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Council creates                                                                                                                                                     Holiday

                                                                                                                                                                 How the
                                                                                                                                                                 pope does
Sean Bell Way                                                                                                                                                    Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                    It’s a busy time for religious
                                                                                                                                                                 leader But Benedict XVI
                                                                                                                                                                 finds ways to relax {page 08}

  Bloomberg says he’ll sign controversial street renaming rather than ‘inflame
the situation’ Family takes comfort in official recognition of his death {page 02}
                                                                                                                                EMILY ANNE EPSTEIN/METRO
                                                                                                                                                                 Santa Claus is
                                                                                                                                                                 an NYC native
                                                                                                                                                                 Chelsea author of
                                                                                                                                                                 ‘Night Before
                                                                                                                                                                 Christmas’ created
                                                                                                                                                                 image of jolly old
                                                                                                                                                                 St. Nick {page 04}

                                                                                                                                                                 Senate nearing
                                                                                                                                                                 health deal
                                                                                                                                                                 Democratic senators rounded
                                                                                                                                                                 up enough backing to ‘pass’
                                                                                                                                                                 health bill in test vote {page 10}

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                                                                                                                                         TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009

                                                                   Street name to
                                                METRO FILE PHOTO

 In the news

                           Rudy won’t
                           run in 2010
                           NEW YORK. Former Mayor
                           Rudy Giuliani is to
                           announce today that he
                           won’t be running for
                                                                   record ‘50 shots’
                                                                     Divisive police shooting memorialized on block where Bell was killed on
                                                                   his wedding day Some say recognition overdue, others call it misplaced
                                                                                                    The family of Sean Bell de-
                                                                                                    clared “a small piece of jus-
                                                                                                    tice” after the New York
                                                                                                    City Council decided to re-
                                                                                                    name Liverpool Street in
                                                                                                    Queens after the unarmed
                                                                                                                                         firestorm after he was killed
                                                                                                                                         outside a strip club the
                                                                                                                                         night before his wedding in
                                                                                                                                         November 2006. As police
                                                                                                                                         approached, thinking some-
                                                                                                                                         one in his party had a gun,
                                                                                                                                                                                     made a mistake, and the po-
                                                                                                                                                                                     lice officers also made a
                                                                                                                                                                                     mistake,” said Astoria Coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                     cilman Peter Vallone.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Det. Michael Palladino,
                                                                                                                                                                                     president of the NYC Detec-
                           either governor of New                                                   man that police gunned               an intoxicated Bell allegedly               tives’ Endowment Associa-
                           York or the U.S. senate                                                  down there in 2006.                  drove his car at an under-                  tion said Bell “was killed in
Flea to                    seat currently held by
                           Kirsten Gillibrand next                 “Two wrongs don’t
                                                                                                       “Finally, we have …
                                                                                                    something to show that
                                                                                                                                         cover cop, police said. Offi-
                                                                                                                                         cers fired 50 shots at Bell
                                                                                                                                                                                     the commission of a crime –
                                                                                                                                                                                     drunk driving, using the car
                           year, according to a report             make a right, and                Sean’s death won’t be in             and his friends. They were                  to assault a detective, and
jump to                    in the New York Daily
                                                                   they don’t add up                vain,” Bell’s fiancee, Nicole
                                                                                                    Paultre Bell told Metro after
                                                                                                                                         cleared of wrongdoing.
                                                                                                                                            Not everyone favored
                                                                                                                                                                                     then tried to flee the scene.”

tower                         Over the last year a
                           whisper campaign has
                                                                   to a street naming.”
                                                                                                    the 41-7 vote yesterday.
                                                                                                       Bell’s death sparked a
                                                                                                                                         creating Sean Bell Way.
                                                                                                                                            “The men in that car
                                                                                                                                                                                          CARLY BALDWIN

                           touted Giuliani’s return to
The Brooklyn               local politics after his
Flea, the popular          2008 presidential run
                           stalled. The News reported
                                                                                                                                                                                     Judge tells
flea market in                                                                                                                                            EMILY ANNE EPSTEIN/METRO

DUMBO, will                that Giuliani will use the
                           announcement to back
                                                                                                                                                                                     cops to give
move to the
                           Rick Lazio for governor.

                                                                                                                                                                                     race data
Savings Bank
building — the                                  METRO FILE PHOTO

borough’s tallest.                                                                                                                                                                   NEW YORK. The NYPD was
The Flea, popular                                                                                                                                                                    ordered to hand over racial
among the                                                                                                                                                                            information from incidents
young and hip                                                                                                                                                                        in which police fired guns
for food and used                                                                                                                                                                    in the last decade.
clothes and furni-                                                                                                                                                                      The NYCLU sued for the
ture will move to                                                                                                                                                                    information in 2008, after
                              A job fair in Manhattan                                                                                                                                the NYPD would not give
the tower week-             earlier this year.                                                                                                                                       data on people who were
ends from Jan. 9                                                                                                                                                                     fired at but not hit. The ini-
through March.                                                                                                                                                                       tial request was followed
                           Report                                                                                                                                                    the shooting of Sean Bell.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Supreme Court Justice Joan

