SPORTS |B1MONTVERDE ACADEMY BOYS WILL PLAY FOR NATIONAL TITLE SCENE | C1ON TAP THIS WEEKENDSt. PattyÂs Day events and Lee Greenwood highlight busy weekend in Lake and Sumter LOCAL & STATE | A3Q & A WITH NEW CIRCUIT JUDGE LARRY METZ Opinion ...................... A9 Weather .................... A10 Sports......................... B1 Scene .......................... C1 Comics ...................... C4 Diversions ................... C5 Volume 142, Issue 74 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial Facebook.com./daily.commercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Thursday, March 15, 2018 $.75 By Collin BinkleyAssociated PressDeclaring enough is enough, tens of thousands of young people from Maine to California walked out of school to demand action on gun vio-lence Wednesday in one of the biggest student protests since the Vietnam era.Braving snow in New England and threats of school discipline in places like Georgia and Ohio, they carried signs with messages like ÂAm I Next?,ÂŽ chanted slogans against the National Rifle Association and bowed their heads in memory of the 17 dead in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.ÂWeÂre sick of it,ÂŽ said Maxwell Nardi, a senior at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico, Virginia, just outside Richmond. ÂWeÂre going to keep fighting, and weÂre not going to stop until Congress finally makes resolute changes.ÂŽAround the nation, students left class at 10 a.m. local time for at least 17 minutes Â„ one minute for each of the dead in Florida. At some schools, students didnÂt go outside but lined the hallways, gathered in gyms and auditoriums or wore orange, the color used by the movement against gun violence, or maroon, the school color at Stoneman Douglas.Over and over, students declared that too many young people have died and that they are tired of going to school afraid of getting killed.ÂEnough is enough. People US students stage walkouts Leesburg High School students honored the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas during a walkout on Wednesday in Leesburg. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER/DAILY COMMERCIAL] By Frank Stanfield frankstanfield@dailycommercial. comLEESBURG Â„ More details are beginning to emerge in the hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a man at a chaotic after-hours event at Lake Square Mall on Friday. Police are still looking for the driver of the 2018 Chevy pickup who ran away after the crash in the early morn-ing hours in the parking lot of ViaEntertainment, which is the entertainment com-plex behind the mall.However, a picture is beginning to form, accord-ing to Lt. Joe Iozzi.The driver, apparently in Âan ill-conceived idea,ÂŽ decided to put the truck in More details emerge in fatal hit-and-runStudents hold up signs during a rally asking for gun control outside of the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday in Washington. [JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AP] Thousands of young people demand action on gun violence Police still looking for driver of 2018 Chevy pickup who ed the Leesburg crash sceneBy Carlos E. Medina and Roxanne Brown email@example.com roxanne.brown@ dailycommercial.comLEESBURG Â„ Hundreds of students across Lake County on Wednesday marked the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 people dead and shocked the nation.The nationwide effort was cast as a protest of gun violence by students, but at Leesburg High School, the focus was more on honoring those who died in the Broward County incident.Students poured out of their classes and stood around a pond on the school grounds. At 10 a.m. they fell silent. Every minute until 10:17 a.m., a student read the name of one of the victims aloud, followed by a single peal of the school's main bell.Art students made indi-vidual banners for each of those killed and decorated them with images representing their interests or REMEMBERING THE LOSTBy Robert BarrThe Associated PressLONDON Â„ Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday.ÂHe was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,ÂŽ his children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement.The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mys-teries of space, time and black holes that his book, ÂA Brief History of Time,ÂŽ became an Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking dead at 76 Lake County students honor victims, survivors of Parkland school shooting See WALKOUTS, A8 See HONOR, A6 See HAWKING, A6 See CRASH, A8
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LOTTERY Tuesday, March 13 Mega Millions: 6-30-58-6061-17 x5 Lucky Money: 14-19-28-29-5 Fantasy 5: 17-20-32-35-36 Wednesday, March 14 Pick 5 Afternoon: 4-6-5-0-8 Pick 4 Afternoon: 8-6-1-5 Pick 3 Afternoon: 4-4-7 Pick 2 Afternoon: 4-6By Jill Lawless and Danica KirkaThe Associated PressLONDON Â„ Relations between Britain and Russia plunged Wednesday to a chilly level not seen since the Cold War as Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 diplomats, severed high-level contacts and vowed both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy.Russia said it would respond soon to what it called BritainÂs ÂcrudeÂŽ and ÂhostileÂŽ actions.While May pledged to disrupt Russian espionage and Âhostile state activity,ÂŽ she gave few details about how hard Britain would hit Russian politicians and oligarchs where it really hurts Â„ in their wallets.ÂExpelling diplomats is a kind of a standard response,ÂŽ said Natasha Kuhrt, a Russia expert at KingÂs College London. ÂIÂm not sure itÂs going to make Moscow stand up and think.ÂŽMay told the House of Commons that 23 Russians diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers have a week to leave Britain.ÂThis will be the single big-gest expulsion for over 30 years,ÂŽ May said, adding that it would Âfundamentally degrade Russian intelligence capability in the U.K. for years to come.ÂŽMay spoke after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how the nerve agent Novichok, developed by the Soviet Union, was used against Sergei Skripal, an ex-Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain, and his daughter Yulia. They remain in critical condi-tion in a hospital in Salisbury, southwestern England, after being found unconscious March 4.May said Âthere is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr. Skripal and his daughter.ÂŽShe announced a range of economic and diplomatic mea-sures, including the suspension of high-level contacts with Russia. An invitation for Rus-sian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Britain has been canceled, and British ministers and royals wonÂt attend the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer.May also said Britain would clamp down on murky Rus-sian money and strengthen its powers to impose sanctions on abusers of human rights, though she gave few details.ÂWe will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of U.K. nationals or residents,ÂŽ May said, promising to use all legal powers against crimi-nals and corrupt elites, and to Âincrease checks on private flights, customs and freight.ÂŽÂThere is no place for these people Â„ or their money Â„ in our country,ÂŽ she said.May said some of the measures Âcannot be shared publicly for reasons of national security.ÂŽThe Russian Embassy in London said the expulsion of diplomats was Âtotally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted.ÂŽ Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko called BritainÂs actions Âa provocation.ÂŽRussia did not immediately announce retaliatory mea-sures, but its Foreign Ministry said Âour response will not be long in coming.ÂŽIt said BritainÂs Âhostile measuresÂŽ were Âan unprec-edentedly crude provocation.ÂŽSome Russia experts said the measures announced by May were unlikely to make Russian President Vladimir PutinÂs government change its behav-ior. She didnÂt expel RussiaÂs ambassador or announce sanc-tions against any individuals or companies.Critics of the British government have long claimed that the U.K. is reluctant to act against Russia because LondonÂs property market and financial sector are magnets for billions in Russian money.ÂThere does not seem to be any real appetite so far to investigate the ill-gotten gains of the Russian elite that have been laundered through London,ÂŽ said John Lough, an associate fellow in the Eurasia program at the Chatham House think-tank. ÂIt is not clear to me that LondonÂs response will hit the Kremlin where it hurts.ÂŽMoscow has denied respon-sibility for SkripalÂs poisoning. It refused to comply with BritainÂs demand for an explanation, saying the U.K. must first provide samples of the poison collected by investigators.Some in Russia have suggested that the nerve agent could have come from another former Soviet country.Lawmaker Vladimir Gutenev, a member of RussiaÂs state commission for chemical disarmament, said Russia had scrapped its stockpile of Novichok.ÂIt is hard to say what may be happening in neighboring countries,ÂŽ he was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.Britain is seeking support from allies in the European Union and NATO in response to the use of an illegal chemical weapon on British soil. MayÂs office said President Donald Trump told the prime minister the U.S. was Âwith the U.K. all the way.ÂŽBut Britain faces an uphill battle in rallying international backing for any new measures against Moscow.European Council President Donald Tusk said he would put the attack on the agenda at an EU summit meeting next week.The U.N. Security Council Â„ of which Russia is a vetowielding member Â„ was due to meet later Wednesday at BritainÂs request to discuss the investigation.At U.N. headquarters, deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was not in a position to attribute responsibility for the attack, but Âhe strongly condemns the use of any nerve agent or chemical weapons and hopes that the incident will be thoroughly investigated.ÂŽNATO promised to help investigate what it called Âthe first offensive use of a nerve agentÂŽ in Europe or North America since the military alli-ance was founded in 1949.But itÂs unclear what, if anything, NATO can do to put more pressure on Russia. Rela-tions between the old Cold War foes are already poor and short of military action the alliance has little leverage. Britain boots 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoningA man works to untangle the national Â” ag Â” own from the Russian Embassy, after it became entangled on its staff at the embassy in London, Wednesday. Britain announced Wednesday it will expel 23 Russian diplomats, the biggest such expulsion since the Cold War, and break off high-level contacts with the Kremlin over the nerve-agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in an English town.[AP PHOTO/ ALASTAIR GRANT] By Lisa MascaroAP Congressional CorrespondentWASHINGTON Â„ Back in 2017, the Senate gave quick confirmation to President Donald TrumpÂs national security team and his first secretary of state. But itÂs not likely to go as smoothly for TrumpÂs new nominees to run State and the CIA. Senate Democrats Â„ and some top Republicans Â„ are slow-walking the process amid fresh questions over the Trump administra-tionÂs stance toward Russia and revived inquiries into the CIAÂs dark history of torture.ÂThere are a lot of unan-swered questions,ÂŽ said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced he would oppose both nominees Â„ Mike Pompeo for State and Gina Haspel for CIA Â„ over their views on waterboard-ing Â„ which he said Âsends a terrible message to the worldÂŽ Â„ as well as his concerns that Pompeo will advocate for regime change in Iran that could lead to military action.ÂI want to do everything I can to block them,ÂŽ Paul said. ÂThis is a debate thatÂs really worth having.ÂŽThe presidentÂs firing of Secretary of State Rex Til-lerson touched off a Senate confirmation battle that will play out this spring ahead of midterm elections when control of Congress hangs in balance.By tapping Pompeo to replace Tillerson, the White House is counting on a repeat of Senate support for the former Kansas con-gressman confirmed last year to lead the clandestine agency.But the political ground has shifted since the 66-32 vote to confirm Pompeo in January 2017 when the GOP-led Congress was eager to put the new presi-dentÂs team in place and Democrats were unwilling to stand in the way. More than a dozen Democrats joined all but one Republican in backing him. Paul was opposed.In the year since, Pompeo has drawn scrutiny for actions and statements showcasing his loyalty to Trump and his approach toward Russia.Last month, PompeoÂs meeting with two top Rus-sian spy chiefs drew a chain of questions from Schumer in part because it occurred days before the Trump administration initially decided not to issue new sanctions over Russian interference in the election.Pompeo also made head-lines for meeting with a former intelligence official who has floated the theory that Democratic National CommitteeÂs email hack was an inside job rather than Russian interference in the 2016 election as U.S. officials have largely concluded. That meeting was first reported by The Intercept.During one speech Pompeo claimed Russian meddling did not alter the election results, a finding that overstates the U.S. assessment of the interference.ÂI think heÂs going to have a tough time here,ÂŽ said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. ÂIf heÂs being hired simply to more efficiently destroy the State Department, I think it would be hard to get Demo-cratic votes.ÂŽAt the same time, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made it clear he had plenty of questions for TrumpÂs choice of Haspel to head the CIA over the Ânature and extentÂŽ of her involvement in the agencyÂs waterboard-ing of terror suspects. Senate con rmation ghts ahead on TrumpÂs State, CIA selectionsCIA Director Mike Pompeo listens while testifying on Capitol Hill May 11, 2017 in Washington. Trump ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Tuesday, making a surprise Twitter announcement that heÂs naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace him. [AP PHOTO/JACQUELYN MARTIN]
DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 email@example.com By Tamara LushAssociated PressORLANDO Â„ If jurors in a federal trial in Florida believe government prosecutors, the wife of the man who carried out one of the U.S.Âs biggest mass shootings gave a Âgreen lightÂŽ to her husband when he wanted to execute his terrorist-inspired attack.But if they accept Noor SalmanÂs attorneyÂs account that she was a Âdevoted motherÂŽ with an IQ of 84 and was the victim of Omar MateenÂs repeated lies throughout their marriage, they could decide she had no prior knowledge of the attack.Salman went on trial Wednesday in Orlando. The 31-year-old is accused of aiding and abetting her husband in his attack on the Pulse nightclub in June of 2016. SheÂs also charged with obstruction of justice. If con-victed, she faces life in prison.Prosecutors portrayed a woman who knew Mateen was buying rounds of ammuni-tion for his AR-15, helped him spend thousands of dollars before the attack and knew about his plan when he left the house in the hours before the shooting. They also say she lied, tried to mislead FBI agents and had knowledge of her husbandÂs sick fascination with violent jihadist videos and terrorism.ÂNone of the victims that night knew the horrific events that would unfold. No one knew except for two people: Omar Mateen and his wife,ÂŽ Assistant U.S. Attorney James Mandolfo said. ÂThe defendant gave Omar Mateen the green light to commit terrorism on behalf of ISIS.ÂŽIn his hourlong opening statement, Mandolfo gave several examples of SalmanÂs conflicting statements to FBI agents in the hours after the attack. In one conversation with authorities, before they informed her of any details of the attack, she said, ÂMy Trial begins for Pulse shooterÂs widowLaw enforcement ofÂ“ cials work at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, following a mass shooting. The widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando is going on trial Wednesday in federal court. 31-year-old Noor Salman is charged with aiding and abetting her deceased husband Omar Mateen in planning the 2016 attack on the Pulse nightclub. [AP PHOTO/CHRIS OÂMEARA] See TRIAL, A4Lawyers di er on what Noor Salman knew before husbandÂs attackBy Frank Stanfield firstname.lastname@example.orgGov. Rick Scott recently announced from the floor of the state House that he was appointing Rep. Larry Metz to become a judge in the 5th Judicial Circuit. He will replace Circuit Judge William Law, who is retiring.Metz, 62, is a 1976 graduate of University of Florida and a 1978 graduate of Florida State University School of Law. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (1976-80) and served two years in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring at the rank of captain.An attorney in private practice for many years, Metz entered politics in 2004 when he was appointed to the Lake County School Board by then-Gov. Jeb Bush to serve an unexpired term. He was elected to a full four-year term in 2006. Metz also served on the Lake County Value Adjustment Board, the Lake County Zoning Board and the Lake-Sumter Metro-politan Planning Organization Governing Board.He was first elected to the Florida House of Representa-tives in 2010.Circuit judges are paid $146,080 per year. The following is an email Q & A with the new judge.Q: Mr. Metz, I see from your website that you defend insurance companies in civil cases, including wrongful death, etc. Circuit judges in Lake tend to rotate from civil, to family to juvenile to crimi-nal. How do you feel about tackling those different types of cases?A: I will be prepared to handle the cases assigned to me.Q & A with new Circuit Judge Larry MetzVeteran lawmaker going from legislative branch to judicial See METZ, A4By Linda Charlton CorrespondentCLERMONT Â„ The Cler-mont City Council on Tuesday withdrew its St. Johns River Water Management District permit for a boat ramp at Lake Hiawatha Preserve.The vote Tuesday reverses a decision the council made on Dec. 12, when it voted 3-2 to relocate the city's boat ramp to the Hiawatha Preserve site to make way for the a massive storm water drainage project and park, and it comes on the heels of two lawsuits filed by city residents to block the move. But the controversy goes back to mid-summer, when local boaters and Hiawatha-area residents became aware of the city's plans. They cre-ated an advocacy organization called Clermont Chain of Lakes Foundation and hired an attorney to sue the city.That attorney, Gregory Council abandons boat ramp planA boat launches earlier this month at the Clermont boat ramp on Lake Minneola. The Clermont City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to withdraw its St. Johns River Water Management District permit for a boat ramp at Lake Hiawatha Preserve. [LINDA CHARLTON / CORRESPONDENT] See COUNCIL, A4BEST BETS FOR TODAYIRISH MUSIC PROGRAM: From 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. With acoustic accordion player Connie Marie. Free. Call 352-5362275 for information. SUPER JAM: At 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. With OBO band and other select performers. Go to obopry.com for tickets and information. FOOD TRUCKS: From 5 to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Sunset Park in Mount Dora. Featuring 10 to 12 food trucks. Call 352-3832165 or email chamber@ mountdora.com. FLORIDA LAKES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At 7:30 p.m. at Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, 1724 South Bay St. in Eustis. Love Stories. Go to FloridaLakesSymphonyOrchestra.com for tickets and information.NEWS BRIEFSHOLLYWOODMan gives wife kidney for 23rd anniversaryFor their 23rd wed-ding anniversary, Cesar Calle gave his wife Monica a kidney.The couple from Weston, Florida, spoke to reporters Tuesday about their Feb. 19 surgeries at Memorial Regional Hospital. It was the first successful live donor kidney trans-plant at the Hollywood hospital where Monica Calle works.Medical team leader Dr. Juan Arenas says it's unusual to find a match between spouses. Monica Calle agreed, saying she feels "like I just won the lottery."It took 30 health care workers to get the couple through the process and they actually went home from the hospital early.Their anniversary on Thursday will hold an extra special meaning this year for the couple and their three children.KISSIMMEEPolice: Small plane makes crash landing on Florida streetPolice in Florida say a small airplane has crash-landed on a street.Kissimmee police spokeswoman Stacie Miller tells the Orlando Sentinel that there were two men inside the air-craft, but no one was injured. City officials say the pilot and the passenger were treated at the scene.TOP: Two gliders Â” y side by side at the Senior Soaring Championship in Clermont. [PHOTOS BY BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT]LEFT: A man takes off in his glider at the Senior Soaring Championship in Clermont. A pilot prepares to launch at the Senior Soaring Championship in Clermont. Dozens of sleek gliders w ent aloft in the skies over south Lake County this week for the 27th edition of the Senior Soaring Championship. The event at Seminole Lake Gliderport kicked off Sunday and continues until Saturday. During the event, which was launched a quarter century ago as a fun gathering for glider enthusiasts, has become a major competition during which pilots look for air currents that will carry them high, far and fast (many can exceed 60 mph).Soaring highGlider pilots converge in Clermont for Senior Soaring Championships this weekSee BRIEFS, A4
