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Rebecca Padilla “The Four Faces of Me” 1st Place El Dorado High School


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Showcases art students from Socorro ISD By Joe Olvera (c), 2010

Rebecca Padilla, a 10th grader at El Dorado High School was a Featured Artist for her two entries in the 2nd Annual Art Exhibition on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Titled “Art for Your Health,” the collaboration between the Socorro Independent School District and the Sierra Providence East Medical Center featured more than 100 pieces of art created by students in the Socorro Independent School District. Students from grade levels pre-kinder to 12th grade participated. The art pieces were culled from more than 1,800 works of art created by the students. A panel of judges awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals in all grade categories.

Art Teacher & Damin Hernandez

“Art is therapeutic,” Enriquez said. “We strive to keep our patients from focusing too much on their health issues by presenting a variety of distractions. The students also feel good about what they are doing, and knowing that their best work is being seen by hundreds if not thousands of El Pasoans.” Continues on page 6 Evelyn Lopez “Mayan Mask”

Dr. Xavier de la Torre (SISD Superintendent) & SP

PHOTOS BY RICK CARRASCO

Leilani Quintero “Untitled”

Sergio Enriquez, director of Public Relations for Sierra Providence Health Network, said the title for the exhibit came about as a way to provide a good feeling among the Medical Center’s patients. “The Medical Center offers a unique setting in that we are a community hospital. We like to bring the outside world into our beautiful building.” Enriquez said the artwork went up July 12, 2010 and will continue to be exhibited until August 16, 2010. Everyone is welcome to come and view the students’ efforts.

Sally Hurt-Steffen CEO of Sierra Providence East Medical Center


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Social Security Guest Column

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS By Michael J. Astrue Commissioner of Social Security This month Social Security, the most successful domestic program in our nation’s history, celebrates its 75th anniversary. On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. With one pen stroke he laid the foundation of modern American social policy. Today, millions of retirees live in dignity thanks to their monthly Social Security benefit payment. Over the decades, Social Security expanded to not only protect against the risk of poverty in old age, but also the economic risk of career-ending disability and the premature death of a worker. In his statement at the signing of the Social Security Act, President Roosevelt said, “If the Senate and the House of Representatives in this long and arduous session had done nothing more than pass this Bill, the session would be regarded as historic for all time.” I could not agree more.

A little over a quarter century ago, I came to Washington to work on Social Security. Just a few months later, I got a very important lesson on how important Social Security is to families. My own father, who was almost the same age I am today, suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage. He started to recover, and then we got the bad news that he had a fatal form of brain cancer, so we began the process to apply for Social Security disability benefits. That was a very anxious time for my family, and particularly for my mother. We were all very concerned that the health care costs for my father would bankrupt her; it was a great relief when the decision came. That’s a lesson that has always stuck with me and why I push very hard as Commissioner to try to make sure that we get benefit decisions to claimants as

quickly as possible. As we celebrate 75 years, I reflect on how Social Security was there for my family, how proud I am to work for this remarkable program, and how lucky I am to lead such a talented and compassionate workforce. I have two wonderful children who entered the workforce in the past year. One is being called up for active military duty in October and the other will teach inner-city children. It is imperative that they and millions of other young Americans have confidence that we will continue to honor the great intergenerational contract that is Social Security. It is in this spirit that President Obama established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that in December will make recommendations regarding the future of Social Security. With the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act upon us, the agency has been revitalized despite the huge workloads caused by higher unemployment. Compared to four years ago, productivity is up, backlogs are down, and

an aging IT infrastructure is being replaced with state-ofthe-art systems and the best electronic services in the Fed-

eral government. I am excited about the next 75 years of Social Security,

and you should be too.


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Robin Hood and Funding Education

Recently, the voters in the El Paso Independent School District voted down a property tax increase to their school finance tax. While the crux of this story is "no new taxes", something that also happened was the refusal by voters to infuse the district with almost $100 million over five years. Our state constitution clearly places the responsibility for supporting public schools on the state legislature. Because of this, the state should be the primary factor in funding our public school system. The constitution does not state or imply that educating our students shall be based on local property wealth. But, that is in reality how education is funded. The issue was addressed by the Texas Supreme Court in the early 90's as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Edgewood Independent School District. The court agreed that funding was not adequately managed by the state and ordered major changes. A measure used by the court was the property wealth per student. This number is determined by taking the total

estimated values of commercial and personal property divided by the number of students in the district. The quotient is a clear indicator of how much revenues a district can collect for the school system. Justice Mauzy, in his opinion, noted that the "wealthiest district has over $14,000,000 of property wealth per student, while the poorest has approximately $20,000". What did this translate to? Schools in wealthy districts could have a full curricula like foreign language, teacher aides, counseling and drop-out prevention programs. At the time of this decision, San Elizario could not offer chemistry, physics, calculus, college preparatory or honors program. This was so because the property values in the community were very low. While the property values for the wealthier districts were high, the property taxes were low compared to a school district like San Elizario. It took more pennies per one hundred dollars of property value in poor districts to buy the same services in wealthier districts. After the Supreme Court decision, the legislature created "Robin Hood" funding where wealthy districts shared their property taxes. But, in the process, the state had to avoid a state property tax. However, if the constitution calls for the state to establish

an efficient system, how can the state accomplish this without generating adequate statewide funding? Ever since the decision, a process started that reduced the amount of state funding. It was built into the legislation establishing "Robin Hood." In essence, the state's portion was lowered every time a district appraised its property values higher. Eventually all the districts approached the $1.50 tax rate which made the funding unconstitutional (statewide property taxes are prohibited). After addressing the issue, the recently passed funding method appears to favor wealthy districts, as was the case prior to the Edgewood decision. In the case of the El Paso Independent School District, state monies were available only after voters approved a property tax increase. The voters clearly indicated that their pocket books could not afford higher property taxes. Thus the state saved almost $100 million over five years. At the same time, school districts with high values per student are providing their students with a better quality of education. There are no scrambles to cut programs, administrators or teachers in those districts. The unfairness and inequality is quite obvious.

Chente Quintanilla State Representative


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WEATHER 101 By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

Top Cities to avoid Natural Disasters Did you know that El Paso is one of the top places to live if you want to avoid natural disasters! Cities most vulnerable to natural disasters are Miami, at risk of hurricanes; New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina; Oakland, Calif., at risk of earthquakes; San Francisco, which is on the San Andreas Fault and is at risk of earthquakes and tsunamis; and Honolulu, at risk of hurricanes, storm surges and tsunamis. The list was compiled by the folks at SustainLane.com. The purpose of the list is to get people and cities prepared for the worst nature has to offer and to consider more sustainable alternatives. Here’s the rankings for the 30 largest U.S. cities in order of risk of natural disaster, lowest to highest. 1. (tie) Mesa, Ariz.; El Paso, 3. (tie) Cleveland; Milwaukee; Phoenix; Tucson, Ariz. 7. Colorado Springs, Colo. 8. (tie) Detroit; Fresno, Calif.; Minneapolis; Philadelphia 12. Chicago 13. Denver 14. Albuquerque 15. Las Vegas 16. San Antonio 17. Nashville 18. Atlanta 19. Omaha, Neb.

Weather Trivia: One natural disaster is considered lightning. How many volts of electricity could be delivered in one lightning bolt striking the ground?

20. Austin 21. Kansas City, Mo. 22. (tie) Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas

A. 1,000 volts

25. Indianapolis 26. Louisville, Ky.

B. 1 Million volts

27. Washington

C. 1 Billion volts

28. Baltimore 29. Charlotte, N.C.

D. 1 Trillion volts

30. Portland, Ore.

Answer: C – 1 Billion volts of electricity.

“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.


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PHOTOS BY RICK CARRASCO

For those who wish to view the artwork, it’s being presented at the Healing Gardens, on the Edgemere entrance to the Medical Center located at 3280 Joe Battle. Daniel Escobar, a public relations specialist with the Socorro ISD, said the partnership with the medical center is ongoing, starting last year. He anticipates that the collaboration will continue for many years to come. ”This amazing show was coordinated through the Fine Arts Department at Socorro ISD,” Escobar said. “The 100 students whose work was chosen for exhibit were really good. Socorro has a very strong arts program, where we try to encourage young people to express themselves through art.” Also present at the event were Medical Center CEO Sally Hurt-Steffen, and Socorro ISD Superintendent Xavier de la Torre – both of whom addressed the student artists.

