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Djokovic vs. Nadal in a “historic final” at the French Open
PARIS (AP) -- Here comes the French Open final everyone expected and, except for other players, wanted: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, one victory from becoming the first man in 43 years to win four consecutive major championships, against No. 2 Rafael Nadal, one victory from becoming the only man to win seven titles at Roland Garros. How’s that for high stakes? Djokovic is undefeated in his past 27 Grand Slam matches, which includes beating Nadal in the finals at Wimbledon in July, the U.S. Open in September, and the Australian Open in January. Nadal has won 51 of 52 career matches at the French Open; only he and Bjorn Borg have won the clay-court tournament six times. Never before have the same two men met in four Grand Slam finals in a row, so it’s apt that no matter who wins Sunday, his achievement will be monumental. “I have this golden opportunity to make history. This motivates me. It really inspires me. I’m really grateful to be in this position, obviously,” said the 25-year-old Djokovic, who owns five Grand Slam titles to Nadal’s 10. “And look, I’ll try to prepare for that match and get my hands on that trophy, if I can.” Won’t be easy, that’s for sure. Both Djokovic and Nadal breezed through their semifinals Friday. If this stage of a Grand Slam tournament is supposed to provide a challenge, it did not - which probably isn’t all that stunning in Nadal’s case, but was rather striking when you consider Djokovic faced 16-time major champion Roger Federer and won 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in a match that wasn’t really that close. “His mental state and preparation for this match was excellent,” said Djokovic’s coach, Marian Vadja, “and this has to happen against Rafa.” Nadal found himself flying by the seat of his pants - OK, white shorts - on one point against No. 6 David Ferrer, somehow winning the exchange despite falling on his rump. Otherwise, he was completely in control en route to 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory. “I’m surprised,” said Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and coach, “because we were expecting a very difficult match against one of the best players in the world.” Make no mistake: Ferrer is a formidable opponent, not someone who got hot for a few weeks to sneak into the semifinals. He was playing in his third Grand Slam semifinal. He already won two clay-court titles this year. And it was Ferrer who upset Nadal in the 2011 Australian Open quarterfinals, stopping his bid for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title - the milestone Djokovic now seeks. Nadal won all 15 sets he’s played this year at Roland Garros, losing only 35 games, the lowest total for anyone reaching a major final since Borg lost 31 on his way to winning the 1980 French Open. Nadal has won 71 of 72 service games, saving 18 of 19 break points. Pretty close to perfect. “I really don’t like to talk about perfection, because that, my opinion, doesn’t exist. You can always play better,” said the 26-year-old Nadal, whose only loss at the French Open came against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009. “But, sure, I am very happy the way that I am playing. Probably today was my best match of the tournament.” With Ferrer serving at 1-1, 30-all in the second set, Nadal produced a masterpiece, turning a gaffe into a highlight. During a point that lasted more than 30 shots, Nadal’s feet slipped out from under him as he sprinted toward the net. On the slow-motion replay, it’s easy to see that his eyes never left the ball, even as he crashed to the court. Suddenly sitting - yes, plopped on his backside, right there in the middle of the most
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2011 Fa’asao Marist High School graduate Marcel McMoore (5th from left front row wearing ula) is on island for summer vacation from Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. McMoore wants to give back to her community and was recently involved in the summer softball league for girls in grades 5-8 where she helped the young softball players with their skills.
A Cougars alumni sharing her softball experience with youth
By Jeff Hayner Samoa News Reporter
Marcel McMoore, a 2011 graduate of Fa’asao Marist High School and former softball player, is putting her softball skills to good use while she is here in American Samoa for summer vacation. McMoore just finished her freshmen year at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, whose softball team finished with a winning record in conference play and advanced to the second day of the conference final. “Field House 100 (FH100) and coach Brandon Smart (Executive Director of FH100) helped myself and four other girls last year get college scholarships to Bacone and I wanted to help give back and try and give more girls the opportunity to play at the college level,” explained McMoore. “College softball is truly an opportunity to get an education and play a sport I really love. So many people helped me get to college and the easiest way for me to repay people like Uefa and Coach Vic of Marist High School, was to give to the group of girls. These girls are so much fun to work with and really have the athletic ability as the guys on island, but just need some more opportunities,” she said. When asked what the hardest part was adjusting from the high school level in American Samoa to playing at college level, McMoore explained that the stateside girls play so many more games over a high school career so they are more developed and are ready for the pitching at the college level. She feels the biggest thing that could help our girls here is just getting out and playing the game and getting involved with other sports like Little League Baseball to keep active and develop their hand
