts to keep on the program. Veterinarians say that more than half of all pets are overweight or obese, which triggers or worsens many health problems. • Swimming is great exercise if you’re trying to lose weight, but it’s a rare cat who’ll agree with that. Enter Holly, a 13-year-old Virginia cat weighing about twice the normal feline weight. Holly’s owner takes her swimming in a pool meant for rehabilitation therapy for pets. While swimming and water-treadmill therapy are common for dogs, few cats will tolerate the water. Holly has lost one pound over six months — while gaining quite a following at the veterinary rehab center. • Over-the-counter medications are one of the top pet poisoning risks. While many times pets ingest the medications by accident, other times they’re given to them by owners who don’t realize some medications safe for people are toxic for pets. That’s why you should never give your pet any over-the-counter medication without clearing it with your veterinarian first. For example, the common painkiller acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, can kill your cat. — Gina Spadafori

Not a kitten — a cat. I thought my middle-aged indoor cat, Ilario, seemed lonely after my other cat had died. And while kittens are always appealing, I knew that many wonderful adult cats need homes. I had one opening and wanted to fill it with a middle-aged cat. Enter Mariposa. Within a month, I knew I’d made the right decision in adopting her. An adult cat can slide quickly into your life. You know pretty well what you’re getting with a grown cat — activity level, sociability, health, etc. Given time in a loving environment, a grown cat forms just as tight a bond with his new people as

Introducing adult cats requires letting them work out the relationship on their own schedule. any kitten can. If you’re thinking of adopting a kitten, I encourage you to think cat instead. (Or better yet: one of each!) Because adult cats are generally more reserved than kittens, you need to cut them some slack in the adoption process. And then give them plenty of time to adjust to their new home. Mariposa spent the first two weeks alone in a closed spare bedroom, secluded away from Ilario and the dogs to give her time to adjust to the upheaval. When I went in to feed or clean the box, I sat quietly on the bed, letting her choose how much she cared to interact. For the first few days, all I saw of her was the flash of her tail as she slid under the bed. When she started greeting me by purring and jumping up beside me to be petted, I moved to the next stage, putting a baby gate across the open doorway. After a few days and some hissy interactions, the two cats were happily sharing the sunny spot in the spare bed-

Can a smartphone application help you take the pounds off your pet?


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*A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD(R10:30 am | 11:15 am | 12:15 pm | 1:15 pm | 2:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 4:45 pm | 5:45 pm | 6:45 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:30 pm | 10:15 pm *D-BOX A GOOD DAY TO DIE H (R) | 4:45 pm | 7:30 pm | 10:15 pm A HAUNTED HOUSE (R) | 10:30 am | 12:45 pm | 3:00 pm | 5:15 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:45 pm *BULLET TO THE HEAD (R)10:50 am | 1:35 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:05 pm | 9:50 pm *DARK SKIES (PG-13)11:25 am | 2:00 pm | 4:45 pm | 7:35 pm | 10:20 pm *IDENTITY THIEF (R) | 10:30 am | 12:30 pm | 1:30 pm | 3:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 6:30 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:30 pm | 10:30 pm *MARCH OF THE TROOPERS (NR) | 10:30 am | 12:45 pm | 3:00 pm | 5:15 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:45 pm PARENTAL GUIDANCE (PG)10:40 am | 1:30 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:10 pm | 10:00 pm *PHANTOM (R) 11:00 am | 1:45 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:15 pm | 10:00 pm *SAFE HAVEN (PG-13)10:30 am | 1:20 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:20 pm | 10:20 pm *SIDE EFFECTS (R)10:30 am | 1:25 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:15 pm | 10:10 pm *STAND UP GUYS (R) 3:00 pm | 8:30 pm THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBO (R) | 12:50 pm | 4:00 pm | 7:10 pm | 10:20 pm 2D THE HOBBIT (PG-13) | 10:40 am | 2:20 pm | 6:00 pm | 9:40 pm *WARM BODIES (PG-13)10:30 am | 1:15 pm | 4:00 pm | 6:45 pm | 9:30 pm 2D WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) | 10:45 am | 1:40 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:30 pm *ZERO DARK THIRTY (R) | 11:05 am | 2:35 pm | 6:05 pm | 9:35 pm

Schedule good for Friday March 8th
Jack the Giant SlayerPG-13 115 Mins 11:30am | 2:30pm | 3:30pm | 5:30pm 8:30pm 9:30pm Digital Cinema 10:30am |1:30pm | 4:30pm |6:30pm|7:30pm | 10:30pm 21 and OverR93 Mins Digital Cinema 10:35am | 1:35pm | 4:35pm | 7:35pm | 10:35pm The Last Exorcism Part II PG-1389 MinsDigital Cinema 10:00am | 1:00pm | 4:00pm | 7:00pm | 7:40pm | 10:00pm | 10:40pm Escape From Planet Earth PG89 Mins11:00am | 5:00pm Digital Cinema 10:10am | 4:10pm | 10:10pm Dead Man DownR118 Mins Digital Cinema 10:25am | 1:25pm | 4:25pm | 7:25pm | 10:25pm EmperorPG-1398 Mins Digital Cinema 10:05am | 1:05pm | 4:05pm | 7:05pm | 10:05pm Oz the Great and Powerful PG127 Mins10:00am | 1:15pm | 3:15pm | 4:30pm 7:45pm | 9:45pm | 10:50pmDigital Cinema 11:30am | 12:00pm | 2:45pm | 6:15pm | 6:30pm | 9:45pm Snitch PG-13112 Mins Digital Cinema 10:20am | 1:20pm | 4:20pm | 7:20pm | 10:20pm Love (Amour)PG-13127 Mins Digital Cinema 12:30pm Life of PiPG125 Mins 2:00pm | 8:00pmDigital Cinema 1:10pm | 7:10pm ArgoR120 Mins Digital Cinema 10:15am | 1:15pm | 4:15pm

Now Showing EMPEROR
Schedule good for 3/08
21 & OVER (R)11:00 | 1:25 | 4:00 | 7:05 | 9:30 | 12:05am DARK SKIES (PG13)11:00 | 1:25 | 4:15 | 7:20 | 9:50 | 12:15am DEAD MAN DOWN (R) 11:00 | 1:45 | 4:35 | 7:25 | 10:15 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH 2D (PG)11:30 | 4:10 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH 3D (PG)1:50 | 7:30 | 9:50 GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, A (R)1:25 | 7:05 | 12:00am HANSEL & GRETEL:WITCHHUNTER 2D (R) 11:00 | 4:00 | 9:35 IDENTITY THIEF (R) 11:00 | 1:35 | 4:20 | 7:10 | 10:00 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER 2D (PG13)11:15 | 2:00 | 4:45 | 7:30 | 10:15 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER 3D (PG13)1:00 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:45 | 12:15am LAST EXORCISM 2, THE (PG13)11:00 | 12:15 | 1:20 | 2:35 | 4:00 | 5:15 | 6:20 | 7:35 | 8:40 | 10:10 | 11:30 OZ: THE GREAT & POWERFUL 2D (PG)11:00 | 2:05 | 5:10 | 8:15 | 11:20 OZ: THE GREAT & POWERFUL 3D (PG)12:00 | 1:00 | 3:05 | 4:05 | 6:10 | 7:10 | 9:30 | 10:15 SAFE HAVEN (PG13)1:00 | 4:15 | 7:15 | 10:00 SNITCH (PG13)11:00 | 1:25 | 4:10 | 7:15 | 10:00 WARM BODIES (PG13) 11:00 | 1:30 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:45 | 12:15am

