MONday, deceMber 2, 2013
video game review
‘Batman’ stumbles in the shadows ‘Arkham Origins’ fails to live up to its predecessor
19-year-old devon Windsor finds top model success despite setbacks
by debra d. bass
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evon Windsor had to decide how much she was willing to sacrifice in her attempt to become a top model. Her answer was surprising. She was a tall, lean, 14-year-old blonde fresh out of braces and excited to travel. She signed with the local agency West Model & Talent Management, and her family could have opted to take her out of the rigorous college prep school she attended in Ladue and away from the athletics she loved to focus on her career. It had been done before by many young models driven to succeed by striking while the iron was hot. “There are some who will do whatever it takes, but I wanted to do prom and sports and normal stuff,” Windsor said. “I’d tell any girl really bluntly that if you don’t want to wait because you’re afraid that you won’t be the right size later then that’s a really bad reason.” Modeling full time is a gamble. First, you have to hit the genetic lottery and then you have to do the near-impossible. You have to be the right model at the right time with the right look who gets noticed by the right people. So instead of banking on modeling success, Windsor was happy working sporadically doing a succession of smaller jobs in St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles — some prestigious, some not — until she graduated from Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in 2012, competed at state as a varsity track athlete and toured some college campuses. But instead of heading to college after graduation, her New York agency, IMG
Models, sent her off to Milan at age 18 to learn the ropes. “I’m very happy that I started when I did,” Windsor said by phone from her home in New York last week. She was preparing to fly out that night for an assignment in Milan. It’s one of at least three international cities she’ll be working in before the week is out. “Some young girls are really successful, but it’s so intense, and it’s crazy hours and no sleep and no time to think and you’re all passing around the same cold for months and it’s kind of awful, but, in the end ... worth it and great. But I can’t imagine doing it at 16. At 19, I can barely handle it.” However, at 19, many models are
ending their career for one reason or another. Some can’t maintain the same weight they had as a minor. Some just don’t have “it” any more. Some burn out. It’s not unprecedented to start a fulltime modeling career after high school, and it’s going to become increasingly more possible thanks to a new New York law about hiring underage models. The change in labor practices will probably result in more girls Windsor’s age succeeding, and maybe women will be allowed to gain an inch or two around the hips ... maybe. It’s not a lot, but it could be a monumental shift.
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Collector puts rare comics on auction block 70-year-old industry icon auctions off $1 million of comics
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of Maggie’s stature within the industry,” Vaughn said. Thompson, 70, has been collecting comic books since she was a girl in the 1940s. She married another comic book collector, Don Thompson, in 1962. Twenty by todd richmond years later, they left Ohio, where The ASSOciATed PreSS Don Thompson had worked as a STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Holy reporter, for Wisconsin to take auction block, Batman! over editing duties for an indusComic book collector and intry magazine, Comics Buyer’s dustry legend Maggie Thompson Guide. of Wisconsin has decided to put They spent years working some 500 pieces of her personal on the magazine. It grew into a collection up for auction over paper-and-ink equivalent of a the next few months. Nearly 90 Facebook page, connecting comic issues went on the block Thursfans, distributors, writers and artday, including the first issue of ists across the country. “The Avengers,” “Journey Into Don Thompson died in 1994, todd richmond / The Associated Press Mystery” No. 83, which features maggie Thompson poses with ‘animal comics’ in the addition she added to and CBG folded in January. But the first appearance of Thor, and Maggie Thompson is still as sharp her wisconsin home to house her tens of thousands of comic books. the first issue of “The Incredible as Wolverine’s claws. She blogs Hulk.” about industry happenings and News of the auction has comic year. pricing guide. But it’s rare to find can talk for hours about how lovers’ wallets tingling. The books Comic book collections going books from such a respected col- comics have evolved from someare in exceptional condition; auc- for $1 million aren’t unheard of, lector and in such good condition, thing parents abhorred to a part of tioneers expect the total collecsaid J.C. Vaughn, vice president of he said. mainstream culture. tion could easily fetch $1 million publishing for Gemstone Publish“What is unique is to get a pedcomics / c2 by the time sales wrap up next ing, which produces a comic book igree collection from somebody
