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Healthy Relationships Fair El Paso Community College (EPCC) is hosting its first Healthy Relationships Fair. The Fair is 10:00-11:30 a.m., Monday, April 21st through Friday, April 25th in room B240, EPCC Valle Verde campus Building B, 919 Hunter. The Healthy Relationships Fair is free and open to the public. The five-day event will cover the topics of What Is Love?, What Are
Healthy Relationships?, Are You in an Abusive Relationship?, Sexual Assault and The Chemistry Behind â€œLoveâ€?. Expertise on relationship matters will be shared by Two Love One, the Center Against Family Violence and the EPCC Chemistry Department. For more information on the EPCC Healthy Relationship Fair, contact (915) 831-2258.
EPCC Closed for Institutional Holiday El Paso Community College will be closed on Friday, April 18, 2014 for a scheduled Institutional Holiday. Classes will resume on Saturday, April 19, 2014 and offices will reopen on Monday, April 21, 2014.
San Elizario Jail
The San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society announces the official opening of the Old El Paso County Jail Museum on Thursday April 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the San Elizario Historic District. The interpretive heritage museum will feature various exhibits relative to the specific aspect of the Texas State Historic Site. The San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society will open the new museum daily, Tuesday through Sunday, to the general public and admission is free. The museum will be staffed by knowledgeable volunteers that will offer additional information to visitors. The Pistoleros de San Elizario Reenactment troupe will perform two free shows of the 'Billy the Kid Breakout' every third Sunday of the month, March through November, in front of the Jail. The new museum will be a welcomed addition to the tourism assets of the San Elizario Historic District.
Old El Paso County Jail Museum 1551 Main Street San Elizario, Texas 79849
915-851-0093 / 915-851-1682 Official Opening: Ribbon Cutting Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:00 am Regular Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am - 2pm Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: 12pm - 4pm Open during special events. Contact: Al Borrego 915-851-0093
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It’s Holy Week, and along with the religious observances, there are also fun Easter activities planned for kids by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department. There are over 15 different Parks and Rec locations that will hold Easter egg hunts, and the best part is, they’re free! The hunts will be split between age groups. A perfect excuse to bring the entire family to ur nearest neighborhood park and relax and reflect and join in on the yearly festivities. Aside from these Easter egg hunts there are other events throughout the city such as more hunts, Easter Brunches, Easter Festivals and Religious pilgrimages. Lots to do this weekend for the entire family to gather with friends and extended family. The weekend looks to be a bit breezy but with plenty of sunshine for a nice clear day.
EL PASO PARKS EASTER EGG HUNTS Each Parks and Rec Easter egg hunt site is listed below, so check for your part of town. There will be fun fitness obstacles to get to the eggs, and there will be different age groups for kids under 17 years old. Parks and Rec is also bringing back April Pools Day at the Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. That Easter egg hunt, called the ‘Golden Egg Hunt’, happens at the shallow end of the pool, and if your child takes part in the hunt, they get to swim for free.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Chihuahuita 417 Charles Rd. 915-594-8934 Seville Recreation Center 6700 Sambrano St. 915-778-6722 Friday, April 18, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Rae Gilmore 8501 Diana Dr. 915-751-4945 Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Armijo 563 700 E. 7th Street 915-544-5436 Carolina 563 N. Carolina Dr 915-594-8934 Don Haskins 7400 High Ridge Dr 915- 587-1623 Galatzan 650 Wallenberg St. 915-581-5182 Gary Del Palacio 3001 Parkwood St. 915-629-7312 Leona Ford Washington 3400 E. Missouri Ave. 915-562-7071 Marty Robbins 11620 Vista Del Sol 915-855-4147 Multipurpose 9031 Viscount Blvd. 915-598-1155 Nolan Richardson 4435Maxwell Ave 915-755-7566 Pat O’Rourke 901 N. Virginia St. 915-533-1611 Pavo Real 9301 Alameda Ave 915-858-1929 Salvador Rivas Jr. Park 12480 Pebble Hills Dr. 915-252-9031 San Juan 701 N. Glenwood St. 915-779-2799 Veterans Recreation Center 5301 Salem Street 915-821-8909
Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 13th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-2800 or westsidecommunity.org.
Easter-Fest 2014 Saturday, Apr 19 11:00a to 12:30p Looking for a good Easter egg hunt in town? Look no further! Come out and enjoy EASTER-FEST 2014! with over 10,000 FREE EGGS,GAMES,PRIZES! Enjoy the live music,food,arts,free health screenings and more! Celebrate this Easter in a fun-family oriented atmosphere! Sponsored By: El Paso Park & Recreation,Move El Paso! After5ive Magazine and Manasseh Medical Imaging & Vein Clinic. *Vendors welcomed!
Easter in the Park — The annual egg hunt is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Washington Park in Alamogordo. A Easter parade begins at 10 a.m. from City hall to Washington Park followed by festivities in the park including free games and prizes for age 10 and younger. Admission is free. Information: (575) 4394142 or (575) 439-4250. Cloudcroft Easter Egg Hunt — The mountain community of Cloudcroft will hold its annual Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Zenith Park, 1001 James
Canyon Highway (Highway 82). Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733. The Lodge Resort will also offer its annual Easter Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, with Easter Bunny appearance, egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $35 ($15 12 and younger). Call for details: 1-800-395-6343.
Cristo Rey pilgrimages — Pilgrimages and hikes are planned throughout Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Sunday, April 1820, by various groups of all denominations. Good Friday is the main day for pilgrimages, but the mountain will be open Saturday and Sunday as well. Security and concessions offered throughout most of the
weekend. The Mt. Cristo Rey trailhead is located off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
Brunch — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, will host its annual brunch Sunday, April 20. Information, reservations: (575) 589-0653.
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Sierra Providence East is pleased to announce a new Community Health Education Series for our neighbors. Join us for a brand new series with a diverse menu of FREE seminars to help educate and inform our community. Offered for free, the programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects that share a common goal: to help improve and maintain the health of our community. Please call 577-SPHN to register for these FREE seminars and for more information. Refreshments will be served.
English presentations begin at 6PM Spanish presentations begin at 7PM Sierra Providence East Medical Center 3280 Joe Battle
The April seminar is Wednesday, April 23 !
EL PASO ZOO TO HOST FROGWATCH CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM ON MAY 3 Program Encourages Community Stewardship by Training Volunteers to Report Frogs and Toads in Local Wetlands El Paso, Texas (March 31, 2014) - The El Paso Zoo, in cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is offering in-person chapter coordinator training workshops throughout the country with the support of National Science Foundation grant funding. A workshop will be offered at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday, May 3. Register online at http://www.aza.org/hosta-frogwatch-chapter.
Registration closes on April 23 at 3p.m. Mountain Time. Additional workshops are being scheduled and online coordinator training courses are also available. Amphibians play an important role in the health of ecosystems. As a result of habitat destruction, pollution, environmental changes, and other factors, more than 1/3 of the world's amphibian species are facing the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Take action and celebrate the “spring forward” time change by engaging in amphibian conservation in your community.
·Health Information Series: Wednesday, 23: Living Wills and Advance Directives
readily accessible by anyone with an interest in frogs and toads.
You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to make an important contribution. There are more than 100 FrogWatch USA chapters across the nation available to train and support volunteers. Join a local chapter and learn how to identify frogs and toads by their unique breeding calls, select a wetland monitoring site, and collect and submit data. Data are input online to a nationwide data entry and visualization system which is
Locate a chapter on the interactive chapter map, or use other maps, graphs, and calling calendar visualizations to determine when species are likely to be heard calling, compare observations over time, and examine how species compositions change across regions. Learn more about data collection, entry, and visualization by visiting www.aza.org/frogwatch.
FrogWatch USA’s online data entry, mapping, and analysis system is powered by FieldScope, a platform developed by the National Geographic Society for citizen science projects.
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FrogWatch USATM is a citizen science program dedicated to collecting information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science. FrogWatch USA volunteers have been collecting data on the frogs and toads heard calling in local wetlands during evenings from February through August since 1998, and together contribute to a long-term, large-scale effort to gather information on species presence,
habitat use, and changes over time. Previously abundant amphibian populations have experienced dramatic population declines in the United States, and the data collected by citizens scientists can help understand the scope, geographic scale, and causes of population declines to inform conservation and research efforts.
Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. For more information, visit elpasozoo.org. For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elpasozoo) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).
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CMN ANNOUNCES MARC ANTHONY “CAMBIO DE PIEL” U.S. TOUR AFTER HIS RECORD BREAKING “VIVIR MI VIDA” TICKETS ON SALE April 17th at 10AM Chicago/New York, April 14, 2014 – Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), the nation’s leading multicultural marketing agency, announced the new tour of music star Marc Anthony titled “Cambio De Piel”. The 15-city tour is set to kick off August 29th in San Diego. Tickets to all U.S. shows go on sale this April 17th at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000. President and Chief Executive Officer of CMN, Henry Cardenas expressed “We are extremely proud to have he opportunity to produce this new tour for Marc and to bring to audiences in the US the stage production of one of the most celebrated performers in Latin Music history”. “Cambio de Piel” tour follows the widely successful “Vivir Mi Vida World Tour”. “Vivir Mi Vida” played at stadiums to sold out audiences all over the world and was included in Pollstar magazine as one of the top 10 highest grossing tours of 2013. “Vivir Mi Vida” and “Cambio de Piel” are titles included in Anthony’s latest production “Marc Anthony 3.0”. Both singles have independently achieved #1’s on music charts on a national and international level.
MARC ANTHONY - “CAMBIO DE PIEL US TOUR 2014 (Date, City/Country, Venue): Fri 8/29 - San Diego, Ca @ Sleep Train Amphitheater (Chula Vista) Sat 8/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ Jobing.Com Arena Mon 9/1 - Laredo, TX @ Laredo Energy Arena Sun 9/7 - Concord, CA @ Concord Music Amphitheater (**#) Thurs 9/11 - LA, CA @ Nokia Theatre (***) Sat 9/13 - Las Vegas @ Axis Theatre at Planet Hollywood Sat 9/20 - Chicago @ Allstate Arena
Thurs 9/25 - El Paso @ El Paso Coliseum Sat 9/27 - Houston @ Toyota Center (%%) Sun 9/28 - San Antonio @ AT&T Center Fri 10/3 - Miami @ American Airlines Arena(##) Sun 10/5 - Orlando @ Amway Arena Fri 10/10 – Washington DC @ Patriot Center Sat 10/11 - Boston @ Agganis Arena Sun 12/14- McAllen @ State Farm Arena
**#Tickets on sale on Friday April 18th *** Tickets on sale through AXS.com %% Tickets on sale through houstontoyotacenter.com ## 360 Degree Show
ABOUT MARC ANTHONY March Anthony (@marcanthony) has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most influential artists of his time and a true ambassador of Latin music and culture. He has been awarded countless standard gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His most recent recognitions this year include a Grammy Award, an American Music Award, 5 Lo Nuestro Awards and the special recognition with the “Excellence Award”. He is also a finalist this year, for 15 Billboard Latin Music Awards and just received 3 nominations for Billboard Music Awards. A passionate humanitarian, Anthony launched the Maestro Cares Foundation in January 2012 in a joint endeavor with business associate Henry Cardenas to assist disadvantaged children in Latin America. On April 2, 2014 Marc Anthony and Henry Cardenas opened their first orphanage in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Keep up with Marc Anthony at: www.marcanthonyonline.com www.twitter.com/marcanthony www.facebook.com/officialmarcanthony
SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM APRIL 17, 2014 PAGE 6 The El Paso Museum of Art announces
Reading the Easel Book Club Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Robert Hilary Hoy III Memorial Board Room Explore the world of art and literature while meeting fellow members with similar interests. Meetings take place on the third Thursday of every month from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the Robert Hilary Hoy III Memorial Board Room. Light refreshments will be provided at each book discussion.
