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For the first time in nearly half a century, a Mesa man will be reunited with a member of a family who helped save his father’s life. 4

PAIN AT THE PUMP Recent surge in gas prices has hit East Valley businesses hard. PAGE 9

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law is going to require homeowners to swear they live where they say to get a tax break. 13


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Report: 851 cases of flu last week

The latest state Department of Health Services report shows there were 851 cases of lab-confirmed influenza for the week that ended Feb. 12, just slightly less than the previous week. 5

Leaders fear cuts

Some services to the poor, elderly and disabled will be threatened if proposed cuts to federal Community Service Block Grants come to fruition, some leaders fear. 8 REGION & STATE

New license plates

State legislators are proposing at least 12 special license plates that would add to nearly 50 offered by the Arizona Department of Transportation. 10

Lawmakers want fewer lawsuits

State lawmakers are moving to keep patients

TODAY IN HISTORY 1792: President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office. 1962: Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7.

injured by medical students from being able to sue them. But proponents said that won’t leave victims without recourse. 14 NATION & WORLD

Computer 1, man 0

Note to self: Never play “Jeopardy!” with a supercomputer. That’s a useful lesson for any mortal who has followed the Man vs. Machine faceoff this week. 15

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Barbour followed by Confederate images

Does Haley Barbour have a Confederate problem? It’s a question hounding Mississippi’s Republican governor as he gears up for a possible 2012 presidential run. 16 BUSINESS

Inflation worries

Steady improvement in the economy may soon come at a price — faster inflation. 24

NYSE battle

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See the stars at the Sedona Film Festival

A trip to Hollywood in the next week may be out of the question, but a daylong jaunt to Sedona could yield just as many star sightings. 32 finishing a deal to sell the New York Stock Exchange to a German rival, the NYSE was locked in a separate, smaller battle with three

dozen competitors. 26 OPINION

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A Venter says “You

Democrats disgust me. No Republican like Jeff Dial has a Swastika on any cap. Quit referring to us as Nazis!” 29

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Mesa resident to reunite with family of man who saved dad By MIKE SAKAL TRIBUNE



Ostrich Festival seeks 300 volunteers

Hospital to start electronic record keeping

Organizers of the Chandler Ostrich Festival are looking for volunteers to help with the event, scheduled for March 11-13. More than 300 volunteers of all ages are needed for this year’s festival, according to a news release. Most volunteer shifts are about four hours long. Volunteers receive a Tshirt and ticket to the event along with a parking pass. Applications are on the festival web site at www. For more information, or to sign up a large group of volunteers, call Universal Fairs at (901) 867-7007.

Gilbert Hospital has contracted with Houstonbased Prognosis Health Information Systems to start the transition into electronic documentation of patient’s medical records well ahead of an Oct. 1, 2015 federal mandate for healthcare providers to implement a certified Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, according to a news release The new system will allow patients to receive a copy of their complete medical records in an electronic format, and the hospital will be able to grant physician offices access to patients’ medical records through an electronic portal.

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Pawlenty to give address at tea party summit

Attorney General Tom Horne is co-sponsoring a fair housing webinar for Arizonans from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 25. The webinar will feature a panel of experts from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Community Legal Services, the Southwest Fair Housing Council, and Don’t Borrow Trouble Arizona, according to a news release. Discussion topics will include discrimination, reasonable accommodations, complaints, equal opportunities, protected classes, assistive animals, children and fair lending. This webinar is part of Horne’s effort to protect Arizona citizens from fair housing discrimination, the release said. Register online at www. or call 1-888-6244611.

Tea Party Patriots has announced that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be a keynote speaker at the organization’s first national policy conference in Phoenix Feb. 25-27. The group’s “American Policy Summit — Pathways to Liberty” will bring together tea party supporters, national speakers, 2012 presidential candidates and public policy analysts. Acccording to a news release, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Georgia businessman Herman Cain will be among the other presidential hopefuls to address the gathering. The summit will celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the founding of the tea party movement. To register for the event, go to

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— Like the words and title of a 1944 hit song, Henry C. “Hank” Woodrum soon will be going on a “sentimental journey” himself. Woodrum, 64, of Mesa will be traveling to Paris in April, partly to coach four East Valley runners on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, a fundraiser for its marathon there — but mostly to pay homage to his father, Henry Woodrum. who died of multiple myloma in 1990 at age 71. After the race, Woodrum and his wife, Patricia, and his brother, Mike and his wife Laurie of Redding, Calif., will be moving on to Nanterre, France, where for the first time in nearly half a century he will be reunited with a member of the Berty family who helped save his father’s life after the B-26 Martin Marauder Bomber he was piloting was shot down by German anti-aircraft gunfire on May 28, 1944, during the Nazi occupation of the country in World War II. Although Henry Woodrum met the Bertys when they visited the Woodrums in California in 1966, he has never been to Nanterre, where Pierre Berty still lives in the same house where his father stayed northwest of Paris. “I think it’s a great opportunity to go to France,” said Henry Woodrum, a retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and we’ve talked about doing this for a long time.” When he was stationed in Germany with U.S. military in 1970-71, he thought about going but never did. “I regretted it ever since.” While in France, Hank also will get to personally hand Pierre Berty, now in his 70s, a book his father wrote about his wartime experiences and living in hiding. The book is titled “Walkout,” and was published by Henry and Mike Woodrum in October. The elder Henry Woodrum began writing the book in


PROUD SON: Hank Woodrum holds a book his father wrote that was recently

published. Woodrum’s father was a bomber who was shot down in World War II.

Find the book What: “Walkout,” a 318-page book by Ret. Lt. Colonel Henry Woodrum Where book is available: Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe ($18.95 softbound, $32.95 hardbound), Barnes & Noble bookstores ($22.95 softbound, $32.95 hardbound). If ordered online through, softbound is $17.26, and hardbound is $25.52. Cost: $15.95 Note: Part of the proceeds from the book’s sales will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. For more information, visit www.teamintraining. org/dm. the 1960s on a typewriter and later fine-tuned it on a Tandy Radio Shack computer in the ’80s, but never found anyone interested in publishing it. The brothers self-published the book through iUniverse, and it has won the Rising Star Award. “It’s been a long process,” Woodrum said of the book coming to fruition. “It’s too bad he couldn’t get anybody interested in publishing it before he passed away. I think it’s a tremendous story. My dad didn’t write it to toot his own horn, but he thought

it was important for people to know about the help of the French Underground. If it wasn’t for them, more American soldiers would’ve been captured or killed. It tells about a pivotal time in U.S. history when less and less people are around to tell it.” Lt. Colonel Henry Woodrum was 26 years old when he was with the Army Air Force’s 495th Bombardment Squadron’s 344th Bombardment Group. He was piloting a plane that was downed during his 35th bombing mission, which was only supposed to last a few hours, to bomb a bridge over the Sienne River. Instead the mission, on a day Woodrum was supposed to be off so he could begin enjoying a three-day pass to London, turned into a three-month ordeal of being hidden by heroic members of the French underground so he could evade capture behind enemy lines. He last was taken in by Louie and Marcell Berty and their son, Pierre, in Nanterre. Woodrum was among a crew of six on that fateful flight 10 days before the pivotal D-Day invasion of Normandy, and was one of four known to survive. Two others were killed from the attack and another crew member who was taken as a prisoner of

war was last seen during a forced march by the Germans. After Woodrum’s family was informed via Western Union telegram of the incident and he was reported missing in action, they held out hope he was still alive. Then, less than two weeks after the liberation of Paris in August 1944, Woodrum informed his family in a Western Union telegram: “All well and safe. Please don’t worry. Love and kisses. Henry Woodrum.” Hank will also get to see the house in Nanterre where his father’s parachute got tangled on the chute of a chimney moments after he jumped out of his plane. He cut the strings two feet above the ground to avoid capture. The Germans had been following his parachute’s descent and began shooting at him, but when soldiers caught up with it to capture him he already was gone. They began going door to door in an attempt to find him. The book chronicles the many close calls he had. “This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Woodrum said. “It’s like dad’s still working and making this happen. We’ll be able to see where he was and walk in his shoes, but under friendlier circumstances.”

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Report: Arizona saw 851 cases of flu last week By MICHELLE REESE TRIBUNE


BIG LEAGUE VISIT: Former major league pitcher Randy Johnson gets a tour of the Mesa Historical Museum’s Play

Ball: The Cactus League Experience exhibit on Friday. The exhibit is an ongoing exhibit dedicated to the history of spring training in Arizona, and the third phase of it will open at the Arizona Historical Society’s Museum at Papago Park in Tempe at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Johnson, who finished his 22-year career with 303 wins and 166 losses, marveled at the items in the exhibit from Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Gaylord Perry, which Johnson surpassed in career strikeouts with 4,875. Half of the six teams Johnson played for — the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants — trained in the Cactus League.

— Arizona’s flu and RSV activity is peaking earlier than usual, according to the state Department of Health Services. The latest report shows there were 851 cases of labconfirmed influenza for the week that ended Feb. 12, just slightly less than the previous week. Activity of the virus usually picks up in the early part of each year, but this is earlier than usual, said Shoana Anderson, office chief for the state’s office of infectious disease services. “We’re definitely on the upswing for flu activity. It is a little unusual. It’s hard to say why that happens,” she said. There may be many more people experiencing the flu, since most people don’t get tested for it. Influenza is a respiratory virus that thrives in

colder weather, though it can be seen year round. About 50 percent of the confirmed cases this year have been in children younger than 18, Anderson said. There have been three pediatric deaths connected to influenza in the state this year, including two in Maricopa County. As of Friday, Mesa’s Cardon Children’s Medical Center reported that 63 of its 110 inpatients have tested positive for the flu, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) or pneumonia, all respiratory illnesses. Compared to the prior week, the hospital saw double the number of positive influenza cases. Anderson said the state could continue to see high numbers of the illnesses for the next few weeks. The number of influenza cases is about normal for the state. Last year, figures overall were much higher because of the pandemic.

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Merit Scholarship finalists

Fifty-one students in the Tempe Union High School District have advanced to the finalist level for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. As juniors, these students took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening. They will learn later this spring about scholarships they may receive. MESA —

Students patent allergy watch


Students from the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies are in the running for the FLL Global Innovation Award. The group of 9- to 12-year-olds has invented and patented the “Epi-Watch.” The watch contains epinephrine for those with severe food allergies. The community can vote for the student group, named “The LugNuts,” on-


‘Genre Super Bowl’ earns students party Fourth- through sixthgrade students at Chandler’s Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School recently attended a Genre Super Bowl ice cream sundae party. The students qualified by reading books from five different genres during the month of January. This annual event is sponsored by library media teacher Carol Cooper and was funded this year by a mini-grant from the Chandler Education Foundation. TEMPE —

McClintock senior is Coke scholar

Rahul Prasai, a senior at

Tempe’s McClintock High School, has been selected as a member of the 2011 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars. The students were chosen based on academic excellence, leadership and community involvement. In April, Rahul will join the other finalists in Atlanta to compete for 52 four-year college scholarships of $20,000 and 200 four-year scholarships of $10,000. MESA —

Art students take part in exchange

The Mesa Unified School District’s elementary art specialist is working with Mesa Sister Cities on an art exchange project involving countries from around the globe. Each of Scott Krenytzky’s 1,200 fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students from Keller, Whitman, Whittier and Holmes elementary schools produced desert landscapes in hopes of being one of the 100 selected for the exchange. This art will be on display in March in the historic Irving School, 155 N. Center St.



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Task force nabs 4 in kidnapping ring

Leaders worry about cuts to services Some say proposal threatens poor, elderly, disabled By DAN ZEIGER TRIBUNE

— Some services to the poor, elderly and disabled will be threatened if proposed cuts to federal Community Service Block Grants come to fruition, local charity and non-profit organization leaders fear. The Obama administration called for the CSBG program to be slashed in half — by $350 million — when releasing its proposed 2012 fiscal year budget last week. Arizona received $5.68 million in CSBG funds in fiscal year 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A substantial decrease would severely impact the state, which has the second-highest poverty rate in the country. “It’s really about what happens to the community,” said Cynthia Zwick, executive director of the Arizona Community Action Association, a service and resource provider to the poor. “The reality

is with the way the cuts are going locally, we’re seeing the need increase. “Agencies are serving only about one in 10 eligible families coming to our doors because we don’t have the resources. Families are not going to have access to the resources and tools they need to become independent.” Arizona’s community action agencies served 156,000 people throughout the state last year, including 54,000 families, Zwick said. Such programs in danger include shelters, food delivery and job placement and training. In a press briefing last week, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that “tough decisions” had to be made with the $3.7-trillion proposed budget, which would trim or eliminate more than 200 federal programs. “Very little was spared … to construct a budget that gets us back on a path toward fiscal responsibility,” Gibbs said. “It’s not that (President Obama) doesn’t care about the grassroots; it’s that all of these decisions are going to be tough.” In September, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the state-bystate poverty rates — in which

Arizona trailed only Mississippi — and released a bevy of other statistics indicating that, locally, things will get worse before they get better: • The median annual income of $48,745 per Arizona household in 2009 is down from $51,442 in 2007, a 5.2 percent drop. • Last year, 10.7 percent of Arizonans received nutrition assistance benefits, up from 6.9 percent in ’07. That is one of the largest increases in the nation, along with Nevada, Florida and Wisconsin. • Child poverty in the state was at 23.4 percent in ’09, up from 19.5 percent in ’06 “Considering where Arizona is with poverty and other economic issues in these hard times, more people are struggling to make ends meet,” said Brian Spicker, Valley of the Sun United Way senior vice president for community impact. “Many of the block-grant programs that provide programs for low-income individuals, it’s going to be a lot harder for those folks.” The Valley of the Sun United Way does not directly receive CSBG funds. But it conducts regular outreach events where providers

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— Four men believed to have kidnapped illegal immigrants as they crossed the desert south of Phoenix and held them for ransom have been arrested by a law enforcement task force. The men are believed to have kidnapped immigrants in a remote Pinal County desert area and driven them to a home in Phoenix. The suspects then called the immigrants’ family members to get them to pay money for their release. The arrests were announced Thursday by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Officers from DPS, Phoenix police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are assigned to the IIMPACT team that made the arrests. A DPS release says officers searching a home where the men were staying found 160 pounds of marijuana, two handguns and numerous cell phones.


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Surge in gas prices hits E.V. businesses hard By DAN ZEIGER TRIBUNE

— There is an old joke in the business world that when budgets have to be adjusted to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, all of a sudden, you are talking about real money. The recent surge in gas prices has hit Pete Scarafiotti, director of Mesa’s fleet of about 1,500 municipal vehicles, with some new fiscal reality. And he is not laughing. Arizona’s prices at the pump — at a 28-month high — have translated into a $529,000 overrun in the fuel budget for Mesa vehicles, Scarafiotti said. The projected budget at the start of the year was $4.1 million. “We wouldn’t be exceeding our overall budget as a department,” Scarafiotti said. “But in the area of fuel, it looks like we will be.” On Thursday, AAA Arizona announced that the statewide price for a gallon of unleaded fuel was $3.186, an increase of 10 cents from the previous week and four cents above the national average. At this time last year, the average price was $2.61 a gallon. Mesa, like many governments and large businesses, pays less for fuel than the general public, thanks to such practices as purchasing agreements or hedging with suppliers. However, the cost increases are no less stinging than they are for consumers. “Ten cents a week is a difficult increase for motorists to swallow, especially businesses that have large fleets of vehicles,” said Linda Gorman, public affairs director

for AAA Arizona. “It’s hard to budget those costs.” Gorman said a “perfect storm” of circumstances has combined to hike prices during a time of year when fuel costs are relatively stable. Geo-political conflicts in the Middle East, including the uprising in Egypt, have investors on edge. Severe winter weather in much of the country has caused heating oil prices to rise. Gorman said that delayed maintenance for East-line refineries supplying oil to Arizona and has resulted in the state getting more of its fuel from California, where it is more expensive. “Oil is a finite resource, at the mercy of the things influencing it,” Gorman said. Salt River Project has managed to weather the storm. Jim Wood, SRP’s manager of transportation services, said that the company is about 3 percent under budget so far this fiscal year on fueling its fleet of 1,800 vehicles. “We are, in my opinion, in an enviable position,” Wood said. “Part of that has to do with the luck of the draw, but we have developed a good contingency plan in regards to saving fuel.” Wood said that SRP is diligent about fuel-saving precautions as proper vehicle maintenance and consolidating trips. Both SRP and Mesa have small fleets of hybrid/electric vehicles, and expect to add more. The Gilbert Unified School District uses about 10,000 gallons of fuel a week, said Jay Morris of the district’s transportation department. Many school districts

in the state participate in a state contract enabling them to find the best price, he said. But in the last few weeks, prices have shot up about 18 cents a gallon. “We always try to anticipate some growth as fuel has gone up and down over the past couple of years,” he said. The district also has another funding source — obtained from fees for field trips — that helps pay for the trip as well as fuel costs. The district can tap into it, “as we get closer to the end of the year, to compensate for any budgeting shortages for fuel,” Morris said. For businesses as well as consumers, things will likely get worse before they get better. The summer travel season is when gas prices typically peak. “To see these kind of increases when we normally don’t see them does not bode well for summer travel,” Gorman said. “A good rule of thumb is to add 50 cents to the price now to get an idea of summer peak prices. Being at $3 a gallon now does not bode well.” Mesa currently pays $2.78 a gallon for unleaded fuel, $2.99 for diesel. Those prices, Scarafiotti said, are expected to jump to $3.15 and $3.43, respectively, by July. The projected July 2012 costs are $3.30 and $3.51. “If you look at those summer increases, they actually look a little moderate,” Scarafiotti said. “It’s the increases between now and July that seem to be causing trouble.” — CONTACT WRITER: (480) 898-

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Proposed AZ license plates include ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ CRONKITE NEWS SERVICE


— Sen. Linda Gray, RPhoenix, wants to give Arizonans one more way to celebrate the state’s centennial. Sen. Paula Aboud, DTucson, wants to increase funding for food banks so that no Arizonan goes hungry. Sen. Don Shooter, RYuma, wants to give his constituents a chance to share the message “Don’t Tread on Me� above their back bumpers. In a rite of spring, state legislators are proposing at least 12 special license

plates that would add to nearly 50 offered by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Gray, who also is seeking plates promoting multiple sclerosis awareness, litter prevention and childhood cancer research, said that special plates are good opportunities to express support for groups and causes. “We already have the other plates, so to then prohibit somebody else from having a chance just isn’t right,� she said. Some other proposed plates are commemorative, honoring law enforcement and women veterans. Oth-

ers aim to raise funds for causes such as youth development and character education. One would create a plate celebrating professional hockey in Arizona. Any special plate design must have a ďŹ nancial sponsor that can provide the one-time, $32,000 cost of processing and printing the plates. Of the $25 required to order or renew special plates, $17 goes to a party designated in the legislation. For example, proceeds from Gray’s proposed centennial plate would go to the Arizona OfďŹ ce of Tourism to fund centennial events and later would go into a fund that the Arizona Historical Society would use to operate the planned Centennial Museum. But some lawmakers say the dozens of special plates Arizona already has are more than enough. Rep. Eric Meyer, DScottsdale, said he’s not sure the government should be involved in fund-


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Law requires homeowners to swear they live where they say — A new law signed Thursday by Gov. Jan Brewer is going to require homeowners to swear they live where they say to get a tax break. But not this year. The provision, part of the $538 million package of tax cuts for business approved by the Legislature, is designed to crack down on those who illegally get a special school tax “rebate” that is designed to benefit only those who live in their own homes or those who rent houses to relatives. Right now, homes are

presumed to be owner occupied. It is up to the owner to notify county assessors that the property is being rented out — and up to the officials to catch those who overlook that requirement. The new law says that the notices of each property’s value sent out each spring by county assessors, beginning in 2012, will also include a return postcard. On that card will be a place for homeowners to sign a sworn statement that they do, in fact, occupy that property. Failure to return the card would result in assessors presuming the property is a

rental and not entitled to the rebate. The amount of money involved is substantial, with homeowners getting 40 percent of their school taxes paid by the state, up to $600 a year. Legislative budget staffers estimate just this change in the law would save the state $16 million a year. No action is necessary by homeowners this year. The state is estimated to save another $23 million annually by limiting the rebate to an individual’s primary residence, meaning that second or vacation homes no longer qualify.


