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UAA plans to bolster Shootout with airline incentive

The incentive is part of a three-year appropriation designed to revitalize the Great Alaska Shootout. The $2 million appropriation will primarily be used to attract new teams to the tournament. Great Alaska Shootout 2011

By Evan Dodd News Editor

In an effort to bolster attendance at the Great Alaska Shootout, UAA has announced plans to provide reduced airfare for fans from rural Alaska that purchase tickets to the tournament. The “Fan Flight Frenzy,” announced on July 8, is part of a $2 million appropriation designed to increase Shootout attendance over a threeyear period.

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The incentive offers tournament packages, including airfare and admission for a total price of $230, to 18 Alaskan cities including Barrow, Fairbanks and Cordova. Though the initial plan was to provide free airfare with the purchase of the Shootout package, priced at $127, the offer was later changed adjusted due to concerns from the public. According to Kristin Desmith, assistant vice chancellor of

university relations, fans who took advantage of the initial offer will have their purchases honored by the university. The money for the program comes from a 2011 appropriation sponsored by state representative Bill Thomas. The initial proposal called for $2.5 million, but the appropriation was later pared down to $2 million by Governor Parnell. Approximately $400,000 was set aside for the airline

incentive, with the remainder of the money with the remainder of the money used to acquire contacts for new teams for 2013 and 2014. Director of Athletics Steve Cobb explained that the incentive is a small piece of the appropriation that will be used over a three-year period to increase attendance at the Shootout. “For 2013-2014 almost 100 percent of the money is going

to be used to enhance our game contracts to attract higher quality teams,” said Cobb. “In the case of 2012, by the time the money was available to use, all game contracts had already been settled.” Cobb said that the money allocated for 2013 and 2014 has already gone toward signing new teams to increase interest in the tournament. Cobb expects the

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Departments at BMH start relocation process for extensive building renovations By Nita Mauigoa Staff Reporter

Named after one of the first faculty members of UAA, back when it was called Anchorage Community College, the 42-year old Beatrice McDonald Hall has surpassed its intended ability to properly cater to the needs of faculty, staff and students. Now it is time for renovations. “This building was designed to last only 25 to 30 years. It’s time to bring it up to date with current standards and make it last another 25 to 30 years,” Facilities, Planning and Construction Director John Faunce said. BMH will undergo a complete renovation, which will total an estimated $15 million. FPC has set aside renovation and renewal monies for the past four years in order to accumulate sufficient funds to start the project. Among the extensive list of improvements, included will be

the replacement of old mechanical and electrical systems with more current, energy efficient ones. Worn-out laboratories will be gutted and updated. A new elevator will be installed to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The project will include demolition, which will require the hazmat abatement of asbestos, standard for most demolition done to structures built in the 1970s or earlier. People unfamiliar with the properties of asbestos automatically think of health risks associated with exposure, such as lung disease, and speculate that this is one of the main reasons for the whole project. Faunce swiftly clarified that this is not an issue at all, and that the only way asbestos could pose as a threat is if it were exposed in its friable form, where it could be inhaled. This is physically impossible when it

The BMH, located between Wendy WIlliamson and Auto/DIesel Technology Building.

is deeply embedded in materials such as tiles and floors. According

to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos is

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News| July 10, 2012

NEWS BRIEFS Several blamed for Alaska election woes An independent review by a retired Superior Court judge has found that the outgoing Anchorage city clerk, a now-fired deputy clerk and Anchorage Assembly members share the blame for the city’s troubled municipal election. Election workers ran out of ballots at more than half of the city’s polling places during the April election. Investigator Dan Hensley says he found no evidence of any intent by city or election workers to sway the election. His report describes a combination of inexperience, hands-off management and short-sighted planning that left printed ballots unused at City Hall even as Anchorage residents scrambled from precinct to precinct looking for a place to vote. He has recommended additional election training for city employees and poll workers, a review of election training guides and more formalized Assembly oversight of the clerk’s office.

Rain cools Colo. fires, other wildfires grow Rains cooled Colorado’s wildfires Wednesday, but more than a dozen wildfires elsewhere in the West continued chewing through bonedry pine and brush as firefighters working through the holiday kept a nervous eye for fireworks and other hazards. Light rains that fell overnight helped calm the Waldo Canyon Fire, which has scorched 28 square miles, destroyed almost 350 homes, and caused two fatalities. Firefighters predicted full containment of the fire by Sunday, with a forecast of more rain, cooler temperatures and higher humidity through the weekend. The forecast wasn’t as kind in eastern Montana, where a mammoth 380-square-mile fire was gobbling up pine, juniper and sage with help from gusty winds. The fire has burned 16 homes. Firefighters gave the blaze “extreme” growth potential, with wind gusts up to 45 mph predicted. Temperatures were expected to reach the 100s. As firefighting efforts continued, holiday fireworks were canceled across the region. Colorado officials were calling off holiday displays from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, while law enforcement was warning of hefty fines for people caught violating personal fireworks bans across the region. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, which coordinates wildfirefighting efforts nationwide, said 45 large fires were burning Wednesday, including 36 fires in nine Western states. In Colorado alone, three fires have destroyed more than 600 homes and killed six residents.

EU Parliament rejects anti-piracy treaty The European Parliament overwhelmingly defeated an international anti-piracy trade agreement Wednesday after concern that it would limit Internet freedom sparked street protests in cities across Europe. The vote — 39 in favor, 478 against, with 165 abstentions — appeared to deal the death blow to the European Union’s participation in a treaty it helped negotiate, though other countries may still participate without the EU. Supporters had maintained that ACTA, the AntiCounterfeiting Trade Agreement, was needed to standardize the different national laws that protect the rights of those who produce music, movies, pharmaceuticals, fashion goods and other products that often fall victim to piracy and intellectual property theft. EU officials said, too, that protecting European ideas was essential to the economic growth the continent so badly needs. But opponents feared the treaty would lead to censorship and snooping on the Internet activities of ordinary citizens. Alex Wilks, who directed the anti-ACTA campaign for the advocacy group Avaaz, said the agreement would have permitted private companies to spy on the activities of Internet users and would have allowed users to be disconnected without due process. Beyond the EU and 22 of its member countries, eight other countries also signed the agreement — the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea — though none has yet ratified it. The EU vote will not affect them. Compiled by Evan Dodd

Summer season is ripe for construction By Nita Mauigoa Staff Reporter

UAA Facilities, Planning and Construction dives right into work during summer when there is less traffic and more favorable weather conditions. There are literally dozens of construction projects around campus, and we’ve highlighted the more visible projects you will notice this summer. If you plan on taking summer classes in the future, plan on facing construction zones. As with most construction sites, expect heavy work traffic and rerouting as typical in these particular areas.

