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Eating Grasshoppers in the Barrio, and getting Roasted by Joe Olvera (c), 2010 It was a homecoming of sorts. The "Cabuleando a Joe Olvera Roast/Fundraiser" that took place on Saturday, July 24, at the Cafe Mayapan, took me back to my old stumping grounds - the neighborhood I've always known as Piedras/Alameda. I was born and raised in that neighborhood, and memories of my time there flooded over me as I remembered my childhood in one of El Paso's poorest barrios. The Roast, which turned into a hilarious evening, at my expense - with people making fun of my foibles and pomposity. I had received the Conquistador Award, the City of El Paso's highest honor, but, the Roast was meant as a benefit to help me with my medical expenses, and other living costs. Thanks to the El Paso Public Library Associa-

tion for putting it together, and thanks to the many people who attended, the night brought out the best of Chicano-dom in El Paso. First, of course, was Rosa Guerrero - my good friend for many years and El Paso's Ambassador of Good Will. Rosita regaled the audience with her charm, her sense of humor, and her joie du vivre. Even though she's suffered some recent setbacks in her life, you wouldn't have noticed, because she never brought out her own issues. She was there to have fun and to Emcee the event, with a host of people who opted to Roast me, but, all in good fun. My sister, Peter, even though she was nervous, made the audience laugh by telling them of my childhood propensity for ridiculous behavior.

For instance, when I was a kid, I had the habit of spelling out with my finger in the air, words affixed to some store. My mother hated that quirk of mine and instructed my sisters, Peter and Cruz to slap me if they saw me doing that. I was fascinated with letters and words, so I practiced that oddity whenever I had the chance, which, of course, gave my sisters course to slap me hard. Is it any wonder that I'm rather goofy sometimes? This was only one Roaster other friends who chose to make fun of me included long-time friends like Arturo Torres, Pedro Villagrana, and, even, Nacho Padilla. But, the real thrill for me was the way the audience reacted, because, believe me, it was a Chicano night. That Roast took many of us back to our personal childhoods. The Cafe Mayapan provided

the backdrop, and Texas Street - one of the streets where I used to deliver The El Paso Herald-Post and the El Paso Times - reminded me of days spent riding my bike and taking my job seriously so that my subscribers would have their newspaper as soon as I could get it to them. Too many experiences colored my world that night, as I was taken back in time. When I was young, the Cafe Mayapan wasn't there, neither was the Museo Mayachen, nor the Mercado Mayapan. But, they're there now. Except, that they are struggling to survive. I encourage everyone who remembers what it was like to be a young Chicano in that part of town, to frequent those businesses. People are struggling to survive, and they need our help. Continues on page 6


El Paso youngsters develop skills, compete in Swimming Championships By Joe Olvera (c), 2010

Wright Stanton, manager of the El Paso Parks and Recreation's Aquatics Program, said that children as young as 6 years of age, and adolescents up to age 18 had a great time at the meet. "It was great, we weren't rained out," Stanton said. "Ours is the largest program in which youngsters participate, and they love it.

"This competition is so important, because it gives kids the chance to not only improve their swimming skills, but it also helps them develop further in competitive swimming. Later, as they mature and become better swimmers, they can participate in other meets, helping to bring pride to our city." Stanton said that the annual competition draws large crowds, not only of swimmers, but, of their parents and other supporters as well. The more advanced swimmers work hard to become City Champions in various age groups and in individual team events.


More than 300 youngsters from throughout El Paso County competed July 24 and July 25 in the Annual Public Leagues City Swimming Championships at the Pavo Real Aquatic Center, 110 Presa Place Street.


Gambling in Texas Testimony in Committee ing, Chairman Kuempel added gambling to the agenda for invited testimony.

A little over two weeks ago on July 9th, the Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures held an interim hearing. I have been a member of this committee since 2003. Normally these hearings during the interim between legislative sessions receive testimony on "charges" assigned to the committee by the Speaker. A few days before the hear-

As an article in the Austin American Statesman reported, most of the testimony sounded exactly the same as what we have received in testimony during normal legislative sessions. What is different at this time is that we have a potential $18 billion budget deficit. The big boys, race track proponents and the casino proponents, both gave testimony about how much better Texas would be if only we would allow their form of gambling. Although we have been told in the past that the two sides would

work together, it has never happened. Both sides want the lion share of the revenues that are possible from gaming in Texas. Even though gambling is not legal, many studies have shown that Texas leads the nation in gamblers. I don’t know how those numbers came to be, but that fact is part of the argument for legalizing the past time in Texas. The state is losing billions in private revenues and hundreds of millions in taxes. These huge sums of money are going to our neighboring states: New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana not to mention the gambling capitol of the world, Las Vegas. Continues on page 6

Missing 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 Texas Perinatal Association Awards Enrique Ponte, M.D. Neonatologist for Sierra Providence East Medical Center Texas Chapter - Perinatal Healthcare Award The Texas Perinatal Association recently awarded Dr. Enrique Ponte with a lifetime achievement award, which is given to an individual that has dedicated their career to the improvement of healthcare for mothers and infants in the state of Texas. Dr. Ponte was recognized for his personal and professional passion for perinatology. He has dedicated his career to improving the health care for mother & babies in the state of Texas. He started practicing medicine in El Paso in 1988 and holds special interests in the areas of ethics & development. Dr. Ponte previously ran a developmental follow-up clinic for Dr. Enrique Ponte discharged preterm babies for many years. He has encouraged the development & implementation of a NIDCAP team, and strives to make his NICU’s developmental & family friendly. Among his many achievements is that he helped create the only ECMO program in El Paso from 1996-2001. ECMO, which stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, is an advanced technology that functions as a replacement for a critically ill child's heart and lungs. It is used to support a child who is awaiting surgery, or to give a child's vital organs time to recover from heart surgery or disease. He is regarded as a major driving force in perinatology among his colleagues and neonatal nurses. His devotes himself to the families of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. “We are so thankful to have the valiant medical expertise in the neonatal intensive care unit each day of Dr. Enrique Ponte. He has truly earned this award and recognition”, said Sally Hurt, CEO for Sierra Providence East Medical Center.

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


WEATHER 101 By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

Feast or Famine last Weekend

Las Cruces Flood

This, again, shows the need for some additional weather reporting sites – at least one on the west side. This would give us both sides of the mountain or both slices of the city to compare. Many folks are encouraging the use of several fire stations around El Paso. This would give us a good representation but it would be tough to do.

“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

Weather Trivia: August is the wettest month of the year for El Paso, what is the second wettest month?

A. B. C. D. E.

June July September October November

Answer: C – September. We average 1.61”

Last weekends storm hit parts of the city extremely hard while other parts of town barely saw a drop. It was interesting to look at all the weekend totals across the city and see 2 and 3 inches of rain on the west and northwest side of El Paso. The east and northeast parts of town were lucky to get enough rain to make a swipe with their windshield wipers. In fact, the official rain reporting spot for El Paso is located at the El Paso International Airport. That site recorded only a trace of rain. A trace of rain is just a few drops noted in the rain gauge – not enough to measure. So, in the future when you look back on July 24 and 25, you’d think that it was a dry Saturday and Sunday. Here are some of the rainfall amounts that we received. These are numbers that were called in from some of our weather watchers across town: West El Paso: 1.5” Upper Valley: 1.9” Anthony, NM: 2.1” El Paso Airport: Trace Northeast El Paso: .30” Las Cruces – New Mexico State University: 3.3”



Gambling in Texas..

Continued from page 2 I for one even ate tacos of grilled grasshoppers, with guacamole, of course. This dish hails from Oaxaca, Mexico, and is considered a delicacy. Now, if I can eat grilled tacos, you can too. So, please, do your best to keep these businesses going. Our future depends on it. And, again, thanks to everyone who made my night a great success, and, hilarious.

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Such El Paso stalwarts and leaders as Paul Moreno, Carmen Rodriguuez, Jesse Sanchez, Luis Chaparro, Rene RodeIa, Elvia Hernandez, Reyes Mata, Priscilla Portillo, Henry Irigoyen, Joe Moody, my beautiful wife, Julieta, my daughter, Diane and her beautiful daughter, Aliyah, my son Carlos and his wife, Angie, my brother Simon and his wife, Leti, and others too numerous to mention here, but, you know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. l love you one and all.

The casino proponents want to put twelve resort casinos in major markets (Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston, etc.). They say this will maximize the revenues from gambling for the state. In every session since I became a state representative, these two factions have failed to agree to a passable bill. Their greed will not allow a bill to be passed in the next session.

Sin Fin

274 SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED TO EPCC STUDENTS The Foundation for El Paso Community College will hold its Fall 2010 Scholarship Award Ceremony, Monday, August 9th at 6:00pm in the EPCC Administrative Services Center, Building A, 9050 Viscount Blvd. Scholarship money totaling $230,400 will be awarded to 137 deserving students. The scholarships were raised by the Foundation from 17 business, community entities and individuals. For the first time, the scholarships will be renewable for the Spring 2011 semester without the students having to reapply as long as the student remains in good standing. The Foundation for El Paso Community College’s mission is to promote excellence in education through scholarships awarded to deserving individuals for new educational opportunities. The Foundation has celebrated its 10th Anniversary and has raised over $1.5 million and distributed approximately 1,000 scholarships to promising area students. For more information about The Foundation for El Paso Community College and scholarship opportunities contact the Foundation office at 915-831-6485 or visit

The race track proponents want to allow video lottery terminals at the five major racetracks in Texas. They say this will revitalize the race track business.

During the last session, I filed HJR 99, a resolution allowing the voters of Texas to decide if gambling would be allowed in Texas; nothing more nothing less. Specific forms of gambling would not be included in the constitutional amendment. If there were more provisions, then the only means of amending gambling issues would be another constitutional election; that would not be wise. The voters deserve the opportunity to vote on this issues. After all, some polls have shown that almost 70% of Texans want gambling. The simple resolution would also be good for Speaking Rock. At the moment voters approve gambling in Texas, the Tiguas could be up and running like they were before the casino was shut down. I spoke with the Chairman of the committee about my feelings that the simple bill was the way to go. He expressed agreement with me and suggested that the wording that I filed in 2009 would be the way he wanted to go in the next session. A lot can change between now and then, but it would be great to have my bill pushed as the means by which gambling is legalized in Texas.

