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RANDY CULPEPPER

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Health Department Warns Citizens of International Extortion Scam


El Paso, Texas The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is joining state and national agencies in order to warn the citizens in El Paso about an ongoing scam involving criminals stating that they are officials with the Food and Drug Administration. The following is from a press release issued by the FDA earlier this month: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as FDA special agents and other law enforcement personnel as part of a continued international extortion scam. The criminals call the victims -- who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the Internet or via "telepharmacies" -- and identify themselves as FDA special agents or other law enforcement officials. The criminals inform the victims that purchasing drugs over the Internet or the telephone is illegal, and that law enforcement action will be pursued unless a fine or fee ranging from $100 to $250,000 is paid. Victims often also have fraudulent transactions placed against their credit cards. The criminals always request the money be sent by wire transfer to a designated location, usually in the Dominican Republic. If victims refuse to send money, they are often threatened with a search of telephone call from a person purporting to be an FDA or other law enforcement official who is seeking money to settle a law enforcement action for the illegal purchase of drugs over the Internet may obtain a victim questionnaire by contacting the FDAs Office of Criminal Investigations and clicking Report Suspected Criminal Activity. Anyone receiving a purported official document on agency letterhead may verify its authenticity by contacting that organization directly via a publicly available phone number. Additionally, all federal agencies use email addresses with a gov email extension. The FDA also reminds consumers that pharmaceutical products offered online and by telephone by sources of unknown origin can pose a substantial health risk. Products recovered during this investigation that were purchased from online or telephone sources have been found to contain trace amounts of heroin, other undisclosed and potentially harmful active pharmaceutical ingredients, or no active ingredient at all. Purchases should only be made from licensed pharmacies located in the United States. In addition to the increased risk of purchasing unsafe and ineffective drugs from websites operating outside the law, personal data may be compromised.

2011 SUSAN G. KOMEN EL PASO RACE FOR THE CURE WALK UP REGISTRATION
EL PASO, TXThe 19th Annual Komen El Paso Race for the Cure presented by Mattress Firm will take place on February 20, 2011 at Cohen Stadium. Last year the Race attracted more than 12,000 participants in the fight against breast cancer. The Komen Race for the Cure is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world with well over 1 million participants each year since 2005. The Race raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Visit www.komenelpaso.org for online team and individual registration.

their property, arrest, deportation, physical harm and/or incarceration. "Impersonating an FDA official is a violation of federal law," said Dara Corrigan, the FDAs associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. FDA special agents and other law enforcement officials are not authorized to impose or collect criminal fines. Only a court can take such action. In most instances, victims of extortion-related calls have also received telephone solicitations for additional pharmaceutical purchases from other possibly related, illegal entities located overseas. The extortionists use customer lists complete with extensive personal information provided through previous purchase transactions. These include names, addresses, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, purchase histories and credit card account numbers. Typically, these criminals use telephone numbers that change constantly and make it appear as though their calls originate in the United States.

No known victim has been approached in person by a law enforcement impersonator associated with this scheme. The FDAs Office of Criminal Investigations, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, with the support of various U.S. Attorneys, are pursuing multiple national and international criminal investigations. Arrests have been made and additional prosecutions are pending; however, the scheme is likely to continue. The FDA has issued similar warnings in the past: FDA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by FDA Impersonators (11/12/2008) FDA Warns Public of Continued Extortion Scam by FDA Impersonators (12/29/2009) Victims of this scheme who have suffered monetary loss through the payment of funds in response to an extortion call, or anyone receiving a

UTEPs Project MOVE Can Handle More Proposals


There is still time for nonprofit organizations to become partners in the second annual Project MOVE, one of the biggest annual communitywide volunteer activities, scheduled for Feb. 19 and organized through The University of Texas at El Paso. Dozens of short-term projects already have been submitted to event organizers who anticipate a record number of student, staff, faculty and alumni volunteers to answer requests for carpentry, painting, landscaping, gardening, cleaning and working with children. Project MOVE, an acronym for Miner Opportunity for Volunteer Experiences, is a Universitywide effort to bring UTEPs students, alumni, staff and faculty together to promote citizenship, leadership and volunteerism. Groups can enter a request for volunteers through their project proposals at projectmove.utep.edu. The sooner the requests are submitted, the sooner they can be vetted and put into the project pool, which will be opened to volunteers in early February. Last years event attracted more than 800 members of the Miner Nation, who logged more than 3,200 hours of sweat equity at 42 sites across El Paso County. The Project MOVE program was created to show students how easy it is to volunteer, the great need throughout the community, and the satisfaction of helping others, said Tammie Aragon Campos, assistant dean of students and project coordinator.

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Miners game Feb. 2 will feature son of legendary

Michael Jordan
By Joe Olvera , 2011
team has won only one game in conference play. Culpepper, meanwhile, continues to lead the Miners to victory after victory, getting a road win against the Houston Cougars on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, for an important 57-52 win. An all-around athlete, Culpepper started out in gymnastics when he was only four, but, turned to basketball as he grew older. Well, he grew older, but not taller. He stands only 6 feet and weighs 165 pounds. Jordan, meanwhile, has more of a basketball body at 6 3 205 pounds. Of course, the game between the two on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Don will not be Culpepper vs. the Knights; nor will it feature Marcus Jordan vs. the Miners. Both teams have outstanding players, and they all will be playing to win. However, it will be a special night with both Culpepper and Marcus Jordan receiving the lions share of attention. Undoubtedly, Miner coach Tim Floyd will downplay the matchup between the two stars. His stance from the very beginning has been that nobody is a star for the Miners, because they all are stars.He has taken it one step further none of his players has his name ... Continues on next page

ill Michael

Jordan come to El Paso the night of February 2, 2011? Jordan, a basketball superstar who won six NBA championships when he was the limelight and the ANALYSIS highlight of the Chicago Bulls, has ample reason to travel to the Sun City home of the 1966 NCAA Champion Miners if only to watch his son, Marcus Jordan, take another leap in his already stellar career as a sophomore for the Knights of the University of Central Florida (UCF). The Miners, led by senior guard Randy Culpepper, will host UCF in their battle for Conference USA

supremacy. Although UCF is not at the top of the standings, one never knows what will transpire on any given night. The Miners, meanwhile, are tied for the lead with Memphis both teams have 4-1 records. Culpepper, a Miner standout since his freshman season was last years Conference USAs Player of the Year, as well as being named an Honorable Mention to the All-American team. Culpepper was also predicted to be this years Conference USA Player of the Year. Jordan is already being touted as the reason for his teams emergence, being credited with leading the Knights to an overall 14 victories, 4 defeats, although the

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Creating a Chicano Studies Program at UTEP the hard way


By Joe Olvera , 2011
The brouhaha over teaching Chicano Studies at the University of Arizona, and, of course, other institutions of higher learning in that state, reminded me of what we in El Paso went through in the early1970s. At the time, we were 50 percent of the student body population, but, we only had one Chicano professor that was Dr. Felipe Ortego, who stood by us as we stormed UTEP President Joseph Smileys office to make our demands. Mainly, we wanted for UTEP to hire more Chicano professors to represent us as we maneuvered our way through the hallowed halls that constituted UTEP at the time. Our leaders had asked Smiley to hire ten new professors in the various disciplines so that we could more closely identify with the school, and so that more Chicanos would enroll. His response, no surprise to us, was that he wouldnt hire any new professors and, certainly, no Chicanos because, according to him, there werent ten Chicanos in the nation who were qualified to teach at his university. We stewed over this for a few days then decided that we needed to confront him at his place of power namely, his office at the university. He wouldnt meet with us, hence, we had to go in anyway, and make our presence known. In the early 2000s, I was invited to speak at Michigan State University, where the students were undergoing a similar revolt because the administration insisted on creating a Latino Studies Program. Albeit, the Chicanos there were not thrilled at the thought because, they countered, the majority of them were Chicanos who wanted to learn about Mexican history and about who they were as Mexican Americans. It was amazing to me that they were embarking on a journey through which we in El Paso had already traveled, and which we had overcome. They were holding demonstrations and protests over what they considered the universitys stubbornness in shoving what they didnt want down their throats. I imagine similar scenerios are occurring throughout the United States, and it makes me wonder. Whats wrong with young Chicanos, and, even older ones learning about their history? Whats the fear? Why shouldnt we be allowed to learn who we are as a people, where we came from and what happened in our history to make us who we are? I dont think Chicano history will supersede American history, because we are part of that also, or, at least, it has become a part of us. So, why the angst from mostly Anglo educators or from professional politicians, who are fighting us every step of the way? Our initial protest occurred in 1971 thats 40 years ago. You would think that in all that time, non-Chicanos would have adapted to our presence on what was once our precious shores. But, no! But, thats alright, see, because were still here and shall continue to be here, no matter what complaints Anglos might have. When we marched into the Presidents office at UTEP, we didnt know what to expect, but, we were ready. When Smiley told us that he wouldnt hire any more professors, least of all, Chicanos, one of our people locked the door from the inside. The cops, from all makes and models, were awaiting our exit so that we could be arrested. Of course, when Smiley said that there werent ten Chicanos who had Masters Degrees, or even PhD.s, we were prepared. We showed him a list of people eligible to teach at his university. Well, maybe so, he remarked, but, there arent any openings. CONT/P/6

Cost of No New Taxes


No New Taxes! No New Taxes! That has been the mantra of our conservative leadership in the House and Senate. Governor Perry has muttered that phrase a time or two himself. To many, those are golden words that are very well received. Revenues are drastically down so all of the programs paid for in the last biennium must be drastically cut without raising tax revenues. It is great that the state leaders are not considering raising taxes for existing programs. Have you ever heard the phrase "be careful what you wish for"; or "if it looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true"? While we are being bombarded by the "no new taxes" mantra, has anyone from the conservative leadership ever explained to local communities what the cost of no new taxes will be? The answer to that is NO. What the state leadership refuses to clearly disclose is that no mandates by the state are being reduced or modified. So in order to comply with the same mandates the conservative leadership imposed in the last budget, the reduced funding has to be made up at the local level one way or the other. While the "no new taxes" fervor is alive and well in every community, the cost of the reduced state revenues cost local communities in a variety of other ways. If the school districts in our county haven't already made it clear, there will be layoffs. That will also occur in the vast number of state funded agencies. Teachers who just financed their accelerated qualification will have no job to pay for the student loans they took out. All of the state funded employees who lose their job will suddenly face the possibility of losing their homes to foreclosure. This would be a repeat of what happened throughout 2009 and early 2010 before the crash bottomed out. The projections from some reliable pundits puts the job loss from statewide school districts alone to be in excess of 100,000 jobs. This does not include the job losses at other state funded agencies. Putting a minimum of 100,000 people out of work at the same time is going to hurt the positive direction our state economy has taken in the past few months. There will be an immediate need for additional unemployment benefits so that the families of these laid off employees are taken care of. However, in the past year, the executive of our state refused additional help from the federal government which resulted in higher deductions from local businesses. We are already at a deficit for unemployment monies. While the current situation won't cost Texans additional taxes, there will be a cost incurred that won't be apparent until after the consequences of the reduced revenues have their impact. That may be after the next general election. Many of those who tout the "No New Taxes" mantra have expressed a desire to run for higher offices next year. They may be very fortunate that the true cost of "No New Taxes" won't be apparent prior to their run for office.

