January 29 – February 4, 2015
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January 29 – February 4, 2015
Editor-in-Chief Phillip Morales
Contributing Writers Rebecca Aguilar, Fabian Campos,
Elizabeth Barriga, Olivia Hernandez, Robert Leal, Phillip
Morales, Rikki Rincón, Patricia Rodriguez, Sonia Salas
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The Big Game....................................................................... 4
One On One With Mario Tarradell......................................... 6-8
Mis Motores..................................................................... 9-10
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Get ready wrestling fans – the
“superbowl” of pro wrestling
entertainment is coming to
the North Texas area next year.
Sunday, April 3, 2016 will be the
day and the ring will be placed at the center of – you guessed it –
the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The WWE made the announcement earlier this month. "WWE
thanks the city of Arlington, city of Dallas and the Dallas Cowboys
for their tireless efforts to bring WrestleMania to AT&T Stadium,"
said Vince McMahon, Chairman & CEO of WWE. "We look forward
to making history at WrestleMania, while adding AT&T Stadium to
the list of iconic venues that have hosted our annual pop-culture
No word yet when tickets will go on sale but rest assured we’ll
bring you the latest information as it becomes available. Until then,
start practicing your “people’s eyebrow”.
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Dominican-American novelist Junot
Diaz has produced what critics recently
named the Best Novel of the 21st
Century to date; “The Brief Wondrous
Life of Oscar Wao”.
The international BBC site polled
“several dozen” US critics to find the
greatest novels written since 2000 – the
critics included experts from the New
York Times, Time Magazine, Newsday,
Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. Out of 156 novels that were named
as candidates, Diaz’s first novel “Oscar Wao” made it to the top of
the list.
“The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” is a journey into
the life of an overweight Dominican-American young man obsessed
with “hardcore sci-fi and fantasy” but struggles with his love life
and his family heritage. We’ve read it and we gotta say: it deserves
this recognition.
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It’s the biggest weekend in American sports: the Superbowl Sunday and it’s happening this
weekend. The New England Patriots will square off against the Seattle Seahawks on February
1, at 5:30 PM on NBC. Whether you’re a diehard football fan or could care less, one of the best
things about the Superbowl is . . . Superbowl parties. Here’s some tips to
make your football party, or the party you’re attending, a good time.
Who doesn’t love food shaped in the
form of sporting equipment? Use this
opportunity to make a super-easy, spicy, football shaped
cheese mold because, really, at what other time can you?
Here’s some quick facts to help you carry a conversation
at your Superbowl part and not look ill-informed:
Who’s Expected to Win? The Seattle Seahawks . . .
but by a slim margin.
Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson
has a chance to become the youngest
quarterback in NFL history to win two
Super Bowls. Should the Patriots
win, Tom Brady would be the first
quarterback to go a decade between
Super Bowl victories.
someone in the New England Patriots organization deflated
11 of 12 balls, making them easier to catch, in the AFC
division championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
During halftime, New England’s footballs were examined by
officials and were found to be two to three pounds lighter
than they were at the beginning of the game. Many have
claimed this calls for New England’s disqualification from
playing in the big game.
YEAH, YEAH KATY PERRY BUT: By now you probably know
that Katy Perry will be performing during halftime
at this year’s Superbowl but did you know that
Broadway superstar Idina Menzel will be
performing the national anthem? Menzel is
known, recently, for her megahit “Let it Go”
from the Disney movie “Frozen”.
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Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
3 cups shredded aged Cheddar
1 cup grated romano
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups toasted pecans, finely chopped in a food processor
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped in a food processor
Sriracha sauce
Chips, veggies or hunks of crusty French bread, for serving
Combine the cream cheese, Cheddar, Romano, sour cream,
hot sauce and Worcestershire in a bowl. Using a handheld
mixer, whip until combined. Adjust the seasoning with salt
and pepper if necessary.
Plop the cheese mixture onto a parchment-lined baking
sheet and cover in plastic wrap. Using your hands, mold
the cheese into a football shape. Remove the plastic, cover
evenly with the nuts and cranberries and, using Sriracha,
draw football laces on top. Set in the fridge for at least 30
minutes to firm up. Serve with chips, veggies or hunks of
crusty French bread.
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by Rikki Rincon
Social Latino: It can be difficult to know
where to begin but let's just get to the early
life of Mario. Give us some insight to where
you are from and what led you to the career
of journalism.
