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Digging Deeper with Musk Elon Musk’s The Boring Company seeks approval to dig a tunnel along the 405 freeway. By Jeff Hall Elon Musk is known for putting on a good show and he wowed ‘em at Leo Baeck Temple Thursday, May 17. Musk was there to explain The Boring Company – the high tech outfit that seeks to drill tunnels beneath much of L.A., creating a new kind of high-tech transportation network. Digging tunnels and removing earth is “boring” in the words of Musk – but there was a lot of razzle-dazzle in the videos shown at this public informational hearing. This might be expected from the guy who also started Tesla and SpaceX. Videos showed futuristic vehicles carrying up to 16 passengers at a time – at speeds approaching 130 miles per hour – zooming to and fro beneath the city. All this activity would take place more than 30 feet below the earth’s surface. Musk assured the audience everything would be quiet and clean – “inMusk – shown here on a big screen monitor – said earth removed from underground will be used to manufacture bricks.

visible” to the world above. Musk said that the huge boring machines that operate below ground can’t be heard at surface levels and there isn’t any detectable vibration. There will also be no noise when electric vans take the place of the boring machines. Passengers – and vehicles, even – would take an elevator down to the proper level when starting a trip. Similarly, upon arrival, an elevator would take the passengers and vehicles straight back up to the surface. Huge stations won’t be needed, according to Musk. The Boring Company envisions lots of smaller stations all throughout the region. One big advantage to this idea, according to Musk, is that there is almost no limit to the number of tunnels that can be built. If the transportation network needs more tunnels, he said, more tunnels can always be dug by simply going lower beneath the earth’s surface. In the event of an earthquake, according to Musk, being inside a tunnel would actually be one of the safest places one could be. Earthquakes harm surface structures, not things buried well below the surface, he explained. The Boring Company is seeking to fast track approvals to build some test tunnels that will be used to explore different tunneling and vehicular concepts. A test tunnel below Hawthorne has been built; now The Boring Company wants to build a 2.7mile tunnel from Hawthorne to Westwood along the east side of the 405. Information gleaned from these tests will be incorporated into a bigger plan that envisions multiple tunnels linking all parts of the city, assuming The Boring Company decides to proceed (and it’s all approved). Musk said the company will provide a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) when it is ready to present a fuller plan, but for now, the company wants an exemption from CEQA (California En-

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ulveda Pass, connecting the San Fernando Valley and the Westside. Elyse Arbour, a Brentwood real estate agent, said The Boring Company was actually very exciting. She was not alone in her sentiment; many in the crowd cheered as Musk and his associates showed animated videos depicting how the new transportation system would work. While applause alone can’t be construed as any kind of scientific measure of public support, it seemed most in the Leo Baeck crowd favored the ideas put forth by The Boring Company. After all, unhappiness with LA’s traffic situation is the one thing everyone in this town shares. According to Musk, the tunnel plan is “worth a try.” Not so fast, say some. Wendy-Sue Rosen, Concerned Brentwood Coalition and the Sunset Coalition (the petitioners) have filed a lawsuit seeking to require full CEQA compliance, including during this initial testing

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Wendy-Sue Rosen and Her Lawsuits Founding Publisher Usually, those who oppose proposed projects say they are against a particular project because that project might bring more traffic into the area. So it seems really odd to me that Wendy-Sue Rosen (along with Concerned Brentwood Coalition and The Sunset Coalition), are now filing a lawsuit against Elon Musk’s Boring Company. The Boring Company (TBC) is exploring an underground network of tunnels that would whisk people in super-snazzy electric vehicles from one location to another (see story, page 1). The whole idea behind The Boring Company is to improve traffic conditions in Los Angeles. If this The Boring Company scheme can actually transport people from Sherman Oaks to LAX in 12 minutes – for a dollar – isn’t that something most of us would want? According to Rosen and her co-plaintiffs, TBC’s plans violate some sections of the CEQA laws (often abused by NIMBYs, in the view of many). The Los Angeles City Council recently