April 17 Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece by Noah Charney
May 15 Leonardo's Lost Princess: One Man's Quest to Authenticate an Unknown Portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci by Peter Silverman EPMA Members Free Non-Members $10 per session Please register by calling (915) 532-1707 extension 65. ElPasoArtMuseum.org www.Facebook.com/ElPasoMuseumofArt
Image credit: Leonardo da Vinci Italian, 1452-1519 La Bella Principessa, 1496 Ink and chalk on vellum Private collection
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Weather 101 By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
A Look at April Records We haven’t set any record setting temperatures so far for the month of April, but have gotten close several times.
April is known for wind and temperatures slowly climbing in the 80’s, but not for any decent rainfall. We only average around one quarter of an inch for the month keeping April as the driest month, on average, for the year.
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“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.
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By Sharon Mosley
Up. Down. Up. Down. One day the weather is warm and sunny; the next day it's chilly and may be downright cold. But while the temperatures this time of year may ﬂuctuate dramatically, there's one way to be ready no matter what the weather has in store — just take a look at these stylish possibilities. There's a cover-up for any occasion.
—Start with a classic. You can't beat a great trenchcoat. The modern trenches have dug their way out of the boring khaki days. There are plenty of exciting coats to choose from this year — from pretty pastels to artsy prints. Take your pick and wear this classic all year long. —Go with the swing. Another overcoat that's making the trend rounds this spring is the swingy, ﬂared coat. This cocoon-like shape can easily be dressed up or down ... even for evenings out on the town.
—Slick it up. There's nothing worse than getting soaked in a thunderstorm. That's when a true rain "slicker" comes in handy. Choose your raincoats wisely — polyurethanes or microﬁbers will keep you drier than some natural ﬁbers. Team up with a pair of colorful rubber boots, and you will be covered.
—Add a sporty bomber. The shorter jackets with an athletic vibe are springing up this year detailed with fun logos and graphic prints. Pair these blousy jackets with casual denim, or dress them up with slim skirts for work. —Get vested. It may be the best transition cover-up around. You can choose what you wear under one of these versatile outerwear pieces — sweaters if it's cool outside or a lighter-weight tee if the weather is only a little chilly. —Play with a poncho. This playful fashion item has now become a basic in many wardrobes. It happens to be one of my favorites, and it's the perfect spring cover-up for so many occasions. From ﬂoat chiffon ﬂorals to sweater knits, you can slip them easily over all kinds of layers. And they cover up a multitude of ﬁgure ﬂaws!
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—Scarf it up. Other fun ways to take the chill off spring, scarves and shawls are now available in so many colors, lengths and widths that they have become a staple in our wardrobes. And what better way to transition into warmer weather, whether they are wrapped around your shoulders or wrapped around your neck?
—Denim does it all. The denim jacket is a yearround favorite cover-up. You can't go wrong with this jaunty style. This spring, try a cropped version in white. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
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Just Say 'No' to Yearly Cardiograms? Annual Checkups? Say What?
Surprised, Dear Reader? It gets better. Not only are many of these popular tests unnecessary; they should actually be avoided. The frequent false positives do more harm than good, many doctors have concluded, and often lead to a downward spiral of invasive follow-up procedures, drugs and surgeries. And still, medical overtesting continues to be a competitive sport in this country. Rosemary Gibson, co-author of an eye-opening book called "The Treatment Trap," estimates that $225 billion a year is wasted on tests, scans and other procedures that are good for the annual incomes of doctors and hospitals, but confusing and harmful for patients, who are at their mercy. It's time to wake up and just say "no" the next time your doctor schedules you for a bone-density scan, and you're a woman younger than 65. That's just one of the "10 Tests to Avoid," as reported by Elizabeth Agnvall in a recent AARP Bulletin, not exactly a hotbed of radical thinking. Agnvall's list is based on research conducted recently by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which asked more than 50 medical societies — including oncologists, cardiologists, family doctors — to name the tests and treatments that were often performed but rarely helpful. Here's an abbreviated version of her much more detailed list. These aren't commands, but I suggest you use them for your own research, based on your risk factors and your current health. Let
disease. The PET scan can pick up the presence of beta-amyloid protein found in brains of people with Alzheimer's. The problem is: PET scans in older people consistently find the protein in those whose memories are just fine.
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If you want to live a longer, healthier life, be aware of this: According to top doctors, most of the medical tests you think you need to diagnose and prevent disease — yearly cardiograms, exercise stress tests, routine EKGs, annual Pap tests, MRIs for lowerback pain — don't prevent anything and aren't necessary.
( 5 ).Avoid X-rays, CT scans and MRIs for
your home schooling inspire a heart-to-heart with your medical team:
lower-back pain. Most back pain goes away in a month, and imaging tests lead to expensive procedures that don't help with recovery. Older people with no back pain can have terriblelooking scans. Warning:
( 1 ). Avoid nuclear stress tests and other imaging tests after heart procedures. "More testing is not necessarily better," says Dr. William Zoghbi, immediate past president of the American College of Cardiology Foundation. He doesn't like the excess of radiation exposure either. It's more productive for the patient and doctor to focus on what we know helps when it comes to nurturing a healthy heart: managing weight, increasing exercise, controlling blood pressure. ( 2 ). Avoid yearly electrocardiograms and exercise stress tests. Too many people with no symptoms and low risk of heart disease wind up having tests that produce false positives, leading to unnecessary heart catheterization and stents.
( 3 ). Avoid blood tests to measure PSA to screen for prostrate cancer. There's "extremely convincing evidence" that in men with no symptoms and usual risk, the PSA test causes more harm than benefit, says Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. ( 4 ). Avoid PET scans to diagnose Alzheimer's
Time to Get Up, Fattyhead Sleeping in may feel great, but getting up early for a good dose of morning light — sun or artificial — is apparently better for your body. A Northwestern University study says the natural synchronicity of internal body clocks with natural light-dark cycles tends to benefit health and waistlines. Shorthand: If you want a slimmer waistline, don't linger in bed. The researchers found that people who got up early, and thus had greater exposure to morning light, had lower body mass in-
dexes than folks who slept later. They hypothesize that the early-light exposure plays a role in regulating metabolism. Animal studies have shown that disrupting natural light-dark cycles leads to weight gain. They advised that people should seek bright lights between 8 a.m. and noon, and that 20 to 30 minutes of morning light was sufficient to affect BMI.
If you do have back pain, and your legs feel weak or numb, you have a history of cancer, or you've had a recent infection, see your doctor.
( 6 ). Avoid a yearly Pap test. A yearly visit to an OB-GYN is still commonly recommended, but women at average risk only need a Pap smear every three years.CONT/P/13
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Plastic Not for Kids Dear Mary: I would like to know your opin-
Dear Kim: You hired an attorney, so take his
ion on the American Express Pass reloadable card for teens. — Debbie, California
advice. If you have an option, you absolutely do not want a "settled debt" on your record for the next seven years.
Dear Debbie: I am opposed to any kind of plastic for kids of any age. Honestly, age 18 is about the right time to introduce credit and debit cards. Just keep in mind that plastic is a privilege for financially mature adults.
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Dear Mary: Once each quarter we have our
Plastic will confuse and abuse your children's thinking processes. It will open the door to ugly attitudes of entitlement. Cash, on the other hand, works like a dream. Teach your kids how to earn, save, give and manage cash. They'll love it and so will you. I have written extensively about this in my book, Raising Financially Confident Kids, which also includes a foolproof step-by-step plan that will help you to produce financially confident adults. I hope you will read it soon, before you hand your child an American Express card.
Dear Mary: In our divorce agreement, my ex was responsible for the $5,000 student loan that I co-signed. My attorney told me that if he defaults, I should pay the loan and then sue him for the amount plus legal fees. Sallie Mae made me a settlement offer, which will show on my credit. Should I opt for this black eye on my credit report? — — Kim, California
house and property treated for pests by Terminix. The results have been excellent and we no longer have the problem with bugs that we had before. Do you know of a homemade or store-bought solution that we can use instead of paying quarterly? The payment is quite high, and although I was able to negotiate with Terminix to lower the fee, I know that's just temporary. I am afraid if we don't continually have our house treated, we may end up with an infestation again. — Gloria, email
Dear Gloria: The reason that pest control performed by a professional service such as Terminix is costly, is because they use chemicals that are toxic and restricted for consumer use. The professionals know how and where to apply the chemicals in a way that doesn't put you and pets in harm's way. There are do-it-yourself options for minor issues such as ants and aphids; however, it sounds to me as if you have bigger problems that do warrant the services of a professional. Instead of trying to do this yourself, I suggest you shop around to find the most cost-effective service possible, and let Terminix know that you are. Also, consider service every four months or twice a year. That might do the trick as a maintenance option, and cut your costs. Mary invites questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of "The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement," released in 2013. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
PARENTS TALK BACK by Aisha Sultan
DON'T CHEER WHEN PARENTS PUBLICLY HUMILIATE THEIR CHILDREN Some parents have decided that declaring their child a thief, a slob, a bully, a failure or a tramp to the world is the best way to cure them of this behavior. Since medieval times, shame and humiliation have been used to control behavior and inflict punishment. The modern-day public stocks are viral shaming videos posted on Facebook and YouTube, punishments picked up by media outlets and broadcast to millions. Earlier this month, a fed-up father in Georgia made headlines by moving his teenage daughter's bedroom furniture and belongings onto the driveway, along with a sign stating: "Haley, room moved to driveway. Clean it next time." Would it not have been as effective to move her messy things to a garage, a backyard or basement? Would that not have gotten her attention, versus attracting media attention? This latest incident follows a long string of such public punishments we've seen go viral on social media. The YouTube video of the father shooting his daughter's laptop for disrespectful posts she made on Facebook has more than 39 million views and gave him his 15 minutes of virtual fame. Children have been made to walk around near busy streets or in front of schools wearing cardboard sandwich signs with their "crimes" --
such as twerking at a school dance, bullying, failing school and stealing -- announced to public ridicule. No matter how frustrated or angry you may be with your child's messy room, bad grades or Facebook posts, shaming them in public teaches them that humiliation should be used as a weapon. It can be understandable, in a time when traditional lines of authority within families have been upended, for parents to struggle to find ways to re-establish control with children who seem out of control. Changing social mores about the lines between public and private may make it seem normal to harness the power of technology to make a point to children, and perhaps just as loudly, make a point to the world: I am the parent. I am in charge. I have power over you. The individual parents in these circumstances tap into a larger nerve than just their own frustration: If it's not acceptable to spank my child anymore, then this is how I can teach them a lesson. And, overwhelmingly, the public reaction is one of support. Karyl McBride, a clinical psychologist based in Denver and author of "Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers," echoes the sentiments of many professionals. "What they are modeling for their children is mean and cruel," she said. "Children learn more for what they see us do than anything we teach or preach to them." Children are still developing during their teen years. These are some of the most important times for children's self esteem, she said, and publicly shaming them is not how people raise kind, em-
pathetic, secure children. Ultimately, the lesson the child learns is to use power to make others comply. The object is to avoid getting caught and suffering consequences rather than understanding why the behavior was hurtful and wrong in its own right. "If you want children to respect you, you have to respect them," said McBride. It can be near impossible for an adult to respect a rude, lazy, self-centered child. But you can refuse to tolerate those behaviors while still respecting your child's dignity as a human being. Two years ago, an 8year-old third-grader in Swansea, Ill. was forced to stand outside her school, screaming and crying, wearing a sign that read, "I like to steal from others and lie about it." Her parents made her wear the sign as punishment after she repeatedly stole, according to local reports. The superintendent called the police, who persuaded the girl's father to let her take off the sign and go inside to class. As that girl's parents know, it is difficult to help a child correct destructive behaviors. Sometimes we need the help of teachers, counselors, clergy and our own village to survive the most trying years. But we ought to recall Nietzsche's response when he asked what is most humane about us. It is "to spare someone shame," he wrote. Don't make me a party to shaming your child. (Aisha Sultan is a St. Louisbased journalist who studies parenting in the digital age while trying to keep up with her tech-savvy children. Find her on Twitter: @AishaS.) COPYRIGHT 2014, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
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DR. WALLACE: In eighth grade I was a straight-A student. Now that I'm in ninth grade, my grades have slipped a little, and that made my mother very upset and angry. My first semester grades were two A's and four B's. For this, I was put on restriction for two months and forced to study three hours every school night and four hours every weekend day. I was told I had to improve my grades this semester or I'd have to go to summer school for six weeks, which would mean that I wouldn't be able to attend summer camp with my Girl Scout group. I really want to go to summer camp with my friends. My problem is that the second semester is almost over and my grades are still two A's and four B's. I've done my best, but for my mother, that's not good enough. When my report card comes out, I'll be in big trouble. My mother was born in Japan, and Japanese people put a lot of pride in being a top student. She feels that I really let her down. What can I do to make her understand that I'm not a straight-A student, but that I do my very best in all of my classes? Please hurry with your answer. I must pay for my summer camp fee very soon. Oh, yes, I almost forgot to tell you that I'm on the school honor roll. — LEI, San Diego, Calif.