West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10

Schedule good for Friday March 8th
Jack the Giant Slayer PG-13115 Mins 9:45am | 12:50pm | 4:00pm | 7:10pm | 10:20pm Digital Cinema 9:05am | 11:55am | 2:50pm | 6:00pm | 9:10pm 21 and OverR93 Mins Digital Cinema 11:35am | 2:20pm | 5:05pm | 8:05pm | 10:40pm The Last Exorcism Part II PG-1389 Mins Digital Cinema10:40am | 1:25pm | 4:05pm | 6:55pm | 9:40pm Identity Thief R111 MinsDigital Cinema 11:10am | 2:05pm | 4:55pm | 7:55pm | 10:45pm Escape From Planet Earth PG89 Mins 10:15am | 3:45pm Digital Cinema 1:00pm | 6:30pm Dead Man Down R118 Mins Digital Cinema 10:30am | 1:30pm | 4:35pm | 7:30pm | 10:30pm Oz the Great and Powerful PG127 Mins 9:00am | 12:10pm | 3:30pm | 7:00pm | 10:15pm 11:10am | 6:20pm Digital Cinema 9:50am | 1:05pm | 2:30pm | 4:25pm | 7:45pm | 9:35pm | 10:55pm Dark Skies PG-1397 MinsDigital Cinema 9:30pm Snitch PG-13112 Mins Digital Cinema 9:50am | 12:55pm | 4:10pm | 7:20pm | 10:35pm A Good Day to Die Hard R98 Mins Digital Cinema 9:00am | 11:30am | 2:05pm | 4:50pm | 7:40pm | 10:25pm Safe Haven PG-13115 Mins Digital Cinema 9:55am | 12:45pm | 3:50pm | 6:45pm | 9:45pm Silver Linings Playbook R122 Mins Digital Cinema 9:10am | 12:05pm | 3:10pm | 6:10pm | 9:15pm

Open Limited 03/08/13 Runtime 98 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Brief Strong Language, Violent Content, Smoking (Historical). Starring Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida, Masayoshi Haneda, Takatarô Kataoka, Colin Moy, Kaori Momoi Genre Historical drama Synopsis Following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, Gen. Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) must determine whether Emperor Hirohito should be hanged as a war criminal.


I-10 & Lee Trevino

Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa

Schedule good for 3/08-3/13
A HAUNTED HOUSE (R) 12:20p | 3:05p | 5:35p | 7:40p | 9:45p BULLET TO THE HEAD (R) 11:50a | 2:10p | 4:50p | 7:15p | 9:35p JACK REACHER (PG-13) 4:05p | 9:25p LES MISERABLES (PG-13)12:10Pp | 4:00p | 7:45p 3D MONSTERS INC. (G) | 11:25a | 1:45p | 4:15p | 6:40p | 8:50p MOVIE 43 (R) 11:35a | 2:15p | 4:35p | 7:00p | 9:30p 2D RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) | 12:35p | 5:15p | 9:50p 3D RISE OF THE GUARDIANS(PG) 2:50p | 7:30p THE GUILT TRIP (PG-13) 11:05a | 1:50p | 7:05 THE LAST STAND (R) 1:55p | 7:20p | 9:50p THE MASTER (R)11:00a | 4:20p TWILIGHT SAGA:BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (PG13) 11:10a | 1:40p | 4:30p | 7:10p | 9:55p 2D THE HOBBIT: ANUNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG-13) 11:15a | 7:50p 3D THE HOBBIT: ANUNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG-13)2:45p | 9:20p 2D WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) 12:00p | 2:30p | 5:05p | 7:35p | 10:00p 3D WRECK-IT RALPH(PG)11:30a|2:00p|4:25p| 6:55p

Schedule good for Friday March 8th
Jack the Giant Slayer PG-13 115 Mins 11:20am | 12:55pm | 2:20pm | 5:15pm | 6:45pm | 8:15pm | 11:05pm Digital Cinema 12:10pm | 3:10pm | 3:20pm | 6:05pm | 9:00pm | 9:15pm | 11:55pm 21 and Over R93 Mins Digital Cinema 11:05am | 12:15pm | 2:50pm | 4:20pm | 5:25pm | 8:00pm | 9:30pm | 10:35pm Midnight Showtimes (Late Friday Night)12:01am The Last Exorcism Part II PG-1389 Mins Digital Cinema 12:05pm | 1:45pm | 2:35pm | 5:05pm | 6:55pm | 7:35pm | 10:10pm Midnight Showtimes (Late Friday Night) 12:05am Identity Thief R111 Mins Digital Cinema 11:15am | 2:10pm | 5:10pm | 8:05pm | 11:00pm Escape From Planet Earth PG89 Mins 3:50pm | 9:40pm Digital Cinema 12:25pm | 6:20pm Dead Man Down R118 Mins Digital Cinema 1:05pm | 4:05pm | 7:05pm | 10:15pm Midnight Showtimes (Late Friday Night) 12:05am Oz the Great and Powerful PG127 Mins 1:00pm | 4:15pm | 7:30pm | 10:45pm 11:40am | 1:40pm | 2:55pm | 4:55pm | 6:10pm | 8:10pm | 9:25pm | 11:25pm Digital Cinema 11:00am | 12:20pm | 2:15pm | 3:35pm | 5:30pm | 6:50pm 8:45pm | 10:05pm Midnight Showtimes (Late Friday Night) 12:01am Dark Skies PG-1397 Mins Digital Cinema 11:25am | 2:05pm | 4:45pm | 7:25pm | 10:25pm Snitch PG-13112 Mins Digital Cinema 11:10am | 2:00pm | 5:00pm | 7:55pm | 10:50pm A Good Day to Die Hard R98 Mins Digital Cinema 11:50am | 3:00pm | 5:40p|8:20p| 10:55p Beautiful Creatures PG-13123 Mins Digital Cinema 12:00pm | 3:05pm Safe Haven PG-13115 Mins Digital Cinema 1:10pm | 4:10pm | 7:10pm | 10:20pm Warm Bodies PG-1398 MinsDigital Cinema 1:35pm | 4:30pm | 7:15pm | 9:55pm Mama PG-13100 Mins Digital Cinema 6:15pm | 9:20pm