approved – unanimously – some waivers that would expedite The Boring Company’s building of the proposed 2.7-mile test tunnel, which will go from Hawthorne to Westwood. I think the majority of Angelenos would be delighted to see this experiment take place, the sooner the better. City officials – people we voted to represent us in these matters – obviously agree. So is it right or fair that a tiny handful of opponents can use our legal system to block, or at a minimum, delay all this? Doesn’t majority rule stand for anything? I think this is all a big ego trip. Wendy-Sue Rosen just likes sticking it to the man – especially if the man is rich. Charlie Munger felt the sting of Wendy-Sue Rosen’s opposition and eventually gave up on his project, Green Hollow Square. Rosen is opposing the Berggruen Institute’s plans. Nicolas Berggruen is a billionaire, too. So if Wendy-Sue Rosen can block Elon Musk, just think of what a thrill that would be. Maybe she’s on the verge of pulling off the perfect trifecta! Wendy-Sue Rosen is very good at saying what she is against. She has a much harder

time, in my opinion, saying what she might be for. Is she for or against traffic? I guess I’m now confused. It should be noted that The Boring Company is not asking for public money to build its tunnels. The same cannot be said for Wendy-Sue Rosen and her lawyer, John Given. In their lawsuit, there is a request in there for court costs and attorney’s fees. So if they prevail, we, the taxpayers will be on the hook. Is this really how we want to spend our money? It all feels like legalized extortion to me. If Wendy-Sue Rosen really thinks she is acting in the public interest, I think she and all her attorney should do all this pro bono. If Wendy-Sue Rosen really thinks she speaks for a majority of Brentwoodians, she should run for public office so we can put that to the test. And if Wendy-Sue Rosen has a better idea for solving traffic than that being proposed by Elon Musk, I know we’d all like to hear it. But unless she does, I think she should drop her lawsuit, as it could delay much-needed progress that could possibly improve the lives of millions.

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Last Straw? City considers limiting plastic straw use. By Sam Catanzaro Sipping on an iced cold lemonade through a straw may be a refreshing way to cool down on a hot summer day but for the environmentally-conscious sipper, consider forgoing the straw. “They collect along the walkways, storm drains and parks. In other cases, the beverage straws end up in local waterbodies and the ocean where they’re consumed by marine life; thereby impacting their health and welfare,” wrote the Los Angeles City Council Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Committee in a recent report. To address these issues, California cities like The City of Davis and San Luis Obispo have implemented “straws-on-request” ordinances. These require restaurants to withhold plastic beverage straws unless a customer requests them. The City of Malibu recently passed a further reaching law that bans all forms of plastic utensils, including straws. Instead, restaurants must use alternatives like paper, wood or bamboo straws. “Even with the emergence of bioplastics, which are derived from renewable biomass

sources, such as plants and microorganisms, there is no certified type of bioplastic that biodegrades in a marine environment,” the City of Malibu stated in the bill passed on February 26, 2018. While the City of Los Angeles has not yet passed any legislation banning plastic straws, the Bureau of Sanitation has been instructed to report on the feasibility of implementing a straws-on-request ordinance. The Bureau has until June 30 to prepare this report. “The City played a significant role in the regulation and control of plastic bag use, increasing waste diversion and recycling and other efforts. The City should consider adopting a Straws-On-Request ordinance,” the Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Committee wrote. The Westside, with its high concentration of restaurants in close proximity to the ocean, is particularly impacted by plastic straw waste. Some residents, therefore, feel that the City’s current proposal does not go far enough. Zac Wong, a Venice-based animator and artist, thinks the City has good intentions but is not sure it will have an actual impact on the environment. “I think this bill is a great first step,” Wong said. “It will get L.A. consumers to be more conscious of the waste generated from plastic straws. However, I’m not sure this bill will do

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Dr. Melissa Alexander, founder of Alexander Audiology, diagnosis and treats patients with varying degrees of hearing loss. With two full time practices in Solvang and Santa Monica that service over 2,500 people, Dr. Alexander is one of the leading audiologists in the state. “I take someone who doesn’t know that they’re handicapped by their hearing loss or somebody who is extremely aware of their handicap, and I fit them with something that’s benign and easy to use. In five minutes, I can turn their life around.” After getting her first degree in political science, Dr. Alexander decided to explore working with her stepfather, an ear, nose, and throat doctor based in Los Angeles. She became inspired by an audiologist her stepfather worked with. “I was really drawn to the profession. He got to get to know patients, hear different stories, and really get to help them on a daily basis. I ended up going back to school to get a second Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences in Communicative Disorders and then went to graduate school. I got my doctorate in audiology after that.” What differentiates Alexander Audiology from other practices is their round the clock service to patients. “I don’t just do diagnostic hearing testing and hearing aid fitting. I give a concierge type of service. I can meet patients in their homes and their offices. I work on weekends and holidays and patients have my cell phone number. When you have a sense, like hearing, and on Saturday something suddenly goes wrong, and you can’t get the hearing aids to work, you really need to have someone who’s available to you to take care of you. We provide that service. Nobody in the area does that.” In addition, Dr. Alexander does pro-bono work, servicing those who need hear aids but don’t have the means to get them. “My concern isn’t that you obtain and pay for hearing aids; it’s that I can treat your hearing loss if you need hearing aids.

