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r fntrbrn r rtr nrnt frtr rrt frtr rrrnrt frtr rnr Call Our Experienced Physicians For Family Medicine Podiatric/Foot Careand Chiropractic Treatment 357-8615 ~ www.lakehealthcarecenter.com 910 Mt. Homer Rd. ~ Eustis Most Insurance AcceptedServing Lake County Since 1963 ~ Founded by Dr. Jim Glisson US DEFEATS RUSSIA IN OLYMPIC SHOOTOUT, SPORTS B1WEEK TO REMEMBER: Volunteers shower community with hope and love, A3 MIDEAST: All sides warn Syrian peace talks remain in doubt, A6 LEESBURG, FLORIDA Sunday, February 16, 2014 www.dailycommercial.com Vol. 138 No. 46 5 sectionsINDEX CLASSIFIED C5 COMICS INSIDE CROSSWORDS C3 DIVERSIONS E5 LEGALS C5 MONEY D1 NATION A5 OBITUARIES A4 SPORTS B1 VOICES C1 WORLD A6 TODAYS WEATHER Detailed forecast on page A8.69 / 45Plenty of sunshine all day$1 BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL A truck passes the penny sales tax sign on Lakeshore Drive in Mount Dora on Wednesday. LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comOver the last 10 years, many projects have come to fru ition in Lake County, from the construction of the new Emergency Operations and Communications Center, to the manufacturer of the new Cl ermont Community Center, to the rebuilding and moderniza tion of Tavares High School. Shows how far a penny will go. These projects are all examples of how revenue from the one-cent sales tax for infrastructure is spent. It added up to a total of $34.8 million in total revenue last year that was divided between the cities, school Penny sales tax becoming contentious issue for Lake ROBERT BURNSAssociated PressWASHINGTON Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to in ject more urgency into ensuring mor al character and mor al courage in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses. Hagel has been worried by a string of scandals that has produced a wave of unwelcome publicity for the military. But in light of new disclosures this week, including the announcement of al leged cheating among senior sailors in the nuclear Navy, Hagel on Wednesday demanded a fuller ac counting of the depth of the problem. Last month the Air Force revealed it was investigating widespread cheating on prociency tests among nuclear mis sile launch ofcers in Montana, and numerous senior ofcers in all branches of the armed forces have been caught in embarrassing episodes of personal misbehavior, inside and out side the nuclear force. The Air Force also is pursuing a drug use investigation, and a massive bribery case in California has en snared six Navy of cers so far. At the same time, hundreds of soldiers and others are under RACHEL ZOLLAssociated PressJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to nd effective responses, in Congress and state legisla tures, to a rash of court rulings that would force some of Americas most conservative states to accept gay nuptials. Some gay-marriage foes are backing a bill re cently introduced in both chambers of Con gress that would leave states fully in charge of their marriage policies, though the measure Hagel orders moral courage in US militaryCourt rulings hammer gay-marriage foes PENNY SALES TAX BREAKDOWN The penny sales tax is split evenly between the cities, county and school district, with each receiving a third. In 2013-14, each received $11.6 million, with the cities having to split that $11.6 million between the 14 municipalities. COUNTYWHITNEY WILLARD / STAFF GRAPHICSOURCE: Sales Surtax Oversight Advisory Committee Roads and transportation Public safety facilities and equipment Construction, remodelin g of facilities Parks and recreation Other infrastructure Examples: Judicial center expansion, eet operations center, EOC historic courthouse renovation, and sheriffs vehicles.SCHOOL DISTRICT CITIES Construction, renovation and remodeling of facilities Examples: Eustis Heights Elementary and Umatilla Middle remodeling Construction, renovation and remodeling of facilities Public safety facilities and equipment Roads and transportation Utilities, drainage improvements Examples: CDBG sewer forcemain project on Highway 50 in Mascotte. TOM KRISHERAssociated PressCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The failure of the Unit ed Auto Workers to union ize employees at the Volkswagen plant in Ten nessee underscores a cultural disconnect between a labor-friendly German company and anti-union sentiment in the South. The multiyear effort to organize Volkswagens only U.S. plant was defeated on a 712-626 vote Fri day night amid heavy cam paigning on both sides. Workers voting against the union said while they remain open to the cre ation of a German-style works council at the plant, they were unwill ing to risk the future of the Volkswagen factory that opened to great fanfare on the site of a former Army ammunition plant in 2011. Come on, this is Chattanooga, Tennessee, said worker Mike Jarvis, who was among the group in the plant that organized to ght the UAW. Its the greatest thing thats ever happened to us. Jarvis, who hangs doors, trunk lids and hoods on cars said workers also were worried about the unions historical impact on Detroit automakers and the many plants that have been closed in the North, he said. Look at every compa ny thats went bankrupt or shut down or had an is sue, he said. What is the one common denominator with all those companies? UAW. We dont need it.UAW drive falls short amid culture clash in Tennessee DAN HENRY / AP Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, left, announces that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the United Auto Workers union as Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, center, and Gary Casteel, UAW Region 8 Director look on, Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn.SEE PENNY | A2SEE HAGEL | A2SEE UNION | A2SEE FOES | A2

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A2 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 HOW TO REACH US FEB. 15CASH 3 . ............................................... 5-9-1 Afternoon . .......................................... 2-1-4 PLAY 4 . ............................................. 6-1-9-4 Afternoon . ....................................... 3-1-1-1FLORIDALOTTERY FEB. 14FANTASY 5 . ......................... 10-20-29-33-34 MEGA MONEY . ........................ 2-20-28-373 MEGA MILLIONS . .............. 20-28-35-71-727 THE NEWSPAPER OF CHOICE FOR LAKE AND SUMTER COUNTIES SINCE 1875The Daily Commercial (ISSN 0896-1042) is published daily for $90.74 per year (plus Florida sales tax) by Halifax Media Group at 212 East Main Street, Leesburg, Florida. Periodicals postage is paid at the USPO, Leesburg, FL. POSTMASTER: Send all address changes to The Daily Commercial, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007. All material contained in this edition is property of The Daily Commercial and is protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher.Call 352-787-0600 in Lake County or 877-702-0600 in Sumter County 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Satur day and 7 to 10 a.m. on Sunday.Call the Circulation Department 48 hours ahead to stop service.365-8200In Sumter County: 877-702-0600 ADVERTISING Retail . ................... 365-8200 Classied . ............. 314-3278 CIRCULATION Lake Co. . ....... 352-787-0600 Sumter Co. . ... 877-702-0600 Circulation Billing . 787-0600 ACCOUNTING . ...... 365-8216 MISSED YOUR NEWSPAPER? REDELIVERY NOT AVAILABLE IN ALTOONA OR SUMTER GOING ON VACATIONSUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: Call 352-787-0600 (Lake Co.) or 877-702-0600 (Sumter Co.) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Prepayments for 3 months or more, mail to: Circulation Dept., The Daily Commercial, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 347490007. Billed monthly at the rates shown. The Daily Commercial promptly corrects errors of fact appearing in its pages. If you believe we have made an error, call the news department at 352-365-8250. Home Delivery 3 Mos. T ax T otal 6 Mos. T ax T otal 1 Yr. T ax T otal Daily/Sunday 28.43 1.99 30.42 50.05 3.50 53.56 90.74 6.35 97.09 SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUR COMMITMENT TO ACCURACY STAFF INFORMATIONMARY MANNING-JACOBS, advertising director352-365-8287 ............... mary.manning-jacobs@dailycommercial.comNEWSROOM CONTACTSTOM MCNIFF, executive editor352-365-8250 ............................... tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comWHITNEY WILLARD, copy desk chief352-365-8258 .......................... whitney.willard@dailycommercial.comTO REPORT LOCAL NEWSSCOTT CALLAHAN, news editor352-365-8203 ........................... scott.callahan@dailycommercial.comREPORTERS LIVI STANFORD, county government, schools352-365-8257 .............................. livi.stanford@dailycommercial.comROXANNE BROWN, South Lake County352-394-2183 ......................... roxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comMILLARD IVES, police and courts 352-365-8262 ................... millard.ives@dailycommercial.com THERESA CAMPBELL, Leesburg and The Villages 352-365-8209 .................theresa.campbell@dailycommercial.comAUSTIN FULLER, business news, Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares 352-365-8263 .........................austin.fuller@dailycommercial.comLETTERS TO THE EDITOR Email submissions to letters@dailycommercial.com SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results after 6 p.m. by calling 352-365-8268, or 352-365-8279. Submissions also can be emailed to sports@dailycommercial.com.FRANK JOLLEY, sports editor352-365-8268 ................................ frank.jolley@dailycommercial.comGOOD FOR YOU AND CELEBRATIONS ANNOUNCEMENTSEmail news about your awards and personal or professional mile stones along with a photo, if you desire - to pam.fennimore@ dailycommercial.com.CALENDAREmail upcoming events to pam.fennimore@dailycommercial.com.district and the county with each receiving a third of the allocation. The 14 cities then must divide up their allocation proportionally. As the tax is set to sunset, or expire, in 2017, county ofcials said this week at a board workshop they would like residents to have the opportunity to vote on whether to renew the tax in 2015. However, there is some contention about how the tax revenue should be divided, with some school board members suggesting that half a cent be allocated for the schools, as the student population is expected to increase by 2020, and there is need for additional schools to be built. County commissioners want to keep the status quo and agreed in consensus this week to formally vote on drafting a letter to the school board and the cities, asking them to support this. The matter will be discussed and voted upon at a future commission meeting. Commission Chair man Jimmy Conner has stated previously that if the sales tax is not renewed, there would be no option other than to raise property taxes to pay for needed capital improvement projects. We use it to buy ambulances, patrol cars and for parks, Conner said of the revenue. It is really an important quality of life issue. Commissioner Timothy Sullivan, who serves as a liaison to the Lake County League of Cities, said the cities, school and county, have a need to see these dollars continue so it doesnt have an impact on property taxes. The benet of the one-cent sales tax is it spreads the load not only among residents, but anyone that does business in Lake County, he said. Proper ty taxes hurt the people you are trying to protect the most; while the sales tax is based on people who spend money and it doesnt include food or medicines.SCHOOL DISTRICTHarry Fix, director of the Growth Planning Department for Lake County Schools, said previously that penny sales tax money has been spent on rebuilding and modernizing several of the countys high schools, including Eustis High School and Umatilla High School. As the school district looks at its future needs, Fix said several schools, such as Beverly Shores Elementary School, Oak Park Middle School and Treadway Elementary may need to be modernized or rebuilt. Further, a consultant for the school district in November 2013 projected that by 2020, there will be an increase of about 2,297 new students in the schools, particularly in the southern part of the county. As a result, school ofcials see the need to build two new schools there within seven years. In the last ve years, the school district has lost more than $67 million in capital proper ty tax revenue because the stagnant economy has kept property values low, and the Florida Legislature has cut the maximum allowable millage for capital purposes from 2 mills to 1.5 mills. School board members Tod Howard, Bill Mathias and Debbie Stivender agree the district needs additional funding from the sales tax. We need about a half cent to do the repairs and replacements to the older schools, Howard said. While acknowledging there is no doubt more funding is needed, Stivender, chairwoman of the school board, said a request for a bigger share of the sales tax money wont be favor ably received. I dont think the municipalities and the county are going to be extremely happy with that idea, she said. Stivender suggested a general obligation bond as a possible alternative. Meanwhile, Mathias suggested working to gether with the municipalities and county to rotate every ve years the half-cent share option. The rst ve years we could give the county the half cent, the next ve years the school district, and the last ve years it goes to the municipalities, he said. School board ofcials have not yet determined specically how the sales tax revenue will be spent in the future. County Commissioner Sean Parks said while he recognized the school boards needs, it is also equally important they work together on the issue.COUNTYThis past scal year, the county spent its por tion of the penny sales tax revenue on projects such as the EOC, Judical Center expansion and the planned historic courthouse renovation. About half of the countys portion is also spent on road reconstruction, resurfacing and sidewalks, which received the smallest part of revenue. Spending for public safety and equipment also factors into the countys portion of the money. Parks said the renewal of the penny sales tax is vital. We need the current conguration, refer ring to each party receiving a third. Our population has grown 80,000 to 100,000 people and we have an increasing level of service needs. At the budget workshop, Conner expressed concerns about the school district as a partner in receiving sales tax revenue. My concern is if you include the school board, it (a renewal of the tax) wont pass, based on all the problems they have, he said referring to six principals who inaccurately reported their class sizes to the state, leading Superintendent Susan Moxley to call for an independent review of all schools in the district. Then again, if you dont include them, it may not pass. Commissioner Welton Cadwell also believes a renewal wont pass unless the school district receives some of the revenue. While the county commission has not deter mined specically how their portion will be spent, they agreed public safety, quality of life projects such as parks and sidewalks and roads are top spending priorities. I want to say, to me, the biggest issue facing us over the next three years is this sales tax, Conner said. I know everybody likes sidewalks and parks, but should you put ambulances in service 12 hours instead of 24 hours there would be quite the outrage.CITIES Jim Myers, executive director of the Lake County League of Cities and nance director for the city of Eustis, said the penny sales tax is vital for meeting cities capital project needs. In Eustis, it means $1.4 million in capital projects and infrastructure in Eustis annually, he said. We are able to utilize that money each year. Without that funding source, Myers said the city may have to resort to property tax increases. Funding from the penny sales tax in Eustis has gone toward projects such as the downtown streetscape project, which renovated the sidewalks and changed several streets to twoway streets, Myers said. We also nished a $6 million stormwater project with the revenue, he added. While no decision has been made from the cities on the sales tax renewal, Myers said he anticipates discussion will begin on the issue in the fall I cant speak for all the cites, but I would be hard pressed to believe any of those cities would not want it to be renewed again, he said. Keith Mullins, chair man of the Sales Sur tax Oversight Committee, which includes two members each appointed by the county, school board, League of Cities, as well as the representation of two constitutional ofcers, said the tax was last renewed in 2001. Prior to that, the Cler mont city council member said the local option sales tax was divided solely between the county and the cities, with the county receiving 70 per cent and the cities 30 percent. PENNY FROM PAGE A1 criminal investigation in what the Army describes as a widespread scheme to take fraudulent payments and kickbacks from a National Guard recruiting pro gram. The steady drumbeat of one military ethics scandal after another has caused many to conclude that the misbehavior reects more than routine lapses. He denitely sees this as a grow ing problem, Hagels chief spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, told a Pen tagon news conference Wednesday af ter Hagel met privately with the top uniformed and civilian ofcials of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. And hes concerned about the depth of it, Kirby said. I dont think he could stand here and tell you that he has that anybody has the full grasp here, and thats what worries (Hagel) is that maybe he doesnt have the full grasp of the depth of the issue, and he wants to better understand it. Hagels predecessor, Leon Panetta, had launched an effort to crack down on ethics failures more than a year ago, and the matter has been a top priority for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, for even longer. Kirby said Hagel has come to realize that he needs to investigate as well. HAGEL FROM PAGE A1 Pocketbook issues were also on op ponents minds, Jar vis said. Workers were suspicious that Volkswagen and the union might have already reached cost containment agreements that could have led to a cut in their hourly pay rate to that made by en try-level employees with the Detroit Three automakers, he said. The concern, he said, was that the UAW was going to take the salaries in a backward motion, not in a forward motion, said Jarvis, who makes around $20 per hour as he approaches his three-year anniver sary at the plant. Southern Republicans were horried when Volkswagen announced it was engag ing in talks with the UAW last year. Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Cork er, who has been among the UAWs most vocal critics, said at the time that Volkswagen would become a laughingstock in the business world if it welcomed the union to its plant. Volkswagen wants to create works council at the plant, which rep resents both blue collar and salaried work ers. But to do so under U.S. law requires the es tablishment of an inde pendent union. Several workers who cast votes against the union said they still support the idea of a works council they just dont want to have to work through the UAW. Volkswagens German management is accustomed to unions and works councils, which have been ingrained in its operations since the end of World War II. And labor interests that make up half of the companys supervisory board have raised con cerns that Chattanooga is alone among the automakers major factories worldwide without formal worker rep resentation. UNION FROM PAGE A1 stands little chance of passage. In the states, they are endorsing a multitude of bills some intended to protect gay-marriage bans, others to assert a right, based on religious freedom, to have nothing to do with gay marriag es should those bans be struck down. In Utah, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia, federal judges have void ed part or all of the bans on same-sex marriage that voters approved between 2004 and 2006. Each of the rulings has been stayed pending appeals, and a nal nation wide resolution may be a few years away in the U.S. Supreme Court. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, known for ght ing to display the Ten Commandments in a judicial building, has written to all 50 governors urging them to support a federal con stitutional amendment de ning marriage as between only a man and a woman. In Missouri, where vot ers approved a gay-mar riage ban in 2004, eight Re publican House members led articles of impeachment against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon after he or dered his administration to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples who were legally married in other states. The Re publican House leader has yet to schedule the mat ter for public hearings, but some GOP sponsors insist they are serious. The people put it in the constitution that mar riage is between one man and one woman the is sue is the governor has absolutely ignored the constitution and the peoples will, said Rep. Ron Schieber, a Republican from Kansas City. The demand for religious exemptions, meanwhile, is widespread. Gay marriage opponents have fought for strong exemptions in every state where lawmakers have already decided the issue. FOES FROM PAGE A1

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL A3 Area Briefs www.dailycommercial.com ... and well share it with our readers. Some of our best story ideas and photos come from our readers. So dont hesitate to share your youth activities, awards, accomplishments, festivals, charity events and other things that make our communities special. And dont overlook those family milestones birthdays, engagements, marriages, business promotions and military news.Just email your photos and news to ... pamfennimore@dailycommercial.com IF YOU SEE NEWS HAPPENING, RECORD IT LEESBURG Rotary to host annual Blood Screening eventThe Leesburg Sunrise Rotary Club will host its 26th annual Blood Screening event offering a complete blood count, basic metabolic panel, lipid panel, and blood enzyme test, provided by Vista Diagnostics at a cost of $45. An optional PSA test for men is an addtional $25. Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, for the event to be held from 6:30 to 10:30 / a.m., Feb. 22, at the Leesburg Community Building at Venetian Gardens, 109 E. Dixie Ave. Registration forms are available online at www.leesburgsunriserotary.org or by calling 352-365-3714. Proceeds from the event fund future projects for the Rotary.LAKE COUNTY Government offices close for Presidents DayAll ofces of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector, and the Lake County Welcome Center, 20763 U.S. Highway 27, in Groveland will be closed on Monday for Presidents Day. Lake County Solid Waste residential collection and the Central Solid Waste Facility, 13130 County Landll Road will continue as nor mal on Monday, but residential convenience centers will be closed. LakeXpress bus service will oper ate on Monday. Lake County libraries open on Monday are: Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont; Fruitland Park Library; Leesburg Public Library and the city of Tavares Public Library. Go to www.mylakelibrary.org for details.NATIONWIDE Bob Evans offers free pancakes to veteransOn Monday, veterans with proof of service and identication, or in uniform can get free pancakes at Bob Evans restaurants in a nationwide event honoring the men and women who serve our country. The towering stack of hotcakes will be served on an all-you-can-eat basis. For details, go to www.bobevans. com.MOUNT DORA Food trucks scheduled to appear in downtown areaFood trucks will once again appear in downtown Mount Dora beginning on Thursday, and every third Thursday thereafter. Hosted by the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce, the trucks will be located in the Chamber parking lot and on Sunset Park at the corner of 4th and Alexander Streets, with tables and chairs set up to offer participants a gathering and seating area to further enjoy the event. From 10 to 15 unique food trucks offering a wide variety of differ ent food styles will be part of the event, opening for food service at 5:30 / p.m., and remaining open until 8:30 / p.m. State&RegionNEWS EDITOR SCOTT CALLAHAN scott.callahan@dailycommercial.com 352-365-8203 Staff reportAn organization that advocates on behalf of clergy sex abuse victims has asked the Florida Baptist Convention to re consider plans to appeal a $12.5 million award to a man sexually abused in Lake County by a minister convicted of molestation in 2007, the ABPnews/ Herald is reporting. By appealing, at best youll be postponing, at a great moral and nan cial cost, an eventual day of real reckoning, David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said in a letter to Florida Baptist Convention Executive Director John Sullivan. At worst, youll be hurting not just the victim in this case, but all other victims who have been violated and betrayed by Southern Baptist clergy. ABPnews/Herald, creat ed after a merger of the Associated Baptist Press and the The Religious Her ald, is the only indepen dent news service created by and for Baptists. It is reporting that Clohessy, an abuse survivor who testied before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002, warned Sullivan that even if suc cessful, your appeal will only delay the inevitable. Over 25 years of SNAPs history, we have found that those responsible for injustices are eventually held accountable, not only through the justice system but also through the court of public opin ion, Clohessy said in his letter. In January, a Lake County jury awarded $12.5 million in damages to a young man who was sexually abused by a Bap tist minister when he was a child. An attorney for the Florida Baptist Conven tion immediately announced an appeal. Attorney Gary Yeldell says the convention is con dant an appellate court LEESBURGBaptist Convention urged to drop appeal of $12.5M sex case award MYERS SEE AWARD | A5 Staff reportThe 2014 Oakley Big Bass Tour will kick off in Lake County March 2-3 with the Harris Chain Big Bass Classic. Based at the Hickory Point Recreational Facili ty at 27341 State Road 19 in Tavares, the open-for mat tournament will of fer amateur anglers the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes during the weekend event. The Oakley Big Bass Tour is the nations pre mier big bass tournament series and Lake Countys Harris Chain of Lakes is the ideal location for largemouth bass shing, said Robert Chandler, Lake Countys director of economic development and tourism. We welcome anglers to this ex citing tournament to experience the top-notch shing and big catches our bountiful lakes have to offer. The tournament is open only to amateur an glers. The one-day entry fee is $100 per angler and the two-day entry fee is $150 per angler. The nal on-site registration will be held at Hickory Point from 3 7 / p .m. on Feb. 28. Anglers may pre-register online at www.oakleybigbass.com. There will be seven weigh-ins every hour with over $35,000 in hour ly cash payouts over the Bass tour begins with Harris Chain eventSEE BASS | A4 MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writermillardives@dailycommercial.comA re that destroyed four luxury buses and scorched two oth ers at a Leesburg business last year has been deemed accidental, according to a report released Friday by the state Fire Marshals Ofce. The report states the July blaze at Entertainment Coaches of America on Airway Road, just off State Road 44, was likely caused by failure of a battery. According to a report, the six buses that were mostly uninsured were to be sent to a dealer lot on consignment. Only one of the buses was insured. The others were not scheduled to be on the LEESBURG TAVARESLuxury bus fire ruled accidentalSEE FIRE | A6 Staff reportTwo companies have an nounced they will soon break ground for Buffalo Crossing, a 108unit assisted living facility to be located in The Villages. Buffalo Crossing, anticipated to open in the spring of 2015, will be the newest senior housing fa cility in the market and only the second dedicated assisted liv ing facility to open within The Villages, according to a press re lease. The exact location was not released.THE VILLAGES108-unit ALF scheduledSEE ALF | A6 MILLARD IVES / DAILYCOMMERCIAL Leslie Davis does some gardening at a Carver Heights home on Saturday in Leesburg. She is one of a number of volunteers who conducted community work as part of Love Week Central Florida 2014. MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writermillardives@dailycommercial.comA Leesburg church will cap off a week of love today by donating almost $11,000 to local charitable groups and civic organizations. Comprised of volunteers from more than a dozen churches and community groups and spear headed by The Fathers House Christian Center, Love Week, encompassed Valentines Day. It included repairing homes, a drive-thru prayer offering, training seminar for potential adoptive and foster parents, a food give away to homeless people and free gas, which resulted in $20 vouch ers to 500 people. This is all for Jesus, said Leslie Davis, doing some gardening with a shovel at a Carver Heights home on Saturday while wearing a Love Week T-shirt. According to its website, Love Week Central Florida 2014 is an audacious volunteer blitz to serve and love the community through a variety of volunteer opportunities that range from simple individual random acts of kind ness to organized city-wide clean ups, construction projects for the needy and other activities. The week began on Feb. 8 and also included a 5K run that netted a Fruitland Park food bank, Be yond the Walls, about $3,500. Anyone can go and just sit in a church, we wanted to go out on the streets and show the love of Christ, said Tim Travis, life devo tion pastor of The Fathers House on South Street in Leesburg. On Saturday at The Fathers House, the event offered drive-thru prayers in its parking lot and a training seminar for potential adoptive and foster parents inside. Also, they repaired homes on Mispah Avenue and McCormack and Simpson streets homes that were designated by West Leesburg Community Development Corp. At a cinderblock home in the 800 block of McCormack Street, volunteers did gardening, repaired a carport, cleaned up molding and conducted made various repairs. It was something that needed to be done that I couldnt do, said the homes resident Willie Atkins. Mike Matheny, youth pastor of LEESBURGVolunteers smother community with loveSEE LOVE | A6

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Enhance your life with Mini Dental Implants in 1 hrIV SEDATION: FREECONSULTATIONNew Patients$85 Value*x-rays not includedFinancing Available Dr. Vaziri & Staff IN MEMORY OBITUARIESMaggie MastersMaggie Masters, 80, passed peaceful ly on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, FL. She was born on November 22, 1933 in Jackson, MS and cur rently lived in Grove land, FL. She retired and moved to Groveland after her hus band, Vern, passed of cancer. Maggie had a love for people, danc ing, laughter, smiles, joking, free spirits and talking about the years past. She is survived by her daughter Debi Morrin, of Clermont, FL; son Douglas (Teresa) Byrd of Ocala, FL; grandchildren, Alicia (Brian) Roehn of Cler mont, FL, Tonya (Josh) Ashment of Utah, Troy Byrd of Orlando, FL; Travis Link of Leesburg, FL, Zachary Byrd of Oc ala, FL; great-grandchildren, Austin, Mad ison, Kaleb, Angelika and Justin. She was preceded in death by her mother Margie Condia, son, Dorsey Byrd, hus band, Vern E Masters and lifelong best friend Charlene Osteen. A Celebration of Life Ser vice will be held graveside at 1:00 pm Satur day February 15, 2014 at the Charlotte Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda, FL. Please vis it kays-ponger.com to leave the family con dolences and to sign the online guestbook. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.Alfredo Fred Recchia Jr.Alfredo Fred Recchia Jr. passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the age of 86. He was born on February 8, 1927 in Boston, MA to the late Alfredo and Tobia Recchia. Fred served his country in the U. S. Coast Guard. He moved to the Lees burg area from New England 18 years ago, and made his home in The Plantation. Fred was a member of St. Pauls Catholic Church, and the Plantations Italian American Club. He enjoyed travelling, and baseball, especially the Red Sox. He is survived by his loving wife, There sa Recchia of Leesburg, along with his sons; Alfred J. Recchia III (Stephanie)of Los Vegas, NV, Gary Recchia of Nahant, MA, and John (Deanne) Recchia of West Townsend, MA, daughters; Diane Recchia of E. Bos ton, MA, and Joan Rec chia of Saugus, MA. Fred is also survived by four grandchildren: Jil lian, Philip, Julia and Sarah, and two broth ers; Alphonso and John Recchia. There will be a Mass of Chris tian Burial celebrat ed at St. Pauls Catholic Church on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8:30 / a.m. Burial will fol low in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Page-Theus Funer al Home And Crema tion Services.Ida Mae RauschIda Mae Rausch, 91, Leesburg, Florida, devoted wife and moth er went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2014 under the loving care of her family at her residence. Mrs. Rausch was born on October 23, 1922 in New Cas tle, Indiana to her parents Benjamin and Ollie Davis. She was a Homemaker, Writer, Painter and a Proud Veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy as a Dental Technician. She joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1942 as a Pharmacists Mate Third Class and was stationed at U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California and during her period of service she had the privilege of cleaning the teeth of Bing Crosby while he was perform ing for the troops. She was united in marriage to her rst husband William A. Schneider, Jr. on October 12, 1944 at U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland Califor nia and was honorably discharged on October 28, 1945. She has resided in Leesburg for the past 18 years mov ing up from Lake Wales, Fl, Annandale, VA and from Tarrytown, NY. She was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star in White Plains, NY, The Choral Group of Highland Lakes and a member of The Seventh Day Ad ventist Church of North Lake. She was previ ously a member of The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Leesburg and Lady Lake. She is survived by her loving daughters: Janet Marie Harms and husband Jerry Harms of Annandale, VA and Barba ra Lynne Shaw-Clem ens and husband Paul Clemens of Horsehoe Bend, AR; a grandson: Joey Garzon of Stafford, VA; and a niece: Cindy Terrell of California. She was preced ed in death by her rst husband William A. Schneider, Jr. and her second husband Os wald Rausch. Funer al Services will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:00AM at Page-Theus Funer al Home Chapel, Lees burg, FL. with buri al to follow at Lakeside Memorial Park, Winter Haven, FL with Military Honors. A Visitation will be held on Mon day, February 17, 2014 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at Page-Theus Funer al Home, Leesburg, FL. Anyone caring to give a donation in honor of Ida Mae Rausch, please make your gift to Cor nerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tav ares, FL 32778. Page Theus Funeral Home and Cremation Ser vices has been en trusted with all ar rangements. Online condolences may be made to www.pageth eusfuneralhome.com.DEATH NOTICESSandra K. AtchisonSandra K. Atchison, 75, of Tavares, FL died on Saturday, Febru ary 8, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares, FLDarrell Thomas BradenDarrell Thomas Braden, 45, of Leesburg, died Thursday, February 13, 2014. Beyers Fu neral Home and Cre matory, Leesburg.Sylvester CrawfordSylvester Crawford, 94, of Groveland, died Friday, February 14, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc.Roy E. MaxwellRoy E. Maxwell, 90, of Tavares died on Fri day, February 14, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral& Cre mations, Tavares. RAUSCH weekend. The angler with the largest over all big bass of the tour nament will take home a 2014 Nitro Z7 bass boat valued at $30,000. Saturday and Sundays weigh-ins will take place at the Oakley main stage and are open to the public between 8 / a.m. and 3 / p .m. We are excited to kick off the 2014 season on the Harris Chain of Lakes, said Louis Wellen of Oakley Sports Marketing. BASS FROM PAGE A3

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL A5 will overturn the ruling because it contends the minister Douglas My ers was an indepen dent pastor not super vised by the convention. Myers was sent to pris on in 2007 for molest ing the then-13-year-old boy. Given a seven-year term, Myers was re leased in December 2012 after serving ve years. A registered sexu al offender, he currently lives in Prince Fred erick, Md., according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. An attorney for the victim, who is remain ing anonymous, says the jury understood the devastating impact of the abuse. The young man is now in his 20s and attending college. In May 2012, a Lake County jury determined the convention did not do enough to investigate the background of Myers, who helped start two now-defunct churches in Lake Coun ty the Triangle Com munity Church in Eustis and the Harbor Baptist Fellowship in Howey-in-the-Hills after receiving funds and training from the organization. Myers admitted molesting the boy repeat edly over a six-month period ending in 2005. Both the victim and his mother claimed the convention failed to uncover past allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior at oth er churches where My ers served. AWARD FROM PAGE A3 JULIET WILLIAMSAssociated PressSACRAMENTO, Calif. As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle long standing problems in the states water storage and de livery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled. For Brown, the drought presents both opportunity and risk for a governor facing re-elec tion who also was in ofce during Californias last major drought in the mid-1970s. It comes as he is pitching a costly and contentious pro posal to drill two 35-milelong, freeway-size water tunnels beneath the Northern California delta, a project that will cost at least $25 bil lion and is opposed by envi ronmentalists who say it will all but destroy the imperiled estuary and has divided the agricultural community. The governor also faces mounting pressure from the state Legislature to address an $11 billion water bond measure that lawmakers from both parties agree will require a major overhaul before it goes to voters in November. Few things are more polit ically divisive in California than water. Who gets it, who pays for it, where and how it is captured and transported have proven to be political mineelds for California gov ernors for nearly a century. The states current crisis has gained national atten tion through pictures of res ervoirs turned to mudats, rivers slowed to a trickle and farmers ripping out orchards and fallowing their elds. The two Republicans in the race to contest Browns expected re-election campaign are intensifying their criticism and say his administration has not done enough to improve Cal ifornias water supply or help the hardest hit communities. Yet policymakers, water agencies, farmers and wor ried local government of cials hope the crisis will produce enough urgency to yield a rare political compromise. Brown told reporters in Tulare last week that if anybody can get it done, I can get it done. Now may be the time, said Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Floods and droughts and lawsuits always bring attention to the water issues, Lund said. You rarely see big strategic changes in wa ter management without that sort of motivation and atten tion there. If the motivation has ar rived, so have the politics. Last month, the Brown ad ministration announced that for the rst time it will deny any water allocations to thousands of Central Valley farmers and communities. In explaining the severity of the situation, Chuck Bonham, director of the California De partment of Fish and Wildlife, urged people to take a deep breath, put down the argu ments weve all had in the past and come together as Califor nians.Water politics complicate Browns decisions

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A6 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 Quality Inn road. The re began when a worker who was tasked with moving one of the buses across the property to a garage, said he had to jump start it and about an hour later, re was coming from the rear wheel well of the bus. Despite his attempts to put out the blaze with a re extinguisher, the re ared up and with help of a strong wind, spread to other buses on the property. The reports states that Lake County Fire-Res cue responded, but with no re hydrants nearby, its tanker truck ran out of water. The loss was estimat ed at almost $900,000. An ofcial at the business reported there were no known mechanical or electrical concerns with the buses or any problems with employees. The Fire Marshall Ofce was called in to in vestigate after Lake County Fire-Rescue was unable to determine a cause of the blaze and deemed it suspicious. The buses were just sitting there and caught on re, said re-rescue spokesman Lt. Jack Fill man, last year just after the re. However, the report adds there was no ig nitable liquid found in the samples it exam ined and the buses had been parked on dry patches of brown grass that were easily ignited using a cigarette lighter during a test. FIRE FROM PAGE A3 As a part of its aflia tion with The Villages, the residents of Buffa lo Crossing will be able to participate in activities located within the massive retirement community, utilize the existing infrastructure and have access to The Villages Health Center physician network. The two companies behind the project are Sentio Health care Properties, a real estate investment trust focused on health care-related real estate, and KR Management, a leading Florida-based regional senior-housing operator and developer. KR Management cur rently manages Sumter Place, which opened in The Villages in the summer of 2012 and reached stabilized oc cupancy within 90 days of opening. It has been a desire of ours for some time to develop within The Villages, and once we got to know the team at KR, we knew this would be the right partner ship for accomplishing our objective, said John Mark Ramsey, president and CEO of Sentio. We were impressed with their suc cessful development and operation of Sumter Place, their existing relationships within The Villages and, most importantly, the way they care for their resi dents. Bill Kelsey, managing partner of KR, said Sen tio quickly became the investment partner KR wanted to work with. We appreciated their ability to connect with us on our philosophy of compassion rst, as it relates to op erations and resident care, he said. We believe their vast invest ment experience, com bined with their deep understanding of operations, will lead to a strong partnership and successful development project. Buffalo Crossing will feature amenities such as ne dining, a stocked bistro, screened putting greens, an on-site physicians clinic and an emergency call alert system. ALF FROM PAGE A3 The Fathers House, said many area residents who have been the recipients of this weeks activities have showed their appreciation. He mentioned a motorist who drove up to him, saying she was still rid ing on the gas the event gave away on Thursday. Another motorist said he couldnt have reached his destination without the gas. Its good to know we can make a differ ence, volunteer Melinda Parker said. During Love Week 2013, the rst year of the event, volunteers logged more than 1,500 hours. Travis said although the event is a week long, he hopes it will encour age volunteers to pro vide acts of kindness throughout the year. We want them to keep up the spirit, Travis said. LOVE FROM PAGE A3 JOHN HEILPRINAssociated PressGENEVA U.N.-Ar ab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi ended direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition Satur day without nding a way of breaking the impasse in peace talks. Saturdays talks, which lasted less than half an hour, left the future of the negotiating process in doubt and no date was set for a third session. Brahimi told a news conference that both sides agreed that the agenda for the next round should focus on four points: ending the violence and terrorism, creating a transitional governing body, build ing national institutions, and reconciliation. To avoid losing another week or more before resuming discussions, Brahimi said he proposed that the rst day should be re served for talks on end ing violence and com bating terrorism, the main thrust of the governments stance, and the second for talking about how to create a transitional body, as the opposition and Western powers insist. Unfortunately the government has refused, which raises the suspicion of the oppo sition that in fact the government doesnt want to discuss the TGB (transitional governing body) at all, Brahimi said. In that case, I have suggested that its not good for the process, its not good for Syria that we come back for another round and fall in the same trap that we have been strug gling with this week and most of the rst round, he said. So I think it is better that every side goes back and reect and take their responsibility: do they want this process to take place or not? Brahimi said he would consult with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Ker ry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about a way forward. I am very, very sor ry, and I apologize to the Syrian people that their hopes which were very, very high that something will happen here, Brahimi said. Syrias ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Jaafari, said the gov ernment accepted Brahimis proposed agenda but a problem was raised by the other side when they gave their own interpretation of the agenda. He insisted that the government is committed to returning to negotiations. We promised our own people to get back to Geneva to continue the Geneva talks as long as it takes, be cause we are extremely careful about stopping the bloodshed in Syr ia and combatting ter rorism, Jaafari told re porters. This I promise you: We will be com mitted to doing so. Anas al-Abdeh, a member of the opposi tion negotiating team, said his side accepted the agenda but the gov ernments unwillingness to go along with the order of discussions put the prospects of a third session of talks within the Geneva 2 negoti ating round in doubt. The rst two sessions lasted from Jan. 22-31 and Feb. 10-15. The rst round, known as Geneva 1, resulted in a roadmap for peace in June 2012 that was not followed. Al-Abdeh called the continuing stalemate in negotiations a result of the governments continuous effort to not talk and not to discuss the issue of the transitional governing body.Syria peace talks remain in doubt after sixth day in Geneva SALVATORE DINOLFI / AP Louay Sa, spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, speaks to the media during a news conference after the second round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition on Saturday at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. GREGORY KATZAssociated PressLONDON Strong winds that pummeled Britain killed a taxi driver, whose car was crushed by falling chunks of masonry from a building, and an elderly man who died after a freak wave struck a cruise ship in the En glish Channel, ofcials said Saturday. Another 15 cruise ship passengers were injured. The taxi driver was killed late Friday in cen tral London near Holborn subway station when part of a building collapsed during a wind storm, police said. She was identied as Julie Sillitoe, a 49-year-old with three sons. Her passengers, a man and woman, were hospitalized with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said. The car wasnt moving at the time of the building collapse and the female passenger managed to free herself from the rear of the vehicle. A fourth person, believed to be a male pedestri an, was also injured and taken to a hospital, ambulance ofcials said. About 10 people were evac uated from nearby buildings as a precaution. The 85-year-old cruise ship passenger died after 80 mph wind gusts kicked up giant waves in the English Channel on Friday afternoon, endangering safety in the crowded shipping lanes used by commercial vessels, cruise ships and pleasure craft. Cruise and Maritime Voyag es said a freak wave broke ve windows on its Marco Polo cruise ship, inundating the ships Waldorf Restaurant. Spokesman Paul Foster said the man died before he could be airlifted for emergency treatment. The cause of death hasnt been de termined, he said. The company said a second passenger was airlifted and is being treated for injuries not thought to be life-threatening. UK taxi driver crushed to death in windstorm

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL A7 Lake & Marion CountiesLake County (321) 806-2074 Marion County (352) 610-3018 BEST TRAVEL SCOOTER only$699 1323 S. 14th Street (US Hwy 27) Leesburg Easy to break down only 5 pieces!Lightweight the heaviest part is only 29 lbs! TED ANTHONYAssociated PressSOCHI, Russia Each time an Olympics approaches, the ideal is articulated once more: The true spirit of the games, those who over see them say, brings humanity together to promote amity and athletic excellence. It is most certainly not a place for the affairs of nations and vested interests to play out on a global stage. Olympics is not about politics. Its about the sport, fair play and humanity, Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi organizing committee, said last week, echoing his predecessors. The new president of the International Olympic Committee, Germanys Thomas Bach, was more nuanced, saying before the games began that his organization must be politically neutral without being apolitical. And yet ... In Sochi this week, politics percolates everywhere, which is not unusual. It has lurked at the margins of Olym pic Games going back at least to the moment in 1936 in Berlin when German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, a white supremacist, watched Jesse Owens, a black American, take gold in the 100-meter sprint. The Olympics, you might say, are the plan ets most political apolitical event. Consider Friday nights appearance by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the U.S. Olympic Com mittees USA House and wearing a Team USA pin on his lapel, no less. It was entire ly good-natured, but it couldnt have been more political. On the surface, it was an Olympics host leader cheerfully glad-handing guests. But below the bonho mie, it was hard not to conjure a stew of words and memories that evoked old suspicions: Cold War, We will bury you, spies, the Eastern Bloc, NATO, detente, nuclear proliferation. And new ones, too: Ed ward Snowden. Putin is only the most obvious example. To watch the Olympics and to look beyond the marvelous athletic performances and the uncounted, often unexpected friendships it helps build is to see a human anthill of scripts and vested in terests playing them selves out. There is this abso lute insistence that there be no politics. I think they have to say that, says Curt Ha makawa, a U.S. Olym pic Committee ofcial for 16 years. But the fact of the matter is, that is not true. And it comes across as being a bit hypocritical, says Hamakawa, now an asso ciate professor of sport management at Western New England Uni versity in Massachu setts. Government and sport is pretty much intertwined for most countries. I dont know that they can escape from it. Several Olympics of the past half century have been particular ly politically charged. Tokyos hosting of the 1964 Summer Games showcased Japans re turn to the global stage after World War II. In 1972, Palestinian at tackers killed 11 Israe li athletes in the Olym pic Village in Munich. And of course there were the boycott years 1976, 1980 and 1984 when entire nations (including the United States and the Soviet Union) stayed away be cause rivals either were there or were hosting. Front and center this time around is the dis connect between Rus sias strict attitude toward gays and voices around the world that take issue with its ap proach. Despite some predictions that gay athletes or their sup porters might turn Olympic spectacles into political ones, it hadnt happened as of Saturday. Associated PressSAO PAULO More than 140 cities are rationing water amid the worst drought to hit Brazil in decades, according to a survey con ducted by the countrys leading newspaper. The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper quoted water supply companies saying reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest theyve been in 20 years. Some neighborhoods in the city of Itu in Sao Paulo state only receive water for 13 hours, once every three days. Water consumption normally grows by up to 20 percent during the Southern Hemispheres sum mer. But this year, consumption has risen by up to 30 percent due to a prolonged heat wave.Olympics: Most political apolitical event in the world AP FILE PHOTOJesse Owens of the United States runs in a 200-meter preliminary heat at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and showed up Adolph Hitlers idea of Aryan supremacy. Many cities in Brazil are rationing water