A4 Thursday, March 15, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com Funeral Services Theodore SmallTheodore Small, 55 of Altamonte Springs, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home, Fern Park Chapel. 407.645.4633. Emma Lee Wright, 77, of Clermont, FL, departed this life on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Emma Lee was born on December 4, 1940 to the Late Chester Arthur and Adrene Black Wright. She graduated from Carver Heights High School in Leesburg, Class of 1958. She later moved to New York, where she worked various jobs and retired in 2005 from St. Luke Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, after 22 years of service. She is survived by her sister: Onetha Wright; and a host of other family members and friends. A service of celebration will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:00AM at St. Mark AME Church, 810 Disston Avenue, Clermont. Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Clermont. POSTELLÂS MORTUARY is providing service for the Wright family.Emma Lee Wright TodayÂsServices Dr. Clarine T McCall meet and joined her parents, sister and son on Monday morning March 5th. Viewing to be held Friday, March 16, 2018 at St. John Baptist Church, 1735 Veech Rd., Leesburg. Service to convene Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m. @ Citadal of Hope Church, 2795 South St., Leesburg, FL. Family request in lieu of Â”owers please send donations to: Youth Outreach Umbrella @ P.O. Box 493953 Leesburg, FL 34749. All arrangements entrusted to Eastside Funeral Home (352) 326-5688.Dr. Clarine T McCall Broome, said the next step is for the city to file a withdrawal notice with St. Johns, and then the administrative law permit appeal goes away. As for the lawsuits, Broome says they will be taking a close look at the fine print, then determine what, if any, action may be needed.ÂThis is a good day,ÂŽ Broome said after the meeting.The city still has to find a location for the ramp, which is being relocated to make way for massive storm water drainage project and public park.On April 10, the City Council will consider two alternatives for the boat ramp. Those alternatives are to leave the ramp where it is Â„ pre-sumably with additional parking to make up for the parking now being lost to the construction of Triathlon Beach Â„ or to move the facility to the old Bell Ceramics property. The current ramp, the Bell Ceramics site, and the now-abandoned Hiawatha Preserve site are all on Lake Minneola.Speaking of her December vote to move the ramp to Hiawatha, Mayor Gail Ash said, ÂThe spot was chosen because at the time it was the recommended site by staff.ÂŽ Council member Diane Travis also noted that she voted for Hiawatha because it was recommended by the cityÂs consultants.Heidi Brishke was a new council member in December when she voted to move the ramp to Hiawatha Preserve. She was the first to speak on Tuesday when it came time for council comments.ÂI hate to waste the money we have already put in the project,ÂŽ Brishke said, Âbut itÂs clear we have made the wrong decision. I donÂt know what the right decision is. We, unfortunately, have to start over.ÂŽ COUNCILFrom Page A3husband is safe with guns.ÂŽSaid Mandolfo: ÂNo one ever told her about guns.ÂŽHe described a wife that knowingly went to at least two locations with Mateen to ÂscoutÂŽ sites of potential terrorist attacks. One was City Place, an open-air shopping center in West Palm Beach. The other was Disney Springs, a crowded dining and shopping area near the famed theme parks, Mandolfo said.ÂWhat would make people more upset, an attack at a club or an attack at Disney?ÂŽ Mateen asked his wife, according to Mandolfo.Salman also knew her husband was fascinated with violent jihadist videos, even pulling their 3-year-old away from the screen, Mandolfo said.The statements she made to the FBI after the attack will be key to the trial.SalmanÂs attorney, Linda Moreno, argued in opening statements that some of the claims are contradicted by cell-phone records and other evidence.ÂShe cooperated with the FBI completely,ÂŽ said Moreno, adding that her client never asked for a lawyer and consented to a home search. The FBI in their hourslong questioning manipulated and coerced her, Moreno asserts.ÂNoor Salman denied any knowledge of Omar MateenÂs plans for hours,ÂŽ she said, adding that agents told Salman that she could go to jail and not see her child.Her attorney said Mateen had a secret life that involved meeting women online and cheat-ing on Salman. Moreno called Mateen Âmisogynistic.ÂŽ According to court records, Mateen abused Salman, including when she was pregnant. ÂThe only sin was that she married a monster,ÂŽ said Moreno, adding that the jury can honor the victims of the attack by seeking the truth of her clientÂs actions.U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron said the trial could last three weeks or more, after taking several days to pick a jury of 12 with six alternates. Potential jurors were asked whether they could be impartial in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, and whether they believe the war on terror targets Muslims. They were also quizzed on whether they knew survivors or vic-tims of a terrorist attack.Mateen, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, was killed by police in the hours after the shooting. At the time of the attack, it was the worst mass shoot-ing in modern U.S. history. It was surpassed last Octo-ber by the fatal shooting of 58 people in Las Vegas.Salman was arrested in 2017 in California, where she was staying with family, and has been jailed since then.The first witness for the prosecution called Wednesday was Orlando police Officer Adam Gruler, who was working at Pulse in an off-duty capacity as security for the nightclub. TRIALFrom Page A3 Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, said it came as a surprise when Gov. Rick Scott named him a circuit court judge this week. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] Q: How will your Leg-islature and school board experiences aid you in this new capacity?A: My judicial duties will be performed in accordance with my oath of office, the Code of Judicial Conduct and other appli-cable law.Q: A news story quoted you as saying that you were surprised when Gov. Scott made the announcement. You didnÂt talk to him about it beforehand?A: No.Q: You will be taking over for Judge Law some-time around the end of June when LawÂs term expires. When will you have to run for election for the post?A: My service will begin in July 2018. It is my understanding that the initial term of office will expire in early January, 2021. In order to continue serving I would need to win a full term in the 2020 election.Q: Will you be selling your private practice? Are there other lawyers in the firm?A: I will be closing my law practice. At present I am a solo practitioner.Q: Pardon me for asking this question, but didnÂt you make an announcement some time ago that you had some type of ill-ness, but that will not affect your ability to do the job?A: In late 2016 I was diagnosed with ParkinsonÂs disease, which is a movement disorder. The symptoms are treated with medication. It does not affect my ability to work. METZFrom Page A3 ÂThe only sin was that she married a monster.ÂŽ Noor SalmanÂs attorney, Linda Moreno By Jim TurnerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE Â„ When legislative budget chiefs agreed during negotiations to spend $1.5 million on a study about extending a toll road north to Georgia, they started to lock into FloridaÂs new budget some of the 78 recommendations a House select committee created in the wake of last yearÂs deadly hurricane season.Also crossing the finish line as the annual legisla-tive session ended Sunday was storm-related money for farm repairs, nursing homes to buy generators, affordable housing in Monroe County and to help students displaced from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Still, many of the high-profile measures crafted in response to hurricanes Irma and Maria failed to win support. They included creating a strate-gic fuel-reserve task force, requiring the Division of Emergency Management to use certified sign-lan-guage interpreters during emergency broadcasts and using rail-tank cars to bring fuel into evacua tion areas to avoid a repeat of runs on gas stations.Rep. Jeanette Nunez, a Miami Republican who was chairwoman of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness, said Âa good amountÂŽ of the overall recommendations were approved by lawmakers. But she said the Senate failed to Âstep up to the plateÂŽ in match-ing the House in many of the policy changes sought by her committee.ÂIt was easier to address things on the budget side, even with our budget challenges at the last minute with the Parkland situation, than it was to really act on policy,ÂŽ Nunez said, referring to the Feb. 14 school shoot-ing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that led to a $400 million school-safety package.The select committee recommendations were approved as the regular session started in January.ÂItÂs a shame,ÂŽ Nunez said. ÂWe spent a lot of time, and we really did take that select commit-tee seriously. We listened to countless hours of pre-sentations. And I thought we had a really unique opportunity to address some significant gaps Â„ given our exposure and our risks with all the things that come with hurricane season Â„ which is now just three months away.ÂŽIn a news release after the budget was approved, Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said he was proud of the Senate, which conducted Âa thorough review of these critical issues and pleased that the Legislature passed a comprehensive recovery and prepared-ness package.ÂŽAt least $272.45 million in hurricane-related spending is included in the budget (HB 5001) that awaits a trip to Gov. Rick ScottÂs desk.That includes a study of a northern extension of the 57-mile Suncoast Parkway, which now ends just south of Citrus County. The House had initially proposed $10 million for the parkway extension study, but the number came down $1.5 million as budget chair-men started negotiations.ÂWe think you can do a feasibility study for $1.5 million, thatÂs a lot of money to do a feasibility study,ÂŽ said House Appropriations Chairman Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami.Other storm-related budget projects, accord-ing to a Senate summary, include $15 million for affordable housing in the Keys, $11.2 million for beach repairs and $5.9 million for the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center. Also, spending includes $126 million for education services for students dis-placed by Hurricane Maria and $750,000 for the state Department of Transpor-tation to conduct at least three exercises by May 1 using contraflow lanes Â„ directing traffic on both sides of a highway to travel the same direction Â„ to determine if such operations could speed evacuations.During the evacuation for Irma, with 6.5 million people ordered to move inland and away from the storm path, motorists spent up to 12 hours on routes that typically are covered in six to seven hours.The idea of contraflow hasnÂt drawn support from transportation offi-cials, who instead favor using road shoulders to provide additional lanes for fleeing motorists.A month ago, Scott backed his agency leaders by including the expansion of Âemergency shoulder useÂŽ when he issued a series of poststorm directives to the Department of Transpor-tation. Those directives also included ÂdynamicÂŽ message signs along Interstate 75, completing certain turnpike projects on time, installing cameras and message signs along I-75 from Ocala north to the Georgia state line, and increasing the capacity of the stateÂs Florida 511 website, which provides real-time traffic information about major roads.Separately during the session, legislators approved a pair of bills (HB 7099 and SB 7028) that ratify rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and 72 hours of fuel.The measures replace a pair of emergency rules that the Scott administration issued in September following the deaths of residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a Broward County nursing home that lost its air-conditioning system in Hurricane Irma.Lawmakers pass some post-Irma proposals, ditch othersCars drive on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 75 as Florida residents evacuated the southern areas of the state on Sept. 8 with Hurricane Irma approaching. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] MIAMIHonduran man pleads guilty in Florida mall bomb plot caseA Honduran man has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges in a plot to detonate a bomb in a Florida mall food court in support of the Islamic State extremist group.Vicente Adolfo Solano pleaded guilty Wednesday in Miami federal court to a single count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Court records show Solano will be sentenced May 30.The FBI says the 53-year-old Solano wanted to detonate a bomb last October at the Dolphin Mall near Miami but was actually working with undercover FBI operatives who gave him a fake bomb before his arrest.Despite Solano's claims of Islamic State sympathies, the FBI says no direct links to terrorist groups were found. Solano never had real explosives. BRIEFSFrom Page A4
DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 A5By Steve PeoplesAssociated PressNEW YORK Â„ The special election in PennsylvaniaÂs 18th district has made one thing clear: Democrats turned a region that overwhelmingly backed President Donald Trump just 16 months ago into a dead heat. It didnÂt matter that this congressional district will effectively disappear next year. Each side fought hard and spent big know-ing that the race would help shape the national political landscape heading into the November midterm elections.With that in mind, here are the top takeaways as the final votes come in: Rethinking a ÂsafeÂ district Republicans are trying, but thereÂs no way to spin the special election results as anything other than a grim scenario for the Republican Party. Trump won the district by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016. Democrat Conor LambÂs performance in southwestern Pennsylvania means that the GOPÂs grip on the House majority is in serious peril this fall.There has been much discussion about the vulnerability of 23 Republicans serving in congressional districts that Trump lost in 2016. TheyÂre more vulnerable than ever. But there are scores of other Republi-can-held seats considered more competitive than PennsylvaniaÂs 18th district. Democrats need to flip 24 seats to claim the House majority Â„ just 23 if Lamb wins. Both num-bers increasingly look reachable. For GOP strat-egists, or those members considering retirement, it may be time to hit the panic button. Trump hits his limitThe president was all-in for Republican Rick Saccone in a region considered solid Trump country. The Repub-lican president visited the district twice on SacconeÂs behalf. He dispatched his daughter, his eldest son, his chief counselor and his vice president to the district. It wasnÂt enough to pull out a clear win.Saccone parroted TrumpÂs message, he said he wanted to be TrumpÂs Âwingman,ÂŽ and he benefited from TrumpÂs political operation. It wasnÂt enough.This marks the second consecutive special elec-tion in which Trump struggled to push his pre-ferred candidate over the finish line. Only this time, unlike AlabamaÂs recent Senate election, he canÂt blame a candidate saddled with multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Democrats are hotDemocrats did it in Virginia, New Jersey, Alabama. They did it in a string of lower-profile state house elections in places like Missouri and New Hampshire. Now, theyÂve done it in the heart of Trump country in working-class western Pennsylvania.As the November midterms grow closer, the energy on the left is as strong as ever. Lamb effectively harnessed that energy with a large getout-the-vote operation that dwarfed that of his Republican opponent. And Democratic candidates across the country hailed PennsylvaniaÂs result as reason to be even more excited. Rep. Charlie Dent, an eastern Pennsylvania Republican who is retir-ing at the end of the year, predicted Wednesday that the Democratic wave Âis going to be like 2010ÂŽ Â„ a reference to the anti-Obama wave that cost the Democratic Party 63 seats.Candidates matter, but only so muchSaccone was an under-whelming candidate. He struggled to raise money. He had a weak get-outthe-vote operation. He didnÂt spend much time with voters. But itÂs a mistake to suggest that the Republican state repre-sentativeÂs personal flaws alone triggered a 20-point swing in his district.Saccone didnÂt make any major gaffes. He avoided the personal scandals that have plagued Repub-lican candidates in other recent elections. And he was remarkably disciplined in a message that embraced Trump, promoted the GOP-backed tax overhaul, and tied his opponent to unpopular Democratic leaders like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. ThatÂs roughly the same playbook Republicans are planning to employ in Republican-leaning regions across the country.Pennsylvania takeaways: GOP reaches for the panic buttonConor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in PennsylvaniaÂs 18th Congressional District celebrates with his supporters at his election night party in Canonsburg, Pa., early Wednesday. [AP PHOTO/GENE J. PUSKAR]