and eye coordination. McMoore helped the young players improve their softball skills during the summer softball league for girls in grades 5-8, which ran for five weeks ending last Saturday, June 2. The summer league was sponsored by the Tafuna Baptist Church and FH100 in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation. Clayton ‘Boom’ Mahuka, who was one of the organizers of the league and has been involved in baseball for sometime off island and on island through the Department of Education said, “When we first decided to start the league back in March, our goal was to start preparing girls for the high school league. We have seen so much growth by the girls not only in softball but also improvement in their physical fitness,” he said. Colin Bode, another organizer of the girls softball league and coach of the Fa’asao Marist Softball team also said, “The girls have been amazing to work with and have had a great attitude about coming out everyday to get better,” said Bode. According to Brian and Brandon Smart of FH100, the league plans to start again in the Fall. They encourage all girls to participate in the Little League Baseball program sponsored by the American Samoa Baseball Association to continue working on their development. FH100 is a non-profit organization designed to help student athletes in American Samoa gain acceptance into college by helping the students transition from high school to college. For more information on FH100, or the girls softball league, contact Brandon Smart at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach the reporter at email@example.com
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Mariners 6-pack combines for nohitter vs Dodgers
SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Millwood and five relievers combined on the third no-hitter in Seattle Mariners history, a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. It was the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season, joining gems by the Angels’ Jered Weaver, the Mets’ Johan Santana and White Sox right-hander Philip Humber, who threw a perfect game at Seattle in April. But this one was the least conventional, tying the record for most pitchers in a no-hitter. Kyle Seager drove in Ichiro Suzuki with a two-out single in the seventh. Stephen Pryor (1-0) earned his first major league win. Millwood cruised through six innings, giving up only a walk. But after throwing his first warmup pitch for the seventh he felt a twinge in his groin and was pulled. Seattle’s bullpen finished the no-hitter when Tom Wilhelmsen retired Andre Ethier on a routine grounder to second base that ended a 1-2-3 ninth inning. NaTIONaLS 7, rEd SOX 4 BOSTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings, Bryce Harper homered and the Nationals picked up the franchise’s first victory at Fenway Park. Harper hit a two-run shot in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth as the club improved to 1-9 at Boston’s iconic home. The Montreal Expos dropped all six of their games at Fenway before moving to Washington. Strasburg (7-1) threw a career-high 119 pitches and gave up two runs and four hits while improving to 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA in his last four starts. Tyler Clippard got two outs for his sixth save. Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez hit his 200th homer, a solo shot in the eighth. Felix Doubront (6-3) got the loss. raNGErS 5, GIaNTS 0 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Craig Gentry had a careerhigh five hits and drove in two runs, Matt Harrison pitched his third career shutout and Texas Rangers beat San Francisco in a rematch of the 2010 World Series. Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler homered as Texas earned its first victory in San Francisco’s waterfront ballpark after an 0-11 start, including two during the memorable Fall Classic that went to the Giants. Harrison allowed five hits, struck out four and walked none to outlast Barry Zito (5-3) in a matchup of left-handers. Harrison (8-3) also tied Tampa Bay’s David Price for the most wins in the American League. The Giants were shut out for the first time since a 3-0 home loss to the Dodgers on Sept. 10. Zito gave up four runs, nine hits and two walk in six innings. yaNKEES 9, METS 1 NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano homered twice and hit one of three straight long balls off an ineffective Johan Santana, leading the New York Yankees to a rout of the Mets. Hiroki Kuroda allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings before leaving with a bruised left foot. Cano ended Santana’s bid for a second straight no-hitter with a two-run shot in the second, then connected again in the third with a runner aboard to begin a string of three consecutive home runs in a span of 11 pitches. Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones followed with homers, the first time Santana has served up three in a row. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is 0-3 with a 12.21 ERA in three starts at the new Yankee Stadium. In the first Subway Series matchup of the season, Kuroda (5-6) gave up only a two-out double in the sixth to Omar Quintanilla. Santana (3-3) was given two extra days of rest after throwing a career-high 134 pitches last Friday against St. Louis in the first no-hitter in Mets history. But he didn’t have it this time, giving up a career-high four homers during New York’s fourth loss in five games. dIaMONdBaCKS 8, aTHLETICS 8 PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Diamondbacks to the victory. Roberts, who also doubled twice, lined a 2-1 pitch from Brian Fuentes into the left-field seats to give Arizona its only lead of the game. J.J. Putz (1-3) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the Diamondbacks’ fifth victory in six games. Fuentes (2-2), who blew his third save in eight opportunities, walked Chris Young with two outs, then Aaron Hill singled to bring up Roberts.
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The American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) announced yesterday afternoon the five athletes who will represent American Samoa at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, July 27 to August 12, 2012. The athletes are American Samoa are Ching Maou Wei (swimming/50 meter freestyle), Elama Fa’atonu (track and field/100 meters), Nathaniel Tuamoheloa (wrestling/96kg freestyle), Alexandra Nichole Morgan (track and field/discus) and Megan Fonteno (swimming/100 meter freestyle). Read story in Monday’s sports issue. Pictured from left to right, President of the American Samoa Wrestling Association Ethan Lake, Ching Maou Wei, Elama Fa’atonu, Nathaniel Tuamoheloa and President of the American [photo: Jeff Hayner] Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) Ken Tupua.
