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Published by E.P. MASS MEDIA ADVERTISING INC. Vol. X No. 317 March 12th., 2010

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Nobody profits from the violence in Juarez, says El Paso Realtor By Joe Olvera ©, 2010

El Paso realtor Juan Uribe warns that as long as school children continue buying drugs from Mexico, they are financing the cartels. “By paying anywhere from $40 to $100 for marijuana and other drugs, they are financing the cartels and helping to create the deadly violence Juarez, Mexico, and in other parts of the Republic.” The war that’s being waged between battling cartels has impacted heavily on the once peaceful community. Estimates are that as many as 4,700 Juarenses have been killed in the last two years because of the war being waged by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes gang against that of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman. The two groups are fighting for con-

trol of the lucrative drug corridor between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, a corridor that leads further inland to the United States, where drugs generate many more riches. Uribe, owner and operator of Team Juan Uribe Real Estate, said his company is getting the bulk of new customers from Juarez, those who are running away from the violence and purchasing either homes or businesses in El Paso. A Real Estate Broker for 25 years, Uribe said that even though his company is attracting Juarez money, nobody benefits. “It hurts in the long run, and, really, nobody benefits by what’s happening in Juarez. The violence is too much. It’s a very dangerous city. I’m even afraid to go there.”

Uribe said he was born and raised in Mexico, and, in his early years as a realtor, he worked in that country selling commercial properties and residences. In 1991, he won the Golden Real Estate Award/Golden de Mexico. He attended U.T. El Paso in 1986, where he studied Business Administration, with a focus on finance and real estate. Uribe laments because many of the people moving to El Paso from Juarez are from a higher economic background and business owners. This also will hurt Juarez in the long run. “There’s been a lot of migration from Juarez to El Paso, and that’s sad. The good families, the wealthy/ conservative families are moving. We’ve sold a lot of properties, both commercial

and residential. Yet, what benefits are we garnering from these sales? “I would rather see the problems fixed in Juarez, than make money off the people moving here,” Uribe said. “We sell, on the average, about four big residences per month. We’re getting the educated people, the people with money. We’re getting the engineers, the old money from Juarez.” Uribe said he still has many friends living in Juarez, but, most of his family has already moved to El Paso. Many of those moving to El Paso owned restaurants in Juarez before moving to El Paso. Two of the restaurants which Team Uribe has helped relocate to the Sun City...Continues on next page

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vIOLENcE IN JuarEz Continued from page 2 ... are Maria Chuchena and Villa del Mar. Other Juarez restaurants that have relocated to El Paso because of the violence include Aroma and Garrufo’s. On Mesa Street in El Paso’s Westside, a huge banner recently proclaimed: “Mexico is Coming.” “Juarenses have always moved to El Paso to open new businesses, but, this time it’s different. This time, they are being forced to move. Everything is accelerated from what it used to be. Things are pretty bad. Really, nobody benefits from this forced relocation.” Uribe said he doesn’t think the Mexican Government can solve the violence which the cartels have introduced to the city. “Drugs are big business and things are way out of control for any politician to solve. The problem is the kids in the U.S. don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t think of themselves as financing the big cartels, because, after all, they are small dealers. But, they are. “The cartels wouldn’t be able to operate without these children. Let’s face it. Kids in El Paso have too much money. They can afford to buy drugs. As long as we have these teens buying and selling drugs in El Paso, we will never resolve the issue. It’s a big cycle, a vicious cycle,” Uribe said. “Drugs are the most dangerous things in the world, and it’s sad to see people dying because of our drug needs.”

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Rush Limbaugh wants us to call People who are retarded, “retards” By Joe Olvera ©, 2010 It really is all about changing the heart of America. Unfortunately, it’s tougher than simply talking about it. I’m referring to what seems to be a “new” approach to identifying people who may suffer from a certain miasma. Rush Limbaugh, that jowly-faced bulldog of a man thinks it’s perfectly okay to call people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, retards – as in retarded: “…our political (sic) correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards – retards,” says this savior of the Republican Party. In other words, if we want to refer to Limbaugh as an SOB (Stupid Old Boy), it’s perfectly fine with him. Because, you see, his way of thinking is that if I, for example, think of him as a Stupid Old Boy, then, I should be

able to call him that. He’ll respond to that particular label. How sad, isn’t it? That someone who has the ear of millions of Americans – why, I’ll never understand – should mouth off so horridly about the unfortunates in our world. Besides, he’s forcing me to be like him – that is, to call him names. I mean, I’m sure that some Stupid Old Boy, someone like me, perhaps, would be greatly offended to be identified with Rush Limbaugh. And, see, everyone’s afraid of the SOB. Even Sarah Palin. When the former vice-presidential candidate first heard Limbaugh mouth his latest stupidity, she was aghast and aflame. She has a “retard” in her family - her baby has Downs Syndrome. The former Alaska Governor started to blast Limbaugh, but, when she saw who it was, she pulled back. She

kinda-sorta blasted him, albeit, very gently. Palin has been on a crusade to remove the “r” word from the vocabulary of Americans. But, it still makes me wonder, why are Republicans so afraid of this man? It boggles the mind. The reality is, however, that Limbaugh probably isn’t the only one who eschews being politically correct. Many other people use hurtful language in referring to others. That’s why we must change the language, why we must change our attitudes, why we must change our hearts. Before I retired from Aliviane, Inc., CEO Chilo Madrid and I wrote a book called: Changing the Heart of America: Eliminating Stigma, Discrimination and Other Barriers to Recovery by Changing Attitudes Towards the Chemically Ill.

Cell Phone Ban in El Paso The City of El Paso is now going to

The premise of the book is that the terminology that has been used to describe Americans who are chemically ill, must change. When we use the words “junkie,” or “addict,” it creates a stigma that’s difficult to overcome. A concern is that as many as 12 million people may be using heroin, cocaine, or other chemicals. Yet, the stigma thrust upon them leads them to not seek treatment. Out of those 12 million, perhaps as few as 3 million actually seek a cure. Thus, when a person has a chemical illness, we must refer to the person in that regard – as someone who is chemically ill. Webster’s Dictionary defines stigma as: “a distinguishing mark burned or cut into the flesh, as of a slave or criminal.” For more than a century, the chemically ill person has been viewed as someone who causes his or her own problem. The belief is that, obviously, the chemically ill person must enjoy being this – otherwise, he wouldn’t subject himself to such torture. The belief is that the stigma thrust upon a person who is chemically sick leads many of them to not seek treatment. The same holds true for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Such a person shouldn’t be called a “retard,” I don’t care what Rush Limbaugh says. Although, he does personify the unthinking, biased, idiotic Americans who think it’s okay to insult millions of their fellow-Americans simply because they are different. We’ve got to change, good people, even if it takes changing one Rush Limbaugh at a time. Sin Fin

prohibit the use of a cell phone while driving a motor vehicle inside the city limits. Of course, people who use the cell phone while using a Bluetooth or headset will be exempted from a citation. Many of the arguments that have been made for and against the ordinance are the same ones that we heard during the legislative session when considering bills limiting the use of cell phones. One specific issue that has not been thoroughly vetted publicly is just how many accidents have occurred as a result of cell phone use. One of the bills that I filed in the last legislative session dealt with cell phone use and driving. My office requested and received from the Texas Department of Public Safety specific numbers about cell phone use and accidents. These numbers were derived from actual accident reports submitted by State Troopers. While there were significant injuries and deaths in accidents attributed to cell phone use, the number of injuries and deaths from inattentive driving was ten times higher. I agree that cell phone use takes attention from driving, with or without a hands free device; it is obvious that the lack of focus on driving is the bigger problem. I am confident that the ordinance will result in fewer numbers of drivers speaking on the cell phone without a hands free device while driving. In the first couple of years, police officers will issue many citations and the revenue from the ordinance will help the city budget deficit. However, there is study data that shows the numbers took a u-turn after a couple of years. The main study was in New York where a study concluded that police officers gradually issued fewer and fewer cell phone citations during a two year period after the ordinance was passed. The focus for police officers then turned towards more serious law enforcement issues. I heard an interesting question posed the other day. Since state law states that cell phone use is prohibited in school zones if required signage is posted, if the city fails to post the required notification in the zones will it be legal in the zones to use a cell phone without a hands free device? After all, state law trumps local ordinances in all cases. I hope all of you will become aware of the new ordinance and avoid a ticket. But more important, I hope that you will devote your entire focus on the road when driving. That will reduce the number of accidents more than this ordinance passed by city council. On another note, in the last article I predicted less than 15% of the registered voters would participate in the March 2nd primary election. The actual count was just over 13% who voted. While we should be disappointed, the fact of the matter is that El Pasoans showed up in greater numbers than other major cities. Former Houston Mayor Bill White, during a gubernatorial campaign visit to El Paso, to some degree chastised our community for lackadaisical voting numbers. That is rather ironic because only 8.48% of Houston voters participated in the primary. In connection with the last article, let us begin to seriously increase our voting numbers. It will be good for our local government.

Chente Quintanilla State Representative

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WEaTHEr 101 Weather Outlook for Spring! By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman


t has certainly been an active winter for us here in El Paso. Rainfall amounts remain above normal as does our snowfall for the year. The latest forecast from the Climate Prediction Center shows our possible forecast for the next several months – all the way through spring. The computer models below show that our temperatures will remain around normal to perhaps just below normal (graphic to the left). Precipitation appears to be above normal (graphic to the right) across much of the southwest including El Paso. This could also indicate more snowfall possible into the spring as long as temperatures get cold enough. What the long range models do not forecast is our wind. But, rest assured, expect those windy and dusty days at least the next couple of months. Note: A = Above normal B = Below normal EC = Equal Chance (50/50)


Wheater Trivia: We’ve nearly reached 9 inches of snowfall so far this year. How many inches of snow does El Paso typically receive on an annual basis? A. 1” C. 6” B. 4” D. 9” Answer: C – 6 inches of snow.


“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

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Sharon Mosley With spring right around the corner, now is the time to take stock of your closet and think about adding some new clothes and accessories that will give your wardrobe a new edgy look. There are lots of bargains in the stores and new items are arriving every day. Don't be too practical. Have some fun. Let that inner glam rocker roll with the tough stuff. Take your style list and start checking it off: — First, add some distressed denim. Holes or not, it's up to you, but the latest way to do jeans is down and dirty. A pair of denim leggings teamed up with a studded bomber jacket and high heels is a rockin' way to hit the spring fashion stage. — Grab some studs. The heavy metal is out in full force this season. Whether it's a casual studded tank top or a handbag trimmed with grommets or a gladiator sandal sprinkled with silver metal beads, hardware is the trendy way to go this spring. — Zip it up. Another way to rock your wardrobe with an edgy flair: zippers. Look for dresses, tops and accessories with exposed zippers. These are meant to be seen. The bigger the better!

At T.J. Maxx this spring, you can get the glam rocker look at bargain prices. Photo courtesy of T.J. Maxx.