A6 Thursday, March 15, 2018 | DailyCommercial.cominternational best seller, making him one of science's biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.Even though his body was attacked by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when Hawking was 21, he stunned doctors by living with the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years. A severe attack of pneumonia in 1985 left him breathing through a tube, forcing him to communicate through an electronic voice synthesizer that gave him his distinctive robotic monotone.But he continued his sci-entific work, appeared on television and married for a second time. As one of Isaac Newton's successors as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, Hawking was involved in the search for the great goal of physics Â„ a "unified theory."Such a theory would resolve the contradictions between Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, which describes the laws of grav-ity that govern the motion of large objects like planets, and the Theory of Quantum Mechanics, which deals with the world of subatomic particles.For Hawking, the search was almost a religious quest Â„ he said finding a "theory of everything" would allow mankind to "know the mind of God.""A complete, consistent unified theory is only the first step: our goal is a complete understanding of the events around us, and of our own existence," he wrote in "A Brief History of Time."In later years, though, he suggested a unified theory might not exist.He followed up "A Brief History of Time" in 2001 with the more accessible sequel "The Universe in a Nutshell," updating readers on concepts like super gravity, naked singularities and the possibility of an 11-dimensional universe.Hawking said belief in a God who intervenes in the universe "to make sure the good guys win or get rewarded in the next life" was wishful thinking."But one can't help asking the question: Why does the universe exist?" he said in 1991. "I don't know an operational way to give the question or the answer, if there is one, a meaning. But it bothers me."The combination of his best-selling book and his almost total disability Â„ for a while he could use a few fingers, later he could only tighten the muscles on his face Â„ made him one of science's most recognizable faces.He made cameo television appearances in "The Simpsons" and "Star Trek" and counted among his fans U2 guitarist The Edge, who attended a January 2002 celebration of Hawking's 60th birthday.His early life was chronicled in the 2014 film "The Theory of Everything," with Eddie Redmayne win-ning the best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of the scientist. The film focused still more attention on Hawking's remarkable achievements.Some colleagues credited that celebrity with generating new enthusiasm for science.His achievements, and his longevity, also helped prove to many that even the most severe disabilities need not stop patients from living. HAWKINGFrom Page A1hobbies. Soccer, swimming, baseball, JROTC and other activities were featured prominently on each banner.ÂIt was a really emo-tional experience. As soon as they started doing that, kids were crying in closets,ÂŽ said Mel Padilla, an art teacher at Leesburg. ÂIt made it really personal to them.ÂŽThose killed were Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, Scott Beigel, 35, Martin Duque, 14, Nicholas Dworet, 17, Aaron Feis, 37, Jamie Guttenberg, 14, Chris Hixon 49, Luke Hoyer, 15, Cara Loughran 14, Gina Montalto, 14, Joaquin Oliver, 17, Alaina Petty, 14, Meadow Pollack, 18, Helena Ramsay, 17, Alex Schachter, 14, Carmen Schentrup, 16, and Peter Wang, 15.Alex Gladis, 16, did the research on each victim.ÂIt felt like it was more than people you hear about on the news. It humanized it,ÂŽ Alex said of what she discovered.Martinis McDuffie, 17, president of the schools National Art Honor Soci-ety, helped organize the effort.ÂWe had some kids who had to take a moment. It got a little heavy sometimes. We had a conversation about gun violence at school,ÂŽ he said.Michael Randolph, Leesburg HighÂs principal, was proud of his students for honoring the victims and participating in the national conversation on school safety.ÂItÂs a school safety issue that weÂre fighting for and that we are advo-cating for. School should be a safe place for every student, and right now our students donÂt feel safe around campuses all over the country. I want to return that feeling of safety to our students,ÂŽ Randolph said.Every middle school and high school in Lake County planned to mark the day. Some events were more elaborate than others and included school administrators and students working together, according to Sherri Owens, the district spokeswoman.Clermont Middle School postponed their event due to an unconfirmed threat. A student reported hearing about a threat, but the Lake County SheriffÂs Office found no evidence to make an arrest. The walk-out will take place another day, Owens said.At Lake Minneola High School, faculty, administrators and students encircled the football field in a planned Âwalk-inÂŽ to remember those lost at Marjory Stoneman Doug-las and to rally for change so that it never happens again.Seventeen empty chairs sat in the middle of the circle in remembrance of the shooting victims whose lives ended on Val-entineÂs Day.Principal Linda Shepherd-Miller called out one victimÂs name every minute and in between, students stood in complete silence, some with their heads bowed, holding hands with one another, crying silently or just reflecting on the moment.ÂWhen my hawks came to me wanting to support and gather in memory of the lives that were lost at Marjory Stoneman, with-out a doubt we were going to come together as one hawk. One hawk united, one hawk humble and one hawk kind,ÂŽ ShepherdMiller said. ÂItÂs part of the healing process.ÂŽJunior Essence Solomon said she was hoping for change.ÂMy first thought was basically, Âagain?ÂÂŽ Solomon said. ÂThis has happened so many times before and there still hasnÂt been any change whatsoever. And I feel like after it happening so many times, there should be something done because kids are dying and nothing is happening about it.ÂŽ HONORFrom Page A1Leesburg High School students honored the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER/DAILY COMMERCIAL] BritainÂs Professor Stephen Hawking receives the Honorary Freedom of the City of London during a ceremony March 6, 2017 at the Guildhall in the City of London. Cambridge University had put Stephen HawkingÂs doctoral thesis online on Oct. 23, 2017, triggering such interest that it crashed the universityÂs website. [AP PHOTO/MATT DUNHAM]
DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 A7By Jim SaundersNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE Â„ A proposed constitutional amendment that would impose eight-year term limits on members of county school boards would pass comfortably if it goes on the November ballot, according to a new poll.The poll, released Tuesday by the Tallahas-see-based firm Clearview Research, shows that 68 percent of voters support limiting school-board members to two fouryear terms. The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is looking at placing the issue on this yearÂs general-election ballot.ÂThe eight-year term limits (proposal) for school board members begins in relatively safe territory for two rea-sons. First, it begins with 68 percent support and second it is an easy and clear concept for voters to understand,ÂŽ Steve Vancore, president of Clearview Research, said in comments accompany-ing the poll results.The Constitution Revision Commission meets every 20 years and has the power to directly place proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. VancoreÂs firm polled 750 likely voters on a series of issues being considered by the commission, which is expected to finalize a list of ballot proposals this spring.The proposal to place term limits on schoolboard members, offered by Constitution Revision Commission member Erika Donalds, has drawn widespread attention Â„ and objections from groups such as the Florida School Boards Association and the League of Women Voters of Florida.ÂThis proposal would apply to only one group among several similar groups of local elected officials,ÂŽ the school boards association said in a document on its website. ÂIt seems dis-criminatory and punitive to single out one group to be subjected to these conditions and limita-tions that are not applied equally to all similar groups.ÂŽNevertheless, term limits Â„ which were approved in 1992 for members of the state Legislature Â„ have been popular with voters. The poll results released Tuesday indicate that 68 percent of voters would ÂdefinitelyÂŽ or ÂprobablyÂŽ vote for school-board term limits, while only 25 percent would ÂdefinitelyÂŽ or ÂprobablyÂŽ vote no.Constitutional amend-ments require 60 percent approval to pass.Clearview Research conducted the poll from March 1 through last Wednesday, with the results having a margin of error of 3.58 percentage points. The firm on Tues-day released the results of three questions about proposed constitutional amendments.While the term-limits proposal received broad support, voters appear unlikely to approve another high-profile pro-posal that would lift a ban on state money being used to support churches and other religious groups Â„ what is commonly known as the Âno aidÂŽ provision of the Constitution.The no-aid provision, for example, has become an issue in debates about school vouchers. The 1st District Court of Appeal in 2004 cited the provision in striking down a voucher program that paid for children to go to religious schools, though the Florida Supreme Court later found the pro-gram unconstitutional on other grounds.The poll indicated only 41 percent of voters said they ÂdefinitelyÂŽ or ÂprobablyÂŽ would support a proposed constitutional amendment to remove the no-aid provision from the Con-stitution, while 51 percent said they definitely or probably would not.Vancore acknowledged difficulty in wording the poll question to come up with a Âneutral and accu-rateÂŽ description of the proposal and consulted with an election attorney, Glenn Burhans, about wording issues. But Van-core said the firm decided to stick closely with the way the proposed con-stitutional amendment is worded.ÂWith that we are com-fortable with the language as it accurately describes the actual impact and, as such, (the proposal) begins in a very poor posi-tion with a majority (51 percent) voting ÂnoÂ and only 41 percent indicat-ing a ÂyesÂ vote,ÂŽ Vancore said in the written comments. ÂAs worded, this item would have virtually no chance of attaining the 60 percent threshold.ÂŽVoters back school board term limits 2018 LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS NOMINATION FORMSponsored by: COMPLETED FORMS: Postmarked by April 2, 2018 Send via E-MAIL: Mandy Wettstein at mandywettstein+2018CSA@gmail.com or POST: Lake County Community Service Awards PURPOSE: To annually recognize and publicly honor outstanding community service in the fields of: Arts/Cultural Education Leadership Public Service Sports/Athletics Humanitarian Public Safety Entrepreneur NOMINEE: Category _____________________________________________________________________________________ Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phones _______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail ________________________________________________________________________________________ REASONS FOR NOMINATION 1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS RECEIVED BY NOMINEE THAT RELATE TO CATEGORY 1 ____________________________________________ 2 _____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ 4 _____________________________________________ CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND POSITIONS THAT RELATE TO CATEGORY 1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 4 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ NOMINATOR Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phones ____________________________________E-mail _____________________________________________ Note: one page of additional comments may be attached Youth Award 2018 LAKE COUNTYCommunity Service Awards NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED! WeÂre sure you know a person whose dedication and selflessness have made Lake County a better place. Now itÂs time to give them the recognition they deserve. Nominating someone is easy. Nomination forms will be printed in the Daily Commercial, can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce offices and City Halls throughout Lake County or you can email Mandy Wettstein at mandywettstein+2018CSA@gmail.com and have one sent to you.If selected, your nominee will be honored at the 2018 Lake County Community Service Awards Dinner on May 9th, 2018 at Lake Receptions. SO SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION. MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS TODAY! Nominations must be postmarked by April 2, 2018 Mail to: LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS Lake County Chamber Alliance Attn: 2018 CSAPO Box 709 Mount Dora, FL 32756or email to: Mandy Wettstein at mandywettstein+2018CSA@gmail.com Arts/CulturalAn individual whose personal or professional talents/activities in the cultural arts have contributed to the enrichment of Lake County.Hall of Fame Business AwardFor career business achievement of 20 years or more.Business AchievementA business leader whose achievements within his or her field have aided the economic business climate of Lake County. Categories: Small Medium (12-39 employees) Large (more than 40 employees)EducationAn employed, elected or volunteer educator who has shown innovation and dedication to public or private schools in Lake County.HumanitarianAn individual whose volunteer activities have improved the quality of life in Lake County.Sports/AthleticsA person who has achieved in sports through performance or in promotion of athletic events in Lake County.Lake County Leadership AwardAn individual whose guidance & leadership has impacted Lake County.Public ServiceAn outstanding elected or employed official of state, county or city government; or a volunteer who has made contributions toward improving Lake CountyÂs quality of life.Chris Daniels Memorial Public Safety AwardTo recognize an individual in the area of Public Safety who has demonstrated superior performance in their career, and has shown a commitment to better the Lake County through community involvement. This would include those persons in Lake County in the careers of law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and emergency management.Youth AwardA Lake County Youth (age 18 and younger) that has demonstrated and excelled in providing community service and involvement in two or more of the following categories: Arts/Cultural, Education, Humanitarian, Public Service, Sports/Athletics and/or Public Safety.EntrepreneurAn entrepreneur is an individual who starts and runs a business with limited resources and planning, taking account of all the unknown risks and rewards.
