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Completion of Apogee wind turbines delayed R EBECCA RYAN Staff Writer

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Head coach Johnny Jones points to the crowd while celebrating his 200th win with senior forward Alonzo Edwards on Saturday in the Super Pit. The Mean Green defeated Arkansas State 76-64 and will face Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Coliseum.

Coach Jones reaches No. 200 BRETT MEDEIROS Senior Staff Writer

In front of a home crowd of 3,643 people, UNT grabbed the first basket of the game and never looked back as head coach Johnny Jones clinched his 200th career win against the Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-14, 3-6) Saturday in a 76-64.

“That’s a combination of I can look back and appreciate a lot of years, and we’re all some of the accolades that were excited about that. We know out there and some things that that a lot of times in coaching happened a long the way.” Jones, second on UNT’s all situations people move for different reasons, and we’re time wins list, got the first 15 just fortunate and blessed to wins of his career as the interim have been here for a number head coach at Memphis in the of years allow that to happen,” 1999-2000 season. Jones said. “I think that when I finish and hang up the whistle See BASKETBALL on Page 5

The wind turbines next to Apogee Stadium experienced a minor setback earlier this month. A piece of equipment was r e c ei v e d i mpr op er l y put toget her, UN T d i rector of construction Greg Lebkowsky said. director of construction. If everything goes as planned, the turbines are expected to be completed within the next two weeks. “When we inspected it, we found the transformers just weren’t up to spec,” Lebkowsky said. “So we’re sending them back and the new ones should be here this week.” The turbines were originally supposed to be completed by Dec. 31. They will provide 6 percent of Eagle Point’s power and one-third of the power at Apogee Stadium. Lebkowsky said the transformer dilemma, along with various other delays, pushed the completion back. “The inches of rain we got last week didn’t help either,” he said. “It’s hard to do things when it’s muddy. We should be back in the swing of things very soon though.” The defective transformers a re being retur ned to t he manufacturer, and new ones will be sent to UNT. Lauren Helixon, assistant director of operations for the Office of Sustainability and project manager, said the $1 million turbines were paid for by a grant from the State Energ y Conservation Office t hat w a s received i n t he summer of 2010. “Si nce ou r of f ice w rote even the grant back in the fall of 2009, we’ve seen various hiccups that affect the project, but they’re not out of the ordi-

Gas Drilling Task Force seeks input A NN SMAJSTRLA

Senior Staff Writer Tempers flared during the last 30 minutes of Monday night’s nearly three-hour Gas Drilling Task Force meeting. Denton residents expressed disapproval at the presence of representatives from Clean Resources – a Fort Worth-based interest group that promotes natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale. “I think it’s obvious that fracking isn’t safe when you look at the extent that the industry is willing to go to convince us that it is,” said Cindy Spoon, an international studies senior. “They have started sending out their ‘clean energy bros,’ who are from Fort Worth. They don’t even live in Denton.” Four members of Clean Resources spoke to the task force, each one defending the method of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the North Texas area. The representatives sited job creation in the gas drilling industry and research against negative affects of fracking. Nine Denton residents spoke to the task force during the 30 minutes allotted to public opinion. Each Denton resident was against the act of fracking.

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nary,” Helixon said. “We have to be prepared when things get delayed. It’s just part of the process.” Hel i xon s a id onc e t he turbines are complete, they will need minimal maintenance. “They’re bui lt for durabi lit y,” she sa id. “T hey’re even in a rct ic condit ions. If something were to break or need maintenance, they have a built-in monitoring system that will alert someone either here or at the manu-

Intern

All meetings start at 6 p.m. at Denton City Hall

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Members of the Denton Gas Drilling Task Force discuss the effects of fracking on the city’s water supply Monday night at the City Hall. is comprised of experts in the fields of environmental science and gas drilling. The task force holds meetings to discuss action items. Ultimately, the action items will be compiled into a list for

the city council to consider when writing the new gas drilling ordinance. The task force will meet every Monday at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers, located at 215 E McKinney St.

facturer.” The turbines will produce approximately 450,000 kilowatts every year, preventing 323 metric tons of ca rbon dioxide from being emitted into t he at mosphere. T he t u rbi nes a re necessa r y for Apogee to maintain its Platinum Leadership in Energy and Env ironmental Design (LEED) certification and have a 25-year lifespan before major repairs are needed.

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Project researches Twitter in culture CAYDEE ENSEY

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Before t he last-m i nute dramatics, ten action items concerning water quality were discussed at the task force meeting, including private water well testing and baseline monitoring. Denton resident Neil Durrance said he wanted to see the task force address water consumption rates and groundwater migration. The most important issue to address is the health and welfare of Denton residents, Durrance said. “We need to protect what we have and not go any further down this road,” resident Phyllis Wolper said. “Clearly, we are poisoning ourselves.” The Gas Drilling Task Force was formed in August 2011 and

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Project manager Kahn Spencer directs workers from R-Tel Construction on the placement of four new transformers for the wind turbines, south of Apogee Stadium off Bonnie Brae Road on Monday. Spencer said the Turbines have worked perfectly but transformers were needed since August to channel power to campus.

The Arab Spring; the U.S. Occupy movement; the London riots; in all three world events, social media played a significant role. Now, a UNT student has taken a sample of 4,500 tweets from all three events for a research project seeking to identif y differences in communication between the three cultures. Kara Caskey, a communications studies master’s student at UNT, has received an $800 grant from UNT to finish her research. The sample tweets include 1,500 tweets from the U.S. Occupy Movement; 1,500 from the London Riots; and 1,500 from the Egyptian uprising. “We wanted to understand how people use Twitter to organize and spread information,” Caskey said. “Then as we were sorting through the tweets, we realized there were a lot of patterns in their communication.” Caskey chose tweets from the three events because all three regions communicated basic logistic information, such as the time and location of gather-

ings and police activity. There were clear differences, however, between how the different cultures worded their tweets. Tweets from Eg ypt were serious, direct and passionate, while those from the U.S. and the U.K. tended to be ironic and sarcastic. “There seems to be a clear divide in things like slang, profanity, objective language and language that was clearly bias,” Caskey said. James Daniel, who graduated from Texas Tech and currently resides in North Texas, spent a semester in Jordan in 2006. His experiences in the Middle East lend support to Caskey’s research. “The Arabic language has two main aspects to it that I encountered,” Daniel said. The first is the poetic nature of it. Instead of saying ‘good morning’ some say, ‘morning of light.’” The second is specifically Muslim, which is very integrated into their culture. Everywhere you go the general response to asking how someone is ‘god has blessed me,’” he said.