— Add some leather. Even when the weather turns warmer, leather is still a great way to put an extra dose of tough love in your closet. Instead of dark and dreary, brighten up a leather

bomber jacket in a soft neutral color (pearlized white or cream tones really rock) and pair it with a girly ruffled blouse. — Chain, chain, chain. Yes, chains are all the rage ... from long strands of metal chain necklaces to chain straps on handbags and shoes ... put some chains of love in your fashion life. I've collected lots of silver, pewter and black necklaces to pile on this spring. I'll add white in the summer. — Go utilitarian. Military chic is another way to give your wardrobe a trendy touch this spring. Think cargostyle shorts and capris. In distressed denim, they really go over the edge. — Mix it up! Take your feminine pieces — sheer tops, pencil skirts and sundresses — and give them a twist. Top them off with "tougher" items: boyfriend-style jackets, patterned "Grandpa" cardigan sweaters and denim vests. — Supersize it. Nothing says "over the top" more than a few accessories that are on steroids — statement necklaces with large stones, bracelets with leather bands or handbags with huge buckles. Think big. It only takes one item to make this fashion scene rock. — Never forget the shoes. Another accessory that can make or break a look. This spring, strappy metallic heels, studded wedges, ankle cuff flats and open-toe booties all rock when finished off with edgy hardware.

Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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The Savage Truth on Money

Closing Credit Accounts Safely Terry Savage Q: I've had my credit card for many years and always paid on time. Now they've notified me that they'll start charging an annual fee. I'm angry — but afraid to cancel the card because it will hurt my credit score. What should I do? A: Your concern is understandable, since it seems the credit card companies have all the power these days, in spite of the benefits of the new Card Act, which took effect last Monday. If you make the decision to close your credit card account, assuming your credit is in good standing, it might have a small impact on your credit score. But that might not be enough of an impact to cause you to hang on to the card and pay an annual fee. There could be two consequences of closing an account. Part of your credit score is based on your length of credit. So if you've had that card for many years, closing it could ding your score about 20 to 30 points, depending on whether you have other long-held cards. Even so, your score is likely to rebound within months. One way to protect yourself, if you are the one closing the card (instead of the issuer), is

to send a registered letter to the issuer when closing the account. Then keep a copy of that letter so that if your credit score declines, you have proof you were the one who closed the account. Another factor in your score is your debt-to-availablecredit percentage. When you close an account, you lose that potential available credit line. So if you're carrying balances on other cards, the percentage of credit use could rise. In that case, advises Bill Hardekopf of, you might want to apply for a different, better card before you cancel the other card. That will keep your percentage figure low. All of this advice assumes you can easily pay off the balance and close the account. For those who are trapped by big balances, there is another option. Under the Card Act, you can "opt out" of any interest rate increase and continue to pay off your balance at the current rate for up to five years. But you can't charge anything more on that card. While most people have heard of credit scores, relatively few have bothered to get theirs. The best-known score is the FICO score, developed and patented by Fair

Isaac Co. It is used by a vast majority of lenders, and based on the facts on file at each of the three credit bureaus. The bureaus themselves have created their proprietary Vantage score, with a different formula and scale. You're entitled to a free credit report each year from each of the three major credit bureaus. To get that free report, go to, the only site that links you directly to the three main credit bureaus so you can access your totally free report. (Don't be fooled by other addresses, or by offers to purchase credit monitoring services.) However, the FICO and Vantage credit scores are proprietary, and you'll pay for them. Go to, and a single credit score will cost $15.95, although you can also buy it as part of a credit monitoring service offered on its site. Consumer advocate Gerri Detweiler of noted that if you have a FICO score of more than 760, you're in line for the best rates when you borrow. But if your score is between 700 and 759, you would pay a 0.3 percent higher rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan. Continues on page 10

DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren

CO-WORKER WANTS HER CAKE -- AND SOME FOR HER FAMILY, TOO DEAR ABBY: I work in an office where folks sometimes bring in birthday cakes, desserts and other goodies to share. "Dolores" is always the first in line, and helps herself to a large portion of the treats and says she's taking some home for her family. Last week, someone brought in an exotic dessert and I got out the dessert-sized paper plates. Dolores took out two regular-sized paper plates and cut off a quarter of the entire dessert! No one could believe it, but we didn't know what to say or do. One time, she actually cut a huge portion of someone's birthday cake to take home before the "birthday boy" even got a slice. This woman is not poor. What do you recommend? -"DESSERTED" IN TENNESSEE DEAR "DESSERTED": Your co-worker is behaving the way she is because no one in your office has spoken up and objected. The next time someone brings something to be shared by the office staff and Dolores makes her usual move, the "bringer" should tell her plainly that she's not to take more than a portion for herself until everyone else has had some -- and to ask permission beforehand if she wants to take any of the remainder home.

him? His parents are lazy and overindulgent and can't seem to make him understand that there are rules of conduct. -- PER-

Dear Abby PLEXED MOM IN THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS DEAR PERPLEXED: Do not invite all but one child to your son's party. If Matt acts up, take him aside and tell him exactly what you expect from him while he is with you -- and that if he can't behave appropriately he will be sent home. You may be surprised to find that when he hears it from you -- rather than from his ineffectual parents -- that he will listen and comply. ** DEAR ABBY: When I take my children to the pediatrician, we are usually there for one reason -- flu-like symptoms, stomachache, etc. Sometimes my child will happen to have another ailment, like a sore ankle or a fever blister. I don't feel comfortable bringing up additional issues with our doctor because when I do, I get

** DEAR ABBY: My son's birthday is coming soon. I want to invite his Scout troop and some of his schoolmates. The problem is "Matt." Matt is a horrible child who is in both Scouts and school. I know he'll destroy the party, but how can I invite everyone else and not

the "evil eye" from him -like he's only there to help with the one reason for our visit. Is it appropriate to talk to the doctor about several

medical problems in one visit, or only stick to the issue at hand? -- IN A QUANDARY, KETTERING, OHIO DEAR IN A QUANDARY: If you are asked by the person who takes the appointment why you're bringing your child in, and you reply that your child has flu-like symptoms or a stomachache, the person will block you in for a certain amount of time with the doctor. If, after your child has been examined, you start talking about the sore ankle, the fever blister, etc., what you're interpreting as the "evil eye" may be stress because the necessary amount of time was not allotted and the doctor will be behind schedule for the rest of the day. If, however, you feel the doctor is insensitive or not meeting your child's needs, then you should change doctors. ** 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. ** Abby shares more than 100 of her favorite recipes in two booklets: "Abby's Favorite Recipes" and "More Favorite Recipes by Dear Abby." Send a business-size, selfaddressed envelope, plus check or money order for $12 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby -- Cookbooklet Set, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included in price.) COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK

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NY Radiation Oncologist Brings Radiation Oncology Expertise to El Paso In October of 2008, Dr. Stephanie Han, then attending radiation oncologist in New York City, decided to come to El Paso, TX. After training at Yale under some of the world’s most renowned oncologists, and years of services in both academia and private sector in New York, Dr. Han thought she could never leave the city, until, she visited El Paso for the very first time. She was looking for a new role in an underserved area and soon found herself drawn to the great need for improved cancer care just across the border from Mexico. She discovered that in a city that is approaching

Dr. Han to leave her distinguished post in New York. “One of the things that appealed to me was the chance to help build a cancer center from the ground up, to set things up in a way that you think is really in the best interest of the patients” says Dr. Han.

Dr. Stephanie Han one million people, there were very few specialized cancer services, despite a high rate of cancer and a fast-growing aging population. The need for topquality cancer care at the borderland was enough to convince

The other thing that Dr. Han wanted to emphasize in her practice is patient –centered, multidisciplinary care. Cancer is not a single disease, but rather, a family of diseases that requires the expertise of many different oncology specialists. Her special interest in breast cancer, gynecological and gastrointestinal

malignancies causes her to work collaboratively on a daily basis with physicians from various disciplines. “Everything is a team approach,” she says. Her goal is to make a direct and rapid impact on the cancer care in the El Paso community. “We are building a cancer care program of several disciplines that can handle the complexity of the disease treatments and made investment in the latest technology.” Patients in the greater El Paso region now have a whole different level of services from what was available in the past.

Dr. Han recently joined Cancer Radiation & Specialty Clinics of El Paso, located at 7812 Gateway Blvd East, Ste 120. For appointment, please call 915-598-3888. Sustainable Living Shawn Dell Joyce I'm writing this in the midst of yet another snowstorm, with a few inches still piled up from the last one. Many people have taken this opportunity to wag their fingers and say, "What global warming?!" Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Thomas Friedman coined the term "global weirding" last week to replace the misleading phrase "global warming." While the Earth has warmed a degree, and is projected to warm quicker than natural over the next century, most of us are not feeling very warm today. Our weather is indeed weird, with massive snow in the South and rain at the Winter Olympics in Canada. Australia is having a record 13year drought, and Texas ended a drought this winter with massive snowstorms. As

What Global Warming?

a matter of fact, Texas got snow this year before New York did. What does all this prove or disprove? Nothing. "Climate is what we expect, and weather is what we get," according to NASA. We have only been collecting data on weather for the past 100 years, and trends in climate are measured in thousands of years. A single weather event — like a hurricane, or a spell of unusual weather; like snow in Texas — may be unprecedented but still within the "normal" range. What is actually happening to our climate is right in line with predicted climate change models. Some parts of the earth are experiencing drought, while flooding happens elsewhere simultaneously. Storms are more severe, summers are hotter, spring comes earlier and polar ice is diminishing.

thought of a Nor'easter. Many old-timers in my region of New York remember waist-high snow drifts and ice skating to school on frozen rivers. We haven't seen a REAL severe winter in a

Whether one actually believes in human-driven climate change or not has become irrelevant. The truth is that we all have to eat and

and food security, then we have enough common ground to rebuild our country with green energy and localized economies. We sorely need industry in our country, and unfortunately, most of it has been outsourced overseas. Renewable energy, energy efficiency, cultural tourism and other similar industries are the only ones that can't be completely outsourced because they are place-based. You can't wrap up an apartment building and send it to China for weatherization. That is something that has to be done here, by a trained local person.

Climate change cannot be proven or disproven by unusual weather patterns. while if you talk to those who actually lived through them. Some of us tourists (residents who haven't lived here 20 years yet) quake in fear at the

breathe, and both things are becoming more difficult as our population swells and resources become tight. If you care about clean air, water

Friedman writes: "I suspect China is quietly laughing at us right now. And Iran, Russia, Venezuela and the whole OPEC gang are high-fiving each other. Nothing better serves their interests than to

see Americans becoming confused about climate change and, therefore, less inclined to move toward clean-tech and, therefore, more certain to remain addicted to oil." Let's stop debating each other and actually do something for a change. Let's get America back on her feet and into the green millennium so that our kids and grandkids stand a chance. Support renewable energy, and move our country away from imported oil. Create jobs here by supporting small local businesses and farms. 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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Everyday Cheapskate

5 Spring Bargains Not To Be Missed Mary Hunt There's nothing like months of brutal, record-setting winter weather to put us in touch with our inner daffodils. Or crocuses. The promise of spring looms large, and with it comes the promise of some

really great bargains for those who are patient and know where to look.

—Bicycles. A great place to find a good used bicycle is at a local police auction. These typically are held in the spring. Bikes for sale are ones

that were stolen, recovered but never claimed, or they're bikes that were used in crimes and confiscated by the authorities. Either way, the bikes are cleared and ready to be sold to the highest bidder. You should expect to pay only 10 to 25 percent of a bike's retail price. Just make sure you use

the inspection period well so you know what you're bidding on.

—Sports equipment. Whether you need a T-ball stand, soccer shinguards or skis, spring is the time to find a bargain. As the snow melts and spring-cleaning gets

year, thrift shops get crowded with merchandise, and managers will mark down the goods, especially winter items. The best time to shop at a thrift store is the off-season, when you'll find the best deals. Look for heavy coats, scarves and gloves in the spring and summer.

