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Centennial Comedy Series offers ‘Moore’ laughs April 24 Y

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funny … and the three comedians performing at the April 24 show of the Centennial Comedy Series are prepared to bring it! Steven Juliano Moore, Patrick Candelaria and Marc Ryan will take to the stage Saturday for a night of laughs at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center on East Fort Bliss. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. The show is open to the entire El Paso community, so come on out and share the fun. It’s easy to get on post: All you have to do is present your valid drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. It’s that simple, and with the great acts lined up, well worth the trip! Moore has spent the last 20 years headlining at comedy

clubs in the United States and tell. He creates an Canada, performing at casieasy rapport with nos from Las Vegas the crowd to the Bahamas, and and riding the national television circuit. He’s done makes them more feel as than good 250 colabout lege shoes and toured themselves as they do about him. American military bases in Europe, Patrick Candelaria Candelaria mixes Korea and Japan. story-telling with one-liners Moore has gone on stage beto form a style everyone can fore comics including Billy relate to. Known by George Crystal, Robin Williams, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Lopez as “pound for pound, Hicks and Sam Kenison. one of the funniest comics out there” and by Tommy Chong Is Moore or the audience hav- as a “very funny Mexican,” ing the most fun? It’s hard to Candelaria’s career has been a

Ryan has been working the comedy scene since

Steven Juliano Moore 17-year ride that has taken him over half a million miles around the world, including 12 overseas tours for the U.S. military. Those tours have put him in front of thousands of service men and women, in locations from Officers’ Clubs in Korea and Japan to a bunker in Iraq. Candelaria has helped ring in a New Year at a NATO base in Sarajevo and celebrated Fourth of July in Tikrit.

winning an openmic contest in 1989. In the Marc Ryan years since, he has refined his style and found his comedy voice while doing anything from car commercials to television shopping shows. Ryan has done everything from writing a sitcom pilot for NBC – a show called “Barely Makin’ It – to appearing on “Star Search.” He has

made appearances on Comedy Central’s “Best of the Improv” and “Show Me the Funny,” and is regularly featured on CMT and the “Bob and Tom Show,” and “John Boy and Billy,” syndicated morning shows. Tickets to the show cost $6 each – or get two for just $10. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the event, or at either ITR location on Fort Bliss: Main ITR in Bldg. 1743 on Victory Avenue, or the ITR kiosk in the new Post Exchange at Freedom Crossing. For more information, call 588-8247 or 568-7506.

El Paso man on the road to a bright, challenging future By Joe Olvera ©, 2010

He’s young, he’s highly intelligent, and he has one huge ambition – to join the Intelligence Field in a way that will best serve his adopted nation. Jonathan F. Nogueira, 27, will attend a seminar at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence July 11-23, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Nogueira was one of 40 college and university students selected from about 400 applicants across the United States to attend the National Security and Intelligence Summer Seminar. “I’ve always wanted to enter either the medical field, or do government work,” Nogueira said. “I started working on becoming an optometrist, but, changed my mind. Later, I changed my major to Pharmacy, but, that didn’t work out either. I had many choices, but, I opted for becoming a part of the Intelligence Community (IC).” Nogueira, who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from U.T.E.P. in 2007, should receive his Master of Science Degree in Intelligence and National Securities in December, 2010. This heady major is relatively new, when, in 2005, the U.S. Government established

Nogueira said. “I do know, however, that during this seminar, I will attend lectures, take exams, and I will be tested on how good of an analyst I am.” Nogueira has already traveled to England, France, Italy, Mexico, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Canada. He practiced language training skills in France and Indonesia. “I had the choice to study abroad in Mexico or Canada. I chose Canada because I had never been there,” Nogueira said. “The Canadian Government had created a school of Intelligence in Ottawa, so that’s where I wanted to be. Called the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, I did three months from September to December, 2009.”

Jonathan F. Nogueira the National Security Studies Program to create professionals for the Intelligence Community who are educated and trained with the unique knowledge, skills, and capabilities to carry out America’s national security objectives. “I don’t know what’s going to happen following that seminar in D.C.,”

In August, 2010, this bright young man will travel to Brazil as an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Scholar. He said he was looking forward to the exposure, and to increase his knowledge of other nations. According to the IC’s website, “the Intelligence Community’s five year Strategic Human Capital Plan provides ....Continues on page 6

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Earth Day & New Nuclear Reactors Don’t Mix

Healthcare There have been many stories

about the number of uninsured people who live in El Paso County. According to data provided by the office of Congressman Ciro Rodriguez, our county has 281,540 individuals under the age of 65 who have no personal health insurance. Included in that number, there are 57,253 individuals under the age of 18 who are not covered under a

By Denis Hayes Nuclear power has never lived up to the promises of its backers. Their latest claim – that nuclear energy represents an easy answer to global warming – has as much validity as that old industry chestnut of producing energy “too cheap to meter.” Let’s not be duped again. Four decades ago, when I served as national coordinator for the first Earth Day, millions of Americans mobilized on behalf of the environment. This year, we know that the centerpiece of a healthy environment is safe, clean and sustainable energy. Climate change was a phrase unknown back in 1970; today it is part of our popular vocabulary. Halting the advance of global warming tops the priority list of environmental issues that threaten our

well-being. The nuclear industry – and some in Washington – would like us to believe that building new reactors will solve this threat. To hear them talk, the nuclear option sounds alluring. Certainly the promise of an energy source that is a low greenhouse gas emitter might carry some weight with those concerned about climate change. But let’s look at the facts. Economics: No nuclear reactor has ever been built on time or on budget. That was what killed the market for new reactors in the 1970s. In recent months, tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies have been promised just to begin resuscitate the nuclear industry. Tax money is needed for this half-centuryold technology because the private sector wants no part of it – with good reason. It is too risky. It is one more federal effort to socialize all risk and privatize all profit. Equally worrisome is this fact: Nuclear is poised to soak up billions that could be invested far more prudently in hyper-efficiency and renewable energy. Energy efficiency can be achieved at a fraction of the cost of a new reactor, and produces immediate results. New reactors won’t come online for at least decade or more, meaning we’ll be that much farther behind in slowing global warming. Renewable energy produces no radioactive waste, bomb-grade materials, or terrorist risks. Continues on page 6

health insurance plan. In reality, if any those individuals have a medical need, they will receive some treatment. I am not referring to colds or upset stomachs. Every one of us will have a moment in our lives when an extreme medical ailment overcomes us. Without proper medical attention, a condition that normally is overcome becomes a debilitating experience or worse results in death. In such a situation, there will be medical assistance provided. The uninsured for the most part are unable to pay premiums. For them it is a matter of prioritizing food or a mortgage payment. So what happens when the worst occurs. The patient will receive whatever stabilizing treatment is necessary and will be billed. The inability to pay the high medical bill may result in a mortgage foreclosure; or, it may result in a write off for the expenses. In any case, our current situation is not good for our community. The residents of El Paso will experience the consequences in higher medical costs; or higher property taxes that support the hospital district; or higher real estate costs. The high number of uninsureds in our county has a much bigger cost to us locally than most understand. Because of our situation, it is confusing why some in our community are so vociferous against the recently passed health care legislation. El Paso stands to benefit tremendously by having so many of the currently uninsured covered by some form of health insurance. Currently, high school graduates who go on to college cannot be covered under their parents plan. They now can continue their coverage until they reach age 26. That takes care of thousands of middle class students. Many of the uninsured are those who are denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Chronic medical such as diabetes are costly. Now no one will be subject to any insurance company denying them health care insurance. Recently, a baby was born in Houston with a serious heart defect. Three days after the baby was born, the family was notified by the insurance company that the coverage for the baby was denied because of a pre-existing condition. The high cost of keeping that baby alive and healthy would be passed on to the community; or the cost would be the babies death. During the next few weeks, I will touch again on the new health care law. With the help of our congressmen, I hope to provide some information that will help you appreciate the reforms. We can either accept the new legislation and work the kinks out in a bipartisan manner in the future. Or, we settle for what was in place before. We have a choice between a healthcare policy that addresses the health of millions of Americans and a healthcare policy that addresses the economic needs of healthcare insurance companies. I hope we choose people over corporations.

Chente Quintanilla State Representative

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WEATHER 101 Ski Apache – A Great Season! By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

As the mountain snow continues to melt, skiers that hit the slopes at Ski Apache continue to reminisce about a great year. Ski Apache received 235” of snow this year. Many business owners in Ruidoso indicated that this year was head and shoulders above last year when they had only 56” and had to deal with the terrible economy, compounding the problem. Ski Apache typically gets about 180” of snow per year. The resort ended up 55” above normal! This season ranks as the best since 1998 when they had 322.” Notice the best year was 1973 when they had 360” The following data relates to the past 35 year’s and the amount of snow Ski Apache recorded. Notice the year 2006 – this was the worst season for snowfall.

Weather Trivia:

When did Ski Apache, or as it was once known, “Sierra Blanca Ski Resort,” first open?

“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

C. 1961 D. 1967 E. 1970

Answer: C – 1961. It was built and started by a wealthy oil man who then sold it to the Mescalero Indian Tribe in 1963.

A. 1949 B. 1958

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El Paso Rose Garden

A Special Place in the City

One of only 133 certified Rose Gardens in United States

By Joe Olvera ©, 2010

Who: City of El Paso Parks and Recreation What: El Paso Rose Garden When: Everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Where: El Paso Rose Garden, 1702 N. Copia St. The El Paso Rose Garden, 1702 N. Copia St. managed by the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department continues to be one of the more beautiful gathering destinations for family and friends in the city and even more so for Mother’s Day. The daily hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except for official holidays until closing on October 30 for the winter season. The Garden is available for rentals such as Wedding Ceremonies and features a waterfall, palm trees, thousands of roses and is a walking wonderland of beauty as the pictures attached will attest to. For more information call (915) 541-4331.

Earth Day & New Nuclear Reactors Continued from page 4 Environmental responsibility: Greenhouse gases are the waste from our unchecked consumption of fossil fuels. The nuclear industry has skillfully wrapped itself in a mantle of green, but it has a massive waste problem of its own. We must not swap one problem for another. Nearly 63,000 metric tons of highly radioactive nuclear fuel currently sits at “temporary” storage sites in 33 states. Plans to dispose of this waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada have been abandoned after 35 contentious years. The U.S. is now back at the starting line in finding a place that will accept this deadly garbage. Enough waste already exists to fill one Yucca Mountain. How responsible is it to talk of building new reactors that will produce tons more waste when we don’t have a place to get rid of what we’ve already got? Security: Last week, President Obama warned that the risk of nu-

clear materials falling into the hands of terrorists is on the rise. Global leaders have pledged to reduce access to those materials which, even in minute amounts, could be used to fashion a deadly bomb.

rally to the defense of their environment, Americans rose to the occasion. The last four decades have brought revolutionary changes in the healthiness of our air and water and the vitality of our natural areas.

