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RISE Student Receives Scientific Award May 7, 2019

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) student, Blessing Savusa, received an award for her poster presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Rio Grande Branch Annual Meeting in Socorro, NM. Her research project was done in collaboration with Dr. Maria Castillo at New Mexico State University (NMSU). The title of her presentation was Identifying and Characterizing Cultivable Bacteria Obtained from the Intestine of Euprymna Scolopes. The goal of Savusa’s research project was to “create a ‘Pathogenic Model’ that compares the immune system responses to pathogenic bacteria versus the symbiont Vibrio ficheri.” Savusa said, “This information can provide critical information to help understand the role of the immune system in recognition of beneficial symbionts.” Savusa used the knowledge gained from being a student in the RISE to the Challenge Bridge program at EPCC to complete her award-winning yearlong research. EPCC was the first community college to be funded by the National Institutes of Health’s RISE Program, now called RISE to the Challenge Bridge Program. “The program offers paid year-round internships for EPCC students like Blessing to conduct scientific research and present their projects at regional and national scientific conferences.” Dr. Maria Alvarez, Professor,

Coordinator of Biology and RISE and Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Program Director said “The goal is to provide EPCC students with all the tools to be successful in their science and mathematics classes at EPCC, so they can transfer to a four-year university including UTEP and NMSU and graduate with a baccalaureate degree and, eventually a PhD.” The opportunities from being a RISE to the Challenge Bridge student at EPCC has opened many doors for Blessing Savusa both academically and career-wise. “Being in the RISE Program I was able to learn a lot of basic research techniques. Just knowing how to work with research instruments really sets me apart from other students.” Savusa adds, “With this experience, I can pursue a career in biomedical research. This program has put me a step ahead and it was a great experience.” EPCC serves more than 28,500 students and offers 145 degree and certificate programs. Throughout its 50-year history, the college has remained focused on engaging students, growing community partnerships and fostering excellence. By creating a college-going culture and implementing innovative student success initiatives, EPCC is transforming the pathway to higher education and developing a better-prepared workforce for our region.

The free concert series is take place on Friday evenings, May 3 through August 23 at 6 PM, at the Downtown Convention Center Plaza. The fun will begin on May 3, for a special Cinco de Mayo celebration with live Mariachi music at 6 PM on the Jarritos Stage. Alfresco! Fridays showcases the best regional talent performing a fun, diverse mix of music including: Mariachi, Salsa, Classic Rock, Cumbia, Tribute, Jazz, Reggae, Funk and more.

Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Strike Zone Food Court. Guests can enjoy a variety of savory fare such as Hawaiian or Macho Man Burgers, Street Tacos, Chicken Sandwiches, Brats, Hot Dogs, Nachos and other items, refreshing sodas and adult beverages. This is a smoke-free event. No outside food, beverages or pets (except for service dogs) are allowed in the area.

Alfresco! Fridays 2019 Band Line-Up Jarritos Stage May 3: Tribes (Indie-Mariachi) May 10: Radio La Chusma (Latin, Reggae) RESCHEDULED May 17: Wild Flower (Pop, Dance, Cumbia) May 24: The Beatles United (Beatles Tribute) May 31: Dulce Mal (Reggae, Cumbia) June 7: La Sonora Blu (Latin Tropical) June 14: Sweet Nadine (Classic Contemporary) June 21: Rust (Rock) June 28: MainStreet July 5: Frontera Bugalu (Border Folk, Cumbia) July 12: Azucar (Latin Rock) July 19: Frank Ray (Country) July 26: Grupo La Guira August 2: Sangre Gitana (Rumba, Flamenco) August 9: Windy City (Chicago Tribute) August 16: Prime 80’Z (80s Retro) August 23: Fungi Mungle (70s Funk, Rock)

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VIVA! EL PASO RETURNS

Be a part of history as Viva! El Paso returns to the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, Celebrating 42 Years! Four hundred years of history will come to life as told through song and dance in El Paso’s own outdoor spectacular musical pageant - it’s an experience not to be missed! The Franklin Mountains provide a naturally beautiful backdrop for Viva! El Paso, performed live in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre every Friday and Saturday at 8 PM night starting June 14. The July 19 and 20 performances will be performed in Spanish. Through the efforts of the Destination El Paso, El Paso Community Foundation and the University of Texas at El Paso. The show was created in 1978 by Hector Serrano and it would be a shame for this long standing sun city tradition to die out. This year Chuck Gordon who is currently an associate professor of theater at UTEP will serve as Directors duties for VIVA El Paso. So if you have never been to a show then now is the perfect time to experience an El Paso tradition that takes you through this part of the southwest's rich history and traditions. Tickets for Viva El Paso can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com Along with tickets for Texas BBQ for those patrons who wish to have a meal with their experience. Admission to Viva El Paso is $18 and $24.

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Venue: McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, Contact Phone Number:915-231-1100


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EPCC Nursing Teams with Texas Tech May 9, 2019 By 2030, West Texas is predicted to be 5,162 registered nurses short of meeting demand, according to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies. El Paso Community College (EPCC) and the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing are committed to meeting that need independently, as well as collaboratively.