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Inside New Year’s resolutions reviewed News | Page 2

MTV holds casting calls for new show Arts & Life | Page 4

Jones’ 200th win a sign of the times Views | Page 7


News

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Keys to making New Year’s resolutions last Nicole Balderas

they don’t they get discouraged.”

Senior Staff Writer

With the second month of the new year approaching, many students are checking the progress of their resolutions, or getting a reality check because of overzealous plans. Two of the most popular resolutions – eating a healthful diet and exercising – can be hard to grasp onto for those who don’t have concrete goals established. “The main thing is when people have really huge goals and want results immediately,” said Jeffrey Smith, swimming instructor at UNT. “As soon as they start exercising they want to see results and when

Keep it fit Before jumping right into a routine, new gym-goers can benefit from orienting themselves with the exercise equipment. “It’s always good to do selfinventory of your physical level and see where you’re at,” said Logan Nyquist, weight room head super v isor. “I would first start out w ith people who know what they’re doing; don’t be afraid to ask.” A key when exercising is to avoid overworking the body. Signs of overworking include regression in strength, sleeplessness, a nd a n elevated

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Recreation senior and cyclist Elliot Minick takes a break from his practice outside the UNT Rec Center.

stress level, Nyquist said. P re- a nd post-workout rituals can make a difference in a workout’s effectiveness on the body. “Thirt y minutes after a workout there is a window that opens up where your body wa nts nut r ients,” Nyquist said. “It can burn calories faster during this time.”

Keep it fresh The idea of setting small goals applies to eating habits as well. “You shouldn’t completely cha nge t he way you eat,” Smith said. “Start incorporating vegetables into your diet – start having a salad with dinner. Once you find what you like, still make it enjoyable to eat.” Resources such as dietitians at the UNT Student Health and Wellness Center can help students meet personal health goals. “First and foremost people need to k now what t hei r body needs,” dietitian Lora Williams said. “I have a lot of students who come into my office who think they eat healthy but really don’t.” Williams uses replicas of real fruits and vegetables to show students what an actual portion should look like.

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However, not all agree with the cultural differences. Ahmed Nimer, a media art design sophomore at UNT who

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For gym newcomers, trainers at the UNT Rec Center recommend becoming familiar with workout equipment before use. “One serving of vegetables equals 1/2 cup cooked, 1 cup fresh or 3 ounces of leaves,” Williams said. “The average consumer has about two servings a day, but really needs about six.” Having vegetables in the diet not only is a healthy way to sustain the appetite, but can help ward off health problems such as high cholesterol, Williams said. Buying organic food has become a popular aspect of

eating healthy, and foodnews. org provides a list of 12 items na med t he “Dir t y Dozen” recommended to be bought organic. “It’s the foods that have identifiable pesticides even after they’ve been washed,” Williams said. The list is comprised of apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale, or collard greens.

February,” Helixon said. “I can’t wait to see them spinning.” Some students are also eager to see the benefits of the wind turbines. John Tinsley, a pre-mechan-

ical and energy engineering freshman, said turbines are getting cheaper and more efficient, and therefore they should be used more in places like college campuses.

“Wind is free and we have an unlimited supply,” he said. “The turbines also have no emissions. I think they’re a good way for UNT to get even greener.”

moved to the U.S. from Jordan in 2008 and has friends from across the Arab world, thinks that the divide in the way the cultures communicate is not substantial. “When someone sneezes in the U.S. people say, ‘God bless you,’” he said. “Americans have

religious sayings built into their culture, too.” Caskey said the research is only beginning. She hopes to complete the research by March so the results can be presented to the National Communication Association Convention in November.

“I don’t know what we will find yet,” Caskey said. “But I am excited about gaining a deeper understanding of these differences. We are working on finding translators for the tweets written in Arabic and employing coders to help sort through the massive amount of information we have.”

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Water sent for Texas town’s dry wells AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas village that’s become the state’s first community to run out of water due to a punishing drought will have water trucked in by the Lower Colorado River Authority, officials said Monday. Agency spokeswoman Clara Tuma said the region’s wells are no longer producing enough water to meet Spicewood Beach’s needs. The community, located on Lake Travis and about 35 miles west of Austin, has about 500 water connections that serve roughly 1,100 people and an elementary school. The first tanker was expected to arrive Monday afternoon. “The reading over the weekend showed the levels were stabilizing, but the amount of gallons per minute we were able to draw

from the well was going down,” Tuma said. “And so it became clear to us that we needed to begin the trucking operation today.” Spicewood Beach has watched the water level drop since October 2010, when the worst single-year drought in Texas began. Tuma said the authority does not know how long it may have to truck in water, but that a recent storm and conservation efforts had helped slow the decline in the well levels. “Customers really stepped up to the plate and cut back on water use,” Tuma said. “We believe the conservation efforts had a huge impact on extending the life of the well.” The authority placed the community on stage four water restrictions last week that banned

all outdoor watering and urged customers to use as little water as possible. Tuma said the river authority which operates the wells will truck water to Spicewood Beach for as long as necessary, though she did not have an estimate for how much it would cost. Joe Don Dockery, the Burnet County commissioner responsible for the Spicewood Beach area, said trucks capable of carrying between 2,000 gallons and 6,000 gallons of already treated water will be used. When the water arrives in Spicewood Beach, it will be treated again and then put into the community’s 129,000-gallon holding tank, which has not run completely dry. The tank holds about four days of water, as long as the commu-

nity remains under stage four water restrictions. While other Lake Travis communities have come precariously close to running out of water, this area is unique because their water access is from wells, which take longer to fill even when it rains. “The hauling of water is just a Band-Aid approach. It’s just a short-term approach,” Dockery said. In the long-term, the LCRA will likely drill new wells or get the community set up on an intake system directly from Lake Travis. While the final cost of the effort remains unclear, Dockery said the LCRA already told community members “they could see some financial impact from this, even from the hauling of the water.”