The expansion of nuclear power, here and abroad, raises the very real threat that terrorists will see the trade, transport and storage of fissile materials as a tempting source for bomb-making. Even in the U.S., security of spent fuel is lax and experts warn it is a prime target for terrorists. Until the waste problem is permanently and safely resolved, that threat remains.

We’ve been offered a lot of false promises and greenwashing during those years, and we have acquired what Hemingway called the indispensible “crap detector.” Only the most gullible are buying what the nuclear industry is selling.

Four decades of environmental activism have produced tangible results on many fronts. The one problem we have yet to wrestle to the ground is energy. We started down a vigorous path of efficiency and renewables in the Carter Administration but the Reagan Administration crushed the effort.

The climate clock is ticking. Achieving a safe, self-reliant, prosperous future now will be more expensive and more painful than if we had simply stayed the course 30 years ago. Let’s not hop from the climate frying pan to the nuclear fire. Let’s not waste more time and money on an outdated nuclear technology that has already flunked the market test. --------------------------------------------Denis Hayes is the International Chairman of Earth Day 2010 --------------------------------------------Copyright © 2010 by American Forum. 4/10

Forty years ago, when invited to

Jonathan F. Nogueira Continued from page 2.... colleges and universities with the opportunity to implement curricula focusing on the critical IC skill sets needed to strengthen the IC workforce and effectively meet mission requirements. Meeting this need required the IC to recruit and retain the best and the brightest – those with diverse ethnic, cul-

tural, and professional backgrounds – especially first and second generation Americans to protect our citizens and lead the country into the 21st Century.” The group purports to promote general competencies in such areas as data collection, research, analysis, critical thinking, communications, management, strategy, and operations.

Mexicans in the U.S. illegally, love our nation too

Nogueira said that his ultimate goal is to enter national politics, but, first, he plans to obtain his law degree. “I’m ready to work hard. Yes, the program is very challenging, but, one must be true to one’s goal. I need to take advantage of this opportunity. It’s not actually about me, it’s more about me representing UTEP and, thereby, El

Paso. I know I can’t run for President of the United States, because I wasn’t born here. But, I can still run for national office. That’s my intent, that’s my goal. I will do everything I can to accomplish it, to make it a reality.”

You could see it in her eyes. The fear. The frustration. The confusion. She is one of millions of people who are in the United States illegally. Having lived here for years, she is afraid of what the future holds for her, her husband, and their two children – a boy, 14, and a girl, 9. The children were born here in the United States, so Mexico, to them, would be a foreign country. They barely speak Spanish. This woman, who has struggled to maintain her family in the best of all possible circumstances, understands what is happening around her. She bitterly blames President Barack Obama because, she says, he promised to fix the immigration situation so that she and her family could live without the fear that they will be deported. Even explaining that it’s not up to Obama alone to fix the problem, she is adamant about her anger. “He promised he would make it possible for us to stay here legally, without worrying about our future, but, only worrying about making the best life possible for my children,” the woman, who shall remain nameless, complained. “Why did he make that promise if he didn’t intend to keep it? He’s just like any other politician who only brags about what he’s going to do, but, never does it.” All the more bitter is this poor woman, whose struggles are never-ending. You see, she, and her family live in Phoenix, AZ – one of the worst places for people like her. In Arizona, the anger and fear against illegals is unprecedented. The entire state, it seems, is totally against illegal immigration, to the point that the state is considering a law that would allow police officers and other law enforcement personnel to check for immigration status, for immigration papers, even though this is not their job. Tired of waiting for the feds to act, Arizonans are taking the law into their own hands. Here, in Arizona, the infamous murderous Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is on a vendetta. He hates Mexicans and hates what he thinks is happening to his sun-burnt state. He declares himself a tough sheriff, who will do anything to rid his community of what he considers interlopers, vagrants, law-breakers; you name it, if it’s negative, it’s got to be Mexican. No one who isn’t here illegally can ever understand what that feels like; to be persecuted, to be hounded; to be constantly on the look-out for those green-colored jeeps, trucks, and other Border Patrol vehicles is not a pleasant existence. Yet, these unfortunates take tremendous risks because they want to work to provide for their families. They want nothing more than to be able to live in peace in what, to them, is a peaceful nation. They want to send their children to a school where they can go beyond the 9th grade, where they can attend college on scholarship, where they can reach for the highest star, and grab ahold of it. Yes, this nation affords everybody who wants it, the opportunity to excel, to live in relative peace and harmony with their neighbors. No one who isn’t here illegally can even begin to understand what living in the shadows consists of; can never understand that they’re not all here to create mayhem, but, they are here because they also love the United States. Would they be here if they didn’t love our nation? But, to Joe Arpaio and his ilk, these illegals violated the law by jumping the border and by daring to live among legal residents and citizens. Yes, you can see it in her eyes. They radiate a fear - a nervousness - about going even to the corner grocery store. Yet, at the once, her eyes radiate a hope, a never-ending wish that, someday, they too may walk among the populace; their children need never fear that their parents will be deported; they live with hope – albeit, there doesn’t seem to be too much of that. But, she is here with her family, and here she’ll stay until life improves for her and her brood, or until worse comes to worse and she and her husband are deported. “If only President Obama would help us,” she muses, “life would be much better for us and for everyone like us. Please, Mr. President, keep your promise!” Sin Fin

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What's an instant way to transform your wardrobe and your attitude? As some of our Southern mamas use to tell us: "It's time to suck in your stomach and put some color on!" "Color is an incredible fashion tool that's often taken for granted," says style expert Andy Paige, author of "Style on a Shoestring." "We are all naturally attracted to color," she says, "and it stimulates emotional, physical and even behavioral responses. Every fashion decision we make has a color connection that sends a message to others and reflects our personality." Indeed, there is a whole array of "science" behind how we interpret certain colors and wear them in our wardrobes, according to Paige. "A stunning purple blouse reflects a passionate visionary. To-die-for red shoes communicate energy, determination and charisma. "Your chocolate-brown suit tells your boss you are stable, earthy and reliable. The beautiful turquoise scarf you never wear could be telling the world you are motivated, active and dynamic, and the fantastic yellow

handbag that you were so attracted to before you opted to go with the black instead would have declared you optimistic, playful and enthusiastic." So, how do you electrify your personality and your wardrobe with color? Here are a few tips from Paige: — Deliberately use colorful pieces as your style statements. If you are a girl who is most comfortable swaddled in black (is she talking about moi?), show your adventurous side with a chartreuse handbag, bold jade earrings or a stack of colorful bangles. If you live in a gray fog and frolic in tones of stone, charcoal and slate, make your unique style statement with a fuchsia wrap, sea-green coat or cognac boots. — Pale colors rarely do anything for your skin tone; they are usually perceived as a little mousy. Saturated colors look more expensive and can elevate the look of a very inexpensive garment. Choose richer colors like peacock blue, fuchsia, pumpkin, emerald green and deep purple (one of this season's most popular colors) to send a strong, confident message. — Keep your anchor pieces dark, neutral and adornmentfree. Then use colorful tops and accessories to highlight your

Rich color can transform your spring wardrobe. From Born Purple's new collection, a printed blouse in saturated hues is pictured. Photo courtesy of Born Purple.

Sharon Mosley

upper half and de-emphasize your lower half, naturally making you look taller and leaner. This is also known as fashion color blocking — strategically using light and dark colors to minimize figure flaws and showcase the good stuff. — And what colors do most men

like to see women wear? Paige says that men prefer solid colors compared to patterns. Men are most attracted to a woman in a sugary coral tone. Red is another color many men equate with a confident woman. Women are most attracted to guys who wear blue, she notes. And if you want to avoid the color that most "repels" every one of us ... be sure to leave that "puke green" color behind on the racks! — One more tip: Use complementary colors with your tops and accessories. In this case, opposites do attract: pair cool "water" tones (blues, greens, purples and lavenders) with "warm" tones (reds, yellows, oranges and pinks). When your top is a cool tone, choose warm-toned accessories. And when your top is a warm tone, choose cool-toned accessories. Think turquoise earrings with a red top and gray pants. Or try a yellow handbag with a blue, floral print dress. Your mama will be so proud! Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. To find out more about Sharon

Mosley and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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Providence Memorial Hospital Receives Top Quality Recognition for Maternity Care Services from HealthGrades Study finds patient outcomes among nation’s best for overall Maternity Services El Paso, TX April 13, 2010 – Providence Memorial Hospital announced today that the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company recognized them among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for Maternity Care with a five-star rating and the 2009/2010 Maternity Care Excellence Award™. following: The Sixth Annual HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals study found that best-performing hospitals had 52% fewer maternal complications among women who had vaginal births compared to poor-performing hospitals and 76% fewer complications among women who had C-sections. Patient-choice C-sections had the largest difference at 84% between best- and poor-performing hospitals. “It’s an honor to be ranked among the top hospitals in the country for maternity care by an independent source such as HealthGrades,” said John Harris President of Sierra Providence Health Network. “The award represents the dedication of our staff and physicians to our patients.” Study findings include the

• If all hospitals, among the 19 states studied, performed at the level of the best-performing hospitals from 2005 through 2007, 182,129 women may have avoided developing one or more in hospital major obstetrics complications. • Best-performing hospitals had a 56% lower weightstratified neonatal mortality compared to poor-performing hospitals. • C-section rates average approximately 32% among the 19 states studied. • Quality inconsistencies are seen when comparing states; those with the lowest complication rates have almost half the complications compared with states that had the highest complication rates.