Continued from page 3 pasted on the back of his jersey. Its all about the team and the teams effort, Floyd has emphasized. Yet, how can Miner fans not notice Culpepper as he slashes his way to the basket to finish it with one of his patented thunder dunks. So, whether Michael Jordan travels to El Paso to see his son play is really not the issue. The issue is will the Miners play up to their full potential, and will Marcus Jordan live up to his star billing as the son of the greatest player who ever donned a uniform. One things for sure El Paso Miner basketball fans are in for a special night. One other thing is for sure - while it remains to be seen whether Marcus Jordan reaches the stellar heights which his father attained, Randy Culpepper has already proved his worth.

Chente Quintanilla
State Representative

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Environmental Services Introduces Beautification Effort New Program Targets Abandoned Shopping Carts
offproperty cart upon the store manager being notified of the carts location by either a private citizen or City official. Environmental Services has scheduled two meetings to educate retail and service establishments about the ordinance. The meetings are at: 10 a.m. on January 31, in the main conference room of the El Paso Police Department Westside Regional Command Center, at 4801 Osborne Dr. 2 p.m. on February 3, in the main conference room of the El Paso Police Department Pebble Hills Regional Command Center, at 10780 Pebble Hills Blvd. Both meetings will cover the same information. The two locations and times have been scheduled for the convenience of the business community. For more information, visit www.elpasotexas.gov/environmental _services or call (915) 621-6700.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Speak at UTEP


Remarks Will Focus on State of Homeland Security, Southwest Border Security
The University of Texas at El Paso welcomes the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday, Jan. 31, at Magoffin Auditorium. Napolitano will deliver remarks that highlight the Department of Homeland Securitys unprecedented efforts to secure the Southwest border. The event is the second in a yearlong series of discussions at colleges and universities. We are honored that Secretary Napolitano has chosen to come to UTEP to deliver remarks about the Department of Homeland Securitys efforts to secure the Southwest border, said UTEP President Diana Natalicio, and we are very pleased to welcome her back to our campus. UTEPs border location and our numerous ties to Mexico greatly deepen our interest in the issues on which Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security are currently focused, and we look forward to hearing her perspectives on them. Napolitano is the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. She served as the 21st Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009. Prior to her election as governor, Napolitano served as Attorney General of Arizona from 1999 to 2002. She was one of several high-ranking government officials to participate in the 2009 Border Security Conference at UTEP. UTEPs location on the U.S.-Mexico border, near Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range, has created partnerships with government and private industry to address homeland security and defense issues, while providing excellent research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. UTEP is designated as a National Center for Border Security and Immigration by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is also one of only 10 universities that received a grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2006 to create an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, which prepares students for careers in our nations intelligence agencies through the Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security. U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes will join Natalicio and Napolitano at the event. The presentation is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the UTEP Sun Bowl Parking Garage.

El Paso, Texas The City of El Paso is introducing a new program to reduce the number of shopping carts that on daily basis make their way onto streets, medians, storm water conveyances, arroyos and residential neighborhoods, especially those that are left in these areas for weeks at a time, or longer. Shopping carts are essential to being able to shop conveniently. However, these same carts can become a significant nuisance when they leave the grounds of stores and shopping centers, Ellen Smyth, Environmental Services Department Director, said. To try to minimize shopping carts from becoming a public nuisance, the

City adopted an ordinance establishing shopping cart control requirements for retail and service establishments. The ordinance was adopted by the City Council in August 2010. Enforcement will begin in March 2011. The delayed enforcement will allow the department to conduct outreach to educate the retail and service industry about the new ordinance. The ordinance, which was adopted as a revision to Chapter 9.04 of the El Paso City Code, requires owners of shopping carts to label their carts; recover their carts at least once weekly within a one-mile radius of the store; and immediately recover any

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enchiladas a Mexican delicacy. Anyway, we thought it was hilarious. But, the war didnt end there. I had left for New York to attend Columbia University, but, those who stayed behind continued fighting for Chicano Studies. Again, there was reluctance on the part of administrators. But, that battle, too, was won. They lay on streets to prevent trucks from entering the school, and committed other acts of peaceful disobedience. But, eventually, to the dismay of Smiley and his administrators, they won the day. Chicano Studies became a reality at UTEP, albeit, a reality without the proper funding. That was to come later. Sin Fin

4th Brigade Highlanders move out to Field


EAST FORT BLISS, Texas Members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division will engage in a three week-long field training exercise, (FTX), from Monday Jan 31 Thursday, Feb17 in and around Northeast El Paso and Southern New Mexico. Safety is and always will be the number one concern of the Highlander Brigade. During the FTX more than 3,000 Soldiers and hundreds of vehicles will be conducting tactical movements in the Fort Bliss training area. Local residents should be aware of the large number of Soldiers in Northeast El Paso and Southern New Mexico, keeping in mind that traffic delays may be a part of their normal commute. The units will also be simulating battle situations, often using pyrotechnics and training ammunition. These training aids, important to the development of the American Soldier, may be heard or seen from miles away. If residents encounter a problem they should contact local law enforcement officials who will immediately contact range control personnel. Residents of the El Paso and Southern New Mexico should be particularly aware of the brigades mass movement to and from the training areas. These movements to the training areas begin at 5:00AM, JANUARY 31and conclude the afternoon of FEBRUARY 2. The route Highlander vehicles are scheduled to take will generally not disrupt normal traffic, with the exception of the crossing of US 54. This crossing will be located approximately 15 miles north of Northeast El Paso, just north of Otero County Detention Facility. There will be a minimum of four Military Police vehicles warning on-coming vehicles of traffic hazards. Pay special attention to visibility; large military movements may create more dust then commuters are accustomed to. Be aware, the returning movement of brigade vehicles will be from 5:00 AM, FEBRUARY 16 to the evening of FEBRUARY17. All routes and potential hazards are the same, and delays should be expected. The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division appreciates the help and consideration the citizens of El Paso and Southern New Mexico extend to the Soldiers participating in the exercise and ask for their continued understanding of any inconveniences the training may cause. Questions concerning the exercise should be referred to the 4th BCT, 1st AD Public Affairs Office at (915) 744-4657 or jarrett.d.simpkins@conus.army.mil

What we jokingly referred to as a Mexican standoff ended when one of the Deans I believe it was Dean Ray Small of Liberal Arts said that he might have one or two openings in his department. That set off an avalanche, when another professor probably in Engineering offered two or three slots on his watch. Others chimed in after that, so that we had the ten spots we coveted. Using the presidents phone, we began calling our friends to invite them to UTEP where they could, conceivably be hired. Later we joked that President Smiley had gone home, tired and demoralized because he had lost that battle against a group of Chicano radicals when his wife surprised him with a dinner of

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Quartet of imposing floor lamps sheds light on a mirror-image seating area arranged in front of the fireplace. Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware.

Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: The front room in our new house is really big (30 feet by 25 feet). There is a fireplace in the center of one wall, but the other long wall opens to the hall and the end walls have big windows.
My point is, we will have to float the sofa toward the fireplace. What should we do about lighting? There would be a big tangle of extension cords. We have children and dogs. A: Stop trying to fill new space with old furnishings.

Houses don't like wearing hand-me-downs any more than people do. Besides, they are almost always an ill fit. It would be better to relocate your current sofa wherever it can do the most good. Then invest in a couple of matching sofas or love seats, depending on the width of your room. A traditional solution to a center fireplace is to position the seating pieces so they face each other across a coffee table. If there's enough space you want to leave room for traffic to circulate around the seating group add small tables at the ends of both seats to hold table lamps. If not, back both sofas/love seats with narrow tables and put a lamp in the center of each table. What about the wires? Your electrician can help untangle the problem by running a couple of new outlets through the floor within easy reach of the lamp cords. Chances are the wires can be brought up through the floor from the basement below, so the rewiring shouldn't cost the mortgage. Continues on next page

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DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren

Energy Express

cope with the ending of a very long friendship? I saw warning signs for a couple of years, and tried many times to talk to my best friend about what seemed to be happening. Her values and priorities are moving in other directions now. I no longer feel appreciated as her friend. My heart is breaking. We have been friends for half our lives. This is more devastating than any divorce, death or hurricane I have ever experienced. She is how I have gotten through my life this far. There are support groups out there for everything under the sun, except for losing a best friend due to indifference and lack of caring. Please advise me. -THROWN AWAY IN PASADENA, TEXAS DEAR THROWN AWAY: I know you are hurting, and I am sorry. But friendships are not just made up of helping each other through the hard times; there is also a component of celebrating the good ones. While she may have been your leaning post, you need to examine what you were to her. If the load became too much to carry, it's understandable that she would need to back off. While there are no support groups for people in your situation, there are counselors who can help you sort through your feelings -- and because this experience has been devastating, you should talk with one. ** DEAR ABBY: I'm a 16-

DEAR ABBY: How do I

END OF LONGTIME FRIENDSHIP CAUSES OVERWHELMING PAIN


year-old girl from a religious home. When I was 7, my father got very drunk and molested me. It had a terrible Dear impact Abby on me. He has apologized for what happened and knows I hate him for it and can't forgive him. It hasn't happened since, and I know he's telling the truth. I feel the next step in my healing is to confide in my friends and ask them to pray for me. But if I do, I know they won't look at me the same. I'm afraid they'll get their parents to intervene and something will happen to Dad. That's the last thing I want. Should I tell? -NEEDS SUPPORT IN PHILLY DEAR NEEDS SUPPORT: You appear to be an idealistic, intelligent young woman. But it's important you understand that apologizing for committing a crime against someone is not enough. The person must also be willing to accept the consequences of his actions. Drop by an elementary school and look at the 7-yearolds on the playground. That's how small and vulnerable you were when your father molested you. Ask yourself: Did he quit drinking and get help for his alcohol problem? Did he talk to his minister and confess what he did? Did he seek professional help of any kind? Are there little girls in your extended family? You are exhibiting two classic signs of an abuse victim. One is thinking that people will regard you differently if you disclose that you were victimized. Another is the impulse to "protect" your abuser. I'm all for the power of prayer, but rather than tell your girlfriends, is your mother aware of what happened? If she is unavailable to you, then you should talk to your minister or a trusted counselor at school. If you're afraid this will "betray" your father, call the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) tollfree at (800) 656-4673. You can speak to one of the counselors there in complete confidence. They are experienced and can guide you about what -- or what not -- to do next. ** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. ** For everything you need to know about wedding planning, order "How to Have a Lovely Wedding." Send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds only) to: Dear Abby -Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included in the price.)
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Reframing Fitness: Coach Obama Gives Our Hearts a Workout


Marilynn Preston President Obama sneaks a cigarette from time to time. It's a nasty habit, but so is being judgmental and meanspirited. Give the guy a break, I say. He'll quit when he quits. Meanwhile, when it comes to understanding and articulating what it means to live a healthier, happier lifestyle, Obama is a champion, not only our commander in grief. No matter how busy or chaotic his day, President Obama takes time, makes time, to work out. He eats well and stays lean. He and first lady Michelle put in an iconic, organic vegetable garden in the White House, inspiring others to eat their greens and befriend local farmers. Our president loves his wife even more than his Blackberry and is a role model daddy. He is also a master of non-reactivity. Though pundits may clamor for him to be more demonstrative, more emotional, he stays calm and clear, which many of us consider a highly evolved state when it comes to living a mentally healthy life. There is no political divide when it comes to dealing with the stresses of everyday life. Obama walks the talk, and his recent presidential talk in Tucson, Ariz., included some healthy lifestyle tips I want to repeat here, because they are so thoughtful, so imaginative, so important to how all of us feel and function every single day. When something bad happens, President Obama said in that widely celebrated speech, we're shaken from our routines. It could be the death of a loved one, or my words it could be the loss of a job, a foreclosure, an illness, a divorce. Or it could be those 40 extra pounds that weigh you down at every turn. We all have our challenges. When your world is shaken, he said, we're forced to look inward and reflect on past behavior: "Did we spend enough time with an aging parent, we wonder. Did we express our gratitude for all the sacrifices they made for us? Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we loved them, not just once in a while, but every single day?" Compassion. Gratitude. Love.

