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“We have an excellent record with TABC,” she said. “We’ve only had one issue since I’ve owned Bentley’s. I’ve been told by an Arlington police officer that they never have to worry about us.” J. Gilligan’s owner Randy Ford also doesn’t believe the crackdown will present an issue for his establishment. “It comes with the territory,” he said. “People have to be responsible, including us. We have to be responsible to make sure people aren’t overindulging or we aren’t serving underage customers.” The crackdown started after a Jan. 31 car accident killed a passenger, according to an APD-released accident report. The driver, who police said they be-

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the leadership center is sponsoring “Through a Child’s Eyes,” an exhibit by David Herman Jr., photographer and director of the nonprofit organization Preservation LINK, in the University Center Gallery.

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Through a Child’s Eyes: all day, University Center Gallery. Free. For information, contact Stephanie Brown at 817-272-2963 or sabrown@uta.edu. Art Exhibition — Michelle Dizon/Vincent Valdez: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 817272-5658 or phealy@uta.edu. Golf Cart Parade: 8 a.m.– noon, UC and Central Library malls and Texas Hall east lawn. Golf carts decorating begins at 8 a.m. Parade starts at approximately 12:10 p.m. Study Abroad Information Table — Focus on Facultyled Programs: noon–3 p.m., UC between Starbucks and Freshens. Free. For information, contact Blake Hart at 817-272-1120 or studyabroad@uta.edu. The Intersection of Art and Leadership: noon–1:30 p.m., UC Gallery. Light refreshments served. Free. For information, contact Stephanie Brown at 817-272-2963 or sabrown@uta.edu. Internship Workshop: 3–5 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium. Free. For information, contact Career Services at 817-272-2932 or careers@ uta.edu.

THURSDAY Homecoming Step Show: 7:30 FEB. p.m., Texas Hall. Tickets $5 UTA students and Greeks, $10 general public. All sales cash only at the box office. No bags or purses permitted.

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Chemistry senior Karl Jones measures an amount of water Tuesday during a Physical Chemistry II lab at the Chemistry and Physics Building. Jones’ experiment tests the heat absorption of water.

SCIENCE Chemistry and global warming collide A.R. Ravishankara, chemical sciences division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth system research director, will talk about his presentation, “The Role of

CANNON FODDER by Isaac Erickson

Chemistry in Climate,” at noon today in 100 Nedderman Hall. Ravishankara, who is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, will talk about the role of chemistry in understanding climate changes and global warming. Science associate dean

Krishnan Rajeshwar said the topic fits in well for the university’s push for sustainability and green efforts on campus. The event is put on by the College of Science, which will provide cookies and soft drinks, but those attending can also bring a sack lunch. It is also a part of the “Fron-

Tuesday Suspicious circumstances Police on patrol at the Garden Club apartments, at 400 West St., spotted an individual rummaging through the dumpster at 2:49 a.m. After investigating, the incident was closed with no action taken.

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tiers in Science” lecture series on popular science topics. “We normally pick topics of widespread interest such as global warming and climate change,” Rajeshwar said. “We invite speakers who are well-known for their areas of expertise.”

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patrolling Greek Row Drive at 12:04 a.m. Upon investigating, the officer discovered “coke-bottle bombs” on the sidewalk in front of the Sigma Chi fraternity house at 1108 Greek Row Drive. The “bombs” use chemical reactions to build pressure inside a bottle, resulting in an explosion. Monday Demented person An employee at the Central Library, at 702 Planetarium Place, called police at 11:25 a.m. to report an individual causing a disturbance. The responding officer located the

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individual, who was acting “disorderly and erratic.” Police arranged for the individual to be transported to John Peter Smith Hospital for evaluation. Harassment A staff member at the Engineering Lab Building, at 501 First St., called police at 10:05 a.m. to report harassment. The staff member told the responding officer that a nonstudent had been making harassing phone calls.

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Dept. commemorates Darwin’s birthday The free event informs the public of Darwin’s scientific contributions. By Bryan BastiBle The Shorthorn staff

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off the course Theater arts senior and current Mr. UTA Tim Brown unloads golf carts Tuesday in front of Arlington Hall. The golf carts will be used for Homecoming 2009’s Golf Cart Parade today.