LEI: You are living proof that student grades are really for the parents, not for the students. Whenever a school district considers eliminating the letter grading system, the parents rise up in protest and the school district caves in. A short notation to the parents to the teacher would be sufficient, but it rarely takes place. In your case, a brief note saying Lei is a good student and is working up to her ability should be enough to satisfy your mother. Unfortunately, it isn't. Hearing about students being punished for maintaining a B-plus average frustrates me. Parents who are obsessed about grades and are satis-
fied only with an "all-A's report card" do a grave injustice to their children. They should ask only that their children work up to their capabilities. No one can do better than that — not even the parents themselves.) Explain your situation to your school counselor and ask him or her to invite your mother to school for a brief discussion about the role of the parents in the education of their children. You deserve to attend Girl Scout summer camp. I sure hope Mom agrees. Sometimes I wonder who hinders a child's education the most — the parents who apply extreme pressure for excellent grades, or those who just don't seem to care.
I NEED A FRIEND DR. WALLACE: Please tell me a place to go that will help me. Both my parents are alcoholics even though they are employed at present. All night all they do is drink and fight and it's hard for me to concentrate on my homework. I'm 15 years old, but if I had a place to go to I'd leave home. I used to be a good student, but lately I can't stand school and my grades are slipping. Please tell me what I can do to make my life better — I need a friend. — Kenny, Indianapolis, Ind.
KENNY: You have a friend in ALATEEN. This marvelous organization is a part of ALA-NON and was created to help teens who have alcoholic parents. Look up the telephone number in the white pages of your phone book. ALA-TEEN is non-profit and free of charge. Please call today. You will get help right away! Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. E-mail him at email@example.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
Tax Day and Generation Warfare Tax time is an appropriate season to remember that it's our tax dollars that run the government — along with half a trillion dollars in borrowed money each year. This year, your tax dollars are paying for all of the "traditional" things the government spends money on each year, including national defense, salaries of government employees, interest on the national debt, foreign aid, a dozen cabinet departments including education, energy and commerce, and a new category this year: subsidies for your neighbors to get affordable health insurance policies. All that government spending of our tax dollars does tend to mount up. According to TruthinAccounting.org, a nonprofit that keeps track of both our acknowledged current national debt and the burden of future government payment promises, we now have an "official" national debt of more than $17.4 Trillion. And the ticking clock on their website shows that we have promised to pay a total of $75.9 trillion (or maybe it will be $76 trillion by the time you read this) to future Social Security and Medicare recipients, and in interest on our debt, along with military retirement benefits, etc., etc. In other words, we owe a LOT of money! More than the government can raise in taxes. More than the government can make up by cutting spending. And probably even more than the government can "print" — at least, before the rest of the world catches on and decides to stop lending us money at affordable interest rates. The only way out of our debt dilemma is a surge of economic growth. That's not an unrealistic possibility. We saw our budget deficits turn into a surplus in the 1990s as a wave of productivity brought on by technology spurred economic growth. It's possible that, as we lurch toward energy independence, a wave of low-cost energy could push
our economy to grow at much faster rates. A growing economy means less government spending on unemployment benefits and more income tax receipts.
duce the government's support for Medicare Advantage plans and limit Medicare reimbursements to physicians and hospitals, just when seniors most need the care?
In the meantime, Washington is playing a shell game. They are dividing the country — not between Democrats and Republicans, or liberals and conservatives. Instead, because of the burden of all this promised spending and increasing debt, Washington is dividing us between young and old. They are creating "Generation Warfare." Soon they will have us all fighting each other at the trough of government benefits.
The Government vs Us
We have a system in Washington — both political parties — that survives by turning us against each other, individuals and generations. Instead of figuring out how to grow the economic pie, they are obsessed with dividing up the existing pie. Young and old are starting to pay the price for our dependency on government solutions.
Whether you're a young graduating college student, a middle-aged worker hoping to keep a job or a senior worrying about making ends meet, you're a victim of a government that thinks it knows what's best for you. Our government entices you to depend on it, whether for student loans, health care, food stamps or disability insurance.
What else can you call it when young people are coerced into buying expensive health insurance in order to subsidize the lower cost policies of their elders? What else can you call it when young people are enticed to take out student loans at interest rates many times what the government pays to borrow — and then graduate into an economy that is not providing jobs so they can repay those loans?
Abraham Lincoln said: “America
will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
What else can you call it when younger workers pay into a Social Security "trust fund" that is scheduled to move onto shaky ground long before they can expect to receive benefits — all to pay for someone else's parents and grandparents?
It's something to think about as we approach Income Tax Day and send in our checks to the government, or calculate how much we paid in withholding. Ironically, Tax Day is as far away from Election Day as you can get on the calendar. They — the Washington establishment — are counting on us not to notice, or not to remember, when it comes time to vote them back into office to make decisions that change the course of America for generations to come.
And from the seniors' side, isn't it generation warfare for the Fed to keep interest rates low (depriving seniors of the opportunity to earn interest in their retirement years), so that the government's unprecedented borrowing (a burden on the young) can continue?
Dependency is no recipe for prosperity. And that's The Savage Truth.
And isn't it generation warfare to rePICTURE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY
I Hope Mom Agrees With Me
Terry Savage is a registered investment adviser and is on the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She appears weekly on WMAQ-Channel 5's 4:30 p.m. newscast, and can be reached at www.terrysavage.com. She is the author of the new book, "The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?" "Terry answers readers' personal finance questions on her blog at www.TerrySavage.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 TERRY SAVAGE PRODUCTIONS
SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM APRIL 17, 2014 PAGE 12 KITCHEN SCOOP by Alicia Ross
Momâ€™s Old-School Recipe Updated with Sweet Touch
As I continue to unpack the mystery boxes that were in my mom's attic, I keep coming across old community cookbooks. I love reading them, seeing the pattern of ingredients that were used and noticing how the directions were written. Home cooks wrote these books to be used by other home cooks. So there is an expectation of basic cooking and baking skills inherent to the writing. It's fascinating. Here's a recipe that was submitted by my mom to her church women's 1967 cookbook:
Citron Pie 1 cup sugar
1/2 stick butter 2 eggs 1 teaspoon lemon flavoring Cream sugar, butter, flavoring. Add eggs; beat well. Use unbaked crust. Bake at 425 degrees.
The end. That's it. I showed it to Mom and asked her to fill in the blanks of the recipe. Her response was, "Oh, you know what to do. It's just pie." Granted, I do know what to do, but I am so accustomed to more direction and more description that I felt a little apprehensive as I headed into the kitchen to try it out. Today's recipe is the result of several tries. I changed few things, except the name and temperature, and clarified some missing details - I hope. Baking the pie at 425 degrees was too much heat too fast and caused the top to almost
burn, so I lowered the temperature to 350 degrees and increased my baking time. Also, the ultra-thin finish is, in my opinion, more of a tart than a pie, and using the spring-form pan allows the sides to be vertical instead of slanted and fluted like a pie's. While the overall time it takes to make the pie is more than 2 hours, this is an easy dessert that I am thrilled I found. Citron Tart With Fresh Strawberries is a delicious springtime sweet. I hope the directions are clear, but, as always, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
Citron Tart With Fresh Strawberries Start to finish: 15 minutes prep, 30 minutes bake, 30 minutes cooling, 1 hour refrigeration.
1 refrigerated rolled piecrust dough (such as Pillsbury) 1 cup sugar 4 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice from 1/2 large lemon) 2 large eggs Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
"Photo by Alicia Ross for Kitchen Scoop"
Approximate values per serving:
236 calories 11 g fat (6g saturated) 83 mg cholesterol 3 g protein
Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking oil. Unroll the crust dough and gently center over the pan (see Cook's Note). Press the dough into the springform pan evenly. Using your fingertips, allow for a 3/4-inch side and then form a ledge with the rest of the excess dough. Set aside. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat together on medium-high speed the sugar, butter and lemon juice until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and beat well. Scrape down sides of the mixer bowl as necessary. Pour the egg mixture into the center of the prepared crust, avoiding the edges. Shake gently to distribute the batter evenly in the pan.
37 g carbohydrates NO dietary fiber 102 mg sodium.
Bake for 30 minutes or until tart is light golden-brown. (Even if the tart darkens to more than a light golden-brown, the minimum cook time is 30 minutes.) Remove to a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes. Then release pan and slide the tart onto a serving plate. Refrigerate for 1 hour or longer before serving. Top with fresh sliced strawberries if desired. Cook's Note: If you have a 9.5-inch tart pan with removable bottom, this may also be used. A 10.25- or 11-inch tart pan is too large, as is a 9-inch or larger pie plate.
(Alicia Ross is the co-author of "Desperation Dinners!" (Workman, 1997), "Desperation Entertaining!" (Workman, 2002) and "Cheap. Fast. Good!" (Workman, 2006). Contact her at Kitchen Scoop, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or send email to email@example.com. Or visit the Kitchen Scoop website at www.kitchenscoop.com.) COPYRIGHT 2014 ALICIA ROSS
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Taurus Sun's Debut It's been said that nature hates a vacuum, but in the first full week of the 2014 Taurus sun, most people would rather feel the sucking void of a vacuum than replace it with boring, ordinary things. There's much we could add to our lives, and most people will be as lucky as they are discerning. The Taurus sun favors quality over quantity. Pick and choose. Hold out as long as it takes for something (or someone) truly special. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Hearts get broken, and they miraculously still work. In fact, broken hearts work better than hearts that have never been broken, because they operate on a full range of feeling that unbroken hearts can't fathom. You're wiser because of all you've been through, and this week your love will help heal someone in need. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Some questions will never be answered, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be asked. So go ahead and voice your curiosity. Maybe illuminating knowledge on the subject will be shared three generations from now, or maybe never. But you'll make people think, and that's what matters this week.