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SPORTS EDITOR FRANK JOLLEY 352-365-8268Sportssports@dailycommercial.com B1DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014www.dailycommercial.comMLB: Spring Training Guide for all 30 teams / B5-B6 MARK LONGAssociated PressDAYTONA BEACH Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick blew engines during Daytona 500 practice Saturday. HScott Motorsports driver Bobby Labonte also had an engine fail ure, creating concern that Hendrick Motor sports might have issues. Stewart, Patrick and Labonte all lease engines from Hendrick, which also elds cars for Jimmie John son, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. Not really con cerned about it, Stew art said. Pretty con dent itll be ne. After changing en gines, Stewart, Patrick and Labonte will have to start at the rear of the eld in their qualifying races next Thursday as well as the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. Labontes engine went rst. Stewarts started smoking a bit later, followed about 10 minutes later by Patricks. I was like, Man, are we doing something? Patrick said. Its something that we are doing in our family here and we need to gure it out. I was saying I bet other Hendrick cars are thinking, Whats going on? So we have got time to hopefully gure it out. Denitely gure it out before the race. Though Hendrick drivers had no engine problems, Johnson, Gordon, Earnhardt and Kahne seemed to be down on horsepower. The fastest Hendrick driver during the rst practice was Gordon, who was 21st on the speed chart. We feel like we un derstand what is hap pening, Hendrick gen eral manager Doug Duchardt said. We will get the engines back over and tear them down from NASCAR. I think we will be able to conrm everything that is happening. ... We think we under stand what is happening there and we will take a look at that. Duchardt and Scott Maxim, Hendricks director of engine track support, said they are condent the engines wont be an issue in Saturday nights Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, in qualifying to day, in the dual qualify ing races next Thursday or in the Daytona 500. Moving forward, we will be all right, Maxim said. We will identify what weve got and we will make changes needed, and I think that we will be able to make corrective action. We will be able to look the engines over close ly and make sure that JOHN RAOUX / AP Danica Patrick stands by her car as her crew makes adjustment during Saturdays practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach. JULIO CORTEZ / AP Team USA forward T.J. Oshie scores the winning goal against Russia goaltender Sergei Bobrovski in an overtime during Saturdays hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The puck can be seen in the net. GREG BEACHAMAssociated PressSOCHI, Russia T.J. Oshie brainstormed while he skated to center ice, desperately trying to come up with one last move to end an epic shootout. He had already taken ve shots at Ser gei Bobrovsky, and the Russians were still even. Yet Oshie was chosen for the U.S. mens hockey team with just such a situation in mind, and the shootout specialist concocted one last clever goal to silence an arena lled with screaming Russian fans. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry. I was just thinking of something else I could do, trying to keep him guessing, said Oshie, the St. Louis Blues forward. Had to go back to the same move a couple times, but I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves there. International rules allow the same player to take multiple shots after the rst three rounds of a shootout, and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma leaned on Oshies array of slick shots and changeof-pace approaches to the net. Oshies scored on the Americans rst shot before taking the last ve in a row, going 4 for 6 against Bobrovsky and nally setting off a celebration for the small group of U.S. fans at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. At some point, you think, Does he have any more moves left? U.S. captain Zach Parise A win in Red, White and Blue Oshies shootout goals lead Team USA past Russia 3-2 in Olympic thriller MARK FISHER Special to the Daily CommercialLeesburgs run to Lakeland has come to an end. The Yellow Jackets fell behind early in the first quarter and couldnt catch Or lando Edgewate and dropped a 72-41 de cision in the Region 2 championship game. Leesburg (20-9) was looking for its fourth trip to the state Final Four under coach Mark Oates. Packing the paint and forcing the Eagles to look for entry opportunities or set tle for outside shots in the first period the Yellow Jackets stayed close, trailing 13-11. But Leesburg was unable to connect from distance, while Nyala Shuler dominated the second period for Orlando Edgewater. Shuler scored 10 points in the second quarter en route to a game high 30 points, helping the Eagles build a 29-18 advantage at halftime. Kenyonna Jackson paced the Yel low Jackets with 14 points while Eletra Graham added 13 in the effort.BASEBALLShane Crouse pitched six solid in nings and Dako ta Higdon had three hits and three RBIs on Saturday to lead Lake-Sumter State College to a 9-1 win against the Rollins College junior varsi ty at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park. The win helped the Lakehawks improve to 4-2 overall. Crouse struck out seven and allowed only two hits en route to leveling his record at 1-1. In addition to Higdon, Austin Simmons also had three hits for LSSC and scored two runs. The Lakehawks are back in action at noon today against Broward at the LSSC baseball complex.UMATILLA 10, MOUNT DORA BIBLE 0Garrett Clark and Tanner Clark tossed a two hitter on Friday as Umatilla improved to 3-0. Tanner Frabott, Kalan Ramsey, Kyle Fowler, Gar rett Clark and Jesse Getford had RBIs for Umatilla.LEESBURGSEE OLYMPICS | B2SEE NASCAR | B2 Lady Jackets fall in regional finalsEngine trouble for Stewart, Patrick in practice

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B2 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 BASKETBALL College Saturdays Scores Men EAST Albany (NY) 74, Maine 63 CCSU 74, Sacred Heart 69 Duquesne 83, Rhode Island 71 Holy Cross 72, Lehigh 67 Iowa 82, Penn St. 70 Lafayette 74, American U. 62 Ohio 73, Buffalo 70 Providence 84, DePaul 61 Robert Morris 69, Mount St. Marys 61 Saint Josephs 75, La Salle 64 UConn 86, Memphis 81, OT UMass 67, George Washington 61 Vermont 76, UMBC 52 SOUTH Auburn 92, Mississippi St. 82 Davidson 88, Georgia Southern 73 ETSU 93, Stetson 66 Florida Gulf Coast 84, SC-Upstate 80 James Madison 64, UNC Wilmington 62 Louisiana-Monroe 65, UALR 49 Middle Tennessee 81, Southern Miss. 64 North Carolina 75, Pittsburgh 71 UCF 75, South Florida 74 Vanderbilt 57, Texas A&M 54, OT Virginia 63, Clemson 58 MIDWEST Cincinnati 73, Houston 62 E. Michigan 65, Toledo 44 Indiana St. 60, S. Illinois 57 Iowa St. 70, Texas Tech 64 Kansas 95, TCU 65 North Dakota 74, Montana 69 Saint Louis 64, VCU 62 South Dakota 71, IUPUI 67 SOUTHWEST Oklahoma 77, Oklahoma St. 74 Tulsa 76, Old Dominion 37 FAR WEST California 72, Washington 59 UNLV 73, Utah St. 62 Women EAST American U. 72, Lafayette 61 Army 75, Bucknell 63 Boston U. 74, Loyola (Md.) 55 Bryant 81, Fairleigh Dickinson 51 Buffalo 66, N. Illinois 57 Canisius 75, Siena 66 Cincinnati 55, Temple 53 Faireld 71, St. Peters 39 Fordham 43, La Salle 42 George Washington 78, UMass 54 Holy Cross 76, Lehigh 68 LIU Brooklyn 69, St. Francis (Pa.) 66 Mount St. Marys 76, Sacred Heart 63 Robert Morris 66, CCSU 49 Rutgers 90, UCF 50 St. Bonaventure 63, Duquesne 62 St. Johns 69, Villanova 56 Wagner 62, St. Francis (NY) 53 SOUTH Appalachian St. 76, UNC-Greensboro 67 Bethune-Cookman 80, Delaware St. 51 Campbell 72, Charleston Southern 71 Chattanooga 71, Furman 54 Elon 65, W. Carolina 61 Georgia Southern 90, Davidson 82 Jacksonville St. 79, E. Kentucky 62 Liberty 72, Gardner-Webb 62 Marshall 71, Charlotte 69 Md.-Eastern Shore 66, Howard 57 Middle Tennessee 83, FAU 77 SE Louisiana 68, Nicholls St. 66 Saint Josephs 89, George Mason 75 Samford 61, Wofford 55 Stetson 62, Mercer 49 Tulane 66, FIU 55 UALR 63, Louisiana-Monroe 47 UNC Asheville 69, Longwood 52 W. Kentucky 81, South Alabama 55 Winthrop 57, Radford 40 MIDWEST Akron 87, Ball St. 64 Bradley 54, Loyola of Chicago 49 Butler 67, Georgetown 59 Cent. Michigan 88, Miami (Ohio) 47 Cleveland St. 79, Detroit 74 Creighton 85, Providence 64 Dayton 69, Richmond 58 Green Bay 81, Milwaukee 69 Kansas St. 60, Texas Tech 54 Kent St. 57, W. Michigan 48 Marquette 75, Xavier 54 Minnesota 82, Northwestern 64 Nebraska-Omaha 68, N. Dakota St. 57 New Mexico St. 74, Chicago St. 64 South Dakota 74, IUPUI 56 Toledo 62, Ohio 58 UMKC 87, Texas-Pan American 84 Wright St. 103, Ill.-Chicago 91 SOUTHWEST SMU 67, Houston 50 Stephen F. Austin 58, Sam Houston St. 52 Texas A&M-CC 61, Oral Roberts 53 UTSA 63, Rice 61 FAR WEST Denver 71, IPFW 66 San Diego St. 77, Air Force 66 Winter Olympics Medals Table At Sochi, Russia Through Saturday (51 of 98 total events) Nation G S B T ot Russia 4 6 5 15 Netherlands 4 4 6 14 United States 4 3 7 14 Norway 4 3 6 13 Germany 7 3 2 12 Canada 4 5 3 12 Sweden 1 5 2 8 Switzerland 5 1 1 7 Austria 2 4 1 7 China 3 2 0 5 Japan 1 3 1 5 Slovenia 1 1 3 5 Italy 0 2 3 5 Poland 4 0 0 4 Belarus 3 0 1 4 France 2 0 2 4 South Korea 1 1 1 3 Czech Republic 0 2 1 3 Latvia 0 1 2 3 Britain 1 0 1 2 Finland 0 2 0 2 Australia 0 1 1 2 Slovakia 1 0 0 1 Croatia 0 1 0 1 Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1 Ukraine 0 0 1 1 Saturdays Results ALPINE SKIING Womens Super-G (Start position in parentheses) 1. (18) Anna Fenninger, Austria, 1:25.52. 2. (22) Maria Hoe-Riesch, Germany, 1:26.07. 3. (16) Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:26.18. 4. (20) Lara Gut, Switzerland, 1:26.25. 5. (19) Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1:26.28. 6. (30) Fraenzi Aufdenblatten, Switzerland, 1:26.79. 7. (9) Fabienne Suter, Switzerland, 1:26.89. 8. (14) Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Calif., 1:27.04. Other U.S. Finishers 18. (2) Leanne Smith, North Conway, N.H., 1:28.38. NR. (7) Laurenne Ross, Bend, Ore., DNF. NR. (29) Stacey Cook, Mammoth, Calif., DNF. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Womens 4x5km Relay 1. Sweden (Ida Ingemarsdotter, Emma Wiken, Anna Haag, Charlotte Kalla), 53:02.7. 2. Finland (Anne Kylloenen, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Kerttu Niskanen, Krista Lahteenmaki), 53:03.2. 3. Germany (Nicole Fessel, Stefanie Boehler, Clau dia Nystad, Denise Herrmann), 53:03.6. 4. France (Aurore Jean, Celia Aymonier, Anouk Faivre Picon, Coraline Hugue), 53:47.7. 5. Norway (Heidi Weng, Therese Johaug, Astrid Uhr enholdt Jacobsen, Marit Bjoergen), 53:56.3. 6. Russia (Julia Ivanova, Olga Kuziukova, Natalia Zhukova, Yulia Tchekaleva), 54:06.3. 7. Poland (Kornelia Kubinska, Justyna Kowalczyk, Sylwia Jaskowiec, Paulina Maciuszek), 54:38.9. 8. Italy (Virginia de Martin Topranin, Elisa Brocard, Marina Piller, Ilaria Debertolis), 55:19.9. 9. United States (Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, Alaska, Sadie Bjornsen, Winthrop, Wash., Liz Stephen, East Montpelier, Vt., Jessie Diggins, Afton, Minn.), 55:33.4. SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING Mens 1000 Final B 1. Han Tianyu, China, 1:29.334. 2. Semen Elistratov, Russia, 1:29.429. Final A 1. Victor An, Russia, 1:25.325. 2. Vladimir Grigorev, Russia, 1:25.399. 3. Sjinkie Knegt, Netherlands, 1:25.611. 4. Wu Dajing, China, 1:25.772. NR. Sin Da Woon, South Korea, PEN. Womens 1500 Final B 1. Valerie Maltais, Canada, 2:24.711. 2. Jessica Smith, Melvindale, Mich., 2:25.787. 3. Marie-Eve Drolet, Canada, 2:25.870. 4. Bernadett Heidum, Hungary, 2:26.004. 5. Veronique Pierron, France, 2:26.066. 6. Veronika Windisch, Austria, 2:26.296. Final A 1. Zhou Yang, China, 2:19.140. 2. Shim Suk Hee, South Korea, 2:19.239. 3. Arianna Fontana, Italy, 2:19.416. 4. Jorien Ter Mors, Netherlands, 2:19.656. 5. Emily Scott, Springeld, Mo., 2:39.436. NR. Kim Alang, South Korea, PEN. NR. Li Jianrou, China, DNF. SKELETON Men Final Ranking 1. Alexander Tretiakov, Russia, 3:44.29. 2. Martins Dukurs, Latvia, 3:45.10. 3. Matt Antoine, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 3:47.26. 4. Tomass Dukurs, Latvia, 3:47.58. 5. Sergei Chudinov, Russia, 3:47.59. 6. Nikita Tregybov, Russia, 3:47.62. 7. John Fairbairn, Canada, 3:48.13. 8. Kristan Bromley, Britain, 3:48.17. Other U.S. Finishers 15. John Daly, Smithtown, N.Y., 3:49.11. SKI JUMPING Mens K120 Individual Final Ranking (First and second jumps in parentheses) 1. Kamil Stoch, Poland (139.0, 85.2, 58.5; 136.0, 79.8, 56.0) 278.7. 2. Noriaki Kasai, Japan ((139.0, 85.2, 57.0; 133.5, 75.3, 55.5) 277.4. 3. Peter Prevc, Slovenia (135.0, 66.3, 57.0; 129.0, 67.2, 55.5) 274.8. 4. Severin Freund, Germany (138.0, 83.4, 57.0; 135.0, 78.0, 55.5) 272.2. 5. Anders Fannemel, Norway (132.0, 72.6, 52.0; 123.0, 56.4, 55.5) 264.3. 6. Marinus Kraus, Germany (130.0, 69.0, 54.0; 133.0, 74.4, 54.5) 257.4. 7. Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria (132.5, 59.1, 54.0; 129.5, 68.1, 55.5) 255.2. 8. Michael Hayboeck, Austria (131.0, 70.8, 53.5; 125.5, 60.9, 53.0) 254.7. Did Not Qualify For Jump 2 35. Nick Fairall, Andover, N.H. (120.0, 50.1, 50.0) 108.3. 48. Nick Alexander, Lebanon, N.H. (111.5, 35.7, 44.5) 87.0. NR. Anders Johnson, Park City, Utah, DSQ. SPEEDSKATING Mens 1500 1. Zbigniew Brodka, Poland, 1:45.006. 2. Koen Verweij, Netherlands, 1:45.009. 3. Denny Morrison, Canada, 1:45.22. 4. Denis Yuskov, Russia, 1:45.37. 5. Mark Tuitert, Netherlands, 1:45.42. 6. Havard Bokko, Norway, 1:45.48. 7. Brian Hansen, Glenview, Ill., 1:45.59. 8. Sverre Lunde Pedersen, Norway, 1:45.66. Other U.S. Finishers 11. Shani Davis, Chicago, 1:45.98. 22. Joey Mantia, Ocala, 1:48.01. 37. Jonathan Kuck, Champaign, Ill., 1:50.19. GOLF Northern Trust Open Saturday At Riviera Country Club Los Angeles Purse: $6.7 million Yardage: 7,349; Par 71 Third Round William McGirt 69-67-65 201 George McNeill 69-68-66 203 Charlie Beljan 67-68-68 203 Jason Allred 73-64-67 204 Brian Harman 67-69-68 204 Bubba Watson 70-71-64 205 Cameron Tringale 68-70-67 205 Jimmy Walker 67-71-67 205 Jordan Spieth 72-66-67 205 Charl Schwartzel 69-68-68 205 Dustin Johnson 66-70-69 205 Sang-Moon Bae 67-66-72 205 Bill Haas 72-67-67 206 Charley Hoffman 67-71-68 206 Brendan Steele 68-71-67 206 Aaron Baddeley 69-65-72 206 Luke Guthrie 71-69-67 207 John Senden 71-70-66 207 Lee Westwood 69-70-68 207 Bryce Molder 69-69-69 207 Matt Every 69-69-69 207 Jim Furyk 68-68-71 207 Robert Garrigus 67-67-73 207 Hideki Matsuyama 70-69-69 208 K.J. Choi 69-72-67 208 Harris English 70-69-69 208 James Hahn 71-72-65 208 Blake Adams 67-70-71 208 Ken Duke 71-69-69 209 David Lingmerth 70-69-70 209 Ernie Els 71-70-68 209 Daniel Summerhays 71-72-66 209 Matt Jones 67-73-70 210 Jhonattan Vegas 70-69-71 210 Kevin Chappell 71-70-69 210 Brendon Todd 71-70-69 210 J.J. Henry 70-69-71 210 Keegan Bradley 68-70-72 210 Justin Rose 70-72-68 210 Victor Dubuisson 70-72-68 210 Stuart Appleby 72-71-67 210 David Lynn 70-71-70 211 Francesco Molinari 67-73-71 211 Robert Allenby 71-69-71 211 Angel Cabrera 69-71-71 211 Scott Stallings 67-72-72 211 Ben Crane 72-70-69 211 Geoff Ogilvy 74-68-69 211 Scott Brown 70-67-74 211 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 71-70-71 212 Erik Compton 74-67-71 212 Kevin Stadler 69-69-74 212 Vijay Singh 75-67-70 212 Justin Leonard 70-72-70 212 Harold Varner III 69-72-72 213 J.B. Holmes 67-71-75 213 Ian Poulter 72-70-71 213 Martin Laird 70-73-70 213 Martin Flores 72-69-73 214 Kevin Streelman 72-69-73 214 Jason Gore 71-69-74 214 Pat Perez 69-72-73 214 Richard H. Lee 69-72-73 214 Webb Simpson 70-72-72 214 John Huh 71-71-72 214 Will MacKenzie 73-69-72 214 Marc Leishman 69-74-71 214 Hunter Mahan 70-73-71 214 Billy Hurley III 70-71-74 215 Retief Goosen 73-69-73 215 Davis Love III 71-71-73 215 Graham DeLaet 70-73-72 215 Scott Piercy 71-69-76 216 Tim Wilkinson 71-72-73 216 Ben Curtis 70-73-74 217 Jason Dufner 70-72-76 218 Michael Putnam 71-72-75 218 LPGA Tour Womens Australian Open Saturday At Victoria Golf Club Melbourne, Australia Purse: $1.2 million Yardage: 6,480; Par: 72 Third Round a-amateur Chella Choi 70-71-62 203 a-Minjee Lee 68-67-68 203 Lydia Ko 68-68-69 205 Suzann Pettersen 66-68-72 206 Jenny Shin 74-67-66 207 Mi Hyang Lee 72-67-68 207 Marianne Skarpnord 70-69-68 207 Amelia Lewis 71-67-69 207 Karine Icher 69-68-70 207 Morgan Pressel 69-68-70 207 Holly Clyburn 68-68-71 207 Caroline Hedwall 68-65-74 207 Perrine Delacour 70-73-65 208 Karrie Webb 71-69-68 208 Jessica Speechley 71-67-70 208 a-Su-Hyun Oh 74-69-66 209 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 73-69-67 209 Caroline Masson 72-68-69 209 Haru Nomura 70-68-71 209 Dewi Claire Schreefel 70-68-71 209 Jessica Korda 67-70-72 209 a-Jing Yan 71-66-72 209 Amy Anderson 72-70-68 210 Diana Luna 70-71-69 210 Stacy Lewis 71-69-70 210 Sarah Kemp 71-68-71 210 Cheyenne Woods 74-65-71 210 Carlota Ciganda 68-70-72 210 Valentine Derrey 69-69-72 210 Paula Creamer 68-69-73 210 Trish Johnson 70-73-68 211 Lorie Kane 71-71-69 211 Brooke Pancake 70-70-71 211 Giulia Sergas 68-71-72 211 Azahara Munoz 68-70-73 211 Anna Nordqvist 72-64-75 211 Hannah Burke 72-72-68 212 Gerina Piller 75-69-68 212 Pernilla Lindberg 71-71-70 212 Sarah Jane Smith 68-72-72 212 Tiffany Joh 69-70-73 212 Ayako Uehara 70-68-74 212 Becky Morgan 70-74-69 213 Alison Whitaker 71-72-70 213 Pornanong Phatlum 73-68-72 213 Dori Carter 70-70-73 213 Lee-Anne Pace 72-67-74 213 Hee Young Park 67-77-70 214 Yani Tseng 71-73-70 214 Tamie Durdin 73-70-71 214 Sandra Gal 73-69-72 214 Sue Kim 72-70-72 214 Mirim Lee 74-68-72 214 Lindsey Wright 73-69-72 214 Austin Ernst 72-69-73 214 Paola Moreno 71-70-73 214 Marion Ricordeau 67-74-73 214 Line Vedel 73-68-73 214 Julia Boland 70-72-73 215 Katie M. Burnett 69-72-74 215 Beatriz Recari 72-69-74 215 Jaclyn Sweeney 67-72-76 215 Marina Alex 71-73-72 216 Rebecca Artis 73-71-72 216 Breanna Elliott 71-73-72 216 Stacy Lee Bregman 72-71-73 216 Brittany Lincicome 71-71-74 216 Julieta Granada 70-70-76 216 Sydnee Michaels 68-71-77 216 Eun-Hee Ji 70-72-75 217 Kelly Tan 70-70-77 217 Kris Tamulis 73-71-74 218 Hannah Jun 69-72-77 218 Nikki Campbell 69-71-78 218 Sandra Changkija 72-72-75 219 Paz Echeverria 72-70-78 220 ACE Group Classic Saturday At TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon Course) Naples Purse: $1.6 million Yardage: 7,193; Par: 72 Second Round Kirk Triplett 67-67 134 Bernhard Langer 64-70 134 Duffy Waldorf 67-68 135 Olin Browne 66-69 135 Colin Montgomerie 70-67 137 Bob Tway 65-72 137 Bill Glasson 69-69 138 Gene Sauers 70-69 139 Mark McNulty 68-71 139 Michael Allen 68-71 139 Billy Andrade 71-69 140 Tom Lehman 70-70 140 Rocco Mediate 70-70 140 Kenny Perry 70-70 140 Rod Spittle 70-70 140 Tom Pernice Jr. 69-71 140 Chien Soon Lu 69-71 140 Jay Haas 68-72 140 Steve Lowery 68-72 140 Tommy Armour III 68-72 140 Mike Goodes 68-72 140 Mark Calcavecchia 73-69 142 Mark OMeara 70-72 142 David Eger 69-73 142 Wes Short, Jr. 69-73 142 Tom Kite 71-72 143 Bart Bryant 71-72 143 Lee Rinker 70-73 143 Steve Pate 73-70 143 Jim Thorpe 70-73 143 Mike Reid 71-73 144 Morris Hatalsky 72-72 144 John Inman 71-73 144 Larry Mize 71-73 144 Brian Henninger 72-72 144 Jay Don Blake 70-74 144 Gary Koch 73-71 144 Scott Hoch 70-74 144 Mark Brooks 70-74 144 Tom Purtzer 75-69 144 Peter Senior 75-69 144 Brad Bryant 72-73 145 Fuzzy Zoeller 72-73 145 Roger Chapman 72-73 145 Jim Rutledge 72-73 145 Bobby Clampett 70-75 145 David Frost 71-75 146 John Harris 71-75 146 Jeff Sluman 74-72 146 Steve Elkington 70-76 146 John Riegger 68-78 146 Peter Jacobsen 71-76 147 Kohki Idoki 72-75 147 Scott Dunlap 72-75 147 Joey Sindelar 73-74 147 Willie Wood 75-72 147 TV2DAY AUTO RACING 1 p.m.FOX NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Daytona 500, at Daytona BeachGOLF 1 p.m.TGC PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, nal round, at Pacic Palisades, Calif.3 p.m.CBS PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, nal round, at Pacic Palisades, Calif. TGC Champions Tour, ACE Group Classic, nal round, at Naples5 p.m.TGC LPGA, Womens Australian Open, nal round, at Cheltenham, AustraliaMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL NoonCBSSN Bryant at Wagner1 p.m.CBS Wisconsin at Michigan2 p.m.CBSSN SMU at Temple3 p.m.FS1 Oregon St. at Oregon5 p.m.FS1 Villanova at Creighton6 p.m.ESPN2 Rutgers at Louisville ESPNU Notre Dame at Boston College7 p.m.FS1 Georgetown at St. Johns8 p.m.ESPNU Colorado at Southern CalMENS COLLEGE LACROSSE 7 p.m.NBCSN Moes Southwest Grill Classic, at JacksonvilleNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 8 p.m.TNT All-Star Game, at New OrleansSOCCER 8:30 a.m.FS1 FA CUP, round ve, Swansea City at EvertonWOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1 p.m.ESPN Kentucky at Tennessee SUN Texas A&M at Alabama FS1 Baylor at Texas ESPNU Florida at Georgia3 p.m.SUN Missouri at Auburn3:30 p.m.ESPN2 Louisville at MempisWINTER OLYMPICS At Sochi, Russia All events taped unless noted as Live NBC 3 p.m.Mens Cross-Country 4x10km Relay Gold Medal Final; Womens Snowboarding Snowboard Cross Competition7 p.m.Figure Skating Ice Dancing Short Dance; Mens Alpine Skiing Super-G Gold Medal Final; Womens Snowboarding Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final; Womens Speedskating 1500 Gold Medal Final; Two-Man Bobsled Competition11:35 p.m.Mens Biathlon 15km Mass Start Gold Medal FinalNBCSN 7:15 a.m.Mens Hockey Slovenia vs. United States (LIVE)10 a.m.Figure Skating Ice Dancing Short Dance (LIVE)2 p.m.Mens Biathlon 15km Mass Start Gold Medal Final5 p.m.Game of the Day: Hockey3 a.m.Womens Curling United States vs. South KoreaCNBC 4 p.m.Mens Curling United States vs. SwedenUSA 7:30 a.m.Mens Hockey Russia vs. Slovakia (LIVE)NoonMens Hockey Finland vs. Canada (LIVE)5 a.m.Mens Curling United States vs. Switzerland (LIVE)SCOREBOARD CONTACTUS SPORTS EDITOR FRANK JOLLEY 352-365-8268 FAX 352-365-1951 EMAIL sports@dailycommercial.com Schools or coaches can report game results after 6 p.m. by calling 352-365-8268, or 352-365-8279. Amateur Listings (college scholarships, meeting announcements, schedule changes, outdoors notices) can be faxed to 352-365-1951, or emailed to sports@dailycommercial.com When sports are being played in Lake County, we want to report it and we need your help. Directors and coaches of recreational and youth leagues can send game results, statistics, team and action photos, and well publish them in the newspaper and on our website. Proud parents can send us individual photos and accomplishments. Just email them to sports@dailycommercial.com IF YOURE PLAYING, WERE INTERESTED said. But he did a good job. ... Thats hard to do, to get in a goalies head and throw him off a lit tle bit. Oshie was among the nal selections for the U.S. roster, and though the 27-year-old from Warroad, Minn., has never had a 20-goal NHL season, he leads all American-born players with seven shootout goals for the Blues this season. The U.S. men are only interested in the one that all but wrapped up an automatic berth in the quarternals next week. I think youre going to see T.J. Oshie become a household name af ter that display he put on, said David Backes, Oshies teammate in St. Louis. The kids will be out on the pond probably in Minnesota right now, throwing a 5-hole on the goalie three or four times in a row. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Amer icans in the marquee game of the preliminary round. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and stopped ve attempts in the shootout as the U.S. improved to 2-0. Captain Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals in regulation and an other in the shootout for the Russians, who rallied from a third-pe riod decit in a fastpaced game played in front of Russian Pres ident Vladimir Putin and an energized home crowd. The Rus sians also had an ap parent goal waved off with 4:40 left because Quicks net came off its moorings. The U.S. team is a good team and a good test for us, Datsyuk said. We played good, but the result is not good. The shootout nish was entertaining, but the entire game was in ternational hockey at its most compelling and the third period was a thriller. Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal for the Americans on a power play with 10:33 to play, but Datsyuk tied it with 7:16 left during a Russian power play, spur ring Putin out of his seat to cheer. After review, the of cials waved off Fedor Tyutins apparent goahead goal because the net was loose, incens ing the Russian crowd. Quick claimed he didnt even realize the net had come unmoored sever al seconds earlier. So its just, I guess, a lucky break, Quick said. You need to catch some breaks to win games. Both teams had qual ity scoring chances in overtime, but Bobrovsky denied Patrick Kane on a breakaway in the most hair-raising moment. Oshie started off the shootout with a low shot between Bo brovskys legs, and the next four shooters missed before Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the third round. Datsyuk and Kovalchuk scored in the fth and sixth rounds, respectively, but Oshie tied it twice in dramatic fashion. Datsyuk and Oshie both missed in the sev enth, and Quick denied Kovalchuk again before Oshie ended it. It was a good game, very interesting, Pitts burgh Penguins star Ev geni Malkin said. Two, I think, best teams played, and showed OK hockey. But shootouts is lucky. Although the game had little impact on the medal race in Sochi, the nish woke up the echoes of a U.S.-Rus sia rivalry best known for the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid in 1980, when a team of Amer ican college students stunned the Soviet Olympic team. The sociopolitical impact of that game is long gone, and the nations have already met three previous times in the Olympics since NHL players joined the games in 1998. Several players on both teams are teammates in the NHL, and this re sult only helped deter mine positioning for next weeks elimination games. But the Sochi Games are extraordinarily important to the Russian players, and the arena was packed to over owing with fans of both nations jovially posing for photos and comparing their color ful sweaters. The Rus sians waved hundreds of ags, blew horns and banged drums from the rst moments of warmups. OLYMPICS FROM PAGE B1 we are not going into (Sunday) with an issue. Then after that, we will be all good.RCR STRONGRichard Childress Racing looks strong, really strong at Daytona. RCR took the top two spots in each Daytona 500 pole practice session Sat urday and had the only cars to reach 195 mph around the famed speedway. Paul Menard and Ryan Newman were rst and second, respectively, in the opening, twohour practice. Newman and rookie Austin Dil lon topped the speed chart in the second ses sion. Teammate Brian Scott also was fast, nishing fth in the rst practice and eighth in the sec ond one. NASCAR FROM PAGE B1

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL B3 Stephen Wresh Golf Academypresents TOUR TECHNIQUESCall(352)267-4707to registerLocated at Continental Country Club, 15 minutes from The VillagesTaught by PGA ProfessionalStephen WreshShort Game Series(Chipping, Pitching, Putting & Bunkers)orFull Swing Series(reg. $200)$180Four 40-Minute Sessions COLLEGE BASKETBALL AARON BEARDAssociated PressCHAPEL HILL, N.C. James Michael McAdoo had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 25 Pittsburgh 75-71 on Saturday for its sixth straight victory. Marcus Paige added 18 points for the Tar Heels (17-7, 7-4 At lantic Coast Confer ence), who extended the seasons longest winning streak three days after their rivalry game against Duke was postponed due to a winter storm. They shot 48 percent after halftime and led by 12 with about 9 min utes left, but had to fight off a late push from the Panthers (206, 8-5). Pitt fought back to within three with the ball in the final 10 seconds. But Lamar Patterson missed a 3-pointer for the tie, and then Talib Zanna missed a putback attempt before Patterson fouled on the rebound with 2.8 sec onds left. UNCs Brice Johnson hit his second free throw to make it a two-possession game and clinch the win. McAdoo finished 11 for 18 from the field, while Paige went 5 for 6 from 3-point range. Johnson added 13 points off the bench with seven rebounds and five blocked shots, including one on a driving layup by James Robinson with the Tar Heels up 74-68 in the final minute. Patterson scored 16 points to lead the Panthers, who were even with the Tar Heels in several sta tistical categories from rebounds to second-chance points and points off turnovers but trailed throughout the second half and never could quite level the game. The Tar Heels dug their way out of an 0-3 ACC start with their five-game winning streak that restored some optimism in Chapel Hill. But the five wins had come against teams that were a combined 2632 in the league enter ing Saturdays games, and none had come against a team better than sixth in the league. Theyre starting a four-games-in-eight days stretch, with the next stop coming Monday at Florida State followed by Thursdays rescheduled game against the Blue Devils. For the Panthers, it was the latest frus trating moment in a stretch of gut-wrench ing games. It started with a home loss on a last-second 3-pointer to Virginia, followed by an overtime win at Miami and a dou ble-overtime home win against Virginia Tech. Then came Wednesdays loss to top-ranked and un beaten Syracuse at home on Tyler Ennis desperation 3-pointer at the horn. Now, along with the UNC loss, all five of those games have been decided by five or fewer points.North Carolina holds off No. 25 Pittsburgh KARL B DEBLAKER / AP North Carolinas James Michael McAdoo (43) battles with Pittsburghs James Robinson (0) during the rst half of Saturdays game in Chapel Hill, N.C. PAT EATON-ROBBAssociated PressHARTFORD, Conn. Shabazz Napier scored a career-high 34 points and No. 24 UConn beat No. 20 Memphis 86-81 in overtime Saturday to sweep the season series from the Tigers. Ryan Boatright added 21 points for UConn (20-5, 8-4 American Athletic Conference), including eight in overtime. He also had six assists. Joe Jackson had 24 points to lead the Ti gers (19-6, 8-4). Geron Johnson added 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out and Chris Craw ford chipped in with 12. The game was tied at 69 at the end of reg ulation and UConn opened the extra pe riod on a 7-2 run. But Memphis cut it to 7674 after a Michael Dixon hit a 3-pointer. Napier responded with one of his five 3-pointers and the Huskies held on. The UConn se nior had a shot to win the game in regulation, but his fallaway 3-pointer rolled around the rim and out. The Huskies shot just 39 percent from the floor, but made 29 of 36 free throws. Memphis, which shot 55 percent, had just nine foul shots, mak ing six of them. Johnson fouled out on the first possession in overtime. Trailing 69-66 with less than a minute to go in regulation, Napier drove the lane, drawing Johnsons fourth foul and completing the 3-point play to tie the game. DeAndre Daniels then blocked a layup attempt by Shaq Goodwin on the other end. The two teams scram bled for the loose ball, and the referees gave UConn the ball after reviewing the play on video. It was one of two key blocks for Daniels, who finished with eight points. The oth er came in overtime with the Huskies up by one point, and led to a 3-pointer on the other end by Boatright. Napier was 10 of 21 shooting for the game and hit 5 of 12 attempts from behind the arc. Memphis led 46-43 early in the second half before Napier decided to take charge of the Huskies offense. He scored 14 of UConns next 17 points and his 3-pointer gave UConn a 58-51 lead. The Tigers scratched back. They trailed 6661 with 6 minutes left, but took a 6766 lead on a Jackson layup and extended it to three points when Jackson found David Pellom for a dunk. It was a game of big runs in the first half. Memphis jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, getting two quick 3-pointers from Crawford and Johnson. The Tigers led 12-5 before UConn went on an 18-2 run, holding Memphis without a field goal for almost 5 minutes. Napier had eight points during the run, including a pair of 3-pointers. But the Tigers then scored the next 11 points to take a 25-23 lead. A dunk from Aus tin Nichols sending Memphis into halftime trailing 36-35. Boatrights first point of the game, a free throw, gave him 1,000 for his career. Hes the 48th UConn player to reach that mark. UConn moved into a tie with Memphis, a half-game behind SMU for third place in the conference. Memphis has six more games this season, with three more on the road and two against other teams that have already beaten the Tigers this year Cincinnati and SMU. The Huskies won the first meeting on Jan. 16 by 10 points, hitting their final seven shots from the floor. Memphis outrebounded the Huskies on Saturday 38-28. UConn has won nine of its past 11 games, while the Tigers fell for just the third time in their past 11. Any rematch would come in the American tournament in March on the Tigers home floor.UConn outlasts Memphis 86-81 in overtime JESSICA HILL / AP Connecticuts Shabazz Napier, left, drives to the basket as Memphis Shaq Goodwin defends during the second half of Saturdays game in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut won 86-81 in BOB BELLONEAssociated PressTAMPA Isaiah Sykes scored the last of his 27 points with less than 2 seconds to go, lifting Central Flor ida to a 75-74 victory against South Florida in a Saturday matinee. Sykes, who had 21 points in the second half, added ve assists to help Central Florida (10-13, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) halt a nine-game losing streak and avenge a 7978 overtime loss to vis iting South Florida on Feb. 5. Tristan Spurlock had 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals, three blocks and three assists for UCF. Justin McBride added 13 points and Sta phon Blair had 12 for the Knights. Victor Rudd had 21 points and nine re bounds for South Flor ida (12-14, 3-10). Mar tino Brock, whose desperation shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim, also scored 21 for the Bulls. Central Florida, which entered the game as the top re bounding team in the conference with a 38.9 average, was out rebounded 31-30 by South Florida. USF began the day near the bottom of the league at 35.6. The game included seven ties and 10 lead changes, including three on the way to a 38-34 halftime edge for the Bulls. South Florida was coming off one of its worst performances in program history, an 8340 loss at Connecticut on Wednesday.UCF edges South Florida 75-74 on road

