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Two Men Making A Difference For El Paso T

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proximately 40,000 women bowlers with family and friends, will come to El Paso. They will sleep in our hotels, dine in our restaurants and shop in our malls. They will deposit in excess of $35 million into our city’s infrastructure. From March 27 – July 9, we are the proud destination of the United States Bowling Congress 2010 Women’s Championship. Becoming the Host City for a sporting event of this size was no easy task. But to El Pasoans Gene Calabro and Brian Kennedy, it was a matter of knowing that El Paso would not only be the perfect city, but a deserving one as well. Gene Calabro, a native New Yorker has a passion for two

President/CEO of the El Paso Sports Commission, held a public meeting at the Coliseum and invited anyone with an interest in a particular sport to attend. Gene Calabro was at that meeting. At the end of the meeting, Kennedy asked for questions and Calabro (wanting to give his dream one more chance) asked “ What can you do to help us bring a national bowling tournament to El Paso?’ “I thought it was one of the craziest ideas I’d ever heard” admits Brian Kennedy. “But I

going to give this my #1 priority.” It was in that moment that the dream was reborn. Brian Kennedy formed the coalition that included the Sports Commission, County of El Paso, City of El Paso, El Paso Hotel/Motel Association, and El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau. Preparations began to submit a bid proposal for the 2011 Men’s Open Championship. Funding sources were contacted and the Commission, County and City El Paso Chicas Team: Noemi Ojeda, Sara Reyes, Bonnie Bristol, Kathy each approved and Grondin, Susan Long. budgeted their share of the made a promise to do the re$750,000 bid fee search.” required by the Gene remembers the meeting USBC. when he detailed all that So in would be involved in hosting 2004 the such an event, “ but when I El Paso told him about the revenue that other cities had generated delega–his eyes began to open wider tion was off to and Reno, wider Neand vada to he make fitheir nally presentation. said” “I’m

things: the sport of bowling and the city of El Paso. In 1986, Calabro convinced the city and county of the potential economic impact of bringing a national bowling tournament to El Paso. Several unsuccessful bid attempts followed. The bid for the 1991 tournament was lost to Toledo, Ohio and the 1992 tournament bid was awarded to Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2003, Brian Kennedy,

Award decisions are based on a vote by members the USBC Committee. El Paso would be defeated by one vote, but proud to have made it that far in the selection process. The United States Bowling Congress knew they had not seen the last of El Paso. In 2006 ,the El Paso team was invited to Milwaukee to bid on two tournaments. El Paso was awarded the bid to host the 2010 Women’s Championship. El Paso owes these two men a debt of gratitude, but if you ask them why they did it they will tell you simply that they love our city and its residents. They will tell you that El Paso deserves to be recognized in this way and Brian Kennedy will add, “It was just the right thing to do.”

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If we had only listened to Roberto M. Lerma By Joe Olvera ©, 2010

If only we had listened to Roberto M. Lerma in May of 2000, perhaps we wouldn’t be caught up in the quagmire that is the FBI’s investigation for corruption in various political entities in our amazing city of El Paso, Tejas. If some of you recall, Lerma, who was then a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ysleta Independent School District, reported that a certain company had offered him $300,000 to support a bond issue worth some $80 million to the company which shall, here, remain nameless for obvious reasons. Lerma said that the board already had three necessary votes for passage of the bond, but, Lerma was going to be the fourth and clinching vote. “I’m not supposed to name names, but, this millionaire businessman approached me in a roundabout way,” Lerma said. “They lobbied me, but, I immediately knew where they were going. I refused to even

talk to them and they knew they weren’t getting anywhere.” But, that didn’t stop the company in question. “One hot El Paso afternoon, at a sea food restaurant on Alameda Avenue - desperate to get that bond issue passed, which would have meant millions in profits for the company, I was offered $300,000 for my vote. I said no, and immediately went to the FBI. I told the nation’s greatest law enforcement agency what had happened and what I had been offered. “I also held a press conference in front of my house,” Lerma said. “All the media were there, from newspapers to electronics. However, they didn’t believe me. Efforts were made to discredit me because I had opened my mouth to disclose the attempts to buy my vote. I was made a scapegoat, with people accusing me of lying. However, the FBI was listening. The information that I gave the Bureau was the catalyst for the many investigations that are happening

today.” I’ve personally known Roberto Lerma since high school days at La Jeff. I’ve always known him to be honest and open, with a penchant for telling the truth. He challenges people to be honest and above board, which may explain why he isn’t liked by some. In school, he was All-State Orchestra as well as a line-backer on the varsity football team. Always involved in school activities, it didn’t surprise me that, after graduation, he would become involved politically. As a school member and, later, as president, he challenged many of the old traditions, and was considered by many people – especially by some on the board as a troublemaker, and as someone who challenged unmercifully, to the detriment of many. But, see, he wanted answers to his questions. For example, before Hector Montenegro was hired as the Ysleta ISD Superintendent, he challenged Montenegro’s tenure as the head of the school district in San Marcos, Texas. He wondered why the district’s rainy-day fund had been depleted so drastically. But, again, he was

shut down by other board members. After Montenegro left the Ysleta district, he was hired by the Arlington school district. Montenegro got into trouble for accepting payments for speaking engagements with companies tied to the district – a direct conflict of interest. Roberto was right about Montenegro. If only we had listened to this man, who was warning us that some people were in cahoots for cash – accepting bribes for their votes – the FBI wouldn’t have had any reason to investigate. We would’ve conducted the investigations ourselves. Now, as we all know, some school members were in it for whatever money they could get. They wanted us to believe that they were in it for the children, so that they could get elected and, thereby, line their pockets. And, of course, now we know that almost every school district in El Paso had crooked board members, from El Paso to Socorro, and, perhaps, beyond. Do you think the FBI has given up on their investigations? We can only wish. Sin Fin

Hawkins Improvements I

f any of you reading this have driven

past the Interstate Ten and Hawkins Blvd. intersection, you would have noticed significant construction there. At long last, the funding was found to resolve a traffic problem at that intersection which has grown worse every year for the past twenty years. Annually during the Thanksgiving to Christmas holiday season, dangerous traffic back-ups would occur at Hawkins. Sometimes traffic on the Interstate Ten would be backed up for more than a mile. Drivers found it difficult to maneuver around the line of cars that were completely stopped. Other drivers would complicate the matter by trying to avoid being last in line, drive to the closest point to the exit lane and try to force their way into the line of cars. All of those things created a very dangerous situation. The traffic back-up problem was not a new one for the El Paso office of the Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The intersections of Interstate Ten with Zaragosa and with Horizon Blvd. had worse back-up problems which were daily events. Both the Zaragosa and Horizon exits had cars in lines that extended a mile or more back on the freeway everyday during the evening rush hour. It would have been the norm for the local engineers at TxDOT to go into the usual long drawn out process of finding a solution. No, they decided to find the simplest and easiest fix to the problems. At Zaragosa, which was the first to be addressed, the engineers simply moved the exit from I-10 back to about seven tenths of a mile from the intersection. Although there is still back-up during the evening rush hour, the line of cars are well off of the freeway allowing for a smoother flow of traffic. At Horizon Blvd., the TxDOT engineers went one step further. As with Zaragosa, the exit from I-10 was moved back almost a full mile thus eliminating the line of cars on the freeway. In addition, the engineers reduced the number of cars by putting an exit onto the freeway before the intersection. This allowed cars wanting to get on the freeway to avoid the traffic light. When funding finally was found, our local TxDOT engineers again decided on the simple fix at Hawkins. Having seen the positive results at both Zaragosa and Horizon Blvd., the designs for the Hawkins intersection incorporated both concepts used at the other two intersections. The construction at Hawkins started just a few weeks ago and already the I-10 exit from the west bound lane has been opened. Before the work on the west bound traffic is completed, there will be an exit to the freeway finished just before the Hawkins intersection. Similar work will eventually be completed on the east bound lanes. Based on the results from the work done at Zaragosa and at Horizon Blvd., holiday shoppers next November and December will experience tremendous improvements in traffic. I would also like to give the local TxDOT office my highest commendation for their efficient solutions to some very serious problems. To me, simple is always preferable to the usual drawn out bureaucratic process.

Chente Quintanilla State Representative

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By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

Is Your Name on the List?

Hurricanes are named alphabetically from the list in chronological order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U." There are six lists that continue to rotate. The lists only change when there is a hurricane that is so devastating, the name is retired and another name replaces it.

2010 Hurricane Names Alex Bonnie Colin Danielle Earl Fiona Gaston Hermine Igor Julia Karl Lisa Matthew Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter

“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: What is the year that has had the most hurricane names retired? A. B. C. D. E.

1955 1995 2004 2005 2007

Answer: D. It’s the year of 2005, with Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Stan seeing the five hurricane names being retired.