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Professional Studies Building (PSB)

Conversion of empty space on first floor into two classrooms for the college of education, a room for the use of the Sustainability Program. In progress. Completion projected by the start of this fall semester.

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Beatrice G. McDonald Hall (BMH)

Evacuation process has begun in preparation for full renovation which will start spring 2013. Certain department offices have already relocated. In progress. Classes are still conducted there.

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Wendy Williamson Auditorium (WWA)

Painting of various walls. In progress.

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Eugene F. Short Hall (ESH)

Elevator replacement. In progress. Completion projected by the start of this fall semester.

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Edward & Cathryn Rasmuson Hall (RAS)

Large summer project. Existing caulk between building panels are failing simply due to weather. It will be replaced by 26,000 ft. and 5000 lbs of caulk. In progress.

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Allied Health Services (AHS)

Renovation of second floor, part of larger building project. Silver shoot hanging out of building is temporarily used to dispose of construction material safely into dumpster. In progress.

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Wells Fargo Sports Complex (WFSC) & Student Union (SU)

Sealing and repair to inline cooling systems to fix leaking of pipes. Will be replaced eventually during the complete renovation of WFSC which will start once new Seawolf Sports Arena is completed. Disruptions of activities are cautiously being avoided. Completion of this repair projected by the end of the summer.

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Engineering Building (EGNR)

Construction of mechanical, electrical engineering and corrosion labs in the current building necessary for students to do lab work associated with classes and for fall accreditation. Completion projected by the start of this fall semester.

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Social Sciences Building (SSB)

Work on first and second floor corridors, new elevator, new roof, various work, finishing up third phase of an ongoing large renovation project. The spine (bridge) will be closed off until the end of August. Total completion projected by the start of spring semester.

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The control joints that bind slabs of concrete are being replaced as they are pulling up and pose as a tripping hazard. Completion this summer.

OFF MAP Main Apartment Complex, Building 6 Installation of fire alarm systems and sprinklers as former smoke alarms were not efficient. Installation of larger exhaust fans. Renovation is part of a larger rehabilitation project of all MAC buildings which will span over a 4-5 year period. Currently vacant for repairs. Completion of this portion projected by the end of summer.

Administrative/Humanities Building (ADM) Replacement of concrete in entrance walkway; planter installed around flag pole to spruce up the appearance of the entrance. Completed. All information generously provided by FPC Director, John Faunce; FPC Project Manager, Kristin Reynolds and FPC Contract Administrator, Eric Lopez.


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July 10, 2012 | NEWS

STRANGE NEWS Miami rapper Pitbull may head to Alaska

SHOOTOUT: Airline package for rural Alaskans Continued From Cover

Miami rapper Pitbull might soon be chilling out in Alaska. In a marketing deal, Walmart will send Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez, to the store that gets the most “likes” on its Facebook page. Right now, the leading candidate is Kodiak, Alaska. And there might be a reason. A writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper thought it’d be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible, and is encouraging people to “like” the Walmart in Kodiak. It seems to be working. The Kodiak Walmart had more than 35,000 “likes” Monday, more than five times the town’s population. Kodiak has a significant lead in the contest to land Pitbull, but actual numbers weren’t immediately available, Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer said. She says other Walmart shoppers have until July 16 to like their local stores and pull ahead of Kodiak. “I know Pitbull is hoping his Miami Walmart shoppers start liking their Facebook page,” she said. That would require some heavy lifting, with one Miami location sitting tight with 45 “likes” Monday. “He’s definitely coming to Kodiak if Kodiak wins,” she said. Pitbull, who is touring Europe, seems to be taking the contest in good nature. “Wherever the fans want to have a party, I will be there,” he said in an emailed statement sent Monday from Austria.

San Diego fireworks malfunction in a flash The Fourth of July fireworks display above San Diego Bay was over in a flash after a malfunction that the show’s producer blamed Thursday on a computer glitch caused the planned 20-minute spectacle to burn up all at once. The mishap occurred minutes before the scheduled opening of the Big Bay Boom show, the Coast Guard said. Guard spokesman Rich Dann told U-T San Diego he’s never seen so many fireworks go off at one time. Show producer Garden State Fireworks, the Port of San Diego and the San Diego Fire Department said there were no injuries. Hundreds of thousands of people witnessed the short-lived spectacle. Garden State Fireworks has apologized, saying they’re working to determine what caused “the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds.” August Santore, part-owner in the company, said tens of thousands of fireworks on four barges and a pier had been prepared. But because of a glitch or virus in the computer firing system, they all went off with one command, he said. “Thank goodness no one was injured. Precautions all worked 100 percent,” Santore said. The 122-year-old company produced hundreds of holiday shows across the country Wednesday night. Garden State Fireworks has staged pyrotechnic displays for the 1988 Winter Olympics, the Statue of Liberty Bicentennial Celebration and New Year’s Eve in Central Park, New York. “We are a good strong company, and we rely on technology. We’ll take the ridicule as long as no one was injured,” Santore said.