Living a healthier, happier lifestyle isn't just about spending time in the gym and drinking protein shakes. When you contemplate your fitness, you need to think about what you're doing to bring more compassion, gratitude and love into your life. Healthy Life Coach Obama continued: "Sudden loss causes us to look backward but it also forces us to look forward, ... Continues on page 10

Dcor Score
Continued from page 7 Ideally, you can also install a ceiling-hung lighting fixture centered over the coffee table, such as the large chandelier in the pictured living room. The designer obviously delights in lots of lighting don't you love that quartet of tall carved floor lamps standing guard at each end of the love seats? By the way, all the furniture is from Restoration Hardware, including those classic Corinthian column floor lamps and the equally classic column capital that's been repurposed as a coffee table (www.restorationhardware.co m). tiny den. The house dates back to the 1960s, and the den is paneled in what seems to be plywood pressed and stained to look like pine paneling. There are also overhead pine beams. It's obvious that this is where we'll do most of our living the actual "living room" is too small and formal. Since we feel smothered by all the dark paneling, is it OK to paint? sive and hard to come by, while wood was cheap and readily available. By all means, paint the faux paneling and the beams. You'll be pleased by how much larger, brighter and more gracious that little den will appear. What's a New York minute, you may be wondering? Here's my favorite definition: It equals the time between the moment the traffic light goes green and the cabbie behind you blows his horn!" Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.
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Q: We have downsized ourselves from a four-bedroom home with a two-story family room to a small ranch with a

A: In a New York minute, the answer is yes! If the paneling was real carved hardwood, we'd have to think much longer than that before committing it to paint ... although the 18th-century look on naked wood paneling is a sign of excessive thrift. However, we have to remember that in those days paint was expen-

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In Fashion

The Power of the Closet Purge


Sharon Mosley Even though you may be up to your elbows in snow, it may be the perfect time to do some spring cleaning in your closet. Stuck indoors on a dreary day? Start tackling the deep dark hole that is your closet. "Get rid of those skeletons of seasons past and make room for your fashionable future," says Eric Daman, Hollywood costume designer and stylist and author of "You Know You Want It: Style-Inspiration-Confidence" (Clarkson Potter, $29.99). These are Daman's favorite three words for the closet purge no matter what time of year: "Edit, edit, edit!" "Don't let your head spin around," says the clothes horse behind "Gossip Girl." Instead, Daman suggests that a well-edited and "gloriously groomed closet is a glamour girl's best style secret." Here are his steps to cleaning out the "demons" in your closet and creating a sanctuary:

plete your ritual exorcism, says Daman. "Put all


your rejects into a garbage bag to be gifted, sold or donated to a local charity."

derarms, buttons and zippers, shoulders, pelvic region, hips and tummy. Enjoy being the star of your own montage: "This is your chick-flick makeover," says Daman. "'Your Pretty Woman' or 'Clueless' or 'She's All That' moment. Play your personal soundtrack in the background." Believe in the power of the purge! "Whatever you do, do not give up halfway through this terrifying task," he says. "I promise you, the end result will be worth every bead of sweat you put into it." Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.
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Be bold, be tough,
says Daman. "Remember, you've got to be cruel to be kind!"

MORE TIPS FROM ERIC DAMAN


As you go through your closet and drawers, if you find something you haven't worn as recently as a few weeks ago, try it on in front of a full-length mirror. See how you look standing, sitting and making basic daily gestures, such as hailing a cab or flirting. Don't forget the 360-degree mirror inspection by taking careful notice of the "danger zones": bustline, un-

A well-edited and gloriously groomed closet is a glamour girl's best style secret, says Eric Daman, stylist and author of You Know You Want It. Illustration courtesy of Derek Marks. too many of them," says Daman. "Choose the top three; ditch the rest." old garments.

Say farewell and com-

Just because it was expensive, doesn't mean we should keep those luxury items. "If you've
never worn it, you never will," says Daman. "Consider doing consignment retail."

Tackle the easy stuff first. Set your TBEs (totally


basic essentials) to one side.

Then separate your "absolute-to-die-for" favorites in another pile.

"I love it, but it looks awful on me!" Don't be


fooled, says Daman, by those "jeans of torture" or the "dress from 10 pounds ago."

One more category of "keepers": "Those wouldbe goodies except for runaway buttons, torn linings, stains, etc."

Now that you have all of your clothing in four style piles, it's time to hang,
fold, purge and restore, according to the stylist.

Now for the hard part ... yes, the reject pile.
"This might hurt," says Daman, "but you'll thank me later. Be merciless!"

Hang your TBEs and your to-die-for favorites in your now cavernous closet, first by type
shirts, skirts, pants, suits and dresses and then by color.

Get rid of anything you haven't worn in over a year. Ditto for "the clones."
We all have them. "If you love black pencil skirts, my guess is that you have way

Then give your tired, worn clothing the love it needs by calling in a master the tailor who
can breathe new life into your

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Coach Obama...
Continued from page 8 ...to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us. "We may ask ourselves if we've shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we are doing right by our children, or our community, and whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own mortality and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others." Kindness and generosity. How well we have loved. Bettering the lives of others. Trust me, this will add more joy to your life than 10 days of the cabbage soup cleanse or 10 weeks of spinning class. Obamacare took on a whole new meaning near the close of his talk: "We may not be able to stop all the evil in the world, but I know that how we treat each other is entirely up to us." Bingo! We may not be able to stop genocide in Africa or corruption in Pakistan or prevent the next earthshaking calamity, but the choice to be kind to one another and ourselves is entirely ours to make. And it is entirely at the heart of what a healthy lifestyle looks like. We put so much emphasis on how we look, how much we weigh, carbs vs. protein vs. sprouted wheatgrass, we often overlook the importance of love, kindness, generosity and gratitude. President Obama was really smokin' when he wrote that speech. And I hope he lit your fire when he delivered it. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! DID YOU VOLUNTEER ON MLK DAY? "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther KIng Marilynn Preston fitness expert, personal trainer 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, http://marilynnpreston.com and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to MyEnergyExpress@aol.com.
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Targeting Retirement
Terry Savage Do you own a target-date mutual fund in your 401(k) plan or Individual Retirement Account? If you do, you should understand how target-date funds work. And if you don't own one now, you might want to consider adding one of these popular funds, which let the investment pros decide on the appropriate investment allocations based on your hoped-for retirement date. You can find targetdate funds at all the major mutual fund companies, including Vanguard, Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, American Century and very likely in your company retirement plan. The concept of targetdate (sometimes called "lifecycle") funds is to create different funds for different targeted retirement dates, such as 2020, 2025, 2030 or beyond. You pick the fund that most closely matches the date you hope you'll retire. Then you stick with the fund and keep adding to it on a regular basis over the years. Each target-date fund gives the investor a different mix of various stock categories, along with bonds, and even more conservative money markets. Recognizing that unsophisticated investors get nervous about changing their allocations, these funds are managed to become more conservative in their allocations to stock as they approach the target date, the date you've set for retirement. Even at the actual target date, these funds maintain some exposure to stocks because they are designed for you to take withdrawals over your period of retirement. So you still need some although a smaller amount of the growth that stocks provide. Target-date funds have become one of the fastest growing categories of mutual funds, since they were introduced about a decade ago. There is now more than $250 billion invested in them, with about 80 percent of those dollars invested through employer-sponsored retirement plans. The big growth in target date funds came after the Labor Department ruled that companies could, and in fact should, default new employee contributions into these diversified mutual funds. They became a "safe harbor" option because these plans are designed to give investors managed exposure to the stock market. Now a new Vanguard study gives convincing evidence that these proposals may be unnecessary. (Vanguard-administered retirement plans are a leader in providing target-date funds for 401(k) and 403(b) plans.) Their new survey reveals that people who actually choose a target-date fund for their own IRA have a better understanding of how these funds work than those employees who are just defaulted into a target-date plan. That's not surprising, because investors who are responsible for their own decisions tend to do more homework. Vanguard estimates that half of the participants in target-date funds in 2009 were simply defaulted into them as part of their employee benefits program. Even so, according to this survey, the vast majority were aware that these investments are not guaranteed and do involve risk. Before target date funds received this "seal of approval," many employees were defaulted into safer money market funds or the equivalent. While those funds guarded against loss of principal, they failed to give the employees a chance to grow their money over the long run for retirement. After the huge market decline in 2008, many retirement plan investors were shocked that their target-date funds showed huge losses. They shouldn't have been if they had read the information that described how the funds work. After all, when the market has that kind of huge decline, all stocks will fall to some degree. The entire idea of a target-date fund is that you'll ride it out not only to the targeted date, such as 2020, or 2025, or 2030 - but even beyond during your retirement years as you take withdrawals stretched out over your lifetime. Sadly, those who mistakenly thought that target-date funds "guaranteed" a certain level of annual performance rushed to the exits at just the wrong time. Many sold out in shock just as the market reached its bottom in 2009. They missed the huge rebound. So the big question has been: Do targetdate fund investors really understand how these products work? The Labor Department, which governs employee retirement plans, has proposed new disclosure rules and new education retirements so that unsophisticated investors would understand the risk of loss. Nearly two-thirds understood the benefits of diversification but that it does not guarantee against loss. And only 8 percent of participants had the incorrect belief that target-date funds were designed to provide a guaranteed income. Even fewer were so misinformed as to believe these funds become "risk free" at the target date. Investing is always easy in hindsight. One thing is sure: If you don't take some appropriate risk in your investments, over the long run, you will barely break even with inflation and may come out behind, after taxes. There are three ways to minimize risk in the stock market. The first is to diversify your investments. The second is to continue to contribute to those diversified investments, through the ups and downs of the markets. And the third is to take a long-term perspective. Target-date funds are designed to do just that grow your money in a diversified way, using the discipline of professional money management over the long run. As an employee, all you have to do is keep your eye and your money on target! 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 www.terrysavage.com. She is the author of the new book, "The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?"
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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery

WITHHOLDING DESSERT WON'T CHANGE DAUGHTER'S BEHAVIOR


Q: We have a 7-year-old
daughter who has started stealing sweets from the kitchen. This is new behavior, and we're at a loss about discipline for her. She's already lost all of her dessert privileges. What else can we do? ture. Just be sure that you are modeling moderation in your own diet. The more serious issue involving your daughter's behavior is trust. Sneaking is a form of deception. That's a big deal. Rather than scolding your daughter about the sweets, I would talk seriously with her about trust in your relationship. Explain to her that if she wants something to eat, all she has to do is ask. Even though you may sometimes say "no" when she asks for a doughnut right before dinner, assure her that you will be sensitive to her needs. Instead of disciplining her behavior with no dessert, which emphasizes the food issue, consider a consequence that has more to do with building trust in your relationship. ** to have a strong bond with her dad, too, especially before she starts dating.