ACROSS 1 Actress Witherspoon FEB1590 5 Gdansk native 9 Chase fly balls 13 Attention-getter 14 More rational 15 Ran fast 16 Hook, ___, and sinker 17 1940 film with Ginger Rogers 19 Nocturnal glow 21 Actors' parts 22 Gen. Robt. ___ 23 Girl's name 24 Shoe 28 Works in a diner 30 Bread spreads 31 Fire: sl. 32 Jazz style 35 1943 film with Bette Davis 39 Sibling, for short 40 Stingers 41 Autry opus 42 More crafty 44 Most beguiling 45 Street shows 48 Whip 50 Amphitheater 51 College term 56 1978 film with Jane
Fonda 58 A Guthrie 59 Actor Jannings 60 Poet Steven Vincent 61 Farm structure 62 Social engagement 63 ___ out: begins 64 Drench
DOWN 1 Unruffled 2 Columbus locale 3 Splitsville 4 Current TV hit 5 Baseball's Satchel 6 1954 film with Marlon Brando 7 Native of Riga 8 Ending for win or fin 9 Part of Cheers set 10 Card game authority 11 Songwriter Harold 12 Honkers 14 Dexterity 18 Worry 20 Restrain a dog 23 Walk 24 Farm animals 25 Jai ___ 26 Makes a profit 27 Jazz man Severinsen
week 4/17 - 4/23
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29 Berlin cries 31 Snick-or-___ 32 Champ 33 Singles 34 High-spirited 36 Tokyo sashes 37 Cheeky color 38 Stetson 42 Doddering 43 ___ and mean 44 Sky sight 45 Entered a regatta 46 Fragrance 47 Send money 49 Egg-shaped fruits 51 Quaker's pronoun 52 Lip 53 Musical combo 54 Ms. Fitzgerald 55 Chess piece 57 Dramatist's monogram
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You've been feeing like there aren't enough available hours to accommodate all you want to do. You may even decide to alter your nightly routine in favor of waking up much earlier, which is a fine way to elongate the day. As you experiment to harmonize your relationship with time, things will improve for you this week. CANCER (June 22-July 22). It'd be nice if you had a strong support system for this week's difficult challenge, but instead you have a vision. For now, that will be almost as good. It will take a while for the others to see what you see. Keep painting it for
them, and eventually they'll catch on. Until then, hold on to hope and believe in your imagination.
getting into. Ask questions. Be vigilant. You have to get it right in the beginning, or there is no point to doing the deal at all. There's little you will be able to change after the fact, and so once it's done, relax.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Ever gracious, you also sense when the gift a person offers you comes with so much expectation that it's actually more of a burden than a blessing. This week your independent spirit is strong, so don't accept the kinds of gifts that will slow you down or cause you to have to interact in a way that feels false to you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Relationships will stretch and shift this week. Because this is happening and can't be helped, your best move is to embrace it. Anyway, it wouldn't benefit you to try to stop change — it's essential in any good relationship. The road that never turns seems very long indeed.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Positive selftalk is much easier to achieve when the other talk around you is also positive. This is just one more reason to take a break from the negative people in your life. Getting distance might seem more difficult than it really is. All you have to do is make an excuse and walk in the opposite direction.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you don't like the position you're in, try repose, which is quite literally a repositioning. Sure, it's a passive and restful repositioning, but when you come out of it, you'll find a completely new stance — possibly the one that will help you to be effective and successful in your chosen endeavor.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It is natural to accept the familiar parts of life without question. But you have reason to pose questions anyhow. Your mind is curious and alert, and you have an incentive to find a better way to do things. You will be able to clearly and objectively see what others are unable to discern. This is the start of something new.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Ideally, your work would suddenly become exciting with no help from you. Short of that stroke of luck, you could try facing your task with the mind of a philosopher or the experimental mood of a scientist. Suddenly, what seemed dead or dull will spring to life. Creativity, money and other good things will follow.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Easy-going — that's what works for you. You have standards, but you don't rigidly enforce them at all times. Why be overly critical of other people's methods? You wouldn't want them to focus on yours in that way. In your book, affording yourself and others leeway in life is part of being an allaround cool person.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You don't have to move mountains to find success this year. You'll do it the smart and easy way: You'll move yourself and projects to a place where the mountain is no longer in the way. Your savvy dealings start this month, and you'll keep making new arrangements all the way into July. May brings work, money and other resources. You'll love focusing on your family and personal life in June, which is one of your most relaxing months in a long time. Ancient history will be revisited in August.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There's a deal in the making. Beforehand, stay fully aware of the details and all you're
Avoid a bone-density scan... ( 7 ). Avoid a bone-density scan for women before age 65 and men before age 70. Many experts argue that for women ages 50 to 65 with osteopenia — mild bone loss — testing and drugs may be a waste. And many popular bone-strengthening medications can have awful side effects.
( 8 ). Avoid follow-up ultrasounds for small ovarian cysts. "The likelihood of these small simple cysts ever becoming cancer is exceedingly low," says Dr. Deborah Levine, Harvard professor of radiology and expert on ultrasounds.
( 9 ). Avoid colonoscopies after age 75, if your previous colonoscopies have always been normal.
( 10 ). Avoid a yearly physical. Annual checkups don't keep you healthy (unless your doctor doubles as your yoga teacher). ENERGY EXPRESS-O! OVERTESTING ALERT "If you have symptoms or certain risk factors, these tests can be valuable — even life-saving — but they're performed on far too many people." — Elizabeth Agnvall Marilynn Preston — healthy lifestyle coach and Emmy-winning producer — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, marilynnpreston.com, and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to MyEnergyExpress@aol.com. She also produces EnExTV, a digital reincarnation of her award-winning TV series about sports, fitness and adventure, for kids of all ages, at youtube.com/EnExTV and facebook.com/EnExTV. COPYRIGHT 2014 ENERGY EXPRESS LTD.
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Video Game ReViews by Jeb HauGHt
'Dark Souls II' Will Make You Curse Out Loud! DEVELOPER: From Software PUBLISHER: Namco Bandai SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3) PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Mature REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars (out of 5) In these days of instant gratification where defeating games presents little challenge, "Dark Souls II" is an outcast. No one gets rewarded just for trying. In fact, simply playing this game can be extremely frustrating for anyone who isn't patient and/or doesn't learn from their mistakes. However, the unparalleled feeling of satisfaction gained from defeating difficult enemies is much more rewarding than high scores or bragging rights. Budding adventurers take on the role of an undead soul who's just been banished to the hellish land known as Drangleic. The only way to break the curse is through defeating
"Dark Souls II" isn't for everyone, but it does provide a great combination of challenging combat and nerve-wracking exploration.
deadly enemies and menacing boss creatures to gather their souls. As a result, there isn't one linear path from beginning to end, but rather a hub of sorts with optional branching pathways with dead ends. Just like it's predecessor, "Dark Souls II" mercilessly punishes impulsive actions with an uncanny vengeance. Don't be surprised if you rush into an area and get killed by a pair of
lowly skeletons or squashed by a gigantic boss. Unlike most games, however, dying is a natural part of progression. Players are expected to learn from their mistakes so the next encounter will be less painful. Circling enemies while attacking works at first, but soon players will have to incorporate dodging and other tactics into their repertoire if they want to continue.
DEVELOPER: Blackpowder Games PUBLISHER: Blackpowder Games SYSTEM: Windows PC PRICE: $19.99 Download ESRB RATING: Mature Newbies will appreciate respawning at bonfires when they die, but hardcore fans may think their close proximity to each other weakens the challenge. Also new is the ability to carry torches as a mobile source of light. Of course, blocking attacks with a torch is pointless, so players have to quickly switch to a weapon when they find enemies (or when enemies find them!).
REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars (out of 5) Colonial America has rarely been explored in the virtual realm, so Blackpowder Games decided to introduce a scary first-person action/stealth game titled "Betrayer." While it is extremely atmospheric, I never did get a sense of fear. However, it's still fun to play as long as I'm willing to disregard some questionable design decisions. Continues on next page
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'Betrayer'... Having washed up on the shore of Virginia in the year 1604, players must figure out why their ship was sunk and what happened to the colony they had hoped to join. This is no easy task as the story is uncovered by finding items in the environment, and these items are usually surrounded by deadly enemies. With the aid of a mysterious girl in red, players are encouraged to explore the gigantic landscapes and uncover the mystery. It's hard to miss the lady in red, because the visuals are mostly black and white. Anything in red usually indicates something that should be investigated, or weak points on enemies. This unusually cool visual style produces tension and atmosphere, so the ability to add color via the options menu seems unnecessary. Fighting enemies can be extremely challenging due to the archaic weaponry provided, like slow-loading muskets. That's why the emphasis is on sneaking around and using stealth to my advantage. For this, the lethal tomahawk is key. It's also cool to mask my footsteps using the sound of the wind, but silent kills shouldn't always alert nearby enemies. Too bad the large environments offer little variety. I found myself easily getting lost because nearly every area looks the same and there are no markers (optional or otherwise) to indicate where I should go next. It doesn't help that I have to fight enemies even when I'm simply trying to find my bearings. "Betrayer" is filled with cool concepts and lots of challenge, but the bland environments and repetitive combat are a definite turn-off. REVIEW SCORING SYSTEM 5 stars = Must Have 4 stars = Very Good 3 stars = Above Average 2 stars = Bargain Bin 1 star = Don't Bother RATINGS KEY Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) E: (Everyone) E10+: (Everyone 10 and older) T: Teen (13 and older) M: Mature (17 and older) COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM.
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NEWS YOU CAN USE ‘Trick and treat,’ an Easter safety tip for cats and five neat new products By Kim Campbell Thornton and Dr. Marty Becker Universal Uclick
re there straitjackets for dogs?
That’s what I’ve been wondering lately as we struggle to medicate the ears of Keeper, one of our cavalier King Charles spaniels. Cavaliers are supposed to be among the most biddable of breeds, but you wouldn’t know it from him. It’s like wrestling a bear to get him to hold still. One night, I waited until he was settled on my lap, which worked somewhat better, but I still think I got more medication on the sofa than in his ears. The next morning, I used a little psychological tactic that has worked well in the past when there are multiple dogs in the home.
* Gather some treats. Call the dog you don’t want. Usually they will all come running anyway if they know you have treats. Pick up the dog who doesn’t need treatment and put her on the treatment area (on top of the dryer in our house). Give her a treat, comb her or fondle her ears, give her lots of praise and then give more treats. Set her down. (Adjust this advice as needed for large dogs.) By this time, the dog who needs medication or grooming is eager to undergo treatment, too. Repeat, giving lots of treats and
Lilies are highly toxic to cats. If your cat eats any part of a lily, including licking pollen off his fur, take him to the veterinarian immediately for treatment. praise before, during and after medicating the ears, brushing the teeth or whatever it is your dog doesn’t like you to do. Voila! Medicated ears with a minimum of fuss.
* Easter is coming up, bringing the reminder that Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats. The leaves, flowers, pollen and even the water in the vase can all cause severe and possibly fatal kidney failure in your cat. Do not bring these flowers into your home. If you receive them as a gift, pass them on to a cat-free neighbor or friend. Your wallet will thank you for saving it from a very expensive veterinary bill. * More cool pet products. Dr. Becker attended Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., last month and chose 10 products as Becker’s Best. We featured five last week, and the other five are here. Check out all 10, with photos, at Vetstreet.com. • Does your dog wolf his food and then throw up because he ate so fast? SloBowl helps dogs slow down and relax while they eat. $14.99 to $24.99 at kyjen.com/slo-bowls.
• I always break a nail every time I try to attach tags to dog collars, so I think this was a genius pick. The Links-It Pet ID Tag Connector is an award-winning solution to easily, quickly and securely attaching tags to collars. Bonus: The diamond shape eliminates the noise of jingling tags. $7.99 at links-it.com. • Keep your dog busy with this tough 10-inch ball. You can increase the weight of the Tuggo Dog Toy by adding water, bringing it up to as much as 20 pounds. The attached rope allows your dog to play by himself, with another dog or with you. $29.99 at tuggodogtoy.com. • If you live in a condo or high-rise or have a puppy or old dog who needs to potty frequently, but you’re not always home, the Piddle Place Pet Relief System could relieve your woes. The unit has a drain for urine, carrying it out of sight until you can empty it, and a cleaning solution prevents odors. The grassy cover is even machinewashable. $99 to $119 at piddleplace.com. • We haven’t forgotten cats. The Kong Glide ’n Seek Cat Toy uses magnetic levitation technology to encourage cats to bat at the enclosed feathers. It’s a simple and fun way to provide them with indoor exercise. $24.99 at pet-supply stores.
Dogs remember and react to owner’s scent • When dogs encounter the scent of a familiar person, it activates an area of the brain associated with reward, more so than the scents of other people or of familiar dogs, say researchers at Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy. The results of a brain-imaging study of dogs responding to biological odors, led by neuroscientist Gregory Berns, appeared in the journal Behavioural Processes. “In our experiment,” Berns writes, “the scent donors were not physically present. That means the canine brain responses were triggered by something distant in space and time. It shows that dogs’ brains have mental representations of us that persist when we’re not there.” • If you want to impress your friends, the scientific name for that gummy mass you step in on the way to the bathroom at 2 a.m. is “trichobezoar,” more commonly known as a hairball. It is made up of the excess hair your cat swallows when grooming, held together with a sticky mucus. • Cases of leptospirosis, a zoonotic bacterial disease, are on the rise in Florida, say veterinarians at University of Florida’s Small Animal Hospital. “In a typical year, we see almost no cases of leptospirosis in dogs at UF,” says Carsten Bandt, DVM,
Your scent lingers in your dog’s brain like a favorite perfume.
an assistant professor of emergency medicine and critical care at the school’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “We have now seen 12 cases, just within the past six months.” The disease affects multiple animal species as well as humans. Animals who spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in areas frequented by wildlife, are most at risk and should be seen by a veterinarian if they become lethargic, depressed, lose their appetite, vomit, have abdominal pain or fever, or urinate more frequently. —Kim Campbell Thornton and Dr. Marty Becker
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A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 Open Nationwide 04/18/14 Runtime 90 min MPAA Rating R for crude & sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use & some violent images. Starring Marlon Wayans, Gabriel Iglesias, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer, Ashley Rickards, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, Dave Sheridan, Hayes MacArthur, Missi Pyle Genre Comedy, Horror Synopsis Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) once again finds himself the target of supernatural shenanigans after he, his new girlfriend, and his girlfriend's children move into their dream home.