Chente Quintanilla State Representative



The minilength chambray shirtdress is one of this fall's hottest denim pieces to add to your wardrobe ; it is the perfect complement to the season's stylish tights. Photo courtesy of Dish Jeans Ltd

The Dish on Denim for Fall Sharon Mosley Whether you're a teenager planning your back-toschool wardrobe or a Mom checking out the latest trends in jeans, denim should be at the top of your shopping list. There are plenty of ways to put some "jeanius" in your fashion life this fall. "Denim just gets stronger and stronger," says Donald Johannesson, creative and design director for Dish Jeans Ltd, a Vancouverbased contemporary denim company. "For this fall, you'll see it in every kind of garment you could imagine, from jeans to skirts to vests and jackets, shirts, dresses, even accessories, shoes and bags, in every wash variation possible, making it the pivotal fabric in building any wardrobe." You'll also notice that it is no longer a "faux pas" to wear two denims together, says Johannesson. "Everywhere you turn, double and triple denim looks are being worn," he adds. "It just makes a statement that this fabric has finally attained mass acceptance everywhere and highlights its versatility." So, what pieces does the denim guru suggest stylesavvy women of all ages add to their wardrobes this season? Here are his top five picks:

— The Chambray Shirtdress. A casual style in lightweight chambray, the shirtdress is the perfect way to dress up denim this fall. In minilengths, it's a great layering piece over tights, another must-have fall fashion state-

ment. For even more layering possibilities over tanks and tees, scope out chambray in a denim shirt, too.

— Jeggings. Details count on denim this fall, and the skinny jeans or "jeggings" (jeans that look like leggings) are big on the list

for trendsetters, especially when they have eye-catching designs details like zippers. Dish's legging has ergonomic side seams that skim and slim the outer edge of the thigh, curving around the knee and slanting toward the front of the leg, ending in a long zipper opening that gives the legging extra pizzazz.

Once a fashion "don't," mixing denim pieces is this fall's newest "do." The way to pull it off seamlessly without overdoing it, according to Johannesson, is all a matter of degrees. "Remember to combine light shades with dark ones to avoid a monochromatic look," he says. Check out layering pieces — including shirts, vests and skinny jeans — in varying shades of denim that blend colors together. One of my personal favorite combos: the dark vest over a lighter chambray shirt and teamed with medium-washed blue jeans.

— Flares with flair. The skinny jean may be a big hit, but this fall's freshest jeans have

— Denim on denim.

got some flare to them. Choose from low-rise trousers or classic flares in figure-flattering fits. These are the denim pants that often will work for the office with a blazer or stylish blouse.

— Add some plaid. Give your denim a preppy twist with a plaid shirt. Dress up a sea of blue jeans or denim pencil skirts with plaid in a colorful combination,

such as purple and teal — one of the season's best trends. Johannesson suggests adding a feminine touch to plaid with a ruffled shirt, which tops off a denim skirt in a stylish dark wash for a sophisticated take on this menswear pattern. 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


Energy Express

DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren

SOLITARY MAN REACHES OUT, BUT NOW IS LONELY IN A CROWD dEAR ABBY: I'm a gay 44-year-old man with self-esteem problems. I have never seen myself as worthy of affection, and I don't consider myself attractive. I have never been in a relationship, and no one outside of my family has ever said "I love you" to me. I have recently tried to come out of my shell. As a result, the network of people I associate with has tripled -- and I think that has compounded my problem. Aside from parties where everyone is invited, I never hear from any of these people. I have only a couple of good friends, people I can talk to. I have leaned on my friends to try to help me with my problem. But I'm afraid if I keep unloading on them it'll wear them down, and I don't want to burden them. I wish I didn't feel so worthless. I know part of my problem is the fact that I am unemployed and worried about money. But this is who I have been my whole life. How do I break the cycle and start feeling good about myself? I'm tired of being lonely all the time. -- LONELY IN CHICAGO dEAR LONELY: One way to stop feeling lonely is to give yourself less time to feel that way. Because you are unemployed and have the time, volunteer some of it. Find a nonprofit that helps homeless

gay youth or senior citizens -- or, because the political scene is heating up, the party of your Dear Abby choice. And while you're at it, contact a gay and lesbian center and ask what kind of counseling services it offers, because your problems predate your unemployment. There is help available in your city. Once you understand why you feel "unworthy of affection" you'll be able to improve your selfesteem. There are better days ahead. ** dEAR ABBY: My office was relocated recently, a bit farther away from home than the old one. My new commute involves riding public transportation and then a shared shuttle van. One of my coworkers, "Phil," rides the same shuttle. He always waits for me to get off the shuttle so he can walk with me to the office. He seems nice enough and well-meaning, but my mornings are my time to prepare myself for the day. He also occasionally touches my arm, which makes me uncomfortable. He also talks about personal things I would rather not hear about. I would prefer to walk without him, but there is no other way to get to the office. I have debated being 10 minutes late to work each

day, but then I would need to stay 10 minutes later and it would be much harder for me to catch the later shuttle. What do I do? Tell Phil I don't want to walk with him? Walk faster? Go in later? -- UNCOMFORTABLE IN SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO dEAR UNCOMFORTABLE: Tell Phil that as you walk to the office you meditate -- that it helps "center" you in preparing for the workday. Explain that when he talks to you or touches you it's distracting, so you would prefer that he go on ahead. It's the truth, and he should accommodate you. ** 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. ** For an excellent guide to becoming a better conversationalist and a more sociable person, order "How to Be Popular." Send a businesssized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby -- Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 610540447. (Postage is included in the price.) COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK

Jump Into July: Five Ways to Beat the Summertime Blahs

Marilynn Preston

Walk Backward. It may My friend Bobby is bored with his summertime workouts. It could be the heat. (His shoes had a meltdown in Central Park last week.) It could be because he's wildly competitive and pushes himself way too hard. It could be because he's in a mindless rut, running 5 to 8 junk miles every day just because he can't think of anything else to do. This column is dedicated to all the Bobbies out there who are burned out and don't know it, who need to shake up their summertime routine with something new, something fresh, something unexpected ... something special from Preston's Bag of Tricks for Beating the Summertime Blahs:

Work out in Water. Summer is the perfect time to dive into pool training. I'm not talking about swimming laps — though that's good, too. I'm pointing you to the growing number of water aerobic classes available at YMCAs, health clubs and community centers. Granted, some pool classes are for overall conditioning and not targeted to specific sports. But some are. Targeted, vigorous, sport-specific water workouts can make you a faster runner, a higher jumper and a more competitive golfer or tennis player if you find a good trainer who knows the right exercises for you to do. If you can't, make up your own. Get a buoyancy belt — I love my Aquajogger, but there are other good brands out there, too — and imitate the motion of your sport while you are suspended in the water. The resistance of the water will build strength and increase flexibility in the precise range of motion you use on land. Suspended in water, you can run, cross-country ski or practice your backhand, and part of the wonder of water workouts is there's no stress on your joints.

look goofy but you can reverse a downward slide into boredom and add muscle, too, by walking (or running) backward. Of course, you have to be careful. Duh. Either do it with a pal who faces forward and guides you, or keep sneaking peeks to make sure the path is clear. Why backward? Because it moves your joints in the opposite direction, which balances muscle strength and increases flexibility. All these things will help make you a better person — this summer and throughout the year.

Gather Friends and Fire up Your Brainpower. Boredom is banished when you do something new with people you like. So gather some friends, and brainstorm about

a sport or activity that you've never done before. Pitch in on a croquet set. Or take a train or bus 10 miles out of your neighborhood and walk home. Or concoct a scavenger hunt, all biking, all the time. There's no limit to the possibilities: Why not hire a badminton teacher for a day of instruction concluding with a tournament for prizes? Or organize a team and run, bike or swim for charity? Competitive kite-flying? Midnight bowling?

Take Four Lessons. This is a variation on the one above, but it's a solo act and digs a

little deeper into who you are and what sport or activity you dream about but haven't been able to make a reality. Take a moment, breathe deeply, and let go of any fear or laziness that's been holding you back. Have you always wanted to take a stab at fencing? Wallclimbing? Swing dancing? This summer, give yourself the gift of four lessons or classes in an activity that you've only fantasized about. Maybe it's the tango. Or aikido. If you don't have a secret longing, do yoga — and you can thank me later. Commit to four lessons: One to get started; two to come back to; three to relax and enjoy; and four to give you an entirely new perspective on life.

Self Challenge. If you do the same workout at the same pace, summer day after day, you are bound to get bored. That's why people hire trainers (or share them), to come up with new challenges, new routines. This summer, I challenge you to challenge yourself. If you're a walker or runner, add sprints, experiment with routes that include challenging uphills, or buy a heart rate monitor to tell you when you're in your target zone so you can keep yourself there for a good 20 to 30 minutes per session. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! A GOOD SPORT ALWAYS KNOWS THE TRUTH "Someone's boring me. I think it's me." — Dylan Thomas Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, personal trainer and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to COPYRIGHT 2010 ENERGY EXPRESS, LTD.

Sustainable Living

Building a Stronger Community Is Good for Your Health! Shawn Dell Joyce In his recent book, "Outliers," author Malcolm Gladwell cites a study that proves a strong localized community actually improves your health. The study is centered on Roseto, Pa., a small community comprised mainly of immigrants from a small Italian village also named Roseto. This village attracted international attention in 1950 when it was exposed as having the lowest rate of heart disease in our whole nation. The study, led by physician Stewart Wolf, studied the entire population of 2,000 people and discovered that the death rate from disease was 35 percent lower than the rest of the country. There was no suicide, alcoholism or drug addiction, and very little crime. No one was on welfare, and no one had peptic ulcers. Building a stronger community impacts personal They found that Rosetons ate pretty much what the rest of the country was eating, deriv- health according to recent studies. ing 41 percent of their calories from fat, with many struggling with obesity, and lots of heavy smokers. The difference between Roseto and the rest of the country was not diet, exercise or a genetic predisposition to good health. It had nothing to do with the land or the water, and everything to do with the town itself.

What these immigrants brought with them to rural Pennsylvania was an "old world" sense of community. Continues on next page



Décor Score Continued from page 9 Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: My wife grew up in England and has

Q: Why not a dinner plate? A: Food for thought this summer from the

had a lifelong love affair with chintz. Now she has what we hope will be a lifelong love affair with me — despite the fact that I prefer contemporary design. No flowers or fluff. We are redecorating the master bedroom. She is willing to forgo chintz if we can find other ways to make a bedroom comfortable and attractive. We hope you can help us.