Jim: I can't think

Juli: One of the

things that may be complicating your response to your daughter's sweet tooth is that there are really two different parenting issues to deal with. The more obvious issue is your concern about your daughter's diet. It's natural for kids to crave sugary snacks. At 7, your daughter doesn't have the self-control or maturity to limit her intake of unhealthy food. I wouldn't overreact to her desire to eat sweets. Food can easily become a control issue, which can become a precursor for disordered eating in the fu-

Q: Can you suggest some


ways I can connect with my daughter? It's one of my goals for the New Year. She has a good relationship with her mom because they're interested in the same "girl stuff." But she's just about to reach the teen years, and I want her

of a more worthwhile New Year's resolution! Generally speaking, the most effective thing you can do to strengthen ties with your daughter is to make (BEGIN ITALS)time(END ITALS) for her -- in both quality and quantity. According to my friend, Dr. Kevin Leman, the bond fathers develop with their daughters during times of real conversation and connection can pay huge dividends. This is especially true for girls in the "tween" years. Dr. Leman advises that

dads with daughters in this age group (BEGIN ITALS)date(END ITALS) them on a regular basis. Showing your daughter that she's a high priority is essential for many reasons. For one thing, it will help her seek out men who will respect her later in life. Affirming your daughter's femininity and treating her special says to her, "Honey, seek out someone who will treat you right." In other words, if you can demonstrate for your daughter what a true gentleman is like -- someone who honors her, respects her and values her -- she'll be more likely to gravitate toward men like that when she enters the dating world. On a regular basis, make an effort to take your daughter out to dinner, a movie, a round of miniature golf -- or whatever interests

her. I know it's tough, especially when you're likely working full time and you also need to make room on your calendar to date your wife. But it's so important. The investment you make in your daughter now will impact her for the rest of her life. ** Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: ask@FocusOnTheFamily.com
Copyright 2011 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995 International Copyright Secured. All Rights reserved.

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Video Game Reviews

Get Behind the Wheel of Gran Turismo 5


Jeb Haught DEVELOPER: Polyphony Digital Inc. PUBLISHER: Sony SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3 PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Everyone REVIEW RATING: 4 stars (out of 5) Die-hard racing fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of a new Gran Turismo title for six years. Judging from the ultra-realistic since the last generation of consoles, Gran Turismo seems fine to offer practically the same experience as "GT4," but with updated visuals and locations. This may be fine for driving purists, but I want a user-friendly game that is both fun and challenging. Instead of streamlining the career mode, the developers force Ricky Bobby wannabes to begin with a beat-up junker and compete in several boring races until they can obtain a This is the first iteration to offer "realistic damage modeling," but it's only realistic if everyone is driving less than 10 MPH. Minor crashes produce only the slightest scratches and dents, while high speed smash-ups don't smash anything. They just make slightly larger dents and scratches. I guess the manufacturers of the 1,000-plus vehicles in the game still don't want their precious vehicles to be unrecognizable, but I think players already know what these super sports cars look like unblemished. Still, when I have to pay thousands of dollars for only minor imperfections, the new damage modeling doesn't seem like a worthy feature. Driving purists will happily endure these imperfections for the unparalleled driving experience found in "Gran Turismo 5," but regular racing fans would rather see this game get a tune-up. 4 stars = Pretty Good 3 stars = Above Average 2 stars = Bargain Bin 1 star = Don't Bother

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performance, physics, handling and visuals featured in the last version, "Gran Turismo 5" should be the most advanced racing game on the planet! So, how does it fare? Well, it's an unbelievably realistic driving experience, but it's also the most frustrating. While other racing franchises have grown and expanded

car that is worth driving. Then players are forced to endure endless restrictions like having a high enough driving level or owning the right vehicle before they can race. This wouldn't be so bad if some guidance was provided to help the player figure out where and how to obtain these particular vehicles.

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A FAT EPIDEMIC
Veterinarians ready to help take pounds off pets
By Dr. Marty Becker Universal Uclick Even as public health experts report with alarm that human weight averages are increasing, veterinarians have long been worried about the same trend in our pets. Dogs and cats are getting larger for the same reasons that people are: too much food and not enough exercise. And obesity in pets causes a lot of the same problems it does in people. An overweight pet is prone to a host of related issues, including diabetes, joint, ligament and tendon difficulties, and breathing and heart challenges. Overweight cats can even develop skin problems from not being able to groom themselves properly. The overall impact on comfort and longevity can be dire. But the truth is that its not as difficult to trim down pets as it might be to fight your own battles with the bulge. What pets eat depends on what we give them. And although we might groan at the thought of exercise, our pets are always up for a brisk walk, a game of fetch or some play with a toy on a string. They love to move, especially if were moving with them. Simply put: Theres no excuse for an overweight pet. Especially not today, with veterinarians well-armed not only with advice but with special foods that can help you trim the excess from your pet. These products were well-represented at the North American Veterinary Conference, which recently wrapped up its 25th annual convention for veterinarians in Orlando, Fla. Healthy pets have so me padding on them, but a little padding is plenty. Rub your hands over the ribs of your dog or cat. The skin should move easily back and forth, and you should be able to feel the ribs. Your pet should have a definable waist at the bottom of the rib cage. Take a look from the side: If your pet looks pregnant, hes fat. Crash diets arent good for pets, especially not for fat cats, who can develop a fatal liver problem if forced to reduce too quickly. A pet doesnt get fat overnight, and he shouldnt be forced to change course any more rapidly. What youll need to do is change your pets eating and exercise habits gradually. Your veterinarian is your partner and resource in this lifestyle change, so enlist her aid early. Carve out some time in your schedule to walk your dog or play with your cat three times a week, at least, daily if possible. Exercise has an added bonus: In addition to keeping your pet healthy, regular activity helps to correct many behavior problems caused by boredom. Whatever regimen you and your veterinarian decide on, be determined to stick to it. Get out of the habit of expressing love for your pets by constantly offering treats, and use lower-fat treats such as carrots when you do hand over the goodies. And remember that exercise is good for you both. Yes, itll be hard in the beginning, what with those begging eyes and all. But dont give in. Your pets life will be happier and longer if hes kept fit. And yours will be, too.

Tabby cats come in many colors


Tabby is a general term for striped cats, and tabbies come in many colors and patterns more than 40 varieties in all. Red tabbies seem to have a special following and mythology, perhaps because in male cats, the red-orange gene is almost always connected with tabby markings, while among females, red-orange cats can be tabbies, tortoiseshells or calicoes. (About one calico in 3,000 is male, but hes not your usual male, in that he carries an extra X chromosome.) Tabbies can be further distinguished by differences in the patterns of their stripes. For example, a spotted tabby has gaps in the striping pattern, making the dark color appear as spots. The most recognizable is probably the mackerel tabby, with parallel lines placed like the ribs of a fish hence the name. All tabby cats carry a special mark in common, an M on the top of their heads. A dogs heart normally beats between 70 to 180 times per minute, with little dogs having a faster heart rate. A puppy will also have a faster pulse up to 220 beats per minute. You can take your dogs pulse at home, by the way, but not by putting your fingertips on your dogs wrist, as you would with a person. Instead, check the heart rate in one of two places: Choice 1: Put your hand over your dogs left side, behind the front leg. Youll feel the heart pulsing beneath your fingers (if you cant, you might talk to your veterinarian about getting some of the fat off your dog). Choice 2: Put your fingertips on the femoral artery, on the inside of the leg just where it meets the body, right in the middle. (Its a pretty big blood vessel, so you shouldnt have any problem finding it.) Either way, count the beats while 15 seconds click off your watch. Multiply by four to get the BPM, or beats per minute. Do it when your dog is healthy and relaxed, so youll know whats normal. Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker

About Pet Connection


Pet Connection is produced by a team of pet-care experts headed by Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and award-winning journalist Gina Spadafori. The two are also the authors of many best-selling pet-care books. Dr. Becker can also be found at Facebook.com/DrMartyBecker or on Twitter at DrMartyBecker.

Fat or fluffy? You need to put your hands on your pet to know for sure. A little padding is normal, but too much is a health risk.

George Varga The darkest and most disturbing moments in Shakespeare's plays and Wagner's operas almost seem like cotton candy TV sitcom fodder compared to the real-life travails San Diego blues vocal dynamo Candye Kane experienced growing up. While her parents-to-be were on their honeymoon in Las Vegas, Kane's father was arrested for embezzlement. He was serving time at California's Chino State Prison when she was born. Her mother's side of the family suffered from alcoholism and mental illness Kane's grandmother and maternal aunt both spent time in psychiatric hospitals and Kane was just 9 when her mother taught her to shoplift. It was a prelude to even worse things to follow. Kane joined a gang in East Los Angeles, where she grew up. She became an unwed mother at 17, a year before she started working in the pornography industry (she said she was raped during her first nude modeling job). Then came bouts of intravenous drug use, during which time she'd leave her young son with her mother. ("Even though my mom was dysfunctional," Kane said, "she was less dysfunctional than I was at the time.") These harrowing travails and Kane's successful struggle to rise above them inspired her autobiographical musical, "The Toughest Girl Alive" (which is also the title of one of her 10 solo albums). It remains to be seen if the play will find Kane demonstrating her uniquely hard-hitting, no-hands piano playing approach. The play opened a three-week run at San Diego's Moxie Theatre on Jan. 15 and theater companies from Chicago to Oregon have already approached Kane about possible future productions. Adapted and directed from Kane's memoirs by San Diego Ballet co-director Javier Velasco, it features 25 of her songs and her touring band (which includes her oldest son Evan, now 30, on drums). "I definitely wasn't just a victim," Kane said. Continues on page 19

Blues singer Candye Kane presents her difficult life journey in her autobiographical musical, "The Toughest Girl Alive." Photo courtesy of Kevin M. Connors.