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State lawmakers want to stop patients from suing med students By HOWARD FISCHER



— State lawmakers are moving to keep patients injured by medical students from being able to sue them. But proponents said that won’t leave victims without recourse. SB 1429, awaiting full Senate action, would spell out that students are not liable for malpractice if they are under the supervision of a licensed health care professional. The only way a student could be sued would be if a patient could prove by clear and convincing evidence that the student acted with gross negligence. Kelsey Lundy, lobbyist for Midwestern University, said that, at one time, students were never named in lawsuits. But she said her school, which trains osteopaths, has had four of these suits in the last five years. Lundy said even if the students ultimately are dismissed from the lawsuit, the college incurs costs defend-

ing them. The proposal drew criticism from Jon Hinz. He lobbies for Fairness and Accountability in Insurance Reform, a group that gets much of its funds from the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, made up of attorneys who represent patients and accident victims. Hinz said there is no reason to grant immunity to someone actually providing health care, as opposed to just studying. More to the point, he argued that immunity potentially provokes irresponsibility. “There’s a very big difference between looking at a book and learning and checking it on the computer screen, and then someone maybe being assigned who is not totally prepared to do it to suture or to give injections,” he said. “I know I’m going to be a little more concerned when I have my child and my family and we go in.” But Barry Halpern, a lawyer who represents Mid-

western in lawsuits, said that is not representing what really happens. He cited one case involving a physician assistant who was given the task of taking a patient’s history at a facility that screens mental health patients. That history, Halpern said, was supervised and countersigned by the supervising physician. Halpern said the patient of that doctor was discharged and later involved in a crime, convicted, and is now suing Midwestern, all of the licensed practitioners who had any involvement with her — and the students “who had no authority to discharge her, no authority to order prescriptions, no authority to do anything.” The downside for the student, Halpern said, is that merely being named a defendant in a malpractice lawsuit follows that person around. He said it can make it more difficult to get a job and make malpractice coverage less affordable.


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Intel chief to join council on jobs By DARLENE SUPERVILLE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— Casting about for innovative jobcreation ideas, President Barack Obama is naming one of his critics to an advisory council responsible for finding new ways to promote economic growth and bring jobs to the U.S. Obama will name Intel Corp. CEO Paul Otellino to the jobs and competitiveness council during a visit to the company’s semiconductor manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Ore., on Friday, a White House official said. The aide requested anonymity to speak before Obama’s formal announcement. As recently as September, Otellini complained that administration policies had created too much uncertainty for businesses and had failed to spark job growth or boost consumer confidence in the economy. Otellini will appear with Obama on Friday. Obama created the council last month and named General Electric Co. chief executive Jeffrey Immelt as its chairman. The president is on the West Coast promoting his agenda to make the U.S. more competitive globally. Besides touring the semiconductor facility, Obama was to learn about programs the company has to encourage studies in science, technology, engineering and math, and get people the skills they need to compete for new high-tech jobs. He also was speaking about education’s role in fostering job creation and innovation. Continuing his outreach to business leaders, Obama traveled to the San Francisco Bay area Thursday for dinner with a dozen top innovators, including Eric Schmidt of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Steve Jobs of Apple. SAN FRANCISCO •

Final score: Computer 1, humans 0 By FRAZIER MOORE


— Note to self: Never play “Jeopardy!” with a supercomputer. That’s a useful lesson for me or any mortal who has followed the Man vs. Machine faceoff this week on the popular trivia game show, where on Wednesday the second of two exhibition matches sealed the deal: Watson, the IBM-created megabrain, officially buried his flesh-and-blood opponents, veteran “Jeopardy!” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watson’s winning score was $41,413 for the day ($77,147 for both games), while Jennings notched $19,200 ($24,000 overall) and Rutter reached $11,200 ($21,600 overall). For crushing his rivals, Watson gets a total prize of $1 million, which IBM has said will go to the charities World Vision and World Community Grid. The vanquished Jennings and Rutter get $300,000 and $200,000, respectively, half of which each said they would be donating to charities. “I for one welcome our new computer overlords,”


Jennings wrote alongside his correct Final Jeopardy response (“Dracula” author Bram Stoker), apparently trading on a line from “The Simpsons.” Clearly Jennings is a good sport with a sense of humor. But where does this leave viewers? Me, I’ll take Mixed Emotions for a thousand, Alex. Watching this week’s clash, I was reminded of the legend of John Henry, the folk hero from a bygone century who was born with a hammer in his hand and raced against a mechanized, steam-powered drill. He won that race. Then, having made his point, he died of exhaustion. Fortunately, neither Jennings nor Rutter expired from mental exertion. Nor did they beat the machine. But these humans put up a fight. Unlike Tuesday, when Watson breezed through most of the halfhour, on Wednesday he seemed distracted, not quite on his game, while his opponents jumped in with correct responses such as Ikea, Robert De Niro, and F1 (the computer key that’s also the abbreviation for Grand Prix auto racing). Watson also seemed ill-


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equipped for the “One Buck or Less” category (maybe he should shop more). But nothing could stop him. Watching these “Jeopardy!” episodes, I thought of one of cinema’s most devilish control freaks, HAL the computer from the sci-fi masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” I wondered what Watson, seemingly so genial as he played the game, would have said had someone ordered him to “open the pod bay doors.” “I’m sorry, Alex. I’m

afraid I can’t do that,” Watson might have replied as he went psycho. Meanwhile, this contest fed my suspicion that longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek might actually be a kindred spirit of Watson. Isn’t there something pleasantly robotic about Trebek’s on-air style? Was he, too, born at IBM? Granted, watching Watson’s instant, often flawless command of information was inspiring, especially for someone like me, who often can’t even remem-

ber where I set my reading glasses. The occasions when he stumbled only made him more endearing — almost human. On Tuesday’s show, Watson blew Final Jeopardy, whose clue was: “Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle.” Both Rutter and Jennings knew the right response was Chicago. Watson somehow came up with Toronto. And, although usually a literary whiz, he was flummoxed by a Double Jeopardy question on Wednesday. His response: Dorothy Parker. Correct response: “The Elements of Style.” It was fun to see Watson jump the tracks. And it was fun to see him recover the next moment, as if nothing had happened. Right or wrong, Watson (named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson) never lost his composure.


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Barbour followed by Confederate images By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— Does Haley Barbour have a Confederate problem? It’s a question hounding Mississippi’s Republican governor as he gears up for a possible 2012 presidential run. Barbour refused this week to condemn a proposed state license plate to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general who was also an early Ku Klux Klan leader. Barbour wouldn’t say what he thinks about Forrest, a Tennessee native who’s venerated by some as a brilliant military strategist and reviled by others for leading the 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tenn. “Look,” Barbour told The Associated Press, “if you want a lesson on Nathan Bedford Forrest, buy a book.” Was Barbour’s decision not to denounce a divisive historical figure a political calculation to appeal to conservative voters in early presidential primary states such as South Carolina? Or was he simply showing his well-known stubborn streak? The 63-year-old governor himself said repeatedly this week — and with some frustration evident in his voice — that the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ proposal for a Forrest license plate was a “dead issue” even before it gained national attention this month, because he believed Mississippi lawmakers wouldn’t approve it. The SCV wanted a 2014 Forrest tag as part of a five-year series commemorating the Civil War, which it calls “the War Between the States.” The state NAACP had called on Barbour to denounce the plan. “I don’t go around denouncing people,” said Barbour, who was a high-profile Washington lobbyist, White House political director under President Ronald Reagan and Republican National Committee chair before he was elected governor in 2003. Robert Oldendick, a University of South Carolina political scientist, said the JACKSON, MISS. •




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a meeting of the Mississippi Energy Policy Institute Tuesday in Jackson, Miss. At a news conference following the address, Barbour said he would not denounce a Southern heritage group’s proposal for a state-issued license plate to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

decision not to speak ill of a long-dead Confederate leader won’t hurt Barbour in that state’s presidential primary but it could play differently in other parts of the country. “It’s obviously going to be much more of a problem or could be potentially more damaging when he gets to, certainly, New Hampshire and probably Iowa,” Oldendick said. Barbour says he’s seriously considering a presidential run, and could announce a decision by April. He has already visited early primary states. He went to South Carolina last month to chat with Republican power brokers, and he’s speaking at a GOP fundraising dinner March 15 in Iowa. This month, he also became the third potential Republican presidential candidate to travel to Israel. Since last fall, Barbour has been dogged by criticism of his statements about the civil rights era in his home state. The period included brutal attacks on Freedom Riders in 1961, riots during the 1962 court-ordered integration of the University of Mississippi, the slaying of the NAACP’s Medgar Evers in front of his Jackson home in 1963 and the killings of three civil rights workers in 1964. Although Barbour last month condemned the era’s “deplorable actions including the murder of innocent people,” he in December praised the Citizens Council in his hometown of Yazoo City as a moderate counter-

weight to the Ku Klux Klan at the time. Historians say the councils used harsh tactics to enforce segregation. Barbour later condemned the Citizens Council and segregation. As governor, Barbour has courted a wide range of Mississippi voters, including groups involved in preservation of Confederate heritage. During his successful re-election effort in 2007, Barbour’s campaign payroll included payments to Earl Faggert, the leader of a group that fought to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag. “He’s got good ties in the African-American community in the area of the state where he lives and he’s helping us there,” Barbour told the AP in 2007. In a 2001 referendum, Mississippi voters decided by a 2-to-1 margin to keep the state flag design with the prominent Confederate symbol — a blue X with 13 white stars, atop a red field. But the flag remains divisive within the state, and some African-American lawmakers still favor changing what they consider a symbol of slavery. Although Barbour wasn’t in office during the Mississippi flag election, he has been an unabashed supporter of the flag. For years, he regularly wore a lapel pin with tiny U.S. and Mississippi flags. That accessory has largely disappeared in recent months, replaced by a lapel pin in the shape of Mississippi.

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Wisconsin Democrats on the run Party trying to stand against Republican moves to balance budget By SCOTT BAUER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing a state government they no longer control. The party’s stand against balancing the state’s budget by cutting the pay, benefits and collective bargaining rights of public workers is the boldest action yet by Democrats to push back against last fall’s GOP wave. But the dramatic strategy that’s clogged the Capitol with thousands of protesters clashes with one essential truth: Republicans told everyone unions would be a target, and the GOP has more than enough votes to pass its plans once the Legislature can convene. The 14 Senate Democrats left the state Thursday, delaying action in that chamber on a sweeping antiunion bill. Sen. Jon Erpenbach, who was among those who fled, said Friday that the group was prepared to MADISON, WIS. •

be away for weeks, although he would like the standoff to end as soon as possible. “That really, truly is up to the governor,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Friday at a downtown Chicago hotel. “It’s his responsibility to bring the state together. The state is not unified. It is totally torn part.” Erpenbach accused new Republican Gov. Scott Walker of trying to rush the legislation, calling the governor’s style “dictatorial” at times. “We all didn’t want to do this. I didn’t want to do this,” he added. “The only other option we had to slow things down, was to leave.” All 14 lawmakers planned to meet somewhere near Chicago to discuss their options, said Erpenbach, who said he had not spoken to any Republican lawmakers since leaving. Meanwhile, massive protests at the state Capitol entered a fourth day as demonstrators vowed to stay as long as was needed to get the concessions they want. “Hell no, we won’t go!” they chanted inside the

Capitol as they banged on drums, sat cross-legged in the halls and waved signs comparing Walker to former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of teachers have joined the protests by calling in sick, forcing school districts — including the state’s largest, in Milwaukee — to cancel classes. Outside the Capitol, demonstrators marched in a procession led by Jesse Jackson, who said workers “should be at the table full-strength to solve the problem.” The governor “should not crush them to solve the problem. The labor-business-government is the balancing wheel. If you crush labor, there is no balance.” The leader of the state’s largest public employee union said workers are willing to make financial concessions but will not give up their bargaining rights. Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, issued a statement saying the protests would continue until Walker sits down with the unions. In a sign that the commotion might be causing other problems for the governor, he pushed back releasing

Plea agreement resolves Utah man’s rape case Marriage was arranged by Warren Jeffs THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


A Utah man loyal to polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs resolved a rape charge by pleading guilty Friday to lesser crimes in exchange for a sentence of 30 days in jail and probation. Allen Glade Steed, 29, entered the plea to two, thirddegree felonies — participating in an illegal marriage and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Each charge carries a possible penalty of up to five years in prison. But in a deal with prosecutors, Steed will serve just 30 days in the Washington County Jail and

three years of probation. Steed could have spent the rest of his life in prison if convicted of rape. “I think it’s a good resolution for Allen and for everyone involved,” defense attorney Jim Bradshaw said. “He’s really relieved to put it behind him and move on with his life.” Steed, a member of Jeff’s church, was charged with first-degree felony rape in September 2007 — a day after a jury found Jeffs guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in Steed’s marriage to Elissa Wall. Steed was 19 and Wall just 14 when their marriage was arranged by leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In court Friday, Wall said the plea agreement marked the end of a long and difficult journey for her. “I am only one of many who was injured by Warren Jeffs and the FLDS community,” Wall said. “I realize Allen is a victim too of Warren Jeffs and is a product of his environment.” The Associated Press does not typically name victims of alleged sexual assault, but Wall has frequently spoken publicly about the case and published a book about her experiences. Steed was granted a plea in abeyance on the unlawful sex charge, meaning it will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes probation, and he wouldn’t be required to register as a sex offender.

his two-year budget plan by one week to March 1. He will still deliver a speech to lawmakers about the budget as planned on Tuesday, but won’t release his actual bill until the following week. A spokesman did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

BARSS, Mary M. Mary M.Barss passed peacefully in hospice care in Mesa, Arizona on Monday, February 14, 2011 following a brief illness. She lived life to its fullest, pushed every limit and loved others fiercely and deeply.She was born Mary Margret Mawhinney on June 19, 1931 to Robert Emmet and Frances Hawke Mawhinney in Detroit, Michigan. Mary was the oldest of 6 siblings: Richard, Sora, Robert William, and Judy and grew up in Waterford, Michigan. Mary attended Henry Ford School of Nursing and was very proud her nursing abilities. While at school, she met her future husband, Joseph Barss, MD. They married 12/29/1951 and resided in Port Huron, Michigan. They had five children: Joseph, Robert, Brooke, Theodore, and Bethany.Mary began Barss Residential Care in the home where she raised her family in order to provided a homelike setting for her residents. Over time, she expanded this business to 9 facilities in 2 states. Mary retired in 2006. Her business continues in its 28th year through a second generation and remains committed to her ideals. She is survived by her 5 children and their spouses (Joe and Dasha, Bob and Mary, Brooke and Susan, Ted and Michelle and Bethany and Bob): 5 grandchildren (Sydney, Joey, Meredith, Drew and Allegra); 5 siblings and their spouses; many beloved niece and nephews, her long time friend and companion, Fred Harris; and many, many friends. In honor of her memory, the “Mary M. Barss Nursing Scholarship” based upon need and merit is being established at the St. Clair County Community College (SC4) in Port Huron, Michigan. Contributions can be sent to: SC4 Alumni Association Attn: David Goetz323 Erie Street P.O. Box 5015Port Huron, MI 48061-5015The Red Wings Alumni vs. SC4 Foundation Hockey Game on Saturday March 26 at 4 pm at McMorran Place Arena in Port Huron will be dedicated to Mary Barss

The governor insists the concessions he is seeking from public workers — including higher health insurance and pension contributions — are necessary to deal with the state’s projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall and to avoid layoffs.

Zeiner, Clinton E. Zeiner Jr. 65, of Mesa, husband of late Lynne M. Zeiner, passed away January 18, 2011. Born in Hartford, CT, he lived most of his life in AZ. Clint was a director of Document Control for Blood Systems Inc. He loved reading books and spending time with his family. He is survived by son Clinton E. Zeiner III and wife Laura; daughter Kerri L. Zeiner-McIntire and husband Chris; son Craig E. Zeiner and wife Dena. Grandchildren Clinton IV, Ally, Chasen, Zeven, Zyler, Kaleen, Lauren, David and great-grandchildren Jaxson and Landyn.

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age 83 passed away Fri. Feb. 4, 2011, in Chandler, Arizona. At his side was his wife of 52 years Yvonne W. Rose and family members. He is preceded by parents Ernest Rose and Anna Lewis of San Pablo, CA, and brothers Mervyn and Russell Rose. He was a Richmond High School graduate. Missing their father will be daughter Carolyn Gip Gagnon, of Chandler, AZ, and son Mark Corella of Martinez, CA. His grandchildren are Gaylord and Tony Gagnon, Krystal Corella and Chad Westergaard. “Po Po” leaves seven great-granddaughters: Lauren and Liliana Gagnon, Julia and Emma Hahn, Kody Mahoney, Jamie and Rachel Westergaard. “Arnie” retired and lived both in Sun Lakes, AZ, and Boulder Creek, CA. “Rosie Rose”, as he was known in pro baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics, helped young people through his recreation work at the City of San Pablo for 32 years. Memberships include St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Boulder Creek, the Richmond Elks Lodge, Portuguese Society (IDES) and Oakwood and Ironwood Country Club. He was a proud “hole-in-one” golfer, good dancer and great provider. He served his country in the US Army in WW II and will be put to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ on Feb. 21. A special thank you to Paula Corella, Erika and Thomasina Gagnon for their loving support. Our thanks also to the 3rd floor staff at Chandler Hospital and Neptune Society. The family requests that contributions may go to the Dobson House Hospice of the Valley in Chandler.