  In the news
                           highlights                                                                                                                                                Madden ruled, in a decision
                                                                                                                                                                                     dated Dec. 15, the NYPD
                           joblessness                                                                                                                                               had to provide data from
                                                                                                                                                                                     all shooting incidents
                           NEW YORK. The city’s unem-                                                                                                                                under the Freedom of In-
                           ployment rate was put at                   Lee Compton, chair of the Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee, yesterday                                 formation Law. The city
                           10 percent last month, but               described plans for the development that should be completed within the next 10 years.                           said it disagreed and was
                           from neighborhood to                                                                                                                                      considering its legal op-

                                                                   City clears Hudson Rail Yards
                           neighborhood the rate fluc-                                                                                                                               tions. METRO
                           tuates dramatically, accord-
                           ing to the Fiscal Policy Insti-

                                                                   western half for mixed use
 25 years ago                 Employment also varied
 On Dec. 22, 1984,         widely by race. Among                                                                                                                                       News in brief
 Bernard Goetz shot        African-Americans 15.7 per-
 four young men who        cent were out of work, as               The City Council voted to        parks trains won’t be com-
 he said attempted to
                           were 11.8 percent of His-               rezone the western half of       pleted until 10 years from                Wait and see                            Mayor: EMTs
                           panics. METRO                           Hudson Rail Yards yester-        now. The developer is still
 rob him on a down-
                                                                   day, but the dream of a          looking for a tenant for                 Besides condos and offices,
                                                                                                                                                                                      have no excuse
 town 2 train as it left                                           new neighborhood on              the commercial space, as                 what else is supposed to                 NEW YORK. Mayor
 14th Street. He be-           Unemployment                        Manhattan’s far west side        the city’s real estate mar-              come to the Hudson Yards?                Bloomberg yesterday
 came forever known                                                is still years away.             ket struggles to right it-                                                        lashed out at two EMTs
 as the “subway vigi-         South and Central Bronx:                The plan to build 12          self.                                    Second and last phase of                 accused of refusing to
 lante” for a moment          15.7 percent                         million square feet of              The Council also voted                High Line park                           help a pregnant
 of violence that riv-        East New York, Brooklyn:             commercial and residen-          to rezone 31 acres of the                An elementary school                     woman. “There’s no ex-
 eted a city torn up by       19.2 percent                         tial space at 30th Street        Broadway Triangle site in                A hotel                                  cuse whatsoever,”
 crime. Some called           Upper West Side:                     and 11th Avenue, over the        Brooklyn to allow hous-                  10 acres of open public                  Bloomberg said. METRO
                              5.1 percent                          tracks where the LIRR            ing. METRO/CB                            space
 him a hero, others a
 predator. METRO
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                                  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009

Santa’s local:
He started out
in Chelsea
   Exhibit looks at the modern day St. Nick’s NYC roots
   How a jolly man in a red suit became the face of Xmas
                                                                             ROBERT WALTER WEIR, ST. NICHOLAS, 1837

   An 1837 oil painting by Robert Weir, depicting a sly St. Nicholas, is part of the exhibition.

Santa Claus was born in           “New York would                     Ashton said. One of the His-
New York, or at least the         be the place for a                  torical Society’s founders,
modern version of him as a                                            John Pintard, was also ac-
rotund red-suited man bear-
                                  commercial Santa                    tive in turning July Fourth
ing gifts. He’s from Chelsea,     Claus.” ASHTON                      and Thanksgiving into civic
according to a New York                                               holidays to cut down “wild
Historical Society exhibit.       end of the 18th century             exuberance.”
   That’s where Clement           were pretty wild times,”               Ashton credits three
Clarke Moore, a theologian        the show’s curator Jean             New Yorkers with creating
and scholar, is believed to       Ashton explained. “It was           the American image of
have written “A Visit from        cold and dark. People               Santa: Moore, the writer
St. Nicholas" in 1821, now        weren’t working. The                Washington Irving and the
known by its opening line:        slaves — and there were a           cartoonist Thomas Nast,
“Twas the night before            lot of slaves in New York —         whose popular drawing of
Christmas.”                       were traditionally given off        Santa giving gifts to Union
   Why wasn’t the saintly         at Christmas. There was a           soldiers ran in Harper’s
European version suffi-           lot of dancing and drunk-           magazine.
cient for New Yorkers?            enness in the streets.”
“Christmas time in big               City conservatives want-               AMY ZIMMER
cities like New York at the       ed a secular, family holiday,   

Mayor taps new head of FDNY
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday         chosen for his record and
tapped FDNY Chief of De-          “vision for the future of the
partment Salvatore Cassano        FDNY.”
as the city’s new fire com-          Fire deaths are down, but
missioner as of Jan. 1.           the FDNY faces challenges
   Cassano, a 40-year FDNY        in a new 911 system the
veteran, will succeed Com-        firefighters union claims
missioner Nicholas Scoppet-       slows responses, charges of
ta who is retiring. The may-      discriminatory hiring and              Cassano
or said Cassano, 64, was          budget cuts. METRO
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                                                                                                           TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009

Governor: Health bill hurts N.Y.
                                                                                                                                                                  GETTY IMAGES

           Gov. David Paterson yester-     “We are, in a sense             guage is changed, “we are,
           day said New York will be       by the bill, being              in a sense by the bill, being
           “punished” and stands to                                        punished for our own char-
           lose up to $1.25 billion un-
                                           punished for our                ity,” Paterson said in an in-
           der the national health care    own charity.” PATERSON          terview with WBEN radio
           bill backed by his fellow De-                                   in Buffalo.
           mocrats in Washington,          get benefit because it has         The state also suffers be-
           D.C. As the bill is currently   already reached its limit af-   cause Medicaid reimburse-
           written, states get in-         ter years of expanding Med-     ments are calculated based
           creased federal funds for       icaid to include more resi-     on per capita income, not
Paterson   adding people to their Med-     dents, Paterson said.           poverty rate, he said.
           icaid rolls. New York won’t        Unless the bill’s lan-        METRO

                                                                                                              Anthony Marshall and his wife Charlene leave court after
                                                                                                            his sentencing yesterday.

