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Volume 99, issue 111 | Thursday, MAY 2, 2013

Shake Smart opens stand at Camp Pendleton

campus Malissa Lewis Staff Writer

Shake Smart, a company started by two San Diego State students in January 2011, is expanding its business. The Shake Smart stand, located outside of the Aztec Recreation Center, gained popularity among students. Last Monday, Shake Smart opened a new location at Camp Pendleton. Co-owner and SDSU alumnus Kevin Gelfand said Shake Smart has doubled its ex-

We are opening four more locations within the year and this is all possible because of the hard work and determination from the staff kevin gelfand

Shake Smart co-owner

pectations for customer turnout. “I am really proud of the accomplishments made by the company,” Gelfand said. “We are opening four more locations within the year and this is all possible because of the hard work and determination from the staff members.” Gelfand said Shake Smart plans to open two more locations within the next two months in La Jolla

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Shake Smart workers making a drink outside the Aztec Recreation Center. A new location opened at Camp Pendleton last Monday.

and Oceanside. Foods and nutrition senior Ciara Board said she’s proud that former students integrated healthy foods on campus. “It’s great to see what students can accomplish when they put their best foot forward,” Board

said. Gelfand said Shake Smart is expanding not only its business, but also its menu. On April 1, Shake Smart began selling Greek yogurt in addition to the variety of shakes it offers. Shake Smart also crafts peanut butter and ba-

nana sandwiches and acai protein bowls. Founders Gelfand and fellow SDSU alumnus Martin Reiman were frequent gym-goers who felt SDSU’s fitness-conscience campus was missing the nutritional elements needed to maintain healthy

lifestyles. After seeing many students forced to consume diets high in sugar and fats because of lack of healthier alternatives, Gelfand and Reiman decided to make a change.

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Aztecs help discover habitable “super-Earths” science Will Houston Staff Writer

In the vast and chaotic environment that is the cosmos, it may be hard to imagine the existence of planets as complex and habitable as Earth. Since NASA’s 2009 Kepler mission, astronomers have risen to the challenge of searching for these Earth-like planets and are finding success.

If you want a place to go if you’re getting tired of the Earth, this is our best place to go to. jerome orosz

San Diego State astronomy professor

Earlier this month, a team of astronomers announced the discovery of two “super-Earth” planets residing within a five-planet solar system. San Diego State astronomy professors William Welsh and Jerome Orosz were among the team of 40 researchers who contributed to the finding. The super-Earth planets, labeled Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, were found orbiting in a “habitable zone,” which is an area around a star where liquid water can form on a planet and potentially sustain life. Kepler-62f is approximately 40

percent larger than Earth, and Kepler-62e is about 60 percent larger. They are the smallest planets found in the habitable zone. “The combination of Earthsized body and Earth-like temperature is very rare, so these planets are the best cases so far,” Orosz said. “If you want a place to go if you’re getting tired of the Earth, this is our best place to go to.” Welsh’s research focused primarily on estimating the planets’ temperature to determine if the planets shared the habitable characteristics of Earth. The discovery was made using data from the Kepler mission. The mission’s purpose is to discover and catalogue potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way. More than 2,700 candidate planets have been found since the mission began. Orosz explained that in order to locate Earth-like planets, the telescope for the Kepler mission focuses on distant stars and searches for dips in the stars’ light intensity during the course of several years. “When the planet passes around the star, they make a little dip in the stars’ brightness,” Orosz said. “What Kepler observed in Kepler62 was a particular star where a very small dip in the brightness seemed to happen on an irregular basis. Our interpretation is that it has five planets that orbit the star on various periods.”

Since the 2009 Kepler mission, 2,300 potential Earth-like planets have been discovered. SDSU professors contribued to the mission’s findings.