Kick-ass Women University Police sponsor self-defense class By roBin mcDaviD Contributor to The Shorthorn

“No, No!” Screams echoed across Maverick Stadium on Saturday morning as sixteen women kicked, yelled and punched as if their lives depended on it. They learned ways to maneuver and gain power over their opponents — all before lunchtime. These women weren’t in distress — they were participating in Rape Aggression Defense System, a University Police sponsored self-defense class free for UTA female faculty, staff and students. At the end of the class, most women leave with a sense of empowerment and self-confidence, said

university police officer Randy Reynolds, lead R.A.D. instructor. The class, which has been held for several years, teaches women how to defend themselves against sexual assault. Among those strategies, the class learned how to break the fingers of an attacker trying to strangle them. The strategies taught at R.A.D. are basic, and participants do not have to be athletic in order to get involved, Reynolds said. The primary idea behind the class is risk reduction, said Univeristy Police Sgt. Dean Peterson, and it teaches skills like plan making and verbalization before resorting to

tips to help you stay safe • Be aware of your surroundings. 90 percent of self-defense is avoiding and recognizing risk. • Have a plan. If you know you are walking late at night, go with a group or call an officer at 817-272-3381 to escort you to your vehicle.

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violence. “Taking this class is a declaration of independence, and it shows that I can take care of myself,” said Rachel Daugherty, social work graduate student. Undeclared freshman Tatiana Castro sees the class as a tool for everyday life. “I am taking R.A.D. because I commute all the

time, and I want to feel protected,” she said. Still others were motivated by family members. “My brother wanted me to learn self-defense tools, since I am in the CAP program and will be transferring to UT-Austin,” said undeclared freshman Nosheen Khan. By roBin mcDaviD

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University Center Feb. 6 and reported that incident. If police locate an unapproved vendor on campus, Gomez said, officers can escort them off campus and issue criminal trespass warnings if merited. Even in cases where solicitors have left before police arrive, he said, knowing they were on campus and what they were selling can help police. Allison Vatzlavick, Arling-

report unauthorizeD solicitors University police crime prevention 817-272-3902, preventcrime@ uta.edu

live here,” Vatzlavick said. “We get involved when we’re aware of issues with someone who isn’t supposed to be here.” Those seeking information to help them avoid being victimized by unauthorized vendors can contact university police. Jason Joyce news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

Where: 100 Nedderman Hall 9 a.m. Introduction and opening remarks 9:30-10:45 a.m. Dr. Bruce Lahn — The University of Chicago Department of Human Genetics, “Probing the genetic basis of human brain evolution.” 10:45-11:10 a.m. Coffee Break and Vendor Fair starts in the atrium 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Screening of documentary Great Transformations 12:15 p.m.-2 p.m. Lunch break 2:00-3:15 p.m. Dr. Harry Greene — Cornell University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology “Natural history, aesthetics, and conservation” 3:15-3:30 p.m. Coffee break 3:30-5 p.m. The state of evolution education in Texas, featuring short talks and a panel discussion. 5 p.m. Birthday cake cutting and closing remarks

plishments. “Darwin Day allows us to bring in very prominent people in the area to talk about evolution,” he said. Freethinkers of UTA president Becky Robinson plans to attend the event. The event is important now because evolution is challenged on a regular basis, she said. “His theories were the foundation for the life sciences,” she said. The group is planning a social event afterward in 101 Life Science Building. Bryan BastiBle news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

men’s BasketBall Concert tickets to be given away at tonight’s game

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“Taking this class is a declaration of independence, and it shows that I can take care of myself.”

ton Hall residence director, said that while students may have the occasional problem with solicitors at Arlington Hall, it’s mostly encountered outside, in the more public campus areas. “People aren’t supposed to be in here unless they’re residents,” she said. “It’s much harder for solicitors to go door-to-door in the residence halls than it is at the apartments.” Still, Arlington Hall isn’t entirely immune. “Residents aren’t supposed to let people follow them in to the building, but not many stop and ask if they