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01/28/2011 Rated: R Genre: Comedy Inspired by true events that are too over-the-top for even the wildest imaginations to conjure, 'Casino Jack' lays bare the wild excesses and escapades of Jack Abramoff. Aided by his business partner Michael, Jack parlays his clout over some of the world's most powerful men with the goal of creating a personal empire of wealth and influence. When the two enlist a mob-connected buddy to help with one of their illegal schemes, they soon find themselves in over their heads, entrenched in a world of mafia assassins, murder and a scandal that spins so out of control that it makes worldwide headlines. Starring: Kelly Preston,Kevin Spacey,Barry Pepper,Rachelle Lefevre,Jon Lovitz,Yannick Bisson,Eric Schweig,Maury Chaykin,Christian Campbell,Spencer Garrett

From Prada To Nada


01/28/2011 Rated: PG-13 Genre: Drama Two sisters, one a young beauty who chooses passion over logic, the other a law student whose fixed moral compass keeps her from following her desires, are uprooted from their luxurious home when their father suddenly passes away. Out of money and out of options, the women move into their Great Aunt Aurelia's modest, but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood where they find themselves thrown into a world that, despite their heritage, seems completely foreign. Over time, they discover the beauty of the culture they once fought so desperately to hide. And in the process they find the one thing that had eluded them: love. Starring: Camilla Belle,April Bowlby,Alexa Vega,Wilmer Valderrama,Nicholas D'Agosto,Kuno Becker,Adriana Barraza,Karla Souza,Alexis Ayala

CINEMARK 14 - EL PASO
FROM PRADA TO NADA (PG-13)10:55am 1:35pm 4:25pm 7:10pm 9:50pm THE KING'S SPEECH - CinArts (R) 10:45am 1:40pm 4:35pm 7:30pm 10:25pm THE MECHANIC (R) 9:40am 12:10pm 2:40pm 5:10pm 7:40pm 10:10pm THE RITE (PG-13)11:25am 2:15pm 5:05pm 7:55pm 10:45pm BLACK SWAN - CinArts (R) 11:05am 1:55pm 4:45pm 7:25pm 10:05pm LITTLE FOCKERS (PG-13)11:20am 2:00pm 4:30pm 7:05pm 9:40pm NO STRINGS ATTACHED - DIGITAL (R) 11:35am 2:25pm 5:15pm 8:05pm 10:55pm SEASON OF THE WITCH (PG-13)6:55pm

*NO PASSES-NO SUPERSAVERS

West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday January 28
9:30pm TANGLED (PG)11:10am 1:45pm 4:20pm THE DILEMMA - DIGITAL (PG-13)11:20am 2:05pm 5:00pm 7:50pm 10:40pm THE FIGHTER (R) 11:15am 2:10pm 5:05pm 8:00pm 10:50pm THE GREEN HORNET (PG-13)10:10am 1:10pm 4:05pm 7:00pm 9:55pm THE GREEN HORNET - REAL D 3D (PG13)11:30am 2:30pm 5:20pm 8:15pm 11:10pm TRON: LEGACY - REAL D 3D (PG)10:15am 1:15pm 4:15pm 7:15pm 10:15pm TRUE GRIT (PG-13)11:00am 1:50pm 4:40pm 7:20pm 10:00pm

Tinseltown
Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa Schedule good for Friday January 28
127 HOURS - DIGITAL (R) 12:30pm 3:30pm 6:30pm 9:30pm BLACK SWAN - DIGITAL (R)1:40pm 4:30pm 7:40pm 10:40pm DILEMMA, THE - DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:40am 2:25pm 5:25pm 8:20pm 11:50pm FIGHTER, THE - DIGITAL (R) 12:40pm 3:45pm 6:50pm 9:45pm FROM PRADA TO NADA - DIGITAL (PG-13) 1:45pm 4:40pm 7:30pm 10:20pm GREEN HORNET, THE - DIGITAL (PG13)11:30am 2:30pm 5:30pm 8:30pm 11:30pm GREEN HORNET, THE - 3D (PG-13) 1:05pm 4:05pm 7:05pm 10:10pm KING'S SPEECH, THE - DIGITAL (R) 1:35pm 4:45pm 7:50pm 10:35pm LITTLE FOCKERS - DIGITAL (PG-13) 12:00pm 2:40pm 5:20pm 8:10pm 10:50pm MECHANIC, THE - DIGITAL (R) 11:35am 12:45pm 2:10pm 3:25pm 4:55pm 6:05pm 7:45pm 8:50pm 10:30pm 11:40pm NO STRINGS ATTACHED - DIGITAL (R) 11:45am 1:15pm 2:45pm 4:15pm 5:45pm 7:15pm 8:45pm 10:15pm 11:45pm RITE, THE - DIGITAL (PG-13) 2:00pm 5:00pm 8:00pm 11:00pm RITE, THE - XD (PG-13) 1:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm 10:00pm SEASON OF THE WITCH - DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:30am 1:55pm 4:50pm 7:35pm 10:25pm TANGLED - DIGITAL (PG) 1:50pm 4:20pm 7:20pm 10:05pm TRON: LEGACY - DIGITAL (PG) 2:05pm 8:15pm TRON: LEGACY - 3D (PG) 5:05pm 11:15pm TRUE GRIT - DIGITAL (PG-13)11:35am 2:20pm 5:15pm 8:05pm 10:55pm YOGI BEAR - DIGITAL (PG) 11:50am 4:35pm 9:20pm YOGI BEAR - 3D (PG) 2:15pm 7:10pm

The Mechanic
01/28/2011 Rated: R Genre: Action/Adventure Arthur Bishop is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. When his mentor and close friend Harry is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves. Starring: Jason Statham,Ben Foster,Donald Sutherland,Tony Goldwyn,Jeff Chase,Mini Anden,Eddie J. Fernandez,Kurt Deville,LaTeace Towns-Cuellar,Monica Acosta

The Rite
01/28/2011 Rated: PG-13 Genre: Drama 'The Rite' follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak, who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While hes in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devils reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth. Starring: Anthony Hopkins,Ciarn Hinds,Alice Braga,Toby Jones,Colin O'Donoghue

*NO PASSES-NO SUPERSAVERS

Premiere Cinemas

6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for 01-28-11


*THE RITE-SUBTITULADA EN ESPANOL35 MM (PG-13)10:45a 1:30p 4:15p 7:10p 9:55p 127 HOURS- DIGITAL (R)10:30a 1:00p 3:30p 6:05p 8:30p 11:00p CHRONICLES OF NARNIA:VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER- (PG)10:35a 1:20p HARRY POTTER 7 PART 1 - DIGITAL (PG-13)10:30a 2:00p 5:30p 9:00p LITTLE FOCKERS- DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:50a 2:20p 4:50p 7:20p 9:50p SEASON OF THE WITCH- DIGITAL (PG13)10:50a 1:30p 4:15p 7:00p 9:40p THE FIGHTER- DIGITAL (R)11:55a 2:50p 6:05p 9:30p THE KINGS SPEECH- DIGITAL (R)12:05p 3:00p 6:05p 9:00p TRON: LEGACY- DIGITAL (PG)5:00p 8:00p 11:00p * -- denotes Pass Restricted features

*3D CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREAD (PG) 10:40a 1:30p 4:15p 7:00p 9:40p *3D THE GREEN HORNET- DIGITAL(PG13)10:45a 12:30p 1:45p 3:30p 4:45p 6:30p 7:45p 9:30p 10:45p *3D TRON: LEGACY DIGITAL (PG) 10:30a 1:30p 4:30p 7:30p 10:30p *DBOX GREEN HORNET 3D- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:45a 1:45p 4:45p 7:45p 10:45p *NO STRINGS ATTACHED- DIGITAL (R) 10:40a 11:40a 1:40p 2:40p 4:40p 6:05p 7:40p 9:20p 10:40p *THE GREEN HORNET- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:30a 1:30p 4:30p 7:30p 10:30p *THE MECHANIC- DIGITAL (R)10:30a 11:10a 1:00p 1:40p 3:35p 4:10p 6:05p 6:50p 8:50p 9:35p 11:20p *THE RITE-DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:00a 1:45p 4:40p 7:30p 10:15p

Black Swan
Now Showing Rated: R Genre: Drama and Thriller 'Black Swan' follows the story of Nina, a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. When artistic director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre for the opening production of their new season, 'Swan Lake,' he narrows his choices to Nina and a new dancer, Lily. 'Swan Lake' requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry, Nina becomes dangerously more in touch with her dark side. Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan, Vincent Cassel

127 Hours
01/28/2011 Rated: R Genre: Drama '127 Hours' is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolate canyon in Utah. Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life. Starring: James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Clmence Posy

EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 1/28 - 2/03
BURLESQUE (PG-13)12:05 | 2:25 | 4:55 | 7:20 | 9:55 CONVICTION (R)12:40 2:55 5:15 | 7:30 | 9:45 DESPICABLE ME 3D (PG) 12:20 | 2:50 | 7:35 DUE DATE (R) 12:25 2:15 4:15 | 6:40 | 9:00 FASTER (R) 12:15 | 3:00 | 5:20 | 7:25 | 9:30 JACKASS 3-D (2010) (R) 5:10 | 9:35 LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: 2D (PG) 12:30 | 2:30 | 7:05 LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (PG-13) 12:00 | 2:20 | 4:45 | 7:15 | 9:40 LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS (R) 4:40 | 9:15 MEGAMIND IN 2D (PG)12:05 | 2:00 | 4:05 | 6:10 | 8:20 MEGAMIND 3D (PG) 12:50 | 2:55 | 5:05 | 7:10 | 9:10 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (R) 4:30 | 9:20 SKYLINE (PG-13) 12:45 | 2:40 | 6:55 THE NEXT THREE DAYS (PG-13) 12:10 | 2:35 | 5:00 | 7:25 | 9:50 UNSTOPPABLE (PG-13) 12:35 | 2:45 | 4:50 | 7:00 | 9:05

Schedule good for Jan 29,30, Feb 1 BURLESQUE (PG-13) 2:25p 7:15p THE NEXT 3 DAYS (PG-13) 12:25p 3:20p 6:15p DUE DATE (R) 12:40p 2:55p 5:10p 7:20p 9:30p 9:10p FASTER (R) 12:20p 2:40p 5:00p 7:25p 9:45p THE SOCIAL NETW0RK (PG-13)12:00p 4:50p LOVE & OTHER DRUGS (R) 12:00p 2:30p 9:40p 4:55p 7:30p 9:50p UNSTOPPABLE (PG-13)12:05p 2:20p 4:40p MEGAMIND (PG)12:35p 2:50p 5:05p 7:15p 7:00p 9:20p 9:25p

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Continued from page 15 ..."There were a lot of decisions in my life I made of my own volition. I put myself in bad situations and paid the price." As harrowing as Kane's early life was, her tale is ultimately one of tenacity and redemption in the face of dizzying odds (most recently, the ninehour surgery she underwent in 2008 for pancreatic cancer). "We didn't homogenize it for any audience, although children are obviously discouraged from attending," said Kane, a bisexual, divorced mother of two adult sons, who credits her move to San Diego in the late 1980s for helping to turn her life around. "This musical has every dark aspect of who I am and where I came from. It was tough to write because I'm a positive person who uses self-affirma-

tion every day, so it was a challenge. But that's what humanizes it all. It's not fiction, it's real. This happened and I'm still here." Kane's tenacity in the face of such formidable challenges appealed to the award-winning Moxie Theater, the women-led San Diego theater company, that has won acclaim for its bold vision and daring productions. "Moxie is thrilled to be producing the world premiere of a show that truly fulfills our mission to create more diverse and honest images of women for our culture," said Moxie Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. "There are few women who have lived a life as rich and diverse as Candye's or who are as open and honest about how they've lived their lives. We believe the most thrilling part of her story is that she tells it without shame or regret, and we at Moxie say: 'Hell yeah' to that! We feel honored to know her and excited to share her story with our audience." Noted for her sometimes bawdy and irreverent performing persona, Kane cuts a bigger-than-life figure, on stage and off. "The Toughest Girl Alive" wisely offers some comic relief among the way. "There's an element of humor in much of my story," she

said. "The way I survived the darker elements of my life was by taking a lot of things with a grain of salt. After all, not everybody's mom teaches them to shoplift!" SWEET INSPIRATION Candye Kane started her musical career as a twangy country roots singer, before she discovered the blues and had a musical epiphany. Here are three of the artists she cites as major influences: Memphis Minnie: Born Lizzie Douglas in Louisiana on June 3, 1897, she got her start playing in circuses. A robust singer and guitarist, she achieved success in a maledominated blues world, and her late-1920s song "Bumble Bee" (recorded with her first husband, Kansas Joe McCoy) provided the template for Muddy Waters' classic "Honey Bee." Minnie died Aug. 6, 1973. Continues on page 21