“For many women, having a baby is their first experience with hospitalization, and as this study shows, it really matters which hospital is chosen.” said Dr. Rick May, a senior physician consultant with HealthGrades and a study co-author. “But now women have a way of identifying hospitals with outstanding track records in terms of the outcomes of other new mothers. That’s a powerful tool for all women as they plan for their birth.” HealthGrades analyzed approximately 13 million hospital delivery and neonate records from 2005 through 2007 in more than 1,500 hospitals in 19 all-payer states for this study and identified 218 hospitals as being fivestar rated in maternity care. The full HealthGrades study can be found at

DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren


DEAR ABBY: I have been overly neat since I was in middle school. I am now in college and feel I have reached the breaking point because I'm such a neat freak. I love having everything neat and tidy, but I now spend less time being a 22-year-old and more time cleaning, scrubbing and organizing. I can't sleep if I know there is clutter somewhere in the apartment. I have passed up going out with friends if my apartment isn't perfect. Everything has a place and a label. It's getting tiring because I realize I haven't had any good wholesome fun in a long time. I wish I could relax and be OK with clutter like everyone else, instead of wasting my life cleaning. Any advice? -- OVERLY ORGANIZED IN TEXAS DEAR OVERLY ORGANIZED: Yes, I do. March yourself to the student health center and discuss this with a counselor there. When the compulsion to have your apartment "perfect" trumps your ability to enjoy your life, it's time to accept that you have gone from neat to obsessive. There is treatment for the problem, and once it begins you will be able to relax and let go of your anxiety. So please don't wait to get the help you need. ** DEAR ABBY: I'm a 20year-old female who has been dating my boyfriend, "Will," for three years. Our long-dis-

tance relationship was going along just fine until the topic of his 21st birthday Dear came up re- Abby cently. Will mentioned in passing that he's planning on going to a strip club with friends to celebrate this momentous birthday. Will says he just likes to look at women, that all men do and it's completely fine. He didn't seem to care how I felt about it. His mind was already made up. He wants me to be more accepting of who he is, but it turns my stomach to think of him hanging out at a strip club. Abby, is a young man in a committed relationship going to a strip club to drink and view naked women "normal"? Should I not take this so personally? Or am I right to see this as a lack of commitment to me? -- OFFENDED IN FORT COLLINS, COLO. DEAR OFFENDED: If your boyfriend had attempted to hide his plans from you, or if he was planning on frequenting strip clubs alone and often, I'd say you should feel threatened. But he was open about going out to celebrate his "momentous" birthday with his friends -- and plenty of women have been known to visit clubs with male dancers. So calm down. This has nothing to do with his "commitment" to you.

** DEAR ABBY: I am 42 years old and being married for the first time in October. My parents divorced more than 20 years ago and both remarried. My father will walk me down the aisle. Dad lost my stepmother two years ago, and is still having a hard time with it emotionally. Because of my age, I don't expect anything from my parents except their emotional support. If it's all right with my parents, do you think it would be appropriate to put on the invitations, "In lieu of gifts, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of (my stepmother's name)"? -- LOVING DAUGHTER IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS DEAR LOVING DAUGHTER: You are a sweetheart to think of it, but doing so would be a huge breach of etiquette. In fact, any mention of gifts on a wedding invitation is a no-no. The way to handle it is, when asked where you are registered for gifts, to verbally inform the questioner what your wishes are. ** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. ** COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK

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Why Wine? Uncork Your Creative Juices! Marilynn Preston

Living a healthier, happier lifestyle isn't just about the miles you run or the green beans you eat. It's about letting go of stress, relaxing with family and friends, and taking time to do the things that bring joy, passion and balance into your life. I'll drink to that. And so should you, according to a splashy new book called "Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking" (Running Press) by Michael Gelb, the author of 11 books on creativity and innovation, including the best-selling and still compelling, "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci."

"When you open a bottle of wine and share it with friends or colleagues you are expressing your connection with an ancient, vivifying cultural practice," writes Gelb. "You are linking with a tradition that has inspired many of the greatest minds in human history, including Socrates and Plato, Leonardo and Michelangelo, and Franklin and Jefferson."

with cheerful research called "Wine and Health: The Power of Positive Drinking," Gelb goes into great detail about the health benefits of moderate wine intake, going back to Homer, to Hippocrates and — who knew? — all the way back to the Jewish Talmud: "Wherever wine is lacking," the ancients revealed, (but not to my parents), "drugs become necessary."

The known health benefits of red wine could make your head swim: Moderate consumption helps prevent Alzheimer's and dementia, avoid heart disease, reduce the risk of certain cancers and decrease the incidence of type-2 diabetes. Resveratrol — a compound found in Michael's a past red wine — is the master of the mindnewest darling of body Alexander the anti-aging acTechnique, a black tivists. And the belt in aikido, a popsweet pleasure of Michael Gelb, ular and persuasive sharing a glass of organizational wine daily with sultant, and a friend friends is one of the of mine. Even if he weren't, secrets of those who live exI'd want to toast his latest ven- Yes, but what about Betty ceptionally long and healthy ture because it offers adults an Ford? Isn't wine drinking part lives, according to the Blue easy and pleasurable way to of that slippery slope to Zone researchers. access our right brains, and abuse, addiction and alcofrom that place of inventiveholism? The most responsible Wine is also a delicious way ness, empathy and intuition, answer is no. Gelb is well to deepen your everyday personal growth and creativaware that too much wine can sense of beauty, joy and celeity will emerge. be a problem, and people with bration, and that's where certain medical or emotional "Wine Drinking for Inspired His tool of transformation? Thinking" really pops. Gelb issues certainly need to stay Good has spent a good 30 years — a very good 30 years — helping people discover a multisensory, right brain approach to experiencing wine, so that drinking with purpose has a purpose: It makes you a happier, more creative, more grateful human being. And after two glasses, Gelb insists, it makes you a poet.

“If this wine were a style of music, what would it be? If this wine were a painting, who would be the artist?” —

wine. The best you can afford. In moderation. Sniffed deeply, sipped slowly, savored mindfully.

away. But for most of us, a glass or two of wine is a wise and healthy choice. In a chapter that sparkles

"The appreciation of fine wine is a passport to the present moment," writes Gelb, who delights in helping his business clients and fearless readers get there, step-bystep, sip-by-sip, poem-bypoem. His book is filled with very practical advice about

tasting wines, finding bargains and great food-andwine pairings. What do you do when you're handed the cork? How do you build a wine cellar? Why does dry wine with sweet food taste like battery acid? But beyond his tips, Gelb keeps coming back to the transformative power of wine, the opportunity wine drinking gives us to relax the brain and inspire the muse. And that's the part that in-

spires me. The world is filled with suffering. Many of us are joylessly locked into logical, organized, analytical leftbrain thinking. It's important to our survival, but tapping into our under explored rightbrain helps us thrive. The trick is to find a balance, and if a really good glass of something red and robust can lead the way, I say, pour it on.

Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, personal trainer and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to



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Nose Running? Eyes Burning? Fear Not the Neti Pot Marilynn Preston One of my bravest New Year's resolutions this year was to learn to use the neti pot. A dozen people in my yoga class swore it was a sensational way to head off allergies, especially this time of year, but I confess, I had fears. I thought I'd lift the little pitcher to my nose, tilt my head to the side, pour warm, slightly salted water into one nostril ... and before it poured out the other, I would gag, choke and drown. But no. Fear not. I am tickled with the results. The sinus passages really are all connected, and once I relaxed my brain and got my head tilt just-so, in I poured and out the water flowed, carrying all sorts of pink, yellow and basic black nasal gunk with it. I don't mean to gross you out. If I did, I'd tell you about another ancient method of nasal cleansing that involves a long thread and a man in a turban, but let's stick to the neti pot for now. The simple healthy lifestyle truth is: It's extremely beneficial to wash away your nasal gunk on a daily basis. Indian doctors have known this for ages, and in the last 30 years or so, many U.S.-trained doctors have caught on. If you were to pick apart your mucus — interesting, but not required — you'd find all sorts of irritating agents inside: pollen, dust, pollutants, bits of engine parts, flecks of cheap water bottles and other forms of toxic ickiness that are better off outside of you than inside. And that's what the ancient Ayurvedic practice of nasal washing is all about. It flushes that irritating stuff away, using gravity and common sense instead of costly

steroids, sprays and pills. Nasal washing has proven to be a safe, effective alternative method for easing and possibly ending all sorts of sinus problems and allergies. What? Your doctor never mentioned using a neti pot? Get a smarter, more savvy doctor. Integrative medicine is nothing to sneeze at. The neti pot — neti is Sanskrit for "nasal cleansing" — has turned into one of the superstars of self-care. You can find plastic versions in drug stores everywhere these days, and neti pot use will only grow as U.S. health care reform kicks in and prevention practices accelerate. While simple nasal washing may not work for everyone

— what does? — it's safe to try and inexpensive to continue, and it has none of the nasty side effects of some of the Big Pharma remedies famous for substituting one set of symptoms for another. I remember my first Sudafed. I thought my head was going to explode. Then it did. Could nasal washing help calm your allergies and prevent your chronic, costly sinus problems? The Internet is filled with testimonials from former sufferers who say yes, yes and yes. "It's a lifesaver!" KateMae posted on just moments ago. "With consistent use, the results can be dramatic!" says neti pot specialist Dr. Carrie Demers. The neti pot is working for millions, including the editor of this column, who is sleeping better, breathing easier and converting his allergic

friends to neti potting as fast as he can. You won't know if you'll be helped until you try. But before you do, know this: It's best not to wing it with the neti pot. It's a skill you can learn in less than a minute, but if you don't know what you're doing, it won't be fun or effective. My neti pot — a shapely white ceramic model trademarked and sold by the Himalayan Institute — came with a very clear set of instructions, and I followed them precisely. It's 8 ounces of warm water to a quarterteaspoon of pure, non-iodized salt — sea salt, not table salt — mixed well in warm water. Breathe through your mouth. Expect a sensation. To learn more, especially about that all important headtilt, go to and watch the Himalayan Institute's excellent 2-and-a-half minute instructional video. It features an attractive woman dressed all in pink with a beehive hair-do from the '60s — but ignore all that and follow her directions to the tee, and you'll be blissfully flushing out that nasal gunk in no time at all. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! ALWAYS GOOD TO LET NATURE RUN ITS COURSE "If it weren't for the neti pot, I'd be dead." — L.L., bad allergies, does yoga next to me. Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, personal trainer and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to COPYRIGHT 2010 ENERGY EXPRESS, LTD.

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Sustainable Living Shawn Dell Joyce "May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life." — United Nations SecretaryGeneral U Thant, 1971

Earth Day

April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, came on the heels of the Vietnam peace movement. This was a volatile era of monumental social change fueled by sit-ins and teach-ins, demonstrations, rallies and a changing political consciousness. Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson modeled the first U.S. Earth Day as an environmen-

tal "teach-in." Over two thousand colleges and universities, roughly 10,000 primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States participated.

It was also the first time we saw the famous picture of the Earth from the moon taken by the Apollo astronauts. It was then that many of us first saw

Buzz Aldrin took this photo of the Earth from the moon, which coincided with the first Earth Day in 1970. the Earth in its entirety, and likened it as Secretary General U Thant did to a spaceship. Or even more eloquently by astronomer Carl Sagan, who remarked: "... every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived (here) — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves." Earth Day "brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform," noted Nelson. Legendary singer activist Pete Seeger performed and was the keynote speaker at the Washington, D.C., event. Ali McGraw and Paul Newman attended the New York City event. Nelson gave credit to the first Earth Day for persuading U.S. politicians to pass important environmental legislation.