Department of Agriculture: Should the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans be presented on a dinner plate instead of the traditional pyramid showing what the department recommends as a healthy diet? After all, argue partisans for the dinner plate, that's where these foods will be presented in American families' dining rooms and kitchens.

A: As seeing is believing, I turned imme-

diately to a design professional known for her well-tailored and gently disciplined ideas. As you see in the pictured elegant bedroom, designer Jamie Herzlinger is a classicist who believes in softening contemporary style with plush fabrics and posh colors. Here, her combination of warm gray velvet upholstery and chocolate walls, punched up and outlined in white, is neither feminine nor masculine — but certainly sexy and inviting. It's a bedroom all about comfort without coyness but with a lot of curves — from the shelter bed that embraces its occupants within velvet wings to

Calm, collected and quieter than a room filled with patterns and colors, this a masterful bedroom, indeed. Photo courtesy of Laura Moss. the velvet love seat at the bed's feet. Yet for all the strokes of solid color, it's her subtle use of pattern that affirms the designer's talent: a trellis design in the rug that adds interest underfoot, and subtle stenciling on the wall over the head of the bed. No flowers and no fluff, just fabulous. See more of Herzlinger's artistry at jamieherzlinger-

Rosetans made the time to stop and chat with each other on the street, they cooked for each other in backyard parties and held friendships in high priority. Extended families lived under the same roof, with elderly parents commanding respect. There were 22 civic groups serving the small population.

Roseto had a healthy and prosperous localized community where everyone knew each other and were all there to lend a helping hand when things got rough. Wealth was never flaunted, and those falling on hard times were never shunned. The villagers had woven a social fabric of interconnected But the larger argument is about what foods relationships where each thread was valued should make the cut. Looking for the right an- and needed for the good of the whole. swers in the middle of America's current epidemic of obesity, infertility and diabetic As a result, individuals had a sense of bechildren — health problems traced directly to longing and well-being. Their labor was bad eating habits — the Dietary Guidelines valued, and all were considered equally imAdvisory Committee met in Washington, D.C., portant to the community, whether they this month to hear testimonials from food exwere the mayor or the garbage men. This perts, lobbyists and concerned citizens, includ- fabric was economic as well as social, with ing several mothers of young schoolchildren. much of the community's needs met by members' labors. No chain stores, big box With billions riding on the committee's decistores or Chinese imports were valued over sion, it's a big deal what goes on the symbolic locally produced goods and services. plate (or pyramid) — and on our dinner plates at home, whether they're bone china or practical Sound familiar? Yes, there are still a few plastic. Two places to learn more: American towns and villages that could pass (Department of Agriculture) for Roseto. and (a 501C3 nutrition education foundation). Researchers who worked with Wolf found new ways to look at heart disease, and treat : My new studio apartment is good size (22 the patient holistically, as a member of a feet by 30 feet) with the kitchen separated by an community. The ongoing recession and state arch. I used to entertain a lot when I had a real of the world weigh heavy on our communidining room, but I hate having my dinner guests ties. Money is tight for most of us, family look into a messy kitchen. What can I put on relations are strained, and stress is wearing the arch that doesn't look tacky? out our last nerves. Now is the time when we need to pull together and look above our : A tall folding screen is both attractive and individual problems to building a stronger practical. Stand it just in front of the opening community. (leave space enough for you to go in and out), and fold it out of the way when your guests go When we look at individuals in our commuhome. nity, they are each unique and beautiful, but what really makes a work of art is seeing Or you could hang vertical blinds across the each individual brushstroke as part of a opening — easy enough to pass through as you whole painting. As an artist, I often have to serve. Or install lightweight blinds behind the take a few steps back from my work to see arch (have them motorized to draw up and the painting as a whole. As a community down at the touch of a remote). member, let's collectively take a few steps back, regard the lovely tapestry of friends, Easiest answer of all: Revive the traditional neighbors and small businesses, and ask, door curtain, called a portiere. Swagged on a "What can I do to make it better?" Then regraceful diagonal across the opening, it will add alize that what effort you do to build a elegance while obscuring those dirty dishes. stronger community is also good for your health, your family's health and the wellRose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Man- being of us all. hattan Style" and six other books on interior design. To find out more about Rose Bennett Shawn Dell Joyce is an award-winning Gilbert and read features by other Creators Syn- columnist and founder of the Wallkill River dicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators School in Orange County, N.Y. You can Syndicate Website at contact her at





FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Dr. James Dobson

FATHERS' INFLUENCE KEY TO DAUGHTERS' SELF-ESTEEM QUESTION: Talk about a father's impact on his daughter and what he should hope to accomplish through that relationship. dR. dOBSON: Fathers have an incalculable impact on their daughters. Most psychologists believe, and I am one of them, that all future romantic relationships are influenced positively or negatively by the way a girl interacts with her dad in the childhood years. If that is true, then fathers should give careful thought to this responsibility and seek to be what their daughters need of them. There are, I believe, at least seven components to that assignment. First, a dad's leadership at home should be a model of strength and authority, but always tempered by love and compassion. Harsh discipline tends to close down a sensitive feminine spirit, but permissiveness and capriciousness can create lifelong disdain for men. Second, a dad must

remember that he is being watched closely by that little girl around his knees. The way he treats her mother will teach her volumes about how men and women should relate to one another. Blatant disrespect toward his wife will not be missed by the child. Third, I think it is good to begin "dating" a daughter when she is six years of age, or even earlier. Dad should let the child help plan their evenings and then see that they occur when and where promised. These times together are not intended simply for fun, although that is important. The father can also use them to show his daughter how a man treats a woman he respects. He can open doors for her, help her with her chair, and listen attentively when she speaks. Later, when she is a teenager, she will know what to expect -- or insist on -- from the boys she dates. Fourth, a dad should always look for ways to build the self-confidence of his little girl. If she believes

Seventh, a father must be the spiritual leader of his family, making clear his devotion to Jesus Christ and to the principles in Scripture. He should give the highest priority to bringing up his daughters, and his sons, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It's not an easy responsibility raising girls, is it? But those who do the job properly can rest in the knowledge that they have given their daughters the best chance for a successful marriage, if they choose to wed.

he thinks she is pretty and "special," she will be inclined to see herself that way. He holds the key to her self-acceptance. Fifth, a father should keep the lines of communication open throughout childhood so that he is seen as someone to whom his daughter can turn when she needs

advice. She will need that counsel before she is grown. Sixth, God designed men to be the "providers and protectors" of their families. Their daughters should perceive them that way. Dad is often his little girl's "hero," and it is wonderful when that kind of relationship develops.

** QUESTION: Can boys and girls be taught to treat each other with respect? That seems like a tough assignment. dR. dOBSON: They certainly can! Young people are naturally more sensitive and empathetic than adults. Their viciousness is a learned response, resulting from the highly competitive and hostile world in which they live -- a world we have

allowed to develop. They are destructive to the weak and lowly because we adults haven't bothered to teach them to feel for one another. One of the values children cherish most is justice. They are uneasy in a world of injustice and abuse. Therefore, when we teach children respect for others by insisting on civility in our classrooms, we're laying a foundation for human kindness in the world of adulthood to come. It is a fundamental attitude that should be taught in every classroom and every home. ** Dr. Dobson is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 ( Questions and answers are excerpted from "Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide" and "Bringing Up Boys," both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2010 JAMES DOBSON INC.



Video Game Reviews

Jeb Haught

(out of 5)

DEVELOPER: Kojima Productions PUBLISHER: Konami SYSTEM: Sony PSP PRICE: $39.99 ESRB RATING: Teen REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars (out of 5) Thanks to its immense popularity, the "Metal Gear Solid" franchise is synonymous with covert operations. As a result, gamers expect nothing less than top-notch visuals, audio and game play from each installment. Don't let "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker" slip by just because it's on the PSP — it's one of the best games available for the powerful handheld system. Players take on the role of Naked Snake, aka Big Boss, as he builds his army on the way to becoming the last boss in the original "Metal Gear Solid." Set in the 1970s, Costa Rica has lost it neutrality, and Big Boss comes to their aid by installing his soldiers as the new military order. As one can assume, chaos ensues while a lumbering Metal Gear looms in the distance. Don't be surprised if you find the game play in this episode

to be more in-depth than "MGS4" on the PS3. In addition to excellent stealth-based action, there's plenty of inyour-face combat. Several weapons and gadgets are available to make dispatching enemies fun, and now there's a great incentive to keep them alive. You see, Snake can "capture" enemies and then recruit them to work for his cause. When they are on Snake's side, they can upgrade health, research new gadgets and weapons, and even get sent on combat missions. This aspect of the game is not only fun and addictive, but it's also a great alternative to combat! Engaging in "Extra Ops," which are side missions that unlock as the story progresses, extends the enjoy-

ment of the game. Players can find new items and even face boss characters a second time to gain new rewards. On top of that, two to four players can play through most of the story's missions online, which opens up a wealth of excellent team-based opportunities. Just when you thought the series was over, "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker" gives you a new reason to own a PSP. 'Crackdown 2' Didn't Evolve With the Genre DEVELOPER: Ruffian Games PUBLISHER: Microsoft SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Mature REVIEW RATING: 2.5 stars

Several years ago, an opensandbox game called "Crackdown" thrilled players with the ability to clean up the streets of Pacific City however they chose. It received accolades for being one of the first games of its kind to offer co-op game play. Now the sequel is upon us, and unfortunately, "Crackdown 2" can best be described as an expansion pack rather than an actual sequel. Ever since the events of the original game ended, mutant freaks have damaged a large amount of the city. To make matters worse, a terrorist group called "The Cell" is trying to destroy what's left. It's up to the player to assume the role of a superhero member of The Agency and restore order to the city. Story lines couldn't get any more generic than this if they tried.

For starters, the game takes place in the same city as before, which kills all motivation for exploration. This sequel also uses the same lame orb system as before, where different orbs must be collected to upgrade everything. Vehicle upgrades take vehicle orbs, agility upgrades take agility orbs, etc. ... To make matters worse, some of the orbs are in the same exact location in the sequel that they were in the original. Talk about lazy programming. New to the series are additional melee moves, but handto-hand combat is still mediocre. Fortunately, new side quests are available because the main story quests consist of basically doing the exact same thing in different parts of the city. Oh, and the player's vehicle doesn't transform anymore since they collect different cars instead.