➧ Djokovic vs. Nadal in a “historic final”…
important clay-court stadium in the world Nadal raised his left arm to slice a backhand drop shot that prolonged the point and drew Ferrer forward. As if that weren’t impressive enough, Nadal popped up like a jack-in-the-box in time for the next shot, a volley-lob that arced over Ferrer’s head and settled near the baseline. Ferrer, no slouch himself in the speed department, got to the ball, but his forehand landed in the net. That gave Nadal a break point, and he converted it in much more conventional fashion, staying upright until Ferrer simply pushed a forehand long. “Both of us were playing more or less the same type of tennis, but then he started to become more and more aggressive,” Ferrer said. “There was nothing I could do to fight back.” Federer appeared to feel that way, too, particularly after Djokovic broke him four times in the second set. At the start of that set, Federer actually appeared to get going. He broke to go ahead 1-0 in a game that featured a particularly compelling, 38-stroke point. Federer hit a drop shot that Djokovic slid and stretched to get, the ball an inch or so off the ground; Federer replied with a lob that sent Djokovic sprinting to the baseline for a no-look, back-to-the-net, between-the-legs passing shot; Federer knocked home a volley winner. Djokovic, chest heaving, smiled as he went to towel off. A year ago in the French Open semifinals, Federer snapped Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak in a four-set thriller. On Friday, Vajda explained afterward, Djokovic was determined to play “extremely patient ... not rushing.” Worked wonders. Increasingly confounded by his opponent and the swirling wind, Federer made a very unFederer-like 46 unforced errors. Djokovic made 17. “I was struggling to sort of keep the ball in play,” said Federer, who is 30 and nearly 2 1/2 years removed from his most recent major championship. “When you’re down two sets to love against Novak, it’s not the same match anymore. He goes for broke and there is no more fear.” Asked to size up Sunday’s final, Federer didn’t hesitate. “I obviously pick Rafa,” Federer said. “I think he’s the overwhelming favorite.” If Djokovic wins his first French Open final, he will join Don Budge in 1938, and Rod Laver
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in 1962 and 1969, as winners of four Grand Slam trophies in succession. Budge and Laver went 4 for 4 within a calendar year each time. Federer twice came close to doing what Djokovic hopes to accomplish: In 2006 and 2007, Federer entered the French Open final needing one win for a fourth consecutive major title. Federer’s opponent each time? Nadal, naturally. One significant difference: Federer is 10-18 against Nadal, including 2-6 in Grand Slam finals; Djokovic is 14-18 overall against Nadal, but 3-1 in Grand Slam finals. Djokovic won all six matches he played against Nadal in 2011, then made it seven straight with their 5-hour, 53-minute epic final at the Australian Open. Nadal, though, has won their two meetings since, both on clay in May. “There’s a lot on the line. It always is, when you’re playing finals of a Grand Slam,” Djokovic said. “Considering the matches that we played against each other in last 15 months, we expect another emotional match, another big challenge for both of us, fighting for one of the four biggest titles in our sport.”
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his semi final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday June 8, 2012. Djokovic won in three sets (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
➧ Major League Baseball Roundup…
Oakland’s Seth Smith had three hits, an RBI and a spectacular catch to rob Hill of a home run. Paul Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel also homered for the Diamondbacks. Kubel finished with three RBIs. PHILLIES 9, OrIOLES 6 BALTIMORE (AP) — Jim Thome doubled twice, legged out an infield hit and got his first RBI of the season, and Shane Victorino homered and drove in five runs as Philadelphia emphatically ended a season-worst six-game losing streak. Mike Fontenot homered for the Phillies, who scored six runs in the second inning. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who lost for the ninth time in 12 games. Jake Arrieta (2-8) lost his sixth straight decision. He allowed career highs of nine runs and 11 hits in four innings. Joe Blanton (5-6) hung around for 6 2-3 innings and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth to remain perfect in 16 save chances. PIraTES 4, rOyaLS 2 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Erik Bedard pitched seven solid innings, Neil Walker had three hits and Pittsburgh won for the 10th time in the past 13 games. Bedard (4-6) allowed two runs and five hits as Pittsburgh captured the opening game of a series for the sixth consecutive time. The Pirates (30-27) also moved three games over .500 for the first time this season. Jason Grilli worked a perfect eighth and Joel Hanrahan retired the side in order in the ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities. Yuniesky Betancourt drove in a run and scored for the Royals, who have lost four of six. Luke Hochevar (3-7) gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings. rEdS 6, TIGErS 5, 10 INNINGS CINCINNATI (AP) — Wilson Valdez’s squeeze bunt with one out in the 10th inning scored Miguel Cairo and gave Cincinnati the win. Cairo started the rally against left-hander Phil Coke (1-2) with his first triple of the season. One out later, Valdez pinch hit and bunted toward first baseman Prince Fielder, who threw home barehanded. Cairo slid his left hand over the plate before the tag. Sam LeCure (2-1) pitched two innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced. Joey Votto had three hits for Cincinnati, including a three-run homer off Rick Porcello. Votto extended his hitting streak to 14 games, matching the longest of his career. Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young homered for the Tigers, who had never played at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003. aSTrOS 8, WHITE SOX 3 CHICAGO (AP) — Jed Lowrie, Brett Wallace and Brian Bogusevic homered for Houston, which got a strong effort from the bullpen. Houston’s win was just its third in the last 13 games. Chicago lost for the fourth time in 15 games. Lowrie’s 11th homer, following a two-out walk to Jordan Schafer, gave the Astros a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning. Chicago starter Gavin Floyd (4-6) , who has given up six homers in his last two starts, walked two and struck out nine over six innings. Wallace had a solo shot off Floyd in the second, and Bogusevic delivered a three-run homer in the ninth off Will Ohman. Wandy Rodriguez (5-4) gave up nine hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. Four relievers pitched shutout ball over the final 3 2-3 innings. rayS 5, MarLINS 1 MIAMI (AP) — Matt Joyce homered, doubled and scored three times, and Tampa Bay escaped several jams to beat slumping Miami. The Marlins went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. They are 1 for 28 in those situations during their homestand, losing all four games while totaling four runs. Joyce went 2 for 3 with two walks, hiking his on-base percentage to .409. Jose Lobaton had two doubles and scored once.