Schedule good for 1/28 - 2/03


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THE RITE (PG-13)11:00 12:20 1:20 3:10 4:10 6:05 7:05 8:45 9:45 (11:30 12:30 FRI/SAT) FROM PRADA TO NADA (PG-13) 11:00 1:30 4:15 7:10 9:40 (12:00 FRI/SAT) THE MECHANIC (R) 11:15 1:45 4:30 7:20 9:50 (12:10 FRI/SAT) NO STRINGS ATTACHED (R) 11:00 1:35 4:15 7:00 9:45 (12:10 FRI/SAT) GREEN HORNET 3D (PG13) *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES* 1:00 3:35 6:10 8:45 (11:15 FRI/SAT) GREEN HORNET 2D (PG13)11:00 1:55 4:50 7:25 10:00 (12:00 FRI/SAT) DILEMMA (PG-13) 10:50 1:30 4:15 7:00 9:40 (12:15 FRI/SAT) BLACK SWAN (R) 11:00 1:30 4:00 7:00 9:30 (12:15 FRI/SAT) SEASON OF THE WITCH (PG-13)11:00 1:20 4:15 7:00 9:30 (12:00 FRI/SAT) LITTLE FOCKERS (PG-13) 12:10 2:30 4:50 7:10 9:35 (12:00 FRI/SAT) KING'S SPEECH (R) 11:00 1:45 4:30 7:20 10:00 TRON :LEGACY 3D (PG13) *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:50 YOGI BEAR 2D (PG) 12:45 2:55 5:05 7:15 9:20 FIGHTER (R) 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:45 (12:15 FRI/SAT) TANGLED 2D (PG) 12:00 2:20 4:40 7:00 9:30 (12:00 FRI/SAT) CLASS CONCERT/ GISELLE 7:30PM THURSDAY 2/2/11

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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from January 28th thru February 3rd. 2011
If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHTS Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to: editorial@spotlightepnews.com

CENTRAL NORTHEAST Parallel Lives - El


Paso Community Colleges Performers Studio present the comic montage, originally

or kidsnco.org.

The Unexpected Guest The Agatha


Christie mystery is Jan 7-29 at El Paso Playhouse. Di-

MISSION VALLEY Belly Dance Extravaganza 2011

Dance Alive is led by Lorraine Alvarez Portilla, local performer and dance instructor. Alvarez Portilla will lead free workshops 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30, at the Chamizal, on Belly Dance Favorite Moves & Yoga for Belly Dancers Special dance workshops are Saturday.

DOWNTOWN WESTSIDE
UTEP Mens Basketball - Home games are at
written and performed by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy based on the Kathy and Mo Show, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2829 and Feb. 4-5, at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum. Directed by Lisa McNiel. Tickets: $10 ($5 students/seniors/military). Information: 637-4029, 8315056 or epcc.edu. the Don Haskins Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Individual tickets: $14 to $50, plus service charge. Informa-

rected by Melissa Spalding. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, 16 and 23. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military and students with ID). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.

Dance Alive presents an evening of dance and music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $10. Information: 566-1742 or 544-0364.

Beauty and the Beast Kids-N-Co.,


1301 Texas, presents its version of the classic fairy tale Jan. 29-Feb.20. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sun-

EASTSIDE Tejanos baseball The Tejanos of El Paso Community College take on Scottsdale Community College Jan. 28-30, at the Valle

out Gerald Lovato against Michael Casteel plus El Paso natives Hector Ochoa and Rodrigo Sotelo Jr. in two separate events. Advance tickets: $20 (general admission); $65 reserved seating; VIP ringside seating $75. Military discount available on reserved seats. Other bouts include Eddie Armendariz against El Pasos Rodrigo Sotelo Jr., Dwight Gipson vs. Randy Sandoval, Jason Fisher vs. Joey Lujan, the professional debut of El Pasos Hector Ochoa vs. Zach Haney, Nathan Torrez vs. Jay Flores and Angel DeJesus vs. Kim McDonough.

2011 live horse racing season runs through April 19. Race days are Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. First post is 12:25 p.m. each race day. General admission is free to the track and casino. First post time is 12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating is $7. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200.

Rubin Center
UTEPs Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is next to Sun Bowl Stadium (off Dawson Drive). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 7476151 or rubincenter.utep.edu. Showing Jan. 27-March 26: In the L Gallery: Differ-

ent Tempers, an exhibit by the Center for Craft Creativity and Design. The exhibit explores the distinctions and commonalities between jewelry and blacksmithing, two realms of metalsmithing that rarely interact..Continues on next page

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino The 2010-

days. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, seniors, students and active military); available at the door one hour before show. Advance reservations accepted for groups of 10 or more. Information: 351-1455

Verde Campus Baseball Field. Game time is 2 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday (doubleheader) and 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275.

Performers include the Dance Alive Dancers, and guest dancers Anala, Selena Kareena, Judith Ann and Zahira. Featured music include works by Doug Adamz & Light Rain, Jitano & the Desert Prophets, Sadaqah and Dan Lambert. Rachel Gandara will perform on guitar during intermission.

tion: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com. Wednesday, Feb. 2 UCF

Fight for Pride


Mixed Martial Arts event is 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29, at the El Paso Convention Center. Features fights are MMA stand The

SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JANUARY 28, 2011 PAGE 21 Continued from page 20

Rubin Center.... despite their shared medium. The 40 objects by 14 national artists represent the full spectrum of metals, including gold, platinum, fine and sterling silver, pewter, iron, and stainless and mild steel, in combination with other materials such as optical lenses, nail polish and hair. In the Rubin Gallery: Enrique Jezik: Lines of Division. Multi-media artist Jezik addresses five political borders of conflict: Mexico/USA, Argentina/Paraguay/Brazil, Israel/Palestine, North/South Korea, Afghanistan/Pakistan. Jezik will draw these borders with a chainsaw on the evening of the opening reception. Video footage referencing surveillance at each of these borders will be part of the sculpted plywood remnants of this performance. Lines of Division will be aligned with Jeziks previous piece about airports that accommodate NATO activity, Estreno de la Otan.

EPSYOs Winter Concert The El Paso


Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by Andres Moran, presents its winter concert 3 p.m. Sunday,Jan. 30, at the

Afternoon of Music and Dance


El Paso chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters hosts a performance of classical and popular songs and dances under direction of UTEPs Orit Eylon 2 to 4

Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $12 ($7 seniors, students and military); available at the door. information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org. The concert will feature all four EPSYOs orchestras and special guest soloists Nancy Joy, Professor of Horn and NMSU, Stephanie Song and Mary Moran.

p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, in the International Museum of Art Grand Ballroom, 1211 Montana, featuring local performers accompanied by music played on a piano that once belonged to Liberace. Proceeds benefit the society. Admission: $10 ($7.50 students; $5 ages 5 and younger). Information: Carol Miller, 5847088, Orit Eylon, 747-5000 or arts-nsal.org. Continues on next page

Continued from page 19 Kane: "Not only was she a great female guitar player at a time when there weren't very many, but she wrote a lot of songs about street-walking and prostitution, and she was rumored to have participated in those activities at different times in her life, so that was an inspiration for me." Big Maybelle: Born Mabel Louise Smith in May 1924, this big-voiced singer was an early member of the Sweethearts of Rhythm, the pioneering, all-women jazz band. Her solo career ignited in the 1950s, thanks to such classic songs as "The Gabbin' Blues," "Way Back Home," "Candy" and "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin' On" (which preceded Jerry Lee Lewis' hit version). Kane: "She embraced her large-sized body and had a sense of humor about it. She wasn't afraid to be a sexual being, even though she was much larger than most women in those days. She and Memphis Minnie were popular during a very conservative, Victorian era, and I found that to be very inspirational." Ruby Presnell: The lead singer of veteran

San Diego band Ruby Blue, she sings blues, jazz, R&B and funk with infectious verve. The current edition of Ruby Blue teams her with three San Diego jazz mainstays bassist Rob Thorsen, guitarist Bob Boss and drummer Richard Sellers. Kane: "I saw Ruby sing music that I thought was reserved for African-Americans. She was so pretty and, as the daughter of Harve Presnell, the actor, it can be assumed by some that she grew up leading a life of privilege. When I saw her perform the first time this poised, attractive blonde I realized that maybe (singing the blues) was more based on honesty and soul than on race."
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SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JANUARY 28, 2011 PAGE 22 Continued from page 21 The National Society of Arts and Letters, El Paso Chapter, was founded in 1946 to encourage young people in the arts. will go toward the program. Information: 309-0893 or outcryinternational.org. atre. Selections are Brahmss Concerto for Violin & Cello, op.102, A minor and Schumanns Symphony No. 2, op. 61 C major. Tickets: $11, $17, $28, $32 and $37, plus service charges (Ticketmaster). Student tickets: $6 and $8. Information: 532-3776. class chamber musicians Jan. 5-31. Concerts, recitals and other special events will be offered at various venues. Guests include Rubens String Quartet, violinist Joseph ing a 2-year period, including many television shows.

Lord of The Dance Michael Flatleys international dance sensation is 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at NMSUs Pan American Center. Tickets: $29, $45 and $55, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster) Information: (575) 646-1420. The story is based upon

El Paso Symphony - 18 year-old


prodigies Matthew

Junior Mance Quintet - NMSU Cultural Series presents the internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and band at 8 p.m.

Silverstein and

Outcry for The Children Outcry International will host the free

Allen, cello, and Caro-

performance of various local childrens groups 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, in the El Paso Public Librarys Main Branch theatre, 501 N. Oregon, Downtown, featuring dance and choral groups. The events purpose is to raise awareness for a childrens feeding program in Zacatecas Mexico. Donations accepted

Harlem String Quartet. Tickets: $25 per performance; $25; $20 seniors; $5 students. Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org. El Paso Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with El Paso Pro-Musica 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2829, at the Plaza Theatre. See below.

line Goulding, violin, join conductor Sarah Ioannides and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-29 at The Plaza The-

El Paso Chamber Music Festival El


Paso Pro-Musicas 22nd annual festival presents world-

Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets: $10$15. Information: (575) 6461420 or panam.nmsu. Mance is a jazz pianist, composer, author of How To Play Blues Piano and recording artist of 30 plus albums as a sideman. Before putting together his own band, Mance toured with Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie.

SOUTHERN NEW MExICO Magician Gary Carson The illusionist


performs his Reality Magic Show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets are $12. Information: (575) 621-3205.