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In an effort to ease that shortage of nurses in West Texas, EPCC and the Hunt School of Nursing have announced a concurrent enrollment agreement. The collaboration offers students an efficient way to pursue a nursing education by tying together early-college coursework in high school, the associate degree in nursing program at EPCC and the Bachelor of Science in nursing program at the Hunt School of Nursing. “This partnership between EPCC and the Hunt School of Nursing not only provides students a solid academic experience that prepares them for a rewarding career in nursing, but it also ensures our region will have skilled nurses that can meet the health care needs of our community,” said Gail Meagher, EPCC dean of nursing. The program will create a seamless pathway allowing EPCC students to make a smooth transition into the Hunt School of Nursing’s bachelor’s program. “But even more importantly,” said Hunt School of Nursing Dean Stephanie Woods, Ph.D., R.N., “The new agreement is part of a holistic, collaborative approach that can help guide students from high school to their bachelor’s degree and on to master’s and doctoral degrees. In short, it gives graduates improved career mobility.” With the concurrent enrollment agreement, students working toward their Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) at EPCC can now begin to earn credit toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) at the Hunt School of Nursing. Students at EPCC can complete up to six credit hours of the Hunt School of Nursing’s R.N. to B.S.N. program while they are enrolled in the community college’s associate degree program. With agreements and assistance from area magnet high schools, EPCC, Project Arriba, Workforce Solutions and hospitals, students have guidance and help along the path toward becoming nurses. “This is not just simply an agreement with EPCC; it’s that all the pipelines that feed EPCC are now pipelines that feed the Hunt School of Nursing bachelor’s program,” Dean Woods

The Sun City Pride parade is happening June 22nd in Down-

said. “This is a wonderful example of how we’ve tied the ends together across the community to benefit students and employers. If a student is advised early and moves through these well-articulated pathways, it conserves their financial aid and helps get them all the way through school without wasting time or money taking courses they shouldn’t. It’s about comprehensive support to get students all the way to a bachelor’s degree.” Tonie Badillo, dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools at EPCC, said, “We are excited about this collaboration. One of the pathways our students will have starts in high school. By developing a very structured dual-credit crosswalk for motivated high school students, we have ensured all the college credits apply toward the B.S.N. This will save our students and their families time and money.” Manny Santa Cruz, D.N.P., R.N., M.B.A., assistant dean of undergraduate education at the Hunt School of Nursing, said the collaboration between all levels of education will provide a clear road to becoming a nurse. “This collaboration allows an interested student seeking a nursing career to begin their pathway as early as high school or community college,” Santa Cruz said. “In high school, the student can begin taking college prerequisite nursing courses via dual-credit with El Paso Community College. And the community college student can take Hunt School of Nursing baccalaureate courses while simultaneously pursuing their associate nursing degree. The student no longer has to wait to graduate from high school or a community college to pursue their dream of becoming a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse.”

town El Paso. Sun City Pride’s week of pride events concludes with a parade for several reasons. It helps celebrate who we are as LGBT citizens and highlight the support of our LGBT allies in the community. For many, the parade is a chance to be reminded that you are not alone. The El Paso community has historically been progressive on human rights issues and this is evident at the parade. It is a chance for families, parents, and LGBT individuals to come together in a showing of love and support and we cherish this opportunity each year.


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MISSION TRAIL ART MARKET May 19th is The Mission Trail Art Market. In its 11th Season discover the Mission Trail Art Market, The Mission Valley’s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and craft. Choose from delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, timeless home accents, and seasonal decorations. Painting, sculpture, and photography for the connoisseur. Sweet and savory treats for the gourmet. Enjoy the food concessions and entertainment. The event is pet-friendly. In all the Art Galleries in the Historic San Elizario Art District. Plenty of parking. Live entertainment at the Main Stage and more. Two Old West Reenactment Shows of the ‘Billy The Kid Breakout’ at 1 & 3 pm. Special Cultural Presentations at 4 pm. Galleries remain open until 5 pm. FREE. Make it a Day!


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Emma and Liam Repeat as Social Security’s Top Baby Names for 2018 Jacob and Abigail Fall Out of Top 10 Liam and Emma are once again America’s most popular baby names in 2018. This is the second time Liam is atop the boys list and the fifth year in a row for Emma. Two long timers on the list, Jacob and Abigail, toppled out of the top 10 for the first time since 1992 and 2000. There are two new names in this year’s top 10—Lucas for the first time ever, and Harper makes her way back on the list.

Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2018: Boys:

1) Liam 2) Noah 3) William 4) James 5) Oliver 6) Benjamin 7) Elijah 8) Lucas 9) Mason 10) Logan

Girls:

1) Emma 2) Olivia 3) Ava 4) Isabella 5) Sophia 6) Charlotte 7) Mia 8) Amelia 9) Harper 10) Evelyn

For all of the top baby names of 2018, and to see where your name ranks, go to Social Security’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov. While you are there, Acting Commissioner Nancy A. Berryhill encourages everyone to enjoy the baby names list and create a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. my Social Security is a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing while receiving Social Security benefits. Social Security beneficiaries can have instant access to their benefit verification letter, payment history, and complete earnings record by establishing a my Social Security account. Beneficiaries also can change their address, start or change direct deposit information, and print a replacement SSA-1099 online. People receiving benefits can request a replacement Medicare card online. People age 18 and older who are not receiving benefits can also sign up for a my Social Security account to get their personalized online Social Security Statement. The online Statement provides workers with secure and convenient access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information, and estimates of future benefits they can use to plan for their retirement. Additional Baby Names Information: Social Security began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names. Each year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends. Royalty seems to have influ-

enced parents in 2018. Meghan was the fastest rising girls’ name, moving 701 spots to number 703 from number 1,404 in 2017. This jump speaks to the popularity of Meghan Markle, an American who joined the royal family when she married Prince Harry in 2018. Tune in next year to see how newborn Archie influences Moms and Dads in 2019. The name Archie actually reappears in the top 1,000 in 2018 for the first time since 1988, and he will likely continue climbing up the list after the latest royal news. Winter is coming for “Game of Thrones” fans. The name Yara voyaged 314 spots from number 986 in 2017 to number 672 in 2018 on the girls’ side. Followers of the hit HBO show know this probably is due to Yara Greyjoy, a character on the popular series. For the boys, Genesis is the fastest rising name for 2018, shuffling his way 608 spots to number 984 from number 1,592 in 2017. There has been a resurgence of classic names in the top 10 baby names in recent years, so perhaps Genesis is a harkening back to the classic English rock band led by Phil Collins. Speaking of Genesis, award winning Grammy singer and coach on "The Voice," Alicia Keys named her son Genesis after his birth. Please visit www.socialsecurity.gov to view the entire list. The agency is proud to announce Instagram as its newborn social media channel. The new addition arrived in April and will share information and resources that can help you and your loved ones. To get more Social Security news, follow the Press Office on Twitter @SSAPress.