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Five Rays pitchers combined on a sevenhitter while throwing 185 pitches. Former Marlin Burke Badenhop (1-1) came on in the fifth and threw 1 2-3 shutout innings. Fernando Rodney pitched a hitless ninth — the only inning in which the Marlins didn’t strand a runner. Ricky Nolasco (6-4) allowed three runs in six innings. BraVES 4, BLuE JayS 3, 10 INNINGS ATLANTA (AP) — Jason Heyward stole third base and scored on catcher J.P. Arencibia’s throwing error in the 10th inning as Atlanta beat Toronto for its fifth straight victory. Heyward opened the 10th with an infield single off Francisco Cordero (1-4) and moved to second on pinch-hitter Jack Wilson’s sacrifice. With rookie Andrelton Simmons at the plate, Heyward took off for third base. Arencibia’s throw skipped past third baseman Brett Lawrie and into left field, allowing Heyward to score the winning run. Cristhian Martinez (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the Braves, who remained one game behind first-place Washington in the NL East. Jose Bautista homered for the Blue Jays. INdIaNS 6, CardINaLS 2 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Josh Tomlin scattered eight hits over seven innings, Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer and Cleveland sent St. Louis to its seventh loss in 10 games. Tomlin (3-3) pitched shutout ball into the seventh, when he allowed a two-run single to pinch-hitter Matt Adams. He threw just 76 pitches, improving to 4-0 in interleague play, and singled to improve to 3 for 5 at the plate in his big league career. Former Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook (4-6) gave up four runs — three earned — and eight hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one. aNGELS 7, rOCKIES 2 DENVER (AP) — Torii Hunter homered twice and drove in six runs to lead Los Angeles over Colorado. Angels rookie Mike Trout had three hits and scored three times and Albert Pujols had an RBI double to back C.J. Wilson (7-4), who struck out nine in eight innings. Jordan Pacheco had an RBI triple for the Rockies, who have lost three straight. Alex White (2-4) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. Hunter hit two-run homers in the third and fifth, raising his season total to eight with three in two games. He added a two-run single in the ninth. TWINS 8, CuBS 7, 10 INNINGS MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Willingham’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted Minnesota to the victory. The Twins trailed 7-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth against Shawn Camp (2-3). Justin Morneau hit a tying triple to give Minnesota a chance, and Willingham scorched a single down the left-field line to win it in the 10th. Ryan Doumit and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins (23-34), who have won eight of their last 10 games as they try to climb out of the AL Central basement. Alfonso Soriano homered twice and had three RBIs and Starlin Castro added a homer and a triple for the Cubs, who have lost 19 of their last 23 games. NaTIONaL LEaGuE BrEWErS 9, PadrES 5 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corey Hart hit two homers for the Brewers, and rookie Martin Maldonado connected for a three-run shot. Pinch-hitter Taylor Green contributed a tworun homer as Milwaukee earned its third consecutive victory after losing three of four at the beginning of its nine-game homestand. Shaun Marcum (5-3) pitched into the sixth inning to stretch his personal win streak to three starts. Everth Cabrera hit an inside-the-park homer in the third and Cameron Maybin added a conventional shot but San Diego still lost for the fifth time in six games. Edinson Volquez (2-6) allowed six runs and six hits in five innings while falling to 0-4 with a 5.86 ERA in his last five starts.