Michigan deploys talking urinal cakes Michigan hopes to keep drunks off the road with the help from a special message in men’s bathrooms featuring an attentiongetting woman’s voice. Talking urinal-deodorizer cakes have been distributed to Michigan Licensed Beverage Association members in Wayne County, including Detroit, state officials announced. A recorded message will play reminding men who step up to the urinals to call a cab or a friend, if needed, to get home safely. “Not only do we want to turn some heads and get people talking, we hope everyone takes the message to heart,” Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, said in a statement. The motion-activated messages are part of a statewide Fourth of July education and enforcement effort. “At first it may be seen as humorous, but the seriousness of the message will stand out and encourage patrons to find a safe ride home,” said Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Executive Director Scott T. Ellis. Talking urinal cakes have been used in other states for similar efforts. Compiled by Evan Dodd

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incentive to draw an additional 1,200 fans to the Shootout, a fact which he says will benefit Anchorage’s economy. “The average stay for guests will be six days; people will take advantage of that to spend time in Anchorage and create a significant economic impact,” said Cobb. “This gives us a chance to strengthen a state event while giving back to the local economy.” In recent years, the Great Alaska Shootout has seen

declining attendance, in part due to increased competition by other tournaments that may draw sought-after teams away from the state. Additionally, Alaska poses a logistic challenge to teams, who may often choose to stay closer to home. Nevertheless, Cobb says that overall, the Shootout offers a huge benefit to UAA and the state of Alaska. “For 30 of the 35 years the Great Alaskan Shootout has been

running, it has made a profit,” he explained. “At times it’s been as high as a half million dollars a year — and that money goes directly into UA Sports, which supplements the money that isn’t paid by the state.” In regards to critics who claim that people may take advantage of the reduced airfare without attending the tournament, Cobb says that the benefits outweigh the risks. “Obviously we run the risk of

some people abusing this; we are trying to track it and minimize it. We’re not concerned about that problem impacting the shootout as a whole,” explained Cobb. Cobb emphasized the importance of the plan to rural areas, explaining the major level of interest in many of Alaska’s smaller communities. “We’ve got fans in Kodiak, fans in Fairbanks, and my hope is for young people to come to UAA and get a chance to experience the Shootout,” said Cobb. However, not all fans of the Shootout are convinced of the benefits; UAA student Michael Schachle voiced his concerns over the use of state money. “I’ll admit, I’m skeptical of the idea,” said Schachle. “I feel like this may not have the positive impact we’re looking for, but I really do hope that the incentive can help revive the Shootout.” In a press release regarding the incentive, UAA Chancellor Tom Case defended the incentive and reassured the public of the positive intent of the plan. “Our goal was to find a solution that addressed the concerns of the public while still honoring the intent of the appropriation,” explained Case. “Providing rural Alaskans a way to attend the Shootout in Anchorage at reduced rates was part of that intent, as well as stimulating the local economy and building greater national visibility for the tournament.” For Cobb, the program is just one step towards building a stronger tournament for Alaska. “The incentive met the intent of the appropriation. The program is good for UAA, good for Anchorage and good for Alaska. We will be good stewards of the state’s money, just as we have been every year.”

BMH: Building renovations to start in spring 2013 Continued From Cover

up until the mid-1970s. Exposure takes place during disruption and demolition, hence the need for hazmat abatement. There are several departments that occupy BMH: College Preparatory and Developmental Studies, Liberal Studies, Biological sciences, Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies and Aquatic Ecology from the Alaska Natural Heritage Program.When the actual renovation starts come spring 2013, the entire BMH building must be vacant. In recent weeks, occupying departments have already started the ongoing process of relocation. Krystal Haase, one of the building managers for BMH shared the intricate details. “There is going to be a huge crunch on campus, we don’t have enough available classrooms to teach in,” Haase said. “We have recommended having classes on Fridays and Saturdays or at 7 a.m.

to make sure all of these courses could still be taught.” So far, all of the department faculty offices have relocated to other campus buildings; some temporarily for the next 2 years, and others permanently. College Preparatory and Developmental Studies will permanently relocate to the Professional Studies Building. Liberal Studies and their two laboratories will permanently relocate to the Science Building. Biological Sciences will permanently relocate to the Science Building as well while the final location of their laboratories are still in the works. Their transition is straightforward, they will remain where they relocate. However, department courses (with the exception of Anthropology research) taught at BMH will resume as normal in classrooms and laboratories until the end of the upcoming fall semester. By spring 2013 all of these courses will have to be

taught elsewhere on campus. “It will take a lot of time and energy, but we are able to really organize and finally get rid of unused items taking up space in our labs and classrooms,” Biology term assistant professor Mandy Keogh said. Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies and Aquatic Ecology will be the only departments that will return back to a fully renovated BMH, projected for fall 2014. The process is more complex for them because they will to be temporarily displaced only to go through the whole moving process again in two years. Currently the Anthropology Department office has temporarily relocated to the PSB, but all of their research and graduate student studies have temporarily relocated downtown to 707 A Street. Each time they move their collections, they have to meticulously catalog and account

for every item. The department has to scramble to find teaching space and ways to accommodate everyone. “Faculty and students have been greatly impacted undertaking such a humongous task. It could be distressing,” Associate Dean of Graduate School David Yesner said. Yesner is also an Anthropology professor and is unsure of what to anticipate in the fall, as this is the first time the department has faced this sort of displacement. The whole process of moving around will be arduous and time consuming for all faculty, staff and students involved, but the vision of a newly renovated BMH building with modern laboratories and remodeled classrooms alleviates any travails. “It’s all part of growing pains,” Yesner said,”but it will all be worth it in the end.”