Melanie Delgado “Untitled”

Missing

Dr. De la Torre & Art Teachers

Mariachi Azteca

Jahir Martinez FROM: Sarasota, FL United States DOB: 9/10/2002 AGE NOW: 7 Years HAIR: Black EYES: Brown SEX: Male RACE: Hispanic WEIGHT: 50 lbs. HEIGHT: 4’0” DATE MISSING: 1/15/2010

Jahir Martinez Desapareció De: SARASOTA FL Estados Unidos Nació: sep 10, 2002 Edad Actual: 7 Cabello: Negro Ojos: Castaños Sexo: Varón Raza: Hispano Peso: 50 lbs. (23 kg) Estatura: 4’0” (122 cm) Desapareció: ene 15, 2010

Jahir may be in the company of his mother. They may have traveled to Mexico. Jahir podría estar acompañado por su madre. Ellos podrían haber viajado a México.

Keep Looking If you have information, please call: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) or Sarasota Police Department (Florida) 1-941-366-8000

Siga Buscando Si Tienes Información, por favor llame: Centro Nacional para Menores Desaparecidos y Explotados (USA) 1-800-843-5678 (USA) o 001-703-522-9320 Sarasota Police Department (Florida) 1-941-366-8000


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Call of the Wild Child Sharon Mosley Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Throw in a few leaping leopards, pulsing pythons and zippy zebras, and you've got an animal menagerie that is creating a fashion jungle out there this fall. The cats haven't been howling as much as they have on this season's runways, since legendary fashion editor extraordinaire Diana Vreeland pushed the animal prints of a young Yves Saint Laurent. Vreeland was a big fan of animal prints — she not only adopted them as her own uniform, but she used them liberally when decorating her own home. The print that can truly be called a classic has now found its way into stylish wardrobes everywhere, young and old. Animal-print diapers, anyone? Here are a few ways to get your fall wardrobe roaring with chic animal prints:

— Dress it up. Yes, this may be the ultimate style

One of the best bargains this fall is JCPenney's animal-print pencil skirt by Worthington — a classic way to dress up a career look for the office. Photo courtesy of www.jcp.com.

statement — head to toe animal prints in a chic dress. But you can get away with it, especially for evening occasions when you've got your claws out, ready to scratch your way out of the little black dress crowd.

— Jackets required. Another way to do animal prints big time. Top off jeans and a white T-shirt with a cropped animal-print jacket, and you've got a winning combination. Or dress up in a satin version a la St. John (www.stjohnknits.com), and you've got elegant cocktail attire ready for any party.

— Skirting the issue. This fall, the perfect foil to the classic black turtleneck the animal-print pencil skirt. Pair it with black tights and ankle boots for an instant trend boost. Find a bargain skirt at JCPenney (www.jcp.com). — Power plays. Even the suit gets a lift from animal prints this season. When you want to look powerful, suit up in a spotted leopard-print jacket, belted, and worn over a matching skirt like the ones in the fall collection at Moschino. (www.moschino.com) — Faux fur. The cat fur was flying off the runways, especially in coats and jackets, but vests are one of the newest ways to get the feline fash-

ion growling in your wardrobe. Vests are easy to wear and layer over Tshirts and turtlenecks or even sweatshirts — and another way to dress up jeans or leggings. Check out the leopard-print puffer vest by Rebecca Taylor at Neiman Marcus (www.neimanmarcus.com).

— Topping it off. Want something new to wear with those trusty black trousers to work? How about an animal-print bow blouse? Or a belted animal-print tunic top? It's the perfect way to perk up basic black or camel basics. Dolce and Gabbana and Dries Van Noten have some of the best toppers, but for less expensive animal-print tops, check out the ones at Top Shop (www.topshop.com).

— Catty accessories. You may not want to dress up like Cat Woman in that suit or cocktail dress, but you can at least purr over a furry wraparound muffler or an animal-print tote bag or a spotted leopard belt. There are plenty of shoes and boots in a wide range of prices that will give you even more meow pow. My favorite animal-print accessory spot? The python leggings from Wolford (www.wolford.com) Happy hunting! 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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DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren

DOG OWNERS IGNORE WARNINGS OF GIRL'S ALLERGY TO THEIR PETS DEAR ABBY: My 6-

year-old daughter, "Meg," has severe eczema. She's highly allergic to a long list of things, including dogs. Recently, at a basketball court and at an outdoor restaurant, we encountered some dog owners who refused to pull their dogs back after I informed them about her allergy. Both said, "It's a public place!" as if my daughter should not be in public. One man even argued that my child "couldn't possibly" be allergic to his poodle. I take my children out in public often, and I never allow them to touch other people. Why can't dog owners understand the concept? Other than avoiding public areas that are dog friendly, and pulling my daughter away whenever she's touched by a dog, what can I do? -- MOM KNOWS BEST, IRVINE, CALIF.

DEAR MOM: The idea that dog owners would fail to pull their animals back after being told someone was highly allergic shocks me. However, because you can't make everyone behave responsibly, you will have to "dog proof" your daughter. At 6, she's old enough to understand the reason she's broken out and itching is because she came in contact with one of the things to which she is allergic. Teach her to stay out of reach and to announce loudly, "Please hold your dog back! I'm allergic!" when the situation calls for it. And if you are with her and see someone with an animal approach, YOU should take the initiative and say emphatically,

"My daughter is highly allergic to dogs. PLEASE keep it away from my child!"

Dear And while I'm Abby at it, no child -- or adult -- should ever touch a strange dog without the owner's permission because you never know how the animal might react. ** DEAR ABBY: I work at the front desk of a construction company. My work area is located in the lobby. I'm responsible for greeting visitors, answering the phone, typing letters and other administrative tasks. The only thing separating me from the visitors is a 12-inch-high counter that surrounds my desk. Quite often, visitors must wait several minutes for the person they're seeing to come to the lobby. When they do, they often plant both arms on the counter, drape themselves over the top and scan every piece of paper on the surface of my desk, including what's showing on my computer screen. They also try to converse with me while I'm trying to work and answer the phone. I find this rude, inappropriate and an invasion of my personal work space. How can I convey this to visitors without coming across as rude and jeopardizing the company's relationship with them? Desk modifications are not an option. -- BITING MY TONGUE IN UPSTATE

NEW YORK

DEAR BITING YOUR TONGUE: Ask

your boss how sensitive the correspondence you are handling is, and explain that it is being viewed by clients who walk in. Some offices handle the problem by keeping documents face down when they are not being worked on. Also, consider tilting your computer monitor and installing a privacy screen to block the view. Because client relations is part of your job description, do not allow your annoyance at chatty clients to show. Smile and say, "I'd love to talk, but I have a ton of work I have to finish. Would you like a magazinenewspaper-water while you wait?" If that doesn't do the trick, find out from your boss which of your tasks takes precedence. ** 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 www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. **

For everything you need to know about wedding planning, order "How to Have a Lovely Wedding." Send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds only) to: Dear Abby -- Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included in the price.) COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK

Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN) is offering the Versant RN residency program. It is a comprehensive education and training system designed specifically to transition newly graduated registered nurses from students to safe, competent professional practitioners. The program was started at Providence Memorial Hospital earlier this year and is now adopted to the other Sierra Providence Health Network(SPHN) facilities such as Sierra Medical Center and Sierra Providence East Medical Center. Today (July 29) we had 17

residency students enter the program for Sierra Medical Center and Sierra Providence East Medical Center. SPHN is one of only 65 hospitals in the country to have this system in place. The program is the first of its kind in the area and is only found at Sierra Providence Health Network.

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The Savage Truth on Money

Credit Counseling Could Give You Breathing Room

Terry Savage On a daily basis, I share the pain of so many of you who write to me asking for help in forestalling a foreclosure or dealing with creditors. Today's column is dedicated to J.B., who contacted me through my blog (www.TerrySavage.com and blogs.suntimes.com). J.B. worked diligently with his lender to try to secure a modification, but in the end simply didn't have the income or resources to make it work. Last week, he had to tell his family that they must leave their home of 25 years, which was compromised when he fell victim to a refinancing scam. That scam was investigated by the Illinois attorney

general's office. The scamsters were found, but they themselves were in foreclosure and bankruptcy, so no recovery was possible.

sense of inevitability. But there are steps you can take to confront the issues — and perhaps even delay the process, giving you some breathing room, if only to

What I want to say to you, J.B., is: Don't give up your belief in the future or in America. If you did it once — built a home and security — you can do it again. And for those of you seeking help in these tough times, here's some general advice — but no guarantee of a successful outcome. The first response to this serious situation is often a kind of paralysis — disbelief, followed by fear, followed by a

companies will be required to make certain pre-contract disclosures, including how long it will take to get results and how much it will cost. But the new FTC rules do not limit the amount of fees that can be charged, so those who enter into these agreements must still decide if it is worth the ultimate cost — not only in dollars, but in the hit to their credit report when an account is reported "settled" and not paid in full.

