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Sierra Providence East Medical Center Repeats Excellence
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EAST Receives Prestigious Tenet Circle of Excellence Award for 2013
Sierra Providence East Medical Center (SPEMC) EL PASO, TEXAS (April 2013)— Sierra Providence East Medical Center is proud to announce that it has reopened in May 2008 and is part of the Sierra Providence ceived Tenet's 2013 Circle of Excellence Award. Health Network. 110-bed acute hospital offers a Sierra Providence East Medical Center The is proud to announce Sierra ProvidenceBEast is one of nine Tenet hospitals range of specialties, from cardiac care and orthopedics, recognized for superior achievement in the areas of to Level III Neonatal Intensive Care, and emergency quality care, service excellence and operational perroom needs. SPEMC has expanded its services to inF formance. clude Electrophysiology, a free standing outpatient Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, an outpatient Infusion This is the second year in a row the hospital has been recogCenter, and a Maternal Fetal Medicine High Risk Clinic, Breast nized with the Circle of Excellence Award. and Women’s Health Center and will introduce minimally invasive robotic surgery options with the da Vinci in the late summer. "The staff and physicians at Sierra Providence East Medical Center are being honored with a Circle of Excellence The hospital is currently undergoing a $67 million paAward for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to their patient tower expansion to be completed at the end of 2014. The pritients, community and hospital during 2012," said Britt T. mary focus of the expansion will be a new four-story tower with Reynolds, Tenet's president of hospital operations. "I am proud to over 145,000 square feet in addition to a new emergency departrecognize them with this prestigious award as it recognizes Sierra ment that will increase the capacity from 21 beds to 31 beds. The Providence East Medical Center as a preferred hospital for patients Joint Commission recertified SPEMC as an accredited Primary to receive care, for physicians to practice medicine and for emStroke Center in 2013 and Sierra Providence East was also re“Brandon has a well ployees to work."r cently designated as a Level IV Trauma Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services. "Our focus has always been on quality and service. And moving in to 2013 we will continue to seek superior clinical outAbout Sierra Providence East Medical Center: He is currently member of the Sierra Providence East Medical a Center is part of the Sierra Provicomes and provide a great patient experience. We challenge one dence Health Network that includes the hospitals of Sierra Medanother everyday A to set higher expectations and strive to deliver ical Center, Providence Memorial Hospital and Providence the best possible care to patients in our community", said Sally Children's Hospital. The Network also offers a wide range of outHurt-Deitch, CEO of Sierra Providence East Medical Center. patient services including Sierra Providence TotalCare, Sierra Providence Urgent Care Centers, Sierra Providence Trawood Cen"I am honored to work with such a dedicated team. This ter and ER, Sierra Teen and Women’s Center, Wound Care Centers award is a reflection of the commitment our team members have and Sierra Providence Sleep Disorders Center. to the hospital, one another, our patients and our community.”

Social Security Announces New Mobile Site for Smartphone Users
Agency Leverages Technology to Meet S Customer Service Expectations
(Monday, May 6, 2013) Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, today announced the agency is offering a new mobile optimized website, specifically aimed at smartphone users across the country. People visiting the agency’s website,, via smartphone (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Windows devices) will be redirected to the agency’s new mobile-friendly site. Once there, visitors can access a mobile version of Social Security’s Frequently Asked Questions, an interactive Social Security number (SSN) decision tree to help people identify documents needed for a new/replacement SSN card, and mobile publications which they can listen to in both English and Spanish right on their phone. “We are committed to meeting the changing needs of the American people and the launch of our new mobile site helps reinforce our online presence and adaptability to advances in technology,” Acting Commissioner Colvin said. “I encourage all smartphone users looking for Social Security information to take advantage of our new mobile site.” In addition, visitors to the new mobile site can learn how to create a personal my Social Security account to get an online Social Security Statement, learn more about Social Security’s award-winning online services, and connect with Social Security on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. For people unable to complete their Social Security business online or over the telephone, the agency also unveiled a new mobile field office locator. The new mobile office locator has the capability to provide turn-by-turn directions to the nearest Social Security office based on information entered by the person. “With significant budget cuts of nearly a billion dollars each year over the last few years, we must continue to leverage technology and find more innovative ways to meet the evolving needs of the American public without compromising service,” said Acting Commissioner Colvin.

EPCC Graduation Begins New Tradition
El Paso Community College (EPCC) will hold its commencement exercises on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Don Haskins Center. Because of the increasing number of degrees granted, EPCC will begin to hold two ceremonies. Students earning their Associate’s of Applied Science degree, Associate’s of Science degree and Certificates of Completion will graduate at 2:00 p.m. Those receiving their Associate’s of Arts degree will graduate at 6:30 p.m. A total of 1,826 degrees and certificates will be granted. The commencement speaker will be Mr. Jacob Fraire. Mr. Fraire serves as vice president of Student and Institutional Success at the nonprofit Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG); he has served TG since 1998. He leads the company’s philanthropic and community engagement division. In 2010, Mr. Fraire was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the Committee on Measures of Student Success, a federal advisory committee authorized by Congress, and whose focus was community college success. The son of migrant farm-workers, Mr. Fraire was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and raised in El Paso. A proud El Pasoan, Mr. Fraire was recruited by St. Edward’s University in Austin, which at the time was the sole university in Texas to host the College Assistance Migrant Program, a federal program specifically designed for the children of Fmigrant farm workers. He earned a bachelor of science in computer science and earned a master degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information on the EPCC Graduation Ceremonies, contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Services at (915) 831-2229.

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(Austin) The number of standardized tests needed to graduate high school would be dramatically reduced under a bill approved by the Senate Monday. Currently, a high school student must pass 15 end of course exams in order to receive a diploma, a number that many parents found too high. House Bill 5, sponsored by Education Committee Chair Senator Dan Patrick of Houston, would cut that number of tests, and create a new degree program to give students more flexibility when choosing classes. "This will be the most rigorous, the most flexible education plan in the country," he said. HB 5 would only require that students pass five end of course exams; U.S. History, English I and II, Algebra I and Biology. Two more exams, Algebra II and English III, would be optional and wouldn't be required to graduate nor would they affect school accountability ratings. Patrick said that when one accounts for benchmark or diagnostic tests, a student could have to spend 90 days taking standardized tests over their high school career. The plan under HB 5 would reduce this number to no more than 21. The bill would also offer more flexibility to high school students when it comes to tailoring their education. Patrick called the plan "flex 4x4", which still maintains the four hours each of math, science, English and social studies, but allows students to focus on classes that will prepare them for life after high school. Students would choose an endorsement path and then they would have flexibility to take additional science, math, or career and technology courses. This bill will likely head to a conference committee, where members of the House and Senate will meet to hammer out the differences between the two versions of the bill. Also Monday, the Senate approved a bill that would combine automobile registration and inspection stickers into a single sticker. Under SB 1350, by Dallas Senator Royce West, verification of valid vehicle inspections would be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles and would be required to receive a new registration sticker. An interim study on the subject found that a single sticker system would reduce fraudulent inspections and save the state money. Texas would join 27 other states that combine registration and inspection stickers. This bill now heads to the House for consideration. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, May 7 at 11 a.m.

Aquatics Job Fair on May 18, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at O’Rourke Recreation Center
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host an Aquatics Job Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the O’Rourke Recreation Center, 901 N. Virginia St. The fair will guide potential aquatics staff through the process of getting hired to work for the City of El Paso. Information and registration for lifeguarding classes and swimming skills pre-test will be available along with computers for applying with the City.

Information (915) 544-3556


US Army to Unveil First Operational Microgrid--16 May
What: The U.S. Army, along with Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense, will unveil the DOD's first grid-tied intelligent microgrid integrating renewable resources and energy storage at a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 16 at Fort Bliss. The Fort Bliss microgrid integrates renewable energy, local power generation, energy storage, and load management to guarantee uninterrupted power despite adverse conditions. In addition, the microgrid will reduce energy costs at the base. Who: Maj. Gen. Pittard, Fort Bliss Commanding General, and Jim Gribschaw, Lockheed Martin Director of Energy Programs, will highlight the microgrid's capabilities and its importance to the progress of national energy efficiency initiatives.

Mother’s Day: The most meaningful
By Joe Olvera ©, 2013
Mother’s Day. Always one of my favorite holidays because it allowed me to show my love and appreciation to my mother, Francisca Jimenez Olvera – or Mrs F. J. Olvera - as she liked to refer to herself, Mother’s Day comes and goes each year, but, our love for our mothers is steadfast and everlasting. Born in the U.S., she basically celebrated the U.S. version, albeit, there was another version. Mexico has always honored mothers on May 10. The U.S. celebrates the day on the second Sunday of May – this year it falls on May 12, 2013. For my wife, Julieta Talamantes Olvera – we’ve been married for 30 years – Mother’s Day in Mexico differed from that of the United States. “In Mexico, we were very poor, as were most of our neighbors, so we each honored our mothers as best we could,” Talamantes-Urquidi said. “The local grammar school in our small village of Las Parras, in the state of Chihuahua, would have a party of sorts where we were offered food, drinks, and some fun for a few hours. But, that was it. After the party, we would go home and try to continue showing our mother, Refugio (Cuca) Urquidi, all the love we could muster. But, no gifts. We weren’t taught that we were supposed to show our appreciation with gifts of jewelry, flowers, perfume, or any other item which she would appreciate. Besides, who had money? Another thing is that only women celebrated in my tiny village. Men weren’t allowed, not even us kids. If there was cake, it was all for the moms. Nobody else was allowed to partake. “I never saw my father, my brothers, my sisters, or anyone gift my mother. But, she knew we loved her. When I first married my husband, I was so surprised at the largesse shown mothers in this country. At first, when I arrived, I would hear musicians serenading mothers, wives, and girlfriends with Mother’s Day music, such as Las Mananitas (Morning Glory). When my husband would ask me what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I was so surprised. My goal was to own a good broom and a good mop, so that’s what I asked for. He would just smile at me and buy me the most luxurious perfume, the most expensive jewelry, or some other item which totally delighted and surprised me.” last time that I honored her with gifts. She was so thrilled with her new dining room set and the new dishes, that I’ll never forget the happy look on her divine face. But, I learned fast. Now that I’m a grandmother, with grandchildren of my own, I’m working to make sure that they understand the importance of the day. I buy little gifts so that even the youngest can offer something she’ll enjoy on their mother’s special day. They’re getting the hang of it. “My best Mother’s Day was one year when I only had $3 to my name,” Talamantes-Urquidi said. “I went out into the community to buy her flowers from the several yards in the neighborhood that grew flowers. I met this 80-year-old lady by the name of Francis, and asked her to sell me some of her flowers. She happily agreed because they were going to be for my granddaughter to give her mom. She wouldn’t accept my $3, but gave us the flowers for free. She told me to use the $3 to buy a Mother’s Day gift for myself. She was so kind. We put them in a vase and my granddaughter, Aliyah Isabel, presented them to her mother. When my daughter went home, she had forgotten about the flowers, but, not Aliyah. She could barely reach the vase full of flowers, but, with her tiny arms and her tiny hands, she managed to carry the flowers to her mother, so she wouldn’t forget them. That was one of the most meaningful Mother’s Day’s ever. That same year, on Christmas, I bought Francis a blanket to keep her feet warm. Aliyah gave it to her.” So, for all you sons and daughters out there don’t forget your mother on her special day. Mom’s Day in the U.S. started in 1908. More than 100 years later, we’re still celebrating it. Remember that mothers are the boon and everything good that happens in a lifetime. Honor your mother by showering her not with expensive perfumes, or other gifts, but, with a great deal of love. Show her the same kind of love she’s always shown you. After all, life comes and goes, but, where would we all be without our mothers. To mothers and jefitas all over the world, especially in the U.S. and Mexico. Feliz Dia de las Madres – and may there be many more. Sin Fin

When: 10:30 a.m. Mountain, Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Where: Enlisted Personnel Dining Facility at the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) #1 at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. Background: Lockheed Martin was selected by the U.S. Department of Defense's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) to demonstrate an Intelligent Microgrid at the U.S. Army's Brigade Combat Team complex at Fort Bliss, Texas. Lockheed Martin's installation will prove the Microgrid's ability to provide additional power in times of high energy demand, while reducing overall cost. The demonstration will also show the system's ability to maintain power to critical operations despite the elimination of a major power source. Upon successful completion, Lockheed Martin's Intelligent Microgrid demonstration will help pave the way to the implementation of this technology to a wider range of Department of Defense facilities. An Intelligent Microgrid manages the distribution of electrical power generated by various sources, continuously balancing loads and supplies while ensuring that all elements of the grid perform at peak efficiency, whether they're connected to a larger grid or operating in an isolated mode. The microgrid helps to stabilize fragile power grids, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut energy costs, as well as enhance energy security of government installations. For more information contact Major Joe Buccino, Fort Bliss Public Affairs Officer: (915) 472-0287,

Talamantes-Urquidi said that Mexico is changing, however, and Mothers, for the most part, are presented gifts just as they are in the United States. Of course, Mother’s Day is celebrated throughout the world each year. “Before my mother died in 1989, I was

able to buy for her a dining-room set, plus a new set of dishes. That was the first and



Sierra Providence Health Network Promotes Stroke Awareness May is Stroke Awareness Month
El Paso, Texas - The month of May is Stroke Awareness month, and Sierra Providence Health Network is helping to raise stroke awareness, risk factorB management and how to recognize and respond to stroke warning signs by acting for carotid disease will also be available. TotalCare West - 601 Sunland Park Drive

common type of stroke.
Use FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke:


•Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. - Dr. Aung Min - Internal Medicine/Car!
diology ! Learn! about the connections ! ! ! between high !blood ! pressure and stoke and what you can do ! ! ! ! ! ! ! prevent ! a !stroke Sierra Providence East Medical Center! – ! ! ! ! 3280 Joe Battle Blvd. – Classroom

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work is offering free seminars on what the public can do to prevent or treat a stroke.

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About 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a ( most people ! ! ! identify stroke(this year. Yet cannot ! signs or risk !factors and ! most of ! stroke! warning those are preventable--some studies indi! strokes ! !! cate that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.



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and Providence Children's Hospital, Sierra Medical Center, and Sierra Providence East Medical Center. The Network also offers a wide range of outpatient services including Sierra Providence TotalCare, Sierra Providence Urgent Care Centers, Sierra Providence Trawood Center and ER, Sierra Teen and Women’s Center, Wound Care Centers and Sierra Providence Sleep Disorders Center. For more information please visit About National Stroke Association National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke. It is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. Visit for more information.

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Dr. James Tatum – Neuro-Interventinoal Radiologist Learn about tips to be stroke aware. Assessment for ##carotid disease will also be available. Sierra Medical Center, 1625 Medical Center Drive, ! ! ! ! doctor’s front (lower level by cafeteria)


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Weather 101


By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

When to fish Elephant Butte?
The last two Weather 101 articles I’ve been talking about Elephant Butte Lake – the lake level and they type of fish that live there. In this article, I’d like to touch on when it’s best to fish. Frank Vilorio has been a guide on the lake for 19 years spending 280 days each season showing clients what it’s like reeling in the big one. Vilorio says that determining when the fish bite the best is based on a lot of different aspects. He says some of these factors include “water temperature, moon cycle, barometric pressure (affected by frontal weather systems), wind and the direction it’s coming from, lake boat traffic, angle of the sun and water clarity.” Vilorio says fish seem to bite the best when water temperatures are on the rise such as winter to spring and spring to summer. “The bite slows down mid-summer, so we fish at night with lights.” Weather frontal systems that come in with

wind blowing from the north affects the fishing the most. Vilorio says the fish seem to get lock jaw and go deeper in the water and fishing seems to be less productive. Most fishermen agree that before the approach of a cold front fishing can be good. Fishing in high winds (more than 20 miles per hour) is not recommended for safety reasons. When the wind blows in the spring it brings down the water temperatures. As the days get longer the sun starts warming up the lake water and the fish get more active. Most fishermen I talked to over the years put a lot of effort into fishing “the cycle of the moon.” Vilorio believes the new moon cycle (no moon) is best especially a few days before or a few days after. “It seems that on full moon periods fish tend to bite less often, especially during the daytime.” If you would like to schedule a fishing trip with Frank Vilorio, you can reach him at or call 575-744-4346.

Weather Trivia:

How long is the Elephant Butte Reservoir? A. 5 Miles B. 15 Miles C. 25 Miles D. 40 Miles
Answer: D – 40 Miles

“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


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Texans Can Save Sales Tax on Energy Efficient Appliances
(AUSTIN) — The opportunity for Texans to save money on energy efficient appliances is fast approaching. The state’s annual ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday is from

Fort Bliss’ new Aquatics Training Center to open doors May 13

Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27.
“Texans can save twice when purchasing energy efficient appliances during the Memorial Day weekend,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “Shoppers are expected to save about $2.9 million in sales tax during the holiday, and the energy efficient products will also help them save on their utility bills.” The sales tax break applies to ENERGY STAR® qualified air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less; refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less; ceiling fans; fluorescent light bulbs; dishwashers; dehumidifiers; and clothes washers. Clothes dryers are not ENERGY STAR® certified. There is more information on the sales tax holiday at: Estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are listed in the chart at the bottom.

WHO: Team Bliss Sports, Fitcluding Soldier drown-proofUnique features include zeroness and Aquatics, a branch of ing, lap swimming, inner-tube depth entry on the multi-rec Fort Bliss Family and MWR, water polo, kayak rolling, rock pool, a 12-foot climbing wall will open the doors to climbing and guided tours located on the deck, a permaits new, state-of-the-art Aquatof the facility. The center will nent basketball goal and volley open for  general use       ics Training Center with a at 4:30 ball-court capabilities. The grand opening ceremony, p.m. Olympic-sized lap pool features Team Bliss Sports, Fitness and Aquatics, a branch of Fort Bliss Family and M aquatics demonstrations a moveable bulkhead that can i and recreational swimming at 3 WHEN: Monday, May 13, divide the pool into two sepap.m. Monday, May 13. from 3 p.m. rate sections, enabling simultaneous use of the pool for WHAT: The 50,000-squareWHERE: Aquatics Training multiple aquatic programs. The foot Aquatics Training FacilCenter, 20733 Constitution 13-foot diving well features ity—the first of its kind in the Ave., East Fort Bliss two 1-meter boards and a 3Army—features three BACKGROUND: Construction meter platform and will be used pools: a diving well, an on the Aquatics Training Center for training, as well. Other faOlympic-sized pool for lap began in November 2011. The cility amenities include fullyswimming, and a multi-rec pool state-of-the-art facility is open equipped men’s and for recreational to ‘all Family and MWR pawomen’s locker rooms and swimming. trons: Soldiers, family memfamily changing areas and a M bers, retirees and Department large classroom available for The grand opening will begin of Defense/Department trainings. W Ap.m., with a ribbon cutting at 3 of the Army civilians. followed by demonstrations inAquatics Training Center began in November 2011. T

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         Kerrville Main Street Extends Deadline for Sculpture Submissions
Kerrville, TX (May 1, 2013) - The City of Kerrville’s Main Street program is extending the deadline for artist’s entries for their next Public Art Project. The project, entitled “Art in Public Places”, will be a rotating sculpture exhibit on the sidewalks of Downtown Kerrville. The original deadline for submission was April 30th. A four week extension will now allow entries through end of business Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Art in Public Places will feature sculptures from Texas artists in up to eight locations along the streets of Downtown Kerrville. The funding for the Public Art Project comes from the events of Kerrville Main Street, including their 2012 Main Street Moonlight Drive golf tournament and 2013 Mardi Gras on Main event. The projected timeline has sculptures being installed and unveiled in late summer 2013. Se- 

lected pieces of art will remain in downtown for 11 months. The goal of the project is to replace the art yearly. Speaking on behalf of the Design Committee, Kerrville Main Street Manager Misty Kothe commented, “The pieces we are looking to add to downtown will help create an awareness of the arts, be educational for both children and adults, and promote tourism in the area. Additionally, we hope this will continue to foster the community involvement in our beautiful historic downtown area.” Learn more by accessing the Call to Artists in its entirety at For additional information, please contact Misty Kothe, the Kerrville Main Street Manager at (830) 258-1113 or by email at



NBA Playoff Edition
by the Ball Boy

El Paso, TX – Sierra Providence Health Network is offering free seminars on various topics including: Childbirth, Baby Care, Sleep Disorders and Weight Loss Surgery and Maternity Tours. To register, please call 577-SPHN (7746).