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Drummond had 30 points and a Rising Stars Challenge-record 25 rebounds, leading Team Hill to a 142-136 victory over Team Webber on Friday night. Coach Nate McMil lan said general manager Grant Hill talked to his team before the game about performing like Denvers Ken neth Faried, who had 40 points and 10 re bounds while winning MVP honors last year. The message got through to Drummond, who grabbed 14 offensive rebounds. Drummond had in his mind that he was going to go out and play the game hard, said McMillan, an assistant to Indiana coach Frank Vogel. Every rebound that came off the board, he wanted. A few of them he took from his team mates, but I liked his aggressiveness. Besides an impressive tally of dunks and rebounds, Drummond even managed to make his free throws. A 41 percent shooter during the regular season, the Detroit forward went 6 for 8, including a pair with 29 seconds left after chasing down Brad ley Beals missed free throw to give his team a ve-point lead. He eventually got to hoist the MVP trophy, though not before it fell to the court when a representative from game sponsor BBVA tried to hand it to him. It comes in two pieces, a star on top of the base, and the presenter was appar ently unaware when he grabbed it by the top. It happened last year, too, so I wasnt ex pecting anything less, Drummond said. Usually a slip-up happens every year with the tro phy. So I wasnt too shocked about that. Clevelands Dion Waiters had 31 points, mostly coming during a 1-on-1 duel with New Yorks Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half. Beal nished with 21 for Team Hill, picked by former NBA star Hill. Hardaway scored 36 points and made seven 3-pointers for fellow former Michigan star Chris Webbers squad. Philadelphia rookie Mi chael Carter-Williams had 17 points, nine as sists and six rebounds. Portlands Damian Lillard had 13 points, ve rebounds and ve assists in the victory, making him 1 for 1 during the busiest AllStar weekend ever. Last seasons NBA Rookie of the Year will take part in ve events, three more on All-Star Saturday and the All-Star game on Sunday. All-Stars such as Kev in Durant, Dwight Howard and Kyrie Ir ving watched the game, with Irving leaping to his feet at one point after watching Waiters, his Cavaliers teammate, try to take over the game with about 8 minutes to play. Waiters had two baskets and then two 3-pointers, one of them when he stepped back after faking a move to the basket that made Hardaway lose his balance. Hardaway answered back with two 3-pointers of his own as the crowd roared. We were just try ing to do a great job of just getting the fans involved, Hardaway said. It was kind of dead in there and we just wanted to just start something, a little 1-on-1 battle here and there, and it was great. Waiters then clinched the duel when he knocked the ball free for a rare defensive high light in the game, nail ing his second straight 3-pointer to give team Hill the lead for good at 126-124 with 2:44 left. Drummond followed with a dunk for a fourpoint advantage, and Team Webber could never catch up. The game that be gan as a matchup of top rookies and later turned into rookies against second-year players now mixes the rosters. Thats probably a good thing, since this years crop of kids is so underwhelming. Only two of the top 10 picks in the 2013 draft, which has been hindered by injuries, were invited to this game, No. 2 Oladipo and No. 9 Trey Burke. Players were picked to play on Team Hill and Team Webber, which they wore under their numbers on the back of their jerseys. Drummond 16 points and 10 rebounds in his rst 10 minutes and shot 12 of 21 for the game.Drummonds 30-25 wins Rising Stars Challenge CHRISTIAN PETERSEN / AP Team Webbers Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic goes to the basket against Team Hill during Fridays Rising Star NBA All Star Challenge in New Orleans. BRIAN MAHONEYAssociated PressNEW ORLEANS With the rst pick in the 2014 NBA All-Star fanta sy draft ... Id go with LeBron, Torontos DeMar DeRozan said. Ill take KD, said Clevelands Kyrie Irving. Thats how close it is right now between LeB ron James and Kevin Durant. They are the very best of the NBAs best, both so talented that even guys who play against them every night have trouble deciding which one they think is better. I think its almost a situation where you have 1A and 1B, because both give you so many different things out on the court, Minnesotas Kevin Love said. A, 1B, agreed Tony Parker of the San An tonio Spurs, who were knocked out of the play offs by Durant two years ago and James last year. As journalists youre always going to try to choose, but me as a bas ketball player and play ing against them, theyre both great. James was the MVP of the game in 2008, the last time the NBAs All-Star weekend came to New Orleans. These days, hes the MVP of most seasons, winning four of the last ve awards. But King James might be giving up the throne this time, with multiple players believ ing Durant will emerge with his rst MVP award this season. I think its ultimately going to be KD and LeBron, and KDs team is No. 1 in the West right now, Portlands Damian Lil lard said. Hes getting 40 every night and irting with a triple-double, so I think if they had to pick an MVP right now it would be KD. But MVP is decided by a media panel. No body voting for that ever shares the oor with James or Durant. What about somebody like Carmelo Anthony, who plays the same posi tion, is sandwiched be tween them at No. 2 in the scoring race, and has teamed with both on the U.S. Olympic team? As far as Durant, hes a hell of a scorer, great scorer, gets better every year in all facets of his game. Never seen some body his height shoot the ball the way hes capable of shooting the ball, Anthony said. Then you look on the ip side with LeBron, you have somebody whos so powerful, so athletic, can do so many things, can change a game in so many differ ent ways throughout the course of a game. So going up against those two guys, its a totally differ ent mindset, game plan, focus that you have to have because its com ing at you from a lot of different ways. James has been con sidered the games best player for a while now, having moved past Kobe Bryant. Durant was the sensational scor er hes on his way to a fourth scoring title in ve years but with out the full array of skills that James possessed. But even with his 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game, James isnt the only guy lling up every stat cat egory. Besides his 31.5 points per game, Durant is also averaging 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Love said J ames is like Old Faithful, because you know what hes going to give you, and added that at this point its going to be very tough to pass him as the best player in the world. But he seems in the Durant category when it comes to the MVP ballot. I have to say with what Kevin Durant is doing at this point, its pretty unbelievable, he said. Scoring the ball at such a high clip, and then you look at the stat sheet and hes lling it up in other categories as well. His team is win ning, and LeBron is hav ing a great year, but it just seems like what KD has done has been pretty unbelievable. James caused a stir this week when he said he believed hed go down as one of the top four play ers in history during an interview with NBA TV that will air Monday. Yet even as he looks toward his place in the future, he seems aware his sta tus at the present could be in jeopardy. LeBron for a few years has known Kevin Durant has been coming as a player, said Dwyane Wade, James teammate in Miami. He wants to be the best, one of the greatest of all-time and he knows that this young guy is coming and hes trying to protect his turf. Durant sent a loud statement when the Thunder routed the Heat in Miami during his incredible scor ing run of 12 straight games with 30 or more points. He scores so easily that even other guys who can ll it up are in awe, and Irving said hed pick Durant at No. 1 in part because of what Durant could do for his own stats.James, Durant arrive at All-Star Game as 1A, 1B GERALD HERBERT / AP Miamis LeBron James speaks with reporters on Friday during a news conference at the NBA All Star weekend in New Orleans. The All Star game is today. BRIAN MAHONEYAssociated PressNEW ORLEANS David Stern is going from the NBA commis sioners ofce to the Hall of Fame. The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memo rial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. 8 in Springeld, Mass. Stern was on a ski trip to Colorado on Friday with his wife while the NBA was holding its rst All-Star weekend without him in charge since 1983. New Com missioner Adam Silver and many other league employees who worked under Stern attended the press conference. Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Kevin Johnson and Spencer Hay wood are hoping to be part of the class. They were chosen as nalists, with the full class to be un veiled April 7 during the NCAA Final Four. Hardaway and Richmond were teammates in Golden State and made up the Warriors Run TMC trio along with Chris Mullin, who was elected to the Hall in 2011. Stern retired on Feb. 1 after exactly 30 years as commissioner, during which he brought the league to its greatest success. Jerry Colange lo, chairman of the Hall of Fame board, said the Hall hopes to have a special spot to display a tribute to Stern. He deserves to be recognized in a huge way, Colangelo said. Stern was elected by the contributors committee. Also directly elected to the Hall of Fame were Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulio nis by the international committee, former Indiana Pacers coach Bob Slick Leonard by the ABA committee, for mer New York Knicks player Nat Sweetwater Clifton by the ear ly African-American pioneers committee, and former Temple star Guy Rodgers by the veter ans committee. College coaches Eddie Sutton, Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams were also nalists, as were former womens coach Harley Redin and the womens team from Immaculata College, which won three straight national championships.Stern elected to Basketball Hall of Fame STERN

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL B5 BOSTON RED SOXManager: John Farrell (second season). 2013: 97-65, rst place, World Series champions. Training Town: Fort Myers Park: JetBlue Park. First Workout: Feb. 15/18. Hes Here: C A.J. Pierzynski, OF Grady Sizemore, RHP Edward Mujica, IF Jonathan Herrera. Hes Outta Here: CF Jacoby Ellsbury, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Stephen Drew, LHP Franklin Morales, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Joel Hanrahan. Going campin: The Red Sox won the World Series title for the third time in 10 years and one year after going 69-93. In the offseason, they continued their strategy of signing mid-level free agents to short-term contracts that worked so well the previous year. They let Ellsbury sign with the New York Yankees for seven years and Saltalamacchia join the Miami Marlins on a three-year deal. They made few roster additions, adding Pierzynski, Sizemore, Mujica and Herrera. The pitching staff has great depth among starters with six returning veterans, led by Jon Lester, and talented young prospects. The bullpen is solid with closer Koji Uehara and setup men Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow all returning. The positive karma that replaced a dysfunctional clubhouse should continue under the steady hand of Farrell, who took over when Bobby Val entine was red after the 2012 season, and with David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jonny Gomes. Look for a breakout year for two youngsters SS/3B Xander Bogaerts and CF Jackie Bradley Jr.TAMPA BAY RAYSManager: Joe Maddon (ninth season). 2013: 92-71, 2nd place, lost to Boston in division series. Training Town: Port Charlotte Park: Charlotte Sports Park. First Workout: Feb. 15/20. Hes Here: C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Grant Balfour, RHP Heath Bell, RHP Brad Boxberger, INF Logan Forsythe, RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, INF Jayson Nix, INF Ray Olmedo, INF Wilson Betemit. Hes Outta Here: RHP Fernando Rodney, DH Luke Scott, OF Kelly Johnson, DH Delmon Young, OF Sam Fuld, INF Ryan Roberts, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Jamey Wright, LHP Alex Torres. Going campin: The Rays enter spring training with a projected payroll of nearly $80 million, which would be a franchise record and also speaks to expectations for 2014. Principal owner Stuart Sternberg spent generously at least by Tampa Bay standards to ensure most of the key components of a team that won 92 games and made the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons remained together. That includes not trading 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and instead giving him a $14 million, one-year contract; re-signing rst baseman James Loney; picking up options on inelders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar; trading for Hanigan, Bell and Forsythe, and signing Balfour, the closer, in free agency. With Price anchoring one of the strongest starting rotations in baseball and Evan Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers providing a powerful one-two punch in the middle of the batting order, the Rays not only expect to contend the AL East title but feel they have what it takes to win the World Series.BALTIMORE ORIOLESManager: Buck Showalter (fth season). 2013: 85-77, tied for third place. Training Town: Sarasota Park: Ed Smith Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: RHP Ryan Webb, INF Jemile Weeks, OF David Lough, OF Francisco Peguero, OF Delmon Young, OF Xavier Gray, RHP Edgmer Escalona, SS Alex Gonzalez, RHP Alfredo Aceves. Hes Outta Here: RHP Jim Johnson, 2B Brian Roberts, LF Nate McLouth, RHP Jason Hammel, DH Wilson Betemit, RHP Scott Feldman, OF Michael Morse, C Taylor Teagarden, DH Danny Valencia, RHP Francisco Rodriguez. Going campin: The Orioles have plenty of questions to be answered before opening day, most notably: Who will be the closer? VP Dan Duquette traded away Jim Johnson to cut salary, and after Grant Balfour failed his physical, the team was left without a clear-cut replacement. Sorting that out, determining a starting rotation without an apparent ace, choosing successors to McLouth in left eld and Roberts at second base will keep Showlater busy throughout spring training. Showalter led Baltimore into the playoffs in 2012 and milked 85 wins out of the team last year, but keeping the Orioles competitive in the AL East will be a difcult task with a squad whose payroll pales to that of Boston and the Yankees.NEW YORK YANKEESManager: Joe Girardi (seventh season). 2012: 85-77, tied for third place. Training Town: Tampa Park: George M. Steinbrenner Field. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: C Brian McCann, OF Jacoby Ellsbury, OF-DH Carlos Beltran, INF-OF Kelly Johnson, 2B Brian Roberts, INF Scott Sizemore, LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Masahiro Tanaka. Hes Outta Here: 2B Robinson Cano, OF Curtis Granderson, 3B Alex Rodriguez, 3B Kevin Youkilis, DH Travis Hafner, OF-DH Vernon Wells, 1B-3B Mark Reynolds, 1B Lyle Overbay, C Chris Stewart, RHP Mariano Rivera, LHP Andy Pettitte, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Boone Logan, RHP Phil Hughes. Going campin: When the Yankees lose 10 more games than they did the previous season and miss out on the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, they dont sit still, they reload. Setting aside the desire to get payroll below the $189 million luxury tax threshold, managing partner Hal Steinbrenner went on a spending spree not seen in New York since the Bronx Bombers missed the playoffs in 2008. Back then, the Yankees spent $423.5 million in the offseason and won their 27th World Series championship the next season. They topped that this winter. Including the $20 million fee paid to Tanakas Japanese team, the Yankees committed $471 million on free agents. But will adding stars such as Ellsbury, Beltran, McCann and Tanaka to ll glaring holes on an aging roster be enough to overcome some signicant issues? Rodriguez is suspended for the season and New York has not found a marquee replacement at third base. Cano, the clubs top hitter the past several seasons, left for Seattle. Derek Jeter played only 17 games last year after breaking his leg in the 2012 playoffs. He is set to be the starting shortstop in the year he will turn 40. Just before camp opened, Jeter revealed his plans to retire after the season. So hell be on a farewell tour around the majors similar to the one Rivera relished last year. Mark Teixeira is returning from a wrist injury, CC Sabathia is coming off his worst season (14-13, 4.78 ERA) and Pettitte has retired. Even with the addition of Tanaka, who was 24-0 in the regular season for Ratuken in 2013, the Yankees still need a fth starter.TORONTO BLUE JAYSManager: John Gibbons (second season). 2013: 74-88, fth place. Training Town: Dunedin Park: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 19/21. Hes Here: C Erik Kratz, INF Brent Morel, C Dioner Navarro, LHP Rob Rasmussen. Hes Outta Here: C J.P. Arencibia, INF Mark DeRosa, RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Brad Lincoln, LHP Darren Oliver. Going campin: Arguably no team in baseball opped bigger than the Blue Jays in 2013, slumping to the bottom of the AL East after loading up with a pair of huge offseason trades. Rather than retool again, Toronto is taking another shot with a similar lineup. Starting pitching, the supposed strength of last years team, turned into a sore spot and remains a question mark. Knuckleballer and former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey heads the staff, with Mark Buehrle behind him and Brandon Morrow among the many rotation candidates returning from injury. What the Blue Jays get from Morrow, Drew Hutchison, Kyle Drabek and J.A. Happ will go a long way toward determining their ability to compete in a division thats deeper than ever. Slug gers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, along with former batting champ Jose Reyes, all of whom also missed time with injuries last season, remain Torontos key offensive cogs. Injuries have helped derail the past two seasons in Toronto. The Blue Jays must stay healthy in 2014 to end baseballs second longest playoff drought, now 21 years.American League Spring Training CapsulesAMERICAN LEAGUE EAST STEVEN SENNE / AP Tampa Bay center elder David DeJesus, left, and relief pitcher Grant Balfour, right, laugh during Fridays spring training workout in Port Charlotte. AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRALDETROIT TIGERSManager: Brad Ausmus (rst season). 2013: 93-69, rst place, lost to Boston in ALCS. Training Town: Lakeland Park: Joker Marchant Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/18. Hes Here: RHP Joba Chamberlain, OF Rajai Davis, 2B Ian Kinsler, LHP Ian Krol, INF Steve Lombardozzi, RHP Joe Nathan. Hes Outta Here: Manager Jim Leyland, RHP Joaquin Benoit, 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Doug Fister, 2B Omar Infante, C Brayan Pena, SS Jhonny Peralta, RHP Jose Veras. Going campin: The Tigers have never made the postseason four straight years, but they look like favorites to do just that after winning a third consecutive AL Central title in 2013. Of course, this team already looks a good bit different from last seasons. Leyland stepped down following Detroits playoff loss to Boston and was replaced by Ausmus, who takes over a star-studded roster that still includes the winners of the last three AL MVP Awards (Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander) and two of the last three Cy Young Awards (Max Scherzer and Verlander). Cabrera was hobbled down the stretch last season but is expected to be ready for spring training after offseason surgery. Verlander has also been on the mend after core muscle repair surgery in January, and his progress will be a major story during spring training as he tries to get ready for the start of the season. The Tigers traded Fielder for Kinsler and signed Nathan to replace Benoit. They also traded Fister, opening a spot in the rotation for LHP Drew Smyly, who was impressive in relief last year. Detroit might not hit as many homers, but the Tigers should be improved defensively. It remains to be seen whether theyll be any better overall than last season they might not have to be to win another division championship.CLEVELAND INDIANSManager: Terry Francona (second season). 2013: 92-70, second place, lost wildcard game to Tampa Bay. Training Town: Goodyear, Ariz. Park: Goodyear Ballpark. First Workout: Feb. 15/17. Hes Here: RHP John Axford, OF David Murphy, LHP Josh Outman, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Jeff Francoeur, OF Nyjer Morgan, RHP David Aardsma, RHP Kyle Davies. Hes Outta Here: RHP Chris Perez, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP Joe Smith, LHP Scott Kazmir, OF Drew Stubbs, RHP Matt Albers, LHP Rich Hill, OF Jason Kubel, C Lou Marson. Goin campin: Franconas arrival along with the signings of Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi as free agents propelled the Indians into the postseason for the rst time since 2007. They lost the one-game playoff to Tampa Bay, but a small sampling of October has the club craving more in 2014. To get back, Cleveland must remodel its bullpen from front to back. Axford, who had 46 saves for Milwaukee in 2011, must rebound from two rough seasons. The emergence of catcher Yan Gomes (Indians were 49-30 when he started) could move Carlos Santana to third. The Indians are counting on young pitchers Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister and Corey Kluber to step up and round out their rotation. Jimenez remains unsigned and could resurface in Cleveland. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was dangled as trade bait during the offseason and must shake off an inconsistent 2013 because the Indians have prospect Francisco Lindor waiting in the wings.KANSAS CITY ROYALSManager: Ned Yost (fth season). 2013: 86-76, third place. Training Town: Surprise, Ariz. Park: Surprise Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: LHP Jason Vargas, 2B Omar Infante, RF Norichika Aoki, 3B Danny Valencia, C Ramon Hernandez, RHP Jon Rauch, RHP Brad Penny, RHP Guillermo Mota. Hes Outta Here: RHP Ervin Santana, LHP Will Smith, 2B Chris Getz, RF David Lough, C George Kottaras, 3B Irving Falu, RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Luis Mendoza, 3B Jamey Carroll. Going campin: The Royals will have a record payroll of more than $90 million this season, but the money was well spent. They upgraded at second base with Infante and right eld with Aoki, and signed Vargas to help solidify the rotation. The biggest race in camp remains among their starting pitchers, though. Flame-throwing RHP Yordano Ventura, injury plagued LHP Danny Duffy and fast-rising RHP Kyle Zimmer will be trying to secure one of two spots up for grabs. RHPs Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar are also in the race. Meanwhile, 3B Mike Moustakas must prove a miserable last season (.233/.287/.364) was an aberration. Valencia and versatile INF Emilio Bonifacio are waiting in the wings in the former No. 2 overall draft pick struggles again.MINNESOTA TWINSManager: Ron Gardenhire (13th season). 2013: 66-96, fourth place. Training Town: Fort Myers Park: Hammond Stadium at Lee County Sports Complex. First Workout: Feb. 17/22. Hes Here: RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Phil Hughes, C Kurt Suzuki, OF Jason Kubel, RHP Matt Guerrier, SS Jason Bartlett. Hes Outta Here: C Ryan Doumit, RHP Josh Roenicke, RHP Andrew Albers, LHP Pedro Hernandez, OF Clete Thomas, OF Wilkin Ramirez, RHP Liam Hendriks, RHP P.J. Walters. Going campin: The Twins averaged 97 losses over the last three seasons, but general manager Terry Ryan took the blame. This winter, he gave Gardenhire a new two-year contract and aggressively tried to upgrade the starting pitching. Joe Mauers move to rst base ought to keep him on the eld more, which should help a lagging lineup. So would a bounce-back season from Josh Willingham, who dropped from a .260 batting average, 35 homers and 110 RBIs in 2012 to .208, 14 and 48 while dealing with knee trouble. Despite Minnesotas hitting deciencies, starting pitching is where Ryan had to start. With free agents Nolasco, Hughes and Mike Pelfrey (who was re-signed after a rough year following reconstructive elbow surgery) to go with holdover Kevin Correia, the Twins will pay their top four starters $31 million, a franchise-high. Twins starters last season had the worst collective ERA in the majors (5.26), almost a half-run higher than the next-closest team. As for Ryan, hell miss at least the start of spring training for treatment of cancer recently found in his neck.CHICAGO WHITE SOXManager: Robin Ventura (third season). 2013: 63-99, fth place. Training Town: Glendale, Ariz. Park: Camelback Ranch. First Workout: Feb. 15/20. Hes Here: 1B Jose Abreu, OF Adam Eaton, LHP Scott Downs, LHP Eric Surkamp, RHP Ronald Belisario. Hes Outta Here: RHP Addison Reed, INF Brent Morel. Going campin: The White Sox made a pitch for Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka and came up short. Even so, they believe they can turn things around rather quickly after last seasons collapse. One reason for that their pitching. Tanaka and Chris Sale might have been a dominant tandem at the top of the rotation, but the White Sox believe they have enough arms with Jose Quintana, John Danks and Erik Johnson in the mix. The big question is, can they generate enough offense? They signed Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal, hoping he could boost an offense that scored the fewest runs in the American League and hit only 148 homers. They will also have a full year with OF Avisail Garca after acquiring him from Detroit in the midseason deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston. And theyre committed to Ventura as their manager after he agreed to a multiyear contract extension. GENE J. PUSKAR / AP Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer, right, Drew VerHagen, center, and Robbie Ray, left, warm up on Fridays rst day of spring training in Lakeland. AMERICAN LEAGUE WESTOAKLAND ATHLETICSManager: Bob Melvin (fourth season). 2013: 96-66, rst place, lost to Detroit in division series. Training Town: Phoenix. Park: Phoenix Municipal Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 15/20. Hes Here: LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Eric OFlaherty, INF Nick Punto, OF Craig Gen try, LHP Drew Pomeranz, OF Sam Fuld, RHP Josh Lindblom. Hes Outta Here: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Grant Balfour, LHP Brett Anderson, LHP Jerry Blevins, OF Chris Young, OF Seth Smith, C Kurt Suzuki, RHP Pat Neshek, OF Michael Choice. Going campin: The low-budget As surprised their big-spending rivals in the AL West for a second straight season on the way to another division title. But they lost once again in a ve-game division series against Detroit. GM Billy Beane spent much of his offseason improving one of the teams strengths, the bullpen. Despite nishing third in the AL with a 3.22 ERA from the relievers, the As switched closers by acquiring Johnson (101 saves past two seasons) in a trade from Baltimore and letting Balfour leave as a free agent. Beane also added Gregerson (2.71 ERA in 2013) and OFlaherty (1.45 ERA last three seasons) to a group that returns Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero. Kazmir ($22 million for two years) got the biggest offseason contract and replaces 18-game winner Colon. Sonny Gray should spend the whole season in the rotation after his dazzling nine-strikeout, no-run performance in Game 2 of the ALDS. Oakland is counting on repeat big seasons from 3B Josh Donaldson (24 HRs, 93 RBIs) and 1B Brandon Moss (30 HRs, 87 RBIs). TEXAS RANGERSManager: Ron Washington (eighth season). 2013: 91-72, second place. Training Town: Surprise, Ariz. Park: Surprise Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 17/19. Hes Here: 1B Prince Fielder, LF ShinSoo Choo, C. J.P. Arencibia, OF Michael Choice. Hes Outta Here: Closer Joe Nathan, 2B Ian Kinsler, RF Nelson Cruz, C A.J. Pierzynski; RHP Matt Garza; 1B/DH Lance Berkman, CF Craig Gentry, OF David Murphy, INF Jeff Baker. Going campin: After missing the playoffs for the rst time in four years, Texas started the offseason with a rare trade of All-Stars, sending Kinsler to Detroit for Fielder. Choo will lead off after a free-agent deal for seven years, the same amount of time left on Fielders contract. Fielder provided protection for MVP winners the last three seasons, but now will bat between Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre. Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more than Choo (556) and Fielder (542) the last two seasons. Yu Darvish, who led majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in AL Cy Young Award voting, has recovered from nerve inammation in his lower back that bothered him the last six weeks of season. Last years opening day starter, Matt Harrison, should return after two back operations but Derek Holland could miss half the season with a knee injury after being tripped by his dog on stairs at his home. As for a new closer, Texas has two former All-Star closers in Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria. But both were limited last season after Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in 2012.LOS ANGELES ANGELSManager: Mike Scioscia (15th season). 2013: 78-84, third place. Training Town: Tempe, Ariz. Park: Tempe Diablo Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: 3B David Freese, LHP Tyler Skaggs, LHP Hector Santiago, DH Raul Ibanez, RHP Joe Smith, INF John McDonald, 1B Carlos Pena, LHP Mark Mulder. Hes Outta Here: OF Peter Bourjos, DH Mark Trumbo, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Jerome Williams, RHP Tommy Hanson. Going campin: After their worst season in a decade, the big-budget Angels are exercising nancial restraint and hoping for bounce-back seasons from their biggest bats to return to the playoffs. General manager Jerry Dipoto lled the Angels hole at third base with former World Series star Freese and retooled his faltering rotation with two cost-effective young lefties, Skaggs and Santiago. The Angels lost young talents Trumbo and Bourjos in the deals, but theyre counting on Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton to earn their enormous paychecks in the heart of their order behind Mike Trout. The bullpen also improved with Smiths arrival. After poor starts in the past few seasons put the Angels in an inescapable hole, a good April will be a key to job security for Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in baseball.SEATTLE MARINERSManager: Lloyd McClendon (rst season). 2013: 71-91, fourth place. Training Town: Peoria, Ariz. Park: Peoria Sports Complex. First Workout: Feb. 13/17. Hes Here: 2B Robinson Cano, OF Corey Hart, OF Logan Morrison, C John Buck, IF-OF Willie Bloomquist, RHP Scott Baker. Hes Outta Here: Manager Eric Wedge, OF Raul Ibanez, DH Kendrys Morales, SS Brendan Ryan. Going campin: Seattle grabbed the headlines in the offseason with its $240 million, 10-year commitment to 2B Robinson Cano and then with the acquisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison. If all three can perform up to their capabilities, Seattle may nally have a legitimate offense to complement a strong top to its rotation with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. The questions for Seattle have to do with the rest of its rotation. The Mariners would like another veteran for the No. 3 spot and it could be Baker if hes healthy. Then comes the battle for the nal two spots with youngsters Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer all in the running. HOUSTON ASTROSManager: Bo Porter (second season). 2013: 51-111, fth place. Training Town: Kissimmee Park: Osceola County Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 16/20. Hes Here: RHP Scott Feldman, CF Dexter Fowler, RHP Jesse Crain, RHP Jerome Williams, RHP Chad Qualls, RHP Matt Albers, 1B Jesus Guzman, SS Cesar Izturis, LHP Raul Valdes, LHP Darin Downs, OF Adron Chambers. Hes Outta Here: LHP Erik Bedard, CF Brandon Barnes, RHP Jordan Lyles, RHP Philip Humber, OF Trevor Crowe. Going campin: The Astros elded a team with an MLB-low payroll under $30 million last season and nished with a franchise-record 111 losses for their third straight 100-loss season. Now that theyve restocked their once-barren farm system, theyve started spending money to add pieces to pair with their up-andcoming players and should be better in 2014. Their most notable offseason addition was Feldman, who signed a threeyear, $30 million contract to lead the rotation. They also boosted their dreadful bullpen by signing All-Star reliever Crain, along with Qualls, Albers and Williams. TONY GUTIERREZ / AP Seattle pitchers, from left, Danny Farquhar, Mark Rogers, Bobby LaFromboise and Charlie Furbush, right, run drills during Fridays spring training workout in Peoria, Ariz.

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B6 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 National League Spring Training CapsulesNATIONAL LEAGUE EASTATLANTA BRAVESManager: Fredi Gonzalez (fourth season). 2013: 96-66, rst place, lost to Dodgers in division series. Training Town: Kissimmee Park: Champion Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: RHP Gavin Floyd, C Ryan Dou mit, 1B Mat Gamel, 2B Tyler Greene. Hes Outta Here: RHP Tim Hudson, C Brian McCann, LHP Paul Maholm, LHP Eric OFlaherty, SS Paul Janish, 2B Elliot Johnson, RHP Cristhian Martinez, LHP Sean Gilmartin. Going campin: Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton, a pair of high-priced players who hit below .200 and lost their starting jobs in 2013, will be in the spotlight this spring. Upton batted .184 but is expected to begin the season back in center eld. Uggla has two years and $26 million remaining on his contract, but his status at 2B is less certain after he hit .179 his third straight season under .240. Tommy La Stella is a young player to watch in the second base competition. Evan Gattis, who hit 21 homers as a rookie, replaces McCann, a seven-time All-Star, as the starting catcher. Gattis also played LF and 1B in 2013 and must show he can handle the everyday job behind the plate. RHP Brandon Beachy could boost the rotation by showing he has fully recovered from elbow ligament-replacement surgery and a follow-up procedure to clean up the elbow. LHP Alex Wood and RHP Freddy Garcia will lead the competition for the nal spot in the rotation.WASHINGTON NATIONALSManager: Matt Williams (rst season). 2013: 86-76, second place. Training Town: Viera Park: Space Coast Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 15/20. Hes Here: RHP Doug Fister, OF Nate McLouth, LHP Jerry Blevins, INF Jamey Carroll, RHP Luis Ayala, C Chris Snyder, C Koyie Hill, RHP Manny Delcarmen. Hes Outta Here: Manager Davey Johnson, RHP Dan Haren, INF Chad Tracy, LHP Fernando Abad. Going campin: It will be worth watching what sort of effect the change from the lame-duck Johnson to the ery Williams has on the Nationals, who went from the best record in the majors in 2012 to missing the playoffs in 2013. Williams promises to add an emphasis on defensive positioning, and when he was hired by Washington after being Arizonas third base coach, he even brought along an extra coach to oversee that part of the game. Two big keys for the Nationals will be the health of young stars Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, a pair of No. 1 draft picks who are coming off offseason surgery. The lineup is expected to be mostly the same as last season, with the only real competition expected at 2B between Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa. Also to keep an eye on: How much time will 3B Ryan Zimmerman get at rst base, where the team plans to give him some at-bats this season? GM Mike Rizzo upgraded an already strong rotation by trading for Fister, who joins Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and 19-game winner Jordan Zimmermann.NEW YORK METSManager: Terry Collins (fourth season). 2013: 74-88, third place. Training Town: Port St. Lucie Park: Tradition Field. First Workout: Feb. 17/22. Hes Here: OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Bartolo Colon, OF Chris Young, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, RHP Jose Valverde, LHP John Lannan, 1B Brandon Allen, C Taylor Teagarden, RHP Ryan Reid, 1B Matt Clark. Hes Outta Here: RHP LaTroy Hawkins, LHP Johan Santana, INF Justin Turner, RHP Aaron Harang, OF Mike Baxter, RHP Frank Francisco, RHP David Aardsma, RHP Scott Atchison, OF-2B Jordany Valdespin, LHP Robert Carson, LHP Pedro Feliciano, LHP Tim Byrdak. Going campin: After three years of bargain hunting, GM Sandy Alderson spent more than $87 million on a trio of free agents this offseason. Granderson and Young nally give the Mets some depth and potential power in the outeld, without sacricing speed and defense. The beefy Colon, who turns 41 in May, is coming off an All-Star campaign with Oakland that followed a drug suspension. New York gave him a two-year deal, putting Colon at the front of a promising rotation that includes Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee. The fth spot is up for grabs in camp. Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka are veteran candidates along with youngsters Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom. But all eyes will be on top prospect Noah Syndergaard, who could get called up by summer. The strikeout-prone lineup has major question marks at rst base and shortstop, positions the Mets were unable to upgrade. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda are back to compete for the 1B job. Light-hitting Ruben Tejada is coming off a broken leg at SS. The bullpen may be full of inexperienced arms, and closer Bobby Parnell is coming off neck surgery. Following ve straight losing seasons, the roster has improved. Maybe not enough to contend just yet, but the Mets expect to make big strides as they wait for All-Star ace Matt Harvey to return from Tommy John surgery in 2015.PHILADELPHIA PHILLIESManager: Ryne Sandberg (rst full season). 2013: 73-89, fourth place. Training Town: Clearwater Park: Bright House Field. First Workout: Feb. 13/18. Hes Here: OF Marlon Byrd, RHP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Brad Lincoln, C Wil Nieves, RHP Chad Gaudin, OF Bobby Abreu. Hes Outta Here: RHP Roy Halladay, C Erik Kratz, LHP John Lannan. Going campin: The Phillies are no longer the class of the division after winning ve straight NL East titles from 2007-11. Theyre hoping to make one more run with an aging group of veterans and some potential young stars mixed in. For the rst time in nine years, Charlie Manuel wont be around for spring training. Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman, enters his rst full season as manager after replacing Manuel last August. Manuel has a front-ofce job with the Phillies but will join them after they leave Florida. LHP Cole Hamels says he wont be ready by opening day because of left biceps tendinitis. The team has more question marks than answers, but theres potential for success if several players live up to their contracts.MIAMI MARLINSManager: Mike Redmond (second season). 2013: 62-100, fth place. Training Town: Jupiter Park: Roger Dean Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 16/20. Hes Here: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B-OF Garrett Jones, 2B Rafael Furcal, 3B Casey McGehee, INF-OF Jeff Baker, RHP Carter Capps, OF Brian Bogusevic, 3B Ty Wigginton. Hes Outta Here: 1B Logan Morrison, 3B Placido Polanco, OF Juan Pierre, OF Justin Ruggiano, RHP Ryan Webb, RHP Chad Qualls, INF-OF Chris Coghlan, OF-1B Austin Kearns. Going campin: The Marlins will spend spring training trying to gure out how to hit. They nished last in the majors in 2013 in most of the signicant offensive categories, including slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and homers. They scored fewer runs than the Marlins 1993 expansion team. They ranked last in the majors in slugging at three positions catcher, rst base and third base and next to last in left eld. Feeble offense was the rea son Miami lost 100 games, nished last in the NL East for the third consecutive season and missed the playoffs for the 10th year in a row. Mike Hill replaced Larry Beinfest as president of baseball operations, but because the payroll remains small, Hill could afford only modest changes to the roster. Newcomers such as Saltalamacchia, Jones, Furcal and McGehee are expected to start at positions where Miamis run production ranked among the worst in the majors, but its uncertain whether any of them will represent a signicant upgrade. OFs Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna are front-runners for starting jobs after strong rookie seasons. The young pitching rotation has abundant promise, led by NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez, who threw a no-hitter on the nal day of the season. Another youngster, top prospect Andrew Heaney, could join the rotation soon if he has a strong spring. 3B Colin Moran, the teams rst-round draft pick in 2013 out of North Carolina, might also join the big club at some point this season. ALEX BRANDON / AP Atlanta pitcher Gavin Floyd throws as manager Fredi Gonzalez, right, watches during Thursdays spring training workout in Kissimmee. NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRALST. LOUIS CARDINALSManager: Mike Matheny (third season). 2013: 97-65, rst place, lost World Series to Boston. Training Town: Jupiter Park: Roger Dean Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 13/18. Hes Here: SS Jhonny Peralta, CF Peter Bourjos, INF Mark Ellis, OF Randall Grichuk, OF Oscar Taveras, RHP Jorge Rondon, assistant batting coach David Bell. Hes Outta Here: OF Carlos Beltran, 3B David Freese, RHP Edward Mujica, RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Jake Westbrook, OF Adron Chambers, OF Brock Peterson, RHP Fernando Salas, RHP John Axford, INF Ryan Jackson. Going campin: Coming off their second World Series appearance in three years, the Cardinals didnt require a signicant makeover. Peralta lls the biggest void, replacing the light-hitting combination of Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso. The Cardinals love Bourjos speed on the bases and in the eld, and he enters camp as the starting CF ahead of incumbent Jon Jay. The Bourjos trade with the Angels for Freese also created an opening for rookie 2B Kolten Wong, among the teams top prospects, with Matt Carpenter moving to 3B coming off a breakout year. After missing 2013 due to reconstructive elbow surgery, Jason Motte returns to the bullpen as a setup man for closer Trevor Rosenthal. Theres a surplus of starting rotation candidates led by 19-game winner Adam Wainwright, second in Cy Young Award balloting. Michael Wacha is coming off an electric nish to his debut season, fellow rookie Shelby Miller won 15 games before getting shut down during the postseason and lefty Jaime Garcia is back from shoulder surgery.PITTSBURGH PIRATESManager: Clint Hurdle (fourth season). 2013: 94-68, second place, wild card, lost to Cardinals in division series. Training Town: Bradenton Park: McKechnie Field. First Workout: Feb. 13/18. Hes Here: RHP Edinson Volquez, C Chris Stewart, OF Jaff Decker, LHP Daniel Schlereth, 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Chris Dickerson. Hes Outta Here: RHP A.J. Burnett, RF Marlon Byrd, 1B Justin Morneau, 1B-OF Garrett Jones, C Michael McKenry, OF Felix Pie, RHP Kyle Farnsworth. Going campin: The franchises rst playoff berth in 21 years did little to change Pittsburghs typically economical approach to free agency. The only major addition came in the form of Volquez, and the Pirates will try to turn him into the 2014 version of Francisco Liriano. Pittsburgh grabbed Liriano on the cheap last winter and he ended up winning 16 games and earning a handful of Cy Young votes. The rest of the signees were depth-related. The loss of Burnett will hurt, though the top of the rotation should be solid behind Liriano and Gerrit Cole, who was remarkable during his rookie season. Volquez is in the mix for the fth spot, while the bullpen should look much the same as it did last season when Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli provided one of the best setup-closer combinations in baseball. The only real question marks as camp begins remain the ones Pittsburgh faced when last season ended: rst base and right eld. Gaby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo will likely platoon at rst, while Jose Tabata and Travis Snider get one last shot to earn a big league spot in right as highly touted Gregory Polanco gets some needed seasoning with Triple-A Indianapolis. Polanco and former rst-round pick Jameson Taillon who could join the rotation sometime in 2014 will start camp with the big league club and provide a glimpse of why Pittsburgh decided to double down on its thriving minor league system rather than open up the checkbook for free agents.CINCINNATI REDSManager: Bryan Price (rst season). 2013: 90-72, third place, lost wild-card game to Pirates. Training Town: Goodyear, Ariz. Park: Goodyear Ballpark. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: 2B-OF Skip Schumaker, C Brayan Pena. Hes Outta Here: Manager Dusty Baker, CF Shin-Soo Choo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, C Ryan Hanigan. Going campin: The Reds made very few additions to their roster, which had a few notable losses. Arroyo left as a free agent, costing the rotation a dependable, 200-inning starter. Choo was one of the majors top leadoff hitters last season, but wanted a big, multiyear deal. And Hanigan was part of a three-team trade that brought the Reds a prospect and opened the way for Devin Mesoraco to become the everyday catcher. LHP Tony Cingrani will move into Arroyos spot. Touted speedster Billy Hamilton takes over Choos spot at the top of the order despite his lack of experience at the major league level and newness to playing the outeld. The Reds are counting on LF Ryan Ludwick their cleanup hitter to be fully recovered from a shoulder injury that wiped out more than half of his season last year. The Reds have made the playoffs in three of the last four years, but failed to get past the opening round each time. They elevated Price, their pitching coach, in hopes that a change at the top trickles down in the postseason.MILWAUKEE BREWERSManager: Ron Roenicke (fourth season). 2013: 74-88, fourth place. Training Town: Maryvale, Ariz. Park: Maryvale Baseball Park. First Workout: Feb. 17/22. Hes Here: RHP Matt Garza, 1B Lyle Overbay, 3B-1B Mark Reynolds, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Will Smith. Hes Outta Here: 1B-OF Corey Hart, OF Norichika Aoki, RHP Chris Narveson, INF Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP Burke Badenhop, 1B Mat Gamel. Going campin: The Brewers spiced up an otherwise quiet offseason with the surprise signing of Garza to a $50 million, four-year contract with an option for a fth year. He joins Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse to form a solid top of the rotation, while lessening pressure on Wily Peralta and increasing the competition for the fth spot. Young pitchers like Smith and Jimmy Nelson may be among the candidates. Milwaukee will have a familiar face in a new position when slugger Ryan Braun returns from his 65game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and gets acquainted to right eld after years in left. Braun has tried to make amends all through the offseason. He says hes also over the thumb injury that set him back last season, and vows to come back as good as ever. Milwaukee also hopes to get clarity in camp with its muddled situation at 1B, where veterans Overbay and Reynolds were signed to minor league deals to help ll a huge offensive hole.CHICAGO CUBSManager: Rick Renteria (rst season). 2013: 66-96, fth place. Training Town: Mesa, Ariz. Park: Cubs Park. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: RHP Jose Veras, LHP Wesley Wright, C George Kottaras, OF Justin Ruggiano. Hes Outta Here: Manager Dale Sveum, OF Brian Bogusevic, RHP Marcos Mateo. Going campin: The offseason was dened more by what the Cubs didnt do than what they did. They red Sveum and struck out trying to land manager Joe Girardi. He decided to stick with the Yankees, and when it came to the pursuit of prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Chicago again was the second city with New York prevailing. Signing Tanaka might have at least signaled the Cubs were accelerating a painful rebuilding effort. Either way, theyre hoping Renteria can get the most out of young players such as SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo after they struggled last season. In the meantime, Chicago is waiting for top prospects such as Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Albert Almora to develop in the minors. For now, the Cubs are selling hope. What choice do they have? They havent had a winning season since 2009, when they won 83 games under Lou Piniella. JEFF ROBERSON / AP St. Louis Jason Motte stretches with teammates during Thursdays spring training workout in Jupiter. NATIONAL LEAGUE WESTLOS ANGELES DODGERSManager: Don Mattingly (fourth season). 2013: 92-70, rst place, lost to Cardinals in NLCS. Training Town: Glendale, Ariz. Park: Camelback Ranch. First Workouts: Feb. 9/14. Hes Here: RHP Dan Haren, RHP Chris Perez, 2B Alexander Guerrero, RHP Jamey Wright, RHP Seth Rosin, INF Chone Figgins. Hes Outta Here: 2B Mark Ellis, 2B-OF Skip Schumaker, INF Nick Punto, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Ronald Belisario, 3B Jerry Hairston Jr., INF Michael Young, LHP Chris Capuano, RHP Carlos Marmol. Going campin: The big-budget Dodgers had a mostly quiet offseason at least in terms of additions. Their biggest acquisition was Haren, who got a $10 million, one-year deal. Hell compete for a spot in a deep rotation that features Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu in the top three spots. RHPs Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley will try to bounce back from surgeries. Kershaw, coming off his second Cy Young Award at age 25, received a $215 million, seven-year contract that makes him baseballs richest pitcher. CF Matt Kemp had two operations during the offseason and likely wont be ready in time for the early season opener in Australia against Arizona. With Ellis gone, Guerrero will try to earn the starting job at second base. Another Cuban, Yasiel Puig, will command attention as he tries to follow up his stellar rookie season while facing questions about his maturity after an offseason arrest for speeding. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKSManager: Kirk Gibson (fourth season). 2013: 81-81, second place. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Salt River Fields. First workouts: Feb. 7/12. Hes Here: OF Mark Trumbo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, RHP Addison Reed, OF Matt Tuiasosopo. Hes Outta Here: OF Adam Eaton, LHP Tyler Skaggs, 3B Matt Davidson, RHP Heath Bell, SS Willie Bloomquist, C Wil Nieves. Going Campin: After consecutive .500 seasons, the Diamondbacks decided some power was needed to protect star 1B Paul Goldschmidt. So they acquired Trumbo from the Angels in a three-team trade that sent Eaton to the White Sox and Skaggs to the Angels. Trumbo hit 34 home runs last season. After Goldschmidt clocked 36, no other Arizona player had more than 14. Looking to add a front-line starter, GM Kevin Towers signed Arroyo to a $23.5 million, two-year contract as camp opened. One of the biggest stories this spring will be the competition at shortstop, where incumbent Didi Gregorius was superb on defense but faded at the plate last season. Chris Owings, just 22, hit .330 at Triple-A Reno before a late-season call-up. Veteran inelder Cliff Pennington can back up both at SS and 2B. Another issue is whether top pitching prospect Archie Bradley will make the opening day roster. The seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft, the hard-throwing 21-year-old has soared through the farm system. SAN DIEGO PADRESManager: Bud Black (eighth season). 2013: 76-86, tied for third place. Training Town: Peoria, Ariz. Park: Peoria Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, LHP Alex Torres, OF Seth Smith, SS Ryan Jackson, LHP Patrick Schuster. Hes Outta Here: RHP Luke Gregerson, INF Logan Forsythe, INF-OF Jesus Guzman, OF Mark Kotsay. Going campin: With the lineup and rotation pretty much set, the main competition during spring training will be for a few spots in the bullpen. The Pa dres hope their rotation can carry them to better results than the last three seasons, when they lost 91, 86 and 86 games. The rotation is expected to be Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, Johnson and Eric Stults. The Padres are also keeping their ngers crossed that they can come out of spring training healthy and get off to a fast start rather than the slow starts that doomed them the last few years. LF Carlos Quentin had surgery on his right knee late last season, the third op eration on that knee in 18 months, and said his legs feel good going into camp, an improvement over how he felt a year ago. C Yasmani Grandal continues to rehab from reconstructive knee surgery after being hurt in a collision at the plate in July. San Diego already had a setback when it was announced that LHP Cory Luebke needs a second reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the 2014 season. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTSManager: Bruce Bochy (eighth season). 2013: 76-86, tied for third place. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Scottsdale Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 15/19. Hes Here: RHP Tim Hudson, OF Michael Morse, RHP Kameron Loe, RHP David Huff, LHP Dontrelle Willis. Hes Outta Here: LHP Barry Zito, OF Andres Torres, RHP Chad Gaudin, LHP Jose Mijares, OF Brett Pill, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, RHP Sandy Rosario. Going campin: The Giants narrowly avoided becoming the second team to go from a World Series title to last place, beating out Colorado by two games last season. The pitching staff that anchored the club during its run of two championships in three seasons faltered last year, nishing 13th in the NL with a 4.00 ERA. Madison Bumgarner was the only consistent starter as Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong all struggled at times. The Giants re-signed Lincecum and Vogelsong after their down years, hoping they can rebound. Hudson, coming off a broken right ankle that cut his 2013 season short with Atlanta, should also help fortify the rotation. Morse provides a needed power bat in left eld with 13 home runs in 312 at-bats last season, compared to a major league-low ve homers by San Franciscos left elders in 2013.COLORADO ROCKIESManager: Walt Weiss (second season). 2013: 74-88, fth place. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. First Workout: Feb. 17/23. Hes Here: LHP Brett Anderson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, LHP Boone Logan, LHP Franklin Morales, RHP Jordan Lyles, OF Brandon Barnes, 1B Justin Morneau, OF Drew Stubbs. Hes Outta Here: 1B Todd Helton, INF Jonathan Herrera, OF Dexter Fowler, LHP Josh Outman, LHP Jeff Francis, RHP Rafael Betancourt, RHP Roy Oswalt, C Yorvit Torrealba, LHP Drew Pomeranz. Going campin: The Rockies were quite active this offseason, making several splashy trades and signing Morneau to take over at 1B for the retired Helton. Morneau doesnt view it as lling Heltons cleats, though, because Helton is irreplaceable, the impact he had in the clubhouse, Morneau explained. Helton hung em up after 17 seasons in the Mile High City as the teams career leader in virtually every offensive category. The biggest area the Rockies shored up over the winter was their pitching staff, adding a starter in Anderson and bolstering the bullpen by signing Hawkins and Logan. They also reacquired Morales in a deal with Boston. PAUL SANCYA / AP Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, left, listens to pitcher Josh Beckett after a spring training workout on Monday in Glendale, Ariz.