Police Blotter Alcohol and drugrelated offenses Wednesday, Jan. 25 3:46 p.m. – A UNT police officer spotted a suspicious vehicle on the 1300 block of S. Bonnie Brae St. One of the vehicle’s occupants, a 50-year-old woman, was discovered to be intoxicated. She was arrested and taken to the Denton City Jail. Thursday, Jan. 26 8:34 p.m. – A UNT police officer stopped a 20-yearold male bicycling on the 2100 block of Hickor y St. The ma le was in posses-

sion of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. The suspect was arrested and taken to Denton County jail.

Burglary & theft Monday, Jan. 23 11:58 p.m. – A complainant on the 1900 block of Chestnut St. reported the theft of a cell phone. Police responded and an offense report was filled out. Friday, Jan. 27 9:50 p.m. – A complainant reported the burglary of her dorm room in Traditions Hall on UNT campus. A UNT

police officer responded and an offense report was filled out.

Miscellaneous Tuesday, Jan. 24 8 :14 p.m. – A UNT police w itnessed a major motor vehicle crash at the intersection of W. Oa k Street. and Fry Street. The Denton Fire Dept. responded and eva luated t he occupants, who were later released at the scene. A crash report was completed. Friday, Jan. 27 6:00 p.m. – A complainant

r e p or t e d d a m a g e t o a number of vehicles outside We st Ha l l on t he U N T ca mpus. A police of f icer responded to the call and an offense report was filled out. Saturday, Jan. 28 4:10 p.m. – A UNT police off icer attempted to stop a vehicle on the 100 block of N. Elm St. The suspect f led the scene and crashed into a telephone pole on the 400 block of S. Locust St. The driver, a 24-year-old male, was not injured. He was arrested and taken to Denton County jail.


Arts & Life

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Alex Macon, Arts & Life Editor

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Students develop, program new video games Nadia Hill Staff Writer

Just playing the games was never enough for Dariel Hernandez. As a high school student who would play the same video games day after day, Hernandez began questioning game concepts and creating alternate story endings. He convinced his friends to pool their money together for the

classic tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons. The group of friends continually altered the rules until they found themselves playing new games that branched from the original concept. Now a radio, television and film junior at UNT, Hernandez’s imagination comes to life on screen at the hands of fellow designers and programmers in the new club, Game Developers of UNT.

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Computer science sophomore P.J. Durnin uses the gaming development engine Unity to render graphical elements onto the screen.

Game Developers of UNT, founded in fall 2011 by political science sophomore P.J. Durnin and computer science senior Christa Holt, lets aspiring game developers and designers gain experience by working on original projects created by fellow members. “There are only four video game classes, so it would take me years to do what I want to,” Durnin said. “I figured there should be a club so I can start developing a game. I’ve been thinking of games for years; I’ve just never actually done it.” UNT began offering a certificate in game programming in the fall of 2008 and currently offers four game development and programming classes, according to the website for UNT’s Laboratory for Recreational Computing. A graduate track in game programming includes three other classes. Members of Game Developers of UNT pitch their own ideas and recruit other members – such as programmers, artists and writers – to create a finished product. Developing a game takes approximately six to 18 months,

according to Hernandez, a project leader with the club. “It’s more like collaborative storytelling and not just video games,” Hernandez said. “The common link was playing video games. We’re also not the most extroverted people, so it helps to make friends.” The club consists of five guilds – programming, writing, creating arts and visuals, audio sound effects and music – that work on other games outside of specific projects. “This promotes an environment to keep going,” said Samuel Skidmore, a computer science graduate student and member of Game Developers. “When you work by yourself, it’s easy to just stop and put it off, sometimes indefinitely. Now I have other people to force me to get through difficult parts.” Members said not everyone in the club had any experience, and encouraged anyone with an interest in video game development to give it a try. The club is currently trying to find funding, either from the university or from selling finished games. A few members will travel

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Computer science sophomore P.J. Durnin is currently brainstorming two new games. to Austin in March for the annual Game Developers’ Conference. They said they hope to participate in lectures and gain insights into the relatively young industry.

“From rambling about philosophy and game ideas with my roommate, I definitely can’t think of anything else I want to do for the rest of my life,” Hernandez said.

“Haywire” delivers adrenaline shot of action, thrills Review Josh F riemel Intern

Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Haywire” gives the audience an adrenaline shot of action and mystery in a thrill ride that doesn’t let up until the last scene. Soderbergh’s choice of actors seems almost counterintuitive: the smaller the role, the more well-known the actor. Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas and Channing Tatum all play exceptional counterparts to star Gina Carano, better known for the beatdowns and bloody noses she delivers as a mixed martial arts fighter.