Add in a few bland adversarial online modes and some new weapons, and that's it for new content! Just like before, players start off relatively strong and end up as a truck-tossing walking tank that shoots homing missiles and jumps from rooftop to rooftop by the end. Also just like before, the targeting is slightly off and the visuals aren't very impressive. With awesome sandbox games like "Just Cause 2" available, "Crackdown 2" isn't all it's cracked up to be. 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)



Q&A Veterinary specialists offer hope with advanced care options By Kim Campbell ThorntonUniversal Uclick The advances in veterinary medicine in just the last couple of decades have been dramatic, and these days many of the same lifesaving options in human medicine are also available to pets, often through skilled veterinary specialists. Still, the idea that advanced treatments for cancer and other diseases or injuries are too much “to put a pet through” remains a common one, says Dr. Sandy Willis, a veterinarian who specializes in internal medicine. But Josh, Tessa, Missy and Emma would surely beg to differ. The three dogs and one cat bore mute testimony to the power of veterinary medicine and an owner’s love at the 2010 conference of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, held recently in Anaheim, Calif. The pets are all survivors — three of cancer, and one of a rare disease called leishmaniasis — thanks to their owners’ observations and perseverance in seeking care, as well as to the treatment they received after being referred to veterinary specialists. Josh is a perfect example of how far specialty care has come. Just 17 hours after his first surgery to remove a large abdominal mass, the 8-yearold Golden Retriever was running enthusiastically to greet his owner. Josh has since had three more surgeries, plus chemotherapy, and every time it is all the vet techs can do to restrain him so he can recover safely. Dr. Brenda Phillips, a veterinary oncologist, says she has never known a patient who recovered faster than Josh. Then there’s Emma, whose problems began in 2002 with

frequent sneezing and progressed to a bloody nose and other symptoms. A rhinoscopy showed that the 6year-old cat had nasal lymphoma. Her oncologist, Dr. Mona Rosenberg, told owner Sharon Golding that the average life span after diagnosis of this disease is eight to 10

Linda Hettich can barely hold back Tessa until the signal comes for the dock-diving black Labrador retriever to go airborne. Diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, Tessa had her tumor removed surgically by Dr. Rosenberg and began radiation treatment. Two weeks after the first

“Her determination is like none I’ve ever seen,” Hettich says.

months, but her longest surviving patient lasted nine years. Golding chose to start Emma on chemotherapy, a regimen that lasted for three years. Emma is now 14 and has been cancer-free for eight years. Golding has a goal: “We’re going to beat Dr. Rosenberg’s record.”

treatment, Tessa competed in a dock-diving event and jumped 23 feet, two inches, a personal best. Today, she’s the only Iron Dog — a dock diver that competes in all three divisions of the sport — who is a cancer survivor, and as a therapy dog she is an inspiration to patients at the cancer center where she visits. “Her

determination is like none I’ve ever seen,” Hettich says. Finally, there’s Missy the mystery. If human, her case would probably inspire the writers of the television drama “House,” in which diagnosticians face a new medical puzzle each week. Veterinary internal medicine specialist Dr. Steve Hill says Missy’s mystery ended with a shocking diagnosis: Missy had leishmaniasis, a disease caused by a protozoan organism and most commonly seen in the Mediterranean. It’s so rare in the U.S. that the Centers for Disease Control became involved after the diagnosis was made. There’s no cure, but Missy has responded well to treatment. “I think you can tell from all the owners who have spoken today how important the partnership is between the primary care vet, the specialty vets and the owners,” says Joy Koda, one of Missy’s owners, along with Jon

Rosen. The extent of Missy’s problems didn’t deter either of them. “We got Missy from the pound when she was probably 2 to 3 years old,” Koda says. “She has enriched our lives incredibly. When it came to taking care of her, we were committed to that.” While it used to be that veterinary specialists — including internists such as oncologists and cardiologists, and other board-certified veterinarians such as surgeons and dermatologists — were found only at schools and colleges of veterinary medicine, these days most urban centers have specialty groups as well. Ask your primary care veterinarian if a referral to a specialist can best help your pet. (Kim Campbell Thornton is a experienced pet-care journalist and member of the PetConnection team. She also writes a regular feature for

Josh, a canine cancer survivor known for his boundless energy, takes an uncharacteristically mellow view of being one of the stars at a media conference in a veterinary hospital.

Spay kitty mommas just after weaning Q: I have a kitten who’s pushing 7 months old or thereabouts. We were a little slow in getting her spayed, and now I think maybe she’s pregnant. What should I do? — G.T., via e-mail A: Start lining up some responsible new homes now for those kittens, most likely. (Make sure they’re the kind of people who’ll be ready to spay and neuter as soon as their veterinarian recommends it.) If you suspect your young cat is pregnant, and she had access to the outdoors, she probably is indeed expecting. Your own veterinarian can give you advice specific to your cat, so be sure to check in there for the best advice.

We’re in full stride on kitten season now, which means we’re getting questions about feline pregnancy from people who often had no idea they’d be midwife to pets who are not much more than kittens themselves. Typical questions include: How long does a cat pregnancy last? (On average, 66 days.) Do I need to help my pregnant cat with delivery? (Yes, usually by leaving her alone.) How do I know if she’s close to delivering? (Watch for enlarged nipples and the secretion of a tiny amount of milk.) The question we’re asked least often is the most important of all: How soon after my cat gives birth can she be spayed? (As soon as the babies are weaned, the sooner the better!) Studies show that 80 percent of the cats and dogs in the United States and Canada are spayed or neutered. If your cat is not among them, she should be, and soon. — Gina Spadafori Do you have a pet question? Send it to

George Varga

It's unlikely England's Queen Elizabeth II and the members of veteran heavy-metal band Iron Maiden have a lot in common, apart from their shared nationality and the fact they live in a country where this summer is cold and gray. But when it comes to the genre-leaping music of singer-pianist Jamie Cullum, the queen and the Maidens are of like mind. "The queen told me my performance was 'magical,' and the guys in Iron Maiden said: 'Nice work. You play that piano like a mad man!'" said an understandably flattered Cullum, who is now embarked on a North American tour.

Jamie Cullum, a famous jazz-oriented artist, released a new album called "The Pursuit" and is currently touring across North America. Cullum has several musical inspirations from different genres.

At 29, this charismatic musician has grown used to attracting a diverse following for his zesty mix of jazz, pop, rock, hip-hop, dance-music and more. His fans also include The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams, with whom Cullum has recorded, and film icon Clint Eastwood, who teamed with Cullum to compose and record the understated title song for Eastwood's award-winning 2007 film "Gran Torino." Continues on page 17


CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall Schedule good for Friday July 30th DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS* (PG-13) 10:00am 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:30pm 7:00pm 8:30pm 10:00pm I AM LOVE* - CinéArts (R) 10:40am 1:40pm 4:40pm 7:40pm 10:40pm THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT* - CinéArts (R) 10:20am 1:20pm 4:20pm 7:20pm 10:20pm DESPICABLE ME - 2D (PG)10:10am 1:10pm 4:10pm 7:10pm 10:10pm DESPICABLE ME - REAL D 3D (PG) 10:35am 12:05pm 1:35pm 3:05pm 4:35pm 6:05pm 7:35pm 9:05pm 10:35pm GROWN UPS (PG-13)10:45am 1:45pm 4:45pm 7:45pm 10:45pm

INCEPTION (PG-13)12:55pm 4:25pm 7:55pm INCEPTION - DIGITAL (PG-13)11:10am 2:40pm 6:10pm 9:40pm RAMONA AND BEEZUS*(G)10:05am 1:05pm 4:05pm 7:05pm 10:05pm THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE (PG)10:30am 1:30pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:30pm THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (PG-13)10:15am 1:15pm 4:15pm 7:15pm 10:15pm TOY STORY 3 - REAL D 3D (G)10:50am 1:50pm 4:50pm 7:50pm 10:50pm



West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday July 30th CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE* - 2D(PG)11:30am 1:45pm 4:05pm 6:25pm 8:45pm CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE - REAL D 3D*(PG)10:05am 12:25pm 2:45pm 5:05pm 7:25pm 9:40pm CHARLIE ST. CLOUD* (PG-13) 11:25am 2:00pm 4:35pm 7:10pm 9:45pm DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS*(PG-13) 11:20am 2:10pm 5:00pm 7:50pm 10:35pm DESPICABLE ME - 2D (PG)10:25am 12:55pm 3:25pm 5:45pm 8:25pm DESPICABLE ME - REAL D 3D (PG)9:25am 11:55am 2:20pm 4:55pm 7:30pm 9:55pm GROWN UPS (PG-13)10:10am 12:20pm 2:50pm 5:20pm 7:55pm

INCEPTION (PG-13)11:00am 2:25pm 5:50pm 9:15pm INCEPTION - DIGITAL (PG-13)9:20am 12:30pm 3:55pm 7:20pm 10:40pm RAMONA AND BEEZUS*(G)11:45am 2:30pm 5:15pm 7:45pm 10:20pm SALT*(PG-13) 11:40am 12:35pm 2:05pm 3:05pm 4:40pm 5:40pm 7:15pm 8:15pm 9:50pm THE LAST AIRBENDER- REAL D 3D (PG)8:50pm THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE (PG)11:35am 2:15pm 5:10pm 7:40pm 10:30pm THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (PG-13)10:25pm TOY STORY 3 - 3D (G)10:30am 1:05pm 3:40pm 6:15pm

Now Showing Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore 07/30/10 In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves -- and their humans. It's time for the fur to fly. Starring: Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams, Chris O’Donnell

Tinseltown Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa Schedule good for Friday July 30th & Thurs. Aug 5th *CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (2D) (PG) 10:50am 1:15pm 3:40pm 6:40pm 9:05pm 11:30pm *CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (3D) (PG) 10:00am 12:25pm 2:55pm 5:20pm 7:45pm 10:20pm *CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (3D) (XD) (PG)11:35am 2:00pm 4:25pm *CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (PG-13)10:35am 11:50am 1:20pm 2:35pm 4:05pm5:15pm 6:45pm 8:00pm 9:25pm 10:40pm DESPICABLE ME (2D) (PG) 10:15am 1:10pm 3:55pm 6:35pm 9:15pm DESPICABLE ME (3D) (PG) 10:45am 12:45pm 1:45pm 3:25pm 4:20pm 6:05pm 7:10pm 8:45pm 9:50pm 11:20pm *DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG-13) 10:30am 12:00pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm 6:05pm 7:30pm 9:00pm10:30pm 11:45pm GROWN UPS (PG-13)12:30pm 7:05pm