Many important laws were passed by the Congress in the wake of the 1970 Earth Day, including amendments to the Clean Air Act, and laws to protect drinking water, wild lands and the ocean. Many of these laws are being attacked right now in Congress. "Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level," Nelson said. "That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself. Earth Day has become the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated in 175 countries by more than 5 million people. Earth Day is a day for visioning how we humans want to interact with our mother planet. Imagine what our world would look like if all of us 5 million people put our minds together: — Grocery shopping would be weekly trips to local farms to meet the people face-toface who feed us. — Buildings would be energy efficient, and some even produce their own electricity. Perhaps whole neighborhoods produce their own electricity and food, and share a "cul de sac community garden and wind turbine."

— Cars are traded in for bicycles, as public transportation improves, and downtowns become more vibrant and walkable. — Farmers plant wind turbines in farm fields for a second harvest of renewable energy. — Recycling becomes a way of life, as public receptacles appear on street corners and in schools. — Asthma becomes a disease of the past, as air quality improves and buildings are made from materials that don't pollute. — Local economies thrive, as "green collar" jobs create opportunities for native sons and daughters to find lucrative careers and affordable homes in their own hometowns. Shawn Dell Joyce is an award-winning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at m. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Dr. James Dobson

A TOUGH CHILDHOOD CAN LEAD TO SUCCESS LATER IN LIFE QUESTION: Do childhood traumas inevitably twist and warp a person in the adult years? DR. DOBSON: No. It is well known that difficult childhoods leave some people wounded and disadvantaged, but for others, they fuel great achievement and success. The difference appears to be a function of individual temperaments and resourcefulness. In a classic study called "Cradles of Eminence," Victor and Mildred Goertzel investigated the home backgrounds of three hundred highly successful people. The researchers sought to identify the early experiences that may have contributed to remarkable achievement. All of the subjects were well known for their accomplishments; they included Einstein, Freud, Churchill and many others.The backgrounds of these people proved very interesting. Threefourths of them came from troubled childhoods, enduring poverty, broken homes or parental abuse. One-fourth had physical handicaps. Most of those who became writers and playwrights had watched their own parents embroiled in psychological dramas of one sort or

another. The researchers concluded that the need to compensate for disadvantages was a major factor in the drive toward personal achievement. One of the best illustrations of this phenomenon is seen in the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, a former first lady. Being orphaned at ten, she underwent a childhood of utter anguish. She was very homely and never felt she really belonged to anybody. According to Victor Wilson, Newhouse News Service, "She was a rather humorless introvert, a young woman unbelievably shy, unable to overcome her personal insecurity and with a conviction of her own inadequacy." The world knows, however, that Mrs. Roosevelt rose above her emotional shackles. As Wilson said,"...From some inner wellspring, Mrs. Roosevelt summoned a tough, unyielding courage, tempered by remarkable self-control and self-discipline..." That "inner wellspring" has another appropriate name: compensation! Obviously, one's attitude toward a handicap determines its impact on one's life. It has become popular to blame adverse circumstances for irresponsible behavior (e.g.,

poverty causes crime, broken homes produce juvenile delinquents, a sick society imposes drug addiction on its youth). There is some truth in this assumption, since people in those difficult circumstances are more likely to behave in destructive ways. But they are not forced to do so. To say that adverse conditions cause irresponsible behavior is to remove all responsibility from the shoulders of the individual. The excuse is hollow. We must each decide what we will do with inner doubt and outer hardship. The application to an individual family should be obvious. If a child has gone through a traumatic experience or is physically disadvantaged, his or her parents need not give up hope. They should identify his or her strengths and natural abilities, which can be used to overcome the hurdle. The problem that seems so formidable today may become the inspiration for greatness tomorrow. ** Dr. Dobson is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 (


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Pets Go Green, Again Easy Earth-friendly tips for animal lovers By Dr. Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori Universal Uclick


oes a renewed interest in “green” products mean the economy’s improving? We’re not sure, but we’re still delighted to see retailers and pet owners again trying to reduce the “carbon pawprint” of pets. Recently, the national chain Petco put on an event at its more than 1,000 stores to promote products that are more eco-friendly — an event in which the PetConnection team was involved. But, of course, it’s possible to do a lot with what you have by making a few good decisions. Here are a few tips: • Go for green products. When looking to buy pet-care items, look for items made from recycled materials (such as toys made from recycled water bottles or cat litter made from recycled newspaper) or from renewable materials (such as collars made from hemp or litter made from wheat, corn or even green tea leaves). Also consider switching to a pet

food that’s made locally from sustainable or organic ingredients, a move that cuts down on the “food miles” (fuel used to move merchandise) and the waste issued from concentrated animal feeding operations. • Meat protein is a must for carnivores — especially cats — but if you’d like a pet who can go completely green when it comes to food, adopt a bunny. They thrive on veggies, and will love your kitchen trimmings. (Not to mention, rabbit waste is great for supercharging the compost pile!) • A few of the pet-product companies that have made an effort to “go green” include West Paw, Planet Dog, Castor and Pollux, and Earthbath — and the number is growing every day. • Pay attention to packaging. Pet food, pet toys, pet supplies, pet cleaning and grooming aids, pet medications — pretty much all of these have one serious environmental problem: packaging. Look for alternatives, such as bulk buying that reduces throwaway containers, and use products that come in recycled and recyclable packaging.

• Toss with caution. Always dispose of drugs, pesticides, shampoos, chemicals and the containers they come in safely. Flea-control products, as well as many pet shampoos and dips, need to be disposed of carefully as well, according to federal, state and local guidelines. (As for those flea-andtick products, don’t overdo it, and follow directions carefully.) • Handle the “do” responsibly. Biodegradable poop bags are a must, otherwise the poop you pick up will still be in the landfill decades from now. As for scooping the yard, consider a “pet septic system” like the widely available Doggie Dooley or the new Doggie Doo Drain ($45; The latter fits onto your sewer clean-out and sends the mess to the treatment plant. Keeping cats from roaming keeps their waste in a litter box, where you can dispose of it properly. Usually, that will mean bagging and putting it in the trash. (Check with your local municipal authority for guidance.) • Take a hike, or a bike. If you’ve gotten in the habit of

An easy way to create and enjoy a cleaner environment: Walk with your dog for exercise. It’s good for you both. driving to the dog park, consider that six legs in motion — yours and your dog’s — is good for you both. Put your walking shoes on, snap the leash to your dog’s collar and get your exercise in your own neighborhood. Walking (or jogging) is great, and if you want to add two wheels to the mix, look for accessories that allow you to safe-

ly take your dog biking with you. Be careful though: Exercise in the cool morning only, and don’t let your dog overheat. • Don’t litter — and do adopt. Remember to consider adoption when it comes to choosing a pet. Great pets can be found at any shelter, and don’t forget to check out rescue

groups as well — can be a great resource for looking. And do make sure your own pet isn’t accidentally “littering.” Fences, leashes and neutering can all prevent “oops” litters. These tips should give you a start on a greener life for you and your pet.


Exercise helps get sleeping pets to settle

For many people, a good night’s sleep is hard to come by, for reasons as varied as stress, caffeinated beverages, snoring spouses and one that recently took researchers at the Mayo Sleep Clinic by surprise: pets. More than half of the people coming to the famous Rochester, Minn., medical center for help sleeping reported sharing their bedrooms — and

often their beds — with their pets. The physicians started recommending tossing the pets out, but pet lovers don’t usually like doing so. Top veterinarians say there are other options. Their advice can be summed up succinctly: Keep your pets clean, keep them lean and get them on your sleep cycle. With help from your pets’ veterinarian, chances are you’ll soon be en-

joying sleep instead of counting sheep. Getting pets on the same sleep cycle can actually be fun, says Dr. Gary Landsberg, a veterinary behaviorist in Thornhill, Ontario. When a pet sleeps all day, it’s no surprise the animal may want to play all night. Dr. Landsberg says exercising pets, both physically and mentally, will help them to settle down when you do.

Dr. Landsberg says pet owners can enjoy keeping their pets active. That means shared physical activity — play, in other words — but it also should include keeping cats and dogs busy when you’re not home. “That can be as simple as giving pets their meals out of feeding toys,” he says. “You want something that will give them food rewards as they

Getting a pet on the same sleep cycle can help everyone get a good night’s sleep.

chew on it, or roll a ball and food falls out. These can keep their brains and bodies quite occupied.” And when they nudge you in the night? Dr. Landsberg says if their medical, physical and

mental needs have been addressed, you should ignore them, so pets don’t get the idea that you’ll play with them whenever they want. — Dr. Marty Becker

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George Varga Jazz, classical and rock don't intersect for Brad Mehldau so much as they co-exist as happy equals that provide him with endless inspiration and sustenance. Justly hailed as one of the greatest jazz pianists of his generation, he reaches across idioms whenever the spirit moves him. "Anything that I love musically, I listen to obsessively. For pleasure, spiritual fulfillment and edification. In that order," said Mehldau, who is embarked on a North American duo tour with top saxophonist Joshua Redman that runs through late May. Make that listen to and perform, since his impressively varied resume includes intriguing collaborations with such renowned opera singers as Renee Fleming and Anne Sophie von Otter. In 2007, he was accompanied by the Orchestre National d'Ile de France for the world premiere of his whimsically titled piano concerto "The Brady Bunch Variations." More recently, Mehldau, 39, was named to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall, where he will succeed such contemporary classical icons as Elliott Carter and John Adams. In jazz, Mehldau's collaborators have included Wayne Shorter and Charlie Haden. Among his many recording credits are the soundtrack to the 2000 Wim Wenders' film "The Million Dollar Hotel" and album dates with Willie Nelson, frequent U2 collaborator Daniel Lanois and Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland. The Florida-born pianist is as comfortable reinventing songs by Radiohead, Nirvana, Nick Drake, Soundgarden and The Beatles as he is at transforming jazz standards into something fresh and riding his own, finely crafted compositions to new improvisational heights. So, while some may still regard jazz and classical as aesthetic opposites — never mind rock — the question of these idioms being at odds with each other is one Mehldau politely dismisses. "I don't know anyone who only listens to one kind of music, so I can't relate," he said in an email exchange from Holland, where he was nearing the end of a European tour and lives part of the year with his Dutch wife and their two children. "I think — not to belittle the question — (it) becomes more and more moot. I don't know how to address it because I don't make a division in the first place." Perhaps the best example of his catholic tastes is contained on his ambitious new double-album, "Highway Rider" (Nonesuch). It teams him and his excellent drummer and bassist, Jeff Ballard and Larry Grenadier, respectively, with saxophonist Joshua Redman (in whose jazz quartet Mehldau rose to prominence in the 1990s) and a chamber orchestra conducted live in the studio by Dan Coleman. Seven of the 15 compositions also feature drummer Matt Chamberlain, who has recorded with Fiona Apple, Keith Urban and Liz Phair. The producer of "Highway Rider" is Jon Brion, whose past clients range from Kanye West and David Byrne to The Crystal Method and Tom Petty. Brion and Mehldau previously teamed on the pianist's 2002 album, "Largo," which proved highly influential in many music circles with its striking blend of jazz, psychedelia, classical, funk, heavy metal and touches of Indonesian gamelan.