LIFESTYLES

Jump-Start to Summer: Dress Memorably for Memorial Day By Sharon Mosley After months of wet weather, it's time to channel sunny thoughts into our wardrobes and warm them up with fun fashion that will carry you through the next months in sizzling style. Here are a few items to add to your shopping list before Memorial Day rolls around:

-- A tie-dye top. Stripes normally top the summer style list when it comes to that all-important basic T-shirt. But this time around, why not go for a little boho glamour and top off those shorts and easy pants with a tie-dye look? It'll be a hit at backyard barbecues and poolside cocktail parties.

-- Strappy sandals. Get those pedicures booked now, slide into some cool sandals and get some sand between your toes. Ankle-wrap gladiator styles are one way to go, and sporty, athletic Teva styles are another. If you've got heavy-duty hiking to do, the chunky "dad sneakers" are still hitting the streets, but when it comes to beating the heat, airy barely-there sandals are a better choice.

-- A one-shoulder top. After years of designers giving us the cold shoulder, the latest interpretation of this popular fashion trend is the one-shoulder look. Even swimwear gets in on the trend. For something just a little different, the one-shoulder style is summer's newest dress-up statement top.

-- High-waisted shorts. A little on the boxy side, the shorts this year are cinched in and topped off with tucked tops, often belted and a little on the longer side, even Bermuda-style. The distressed denim look is still going strong for laid-back beach days, but dressed-up shorts are perfect for seeing the sights on vacation. There are lots of styles to choose from this year, so stock up now if you want a change of scenery from your everyday jeans. -- Wide-leg pants. Put away the tight, skinny leggings for summer and breathe again in roomy wide-leg pants that give you a cool change of pace for hot days. Team them with silky blouses and jackets for the office and with T-shirts or swim tops for casual days.

-- A floral dress. Another fresh way to usher in summer is the long, flowing floral printed dresses that are picnicking in the park, going to weddings and even showing up at the office, peeking out from under a sporty jacket. From tropical fauna to dainty daisies, the floral dress is a summer staple that easily doubles as an effortless day-to-night alternative. -- A maxi skirt. Here's another breezy option for the bottom half of your summer wardrobe. This may be one of my favorite "pull-on" pieces for maximum ease. In light fabrics, they pair easily with strappy sandals and can be dressed up or down. They also work great as swimwear cover-ups if you need a quick transition from the beach to bistro. -- Next week: Summer's hottest accessories. COPYRIGHT 2019 CREATORS.COM

Jump into wide-leg pants for the summer ahead. Ted Baker floral jumpsuit at Bloomindale's.


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week 5/19 - 5/25

The Cosmic Dance of Twins Welcome to the solar domain of Gemini, when the cosmic dance of twins will delight us with treats and trends, keeping the social swirl sparking with novelty. On Tuesday, both the sun and Mercury will enter Gemini within the span of a few hours with a mood that picks up like the first dance song at the reception after a long wedding ceremony. Yes, the ceremony has ended, and now for the party! ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll thrive because you're willing to adapt your offer to make it a more comfortable and all-around better fit for those who need it. Experiment. Start with small adjustments, and see how they play. Keep the lines of communication open and honest by reacting positively to all feedback. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll help another through a rough patch of life because you were there once and, after a few good tumbles, you finally got the right shoes for the terrain. Being the steady hand for another person reinforces how far you've come. Also, you've been too modest. How about allowing yourself to feel good about this? GEMINI (May 21-June 21). What to believe... that is the issue, followed closely by the question of how much to believe it. Arguably, as long as you're aware that something is indeed a belief, doubt is present. To stand in full commitment of a thing is a powerful position, rarely achieved. This week, you'll certainly come close! CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are some situations that can be molded, finessed, figured out and worked out. Other situations are better just left alone. There's an art to knowing when to cut your losses. It takes intelligence beyond what's smart and logical. It takes wisdom. The right thing has more to do with karma than it does with math. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). "Love is an act of endless forgiveness," said Sir Peter Ustinov. But what of those who don't forgive? Do they not love? Perhaps there's a balance to be struck, a way of learning the nature of others and becoming comfortable with who they are. Such acceptance will be a good stand-in for forgiveness this week. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The person who can see things from an opponent's angle has a distinct advantage over the person who only sees life from a fixed point of reference. Therefore, stubbornness can usually be outwitted by employing qualities such as curiosity, patience and empathy. Apply softer values to win the hard prizes. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People don't pick their friends as often as it would seem. Circumstances and timing play a bigger role than other things we'd assume would

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bring people together such as affinity, kindred souls or simple commonalities. Friendship that's both convenient and deeply connected is a beautiful gift to celebrate this week. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). As the sign that governs the profound energies of life, you've an easier time understanding the necessity of contrast. Without the dualities of shadow and light, there's no image. Without evil, there's no good. No conflict, no story. You're an important presence, a sanity touchstone, and you'll facilitate a shared reality. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It may seem that those present are on equal footing, but this is just an illusion. The rich, poor, powerful and powerless may speak at equal volume in a certain forum, but the same discrepancies apply when they go back to their regular lives. Justice is never a one-and-done situation. It takes constant vigilance. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There's a healing taking place in you. Rest assured, it's a natural process and will happen no faster through any amount of effort or trying. The part of healing that you have control over is limited. All you can do is remove yourself from the source of harm and carry on down a harmless path. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). One way to revel in attention is to accept a compliment. Another way is to reject it. Leaning into or away from a thing can have the same effect. You'll use the principle to your advantage this week, causing surprise and delight in anyone who forgot that your company can be so rich in unexpected joy. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's not really your job to please, entertain or impress anyone. You'll do all three this week, which is why it's important to remind yourself that all the good reactions are candy treats and relatively insubstantial. To work too hard for the approval of one or two people is soulstarving. Serve the larger purpose in all things. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: The change you seek to make in the world is your secret key to everything this year. You'll engage people to mutually beneficial effect. This is your rule: Two wins is the bare minimum to make any transaction worthwhile. Your performance level increases with the process you put yourself through over the next 10 weeks. Money and status come, and you'll reinvest to lift more people and help others achieve their goals. There's travel, tender relationships and an important deal in 2019.