Although he admits he has no interest in learning to play music, much of Mario Tarradell's
life and career has been spent experiencing, writing about and forming a deep respect for
music. As a staff critic with the Dallas Morning News for over twenty years, Mario has come
a long way from humble beginnings as part of a refugee family from Cuba. We decided to
find out what drove Mario’s journey into journalism and what type of music most inspires him.
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Mario Tarradell: I’m the product of a multicultural world. I was born in Cuba, but my
parents fled Castro’s communist regime in
January 1967 when I was about 18 months
old. I remember nothing of Cuba but I do
have one picture in my head: My dad would
always tell me stories of how after dinner
he would take me out to the porch on the
back of the house, which overlooked the
ocean. He’d sit in a rocking chair and
cross his legs. On the space between his
crossed legs he would perch me and there
we would both pass the time enjoying the
coastal breeze. I will have that image in my
brain for as long as I live.
As a child growing up in Miami, Florida
I was immersed in American schools from
kindergarten forward. I soaked up lots
of music – Top 40 coupled with Latin
and disco. My brother was a party DJ so
I learned to love and appreciate a slew
of hardcore disco music from the mid to
late ‘70s. My parents played Latin music
at home. I also always loved to write. It
was never something I consciously thought
about doing, it was just something that
came very naturally to me.
Fast forward to community college,
this would be about 1984. I was in my
first semester as a psychology major. Yes, I
actually started as a psychology major. But
it was my inaugural semester in college so
I was taking all requirement courses - no
specialty credits yet. I was in an English
composition class where the professor
wanted us to read our essays aloud. In that
class also happened to be the new editor
of the resuscitated and revamped campus
newspaper. After class she asked me if I
wanted to write for the paper. I joked and
said to her, “Only if you make me the
Lively Arts editor.” She said, “You got it.”
The rest, as the cliché goes, is history.
I immediately changed my major from
psychology to journalism.
SL: I’ve followed your work for many
years, especially your music features on
Pop, Latino, Country and more. Out of all
genres of music you have covered, what is
your favorite?
MT: Ah, the music question. The one I can
never answer without jumping into what
seems like a dissertation. Music is very
special to me. It is my go-to for just about
everything. I view life through the portal of
music; I can connect a song to just about
anything that I’m feeling or experiencing.
I wake up with music in my head; I go to
sleep with music in my head. Yet it’s funny
because I don’t play an instrument and
have no desire to play an instrument. But
I love music. There is a photo somewhere
of a probably 10-year-old Mario holding a
stack of 7-inch vinyl singles in each hand.
In front of me is a sky blue portable record
player that I had as a kid. That picture
speaks volumes.
What is easiest to tell you is the music
that I don’t particularly care for. I’m not
a huge fan of rap or thrash/death metal. I
have a hard time connecting with songs that
contain lyrics I can’t understand. So if it’s
not sung in English or Spanish I can’t really
dive into it. And I can’t stomach throwaway
songs, the kind with incessantly repetitive
hooks and insultingly stupid lyrics aimed
at attracting the lowest of lowest common
denominator. To me that music is utterly
disposable. I’m no music elitist, but I just
can’t wrap my head around that. I don’t
care how popular it is.
So with all of that said, I love pop,
R&B, Latin, country, disco, rock, adult
contemporary. I like some jazz, some
classical and some new age. And you know,
I can get into some rap and thrash/death
metal. It all depends on how it’s presented
and my mood when I hear it. What are my
favorite artists? Here’s a sampling – Barbra
Streisand, The Motels, Cheryl Lynn, The
S.O.S. Band, Heart, Ricardo Arjona, Celia
Cruz, Duran Duran, Lee Ann Womack, Dan
Seals, Maná, Sylvester, Donna Summer,
Little Big Town, Tears For Fears, Rush, The
Manhattan Transfer.
Variety is the spice of life, especially in
regards to music.
SL: As far as covering music for media is
concerned, how has the industry changed
over the years and where do you see
media heading?
MT: Media is so fragmented today.
Inevitably the internet has completely
changed the media landscape – whether
we’re talking news websites, social media,
blogs, or print newspapers and magazines
that have an online counterpart. There are
a million places to get your news, some are
accurate and some are not. Some are well
reported and written, some are not. Many
strive to be first, but not necessarily to be
correct. That’s the downside of this instant
gratification world we live in. I remember
the days when news broke, you had a
set amount of time before the presses
started rolling and then the story ran the
next morning in the first edition. Usually
you had enough time to check facts, to
interview sources, to wrap your head around
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the story long enough so you could craft a
piece that made sense and delivered the
news as accurately as possible.