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I see lots of patients that financially can’t afford instruments. Hearing aids range in price from $1,000 a piece to $3,000 a piece depending on how sophisticated the hearing aid is. Most people need two hearing aids. I have a program where people can donate their hearing aids to charity. I’ll refurbish them through the manufacturer and donate them to someone who needs them. I present a lot of lectures, and so I see Holocaust survivors and their families. I work with them at no charge. I also work with MusiCares, which is a foundation that provides services to musicians who have had a rough time, whether it be drug and alcohol addiction, or financial trouble. We make custom musician ear plugs for them and do hearing testing.” Hearing loss is a condition that can affect anyone, from newborns to geriatrics, and Dr. Alexander encourages patients to

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be proactive when it comes to their hearing. “Hearing loss is insidious so it happens in many cases gradually over time. In most cases, because it happens over such a long period of time, you really don’t know what you’re not hearing. Everyone should have a baseline hearing test starting in their 40’s unless they feel that the hearing is compromised even prior to that. We’re seeing patients get fit with hearing aids younger and younger. Most of the time it’s due to noise exposure and you don’t even realize. We used to think, even when I was in graduate school ten years ago, that hearing loss was an age- related phenomenon. But it really isn’t. We’ve done lots of studies of patients in societies like Los Angeles and New York where there’s noise around you and areas like Papau New Guinea, non- industrialized areas where people are not exposed to noise. We find that most of the time, we’re seeing patients with noise exposure. That combined with genetics really is the root cause of most hearing losses. We have to put down the stigma that hearing aids are for old people or because you get hearing aids that means you’re aging.” The kind of dedicated care that Dr. Alexander offers to her patients through Alexander Audiology requires time and focus but helping someone reclaim their ability to hear makes it all worth it. “It’s incredible, it’s the root of why I love what I do. It truly is instant gratification, and it’s giving somebody a sense, a physical sense, that connects them to the world. All of a sudden you realize that running water makes noise, and there are things in the environment that make noises that you weren’t aware of. Whispers are audible. It’s very rewarding to be able to give that to a patient instantly and have them hear.” To learn more about Alexander Audiology, visit www.alexanderaudiology.com or call 424.738.3778.

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The Art of the Circle By Patty Tedesco

bG Gallery continues the celebration of its new Santa Monica location with a group exhibition entitled “Circular.” The group exhibition is presented by Gestalt Projects and is organized by artist and curator Airom. “I’ve always been attracted to the circular shape of canvas and was curious to see what the shape would command from different artists,” said Airom. Including a variety of media, the exhibition will be divided into three sections… one wall featuring circular art, another displaying miniature art created with bottle caps, and the third wall showcasing sculpture. “These shows allow me to flex my creative muscle beyond straight curation into installation territory,” said Airom. “It takes a lot more problem solving and hair pulling, but can be very rewarding.” A circular theme is a perfect fit for special guest artist and wood sculptor Ray Ford. The majority of his work is circular. A talented artist, Ford is 90 years old and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. He continues to create his art every day. He said he loves to explore new ideas and techniques. “Every piece is different, and I come across new challenges and problems to solve. That’s what’s fun about it,” said Ford. Ford recently started burning with electricity, a new process he learned called fractal burning or the Lichtenberg technique (named after the German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg).