Write Holiday Mathis at HolidayMathis@gmail.com. COPYRIGHT 2019 CREATORS.COM

ACROSS 1 Dosage meas. 4 Croat’s kin 8 Escamillo’s reward 11 Meadows 13 Reynolds, of mound fame 14 Piece of hardware 15 Shute opus 17 Librettist Harbach 18 Moved 19 Like some mugs 21 Hair-raising 22 Showy 23 Serengeti journey 24 Cooling agents 26 Banister support 29 Ukase 31 On dad’s side 32 Padre or Saint 35 Poetry lover, e.g. 37 Turkey accompaniment 38 Vocal 40 He took Tinker’s tosses 42 MC’s lead-in 43 Crooked 44 Emulate Dürer 48 Pulled over, at sea 50 He caught 13 Across 51 Fluttery repetition, to Masur 53 Recording sites 55 Lady from Rio

56 Not in the game 58 Gosden played him 59 Deceased dictator 60 Levee 61 Kind of talk 62 Singer Adams 63 Government monogram

DOWN 1 Place for clothes encounter 2 Malone or Bol 3 Theater fare 4 Welles’ Rosebud 5 High note 6 Kitchen tools 7 Borstal Boy author 8 Coming 9 Stringed instrument 10 Thames-side college 12 Butcherbird 13 Broadway Burrows 14 Citizen Kane star 16 Before, of yore 20 Lone Star athlete 22 Moving 24 Glove’s content 25 Play part 27 Socratic ‘‘H’’ 28 Moon vehicle

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Rise Up How an abandoned pit bull went from desertion and starvation to a forever home

Q: We took in a neighborhood cat. We love him, but he wakes us up at 3 a.m. every day wanting to be fed. Help! We need our sleep. A: Cats are wonderful, but they have some innate body clock differences that can sometimes make them a challenge as housemates. Cats are what we call crepuscular, a fancy way of saying that they’re most likely to be active at dawn and dusk. It sounds like your cat doesn’t even wait until dawn to do his hunting — i.e., demand that you feed him. And you’re not alone; this is a common problem for many cat lovers. The good news is that pet experts and manufacturers are making great efforts to provide cats with toys and other ways to get food that don’t involve waking up their people at the crack of dawn, let alone earlier. A cat’s normal hunting behavior involves multiple forays for prey daily, not all of which are successful. Simply setting down a bowl of food twice a day doesn’t present a cat with any challenge to brain or body. But puzzle feeders allow you to mimic a cat’s natural feeding behavior, from the hunt to the satisfaction of eating.

By Dr. Marty Becker Andrews McMeel Syndication Last August, my wife, Teresa, and I were in Louisiana, volunteering at a shelter animal clinic. Before heading there, Teresa and I agreed not to adopt any pets that day. We even shook on it. You probably know where this is going. Along with a team of veterinarians and veterinary nurses and a scrum of veterinary and pre-vet students, we methodically but tenderly examined 300 dogs, drawing blood for heartworm checks, giving dewormer for internal parasites and products for external parasites, and implanting microchips. Throughout, we focused on each dog’s physical and emotional well-being, guided by our Fear Free philosophy. Then Relic staggered in. The adult male pit bull was the thinnest dog I’ve ever seen in 39 years of practice. He was covered in fleas, ticks and lice, and inhabited internally by roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and heartworms. Then he did something special. I had drawn a smiley face with aerosol cheese on the palm of my left hand. Relic walked over slowly and started licking it out of my hand. His tail wagged so hard, it made him unstable. I’d never seen a dog fall over from being happy. I looked down at Relic and up at Teresa. In unison, we said, “We’ll adopt him.” Relic had been abandoned in a decrepit house. When the landlord found him, he thought the fly-covered unresponsive dog was dead and called animal control to come get the body. When they discovered Relic was still alive, they rushed him to Bellevue Veterinary Clinic in Opelousas, Louisiana. The dog weighed only 19 pounds and was near death, but Dr. Kevin Fuselier gave him a chance, and he slowly began to recover. When we spoke with him, Dr. Fuselier said Relic (now called Lazaruff for his rise from the dead) had only a 33% chance of survival. Lazaruff made it. But we weren’t able to adopt him. The veterinary behaviorists who evaluated him recommended that he go to a home where he would be the only dog and where someone would be home with him most of the time.

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Lazaruff adapted quickly to hotel living on the road to his new life. Lazaruff had separation anxiety, and he was happiest lying next to somebody with his big “meat head” on their lap. The right home hadn’t come along, so last month, when Teresa and I were in New Orleans for Animal Care Expo, we decided to drive him back home with us to see if the right family was in northern Idaho, where we live. During that weeklong road trip, his light shone bright. He never got carsick, never barked, never soiled his crate. He went from having to be lifted into his crate to jumping into it in the back of the SUV. We made “pit stops” at shelters along the way, spreading our message of emotional well-being and enrichment. Whether you feed canned or dry food, you can find a Then the miracle happened: Our friends at Panhandle puzzle toy that works with it. Experts at FearFreeHappyAnimal Shelter in Sandpoint, Idaho, connected us with BreHomes.com recommend buying or making an assortment of food puzzles so you can continually challenge your cat’s huntanna Franck and her husband, Terry, who owned their own ing skills. Fill them with your cat’s normal amount of food for the home, had no other pets, worked opposite schedules so someday, and hide them around the house so your cat can use his body would be home most of the time and, most important, nose and other senses to find food without gobbling it all up at loved dogs. once and then demanding more from you at 0-dark-30. Lazaruff walked over to Breanna, she knelt down — Dr. Marty Becker and he washed her face with one lick of his dishrag-size Do you have a pet question? Send it to tongue. He went into their arms, askpetconnection@gmail.com or visit into their vehicle and into their Facebook.com/DrMartyBecker. hearts. Teresa and I have stayed in close contact with them, and Lazaruff continues to fall over Pet Connection is produced by a team of pet-care experts headed by “The Dr. from being happy. But now it’s Oz Show” veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and award-winning journalist Kim not because he’s too weak to Campbell Thornton. Joining them is dog trainer and behavior consultant Mikkel Becker. Dr. Becker can be found at Facebook.com/DrMarty Becker or stand. It’s because he’s waiting Kim Campbell Thornton is at Facebook.com/KimCampbellThornton. Mikkel to get his belly rubbed.