—Snowblowers. I know. Snow may be the last thing you want to think about right now. However, if you discovered in the months past that your equipment was not adequate, now is the time to get great deals on replacements. Stores don't want to warehouse blowers over the summer, so they're discounting them just before winter ends. Start looking now to find a deal. The only problem for you is that you'll be the one storing it over the summer. Of course, there will be many other bargains out there as retailers struggle to stay in business, and those who are unsuccessful hold going-outof-business sales. Just be forewarned: No bargain is a good deal if it is for something you don't need. Be careful out there!

under way, garage sales pop up across the country. Let someone else's attempt to clean out be your opportunity to pick up the stuff you and the kids will need soon!

—Thrift shops. Some families will be holding big garage sales, but others prefer to donate all the stuff in their attics and garages they no longer need. This time of

—Frozen foods. March is National Frozen Food Month, the brainchild of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association. Look for big sales in the frozen food aisle and plenty of coupons for name brands of everything frozen. Take this opportunity, if you can, to load up your freezer for the coming months.

Mary Hunt is the founder of and author of 18 books, including her latest, "Can I Pay My Credit Card Bill With a Credit Card?" You can e-mail her at, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135, Paramount, CA 90723. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

CLOSINg CREDIT ACCOuNTS Continued from page 8 And a score below 720 and down to 690 could cost nearly 2 additional percentage points on a three-year auto loan. At, you can get a free "credit report card" that estimates your credit score. That will help you judge the impact of closing out one of your accounts. Finally, keep in mind that if you're in the enviable position of being able to close out

a credit card to express your annoyance, it probably means that you aren't carrying too much debt. And that may mean that you already have a pretty high credit score. If you're not planning to buy a house or need a car loan at any time in the next year, a few points of decline in your credit score won't matter much to your financial lifestyle. So if you're angry at your card issuer, it may be well worth having a slightly lower credit score if it lowers your

blood pressure at the same time! That's the Savage Truth. Terry Savage is a registered investment adviser and is on the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She appears weekly on WMAQChannel 5's 4:30 p.m. newscast, and can be reached at She is the author of the new book, "The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?" COPYRIGHT 2010 TERRY SAVAGE PRODUCTIONS

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Video game Reviews

Explore the Galaxy in 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope International'

Jeb Haught DEVELOPER: tri-Ace PUBLISHER: Square Enix SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3 PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Teen REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars (out of 5) Glancing at the description for "Star Ocean: The Last Hope International" on the case — "Explore the galaxy, discover allies and enemies, encounter a threat to all of humanity" — one might think that the game seems comparable to "Mass Effect." On the contrary, the only similarity these two games share is interstellar exploration because Star Ocean is much more of a traditional JRPG, while "Mass Effect" is an action game with RPG elements. This title is basically a

slightly enhanced version of last year's Xbox 360 prequel that follows a pilot named Edge as he and his crew embark on the Space Reconnaissance Force's debut journey to the stars. After WWIII decimates Earth, humanity's only hope is to colonize a new planet. Unfortunately, prob-

lems with the warp drive force a crash landing on an unsavory planet, and the inhabitants aren't very friendly! Don't let the deceptively large outside levels fool you: This is a dungeon crawler where players will have to trudge through seemingly endless

dank caves only to find out they have to backtrack their way out. As if this frustrating and outdated level design wasn't enough, the designers placed save points very far apart, so players have to replay large portions of the game if their characters perish.

Combat is performed in real-time, but it is initiated by literally running into enemies to trigger "enemy encounters." This oldschool mechanic starts a battle scene where players control one character at a time that can freely engage any enemy onscreen and also switch between teammates at will. As a result, players can utilize each character's skills, and their behavior can also be customized to act a certain way when the computer controls them. Switching characters also helps to control which character the enemy attacks. With most of the environments so closed-in, I'm surprised that the visuals aren't more impressive. Even worse

is noticeable pop-up from many elements of the game, ranging from plants to enemies. Thank goodness the awesome item creation system from past games is intact or else "Star Ocean: The Last Hope International" would be just another fading star. REVIEW SCORING SYSTEM 5 stars = Must Have 4 stars = Very Good 3 stars = Above Average 2 stars = Bargain Bin 1 star = Don't Bother RATINGS KEY Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) E: (Everyone) E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and older) T: Teen (13 and older) M: Mature (17 and older) COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM.

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Reward pet’s good manners


Don’t forget ID When moving to a new house, don’t forget to ease your pets into their new routines.

Planning will make a change of address easier on your pet By GINA SPADAFORI Universal Uclick


ven in an off year, the housing market traditionally picks up in the spring, as families who need to change residences get moving so the children can be settled into the new neighborhood before the next school year begins. But moving is tough on families, pets included. Animals always know when something’s amiss, even if they can’t understand exactly what’s changing, or why. The key to moving pets is to keep them secure before and during the move, and to settle them safely and quickly into a routine afterward. Cats are a particular worry at moving time because they form a bond not only with the people in a home, but also with the home itself. Because of their mobility, cats can be difficult to keep around the new home

long enough for them to realize that this is where the people they love will now stay. The family dog is a bit easier to deal with: Put his leash on and drive him to his new address. Show him his new, warm home and the securely fenced back yard. Unless the dog is a high-jumper of Olympic caliber, he’ll stay put while he adjusts. Not so with freeroaming cats. The cases of cats returning to their previous homes are common for people who move short distances, and the instances of cats disappearing forever are just as common for families moving a great distance. Confinement is essential when moving cats: It keeps them safe while they become used to their new territory and make it their own. Bring your cat inside, if he’s not already an indoor cat, before the movers arrive. Set him up in a “safe

room” — a spare bathroom or bedroom is ideal — and leave him be. Provide him with food and water, his bed, a scratching post, litter box and a couple of favorite toys while the packing and moving is under way. The cat’s ride to the new home is best undertaken in a carrier, especially for the cat who rarely sees the inside of a car. At the new home, work the “leaving home” procedure in reverse: Put the cat into a “safe room” for a few days — until the movers are gone, the furniture arranged and most of the dust settled — and then allow him to explore inside the house on his own terms after things calm down a bit. Quickly re-establish a routine. Pick a time and a place for feeding, and stick to it for all pets. If you’ve been thinking about converting your freeroaming cat to a house dweller for his health and safety, mov-

ing to a new home is the perfect time to accomplish this. In your old home, you’d be constantly listening to your cat demanding to be let out into the rest of his territory. In a new home, he hasn’t established any territory of his own yet, and you can make the new home his only turf by keeping him inside from day one. If you don’t want to convert him, keep him inside for a couple of weeks, until he seems relaxed. You can introduce your cat to the new yard by accompanying him on short tours with a harness and a leash. But in the end, you’ll have to take your chances, open the door and hope for the best. Moving is stressful for all, but taking a little extra care when it comes to your pets will help to move them safely and with a minimum of stress and mess at the new home.

get new ID tags on your pets before you disconnect your old phone number. During a move, your pet is at a high risk for becoming lost. That’s why it’s essential to get new ID tags on your pets before you disconnect that old phone number, or to update the ID tags with your permanent cell phone number. If you use a tracking service or microchip ID, be sure they know where to reach you as well by updating your records with the registry. If you’re going to need to change veterinarians, let the staff at the old hospital know and provide a working phone number in case anyone calls the hospital because of a rabies tag on a found pet. (Rabies tags usually have the vet’s phone number on them.) And finally, check with the animal control department in your new community to get new licenses and find out what regulations cover your pets. — G.S.

Animals learn from the immediate consequences of their actions. Reward-based training is based on positive reinforcement — giving an animal an immediate reward for “getting it right.” A reward can be anything a pet desires, such as food, praise, touch, toys, playtime, and indoor or outdoor access. Reward-based training teaches an animal that you are the provider and controller of everything good. It also builds trust and keeps the animal student eager to learn more. When teaching your pet what you want him to do, offer what he likes the best as the reward. After the new behavior is learned, continue with intermittent rewards. Once the pet knows a behavior, you can withhold the reward when your pet gets it wrong. For example, the dog who knows how to sit but won’t sit for his dinner dish can have his grub withheld for a few minutes. Then try again! Chances are he’ll sit, and he’ll sit even more quickly the next time.

Treats are one way to reward good behavior in pets. (Animal behavior experts Susan and Dr. Rolan Tripp are the authors of “On Good Behavior.” For more information, visit their Web site at

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After winning a Grammy for Best New Artist, the Zac Brown Band will soon begin its Breaking Southern Ground Tour. Photo courtesy of

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cINEMarK cIELO vISTa Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall Schedule good for 3/12 GREEN ZONE*(R)10:35am 1:30pm 4:25pm 7:20pm 10:15pm WHEN IN ROME*(PG-13) 11:15am 1:50pm 4:35pm 7:00pm 9:35pm A SINGLE MAN - CinéArts(R)9:05pm BROOKLYN'S FINEST*(R)9:40am 12:55pm 4:10pm 7:25pm 10:40pm CRAZY HEART - CinéArts(R)9:50am 12:45pm 3:55pm 6:55pm 9:55pm DEAR JOHN - DIGITAL(PG-13)10:40am 1:25pm 4:20pm 7:10pm 10:00pm EDGE OF DARKNESS(R)10:00am 1:00pm 3:50pm 7:15pm 10:20pm FROM PARIS WITH LOVE(R)11:50am

2:25pm 5:00pm 7:35pm 10:25pm SHERLOCK HOLMES - DIGITAL (PG-13)10:05am 1:15pm 4:30pm 7:40pm SHUTTER ISLAND - CinéArts (R) 9:45am 11:25am 1:05pm 2:40pm 4:40pm 6:05pm 7:45pm 9:25pm THE LAST STATION - CinéArts (R)12:40pm 3:40pm 7:05pm 10:05pm TOOTH FAIRY(PG)10:25am 1:10pm 4:05pm 6:45pm 9:30pm VALENTINE'S DAY(PG-13)9:55am 11:35am 12:50pm 2:45pm 4:15pm 5:55pm 7:30pm 10:45pm


cINEMarK 14 - EL PaSO

West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday March 12th - March 18th ALICE IN WONDERLAND (PG): 10:25AM 1:00 pm 3:35 610 845 ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D (PG): 930AM 1115 1205PM 150 240 425 515 700 750 935 1025 AVATAR (PG-13) 935AM 105PM 435 755 BROOKLYN'S FINEST (R) 1020AM 125PM 420 725 1020 COP OUT (R) 945AM 1220PM 255 530 800 THE CRAZIES (R) 950AM 1235PM 320 605 850 GREEN ZONE (R) 1015Am 1255PM 340 615 855

OUR FAMILY WEDDING (PG -13) 1005AM 1230PM 255 520 745 1010 PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (PG) 1045AM 130PM 415 705 945 REMEMBER ME (PG-13) 940AM 1225PM 300 540 820 SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE (R) 950AM 1220PM 250 525 755 1020 Shutter Island (R) 1015AM 120PM 430 730 1030 VALENTINE'S DAY (PG-13) 1030AM 115PM 405 715 THE WOLFMAN (R) 1005PM