A8 Thursday, March 15, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comgear to scare friends out-side the vehicle as a joke, Iozzi said. Somehow, the gas pedal was pushed, sending the truck into a parked vehicle and then two pedestrians before it finally came to rest against a tree.Lawanda Alteen, 37, who was in the parked vehicle, was not injured. Pedestrian Matthew Wilkerson, 26, of Citra, refused treatment for minor injuries, but Michael Roberts, 27, of Ocala, was pinned beneath the vehicle and later died at Orlando Regional Medi-cal Center.David Peter Ward, the man who put on the Hang Out Fridays event, said he only sold 100 tickets to the bowling alley, bar and entertainment venue, which could hold up to 900 people. His Facebook page advertised: ÂLadies 21 and up free till 11:15,ÂŽ and Âmusic by Funk Boi DJS, 10:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.ÂŽHe described the event as a ÂpartyÂŽ with a DJ, not a concert, as it was labeled in the hours following the event.He was reluctant to comment, saying the incident is still under investigation, but did say, ÂWe want to express our condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Roberts.ÂŽSeveral people were supportive on his Face-book page. One man was arrested at the scene but he was not the driver of the pickup, police said.When Officer Travonte Kitchen heard the crash he started running to the scene. He saw a man jump out of a Chevrolet with South Carolina plates. He ordered the man to stop, but he kept running and pushed a bystander out of the way.The officer eventually fired his Taser, but that didnÂt stop him. the fleeing man even tried to get into another car, yelling ÂLet me in!ÂŽ That vehicle drove off, and he fell to the ground.Officers were then able to slap handcuffs on him and put him in the back of a patrol car.He gave officers a fake name. Eventually, they learned his name is Carlon K. Webb, 25, of Ocala. He was wanted on several felony warrants out of Marion County. In Lake County, he was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence and pro-viding false identification to police. He was taken to the Lake County Jail where he was held on $15,000 bail.Police are still interview-ing witnesses. Some have come forward saying that they, too, were struck by the pickup truck.Investigators are also sifting through evidence, including phones left in the vehicle and DNA, which could pinpoint the driver. It could take several weeks for those results to come back, Iozzi cautioned.If Ward is correct, and only 100 tickets were sold, the large crowd that showed up was still dif-ficult for police to handle.There were reports of shots fired at a nearby Waffle House, which turned out to be false, and a big crowd at a con-venience store down the road.The ripple effect was reminiscent of what hap-pened in Mount Dora last summer, when an event was oversold at a banquet hall, extra police had to be called in, and two people were shot nearby, one fatally.The banquet hall was cited for code violations and Mount Dora started getting involved proactively with a new temporary permit process.ViaEntertainment was the scene of an earlier party, but the only problem then was noise complaints from neighbors.Anyone with informa-tion about the case can call Leesburg Police at 352-728-9860 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. CRASHFrom Page A1 are done with being shot,ÂŽ said Iris Foss-Ober, 18, a senior at Washburn High School in Minneapolis.Some schools applauded students for taking a stand or at least tolerated the walkouts, while others threatened punishment.Protesters called for such measures as tighter background checks on gun purchases and a ban on assault weapons like the one used in the Florida bloodbath.As the protests unfolded, the NRA responded by posting a photo on Twitter of a black rifle emblazoned with an American flag. The caption: ÂIÂll control my own guns, thank you.ÂŽWalkouts interrupted the day at schools from the elementary level through college, and at some that have witnessed their own mass shootings. About 250 students gathered on a soccer field at ColoradoÂs Columbine High School, while students who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack in 2012 walked out of Newtown High School in Connecticut.In joining the protests, the students followed the example set by many of the survivors of the Florida shooting, who have become gun-control activists, leading rallies, lobbying legislators and giving TV interviews. Their efforts helped spur passage last week of a Florida law curbing access to assault rifles by young people.In Washington, more than 2,000 high-school age protesters observed the 17 minutes of silence by sitting on the ground with their backs turned to the White House as a church bell tolled. President Donald Trump was in Los Angeles at the time.The protesters carried signs with messages such as ÂOur Blood/ Your HandsÂŽ and ÂNever AgainÂŽ and chanted slo-gans against the NRA.In New York City, they chanted, ÂEnough is enough!ÂŽ In Salt Lake City, the signs read, ÂPro-tect kids not guns,ÂŽ ÂFear has no place in schoolÂŽ and ÂAm I next?ÂŽStoneman Douglas High senior David Hogg, who has emerged as one of the leading student activists, livestreamed the walkout at the tragedy-stricken school on his YouTube channel.He said the students could not be expected to remain in class when there was work to do to prevent gun violence.ÂEvery one of these indi-viduals could have died that day. I could have died that day,ÂŽ he said.At Aztec High School in a rural, gun-friendly part of New Mexico, students aimed to avoid politics and opted for a ceremony honoring students killed in shootings Â„ including two who died in a December attack at Aztec.ÂOur kids sit on both ends of the spectrum, and we have a diverse commu-nity when it comes to gun rights and gun control,ÂŽ Principal Warman Hall said.About 10 students left OhioÂs West Liberty-Salem High School Â„ which witnessed a shooting last year Â„ despite a warning they could face detention or more serious discipline.Police in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta patrolled Kell High, where students were threatened with unspecified consequences if they par-ticipated. Three students walked out anyway.The coordinated protests were organized by Empower, the youth wing of the WomenÂs March, which brought thousands to Washington last year.Congress has shown little inclination to tighten gun laws, and Trump backed away from his ini-tial support for raising the minimum age for buying an assault rifle to 21.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had no imme-diate public comment on the walkout.Historians said the dem-onstrations were shaping up to be one of the largest youth protests in decades. WALKOUTSFrom Page A1
DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 A9 WeÂre not sure how many times weÂve seen the phrase Âfailed VA leadershipÂŽ in stories and headlines over the years, but we know it has a too-familiar ring. WeÂve listened for years now Â„ decades, really Â„ as Department of Veterans Affairs leaders vowed change and improvement in the health-care services offered to our nationÂs veterans. And weÂve even seen the VA make good on those pledges. But Âfailed leadershipÂŽ is back again in a new report from the VAÂs internal watchdog. ItÂs another blow to VA Secretary David Shulkin, who was already under fire for abuse of travel funding. Shulkin spoke with reporters on March 7 about the report, acknowledging that the VA still has ÂsystemicÂŽ problems. And once again, the top VA leader is pledging massive change across the organization. This latest report by the VAÂs inspector general appears to have caught Shulkin by surprise with its revelations of Âcritical deficienciesÂŽ at the VA hospital closest to ShulkinÂs own office: the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The 144-page report documents supply shortages, Âchronic staffing shortages,ÂŽ Âexcessive vacancies in leadership positions,ÂŽ and a Âlack of consistently clean storage areas for medical supplies and equipment.ÂŽ The problems at the medical center, the report says, are Âprevalent and deeply intertwined.ÂŽ The inspector general also documented Âserious, persistent deficienciesÂŽ in at least three VA program offices that were directly under ShulkinÂs command when he was the VAÂs undersecretary of health in 2015 and 2016. And the report cited other problems across the VAÂs national network, including the purchase of at least $92 million in overpriced medical supplies, and the possibility of data breaches as thousands of patient records sat in 1,300 unsecured boxes. The problems appear to start at the top. The inspector generalÂs office reported that it Âencountered a culture of complacency among VA and Veterans Health Administration leaders at multiple levels who failed to address previously identified serious issues with a sense of urgency or purpose.ÂŽ The investigators also found that, Âin interviews, leaders frequently abrogated individual responsibility and deflected blame to others.ÂŽ Last week, Shulkin vowed sweeping change, including unannounced audits of the systemÂs more than 1,700 medical facilities by health experts in the private sector, hiring to fill vacancies at the VAÂs hospitals and plans to streamline the bureaucracy and improve communications. The White House restated its support for Shulkin, saying heÂs done a Âgreat jobÂŽ of bringing change to the VA. Yet significant parts of the VA are still broken. So what needs to happen? First, itÂs really time to determine if the governmentÂs second-largest department is capable of carrying out its mission. Is the VA simply too big to succeed? Is this a healthcare bureaucracy that will inevitably collapse under its own weight and is impossible to effectively manage? We know that veterans groups and Shulkin himself have a fierce belief that the government must provide proper health care for the nationÂs veterans, and that the job canÂt be parceled out to health professionals in the private and nonprofit sectors. Yet, does a veteranÂs heart disease or cancer need a substantially different medical treatment than the same illness in a person who hasnÂt served? Conditions like traumatic brain injury, loss of limbs and other battlefield injuries often do need specialized treatment and the VA should maintain top-notch clinics to provide that care. But we have to wonder, as we see failure after failure in the VA system to provide routine medical care, if the system will ever be capable of serving all the healthcare needs of every American veteran. This editorial was excerpted from the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer.ANOTHER OPINIONIs the VA system too big to succeed? ANOTHER OPINION President TrumpÂs critics, who include many establishment Republicans, are finding themselves left with few issues given the presidentÂs recent string of successes. How difficult it must have been for The New York Times, perhaps the most vehement media critic of the president (The Washington Post is a close runner-up) to have this headline on its Saturday front page: ÂEconomy, in Sweet Spot, Adds 313,000 Jobs. It May Get Sweeter.ÂŽ At the other end of the political spectrum, talk show host Rush Limbaugh described the good economic news as ÂThe epic Trump economic turnaround,ÂŽ adding, ÂMake no mistake: This is not some cyclical recovery. This is not a cyclical rebound. This is a policyand confidencedriven, substantive economic turnaround, and it would not have happened had Hillary Clinton been elected, and it probably wouldnÂt have had if 90 percent of the Republican field in the primaries had been elected.ÂŽ Even historically stubborn black unemployment has declined. A story in The Washington Examiner noted, ÂJust 6.9 percent of black adults were unemployed in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the second-lowest such ratio since the agency has been keeping track.ÂŽ All stock indexes were up Â„ way up Â„ last Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 440 points, no doubt delighting retirees and others with stocks and mutual funds. According to Marketwatch.com, in the year since TrumpÂs inauguration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 32.1 percent, Âthe second-best of any president in the DowÂs history.ÂŽ Consumer confidence is the highest since 2000, according to a Conference Board Survey. The left, which has often pushed for direct talks with dictators Â„ President Obama said he would be willing to talk with just about anybody in the pursuit of peace, including leaders of Iran Â„ are now warning President Trump about his plans to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. The rap on the president from the establishment and other critics was his inexperience. HeÂs chaotic, they said, and without a policy portfolio. He doesnÂt know what he is doing. Given the records of past presidents, who claimed to know what they were doing yet couldnÂt, or wouldnÂt, produce results like this president, TrumpÂs mercurial behavior may turn out not to be a bad thing. The scene at the White House last Friday was remarkable. There stood labor union leaders and members of the steel industry praising President Trump for his pledge to implement tariffs on countries that dump cheap steel in the United States, undermining U.S. steel production and, as the president said, threatening U.S. national security. How? By forcing America to buy steel (and aluminum) from countries like China and other nations that are not exactly U.S. allies. These union leaders usually vote for and contribute to Democrats. Many supported Hillary ClintonÂs campaign, but to listen to them praise the president, one might think theyÂve been converted. TuesdayÂs special congressional election in western Pennsylvania, a steel region, may tell us something about whether the presidentÂs tariff policy will produce votes for the Republican candidate. If the Republican wins, Democrats will have more reason to panic. Critics of the president are putting more faith in Special Counsel Robert MuellerÂs investigation of supposed wrongdoing by Trump and his associates during the campaign and since, as well as in a Âporn star,ÂŽ who claims she had sex with Trump in 2016. ThatÂs Âlast gaspÂŽ stuff, the bottom of the barrel, the place where one goes when all the news is bad for your party and political positions. It is not a good time to be a Democrat, or a Republican critic of this president. More people seem to be tuning out the critics and tuning in to what growing numbers of Americans think is beginning to look great again. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@ tribpub.com.ANOTHER OPINIONHow do Trump critics respond to success?I support STAR program Can we agree that evil exists in our society and community and that it cannot prevail? Can we also agree that school gun-free zones have not achieved their desired result? Based on this reality, I strongly support the STAR program proposal presented by Lake County Sheriff Grinnell. This program allows willing and trained school personnel to take a defensive posture against an active shooter. School Board Member Mathias is the lone supporter of this proposal now before the board. As for the remaining School Board members, I ask, where is the evidence that gun-free zones work? Is this not just another failed government program with tragic results? Are we not beyond the frothy emotional gun discussion and at a point where itÂs time to defend ourselves, our kids and our community? To do otherwise is suicide. Andy Dubois, Howey-in-the-Hills Assault riÂ” e ban should be on the ballot The Daily Commercial had an outstanding editorial again on Wednesday, ÂPlace a ban on assault rifles on the ballot.ÂŽ There are three ways to have it placed on the ballot. One is by the state legislature, which is not possible at this time because the National Rifle Association controls the legislature on this issue. Another way is the citizens initiative through the expensive and time-consuming petition process. The 2020 election is the earliest it could be placed on the ballot. There is a third way by which it could be placed on the ballot for 2018 and that is through the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission. The Commission meets every 20 years and is in session now. It has the power to place it on the ballot but lacks the will because the members are not in tune with what the people desire. There is no reason a civilian can justify the need to have an assault rifle designed to kill people fast in war. The majority of Floridians support banning assault weapons, so in the next election, we have the power to remove or not vote for politicians that are in the pockets of the NRA. Democracy is based on rule by the majority opinion. Marvin Jacobson, Clermont Citizens donÂt need weapons of mass destruction The guarantees and freedoms assured by the U.S. Constitution are all limited by laws. All laws are designed to limit personal freedoms, for example I can not drive 100 miles per hour just because I might want to, rob a bank just because that is where the money is or raise livestock in violation of zoning laws. We do not need a wellregulated militia and young white men retaining muskets in the event they are called up to fight the British or any enemy. We have the most expensive military in the world and are tall hog at the hog trough. Even though a young person 18 years of age may have a wargrade weapon while in the military, that same person should not have the right to have one as a civilian unless he or she intends to kill American citizens. I was licensed to carry a firearm and did. The Second Amendment must be restricted by laws to meet todayÂs realities. We do not need weapons of mass destruction in the hands of every citizen. Admittedly, we can have mass killings with automobiles, assault rifles, chemical weapons and homemade bombs, and I am more fearful of explosives than AR-15s. Universal nationwide background checks are essential to helping deny firearms to those who are unstable, criminals or homegrown terrorists. We are four percent of the world population with 40 percent of the worldÂs civilian firearms and 31 percent of mass shootings. The USA leads the world in firearm deaths. Are we insane? Choice Edwards, ClermontLETTERS TO THE EDITOR OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 email@example.com Cal Thomas
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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 B1 SPORTS BASEBALL B3METS SEND TIM TEBOW BACK TO THE MINORS Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 firstname.lastname@example.orgEagles invited to Geico High School Basketball NationalsBy Frank Jolleyfrank.email@example.comItÂs almost a rite of passage for boys basketball players at Montverde Academy.An opportunity to play for a national championship.This year will be no different for the Eagles. Under coach Kevin Boyle, Mont-verde Academy has compiled a 32-0 record, including a heart-stopping win against Henderson (Nevada) Findlay Prep in January in the championship game at the Montverde Academy Invita-tional Tournament.And on Tuesday, the Eagles learned they had been invited to play in the prestigious Geico High School Basketball Nationals later this month in New York City.Montverde Academy, the No. 1 team in MaxPrepsÂ Xcel-lent 25 rankings, will head a field of eight boys teams and four girls teams in the three-day tournament, which begins March 29 at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York. The winner is considered by many prep basketball pundits to be the top team in the nation.The Eagles, who won three straight national championships from 2013-2015, have played in the tournament in every year of its existence with the exception of 2009 and 2011. HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOKMVA to play for national titleMontverde AcademyÂs Andrew Nembhard (2) breaks for the basket against Baton Rouge Madison Prep on Jan. 26 in Montverde. The Eagles have been invited to play in the prestigious Geico High School Basketball Nationals later this month in New York City. [PAUL RYAN /CORRESPONDENT] By Mark LongAssociated PressGAINESVILLE Â„ New Florida coach Dan Mullen crisscrossed the state the last two months, telling anyone and everyone his plan for returning the Gators to national prominence. It's been all talk so far.Now it's time to start imple-menting his plan.The Gators open spring prac-tice Friday with hopes of finally fixing an offense that has been dormant for nearly a decade. Mullen hasn't made any promises for Year 1 and has a depth chart filled with uncertainty. In fact, there are only a few things he can count on as they take the practice field for the first time in 2018."I know they're going to play hard because they're not going to have an option," Mullen said Tuesday. "I know that they're going to learn to go hard. I know that we're going to be physical. I feel comfortable with that with the team by seeing the lack of resistance in what we've asked them to do."There's sure to be a transition period and some growing pains, especially considering coach Jim McElwain didn't leave Mullen nearly as much talent as former Florida coaches Ron Zook and Will Muschamp left their replacements.Gators open spring practice with plenty of unknownsFlorida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) th rows a pass during a game against Florida State in Gainesville on Nov. 25, 2017. Franks is expected to challenge for the starting spot this season. [ALAN YOUNGBLOOD / GATEHOUSE MEDIA] A look at the best to come in the NCAA TournamentBy John MarshallAssociated PressMarch seemed to start early this season. Upsets seemingly every week, buzzer beaters, eye-popping performances.Now that March is actually here, the real madness about to begin.This