WALKER, Bessie Marie (Earls) 85 yrs young, passed away on February 4, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma on September 21, 1925. She is preceded in death by her Husband, Floyd Lee Walker. She is survived by Three children, Daughters, Treva Jacobs and Carolyn Cripe, and Son, Kevyn-Forrest Walker as well as Five Grandchildren, Thirteen Great-Grandchildren and Four Great-Great -Grandchildren Services were held and burial took place at City of Mesa Cemetery. The family wishes to Thank Bunker's Garden Chapel in Mesa, Arizona.

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doing). Facebook as a communications tool is awfully compelling with its 600 million (and growing) user base, so here are give basic starter tips for anyone that’s ready to dip their toe in the water. • Separate your personal Facebook page from your business page. Personal Facebook pages have a “friend” limit, aren’t indexed by search engines and require that you approve everyone that wants to connect (this early misstep is amongst the most common for new business users). The complete FAQ for Facebook’s Business Accounts is located here: • Don’t just use your logo as your profile picture. It’s called “social” networking because it is supposed to be social and it’s hard to be social with a logo (unless you are a large brand with a passionate fan base). If possible, make sure you have humans along with your logo as your profile picture to increase your chances of making connections. • Use targeted “key-

words” in your profile description. Remember, a business page can be indexed by search engines (and many of them are focusing more attention on real-time search) so having the keywords that you are targeting for your public website should also be used in both the profile and any relevant posts, pictures or videos on your page. • Don’t post inane corporate updates or your standard marketing materials. We are in the middle of the Information Age, so if all the “information” you are posting on your business page is clearly selfserving marketing messages, your fan base will consist of your employees and friends and family and not much more. Instead, focus on useful information such as tips and tricks in your trade, business related news from your industry and the mother of all topics, Facebook itself. Since everyone coming to your Facebook page is using Facebook, this one will always be relevant to every visitor.

If you establish that you are a valuable source of information, then sprinkling in new store openings, new products and services, etc. will be relevant because your community will care about your business because of your contributions. • Engage; ask questions and promote your existing customers Engagement is the key to any social technology strategy and the easiest way to get engagement started is by asking questions. We’ve used our Facebook page to decide on marketing slogans, vehicle wraps and even to help me name my recently adopted rescue dog. After my dog got its name, I asked for others to post pictures of their rescue dogs as well, even though we are a technology services company, because we are people too (and animals and kids are no-brainer topics for any “social” network). The more folks Share, Like or post to your page, the more likely your posts will appear on a regular basis in their News Feed, which allows you to continue the engagement.


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Centerpoint development sold to Zaremba Group The Centerpoint development in Tempe has been sold to Zaremba Group, which plans to turn the two towers into a new 375apartment complex called West Sixth, according to a news release. Located at 111 West 6th Street, the apartments will offer “an obtainable, sophisticated lifestyle” in the Tempe rental market, the release said. The 22-story residential tower will be ready for residents by Aug. 1, and will include mixed-use retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. The 30-story residential tower will be completed by December. West Sixth will have a 9,000-square feet fitness facility, including a yoga studio, tanning beds and lounge. The resort-style pool area will feature cabanas, fire pits and a barbeque area. Rental pricing is not yet available. Zaremba Group is a national real estate development firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. Staff reports, (480) 898-6514


New pet hospital in store

Banfield Pet Hospital on Saturday opened a new location inside the PetSmart store at 1858 S. Signal Butte Road in Mesa. The hospital’s hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; it is closed on Sundays. Banfield is a general veterinary practice with more than 770 hospitals nationwide. It offers routine checkups and vaccinations as well as ongoing medical services for pets. Staff reports, (480) 898-6512


Sprouts under new ownership

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ket will combine operations with another grocer founded by the same family after more than a decade of separate ownership. The private equity firm Apollo Management L.P. is the new majority owner and sponsor of both Sprouts and Henry’s Farmers Market, which eventually will operate under the Sprouts name, according to a statement from the company. Sprouts has 55 locations across Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada. Five are in the East Valley. The organization plans to open 10 new stores this year. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Staff reports, (480) 898-6512


Electronics chain shutting down all 46 of its stores Ultimate Electronics is closing all 46 of its store locations and holding liquidation sales until all merchandise and fixtures are gone. The company said in a statement Monday that shoppers can save up to 30% off original prices on items including highdefinition televisions, computers, cameras, GPS units and more. Many locations also carry home appliances. The national chain’s East Valley locations include two in Chandler, 845 N. 54th St. and 2820 W. Chandler Blvd., and one in Mesa at 1655 S. Stapley Drive, as well as locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale and Tucson. The company says that all stores will honor existing gift cards for the duration of clearance sales. Returns will be accepted on purchases made before Feb. 11 with a receipt as long as they meet the company’s return policy. Ultimate Electronics opened in 1968 in Arvada, Colo. Staff reports, (480) 898-6512

Intel reveals plans for $5 billion Fab 42 facility Company says Chandler plant will be most advanced in world By GARIN GROFF TRIBUNE

— Intel picked Chandler for a $5 billion plant that it touts as the most advanced and highest-volume computer chip factory on the globe. The plant will employ 1,000 permanently and thousands more during construction. Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said it might qualify as the largest construction project in the world at the time, as well as a huge boost to a state battered by the recession. “It’s good for the entire state because a rising tide lifts all boats and this is a rising tide — a $5 billion rising tide,” he said. Intel is already Chandler’s biggest employer with about 1,000 high-wage jobs. Each Intel position creates three to four other jobs in the Valley, Tibshraeny said. Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced the Chandler factory during a visit by President Barack Obama at an Intel plant in Hillsboro, Ore. The Arizona investment comes after a 2010 announcement that Intel would invest $4-6 billion to upgrade its Chandler and Oregon facilities. Chandler officials said Intel emphasized the latest investment will be on top of what was already pledged. Intel chose Chandler because of the quality of schools and universities, as well as its experience in the city, said John Pemberton, manager of the facility. While Intel supports a package of tax cuts that Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Friday, Pemberton said existing economic incentives — and not any new action by the state — led to the company picking Chandler. “We have had phenomenal results with our operations here in Arizona,” Pemberton said. The Chandler plant will pro-


BIGGER AND BETTER: The new Intel Fab 42 semiconductor manufacturing facility

is shown in this artist rendering. Intel announced on Friday, its plans to build the $5 billion facility in Chandler.

duce semiconductors with conductors the size of 14 nanometers. A nanometer is one-billionth the size of a meter or 90-thousandths the size of a human hair. That level of miniaturization allows for more efficient and powerful computers. Intel officials said the Arizona-made chips will be used in computer servers, handheld devices and likely in products that haven’t been conceived yet. About three-fourths of Intel’s chips are shipped outside the U.S., but about three-fourths of the chips are made on U.S. soil. Construction should start later this year and the plant is slated to open in the last half of 2013. The 1 million-square foot facility is dubbed Fab 42 and will be the fourth chip-making facility on a square mile of land that Intel owns. Chandler has approved master plans that include a fifth plant, but Tibshraeny said the company has enough property to expand for decades. “They will not run out of land in Chandler at that site,” he said. Intel has made chips in Chandler for three decades. While the property is in a foreign trade zone that greatly reduces its property tax rate, the plant’s $5 billion value will

generate new revenue for the city and local schools. However, Tibshraeny said the city hadn’t yet calculated that amount or how much it would get from construction sales taxes. Economist Dennis Hoffman, director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, said Intel’s new plant will have a huge fiscal impact on many levels. The addition of 1,000 highly skilled, highly compensated workers at the new plant gives a boost to the East Valley “that is woefully in need of an injection of this magnitude,” he said. The repercussions of all these jobs mean more money flowing into the economy, from housing to grocery stores. There will be a need for thousands of more workers in auto malls, clothing shops, restaurants and more. Small businesses could pop up to fill consumer demand, he said. “For economists, we get giddy when we see things like this,” he said. Placing the new factory in Arizona makes sense, Hoffman said, because of the existing semiconductor manufacturing business here. Plus there are research universities, “focused on the manufactur-

ing procedures and capabilities at these plants. We produce people ready and willing to work in these plants.” “There are key efficiencies here on behalf of Intel,” he said. Tibshraeny, who left the Legislature after eight years, said he didn’t believe any new economic policies at the state level helped lure Intel. He attributed the decision to Intel’s success here, the educational system and quality of life. The decision shows Arizona is poised to grow economically, he said, adding he thinks Arizona’s bad publicity recently hasn’t done the kind of harm that some have feared. Intel began talking with Chandler about the factory only in the last two weeks. Tibshraeny said Intel informed him at 1:45 p.m. Friday that Chandler was selected. That came just minutes after Intel’s CEO made the announcement with Obama in Oregon. “We got scooped by the president, but I guess that happens,” Tibshraeny said. — Tribune writer Michelle Reese contributed to this report.


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flation plus 2% a year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not great, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK. You can buy individual TIPS bonds, or buy a basket through a mutual fund. PIMCO 15+ Year U.S. TIPS Index exchangetraded fund (LTPZ) holds only higher-yielding longerterm bonds.

Blue-chip stocks. Solid companies like Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), H.J. Heinz (HNZ), Chevron (CVX) and Huggies maker Kimberly-Clark (KMB) offer dividendyields over3%. A fewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; including American Electric Power (AEP), Altria (MO), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and AT&T (T)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;top 5%. Among low-cost ETFs, the iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index fund (DVY) yields 3.5%; the International Select Dividend Index (IDV), 4.5%.


Selective bonds. Thirtyyear Treasury bonds will pay you 4.7%. Funds that invest in high-yield corporate bonds and preferred stocks can pay more than 6%. Examples include the iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG)

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Master limited partnerships. These are specialized high-yielding stocks that let you invest in certain industries, particularly in oil and gas pipelines. They come with certain tax breaks and wrinkles. The best known, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), yields more than 6%. And there is now a low-cost ETF, the Alerian MLP fund (AMLP), that will invest across the gamut of MLPs. But look out: MLPs have risen a long way lately as investors chase income. Yields have fallen. And they could get hit if interest rates rise.

MARKETBEAT | By Dave Kansas

Chip Stocks Are Powering the Tech Rally Arguments have risen about the strength of the current bull market. Some believe that sentiment has become too giddy. Others believe that valuations are starting to get stretched. One big factor in favor of the bulls: the strong leadership by technology stocks, and semiconductor stocks in particular. Tech stocks, however, have had such a strong run that some are concerned that the sector has gotten ahead of itself. The technology sector has helped pull the market higher over the past several months. The S&P 500 Information Technology sector index is up 34% since Aug. 31. Over that same period, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 24%. And coming out of the fourth-quarter earnings season, Wall Street is notably upbeat about the technology industry. The technology story is

fairly straightforward. Companies, loaded with record levels of cash, are deploying that money to improve efficiencies via technology before taking steps to add more staff. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one reason the economy and stock market keep gaining while the jobless rate remains high. And the growing deployment of cash can be seen in the semiconductor sector, especially among rather humdrum chip makers like Micron Technology (MU), which competes in the memory-chip market. The company sees strong demand and solid pricing across its markets. Micronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shares are up about 46% since the start of the year. Morgan Stanley says one driver for the semiconductor sector is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;still underappreciatedâ&#x20AC;? impact of sharply higher sales of tablet computers like the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy. Morgan Stanley surveyed more than 8,000 consumers and 50 chief information officers to gauge tablet adoption. Among its findings: Two-

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If you need to live off your savings and investments, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a tough time right now. Interest rates are on the floor. A one-year certificate of deposit barely pays 1%â&#x20AC;&#x201D;just $100 for $10,000. Yields ongovernment and corporate bonds remain near historic lows. And yet your costs are rising. The official inflation rate is 1.6%. But many household items are rising much faster than that. And with raw-materials costs booming, we can probably expect further rises ahead. If you need income, here are six moves worth thinking about.


to earn an extra half point of interest. But it means their cash will be locked up, and that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll miss out if rates rise soon. Try a CD ladder instead: Put some money in CDs that mature in stages over the next two years. As each one matures, roll the money over into a new longer-term CD. Wesley Bedrosian

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thirds of companies expect to allow tablets on their networks within a year; consumer interest in tablets is even greater outside of the U.S.; and users are moving beyond basic Web surfing and games to the more complex content creation. Morgan Stanley notes that chip makers such as ARM Holdings (ARMH), Broadcom (BRCM) and SanDisk (SNDK) are especially well positioned to benefit from a surge in tablet purchases. Another chip stock that could benefit from a tablet boom is Nvidia (NVDA), a

maker of graphics chips. Samsung announced plans earlier this month to use Nvidia chips in future tablet computers, rather than using its own chips as it has in the past. Nvidiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock is up about 66% since the beginning of the year. Of course, not all chip companies are having a torrid time. The giant of the sector, Intel (INTC), has watched its share price stagnate as smaller competitors have raced ahead. Intelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles underscore how quickly the technology landscape can change. With stocks like Micron and Nvidia soaring since the start of the year and valuations for unprofitable, young companies like Twitter now in the many billions, some are reminded of the Internet bubble of the late 1990s. In that case, technology led the market right up and over the cliff. Dave Kansas is The Journalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief markets commentator in New York. Blog: blogs.wsj. com/marketbeat Email: dave.

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LOVE & MONEY | By Jeff D. Opdyke

My wife and our 14-year-old son got into an argument recently on the way to school. I learned about it when she told me that, because of our sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insolence, she was taking away certain privileges for several days. Gone, she said, was his access to the computer, his cellphone and his videogames. Fine, I said, but I had to point out: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been down this road before. This wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first time we had taken away his electronics. And while it may sting for a bit, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really do much good. His behavior doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you really want to cause some pain, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take away something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meaningful,â&#x20AC;? I told Amy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take away golf.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a balancing act that is no doubt familiar to many parents: picking a punishment thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just right. Be too lenient and your punishment

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teaches no lesson. Be too strict and you risk a punishment that might do more harm than good. For a while now, Amy and I have been at odds over where that ideal point is. i i i Parents face a lot of choices when it comes to what we take away when our kids misbehave. We all know the usual suspects. You can revoke an allowance for some period of time, or take away car privileges. With so many kids having their own cellphones and

laptops, those are easy targets as well. But with so many of those punishments, kids quickly figure out work-arounds. Kids who perceive that they have enough money, for instance, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really suffer when you revoke an allowance. They get along fine with a month of no allowance, or they borrow from friends. Those who lose the keys to the car also learn to rely on friends. And many kids figure out how to get around things like texting bans. So if the old standbys

donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t carry much impact, the question is, how Draconian should you get? More specifically, do you take away something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important that it also has beneficial aspects to your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or the lives of others? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the dilemma that my friends Drew and Colleen in New Orleans have been facing lately. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve recently taken away from their son all gaming because of homework issues. Drew also wants to forbid any TV viewing, but, he says, his daughter studies better when the TV is on in the background in the living room, and he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep his son out of the living room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t punish her and disrupt her study habits because of him,â&#x20AC;? Drew says. Even taking away the videogames has caused Drew some regret. The online games are one of his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;few social outlets, and depriving him of that cuts him off from some badly needed social interaction.â&#x20AC;?

Similarly, what if the punishment hurts people outside the family? Do you tell your daughter she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play the big soccer game, even though it will hurt the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances? Do you tell your son he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to his best friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday party, even if it means the friend will be heartbroken? i i i As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noted, my son has really taken to golf. He loves it so much that he willingly skips playtime on his computer to practice. And to me, that has given us an opening to really make a difference in his behavior. Take away golf, I figure, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll crumble. Amy, however, disagrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want him to think that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re undermining his desire to be good at a sport he really likes,â&#x20AC;? she says. The last thing we want to do, she says, is use his love of golf as a club (sorry) to beat him with. We should be encouraging this willingness to work hard at something, she argues, not using it against him. I countered that she was being too soft, that a punishment needs to be painful if we expect it to work.

But then an event occurred in my town that gave me pause. Some local kids got in trouble at a ninth-grade partyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the private school they attend expelled them. Now, as a punishment, some of the parents are sending their kids to a decidedly inferior public school, instead of finding a different private school. Now, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no comparison between what these kids did and what my son did. But the core issue is the same when it comes to the punishment: Should the penance you impose affect your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life beyond the near term? And I realize my answer to that is no. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not willing to hurt my sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future to make my point about his unacceptable behavior. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still searching for the right punishment. But it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t golf. Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right: A punishment should be a penalty, but never should it undermine activities that can have a positive impact on his life. Jeff D. Opdyke writes about investing and finance from Baton Rouge, La. Email:

JOURNAL COMMUNITY | By Demetria Gallegos

What Your First Job Taught You Journal Community (at is the social network where you can ask questions and share your knowledge and expertise. Go to our site and join the discussion. Sunday Journal will publish some of the questions and answers you post online. Comments may be edited for brevity and clarity.


What was your first job and how did it help you later in your career?


Detasseling corn. I learned I did not want to be a manual laborer. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;James B. Shaffer

My first job was washing dishes at home, cleaning rooms and ironing. Then I went to work as a cook in my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant at age 14. I was also a hospital candy striper, which led to an offer of my first paid job. All taught me the positive value of hard work. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kathy McMichael

I still remember my first two days at a local kiddy land when I was 14. I ran the boat ride with little kids clanging bells all day. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had a headache as bad since. I was tempted at the time to never go back. The following weekend, they gave me a quieter ride to run (little ferris wheel, I believe) and it was OK after that for the summer season. It taught me to see things

From the age of 7, I was sent to pick up fruits and vegetables from the local momand-pop store. At 16, I volunteered in a machine shop. These jobs taught me hard work, the value of money, the skill of negotiation, the motivations of different people and self-confidence that I can cope with anything. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jeevan Anand

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My first job was cutting lawns. I organized a bunch of kids and tried to expand the business but had problems getting everyone to agree on what my fair cut would be for securing customers. Eventually, the kids undercut my price and went on their own. It helped me to learn that you have to forge a strong bond with your customer because someone else is always ready to take him from you. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brian Brady

delivering papers for the local newspaper. That meant getting up no matter what the weather, and collecting money each month. It gave me an early understanding of responsibility as well as accountability. Like the time I was in a hurry, and broke a flower pot on the front porch of the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. It cost me $2, quite a lot of cash for an 11-year-old in 1972. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tony Jackson

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ALâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EMPORIUM | By Al Lewis

Time to Dump Those Timeshares The term â&#x20AC;&#x153;timeshareâ&#x20AC;? long brought to mind ripoffs, highpressure sales tactics and a lifetime shackled to rising maintenance fees. When Marriott International got into the business in the early 1980s, timeshare became less of a bad word. Marriott, with Walt Disney, Hyatt, Wyndham and others, established credibility and glitzier resorts. Now Marriott wants out. Last week, the hotel chain announced it would spin off its timeshare business. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giving shareholders stock in a unit with $1.5 billion in unsold inventory and 400,000 owners to service. The spinoff company will license Marriottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name and drift into an unknown future. The recession has ravaged the timeshare market. Marriottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s timeshare revenues are down 30% since 2007. And Marriottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans are a sign the recovery isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t producing any more freespending buyers. The dirty secret of the timeshare industry is that anybody who buys one from a developer has simply been the victim of an aggressive sales seminar. Go online and find thousands of timeshare owners trying to sell their timeshares for a fraction of what they paidâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many priced at $1. These buyers placed a bet that they would be able to take a vacation every year for the rest of their lives. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect a recession, unemployment, illness, divorce or any other calamity. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t foresee gasoline and airfare prices spiking so high that they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reasonably get to their dream destinations. Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stuck paying rising fees. Brian Rogers runs the Timeshare Users Group, a website thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been helping timeshare owners with such issues for 17 years. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the many places you can buy or rent a used timeshareâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cheap. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delinquencies are up across the

board,â&#x20AC;? he says. Timeshare owners have increasingly stopped paying their annual maintenance fees, Mr. Rogers says. This forces resorts to hike fees on the owners who still pay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a vicious Catch-22,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eventually, it could reach a head where you have maintenance fees so high that nobody is going to want to pay them.â&#x20AC;? Allan Cohen of Potomac, Md., served as president of his Marriott-timeshare ownership group in Aruba. He has pushed for more transparency regarding maintenance expenses, he has proposed designating an ombudsman for owner complaints, and he has asked for a list of owners to organizeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; only to be rebuffed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all bought because of the Marriott name,â&#x20AC;? says Mr. Cohen, who still owns his timeshare. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have a division that has lost its way.