The size and frequency of these dips in light intensity can reveal the size of the planet as well as its distance from the star it orbits. These dips can also be misleading and lead researchers to false conclusions about planetary systems. That is where Orosz’s expertise comes into play. Orosz said situations called “false positives” can mimic that signal; instead of one star it could be two, but the stars are so far

away that they’re blurred together as one. Part of Orosz’s task was to eliminate ambiguous possibilities. “The dips in brightness can be diluted, so you can be fooled into thinking that there’s a small planet instead of a big star,” Orosz said. Welsh and Orosz have helped with the Kepler mission for the last four years. Near the end of


2012, the two also aided in discovering a new type of planet that orbited in the habitable zone in a solar system containing four stars. Their work contributed to the discovery of a dozen new habitable zone planets. Funding for all research and discoveries was provided by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 111

Aztecs head to Reno to battle Wolf Pack baseball Ryan Posner Staff Writer

Pitching SDSU: The Aztecs’ pitching absolutely dominated the Wolf Pack during these teams’ last series against each other. The staff held Nevada to five runs in a three-game sweep. Sophomore Michael Cederoth was especially nasty the last time he faced Nevada, going eight innings and fanning 14 batters. Nevada: Junior Braden Shipley is the ace in the Wolf Pack rotation. He has the lowest ERA (2.70), most strikeouts (76) and most wins (six) on the pitching staff. In his last start against the Aztecs, Shipley went eight innings, letting up two runs and striking out five batters, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Batting SDSU: Known primarily for his defense, senior Jake Romanski was a hard out to record the last time the Aztecs went up against the Wolf Pack. In the second game of the series, he went four for five, including a walk-off single in the ninth inning.

To follow up, Romanski hit his only home run of the season in the third game to propel the Aztecs to an 8-1 win. Nevada: Looking at the numbers, it isn’t difficult to see the strength of this team lies within its offensive power. As a team, the Wolf Pack has 28 home runs, almost twice as many as the Aztecs. Sophomore Austin Byler is powerful, with eight home runs and a .356 batting average this year. Intangibles SDSU: At 9-15, it’s safe to say the Aztecs struggle on the road, but after sweeping Nevada in their last series, the Aztecs should have a lot of confidence coming into these games. If pitchers Cederoth, junior Philip Walby and senior Ryan Doran are on their game, Nevada’s power will be shut down. Nevada: If Nevada’s going to take this series, its offense will have to perform a lot better than the last time it played SDSU. If it comes down to a pitching duel, SDSU is going to win that battle. The Wolf Pack clearly has an advantage in the power game, but that may not be enough to win the series.

Men’s tennis For the second consecutive season, the University of New Mexico defeated the San Diego State men’s tennis team in the Mountain West Conference semifinals. The No. 1seeded Aztecs lost 4-2 to the No. 4-seeded Lobos last Saturday at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. SDSU finished its season 18-8 overall and 6-1 in conference play to become the MW regular-season champions. Track and field From Philadelphia to La Jolla, last weekend was quite busy for the No. 21 SDSU track and field team. Some team members competed in the Penn Relays, while others competed in the University of California, San Diego Triton Invitational. At the Penn Relays, junior Shanieka Thomas won the Triple Jump Championship with a leap of 44 feet, 8 inches. While back in San Diego, senior Josefine Koskinen won the 1,500 with a season-best time of 4:37.20, defeating 17 other competitors. The Aztecs will compete at 11 a.m. this Saturday in the Occidental Invitational in Los Angeles, their final meet before the MW Championships.

Women’s tennis Last Sunday, the SDSU women’s tennis team lost 4-1 to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the MW title match. The Rebels broke the Aztecs’ 15-match win streak and robbed them of a guaranteed bid to the NCAA tournament. Among its accomplishments this season, SDSU clinched its first outright regular season title since 2002. Yesterday, the Aztecs earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and will compete against No. 19 Baylor in the opening round on May 10 in Evanston, Ill. Lacrosse The SDSU lacrosse team ended its second season in program history last Saturday with a 12-11 loss to the University of Southern California. Sophomore Sophie Koubek recorded a hat trick for the Aztecs with three goals. SDSU finished 8-8 overall and 3-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, putting the team at a fifthplace finish.