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•Maternity Tours: Our free tours are held Monday through Friday 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. on ! Medical ! a! walk-in !basis at Sierra Center ! ! ( Delivery ( located on ! the!5th ! Labor and floor and at Providence ! ! Memorial Hospital, ! !Labor on the 2nd ! and Delivery ! ! !! floor. Tour Dates: Monday-Friday Time: 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.

cians answer expectant parents questions about newborns. Infant CPR and infant ob! ! ! ! ! demonstrated. ! structive airway maneuver are


! ! 7:00 p.m. ! ! ! ! Time: Place: Providence Memorial Hospital, 2001 N. Oregon, Auditoriums B & C. ! •Pillow ! ! Talk ! !– Sleep ! ! ! Disorders ! Free! Seminar: ! Please ! join!us for a lecture ! on and of !sleep! disorders ! ! the signs ! ! !symptoms !
and what you can do to lead a healthy and more productive life.

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Places: ! Sierra Medical ! !Center, Labor ! & De! livery on the 5th floor at 1625 Medical Center ! ! ! ! ! ! or Providence Memorial Hospital, Labor& Delivery 2nd floor at 2001 N. Ore! ! ! ! ! gon. ! !





! ! ! Class Date: ! Tuesday, ! May ! 14, 2013. ! Time: 7:00 p.m. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Place: Providence Memorial Hospital, 2001 ! ! ! ! ! ! N. Oregon Auditoriums B & C. ! Registration ! ! is required ! to (915) ! 577-7746.! ! ! ! ! !

Class: This class prepares expectant mothers on Lamaze relaxation and breathing techniques and the role of the coach/father during labor ## and birth.

! 6:30 p.m. ! ! ! Time: Place: ! Total Care ! ! Imaging Center, ! ! ! 601 Sunland Park.

! Thursday, ! ! ! May ! 16, 2013 ! Class !Date: !

Somebody forgot to tell Chicago that their 3 best players are injured and not playing. Chicago stole game 1 of this series in Miami 93-86. Lebron James led with 24 points for the Heat. Nate Robinson lead Chicago with 27 points with help from Jimmy Butler who added 21 points of his own. ! ! Jimmy Butler not only started this game but played in all 48 ! ! minutes ! of this game. The Chicago Bulls cant be too sure of themselves about this series. 2 years ago The Bulls won ! game!1 of the eastern conference!finals and ended up losing the next 4 straight against the !! Heat. New York got some revenge against Indiana in a crushing 105-79 win. Carmelo ! ! lead the ! way with 32 points to

give The Knicks some confidence in The Garden. Indiana could only score 13 points in the 4th quarter of this game as New Yorks defense was tenacious. This series goes back to Indiana on Saturday and there no telling what kind of motivation indiana will have to settle the score. Memphis evened their series with a 99-93 victory against Oklahoma City. Even with Kevin Durants 36 points and 11 rebounds the Thunder were no match for the crazy defense of Tony Allen. Mike Conley really shined in this game with 26 points and 10 rebounds. With Westbrook out, Oklahoma is having to rely on its bench to pick up the slack.

This also creates a lot of responsibility on Kevin Durants shoulders and this team is relying on him to take way more shots than he is usually used to. This series travels to Memphis on Saturday so well see what happens. In what could be the most exciting game of the playoffs, Steven Curry showed he is ready for the spotlight. Curry scored 22 points in the 3rd quarter of this game and had 44 points total. This was a classic game that went to double overtime with Manu Ginobli hitting the game winning shot. The Spurs struggled with Tim Duncan leaving to the locker room (Flu) but they kept at it and caught up in the 4th after an insane 3rd quarter from the Warriors.



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•Bariatric Support Group: Please join Place: New Me Bariatric Center, 1250 E. us for a general discussion on nutrition, Cliff, Suite 1-C # # weight loss challenges and successes, and ! !!#$%&&'!(&)*$+%,-%!M'50!K%+$-'/!L%,0%&G!#$%&&'!K%+$-'/!L%,0%&G!(&)*$+%,-%! strategies for long term health lifestyle. • Childbirth 1 Day Class: During our Class May ! Date: Wednesday, ! ! !15, 2013 ! 1-day ! childbirth ! ! class ! we will ! review ! ! many ! Time: 5:30p.m. during pregnancy, ! ! ! ! ! topics such ! as nutrition ! ! ! ! ! Place: New Me Bariatric Center, 1250 Cliff, ! ! ! ! ! ! danger signs, ! labor ! and delivery, ! post partum ! Suite 1-C. care, new born care and breastfeeding instruction. We will also provide a tour of our OB •Caregiver Series: Our experts offer floor. classes This Saturday, May 18, ! for people who ! are caregivers. ! ! !Class ! Date: ! ! ! ! 2013 ! ! ! month’s topic is keeping your care recipient Time: 12:00 p.m. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! moving, ambulation, safety issues such as Place: Sierra Providence East, Classroom 1, preventing falls and risk assessments in the 3280 Joe Battle Blvd. 1st Floor. ! home. Time: 6p.m. to 8p.m. Place: Total Care Imaging, 601 Sunland Park. •Pediatrician Question & Answer/Infant CPR Class: Our pediatri-

! Class Date: ! Saturday, ! ! 18,! 2013 May ! Time: ! 10:00a.m. ! !!

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Please call 577-SPHN (7746) to register for classes. Classes are FREE.
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FORT BLISS, TEXAS — Armed Forces Day 2013 comes to Fort Bliss 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at BIGGS PARK. It's FREE and open to the public.

Celebration at Biggs Park

Activities include: equipment static displays, demonstrations by the area high school JROTC Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams, entertainment by the 1st Armored Division Band; Chili Cook-Off, Car Show, East Fort Bliss Build-up Tour and food and drink concessions. Armed Forces Day at BIGGS PARK is an open house event that provides you the opportunity to meet with service men and women and learn about the equipment they use in support of this nation. Armed Forces Day 2013, Saturday, May 18, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC For more information, call the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office at 568-4505.

Fort Bliss Field of Honor ceremony
What: Major General Pittard, commander of Fort Bliss and the First Armored Division, will add the names of 13 Soldiers killed in action in the past year, Afghanistan to the Field of Honor Memorial. Who: Major General Dana Pittard, Fort Bliss Commanding General will officiate the ceremony. When: 10:00 a.m. Mountain, Friday,

May 17, 2013.

Where: Fort Bliss Field of Honor (immediately inside Cassidy Gate on West Fort Bliss) Background: The Field of Honor is a permanent monument to service members from Fort Bliss killed in overseas conflicts. Each service member is memorialized on a granite wall overlooking the historic Fort Bliss parade field. Every May, Soldiers killed during the previous twelve months are added to the wall. This year the following Soldiers’ names will be added to the memorial wall: Spc. Trevor B. Adkins Spc. Erica P. Alecksen Capt. Bruce K. Clark Pfc. Leroy Deronde III Spc. Jason K Edens Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs Jr. Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza Jr. Staff Sgt. Israel P. Nuanes Spc. Alejandro J. Pardo Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija Sgt. James L. Skalberg Jr. Spc. Cameron J. Stambaugh Spc. Clarence Williams III

For more information contact Maj. Joe Buccino, Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office: (915) 744-0287


The Cottonwood Spring Archaeological Site
El Paso Archaeological Society Program
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 2:00 pm, Free Admission
Location: El Paso Museum of Archaeology 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso 79924
The Cottonwood Spring Site is the largest prehistoric site known in south central New Mexico. Over the past five years Dr. Meade Kemrer, the program speaker, has worked in Cottonwood, mapping and collecting other data. His talk and PowerPoint presentation describes different aspects of this unique site, the four villages dating to A.D. 900-1400, numerous rock art images, and the defensive system. Information on methods of archaeological investigation of this site, such as environmental studies and use of unmanned aerial vehicle remote sensing will be included. Dr. Kemrer received his doctorate degree in archaeology from the University of Arizona. He has lived in New Mexico for 34 years, conducting archaeological studies throughout the American Southwest. For the past 18 years he has lived in Las Cruces, studying the prehistory of southern New Mexico. This program is presented by

Marfa Contemporary Announces Terminal Iron Works:

Marfa High School Welding Exhibition May 20-May 25
MARFA, TEXAS (April 29, 2013) – Marfa Contemporary to showcase welding pieces by Marfa Junior and Senior High School students beginning May 20 through May 25 at 100 East San Antonio St., Marfa, TX 79843. Marfa Contemporary is proud to present a week long exhibition of welding work from the students of Marfa Junior/Senior High School. The Marfa High Welding Exhibition has been created to showcase the talent of the students in the Marfa community. According to Gallery Administrator, Dr. Natalie Roncone, “It’s an inspiration and a treasure trove of talent to draw upon. For art students, it’s a marvelous opportunity to examine—up close—the work of their peers. And for the public, it’s a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity and ability in the local community’s student body.” The works will be available for sale and 100% of the proceeds go to the student artists. The exhibit will also feature a catalog showcasing the individual achievements. The opening reception will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20 and is free and open to the public. About Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Oklahoma Contemporary, formerly City Arts Center, is a regional 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. Founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, Oklahoma Contemporary offers contemporary arts exhibitions throughout the year, free to the public, as well as youth art camps, adult art classes and workshops, lectures and independent film screenings. For more information, please call 405.951.0000 or visit About Marfa Contemporary Marfa Contemporary is the first regional extension of Oklahoma Contemporary.

Photo of Dr. Meade Kemrer, courtesy of Meade Kemrer Photo of Cottonwood Springs site petroglyph the El Paso Archaeological Society in partnership with the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. Information: 915-755-4332;

Mother’s Day Dance at San Juan Senior Center

Who: City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department What: Mother’s Day Dance When: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m Where: San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo Court.

Hilos de Plata Senior Center Mother’s Day Dance
Information – (915) 533-3207
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Mother’s Day Dance from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta Dr. There will be free music provided from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a paid dance with musical group Legacy will occur from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the paid dance is $5 per person.

Entertainment will be provided by the Galaxies with a cost of $5 per person. Carnations will be given to the first 50 ladies and the doors will open at Noon. For more information feel free to call Annette

Campos or

Grace Faulkner at 915-772-8365.


El Pasoans Help Food Bank Win a $45,000 Grant as Part of Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together Initiative
One of 100 organizations selected to receive part of $3 million in grants to fight hunger this spring
El Paso, TX, May 7, 2013 – El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank has been selected as one of 40 winning Feeding America food banks to receive a $45,000 grant from Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together initiative. Throughout April, individuals across the US voted for more than 300 Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies through Walmart’s facebook application “Fighting Hunger Together”. As a result of the votes cast, 100 food banks and partner agencies will receive a total of $3 million in grants — 40 Feeding America member food banks will receive $1.8 million in grants ($45k every day throughout the month of April.” John Schwarting, executive director of the food bank explains, “This award of $45,000 to help fight child hunger locally was won only with the support and efforts of hundreds of El Pasoans.” El Pasoans Fighting Hunger is one of more than 200 Feeding America banks located throughout the United States. The Feeding America network of food banks and their partner food assistance agencies, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and after-school programs, feed 37 million people annually, including nearly 14 million children. The grant of $45,000 will be used to support and expand the BackPack for Kids programs in El Paso. This program provides food for children who benefit from the free school meals programs, but have been identified as showing symptoms of hunger on Mondays after a weekend with no school meals. The purpose is to send home a “backpack” full of nutritious foods for kids to eat during the weekends so that they may continue to develop mentally and physically.

each) and 60 of their partner agencies will receive $1.2 million in grants ($20k each). “El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank is so grateful to all the people of El Paso who helped us win by spreading the word and by voting


The El Paso Museum of Archaeology Presents

The Monarch Butterfly
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2:00 pm, Free Admission

Monarch Butterfly photo by Gertrud Konings
Dr. Gertrud Konings shows many photographs of the Monarch butterflies taken at the Monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico and explains their behaviors and unique multigenerational migration through North America in this talk. Dr. Konings, Assistant Professor of Biology at EPCC, visited the Monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico with her husband on their 2012 Christmas vacation. Location: El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso TX 79924 Information: Marilyn Guida, 915-755-4332,


City Announces Two New Department Director Appointments City Names New Health Director
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Resendes as the City’s New Public Health Director. Resendes comes to El Paso, Texas with three decades of public health and private sector experience. He is currently a member of the National Association of County and City Health Officers and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Resendes is also a Registered Medical Technologist and a Licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist. He has extensive management experience managing large tor/Health Officer for Yavapai County Community Health Services in Prescott, Arizona. During his time at Yavapai County Community Health Services, Resendes was responsible for all operations of the organization which consist of a multi-site community health center and a local public health department. Resendes holds an M.B.A. from Bryant University in Rhode Island and also a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He will begin work May 20, 2013.

AUGUST 16, 17 & 18, 2013

Museum to Host Delta Clipper Experimental First Flight + 20 Anniversary & Spaceplane Conference
Spaceport America, International Space Hall of Fame Induction Highlight Activities
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that it will host the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) First Flight + 20 Anniversary and Spaceplane Conference on August 16, 17 & 18, 2013 at Spaceport America, NM, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic and New Mexico State UniversityAlamogordo are co-hosting the event. Frontier Foundation; Dave Masten, President Masten Space Systems; Henry Vanderbilt, President Space Access Society; and Dumitru Popescu, ARCA. load the registration form, visit

Robert Resendes health organizations with hundreds of employees and volunteers. Resendes has held positions as Health Officer/Executive Director for the Central Utah Public Health Department and Direc-

was the first prototype vehicle developed by the BMDO’s (Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, now known as the MDA, Missile Defense Agency) SSRT (Single Stage Rocket Technology) reusable launch vehicle program. The DC-X was a one-third-size experimental vehicle, built by McDonnell Douglas under a 22-month, $58 million contract. The DC-X prototype’s goals were to verify vertical takeoff and landing, demonstrate subsonic maneuverability, validate airplane-like supportability and maintainability and demonstrate the rapid prototyping development approach. The Delta Clipper flew a total of 12 flights, eight under the McDonnell Douglas test program and four under the auspices of NASA as the DC-X/A. The first flight of the DC-X from the "Clipper-Site" was on August 18, 1993, at Northrup Strip, now known as White Sands Space Harbor, on White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. It is a Smithsonian Affiliate, designated repository and archive for Spaceport America and the National Space Society, and home to the Delta Clipper Experimental Collection. For more information, call 575-4372840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at

City Announces New Director of Transportation
El Paso, Texas – After nine months as interim director, Ted Marquez has been appointed as the new director of the El Paso Department of Transportation (EPDoT). Marquez, who has been serving as interim director for the department since August of 2012, has more than 30 years experience in public works. He was chosen to lead the EPDoT after an extensive search process which was narrowed down to four candidates. After an in depth candidate assessment, Marquez emerged as the top candidate who met the need and vision of the department. “I’m excited about taking on this new role and for the opportunity to continue to use my extensive experience in the transportation field to build on the past successes of the El Paso Department of Transportation. Providing our community with a strong 1980. He started as a traffic engineer and worked his way up to attain various positions within the city. In 2002, hard work and dedication landed Marquez as a manager for the Traffic Engineering Division of the City’s Engineering Department. He developed programs to improve vehicle and pedestrian transportation as well as a safety program. In 2010, the El Paso Department of Transportation hired Marquez as Deputy Director of the department. He was serving as a deputy director with transportation when he was named interim director after the departure of longtime Director Daryl W. Cole. The El Paso Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the City’s multi-modal transportation network to ensure the safe, efficient and expeditious movement of people and goods.

Ted Marquez multi-modal transportation network is essential to our ability to enhance all aspects of El Paso’s quality of life,” Marquez said. Marquez is a long-time resident of El Paso. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has extensive and diverse experience in government, transportation engineering and management. Marquez began his career with the City of El Paso in

Friday, August 16: Location Virgin Galactic Gateway To Space, Spaceport America, Upham, NM. Introduction of the total DC-X Team, overview of the DC-X project, presentations on Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic. Speakers include: Christine Anderson, Executive Director Spaceport America; George Whitesides; CEO & President Virgin Galactic, Nancy Conrad, widow of Pete Conrad. Saturday, August 17: Location
Tays Special Events Center, NMSUA, Alamogordo, NM. DC-X/XA lessons learned, on-going progress and issues, dedication of the DC-X SpaceQuest Exhibit, Induction of the DC-X Team into the International Space Hall of Fame. Speakers include: Ambassador Henry Cooper, former head of SDIO and President High Frontier; Jess Sponable, DARPA Advanced Spaceplane Projects; Mike Griffin, President AIAA; Rick Tumlinson, co-founder Space

Sunday, August 18: Location Tays Special Events Center, NMSUA, Alamogordo, NM. Reviving XPlanes for reusable access to space workshop, AIAA RLV PC planning workshop, Technology, COTS, Demonstration & Programmatic elements, X-Plane Programs recommendations. Speakers include: Dennis Poulos, Poulos Air & Space, Inc.; Michael Griffin, President AIAA; Dan Dumbacher, Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development, NASA; Joaquin Castro, Manager, DOD Strategy & Business Development, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; and Michael Johnson, J&J Aerospace.
NOTE: There is limited access on
August 16 to Spaceport America. No private vehicles are allowed. All attendees, including media, must ride provided transportation from Truth or Consequences. Proof of identification and registration is required a minimum of two weeks prior to event for security clearance purposes. Press inquiries should be directed to Cathy Harper at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. Call 575-437-2840 ext. 41153 or email To down-


Texas Tops Site Selection's Most Competitive States of 2012
AUSTIN - Texas has taken the top spot in another of Site Selection Magazine's annual rankings - this time in the magazine's ranking of the most competitive states in 2012. Earlier this year, Texas was awarded Site Selection's 2012 Governor's Cup for the most new and expanded corporate facilities announced over the year. The magazine highlighted Texas' commitment to maintaining a strong job creation climate and reducing the tax burden on employers, specifically through Gov. Perry's $1.6 billion tax relief proposal. Site Selection considered a number of criteria for the ranking, including total new and expanded facilities in 2012, total new jobs created in 2012, rank in the corporate real estate executive portion of the 2012 Siten Selection Business Climate Ranking, state tax climate as ranked by the Tax Foundation, performance in the Beacon Hill Institute's State Competitiveness Index, and the number of National Career Readiness Certificates per 1,000 residents aged 18-64. To view the full article, please visit

Sharon Mosley Let the fringe and the feathers fly. Dance into spring, and put some swing into your wardrobe by jazzing it up and channeling the styles of the Roaring Twenties a la Daisy and Jay: the main characters of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" and of Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated film adaptation. From Prada to H&M, there's some Jazz Age glamour for everyone. Here's how to kick up a little art deco flair of your own:

that dips and rises in all the right places.