Schedule good for 3 /08 - 3 /13

2200 N. Yarbrough

A HAUNTED HOUSE (R)5:30 pm | 7:45 pm | 10:00 pm JACK REACHER(PG-13)6:30 pm | 9:25 pm 2D MONSTERS, INC.(G)4:20 pm | 6:40 pm | 9:05 pm MOVIE 43(R)5:00 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:50 pm 2D THE HOBBIT (PG-13) 4:15 pm 3D THE HOBBIT (PG-13) 8:00 pm TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN 2 (PG-13) | 4:40 pm | 7:20 pm | 10:00 pm 2D WRECK IT RALPH (PG) | 4:30 pm | 9:45 pm 3D WRECK IT RALPH (PG)7:10 pm

TIMES FOR MARCH 8 - MARCH 14 THE CALL (R) Thu. 10:00 PM JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG13) Fri. 5:05 10:25; Sat.Sun. 11:45 5:05 10:25; Mon.-Thu. 5:05 10:25 THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (PG13) JACK THE GIANT SLAYER 3D (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 2:25 7:45 Thu. 10:00 PM THE LAST EXORCISM PART II (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:05 DEAD MAN DOWN (R) Fri. 2:10 4:55 7:40 10:10; Sat.-Sun. 2:35 4:55 7:20 9:40 11:25 2:10 4:55 7:40 10:10; Mon.-Thu. 2:10 4:55 7:40 10:10 SNITCH (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:00 2:30 5:00 7:45 10:20 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG) Fri.-Thu. 12:45 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (PG) Fri. 2:00 4:20; 3:15 3:45 6:45 9:15 9:45 Sat.-Sun. 11:30 2:00 4:20; Mon.-Thu. 2:00 4:20 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL IN 3D (PG) Fri.-Thu. A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (R) Fri.-Thu. 7:50 10:30 12:15 1:15 4:15 6:15 7:15 10:15 IDENTITY THIEF (R) Fri. 1:50 4:30 7:10 9:50; Sat.-Sun. 21 AND OVER (R) Fri.-Wed. 12:10 2:45 5:10 7:35 10:00; 11:10 1:50 4:30 7:10 9:50; Mon.-Tue. 1:50 4:30 7:10 9:50; Wed. Thu. 12:10 2:45 5:10 7:35 1:50 4:30 9:50; Thu. 1:50 4:30 7:10

Out & About
Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9-10, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique

Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from March 7th -14th, 2013
tion will host the annual spring bazaar, “Bliss in Bloom,” Friday through Sunday, March 8-10, at the Fort Bliss Trading Post, 1717 Marshall Road, Fort Bliss. VIP Shopping is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Public hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. The bazaar features hundreds of artisans and vendors with jewelry, pottery, stained glass, wood and ironworks, children’s items, food, antiques and more. Information: or house, 2501 Montana, welcomes El Paso’s funniest comics back by popular demand at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday,March 8-9. Intended for ages 18 and older due to graphic material; persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Four performances planned; time to be announced. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Information: 532-1317 or


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Fort Bliss Spring Bazaar — The Officer, Civilian, Spouse Associa-

Hanks Jazz Festival — The
21st annual festival runs all day Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, in the Hanks High School auditorium, 2100 Lee Trevino Regional middle and high school students will perform throughout the festival, with guest artists trombonist Jeff Bush and trumpet player Jason Palmer. Admission is free. Information: 434-9700 or The final concert is 7 p.m. Saturday.


firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $5 ($4 active military and accompanying dependents). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

La Tierra Cafe dinner shows — La Tierra Cafe, 1731
Montana, Café Dinner Shows begin at 8 p.m. Saturdays. March 9 — La Cella Bella cello quartet. Evening includes a three-course meal followed by performance. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $32 (per show) in advance; $36 at the door; includes dinner, tax and show. Information: 533-8890 or

Harris performs at 9 p.m. Friday, March 8. All ages show. Tickets: $46 general admission. Tickets for most events available at Headstand, Happy House and online at Information:

Nova Luna — 2270 Joe Battle. Information: 588-8596. The urban bachata duo Grupo Extreme performs at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8. Tickets: $30 general admission: $40 VIP.Tickets online for some events at Continues on page 41

Buchanan’s Event Center
— The event center is at 11540 Pellicano. The popular DJ/producer Calvin

‘Que Funny’ — El Paso Play-

Veterans Recreation Center Activities
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host an Urban Boxing Class (combination of boxing, cardio Kickboxing, and self-defense) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. starting March 5, 2013 at Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem. The class is for ages 10 and over with a fee of $20 per session and youth scholarships are available. The second sign-up opportunity at the

Classes Urban Boxing and Zumba
Center is a Zumba Class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting March 5, 2013 at Veterans Recreation Center, and 5301 Salem for a cost of $18 per session. Each class session is four weeks and individuals 60 years of age or older are eligible to receive a 50% senior discount. Registration is available in person at the center or online at Information – Pearl Cazares – (915) 821-8909




La cantautora Guatemalteca, Gaby Moreno se presentará por primera vez en el festival de música South by Southwest (SXSW) en Austin, TX. La talentosa cantautora recibió el 2013 con su gira por Estados Unidos y Europa, donde continúa presentando "Postales" su álbum completamente en español, bajo el sello de Metamorfosis.

Catholic Charismatic Healing Conference — Open Arms Community hosts the
conference, “Empowered by Faith” March 8-9 at Las Alas Center, 501 E. Paisano, with featured speakers Father Enrique Lopez Escalera of the Las Cruces Diocese and Jim Murphy of Spring Lake, Michigan, international leader in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Both are well known for ministries of preaching and healing. Program begins at 7 p.m. Friday with personal testimonies by each speaker and main talks on Saturday. Events end Saturday at 7 p.m. with a Celebration of the Eucharist and Healing Service. Registration: $20 (free for clergy); walk-ins welcome. Some scholarships and discounts available for those in need. Information/credit card registration: 595-0589.

forms at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $55, $65 and $85 (Ticketmaster). The band has performed for more than 30 years, selling 55 million albums with 18 platinum records, including one of the biggest selling singles in rock history (“Nights in White Satin”) and other hits such as “Your Wildest Dreams,” “Go Now!,” “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band).” Their awards, going back to 1972, include the NARM No. 1 World Group Award, Playboy Vocal Group of the Year and the Golden Ticket Award for the sale of 100,000 tickets at Madison Square Gardens.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the Junior League of El Paso Endowment Fund used solely to sustain, expand, and initiate the League’s community projects and programs.

Joe Vinny and Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe — 824 Piedras. Information: A benefit concert for the Sunset Heights Block Party is 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, with Selina Nevarez, Christina Velia and Patrick Kell.