TRANSCENDENCE Open Nationwide 04/18/14 Runtime 119 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Sci-Fi Action and Violence, Brief Strong Language, Sensuality, Some Bloody Images. Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman, Clifton Collins Jr., Cory Hardrict, Falk Hentschel, Josh Stewart, Luce Rains, Fernando Chien, Steven Liu, Xander Berkeley, Wallace Langham Genre Science fiction, Thriller, Action Synopsis Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the world's foremost authority on artificial intelligence, is conducting highly controversial experiments to create a sentient machine. When extremists try to destroy the doctor, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed. Will's wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), and best friend, Max (Paul Bettany), can only watch as his thirst for knowledge evolves to an omnipresent quest for power, and his loved ones soon realize that it may be impossible to stop him.
Synopsis Adult siblings (Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites) make plans to destroy an antique mirror and the malevolent force within it that caused the deaths of their parents.
RIO 2 Runtime 95 min MPAA Rating G Starring Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth Genre Comedy, Adventure, Animated Synopsis Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon.
THE RAID 2: BERANDAL Runtime 148 min MPAA Rating R for strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality & language. Starring Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, Alex Abbad, Cecep Arif Rahman, Julie Estelle, Very Tri Yulisman, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo, Kazuki Kitamura, Yayan Ruhian Genre Action Synopsis Undercover cop Rama (Iko Uwais) gets himself thrown in jail as part of a plan to infiltrate one of Jakarta's most prominent crime organizations. PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7
2200 N. Yarbrough
Schedule good for 4 /18 - 4/24
3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13) DIGITAL: 4:20 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:40 pm ABOUT LAST NIGHT (R) DIGITAL: 4:30 pm | 6:50 pm | 9:20 pm EL PAPA FRANCISCO (BI NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) (NR) **DIGITAL: 7:00 pm FROZEN (PG) 2D: 4:20 pm | 9:20 pm
GRAVITY (PG-13) 2D: 7:30 pm POMPEII (PG-13) 2D: 7:20 pm | 10:00 pm ROBOCOP (PG-13) DIGITAL: 4:30 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:50 pm THE NUT JOB (PG) 2D: 4:50 pm THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13) DIGITAL: 4:40 pm | 9:50 pm
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CINEMARK MOVIE BISTRO
CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall • www.cinemark.com
CINEMARK EAST MONTANA
12704 East Montana - East of Joe Battle
Schedule good for Friday April 18 Sunland Park Mall Schedule good for April 18 TranscendencePG-13119 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 10:15am | 1:15pm | 4:25pm | 7:15pm | 10:15pm Captain America: The Winter Soldier PG-13135 Mins with Partial Reserved Seating 9:45am | 4:10pm | 10:50pm Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating12:55pm | 7:30pm Rio 2 G95 Mins with Partial Reserved Seating 10:20am | 1:10pm | 4:00pm | 6:50pm | 9:25pmDigital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 9:30am | 11:55am | 2:35pm | 5:25pm | 8:05pm | 10:35pm A Haunted House 2 R90 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 10:00am | 12:20pm | 2:50pm | 5:20pm | 7:50pm | 10:20pm Oculus R105 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 10:45am | 1:30pm | 4:15pm | 7:00pm | 10:00pm
Premiere Cinema + IMAX El Paso Bassett Schedule good for Friday April 18
13 SINS(R) *DIGITAL: 12:10 pm | 2:45 pm | 5:05 pm | 7:25 pm | 9:45 pm 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE(R) *2D: 11:30 am | 2:00pm | 4:40pm | 7:20 pm | 9:50 pm CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG13) *D-BOX 3D: 11:00 am | 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm | 8:00 pm | 11:00 pm *3D: 11:00 am | 1:30 pm | 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm | 7:35 pm | 8:00 pm | 11:00 pm 2D: 9:15 am | 10:30 am | 12:15 pm | 3:15 pm | 4:30pm | 6:15pm | 9:15pm |10:35 pm RIO 2 (G) *3D: 10:00 am | 11:00 am | 12:35 pm | 3:00 pm | 5:45 pm | 8:10 pm | 9:00 pm | 10:45 pm *2D: 9:30 am | 11:55 am | 1:35 pm | 2:30 pm | 4:00 pm | 5:00 pm | 6:35 pm | 7:35 pm | 10:00 pm DIVERGENT (PG13) DIGITAL: 10:30 am | 1:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:45 pm | 10:45 pm TRANSCENDENCE SUBTITULADO EN ESPANOL (PG13) *DIGITAL: 11:45 am | 2:25 pm | 5:05 pm | 8:00 pm | 10:40 pm GOD'S NOT DEAD (PG) DIGITAL: 10:45 am | 1:25pm | 4:25pm | 7:15 pm | 9:55 pm HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (PG) *DIGITAL: 11:35 am | 2:10 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:45 pm TRANSCENDENCE (PG13) IMAX: 11:00 am |1:50pm | 4:40pm | 7:30pm | 10:20 pm *DIGITAL: 10:15 am | 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:45 pm NON-STOP (PG13)DIGITAL: 11:40 am | 2:10 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:50 pm SON OF GOD (PG13) DIGITAL: 10:40 am | 1:40pm | 4:40pm | 7:40pm | 0:40 pm THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (R) DIGITAL: 10:30 am | 12:50 pm | 3:10 pm | 5:30 pm | 7:50 pm | 10:10 pm
A Haunted House 2 R90 Mins11:30am | 2:30pm | 5:30pm | 8:30pm | 11:00pm Digital Cinema 10:30am | 1:30pm | 4:30pm | 7:30pm | 10:30pm Oculus R105 Mins Digital Cinema 10:20am | 11:20am | 1:20pm | 2:20pm | 4:20pm | 5:20pm | 7:20pm | 8:20pm | 10:20pm | 11:00pm Bears G77 Mins Digital Cinema 10:05am | 1:05pm | 4:05pm | 7:05pm | 10:05pm Draft DayPG-13110 Mins
Digital Cinema 10:45am | 1:45pm | 4:45pm|7:45pm| 10:45pm Noah PG-13138 Mins Digital Cinema 10:00am | 1:05pm | 4:10pm | 7:15pm | 10:20pm The Ten Commandments (1956)G220 Mins Digital Cinema 2:00pm Bad Words R89 Mins Digital Cinema 10:10am | 1:10pm | 4:10pm | 7:10pm | 10:10pm Cesar ChavezPG-13 101 MinsDigital Cinema 10:00am | 1:00pm | 4:00pm|7:00pm| 10:00pm The Raid 2: Berandal R148 MinsDigital Cinema
9:30pm Muppets Most Wanted PG106 MinsDigital Cinema 10:15am | 1:15pm | 4:15pm | 7:15pm | 10:15pm Need for SpeedPG-13 131 Mins 1:40pm | 7:40pm Digital Cinema 10:25am | 4:25pm | 10:25pm Mr. Peabody & Sherman PG91 Mins10:40am | 4:40pm | 10:40pm Digital Cinema 1:25pm | 7:25pm The LEGO MoviePG94 Mins1:10pm | 7:10pm Digital Cinema 10:10am | 4:10pm | 10:10pm
CINEMARK 14 - EL PASO
West side of El Paso .- 7440 Remcon Circle
Schedule good for Friday April 18 TranscendencePG-13 119 Mins 9:15am | 12:30pm | 3:45pm | 7:00pm | 10:15pm Digital Cinema 10:15am | 1:30pm | 4:45pm | 8:00pm Heaven Is for Real Not Rated110 Mins Digital Cinema 10:10am | 1:10pm | 4:10pm | 7:10pm | 10:10pm Captain America: The Winter Soldier PG-13135 Mins 12:00pm | 6:30pm | 10:05pmDigital Cinema 9:00am | 12:25pm | 4:00pm | 7:35pm | 10:55pm Rio 2 G95 Mins
9:05am | 10:00am | 11:50am | 2:50pm | 5:50pm | 8:50pm Digital Cinema 10:45am | 1:00pm | 1:45pm | 4:40pm | 6:50pm | 9:50pm A Haunted House 2 R90 MinsDigital Cinema 10:35am | 1:20pm | 4:05pm | 7:45pm | 10:35pm The Ten Commandments (1956) G 220 MinsDigital Cinema 2:00pm Bears G 77 Mins Digital Cinema 10:00am | 1:25pm | 3:55pm | 6:40pm | 9:15pm Draft DayPG-13110
MinsDigital Cinema 10:05am | 1:15pm | 4:20pm | 7:25pm | 10:30pm OculusR105 Mins Digital Cinema 10:55am | 1:55pm | 4:55pm | 7:55pm | 10:50pm NoahPG-13138 Mins Digital Cinema 11:10am | 2:45pm | 6:20pm | 9:55pm 50 to 1PG-13110 Mins Digital Cinema 3:30pm DivergentPG-13140 MinsDigital Cinema 7:20pm | 10:40pm The Grand Budapest HotelR100 Mins Digital Cinema 6:10pm | 9:05pm
Schedule good for 4/18/14 through 4/20/14 Bears (Digital) (G) 10:30AM 12:50PM 3:10PM 5:30PM 7:50PM 10:10PM Captain America: The Winter Soldier (3D) (PG-13) 10:40AM 2:10PM 5:40PM 9:10PM Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Digital) (PG-13) 12:30PM 4:00PM 7:30PM 11:00PM Divergent (Digital) (PG-13) 10:45PM Draft Day (Digital) (PG-13) 10:40AM 1:30PM 4:20PM 7:10PM 10:15PM God's Not Dead (Digital) (PG) 10:35AM 1:30PM 4:25PM 7:20PM 10:15PM Haunted House 2, A (Digital) (R) 10:25AM 12:55PM 3:25PM
6:00PM 8:30PM 11:00PM Heaven Is For Real (Digital) (PG) 11:10AM 2:00PM 4:50PM 7:40PM 10:30PM Noah (Digital) (PG-13) 12:25PM 3:40PM 7:00PM 10:20PM Oculus (Digital) (R) 11:55AM 2:40PM 5:25PM 8:10PM 10:55PM Rio 2 (3D) (G) 11:45AM 2:45PM 3:45PM 5:45PM 8:45PM Rio 2 (Digital) (G) 10:45AM 12:45PM 1:45PM 4:45PM 6:45PM 7:45PM 9:45PM Transcendence (Digital) (PG-13) 12:20PM 3:20PM 6:20PM 9:20PM Transcendence (XD) (PG-13) 10:50AM 1:50PM 4:50PM 7:50PM 10:50PM
EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 • I-10 & Lee Trevino • for 4/18 - 4/24 3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13) | 11:30AM | 2:10PM | 4:50PM | 7:25PM | 10:00PM 12 YEARS A SLAVE (R) | 11:45AM | 2:50PM | 6:20PM ABOUT LAST NIGHT (2014) (R) | 11:55AM | 2:15PM | 4:40PM | 7:00PM | 9:20PM 2D FROZEN (PG) | 11:00AM | 1:30PM | 4:00PM | 6:30PM | 9:10PM 3D FROZEN (PG) | 11:40AM | 2:20PM | 4:55PM | 7:20PM 2D GRAVITY (PG-13) 11:05AM | 1:10PM | 3:20PM LONE SURVIVOR (R) 9:25PM 2D POMPEII (PG-13) 1:50PM | 7:15PM
RIDE ALONG (PG-13) 11:20AM | 1:40PM | 4:20PM | 6:25PM | 7:10PM | 8:45PM | 9:40PM ROBOCOP (2014) (PG-13) 12:00PM | 3:30PM | 5:00PM | 6:15PM | 8:55PM | 9:45PM THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (R) 9:50PM THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13) | 11:10AM | 4:30PM | 9:55PM 2D THE NUT JOB (PG) | 11:50AM | 2:00PM | 4:05PM | 6:10PM | 8:30PM 3D THE NUT JOB (PG) | 12:30PM | 2:45PM | 7:40PM TYLER PERRY'S SINGLE MOMS CLUB (PG-13) | 11:35AM | 2:05PM | 4:35PM | 7:05PM | 9:35PM
Schedule good for 04/18 A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 (R)11:15 | 1:00 | 4:15 | 7:20 | 9:45 | 12:00am BEARS (G)10:00 | 12:10 | 2:20 | 4:30 | 7:00 | 9:30 | 11:50 CAPT AMERICA:WINTER SOLDIER2D (PG13)11:50 | 1:10 | 3:00 | 6:40 | 7:30 | 9:50 | 12:00am CAPT AMERICA:WINTER SOLDIER3D (PG13)10:00 | 11:00 | 2:10 | 4:20 | 5:20 | 8:30 | 10:40 | 11:40 DIVERGENT (PG13)12:30 | 4:00 | 7:10 | 10:20 DRAFT DAY (PG13)11:00 | 1:40 | 4:20 | 7:00 | 9:40 | 12:20am GODS NOT DEAD (PG) 11:00 | 1:45 | 4:30 | 7:15 | 10:00 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (PG)10:00 | 11:00 | 1:30 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:30 | 12:00am MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 2D (PG)1:45 | 7:00 MUPPETS MOST WANTED (PG) 11:00 | 4:15 | 9:30 NOAH (PG13)11:15 | 12:00 | 2:25 | 5:25 | 7:20 | 8:35 | 11:45 OCULUS (R)12:50 | 4:10 | 7:15 | 10:10 | 12:20am RIO 2, 2D (G)11:00 | 12:35 | 1:35 | 4:10 | 6:15 | 7:00 | 9:35 RIO 2, 3D (G)10:00 | 3:10 | 8:50 THE RAID 2 (R)4:00 | 10:30 TRANSCENDENCE (PG13) 10:00 | 11:00 | 1:50 | 4:40 | 7:30 | 10:20 | 12:20am