make alternative arrangements. First, there is helpful, trusted, individualized advice available through the national, nonprofit Consumer Credit Counseling Services. If you call their toll-free number, (800) 388-2227, you will automatically be connected to the nearest local affiliated agency. They have trained counselors, with resources to help you sort things out, or help you create a debt repayment plan. They can even recommend bankruptcy attorneys as a last resort. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission set up new rules for so-called debt negotiation companies, which I've written about in this space. Under the new FTC regulations, which take effect Oct. 27, these debt settlement companies are going to be on a much tighter leash. A debt settlement company will only be able to earn fees when it reaches a settlement on at least one of the consumer's debts — an agreement that the consumer approves in writing. Fees cannot be collected until the consumer has made at least one payment to the creditor as a result of the negotiated agreement. And these debt settlement

Remember, in order to even offer a "settlement" in negotiation, you must have some cash. Many of these companies suggest you divert your monthly card payments to an escrow account to build up negotiating power. In the meantime, your credit is further ruined. Consider debt negotiation as an alternative only if you already have a sum to offer. Then a settlement might look attractive to the lender, or the collector, instead of a write-off in bankruptcy. And remember that debt negotiation is only for unsecured debts — not for mortgages or car loans. Yes, the banks have obviously decided that loan modifications are not working. Fewer than 300,000 modifications have been made under the federal program — and according to latest statistics, more than half have been abandoned. If counseling determines that a foreclosure is inevitable, you can either get legal help or appear in court to face your adversary. Remember, every month you can delay the procedure is a time when you could save on rent you would be paying elsewhere. That might give you time to accumulate money for moving expenses and a deposit on your next living space. That's a sad commentary on the state of our housing market

— but someone has to be last in line for foreclosure, and you'll be better off if it's you. Ask the lender whether you can give up title but stay in the home and pay a nominal "rent." They may recognize that this type of arrangement will maintain the property and minimize chances of vandalism. But you can make this kind of deal only if you submit an offer in writing to the appropriate person at the bank. The lawyers they hire to manage the process don't want to make exceptions, since the extra paperwork costs them time and money. The company assigned to sell the property has similar disincentives to keep you in the home, making it more difficult to sell the property. You're not alone. It's estimated there could be as many as 4 million mortgage foreclosures in America this year. And we're on track to record 1.5 million personal bankruptcies. Of course, many people hit both categories. And there's no end in sight as unemployment remains high. They say that misery loves company. But America was based on second chances. We have no debtors' prisons here. Sometimes the best way out is to simply face up to the reality, take the consequences — and then start thinking about what you will do differently in the future. You can start over. The only sin is giving up. And 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 www.terrysavage.com. 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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Doubling-up in a young student's room creates space down under for a private study area. Photo courtesy of Stanley Furniture.

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Décor Score...

Squeeze More Use From the Same Old Space

Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: Our sons can no longer share a room — the high schooler really needs a quiet place to study. So, we are converting the den to a bedroom for the 8-year-old and will move the bunk bed in there for him. The problem is, the room left to the older boy is too small to fit both a regular bed and a desk. Help! We need a shoehorn!

A: Better than a shoehorn: Adapt the clever space-making idea we show here. Keep the bunk bed in the smaller room and put the space beneath it to work as a study area for your student. Add a lamp and perhaps a small file caddy on wheels for extra storage, and your son's on his way to the honor roll. The pictured cherry bunk bed and desk are from Young America Youth Furniture; see Stanley

Furniture at www.stanleyfurniture.com.

More "right-sizing" ideas from the author:

Doubling-up makes great sense wherever space is tight. We borrowed this idea and photo from a new book full of such creative solutions: "Right-Sizing Your Home" (Northwest Arm Press) by veteran design expert, Gale Steves.

— Rethink spaces. For example, you might turn a wide hallway into a study hall with room for several computers, shared equipment and parental supervision.

Former editor of magazines like Home and Ladies' Home Journal, Steves has a great hand at making every square inch count (an earlier book was "Home Magazine's Best Little Houses"). To help their children develop good study habits, Steves says parents should create "a quiet workspace at home, free from the distraction of TV, music or games. Ultimately having a workspace of their own is important," she emphasizes, no matter where you manage to squeeze it into your house.

— Reimagine rooms. If, say, your living room is underused, rename it. Maybe a "chat room" will draw more attention from the family. — Rearrange things. It can make the same old furnishings look fresh and new again. Just do your rearranging on a floor plan before you start pushing the furniture around, Steves advises.

Q: We have bought a house the realtor describes as a "Dutch colonial." What kind of furniture will be appropriate?

A. What's in a name? Nothing to be alarmed about when it comes to decorating. Your home must be in the New York/ New Jersey area, which is about the only part of the New World where the Dutch had any influence on our domestic life. And even there, it was brief — a scant halfcentury or less before the English elbowed them aside. You'll be in the right idiom if you stick with what we call "colonial style" today, and never mind its provenance.

Think traditional, comfortable and slightly rustic furniture with simple fabrics, such as checks, plaids and calicoes. Think wide-planked wood

cestry, think blue-and-white tiles, for example, on a splashback or around the fireplace. You might even hang a little curtain like a short valance across the mantelpiece — another Dutch touch that's been recreated in the intriguing series of New York historical interiors in the Museum of the City of New York. Recently refurbished and worth the trip to 103rd St. and Fifth Ave., the series traces the evolution of furnishings from the founding of "New Amsterdam" in 1625 to the turn of the 20th century. Learn more at www.mcny.org.

floors, simple crown mouldings, and painted paneling and/or small-patterned wallpapers.

Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.

If you still want to give a nod to your house's "Dutch" an-

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PREVENTION IS KEY A few simple steps can help prevent cancer By Dr. Marty Becker and Gina SpadaforiUniversal Uclick Prevention is always a better option, no matter what the problem. It’s usually easier, less expensive and certainly less painful. That’s never been more true than when it comes to cancer. While cancer is more treatable than ever before, veterinarians also know more about what steps can be taken to help prevent the dreaded disease. To reduce the risk of cancer in your pet: ■Make sure your dog has good nutrition, weight-management and plenty of exercise. Help your dog to maintain a fit body for life. A fit dog will have a wasplike waist and a tuckedin abdomen. ■ Feed your dog a high-quality diet made by a reputable company or a home-prepared diet prepared with the help of your veterinarian. Start with the amount of food recommended for your dog and adjust accordingly with how your pet’s body responds. Cut down on extra calories by substituting baby carrots as treats or by adding volume to meals with green beans. ■ Consider adding omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3, found in fish oils and other sources) to potentially reduce the risk of developing cancer. Get regular exercise, and you and your dog will benefit with greater health and a closer, more vibrant relationship. ■ Spay or neuter your dog. Spaying and neu-

Keeping dogs exercised and lean can help keep them healthier, including keeping cancer at bay. tering have been shown to be an effective method of preventing cancer. Spaying has a significant impact on preventing breast cancer if it is done before a dog goes into her first heat cycle. Discuss the timing and the options with your veterinarian, though: Waiting to alter until later, especially in breeds prone to bone cancer, is worth considering for some male dogs — although the majority of pets are better off neutered. ■ Choose clean living for your dog. Eliminate exposure to environmental carcinogens such as pesticides, coal or kerosene heaters, herbicides, passive tobacco smoke, asbestos, radiation and strong electromagnetic fields. Each one of these factors has been suggested to increase the risk of cancer in your dog (and in you). You may do every-

thing you can and still end up with a cancer diagnosis for your pet. Don’t despair. Cure rates and an improved quality of life are increasing because families are working with veterinarians to identify the disease in its initial stages and to employ new technologies that are highly effective in the early stages of cancer care. Even for those dogs who cannot be cured, most who are treated are still able to enjoy an improved, robust life. In most situations, animals undergoing cancer treatment experience limited to no decrease in their quality of life. Almost all dogs with cancer can be helped, and you can defeat the darkness of cancer with knowledge. Work with your

veterinary team to learn as much about the disease and its treatment as possible. Be proactive. Ask questions and obtain resources to tear away the many misconceptions about cancer and cancer therapies. Tackling the emotional aspects of cancer can enhance your ability to think clearly, make decisions, and begin to find the hope and opportunities that lie before you as you deal with your dog’s cancer. Understand there are no wrong decisions — only decisions that are right for you. Do not worry what other people will think about your choices. You know your dog better than anyone else in the world knows him. Once you are empowered with the information you need, listen to your heart and you will make the right decisions.

