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                                                                                                                                              Kidney clinic                                                                                 YOUR JOB                                           YOUR CASH                                          YOUR STUFF                                       YOUR FUTURE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Polaroid printer is pocketable, practical
                                                                                                                                              offers comfort                                                                           By PETER SVENSSON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ors. There is no ink, toner, or liquid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       chemical in the process. The prints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       come out dry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the edges of a photo to apply a blue-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                green border.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A simpler form of thermograph-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         good for only 15 prints. I could eas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ily see myself bringing the PoGo on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         vacation, printing out photos to put
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 easy to figure out which ones do,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 because printer compatibility is not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 something many phone shoppers
                                                                                                                                                        By NICK GEORGIOU             company that owns and operates            NEW YORK — Polaroid is aban-               With no ink to buy, the only cost     ic paper has been used in fax            in a journal or stick on postcards,            ask for.
                                                                                                                                                      LAREDO MORNING TIMES           more than 75 dialysis clinics          doning instant film, but if you’re         of using the printer is the paper,       machines for a long time, and it’s       but the need to bring a power                        Out of 12 Bluetooth
                                                                                                                                                                                     nationwide, employing more than        going to miss the feel of getting a        which it eats in packs of 10. These      not known for holding up over            adapter that’s as big as the                        cell phones I tried, half
                                                                                                                                                  Like many newcomers to             1,000 people and caring for more       small print in your hand a minute          cost $3.99 each, or $9.99 for three.     time. It darkens with heat, which
                                                                                                                                              Laredo, Dr. Shafiq Cheema was          than 3,400 patients.                   after snapping a picture, the com-         That’s a little steep compared to        can make it illegible. That makes
                                                                                                                                              planning on staying here for a             At Liberty Dialysis, Eddy said,    pany has a solution: A battery-pow-        regular photo printers, but cheap        me a bit concerned with the
                                                                                                                                              short period of time, and then         it’s is all about patient-focused      ered printer that fits in your pocket.     compared to instant film, which          longevity of the PoGo prints, yet
                                                                                                                                              moving on elsewhere.                   care.                                     Called the PoGo, the printer            costs around $15 for a 10-pack.          Polaroid says they will last 15
                                                                                                                                                  But plans changed, he said.            “Patient-focused dialysis clin-    spits out 2-by-3-inch color photos         (Polaroid film is still in stores, but   years in normal indoor
                                                                                                                                                  “When I saw the prevalence of      ics are what separates us from the     that can be peeled apart to reveal         stocks are expected to run out next      lighting conditions.
                                                                                                                                              kidney disease, the love, kindness     rest,” she said. “We try to make       a sticky back. It can receive pho-         year. After that, Fujifilm will be the      A clearer dis-
                                                                                                                                              and thankfulness from the people       (the patients) as comfortable as       tos wirelessly from some cell              only maker of instant film).
                                                                                                                                              of Laredo, and of course the sup-      possible because they’re here          phones, or via a cable from a dig-            Polaroid films have always been
                                                                                                                             Courtesy photo   port from physicians, I decided to     three times a week.”                   ital camera.                               a boon to experimenters. People
The Fernando A. Salinas Charitable Trust pledges $50,000 to Junior Achievement and Christen Middle School for a “whole school” schol-         stay,” Cheema told a crowd who             In addition to creating a spa-        Don’t expect great picture quali-       used to peel apart the films fresh
arship. Pictured from left to right are: Jesus Soliz, Oralia Bernal, Nancy de Anda, Javier Santos, Veronica Guerra, Javier Molina, Lupita     gathered Thursday to celebrate         like environment, the Hope             ty from the $149 PoGo. The colors          out of the camera, then smear the
Zepeda and Poncho Cuellar.                                                                                                                    the opening ceremony of the Hope       Kidney Clinic also has a staff-to-     are a bit whacky, which is especial-       image onto paper to produce attrac-
                                                                                                                                              Kidney Clinic, 2309 E. Saunders        patient ratio of 3 to 1, Eddy said.    ly noticeable in the skin tones.           tive “emulsion transfers.” Others

    Trust pledges $50,000 for                                                                                                                 St. “Not only because there was a
                                                                                                                                              need, but I wanted to raise the
                                                                                                                                              renal standards of care here in
                                                                                                                                                                                         As Cheema addressed the
                                                                                                                                                                                     small crowd, he also praised the
                                                                                                                                                                                     clinic’s staff.