TINSELTOWN Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa
Schedule good for Friday April 18 TranscendencePG-1119 MinsDigital Cinema 10:40am | 12:00pm | 1:35pm | 3:10pm | 4:35pm | 6:15pm | 7:40pm | 9:10pm | 10:40pm Heaven Is for Real Not Rated110 Mins Digital Cinema 11:30am | 2:10pm | 4:50pm | 7:30pm | 10:10pm Captain America: The Winter Soldier PG-13135 Mins11:15am 1:30pm | 2:45pm | 4:40pm | 6:00pm | 9:20pmDigital Cinema 10:10am | 12:30pm | 3:50pm | 7:10pm | 8:00pm | 10:30pm | 11:15pm Rio 2 G95 Mins 11:10am | 12:35pm | 2:00pm | 3:20pm | 4:50pm | 6:10pm | 7:40pm | 10:25pm Digital Cinema 10:30am | 11:50am |
1:20pm | 2:40pm | 4:10pm | 5:30pm | 7:00pm | 8:20pm | 9:50pm A Haunted House 2 R90 Mins 12:10pm | 2:50pm | 5:20pm | 8:10pm | 10:50pm Digital Cinema 11:20am | 1:10pm | 1:50pm | 3:40pm | 4:30pm | 6:30pm | 7:20pm | 9:00pm | 10:00pm | 11:30pm The Ten Commandments (1956) G220 Mins Digital Cinema 2:00pm BearsG77 Mins Digital Cinema 10:00am | 12:40pm | 3:00pm | 5:20pm | 7:45pm | 10:05pm Draft DayPG-13110 MinsDigital Cinema 10:35am | 1:25pm | 4:15pm | 7:25pm | 10:20pm | 11:05pm OculusR105 Mins Digital Cinema
11:00am | 1:40pm | 4:20pm | 7:05pm | 8:30pm | 9:45pm | 11:10pm Cesar Chavez PG-13101 Mins Digital Cinema 10:20am Noah PG-13138 Mins Digital Cinema 10:05am | 1:15pm | 4:25pm | 7:50pm | 11:00pm The Raid 2: Berandal R148 MinsDigital Cinema 8:50pm Divergent PG-13140 Mins Digital Cinema 12:15pm | 3:35pm | 6:55pm | 10:15pm God's Not Dead PG113 MinsDigital Cinema 11:05am | 2:05pm | 4:55pm | 7:45pm | 10:35pm Muppets Most Wanted PG106 Mins Digital Cinema 11:10am
TIMES FOR APRIL 18 - APRIL 24 BRICK MANSIONS CC (PG13) Thu. 8:00 PM OCULUS CC (R) Fri.-Wed. 12:00 2:25 5:00 7:30 10:00; Thu. THE OTHER WOMAN CC (R) Thu. 9:00 PM 12:00 2:25 5:00 THE QUIET ONES CC (PG13) Thu. 8:00 PM RIO 2 CC (G) Fri. 1:35 4:10 6:45 9:20; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 1:35 BEARS CC (G) Fri.-Thu. 12:15 2:40 5:05 7:25 9:45 4:10 6:45 9:20; Mon.-Thu. 1:35 4:10 6:45 9:20 A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 CC (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:30 3:05 5:35 RIO 2 IN 3D (G) Fri.-Thu. 1:00 PM 7:55 10:25 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER CC TRANSCENDENCE CC (PG13) Fri. 1:25 4:15 6:25 7:20 9:10 (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:25 3:45 7:00 10:15 10:10; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 1:25 4:15 6:25 7:20 9:10 10:10; Mon.CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 3D CC Wed. 1:25 4:15 6:25 7:20 9:10 10:10; Thu. 1:25 4:15 7:20 10:10 (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 3:35 PM HEAVEN IS FOR REAL CC (PG) Fri.-Thu. 12:10 2:35 5:00 NOAH CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:05 6:20 7:40 10:00 DRAFT DAY CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:00 2:30 5:05 7:45 10:20 DIVERGENT CC (PG13) Fri.-Wed. 3:10 9:35; Thu. 3:10 PM
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and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately for him, things don’t exactly go according to plan.
‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-fe-
‘Dial ‘M’ For Murder’ - El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents an original play written and directed by Ken Forestal March 28-April 19. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2
p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID; $5 students under 18). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds,
Parks and Recreation Depart-
otherwise listed. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.
Community Easter Sunrise Service —
Inna — The Romanian
Emily Bear — El Paso
ket — The City of El Paso
singer/dancer performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 125 S. Pueblo Rd. Age 18 and older welcome. Infor-
Pro-Musica presents the 11year-old music prodigy at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and food vendors are Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 541-4942.
The 39th annual inter-denominational service is 7 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at Oz Glaze
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male “super sprint” (300-yard swim/15k bike /2-mile run) benefiting the Center Against Family Violence is 7 a.m. Saturday, April 19, starting at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 women can compete against others in three separate categories: mother/daughter; family; girlfriends (must indicate category and team name at time of registration). Participants must be 12 or older. Each team member must complete entire race; no relays. Fastest overall average time wins. USAT rules apply. Cost: $65 by March 1; $70 March 1-April 10; $75 April 11-16. Information: 433-3439. Online registration at raceelpaso.com/mighty-mujer.
Golden Egg Hunt and April Pools Day — The City of El Paso
If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
mation: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.
ment will host a Golden Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. The event will also feature water safety information for children and adults through the Drowning Prevention Coalition and sponsored by Price’s Creameries Give Em’ Five Fund. Admission is free. Information: 544-3556. The Easter Egg Hunt will be 1 to 3 p.m. in the shallow depth area of the pool at the Aquatic Center. Participants can swim free 11:30 a.m. to noon for ages 4 and younger; noon to 12:30 p.m. for ages 5-7 and 12:30 to 1 p.m. for ages 8-12.
EASTSIDE Sun City Dance Classic— Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez (off Socorro Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Loop 375). Doors usually open at 6 p.m. Admission is free ($10 17 and younger) unless
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing —
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Out & About
Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from April 17th - 23rd, 2014
Center, 13969 Veny Webb, in Horizon City. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Horizon City. Information: 588-2757.
MISSION VALLEy Hop for Health — TTUSCHC El Paso’s 2nd annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Fun walk includes egg hunt for age 9 and younger. Proceeds benefit TTUSHSC El Paso. Cost: $20 per event in advance; $25 on race day. Cost for age 9 and younger for walk/egghunt is $10 ($5 for egg hunt only). A $1 fee is charged per vehicle entering Ascarate Park. Information: Mike Coulter, 274-5222. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com. Packet pick-up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the race site.
DOWNTOWN WESTSIDE YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — The 21st annual benefit luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Keynote speaker is Nely Galán, former president of programming for Telemundo. Tickets $100 donation per seat. Information, reservations: 533-2311 or ywcaelpaso.org.
Sesame Street Live ‘Make A New Friend’ — The Sesame Street Live annual Easter week shows are April 17-20 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Presented by VEE Corporation. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15, $20 and $30 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-745-3000 or sesamestreetlive.com.
UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $25 ($20 seniors and military/ $5 students) Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org. Bear will also perform works from her chart-topping jazz CD, “Diversity,” produced by Quincy Jones, with cellist Zuill Bailey, bassist Carlitos del Puerto, and drummer Francisco Mela at a special event April 16. Call for details.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Mar-
The 12th annual market now runs year round. Winter hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino. Yoga with Erin Stroud of Casa de Yoga is 10 a.m. every Saturday in Building A-1.
SPotLiGhtePnewS.coM APRIL 17, 2014 PAGE 21 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Washington Park in Alamogordo. A Easter parade begins at 10 a.m. from City hall to Washington Park followed by festivities in the park including free games and prizes for age 10 and younger. Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4142 or (575) 439-4250.
‘True North’ – Santa Kataklysm
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 or trickyfalls.com.
perial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-2800 or westsidecommunity.org.
• Kataklysm — The
metal band performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 20, with Aborted, Fleshpile, Devour the Unborn and March of Doom. Tickets: $15 in advance.
Ardovino’s Easter Brunch — Ardovino’s
Southern new Mexico
Desert Crossing, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, will host its annual brunch Sunday, April 20. In-
Easter in the Park — The annual egg hunt is 10
formation, reservations: (575) 589-0653.
The 13th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Im-
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Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash —
Fe Opera’s Education and Community Outreach Division presents the original opera by Kathleen Clawson, Andrea Fellows Walters and Frederick Frahm at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-6403, (575) 5230807 or RioGrandeTheatre.com. In this one-act drama, two couples find themselves stranded at an airport. The piece addresses the question of what makes a compelling story and what stories do we tell again and again, particularly in opera.
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Nightlife calendar Cristo Rey pilgrimages — Pilgrimages and hikes are planned throughout
Mogwai @Tricky Falls
of the weekend. The Mt. Cristo Rey trailhead is located off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
Sebastian Bach - Give em Hell Neon Trees - Pop Psychology Winger - Better Days Comin Bastille - All this bad blood XTC - Skylarking Jack Bruce - Silver Rails David Byrne - Here Lies Love
‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’—
Dona Ana Community College presents the play by Anna Deavere Smith 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15-17, at Doña Ana Community College East Mesa Auditorium, 2800 N. Sonoma Ranch in Las Cruces. Admission: $5 (cash only). Information: (575) 528-7048 or dacc.nmsu.edu. This ”documentary theatre” is about the riots that occurred after four Los Angeles police officers were acquitted for the beating of Rodney King, which had been recorded on videotape.