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BY TOM & RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Tom and Ray: Say I have an electric car (one that runs on nothing but electricity) that can be charged by plugging into any outlet. But for cross-country trips or long trips outside my car’s range, I carry a 120-volt Honda generator and a gas can in the trunk with me. Could I just pull over when I need to and charge up the car? Would that work? How much charging from a gas generator would it take to charge an electric car? -- John TOM: John, you’ve just invented the plug-in hybrid! Again! RAY: This is exactly the idea behind parallel plug-in hybrids, like the Chevy Volt. They run on electricity until the electricity runs out. Then they use a gasoline engine to “generate” more electricity to recharge the batteries or move the wheels. TOM: So your idea is not far-fetched. However, its execution is. If you do this yourself rather than let General Motors do it, you lose both convenience and efficiency. RAY: In the Volt, you don’t have to think about it. When the batteries run down, the engine automatically starts up, and you can just keep right on driving -- for hundreds of miles -- on gasoline power. TOM: With your plan, you’d have to find a place to stop and run the generator while the car is parked. And you’d have to always carry a loaded gasoline can in your trunk, which is not recommended. RAY: Plus, your plan isn’t practical right now. The charge time at 120 volts, for an all-electric Nissan Leaf, for example (which goes about 85 miles on a charge), is about 20 hours. TOM: That means on a crosscountry trip, you’d drive for about an hour and a half, then have to stay overnight and run your generator to charge up your car. The hotel bills alone will kill you! That is, if your fellow guests don’t revolt against the noise from the generator. RAY: You could get a bigger, higher-wattage generator, and cut your recharge time down a bit using a 220-volt outlet. But then you might have to tow that generator behind your car, and that would cut your range to about 50 miles per charge. So there’s no great homemade solution for long-distance electric driving here. TOM: In time, there will be faster charging systems. And quicker-charging batteries. Or even battery swaps, where you leave your old one at a “filling station” to be recharged for the next guy, and take a fully charged one with you. RAY: But for now, your idea is on the impractical side, John. But keep thinking!
AN IDEA THAT’S AHEAD OF ITS TIME
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• • • • • • • • • “One thing you learn in a long marriage is how many sneezes to wait before saying, ‘Bless you.’” -- Author unknown • • • • • • • • • a WIfE rEaLIzES HOW WELL HEr HuSBaNd KNOWS HEr • • • • • • • • • Years ago, shortly after my second child was born, I took up swimming laps to get in shape. I bought a Master padlock for my swimming locker. It was a beauty -- a brilliant red body with black lettering and a shiny silver hasp. Seems like a strange thing to grow fond of, but a red padlock is a whole lot more zippy than one of those plain silver ones. Plus it was really easy to pick out as I staggered around the locker room at six in the morning. A few years later, we bought a little farmhouse out in the country and moved out of our city house. My swimming habit died out with the distance. My poor lock went into the junk drawer, and over time I forgot the combination. One day, while cleaning up a pile of paperwork, I found the magic numbers.
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Excited that at last I could once again use my scarlet beauty, I immediately went to the Rolodex and filed the little laminated chunk of paper. Months later, my daughter needed the lock for school. I nearly cackled in my glee, “I know where the combination is!” and ran to the Rolodex. I started with “L.” No combination. I tried “M” for Master. No combination. I tried “C” and “P” too, but there was no combination to my padlock anywhere. I went through it again. Not under “lock.” Not under “combination.” Not under “Master.” I absolutely knew I’d filed that slip of paper. I just didn’t have a clue what letter I’d filed it under. I stomped into the kitchen. Bill was working away at the counter on supper, and I let loose, telling him all about how I was certain I had filed the missing combination, and now it was nowhere to be found. Bill got a little smile on his face. “What?” I said irritated. “Have you checked under ‘R’ for ‘red’?” he asked. I rolled my eyes. “Why would I file it under that? That’s goofy.” Bill shrugged. “I’m just saying maybe you should check under ‘R.’” “Sure,” I said and stomped out again. There was no way I’d filed those numbers under red. Later that night, I was addressing some cards and had the Rolodex out. Maybe I should go through it one more time, I thought. I pulled up the cards under “C” for starters. Nothing. Next I flipped through to “L.” Not a number to be had. Since I was right there in the alphabet, I continued through the “M’s.” Nope. Bill’s words went through my head, “Maybe you should try ‘R’ for ‘red.’” Now I knew that made absolutely no sense. But I also knew that those numbers were in that Rolodex somewhere; all I had to do was find them. I flipped to the “R’s.” The very first card under “R” was written in my handwriting. A small laminated form with a series of numbers was taped to the card. In big letters at the top, it said “Red Combination Lock.” I walked into the kitchen where Bill was measuring out coffee for tomorrow’s brew. He looked up at me as I came in, eyebrows raised. “You were right,” I said. “I filed the combination under ‘R’ for ‘red.’” He started to laugh, which got me started too. Then he gave me a hug. “How did you know?” I said. “That makes absolutely no sense.” He went back to setting the timer on the coffeemaker, shrugging as he said, “I just know you.” Yes, he does. You know what one of the best things about being married is? If you ever forget who you are, there’s always somebody around to help you figure it out.
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BUS DRIVER NEEDED, must be honest and responsible. Contact 731-5697. [06/09]
GAS WATER HEATER, 550W gas generator, scissor lift, sports ATV 250cc, Harley Davidson Sportser, DJ System. 733-3284. [06/11] 2003 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4X4, 8,5000 miles, clean. Call 7334650. [06/09] NEW & USED TOOLS & EQUIPMENT hammer drills, skill saws, arc weld, mini cement mixer, chop saw, cement vibrator, compactor (roller & plate), bobcat loader, air compressors, etc. Call 733-2005, 699-1444. [06/11] NETA’S HOME BARGAINS new arrivals...boys & girls shorts and tshirts. Men & Women’s plus/ regular size shirts. Men’s big size pants/jeans, dresses, skirts, tops, capri. Fill bag for $5. Call Neta 699-1867 or 770-0922.