To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publishing of his book The Origin of Species, the Biology Department is sponsoring a day-long event Thursday. Darwin Day includes lectures, a discussion, a vendor fair and a birthday cake cutting. The event is free and open to the university and general public. The lecturers will speak in 100 Nedderman Hall and the vendor fair will be in the Nedderman Hall atrium. All of the lectures will be geared toward non-science majors, so attendees will not need a scientific background. Biology assistant professor Ellen Pritham said the organizers have spent months preparing for Darwin Day. The event’s main purpose is to celebrate Darwin’s contribution to science and to help people understand what evolution is and how it affects daily life, she said. “Darwin is one of the most influential scientists,” she said. “Even though he was born in the 1800s, his discoveries have changed the face of science.” For example, his theory helped scientists understand how viruses evolve, which helps scientists develop vaccines, she said. At the vendor fair, the scientific vendors will display things commonly used in the biology lab. “They are there to talk about things they sell,” she said. “It’s just informational.” Biology professor and chairman Jonathan Campbell said the event gives everyone a reason to come together and appreciate all of Darwin’s accom-

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For the first time in a while, The Shorthorn will sponsor a men’s basketball game when the team faces the McNeese State Cowboys at 7 tonight in Texas Hall. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for a drawing before the game outside the arena. Two lucky entrants will win Ne-Yo tickets. During half time, managing editor Justin Rains will draw the names of the winners for the Sunday, Feb. 15 concert at Nokia Theater. The seats are located in

section 205, left-center of the stage. At the game, the Mavericks will have an honorary guest coach, Patrick Waller, on the sideline with men’s head coach Scott Cross. Waller, a criminology student, was exonerated last July after spending 15 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. The Mavericks are looking for their second straight victory and look to get back to their winning ways at home. — Stephen Peters


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fessional world but also in every area of life,” she said. “This particular program is designed to help all students, but particularly those in the arts, make the connection between the creative world and leadership. It only made sense to have the program in an artistic space like the UC Gallery.” Herman said he wants to inspire students. “I want to be able to encourage young folks’ power within to influence based on the skills they have,” he said, “Everyone has relevance.” North said the exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to come together and work as a team. Due to the number and

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lieve was intoxicated, had been speeding down Collins Street when she lost control of the vehicle, striking the median and a curb before hitting a utility pole. The frontseat passenger was killed on impact. The driver was arrested on a charge of intoxication manslaughter. It was Arlington’s sixth traffic fatality this year, an increase from last year at the same time, according to an APD press release. “Our traffic and patrol officers are starting a 60-day plan in an effort to reduce accidents,” Miller said. “We will target aggressive and intoxicated drivers, since speed and alcohol have been listed as contributing factors in many of our crashes.” JAson Joyce news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

variety of photos, it would be impossible for the students to arrange the pictures in a line around the wall, she said. It took time for them to arrange the photos in a cohesive and professional way. The class will attend a lecture by Herman at noon Wednesday at the UC, titled “The Intersection of Art and Leadership: The Artist as an Agent of Social Change.” He will discuss art as an agent of change and will tell students to follow the career that interests them. “Make sure you are learning, and make sure you are learning what you need to know, not what others want you to learn,” Herman said. “Take ownership, because it is yours.” Ali MustAnsir news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

test tAking Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a battery of three tests developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The three tests consist of: • A one-leg stand that includes holding one foot 6 inches off the ground for 30 seconds. Officers look for four signs of impairment: swaying while balancing, using arms to balance, hopping to maintain balance and putting the foot down before the test concludes. • A walk-and-turn test that includes taking a predetermined number of steps along a line and returning. Officers are looking for eight indicators of impairment: the subject lacks balance while the officer gives instructions, begins before the instructions are finished, stops to regain balance while walking, does not touch heel-totoe, steps off the line, uses arms to balance, makes an improper turn or takes an incorrect number of steps. • A Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, which looks for involuntary eye movements that can indicate intoxication or difficulty following an object with the eyes.