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Voiceswww.dailycommercial.com C1DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 YOUR EDITORIAL BOARDTOM MCNIFF . .................................. EXECUTIVE EDITORSCOTT CALLAHAN . ................................. NEWS EDITORWHITNEY WILLARD . .......................... COPY DESK CHIEFGENE PACKWOOD . ..................... EDITORIAL CARTOONISTDems are misguidedA recent urry of sycophantic letters selling the credits of the Democratic Party force me from under my cozy rock to point out a single fact that will trump every credit they own Democrats are the party of state supremacy, which means, the rights of the individual can be trampled by the rights of the state, i.e., collectivism. The Founding Fathers framed a Constitution that identies a Republic founded on rights of the individual over the state, i.e., individualism. Every Democratic vote supports the rights of the state over the individual and I doubt thats really the way informed Americans want to go. Zionists? Yes. New World Order supporters? Yes. Loyal Americans, no way. JOHN WHITAKER | TavaresNot allowing certain rights is unconstitutionalWe are blessed to live in this country of laws where most citizens obey and understand their purpose. Still there are some who fail in understanding and represent some laws to t their beliefs and desires. From health care to marriage, some think they should dictate needs, which in reality takes away civil rights from others. We press religious teaching of one sect but fail to understand the effects it might have for people of different beliefs. Although its dif cult to accomplish a fair position on these values, its still one of the main benets of being American. Being an American is more than just enjoying the laws of our nation, but also allowing all others the same position. While some want others to follow their morals and desires, it takes away the freedom of choice for all citizens. Blocking the ability to marry a loved one or to prevent the choice of family planning for those of varied values is simply unconstitutional and unfair. Our law of freedom of choice is being able to have a choice in the direction you wish to reach. America is great because of these laws not because some are prevented from having them. God bless America. WILLIAM CAMPBELL | LeesburgColumnist off base on Obama criticismIn his recent diatribe, Russ Sloan digs down into his deepest pit of hatred for the president. He states that in his 2008 campaign the president promised to cut the decit by half in his rst term in ofce, but the debt grew by $5 trillion. Well, the fact is the decit was $932 billion in scal year, Oct. 1, 2008-Sept. 30, 2009, and was $232 billion in the scal year Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013, a decrease of $700 billion in his rst term, which is much more than half. I would think someone of Sloans background would know the difference between the decit, which is the annual amount we are in the red and the national debt, which is the total accumulated amount we are in the red. It is true the actual debt grew by $5 trillion, but the decit was reduced by $700 billion, so President Obama certainly did keep his promise. The lengths Sloan will go to try to malign the president, even making blatantly false statements is sad, unless he is truly ignorant of the facts. MARY OHANLON | Clermont The newspaper of choice for Lake and Sumter counties since 1875HAVE YOUR SAYThe Daily Commercial invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public interest. Letters should be no longer than 350 words. They must be original, signed with the full name of the writer, and include the writers address and telephone number for verication. We reserve the right to edit for length to make room for more letters. 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If you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to let ters@dailycommercial.com, or mail it to Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photo to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch.OURVOICE LETTER of the WEEKIf you know of a veteran living in Lake, Sumter or Marion counties whose name should be added to the Lake County Veterans Memorial, call 352-314-2100, or go to www.lakeveterans.com. CALLING ALL VETERANS YOURVOICESLETTERS TO THE EDITORThe reappearance of Lynx buses on the streets of south Lake County in recent weeks has been a welcome sight for those who depend on mass transit for their livelihoods. Many residents in this area work in neighboring counties and count on these buses to ferry them to jobs in Orange and Osceola counties. Without them, some may be relegated needlessly to the unemployment line. Lynx had discontinued service some time ago between south Lake and those counties but brought it back at the behest of the Lake County Commission, which agreed in October to shoulder some of the cost. But when the service returned in January, riders discovered that Lynx was offering just eight round-trips a day instead of the 16 it had offered previously. Further, the last trip was at 6:15 / p.m., which meant some commuters who worked late had to scramble for a way home. County commissioners, responding to the anger of their constituents, said this wasnt what they bargained for. They called for Lynx ofcials to restore the full service 16 trips a day, both day and night. We concur. Mass transit is more than a convenience to those who use it. As Daily Commercial Staff Writer Livi Stanford reported in a recent story about Lynx, for many it is a vital lifeline to shopping, medical appointments and, yes, their jobs. Many commuters who travel to neighboring counties for work dont have the luxury of working 9 to 5 and require access to bus service late into the evening. Some told us that, without it, they are forced to invest signicant percentages of their income on cab fare. This problem is easy to solve. Lynx should heed the request of the Lake County Commission to restore the full bus service. Certainly, the cost of providing that service is an issue. But between the county, Lynx and the riders themselves many of whom say theyd be willing to shoulder higher fares if necessary the cost consideration can be overcome. Local ofcials must come together to solve this problem. This is not just about the individual riders. This is about the economic health of a community whose workforce relies partly on neighboring counties for their jobs. Bring back full Lynx bus service THANKS FOR READING THE DAILY COMMERCIALJames Holden (Congress is only working for themselves) got it right. They no longer work for the people. The solution to the problems of America could be easily solved by simply passing an amendment for term limits. It will have to be voted for by the people because it would never get introduced into either part of Congress. The American people can vote out anything or anyone with a 75 percent popular vote. There are only 118 members of Congress that served in this great countrys military. They have no business running the military. Thirty years ago there were 298. It should be a requirement. The average age of senators is 62.1 years and in the House of Representatives it is 57.0. There are 38 old enough to go on Social Security. There are two more than 80 years of age. Imagine getting rid of Rangel, Reid, Pelosi, McCain and all the congressmen and women that are giving away our childrens futures by loading up every bill that is introduced with billions in pork to garner re-election votes to extend their careers. No one is in Washington any more with the express purpose of doing what We the People want done. If they could seek ofce knowing that they could open their mouth and not be threatened by the old established career congressmen something just might get done. What a novel idea. Two terms and you sit out the next two. Compensation given based on production. Require them to practice what they pass. Retirement would be earned. JOHN COHN | TavaresCongress no longer works for the people FILE PHOTO Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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C2 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 Voices | SUBMIT YOUR OWN GUEST COLUMN: If you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to letters@dailycommercial.com, or mail it to Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 347490007. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photograph to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch. OTHERVOICES OTHERVOICES I have watched most all of the televised State of the Union speeches delivered by our presidents. How ever, the most recent State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama cap tured a very disturbing moment which I nev er thought I would see and hear. The presi dent openly vowed to go around congress whenever he deemed it necessary and the Democrats in the con gress rose to cheer while the Republicans sat in stunned silence. Our Founding Fathers went to great lengths to prevent an imperial presidency by creating three separate but equal branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial). Please note, separate but equal. The erosion of the latter is alarming. The president has made minimal effort to work with the Republican led House on any major piece of legislation. Now, instead of changing gears as Bill Clinton did when the Republicans were swept into control of the House, he then worked with Speaker Newt Gingrich to pass Welfare Reform a major accomplishment for Americans. Instead of making efforts to work with the congress, President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet of becoming an Imperial President and cir cumventing congress as much as possible to remake America and congress be damned. This Executive Order position of the president should not come as a surprise. In 2008 he declared our Constitution as fundamentally awed. He has always resented that our Constitution grants the majority of the power to the people, not to government. Shortly after the State of the Union address top-ranking Democrat Representative, Shelia Jackson-Lee stated that she and other Democrats will be writing Executive Or ders for the president to sign. This abdication of the role of congress is a stunning position and substitutes highly partisan goals in place of adhering to the constitutional role of congress in making laws. Once the laws are passed and signed by the president it is then the presidents sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution including all of our laws. Yet this president and his appointees have selectively ignored parts of our laws that he and his team dont like including our Immigration laws, Obamacare implementation and selectively ignoring var ious state laws on gay issues. I think I can safely predict that had Romney been elected president and then announced that his administration would unilaterally delay the Employer mandate aspect of the Obamacare for a year that immediately senators Chuck Schumer and Har ry Reid would have called for Romenys impeachment. Now the president, recognizing the adverse affects Obamacare may have on Democrats in the 2014 elections, has just granted another year implementation delay to businesses with 50 to 99 employees. But President Obama knows that he can push Executive Or ders to the extreme knowing that short of some absolutely hor ric action on his part that Senate Democrats would never vote for impeachment for ignoring congress and governing by at. It is not just governing by Executive Or ders we should wor ry about but also the thousands of governmental rules and regulations generated annually by a sympathetic federal bureaucracy. Look at the EPA regulations that are deliberately designed to wipe out our coal industry or the new relaxed rules on our immigration treatment of those asking to come to America who have had past interaction with terrorists. Im sure some are deserving of entering our country but I cannot trust this administration to make the right call. Every member of congress should have sat in stunned silence realizing that our president was openly challenging the separation of powers and the equality of all three branches of government. No matter how politically partisan members of congress might be, they should never surrender their constitutional responsibilities to the president via Executive Or ders. It was the most sobering and disturbing moment I have seen in my lifetime of watching State of the Union addresses.Misguided applause versus stunned silence RUSS SLOANGUEST COLUMNIST Schools should teach real world skillsThis past weekend, my sister and I had a little get together with a few friends. While having a conversation about our education and college, my mother overheard and joined us. One of the girls expressed concern that she hasnt learned what she needs to know to proceed in college and the real world. As my mother listened she made plea, Please learn all you can while you can. If you do not understand something, respectfully ask for help. Do not take teaching and learning for granted. With that, one of the girls abruptly commented, I want to learn, but I wish they would teach me something I would actually use in life, like basic life skills. She fur ther commented, Id like to know how to enter into a fair lease agreement or how to prepare for homeownership. Knowing who discovered America is great but it would be nice to know how to keep it. We all nodded in agreement. Quickly, another commented, Ive been on the honor roll in every grade and it wasnt just given to me. Ive earned every letter, every year, but I dont know how to search for a job or how I would prepare for an interview and Im a senior. I doubt if theyll teach me how before graduation. Another agreed adding, I know 2+3 (45-23), but I dont know how to open and manage a bank account. Another commented, I dont know how to pay a bill, but wow, I certainly know how to use Pythagorean Theorem. School administrators, please teach us what we will actually use in life in addition to what you are currently teaching us. Regain control of your classroom and bring your enthusiasm. I will be the rst to say that our parents are our rst teachers and the school teachers should enforce that teaching but not everyone grew up in the home or environment that I have. Some students, all they will learn is what they are taught away from home. The lack of cer tain knowledge could be disastrous to any young adult. CINDY HUGHES | Lady LakeAdopt-a-Highway programs dont solve litter problemsArticles bemoaning trash on the roadside and Adopt-a-Highway programs are looking at the problem backwards. Pay ing county employees to pick up roadside trash is a problem, too. How did that trash get there in the rst place? Yes, people tossed it out of their cars and trucks. What we need is a program to keep our home clean. Keep Florida Clean, Keep Lake (or Sumter) County Beautiful, Stash your Trash. Well, there are many good possibilities for slogans. What is wrong is the Adopt-a-Highway pro gram. It carries a message that it is OK to throw trash along the roads. There is a newly designated Scenic Byway. Keep it clean and scenic. It would be a money-saving program for the county tax dollars. The dollars spent on changing our citizens mindset would be paid back many times over by not having to clean up all that trash. AUDREY REED Howey-in-the-Hills YOURVOICESLETTERS TO THE EDITOR The news from Capitol Hill on Thursday was sobering: House Speaker John Boehner threw cold water on hopes for immigration reform this year. But those who long for smart bipartisanship in Wash ington need not despair. There is still the Smarter Sentencing Act. The bill, which cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, would cut minimum sentences in half for many drug offenses. And, important, it would make the reduced crack sentences passed in 2010 retroactive, allowing for the release of thousands now languishing in federal prison under outdated, racially unjust guidelines. This is not just about fairness. The mandatory-minimum laws passed in the 1980s, at the height of the crack epidemic, are having serious economic consequences today. The federal inmate population has grown eightfold since 1980 to 218,000 today; half are drug offenders. Federal prisons consume about a quarter of the Justice Department budget. That dual sense of moral obligation and scal responsibility is why the Smarter Sentencing Act has such an ideologically diverse base of support. It was introduced last summer by an unlikely pair (always a good sign): tea party stalwart Mike Lee, R-Utah, and liberal Dick Durbin, D-Ill. A disparate group of senators are supporting it, including Republicans Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Democrats Patrick Leahy and Carl Levin. The bill is one of several sentencing and prison reforms that could reverse the upward trend in federal incarcerations. In December, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced the Federal Prison Reform Act, which aims to increase efciencies in prisons and reduce recidivism. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, have proposed a bill aimed at reducing recidivism, And Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Bobby Scott, D-Va., are co-sponsor ing the House version of the Smarter Sentencing Act. Note the commingling of Ds and Rs in these lists. The return of bipartisanship in the name of common-sense reform is both welcome and overdue.Distributed by MCT Information Services.Encouraging signs to reform unfair drug sentencing laws

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E1DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014Moneyscott.callahan@dailycommercial.com JOBS: Hardships persist for long-term unemployed / E3 www.dailycommercial.com PATRICK MAYSan Jose Mercury NewsPrepare yourselves for the Greatest Show Not on Earth. Offering us all a frontrow seat for planetary images that could make Google Earth seem so last decade, a slew of Bay Area startups have begun launching small, relatively inexpensive satellites into space. They lug powerful cameras that send back pictures and video, and those images soon could dramatically change the way we perceive our or bital home. Its totally an Earth-ob servation space race out there, says Stanford University professor and glob al ecologist Greg Asner. With the cost of putting a satellite into orbit dropping because of cheap er materials and so many competing commercial launch ventures, a lot of really cool innovation has begun to happen. The possibilities are intriguing: For the rst time, Earthlings will be able to peruse high-resolution satellite images of their planet, both photographs and videos, practically in near-real time. Then, by using readily available on line mapping tools to en hance the visual data, us ers essentially could create storylines to show things such as environmental degradation to rain for ests, human and wildlife migration patterns, and political crises such as the Arab Spring, pretty much as they unfold. Two of the most talked-about companies in the vanguard of this Bay Area space race Mountain View-based Skybox Imaging and San Francisco-based Planet Labs DAI SUGANO / MCT Dan Lopez, director of technology for UrtheCast, is shown with a picture of the companys two video cameras that are attached to the International Space Station. Bay Area startups in forefront of new space raceAnd keep your retirement And your socalled So-shul Secure-eteee Big city turn me loose and set me free. Big City by Merle HaggardThe rst Social Se curity account was established in 1936 for 23 year-old John David Sweeney, Jr. of New Rochelle, New York, who never re ceived a dime in ben ets. Unfortunately, Mr. Sweeney died of a heart attack at age 61. The average U.S. life expectancy in 1935 was 62. Today its 79. Unions, which once fought for not only livable wages but solid retirement packages, have declined in numbers and bargaining power. Private pensions, a ubiquitous part of our historical economic landscape, are now virtually an anachronism. And Social Security was originally designed only to supplement such pensions as nancial protection Unions, pensions and the future of Social Security PATRICIA SABATINIPittsburgh Post-GazettePrepaid debit cards are becoming more af fordable with increased competition resulting in fewer fees, but the booming market still lacks critical consumer protections, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts. U.S. consumers loaded some $64 billion onto prepaid debit cards in 2012, more than double the amount in 2009, Pew said. The cards are available at many checkout counters and at a number of big banks. The new report, Consumers Continue to Load Up on Pre paid Cards, looked at changes since the Washington, D.C.based nonprot research group released its rst study on the topic two years ago. The reloadable cards designed mainly for consumers who dont have bank accounts can be used wher ever traditional debit cards are accepted: at the register, to make purchases online or to withdraw cash at ATMs. Many people use them while traveling instead of carrying cash and as a budgeting tool to limit how much they or their children spend. As the cards have zoomed in populari ty, issuers have been criticized for blindsid ing users with a bevy of fees. Costs vary but can include activation fees and monthly fees, plus ATM, transaction, reload, balance inquiry, statement and dor mancy fees, among Study: Prepaid debit cards need more regulations SEE SPACE | E4SEE DEBIT | E4 MARGARET MCDOWELLGUEST COLUMNIST SEE MCDOWELL | E4 RICK REEDSpecial to the Daily CommercialA Tavares restaurant, which closed after a less-than-favor able episode last year on the Food Network show Restaurant: Impossible, has reopened with a new name, a new owner and a new attitude. Billy Digino, who owns Dig inos Pizza just down the road, was ready to expand when he bought the old Soup to Nuts eatery toward the end of last year. After three months of exten sive cleanup and renovation, Digino opened Hwy 441 Diner in January. I know about the TV show and I thought that wont hap pen if youre paying attention, Digino said. This is an owner operated restaurant. I took a risk. I have been doing a lot of work on it for about three months. We just xed it up right. Ill make sure we stay on top of it and make sure place is clean. Thats most the important thing to me. Soup to Nuts closed in May 2013, a few months after the episode aired in March with ce lebrity chef Robert Irvine react ing to what he called a danger ously dirty restaurant. Irvine and his crew spent two days and $10,000 renovating the restaurant in December. Business improved for a short while, but didnt last and the once popular eatery closed in March. Digino decided to go with the 1950s diner theme. We chose the Hwy 441 Din er, said Digino. I was thinking an old name t the 50s, like Route 66. Were on Highway 441, so it was right there. He will also continue the car shows on the rst Wednesday every month from 5:309 / p.m., Tavares diner gets new life PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIALThe 441 Diner is shown in Tavares. Owner Billy Digino took over the location of the Soup to Nuts Diner that Chef Robert Irvine tried to save last year on a Food Network show and has turned it into a 50s-style diner. SEE DINER | E2

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NEW PATIENT SPECIAL COMPLETE SET OF X-RAYS (D0210) CLEANING BY HYGIENIST (D110) EXAMINATION BY DOCTOR (D0150) SECOND OPINION$49Reg. $155(IN ABSENCE OF GUM DISEASE) CARPET | TILE & GROUT | HARDWOOD | UPHOLSTERY | AIR DUCT728-1668stanleysteemer.comServing All of Lake & Sumter Counties with a DJ set up in front of restau rant, music and drawings. We had rst one and had a very good turnout, Digino said. Every body came in and ate. It was very nice. The restaurant serves good, old American-style food with the break fast menu, including eggs, bacon, sau sage, pancakes and other favorites. Lunch includes burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, with the dinner menu also available. Dinner items include meatloaf, steak, ribs, shrimp and seafood. Theres a lot of variety, Digino said. Its a big menu, a really great menu. I like the beef liver and on ions. I love the meatloaf and the ribs are very good, too. He also included the seafood and a very good sh sandwich. The menu also includes home made soups and desserts, and old-fashioned milkshakes. Hwy 441 Diner is at 381 East Burleigh Blvd., in Tavares. It is open from 6:30 / a.m. to 10 / p .m., seven days a week. For information, call 508-5494. DINER FROM PAGE E1 BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL The 441 Diner is at 381 East Burleigh Blvd., in Tavares. SEIZETHE DA Y SWORLDNEWS.www.dailycommercial.com VIRGINIA BRIDGESThe News & ObserverRALEIGH, N.C. When Zydeco Downtown closed here last month, Antwan Har ris didnt just lose his business, he lost a lot of money. For nine years, Har ris, a Raleigh native and two-time Super Bowl winner who played in the NFL from 2000 to 2005, served Cajunand southern-style food at lunch, as well as drinks at night. But Harris packed up much of Zydeco in January after the land lords property management company sent him a letter asking him to move out, he said. The lease had expired, and he was trying to renew it when he was asked to leave. That situation left Harris with little lever age, despite the fact that he had invested more than $450,000 to upt the space not including the $15,000 he spent on a heating, ventilation and air con ditioning system over the summer, he said. Harris would like to recoup some of his costs, but that is unlike ly, he acknowledged, as his initial lease agreement called for him to leave anything that is attached to the space. Harris is learning the hard way the impor tance of understanding and staying on top of a small-business lease. Businesses need to make sure they under stand all the details and provisions in the lease, and review and update the document annually, said Michelle Rich Goode, president of Ra leigh-based Rich Commercial Realty, which provides buyer and tenant representation in commercial proper ty transactions. Check in with your lease just like you would check in with your nancial statements, tax informa tion, she said. If owners dont ask the right questions, they could end up los ing money, Goode and some small-business owners said. That was a lesson learned by Kate Stead man, co-owner of Frill, a Cary, N.C., clothing company that makes bridesmaid outts and custom recruitment dresses for sororities. The Frill owners signed a short-term lease on a space so they could meet with clients and package orders during their busy season. The venture ended up costing more than they expected, Steadman said, as fees were tacked on for using items in the common area. Before small-business owners lease a build ing, Goode said, they need to have a strong business plan. Own ers need to understand their nances, their growth projections and the companys plan, along with their own tolerance for risk, she and others said. Each lease varies and commercial real estate landlords often incor porate extra expenses such as maintenance fees, upkeep for shared facilities and use of tools in common spac es, according to the U.S. Small Business Ad ministration. Working with a real estate broker and an attorney will help own ers negotiate with the landlord and better understand the terms they are agreeing to, according to the SBA, Goode and small-busi ness owners. Its better to be prepared and understand what could happen, Goode said. In many cases, own ers of new retail busi nesses have to sacrice security and location until they prove their concept over time. You have to under stand that if you are a small tenant (in a larger complex), you are not going to get exibil ity rights such as op tions to renew, options to expand and right of rst refusal, she said. Gaurav G Patel is president of Raleigh-based Eschelon Experiences, a hospitality company that uses leased spaces for ve restaurants. He recommends that owners start by putting their ideal lease scenario on paper via a letter of intent. That scenario should include a gure for rent that is ideally no more than 8 percent of their gross monthly sales, he said. Owners can use the letter to identi fy and understand the gap when reviewing a proposed lease. Obviously the landlord is going to ask for the moon, but that doesnt necessarily mean that you have to sign that, Patel said. Some key terms to cover and understand include the length of the lease, annual increases and renewal options. A longer lease could allow for more favorable options, but it also increases the risk. Owners also need to consider subletting and default clauses that dene options and consequences if they cant pay the rent. If own ers foresee a problem paying the rent, they should work with their landlord to mitigate the shortfall in the short term and pay back the rest over the long term.Small-business owners face hard lessons in leasing ETHAN HYMAN / MCT Antwan Harris, center, helps direct Eric Peace, left, and Alphonso Bromell as they work on moving out of Zydeco Downtown in Raleigh, N.C. KNOW THE TERMS OF A LEASE AGREEMENT %  enUnderstand costs beyond rent, including maintenance, repairs, utilities and how your use will be measured. %  enBe sure to read your lease in detail and hire an attorney who specializes in commercial real estate to explain the clauses and ne print. %  enProtect your long-term business interests by investigating and negotiating some potential add-on clauses to your lease, which might include sublease, exclusivity and co-tenancy. %  enKnow what happens if you default on lease payments and try to negotiate lease terms that allow you to take measures before you are locked out.SOURCE: U.S. Small Business Administration

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL E3 ALANA SEMUELSLos Angeles TimesDENVILLE, N.J. The phone begins to ring at 8 a.m. with incessant calls from cred itors. Kevin Meyer has stopped picking up because hes sick of ex plaining the truth: that theres no money com ing in, so he cant pay his bills. Two years ago, Meyer, 51, had a six-gure sal ary, a sizable 401(k) and the knowledge that he could support his wife and daughter. But he lost his job as a spokesman for a car rental company, and though he soon found another position, he was downsized again four months later. Unemployment benets checks helped him pay for health care for his family as he looked for work, but like 1.3 mil lion Americans across the country, his feder al unemployment bene ts ran out Dec. 28. Con gress has considered extending the benets, but last week, Republi cans blocked a Senate proposal to do so. Meyer, jobless since December 2012, lives in New Jersey, a state second only to Rhode Island for the highest rate of long-term unemployment people who have been out of work for six months or longer according to an annual average compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He has stopped making payments on his mortgage, home equity loan and credit cards. He has dipped into his 401(k) to pay for food, gas and the Internet. His family lives without health insurance; theyre in the midst of applying for Medicaid. The Great Reces sion technically end ed in June 2009, but for millions of Americans like Meyer, the hard ships continue. At the end of 2013, about 3.9 million Americans had been unemployed six months or longer. The problem is especially persistent in New Jersey, where near ly half of the jobless have been out of work for six months or more; 80,000 saw their ben ets cut off Dec. 28. In New Jersey and Neva da, the long-term unemployment rate is 3.9 percent; in Califor nia, the state with the next-highest rate, its 3.7 percent. Work has been hard to nd in New Jer sey because the states job growth is slower than that in much of the nation, said Pat rick OKeefe, director of economic research at the nancial rm CohnReznick, who fo cuses on New Jersey. The state has 2.8 per cent more jobs than it had at its low point during the recession; the nation, on the oth er hand, has 5.8 per cent more jobs than it did at its low point. Thats partly because some of New Jerseys biggest industries, including pharmaceuticals and manufactur ing, have downsized signicantly. The state has lost 20 percent of its manufacturing jobs 68,000 since De cember 2007. About 6.5 percent of the states mortgaged homes are in foreclosure the sec ond-highest rate in the nation. The unemploy ment rate in the state dropped to 7.3 percent in December, from 7.8 percent the month before, but mostly be cause people had given up looking for work and left the labor force. The odds of nding a job decrease the longer people are out of work. A person out of work for eight months will get called for an interview half as often as some one who has been out of work for just one month, even if the resumes are the same, one study has indicated. In late January, Pres ident Barack Obama said he was taking steps to help get the longterm unemployed back to work. At a news conference, he said he had secured commitments from about 300 companies that they would not to discriminate against the long-term unemployed when hir ing. He also said he was creating a $150-million grant program for non prots that help the long-term jobless get back to work. Meyer is still hopeful hell nd employ ment. Every morning he goes to a friends of ce, where he spends the day applying for work. Hed prefer a job in his eld of corporate communications, but hes open to working as a security guard, a secretary really, any paying job. If someone told me I could get some decent wages and get some benets doing any thing, Ill do it, Meyer said. The extension of jobless aid, which has been debated in Con gress throughout the economic recovery, takes on added impor tance this year as both Democrats and Republicans try to position themselves ahead of the midterm election as both scally prudent and sympathetic to the needs of Americas less fortunate. Republicans say that cutting off ben ets forces people to take jobs they other wise would turn down, and saves the federal government billions of dollars. Democrats say the economy is still too slow for any sort of cuts. Hardships persist for long-term unemployed CAROLYN COLE / MCT Kevin Meyer, right, looks for jobs on a computer at the ofce of a friend, David Felder, in Montville, N.J. Meyer has been out of work for a year and lost his unemployment benets recently.

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One of the chief problems, the report foun d, is that prepaid cards are not covered by the federal laws that protect holders of tradi tional debit cards tied to checking accounts from loss of funds and liability for unautho rized transactions. Most prepaid card is suers offer some protections but the coverage is voluntary, can include loopholes and can be revoked with out notice, Weinstock said during a confer ence call with reporters Thursday. Another problem is that prepaid card dis closures involving fees and terms often are incomplete, hard to un derstand and hard to nd, she said. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is set to release proposed rules for regulating the prepaid debit card industry by May, she said. At the time of Pews rst report in Septem ber 2012, the prepaid market was almost exclusively the domain of nonbank issuers such as Green Dot Corp., NetSpend, H&R Block and AccountNow. The latest report found 10 big banks were offering prepaid cards, although they still accounted for a small portion of the overall market. Notably, Pew found that prepaid cards offered by major banks were signicantly cheaper than nonbank cards because they were subject to fewer fees, Weinstock said. Often they were a bet ter deal than getting a checking account from the same bank. Pew laid out a number of policy recommendations for mak ing prepaid cards better for consumers, includ ing mandating protections against liability for unauthorized transactions; requiring that funds be federally insured in the event of a bank failure; mandating uniform, easy-to-understand disclosures, and prohibiting issuers from allowing over drafts and assessing overdraft fees. DEBITFROM PAGE E1 for retirees in old age. With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring daily, it is easy to understand the factors that are stressing the system. According to Liz Pullium Weston in The Tax Cut That Taxpayers Need Most, Two thirds of U.S. seniors rely on Social Security for more than half their income and four out of ten say it comprises more than 80 percent. So what is the future of Social Security in the U.S.? Its probably better than we think. First, we Boomers comprise a tremendous voting bloc. And very few among us will support cutbacks in Social Security benets. So the oft-espoused notion that Social Security benets will not be there for our generation is probably hyperbole, in spite of our national budget woes. Our population is aging, though not as fast as those of other developed nations. And, owing partly to our relatively friendly immigration policies, our population is not shrinking. As John Parker of The Economist writes, almost 20 countries have declining populations, including large ones such as Germany, Russia and Japan. By 2050, two dozen more will have joined them, includingChina. Since most countries health and pension programs have assumed that each successive gener ation will be slightly larger than its predecessor, aging and shrinking implies substantial changes in the way social programs are run. Will changes in U.S. Social Security occur before, say, 2025? Probably. With life expectancies growing, it is reasonable to assume that raising the minimum eligibility age (currently 62) will be one of the rst systematic changes. Many see this as the most democratic potential change. Currently, people pay Social Security tax only on their rst $117,000.00 of earnings. While this number rises slowly every year, a jump to a larger number like $150,000 would shore up some cracks in the coffers. But, this essentially represents another tax on Americas higher wage earners, a group already paying signicant individual tax rates. This is truly a tax by another name. Means testing? Lets dont go there.Margaret R. McDowell, a syndicated economic columnist, chartered nancial consultant and accredited investment duciary, is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory rm near Destin. MCDOWELL FROM PAGE E1 Will changes in U.S. Social Security occur before, say, 2025? Probably. With life expectancies growing, it is reasonable to assume that raising the minimum eligibility age (currently 62) will be one of the first systematic changes. Many see this as the most democratic potential change.have recently put up small satellites or are on the verge of adding more to their skyhigh collections. A third company, Vancouver, British Columbia-based UrtheCast, which has a growing presence in the Bay Area, recently sent up two powerful camer as to be installed on the outside of the International Space Station by the end of this month. Other startups and incubators, such as San Franciscos Lemnos Labs, have worked with satellite pioneers such as San Francisco-based Nanosatis on opensource software and crowdfunding to har ness imaging technolo gy in ways never before possible. Centered right here in what increasingly looks like Satellite Valley, this privately funded rush to space is the result of a con uence of factors, in cluding lowered costs. A satellite that once cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build and launch is now do able for a tiny fraction of that amount. And theres plenty of money to be made selling sat ellite photos, as well as the data they impart, to governments, analytical rms and even huge retailers such as Wal-Mart, who could see things like trafc ow in its parking lots every day of the year. Were building our satellites right now in Mountain View, and its sort of a balanc ing act between Silicon Valley and aerospace, says Ching-Yu Hu, a co-founder of Skybox, which launched its rst satellite from Russia in November and is now transmitting what she calls the worlds rst high-resolution commercial video from space. Hu says that marry ing together big-data and satellite startups is a match made in, well, Silicon Valley. Skybox plans to com bine its orbital images with powerful databases, selling services that could dramatically improve global business applications, from man aging supply chains to tracking shipping containers on the worlds oceans, all on a daily or even hourly basis. For example, satellites could monitor agricultural ac tivity, replacing quar terly commodity reports on soybeans with a snapshot of crop pro duction delivered with in hours of the images being recorded. We have assets in space, like these oth er startups, but whats different is the data we have on the ground, Hu says. Weve gotten a lot of interest from people who want to com bine our images and video with things like drone-produced (data) or even Twitter data. Theres also a strong drive for democratizing space under way, as rms such as UrtheCast pledge to offer free the same images that until recently only wellheeled corporate entities could afford. Many of the aerospace scien tists behind these start ups want to use satel lite technology to help save the Earth, doc umenting troubling trends such as melting ice caps and coast al erosion in the hopes they can be remedied. Seeing ourselves from space in more de tail also will profoundly change the way we per ceive the planet, says Steve Jurvetson, managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and a member of Plan et Labs board of direc tors. That iconic blue marble photograph of Earth taken in 1972 from Apollo 17, he says, sparked an epiphany that made us all real ize the fragile lifeboat we live on. Now, nanosatellites and the daily access to imagery of the planet will create a Zeitgeist impact as we see ourselves as truly global citizens. Investors are fueling the space race; Skybox, for example, has raised more than $91 million from Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Canaan Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. UrtheCast, which went public in last year, plans to use its cameras, which are about the size of large soda bottles, to beam back high-quality pic tures and video that the company will share for free on its website while making money on partnerships with media companies and global retailers. THREE PIONEERS IN THE NEW RACE FOR SPACEPLANET LABS: Founded in 2010 as Cosmogia and based in San Francisco, the privately held company already has 31 microsatellites it calls Doves in orbit and plans to send more to gather images of the Earth and monitor things such as climate change. URTHECAST: Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the publicly traded company is in the process of installing two cameras, one still and one video, on the outside the International Space Station, and collect streaming imagery of the planet for commercial and humanitarian purposes. SKYBOX IMAGING: This privately held company, which is based in Mountain View, has launched one satel lite and plans to launch a second one soon. It also as serts that its now sending the worlds rst commercial high-resolution video of the Earth taken from space.SOURCE: Mercury News reporting SPACEFROM PAGE E1

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Todays Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates during the First Barbary War. On this date: In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grants victory earned him the nickname Unconditional Surrender Grant. In 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City. In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamens recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter. In 1937, Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, a research chem ist for Du Pont whod invented nylon, received a patent for the synthetic ber. In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II. In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. In 1961, the United States launched the Explorer 9 satellite. In 1968, the nations rst 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala. In 1977, Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident. In 1988, seven people were shot to death during an ofce rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif., by a man obsessed with a co-worker who was wounded in the attack. (The gunman, Richard Farley, is on death row.)In 1994, more than 200 people were killed when a powerful earthquake shook In donesias Sumatra island. In 1998, a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board, plus six on the ground.DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for three years. I trust him with my whole heart. He is the sweetest man I know. Lately, I have been wanting to know more about his brother. My husband hasnt said much about him other than he was mur dered in prison about 10 years ago. Im not saying that he and his family are lying, but I did some research on the Web and came across multiple websites about my husbands brother. Yes, he was in prison, but Im not sure he was actually murdered there. Some details are better left unsaid. I know, of course, that you cant believe everything you read on the Internet, but there is more than one Google page with a lot of information. I want to talk to my husband and nd out what really happened and try to get to know his brother, but Im scared he will get angry and even shut me out, and I dont want that to happen. Please give me some advice on what to do. I just want some straight answers no more sweeping it under the carpet. IN THE DARK IN OHIO DEAR IN THE DARK: There is always a risk when someone goes poking around the family closet and starts rattling the skeletons. I suggest you be frank with your husband. Tell him you were curious about his brother, went on the Internet, found some surprising information and would like some honest answers. If you trust him with your whole heart, then his response will tell you all you need to know. DEAR ABBY: I am a widow with ve daughters. The youngest is 8, and the others are in their late teens and early 20s. I am self-employed, work from home and very involved in my kids lives. I have a boyfriend I have been seeing for the last 18 months. I spend the night with him two or three times a month, which involves less than a 24hour stay. I would like to have an extended weekend or a short vacation with him, but he is balking. He says I shouldnt be away from my baby that long. He grew up with a very distant mother and had an unhappy childhood. My daughter spends a lot of time with me, but still enjoys her sister time. How can I get him to realize that my being away for a few days would recharge me and make me a better mom? BADLY IN NEED OF A BREAK DEAR BADLY IN NEED: If you havent already pointed out to this man that his childhood was far different than the one you have provided for your children, then you should. I am somewhat concerned that he is giving you parenting advice, since nowhere in your letter did you mention that he has any children. It occurs to me that he may have his own reasons for not spending more time with you than he does, and if Im right, you need to get to the bottom of what they are because I dont think hes giving you the whole story.Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014: This year you have the spirit and energy to tackle whatever you want. A partner could be a key player in your ventures. If you are single, this partnership initially could be platonic, but it has the potential of evolving into much more. After spring, a different potential suitor could enter your life. Take your time in choosing. If you are attached, put more emphasis on your relationship, and you will witness it working and evolving to a new level. You enjoy time alone as a couple. VIRGO makes a great accountant for you. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Others will witness your ery side. No matter how direct you are, you probably will have to repeat a conversation. Somehow the message might get distorted. You will note that others appear to be off in La-La Land at points in the day. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You speak, and others respond. Communication ourishes. Detach more often, and imagine what the other parties seem to be holding back. Otherwise, you might have difculty understanding and accepting what these people have to say. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Take a day just for you. You might want to lounge, read the paper and/or make a special meal for yourself. Someone with an invitation could tempt you to give up your lazy day. You still will be best off steering clear of others. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Make calls in the morning and catch up on everyones news. Whether you want to incorporate your day with a friend, family member or loved one is your choice. You will be happiest going out and about with a companion. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You could be out of sorts as you eye a new purchase. You might decide to postpone this expenditure, as it could require more research. Treat a loved one to a late brunch and swap news. You could conjure up quite an afternoon together. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You will be full of energy. However, getting plans off the ground could take some effort. Use care with spending, as you have done more shopping than usual. A new friend might let you know that there might be more than a friendship that exists between you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You are always so busy that no one will think twice when you make up an excuse for not getting together with them. Use your free time to catch up on sleep. Revitalize your body and your mind. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) News lters in from a distance. You might be ready to take off at the drop of a hat; be sure that a friend or partner wants that as well. You would be well-advised to hold back some and see where the other person is coming from. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21) You could bring others together for a fun get-together. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you easily can be identied as someone who takes the lead. Your ery personality will come through. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19) The thought of a trip could be fun, but hopefully it does not consume your day and force you to think of nothing else. A family member or dear friend wants you to join him or her. You can be sure you will have a great time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Someone makes an overture that you feel you cant say no to. Be honest with yourself. You likely will decide to get together with this person on a oneon-one level. Friends need quality time like this. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You have a way about you that a loved one adores. It is clear that this person cannot get enough time with you. Allow the inner child within you to emerge and become part of these interactions. HOROSCOPES Bigars StarsJACQUELINE BIGAR Dear AbbyJEANNE PHILLIPS Wife seeks truth about a mysterious death TODAY IN HISTORY