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Rising wholesale prices spur inflation concerns By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— Steady improvement in the economy may soon come at a price — faster inflation. Shoes, clothes, tires, plastics and other products all cost more at the wholesale level last month, putting pressure on businesses to pass the increases along to their customers. The hikes also give ammunition to critics who fear that the Federal Reserve’s bold steps to strengthen the economy have started to feed inflation and need to be reined in. Those critics include some Fed officials. A widely watched measure of wholesale inflation, the core Producer Price Index, rose 0.5 percent last month, the largest monthly increase since October 2008. The entire index, which includes volatile gas and food prices, rose 0.8 percent. Drug prices rose 1.4 percent, the most in almost WASHINGTON •



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— prices in February and may do it again this summer. And food companies like Kraft Foods and McDonald’s have said in recent weeks that they will raise prices this year, too. Stores are reluctant to pass along the higher costs at a time when their customers are already dealing with high unemployment and paychecks that aren’t getting much bigger. So far, inflation at the retail level remains tame. But some economists fear that inflation could become troublesome later. New notes released Wednesday show Fed officials last month raised the prospect of scaling back the Fed’s $600 billion program to help the economy by buying government bonds. The bond-buying program is supposed to help by lowering interest rates on bonds, which can drive down interest rates for other types of debt, like mortgages and loans. But flooding the economy with new money can also ignite inflation. Still, Fed officials decided at last month’s meeting to maintain the program, con-

cluding that inflation was not yet a problem and that the economy was not improving fast enough to put a major dent in unemployment. Through most of last year, the Fed worried more that the weak economy might spur deflation — a prolonged drop in prices and wages, which can make people unwilling to spend. In response, the Fed acted to strengthen the economy and raise inflation slightly. Low inflation is generally consistent with a healthy economy. “It’s too early to panic about inflation,” argues Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight. “There won’t be an inflationary spiral unless wage inflation picks up.” Gault says wages are not likely to rise quickly anytime soon. High unemployment means employers aren’t under much pressure to pay their workers more. Companies are having to pay more for their raw materials because commodity prices have risen, mostly because of rising demand from fast-growing developing economies and bad harvests in many countries.

The cost of cotton, for example, has doubled in the past year. The price of corn has doubled in just six months. By the end of this year, consumer prices could be rising at an annual pace of more than 2 percent, says Carl Riccadonna, an economist at Deutsche Bank Securities. That would be twice as fast as a year ago. In a separate report, the Fed said factories produced more goods in January for the fifth straight month, partly because of better demand for new cars and trucks. Overall industrial production fell for the first time in a year and a half, though. It had peaked in December because utilities were cranking out power to keep people warm during the brutal winter. Utility output then dipped in January. In another report, the government said home construction rose at the fastest rate in a year and eight months. There was a spike in apartment building, but construction of single-family homes declined, a sign of further weakness in the housing market.

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Why is NYSE selling? It’s a matter of pennies By BERNARD CONDON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— While executives were finishing a deal to sell the New York Stock Exchange to a German rival, the NYSE was locked in a separate, smaller battle with three dozen competitors. The prize was the right to deliver shares of CocaCola stock to an investor who wanted 400 of them. About 8 billion shares trade every day in the United States, so this sale seems hardly worth mentioning, save for the telling outcome: The NYSE lost. The New York exchange is losing a lot these days. The icon of American capitalism hopes that combining with another exchange will give it heft to reverse its fallen fortunes. But it won’t be easy. Competition is so keen to handle stock orders now that the difference between winning and losing



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— Such was the case Monday, when Lime Brokerage in Manhattan placed an order to buy 400 shares of Coke at the request of The Associated Press. At 11:29 a.m., Johan Sandblom, a Lime trader, moved his computer cursor to a “Buy” icon on his screen and clicked. In 150 millionths of a second, the order traveled two and a half miles to a white stone building across the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J. The destination: a $7,000 computer server no bigger than a DVD player that can juggle buy and sell orders for more than a million shares every second. A few hundredths of a second after the Coke request arrived, the server got offers from three dozen exchanges and other trading venues looking to sell shares. One was headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., another in Birmingham, Ala., and a third in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Many of them didn’t exist 10 years ago. The server then ranked offers by price after accounting for rebates, or

discounts for bulk buying. The time from Sandblom’s click of the cursor to the results was no longer than a blink of an eye. The lowest price came from the Kansas contender, BATS Exchange. Cofounded in 2005 by a former executive for a health care diagnostic company, BATS offered to sell shares for $63.05 apiece, minus a rebate of 27 onehundredths of a penny. The NYSE didn’t stand a chance. It wanted 12 onehundredths of a cent more. NYSE Euronext, the stock exchange’s parent company, said Tuesday that it will be acquired by Germany’s Deutsche Boerse to form the world’s largest stock exchange operator. The deal would create a powerhouse in options and futures trading, which is more profitable than bringing buyers and sellers of stocks together. It would also allow the streamlined company to cut staff and technology spending, keeping costs down and helping it compete in price with BATS and other upstarts. The fight among exchanges over fractions of

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Corporations need to get in on STO system

The Arizona Education Commit- one of those golden chances. They ment (AEC) is a group of influential can support Arizona’s corporate tax community leaders — CEOs, philan- credit scholarship program. Under thropists, names you would know this law, corporations that owe Ari— who are urging the Legislature to zona taxes can take a one hundred spend more on education. Their well- percent credit for contributions to funded campaign has purchased full- School Tuition Organizations (STOs), page ads to argue that “by which in turn use the funds properly funding our state’s to provide private school educational institutions … scholarships to low-income legislators will increase agstudents. There is a global gregate incomes, add wealth cap of 20 million dollars anto the Arizona economy and nually, of which 11 million reTOM generate revenues (for state mains available. Another 4.7 PATTERSON million in tax credits is still government)”. Would that it were true. COMMENTARY available under a similar — It’s not that legislators aren’t program dedicated to speaware of the importance of education cial needs children. or have some problem with supportIn Pennsylvania, businesses ing it. Even as a cold political calcu- compete to participate in a similar lus, they know funding education capped program. Why shouldn’t makes sense. They simply lack the they? It costs them nothing, they promoney to comply with further spend- vide hope for children trapped in the ing requests. worst schools and they even save the The news isn’t all bad. There’s no state much-needed funds. (Here, the question that a high-performing edu- average scholarship is one-fourth to cation system is an asset for any state. one-third the amount that would othBut the AEC is mistaken to assume erwise be spent on the student in the an automatic link between funding public schools.) levels and academic achievement. Public schools retain their full perMicrosoft CEO Bill Gates thought pupil finding amounts. The research such a connection must exist when even indicates that the heightened he poured his own money into the accountability improves their perforNew York City public schools to help mance, too. them improve. Hundreds of millions Why have Arizona corporations of dollars later, he ruefully concluded failed to take full advantage of the tax his good-hearted effort had been in credit donations? It’s probably due to vain. Schools with union-dominated lack of awareness. But 20,000 needy operating rules can make mountains students and their families are very of cash disappear with no discernible aware of the importance of education effect. to their future and are on the waiting In Arizona, Gov. Jane Hull a de- list for scholarships. Each of those is cade ago successfully advocated a a real child whose chances of having sales tax increase for “classroom a successful, productive life may well improvement.” Did the classrooms hinge on receiving a precious scholimprove? Not noticeably. Did any- arship. one even study it? Does anybody By the way, individuals have until care about the benefits for students? April 15 to take a tax credit on their Or did the adults in the system just 2010 returns for scholarship donapocket the dough and move on? tions to an STO, up to $1,000 for marAEC knows, of course, that the ried couples, $500 for individuals. cupboard is bare, so their real game The rules are different in this proplan is “revenue enhancement,” i.e., gram, so if you want to assure your more taxes. But across the country, money goes to a low-income student, state leaders of both parties are re- you should consider giving to the Arijecting the fools’ gold of trying to tax zona School Choice Trust (www.asct. their way out of a recession. org), also a good contact for corpoDemocrat Gov. John Kitzhaber of rate donations. Oregon represents the new thinking These scholarship donations are of many, pointing out “the way we re- a positive, painless way for taxpayers sponded to recessions in the past was to make sure that opportunity to sucto do less of the same, with the hope ceed is available for all, not just the of having more money later so we favored few. And it beats hounding could do more of the same. There’s a the Legislature. — once-in-a-generation opportunity to East Valley resident Tom Patterson do some things we should have done ( is a retired physician a long time ago.” and former state senator. Arizona’s business leaders have


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ponentially if nothing is done. commercial advertising — but People should have a voice in not by Congress. SUSAN LEEPER this decision. The arts are the SCOTTSDALE only common language around the globe!! The U.S. House of RepreCAROL PARSELL POLITICS MESA — sentatives is on track to cut $43 million from the National PUBLIC BROADCASTING Endowment for the Arts’ bud— get of $167.5 million. That’s a The Sedona landscape 26 percent cut — the deepest speaks not only to the beauty in 16 years. Our senators should preof Arizona, but to the color and Public radio (and TV) was political leanings of the state vent these deep cuts from happening when they take up this started because it was felt that as well. After all, Republicans legislation at the end of this the commercial marketplace and Independents outnumber failed to provide sufficient ed- Democrats, with Republicans month. The arts mean jobs! Ac- ucational, cultural and other garnering 36 percent of all regcording to Americans for the quality content to the public. istered voters. This may not Arts, the nonprofit arts in- Now with hundreds of cable come as a surprise to most, dustry generates $166.2 billion channels available, this is no but in the last Arizona election annually in economic activity, longer a problem. National cycle in which 106 federal, state supports 5.7 million full-time Geographic, Travel, Food, Dis- and executive positions were equivalent jobs in the arts and cover and History channels, up for re-election, Republicans related industries, and returns to name a few, offer excellent captured 70 percent of those $12.6 billion in federal income programming. seats. So, one could surmise Big Bird should stay home that even Independents in Aritaxes. Measured against direct federal cultural spending and count his millions of dol- zona have a similar hue as Reof about $1.4 billion, that’s a re- lars. That’s the profit made by publicans and lean right. the Sesame Street Workshop, turn of nearly nine to one. Many are already beginning Federal funding for the arts which licenses all its charac- to position themselves for the leverages private funding. The ters. It’s time now for the fed- 2012 election, both nationally NEA requires at least a one- eral government and our tax and in Arizona. An example of to-one match of federal funds dollars to stop funding the this resides in the fact that Jeff from all grant recipients — a Public Broadcasting System, Flake has already announced his match far exceeded by most National Public Radio, Nation- run for U.S. Senate — 21 months grantees. On average, each al Endowment for the Arts, before the election. UnderstandNEA grant leverages at least and National Endowment for ing immigration propelled most $7 from other state, local, and the Humanities. These organi- to their current positions, it is private sources. Private sup- zations by and large represent logical to assume it will also port cannot match the lever- a certain political bias and have a major influence in 2012, aging role of government cul- do not service the American since Flake has already called public across the spectrum. for action to secure the border. tural funding. I am a music teacher and These organizations should I propose Joe Arpaio for classical performer. We can be funded solely by foundation U.S. Senate and Russell Pearce not allow these budget cuts to grants, private philanthropy, for Congress in District 6. occur. The arts will suffer ex- listeners/subscribers and even That would an unbeatable ticket, marginalizing all other elections throughout the state Mail: Tribune Letters to the Editor, 120 W. First Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210 and giving the Republicans another landslide victory. E-mail: STEPHEN VIRAMONTES Fax: (480) 898-6362

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HAPPY GOVERNOR: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer holds-up the tax cuts/jobs bill after signing it during an evening ceremony in

Phoenix on Thursday. The Legislature passed the bill on Wednesday with majority Republicans voting overwhelming for it and Democrats uniformly against it. Passage of the bill capped a three-day special session called by Brewer on the package she negotiated with House Speaker Kirk Adams and Senate President Russell Pearce.

Another eventful week in AZ politics It’s been another eventful week in our Arizona Legislature (aren’t they all lately?). It began with Chandler Republican Jeff Dial’s ill-advised attempt to make food stamp debit cards bright orange with bold lettering spelling out “Government Food Stamp Card.’’ Dial’s premise was that it would help prevent fraud. But, really, all it would do is stigmatize and embarrass the people who need food stamps. “If that does concern people that they have a bright orange card, I hope they go get a better education or better jobs and stop using that card,” Dial said before dropping the proposal later in the week. We agree something needs to be done to stop the abuse of food stamps — some of the 431,000 Arizona families who qualify for the program simply sell the food stamps to turn a profit. But belittling people is not the answer. Many college graduates with loans to pay are on food stamps. As are some of our enlisted military personnel

and their dependents. Do we really need to embarrass those people? Next up on the Legislature’s agenda were more attempts to thumb its nose at the federal government — which seems to have become a full-time job for our state politicians. A Senate panel wants to create a 12-member committee of lawmakers who can review any federal measure, no matter how long it has been in effect, and determine whether — in their opinion — it exceeds federal authority. The full Legislature could then decide whether to nullify such federal laws. Another measure would make it a Class 6 felony for any official who tries to enforce federal laws on what lawmakers here consider to be matters of strictly local concern. (We have visions of Joe Arpaio making federalism sweeps of all those nasty bureaucrats threatening our way of life here in Arizona). Essentially, state politicians want to decide for themselves whether Arizona needs to fol-

low federal law on anything from gun restrictions to national health care to incandescent light bulbs. Should we just secede from the Union now? Finally, the Legislature passed its long-awaited jobs bill, giving approval to a $538 million package of tax cuts for businesses that proponents say will stimulate the economy. Whether you believe that depends on your ideology. The Republican mantra is that cutting corporate taxes creates jobs. The Democratic doctrine is government spending stimulates the economy. There isn’t concrete proof that either works better than the other, or at all. All we know for sure is that both ideals increase the budget deficit, which is why we’re in the mess we’re in — at both the state and federal level. We’re just glad that Arizona legislators, after sitting on their hands all of 2010 because it was an election year, finally put forth something it hopes

will address the economy. Many of the ideas are the same ones House Speaker Kirk Adams presented last year, so lawmakers knew what was coming. However, the fact that it was rushed through in just three days speaks to the power that the braintrust behind the bill — Adams, Gov. Jan Brewer and Senate President Russell Pearce — wield in this state. There was very little open for discussion. Will the jobs bill work? We certainly like aspects of it. The corporate income tax rate in Arizona was too high, so lowering it two percentage points to 4.9 makes sense. And the property tax cut eases a heavy burden businesses have carried. But most of the provisions will be phased in over time, beginning in 2014 and culminating in 2018. Because it’s stretched out over such a long time period, it will be difficult to gauge its impact. And, no, making the bill bright orange with big bold letters won’t help.

“The school teachers in Wisconsin are learning the same painful lesson taught to us by President Obama shortly after his inauguration: Elections have consequences.” — “I guess the Wisconsin teachers showed how little character they have walking out on their jobs in favor of ruining the state’s economy.” — “You Democrats disgust me. No Republican like Jeff Dial has a Swastika on any cap. Quit referring to us as Nazis!” — “The Soviet Union was financially ruined during the late 1980’s arms race with the USA. The USA will be financially broke in the 2010’s due to the Obama administration trying to spend our way out of this depression.” — “On Thursday morning there were 20 students walking together to Mesa Junior High School and Lowell Elementary School on Broadway Road, and a Chihuahua puppy was walking and jumping among them. The dog darted into oncoming traffic twice and the students didn’t even flinch to save it. I guess schools don’t teach compassion for all living things. Meanwhile we have to come to a screeching halt when these students cross the street. What little hypocrites they are!” — “I’m getting tired of all the sloppy writing going on in cyberspace. Why don’t people poofread their darned e-mails? (Dear straight-laced Vent editor, the mispelling, er, misspelling is intentional.)” — “The New York ‘Slasher’ killed four people and injured four with a knife. It’s about time we stopped the sales of that dangerous weapon and outlaw their use. Tee-hee, sound familiar?” — “This is for the commenter who said that high school grads/GEDs don’t have a mortgage and can live with their parents. What a completely naive and arrogant thing to say. There are people out there, my husband included, who are high school grads and make more money each year than some people with a Master’s degree. And guess what? They have mortgages, too! Degrees don’t guarantee a high paying job. Perhaps you didn’t get enough education with your Bachelor’s degree?” — “The ‘Islam Brotherhood’ has announced that they plan to establish a political party under the new Egypt Democratic government. Since their ideals as I know them are proactively doctoral, does this make them the Democratic Party of Egypt?” —

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Dems turn ‘Where are the jobs?’ chant on GOP By CHARLES BABINGTON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— • Republicans won sweeping victories last November by taunting Democrats with “Where are the jobs?” Democrats are now throwing those taunts back, saying it’s Republicans who will knock thousands of Americans out of work with their demands for deep cuts in federal spending. The attacks have caught Republicans at an awkward moment, as they shift their chief emphasis from creating jobs to reducing the size of the government and its WASHINGTON

deficits. They are finding it hard to claim they can do both at the same time. Republicans say a smaller government eventually will spur private-sector job growth. Many economists challenge that claim, noting that the government helps pays for research, infrastructure, education and other programs that provide both public- and privatesector jobs. GOP leaders already acknowledge that thousands of government workers would lose their jobs in the short run under the $61 billion cost-cutting bill House Republicans are pushing this week.

If that happens, “so be it,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “We’re broke.” Boehner’s allies say that it’s impossible to trim federal spending without laying off government workers but that those workers eventually will recover. “They found their way into public jobs,” said Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. “They can find their way into private jobs” as the economy improves, he said. Democrats and many mainstream economists, however, dispute GOP claims that deep federal spending cuts will lead directly to more private-sector jobs.