YARD SALE ACROSS FROM TUI’S MARKET in Nu’uuli. FriBRAND NEW 3 BEDROOM & 2 day, June 8th and Saturday, June BATHS kitchen, laundry room & 9th. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 733large garage, parking lot, oven, 7131. [06/09] fridge, washer, heater, also has a nice view. Pavaiai road going up to Mapusaga Fou. YARD SALE 699-1734/733-2623/731-9517 [06/15] ONE 2BDRM, 1 BATH APART- MOVING SALE; 1996 Camaro MENT available. previous doc- & 1999 Dodge Caravan, Girls’ tor tenant. Prefer quiet individual clothing, men & women clothing, or couple. $750/mo. includes air shoes, movies, etc. Call Jr 733condition, fridge, oven. Private 6587 or Krissie 770-8147.
location. Tafuna area. Call 7333931. [06/21]
Approximately 1,150 square feet of prime retail/office space on the ground floor of this building in Nu’uuli. The space is currently occupied by Origin Energy but they will be moving out in June and the space is available for rent on July 1st. If interested please call 699-2100.
MODERN STYLE 3BDRM HOUSE in Nu’uuli, Oceanside, front patio w/ kids’ playground. Almost fully furnished w/ hot water, dryer, stove & refrigerator w/ cable. Now Available. Call 2563509. [06/11]
2 BDRM/2 FULL BATHROOM HOUSE, near golf course, furnished w/ stove & refrigerator. Affordable rent, includes water & electricity. Must see to appreciate. Call Dani @ 258-7442 for appt. [06/13]
2 APTS FULLY FURNISHED Carpeted & Air conditioned at SlidKITTENS NEEDS GOOD ing Rock area next to Sanctuary HOMES, nice healthy kittens. Trail. Located at Taputimu Farm. Contact 770-1732 [06/18] 258-4380.
CLEAN 3BDRM 2 BATH HOME. has ceiling fans in all 3 bdrms. AC units in master & living rm, 4000 SQ. FT. WAREHOUSES, has washer/dryer, hot water. Industrial Park. Call 733-1521 Very comfortable and safe. Can for more info. [06/18] furnish if needed. Property is fenced for security. Covered carport. $1,250 mo. Available Now! firstname.lastname@example.org. 6999169 or 252-0202. [06/20]
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Edited by Timothy E. Parker June 9, 2012 the Greeks 50 Jessica of “Fantastic Four” 52 Bratty kid 53 Prevalent all over 55 ___ lazuli (blue mineral) 57 Unforgettable time for historians 58 Got ___ of (removed) 59 Choice 61 Priestly robes 63 Candidates who win unexpectedly 66 “To Sir, With Love” songstress 67 Lewis with a Lamb Chop 68 Sicilian volcano 69 German battleship Graf ___ 70 Wreck completely 71 Small paving stone DOWN 1 “Juice” for Jeff Gordon 2 Arrived at 3 Store for safekeeping 4 Mushroom variety 5 They must be crazy, in a film title 6 Wedding dress material 7 “How was ___ know?” 8 Handle on a flask? 9 Happens next 10 Outdo 11 Cherokee or Sioux, e.g. (Abbr.) 12 Make mad 13 Like pants after a big meal 18 Prone to wriggling 22 Life-preserver stuffing 24 ___ Lanka 25 Kind of massage or arrest 26 Trunk of the human body 29 Resistance measure 30 Carnival oddball 33 Verbally 35 Chicago athlete 38 Ammo provider, say 39 Corn core 40 These go to a higher court 41 Get tangled 42 Like a good debater’s arguments 45 Sharp comeback 46 Highly respected 47 Photo ___ (campaign activities) 49 Surrounded by 51 It’s between soprano and tenor 54 Boise’s state 56 Buenos ___, Argentina 59 Sticky, green pods 60 Punxsutawney groundhog 62 Seek damages in court 64 Prey for a cat 65 Wasn’t a straphanger
ACROSS 1 .035 ounce 5 Fly like a parasailer 10 Little bits 14 Word with “dynamic” or “space” 15 Like a Cheerio, say 16 Sign of impending trouble 17 They are beyond reproach 19 Andes country 20 What a photographer wants you to say 21 Arctic sea bird 23 Worn-out piece of cloth 24 Pitchman’s stooge 25 Fashioning 27 Speed a motor 28 Method of meditation and exercise 31 Squarepants species? 32 Asset for an inventor 34 Rosemary or thyme 36 What to do at a drive-thru window 37 Incumbents on their way out 40 Furrier John Jacob 43 Roughly 2.2 pounds 44 Black and white cookie 48 The soul, to
Saturday, June 9, 2012
PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER
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CREATURES IN POLITICS By Dennis Mooney
HaPPy BIrTHday: Curiosity will lead to good ideas that could raise your earning potential. Don’t think too big. Keep things simple, direct and cost-efficient. Added discipline will allow you to make the most of whatever you’ve got. Choose your partners wisely. Take extra precautions when it comes to your health and physical wellness. Your numbers are 4, 13, 18, 21, 29, 35, 46. arIES (March 21-April 19): Think before you respond, even if someone is pushy. Call in a favor and you will be able to bypass anyone trying to blackmail you into doing something you don’t want to do. Romance and socializing are highlighted. ✸✸✸✸ TauruS (April 20-May 20): Don’t overreact or promise something you cannot honor. Stick to what you know and do best. Getting involved in a hobby or interest will connect you to someone who shares your concerns and is dedicated to a cause you should join. ✸✸ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Set your mind on enjoyment, socializing and being entertaining. Offer your skill and you will find there is demand for what you have to offer. Consider ways to update your looks, image or talents to better suit your current lifestyle. ✸✸✸✸✸ CaNCEr (June 21-July 22): Observation will guide you. You will have a better idea how and where you fit in best if you know what everyone else is doing. Fixing up your place will allow you to entertain more frequently and freely. Don’t keep secrets. ✸✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make a choice and keep moving. Don’t waste time when you know what you should be doing. Keep your costs down and your mind alert, especially when it comes to generosity and other money matters. Emotional deception can lead you astray. ✸✸✸ VIrGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Protect your reputation and be sure to take part in any business event or activity without complaining. Being part