“It’s just another tool in my toolbox, which I use along with many other techniques,” said Ford. His sculptures have been exhibited most recently at Blue 7 Gallery, The Hängar, Santa Monica Art Studios, Ivan Gallery, and FAB Gallery. For additional info, see Ray Ford’s website at http:// hrayford.com. Pamela Mower-Conner’s art has been included in bG Gallery exhibitions many times. She said she loves the new space along with its visibility from a busy street and the neighborhood surrounding it. “Om is extremely pleasant to deal with and has a good vision for the gallery.” Mower-Conner will be showing her spherical artworks. “I have been painting on spheres since 2000. I enjoy the wrap-a-round imagery, and I feel it allows me to do more whimsical pieces.” http://www. pamelamower-conner.com. “I’m honored and excited to be included in this exhibition,” said J. Renee Tanner. She will be exhibiting one installation in the group show. Her work is comprised of multiple pieces and parts that are adaptable and portable and responsive to a variety of temporary environments. “I’m fascinated by circular patterns in nature and I use the circle as the organizing principal in my installation compositions of man-made lost or cast away objects. The circle provides an elegant, harmonious container for my collections of discarded everyday objects.” Visit www.jreneetanner.com The opening reception for “Circular” takes place on Saturday, May 26 from 6 – 8 p.m. at bG

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It’s a New Day at the WLA VA Village for Vets By Marcie Polier Swartz Our year of articles for Westside Today is drawing to a close. Next month’s issue will be our last article in the series we’ve been authoring to keep our communities eyes and hearts focused on the amazing changes going on at our VAGLAHS. This month we will focus on our accomplishments these past 11 months. Next month we’ll focus on the new programs that we are planning. From that first phone call I received from the VA in early 2016 asking for food for homeless Vets we now provide over 300 meals a week to the VA. Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles and the Westside Food Bank are our partners. This program is not free. It costs money for Meals on Wheels to supply sandwiches, milk, water, and the most expensive portions are the shelf stable meats and snacks supplied to the Safe Parking, L.A. program on campus where refrigeration is not an option. Pat Cohen, one of the founders of Safe Parking, L.A., reminds us how important this food is. For some of the program’s participants, this is the only food that they look forward to each day. Donors and Volunteers welcome. Contact us at info@villageforvets.org. This year we are Co-Chairs of the Homeless to Housed Stand Down. We’ve learned

a lot along the way like how rewarding it is to extend a hand to homelessVeterans; how they appreciate the new clothing, medical and legal assistance and delicious food. In fact, they ask for the ‘breakfast burritos’ supplied by Maria’s Italian Kitchen which has become a draw like Grandma’s biscuits on Sunday. That breakfast helps to identify our Stand Down. Make sure to volunteer this year when the flyers come into your email folders. Sign up for our newsletters…we don’t send too many! https://villageforvets.org/contact.html Our Paint’nSip art program was so popular with the women Vets that the men have asked for their own event which we will be mounting for Father’s Day. We now sponsor four Paint’nSip events during the year. Our Income Stipend program awarded a deserving Veteran with a car, two car seats for his young boys, and car insurance for one year. Approximately ten Veterans who have worked hard enough to gain independence lose it every month due to an inability to earn enough to get by. Village for Vets mission is to help these Vets. It is quite understandable, allowable and supportable to prop up Veterans who have a hard time. We need more words in the English language for citizens who uplift the community and who might not earn enough by working…want to suggest some at info@villageforvets.org? Just

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Are you ready for an evening of being treated to some of the most famous blues songs ever written? Would you like to take a musical journey through the love lives of three characters brought to life by amazingly talented women? How about being treated to highly trained legit voices belting out songs of love and romance, and the ensuing disappointments, yearning, passion, sadness, loneliness, and heartbreak? If your answer is “yes,“ then don’t miss the Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical “Blues in the Night,” on stage at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. This exciting musical revue was conceived and brilliantly directed by Sheldon Epps, with original vocal arrangement and musical direction by Chapman Roberts, and orchestrations and additional vocal arrangements by Sy Johnson, tied together by Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal. The love stories of these characters are told through songs, which take us on an emotional roller coaster ride through the lives of The Lady from the Road (Yvette Cason,) The Woman of the World (Paulette Ivory,) and The Girl with the Date (Bryce Charles). John Iacovelli’s excellent Scenic Design created a small room for each of them who live in a rundown Chicago hotel, the outside of the building illuminated with signs that read “Jazz,” “Hotel” and “Bar.” Jared A. Sayeg’s superb lighting design accents the opening scene with a colorful spotlight on each of the women in their respective rooms. They are frozen in silhouette assuming graceful poses reminiscent of old photos from the 1920’s and 30’s. Epps uses this visually stunning theatrical device throughout the production punctuating the opening and closing of a number with a different stilled look.