Tinseltown Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa Schedule good for Friday March 12th., 2010 *ALICE IN WONDERLAND - 2D (PG) 1:35pm 4:20pm 6:55pm 9:35pm *ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D (PG) 12:15pm 12:55pm 3:00pm 3:35pm 5:35pm 6:15pm 8:15pm 8:55pm 10:55pm 11:35pm *ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D XD (PG) 11:35am 2:10pm 4:45pm 7:25pm 10:05pm *AVATAR - 2D (PG) 11:45am 3:20pm 6:55pm 10:25pm *BROOKLYN'S FINEST (R) 1:05pm 2:45pm 4:10pm 5:50pm 7:35pm 9:00pm 10:35pm COP OUT (R)11:40am 2:20pm 5:00pm 7:40pm 10:20pm CRAZIES, THE (R) 11:10am 2:00pm 4:35pm 7:20pm 10:15pm DEAR JOHN (PG-13) 11:55am 5:10pm 10:30pm *GREEN ZONE (R) 11:15am 12:25pm 1:55pm 3:15pm 4:50pm 6:15pm

7:30pm 8:55pm 10:10pm 11:35pm *OUR FAMILY WEDDING (PG-13) 11:20am 12:30pm 1:50pm 2:55pm 4:15pm 5:30pm 6:45pm 7:55pm 9:15pm 10:20pm PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (PG) 11:10am 2:10pm 4:55pm 7:40pm 10:25pm *REMEMBER ME (PG-13) 11:25am 2:05pm 4:50pm 7:30pm 10:15pm *SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE (R) 11:15am 12:35pm 1:55pm 3:15pm 4:30pm 5:55pm 7:15pm 8:35pm 9:55pm 11:15pm SHUTTER ISLAND (R) 12:55pm 4:05pm 7:10pm 10:30pm TOOTH FAIRY (PG) 11:50am VALENTINE'S DAY (PG-13) 1:00pm 4:45pm 7:45pm 10:35pm WOLFMAN, THE (R) 2:35pm 8:00pm


Premiere Cinemas

6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for 03-12-10

*A NIGHTMARE IN LAS CRUCES (NR)10:15a 1:05p 4:05p 7:00p 9:50p *ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2DDIGITAL (PG)11:00a 2:05p 5:05p 8:05p *ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3DDIGITAL (PG)10:00a 10:30a 11:30a 1:05p 1:35p 2:35p 4:05p 4:35p 5:35p 7:05p 7:35p 8:35p 10:00p 10:30p *AVATAR 3D- DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:45a 5:05p 9:10p *COP OUT- DIGITAL (R)10:00a 11:00a 12:45p 1:45p 3:30p 4:30p 6:20p 7:20p 9:15p 10:15p *OUR FAMILY WEDDING-DIGITAL (PG-13)10:00a 11:05a 12:25p 1:40p 3:10p 4:10p 5:40p 6:40p 8:10p 9:10p 10:35p

*REMEMBER ME-DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:40a 1:25p 4:30p 7:30p 10:20p *SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUEDIGITAL (R)10:10a 11:15a 12:50p 1:55p 3:40p 4:55p 6:35p 7:50p 9:20p 10:30p *THE CRAZIES- DIGITAL (R) 10:00a 11:00a 12:35p 1:30p 3:20p 4:25p 6:30p 7:00p 9:20p 10:00p BOOK OF ELI- DIGITAL (R) 10:00a 1:10p 4:10p 7:10p 10:10p PERCY JACKSONTHE LIGHTNING THIEF- DIGI (PG) 10:00a 12:50p 3:45p 6:40p 9:40p THE WOLFMAN- DIGITAL (R) 10:40a 1:40p 4:45p 7:40p 10:20p * -- denotes Pass Restricted features

EaST POINTE MOvIES 12 Schedule good for 03/12 - 03/18/10 I-10 & Lee Trevino ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL (PG) 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:00 | 3:00 4:00 | 5:00 | 6:10 | 7:00 8:10 | 9:00 DAYBREAKERS (R) 4:50 | 9:20 IT'S COMPLICATED (R) 12:10 | 2:30 | 6:50 LEGION (R) 12:20 | 2:45 | 5:05 | 7:30 9:40 OLD DOGS (PG) 12:40 | 2:40 | 5:10 | 7:10 | 9:15 PLANET 51 (PG) 12:30 | 2:55 | 4:50 | 7:15 | 9:05

THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 12:05 | 2:30 | 4:55 | 7:20 | 9:50 THE LOVELY BONES (PG-13) 12:55 | 3:45 | 6:40 | 9:25 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) 12:35 | 2:35 | 4:40 | 7:35 | 9:30 TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (PG-13) 12:50 | 4:10 | 7:05 | 9:45 UP IN THE AIR (R) 12:15 | 2:20 | 4:45 | 7:25 | 9:35 YOUTH IN REVOLT (R) 12:25 | 2:25 | 4:35 | 6:55 | 9:10

Now Showing Brooklyn's Finest 03/05/2010 Rated: R Genre: Action/Adventure Burned out veteran Eddie is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida has discovered there's no line he won't cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And, Clarence 'Tango' Butler has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz, one of Brooklyn's most infamous drug dealers. With personal and work pressures bearing down on them, each man faces daily tests of judgment and honor in one of the world's most difficult jobs. When NYPD's Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, all three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn's gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals. During seven fateful days, Eddie, Sal and Tango find themselves hurtling inextricably toward the same fatal crime scene and a shattering collision with destiny. Starring: Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Jesse Williams

Alice in Wonderland 03/05/10 From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic fantasy adventure "Alice in Wonderland," a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen's reign of terror. "Alice in Wonderland" captures the wonder of Lewis Carroll's beloved "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865) and "Through the Looking-Glass" (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history. Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Mia Wasikowska

Coming Soon The Bounty Hunter 03/19/10 A bounty hunter is hired to track down his ex-wife. Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive comments, language and some violence Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis, Natalie Morales

green Zone 03/12/10 Rated R for violence and language During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission. Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. And, at this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth. Starring: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs

The Last Station Drama. 112 min Not Yet Rated Starring: James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, Helen Mirren, AnneMarie Duff Synopsis: Set in the last tumultuous years of famed Russian author Leo Tolstoy's life, centers on the battle for his soul waged by his wife Sofya Andreyevna and his leading disciple Vladimir Cherkov. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth, his thirteen children and a life of hedonism, Tolstoy makes a dramatic flight from his home. Too ill to continue beyond the tiny rail station at Astapovo, he believes that he is dying alone, while over one hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition.

Remember Me Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking 03/12/10 Tyler, a rebellious young man in New York City, has had a strained relationship with his father ever since tragedy separated their family. Tyler didn't think anyone could possibly understand what he was going through until the day he met Ally through an unusual twist of fate. Love was the last thing on his mind, but as her spirit unexpectedly heals and inspires him, he begins to fall for her. Through their love, he begins to find happiness and meaning in his life. But, soon, hidden secrets are revealed, and the circumstances that brought them together slowly threaten to tear them apart. Starring: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Pierce Brosnan

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Zac Brown Band George Varga LOS ANGELES — The Zac Brown Band made history in at least two ways when it won Best New Artist honors at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 31.

nees to perform on the Grammys telecast, which found it duetting with legendary singer-songwriter Leon Russell on "America the Beautiful," Russell's "Dixie Lullaby" and Brown's "Chicken Fried."

The six-man group became the first country-music band — as opposed to solo artist — to ever win a Best New Artist trophy at the Grammys. Equally notable, this year's Best New Artist winner isn't exactly new, although Grammy Award rules are flexible in defining who qualifies for such a designation.

Even so, the Grammy victory appeared to come as a genuine surprise to Brown and his bandmates, who include guitarist-organist Coy Bowles, violinist-singer Jimmy De Martini, drummer Chris Fryar, bassist-singer John Driskell Hopkins and multi-instrumentalist and singer Clay Cook.

That's a good thing for Brown, who formed his Atlantabased band in 2000, several years after launching his music career, and released his group's first album on his own label in 2003.

"We did not think we were going to win at all. We've been on a lot of awards shows this year, and performed (on them) and didn't win," Brown, 34, said. "I mean, we didn't plan on winning anything. We're performers and to be recognized on this level is insane. It's surreal."

Or, as the bearded singer-guitarist said backstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the Grammys were held: "We've been very blessed to do what we love for a living. After 13 years, to be recognized on this level is one of the greatest pleasures of my life." Intriguingly, the Zac Brown Band was the only one of the five Best New Artist nomi-

Now, this hardworking sextet faces perhaps its biggest challenge yet, as the group seeks to take its career to a new level. Case in point: Brown and his band's Tuesday show at the San Diego Sports Arena,

which kicks off the 15-city West Coast leg of the group's Breaking Southern Ground Tour. Depending on the seating configuration, the Sports Arena can accommodate up to 13,000 fans. That's 12,600 more than the 400-capacity Brick By Brick in San Diego, where the Zac Brown Band appeared a year ago. Yet, even though Tuesday's Sports Arena gig will use a scaled back "theater" configuration, with a 5,000 capacity, playing such a large venue one year after a club date here seems daunting. Or is it? "We had to bet on ourselves, as to what we're becoming and as we get more and more radio (air) play," Brown said. "I would rather have 2,000 or 3,000 empty seats than turn away 1,000 people, who might otherwise be following us for the rest of their lives." Brown and his band's major label debut, the million-plusselling "The Foundation," was released in late 2008 by Atlantic Records. Now ranked at No. 10 on the national Billboard pop album charts, "The Foundation" sold 40,000 copies the week after the Grammys (a sales jump of 82 percent over the previous week). The 12-song album is a notable crossover success, as befits a crowdpleasing act that has opened concerts for artists as varied as B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sugarland. Continues on page 19

Schedule good for 3/12 - 3/18 ALVIN & THE CHIPUNKS 2 (PG)*(12:00p 2:10p) 4:20p 6:30p 8:40p THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) *(1:15p) 4:00p 6:45p 9:30p LEGION (R) *(12:10p 2:30p) 4:50p 7:10p 9:30p OLD DOGS (PG) *(12:50p 3:00p) 5:10p 7:25p 9:35p PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) *(12:15p 2:30p) 4:45p 6:55p 9:10p UP IN THE AIR (R) *(12:00p 2:20p) 4:40p 7:00p 9:20p YOUTH IN REVOLT (R) *(12:25p 2:35p) 4:45p 6:55p 9:05p *ONLY MARCH 13th – March 18th

Schedule good for 3/12- 3/18 $TIMULU$ TUE$DAY$ $1.00 DRINK, $1.00 POPCORN EVERY TUESDAY! MILITARY DISCOUNT @ BOX OFFICE & CONCESSION STAND! ADVANCE TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR DISNEY'S OCEANS $3 OFF COuPLE'S COMBO WITH ANY ALICE IN WONDERLAND TICKET PuRCHASE!! OuR FAMILY WEDDINg PG-13 11:00 12:25 1:35 2:40 3:50 4:55 6:05 7:10 8:20 9:25 (10:30 11:45 FRI/SAT) REMEMBER ME PG-13 11:10 1:55 4:35 7:15 9:55 (12:20 FRI/SAT) SHES OuT OF MY LEAguE R 11:15 1:45 4:30 7:20 9:50 (12:15 FRI/SAT) gREEN ZONE R 11:00 1:30 4:15 7:05 10:00 (12:20 FRI/SAT ALICE IN WONDERLAND