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Now Showing A Dog's Journey Release Dates May 17, 2019 Rating PG Runtime 109 min Cast Jake Manley, Betty Gilpin, Dennis Quaid

The Hustle

PokĂŠmon Detective Pikachu

Release Dates May 10, 2019 Rating PG-13 | Runtime 94 min Cast Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson

Release Dates May 10, 2019 Rating PG Runtime 104 min Cast Ryan Reynolds, Rob Delaney, Suki Waterhouse Director Rob Letterman

Director Chris Addison

Director Gail Mancuso Synopsis A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.

The Sun Is Also a Star Release Dates May 17, 2019 Rating PG-13 Runtime 100 min Cast Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Faith Logan Director Ry Russo-Young Synopsis A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family's life.

Synopsis Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.

Synopsis In a world where people collect PokĂŠmon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Tolkien

UglyDolls

Release Dates Limited May 10, 2019 Rating PG-13 Runtime 112 min

Release Dates May 03, 2019 | Rating PG Runtime 87 min Genre Children, Musical comedy, Adventure, Animated

Synopsis Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

The Intruder Release Dates May 03, 2019 Rating PG-13 | Runtime 102 min Cast Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Joseph Sikora and Dennis Quaid Director Deon Taylor Synopsis When a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) buys their dream house in the Napa Valley, they think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller (Dennis Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Release Dates May 17, 2019 Rating R | Runtime 130 min Cast Keanu Reeves, Asia Kate Dillon, Ian McShane Director Chad Stahelski Synopsis Super-Assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Synopsis In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection -- a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different -- ultimately realizing that they don't have to be perfect to be amazing.

Long Shot Release Dates May 03, 2019 Rating R | Runtime 125 min Cast Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael Director Jonathan Levine Synopsis When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.


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Schedule good for Sunday May 19 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum R 130 min Digital Cinema 10:15am 1:15pm 4:15pm 7:25pm 10:35pm Avengers: Endgame PG-13 182 min Cinemark XD 12:00pm 4:00pm 8:00pm Digital Cinema 10:30am 11:00am 2:30pm 3:00pm 7:00pm 10:30pm 11:00pm Pokémon Detective Pikachu PG 104 min RealD 3D 2:10pm Digital Cinema 10:10am 11:20am 1:10pm 4:10pm 5:00pm 7:10pm 8:00pm 10:10pm 10:45pm

A Dog's Journey PG 109 min Digital Cinema 10:05am 1:05pm 4:05pm 7:05pm 10:05pm The Sun Is Also a Star PG-13 100 min Digital Cinema 10:00am 12:40pm 3:20pm 6:00pm 8:40pm Bolshoi Ballet: Carmen Suite Petrushka PG 140 min Digital Cinema 10:55am The Hustle PG-13 94 min Digital Cinema 10:20am 1:20pm 4:20pm 7:20pm 10:20pm Long Shot R 125 min Digital Cinema 10:35am 1:35pm 4:35pm

7:35pm 10:35pm Poms PG-13 91 min Digital Cinema 10:25am 1:25pm 4:25pm 7:25pm 10:25pm The Curse of La Llorona R 93 min Digital Cinema 10:40am 1:40pm 4:40pm 7:40pm 10:40pm Shazam! PG-13 132 min Digital Cinema11:45am 3:00pm 6:15pm 9:30pm Captain Marvel PG-13 124 min Digital Cinema 6:25pm Tolkien PG-13 112 min Digital Cinema 3:25pm 6:10pm 9:00pm

Cinemark West and XD

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Schedule good for Sunday May 19 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum R 130 min Cinemark XD 10:15am 1:25pm 4:30pm 7:45pm 10:55pm Digital Cinema 11:40am 2:55pm 6:10pm 9:30pm Avengers: Endgame PG-13 182 min Digital Cinema 10:00am 11:20am 12:45pm 1:45pm 3:10pm 4:35pm 5:35pm 7:00pm 8:25pm 9:25pm 10:50pm Pokémon Detective Pikachu PG 104 min RealD 3D 12:35pm Digital Cinema

10:05am 11:05am 1:50pm 3:20pm 4:40pm 6:05pm 7:20pm 8:50pm 10:05pm A Dog's Journey PG 109 min Digital Cinema 10:35am 1:20pm 4:15pm 7:05pm 9:55pm The Sun Is Also a Star PG-13 100 min Digital Cinema 11:25am 2:05pm 4:50pm 7:25pm 10:10pm The Hustle PG-13 94 min Digital Cinema 11:45am 2:20pm 4:55pm 7:30pm 10:00pm The Intruder PG-13 102 min

Digital Cinema 11:35am 2:25pm 5:10pm 7:55pm 10:40pm Long Shot R 125 min Digital Cinema 10:25am 1:30pm 4:25pm 7:40pm 10:45pm Poms PG-13 91 min Digital Cinema 11:30am 2:00pm 4:45pm 7:10pm 9:45pm UglyDolls PG 87 min Digital Cinema 10:10am 12:30pm 3:00pm The Curse of La Llorona R 93 min Digital Cinema 5:25pm 8:00pm 10:35pm