—Choose chiffon.
Free and flowing is the name of the dress game when it comes to kicking up your heels in the deco designs this year. The fabrics are soft and supple, providing nonrestrictive flattering silhouettes — perfect for doing the Charleston.

with fur to be even more of a jazzy hit for fall. And harem pants, anyone?

—Add accessories.
The fashion extras that complement all the Jazz Age designs are legendary, especially the millinery — from tight-fitting cloche hats to elaborate jeweled and feathered headpieces to Oriental toques and turbans.

—Add some fringe and feathers. Whether
on that flapper-inspired dress or a hip-length jacket or swingy skinny skirt, fringe and feathers are a jazzy way to dress up anything you put on this season. And it's really easy to throw on a feather boa to give your cocktail dress instant drama.

—Add jewelry. Accessorize with long ropes of cultured pearls, arm bracelets and chandelier earrings. Top it off with a decorative "pouch" purse trimmed with tassels. And complete your jazzy look with T-strap pumps.

—Start with the drop-waist flapper dress. There's no better way
to jazz up your wardrobe this spring and summer than to don one of these slinky sheath-style dresses embellished with beading, metallic threading or embroidery.

—Get exotic. Patterns
and prints are another way to jazz up your wardrobe. Think geometric art nouveau or East Asian designs in particular. These artistically inspired motifs are easily incorporated into your everyday wardrobe with kimono-style jackets, shawls or scarves. Look for the unstructured evening coat trimmed

Now you're ready to dance the night away!
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.

—Go with the highlow hems. From the knee
to the ankle, this is a great way to highlight your best features by choosing a dress or skirt with a pointed hemline

Theia creative director Don O'Neill was influenced by the glamorous silhouettes of the Jazz Age reflected in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film, "The Great Gatsby."

SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MAY 09, 2013 PAGE 17 Mars and vEnus By John Gray EvEryday ChEapskatE By Mary hunt

Girlfriend Wants a Break
Dear John, I have been in a fantastic relationship for over two years. My girlfriend, "Carol," has two younger girls, who are great kids. I have two teenage girls who seem to be going through a lot of turmoil over the past couple of months. One night I was on the phone with my girlfriend when my kids started arguing. Carol made a comment about their behavior and attitudes. I've been working long hours, and it's not easy keeping everyone happy. I snapped at Carol and told her, "This does not concern you." A couple of weeks went by, and now all of a sudden, Carol wants to take a break from the relationship. She says that, when you don't address issues, you can sometimes destroy a long courtship. I know that she is upset over what I said, but I was just stressed out. I know she loves me, but I don't know how to get things back on track. —Solution Needed in Columbia, Mo. Dear Solution Needed, Venusians show concern when they feel someone is having problems. Although her intentions were good, her timing was not. In the heat of the moment, you hurt Carol's feelings when you quashed her attempt to help you with your daughters. At this point, if you want to get back on track with her, acknowledge her concern and her desire to help you through it, and apologize to her for not realizing how much your words hurt her. Then let her know that the relationship is important to you, and ask her out on a formal date. If she accepts, and the topic of childrearing comes up again, listen to her with respect and appreciation. Dear John, How do I know when I am in love? Is it a feeling inside? My girlfriend and I are still in high school, and she is in the top 10 percent of our graduating class. I'm not even close. I admit that I am jealous of her because she is so smart. How do I get over that and deal with it? I am in love with her, and I have already bought her a ring. —Needing Wisdom in Duluth, Minn. Dear Needing, Love is certainly something we feel as a catch in our throats, a flip in our gut and a tug to our hearts. When we first feel love, it comes with elation: the high that makes us happy to be alive and proud of the fact that we are also loved. Your jealousy is in fact your insecurity that your differences may at some point pull you apart. Sure, that is always a risk. But whatever happens will be for the best, because young adulthood is a time of intense self-discovery. You won't know what you want — or need — in a relationship until you've experienced more than one. As for your current relationship, maturity comes with knowing that sometimes passion diminishes or that friendship can take its place. Enjoy the relationship now, and don't be afraid of change because change is the essence of life. 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.

How to Not Feel Poor
It's no secret that Americans are in debt up to their eyeballs. And to what can we attribute this colossal "living beyond our means" phenomenon? I don't think it's because we've had so many emergencies. It's because we don't ever want to feel poor. Poor is the feeling you get when faced with an invitation to join all of your rich co-workers for a chichi lunch — and you've got $8.43 to last until payday. It's that feeling you get when you see a commercial for the coolest car on earth, and all you have is a 10-year-old clunker. The worst response when feeling poor is to do the very thing that should prove you're not: spend money. That might make the feeling go away for a while, but as soon as you realize you've just plunged yourself deeper into debt and made your situation worse, you'll feel even poorer. I have a better idea. Stop feeling poor in the first place. Here are three surprising steps to follow. ters of everything that you do not need or does not bring beauty to your life. Clean open spaces, tranquility and simplicity chase away the feeling of poverty. Clutter invites chaos, which leads to depression and feelings of deprivation.

3. TUCK A C-NOTE. I want you to a get a $100
bill. Fold it neatly, and tuck it into a secret place in your wallet. Do not tell anyone about this. Just like that, you are going to not feel poor. In fact, that C-note is going to make you feel prosper-

how old, how scratched, how new, how leased or how ugly, if ous, quite smart and not broke. You are not likely to spend it on a whim. In fact, you are not likely to spend it at all. I don't know why. Perhaps it's because breaking a $100 bill is a big deal. You wouldn't do that for a hamburger and fries. You sure wouldn't do that to impress the co-workers that you can afford to eat sushi with them instead of the bagged lunch you brought to work. And if you get caught in a true emergency, you're covered. If you can't do a 100, start with a 20. Soon, trade it for a 50. Before you know it, you'll have Benjamin in your pocket, hidden away where only you know. you keep your car sparkling clean inside and out, you won't feel poor. Remove every coffee cup, every paper and every other item every time you leave the car. Wash it weekly. Make sure the windows are always spotless, the tires scrubbed and the chrome shiny. Do this, and you'll feel like a million bucks. Feeling poor is not a financial condition. It is a state of mind. And something you can change starting right now. Mary Hunt is the founder of and author of 23 books, including her 2012 release, "7 Money Rules for Life." You can email her at, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630.

2. CURB THE CLUTTER. I don't care how clean your house may be, if you have clutter, it's pulling you down. Clear your closets, drawers, cupboards, garage and counWEllnEWs By sCott laFEE

Sweating the Choices
If you knew just how much exercise you'd need to do to burn off that sundae, would you still eat the sundae? Odds are you wouldn't. Well, OK, maybe you wouldn't eat all of it. A Texas Christian University study recruited 300 young adults and offered them typical fast food fare: hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fires, salads, desserts and a choice of sodas or water. One-third of the participants chose from a menu with no calorie counts; one-third got a menu with calorie counts for each food selection, and the final third got a menu listing how many minutes of brisk walking would be required to burn off each menu item. The result: There wasn't much difference in the choices made between the first two groups. It didn't really matter whether consumers knew the calorie counts or not. But participants who were informed that it takes, for example, more than an hour of brisk walking just to burn off a 400-calorie burger mostly opted for lighter fare.

SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MAY 09, 2013 PAGE 18 déCor sCorE By rosE BEnnEtt GilBErt

In the Furniture Forecast:
Q: What's the word from the Furniture Capital of the World? morrow's interiors.

Blues, Hairy Hides, Nailheads wrapped its large klismosstyle club chair in hair-on-hide and lined it in croc-embossed leather. Along with their tres chic classics, French Heritage ( offered a to-die armchair in "zebra" hide and a standing bar-in-a-trunk with a mega-croc finish. but now nailhead decorations are showing up on case pieces like chests and desks, too. But forget brass: at this market, it was shiny studs in brushed nickel that added special sparkle to many new pieces. Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.

A: It all depends on where you look in High Point, N.C., the largest home furnishings market on earth. Think of l0.5 million square feet of show space in 180 different buildings, where 2,000 manufacturers show their creations to some 80,000 buyers, designers and tastemakers who come from 110 countries twice a year.
That's a lot of looking. But amazingly enough, it is possible to sift through the huge market and come home with a fix on trends in colors and styles, who and what is new and hot for to-

Here's what we learned from four days of hard looking and three journals filled with notes: —Aqua is back. Never mind that Emerald Green is Pantone's Color of the Year; the color of the Spring Market is aqua by any name — turquoise or teal, robin's egg blue or even sea foam if you prefer.
In fact, blues of all hues were all over the market "for the first time in years," according to Charlie Coffey, VP of

Sales at Sherrill Furniture. Blue fell off the Color Preference charts nearly a dozen years ago, Coffey said, but it will make quite a splash this fall and beyond, once furniture shown at this spring's market arrives on dealers' floors. Also new — and into blue — is Aerin Lauder's debut on the home decorating scene ( Granddaughter of the cosmetics doyenne and dedicated to the idea that "every woman (and every thing) can be beautiful,"

—Nailheads. Yes, they've been
used to decorate upholstered furniture for centuries,

Aerin's spring collection was all about the blues, soft periwinkle, hydrangea and aqua, always touched with gold ("Gold is a neutral," she proclaims).

—Animal skins are still in, and climbing even further up the pop charts. Wherever we looked at the market, it was a jungle in there. Animal patterns were everywhere, from the leopard, zebra and tortoise Aerin Lauder previewed for her coming fall collections to the floor lamp John-Richard ( covered in zebra-striped suede. Designers loved hair-on hides, the shaggier the chic-er. Brazilian cowhide with leopard spots covered Pacific Green's "Kiribati" chair, held with leather ties following the construction method used by people indigenous to Fiji, where the award-winning Australian company ( sources its palmwood. Furniture Your Way (furnitureyour-

Aqua? Teal? Turquoise? Whatever the name on the color chart, it was the coming color at the Spring Furniture Market. Photo: Courtesy, C.R. Laine.


DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
44 Methuselah's father 45 American dramatist 47 Hideaway 48 Units of measure 50 Bean variety 52 Heavenly bodies 55 Malay gibbon 56 Cuckoo 57 Bristle 59 Celebratory speech 63 Token 65 Orchestra member 68 Wild goat 69 Kazan 70 Holdup 71 Singer James 72 U.S. illustrator 73 Took an oath 25 African ruminant 27 Sensationalism 28 It can be tall 29 Polish lancer 30 Faint glimmer 31 Reunion members 32 Giving the once-over 36 American sculptor 38 Western U.S. state 39 Pianist Peter 41 Flightless birds 46 Sister of Clio 49 Game show host 51 Incubates 52 Artificial gem 53 Eastern church member 54 Old hat 58 Hindu month 60 Once more 61 Storage building 62 Ivan or Nicholas 64 FDR's brainchild 66 Sr.'s bete noire 67 Nautical rope

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DEAR ABBY: I have a friend who I believe is having an affair. I have no concrete evidence, only a slew of circumstantial evidence such as odd work hours, blocks of mystery time set aside at night in his cellphone's day planner, and evading questions about texts from females. I have no idea how to approach him, or if I even should. I wouldn't know how to begin the conversation with him because I have no solid proof. I always considered him to be a decent individual, but in the back of my mind now I'm thinking, "He's cheating on his wife!" What makes me uneasy is that it's all based on my hunch. I'm usually pretty good with my hunches, though. Any words of wisdom would be welcome. -NICK IN NEW ENGLAND DEAR NICK: What are you doing going through your friend's cellphone day planner and reading his texts? He doesn't have to account to you for his time. For all you know the man may be in a 12-step program or a therapy group. If he wanted you to know what he's doing, he would tell you. Right now the "friendliest" thing you can do is mind your own business. ** DEAR ABBY: I have worked at my job almost 10 years. Most of the owners are nice, and the staff is great. I like my job most days. I had a really bad week recently. I felt like I couldn't do anything right. The week ended with a really angry text from my boss. He was right. I was in the wrong, and I apologized. He sent me another text, still angry, and my whole weekend was ruined by it. I kept thinking how mad he was, and how in a few days, I'd start my week in the doghouse. I can't figure out how not to take work home with me. Also, I can't help but think he was wrong using a text as a means of discussing the issue. I don't want to make him angrier. How do I confront this issue? -STILL UPSET IN OREGON DEAR STILL UPSET: It would have been much better management if your boss had talked with you face to face about what was wrong with your performance. By now, your boss should have cooled off, and I suggest that you have a private chat with him and say that if he has a bone to pick with you, you would prefer to hear it from his lips rather than have it communicated in a text, which was hurtful. ** DEAR ABBY: After my best friend of more than 20 years, I'll call him Tim, told me his wife had cheated on him, I confessed that I am in love with him. His response floored me. Tim announced that he has been in love with me all this time and can imagine growing old with only me. A friend told me I'm committing adultery with Tim because he is now in the process of leaving his cheating wife for me. Am I? We haven't been intimate, nor do we plan to sleep with each other until the divorce is final. I have loved Tim far longer than she has been in the picture, and I feel this is a chance for happiness that fate has offered us and we are meant to grow old together. Are we wrong to pursue a relationship? -- CONFLICTED IN CALIFORNIA DEAR CONFLICTED: If Tim has been in love with you all these years, he couldn't have had much of a marriage. His wife's infidelity was his "get out of jail" ticket and he took it. I don't know what your "friend's" definition of adultery is, but according to Webster's dictionary, you're not committing it. ** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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By Holiday Mathis

week 5/09 - 5/15
your relaxed mind. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). "Who cares?" can be a dismissive question or an earnest way to get to the heart of what you're doing, especially if what you're doing involves art or luxury or is categorically superfluous in nature. Ask who cares, and you'll get to the heart of the marketability, relevance and social usefulness of an endeavor. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). People tend to like people who are like them, and yet they need people with different strengths in order to make life work smoothly. A steady, responsible, reliable person will complement the dramatic mood you will find yourself in from time to time this week. Later, you'll return the favor by being the reasonable one. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Right now you're more spontaneous and emotional than usual, and your quick reactions will lead to happy coincidences and auspicious connections. Through June, commit to work, and approach it with determination — there's serious money to be made. July brings a chance to relax and have the kind of fun you've dreamed about. New relationships form as you pursue your unusual hobby in August. An effort to make your family stronger and better will be highly successful in September.

Solar Flare-Ups
Advancements in space technology have us more in tune with the solar dynamics than ever before. Exciting weather is predicted on the Taurus sun, which is entering a peak time for solar flares this week. Some speculate that communication systems will be affected on Earth. As though in response to this hubbub, Mercury slips into Gemini on the 15th, at the ready with assistance in all matters of negotiation, diplomacy, logistics and timing. ARIES (March 21-April 19). "Doing" is an active form of "being" — sometimes too active to be useful. Don't fall into the trap of doing too much this week. It could cause you to digress, and then you'll have to spend your precious time trying to undo what's been done. Thought of the week: Sometimes it's enough just to be there. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You believe that owning one or two high-quality items is much better than laying claim to a heap of junk. The problem is that expert sales forces have conspired to make some junk look like quality. In order to tell the difference, you may have to see things in a different context — i.e., out of the store. Keep your receipts. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are those who have stolen your heart like a thief and others to whom you have thoughtfully given yourself. This week it's better to be more guarded with your affections, choosing carefully whom to love. Where your love goes, your time follows. So don't throw your kisses. Plant them carefully. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Some uncomfortable feelings are just passing minor irritants that can be chalked up to life as usual. But persistent emotional discomfort warrants investigation. The reflective mood this week will encourage you to explore the message inside your feelings. Perhaps they are trying to tell you to move in a new direction. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Life is exciting enough. People don't have to do anything extra to make it more so. In fact, this week you would prefer they didn't. You value loyalty, closeness and the predictable comfort that comes from being around those who do what they say they're going to do. This allows you to fulfill your role without drama. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Like a concert violinist who spends a good deal of life practicing, you prefer to learn lessons in private and not in front of a packed auditorium. But life isn't like that. We learn the most from those mistakes that involve others. Don't try so hard to control your public image. You won't get it right every time — and that's natural. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Others may not know why different rooms give off different feelings, but you have a keen sense of ambiance, and you'll immediately sense what gives off good and bad vibes. You'll spend some of your week making this talent work for you, especially by favorably arranging the elements of your environment. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your emotions speak in a language you'd be wise to learn. You'll get practice this week. Note that you really can't help what does and doesn't make you happy. If you're unhappy, don't waste time denying this because you think you should be happy. Trust that there are reasons, and then get busy finding your "happy" again. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll be even more aware than usual of the give and take of relationships. This awareness won't cause conflict, though. Your wisdom is apparent in your decision not to take on certain issues. Sometimes when you back off and let others have their way, it shows not weakness but strength. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Strong-willed people often experience high levels of frustration as they come up against opposition to their goals. This week's frustration is a sign that you're capable of great things. When frustrated, make yourself comfortable. Aim to feel one step better, not 10 steps better. Solutions will come to


travEl and advEnturE

By Robert Selwitz Gritty, history-drenched Nuremberg will never be anyone's idea of a serene vacation spot. A mighty medieval commercial power that morphed into Adolf Hitler's favorite city, it was virtually obliterated during World War II. The city was a wealthy and prosperous trading center for centuries, an outstanding example of a place where the prime business was business. Much of that heritage, including most of the city walls (about 80 percent of the original three miles), was destroyed or badly damaged by bombing during World War II. Today, however, following massive reconstruction, much of Nuremberg's medieval past has been brought back to life. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the city was a vibrant center of art and culture as well as commerce. For a sense of that, a visit the Hauptmarkt (for centuries the central market square) is essential. Highlights include Our Lady's Church, which was erected between 1355 and 1358 on the site of the city's oldest synagogue and leveled following a 1349 pogrom. While only small parts
Germany's Rothenburg aub de Tauber provides an antidote to the history documented in Nuremberg. Photo courtesy of Barbara Selwitz.

tle, almost a millennium old. For centuries it was home to German emperors, including Frederick Barbarosa. Today it looks much as it did following its rebuilding following a major 15th-century fire. The castle and its role as Germany's medieval center greatly appealed to Hitler, who chose Nuremberg to be his philosophical center as a link to Germany's glorious past. The City Museum Fembohaus, a large Renaissance-era merchant's home that covers nearly a thousand years of Nuremberg history, will also intrigue history devotees. Another major attraction is the German National Museum, located close to the reconstructed southern medieval walls. It's home to one of the country's largest troves of crafts, archeo-

logical finds and paintings. Artists displayed include Cranach, Rembrandt, Holbein, Kirchner and Durer. The museum groups diverse works of art chronologically, giving the viewer a true sense of context. In many exhibition halls altarpieces, sculpture, pottery and paintings are grouped together, making for fascinating comparisons and perusal. The city also offers many ways to engage the palates of its visitors. Not to be missed are the bratwurst — finger-length sausages that can be enjoyed on a bun or on a plate with mounds of pungent sauerkraut. Lebkuchen are a kind of gingerbread laced with nuts, honey and spices that are delicious washed down with one of Nuremberg's signature brews. Continues on next page

of the church's original facade remain, a 1509 clock draws massive noontime crowds who get to watch a series of mechanical noblemen parade their allegiance to Emperor Karl IV. Across the square is the "beautiful fountain," a replica of an ornate 62-foot-tall golden tower

resembling a Gothic spire. Topped with statues of biblical and medieval heroes, the fountain is one of Nuremberg's favorite meeting places. A short walk away is the home of Albrect Durer. Born near Nuremberg in 1471, Durer lived in this half-timbered house from 1509 until 1527, the year before his death. The home features his living quarters as well as the studio where he created some of his worldfamous masterpieces. The house also contains original etchings and woodcuts, plus copies of some of his bestknown paintings. Though seriously damaged during the war, the home was repaired and converted into a museum in 1971. A self-guided tour with audio narration provides an excellent grasp of the life and works of one of Europe's greatest masters. Hovering above the city up a steep hill is the Kaiserburg cas-

The Nazi Documentation Center museum in Nuremberg, Germany, is a must-see for history buffs. Photo courtesy of Barbara Selwitz.