Boehner forwarded a letter to the White House from 150 economists — many with conservative backgrounds — saying: “To support real economic growth and support the creation of private-sector jobs, immediate action is needed to rein in federal spending.” The three-paragraph letter did not seek to document a link between lower government spending and increased jobs, and some rival economists said it would be hard to do so. With unemployment at 9 percent, the evidence that federal spending hurts job growth “is thin to nonexis-

tent,” said Princeton economist Alan Blinder. If the economy were running at full capacity, he said, Republicans would have a valid argument in saying that an extra federal hire or expenditure might displace a private-sector hire or expenditure. But there’s a lot of “slack in the economy,” he said. Alexander J. Field, an economics professor at Santa Clara University, said he had “very little sympathy for the sentiments” in the letter Boehner forwarded. Spending cuts should be pursued when economies are strong, not weak, he said, and the House Republicans’ agenda

would probably increase unemployment. Senate Democrats said Wednesday the House GOP plan would eliminate nearly $700 million in Title I grants to schools with disadvantaged students, and about “10,000 teachers and aides could lose their jobs.” Congressional offices circulated White House budget office estimates saying the Republican bill would cut Head Start by more than $1 billion, leading to the layoffs of about 55,000 teachers and staff. The liberal Economic Policy Institute says that overall, the House GOP plan “would likely result in job losses of just over 800,000.” The office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., criticized the group’s use of a “fiscal multiplier” in its analysis. John Irons, an economist and chief researcher for the Economic Policy Institute, said the multipliers are a standard, broadly accepted tool used by the Federal Reserve, Wall Street analysts and others. Boehner spokesman Mike Steel said, “Our goal is to create the environment for private-sector job creation by ending Washington Democrats’ spending binge — because their ‘stimulus’ has utterly failed to create the jobs they promised.” The Obama administration’s 2009 stimulus plan failed to keep unemployment at levels the White House had predicted. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in late 2009 the stimulus “lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.3 and 0.9 percentage points and increased the number of people employed by between 600,000 and 1.6 million compared with what those values would have been otherwise.” Republican Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia said his party needs to do a better job of explaining the need for government job cuts. “The private sector has had to reduce the number of jobs in order to be competitive,” he said, “and I think now the public sector is going to have to reduce some of their jobs in order to stay lean, or try to get lean.” Besides, Kingston said, government workers “tend to justify their jobs by coming up with more regulations on the private sector, and that kills jobs.”

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GM to pay more than $400M in worker bonuses By TOM KRISHER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— Less than two years after entering bankruptcy, General Motors will extend millions of dollars in bonuses to most of its 48,000 hourly workers as a reward for the company’s rapid turnaround after it was rescued by the government. The payments, disclosed Monday in company documents, are similar to bonuses announced last week


for white-collar employees. The bonuses to 76,000 American workers will probably total more than $400 million — an amount that suggests executives have increasing confidence in the automaker’s comeback. In the four years leading up to its 2009 bankruptcy, GM piled up more than $80 billion in losses and was burdened by enormous debt and costly labor contracts. “On the whole, we made

tremendous progress last year,” CEO and Chairman Dan Akerson said Monday in an e-mail message to employees announcing the payments. “With our collective teamwork, this can be just the beginning.” The company made $4.2 billion in the first nine months of 2010 and is expected to announce a fourth-quarter profit soon. Most of GM’s hourly workers will get a record payment of more than $4,000 — more than dou-

ble the previous record in 1999, at the height of the boom in sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. Nearly all 28,000 whitecollar workers such as engineers and managers will get 4 to 16 percent of their base pay. A few — less than 1 percent — will get 50 percent or more. Bill Selesky, an auto industry analyst with Argus Research in New York, called the recovery “dramatic” and said the payments were needed to stop

talent from jumping to other automakers, especially crosstown rival Ford. The company, he added, is also trying to send a message: “It’s the new GM.” But the bonuses drew criticism from an opponent of the auto industry bailout in Washington who said GM should repay its entire $49.5 billion loan before offering bonuses. “Since the taxpayers helped these companies out of bankruptcy, the taxpayers should be repaid

before bonuses go out,” said Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa. “It sends a message that those in charge take shareholders, in this case the taxpayers, for a sucker.” The government has been repaid $23 billion but needs $26.4 billion more to recoup its whole investment. The government still owns 500 million shares of GM common stock, which would have to sell for roughly $53 per share to get all the money back.

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NILE RECORD FAIR: Find records, band T-shirts, musical instruments and other merchandise at this sale/concert at Mesa’s most historic live music venue. Noon to 6 p.m. today. Nile Theatre, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. Free admission. HAL SPARKS: The comedian and actor performs stand-up live. 7:30 p.m. today. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. $10-$20. (800) 946-4452 or CULINARY MASTERS SERIES: One of Tempe’s best known restaurants hosts a different top chef from across the Valley each month for a specialty menu. Kicks off 5 p.m. Tuesday with chef Eddie Matney. Beau MacMillan (March 29) and Matt Carter (April 26) follow. Monti’s La Casa Vieja, 100 S. Mill Ave. Prices vary. Reservations required. (480) 967-7594 or “MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES”: A pretty New York socialite inspires a backwards Texas oil tycoon to become cultured in this comic love story. Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and runs Mondays and Tuesdays through March 29. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. $22. (480) 497-1181 or UFO CONFERENCE: A free UFO film festival, a nightvision sky watch adventure with Desert Storm Hummer Tours, a performance by local musicians Captain Squeegee, more than 20 speakers and a plethora of exhibitors are some of the offerings at this gathering hosted by the International UFO Congress. Opens 1 p.m. Wednesday; runs through Feb. 27. Radisson Fort McDowell Scottsdale Resort & Casino, 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road, Scottsdale. $5-$120 a la carte admission pricing. (877) UFO-0110 or

DISNEY’S IMAGINATION MOVERS: Nina, Warehouse Mouse and other characters from the popular kids’ show performing their “In a Big Warehouse” concert live. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $30-$36. (480) 644-6500 or


— A trip to Hollywood in the next week may be out of the question, but a daylong jaunt to Sedona could yield just as many star sightings. Nicholas Cage, Gary Sinise, Rip Torn, Jonathan Winters, Frances Fisher and Rita Rudner are among the celebrities expected to be in the Red Rock getaway town for this week’s Sedona Film Festival. The 17-year-old festival will screen 145 shorts, documentaries, animated movies and full-length feature films over the next seven days, mostly at the Harkins Sedona 6 movie theater. Tickets to individual films are available for $9-$12 at the Harkins box office. Nicholas Cage Actor Nicholas Cage will discuss his film roles and directorial experiences at 5 p.m. Friday. The event is sold out, but festival organizers say “rush” tickets may be available five minutes prior to the event. Oscar nominee Rip Torn, who has nearly 100 film credits and another 80-some television roles to his name, will appear at 5 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Saturday. The character actor is expected to speak about his career and screen movies from his own cannon of work. Tickets are still available. In addition, comedian Jonathan Winters will receive a lifetime achievement award at the festival, presented by comedian Rita Rudner. Rudner and spouse Martin Bergman will attend a Sedona screening of her new film, “Thanks.” Other highlights: • “Sedona: The Motion Picture,” starring Frances Fisher and Barry Corbin and shot in and around Sedona, will screen several times. • “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good,” a documentary about Gary Sinise’s band. • “Exporting Raymond,” director Phil Rosenthal’s experiences making “Voroniny,” the Russian-

“Lt. Dan Band: For Common Good”

language version of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Rosenthal will be in Sedona. • “100 Voices: A Journey Home,” by Ed Asner’s son, Matthew, who will be in attendance. The film follows 72 cantors visiting Poland, where cantorial music was decimated by the Holocaust. • “Arpaio’s America,” a documentary by the Stanford University Law School which examines immigration enforcement in Maricopa County. • Sedona Green, a lineup of eight environmentally focused films, plus

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If you go What: The 17th annual Sedona Film Festival When: Opens today and runs through Feb. 27; call or check the website for movie times. Where: Harkins Sedona 6, 2081 W. State Route 89A; Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa, 2250 W. State Route 89A; and Sedona Performing Arts Center, 990 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Cost: $9-$12 for movies Information: (928) 282-1177 or

free lectures on sustainability and a kick-off Locavore Reception at the Sedona Rouge Resort. • Screenings of three classic movies hand-picked for the festival by Turner Classic Movies film expert Robert Osborne: “North by Northwest,” “The Heiress” and “The 3rd Man.” Osborne will give introductions, recorded just for Sedona Film Fest audiences, before each film via satellite. The festival wraps up with a free awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. It will feature a look back at the festival week with video footage of filmmakers, celebrity and VIP guests, and audiences. At 6 p.m. that night, the venue will host “Oscars on the Rocks,” a big-screen viewing of the Academy Awards ceremony live on ABC. Tickets for that event are $9-$12. — CONTACT WRITER: (480) 898-6818 or

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ScrapArtsMusic drums up recycled world music


ou may recognize these guys from the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. They’re ScrapArtsMusic, the Vancouver-based ensemble that mixes music, muscle and a little “green” philosophy. Known for adrenaline-laced percussion, athletic choreography and recycled instruments fashioned from industrial scraps and offbeat materials (think artillery shells), the group gives a highly physical, theatrical show rooted in street performance, jazz and world music traditions.

Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper to play benefit in Tucson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, David Crosby and Graham Nash will perform in Tucson, Ariz., to benefit a charitable fund established after the shooting there that killed six people and wounded 13 others. Other acts at the March 10 concert that Browne and Cooper announced this week include Sam Moore, Nils Lofgren, Keb’ Mo’, Jerry Riopelle, Dar Williams, Ozomatli and Calexico. Astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, plans to speak at the event. It will benefit the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding. Wounded Giffords aide Ron Barber started the fund to support people affected by the Jan. 8 shooting and TUCSON •

>> See ScrapArtsMusic in concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $24-$29. (480) 994-2787 or scottsdale FRED VAN DIEM



Musician Jackson Browne will perform March 10 in Tucson.

to hold events promoting community unity. Tickets for the event at the Tucson Convention Center go on sale Saturday at the center’s ticket office and through Ticketmaster.

‘9 to 5’ brings workplace comedy to Tempe >> “9 to 5: The Musical” opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (and plays through Feb. 27) at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. $23.50-$67.50. (480) 965-3434 or





hree co-workers become unlikely friends and conspire to take control of their company in the age of Rolodexes in “9 to 5: The Musical,” a new Broadway show based on the 1980 hit movie. Along the way, the pals — played by Broadway notables Dee Hoty and Mamie Parris, and season-three “American Idol” runner-up Diana DeGarmo — learn there’s nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. Listen for Dolly Parton’s original title song and her new Tonyand Grammy-nominated score.

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Facebook creates unfriendly dilemma DEAR AMY: I have been friends with a woman for most of my life. We lived across the street from AMY each other growing up, and through the DICKINSON years we have kept TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES in touch with annu— al Christmas cards. We haven’t seen each other or spoken personally in many years. Last year, her 15-year-old daughter “Julia” “friended” me on Facebook and I accepted. She seemed interested in knowing some of her mother’s friends, and I thought she contacted me as another way for her mother to keep in touch with me. Her mother does not have a Facebook account. During the year, Julia posted several messages that seemed to indicate she was a little depressed or angry.

She’s also in a heavy romance with a boy at school. I asked if there was anything wrong and she replied that sometimes life was frustrating but it wasn’t anything she couldn’t handle. On Christmas Eve, she posted a very vulgar and sexually explicit passage. It ended up on my Facebook wall and news feed for all of my contacts to see. After she admitted writing the passage, I told her it was disgusting and she really shouldn’t post things like that because they can live forever, even if deleted. The girl promptly “unfriended” me, blocked me and changed her screen name. Should I call her mother and tell her what happened? The mother may dump me too, and I would feel bad. On the other hand, she may want to know what her daughter has been up to. — Concerned Old Friend

LAST WORD IN ASTROLOGY — Star ratings are based on moon cycles and are an indicator of how good your day will be: (((((Nothing can stop you now. Go for the gold. (((( It’s a good time to start projects. ((( If you focus, you will reach goals. (( You can accomplish much, but don’t rely on others. ( It’s best to avoid conflicts and work behind the scenes or read a good book.

Happy Birthday: Emotional matters will get you into trouble if you act out inappropriately. Gauge responsibly whatever situation you face. Make things work for everyone involved. This is not the year to be intimidated or to let anyone bully you. Avoidance and evasiveness will be viewed as weakness. Your numbers are 2, 8, 12, 22, 31, 35, 44

SUDOKU — Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.


ARIES (March 21-April 19): The damage you do to an important relationship will be difficult to reverse. Focus more on your current professional goals and you will avoid getting into trouble in your personal life. Don’t overindulge. ((( TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t trust anyone trying to get something from you for nothing. Insincere gestures of friendliness will lead to an annoying situation that will be difficult to handle. Simply say no to someone who puts unreasonable demands on you. ((( GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Reevaluate your current position and consider what you have to offer and if your skills are being used to the fullest. You can reinvent what you do and apply it to other positions in the job market. Don’t settle for less when you can have more. (((((

DEAR CONCERNED: “Julia” behaved like an adolescent girl and you reacted like a grown-up. Good for you. Julia’s behavior since your admonition is also age-appropriate. She is running for cover. You can only hope she is embarrassed and has learned from this experience. If you have some evidence that this young person is engaged in behavior that is actually dangerous (and not just to her reputation), then you should definitely and emphatically reach out to this parent. Otherwise, you can use this as a reason to reach out in friendship to the mother, not to tattle on the daughter, but to check in. You can say to this mom, “Julia and I were Facebook friends for a while but then she dropped off the screen, so now I have to contact you the old-fashioned way. How are you both doing?” — CONTACT WRITER:

people and pastimes. ((( SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Change will brighten your day and bring you new possibilities. Anger, resentment and revenge are a waste of time. Reinvent what and how you use your talent and skill to reach higher goals. ((( EUGENIA LAST UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You will have to compromise if you don’t want to damage your relationship with a friend, lover or relative. You are inclined to take things the wrong way and to blow situations out of proportion. You may owe someone an apology. (( LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A day trip or visiting a place or friend that motivates you will set a positive mood and provide the opportunity to try something new. A burden you’ve been carrying will finally pay off, lowering your stress. ((((

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Larger quarters, more people around you or visitors bearing gifts or solutions to some of the difficulties you face will all lead to a better future. You will express your thoughts persuasively and capture the attention of someone who can help you advance. (( CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Be careful what you say and believe. Nothing you hear will be based on facts and contributing to false information will damage your reputation. Take a neutral position and steer clear of anyone using emotional blackmail. ((

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Size up your personal and financial situation and make whatever changes are required in order to reach VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Take time out to your goals. Your experience will help you make spend with someone you love or, if you are single, the right choice and keep you from falling into a to participate in a social event that will allows you trap that someone from your past is setting. to meet someone special. Updating your looks ((((( or the way you do things will contribute to the PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A partnership compliments and cooperation you receive from is likely to leave you feeling depressed and others. ((( unsettled. Go to the source and find out exactly LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Avoid getting what’s going on and where you stand. Then you involved in a senseless discussion. Someone will can go about your day without a heavy burden take advantage of your good nature and try to hanging over your head. ((( guilt you into something you don’t want to do. — Decline and move on quickly to more enjoyable




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Giovinazzo loves readmittance to ‘General Hospital’ By TERRY MORROW SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

— With a resume including a long-running prime-time series and feature films, actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo won’t apologize for going back to daytime. “If it were left up to me, I’d camp out here forever,” says Giovinazzo, who has returned to “General Hospital” (3 p.m. EST weekdays, ABC) after a six-year run on NBC’s “Las Vegas” and a film career including “The Rock” with Nicolas Cage. “For me, it’s always about scheduling. I’m bicoastal. But I have always been vocal about (‘General Hospital’) being my favorite job ever.” Giovinazzo, 42, has played heroine Brenda Barrett on the soap since 1993, but has had several years when she was off doing other projects. Six months ago, she popped back up on “GH,” and the writers have placed her firmly as its lead actress. Even in the world of soaps, Brenda has been a particularly unusual character. She’s been to the altar several times but only technically married once. That alone makes Brenda a standout in a genre that relishes multiple marriages. (Spoiler alert!) On Tuesday, after nearly 17 years of an on-again, off-again relationship with mobster Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard),

Brenda and Sonny will finally say “I do.” The wedding will be seen over a seven-day period, and it took more than a week to shoot. The bride will wear Oscar de le Renta. In typical soap fashion, Brenda will have many trials to overcome as she walks down the aisle. Giovinazzo won’t say that this time on the show has been easy. “We used to shoot one episode a day,” she says. “Now, we can sometimes shoot up to three or four episodes in one day. When I was here before (nine years ago), we used to shoot 28 scenes in one day. “Now we can shoot up to 60 scenes.” The economics of making a daytime soap and the dwindling viewership are factors in why so many scenes are produced in one day. Such a pace isn’t for the faint-hearted, for sure. Movie actor James Franco has had a recurring role on “GH” for more than a year (and is returning to the show Friday and Feb. 28) because he likes the challenges of soap work. Other highlights for the week of Feb. 20-26:


“The Sunset Limited” (2:15 p.m., HBO). The Cormac McCarthy play, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, delves into the life perspectives of two men who couldn’t be more different. “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS). Eleven teams consist-

ing of former contestants are back to settle “unfinished business,” which means more backstabbing, international style. “Saturday Night Live: Backstage” (9 p.m., NBC). This behind-thescenes documentary reveals what it takes to put together this live comedy show every week. As one-time host Betty White explained, it’s a lot of people grabbing at your clothes during commercial breaks and shoving a bad wig on your head for the next sketch. “Worst Cooks in America: Season 2” (9 p.m., Food Network). In the season-two finale, the remaining cooks endure a culinary boot camp to the bitter end in hopes of learning their way around a kitchen.

p.m., Animal Planet). This miniseries looks at three cities in which the residents are in “extreme mortal combat” with the animals around them, says the cable channel. “The Amanda Knox Story” (9 p.m., Lifetime). The cable channel for women has found itself under fire for this movie about the American exchange student (played by Hayden Panettiere) accused by Italian authorities of murder.

eling contract, representation Court justice. and a classy magazine cover. FRIDAY All they have to do is give away their dignity in front of millions “Hall of Game Awards” (7 p.m., Cartoon Network). The cable who are watching. channel’s first sports-awards THURSDAY ceremony honors male and “Thurgood” (9 p.m., HBO). Lau- female athletes, alternative rence Fishburne stars in this games and even anthems and one-man show about the civ- mascots. il-rights lawyer and Supreme


“The Real Housewives of Miami” (10 p.m., Bravo). Does anyone expect these Floridians to be well-behaved? Of course not.