Socorro Entertainment Center —
Speaking Rock’s indoor concert venue is at 11200 Santos Sanchez (off Socorro Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Loop 375). Rock bands Danko

Gaby Moreno se presentará este próximo martes 12 de Marzo en el Central Presbyterian a las 8pm presentado por The Nature Conservancy al lado de Ryan Bingham, Milk Carton Kid, Kelly Hogan, Sean Rowe y Parkington Sisters. Y el miércoles 13 de marzo en el Karma Lounge 11:10pm como parte de la agenda del afamado festival SXSW. Postales de Gaby Moreno contiene sonidos de jazz, soul, folk, blues, bossa nova, y en sus letras - la mayoría de su autoría, se encuentran dos covers que en su voz, las hace únicas, como es el caso de "No soy el aire" y "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás". Postales se ha valido de un trabajo minucioso de 12 canciones grabadas en el Studio G de Brooklyn, N.Y dentro de un ambiente completamente análogo, donde su interpretación ha sorprendido a quienes han tenido la posibilidad de verla en vivo por la potente e inigualable voz que la caracteriza. Actualmente Gaby Moreno se encuentra en gira a lado de Ricardo Arjona y continuará presentándose para interpretar el tema "Fuiste Tú" en su gira Metamorfosis World Tour 2013 por Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico y Europa. Para más información sobre Gaby Moreno visita

Jones and Volbeat perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Ages 18 and older welcome. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or Grupo Bryndis — The Latin Grammy winning cumbia group performs its “Hoy Como Ayer” concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at El Paso County Coliseum, with guests Los Caminantes, Cadetes De Linares, Los Humildes, Sonoro Tropicano and Los Frontera. The group won the 2007 Latin Grammy for Best Group Album for “Sólo Pienso En Ti”. for Tickets: $30 and $37.50 (Ticketmaster).

Storytellers — Junior League of El Paso, Inc. presents three famous Nashville singer/songwriters together in concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, in partnership with United Bank of El Paso del Norte. Tickets: $160 ($150 with cash or check). Information: 203-0221, or Bob DiPiero, Luke Laird and Tim Nichols will share the stories behind their famous songs and perform in an intimate, acoustic setting. These three artists have written songs made famous by stars such as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Rodney Atkins and Alan Jackson.

Brown Show — The Los Angeles indie band performs at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Bombardiers, 109 E. Castellano. Ages 21 and older welcome. The band is known for their albums “Jackalope” and “The Gift Horse,” favorites of college radio listeners. Ticket information: 5322292 or
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. El Paso
native Nicholas Matta (Aka Aux.78) returns to his hometown for a solo acoustic performance Sunday, March 10, with guests Emily Davis, The Dismissal and Rafa Pistola. Doors open at 9 p.m. Age 18 and older welcome. Information: 356-0966 or Continues on next page

Sun Country Doll Folks — The club’s 39th annual doll show and sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Holiday Inn Airport, Airway at I-10, exit 25. The event showcases several tables of antique, collectable and modern dolls, accessories, clothing, miniatures, books, bears and animals, Beanies and other toys. Free doll appraisals offered. A “doll hospital” is available on site. Admission: $3 ($1 children). Information: 637-3438. Founded in 1974, club members include many avid doll collectors and doll makers, involved in many charitable activities such as dressing dolls for the Toys for Tots, Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive, contributing to the UTEP Scholarship fund, donating gifts and dolls to needy families at Christmas and creating doll displays. Moody Blues — The legendary band per-


Tricky Falls — 209 S. El

at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, except as noted. Tickets for most performances are $5 general admission (Ticketmaster). Student, senior, military and faculty/staff and children’s discounts may apply. Ticket information: 747-5606 or • Thursday, March 7 — UTEP Glee Clubs • Friday, March 8 — University Chorale

El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa Fe.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (open until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Museum admission is free. Information: 351-3588 or A free “Tribal Café Belly Dance Extravaganza: Women Empowering Women,” hosted by Snake Charmer and the

Belly Dancer, is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, in celebration of International Woman’s Day. Featured is American Belly Dance Legends by Amaya Productions, tribal fusion belly dancers, drummers and Henna painting. Coffee and pastries served. A free Women’s History Month lecture “El Paso Women in Politics: 1912 to 1990 by political historian Joseph Longo is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9.


Paso. All shows are all-ages (16 and older), unless listed otherwise. Information: 351-9909 or Tickets for most shows available at All That Music, Bowie Feathers, Maria’s Closet, Eloise and online at •• Ryan Bingham — The Oscar, Golden Globe and

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter (“The Weary Kind” from the movie “Crazy Heart”) performs at 8 p.m. Thursday,March 7, promoting his latest album “Tomorrowland,” with guest Honey Honey. Tickets: $21 in advance; $25 at the door. • Cold War Kids — The indie band performs at 7:30

p.m. Saturday, March 9, with Hannie El Khatib. Tickets: $15.

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are

Place. Each table is individually decorated by El Paso’s leading floral designers, interior decorators, party planners, specialty shops and more. Attendees vote for their favorite table, with designs ranging from whimsical to sophisticated. Raffle item donated by Lacy & Co. Proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica. Information: 833-9400 (Pro-Musica office), 799-8600 (Judy O’Connor) or The Ladies’ Nite Out Preview Party is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with wine and cheese. Tickets: $25. Luncheon and auction is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, with browse time before and after the meal. RSVP by March 1. Tickets: $40. Combination ticket for both events: $60.

Downtown Artist Market — The City of El
Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists are Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Continues on page 44

‘Tablescapes’ — El Paso
Pro-Musica Guild’s 16th annual luncheon features 25 designer-decorated tables March 7-8 at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club

Pax Christi Film Series presents

“Roses in December”
Sunday, March 10, 3:00 pm
A compassionate look at the life of Jean Donovan, a missionary who was brutally murdered along with three American nuns in El Salvador in 1980. This film is also an indictment of U.S. foreign policy in that part of the world. WHEN: 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 10 WHERE: Mother Teresa Center, 2400 East Yandell Drive, El Paso “Roses in December,” the Pax Christi film for Women’s History Month, tells the story of Jean Donovan, a missionary who was brutally murdered along with three nuns in El Salvador in 1980. There is evidence that several of the officers cited in the murders of the four churchwomen and in the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero were graduates of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly known as the School of the Americas (SOA). The film will be shown at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at the Mother Teresa Center, 2400 East Yandell Drive, El Paso. Admission is free. Sponsors of the film series are Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. For more information, call (915) 490-1451 or (915) 740-3962.

SPONSORS: Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso INFORMATION: (915) 490-1451 or (915) 740-3962


Jazz Star Jackie Ryan to Visit UTEP
UTEP music students will have the opportunity to learn from a leader in the industry when acclaimed jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan – whose most recent album currently holds the No. 1 spot on the JazzWeek charts – visits the