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Schedule good for Sunday May 19 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum R 130 min Cinemark XD 9:45am 12:50pm 3:55pm 7:05pm 10:10pm Digital Cinema 10:25am 11:35am 1:30pm 2:40pm 4:35pm 5:45pm 7:40pm 8:50pm 10:45pm D-BOX 11:35am 2:40pm 5:45pm 8:50pm Avengers: Endgame PG-13 182 min Digital Cinema 10:35am 11:35am 12:35pm 1:35pm 2:35pm 3:35pm 4:35pm 5:35pm 6:35pm 7:35pm 8:35pm 9:35pm 10:35pm Pokémon Detective Pikachu PG 104 min RealD 3D 1:10pm 2:50pm Digital Cinema 10:15am 11:20am 12:10pm 2:00pm 3:50pm 4:40pm 5:30pm 6:30pm 7:25pm

8:10pm 9:10pm 10:05pm 10:50pm A Dog's Journey PG 109 min Digital Cinema 10:30am 1:20pm 4:10pm 7:00pm 9:50pm The Sun Is Also a Star PG-13 100 min Digital Cinema 11:20am 2:00pm 4:40pm 7:20pm 10:00pm Bolshoi Ballet: Carmen Suite - Petrushka PG 140 min Digital Cinema 10:55am The Hustle PG-13 94 min Digital Cinema 11:45am 2:15pm 4:45pm 7:15pm 9:45pm The Intruder PG-13 102 min Digital Cinema 12:25pm 3:10pm 5:45pm 8:20pm 10:55pm Long Shot R 125 min Digital Cinema 8:00pm 10:55pm Poms PG-13 91 min Digital

Cinema 10:05am 12:30pm 2:55pm 5:20pm 7:45pm 10:05pm UglyDolls PG 87 min Digital Cinema 11:55am 2:15pm 4:35pm 6:55pm The Curse of La Llorona R 93 min Digital Cinema 10:40am 1:10pm 3:40pm 6:10pm 8:40pm Breakthrough PG 116 min Digital Cinema Luxury 9:50am 12:40pm 3:30pm 6:20pm 9:10pm Captain Marvel PG-13 124 min Digital Cinema 10:20am Steel Magnolias 30th Anniversary (1989) presented by TCMPG 125minDigital Cinema 4:00pm TolkienPG-13 112 min Digital Cinema 9:15pm

CINEMARK MOVIE BISTRO Sunland Park Mall

Schedule good for Sunday May 19 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum R 130 min Digital Cinema 10:10am 1:20pm 4:25pm 7:30pm 10:35pm Avengers: Endgame PG-13 182 min Digital Cinema 10:30am 12:45pm 3:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 9:55pm

Pokémon Detective Pikachu PG 104 min Digital Cinema 10:20am 1:10pm 4:00pm 6:45pm 9:30pm A Dog's Journey PG 109 min Digital Cinema 10:45am 1:35pm 4:30pm 7:15pm 10:05pm

Long Shot R 125 min Digital Cinema 10:40am 1:50pm 4:45pm 7:40pm 10:40pm UglyDolls PG 87 min Digital Cinema 10:00am

Gateway West Blvd/ Bassett Place • www.pccmovies.com

Schedule good for Sunday May 19 JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM Rated R | 2 hr. 10 min. 10:00am12:50pm3:45pm6:45pm9:45pm 2D 10:00am12:50pm3:45pm6:45pm9:45pm No Passes10:30am1:30pm4:30pm7:30pm10:30p DOG'S JOURNEY, A Rated PG | 1 hr. 48 min. | Family2D No Passes10:45am11:45am1:30pm2:30pm4:15p m5:15pm7:00pm8:00pm9:45pm10:30pm POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU Rated PG | 1 hr. 44 min. |Animation/Action/Adventure2D No Passes 11:15am4:15pm6:45pm9:15pm 3D No Passes1:45pm HUSTLE, THE Rated PG-13 | 1 hr. 34 min. | Comedy2D No Passes 10:00am 12:15pm2:30 pm4:45pm7:00pm9:15pm POMS Rated PG-13 | 1 hr. 31 min. | Comedy2D No Passes 10:45am 1:00pm 3:15pm5:30pm7:45pm10:00pm UGLYDOLLS Rated PG | 1 hr. 27 min. | Animation2D10:00am12:10pm2:20pm4:30pm INTRUDER, THE Rated PG-13 | 1 hr. 42 min. | Suspense/Thriller2D No Passes 11:45am

2:15pm 4:45pm 7:15pm 10:00pm EL CHICANO Rated R | 1 hr. 47 min. | Action/Adventure/SciFi/Fantasy2D10:00am12: 30pm3:00pm5:30pm8:00pm10:30pm AVENGERS: ENDGAME Rated PG-13 | 3 hr. 2 min. | Action/Adventure/SciFi/Fantasy2D10:00am12:30pm2:00pm 3:30pm4:30pm6:00pm7:30pm8:30pm10:00pm 3D11:30am CURSE OF LA LLORONA, THE Rated R | 1 hr. 33 min. | Horror 2D10:15am 12:30pm2:45pm5:15pm7:45pm 10:15pm BREAKTHROUGH Rated PG | 1 hr. 56 min. | Drama2D 10:30am 1:15pm 4:00pm 6:45pm 9:45pm LITTLE Rated PG-13 | 1 hr. 49 min. | Comedy2D10:45am1:15pm3:45pm6:15pm8:45pm RED JOAN Rated R | 1 hr. 50 min. | Drama/ Suspense/Thriller2D NoPasses 7:00pm 9:30pm DUMBO Rated PG | 1 hr. 55 min. | Family2D11:30am2:15pm4:50pm CAPTAIN MARVEL Rated PG-13 | 2 hr. 4 min. | Action/Adventure/SciFi/Fantasy2D7:30pm10:15pm