For every year, there is a pre-approved list of names for tropical storms and hurricanes. These lists have been generated by the National Hurricane Center since 1953. At first, the lists consisted of only female names; however, since 1979, the lists alternate between male and female.

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Sharon Mosley

Think warmer weather and fashion items that blossom with flower power. Not since the '60s and '70s have we seen such a stunning bouquet of floral prints popping up in fashion collections everywhere. From painterly watercolors to dainty "Liberty of London" prints, the flora is in full bloom this season. Flower power is budding in many designer lines this spring. At H&M, the "garden collection" is the highlight of the store's innovative styles using organic cotton. "The mix of floral prints and khaki classics work beautifully for daytime and evening wear," says Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M. Her favorite pieces include a sheer, floral ruffle dress, the drawstring khaki jacket and the red-rose bustier dress. This garden collection also features an organic cotton slim-fit suit worn over a crisp gingham shirt. Here are some more ways to blossom with the power of flowers this spring: — Wear one bold pattern with neutral pieces. Johansson likes to team up her powerful flowers with khaki shorts and tops, but you can just as easily add a pair of white jeans to that colorful floral tunic top to make it pop. The newest florals are not quite as "sweet" as their pastel predecessors ... choose deep, saturated colors this time around. — If you love the oversized floral patterns, stick to one pattern at a time. Don't be tempted to mix too many colors or too many different prints in the same outfit. Avoid wearing a loud shirt with a loud skirt. Keep it subtle and simple. You'll achieve a much more sophisticated look. — If you're wearing a form-fitting dress or top in a floral print, remember to keep the size of the print on the small side. And always wear a fitted top if you're wearing a full skirt in a floral print. A reminder: Don't wear prints that emphasize your figure flaws — choose ones that are flattering. Empire waists are usually a good bet for most of us. H&M debuts its garden collection this spring with bold, colorful pieces like this mini-dress — perfect for adding plenty of flower power to brighten up your wardrobe. Photo courtesy of H&M.

— A great way to boost your flower power at work is to wear a floral print shift in soft watercolor hues. Top it off with a cardigan sweater or cropped tweed jacket for a more professional look. Then in the evening, take the jacket off and add more baubles and beads or a pair of higher heels. — The floral prints are also great ways to add flair to a casual wardrobe. I don't particularly like floral pants; I would rather keep the power at the top — a blousey tunic top can be tamed with a belt and worn with jeans or leggings, and later even worn as a swimsuit cover-up. Continues on next page

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DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren


DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Hugh," and I have been married 16 years. We generally have a good relationship, with few arguments. We seldom participate in activities that don't include each other. Three years ago, I was hired to work in the office of a manufacturing facility. The majority of the workers are men. Although Hugh denies it, I suspect he's uncomfortable about it. When I participate in company events for employees only, he becomes jealous and rants that it isn't fair for spouses to be excluded. Once in a while, my co-workers and I go out for drinks after work. When I'm asked to join them, Hugh goes on the offensive, demanding to know all the details. He then calls my cell phone repeatedly until I get home. I'm hurt that he finds me and my associates so untrustworthy. He has met the people I work with and has seen that they're all friendly and happily married. I encourage him to do things on his own with his friends, hoping he'll see that I trust him and will return the favor. What can I do to improve the situation? -- PULLED IN TWO IN PENNSYLVANIA DEAR PULLED IN TWO: Have you talked to your husband about his behavior and how it makes you feel? If not, you should. But please understand that short of quitting your job and going to work in a convent, you can't improve the situation. The problem is your husband is insecure. Only he can fix that, which

would first require his admitting it. Sad to say, he may not even be able to admit it to himself.

Dear Abby This is a difficult time to go job-hunting, so I don't advise it. But in the meantime, please do not make his problem your own. Accept that he has a problem, but don't allow it to jeopardize your work relationships. ** DEAR ABBY: Is it OK to have sex when you're a guest in someone's home? I say no, but my husband feels the host knows we're married so it's not inappropriate. I think it's rude and shows a lack of respect for the host. Would you please settle this once and for all? When we stay with friends, we end up fighting during our vacation. -UNCOMFORTABLE IN TEXAS

DEAR ABBY: How do I stop my shoes from squeaking? I have a pair that I love, but they squeak so badly it drives me crazy. Everyone can hear my shoes when I am walking. Can you help? - NOT THE OLD SOFT SHOE

DEAR N.T.O.S.S.: According to the book "Haley's Hints," a way to solve your problem is to pierce the soles of your squeaky shoes four or five times with a darning needle at the ball of the foot. If that doesn't do the trick, "place the shoes in a solution of salt water at room temperature, just so the soles are covered. After soaking for 15 minutes, dry them off and place the soles in boiled linseed oil overnight. The next morning, remove the shoes, dry them well and your finicky footwear should be completely silenced!" **

DEAR UNCOMFORTABLE: For a married couple to make love when they are houseguests isn't rude or disrespectful, provided the pictures don't fall off the walls and there are no complaints about noise from the neighbors. However, if the idea makes you uncomfortable and unable to relax and enjoy the intimacy, then you and your husband should vacation in a hotel where you can expect to have more privacy.

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 business-sized, 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 61054-0447. (Postage is included in the price.)



Sustainable Living

End to Plastic Bags

Shawn Dell Joyce Plastic bags are one of the most littered items in history. Many plastic bags become airborne litter tangled in tree limbs, clogging up storm drains or billowing like a sail on the ocean. As a result, they have been dubbed the "national flower" in South Africa because so many can be seen flapping from fences and caught in bushes. Plastic bags also have become the most common manmade item seen by sailors at sea. The Ocean Conservancy reported cleaning up over 354,000 bags during a coastal cleanup in the U.S. and 100 other countries. Planet Ark, an international environmental group, tallied over 100,000 whales, seals, turtles and other marine animals killed by plastic bags each year worldwide. And still Americans used over 100 billion plastic bags last year, which required over 12 million barrels of oil to produce, and cost more than $200 million per year to clean up as litter. Eight billion pounds of plastic bags enter the waste stream every year in the U.S. alone. Many bags collected for recycling never actually get recycled. Some are shipped off to developing countries with lax environmental laws that allow them to be incinerated, which produces massive air pollution and soil degradation. Recycling centers are di-

Plastic bags are a blight on the environment. Do your part by bringing a reusable bag with you. minishing for plastic bags because it is not economically feasible to recycle bags. "It costs $4,000 to process and recycle one ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32," says Jared Blumenfeld, director of San Francisco's Department of the Environment. San Francisco is the first major U.S. city to outright ban plastic bags. Ireland passed a "Plastax," which reduced bag consumption by 90 percent, saved more than 180,000,000 liters of oil and raised $9.6 million dollars for its "green fund." South Africa's bag tax appears on printed grocery store receipts to remind consumers how much money they could have saved by bringing their own bags.

If we brought our own reusable bag into the store we would save six bags a week, 24 bags each month and 288 bags per year, according to Planet Ark. If just one in five people in our country did this, we would save over a trillion bags and 159 million barrels of oil over our life time. While many of us have already made the switch, some are reluctant or just forgetful. If you would like "do something drastic and ban the plastic," here's a few suggestions from — Designate a local champion to coordinate your town's Plastic Bag Free campaign. — Network with other community groups that may help. Continues on page 10

In Fashion Continued from page 7 — Do play around when picking out your flowers. There are lots of ways to add some flora and fauna to your wardrobe. A floral-patterned spring coat is a breath of fresh air to a winter-weary closet — the perfect way to liven up those neutral basics we all get tired of wearing week after week. Vera Wang's puckered floral dress with matching coat is a stunner if you want to add one new statement piece to your wardrobe for evening. — Think of creative ways to wear flowers this season.