t’s hard to shine when you’re compared to RockSteady Games. No one can blame you if you don’t happen to execute the same sky-high brilliance, the out-of-this-world excellence that the company created when it released “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: dominic baez Arkham City.” But The Daily News really, WB Games, the Shock Gauntlets?! As if “Batman: Arkham Origins” wasn’t mediocre enough, you have to add a weapon so overpowered, so game-altering that it saps what little fun there was right out into the ether? You see the problem. “Arkham Origins,” which isn’t truly an origin story in the sense of the word, is what happens when franchises stop remembering the little details. For those who played the first two games, you should remember the copious amounts of Easter eggs — DC Comics-themed to boot — scattered throughout the game. You could find them everywhere, and it was a great incentive to explore and engage with the game. “Origins” fails to incorporate those gems in any significant way, sticking with the typical puzzles you have to solve, and you’re left with shockingly little desire to sleuth around. Since you have no reason to sneak around, you may as well just get on with the story, right? Fighting villains from the Batman canon is normally a sure-fire way to re-engage with an Arkham game. And in “Origins,” that stays true for the most part. Until you receive those stupid gauntlets. Once you have your superpowered electric fists-of-fury, you can punch your way through the game. Riot shields? Ha! More like wet paper bags. Armored creeps with stun batons chasing you down? No need to bother waking all the way up; just stick your fist out and I’m sure the baddies will just run into them for you. On top of all that, it introduces a flaw into the origin story: These weapons aren’t found in the earlier games. With a weapon so powerful, why would Batman ever stop using them? You see why I’m angry. It’s these small things that cast an intense glare on “Origins,” brought into even sharper focus when they have been constructed from the same sources of its predecessors. Still, not all is miserable in “Origins.” There’s plenty to keep you occupied — from rage-inducing puzzles to goons galore — to distract you, and the story does manage to keep your attention. Lots of other, non-game-killing gadgets await you, and combat is still fantastic and easily the game’s strongest asset. XP, collected from battles and collectibles and everything in between, can be used to unlock new abilities and features from several
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monday, december 2, 2013
Vets honored at country club
A Veterans Day Celebration hosted by the Longview Country Club men’s and women’s associations was held Nov. 10 at the club. The program featured local physician Dr. Donald Fuesler and included the dedication of a new flag. “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things” was the theme chosen by program coordinator and women’s association president Kaye Clinch. She wanted the theme to connect her brothers’ service in Vietnam to her wish to honor veterans from 13 wars, noting more than 60 million people lost their lives in World War II alone. World War II veteran Dr. Donald Fuesler led the invocation and the “Pledge of Allegiance.” He read the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written in 1915 to honor soldiers from World War I who are interred in a cemetery in Belgium. Fuesler, who penned a memoir of his service in France titled “My War,” also contributed biographical information about poem author Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian physician and soldier who died in 1918. Country club manager Michael Montero reminded the audience that most soldiers have received no special recognition and have asked for no special help, yet all Americans owe them and their families a debt of gratitude and support. Clinch recognized the five branches of the armed forces with strains of each one’s theme songs. Longview soprano Melanie Jechort led the audience in “My Country ’Tis of Thee” (America) as part of the invocation and “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the newly dedicated flag flew on the pole outside the club. A color guard that assisted with retiring the old flag and raising the new one included Jim Morgan, president of the club’s board of directors; Jeane Moksness, women’s association vice president; Gary Clinch, club member and veteran; and Montero. After the program, refreshments were provided by the club for audience members and veteran guests.
Housing group honors Pegg christina Pegg of Longview recently was honored as a Friend of Housing by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission in recognition of her leadership as “one of the state’s most effective housing authorities,” ac- Christina cording to a press Pegg release from the WSHFC. “As executive director, Chris Pegg has greatly increased the effectiveness and innovation of the Longview Housing Authority, to the benefit of the people of southwest Washington,” Karen Miller, chair of the Housing Finance Commission, is quoted in a press release. “This honor is richly deserved.” Chris received one of five Friend of Housing awards presented Oct. 8 in a ceremony at the 20th annual Housing Washington conference in Spokane. Friend of Housing awards are presented each year to individuals or organizations who have made exceptional contributions to creating or supporting affordable housing, states the release. Examples include helping solve
ParenT/FamIly calendar TUeSday Safe Kids lower columbia coalition: Noon, Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Kelso (next to Cowlitz County Hall of Justice); 360414-7569; Brandi Ballinger, 360-5756280. Toddler Tuesday: 10-11:30 a.m., Parents Place, 928 23rd Ave., Longview; 360-414-9212; ages 2-4; play.