Cason’s character (“The Lady”) is the quintessential red-hot momma and boy can she sing. She resides in a small room with a bed and a trunk where she keeps her cherished possessions, including an assortment of nightgowns, dresses, hats, and colorful outlandish outfits designed by costume designer Dana Rebecca Woods. Her character is the storyteller and she breaks the fourth wall frequently to present the narrative and to play with the audience. She has the best laugh lines such as “I’m not getting older – I’m just moving slower.” Cason blasts out the hilarious Leola and Wesley Wilson’s “Take Me For a Buggy Ride,” a song loaded with sexual metaphors. But the showstopper is her rendition of Andy Razaf and Wesley Wilson’s “Kitchen Man.” Dressed in a flamboyant costume, a matching crazy hat, and carrying a parasol, which she occasionally uses as a phallic symbol, Cason turns food into a variety of sexual acts and I promise you you’ll never look at a hot dog in quite the same way again. She also sings Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman and Roger “Ram” Ramierz’s “Lover Man” in a three-part harmony with “The Girl” and “The Woman,” which is how many of the songs are sung, including Bessie Smith’s “Blue Blues,” the first number at the top of the show. Throughout the performance, Cason’s presence is electric and the pivotal character around which the others rotate. Paulette Ivory’s character (“The Woman,”) has had her share of heartbreak and sexual encounters. She drowns out her sorrows by taking to the bottle as she sings Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life,” a memory of past loves. No shrinking violet, she also belts out Alberta Hunter’s sexy “Rough and Ready Man.” The youngest member of the trio is Bryce Charles (“The Girl”). She’s still somewhat enthusiastic, as life hasn’t quite beaten her down yet. We see the transition in her emotional life when she goes from “Mack Gordon and Henry Revel’s “I’ve Got

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from page 16 “Baby Doll,” and Johnny Mercer, Gordon Jenkins, and Bernard Hanighen’s “When A Woman Loves A Man and “Am I blue”. Additional members of the superb technical team include, Cricket S. Myers’ on Sound Design and the excellent five-piece orchestra. Under the direction of pianist Lanny Hartley, the musicians are: Kevin O’Neal on Bass, Randall Willis and Louis Van Taylor on Reeds, Lance Lee on Percussion and Fernando Pullum on Trumpet. This sensational evening ended with a foot stomping reprise of Willard Robinson’s “Four Walls (And One Dirty Window) Blues.” The cheering audience sprang to their feet and clapped along in rhythm. The songs may be about the blues, but be rest assured that you will leave The Wallis smiling and humming one of the tunes. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Lovelace Studio Theater 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Run: Tuesday-Friday 8 p.m. Saturday: 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sunday: 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Closing Date: Sunday: May 27 2:30 p.m. (no evening show) Tickets: $60-$75 310.746.4000 or www.thewallis.org

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According to Dawn Nakagawa, executive vice president with the Berggruen Institute, Berggruen Institute is exploring new ideas for its proposed think tank that would be built in the hills above Brentwood. Berggruen Institute (BI) has asked its architects to come up with some news ideas that will then be considered, she said. This doesn’t mean BI is committing to any changes – BI might decide it still likes its original proposal best – but BI is open to exploring new options, according to Nakagawa. In January, a public meeting was held at The Skirball Center. At this meeting, attended by several hundred, Berggruen presented its plans – and environmentalists expressed their concerns about those plans. Berggruen supporters described BI as a modern-day “monastery”; spokespersons for the environmentalists said they were concerned planned hiking trails might be eliminated by the arrival of the Berggruen Institute. Fears of potential fire dangers created by BI were also raised – as were concerns about potential traffic and possible dangers related to building over a retired dump that is known to produce methane gas. Nakagawa said Berggruen is completely committed to maintaining hiking trails in the area and that any statements to the contrary are simply false.

Some minor re-routing of the trails might be required, she said, but the hiking trails will remain in perpetuity. This has always been BI’s plan, she added. Nakagawa said she thinks Berggruen’s original proposal is actually more environmentally responsible than sticking with the footprint that was approved for a proposed housing development years ago – and since abandoned. That plan, she said, envisions pushing huge amounts of earth into a canyon, burying hundreds of old trees in the process. Nevertheless, continued Nakagawa, since concerns have been raised, BI wants to be a “good neighbor” and is willing to consider other options. Theoretically, whoever owns the property – including Berggruen – could always go back to the original plan and develop 28 mansions on the site. That plan has already been approved by the city. Since no plans have yet been finalized, said Nakagawa, Berggruen hasn’t filed any papers to proceed with a project. There is no particular timetable for completing this next phase of idea exploration, according to Nakagawa. “We’re not in any rush,” said Nakagawa.