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Since the start of flu season, Health Services traffic has spiked from 480 to nearly 540 patients a week. To counter this trend, the center is now providing free vaccinations to students, faculty and staff.

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mal for this time of year. Health Services has only 64 vaccines left. According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza is a respiratory illness caused by the virus of the same name that’s spread through coughing, sneezing, bird droppings and encounters with contaminated objects. Health Services physician Rodger Mitchell said it is foolish not to get a flu shot.

“The flu is fairly contagious,” he said. “If you’re shaking hands with someone infected, you may easily get it.” Symptoms include high fevers, headaches, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC. Mitchell said the best thing would have been to get a shot around the end of September or October. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect, but getting one now could still help prevent the flu during the rest of the season, he said.

Mitchell said there are different types of influenza and vaccines. The people who compile vaccines anticipate a certain form of the virus to spread, and they make a vaccine to counter the spread of that strain, he said. In 2007, vaccines quickly became scarce, and some did not function properly. Mitchell attributes last year’s complications to incorrect strain expectations. According to the CDC, an unattended flu can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections. Accounting freshman Silvia Mora contracted the

flu last week. “I felt it Sunday night, and it went throughout the week until Saturday,” she said. “I didn’t want to miss any material in my class. Despite my sickness, I still went to class.” “Most cases are mild,” Mitchell said. “On average, about 35,000 die in the U.S. each year.” Blum said the best way to prevent getting the flu is by washing hands. Tests to diagnose the illness cost $24 once symptoms show.

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Obama declares Senate stimulus vote ‘good news’

HOUSTON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Houston man tied to at least four slayings during a six-month crime wave. The ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals moves Franklin Dewayne Alix, 33, a step closer to execution for fatally shooting Eric Bridgeford, 23, during a robbery after abducting and raping Bridgeford’s sister.

Lab tests: salmonella possible at Texas plant ATLANTA — Private lab tests show there may have been salmonella at a second plant operated by the peanut company at the center of a national outbreak, but the potentially tainted products were not sent to consumers, Texas health officials said Tuesday. The Peanut Corp. of America temporarily closed its plant in Plainview, Texas, Monday night at the request of health officials after the tests found “the possible presence of salmonella” in some of its products, the Texas Department of Health said in a statement.

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Oklahoma storms damage homes, down power lines OKLAHOMA CITY — A tornado damaged homes and knocked down power lines Tuesday afternoon as severe storms moved through central Oklahoma. Six homes were damaged or destroyed near Edmond, a suburb north of Oklahoma City. “We are trying to dodge our storms and keep responders safe, so it is taking some time to get confirmation of damages,” city spokeswoman Claudia Deakins said. No casualties were immediately reported. Schoolchildren were being kept in locked down schools until the storm passed.

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Sri Lanka: 16 patients killed in hospital shelling COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — At least 16 patients being treated at a makeshift hospital in the northern Sri Lankan war zone were killed by shelling, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as the military accused rebel fighters of killing 19 other civilians fleeing the area. The United Nations, meanwhile, said it was outraged by the “unnecessary” deaths of hundreds of people inside rebel territory and urged both sides to avoid fighting in civilian areas. — The Associated Press

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President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at a town hall meeting to discuss the economy Tuesday at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, Fla.

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ForT MYerS, Fla. — Pressuring Congress by the day, President Barack obama on Tuesday hailed the news that the Senate had passed its economic stimulus bill but cautioned that tough negotiations on a final deal remain. He said hurting Americans “need action, and they need it now.” The president interrupted

his own town-hall event to announce the Senate’s move, prompting people in the audience to jump to their feet in joy. “That’s good news,” obama said. “And i want to thank all the members of the Senate who moved the process forward. We’ve still got to get the House bill and the Senate bill to match up before it gets sent to my desk,

so we’ve got a little more work to do over the next couple of days, but it’s a good start.” obama’s latest sales pitch for an economic stimulus package came on a day of major developments. Beyond the movements on Capitol Hill, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced a sweeping plan to rescue the nation’s banking sector — an

ongoing bailout that also relies on the wallets of taxpayers. The new president went so far as to tie the fate of an economy recovery to his own political future. “i expect to be judged by results,” he said. “You know, i’m not going to make any excuses. if stuff hasn’t worked and people don’t feel like i’ve led the country in the right

direction, then you’ll have a new president.” The Senate, with support from just three republicans, passed an $838 billion stimulus bill, and now House and Senate negotiators will have to work out the final details. More than just process, those talks pose great uncertainty because lawmakers from both chambers are holding tight over key differences.