—Compiled by Assistant Sports Editor Adriana Bush

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NBA Beat First gay player comes out The NBA, along with the rest of the major sports world, received a huge announcement Monday, when free agent center Jason Collins became the first active player in any professional sport to come

out as gay. Sports Illustrated first reported the interview with Collins, which he opened saying, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.� Collins went on to say he would assume responsibility as a role model for the gay athletes of any

sport. Collins also admitted a sense of relief, saying, “The most you can do is stand up for what you believe in. I’m much happier since coming out to my friends and family. Being genuine and honest makes me happy.� The veteran center has played with six different teams in 12 seasons, most recently with the Washington Wizards, was No.

18 overall in the 2001 draft and went to the NBA Finals with the New Jersey Nets two times. Spurs and Heat first teams to punch ticket to second round The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are headed to the second round of the NBA playoffs after sweeping their first-round opponents, the Los Angeles

Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks, respectively. The Spurs will play the winner of the Golden State Warriors versus Denver Nuggets series, while the Heat will play the winner of the Brooklyn Nets versus Chicago Bulls series.

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SDSU rolls toward accessible housing on campus

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campus Ethan Bailey Assistant Features Editor

Moving out and living independently can be a daunting task for any college student. Leaving family and embarking on an adventure into the unknown has its challenges— paying rent, cleaning, cooking and doing laundry are just some of the duties necessary to make it in the adult world. But for many physically disabled students (including myself), the challenge of completing everyday responsibilities is paired with the challenge of finding accessible housing to fit certain needs. Does the building have stairs? Forget about it. Is the microwave on the counter or mounted above the stove? If it’s the latter, my armless self won’t

be cooking any Easy Mac anytime soon. If the bathroom doesn’t have enough space for a wheelchair or a roll-in shower, things could get ... messy. All jokes aside, finding handicapaccessible housing can be tough. San Diego State Student Disability Services Interim Director Don Kirson said SDSU needs to accommodate its disabled students. “Housing needs to be responsive to the needs of students with disabilities,” Kirson said. “Of primary interest is accessibility.” Kirson said “accessibility” encompasses many areas. “Both getting to and using the rooms is important,” Kirson said. “But you also have to consider safety and medical issues.” Kirson said it’s also important

to add warning systems in rooms, such as bed shakers for hearingimpaired students, in case of emergencies. Fortunately, SDSU provides accommodating living spaces for students with disabilities. Religious studies senior Ryan Frisella has lived in Cuicacalli Suites for the past three years and has enjoyed the experience. He uses a power wheelchair to get around campus. Frisella said the housing administration has accommodated him nicely. “They have been good about having a shower chair in the bathroom, so I can sit and shower instead of stand,” Frisella said. “Everyone is helpful and responsive if I need something.” Frisella said living in Cuicacalli Suites is an upgrade in accessibility from his first year at SDSU, when he lived in the Olmeca Residence Hall. “It’s a much newer building,” Frisella said. “I think that has something to do with it.” According to SDSU’s Office

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of Administration Director of Housing Eric Hansen, Cuicacalli Suites has roll-in showers, specially made doorknobs, strobe-light warning systems for the hearingimpaired and other amenities in accordance with standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which passed in 1990. Hansen said in order for disabled students to acquire necessary accommodations, SDS and housing offices need to work with students to decide what measures to take. Hansen said the first step is for students to contact SDS to get the ball rolling. “Normally, we meet with the director of Student Disability Services and say, ‘Here are the accommodation requests, what are some things we can do?’” Hansen said. “And then we’ll work with the students and sometimes their physicians—depending on what the issue is—and then we find the best way to accommodate them.” Frisella said this was a relatively easy process. “It was basically pretty smooth,” Frisella said. “I mostly wanted accessibility, nonsmoking and quiet, and I had no problem with any of it.” Hansen said there are currently about 40 handicap-accessible