Today time and craftsmanship are
luxuries when it comes to breaking news.
Online means immediate, so the pieces
of a story trickle in bit by bit and each
time you need to update the web article.
There is virtually no time to take anything
in. It’s a constant feeding of fragmented
information to the masses.
So by the time you have the
philosophical wherewithal to examine
the situation, the news-hungry, instantgratification hounds have moved on to
the next nugget of breaking news. This,
unfortunately, leaves newspapers out in the
cold. The very essence of print newspapers
was always to give readers a little more,
a little extra, that well-rounded viewpoint.
I wonder if anybody still has the time for
that. Or if anybody still cares.
For me, right now, social media is
the key to news reporting. I have learned
about more breaking news items via
social media than ever before. I would
say that 95 percent of breaking news
reaches me via social media, specifically
Facebook and Twitter. It is fantastic, but
it is at the expense of traditional media.
Every technological breakthrough tends
to squash the one before it. That’s just a
fact of life.
writing, layout, developing an audience
while I was Lively Arts editor at The Falcon
Times, the Miami-Dade Community College
North Campus newspaper. I learned to find
and hone my writing voice at The Dallas
Morning News.
And it was at The Dallas Morning News
that a former editor and still dear friend
once told me to never worry about what
others were doing – or not doing, as the
case may be. I needed to focus on me and
my work. I needed to make that shine. In
that regard nobody else mattered. I was
in charge of the quality of my work, not
anybody else by comparison or scrutiny. I
will never forget that.
SL: Your career has the ability to inspire
others moving into media. How many years
did you spend with the Dallas Morning
News and what are you doing today?
MT: As a child and as a young adult my dad
always told me that I could do whatever I
wanted to do in life as long as I followed
the good path and fought the good fight.
If I made sure the route was well paved
it didn’t matter to him what I chose to
do. I always understood that and used
it to nourish me. Two other things come
to mind. I learned a huge amount about
MT: I spent 19 years at The Dallas Morning
News covering music, first as a staff critic
and then in 2008 as music critic. The
last five years of my DMN tenure I was
the only person on staff covering every
genre of music except for classical. It was
daunting, exciting, exhausting, rewarding,
flattering and inhibiting. I resigned in
August 2013 because I wanted to explore
other opportunities. I have a bachelor’s
degree in Communication Arts, one that I
always planned on using to do more than
just journalism.
Which brings me to today: I am a
communications specialist encompassing
public relations. In the last year I have
worked as a freelancer and in a handful of
contract gigs. I have worked with festivals,
theaters, musicians, restaurants, men’s
grooming products and digital music sites
in an effort to raise awareness by telling
their stories and delivering those stories to
audiences via social media, newspapers,
email blasts, TV and the internet. People
respond to stories. They see themselves in
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SL: What advice did you receive early on
in life that motivated you to move into
this field?
those stories. Stories drive them to people,
places and products.
I am a storyteller. I will always be a
storyteller. I am also bilingual, fluent in
speaking, writing and reading Spanish. We
are all more connected than we think, and
it is those stories that provide the glue.
I am here to deliver those stories to the
masses. Along the way if I can serve as
a source of inspiration to anybody I am
beyond grateful. It’s all about paying it
SL: Mario, this was an honor for me to sit
with you and gain insight to your wonderful
world of media and career as a journalist
and I want to thank you for taking time
to meet with me. You are a true pioneer
and wish you the very best in your future
You can follow Mr. Mario Tarradell
@mariotarradell via twitter.
didn’t used to be a fan of hatchbacks
and if you’re not a fan of hatchbacks,
don’t worry – I know the feeling. It’s
not so much that I disliked the hatchback
design, it’s more that I didn’t know what
to make of them or how they would fit in
to my own personal driving experiences.
It wasn’t until I stepped into the Hyundai
Veloster, a few years back, that I really
began to understand why people were so
crazy about hatchbacks. I can sum up the
appeal of the hatchback like this: when
they’re built right, they’re just freaking fun
to drive. Period. They’re typically small
2015 LEXUS CT 200H
By Phillip Morales
enough to be speedy, even if they’re not
designed to be, and they are more versatile
than you’d expect, depending on your
particular lifestyle.
Since I first sat in that Veloster, I’ve
found myself on a personal quest to find the
perfect hatchback for me; the hatchback
I would consider buying. I’ve sat in a
few since then and my list of favorites is
growing. I’ve recently added a vehicle to
that favorites list and although I go back
and forth on where I’d rank it, I do know
it would be near the top: the 2015 Lexus
CT 200h.