Brad Mehldau, one of the greatest jazz pianists of his generation, has recently released a new double-album called "Highway Rider." Photo courtesy of Augusta Quirk.

But "Largo" was very much a studio creation, in which Mehldau's sterling piano work was often electronically filtered and manipulated, sometimes underpinned by insistent beats rarely heard on non-rock recordings. Conversely, "Highway Rider" was designed to leave as much as possible to chance, so much so that the chamber orchestra and the core jazz instrumentalists didn't meet or perform together until recording was under way. Continues on page 19

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Oceans 04/22/2010 Rated: G Genre: Documentary Nearly three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water and 'Oceans' boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind -- exploring the harsh reality and the amazing creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, 'Oceans' offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful motion picture. Starring: Pierce Brosnan

Death at a Funeral 04/16/10 A day in the life of an American family who come together to put a beloved husband and father to rest. As mourners gather at the family home, shocking revelations, festering resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse unleash lethal mayhem. Starring: Chris Rock,Regina Hall,Loretta Devine,Ron Glass,Danny Glover

Living amidst the gritty poverty of 1957 Monterrey, Mexico, a rag-tag group of boys from the other side of the tracks discovers the joy of sandlot baseball under the guidance of Cesar, an aspiring major league coach thwarted by discrimination. Armed with the dream of playing a real Little League game, the young team members defy a total lack of resources, disapproving parents, and widespread prejudice to score their first Little League victory on U.S. soil and find themselves at the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Relying on their religious faith, a warmhearted priest and their love of the game, the nine players and their coach embark on an incredible, record-breaking winning streak that leads them across the border to southern Texas, and all the way to the 1957 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., where a miracle will cement their place in history and change their lives forever. Based on the true story of the 1957 Monterrey Industrials Little League team, 'The Perfect Game' is an inspiring and heartwarming tale of faith and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds. Starring: Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Emilie de Ravin, Lou Gossett Jr., Bruce McGill

Date Night 04/09/10 Rated PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference Claire and Phil Foster are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their "date nights" of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster and a crazed cabbie as their date becomes a night they'll never forget. Starring: Steve Carrel,Tina Fey,Mila Kunis,James Franco,Mark Wahlberg,Kristen Wiig

Coming Soon A Nightmare on Elm Street 04/30/10 A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another, but when they sleep, there is no escape.

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Mehldau Crosses

2200 N. Yarbrough

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Continued from page 17 The inviting music that results contains elements of jazz, classical and other styles, but is not bound by any of them. It is less a hybrid than an organic blend that mixes familiar elements in unfamiliar ways. The combination of jazz spontaneity and classical precision, and their periodic inversion, did not come quickly to Mehldau, who as a boy held Vladimir Horowitz and Oscar Peterson in equal esteem. "I guess the short answer would be (it took) almost 40 years of life and listening and study, and absorbing and everything gestating inside of me," he said. "Eventually, everything melds together and comes out. That's not to say it wasn't a lot of work; I worked on writing the music for 'Highway Rider' for more than a year. I'm quite proud of it because I feel like I did something I haven't done before. But I also feel like it is the culmination of everything I've absorbed for a long time. That's very satisfying." So is the manner in which Mehldau extends the dynamic, emotional and textural range of his chosen instrument.

"I don't even think of Brad as a pianist, because he plays in such an orchestral way," said guitarist Pat Metheny, one of Mehldau's longtime fans and periodic collaborators. "He's really got one of the most developed and advanced harmonic and rhythmic dialects in improvisation of the last 30 or 40 years. He's magnificently loquacious as a player." In any setting, improvisation is at the heart of Mehldau's music. But being able to fully realize his musical ideas on the spur of the moment is as much a matter of constant preconcert preparation as it is sudden inspiration, especially at his solo piano concerts. "I usually realize if there is a formal coherence to what I'm doing in the moment," he said. "The funny thing about structure and improvisation (is): You would think that the specifically formal success of a given performance would rest on something conscious and intellectual, something planned or thought out. But really, when the music is formally coherent, it is simply a matter of inspiration. All the work — all the learning and analysis, all the practice, all the study — all of that takes place offstage." The ability to create thematic

variations and invent new songs within existing songs are constants in jazz. Before the 20th century, the ability to improvise was also a part of classical music, albeit to a lesser extent. "Did (previous classical) musicians know how to improvise? I don't know. I wasn't there," Mehldau said. "We hear anecdotal stuff about how some of the great composers were able to, but they were the great ones, after all. Actually, what I'm seeing in the last decade or so is an increasing number of classical musicians who can improvise. "The thing about improvisation is that it's not just some spontaneous, off-the-cuff inspiration. You have to have a language to draw from, and the only way that happens is if you study music deeply. But a great improviser has a different kind of talent. He or she can take what he or she has been studying and absorbing — whatever genre it might be — and then express outwardly again in a way that is illuminating and different, not a mere regurgitation. Great improvisation in that sense is the exception and not the rule." COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from April 23rd thru April 29th. 2010 If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to:


La Tierra Cafe — 1731 Montana. Danzas Españolas perform Saturday, April 24. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner served at 6:45 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Cost is $32 for dinner and show. Seating limited; reservations required. Information: 533-8890. ‘The Murder Room’

– El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the comic British whodunit by Jack Sharkey April 23-May 15. Directed by Fred Keyser. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students). Information: 532-1317,

‘The Subject Was Roses’ — El Paso Commu-

nity College Theatre Ensem ble presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama by Frank D. Gilroy at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, in the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre. Directed by Cornelia Patterson. Proceeds from ticket prices benefit theatre scholarships. Admission: $10 general admission; $5 students/military/seniors. Ages 7 and older welcome. Information: 831-3272, 8312228 or Young Timmy Cleary returns from World War II to find himself confronted with yet another battlefront — the resurfacing wounds within his own family. ‘

Big Band on the Rio Grande — Ladies of the

Oriental Shrine El Minya Court #46 presents a “Night of Dancing” with the 17-piece band 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama, with dancing, snacks, desserts, beer and wine. Learn ballroom dances including waltz, cha cha, rumba, polka and more. Admission: $10 ($15 with dance lessons; $5 ages 12 and younger). Information: 562-1444 or 204-9965.

Boy Scout Expo — The Yucca Council’s Boy Scouts Expo 2010 is 10 a.m. to 4

p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Cohen Stadium. The Boy Scouts will celebrate their 100th anniversary at this year’s event. The expo includes sky divers, archery, games, crafts, scout exhibits, military vehicles, climbing walls, remote control cars, trucks and planes, Pinewood Derby racers, carnival rides, various exhibits and more. Over 200 displays. Admission is $2 (free if in Scout uniform). Free parking. Information 772-2292 or

Health and Safety Fair — Northgate Optimist,

4201 Skyline, will host its health and safety fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Participants include United Blood Services, Red Cross, Hospice of El Paso, Child Crisis Center, Love of Life, Pro Action, Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Western Tech College, Police Department, Border Patrol, Lions for Vision, Fire Department, EMS and Curves. Also featured are demonstrations on bike and car seat safety and children’s finger printing. Information: 755-2606.


Enrique Bunbury —

One of Spain’s most respected rock singers presents his “Las Consecuencias, Bunbury, U.S.A Tour, 2010” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at El Paso County Coliseum. The tour features some of his most well-known songs from his “Heros del Silencio” and other solo albums. Tickets: $40 and $50, plus service charges. Information: 5339899.

‘Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros’ —

The 14th annual children’s day/book day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Washington Park, next to the El Paso Zoo. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or

‘Party for the Planet’

— El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host special Earth Day exhibits and activities 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Several

informational booths will be set up to learn all about recycling, how habitats are disappearing and what people can do to make a difference to save the planet. Zoo admission: $10 ($7.50 active duty military and spouse with ID and ages 60 and older; $6 for ages 3-12; free for zoological society members and ages 2 and younger). Information: 521-1850 or

EASTSIDE El Paso Artists Studio Tour — El Paso artists are sought for the 3rd annual tour Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 throughout the Eastside, Mission Valley, Northeast and Downtown (south of I-10). Information: 833-0636 or

‘Hat Man Production’ — The play, involving

themes of recovery and redemption, is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, at Vista Del Sol Baptist Church, 11501 Vista Del Sol. Admission is free. Information: 4331926. “Hat Man” incorporates original songs and technology as it presents a central plot and several subplots through short vignettes in 24 different scens, with a large cast of over 30 actors, including singing angels and demons.

Run/Walk For Respect — Arc del Paso will

host its 6th annual 1-mile Mini-Walk, and 5K run at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Ponder Park, 7500 WH Burges. Mini-walk begins at 8:15 a.m. The event raises awareness of people with mental and developmental disabilities. Registration: $20. Race day registration: $25. Information: Sylvia. 494-7492 or Pete 479-1902. On-line registration at Packet pick-up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205.


FloraFest 2010 — The UTEP Centennial Museum’s annual native plant sale is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday

and Sunday, April 24-25, at the museum, Wiggins and University. Nursery-grown native trees, shrubs, flowering perennials and other plants will be sold. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Admission is free. Information: 747-8994, 747-5565 or

‘La Cage Aux Folles’

– The award-winning musical version of the comic collision of gay and straight worlds is April 9-May 16 at UTEP Dinner Theatre. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25; non-dinner matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 9 and 16. Tickets $26-$38 dinner shows; $12-22 nondinner matinee. Information: 747-6060. A gay nightclub manager and his drag queen partner pretend to be a straight couple when the manager’s son brings home his fiancée and her ultra-conservative parents. Written by Harvey Fierstein with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman.

Of Mice and Men’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents the John Steinbeck tale April 23-May 2, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre, 2nd floor of Fox Fine Arts Center. Directed by Joel Murray. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12 ($10 non-UTEP students, UTEP faculty, staff and alumni, seniors, military, alumni and groups of 10 or more; $9 UTEP students). All seats general admission. Information: 747-5118 or Clinging to each other in a brutal, lonely world, the fiery and desperate George and the simpleminded and terribly strong Lennie struggle for the American dream in a touching, funny and heartbreaking tale. Alfresco! Fridays — The weekly outdoor concert series begins early this year to welcome the U.S. Bowling Congress Women Championships. The free outdoor concerts begin at 5:30 p.m.