residence hall units on campus—a number which he still thinks is not enough. However, Hansen said the Office of Housing Administration is currently in the early stages of planning a renovation of Zura Residence Hall, where “universaldesign concepts” will be employed to improve accessibility. These include accessible pathways and bathrooms, along with spots with enough room for wheelchairs to turn around. “It will be a much more accessible building than it was when it was built in 1968,” Hansen said. He said one future goal is to have accessible rooms on every floor. “It’s a work in progress,” Hansen said. “We certainly understand that we aren’t at that universal-design point yet. But as we go through and renovate each of our facilities—at least, that’s what our hope is—we will continue to implement those universal design concepts.” Hansen said students with disabilities should have the opportunity to live on any oncampus community. “We’ll have 19 residential learning communities this next year,” Hansen said. “We don’t want students’ abilities to restrict or dictate whether they can be part of a community.”


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‘Comics are Everywhere’ aims to shake stereotypes spotlight Christian Benavides Staff Writer

One day, a little boy opened his first superhero comic book. Instantly, he was pulled into another world and something happened within him. Since that day, he hasn’t been able to put down his pencil, and continues to draw the characters that occupy his mind. San Diego State alumnus Neil Kendricks knew at a young age that art would be a large part of his life. “I always drew, I always was doing some kind of artwork my entire life,” Kendrick said. “My

earliest memories are doing drawings. I taught myself to draw when I was really small. I learned how to draw looking at comic books. I think to a certain extent, perhaps comics was one of the first artworks that I gravitated toward to when I was

You can say I’m a witness to the idea of following your bliss, of following things that you really love. neil kendricks

SDSU alumnus

a kid, so it’s appropriate that that fascination would continue into my childhood.” Kendricks was born in Michigan, but raised in San Diego. Early in his high school career, Kendricks’ classmates recognized his talent for art and even voted him “most talented”

his senior year. But life isn’t always easy for people pursuing a career as an artist. Kendricks said students pursuing the arts have to fight the misconception of those careers not being achievable. “Facing that mindset in other people whether it’s strangers or people in your family can be very challenging,” Kendricks said. “You get to a point where you simply have to push forward or give up on it.” While an undergraduate at SDSU, Kendricks double-majored in art and journalism. He found his niche at The Daily Aztec, where he wrote about San Diego artists. As an artist himself, Kendricks wrote articles from an artist’s perspective, for which he received recognition from outside newspapers, such as the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. These publications offered him freelance writer positions. Kendricks became The Daily Aztec’s editor in chief in 1993. While experiencing success in his

San Diego State alumnus Neil Kendricks.

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THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 111 writing, Kendricks found another art form that inspired him to continue attending SDSU. After participating in making a short film, Kendricks decided to obtain a master’s degree in television, film and new media production. Proficiency in journalism allowed Kendricks to earn a living through freelance writing as he met more artists and developed his own projects. “You can say I’m a witness to the idea of following your bliss, of following the things that you really love,” Kendricks said. “I mean, I struggled. This is not an easy life. It’s just part of the course (of being an artist).” After receiving his master’s degree, Kendricks was offered to embody an idea he had for a show involving multiple films from various artists in the Museum of

Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. The successful show became part of the alt.pictureshow and soon after, Kendricks became the museum’s film curator. Kendricks was recently asked to be one of

new project because they are still a huge part of his life. “I’ve always had a passion for comics as a form of sequential art and storytelling,” Kendricks said. “It pulls in the kind of things I’m

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of a passive viewer where, as a comic, you’re turning pages, you’re interacting with the text, your imagination is jump-started in a different way and so I had this longtime fascination with the medium.” Kendrick said comics have grown as an art form, but it continues to be a stereotype that comics and graphic novels are only for kids. Kendricks hopes to illustrate the respect he thinks comics and graphic novel artists deserve with “Comics are Everywhere.” He will showcase established artists, such as Jaime Hernandez and Daniel Clowes, but the documentary will focus more on upcoming artists JJ Villard and Danni Shinya Luo. Through these artists, Kendricks wants to show the world of comics to a larger