Finding a vet on the road has never been this easy • With people taking their pets — mostly dogs — with them on vacation, it’s no surprise that the hospitality industry has opened its doors to pets. Everything from high-end luxury hotels to modest highway-exit motels now welcome dogs and their owners, with amenities from special potty spots to room service. The American Animal Hospital Association has noticed all those roaming rovers, too. The AAHA has launched a tripplanner, which pinpoints veterinary clinics and hospitals along the way that meet the organization’s standards for care. Plug in where you’re starting from and where you’re heading to, and you’ll get not only driving directions for your trip, but the name, location and contact information for pet help along the way. The free service is at www.healthypet.com/RelocationAndTravel/TripPlanner.aspx. • African honeybees kill more people on the African plain than do lions, leopards or cheetahs. They form swarms of up to 30,000 bees and will pursue victims for up to a mile, repeatedly stinging them. More bee trivia: The queen bee was called the king bee until the late 1660s, when a Dutch scientist took the time to dissect one. • Catnip produces bouts of ecstasy for those cats who like the stuff — about half of all cats. A substance called nepetalactone present in the leaves and stems causes the behavior, which lasts for just a few minutes and can include rolling, rubbing, leaping, purring and general uninhibited happiness. Kittens under the age of 3 months do not react to catnip, and even in those cats who truly adore the “high,” the plant is nonaddictive and harmless. — Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker Shannon

When you need a veterinarian, you can find one easily with a new website.


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After School Program Registration starts August 16, 2010 Program is Free and starts September 14th The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will be starting the 2010-2011 edition of their After School Program on September 13th. The free program will be housed at Recreation Centers and schools in the El Paso and Ysleta Independent School Districts. The program is open to ages 6-12. The Braden Aboud Foundation has been a valued member of the program with donations for equipment and supplies. Recreation Center sites for the After School Program are below. Registration is available in person at any recreation center for the public school sites or on Active Net, the online management program for the Department at www.elpasotexas.gov/parks. Location Armijo Carolina Chihuahuita Galatzan Gary Del Palacio Leona Ford Washington Marty Robbins Nolan Richardson Pavo Real Rae Gilmore San Juan Seville Veterans Westside

Address 700 E. 7th St. 563 N. Carolina St. 417 Charles St. 650 Wallenberg St. 3001 Parkwood St. 3400 E. Missouri St. 11600 Vista Del Sol St. 4435 Maxwell Ave. 9301 Alameda St. 8501 Diana St. 701 N. Glenwood St. 6700 Sambrano St. 5301 Salem St. 7400 High Ridge St.

Phone No. 544-5436 594-8934 533-6909 581-5182 629-7312 562-7071 855-4147 755-7566 858-1929 751-4945 779-2799 778-6722 821-8909 587-1623

Elementary public school sites for the After School Program in the Ysleta Independent School District are Ascarate, Constance Hulbert and Thomas Manor. Sites for the El Paso Independent School District are Beall, Cooley, Dowell, Rusk, Burleson, Newman, Roberts, Stanton and Vilas.

Information – (915) 544-0753


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George Varga Keeping busy is easy for self-described "passion-aholic" Bret Michaels. Staying alive has been more of a challenge for this veteran rock star turned TV-fueled pop-culture sensation ("Celebrity Apprentice," VH1's "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels"). Indeed, his multiple near-death experiences this year only seemed to slow him down momentarily before he sprang — well, limped — back into action. "My absolute strength and my absolute weakness are the same thing, because I love to work," said Michaels, 47, who is being considered by the producers of "American Idol" to replace head judge Simon Cowell. "My passion is my blessing and my curse. It's a tough thing for me sometimes." Make that a very tough thing. So far this year, the man born Bret Michael Sychak has suffered a brain hemorrhage and a stroke. He also underwent an emergency appendectomy and learned that he has a hole in his heart, which will require major surgery in January to try to correct. Someone less determined might regard these as good reasons to consider early retirement. Or, perhaps, as the impetus to take up less demanding activities, like learning macrame or teaching Ozzy Osbourne how to make pastry. But not Michaels, a lifelong Type 1 diabetic who rose to fame as the lead singer for the glittery hair-metal band Poison in the second half of the 1980s. Witness the prelude to his late-May victory on "Celebrity Apprentice," which saw him literally stagger out of his hospital bed after suffering the aforementioned brain hemorrhage and stroke (and undergoing that emergency appendectomy). That he then flew to New York against the expressed advice of his doctors was a no-brainer, at least to him. Never mind that when he joined "Celebrity Apprentice" host-cumTV-boss Donald Trump and this season's other finalist in a Big Apple TV studio, Michaels strongly resembled the namesake of ... CONTINUES PAGE 21

After a recent near-death experience, Bret Michaels continues to keep busy with his career. After winning "Celebrity Apprentice," he will soon film a new TV show while promoting his album, "Custom Built," on tour. Photo courtesy of Carrie Reiser.


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CINEMARK CIELO VISTA

Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall Schedule good for Friday August 13th SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD* (PG-13) 10:20am 11:50am 1:20pm 2:50pm 4:20pm 5:50pm 7:20pm 8:50pm 10:20pm THE DRY LAND*(R) 10:40am 1:40pm 4:40pm 7:40pm 10:40pm THE EXPENDABLES*(R)11:30am 2:30pm 5:30pm 8:30pm THE EXPENDABLES* - DIGITAL (R)10:00am 1:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm 10:00pm DESPICABLE ME - REAL D 3D (PG)10:45am 1:45pm 4:45pm 7:45pm 10:45pm DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG13)10:10am 1:10pm 4:10pm 7:10pm

10:10pm GROWN UPS (PG-13)10:35am 1:35pm 4:35pm 7:35pm 10:35pm I AM LOVE - CinéArts (R) 1:15pm 7:15pm INCEPTION - DIGITAL (PG-13)11:10am 2:40pm 6:10pm 9:40pm THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - CinéArts (R) 10:25am 1:25pm 4:25pm 7:25pm 10:25pm THE OTHER GUYS*(PG-13) 10:30am 12:00pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm 6:00pm 7:30pm 9:00pm 10:30pm THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (PG-13)10:15am 4:15pm 10:15pm TOY STORY 3 - REAL D 3D (G)10:05am 1:05pm 4:05pm 7:05pm 10:05pm

*NO PASSES-NO SUPERSAVERS

CINEMARK 14 - EL PASO

West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday Aug 13 thru Sun Aug 15 EAT, PRAY, LOVE*(PG-13) 9:25am 10:30am 12:35pm 1:45pm 3:50pm 5:00pm 7:05pm 8:15pm 10:20pm SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD* (PG-13)10:50am 1:40pm 4:30pm 7:20pm 10:15pm THE EXPENDABLES*(R)11:15am 1:55pm 4:35pm 7:15pm 9:55pm THE EXPENDABLES* - DIGITAL (R)9:30am 12:00pm 2:30pm 5:10pm 7:50pm 10:30pm CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE - REAL D 3D (PG)10:05am 12:25pm 2:45pm 5:05pm 7:35pm 9:40pm CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (PG-13)2:10pm 4:45pm 7:10pm 9:45pm

DESPICABLE ME - REAL D 3D (PG)9:35am 11:55am 2:20pm 4:55pm 7:30pm 10:00pm DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG13)11:20am 2:10pm 5:00pm 7:55pm 10:35pm INCEPTION (PG-13)11:05am 2:25pm 5:50pm 9:15pm SALT (PG-13)11:40am 2:05pm 4:25pm 6:55pm 9:20pm STEP UP 3*- REAL D 3D (PG-13)11:10am 2:00pm 4:40pm 7:25pm 10:10pm THE OTHER GUYS*(PG-13) 11:00am 11:50am 1:50pm 2:35pm 4:20pm 5:20pm 7:15pm 8:05pm 10:05pm THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE (PG)11:25am

Tinseltown Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa Schedule good for Friday Aug 13 thru Tuesday Aug 17 CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (3D) (PG) 12:25pm 2:55pm 5:20pm 7:45pm 10:05pm CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (PG-13) 1:20pm 4:05pm 6:45pm DESPICABLE ME (2D) (PG) 1:10pm 3:55pm 6:30pm 9:05pm DESPICABLE ME (3D) (PG) 12:45pm 3:25pm 6:00pm 8:40pm DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG-13) 1:40pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:30pm *EAT, PRAY, LOVE (PG-13) 11:00am 12:05pm 2:15pm 3:20pm 5:30pm 6:35pm 8:45pm 10:10pm *EXPENDABLES, THE (R) 10:45am 12:30pm 1:30pm 3:15pm 4:15pm 6:05pm 7:00pm 9:00pm 9:45pm *EXPENDABLES, THE (XD) (R) 11:30am 2:25pm 5:15pm 8:00pm 10:45pm INCEPTION (PG-13) 1:35pm 5:10pm 8:55pm