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Scorched patriotism

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By Evan Dodd News Editor

Pwhoosh, pew … BOOM! There are few sounds in this world that can instantly strike fear into my heart. One is the sound of a baby crying against the backdrop of ominous circus music. Another is the loop of woodland jungle

sounds that plays during the title screen of my Lost DVD collection. But worst of all, is the sound of the first lone firework blazing into the sky. Because where one firework launches, there will soon be many, many others. And while I don’t particularly fear the fireworks

themselves, the mayhem that follows is always a cause for alarm. Perhaps it’s just my group of friends that choose to abuse the awesome power of bottle rockets, but it seems like every year someone has to have an emergency finger reattachment or

a last-minute skin graft to repair the damage. It’s a precarious balance between festive holiday cheer and a grim flaming battleground reminiscent of a bad day in Fallujah, and I’ve yet to successfully walk that line. On television, firework celebrations always appear to be joyous occasions with smiling children. In my experience, the reality is a loud, explosive debacle that always seems to result in severe cases of mental distress for the neighborhood children and pets. So why do we choose to surround ourselves with fiery embers and unrestrained explosions each and every year? Why do we run the risk of crippling injuries and hearing loss that lasts for days on end? Because America, that’s why. I truly believe that our founding fathers intended for us to lay waste to the sky with flaming red rockets and whistling missiles. To scorch the earth with our glowing fountains and our blazing sparklers. To frighten the family dog, causing her to frantically eat our shoes, spin in a circle and hide in the bathtub until the crack of dawn. That’s why, after Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence atop his red, white and blue liberty eagle, he shot roman candles out of each hand in celebration. Fireworks are an integral part of American tradition, a way for the common man to express his patriotism, a way for our nation’s children to gaze in wonderment at the scorched remains of a “Fizzing Supernova Rocket” that their poor fathers unfortunately lit from the wrong end.

The sole reason that the right to launch fireworks wasn’t outlined within the Constitution only because the founding fathers considered it to be without question. (It’s true, I learned that on Wikipedia! Probably.) And this was how I chose to express my patriotism this year. With little rockets that shattered glass for miles with the force of their impact, and a mortar tube that may or may not have contained a large amount of military-grade napalm. What I’m trying to say is that, as a citizen of the U.S.A., it was my patriotic duty to ignite every combustible substance within a 50-foot radius in celebration of the greatest nation on earth. So believe me when I say that when I accidentally set that farm ablaze on the 4th, it wasn’t because I was “playing with fire” as the naïve police officer suggested. It was for America. Besides, it was completely out of my control that my rocket happened to land in the center of an old dry cornfield. In fact, one might even claim that by burning to the ground, that field showed its true colors as a traitor to America. And perhaps maybe my festivities did get a bit out of hand. Admittedly I know very little about things like safety procedures and fireworks. But even as I sit in court with the judge throwing around cute little phrases like “arson,” “menace to the public” and “threat to homeland security,” I can only think of one thing: Damn, I’m proud to be an American.

Are acupuncture treatments worth trying? By Masha Proskuryakova Ad Manager

I discovered acupuncture about 4 years ago. A friend of mine, who is a big supporter of traditional medicine, asked me to accompany him to a small Chinese clinic for some sort of treatment. Out of curiosity, I decided to relieve post-exam stress with needles while I waited for him. I haven’t have acupuncture treatment ever since — not because I didn’t like it, but because as any college student I have limited resources and different priorities. Interestingly enough, though, as I was writing this article I could almost feel the warm tingling effect that needles had on me. Like most traditional medicines, acupuncture is often treated with mistrust. In fact, there is still no scientific evidence which proves that acupuncture works. Many doctors say that acupuncture has a placebo effect on patients, which means that it is working only because you convince yourself that it should work. However,

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there are others who argue that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment, which shows promising results. Acupuncture was developed in China thousands of years ago. The main belief behind the treatment is that living beings have vital energy that circulates through 12 invisible lines (or meridians)

within our body. Each meridian is responsible for a different organ system. Now and then different circumstances can make the flow of energy uneven, and this imbalance can result in disease. Needles are used to stimulate vital points along the meridian lines and to restore the

energy balance. Some of the conditions that acupuncture is used to treat are sore throat, headaches, emotional disorders, respiratory disorders and different types of pain. Our body has over 1,000 acupuncture points. The easiest to find are probably the four points behind the ear, which, together

with the other points on the same meridian, are responsible for smell, taste, respiratory functions and heart functions. Do not experiment and perform any acupuncture treatment on your own! Missing the correct points won’t result in something extremely serious, but it could cause unpleasant swelling, itching and burning. It might be surprising, but becoming an acupuncturist requires two to four years of school and a licensing test. I would strongly recommend that anyone interested in receiving acupuncture treatment goes through a licensed professional who knows exactly what points to press. In fact, similar to any other doctor, acupuncturists should collect your medical history before performing or prescribing any treatment. So is acupuncture worth a try? Go for it, is my verdict. If you have any health issues you would like to address with acupuncture or you simply have a curious mind, it is at least worth trying.


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April 17, 2012 | FEATURES

Anchorage Food Quest: salmon salad By Heather Hamilton and Vicente Capala A&E Editor and Multimedia Editor

Anchorage Food Quest has investigated some rather specialized foods in the past, but none so far have been as uniquely Alaskan as a salmon salad. Salmon salad sounds like something fairly easy to come by, but as TNL discovered on our

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search, it actually isn’t as common as it seems, even at seafood restaurants. And some places in town that have an established salmon salad on the menu aren’t under 21-friendly. So, because we had a craving and a co-Quester under the age of 21, TNL got a little creative and found five delicious salmon salads to review that anyone can enjoy.

FIRE TAP

Fire Tap: Caesar Salad with Salmon - Fire Tap on O’Malley offers the option to add salmon to its caesar salad and offers two

sizes as well. The small size, which totaled $10, was almost enough to feed two, but not quite. There was less salmon (which was smoked and in chunks smaller than the croutons) and the veggies didn’t taste quite as fresh. Between the dressing and grated Parmesan cheese, the dish was on the salty side as well, and you could barely taste the ground pepper. Overall, the dish was delicious, but it just wasn’t up to par with the others.

MAMMA O’s

Momma O’s: Salmon and Salad - Momma O’s is a small restaurant on Spenard across from Bear Tooth. They don’t have salmon salad on the menu, but for $13.95 they do serve a salmon steak with a salad. Just put the salmon on top of the salad and dig in. The salad comes with cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli and thick slices of carrot, and is very fresh looking (and

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Moose’s Tooth: Caesar Salad with Salmon - Like Fire Tap, Moose’s Tooth (on Old Seward) offers a Caesar with salmon option. The large salad, which feeds two people comfortably, is about $12.25, making it one of the cheaper options on the list. Also like Fire Tap, the salmon is smoked and in chunks small

enough to give dimes an ego boost. However, there is a lot of it. The salad was lightly coated in Caesar dressing, so lightly that it leaves the greens almost dry; if you’re a fan of dressing, make sure to ask for some extra to drizzle on top. Moose’s Tooth also offers ground pepper tableside when the salad is delivered instead of mixing it in

beforehand. The smoked salmon is full of flavor, but it blends rather than oppresses the rest of the dish, and the salmon is room temperature, making it fade to background even more. The price, service and overall taste of the salad make it a very strong second place.