of a team will show your ability to adapt. Don’t let someone beat you at your own game. Believe in your abilities. ✸✸✸ LIBra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Travel or get involved in an event that will teach you more about different philosophies or lifestyles you may want to adopt. You are in the driver’s seat, so pick what suits you best and don’t look back. Love is highlighted. ✸✸✸✸✸ SCOrPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t vacillate. Make things happen. Follow your imagination and produce what you feel is the environment you want to be surrounded by. Make the choice and set the goals, and you will achieve your dream. Self-deception is the enemy. ✸✸ SaGITTarIuS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t exaggerate. You will be up against some stiff competition when it comes to your personal life and popularity. Make the changes necessary at home or within a relationship, and you will turn a negative into a positive. ✸✸ CaPrICOrN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ve got the right idea. Take hold of your situation and concentrate on getting personal papers in order so you can make changes that will help you get ahead. Take advantage of what’s being offered.
✸✸✸✸ aQuarIuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Improve your financial situation by downsizing or altering your living arrangements to lower your overhead. Make some changes to your looks and you will receive compliments that will boost your confidence. Love is in the stars. ✸✸✸ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Expect to have problems getting the correct information. Don’t make a move based on hearsay. Using force will be a waste of time and will lead to a pushy response. A creative and innovative approach will bring the best results. ✸✸✸ BIrTHday BaBy: You are inventive and intelligent, questioning and commanding.
by Abigail Van Buren
BrIdE’S MOTHEr dOES HEr BEST TO KEEP STEPMOM OuT Of SIGHT
dEar aBBy: My husband, “John,” and I have been married 12 years. My stepdaughter, “Diana,” who gave me a “My Second Mom” card on Mother’s Day, is being married in September. Diana is very close to her mother, “Charlotte,” who resents me. Because John and I are paying for half the wedding, we requested that my parents and Diana’s stepbrother and stepsister be invited. Our request was denied. John and Charlotte will be taking part in the ceremony together, which is fine with me. Diana asked me to play a small role in the ceremony, but Charlotte became very upset, so I was excluded. The engagement announcement also made no mention of me. As things stand, I’m not sure where I will be seated, if I will be included in family photos, the reception line, first dance, grand march, etc. Out of deference to Charlotte, the wedding seems to have been planned as if I don’t exist. How do other second wives in this situation make it through? I have tried hard to be supportive, keep my mouth shut and remember that the birth parents take precedence, but being treated as if I don’t exist is hard to swallow. The more I try to be understanding of Diana’s position, the more I’m excluded and the more I feel our relationship is being compromised. John and I discussed it and I suggested that maybe it would be best if I didn’t attend the wedding. He became very sad and said he really wants me there. How can I support John and stop all this from damaging my relationship with Diana? Your thoughts, please. -- DISAPPEARING STEPMOTHER dEar STEPMOTHEr: Although you and your husband are paying for half the wedding, it’s clear that Charlotte is running the show. I don’t blame you for feeling hurt; however, you will do more damage to your relationship with Diana if you do not attend. I think you should go -- first to help your stepdaughter celebrate this important day in her life, and second, to inject a muchneeded dose of reality into this fantasy. dEar aBBy: I left my husband 2 1/2 years ago because he physically abused my son. I tried dating after that, and thought I had found a nice guy. Then I discovered that in spite of being on birth control, I was pregnant. He pulled the “it’s not mine” routine, so I again became single -- this time with four children -- and remained that way for more than a year. Five months ago I started seeing an amazing man. He loves my children and wants to marry me, but I find myself pulling away. Is it because I’m afraid that this man will become the Jekyll and Hyde type, too? -- GUN SHY IN CANADA dEar GuN SHy: Probably. Your fear is understandable, considering the luck you’ve had with the previous men in your life. Before you distance yourself any further, consider asking a psychologist to help you come to grips with your fears. And while you’re at it, couples counseling would also be helpful, so you can get to know this “amazing man” better before you make any more lifetime commitments. If he loves you as he claims to, he will cooperate. If he refuses -- keep looking.