Magic Touch@ 1914 May 1st
Cashmere Cat@ Lowbrow Palace
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Keb Mo - BluesAmericana Future - Honest
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Sebastien Leger @301 Live
Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Sunday, April 18-20, by various groups of all denominations. Good Friday is the main day for pilgrimages, but the mountain will be open Saturday and Sunday as well. Security and concessions offered throughout most
‘The Misanthrope’ — American Southwest Theatre Company concludes its season with Moliere’s 17th century comedy of manners April 18-May 4 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10-$17. Information: (575) 6464515. Outraged by flattery and lies, Alceste declares that he will speak only the truth from now on — no matter what the cost.
Move D May 24 and 25 PHOTOS FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY
Neon Desert Music Festival
Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave Iggy Azaela - The New Classic
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Dj Spotlight | Boys Noize music and for anyone on my label”
Alex Ridha better known to the world as BOYS NOIZE has been making electronic music and working as a DJ for over half of his life. He established himself as one of the world’s preeminent wizards behind the decks, having played the world’s biggest stages alongside the biggest names in dance music. His sets are equally uplifting, not only technically but also as a showman, leaving unforgettable experiences for the witnesses. One of the reasons why the Rolling Stone voted BOYS NOIZE amongst the Top10 `DJS WHO RULE THE EARTH` in 2012.
As a recording artist and producer, Ridha has created his own sound, and pioneered his own brand, amassing a formidable body of work in the process. He has released three albums (2007’s Oi Oi Oi , 2009’s Power and 2012´s Out Of The Black) and
countless singles as BOYS NOIZE, as well as doing profoundly influential work as a remixer and producer for everyone from Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Feist, David Lynch to Jarvis Cocker, Santigold, Scissor Sisters and Chilly Gonzales. He has collaborated with Snoop Dogg, genius film maker Mr. Oizo (on a project called Handbraekes), Erol Alkan, and most recently Skrillex (under the moniker of Dog Blood) and won Beatport's 'Best Electronic Act' 3 years in a row. Ridha is also the heart of Boysnoize Records, the label that he started back in 2005. Founded originally as a means to get his own music out into the world, Boysnoize Rec.— and it’s sub-label, BNR Trax—is now home to more than a dozen artists (including up-and-comers like 18-year old SCNTST, Le1f, Spank Rock, Strip Steve, Peaches and Siriusmo) and responsible for
over 100 releases while remaining fully independent. "I don´t compromise when it comes to music,” says Ridha. “I do what I think is cool and what I like and not what the market wants or people may expect. Maintaining artistic freedom has always been the most important thing to me — for my own
Despite his ever-expanding label roster and the increased demand for his time as a producer and remixer, Ridha’s primary loves continue to be the twin pursuits of making and performing music. Following the release of his third long-player Out Of The Black in late 2012, he presented the first BOYS NOIZE 'LIVE' show to the masses. “I really wanted to give people a concert where I perform my music only. It´s not that I don´t like DJing anymore, I´m a DJ to the bone and will always be. But playing my tracks live and putting on a completely new show was something I wanted to do for a long time. It´s different and fresh and that is what I love."
GOLF INSIDER SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM APRIL 17, 2014 PAGE 24
By T.J. TOMASI IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR GAME
Learning from experience
In the defense of careful play
How can you time your swing correctly when the time you have for the downswing is only about half a second and the command to make the downswing takes longer than that to execute? Shouldn’t you always be late for impact? In the instruction classic “Search for the Perfect Swing,” researchers Alastair Cochran and John Stobbs placed golfers in a room with a single artificial light while they hit drives into a net. The golfers were then asked to stop the swing as soon as they saw a light turn off. “Of all the many golfers tested,” wrote the authors, “not one could in any way alter his stroke when the light went off after a point just barely into the downswing. Nearly all could actually stop the shot if the light went out during the backswing.” So the answer is at once genius and common sense — you guess.
To solve the problem of the “processing gap” and prevent you from always being late for impact, your brain creates a forward model of what is about to happen by using (1) your history, i.e. your past experience performing a downswing; (2) logic and common sense; (3) the current information about the scene collected through your senses and (4) a calculation of probabilities, ensuring that the most highly balanced response wins.
Every morning, my favorite cat beelines it for the bathroom just ahead of me. Part of this ritual is that, without fail, he stops dead at the entrance, looks around, then enters the room and jumps up on the counter, where I turn on the faucet so he can drink. I call it the “pause of the paws,” and according to new research, this may be why one of man’s (and woman’s) best friends made it through evolution’s vetting: Cats hesitate in order to make better plans.
These four considerations produce a best-guess scenario that is then carried out. The player with the best guesses over time has the best outcomes. This is why I say golf is a game of probabilities. Using all your training and preparation gives you a statistical edge that, given a large enough universe of attempts, makes you the best. This is a long-term view of golf as a process in which both failure and success are points on the progress map.
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center confirm the efficaciousness of the pause. “We have identified a novel mechanism that is surprisingly effective at improving response accuracy,” say co-authors Tobias Teichert and Jack Grinband. “Postponing the onset of the decision process … enables the brain to focus attention on the most relevant information and block out irrelevant distractors.” Their experiments revealed that the delay allows you to identify irrelevant information and prevent it from interfering with the decision process. Thus we see the importance of the ultimate pause in golf — the pre-shot routine. Yet this is the age of “speed-o golf,” promoted in “while we’re young” ads featuring our heroes, who make fortunes playing at their own private pace. Plus, golf course architects use visual intimidation and optical illusions to fool golfers and scare the hell out of them, so playing faster than you should causes you to fall right into the ar-
chitects’ hands. As Pete Dye says, “You get them boys thinking and you got ’um.” With speed-o golf, there is no time to think, so you really “got ’um.”
Insider Takeaway: The pressure to play fast is counter-indicative to playing well. Trying to grow the game by speeding up play in fact undermines the game. Playing too fast means not taking time to pause; therefore, less attention is paid, distractions grow, and quality plans and decisions decrease, causing golfers to lose the game of probabilities. So they play worse, fall out of love with the game and quit. In 2003, more than 30 million people played golf in the United States, according to the National Golf Foundation. Then the recession hit, and people uncomfortable with the direction of the country cut back. Since golf is driven by discretionary dollars, the falloff is understandable. Today that number is down to more than 25 million golfers. But reacting by changing the fabric of golf — a relaxed nature walk with a contemplative challenge — by substituting speed-o golf, cups the size of manhole covers and 12-hole courses is the wrong approach. This is a knee-jerk reaction minus the knee that will only make things worse. ABOUT THE WRITER
THE GOLF DOCTOR
Try using four wedges Because the downswing happens so fast, this young player must guess what should happen when. The more she plays and practices, the better her guesses become. It’s called experience, and it’s necessary to build a repeating swing.
She’s arrived at impact and will soon have feedback as to the quality of her guesswork. Then she’ll use this information to make the next guess (shot) even better.
GOLF SPOKEN HERE
This is what you shout at your ball when you think you’ve hit it too hard!
The best strategy when setting up a final approach shot from within 100 yards of the green is to give yourself a full shot. Why? Because it’s a lot easier to hit a full shot than a shot with less than a full swing. This is also why it’s a great idea to carry four wedges — a pitching wedge (48 degrees of loft), gap wedge (52 degrees), sand wedge (56 degrees) and a lob wedge (60 degrees) — in your bag. You can make full swings all the way down to about 50 yards
Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit hiswebsite at tomasigolf.com.
from the green with these clubs. (In fact, you can also find 64-degree wedges, which will allow you to make a full swing from as close as 35 to 40 yards.) You could bring it in low, but the problem is that you can’t rely exclusively on a pitchand-run game. Golf is a game of obstacles, and sooner or later, you’re going to have to put the ball in the air from inside 100 yards. So why not buy the four wedges, and then cultivate both styles of short-game play?
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BIRDIES AND BOGEYS
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The Chip ’n Pitch teaching aid is designed to improve your short game. This portable device allows you to practice the correct form for chip and pitch shots. It attaches to the end of the grip and gives you immediate feedback when your wrists break down. The Chip ’n Pitch costs $22 and is available at golfaroundtheworld.com.
For the first time ever, bookies are giving even odds on a new addition to the Masters field who was added when Tiger Woods dropped out because of injury. Ragnor (he uses only one name as do many on the island chain where he was born) is a giant at 6 feet 9 1/2 inches and 297 pounds who has averaged 66 in his tournaments for 2013 and 2014, enough to get him into the Masters under the “lowest scoring average” exemption rule. However, while the addition of the long hitter (averaging well over 375 yards) was exciting, it was not without trouble, as it was revealed that most of the tournaments Ragnor played in were composed of 17hole rounds. Investigation uncovered that Masters officials issued the invitation before they read the full application, which clearly stated in very fine print that, because of land use limitations, all the golf courses on the island circuit were 17 holes. Basically, there’s simply not enough land to build 18-hole courses. According to Masters officials, no one in the oversight hierarchy knew or would
admit to knowing who was responsible for issuing the hasty invitation. Unfortunately, the rejoicing on the island chain was broadcast around the entire hemisphere, so withdrawing the invitation at this late date posed a sensitive political issue. Thus, Masters officials decided to amend the rules for participation. “In the opinion of the committee,” the president told the press, “and with much forethought, Ragnor will be allowed to play since the size of the islands where the tournaments were held is not within his control. Furthermore, Ragnor himself has communicated, in the partially redacted transmission the press has been issued, that he will play a full 18 holes for each round if requested.
“However, in order to assure fairness, I have decided to use my ‘power of the pen’ and institute a special rider that gives all competitors the option to opt out after each 17-hole installment. “I want all of you to know that The Masters selection process is fully transparent and the rules are the same for all. Please keep in mind that, as your representatives in golf, we reserve the right to make a tweak or two to make the process even more equitable. In the end, I can promise you that if you like the Masters the way it is, you can keep it — except, of course, for the tweaks mentioned earlier.” (From the Insider: Of course I’m April fooling, but these days, you never know.)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“It’s frustrating for female golfers. It’s the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get the respect for being the golfers we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines, but at the same time you like to see a little respect for the women’s game.” — Stacy Lewis, after Golf Digest put bombshell Paulina Gretzky (Dustin Johnson’s fiancee) on its cover.
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS
Race: Toyota Owners 400 Where: Richmond International Raceway When: April 26, 7 p.m. (ET) TV: FOX 2013 Winner: Kevin Harvick (right)
Race: Toyota Care 250 Where: Richmond International Raceway When: April 25, 7 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPNews 2013 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Race: SFP 250 Where: Kansas Speedway When: May 9, 8:30 p.m. (ET) TV: Fox Sports 1 2013 Winner: Matt Crafton
Kevin Harvick becomes first repeat Sprint Cup winner of 2014 with victory at Darlington Raceway W
Kevin Harvick won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, becoming the first repeat Sprint Cup winner this season.