WedneSday Union Familiar: 11 a.m., La Casa de San Juan Diego, 133 S. Pekin Road, Woodland. love and logic: 6 p.m., Parents Place, 928 23rd Ave., Longview; 360414-9212; ($20) learn how to raise children by providing loving support while expecting them to be respectful and responsible.
castle rock Senior center: 10 a.m.3 p.m., free pool playing; 1-3 p.m., Write Your Life Story class; 222 Second Ave. S.W.; 360-274-7502. Kelso Senior center: 11:30 a.m., lunch; 1 p.m., bingo; 106 N.W. Eighth Ave.; 360232-8522. longview Senior center: 8 a.m., pool; 9-11 a.m., line dance; 10 a.m., games; noon, lunch; 12:30 p.m., entertainment by Vern Kennedy; 1:30 p.m., United Health Care; 1:45-2:45 p.m., dance lesson; 3-7 p.m., karaoke; 1111 Commerce Ave.; 360636-0210. Senior bowl: Noon, Triangle Bowl, 700 Triangle Center, Longview; ages 55-95; to join, ask for Arlene Holland at the counter.
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These veterans and Longview Country Club members recently were honored at a celebration at the club. From left to right, Ernie Cadman, Dr. Donald Fuesler, Gary Clinch, Harold Pfaff, Lathe Carter and Gen. Robert Lucas, retired. housing problems, creating innovative financing mechanisms, or drafting legislation or policy addressing the state’s housing needs. Christina has more than 27 years of experience in the development and management of affordable housing and a variety of federal and state housing programs. As head of the Longview Housing Authority since 1998 (as well as of the Joint Pacific County Housing Authority), her jurisdiction covers more than 5,000 square miles in rural Southwest Washington with a portfolio of 1,400 Housing Choice vouchers and more than 300 rental units of affordable housing, states the release. She has sought new ways to provide needed housing, creating nationally recognized programs that serve homeless veterans, victims of domestic violence and other special-needs populations, states the release. As noted in the award presentation, she also finds innovative ways to support other important community services; for example, working to ensure that Longview’s Family Finance Resource Center could continue its critical foreclosure counseling services. Christina is active in local and national advocacy organizations, including the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). She is a past president of the Association of Washington Housing Authorities and Pacific Northwest Regional Council of NAHRO. She was selected by her peers as a NAHRO Fellow in October 2012. A graduate of the Bank of America Leadership Academy, Chris has a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a certificate in human resource management from Linfield College.
rosy Valley Grange awards molt At the Oct. 19 meeting of Cowlitz Pomona Grange, the master of Rose Valley Grange, becky molt, was presented a certificate of appreciation by Gene Frymire, Pomona lecturer. Becky Molt Molt was honored for her construction of the Youth Ambassador sashes, which were presented at the Washington State Grange convention in June
907 Douglas St., Longview; children age 5 and younger and their families; parents must attend with children and register; preschoolers engage in safe, positive and pro-social activities with other preschoolers; free; 360-4236741. Shilo youth night: 6-8 p.m., St. Helens Elementary School gym; 431 27th Ave., Longview, 360-442-5932.
FrIday Pre-K open Gym: 12:30-2 p.m., Youth and Family Link Wollenberg Gym, 907 Douglas St., Longview; children age 5 and younger and their families; parents must attend with children and register; preschoolers engage in safe, positive and pro-social activities with other preschoolers; free; 360-4236741.
Playgroup for Kids, birth to 6: 9 -11 a.m.; for kids with and without disabilities; Life Works, 906 New York St., Longview; Lacey Cairns, Arc of Cowlitz THUrSday Valley, 360-425-5494; inclusive playPre-K open Gym: 12:30-2 p.m., group for children ages birth to 6, Youth and Family Link Wollenberg Gym, includes sensory play area.
in Ocean Shores, Wash. The project was started by Cowlitz Pomona, but was made possible by financial support from 17 other Pomona (or county) granges from across the state as well as from two grange members, Lewis and Jan Rohrig of Cowlit Prairie Grange in Lewis County. To acknowledge their assistance, the names of all the Pomona groups were sewn inside the sashes.