A floral blouse looks great and works like a jacket when paired with a tank and belted over pants or skirts. A gorgeous floral dress looks cool and casual when teamed with flip-flops. Or wear a flirty, printed skirt with a denim top and cowboy boots. — When wearing bold patterns, steer clear of piling on extra accessories. The expressive print is your main accessory and will be the focus of your entire head-totoe look. Don't overdo a good thing. — Accessories, however, always provide the opportu-

nity to add "just a touch" of the latest trends in flower power: H&M does cotton floral flats, find Liberty of London canvas totes at Target, A.P.C. has cotton, floral bucket hats and floral embellished sandals are sold at Nine West. And the ultimate in flower power? A leather, flower handbag from Valentino. Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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Energy Express

Spring Tune-Up Tips for the Newly Inspired

Marilynn Preston Spring has sprung. Have you noticed? The birds are singing, the snows are melting, and at my local farmer's market, they're selling daffodils for $2 a bunch. Change is in the air. You can sense it, smell it ... and if you can't you're spending way too much time indoors. This year, the first day of spring ushered in the most revolutionary changes in U.S. health care we've ever seen. What new change, new growth will spring of 2010 bring in your own life? What do you need to do in the coming months to move closer to being the healthier, happier, less stressed, kinder and more adorable person you want to be? Begin With Tough Love. Take a minute to think about your activity level over the past

few months. Did taco chips and sloth add an extra 5 pounds? Take off your clothes and stand in front of a mirror. Don't judge. Don't feel guilty. This is your body. Be happy you have one. Now visualize your body as you'd like it to feel. Lighter. Stronger. Filled with joy. Relax, and smile — you look dreamy. Know that you can grow into this new vision of yourself if you are patient, persistent and willing to scrub old habits for new ones. Make the choice to (I can't help it) spring into action, starting today. Set Your Goals. The success of your springtime tune-up depends on your willingness to set some specific, achievable goals. Hey! I'm talking to you. Want to run your first 5k this summer? Bicycle your first 50-miler? Stop eating red meat four days a week? Once you have one to three clear

goals, you need a plan

(written is best) for making it happen. Step-by-step, working alone or with support, taking action toward your goal adds confidence and success to your daily routine, and from that place, the experts say, real behavior change can happen. Start a Journal. They can put it on my tombstone for all I care. "She never stopped harping about journal-keeping." That's because it works. What you write down isn't nearly as important as the act of keeping track. Use your

journal to stay focused on your goals, workouts, food choices, mood shifts, obstacles to overcome, etc. If you start now, you'll swoon this June when you look back at April and May and see how much progress you've made. At the same time, allow for backsliding. Change isn't linear, but it will happen over time if you enjoy the process and never give up. I'll be back next week with a few more spring tune-up tips for you and your bicycle, but meanwhile, I want to close with a shameless call to action. Remember the "Let's Move" campaign that the President and first lady announced in February — a comprehensive, collaborative uber-effort to end childhood obesity and motivate kids to play more, eat smarter and trade their Blackberries for blueberries? Well, it's happening. The movement has a promising Website — — and Melody Barnes, the new head of the interagency Childhood Obesity Task Force, did an email blitz recently asking everyone who cares about this issue to speak up, join in, and send your comments and best ideas to the task force before the deadline of March 26. March 26? Yikes, that's now! "We want the best ideas from around the country," Barnes wrote, "not just from researchers, but from parents and teachers and everyone with a stake in our children's

future. " That's us, dear readers. Sick of toxic lunchrooms? Ready to tax soft drinks? It's time to take the next step, which is really two steps. First, go to, overcome apathy, channel despair, and sign up for the campaign. And then go to, click through to the page where you can Submit a Comment to the Task Force on Childhood Obesity, and really let 'em have it. Speak up, act up, and sign up to be part of the health care reform that could, might, must please happen for our next generation of kids.

Sustainable Living Continued from page 8 — Compile a list of retailers in your town that use plastic check-out bags. — Enlist the help of your independently owned stores, especially ones offering reusable bags. — Run an information night for retailers and the local community to attend. — Try to create a retailer's alliance that orders reusable bags in bulk. — Work with your local government to ask them to sponsor a Plastic Bag Free Town campaign.

This, too, is what change looks like.

— Get retailers to sign off on their commitment to go Plastic Bag Free.


— Set a launch date for when your town will be Plastic Check-Out Bag Free.

"Let's Move isn't just noble, it's a necessity. It's not just a slogan, it's our responsibility. Are you with us? Let's Move!" — from the Website

— Make local launch date announcement so all residents are aware of their town going Plastic CheckOut Bag Free.

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.

— Arrange Plastic Bag Free Town launch day with reusable bags to hand out and local elected officials in attendance. Shawn Dell Joyce is an awardwinning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Dr. James Dobson


QUESTION: My wife and I are above average in height, being six-feet-three-inches and five-feetnine-inches tall. We both had rather tall parents, too. Nevertheless, our daughter is very tiny. She is nine years old and is only at the third percentile for height. What could be causing this, and what do you think we should do? DR. DOBSON: There are many factors that influence a child's growth, including a deficiency of growth hormones, heredity, nutrition and the status of the boy or girl's general health. There is only one way to know what is causing your daughter's failure to grow, and that is to take her to an endocrinologist or other physician who specializes in these problems. The right doctor can identify her condition and even predict with a fair amount of accuracy how tall she will eventually become. In some cases, growth hormones may be administered, although I'll leave it to your physician to make that recommendation. Since your girl is nine years old, you have no time to lose. Get her to the right medical authority quickly. Let

me ask, by the way, is your daughter an anxious child?

** QUESTION: Yes, as a matter of fact, she is. Lannie is the most insecure of all our children. Why do you ask? DR. DOBSON: Because some studies have shown that persistently anxious girls tend to be shorter than their peers. This was the finding of Dr. Daniel Pine of the National Institute of Mental Health and other research at Columbia University College of Physicians, New York. This research showed that the most insecure girls tended to be about two inches shorter as adults and were twice as likely to be under fivefeet-two-inches tall than girls who were less anxious. Two specific disorders in the formative years were most predictive of less height in adults: (1) separation anxiety -- seen in girls who don't have the confidence to spend the night at a friend's house or go away to summer camp; and (2) overanxiousness -- not just being uneasy about a threat or problem, but a generalized worry about

many things over years of time. One study showed that anxious girls had high blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can stunt growth. Interestingly, anxious boys in the investigation were not found to have higher cortisol levels, and they did not tend to be shorter than their peers. This suggests that girls may respond to stress biologically differently than boys. For whatever reasons, anxiety is linked to lesser growth in females alone. Once again, you need to have your daughter examined and evaluated medically. There may be a more obvious and treatable reason for her growth deficiency. ** 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.

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Kitty Be Calm

A relaxed cat is less prone to behavior problems that sometimes drive a wedge between a pet and the rest of the family.

By Narda Robinson Universal Uclick


f your cat’s stressed out, there’s a pretty good likelihood that you soon will be, too. That’s because stress is a key factor in the development of health problems that lead to litter-box misses. While that’s not the only thing feline stress can cause or make worse, one can argue that what veterinarians call “inappropriate elimination” can be deadly. That’s because many a frustrated cat-owner will give up on a cat who cannot be relied on to hit the box. These cats often end up at the shelter, where their past puts a pall on their future. Because behavioral problems are often really medical problems, such a cat needs the attention of a veterinarian. But reducing stress will help, even if there is a medical problem to be treated — and especially if there isn’t. Here are some possible stresses and solutions for cats: • Too many cats, too few boxes, not a clean restroom for miles. Tension and aggression can be a big factor in multiple animal households. It’s important to ask if one cat is hogging the litter box, and ambushing the others. The litter boxes also must be clean, must be in private, quiet places and should be filled with an unscented product,

which is what most cats prefer. Litter boxes need to be accessible, especially to older cats who may not move very well, or to cats who may be put off by lidded boxes, too little litter or litter that isn’t to a cat’s liking in any way. Back to multiples: at least one box per cat to avoid problems potentially caused by sharing. • Filling the dishes with more than good intentions. Cats don’t like change, which is why abrupt changes in food, dish location or even feeding schedules can be stressful. Problems with food, such as allergies, can also cause stress, as can a diet with too little water in it. And here, too, privacy is an issue: As solitary hunters, cats prefer to eat more frequent, smaller meals in privacy. Even bowls can cause problems for some cats who won’t drink water from a bowl used by other cats, one that’s not full of clean, very fresh water or even one that’s made of plastic, which may not smell right to some pets. Talk to your veterinarian about the right food for your cat, and consider getting a pet water fountain for a constant supply of recirculated, filtered water. • Bored cats are stressed cats. Environmental enrichment is very important considering that many cats these days live completely indoors. Since cats love to be outside, consider adding a screened porch or cat-fencing to keep them in your yard safely. Your home can also be made more interesting with increased vertical space to explore, using cat towers. Cats also need places to be by themselves – hiding

Stress often a factor in litter-box misses

spots to give them some space where they cannot be bothered by other members of the family, either pets or people. And don’t forget toys and play time. Also offer greens: both grass shoots for eating, and catnip or dried valerian for rolling in and relaxing with after play. • Noisy homes aren’t feline-friendly. Take a “sonic inventory” and reduce the noise levels. Loud TVs, video games or noisy family members can be too much for many cats. Plan some quiet time or give cats the ability to get away from the racket. • Massage is good for you both. Petting a cat lowers your stress levels as well as your cat’s. Increase the two-way pleasure by indulging in massage and gentle brushing of your cat’s lovely coat. For cats with pain, acupuncture and laser therapy may additionally help ease stress caused by discomfort. • For any kind of stress, see if the product Feliway will help. Feliway offers the comfort of feline facial pheromones, a smell cats naturally find reassuring and relaxing. Your cat doesn’t have to be sick or “misbehaving” to benefit from stress reduction, either. Consider it an investment in a higher quality of life for you both. (Guest columnist Dr. Narda Robinson is director of the Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the advisory team.)