PRESENTED IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D*3D SURCHARGE APPLIES PG 11:00 12:00 12:30 1:30 2:35 3:05 4:20 5:10 5:40 7:00 7:45 8:15 9:35 (10:20 10:50 12:05 FRI/SAT) BROOKLYN'S FINEST R 1:00 4:00 7:00 10:00 COP OuT R 12:00 2:30 5:00 7:30 10:00 (12:20 FRI/SAT) THE CRAZIES R 11:10 1:45 4:30 7:20 10:00 (12:15 FRI/SAT) SHuTTER ISLAND R 12:00 3:00 6:00 9:00 (12:00 FRI/SAT) PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS:LIgHTNINg THIEF PG 11:00 1:30 4:15 7:05 9:50 (12:20 FRI/SAT) DEAR JOHN PG-13 12:30 3:00 5:30 8:00 (10:30 FRI/SAT) AVATAR 3D *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES PG-13 11:30 1:00 3:00 4:30 6:30 8:00 10:00 (11:30 FRI/SAT)

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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from March 12th thru March 18th. 2010 If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to:

NOrTHEaST/ cENTraL Diocesan Festival —

Catholic Schools of El Paso hosts its annual festival noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at St. Joseph’s School, 1300 Lamar. The event features food, games, entertainment and more. Admission is free. Information: 872-8400 ext. 126

Gateway Brass — The U.S. Air Force Band of the West’s brass ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the Chapin High School Auditorium,

7000 Dyer. Sponsored by University of Texas at El Paso. Admission is free. Information: (210) 671-3934 or

Aztec New Year celebration —

Performance artist Michael Herald of Los Angeles will bring his indigenous instruments, music, and storytelling to open for a “Fiesta de Año Nuevo Azteca: Un

paso a la nueva era” 2012 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle. The group Danza Aztec Omekoatl will also present ceremonial dancing followed by a special dialogue panel on 2012 covering the astronomical, spiritual, and cultural implications of the much talked about “doomsday” in the Mayan/Aztec Calen-


Por Martín del Palacio

Es sin duda una de las criaturas mitológicas mas apasionantes, y a la vez espeluznante, que pueblan desde tiempos inmemoriales la literatura universal. Surgidos probablemente por el temor ancestral a víboras, felinos voraces y aves de rapiña, se ganaron un lugar en casi todas las culturas. Existen en los textos antiguos de los hebreos, los griegos, los chinos, y los mayas, y aunque no sean exactamente iguales, todos comparten ciertas características. Su presencia en cuentos y leyendas medievales los convirtió en figuras habituales de la literatura, y si bien lógicamente el cine los incorporó

desde muy temprano, ha sido la revolución tecnológica de los últimos años la que ha permitido mostrar a estas extrañas criaturas en todo su esplendor. “The Never Ending Story”, “Dragonheart” y “Reign of Fire”, son algunas de las películas que supieron aprovecharlos, sin olvidar la saga de “Harry Potter”, aunque probablemente nadie utilizó mejor la leyenda que los creadores de “Shrek”, quienes en la primera de las películas de la serie incluyeron a un feroz animal que impedía que nadie se acercara a donde estaba atrapada la princesa Fiona, pero que luego resultó ser una dragona tan domesticable como enamoradiza. El género promete levantar vuelo otra vez con la llegada

a los cines este 26 de marzo de “How To Train Your Dragon”, un nuevo filme animado del mismo estudio que realizó “Shrek” (cuya cuarte parte llegará a los cines a mediados de año), en donde el mito de los dragones es presentado desde una perspectiva totalmente diferente. En el filme, en donde aportan sus voces estrellas como Gerard Butler, América Ferrara, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill y Jay Baruchel, un muchacho vikingo que debe seguir la tradición ancestral de salir a cazarlos, descubre por accidente que tal vez no sean tan peligrosos como parecen, y tras convertir a un dragón en su mascota, decide demostrarle a su pueblo que han vivido equivocados durante siglos.

dar. Admission is free. Information: 532-6200.

Broken Water and Buckeye — The three-

‘Tejano Legends’ —

Little Joe headlines the TexMex music style tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at

piece band from Olympia, Wash. performs its “swirling, shoe-gazing, punk rock” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the Hideaway Lounge, 1012 Raynor. Tentative admission: $5. Information: (360) 8785260 or

2010 El Paso Senior Games — The 28th annual

games for those age 50 and older run March 10-April 11 at various locations, sponsored by the City Parks and Recreation Department and Sierra Providence Health Network. Top three finishers in each age group receive


Ballet Folklóricos Paso del Norte and Chiruhui — The local

ballet folklórico companies

about 20 tables of antique and modern dolls, accessories, clothing and free doll identification and appraisals. Ticket information: 637-3438.

the County Coliseum. Special guest to be announced Tickets: $20, $30, $40 and $50, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster).

Mariachi Los Toritos — Mariachi Los Toritos perform a concert of traditional Mexican mariachi music at 7

join together for their annual production “Juntos Por Mexico,” depicting the art, history, sights and sounds of Mexico through dance and music at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12-14, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The troupes will be accompanied with live music by Mariachi Raices de America and Grupo Mixteco. Admission: $5. Information/advance tickets: 588-5743.

p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20-21, at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater, 800 S. San Marcial. Tickets: $12. Information: 532-7273 or 731-2454.

medals in their event. All participants have a chance qualify to advance to the Texas State Senior Games, which is a qualifying site for the National Senior Games. Applications available at any Recreation or Senior Center with the Parks and Recreation Department. Information: Sandy Rodriguez, 240-3310 or Eliseo Duran, 252-9031.

EaSTSIDE Sun Country Doll Folks — The club’s 36th

WESTSIDE/ DOWNTOWN ‘Porgy & Bess’ — The

annual doll show and sale is 9

Lace Up for Kids —

The Millennium Optimist Club will host the 5k Run and 1-mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Ascarate Park. All pre-registered runners and walkers receive race t-shirt. Refreshments available at finish line. Trophy to Overall Male and Female; medals to Top 3 finishers in male & female age groups.

a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Holiday Inn Airport, Airway at I-10, exit 25. The event showcases

El Paso Opera closes its 16th season and celebrates March as “Opera Month” with a gala benefit concert setting performance of George and Ira Gershwin’s all time classic American classic at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, conducted by Maestro Raymond Harvey. The performance encompasses the essence of Americana from the Negro spiritual to the blues of the Bayou, the jazz sounds of New Orleans and the streets of Broadway. A true American classic, hits include “Summertime,” Continues on next page

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SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS MARCH 12, 2010 PAGE 19 Continued from page 18 ....“My Man’s Gone Now” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.” Tickets: $15-$90 (10 percent discount for military, students and seniors age 55 and older). Information/subscriptions: 581-5534 or

UTEP faculty, staff and alumni, seniors, military, alumni and groups of 10 or more; $6 UTEP students). All seats general admission. Information: 747-5118 or

‘March On-A Salute to the Military’ – 7:30

2009-2010 live horse racing season runs through April 20. Race days are Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sun-

p.m. Friday, March 12 at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. El Paso Wind Symphony presents an evening of patriotic music. Tickets: $12.50 ($7.50 students). Information: 760-5599. The El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Ron Hufstader, includes woodwind, brass and percussion.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — The

successful Broadway production and revival, one of the memorable movie roles for stage icon Liza Minnelli. Features such hits as “Money, Money,” “Willkommen” and “(Life Is A) Cabaret.” Part of the Broadway in El Paso Series. Tickets: $25-$48.50, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster)

Juntos Art and Literature Festival —

Juntos Art Association will host the art and literature festival March 11-13, bringing artists, writers, and more to the high schools to meet the students and present their work in the various fields of art and literature. A speaker series is planned 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the El Paso Public Library Main Branch, with art and literature booths, a mercado and Mexican art exhibit. Admission to all events is free. Information: 543-5412 or 203-2309.

‘Some Girls’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents Neil LaBute’s comedy March 1014, at UTEP’s Studio Theatre in the Fox Fine Arts Center. Directed by Fernando Alvarez, Jr. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the March 10 production benefit the Student Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $8 ($7 non-UTEP students,

days (and Wednesday, Feb. 17). First post is 12:25 p.m. each race day. General admission is free to the track and casino. First post time is 12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating is $7. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200. To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs. • Saturday, March 13 — Bill Thomas Memorial Handicap. Purse $50,000 Guaranteed. 3year-olds and up. • Sunday, March 14 — Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap. 3-year-old and up. NM-breds.

‘Cabaret’ – Broadway in

El Paso presents the TonyAward-winning musical at 7:30 p.m. March 15, at the Plaza Theatre. The pre-World War II tale life in a Berlin cabaret has not only been a

Chusma and DJ SystemAddict. Tickets: $7 ($10 under age 21); available at Take II or Information: 832-0997.

SOuTHErN NEW MExIcO Cowboy Days — The 10th annual celebration of

Ardovino’s St. Patrick’s Day — Ar-

dovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, will host its annual St. Patrick’s

Day event featuring live music by San Patricios and a Celtic buffet Wednesday, March 17. Doors open at 5 p.m.; buffet starts at 6 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653.

LoCura — The eclectic contemporary world music band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Take II, 6315 N. Mesa. Also performing is El Paso’s Radio La

Southwest pioneer heritage is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces. A cowboy breakfast will kick off the festivities 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday with match team roping, Mexican-style rodeo demonstrations, horseback and stagecoach rides, cowboy music and poetry, a large arts and craft show, great food, children’s activities, gunfight re-enactments, cowboy demonstrations, and a trip back in time to witness an 1895 wedding both days. Admission: $4 (ages 4 and younger free). Information: (575) 522-4100 or A Cowboy Breakfast is 8 to 10 a.m. .Continues on next page

Zac Brown Band Continued from page 17 In June, the Zac Brown Band plays the annual Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee, where it will be part of a lineup that includes fellow 2010 Grammy winners Jay-Z, Kings of Leon and Jeff Beck. In July, Brown and his group open seven shows for the Dave Matthews Band.

On March 19 comes the TV debut of "CMT Crossroads: Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown Band." Meanwhile, Brown is featured (sans his band) on the recently released "We Are the World" remake, which has been retitled "We Are The World 25 for Haiti" and features nearly 80 other performers, including the Jonas Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Tony Bennett and Jason Mraz.

Fitting comfortably in so many stylistic settings might be difficult for other countryoriented artists. But with "The Foundation," Brown and his band have crafted a listener-friendly blend that, while less than innovative, draws deftly from reggae ("Where the Boat Leaves From"), funk ("Different Kind of Fine"), bluegrass ("Mary") and sly, Jimmy

Buffett-styled balladry ("Toes"). "Man, it's just one love, one music, one common goal, and that's the thing about it," Brown said. "There really are no walls, except for the names that the (music) industry tries to apply. But (to us), it's all the same thing." COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. (Ticketmaster) Information: 1-877-277-5677 or • Rudolf Budginas –

Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7 and 14, and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors over 65, $7 all seats on Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or The play is a tender and sensitive exploration of family coming to terms with the accidental death of their 4-year-old son.