Kelso lions give flag for garden The Kelso Lions recently donated a flag for the Lions Rose Garden Project. The flag is located at the south entrance to Tam O’Shanter Park in Kelso. The chairperson for the project was barbara Torgerson. The rose garden location was moved when the Visitor Information Center was torn down. The roses surround the sign for the park. Money for the venture was raised through club projects. The lighted flag was raised by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and can be seen by people traveling on Interstate 5.
Elliott and Gary Frame will help with conducting. Hailey is one of more than 100 student musicians who will tell the Christmas story through carols and traditional compositions. Complementary staging, complete with authentic environmental elements, Scripture reading and narration, will be featured. The concert will be interspersed with opportunities for the audience to join in singing Christmas carols.
Several earn service pins Longview Eagles No. 2116 recently gave out service pins to aerie and auxiliary members.
50 years — mary Kubacki, 45 years — Karen berko, margie ordahl and linda Thomas. 40 years — lillian aherns and Judy colt. 35 years — bobbie baker, Karen lentz, donna merritt, and Frankie Sutton. 30 years — donna deSpain, Janice era, lynn eaton, ritchie Wangler, Francile Wilson and loetta yaden. 25 years — ruth adair, Gail bradley, margaret Hendrickson, cuglievan earns scholarship diana Schoonover and Gracie Jocelyn cuglievan of Kelso Jacobs. has been awarded a Ruth Gos20 years — loraine Foreman, sett Scholarship of $937 for the June mcdaniel and anne mcKune. 2013-14 academic year at East15 years — Phyllis emery, barb ern Washington University in bredfield, mary Parker, marilyn alCheney. lison and marcia Westerbur. The scholarship is awarded to 10 years — cheryl cliffton, students in the graduate social Shirley cole, Juanit Fridley, mona work program. James, ellen lundeby, rena Hurst, Jocelyn is a member of Campus carol Sewell, Teresa Stihl and Crusade for Christ (CRU) and mardell nordrum. likes to play intramural sports. Five years — reina cruz, deThe daughter of Fernando and sarey Haggard, Jammie Haggard, Leila Cuglievan of Kelso, Jocelyn melissa rand, Kim Huynh, Sandy was homeschooled and was a Schlarb, Gina Wilson and mavis Running Start student. cowan.
murray to perform at concert
Kelso resident Hailey murray, a senior majoring in elementary education at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., will perform in the university’s annual Christmas concert Dec. 13-15. “Tell the Good News!” will be held in the school’s Bauman Auditorium. Featured groups include the university’s Concert Choir, Men’s and Women’s Chorale, Chamber Choir and Symphonic Band and Strings. Loren Wenz, associate professor of music, will direct the choral portion of the concert. Pat Vandehey, assistant professor of music, will direct the instrumental portion. Professors Richard
40 years — robert Krause and michael meyer. 30 years — allan chamberlain and Jerry Wangler Sr. 25 years — Kenneth Smith and don Wilkerson. 20 years — dean brawley. 15 years — leonard bean, norman cooper, Thomas Fridley, andrew maul and dennis mccarthy Sr. 10 years — John bradley and robert Farnham. Five years — Todd broderius, robert evans, Steve mealy, luc nguyen, James norton, James Trussell, lowell Turner, Terry Walker, Kelly Wallin, michael Wallin and Joseph Warner. — The Daily News
As noted in the initial review, this Arkahm game is the first to introduce mulFrom C1 tiplayer, in which three of Bane’s cult and three Joker different tech trees. Armor, recruits have at each other combat perks and gadget while two other players upgrades are just some of play as Batman and Robin. the possible purchases. The crooks capture terSide missions are every- ritory and cause mayhem where if you want to parand murder. Batman and ticipate, which you should Robin, obviously, work as they unlock fast travel to stop this by debilitatand generally increase the ing the baddies. It’s fun fun factor. A shadowy vil- enough, but there really lain — The Riddler, though isn’t a reason for its exknown here as Enigma istence. Far better online — has stored data packs multiplayer games are around Gotham, protectout there if that’s what ing them with puzzle you crave. defense. He’s also seized A warning: There control of several of the are glitches in the syscity’s radar towers, which, tem. The game crashed when you recapture them, several times during unlock fast-travel when in playthrough, and certain the Bat Wing jet. mandatory interactions
castle rock Senior center: 9:3010:30 a.m., exercise class; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. free pool playing; noon, senior nutrition meals offered by CAP ($2.50 donation, call 360-274-8145 or 360-274-7502 by Monday for reservation); 1-3 p.m., paper tole; 222 Second Ave. S.W.; 360-274-7502. Kelso Senior center: 1-3 p.m., crafts; 7 p.m., R Square D Square Dance Lessons ($4 per person); Toni, 360-636-3358; 106 N.W. Eighth Ave.; 360-232-8522. longview Senior center: 8 a.m., pool; 9:45 a.m., cribbage; 10 a.m., bingo; 11:45 a.m., lunch; 12:30 p.m., bingo; 7 p.m., pinochle; 1111 Commerce Ave.; 360-6360210.