EvEryday ChEapskatE By Mary hunt

Continued from page 20... Of course, anyone who wants to know more about the worst of this city's history should visit the sprawling Nazi Documentation Center, which is a 20-minute tram ride from the Altstadt (old town). Here, on a site where Zeppelins were originally launched and landed, Albert Speer — Hitler's favorite architect — built factorylike structures as well as a parade ground that can accommodate at least 200,000 people. This is where the most famous Nazi mass rallies were staged, filmed for and televised to a nationwide audience. Deserted for a quarter of a century following World War II, the center now houses photographs, posters and rally films directed by Leni Riefenstahl and others. Almost everything focuses on the 1930s, the decade immediately preceding the war. Two hours or more can be spent roaming

the vast halls and walkways in an effort to understand the madness as well as the media savvy Hitler used so effectively to drive his nation to war. Following a path through the jaggedly designed site, visitors are able to trace Hitler's rise to power — from his failed 1923 Munich uprising and subsequent writing of "Mein Kampf" while imprisoned to his decision to take power legally rather than via revolution. Following his 1933 election as chancellor, thereby peacefully conquering German society, visitors see how he convinced the public that he was their savior. Also shown are the strategies he used to focus mass hate upon the supposed villains who brought Germany down during World War I. This is an extraordinary and highly disturbing walk through history — one most visitors will not easily forget. Not far from the Altstadt, at Schwurgerichtssaal 600, is the courthouse where,

in 1945 and 1946, the Nuremberg trials were held. Here, 24 leading Nazis were tried, and 19 were convicted. Today it is possible to visit courtroom 600 (if it is not in use) and also to see an exhibition detailing the history and impact of the trials. For a total change of pace, a good idea is a day trip to Rothenburg aub de Tauber, one of Europe's most wonderfully preserved smaller towns. Founded during the 12th century, Rothenburg is a festival of winding cobblestone streets, intriguing alleyways and impressive squares — a genuine step back in time. In the 17th century, the town's textiles were distributed throughout Europe. Rothenburg thrived for centuries turning wool from neighboring sheep into skillfully constructed garments and fabrics. But that all stopped in the 1630s, when the Protestant commercial enclave ended up on the wrong side of the Thirty Years' War. After a deadly siege and an inadvertent explosion that blew a giant hole in one wall, Catholic troops entered the city, and its commercial dominance was effectively ended. Fortunately, its medieval architecture was not destroyed, and today it's an amazing stage that reflects how life was lived some 400 years ago. Major sites within the town include the walls that one can still walk almost completely around. The Franziskanerkirche features an extraordinary Tilman Riemenschneider sculpture, and visitors can also see the surviving portion of the Gothic town hall and a newer Renaissance portion with Baroque arcades. Beyond strolling on one's own, a great way to experience Rothenburg is to take the night watchman's tour. Offered daily at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., it is definitely more evocative and fun at night. Dressed in period robes, the "night watchman" leads his throng through the darkened streets, telling tales of merchants and rogues, clergy and soldiers, and how Rothenburg lost much of its business but retained its architectural heritage.

Freezer Tricks, Not Freezer Burn

With food prices going up faster than you can get through one grocery shopping trip, it's more important to your wallet now than ever to prolong the life of your food. Unfortunately, freezing food doesn't always guarantee a tasty preservation, so I was thrilled to read Natalie's tip.

SHRINKING ICE CREAM. A cool tip to save your ice cream from freezer burn, especially if you buy in bulk, is to cut away the container as you scoop out your ice cream. As the level of ice cream decreases, cut the container just above what is left with scissors, secure the lid and put the ice cream back in the freezer. Placing the container upside down will also help to protect it from burn, and keeping the lid snug against the ice cream protects the taste and saves space. — Natalie, California MOP THE TUB. For anyone who has difficulty getting on their
hands and knees or stretching to scrub the bathtub and walls around it, use your kitchen mop. You get great leverage to apply pressure without killing your knees or straining your back. — Christine, Pennsylvania

KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE. My dream is to own a second
home in Sweden and to be able to purchase it without a long-term mortgage. I found a picture of my dream home and hung it where I will see it often during the day. This has "dreamwashed" my mind, so any time I am shopping and find a bargain on clothes, shoes, appliances, etc., I am immediately aware of my dream. Nine times out of 10, I leave the bargain alone. Not only has this added to my savings account, my home is getting less and less cluttered with all kinds of stuff that I really don't need. — Allison, Denmark

BURGER BREAD BUNS. I save the ends of my bread to use as hamburger buns. We never use a whole pack of buns before they go stale, and bread ends hold up better than the inside slices. The healthier the bread you buy, the healthier the bun. — Amy, California TAKE TWO, AND CALL ME WHEN THE STAIN'S GONE. To remove sweat stains from shirts, crush three aspirin in
a baggie or napkin. Place in a shallow bowl with 2 tablespoons of warm water. As you stir, the aspirin will dissolve and begin to make a paste-like substance. Spread this paste directly on the sweat stain. Let set for an hour, and then launder as usual. — Mary, Washington

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Part of the vast Kaiserburg Castle is the dominant structure in the old part of Nuremberg, Germany. Photo courtesy of Barbara Selwitz. Robert Selwitz is a freelance writer.

SPEEDY RIPENING. If you need bananas for a recipe — but they aren't quite ripe enough — you can speed up the process yourself. Take a somewhat ripe banana (bananas that are still green won't ripen with this method), and place it in a 300-degree oven. Bake for one hour. The bananas will come out with black peels and will be extremely hot. Place them in the refrigerator to cool for a few minutes for safe handling. Use as you would a ripe banana in any recipe. — Nadia, Nevada
Would you like to send a tip to Mary? You can email her at, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630. Include your first and last name and state. Mary Hunt is the founder of and author of 23 books, including her 2013 release "Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day."


Q: A friend of mine told me that I should

Downy Mildew

not plant impatiens in my window boxes this year because of some new plant disease. I always plant impatiens in these planters because I like them and they do really well. Please tell me I can plant them again.

cess into the leaf. Inside the plant the disease spreads quickly. It produces non-mobile spores that remain in the plant tissue.

A: Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I don't think you should plant impatiens again this year, but not necessarily because of the new disease. It is almost never a good idea to plant the same thing in the same spot year after year. Insect and disease organisms build up when you plant the same thing in the same spot every year, so eventually those organisms will wipe out your impatiens. The only way this won't occur is if you wash out and sterilize the containers and soil every year.
Your friend may have a point on the impatiens disease. Downy mildew has been noted in the U.S. since the 1940s and it infects many plant species. In 2004, several greenhouses producing Impatiens walleriana reported outbreaks of the disease. Skip ahead to 2011 when there were documented outbreaks of the disease in the landscapes of widespread regions such as the southern coast of California, the Chicago area, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and a total of 11 states. Then, in 2012, it was documented in 35 states. You can be sure it was found in many other places but wasn't reported. Impatiens walleriana and I. balsamina that are sold as balsam impatiens, double impatiens, garden balsam, garden impatiens, mini impatiens, rose balsam and native impatiens such as jewelweed are affected. New Guinea impatiens varieties (Impatiens hawkerii) and New Guinea hybrids such as Sunpatiens, Sonic and Super Sonic are not susceptible. The pathogen that is causing this outbreak is a variant of Plasmopara obducens, which is a fungus-like organism called a water mold. Water molds are very destructive organisms and include Pythium and Phytophthora diseases. One of the amazing features of water molds is that one of their two kinds of spores can swim. On the outside of a plant, in wet conditions, these spores swim across a plant leaf looking for pores that allow ac-

After 5 to 14 days, little tree like structures emerge out of the stomata (pores) on the bottom of the leaf. This downy looking growth shoots the mobile spores into the air to spread the disease. As the leaves fall off and the stems decay, the non-mobile spores are spread to the soil. All of the dead plant material has spores to spread the disease. The spores infect plants when the plants are wet, so don't water plants in the evening when the plants stay wet for a longer time. The temperature range of growth is between 59 and 73 degrees, so plants are more likely to be infected in spring and fall than during the hot, dry summer. In cool, wet weather the non-mobile spores in the soil produce the downy growth that shoots the mobile spores onto susceptible plants. If you plant impatiens in the same spot every year, you are putting susceptible plants back into position to be infected. Infected plants look slightly off color at first, turning pale green then yellow. Leaves curl downward and fall off. Plants are stunted and as the leaves fall off the stems rot and die. It is important to look at the bottom of leaves, as that is where the white downy fungal growth is evident when the temperature and moisture levels are proper. All possibly infected plant material should be disposed of in the garbage and not the compost pile. Fungicides protect the existing plant. New growth is susceptible and needs repeated spraying for protection. This is not an economical choice for homeowners. There is no chemical cure for infected plants. Since symptoms are not visible for 5 to 14 days after inoculation, it is easy to buy and move infected plants. This may be a good year to skip planting susceptible impatiens species. If you must have them, buy and plant them when the weather is warm and don't let the leaves get wet. Instead, you might want to try begonias, caladium, coleus, New Guinea impatiens and many other shade tolerant plants. Email questions to Jeff Rugg at

SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MAY 09, 2013 PAGE 23 EnErGy ExprEss By Marilynn prEston 'tWEEn 12 and 20 By dr. roBErt WallaCE

It’s Spring! Fit Your Bike to Your What Is Dating Violence? Body ... and Take a Joy Ride
It gives me the willies when I see some people riding their bikes, grinding out their precious knees. "Raise your seat!" I want to shout to them, and sometimes do, especially to the young ones, who like to pedal with their knees high and their pants low, spinning round and round, their legs never extending the way they should. Yes, biking can make you fit, but if you don't fit your bike, you're asking for trouble. You lose power, invite fatigue, and can end your ride feeling sore and achy without realizing why. This spring, besides cleaning up your bike — checking the brakes, the spokes, the cables — pay attention to the fit. To maximize your power and prevent muscle fatigue, you want a slight bend. Not too much; not too little. Also, be sure to (re)adjust your bike seat so it's level. You don't want that feeling of sliding forward or slipping back. And finally, you should be able to move the seat back and forth in relation to your seat post. Fine tune it, so that your weight is centered and the bottom of your kneecap is aligned over the ball of your foot.

DR. WALLACE: I've been dating a guy for over a year. There are times he is super wonderful, and then there are times when he is super horrible. My best friend knows this guy because he is her cousin, and she despises him. She keeps telling me to stop seeing him. She wants me to call the police and have him arrested for dating violence. She has been with us when he gets upset with me and calls me nasty and filthy names. I admit that I detest this type of behavior, but when he is nice, he is Mr. Wonderful.

THE HANDLEBARS. This adjustment allows you to ride easily and comfortably, without straining your wrists, back, shoulders or neck. You may have to experiment a bit until you get it right. As a general guideline, on a road bike, the top of the handlebars should be a little lower than the tip of the saddle — maybe 1 to 2 inches — if you want a more aerodynamic ride. If you're riding a mountain bike, lower the handlebars to 3 to 4 inches lower than the saddle to give you a lower center of gravity and a more stable ride. Mountain bikers often rise out of their seat to ride over bumps or logs on the path, and lower handlebars make it easier to balance and distribute your body weight over both wheels. If you're cruising around town and aren't looking for speed or high performance, you might prefer a more upright position, with the handlebars set to 1 to 2 inches higher than the seat. A lot depends on your riding style and level of aggression: Racers want to be aerodynamically correct; cruisers want to savor the scenery.

I don't really need your advice about my future with this guy because I plan to keep dating him and just hope he mellows out and becomes Mr. Wonderful all the time. But I am a bit confused, and I want to know what "dating violence" really means. —Nameless, Detroit, Mich. NAMELESS: Liz Claiborne has produced the booklet, "What You Need to Know About Dating Violence." She gives the reader an excellent explanation on what dating violence is. The following information was found in this booklet: Dating violence isn't an argument every once in a while, or a bad mood after a bad day. Dating violence (or relationship abuse) is a pattern of violent behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend. Abuse can cause injury and even death, but it doesn't have to be physical. It can include verbal and emotional abuse — constant insults, isolation from friends and family, name calling, controlling what someone wears — and it can also include sexual abuse. It can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter what race or religion they are, no matter what their level of education or economic background is. Dating violence also occurs in same-sex relationships. Dating violence is a crime and the violator could be arrested.

THE FRAME. You can always adjust the handlebars, the saddle,
the gears and the brakes. But the frame of the bike has to fit from the get-go. Too big or too small, and you're not going to ride safely or comfortably. To be sure you've got the right frame for your size, straddle the top tube, assuming it's a "man's" frame, with the tube running from the handlebar stem to the seat. With both feet flat on the ground, there should be about 1 to 2 inches of clearance between the top tube and your groin. Mountain bikes should have more space, about the width of your hand across your fingers. Mixte frames — the step-through kind — are more forgiving, but if you're uncertain, make a friend at your local bike shop.

THE SEAT. Check yours out, even if you've been riding the
same bike for ages. Ask someone to support you while you sit in the saddle. If you can place both feet flat on the ground, your seat is too low. Set it to a height that allows your leg to extend until it is almost straight when your foot is on the bottom pedal, at the lowest point.

THE STEM. Your stem length determines how far you have to bend at the waist and reach in order to properly hold the handlebars. Too much of a stretch creates strain; too little leaves you hunched and unable to breathe fully. Again, have someone steady you while you sit on your bike seat and hold the handlebars. If you have to fully extend and lock elbows to make contact, your stem is too long. Road vibration will pulsate through your locked arms and create strain in your neck and back.
Imagine your handlebars are piano keys. You want to be able to play them, with a bit of a shock-absorbing bend in your arm. If your stem is too long or too short, fix or replace it. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! FEMINIST SPIN?

DR. WALLACE: My parents are divorced, and I live with my mother. Whenever I see my father during custody visits, he is very negative, and I do not enjoy seeing him one bit. The last time I saw him, about two weeks ago, I told him that I was tired of him trying to stir up trouble, and that I was not going to see him any more. Last night, he called my mother and said that if I didn't see him, he was going to stop paying child support and would get his lawyer to start proceedings to gain custody of me. What should I do? I'm 17 years old. —Melanie, Lincoln, Neb. MELANIE: Chances of your father gaining custody of you are slim and none. If the support he pays is important to your mother and you, then I would continue to see him, but spend as little time as possible with him. Do not allow his negative attitude to affect you. Do your best to keep the conversation positive and pleasant.
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 COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM

“The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else.” —

Susan B. Anthony Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, wellbeing coach and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to

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thE savaGE truth on MonEy By tErry savaGE

Mother’s Day
All the flowers in corporate chains and box stores are imported. The cheap abundance of imported flowers not only has an impact on mom and pop florists and supermarkets but also makes it very hard for American growers to compete. One California grower complained, "We can't allow other countries to come in and impact our bottom line in the name of free trade. How can you compare foreign labor costs of $3 an hour compared with California's labor costs of $12 an hour?" There's a slim chance the Mother's Day flowers can contain up flowers bought for mom to 50 times the amount of pesticides were grown domestically. allowed on food. Try healthier (and California was the leading more fragrant) alternatives. provider of cut flowers in 2005, accounting for 73 disproportionately high stillpercent of domestic flower pro- birth rates and babies born with duction. congenital malformations. When workers try to organize "We can't compete with imunions to defend their interests, ports," a California nursery they are often fired, ridiculed or owner said. "Those flowers are harassed. loaded with pesticides that California growers can't even think In response to the horrendous about using." A survey on social and environmental costs Columbian flower plantations of cut flowers, green entreprefound that workers were exneurs like Gerald Prolman have posed to 127 different pestistepped up to the plate. His cides. One-fifth of the company, Organic Bouquet, is chemicals used in flower proone of the companies trying to duction in South America are establish a niche market for orrestricted or banned in the ganic flowers in the U.S. AnUnited States and Europe (such other green entrepreneur, Josh as DDT). Since there are very Dautoff, in Watsonville, Calif., few environmental laws in converted his parents' chemiSouth America, these chemicals cally reliant fields and greenwind up in drinking water, houses to organic. causing species decline as well as damaging human health. "It's ironic that people will pay more money for organic food Workers are often denied for their dinner plate because proper protection and become they are afraid of chemicals. sick after applying herbicides, But then they will buy convenfungicides and pesticides. Two- tionally grown flowers that are thirds of Colombian flower lacovered in chemicals for the borers (mostly women) suffer centerpiece of their dinner from impaired vision, respiratable. Those chemicals will tory and neurological problems, catch up with people, maybe not through their mouths but through the water and air." Organic florist Lynn Mehl of Good Old Days Florist in New Windsor, N.Y., had an epiphany recently when she discovered the thorny underside of the floral industry. "I did a little research on my (previous) products and found that roses alone, according to recent studies, can contain up to 50 times the amount of pesticides that are legally allowed on our food. I shop organic, I support fair wages, I cannot consciously continue with a business practice that is against all that I have supported for years!" "And would you believe," adds Mehl, "I am the only professional florist buying these flowers on the East Coast for resale?" Want to celebrate both Mom and Mother Earth this year? —Ask your local florist for organic flowers —Buy flowers from a local farm or grower directly —Give Mom a live plant from a local store or grower —Give Mom an edible bouquet of salad greens and flowers from a local farm —Buy Mom a flat of flowers and plant them in flowerbeds for her Shawn Dell Joyce is an awardwinning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at

The War Against Savers
There's no mystery about why the Fed wants to keep interest rates low. They say low interest rates will create economic growth, though there's not much evidence of that in recent years. Sure, low rates have helped the mortgage market, but they haven't triggered a boom in housing. And low rates haven't encouraged small businesses to borrow so they can expand and create jobs. The real reason the Fed needs to keep interest rates low is to help disguise the bill for interest on the ever-growing national debt. In 2012, it's estimated that the United States spent about $220 billion paying interest on our $16.7 trillion dollar national debt. In fact, interest on the national debt is the third largest category of government spending — after defense and social programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. And you can't "sequester" interest payments to those who buy our debt. But with 90-day T-bills yielding 0.06 percent, and two-year Treasuries paying 0.23 percent, and 10-year government IOUs at 1.7 percent, you can see how a slight increase in rates could quickly send the interest bill soaring. Those interest payments go to holders of debt ranging from grandma buying Treasury bills, to money funds, to foreigners who — according to the Treasury department — include China with $1.2 trillion of Treasury securities and Japan with $1.1 trillion. Even at today's low interest rates, they view U. S. Treasury securities as the safest and best place to park their reserves. And that's a good thing. Because if these investors grow wary of the future value of their wealth invested in dollars, the first thing they would do is demand higher interest rates to offset those fears. Few other alternatives, including gold and other foreign currencies, could serve as a repository for this global wealth. The United States government is the biggest beneficiary of low interest rates,... Continues on next page

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Continued from page 24... because it is the largest borrower. But turning to the other side of the coin, who is the biggest loser when the Fed keeps rates artificially low by purchasing $85 billion of securities with newly created credit every month? Savers are the big losers in this rigged game. And most domestic savers are seniors and those approaching retirement, who planned to live on the income generated by their savings. Today, that's simply not possible — unless they are willing to take on a lot more risk. Seniors are told that interest rates are low because inflation is low. And, indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index says that inflation is currently running at only 1.5 percent annually, as of March 2013. But if you put your money in the bank in a one-year CD, you'll earn only about 0.25 percent, according to That's the national average, and while you can search out higher rates, few FDICinsured, one-year deposits come close to matching inflation. The average five-year CD rate is only 0.79 percent. Even before taxes, this safe "chicken money" is a loser for seniors. And then there's the question of whether the measures of inflation actually reflect the kind of price pressures that seniors find themselves paying. Most seniors aren't interested in, or can't afford, the latest smartphones — which reflect the lowered cost of technology. But they find themselves paying more for uncovered medical expenses, including custodial care — costs that are rising far faster than 1.5 percent annually. Similarly, property taxes and state fees for everything from driver's licenses to picnic permits are rising faster than reported inflation, as states try to improve their budget crunch. Seniors on fixed incomes who

planned to supplement their retirement needs by using interest on their savings are now forced to dip into principal. Or else they must find riskier, higher-yielding investments. Or, as a last resort, they may turn to you, their children, for support. There's an old Wall Street saying: Don't fight the Fed. It's a recognition that the all-powerful central bank has ultimate control over the global $16-plus trillion marketplace for U.S. Treasury securities. After all, they can "print" the money — which is exactly what they've been doing for the past five years. All that money creation has kept interest rates low in recent years. And it looks like the Fed will continue that credit-creation trend as economic growth continues to disappoint. Yes, it's possible that restored economic growth will push rates higher in the future. And it's also possible that somewhere down the line the global markets will take a look at all that money creation and demand higher rates to compensate for the dilution in the value of the money — inflation. In the meantime, seniors and other savers must be careful about taking more risks — either by purchasing riskier securities or by extending maturities to capture higher rates. Remember the mantra of the chicken-money saver: "I'm not so concerned about the return ON my money, as I am about the return OF my money! 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?"