‘Dona Rosita’s Day of the Dead’ — Ameri-

ACROSS 1 Como or Maggiore 5 Kind of geometry 10 Crooked 14 Neutral shade 15 ___ at the office 16 Not stereo 17 Count calories 18 Sweet plums 20 Summer cooler 21 Late newsman Huntley 22 Mean 23 Nasal openings 25 Took to court 26 Postponed 28 Arlington, Va., building 32 Fit to be tied 33 Holy city 34 Baseball stat 35 Puerto follower 36 Discernment 37 Wail 38 River of Scotland 39 Comic Jay’s folks 40 Bel ___: Italian cheese 41 Dinner finales 43 James, of Hollywood 44 Scarlett’s home 45 Motown products 46 Arm bones 49 Nobelist Wiesel 50 Hall or area ender 53 Special-services soldier 55 Scepter 56 River duck 57 Tarzan’s transport 58 MacLaine role 59 “Auld Lang ___” 60 Stage direction 61 Fragrant river

DOWN 1 Swan girl 2 Etcher’s need 3 Singles and sawbucks 4 Excuse 5 Languished

6 Fairy-tale heavies 7 Freedman 8 “___ Got a Secret” 9 Accuse 10 Ms. Plummer 11 Theater section 12 Lulu 13 Bouquet 19 She played Camille 21 Algonquian 24 Member of the choir 25 Denominations 26 Worn out 27 Greet the dawn 28 Mexican money 29 Grassy turf 30 In need of 17 Across 31 Forty- ___ 33 Devilfish 36 Like Ivan 37 N.Z. plant 39 Hear of 40 Cracker spread 42 Addison’s partner 43 Segovia’s instrument 45 Coeur d’___, Idaho 46 Alts. 47 1934 Nobelist 48 Denote 49 Latin I verb 51 Pinnacle 52 Part of a century 54 Strauss’ “___ Heldenleben” 55 “O sole ___”

Las Cruces Civic Concerts present the musical piano prodigy at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13 ,at the Rio Grande Theatre. Budginas debuted with the Lithuanian National Symphony at age, trained with the Moscow Conservatory and soon rose to fame performing solo concerts. His show, “You, Me & The Piano,” ranges from classical works like Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” Tickets: $20. Information: (575) 521-4051.

Rio Grande Theatre

— The renovated historic theater is at 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403, (575) 523-0807 or LoCura and Nuevo Sol — 7 p.m. Friday, March 12. Direct from San Francisco’s vibrant music scene, en route to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, the Latin music and dance ensemble LoCura mixes grooves and melodies. Joining LoCura are local-rising-stars, Nuevo Sol. Tickets: $15.

‘Rabbit Hole’ — No

Strings Theatre Company will presents David Lindsay-Abaires’ 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Feb. 26March 14 at Black Box Theatre, 420 N. Downtown

can Southwest Theatre Company brings the popular “Dona Rosita” back at 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, at NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre. Tickets: $15 (Ticketmaster). The one-woman show is the brainchild of writer/creator Rodrigo Duarte-Clark and actress/comedienne Ruby Nelda Perez. The comedy explores life, death, and everything in between through the eyes of Rosita, the colorful restaurateur with a penchant for storytelling.

An evening with Anne Hillerman —

The daughter of the late acclaimed Southwest novelist Tony Hillerman will talk about her father’s legacy and her new book “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Mesilla Community Center. Hosted by the Border Book Festival. Anne Hillerman’s husband, photographer Don Strel, also will be present. The event includes a silent auction and book signing. Admission: $10 donation. Information: (575) 523—3988 or m. Web: Tony Hillerman was author of 29 books, including the popular 17 mystery series featuring Navajo police officer, Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. Anne Hillerman’s book is a collection of photographs by Strel with descriptive text, brief synopsis of the novels, quotes from the books, and Tony Hillerman’s own comments. The book also includes a previously unpublished essay by Tony Hillerman.

If you believe you are deserving of love, it will be apparent in the love that flows through your world. Conversely, a lack of supportive relationships points to a deeply rooted feeling of unworthiness. On the eve of the new moon in Pisces, consider what effect your beliefs have had on your life. Tomorrow's new moon begins a fresh lunar cycle and is the ideal moment to change a belief that's not working for you. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Picking your way through a politically complicated situation is time-consuming and stressful, but you have to admit, you dig it. Why shouldn't you? You're really good at diplomatic relations. Your sensitivity to people and your grasp of the bigger picture make you the perfect person for the job. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Tenacity is in your blood. But why bang your head against a wall that's never going to fall down? To discern the difference between persistence and stupidity is not always easy. You will have doubts about staying on a particular task, but don’t give up yet. A significant development is on the horizon. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone would intuit our desires and fulfill them without us having to articulate a thing? Unfortunately, that is not the case. But there's good news, too. The best way to get what you want is simple: Ask for it! This week you ask a bold question that gets your personal life rockin'. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You've been dealt a few wild cards, and you'll get a few more. The way things are shaking out, you wonder how much control you really have over your life. Choosing this way or that way may seem futile as fate takes the driver's seat. In fact, your choice does count — a lot. Now is a good time to practice letting go.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your fire-sign energy is turned up this week. Take a cue from your guiding star, the sun. Stay a respectful distance from the object of your affection, and this person will gravitate toward you. You may even find that you have a small crew of loving people orbiting around you all week long.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You make your own opportunities. The ones that seem to be coming from the outside world are actually the manifestation of what you've created with your innermost thoughts. You may have heard this before and doubted its validity. But the way this point will be illustrated for you this week, you will recognize its truth. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). A good partner is someone who can help you prioritize and pace yourself. If you're getting out of sync, feeling rushed, sluggish or scattered, look carefully at the company you're keeping this week. Could they have anything to do with it? Attention to interpersonal dynamics will clear up a few roadblocks. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). More is not always better. In fact, usually less is better. You have no problem leaving the extraneous stuff that drags you down. When you're done with something, you simply drop it. You'll be a master at making attitude adjustments in an instant. A friend will be inspired by your ability to cut to the quick. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you ask, "Why did I just do that?" the answer won't be readily available. Is it a genetic predisposition or something in your environment that's triggering your behavior? Brain development is wildly complex. Instead of asking why, ask, "How can I do it better next time?" You'll have more success. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You think you need to increase the self-control, crack down on discipline and get your act together. But the opposite approach may have an even better effect. Doing nothing has merit, too. So does being lazy and indulgent and goofing off. Ditch the self-improvement campaign and see how that works for you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's like someone clicked the "random" button on life. Events won't follow a logical path. Non sequiturs abound. Conversations fragment, loop the loop and then shoot off through the stratosphere. What will you do with all this weird input? As resourceful and clever as you are, by Thursday you'll be turning it into art. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You tend to fall in love with people who can do something you can't. You grow as you do this, since Pisces people are often able to take on their partners' qualities through osmosis. You'll be in a good mix of people this week, so continue to seek partners who amaze and inspire you.

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Flav rs

SuNDay (Family) --

Take it easy and serve the family a precooked BAKED HAM today. Add MASHED SWEET POTATOES, BROCCOLI, a SPINACH SALAD and CORNBREAD (from a mix) to accompany the ham. Indulge in APPLE-CINNAMON POCKETS for dessert. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Unroll 1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts (on wax paper for easy cleanup) according to package directions. Cut each crust into fourths. Divide 2 (12-ounce) packages frozen cinnamon-spiced apples (defrosted) into eight portions and place in center of each crust; sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired. Pull corners over apples, pinching to seal. Brush bundles evenly with lightly beaten egg white; place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough ham and apple pockets for Monday. SHOPPING LIST: precooked baked ham, sweet potatoes to mash, broccoli, fresh spinach, cornbread mix, packaged refrigerated piecrusts, frozen cinnamonspiced apples, cinnamon, egg, sugar.

MONDay (Express) -Use some of the leftover ham in TURKEY CUBAN SANDWICHES. Spread 8 slices Italian bread with Dijonnaise. Top 4 slices bread with 4 slices reduced-fat Swiss

7-Day MENu PLaNNEr by Susan Nicholson

breasts and thighs in dish. Sprinkle chicken with paprika. Cover with nonstick foil; bake 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is no longer pink. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired. (Adapted from Southern Living magazine.) Serve with CHOPPED

Saturday's Honey-Ginger Grilled Salmon. Photo courtesy of cheese, thin slices of leftover ham, deli sliced turkey, another slice of cheese and slices of dill pickles. Coat bread with cooking spray, place in a hot nonstick skillet, press down with a spatula and cook until golden brown. Turn and repeat browning. Serve with BAKED CHIPS and a packaged GREEN SALAD. For dessert, warm the leftover APPLE POCKETS and top with light WHIPPED CREAM. SHOPPING LIST: Italian bread, Dijonnaise, reduced-fat Swiss cheese, deli sliced turkey, dill pickles, cooking spray, baked chips, packaged

green salad, light whipped cream.

TuESDay (Kids) --

CHICKEN RICE BAKE is mild in flavor and will suit kids' taste requirements. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together 2 cups uncooked jasmine rice, 1 (14-ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth, 3/4 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup dry white wine or additional chicken broth, 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spoon mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Place 3 1/2 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken

LETTUCE and SOFT ROLLS. ORANGE SECTIONS are good for dessert. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough chicken and rice for Wednesday; save enough orange sections for Friday. SHOPPING LIST: jasmine rice, low-sodium chicken

broth, buttermilk, dry white wine if desired, sliced fresh mushrooms, salt, cooking spray, bone-in, skinless chicken breasts and thighs, paprika, fresh parsley if desired, lettuce, soft rolls, orange sections. Continues on next page

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(Heat and Eat) -- Heat the leftover CHICKEN RICE BAKE and dinner will almost be ready. Add a GREEN SALAD and WHOLEWHEAT ROLLS on the side. Fresh or frozen BLUEBERRIES, sprinkled with a little brown sugar, is your dessert. SHOPPING LIST: salad greens, whole-wheat rolls, fresh or frozen blueberries, brown sugar.

THurSDay (Budget) -- TURKEY-COUSCOUS MEATLOAVES (see recipe) received gold stars at our

house for their excellent flavor. Serve them with a BAKED POTATO, steamed CARROTS, a LETTUCE SALAD and MULTIGRAIN BREAD. Enjoy RED AND GREEN GRAPES for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: lowsodium chicken broth, wholewheat couscous, zucchini, red onion, rubbed (crumbled) sage, coarse salt, pepper, ground turkey breast, egg, light brown sugar, Dijon mustard, tomato paste, bacon, potatoes to bake, carrots, lettuce, multigrain bread, red and green grapes.