This the second year that the CT is
sporting its updated design elements and
not much is changed – but not much was
needed. The hour glass shaped grill that
Toyota has placed on all of its luxury brand
cars – what it calls the “spindle” grill – is
still here and fits nicely with the smaller
size. The CT we test drove came with the
optional F Sport package, so the grill got
even edgier with the zig-zag “honeycomb”
design. The F-Sport package also brings
17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and
an extended spoiler to the table. These
F-Sport touches really do add up to a
sportier look, especially when viewed side
by side with a base CT.
All over the CT, you’ll find Lexus’s
trademark curved and sharply angled lines
that remind you of the L on its logo. In the
CT, those design elements have less space
to work with but it all comes together
nicely. Speaking of a smaller “canvas”,
the first thing you’ll notice about the CT is
that it’s short – 4.75 feet short actually. I
towered over it and most other cars on the
road do, but again it’s squat design flows
nicely from nose to rear bumper.
I especially liked how the rear window
wrapped around the sides of the CT,
reaching out towards the back passenger
side windows. It may seem like a small
design decision but it bring cohesion to
the CT and offers some panoramic rearview mirror views for the driver. I was also
a fan of the rear side of the CT – its lines
are blockier and aggressive, topped off
with some sweet looking taillights.
I can’t tell you how many times I bumped
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my head getting in and out of the 2015
Lexus CT – be prepared for little to no
headroom sitting inside. To be fair I’m
not average height – let alone the average
customer of a CT – but at 6 feet, the top
of my head was inches from the roof. The
interior feels like a cockpit so it does beg
for the driver to sit low, with legs stretched
out and honestly, once I settled into the
seat, I was more than comfortable. It was
only when I entered and exited the car that
the limited headroom became an issue.
There were some hit or miss elements
inside the 2015 CT that unfortunately
keep it from an overall stellar experience
for both driver and passenger.
perforated seats, metal scuff plates and
alloy pedals were all super cool additions
brought in through the F-Sport package.
Believe it or not, they give a sense of
speed, without the car even being in
motion. The center console arrangement
however left much to be desired. I’ve
never been a fan of the small “gear
shifter” knob that rides higher up the
console, like in the Prius. Controls that
should be simple to navigate, like climate
and seat warming, felt clunky in the CT.
Pair that with the “computer mouse”like controller that Lexus uses in some of
their luxury cars and the CT may not be
the most user friendly hatchback around.
The 2015 Lexus CT 200h owes much of
its sophisticated guts to Toyota’s Prius
and it’s pretty much unchanged from last
year’s model. The CT’s engine setup is
essentially the same powertrain setup
you’ll find in the Prius; under the hood
you’ll find a 98 horsepower, 1.8-liter fourcylinder engine that works in conjunction
with a nickel-metal-hydride battery. The
CT being a luxury car, Lexus has fine-tuned
their engine precisely to offer a surprisingly
sporty ride. Once you flip into Sport mode,
the electronically controlled Continuously
Variable Transmission actually configures
the electronic responses to that your
acceleration and braking is improved.
This hybrid system will give you an
estimated EPA rating of 43 mpg city,
40 mpg highway and around 42 mpg
I found these number to
be pretty accurate, and that’s good
considering I flipped it into sport mode as
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often as possible. Why? Because in sport
mode the CT is just a blast to drive; it’s
agile, hugs corners and revs up to higher
speeds nicely. Without the Sport mode
switched on, however, you’ll definitely
hear the engine growl as it works to kick
in to higher gears.
Interestingly there
is also a “B” driving mode that increases
engine braking and battery charging for
downhill driving.
If it wasn’t for the height and limited head
room, I would venture to say Lexus’s 2015
CT 200h is my favorite hatchback, as far as
driving experiences go – even with akward
console controls inside. It does seem like
Lexus innovated in many areas – for instance,
one of my favorite features was watching
the power gauge morph into a tachometer
when I switched it to Sport mode. While
it Lexus CT may be on the low end of the
Lexus totem pole, the competitive prices
should appeal to a younger generation that
want luxury and a sense of fast & furious
fun when the mood strikes.
MSRP for the 2015 Lexus CT 200h is
$32,050. Tested at $41,540.
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La Ford F-150 modelo 2015 fue galardonada La Camioneta de Tejas 2015
por la Texas Auto Writers Association. Connrmando una vez más, que la
F-150 no solo sigue siendo la camioneta de mejor venta en Tejas, pero
además, que Ford es...Lo Mejor en Tejas.