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tasting). TNL went with a ranch dressing, but there are other options available as well. The dressing had a little something added in, not your standard ranch, and it made the experience a bit more unique. The salmon steak was huge (as was the salad portion) and piping hot, fresh off the grill. The warmth of the salmon mixed with the cool salad and dressing was a welcome change from a few of the other salads. Despite how good it was, the salmon skin was overcooked, and it added a burnt taste to the dish. It’s still worth getting though, and the portion size is more than large enough for two.

SEA GALLEY

Sea Galley: Caesar Salad with Salmon - Sea Galley on Credit Union Drive doesn’t technically offer salmon as an option for their dinner Caesar salad, but if you ask nicely (and pay a chunk of extra money), they’ll grill a steak up for you and throw it on there prettily. This salad will set you back about $16.95 (making it the most expensive on the list),

but it is also the largest salad — more than enough for two hungry people — and filling as well. This salad had quite a bit of dressing, but it still didn’t saturate the salad. The small croutons had a hint of ranch flavor, making them stand out, and the greens were fresh and crisp. The salmon itself was warm, but not too hot to overcompensate the cool salad, and very flavorful without being too fishy. The Parmesan cheese also added texture and flavor that the cheese on the other salads lacked. The service was also good, especially given the special order. Despite being expensive, the salad is very filling, and would be worth it to take home for leftovers (or splitting with a friend).

Snow City Cafe: Blackened Salmon Salad - Snow City on W. 4th Avenue has the most original and delicious salmon salad in town, hands down. This dish, which costs $14.95, is full of rich dark colors, and substitutes raspberry vinaigrette for the usual creamy dressings. It also includes strawberry relish and sunflower seeds (which adds the crunchy texture that would have been missing without the croutons).

The vinaigrette is light and sweet, as is the relish, and is a complete turnaround from the other dishes. The salmon portion is relatively small, but the salad makes up for it in flavor. It is seasoned with spices that give it a fairly impressive bite, one quelled and complimented by the sweetness of the vinaigrette and relish. The flavors together are just as impressive as they are separate. The only downfall is that the portion size is just a hair too

small to fill two hungry people. The salad is also only a special running for the month of July, which is a shame, because this dish is so delicious and delightfully unique that a restaurant would be nuts to discontinue it after a month. Snow City, do us all a favor and keep it on the menu, TNL would order it all the time.

Next issue, TNL will be looking to find Anchorage’s best omelet, so join in the conversation on our Facebook page and tell us where we should go.


ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT 06 MOVIE REVIEW

MacFarlane’s humor spills onto the silver screen Growing up and getting older don’t always go hand-in-hand

By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

Growing up, which one of us hasn’t wished that one of our toys would come to life? “Ted” takes that idea, fast forwards to adulthood and slams it with Seth MacFarlane’s crude “Family Guy” sense of humor. A child named John doesn’t have any friends, so one Christmas he wishes that a teddy bear his parents give him would come to life and, being Christmas, it does. About 27 years later, man and bear are still best friends, and while they have both grown up, neither have matured. John (Mark Wahlberg, “Contraband”) works a dead end job but has a lovely and devoted girlfriend named Lori (Mila Kunis, “Friends With Benefits”) of four years. Lori wants more out of the

relationship, and thinks that Ted (Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy”) is preventing John from growing up and realizing his full potential. This sounds like the classic “it’s either him or me” scenario, but it’s a bit more complicated and heartfelt than that, which is surprising for MacFarlane. Despite the debauchery and crude humor throughout the movie, there is an actual story taking place about coming into your own and true friendship. Mind you, it’s lost half of the time under the sheer ridiculousness of the movie, but it is there. MacFarlane, as director, co-writer and main character of the movie, is a genius. He establishes early on that Ted becomes a sort of celebrity when he first comes to life, which leads to everyone basically ignoring the fact that he’s a stuffed bear when he and John are older. He creates a readily acceptable reality in which Ted is considered normal, even if he is the only living toy in the world. This eliminates viewer distraction, and allows for a more immersive experience. The CGI used to animate Ted is absolutely phenomenal. The technology has come so far in the past decade and, except for a few parts here and there, Ted looks extremely lifelike. Mark Wahlberg might not earn an Emmy nomination for his role as John, but there’s something to be said for actors like himself who can film an entire movie while talking to a stand-in prop

(or nothing at all) and still look convincing in the finished edit. He looks real in pretty much everything he does, and since he has the most interaction with Ted, this is both important and impressive. Possibly the only downside to this movie are the parallels to “Family Guy.” Ted acts like an even less public-conscience Peter Griffin, and MacFarlane’s voice acting is so similar to what he does for Peter that it is distracting. Kunis (who plays Meg in “Family Guy”) portrays a Loislike character, while Wahlberg’s character is very similar to Brian. “Ted” is, more or less, a live action version of “Family Guy;” all the same components are there. While both the movie and the show are fun and entertaining, the similarities are a bit much. Overall, it’s a great movie, but unless you’re a fan of extremely crude humor, steer clear. And don’t bring the kids either; the last thing they need to see is a teddy bear smoking from a bong.

Jägerbombs, a smooth but effective drink

gulp down the shot as well, but it’s main contribution to the cocktail is the caffeine and carbonation. As delicious and smooth as this shot is, it’s also fairly strong, so be sure to eat something before you do a round and drink plenty of water afterwards, especially if you end up having another.