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A rendering of the proposed institute.

“We want to get it right.” In order to get things right, according to John Binder, an opponent of the project, Berggruen should donate the property to the Santa Monica Conservancy and keep it as open space in perpetuity. That would preserve the native habitat and the wild animal corridor, said Binder. “If Mr. Berggruen really is an enlightened man and a philanthropist, as he promotes himself and his Institute, he will do that,” said Binder. “If he does not do that, he is just a pretender.” Continued Binder: “It would also be respectful of the public if Mr. Berggruen spoke to the community directly. Or is he too important to talk to the peasants?”

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NY TIMES CROSSWORD PUZZLE

RHYMES, SCHMYMES

BY WILL NEDIGER / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ

ACROSS

1 Picnic annoyance 8 Cold quarters 13 Racetrack informant 20 Like okapis and giraffes 21 Sit pensively 22 Cry from a survivor 23 Conversation over a few whiskeys? 25 Wear 26 Pose 27 Mario Vargas Llosa’s country 28 Strummed instrument, for short 29 Where butter and cheese are produced 30 ____ buddies 31 Moreover 32 Org. for drivers 33 Return to base 36 2015 Verizon purchase 38 Filth covering pecans and such? 45 Borodin opera prince 46 Fasten, in a way, with “in” 48 Asian holiday 49 Tush 50 Venison spread? 53 Relics, to Brits 55 “You betcha!” 56 Very beginning? 58 Give a leg up … or a hand 59 Lose one’s coat 60 Casting need 61 Notwithstanding 63 Brings on 64 Sprayed in the face 67 Hardly a dolt? 68 Powerful scents 69 Made up 70 Virus fighters 71 Director Wenders 72 Unnamed character in Camus’s “The Stranger” 73 Ground cover? 74 Connections 75 Buds come in them 80 Office’s counterpart 83 Avoid a jerk? 85 Mozart’s Don Alfonso and Leporello 86 Shout with an accent 88 Gathered intelligence (on)

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89 It has lots on the internet 90 Break up with an “unbreakable” Ellie Kemper character? 93 “Black-ish” network 94 Part of a kit 95 It may be found next to a spade 96 Sashimi option 98 Ready for battle 100 DNA building block 105 Restroom sign 106 “What’s Going On” singer, 1971 107 Tampa Bay N.F.L.’er 110 Beats in the race 111 Puts a stop to sentimentality? 114 Term for a word that isn’t the dictionary but maybe should be 115 Subject of una serenata 116 Subject of the 2006 documentary “When the Levees Broke” 117 Promenades 118 Rehab program 119 Plug DOWN

1 Cake with rum 2 Hovering craft 3 Understand 4 Industry, for short 5 Treat on a stick 6 Stuns, in a way 7 Intruded (on) 8 Watson’s company 9 Cavity filler 10 Be a witness 11 Exude 12 Loving verse? 13 Some pageant wear 14 Brought charges against 15 Daddy 16 Criticize severely 17 Part of a makeshift swing 18 ____ after 19 Depend 24 “Just pretend I’m right” 29 Singer of high notes 30 Scottish accents 33 Dusted off, say

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

20

9

34

35

36

45

28

29

31

32

37

38

46

50

47

51

48

56 60 65

39

52

55

64

57

82 87

91

103

96

104

93 97

A G E E

B A R B Q

M O R E A U

B O S S

A U N T

98

117

118

119

M Y H A T

108

109

106

116

M I X C D

107

99

112

62 Uses Gchat, e.g. 63 Scornful sound 64 H. G. Wells villain 65 Four-time Australian Open winner 66 Picasso, e.g. 67 Recent arrival 68 Personalized music gift 69 Backyard shindig, informally 70 Perfect score, or half of a score 71 Smart remarks 73 Zooey of Fox’s “New Girl” 75 Long, narrow pieces of luggage 76 Modify 77 Where Hemingway wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” 78 Old Chrysler 79 ____ terrier 81 Parties 82 Pastor role in “There Will Be Blood”