Carano plays an ex-Marine and government contractor named Mallory Kane, who gets in over her head in a shady government conspiracy that unfolds as the movie plays out. Around five minutes into the film, Carano gets into a w restling match w ith “G.I. Joe” savior Channing Tatum, an old colleague from her government-contracting gig, and the action seldom takes a breather after that. The movie has the tradit ion a l “t he g ov e r n me nt screwed me over to better preser ve our countr y” plot seen in the Bourne series and countless other spy movies. Kane’s mission to rescue

a Chinese journalist taken hostage by unnamed villains is successful, but a doublecross by her boss and ex-lover Kennet h (played by Ewa n Mc Gregor) c ompl ic ates things. What makes the film stand out from other action movies is Soderbergh’s ability to cover for Carano’s inexperience. Carano, despite her lack of acting experience, fits the role perfectly and reportedly did all of her own stunts. She is utterly convincing as she scales massive walls, knocks out bloody enemies and shows no mercy in her quest to avenge herself. Soderbergh makes Carano’s cha racter a cold-hea r ted,

stick-to-the-plan agent whose only soft spot is for her father. Acting tough and emotionless whi le beat ing people up is what Carano is best at, and Soderbergh knows well enough to stick with it. Kane’s past is revealed bitby-bit as the movie progresses, adding a much-needed backg rou nd to t he fa st-paced story. The soundtrack is excep-

tional. The background music is constant during both action a nd d ia log ue scenes ; t he visceral sound of knuck les on flesh work well enough on their own without a musical cue telling you how intense it is. Haywire has probably given Hollywood a new star in Gina Carano. She has the vaunted abilit y to look sex y while fighting.

Noted photographer speaks

Sign up to be a conversation partner with international students who are learning English. Photo by Christopher G. Lewis/Contributing Photographer

UNT alumna Kelli Connell presents photographs from her new book, “Double Life,” during professor Kathy Lovas’ Photography I class in the Art Building on Monday. “Double Life” comprises separate photographs of the same model composited together to appear as one picture of two people. Connell is a professional photographer and photography professor at Columbia College in Chicago. Connell also joined students and faculty at an ice cream social at Beth Marie’s on the Square following her lecture. An exhibit of “Double Life” runs from Jan. 17 through Feb. 15 at Texas Woman’s University’s West Gallery, with a reception and book signing to be held on Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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W ho was the last Maxim cover girl that could roundhouse kick you in the face in a dress and high heels? Carano is an electrifying presence who almost literally leaps off the screen. Be careful. While reading this, her fist could punch through the paper and knock you out cold. Don’t say I didn’t wa rn you.


Page 4 Alex Macon, Arts & Life Editor

Arts & Life

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Producers look for new reality stars at UNT A DRIENNE TATE Intern

MTV has invaded the UNT Denton c a mpu s, hold i ng cast ing ca l ls Monday a nd Tuesday in search of stars for a new reality TV show expected to premiere in September. UN T is t he f i rst major university to host the network for merly k now n as Music Television in their quest to cast college students in a new show. Nathan Johnson, a producer f or M T V, s a id t he ne w program would be similar to MADE, a self-improvement reality show that follows teenagers pursuing their dreams to be “made” into athletes, singers, prom queens a nd more, all w ith a little help from MTV-supplied experts. T h i s n e w s h o w, s t i l l unnamed, would focus exclusively on college students. “ We a r e l o o k i n g f o r someone who has a vested interest in their dream or goal and is trying to do it, but just isn’t making it or needs a little help,” Johnson said. Joh n son sa id he chose Texas as the first stop in a nationwide casting search. He h a s a l r e a d y v i s i t e d Tarrant Community College campuses and w ill stop at Texas Christian Universit y next week before traveling to Houston. Mol ly Or r, t he prog ra m coordinator for the University P rog ra m Cou nci l, helped coordinate room reservations for MTV staff and covered the cost of publicity through the UPC office. She said MTV reached out to the university to organize the casting calls and to get the

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MTV producer Nathan Johnson interviews public relations junior Amiria Holloman on Monday during a casting call for a new MTV reality show expected to premiere in September. The show will feature 20 college students in a format similar to MADE, another show that previously aired on the channel. Auditions are being held on the third floor of the Union on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. word out to students. “It’s really a neat opportunity for students to see what a casting call is like,” Orr said. “There is probably a lot of students who want to meet w it h MT V on campus. I’m glad we are able to bring them here to make that connection.” A wide variety of students

lined up for the casting call Monday, filling out a detailed quest ionna ire about t heir d rea ms a nd goa ls before enter i ng t he i nter v iew room. Some students said they wa nted to be models a nd actors, and a few admitted to seeking out the fame that would come w it h a telev i-

sion role. Others said they wanted to give viewers an opportunity to see what life is like for different people. A rlen a Joy Moon a n, a sophomore double majoring i n c r i m i n a l ju s t ic e a nd psychology, said she wanted to help people understand what it is like to be disabled.

Moonan, who uses a wheelchair, said she was neutral about the casting call itself but hoped that a television show cou ld help educate people through her experiences. “I’m not doing it for myself,” she sa id. “I’m doing it for ot her people. I t hin k t his show would highlight some

issues and really show people that we need to improve with the way things are.” Casting calls will be held Tuesday in the Ponder Room on t he t h i rd f loor of t he University Union from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested st udents ca n sign up in the UPC office on the Union’s second f loor.

Documentary covers band’s dramatic exit (MCT) PARK CITY, Utah — Rock stars tend to exit the public stage in one of two ways: with a burst of drama or by fading away on sadsack tours. James Murphy, the elusive frontman of the indie-rock band LCD Soundsystem, tried a third way: retiring on top. In February 2011, with the band’s internal dynamics smooth and commercial fortune smiling upon it, Murphy, for seemingly no good reason, announced that he was breaking up the group. He made one last media appearance (on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”), played a final show at Madison Square Garden and called it a day. Murphy’s Barry Sanders-like move is explored in “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week about the onetime DJ and his final days as head of the soul/punk/discotinged rock band he created in 2002. Murphy is in nearly every frame of the movie, yet his essence remains tantalizingly out of sight. He’s remarkably ordinary, yet with his economy of words and unusual choices, a sense of mystery always seems to hover over him. “If you succeed, people assume you’re not like them. I did the same thing with rock stars,” Murphy said by phone from New York before flying to Sundance, where he DJ’d a jam-packed party