THUrSday castle rock Senior center: 10 a.m.3 p.m., free pool playing; noon-3 p.m., quilting; 7-9 p.m., pinochle (open to the public); 222 Second Ave. S.W.; 360-2747502. Kelso Senior center: Noon, pinochle; 1:30 p.m., advanced line dance ($3); 6-9 p.m., bridge club; 106 N.W. Eighth Ave.; 360-232-8522. longview Senior center: 8 a.m., pool; 9 p.m., Red Wind; 9-11 a.m., line dance; 10 a.m., games; noon, lunch; 12:30 p.m2:30., entertainment; 1 p.m., woodcarvers; 5:30 p.m., pinochle; 1111 Commerce Ave.; 360-636-0210. Senior bowl: Noon, Triangle Bowl, 700 Triangle Center, Longview; ages 55-95; to join, ask for Arlene Holland at the counter. Western Federation of retirees local no. 3, longview Fibre retirees association: 1:30 p.m., AWPPW Union Hall, 724 15th Ave., Longview; Richard Dreier, 360-636-4058.
FrIday castle rock Senior center: 9:3010:30 a.m., exercise class; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free pool playing; noon, senior nutrition meals offered by CAP ($2.50 donation, call 360-274-8145 or 360-274-7502 by Wednesday for reservation); 222 Second Ave. S.W.; 360-274-7502. Kelso Senior center: 10:30 a.m., cribbage; 2-3 p.m., beginning line dance; 106 N.W. Eighth Ave.; 360-232-8522. longview Senior center: 8 a.m., pool; 9-11 a.m., beginning line dance; 11:30 a.m., lunch; 12:30 p.m., pinochle; 1 p.m., bunco; 7-10 p.m., dance with Boursaw Brothers (formal attire) $5; 1111 Commerce Ave.; 360-636-0210.
SaTUrday castle rock Senior center: 1-3 p.m., senior bingo; 222 Second Ave. S.W.; 360274-7502. longview Senior center: 10 a.m.2 p.m., drop in; 10 a.m., woodcarvers; 7 p.m., pinochle; 1111 Commerce Ave.; 360-636-0210.
SUnday Kelso Senior center: 10:30 a.m., cribbage; 12:30 p.m., pinochle tournament with potluck; 2-3 p.m., beginning line dance; 106 N.W. Eighth Ave.; 360-2328522. longview Senior center: 1-4 p.m., dance with Ruby Falls and potluck (west Western attire) ($5); 1111 Commerce Ave.; 360-636-0210.
monday castle rock Senior center: 9:3010:30 a.m., exercise class; 10 a.m.-noon, cinnamon rolls/coffee (served to public, suggested $1.50 donation); 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free pool playing; 222 Second Ave. S.W.; 360-274-7502. Kelso Senior center: 10:30 a.m.3:30 p.m., Contract Bridge Club; 106 N.W. Eighth Ave.; 360-232-8522. longview Senior center: 8 a.m., pool; 12:30 and 7 p.m., pinochle; 1111 Commerce Ave.; 360-636-0210.
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glitched out altogether, leaving you stuck. Significant, but not enough to stop playing. It’s these effects, both what’s in-game and what’s missing, that bring “Batman: Arkham Origins” to its knees. And with all those crazy villains trying to end his heroics, there’s
little worse that could happen. But hey, those Shock Gauntlets will save the day. Two shadowy stars out of five. Dominic Baez is a copy editor for The Daily News. Follow him on Twitter
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