Keep cats safe from falling If you live anywhere above the ground floor, your cat could be injured falling out of a window. They’re just not able to understand the risk, and sometimes jump after something interesting, such as a bird. It’s possible to give a cat fresh air safely, no matter what kind of housing you have. If you’re in multifamily housing, you can’t alter a fire escape because of safety issues, but you may be allowed to screen in a balcony to give your cat access to fresh air and a good view. If you’re in a detached home, you can put in a more permanent structure, such as a screened-in multilevel cat playground. While screens aren’t completely safe and can pop out under pressure from a determined cat, they will keep most cats out of trouble most of the time. — Gina Spadafori


A blimpy bird needs vet help Obesity is a problem in parrots, too. These birds need a veterinary check to rule out health problems and for advice to ease the weight off gradually. Some of the signs of obesity in pet birds include: • The presence of rolls of fat around the abdomen and hip areas, along with cleavage on the abdomen or breast area. • Visible fat under the skin. The skin of most normal pet birds is typically very thin and quite transparent. When the skin is wetted with rubbing alcohol, you should be able to see dark pink or red muscle underneath. In overweight birds, you see yellowish fat instead. • Breathing difficulty, such as labored breathing, especially after physical exertion. • Heat intolerance, shown by excessive wing drooping or open-mouthed breathing in a hot environment. • Overgrown upper beaks. Some birds will grow their upper beaks excessively long if

they have obesity and fatty liver disease problems. This is particularly true in Amazon parrots and budgies. If you suspect your bird is fat — and especially if you already know your bird is fat — see your veterinarian right away for nutritional counseling and other ways to attack the problem.

— Dr. Marty Becker

Poor diets and too little exercise can make a pet bird fat, which can be lifethreatening.

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CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall Schedule good for 4/02 THE LAST SONG*(PG)10:00am 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:30pm 7:00pm 8:30pm 10:00pm BROOKLYN'S FINEST(R)10:10am 1:10pm 4:10pm 7:10pm 10:10pm CRAZY HEART(R)11:00am 2:00pm 5:00pm 8:00pm 11:00pm DIARY OF A WIMPY KID(PG)10:30am 12:00pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm 6:05pm 7:30pm 9:00pm 10:30pm GREEN ZONE(R)10:50am 1:50pm 4:50pm 7:50pm 10:50pm HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON*- 2D (PG)10:40am 12:10pm 1:40pm 3:10pm

4:40pm 6:10pm 7:40pm 9:10pm 10:40pm HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON*REAL D 3D(PG)10:20am 11:50am 1:20pm 2:50pm 4:20pm 5:50pm 7:20pm 8:50pm 10:20pm SHUTTER ISLAND - CinéArts (R)12:35pm 3:55pm 7:15pm 10:35pm THE GHOST WRITER - CinéArts (PG-13)7:05pm 10:05pm TOOTH FAIRY(PG)10:05am 1:05pm 4:05pm VALENTINE'S DAY(PG-13)10:25am 1:25pm 4:25pm 7:25pm 10:25pm



West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday April 2nd CLASH OF THE TITANS* - REAL D 3D (PG-13)9:25am 12:00pm 2:35pm 5:10pm 7:45pm 10:20pm CLASH OF THE TITANS* – 2D(PG-13) 10:15am 11:25am 12:50pm 2:05pm 3:25pm 4:40pm 6:00pm 7:20pm 8:35pm 9:55pm THE LAST SONG*(PG)11:30am 2:05pm 4:40pm 7:15pm 9:50pm TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?*(PG-13)10:55am 1:45pm 4:35pm 7:25pm 10:15pm ALICE IN WONDERLAND - 2D(PG) 10:25am 1:00pm 3:30pm 6:10pm 8:45pm DIARY OF A WIMPY KID(PG)9:35am 11:50am 2:10pm 4:30pm 6:50pm 9:15pm

GREEN ZONE(R)12:05pm 5:05pm 10:10pm HOT TUB TIME MACHINE*(R)12:45pm 3:10pm 5:35pm 8:00pm 10:30pm HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON*- 2D (PG)10:30am 11:35am 12:55pm 1:55pm 3:20pm 4:20pm 5:45pm 6:45pm 8:10pm 9:10pm 10:35pm HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON* - REAL D 3D(PG)9:30am 11:55am 2:20pm 4:45pm 7:10pm 9:35pm OUR FAMILY WEDDING(PG-13)10:10am 12:30pm 2:55pm 5:20pm 7:50pm 10:25pm SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE(R)2:30pm 7:40pm THE BOUNTY HUNTER(PG-13)10:40am 1:05pm 3:45pm 6:25pm 9:05pm

Tinseltown Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa Schedule good for Friday April 2nd ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D (PG) 11:30am 2:15pm 4:55pm 7:35pm 10:15pm BOUNTY HUNTER, THE (PG-13) 11:10am 1:55pm 4:40pm 7:25pm 10:10pm *CLASH OF THE TITANS 3D (PG-13) 11:30am *CLASH OF THE TITANS 3D XD (PG13) 2:30pm 5:10pm 7:50pm 10:30pm *CLASH OF THE TITANS 2D (PG-13) 11:10am 12:30pm 1:10pm 1:45pm 3:10pm 3:45pm 4:40pm 5:45pm 6:25pm 7:15pm 8:25pm 9:10pm 9:50pm 11:10pm 11:45pm DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (PG) 11:15am 1:40pm 4:20pm 6:45pm 9:15pm *HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (R) 12:25pm 1:40pm 2:55pm 4:10pm 5:25pm 6:40pm 7:55pm 9:10pm 10:25pm 11:40pm *HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2D (PG) 12:05pm 12:35pm 1:15pm 2:45pm 3:15pm 3:55pm 5:30pm 5:50pm 6:35pm 8:10pm 8:35pm 9:20pm 10:35pm 11:15pm 11:45pm *HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3D

(PG) 2:10pm 4:35pm 7:00pm 9:55pm *HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3D XD (PG) 11:45am *LAST SONG, THE (PG) 11:20am 12:35pm 1:55pm 3:15pm 4:45pm 5:50pm 7:20pm 8:35pm 10:10pm 11:15pm OUR FAMILY WEDDING (PG-13) 11:50am 2:20pm 5:00pm 7:35pm 10:05pm REPO MEN (R) 11:40am 2:20pm 5:00pm 7:40pm 10:20pm SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE (R) 3:55pm 10:35pm SHUTTER ISLAND (R) 12:30pm 7:25pm *TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? (PG-13) 11:35am 1:00pm 2:35pm 4:00pm 5:25pm 6:50pm 8:30pm 10:00pm 11:30pm *No Passes or Supersavers accepted for this feature. VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR call 1-800-326-3264 Express Code 1142# for more showtimes.


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*ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D- DIGITAL (PG)10:00a 12:50p 3:35p 6:40p 9:45p *BOUNTY HUNTER- DIGITAL (PG13)10:15a 11:15a 1:15p 2:15p 4:10p 5:10p 6:55p 7:55p 9:50p 10:35p *CHLOE-35 MM (R)11:00a 1:45p 4:30p 7:15p 10:15p *CLASH OF THE TITANS 3DDIGITAL (PG-13)12:05a 12:20a 10:00a 10:45a 11:15a1:05p 1:50p 2:20p 4:00p 4:55p 5:25p 7:05p 7:45p 8:30p 10:05p 11:05p 11:20p *CLASH OF THE TITANS SUBTITULADA- 35MM (PG-13) 11:00a 1:50p 4:35p 7:25p 10:15p *HOT TUB TIME MACHINE-DIGITAL (R)11:15a 1:55p 4:55p 7:55p 10:30p *REPO MEN- DIGITAL (R)10:50a 1:45p 4:45p 7:45p 10:30p

*WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?DIGITAL (PG-13)10:30a 1:30p 4:30p 7:30p 10:30p ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2D- DIGITAL (PG)11:00a 2:05p 5:05p 8:05p 11:05p AVATAR 2D (PG-13)11:45a 5:05p 9:10p OUR FAMILY WEDDING-DIGITAL (PG13)10:45a 1:50p 4:25p 7:20p 10:10p PERCY JACKSON- THE LIGHTNING THIEF- DIGI (PG)10:00a 12:50p 3:45p 6:40p 9:40p REMEMBER ME-DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:10a 1:55p 4:50p 7:50p 10:35p SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE-DIGITAL (R)10:10a 12:50p 3:40p 6:35p 9:20p THE CRAZIES- DIGITAL (R)10:45a 1:30p 4:15p 7:00p 10:00p