FrIDay (Meatless) -Forget about meat and enjoy SPAGHETTI WITH OLIVES AND CAPERS (see recipe) tonight. Add a ROMAINE SALAD and GARLIC BREAD. Sprinkle leftover ORANGE SECTIONS with toasted COCONUT for dessert. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough coconut for Saturday. SHOPPING LIST: thin spaghetti, olive oil, onion, garlic, dried oregano, celery salt, crushed red pepper, black pepper, no-salt-added or regular marinara sauce, pimentostuffed olives, dry sherry, capers, parsley, romaine, garlic bread, coconut. SATURDAY (Easy Entertaining) -Any guest would enjoy the flavors of HONEY-GINGER GRILLED SALMON (see recipe). Serve with BROWN RICE, tiny frozen GREEN PEAS, an ARUGULA SALAD and BREAD STICKS. For dessert, fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM topped with CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES and leftover COCONUT is a fine finish to a delicious meal. SHOPPING LIST: orange, reduced-sodium soy sauce, honey, ground ginger, garlic powder, green onion, salmon fillets, brown rice, tiny frozen green peas, arugula, bread sticks, fat-free vanilla ice cream, chocolate sprinkles. **



Makes 6 loaves Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 30 to 35 minutes 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken

broth 1/2 cup whole-wheat couscous 1 medium coarsely grated zucchini (see Note) 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 4 teaspoons rubbed (crumbled) sage 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast 1 egg 1/4 cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons tomato paste 3 lower-sodium slices bacon, halved Heat oven to 400 degrees. Boil broth; stir in couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer couscous to a large bowl, fluff with fork. Stir in zucchini, onion, sage, salt and pepper. Add turkey and egg and mix to combine. Shape into 6 loaves, each about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with nonstick foil. In a small bowl, mix sugar, mustard and tomato paste until blended and smooth; brush most of mixture over loaves. Lay a bacon piece diagonally over each loaf. Brush bacon with remaining mustard mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until loaves' internal temperature registers 165 degrees. If desired, broil 1 minute to crisp bacon. (Adapted from Redbook magazine.) Note: I used a box shredder for the zucchini. Per loaf: 262 calories, 29 grams protein, 4 grams fat (13 percent calories from fat), 1.1 grams saturated fat, 28 grams carbohydrate, 96 milligrams cholesterol, 381 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber. **


Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: about 15 minutes, plus pasta 8 ounces thin spaghetti 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups chopped onion 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon celery salt 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 2/3 cups no-salt-added or

regular marinara sauce 1/2 cup sliced pimento-stuffed olives 1/4 cup dry sherry 1 tablespoon rinsed capers 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided Cook pasta according to directions; drain. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Add onion; cook 6 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in oregano, celery salt, red pepper and black pepper. Stir in marinara sauce, olives, sherry, capers and 3 tablespoons parsley. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Garnish with remaining parsley. (Adapted from Cooking Light magazine.) Per serving: 347 calories, 10 grams protein, 8 grams fat (21 percent calories from fat), 0.9 gram saturated fat, 57 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 733 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber. **


Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes; marinating time: 15 minutes to 1 hour Cooking time: 12 to 18 minutes 1/3 cup fresh orange juice 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup honey 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 chopped green onion 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets In a resealable plastic bag, combine juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic powder and onion. Add salmon; turn to coat. Refrigerate 15 minutes to 1 hour. Grill on medium-high 6 to 8 minutes per side or bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes. Per serving: 232 calories, 38 grams protein, 6 grams fat (26 percent calories from fat), 1 gram saturated fat, 3 grams carbohydrate, 97 milligrams cholesterol, 503 milligrams sodium, no 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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Rules of THUMBS “I

n the absence of any other proof,” Sir Isaac Newton said, “the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.” In further testament to its importance, Julius Caesar ordered the thumbs of opponents amputated so they could never again swing their weapons effectively. Both in war and golf, the one digit you want working correctly is your thumb. Your thumb is controlled by nine individual muscles and three major hand nerves. Your target thumb (the thumb of the highest hand on your grip) plays a major role in the rotation of the clubface through impact. In addition to its anchoring capabilities, the position of your target thumb on the club handle determines the direction in which force is applied to the shaft during your release and therefore how much the face of your clubhead will rotate through the impact. When your thumb is on the top of the shaft at address, the pressure exerts down the middle of the club shaft, reducing clubface rotation through impact — and unless there is compensation, you’ll hit a fade or a slice. With your target thumb down the back of the shaft, the direction of the force causes your clubface to rotate aggressively through impact, imparting the characteristic spin of the draw shot.

Long or Short Thumb? The “long thumb” position, with the top thumb fully extended along the grip, gives your clubhead the most arc by allowing you to make the largest wrist and thumb cock possible. The “short thumb” position, where the top thumb is retracted, restricts your thumb’s cocking action, producing more clubhead control but less clubhead arc and less power. Continues on page 25

In the bunker, where you want the face to remain open, position the thumb on top of the shaft.

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Always too fat or too thin Q: I shoot an average of 95. It’s painful. My irons are inconsistent. Only if the ball is up and the lie is perfect do I hit the ball cleanly. If the lie is not good, I either hit it fat or hit it thin. What do you suggest? — J.G. A: Most golfers who need perfect lies are early releasers who try to get the club under the ball. An early releaser breaks down the target wrist about halfway down to the ball, and the clubhead bottoms out at the point, so it’s easy to

hit it fat or skid into the ball and blade it. You have to do two things: 1. Change your concept. Stop trying to get the club under the ball. It’s all filled up with ground under there. Instead, hit the back of the ball with a stroke that is going forward toward the target. 2. Keep your chest rotating. As soon as you stop or slow your chest, the hands flip. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, e-mail him at:


Quail high A shot hit on a low, flat trajectory.


A problem occurs when you swing your arms too much around your body, forcing the clubhead to cross your toe line before it should. This mistake during the takeaway traps the clubhead behind you, so keep your hands moving on your toe-line as long as you can. The guy who said “drive for show, putt for dough” was a great driver of the ball because there is no “dough” left by the time you emerge from the bushes. Remember — a 30-footer for an eight is still an eight. Cultivate your wedge, treasure your putter, but fall in love with your driver.


President Woods Tiger Woods’ decision to speak to the nation (sounds presidential, doesn’t it?) from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., cost a lot, but he paid for it. Just the meeting room costs a minimum of $5,000, and didn’t it look good with those classy metal folding chairs and that beautiful blue curtain in the background? Still, you’d think that for $5,000 they would include a PA system that worked.

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They’re golf shoes, dude! The finishing touch on your new-age look on the golf course is Spacklers by Golf Gators — flip-flops with golf spikes. Put your golf hat on backward, strap on some LoudMouth pants with no belt, don’t tuck in your shirt, and in a final affront to traditional golf fashion, wear no socks with these flip-flops. And don’t forget to holler “fore” at the top of your lungs when you drive by a golf course. After all “You’re Da Man.” Or “Da Woman.” Spacklers cost $39.99 at


When Tiger was just breaking onto the golf scene, Sandy Lyle was asked what he thought of Tiger Woods and he said, “I don’t know. I’ve never played them.” Next it was Vijay Singh’s caddy who wore a golf hat that asked, “Tiger who?” That was just before Tiger beat Singh like a drum. Now it’s fellow Buddhist the Dalai Lama who told the AP, “I’ve never heard of Tiger Woods.” Hard to believe that a man so plugged into the world hasn’t heard about Tiger, but that’s Vijay for you.

Rules of THUMBS Continued from page 23 Note that cocking the wrist and cocking the thumb are related, but not identical. Your wrist can cock only about 15 degrees without bending or bowing, but your thumb can cock 90 degrees. If you cock you wrist fully, but restrict the amount of thumb cock, the shaft will appear to be less than 90 degrees even

ABOUT THE WRITER Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit his Web site at

The long thumb gives a wider arc and more distance, endearing it to many women golfers.

though the lead wrist is fully cocked. This occurs in the swings of several tour players, including Steve Stricker and J.B. Holmes, prompting TV announcers to say that they are not cocking their wrists, which of course they are. Unfortunately, this mistake leads golfers to stop cocking their wrists — a recipe for a loss of power.

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How’s your GPS? “Everybody’s got to be somewhere” is the existential reply to the question “What are you doing here?” When it comes to playing golf, you not only have to be somewhere, you have to know exactly where that somewhere is. Knowing where each body part is in space and time would be an impossible task if it weren’t for two of our most helpful adaptation systems, motor memory and proprioception. Motor memory helps you to retrieve your swing in general, while proprioception tells you what each part of your body is doing during any given swing. Located throughout your body are tiny sensors that report to your brain what is going on in their district — what the joints are doing, what’s happening in the stretch receptors in the muscles, how much force is being applied as you hold your golf posture, etc. Your brain needs this information to make a coordinated swing, and even though most of your proprioceptive adjustments are unconscious, you can train this super-sense consciously through a specially designed practice routine. You can also promote the proper use of your Golf Proprioceptive System (GPS) by using one of the simplest intervention strategies — the rehearsal swing. This practice motion improves your movement intelligence by using the proprioceptive trace, an after-effect that lingers in your sense memory. Swing a weighted club and it leaves a trace in your sensory tracking system that makes your driver feel incredibly light. Likewise, make a perfect practice swing and that trace will remain long enough to cue up your real swing.


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Mysteries of the yips Yip could be an acronym for Years in Purgatory, as anyone who has had them can readily attest. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., delved into the problem and determined that the condition has two basic roots — one psychological and one physical: Performance anxiety couples with a neuromuscular “dystonia” to produce golf tremors of varying severity and duration. Yips can be occasional, temporary or permanent; they could get better or worse gradually, disappear suddenly then come roaring back, or be banished instantly by the introduction of a magical instrument or ritual. And they are not limited to putting. World-class golfers like Henrik Stenson have suffered bad cases of the yips with the driver, while others have been known to “yip a chip.” In my opinion, this chaotic profile is due to the fact that we are dealing with a tri-bred — an adversary that presents a confusing blend of (1) poor technique, (2) physical mal-

functions and (3) mental distress. And each case has its own mix of causality, the diagnosis of which is a challenge to even the most skilled investigators. If you have had experience with the yips, as part of your intervention, you should try installing a new neuro-muscular template. When you learn a motor skill like typing, bike riding or putting, your movement pattern is captured in a brain template, and the more you repeat it, the more enshrined the blueprint becomes. If the template is muddled in some way, you need to stop using it and install a new one. There are two ways to do this: 1. Make a major change in the way you putt. For example, switch to the belly putter, radicalize your grip, and/or change your stroke pattern. 2. Scientists have found that we move faster when we react to something than when we initiate the action ourselves. Research by Dr. Andrew Welchman at England’s

University of Birmingham proposed an interesting hypothesis: There are two different brain pathways, one for intentional actions and one for reactions. In Parkinson’s disease, intentional movements are much more difficult than reactive ones, i.e., movement is much smoother and faster when the patient is surprised by a thrown ball (reaction) vs. reaching for a ball that sits on the table (intention). This difference may obtain because the human brain uses different neural pathways — one for intention and a different pathway for reaction. This might explain why reacting to the target by looking at the hole helped Bernhard Langer cure his yips, and why other remedies, such as putting in response to the random sound of a clicker or the monotony of a metronome, help some yippers. In any case, despite heavyweights like the Mayo Clinic getting involved, the cause of the yips is still a mystery.