in honor of the movie Tuesday. “But I’d be totally lunatic to think it’s something essential about myself that has any kind of mystique.” His fans seem to feel otherwise. Over the course of three LCD studio albums and numerous smaller and underground releases, the group’s music became a kind of gospel for a generation of cool-chasing kids, as Murphy won over legions with his quaint, throwback, noncorporate sensibility (and, it should be said, alienated others with his preciousness). Cross-cutting between the now-famous Garden show (it lasted nearly four hours and featured a host of indie-rock luminaries, such as Arcade Fire) and the morning after as Murphy prosaically walks his dog and cleans out a storage room, “Hits” is both about LCD Soundsystem and something larger. The directors, the British documentarians Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace (who directed the Blur documentary “No Distance Left to Run”), pitch their film somewhere between concert movie and intimate portrait. They’re not afraid to stay with the music: Unlike many concert documentaries, they use a cinematographer to shoot the band onstage and allow entire LCD songs such as “Losing My Edge” and “All My Friends” to play uncut. Murphy even helped mix

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the movie’s sound. But the filmmakers also slyly use Murphy to engage the audience in questions about the nature of fame: what we want from rock stars and how they feel about giving it to us. Reserved, chubby and sporting gray stubble for much of the film, the 41-yearold musician is in many ways the anti-rock star. And that somehow makes him even more compelling. “When you meet James, there’s an aspect of personality, a contrarian-ness in how he approaches stuff, that’s hard to resist,” Southern said. (There’s also what Southern and manager Keith Wood each said in interviews was an exacting side of his personality — “a meticulousness that’s so exacting it borders on OCD,” Southern said.) But the directors tell their story without using any talking heads, following a tactic tried by last year’s breakout Sundance doc, “Senna,” and in fact include little background on the band in general, focusing instead on just its final few days. (The other members of the band barely register in the movie, but Murphy said there’s no animosity among them over the breakup.) “We never had any intention of making a biography; we didn’t want it to be the film of the band met here and then this happened. We wanted to capture what was happening during a moment in time,” Southern said. The essential question of that moment is both hinted at and kept at a remove. The musician is shown saying he was concerned for his health if he kept going with the band and its heavy touring demands. He also says he didn’t want the responsibilities of fame that he thought awaited if the band continued and that he hoped to slow down and have a family.


Sports

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Bobby Lewis, Sports Editor

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UNT claims Sun Belt win over Red Wolves

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“We wanted to get it for him and give a shout out to ‘Old School’ as I call him [Jones],” freshman forward Tony Mitchell said. Led by Mitchell’s offensive efficiency and junior Brandan Walton’s three-point shooting, the Mean Green (13-9, 6-3) shot 50 percent from the field to pull away from the Red Wolves. Mitchell posted his fifth double-double of the season with 21 points and 15 rebounds. The freshman also added six blocks, leaving him four blocks short of a triple-double. Unlike UNT’s previous game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday, Mitchell was able to stay on the court, committing only one foul throughout the match. He committed four fouls, one shy of fouling out, in the loss to ULL. Walton led the team from deep, connecting on three of his five attempts from three-point range, while shooting a perfect 6-for-6 on free throws. He finished the game with 19 points. “I feel that just everyone is picking it up as a team right now,” Walton said. “It’s simply a matter of opportunity and like I said, it’s a team thing and just play hard and let things fall where they may.” In the teams’ first matchup of the season, Arkansas State junior guard Marcus Hooten knocked down a three-pointer as time expired to beat UNT. “It was like payback today,” Mitchell said. “We had an edge about ourselves to just go out there and dominate them on either side of the ball.” The Mean Green now finds itself in a three-way tie for second place in the Sun Belt Conference West Division with Denver and ULL. UNT will take on Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. Thursday in the first and only matchup of the season at the Super Pit.

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Women’s Basketball A LISON ELDRIDGE Senior Staff Writer

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Freshman forward Tony Mitchell secures a rebound against Arkansas State senior forward Malcoln Kirkland during the Mean Green’s 76-64 win Saturday in the Super Pit.

Johnny Jones By the Numbers 2: Johnny Jones is No. 2 on UNT’s alltime wins list 185: Johnny Jones’ wins as UNT head coach 11: Seasons Johnny Jones has been the UNT men’s basketball head coach 5: Consecutive 20-win seasons for the Mean Green under Jones 2: NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2010)

Refusing to allow a repeat of the overtime loss earlier this month, the Mean Green women’s basketball team (13-9, 6-3) defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves (8-14, 2-7) 68-54 Saturday at the Super Pit. The victory extends the team’s win streak to two and elevates it to second place in the Sun Belt Conference West Division standings, tied with UALR. “This was probably as good of a full game performance as we’ve had,” head coach Karen Aston said. “I thought this was a complete game by our team, lots of good efforts from a lot of people.” With the victory, both Aston and junior forward Jasmine Godbolt continue to close in on career records: 100 wins for Aston and 1,000 points for Godbolt. For Aston, the record will come with the Mean Green’s next win. Godbolt needs only 17 points to make her record. The Mean Green started the game strong and refused to let up, leading the Red Wolves by double digits for most of the game. UNT led by as many as 22 points during the second half. UNT was able to drive to the basket all game, shooting 46 percent in the paint. Godbolt and senior guard Brittney Hudson led the way, scoring 12 points each. Senior guard Tamara Torru also had a strong game, contributing 13 points

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Senior guard Tamara Torru goes up for a jump shot against an Arkansas State defender Jan. 28. to the Mean Green win, going two-for-two in free throws and knocking down one of the team’s three three-pointers. “Today was just exciting,” she said. “Everybody brought great energy and we played hard.” The Mean Green turned up the defensive intensity, holding Arkansas’ high scoring trio of sophomore forward Jane Morrill, senior guard Shaina Hurst and junior guard Ashley Olivera to 22 points combined, 16 points short of their total from the last game. Morrill, who averages 17.1 points per game, scored only eight in Saturday‘s game. “I feel like most of the time, we did disturb their offense,” Godbolt said. “I think that’s

something we should’ve done the first time.” Along with the win, Saturday’s game brought in $100 and 15 pairs of shoes in support of the Samaritan Feet Barefoot Coaching movement. Aston and all three of the team’s assistant coaches spent the game shoeless on the sideline. “I want to personally thank the community and all of the people that got involved in this,” Aston said. “I think now that there’s awareness of this game, people will be more familiar next year and there’ll probably be more shoes given.” The Mean Green takes on Middle Tennessee (17-5, 9-0) at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Super Pit.