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Dallas Arts District is big and bright By LINDA LANGE SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

— The Dallas Arts District is a Texas-size getaway neatly packaged in a colorful box. Museums and performance venues squeeze into a 19-block area, making it easy to walk or drive from one attraction to the next. Grand theaters, luxury hotels, eclectic shops and premier restaurants enhance the visitor experience. Never weather-dependent, a visit focused on museums and performances suits travelers searching for culturally enriching entertain-


ment, whether hearing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, feeling the emotion of modern dance or contemplating the beauty of Asian art. The sparkling diamonds dangling on patrons at the Winspear Opera House can’t compete with the architectural jewels shimmering across the 68-acre Dallas Arts District. The building is the ruby-red glamour girl of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, designed by the firm of Foster and Partners under Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster. The center hosts more than 500 performances and events

annually ( Nearby, the Meyerson Symphony Center credits its curvilinear form to architect I.M. Pei. The 89 musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform classical concerts, plus a pops-music series (DallasSymphony. com). The city’s oldest continuously operating dance company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, electrifies the silvery Wyly Theatre ( As with everything else in Dallas, the museums were built to impress. They do it with their world-renown collections. At the Dallas Museum of Art, more than 600,000 visitors a year view traveling exhibitions and prized pieces from its own collection of 23,000 works of art from around the world. The exhibition “Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement” is scheduled to be on view Feb. 13 through May 8 ( Around the corner, the museum housing the Crow

Collection of Asian Art offers a more intimate experience. Four light-filled galleries display jade treasures, scrolls, ceramics, silk screens and art objects from China, Japan, India, Tibet, Nepal and Southeast Asia. The exhibition “Fabled Journeys in Asian Art: South and Southeast Asia” is on view through Jan. 8, 2012 (CrowCollection. org). In a museum designed by architect Renzo Piano, the Nasher Sculpture Center has many boldface names: Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and David Smith. The exhibition “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy” is on view through March 6 (www. nashersculpturecenter. org/). When your feet say “enough!,” return to your hotel for a glass of wine and a meal. The Sheraton Dallas, just a half-block from the Dallas Arts District, contin-


The Nasher Sculpture Center, surrounded by a 1.4-acre garden, sits at the center of the Dallas Arts District. SHNS

ues your cultural immersion with its aesthetically pleasing restaurants, lobbies and guest rooms. The awardwinning culinary team dazzles with flavorful entrees presented like works of art ( Once you have re-energized, you can sally forth to shop. The pedestrian-friendly heart of the city boasts the flagship Neiman Marcus, a department store synonymous with high-end shopping. Discriminating buyers will find exquisite merchandise at the museum boutiques sprinkled throughout the Dallas Arts District. The Lotus Shop at the Crow Collection galleries sells jewelry and accessories that reflect the influence of Asian culture on artists, craftsmen

and designers. The Dallas Arts District rubs shoulders with the West End Historic District. Here the Dallas World Aquarium gives glimpses of ocean and river inhabitants. Restaurants, shops and nightclubs occupy a 100-year-old redbrick retail district. Of course, visits to Texas must include a stop at a Westernwear emporium. Wild Bill’s Western Store sells to presidents and cowhands, and most certainly has a hat and pair of leather boots to fit you (www.wildbillswestern. com). Nearby attractions are the Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance and Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture.


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Despite more than $310 million in earnings since his death, Michael Jackson’s lavish spending habits still haunt his legacy and have required lawyers to create new deals and restructure old debts, court records show. Jackson died more than $400 million in debt, and atMichael Jackson torneys are still trying to resolve several pending lawsuits, according to documents filed Thursday by his estate. The report also states Jackson’s estate spent $159 million between the singer’s June 2009 death and the end of 2010, with some of the money used for his funeral, burial and to buy the Jackson family’s home in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles. BIRTHDAYS — >> Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt is 87. >> Actor Sidney Poitier is 84. >> Actor Peter Strauss is 64. >> Charles Barkley is 48. >> Model Cindy Crawford is 45. >> Actress Lauren Ambrose is 33. >> Singer Rihanna is 23.

According to the filing, many of Jackson’s debts, including his interests in a music catalog that features works by The Beatles and other top-earning musicians, have been restructured. While Jackson’s attorneys have resolved numerous debts and lawsuits, several cases are still unresolved, including disputes over Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. Since soon after the pop singer’s death at age 50, attorneys began working on deals to begin to restore luster to Jackson’s legacy, which had been tarnished even though he was acquitted of child molestation charges. Projects have included the release of “This Is It,” a film using rehearsal footage from Jackson’s planned series of comeback shows; new music and video games; and the rerelease of the singer’s autobiography.

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Delia Vasquez Dobson girls basketball Dobson senior guard Delia Vasquez leads the defending 5A Division I-champion Mustangs with 13.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and a whopping four steals per game. After Dobson concluded its regular season schedule on Tuesday against Mountain View, Vasquez talked about a volleyball off the noggin, the Land of 10,000 (frozen) Lakes and being the next Maxwell Smart. Class you dread the most: I’ll go with economics. We’re always taking notes and the supply-and-demand gets confusing. Random tests, it gets overwhelming sometimes. Career aspirations: I’d like to do something in criminal justice, forensic psychology. I like finding out what happens and background of murders, figuring out what happened without being there. I like “CSI,” but I know that’s a big exaggeration. Most embarrassing moment in sports: I was playing volleyball and they spiked it right off my head and went straight to our setter. I think we got the point, it was hard not laughing the whole time. Reality TV show you’d be on: I’d do ones with the obstacle course, like “Ninja Warrior” or the “American Gladiators.” I think I’d do OK with proper training. Song you would sing on “American Idol”: “Find Your Love,” by Drake. I don’t know why it’s always in my head. What would you eat for your last meal: Turkey sandwiches, I have to eat two of them. I make the best with mayo, avocado, lettuce, tomato. Plus an Oreo malt. One food you refuse to eat: Spinach. One possession you can’t live without: My phone. Communication, music, the whole bit. Favorite city to visit: I had a great time in Minneapolis. We only covered part of the Mall of America. I loved playing in the snow. One person you’d love to switch places with for a day: I’ve always wanted to be a government agent and learn the secrets. Then I could come back as myself and still know everything. Something out of “The da Vinci Code.” That’d be cool. ATHLETES OF THE WEEK — Boys Basketball Tempe’s Jordan Baker had 30 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and seven blocks in a first-round win over Mohave, then had 21 points, six rebounds, six steals and the gamewinning lay-up to help the Buffaloes advance to the 4A-II semifinals. Girls Basketball Basha senior guard Natalie Markovich set a school record with 42 points and had the game-clinching steal with four seconds left in a 61-58 victory against Gilbert. NOMINATE AN ATHLETE If you’d like to nominate a high school Athlete of the Week for Sunday’s paper, please send the varsity athlete’s name, school, sport, year in school, position (if applicable) and statistics or accomplishments for the week to Mark Heller at no later than 10 p.m. every Friday.

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BATTLE FOR THE BALL: The Highland girls basketball team holds a practice Saturday morning in Gilbert.

Fighting for it Highland one of several teams looking to knock off heavily-favored St. Mary’s By MARK HELLER TRIBUNE

— Should we just hand the 5A Division I championship trophy to St. Mary’s? The Knights were runners-up to Highland in 2008-2009 and Dobson in last year’s championship game, and everyone from the 2009-2010 team returned. The Knights are 25-2, with losses to a team from Colorado in the Nike Tournament of Champions in December, and to 5A Division II powerhouse Pinnacle in a Desert Valley region game in mid-January. The Knights returned

the favor by rolling against Pinnacle a couple weeks later. Nearly everything else has been a stroll. The Knights are deep, run teams out of the gym with their frenetic pace and can shoot from everywhere. “They have so many different weapons and the tools in the chest are sharpened,” Mountain View coach Henry Bribiescas said. “You can’t stop one individual.” It’s a moot point, right? Not so fast, says the field about to battle for the 5A-I and 5A-II girls state tournaments which begin Tuesday night.

Publicly and privately, a widespread number of coaches believe everyone is chasing Curtis Ekmark’s Knights. Then again, when it comes to beating the supposed-best, few know better than Highland coach Miner Webster. His Hawks have won six state championships (most recently in 2009 and 2008), finished runner-up once and reached the semifinals nine other times since Webster helped open the school in 1993. Among them was a 2005 victory against heavily-favored St. Mary’s and another in 1994 against Chaparral (before the divi-

sion splits) after the Firebirds beat the Hawks three times during the regular season. “You have to put yourself in the situation first because if you’re there anything can happen,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt St. Mary’s is hard to beat, especially when they’re on their game. They’re going to be tough. But it can happen.” Among the chief contenders (Highland, Mountain View, Chandler, Hamilton, Xavier), the Hawks and Wolves were given self-proclaimed “wake-up calls,” to — S E E F I G H T I N G • PA G E 4 0

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5A GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT OUTLOOKS — in 2009 doesn’t resonate with the Knights either. When: First round Tuesday; Dark horse: Any of a halfquarterfinals Friday; semifinals dozen teams could fit here, March 3; championship March 4 and this may seem odd given Tuesday’s first round the six state championships schedule: 7 p.m. — No. 16 Red (including 2009 and 2008) Mountain at No. 1 St. Mary’s; won by Miner Webster’s teams No. 9 Tucson at No. 8 Phoenix since the school opened in Alhambra; No. 12 Desert Ridge 1993-1994. Highland survived at No. 5 Xavier; No. 13 Westwood a hiccup against Mesquite at No. 4 Highland; No. 14 Desert to end the regular season Vista at No. 3 Mountain View; and has quality wins against No. 11 Dobson at No. 6 Hamilton; Mountain View, Hamilton and No. 10 Mountain Pointe at No. Dobson. The Hawks barely lost 7 Sierra Vista Buena; No. 15 to Xavier early in the season Glendale Mountain Ridge at No. and were beaten soundly by 2 Chandler. St. Mary’s (most teams have), but if the Hawks can cut those Where: At higher seed first 26 turnovers against Mesquite two rounds; at in half, there’s enough talent Arena for semifinals and and senior leadership (Alyssa championship game. Heeman, Kaile Magazzeni and Favorite: As nearly every coach attested the past couple Cassie Damyanovich) to at least make a semifinals run. days, St. Mary’s has done Breakdown: Most believe the nothing to remove itself from this position. The Knights’ one power points have laid out blemish in power point games an accurate pecking order of who the top teams are, and was to 5A-II Pinnacle in the while everyone has annointed Desert Valley Region in late the Knights for good reasons, January. Otherwise, it’s been a lot more blowouts than nail- a lot can happen in a singleelimination format. Chandler’s biters in the ‘W’ column. The loss to Mountain View could be Knights are deep, will run you out of the gym and can shoot. a blessing in disguise for the Wolves, who appear to have Precious few other teams the depth and run-you-intohave even one of those three the-ground mentality that can attributes on par with Curtis keep up with the Knights. Look Ekmark’s team. Don’t think consecutive runner-up finishes out for Mountain View — which to Dobson in 2010 and Highland has wins against Chandler,



— end the regular season late last week. After a big win against Hamilton, Highland survived a huge scare from Mesquite in a game that had playoff consequences for the Hawks, the latest in an up-and-down ride that’s been Highland’s way this season. The Hawks committed 26 turnovers, are already without a backup point guard because of an ankle injury, had another player suffer a hip injury in the final minutes and canceled Friday’s practice because four other girls have the flu. Unhappy with his team’s play, Webster figured a spur-of-the-moment Friday away from each other could be a good thing, so he planned to move his not-sofun practice to Saturday. “I thought we had and then Thursday night came, and it was a lot of things

from the first week of season,” he said. “You’re hoping to be as close to perfect as you can be this time of year, and it wasn’t that at all. Maybe it’s best thing to get woke up, maybe we got re-focused.” Chandler couldn’t escape unscathed from its scare. The No. 2 Wolves shut out No. 3 Mountain View in the first quarter Thursday night, only to have a 17-point lead turn into a 53-52 loss. It’s the second bigtime comeback by Mountain View (the Toros came back from an early hole against Highland in the MLK Classic in January), and it was Chandler’s first loss since St. Mary’s six weeks ago. The Wolves had 20 turnovers, went 5 of 19 from the free-throw line and had some locker room dissension to deal with. Still, the Wolves’ size, depth and sprinting style are what makes them a popular pick, and the Wolves believe Thursday night’s misery could yield

Highland and Dobson — and Xavier. Near the bottom lurks Dobson, which is nowhere near what it was last year, but has a solid backcourt (Dalia Vasquez, Katherine Hamilton, Miyah Leith) from its championship team.

5A-II When: First round Tuesday; quarterfinals Friday; semifinals March 2; championship March 4 Tuesday’s first round schedule: 7 p.m — No. 16 Glendale Deer Valley at No. 1 Tolleson; No. 9 Desert Mountain at No. 8 Barry Goldwater; No. 12 Gila Ridge at No. 5 Avondale Westview; No. 13 Phoenix South Mountain at No. 4 Tucson Ironwood Ridge; No. 14 Perry at No. 3 Pinnacle; No. 11 Marana Mountain View at No. 6 Chaparral; No. 10 Horizon at No. 7 Yuma Cibola; No. 15 Millennium at No. 2 Surprise Valley Vista. Where: At higher seed first two rounds; at Arena for semifinals and championship game. Favorite: Tolleson is the twotime defending champions, and until further notice, remains the proverbial favorite. We’re headed towards another Tolleson-Pinnacle championship game, though some opposing coaches believe Tolleson isn’t quite as powerful as the last

two years, and that Pinnacle has closed the gap a little, even though Tolleson beat Pinnacle twice (soundly at Highland’s Thanksgiving tournament, then barely beat the Pioneers a week later). Dark horse: Horizon looks to have drawn a favorable bracket position at No. 10. A possible first-round game against Yuma Cibola is always treacherous travel, but if the Huskies survive, most are leery that Surprise Valley Vista really is a No. 2 seed given its strength of schedule. The door would be open for Horizon to at least reach the semifinals. A possible semifinal against Pinnacle would be a buzzkill, but, then again, it would be the semifinals. Breakdown: The brackets are top-heavy with Tolleson and Pinnacle, and, unless things really break in Chaparral or Horizon’s favor on the court (and in the brackets), it’s really hard not to put those two powers back in the championship game. Tough break for Perry. Had the Pumas beaten an average Skyline team two weeks ago, it would have been enough points to move up from No. 14 to No. 13, and, thus, out of a likely first-round matchup with Pinnacle.


PLAYOFF PRACTICE: The Highland girls basketball

team holds a practice Saturday morning in Gilbert.

happy returns in the next two weeks. “That was a great reality check,” Wolves coach Zon Thompson said. “Had we won (Thursday), I would have been really worried and concerned. Since Jan. 4 (loss to St. Mary’s) it was (11-0) and if we won, you wouldn’t have that gut time and being forced back down to Earth.” Mountain View, Hamilton and Xavier are lurking around the corner, equally capable of stringing 2-3 wins together against this deep field. So the combination of

an off-night and some daily teenage unpredictability has left tournament bracketeers optimistic anything can happen, with or without St. Mary’s. “I think any one of those teams that gets hot and can handle the pressure of experience over us or maybe Xavier,” Bribiescas said. “Having been there and getting deep, it is different and there’s undoubted pressure. I really think it’s more open than a month ago.” — CONTACT WRITER: (480) 898-

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— The Super Bowl hit a deep freeze, NBA teams got stranded in blizzards, an NHL game was iced by a snowstorm. Most everywhere, the winter weather is wicked. Good thing the weekend forecast in Arizona and Florida calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s: King Felix, Joe Mauer and friends are coming. Spring training is starting up. Let’s trade ski masks for catcher’s masks. And pitchers, take off your mittens and put on those mitts. Just in time, right? “I would say there might be some of them from the Midwest or Northeast who might go to their respective spring training places and accelerate the real estate market,” Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “Unless they really like being behind a snow blower.” Even before the sunscreen mixes with pine tar, Bruce Bochy is eager. World Series champions always want to get going. The San Francisco Giants manager and his players are among the many teams opening camp in the next few days. “Especially some of them who have been in this harsh weather we’ve had this winter, they’re looking forward to getting to spring training,” Bochy said. “I also think when you get two or three weeks off, you start getting a little bit itchy. Then when it gets to late January, you’re ready. You’re ready to get back and see your teammates, getting back on the field and getting ready for the season,” he said. In many places, that means new pals. Cliff Lee, back in Philadelphia after a one-year absence. Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, taking their hair-raising antics to Tampa Bay. Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez,

now swinging for Boston. Vladimir Guerrero, Jayson Werth, Vernon Wells, Dan Uggla and World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, all switching uniforms. “It makes you feel good to come here and know they wanted me to play there. It’s awesome,” said strikeout-prone slugger Mark Reynolds, traded from Arizona to Baltimore. “This is kind of a fresh start.” Shaun Marcum already is looking way ahead. Traded from Toronto to Milwaukee, he was part of the Brewers’ busy winter — they also acquired former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from Kansas City. “Nothing against Toronto as an organization, but this is the first time I’ve gone through the offseason working out and thinking that I’m going to be pitching in October and not ending my season Oct. 2. I’m working hard knowing that I’m going to be pitching Oct. 23, Oct. 24 — just throwing those dates out there,” Marcum said. But there’s plenty of time until then. A lot to do, in fact, before the pitching-rich Phillies host Florida State on Feb. 24 in the first exhibition game of the year. A host of new managers need to meet and greet their guys. Don Mattingly with the Dodgers, Ron Roenicke of the Brewers and John Farrell of the Blue Jays will be managing for the very first time. In all, 12 teams go into opening day on March 31 with a different skipper than they started with last season. Gone are four long-timers, each leaving with glittery rings — Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Lou Piniella and Cito Gaston. Also missing this spring, baseball’s newest retirees: Postseason wins champ Andy Pettitte, career saves leader Trevor Hoffman and former World Series MVP Mike Lowell.