University in April as a guest instructor.
Ryan will conduct a master class for students in the UTEP Department of Music, hold informal meetings with students, and conduct other instructional activities, giving them valuable professional insight and guidance, as well as the chance to perform with her. “Performing artists like Jackie Ryan not only provide great entertainment, but they bring inspiration to our academic environment,” said Lowell Graham, D.M.A., chair of UTEP’s Department of Music. “Music is about performing, and there is no better way to understand and experience the performing arts than to see, hear and participate with an artist of her stature. We are indeed honored to have Ms. Ryan on our campus to provide a memorable educational, emotional and aesthetic experience for our students and audience members alike.” Ryan will perform live with the UTEP Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets are available through the UTEP Ticket Center at 915-747-5234. Ryan has been thrilling audiences across the globe with her powerful stage presence and

three-and-a-half octave range. She has a style that is uniquely her own, born of a Mexican mother who sang in operettas in Mexico and an Irish father who sang classical tenor in many languages. Ryan has sung all over the world, from the famous Ronnie Scott's Club in London (where she was asked to record for their label) to Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York to Oakland's Yoshi's, as well as many of the major jazz festivals. Her style encompasses a broad range from gospel and blues to Brazilian bossa novas, from Latin to bebop, from vocalese to the most heartfelt ballads – and all in several languages. On her latest album Listen Here, Jackie teams with Grammy Award winner John Clayton to deliver a tour de force through blues and gospel flavored jazz gems to luscious love songs, a soaring Spanish ballad, a Gershwin classic, pulsating samba rhythms, and a duet with three-time Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton. Listen Here has been JazzWeek’s No. 1 album pick for the third week in a row. Ryan's double CD Doozy – featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Alexander, Romero Lubambo and Jeremy Pelt – garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from both DownBeat and All Music Guide, and held the No. 1 position nationwide on JazzWeek's industry-standard chart for seven weeks – an extraordinarily rare achievement matched by only one vocal recording (Diana Krall's From This Moment On). Ryan has been featured on NPR, Voice of

America, CNN Español, and Primetime A&E. She has shared the stage or recorded with Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Barry Harris, The Jeff Hamilton Trio, Amina Figarova, Cyrus Chestnut, Terry Gibbs, Eric Alexander, Buddy DeFranco, Red Holloway, Romero Lubambo, and Jon Hendricks, to name just a few. Christopher Louden of JazzTimes describes her as "one of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time. She is the thoroughbred vocal equivalent of the Triple Crown, rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall." “We are so excited about Ms. Ryan’s visit to work with students and others at UTEP,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Junius Gonzales. “The late jazz great Bill Evans said: ‘Jazz is not a what, it is a how.’ We know Ms. Ryan, given her national and international acclaim, will leave them lasting impressions and knowledge about that ‘how.’ It will be a wonderful and unique opportunity for all.” On her website, Ryan says, “I'm excited to be invited to teach master classes and workshops and perform with the Big Band Performance band, Combo Performance band, and this amazing university.” Find more information about Ryan, including links to her music, at


It's one of the biggest hits of 2013! "Y Ahora Resulta", performed by Voz de Mando (DISA/Universal) and written by the renowned Mexican composer and SESAC Latina affiliate Alma Rosario, enters its fifth big week at #1 on Billboard's Regional Mexican Airplay charts.
With a total of 24 weeks on the countdown, "Y Ahora Resulta" leads the airplay rankings as the Regional Mexican song that reached the most people last week on the radio. These results are published by Billboard in its upcoming March 16, 2013, weekly edition with statistics provided by Nielsen BDS (Broadcast Data Systems), using electronic, 24/7 monitoring of radio play. About SESAC: With a selective policy of affiliation that's unique in the industry, SESAC represents the best composers and publishers. In so doing, SESAC has built a repertoire of quality that covers all genres and the most popular music of today. Artists affiliated with SESAC include such icons as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lady Antebellum, Bryan Michael Cox, Mumford & Sons, Rico Love, RUSH, Cassandra Wilson, MGMT, Alice In Chains and many more. SESAC Latina represents such prestigious artists as Draco Rosa, Carlos Baute, Enrique Bunbury, Rayito, Samo, Reik, Jencarlos Canela, Luz Casal, Gaby Moreno, Intocable, Joey Montana, Luciano Luna, Calibre 50,Aleks Syntek, Fonseca, América Sierra, Erika Ender, Miguel Angel Romero, among many others. For more information about SESAC Latina visit

SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MARCH 07, 2013 PAGE 44 Continued from page 42.. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.

Rockhound Roundup — The 48th
annual roundup for rock and gem lovers is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 7-10, at the Southwest New Mexico Fairgrounds in Deming. The roundup, sponsored by the Deming Gem & Mineral Society, includes market vendors, jewelry, drawings and raffles, field trips, silent auctions, Admission and parking is free. Raffle tickets: $1 each (12 for $10). Information: (575) 546-0056 or From El Paso, take I-10 west to Exit 85. A silent auction is 6:30 p.m. Friday and a live auction is 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring slabs, geodes, crystals, jewelry and more. Field trips depart from the Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, to sites with onyx, agate, geodes and other gem stones. Participants should wear suitable clothing and bring lunch, water and tools. Donations: $5 ($10 for the “big diggins” trip).

Father Rick Matty 5K — St.
Patrick’s A.C.T.S. will host the competitive 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa. Registration: $20 ages 15 and older; $15 ages 10 to 14 and per person teams of 10 or more; free for age 9 and younger. Online registration at Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa. T-shirts for first 250 registrants; medals for top three overall male runners and top three overall female runners and first, second and third place in age categories. Food and drink available at end of race.

Mall, in Las Cruces. The Darling children receive a visit from a mischievous boy who can fly and who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place. Doors open a half hour before showtime. Tickets: $6. Information: (575) 571-1413.

Nightlife calendar
March 8th

CALVIN HARRIS in concert | Fri.Mar.8th El Paso Presented by SMG Events & DDP @Buchannans Event Center March 8th The Garden Nights & Listen:React present. Fur Coat (Crosstown Rebels / Culprit / Get Physical)

UTEP Women’s Basketball –
The Lady Miners’ final game of the season is against Tulane at 7:05 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5. Information: 747-5234 or

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M.
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis performs Friday, March 8. Tickets: $25-$80. Show begins at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets sold through Ticketmaster; prices listed do not include service charge. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or

‘Twitch’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the world premiere of a new play by Amy Lanasa, author of “The Iris Incident,” March 1-17 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces, directed by Ross Marks. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10 and 17, and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors over 65 and $7 all seats Thursday). Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223 or “Twitch” is a dark comedy that explores the labels we give teenage girls and the power of young women to rise above the stereotypes that lie at the foundation of public education. ‘Our Town’ — American Southwest
Theatre Company presents Thornton Wilder’s slice of Americana through March 10 at NMSU’s new Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday (second and third week of production) and 7:30 p.m. the final Thursday of the production. Tickets: $15 ($13 seniors/NMSU staff and faculty with ID; $10 NMSU students and students age 3-17 with current school ID). Information: (575) 646-4515. The play follows the Gibbs and Webb families and their neighbors in small town Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire.

Dala - The folk duo performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, as part of the NMSU Cultural Series. Tickets: $15 ($10 NMSU

Camp Furlong Day and Cabalgata Binacional — The 10th annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Pancho Villa State Park, off State Roads 11 and 9, Columbus, N.M. The event features folklorico dancers, music, food and parade led by more than 100 Mexican cabalgata horseback riders and more. Admission is free (camping fees still apply). Information: (575) 531-2711 or for state park or (575) 4945815 for village.