                                                                                                           gets 1- to
                                                                                                           3-year jail
                                                                                                              85-year-old son of Brooke Astor
                                                                                                           to serve time for robbing her estate
                                                                                                              Free on bail for next 30 days
                                                                                                           The 85-year-old son of the      “It is a paradox for
                                                                                                           late New York socialite         me that such
                                                                                                           Brooke Astor was sen-
                                                                                                           tenced to at least one year
                                                                                                                                           abundance has led
                                                                                                           in prison yesterday for         to such incredible
                                                                                                           looting his mother’s es-        sadness.” BARTLEY
                                                                                                           tate of money that had
                                                                                                           been set aside for charity.     shall because of his age
                                                                                                              Anthony Marshall, As-        and poor health, and they
                                                                                                           tor’s only child, was sen-      appealed his conviction.
                                                                                                           tenced to a minimum of             Marshall remained free
                                                                                                           one year and a maximum          on bail for at least the
                                                                                                           of three years by New           next 30 days to give de-
                                                                                                           York State Supreme Court        fense lawyers time to find
                                                                                                           Judge A. Kirke Bartley,         a medically appropriate
                                                                                                           who rejected a request          jail and to apply for bail
                                                                                                           from Marshall’s lawyers to      pending the appeal.
                                                                                                           spare him prison time.             A jury convicted Mar-
                                                                                                              “It is a paradox for me      shall in October of grand
                                                                                                           that such abundance has         larceny, falsifying busi-
                                                                                                           led to such incredible sad-     ness reports and other
                                                                                                           ness,” Bartley said at the      charges tied to his han-
                                                                                                           sentencing.                     dling of his mother’s for-
                                                                                                              Defense lawyers argued       tune, estimated to be
                                                                                                           prison time would equal a       worth around $200 mil-
                                                                                                           death sentence for Mar-         lion. REUTERS

                                                                                                                                           family member’s Paterson
                                                                                                                                           home, accidentally shot
                                                                                                             News in brief                 and killed a five-year-old
                                                                                                                                           relative, Daron Mayes.
                                                                                                                                           Mayes was shot in the
                                                                                                            Boy, 6, shoots                 head at 8:20 p.m. Sunday.
                                                                                                                                           Police were investigating
                                                                                                            5-year-old boy                 possible charges against
                                                                                                            PATERSON, N.J. A boy, 6,       an adult relative who
                                                                                                            playing with a gun in a        owned the gun. METRO
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                                                                                                                                     TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009

A very Vatican Christmas                                                                                                                               PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES

  From the garbage collectors to
midnight Mass It’s Christmas and                                                                                                                                              Benedict’s
Pope Benedict is busier than ever                                                                                                                                             Christmas
On Dec. 25, the pope gives      “Most of the pope’s
the world his blessing —        day takes place                                                                                                                               Dec. 8, 4 p.m.:
the Urbi et Orbi — from the                                                                                                                                                   The Holy Father blesses the
Vatican balcony. But the
                                away from the                                                                                                                                 statue of the Virgin Mary at
month leading up to Christ-     public eye.”                                                                                                                                  the Piazza di Spagna
mas Day is an extremely         LOVETT                                                                                                                                        Dec. 24, 10 p.m.:
busy one for the pope, who                                                                                                                                                    Christmas Eve. Midnight
is both a head of state and     man of substance.”                                                                                                                            Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
the leader of the world’s          Your best chance to see                                                                                                                    Dec. 25, noon:
largest denomination.           the pope, advises Robert                                                                                                                      Urbi et Orbi blessing from
   “Most of the pope’s day      Mickens, Vatican corre-                                                                                                                       the Vatican balcony.
takes place away from the       spondent for British mag                                                                                                                      Dec. 31, 6 p.m.:
public eye,” explains Sean-     The Tablet, is to attend his                                                                                                                  Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Patrick Lovett, head of Vati-   weekly general audiences.                                                                                                                     Jan. 1, 2010, 10 a.m.:
can Radio’s English pro-           During Christmas, the                                                                                                                      Te Deum (Thanksgiving)
gramming. “He ... celebrates    pope’s schedule gets even                                                                                                                     Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Mass and reads the news.        more hectic. Roman chil-                                                                                                                      Jan. 6, 2010
After that he has countless     dren bring their Baby Jesus                                                                                                                   (Epiphany), 10 a.m.:
audiences with political and    to the Vatican for a bless-                                                                                                                   Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica
religious leaders.”             ing. He celebrates Mass for       St. Peter’s Square is full of Catholic revelers — and a Christmas tree, too.
   In the afternoons, Bene-     Rome’s university stu-
dict XVI spends most of is      dents, and he gives his
time reading and writing.       “State of the Church” ad-      scene. He celebrates Masses       scene. It, too, receives a          he plays it well.
“He’s an academic,” ex-         dress to Vatican leaders. He   at St. Peter’s Basilica. And      special blessing.
plains Lovett. “When you        blesses St. Peter’s Square’s   he mustn’t forget Rome’s             How does the pope re-                   ELISABETH
meet him, he looks you in       record-tall Christmas tree     garbage collectors: Each          lax? He plays the piano.                   BRAW
the eyes and listens. He’s a    and its enormous nativity      year, they make a nativity        And according to insiders,           METRO WORLD NEWS IN LONDON
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                                                                                                                                                                        TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009