yearÂs NCAA Tournament could be one of the wildest yet Â„ and thatÂs saying something after the past few years of bracket chaos. To get you ready, weÂve got a rundown of the top teams, play-ers, games and potential upsets.Strap in to your favorite chair and let the madness begin. Top teamsVirginia. The old cliche of defense wins championships could come true this year. The lockdown Cavaliers are that good on D.Villanova. Forget about some of the recent early NCAA exits. Jay Wright and the Wildcats have that national-title look again.A guide to the Big Dance In this Friday, March 9, 2018, Â“ le photo, Virginia guard DeÂAndre Hunter (12) pulls down a rebound next to Clemson guard Shelton Mitchell (4) during the Â“ rst half of a game in the semiÂ“ nals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in New York. Hunter, the ACCÂs sixth man of the year, will miss the NCAA tournament with a broken left wrist. [AP PHOTO / JULIE JACOBSON, FILE] ArizonaÂs Deandre Ayton reacts after a dunk against Southern California during the second half of a game for the Pac-12 menÂs tournament championship Saturday in Las Vegas. Arizona won 75-61. [AP PHOTO / ISAAC BREKKEN] By Joe ReedyAssociated PressTALLAHASSEE Â„ When Florida State junior Terance Mann calls home after games, the conversation with his mother is slightly different than for most college athletes.Sure, Daynia La-Force asks her son about his grades, whether he is eating right and the other normal parental inquiries. But Mann also gets a breakdown of his performance with his mother pointing out his strengths and weaknesses.That's because La-Force is the women's basketball coach at Rhode Island."She's good at balancing it," Mann said. "She knows when I need the coach and knows when I need the mom."Despite being over 1,200 miles apart and having her own demands leading a Divi-sion I program, La-Force rarely misses Mann's games and stays ready to give him an assessment. La-Force said she always starts off the con-versation asking her son how he's doing before diving into the coaching conversations."He listens to me and understands my perspective. I see the sets and what is supposed to happen," she said. "When it is your son not making those plays it is kind of tough."The talks have paid off for Mann. He has become one of the team leaders after three starters off last year's squad left for the NBA.The 6-foot-6 guard was honorable mention AllAtlantic Coast Conference after leading the Seminoles in scoring and rebounding. He also helped Florida State to consecutive NCAA Tour-nament bids for the first time in six years.The ninth-seeded Semi-noles (20-11) open tournament play on Friday against eighth-seeded Missouri (20-12) in the West region in Nashville. Mann has been one of Florida State's best defensive players throughout his career, but has shown the most improvement on offense this season. He is averaging 13.2 points per game, which is nearly five points better than last season, and has made 55.8 percent of his shots.FSUÂs Mann gets extra coaching from momSee TITLE, B3 See NCAA, B3 See FSU, B3 See GATORS, B3
B2 Thursday, March 15, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com SCOREBOARD HOW TO REACH USPaul Jenkins, Sports Editor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 352-365-8204SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results by calling 352-365-8204. Submissions also can be emailed to email@example.com. Results submitted after 9:30 p.m. may not appear in the next dayÂs edition of the Daily Commercial.SPORTS ON TVCOLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon CBS Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Rhode Island vs. Oklahoma 12:30 p.m. TruTv Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Tennessee vs. Wright 1:30 TNT Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Gonzaga vs. UNC 2:00 TBS Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Kansas vs. Penn 2:30 p.m. CBS Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Duke vs. Iona 3:10 p.m. TruTv Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Miami vs. Loyola 4:00 TNT Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Ohio State vs. South Dakota 4:20 TBS Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Seton Hall vs. NC State 6:55 TNT Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Villanova vs. Radford 7:10 p.m. CBS Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Kentucky vs. Davidson 7:20 TBS Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Houston vs. San Diego State 7:30 TruTv Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Texas Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin 9:15 p.m. TNT Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Virginia Tech vs. Alabama 9:30 p.m. CBS Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, No. 4 Arizona vs. Buffalo 9:45 p.m. TBS Â„ NCAA Tournament, No. 3 Michigan vs. Montana 10 p.m. TruTv Â„ NCAA Tournament, Â“ rst round, Florida vs. St. Bonaventure GOLF 2 p.m. GOLF Â„ PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Â“ rst round, at Orlando 6 p.m. GOLF Â„ LPGA Tour, Bank of Hope Founders Cup, Â“ rst round, at Phoenix, Ariz. MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB Â„ Spring training, Miami at N.Y. Mets 4 p.m. MLB Â„ Spring training, Kansas City at L.A. Dodgers NHL HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. NBCSN Â„ Pittsburgh at Montreal 10 p.m. NBCSN Â„ Detroit at Los Angeles PARALYMPIC GAMES 1 a.m. NBCSN Â„ PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games 2 p.m. NBCSN Â„ PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games SOCCER 2 p.m. FS1 Â„ UEFA Europa League, FC Zenit St. Petersburg vs. RB Leipzig 4 p.m. FS1 Â„ UEFA Europa League, Arsenal FC vs. AC Milan TENNIS 4 p.m. ESPN2 Â„ BNP Paribas Open, Men's and Women's quarterÂ“ nals, at Indian Wells, Calif. 8 p.m. ESPN2 Â„ BNP Paribas Open, Men's and Women's quarterÂ“ nals, at Indian Wells, Calif. TODAYÂS LOCAL SCHEDULEHave a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at paul.jenkins@ dailycommercial.com. HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Leesburg at Real Life Christian, 4 p.m. Umatilla at The Villages, 6 p.m. Union County at Mount Dora Christian, 6:30 p.m. Eustis at Tavares, 7 p.m. Mount Dora at South Sumter, 7 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE Lake Minneola at East Ridge, 6 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE Seminole at Lake Minneola, 6 p.m. SOFTBALL East Ridge at Ocoee, 4 p.m. Umatilla at Mount Dora, 6 p.m. Montverde Academy at Haines City, 6:30 p.m. Lake Highland Prep at Mount Dora Christian, 7 p.m. South Sumter at Eustis, 7 p.m. The Villages at Tavares, 7 p.m. Lake Minneola at Gainesville Buchholz, 7 p.m. TENNIS Orlando Evans at East Ridge, 3:30 p.m. TRACK & FIELD South Sumter at The Villages, 4 p.m. Wildwood Relays, 4 p.m. PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L PCT. GBx-Toronto 50 17 .746 Â„ x-Boston 46 21 .687 4 Philadelphia 36 30 .545 13 New York 24 44 .353 26 Brooklyn 21 47 .309 29Southeast Division W L Pct GBWashington 38 30 .559 Â„ Miami 36 32 .529 2 Charlotte 29 39 .426 9 Orlando 20 48 .294 18 Atlanta 20 48 .294 18Central Division W L Pct GBIndiana 40 28 .588 Â„ Cleveland 39 28 .582 Milwaukee 36 31 .537 3 Detroit 30 37 .448 9 Chicago 23 44 .343 16 WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division W L Pct GBx-Houston 53 14 .791 Â„ New Orleans 39 28 .582 14 San Antonio 38 30 .559 15 Dallas 22 46 .324 31 Memphis 18 49 .269 35Northwest Division W L Pct GBPortland 41 26 .612 Â„ Oklahoma City 41 29 .586 1 Minnesota 40 29 .580 2 Utah 38 30 .559 3 Denver 37 31 .544 4PaciÂ“ c Division W L Pct GBx-Golden State 51 16 .761 Â„ L.A. Clippers 37 29 .561 13 L.A. Lakers 31 36 .463 20 Sacramento 21 47 .309 30 Phoenix 19 50 .275 33 x-clinched playoff berthMondayÂs GamesHouston 109, San Antonio 93 Milwaukee 121, Memphis 103 Oklahoma City 106, Sacramento 101 Portland 115, Miami 99TuesdayÂs GamesIndiana 101, Philadelphia 98 Minnesota 116, Washington 111 Dallas 110, New York 97 Oklahoma City 119, Atlanta 107 Toronto 116, Brooklyn 102 L.A. Clippers 112, Chicago 106 New Orleans 119, Charlotte 115 San Antonio 108, Orlando 72 Utah 110, Detroit 79 Cleveland 129, Phoenix 107 L.A. Lakers 112, Denver 103TodayÂs GamesMilwaukee at Orlando, 7 p.m. Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. Miami at Sacramento, 10 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.ThursdayÂs GamesToronto at Indiana, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New York, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Houston, 8 p.m. New Orleans at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Denver, 9 p.m. Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m. Cleveland at Portland, 10 p.m.RAPTORS 116, NETS 102TORONTO (116)Powell 2-4 0-0 5, Ibaka 2-6 5-5 9, Valanciunas 12-20 2-5 26, Lowry 4-13 2-2 11, DeRozan 6-12 2-2 15, Miles 3-7 3-3 12, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Siakam 2-5 1-1 5, Poeltl 4-7 0-1 8, Nogueira 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 4-6 0-0 10, VanVleet 5-10 2-2 15. Totals 44-91 17-21 116.BROOKLYN (102)Crabbe 2-7 0-0 6, Carroll 3-7 2-3 9, Cunningham 4-9 1-1 10, Dinwiddie 2-11 2-2 7, Russell 10-22 5-5 32, Hollis-Jefferson 7-11 5-6 19, Acy 2-6 0-0 5, LeVert 4-11 2-2 11, Harris 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 35-86 17-19 102.TORONTO 32 25 30 29 Â„ 116 BROOKLYN 40 27 18 17 Â„ 1023-Point GoalsÂ„Toronto 11-31 (Miles 3-6, VanVleet 3-6, Wright 2-4, DeRozan 1-2, Powell 1-2, Lowry 1-8, Valanciunas 0-1, Ibaka 0-1, Miller 0-1), Brooklyn 15-36 (Russell 7-12, Crabbe 2-5, Cunningham 1-2, Harris 1-2, LeVert 1-3, Carroll 1-3, Dinwiddie 1-4, Acy 1-5). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„Toronto 53 (Valanciunas 14), Brooklyn 38 (Hollis-Jefferson, Russell 7). AssistsÂ„Toronto 27 (Lowry 11), Brooklyn 21 (LeVert 7). Total FoulsÂ„Toronto 20, Brooklyn 19. AÂ„16,654 (17,732).MAVERICKS 110, KNICKS 97DALLAS (110)Barnes 10-19 9-9 30, Nowitzki 5-10 0-0 13, Finney-Smith 1-4 1-2 3, Smith Jr. 6-19 2-2 17, Ferrell 4-8 0-0 10, McDermott 3-6 0-0 8, Powell 1-1 4-4 7, Warney 4-7 0-1 8, Noel 1-5 0-0 2, Barea 5-10 0-0 12, Collinsworth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-89 16-18 110.NEW YORK (97)Hardaway Jr. 8-17 2-2 19, Thomas 1-5 0-0 3, Kanter 1-4 1-2 3, Mudiay 4-9 0-0 10, Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Beasley 10-13 1-1 21, Williams 3-8 1-2 7, OÂQuinn 3-5 2-2 8, Ntilikina 2-8 0-0 4, Burke 6-9 1-1 16, Dotson 2-3 1-2 6. Totals 40-82 9-12 97.DALLAS 29 28 26 27 Â„ 110 NEW YORK 31 29 12 25 Â„ 973-Point GoalsÂ„Dallas 14-35 (Nowitzki 3-7, Smith Jr. 3-8, Barea 2-4, Ferrell 2-5, McDermott 2-5, Powell 1-1, Barnes 1-3, Finney-Smith 0-2), New York 8-25 (Burke 3-4, Mudiay 2-4, Dotson 1-2, Thomas 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-6, Lee 0-1, Williams 0-2, Ntilikina 0-3). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„Dallas 40 (Finney-Smith 9), New York 44 (Kanter 15). AssistsÂ„Dallas 22 (Barea 7), New York 19 (Ntilikina 6). Total FoulsÂ„Dallas 15, New York 18. TechnicalsÂ„New York coach Knicks (Defensive three second). AÂ„18,597 (19,812).PACERS 101, 76ERS 98INDIANA (101)Bogdanovic 1-11 0-1 2, T.Young 7-11 5-5 19, Turner 9-12 5-6 25, Joseph 5-8 2-2 13, Oladipo 4-21 2-3 11, Robinson III 1-2 0-0 2, Booker 2-5 1-1 5, Jefferson 0-3 0-0 0, Sabonis 1-4 0-0 3, Collison 3-8 4-5 10, Stephenson 5-10 1-2 11. Totals 38-95 20-25 101.PHILADELPHIA (98)Covington 4-9 0-1 10, Saric 4-11 8-10 18, Embiid 11-22 7-8 29, Simmons 4-10 2-2 10, Redick 6-10 0-0 16, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Ilyasova 2-3 0-0 5, McConnell 2-3 0-0 4, Belinelli 2-7 1-1 6. Totals 35-75 18-22 98.INDIANA 33 24 26 18 Â„ 101 PHILADELPHIA 23 30 26 19 Â„ 983-Point GoalsÂ„Indiana 5-24 (Turner 2-4, Sabonis 1-1, Joseph 1-2, Oladipo 1-4, T.Young 0-1, Robinson III 0-1, Booker 0-2, Collison 0-2, Stephenson 0-2, Bogdanovic 0-5), Philadelphia 10-30 (Redick 4-5, Saric 2-6, Covington 2-7, Ilyasova 1-2, Belinelli 1-5, Embiid 0-5). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„Indiana 45 ( T.Young 10), Philadelphia 48 (Simmons 13). AssistsÂ„Indiana 20 (Joseph 5), Philadelphia 24 (Simmons 10). Total FoulsÂ„Indiana 23, Philadelphia 25. TechnicalsÂ„Philadelphia coach 76ers (Defensive three second), Embiid. AÂ„20,531 (21,600).PELICANS 119, HORNETS 115CHARLOTTE (115)Kidd-Gilchrist 3-9 1-2 7, Williams 1-8 0-0 2, Howard 9-12 4-7 22, Walker 9-20 1-1 22, Batum 7-16 5-5 20, Bacon 0-1 0-0 0, Kaminsky 9-13 1-1 21, Monk 1-4 0-0 3, Lamb 5-9 6-6 16, Graham 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 45-93 18-22 115.NEW ORLEANS (119)Moore 6-14 0-0 14, Davis 13-26 5-6 31, Okafor 7-14 0-0 14, Rondo 6-13 0-0 12, Holiday 11-21 0-0 25, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Mirotic 4-9 0-0 11, Clark 5-6 1-2 12, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 52-104 6-8 119.Charlotte 32 33 27 23 Â„ 115 New Orleans 37 35 20 27 Â„ 1193-Point GoalsÂ„Charlotte 7-26 (Walker 3-7, Kaminsky 2-4, Monk 1-3, Batum 1-5, Lamb 0-1, Bacon 0-1, Williams 0-5), New Orleans 9-22 (Holiday 3-6, Mirotic 3-6, Moore 2-4, Clark 1-2, Miller 0-1, Davis 0-3). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„Charlotte 45 (Howard 11), New Orleans 50 (Davis 14). AssistsÂ„Charlotte 22 (Batum 8), New Orleans 33 (Rondo 17). Total FoulsÂ„Charlotte 13, New Orleans 16. AÂ„15,507 (16,867).CLIPPERS 112, BULLS 106L.A. CLIPPERS (112)Thornwell 1-3 1-2 3, Harris 6-14 2-2 18, Jordan 11-12 7-12 29, Rivers 4-11 3-4 12, L.Williams 6-15 13-14 26, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Dekker 1-1 0-0 2, Harrell 3-4 4-7 10, Marjanovic 0-3 0-0 0, Teodosic 3-8 0-0 7, Evans 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 37-76 30-41 112.CHICAGO (106)Nwaba 7-11 0-0 15, Vonleh 3-11 2-2 8, Lopez 6-8 0-0 12, Dunn 6-9 6-6 18, LaVine 3-13 3-3 10, Valentine 2-6 0-1 4, Portis 8-19 0-0 19, Felicio 2-6 0-0 4, Payne 4-10 1-2 10, Blakeney 2-8 1-1 6. Totals 43-101 13-15 106.L.A. Clippers 31 31 28 22 Â„ 112 Chicago 27 33 18 28 Â„ 1063-Point GoalsÂ„L.A. Clippers 8-29 (Harris 4-8, Evans 1-2, Teodosic 1-5, Rivers 1-5, L.Williams 1-7, Johnson 0-1, Thornwell 0-1), Chicago 7-29 (Portis 3-6, Nwaba 1-2, Payne 1-2, Blakeney 1-3, LaVine 1-5, Felicio 0-1, Valentine 0-1, Dunn 0-2, Lopez 0-2, Vonleh 0-5). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„L.A. Clippers 42 (Jordan 18), Chicago 45 (Portis 9). AssistsÂ„L.A. Clippers 27 (Rivers 6), Chicago 26 (Dunn 6). Total FoulsÂ„L.A. Clippers 14, Chicago 28. TechnicalsÂ„LaVine, Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg. AÂ„20,912 (20,917).SPURS 108, MAGIC 72ORLANDO (72)Hezonja 2-7 0-0 4, Isaac 3-5 0-0 7, Vucevic 5-14 0-0 10, Augustin 3-7 2-2 9, Simmons 3-13 3-3 10, Iwundu 2-6 0-0 4, Speights 2-6 0-0 6, Birch 2-6 0-0 4, Biyombo 0-0 2-2 2, Mack 3-9 0-0 7, Purvis 0-3 2-2 2, AfÂ” alo 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 28-82 9-9 72.SAN ANTONIO (108)Green 3-9 2-2 11, Anderson 2-2 0-0 5, Aldridge 11-17 2-4 24, Murray 5-7 1-3 11, Mills 4-8 3-3 13, Gay 2-9 4-4 9, Bertans 0-2 0-0 0, Gasol 3-6 5-5 11, Lauvergne 2-6 0-0 4, Parker 4-9 2-2 10, Forbes 2-4 0-0 6, Paul 0-0 0-0 0, Ginobili 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 40-84 19-23 108.Orlando 18 19 20 15 Â„ 72 San Antonio 24 38 34 12 Â„ 1083-Point GoalsÂ„Orlando 7-23 (Speights 2-5, Augustin 1-1, AfÂ” alo 1-2, Isaac 1-2, Mack 1-4, Simmons 1-5, Hezonja 0-1, Purvis 0-1, Vucevic 0-2), San Antonio 9-19 (Green 3-6, Forbes 2-2, Mills 2-5, Anderson 1-1, Gay 1-3, Ginobili 0-1, Bertans 0-1). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„ Orlando 41 (Vucevic 10), San Antonio 48 (Murray 8). AssistsÂ„Orlando 16 (Augustin 6), San Antonio 24 (Parker 8). Total FoulsÂ„Orlando 19, San Antonio 13. TechnicalsÂ„Orlando coach Frank Vogel. AÂ„18,418 (18,418).JAZZ 110, PISTONS 79DETROIT (79)Ennis III 1-2 1-2 3, GrifÂ“ n 5-16 2-2 13, Drummond 4-8 5-8 13, Smith 4-9 1-2 9, Johnson 2-8 0-0 5, Tolliver 2-5 0-0 4, Ellenson 0-5 4-4 4, Moreland 1-2 0-0 2, Nelson 0-5 0-0 0, Galloway 3-7 0-0 8, Kennard 8-13 1-1 18. Totals 30-80 14-19 79.UTAH (110)Ingles 6-10 2-2 17, Favors 5-7 1-3 12, Gobert 9-12 4-9 22, Rubio 2-9 0-0 4, Mitchell 4-10 2-4 13, McCree 0-1 0-0 0, OÂNeale 1-3 0-0 2, Crowder 5-8 1-1 14, Niang 2-3 0-0 4, Jerebko 6-9 1-2 16, Udoh 0-0 0-0 0, Burks 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 42-76 13-23 110.Detroit 21 18 20 20 Â„ 79 Utah 42 22 22 24 Â„ 1103-Point GoalsÂ„Detroit 5-25 (Galloway 2-5, Johnson 1-3, GrifÂ“ n 1-5, Kennard 1-5, Nelson 0-1, Smith 0-1, Ennis III 0-1, Tolliver 0-2, Ellenson 0-2), Utah 13-34 (Ingles 3-5, Jerebko 3-5, C rowder 3-6, Mitchell 3-8, Favors 1-1, McCree 0-1, Niang 0-1, Burks 0-1, OÂNeale 0-2, Rubio 0-4). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„ Detroit 32 (Drummond 11), Utah 52 (Gobert 12). AssistsÂ„Detroit 14 (Nelson 4), Utah 29 (Rubio 9). Total FoulsÂ„Detroit 23, Utah 22. AÂ„18,306 (19,911).CAVALIERS 129, SUNS 107CLEVELAND (129)James 7-14 13-15 28, Green 4-12 2-2 11, Nance Jr. 2-4 0-0 4, Hill 3-9 2-2 10, Korver 6-7 5-5 22, Zizic 5-5 1-2 11, Perrantes 1-1 0-0 2, Calderon 1-2 0-0 2, Clarkson 8-14 1-2 23, Holland 1-7 0-0 2, Smith 5-12 2-2 14. Totals 43-87 26-30 129.PHOENIX (107)Jackson 6-15 6-8 19, Warren 8-17 3-4 19, Bender 2-9 2-2 7, Payton 4-10 2-3 10, Booker 7-16 3-3 17, Dudley 1-4 2-2 5, Chriss 1-4 3-4 5, Len 1-1 0-0 2, Ulis 0-6 2-2 2, Daniels 3-7 0-0 9, Reed 1-3 0-0 2, Harrison 4-6 2-2 10. Totals 38-98 25-30 107.Cleveland 38 30 34 27 Â„ 129 Phoenix 18 34 28 27 Â„ 1073-Point GoalsÂ„Cleveland 17-35 (Clarkson 6-10, Korver 5-6, Smith 2-4, Hill 2-6, James 1-2, Green 1-3, Calderon 0-1, Holland 0-3), Phoenix 6-32 (Daniels 3-7, Dudley 1-3, Jackson 1-3, Bender 1-5, Warren 0-1, Reed 0-2, Harrison 0-2, Ulis 0-3, Payton 0-3, Booker 0-3). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„Cleveland 44 (James 13), Phoenix 47 (Warren 10). AssistsÂ„Cleveland 25 (James 11), Phoenix 17 (Payton 7). Total FoulsÂ„ Cleveland 25, Phoenix 21. TechnicalsÂ„Phoenix coach Suns (Defensive three second) 2, Chriss. AÂ„18,055 (18,055).LAKERS 112, NUGGETS 103DENVER (103)Chandler 11-16 0-1 26, Millsap 2-5 1-3 5, Jokic 5-8 3-3 15, Murray 5-11 5-6 18, G.Harris 6-17 0-0 14, Arthur 0-0 0-0 0, Lyles 2-7 2-2 7, Plumlee 2-3 1-2 5, D.Harris 2-5 0-0 5, Barton 3-14 2-2 8. Totals 38-86 14-19 103.L.A. LAKERS (112)Kuzma 10-20 1-1 26, Randle 11-17 4-7 26, Lopez 6-13 2-3 17, Ball 2-11 0-2 5, Caldwell-Pope 3-6 3-4 10, Wear 1-3 0-0 3, Zubac 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 7-19 5-6 23, Caruso 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 40-90 17-25 112.Denver 22 25 35 21 Â„ 103 L.A. Lakers 35 13 29 35 Â„ 1123-Point GoalsÂ„Denver 13-40 (Chandler 4-7, Murray 3-7, Jokic 2-5, G.Harris 2-7, D.Harris 1-4, Lyles 1-5, Millsap 0-1, Barton 0-4), L.A. Lakers 15-40 (Kuzma 5-11, Thomas 4-9, Lopez 3-6, Wear 1-3, Caldwell-Pope 1-4, Ball 1-7). Fouled OutÂ„None. ReboundsÂ„Denver 44 (Chandler 10), L.A. Lakers 52 (Randle, Kuzma 13). AssistsÂ„Denver 26 (Plumlee, Jokic 5), L.A. Lakers 20 (Ball 8). Total FoulsÂ„Denver 26, L.A. Lakers 23. TechnicalsÂ„Jokic, Thomas, Randle. AÂ„18,997 (19,060). ODDS PREGAME.COM LINENATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG Milwaukee 8 OFF at Orlando at Boston 1 OFF Washington Miami 6 OFF at Sacramento at Golden State OFF OFF LA Lakers COLLEGE BASKETBALLTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG Texas Southern 5 NC Central Arizona St 1 Syracuse at Marquette 12 Harvard at LSU 4 Louisiana-Lafayette at Penn St 9 Temple at Mississippi St 4 Nebraska at Utah 12 UC Davis at Stanford 2 BYU at Boise St 1 Washington at San Francisco 7 Colgate at South Dakota 13 North Texas at Grand Canyon 6 Mercer at Campbell 1 Miami (Ohio) at New Orleans 3 UT Rio Grande Valley at Seattle U 6 Central Arkansas at Canisius 4 Jacksonville St at Ill.