*OTHER GUYS, THE (PG-13) 11:40am 12:35pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 5:25pm 6:20pm 8:15pm 9:10pm 11:00pm *OTHER GUYS, THE - DIGITAL (PG13) 1:25pm 4:25pm 7:20pm 10:15pm SALT (PG-13) 12:50pm 3:35pm 6:10pm 8:50pm *SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (PG-13) 10:55am 12:15pm 1:45pm 3:05pm 4:35pm 5:55pm 7:25pm 9:15pm 10:25pm SORCERER'S APPRENTICE, THE (PG) 10:35pm *STEP UP 3 (2D) (PG-13) 11:20am 2:10pm 5:05pm 7:55pm *STEP UP 3 (3D) (PG-13) 1:05pm 4:10pm 7:05pm 9:55pm TOY STORY 3 (3D) (G) 1:00pm 3:50pm 6:40pm 9:30pm TWILIGHT SAGA, THE: ECLIPSE (PG-13) 9:35pm

*NO PASSES-NO SUPERSAVERS

Premiere Cinemas

6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for 08-13-10

*3D CATS AND DOGS- DIGITAL (PG) 9:45a 10:45a 12:15p 1:15p 2:45p 3:45p 5:15p 6:15p 7:45p 8:45p 10:15p *3D SHREK FOREVER AFTERDIGITAL (PG)10:45a 1:30p 4:15p 7:00p 9:45p *3D STEP UP- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:05a 11:05a 1:00p 2:00p 3:50p 4:50p 6:45p 7:35p 9:35p 10:15p *3D THE LAST AIRBENDERDIGITAL (PG)9:45a 12:30p 3:15p 6:05p 8:50p *CATS AND DOGS- DIGITAL (PG) 10:15a 12:45p 3:15p 6:05p 8:30p *CHARLIE ST. CLOUD- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:45a 12:15p 2:45p 5:15p 7:50p 10:20p *EAT PRAY LOVE- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:50a 2:25p 6:05p 9:30p

*KARATE KID- DIGITAL (PG) 9:45a 1:45p 6:05p 9:30p *SALT- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:45a 10:35a 11:30a 12:30p 1:20p 2:15p 3:25p 4:00p 4:50p 6:05p 6:35p 7:30p 8:45p 9:15p 10:15p *STEP UP 3- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:35a 1:30p 4:20p 7:10p 10:00p *THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES35MM (R)10:00a 1:00p 4:00p 7:00p 10:00p CYRUS- DIGITAL (R) 9:45a 12:15p 2:45p 5:15p 7:45p 10:15p PREDATORS- DIGITAL (R) 10:15a 1:15p 4:15p 7:15p 10:15p THE LAST AIRBENDER 2D DIGITAL (PG)10:15a 1:05p 3:50p 6:30p 9:20p

EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 08/13 - 08/19/10 DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2010) (R) 3:05 | 5:00 | 9:40 IRON MAN 2 (PG-13)12:00 | 2:25 | 4:50 | 7:15 | 9:45 KILLERS (PG-13) 12:40 | 2:55 | 4:55 | 7:20 | 9:55 KNIGHT AND DAY (PG-13) 12:50 | 3:00 | 5:20 | 7:35 | 9:50 MARMADUKE (PG) 1:30 | 3:30 | 5:30 | 7:30 | 9:20 PRINCE OF PERSIA (PG-13) 12:10 |

12:55 | 2:30 | 3:10 | 4:50 5:25 | 7:10 | 7:40 | 9:30 | 10:00 SEX AND THE CITY 2 (R) 12:20 | 6:50 SHREK FOREVER AFTER (PG) 12:15 | 1:15 | 2:15 | 3:15 | 4:15 5:15 | 6:15 | 7:25 | 8:40 | 9:25 THE A-TEAM (2010) (PG-13) 12:05 | 2:20 | 4:45 | 7:05 | 9:35 THE KARATE KID (2010) (PG) 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:40 | 3:40 | 5:25 6:20 | 8:20 | 9:10

Now Showing Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 08/13/2010 Rated: PG-13 Genre: Action/Adventure Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It's getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who broke his heart-and now is back in town-to the teenage distraction he's trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn't been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor. Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick

The Other Guys 08/06/2010 Rated: PG-13 Genre: Comedy NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos - other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz. You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes - they're 'the Other Guys. But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff? Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton

Step Up 3D 08/06/10 New York's intense street dancing underground comes alive in eye-popping Digital 3D as a tight-knit group of street dancers team up with Moose and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip-hop dancers in a highstakes showdown that will change their lives forever. Starring: Rick Malambri, Adam Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith "Remedy" Stallworth, Kendra Andrews, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, Joe Slaughter, Jason Etter, Keith Stallworth

The Expendables 08/13/10 "The Expendables" is a hardhitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge - one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Giselle Itie, Eric Roberts, David Zayas, Steve Austin

Eat Pray Love 08/13/10 Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having -- a husband, a house, a successful career -- yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Starring: Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem, Tuva Novotny, Ali Khan, Lidia Biondi, Arlene Tur

Coming Soon Lottery Ticket 08/20/10 Kevin Carson, a young man living in the projects, wins $370 million in a nationwide lottery. When his opportunistic neighbors discover he has the winning ticket in his possession, Kevin must survive their greedy and sometimes even threatening actions over a three-day holiday weekend before he can claim his prize. Starring: Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Keith David, Charles Q. Murphy, Loretta Devine, Terry Crews


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PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7

Bret Michaels verse. As I said on 'Apprentice,' never mistake my kindness and respect for weakness." Fair enough. But what about Trump, the show's host? Just how good an air guitarist is the real estate magnate? "I've never seen Don play air guitar," Michaels said. "But I did my homework before going on 'Apprentice.' I looked back at Don's life and found he excelled at music at a young age, so that was good news for me. We didn't bond on the show, but we (now) talk about sports and music and life." Continued from page 19 "Look What the Cat Dragged In," the title track from Poison's second album. (Sample lyric: I look like hell / Half alive or half dead / I just can't tell.) "Absolutely everybody at the hospital said: 'I don't think this is a smart idea,'" Michaels recalled with a wry chuckle. "But here was my problem: I worked really hard to win 'Celebrity Apprentice.' And I felt, if I had the proper medication, I'd be all right. I didn't feel great, I'll be honest. I mean, you know I'm sick when I don't go to my own after-party! But I needed to go on the show. I knew it would never be the same to win and be sitting in my hospital room or in a small satellite TV studio.

car crash in which he broke his ribs, nose, jaw and fingers) and pre-fame labor (working a double-shift as a fry-cook and a bus boy at a Bob's Big Boy in his native Pennsylvania). Michaels laughed when asked what skills he acquired as a rock star that helped him not only to make the final cut but to win "Celebrity Apprentice." "I've learned every business

An uneven mix of new songs and old, "Custom Built" includes a remake of the charttopping 1988 Poison ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." It is the first (and, likely, last) album by anyone to feature vocal cameos by both teen idol Miley Cyrus and Jason Miller, the lead singer of altmetal band Godhead. "It's not too thought out," Michaels said. "Most of the guests on my album are there because of friendship." Given his near-fatal spate of recent health issues, should he be as active as he is — let alone preparing for the fall run of his new VH1 show, "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It," while embarked on a national concert tour?

"I didn't know I'd be the winner, but I knew I was going to be in the finale and I knew it was down to two people, Holly (Robinson-Peete) and me. I knew in my soul I wanted to go back to New York for the finale because I wanted so bad to win." That desire to persevere, if not triumph, has been a constant for Michaels through much of his life. It has helped him through heady success (starting with Poison's heyday in the 1980s) and extended doldrums (most of the next decade until Poison's 1999 reunion), a previous near-death moment (the 1994

Michaels is now completing his autobiography, "Roses & Thorns: The Reality of My Rock & Roll Fantasy." His current concert tour is timed to promote "Custom Built," his latest solo album on Poor Boy Records, the label he launched in the mid-1990s.

skill I've needed to learn from the entertainment business, mostly from rock 'n' roll," he replied. "You must have nerves of steel when you get into the rock world, because you're dealing with some of the best people and some of the sleaziest lowlifes in the uni-

"I'll never have a clean bill of health, but I feel like I'm back at 90 percent," he said. "After all I've been through, part of me wants to go out and sky-dive and part of me wants to stop and savor every moment. It's a weird mindset to be in." COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

2200 N. Yarbrough

Schedule good for Aug 13 - Aug 19

IRON MAN 2 (PG-13) 1:10p 3:55p 6:40p 9:25p JONAH HEX (PG-13) 7:05p 9:25p KARATE KID (PG) 12:05p 3:05p 6:05p 9:05p KNIGHT AND DAY (PG-13) 4:40p 9:20p MARMADUKE (PG) 12:35p 2:45p 4:55p PRINCE OF PERSIA (PG-13) 12:00p 2:25p 4:50p 9:40p SHREK FOREVER AFTER (PG) 12:15p 2:30p 7:10p