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LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@dailycommercial.com O ver the last 10 years, many projects have come to fru ition in Lake County, from the construction of the new Emergency Operations and Communications Center, to the manufacturer of the new Cl ermont Community Center, to the rebuilding and moderniza tion of Tavares High School. Shows how far a penny will go. These projects are all exam ples of how revenue from the one-cent sales tax for infra structure is spent. It added up to a total of $34.8 million in to tal revenue last year that was di vided between the cities, school Penny sales tax becoming contentious issue for Lake ROBERT BURNS Associated Press WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to in ject more urgency into ensuring mor al character and mor al courage in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses. Hagel has been worried by a string of scandals that has pro duced a wave of un welcome publicity for the military. But in light of new dis closures this week, including the an nouncement of al leged cheating among senior sailors in the nuclear Navy, Hagel on Wednesday de manded a fuller ac counting of the depth of the problem. Last month the Air Force revealed it was investigating wide spread cheating on prociency tests among nuclear mis sile launch ofcers in Montana, and nu merous senior of cers in all branches of the armed forces have been caught in em barrassing episodes of personal misbehav ior, inside and out side the nuclear force. The Air Force also is pursuing a drug use investigation, and a massive bribery case in California has en snared six Navy of cers so far. At the same time, hundreds of soldiers and others are under RACHEL ZOLL Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to nd ef fective responses, in Congress and state legisla tures, to a rash of court rulings that would force some of Americas most conservative states to accept gay nuptials. Some gay-marriage foes are backing a bill re cently introduced in both chambers of Con gress that would leave states fully in charge of their marriage policies, though the measure Hagel orders moral courage in US military Court rulings hammer gay-marriage foes PENNY SALES TAX BREAKDOWN The penny sales tax is split evenly between the cities, county and school district, with each receiving a third. In 2013-14, each received $11.6 million, with the cities having to split that $11.6 million between the 14 municipalities. COUNTY WHITNEY WILLARD / STAFF GRAPHIC SOURCE: Sales Surtax Oversight Advisory Committee Roads and transportation Public safety facilities and equipment Construction, remodelin g of facilities Parks and recreation Other infrastructure Examples : Judicial center expansion, eet operations center, EOC historic courthouse renovation, and sheriffs vehicles. SCHOOL DISTRICT CITIES Construction, renovation and remodeling of facilities Examples : Eustis Heights Elementary and Umatilla Middle remodeling Construction, renovation and remodeling of facilities Public safety facilities and equipment Roads and transportation Utilities, drainage improvements Examples: CDBG sewer forcemain project on Highway 50 in Mascotte TOM KRISHER Associated Press CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The failure of the Unit ed Auto Workers to union ize employees at the Volkswagen plant in Ten nessee underscores a cul tural disconnect between a labor-friendly German company and anti-union sentiment in the South. The multiyear effort to organize Volkswagens only U.S. plant was defeat ed on a 712-626 vote Fri day night amid heavy cam paigning on both sides. Workers voting against the union said while they remain open to the cre ation of a German-style works council at the plant, they were unwill ing to risk the future of the Volkswagen factory that opened to great fanfare on the site of a former Army ammunition plant in 2011. Come on, this is Chat tanooga, Tennessee, said worker Mike Jarvis, who was among the group in the plant that organized to ght the UAW. Its the greatest thing thats ever happened to us. Jarvis, who hangs doors, trunk lids and hoods on cars said workers also were worried about the unions historical impact on De troit automakers and the many plants that have been closed in the North, he said. Look at every compa ny thats went bankrupt or shut down or had an is sue, he said. What is the one common denominator with all those companies? UAW. We dont need it. 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Submissions also can be emailed to sports@dailycommercial.com. FRANK JOLLEY sports editor 352-365-8268 ................................ frank.jolley@dailycommercial.com GOOD FOR YOU AND CELEBRATIONS ANNOUNCEMENTS Email news about your awards and personal or professional mile stones along with a photo, if you desire - to pam.fennimore@ dailycommercial.com. CALENDAR Email upcoming events to pam.fennimore@dailycommercial.com. district and the coun ty with each receiving a third of the allocation. The 14 cities then must divide up their alloca tion proportionally. As the tax is set to sun set, or expire, in 2017, county ofcials said this week at a board work shop they would like res idents to have the op portunity to vote on whether to renew the tax in 2015. However, there is some contention about how the tax revenue should be divided, with some school board members suggesting that half a cent be allocated for the schools, as the student population is expect ed to increase by 2020, and there is need for ad ditional schools to be built. County commission ers want to keep the sta tus quo and agreed in consensus this week to formally vote on draft ing a letter to the school board and the cities, ask ing them to support this. The matter will be dis cussed and voted upon at a future commission meeting. Commission Chair man Jimmy Conner has stated previously that if the sales tax is not re newed, there would be no option other than to raise property taxes to pay for needed capital improvement projects. We use it to buy am bulances, patrol cars and for parks, Conner said of the revenue. It is re ally an important quality of life issue. Commissioner Timo thy Sullivan, who serves as a liaison to the Lake County League of Cities, said the cities, school and county, have a need to see these dollars con tinue so it doesnt have an impact on property taxes. The benet of the one-cent sales tax is it spreads the load not only among residents, but anyone that does business in Lake Coun ty, he said. Proper ty taxes hurt the people you are trying to protect the most; while the sales tax is based on people who spend money and it doesnt include food or medicines. SCHOOL DISTRICT Harry Fix, director of the Growth Planning De partment for Lake Coun ty Schools, said previ ously that penny sales tax money has been spent on rebuilding and modernizing sev eral of the countys high schools, including Eustis High School and Umatil la High School. As the school district looks at its future needs, Fix said several schools, such as Beverly Shores Elementary School, Oak Park Middle School and Treadway Elementary may need to be modern ized or rebuilt. Further, a consul tant for the school dis trict in November 2013 projected that by 2020, there will be an increase of about 2,297 new stu dents in the schools, particularly in the south ern part of the county. As a result, school ofcials see the need to build two new schools there within seven years. In the last ve years, the school district has lost more than $67 mil lion in capital proper ty tax revenue because the stagnant economy has kept property values low, and the Florida Leg islature has cut the max imum allowable mill age for capital purposes from 2 mills to 1.5 mills. School board mem bers Tod Howard, Bill Mathias and Debbie Stivender agree the dis trict needs additional funding from the sales tax. We need about a half cent to do the repairs and replacements to the older schools, Howard said. While acknowledg ing there is no doubt more funding is needed, Stivender, chairwom an of the school board, said a request for a big ger share of the sales tax money wont be favor ably received. I dont think the mu nicipalities and the county are going to be extremely happy with that idea, she said. Stivender suggested a general obligation bond as a possible alternative. Meanwhile, Mathias suggested working to gether with the munic ipalities and county to rotate every ve years the half-cent share op tion. The rst ve years we could give the coun ty the half cent, the next ve years the school dis trict, and the last ve years it goes to the mu nicipalities, he said. School board ofcials have not yet determined specically how the sales tax revenue will be spent in the future. County Commission er Sean Parks said while he recognized the school boards needs, it is also equally important they work together on the is sue. COUNTY This past scal year, the county spent its por tion of the penny sales tax revenue on projects such as the EOC, Judi cal Center expansion and the planned historic courthouse renovation. About half of the coun tys portion is also spent on road reconstruction, resurfacing and side walks, which received the smallest part of rev enue. Spending for pub lic safety and equipment also factors into the countys portion of the money. Parks said the renew al of the penny sales tax is vital. We need the current conguration, refer ring to each party receiv ing a third. Our popula tion has grown 80,000 to 100,000 people and we have an increasing level of service needs. At the budget work shop, Conner expressed concerns about the school district as a part ner in receiving sales tax revenue. My concern is if you include the school board, it (a renewal of the tax) wont pass, based on all the prob lems they have, he said referring to six principals who inaccurately report ed their class sizes to the state, leading Superin tendent Susan Moxley to call for an independent review of all schools in the district. Then again, if you dont include them, it may not pass. Commissioner Welton Cadwell also believes a renewal wont pass un less the school district receives some of the rev enue. While the county com mission has not deter mined specically how their portion will be spent, they agreed pub lic safety, quality of life projects such as parks and sidewalks and roads are top spending priorities. I want to say, to me, the biggest issue facing us over the next three years is this sales tax, Conner said. I know ev erybody likes sidewalks and parks, but should you put ambulances in service 12 hours instead of 24 hours there would be quite the outrage. CITIES Jim Myers, execu tive director of the Lake County League of Cit ies and nance direc tor for the city of Eustis, said the penny sales tax is vital for meeting cities capital project needs. In Eustis, it means $1.4 million in capital projects and infrastruc ture in Eustis annually, he said. We are able to utilize that money each year. Without that funding source, Myers said the city may have to resort to property tax increas es. Funding from the pen ny sales tax in Eustis has gone toward proj ects such as the down town streetscape proj ect, which renovated the sidewalks and changed several streets to twoway streets, Myers said. We also nished a $6 million stormwater proj ect with the revenue, he added. While no decision has been made from the cities on the sales tax renewal, Myers said he anticipates discussion will begin on the issue in the fall I cant speak for all the cites, but I would be hard pressed to believe any of those cities would not want it to be re newed again, he said. Keith Mullins, chair man of the Sales Sur tax Oversight Commit tee, which includes two members each appoint ed by the county, school board, League of Cities, as well as the represen tation of two constitu tional ofcers, said the tax was last renewed in 2001. Prior to that, the Cler mont city council mem ber said the local option sales tax was divided solely between the coun ty and the cities, with the county receiving 70 per cent and the cities 30 percent. PENNY FROM PAGE A1 criminal investigation in what the Army describes as a widespread scheme to take fraudulent payments and kickbacks from a National Guard recruiting pro gram. The steady drumbeat of one military ethics scandal after another has caused many to conclude that the misbehavior reects more than routine lapses. He denitely sees this as a grow ing problem, Hagels chief spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, told a Pen tagon news conference Wednesday af ter Hagel met privately with the top uni formed and civilian ofcials of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. And hes concerned about the depth of it, Kirby said. I dont think he could stand here and tell you that he has that anybody has the full grasp here, and thats what worries (Hagel) is that maybe he doesnt have the full grasp of the depth of the issue, and he wants to better understand it. Hagels predecessor, Leon Panetta, had launched an effort to crack down on eth ics failures more than a year ago, and the matter has been a top priority for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, for even longer. Kirby said Hagel has come to realize that he needs to investigate as well. HAGEL FROM PAGE A1 Pocketbook is sues were also on op ponents minds, Jar vis said. Workers were suspicious that Volk swagen and the union might have already reached cost contain ment agreements that could have led to a cut in their hourly pay rate to that made by en try-level employees with the Detroit Three automakers, he said. The concern, he said, was that the UAW was going to take the salaries in a backward motion, not in a forward mo tion, said Jarvis, who makes around $20 per hour as he approaches his three-year anniver sary at the plant. Southern Republi cans were horried when Volkswagen an nounced it was engag ing in talks with the UAW last year. Republi can U.S. Sen. Bob Cork er, who has been among the UAWs most vocal critics, said at the time that Volkswagen would become a laughing stock in the business world if it welcomed the union to its plant. Volkswagen wants to create works council at the plant, which rep resents both blue col lar and salaried work ers. But to do so under U.S. law requires the es tablishment of an inde pendent union. Several workers who cast votes against the union said they still support the idea of a works council they just dont want to have to work through the UAW. Volkswagens German management is accus tomed to unions and works councils, which have been ingrained in its operations since the end of World War II. And labor interests that make up half of the companys supervisory board have raised con cerns that Chattanoo ga is alone among the automakers major fac tories worldwide with out formal worker rep resentation. UNION FROM PAGE A1 stands little chance of passage. In the states, they are endorsing a multitude of bills some intended to protect gay-marriage bans, others to assert a right, based on religious freedom, to have nothing to do with gay marriag es should those bans be struck down. In Utah, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia, federal judges have void ed part or all of the bans on same-sex marriage that voters approved be tween 2004 and 2006. Each of the rulings has been stayed pending ap peals, and a nal nation wide resolution may be a few years away in the U.S. Supreme Court. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, known for ght ing to display the Ten Com mandments in a judicial building, has written to all 50 governors urging them to support a federal con stitutional amendment de ning marriage as between only a man and a woman. In Missouri, where vot ers approved a gay-mar riage ban in 2004, eight Re publican House members led articles of impeach ment against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon after he or dered his administration to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples who were legally married in other states. The Re publican House leader has yet to schedule the mat ter for public hearings, but some GOP sponsors insist they are serious. The people put it in the constitution that mar riage is between one man and one woman the is sue is the governor has ab solutely ignored the con stitution and the peoples will, said Rep. Ron Schie ber, a Republican from Kansas City. The demand for reli gious exemptions, mean while, is widespread. Gay marriage opponents have fought for strong exemp tions in every state where lawmakers have already decided the issue. FOES FROM PAGE A1

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL A3 Area Briefs www.dailycommercial.com ... and well share it with our readers. Some of our best story ideas and photos come from our readers. So dont hesitate to share your youth activities, awards, accomplishments, festivals, charity events and other things that make our communities special. And dont overlook those family milestones birthdays, engagements, marriages, business promotions and military news. Just email your photos and news to ... pamfennimore@dailycommercial.com IF YOU SEE NEWS HAPPENING, RECORD IT LEESBURG Rotary to host annual Blood Screening event The Leesburg Sunrise Rotary Club will host its 26th annual Blood Screening event offering a complete blood count, basic metabolic panel, lipid panel, and blood enzyme test, provided by Vista Diagnostics at a cost of $45. An optional PSA test for men is an addtional $25. Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, for the event to be held from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., Feb. 22, at the Leesburg Community Building at Venetian Gardens, 109 E. Dixie Ave. Registration forms are available online at www.lees burgsunriserotary.org or by calling 352-365-3714. Proceeds from the event fund fu ture projects for the Rotary. LAKE COUNTY Government offices close for Presidents Day All ofces of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector, and the Lake County Welcome Center, 20763 U.S. Highway 27, in Groveland will be closed on Monday for Presidents Day. Lake County Solid Waste resi dential collection and the Central Solid Waste Facility, 13130 County Landll Road will continue as nor mal on Monday, but residential con venience centers will be closed. LakeXpress bus service will oper ate on Monday. Lake County libraries open on Monday are: Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont; Fruitland Park Library; Leesburg Public Library and the city of Tavares Public Library. Go to www.mylakelibrary.org for details. NATIONWIDE Bob Evans offers free pancakes to veterans On Monday, veterans with proof of service and identication, or in uniform can get free pancakes at Bob Evans restaurants in a nation wide event honoring the men and women who serve our country. The towering stack of hotcakes will be served on an all-you-can-eat basis. For details, go to www.bobevans. com. MOUNT DORA Food trucks scheduled to appear in downtown area Food trucks will once again ap pear in downtown Mount Dora be ginning on Thursday, and every third Thursday thereafter. Hosted by the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce, the trucks will be located in the Chamber park ing lot and on Sunset Park at the corner of 4th and Alexander Streets, with tables and chairs set up to offer participants a gathering and seating area to further enjoy the event. From 10 to 15 unique food trucks offering a wide variety of differ ent food styles will be part of the event, opening for food service at 5:30 p.m., and remaining open until 8:30 p.m. State & Region NEWS EDITOR SCOTT CALLAHAN scott.callahan@dailycommercial.com 352-365-8203 Staff report An organization that advocates on behalf of clergy sex abuse victims has asked the Florida Baptist Convention to re consider plans to appeal a $12.5 million award to a man sexually abused in Lake County by a minister convicted of molestation in 2007, the ABPnews/ Herald is reporting. By appealing, at best youll be postponing, at a great moral and nan cial cost, an eventual day of real reckoning, David Clohessy, ex ecutive di rector of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said in a letter to Florida Bap tist Convention Executive Director John Sullivan. At worst, youll be hurting not just the victim in this case, but all other victims who have been violated and betrayed by Southern Baptist clergy. ABPnews/Herald creat ed after a merger of the Associated Baptist Press and the The Religious Her ald is the only indepen dent news service creat ed by and for Baptists. It is reporting that Clohessy, an abuse survivor who testied before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002, warned Sullivan that even if suc cessful, your appeal will only delay the inevitable. Over 25 years of SNAPs history, we have found that those responsible for injustices are eventual ly held accountable, not only through the justice system but also through the court of public opin ion, Clohessy said in his letter. In January, a Lake County jury awarded $12.5 million in damages to a young man who was sexually abused by a Bap tist minister when he was a child. An attorney for the Florida Baptist Conven tion immediately an nounced an appeal. At torney Gary Yeldell says the convention is con dant an appellate court LEESBURG Baptist Convention urged to drop appeal of $12.5M sex case award MYERS SEE AWARD | A5 Staff report The 2014 Oakley Big Bass Tour will kick off in Lake County March 2-3 with the Harris Chain Big Bass Classic. Based at the Hickory Point Recreational Facili ty at 27341 State Road 19 in Tavares, the open-for mat tournament will of fer amateur anglers the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes during the weekend event. The Oakley Big Bass Tour is the nations pre mier big bass tournament series and Lake Coun tys Harris Chain of Lakes is the ideal location for largemouth bass shing, said Robert Chandler, Lake Countys director of economic development and tourism. We wel come anglers to this ex citing tournament to ex perience the top-notch shing and big catches our bountiful lakes have to offer. The tournament is open only to amateur an glers. The one-day entry fee is $100 per angler and the two-day entry fee is $150 per angler. The nal on-site registration will be held at Hickory Point from 3 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. Anglers may pre-register online at www.oakleybig bass.com. There will be seven weigh-ins every hour with over $35,000 in hour ly cash payouts over the Bass tour begins with Harris Chain event SEE BASS | A4 MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer millardives@dailycommercial.com A re that destroyed four luxu ry buses and scorched two oth ers at a Leesburg business last year has been deemed acciden tal, according to a report re leased Friday by the state Fire Marshals Ofce. The report states the July blaze at Entertainment Coaches of America on Airway Road, just off State Road 44, was likely caused by failure of a battery. According to a report, the six buses that were mostly unin sured were to be sent to a dealer lot on consignment. Only one of the buses was insured. The others were not scheduled to be on the LEESBURG TAVARES Luxury bus fire ruled accidental SEE FIRE | A6 Staff report Two companies have an nounced they will soon break ground for Buffalo Crossing, a 108unit assisted living facility to be located in The Villages. Buffalo Crossing, anticipated to open in the spring of 2015, will be the newest senior housing fa cility in the market and only the second dedicated assisted liv ing facility to open within The Villages, according to a press re lease. The exact location was not released. THE VILLAGES 108-unit ALF scheduled SEE ALF | A6 MILLARD IVES / DAILYCOMMERCIAL Leslie Davis does some gardening at a Carver Heights home on Saturday in Leesburg. She is one of a number of volunteers who conducted community work as part of Love Week Central Florida 2014. MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer millardives@dailycommercial.com A Leesburg church will cap off a week of love today by donating almost $11,000 to local charitable groups and civic organizations. Comprised of volunteers from more than a dozen churches and community groups and spear headed by The Fathers House Christian Center, Love Week, encompassed Valentines Day. It included repairing homes, a drive-thru prayer offering, train ing seminar for potential adoptive and foster parents, a food give away to homeless people and free gas, which resulted in $20 vouch ers to 500 people. This is all for Jesus, said Leslie Davis, doing some gardening with a shovel at a Carver Heights home on Saturday while wearing a Love Week T-shirt. According to its website, Love Week Central Florida 2014 is an audacious volunteer blitz to serve and love the community through a variety of volunteer op portunities that range from simple individual random acts of kind ness to organized city-wide clean ups, construction projects for the needy and other activities. The week began on Feb. 8 and also included a 5K run that netted a Fruitland Park food bank, Be yond the Walls, about $3,500. Anyone can go and just sit in a church, we wanted to go out on the streets and show the love of Christ, said Tim Travis, life devo tion pastor of The Fathers House on South Street in Leesburg. On Saturday at The Fathers House, the event offered drive-th ru prayers in its parking lot and a training seminar for potential adoptive and foster parents in side. Also, they repaired homes on Mispah Avenue and McCormack and Simpson streets homes that were designated by West Leesburg Community Development Corp. At a cinderblock home in the 800 block of McCormack Street, vol unteers did gardening, repaired a carport, cleaned up molding and conducted made various repairs. It was something that needed to be done that I couldnt do, said the homes resident Willie Atkins. Mike Matheny, youth pastor of LEESBURG Volunteers smother community with love SEE LOVE | A6

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Enhance your life with Mini Dental Implants in 1 hrIV SEDATION: FREECONSULTATIONNew Patients$85 Value*x-rays not includedFinancing Available Dr. Vaziri & Staff IN MEMORY OBITUARIES Maggie Masters Maggie Masters, 80, passed peaceful ly on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, FL. She was born on November 22, 1933 in Jackson, MS and cur rently lived in Grove land, FL. She retired and moved to Grov eland after her hus band, Vern, passed of cancer. Maggie had a love for people, danc ing, laughter, smiles, joking, free spirits and talking about the years past. She is survived by her daughter Debi Morrin, of Clermont, FL; son Douglas (Tere sa) Byrd of Ocala, FL; grandchildren, Alicia (Brian) Roehn of Cler mont, FL, Tonya (Josh) Ashment of Utah, Troy Byrd of Orlando, FL; Travis Link of Leesburg, FL, Zachary Byrd of Oc ala, FL; great-grand children, Austin, Mad ison, Kaleb, Angelika and Justin. She was pre ceded in death by her mother Margie Condia, son, Dorsey Byrd, hus band, Vern E Masters and lifelong best friend Charlene Osteen. A Celebration of Life Ser vice will be held grave side at 1:00 pm Satur day February 15, 2014 at the Charlotte Memo rial Gardens in Punta Gorda, FL. Please vis it kays-ponger.com to leave the family con dolences and to sign the online guestbook. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrange ments. Alfredo Fred Recchia Jr. Alfredo Fred Rec chia Jr. passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the age of 86. He was born on February 8, 1927 in Boston, MA to the late Alfredo and Tobia Recchia. Fred served his country in the U. S. Coast Guard. He moved to the Lees burg area from New En gland 18 years ago, and made his home in The Plantation. Fred was a member of St. Pauls Catholic Church, and the Plantations Italian American Club. He en joyed travelling, and base ball, es pecially the Red Sox. He is survived by his loving wife, There sa Recchia of Leesburg, along with his sons; Alfred J. Recchia III (Stephanie)of Los Ve gas, NV, Gary Recchia of Nahant, MA, and John (Deanne) Rec chia of West Townsend, MA, daughters; Di ane Recchia of E. Bos ton, MA, and Joan Rec chia of Saugus, MA. Fred is also survived by four grandchildren: Jil lian, Philip, Julia and Sarah, and two broth ers; Alphonso and John Recchia. There will be a Mass of Chris tian Burial celebrat ed at St. Pauls Catho lic Church on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Burial will fol low in Florida Nation al Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Page-Theus Funer al Home And Crema tion Services. Ida Mae Rausch Ida Mae Rausch, 91, Leesburg, Florida, de voted wife and moth er went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2014 under the loving care of her family at her residence. Mrs. Rausch was born on October 23, 1922 in New Cas tle, Indi ana to her parents Benjamin and Ol lie Davis. She was a Home mak er, Writer, Painter and a Proud Veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy as a Den tal Tech nician. She joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1942 as a Pharmacists Mate Third Class and was stationed at U.S. Naval Hospital in Oak land, California and during her period of service she had the privilege of cleaning the teeth of Bing Crosby while he was perform ing for the troops. She was united in marriage to her rst husband William A. Schneider, Jr. on October 12, 1944 at U.S. Naval Hospi tal in Oakland Califor nia and was honorably discharged on October 28, 1945. She has re sided in Leesburg for the past 18 years mov ing up from Lake Wales, Fl, Annandale, VA and from Tarrytown, NY. She was a former mem ber of the Order of Eastern Star in White Plains, NY, The Cho ral Group of Highland Lakes and a member of The Seventh Day Ad ventist Church of North Lake. She was previ ously a member of The Seventh Day Adven tist Church in Leesburg and Lady Lake. She is survived by her loving daughters: Janet Marie Harms and husband Jerry Harms of Annan dale, VA and Barba ra Lynne Shaw-Clem ens and husband Paul Clemens of Horsehoe Bend, AR; a grandson: Joey Garzon of Staf ford, VA; and a niece: Cindy Terrell of Cali fornia. She was preced ed in death by her rst husband William A. Schneider, Jr. and her second husband Os wald Rausch. Funer al Services will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:00AM at Page-Theus Funer al Home Chapel, Lees burg, FL. with buri al to follow at Lakeside Memorial Park, Winter Haven, FL with Military Honors. A Visitation will be held on Mon day, February 17, 2014 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at Page-Theus Funer al Home, Leesburg, FL. Anyone caring to give a donation in honor of Ida Mae Rausch, please make your gift to Cor nerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tav ares, FL 32778. Page Theus Funeral Home and Cremation Ser vices has been en trusted with all ar rangements. Online condolences may be made to www.pageth eusfuneralhome.com. DEATH NOTICES Sandra K. Atchison Sandra K. Atchison, 75, of Tavares, FL died on Saturday, Febru ary 8, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Fu nerals and Cremations, Tavares, FL Darrell Thomas Braden Darrell Thomas Bra den, 45, of Leesburg, died Thursday, Febru ary 13, 2014. Beyers Fu neral Home and Cre matory, Leesburg. Sylvester Crawford Sylvester Crawford, 94, of Groveland, died Friday, February 14, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc. Roy E. Maxwell Roy E. Maxwell, 90, of Tavares died on Fri day, February 14, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral& Cre mations, Tavares. RAUSCH weekend. The angler with the largest over all big bass of the tour nament will take home a 2014 Nitro Z7 bass boat valued at $30,000. Saturday and Sun days weigh-ins will take place at the Oak ley main stage and are open to the public be tween 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. We are excited to kick off the 2014 season on the Harris Chain of Lakes, said Louis Wel len of Oakley Sports Marketing. BASS FROM PAGE A3

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL A5 will overturn the ruling because it contends the minister Douglas My ers was an indepen dent pastor not super vised by the convention. Myers was sent to pris on in 2007 for molest ing the then-13-year-old boy. Given a seven-year term, Myers was re leased in December 2012 after serving ve years. A registered sexu al offender, he current ly lives in Prince Fred erick, Md., according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. An attorney for the victim, who is remain ing anonymous, says the jury understood the devastating impact of the abuse. The young man is now in his 20s and attending college. In May 2012, a Lake County jury determined the convention did not do enough to investi gate the background of Myers, who helped start two now-defunct churches in Lake Coun ty the Triangle Com munity Church in Eu stis and the Harbor Baptist Fellowship in Howey-in-the-Hills after receiving funds and training from the organization. Myers admitted mo lesting the boy repeat edly over a six-month period ending in 2005. Both the victim and his mother claimed the convention failed to uncover past allega tions of inappropriate sexual behavior at oth er churches where My ers served. AWARD FROM PAGE A3 JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increas ing pressure to tackle long standing problems in the states water storage and de livery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled. For Brown, the drought pres ents both opportunity and risk for a governor facing re-elec tion who also was in ofce during Californias last major drought in the mid-1970s. It comes as he is pitching a costly and contentious pro posal to drill two 35-milelong, freeway-size water tun nels beneath the Northern California delta, a project that will cost at least $25 bil lion and is opposed by envi ronmentalists who say it will all but destroy the imperiled estuary and has divided the agricultural community. The governor also faces mounting pressure from the state Legislature to address an $11 billion water bond mea sure that lawmakers from both parties agree will require a major overhaul before it goes to voters in November. Few things are more polit ically divisive in California than water. Who gets it, who pays for it, where and how it is captured and transported have proven to be political mineelds for California gov ernors for nearly a century. The states current crisis has gained national atten tion through pictures of res ervoirs turned to mudats, rivers slowed to a trickle and farmers ripping out orchards and fallowing their elds. The two Republicans in the race to contest Browns expected re-election campaign are in tensifying their criticism and say his administration has not done enough to improve Cal ifornias water supply or help the hardest hit communities. Yet policymakers, water agencies, farmers and wor ried local government of cials hope the crisis will pro duce enough urgency to yield a rare political compromise. Brown told reporters in Tulare last week that if anybody can get it done, I can get it done. Now may be the time, said Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Floods and droughts and lawsuits always bring at tention to the water issues, Lund said. You rarely see big strategic changes in wa ter management without that sort of motivation and atten tion there. If the motivation has ar rived, so have the politics. Last month, the Brown ad ministration announced that for the rst time it will deny any water allocations to thousands of Central Valley farmers and communities. In explaining the severity of the situation, Chuck Bonham, director of the California De partment of Fish and Wildlife, urged people to take a deep breath, put down the argu ments weve all had in the past and come together as Califor nians. Water politics complicate Browns decisions

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A6 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 Quality Inn road. The re began when a worker who was tasked with moving one of the buses across the prop erty to a garage, said he had to jump start it and about an hour later, re was coming from the rear wheel well of the bus. De spite his attempts to put out the blaze with a re extinguisher, the re ared up and with help of a strong wind, spread to other buses on the property. The reports states that Lake County Fire-Res cue responded, but with no re hydrants nearby, its tanker truck ran out of water. The loss was estimat ed at almost $900,000. An ofcial at the business reported there were no known mechanical or electri cal concerns with the buses or any problems with employees. The Fire Marshall Of ce was called in to in vestigate after Lake County Fire-Rescue was unable to determine a cause of the blaze and deemed it suspicious. The buses were just sitting there and caught on re, said re-rescue spokesman Lt. Jack Fill man, last year just after the re. However, the report adds there was no ig nitable liquid found in the samples it exam ined and the buses had been parked on dry patches of brown grass that were easily ignited using a cigarette lighter during a test. FIRE FROM PAGE A3 As a part of its aflia tion with The Villages, the residents of Buffa lo Crossing will be able to participate in ac tivities located within the massive retirement community, utilize the existing infrastructure and have access to The Villages Health Center physician network. The two compa nies behind the proj ect are Sentio Health care Properties, a real estate investment trust focused on health care-related real estate, and KR Management, a leading Florida-based regional senior-hous ing operator and devel oper. KR Management cur rently manages Sumter Place, which opened in The Villages in the summer of 2012 and reached stabilized oc cupancy within 90 days of opening. It has been a desire of ours for some time to develop within The Villages, and once we got to know the team at KR, we knew this would be the right partner ship for accomplish ing our objective, said John Mark Ramsey, president and CEO of Sentio. We were im pressed with their suc cessful development and operation of Sum ter Place, their existing relationships within The Villages and, most importantly, the way they care for their resi dents. Bill Kelsey, managing partner of KR, said Sen tio quickly became the investment partner KR wanted to work with. We appreciated their ability to connect with us on our philos ophy of compassion rst, as it relates to op erations and resident care, he said. We be lieve their vast invest ment experience, com bined with their deep understanding of op erations, will lead to a strong partnership and successful develop ment project. Buffalo Crossing will feature amenities such as ne dining, a stocked bistro, screened put ting greens, an on-site physicians clinic and an emergency call alert system. ALF FROM PAGE A3 The Fathers House, said many area residents who have been the re cipients of this weeks activities have showed their appreciation. He mentioned a motorist who drove up to him, saying she was still rid ing on the gas the event gave away on Thursday. Another motorist said he couldnt have reached his destination without the gas. Its good to know we can make a differ ence, volunteer Melin da Parker said. During Love Week 2013, the rst year of the event, volunteers logged more than 1,500 hours. Travis said although the event is a week long, he hopes it will encour age volunteers to pro vide acts of kindness throughout the year. We want them to keep up the spirit, Travis said. LOVE FROM PAGE A3 JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press GENEVA U.N.-Ar ab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi end ed direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition Satur day without nding a way of breaking the im passe in peace talks. Saturdays talks, which lasted less than half an hour, left the fu ture of the negotiating process in doubt and no date was set for a third session. Brahimi told a news conference that both sides agreed that the agenda for the next round should focus on four points: ending the violence and terrorism, creating a transitional governing body, build ing national institutions, and reconciliation. To avoid losing an other week or more before resuming dis cussions, Brahimi said he proposed that the rst day should be re served for talks on end ing violence and com bating terrorism, the main thrust of the gov ernments stance, and the second for talking about how to create a transitional body, as the opposition and Western powers insist. Unfortunately the government has re fused, which raises the suspicion of the oppo sition that in fact the government doesnt want to discuss the TGB (transitional gov erning body) at all, Brahimi said. In that case, I have suggested that its not good for the process, its not good for Syria that we come back for another round and fall in the same trap that we have been strug gling with this week and most of the rst round, he said. So I think it is better that every side goes back and reect and take their responsibility: do they want this process to take place or not? Brahimi said he would consult with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Sec retary of State John Ker ry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about a way forward. I am very, very sor ry, and I apologize to the Syrian people that their hopes which were very, very high that something will happen here, Brahimi said. Syrias ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Jaafari, said the gov ernment accepted Brahimis proposed agenda but a problem was raised by the oth er side when they gave their own interpreta tion of the agenda. He insisted that the government is com mitted to returning to negotiations. We promised our own people to get back to Geneva to contin ue the Geneva talks as long as it takes, be cause we are extremely careful about stopping the bloodshed in Syr ia and combatting ter rorism, Jaafari told re porters. This I promise you: We will be com mitted to doing so. Anas al-Abdeh, a member of the opposi tion negotiating team, said his side accepted the agenda but the gov ernments unwilling ness to go along with the order of discussions put the prospects of a third session of talks within the Geneva 2 negoti ating round in doubt. The rst two sessions lasted from Jan. 22-31 and Feb. 10-15. The rst round, known as Geneva 1, resulted in a roadmap for peace in June 2012 that was not followed. Al-Abdeh called the continuing stalemate in negotiations a result of the governments con tinuous effort to not talk and not to discuss the issue of the transi tional governing body. Syria peace talks remain in doubt after sixth day in Geneva SALVATORE DINOLFI / AP Louay Sa, spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, speaks to the media during a news conference after the second round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition on Saturday at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON Strong winds that pummeled Britain killed a taxi driver, whose car was crushed by falling chunks of masonry from a building, and an elderly man who died after a freak wave struck a cruise ship in the En glish Channel, ofcials said Saturday. Another 15 cruise ship passengers were injured. The taxi driver was killed late Friday in cen tral London near Holborn subway station when part of a building collapsed during a wind storm, police said. She was identied as Julie Sillitoe, a 49-year-old with three sons. Her passengers, a man and woman, were hospitalized with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said. The car wasnt moving at the time of the building collapse and the female passenger managed to free herself from the rear of the vehicle. A fourth person, believed to be a male pedestri an, was also injured and taken to a hospital, am bulance ofcials said. About 10 people were evac uated from nearby buildings as a precaution. The 85-year-old cruise ship passenger died after 80 mph wind gusts kicked up giant waves in the English Channel on Friday afternoon, endangering safety in the crowded shipping lanes used by commercial vessels, cruise ships and pleasure craft. Cruise and Maritime Voyag es said a freak wave broke ve windows on its Marco Polo cruise ship, inundating the ships Waldorf Restaurant. Spokesman Paul Foster said the man died before he could be airlifted for emergency treatment. The cause of death hasnt been de termined, he said. The company said a second passenger was airlifted and is being treated for injuries not thought to be life-threatening. UK taxi driver crushed to death in windstorm

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL A7 Lake & Marion CountiesLake County (321) 806-2074 Marion County (352) 610-3018 BEST TRAVEL SCOOTER only$699 1323 S. 14th Street (US Hwy 27) Leesburg Easy to break down only 5 pieces!Lightweight the heaviest part is only 29 lbs! TED ANTHONY Associated Press SOCHI, Russia Each time an Olympics approaches, the ideal is articulated once more: The true spirit of the games, those who over see them say, brings humanity together to promote amity and athletic excellence. It is most certainly not a place for the affairs of nations and vested in terests to play out on a global stage. Olympics is not about politics. Its about the sport, fair play and humanity, Dmitry Chernyshen ko, head of the Sochi organizing committee, said last week, echoing his predecessors. The new president of the International Olympic Committee, Germa nys Thomas Bach, was more nuanced, saying before the games be gan that his organiza tion must be politi cally neutral without being apolitical. And yet ... In Sochi this week, politics percolates ev erywhere, which is not unusual. It has lurked at the margins of Olym pic Games going back at least to the moment in 1936 in Berlin when German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, a white supremacist, watched Jesse Owens, a black American, take gold in the 100-meter sprint. The Olympics, you might say, are the plan ets most political apo litical event. Consider Friday nights appearance by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the U.S. Olympic Com mittees USA House and wearing a Team USA pin on his lapel, no less. It was entire ly good-natured, but it couldnt have been more political. On the surface, it was an Olympics host leader cheerful ly glad-handing guests. But below the bonho mie, it was hard not to conjure a stew of words and memories that evoked old suspicions: Cold War, We will bury you, spies, the Eastern Bloc, NATO, detente, nuclear proliferation. And new ones, too: Ed ward Snowden. Putin is only the most obvious example. To watch the Olympics and to look beyond the marvelous athletic performances and the uncounted, often un expected friendships it helps build is to see a human anthill of scripts and vested in terests playing them selves out. There is this abso lute insistence that there be no politics. I think they have to say that, says Curt Ha makawa, a U.S. Olym pic Committee ofcial for 16 years. But the fact of the matter is, that is not true. And it comes across as being a bit hypocritical, says Ha makawa, now an asso ciate professor of sport management at West ern New England Uni versity in Massachu setts. Government and sport is pretty much intertwined for most countries. I dont know that they can escape from it. Several Olympics of the past half century have been particular ly politically charged. Tokyos hosting of the 1964 Summer Games showcased Japans re turn to the global stage after World War II. In 1972, Palestinian at tackers killed 11 Israe li athletes in the Olym pic Village in Munich. And of course there were the boycott years 1976, 1980 and 1984 when entire nations (including the United States and the Soviet Union) stayed away be cause rivals either were there or were hosting. Front and center this time around is the dis connect between Rus sias strict attitude to ward gays and voices around the world that take issue with its ap proach. Despite some predictions that gay athletes or their sup porters might turn Olympic spectacles into political ones, it hadnt happened as of Saturday. Associated Press SAO PAULO More than 140 cities are ra tioning water amid the worst drought to hit Brazil in decades, according to a survey con ducted by the countrys leading newspaper. The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper quoted water supply companies saying reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest theyve been in 20 years. Some neighborhoods in the city of Itu in Sao Paulo state only receive water for 13 hours, once every three days. Water consumption normally grows by up to 20 percent during the Southern Hemispheres sum mer. But this year, consumption has risen by up to 30 percent due to a prolonged heat wave. Olympics: Most political apolitical event in the world AP FILE PHOTO Jesse Owens of the United States runs in a 200-meter preliminary heat at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and showed up Adolph Hitlers idea of Aryan supremacy. Many cities in Brazil are rationing water