-Chicago 4 St. Francis (PA) at E. Michigan OFF Niagara at UTSA 4 LamarThursdayVirginia Tech 2 Alabama Rhode Island 2 Oklahoma Duke 19 Iona Kansas 14 Pennsylvania Seton Hall 2 NC State Houston 4 San Diego St Michigan 11 Montana Miami 2 Loyola of Chicago Tennessee 12 Wright St Texas Tech 11 Stephen F. Austin Kentucky 5 Davidson Arizona 8 Buffalo Ohio State 8 South Dakota State Gonzaza 12 NC Greensboro at Austin Peay 3 Louisiana-MonroeFridayVirginia 22 UMBC Creighton 2 Kansas St Texas A&M 3 Providence North Carolina 19 Lipscomb Butler 1 Arkansas Purdue 20 Cal St.-Fullerton Michigan St 14 Bucknell Nevada 1 Texas Cincinnati 14 Georgia St Florida St 1 Missouri West Virginia 9 Murray State Wichita St 11 Marshall Clemson 5 New Mexico St Auburn 9 Coll. of CharlestonNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Toronto OFF Dallas OFF Pittsburgh -185 at NY Rangers +170 at Edmonton OFF San Jose OFF at Anaheim -230 Vancouver +210 at Las Vegas -180 New Jersey +165 Updated odds available at Pregame.com TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES Â„ Optioned RHP Alec Asher to Norfolk (IL). MINNESOTA TWINS Â„ Optioned LHPs Adalberto Mejia and Stephen Gonsalves and RHPs Aaron Slegers and John Curtiss to Rochester (IL) and RHP Fernando Romero to Chattanooga (SL). NEW YORK YANKEES Â„ Optioned C Kyle Higashioka and INF Gleyber Torres to Scranton/Wilkes/Barre (IL) and reassigned them to minor league camp. OAKLAND ATHLETICS Â„ Optioned RHP Lou Trivino and LHP Jairo Labourt to Nashville (PCL). TEXAS RANGERS Â„ Optioned OF Willie Calhoun, INF Ronald Guzman, C/INF Isiah Kiner-Falefa and RHP Connor Sadzeck to Round Rock (PCL) and C Jose Trevino to Frisco (TL). Assigned INFs Hanser Alberto and Christian Lopes, OF Scott Heineman, LHP David Hurlbut and RHPs Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Paolo Espino, Reed Garrett, Adrian Sampson and Tayler Scott to minor league camp. TORONTO BLUE JAYS Â„ Optioned C Reese McGuire to Buffalo (IL).National LeagueCINCINNATI REDS Â„ Assigned INF Dilson Herrera outright to Louisville (IL).BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationATLANTA HAWKS Â„ Signed G Damion Lee to a 10-day contract. LOS ANGELES LAKERS Â„ Signed F Travis Wear to a second 10-day contract. NEW YORK KNICKS Â„ Signed F T roy Williams for the remainder of the season.WomenÂs NBAMINNESOTA LYNX Â„ Signed G Tanisha Wright.NBAGLDELAWARE 87ERS Â„ Claimed G Jared Brownridge off waivers.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueNFL Â„ Named Maryann Turcke chief operating officer. ATLANTA FALCONS Â„ Signed CB Leon McFadden and OL Austin Pasztor to oneyear contract extensions. BALTIMORE RAVENS Â„ Released RB Danny Woodhead. BUFFALO BILLS Â„ Agreed to terms with DT Kyle Williams on a one-year contract. DETROIT LIONS Â„ Re-signed S Tavon Wilson. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Â„ Announced the retirement of LB Paul Posluszny. MIAMI DOLPHINS Â„ Released LB Lawrence Timmons.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueBUFFALO SABRES Â„ Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS Â„ Recalled D Ryan Sproul from Hartford (AHL). PHILADELPHIA FLYERS Â„ Loaned G Anthony Stolarz to Reading (ECHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS Â„ Reassigned D Madison Bowey to Hershey (AHL).American Hockey LeagueAHL Â„ Suspended Iowa G Niklas Svedberg, Rochester F Justin Bailey and Syracuse D Ben Thomas one game. BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS Â„ Agreed to terms with D Tyler Mueller to an amateur tryout agreement. SAN DIEGO GULLS Â„ Recalled RW Austin Ortega from Utah (ECHL).COLLEGEBIG EAST CONFERENCE Â„ Signed commissioner Val Ackerman to a three-year contract extension through June 30, 2021. BARUCH Â„ Promoted associate head menÂs soccer coach Dima Kamenshchik to head coach. EMORY Â„ Named Misha Jackson womenÂs basketball coach. IOWA STATE Â„ Announced sophomore menÂs basketball G Jakolby Long intends to transfer to another school. PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Tampa Bay 70 48 18 4 100 257 198 Boston 68 44 16 8 96 232 176 Toronto 69 40 22 7 87 228 197 Florida 67 34 26 7 75 205 212 Montreal 70 26 32 12 64 179 221 Detroit 69 26 32 11 63 180 211 Ottawa 69 25 33 11 61 193 240 Buffalo 69 22 35 12 56 165 224Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Washington 69 39 23 7 85 209 202 Pittsburgh 70 40 26 4 84 229 211 Philadelphia 70 35 24 11 81 205 205 Columbus 70 37 28 5 79 193 195 New Jersey 69 35 26 8 78 204 208 Carolina 70 30 29 11 71 188 218 N.Y. Islanders 69 30 29 10 70 222 245 N.Y. Rangers 70 31 32 7 69 201 224WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Nashville 69 45 14 10 100 225 174 Winnipeg 70 41 19 10 92 230 185 Minnesota 70 39 24 7 85 217 203 Colorado 69 37 24 8 82 220 203 Dallas 70 38 26 6 82 200 184 St. Louis 69 37 27 5 79 191 182 Chicago 70 30 32 8 68 199 207PaciÂ“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Vegas 69 45 19 5 95 235 187 San Jose 69 37 23 9 83 203 189 Los Angeles 70 38 26 6 82 203 177 Anaheim 70 34 24 12 80 195 193 Calgary 71 35 26 10 80 198 206 Edmonton 69 30 35 4 64 193 222 Vancouver 70 25 36 9 59 183 228 Arizona 69 23 35 11 57 167 222 2 points for a win, 1 for OT loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffsMondayÂs GamesVegas 3, Philadelphia 2 Washington 3, Winnipeg 2, OT Columbus 5, Montreal 2 N.Y. Rangers 6, Carolina 3 Ottawa 5, Florida 3 St. Louis 4, Anaheim 2 San Jose 5, Detroit 3 Los Angeles 3, Vancouver 0TuesdayÂs GamesBoston 6, Carolina 4 Ottawa 7, Tampa Bay 4 Montreal 4, Dallas 2 Nashville 3, Winnipeg 1 Colorado 5, Minnesota 1 Calgary 1, Edmonton 0 Arizona 4, Los Angeles 3, SOTodayÂs GamesDallas at Toronto, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m. San Jose at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. New Jersey at Vegas, 10 p.m. Vancouver at Anaheim, 10 p.m.ThursdayÂs GamesWashington at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Columbus at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Colorado at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Detroit at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Nashville at Arizona, 10 p.m.CANADIENS 4, STARS 2Dallas 1 1 0 Â„ 2 Montreal 1 2 1 Â„ 4 First PeriodÂ„1, Dallas, Faksa 13 (Pitlick, Pateryn), 11:48. 2, Montreal, Lehkonen 7 (de la Rose, Galchenyuk), 16:31. Second PeriodÂ„3, Montreal, Lehkonen 8 (Drouin, Petry), 8:41 (pp). 4, Montreal, Gallagher 26 (Drouin, Galchenyuk), 9:16 (pp). 5, Dallas, Ja.Benn 24 (Shore, Radulov), 18:20 (pp). Third PeriodÂ„6, Montreal, Scherbak 3, 9:26 (pp). Shots on GoalÂ„Dallas 15-7-16Â„38. Montreal 8-11-7Â„26. Power -play opportunitiesÂ„Dallas 1 of 4; Montreal 3 of 5. GoaliesÂ„Dallas, Lehtonen 12-9-2 (26 shots-22 saves). Montreal, Niemi 5-6-4 (38-36). AÂ„21,302 (21,288). TÂ„2:40. RefereesÂ„Jean Hebert, Tom Kowal. LinesmenÂ„Michel Cormier, Ryan Daisy.SENATORS 7, LIGHTNING 4Ottawa 3 3 1 Â„ 7 Tampa Bay 1 2 1 Â„ 4 First PeriodÂ„1, Tampa Bay, Miller 16 (Stamkos, Kucherov), 4:19. 2, Ottawa, Paajarvi 7 (Pyatt, Pageau), 7:47. 3, Ottawa, Dzingel 20 (Ceci, Gaborik), 10:47 (pp). 4, Ottawa, Pyatt 7 (Borowiecki, Ceci), 11:24. PenaltiesÂ„ McCormick, OTT, Major (Â“ ghting), 4:03; Erne, TB, Major (Â“ ghting), 4:03; Cirelli, TB, (hooking), 8:53; Bur rows, OTT, (interference), 18:24. Second PeriodÂ„5, Tampa Bay, Miller 17 (Kucherov, Hedman), 2:03 (pp). 6, Ottawa, Gaborik 9 (Dzingel, Bur rows), 7:18 (pp). 7, Ottawa, Hoffman 20 (Duchene, Burgdoerfer), 13:44. 8, Tampa Bay, Miller 18 (Stamkos, Hedman), 16:26 (pp). 9, Ottawa, Karlsson 8, 18:30. PenaltiesÂ„Paajarvi, OTT, (tripping), 0:39; Coburn, TB, (interference), 5:35; Gaborik, OTT, (hooking), 14:10; Smith, OTT, (holding), 15:28. Third PeriodÂ„10, Ottawa, Hoffman 21 (Karlsson, Duchene), 3:46. 11, Tampa Bay, McDonagh 3 (Stamkos, Kucherov), 12:44. PenaltiesÂ„None. Shots on GoalÂ„Ottawa 17-12-4Â„33. Tampa Bay 17-21-8Â„46. Power -play opportunitiesÂ„Ottawa 2 of 2; Tampa Bay 2 of 4. GoaliesÂ„Ottawa, Condon 5-13-5 (46 shots-42 saves). Tampa Bay, Vasilevskiy 40-13-3 (2923), Budaj 3-3-1 (4-3). AÂ„19,092 (19,092). TÂ„2:36. RefereesÂ„Chris Lee, TJ Luxmore. LinesmenÂ„ Trent Knorr, Jonny Murray.BRUINS 6, HURRICANES 4Boston 1 0 5 Â„ 6 Carolina 0 3 1 Â„ 4 First PeriodÂ„1, Boston, Marchand 30 (Ril. Nash, Pastrnak), 19:49. Second PeriodÂ„2, Carolina, Aho 25 (Teravainen, Faulk), 2:10 (pp). 3, Carolina, Teravainen 21 (Faulk, Aho), 12:06 (pp). 4, Carolina, Williams 15 (Lindholm, McGinn), 18:43. Third PeriodÂ„5, Carolina, McGinn 12 (Lindholm), 0:51 (sh). 6, Boston, Grzelcyk 3 (Kuraly, Schaller), 10:04. 7, Boston, Pastrnak 25 (Marchand), 11:00. 8, Boston, Heinen 13 (Krejci, Ric.Nash), 11:21. 9, Boston, Pastrnak 26 (Marchand, Grzelcyk), 16:30 (pp). 10, Boston, Pastrnak 27 (Miller, Ril.Nash), 18:26. Shots on GoalÂ„Boston 13-6-15Â„34. Carolina 7-18-8Â„33. Power -play opportunitiesÂ„Boston 1 of 4; Carolina 2 of 5. GoaliesÂ„Boston, T.Rask 29-11-4 (33 shots-29 saves). Carolina, Ward 19-12-4 (33-28). AÂ„13,081 (18,680). TÂ„2:40. RefereesÂ„Justin St Pierre, Kelly Sutherland. LinesmenÂ„Pierre Racicot, Mark Shewchyk.PREDATORS 3, JETS 1Winnipeg 0 0 1 Â„ 1 Nashville 3 0 0 Â„ 3 First PeriodÂ„1, Nashville, Fiala 22 (Turris, Josi), 2:48. 2, Nashville, Watson 12 (Ellis), 8:15 (sh). 3, Nashville, Arvidsson 26 (Forsberg), 8:49 (sh). Second PeriodÂ„None. Third PeriodÂ„4, Winnipeg, Connor 23 (Wheeler, Laine), 1:08 (pp). Shots on GoalÂ„Winnipeg 6-12-15Â„33. Nashville 24-11-10Â„45. Power -play opportunitiesÂ„Winnipeg 1 of 6; Nashville 0 of 3. GoaliesÂ„Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 35-11-9 (30 shots-30 saves), Hutchinson 2-1-0 (15-12). Nashville, Rinne 38-9-4 (33-32). AÂ„17,534 (17,113). TÂ„2:46. RefereesÂ„Kendrick Nicholson, Chris Rooney. LinesmenÂ„Shandor Alphonso, Steve Barton.FLAMES 1, OILERS 0Edmonton 0 0 0 Â„ 0 Calgary 0 1 0 Â„ 1 First PeriodÂ„None. Second PeriodÂ„1, Calgary, Gaudreau 23 (Monahan, Ferland), 5:18. Third PeriodÂ„None. Shots on GoalÂ„Edmonton 11-9-8Â„28. Calgary 10-12-10Â„32. Power -play opportunitiesÂ„Edmonton 0 of 3; Calgary 0 of 2. GoaliesÂ„Edmonton, Talbot 25-28-2 (32 shots-31 saves). Calgary, Smith 25-17-6 (28-28). AÂ„19,289 (19,289). TÂ„2:22. RefereesÂ„Tom Chmielewski, Ian Walsh. LinesmenÂ„Brian Mach, Brian Murphy.AVALANCHE 5, WILD 1Colorado 1 1 3 Â„ 5 Minnesota 0 1 0 Â„ 1 First PeriodÂ„1, Colorado, Compher 14 (Warsofsky), 16:22. Second PeriodÂ„2, Minnesota, Koivu 14 (Coyle), 13:56. 3, Colorado, Zadorov 8 (Comeau), 14:55. Third PeriodÂ„4, Colorado, MacKinnon 34 (Nemeth), 0:11. 5, Colorado, Compher 15 (Girard, Andrighetto), 13:26 (pp). 6, Colorado, Jost 10 (Barrie, Rantanen), 18:39 (pp). Shots on GoalÂ„Colorado 5-10-7Â„22. Minnesota 12-15-7Â„34. Power -play opportunitiesÂ„Colorado 2 of 3; Minnesota 0 of 4. GoaliesÂ„Colorado, Varlamov 20-13-6 (34 shots-33 saves). Minnesota, Dubnyk 30-15-5 (22-17). AÂ„19,171 (18,064). TÂ„2:31. RefereesÂ„Trevor Hanson, Dan OÂHalloran. LinesmenÂ„Steve Miller, Andrew Smith.COYOTES 4, KINGS 3, SOLos Angeles 0 1 2 0 Â„ 3 Arizona 2 1 0 0 Â„ 4 Arizona won shootout 2-1. First PeriodÂ„1, Arizona, Keller 19 (Stepan), 5:08. 2, Arizona, Cousins 11 (Hjalmarsson), 15:43. Second PeriodÂ„3, Arizona, Dvorak 14 (Cousins, Domi), 10:13. 4, Los Angeles, Pearson 14 (Toffoli, Kempe), 10:40. Third PeriodÂ„5, Los Angeles, Carter 5 (Muzzin, Doughty), 12:03 (pp). 6, Los Angeles, Carter 6 (Doughty, Kopitar), 17:42. OvertimeÂ„None. ShootoutÂ„Los Angeles 1 (Kopitar NG, Carter NG, Kempe G, Lewis NG, Toffoli NG), Arizona 2 (Cousins NG, Keller G, Panik NG, Dvorak NG, Goligoski G). Shots on GoalÂ„Los Angeles 9-7-13-7Â„36. Arizona 9-12-5-3Â„29. Power -play opportunitiesÂ„Los Angeles 1 of 4; Arizona 0 of 1. GoaliesÂ„Los Angeles, Campbell 1-0-1 (29 shots-26 saves). Arizona, Hill 1-3-0 (36-33). AÂ„11,346 (17,125). TÂ„2:51. RefereesÂ„Jake Brenk, Gord Dwyer. LinesmenÂ„Darren Gibbs, Matt MacPherson. SOCCER MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAll times Eastern EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Columbus 2 0 0 6 5 2 New York City FC 2 0 0 6 4 1 New York Red Bulls 1 0 0 3 4 0 Philadelphia 1 0 0 3 2 0 New England 1 1 0 3 2 3 Atlanta United FC 1 1 0 3 3 5 Orlando City 0 1 1 1 2 3 D.C. United 0 1 1 1 2 4 Chicago 0 1 0 0 3 4 Montreal 0 2 0 0 3 5 Toronto FC 0 1 0 0 0 2 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Los Angeles FC 2 0 0 6 6 1 Vancouver 2 0 0 6 4 2 Houston 1 1 0 3 5 2 San Jose 1 0 0 3 3 2 Minnesota United 1 1 0 3 4 4 Los Angeles Galaxy 1 1 0 3 3 3 Sporting Kansas City 1 1 0 3 4 5 FC Dallas 0 0 1 1 1 1 Real Salt Lake 0 1 1 1 2 6 Colorado 0 1 0 0 1 2 Seattle 0 1 0 0 0 1 Portland 0 2 0 0 1 6 3 points for victory, 1 point for tieSaturdayÂs GamesColumbus 3, Montreal 2 New England 2, Colorado 1 Los Angeles FC 5, Real Salt Lake 1 Sporting Kansas City 4, Chicago 3 Vancouver 2, Houston 1 New York 4, Portland 0 Minnesota United 2, Orlando City 1SundayÂs GamesAtlanta United FC 3, D.C. United 1 New York City FC 2, LA Galaxy 1Saturday, March 17Houston at D.C. United, 1:30 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota United, 2 p.m. Columbus at Philadelphia, 2 p.m. Toronto FC at Montreal, 3 p.m. Orlando City at New York City FC, 3:30 p.m. Vancouver at Atlanta United FC, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. New York at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.Sunday, March 18Seattle at FC Dallas, 5 p.m.GIRLS TENNISTavares 5, Eustis 2Hannah Pait, Alyssa Mazzuca, Abigail Brown and Noelia Rodriguez all scored singles wins to lead Tavares to a 5-2 win over Eustis on Tuesday.EustisÂ Kaitlyn Balmer pulled out an 8-6 win at No. 1 singles over Karley Paulling. Pait defeated Christa Brown 8-4 at No. 2, Mazzuca defeated Audrey Houston 8-5 at No. 3, Brown defeated Geilen Yumul 8-0 at No. 4 and Rodriguez defeated Cynthia Shard 8-5 at No. 5.EustisÂ Balmer and Bray defeated Paulling and Pait 8-4 at No. 1 doubles and Tavares' Mazzuca and Brown defeated Houston and Shard 9-7 at No. 2 doubles.Tavares improved to 6-1 on the season.BASEBALLReal Life Christian 3, Hernando Christian 1Korbin Kurtz pitches five shutout innings with five strikeouts and drove in two runs to lead Real Life Christian to a 3-1 win over Hernando Christian on Tuesday.Brett Kelly went 2-for-3 for Real Life, which improved to 5-2 on the year. Real L ife hosts Leesburg on Thursday at 4 p.m.HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP
DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 B3Eustis players meet at the mound during a game against Dunnellon in Eustis on Friday. Eustis slipped to No. 3 in the rankings after losing back-to-back home games last week. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] Rhode Island womenÂs basketball coach Daynia La-Force, right, poses for a photograph with her son, Florida StateÂs Terance Mann, at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on March 7 in New York. [AP PHOTO / FRANK FRANKLIN II] The Associated PressPORT ST. LUCIE Â„ Tim Tebow was reassigned by the New York Mets to their minor league camp on Tuesday after he went 0 for 4 with four strike-outs in an exhibition against the Houston Astros.The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit .056 (1 for 18) with 11 strikeouts in seven big league exhibition games. The 30-year-old, who is not on the MetsÂ 40-man roster, has been hampered by a left ankle sprain.ÂIÂll just continue to work in all the areas weÂve been work-ing and making progress. ThatÂs really the focus Â„ to continue the process and the journey and keep working,ÂŽ Tebow said to reporters following the game.TebowÂs only hit was a hard single to center off WashingtonÂs Erick Fedde on March 2. He has been used solely as a designated hitter or pinch hitter because of the injury.ÂThe ankle was kind of dis-appointing. I got to put in a lot of good work and feel like IÂm improving. ItÂs getting there,ÂŽ Tebow said.Earlier in spring training, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he thinks Tebow will be in the major leagues one day. Tebow said that was not his focus right now.ÂItÂs definitely the goal, and weÂll be putting in work every day to one day get that oppor-tunity, but you canÂt just be focused on the end result. ItÂs got be on every day in the pro-cess,ÂŽ Tebow said. ÂItÂs having a long-term mindset with a here-and-now focus.ÂŽTebow, an outfielder, can appear in games for New York but would have to be brought over from the minor league side.He said being in a major league clubhouse for the first time was rewarding.ÂIt was a lot different being around the guys all the time, being able to learn a lot more, go through drills when I could and get some meaningful at-bats, too,ÂŽ Tebow said.New York also reassigned right-hander Kevin McGowan to the minor league camp on Tuesday and optioned righthanders Gerson Bautista, Marcos Molina, Jamie Calla-han and Corey Oswalt to minor league affiliates.Tebow (1 for 18) sent to minor league camp by MetsNew York MetsÂ Tim Tebow laughs with teammates in the dugout before a spring training game against the New York Yankees on March 7 in Port St. Lucie. [AP PHOTO / JOHN BAZEMORE] He has six games of 20 or more points, including a career-high 30 in a Jan. 24 win over Georgia Tech. But he struggled in consecutive losses to Virginia and Notre Dame last month, prompt-ing La-Force to tell him he needed to show more ver-satility in his shooting. She noticed Mann was relying too much on cutting right and driving to the basket. ÂHe still values being the glue guy and making the extra play,ÂŽ she said. ÂI want him to fall in love with being more aggressive. HeÂs always been a skilled player who can shoot from inside or outside.ÂŽMann said the change in being relied on more as a scorer has been a chal-lenge, especially later in the season when teams know every tendency.ÂI have to have a bigger role on both sides Â„ that has meant more scoring but also guarding and going after the best player,ÂŽ Mann said.Florida State assistant Charlton Young has known La-Force since 2000. He first met Mann eight years ago and later offered him a scholarship when he was the head coach at Georgia Southern. When Young became a part of Leonard HamiltonÂs staff in 2013, Mann became the first recruit in a 2015 class that included Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon.ÂI think he sat in a lot of car rides and in the living room listening to his mom complain about players and he said to himself I donÂt want to be that player,ÂŽ Young said. La-Force has been a col-lege coach since graduating from Georgetown in 1995. She started as an assistant at Long Island University and St. JohnÂs before becoming a head coach at New Haven, Northeastern and Rhode Island.Mann, and his younger brother Martin, have been there most of the way. While Martin would run around the gym during practices or games, La-Force noticed Terance was intently watching and pick-ing up on every call.