Movie: “Ted” Director: Seth MacFarlane Starring: Seth MacFarlane,

Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg Release Date: June 29, 2012 Genre: Comedy, Fantasy Rating: 4

DRINK REVIEW

Not all shots have to burn to be strong By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

There are few drinks that can knock you on your rear as fast as a few well-placed Jägerbombs; in addition to being strong shots, they’re also smooth and tasty. Jägerbombs consist of Jäger and Red Bull; pour the Jäger into a shot glass, pour the red bull into a small glass, drop the entire shot glass into the Red Bull and throw it back. That’s all there is to it.

A lot of shots are strong and harsh, like whiskey, most vodkas and tequila, but Jäger is smooth and rich, making it easier to shoot and then pour a second of, despite the high ABV. The shot initially tastes of the Red Bull, but is quickly overpowered by the Jäger, which is similar to black licorice in taste; if you’re not a fan of the candy, chances are you’ll be biased against or dislike the liquor. You get a hint of the Red Bull as you

Drink: Jägerbomb Ingredients: Jägermeister and Red Bull ABV: 35% Rating: 5


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MUSIC REVIEW

Maroon 5 sells out with latest album, ‘Overexposed’

By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

“Songs About Jane” was a beautiful, thoughtful and memorable album for its unique sound and fun vocals. “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” Maroon

5’s sophomore album, was a successful refinement of the same foundations. Then “Hands All Over” debuted, and the band completely changed tactics and sound, pulling a Britney Spears and switching to nothing but dance-oriented club music. Now, “Overexposed” continues on with this new sound by synthesizing singer Adam Levine’s voice on even more tracks, and turning a once original sound into mainstream pop music. Other than Levine’s distinctive voice (Auto-Tuned as it is), nothing remains of the band’s original music, which is more than just a shame.

Levine has a nice vocal range, but he attempts notes that are far to high for him to reach. In the chorus of “Ladykiller,” he sounds like he’s trying to pull a Justin Timberlake style of falsetto, and it comes out sounding a bit shaky. It also sounds half-baked, as if he isn’t committed to the note. Despite the Auto-Tuned vocals, one song that is fun to listen to is “Payphone,” which features Wiz Khalifa. There’s something emotive and captivating about the song and the lyrics that shows a sliver of Maroon 5’s ability to connect to something bigger than a possible hit track. Wiz Khalifa’s bit is also fun and

well-integrated into the song, but given that it’s one of the few songs where Maroon 5 actually lives up to the potential fans know they have, it’s almost a shame that there isn’t another version without him in it. His crass and uncaring perspective clashes with Levine’s more romantically-inclined one, and even though it’s a fun track, a version without him would be just as good, if not more gratifying. That, and the new fad of tacking a popular rapper onto a song and hoping it becomes the next Billboard hit is growing pretty tiresome. If you’re a fan of old Maroon 5 (as in, good Maroon 5), this album

isn’t for you, so keep on browsing. If you don’t mind Auto-Tuned vocals and the type of soulless pop music dominating the airwaves right now, you’ll probably find something to appreciate on this album. Album: “Overexposed” Artist: Maroon 5 Release Date: June 26, 2012 Label: A&M/Octone Records Rating: 1

Entertainment and art on First Friday This month’s downtown art walk sported more than just paintings on a gallery wall

Local break dancers celebrate First Friday on 4th Ave. for fun.

PHOTOS BY HEATHER HAMILTON

The crowded hall at Sevigny Studio’s First Friday.

Troubadora playing at Arctic Raven.

In The Belfry plays gypsy rock music at Octopus Ink.


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Musical production ‘Spring Awakening’ debuts at Out North later this month Coming into one’s own is difficult, discovering one’s sexuality can be even tougher By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

PHOTOS BY VICENTE CAPALA

Director Caleb Bourgeois and Joseph Chu rehearsing for “Spring Awakening.”

Out North Contemporary Art House has been known for producing both quirky and controversial productions for years, and their next offering to Anchorage, a musical called “Spring Awakening,” is no different. Director Caleb Bourgeois was approached by Scott Schofield, the former executive director at Out North, to do the production a year ago, but now, with the show opening on Friday, July 20, it’s crunch time for both his actors and himself. “Spring Awakening” is a 2007 Tony Award-winning rock musical by Steven Sater that is based on a controversial 1892 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind (which ended up banned for several years and landed Wedekind in prison). The play takes place in late 19th century Germany and surrounds a group of adolescents on the cusp of adulthood who are just coming into their sexuality. The play zeros in on several different struggles, including their lack of understanding and a refusal by adults to explain what they are going through. “It essentially centers around Coleman [Alguire]’s character, Melchior Gabor, who’s this kind of rebel, knowledgable, intelligent guy who’s just trying to get through. Joe [Chu]’s character, his best friend Moritz Stiefel, is kind of the guy who just can’t get ahead, and he’s always down on his luck. Wendla Bergmann, Ashley [Glore]’s character, is this girl on the brink of womanhood, going through her own thing of self-discovery as well,” said

Bourgeois. “It’s really a story about all these different kids and how difficult it is to be this age, whether it’s in this time or the past.” The cast sports a diverse background in theater, some more accustomed to musical theater while others are more classically trained. Glore, who was in musicals in high school but is attending Belmont University for acting, isn’t as familiar with singing as she’d like to be. “I think the most difficult part is, as someone who is not extremely trained in singing, I want to try my best in rehearsals and sing as I’m supposed to and this and that, but that’s not really the nature of the musical,” she said. “Musicals have so much to do with the music, but if all I’m doing is focusing on the notes, that’s not what’s important, so I’m trying to find the balance.” Alguire (a 2012 UAA criminal justice graduate), by contrast, isn’t as accustomed to acting as he is to singing. “I was part of the university Glee Club for almost two years, and I’m a good singer, but acting is not my forte, so I’ve been having character building problems,” he said. The third star, Chu, is having his own difficulties, despite currently going to school for musical theater at Illinois Wesleyan University. “I’m going to school for this stuff, and it’s hard, but then I come back and I’m thinking, ‘Oh, it’s fine, I’ll do “Spring Awakening.’” No, it’s a really hard show,” he said. “Duncan Sheik is a really great composer, considering he’s a 90’s pop star, so yeah, I think the singing is what’s difficult for me,