Airlines face
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES

                                                                                                      Travel. Going nowhere fast

fines for delays
U.S. airlines could face
stiff fines for stranding
passengers aboard ground-
ed planes for more than
three hours, according to
a regulation that officials
                                       Maximum fine per
                                       passenger airlines
said yesterday was aimed               would have to pay for
at upholding passenger                 exceeding the
rights.                                three-hour limit of
   The Transportation De-              stranding passengers
partment initiative tries to           aboard airplanes.
address public and govern-
ment frustration with                rights, and these new rules
lengthy runway delays, es-           will require airlines to live
pecially those that leave            up to their obligation to
passengers without food,             treat their customers fair-
water or adequate bath-              ly,” Transportation Secre-
room facilities.                     tary Ray LaHood told re-
   “Airline passengers have          porters. REUTERS                                                   In an effort to straighten out the mess created by winter storms, airlines are adding flights, and getting people on their way.

                      GETTY IMAGES

                                        Crime                                                        Airlines add                                          Major air carriers added extra flights yesterday to accommodate
                                                                                                                                                           passengers whose travel plans were disrupted by a massive

                                                                                                     seats after storm
                                                                                                                                                           weekend storm that dumped as much as two feet of snow on the
                                        drops in                                                                                                           U.S. Northeast. The storm buried cities from Washington, D.C., to
                                                                                                                                                           Boston, resulted in closures or significant delays at airports and
                                        early ’09                                                    hits travel                                           forced hundreds of flight cancellations just days before Christmas.
                                        WASHINGTON. Violent
                                        crime in the U.S., in-
                                        cluding murder and

                                                                                                     Senate on track
  Ford can’t keep all its               robbery, dropped 4.4
 workers.                               percent in the first half
                                        of 2009 and property
                                        crime like car thefts
Ford offers                             also dropped, the Fed-
                                        eral Bureau of Investi-
buyouts to
                                                                                                     to OK health care
                                        gation said yesterday.
                                        The latest statistics
all UAW                                 suggest U.S. violent
                                        crime could drop for a
DETROIT. Ford Motor Co.                 third full year in a row,
said yesterday it is offer-             a steady decline de-
ing its 41,000 U.S. factory             spite the economic re-
workers buyouts and early               cession. REUTERS
retirement offers in a bid                                                                             Democrats muster 60 votes to pass first crucial test Health bill still
to reduce its payroll costs
as it aims to return to                                                                              faces tough merger with House version A look at the winners and losers
                                                                     PRICES AS OF 5 P.M. YESTERDAY

profit by 2011.
   The buyouts mark the               Market                                                         Senate Democrats moved           system on a path for pas-         “We’ll get this                    come unified Republican
second round of such of-
fers for Ford workers rep-
                                      Moment                                                         closer yesterday to passing
                                                                                                     landmark health care legis-
                                                                                                                                      sage on Christmas Eve.
                                                                                                                                         “The Senate has moved
                                                                                                                                                                        passed before                      opposition and muscle
                                                                                                                                                                                                           changes to the health care
resented by the United                                                                               lation by Christmas after        us closer to reform that
                                                                                                                                                                        Christmas and it                   system through the Sen-
                                      Dow Jones      Nasdaq
Auto Workers union.                                                                                  scoring a win in the first       makes a tremendous dif-           will be one of the                 ate.
About 1,000 workers took                                                                             big test vote and gaining        ference for families, for         best Christmas                        The health care over-
the automaker’s earlier                                                                              the support of a powerful        seniors, for businesses, and      presents this                      haul, Obama’s top legisla-
offer in July. REUTERS                                                                               lobbying group for doctors.      for the country as a                                                 tive priority, faces two
                                                                                                        In a middle-of-the-night      whole,” said President            Congress has ever                  more procedural tests with
                                      + 85.25        + 25.97                                         vote in a snowy Washing-         Barack Obama.                     given the American                 a 60-vote threshold — this
Trains set                            (10,414.14)    (2,237.66)                                      ton, Democrats rounded
                                                                                                     up 60 votes to clear a cru-
                                                                                                                                         The vote early yesterday
                                                                                                                                      was the first test of
                                                                                                                                                                        people.”                           morning and tomorrow af-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ternoon — before a vote
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                                                                                                     cial Republican procedural       whether Democrats could                                              on final passage now
                                                       crude oil
                                                        $72.47                                       hurdle and put a broad re-       stick together to secure the                                         scheduled for Christmas
PARIS. Eurostar trains be-                             (– 1.20%)                                     vamp of the health care          60 votes needed to over-                                             Eve. REUTERS
tween Britain and France
will start running again                            Gold contracts
today, the company said               + 11.58         $1095.40                                           Winners                         the House bill.                     Losers                          surance could help more
yesterday, blaming pow-               (1,114.05)      (– 1.39%)                                                                                                                                              people overall access to
dery snow for a series of                                                                              DRUGMAKERS: The phar-             HOSPITALS: Hospitals re-          HEALTH INSURERS: Insurers         prescription medicines.
breakdowns that stranded                                                                               maceutical industry kept in-      tained a $155 billion, 10-        overall will face a host of
thousands and infuriated                                                                               tact its $80 billion              year deal accepting lower         tighter regulations, higher       PHARMACY BENEFIT MAN-
the French government.                                                                                 agreement with the Senate         government payments from          taxes and caps on profits.        AGERS: Pharmacy benefit
Eurostar canceled all serv-                                                                            Finance Committee to pro-         Medicare and Medicaid.                                              managers, which adminis-
ices yesterday for the                MAN AND WOMAN                                                    vide savings and rebates.                                           GENERIC DRUGMAKERS:               ter prescription drug bene-
third day in a row after              OF THE YEAR 2009                                                                                   COSMETIC PRODUCT MAK-             Companies that make               fits, face more disclosures.
some 2,500 people were                                                                                 DEVICE MAKERS: Medical            ERS: Reid’s amendment             cheaper, generic versions of
trapped on trains inside                Find out who won our                                           device makers won a big re-       dropped a 5 percent tax on        brand-name medicines see          NURSING HOMES: Nursing
the Channel Tunnel for up             Metro Man and Woman of                                           duction in an industry tax        elective cosmetic procedures      little direct help from the       homes would see a one-
to 16 hours on Saturday.              the Year event Dec. 28.                                          to $20 billion, down from         such as Botox injections and      Senate bill, although in-         year delay of a new pay-
REUTERS                                                                                                $40 billion, to conform with      breast enlargements.              creasing access to health in-     ment system.
                                TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009                                                                                          my                     11