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Retail store pet sale ban is barking up the right tree

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an Diego may be following the example of 31 U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles and Chula Vista, that have banned the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores. The San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is reviewing the proposed ordinance. If the ban is adopted, local retailers would be violating the law if they “display, offer for sale, de-

That’s a win for everybody because we adopt animals that are homeless ... those stores get to increase their sales gary weitzman

San Diego Humane Society president

liver, barter, auction, give away, transfer or sell any live dog, cat or rabbit in any pet shop, retail business or other commercial establishment located in the city of San Diego, unless the dog, cat or rabbit was obtained from a city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society or a nonprofit rescue organization.” This ordinance is long overdue. San Diego Humane Society President Gary Weitzman said the ordinance would reduce the amount of homeless animals in

Meatloaf, seen here basking in the sun at San Diego State’s campus, was rescued by senior staff columnist Kenneth Leonard.

San Diego County. “That’s a win for everybody because we adopt animals that are homeless, and those commercial facilities, those stores get to increase their sales and have a great relationship with the community,” Weitzman told KPBS. However, not everyone is happy about the proposed initiative, which has been endorsed by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA; Animal Protection and Rescue League; San Diego Animal Defense Team; and Compan-

ion Animal Protection Society. “The majority of people want a legitimate pet store that deals with legitimate breeders that are American Kennel Club and AKC partner registers,” San Diego Puppy CEO David Salinas told KPBS. “We’ve done everything right in San Diego, and the reason we continue to prosper and grow is because we have a lot of referrals and repeat customers.” All of this discussion leads me to a question: What type of person buys a pet from a retail out-

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let nowadays? We’ve all seen the commercials with Sarah McLachlan that remind us how awful we are if we’re not certified animal rescuers. Everyone knows how overcrowded animal shelters are and how overworked animal rescue workers are. What kind of person would prefer to buy a friend rather than save a life? Rescuing a pet from a shelter is an indisputably good and charitable act, but some people care a lot about their pet’s breeding, interested only in owning animals

with specific bloodlines. Shallow potential pet owners who want purebreds but are still concerned with avoiding the animal cruelty associated with puppy mills can buy from a reputable breeder. Ethical breeders don’t sell animals to retail outlets. It just doesn’t happen. Ethical breeders often insist on meeting buyers and learning as much about them as possible before agreeing to sell them a pet. Buyers are sometimes obligated to sign a contract with the breeder, agreeing to stay in touch for the duration of the pet’s life. Conscientious and humane breeders aren’t just interested in taking people’s money. They understand that releasing a pet to a buyer is a merging of families. Retail pet stores don’t necessarily care about families. They’re out to make money, and it behooves functional businesses to be predominantly concerned with the bottom line from a financial perspective, as opposed to focusing primarily on the ethical treatment of animals. Hopefully, this ordinance will encourage San Diego to become a city where the ethical treatment of animals is a major priority. When we compare the value of businesses that support puppy mills to the value of the lives of the tens of thousands of shelter animals awaiting adoption, we can easily see how this ordinance is a step in a positive direction. —Senior staff columnist Kenneth Leonard is an English senior

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Volume 99, issue 111 | THURSday, MAY 2, 2013

The quest for the perfect place humor

Caitlin Johnson Staff Writer

San Diego is the best and worst place to live. The weather is usually perfect and the views are gorgeous, but you’re damned lucky if you find a decent place to live without selling your soul to the devil (I’m currently taking out a second mortgage on mine). Unless you decide to live in a tree or become a troll and take up residence under a bridge, you’re going to need a roommate or two. That’s all fine and dandy if you know people who are willing and have money. But perhaps you’re not so fortunate. If you don’t feel like bunking with your bud in his grandma’s basement, it’s time to look elsewhere for roomies (and maybe friends in general). Now that you’ve decided to venture out on your own, you have a few options to get started. Let’s say you’ve found a classmate willing to share an apartment. Great, that’s half the battle. You and your newfound friend are ready to set forth on the homestead horizon. The next step is to find a place worthy of your throne of awesomeness. As you traverse the vast possibilites of the Internet, dodging spam and fighting off advertisements, you may notice a pattern among the endless apartment websites. Scouring page after page of useless information, you begin to see the same peculiar images: cheerful people laughing and frolicking in the sunlight, happy couples enjoying a night on the town and a trio of girlfriends gossiping over coffee in the park. What do these images have to do with the perfect apartment? Absolutely nothing! But apparently, the advertisers want you to feel as if the keys to your new abode will suddenly