AngelOrGhost’s ‘Light’ — AngelOrGhost (aka Frank Wolf) presents the Concert on the Hill at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9-10, at Rohovec Theater, on “the Hill,” 2400 N. Scenic in Alamogordo, N.M. Proceeds benefit the NMSU-A Theater Guild Scholarship fund. Admission: $10 in advance ($5 children under 7); $12 at the door; available at TLC Portraits in the White Sands Mall or The Blue Stone on 1117 White Sands in Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-5437 or AngelOrGhost’s performances combine original beats with a unique quality of storytelling, and theatrics. Not only does he write and perform all his own songs, he also creates his own instruments.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto,
students), as part of the NMSU Cultural Series. Information: (575) 646-1420 or Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as “angelic. “ Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or Preshow buffets are served at 5 p.m. for some shows: $20. “Fiddler on the Roof,” the timeless musical of family and tradition, is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Tickets: $76 and $79.

‘Peter Pan’ — A Children’s Theatre of
the Mesilla Valley presents J.M. Barrie’s timeless classic brought to life at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8-9, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown

Neon Desert Music Festival

Music Releases

March 12th

Biffy Clyro - Opposites Bon Jovi - What About Now David Bowie - The Next

Girls Names - The New Life Megan Hilty - It Happens All the Time

Dj Spotlight |Torro Torro


Shooter Jennings - The Other Life Mindless Behavior - All Around The World Day Devendra Banhart - Mala Citizens - Citizens Eric Clapton - Old Sock

Off With Their Heads Home The Mary Onettes - Hit

Torro Torro is the Toronto based production duo of Mike ("Digits") Gonek and Evan "Yo Ev" Norton. The duo masterfully create an identifiable brand of contemporary party music, influenced by hip hop, electronic dance music and tropical riddims. Their remix and original productions over the past year have landed them the highest acclaim of their peers. Today there is no doubt that you will hear a Torro Torro record played at the biggest parties the world has to offer, all the way down to the intimate tastemaker clubs nurturing the growth of global bass. Torro Torro first broke onto the international music scene in September 2010

with their debut single, "Knockin' Boots". The single became an overnight favorite in the international dance community. Having released Knockin’ Boots to much acclaim the duo followed up in fine form this with their smasher Blue Blouse which became a Summer anthem, making its mark on the iTunes Electronic Music Charts and continues to receive regular spins on BBC Radio. As Torro Torro's original and remix work continues to push them into the international big room party scene, they have also found themselves at the forefront of an exciting new genre called, "moombahton" (global mid tempo bass). The duo were introduced

to the genre from its inception through their working relationship with T&A Records. Within months of Moombahton's creation, Torro Torro discovered a number their original creations lending to the early development of the genre. The popular Toronto monthly event SLOWED attracts performing artists from around the world. SLOWED has grown into a touring brand and can be found popping up in various cities across North America. They quickly achieved some of the top charting Moombahton releases in 2011-2012, including their remixes of Turn Up The Volume, New Life, and most notably the remix of Dillon Francis and Diplo's "Que, Que" Torro Torro have achieved early success in 2012 with their remixes of Why We Fwee (Dooze Jackers) & Squad Up (Clockwork), both receiving tons support internationally. Their remix of “Go Deep” for Wax Motif and Neoteric on Southern Fried was premiered on Diplo’s XM Radio show garnering massive support throughout Miami Music Week and South by South West. The duo are also completed a follow up EP 2013 Is going to be a massive year . for Torro Torro, so make sure you keep watch for updates on touring and release dates via their website and Facebook page.

Spencer Day - The Mystery Of You Fifth On The Floor Ashes & Angels

The Waves Wild Belle - Isles

Rachel Zeffira - The Deserters



Golf Insider


“I don’t feel like I’m a guy that needs to play his way into form. I think I just practice and if I feel like I’m confident on the range and hitting it well and playing well in practice rounds, then that’ll translate into shooting good scores on the course.”
— Rory McIlroy, just before he lost in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Practice hitting down in a divot
Q: Do you have a good drill for hitting down on the ball? — Pat P. A: I know this sounds strange, but placing the ball in a divot forces you to develop a swing with a descending blow. You have to hit the ball on the downswing or it has no chance of getting airborne. At first, you’ll have to play the ball back toward your right foot (for a right-handed golfer) and open your stance (establish a toe line pointing to the left of the target for a right-hander) to give you the feel. After you train yourself to feel this steeper swing arc, put the ball in a normal lie and gradually move the ball to its normal position between your feet. Then square up your toe line to the target line.
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Rule of the thumb
A common piece of advice to cure a slice is to increase the rotation of the forearms. Since forearm rotation closes the face, that is good advice, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do this. The correct release mechanics are what I call the Sidewinder Release: The forearms rotate but do not initiate the release — that is the function of the wrists. As the lead wrist uncocks, the lead forearm begins to roll via momentum, and it is this combination — wrist release/forearm roll — that brings the clubface square. The vectors of force both toward the ground and to the target produce the famous Hogan arch of the lead wrist, a slight bow that all good players have. Note that the arch is a result of what went before, not a cause in itself. In order to make this unfolding sequence work, the grip must be fit to the task. Use too weak a grip and the face stays open, causing a slice; too strong a grip shuts down the face, leading to a hook. And here we encounter another common piece of advice that is true but incomplete: Adjust the strength of the grip by using the knuckles as a guide. It is said that if you want to weaken the grip, you should rotate the hands counterclockwise until you can see only one knuckle on your lead hand. To summon the draw, look for three; if you can see two knuckles, it’s neutral. This is nice and neat, but misleading. It’s not the knuckles that confer face rotation; it’s the lead thumb. If you arrange your grip so the shaft is between the thumb and the target, its leveraged position will shut the face. Place the thumb on top of the shaft and it will tend to leave the face open. The purpose of the grip is to guarantee control of the club without inducing tension. When the hands are arranged correctly, no manipulations are necessary to return the clubface correctly at impact. A good golf grip activates the muscles you want to use in the golf swing, while an incorrect grip does just the opposite — it encourages use of the wrong muscles.

University of golf
I teach full time at Keiser University’s College of Golf, a unique experience that lets the student focus on a career in golf. In my era, there was no such thing as a university that prepared students for the golf business. If there had been, I would have enrolled without a second thought. I’m often asked about Keiser by parents who have a son or daughter who wants to make golf a career. Here’s a brief summary of the concept. If you know you want to work as a golf professional, but you aren’t completely sure in what aspect, Keiser’s associate degree program will give you an overall sample of the different opportunities that exist. Students are prepared to provide golf instruction, manage golf course operations, and ensure appropriate maintenance of golf facilities and equipment. Courses include: Traditions of Golf: History and Culture Golf Swing Fundamentals Short Game Fundamentals The Mental Approach to Golf Fundamentals of Golf Instruction Golf Club Fitting and Repair Rules of Golf Retail Management in Golf Operations Tournament Operations Golf Course Design Golf Course Maintenance and Turf Management Advanced Golf Instruction Strategic Management in Golf Operations Food and Beverage Services The Business of Golf From my point of view, the courses that focus on teaching and the mental game are outstanding. There are beginning and advanced teaching courses, and students also get the invaluable chance to see a variety of teachers giving actual lessons. Students can observe different styles of teaching, ask questions and use what works for them to develop their own style. The school has more than 4,000 square feet of indoor golf instructional space that houses state-of-the-practice technology, including video systems, launch monitors, a 3-D swing analysis system, a TrackMan and more. Students earn six credits toward those required for PGA membership upon graduation. Included in the program are two rounds of golf a week, indoor practice 5 1/2 days a week and outdoor practice seven days a week, as well as golf lessons after class with me and the other instructors. And, of course, one of the side benefits is that you’re in Florida for 16 months.