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Australia death toll may pass 200 the associated Press expected to surpass 200, HeAleSVille, Aus- and a few fires were still tralia — The high death burning. toll from hundreds of “The clear evidence is wildfires across south- that the most dangerous eastern Australia has place to be is on the road,” forced authorities to re- rees, Victoria’s country fire examine an accepted sur- authority chief, told reporters Tuesday. vival strategy when blazes The scale threaten: Get “People need to of the disaster out early or understand that a has shocked a nation hunker down late departure is that endures and fight. Many peo- the most deadly.” deadly fireple waited too storms every few years. long and per- Paul rees ished as they Victoria Authority Fire Authoritried to escape Chief ties defended the weekend their preparations and acinfernos. “People need to under- tions during the fires that stand that a late depar- swept southeastern Austure is the most deadly,” tralia on Saturday, saying the extreme weather confire chief Paul rees said. recovery teams moving ditions made catastrophe into burned out towns in almost inevitable. Victoria state found charred But they agreed that bodies on roadsides and in the “stay and defend” polwrecked cars — grim signs icy, under which homeof futile attempts to flee owners remain to protect the raging wildfires fed by their properties from fire, 60 mph (100 kph) winds, needed to be reviewed. “it is the application of record heat and drought. The number of deaths was that policy and a lack of an

alternative that we need to work on,” rees said. evacuation is not mandatory in high-risk areas, and Australia’s wildfire services largely comprise volunteers who lack the resources to protect every home. in Victoria, there is no formal alert system to warn of approaching wildfires, though the Country Fire Authority distributes advice and updates on its Web site and through radio broadcasts. one expert suggested Australia’s shifting demographics could be partly to blame for the scale of the tragedy. Mark Adams of the Bushfire Cooperative research Center told Australian Broadcasting Corp. Television that many urbanites who moved to city outskirts have no experience with wildfires and rely wholly on the fire service for help. But families who have lived in the area for generations are prepared to battle blazes themselves, Adams said.

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Faye Van Dunn comforts her daughter Vanessa and granddaughter Sarah outside the Healsville Relief Centre in Healsville, northeast of Melbourne on Monday. Vanessa was 11 years old when “Ash Wednesday” occured in 1983 and is overcome with grief.

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iranian president says talks with US possible the associated Press

TeHrAN, iran — iran’s hard-line president told crowds celebrating the islamic revolution’s anniversary Tuesday that the country is ready for talks with the United States, the strongest signal yet that Tehran welcomes President Barack obama’s calls for dialogue. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the comments in a speech to hundreds of thousands celebrating the 30th anniversary of the revolution, which ousted the U.Sbacked shah and installed rule by hard-line Muslim clerics. The event led to a collapse in relations between the two countries and years of enmity. As usual at such gatherings, there were chants of “death to America,” along with the burning of U.S. and israeli flags. But the chanting stopped as Ahmadinejad spoke of dialogue with the United States, and the firebrand president refrained from the denunciations of America that often mark his speeches. Since obama’s election, iranian leaders have struck a cautious tone over his campaign promises to open a dialogue with Tehran, signaling that the government was undecided on how to respond. on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad made it clear iran is prepared to talk, citing terrorism, the