ÂAt an early age I knew he was serious about the game because he wouldnÂt move,ÂŽ she said.As Mann got older, the teaching developed more on the court. When Mann was in high school and La-Force was the coach at Northeastern, there would be some practices where Mann would help out by being on the scout team.The postgame debriefs will not have to be over the phone this week. La-Force was in the stands during the ACC Tournament and will travel to the NCAA Tournament. MannÂs father, Eustace Mann, lives in Maryland and also will be in Nashville this week after attending some games this season. FSUFrom Page B1ÂEverything else I want to see,ÂŽ Mullen said. ÂI try not to judge too much. IÂll try even in spring. I donÂt want to get too excited. I donÂt want to get too worried because itÂs probably never as good or never as bad as it seems. ...ÂIÂm optimistic. IÂm excited to see the guys. I see not just the hunger from our fan base, but the hunger for the guys. These guys came to Florida to play for championships. ThatÂs why they came to school here and compete on one of the premier teams in America. I think theyÂre excited to do that.ÂŽThe Gators parted ways with McElwain last October, following a 42-7 loss to Georgia that came on the heels of McElwainÂs unfounded allegations of death threats to his family.McElwainÂs tenure had other issues, like a floundering strength and conditioning program and, more obviously, a lackluster offense that failed to make much, if any, progress in three seasons.Mullen believes he can turn the Gators around, much like he and Urban Meyer did in the mid-1990s.ÂTo me, it starts with your effort and how you carry yourself as a player,ÂŽ Mullen said. ÂIÂd love us in the next four years go 60-0 with four national titles. ... Sixty-and-0 is not the Gator standard. The Gator standard is: Did we push ourselves to be the absolute best we can be and take ourselves to become the absolute best we could be? If we do that then youÂre going to have the opportunity to go win the championships that we expect as part of this program.ÂŽ GATORSFrom Page B1Xavier. The Musketeers are dynamic and have one of the best players in the coun-try in Trevon Bluiett.Kansas. A record 14th straight Big 12 title, a tour-nament championship to go with it and Devonte Graham. DonÂt bet against Bill Self and the Jayhawks.North Carolina. The defending national cham-pions are poised for another deep run. TOP PLAYERSTrae Young, Oklahoma. The Sooners may have struggled down the stretch, but Young is the type of player capable of a Steph Curry-like run.Deandre Ayton, Arizona. The Bahamian big man has been called a unicorn and a cyborg. He may be the most physically dominating player in the field.Marvin Bagley III, Duke. So long, so athletic, so good.Trevon Bluiett, Xavier. A quiet star who does nothing but make big plays and win games.Jalen Brunson, Villanova. The Bluiett description fits the WildcatsÂ guard as well.Devonte Graham, Kansas. The JayhawksÂ dynamic leader is a big reason the school won the Big 12 again and could make another deep run. TOP GAMESArkansas vs. Butler, Friday in Detroit. Arkansas has one of the best resumes for beating ranked teams, taking down five this season. The Bulldogs always seem to find a way to go deep in the bracket and have won six straight NCAA Tournament openers.Wichita State vs. Marshall, Friday in San Diego. The Shockers are loaded with talent. Dan DÂAntoniÂs offense may be more freewheeling and frenetic than his brother MikeÂs.Missouri vs. Florida State, Friday in Nashville. The return of star freshman Michael Porter Jr. adds an extra dose of intrigue.Kentucky vs. Arizona, Saturday in Boise. Get by their opening games and we get the treat of Ayton against the Wild-cats freshmen, two national powerhouses going head to head early in the bracket. Yes, please. NCAAFrom Page B1Montverde AcademyÂs opening-round opponent at 6 p.m. March 29 will be Highland (Utah) Lone Peak, which the Eagles beat 77-52 in the 2017 MAIT.ESPNU will broadcast the game live. The tournament championship is set for noon March 31, and will be televised on ESPN.Montverde Academy is one of two teams from Florida in the field. Fort Lauderdale University, which won the Class 5A state championship and is ranked third in the Xcellent 25, will face Phoenix Shadow Mountain in its first-round game. All-star gameThe Corey Rolle Lake-Sumter All-Star basketball game will be played at 7 p.m. March 29 at Mount Dora High School.Many of Lake and Sumter countiesÂ top seniors will take part in the game, along with slam dunk and 3-point shoot-ing contests.Mount Dora boys coach Ariel Betancourt, who helps organize the annual event, said heÂs awaiting work from local coaches before he can finalize rosters for the game and the skill competitions. Players from every local public and private school Â„ with the exception of Montverde Academy Â„ often take part.Betancourt said preliminary competition for the 3-point shooting contest will begin at 6 p.m., with the finals and the slam-dunk contest taking place after the game. The game is named for Corey Rolle, a Eustis grad who led the Panthers to the Class 4A Final Four in 2008. Rolle died in 2010 at age 33, after suffering a stroke that doctors believed might have caused by complications from diabetes. Tickets are $3. Next levelA pair of local student athletes began shoring up their future college plans over the past week.Eustis junior Kayla Betts, a pitcher and infielder on the PanthersÂ softball team, verbally committed to attend St. Leo University. Betts won her first four starts for the Panthers in the circle this season. She has 27 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched.Betts also is hitting .286 with eight runs scored and five stolen bases.Verbal commitments are not binding, meaning players are free to change their minds about their college of choice. In addition, Wildwood junior Kanyon Walker received offers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Walker, a former First Acad-emy of Leesburg standout who transferred to Wildwood in Jan-uary, was a four-year standout with the Eagles. In 2017, his final season at First Academy, Walker displayed a wide array of skills.Offensively, he rushed for 214 yards and caught 25 passes for 285 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Walker was in on 81 tackles (32 solo) and forced two fumbles while recovering one.Walker is expected to play at Wildwood in 2018. So ballFive softball programs from Lake and Sumter counties earned spots in this weekÂs Miracle Sports softball rankings.The five Â„ Eustis, East Ridge, The Villages, Montverde Acad-emy and Mount Dora Christian Academy Â„ were ranked in a variety of classifications from Class 8A (East Ridge) to Class 2A (MDCA).As has been the case all season, Eustis (8-2) is areaÂs top-ranked program. Despite losing back-to-back games at home last week for the first time in nearly five years, the Panthers dropped only one spot to No. 3 in the Class 5A poll. Eustis did drop out of the AllClassification rankings.Also in Class 5A, The Villages (8-1) received honorable mention.In Class 8A, East Ridge (10-1) continued its climb in the poll. The Knights moved up one spot from last week to No. 9.Montverde Academy (7-4) earned honorable mention in Class 4A.In Class 2A, MDCA (10-2) maintained its status with an unbeaten week and is ranked eighth. BaseballMontverde AcademyÂs boys basketball and soccer programs might need to make room for its baseball team on the national stage.The Eagles are off to a 10-0 start this season, led by Florida State commit Nander De Sedas, and are ranked 10th in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 WritersÂ poll.Montverde Academy com-petes as an FHSAA Independent in baseball, meaning it is not eligible to play for a state cham-pionship. Most recently, the Eagles won the Blue Division championship at the Perfect Game Showdown with a 6-2 win against Warner Robbins (Georgia) Houston County.The Eagles are one of three teams from Florida in the Top 10 Âƒ Plantation American Heri-tage is the top-ranked team and Clearwater Calvary Christian is No. 4. TITLEFrom Page B1
B4 Thursday, March 15, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comFeb.11: ClashatDaytona(BradKeselowski) Feb.15: Can-AmDuelatDaytona(RyanBlaneyand ChaseElliott) Feb.18: Daytona500(AustinDillon) Feb.25: FoldsofHonor500atAtlanta(Kevin Harvick) March4: Kobalt400atLasVegas(KevinHarvick) March11: CampingWorld500(k)atPhoenix(Kevin Harvick) March18: AutoClub400atFontana March25: STP500atMartinsville April8: OÂReillyAutoParts500atTexas April15: FoodCity500atBristol April21: ToyotaOwners400atRichmond April29: Geico500atTalladega May6: AAA400atDover May12: GoBowling400atKansas May19: AllStarRaceatCharlotte May27: Coca-Cola600atCharlotte June3: Pocono400 June10: FireKeepersCasino400atMichigan June24: Toyota/SaveMart350atSonoma July1: Chicago400atChicagoland July7: CokeZero400atDaytona July14: QuakerState400atKentucky July22: NewHampshire301 July29: Pennsylvania400atPocono Aug.5: 355attheGlen,atWatkinsGlen Aug.12: PureMichigan400 Aug.18: NightRaceatBristol Sept.2: Southern500atDarlington Sept.9: Brickyard400atIndianapolis Sept.16: LasVegas400 Sept.22: FederatedAutoParts400atRichmond Sept.30: BankofAmerica500(k)atCharlotteroad course Oct.7: Delaware400atDover Oct.14: Alabama500atTalladega Oct.21: HollywoodCasino400atKansas Oct.28: FirstData500atMartinsville Nov.4: Texas500 Nov.11: Can-Am500(k)atPhoenix Nov.18: FordEcoBoost400atHomestead NASCARTHISWEEK FEUDOFTHEWEEK SPEEDFREAKSAfewquestionswe hadtoaskourselvesCUPSTANDINGS WHATÂSONTAP QUESTIONS &ATTITUDECompellingquestions...and maybeafewactualanswersGODWINÂSPICKS FORAUTOCLUB THREETHINGSTOWATCHPHOENIX 2018SCHEDULEANDWINNERS 12345678910 KENWILLISÂTOP10NASCARDRIVERRANKINGSKEVIN HARVICK Thisiswhat youcallÂa rollÂŽ KYLEBUSCH Secondbest, sofar MARTIN TRUEXJR. Nowinsyet, buthasnÂt loststride DENNY HAMLIN Pilingup top-Â“ves JOEY LOGANO WillÂ“nish thirdat Fontana KYLELARSON Enters Fontanaas currentkingof the2-milers BRADKESELOWSKIApproaching 800kTwitter followers RYAN BLANEY Middle nameis Michael CLINTBOWYER Shareshometown(Emporia, Kan.)with DeanSmith CHASE ELLIOTT ÂBillyClydeÂŽ backonthe beamlast week MOTORMOUTHS PODCASTWillKevinHarvickeverlose again?Ofcourse,butitÂsworthy ofdiscussion. Tuneinonlineat w ww.news-journalonline.com/ daytonamotormouths IsKevinHarvickgoingtowinall ofthem? GODSPEAK: Yes.Goaheadand orderthechampionshiptrophy andputHarvickÂsnameonit. RichardPetty,1967,allover again. KENÂSCALL: Probablynot, butheÂsdeÂ“nitelyaone-man wreckingcrewtothisso-called youthmovementthatÂsinvading NASCAR. WhoÂsthenextdriver,otherthan KevinHarvick,whoÂllwinarace? GODSPEAK: OneoftwoKyles, andIÂmgoingwiththekingof the2-mileoval,KyleLarsonat Fontanathisweek. KENÂSCALL: KyleBuschwillwin atFontanathisweek,butletÂs expectHarvicktomaintainhis intermediate-trackmojoand Â“nishtop-three. 1.KevinHarvick168 2.KyleBusch156 2.MartinTruexJr.156 4.JoeyLogano152 4.RyanBlaney152 6.DennyHamlin137 7.BradKeselowski134 8.KyleLarson131 9.ClintBowyer125 10.AricAlmirola123 11.KurtBusch117 12.AustinDillon114 13.RyanNewman101 14.PaulMenard97 15.ErikJones93 WINNER: KyleLarson RESTOFTOP5: BradKeselowski, KyleBusch,MartinTruexJr., JoeyLogano FIRSTONEOUT: KevinHarvick DARKHORSE: ChaseElliott DONÂTBESURPRISEDIF: Larson, whowastheundisputedkingof 2-mileovalslastseason,holds thetitleÂƒuntilfurthernotice. KYLEBUSCHVS.KEVINHARVICK: Thisisnotsomuchafeud,but whatisshapingupasaseasonlongbattlebetweentwoveteran driverslookingforasecondCup Serieschampionship. GODWINKELLYÂSTAKE: YieldingtheÂ”oortoBusch:ÂTheyÂre certainlygood,theyhavekindof pickeduprightwheretheyleft offandwebeatthematHomesteadÂƒaskmeagaininAugust, notnextweek.ÂŽ HowÂdtheyoverlookKirk?Goodquestion,andfrankly,it shouldbealittleembarrassing.TheNASCARHallofFame nominatingcommitteeadded Â“venewnomineestotheballot lastweek,includingtheobvious additionofJeffGordon.Butthey alsoaddedformercrewchief KirkShelmerdine,towhichwe allshouldÂvesaid,ÂOfCOURSE, KirkShelmerdine,howÂdthey missthatoneforsolong?ÂŽCanhegetinducted?Hecould,sure.Andheshould,it seems.Remember,RayEvernhamwasinductedintothe Hallthisyear.HehadthreeCup Serieschampionshipsascrew chiefforJeffGordon.Shelmerdinewonfourchampionships between1986-91withDale Earnhardt.Four!DaleEarnhardt! Hequitatage34toembarkon hisownracingcareer,butnever foundlong-lastingtraction.He shouldgointotheHall,and soonerthanlater.Â„KenWillis,ken.willis @news-jrnl.com.CUPSERIES: AutoClub400 SITE: AutoClubSpeedway(Fontana,California,2-mileoval) TVSCHEDULE: Friday,practice(FoxSports1,2:30p.m.), qualifying(FoxSports1,7p.m.). Saturday,practice(FoxSports 1,12:30p.m.and3:30p.m.). Sunday,(Fox,coveragebegins at3p.m.;greenÂ”ag,3:30p.m.) XFINITY: NXS300 SITE: AutoClubSpeedway SCHEDULE: Friday,practice (FoxSports1,3:30p.m.and5:30 p.m.).Saturday,qualifying(Fox Sports1,1:30p.m.),race(Fox Sports1,5p.m.) THREETHINGSWELEARNED 1.EarlyoutlookBasedontheÂ“rstfour NASCARCupSeries racesoftheseason,it lookslikeatwo-driver battlebetweenKevin Harvick,whohasposted threeconsecutivewins, andKyleBusch,who hasÂ“nishedsecondto Harvickinhispasttwo starts.ÂTheyÂvebeen rightthereeachand everyweeksofar,ÂŽ Buschsaid.ÂYouÂvegone tothreeofarguablyhis (HarvickÂs)bestrace tracksthesepastthree weeks.ÂŽOK,boys,onto California.2.LarsonÂsstreakKyleLarsonhaswon everyCupSeriesraceon a2-mileovalsincethe secondraceatMichiganin2016.Heswept allthree2-mileraces lastyearandtakesa four-racestreakinto AutoClubSpeedway inFontana,California, wherehewillcollide withHarvickÂsthree-race winstreakthisseason.ÂI putalotofemphasison California,ÂŽsaidHarvick,fromBakersÂ“eld.ÂI gotsoampedupthatI wreckeditonLap0last year.ÂŽ3.LapleaderWilliamByron,20,ledhis Â“rstNASCARCupSeries lapsdrivingtheNo.24 HendrickMotorsports Chevrolet.Heled15 consecutivelapsatISM Racewaybeforedriftingbacktoa12th-place Â“nish.Itmaynotlook likemuch,butitis15 lapsmorethanteammateJimmieJohnson hasledthisseason.ÂWe needtobealittlebetter andwearegoingtobe rightthere,ÂŽByronsaid. ÂItwasfuntoatleastbe uptherealittlebit.ÂŽÂ„GodwinKelly, godwin.kelly@ news-jrnl.comTheCupSerieslookslikeatwo-driverbattleforthetitle betweenKevinHarvick(No.4)andKyleBusch(No.18).[AP/RICKSCUTERI] 1.HarvickÂswinKevinHarvickÂsthird consecutiveCupSeries victorywasdrivenby vengeance(seebelow) buttookhimtoatie withMarkMartinat40 winsontheall-timelist. Harvick,42,becamethe Â“rstover-40driversince HarryGant(1991)towin threeconsecutiveraces.2.HarvickwarningHarvickwonLasVegas, andhisteamwas slappedwithaheavy Â“neandpenaltydays after.ThatmadeHarvick angry.ÂThiswin(Phoenix)wasmoreimportant thanwinningatHomestead,ÂŽhesaid.ÂI wantedtodriveithome forallyousupportersout there,andallyouhaters. Iseeyou.ÂŽGulp.3.MattyDÂsrideMattDiBenedettodidnÂt haveasponsorforhis No.32fortheraceatISM Racewayandusedsocial mediaasacryforhelp. Severaldriverspledged thousandsofdollars,and inthedaysleadingupto therace,theteamgota sponsorshipdealfrom ZyngaPoker.ThatÂsafull house.Â„GodwinKelly, godwin.kelly@ news-jrnl.comKevinHarvickusedhisangerasfueltowinhisthird straightCupSeriesraceinhisNo.4Ford.[AP/RICK SCUTERI]
DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 B5 BUSINESS By Marley JayAP Markets WriterNEW YORK U.S. stocks sank again Wednesday as investors worried about tariffs and rising trade tensions. That hurt indust rial companies, while banks slumped along with interest rates.Stocks rose in the morning as investors looked for a rebound from the previous day's losses, but with European leaders warning about the risks of trade disputes, indexes gradu-ally headed lower. Boeing and other industrial companies, including airlines and defense companies, took some of the worst losses.Stocks have bounced around since President Donald Trump announced his tariff plans at the start of this month. They slumped at first, but came back after the administration said it would grant exemptions to some countries. They've slipped over the last two days as investors considered the possibility of greater trade tensions with Europe and China."Since the correction, inves-tors have been a little bit more sensitive to risk," said Karyn Cavanaugh, senior market strategist at Voya Investment Strategies. "Before the cor-rection, investors were almost bulletproof."Elsewhere, banks fell along with bond yields. Declining yields force interest rates on loans like mortgages lower, which hurts bank's profits. Household goods companies also fell while department stores and other retailers lost ground after the Commerce Department said retail sales declined in February.The S&P 500 index lost 15.83 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,749.48. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 248.91 points, or 1 percent, to 24,758.12. The Dow is com-prised of 30 large multinational companies, some of which will feel a pinch from higher metals costs or from retaliatory tariffs that may be placed on U.S.-made goods.The Nasdaq composite fell 14.20 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,496.81. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks declined 7.74 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,584.31.European Union head Donald Tusk urged Trump to pursue more cooperation with Europe instead of putting tar-iffs on European goods. The EU wants an exemption from the tariffs on aluminum and steel imports that Trump recently announced and has said it could retaliate with tariffs of its own.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she can't predict if those talks will succeed.Aerospace and defense giant Boeing slid $8.41, or 2.5 percent, to $330.26. Arconic, which uses a lot of aluminum in making products for aero-space companies, lost 89 cents, or 3.6 percent, to $24.06. Defense contractors including Raytheon also declined, as did airlines.Cavanaugh said a trade war is unlikely because the Trump administration is unlikely to take steps that seriously harm global trade. While investors have sold industrial stocks, she said it's possible some of them will benefit from changes to NAFTA or other trade agreements.Banks, industrials fall as trade tensions hit stocks MARKET WATCHDow 25,758.12 248.91 Nasdaq 7,496.81 14.20 S&P 2,749.48 15.83 Russell 1,584.31 7.74 NYSE 12,762.66 69.09 Specialist Robert Nelson, second left, works with traders on the oor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. U.S. stocks are edging lower Wednesday morning as Boeing and other industrial companies take losses. [AP PHOTO/RICHARD DREW] COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,324.40 1.50 Silver 16.467 .092 Platinum 961.50 5.80 Copper 3.1400 .0210 Oil 60.96 0.26MARKET MOVERS Signet Jewelers Ltd.: Down $9.69 to $38.22 The jewelry retailer gave weak annual forecasts and said it will cut spending. Kohls Corp.: Down $1.86 to $62.25 The Commerce Department said sales at department stores and other retailers fell in February.