                                                                                                                                                                                         “Without them, there is no clin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are faint lines across the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            print, artifacts from the printing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               But who cares? Consumer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       massaged the prints coming out of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       their SX-70 cameras, distort-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing the image in entertain-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing ways.                                                                                                                                    worked. There

   ‘whole school’ scholarship
                                                                                                                                                  Cheema moved to Laredo four        ic, there is no hope,” Cheema said.    Polaroids were always lo-fi, and              The thermo-                                                                                                                       didn’t seem to be any
                                                                                                                                              years ago after six years of inten-        All the patients at Hope Kidney    that was part of their charm. The          graphic,        or                                                                                                            particular trend in the results.
                                                                                                                                              sive training in internal medicine     Clinic are battling some form of       PoGo prints look like leaves from          “heat-writing,”                                                                                                           An advanced phone like the iPhone
                                                                                                                                              and kidney disease diagnosis and       kidney failure, whether it’s a         the Polaroid family tree. In fact,         technology of the                                                                                                         failed, while a simpler one like the
                                                                                                                                              treatment.                             result of kidney disease or dia-       they’re reminiscent of the small,          PoGo is also some-                                                                                                        Samsung Trace worked. Polaroid
                          By ALEX HERING                                   Oralia Bernal Laredo district director, said Junior                    He will now head Liberty           betes.                                 sticky-backed prints from the i-           what         hackable.                                                                           printer itself is a      has a compatibility table online at
                      LAREDO MORNING TIMES                            Achievement educates and “reaches out” to more than                     Dialysis’ Hope Kidney Clinic, a            In Laredo, kidney failure is       Zone, an instant-film camera of the        Flitting the tip of a sol-                                                        turnoff.                      
                                                                      5,000 students a year with its 250 trained volunteers.                  state-of-the-art facility where each   more prevalent, Cheema said,           ‘90s.                                      dering iron across a                                                                 Then there’s the question of         tool/index.html, but I found it did-
   The Fernando A. Salinas Charitable Trust made a                         “Our mission is to inspire and prepare our young                   dialysis patient has access to their   because Hispanics are more prone          But the technology in the PoGo          PoGo paper produces                                            advantage of       compatibility. For a cell phone to      n’t match my results in all cases: It
$50,000 pledge to Junior Achievement of Laredo and                    people for free enterprise or global economy as we call                 own flat-screen TV, wireless           to diabetes, which is the No. 1        is quite different. The printer uses       streaks of yellow. Slowing                                the thermographic       connect to the PoGo, it needs, first    says the LG Voyager doesn’t work,
Christen Middle School.                                               it,” Bernal said. “Junior Achievement has a curriculum                  Internet, heated massage chairs        cause of kidney disease.               paper with billions of embedded            down yields red, and pausing                       process is that it needs a     of all, a Bluetooth chip. But not all   but it did for me; and that the LG
   The pledge will be a continuous “whole school”                     program that is ‘kids based’; it teaches the economics of               and equipment including Ultra-             And without dialysis, patients     dye crystals. It selectively heats         produces blue. Set a clothes                lot of heat, and thus energy. The     Bluetooth-equipped cell phones          Venus does work, while it didn’t for
scholarship for the Laredo Independent School District                life.”                                                                  Pure water.                            can’t survive, he said.                them up to produce different col-          iron to low heat and pass it over        rechargeable battery in the PoGo is      work with the PoGo, and it’s not        me.
that will take effect in the fall.                                         The curriculum, which aligns with Texas education                      “It’s also about higher stan-          So for three times a week, they
   Junior Achievement, which has offices operating in                 standards, is taught in Laredo classrooms and commu-                    dards of care,” said Cheema, who       go to the clinic, get hooked up to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             IRS launches push to reach retirees and disabled vets
many cities in Texas as well as the United States and                 nity activity centers such as the Boys and Girls Club                   completed an internal medicine         the dialysis machine and have
countries around the world, is looking for volunteers.                during the summer.                                                      and nephrology fellowship at           their blood cleaned of toxins and
   The organization, which has been in Laredo since                        “The organization really opens the eyes of the com-                Columbia University in New York        other waste products.
1986, educates students in grades K through 12 on “the                munity,” said Javier Santos, trustee for the Fernando A.                City. “We treat our patients with          One thing Cheema said he
economics of life.”                                                   Salinas Trust.                                                          dignity, respect and the care they     would like to see in the future is a               ASSOCIATED PRESS               return necessary to request their        having filed a joint return, or as not   mally file a tax return because their   start filing tax returns again.