Mountain of Debt: st? ir F ff O y a P u o Y ld What Shou
Dear Carrie, I'm in my late-30s and trying to dig out from a mountain of debt (school loans, car loan, credit cards). What makes it so hard is that I have two young kids, and my money can only go so far. What should I pay off first? —A Reader Dear Reader, For many young families, debt is a fact of life. But that doesn't mean it has to control your life. Of course, with young kids, you have a lot of essential financial obligations. And it's quite natural to also want to provide a few extras so the kids can enjoy sports, special trips, birthday parties — all the things that make childhood special. Realistically, you may not be able to cover everything. But you can make it a lot easier on yourself and on your kids by not only prioritizing your debt payments, but also getting a handle on everyday expenses. Because, no matter how you look at it, paying off debt and budgeting wisely go hand in hand. bit of basic money management.

Start with your credit cards:
—List your credit cards and balances, from the highest interest card to the lowest. —Pay off the highest interest card first, paying more than the minimum each month if you can. —Continue to at least make minimum

gest making an automatic deposit to your savings account each month to create an emergency fund. With these payments automatically deducted from your checking account, you won't be tempted to spend the money on extras.

Take another look at your budget
Speaking of extras, you now need to take a realistic look at your overall expenses. Write down the essentials — mortgage payment or rent, utilities, food, health insurance, transportation, school costs, childcare, loan payments — anything that's absolutely necessary for you and your family. Now write down the nice-to-haves — movies, restaurants, new clothes, video games — all the things you'd like to provide but don't really need. Put real numbers next to these items to see how you currently spend, or perhaps overspend, your money. While it's not easy, you may have to cut back for a time in order to stay on top of debt.

Start by prioritizing your debt payments
Some debts work for you and some work against you. Debts like student loans and mortgages that are taken out for a benefit, for instance to create career opportunities or to purchase a potentially appreciating property, can work in your favor. They're usually lower interest and may have some tax advantages. With these debts, while you have to make your payments on time, you don't necessarily need to focus on paying them off quickly at your stage in life. In terms of your student loans, just be sure to make at least the minimum payment on each loan to keep the government at bay and protect your credit rating. High interest consumer debt like credit cards and car loans is another story. This is potentially costing you a bundle. So I'd focus on paying these off first with a

payments on the rest. —Work your way down until all the cards are paid off. Another way to approach multiple credit card debts is to consolidate them on a low interest card and pay the maximum that you can afford each month. But look at credit card consolidation offers closely. There are often fees involved. When you have the credit cards paid off, direct any extra money to your car payment. With that taken care of, consider increasing payments on your student loans, once again focusing on the higher interest loans first.

Get your kids involved
If you do need to cut back, don't apologize to your kids, enlist their help. Make a game out of finding the best deal in the grocery store or when buying clothes or toys. Have them save their allowance or gift money to contribute to the special things they want. Even young kids can learn valuable money lessons by making choices. Because that's the key to managing debt — making balanced choices so you can handle both your needs and your wants with the money you actually have to spend. Best of luck. Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(tm), is president of Charles Schwab Foundation and author of "It Pays to Talk." You can email Carrie at This column is no substitute for an individualized recommendation, tax, legal or personalized investment advice.

Put payments on automatic where you can
Once you have your debts outlined and prioritized, set up automatic bill pay wherever possible. It will help you make payments on time and keep you focused on paying down your debt. I'd also sug-




Tips on Kitchen Remodeling
Q: We are finally redoing the kitchen in our l898 house (after living here for nine years!) I am struggling with a "bewilderment of riches," to quote my husband. There are so many options. I can't make a decision. All I know for sure is that I don't want dark wood — the rest of the house is paneled in oak. Could you give me a few tips on current kitchen trends, mainly colors? A: "Trends" and "kitchen" really don't belong in the same sentence. You're about to spend a lot of money and endure a long spell of inconvenience during renovation, so don't even think about being "trendy." You want to make decisions you'll enjoy living with for many years, not something that comes and goes on the tide of what's trendy. Enough pedantry. Let's talk about the fun part of doing over a kitchen, such as choosing a style that suits your house, colors that suit you and conveniences that will make you love coming into your kitchen every morning. That's just what its owner says about the kitchen we show here. She worked with a professional kitchen designer — a good idea for you, too. A kitchen pro can banish your "bewilderment of riches," explain all your options and then order everything you desire and see it properly installed. (To find a certified kitchen designer in your area, go to the Kitchen and Bath Association ProSearch at


By Rose Bennett Gilbert
Most of the work is done by hand, including "distressing," that is, beating up cabinets with chains and awls to make them look time worn, worm eaten and loved. In fact, the same craftsperson does the work on every piece that's going into the same kitchen because "everyone has a signature style of distressing," Plain and Fancy sales manager Brian Yahn told reporters during a recent visit. Brian also passed along insider info on what's currently hot — we won't say "trendy" — with Plain and Fancy's customers. —White or light-colored cabinets with a darker center work island. In this kitchen, the homeowner was inspired by a piece of furniture she'd seen in Savannah and asked Plain and Fancy to match it. No problem: The color lab can match almost anything. "People have sent us fabric swatches, photos of antiques, even a toilet seat for color matching," Brian reported. —Brighter colors are coming back with the rising economy. "Colors get muted when a recession hits," he said. A good sign for the times: Emerald green is Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013. —Watch for new hardware that facilitates space-saving doors that slide open or lift (like the Delorean auto). Also, look for LED lights built into cabinets and drawers — a bright idea we didn't know we shouldn't be living without.
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.

A very personal kitchen is centered with an island painted a color the owner remembered from a trip to Savannah. —Photo courtesy Plain and Fancy Cabinetry. In this case, the homeowner teamed with a pro designer who works with one of the top custom cabinetry makers in the U.S., Plain and Fancy (, smack in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Acclaimed for its craftsmanship for the past 45 or so years, Plain and Fancy builds every door, drawer and cabinet to order in the vanishing point perspective of its 250,000-square-foot-Schaefferstown facility.








Big Idea in Today's Crowded World -Rose Bennett Gilbert

Think Small

Q: In an earlier column, you
mention a 325-square-foot apartment that's been built in a New York museum. As a single guy, I am very interested in small-space living. At the rate we're filling up the planet, it may soon be the only option. You said the furniture was "transformable." Can you show and tell me more?

A: There's nothing new about transformable — or doubleduty — furniture. Even before the planet began "filling up," people wrestled with the problem of how to make small spaces work better.
The l7th-century colonists had settle chairs with chests on the bottom and tops that flipped over to create a table. The l8thcentury added tables with drop leaves. And the 19th-century Victorians adored furniture that did "tricks," like the child's highchair on wheels that turned into a stroller. The early 20th gave us the mother of all transformables, the sofa bed that is actually comfortable enough to sleep in. And here we are in the 21st with even more good news: double-duty furniture that is actually good-looking, mostly thanks to the European taste for lean, clean contemporary styling. They love right angles and sleek surfaces and hate the very thought of "clutter," which includes frisky fabric designs, architectural embellishment like carvings and OMG! patterned wallpaper. If memory serves, however, the "brick" wall in the mico-studio apartment built inside the Museum of the City of New York is actually wallpaper. Adding a touch of the familiar was a smart move by architect Pierluigi Colombo, who designed

A little space can mean a lot thanks to clean, contemporary thinking and the innovative hardware that makes this 325-square-foot micro apartment livable. Photo: Courtesy Museum of the City of New York.
the room in collaboration with Clei, the Italian manufacturer (, and Resource Furniture ( Packing eight rooms into just 325 square feet makes every inch count, bringing to mind the old advertising slogan, "Better living through modern technology." Innovative new hardware powers the transformables: The bed folds down over the sofa without upsetting objects on the shelves. Doors slide sideways. Hassocks open to hidden storage. The bath has wall-hung fixtures (by Duravit), and there's a fully functioning kitchen. This tiny home may be no bigger than many closets, but claustrophobic it's not. Think beds of thorns and blood-red roses hung headdown over knife-like snake plants! Dark, foggy, ominous, the seven-room "Jack" display drew the longest line at last months' huge Philadelphia Flower Show ( for the U.N.-endorsed International Year of Snow and Ice. Vox Natuare also plans to install an iceberg from the glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon in Iceland as a huge and slowly melting sculpture in New York next year ( hold the memories of life ... where you've been ... who you loved (at that time) ... who your parents were," reminded Nate, who said he manages to work some 80 percent vintage furnishings into any design project. But he added a word of caution about collecting things: "Shopping for vintage is not a team sport ... especially with friends who have the same taste as you!"

Q: Keeping an Idea Notebook?

A: Some tidbits to jot down from the round of spring design shows: —Scary flower arrangements? Contradiction of terms? Not in the hands of Schaffer Designs of Philadelphia, who conjured Whitechapel, London, in l888, the days of Jack the Ripper.

—Centuries-old ice cubes? They were chipped
off a chunk of glacier flown into the Waldorf Hotel for the Explorers Club's annual dinner in March. The idea, explained Pall A. Davidsson of the NGO Vox Natuare — icepick in hand — is to warm up enthusiasm

—Submerged in collectibles? Relax, say
Margaret Russell, editor of Architectural Digest, and Nate Berkus, designer and TV personality. "The best interiors look curated," Margaret told an audience of designers at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week. "Things

Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.


kids talk aBout God By CarEy kinsolvinG

“I was honest once, and it felt really good. If you're not honest, you just look bad,” says Brittani, age 6.

Why Should You Be Honest?
I've never seen these words in people's eyes, Cody, but it's often the case that a shifty-eyed person is up to no good. At least, that's the way it is in western movies when the camera gets a close-up of the guys wearing the black hats. ness, reliability and candor; it expresses a disposition to live in the light." "You should be honest because it is good, and God likes it," says Colby, 7. Thank you, Colby, for your brevity and candor. In the Bible, honesty is not an abstract concept. It begins by being honest with God. He created us to live in an open, honest relationship with him. Remember what Adam and Eve did when they heard God walking in the garden after they sinned? They hid. "You should be an honest person always to God and Jesus," says Frances, 8. Hide from God, and you'll be exposed. Your mask of deceit will fail. Think about this: Determine to live honestly and openly before God and people. Memorize this truth: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Ask this question: If Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for telling and being the truth, what price are you willing to pay for being honest?.CONT/P/39

“Honesty is important because people have to trust you to be a friend,” says Natalie, 9. “You should be honest so people will always believe in you, no matter what,” adds Cecile, 8. A wise biblical proverb says, "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches" (Proverbs 22:1). Your name and reputation are all you have. Once they're gone, you're broke. Wise people resist the short-term gain of deceit because they know honesty pays big dividends.

"Sometimes when you lie, people ask questions about the lie, and then you have to lie again," says Ashley, 8.
You've heard of chain-smoking? Here, we have chain-lying. The chain-liar tells one lie to cover another. The mental energy alone to remember all the lies takes its toll.

"Honesty is telling the whole truth, even if it gets you into trouble," says
Matthew, 11. Jesus didn't promise us a rose garden in this world. He said, "In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Have you ever had a dishonest boss hint that if you told the truth about something, your job would be in jeopardy? If you're honest, get ready for tests.

"You should be honest because if you aren't, the guilt will tear you up inside," says Mallorie,
12. "You can tell if someone is honest because they are happier," adds Scott, 11. Peace of mind is one of honesty's many dividends, and it usually shows on a person's face. If someone is lying, "their face is kind of looking weird," says Emily, 6. Actually, the eyes tell the story, says Cody, 12: "If you look straight into someone's eyes, you can see the word 'liar' or 'honest person.'"

“An honest person has one of the most important virtues,” says
Matthew, 12. In "The Book of Virtues," author William Bennett defines honesty as "real, genuine, authentic and bona fide. To be dishonest is to be partly feigned, forged, fake or fictitious. Honesty expresses both self-respect and respect for others. Dishonesty fully respects neither oneself nor others. Honesty imbues lives with open-


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Don't Expect to Breeze Through 'Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen'

DEVELOPER: Capcom PUBLISHER: Capcom SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3) PRICE: $39.99 ESRB RATING: Mature REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars (out of 5) Last year, Capcom released an enjoyable and challenging Western-style action RPG called "Dragon's Dogma." Now an expansion titled "Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen" has been released that also includes

computer-controlled party members, returns in this expansion. Up to three Pawns can accompany the player's hero, and they are fully customizable. It's amusing and sometimes helpful to hear Pawns offer player advice on fighting tough bosses, but they can be very repetitive and sometimes don't follow their own advice.

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Thankfully, the combat found in this title is both intuitive and unpredictable. There are few, if any, enemies that are easy to defeat, and players always have to be aware of new enemies entering batREVIE W tle. This 5 star SCORING SY s can dra4 star = Must-Ha STEM s = Ve ve matically r y Go 3 star od s change the 2 star = Above A verag s = Ba course of e 1 star r combat and the = Don gain Bin 't Bot her make averoriginal game. Playage fights ers who are new to the series very difficult. as well as seasoned veteran can expect a difficult challenge Speaking of which, the final in this dark and scaly fantasy areas of this game are exrealm. tremely challenging and don't seem to ... err ... scale properly Warriors have been called with previous areas. It doesn't heartless since the dawn of help that Pawns can act helpful time, but the hero of this game one moment and detrimental has literally had his heart the next. Add a constant slew ripped out by a ferocious of immobilizing or poisonous dragon! After defeating the afflictions caused by enemies, evil threat in the original and the result may very well game, players are now tasked be a broken TV screen. with venturing below ground into the dismal dungeon known as Bitterback Isle to de- "Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen" has it's fair share of feat over 25 new types of eneflaws, but persistent players mies and discover new will be rewarded with the treasures. knowledge that they're a virtual dragon-slayer. The unusual Pawn system, COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM. which gives players access to


The El Paso Museum of Archaeology Presents

Sky Stories, Ancient and Modern
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:00 – 9:45 pm
Native American storyteller Alex Mares and astronomer Francisco Carreto-Parra join up in this program to interweave Native American stories and knowledge of the cosmos with astronomical knowledge from ancient people of many cultures and modern science. Local astronomers are providing telescopes for public viewing. Photography, filming and recording of this event is limited. The event is free to the public and suitable for adults and children of elementary school age and above. Each participant should bring a flashlight. Advance reservations required and limited to sixty people due to limited seating and parking. Detailed schedule and registration at 915-755-4332 or Location: El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, Texas 79924 Total Lunar Eclipse courtesy of Francisco Carreto-Parra tion of International Museum Day on May 18. The museum is free

and open to the public with extended hours until 10:00 pm for this day only. Note,
only those pre-registered can attend the Sky Stories program. This years theme is “Museums (memory + creativity) = social change.” It reflects the role of museums in displaying and protecting heritage while recognizing the inventiveness and vitality of all cultures.

International Museum Day
This program is presented in celebra-

Alex Mares speaking on grounds of El Paso Museum of Archaeology, courtesy of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology

y a D s k r a P o t s id K l a n io t Na
Who: City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department What: National Kids to Parks Day When: Saturday May 18, 2013(9am to 1pm) Where: McKelligon Canyon, 1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd
El Paso, Texas - The City of El Paso

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday May 18, 2013
youth and families to gain an appreciation for Parks and other natural resources as participants will hike, have bird watching opportunities and much more on their special trek on Kids to Parks Day at McKelligon Canyon.

Wildlife Department will host the 3rd annual National Kids to Parks Day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday May 18, 2013 at McKelligon Canyon Park, 1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd. The event is being promoted by the National Park Trust, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Nation Park

Service, and the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department to encourage children and families to visit a city, state or national park, improve health and fitness and connect to nature through outdoor activities. Kids to Parks Day will offer fun outdoor activities and opportunities for

Parks and Recreation Department, and Texas Parks &

Information – (915) 544-0753

El Paso, Texas (May 1, 2013) – The El Paso Zoo is excited to welcome 14-year-old LB, a California sea lion, to the Zoo family. LB is now on exhibit with his new companion, Sushi. He arrived at the Zoo on March 5 and has since been behind the scenes for the regular 30 day quarantine, getting to know his new exhibit and companion, and bonding with staff. “We really miss Sunny so we’re excited to see a male sea lion here. We’re glad LB and Sushi both have companions now and we’re looking forward to possibly having pups in the future,” said Area Supervisor Amanda Leverett. LB arrived in El Paso with two of his keepers from Gulf Word in Florida. His keepers worked with our staff to make sure that they knew all about him and that they learned all of his training commands- all of which are different than Sunny’s were. keepers are working to get him up to 600 pounds. LB came to the El Paso Zoo with a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program. The Zoo hopes to have success in breeding LB and Sushi to sire pups. “We’re very happy to have LB at our Zoo. He is a wonderful addition and we’re excited for the opportunity to have a big male sea lion back at the zoo”, said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. Sushi, also 14 years old, has been getting to know her new companion and was excited to welcome him. Sushi has been striving to get LB’s attention by twirling, spinning and swimming rapidly by him in an attempt to get him to chase her. Keepers say it’s very entertaining to observe their dynamic. Sushi will continue with the daily sea lion presentations at this time. LB will be off exhibit during presentations. Daily presentations take place daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket booth closes at 4 p.m. Extended hours on weekends, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, ticket booth closes at 5 p.m. Zoo closes at 6 p.m. Admission prices are $6 for 3– 12 yrs.; $10 for 13–59 yrs.; $7.50 for 60 yrs. & older; children 2 and under are free; active military and spouse with I.D. $7.50.