INCEPTION (PG-13) 10:55am 1:35pm 2:30pm 5:10pm 6:15pm 8:55pm 9:45pm INCEPTION (XD) (PG-13) 7:00pm 10:35pm LAST AIRBENDER, THE (3D) (PG) 9:40pm PREDATORS (R) 9:55pm *RAMONA AND BEEZUS (G)10:20am 1:00pm 3:35pm 6:30pm 9:20pm *SALT (PG-13) 10:40am 12:10pm 12:50pm 1:25pm 2:50pm 3:30pm 4:10pm 5:30pm 6:10pm 6:50pm 8:10pm 8:50pm 10:50pm 11:35pm *SALT - DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:30am 2:10pm 4:50pm 7:25pm 10:10pm SORCERER'S APPRENTICE, THE (PG) 11:00am 1:50pm 4:35pm 7:20pm 10:05pm TOY STORY 3 (3D) (G)1:05pm 3:45pm 6:55pm TWILIGHT SAGA, THE: ECLIPSE (PG13) 3:50pm 10:15pm


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*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 AFTER- DIGITAL (PG) 10:45a 1:30p 4:15p 7:00p 9:45p *3D THE LAST AIRBENDER- DIGITAL (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 *KARATE KID- DIGITAL (PG) 9:45a 10:30a 1:45p 2:15p 5:40p 6:05p 9:00p 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 *THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES35MM (R) 10:00a 1:00p 4:00p 7:00p 10:00p A-TEAM- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:45a 12:45p 3:45p 7:05p 10:05p CYRUS- DIGITAL (R) 9:45a 12:15p 2:45p 5:15p 7:45p 10:15p KNIGHT AND DAY- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:45a 1:30p 4:15p 7:10p 10:05p PREDATORS- DIGITAL (R) 9:45a 10:15a 12:40p 1:15p 3:35p 4:15p 6:40p 7:15p 9:35p 10:15p THE LAST AIRBENDER 2D DIGITAL (PG) 10:15a 1:05p 3:50p 6:30p 9:20p * -- denotes Pass Restricted features

EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 07/30 - 08/05/10 DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2010) (R) 5:00 | 9:20 GET HIM TO THE GREEK (R)3:05 | 9:40 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (PG) 12:10 | 2:10 | 4:20 | 7:05 | 9:05 IRON MAN 2 (PG-13) 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:25 | 3:25 | 4:50 6:20 | 7:15 | 8:50 | 9:45 JONAH HEX (PG-13) 1:10 | 3:10 | 7:40 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) 12:30 | 1:30 | 2:40 | 3:30 | 4:30 5:30 | 6:30 | 7:30 | 8:30 | 9:30 ROBIN HOOD (2010) (PG-13) 12:25 | 6:55 SHREK FOREVER AFTER (PG) 12:15 | 1:15 | 2:15 | 3:15 | 4:15 5:15 | 6:15 | 7:25 | 8:15 | 9:25 THE A-TEAM (2010) (PG-13) 12:05 | 2:30 | 4:45 | 7:10 | 9:35

The Kids Are All Right 07/30/2010 Rated: R Genre: Comedy Two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. Once the donor is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and re-re-defined. Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson

Charlie St. Cloud 07/30/10 Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of mother Claire and little brother Sam, as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But, his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high-school classmate Tess returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And, as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own. Starring: Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Donal Logue, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta

Dinner for Schmucks 07/30/10 Tim, an up-and-coming executive, has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights (and maybe more) to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon. Tim's fiancée, Julie, finds it distasteful and Tim agrees to skip the dinner, until he bumps into Barry - an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas - and quickly realizes he's struck idiot gold. Tim can't resist, and invites Barry, whose blundering good intentions soon sends Tim's life into a frenzied downward spiral and a series of comic misadventures, threatening a major business deal, bringing crazy stalker ex-girlfriend, Darla, back into Tim's life and driving Julie (or so Tim thinks) into the arms of another man. Starring: Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, Stephanie Szostak, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Lucy Punch, David Walliams, Ron Livingston, Chris O'Dowd, Andrea Savage

I Am Love Drama 120 min R for sexuality and nudity Starring: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Pippo Delbono, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Diane Fleri, Maria Paiato, Marisa Berenson, Waris Ahluwalia Synopsis: "I Am Love" tells the story of the wealthy Recchi family of Milan, whose lives are rapidly changing. The family patriarch has surprised the family by willing shared ownership of his massive industrial company to both his son Tancred, and his grandson Edoardo Jr. Meanwhile, Edoardo Jr. has other plans, dreaming of opening a restaurant with a talented chef friend, Antonio. At the heart of the family is Tancredi's wife and Edoardo Jr.'s mother, Emma, a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan, and whose existence is shaken when she enters a passionate love affair with her son's friend Antonio.

Ramona and Beezus 07/23/2010 Rated: G Genre: Comedy The adventures of young Ramona Quimby and her big sister Beezus come to life in this all new film based on the best-selling books (over 30 million... and counting) by Beverly Cleary. Ramona's vivid imagination, boundless energy, and accident-prone antics keep everyone she meets on their toes. But, her irrepressible sense of fun, adventure and mischief come in handy when she puts her mind to helping save her family's home. Starring: Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin


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Continued from page 15 Cullum's new album, "The Pursuit," features artists as varied as the Count Basie Orchestra and members of Soul Coughing and Beck's band. "The commonality between them all is me," said Cullum, who in 2005 became the first jazz-oriented artist to perform at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. "Of course, a lot of people who listen to big bands have no interest in electronic dance music, but I definitely do. And that's colored my approach, bringing all these things together. Not to show off, but in my head these things do exist together — and should. Improvisation, groove, tasty chord changes, and then opening it up in an expansive and unpredictable way. Not taking it too seriously, but then taking it very seriously." Cullum is hailed as "the biggest-selling British jazz artist ever," which he is. But as his new album makes clear, he is as inspired by Paul McCartney and Squeeze as he is by such jazz giants as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. And while his concerts draw

large audiences of enthusiastic young fans who tend to know little about mainstream jazz, he doesn't regard himself as a musical crusader who is responsible for introducing swing, bebop and other jazz styles to a freshfaced new audience. "It's definitely a privilege and not a responsibility," Cullum said. "As soon as you treat it as a responsibility, you become a teacher, and young people don't need another teacher. I don't always play music a young person would recognize. But by seeing someone close to their own age that they can reference, that's enough to get them into it. But it's not my responsibility to carry this music to another generation." Cullum was a music fan from an early age. But it wasn't until he had a series of epiphanies at four very disparate concerts that he realized he had found his life's calling.

"Everything came together for me in the summer of 1995, when I was 14," he recalled. "I saw Ben Folds Five, Harry Connick Jr., Herbie Hancock and Radiohead. That was when I started to take music very seriously." Cullum is also a big fan of jazz icon Charles Mingus and the late Frank Zappa, whose genre-leaping music set a heady new standard for ambition, intricacy and skewed humor. "I tend to gravitate to musicians who mix things together that don't make sense on paper but that end up working quite well," he noted. "Zappa mixed rock, (jazz) improvisation, heavy metal, classical — and Captain Beefheart! Mingus had this great jazz style that had that gospel 'church-y' quality and his music was harderedged than (Duke) Ellington's. I like things that don't fit into one (stylistic) box." His biggest inspiration now, though, is singersongwriter Tom Waits, whose longevity and high quality he hopes to emulate. "Waits has written some of the most extraordinary songs of the 20th century," Cullum said. "His is a body of work you can't deny." COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from July 30th thru August 5th. 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 B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cheese) Happening — A night of spoken word, musical and video entertainment is 8 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Forum Arts and Culture, 1500 Texas Ave, with videos by Leon de la Rosa, discussion by Dr. Deb Hoag, poetry by Lawrence Welsh, Donna Snyder, Ray Ramos and Jen Shugert, videoremixing by Rene Lopez and Tipo with DJ Kidmonks. Wine served, “bring-your-own-cheese.” Cost: $5 suggested donation. Information: Jonathan, 6135237.

The Percolator — 217 N. Stanton. Live music events are scheduled regularly at downtown cafe and gallery. Information: 351-4377 or my- • Corima and Remainder, 8 p.m. Friday, July 30.

‘El Sueño de Petra’ — “Viva Mexico” Theater Ensemble presents the original comedy by Rubert Reyes at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, at EPCC’s Transmountain Lecture Forum, 9570 Gateway North. Translated and directed by Malena Cano, the production stars Mario Cano, Luz Elena Duarte, Chris Fraga, Dora Gomez, Jose Manuel Lara, Anahi Claudia Rose, Maria Elena Salazar, Francisca Sanchez, Alberto Trevizo and Gustavo Urrea. Admission: $5. Information: 772-3905, 329-7774 or 831-7802.

Family Camp Out Adventure — El Paso Parks and Recreation Depart-

ment will host the family overnight event 4 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday, July 3031, at Memorial Park Reserve area, 3251 Copper. Cost is $5 for ages 17 and under, and $10 for others, which includes hot dogs, entertainment and more. All campers must bring their own tents and sleeping bags. Information: 240-3310 or The event features picnic, swimming, overnight movies and dancing, games and more. Security provided onsite.

San Ignacio’s Kermes — St. Ignatius Church, 408 S. Park, will celebrate its 105th year, July 30-Aug. 1, with historical exhibits, gorditas, carnival rides, games, music, dancing and more. Mayor John Cook’s

new barbecue sauce will be sold benefiting the homeless and parish. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 5 to midnight Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Raffle tickets available to win $500 cash and grocery store gift certificates. Admission is free. Information: 532-9534.

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: 755-2000 or • July 24-30 — Grand Prairie Air Hogs

EASTSIdE Peter Piper Pizza ‘Back to School Classic’ — One of the premier youth basketball tournaments in the Southwest is July 31-Aug. 1, featuring local top high school teams and teams from throughout Texas. Four games guaranteed per team, followed by single elimination events. Games will be held throughout El Paso. Entry fee: $150 per team. Information: 540-0043 or

MISSION VALLEY Baila Academy — The academy’s annual dance festi-

val is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 5327273.