Hole or cup
The hole or cup is where you want your ball to finish in as few shots as possible. It’s 4 1/4 inches wide, and the ball can be no smaller than 1.68 inches wide, so even though some days it looks like it won’t fit, there’s plenty of room in a cup that’s more than twice the size of the ball. ABOUT THE WRITER Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit hiswebsite at Begin your “Rule of the Thumb” by positioning your left thumb slightly to the right of the top of the handle. This places your wrist square to the clubface, which is important because when centrifugal force straightens your arms through impact, your wrist joint, elbow joint and shoulder joint seek alignment. Hit 10 balls and then adjust the thumb for the curve you want.

The club releases from the side, and momentum rolls the forearms to square the face. The left thumb plays a major role in the release, so take care to position it correctly.


Woe is Rory
Rory McIlroy lost his match in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship, but while Tiger Woods, who also lost, just looked rusty, Rory looked bad swing-wise. He’s looping the club to the inside starting down, and it was really noticeable. My prediction is that Rory better settle down and work hard beRory McIlroy fore he loses it entirely. In fact, I’ll go out on a long limb and predict that 2013 will be a downer for him, including the loss of his No. 1 world ranking.


Special phrases foster better learning
Anyone who’s ever taken a golf lesson has experienced the miscommunication that can happen when an instructor uses a phrase or idiom that’s unfamiliar. But that’s not to say that idioms are ineffective; on the contrary, if used correctly, these phrases certainly have their place in learning and teaching golf. In fact, many good teachers use specialized phrases that, once defined, act to carry much more meaning than the few words making up the phrase. These are fast-track triggers that serve as a peg to hang your learning on. Similar triggers are the centerpiece of most powerful advertising: Alka Seltzer’s “Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is”; Timex’s “It takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’; and the not-yet-famous “I want to taco with you,” my idea for a taco chain that stresses good food and great conversation. A good lesson is choreographed in the teacher’s mind before it takes place, so the teacher knows the concept he wants the student to take away from the session. No matter what unplanned things happen during the lesson, the student should “own” that concept by the end. This way, the student becomes a self-learner who will spend many hours massaging the concept after the lesson, and research shows that much of the massaging occurs subconsciously. The student will problem-solve his golf swing while going about his daily affairs — even while sleeping. It takes a bit of extra time to explain a concept before a lesson’s X’s and O’s begin, but this is when the triggers earn their keep. While a student is learning at warp speed is not the time to slow down and explain a concept he is already implementing.



Race: Kobalt Tools 400 Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway When: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. (ET) TV: FOX 2012 Winner: Tony Stewart (right)

Race: Sam’s Town 300 Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway When: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN2 2012 Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Race: Kroger 250 Where: Martinsville Speedway When: April 6, 1:30 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2012 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Sprint Cup drivers: Mixed feelings on new Gen-6 car; ‘Wait till Vegas’
All across the NASCAR community, many people have been saying, “Wait till Vegas,” before deciding whether the Generation 6 Sprint Cup race cars that debuted this season will improve the ontrack product the sport produces. After the first two races of 2013, this weekend’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway takes on added significance, as the first two races produced little of the side-by-side racing for the lead that many hoped the new car would facilitate. Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which saw Carl Edwards break a 70-race winless drought, had very little passing at the front, and lead changes determined more by events in the pits than by action on the track. Edwards led the final 78 laps without a serious challenge for the top spot. “I don’t want to be the pessimist, but [the Gen-6 car] did not race as good as our Generation 5 cars,” said thirdfinishing Denny Hamlin. “This is more like what the Generation 5 was at the beginning. The teams hadn’t figured out how to get the aero-balance right. Right now, you just run singlefile, and you cannot get around the guy in front of you. You would have placed me in 20th place with 30 [laps] to go, I would have stayed there — I wouldn’t have moved up.”
Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR.

Carl Edwards celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Hamlin said the tire compound is one of the issues. He said the left-side tires at Phoenix were “very, very hard” and that if a softer tire is chosen, the racing will improve. “Once we do that, you’ll have some tire wear and overtaking like there’s supposed to be,” he said. In his post-race comments, fourth-finishing Brad Keselowski, the defending Cup champion, tried to put a positive spin on the race, but did acknowledge that track position was critical and that being in clean air was a clear aerodynamic advantage. Both were issues that the designers of the Gen-6 car hope to address. “If you could get to the lead, it looked like you had it covered,” Keselowski said, adding that being in the clean air out front is “probably more important than ever.” Phoenix runner-up Jimmie Johnson agreed that there was little side-by-side racing. “Racing-wise, it was tough to pass all day long,” he said. “Track position and strategy on pit road really seemed to be the big deal.” But he said the lack of door-to-door action wasn’t a fault of the new car and called for changes to race tracks across the circuit. “The cars are equal and when they’re equal, you’re going to have a situation like this,” he said. “What we need now is the race tracks to consider the asphalt they’re putting down and even reconfigure the lanes so that we have somewhere to race.” He said changing the cars isn’t working. “I think we need to leave the cars alone for a good 10, 20 years,” he said. “Let the teams be.” It was much the same in the season-opening Daytona 500, as former driver Kyle Petty, now a TV analyst, surmised. “Daytona was terrible,” he said. “All hype, no substance. For 480 miles, they went in a line. We saw it at Talladega — a single-file race — no racing.”

Mark Martin pits during the Subway Fresh Fit 500.

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR.