Schedule good for 8/13 - 8/19 SUPER STIMULUS TUESDAY: $1 DRINK, $1 POPCORN, or $5.00 OFF ANY REGULAR COMBO MILITARY DISCOUNT @ BOX OFFICE & CONCESSION STAND! GUARANTEE TICKETS @ FANDANGO.COM THE EXPENDABLES (R) 12:10 2:35 5:00 7:25 9:50 (12:15 FRI/SAT) EAT, PRAY, LOVE (PG-13) 1:00 4:00 7:00 10:00 SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (PG-13) 11:00 1:35 4:20 7:10 9:50 (12:10 FRI/SAT) THE OTHER GUYS (PG13) 12:15 1:00 2:45 3:35 5:10 6:05 7:40 8:35 10:10 (11:30 FRI/SAT) STEP UP 3D *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES 12:00 2:30 5:00 7:30 10:00 (12:15 FRI/SAT) CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE 3D *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES 11:00 1:00

CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE 2D 12:30 2:40 4:50 DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG-13)11:00 1:30 4:15 7:05 9:45 (12:05 FRI/SAT) CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (PG13)7:05 9:30 (11:50 FRI/SAT) SALT (PG-13)1:00 3:35 6:05 8:30 (10:55 FRI/SAT) INCEPTION (PG-13) 12:45 3:55 7:05 10:10 SORCERER'S APPRENTICE (PG)11:00 1:20 3:45 6:15 8:45 (11:30 FRI/SAT) DESPICABLE ME 3D * 3D SURCHARGE APPLIES (PG) 11:50 2:10 4:30 6:50 9:15 DESPICABLE ME 2D (PG) 11:50 2:10 4:30 6:50 9:15 (11:45 FRI/SAT) TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (PG-13) 11:00 1:20 3:40 6:00 9:00 (11:30 FRI/SAT)) GROWN UPS (PG-13) 3:10 5:35 8:00 (10:25 FRI/SAT) TOY STORY 3 (G) 12:00 2:25 4:50 7:15 9:40 (12:05 FRI/SAT)


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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from August 13th thru August 19th. 2010 If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to: editorial@spotlightepnews.com

NORTHEAST/ CENTRAL

2010 Soldier Show — The variety show performed by soldiers to soldiers and the El Paso and Fort Bliss communities is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14. The live musical revue showcases the talents of active duty Soldiers who are selected by audition from throughout the Army. They are amateur artists who have a passion for music, dance and performing. They come from infantry, transportation, military police, medical, intelligence, aviation, signal and other tactical units. Admission is free. Advance tickets available at the ITR Building 1743 on Fort Bliss. Tickets not required for entry, but ticket holders will be seated first. Information: 568-7506 or blissmwr.com.

Aiyana C. Hanson Run — The first Leukemia Memorial 5K run and 1-mile fun walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North. Tro-

phies awarded to top three male and female overall runners. T-shirts for all participants, and refreshments offered at finish line. Registration: $20 ($15 military and cancer survivors). Race day registration: $25. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

• Enthroned — The Bel-

El Paso Diablos Baseball — The American Association minor league team regular home game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.) at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Tickets: $8 box seats; $7 general admission (free for age 4 and younger). Information: 7552000 or diablos.com. • Aug. 10-12 — Grand Prairie Air Hogs • Aug. 13-15 — Pensacola Pelicans

‘The Clown Who Ran Away’ – El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents Conrad Seiler’s family comedy about a clown who must save six other dolls Aug. 6-21. Directed by Moises Hinojos. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2

gian metal band performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, with Destroyer 666 of Australia and Shining of Sweden. Tickets: $15. • OTEP — The Los Angeles metal band performs at Sunday, 7 p.m. Aug. 15, with p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 under age 12). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. Dodo is a clown whose rescue effort changes him from runaway to hero.

(Chamizal) or elpasoartsandculture.org.

EASTSIDE

Coheed and Cambria — The New York

“indie-prog-metal-storytellers” present their tour in

opening acts The Birthday Massacre, Beneath The Sky, The Agonist and Murder FM. All ages show. Tickets: $12.

MISSION VALLEY

Foxstock & Hippiefest — The Fox 92.3 FM musical flashback concert

support of their current CD and novel “Year of the Black Rainbow” Aug. 17, at Club 101, 1148 Airway, with London’s Porcupine Tree. Tickets: $26 in advance; $30 day of show, plus service charge (ticketbully.com).

DOWNTOWN/ WESTSIDE

Alfresco! Fridays — The free outdoor concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 10 at Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). Presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0689, 541-4481, or alfrescofridays.com. • Aug. 13 — PT and the Cruisers (easy listening)

is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at El Paso County Coliseum, featuring retro superstars War, With Rider, Rare Earth and Badfinger. Tickets: $30, $35 and $40, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster).

Josh Abbott Band — The Top 10 country music band, known for the hit “She’s Like Texas,” performs at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13 at Whiskey Dick’s, 580 George Dieter. Tickets: $10; available online through ticketbully.com. Information: 921-9900.

The Expressions Dance Academy —

Club 101 — 1148 Airway.

Music Under the Stars — Mariachi Los Toritos concludes the 27th

Advance tickets for most events available at Club 101, All That Music, Psycha and online at ticketbully.com, unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-2101 or club101.com.

Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 (MCAD), 532-7273

The company presents an evening of various dance styles at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 8720989.

summer concert series 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San

El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is free, except for “Earth Water Fire Air” ($5 for ages 12 and over). Information: 532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org. Showing Aug. 15-Nov. 7:

“Earth Water Air Fire: The Work of Carole Feuerman.”


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Sasahara Gallery — The new gallery is at 7100 Westwind Drive, Suite 135. Information: 584-4222 or sasahara.gallery@live.com. Web: sasaharagallery.com. The next “Second Saturdays at the Sasahara” event is a Meet the Artist” reception 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 14.

George Lopez — The stand-up comedy star of “Lopez Tonight” returns to El

Paso at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $46.75, $56.75 and $66.75 plus service charge. (Ticketmaster). Star of the ABC “George Lopez” sitcom and TBS’s “Lopez Tonight,” Lopez also is a frequent host of “Que Locos” on Univision. He also

has performed in films and was the first Latino to headline a morning English. As a stand-up comedian, he is a sell-out attraction coast to coast.

Plaza Classic Film Festival — The El Paso Community Foundation will host its 3rd annual classic and “semi-classic” movie in The Plaza’s Main Theatre, Philanthropy Theatre and outdoor Festival Plaza Aug. 5-15. Billed as the “world’s largest classic film festival,” movies of all genres will be presented from the golden age of cinema to more recent favorites. Special film talks with celebrities and scholars, live music events are also planned. Age 13 and older only admitted for all R-rated films. Individual tickets available through Ticketmaster. All-festival pass: $150. Information: 533-4020 or plazaclassic.com. Special guests for the festival include actress Debby Reynolds (who was born in El Paso), film historian Nick Clooney (father of George Clooney) and director Peter

Bogdanovich.

SOUTHERN NEW MExICO Otero County Fair — The annual fair and rodeo is Aug. 11-14 at the fairgrounds in Alamogordo, N.M. The fairgrounds are off U.S. 54 on the north side of town, across from White Sands Mall. Information: (575) 434-0788. The Frontier Village offers food booths, carnival rides, games and other entertainment each day. Music in the Parks — The City of Carrizozo, N.M. presents a potluck and concert featuring soft jazz music by guitar duo Fred Kinnan and Tim Rice 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at McDonald Park, as part of its summer outdoor music events. Soda and chips for sale benefiting Carrizozo Woman’s Club “raise the roof” charity. Admission is free. Information: (575) 6482757 or carrizozomusic.org. Continues on next page


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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 innofthemountaingods.com.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts —

ACROSS 1 Bull session site 5 Lessen 10 First second son 14 Mars: prefix 15 Surgeon’s beam 16 Computer term 17 Adolescent 18 ___ on the cake 19 Health resorts 20 One way to China 22 The Loyal Order of ___ 23 As right as ___ 24 Marx 25 Pre-coll. exams 27 Felucca, e.g. 31 Unusual ball game 32 Often found with lox 33 Expert 34 Jewish month 35 Sum 36 Thumb condition? 37 TV alien 38 Singing group 39 Lab burners 40 Palm feature? 42 Zane and Lady Jane 43 French city 44 Loudness measure 45 Chirp 47 Where Kerouac traveled 52 Mil. offense 53 January, to Cortez 54 River in Tuscany 55 Prevalent 56 Antitoxin 57 Plank leader 58 Winnow 59 TV time 60 Robert ___, CSA

DOWN 1 Body of facts 2 Bauxite, et al. 3 Lively dance 4 Disney World feature

5 Excuses 6 What Dad brings home 7 Kabul’s continent 8 Tepee 9 Work unit 10 Soak up 11 How Marco traveled 12 Greek letters 13 ___ majesty 21 Scottish inventor 22 Teen magnet 24 ___ Canal 25 Wog leader 26 How to get to Buffalo 27 French composer 28 Culture medium 29 Tapestry 30 Digits 31 Patricia, of film 32 Type of doggle 35 Companion of thick 36 Low cost passage 38 Cluster 39 Sea eagle 41 Aglet’s target 42 “Yankee, ___!” 44 Play, as a mandolin 45 Seamen 46 Allies vs. Axis 47 Remarkable person 48 Saint Philip ___ 49 Spoken 50 Boleyn, for one 51 Venetian magistrate 53 Ment. telepathy

Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Free public guided tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (except show dates). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com. • Roy Clark — 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Best known for his decades-long stint as the host of the country-music show “Hee Haw,” Clark is a master of strings and a singer who has entertained millions for more than

in the city’s Downtown Mall, kicks off its 2010-2011 season with the its season with the “habit-forming” musical by Dan Goggin Aug. 6-22. Directed by Art Haggerton. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors/students/military; $8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children 5 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org. When the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, “Sister Julia, Child of God,” has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, they are in dire need of funds for the burials. They decide the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show and take over the school auditorium currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon translated into 21 languages.