Fishtank Ensemble - Mimbres Region Arts


Council presents the eclectic gypsy jazz band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at WNMUs Fine Arts Center

mythical Irish folklore as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Dance. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers bodies begins to build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of

Carson and his wife Kelsey Kara present a return engagement of their Las Vegas-style fundraiser for Jornada Elementary School PTO featuring live animals. Carson and Kara have performed over 8,000 shows dur-

Theatre in Silver City, N.M. Explosive violins, slap bass, musical saw, gypsy jazz guitar and more make this group pure musical excitement. Tickets: $20 ($15 MRAC members; $5 students). Information: (575) 538-2505, 1888-758-7289 or mimbresarts.org.

precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting. Flatley, Lord of the Dances creator and artistic director, was the first guest judge to appear on ABCs hit reality television program Dancing With The Stars. Continues on next page

SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JANUARY 28, 2011 PAGE 23 Continued from page 22

Lord of The Dance...


More than 100 million people worldwide have seen Lord of the Dance, the international Irish dancing extravaganza that has performed sold out shows at theaters, arenas and stadiums in over 67 countries. This touring performance has toured the country regularly since 1996 and recently wrapped a successful run of more than 25 performances earlier this year. In April 2009, cast members Scott Doherty and Michael McHugh (McHugh for the category of dancers under age 18) were crowned world champions at the World Irish Dance Championships. Doherty and McHugh beat out more than 6,000 dancers representing five continents over the eight-day competition.

Afiara String Quartet Las Cruces

Civic Concert Association presents the innovative quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Rio Grande Theatre. Taking its name from the Spanish word fiar, meaning to trust, this viola, cello and two violin quartet couples Haydn and hip-hop, complete with a rapping cellist. Tickets: $20. information: (575) 5214051.

Crime and Punishment - No Strings


Theatre Company presents Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbuss adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel Jan. 21-Feb. 6, at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Shaun Hadfield. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors with ID, $7 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or nostrings.org. This conversation on the nature of evil is set in the mind of the murderer where he relives and explores, through the urging of Porfiry and Sonia, the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime.

SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JANUARY 28, 2011 PAGE 24 7...___ all a good night! 8 Man-made fiber 9 Headway 10 Asset 11 Kimono sash 12 Signers need 15 Corruption 17 Superman surname 21 Little stinger 23 Schematic detail, briefly 24 Furniture woods 25 Daughter of Cadmus 26 Hanoi festival 28 Greek nickname 31 TV brand 32 Weasel out of 34 Pioneer rug material 35 Digressive speakers 36 Night author Wiesel 37 Psychic gift, briefly 38 Doctrine 39 Antinarcotics grp. 42 Isolated 43 Not pos. or neut. 45 Hairstyle 46 Bean and Welles 47 Clinging fish 48 Trinket 50 Attorneys load 51 Arboreal lizard 54 Aussie greeting 55 Forensic site 56 ___ Were a Carpenter 58 Mr. Trevino 59 Neighbor of Ill.

This week brings the Chinese New Year welcoming the year of the Rabbit. The next 12 months will be characterized by the soft, quick energy of the bunny a welcome reprieve from the ferocity of last year's Tiger energy. Mercury, the communication planet, enters the sign of Aquarius to support the sharing of higher knowledge and efforts that are related to raising the standard of living for all of humanity. ARIES (March 21-April 19). New relationships start this week. However you come across, the other person will expect more of the same from you in the future. Though it is important to be dashing and exciting, do not come in with an energy level that you will not be able to sustain. Endurance will matter, so try to make a realistic impression. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Perseverance is not your strongest suit, but you'll cultivate more of this attribute as the week continues. Given your New Year's resolutions, it will absolutely be necessary for you to be persistent in your efforts. Remind yourself often of that gleaming outcome your heart is set on. Carry a picture of it in your wallet. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A new person on the scene has something to offer you, though you won't know what it is until several weeks into the relationship. It is not so hard for you to get to know this person once you decide that you really want to do so. You'll soon have an intimate and sincere relationship based on mutual generosity. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have many people to tend to this week, and for the most part, you won't have the luxury of time to dwell on any individual for too long. Avoid overly sensitive types who are likely to bog down your efforts to move gracefully through the social maze. You'll earn a financial bonus on Friday. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Spare yourself some worry. If you can't control it, then don't even think about it. This week, there will be a great deal that you don't have to bother with because it's someone else's responsibility or because it's nobody's and should remain that way. There will be social fun on Wednesday and Saturday nights. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's important that you start with the truth, though you don't have to be a slave to it. You'll be in a playful, mischievous and imaginative mood all week. You'll be involved in storytelling and other forms of entertainment. You have a knack for spinning the facts in a lighthearted way that engages others.

ACROSS
1 Blouse 4 Kind of ice cap 9 Stage item 13 Hiroshimas river 14 Coliseum 15 Swimming bird 16 Crystalline confection 18 Colophony 19 Gunnysacks 20 Neighbor of Trinidad 22 Author Robert ___ Butler 23 Plum, peach, or apricot, e.g. 27 Bureaucratic tangle

29 Everlasting, to bards 30 Nurtures 33 Highlander 34 Sweet dairy product 38 It may be bright or big 40 Caravel features 41 Mariner 44 Parachute opener 49 Mottled dessert 52 Black-and-white treat 53 Motto 54 Contraption 55 Compare 57 16 Across, 23 Across, 34 Across, and 49 Across?

60 Flaming 61 Actress Verdugo 62 Firearms org. 63 Storage compartments 64 Run-down 65 Tearful, perhaps

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1 Sluggishness 2 My Favorite Year star 3 Well attended 4 D.C. orgs. 5 ___ pro nobis 6 Cariou, of Sweeney Todd

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your powers of forethought are amazing all week long. You will be able to predict a full range of possible futures for yourself and for those you love. When you get an inkling about what might occur, take precautions. If you are prepared for the worst, it won't happen.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The acts of kindness you do today may be very small in deed a smile here, a compliment there and a few instances of holding doors open and tipping well. Yet these efforts will contribute in a meaningful way to your fellow humans and will promote goodness and happiness in ways you couldn't have predicted. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You are concerned with adding knowledge and skills to your arsenal, for reasons of both personal and professional advancement. You will probably be feeling too restless to endure the rigor of formal training, textbooks and lectures, though, and will learn best at the school of life, where you'll receive all A's. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You will be more rebellious than usual, and though you still respect the authority of others, you will not respond too quickly to their requests. You will first filter all orders through your highly developed sense of reason. You're a strategist in your own right and will benefit from following your instincts. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It is second nature for you to juggle activities, and this week you'll take it one step further by accomplishing more than one interest at a time. You find clever ways to organize your life that will allow you to make headway on several goals while bringing peace and harmony to your personal relationships. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Because you do not pay too much attention to a limitation, it will cease to exist. You will stay focused on your ideals. You will get lost in dreams of how you want the world to be, and this will strengthen your vision. At the end of the week, you will jump over an obstacle or it will be lifted from your path. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC

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By T.J. TOMASI
ITS GOOD FOR YOUR GAME

Beginning golfers often learn their swing by modeling. They watch a good players swing and copy the pattern. But what they think they see and what actually goes on are very different. What they think they see is the chest and shoulders spinning to whip the club around to the ball as the club approaches impact. Actually, while there is some opening of the chest to the target, the majority of the opening occurs after the ball is gone. The problem is that the golf swing is too fast for the human eye, so it appears as if the chest spins open. When David Duval and Annika Sorenstam were in their prime, teachers lesson books all over the country were full because TV viewers tried to copy the early

chest and shoulder spin they thought they saw. You can avoid the premature spin by managing your triangle correctly. The triangle I am referring to is formed by the forearms and an imaginary line connecting your elbows. This triangle is present at address, stays in place at the top of the backswing, drops down intact and then re-forms at the finish of your swing. The role of the downswing is to get your arms and your club back in front of your chest at impact. Since the time is short, the triangle must move aggressively from the top of your swing in order to return in front of you. To understand the overriding feature of triangle management, ...Continues on page 28

The line connecting Aaron Baddeleys elbows is parallel at the halfway point going back and at the finish.

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ASK THE PRO

Q: Sometimes my divots are deep, sometimes they are shallow, and often times I dont take a divot at all. I just cant hit the ball crisply on a consistent basis, and I cant count on any one ball flight. What are they supposed to look like? K.S. A: In general they should be about the size of a dollar bill and a half-inch deep with your shorter irons (6 through sand wedge); you wont take much of a divot with your long irons and fairway woods. Divot size will vary somewhat with each players body type and swing shape. Some people are natural dig-

gers and their divots are deeper than normal. Others are natural sweepers and their divots differ from the norm, being more on the shallow side. However, they should all start after the ball, a sign that the ball was struck first, before the ground. And because the clubhead is swinging on an arc, the divot should be square to the hole at the beginning then slightly curved at the end, pointing a bit left of the target line (for a right-handed player). (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, e-mail him at: TJInsider@aol.com.)

GOLF SPOKEN HERE


A warning to innocent bystanders shouted in the event of an errant shot. In the case of those who scream fore as they speed by a golf course, I think it is the shout of choice only because they dont have time to holler their real favorite, You da man. Where did the word come from? Many historians believe it originated in the 1700s when, before artillery was fired, it was customary to shout, Beware before. More likely is the explanation of the British Golf Museum: The term came from forecaddies sent ahead to watch for errant shots. Instead of shouting, Beware before forecaddies, its been shortened to fore.

Fore

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DONT MISS IT

Work out with Natalie Gulbis


The best exercise video of the year stars pro golfer Natalie Gulbis. Gulbis and PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson are now an item, and as you can tell by looking at them, both spend a lot of time in the gym. Johnson isnt in this video, but with Gulbis at full glow, nobody would notice if he was. Check out her balance as she lifts weights perched on a big silver ball bet you cant do it. The video is free at: www.golf.com/golf/video/article/0,28224,2041190,00.html.

GOLF BY THE NUMBERS

Star on the horizon


Who is my pick for the newest star of 2011? His name is Charl Schwartzel, a 26-year-old from South Africa. He has five European tour victories, and last year he won $2,948,372 on the PGA Tour and $1,273,330 on the European Tour. He also finished in the top 30 in all four majors in 2010. Schwartzel is long he averaged 295 yards (24th) on the European Tour. Hes also an accurate iron player into the greens (greens hit in regulation: 72.6 percent, 12th) and a good putter (putting per hole: 1.8, 56th). This year hes playing the U.S. tour full-time, so keep an eye out.

Continued from page 25 ....inspect the triangle in the first photo and notice the distance between Aaron Baddeleys elbows. This is the same as the distance between the elbows at address. Now look at the reformed triangle at the finish in the second photo. The distance between the elbows is still the same. Retaining the distance between the elbows is an important aspect of triangle management because it allows the clubface to return to the ball at the proper angle, thereby promoting solid contact. Another characteristic worth noting is that the elbows are nearly level in both photos, so that a line connecting the two elbows would be almost parallel to the ground. Excess tilting requires adjustments not a good idea when you have only half a second from the top to impact. Get yourself a mirror and inspect your triangle at these ABOUT THE WRITER two junctures. When you Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a can make them match while teaching you are actually swinging, professional youll hit more crisp shots in Port St. Lucie, Fla. and the consistency of your Visit his ball flight will improve draWeb site at matically. tjtomasi.com.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Tiger has a basically sound swing, and he should stick to it. Always changing, it just takes away from something that is really very good.
Arnold Palmer, on Tiger Woods changing his swing three times since 1997.