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Today AUTO RACING 10 a.m. — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Daytona 500, at Daytona Beach, Fla., Channel 10 GOLF 7:30 a.m. — European PGA Tour, Avantha Masters, final round, at New Delhi, The Golf Channel (tape delay) 11 a.m. — PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, final round, at Pacific Palisades, Calif., The Golf Channel 1 p.m. — PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, final round, at Pacific Palisades, Calif., Channel 5 1 p.m. — Honda LPGA Thailand, final round, at Chonburi, Thailand, The Golf Channel (tape delay) 5 p.m. — Champions Tour, ACE Group Classic, final round, at Naples, Fla., The Golf Channel (tape delay) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. — Ohio State at Purdue, Channel 5 11 a.m. — Florida at LSU, ESPN

lanova, ESPN 7 p.m. — Oklahoma St. at Kansas, ESPN NHL HOCKEY 5:30 p.m. — Washington at Pittsburgh, VERSUS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5 p.m. — Georgia at Tennessee, ESPN2 7 p.m. — Texas at Iowa St., ESPN2 Tuesday MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5 p.m. — Illinois at Ohio St., ESPN 5 p.m. — Virginia Tech at Wake Forest, ESPN2 7 p.m. — Tennessee at Vanderbilt, ESPN NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. — New Jersey at Dallas, VERSUS SOCCER 12:30 p.m. — UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid at Lyon, Fox Sports Net 6 p.m. — UEFA Champions League, Chelsea at Copenhagen (same-day tape), Fox Sports Net

11 a.m. — Cleveland St. at Old Dominion, ESPN2 3:30 p.m. — N.C State at Maryland, FSN 7:30 p.m. — Georgia Tech at Duke, FSN 8 p.m. — UCLA at California, FSN MEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE 1 p.m. — Duke vs. Notre Dame, at Jacksonville, Fla., ESPN NBA BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. — All-Star Game, at Los Angeles, TNT NHL HOCKEY 4 p.m. — Heritage Classic, Montreal at Calgary (McMahon Stadium), VERSUS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1 p.m. — Maryland at Florida St., ESPN2 1 p.m. — Stanford at UCLA, FSN 3 p.m. — Ohio St. at Purdue, ESPN2 Monday MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5 p.m. — Syracuse at VilSTATS AND FACTS —

NBA WESTERN Pacific Division W L.A. Lakers 38 Phoenix 27 Golden State 26 L.A. Clippers 21 Sacramento 13 Southwest Division W San Antonio 46 Dallas 40 New Orleans 33 Memphis 31 Houston 26 Northwest Division W Oklahoma City 35 Portland 32 Denver 32 Utah 31 Minnesota 13


EASTERN L 19 26 29 35 40 L 10 16 25 26 31 L 19 24 25 26 43

Saturday’s Games No games scheduled

Pct .667 .509 .473 .375 .245 Pct .821 .714 .569 .544 .456 Pct .648 .571 .561 .544 .232

GB — 9 11 16½ 23 GB — 6 14 15½ 20½ GB — 4 4½ 5½ 23

Atlantic Division W Boston 40 New York 28 Philadelphia 27 New Jersey 17 Toronto 15 Southeast Division W Miami 41 Orlando 36 Atlanta 34 Charlotte 24 Washington 15 Central Division W Chicago 38 Indiana 24 Milwaukee 21 Detroit 21 Cleveland 10

WESTERN L 14 26 29 40 41 L 15 21 21 32 39 L 16 30 34 36 46

Pct .741 .519 .482 .298 .268 Pct .732 .632 .618 .429 .278 Pct .704 .444 .382 .368 .179

GB — 12 14 24½ 26 GB — 5½ 6½ 17 25 GB — 13½ 17 18 28½

Sunday’s Games East vs. West, 6 p.m.



GP W L OT Pts GF GA Atlantic


Phoenix San Jose Los Angeles Dallas Anaheim

59 59 58 58 59

58 59 60 58 58

31 32 32 31 32

19 21 22 21 23

9 6 4 6 4

71 169 165 70 163 154 68 163 139 68 162 166 68 166 169

Philadelphia Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers New Jersey N.Y. Islanders

38 36 31 24 21

15 19 25 30 30

5 4 4 4 7

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59 59 57 58 58

36 31 29 29 26

16 19 23 23 21

6 8 6 6 9

78 197 168 70 154 136 64 183 163 64 159 175 61 151 164

Boston Montreal Buffalo Toronto Ottawa

33 31 27 25 18

19 21 24 27 31

7 7 6 6 9

73 185 144 69 154 150 60 165 169 56 150 178 45 131 194


GP W L OT Pts GF GA Southeast


Vancouver Calgary Minnesota Colorado Edmonton

59 60 58 58 58

58 59 59 59 57

37 30 31 25 18

13 22 22 26 32

9 8 5 7 8

83 197 140 68 181 175 67 153 153 57 173 198 44 145 195

Tampa Bay Washington Carolina Atlanta Florida

34 30 28 25 24

18 6 1910 23 8 2410 26 7

74 177 182 70 162 152 64 173 180 60 170 192 55 151 156

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Games

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NHL Favorite at Edmonton at Carolina at Toronto Los Angeles at Tampa Bay

Line -115-105 -130+110 -190+165 -155+135 -200+170

at St. Louis at Nashville at Vancouver Underdog at San Jose


-140+120 -140+120 -200+170 -250+210

Anaheim Phoenix Dallas Colorado

Atlanta New Jersey All-Star Game at Los Angeles Ottawa Line Underdog at Islanders Favorite Florida West PK East

Atlanta at Edmonton, 1:30 p.m. Ottawa at Toronto, 5 p.m. Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m. New Jersey at Carolina, 5 p.m. Florida at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m. Anaheim at St. Louis, 6 p.m. Phoenix at Nashville, 6 p.m. Dallas at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Washington at Buffalo, 10:30 a.m.

Fans mark 10-year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 10:30 a.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 10:30 a.m. Pittsburgh at Chicago, 1:30 p.m. Montreal vs. Calgary at Calgary, Alberta, 4 p.m. Monday’s Games Florida at N.Y. Islanders, 11 a.m. Chicago at St. Louis, 12 a.m. Washington at Pittsburgh, 5:30 p.m.




FLA. •

Someone placed three small white angel figurines at the foot of the Dale Earnhardt statue that stands outside of Daytona International Speedway. Near the statue was a lone yellow rose in a small glass vase, with a black ribbon tied around it. On the ribbon was written one word: “forever.” Members of the team Earnhardt once drove for, Richard Childress Racing, wore black No. 3 hats as they worked on cars in the garage area. Subtly but surely, fans and NASCAR competitors remembered the 10-year anniversary of Earnhardt’s death, which fell Friday. “It’s just a sad day in racing,” said 62-year-old Nita Powell, an Earnhardt fan who came to Daytona from Sand Lake, Mich. More tributes will come during Sunday’s Daytona 500. The Fox television broadcast team will fall silent during lap No. 3, while fans are expected to hold up three fingers in tribute — much as they did at every race in the immediate aftermath of Earnhardt’s death in 2001. It will be the first time attending the Daytona 500 for Robert Baker, an Earnhardt fan from Canton, Ohio. For Baker, it just felt right to be there in person. And despite the dour anniversary, he didn’t feel sad when he got to the racetrack. The sun was out, the people were friendly and he was getting ready for the race. “I’ve always wanted to come down to the Daytona 500,” the 65-year-old said. “Being the 10th anniversary of Earnhardt’s death, it’s really special, extra special for me.” Fans still remember where they were on that day in 2001, and how they found out the shocking news that Earnhardt had been killed. The wreck hadn’t looked that violent — and wasn’t Earnhardt invincible?


MEMORIAL: Robert Baker, left, of Canton, Ohio takes

a photo of his son Larry, in front of the Dale Earnhardt statue Friday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“You’re not going to hurt that guy,” said 52-year-old Greg Walton, an Earnhardt fan who lives near Santa Barbara, Calif. “He drove with a broke back.” And he had walked away from so many wrecks that appeared so much worse. “There were so many worse,” Walton said. “I can remember the time when he flipped, the car rolled, and he gets out of the car saying, ‘Hey, does it start back up?’” A decade after Earnhardt’s death, his loyal fans take solace in the fact that his accident was the catalyst for a safety revolution in the sport. “We’re still racing, and thankfully nobody’s been killed since his death,” said Jody Scheckel, an Earnhardt fan from Eustis, Fla. “Obviously, we were able to gain from his death, and take the knowledge from that and make the drivers safer. That’s the most important thing.” While NASCAR actually experienced a surge in popularity in the immediate aftermath of Earnhardt’s death, Walton believes the sport lost something it still hasn’t replaced. “With the economy, they

know they’ve lost a lot of fans,” Walton said. “They’re trying to get the fans back in, and he was a big market draw for them.” And no one driver has risen up to fully replace him. “Jimmie Johnson’s won the championships, but he doesn’t have the fan following,” Walton said. “They tried to get a couple of rivalries going. But until last year, NASCAR kept trying to (say), ‘Be nice, guys, be nice.’ You didn’t have that bumping and banging like back Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace.” Walton now roots for Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart, and wants NASCAR drivers to mix it up more often. “Oh, yeah, it’s part of the sport,” Walton said. “Be out there, be the driver, be people. Don’t be cookie-cutter. It’s not a modeling session.” Other Earnhardt fans have had trouble finding a new driver to root for. Baker has been a NASCAR fan since the mid-80s and still watches nearly every week — but he still hasn’t found a new favorite, at least not one who grabbed his attention the way Earnhardt did.

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• 2 Bedroom Triplex New Paint & Carpet Storage & Laundry Rms University Greenfeild Move In $299 480-898-7194

Condos/ Townhomes


Rent 1BR w/office 1 1/2 BA Dobson Ranch. 950 sq ft w/2 decks. Pool. Remodeling of pool completed 6/11 1Covered parking space 1645 W. Baseline $650/Mo Lynette at RPM 602-818-7066

2BR/2B townhome For Rent Mesa-$675/month. Community poolmove in ready (602)826-5223


$199 Move in Special!!! Studio: $400 1 Bedroom: $450 2 Bedroom: 525 Please Call: 480-319-7320

For Rent or Rent to Own

3 & 4Bdrms, 2Ba Located in a nice fam. community with pool & playground.


Move In special $299.00

$1000 OFF!!


East Mesa $380/ mo or $95/wk Off Street Parking •Terry480-980-2725

Roomates Wanted

Apartments General

1Bd 1Ba $495/mo. incl’s Water & Garbage , Cov’d parking. Call for Manager’s Specials 602-909-0351

Mesa 2 br, 1 ba, $495 mo. Call Wally 480-497-1090 Erickson Rlty Grp Mesa 2Br/2Ba incl washer,dryer,water & trash Quiet complex with onsite owner. $625 602-619-0431



3BR 2BA Ceramic Tile Master Bed & Lrg yard $850 Chandler 520-668-4747

Homes General


LOCATION! LOCATION! For The Deserving 55+ New & Used 2 & 3Br homes for sale, rent, or rent-to-own, OAC in gated community. Financing available at 6.99%! Heated pool, sauna & jacuzzi, workshop, exercise rm & activity center. Homes from $550/mo. Contempo Tempe MHP - (602)438-2604; Alma Meadows MHP at (480)833-0521. Visit

Sunday, February 20, 2011 • 43 Homes General


Seyenna Vistas Several Brand New Homes

$99 Move In Special 2 br, $750+tax. Beautiful comm, great location 480-898-8441 or 480-313-1667

Homes Mesa


Mesa Red Mtn. House for rent. 2br, 2ba, new appl’s, garage, patio, com pool, small pets OK, non-smkg, storage + fenc’d yard, RV storage close to 202 & Lake (Recker & McDowell) $895/mo + sec. Dave 480-221-8008 Crismon/Main Nice 1Bd Coach House w/Mountain View, W/D, garage, pool, New carpets $600/Mo 480-323-0471

Manufactured Homes


2 Br, 1 Ba, Pvt. Lot, Fenced, Covered patio, $499/mo E. of Ellsworth O/A 602-810-7226

Commercial/Industrial/ Retail Space 390 Mesa C3 Property with Approx. 1200sqft Building E of 202 on Main St o/a (602)810-7226

Healthcare Healthcare

440 440

Employment General


Medical Assistant. P/T, exp required. Please fax resume to 480-969-1870 Chandler Area

Sales / Marketing


Globally known author & top mentor seeks driven sales pros to join our team dedicated to event, radio & Internet TV sponsorships, & related products. Email

Employment General


Apartment Assistant Manager Pair salary + furnished apartment + utilities Seniors Encouraged to Apply Call (480)834-5386

Babysitter needed for my two kids. $460/week, includes use of car. Qualified applicant must pass background check. Contact me at

Caring individuals to provide non medical in-home care for the elderly/disabled. No experience nec. Caregiver training provided. Call now! 480-833-8889

CDL-A Drivers Needed! Gordon Trucking, Inc. Regional Phoenix Openings! Home weekly! Dry Van Haul to CA & CO Consistent Miles & Time Off! Full Benefits, 401k We have lots of freight! 800-481-9526 EOE

Cert. Caregivers & Med Techs needed for new AL and Memory Care Community in Mesa. All Shifts - FT/PRN. 2 yrs experience, background check and Drug Test required. EOE. Apply in person at 35 W Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ or online

Employment General


Class A Driver needed. Local run. Good pay & benefits. End dump experience a plus . Call Jerry (800) 734-8734 or 909-947-3999 Director(s) of Village Histories Project, Ellsworth Research, LLC - 2 positions: Igbo Director & Burmese Director. Conduct genealogical research, write reports, interview in native language, translate into English. Fluency in Burmese or Igbo required. Knowledge of culture and ability to assimilate easily therein required. $41,600. resume and cover letter to m

Drivers: Class A, Flatbed 2yrs Exp. Great Miles, Benefits, Home-Time. 2yrs 888-880-5921 x123

EXP CDL DRIVER! avail. to drive to North Dakota area 3rd week of March. Avail to HAUL vehicle Approx April 15th to N.D. Bob 701-361-2501

Employment General



Gold Canyon company Company cars provided Work in teams We E-Verify and Background Check The Master’s Touch 480-324-1640

Healthcare Assistant Part-Time Female Perf. to asst wife w/ disabled husband.

DL, Non-Smoker S. Chandler Dan 480-786-5029 Higley Road Pet Clinic Experienced Vet. Tech WANTED! hours to vary. must be available every other Saturday. 480-396-9800 Home repair people needed must have experience and tools for all places of residence. Resident repair expect HVAC. Many openings available full time with benefits apply 9-12 M,W,F @ 219 W Mahoney Ave Mesa 85210 Immediate opening for experience Cooks and Servers. Cooks need to have knowledge in Menu planning, inventory, scheduling and ordering of food. Servers with a smiling face. Full or Part-time. Benefits. Apply in person from 9 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Monday - Friday. FOS Country Club, 500 S. 80th Street, Mesa. Drug Free. Part-Time Office Asst: The Rio Salado Sportsmans Club at the Usery Mountain Shooting Range (3960 N. Usery Pass Road) Assistant for Saturdays and Sundays. Must be over 18 and have computer skills. Call 480-984-3724 for information or apply in person to the Range Manager M - F.

Regional Mystery Shopper Needed! You will be hired to conduct an all expenses paid surveys and evaluation exercises on behalf of BANNEST and earn $300.00 Per Survey. our E-mail m 16491736

Employment General


Sales Associates Now hiring P/T must be familiar with children products. Friendly and dependable, no phone calls info and app. @

please drop off app/resume @ 5030 E. Ray Rd.

SEEKING! Intelligent/Dependable PT Personal Asst. Seekers be willing to learn, hard-working, computer literate, shopping & errand for more information, contact Stephan Tindall stephantindall20001@

Sonoran Science Academy and Paragon Science

Academy charter school locations in metro Phoenix: positions for Science, Math and English Language Learning Instructional Coordinators. Min req master's degree or equivalent in relevant subject area. Some positions also require a year of relevant experience. Resume and letter of interest: Attn: HR, Sonoran Science Academy, 14647 S. 50th St. Ste 175, Phoenix AZ 85044, or fax to 480-940-5458 or email:

No ph. calls.

Wanted P/T Housekeeper $8-15 per hour Experience preferred Call Brandy 480-553-2037

We Offer jobs to smart male and females in any part of United State authority has also inform us to give this offer as many people are unemployed. We need you to represent our company online in Finance,for more details contact $300.00 Per Survey. E-mail Address jonessiadmoore@aol.c om



A loving married couple will cherish your newborn into a life filled with endless love, happiness and opportunities. Expenses to be paid Leslye-Marc 877-410-6302 or learn more about us at www.MarcAnd Loving couple wish to adopt your newborn. Stay at home Mom. Loves travel & life. 480-298-9182



Name is Butch Vernon Played music, with Michael Collins, @ Dean Shorts New London Company on Camelback Rd. Do you remember me? Please call 941-779-6983

Public Notice


DID YOU SEE AN ACCIDENT ON THE I10 WED. NITE?We need witnesses Please call 480-236-4037

Misc Business Opportunities


A Coke&M&M Vend Rt! 100% Finc. Do you earn 2K per wk? Loc’s in East Valley 1-800-367-2106 x 1754 Babysitter/Driver needed Monday through Friday to pick and drop off ONLY 3 children at school. $150 cash per week. Parkside Merrill Ranch Community in Florence (locals preferred). Need to start Monday 2/21/11. Jessica 251-776-3825

Nanny/Baby Sitter needed immediately from M-F,no weekends,temp service needed and not live-in.Good communication skills with children in English preferred.$800 weekly. Interested applicant should write Angelica m

Lost and Found 701 Found in Desert Pit/Golden Mix Approx. 1yr Female Identify or needs home 480-217-0164

Lost and Found 701 L O S T D O G-Dachshund mix White w/tan markingsLost at Costco Sossman & Southern 2-13-11 Wearing leather collar & tick collar Loved Companion REWARD P l e a s e c a l l 480-251-2423 or 602-908-6490

Antiques & Collectibles


COMIC BOOKS I want to buy comic books & related items

480-947-5309 Cemetery lots


Mt. View Gardens Section K Lot 76 space 7-7a Double burial site (stacked) 2 rights of intunement 2 vaults endowment care, in shaded area. $3200 253-376-5242

Garage Sales Bazars


BIG MOVING SALE! Sat 2/19 7am-1pm 4114 E Sundance Power Ranch Btw Germann/Q.C Furniture and Appliances all excellent condition 480-643-9071 Mesa Rummage Sale Bake Sale & Lunch too! Velda Rose United Methodist Church 5540 E. Main St. 7am-3pm,Thur-Sat Feb. 24, 25, 26 Sat. 1/2 Price All Day (480)832-2111

Auction Sunday 2/20 9am Sold at live public auction

Pawn & Trading Post stock High-low end pots, Kachinas Indian jewelry, SW decor - Chance of a lifetime to buy Nat. Amer & SW items at a fraction of retail! 1997 Melex electric golf cart, clean view photos /more info thru week @ 10109 NW Grand Ave 623-933-7748

Wayne Ranch Comm Wide Garage Sale Sat 2/26 7am-1pm. Ironwood to Octillio East to Ranch Rd off of Ironwood & Ocotillo


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Winterfest Sale Furniture, Electronics, Books, Hshld items BBQ/Bake Sale Coronado M/H Park 2700 E Allred Lindsay/Main 2/26 7-1

Miscellaneous For Sale 750 ESTATE SALE!!! Sunday 9am-4pm 42346 W. Venture Rd Maricopa AZ 85239

Miscellaneous For Sale 750

Miscellaneous For Sale 750

Miscellaneous For Sale 750

Grand Opening Oldies But Goodies 3929 E. Main beh/Mesa Cafe, antiqs, collectbls, gtly used, affordable, bargain Tuesdays Not just a Thrift Store

Spinet Piano excellent condition, recently tuned $500 or BO 480-451-1419 Terry Travel Trailer Exceptional condition for age. $3,000.00 480-671-4067

We deal on varieties of Photocopier Paper products here is specification of A4 we carry: 92 Brightness, 8.5 x 11 Inches cost $1.20 per ream. Packaging, 500 sheets per Ream, 5 Reams per Box, 8000 Reams Total in one 20FCL container. We ship around the global world for more info contact sales dept. m or call: 254)822-4074

MOVING SALE f/s/s 7am Val Vista/Elliot CIRCLE G 1852 Washington. Pool Table 52" TV W/D Refer &more Shuffle Boards Bob Lewis 602-242-6782

Pets and Pet Services

Shih-tzu puppies 10 wks 4 females $350.00 mom & dad on site. White/brown. 480-209-3525 CITY OF MESA MESA, ARIZONA