King of the Cage — The fighting event is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and

Jupiter in Aries and Saturn in Libra pull at each other from across the heavens, creating tension between what we think we personally deserve and what is wise for the collective. Saturn in Libra reminds us that relationships are what really matter in this lifetime — perhaps the only things that matter at all. Jupiter in Aries suggests that taking care of oneself is the start of creating good relationships, and he does make a valid point. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Someone dear has the wrong attitude. You can work with this, though. Through gentle persuasion and your stellar example, you will move a loved one from one set of beliefs to an entirely different set of beliefs — perhaps even an opposing set of beliefs. And this you'll do with great skill. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will take on new horizons and be clever and innovative in your approach. And though you initially believe you can do everything in a new way, it will serve you to learn the old way first. Then you'll know the obstacles — which ones you can skip over and which ones you will have to go around. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In at least one area of your life, you are now doing the very thing you wanted to do years ago. This is, in part, the vision you had for yourself. Let this be a joyful realization. Revel in this success. Throw a party. You are a powerful creator, and you can take that vote of confidence into your next big adventure. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You just need to vent. Friends and family will hear you — but only for a time. And you could eventually regret spilling your guts to them. But if you turn to a journal instead, you can rant on for as long as you like. Plus, you'll work out a few key details and in the process unlock the secret to improving your circumstances. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your dreams will be vivid this week, though you'll still forget most of them. What comes back to you will be but a curious glimpse into that nocturnal world. Ponder the meaning and you'll agree with the poet Edgar Allan Poe about the illusory nature of this existence: "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are those you'll have trouble communicating with, and you might be tempted to consider this your problem. But you're only half to blame. Communication is a joint effort, requiring participation from both parties. The good news is that your life improves markedly once you solve this communication issue.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Turn out the lights, and you'll quickly realize the truth about your eyes. They don't see objects, only the light reflecting off of objects. Similarly, it's not your experiences that really count so much as your interpretation of experiences. You'll make an effort to see things as shiny and new this week, and soon it's second nature.

40 years. The award winning actor, vocalist and philanthropist is a member of both the Grand Ole Opry and The Country Music Hall of Fame. Matinee tickets: $56 and $59. Evening tickets: $66 and $69.

‘Nunsense’– The Las Cruces Community Theatre,

Casino, Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso). One of the largest mixed martial arts event series in the world, King of the Cage features intense, no-holds-barred fighting competitions. Tickets: $65-$100. Age 21 and older welcome. (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). This is no time for asking "how," and asking "why" is even worse. Dwell instead on the luscious emotions you want to feel — the euphoria of having crossed the finish line. Conjure up the good vibes, and stay there as long as possible. Life starts figuring out the "hows." As for the "whys," they are not yours to know. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have practiced a skill well. You'll have moments of mastery this week. From here, you can give up the struggle without giving up the fight — and that's exactly what you will do. The battle is over, but the challenges keep coming. You handle each one from a powerful, detached, unemotional place. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There's an old English saying that's perfect for you this week, oh, ye sea goat of the zodiac! "If you don't tell people where your goat is tied up, then they can't get your goat." You'll keep your emotions under wraps. You'll find tricks to keep yourself calm, steady and clearheaded — therefore, powerful in your life. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There are times when being a control freak is the best way. For instance, this week: It's your name on the line, and you are in fact the one who stands to lose or gain the most in the end. Besides, it will be a joy to revel in the details. You will love getting your hands into every aspect of your project. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Take all the "shoulds" off of your list. Be OK with the fact that there are some things you just don't feel like doing. You don't want to — that's reason enough. For you to make an endeavor a priority, it will have to be exciting enough to ignite a fire in your belly. You'll know immediately. You won't be able to not do it.


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Timing IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR GAME

isn’t everything One of the basic tenets of a good golf swing is that during the backswing the wrists cock so that the clubshaft and the lead arm form an L. The L is a lever, a 90-degree angle that ramps up the power of your swing. This angle is a “collecting device.” It gathers and holds energy until impact, when the angle straightens out, dumping its force into the ball. The L is formed when you cock your wrists correctly, begging the question, “When should I cock my wrists?” The answer is, “It depends.” In golf there are laws, principles and preferences. The laws are matters of physics that are immutable — you either follow them or you fail to hit the ball well. The laws listen to no man (or woman). For example, you either satisfy the law of centeredness of contact or you don’t. Principles are vehicles through which the laws are

Late set

directly expressed — things like grip, wrist cock and coil. To produce good ball flight you must satisfy the laws by employing the principles of holding onto the club, cocking the wrists for maximum power and coiling your body. Everyone who plays uses the principles, but since no two golfers are exactly alike, no two swings are exactly alike. This is due to a multitude of preferences. The preferences are the individual ways you choose to get the laws and principles done. Overlap, 10-fingered or interlocked — the kind of grip you use is a preference. So when it comes to the wrists, it doesn’t matter when you cock them as long as you do it correctly. Early, late or somewhere in the middle of your backswing, it’s up to you. Creating a mosaic of matching swing preferences is what makes an effective swing. Continues on p.27


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DON’T MISS IT

Grip it to rip it If you have trouble with the club sliding around in your hands, try the TaylorMade TR3 Grip Trainer. The correct grip can be locked into place for hitting practice shots, then the trainer transitions to a USGA-legal playing glove when not in the locked position. Price is $20 at golfsmith.com.

GOLF SPOKEN HERE

Paddle grip

n.: a putter handle that has a flat surface along the top on which the player rests his/her thumbs.


TIMING ISN’T EVERYTHING

Medium set

Early set

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ABOUT THE WRITER

Random throwing together of preferences creates a Frankenstein of mismatches, so it’s up to you to choose preferences that not only fit your body type but that also fit naturally together with one another. The laws and principles control you, but you control the preferences, so match them well. Next week we’ll see how changing a preference can unbalance your swing.

Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit his Website at tjtomasi.com.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I once played with Reckless Abandon — and he beat me by two shots.” —Anonymous

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Golf as

BIRDIES AND BOGEYS

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Fourteen-year-old Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., beat Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., 4 and 2 to become the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion. Liu is six months younger than Tiger Woods was when he won the first of his three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur titles in 1991. Woods also won three consecutive U.S. Amateur crowns. It was a 36-hole final, and Thomas shot a 5-under 67 on the first 18 — pretty good THOMAS under all that pressure, but not good enough as Liu shot 64 for a 3-up lead. Did I mention that Liu is 14?!

She’s a swinger at most everything and now that includes a golf ball. British bad girl pop star Amy Winehouse says she is taking up the game to keep her mind off booze and drugs. Does she know that sometimes the game drives golfers to drink? She’s taking a chance that all that fresh air could clog her lungs, forcing out the cigarette smoke. And what will happen when she has to go outside and be in the sun? I would have thought maybe Lady Gaga or Hugo Chavez, the dictator from Venezuela, would have taken up golf before Winehouse, but golf has a big tent. So welcome, Amy.

THE GOLF DOCTOR

Best of the best sunglasses In the sunglasses business, the high-end brands all get it right on the big stuff, such as protecting your eyes from UV rays. The real danger of cheap sunglasses is eye damage. To block the brightness, many of the cheap models simply put a heavy film on the lens. This blocks the light, but causes your pupils to dilate, making your eyes even more susceptible to the UVA/UVB rays that go right through the untreated lens.

3. Clarity: Golfers need to be able to see contours on the greens, not just see the greens themselves. 4. Changeable: Lenses need to work when in full sun, clouds and all gradations in between. This adaptability is much enhanced when several shades of snap-in lenses are included in the package. When the day goes from overcast to sunny, clip in another lens.