                                                                                                                                              deserve.”                              free dialysis setup because many                                                  stimulus payments is more than           being eligible for a stimulus pay-       benefits are not taxable. This year,      People not otherwise required to file
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WASHINGTON — The Internal                400,000,” said IRS spokesperson          ment (for example, they were             they must file in order to receive an   an income tax return should file Form
                                                                                                                                                  Tina Eddy is the vice president    people don’t qualify for coverage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Revenue Service today announced            Lea Crusberg. “We are encouraging        claimed as a dependent on anoth-         economic stimulus payment.              1040A with basic information to
                                                                                                                                              of operations of Liberty Dialysis, a   and end up suffering.                  a new summer campaign to reach             these individuals to file today so       er’s return).                             Receiving the stimulus payment         ensure they receive the economic
 Fairs head to Laredo to promote Mexico                                                                                                                                                                                     those retirees and disabled veterans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            who qualify for the economic stimu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lus payment but have not filed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       they can receive their money as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       soon as possible — but they must
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Later this summer, the agency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                will send them a special letter that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         should have no impact on other fed-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         eral benefits currently being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 stimulus payment. This information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 includes name; address; dependents,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       file before October 15, 2008, to         explains stimulus payment eligi-         received. The stimulus payment is       if any; amount of qualifying income
            SPECIAL TO THE TIMES              region, admire the exquisite beauty            Day festivities, on September 15.                                                                                              claim it. New statistics released          receive an economic stimulus             bility and how to claim it. The let-     not taxable. Absent any other filing    (which must be $3,000 or more);
                                              of their arts and crafts and enjoy the            Mexico’s       President    Felipe                                                                                          today indicate about 74 percent in         payment this year.”                      ter will include a sample tax form       requirements, filing a tax return to    direct deposit information and signa-
   The Consul General of Mexico in            traditional folk dances and display            Calderón and Secretary of Foreign                                                                                              this group are accounted for in the          A special stimulus category            and an actual tax form that people       receive a stimulus payment does         tures. Forms 1040A and instructions
Laredo, would like to invite the com-         of traditional costumes of San Luis            Affairs, Ambassador Patricia                                                                                                   stimulus payments currently being          includes recipients of certain bene-     can complete and mail to the IRS.        not mean that retirees will have to     are available at
munity to the Ciudad Valles, San Luis         Potosí. According to organizers in             Espinosa gave a directive to all                                                                                               sent, leaving about 5.2 million            fits from Social Security and            This will be the second special
Potosí Economic, Tourist and Cultural         Laredo, the fair is said to feature the        Mexican Consul Generals to imple-                                                                                              potential recipients remaining.            Veterans Affairs who do not nor-         mailing to reach those individuals.
Fair in Laredo, which will take place         largest tamale in the world for the            ment economic promotional activi-                                                                                                For all taxpayers, the IRS has           mally have a requirement to file a        Most people only need to file a tax
at the Laredo Civic Center from               public to taste and enjoy.                     ties with other countries, in an                                                                                               issued 76.5 million payments worth         tax return. However, these individu-     return as they normally do. The IRS
Thursday, June 26 through Friday,                 According to the Consul General            effort to attract foreign investors to                                                                                         $63.8 billion based on 2007 tax            als must file a tax return before Oct.   will calculate eligibility and the
June 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.          of Mexico Miguel Angel Isidro, the             Mexico. This tour is part of that                                                                                              returns processed so far. The agency       15 this year to receive their econom-    payment amount. However, many
   Laredo’s business community                visit by Ciudad Valles came as a               effort.                                                                                                                        expects to issue 124 million pay-          ic stimulus payments. The IRS has        retirees and veterans do not nor-
will have an opportunity to learn             result of a visit by a committee from                                                                                                                                         ments to Americans by year’s end.          accounted for 74 percent of Social
more about Ciudad Valles’ rich natu-          Ciudad Valles, led by their Mayor                                                                                                                                             Eligible individuals are receiving up      Security and Veterans Affairs bene-
ral resources, its economy, industry,         Rómulo Garza Martinez, who visit-                                                                                                                                             to $600 ($1,200 for married couples        ficiaries out of about 20 million ini-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            filing joint returns) plus $300 for eli-   tially identified as being potential
services and infrastructure, while            ed Laredo in mid-April. Ciudad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gible children younger than 17.            stimulus recipients. All but 5.2 mil-
the general public will get to sample         Valles is on a whirlwind promotion-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The number of Texas residents           lion of those have been accounted
the delicious and mouth-watering              al tour, which will culminate during                                                                                                                                          who have not yet filed a 2007 tax          for as either having filed a return,
food from the Huasteca Potosina               the annual Mexican Independence

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