elimination of nuclear weapons, restructuring the U.N. Security Council and fighting drug trafficking as possible areas for discussion. “The iranian nation is ready for talks (with the U.S.), but in a fair atmosphere with mutual respect,” Ahmadinejad told the crowds in Tehran’s Freedom Square. His comments came the day after obama said his administration was looking for opportunities to engage iran and pledged to rethink Washington’s relationship with Tehran. But Ahmadinejad also declared that iran is now a “superpower” — pointing to the recent launch of the first locally made satellite into space — and made clear it expects to be treated as an equal. “if you really want to fight terrorism, come and cooperate with the iranian nation, which is the biggest victim of terrorism so that terrorism is eliminated. ... if you want to confront nuclear weapons ... you need to stand beside iran so it can introduce a correct path to you,” he said. Ahmadinejad did not elaborate, but in the past he and other iranian leaders have criticized the U.S. for its nuclear arsenal. His speech comes as he begins campaigning for a second term.


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DR. RUTH Q: My lover and I engage in many out on a great deal of variety when it forms of sex, and he is quite caring comes to the actual physical act of and giving, always making sure I having sex. orgasm several times before he does, vaginally, anally or orally. I would like Q: I am a 17-year-old male, and I to pleasure him in ways he has not have been sexually active with my experienced, but all I really girlfriend for about four know is orally. We have months. We are both careful talked about it, and he does by paying attention to her want to experiment with cycles. When we make love, other ways, but we don't we usually do it after her know what to do, and he has period. Is this the safest time no real suggestions of how to have sex? If not, then he would like to be pleawhen during her cycle is it sured -- he just knows that the safest? he would like something different. Any suggestions? I A: What you are doing is am open to any and all Dr. Ruth using the rhythm method -Send your forms of sex. trying to guess when she's questions to Dr. fertile and when she's not. A: If he can't really think Ruth Westheimer The problem is that over of anything he wants, then c/o King time, it's very difficult to do perhaps you should leave Features this unless you practice natwell enough alone when it Syndicate, 235 E. ural family planning, which comes to the sex act itself. 45th St., New takes a lot of knowledge and You could get a book like discipline and requires such "The Joy of Sex" and try out York, NY 10017 things as measuring her other positions, but to my way of thinking, keeping sexual boredom at bay has more to do with what's inside your mind than with what your bodies are doing. So, making love in the same old way but in another room is the type of variety I advocate. Or else go to a bar and pretend you're strangers, and pick each other up. Use your mind to be creative, but don't necessarily think that you're missing

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Doesn’t Cover It Cowboy’s new home is as luxurious as it is massive Construction workers make their way up one of the stadium’s glass curtain walls, on Feb. 5, that will open to unveil an open-air end zone plaza.

Three members of the U.S. Army admire the interior of the new Cowboys stadium Feb. 5 in Arlington.

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he new, yet-to-be-named Cowboys stadium has officially dwarfed every landmark in Arlington. In comparison, the American Airlines Center in Dallas could fit completely inside of it. Opening the doors to the private suites lets one’s sense of smell take in the noticeable aroma of new leather, as the crashing of metal on metal can be heard from every corner of the developing stadium. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is building a larger-than-life stage for “America’s Team” that will also host high school and professional sporting events. The field sinks 50 feet below ground level, making the scale of the stadium’s interior feel even more spacious than its exterior may suggest. While still under construction, the stadium’s architecture draws in the eye with an elaborate use of curves and lines on a grand scale. The two quarter-mile arches that make

up the main supports for the stadium are a testimony to the design and technology involved in this project. The conceptual planning of this stadium is evident when admiring the giant structure hanging under the traditional hole in the roof. This structure will be home to the largest highdefinition LCD television screen in the world – measuring 180 feet across and 50 feet high. Seeing the entire stadium from the edge of the retractable roof ’s opening is like viewing the project from God’s perspective. He will still have the best seat in the house while watching his team through the trademark hole. The LCD structure also incorporates an updated element from the old stadium, a Cowboys’ star that lights up at night and can only be seen from an aerial view. This new stadium will no doubt meet, if not blow away, the expectations of even the most demanding Cowboys fans when the first game is played this September.

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A view from one of the small arches connecting the two quarter-mile arches that span the length of the stadium.

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Rows of brand new leather chairs occupy the front of the stadium’s upper deck luxury suites.

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