Music Under the Stars — The 27th summer concert series, Music Under the Stars World Festival, presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, features local and international performers 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 15, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 (MCAD), 532-7273 (Chamizal) or Grills permitted in park, but not within the amphitheater itself. Continues on page 20


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Music Under the Stars....No glass containers or pets permitted at park. Free park-and-ride shuttles available from El Paso Zoo to Chamizal and depart regularly 6:30 to 10 p.m. • Aug. 1 — Hot Club of Cowtown (Western Swing)

Festival of Lights — The family festival is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 30-Aug. 1, at Ysleta ISD

Fine Arts Complex Amphitheater, 8455 Alameda, featuring food and craft vendors, games for children, jumping balloons, rock wall, obstacle course and more. The annual performance of “Viva los NiĂąosâ€? is at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 434-9700.

‘Viva los Ninos!’ — The original pageant for and about the children of El Paso is presented at 8 p.m. Friday

through Sunday, July 30Aug. 1, at Ysleta ISD Fine Arts Complex Amphitheater, 8455 Alameda. The cast includes children who attended the YISD Fine Arts Summer Camp.

— The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department presents the outdoor

More Than 70 Films Including

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Dancing in the City

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Skateboarding Classes — El Paso Parks


salsa dance 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Arts Festival Plaza, with live music by Team Havana. Dance lesson precedes the event at 7 p.m. Beverages and food available for purchase; no outside food or drinks permitted. Cost: $5 ($8 couples). Advance tickets at the MCAD office, first

The Godfather The African Queen Sleeping Beauty Breathless (Ă€ bout de souffle) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) ÂĄVĂĄmonos con Pancho Villa! The Bridge on the River Kwai All About Eve Jaws Metropolis Psycho Sunset Boulevard

floor of El Paso City Hall. Information: 541-4942.

will host the free demonstration for upcoming August skateboarding classes 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at Westside Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge. Class open to ages 5 and older. Cost: $18. Information: 5871623

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 • July 30 — La Imperial Sonora (Latin cumbia)

— Peggy Kligman, inventor of “The Goat Game� will host an evening for singles at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Fuddrucker’s Restaurant, 5030 N. Desert. Bar service and dinner menus available. Seating is limited. Cost: $10 (cash only). Information: 239-4224 or

100th Anniversary of Cub Scouting Lock In - Boy Scouts of America

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 8th an-

Yucca Council will host the overnight event for families beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Adventure Zone, Redd Road. The event features exclusive use of Adventure Zone with unlimited non-redemption game play, golf, boats and go-carts until 3 a.m. Participants may bring tents. No admission after 11 p.m. Cost: $19 per person; pre-registration by July 28. No walk-ins accepted. Information: 772-2292 or

Singles Game Night

nual market is 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid-October. This “producers only� market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans such as Cactus Mary’s soap and crafts, Mysterious Horizons Farm herbs and Villa Simplicity handmade spa products. No re-selling permitted. The CoffeeStream will serve breakfast and coffee on the patio until 11 a.m. Information: Luis, (575) 589-0653, ext. 6.

Lancers Club Wine Dinner Fund raiser and silent auction featuring: Chef Sara Horowitz 6:30 Thurs - Aug. 5th (Westside) Chef Sara Horowitz, has been chosen to compete on the food networks "Best in Smoke" barbeque competition! She's trying her new recipes paired with wines from our friends at del Norte wine distributing! Proceeds from the dinner will go toward helping Sara and her Sous chef get to New York to help put El Paso on the culinary map! You might remember Chef Sara from FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" (with Nightmare Chef Gordon Ramsay) or as the runner up in The National BBQ Championship Series on the Versus network. (She has also been featured in Texas Monthly!) Chef Sara has served and/or worked with VIP's from coast to coast including our current commander in chief! Sara has also worked with Bill Cosby, (responsible for his favorite chili!) Julia Child, Scottie Pippen, Emmit Smith, Hootie & The Blowfish, Valerie Harper, The Leeza Gibbon's Alzheimer's Foundation, the 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions, Buddy Guy, Maria Muldaur, & Taj Majal! The Wine dinner starts with a light fun wine and a palate teasing wild thyme potato salad followed by an appetizer of pulled pork with Swiss chard, apple bacon bundles and confetti slaw on a crispy wonton with a smoked red berry BBQ Sauce, The salad course is a smoked pork belly and grilled summer peach salad with chili spiced praline pistachios and sweet orange vinaigrette. There will also be a choice of either a filet mignon with fire roasted raja potatoes served with zucchini and onion strings or a BBQ chicken with a mango sauce. Dessert will be spiced apple pie with lattice crust and vanilla bean ice cream with a cheddar crisp... Price is $65. This is an opportunity to be the first to try these dishes from El Paso's very own Sara Horowitz! Call 584-4421 for reservations! Coronado Tower * 6006 N. Mesa Ste 1000 El Paso, TX 79912 (915) 584-4421


Romeo & Juliet’ —

Fashion Palooza —

UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance’s summer production presents Shakespeare’s classic love story July 23Aug. 1 at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre. Showtimes are 8

Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso will host the gala fundraiser 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at The Garden Restaurant and Bar, 511 Western, in Union Plaza, featuring a runway fashion show, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Morry and the Sochat Special 20s. Tickets: $50 in advance; $65 at the door; available online at BGCEPOnlinePurchase. Information: Crystal Mireles, 532-7410.

‘Nuestra Belleza El Paso’ Pageant — The inau-

p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Directed by Chuck Gorden. Tickets: $10 ($8 ages 4-12, UTEP students/faculty and staff/alumni, military, seniors and groups of 10 or more), plus service charges. (Ticketmaster). Information: 7475118.

gural Spanish-language Latina beauty pageant is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at The Plaza Theatre, with more than 55 young women from El Paso, Juárez, and Las Cruces competing for the crown. Participants competed in beauty, style and cultural appreciation events, emphasizing on the opportunity for personal development while serving the community. Part of the contestants’ judging points will be based on votes

by the public. Tickets: $25, plus service charge (Ticketmaster).

SOUTHERN NEW MExICO Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival — The 6th annual event is July 3031 at The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts on Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Tickets: $49 per concert($25 for ages 18 and younger). Three-concert package: $125. Tickets available for order via the Spencer Theater, 1-888-8187872 or This year’s featured performance will be the 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition Gold Medalist Mariangela Vacatello at 8 p.m. Saturday, with a pre-concert talk at Friday’s concert features the multiple award-winning Jasper String Quartet at 8 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Saturday’s afternoon concert is 2 p.m. Continues on next page

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Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival... featuring 20-year-old violin virtuoso Ray Chen. Other events: • The “Fabulous Festival Fling” fund-raising gala is 6 p.m. Friday before the concert in the theater’s Crystal Lobby, featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets: $30. • A free Youth Concert featuring Jasper String Quartet is 10 a.m. Saturday. • A “Between concert” buffet dinner is 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $30.

Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs — The an-

ACROSS 1 Cleveland five, for short 5 Scrabble pieces 10 Food fish 14 Reached Dulles 15 Wolf pack craft 16 Knight of the road 17 Ne Laszlo Loewenstein 19 Wister 20 John Duns ___: 1265? 21 Weaken 23 Fake 25 See 41 Down 26 Dundee or domo 29 “___ Alone”: Romberg 32 Church official 35 Biscuit’s cradle 36 Kicks around 38 “Jungle Book” hisser 39 Expanses 40 Bagman? 41 Some cats 42 Shore avian 43 Union matter 44 Take in 45 Utter 47 Work unit 48 Cheese treats 49 Cue ball target 51 Aphrodite’s tyke 53 Hopeful soul 57 Non compos mentis 61 Nursery serenade 62 Ne Arthur Jefferson 64 Needle holder 65 “The Chosen” author 66 Pawn taker 67 “Jurassic Park” star 68 Kind of fence 69 Ancient Austrian town

DOWN 1 July 4th ammo 2 Author Waugh 3 A Corleone 4 Broad-brimmed hats

5 Oklahoma city 6 Native Nigerian 7 Knowledge 8 Take in 9 Precipitous 10 Murder weapon for Sam Spade? 11 Ne Harold Leek 12 Give aid 13 Chef’s cry 18 Essen’s region 22 Arikaras 24 Capable of activity 26 Sinai leader 27 Prevent 28 Nee Gladys Greene 30 Kind of common stock 31 Pop up 33 Invitation to Joe’s 34 Barely talks 36 Health joint 37 Nose around 41 With 25 Across: teen problem 43 Touch the surface 46 Cereal snippet 48 Freeman or Lisa 50 Needs speech therapy 52 “Life and Songs” poet 53 Ran a tab 54 Foie gras 55 Trucker’s facility 56 AKA Hulot 58 Elvis ___ Presley 59 Ginza glow 60 Fraternal organization 63 “___ of This Earth”

nual arts and craft show is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 31-Aug. 1, at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, featuring all-New Mexico made artworks, handmade items and live entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 378-4431 or

Tommy Allsup ‘Stories & Music’ — The Grammy-winner will sing songs and tell stories about

his career, the many people he made music with, and the adventures he had along the way 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday,July 30-31, in the Johnny and Marty Cope Learning Center, at the Hubbard Museum of the American West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Cost: $20 ($15 museum members); seating is limited. Information: (575) 378-4142. or

Rio Grande Theatre — Pre Entertainment presents former Funk Brothers member Ronnie Rathers in an evening of hit R&B and Soul classics 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Tickets: $25 general admission; $40 VIP (includes hors d’oeuvres and meet and greet with musicians). Portion of proceeds go towards Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403, (575) 6302206 or The concert presents hits by the Four Tops, Gladys Knight, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations and more. Rathers was a regular performer with such artists as Ray Charles, The Average White Band, Chubby Checker, Tavares, The Drifters and Percy Sledge.

‘A Delicate Balance’ — No Strings Theatre Company will opens its 10th season with Edward Albee’s 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning play July 23-Aug. 8 at Black Box Theatre, 420 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 and 8, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors over 65, $7 all seats on Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or A wealthy middle-aged couple Agnes and Tobias, have their complacency shattered when longtime friends Harry and Edna appear at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, nameless “fear” has forced them from their own home, these neighbors bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and ultimately solace, upsetting the “delicate balance” of Agnes and Tobias’ household.