unlock the doors of infinite contentment. “Live with us and your happiest dreams will come true!” Their fancy-pants websites may draw you in with crisp, clean colors and promises of a brighter future, but don’t let them fool you. Review websites such as and will often be your best reference. For whatever reason, there seems to be a crazy juxtaposition between an official apartment website and the truth that comes out in the reviews—it seems as though the fancier the website, the crappier the apartments. Of course, home is what you make of it. I suppose having your own place could be the start of an amazing new life adventure, especially if you’ve never been on your own before. But as with anything else, the good comes with the bad. If you can ignore the kid down the hall screaming bloody murder at all hours of the night or your neighbors playing racquetball against your mutual wall (it does seem odd they would play in the bedroom at night), maybe you too can experience the same joy as those perfect people in the website’s sidebar. As someone who’s lived in apartments for the majority of my rather dull life, I admit I am somewhat jaded; but in some aspects, it’s completely justified. After recently having no luck with bribing my friends to move in with me, I turned to Craigslist for help. It seemed like such a simple venture. I typed in my specifications and hit the “search” button. Voilà! Endless prospects were at my fingertips; all I had to do was pick one. Little did I know how much easier said than done that task was. In retrospect, I should have known better than to trust anything on the Internet, but I was naive. Like the “First

Day on the Internet Kid” meme, I clicked on anything and everything that sounded promising. After calling to set up a meeting, I felt pretty confident I would find a great place. I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn the ads featured on Craigslist aren’t always what they seem. I liked to assume most people in the world were trustworthy, but perhaps that was my first mistake. Maybe it’s just me, but common courtesy is supposed to dictate openness and honesty when trying to find someone to live in your home. If you tell me I’m going to have a private bathroom, don’t wait to say, “Don’t worry, the other guy never uses it.” Oh, and if you have a baby, that’s probably something you want to mention before your prospective client wastes precious gas driving all the way there. Not cool. After a series of unfortunate events even Liz Lemon would shake her head at, “I was ready to give up.” However, persistence with a hint of desperation kept me going, and I was fortunate enough to find at least one nice person among the liars and creeps (there is seriously something shady about those “free rent 4 cute girl” posts I can’t seem to comprehend). Thankfully, my tale ends on a happier note. And so dear reader, I send you forth with these words of wisdom in hopes you will have better luck in your endeavors. Living on your own can be exciting. It doesn’t always mean you have to settle for something less than adequate. The experience is its own reward, and it is what you make of it. If all else fails, you still have the option of becoming a bridge troll.


by Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services

Today’s Birthday (5/2/13) - Between now and June 25, a barrier dissolves and ushers in new career opportunities. After that, community, home and family responsibilities busy you for the rest of the year. Teamwork magnifies efforts. Education and networking for positive impact inspires. Balance work with abundant play. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 9 - Consider the money, but don’t get stopped by lack of it. If you have trouble adjusting, discover other resources, like groups and networks with valuable connections and opportunities. What can you trade? Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 - Assume new duties, and prepare for inspection. Remain firmly patient with a resister. Having love makes it easier to stick to a budget. Find a pleasant surprise at home. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 - You don’t have to spend a lot to impress your date. Find inventive ways to show you care. Travel, studies and education tickle your fancy. Have an adventure. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 - Follow a hunch, even if it seems ridiculous at first. Don’t overspend, and report clearly. A conflict between love and money makes it a tricky time for romance. Learn from an experienced tutor. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 9 - Put your talent to work, and keep to the budget. It’s not a good time to travel yet, but you’re lucky now. Handle that main obligation first. Getting it complete satisfies. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 9 - Stick to practical issues, especially if controversy arises. Gather information for an expanding project, and include important