As a teaching pro, I spend much of my day in the sun, so protecting my eyes from damage and tiredness is important. Over the years I’ve come up with four prerequisites for my sunglasses, assuming they do the protective essentials correctly: 1. Comfort: The templar spring-type hinge is a must for comfort and stabilization in motion. 2. Cleanable: Humans touch their face about 50 times an hour and that includes the eyes, so it’s easy to transfer the oil on our hands to the lens. And if they resist cleaning, the lenses are soon useless due to oil buildup.

I recently tested 10 sunglasses and identified my top three. With any one of these you’re not buying just a pair of sunglasses; you’re buying a total eyewear system. • Native Larimer: www.nativeeyewear.com. Priced from $129 to $159. • Sundog Eyewear: www.sundogeyewear.com. The price ranges from $60 to $70. • Vuarnet Sunglasses: http://vuarnetstore.com. Prices range from $180 on up, depending on the style.

The four C’s

The Top 3


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SPRINT CUP Race: Carfax 400 Where: Michigan Intl Speedway When: Sunday, 1 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2009 winner: Brian Vickers (right)

NATIONWIDE SERIES Race: Carfax 250 Where: Michigan Intl Speedway When: Saturday, 1 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2009 winner: Brad Keselowski

CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS Race: Too Tough to Tame 200 Where: Darlington Raceway When: Saturday, 7 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2009 winner: Tony Stewart

By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers

Bullseye!

Juan Pablo Montoya, driving the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag at Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. (NASCAR photo)

Montoya hits the mark with long-sought win at Watkins Glen

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here are few Sprint Cup driver-crew chief combos that needed a win any more than Juan Pablo Montoya and Brian Pattie, who got that victory on Sunday at Watkins Glen International. It was Montoya’s second as a Cup driver and Pattie’s first ever in NASCAR’s elite division. And it came after the two had very public disagreements over the outcomes of the two previous races. In the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the No. 42 team dominated the race only to lose to teammate Jamie McMurray, who took two tires to Montoya’s four and held on for the win. The same situation played out again the next week at Pocono. But this time, there were no late-race caution flags to force teams to choose a pit strategy, and Montoya drove away from Kurt Busch and Marcos Ambrose to score the win. In his winner’s interview, Montoya seemed more relieved than anything, now that he can put the past two weeks behind him. “[The] last few weeks have been really frustrating for the whole team because we’ve been so close to victory [and it] seemed to keep slipping away,” he said. Continues on page 31


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Lexus GS450h - a Luxurious, Green, Performance Machine Hybrids are moving upscale. As we slowly start to hear about hybrid sedans from the likes of BMW and MercedesBenz, Lexus continues to motor forward with its impressive lineup of hybrid vehicles, including its first hybrid sedan, the GS450h. And as most of the public still considers hybrid technology to be used to make vehicles much more fuel efficient, with the GS450h, Lexus uses hybrid technology a little different. Unlike other hybrids on the market, the GS450h hybrid system focuses mainly on performance rather than fuel economy. With a powertrain consisting of a 3.5liter V6 engine and an electric motor, the GS450h produces 340 combined horsepower – all driving the rear wheels by way of a CVT transmission. This enables this GS to offer V8-like performance with far better fuel efficiency. Aside from its unique grille, wheels and special badges, the GS450h looks much like the GS350 and GS460, which means it is one of the best looking mid-size luxury sport sedans on the road today. The long hood, pulled back cabin, and short rear deck makes the GS stand proudly and look like it’s full of confidence – which it is. Inside, the GS is nearly flawless – providing great comfort and luxury for all that have the privilege to be in it. There is an excellent balance of luxury and sportiness. Luxury can be found in the first-class leather and wood used throughout the cabin, and a sport feel is relayed to the driver by the performance-oriented three-pod instrument cluster, which provides good viewing of all the gauges. The only down side to the GS’s interior is its trunk. Due to the battery pack, there is barely 13 cubic feet available for cargo – making luggage for just two people a tight fit. The car starts quietly and effortlessly thanks to the SmartKey access – you just push the dash mounted button.

And you probably will not hear the engine, because the GS is capable of running on electricity at slow speeds (under 20 mph). While driving, as you come to a stop, the gas engine will turn off – saving fuel. As you drive normally, a computer will determine if the gas engine should help move the vehicle, recharge the battery pack, or remain off. As you slow down, brake, or start to coast, the kinetic energy from the car’s motion also helps in recharging the battery pack. An animated picture lets you view all this on the navigation system screen. But remember – the GS450h is about performance, and it sure delivers. Step on the accelerator, and the gas engine comes to life instantly, providing tremendous power to the rear wheels. Zero to 60mph is achieved in just a tick over five seconds, making the GS450h one of the fastest cars in the Lexus lineup. In fact, the GS450h is on par with the Dodge Hemi powered Chrysler 300 SRT-8 and the Mercedes-Benz CLK500 – all of which have V8s in their engine bay. Hybrid and performance? You bet. To get this type of performance in any other luxurious sedan, you are going to need eight

cylinders, and you can only hope to get 20mpg. The Lexus GS450h gets by with just six cylinders and manages 22mpg in town. On the highway, 25mpg can be expected. And it’s on the highway where this hybrid performance really shines - passing at 60-plus mph is quite impressive, as it pushes its occupants comfortable back in their seats. On top of its excellent performance and impressive fuel economy figures, the icing on the cake has to be that the GS450h is certified as a Super-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) meaning that it is about 80% ‘cleaner’ than comparable luxury sedans. Is the Lexus GS450h the answer to the rising gasoline prices? Not really, because this GS is hardly cheap, with prices starting at nearly $58,000. But in the energy conscious state of mind that many people are falling into, the GS450h does hold an advantage – it allows you to drive one of the nicest luxury cars around, without feeling guilty about getting sub-20 mpg and polluting the air. To some folks, that’s all the reasons needed. - Christopher A. Randazzo

By The Numbers: 2010 Lexus GS450h Base Price: $57,450.00 Price as Tested: $60,263.00 Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive Engine: hybrid gas/electric Gas: 3.5 liter 24-valve V6 Electric: permanent-design magnet Transmission:continuously variable transmission (CVT) Power (total): 340 hp EPA Fuel Economy: 22 city / 25 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to car@delorean.net]


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Sprint Cup pointS Contonued from page 29 “To come out and get the job done the way we did, it was big. I feel more relieved than happy right now. It’s been a really hard road in a way. It’s been a lot of fun; it’s been frustrating. “To finally get that first win for Brian, I think it’s good. I think we can really focus on just getting the job done … “I think this will really bring the team together and bring great things for the future.” Montoya also said a meeting on Saturday, one called by car owner Chip Ganassi, helped too. He said the meeting “was all about making sure everybody is on the same page, everybody has to do their job, and we came out today and everybody executed. “It’s something Brian keeps saying, ‘Keep saving the car, keep saving the car, keep saving the car,’ and it paid off.” Montoya said any problems between him and Pattie come about because they’re both driven to win. “As competitive as I am, he’s as competitive with the race car,”

1. Kevin Harvick 3,210; Leader

he said. “I think we both come here every weekend with one goal: win. When the wins slip away, either my fault, his fault, I think the fault doesn’t really matter. When you go home empty-handed, it’s frustrating. “We have to learn how to make better judgments, myself make better calls when I’m driving, help them make better calls. I think we’re really working together and understanding what needs to be done to win those races.” Pattie, who was quite emotional after the race, said the problems between him and Montoya weren’t as bad as they might have sounded to those listening to their radio transmissions in the heat of battle. “When you’re passionate about winning races at this level, the closer we got, the worse it got for our frustration level,” he said. Even with the Glen win, it’s unlikely that Montoya and Pattie will make the cut for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins after four more races. He’s 19th in the standings, 205 points short

2. Jeff Gordon 3,025; behind -185 3. Jeff Burton 2,895; behind -315 4. Kurt Busch 2,892; behind -318 5. Jimmie Johnson 2,882; behind -328 6. Denny Hamlin 2,872; behind -338 7. Kyle Busch 2,866; behind -344 Juan Pablo Montoya (left) douses crew chief Brian Pattie with celebratory champagne after winning Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International. (NASCAR photo) of the top 12. And his teammate Jamie McMurray, who has already won the sport’s two biggest races, the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 along with runnerup finishes in three other races, is a longshot at best for the Chase. He’s 15th in the standings, 94 points out of 12th place. Montoya said it’s ironic that his team’s improved speed isn’t help-

ing them points-wise. “It’s kind of funny,” he said. “I think last year we didn’t have the pace we have this year and we made the Chase pretty easy, I thought. “This year we had two cars capable, easily making the Chase, and both cars are out. “That’s what it is, I guess.”

8. Tony Stewart 2,865; behind -345 9. Carl Edwards 2,821; behind -389 10. Matt Kenseth 2,806; behind -404 11. Greg Biffle 2,743; behind -467 12. Mark Martin 2,641; behind -569


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