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SPORTS EDITOR FRANK JOLLEY 352-365-8268 Sports sports@dailycommercial.com B1 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 www.dailycommercial.com MLB: Spring Training Guide for all 30 teams / B5-B6 MARK LONG Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stew art and Danica Patrick blew engines during Daytona 500 practice Saturday. HScott Motorsports driver Bobby Labonte also had an engine fail ure, creating concern that Hendrick Motor sports might have is sues. Stewart, Patrick and Labonte all lease engines from Hen drick, which also elds cars for Jimmie John son, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. Not really con cerned about it, Stew art said. Pretty con dent itll be ne. After changing en gines, Stewart, Patrick and Labonte will have to start at the rear of the eld in their qualifying races next Thursday as well as the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. Labontes engine went rst. Stewarts started smoking a bit later, followed about 10 minutes later by Pat ricks. I was like, Man, are we doing something? Patrick said. Its some thing that we are do ing in our family here and we need to gure it out. I was saying I bet other Hendrick cars are thinking, Whats go ing on? So we have got time to hopefully gure it out. Denitely gure it out before the race. Though Hendrick drivers had no engine problems, Johnson, Gordon, Earnhardt and Kahne seemed to be down on horsepower. The fastest Hendrick driver during the rst practice was Gordon, who was 21st on the speed chart. We feel like we un derstand what is hap pening, Hendrick gen eral manager Doug Duchardt said. We will get the engines back over and tear them down from NASCAR. I think we will be able to conrm everything that is happening. ... We think we under stand what is happen ing there and we will take a look at that. Duchardt and Scott Maxim, Hendricks di rector of engine track support, said they are condent the engines wont be an issue in Saturday nights Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, in qualifying to day, in the dual qualify ing races next Thursday or in the Daytona 500. Moving forward, we will be all right, Max im said. We will iden tify what weve got and we will make chang es needed, and I think that we will be able to make corrective action. We will be able to look the engines over close ly and make sure that JOHN RAOUX / AP Danica Patrick stands by her car as her crew makes adjustment during Saturdays practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach. JULIO CORTEZ / AP Team USA forward T.J. Oshie scores the winning goal against Russia goaltender Sergei Bobrovski in an overtime during Saturdays hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The puck can be seen in the net. GREG BEACHAM Associated Press SOCHI, Russia T.J. Oshie brainstormed while he skated to center ice, desperately trying to come up with one last move to end an epic shootout. He had already taken ve shots at Ser gei Bobrovsky, and the Russians were still even. Yet Oshie was chosen for the U.S. mens hockey team with just such a situation in mind, and the shootout specialist concoct ed one last clever goal to silence an arena lled with screaming Russian fans. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey ri valry. I was just thinking of some thing else I could do, trying to keep him guessing, said Oshie, the St. Louis Blues forward. Had to go back to the same move a couple times, but I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves there. International rules allow the same player to take multiple shots after the rst three rounds of a shootout, and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma leaned on Oshies array of slick shots and changeof-pace approaches to the net. Oshies scored on the Ameri cans rst shot before taking the last ve in a row, going 4 for 6 against Bobrovsky and nally setting off a celebration for the small group of U.S. fans at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. At some point, you think, Does he have any more moves left? U.S. captain Zach Parise A win in Red, White and Blue Oshies shootout goals lead Team USA past Russia 3-2 in Olympic thriller MARK FISHER Special to the Daily Commercial Leesburgs run to Lakeland has come to an e nd. The Yellow Jackets fell behind early in the first quarter and couldnt catch Or lando Edgewate and dropped a 72-41 de cision in the Region 2 championship game. Leesburg (20-9) was looking for its fourth trip to the state Final Four un der coach Mark Oates. Packing the paint and forcing the Ea gles to look for entry opportunities or set tle for outside shots in the first period the Yellow Jackets stayed close, trailing 13-11. But Leesburg was unable to connect from distance, while Nyala Shuler dom inated the second period for Orlando Edgewater. Shuler scored 10 points in the second quarter en route to a game high 30 points, helping the Eagles build a 29-18 advan tage at halftime. Kenyonna Jack son paced the Yel low Jackets with 14 points while Eletra Graham added 13 in the effort. BASEBALL Shane Crouse pitched six solid in nings and Dako ta Higdon had three hits and three RBIs on Saturday to lead Lake-Sumter State College to a 9-1 win against the Rollins College junior varsi ty at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park. The win helped the Lakehawks improve to 4-2 overall. Crouse struck out seven and allowed only two hits en route to leveling his record at 1-1. In addition to Higdon, Austin Sim mons also had three hits for LSSC and scored two runs. The Lakehawks are back in action at noon today against Broward at the LSSC baseball complex. UMATILLA 10, MOUNT DORA BIBLE 0 Garrett Clark and Tanner Clark tossed a two hitter on Fri day as Umatilla im proved to 3-0. Tanner Frabott, Kalan Ramsey, Kyle Fowler, Gar rett Clark and Jesse Getford had RBIs for Umatilla. LEESBURG SEE OLYMPICS | B2 SEE NASCAR | B2 Lady Jackets fall in regional finals Engine trouble for Stewart, Patrick in practice

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B2 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 BASKETBALL College Saturdays Scores Men EAST Albany (NY) 74, Maine 63 CCSU 74, Sacred Heart 69 Duquesne 83, Rhode Island 71 Holy Cross 72, Lehigh 67 Iowa 82, Penn St. 70 Lafayette 74, American U. 62 Ohio 73, Buffalo 70 Providence 84, DePaul 61 Robert Morris 69, Mount St. Marys 61 Saint Josephs 75, La Salle 64 UConn 86, Memphis 81, OT UMass 67, George Washington 61 Vermont 76, UMBC 52 SOUTH Auburn 92, Mississippi St. 82 Davidson 88, Georgia Southern 73 ETSU 93, Stetson 66 Florida Gulf Coast 84, SC-Upstate 80 James Madison 64, UNC Wilmington 62 Louisiana-Monroe 65, UALR 49 Middle Tennessee 81, Southern Miss. 64 North Carolina 75, Pittsburgh 71 UCF 75, South Florida 74 Vanderbilt 57, Texas A&M 54, OT Virginia 63, Clemson 58 MIDWEST Cincinnati 73, Houston 62 E. Michigan 65, Toledo 44 Indiana St. 60, S. Illinois 57 Iowa St. 70, Texas Tech 64 Kansas 95, TCU 65 North Dakota 74, Montana 69 Saint Louis 64, VCU 62 South Dakota 71, IUPUI 67 SOUTHWEST Oklahoma 77, Oklahoma St. 74 Tulsa 76, Old Dominion 37 FAR WEST California 72, Washington 59 UNLV 73, Utah St. 62 Women EAST American U. 72, Lafayette 61 Army 75, Bucknell 63 Boston U. 74, Loyola (Md.) 55 Bryant 81, Fairleigh Dickinson 51 Buffalo 66, N. Illinois 57 Canisius 75, Siena 66 Cincinnati 55, Temple 53 Faireld 71, St. Peters 39 Fordham 43, La Salle 42 George Washington 78, UMass 54 Holy Cross 76, Lehigh 68 LIU Brooklyn 69, St. Francis (Pa.) 66 Mount St. Marys 76, Sacred Heart 63 Robert Morris 66, CCSU 49 Rutgers 90, UCF 50 St. Bonaventure 63, Duquesne 62 St. Johns 69, Villanova 56 Wagner 62, St. Francis (NY) 53 SOUTH Appalachian St. 76, UNC-Greensboro 67 Bethune-Cookman 80, Delaware St. 51 Campbell 72, Charleston Southern 71 Chattanooga 71, Furman 54 Elon 65, W. Carolina 61 Georgia Southern 90, Davidson 82 Jacksonville St. 79, E. Kentucky 62 Liberty 72, Gardner-Webb 62 Marshall 71, Charlotte 69 Md.-Eastern Shore 66, Howard 57 Middle Tennessee 83, FAU 77 SE Louisiana 68, Nicholls St. 66 Saint Josephs 89, George Mason 75 Samford 61, Wofford 55 Stetson 62, Mercer 49 Tulane 66, FIU 55 UALR 63, Louisiana-Monroe 47 UNC Asheville 69, Longwood 52 W. Kentucky 81, South Alabama 55 Winthrop 57, Radford 40 MIDWEST Akron 87, Ball St. 64 Bradley 54, Loyola of Chicago 49 Butler 67, Georgetown 59 Cent. Michigan 88, Miami (Ohio) 47 Cleveland St. 79, Detroit 74 Creighton 85, Providence 64 Dayton 69, Richmond 58 Green Bay 81, Milwaukee 69 Kansas St. 60, Texas Tech 54 Kent St. 57, W. Michigan 48 Marquette 75, Xavier 54 Minnesota 82, Northwestern 64 Nebraska-Omaha 68, N. Dakota St. 57 New Mexico St. 74, Chicago St. 64 South Dakota 74, IUPUI 56 Toledo 62, Ohio 58 UMKC 87, Texas-Pan American 84 Wright St. 103, Ill.-Chicago 91 SOUTHWEST SMU 67, Houston 50 Stephen F. Austin 58, Sam Houston St. 52 Texas A&M-CC 61, Oral Roberts 53 UTSA 63, Rice 61 FAR WEST Denver 71, IPFW 66 San Diego St. 77, Air Force 66 Winter Olympics Medals Table At Sochi, Russia Through Saturday (51 of 98 total events) Nation G S B Tot Russia 4 6 5 15 Netherlands 4 4 6 14 United States 4 3 7 14 Norway 4 3 6 13 Germany 7 3 2 12 Canada 4 5 3 12 Sweden 1 5 2 8 Switzerland 5 1 1 7 Austria 2 4 1 7 China 3 2 0 5 Japan 1 3 1 5 Slovenia 1 1 3 5 Italy 0 2 3 5 Poland 4 0 0 4 Belarus 3 0 1 4 France 2 0 2 4 South Korea 1 1 1 3 Czech Republic 0 2 1 3 Latvia 0 1 2 3 Britain 1 0 1 2 Finland 0 2 0 2 Australia 0 1 1 2 Slovakia 1 0 0 1 Croatia 0 1 0 1 Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1 Ukraine 0 0 1 1 Saturdays Results ALPINE SKIING Womens Super-G (Start position in parentheses) 1. (18) Anna Fenninger, Austria, 1:25.52. 2. (22) Maria Hoe-Riesch, Germany, 1:26.07. 3. (16) Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:26.18. 4. (20) Lara Gut, Switzerland, 1:26.25. 5. (19) Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1:26.28. 6. (30) Fraenzi Aufdenblatten, Switzerland, 1:26.79. 7. (9) Fabienne Suter, Switzerland, 1:26.89. 8. (14) Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Calif., 1:27.04. Other U.S. Finishers 18. (2) Leanne Smith, North Conway, N.H., 1:28.38. NR. (7) Laurenne Ross, Bend, Ore., DNF. NR. (29) Stacey Cook, Mammoth, Calif., DNF. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Womens 4x5km Relay 1. Sweden (Ida Ingemarsdotter, Emma Wiken, Anna Haag, Charlotte Kalla), 53:02.7. 2. Finland (Anne Kylloenen, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Kerttu Niskanen, Krista Lahteenmaki), 53:03.2. 3. Germany (Nicole Fessel, Stefanie Boehler, Clau dia Nystad, Denise Herrmann), 53:03.6. 4. France (Aurore Jean, Celia Aymonier, Anouk Faivre Picon, Coraline Hugue), 53:47.7. 5. Norway (Heidi Weng, Therese Johaug, Astrid Uhr enholdt Jacobsen, Marit Bjoergen), 53:56.3. 6. Russia (Julia Ivanova, Olga Kuziukova, Natalia Zhukova, Yulia Tchekaleva), 54:06.3. 7. Poland (Kornelia Kubinska, Justyna Kowalczyk, Sylwia Jaskowiec, Paulina Maciuszek), 54:38.9. 8. Italy (Virginia de Martin Topranin, Elisa Brocard, Marina Piller, Ilaria Debertolis), 55:19.9. 9. United States (Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, Alaska, Sadie Bjornsen, Winthrop, Wash., Liz Ste phen, East Montpelier, Vt., Jessie Diggins, Afton, Minn.), 55:33.4. SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING Mens 1000 Final B 1. Han Tianyu, China, 1:29.334. 2. Semen Elistratov, Russia, 1:29.429. Final A 1. Victor An, Russia, 1:25.325. 2. Vladimir Grigorev, Russia, 1:25.399. 3. Sjinkie Knegt, Netherlands, 1:25.611. 4. Wu Dajing, China, 1:25.772. NR. Sin Da Woon, South Korea, PEN. Womens 1500 Final B 1. Valerie Maltais, Canada, 2:24.711. 2. Jessica Smith, Melvindale, Mich., 2:25.787. 3. Marie-Eve Drolet, Canada, 2:25.870. 4. Bernadett Heidum, Hungary, 2:26.004. 5. Veronique Pierron, France, 2:26.066. 6. Veronika Windisch, Austria, 2:26.296. Final A 1. Zhou Yang, China, 2:19.140. 2. Shim Suk Hee, South Korea, 2:19.239. 3. Arianna Fontana, Italy, 2:19.416. 4. Jorien Ter Mors, Netherlands, 2:19.656. 5. Emily Scott, Springeld, Mo., 2:39.436. NR. Kim Alang, South Korea, PEN. NR. Li Jianrou, China, DNF. SKELETON Men Final Ranking 1. Alexander Tretiakov, Russia, 3:44.29. 2. Martins Dukurs, Latvia, 3:45.10. 3. Matt Antoine, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 3:47.26. 4. Tomass Dukurs, Latvia, 3:47.58. 5. Sergei Chudinov, Russia, 3:47.59. 6. Nikita Tregybov, Russia, 3:47.62. 7. John Fairbairn, Canada, 3:48.13. 8. Kristan Bromley, Britain, 3:48.17. Other U.S. Finishers 15. John Daly, Smithtown, N.Y., 3:49.11. SKI JUMPING Mens K120 Individual Final Ranking (First and second jumps in parentheses) 1. Kamil Stoch, Poland (139.0, 85.2, 58.5; 136.0, 79.8, 56.0) 278.7. 2. Noriaki Kasai, Japan ((139.0, 85.2, 57.0; 133.5, 75.3, 55.5) 277.4. 3. Peter Prevc, Slovenia (135.0, 66.3, 57.0; 129.0, 67.2, 55.5) 274.8. 4. Severin Freund, Germany (138.0, 83.4, 57.0; 135.0, 78.0, 55.5) 272.2. 5. Anders Fannemel, Norway (132.0, 72.6, 52.0; 123.0, 56.4, 55.5) 264.3. 6. Marinus Kraus, Germany (130.0, 69.0, 54.0; 133.0, 74.4, 54.5) 257.4. 7. Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria (132.5, 59.1, 54.0; 129.5, 68.1, 55.5) 255.2. 8. Michael Hayboeck, Austria (131.0, 70.8, 53.5; 125.5, 60.9, 53.0) 254.7. Did Not Qualify For Jump 2 35. Nick Fairall, Andover, N.H. (120.0, 50.1, 50.0) 108.3. 48. Nick Alexander, Lebanon, N.H. (111.5, 35.7, 44.5) 87.0. NR. Anders Johnson, Park City, Utah, DSQ. SPEEDSKATING Mens 1500 1. Zbigniew Brodka, Poland, 1:45.006. 2. Koen Verweij, Netherlands, 1:45.009. 3. Denny Morrison, Canada, 1:45.22. 4. Denis Yuskov, Russia, 1:45.37. 5. Mark Tuitert, Netherlands, 1:45.42. 6. Havard Bokko, Norway, 1:45.48. 7. Brian Hansen, Glenview, Ill., 1:45.59. 8. Sverre Lunde Pedersen, Norway, 1:45.66. Other U.S. Finishers 11. Shani Davis, Chicago, 1:45.98. 22. Joey Mantia, Ocala, 1:48.01. 37. Jonathan Kuck, Champaign, Ill., 1:50.19. GOLF Northern Trust Open Saturday At Riviera Country Club Los Angeles Purse: $6.7 million Yardage: 7,349; Par 71 Third Round William McGirt 69-67-65 201 George McNeill 69-68-66 203 Charlie Beljan 67-68-68 203 Jason Allred 73-64-67 204 Brian Harman 67-69-68 204 Bubba Watson 70-71-64 205 Cameron Tringale 68-70-67 205 Jimmy Walker 67-71-67 205 Jordan Spieth 72-66-67 205 Charl Schwartzel 69-68-68 205 Dustin Johnson 66-70-69 205 Sang-Moon Bae 67-66-72 205 Bill Haas 72-67-67 206 Charley Hoffman 67-71-68 206 Brendan Steele 68-71-67 206 Aaron Baddeley 69-65-72 206 Luke Guthrie 71-69-67 207 John Senden 71-70-66 207 Lee Westwood 69-70-68 207 Bryce Molder 69-69-69 207 Matt Every 69-69-69 207 Jim Furyk 68-68-71 207 Robert Garrigus 67-67-73 207 Hideki Matsuyama 70-69-69 208 K.J. Choi 69-72-67 208 Harris English 70-69-69 208 James Hahn 71-72-65 208 Blake Adams 67-70-71 208 Ken Duke 71-69-69 209 David Lingmerth 70-69-70 209 Ernie Els 71-70-68 209 Daniel Summerhays 71-72-66 209 Matt Jones 67-73-70 210 Jhonattan Vegas 70-69-71 210 Kevin Chappell 71-70-69 210 Brendon Todd 71-70-69 210 J.J. Henry 70-69-71 210 Keegan Bradley 68-70-72 210 Justin Rose 70-72-68 210 Victor Dubuisson 70-72-68 210 Stuart Appleby 72-71-67 210 David Lynn 70-71-70 211 Francesco Molinari 67-73-71 211 Robert Allenby 71-69-71 211 Angel Cabrera 69-71-71 211 Scott Stallings 67-72-72 211 Ben Crane 72-70-69 211 Geoff Ogilvy 74-68-69 211 Scott Brown 70-67-74 211 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 71-70-71 212 Erik Compton 74-67-71 212 Kevin Stadler 69-69-74 212 Vijay Singh 75-67-70 212 Justin Leonard 70-72-70 212 Harold Varner III 69-72-72 213 J.B. Holmes 67-71-75 213 Ian Poulter 72-70-71 213 Martin Laird 70-73-70 213 Martin Flores 72-69-73 214 Kevin Streelman 72-69-73 214 Jason Gore 71-69-74 214 Pat Perez 69-72-73 214 Richard H. Lee 69-72-73 214 Webb Simpson 70-72-72 214 John Huh 71-71-72 214 Will MacKenzie 73-69-72 214 Marc Leishman 69-74-71 214 Hunter Mahan 70-73-71 214 Billy Hurley III 70-71-74 215 Retief Goosen 73-69-73 215 Davis Love III 71-71-73 215 Graham DeLaet 70-73-72 215 Scott Piercy 71-69-76 216 Tim Wilkinson 71-72-73 216 Ben Curtis 70-73-74 217 Jason Dufner 70-72-76 218 Michael Putnam 71-72-75 218 LPGA Tour Womens Australian Open Saturday At Victoria Golf Club Melbourne, Australia Purse: $1.2 million Yardage: 6,480; Par: 72 Third Round a-amateur Chella Choi 70-71-62 203 a-Minjee Lee 68-67-68 203 Lydia Ko 68-68-69 205 Suzann Pettersen 66-68-72 206 Jenny Shin 74-67-66 207 Mi Hyang Lee 72-67-68 207 Marianne Skarpnord 70-69-68 207 Amelia Lewis 71-67-69 207 Karine Icher 69-68-70 207 Morgan Pressel 69-68-70 207 Holly Clyburn 68-68-71 207 Caroline Hedwall 68-65-74 207 Perrine Delacour 70-73-65 208 Karrie Webb 71-69-68 208 Jessica Speechley 71-67-70 208 a-Su-Hyun Oh 74-69-66 209 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 73-69-67 209 Caroline Masson 72-68-69 209 Haru Nomura 70-68-71 209 Dewi Claire Schreefel 70-68-71 209 Jessica Korda 67-70-72 209 a-Jing Yan 71-66-72 209 Amy Anderson 72-70-68 210 Diana Luna 70-71-69 210 Stacy Lewis 71-69-70 210 Sarah Kemp 71-68-71 210 Cheyenne Woods 74-65-71 210 Carlota Ciganda 68-70-72 210 Valentine Derrey 69-69-72 210 Paula Creamer 68-69-73 210 Trish Johnson 70-73-68 211 Lorie Kane 71-71-69 211 Brooke Pancake 70-70-71 211 Giulia Sergas 68-71-72 211 Azahara Munoz 68-70-73 211 Anna Nordqvist 72-64-75 211 Hannah Burke 72-72-68 212 Gerina Piller 75-69-68 212 Pernilla Lindberg 71-71-70 212 Sarah Jane Smith 68-72-72 212 Tiffany Joh 69-70-73 212 Ayako Uehara 70-68-74 212 Becky Morgan 70-74-69 213 Alison Whitaker 71-72-70 213 Pornanong Phatlum 73-68-72 213 Dori Carter 70-70-73 213 Lee-Anne Pace 72-67-74 213 Hee Young Park 67-77-70 214 Yani Tseng 71-73-70 214 Tamie Durdin 73-70-71 214 Sandra Gal 73-69-72 214 Sue Kim 72-70-72 214 Mirim Lee 74-68-72 214 Lindsey Wright 73-69-72 214 Austin Ernst 72-69-73 214 Paola Moreno 71-70-73 214 Marion Ricordeau 67-74-73 214 Line Vedel 73-68-73 214 Julia Boland 70-72-73 215 Katie M. Burnett 69-72-74 215 Beatriz Recari 72-69-74 215 Jaclyn Sweeney 67-72-76 215 Marina Alex 71-73-72 216 Rebecca Artis 73-71-72 216 Breanna Elliott 71-73-72 216 Stacy Lee Bregman 72-71-73 216 Brittany Lincicome 71-71-74 216 Julieta Granada 70-70-76 216 Sydnee Michaels 68-71-77 216 Eun-Hee Ji 70-72-75 217 Kelly Tan 70-70-77 217 Kris Tamulis 73-71-74 218 Hannah Jun 69-72-77 218 Nikki Campbell 69-71-78 218 Sandra Changkija 72-72-75 219 Paz Echeverria 72-70-78 220 ACE Group Classic Saturday At TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon Course) Naples Purse: $1.6 million Yardage: 7,193; Par: 72 Second Round Kirk Triplett 67-67 134 Bernhard Langer 64-70 134 Duffy Waldorf 67-68 135 Olin Browne 66-69 135 Colin Montgomerie 70-67 137 Bob Tway 65-72 137 Bill Glasson 69-69 138 Gene Sauers 70-69 139 Mark McNulty 68-71 139 Michael Allen 68-71 139 Billy Andrade 71-69 140 Tom Lehman 70-70 140 Rocco Mediate 70-70 140 Kenny Perry 70-70 140 Rod Spittle 70-70 140 Tom Pernice Jr. 69-71 140 Chien Soon Lu 69-71 140 Jay Haas 68-72 140 Steve Lowery 68-72 140 Tommy Armour III 68-72 140 Mike Goodes 68-72 140 Mark Calcavecchia 73-69 142 Mark OMeara 70-72 142 David Eger 69-73 142 Wes Short, Jr. 69-73 142 Tom Kite 71-72 143 Bart Bryant 71-72 143 Lee Rinker 70-73 143 Steve Pate 73-70 143 Jim Thorpe 70-73 143 Mike Reid 71-73 144 Morris Hatalsky 72-72 144 John Inman 71-73 144 Larry Mize 71-73 144 Brian Henninger 72-72 144 Jay Don Blake 70-74 144 Gary Koch 73-71 144 Scott Hoch 70-74 144 Mark Brooks 70-74 144 Tom Purtzer 75-69 144 Peter Senior 75-69 144 Brad Bryant 72-73 145 Fuzzy Zoeller 72-73 145 Roger Chapman 72-73 145 Jim Rutledge 72-73 145 Bobby Clampett 70-75 145 David Frost 71-75 146 John Harris 71-75 146 Jeff Sluman 74-72 146 Steve Elkington 70-76 146 John Riegger 68-78 146 Peter Jacobsen 71-76 147 Kohki Idoki 72-75 147 Scott Dunlap 72-75 147 Joey Sindelar 73-74 147 Willie Wood 75-72 147 TV 2 DAY AUTO RACING 1 p.m. FOX NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Daytona 500, at Daytona Beach GOLF 1 p.m. TGC PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, nal round, at Pacic Palisades, Calif. 3 p.m. CBS PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, nal round, at Pacic Palisades, Calif. TGC Champions Tour, ACE Group Classic, nal round, at Naples 5 p.m. TGC LPGA, Womens Australian Open, nal round, at Cheltenham, Australia MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon CBSSN Bryant at Wagner 1 p.m. CBS Wisconsin at Michigan 2 p.m. CBSSN SMU at Temple 3 p.m. FS1 Oregon St. at Oregon 5 p.m. FS1 Villanova at Creighton 6 p.m. ESPN2 Rutgers at Louisville ESPNU Notre Dame at Boston College 7 p.m. FS1 Georgetown at St. Johns 8 p.m. ESPNU Colorado at Southern Cal MENS COLLEGE LACROSSE 7 p.m. NBCSN Moes Southwest Grill Classic, at Jacksonville NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 8 p.m. TNT All-Star Game, at New Orleans SOCCER 8:30 a.m. FS1 FA CUP, round ve, Swansea City at Everton WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1 p.m. ESPN Kentucky at Tennessee SUN Texas A&M at Alabama FS1 Baylor at Texas ESPNU Florida at Georgia 3 p.m. SUN Missouri at Auburn 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Louisville at Mempis WINTER OLYMPICS At Sochi, Russia All events taped unless noted as Live NBC 3 p.m. Mens Cross-Country 4x10km Relay Gold Medal Final; Womens Snowboarding Snowboard Cross Competition 7 p.m. Figure Skating Ice Dancing Short Dance; Mens Alpine Skiing Super-G Gold Medal Final; Womens Snowboarding Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final; Womens Speedskating 1500 Gold Medal Final; Two-Man Bobsled Competition 11:35 p.m. Mens Biathlon 15km Mass Start Gold Medal Final NBCSN 7:15 a.m. Mens Hockey Slovenia vs. United States (LIVE) 10 a.m. Figure Skating Ice Dancing Short Dance (LIVE) 2 p.m. Mens Biathlon 15km Mass Start Gold Medal Final 5 p.m. Game of the Day: Hockey 3 a.m. Womens Curling United States vs. South Korea CNBC 4 p.m. Mens Curling United States vs. Sweden USA 7:30 a.m. Mens Hockey Russia vs. Slovakia (LIVE) Noon Mens Hockey Finland vs. Canada (LIVE) 5 a.m. Mens Curling United States vs. Switzerland (LIVE) SCOREBOARD CONTACT US SPORTS EDITOR FRANK JOLLEY 352-365-8268 FAX 352-365-1951 EMAIL sports@dailycommercial.com Schools or coaches can report game results after 6 p.m. by calling 352-365-8268, or 352-365-8279. Amateur Listings (col lege scholarships, meeting announcements, schedule changes, outdoors notices) can be faxed to 352-365-1951, or emailed to sports@dailycom mercial.com When sports are being played in Lake County, we want to report it and we need your help. Directors and coaches of recreational and youth leagues can send game results, statistics, team and action photos, and well publish them in the newspaper and on our website. Proud parents can send us individual photos and accomplishments. Just email them to sports@dailycommercial.com IF YOURE PLAYING, WERE INTERESTED said. But he did a good job. ... Thats hard to do, to get in a goalies head and throw him off a lit tle bit. Oshie was among the nal selections for the U.S. roster, and though the 27-year-old from Warroad, Minn., has never had a 20-goal NHL season, he leads all American-born players with seven shootout goals for the Blues this season. The U.S. men are only interested in the one that all but wrapped up an automatic berth in the quarternals next week. I think youre going to see T.J. Oshie become a household name af ter that display he put on, said David Backes, Oshies teammate in St. Louis. The kids will be out on the pond prob ably in Minnesota right now, throwing a 5-hole on the goalie three or four times in a row. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in reg ulation for the Amer icans in the marquee game of the prelimi nary round. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and stopped ve at tempts in the shootout as the U.S. improved to 2-0. Captain Pavel Dat syuk scored two goals in regulation and an other in the shootout for the Russians, who rallied from a third-pe riod decit in a fastpaced game played in front of Russian Pres ident Vladimir Pu tin and an energized home crowd. The Rus sians also had an ap parent goal waved off with 4:40 left because Quicks net came off its moorings. The U.S. team is a good team and a good test for us, Datsyuk said. We played good, but the result is not good. The shootout nish was entertaining, but the entire game was in ternational hockey at its most compelling and the third period was a thriller. Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal for the Americans on a power play with 10:33 to play, but Datsyuk tied it with 7:16 left during a Rus sian power play, spur ring Putin out of his seat to cheer. After review, the of cials waved off Fedor Tyutins apparent goahead goal because the net was loose, incens ing the Russian crowd. Quick claimed he didnt even realize the net had come unmoored sever al seconds earlier. So its just, I guess, a lucky break, Quick said. You need to catch some breaks to win games. Both teams had qual ity scoring chances in overtime, but Bo brovsky denied Patrick Kane on a breakaway in the most hair-raising moment. Oshie started off the shootout with a low shot between Bo brovskys legs, and the next four shooters missed before Ilya Kov alchuk scored in the third round. Datsyuk and Kovalchuk scored in the fth and sixth rounds, respectively, but Oshie tied it twice in dramatic fashion. Datsyuk and Oshie both missed in the sev enth, and Quick denied Kovalchuk again before Oshie ended it. It was a good game, very interesting, Pitts burgh Penguins star Ev geni Malkin said. Two, I think, best teams played, and showed OK hockey. But shootouts is lucky. Although the game had little impact on the medal race in Sochi, the nish woke up the echoes of a U.S.-Rus sia rivalry best known for the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid in 1980, when a team of Amer ican college students stunned the Soviet Olympic team. The sociopolitical impact of that game is long gone, and the na tions have already met three previous times in the Olympics since NHL players joined the games in 1998. Sev eral players on both teams are teammates in the NHL, and this re sult only helped deter mine positioning for next weeks elimination games. But the Sochi Games are extraordinarily im portant to the Russian players, and the are na was packed to over owing with fans of both nations jovially posing for photos and comparing their color ful sweaters. The Rus sians waved hundreds of ags, blew horns and banged drums from the rst moments of warmups. OLYMPICS FROM PAGE B1 we are not going into (Sunday) with an issue. Then after that, we will be all good. RCR STRONG Richard Childress Racing looks strong, really strong at Daytona. RCR took the top two spots in each Daytona 500 pole practice session Sat urday and had the only cars to reach 195 mph around the famed speedway. Paul Menard and Ryan Newman were rst and second, respectively, in the opening, twohour practice. Newman and rookie Austin Dil lon topped the speed chart in the second ses sion. Teammate Brian Scott also was fast, nishing fth in the rst practice and eighth in the sec ond one. NASCAR FROM PAGE B1

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL B3 Stephen Wresh Golf Academypresents TOUR TECHNIQUESCall(352)267-4707to registerLocated at Continental Country Club, 15 minutes from The VillagesTaught by PGA ProfessionalStephen WreshShort Game Series(Chipping, Pitching, Putting & Bunkers)orFull Swing Series(reg. $200)$180Four 40-Minute Sessions COLLEGE BASKETBALL AARON BEARD Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. James Michael McAdoo had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 25 Pittsburgh 75-71 on Saturday for its sixth straight vic tory. Marcus Paige added 18 points for the Tar Heels (17-7, 7-4 At lantic Coast Confer ence), who extended the seasons longest winning streak three days after their rival ry game against Duke was postponed due to a winter storm. They shot 48 percent after halftime and led by 12 with about 9 min utes left, but had to fight off a late push from the Panthers (206, 8-5). Pitt fought back to within three with the ball in the final 10 seconds. But Lamar Patterson missed a 3-pointer for the tie, and then Talib Zan na missed a putback attempt before Pat terson fouled on the rebound with 2.8 sec onds left. UNCs Brice Johnson hit his second free throw to make it a two-possession game and clinch the win. McAdoo finished 11 for 18 from the field, while Paige went 5 for 6 from 3-point range. Johnson added 13 points off the bench with seven rebounds and five blocked shots, including one on a driving layup by James Robinson with the Tar Heels up 74-68 in the final minute. Patterson scored 16 points to lead the Panthers, who were even with the Tar Heels in several sta tistical categories from rebounds to sec ond-chance points and points off turn overs but trailed throughout the sec ond half and never could quite level the game. The Tar Heels dug their way out of an 0-3 ACC start with their five-game win ning streak that re stored some optimism in Chapel Hill. But the five wins had come against teams that were a combined 2632 in the league enter ing Saturdays games, and none had come against a team bet ter than sixth in the league. Theyre starting a four-games-in-eight days stretch, with the next stop com ing Monday at Flori da State followed by Thursdays resched uled game against the Blue Devils. For the Panthers, it was the latest frus trating moment in a stretch of gut-wrench ing games. It started with a home loss on a last-second 3-point er to Virginia, followed by an overtime win at Miami and a dou ble-overtime home win against Virgin ia Tech. Then came Wednesdays loss to top-ranked and un beaten Syracuse at home on Tyler Ennis desperation 3-pointer at the horn. Now, along with the UNC loss, all five of those games have been decided by five or fewer points. North Carolina holds off No. 25 Pittsburgh KARL B DEBLAKER / AP North Carolinas James Michael McAdoo (43) battles with Pittsburghs James Robinson (0) during the rst half of Saturdays game in Chapel Hill, N.C. PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. Shabazz Napier scored a career-high 34 points and No. 24 UConn beat No. 20 Memphis 86-81 in overtime Saturday to sweep the season se ries from the Tigers. Ryan Boatright add ed 21 points for UCo nn (20-5, 8-4 American Athletic Conference), including eight in overtime. He also had six assists. Joe Jackson had 24 points to lead the Ti gers (19-6, 8-4). Geron Johnson added 15 points and eight re bounds before fouling out and Chris Craw ford chipped in with 12. The game was tied at 69 at the end of reg ulation and UConn opened the extra pe riod on a 7-2 run. But Memphis cut it to 7674 after a Michael Dix on hit a 3-pointer. Napier respond ed with one of his five 3-pointers and the Huskies held on. The UConn se nior had a shot to win the game in reg ulation, but his fallaway 3-pointer rolled around the rim and out. The Huskies shot just 39 percent from the floor, but made 29 of 36 free throws. Memphis, which shot 55 percent, had just nine foul shots, mak ing six of them. Johnson fouled out on the first possession in overtime. Trailing 69-66 with less than a minute to go in regulation, Na pier drove the lane, drawing Johnsons fourth foul and com pleting the 3-point play to tie the game. DeAndre Daniels then blocked a layup at tempt by Shaq Good win on the other end. The two teams scram bled for the loose ball, and the referees gave UConn the ball after reviewing the play on video. It was one of two key blocks for Dan iels, who finished with eight points. The oth er came in overtime with the Huskies up by one point, and led to a 3-pointer on the other end by Boatright. Napier was 10 of 21 shooting for the game and hit 5 of 12 at tempts from behind the arc. Memphis led 46-43 early in the second half before Napier de cided to take charge of the Huskies offense. He scored 14 of UCo nns next 17 points and his 3-pointer gave UConn a 58-51 lead. The Tigers scratched back. They trailed 6661 with 6 minutes left, but took a 6766 lead on a Jackson layup and extended it to three points when Jackson found David Pellom for a dunk. It was a game of big runs in the first half. Memphis jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, getting two quick 3-pointers from Craw ford and Johnson. The Tigers led 12-5 before UConn went on an 18-2 run, hold ing Memphis without a field goal for almost 5 minutes. Napier had eight points during the run, including a pair of 3-pointers. But the Tigers then scored the next 11 points to take a 25-23 lead. A dunk from Aus tin Nichols sending Memphis into half time trailing 36-35. Boatrights first point of the game, a free throw, gave him 1,000 for his career. Hes the 48th UConn player to reach that mark. UConn moved into a tie with Memphis, a half-game behind SMU for third place in the conference. Memphis has six more games this sea son, with three more on the road and two against other teams that have already beaten the Tigers this year Cincinnati and SMU. The Huskies won the first meeting on Jan. 16 by 10 points, hitting their final seven shots from the floor. Memphis outre bounded the Huskies on Saturday 38-28. UConn has won nine of its past 11 games, while the Tigers fell for just the third time in their past 11. Any rematch would come in the American tournament in March on the Tigers home floor. UConn outlasts Memphis 86-81 in overtime JESSICA HILL / AP Connecticuts Shabazz Napier, left, drives to the basket as Memphis Shaq Goodwin defends during the second half of Saturdays game in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut won 86-81 in BOB BELLONE Associated Press TAMPA Isaiah Sykes scored the last of his 27 points with less than 2 seconds to go, lifting Central Flor ida to a 75-74 victory against South Florida in a Saturday matinee. Sykes, who had 21 points in the second half, added ve assists to help Central Florida (10-13, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) halt a nine-game losing streak and avenge a 7978 overtime loss to vis iting South Florida on Feb. 5. Tristan Spurlock had 16 points, eight re bounds, four steals, three blocks and three assists for UCF. Justin McBride add ed 13 points and Sta phon Blair had 12 for the Knights. Victor Rudd had 21 points and nine re bounds for South Flor ida (12-14, 3-10). Mar tino Brock, whose desperation shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim, also scored 21 for the Bulls. Central Florida, which entered the game as the top re bounding team in the conference with a 38.9 average, was out rebounded 31-30 by South Florida. USF be gan the day near the bottom of the league at 35.6. The game included seven ties and 10 lead changes, including three on the way to a 38-34 halftime edge for the Bulls. South Florida was coming off one of its worst performances in program history, an 8340 loss at Connecticut on Wednesday. UCF edges South Florida 75-74 on road

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Drummond had 30 points and a Rising Stars Challenge-record 25 rebounds, leading Team Hill to a 142-136 victory over Team Web ber on Friday night. Coach Nate McMil lan said general man ager Grant Hill talked to his team before the game about perform ing like Denvers Ken neth Faried, who had 40 points and 10 re bounds while winning MVP honors last year. The message got through to Drum mond, who grabbed 14 offensive rebounds. Drummond had in his mind that he was going to go out and play the game hard, said McMillan, an assistant to Indiana coach Frank Vogel. Every rebound that came off the board, he wanted. A few of them he took from his team mates, but I liked his aggressiveness. Besides an impres sive tally of dunks and rebounds, Drummond even managed to make his free throws. A 41 percent shooter during the regular season, the Detroit forward went 6 for 8, including a pair with 29 seconds left af ter chasing down Brad ley Beals missed free throw to give his team a ve-point lead. He eventually got to hoist the MVP trophy, though not before it fell to the court when a rep resentative from game sponsor BBVA tried to hand it to him. It comes in two pieces, a star on top of the base, and the presenter was appar ently unaware when he grabbed it by the top. It happened last year, too, so I wasnt ex pecting anything less, Drummond said. Usu ally a slip-up happens every year with the tro phy. So I wasnt too shocked about that. Clevelands Dion Waiters had 31 points, mostly coming during a 1-on-1 duel with New Yorks Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half. Beal nished with 21 for Team Hill, picked by former NBA star Hill. Hardaway scored 36 points and made sev en 3-pointers for fellow former Michigan star Chris Webbers squad. Philadelphia rookie Mi chael Carter-Williams had 17 points, nine as sists and six rebounds. Portlands Damian Lillard had 13 points, ve rebounds and ve assists in the victo ry, making him 1 for 1 during the busiest AllStar weekend ever. Last seasons NBA Rookie of the Year will take part in ve events, three more on All-Star Saturday and the All-Star game on Sunday. All-Stars such as Kev in Durant, Dwight Howard and Kyrie Ir ving watched the game, with Irving leaping to his feet at one point after watching Wait ers, his Cavaliers team mate, try to take over the game with about 8 minutes to play. Waiters had two bas kets and then two 3-pointers, one of them when he stepped back after faking a move to the basket that made Hardaway lose his bal ance. Hardaway an swered back with two 3-pointers of his own as the crowd roared. We were just try ing to do a great job of just getting the fans involved, Hardaway said. It was kind of dead in there and we just wanted to just start something, a little 1-on-1 battle here and there, and it was great. Waiters then clinched the duel when he knocked the ball free for a rare defensive high light in the game, nail ing his second straight 3-pointer to give team Hill the lead for good at 126-124 with 2:44 left. Drummond followed with a dunk for a fourpoint advantage, and Team Webber could never catch up. The game that be gan as a matchup of top rookies and lat er turned into rook ies against second-year players now mixes the rosters. Thats probably a good thing, since this years crop of kids is so underwhelming. Only two of the top 10 picks in the 2013 draft, which has been hin dered by injuries, were invited to this game, No. 2 Oladipo and No. 9 Trey Burke. Players were picked to play on Team Hill and Team Webber, which they wore under their numbers on the back of their jerseys. Drummond 16 points and 10 rebounds in his rst 10 minutes and shot 12 of 21 for the game. Drummonds 30-25 wins Rising Stars Challenge CHRISTIAN PETERSEN / AP Team Webbers Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic goes to the basket against Team Hill during Fridays Rising Star NBA All Star Challenge in New Orleans. BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS With the rst pick in the 2014 NBA All-Star fanta sy draft ... Id go with LeB ron, Torontos DeMar DeRozan said. Ill take KD, said Clevelands Kyrie Irving. Thats how close it is right now between LeB ron James and Kevin Durant. They are the very best of the NBAs best, both so talented that even guys who play against them every night have trouble deciding which one they think is better. I think its almost a situation where you have 1A and 1B, because both give you so many different things out on the court, Minnesotas Kevin Love said. A, 1B, agreed Tony Parker of the San An tonio Spurs, who were knocked out of the play offs by Durant two years ago and James last year. As journalists youre always going to try to choose, but me as a bas ketball player and play ing against them, theyre both great. James was the MVP of the game in 2008, the last time the NBAs All-Star weekend came to New Orleans. These days, hes the MVP of most seasons, win ning four of the last ve awards. But King James might be giving up the throne this time, with multiple players believ ing Durant will emerge with his rst MVP award this season. I think its ultimately going to be KD and LeB ron, and KDs team is No. 1 in the West right now, Portlands Damian Lil lard said. Hes getting 40 every night and irt ing with a triple-double, so I think if they had to pick an MVP right now it would be KD. But MVP is decided by a media panel. No body voting for that ever shares the oor with James or Durant. What about somebody like Carmelo Anthony, who plays the same posi tion, is sandwiched be tween them at No. 2 in the scoring race, and has teamed with both on the U.S. Olympic team? As far as Durant, hes a hell of a scorer, great scorer, gets better every year in all facets of his game. Never seen some body his height shoot the ball the way hes ca pable of shooting the ball, Anthony said. Then you look on the ip side with LeBron, you have somebody whos so powerful, so athletic, can do so many things, can change a game in so many differ ent ways throughout the course of a game. So go ing up against those two guys, its a totally differ ent mindset, game plan, focus that you have to have because its com ing at you from a lot of different ways. James has been con sidered the games best player for a while now, having moved past Kobe Bryant. Durant was the sensational scor er hes on his way to a fourth scoring title in ve years but with out the full array of skills that James possessed. But even with his 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game, James isnt the only guy lling up every stat cat egory. Besides his 31.5 points per game, Durant is also averaging 7.8 re bounds and 5.5 assists. Love said J ames is like Old Faithful, be cause you know what hes going to give you, and added that at this point its going to be very tough to pass him as the best player in the world. But he seems in the Durant category when it comes to the MVP bal lot. I have to say with what Kevin Durant is doing at this point, its pretty unbelievable, he said. Scoring the ball at such a high clip, and then you look at the stat sheet and hes lling it up in other categories as well. His team is win ning, and LeBron is hav ing a great year, but it just seems like what KD has done has been pret ty unbelievable. James caused a stir this week when he said he believed hed go down as one of the top four play ers in history during an interview with NBA TV that will air Monday. Yet even as he looks toward his place in the future, he seems aware his sta tus at the present could be in jeopardy. LeBron for a few years has known Kevin Durant has been com ing as a player, said Dwyane Wade, James teammate in Miami. He wants to be the best, one of the greatest of all-time and he knows that this young guy is coming and hes trying to protect his turf. Durant sent a loud statement when the Thunder routed the Heat in Miami during his incredible scor ing run of 12 straight games with 30 or more points. He scores so easily that even other guys who can ll it up are in awe, and Irving said hed pick Durant at No. 1 in part because of what Durant could do for his own stats. James, Durant arrive at All-Star Game as 1A, 1B GERALD HERBERT / AP Miamis LeBron James speaks with reporters on Friday during a news conference at the NBA All Star weekend in New Orleans. The All Star game is today. BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS David Stern is going from the NBA commis sioners ofce to the Hall of Fame. The recently retired Stern was elect ed Friday to the Naismith Memo rial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. 8 in Springeld, Mass. Stern was on a ski trip to Colorado on Friday with his wife while the NBA was holding its rst All-Star weekend without him in charge since 1983. New Com missioner Adam Silver and many other league employees who worked under Stern attended the press conference. Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Kev in Johnson and Spencer Hay wood are hoping to be part of the class. They were chosen as nal ists, with the full class to be un veiled April 7 during the NCAA Final Four. Hardaway and Rich mond were teammates in Golden State and made up the Warriors Run TMC trio along with Chris Mullin, who was elected to the Hall in 2011. Stern retired on Feb. 1 after exactly 30 years as commissioner, during which he brought the league to its greatest success. Jerry Colange lo, chairman of the Hall of Fame board, said the Hall hopes to have a special spot to display a tribute to Stern. He deserves to be recognized in a huge way, Colangelo said. Stern was elected by the contributors com mittee. Also directly elected to the Hall of Fame were Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulio nis by the international committee, former In diana Pacers coach Bob Slick Leonard by the ABA committee, for mer New York Knicks player Nat Sweetwa ter Clifton by the ear ly African-American pi oneers committee, and former Temple star Guy Rodgers by the veter ans committee. College coaches Ed die Sutton, Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams were also nalists, as were former womens coach Harley Redin and the womens team from Immacula ta College, which won three straight national championships. Stern elected to Basketball Hall of Fame STERN