Indy prepares for Super Bowl security issues INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — From pickpockets and prostitutes to dirty bombs and exploding manhole covers, authorities are bracing for whatever threat the first Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis might bring. Some — nuclear terrorism, for instance — are likely to remain just hypothetical. But others, like thieves and wayward manhole covers, are all too real. Though Indianapolis has ample experience hosting large sporting events — the Indianapolis 500 attracts more than 200,000 fans each year, and the NCAA’s men’s Final Four basketball tournament has been held here six times since 1980— the city’s first Super Bowl poses some unique challenges. “This is clearly bigger in terms of the amount of people who will be downtown over an extended period of time,” city Public Safety Director Frank Straub said.

Under a security risk rating system used by the federal government, the Super Bowl ranks just below national security events involving the president and the Secret Service, said Gary Coons, Indianapolis Chief of Homeland Security. The ratings are based on factors including international attention, media coverage, the number of people the event attracts and visits by celebrities and foreign dignitaries, he said. The Indianapolis 500 ranks two levels below the Super Bowl. The city has invested millions of dollars and worked with local, state and federal agencies to try to keep all those people safe. Up to 1,000 city police officers will be in the stadium and on the street, carrying smartphones and other electronic hand-held devices that will enable them to feed photos and video to a new state-of-the-art

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The New York Giants’ Rhett Bomar (5) unloads the ball under pressure from the New England Patriots defense at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. operations center on the city’s east side or to cruisers driven by officers providing backup, Straub said. Hundreds of officers from other agencies, including the state police and the FBI, will be scanning the crowd for signs of pick-

pocketing, prostitution or other trouble. One concern has been a series of explosions in Indianapolis Power & Light’s underground network of utility cables. A dozen underground explosions have

occurred since 2005, sending manhole covers flying. E ig ht ex plosion s have occurred since 2010. The latest, on Nov. 19, turned a manhole cover into a projectile that heavily damaged a parked car and raised concerns about the safety of Super Bowl visitors walking on streets and soaring above the Super Bowl village on four zip lines installed for the festivities. Since December, IPL has spent about $180,000 to install 150 new locking manhole covers, pr i ma r i ly i n t he Super Bowl village and other areas expected to see high pregame traffic. IPL officials say the new Swiveloc manhole covers can be locked for security reasons during the Super Bowl. In case of an explosion, the covers lift a couple of inches off the

ground — enough to vent gas out without feeding in oxygen to make an explosion bigger — before falling back into place. O’Nei l l’s tea m cou ldn’t pinpoint an exact cause for the explosions but said a flawed inspection process contributed, noting that IPL workers missed warning signs such as road salt corroding an old cable or leaks in nearby steam pipes. In a report filed Jan. 19 with Indiana utility regulators, the power company said it had overhauled its inspection process. IPL will dispatch extra crews to the area around the stadium in case of power-related problems, such as a recent breaker fire that left 10,000 customers in homes south of downtown without power. Spokeswoman Crystal Livers-Powers said the company doesn’t anticipate any power issues.


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UNT notches four top-five finishes in Houston Track Josh Friemel Intern

In its biggest meet of the season, the UNT track and field team couldn’t continue its hot streak at the Houston Indoor Invitational on Saturday. After opening the season with two 10-team meets, UNT competed in the Houston Invitational, which featured more than 15 teams. Head coach Carl Sheffield said he doesn’t know why the team plateaued in this meet, after the team had 29 top-five finishes in the previous weekend’s meet. “I thought we would perform very well, and I think overall that we did,” Sheffield said. “We did not perform badly, but we are just looking to get better week to week.” UNT got four top-five finishes in Houston, all coming from the men’s team. Junior Matt Russ continued his hot start, finishing in fifth place in the 3000-meter race. Senior Sara Dietz ran in her first career 3000-meter race, finishing in

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Jessica McNew practices pole vaulting Thursday afternoon. The team earned four top-five finishes at the Houston Indoor Invitational last weekend. 9:54.33, just .53 seconds off from a school record. Sophomore Charleston Lewis set a school record in the weight throw with 16.63 m, finishing in fifth place. Sheffield believes the team

psychologically came in with the wrong mindset before leaving for Houston Saturday and said some of the members of the team don’t like the Houston track. “I think it’s just a mindset, but

if you go into a meet thinking that you won’t run fast, you probably won’t run fast,” Sheffield said. Sophomore Clinton Collins, one of the teams’ highest finishers at second place in the

200-meter (22.21 seconds), said the track didn’t affect him. However, the overnight travel did factor into the team’s performance. “You get so much more relaxed on those overnight trips

than those day trips,” Collins said. “Now we got it out of our system, and we know what it’s like. Now we can be more focused on those overnight trips.” Senior Ingrid Mollenkopf improved her time in the 3000-meter run by 12 seconds Saturday. Competing against teammate Sara Dietz elevates her game, she said. “She makes me faster in the shorter distances,” Mollenkopf said. “I’ve never been good at shorter distances. Racing against her has made my times quicker.” To prepare for meets against conference opponents while maintaining a strong score, Sheffield put the athletes in events that they normally don’t compete in to figure out their strengths. “The first two weeks we were hungry to see how fast we could run, and we ran fast in the first two weeks,” Sheffield said. “Last week we didn’t run fast. It’s going to be upon me to refocus us back and get back to the basics.”