Fridays April 2 through Sept. 10 at Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). The concerts highlight some of El Paso’s most talented musicians in a variety of genres. Presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0689, 541-4481, or • April 23: Radio La Chusma (Latin Reggae)

Spring Ballet Concert — El Paso Conserva-

tory of Dance presents its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. The concert features performances by students from pre-ballet through advanced including excerpts from the ballet “Paquita,” performed by members of El Paso Youth Ballet and choreographed by distinguished guest artist Erick Campos. Tickets: $5. Information: Marta Katz, 252-5601.

EPSYO Season Finale Concert — El Paso

Symphony Youth Orchestras’ season finale is Sunday, April 25, at the Plaza Theatre. Ticket information: 525-8978 or Loeb, EPSYOs founder, is stepping down to pursue other professional opportunities.

2010 Young Musicians Competitions —

El Paso Summer Music Festival will host the first of the Young Musicians Competitions in the El Paso Border Region. This event follows the successful 2009 Summer Season and the live-taping of NPR’s radio show “From the Top.” Competition recital is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at University Presbyterian Church at 244 N. Resler. Recitals are open to the public. Tickets: $10 ($5 students). Information: 449-0619 or


Ruidoso Kite Festival — The Ruidoso Parks

and Recreation Department and We Cree8 hosts the 3rd

annual family kite flying event is April 23-25, at corner of Hull and White Mountain, near Kidz Connection Park. Participants may bring their own kites or purchase one at the event. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. Donations welcome. Information: (575) 257-5575 or

Project in Motion: Wing Walkers — The

aerial dance troupe performs at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24-25, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Tickets are $25. Information: (575) 523-6403, (575) 5230807 or Instead of a trapeze, the Wing Walkers use strips of fabric to present balletic mid-air dance that delves into imagined spaces. This year’s concert consists of five aerial dances involving various flying apparatus and three terrestrial dances, both new and old. Highlights include collaborations with local videographer Robert Yee and guest choreographers Billy Blanken and Dierdre Morris. Information:

British Car Days Show — The British Motor-

car Club of Southern New Mexico’s 18th annual car show is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. Several British cars will be on display, including Mini Coopers, MGs, Jaguars and Morgans. Admission is free to spectators. Information: (575) 526-2318. Other club events are scheduled Friday through Sunday, April 23-25. Registration information: George Duckworth, (575) 526-2318 or

‘Requiem’ — New Mexico State University Choirs, conducted by Dr. Jerry Ann Alt, present Giuseppe Verdi’s choral masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23-24, in NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Alt has assembled a nearly 100-voice.. Continues on page 22

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SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS APRIL 23, 2010 PAGE 22 Continued from page 20... ‘Requiem’...chorus combining two student choirs and a community/student choir. Invited soloists include two Las Cruces natives now based in New York: Alex Richardson, tenor, and Jessica Medoff Bunchman, soprano. Also performing are NMSU graduate Juline Barol-Gilmore, mezzo-soprano, and Dr. Serdar Ilbans, bass. Orchestra is directed by Dr. Stephanie Meyers of El Paso. Tickets: $15, $20 and $5 for students (age 7 and older welcome); available at Pan Am Center Ticket Office (575) 646-1420. Information: (575) 646-2067 or

Rio Grande Theatre

ACROSS 1 U.S. law officer 5 Victim 9 Farmers’ concern 14 Commotion 15 Rant’s companion 16 Pause 17 Start of verse 19 Wonderland girl 20 Gold and silver 21 Set a market value 22 Silkworm 23 Contradict 25 Completion of 17 Across 32 Standstills 33 Actor McDowall 34 Boston-to-Bangor dir. 35 Ancient Olympic Games site 36 Stings 37 On one’s toes 38 Producer Ziegfeld 39 Author of books for boys 40 Struck 41 Start of line two 44 Surface depressions 45 Ingest 46 Add a supplement 49 Male relative 52 Trojan saga 53 Completion of 41 Across 56 “Divine Comedy” author 57 Prescribed medicine 58 Sp. miss 59 Paid 60 Clerical title 61 Lug

DOWN 1 Superlative suffix 2 Minute particle 3 Met soprano Stevens 4 Public demonstrations

5 Secondary sports event 6 Shouts of approval 7 Night before 8 Affirmative response 9 Explain 10 One kind of pitcher 11 Ear-related 12 Dark purplish brown 13 Hastened 18 Shelley and McCarthy 21 Trudges 23 Baby-shower articles 24 Seniors 25 Robbery 26 Exultant shout 27 “The Wasteland” poet 28 Luminous 29 Insect prefix 30 Santa ___ 31 Put back in the corral 36 Intermingle 37 Violet gemstone 39 Corrected 40 Configuration 42 Think 43 Giggle 46 Verdi opus 47 Blueprint 48 Measure of capacity 49 Amtrak overseer: abbr. 50 Architect Saarinen 51 Electrical unit 53 Harem room 54 Watch chain 55 Scottish explorer

— The renovated historic theater is at 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403, (575) 523-0807 or • ‘A Day of Dance’— Branigan Cultural Center will celebrate the 2009 international day of dance 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24.

Community Earth Day Fair — The 16th an-

nual event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Alameda Park Zoo, 1021 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, with hundreds of exhibits. Admission is free. Information: (575) 4346296.

Tyrone Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering — The 3rd annual

poetry festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Tyrone Community Center in the former mining town of Tyrone, N.M., north of Silver City on NM 90. Admission is free. Information: Diane Kennedy (575) 534-0741, Tyrone Community Center, (575) 388-1543 or

WNMU Great Race

— the 43rd annual race is Saturday, April 24, on the Western New Mexico University campus’s Old James Stadium, in Silver City. The competition features teams pushing their cars with one team member in the driver’s seat of specially-made race cars around the hills of campus with pit stops and a water hazard. (575) 538-6675 or Race registration Thursday and Friday in WNMU’s Hunter Hall.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts —

Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Free public guided tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (except show dates). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or • The Legendary Drifters — 8 p.m. April 24. The 1950s doo-wop and R&B group of lore perform their timeless hits like “There Goes My Baby,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “Up On The Roof,” “On Broadway,” “This Magic Moment” and “Please Stay.” Tickets: $56-$59.

Las Cruces Flute Orchestra — The Or-

chestra performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10. Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223.

‘Big, Bad Mouse’ –

The Las Cruces Community Theatre, in the city’s Downtown Mall, presents the Phillip King and Falkland Cary comedy April 9-25. Information: (575) 523-1200 or

‘The Inspector General’ – American South-

west Theatre Company closes its season with the Russian comedy classic by Nikolai Gogol April 16-May 2 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre. Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Preview night is 7 p.m. April 15. Tickets: $15 ($10 preview night). Information: 1800-525-ASTC (2782).

‘Vanities’ — No Strings

Theatre Company presents Jack Heifner’s play, directed by Jim Eckman, April 16May 2, in the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 and May 2, and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors over 65; $7 all seats on Thursday). Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223. “Vanities” is the story of the lives of three former Texas cheerleaders who reunite briefly in New York and find their lives have diverged greatly from their early friendship.

Saturn is associated with the Greek god Cronus, and the planet Uranus is named for the father of Cronus. This violent father-son relationship was legendary for its complications. But what followed the worst of their godly domestic troubles was a Golden Age of harmony. This week, an opposition between Saturn and Uranus will challenge us to rise above the unrest of our forefathers and lay a foundation for peace. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You know someone who talks about himself or herself incessantly. The behavior is repellent, which is why this person has a very small audience. Your compassion will keep you listening for quite a bit longer than most people would. You'll learn something of value and will use the information to your advantage. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll be reminded again who really controls your life — it's you, of course. A certain overbearing person may seem to have an undue influence; however, it's only because you let it happen sometimes. Ultimately, you do best when you remember that you are your own person and you are in total control.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The past has passed — and this is no time to be nostalgic. That only zaps your energy, and you need your energy now to make powerful new goals. If you walk backward, you'll see where you've been, but you'll lose all of the lovely anticipation and excitement that comes from getting closer to your destination. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Silver linings are not just for clouds. The magical gilding can be found in a job you disdain, a person who makes you uncomfortable or a commitment that's not all it was cracked up to be. Look for the glint of valuable and precious metal in everything you do this week, and you will be extremely lucky. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Energetic changes will physically invigorate you. Imagine that you can see the energy in the room you are in. Send the used up, tired and polluted energy swirling out the door, and imagine the room being filled with clear, bright energy. You don't even have to believe in this concept for it to work magic in your life. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You are accustomed to playing certain relationship roles — often that of a caretaker, nurturer, assistant and confidante. Remember that ultimately you are in charge of the role assignments in your life and can change it up whenever you feel like it. All you have to do is decide who you want to be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Although the word "sapphire" means blue, the stone comes in many colors — pink, orange, purple and all of the above in one rock. Like this hard gem, you will move outside your standard definition this week and accomplish something brilliant, beautiful and unexpected that grabs the attention of admirers. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You need self-discipline in order to achieve your goals. It's not a magic ingredient that some people possess and others do not. It's a skill to be learned. This week's events will fill in some missing information. When you know precisely what you need to do and why, you will have the discipline to do it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). This is a week to stay relaxed and flexible. When you feel yourself getting tense, take the broad view. Instead of focusing on the details of life, think about the general shape your days are taking — the silhouette of your life and times. Things will go well as long as you stay upbeat and project this feeling. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Drop the self-help books for a week. Consider that there may actually be nothing about you that needs changing. Try on an all-inclusive attitude toward yourself. What you think of as negative may be your greatest asset. Maximize your so-called faults instead of hiding them. You'll be strangely liberated. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're susceptible to flattery and will get plenty of it this week. Praise will go to your head. You could get an overblown feeling of your own importance — like you're the one who invented music and colors. And this heady egoism will work in your favor, increasing your power and magnetism. Go with it while it lasts. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're highly creative and also open to influence. You'll be doing the rough work — sketching out the plans in loose and messy lines. This process is exciting, and others will want to get involved. However, there are some ideas you should protect and keep to yourself until you've figured out the main points.

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Wednesday's Sloppy Chicken Pizza Joes. Photo courtesy of Wiley Publishing.