   Reebok’s Jukari workout is taking the gym by storm.

                                    How we got
           fit this year
                                                                                                                                                              I’ve been
                                                                                                                                                              by my
                                                                                                                                                              PAGE 12


            Fitness and diet trends come and go every year In 2009, the most memorable
                 innovations involved stripper poles and innocent looking flip-flops
As a generally overweight       “Celebrity Fit Club” have fi-   workout that highlights        concept maintains that we       down the bum and thighs
population, the American
public is never without the
                                nally brought the no-holds-
                                barred boot camp workout
                                                                balance and muscle tone.
                                                                Meanwhile, Reebok’s
                                                                                               simply stick to the concept
                                                                                               of moderation.
                                                                                                                               with casual walking.
                                                                                                                                                              Gifts that
need for a new diet or exer-    to the mainstream.              Cirque du Soleil-inspired                                      Eating local                   make you
                                                                                               Tech-enhanced workouts
                                                                                                                                                              look good,
cise regime that promises                                       trapeze workout, Jukari, is                                    With a boost from films
to be the solution for drop-    Dance/                          becoming popular with          The Wii has done wonders        such as this year’s doc
ping a few pounds. Here’s
a look at some of the year’s
                                performance workouts
                                The stripper pole, for better
                                                                celebs for being tons of fun
                                                                and great on the arms.
                                                                                               for spicing up the at-home
                                                                                               workout with Wii Fit.
                                                                                                                               “Food, Inc.,” the locavore
                                                                                                                               movement strives to con-
                                                                                                                                                              feel great
                                                                                                                                                              PAGE 13
biggest trends.                 or worse, is quickly becom-                                                                    serve resources while en-
                                ing a favorite exercise tool    The no-diet diet               Slim-down footwear              joying locally produced
Boot camps                      for women across the U.S.,      Championed by “Real            FitFlops and Skechers’          foods that are healthier.       Books
The intense military-style      as dozens of gyms                Housewives of New             Shape-Ups hit the market
weight loss programs seen       have turned the                    York” star Bethenny         this year with the appeal-           HEIDI PATALANO
on “The Biggest Loser” and      striptease into a                  Frankel, the no-diet        ing promise of slimming    

As sentencing nears, what to make of the Heenes                                                                                                               What the
 No more                        What is up with the Balloon
                                Boy family? Why would the
                                                                                               ploit Falcon on national TV.
                                                                                                  Two old-school psychol-
                                                                                                                               behaviors while they self-
                                                                                                                               ishly pursue their ambi-
 drama                          parents go to such extreme                                     ogy terms help explain the      tion. In order to orches-      read in
                                measures for fame?
                                Richard and Mayumi Heene
                                                                                               mindset of the parents:
                                                                                               narcissism and rationaliza-
                                                                                                                               trate this act the Heenes
                                                                                                                               would have to rationalize      2009
          JONATHAN              put their needs before            Richard and                  tion. A narcissist is infatu-   through thinking “we’ll        PAGE 14
          ALPERT                those of their child’s and       Mayumi Heene                  ated with one’s self, as the    get rich on TV and all will
                                even went so far as to ex-                                     ego drives their reckless       benefit.”
                                                          12          my                                      
                                                                                                                        TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009