even though it’s kind of my forte.” Despite everyone being at different parts of the theatre spectrum, Bourgeois is pleased with his luck in casting. “Somehow in Anchorage, serendipitously, the cast just always sort of comes together. You always get this perfect mix of people who audition for shows, so we really lucked out with the turnout for this production,” he said. “It’s a perfect little ensemble.” Due to the intimate nature of the show, Bourgeois plans on dividing the seating in Out North’s theater so that the stage is in the center of the rom, with the bleachers on either side so that the audience is closer and can better connect with the story. The cast will be able to more easily interact with the audience during their musical numbers as well. “I feel like we’ve built up such a momentum with this show, and I’m excited to share it with an audience,” said Glore. Alguire agrees, and thinks the audience will enjoy the edgy production. “There’s a lot of strong emotions in the play, and it’s very connecting music,” he said. “Combine that with the very momentous things that are happening in these people’s lives, and you’ll definitely want to come see it.” “Spring Awakening” will be running weekends at Out North from Friday, July 20 through Sunday, August 5. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for seniors and students with valid IDs, and can be purchased online at www.alaskapaccentertix.net.

Ashley Glore as Wendla Bergmann

Joseph Chu as Moritz Stiefel

Coleman Alguire as Melchior Gabor


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Lessons learned from running with my bulldog By Ashley Smith Assistant Sports Editor

PHOTO BY ASHLEY SMITH

two sets of eyes and a way better nose than mine helps me notice things I might otherwise overlook. The second thing I have learned is that taking my companion on runs with me, it feeds two birds with one scone (I don’t believe in stoning birds): we both get exercise

and I do not get annoyed by his excessive energy at home. Every time I see or hear about someone who must get rid of their dog because they cannot get them to stop chewing on things they aren’t supposed to or because they don’t have time for the dog, it seems like

some exercise would definitely help. Most people workout, why not just take the dog running instead of running on a treadmill at the gym? Not only does running with your dog decrease their energy, it forms a bond of trust between an owner and dog, which

decreases separation anxiety also. That bond of trust is an integral part to any team. The last and probably best thing about running with my dog is that whenever I decide it is a perfect time for a run, his schedule is wide open.

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This spring as the snow melted quickly I decided it was the perfect time to get back into running. It also occurred to me that it would be a great opportunity to exercise my two year old , 90 lb., black and white American Bulldog who had been cooped up all spring semester. It sounded so much easier than it was. For the first five or so runs through our neighborhood we looked uncoordinated to say the least; me trying to run while he thought we were playing, trying to attack the leash and bark at me. There were more than a few tripping incidents. We have finally gotten the hang of it and run regularly. Looking back there are some very important things I have learned from running with my dog. Firstly, I feel ten times safer running in Anchorage with my dog. After the Koenig case and having incidences with sketch people in our neighborhood, I already knew that running by myself was out of the question. I know that one of the most important things is to be aware of your surroundings but I feel like

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Looking out for and protecting against scams By this point in time, most people know that when someone e-mails or calls you on behalf of a Nigerian prince, he or she is either playing a bad practical joke, or it’s a scammer trying to get their hands on your hard-earned money. Unfortunately, some people are still falling for those things, as well as for hundreds of other scams floating around. Some play to our need for more money while others take a different tactic and try to scare us out of it; some sound completely ridiculous, and others can look very legitimate. No matter how careful you are, there’s a chance you could fall victim as well. Here is the rundown on a few of the bigger scams that the FBI is currently battling, and what you can do to help protect yourself from becoming a victim. The FBI’s most recently updated scam involves Reveton, a malware program that infects users’ computers when they go to a drive-by download website. What this type of malware (called ransomware) does is freeze the computer and display a message indicating that the user has violated U.S. federal law and that their IP address was identified as being used to view child pornography or other illegal content. The user is instructed to pay a $100 fee to the U.S. Department of Justice to unlock the computer. Whether the user falls for the scam or not, the malware continues to run in the background on the computer and can be used to participate in online credit card and/or banking fraud. The FBI suggests that you contact your banking institutions and file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) if you think you’ve fallen

victim to this scam. To prevent yourself from accidentally downloading the malware, don’t click on unfamiliar or unknown pop-up ads; the malware is often downloaded with no indication or approval from the user when they do so. Another malware scam involves laptops and hotel internet connections. When travelers go abroad and try to connect to the Internet in their hotel rooms, some will receive a pop-up indicating that a well-known program requires an update. Users, recognizing the program, initiate the update download, and malware is introduced into the system. The FBI website doesn’t indicate what this malware does, but given that some malware has

the ability to aid in bank fraud, identity theft and compromise computer security in general, it almost doesn’t matter. To avoid this “scam,” the FBI suggests that those who plan to travel abroad should update their computer and programs immediately before going and, if an update is required while they are still abroad, they only do so from the program’s official website. Those who think they may have already been targeted this way are urged to immediately report the incident to their local FBI office, in addition to filing a complaint with IC3. The last scam on the list is the telephone collection scam regarding delinquent payday loans. This scam is very intricate

and continues to evolve; the scammer calls the victim to inform them that they are delinquent on a payday advance loan and that their funder is choosing to file a lawsuit against them. In some variations, the scammer poses as a representative of a law firm who has been asked to call and read the legal charges against you. After doing so, they will offer the victim a chance to settle the matter outside of court for a the sum of the alleged loan plus the incurred late fees. When questioned the scammer will either deflect victims’ inquiries or grow verbally abusive toward them. They will not provide specific information on the alleged loan, but will attempt to scare the victim into ignoring that. They

often possess the victim’s full name, primary e-mail address, the name of their banking institution and even their social security number, and use that information to sound authentic. They have been known to call the victim’s home, cell phone and place of employment to try to intimidate them into paying the money, and in some cases have even gone so far as to pose as a process server and appear at the victim’s home or place of employment to try to get the funds. The FBI recommends that individuals who believe they have been victimized in this scam file a police report with the local authorities, contact their banking institutions and credit card companies, contact the three major credit bureaus and have them place an alert on their file and file a complaint through IC3. Another good idea in this case would be for the victim to inform his or her employer of the incident so that they aren’t blindsided if the scammer tries to call and threaten them as well. To prevent this sort of attack, people should be careful about what personal information they provide online, and if they do go looking for a payday loan, that they stick to a well-known and reputable company; don’t just give away personal information in a desperate search for emergency funds. Also, be sure to regularly check your computer for viruses and malware that could compromise its security. Sources: FBI - New Scams and Warnings: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/ e-scams Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov/