SUNDAY (Family) -- Use

this simple marinade for GRILLED FLANK STEAK. In a resealable plastic bag, combine 1/2 cup dry red wine, 2 teaspoons reducedsodium soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme. Add 1 (1 1/4- to 1 1/2-pound) flank steak to bag, turn to coat and marinate overnight. Remove and discard marinade; pat steak dry. Grill 17 to 21 minutes for medium-rare to medium doneness. Serve with BALSAMIC ROASTED

ONIONS. Heat oven to 300 degrees. In a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray, combine 2 large red onions cut into wedges, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons each reduced-sodium soy sauce and sugar. Toss to coat. Bake, stirring often, 40 minutes or until onions are softened and lightly browned. Add BAKED POTATOES, a MIXED GREEN SALAD and APPLE TURNOVERS to

complete your meal. PLAN AHEAD: Grill an extra plain flank steak and bake extra potatoes for Monday. SHOPPING LIST: dry red wine, reduced-sodium soy sauce, dried thyme, flank steaks, cooking spray, red onions, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, sugar, potatoes to bake, salad greens, apple turnovers. MONDAY (Heat and Eat) - There will be no fuss, no muss tonight with leftover FLANK STEAK (slice thinly and heat slightly). Serve with BAKED POTATO WEDGES. Cut leftover potatoes into wedges, coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with a little chili powder if you like. Bake 20 minutes in a 425-degree oven or until hot. Add FRESH BROCCOLI and WHOLE-WHEAT ROLLS. For dessert, FRESH PINEAPPLE is pleasing. SHOPPING LIST: cooking spray, chili powder if desired, fresh broccoli, whole-wheat rolls, fresh pineapple. TUESDAY (Budget) -Save some pennies tonight and serve TEX-MEX SOUP (see recipe). Serve the savory combination with a LETTUCE WEDGE and fat-free warm FLOUR TORTILLAS on the side. KIWIFRUIT is good for dessert. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough soup for Wednesday. SHOPPING LIST: 93 to 95 percent lean ground beef, onion, reduced-sodium

7-DAY MENU PLANNER by Susan Nicholson

canned pinto and red kidney beans, frozen corn, canned no-salt-added tomato sauce, canned no-salt-added diced tomatoes, canned diced green chilies, less-sodium taco seasoning mix, 50 percent reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, fat-free sour cream, lettuce, fat-free flour tortillas,



The kids can't resist SLOPPY CHICKEN PIZZA JOES (see recipe). Serve the kid favorite on toasted WHOLE-WHEAT SESAME ROLLS and add a slice of provolone cheese to the bottom half of the bun. Serve them with BAKED

CHIPS and CHERRY TOMATOES. For dessert, try PLUMS. TIP: Substitute oven fries for chips if desired. SHOPPING LIST: canola oil, ground chicken or turkey breast, jars pizza sauce, frozen sweet pepper and onion stir-fry vegetables, ..Continues on next page

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SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS APRIL 23, 2010 PAGE 24 Continued from page 23... canned diced tomatoes, whole-wheat sesame rolls, provolone cheese, baked chips, cherry tomatoes, plums. THURSDAY (Meatless) - For a no-meat dinner, try PENNE WITH TOMATOES, KALAMATA OLIVES AND FETA (see recipe). Serve with a SPINACH SALAD and GARLIC BREAD. Fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM topped with fresh STRAWBERRIES makes a good dessert. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough ice cream for Saturday. SHOPPING LIST: penne

rigate or other pasta, olive oil, garlic, canned diced tomatoes, kalamata olives, crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese, fresh parsley, dried or fresh basil, parmesan cheese, fresh spinach, garlic bread, fat-free vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries. FRIDAY (Express) -- For a super-quick meal, buy one of the ubiquitous ROTISSERIE CHICKENS. Serve the chicken with CORN-ONTHE-COB (sprinkle the corn with fresh lime juice to perk up the flavor) and add a packaged GREEN SALAD. GRAPES are a simple dessert. SHOPPING LIST: rotisserie chicken, corn-on-the-cob, lime, packaged green salad, grapes. SATURDAY (Easy Entertaining) -- SESAME GRILLED TUNA is guestworthy. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions, 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, 2 teaspoons sesame oil (dark if you have it) and 1 teaspoon chili oil. Add 4 (6-ounce) tuna steaks (about 3/4 inch thick). Toss to coat steaks; marinate at room temperature 10 minutes. Remove tuna; discard marinade. Grill on medium-high 2 to 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning once. Serve the tuna with BROWN RICE, ASPARAGUS, MIXED GREENS and CRUSTY ROLLS. Top leftover ICE CREAM with BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: reducedsodium soy sauce, green onions, toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, chili oil, tuna steaks, brown rice, asparagus, salad greens, crusty rolls, butterscotch sauce. **


TEX-MEX SOUP (Tuesday) Makes about 10 cups Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 7 to 8 hours on low, plus beef 1 pound 93 to 95 percent lean ground beef 1 medium chopped onion 1 (15- to 19-ounce) can rinsed reduced-sodium pinto beans (such as Bush's) 1 (15- to 19-ounce) can rinsed re-

duced-sodium red kidney beans (such as Bush's) 1 cup frozen corn 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce 2 cups water 2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-saltadded diced tomatoes 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies 1 (1- to 1.25-ounce) packet less-sodium taco seasoning mix Shredded 50 percent reducedfat sharp cheddar cheese for garnish Fat-free sour cream for garnish Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium; add beef and cook 6 minutes or until no longer pink. In a 4-quart or larger slow cooker, add cooked beef, onion, both beans, corn,

Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours. (Adapted from "Better Homes and Gardens The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book"; Jan Miller, editor; Wiley Publishing; $19.95.) Per serving: 207 calories, 28 grams protein, 5 grams fat (22 percent calories from fat), 0.6 gram saturated fat, 11 grams carbohydrate, 66 milligrams cholesterol, 356 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber. ** PENNE WITH TOMATOES, KALAMATA OLIVES AND FETA (Thursday) Makes 8 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: less than 5 minutes, plus pasta 1 (13.25-ounce) box penne rigate or other pasta

tomato sauce, water, tomatoes, chilies and taco seasoning mix; stir to blend. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Ladle into bowls, garnish with cheese and sour cream. Per cup: 215 calories, 17 grams protein, 4 grams fat (17 percent calories from fat), 1.3 grams saturated fat, 32 grams carbohydrate, 25 milligrams cholesterol, 309 milligrams sodium, 10 grams fiber. **

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 (14.5-ounce) can drained diced tomatoes 1/3 cup halved kalamata olives 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 teaspoons dried or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

SLOPPY CHICKEN PIZZA JOES (Wednesday) Makes 8 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 6 to 8 hours on low, plus meat 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 to 2 1/2 pounds ground chicken or turkey breast (whichever is less expensive) 2 (14-ounce) jars pizza sauce 2 cups frozen sweet pepper and onion stir-fry vegetables (or other combination), thawed and chopped 1 (14.5-ounce) can undrained diced tomatoes Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet; add chicken or turkey and cook 5 minutes or until browned. Drain if necessary. Spoon into a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Add pizza sauce, vegetables and tomatoes.

Cook pasta according to directions; drain and return to pot. Meanwhile, heat oil on medium in a large nonstick skillet. Add garlic and tomatoes and cook 3 minutes or until heated through. Stir occasionally. Add mixture to pasta along with the olives, feta, parsley and basil. Gently toss to mix. Sprinkle each serving with parmesan. Per serving: 246 calories, 9 grams protein, 6 grams fat (21 percent calories from fat), 1.6 grams saturated fat, 39 grams carbohydrate, 6 milligrams cholesterol, 260 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber. **

Susan Nicholson is an Atlantabased cookbook author and registered dietitian. She can be reached by e-mail: menuplanner(at) The Menu Planner is also accessible at COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK

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Put t ing par t 2:

Unlike the full swing, putting is an upper-body-oriented motion with limited wrist action. Therefore, the grip and stance are very different from the ones you use on your full swing. Start by placing the right side of the grip against the lifeline of your right hand and resting your right thumb on the top side of the putter grip. In the same manner, place the left side of the grip against the lifeline of your left hand and put your left thumb on the top side of the putter grip. The finished product should look like my grip in the photo at left, with the right palm, the back of your left hand and the putter face all pointing in the same direction. Please reverse the directions if you are left-handed. In order to roll the ball accurately, you should keep these relationships throughout your putting stroke with only enough wrist action to maintain your touch. Notice that I have wrapped my left index finger over the fingers of my right hand. This is called a reverse overlap grip, and it also helps to quiet your wrists. When you take your stance, bend from your hips until your eyes are over the target line. If your eyes are inside your target line, you will pull the putt to the left. If they are outside your target line, you’ll push it to the This tour player is using his own reflection right. in a mirror to check his eye position. The best Continues eye position is directly over the ball, but on page 27 whatever it is, it should be consistent.

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That’s going to leave a mark

Impact labels are a handy way of accurately gauging where the ball strikes the face of a club. A pressure-sensitive label applied to the face is marked by the impact, but replacing the labels after every stroke can be a hassle. To the rescue comes Strike’NSwipe, a reusable label that can be wiped clean after each shot. You can record your longest drives and even your shortest putts. A package of labels in three different sizes to fit a variety of clubhead shapes will set you back $9 at strikenswipe.html.


“I thought I made it until I hit it.” —announcer David Feherty


From the desk of the surly golf writer • Now that Phil Mickelson has $1,350,000 in the bank from his Masters win, he can afford shirts that fit so we don’t have to see his tan line halfway up his triceps. Either one size bigger or unbuttoning that top shirt button would work. • With all the goofy swings and the careless quitting on the short putt at No. 14, Tiger looked more and more like John Daly. Could there be a reality show in Tiger’s future? •Freddy, those are great-looking shoes. Do they make them for men as well? • They added up Tiger’s Sunday score about 43 times, but it kept coming up 69. Let’s see: one in the woods, two hit a tree, three on the green, four — yep, that’s a par all right. • I’ve never seen a caddie grab the putter away from his player and plumb-bob it, but that is exactly what Lee Westwood’s caddie did at No. 17 on Sunday. Westwood should have refused to take the putter back: “Hey — you took it, you putt it!” • It’s OK to hold hands as you come up the 18th like Tiger and K.J. Choi did, as long as

you don’t skip. They started out on Thursday tied, played four rounds together and finished tied. I don’t believe the rumor that they stayed over on Monday for a playoff. • Another first: Ernie Els blasted a downhill chip way too hard from the back of the 15th and was so sure the ball was in the water that he pulled another ball out of his pocket and was about to drop it into play when spectators hollered, “Your ball didn’t go in!” For some reason, this is the first year they did not shave the bank of that water hazard. Usually, a bad shot is penalized at Augusta National. • Matteo Manassero is the youngest player ever to make the cut at the Masters, and at 16 years old, he is lucky he wasn’t in a playoff. He has to be home by 7. • Whose idea was it to put that green outhouse at the edge of the 18th green • They tried to pass it off as a scorer’s tent. Hey, guys, it’s the Masters, and you? do the scoring in a porta-potty?