Lexus GS450h - a Luxurious, Green, Performance Machine
By Christopher A. Randazzo
In case you haven’t noticed, hybrids are moving upscale. As we continue to hear about new hybrid sedans from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and even Porsche, Lexus continues to motor forward with its impressive lineup of hybrid vehicles, including its first hybrid sedan, the GS450h. The GS is all-new for 2013, sporting a new look, plushier interior, and for the hybrid, a slightly different approach from the last model. The previous GS450h focused mainly on performance rather than fuel economy, with Lexus touting it was making V8 power with V6 fuel economy. A nice feat but unfortunately not what hybrid buyers wanted. This new GS450h will deliver what they expect – excellent fuel economy without any sacrifice to performance or luxury. on every Lexus model. The new GS is about the same size as the old car as the two share the same length and wheelbase. But this new car is about 2 inches wider and more importantly wears much more aggressive skin. Most notable is the snarly-looking front end that sports the Lexus “spindle” grille. Like it or not, get used to it because it’s finding its way If you have ever been in a Lexus, then you know how comfortable and luxurious they are. The new GS lives up to all those expectations by splashing the impressive dash of the GS with aluminum, leather and wood. An 8-inch control display with touchpad interface is standard. Working like a mouse and located next to the gear selector, it is used to control most interior functions. While many may balk at the idea at first, it’s easy to use and I quickly grew to like it. With the 450h, the only cabin difference is the lack of a tachometer – a power/charge meter is in its place. Powering the hybrid GS450h is a setup similar to the previous model – a 3.5 liter V6 engine and a pair of electric motors all mated to a CVT transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Total power is rated at 338 horsepower. But while the last GS450h achieved un-hybrid-like numbers of 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, this new hybrid GS tops those figures big-time by getting 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Now those are hybrid-like numbers! And best of all, the car loses nothing in performance – it still feels like there is a V8 under the hood. The GS450h can be set to one of four drive modes, which are easily changed by twisting the Drive Mode Select knob situated in the center console behind the gear selector. To achieve the best fuel economy, move the selector to Eco mode which turns the GS’s instrument cluster to a cool blue color and will reduce throttle response and power output and even cycle the HVAC system to help conserve energy. Turn the knob to Sport or Sport+ mode and the soothing blue instrument panel changes to a spirited red. But more importantly, a more aggressive engine mapping takes over, and for the Sport+ mode, the suspension tightens up. This makes the GS more entertaining to drive, with fuel efficiency taking a backseat. A compromise of both Sport and Eco mode can be found by pushing the Select knob down for Normal mode. In either Sport mode, the GSX450h is capable of reaching 60 mph in about 5.6 seconds – about the same as the all gas counterpart GS350. At the other end of the scale, pressing the EV Mode button next to the Drive Mode Select knob will allow the GS to run exclusively on battery power until its reserves are drained or you reach a specific speed, at which point the gas engine will take over. When compared to its predecessor, the new GS450h is a big improvement. Not only does it achieve better fuel economy, it does so without sacrificing power, luxury or style.

By The Numbers:

2013 Lexus GS450h
Base Price: $58,950.00 Price as Tested: $68,834.00 Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive Engine: hybrid gas/electric Gas: 3.5 liter 24-valve V6 Electric: permanent-design magnet Transmission:continuously variable transmission (CVT) Power (total): 338 hp EPA Fuel Economy: 29 city / 34 highway mpg [Visit me at or email me at]

Is the Lexus GS450h the answer to the rising gasoline prices? Not really, because this GS is hardly cheap, with prices starting at nearly $59,000. But in the energy conscious state of mind that many people are falling into, the GS450h does hold an advantage – it allows you to drive one of the nicest luxury cars around, without feeling guilty about getting sub20 mpg and polluting the air. To some folks, that’s all the reasons needed.


Daytona crash investigation ongoing
NASCAR senior vice president Steve O’Donnell met with reporters at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend to give an update on the investigation into the crash at Daytona International Speedway that saw the No. 32 Chevrolet of Kyle Larson strike the catchfence, sending debris flying into the stands and injuring 28 fans, two of whom were still hospitalized last weekend. O’Donnell said there would be considerable attention paid to the crossover gate where Larson’s car struck. “I think because of where it hit, it having pieces that did get through, and it being a gate area, I think that’s really going to be the focus for us,” he said. Officials also are carefully inspecting Larson’s crashed car, which will continue to be reviewed by track officials at Daytona, then transported to the NASCAR research and development center in Concord, N.C., for further work. “Our focus is going to be if the elements in the car did their job: What do we need to do to the impact to the fence? What happened once that car impacted the fence?” he said, adding that crew memEdwards’ car flew into the fence and injured seven fans. “We have a race coming up in May at Talladega,” O’Donnell said. “Anything we can learn in the immediate future that can be applied to Talladega, we’ll do that.” O’Donnell also spoke about the indefinite suspension of Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements for uttering a racial slur during a conversation with a reporter at Daytona. “We believe strongly we made the right decision there,” he said. “Our go-forward plan with Jeremy is to employ Dr. Richard Lapchick; have him work with Dr. Richard Lapchick and get him back in a race car as soon as we deem fit.” Clements has issued an apology for the comment made to reporter Marty Beckerman, who told other reporters that Clements did not use the phrase in reference to a specific driver, but was saying that “if you drive roughly, you’ll be treated roughly.” Lapchick, the son of one-time Boston Celtics center Joe Lapchick, is a human rights activist sometimes referred to as the “social conscience of sport.”


Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images for NASCAR

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president. bers who helped build that car will be part of the investigation. “We’ll go through each part of the car. [We]want to look at how everything held up that was in the car, the cockpit, the tethers.” O’Donnell said that Dean Sicking, the University of Nebraska safety expert who helped develop the SAFER barriers now used at all major race tracks, will be consulted about possible changes to the catchfences, particularly at Daytona and its sister track, Talladega Superspeedway. It was at Talladega in 2009 that a similar incident occurred when Carl


Edwards back in Victory Lane for first time in 70 races
restart to seal the win. Third-finishing Denny Hamlin offered his opinion on what the breakout win meant for Edwards, who finished 15th in the standings last year. “I’m sure it’s a relief for someone like Carl that he’s now relevant again,” Hamlin said. “He really is. It’s a good sign for their race team for things to come. “When you win really the first real race of 2013, you’ve got to feel pretty good about your program.” For Daytona star Danica Patrick, the 500-kilometer race at Phoenix was a hard dose of NASCAR reality. She struggled to find speed in practice, qualified 40th, then wrecked midrace when the right-front tire blew on her No. 10 Chevrolet. She said the most disappointing aspect of the Phoenix wreck was the setback in points. She had been running just outside the top 20 and was poised to be in a safe position after next week, when provisional starting positions will begin being based on this year’s standings. “It would have been nice to get these points here ... especially off of our eighth last weekend [in the Daytona 500], and then have a decent run in Vegas,” she said. “These points in the beginning of the year are so important. We were making progress, but unfortunately, our day ended early.” Despite her 39thplace finish at Phoenix, she heads to Las Vegas a fairly safe 22nd in the standings.
Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

Carl Edwards celebrates his first win since 2011 with a backflip. After wrecking five cars while testing and racing at Daytona International Speedway, Carl Edwards and his No. 99 team bounced back with a troublefree performance at Phoenix, ending a nearly two-year losing skid and delivering a win in the team’s second race with veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig. Edwards led twice for 122 laps and sped away from Jimmie Johnson on the final

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Frequent Chase contenders now outside the top 20 in Sprint Cup points: Tony Stewart, 23rd; Kevin Harvick, 30th; Kasey Kahne 31st; Kurt Busch, 32nd; Kyle Busch, 33rd; and Martin Truex Jr., 34th

Sprint Cup Standings
1. Jimmie Johnson, 90 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 82 3. Brad Keselowski, 82 4. Denny Hamlin, 72 5. Clint Bowyer, 72 6. Greg Biffle, 66

Bonus points earned for leading laps by Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, the most of any Sprint Cup drivers this season Laps led by Jeff Gordon in the past eight Sprint Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, tops among all drivers Laps led by Denny Hamlin in seven career Cup starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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7. Mark Martin, 65 8. Jeff Gordon, 60 9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 60 10. Aric Almirola, 60
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