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EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 Schedule good for 04/02 - 04/08/10 I-10 & Lee Trevino ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL (PG) 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:00 | 3:00 | 4:00 5:10 | 6:50 | 9:00 DEAR JOHN (PG-13) 12:10 | 2:20 | 4:30 | 7:05 | 9:25 EDGE OF DARKNESS (R) 12:25 | 2:45 | 5:05 | 7:40 | 10:00 LEGION (R) 12:15 | 2:15 | 4:35 | 7:25 | 9:35 OLD DOGS (PG) 12:40 | 2:25 | 7:10 SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG-13) 12:20 | 2:40 | 5:00 | 7:30 | 9:55 THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 12:05 | 2:30 | 4:55

| 7:20 | 9:50 THE BOOK OF ELI (R) 12:30 | 2:55 | 5:15 | 7:35 | 9:55 THE LOVELY BONES (PG-13) 4:25 | 9:15 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) 12:35 | 2:35 | 4:40 THE SPY NEXT DOOR (PG) 12:55 | 2:50 | 4:45 | 6:40 | 9:05 TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (PG-13) 7:00 | 9:45 THE WOLFMAN (R) 12:45 | 3:05 | 5:20 | 7:15 | 9:20 WHEN IN ROME (PG-13) 6:55 | 9:10

Now Showing Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too 04/02/10 Rated PG-13 for thematic material including sexuality, language, drug references and some domestic violence Gathered together in the Bahamas for their annual oneweek reunion, four close couples eagerly reconnect, sharing news about their lives and relationships. But, their intimate week in paradise is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Sheila's ex-husband, Mike, who hopes to break up her new marriage with Troy and win her back. The others soon realize they too are not immune to the challenges of commitment and fidelity. With their relationships hanging in the balance when they return home, each couple must choose between blame and forgiveness, doubt and faith, with life-altering consequences. Starring: Michael Jai White, Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Tasha Smith, Louis Gossett Jr.

The Ghost Writer Rated: PG-13 Genre: Suspense/Thriller

When a successful British ghost writer, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start-not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang's long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA-and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And, was The Ghost's predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered? Starring: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Kim Cattrall, Eli Wallach

Hot Tub Time Machine Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language "Hot Tub Time Machine" follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives: Adam has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou is a party guy who can't find the party; Nick's wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob won't leave his basement. Starring: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover

Clash of the Titans 04/02/10

Zeus' son, Perseus journey's to save Princess Andromeda during which he must complete various tasks set out by Zeus, including capturing Pegasus and slaying Medusa. Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Alexa Davalos

How to Train Your Dragon Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, this action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn't exactly fit in with his tribe's longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup's world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view. Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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

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EPSO The Symphony

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EPSO Ends Season On A Romantic Note April 16 and 17, 2010

Tito Muñoz

El Paso, Texas – Tito Muñoz, Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, will step in for Sarah Ioannides in its final concerts of the 2009-2010 Season, April 16 and 17, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre. Muñoz, taking Ioannides program and tuning it a bit to make it his own, will lead the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in a romantic program featuring Mexican native and Curtis Institute tenor Diego Silva. The program will include classical favorites and tenor arias from operas by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Wagner. It will also include zarzuelas (Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance) by Spanish composers Serrano and Sorozábal. In the second half of the program, Silva will accompany EPSO in the popular song “Granada” by Mexican composer Agustín Lara.

Tickets for the April 16 and 17 concerts may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets range from $11 to $37 plus applicable fees. Military and student discounts available. The El Paso Symphony’s 2009-2010 Season is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Opening Notes: Assistant Conductor Andres Moran will discuss the evening’s program 6:30 p.m. prior to both the Friday, April 16 and Saturday, 17 concerts in the Philanthropy Theatre. RECAP: Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre @ the Plaza Theatre “Opening Notes” Pre-concert talk Free: Open to public Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, 7:30pm, Plaza Theatre El Paso Symphony Orchestra Tito Muñoz, Guest Conductor Diego Silva, Tenor Program: Verdi: Nabucco: Overture Verdi: Rigoletto: La donna è mobile Puccini: La bohème: Che gelida manina Puccini: Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo from Act III Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Lensky’s Aria Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Polonaise Wagner: Lohengrin, WWV 75: Prelude, Act I Serrano: La dolorosa: La roca fría del Calvario Sorozábal: La tabernera del puerto: !No puede ser! Lara: Granada Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet overture-fantasy Wagner: Lohengrin, WWV 75: Prelude, Act III (Toscanini)

Diego Silva

Tickets range from $11 to $37 plus applicable fees. Student prices $6 and $8. Tickets available on line at, (915) 532-3776 or at

Schedule good for 4/02 - 4/08 ALVIN & THE CHIPUNKS 2 (PG) *(12:00p 2:10p) 4:20p 6:30p 8:40p THEBLIND SIDE (PG-13) *(1:15p) 4:00p 6:45p 9:30p DEAR JOHN (PG-13) *(12:00p 2:20p) 4:40p 7:00p 9:20p SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG-13) *(1:00p) 4:05p 6:50p 9:25p THE BOOK OF ELI (R) *(1:50p) 4:30p 7:05p 9:40p THE SPY NEXT DOOR (PG) *(12:05p 2:15p) 4:25p 6:35p 8:45p THE WOLFMAN (R) *(12:10p 2:30p) 4:50p 7:15p 9:35p *(ONLY 4/3, 4/4, 4/6)


7:15 10:00 LAST SONG PG 11:30 2:00 4:30 7:00 9:10 (11:45 FRI/SAT) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3D *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES (PG) 11:00 12:00 1:15 2:25 3:45 4:50 6:15 7:15 8:45 9:40 (11:15 12:05 FRI/SAT) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2D (PG)11:00 12:00 1:15 2:25 3:45 4:50 6:15 7:30 8:45 (11:15 FRI/SAT) HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (R)12:00 2:30 5:00 7:30 10:00 (12:15 FRI/SAT) BOUNTY HUNTER (PG-13) 11:00 1:30 4:05 7:00 9:40 (12:15 FRI/SAT) DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (PG) 12:15 2:30 4:45 7:00 9:20 (11:40 FRI/SAT) OUR FAMILY WEDDING (PG13)11:00 1:35 3:50 6:05 8:20 (10:30 FRI/SAT) SHES OUT OF MY LEAGUE (R) 11:15 1:45 4:30 7:20 ALICE IN WONDERLAND PRESENTED IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES (PG) 12:00 2:30 5:00 7:30 ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2D (PG) 11:00 1:45 4:15 7:15 10:00 COP OUT (R) 7:30 10:00 (12:20 FRI/SAT) REPO MEN (R) 9:50 (12:20 FRI/SAT)

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Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Sunday, April 2-4, by various groups of all de-


The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Tour — Apprentices from the celebrated opera perform April 68, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800S. San Marcial. Information: 532-7273.

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Loretto, 1400 Hardaway, with The Consort Singers directed by Nehring, and the Chamber Players, directed by guest violinist/violist and conductor Charles Gray. A professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, N.H., Gray has appeared as violin soloist on NPR’s “Per-


Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College’s home games are at noon at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field. All games are doubleheaders. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275. April 2 — New Mexico Junior College April 910 — Frank Phillips College April 16-17 — Midland College April 25 — New Mexico Military

Cristo Rey pilgrimages — Pilgrimages and hikes are planned thoughout

annual Easter week shows are April 1-4 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Presented by VEE Corporation. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15.94, $20.11, $25.27 and $33.54. (Ticketmaster). Information: Continues on page 20

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Rockin’ Fridays @ Allen’s “Best of the Border Bands” By Joe Olvera ©, 2010

For a mere pittance - $3 – El Pasoans will soon be able to listen to sounds reminiscent of an earlier era. Jessie Allen, owner of Allen’s Ballroom, said plans are in the offing to offer first-class entertainment and accomio Pub modations for not Captain Rad only El Pasoans, but, for the military community as well. “Our military is important to us,” Allen said in a press release. “Taking into consideration military protocol factors, we will proudly welcome our troops and their families to be part of our exciting Friday Night Events.” Jesus Paz, owner of Sundown SoundZ Music Productions and Live Entertainment, said he is the promoter for Allen’s Ballroom – the newest Hot Spot for live band entertainment. “Allen’s Ballroom is not a bar, nor is it a nightclub, it’s a Ballroom that wants to bring back the old ‘Dance Hall Days,”

where people can go out and be entertained by true musicians dedicated to their craft; where

you can relax in a safe, secure and air-conditioned venue. “The concept is to Destiny provide live bands every Friday night until Labor Day weekend and beyond,” Paz said. “Another element that will make this Ballroom unique is that it will cater to those who are aged 40 and beyond. It’s going to be a happening!” Paz said the Ballroom opened its doors barely two months ago, but, it’s already creating a buzz in the community. “This Ball-

room concept will bring us full circle, from the times when such entertainers as Richie Valens and other great acts would fill Ballrooms such as ours. We welcome younger people also, but, we hope to eliminate the mad-dogging that goes on in other clubs around town. Our Ballroom Windy C ity will be open to everymusic one, from the well-toin tribute to do, to blue collar

workers.” In addition to the special Friday Night Events, featuring such bands as Windy City – a group that plays



the great band, Chicago; Rhapsody – which is considered El Paso’s ShowBand; Brown Betty – which plays Beatles’ tunes, and Bobby Fuller sounds; Chapter 13 – a band that focuses on tunes from the 1960s, and others – the Ballroom will also welcome Quinceanera parties, weddings, and other social events on Saturdays, Sundays, and, later, during the week.Continues on next page