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL B5 BOSTON RED SOX Manager: John Farrell (second season). 2013: 97-65, rst place, World Series champions. Training Town: Fort Myers Park: JetBlue Park. First Workout: Feb. 15/18. Hes Here: C A.J. Pierzynski, OF Grady Sizemore, RHP Edward Mujica, IF Jona than Herrera. Hes Outta Here: CF Jacoby Ellsbury, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Stephen Drew, LHP Franklin Morales, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Joel Hanrahan. Going campin: The Red Sox won the World Series title for the third time in 10 years and one year after going 69-93. In the offseason, they continued their strategy of signing mid-level free agents to short-term contracts that worked so well the previous year. They let Ell sbury sign with the New York Yankees for seven years and Saltalamacchia join the Miami Marlins on a three-year deal. They made few roster additions, adding Pierzynski, Sizemore, Mujica and Herrera. The pitching staff has great depth among starters with six return ing veterans, led by Jon Lester, and tal ented young prospects. The bullpen is solid with closer Koji Uehara and setup men Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow all returning. The positive karma that replaced a dysfunctional clubhouse should continue under the steady hand of Farrell, who took over when Bobby Val entine was red after the 2012 season, and with David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jonny Gomes. Look for a breakout year for two youngsters SS/3B Xander Bo gaerts and CF Jackie Bradley Jr. TAMPA BAY RAYS Manager: Joe Maddon (ninth season). 2013: 92-71, 2nd place, lost to Boston in divisi on series. Training Town: Port Charlotte Park: Charlotte Sports Park. First Workout: Feb. 15/20. Hes Here: C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Grant Balfour, RHP Heath Bell, RHP Brad Box berger, INF Logan Forsythe, RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, INF Jayson Nix, INF Ray Olmedo, INF Wilson Betemit. Hes Outta Here: RHP Fernando Rodney, DH Luke Scott, OF Kelly Johnson, DH Delmon Young, OF Sam Fuld, INF Ryan Roberts, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Jamey Wright, LHP Alex Torres. Going campin: The Rays enter spring training with a projected payroll of nearly $80 million, which would be a franchise record and also speaks to expecta tions for 2014. Principal owner Stuart Sternberg spent generously at least by Tampa Bay standards to ensure most of the key components of a team that won 92 games and made the play offs for the fourth time in six seasons remained together. That includes not trading 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and instead giving him a $14 million, one-year contract; re-sign ing rst baseman James Loney; picking up options on inelders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar; trading for Hanigan, Bell and Forsythe, and signing Balfour, the closer, in free agency. With Price anchor ing one of the strongest starting rota tions in baseball and Evan Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers providing a powerful one-two punch in the middle of the batting order, the Rays not only expect to contend the AL East title but feel they have what it takes to win the World Series. BALTIMORE ORIOLES Manager: Buck Showalter (fth season). 2013: 85-77, tied for third place. Training Town: Sarasota Park: Ed Smith Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: RHP Ryan Webb, INF Jemile Weeks, OF David Lough, OF Francisco Peguero, OF Delmon Young, OF Xavier Gray, RHP Edgmer Escalona, SS Alex Gonzalez, RHP Alfredo Aceves. Hes Outta Here: RHP Jim Johnson, 2B Brian Roberts, LF Nate McLouth, RHP Jason Hammel, DH Wilson Betemit, RHP Scott Feldman, OF Michael Morse, C Taylor Teagarden, DH Danny Valencia, RHP Francisco Rodriguez. Going campin: The Orioles have plenty of questions to be answered before opening day, most notably: Who will be the closer? VP Dan Duquette traded away Jim Johnson to cut salary, and after Grant Balfour failed his physical, the team was left without a clear-cut re placement. Sorting that out, determining a starting rotation without an apparent ace, choosing successors to McLouth in left eld and Roberts at second base will keep Showlater busy throughout spring training. Showalter led Baltimore into the playoffs in 2012 and milked 85 wins out of the team last year, but keep ing the Orioles competitive in the AL East will be a difcult task with a squad whose payroll pales to that of Boston and the Yankees. NEW YORK YANKEES Manager: Joe Girardi (seventh season). 2012: 85-77, tied for third place. Training Town: Tampa Park: George M. Steinbrenner Field. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: C Brian McCann, OF Jacoby Ellsbury, OF-DH Carlos Beltran, INF-OF Kelly Johnson, 2B Brian Roberts, INF Scott Sizemore, LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Masahiro Tanaka. Hes Outta Here: 2B Robinson Cano, OF Curtis Granderson, 3B Alex Rodriguez, 3B Kevin Youkilis, DH Travis Hafner, OF-DH Vernon Wells, 1B-3B Mark Reyn olds, 1B Lyle Overbay, C Chris Stewart, RHP Mariano Rivera, LHP Andy Pettitte, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Boone Lo gan, RHP Phil Hughes. Going campin: When the Yankees lose 10 more games than they did the previous season and miss out on the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, they dont sit still, they re load. Setting aside the desire to get payroll below the $189 million luxury tax threshold, managing partner Hal Steinbrenner went on a spending spree not seen in New York since the Bronx Bombers missed the playoffs in 2008. Back then, the Yankees spent $423.5 million in the offseason and won their 27th World Series championship the next season. They topped that this win ter. Including the $20 million fee paid to Tanakas Japanese team, the Yankees committed $471 million on free agents. But will adding stars such as Ellsbury, Beltran, McCann and Tanaka to ll glar ing holes on an aging roster be enough to overcome some signicant issues? Rodriguez is suspended for the season and New York has not found a marquee replacement at third base. Cano, the clubs top hitter the past several sea sons, left for Seattle. Derek Jeter played only 17 games last year after breaking his leg in the 2012 playoffs. He is set to be the starting shortstop in the year he will turn 40. Just before camp opened, Jeter revealed his plans to retire after the season. So hell be on a farewell tour around the majors similar to the one Rivera relished last year. Mark Teix eira is returning from a wrist injury, CC Sabathia is coming off his worst season (14-13, 4.78 ERA) and Pettitte has re tired. Even with the addition of Tanaka, who was 24-0 in the regular season for Ratuken in 2013, the Yankees still need a fth starter. TORONTO BLUE JAYS Manager: John Gibbons (second sea son). 2013: 74-88, fth place. Training Town: Dunedin Park: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 19/21. Hes Here: C Erik Kratz, INF Brent Morel, C Dioner Navarro, LHP Rob Rasmussen. Hes Outta Here: C J.P. Arencibia, INF Mark DeRosa, RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Brad Lincoln, LHP Darren Oliver. Going campin: Arguably no team in baseball opped bigger than the Blue Jays in 2013, slumping to the bottom of the AL East after loading up with a pair of huge offseason trades. Rather than retool again, Toronto is taking an other shot with a similar lineup. Starting pitching, the supposed strength of last years team, turned into a sore spot and remains a question mark. Knuckleballer and former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey heads the staff, with Mark Buehrle be hind him and Brandon Morrow among the many rotation candidates returning from injury. What the Blue Jays get from Morrow, Drew Hutchison, Kyle Drabek and J.A. Happ will go a long way toward determining their ability to compete in a division thats deeper than ever. Slug gers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarna cion, along with former batting champ Jose Reyes, all of whom also missed time with injuries last season, remain Torontos key offensive cogs. Injuries have helped derail the past two sea sons in Toronto. The Blue Jays must stay healthy in 2014 to end baseballs second longest playoff drought, now 21 years. American League Spring Training Capsules AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST STEVEN SENNE / AP Tampa Bay center elder David DeJesus, left, and relief pitcher Grant Balfour, right, laugh during Fridays spring training workout in Port Charlotte. AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL DETROIT TIGERS Manager: Brad Ausmus (rst season). 2013: 93-69, rst place, lost to Boston in ALCS. Training Town: Lakeland Park: Joker Marchant Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/18. Hes Here: RHP Joba Chamberlain, OF Rajai Davis, 2B Ian Kinsler, LHP Ian Krol, INF Steve Lombardozzi, RHP Joe Nathan. Hes Outta Here: Manager Jim Leyland, RHP Joaquin Benoit, 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Doug Fister, 2B Omar Infante, C Brayan Pena, SS Jhonny Peralta, RHP Jose Veras. Going campin: The Tigers have never made the postseason four straight years, but they look like favorites to do just that after winning a third consecu tive AL Central title in 2013. Of course, this team already looks a good bit differ ent from last seasons. Leyland stepped down following Detroits playoff loss to Boston and was replaced by Ausmus, who takes over a star-studded roster that still includes the winners of the last three AL MVP Awards (Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander) and two of the last three Cy Young Awards (Max Scherzer and Verlander). Cabrera was hobbled down the stretch last season but is ex pected to be ready for spring training after offseason surgery. Verlander has also been on the mend after core mus cle repair surgery in January, and his progress will be a major story during spring training as he tries to get ready for the start of the season. The Tigers traded Fielder for Kinsler and signed Na than to replace Benoit. They also traded Fister, opening a spot in the rotation for LHP Drew Smyly, who was impressive in relief last year. Detroit might not hit as many homers, but the Tigers should be improved defensively. It remains to be seen whether theyll be any better overall than last season they might not have to be to win another division championship. CLEVELAND INDIANS Manager: Terry Francona (second sea son). 2013: 92-70, second place, lost wildcard game to Tampa Bay. Training Town: Goodyear, Ariz. Park: Goodyear Ballpark. First Workout: Feb. 15/17. Hes Here: RHP John Axford, OF David Murphy, LHP Josh Outman, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Jeff Francoeur, OF Nyjer Morgan, RHP David Aardsma, RHP Kyle Davies. Hes Outta Here: RHP Chris Perez, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP Joe Smith, LHP Scott Kazmir, OF Drew Stubbs, RHP Matt Albers, LHP Rich Hill, OF Jason Kubel, C Lou Marson. Goin campin: Franconas arrival along with the signings of Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi as free agents propelled the Indians into the postseason for the rst time since 2007. They lost the one-game playoff to Tampa Bay, but a small sampling of October has the club craving more in 2014. To get back, Cleveland must re model its bullpen from front to back. Axford, who had 46 saves for Milwaukee in 2011, must rebound from two rough seasons. The emergence of catcher Yan Gomes (Indians were 49-30 when he started) could move Carlos San tana to third. The Indians are counting on young pitchers Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister and Corey Kluber to step up and round out their rotation. Jimenez re mains unsigned and could resurface in Cleveland. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was dangled as trade bait during the offseason and must shake off an in consistent 2013 because the Indians have prospect Francisco Lindor waiting in the wings. KANSAS CITY ROYALS Manager: Ned Yost (fth season). 2013: 86-76, third place. Training Town: Surprise, Ariz. Park: Surprise Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: LHP Jason Vargas, 2B Omar Infante, RF Norichika Aoki, 3B Danny Valencia, C Ramon Hernandez, RHP Jon Rauch, RHP Brad Penny, RHP Guill ermo Mota. Hes Outta Here: RHP Ervin Santana, LHP Will Smith, 2B Chris Getz, RF Da vid Lough, C George Kottaras, 3B Irving Falu, RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Luis Men doza, 3B Jamey Carroll. Going campin: The Royals will have a record payroll of more than $90 mil lion this season, but the money was well spent. They upgraded at second base with Infante and right eld with Aoki, and signed Vargas to help so lidify the rotation. The biggest race in camp remains among their starting pitchers, though. Flame-throwing RHP Yordano Ventura, injury plagued LHP Danny Duffy and fast-rising RHP Kyle Zimmer will be trying to secure one of two spots up for grabs. RHPs Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar are also in the race. Meanwhile, 3B Mike Moustakas must prove a miserable last season (.233/.287/.364) was an aberration. Valencia and versatile INF Emilio Bon ifacio are waiting in the wings in the former No. 2 overall draft pick strug gles again. MINNESOTA TWINS Manager: Ron Gardenhire (13th sea son). 2013: 66-96, fourth place. Training Town: Fort Myers Park: Hammond Stadium at Lee County Sports Complex. First Workout: Feb. 17/22. Hes Here: RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Phil Hughes, C Kurt Suzuki, OF Jason Kubel, RHP Matt Guerrier, SS Jason Bartlett. Hes Outta Here: C Ryan Doumit, RHP Josh Roenicke, RHP Andrew Albers, LHP Pedro Hernandez, OF Clete Thomas, OF Wilkin Ramirez, RHP Liam Hendriks, RHP P.J. Walters. Going campin: The Twins averaged 97 losses over the last three seasons, but general manager Terry Ryan took the blame. This winter, he gave Garden hire a new two-year contract and ag gressively tried to upgrade the starting pitching. Joe Mauers move to rst base ought to keep him on the eld more, which should help a lagging lineup. So would a bounce-back season from Josh Willingham, who dropped from a .260 batting average, 35 homers and 110 RBIs in 2012 to .208, 14 and 48 while dealing with knee trouble. Despite Min nesotas hitting deciencies, starting pitching is where Ryan had to start. With free agents Nolasco, Hughes and Mike Pelfrey (who was re-signed after a rough year following reconstructive elbow sur gery) to go with holdover Kevin Correia, the Twins will pay their top four start ers $31 million, a franchise-high. Twins starters last season had the worst col lective ERA in the majors (5.26), almost a half-run higher than the next-closest team. As for Ryan, hell miss at least the start of spring training for treatment of cancer recently found in his neck. CHICAGO WHITE SOX Manager: Robin Ventura (third season). 2013: 63-99, fth place. Training Town: Glendale, Ariz. Park: Camelback Ranch. First Workout: Feb. 15/20. Hes Here: 1B Jose Abreu, OF Adam Eaton, LHP Scott Downs, LHP Eric Sur kamp, RHP Ronald Belisario. Hes Outta Here: RHP Addison Reed, INF Brent Morel. Going campin: The White Sox made a pitch for Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka and came up short. Even so, they believe they can turn things around rather quickly after last seasons col lapse. One reason for that their pitch ing. Tanaka and Chris Sale might have been a dominant tandem at the top of the rotation, but the White Sox believe they have enough arms with Jose Quin tana, John Danks and Erik Johnson in the mix. The big question is, can they generate enough offense? They signed Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal, hoping he could boost an offense that scored the fewest runs in the American League and hit only 148 homers. They will also have a full year with OF Avisail Garca after acquiring him from Detroit in the midseason deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston. And theyre commit ted to Ventura as their manager after he agreed to a multiyear contract ex tension. GENE J. PUSKAR / AP Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer, right, Drew VerHagen, center, and Robbie Ray, left, warm up on Fridays rst day of spring training in Lakeland. AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST OAKLAND ATHLETICS Manager: Bob Melvin (fourth season). 201 3: 96-66, rst place, lost to Detroit in division series. Training Town: Phoenix. Park: Phoenix Municipal Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 15/20. Hes Here: LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Eric OFlaherty, INF Nick Punto, OF Craig Gen try, LHP Drew Pomeranz, OF Sam Fuld, RHP Josh Lindblom. Hes Outta Here: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Grant Balfour, LHP Brett Anderson, LHP Jerry Blevins, OF Chris Young, OF Seth Smith, C Kurt Suzuki, RHP Pat Ne shek, OF Michael Choice. Going campin: The low-budget As sur prised their big-spending rivals in the AL West for a second straight season on the way to another division title. But they lost once again in a ve-game di vision series against Detroit. GM Billy Beane spent much of his offseason im proving one of the teams strengths, the bullpen. Despite nishing third in the AL with a 3.22 ERA from the relievers, the As switched closers by acquiring John son (101 saves past two seasons) in a trade from Baltimore and letting Bal four leave as a free agent. Beane also added Gregerson (2.71 ERA in 2013) and OFlaherty (1.45 ERA last three seasons) to a group that returns Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero. Ka zmir ($22 million for two years) got the biggest offseason contract and replaces 18-game winner Colon. Sonny Gray should spend the whole season in the rotation after his dazzling nine-strikeout, no-run performance in Game 2 of the ALDS. Oakland is counting on repeat big seasons from 3B Josh Donaldson (24 HRs, 93 RBIs) and 1B Brandon Moss (30 HRs, 87 RBIs). TEXAS RANGERS Manager: Ron Washington (eighth sea son). 2013: 91-72, second place. Training Town: Surprise, Ariz. Park: Surprise Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 17/19. Hes Here: 1B Prince Fielder, LF ShinSoo Choo, C. J.P. Arencibia, OF Michael Choice. Hes Outta Here: Closer Joe Nathan, 2B Ian Kinsler, RF Nelson Cruz, C A.J. Pier zynski; RHP Matt Garza; 1B/DH Lance Berkman, CF Craig Gentry, OF David Murphy, INF Jeff Baker. Going campin: After missing the play offs for the rst time in four years, Texas started the offseason with a rare trade of All-Stars, sending Kinsler to De troit for Fielder. Choo will lead off after a free-agent deal for seven years, the same amount of time left on Fielders contract. Fielder provided protection for MVP winners the last three seasons, but now will bat between Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre. Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more than Choo (556) and Fielder (542) the last two seasons. Yu Darvish, who led majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in AL Cy Young Award voting, has recov ered from nerve inammation in his lower back that bothered him the last six weeks of season. Last years open ing day starter, Matt Harrison, should re turn after two back operations but Derek Holland could miss half the season with a knee injury after being tripped by his dog on stairs at his home. As for a new closer, Texas has two former All-Star closers in Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria. But both were limited last season after Tommy John ligament replacement sur gery in 2012. LOS ANGELES ANGELS Manager: Mike Scioscia (15th season). 2013: 78-84, third place. Training Town: Tempe, Ariz. Park: Tempe Diablo Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: 3B David Freese, LHP Tyler Skaggs, LHP Hector Santiago, DH Raul Ibanez, RHP Joe Smith, INF John McDon ald, 1B Carlos Pena, LHP Mark Mulder. Hes Outta Here: OF Peter Bourjos, DH Mark Trumbo, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Jerome Williams, RHP Tommy Hanson. Going campin: After their worst season in a decade, the big-budget Angels are exercising nancial restraint and hop ing for bounce-back seasons from their biggest bats to return to the playoffs. General manager Jerry Dipoto lled the Angels hole at third base with former World Series star Freese and retooled his faltering rotation with two cost-effec tive young lefties, Skaggs and Santiago. The Angels lost young talents Trumbo and Bourjos in the deals, but theyre counting on Albert Pujols and Josh Ham ilton to earn their enormous paychecks in the heart of their order behind Mike Trout. The bullpen also improved with Smiths arrival. After poor starts in the past few seasons put the Angels in an inescapable hole, a good April will be a key to job security for Scioscia, the lon gest-tenured manager in baseball. SEATTLE MARINERS Manager: Lloyd McClendon (rst sea son). 2013: 71-91, fourth place. Training Town: Peoria, Ariz. Park: Peoria Sports Complex. First Workout: Feb. 13/17. Hes Here: 2B Robinson Cano, OF Co rey Hart, OF Logan Morrison, C John Buck, IF-OF Willie Bloomquist, RHP Scott Baker. Hes Outta Here: Manager Eric Wedge, OF Raul Ibanez, DH Kendrys Morales, SS Brendan Ryan. Going campin: Seattle grabbed the headlines in the offseason with its $240 million, 10-year commitment to 2B Robinson Cano and then with the ac quisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Mor rison. If all three can perform up to their capabilities, Seattle may nally have a legitimate offense to complement a strong top to its rotation with Felix Her nandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. The ques tions for Seattle have to do with the rest of its rotation. The Mariners would like another veteran for the No. 3 spot and it could be Baker if hes healthy. Then comes the battle for the nal two spots with youngsters Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer all in the running. HOUSTON ASTROS Manager: Bo Porter (second season). 2013: 51-111, fth place. Training Town: Kissimmee Park: Osceola County Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 16/20. Hes Here: RHP Scott Feldman, CF Dex ter Fowler, RHP Jesse Crain, RHP Je rome Williams, RHP Chad Qualls, RHP Matt Albers, 1B Jesus Guzman, SS Ce sar Izturis, LHP Raul Valdes, LHP Darin Downs, OF Adron Chambers. Hes Outta Here: LHP Erik Bedard, CF Brandon Barnes, RHP Jordan Lyles, RHP Philip Humber, OF Trevor Crowe. Going campin: The Astros elded a team with an MLB-low payroll under $30 million last season and nished with a franchise-record 111 losses for their third straight 100-loss season. Now that theyve restocked their once-barren farm system, theyve started spending money to add pieces to pair with their up-andcoming players and should be better in 2014. Their most notable offseason ad dition was Feldman, who signed a threeyear, $30 million contract to lead the ro tation. They also boosted their dreadful bullpen by signing All-Star reliever Crain, along with Qualls, Albers and Williams. TONY GUTIERREZ / AP Seattle pitchers, from left, Danny Farquhar, Mark Rogers, Bobby LaFromboise and Charlie Furbush, right, run drills during Fridays spring training workout in Peoria, Ariz.

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B6 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 National League Spring Training Capsules NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST ATLANTA BRAVES Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (fourth sea son). 2013: 96-66, rst place, lost to Dodg ers in division series. Training Town: Kissimmee Park: Champion Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: RHP Gavin Floyd, C Ryan Dou mit, 1B Mat Gamel, 2B Tyler Greene. Hes Outta Here: RHP Tim Hudson, C Brian McCan n, LHP Paul Maholm, LHP Eric OFlaherty, SS Paul Janish, 2B Elliot Johnson, RHP Cristhian Martinez, LHP Sean Gilmartin. Going campin: Dan Uggla and B.J. Up ton, a pair of high-priced players who hit below .200 and lost their starting jobs in 2013, will be in the spotlight this spring. Upton batted .184 but is expected to begin the season back in center eld. Uggla has two years and $26 million remaining on his contract, but his status at 2B is less certain after he hit .179 his third straight season under .240. Tommy La Stella is a young player to watch in the second base com petition. Evan Gattis, who hit 21 homers as a rookie, replaces McCann, a sev en-time All-Star, as the starting catcher. Gattis also played LF and 1B in 2013 and must show he can handle the ev eryday job behind the plate. RHP Bran don Beachy could boost the rotation by showing he has fully recovered from elbow ligament-replacement surgery and a follow-up procedure to clean up the elbow. LHP Alex Wood and RHP Freddy Garcia will lead the competition for the nal spot in the rotation. WASHINGTON NATIONALS Manager: Matt Williams (rst season). 2013: 86-76, second place. Training Town: Viera Park: Space Coast Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 15/20. Hes Here: RHP Doug Fister, OF Nate McLouth, LHP Jerry Blevins, INF Jamey Carroll, RHP Luis Ayala, C Chris Snyder, C Koyie Hill, RHP Manny Delcarmen. Hes Outta Here: Manager Davey John son, RHP Dan Haren, INF Chad Tracy, LHP Fernando Abad. Going campin: It will be worth watching what sort of effect the change from the lame-duck Johnson to the ery Williams has on the Nationals, who went from the best record in the majors in 2012 to missing the playoffs in 2013. Williams promises to add an emphasis on defen sive positioning, and when he was hired by Washington after being Arizonas third base coach, he even brought along an extra coach to oversee that part of the game. Two big keys for the Nationals will be the health of young stars Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, a pair of No. 1 draft picks who are coming off offseason surgery. The lineup is ex pected to be mostly the same as last season, with the only real competition expected at 2B between Anthony Ren don and Danny Espinosa. Also to keep an eye on: How much time will 3B Ryan Zimmerman get at rst base, where the team plans to give him some at-bats this season? GM Mike Rizzo upgraded an already strong rotation by trading for Fister, who joins Strasburg, Gio Gon zalez and 19-game winner Jordan Zim mermann. NEW YORK METS Manager: Terry Collins (fourth season). 2013: 74-88, third place. Training Town: Port St. Lucie Park: Tradition Field. First Workout: Feb. 17/22. Hes Here: O F Curtis Granderson, RHP Bartolo Colon, OF Chris Young, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, RHP Jose Valverde, LHP John Lannan, 1B Brandon Allen, C Taylor Teagarden, RHP Ryan Reid, 1B Matt Clark. Hes Outta Here: RHP LaTroy Hawkins, LHP Johan Santana, INF Justin Turner, RHP Aaron Harang, OF Mike Baxter, RHP Frank Francisco, RHP David Aardsma, RHP Scott Atchison, OF-2B Jordany Valdespin, LHP Robert Carson, LHP Pe dro Feliciano, LHP Tim Byrdak. Going campin: After three years of bar gain hunting, GM Sandy Alderson spent more than $87 million on a trio of free agents this offseason. Granderson and Young nally give the Mets some depth and potential power in the outeld, without sacricing speed and defense. The beefy Colon, who turns 41 in May, is coming off an All-Star campaign with Oakland that followed a drug suspen sion. New York gave him a two-year deal, putting Colon at the front of a promising rotation that includes Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee. The fth spot is up for grabs in camp. Lannan and Dai suke Matsuzaka are veteran candidates along with youngsters Jenrry Mejia, Ra fael Montero and Jacob deGrom. But all eyes will be on top prospect Noah Syndergaard, who could get called up by summer. The strikeout-prone lineup has major question marks at rst base and shortstop, positions the Mets were unable to upgrade. Ike Davis and Lu cas Duda are back to compete for the 1B job. Light-hitting Ruben Tejada is coming off a broken leg at SS. The bull pen may be full of inexperienced arms, and closer Bobby Parnell is coming off neck surgery. Following ve straight los ing seasons, the roster has improved. Maybe not enough to contend just yet, but the Mets expect to make big strides as they wait for All-Star ace Matt Har vey to return from Tommy John surgery in 2015. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES Manager: Ryne Sandberg (rst full sea son). 2013: 73-89, fourth place. Training Town: Clearwater Park: Bright House Field. First Workout: Feb. 13/18. Hes Here: OF Marlon Byrd, RHP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Brad Lincoln, C Wil Nieves, RHP Chad Gaudin, OF Bobby Abreu. Hes Outta Here: RHP Roy Halladay, C Erik Kratz, LHP John Lannan. Going campin: The Phillies are no lon ger the class of the division after win ning ve straight NL East titles from 2007-11. Theyre hoping to make one more run with an aging group of veter ans and some potential young stars mixed in. For the rst time in nine years, Charlie Manuel wont be around for spring training. Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman, enters his rst full season as manager after replac ing Manuel last August. Manuel has a front-ofce job with the Phillies but will join them after they leave Florida. LHP Cole Hamels says he wont be ready by opening day because of left biceps tendinitis. The team has more question marks than answers, but theres poten tial for success if several players live up to their contracts. MIAMI MARLINS Manager: Mike Redmond (second sea son). 2013: 62-100, fth place. Training Town: Jupiter Park: Roger Dean Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 16/20. Hes Here: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B-OF Garrett Jones, 2B Rafael Furcal, 3B Casey McGehee, INF-OF Jeff Baker, RHP Carter Capps, OF Brian Bogusevic, 3B Ty Wigginton. Hes Outta Here: 1B Logan Morrison, 3B Placido Polanco, OF Juan Pierre, OF Justin Ruggiano, RHP Ryan Webb, RHP Chad Qualls, INF-OF Chris Coghlan, OF-1B Austin Kearns. Going campin: The Marlins will spend spring training trying to gure out how to hit. They nished last in the majors in 2013 in most of the signicant offen sive categories, including slugging per centage, on-base percentage, runs and homers. They scored fewer runs than the Marlins 1993 expansion team. They ranked last in the majors in slug ging at three positions catcher, rst base and third base and next to last in left eld. Feeble offense was the rea son Miami lost 100 games, nished last in the NL East for the third consecutive season and missed the playoffs for the 10th year in a row. Mike Hill replaced Larry Beinfest as president of baseball operations, but because the payroll re mains small, Hill could afford only mod est changes to the roster. Newcomers such as Saltala macchia, Jones, Furcal and McGehee are expected to start at positions where Miamis run production ranked among the worst in the majors, but its uncertain whether any of them will represent a signicant upgrade. OFs Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna are front-runners for starting jobs after strong rookie seasons. The young pitch ing rotation has abundant promise, led by NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernan dez and Henderson Alvarez, who threw a no-hitter on the nal day of the season. Another youngster, top prospect Andrew Heaney, could join the rotation soon if he has a strong spring. 3B Colin Moran, the teams rst-round draft pick in 2013 out of North Carolina, might also join the big club at some point this season. ALEX BRANDON / AP Atlanta pitcher Gavin Floyd throws as manager Fredi Gonzalez, right, watches during Thursdays spring training workout in Kissimmee. NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Manager: Mike Matheny (third season). 2013: 97-65, rst place, lost World Se ries to Boston. Training Town: Jupiter Park: Roger Dean Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 13/18. Hes Here: SS Jhonny Peralta, CF Peter Bourjos, INF Mark Ellis, OF Randall Gri chuk, OF Oscar Taveras, RHP Jorge Ron don, assistant batting coach David Bell. Hes Outta Here: OF Carlos Beltran, 3B David Freese, RHP Edward Mujica, RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Jake Westbrook, OF Adron Chambers, OF Brock Peterson, RHP Fernando Salas, RHP John Axford, INF Ryan Jackson. Going campin: Coming off their second World Series appearance in three years, the Cardinals didnt require a signicant makeover. Peralta lls the biggest void, replacing the light-hitting combination of Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso. The Cardinals love Bourjos speed on the bases and in the eld, and he en ters camp as the starting CF ahead of incumbent Jon Jay. The Bourjos trade with the Angels for Freese also created an opening for rookie 2B Kolten Wong, among the teams top prospects, with Matt Carpenter moving to 3B coming off a breakout year. After missing 2013 due to reconstructive elbow surgery, Ja son Motte returns to the bullpen as a setup man for closer Trevor Rosenthal. Theres a surplus of starting rotation candidates led by 19-game winner Adam Wainwright, second in Cy Young Award balloting. Michael Wacha is coming off an electric nish to his debut sea son, fellow rookie Shelby Miller won 15 games before getting shut down during the postseason and lefty Jaime Garcia is back from shoulder surgery. PITTSBURGH PIRATES Manager: Clint Hurdle (fourth season). 2013: 94-68, second place, wild card, lost to Cardinals in division series. Training Town: Bradenton Park: McKechnie Field. First Workout: Feb. 13/18. Hes Here: RHP Edinson Volquez, C Chris Stewart, OF Jaff Decker, LHP Dan iel Schlereth, 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Chris Dickerson. Hes Outta Here: RHP A.J. Burnett, RF Marlon Byrd, 1B Justin Morneau, 1B-OF Garrett Jones, C Michael McKenry, OF Felix Pie, RHP Kyle Farnsworth. Going campin: The franchises rst playoff berth in 21 years did little to change Pittsburghs typically econom ical approach to free agency. The only major addition came in the form of Volquez, and the Pirates will try to turn him into the 2014 version of Francisco Liriano. Pittsburgh grabbed Liriano on the cheap last winter and he ended up winning 16 games and earning a hand ful of Cy Young votes. The rest of the signees were depth-related. The loss of Burnett will hurt, though the top of the rotation should be solid behind Liriano and Gerrit Cole, who was remarkable during his rookie season. Volquez is in the mix for the fth spot, while the bullpen should look much the same as it did last season when Mark Mel ancon and Jason Grilli provided one of the best setup-closer combinations in baseball. The only real question marks as camp begins remain the ones Pitts burgh faced when last season ended: rst base and right eld. Gaby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo will likely platoon at rst, while Jose Tabata and Travis Snider get one last shot to earn a big league spot in right as highly touted Gregory Polanco gets some needed seasoning with Triple-A Indianapolis. Polanco and former rst-round pick Jameson Taillon who could join the rotation sometime in 2014 will start camp with the big league club and provide a glimpse of why Pittsburgh decided to double down on its thriving minor league system rather than open up the checkbook for free agents. CINCINNATI REDS Manager: Bryan Price (rst season). 2013: 90-72, third place, lost wild-card game to Pirates. Training Town: Goodyear, Ariz. Park: Goodyear Ballpark. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: 2B-OF Skip Schumaker, C Brayan Pena. Hes Outta Here: Manager Dusty Baker, CF Shin-Soo Choo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, C Ryan Hanigan. Going campin: The Reds made very few additions to their roster, which had a few notable losses. Arroyo left as a free agent, costing the rotation a de pendable, 200-inning starter. Choo was one of the majors top leadoff hitters last season, but wanted a big, multi year deal. And Hanigan was part of a three-team trade that brought the Reds a prospect and opened the way for Devin Mesoraco to become the every day catcher. LHP Tony Cingrani will move into Arroyos spot. Touted speedster Billy Hamilton takes over Choos spot at the top of the order despite his lack of experience at the major league level and newness to playing the outeld. The Reds are counting on LF Ryan Lud wick their cleanup hitter to be fully recovered from a shoulder injury that wiped out more than half of his season last year. The Reds have made the playoffs in three of the last four years, but failed to get past the opening round each time. They elevated Price, their pitching coach, in hopes that a change at the top trickles down in the postseason. MILWAUKEE BREWERS Manager: Ron Roenicke (fourth season). 2013: 74-88, fourth place. Training Town: Maryvale, Ariz. Park: Maryvale Baseball Park. First Workout: Feb. 17/22. Hes Here: RHP Matt Garza, 1B Lyle Overbay, 3B-1B Mark Reynolds, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Will Smith. Hes Outta Here: 1B-OF Corey Hart, OF Norichika Aoki, RHP Chris Narveson, INF Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP Burke Baden hop, 1B Mat Gamel. Going campin: The Brewers spiced up an otherwise quiet offseason with the surprise signing of Garza to a $50 mil lion, four-year contract with an option for a fth year. He joins Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse to form a solid top of the ro tation, while lessening pressure on Wily Peralta and increasing the competition for the fth spot. Young pitchers like Smith and Jimmy Nelson may be among the candidates. Milwaukee will have a familiar face in a new position when slugger Ryan Braun returns from his 65game suspension for performance-en hancing drugs and gets acquainted to right eld after years in left. Braun has tried to make amends all through the offseason. He says hes also over the thumb injury that set him back last sea son, and vows to come back as good as ever. Milwaukee also hopes to get clarity in camp with its muddled situation at 1B, where veterans Overbay and Reyn olds were signed to minor league deals to help ll a huge offensive hole. CHICAGO CUBS Manager: Rick Renteria (rst season). 2013: 66-96, fth place. Training Town: Mesa, Ariz. Park: Cubs Park. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: RHP Jose Veras, LHP Wesley Wright, C George Kottaras, OF Justin Ruggiano. Hes Outta Here: Manager Dale Sveum, OF Brian Bogusevic, RHP Marcos Mateo. Going campin: The offseason was de ned more by what the Cubs didnt do than what they did. They red Sveum and struck out trying to land manager Joe Girardi. He decided to stick with the Yankees, and when it came to the pursuit of prized Japanese pitcher Ma sahiro Tanaka, Chicago again was the second city with New York prevailing. Signing Tanaka might have at least signaled the Cubs were accelerating a painful rebuilding effort. Either way, theyre hoping Renteria can get the most out of young players such as SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo af ter they struggled last season. In the meantime, Chicago is waiting for top prospects such as Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Albert Almora to develop in the minors. For now, the Cubs are selling hope. What choice do they have? They havent had a winning season since 2009, when they won 83 games under Lou Piniella. JEFF ROBERSON / AP St. Louis Jason Motte stretches with teammates during Thursdays spring training workout in Jupiter. NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST LOS ANGELES DODGERS Manager: Don Mattingly (fourth season). 20 13: 92-70, rst place, lost to Cardi nals in NLCS. Training Town: Glendale, Ariz. Park: Camelback Ranch. First Workouts: Feb. 9/14. Hes Here: RHP Dan Haren, RHP Chris Perez, 2B Alexander Guerrero, RHP Jamey Wright, RHP Seth Rosin, INF Chone Figgins. Hes Outta Here: 2B Mark Ellis, 2B-OF Skip Schumaker, INF Nick Punto, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Ronald Belisario, 3B Jerry Hair ston Jr., INF Michael Young, LHP Chris Capuano, RHP Carlos Marmol. Going campin: The big-budget Dodg ers had a mostly quiet offseason at least in terms of additions. Their big gest acquisition was Haren, who got a $10 million, one-year deal. Hell com pete for a spot in a deep rotation that features Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu in the top three spots. RHPs Josh Beckett and Chad Billings ley will try to bounce back from surger ies. Kershaw, coming off his second Cy Young Award at age 25, received a $215 million, seven-year contract that makes him baseballs richest pitcher. CF Matt Kemp had two operations during the offseason and likely wont be ready in time for the early season opener in Australia against Arizona. With Ellis gone, Guerrero will try to earn the start ing job at second base. Another Cuban, Yasiel Puig, will command attention as he tries to follow up his stellar rookie season while facing questions about his maturity after an offseason arrest for speeding. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS Manager: Kirk Gibson (fourth season). 2013: 81-81, second place. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Salt River Fields. First workouts: Feb. 7/12. Hes Here: OF Mark Trumbo, RHP Bron son Arroyo, RHP Addison Reed, OF Matt Tuiasosopo. Hes Outta Here: OF Adam Eaton, LHP Tyler Skaggs, 3B Matt Davidson, RHP Heath Bell, SS Willie Bloomquist, C Wil Nieves. Going Campin: After consecutive .500 seasons, the Diamondbacks decided some power was needed to protect star 1B Paul Goldschmidt. So they acquired Trumbo from the Angels in a three-team trade that sent Eaton to the White Sox and Skaggs to the Angels. Trumbo hit 34 home runs last season. After Gold schmidt clocked 36, no other Arizona player had more than 14. Looking to add a front-line starter, GM Kevin Tow ers signed Arroyo to a $23.5 million, two-year contract as camp opened. One of the biggest stories this spring will be the competition at shortstop, where incumbent Didi Gregorius was superb on defense but faded at the plate last season. Chris Owings, just 22, hit .330 at Triple-A Reno before a late-season call-up. Veteran inelder Cliff Penning ton can back up both at SS and 2B. Another issue is whether top pitching prospect Archie Bradley will make the opening day roster. The seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft, the hard-throw ing 21-year-old has soared through the farm system. SAN DIEGO PADRES Manager: Bud Black (eighth season). 2013: 76-86, tied for third place. Training Town: Peoria, Ariz. Park: Peoria Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 14/19. Hes Here: RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Joa quin Benoit, LHP Alex Torres, OF Seth Smith, SS Ryan Jackson, LHP Patrick Schuster. Hes Outta Here: RHP Luke Gregerson, INF Logan Forsythe, INF-OF Jesus Guz man, OF Mark Kotsay. Going campin: With the lineup and ro tation pretty much set, the main com petition during spring training will be for a few spots in the bullpen. The Pa dres hope their rotation can carry them to better results than the last three seasons, when they lost 91, 86 and 86 games. The rotation is expected to be Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, Johnson and Eric Stults. The Padres are also keeping their n gers crossed that they can come out of spring training healthy and get off to a fast start rather than the slow starts that doomed them the last few years. LF Carlos Quentin had surgery on his right knee late last season, the third op eration on that knee in 18 months, and said his legs feel good going into camp, an improvement over how he felt a year ago. C Yasmani Grandal continues to re hab from reconstructive knee surgery af ter being hurt in a collision at the plate in July. San Diego already had a setback when it was announced that LHP Cory Luebke needs a second reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the 2014 season. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Manager: Bruce Bochy (eighth season). 2013: 76-86, tied for third place. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Scottsdale Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 15/19. Hes Here: RHP Tim Hudson, OF Michael Morse, RHP Kameron Loe, RHP David Huff, LHP Dontrelle Willis. Hes Outta Here: LHP Barry Zito, OF An dres Torres, RHP Chad Gaudin, LHP Jose Mijares, OF Brett Pill, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, RHP Sandy Rosario. Going campin: The Giants narrowly avoided becoming the second team to go from a World Series title to last place, beating out Colorado by two games last season. The pitching staff that anchored the club during its run of two championships in three seasons faltered last year, nishing 13th in the NL with a 4.00 ERA. Madison Bumgar ner was the only consistent starter as Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vo gelsong all struggled at times. The Gi ants re-signed Lincecum and Vogelsong after their down years, hoping they can rebound. Hudson, coming off a broken right ankle that cut his 2013 season short with Atlanta, should also help fortify the rotation. Morse provides a needed power bat in left eld with 13 home runs in 312 at-bats last season, compared to a major league-low ve homers by San Franciscos left elders in 2013. COLORADO ROCKIES Manager: Walt Weiss (second season). 2013: 74-88, fth place. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. First Workout: Feb. 17/23. Hes Here: LHP Brett Anderson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, LHP Boone Logan, LHP Franklin Morales, RHP Jordan Lyles, OF Brandon Barnes, 1B Justin Morneau, OF Drew Stubbs. Hes Outta Here: 1B Todd Helton, INF Jonathan Herrera, OF Dexter Fowler, LHP Josh Outman, LHP Jeff Francis, RHP Ra fael Betancourt, RHP Roy Oswalt, C Yor vit Torrealba, LHP Drew Pomeranz. Going campin: The Rockies were quite active this offseason, making several splashy trades and signing Morneau to take over at 1B for the retired Helton. Morneau doesnt view it as lling Hel tons cleats, though, because Helton is irreplaceable, the impact he had in the clubhouse, Morneau explained. Helton hung em up after 17 seasons in the Mile High City as the teams ca reer leader in virtually every offensive category. The biggest area the Rock ies shored up over the winter was their pitching staff, adding a starter in Ander son and bolstering the bullpen by sign ing Hawkins and Logan. They also reac quired Morales in a deal with Boston. PAUL SANCYA / AP Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, left, listens to pitcher Josh Beckett after a spring training workout on Monday in Glendale, Ariz.