to win via two-tire pit stops, while Harvick took four. Harvick took the lead for good from Earnhardt at the start of a green-white-checkered-flag run to the finish, and motored away for the first Darlington win of his career. He said the fact that he was able to put on such a strong performance at Darlington after a fiverace stretch that saw him finish 36th or worse on four occasions, shows that his Rodney Dale Childers-led crew Earnis a keeper. hardt “I think it says Jr. a lot about the charfinished acter of the people second at and the things that Darlinghappen within ton; Stewart-Haas RacJeff ing, to have everyGordon body keep their finished head down and stay seventh. focused on what they need to be foAlan Marler for Chevrolet
dress Racing last winter to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing, the move was regarded by many as a coup for Stewart-Haas. It got a driver who had, at that time, 23 Sprint Cup victories. Among those wins were three of the sport’s biggest races — the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Coca-Cola 600. But there were those who wondered if Harvick had made the right move. He was going to a team that struggled through the second half of 2013 and was in a rush to expand its facilities to add a fourth team for Kurt Busch. And the crew chief chosen to work with Harvick — Rodney Childers — had a great reputation in the garage, but only three Cup victories in nine years to show for his efforts. After Harvick won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Saturday night to become the first repeat Sprint Cup winner of 2014, his decision was looking pretty good, even if his team is mired in 22nd place in the points standings. (Harvick has little to worry about points-wise, because his two 2014 victories all but assure him of a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.) He also won the pole, the eighth different driver to do so this year, and he became the first to win from the pole at Darlington since Dale Jarrett in 1997. Harvick dominated the race, leading 238 of 374 laps, but had to work his way back to the front in the final 15 laps after a late caution gave challengers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. opportunities
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cused on, is kind of like a big test to see if it would implode from inside out,” he said. “Everybody just kept doing what they’re supposed to do, and everything went really well.” Harvick also stressed that his decision to leave Childress and move to Stewart-Haas was based on his desire to be with a team that could win races and contend for championships, as he’s doing now. By racing for Stewart-Haas, he gets to drive cars and use engines from the sport’s powerhouse, Hendrick Motorsports, and team co-owner Gene Haas has the financial resources to get the team any parts or pieces it might need. “We came here to race for wins, to be in a position to where we could contend for a championship, and I really feel like everybody on this team felt like we all bettered ourselves in coming together and being a part of Stewart-Haas Racing,” he said. “For us it’s a lot of fun, just for the fact that you have so many resources, and it’s almost a challenge to figure out how to use them all. Gene [Haas] has put in a major commitment from a financial standpoint, and I think that’s hard to get used to because it’s all about winning. “It’s not about money, it’s not about resources, it’s all about what do you need and how are you going to achieve what you think you should achieve with the people around you.” For Childers, just being at Stewart-Haas and working with Harvick is big. “As young as I am in my career, I’ve been really fortunate,” he said. “I was lucky that Kevin Harvick wanted me to be his crew chief. This has been phenomenal for me, and it means a lot.” Childers also pointed out that his crew is relatively young and inexperienced. “We’ve got a lot to learn and a lot to get better at,” he said. “I thought the day I walked in there it was going to be June or July before we could win a race. We’re sitting here now, and without mechanical issues, we could have won two or three races, maybe four races, maybe five races. We’ve had good cars every week. “But that’s part of the learning process, and like [Harvick] said, we’ve had each other’s backs through all of it.”
NOTEBOOK NASCAR nation loses popular driver and dedicated journalist on same day Billy Standridge, a popular journeyman driver on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide series, died of cancer on April 12. He was 60 years old. From 1993 to 1999, he made 23 Cup starts, with a best finish of 14th in the 1995 Southern 500. He made 84 Nationwide starts, with a best finish of sixth at Martinsville in 1989. One of his former crew chiefs, current Nationwide Series team owner Johnny Davis, placed decals honoring Standridge on his cars at Darlington, where his drivers had some of their best runs of the year in the Help A Hero 200. Landon Cassill, in the No. 01 Chevrolet, finished 12th, Kevin Lepage, in the No. 87, finished 19th, and Jeffrey Earnhardt in the No. 4 was 20th. Also on April 12, the NASCAR community lost one of its most dedicated media members. “Captain” Herb Emory, who hosted a NASCAR radio show on WSB radio in Atlanta as well as wrote a weekly racing column, died of a massive heart attack at age 61. Emory grew up in Brevard, N.C., and his family traveled to NASCAR races, where his father was on the crew for the late Ralph Earnhardt.
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‘Like father, like son’: Chase Elliott picks up where his father left off at Darlington When it comes to the Elliott family and racing at Darlington Raceway, it’s “like father, like son.” When Bill Elliott first started racing in the series now known as Sprint Cup, Darlington — despite its tricky layout that confounds many a driver — was one of his best tracks. It was at Darlington in 1977 that Elliott got his first top-10 finish in Cup. He did it driving a well-worn Ford Torino owned by his father and prepared in a shop that once was an elementary school. Then, in 1981, still driving for his father, he got his first Cup pole — at Darlington. And in the 1985 Southern 500, he scored one of the most famous victories in NASCAR history, as his win that day earned him a $1 million bonus from thenSeries sponsor, Winston. It was in the first year of the Winston Million bonus program, and
checkered flag. He became the youngest winner ever at Darlington, at 18 years, four months and 14 days old. Brian Vickers set the old record in 2003, when he was almost 20 years old. Chase Elliott is now the fourth driver to win in his first NASCAR start at Darlington, joining three others who raced at the track in its infancy. Johnny Mantz is part of that group by winning the inaugural race in 1950. Herb Thomas won in his first start in 1951, as did Dick Rathmann in 1952. “I knew the guys on two tires (Sadler and Kyle Larson) were going to be a little slower than the guys on four,” Elliott said of the final restart. “Our lane went and Elliott (Sadler) got a little loose off (Turn) Two and let me get to the outside, and that was where I wanted to be, anyway.”
many thought it impossible for a driver to win three of the four major races in a single year, as Elliott did. Even though he hasn’t raced at Darlington since 2008, he still holds the record for top-10 finishes, with 35, and his five victories make him one of Darlington’s all-time bests. Last Friday night, in his first time ever driving a car at the South Carolina track, Chase Elliott picked up where his father left off. He ran with the leaders from the start of the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200, but where he really shined was at the finish. Starting sixth, but on four fresh tires for the final two-lap run to the checkered flag, Elliott bolted into second place just after the start, then passed Elliott Sadler, who took the lead by taking just two fresh tires, with a bold pass off Turn Two, and sped away to the
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Chase Elliott won the Nationwide Series Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.
The victory, coupled with his win at Texas Motor Speedway the week before, makes Elliott the youngest driver to win two Nationwide Series races, as he beat the old record held by Joey Logano. And he pushed his series points lead to 13 over second-place Regan Smith, his JR Motorsports teammate. “This is unbelievable,” Elliott said in Victory Lane. “I couldn’t believe last week, much less here at Darlington. “This truly is a dream come true. This is a place that I have always loved watching races. This is probably my favorite place to watch a race as a fan for a long, long time. Just to come and be a part of this race is unbelievable, but to come and win this thing is a day I’ll never forget.” Among those not
taken aback by Elliott’s success at such a young age and relative lack of experience are his father, and his car owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Even before he and his son arrived at Darlington, Bill Elliott was looking for a strong performance. He pointed out that Chase had run extremely well in ARCA races and others at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, a track that poses similar challenges to Darlington. “He started on the pole at 16 years old and nearly won the race,” Elliott said early last week. “He’ll do just fine at Darlington.” And Earnhardt, after the Darlington victory, said young Elliott and his fans have lots to look forward to. “He’s the full package,” Earrnhardt said. “He’s got it all. He’s not even focusing on
racing 100 percent because he’s still in school. It’s going to be trouble for these people once he starts trying.”
Sprint Cup Standings 1. Jeff Gordon, 297 2. Matt Kenseth, 296 3. Carl Edwards, 278 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 271 5. Jimmie Johnson, 270 6. Kyle Busch, 269 7. Brad Keselowski, 246 8. Joey Logano, 245 9. Ryan Newman, 236 10. Austin Dillon, 235
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All-new Chevy Silverado goes after pickup-truck supremacy For years, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck has been the second-most sold vehicle in the nation, right behind Ford's F-150. But as most know, being in second place makes you work harder, and that can be seen in the totally redesigned 2014 Silverado. All-new from hood to hitch, the new Silverado is bigger, bolder, more powerful and yet more fuel efficient than the model it replaces. While not a drastic departure in the way it looks, the new Silverado takes on the big, tough-guy stance to an extreme level. The new styling cues are blockier with straighter lines and sharper edges. And while it sports a taller hood and huge front grille, the new Silverado is roughly 250 pounds lighter than the previous generation.
Not only is the new design weight-saving, but it is functional too. Notches cut out in the rear bumper serve as steps along with a bed rail which can be used as a handrail, both making it easier to climb into the truck bed. Whether you use a truck as commuter vehicle or on a construction site, there is a size and shape Silverado for just about every need. Three body styles are available – a standard cab, an extended cab, and a crew cab. And while the cabin lengths and dimensions are roughly the same as before, the big news is with the extended cab. Called the "Double" cab, it now uses forward-hinged rear doors as opposed to the reverse-opening half-doors found on the previous generation. Three bed lengths are also available – the 6.5 foot regular
6.2 V8 can handle up to 12,000 pounds. For light-duty trucks, those are some generous figures! Inside, the Silverado’s makeover continues with a nicer cabin and improved build quality. The seats are excellent – something that GM has mastered in their trucks and the dashboard has a very purposeful and business look to it. Storage bins are everywhere – including a large two-story glovebox. Crew cab models, like my tester, featured a huge back seat that can easily accommodate three adults. bed, the long 8 foot bed, and the short 5.75 foot bed. Those who regularly haul a lot of people as well as a lot of cargo will be pleased to know that Chevy is now offering the Silverado crew cab with the 6.5 foot bed.
Under the new Silverado's big hood, an all-new V6 or one of two updated V8s can be found. Coming from the Ecotec3 family which uses direct injection and variable valve timing, all three engines deliver strong numbers in terms of power and economy. The base V6 is new and comes in at 4.3 liters. Making 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, it achieves an impressive 18 mpg in town and 24 mpg on the highway. Next is the popular 5.3 liter V8 that now produces 345 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque (up 30 hp and 48 lb-ft torque). If more V8 power is needed, the 6.2 liter V8 rated at 420 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque is available on the higher end trim levels. All three engines benefit from fuel saving cylinder deactivation (what
GM calls Active Fuel Management) that can switch the engine to run on just four cylinders. A six-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox available on the Silverado. When it comes time to put the Silverado to work, you’ll be happy to know that V6 models can tow up to 7,600 pounds while those equipped with the
By The Numbers:
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LTZ Base Price: $43,165.00 Price as Tested: $48,595.00 Layout: front-engine / four-wheel drive Engine: 5.3 liter V8 Transmission: 6-speed automatic Horsepower: 345 hp Torque: 383 ft-lbs EPA Fuel Economy:16 city / 22 highway mpg [Visit me at www.carsbycar.blogspot.com or email me at email@example.com]
On the road, the Silverado continues to shine. The tester had the 5.3 V8 which delivered solid power as expected. The Active Fuel Management was seemless – with the only indication of the switch from eight cylinders to four was the “V4” indicator on the dash. But what really struck me was the ride – its silky smooth and quiet. I wasn’t expecting that from a truck this size. The Silverado
does feel big and robust letting you never forget you’re in a big vehicle. With powerful engines, decent fuel economy, comfortable cabins and plenty of work capabilities, the new Silverado is the best truck to come out of GM. But is it good enough to catapult it to the number one position? I think so, but the real answer will be on the sales floor. -- Christopher A. Randazzo
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NOTEBOOK Haas granted license for new Formula One team
Greg Biffle indicated in his media session at Darlington Raceway that his freeagent status may soon be a thing of the past. He said he’s working on re-signing with his longtime employer, Roush Fenway Racing, as is his sponsor, 3M. “I think we Greg Biffle are getting closer,” Biffle said. “There are a lot of moving parts to a contract, and a lot of new people at 3M, but I know the folks are going up there next week to visit some more. “I have a feeling it is getting closer.” Biffle, a 19-time Cup winner, is 11th in the Sprint Cup points standings, and recorded his first top-5 finish of 2014 — a fifth — on Saturday at Darlington Raceway.
Gene Haas, who co-owns a NASCAR race team with driver Tony Stewart, has been granted a license to field a team on the elite Formula One circuit. “Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One license by the FIA,” Haas said in a team statement. “It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation, and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula One. Now, the really hard work begins. It’s a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid. I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our license application come to fruition.” Haas’ company, Haas Automation, is a leading CNC machine tool builder. Haas also founded and owns Windshear, a state-of-the-art, 180-mph, rolling-road wind tunnel in Concord, N.C.
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Biffle close to securing driver contract, sponsorship
Laps led this season by Kevin Harvick, tops among all Sprint Cup drivers. Green-flag passes this season by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the most of any Sprint Cup driver.
Times Parker Kligerman has been passed this year — the most of any Sprint Cup driver.
Drivers in the top 5 in Sprint Cup points without a win this season: points leader Jeff Gordon, secondplace Matt Kenseth and fifth-place Jimmie Johnson.