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Allen’s Continued from page 19 “We also plan to offer mariachi nights, Ladies’ Nights, and other special programs to bring in a wide and diverse audience to our dance hall. We want to showcase local talent. Little Mike and the Blue Kings, once Little Mike and the NiteDreamers, will be a special treat for those of us who are older and who still remember dancing to the great tunes that are now considered Oldies But Goodies,” Paz said. “Jessie Allen and I have the same mind-set in that we want to entertain people who, on their way home from work, might decide to stop by to listen to sounds that may still reverberate in their memory. Come on down to hear our acts. Allen’s Ballroom is located at 10280 Montana. We promise to give you a great show.”

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UTEP Softball — Home games are at the Helen of Troy Complex. Ticket information: 747-5347 or • April 2-3 — Southern Miss. Games are 3 and 5 p.m. Friday (doubleheader) and noon Saturday. April 24-24 — UAB. Games are 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and noon Sunday.

2010 USBC

Women’s Championships — El Paso will host the national sports event March 29-July 9, at El Paso Convention Center, hosted by United States Bowling Congress. The tournament will be held for 100 consecutive days in the first arena-style women’s championship in USBC history. Information: 544-9000.

Bill Maher — The ‘politically incorrect’ comic performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets:

$45.50-$75.50, plus service charge. sold through Ticketmaster. For the last 15 years, Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect,” and for the last seven years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-one Emmy nominations.

El Paso Sports and Health Expo — KROD’s annual family show is Sunday, April 4, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Several sports card and collectibles tables, and sports-related retailers, UTEP athletics and professional sports teams are featured along with celebrity guests and other activities. Admission is free. Information: 3514592 or

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March Madness symphony fundraiser the El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals on several wide-screen televisions. Information: 532-3776.

ACROSS 1 Aligned 6 Cobras 10 Genus of humans 14 Unit of prevention 15 Whip mark 16 “Omnia vincit ___”: love conquers all 17 ___ box: TV set 18 Maintain 19 Epsilon follower 20 Evocation in “Genesis” 23 “Our Miss Brooks” star 24 Swabby’s yes 25 Fly-to-be 28 Water walls 30 TV’s DeGeneres 31 “If I ___ you...” 32 Aedile’s garb 36 Romance 37 Elgar and Murrow 40 Veggie-tray item 41 Phys. or Psych. 43 Pitches in 44 Some USN officers 46 1040 time 48 Noble Brit 49 Early Jamaican 52 Belgian site of WWI fighting 54 Kate Smith favorite 59 Dismantle 60 Film ___: bleak movie 61 Wyeth’s Helga paintings, mostly 62 First residence 63 Anglo-Saxon serf 64 Alex’s mom, in “Family Ties” 65 Hurting 66 Prescribed amount 67 River’s end

DOWN 1 Drudgery 2 Ill-mannered 3 Work group

4 Environmental vandalism 5 Uncrown 6 Cognizant 7 Envy, lust, etc. 8 Commoner 9 Smeary 10 Least clear 11 Symbol for ohms 12 Infested with tineids 13 Harangue 21 Summer time, in D.C. 22 Lutefisk tenderizer 25 Kitty sounds 26 Filipe, Jesus, or Matty 27 Amorphous mass 29 Some disc. clothes 31 V-J Day ended it 33 Bookie’s forte 34 Belted 35 Lhasa ___: dog breed 38 Turned gloomy 39 Blocked from view 42 Apply verbal pressure 45 Err, judicially 47 Cohort 48 Forelimb 49 Feverish states 50 Musical form 51 Viper 53 Gay ___ 55 Passable 56 Pastoral poem 57 “___ la vie”: such is life 58 Under sail

Chicago — The classic rock band returns to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $48, $58 and $78, plus service fees. (Ticketmaster)

SOUTHERN NEW MExICO ‘Gee ‘n Ess & ‘I’ — Dr. George Jarden will host his original one-man musical show at 7:15 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1-4 and May 6-9, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. A special grand opening show and champagne gala is Thursday, April 1. Tickets: $15 ($13 seniors April 4 and May 9 show) $13 ($10 seniors all other shows). Students admitted free. Gala tickets: $50. Information: (575) 525-6720 or

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ — The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice masterpiece returns to Las Cruces at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Tickets: $52 floor; $26, $36 and $42

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Relationships could use a new spark of excitement. It may feel artificial to introduce this on your own, but if you wait around for circumstances to change, you'll be waiting for a very long, boring time. So put your thinking-and-dreaming cap on, and drum up some juicy adventure for you and the ones you love. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Self-esteem is ultimately up to you. But no person is an island. The people around you can make a huge difference in the way you view yourself. When someone else sees you as perfect and loves you unconditionally, you'll start to feel that this is true. This week you benefit from the support of loved ones. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The world can be a harsh and shadowy place. Make an extra effort to be around wholesome and sweet stimuli. Maybe it's the taste of fresh cinnamon bread or the smell of baking apples that puts you in the "life is good" frame of mind. Or maybe it's that laughing person with the dancing eyes. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll probably allow for more interruptions and diversions than you normally would, simply because there is so much you have missed in the past two weeks that is now demanding your attention. It's nice to stop and catch up every once in a while. By Thursday you'll be back on track with all of your responsibilities. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You know that a relationship would be better if a certain someone would adjust his or her behavior. Loved ones will change in their own good time. Concentrate on yourself. You'll inspire others with your commitment to being the best person you can be. And before you know it, the relationship is renewed. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). How comfortable are you with nonconformity? You'll find out this week, when you come across folks who think that recipes are just starting points for experimentation and the lines in the roads are merely suggestions as to where one could drive if one so chooses. You'll fight a good fight for order and decency.

Denver Brass with Lowell Graham — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its season finale performance at in the bowl, plus service charge. Discounts offered for groups or ten or more and children age 2 through 12. (Ticketmaster). 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital hall and Wednesday, April 7, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Ticket information: 833-9400 or The Denver Brass is an energetic evening of music with musicians who have dedicated themselves to presenting fresh and exhilarating concerts of diverse and dynamic music styles. Colonel Lowell Graham, is a renowned recording artist served as the Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Airforce premiere music organization in Washington, D.C. He is also the senior ranking musician in the Department of Defense.

Pluto may be one of the smaller bodies orbiting our sun, but it still packs a powerful punch. Just as a tiny infant has the ability to turn a household upside down, this dwarf planet has a way of changing things. This week he turns retrograde in Capricorn and will continue this way until Sept. 13, bringing a review in the Lesson Book of Humankind. When you focus on personal responsibility, you will make a difference.

Bassekou Kouyate – ASNMSU Cultural Series presents the international musician 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the Rio Grande Theatre in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. One of Mali’s bestknown ngoni players, Tickets: $15 ($10 students). Ticket information: (575) 646-1420.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You have a way of unifying people. Your communication skills are stellar. And you know what the group needs to do in order to arrive together at a desired point in the future. This week will be a learning process. You will eventually figure out how to get people as focused on team goals as they are on their individual goals. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). This week gives you a lot to consider. New people and influences show you options you never would have considered a few weeks ago. By Friday, you'll likely figure out that you've had enough time to decide on your course. Jump off the diving board. Just do it. What you do will matter — that is, if you actually do it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll be intent on your work, but hopefully not so singularly focused that you miss the peripheral excitement. It's possible that the distractions are more important than the main focus. Though it is noble to hone your talents, in the end you will be judged not for your abilities, but for your heart. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're happy with simple things, but you also have your heart set on a high-ticket item. Recognize the many forms of abundance that are already in your life. That will help you figure out how you're going to make the money to get this thing you're thinking about. Remember that money is an exchange of energy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Perfectionism can be a thief, robbing you of new possibilities. When you decide what "perfect" is, you are placing limits on your future, thinking only one way can be the best. Pay attention to details only insomuch that they excite you, challenge you and give you greater appreciation of truth and beauty. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The poets and dreamers are the first explorers of the world. The scientists and builders always arrive later. When things aren't happening easily, take a step back. Your insistence on tangible results may be premature. Meditate and imagine, and then try again. Let your spirit blaze a trail for the rest of you to follow.