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She was walking along and humming a happy tune when she happened to spot a wee lad sitting by the side of the road. He was sewing away at a brogue, a fancy shoe. As soon as she saw that, she knew he must be no ordinary boy. Surely he was a leprechaun. She stopped and stared. She saw that he was a fat little fellow with a round, jolly face, and his cutaway jacket was red with seven buttons in a row. His shoes were shiny, and his face was as wrinkled as an old man’s. Katie knew that leprechauns were busy forever mending shoes. But most importantly, she knew that anyone who caught a leprechaun would be led to a treasure, for leprechauns knew where treasures were buried. “Never mind these eggs,” she said. “Now I’ll have a great treasure!” She crept up behind him as delicately as a cat. When she was close, she reached out with one hand and grabbed him tightly by the neck. “What’s that?” he turned and cried. He was startled by the sight of the girl and her long red braids, big bonnet and sunny smile. She took a firm grip around his neck. “I’ve got you!” she squealed. “And you’re a leprechaun. So now you’ll take me to a treasure, or I won’t let you go.” “A treasure is what you want?” said the lad, putting down the brogue. “Well, surely now that you’ve got me, I could take you to a pot of gold. Mind you, it’s guarded by a frog.” “A frog?” Katie asked. “How can a frog guard a pot?” “Easy,” said the leprechaun. “He’s a special frog. A rather big frog.” “I’m afraid of no frogs,” Katie said. She thought about the frogs that hopped in and out of the pond beside her house. Imagine being afraid of a frog! She nearly laughed out loud but didn’t, for this was serious business and she was about to be rich. Now her mother would be proud of her. She’d never have to work another day. No more carrying eggs to market; no more milking cows; no more cleaning out barns or mending clothes or baking or sewing or scything. Ah, what a life of leisure little Katie would lead! She could just see her beautiful dresses and the glorious carriage that would take her from here to there. She envisioned the big house she would buy with all her gold. She would have servants, fancy feasts and lots of land. “Well then?” asked the leprechaun. Katie realized she had been daydreaming so long that she hadn’t heard a word he’d said. And so she asked, “What?” “I’ll just sit upon your basket handle and show you the way to the treasure,” the leprechaun said. “That’s good!” Katie said. She let him sit upon the handle of the basket, though she kept a firm grip on his arm. “Turn left,” he said, and Katie turned left. After they had walked awhile, he said, “Turn right,” and she turned right. They walked up a steep hill and down into a valley. The sun beat down, and Katie was warm indeed. But she didn’t mind. She was on her way to a treasure, dreaming of a fancy life! “You’re a strong girl,” said the leprechaun. “And you’re very brave.” “I am!” Katie said proudly. “That I am!” “Turn left again,” he said. Up another steep hill they climbed. As they reached the very top of the hill, the leprechaun reached into the basket and tossed an egg over Katie’s shoulder. “Stop that!” Katie cried. “Those are my eggs, not yours!” But just as she said that, the wee lad reached into the basket and tossed another one behind her. “Stop right now!” Katie said. “Are we almost there?” “Almost,” said the leprechaun, and he tossed out another egg. And then he tossed another and another and another. “What are you doing to my eggs?” Katie cried, turning to look at those eggs lying broken in the road. But as she turned, she loosened her grip and the leprechaun slipped from her grasp, springing into the bushes. By the time she had turned back, he had vanished. “Ah no!” Katie cried. She was terribly disappointed. She looked everywhere, but she could not find that wee man, and there were no frogs in sight, and now most of her eggs were broken. “But never mind,” she said. “Wait till I tell my dear mum that he called me a strong girl. And brave! That’s a very good thing!” And so Katie cheerfully walked back home with no money for her mum, as foolish and agreeable as ever.
C Y M K
TELL ME A STORY: KATIE AND THE LEPRECHAUN
adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland
(AN IRISh TALE)
nce upon a time Katie’s mum gave her a basket of eggs from the barn. “Now, Katie,” she said, “take these eggs to market to sell. And be sure you’re careful, my child. Don’t be a fool!” “I’m no fool, Mum,” Katie said gaily. Others might disagree, but foolish as she sometimes was, Katie was also an agreeable girl. She set off happily beneath the bright sunshine, carefully carrying the basket of eggs. As she walked along, Katie began to dream of the money she would earn for those eggs. “I’m certain I shall fetch a sack full of silver,” she said. “And if the prices aren’t so high, I’ll still earn a great deal, I’m sure.”