The Druids were a sun-worshiping crew of Celtic priests and learned folks who on a day much like today, only in ancient times, celebrated the sun god Lugh. This week brings the halfway mark of summer. The days continue to get shorter, but the sun keeps giving. The evidence is in the balmy air, in the harvest of figs and grain and in the glow we transmit when we bask in its warm, generous mood. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You may be dealing with circumstances that seem less than ideal — bad service in a restaurant, no help at the hardware store, a lack of cooperation from the general public. Uphold your own standards of character and you will turn this into a win. You treat people well, and they will do the same for you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If everyone's self-esteem were as high as yours is at times this week, the world would be a better place. Just because you have high self-esteem doesn't mean you think others are less valuable than you. You stand for equality. You want to offer your best. Believing in yourself makes it possible for you to do this.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). As you talk about the world from your point of view, you'll attract attention. Others don't see it your way. They may disagree or even insult you with an argument. You can learn from all the other points of view, and this may influence you some. You'll mentally expand and still be your own person. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll be swept into a mission of your own making. Does this mean you're selfish? You might appear that way to some, but the truth of the matter is that everyone will be better off because you have the confidence and motivation to pursue your dreams and make them real. Stay kind and compassionate along the way. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There will be instances this week in which you will prefer to be left alone to handle matters privately. However, this isn't always going to be possible. Fortify your personal boundaries so that even when you are with others you'll feel safe and secure in the bubble of your own energy field. This can be done through meditation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). All relationships require space. The trick is to figure out the amount of space that will bring about the most beneficial feeling for both parties. Consider the harmony of voices: As the distance between two tones widens and contracts, the chord changes from minor to major. Play with this idea in a relationship this week.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). In this digital age, much can be accomplished according to your own personal clock. You can communicate and work in the wee hours, and others answer and contribute when it's convenient for them. This week you'll find there are some things that absolutely have to happen at the same time. When possible, meet in person. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll grapple with larger issues. Perspective will be everything. Grace and timing go hand in hand. The glare of the sun can make things appear harsh and difficult. Likewise, the dark always makes problems scarier. Morning is your best thinking time. Everything will look better in the soft, early morning sunshine. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You might mess up. It's proof that you're stretching. If you were to stay within the boundaries of what you know, you wouldn't make such mistakes. The mistakes prove your desire for expansion, knowledge, experience — your winning spirit. You'll take responsibility and try not to do the same thing again. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The world will be better off this week because you assume a position of power. The amateurs assume that this is the front of the line, the first row of the classroom and the driver's seat. You, however, might find that you have more influence when you take things in from the back of the line, the room or the bus. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Challenge motivates you, as does the promise of attention. You will be greatly admired when you complete this monstrosity of a task. Of course, once you get into it, all your original motivation fades away and you devote yourself solely to the work. The work itself is where all the sweetness of life is released. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll wear yourself out trying to make sure everyone is taken care of, while less hospitable types order everyone around as though the rest of the world is filled with their servants. And the funny part is, there are those who are more comfortable being ordered around than being taken care of. Strive for balance.




It’s the course architect’s job to make golf exciting, so he prepares a progression of tests, some requiring the ball to curve to the left, some to the right and some to fly straight. For a right-handed golfer, a fade is a curve on the ball from left to right; a draw is just the opposite. A fade for a pro is a straight ball that gets to the top of its flight pattern, then falls to the right, at most about three or four yards. When you see a good player fade the ball, it looks like a straight shot to the untrained eye, but a slice is noticeable no matter who’s looking at it. Most golfers slice the ball,

creating a shot that starts curving soon after it begins its flight, and by the time it’s on the ground, it may have curved 20 or more yards. The fade is easy to control; the slice is not. Here’s the rule of thumb: If you can see the curve immediately, it’s a slice or a hook; if you have to wait to tell, it’s a fade or a draw.

How to work it To work the ball the way you want, you must have a slightly open face at impact for the fade and a closed face for the draw. Set up at address with the face you want at impact. But be careful — ...Continues on next page

I’m at address with three balls arranged in a diamond pattern. I’ll bend one shot over the right side of the diamond, one over the left and one down the middle.


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...don’t simply set the clubface behind the ball and then rotate the face open or closed by adjusting the forearms. This won’t work since the forearms will naturally rotate the face to square, taking the curve off the ball. Instead, adjust the face either open or closed in your hands before you sole the clubhead. This way your forearms are not a factor.

The diamond drill

This drill will improve your ball striking: Tee up your ball and arrange three others in a triangle two feet in front of your ball. The top ball of the triangle should be on the target line with the other two on either side (see photo below). Your task is to hit three balls per series: one that starts over the right ball and curves back to the target; the second goes directly to the target over the front ball; and the third starts over the left side of the diamond and fades back to the target. When you can do three series in a row without mistakes, you’ll be accurate to any pin.


Tour player Jeff Overton, who finished T11 at the Open last weekend, sets his forearms square with the face closed for a draw at the ninth hole at the Honda Classic. It’s a dogleg left that requires a right-to-left curve.

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




A cure for the yips The SKLZ Tempo Tray snaps onto your putter shaft and trains you to smooth out your stroke on long and short putts. The ball holder design requires a smooth tempo to keep the ball on the tray. Bonus: If you take a mulligan, you don’t have to fish in your bag for another ball. Look for the Tempo Tray at; $9.99.


“I was there from the crack of dawn waiting or hoping someone was going to pull out, and you watch all your friends and see guys that you know you’re every bit as good as teeing it up and getting all prepared for the tournament … you feel like a spare part on the driving range.” — Justin Rose, on being an alternate at the 2005 Open Championship at St. Andrews. He missed the cut this year.

Q: Every time I get ahead in our skins game, I end playing bad. I choke, and I want to stop it. Help! — J.V.

A: For what it’s worth, you are not alone. Look at the PGA Tour this year for proof. Jason Day made six bogeys and shot 2-over during the last round of the Byron Nelson, but still won over rookie Blake Adams. Both players hit into the water on 18, but Day made bogey while Adams doubled. At the U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson led by 3 then shot a Sunday 82. Justin Rose, who had a threeshot lead at the Travelers, stumbled in on Sunday with a closing 75, plummeting to a tie for ninth place. And then there was the Collapse of the Year, featuring Robert Garrigus doing his best impression of Jean Van de Velde when he tripled the last hole of the St. Jude Classic, then lost in a three-way playoff. So take heart — even good players collapse. Failing can either be crushing or motivating; the key is how you recover. Pressure is perception. The winner controls his or her perceptions the best, and that keeps the pressure under control. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, e-mail him at:


Short shots from the Open • Why are there 18 holes in a round? There are a lot of answers to this question, but the one I like is because there are 18 shots in a fifth of scotch. • The odds were 200-to-1 that No. 54 in the world, Louis Oosthuizen, would win the Open. • Driver’s paradise: The first and 18th at St. Andrews have over-100-yard-wide fairways. • Putter’s nightmare: High winds even things out. • Approach-shot paradise: The greens at St. Andrews average about 22,000 square feet, making them easy to find. • In 1964 when Tony Lema was asked, “How did you find the greens today?” Lema replied, “Easy, there’s one at the end of every fairway.” • Tiger: The Open was his seventh consecutive major without a win.


Open winner Louis Oosthuizen is a product of the Ernie Els Foundation that put up the money for his development. Els also mentored Charl Schwartzel, who almost beat Els this year at Doral. During the Open, an announcer quipped that Els was watching somewhere thinking, “How stupid am I, developing kids who are now beating me.” Just kidding, of course, but Els did miss the cut at the British, so he probably was watching. Els

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Good old days English raconteur Peter Alliss tells the story of the Old Tom Morris era, when playing late in the day was a big advantage because the cups were cut with a knife and since there were no cup liners, the hole would get bigger as the day went on.

Control in the wind John Daly, Laura Davies, Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen all use a strategy you might want to try next time you’re playing in windy conditions. On the tee box, hit the ground with your fairway wood and place your ball on the mound created by your clubhead. Since there is a small channel behind the ball, making solid contact with a square face has a greater probability. It keeps the ball down and rolling, which is a great way to play in the wind.


Biscuit brown

adj.: the color of a “real” links course like St. Andrews True links courses are made hard and fast by strong winds that dry out the course. To play well you must be able to run the ball as well as hit it high. On a links course there are often multiple ways of playing the same shot. It’s the opposite of most U.S. courses, which are heavily watered and feature bunkers directly in the line of play that force you to play one shot type only — a high shot.

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SPRINT CUP Race: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Where: Pocono Raceway When: Sunday 1 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2009 winner: Denny Hamlin (right)

NATIONWIDE SERIES Race: U.S. Cellular 250 Where: Iowa Speedway When: Saturday, 7 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2 2009 winner: Brad Keselowski

CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS Race: Pocono Raceway Where: Pocono Mountains 125 When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED Inaugural race

By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers

Ganassi gets third big win, but not with the driver expected hip Ganassi completed his car-owner’s trifecta on Sunday as one of his drivers won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to go along with his victories earlier this year in the nation’s other major races: the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. But it wasn’t his driver Juan Pablo Montoya – the focus of all the media attention leading up to the Brickyard – who delivered the trophy. It was the driver who has been the biggest surprise of the 2010 season, Jamie McMurray. It also was McMurray who gave Ganassi a win in the Daytona 500, putting him in a group with Dale Jarrett and Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season. Montoya appeared poised to win at Indy on Sunday. He had the dominant car and led the most laps, 86. But when it came time to make the final pit stop, his crew chose four tires, which put them behind a group including McMurray that took just two and therefore restarted at the head of the pack. Montoya wound up crashing as he tried too hard to regain the lead, leaving him with only heartbreak to show for his efforts at Indy for two years in a row. Allowed fellow Ganassi driver Jamie McMurray to take the lead in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. (NASCAR photos) Continues on next page




Continued from page 27 Last year, he dominated the race until a pit-roadspeeding penalty took him out of contention. This time, the two-tire call by McMurray’s crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion put McMurray out front where he had to battle former Indy winner Kevin Harvick for the win. Harvick passed him at one point, but McMurray got back the lead on a restart and drove away to victory. The latest effort gave him his second win of the season to go along with runner-up finishes in three other marquee events this year, those in the Southern 500 at Darlington, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. He also has three poles from California, Darlington

‘Have at it’ or ‘manslaughter’?

and Chicagoland. The only downer for McMurray this year is that despite his successes, he’s 151 points short of a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins after six more races. But you don’t hear him complaining. It was just a year ago that he was being released from Roush Fenway Racing and wasn’t sure where – or if – he’d be racing this year. But Ganassi, his former car owner, took him back and has been rewarded handsomely for taking that chance. McMurray said the reversal of his racing fortunes is simply a matter of being placed with a good team that has confidence in his abilities. And Ganassi said that the McMurray who returned to his team was a better driver than the one

Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, before Sunday’s Brickyard 400. Montoya seemed poised to win at Indy, but the decision to take four tires in the final pit stop .(NASCAR photos) who left for Roush after the 2005 season. “People had Jamie written off. People had us written off,” Ganassi said. “But I think what I said once before – a semester at sea for Jamie. He couldn’t have come back a better person. We had grown as a team, and he had grown as a

driver. We picked up where we left off, I think. And I’m really happy about that.” McMurray said success for a driver is all about the people around him. “I think it’s a lesson for all the media, that instead of writing the story that this guy should be fired, the story should be this guy needs to find a new situation,” he said, pointing out that Elliott Sadler once was winning races and running up front but now seems to have lost his touch. He said that’s likely not the case. “I think it’s just a situation where you’ve got to get the guys in the right position with the right crew chief and the right team and the right owner,” McMurray said. “I’ll tell you something that Chip said to me right before I got in the car. He said, ‘Let’s go out and do this thing.’ “I said: ‘I’ll give you everything I got.’ He said: ‘I know, that’s why I hired you. I believe in you. You go out and do your best. That will be enough.’ “I think every driver is different, but for me that’s what drives me, is having somebody behind you. I think it’s been really good for both Chip and I to experience all of this together, because we were together when things weren’t great and we kind of built this together along with the [No. 1] team to where it is.”