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Flav rs 7-DAY MENU PLANNER by Susan Nicholson

SUNDAY (Family) -Make family day fuss-free with your own ROAST CHICKEN. Serve it with MASHED POTATOES AND CAULIFLOWER. Boil 2 pounds peeled and halved yellow flesh potatoes (such as Yukon Gold) with 1 pound cauliflower florets until tender. Mash them together and season as you would regular mashed potatoes. Add GREEN BEANS WITH SLICED ALMONDS and POPPY SEED MUFFINS (from a mix). Fat-free STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM is a great dessert for today. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough chicken and muffins for Monday and enough ice cream for Thursday.

TIP: By using 1 pound of cauliflower with 2 pounds of potatoes, instead of 3 pounds of potatoes, you decrease the calories by one-third. SHOPPING LIST: chicken to roast, yellow flesh potatoes, fresh cauliflower, green beans, sliced almonds, poppy seed muffin mix, fat-free strawberry ice cream.

MONDAY (Heat and Eat) -- Use the leftover cooked chicken for CURRIED CHICKEN WITH

Monday's Curried Chicken With Chilean Grapes. Photo courtesy of Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. CHILEAN GRAPES (see recipe). Serve the sweet and savory dish with RICE and leftover MUFFINS. Munch on OATMEAL COOKIES for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: canola oil, onion, curry powder, sugar, salt, pepper, cider vinegar, red and green Chilean grapes, slivered almonds, rice, oatmeal cookies.

TUESDAY (Budget) -Pinch a few pennies with

PENNE PASTA WITH TUNA (see recipe) for dinner tonight. Serve the economical dish with a SPINACH SALAD and GARLIC BREAD. Enjoy PLUMS for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: penne pasta, canned tuna in olive oil, garlic, canned crushed tomatoes, pitted green olives, capers, crushed red pepper, fresh parsley, fresh spinach, garlic bread, plums. Continues on next page

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WEDNESDAY (Kids) -- The kids will go for CHICKEN MEATBALLS. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil. In a large bowl, mix together 1 pound ground chicken breast, 1 cup fresh bread crumbs, 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, 1 teaspoon each smoked paprika and minced garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Make into 32 balls; place on baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Remove from oven.

Toss with a little hot pepper sauce according to the children's taste. Serve on wooden picks with the kids' favorite DIP. (Adapted from Woman's Day magazine.) Serve with OVEN FRIES (frozen), CELERY STICKS and SOFT ROLLS. How about KIWIFRUIT for dessert? PLAN AHEAD: Save enough meatballs for Friday. TIP: You can substitute ground chicken for the chicken breast, but you will increase the calories because ground chicken is usually ground dark meat, which is

higher in calories and fat. SHOPPING LIST: ground chicken breast, bread for crumbs, green onions, smoked paprika, garlic, salt, hot pepper sauce, kids' favorite dip, frozen oven fries, celery sticks, soft rolls, kiwifruit.

THURSDAY (Meatless) -- You can't go wrong with CHUNKY VEGETABLE CHILI (see recipe) for a no-meat winner. Serve it with GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES and a LETTUCE WEDGE. Scoop left-

over ICE CREAM for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: carrots, potatoes, onion, yellow bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, canned no-salt-added diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, canned garbanzo beans, canned black beans, canned no-salt-added tomato sauce, zucchini, bread and cheese for sandwiches, lettuce.

FRIDAY (Express) -Make it a quick meal tonight with MEATBALL TACOS. Quarter and heat the leftover meatballs. Spoon into warmed taco shells. Top with salsa, 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar cheese, reduced-fat sour cream and sliced avocado. Serve with a packaged GREEN SALAD. Add TROPICAL FRUIT for a simple dessert. SHOPPING LIST: taco shells, salsa, 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, avocado, packaged green salad, tropical fruit.

SATURDAY (Easy Entertaining) -- Invite friends for PESTO CRUSTED SALMON. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil. Place 4 (4- to 6-ounce) salmon fillets on baking sheet. Spoon 2 teaspoons pesto on each fillet. Top each with 1 tablespoon panko bread crumbs. Bake 10 to 15 minutes according to thickness or until starting to turn opaque. Serve with COUSCOUS, SNOW PEAS, BIBB LETTUCE SALAD and BAGUETTES. For dessert, buy FRUIT TARTS. SHOPPING LIST: salmon fillets, pesto, panko bread crumbs, couscous, snow peas, bibb lettuce, baguettes, fruit tarts. ** THE RECIPES

CURRIED CHICKEN WITH CHILEAN GRAPES (Monday) Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 10 minutes 1 tablespoon canola oil 2/3 cup finely chopped onion 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon cider vinegar 3 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 2 cups red and green Chilean grapes, halved 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. Add curry powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until sugar has dissolved; stir in vinegar. Stir in chicken and grapes; cook 3 minutes or until hot. Stir in almonds; transfer to serving dish. Per serving: 315 calories, 35 grams protein, 11 grams fat (31 percent calories from fat), 1.6 grams saturated fat, 20 grams carbohydrate, 89 milligrams cholesterol, 227 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.

** PENNE PASTA WITH TUNA (Tuesday) Makes 6 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: less than 10 minutes, plus pasta 12 ounces penne pasta 1 (5- or 6-ounce) can tuna in olive oil 4 cloves minced garlic 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1/2 cup pitted green olives, halved 2 tablespoons rinsed and drained capers 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper Chopped parsley for garnish Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, pour 2 teaspoons oil from tuna into a large nonstick skillet and heat on medium. Add garlic and cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes, olives, capers and pepper; bring to simmer. Reduce heat; cook 5 minutes. Stir in tuna. Drain pasta; return to

pot. Add tuna sauce and parsley to pasta; toss and serve. Per serving: 325 calories, 16 grams protein, 5 grams fat (15 percent calories from fat), 1 gram saturated fat, 52 grams carbohydrate, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 773 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber. ** CHUNKY VEGETABLE CHILI (Thursday) Makes about 14 cups Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 35 minutes 5 medium chopped carrots 2 medium diced potatoes 1 medium chopped onion 1 small chopped yellow bell pepper 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 (28-ounce) can no-saltadded diced tomatoes with juice 1 (14-ounce) can vegetable broth 1 (15- to 19-ounce) can rinsed and drained garbanzo beans 1 (15- to 19-ounce) can rinsed and drained black beans 1 (8-ounce) can no-saltadded tomato sauce 1 medium cubed zucchini Microwave the carrots, potatoes, onion and bell pepper 5 minutes on high (100 percent power); drain. Add microwaved vegetables to a Dutch oven, along with the chili powder, cumin, tomatoes with juice, vegetable broth, garbanzo beans, black beans and tomato sauce. Cover; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes. Add zucchini; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Per cup: 104 calories, 5 grams protein, 1 gram fat (6 percent calories from fat), no saturated fat, 20 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 268 milligrams sodium, 5 grams fiber. ** Susan Nicholson is an Atlanta-based cookbook author and registered dietitian. She can be reached by e-mail: menuplanner(at)mindspring.c om. The Menu Planner is also accessible at COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK

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Stop/slow drill

So much kinesthetic clutter occurs during a normal swing, and the move-ment is so fast (1.5 seconds) that it’s hard to focus on the exact movement you’re trying to learn. To make the learning process more effective, try a technique I call stop/slow action. Divide your swing into seven positions: Address is position 1, target arm parallel to the target line is No. 2, the top is No. 3, target arm parallel coming down is No. 4, impact is No. 5, target arm parallel to the target line is No. 6, and your finish is No. 7. Using a 5-iron, begin with position 1 and check where your target arm and shaft are. They should form a nearly straight line drawn from the tip of the shoulder through the handle and down the shaft to the ball. Now swing to position 2 and stop. Here, the butt of the club should point at the target line.

Tour player Eric Axley demonstrates check point No. 2, where the shaft points at the target line and the target arm is parallel to the target line.

Move to position 3, where the shaft is parallel to the target line, then to position 4 and stop again to adjust the shaft so it points at the target line. Continue to impact (No. 5) with the shaft an extension of your target arm, then to position 6, where the butt of the shaft points at the target line and finally to the finish, where the shaft is parallel to the target line. At each stop along the way, analyze your shaft position using full intention and full attention — FIFA. Once you can do it correctly in stop action, do the same check in slow motion — slow enough to use FIFA. I picked the shaft as an example, but you can use this same technique for learning any part of your golf swing. It works best using a mirror.