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And as you square your stance, pay special attention to your Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a shoulders. Your arms will naturally follow the line of your teaching shoulders during the stroke, so if your shoulders are open professional (pointing to the left of your target for a right-hander), your in Port St. putter head will swing on an outside-to-in path and roll the ball Lucie, Fla. Visit his to the left. If your shoulders are closed (pointing to the right of Web site at your target), the path will be inside-to-out and the ball will roll to the right. It’s also a good idea to pinch your knees toward each other slightly to guard against any excessive lower-body movement. Remember that a major difference between putting and your full swing is the absence of lower-body action. Spend time practicing these fundamentals because the fast track to lower scores is good putting.


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NExT UP...


Race: Aaron’s 499 Where: Talladega Superspeedway When: Sunday, 1 p.m. (ET) TV: FOX 2009 winner: Brad Keselowski (right)



Race: Aaron’s 312 Where: Texas Motor Speedway When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (ET) TV: ABC 2009 winner: David Ragan

Race: O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 Where: Kansas Speedway When: May 2, 12:30 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2009 Winner: Mike Skinner

By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers

Trading Spaces Swapping drivers presents challenges and opportunities

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (left) speaks to Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle, after qualifying for the Samsung Mobile 500 last Friday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. (NASCAR photo)

The full details of Kasey Kahne’s move to Hendrick Motorsports have yet to be revealed, but there’s a consensus in NASCAR circles about how things will work out in the end. Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the four drivers now running for Hendrick in the Cup Series, summed up the feelings of many in his comments to reporters at Texas Motor Speedway last week. “I’m sure whatever Rick [Hendrick] chooses to do will be a smart way to take care of it,” Earnhardt said. The complications come because Hendrick hired Kahne, now driving the No. 9 Ford at Richard Petty Motorsports, to take over his No. 5 car beginning with the 2012 season. But Mark Martin, who is under contract to drive the car through next season, is doing a very good job behind the wheel. That puts Martin in an awkward spot as, the way the situation looks now, he’ll be a lame duck in the No. 5 next year, while Kahne likely will be farmed out to a Hendrick-affiliated team, as many have speculated. Hendrick said on a teleconference last week that it’s his responsibility to field a car for Kahne next year.CONT/PAGE 30

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Ridgeline: a different kind of pickup from Honda unlike a typical body-onframe truck, the bed is part of the entire vehicle. Standard wheels are 17” alloys, but if you opt for the top-of-the-line RTL you get 18” wheels.

Honda and pickups are two words that just don’t seem right together. Hondas are known for their little cars and of course the super-popular mid-size sedan, the Accord. And pickups – big, gas guzzling, earth stomping machines, well, those are best left for Ford, Chevy, and Dodge. But sometimes even those drivers that own a Civic or Accord have a need for a pickup, and Honda realized why must they walk out of their dealership and head to the nearest pickup truck dealer when instead they can offer their loyal customers a pickup of their very own. Yes, a Honda pickup. And so the Honda Ridgeline was born. The Ridgeline first hit the U.S. market in 2005 as a 2006 model. This midsize pickup is built on the same unibody platform as the Odyssey minivan and the previous generation Pilot SUV. To hard core truck owners a pickup should use a very tough and strong body-onframe construction for it to be taken seriously, making a unibody platform (like that used for a car) a no-no, but with the Ridgeline, Honda makes it work real well. The Ridgeline’s main feature is its 5-foot bed. Made out of steel-reinforced composite material, it can’t be dented and it will never rust. And no bed-liner is ever needed. Although the bed falls a little short by full-pickup truck standards in terms of size, there is still plenty of room to haul big ticket items little appliances or ATVs.

And there’s more to the Ridgeline’s unique bed than just how it’s made. The tailgate flips down like you would expect in any other pickup truck, but it can also swing open like a door. And once the tailgate is open, you have access to a lockable, watertight 8.5 cubic foot trunk that hides beneath the bed

floor. The trunk can easily swallow a couple of small suitcases and the fact that they can be stored and locked outside of the cab gives the Ridgeline a feature that no one else has. On the exterior, the Ridgeline has the same basic shape as a Chevrolet Avalanche but evidence of its unibody design can be detected behind the cab – there is no gap between the cab and the bed. That is because the Ridgeline is really more car than truck, and

Step inside the Ridgeline and it becomes evident that the Ridgeline is indeed a Honda. The gauges are big, clear and easy to read, as are most of the controls throughout the interior. The dash is horizontal, and dare I say, “trucklike”. There are plenty of storage spaces throughout the interior, and the 60/40 split rear seat can fold for additional storage. My only beef with the cabin is Honda’s use of a column mounted shifter rather than a floor-mounted one.

Every Ridgeline uses the same powertrain – a 3.5 liter V6 engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 247 poundfeet of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels by way of a five-speed automatic transmission. This yields about 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Not bad for a pickup truck. If you want to put the Ridgeline to work, it can tow an impressive 5000 pounds. Continues on next page

By The Numbers: 2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL with Navigation Base Price: $36,780.00 (est) Price as Tested: $36,780.00 (est) Layout: front-engine / four-wheel drive Engine: 3.5 liter 24-valve SOHC V6 Transmission: five-speed automatic Horsepower: 250 hp Torque: 247 lb-ft EPA Fuel Economy:15 city / 20 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Suggestions can be sent via email to]

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Trading Spaces Continued from page 28 The scenario, on the surface, looks much like the situation back in 2003-04, when Kahne first came on the Cup scene to take over the No. 9, driven at that time by another veteran, Bill Elliott. Looking back, it seems that the driver swap was made a little too soon as far as Elliott was concerned. In his last seven races in the 9 car, Elliott, who was 47 at the time, had an average finish of 4.56, including a win at Rockingham. And in his final run in the No. 9, he was less than a lap away from winning at Homestead in the 2003 season finale when a tire went flat. Like Elliott back then, Martin today, at 51, is still plenty capable of delivering wins and competing for championships, so the idea of him retiring after next season is far-fetched. He said so himself in his weekly interview with reporters at Texas. “I’m not going to retire,” he said. “I’m going to race in 2012. And so don’t even talk about it. I’m racing in 2012.”

But he didn’t say where, and he may not know where. “There will be an opportunity for me I’m sure, that will be exciting and fun and that I can help people,” he said. “I feel like I’ve done that. I feel like I did that in the No. 01 at DEI [after he left Roush Racing and before he joined Hen-

Despite a good season driving the No. 5 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, Mark Martin will be succeeded by driver Kasey Kahne in 2012. (NASCAR photo) drick], and I feel like I’ve helped the No. 5 team realize that they can win races and contend for a championship. “And so I’ll find another opportunity that’s exciting to me, and I don’t want to commit to that now. I want to make sure that Hendrick is set, and they are set. It’s such an in-

credibly perfect scenario.” One possibility might be that he would own his own team, possibly with an affiliation with Hendrick, as his fellow driver Tony Stewart did last year. “For the first time ever, I would consider an opportunity like Tony Stewart had,” Martin said. “I don’t want to be an owner, but if I can be an owner like Tony Stewart maybe I want it.” Often in NASCAR, as was the case when Kurt Busch went from Roush to Penske Racing, the swap was made sooner than expected thanks to some behind-the-scenes dealing. But Martin’s comments indicate he’ll still be with his current team next year. “I feel so fortunate to have a whole year and a half yet in front of me to work with [crew chief] Alan [Gustafson] and this team,” he said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity. It’s been the gift of my career to realize this and to be able to do this and be successful. “It’s also exciting to do new things, and I love and embrace the excitement of 2012 and whatever that may bring.”

Is media obsession with Johnson justified? ASK RICK!

“Does Jimmie Johnson get too much coverage in the media?” A: Although many fans do complain about the way TV commentators and others tend to focus on Johnson, it’s hard to argue against talking and writing about a driver and team that have dominated the sport during some of its most competitive times. It took Johnson just eight seasons to tie legends Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett, both of whom had 50 wins in the series now known as Sprint Cup. And Johnson has won an unprecedented (NA four straight titles and trails SCA R ph only Richard Petty and the late oto) Dale Earnhardt in career championships. They have seven apiece to his four. As Johnson himself pointed out last week, it is tough to say how his accomplishments stack up against Junior Johnson and Jarrett. “The world that I live in today is so different,” he said. “There’s always the argument of the ‘greats’ in any sport, who was better, how they would do against each other. It’s impossible to put it together because of the gap in time and how different the conditions are, and I think that applies to our world as well. “Our world today is more competitive than the world they lived in. At the same time, I don’t have

to do the work during the week that those guys did as far as working on the car and taking it to the race track --- in some case even driving it to the race track and driving it home as Ned Jarrett had to do at times. It’s so different, it’s hard to say, but I certainly respect both of those men and all that they’ve done. I’m very proud to be a part of the 50-win club.” Johnson also pointed out that not all of his and his team’s media time has been focused on their successes on the track. “I’ve been through some things where I’ve caused wrecks and have had drivers in the garage area upset with me at restrictor-plate tracks, and the fans were harsh on me for my moves,” he said. “Those times of trying to defend yourself or the suspensions Chad’s (Knaus, crew chief) been through and trying to defend the race team and defend what he has done. “Those deals are so tough. It’s really hard to describe how tough those are. We can all talk for whatever reason, but the best reason to have a conversation is after doing well.” And Johnson said the way he deals with it all is to keep his focus on winning races. “I feel like regardless of the situations, some people would argue and say that I’m a little too routine and others can view it other ways,” he said. “You get lost in everyone’s opinion, so I just keep it simple and live in my world. Right or wrong, it might be my own Fantasyland, but I just do my own thing and focus on my sport and my team and let the actions on the track speak for me. “We’ve been doing a good job at that lately.” Got a question about NASCAR? Ask Rick! Email your question to


Continued from page 29 That puts it in line with its rivals, the Avalanche, which can tow 5500 pounds, and the Toyota Tacoma, which can tow up to 6500 pounds. The bed of the Rideline can handle about 1550 pounds.

But where the Ridgeline really shines is in the way it drives.

The fact that it is based off of a car really shows with a suspension that provides decent handling and a very smooth ride. The V6, while not supplying tons of torque, has enough power for in town use. I don’t think anyone expects F-150 or Silverado owners to run out and trade in their

trucks for a Honda Ridgeline. Instead, Honda owners that find that they need a truck and would like to own one can now look in the familiar Honda showroom and spot the Ridgeline – and they will appreciate its all-around abilities. -- Christopher A. Randazzo

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Spotlight EP News April 23, 2010 No. 323  

Spotlight EP News weekly edition newspaper serving the El Paso, TX and surrounding areas. Articles Include; Calendar of events , automotive...

Spotlight EP News April 23, 2010 No. 323  

Spotlight EP News weekly edition newspaper serving the El Paso, TX and surrounding areas. Articles Include; Calendar of events , automotive...