details. Make minor repairs. Increase your skills in the coming week for a new understanding. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 - Take on more work this week. You gain in popularity. There’s a potential clash with authority. That’s part of the process, so anticipate some disagreement. Share ideas with your partner, and dare to stand out. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Don’t overstep your bounds. True, things are getting stirred up. Obligations may force a delay. More money is coming soon, but resist an enthusiastic salesperson anyway. Don’t take risks or travel long-distance yet. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - Be careful as you address ancient issues. Consistent effort wins. Accept acknowledgement from a person you admire. There’s positive cash flow ahead, but keep to your budget anyway. Sidestep a controversy. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 9 - Make a sales call. Stick with your principles, and work to achieve immediate goals. You can achieve abundance together. Tempers may be short. Discuss; don’t argue. Take a timeout, if needed. Build up reserves. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - Work interferes with play. Continue to increase your investigation in the coming week. Consider whatever might go wrong. Develop greater skill. Financial shortages will be overcome. Go out somewhere nice together. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - Circumstances change quickly, so bid high if you really want it. Don’t force things. Continue to decrease obligations and worries this week. Get out into the community. There’s enough money, but spend thoughtfully. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.


by The Mepham Group, Tribune Media Services

Difficulty Level: 4 out of 4 Instructions: Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9.


Solutions available online at ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.


don liebig

Throwback ‘92

sdsu’s eva olivarez takes a 13-9 record and the tennis team’s top singles ranking in the last week of april in 1992 .

Across 1 Turn near home 6 Boxers’ sounds 10 __ Said: Suez Canal harbor 14 Watson’s creator 15 Veggie that leaves a purple stain 16 Playfully roguish 17 NUTS 19 End of an old boast 20 It’s après après-midi 21 Part of the inn crowd? 22 Elevator stop 23 Spike TV, once 24 BOLTS 26 Sells out 28 Dive into, as a pile of correspondence 29 Take into custody? 30 County bordering Galway 33 NUTS 39 Heavy load 40 “Hill Street Blues” regular Veronica 42 Red choice 47 Advice-and-consent body 48 BOLTS 52 Felix or Morris, e.g. 53 Pal of d’Artagnan 54 Squeal 55 “How the Other Half Lives” author Jacob 56 Dutch burg 57 NUTS AND BOLTS 59 Differently 60 Money guru Orman 61 Name on a bottle of Pleasures 62 Sinks out of sight 63 ‘80s-’90s tennis star Korda 64 Farm machinery giant Down 1 To the stars, in mottos 2 Olds luxury model 3 Owing to 4 11-Down, e.g., briefly 5 Royal flush part 6 Britcom with Edina and Patsy

/ Daily Aztec by Rich Norris & Joyce Lewis, Tribune Media Services

Solutions available online at 7 Run over 8 Upscale handbag 9 Canonized gp. 10 1904 Nobel-winning physiologist 11 Camden Yards player 12 Dr Pepper alternative 13 Desire 18 Fed. investigator 22 Monk’s address 24 Snap, in ads 25 Half a little train? 27 Bain de Soleil abbr. 30 The Beatles and the Stones, e.g. 31 Sun Devils’ sch. 32 Timeline nos. 34 “__ problem!” 35 Jazzman Baker 36 Kal __: Iams rival

37 Make gaunt 38 Merchant 41 Thoughtful words 42 Goes after 43 Unimportant 44 Overcome with shock 45 Scholarship founder 46 Many “Star Trek” characters, briefly 47 Billboard, say 49 Thing to resolve 50 Composer who wrote piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies 51 Evil look 55 Climb 57 Psychic letters 58 “How I Met Your Mother” narrator


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