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New Music Releases

May 17th

The National - I Am Easy To Find [LP] The Head And The Heart- Living Mirage [LP] Rammstein- RAMMSTEIN [2LP] Minor Poet- The Good News [LP] Carly Rae Jepsen- Dedicated Jimmie Vaughan- Baby, Please Come Home [Limited Edition Aztec Gold LP] Lucette- Deluxe Hotel Room [LP] Ryan Pollie- Ryan Pollie [LP] Paul McCartney- Egypt Station Explorer's Edition [3LP] Nick Murphy & Chet Faker- Run Fast Sleep Naked [LP] David Bowie- Clareville Grove Demos [3x7in Singles Box] Holly Herndon- Proto [LP] Nick Lowe- Love Starvation / Trombone EP [Vinyl] Jim James- Uniform Distortion [Deluxe 2LP+7in] The Heavy- Sons [LP]

Nightlife Calendar May 25th

Neon Desert Music Festival @ Downtown El Paso May 31

Walker & Royce @ Club Here I Love You June 20th

Chromeo @ Lowbrow Palace

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MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

XFINITY SERIES

GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES

Race: NASCAR All-Star Race Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (ET) TV: FS1 2018 Winner: Kyle Busch (right)

Race: ALSCO 300 Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway When: May 25, 1 p.m. (ET) TV: FS1 2018 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Race: NC Education Lottery 200 Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway When: Friday, 8:30 p.m. (ET) TV: FS1 2018 Winner: Johnny Sauter

Keselowski snags third Cup win of the season with late charge third race in a row, while Erik Jones took third over Chase Elliott and Clint Bowyer. Harvick, who won the pole and the first 80-lap stage, finished 15th after being set back by an unscheduled green-flag pit stop with 88 laps remaining. “What a great day,” Keselowski said. “On the (final) restart, I just got a great launch, and Alex Bowman — he’s going to win a race — he did a great job. We had a little bit of fresher tires than he did (to facilitate the lead change before overtime), and we were able to make the move on the outside there and caught everything perfect. “I’m just so thankful.” Bowman was blaming himself afterward, saying he picked the wrong lane when he came up on a group of slower cars, which gave Keselowski an opportunity to pass him. “We had a really good car, I just made bad decisions going through lapped traf-

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Brad Keselowski’s 30th career victory, which came in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway, was much like many of his earlier wins in that he initially didn’t appear to be a contender, but he and crew chief Paul Wolfe spent most of the race tuning his car and turning it into a winner. Keselowski started fourth but quickly faded out of the top 10. He ran between 10th and 15th for most of the race while others, like Kevin Harvick, who led a racehigh 104 laps, and Alex Bowman, who led 63, dominated at the front. But Keselowski came on strong at the end, taking advantage of fresher tires, and drove by Bowman with 11 laps remaining to take the lead. He held onto the top spot through an overtime shootout that extended the race by four laps to get his third victory of the season. Bowman finished second for the

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Alex Bowman (88) has finished in the second spot for three straight races, which is a record for a Cup driver who has yet to win a race in their career.

Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford for Team Penske had the goods when it counted, bolting to the front late in the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway.

fic on lane choice,” he said. “[The lapped drivers] stayed where I needed to run. I should have gone high, and I shouldn’t have picked the middle like I did. I just had to lift and let [Keselowski and Jones] drive right around me. “I’m pretty frustrated with myself. There was no way around that, that was a bad mistake on my part. We’ll go home and get them next week.” Bowyer, seeking the first win for a home-state driver at Kansas, also was frustrated at the end, but his ire was directed at Jones, who made a bold move in driving in front of Bowyer on the overtime run to the finish. “That wasn’t very smart,” Bowyer said of Jones’ tactic. “If it had been another scenario where I would have had some room, I would have just turned him in front of the whole field, and he would be back there wishing he wouldn’t have done that.” Jones said he did what he had to do, given the current aero package. “We’re racing hard, and this package kind of leads into a lot of blocking and a lot of protecting your position,” he said. “When I take the white flag,

I’m not going to give up a lane to give up two, three or four spots if [Bowyer] would have gotten to the inside.” Kyle Busch will remain tied with Morgan Shepherd with 11 top-10 finishes to start a Cup season. In his 12th start, Busch ran competitively, even overcoming a penalty for driving through too many pit boxes on one of his stops. But a late pit stop to replace a tire cut from contact with Bowyer left him three laps down in 30th place at the finish. Saturday’s race was the first night race with the new higher-downforce, lowerhorsepower competition package NASCAR implemented this year, and Keselowski said the new package puts on its best show at night. “It used to be we wanted daytime races because it fit the rules,” Keselowski said. “Now it’s the opposite. Nighttime is the new daytime for NASCAR as far as the racing being better.” The next two races — the nonpoints All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 — both will end under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


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Limited! The ultimate Ford F-150 On the outside, the Limited stands out with its huge 22-inch wheels and is available in just four colors: Ruby Red, Ignot Silver, Agate Black and Metallic White. But the real thrill is what's now packed under the hood. Inherited from the Raptor is the same High Output EcoBoost 3.5 liter V6 engine. This twin-turbo engine is good for 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, which is amazing on two fronts. First that this engine can make that kind of power, and second, that it found its way into an F-150. The Limited uses a 10-speed automatic transmission and comes in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

When you're the maker of the most popular vehicle sold in the country, you can pretty much do as you please in the way of making special models. We have seen Ford do just that with their popular F-150 series pickup. While most models of the F-150 sold are the base or mid trim levels, for years Ford has offered a high-performance version of the F-150 in the Raptor as well as ultra-luxurious versions in the Platinum and Limited trim models, the Limited being the flagship of the lineup. Now, for 2019, Ford has taken it a step further by combining the two - the high-performance engine from the Raptor and placing it in the engine bay of the luxurious Limited model. The result? One of the nicest (and fastest) trucks ever made.