PROJECT NO. 01-606-002




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. All sealed bids will be received at Mesa City Plaza Building, Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, 5th Floor, Mesa, Arizona; except for bids delivered 30 minutes prior to opening which will be received at the information desk, 1st floor, Main Lobby of the Mesa City Plaza Building. Any bid received after the time specified will be returned without any consideration. This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: Furnish and Install new vertical turbine pumps, motors, variable frequency drives, reservoir mixing system, chlorination units, 24-inch water line, building addition, electrical and instrumentation and control improvements, site improvements, masonry perimeter wall, and other items of work as noted in the approved plans and specifications. For information call Anna Leyva at 480-644-2399 or e-mail Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from ARC (formerly ScottBlue Reprographics) at 133 West 1st Avenue, Mesa, Arizona at a cost of $61.00 per set, which is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the Contractor Documents are returned. Partial bid packages are not sold. The documents may be viewed on-line (at no cost) on ARC's website at (click on "Public Bid Jobs" and then select the appropriate project). The documents can be ordered on-line at the website, or by contacting ARC at Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. The Plan Holders List for the project is available at by using the "Project Tools" menu located at the top-left corner of the project-specific webpage. One set of the Contract Documents is also available for viewing at the City of Mesa's Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Please call 480-644-2251 prior to arriving to ensure that the documents are available for viewing. A pre-bid review of the site has been scheduled. Please refer to Special Provision Section 72 for additional information. Work shall be completed within One hundred fifty (150) consecutive calendar days, beginning with the day following the starting date specified in the Notice to Proceed. Bids must be submitted on the Proposal Form provided and be accompanied by the Bid Bond for not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid, payable to the City of Mesa, Arizona, or a certified or cashier's check. PERSONAL OR INDIVIDUAL SURETY BONDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. The successful bidder will be required to execute the standard form of contract for construction within ten (10) days after formal award of contract. The successful bidder, simultaneously with the execution of the Contract, will be required to furnish a Payment Bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, a Performance Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and Certificates of Insurance on the City of Mesa's forms. The right is hereby reserved to accept or reject any or all bids or parts thereto, to waive any informalities in any proposal and reject the bids of any persons who have been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City of Mesa.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. All sealed bids will be received at Mesa City Plaza Building, Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, 5th Floor, Mesa, Arizona; except for bids delivered 30 minutes prior to opening which will be received at the information desk, 1st floor, Main Lobby of the Mesa City Plaza Building. Any bid received after the time specified will be returned without any consideration. This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: Trench and install approximately 17,800 linear feet of 8-inch coated steel gas pipe, and 119 linear feet of 4-inch coated steel gas pipe, directional bore and install approximately 2,100 linear feet of 8-inch Powercrete coated steel gas pipe, jack and bore approximately 135 linear feet of 24-inch steel casing and insert 8-inch coated steel gas pipe, install valves, anodes, appurtenances and miscellaneous other items of work, all as shown on the Approved Plans and Specifications. For information call Scot Sherwood at 4 8 0 - 6 4 4 - 2 5 0 9 o r e - m a i l Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from ARC (formerly ScottBlue Reprographics) at 133 West 1st Avenue, Mesa, Arizona at a cost of $21.00 per set, which is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the Contractor Documents are returned. Partial bid packages are not sold. The documents may be viewed on-line (at no cost) on ARC's website at (click on "Public Bid Jobs" and then select the appropriate project). The documents can be ordered on-line at the website, or by contacting ARC at Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. The Plan Holders List for the project is available at by using the "Project Tools" menu located at the top-left corner of the project-specific webpage. One set of the Contract Documents is also available for viewing at the City of Mesa's Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Please call 480-644-2251 prior to arriving to ensure that the documents are available for viewing. Work shall be completed within one hundred twenty (120) consecutive calendar days, beginning with the day following the starting date specified in the Notice to Proceed.

Wanted to Buy


9015 Business

9015 Business

9015 Business

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF Pursuant to A.R.S. (ss) 10-202 (An Arizona Business Corporation) 1.Name. The name of the Corporation is Scyntist Incorporation Inc. 2.Initial Business. The Corporation initially intends to conduct the business of Commerical Cleaning Services 3.Authorized Capital. The Corporation shall have the authority to issue 25 shares of Common Stock. 4. Known Place of Business. (In Arizona) The street address of the known place of business of the Corporation is:PO Box 477 Laveen, AZ. 85339 4313 St. Katen Dr. Laveen, AZ. 85339 5.Statutory Agent. (In Arizona) The name and address of the statutory agent of the Corporation is: Tiona Moxam Biggs PO Box 477 Laveen, AZ. 85339 6.Board of Directors. The initial board of directors shall consist of --------------director(s). The name(s) and address(es) of the person(s) who is (are) to serve as the director(s) until the first annual meeting of shareholders or until his (her) (their) successor(s) is (are) elected and qualifies is(are): Tiona Moxam-Biggs PO Box 477 Laveen, AZ. 85339 Ricardo Lemonias 2410 W. Mobile Ln. Phoenix, AZ. 85041 Jacqueline Lemonias 2410 W. Mobile Ln. Phoenix, AZ. 85041 The number of persons to serve on the board of directors thereafter shall be fixed by the Bylaws.

7. Incorporators. The name(s) and address(es) of the incorporator(s) is (are): Tiona Moxam-Biggs PO Box 477 Laveen, AZ. 85339 All powers, duties and responsibilities of the incorporators shall cease at the time of delivery of these Articles of Incorporation to the Arizona Corporation Commission. 8.Indemnification of Officers, Directors, Employees and Agents. The Corporation shall indemnify any person who incurs expenses or liabilities by reason of the fact he or she is or was an officer, director, employee, or agent of the Corporation or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another Corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise. This indemnification shall be mandatory in all circumstances in which indemnification is permitted by law. 9.Limitation of Liability. To the fullest extent permitted by the Arizona Revised Statutes as the same exists or may hereafter be amended, a director of the Corporation shall not be liable to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for any action taken or any failure to take any action as a director. No repeal, amendment, or modification of this article, whether direct, or indirect, shall eliminate or reduce its effect with respect to any

act or omission of a director of the Corporation occurring prior to such repeal, amendment, or modification. EXECUTED this 5th day of January, 2011 by all of the incorporators. Signed: /s/ Tiona Moxam-Biggs Ph:602-687-9345 Fax: 602-687-9345

Diabetic Test Strips, by the box, unused. Any type or brand. Will pay top dollar. Call Pat 480-323-8846

Carpet Cleaning

Truck Mounted Carpet Cleaning Tile/Grout & Upholstery

10 years serving East Valley Insured, Licensed & Bonded& 3X Certified 480-671-6624

9015 Business ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT OF Electric Ladyland Rehearsal Studios 1.The name the corporation is Electric Ladyland Rehearsal Studios 2. Attached hereto as Exhibit A is the text of the amendment. Name Change: Electric Rehearsal Studios Address Change: 43 W. 6th Ave., Mesa, AZ. 85210 DATED as of this 9th day of February, 2011. Electric Ladyland Rehearsal Studios By /s/ Michael Brown Member February 18, 19, 20, 21, 2011 / 16620498

Acceptance of Appointment By Statutory Agent The undersigned hereby acknowledges and accepts the appointment as statutory agent of the above-named corporation effective this 5th day of January, 2011. Signed /s/ Tiona Moxam-Biggs Scyntist Incorporation Inc. February 18, 19, 20, 21, 2011 / 16620989


MILEPOST 344.79 to 367.45


The amount programmed for this contract is $7,800,000. The location and description of the proposed work are as follows: The proposed work is located in Apache County on US Highway 191 from Witch Well (MP 344.79) to Sanders (MP 367.45). The proposed work consists of overlaying the existing US 191 travel lanes and shoulders with 2 inches of asphaltic concrete and ½ inch of rubberized asphalt friction course, overlaying the paved turnouts with 2 inches of AC and a fog coat, paving the unpaved turnouts with 3 inches of AC and a fog coat, and replacing the existing pavement markings. Project plans, special provisions, and proposal pamphlets may be purchased from Contracts and Specifications Section, 1651 W. Jackson, Room 121F, Phoenix, AZ 85007-3217, (602) 712-7221. The cost is $13. February 13, 20, 2011 / 16618273

Bids must be submitted on the Proposal Form provided and be accompanied by the Bid Bond for not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid, payable to the City of Mesa, Arizona, or a certified or cashier's check. PERSONAL OR INDIVIDUAL SURETY BONDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. The successful bidder will be required to execute the standard form of contract for construction within ten (10) days after formal award of contract. The successful bidder, simultaneously with the execution of the Contract, will be required to furnish a Payment Bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, a Performance Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and Certificates of Insurance on the City of Mesa's forms. The right is hereby reserved to accept or reject any or all bids or parts thereto, to waive any informalities in any proposal and reject the bids of any persons who have been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City of Mesa.

BETH HUNING City Engineer

BETH HUNING City Engineer

ATTEST: Linda Crocker City Clerk

ATTEST: Linda Crocker City Clerk

February 12, 13, 19, 20, 2011 / 16618511

February 12, 16, 19, 20, 2011 / 16618525


Garage Sales Bazars

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This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: Remove existing, and installation of new street improvements which includes, but is not limited to: sidewalk ramps, driveways, pavement markings, pavement mill & overlay, and furnishing and the installation of approximately 5,400 LF of 18" wastewater line, 10 LF of 15" wastewater line, ITS quad duct, and abandoning a water line as shown on the Approved Plans and Specifications.

Aircraft Maintenance


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. All sealed bids will be received at Mesa City Plaza Building, Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, 5th Floor, Mesa, Arizona; except for bids delivered 30 minutes prior to opening which will be received at the information desk, 1st floor, Main Lobby of the Mesa City Plaza Building. Any bid received after the time specified will be returned without any consideration.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is requesting responses for:


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. All sealed bids will be received at Mesa City Plaza Building, Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, 5th Floor, Mesa, Arizona; except for bids delivered 30 minutes prior to opening which will be received at the information desk, 1st floor, Main Lobby of the Mesa City Plaza Building. Any bid received after the time specified will be returned without any consideration. This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: The demolition of the existing two concrete basketball courts, associated concrete walkways; salvage of amenities as identified; and construction of two new concrete basketball courts and associated amenities, to include ADA ramp and required site grading.

For information call D a n W o m a c k at 4 8 0 - 6 4 4 - 2 6 5 0 o r e - m a i l

For information call Steve Stettler at 4 8 0 - 6 4 4 - 4 6 8 7 o r e - m a i l

Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from ARC (formerly ScottBlue Reprographics) at 133 West 1st Avenue, Mesa, Arizona at a cost of $30.00 per set, which is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the Contractor Documents are returned. Partial bid packages are not sold. The documents may be viewed on-line (at no cost) on ARC's website at (click on "Public Bid Jobs" and then select the appropriate project). The documents can be ordered on-line at the website, or by contacting ARC at Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. The Plan Holders List for the project is available at by using the "Project Tools" menu located at the top-left corner of the project-specific webpage.

Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from ARC (formerly ScottBlue Reprographics) at 133 West 1st Avenue, Mesa, Arizona at a cost of $12.00 per set, which is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the Contractor Documents are returned. Partial bid packages are not sold. The documents may be viewed on-line (at no cost) on ARC's website at (click on "Public Bid Jobs" and then select the appropriate project). The documents can be ordered on-line at the website, or by contacting ARC at Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. The Plan Holders List for the project is available at by using the "Project Tools" menu located at the top-left corner of the project-specific webpage.

One set of the Contract Documents is also available for viewing at the City of Mesa's Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Please call 480-644-2251 prior to arriving to ensure that the documents are available for viewing.

One set of the Contract Documents is also available for viewing at the City of Mesa's Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Please call 480-644-2251 prior to arriving to ensure that the documents are available for viewing.

Work shall be completed within one hundred twenty (120) consecutive calendar days, beginning with the day following the starting date specified in the Notice to Proceed.

Work shall be completed within sixty (60) consecutive calendar days, beginning with the day following the starting date specified in the Notice to Proceed.

Bids must be submitted on the Proposal Form provided and be accompanied by the Bid Bond for not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid, payable to the City of Mesa, Arizona, or a certified or cashier's check. PERSONAL OR INDIVIDUAL SURETY BONDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Bids must be submitted on the Proposal Form provided and be accompanied by the Bid Bond for not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid, payable to the City of Mesa, Arizona, or a certified or cashier's check. PERSONAL OR INDIVIDUAL SURETY BONDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

The successful bidder will be required to execute the standard form of contract for construction within ten (10) days after formal award of contract.

The successful bidder will be required to execute the standard form of contract for construction within ten (10) days after formal award of contract.

The successful bidder, simultaneously with the execution of the Contract, will be required to furnish a Payment Bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, a Performance Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and Certificates of Insurance on the City of Mesa's forms.

The successful bidder, simultaneously with the execution of the Contract, will be required to furnish a Payment Bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, a Performance Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and Certificates of Insurance on the City of Mesa's forms.

The right is hereby reserved to accept or reject any or all bids or parts thereto, to waive any informalities in any proposal and reject the bids of any persons who have been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City of Mesa.

The right is hereby reserved to accept or reject any or all bids or parts thereto, to waive any informalities in any proposal and reject the bids of any persons who have been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City of Mesa.

BETH HUNING City Engineer

BETH HUNING City Engineer

ATTEST: Linda Crocker City Clerk

ATTEST: Linda Crocker City Clerk

February 12, 13, 19, 20, 2011 / 16618528

February 12, 13, 19, 20, 2011 /16618517


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The solicitation may be obtained from the State of Arizona's online procurement system, ProcureAZ: All responses are submitted via ProcureAZ and registration in ProcureAZ is required to submit a response. Response Due: at 3:00 P.M. MST on March 15, 2011. February 20, 21, 26, 27, 2011 / 16621443



DOWNTOWN UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS PROJECT NO. 10-458-001 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. All sealed bids will be received at Mesa City Plaza Building, Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, 5th Floor, Mesa, Arizona; except for bids delivered 30 minutes prior to opening which will be received at the information desk, 1st floor, Main Lobby of the Mesa City Plaza Building. Any bid received after the time specified will be returned without any consideration. This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: Furnish and install 1,700 LF of 16-inch water line, 28,200 LF of 12-inch water line, 42,000 LF of 8-inch water line, and 124 fire hydrants. Install 2,603 LF of 4-inch PE gas pipe, 63,310 LF of 2-inch PE gas pipe, 1,990 LF of 1-inch PE gas pipe, and 29,019 LF of 1/2-inch PE gas pipe. Furnish and install 9,300 LF of new storm drain pipe and miscellaneous improvements to complete the project in accordance with the Approved Plans and Specifications. For information on Main Street Plans call Joel Watson at 480-644-5574 or e-mail For information on the Quarter Section Plans call Erik Nilssen at 480-644-2518 or e-mail For questions regarding the gas design call Scott Sherwood at 480-644-2509 or e-mail Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from ARC (formerly ScottBlue Reprographics) at 133 West 1st Avenue, Mesa, Arizona at a cost of $80.00 per set, which is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the Contractor Documents are returned. Partial bid packages are not sold. The documents may be viewed on-line (at no cost) on ARC's website at (click on "Public Bid Jobs" and then select the appropriate project). The documents can be ordered on-line at the website, or by contacting ARC at Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. The Plan Holders List for the project is available at by using the "Project Tools" menu located at the top-left corner of the project-specific webpage. One set of the Contract Documents is also available for viewing at the City of Mesa's Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Please call 480-644-2251 prior to arriving to ensure that the documents are available for viewing. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled. Please refer to Special Provision Section 91 for additional information. Work shall be completed within three hundred sixty (360) consecutive calendar days, beginning with the day following the starting date specified in the Notice to Proceed. Bids must be submitted on the Proposal Form provided and be accompanied by the Bid Bond for not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid, payable to the City of Mesa, Arizona, or a certified or cashier's check. PERSONAL OR INDIVIDUAL SURETY BONDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. The successful bidder will be required to execute the standard form of contract for construction within ten (10) days after formal award of contract.

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Specific requirements for this solicitation are contained in ADOT11-00000191.

The successful bidder, simultaneously with the execution of the Contract, will be required to furnish a Payment Bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, a Performance Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and Certificates of Insurance on the City of Mesa's forms. The right is hereby reserved to accept or reject any or all bids or parts thereto, to waive any informalities in any proposal and reject the bids of any persons who have been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City of Mesa.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. All sealed bids will be received at Mesa City Plaza Building, Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, 5th Floor, Mesa, Arizona; except for bids delivered 30 minutes prior to opening which will be received at the information desk, 1st floor, Main Lobby of the Mesa City Plaza Building. Any bid received after the time specified will be returned without any consideration. This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: Furnish and install approximately 3,400 LF of 12-inch DIP water line, 2,900 LF of 8-inch sewer line, 375 LF of storm drain and electrical conduit. Install City furnished 1700 LF of 4-inch PE gas pipe, 270 LF of 1-inch PE gas pipe and supply and install customer gas service pipe in existing alleys north and south of Main Street between Center Street and Robson. Furnish and install fire lines to each business. Remove existing stamped concrete and replace with stamped asphalt. Provide other items of work as necessary to complete project as shown in the Approved Plans and Specifications. For information call Erik Nilssen at 480-644-2518 or e-mail F o r n a t u r a l g a s p l a n i n f o r m a t i o n c a l l Scot Sherwood at 480-644-2509 or e-mail Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from ARC (formerly ScottBlue Reprographics) at 133 West 1st Avenue, Mesa, Arizona at a cost of $25.00 per set, which is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the Contractor Documents are returned. Partial bid packages are not sold. The documents may be viewed on-line (at no cost) on ARC's website at (click on "Public Bid Jobs" and then select the appropriate project). The documents can be ordered on-line at the website, or by contacting ARC at Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. The Plan Holders List for the project is available at by using the "Project Tools" menu located at the top-left corner of the project-specific webpage. One set of the Contract Documents is also available for viewing at the City of Mesa's Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Please call 480-644-2251 prior to arriving to ensure that the documents are available for viewing. Work shall be completed within ninety (90) consecutive calendar days, beginning with the day following the starting date specified in the Notice to Proceed. Bids must be submitted on the Proposal Form provided and be accompanied by the Bid Bond for not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid, payable to the City of Mesa, Arizona, or a certified or cashier's check. PERSONAL OR INDIVIDUAL SURETY BONDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. The successful bidder will be required to execute the standard form of contract for construction within ten (10) days after formal award of contract. The successful bidder, simultaneously with the execution of the Contract, will be required to furnish a Payment Bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, a Performance Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and Certificates of Insurance on the City of Mesa's forms. The right is hereby reserved to accept or reject any or all bids or parts thereto, to waive any informalities in any proposal and reject the bids of any persons who have been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City of Mesa. BETH HUNING City Engineer

BETH HUNING City Engineer ATTEST: Linda Crocker City Clerk

ATTEST: Linda Crocker City Clerk

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East Valley Tribune - Sunday 2/20/2011  

The Feburary 20th edition of the East Valley Tribune.

East Valley Tribune - Sunday 2/20/2011  

The Feburary 20th edition of the East Valley Tribune.