                                                          MY BLACKBERRY IS RUINING
                                                          MY LIFE WITH MY KIDS
                                                                                                         y thumbs are tired. My       ground, yep, there I am, BB in hand.
                                                          Moms and                                       eyes feel strained. My at-      And God forbid an e-mail comes in.
                                                          the City                                       tention span is out the
                                                                                                         window. Since my Black-
                                                                                                                                      What would happen if I didn’t reply right
                                                                                                                                      away? Why can’t I be present with my
                                                                                                         Berry came into my life, I   kids and make the interrupter wait?
                                                          DENISE                                         can’t put it down. I even       A “day off” from work is simply im-
                                                                                        sneak a few peeks in the middle of the        possible because I’m never, ever without
                                                          ALBERT                        night.                                        my BlackBerry.
                                                                                           I feel like I’m cheating. Always trying       I’m excited to be a part of the new
                                                                                        to check it without getting busted. But       world of technology, but my BB needs to
                                                                                        the worst part about my “other” rela-         stop ruling my life and interrupting my
                                                                                        tionship is how it disrupts my life with      time with my kids. I’m just not sure how.
                                                                                        my kids.
                                                                                           When we’re playing on the floor, my        – Moms and the City is comprised of Denise Albert,
                                                                                        BB is always perfectly positioned. My             Melissa Gerstein and Raina Seitel Gittlin, three
                                                                                        BlackBerry is like my third son, the          mothers who are also working media professionals.
                                                                                        baby of the family who always has my                                   E-mail
                                                                                        attention. When I’m eating breakfast          Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any
                                                                                                                                      opinions expressed on its pages. Opposing viewpoints are welcome.
                                                                 with my kids, so is my BB. On the play-       Please send 400-word submissions to

                                                           Landecker on prying herself away from the ‘BB’
                                                          Amy Landecker is a film        How does technology play a                   time with                please listen.
                                                          and television actress cur-    role in your life?                           your child?              What’s your advice for
                                                          rently starring in the Co-     It has been wonderful for                    Absolutely.              staying on top of everything?
                                                          en Brothers film “A Seri-      my work. I feel like I truly                 My daughter              I think you have to make
                                                          ous Man.” She lives with       have a mobile office be-                     actually tells           rules for yourself. “For this
                                                          her husband and 5-year-        cause of my smart phone.       me I am “distracted” by                hour, I am turning all
                                                          old daughter.                  Does it interfere with your    my phone and could I                   technology off.” MATC

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                                                                                                             TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009


                                             Our favorite writers
                                             share their top picks
                                               We picked five authors whose works we admired this year to share
                                             their front-runners After all, they know a thing or two about publishing
                                             We know — it’s December          stead, we let our favorite     for 2009’s best book (not             Our advice? Get all of
                                             and you expect a list of the     book authors from the          including their own — we           them, find yourself a com-
                                             books we enjoyed over the        year do the work and tell      do have some rules around          fy chair and call it a day.

                                             past 12 months. But in-          us about their No. 1 picks     here).                               DOROTHY ROBINSON

FOR PAVÉ                                                                                                        Chris Cleave, author of “Little Bee,”
                                                                                                                says you should read:

                                                                                                             “American Rust”
                                                                                                             by Philipp Meyer
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                                                                                                             Cleave says: “Proof that the big
                                                                                                             American novel is in rude
                                                                                                             health arrives in the form of
                                                                                                             this unbelievably good debut,
                                                                                                             a mesmerizing and
                                                                                                             compassionate lament for
                                                                                                             doomed youth set amidst the
                                                                                                             economic decline of America’s
                                                                                                             steel towns.”

                                                                                                                                                “Raymond Carver”
                                                                                                                                                by Carol Sklenicka

                                                                                                                                                Cleave says: “The awe one
                                                                                                                                                feels when reading Carver’s
                                                                                                                                                haunting and transcendent
                                                                                                                                                stories doubles on discovering
                                                                                                                                                — thanks to this fascinating,
                                                                                                                                                warm, yet unshrinking biogra-
                                                                                                                                                phy — how very, very rough his
                                                                                                                                                road was.”

                                             Matthew Sweeney, author of                                      Amy Sohn, author of “Prospect
                                             “The Lottery Wars: Long Odds,      Bob Powers, author of        Park West: A Novel,”                  Elna Baker,
                                             Fast Money, and the Battle         “The Terrible, Horrible,     recommends:                           author of “The New York
                                             Over an American Institution,”     Temp-to-Perm Debacle,”       “Jeff in                               Regional Mormon Singles
                                             recommends:                        recommends:                  Venice,                               Halloween Dance: A
                                             “This Land Is                      “How I                       Death in                              Memoir,” recommends:
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                                             Reports from a                     A Famous                     by Geoff                               Ravaged,
                                             Divided                            Novelist”                    Dyer                                  Everything
                                             Nation”                            by Steve                                                           Burned”

‘TIS THE SEASON                              by Barbara
                                                                                Hely                                                               by Wells

EARRINGS                                     Pint-sized Tequila tot to join the family
                                                                              Playboy and then went on                                             Tequila claims she is al-
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14KT WHITE GOLD SQUARE DIAMOND PAVÉ                                           reality TV show called “A                                         them.” Adorable. But really,
EARRINGS (0.50CTW) $770                                                       Shot at Love with Tila                                            isn’t there anyone — any-
                                                         DOROTHY              Tequila.”                                                         one at all — who might be
                                                         ROBINSON                Earlier this month, she                                        better to carry your child?
                                                                              claimed she was engaged to                                           Her last name is an alco-

                                                                              heiress Casey Johnson, but                                        holic beverage, for good-
                                                n today’s “WTF” mo-           as of yesterday she Tweet-                                        ness sake. What, were the
                                                ment, let us tell you         ed: “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:                                            surrogate wombs of Valerie
                                                about a little girl           I am going to become a                                            Vodka, Wendy Whiskey,
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                                             got her start posing for         my brother & his Wife!!!”                                         all unavailable?
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                                                              TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009