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Voices www.dailycommercial.com C1 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD TOM MCNIFF .................................. EXECUTIVE EDITOR SCOTT CALLAHAN ................................. NEWS EDITOR WHITNEY WILLARD .......................... COPY DESK CHIEF GENE PACKWOOD ..................... EDITORIAL CARTOONIST Dems are misguided A recent urry of sycophantic let ters selling the credits of the Dem ocratic Party force me from under my cozy rock to point out a sin gle fact that will trump every cred it they own Democrats are the party of state supremacy, which means, the rights of the individual can be trampled by the rights of the state, i.e., collectivism. The Founding Fathers framed a Constitution that identies a Re public founded on rights of the individual over the state, i.e., indi vidualism. Every Democratic vote supports the rights of the state over the in dividual and I doubt thats real ly the way informed Americans want to go. Zionists? Yes. New World Order supporters? Yes. Loyal Americans, no way. JOHN WHITAKER | Tavares Not allowing certain rights is unconstitutional We are blessed to live in this country of laws where most citi zens obey and understand their purpose. Still there are some who fail in understanding and repre sent some laws to t their beliefs and desires. From health care to marriage, some think they should dic tate needs, which in reality takes away civil rights from others. We press religious teaching of one sect but fail to understand the ef fects it might have for people of different beliefs. Although its dif cult to accomplish a fair posi tion on these values, its still one of the main benets of being American. Being an American is more than just enjoying the laws of our na tion, but also allowing all others the same position. While some want others to follow their morals and desires, it takes away the free dom of choice for all citizens. Blocking the ability to marry a loved one or to prevent the choice of family planning for those of varied values is simply uncon stitutional and unfair. Our law of freedom of choice is being able to have a choice in the direction you wish to reach. America is great because of these laws not because some are prevented from having them. God bless America. WILLIAM CAMPBELL | Leesburg Columnist off base on Obama criticism In his recent diatribe, Russ Sloan digs down into his deepest pit of hatred for the president. He states that in his 2008 cam paign the president promised to cut the decit by half in his rst term in ofce, but the debt grew by $5 trillion. Well, the fact is the de cit was $932 billion in scal year, Oct. 1, 2008-Sept. 30, 2009, and was $232 billion in the scal year Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013, a decrease of $700 billion in his rst term, which is much more than half. I would think someone of Sloans background would know the difference between the de cit, which is the annual amount we are in the red and the national debt, which is the total accumu lated amount we are in the red. It is true the actual debt grew by $5 trillion, but the decit was re duced by $700 billion, so Presi dent Obama certainly did keep his promise. The lengths Sloan will go to try to malign the president, even making blatantly false statements is sad, unless he is truly ignorant of the facts. MARY OHANLON | Clermont The newspaper of choice for Lake and Sumter counties since 1875 HAVE YOUR SAY The Daily Commercial invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public interest. Letters should be no longer than 350 words. They must be original, signed with the full name of the writer, and include the writers address and telephone number for verication. We reserve the right to edit for length to make room for more letters. Letters also will be edited for grammar, clarity, taste and libel. We accept no more than two letters per month from the same writer. No open letters, form letters or copies of letters to third par ties will be published. We do not publish unsigned letters. Submissions are not returned. We retain the right to ar chive and republish any material submitted for publication. You can submit your letters by: Email (preferred) to: letters@dailycommercial.com By regular mail to: Voices P.O. Box 490007 Leesburg, FL 34749-0007 By fax to: 325-365-1951 EDITORIALS Editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, not any individual. They are written by the editorial staff but are not signed. Local editorials are published Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. COLUMNS Columns are the opinion of the writer whose byline and picture appears with them. They do not necessarily reect the opinion of the newspaper, and are chosen to represent a diversity of views. If you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to let ters@dailycommercial.com, or mail it to Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photo to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch. OUR VOICE LETTER of the WEEK If you know of a veteran living in Lake, Sumter or Marion counties whose name should be added to the Lake County Veter ans Memorial, call 352-314-2100, or go to www.lakeveterans.com. CALLING ALL VETERANS YOUR VOICES LETTERS TO THE EDITOR T he reappearance of Lynx buses on the streets of south Lake County in recent weeks has been a welcome sight for those who depend on mass transit for their livelihoods. Many residents in this area work in neighboring counties and count on these buses to ferry them to jobs in Orange and Osceola counties. Without them, some may be relegated needlessly to the unemployment line. Lynx had discontinued service some time ago between south Lake and those counties but brought it back at the behest of the Lake County Commission, which agreed in October to shoulder some of the cost. But when the service returned in January, riders discovered that Lynx was offering just eight round-trips a day instead of the 16 it had offered previously. Further, the last trip was at 6:15 p.m., which meant some commuters who worked late had to scramble for a way home. County commissioners, responding to the anger of their constituents, said this wasnt what they bargained for. They called for Lynx ofcials to restore the full service 16 trips a day, both day and night. We concur. Mass transit is more than a convenience to those who use it. As Daily Commercial Staff Writer Livi Stanford reported in a recent story about Lynx, for many it is a vital lifeline to shopping, medical appointments and, yes, their jobs. Many commuters who travel to neighboring counties for work dont have the luxury of working 9 to 5 and require access to bus service late into the evening. Some told us that, without it, they are forced to invest signicant percentages of their income on cab fare. This problem is easy to solve. Lynx should heed the request of the Lake County Commission to restore the full bus service. Certainly, the cost of providing that service is an issue. But between the county, Lynx and the riders themselves many of whom say theyd be willing to shoulder higher fares if necessary the cost consideration can be overcome. Local ofcials must come together to solve this problem. This is not just about the individual riders. This is about the economic health of a community whose workforce relies partly on neighboring counties for their jobs. Bring back full Lynx bus service THANKS FOR READING THE DAILY COMMERCIAL James Holden (Congress is only working for themselves) got it right. They no longer work for the people. The solution to the prob lems of America could be easi ly solved by simply passing an amendment for term limits. It will have to be voted for by the people because it would never get introduced into either part of Congress. The American peo ple can vote out anything or anyone with a 75 percent popu lar vote. There are only 118 members of Congress that served in this great countrys military. They have no business running the military. Thirty years ago there were 298. It should be a require ment. The average age of senators is 62.1 years and in the House of Representatives it is 57.0. There are 38 old enough to go on So cial Security. There are two more than 80 years of age. Imagine getting rid of Rangel, Reid, Pelosi, McCain and all the congressmen and women that are giving away our childrens futures by loading up every bill that is introduced w ith billions in pork to garner re-election votes to extend their careers. No one is in Washington any more with the express purpose of doing what We the People want done. If they could seek ofce know ing that they could open their mouth and not be threatened by the old established career con gressmen something just might get done. What a novel idea. Two terms and you sit out the next two. Compensation given based on production. Require them to practice what they pass. Retire ment would be earned. JOHN COHN | Tavares Congress no longer works for the people FILE PHOTO Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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C2 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 Voices | SUBMIT YOUR OWN GUEST COLUMN: If you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to letters@dailycommercial.com, or mail it to Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 347490007. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photograph to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch. OTHER VOICES OTHER VOICES I have watched most all of the televised State of the Union speeches delivered by our presidents. How ever, the most recent State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama cap tured a very disturbing moment which I nev er thought I would see and hear. The presi dent openly vowed to go around congress whenever he deemed it necessary and the Democrats in the con gress rose to cheer while the Republicans sat in stunned silence. Our Founding Fa thers went to great lengths to prevent an imperial presidency by creating three sepa rate but equal branch es of government (ex ecutive, legislative and judicial). Please note, separate but equal. The erosion of the lat ter is alarming. The president has made minimal effort to work with the Re publican led House on any major piece of leg islation. Now, instead of changing gears as Bill Clinton did when the Republicans were swept into control of the House, he then worked with Speak er Newt Gingrich to pass Welfare Reform a major accomplish ment for Americans. Instead of making ef forts to work with the congress, President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet of becoming an Imperi al President and cir cumventing congress as much as possible to remake America and congress be damned. This Executive Order position of the presi dent should not come as a surprise. In 2008 he declared our Constitu tion as fundamentally awed. He has always resented that our Con stitution grants the ma jority of the power to the people, not to gov ernment. Shortly after the State of the Union address top-ranking Democrat Representa tive, Shelia Jackson-Lee stated that she and oth er Democrats will be writing Executive Or ders for the president to sign. This abdica tion of the role of con gress is a stunning po sition and substitutes highly partisan goals in place of adhering to the constitutional role of congress in making laws. Once the laws are passed and signed by the president it is then the presidents sworn oath to preserve, pro tect and defend the Constitution includ ing all of our laws. Yet this president and his appointees have selec tively ignored parts of our laws that he and his team dont like includ ing our Immigration laws, Obamacare im plementation and se lectively ignoring var ious state laws on gay issues. I think I can safe ly predict that had Romney been elect ed president and then announced that his ad ministration would unilaterally delay the Employer mandate as pect of the Obamacare for a year that imme diately senators Chuck Schumer and Har ry Reid would have called for Romenys im peachment. Now the president, recogniz ing the adverse affects Obamacare may have on Democrats in the 2014 elections, has just granted another year implementation delay to businesses with 50 to 99 employees. But President Obama knows that he can push Executive Or ders to the extreme knowing that short of some absolutely hor ric action on his part that Senate Democrats would never vote for impeachment for ig noring congress and governing by at. It is not just govern ing by Executive Or ders we should wor ry about but also the thousands of govern mental rules and reg ulations generated annually by a sympa thetic federal bureau cracy. Look at the EPA regulations that are de liberately designed to wipe out our coal in dustry or the new re laxed rules on our im migration treatment of those asking to come to America who have had past interaction with terrorists. Im sure some are deserving of entering our coun try but I cannot trust this administration to make the right call. Every member of congress should have sat in stunned silence realizing that our pres ident was openly chal lenging the separa tion of powers and the equality of all three branches of govern ment. No matter how politically partisan members of congress might be, they should never surrender their constitutional respon sibilities to the presi dent via Executive Or ders. It was the most sobering and disturb ing moment I have seen in my lifetime of watching State of the Union addresses. Misguided applause versus stunned silence RUSS SLOAN GUEST COLUMNIST Schools should teach real world skills This past weekend, my sister and I had a little get together with a few friends. While having a conversation about our education and college, my mother overheard and joined us. One of the girls ex pressed concern that she hasnt learned what she needs to know to proceed in college and the real world. As my mother listened she made plea, Please learn all you can while you can. If you do not understand some thing, respectfully ask for help. Do not take teach ing and learning for granted. With that, one of the girls abruptly comment ed, I want to learn, but I wish they would teach me something I would actually use in life, like basic life skills. She fur ther commented, Id like to know how to enter into a fair lease agree ment or how to pre pare for homeownership. Knowing who discov ered America is great but it would be nice to know how to keep it. We all nodded in agreement. Quickly, another com mented, Ive been on the honor roll in every grade and it wasnt just given to me. Ive earned every let ter, every year, but I dont know how to search for a job or how I would pre pare for an interview and Im a senior. I doubt if theyll teach me how be fore graduation. Anoth er agreed adding, I know 2+3 (45-23), but I dont know how to open and manage a bank account. Another commented, I dont know how to pay a bill, but wow, I certainly know how to use Pythag orean Theorem. School administrators, please teach us what we will actually use in life in addition to what you are currently teaching us. Regain control of your classroom and bring your enthusiasm. I will be the rst to say that our parents are our rst teachers and the school teachers should enforce that teaching but not everyone grew up in the home or environment that I have. Some students, all they will learn is what they are taught away from home. The lack of cer tain knowledge could be disastrous to any young adult. CINDY HUGHES | Lady Lake Adopt-a-Highway programs dont solve litter problems Articles bemoaning trash on the roadside and Adopt-a-Highway pro grams are looking at the problem backwards. Pay ing county employees to pick up roadside trash is a problem, too. How did that trash get there in the rst place? Yes, people tossed it out of their cars and trucks. What we need is a program to keep our home clean. Keep Flori da Clean, Keep Lake (or Sumter) County Beau tiful, Stash your Trash. Well, there are many good possibilities for slogans. What is wrong is the Adopt-a-Highway pro gram. It carries a mes sage that it is OK to throw trash along the roads. There is a newly des ignated Scenic Byway. Keep it clean and sce nic. It would be a mon ey-saving program for the county tax dollars. The dollars spent on chang ing our citizens mindset would be paid back many times over by not having to clean up all that trash. AUDREY REED Howey-in-the-Hills YOUR VOICES LETTERS TO THE EDITOR T he news from Capitol Hill on Thursday was sobering: House Speaker John Boehner threw cold water on hopes for immigration reform this year. But those who long for smart bipartisanship in Wash ington need not despair. There is still the Smarter Sentencing Act. The bill, which cleared the Sen ate Judiciary Committee last week, would cut minimum sentences in half for many drug offenses. And, important, it would make the re duced crack sentences passed in 2010 retroactive, allowing for the re lease of thousands now languishing in federal prison under outdated, ra cially unjust guidelines. This is not just about fairness. The mandatory-minimum laws passed in the 1980s, at the height of the crack epidemic, are having serious eco nomic consequences today. The fed eral inmate population has grown eightfold since 1980 to 218,000 to day; half are drug offenders. Federal prisons consume about a quarter of the Justice Department budget. That dual sense of moral obligation and scal responsibility is why the Smarter Sentencing Act has such an ideologically diverse base of support. It was introduced last summer by an unlikely pair (always a good sign): tea party stalwart Mike Lee, R-Utah, and liberal Dick Durbin, D-Ill. A dis parate group of senators are sup porting it, including Republicans Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Demo crats Patrick Leahy and Carl Levin. The bill is one of several sentenc ing and prison reforms that could re verse the upward trend in federal in carcerations. In December, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced the Federal Pris on Reform Act, which aims to in crease efciencies in prisons and reduce recidivism. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rob Port man, R-Ohio, have proposed a bill aimed at reducing recidivism, And Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Bobby Scott, D-Va., are co-sponsor ing the House version of the Smarter Sentencing Act. Note the commingling of Ds and Rs in these lists. The return of bi partisanship in the name of com mon-sense reform is both welcome and overdue. Distributed by MCT Information Services. Encouraging signs to reform unfair drug sentencing laws

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E1 DAILY COMMERCIAL Sunday, February 16, 2014 Money scott.callahan@dailycommercial.com JOBS: Hardships persist for long-term unemployed / E3 www.dailycommercial.com PATRICK MAY San Jose Mercury News Prepare yourselves for the Greatest Show Not on Earth. Offering us all a frontrow seat for planetary images that could make Google Earth seem so last decade, a slew of Bay Area startups have begun launching small, relatively inexpensive satellites into space. They lug powerful cameras that send back pictures and video, and those images soon could dramatically change the way we perceive our or bital home. Its totally an Earth-ob servation space race out there, says Stanford Uni versity professor and glob al ecologist Greg Asner. With the cost of putting a satellite into orbit drop ping because of cheap er materials and so many competing commercial launch ventures, a lot of really cool innovation has begun to happen. The possibilities are in triguing: For the rst time, Earthlings will be able to peruse high-resolution satellite images of their planet, both photographs and videos, practically in near-real time. Then, by using readily available on line mapping tools to en hance the visual data, us ers essentially could create storylines to show things such as environmental degradation to rain for ests, human and wildlife migration patterns, and political crises such as the Arab Spring, pretty much as they unfold. Two of the most talk ed-about companies in the vanguard of this Bay Area space race Moun tain View-based Skybox Imaging and San Fra ncis co-based Planet Labs DAI SUGANO / MCT Dan Lopez, director of technology for UrtheCast, is shown with a picture of the companys two video cameras that are attached to the International Space Station. Bay Area startups in forefront of new space race And keep your retire ment And your socalled So-shul Secure-eteee Big city turn me loose and set me free. Big City by Merle Haggard T he rst Social Se curity account was established in 1936 for 23 year-old John David Sweeney, Jr. of New Rochelle, New York, who never re ceived a dime in ben ets. Unfortunately, Mr. Sweeney died of a heart attack at age 61. The average U.S. life expectancy in 1935 was 62. Today its 79. Unions, which once fought for not only liv able wages but sol id retirement packag es, have declined in numbers and bargain ing power. Private pen sions, a ubiquitous part of our historical eco nomic landscape, are now virtually an anach ronism. And Social Se curity was originally designed only to sup plement such pensions as nancial protection Unions, pensions and the future of Social Security PATRICIA SABATINI Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Prepaid debit cards are becoming more af fordable with increased competition resulting in fewer fees, but the booming market still lacks critical consumer protections, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts. U.S. consumers load ed some $64 billion onto prepaid debit cards in 2012, more than dou ble the amount in 2009, Pew said. The cards are available at many checkout counters and at a number of big banks. The new report, Consumers Contin ue to Load Up on Pre paid Cards, looked at changes since the Washington, D.C.based nonprot re search group released its rst study on the topic two years ago. The reloadable cards designed mainly for consumers who dont have bank accounts can be used wher ever traditional deb it cards are accepted: at the register, to make purchases online or to withdraw cash at ATMs. Many people use them while traveling instead of carrying cash and as a budgeting tool to lim it how much they or their children spend. As the cards have zoomed in populari ty, issuers have been criticized for blindsid ing users with a bevy of fees. Costs vary but can include activation fees and monthly fees, plus ATM, transaction, reload, balance inqui ry, statement and dor mancy fees, among Study: Prepaid debit cards need more regulations SEE SPACE | E4 SEE DEBIT | E4 MARGARET MCDOWELL GUEST COLUMNIST SEE MCDOWELL | E4 RICK REED Special to the Daily Commercial A Tavares restaurant, which closed after a less-than-favor able episode last year on the Food Network show Restau rant: Impossible, has reopened with a new name, a new owner and a new attitude. Billy Digino, who owns Dig inos Pizza just down the road, was ready to expand when he bought the old Soup to Nuts eatery toward the end of last year. After three months of exten sive cleanup and renovation, Digino opened Hwy 441 Diner in January. I know about the TV show and I thought that wont hap pen if youre paying attention, Digino said. This is an owner operated restaurant. I took a risk. I have been do ing a lot of work on it for about three months. We just xed it up right. Ill make sure we stay on top of it and make sure place is clean. Thats most the important thing to me. Soup to Nuts closed in May 2013, a few months after the episode aired in March with ce lebrity chef Robert Irvine react ing to what he called a danger ously dirty restaurant. Irvine and his crew spent two days and $10,000 renovat ing the restaurant in Decem ber. Business improved for a short while, but didnt last and the once popular eatery closed in March. Digino decided to go with the 1950s diner theme. We chose the Hwy 441 Din er, said Digino. I was think ing an old name t the 50s, like Route 66. Were on Highway 441, so it was right there. He will also continue the car shows on the rst Wednesday every month from 5:309 p.m., Tavares diner gets new life PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL The 441 Diner is shown in Tavares. 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The menu also includes home made soups and desserts, and old-fashioned milkshakes. Hwy 441 Diner is at 381 East Burleigh Blvd., in Tavares. It is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. For information, call 508-5494. DINER FROM PAGE E1 BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL The 441 Diner is at 381 East Burleigh Blvd., in Tavares. SEIZETHE DA Y SWORLDNEWS.www .dailycommer cial.com VIRGINIA BRIDGES The News & Observer RALEIGH, N.C. When Zydeco Down town closed here last month, Antwan Har ris didnt just lose his business, he lost a lot of money. For nine years, Har ris, a Raleigh native and two-time Super Bowl winner who played in the NFL from 2000 to 2005, served Cajunand southern-style food at lunch, as well as drinks at night. But Harris packed up much of Zydeco in January after the land lords property man agement company sent him a letter asking him to move out, he said. The lease had expired, and he was trying to renew it when he was asked to leave. That situation left Harris with little lever age, despite the fact that he had invested more than $450,000 to upt the space not including the $15,000 he spent on a heating, ventilation and air con ditioning system over the summer, he said. Harris would like to recoup some of his costs, but that is unlike ly, he acknowledged, as his initial lease agree ment called for him to leave anything that is attached to the space. Harris is learning the hard way the impor tance of understanding and staying on top of a small-business lease. Businesses need to make sure they under stand all the details and provisions in the lease, and review and update the document annual ly, said Michelle Rich Goode, president of Ra leigh-based Rich Com mercial Realty, which provides buyer and tenant representation in commercial proper ty transactions. Check in with your lease just like you would check in with your nancial state ments, tax informa tion, she said. If owners dont ask the right questions, they could end up los ing money, Goode and some small-business owners said. That was a lesson learned by Kate Stead man, co-owner of Frill, a Cary, N.C., clothing company that makes bridesmaid outts and custom recruitment dresses for sororities. The Frill owners signed a short-term lease on a space so they could meet with clients and package orders during their busy sea son. The venture ended up costing more than they expected, Stead man said, as fees were tacked on for using items in the common area. Before small-business owners lease a build ing, Goode said, they need to have a strong business plan. Own ers need to understand their nances, their growth projections and the companys plan, along with their own tolerance for risk, she and others said. Each lease varies and commercial real estate landlords often incor porate extra expenses such as maintenance fees, upkeep for shared facilities and use of tools in common spac es, according to the U.S. Small Business Ad ministration. Working with a real estate broker and an attorney will help own ers negotiate with the landlord and better understand the terms they are agreeing to, according to the SBA, Goode and small-busi ness owners. Its better to be pre pared and understand what could happen, Goode said. In many cases, own ers of new retail busi nesses have to sacrice security and location until they prove their concept over time. You have to under stand that if you are a small tenant (in a larg er complex), you are not going to get exibil ity rights such as op tions to renew, options to expand and right of rst refusal, she said. Gaurav G Pa tel is president of Ra leigh-based Eschelon Experiences, a hospital ity company that uses leased spaces for ve restaurants. He recom mends that owners start by putting their ideal lease scenario on paper via a letter of intent. That scenario should include a gure for rent that is ideally no more than 8 percent of their gross monthly sales, he said. Owners can use the letter to identi fy and understand the gap when reviewing a proposed lease. Obviously the land lord is going to ask for the moon, but that doesnt necessarily mean that you have to sign that, Patel said. Some key terms to cover and understand include the length of the lease, annual in creases and renewal options. A longer lease could allow for more favorable options, but it also increases the risk. Owners also need to consider subletting and default clauses that de ne options and con sequences if they cant pay the rent. If own ers foresee a problem paying the rent, they should work with their landlord to mitigate the shortfall in the short term and pay back the rest over the long term. Small-business owners face hard lessons in leasing ETHAN HYMAN / MCT Antwan Harris, center, helps direct Eric Peace, left, and Alphonso Bromell as they work on moving out of Zydeco Downtown in Raleigh, N.C. KNOW THE TERMS OF A LEASE AGREEMENT Understand costs beyond rent, including maintenance, repairs, utilities and how your use will be measured. Be sure to read your lease in detail and hire an at torney who specializes in commercial real estate to explain the clauses and ne print. Protect your long-term business interests by investi gating and negotiating some potential add-on clauses to your lease, which might include sublease, exclusiv ity and co-tenancy. Know what happens if you default on lease pay ments and try to negotiate lease terms that allow you to take measures before you are locked out. SOURCE: U.S. Small Business Administration

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 DAILY COMMERCIAL E3 ALANA SEMUELS Los Angeles Times DENVILLE, N.J. The phone begins to ring at 8 a.m. with in cessant calls from cred itors. Kevin Meyer has stopped p icking up be cause hes sick of ex plaining the truth: that theres no money com ing in, so he cant pay his bills. Two years ago, Meyer, 51, had a six-gure sal ary, a sizable 401(k) and the knowledge that he could support his wife and daughter. But he lost his job as a spokes man for a car rental company, and though he soon found anoth er position, he was downsized again four months later. Unemployment ben ets checks helped him pay for health care for his family as he looked for work, but like 1.3 mil lion Americans across the country, his feder al unemployment bene ts ran out Dec. 28. Con gress has considered extending the benets, but last week, Republi cans blocked a Senate proposal to do so. Meyer, jobless since December 2012, lives in New Jersey, a state second only to Rhode Island for the highest rate of long-term un employment peo ple who have been out of work for six months or longer according to an annual average compiled by the Bu reau of Labor Statistics. He has stopped mak ing payments on his mortgage, home equity loan and credit cards. He has dipped into his 401(k) to pay for food, gas and the Internet. His family lives with out health insurance; theyre in the midst of applying for Medicaid. The Great Reces sion technically end ed in June 2009, but for millions of Americans like Meyer, the hard ships continue. At the end of 2013, about 3.9 million Americans had been unemployed six months or longer. The problem is espe cially persistent in New Jersey, where near ly half of the jobless have been out of work for six months or more; 80,000 saw their ben ets cut off Dec. 28. In New Jersey and Neva da, the long-term un employment rate is 3.9 percent; in Califor nia, the state with the next-highest rate, its 3.7 percent. Work has been hard to nd in New Jer sey because the states job growth is slow er than that in much of the nation, said Pat rick OKeefe, director of economic research at the nancial rm CohnReznick, who fo cuses on New Jersey. The state has 2.8 per cent more jobs than it had at its low point during the recession; the nation, on the oth er hand, has 5.8 per cent more jobs than it did at its low point. Thats partly because some of New Jerseys biggest industries, in cluding pharmaceuti cals and manufactur ing, have downsized signicantly. The state has lost 20 percent of its manufacturing jobs 68,000 since De cember 2007. About 6.5 percent of the states mort gaged homes are in foreclosure the sec ond-highest rate in the nation. The unemploy ment rate in the state dropped to 7.3 percent in December, from 7.8 percent the month be fore, but mostly be cause people had giv en up looking for work and left the labor force. The odds of nding a job decrease the longer people are out of work. A person out of work for eight months will get called for an interview half as often as some one who has been out of work for just one month, even if the resumes are the same, one study has indicated. In late January, Pres ident Barack Obama said he was taking steps to help get the longterm unemployed back to work. At a news con ference, he said he had secured commitments from about 300 com panies that they would not to discriminate against the long-term unemployed when hir ing. He also said he was creating a $150-million grant program for non prots that help the long-term jobless get back to work. Meyer is still hope ful hell nd employ ment. Every morning he goes to a friends of ce, where he spends the day applying for work. Hed prefer a job in his eld of corporate communications, but hes open to working as a security guard, a secretary really, any paying job. If someone told me I could get some decent wages and get some benets doing any thing, Ill do it, Meyer said. The extension of job less aid, which has been debated in Con gress throughout the economic recovery, takes on added impor tance this year as both Democrats and Repub licans try to position themselves ahead of the midterm election as both scally prudent and sympathetic to the needs of Americas less fortunate. Republicans say that cutting off ben ets forces people to take jobs they other wise would turn down, and saves the federal government billions of dollars. Democrats say the economy is still too slow for any sort of cuts. Hardships persist for long-term unemployed CAROLYN COLE / MCT Kevin Meyer, right, looks for jobs on a computer at the ofce of a friend, David Felder, in Montville, N.J. Meyer has been out of work for a year and lost his unemployment benets recently.

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One of the chief prob lems, the report foun d, is that prepaid cards are not covered by the federal laws that pro tect holders of tradi tional debit cards tied to checking accounts from loss of funds and liability for unautho rized transactions. Most prepaid card is suers offer some pro tections but the cov erage is voluntary, can include loopholes and can be revoked with out notice, Weinstock said during a confer ence call with reporters Thursday. Another problem is that prepaid card dis closures involving fees and terms often are in complete, hard to un derstand and hard to nd, she said. The federal Consum er Financial Protection Bureau is set to release proposed rules for reg ulating the prepaid debit card industry by May, she said. At the time of Pews rst report in Septem ber 2012, the prepaid market was almost ex clusively the domain of nonbank issuers such as Green Dot Corp., NetSpend, H&R Block and AccountNow. The latest report found 10 big banks were offering prepaid cards, although they still accounted for a small portion of the overall market. Notably, Pew found that prepaid cards of fered by major banks were signicantly cheaper than nonbank cards because they were subject to few er fees, Weinstock said. Often they were a bet ter deal than getting a checking account from the same bank. Pew laid out a num ber of policy recom mendations for mak ing prepaid cards better for consumers, includ ing mandating protec tions against liability for unauthorized trans actions; requiring that funds be federally in sured in the event of a bank failure; mandating uniform, easy-to-un derstand disclosures, and prohibiting issu ers from allowing over drafts and assessing overdraft fees. DEBIT FROM PAGE E1 for retirees in old age. With 10,000 Baby Boo mers retiring daily, it is easy to understand the factors that are stressing the system. According to Liz Pullium Weston in The Tax Cut That Taxpayers Need Most, Two thirds of U.S. se niors rely on Social Security for more than half their income and four out of ten say it comprises more than 80 percent. So what is the future of Social Se curity in the U.S.? Its probably better than we think. First, we Boomers comprise a tremendous voting bloc. And very few among us will support cutbacks in Social Security ben ets. So the oft-espoused notion that Social Security benets will not be there for our generation is probably hyperbole, in spite of our national budget woes. Our population is aging, though not as fast as those of other devel oped nations. And, owing part ly to our relatively friendly immi gration policies, our population is not shrinking. As John Park er of The Economist writes, al most 20 countries have declining populations, including large ones such as Germany, Russia and Ja pan. By 2050, two dozen more will have joined them, includingChi na. Since most countries health and pension programs have as sumed that each successive gener ation will be slightly larger than its predecessor, aging and shrinking implies substantial changes in the way social programs are run. Will changes in U.S. Social Secu rity occur before, say, 2025? Prob ably. With life expectancies grow ing, it is reasonable to assume that raising the minimum eligibility age (currently 62) will be one of the rst systematic changes. Many see this as the most democratic poten tial change. Currently, people pay Social Security tax only on their rst $117,000.00 of earnings. While this number rises slowly every year, a jump to a larger number like $150,000 would shore up some cracks in the coffers. But, this es sentially represents another tax on Americas higher wage earners, a group already paying signicant individual tax rates. This is truly a tax by another name. Means testing? Lets dont go there. Margaret R. McDowell, a syndicated eco nomic columnist, chartered nancial con sultant and accredited investment duciary, is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management LLC, a fee-only registered in vestment advisory rm near Destin. MCDOWELL FROM PAGE E1 Will changes in U.S. Social Security occur before, say, 2025? Probably. With life expectancies growing, it is reasonable to assume that raising the minimum eligibility age (currently 62) will be one of the first systematic changes. Many see this as the most democratic potential change. have recently put up small satellites or are on the verge of add ing more to their skyhigh collections. A third company, Vancouver, British Columbia-based UrtheCast, which has a growing presence in the Bay Area, recently sent up two powerful camer as to be installed on the outside of the Interna tional Space Station by the end of this month. Other startups and incubators, such as San Franciscos Lemnos Labs, have worked with satellite pioneers such as San Francisco-based Nanosatis on opensource software and crowdfunding to har ness imaging technolo gy in ways never before possible. Centered right here in what increasing ly looks like Satellite Valley, this privately funded rush to space is the result of a con uence of factors, in cluding lowered costs. A satellite that once cost hundreds of mil lions of dollars to build and launch is now do able for a tiny fraction of that amount. And theres plenty of money to be made selling sat ellite photos, as well as the data they impart, to governments, analyt ical rms and even huge retailers such as Wal-Mart, who could see things like trafc ow in its parking lots every day of the year. Were building our satellites right now in Mountain View, and its sort of a balanc ing act between Silicon Valley and aerospace, says Ching-Yu Hu, a co-founder of Skybox, which launched its rst satellite from Russia in November and is now transmitting what she calls the worlds rst high-resolution com mercial video from space. Hu says that marry ing together big-data and satellite startups is a match made in, well, Silicon Valley. Skybox plans to com bine its orbital images with powerful databas es, selling services that could dramatically im prove global business applications, from man aging supply chains to tracking shipping con tainers on the worlds oceans, all on a daily or even hourly basis. For example, satellites could monitor agricultural ac tivity, replacing quar terly commodity re ports on soybeans with a snapshot of crop pro duction delivered with in hours of the images being recorded. We have assets in space, like these oth er startups, but whats different is the data we have on the ground, Hu says. Weve gotten a lot of interest from peo ple who want to com bine our images and video with things like drone-produced (data) or even Twitter data. Theres also a strong drive for democratiz ing space under way, as rms such as Urthe Cast pledge to offer free the same images that until recently only wellheeled corporate enti ties could afford. Many of the aerospace scien tists behind these start ups want to use satel lite technology to help save the Earth, doc umenting troubling trends such as melt ing ice caps and coast al erosion in the hopes they can be remedied. Seeing ourselves from space in more de tail also will profoundly change the way we per ceive the planet, says Steve Jurvetson, man aging director of Drap er Fisher Jurvetson and a member of Plan et Labs board of direc tors. That iconic blue marble photograph of Earth taken in 1972 from Apollo 17, he says, sparked an epiphany that made us all real ize the fragile lifeboat we live on. Now, nano satellites and the dai ly access to imagery of the planet will create a Zeitgeist impact as we see ourselves as truly global citizens. Investors are fueling the space race; Skybox, for example, has raised more than $91 million from Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Part ners, Canaan Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. UrtheCast, which went public in last year, plans to use its cameras, which are about the size of large soda bottles, to beam back high-quality pic tures and video that the company will share for free on its website while making money on partnerships with media companies and global retailers. THREE PIONEERS IN THE NEW RACE FOR SPACE PLANET LABS: Founded in 2010 as Cosmogia and based in San Francisco, the privately held company already has 31 microsatellites it calls Doves in or bit and plans to send more to gather images of the Earth and monitor things such as climate change. URTHECAST: Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the publicly traded company is in the process of installing two cameras, one still and one video, on the outside the International Space Station, and collect stream ing imagery of the planet for commercial and humani tarian purposes. SKYBOX IMAGING: This privately held company, which is based in Mountain View, has launched one satel lite and plans to launch a second one soon. It also as serts that its now sending the worlds rst commercial high-resolution video of the Earth taken from space. SOURCE: Mercury News reporting SPACE FROM PAGE E1

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Todays Highlight in His tory: On Feb. 16, 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a suc cessful raid into Tripoli Har bor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates during the First Bar bary War. On this date: In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate sol diers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grants vic tory earned him the nick name Unconditional Sur render Grant. In 1868 the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City. In 1923, the burial cham ber of King Tutankhamens recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist How ard Carter. In 1937 Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, a research chem ist for Du Pont whod invent ed nylon, received a patent for the synthetic ber. In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Cor regidor in the Philippines during World War II. In 1959 Fidel Castro be came premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Ba tista. In 1961 the United States launched the Explor er 9 satellite. In 1968 the nations rst 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala. In 1977 Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an au tomobile accident. In 1988 seven people were shot to death during an ofce rampage in Sunny vale, Calif., by a man ob sessed with a co-worker who was wounded in the at tack. (The gunman, Richard Farley, is on death row.)In 1994, more than 200 peo ple were killed when a pow erful earthquake shook In donesias Sumatra island. In 1998 a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Tai wan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board, plus six on the ground. DEAR ABBY: My hus band and I have been married for three years. I trust him with my whole heart. He is the sweetest man I know. Lately, I have been wanting to know more about his brother. My husband hasnt said much about him oth er than he was m ur dered in prison about 10 years ago. Im not saying that he and his family are lying, but I did some research on the Web and came across multi ple websites about my husbands brother. Yes, he was in prison, but Im not sure he was ac tually murdered there. Some details are better left unsaid. I know, of course, that you cant believe everything you read on the Internet, but there is more than one Goo gle page with a lot of information. I want to talk to my husband and nd out what really happened and try to get to know his brother, but Im scared he will get angry and even shut me out, and I dont want that to happen. Please give me some advice on what to do. I just want some straight answers no more sweeping it un der the carpet. IN THE DARK IN OHIO DEAR IN THE DARK: There is always a risk when someone goes poking around the family closet and starts rattling the skeletons. I suggest you be frank with your husband. Tell him you were curi ous ab out his brother, went on the Internet, found some surprising information and would like some honest an swers. If you trust him with your whole heart, then his response will tell you all you need to know. DEAR ABBY: I am a widow with ve daugh ters. The youngest is 8, and the others are in their late teens and early 20s. I am self-em ployed, work from home and very in volved in my kids lives. I have a boyfriend I have been seeing for the last 18 months. I spend the night with him two or three times a month, which in volves less than a 24hour stay. I would like to have an extended week end or a short vaca tion with him, but he is balking. He says I shouldnt be away from my baby that long. He grew up with a very distant moth er and had an unhappy childhood. My daugh ter spends a lot of time with me, but still en joys her sister time. How can I get him to realize that my be ing away for a few days would recharge me and make me a better mom? BADLY IN NEED OF A BREAK DEAR BADLY IN NEED: If you havent already pointed out to this man that his child hood was far different than the one you have provided for your chil dren, then you should. I am somewhat con cerned that he is giv ing you parenting ad vice, since nowhere in your letter did you mention that he has any children. It oc curs to me that he may have his own reasons for not spending more time with you than he does, and if Im right, you need to get to the bottom of what they are because I dont think hes giving you the whole story. Dear Abby is written by Abi gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her moth er, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAb by.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014: This year you have the spirit and energy to tackle whatever you want. A part ner could be a key player in your ventures. If you are single, this partnership ini tially could be platonic, but it has the potential of evolv ing into much more. After spring, a different potential suitor could enter your life. Take your time in choos ing. If you are attached, put more emphasis on your re lationship, and you will wit ness it working and evolv ing to a new level. You enjoy time alone as a couple. VIR GO makes a great accoun tant for you. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Others will witness your ery side. No matter how di rect you are, you probably will have to repeat a conver sation. Somehow the mes sage might get distorted. You will note that others ap pear to be off in La-La Land at points in the day. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You speak, and others respond. Communication ourishes. Detach more of ten, and imagine what the other parties seem to be holding back. Otherwise, you might have difculty un derstanding and accept ing what these people have to say. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Take a day just for you. You might want to lounge, read the paper and/or make a special meal for yourself. Someone with an invitation could tempt you to give up your lazy day. You still will be best off steering clear of others. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Make calls in the morn ing and catch up on every ones news. Whether you want to incorporate your day with a friend, family mem ber or loved one is your choice. You will be happiest going out and about with a companion. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You could be out of sorts as you eye a new purchase. You might decide to post pone this expenditure, as it could require more re search. Treat a loved one to a late brunch and swap news. You could conjure up quite an afternoon together. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You will be full of ener gy. However, getting plans off the ground could take some effort. Use care with spending, as you have done more shopping than usual. A new friend might let you know that there might be more than a friendship that exists between you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You are always so busy that no one will think twice when you make up an excuse for not getting together with them. Use your free time to catch up on sleep. Re vitalize your body and your mind. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) News lters in from a distance. You might be ready to take off at the drop of a hat; be sure that a friend or partner wants that as well. You would be well-advised to hold back some and see where the other person is coming from. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21) You could bring others together for a fun get-together. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you easily can be identied as someone who takes the lead. Your ery personality will come through. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19) The thought of a trip could be fun, but hope fully it does not consume your day and force you to think of nothing else. A fam ily member or dear friend wants you to join him or her. You can be sure you will have a great time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Someone makes an overture that you feel you cant say no to. Be hon est with yourself. You like ly will decide to get together with this person on a oneon-one level. Friends need quality time like this. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You have a way about you that a loved one adores. It is clear that this person cannot get enough time with you. Allow the inner child within you to emerge and become part of these interactions. HOROSCOPES Bigars Stars JACQUELINE BIGAR Dear Abby JEANNE PHILLIPS Wife seeks truth about a mysterious death TODAY IN HISTORY

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