Mean Green splits season’s first home matches Tennis Tyler Owens Staff Writer

It was a tale of two matches for the Mean Green tennis team at the Waranch Tennis Complex on Saturday. UNT (2-2) fell 7-0 to the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks in the morning, but turned it around in the afternoon, toppling t he Ora l Rober ts Golden Eagles 7-0. “Everybody gave their best. Each match was really close,” senior Irina Paraschiv said. “I t h i n k we played rea l ly well.”

Early struggles The Mean Green won the first match in doubles play when Paraschiv and freshman Kseniya Bardabush defeated SFA duo Antonia Kolovou and Elena Kordolaimi 8-6. However, that would be the only win of the match for UNT. SFA (3-2) secured the doubles point when UNT senior Nadia Lee and freshman Franziska Sprinkmeyer and the duo of juniors Va lentina Starkova a nd Ba rbor a V y k yd a lov a were ousted in their matches, respectively. A l read y dow n 1- 0, t he

Mean Green lost all six singles matches, finally losing 7-0. The tea m made it dif f icult for SFA, though, as Lee, Bardabush, and junior Ilona Serchenko each took t heir matches into tiebreakers. “It came down to execution, and we have to give it to [SFA],” head coach Sujay Lama said. “You give them kudos, but at the same time learn from it.”

Bouncing back The Mean Green fared far better aga inst t he Golden E a g le s i n t he a f ter no on match. UNT swept t he doubles compet it ion, a nd had momentum going into t he singles matches. First, Serchenko defeated ORU’s Lina Semenova 6-0, 6-2, paving the way for the rest of t he tea m’s si ng les matches. Paraschiv, who is coming off a shoulder injury, dominated Hailey Martin 6-0, 6-1 in her first singles match of the year. Sen ior Pau la Di nuta, Vyk yda lova, Sta rkova, and Sprinkmeyer all took down their opponents, securing the sweep for the Mean Green.

Photo by Chelsea Stratso/Staff Photographer

Junior Valentina Starkova returns the ball to her opponents during UNT’s home opener at the Waranch Tennis Complex. Jan. 28. The Mean Green lost 7-0 to Stephen F. Austin. “In the second match, we beat [ORU],” Starkova said. “It was two opposite matches.” The team looks at ever y match as an opportunity to lea r n a nd i mprove, La ma

said. “You don’t want to lose, especia lly at home,” Lama said. “But when you do have t hose setback s, you have to learn from them. I think

that’s the key.” Lama said the team will be working on getting better in doubles play this week as they prepare to face No. 24 Arkansas and Kansas State

this weekend. “I see t his as a massive jigsaw puzzle,” he said. “We have t he pieces, it’s just a matter of putting the pieces together.”

Woods falters in final round of Abu Dhabi tournament A BU DH A BI, United A rab Emirates (AP) — Tiger Woods ta l ked a l l week about h is i mproved ba l l cont rol — then it let him down when he needed it most. Woods resembled the Tiger of old over t he f irst t hree rou nds at t he Abu Dhabi C ha mpion sh ip, st r i ng i ng toget her a t r io of rou nds below pa r before shooting an even 72 in Sunday’s finale to finish in a tie for third place behind winner Robert Rock and U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy. T he 117t h-ra n ked Rock shot 70 for an overall 275 to beat McIlroy (69) by a shot. Woods was a further shot back with Thomas Bjorn (68) and Graeme McDowell (68). The 18-year-old Ita lian Matteo Manassero (69) and George Coetzee (70) of South Africa were another shot back. “Today I just didn’t give myself enough looks at it,” Woods said. “Most of my putts were lag putts. I didn’t drive the ball in as many fairways as I should have ... It was a day I was just a touch off the tee

and consequently I couldn’t get the ball close enough.” It m a rke d t he s e c ond straight time Woods hasn’t won with at least a share of the lead after 54 holes. He failed to w in the Chev ron World Challenge in 2010 after going into the final round w ith a four-shot lead over McDowell. The 14-time major winner appears to have recovered f rom a t wo-yea r v ic tor y drought in which he was sidelined by injuries and personal turmoil. But Woods must now face the fact that, at age 36, there are plenty of players — known and unknown — who can potentially beat him. Coming into Sunday, Woods was tied for the lead with the unheralded Rock and was the clear favorite to win. Rock had only one victory under his belt compared to 83 for Woods worldwide, but it was Rock — battling his nerves over playing alongside one of his golfing idols — who held it together down the stretch. “But it’s difficult playing with Tiger. You expect almost

every shot to threaten to go in. It felt a lot of pressure and couldn’t afford any lapses in concentration at all.” Woods started strong and it looked as though he might pull away from Rock, sinking a 40-footer on No. 2 for birdie and chipping to within a foot of the cup for a second birdie on the 3rd. T hen Wood s bega n to unravel. He sta r ted spray ing his drives into the thick rough and fairway bunkers, resulting in bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5. When Woods wasn’t missing the fairways, he was scrambling to save par as he did on 11 after overshooting the green. As he approached his shot in deep rough just off the 11th green, he sighed heavily and let out a stream of obscenities under his breath. Woods managed to save par by sinking a 12-footer and Rock just missed a birdie putt. Woods pumped his fist and appeared to be regaining moment u m a s he pu l led within one shot of Rock on No. 13 when the Englishman had

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Tiger Woods hits out a sand trap on the first hole during the second round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia, on Friday, August 12, 2011. one of his three bogeys. But the 34-year-old Rock birdied two of the next three holes to regain control. Rock wobbled on the 18th when his drive landed in a

pile of rocks near the water — forcing him to take a drop — but he recovered beautifully, reaching the green in four and two-putting for the win. “It doesn’t get an aw f ul

lot harder than playing with Tiger Woods,” Rock said. “So I guess barring a major championship, I know I can handle that again. So that’s pretty nice to know.”