It was another ‘Mad’
year for TV viewers
   Metro critics tally Top 5 picks of ’09 in TV Results are composites
of everyone’s faves Then the staffers (lovingly) fight over the final list
I just can’t stand how com-     pelling a lead as ever. But   I like “TB” because I’m too
pletely sexy the ’60s look on   why the hell did January      old to go to the “Twilight”
“Mad Men.” Part of me is        Jones get a Golden Globe      films without being called a
glad I get to walk into my      nomination? Did anyone        pervert, and I’m too pervert-
office in 2009, and part of     see her on “SNL”? The girl    ed to go to the “Twilight”
me wants to walk like Joan.     can’t act! HEIDI PATALANO     films because there’s no sex
 MONICA WEYMOUTH                                              in them. DOROTHY ROBINSON                  5       “Glee”
                                Speaking of head-scratching
Don Draper is as com-           Golden Globe nods, Anna       How about our other No. 2,
                                Paquin got another one for    “The Office”? It could have       Every time I think “The Of-
                                “True Blood,” but she’s the   totally jumped the shark        fice” pushes too far, the
                                weakest link on the show.     once Pam and Jim got mar-       printer breaks. Or my key
                                Still, “TB” does the whole    ried. But the show has re-      card shuts down. And then I
                                vampire thing right — it’s    mained as funny and unpre-      remember — we are all
                                scary, sexy and campy.        dictable as ever. HP            Dunder Mifflin employees
                                         AMBER RAY                                            at heart. MW

       1                             Tied at No. 2,
                                                                                                                   “It’s Always
                                   “True Blood,” left,
   “Mad Men”
                                    and “The Office”
                                                                                  3   “30 Rock”              4       Sunny in
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                                                            Write to us                                                                                                                        senators were saying they hoped reform
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Across                                                                                                                                              Horoscope                                      senators — in which he failed to express support ei-
1 On a slant                                                                                                                                         Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19.                    ther for a government-supported public option or ex-
7 Fuse word
10 Diploma possessor                                                                                                                             Do not let the size or scope of a                 pansion of Medicare — was seen by many on Capitol
14 Loath                                                                                                                                         project intimidate you.                           Hill as having strengthened the hand of Sen. Joe
15 Sign before Virgo                                                                                                                                   Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 19.                   Lieberman, who demanded that measures designed
16 Guideline                                                                                                                                     If you don’t loan a prized posses-
17 Perseus’ foe                                                                                                                                                                                                             to hold private insurers to ac-
                                                                                                                                                 sion to someone you know to be a
18 Trim the grass
                                                                                                                                                 poor risk, you’re not being stingy.                 Quoted                 count be stripped from the
19 Decides                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Senate bill.
20 Close call (2 wds.)                                                                                                                               Pisces Feb. 20-March 20.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               While other Democratic
23 Stubborn
26 Coast Guard off.
                                                                                                                                                 Don’t take a back seat if you are                 “This isn’t              senators have been cautious
                                                                                                                                                 called upon to do the driving.
27 Opportunists                                                                                                                                      Aries March 21-April 19.                      about                    about stating the obvious, Sen.
28 Superman’s girl
29 Explain further
                                                                                                                                                 Don’t let uncertainties disturb your              partisanship or Russ Feingold pulled no
                                                                                                                                                 blithe spirit.
30 “Annabel __”
31 Web site                                                                                                                                          Taurus April 20-May 20.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   procedure. It’s punches in his legislationto the
32 Flower-to-be                                                                                                                                  The spirit of the season could pro-               about life and being advanced by Reid, with
33 Speculates                                                                                                                                    vide a strong desire to socialize
37 Flight board info                                                                                                                             with good friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   death in                 whom he has historically had
38 Rural addr.                                                                                                                                                                                                              very good relations.
39 Winter Games org.                                                                                                                                 Gemini May 21-June 20.                        America.”
40 Thug’s piece                                                                                                                                  Your subtle, authoritative charisma               SEN. HARRY REID             “I’ve been fighting all year
41 One with a mask                                                                                                                               will enable you to take command                                            for a strong public option to
43 __ degree                                                                                                                                     of any situation.                                 compete with the insurance industry and bring
44 Box-score stat                                                                                                                                    Cancer June 21-July 22.                       health care spending down. Unfortunately, the lack
45 Gives the go-ahead
                                                                                                                                                 Don’t make a snap judgment just                   of support from the administration made keeping
46 Music media
47 Had a hunch                                                                                                                                   because it’s the holiday season.                  the public option in the bill an uphill struggle,” the
48 Fridge maker                                                                                                                                      Leo July 23-Aug. 22.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   senator said. “Removing the public option from the
51 Me opposite                                                                                                                                   Proceed with caution if you are
52 Wind catchers                                                                                                                                 going to make a large financial
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Senate bill is the wrong move, and eliminates $25
53 Department store             8 Pet pleas                       48 Rock tumbler stone               54 Cinnamon goody                                                                            billion in savings. I will be urging members of the
                                9 Loud noises                     49 Stuck in the mud                 55 Early Peruvian                          commitment.
amenity                                                                                                                                                                                            House and Senate who draft the final bill to make
56 Tune for a diva              10 Bellyached                     50 All excited                      59 Hit sharply                                 Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   sure this essential provision is included.”