Look at Obamacare as a new welfare program, not a tax By Shana Roberson Contributor

As folks around you discuss the merits of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare’s real alias) two weeks ago, take a moment to step aside from the token political arguments. You have heard that Obamacare is now a tax to be levied on the middle class. You have heard that Obamacare is going to lower insurance premiums for the middle class. You may also have heard that Obamacare is going to summon the apocalypse (the silver lining being that it will provide health coverage for zombies). Perhaps all of these arguments have merit; perhaps none of them do. The real underlying issue with Obamacare is that it is an expansion in an area in the budget that is already completely

unsustainable: entitlement programs. Entitlement programs are generally understood to mean Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — though they also include veteran’s benefits, unemployment insurance and generally any government program that guarantees benefits to specific segments of the population. We can now add Obamacare to the list. “If you’re sick, you’ll finally have the same chance to get quality, affordable health care as everyone else. And if you can’t afford the premiums, you’ll receive a credit that helps pay for it,” Obama said the day the Supreme Court decision was announced. If you can’t afford the premiums, you’ll receive a credit. So, the question is, who will pay for it? In that way, Obamacare is much more like an entitlement or

welfare program than a tax. Yet, no one seems to be articulating this

“So, if we’re to be intellectually honest, marketing Obamacare as a tax on the middle class is either ignorant, manipulative or both.” argument. Rather, those opposed to Obamacare are concentrating on labeling the program as a tax. The penalty, or tax, comes into play only for those people who do not have insurance and who are not exempted somehow. According to the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center, over 33 million uninsured

people will be able to get coverage they can’t afford, 16.3 million through government subsidies and 17 million through an expanded Medicaid program. That doesn’t leave very many people that will pay the tax, aside from those who might find it more financially viable to do so (small business owners, wealthier Americans). So, if we’re to be intellectually honest, marketing Obamacare as a tax on the middle class is either ignorant, manipulative or both. Entitlement programs have been eyed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, at least behind closed doors, as the real place deficit and debt reduction can be accomplished. “Medicare and Medicaid are the single biggest drivers of the federal deficit and the federal debt by a huge margin,” Obama said in 2009. What’s a president to do about

the biggest drivers of the deficit and debt? Drive them further into the red, apparently. Obamacare is set to expand Medicaid and launch a new entitlement program. Over half of our federal budget goes to some form of an entitlement program. Of course, you can discuss the merits of each program individually, but the numbers still remain. As a country, we have over $15 trillion in debt. Donkey or elephant, we have to find a way to reduce that. With Obamacare being hurled back into the conversation, we should look at it for the true problem it creates: an increase in an already maxed out expenditure. It is through the welfare/entitlement program lens that we should view Obamacare through rather than a lame “tax hike” scare. The truth is scary enough.


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HOROSCOPE The coming week is likely to be filled with all manner of symbols, images and icons that mean a great deal at one moment, very little the next and yet again a great deal. The significance of this, of course, is change -- rapid change, cyclical change, temporary change of all kinds. That which seems most dramatic this week may ultimately be utterly insignificant, as meaning is assigned and messages are deciphered and absorbed. Conversely, that which seems all but meaningless upon first glance is likely to be quite significant when all is said and done. There is a certain kind of intellectual and instinctive flexibility that will come in handy all week long. Opportunities this week are likely to take unusual forms, and many may not recognize it when it knocks -- and each is likely to knock only once, to prove the adage. It’s a good week for keeping an eye out for those small anomalies that can offer a great deal when examined closely. CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- It may take some careful negotiation, but you can have precisely what you want before the week is out. (July 8-July 22) -- After a long absence, you’ll be back among those who most appreciate you. You can be unusually productive. LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- An introduction early in the week results in more than a social benefit. You can put your minds to a problem and come up with a real solution. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Adversity is likely to give way to teamwork, as rivals find themselves in the same boat. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You must listen carefully to the messages that are sent over the airwaves -and through cyberspace. High-tech missives can mean much. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You may think there is nothing new under the sun, but this week you are likely to be proved wrong. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- Now is no time to be letting your deepest, darkest secrets out of the bag. Take care that you don’t unintentionally reveal too much. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- A promise to get back in touch this week may go unfulfilled -- but the desire is certainly there. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -Competition between father and son or mother and daughter is likely to heat up quickly. Other family members play key roles, too. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You can get someone close to you involved in a professional endeavor for the first time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- Take care that you don’t fall for someone else’s

CRYPTOQUOTE transparent deception. Maneuvering at the workplace yields results. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- Seek a new way to do something that everyone needs done, and your reputation will surely benefit. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- Use of all your senses will come in very handy throughout the week -- but ultimately listening will benefit you most. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- Why wait until you are given permission to get a project off the ground? This week, take the initiative. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You have a chance to explore the new and untried -- but take care that you are not given to risking too much too soon. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You may not be as enthusiastic as another this week, but your realistic, down-toearth attitude is useful. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- Your attitude may require improvement, and one friend in particular knows just how to transform your thinking accordingly. (March 6-March 20) -- Big things have small beginnings, and this week you may actually overlook something that’s important. ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- Those who are depending on you this week will realize early on that you are not the kind to give something for nothing. (April 5-April 19) -- You may be trying to move forward too quickly, before you and a teammate are really ready. Re-examine preparations. TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You may be unusually stubborn this week as others approach you with a proposition that isn’t really all that attractive. (May 6-May 20) -- You may have to turn to another who has a different set of skills to get something done that must be done right now. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- Your mind is much more speedy and agile than many of those with whom you are in competition, so it can be a big week for you! (June 7-June 20) -- Take care that you don’t demand from others what they simply cannot give. Expectations must be realistic.

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