May Events at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Memorial Day Celebration
May 27, 2013
Join us on May 27, 2013, for an exciting Memorial Day Celebration! Activities include Space Bingo, Rocket Art Walk, Paper Rockets, Bubble Pool, Mini Tribbles and Moon Sand Design. All events are included free with paid museum admission. Summer Pass is Now Available! The 2013 U.S. Space & Rocket Center Summer Passes are now on sale! Summer Passes are valid Sunday – Thursday from May 25, 2013, through September 3, 2013. (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend) •Summer Pass cannot be combined with any other discounts. •Summer Pass includes:
 ◦1 adult, 2 children for $40. ◦Children under 6 are admitted free. ◦Includes free entrance to the museum and Wednesday children’s workshops (held right after the free movie) ◦You may add additional people to the pass for $10 per person •Summer Pass holders may upgrade to the Pathfinder Family Membership for the remaining $60 any time prior to Labor Day. Visitors must ask for the Summer Pass at the ticket desk. They are not available online.

Keepers learned quickly that LB is very strong-willed, eager to participate in training and that he’s always hungry. LB’s diet currently includes 38 pounds of fish- the equivalent to over 15,000 calories a day. At his quarantine exam, he weighed in at 537 pounds and


Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During Warm Weather
As we prepare to kick off summer this Memorial Day weekend, The Humane Society of the United States reminds everyone to keep pets safe during the warm months ahead. “Summer is the perfect time to enjoy being with your pets,” said KC Theisen, director of pet care issues at The Humane Society of the United States. “But it’s important to keep your pets’ ID tags current in case they get lost, and beware of dangers associated with the warm weather, like hot pavement, hot cars and garden chemicals. With just a few extra precautions, you and your four-legged family members can have a happy and safe sun-filled season.” The HSUS offers a few tips to keep your pets safe and healthy during summer: cracked open, can reach 102 degrees within just 10 minutes, and after 30 minutes the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour. • Your four-legged friend needs exercise too. However, exercising in the summer heat can be just as uncomfortable for your pet as it is for

Safer summer outings
• While Fido may leap at the opportunity for a joy ride, leaving any pet—dog, cat, rabbit, etc.— alone in a parked car during warm weather can be deadly. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows

hind – if conditions aren’t safe for you, they are not safe for your pets. Visit for tips on disaster preparedness. •Sunburn is a hazard for pets who spend time outdoors. Use a pet-safe sunscreen to protect your pet from the sun’s harming rays, which can cause skin cancer especially of the ears and nose.

Avoid losing your pets:
•Check that your pet’s ID tags and microchip information are current, and that their collar is secure. Tags and microchips are life preservers in the event you lose a pet, and will allow whoever finds your pet to notify you quickly. • Keep your feline friends safe and content indoors by providing them with cat grass and window perches that bring the great outdoors inside. Or consider screening in a porch or outdoor patio where you can allow your kitty some safe outdoor time. Also, cats can be trained to “walk” on a harness (never just use a collar and leash or tie your cat out), allowing you both to enjoy a little more leisure time in the yard. • Common summer noises like fireworks and thunder may startle pets. For many animal shelters, the day after a town fireworks display is one of the busiest days of the year, as family pets become lost fleeing the sounds. Before a storm or fireworks display, bring your pet indoors or put him/her on a leash or secure tether. For more pet health and safety tips visit

you. Take your walks in the early mornings or late evening, not in the heat of midday, and remember that hot pavement can burn the pads of your pet’s paws. • Keep your pet inside moving cars whenever you travel. A carrier is the safest place for your cat. Letting your dog travel with his or her head outside the open car window is dangerous—flying particles and debris can cause eye damage, and some pets have actually fallen out of moving vehicles. And dogs should never ride unsecured in the back of pickup trucks, regardless of how slow you are moving.

Environmental Hazards
• Heartworms, ticks and fleas are more of a problem in warmer months and can cause serious health problems. Contact your veterinarian about products that will keep your pet healthy and parasite free. • Avoid using cocoa mulch, pesticides, fertilizers and other gardening products that can pose hazards to pets, and encourage your neighbors to do the same. • Summertime can also bring major weather events like hurricanes and tornados. Remember, never leave your pets be-


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Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall

Premiere Cinemas
6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for Friday May 10th
*AFTERSHOCK (R) | 10:45 am | 1:25 pm | 4:05 pm | 6:45 pm | 9:25 pm *2D ESCAPE FROM PLANET EAR (PG) | 10:30 am | 1:05 pm | 3:40 pm *3D ESCAPE FROM PLANET EAR (PG) | 6:15 pm | 8:50 pm *EVIL DEAD (R) | 10:40 am | 1:20 pm | 3:55 pm | 6:30 pm | 9:05 pm *2D GI JOE: RETALIATION (PG-13) | 10:30 am | 1:25 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:15 pm | 10:10 pm *3D GI JOE: RETALIATION (PG-13) | 10:45 am | 1:40 pm | 4:35 pm | 7:30 pm | 10:25 pm *IDENTITY THIEF (R) 12:30 pm | 3:30 pm | 6:30 pm | 9:30 pm *2D IRON MAN 3 (PG-13)10:40 am | 12:30 pm | 1:50 pm | 5:00 pm 7:00 pm | 8:15 pm *3D IRON MAN 3 (PG-13) | 10:30 am | 11:00 am | 1:30 pm | 2:10 pm | 3:50 pm | 4:30 pm | 5:20 pm | 7:30 pm | 8:35 pm | 10:00 pm | 10:30 pm *3D D-BOX IRON MAN 3 (PG-13) | 10:30 am | 1:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:30 pm | 10:30 pm *3D JURASSIC PARK (PG-13) | 12:40 pm | 3:50 pm | 7:00 pm | 10:10 pm *MUD (PG-13)11:45 am | 3:00 pm | 6:15 pm | 9:30 pm *OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (R) | 10:35 am | 1:35 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:35 pm *TEMPTATION (PG-13) | 10:30 am | 1:15 pm | 4:10 pm | 7:05 pm | 10:00 pm *THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (R) | 11:40 am | 3:05 pm | 6:30 pm | 9:55 pm * -- denotes Pass Restricted features

Schedule good for Friday May 10th
The Great GatsbyPG-13 142 Mins11:00am | 12:00pm | 2:30pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm | 7:00pm | 9:30pm | 10:15pm Digital Cinema 10:00am | 1:30pm | 5:00pm | 8:30pm Pain & GainR120 Mins Digital Cinema 10:00am | 1:05pm | 4:10pm | 7:15pm | 10:20pm Tyler Perry Presents We the PeeplesPG-1395 MinsDigital Cinema 10:10am | 1:10pm | 4:10pm | 7:10pm | 10:10pm Cinco de Mayo, La BatallaR125 Mins Digital Cinema 10:05am | 1:05pm | 4:05pm | 7:05pm | 10:05pm The Big Wedding R90 MinsDigital Cinema 10:30am | 1:30pm | 4:30p|7:30pm | 10:30pm Filly BrownR99 Mins Digital Cinema 9:45pm OblivionPG-13125 Mins Digital Cinema 10:15am | 1:15pm | 4:15pm | 7:15pm | 10:15pm 42PG-13128 Mins Digital Cinema 10:05am | 1:10pm | 4:15pm | 7:20pm | 10:25pm The Company You Keep R125 MinsDigital Cinema 10:35am | 1:35pm | 4:35pm | 7:35pm DisconnectR115 Mins Digital Cinema 10:25am | 1:25pm | 4:25pm | 7:25pm | 10:25pm Scary Movie 5PG-1385 MinsDigital Cinema 10:35pm Everybody Has a Plan R118 MinsDigital Cinema 10:20am | 1:20pm | 4:20p| 7:20pm | 10:20pm The CroodsPG91 Mins 10:00am | 4:00pm | 10:00pmDigital Cinema 1:00pm | 7:00pm Oz the Great and Powerful 2:45pm 11:30am | 6:15pm

Schedule good for 5/10
42 (PG13)12:00 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 10:00 BIG WEDDING, THE (R) 11:30 | 1:50 | 4:10 | 7:00 | 9:20 | 11:40 G.I. JOE:RETALIATION 2D (PG13) 11:00 | 2:00 | 11:45 GREAT GATSBY,THE 2D (PG13)11:00 | 2:15 | 5:30 | 9:00 | 12:15am GREAT GATSBY,THE 3D (PG13)10:00 | 1:15 | 4:30 | 7:45 | 11:00 IRON MAN 3: 2D (PG13) 10:15 | 11:00 | 12:30 | 2:00 | 4:00 | 5:15 | 7:15 | 8:30 | 10:30 | 11:45 IRON MAN 3: 3D (PG13) 10:00 | 11:30 | 1:15 | 2:45 | 4:30 | 6:00 | 7:45 | 9:15 | 11:00 OBLIVION (PG13) 11:00 | 12:30 | 2:00 | 3:30 | 5:00 | 7:10 | 8:00 | 10:10 | 12:00am OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (R)5:15 | 8:30 PAIN AND GAIN (R) 11:00 | 1:15 | 2:00 | 4:15 | 5:00 | 7:15 | 8:00 | 10:15 | 12:00am T.P. WE THE PEEPLES (PG13)11:00 | 1:25 | 4:00 | 7:15 | 10:00 | 12:10am THE CROODS 2D (PG) 11:30 | 12:30 | 2:00 | 4:00 | 5:00 | 7:15 | 7:45 | 10:15 | 10:30

West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10

Schedule good for Friday May 10th
The Great Gatsby PG-13142 Mins 9:00am | 11:25am | 12:25pm | 3:20pm | 4:05pm | 7:15pm | 8:00pm | 10:50pmDigital Cinema 10:25am | 2:20pm | 6:15pm | 10:05pm Iron Man 3PG-13130 Mins 9:05am | 12:15pm | 3:35p |7:00pm | 10:25pm 9:30am | 11:20am | 12:50pm | 2:40pm | 4:10pm | 6:00pm | 7:30pm | 9:15pm | 10:50pmDigital Cinema 10:00am | 10:30am | 1:15pm | 1:50pm | 4:30pm | 6:30pm | 8:10p| 9:45pm | 11:15pm Pain & GainR120 Mins Digital Cinema 9:50am | 1:05pm | 4:20pm | 7:40pm | 10:55pm Tyler Perry Presents We the PeeplesPG1395 Mins Digital Cinema 11:15am | 2:10pm | 5:00pm | 7:50pm | 10:40pm The Big Wedding R90 MinsDigital Cinema 9:10am | 11:40am | 2:20pm | 4:50p|7:20pm| 9:55pm OblivionPG-13125 Mins Digital Cinema 9:15am | 12:30pm | 3:30pm | 6:45pm | 10:00pm 42 PG-13128 Mins Digital Cinema 9:25am | 12:35pm | 4:00pm | 7:10pm | 10:15pm The Place Beyond the PinesR140 Mins Digital Cinema 9:00pm The Croods PG91 Mins 2:05pm Digital Cinema 11:25am | 6:10pm


Runtime 125 min MPAA Rating R for language. Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling Genre Drama Synopsis Jim Grant is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant's world is turned upside down,when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name. Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant's past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country. As Grant reopens old wounds and reconnects with former members of his antiwar group, the Weather Underground, Shepard realizes something about this man is just not adding up. With the FBI closing in, Shepard uncovers the shocking secrets Grant has been keeping for the past three decades. As Grant and Shepard come face to face in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they each must come to terms with who they really are.


I-10 & Lee Trevino

Schedule good for 5/10 - 5/16
21 AND OVER (R) 4:45p | 9:45p A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (R) 5:00p | 10:00p ADMISSION (PG-13) 11:20a | 2:00p | 4:35p | 7:05p | 9:30p DARK SKIES (PG-13) 11:10a | 1:25p | 3:40p | 6:30p | 8:50p 2D HANSEL AND GRETELWITCH HUNTERS (R) | 12:10p | 4:50p | 9:15p 3D HANSEL AND GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS (R) | 2:40p | 7:00p 2D JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) | 11:30a | 2:05p | 4:40p | 7:15p | 9:50p 3D JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) | 11:00a | 1:35p | 4:10p | 6:45p | 9:20p 3D MONSTERS INC. (G) 11:25a | 1:45p | 4:00p | 6:40p | 9:00p 2D RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) 4:15p | 9:05p SIDE EFFECTS (R) 11:50a | 2:20p | 7:20p SNITCH (PG-13) 11:15a | 1:50p | 4:20p | 6:55p | 9:35p THE HOST (PG-13) 11:00a | 1:40p | 4:25p | 7:10p | 9:55p THE INCREDIBLE BURTWONDERSTONE (PG-13) | 11:40a | 2:30p | 7:35p WARM BODIES (PG-13) | 11:35a | 2:25p | 4:55p | 7:25p | 9:40p 2D WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) | 11:05a | 1:30p | 6:35p

Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa

Schedule good for Friday May 10th
The Great Gatsby PG-13142 Mins 11:00am | 12:10pm 2:25pm | 3:35pm | 5:50pm | 7:00pm | 9:15pm | 10:25pm Digital Cinema 10:00am | 1:20pm 4:45pm | 8:10pm | 11:35pm Iron Man 3 PG-13 130 Mins10:15am | 1:25pm | 4:35pm | 7:55pm | 11:10pm 11:05am | 11:35am 12:30pm | 1:55pm 2:20pm | 2:50pm | 3:40pm | 5:35pm | 6:05pm | 6:55pm | 8:30pm | 8:50pm | 9:20pm | 10:10pm Digital Cinema 10:40am | 12:00pm 1:00pm | 3:15pm | 4:10pm | 5:10pm | 6:30pm | 7:25pm | 9:45pm | 10:40pm 11:45pm Pain & Gain R120 MinsDigital Cinema 12:50pm | 4:00pm | 7:10pm | 10:30pm Tyler Perry Presents We the PeeplesPG-1395 MinsDigital Cinema 10:20am | 11:40am 1:00pm | 2:15pm | 3:45pm | 5:00pm | 6:20pm | 7:40pm | 9:00pm | 10:20pm 11:40pm The Big Wedding R90 MinsDigital Cinema 11:30am | 2:10pm | 4:50pm | 7:15pm | 9:50pm MudPG-13130 Mins Digital Cinema 12:40pm | 3:55pm 7:05pm | 10:15pm OblivionPG-13125 MinsDigital Cinema 10:30am | 1:30pm 4:30pm | 7:35pm | 10:35pm 42 PG-13128 Mins Digital Cinema 10:30am | 1:35pm 4:40pm | 7:45pm | 10:45pm Scary Movie 5 PG-1385 Mins Digital Cinema 12:15pm | 2:40pm 5:05pm | 7:30pm | 9:55pm Evil DeadR91 Mins Digital Cinema 11:10am | 4:25pm 10:05pm G.I. Joe: RetaliationPG-13110 Mins Digital Cinema 1:40pm | 7:20pm The CroodsPG91 Mins3:50pm | 9:30pmDigital Cinema 10:25am | 1:10pm | 6:40pm


2200 N. Yarbrough

Schedule good for 5 /10 - 5 /16 21 & OVER (R) 5:00 pm | 7:45 pm | 10:00 pm 2D JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) | 4:20 pm | 6:45 pm | 9:10 pm 2D LIFE OF PI (PG)4:15 pm | 9:45 pm 3D LIFE OF PI (PG)7:00 pm SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (R) | 4:25 pm | 7:05 pm | 9:40 pm SNITCH (PG-13) 4:35 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:35 pm THE HOST (PG-13) | 4:30 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:50 pm 2D WRECK IT RALPH (PG) | 4:25 pm | 6:55 pm | 9:20 pm

TIMES FOR MAY 10 - MAY 16 THE GREAT GATSBY IN 3D (PG13) Fri. 12:00 3:25 6:50 IRON MAN 3 (PG13) Fri. 12:45 1:00 1:30 3:45 4:00 4:30 6:45 9:50; Sat.-Sun. 11:30 3:25 6:50 9:50; Mon.-Tue. 12:00 3:25 7:00 7:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 12:45; Sat. 12:15 12:30 1:30 3:45 4:00 6:50 9:50 4:30 6:45 7:00 7:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 12:45; Sun. 12:15 12:30 1:30 3:45 4:00 4:30 6:45 7:00 7:30 9:45 10:00 10:30; Mon.-Tue. 12:45 THE GREAT GATSBY (PG13) Fri. 12:35 3:50 7:15 10:20; 1:00 1:30 3:45 4:00 4:30 6:45 7:00 7:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 Sat.-Sun. 12:05 3:50 7:15 10:20; Mon.-Tue. 12:35 3:50 7:15 IRON MAN 3 3D (PG13) Fri. 12:30 3:30 6:30 9:30 12:30; 10:20 PEEPLES (PG13) Fri. 12:05 12:40 2:25 3:00 4:45 5:20 7:05 Sat. 12:00 3:30 6:30 9:30 12:30; Sun. 12:00 3:30 6:30 9:30; 7:40 9:25 10:05 12:05 12:35; Sat. 11:35 12:10 2:25 3:00 4:45 Mon.-Tue. 12:30 3:30 6:30 9:30 OBLIVION (PG13) Fri. 4:25 7:35 10:25; Sat.-Sun. 1:40 4:25 5:20 7:05 7:40 9:25 10:05 12:05 12:35; Sun. 11:35 12:10 2:25 7:35 10:25; Mon.-Tue. 4:25 7:35 10:25 3:00 4:45 5:20 7:05 7:40 9:25 10:05; Mon.-Tue. 12:05 12:40 THE CROODS (PG) Fri. 1:40 PM; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 AM; Mon.2:25 3:00 4:45 5:20 7:05 7:40 9:25 10:05 PAIN & GAIN (R) Fri.-Tue. 1:20 4:15 7:10 10:10 Tue. 1:40 PM


Out & About
NORTHEAST/ CENTRAL ‘The Temperamentals’ — El Paso Playhouse,
2501 Montana, presents John Marans’s play about the founding of the Mattachine Society through May 11. Directed by Ivan Sandlin. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID; $5 students under 18).

Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from May 9th - 16th, 2013
If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to:

El Paso CCDA —
The local chapter of the Christian Community Development Association will host “Who is my neighbor? A Christian conversation engaging immigration” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Matthew Soerens, co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger,” will guide the conversation on immigration from a Biblical perspective. Lunch and childcare provided. Admission is free, but registration requested at The CCDA which is a national Christian organization working in the areas of justice and community development. Information:

Jerrod Niemann —
The free monthly “Let Freedom

Concert Choir led by Ron Gillis, EPCC Jazz Ensembles led by Mike Middleton and EPCC Orchestra led by Christopher Noel. Master of Ceremonies is Ruben Gutierrez. Admission: $3. Information:

MISSION VALLEY ‘We Are Family’ —
Coronado High School dance company presents their annual spring production at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 584-3549.

seum, featuring Mariachi Toritos. This year’s show features songs ranging from traditional to mariachi covers of pop hits. Tickets: $15 to $25. Information: 820-2952 or

EASTSIDE Loma Verde 5K —
Loma Verde Elementary hosts its 5K run and 2K run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at 12150 Ted Houghton. Registration: $20 ($25 on race day). Teams of 10 or more $15 per runner by May 3. Registration Up and Running, 1475 George Dieter or online at Packet pickup is Friday, May 10, and late registration and packet pickup is 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the school. First 200 runners receive tshirt, refreshments for all participants at end of race. Trophies for top three male and female runners in the 5K and for largest team. Medals for top three male and female runners in each age category.

Theatre presents the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical about the life of Evita Peron through May 12.

Information: 532-1317, “Temperamentals” was a 1950s code word for homosexuals. This is the story of two gay lovers who founded the first gay support group in the pre-Stonewall era. Based on true events. For mature audiences (not suitable for under age 18).

Juan Gabriel Tribute — La Tierra Cafe, 1731
Montana, continues its season of Café Dinner Shows with Next Best Thing to Real’s Juan Gabriel tribute at 8 p.m. Satur-

Sing” summer concert series kicks off with country singer Jerrod Niemann at 7 p.m. Saturday,May 11, at Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing’s event lawn, with special guest Overton Road. The public is welcome; early arrival is encouraged. Information: 5645311 or

Strings and Rhythms of El Paso — EPCC Spring Arts
Festival host the music and dance event at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Bel Air Theater, 731 N. Yarbrough, with guitarists and dancers paying tribute to music guitar professor Aquiles Valdez. Admission: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Advance tickets available through EPCC at 383-0487. Guitar performs include: Armin Harrison, classic rock; Glen Leffler and John Winston, bluegrass; Carlos Benitez, Mexican folklore; Gustavo Reza and Luis Chavez, flamenco; and Clarence Cooper, Latin folklore. Also performing is Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte.

Voice Recital — Tobin
Park United Methodist Church, 9410 Roanoke, hosts an afternoon of Sacred and Spanish songs with soprano Carmen Diaz Walker and soprano Elvira Spector, 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The duo presents selections from their newly released CD, “Songs of Hope and Praise,” available for purchase at the event. Admission is free; donations accepted. Information: 755-7146.

Mother’s Day Weekend Festival Show & Sale — The
8th annual antique, collectibles, art and Western memorabilia show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 11-12, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama, with more than 180 tables with antique firearms, coins, gems, jewelry, antique toys, military, sports, and western memorabilia, comics, artwork, furniture and more. Food concession and beer and wine bar open both days. Admission: $3 ($2 active military with ID). Information: 443-0824 or

Knights 5K4PK —
The competitive 5K Run and fun walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2012, at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino. The event is in remembrance of Danny Pecquet to benefit Rio Grande Cancer Foundation. Registration: $20 ($15 per member for teams of 10 or more). Race day registration: $25. Information: 881-4590. Online registration through May 9 at Trophy for overall male and female runner in 5K and for largest team; medals to top three male and female runners in each age category.

‘Mariachis for Mom’ — El Paso Youth
Symphony Orchestra’s 6th annual celebration of Mother’s Day 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the El Paso County Coli-

EPCC Musical Showcase — The El Paso
day, May 11. 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 in advance; $36 at the door; includes dinner, tax and show. Information: 533-8890 or Community College Music Department presents its spring performance 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Transmountain Campus Forum, 9570 Gateway North, featuring Mariachi Real de El Paso, Mariachi Aguileones, Northwest Early College Chamber Choir led by Anji Morgan-Thornton, EPCC

Tickets: $33-$45 Friday and Saturday; $30-$40 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday dinner matinees; $16-$26 non-dinner matinees. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday non-dinner matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28 and May 5. Tickets: $45 Friday and Saturday; $40 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday dinner matinees; $26 non-dinner matinees ($2 discount for all tickets for UTEP faculty/staff/ alumni association members; group of 20 or more; ages 4-12; non UTEP-students, military; $10 discount for UTEP students). Information: 747-6060. Featuring the memorable classic “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” the story follows the life of poor Argentine girl who becomes the First Lady of Argentina. She was celebrated as a hero among the people as the voice of the poor and working class until her untimely death. Continues on next page



EPSYOs Season Finale — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras’ season finale concert benefiting El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s new Tocando community music project is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $12 ($7 students, seniors and military; free for age 2 and younger). Information: 525-8978 or All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Tocando project, launching this coming fall at Hart Elementary School in partnership with the EPISD. Concert admission is free for those who bring a new or used or-

chestra or band instrument to donate for the Tocando project.


Low Luster League EP release
— El Paso-based band Low Luster League celebrates the release of its latest 5-song EP with 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Lowbrow Palace, with special guests Patterns

Alfresco! Fridays — Progreción Norteño (norteño)
performs at the 11th season of free outdoor weekly concerts at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). Presented by the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers and the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0665 or

of Light, The Rate Individuals and Astro Dudes. Admission is free;
ages 18 and older welcome. Information:


Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. Age 18 and older welcome, unless listed otherwise. Advance tickets at Happy House, All That Music, Pizza Joint, the Headstand and online. Tickets for some shows may be Tickets are regularly $3 more for ages 1820. Information: 356-0966 or

• Bleached — The pop punk band performs Saturday,

May 11. Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. All shows are all-ages
(16 and older), unless listed otherwise. Information: 3519909 or Tickets for most shows available at All That Music, Bowie Feathers, Maria’s Closet, Eloise and online at • DJ Shadow — The urban deejay performs Saturday, May 11, as part of his “All Basses Covered” Tour. Tickets: $22.50.


SOUTHERN NEW MExICO ‘A Celtic Circle’ — Mesilla Valley Teen Singers
will present their spring concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, at University Presbyterian Church, 2010 Wisconsin, in Las Cruces, with a wide variety of music with Irish and Scottish origins, from jigs to ballads and folk-lore. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Information: Directed by Terry Kay Gilbert, Mesilla Valley Teen Singers is a community choir made up of almost 50 teens from schools throughout the area as well as home-schooled students.

‘The Shadow Box’ — Las Cruces High School
presents the 1977 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Michael Cristofer at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 9-11, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10 ($5 students). Information/reservations (575) 523-1223. Continues on page 50


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hours in three separate vacation cabins on the grounds of a large hospital. Three patients, Joe, Brian and Felicity, are living with their families. They have reached the end of their treatment and have agreed to be part of a psychological scheme where they live within the hospital grounds and have interviews with a psychiatrist.

2013 AspenCash Motorcycle Rally — The
16th annual trade show and motorcycle rally is Thursday through Sunday, May 16-19, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. Information: 1-800-452-8045 or The trade show is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Live music Friday and Saturday. Admission: $8 (cash only). Half-day poker runs begin at noon Thursday through Saturday. Pre-registration is $21 (by May 1); $26 at the gate. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Fee includes one run sheet, pin (while supplies last) and 4-day trade show pass. CMA non-denominational church services are at 9 a.m. daily; call for Sunday time.

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Las Cruces Country Music Festival —
The City of Las Cruces hosts the Downtown festival at 6 p.m. May 17-18, on historic Main Street. Gates open at 5 p.m. in La Placita at Las Cruces Avenue. No dogs, strollers or outside food and drink allowed. Tickets: $20 in advance nightly; $25 at the gate (Double shot tickets for both nights are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate opening night). Information: (575) 522-1232 or Performers: • Friday, May 17: Little Texas, Chase Yaklin and Greg Bates • Saturday, May 18: Darryl Worley, Bri Bagwell and Craig Campbell A meet and greet with available artists is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Rio Grande Theater. All performers will sign autographs at 9:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Downtown Mall. A songwriting workshop with Tommy Lee James and Chase Yaklin is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. An acoustic brunch is 11 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with “unplugged” performances at 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Western Fashion Show at noon between concerts. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the gate. Weekend passes are $50 in advance; $60 at the door (includes Downtown concerts and brunch). VIP classes (includes all events) are $150.

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Neon Desert Music Festival
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So a folk singer and a electro-bassist walked into a bar at a Halifax guitar rock festival, and what happened next? They got drunk, danced, fell in love, formed a band, got married, danced some more, abducted a drummer named Joel, ran away to London, England, and never looked back. Okay, so as bar jokes go it’s a little flat. But as a life story, it’s been a pretty thrilling ride for Dragonette, a parallel musical universe in which pop stars knit woolen hamburgers, electropop grows a heart, jetsetters can be homebodies and jet lag is an abstract affliction for those who stay in one time zone long enough actually feel the next. With the release of the first single from their 3rd album, Dragonette prove once and for all what die hard fans have known since 2005 – that together they are so much more than the sum of their separate (and very shapely!) parts: Dan Kurtz and Martina Sorbara are marrieds, songwriters, business partners, best-frenemies, co-conspirators, hometown sweethearts and a mass of cultural contradictions all rolled into a single tasty, tangy pop package – who glow with a combined energy that’s both forwardlooking and nostalgic, homely and cutting-edge. They are not so much couple as a place where friends, family and fans come to rock out – throwers of dinner parties, performers of concerts, joke-tellers and lyric-inventors they are, above all else, people who live to ber 2011 for the humid thrills of Rio, where they holed up in a family flat (Kurtz is half Brazilian) to ignore the delights of the world’s sexiest city in favour of isolation and songwriting. The two months that ensued were, according to Kurtz, one of the most surreal periods in a remarkably varied life. “A small civil war broke out between the ‘trafficantes’ [drug gangs] and the police while we were there and the military rolled in. Rio was on lockdown for a few days/weeks. It was crazy to watch the helicopters circling the battle zones while


Currently on tour with The Presets, Dragonette will be coming to El Paso's own Neon Desert Music Festival May 25th.
we sat out, drinking wine and playing cards on the terrace.” In the midst of all this chaos, Kurtz and Sorbara wrote two of the album’s most accomplished songs – Lay Low and Let It Go. Perhaps due to self-imposed isolation, there’s not a tropical Latin beat to be heard in these two tracks. Instead what we get is a mad energy and (dare we say it?) emotional honesty pushed forward by the driving beat that has made Dragonette a dancefloor standard from Ibiza to Idaho. The tracks were then wired to Toronto to be sprinkled with Stouffer’s characteristic groovy dust and voila!—a new album was in the works. After the success of 2008’s album Fixin to Thrill, and wild international popularity of their 2010 single Hello (with French DJ Martin Solveig), Dragonette have graduated to more complex, sophisticated sound, one that has all the trademark hooks of their earlier electropop hits combined with a new depth of feeling – the peripatetic touring musicians’ search for home. “Apart from Rio, most of the writing was done at our house in London in our tiny green studio with our two cats sleeping through the noise in the window,” says Kurtz. Sorbara laughs. “We spend our life on planes to crazy nightclubs, but really our favourite place to be is home,” she says, “It’s our dirty little secret.” “Don’t tell anyone,” says Kurtz. Sorbara puts her finger to her lips. Shhhh.

give the people around them maximum pleasure. Drummer Joel Stouffer fits into, and adds to, this energy perfectly. As for the new album, long time followers of their music will recognize all the hallmarks of a sound which, in the past couple of years, has taken Dragonette around the world and platinum: Layers of addictive supporting ethereal melodies and that voice – Sorbara’s psychosexual purr, like Ricky Lee Jones trapped in Lady Gaga’s erotic dream. After years of frenetic touring Dragonette fled the wet chills of London in Novem-



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Tips to intensify workout routine
If you’re like most people, you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the gym, so just maintaining the muscle you already have is the most realistic goal to have. The good news is that you can reduce the frequency and duration of your workouts by two-thirds and maintain 90 percent of your conditioning as long as you maintain the intensity of your workout. In other words, if you work out three times week, you can drop to once using the same weight as long as you work hard. To ensure intensity, I recommend you lower the weight three times slower than you raised it, and after each set, swing a golf club at your normal swing speed, focusing on the muscles you just worked. And don’t lift too much weight because that will prevent you from moving muscles and joints through their full range of motion. When you use too much weight, your brain recruits other muscles to help, lessening the focus and intensity of the exercise. Plus you’re liable to hurt yourself. Please reject the notion of no pain/no gain. Strain, yes; pain, no! Pain is a warning sign, and when you feel it, stop. To help intensify your workout, also use spoken affirmations when you lift: phrases such as, “This lift is for power,” “I am growing golf strong,” or “This increases the length of my drive.” At the same time, you should visualize the muscle growing in strength, especially at the top of the contraction, where you hold it for several counts and imagine the power it contains. But the best workout for golf is golf itself. Swinging a driver at maximum speed 20 times is one of the best exercises for developing explosive golf muscles.

Pros give wives vote of approval
Who on the PGA Tour has overachieved most in the marriage department? According to a Golf Digest poll of his peers, it’s Jim (keep your hat on) Furyk. “Furyk,” one of the players said, “might be married to Joe the Plumber’s sister if he weren’t a professional golfer.” Second was Phil Mickelson, and third was a categorical “All of us.” Several things were puzzling to me about this “Poll of the Peers.” First, Tiger Woods got 8 percent of the vote. He’s 6 foot 2, with a perfect physique, handsome as a movie star and he’s made a billion dollars, so what’s not to like? A few years ago, I was at a dinner hosted by Merrill Lynch, which sponsored the Skins Game. It was a gala, invitation-only event at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. There were many famous people there, but when Tiger strode into the cocktail party, the entire room went quiet as everyone turned to stare. For a star as bright as Tiger, it must be hard to overachieve. Second, how could you leave Cory Pavin off the list of marriage overachievers? I was told that when the 2010 USA Ryder Cup team got off the plane, the star of the runway was Lisa Pavin who, in a burst of patriotism, had appeared a few months before on the cover of Avid Golfer magazine wearing an America flag and little else. EQUIPMENT

How to practice
If you don’t practice, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll improve your golf. Most golfers don’t have the time to play a round every day. The average golfer is lucky to get out once every two weeks or so. So how can you keep a semi-sharp edge with all this time off? Steal the odd 30 minutes once a week to practice, and if you do it right, you’ll see some positive results. target, focusing only on the target. Of course, prior to striking any ball, you should work through your entire pre-shot routine, including the very powerful element of visualization. The point here is that when you are target-hunting, there are no mechanical swing thoughts.

4. Practice as if you’re playing: Play a
round of golf on the practice range, using your imagination to lay out the course. For each shot, go through your pre-shot routine, then hit the shots required given the situations you create in your mind.

Six goals

Practicing has six basic goals, and you can use them in any combination that seems good to you on a given day, depending on how much time you have or what type of mood you’re in. Just make sure to pursue one type at a time.

1. Warming up: Every practice session, even if it lasts only 10 minutes, should include some type of warm-up. One good exercise is to swing two clubs back and forth slowly to get loose — and the emphasis is on “slowly.” 2. Syncing fundamentals: No matter your level of play, you need to practice fundamentals like grip, stance and posture, then integrate them into a coherent whole so that when you think “fundamentals,” you think of them as a unit rather than individual items on a checklist. Sync the fundamentals by working on timing, i.e., a flow of fundamentals that blend to create a swing. 3. Target orientation: In this type of practice, you work on hitting shots to a designated

5. Fault correction: This type of practice involves fixing a piece of your swing that’s broken, i.e., your grip is too weak, causing a slice, or you’re coming over-the-top and pulling the ball. 6. Hit balls because you like to: Many
golfers like to hit balls just because it’s fun. Here you set no goals and there are no failures, just the enjoyment of hitting the ball and watching it fly. Insider Takeaway: With all types of practice, the goal is to “achieve then leave” (ATL). Years ago, I was on the practice tee when Jack Nicklaus finished his round. With the crowd jostling for position to watch the great man practice, he hit only five shots with his 3-iron, then left. The minipractice session occurred because during the round, he had hit a less-than-perfect 3-iron, and this was his ATL session.

Golf world split over putter ban
Golf Datatech surveyed avid golfers and found that 60 percent of them favored the putter anchoring ban proposed jointly by the USGA and the R&A. Also in support of the ban are the European Tour and almost all the other world tours. On record against the ban are the PGA Tour and the PGA of America. How do tour players themselves feel about the ban? According to, 76 PGA Tour players surveyed voted 34 percent in favor of it, 38 percent opposed and 28 percent undecided; 75 LPGA players were 33 percent in favor, 36 against and 31 percent couldn’t make up their minds. On the Champions Tour, 59 members were split 41 percent in favor of the ban, 50 percent against it and 9 percent undecided. The PGA of America has taken a strong stance against the ban following a poll of its members: “Nearly two-thirds of the respondents indicated that they do not favor a ban. The reasons were varied, but consistent themes regarding the negative impact a ban could have on both the growth and enjoyment of the game became readily apparent,” said the pres- ABOUT THE WRITER ident of the PGA, Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching proTed Bishop. fessional in Port Interesting: Avid amSt. Lucie, Fla. ateur golfers here in the Visit hiswebsite USA are for the ban, at while their club pros are against it.

When he has trouble, Lee Westwood gets too handsy. Here he is on the practice range at the 2011 Honda Classic, working on moving his body correctly by moving it continuously and keeping his hands muted.

It can be hard to keep your focus on the driving range, but if you can’t focus, practice is not only a big waste of time, but also a breeding ground for swing viruses.


Par 3: To tee Longer off the tee Q: or not to tee?
I’ve heard a lot about widening my stance to hit it longer, but is there a certain way to do it? — Tom C. One of my students saw a tour pro on TV who didn’t use a tee on a par 3. He asked whether he should do the same. My answer was, and is, no. Remember, tour pros are the greatest players in the world, but most golfers aren’t pros. When you choose to hit the ball off the ground, there’s a possibility of hitting it “fat,” causing you to come up short. Or you might catch some grass between your clubface and the ball, which decreases backspin and causes your ball to roll more after it lands. This shot is called a “jumper,” and the ball goes farther than intended. So to ensure that you get the true distance from the club you choose, tee the ball every time the rules allow.