The 2019 Ford F-150 Limited continues to be the plushest F-150 you can buy. It only comes one way - as a four-door crew cab (SuperCrew in Ford lingo) with a five- and one-halffoot bed. It mimics a high-end luxury car with an amazing leather cabin; mutlicontour heated and ventilated power seats, suede headliner, hand-finished ash swirl trim and more. Look up and there is a twin-panel moonroof to gaze out of. Open any door and running boards deploy to help your ascent into the spacious cabin. The back seat can easily sit three adults in comfort or if more cargo room is needed, the seats fold up to allow for even more cargo space.

Here's the real kicker: due to the Limited having a weight advantage over the Raptor, the Limited is actually quicker than the Raptor. In fact, the F-150 Limited is so fast; it's the second-quickest production full-size pickup truck ever - slower only to the Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT-10 from 2004. This F-150 can hit 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and make it through the quarter mile in just 13.7 seconds. When my Ruby Red F-150 Limited test vehicle arrived, I was more than eager to see and feel what it was all about. As I stepped in, the luxurious interior was a sight to see. A chrome emblem on the center console was a clear reminder that I was in the highest F-150 on the totem pole. Pushing the start button, the first thing I noticed was just how quiet it is. The Raptor (which is what I was mentally comparing the Limited to) is far louder with a more aggressive exhaust note. Stepping on the go-pedal revels just how special the F-150 Limited is. This big luxury-liner

moves like no-other - and with hardly a fuss. The response off-the-line is amazing. The twin-turbo V6 emits barley a rumble - one that just doesn't match the explosive performance it delivers. Braking was also beefed up, bringing this super-fast F-150 to stop quickly. With all that luxury and performance, let's not forget that the F-150 can still be put to work with its 7000 pound towing capacity. But all this does come at a price, and it’s a hefty one. The two-wheel drive model starts at $67,135, and the tester, which happened to be a twowheel drive model along with a few other options (tow package, bedliner, tailgate step) had an MSRP of $71,150. Not cheap. But if you want the nicest, fastest truck on the road today, well, it's here in the F-150 Limited. -- Christopher A. Randazzo By The Numbers:

2019 Ford F-150 Limited SuperCrew Base Price: $67,135.00 Price as Tested: $71,150.00 Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive Engine: 3.5 liter Twin Turbo V6 EcoBoost High-Output Transmission: 10 - speed automatic Horsepower: 450 hp Torque: 510 lb-ft EPA Fuel Economy: 17 city / 22 highway mpg [Visit me at www.carsbycar.blogspot.com or email me at autocran@gmail.com]


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Ross Chastain’s surprising campaign with Niece Motorsports continues

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Ross Chastain notched his first Truck Series win after top-10 finishes in each of the previous six races.

Ross Chastain’s persistence overcoming a crushing disappointment in the recent offseason paid off in a big way as he scored his first Camping World Truck Series victory on Friday night at Kansas Speedway. Last year, Chastain, who has spent much of his career with underfunded teams, got a chance to drive the potent Chevrolet fielded by Chip Ganassi in the Xfinity Series. He made the most of his initial three-race deal, winning the pole at Darlington, winning the race at Las Vegas and finishing second at Richmond. That led to a deal to race full time for Ganassi, but when the sponsor experienced financial difficulties, the deal fell apart and Chastain was left to scrape together deals to race in 2019. He wound up with rides in all three of NASCAR’s top-tier series, although none was with proven winning teams. He signed on to race in the Truck

Series with Niece Motorsports, a relatively young team, which has a technical alliance with GMS Racing. But Chastain has been competitive all season in the No. 45 Chevrolet, finishing in the top 10 in every race. On Friday night at Kansas, he came back from a wild slide to take the lead from Stewart Friesen, who ran out of gas with three laps remaining, to win the Digital Ally 250. “This is what sports is all about,” a jubilant Chastain said in his winner’s interview. “We had the world by the tail last fall, and everything got taken away from us. “We didn’t quit, though. I’m going to celebrate this one a lot more than I did the last [victory]. I thought, after the last one, they were going to come a lot more easy. But it’s not easy ... I hate to see Stewie lose one like that. I know he’s been trying to win, but,

yes — we got it! “I’ve been called an underdog my entire career, and I’m tired of that. I’m so sick of it. I know they mean well, but I just want to win!” The victory was the first for team owner Al Niece, who has been fielding trucks since 2016, but never had a top-five finish until hiring Chastain. “When we started this team a few years ago, I could have never imagined that we’d be standing in Victory Lane,” he said. “I’m so proud of the hard work by everyone at this organization, and grateful to Ross for being a part of the team. His talent is incredible, and I truly feel that the sky is the limit for this team.” While Chastain and Niece were celebrating their good fortune, Friesen was left to think about another chance to win that escaped him. Still seeking his first Truck Series win, Friesen had the fastest truck for most of

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Friday’s race and led 87 laps, but due to a mixup on his final pit stop, he drove away after the team had changed only the right-side tires and, more important, before they’d gotten the tank full of gas. He grabbed a big lead, bypassing previous leader Grant Enfinger with the quick stop, but was unable to stretch his fuel to the finish line. “We just can’t close it,” he said. “I figured I’d screw up a restart at the end, rather than run out of fuel. They said that we were to the good (on fuel). I didn’t know we were taking four (tires). I thought for sure we were taking two. Just a lot of silence on the radio. That’s it.” Todd Gilliland, who has struggled to finish well in earlier races this season despite driving for the powerful Kyle Busch Motorsports team, finished a solid third, his first topfive of the year, over Austin Hill and Brandon Jones.

NUMERICALLY SPEAKING Playoff points earned this season by Kyle Busch to lead all Cup drivers

Laps led this season by Brad Keselowski — the most of any Cup driver

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Cup drivers in the top 25 in the points standings who have not led a lap this season (Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Ryan Preece)

Cup drivers who have 10 or more lead-lap finishes this season (Kyle Busch has 11; Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott have 10)


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