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By RICK MINTER // Cox Newspapers By RICK MINTER Cox Newspapers

All grown up
Joey Logano, prior to the Nationwide Series Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2010. (NASCAR photo)

Wunderkind Logano finally feels hes just one of the guys


omewhere along the course of the last year or so, Joey Logano appears to have made the transition from being a kid to being an adult. As he met with members of the media at Daytona International Speedway last week, Logano, who will turn 21 in May, came across as being much more poised and confident than he was during his first two seasons on the Sprint Cup circuit. He appeared comfortable talking about his personal life, his relationship with crew chief Greg Zipadelli and his prospects for the upcoming season. He said hes finally moved out of his parents house into what he describes as a bachelor pad that he shares with fellow racer Coleman Pressley, the son of former Cup driver Robert Pressley. Continues on page 29

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ALL GROWN UP....


Continued from page 28 Logano said that when he moved into his new digs in Huntersville, N.C., he was far from prepared for setting up housekeeping. Its an empty house, he said. I have nothing. I moved over there with one pick-up truck full of my clothes. I threw an air mattress on the [floor], and off I went. He said hes got a bed now, a TV, and some other furniture. He said hes spending a lot of time and money at stores operated by his Cup sponsor, The Home Depot, as he paints walls and puts putty in holes and such. Were getting there slowly but surely, he said. Its been fun, though. Its a cool adventure. Im enjoying it. Logano also appears to feel much more at home when hes at work in the Cup series. He said the turn-around started toward the end of last season, when he posted seven finishes of seventh or better in the final 11 races. And of the 53 laps he led all during the 2010 season, 40 of them came in that 11-race stretch run. He said the surge came about mostly because he and Zipadelli began working together better than they had in the past. We started really understanding each other and what kind of makes each other go, he said. And he said that as he began running up front more often, his relationships with other drivers changed too. Most now show him more respect, he said. Youve got to be up there running with them every week to get that respect from them, he said. I think if youre up there one out of every three or four weeks they dont really care. Youve got to be up there all of the time to get that respect back and forth. Although he had several run-ins with veteran drivers last year, most notably with Kevin Harvick, he doesnt seem to be letting the controversies of a year ago weigh on him. I dont think you can talk to one race car driver in this whole garage that says hes never been in some kind of scuffle with anybody, he said. I think theyd be lying if they said that. Thats part of it. Last year I felt like

I got pushed around a little bit too much, and I started pushing back a little bit, and I think thats what youve got to do to earn that respect. Logano said that when youre a teenaged rookie, its awkward and difficult to stand your ground. Now its to the point that, OK, Ive been here long enough, he said. I feel like Im considered one of the guys if you want to say that. Theres no reason to take that stuff anymore. Youve got to stand up for yourself. Logano went on to say that hes finally gotten to the point where he actually feels like the orange and white, No. 20 Home Depot-sponsored car (pictured below) belongs to him rather than to Tony Stewart, who drove that car before starting his own team two years ago. I think it took me a year and a half to feel that way, Logano said. Perhaps the person who most appreciates what Logano has gone through is Zipadelli, who also was the No. 20 crew chief when Stewart was driving the car. Lets face it, he came in here at 19 years old, and he got put in a car [that had been driven by] arguably one of the best drivers the sport has seen, Zipadelli said. He had huge shoes to fill in a lot of ways, from Tonys [Stewart] performance on the race track to his spirit off the race track. There were a lot of different things where he got thrown to the wolves. I think it took him the first year just to get through that and see whether he was going to be here. Zipadelli said Logano had a particularly difficult period his first year when media members were questioning him about whether he was about to lose his ride because of poor performance. That kid was just crushed at that point that that could possibly happen to him, he said. I think we got through all that stuff at the end of the first year and were able to put that behind us and make some gains last year and him kind of make his mark or scratch off his territory and let a lot of these people know that he is here.

NOTEBOOK

Restrictor openings constricted


From all indications, NASCAR officials have decided to shrink the openings in the restrictor plates used on Sprint Cup engines during this weeks Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway. Many in the sport say theres a good chance the changes will still be in Bobby Labonte place for the Daytona (NASCAR photo) 500 next month. The four openings in the restrictor plates will be reduced from 30/32 of an inch to 29/32. Bobby Labonte, who will be driving the No. 47 Toyota at JTG Daugherty Racing this year, said in a statement that he believes the change is being made because speeds are up due to the new pavement at Daytona. When we tested during the Goodyear tire test at Daytona, I could see the speeds of two cars that got together being high, he said. When you get to actually racing, things always go a little faster. I think making the restrictor plate smaller is a deal where NASCAR was foreseeing that speeds would be really high. He said he expects the racing to be more like that at Talladega, where handling isnt much of an issue. The handling effect will be gone, he said. The throttle response will be a little less for us, and it might be harder to complete the pass I think fans will see the race coming down to cars being bunched up in the right line, getting the right push from somebody, clearing the pass and blocking more like we see at Talladega. Pat Tryson, crew chief on Martin Truexs No. 56 Toyota, said he thinks the change is needed. The speeds were too high at the first test, he said. Its a good move on the side of safety, because no one wants to see a car go airborne at the potential speeds that could be generated with the plate they had last month. It will be better for the driver and better for the fans in the stands. Safety always comes first.

(NASCAR photo)

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All-new Kia Sportage delivers on looks and fun.


When I first heard
trols and plenty of conveniences, like cupholders, storage bins, and places to plug in a 12v accessory as well as a USB and auxiliary input. Kia provides a long list of options for the Sportage, most of which my tester had. These included leather seats with heaters, push button start, a sunroof and rear sonar to help power 3 more horses than the optional V6 in the previous model. Those needing more power will soon be able to pick the optional 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that will deliver around 260 horses. Fuel economy numbers for the turbo engine were not available, but for the base engine, expect to see 22 mpg six-speed manual transmission on the base trim level while the other trim levels the LX, EX and SX all use a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is available. Living with the Sportage is a breeze. Its compact size makes maneuverability in crowded streets and parking lots easy and carefree. But the ride left a lot to be desired. It felt quite a bit stiff, and when the road gets rough, the ride goes from bad to worse. Apparently going from a body-on-frame structure to a unibody didnt work in this Kias favor. On the flip side, the Sportage is really a lot of fun to drive thanks to its good handling characteristics. The base engine and transmission work well together offering plenty of power. The turbo model, which wasnt available, should be quite exciting to drive. Being in the same class as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, the Kia Sportage has never really competed at their level. But that could soon change with this new Sportage. Being handsomely sculpted with a solid drivetrain and priced right, the only real flaw with the Sportage is the ride and that is something that could easily be remedied. Add in the fact that the Kia is backed with a 10/year/100,000 mile drivetrain warranty, and the Sportage is looking better by the minute. -- Christopher A. Randazzo

that I was going to be doing a vehicle review on a Kia Sportage, I recalled the initial iteration of the small trucklet a roly-poly looking SUV that rode like a truck due to its body-on-frame construction. That is what the Kia Sportage was all about back in 1996. After my initial drive in todays Sportage, I quickly learned this new little Kia is an entirely different vehicle. In fact, the nameplate is about the only thing that remains the same.

As the Sportage name continues to be the longest running nameplate in Kias U.S history, it has been completely redesigned for 2011. The body-on-frame platform has long been abandoned; in its place is now a car-like unibody.

The Sportage is about the same size as the before, but looks much more modern. What was once a vehicle that

easily got lost in a parking lot due to its dullness, the new Sportage now looks darn good. Credit must be given to Kias new design chief Peter Schreyer, formerly of Audi and the man behind the Audi TT. The new Sportage offers a number of sporty and even upscale touches like LED running lights below the headlamps as well as LED turn-signal indicators in the side mirrors. 16-inch wheels are standard, but wheels up to 18-inches are available. Instead of being an off-roader

like the original Sportage tried to be, this all-new Sportage focuses more on delivering agile handling, a smooth ride and the refinement of a passenger car, yet with the styling of an SUV. Kia succeeded on all these fronts with the exception of the smooth ride. More on that later. Inside the four-door Sportage is an inviting and spacious interior that can accommodate five passengers. The dash is modern bordering on futuristic - with simple to use con-

with parking in tight spots. Along with the heated seats, the drivers seat and only the drivers seat has an aircooled feature. Although last years V6 engine is now gone from the lineup, Sportage shoppers still get two engines to choose from. The base engine is a 2.4 liter inline four-cylinder that makes 176 horseBy The Numbers:

in town and 31 mpg on the highway. The Sportage comes with a

2011 Kia Sportage EX FWD


Base Price: $23,295.00 Price as Tested: $28,490.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 2.4 liter 16-valve inline 4-cylinder Transmission: six-speed automatic Horsepower: 176 hp Torque: 168 ft-lbs EPA Fuel Economy:22 city / 31 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to car@delorean.net]

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Ill stick around until I get it right

Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks to the media during testing at Daytona International Speedway last week in Daytona Beach, Florida. (NASCAR photo)
As he made his first official visit of 2011 with the media, Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself in essentially the same situation hes been in for the past several seasons. Earnhardt, who remains NASCARs most popular driver despite his lackluster results of late, is coming off yet another disappointing year and trying to convince reporters and his fans that this year will bring a return to the days when he won races and contended for championships. But he acknowledged that given his recent stats he finished 21st in the final 2010 Sprint Cup standings with just three top-five finishes he wouldnt be surprised if fans and the media arent looking for him to return to the top of the charts right away. Thats in spite of the fact that hes with a new team this year. The big shake-up at Hendrick Motorsports last winter saw him move to the Steve Letarte-led team that fielded cars for Jeff Gordon last year. Im sure a lot of people expect nothing more than we did last year, Earnhardt said. And last year we were kind of out of the radar. He said sailing under the radar brings fewer off-track assignments, which can be a positive thing. He said hes not exactly sure why he and his Lance McGrew-led team didnt produce the results they both expected last year. I really enjoyed Lance, and I think were still great friends today, and I think he has a lot of talent, he said. But it just didnt work for whatever reason. Earnhardt went on to say he believes he and Letarte will be a winning combination. I feel good about the position Im in now, and I feel pretty confident about it, and Im looking forward to going into the season and working hard for it, he said, adding that hes by no means giving up on a return to the form that once saw him win multiple races each year and finish among the top five in the final points standings. I want to be in racing for a very long time, and I know that I can drive good enough to run well, he said. Ill stick around until I get it right. Its just eventually going to have to happen.

Drivers who topped 198 miles per hour in practice at Daytona Intl Speedway last week (Penske Racing drivers Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski in a two-car draft) Career Sprint Cup starts in a Chevrolet for Bill Elliott, who is moving to the Phoenix Racing No. 09 Chevrolet this season (five races for Michael Waltrip Racing and one for Nelson Bowers in 2006, plus three for Roger Hamby in 1979)

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Drivers signed up to run for Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year this season (Rookie Trevor Bayne is planning a limited schedule in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford this year.) Sprint Cup teams at Daytona International Speedway on the final day of pre-season testing

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