Feel good and look good
According to the manufacturer: “The Swing Jacket will make it difficult for you to swing improperly, and if you do hit the ball poorly, your body will feel the swing flaw and know how to correct it immediately. … The Swing Jacket is like having your own personal swing teacher coaching you through each swing, ensuring you are swinging perfectly.” Of course, the hype is exaggerated, but the jacket does work well if your instructor understands what to look for and how to teach with it on. The price is $120 and it’s available at

A: Take your normal-width stance for your driver and sole the clubhead behind the ball. Then, without moving the clubhead, widen your stance by moving your back foot 6 inches farther away. This puts you well behind the ball for the big blaster. And I’ll answer a question you didn’t ask, since you want more driver distance: Tee the ball higher. A trick used by Chi-Chi Rodriguez: Use a special “long tee” to hit it on the upswing. This way the ball stays in the air longer with more of a knuckleball spin that makes it carry farther. You can make yourself a special tee simply by taping two regular-size tees together. For more on how to crush it off the tee, visit my website, Under Videos and Instruction, scroll down to “Video Lessons From GOLF Magazine’s The Best Driving Instruction Book Ever.” Click on the second video link. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, email him at:

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Race: Bojangles’ Southern 500 Where: Darlington Raceway When: Saturday, 6:45 p.m. (ET) TV: FOX Sports 2012 Winner: Jimmie Johnson (right)

Race: VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 Where: Darlington Raceway When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2012 Winner: Joey Logano

Race: NC Education Lottery 200 Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway When: May 17, 8:00 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2012 Winner: Justin Lofton

NASCAR pauses in honor of Mother’s Day
Following its long-standing tradition, NASCAR has no major races scheduled to run this Sunday, a break in honor of Mother’s Day. Although the men of NASCAR have been in the forefront for most of its history, the sport does owe a debt to the mothers behind the scenes, to the women who stood rock solid behind their children as they chased their dreams on the speedways of America. The late Elizabeth Petty was there for her son Richard, the sport’s all-time leader in race wins and championships. Lynda Petty, Richard’s wife, was there for her son, Kyle. Martha Earnhardt used her own money to get her son, Dale, on the track after her husband, Ralph, Dale’s father, passed away. Bernece Wood, the matriarch of the famed Wood Brothers racing team, has supported her family’s team as the ownership transferred from her husband, Glen, to their children, Eddie, Len and Kim Wood Hall. Mrs. Wood, at age 82, still works with the team every day, welcoming visitors to the team museum in Stuart, Va., where she holds the title of museum curator. “She represents the longevity of what we do,” Eddie Wood said. “She was there in the beginning and is still a big part of it.” Wood said his mother knows every piece in the team’s museum and may well be the best person in the family to tell the team’s 63year story, which has seen her husband and brother-in-law, Leonard, both be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Dad and Leonard were always busy doing the things they did, so she probably had a better view of what happened over these 60 years than anybody,” Eddie Wood said. Like the other matriarchs in NASCAR, Mrs. Wood has spent most of her time working behind the scenes. Even when her team won the Daytona 500 in 2011, instead of being a part of the Victory Lane celebration, she stayed behind in the garage to greet visitors to the team’s hauler. “She sacrificed a lot,” Eddie Wood said. “It’s no small thing to put up with racing, and three generations of it. “There have always been strong women in NASCAR who stood behind their men. They stayed in the background and usually got no credit for anything.” If there’s one area where Mrs. Wood has been in the forefront, it’s in keeping her family a close-knit bunch. That’s never more evident than at dinnertime in Stuart. For decades, when the Woods raced out of a shop there, Bernece’s husband and children ate the noon meal at her table. Now that the team, now based in Charlotte, is running a limited schedule, the family dinners have become fairly regular again. In the summertime, there are peas, potatoes, beans, corn and tomatoes grown in the garden just down the same road where Bernece and her children live, in four houses all in a row. Now there are often four generations at the table. It’s like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting, but it’s an everyday occurrence for the Woods, and it’ll be that way this Sunday, too.
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Bernece Wood, matriarch of Wood Brothers Racing

Kim Hall/Wood Brothers Racing

Four generations of the Wood Brothers Racing family

“It’s Mother’s Day, but it won’t be any different,” Eddie Wood said. “We always either eat at my mother’s house or we all go out together.”



Hamlin returns to Sprint Cup
Denny Hamlin, who suffered a serious back injury in a last-lap crash at Auto Club Speedway on March 24, made his return to the Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Hamlin started the race in his No. 11 Toyota, ran until the first caution flag and then turned the car over to Brian Vickers on Lap 25. But Vickers was unable to help Hamlin much in the points race, as he was involved in a multi-car crash on Lap 42 and finished 34th. Even with all the effort, Hamlin dropped three spots in the standings to 31st. But Hamlin’s decision to get back in the car a week ahead of schedule did stir debate in the days leading up to the race. “Life in general is just risk versus reward,” Jeff Gordon said. “As a race car driver, we don’t think of ourselves any more risky out there than somebody else that has a 9-to-5 job. It’s just the way our minds work. You have to take yourself out of that and understand what the dangers are, what the risks are and if you re-injure yourself, can that be life-threatening or something that ends your career.” Gordon said that if he had been in Hamlin’s situation, he might have made a different decision. “I’m later in my career and have a family and so an injury like what Denny went through ... I might not come back from that just because, is it worth it?” he said. “For Denny, I think it’s worth it for him to really take his time and do it right. What he’s doing this weekend, to me that makes sense. It’s Talladega; there are ways to avoid those incidents.”

GMC adds Denali bling to the Terrain
By Christopher A. Randazzo
Since the 1990’s, GMC has used the Denali nameplate to signify its highest trim level. In fact, before Cadillac’s luxury SUV, the Escalade, made the scene, GM’s highest level truck was the GMC Yukon Denali. These days, most of the bling out of GM is reserved for the Escalade, but the Denali nameplate continues to be used by GMC for their top-trim levels and for 2013, the GMC Terrain gets the privilege of adding the Denali badge to its lineup. The Terrain, which made its debut in 2009, shares its platform and engineering with the popular Chevrolet Equinox and is slotted right below the Acadia as GMC’s smallest SUV. The Terrain has always displayed more creases than curves when compared to its Equinox twin and the Denali treatment adds to it. With a chrome “bullet-hole” grille, special 19” wheels, unique headlamps and taillamps, bodycolor fascia and satin chrome trim placed throughout the exterior, the Terrain Denali has some bling but isn’t too flashy. More of the Denali features can be found in this special Terrain’s interior. Open the door and the illuminated front sill plates remind you that you’re stepping into a Denali. Once inside, you’ll notice red accent abounds and mahogany-like trim pieces appear on the steering wheel and door panels. Premium Jet Black leather appointed seats with an eightway adjustable power passenger seat is standard with the Denali package. Again – all nice touches that are not overly done. The standard engine on all Terrain’s continues to be a 2.4 liter four-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The big news is with the optional V6. Out is the 3.0 the 3.6 liter motor with its extra 37 horses and 50 lb-ft of torque is a huge welcome. Put your foot on the gas and the Terrain responds instantly by hustling down the road. Downshifts are quick and done at the right times. If I had a complaint it would be the sound – the noises from under the hood are not the most pleasant sounding. To improve the ride, GMC fitted this special Terrain with dual-flow dampers. Now I didn’t have a base Terrain without this feature to compare against, but my tester did feel very wellplanted and delivered an impressive ride. I could only assume some of this was due to the special dampers. Being this is the top-of-the-line Terrain, the tester was fitted with a revised 7-inch touchscreen audio interface. Continues on page 58

liter V6 that made 264 horses – and it’s is place is a 3.6 liter V6 that makes 301 horses and 272 lb-ft of torque. This is essentially the same engine found in the Cadillac SRX. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available on both engines as well. While the Terrain Denali does come standard with the fourcylinder engine, I would imag-

ine most would opt for the new V6, and that’s exactly how my Carbon Metallic Black Terrain Denali arrived. Decked out with huge chrome wheels, the Terrain Denali makes a presence. While not pretty, it’s tough, mighty-looking appearance is an eyecatcher and makes the Terrain stand apart among the competitors in the compact SUV class. Compared to the 3.0 liter V6,

Denny Hamlin

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David Ragan gets his first Sprint Cup victory of 2013; rain delays and crashes send the Aaron’s 499 into overtime
The name Front Row Motorsports hasn’t exactly described the performance of the underfunded Sprint Cup race team, but on Sunday, David Ragan and David Gilliland surged past the mega-team drivers ahead of them to finish 1-2 in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. “That is a true David versus Goliath moment here,” Ragan said in Victory Lane of the team’s first-ever Cup victory. Carl Edwards, who appeared to be headed to Victory Lane as he was leading when rains halted the race at Lap 125, finished third after the restart, ahead of Michael Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson. Matt Kenseth, who led a race-high 142 laps, was

Twelve drivers were collected in this crash during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega.

leading when a Lap 184 crash on the backstretch collected 12 drivers, including Kurt Busch, who rolled end over end and onto the top of Ryan Newman’s car. That wreck sent the race

into overtime, and Kenseth was shuffled to eighth at the finish. The race ended more than seven hours after the green flag flew, in large part ...Continues on next page

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Crash during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega...
Continued from page 57...because of a three-hour, 36minute rain delay. At the end, the skies were so dark that NASCAR officials said there would be just one attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish once the track was cleared from the Lap 184 crash. To make matters more interesting, it was sprinkling rain on some parts of the track. When the drivers lined up for the final run to the finish, Ragan was 10th, but used a push from Gilliland, who restarted 11th, to work his way toward the front. He beat Edwards into Turn Three on the final lap and sped down the frontstretch unchallenged to get his second career Cup victory. Gilliland’s runner-up finish tied his career best. Edwards, even in his disappointment, offered his congratulations to the underdogs Ragan, Gilliland and their teams. “As frustrated as I am about the loss, I’m really happy for these two guys and for their team,” he said. Front Row owner Bob Jenkins, who now has four top-five finishes in 406 career Cup starts, gave much of the credit for the team’s big day to Ragan and the positive attitude he brought with him to the team from Roush’s organization, where he had shipping giant UPS as a sponsor and competed for wins on a fairly regular basis. “He didn’t look at it as if, ‘Hey, I’m taking a step down here. I realize I’m going to be a back marker or whatever,’” Jenkins said. “He continues to expect a lot out of himself and a lot out of his team, and I think what happened is people bought into that and they followed behind him, and we’ve seen results from it.” Among those not happy leaving Talladega was Ryan Newman, who was involved in yet another scary, cars-flying-through-the-air crash on a restrictor-plate track. He was visibly upset as he emerged from the track’s care center. “They can build safer cars; they can build safer walls,” he said. “They can’t get their heads out of their [rear ends] far enough to keep the cars on the race track. Pretty disappointing. “I wanted to make sure to get that point across. Y’all can figure out who the ‘they’ is.” The “they” in his comment appears to be referring to NASCAR officials.

GMC Terrain Denali...
Continued from page 56... Pictures and graphic on the screen are shaper than ever. The Terrain Denali also comes with a host of high-tech safety features such as Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. All these features make it extremely difficult to get into an accident with the Terrain, but if you do, there are six standard air bags including head curtain side air bags to protect you. By The Numbers: The Terrain has been a strong seller for GMC over the past three years. With a new engine available and the addition of the Denali package, there is a lot to like about the GMC Terrain. Pricing for the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali starts at $34,525.

2013 GMC Terrain Denali FWD

Base Price: $34,525.00 Price as Tested: $38,090.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 3.6 liter V6 Transmission: six-speed automatic Horsepower: 301 hp Torque: 272 lb/ft EPA Fuel Economy:17 city / 24 highway mpg [Visit me at or email me at]


Smith wins Aaron’s 312; takes Nationwide Series points lead
What goes around at Talladega Superspeedway finally came around for Regan Smith. In October 2008, Smith appeared to have beaten Tony Stewart to the finish line to get his first Sprint Cup victory. But an official’s ruling that Smith had broken the Talladega rules by going below the yellow line took away the victory and awarded it to his competitor Tony Stewart. In Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Talladega, Smith was beaten to the finish line by Kasey Kahne. But the caution flag had been displayed for a crash behind them, and after several minutes of studying replays, NASCAR issued an official pronouncement that Smith had been leading when the caution flag flew and therefore he was the winner, with Joey Logano second and Kahne third. “That was pretty cool, wasn’t it?” a jubilant Smith said in Victory Lane. “I’m really pumped up.” Smith, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, was seventh on the white-flag lap, but used a draft-

Smith crosses the finish line at Talladega
ing push from Kahne to work his way to the front. Then, as the leaders entered the tri-oval, Smith darted from the outside lane to the bottom and into the lead. With his victory, Smith took the series points lead and is now 27 points ahead of previous leader Sam Hornish Jr., who finished 25th at Talladega.

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Sponsors Announced for Annual STEM Related Robotics Competition on May 18th
May 3, 2013 - El Paso, Texas- Western Technical College and SkillsUSA, today announced that Microtek, Cengage Learning, Teaching Systems Inc., Saratoga Homes, The Cable Source, AFL Telecommunications, Dahill, and Entravision Communications, have signed as Official Sponsors for the annual T-Robo Competition to be held at the Northeast Campus on Saturday, May 18th from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., in El Paso. 14 area high school robotic teams are working alongside their teachers, instructors and students from the Western Technical College Department of Electronic Engineering Technology. The teams will ready themselves to compete at the annual T-ROBO Competition, thanks to the support of T-Robo Sponsors. “We’re grateful for the sponsorships from these wonderful and distinguished organizations. They recognize the importance of supporting and encouraging our future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM),” said Randy Kuykendall, Chief Executive Officer of Western Technical College. “Their support, and the collective support of all of our participating organizations and our newfound relationship that we have with SkillsUSA, ensures that local high school students’ efforts in science and technology are applauded and promoted on a local stage.” In a recent Forbes article, “We Need All Hands on Deck for Science Education,” the author writes about the critical skills needed in STEM related careers. “Each year, we neglect to arm tens of thousands of young people with the critical skills and experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that they will need to compete…in a global economy…It will take creating new spaces in which young people learn more about the wide range of exciting STEM careers, and about what they must do to access those careers.” T-Robo competition is a nontraditional platform which promotes science and technology by engaging young people with STEM in a fun and competitive way to get them excited about these potential career paths. In addition to the supporting sponsors for the second annual T-Robo competition, participating partners in the accompanying all day Geekfest with food, interactive booths, paintball, and music will include The El Paso Police Department, the El Paso Fire Department, The Hams of W5ES El Paso Amateur Radio Club, XmotoBall, Time Capital Entertainment, and several local deejays and bands. The T-Robo Competition and event will be held at the Branch Campus located at 9451 Diana on May 18, 2013 from 8 a.m. - 5p.m. in El Paso. There is no entry fee to the public.

EL PASO- Diablos players are making their way to El Paso from cities across America and abroad. With our season opener less than two weeks away, things are moving fast! The Diablos Spring Training starts Sunday, May 5th and ends Wednesday, May 15th, as Field Manager, Tim Johnson, begins to finalize the roster for the 2013 season. The Diablos will play one exhibition game on Friday, May 10th at 7:05 PM. Admission and parking are free, so take advantage to see the Diablos’ Spring Training invitees play. For ball players with pro club dreams, there’s still a chance to tryout for the 2013 Diablos roster. Tryouts will be held in Houston, TX on May 11th starting at 12:00 pm. Tryouts will be held at the Houston Texas Coastal Baseball Park (between Beltway 8 Feeder in between Telephone and Mykawa).Three players from tryouts will be invited to Spring Training with El Paso for the duration of Spring Training. For media inquiries, please contact PR Director, Lizette Espinosa. Interviews can be scheduled each day of Spring Training at 3:00 pm, with the exception of May 10th. For media passes and packets, please coordinate with Lizette Espinosa. The Diablos 2013 regular season kicks off May 16th against the Amarillo Sox at Cohen Stadium, wraps home games on August 25th with the Sioux City Explorers, and officially ends the season on the road in Gary SouthShore with the RailCats. With returning American Association Manager of the Year, Tim Johnson, at the helm, the Diablos are sure to make the most out of their 100game schedule. Promotions will include Fireworks Fridays, Quartermania Sundays, $1 Beer Thursdays, Military Nights, character appearances, and Free Saturdays. Discounted Season

as of 05/03/13 MANAGER: #17 Tim Johnson PITCHING COACH: #16 Brian Daly HITTING COACH: #5 Carlos Lezcano BENCH COACH: #35 Joe Torre ATHLETIC TRAINER: David Montelongo HOME CLUBHOUSE MANAGER: Daniel Cardenas NO. PITCHERS 98 Barnard, Chandler 98 Bean, Ryan 97 Brahney, Kevin 21 Casillas, David 23 Chirinos, Luis 98 Ferrante, Victor 98 Forbes, Derek 98 Graham, Matt 31 Hodsdon, Scott 99 Joyce, Mick 98 Koons, Mike 97 Schimpf, Matt 98 Suarez, Deinys 98 Tollefson, Adam NO. CATCHERS 99 Baeza, Justin 98 Gabe DeMarco NO. INFIELDERS 98 Chacoa, Miguel 99 Cisneros, Jonathan 98 Corcino, Edgar 3 Gonzalez, Maikol 98 Ramirez, Roberto NO. OUTFIELDERS 9 Drew, Kory 24 Einertson, Mitch 42 Fronk, Reid 32 Joynt, Brian 99 Mesa, Oscar 18 Muse, JJ B R R L R R R R R R L R R R L B R R B R L S R S B R R R R S R T R R L R R R R R R L R R R L T R R T R R R R R T R R R R R R HT 5'11 6'4 6'5 6'3 6'2 6'3 6'2 6'4 6'2 6'1 6'3 6'3 5'11 5'10 HT 5'11 5'9 HT 6'0 6'0 6'2 5'10 5'8 HT 6'0 5'11 6'1 6'3 6'2 6'0 WT 185 220 230 195 215 210 240 245 195 200 215 210 220 195 WT 215 200 WT 200 230 205 175 190 WT 190 180 200 215 180 190 DOB 01/09/86 03/09/90 08/08/88 09/26/86 04/22/90 12/06/84 09/11/78 05/01/90 05/31/85 01/17/85 09/18/85 02/07/89 03/13/84 12/02/86 DOB 2012/13 CLUB(S) River Augusta/Giants AZL Lowell/Greenville El Paso Rio Grande/El Paso Maui DNP Salem-Keizer El Paso DNP Maui London Southern Maryland Schaumburg 2012/13 CLUB(S) RESIDES Lubbock, TX Mesa, AZ Sunnyvale, CA Durango, MX La Victoria, VZ Scottsdale, AZ Las Cruces, NM Temecula, CA Castle Rock, CO Arlington, TX Hialeah, FL De Pere, WI RESIDES Mission Viejo, CA Rockford, IL RESIDES Ciudad Bolivar San Antonio, TX Naples, FL Coral Gables, FL RESIDES Lindon, UT Oceanside, CA Charlotte, NC Knoxville, IA Miami, FL Albuquerque, NM STATUS LS-3 ROOKIE ROOKIE LS-1 LS-3 LS-2 LS-1 ROOKIE LS-4 ROOKIE LS-3 LS-3 STATUS ROOKIE ROOKIE STATUS LS-2 LS-2 LS-2 LS-3 LS-2 STATUS LS-4 VETERAN LS-4 LS-4 LS-2 LS-2

American Canyon, CA ROOKIE

Rancho Cucamonga, CA LS-4

1/23/1988 Concordia University 3/31/1987 Normal/Rockford '11 DOB 11/29/88 12/02/87 06/07/92 03/25/86 2012/13 CLUB(S) Lincoln/Rio Grande Amarillo/KC/EP El Paso

Lakeland/W Mich/Toledo/CT Toa Baja, PR

11/13/1985 DNP DOB 12/03/82 04/04/86 07/21/86 03/14/85 08/14/86 06/01/88 2012/13 CLUB(S) El Paso Wichita/El Paso Kansas City/El Pasi El Paso DNP El Paso

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Casillas - Cah-SEE-yas Chirinos - Chee-REE-knows

Einertson - EE-nert-son Hodsdon - HODS-don Maikol - Michael

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