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Race: Food City 500 Where: Bristol Motor Speedway When: Sunday, March 21, 1 p.m. (ET) TV: FOX 2009 winner: Kyle Busch



Race: Scotts Turf Builder 300 Where: Bristol Motor Speedway When: March 20, 2 p.m. (ET) TV: ABC 2009 winner: Kyle Busch

Race: Kroger 250 Where: Martinsville Speedway When: March 27, 1:30 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2009 winner: Kevin Harvick (left)

(NASCAR Photo)

By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers

‘Have at it,boys’ Kurt Busch wins in dramatic Kobalt Tools 500

NASCAR’s new “Have at it, boys” approach to racing played a major role in the finish of Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But none of the late-race wrecking seemed to slow Kurt Busch, who got his third career Sprint Cup victory at AMS and his second straight in the spring race. Busch was cruising at the front, finally having dispatched his chief challenger, Kasey Kahne, when Carl Edwards, running 156 laps in arrears, appeared to use his front bumper to retaliate against Brad Keselowski for a Lap 41 incident between the two of them. Keselowski’s Dodge flew upside down and into the wall, but he escaped unhurt. Edwards was parked for the remainder of the race and summoned to NASCAR’s mobile office afterward. The wreck was eerily similar to the one between the two of them at Talladega last year, where it was Edwards who flew into the fence after contact with Keselowski, who won that race. “It was a wild ride, uncalled for,” Keselowski said of his AMS crash. “It could’ve killed somebody in the grandstand or on the track. We will hurt someone either in a car or in the grandstand.” NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton told reporters Sunday night that the Edwards-Keselowski crash looked like payback on Edwards’ part. He said officials will meet at the NASCAR facility in Concord, N.C., early this week to contemplate further penalties. Continues on page 29

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Consequences for wreck at AMS; Fate of the rear wing ASK RICK! “What are the factors that will determine the punishment, if any, that Carl Edwards gets for wrecking Brad Keselowski in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway?” A: There will be several factors to consider, and NASCAR officials said Sunday night that they’ll be careful and deliberate in their decision making. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, said late Sunday at AMS that officials met with Edwards but will wait a few days before making any decision on what punishment they might decide on. “It looked like it could have been a payback from the No. 99 [Edwards] on the No. 12 [Keselowski],” Pemberton said. “We talked with Carl after the race, and we have an understanding about it, and we will talk internally again as a group Monday or Tuesday and make any decision on if there will be any other actions that we will take.” He pointed out that there already has been some punishment in the form of parking Edwards for the remainder of the race. But that only cost him one spot, dropping him from 38th to 39th. Pemberton also declined to talk about whether the severity of the accident, which sent Keselowski flying upside down and into the catchfence with the top of the car hitting first, would affect the decision. And he wouldn’t say whether the fact that it occurred on a high-speed track would be a factor. “You look at all things,” he said. “I think you have to look at how it all started.” NASCAR is in somewhat of a tight spot because at the

Joey Logano’s No. 20 Home Depot Toyota on the apron after a crash during Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (NASCAR Photo) first of the year it was Pemberton who loosened the reins on drivers, telling them to “Have at it, boys.” Now we’ll see just what he meant.

session at Charlotte.

Q: Will the rear wing ever be run on Sprint Cup cars on a high-speed track again?


A: From all indications, the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway may have been the swan song for the wing. One of the chief complaints about the wing is that it provides lift for cars that get turned around backwards, sending them flying airborne and upside down, as Brad Keselowski’s did after contact with Carl Edwards at AMS. NASCAR has scheduled a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month in which the full Sprint Cup field, or most of the drivers, will be on hand for experience with the spoiler in race conditions. Ryan Newman, who is both a driver and a trained engineer, said returning to the spoiler should greatly reduce the problem of cars becoming airborne. And the next three tracks on the schedule – Bristol, Martinsville and Phoenix – are comparatively low-speed and a good place to try the spoiler. Look for the spoilers to be on the cars for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway unless something unexpected comes up in the test


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Career Sprint Cup victories for crew chief Steve Addington (12 with Kyle Busch and one with Kurt Busch)


Sprint Cup points positions lost by Carl Edwards in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most of any driver (before any penalties are assessed)


Points positions gained in the Kobalt Tools 500 by race winner Kurt Busch (to 10th), the most of any driver in the top 12 in the standings


Car owners within 29 points of joining the top 35 in the car owner standings, which guarantees starting spots for upcoming races after one more race (Doug Yates and car No. 37, Bill Jenkins and car No. 26, Robby Gordon and car No. 7 and Bob Germain and car No. 13)

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Ford Fusion Hybrid – a job well-done. It’s hard to believe, but hybrids have been available in this country for nearly ten years now. So these days, if someone wants a small, boring car that gets 40-plus miles per gallon in town they can get a hybrid like the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight. As fuel efficient as they are, these cars are hardly exciting to drive. And they look kind of funky too. But it doesn’t have to be that way. And thanks to Ford, it isn’t. Based off of their fun-to-drive family sedan, the Fusion Hybrid is the first true hybrid offered by a U.S. automaker that isn’t an SUV. And it may just be the best hybrid on the road. If you’re familiar with the popular Ford Fusion, then you already know a good portion about the Fusion Hybrid. All Fusions received a makeover for 2010 – they are now edgier and the interior has been revamped. But the big news for this year is the

addition of the hybrid version. The Fusion Hybrid consists of a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine (up from the 2.3 liter in previous Fusions) and an electric motor. With a combined output of 191 horsepower, the Fusion’s hybrid system delivers smooth, efficient power. While not as efficient as a Prius, the Fusion Hybrid still manages to get 41 mpg in town and 36 mpg on the highway – impressive when you consider the Fusion is a 3,700 pound mid-size

sedan. But the Fusion Hybrid isn’t just about excellent fuel economy, it is a complete package that works extremely well together and compromises practically nothing. Take the interior – it is a fine place to be. As stated above, it’s been redone and was well worth the effort. The materials used are of high quality and all the buttons and controls are a vast improvement over its predecessor. The Fusion Hybrid gets its own

unique instrument cluster, called SmartGauge. More like a video game, a pictograph of leaves growing on a wreath can be chosen to be displayed. The more fuel efficient you drive, or the greener you are, the more leaves you get. Get heavy on the gas pedal and you start to loose your leaves. If you prefer not to see any vegetation growing on the dash, you can turn it off and choose from other informative but less graphic displays. But despite the Fusion Hybrids good interior, its best asset is the way it drives. The hybrid system is just about seamless – no sputtering or shaking when the system switches from electric motor to the gas engine. This means that you, the driver, gets plenty of smooth power, all while achieving excellent fuel economy. Continues on next page

Kurt Busch Continued from page 27 “It’s always a concern when you see retaliation and there are different levels of it," he said. “We don’t rush to judgment on Sunday nights and make penalties. That’s why we take our time and go back and talk it about it some more.” Edwards all but said he wrecked Keselowski intentionally. He was way behind at that point, having wrecked on the start after contact with Keselowski, contact he at first indicated was not his foe’s fault. Afterward, he wasn’t so gracious. “Brad knows the deal between him and I,” he said. “The car went airborne, which wasn’t what I expected. I wish it wouldn’t have gone like it did.” The wreck bunched the field, sent the race into overtime and allowed the top running drivers to hit pit road for fresh rubber. Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray took just right-side tires and lined up in the first three spots, with Busch

“We were on offense and shot through there like a slingshot,” Busch said. Matt Kenseth finished second, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya and Kahne. A wreck that same lap set up a second try at a green-white-checkered finish – a new wrinkle in the rules this year allows up to three tries – and Busch prevailed over the final two laps to get the victory in a race that wound up being 525 miles long. It was the third straight win at Kurt Busch celebrates his victory in AMS for Dodge, and the the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta 22nd of Busch’s career. Motor Speedway. (Cox photo) He pushed his streak of winning at least one race fourth, leading a string of a year nine consecutive seadrivers who took four. When the green flag dropped, Busch sons, and he also got his first victory with his new crew bolted in between Bowyer chief Steve Addington. The and Menard and sprinted crew boss worked with the away. other Busch brother, Kyle, beBusch said he knew fore being released late last Menard would be protecting season. Kurt Busch gave the bottom and Bowyer Addington much of the credit would be looking out for his for his team’s latest success, territory on the outside. and Addington seemed to ap-

preciate the unwavering support of his new driver. “It’s a good feeling to know your driver wants you to go to work for him,” said Addington, who got his first Cup win at AMS with the other Busch in the spring of 2008. Busch, like the rest of the top three drivers, spent much of his post-race press conference answering questions about the Edwards-Keselowski incident, and the next wreck, and how the crashing at a high-speed track like AMS might affect the “Have at it, boys” approach that began as an apparent attempt to appease fans who said NASCAR racing had become boring. Although second-finishing Kenseth tried to avoid answering a question about whether NASCAR had gone too far in its new philosophy, he did offer some insight. “I’m not commenting on this situation, but just in general, you can’t just have people go nuts and get people hurt at 200 miles an hour,” he said.

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Ford Fusion Hybrid Continued from page 29 For a hybrid, the Fusion is actually quite peppy – able to get to 60 mph in under 9 seconds. With power going to the front wheels by way of a CVT transmission, the Fusion Hybrid feels well footed. And let’s not forget that deep down inside, this hybrid is a Fusion, so it’s easy to pack five adults in it - try that in a Prius. Trunk room is hindered by the battery pack, so only 11.8 cubic feet is left for storage, but that still beats the other hybrids. The Fusion Hybrid comes in a single trim level – essentially a Fusion SEL. Standard equipment is impressive with 17” wheels, rear parking sensors, cruise control, keyless entry pad, automatic climate control, power seats and Ford Sync. A navigation system, leather interior, a sunroof with a Sony sound system and a rearview camera and blind spot warning system are the available options.

The Fusion Hybrid competes with the Camry Hybrid, Altima Hybrid and the now defunct Malibu Hybrid. But of all those, the Fusion wins in the most-fun-to-drive category. And on top of that, the Fusion has the best interior and tops them all when it comes to fuel economy.

For the month of February, Ford reported huge sales gains. Part of that is due to what is going on over at Toyota. And many people still seem motivated to look more at Ford vehicles, especially since they took no bailout money from the U.S. Government. Looking at the Ford Fusion Hybrid with its great styling in and out, comfortable interior and excellent gas mileage, it’s hard not to like what you see.

Gordon-Johnson’s internecine rivalry not uncommon

- Christopher A. Randazzo By The Numbers:

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Base Price: $27,270.00 Price as Tested: $32,435.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and electric motor Transmission: CVT automatic Horsepower: 191 hp (156 hp and 35kW) Torque: 136 ft-lbs EPA Fuel Economy: 41 city / 36 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to]

Jeff Gordon One of the unique aspects of the troubles between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski, which escalated into a major wreck at the end of the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, is that it’s between drivers from opposing teams. Most of the circuit’s other rivalries, albeit far more tame, seem to be among teammates. One of the more interesting rivalries is between Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. Gordon led 219 laps two weeks ago at Las Vegas only to have Johnson beat him at the end in large part because Johnson took four tires on the final pit stop to Gordon’s two. The fresh rubber proved to be the difference. A few days later, during an appearance in Phoenix, Gordon indicated to reporters that losing races and championships to his teammate is

getting old. “I really want to win a fifth championship, and I’d like to do it before Jimmie Johnson,” Gordon said. Johnson, speaking on a teleconference a day later, acknowledged that he knows Gordon badly wants to beat him on the race track. “The success on track, as a competitor, I know he doesn’t like, and it’s not like it’s put some burden on our friendship and now we’re not friends, but competition is a tough thing to deal with emotionally, and people typically find ways to motivate themselves by being angry in

Jimmie Johnson competition,” Johnson said. “If they find a way to get mad at someone then it inspires them and pushes them hard to do their jobs. I do the same thing for other guys, whoever is on top and focusing on them. I understand the dynamic.”

It seems that in today’s NASCAR, competition among teammates is stronger than among outsiders. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray crashed, and Montoya had harsh words for McMurray in his comments to reporters after the crash. “Jamie plain and simple just wrecked us,” Montoya said. “Every time I am around him, he wants to run the [expletive] out of me.” McMurray shrugged off the criticism, saying he believed his teammate was venting frustration over being wrecked. Ryan Newman, who had his share of troubles with Rusty Wallace when the two were teammates at Penske Racing, said the very nature of multi-car operations lends itself to trouble between team drivers. “I think it has the biggest potential for conflict of all things we do in NASCAR,” Newman said. “Any teammate is a competitor. That sense of pressure, especially with the extra hype now with the Chase and everything else, makes it a higher level of potential for that conflict on the race track…. “You got the same equipment. You got the same a lot of things. The biggest difference is your results. That creates a little internal rivalry at times.”

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