A shot that appears to be horrible, but then hits a tree, a rock, a spectator, something, and bounces back into play. (Pronounced “bough kur.”) Sample usage: “I would have bogeyed the fourth hole, but I got a bowker.”

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NExT UP...



Race: Subway Fresh Fit 600 Where: Phoenix International Raceway When: April 10, 7:30 p.m. (ET) TV: FOX 2009 winner: Mark Martin

NATIONWIDE SERIES Race: Nashville 300 Where: Nashville Superspeedway When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2009 winner: Joey Logano (left)

CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS Race: Nashville 200 Where: Nashville Superspeedway When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED No 2009 race

By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers


full Cup season, he does or several seasons seem to be a little more now, the NASCAR interested in the totals. world has been an“It’s a little frustrating ticipating a major change that we’ve been at 82 as near the top of the all-time long as we have and 81 as winners list. long as we were,” he said Jeff Gordon is just two during an interview at poles away from sole possession of third place on Bristol Motor Speedway. the all-time Sprint Cup “I felt like we were going pole-winners list, and he’s to click off quite a few last year after we won the just three wins away from Texas race and then we sole possession of third didn’t. And I feel like this place on the all-time Cup year we’re so capable of winners list. If he accomgetting multiple wins.” plishes those goals, he’d But like many a veteran trail only the legendary driver, he doesn’t take drivers Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson talk winning for granted. In David Pearson in the two shop in the garage area of Auto Club categories. Speedway in Fontana, Calif., during Feb- any driver’s career, there Back in 2007, Gordon ruary’s Auto Club 500. (NASCAR photo) comes a time when they just can’t win any more, for was rewriting the record a variety of reasons. books on a regular basis. “You just never know when that next win is At Phoenix in April, he won the pole, his 59th, tying Darrell Waltrip for fifth place on the allgoing to come,” he said. “When you’re this time chart. Then he went out and won the race, close to 84 or 85, you’d like to get ahead of those guys. But if I don’t I’m very pleased tying his one-time main rival Dale Earnhardt with what I’ve accomplished. I didn’t think I’d Jr. for sixth place all-time with 76 Cup victoever be at 50, or even 30, so to be over here at ries. Then at Talladega, he passed Waltrip in poles, moving to fourth place and the next day, 82 feels pretty darn good.” And the look on his face and tone of his he passed Earnhardt and took sole possession voice left little doubt that he truly believes of sixth place, dropping Earnhardt to seventh. he’ll move up the chart and do it sooner rather But the record books stayed pretty much the same through the 2008 and 2009 seasons, as than later. Gordon went winless in ’08 but got four poles “I just want to win,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me how many we end up with. I just and won just one race and one pole last year. want to keep on winning.” In years past, he’s said he was too busy racHe’s also keeping an eye on the champiing to spend a lot of time pondering his place onship column,..Continues on next page in history, but now at age 38 and into his 18th

Jeff Gordon sits in the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet during Friday’s practice for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. (NASCAR photo)

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Quirky Nissan Cube makes for an interesting choice. I’ve got to hand it to Nissan - they have taken cars to a new level of weirdness. Take a look at their new small four-door hatchback, the Cube, and you will see a vehicle shaped much like, well, a cube. But being square isn’t anything new – Scion showed us it was hip to be square back in 2004 with its radical new xB. And others have followed, like the Honda Element and the Kia Soul. But with the Cube, open the door and sit inside and you just may spot a shagcarpet toupee on the dashboard. Or the unique headliner that resembles a water drop hitting a pool of water. Yes, the Cube is one interesting vehicle. Based on the Nissan Versa, the Cube takes on a shape of its own. Its head-turning exterior has soft curves and shapes that make it look somewhat cartoonish. But its asymmetrical design in the rear is what really throws people for a loop. The rear win-

dow has a pillar on its left side, but not on its right. And all the windows around the car look like picture frames. No doubt, driving around in the Cube, you can definitely feel the stare of onlookers. Inside, weirdness aside, the interior is quite roomy and comfortable. Driver and front passenger are faced with an attractive and easy to use dashboard and set of controls. In back the backseats are a 60/40-split rear bench that both reclines and slides, providing good comfort to its occupants. Behind the backseat, there is a small amount of cargo space. But fold down

the backseat (it doesn’t fold completely flat) and you can haul more than 50 cubic feet of cargo. And accessing it is easy thanks to the rear door that opens like a refrigerator. Just like the Versa it is based on, the Cube uses a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine capable of making 122 horsepower and sending it to the Cube’s front wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a CVT automatic transmission is available. Opting for the CVT allows the Cube to produce its best fuel economy numbers: 28 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

My Cube came to me decked out in its optional Krom trim. On the outside, the Krom adds special alloy wheels, a unique grille and a body kit – an attempt to make the squarish Cube more aerodynamic. Inside, the Cube Krom gets a 20-color ambient lighting system and aluminum pedals. An “Interior Designer Package” option ($230) gets the shag dash topper, matching floor mats, and front door bungees. The shag dash topper is attached via Velcro, so

it can be removed and tossed at any moment. Bungee cords affixed to the doors can be used to hold small items such as maps and things, and Nissan gives you a supply of different colors to choose from. Aside from the Krom trim level, the Cube is also available in three other trims: base, S and SL. The base Cube comes with ugly 15” steel wheels, full power accessories, A/C, keyless entry, and a stereo with CD player and auxiliary jack. The S adds in

By The Numbers:

2010 Nissan Cube Krom Base Price:


Price as Tested: $21,170.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 1.8 liter DOHC 4-cylinder Transmission: CVT automatic Horsepower: 122 hp Torque: 127 ft/lb EPA Fuel Economy: 28 city / 30 highway mpg

cruise control, nicer cloth interior and a better stereo with steering wheel controls. The SL gets nicer 16” alloy wheels, foglights and a climate control system. Options include a Rockford Fosgate sound system with subwoofer, rearview camera and satellite radio. On the road, the Cube drives quite well. Its engine isn’t very powerful, but the CVT transmission does its best to get the most out of it – the result being that the Cube doesn’t feel underpowered. And the ride is sold and plush, soaking up road imperfections. That soft nice ride does play into the handling – the Cube doesn’t like to be thrown into corners quickly. Another downer is wind noise at highway speeds. The Cube’s cube like shape is hardly aerodynamic. Pricing for the Cube starts at just under $14,000. That gets you an attention-getting vehicle for not so much money. A fully loaded Krom edition with shag dash and 70’s style headliner will cost a little over $21,000. Toss in that the Cube can get 28 mpg in town and you have got the makings of a great first-time-buyer’s car. And a very interesting one at that. -- Christopher A. Randazzo

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Jeff Gordon

Continued from page 29.... and hoping to move into sole possession of third place there too. He and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson are now tied with four apiece. Gordon has said several times that it’s important for him to get to five

before Johnson. His frustration over being beaten by Johnson showed earlier this year when he dominated the race at Las Vegas only to lose to Johnson at the end. “I just want to win the championship,” he said. “I think one of the most disap-

pointing things about Vegas was not only did we not win the race, but we let Jimmie get the win. “That was big to us, and it’s big to everybody out there. Everybody wants to beat those guys because they’ve been so good.”

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Harvick wins Kroger 250 Kevin Harvick appears to have replaced Kyle Busch as the Sprint Cup driver to beat in the Camping World Truck Series. Harvick won Saturday’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway, his second win in two starts this season, the other coming at Atlanta. He now has five wins in his past seven starts, dating back to last spring’s race at Martinsville. It was another race in which Harvick drove a brand-new truck to victory. As part of his business plan at Kevin Harvick Inc., the team builds new trucks, which Harvick drives himself – usually just one time – then sells afterward. “They built this truck in I think about 15 days,” he said. Harvick took the lead from local favorite Timothy Peters, who led late before losing the lead to Harvick on Lap 190 of 250. “Every time we have come here, no matter what it is, we’ve run well,” Peters Kevin Harvick said. “I’m just thankful we can have that success up here. I just love coming here.” Peters’ fourth-place finish moved him from second to first in the points standings. He left the Kroger 250 with a 59-point lead over Aric Almirola, who finished sixth on Saturday.

Putting the‘earn’in Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt Jr. may not be winning on the track very often, but he’s leading the race to the bank. Estimates by show Earnhardt, the sport’s most popular driver, leading the Sprint Cup pack with annual earnings of $30 million from salaries, endorsements, his share of track winnings and licensing agreements. Jeff Gordon is second at $27 million, while the sport’s hottest driver on the track, Jimmie Johnson, is third at $23 million. They’re the only three earning more than $20 million. Tony Stewart is fourth on the list at $19 million, and at the bottom of the top 10 in earnings, Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin are tied at $11 million. Others in the elite 10 moneymakers are Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne.

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Spotlight EP News April 2, 2010 No. 320  

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