57 Gloating cry                 11 Delhi coin                     51 Google rival                     60 At the stern                            Kindness and understanding will
58 Of axons and                 12 Wedding site                   52 Work dough                       61 Guitarist __ Paul                       accomplish objectives far easier
dendrites                       13 Cubicle fillers                                                                                               than bluster and intimidation.
                                21 Blush
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 espite the need for improvement,
62 Garr or Hatcher
                                                                    Solution to yesterday’s

                                22 Satisfy                                                                                                           Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 23.                                     Feingold decided to back the
63 Dobbs, formerly of
CNN                             23 More gloomy                                                                                                   If you can pick and choose, place                               compromised plan at least in part to
64 Wine decanter                24 Large artery                                                                                                  your focus on creative endeavors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 move the process — which might yet im-
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65 Utopia                                                                                                                                            Scorpio Oct. 24-Nov. 22.
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Down                            32 Tom __ of news                                                                                                                                                  a bitter pill to swallow, on balance, the bill still deliv-
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                                                                                                                             TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009

                         Skinners: Giants                                                                                                                                           45

Record breaker
                         keep pace with
                         crushing victory
                            Manning tosses 3 TDs as Big Blue rolls through Washington Giants
                         still in thick of NFC playoff race, one game back of Dallas and Green Bay
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                                                                                                                                                                             REDSKINS (4-10)

                         What went                                                                                                                                       By the
Marty                    right ...                                                                                                                                       numbers
                              Air it out — Eli

                              Manning threw for 268
No. 104                       yards and three touch-
                         downs and posted a passer
                         rating of 144.4.                                                                                                                              By the time the Giants went
Martin Brodeur                                                                                                                                                         up 24-0, they held a 40-9

broke the NHL                  Offense keeps rolling                                                                                                                    advantage in total plays.
record with his                — The Giants scored
104th career                   on their first four pos-
shutout in a 4-0
Devils win over
the Pittsburgh
                         sessions, going 3-for-4 in
                         the red zone, and took a 24-
                         0 lead into halftime. They
                         converted 11 of 15 third                                                                                                                      The Giants’ 45 points were
Penguins. “It’s          downs in a lopsided win.                                                                                                                      the most they’ve scored on
great, but I                                                                                                                                                           the road in 55 years.

wasn’t focusing                 Dominant defense —
on it,” said                    The Giants recorded
Brodeur, who
broke the record
for most appear-
                                12 hits on Jason Camp-
                         bell, including five sacks,
                         and held the Skins to just 78
ances by a goalie        yards in the first half.                                                                                                                      Brandon Jacobs threw two
                           METRO                            Hakeem Nicks and the Giants never let their foot off the gas.                                               punches late in the game.
last week.

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                         JETS ARE PERFECT LOSERS FOR COLTS
                                                          Throwing a game to the Jets is                  Quoted                     sweat suit      embarrassing if they follow through
                                                          like trying to limit yourself to                                           and tell Reg-   on trying to blow it and fail.
                          Opinion                         one Krispy Kreme doughnut or                   “These are the gieRandy to       Wayne         Poetic justice demands nothing

                                                          avoid holiday parties. It’s                                                go              less though.
                                                                                                         Jets in                     Moss and                   he Colts, who’ve acted ter-
                                                          much more difficult than it
 J.J. takes home
                          CHRIS                           should be.
                                                                                                         December.                   just not care
                                                                                                                                     — and they
                                                                                                                                                                rified of 16-0 for a good
                                                                                                                                                                month now, should be left
                                                                                                         Polian could
 another award            BALDWIN                                                                                                    still end up               with that record despite

 Make room for some       MEDIA BLITZ
                                                                                                         pluck Ryan Leaf winning?                               all their attempts and
 more hardware. Jim-      SPORTS@METRO.US                       ndianapolis Colts general                 and still beat                These are               veiled threats of
 mie Johnson beat                                               manager Bill Polian and                         Rex Ryan.”           the Jets in     fraudulent sabotage. This absurd
 out Roger Federer                                              coach Jim Caldwell,                                                  December.       fear of perfection is largely a media
 and Usain Bolt for AP                                          the Grinch and                                                       Polian could    creation that’s turned Polian into a
 Male Athlete of the                                            Scrooge of this NFL                                pluck Ryan Leaf out of the        child scared of the boogeyman.
 Year.                                                          season, figure to find                             court system, get those pesky        What self-respecting, champi-
     Johnson is the                                       this out if they continue on                             burglary charges dropped,         onship-caliber team attempts to
 first driver to earn                                     their hellbent plan to                                  start him over Peyton and          lose? Did the ‘96 Bulls try to stop at
 the award in its 78-                                     ensure their team loses a                               still beat Rex Ryan and Mark       win No. 68, so they wouldn’t tempt
 year history. The 34-                                    game before the playoffs.                                           Sanchez.               fate? The Colts are acting like timid
 year-old won his un-                                        Can you imagine if                                                      Welcome to      losers and that’s why they’ll proba-
 precedented fourth                                       the Colts try to lose                                                    the NFL’s new     bly fall in the playoffs.
 consecutive NASCAR                                       to the Jets this Sun-                                                    nightmare.           You’re playing the Jets. You have
 title in November.                                       day — if they                                                            It’s bad          to know your opponent. You’re win-
                                                          pull Peyton                                                              enough the        ning anyway. Just embrace it.
                                                          Manning                                                                 Colts treat the
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                                                          time,                                                                  perfect season                                        for Metro.
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