Answers

T I D Y

79

94

115

I M P E A C H E D

78

89

114

T I A C R A A T S S E T A R T A I I T E M O S W S I C K S P I E A B C A R G A S S C E K X S

77

88

105

O D E

44

76

111

I G L O B R O O H M O O Z U U K E M T O O O L N U R E W T M E A R E V E E D E S P N O S C H E C H I E W I N S C E D U O L E S M I D T E A H I R M E N H A L T A M O R D E T O

43

63

110

G B I T E R I C A N O Z E S C K P E R B O S O G U P A O R S C E R S C H S S I R E R O D A C E D G U S T A B D E S I D E N S S O S I T S C H H O S E P A I T R U N S I G L E T R O L L S

42

84

92

95 102

41

75 83

86

101

40

71

81

90

19

68

74

85

18

59

62

73

80

17

58

70

72

16

54

67

69

15

49 53

61

66

14

25

30

This Week’s Sudoku Puzzle U F O S

13 22

27

34 James who won a posthumous Pulitzer 35 Says, informally 37 “When the Levees Broke” director 39 High ____ 40 Publisher in a robe, familiarly 41 Algonquian Indians 42 Open, as a bottle 43 Prince and others 44 Some drink garnishes 46 Fish whose name sounds like the past tense of 46-Across? 47 Greets silently 51 Begets 52 Take back 54 3-3, e.g. 57 Site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World 61 Professional fixer, for short

B A B A

12

24

26

100

11

21

23

33

10

P A P A

S L A M

T I R E

E V E R

R E L Y

H M U T E I N I F A C T M O L H I R E U S K S M P A C K H M U C E B A S N A R E D E B U M A L T T R I N O P P E

Z E S T S S K Y E C Z A R

113

84 Keeper of the books, for short 87 Japanese appetizer 91 Lifts 92 Everything 94 Appear that way 97 101 course 99 “… I’ll eat ____!” 100 Order (around) 101 May or Bee 102 Prevent from clumping, say 103 In conclusion 104 Sway 107 Random data point 108 ____ Reader 109 Powerful politico 111 & 112 Coupled 113 “Collage With Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance” artist

STAR GAZING

By Samuel Prince

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Aries today will experience attacks of jealousy. Paradoxically, it will not involve your marriage partner, but one of your new colleagues at work. You will be offended to see how this young man (or young lady) actively flirts with someone. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Taurus today will not have to find a suitable excuse to spend the evening outside the walls of their cozy home. Your household will leave, wherever, and each of you will spend Friday on your own personal plan. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) To Geminis, this day will deliver the most pleasant and joyful emotions. At work, you will be recognized for a recent project, and you will receive a pretty decent amount in hand. You decide to spend it on a present for your beloved one. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Cancers are recommended to spend this day away from the noisy city. After work, go to the gym, to your personal garden, or to visit relatives living in the countryside. The fresh air will refill the reserves of your strength, and indiscriminate labor in the earth will call you to prolonged philosophizing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) This Friday will give Leos an inexpressible positive mood. In the evening, you will meet with a school friend (one of your college friends). The exchange of news will take place in a bar or cafe, and your lively couple attracts a lot of attention. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) A fateful meeting will take place today. They are waiting for you in a public place, where you will find yourself in the evening after work. You are unlikely to confuse this signal with anything, since it will have quite specific forms. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Libras today will not be left out of the planning of a family weekend. Relatives will not budge without you, saying right now you must go to the country together to spend the whole weekend there. “And what about my leisure time?” You try to object, but nobody will hear your objections. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) Scorpios today are not recommended to give out smiles and compliments to everyone they meet. All your stock of femininity or chivalry should be intended only for them - the very person you dream of calling your husband or wife. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Sagittarians will tend to doubt themselves and their professionalism. These fears will prove to be unfounded, unless you do not competently execute your current project. It requires careful analysis and elaboration, which means you cannot spend precious time on doubts about your own abilities and other unnecessary things. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Capricorns today are threatened by a most unpleasant migraine. Talk about pain! Even after taking appropriate medications it is not eliminated. you can only get rid of this pain after you consult with a familiar medical specialist. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Aquarius find out the cause of their recent problems at work. This reason will have a specific name. Having found out that the person whom you sincerely trusted is guilty for your troubles, you will experience shock and great frustration. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) The mood of Pisces today will fluctuate from extreme to extreme. In the morning you will smile from the bottom of your heart, but then you will suddenly not be able to laugh or smile. You cannot explain why this dramatic emotional jump occurred.


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