Carl Edwards’ intentional wrecking of Brad Keselowski, at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this year and most recently at Gateway International Raceway, continued to dominate the conversations at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week. Ryan Newman weighed in during his regular media appearance, saying the relCarl Edwards atively light penalty imposed on Edwards – probation, plus a fine of $25,000 and a loss of 60 Nationwide Series points – wasn’t sufficient given the seriousness of the situation. “When you crash somebody and put them upside down and they almost get killed, you get probation for three races, I don’t quite understand that,” Newman said of the penalty Edwards received for the Atlanta incident. He also seemed to feel strongly about the Gateway incident. “If you look at what Carl did to the rest of the cars that got crashed behind him, that’s not right,” Newman said. “When you admit that you crashed that race car and therefore crashed six or eight cars behind him, to the point that those guys, that’s all they have for a good race car at times. That’s not cool.” Newman said Edwards’ actions are not what anyone had in mind when “have at it, boys” became the catchRyan Newman phrase for NASCAR’s new way of letting drivers settle things among themselves. “‘Have at it, boys’ is not that,” he said. “‘Have at it, boys’ means even if we crash each other or get into an accident or lose respect for one another, you go talk about it … “Going out there and purposely crashing somebody; turning right or turning left just to crash ’em on purpose, whether you’re winning the race or not, is not at all ‘have at it, boys.’ Some people have thought of manslaughter or attempted manslaughter. That’s closer to what it is.” Newman said the only real solution he can see is for Keselowski to take Edwards to the woodshed, so to speak. “Brad hasn’t decked Carl yet,” he said. “To me, that’s all it is. Brad just needs to go up there and lay one across his lip and everything will be fine.” For his part, Edwards was unwavering in his stance on the situation. “I’ll tell you, I race hard and I’m not going to let somebody take advantage of me, that’s for sure,” he told reporters at Indianapolis. “I’ve proven that, and I’ve been consistent about it, and I’ve been honest about it, too, which, I don’t think has helped me any, but I’ve been honest about it.”


Sprint Cup Bad to the bone – the Ford pOintS F-150 Harley-Davidson It’s dark, mean-looking, and it wears its chrome proudly. That is what can be said about most Harley-Davidson motorcycles. But the same can be said about a very special Ford F-150 pickup – the F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition.

1. Kevin Harvick 2,920; Leader 2. Jeff Gordon 2,736; behind -184

The relationship between Ford and Harley-Davidson started ten years ago with the first F-150 Harley and has now spanned nearly 75,000 trucks and 14 editions (of both F-150 and F-250 models). There is no doubt that the F-150 Harley series has been a success, and for 2010

red needles and blue backlighting. There is also an ambient lighting in the cupholders and footwells. To give the interior a special touch, there is a hand-made

3. Denny Hamlin 2,660; behind -260 4. Jimmie Johnson 2,659; behind -261 5. Kurt Busch 2,658; behind -262 6. Kyle Busch 2,630; behind -290 7. Jeff Burton 2,615; behind -305 8. Matt Kenseth 2,573; behind -347 9. Tony Stewart 2,544; behind -376

10. Carl Edwards 2,496; behind -424 11. Greg Biffle 2,462; behind -458 12. Clint Bowyer 2,446; behind -474

we can expect that success to continue to grow. The 2010 F-150 HarleyDavidson Edition is the first F-150 Harley to be built on the current F-Series platform, which made its debut in 2009. As a Harley, it is available in either the traditional black, called Tuxedo Black, or like my tester, in new Lava – a deep cherry red with metallic flakes. Styling cues include massive 22-inch aluminum wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, billet grille and big fender logos bearing the famous Harley-Davidson emblem. Finally, embossed HarleyDavidson lettering down the side of the cargo bed gives this truck that extra touch of class. Inside, the seats are decked out in black leather - inspired from biker jackets, and have ribbed leather treatments and button snaps and zippers. A special instrument cluster features black polishedmetal looking gauges with

cloisonné badge on the center console engraved with the truck’s VIN and unique serial number. Anything that wears the Harley-Davidson logo should also have a motor to back it up. While this year Ford has forgone the supercharged engine that we have seen in past F-150 Harleys, and gets by with a naturally aspirated 5.4 liter V8. Making 320 horsepower, this is the same V8 that is optional on the regular F-150. A four-wheel drive system is

optional. All F-150 Harleys use a six-speed automatic transmission. While the drivetrain of the Harley is a carryover from the regular F-150, the suspension is not. Completely retuned for a sportier ride, it uses more aggressive springs and shocks and a thicker anti-roll bar. Rounding out the four corners on those 22” inch rims are high performance Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires. Climbing into the F-150 Harley is fairly easy thanks to the standard power deployable running boards. Once in, it’s easy to get comfortable in the captain’s chairs, which are both heated and cooled. Other standard features include a power sliding rear window, power adjustable pedals and a rear backup camera. Driving around in a cool F150 Harley-Davidson truck garners a lot of attention. It looks great and it sounds mean. But driving in it is a bit expensive. First to get into one, you need to plop down more than 42 grand. Continues on next page

By The Numbers: 2010 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition Base Price: $42,690.00 Price as Tested: $46,865.00 Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive Engine: 5.4 liter V8 Transmission: 6-speed automatic Horsepower: 320 hp Torque: 390 lb-ft EPA Fuel Economy:14 city / 20 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to]



2000 champion Labonte likely still has wins ahead ASK RICK! “Is it surprising that a driver with Bobby Labonte’s credentials is bouncing from one part-time Sprint Cup ride to another and no longer contending for victories?” A: It’s perplexing, but not necessarily surprising. Even the best of drivers go through slumps during their careers. Jeff Gordon is in the midst of the longest losing streak of his Cup career, although he has been challenging for race victories of late. Bill Elliott endured a seven-year victory drought, but hooked up with car owner Ray Evernham and came back to score multiple victories, including one in the Brickyard 400. Labonte is in about the same situation as Elliott was when he teamed with Evernham. Labonte has 21 Cup victories and a championship, but hasn’t won in seven years. His career has been stalled since he left Joe Gibbs Racing after a lackluster 2005 season. But at age 46, many in the sport, including Jeff Gordon, feel like he’s capable of bouncing back, in the right equipment. “I feel like it’s always been known in our sport that somebody that is a past champion, such as Bobby, the caliber of driver that he is, that you’re always solidly going to have a good ride,” Gordon said. “I feel like he still has a lot of good years left. He keeps himself in great shape. He’s a smart driver …

“It really is tough to not see him in a quality ride right now, because I think he’s very capable of getting that job done. Just looking at his past history in the sport, stats, what he’s done, how he’s worked so hard at it, too, it’s tough to not see him in a ride that’s giving him the results I know he’s capable of.” Labonte has shown that Bobby Labonte (NASCAR he can still win. He won a photo) Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in 2007 driving for Kevin Harvick Inc. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native is currently driving the No. 09 owned by James Finch. He’s set to drive in races for TRG Motorsports later this season, at Pocono, Michigan, Atlanta and Texas. In spite of his uncertain job status, he’s managed to run his string of consecutive Cup starts to 600, which he did in the Brickyard 400. In Labonte’s favor, as far as future employment is concerned, is his 2000 championship. Because the drivers who have won championships since he did are safely inside the top 35 in car owner points, he’s assured of starting spots for upcoming races as NASCAR holds a spot at the rear of the field for a past champion not already in the starting lineup.

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Major NASCAR victories for Kevin Harvick Inc. (eight in the Nationwide Series and 30 in the Camping World Truck Series after Ron Hornaday Jr.’s win at O’Reilly Raceway Park on Friday)


Sprint Cup drivers who have become or are expecting to become fathers this year (Ryan Newman, Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards)

1,570 ers


Sprint Cup points scored by Tony Stewart in the past 11 races at Pocono Raceway, the top among drivLaps led in the past 11 Cup races by Denny Hamlin, the most of any driver (and he’s only run nine of those 11 races)

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Chicagoland winner David Reutimann made his future plans public last week, announcing an extension of his contract with Michael Waltrip Racing and with his primary sponsor, Aaron’s Inc. He’ll continue in the No. 00 Toyota at least through the 2012 Sprint Cup season. “I’m glad both Michael Waltrip Racing and Aaron’s want to keep me around,” Reutimann said in announcing the signing of the extension. “I’ve been asked about my contract for the last month, and we’ve had a handshake agreement, but now it’s done and I’m glad I can finally talk about it. I’m thrilled. This is where I want to be.” Aaron’s will increase its primary sponsorship of Reutimann’s No. 00 Toyota from 24 to 30 races in 2010 with Tums and Best Western sharing the remaining races. Aaron’s will remain at 30 races in 2011 and 2012, according to a release from the team.

F-150 Harley-Davidson Continued from page 29

Check off a couple of options like a power moonroof and a navigation system and you are quickly approaching $47,000. Not chump change. And around town, it will guzzle gas at the rate of 14 miles per gallon. Highway driving isn’t so bad at 20 miles per gallon.

No, the F150 Harley-Davidson doesn’t come cheap. But for the price, you get one of the baddest trucks around. And boy, what would look better than this truck parked right next to that Harley-Davidson Softail? -- Christopher A. Randazzo


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