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Jones’ 200th win displays UNT’s committment Johnny Jones was known as “The Bullet” while playing basketball for LSU in t he early 1980s. The nick na me remains appropriate, no longer because of his quick on-court movements but instead because of his career’s trajectory. After being hired as the head coach for UNT men’s basketball in April 2001, Jones turned t he prog ra m a rou nd i m med iately, leading t he tea m to a w inning record for the first time in 5 years. Since then, it’s been more of the same. This year’s team boasts a 13-9 overall record with a 6-3 record within conference play, good for a second place tie in the Sun Belt West Division. That kind of performa nce is not hing new for UNT

basketball in the Jones era. According to ESPN, UNT has only made three NCAA tournament appearances, and two of those have come under the coaching of Jones. Each year as head coach, Jones has had a player selected to the All-Sun Belt team. In 2011, his team was a missed shot away from another appearance in the tournament. In 2007 and 2011, he coached the Sun Belt Conference Tournament MVP. This week coach Jones notched another accomplishment into his belt with his 200th career win. The win served not only as an individual achievement for Jones, but as a reminder of UNT’s recent c om m it m e nt t o e s t a b l i s h i n g winning athletic programs. With UNT athletic director Rick

Villareal’s building of a new football stadium, hiring of new head footba l l coach Da n McCa r ney and hiring of new head coach for women’s basketball Karen Aston, U N T’s big spor t s a re f i n a l l y trending in t he right direction. Women’s basketball had more wins by November than they did in all of last season. Football more than doubled its w in tota l f rom last season. No longer is Jones the only bright spot in the UNT athletic landscape. In response to Jones’ success, UNT signed him to a contract extension in April of last year. It’s clear that he’s a necessary part of UNT’s athletic future if the Mean Green hopes to maintain the success of the past decade.

For perspective on what Jones means to UNT, one only need look at coaches of the past. Pete Shands, the Mean Green’s h e a d c o a c h f r om 19 3 5 -19 59, currently holds the all-time win record for UNT with 224 wins. That was over the course of 24 seasons. Jones is on pace to break that record in his 11th season. The Ed Boa rd applauds UNT administ rat ion for its ef for t in creat ing a compet it ive at h let ic program and keeping coaches like Johnny Jones at the helm of their respective sports. Two hundred is a big number, but let’s hope for the sake of Mean Green basketball that it’s just a small chapter in Jones’ career at UNT.

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High school’s Dot XXX domain rightfully good for cyber forgotten jacket business They have been seen in movies, at parties and school functions. At one time they represented the cream of the crop, the upper echelon of teenage society. The letterman has been a glorified jacket in America for more than 100 years. Millions of people have adorned themselves with one of the most lucrative items ever obtained in high school. When letterman jackets were first introduced in 1865 at Harvard University, they were made for the baseball team, which wore plain gray flannel shirts with an embroidered old English-style “H” on their jersey. First the jackets were made for the athletes of the school. Now, members of the high school band, members of the winter guard team and brainiacs of the school (with the help of a 3.8 grade point average) have the ability to earn the coveted jacket. After high school, the letterman jacket rightfully loses its luster. The patches which once resembled the hours of hard work put in at the high school level are forgotten. In college, no one cares what anyone did in high school. Thankfully, many college students realize that it isn’t “cool” to wear the jacket anymore. It may be a warm comfort in this wind tunnel of a city which we live in, otherwise known as Denton, but the jackets should stay home with mom and dad.

The same students who frown or snicker when they see someone wearing a letterman might remember when they wore their letterman on their college campus and received the same laughs. “High school will be the best years of your life.” I’ve heard that saying more times than I can remember, but we as high school graduates should treat the letterman as a token of those years and hang the jacket up in the closet. What’s done is done. For the record, someone stole my letterman when I was in high school so I never got the chance to wear mine in college. I should probably write that thief a thank you note.

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ approval of the .xxx domain suffix has created a global response, mostly positive. The new symbol will soon dominate the adult cyberspace. Dot XXX may represent three strikes on sexual innocence. Not so long ago, during the halftime show of the Super Bowl when pulse-skating Justin Timberlake bounced off the super talented Janet Jackson, the politically correct definition of “wardrobe malfunction” got exemplified for the history books, when her breast popped up long enough for the high-speed cameras to capture its curvature in a glimpse lasting a millisecond. The world heard the outcry of Americans on how deeply they suffered when exposed to female flesh. Was this the first strike on sexual innocence? The marking of .xxx to adult content movies, used by the Motion Picture Association of America and now an ICANN-approved domain suffix identifies the adult and porn industry websites. Now online users can identify for example if birdbath.com is a pet store and birdbath.xxx is an adult site. However, nothing stops birdbath. com from streaming bathing beauties, but just by using .xxx it helps market segmentation and also for parents to block certain sites. The .xxx is the forbidden area. In some way this designation provides a well-seg-

regated identity and now seems to be a booming business. Close to 100,000 .xxx domains have been already sold. Was this the second strike on sexual innocence? Now that the stage is set, Manwin Licensing and Digital Playground have filed a lawsuit against the owners of the dot .xxx domain and ICANN claiming that .xxx is an anti competitive business practice that works a disservice to all companies that do business on the Internet. They say that ICANN and ICM Registry conspired to eliminate other bidders by giving sole and exclusive rights to ICM. The global digital expansion spanning hundreds of countries and connecting 2 billion online users makes marketing and advertising of adult content one of the most dynamic new cyber frontiers in the world. These turf wars simply prove the healthy and mature attitude to a booming multibillion dollar porn industry. Manwin already banned doing anything with any .xxx brands on its adult tube sites and will not permit any advertising marked with .xxx on Manwin networks, which already gets about 60 million visitors daily. That daily visits number would be equal to the entire population of California and Texas. Now is this the final and the third strike on sexual innocence? This editorial is from Naseem Javed, founder of ABC Namebank.


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