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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 C1 SCENETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 email@example.comBy Linda FloreaCorrespondentItÂs a theater lovers dream with three plays opening this weekend, ÂSweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetÂŽ at the Bay Street Players, ÂHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingÂŽ at the Melon Patch and ÂAlways, Patsy ClineÂŽ at the Ice House. The family-friendly ÂAnnieÂŽ at the Moonlight Players in Clermont continues as little orphan Anne rises above hard times. ÂSweeney ToddÂ The Bay Street Players in Eustis presents the dark musical ÂSweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetÂŽ Friday and playing until April 1. ÂIt really speaks to the human condition and the nature of evil, the nature of desire and consequences, both intended and unintended, when you act on certain impulses,ÂŽ said director Paul Castaneda. Set in 19th century England, the musical details the return of barber Sweeney Todd to London after 15 years of exile. He takes revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him by conspiring with a local baker, Mrs.Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies. Details: baystreetplayers.org. ÂHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingÂ The Melon Patch Players in Leesburg presents ÂHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingÂŽ opening Friday and playing until April 1. The play follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a handbook to climb the corporate ladder from window washer to high-powered executive. ÂItÂs a 2 hour romp though the 60s,ÂŽ said vice president of production Derick Wallman. ÂÂŽItÂs a little microcosm on how things were back then.ÂŽ Details: melonpatchplayers.org. Cooriding director, ÂAlways, Patsy ClineÂ Based on a true story about PatsyÂs friendship with fan Louise Seger, whom she met at a Houston honkytonk in 1961. Seeger corresponded with Patsy until a plane crash in 1963 claimed the singerÂs life. Includes PatsyÂs hits ÂCrazy,ÂŽ ÂI Fall to Pieces,ÂŽ ÂSweet Dreams,ÂŽ ÂWalking After Midnight,ÂŽ and more. Friday until April 8 at the Sonnentag Theatre at the Ice House in Mount Dora. Tickets to all performances are sold out but there is a waiting list for possible seating. Details: icehousetheatre.com. ÂAnnieÂ Set in depression era New York, ÂAnnieÂŽ continues at the Moonlight Players in Clermont. Annie, possessing unbridled optimism and spunkiness in the face of adversity, and the ensemble of girls in the orphanage, are tormented by the cruel orphan headmistress Miss ON STAGEÂSweeney Todd,Â ÂHow to Succeed in BusinessÂ and ÂAlways, Patsy ClineÂ openSt. PattyÂs Day events highlight a busy couple of days in Lake and SumterBy Linda Florea CorrespondentSaturday is St. PatrickÂs Day, so if youÂre Irish Â… or just want to celebrate like you are Â… there are plenty of ways to channel your inner leprechaun this weekend. Beyond St. PattyÂs Day, Mount Dora rings in the spring with a festival, and Leesburg celebrates the awesome combination of barbecue, Blues music and cold beer on Saturday. HereÂs a quick look at whatÂs On Tap: Spring Fest The 21st annual Spring Fest comes to downtown Mount Dora 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 250 artists and crafters line the streets for a weekend of browsing and the opportunity to add a unique piece of art or craft to your collection. Parking options include the Orlando & Northwestern Railway train shuttle. Just park at the Mount Dora Plaza for $10 and get the train ride free, or park at the Golden Triangle Shopping Center and ride the bus for $5. Parking with shuttle service at Lincoln Park and the Mount Dora Golf Club. BBQ, Brews and Blues Bring the family for BBQ, Brews and Blues from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Towne Square in downtown Leesburg and sample fantastic barbecue. Blues artist David Julia is the featured entertainment as backyard barbecue teams compete for trophies and cash prizes for the best ribs, pork, brisket and chicken. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children under age 10. Domestic and craft beer will be available featuring Magic Hat. Lee Greenwood Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale welcomes country music icon Lee Greenwood, whose ÂGod Bless the USAÂŽ is the only song in any genre to hit the top 5 in the singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003). Greenwood plays two does, the first at 2:30 and the second at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $41 to $49 and can be purchased at www.obopry.com. A Night for the Irish Celebrate St. PatrickÂs Day with traditional Irish music by Jane OÂConnor and a special performance by the City of Mount Dora Pipes & Drums at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St. Cost: $15 to $20. Details and tickets: mountdora.com Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra The Florida Lake Symphony Orchestra features love songs and a nod to St. Patrick at a concert with Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring piano soloist Sten Heinoja at 7:30 p.m. today in Eustis and Friday in Clermont. Cost: $15 to $42. Details: floridalakessymphonyorchestra.com. 3rd Annual St. PatrickÂs Day Celebration Bru Tap House in Tavares will offer live Day we will offer live music from Carry the Day and The Longest Hall as well as Dj Party Pete with Irish favorites on Saturday. Hours are from 4 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Bru on West Main Street in Tavares. St. PatrickÂs Day Bash OÂKeefeÂs Irish Pub on East Ruby Street in Tavares will have beer, food and of course, Irish music during LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT SCENEOn Tap this weekend Country music icon Lee Greenwood does two shows at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale Saturday. [SUBMITTED PHOTOS] Area pubs will offer green beer, Irish food and lots of Irish music throughout Lake and Sumter counties on Saturday. By Ed Symkus More Content NowThe camera absolutely adores Alicia Vikander. When she appears onscreen, the contours of her face stand out a bit, her skin glows slightly, viewers can almost feel her presence. Then thereÂs her acting skills, which allow her to disappear into each role, sometimes being unrecognizable from one film to the next. Though she had built up quite a career, mostly in TV series and short films in her native Sweden, it didnÂt take long for American audiences to catch on when she landed the part of broken-hearted Kitty in Joe WrightÂs 2012 adaptation of ÂAnna Karenina.ÂŽ But following her small triumph in that film, MOVIE REVIEWAlicia Vikander e ortlessly steps into Angelina JolieÂs shoes in ÂTomb RaiderÂLara Croft takes careful aim at the bad guys. [WARNER BROS. PICTURES]See TAP, C6 See REVIEW, C6 See STAGE, C6
C2 Thursday, March 15, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Julyssa LopezThe Washington PostColombian singer Karol G is a rare force in Latin urban music. While the 27-yearold is as sleek and glossy as a beauty queen, she wields an unapologetic toughness that comes out when sheÂs sparring against reggaetonÂs most ruthless male artists. But 10 years ago, Karol G was just Carolina Giraldo, a newcomer earnestly peddling reggaeton and R&B mix tapes from one radio station to the next in her native Medellin. The reactions she received were a depressing combination of confusion, disdain and lewd propositions that would have discouraged a more fainthearted artist. ÂThere were no opportunities,ÂŽ she said. ÂZero. The door was closed. They wouldnÂt even listen to my music because they would say the genre I was doing was for men.ÂŽ But tenacity is something Karol G has in endless supply. She didnÂt give up on urban music and now, after years of hearing no, the Spanish-speaking music industry is catching up to her. Last year, her debut album, ÂUnstoppable,ÂŽ made it to No. 2 on BillboardÂs Top Latin Albums chart, and ÂAhora Me Llama,ÂŽ her collaboration with trap wunderkind Bad Bunny, cracked SpotifyÂs Global 200. In January, she inched toward a worldwide smash when Major Lazer tapped her for a remix of ÂEn La Cara.ÂŽ Karol G is one of many women making ripples in the Latin industry, particularly in the urban space. Dominican artist Natti Natasha reached No. 6 on the Hot Latin charts with ÂCriminal,ÂŽ her duo with reggaeton star Ozuna; Mexican-American singer Becky G peaked at No. 3 with her Bad Bunny-assisted hit ÂMayoresÂŽ; and Brazilian superstar Anitta nabbed a No. 14 spot thanks to ÂDowntownÂŽ with J Balvin. A handful of well-performing singles may seem unremarkable, especially when so many have been collaborations with male artists. But itÂs very notable considering how rarely Latina artists have affected the charts in recent years. In 2015, a staggering 22 weeks passed without a single female artist appearing on the Hot Latin Songs charts, and a Billboard review showed that only two women reached the No. 1 spot between 2012 and 2016. During the same period, just seven women (compared with 33 men) reached the top of the Top Latin Albums chart. The women who did thrive tended to be legacy acts such as Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Paulina Rubio, who have been in the business for decades. And when it comes to Latin music awards, the numbers are just as bad. The feminist advocacy group Ruidosa recently analyzed the 2017 Latin Grammys, Latin Billboards and Premios 40 Principales and found that of 117 total winners, only 14 were women. The Latin music industry Â„ which usually refers to Spanish-language music made and sold in the United States and Latin America Â„ is a notoriously patriarchal machine, exacerbated by widespread machismo entrenched in many Latin cultures. And although some of the most important Latin music icons have been womenÂ„ Chavela Vargas, Celia Cruz and Mercedes Sosa, just to name a few Â„ the industry has been a particularly unfriendly arena for emerging female artists. Latin musicÂs gender gap became painfully conspicuous last year, when Luis Fonsi and Daddy YankeeÂs ÂDespacitoÂŽ overtook the global music landscape. Male artists such as J Balvin, Maluma and Bad Bunny were touted as the torchbearers who would throttle Latin music forward. Women were hardly considered in the conversation. But 2018 could mark a long-awaited change. The end of 2017 showed that despite its male-dominated roots, Latin urban music is rife with women eager to add their voices to trap, rap and reggaeton. A breakthrough year for women in Latin music would be well timed, as the calls for more female representation are amplified throughout the music industry. ÂIn America, thereÂs a Nicki Minaj, thereÂs a Katy Perry, thereÂs an Ariana Grande, thereÂs a Taylor Swift, and they each represent something different,ÂŽ Karol G said. ÂThat doesnÂt happen in the Latin industry. There are so many men and you can count the women on your fingers, and itÂs not because weÂre not here. ThereÂs tons of talent.ÂŽ Women in Latin music set for a breakthroughSingersongwriter Karol G. [SEBASTIAN QUINTERO] TOP SONGS 1. Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign), Post Malone 2. GodÂs Plan, Drake 3. The Middle, Zedd,Maren Morris & Grey 4. Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line), Bebe Rexha 5. Perfect, Ed Sheeran 6. 44 More, Logic 7. Pray For Me, The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar 8. You Make It Easy, Jason Aldean 9. Thunder, Imagine Dragons 10. Whatever It Takes, Imagine Dragons TOP ALBUMS 1. The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists 2. DAY69, 6ix9ine 3. Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By, Kendrick Lamar,The Weeknd & SZA 4. Nation of Two, Vance Joy 5. Evolve, Imagine Dragons 6. , Ed Sheeran 7. The Very Best of Prince, Prince 8. Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle 9. ZOMBIES (Original TV Movie Soundtrack), Various Artists 10. Once on This Island (New Broadway Cast Recording), Various ArtistsiTUNES TOP 10 For the week ending March 1 FICTION 1. ÂThe Great AloneÂŽ by Kristin Hannah (St. MartinÂs Press) 2. ÂDog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man 4)ÂŽ by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 3. ÂWonderÂŽ by R.J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers) 4. ÂThe Woman in the WindowÂŽ by A.J. Finn (William Morrow) 5. ÂDark in DeathÂŽ by J.D. Robb (St. MartinÂs Press) NONFICTION 1. ÂFire and FuryÂŽ by Michael Wolff (Henry Holt & Company) 2. Â12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosÂŽ by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada) 3. ÂEnlightenment NowÂŽ by Steven Pinker (Viking) 4. ÂThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckÂŽ by Mark Manson (HarperOne) 5. ÂThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildÂŽ (Piggyback) FICTION E-BOOKS 1. ÂThe Great AloneÂŽ by Kristin Hannah (St. MartinÂs Press) 2. ÂLook for MeÂŽ by Lisa Gardner (Dutton) 3. ÂAn American MarriageÂŽ by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books) 4. ÂThe Woman in the WindowÂŽ by A.J. Finn (HarperCollins) 5. ÂCode to ZeroÂŽ by Ken Follett (Penguin) NONFICTION E-BOOKS 1. ÂEnlightenment NowÂŽ by Steven Pinker (Viking) 2. Â12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosÂŽ by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada) 3. ÂA Higher CallÂŽ by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander (Penguin) 4. ÂThe Black CountÂŽ by Tom Reiss (Crown/Archetype) 5. ÂThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckÂŽ by Mark Manson (HarperOne) BEST-SELLING BOOKS The Wall Street JournalÂs list reÂ” ects nationwide sales of hardcover books for the week ending Feb. 18By Mark KennedyThe Associated PressMoby is done screaming. HeÂs back to brooding Â„ magnificently. The musician-producerÂs 12-track ÂEverything Was Beautiful, And Nothing HurtÂŽ returns us to the orchestral trip-hop heÂs famous for following two politically-charged albums of virtual punk. The album signals heÂs postanger, as if heÂs entered a stage of profound grief. Many songs offer a fragile and melancholy Moby whispering about human fragility over velvet swells of ambient, orchestral sounds punctuated by drum loops. The titles alone seem to suggest weÂre in for a bleak affair Â„ ÂThe Sorrow Tree,ÂŽ ÂÂA Dark Cloud Is Coming,ÂŽ ÂÂThe Last of GoodbyesÂŽ and ÂThe Tired and The HurtÂŽ Â„ but the music is gorgeously gloomy without being depressing. ThatÂs hard to do on an album that mentions darkness 15 times. For the past few years, Moby raged against Donald Trump in ÂMore Fast Songs About the ApocalypseÂŽ and ÂThese Systems are Failing.ÂŽ Now heÂs turned his attention at our souls, referencing W.B. YeatsÂ poem ÂThe Second ComingÂŽ and borrowing the new albumÂs name from Kurt VonnegutÂs ÂSlaughterhouse-Five.ÂŽ HeÂs added female voices for every song, including five with Mindy Jones, two with Julie Mintz and three with Apollo Jane. They soar while Moby stays grounded and morose. ÂI canÂt see, I canÂt speak, I canÂt walk, I canÂt talk/ But I can see how itÂs falling apart,ÂŽ he half sings in one song. One thing is clear: In TrumpÂs America, Moby may be beaten but heÂs not broken. Moby returns to his trip-hop best ÂEverything Was Beautiful, And Nothing HurtÂMoby (Mute) MUSIC & BOOKSMUSIC REVIEW BOOK REVIEW By Oline H. CogdillThe Associated PressCrimes arenÂt committed in a vacuum but have the potential to cause ripples throughout a community. And that community can quickly turn on one of its own, needing someone, or something, to blame. Those connections are the bedrock of Alison GaylinÂs superb standalone, ÂIf I Die Tonight.ÂŽ Gaylin delves deep to explore her characters, who want more than what their lives have brought. It also succinctly touches on parental issues, teenage angst, loneliness, the seductiveness of fame and the pitfalls of when that acclaim is a thing of the past. Each plot point weaves perfectly for a poignant story strengthened by its attention to characters. Single mother Jackie Reed is barely able to juggle all the aspects of her life, including her job as a realtor in the tightknit town of Havenkill, New York; her sons Wade, 17, and Connor, 13; and her own depression. Connor is smart, popular and always trying to make things easier for his mother. Wade, however, has been distant, holing up in his room, disappearing for hours and nearly ostracized from his classmates. Wade becomes the likely suspect when high school football star Liam Miller is left in a coma while trying to prevent a carjacking. Former pop star Amy Nathanson, who had one megahit as singer Aimee En during the 1980s, claims Liam was trying to protect her and keep her vintage Jaguar from being stolen. As the community reels from the crime, Havenkill police officer Pearl Maze sharpens her investigative skills, while dealing with her own dark side.ÂIf I Die TonightÂ tells poignant storyÂIf I Die TonightÂAlison Gaylin (Morrow)
DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 C3Thursday, March 15 CHESS CLUB: From 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Call 352-728-9790 for information. MEDITATION: At 4 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Guided meditation followed by discussion. Chairs provided or bring yoga mat. Beginners welcome. Call 352-728-9790 to register. QUILTING SISTERS GUILD: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday at Masonic Lodge, 200 Richey Road. in Leesburg. Call Mary at 352-323-3351 or go to quiltingsistersguild.com for information. STORY TIME OUR WORLD: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For ages 5 and under. With music, movement and Â“ ngerplays. Call 352-7289790 for information. PRE-K STORY TIME: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mt Dora. Call 352-735-7180 for information. LAKE COUNTY FARMERS AND FLEA MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 County Road 452 in Eustis. For information, call Cole Scharlau at 352-357-9692. CRAFTY KIDS: From 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. every Thursday at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. Children of all ages are invited to make a craft at the library to take home. Call Penny Richardson at 352-728-9790 or email penny. richardson@leesburgÂ” orida. gov. CRAFTERNOONS: From 2 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Bring your current craft project. Call 352-536-2275 for information. KIDS ACTIVITY NIGHT: From 6 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at Astor County Library, 54905 Alco Road. Call 352-759-9913 for information. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: From 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at Marion Baysinger Memorial Library, 756 W. Broad St. in Groveland. For ages 13 to 18. Call 352-429-5840 for information. TNT GAMING: From 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For ages 8 to 18. Call 352-7289790 for information. LEGO CLUB: From 3 to 4 p.m. every Thursday at Fruitland Park Library, 205 W. Berckman St. For ages 5 to 18. Call 352360-6561 for information. TASTEFULLY SIMPLE: At 1 p.m. at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howey-in-the-Hills. Meal ideas made with four ingredients or less. Call 352-324-0254 for information. IRISH MUSIC PROGRAM: From 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. With acoustic accordion player Connie Marie. Free. Call 352-536-2275 for information. THIRD THURSDAY BIKE NITE: At 6:30 p.m. at The Great Chicago Fire Brewery and Tap House, 311 W. Magnolia St. in Leesburg. With live music and happy hour specials until 9:30 p.m. FOOD TRUCKS: From 5 to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Sunset Park in Mount Dora. Featuring 10 to 12 food trucks. Call 352-383-2165 or email chamber@mountdora. com. SUPER JAM: At 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. With OBO band and other select performers. Go to obopry.com for tickets and information. MOVIE KNIGHT COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL: At 6 p.m. at Epic Theatres of Clermont, 2405 S. Highway 27. Cost is $15 and includes soda and popcorn. Ticket sales are online only from Feb. 26 until sold out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Â” .us for details. FLORIDA LAKES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At 7:30 p.m. at Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, 1724 South Bay St. in Eustis. Love Stories. Go to FloridaLakesSymphonyOrchestra.com for tickets and information. Friday, March 16 DAVID CHURCH AND TERRI LISA: At 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. Star Series. Go to obopry.com for tickets and information. LITE BITES AND MEAT SHOOTS: At 5 p.m. every third Friday at John Gella Memorial Post 219, 194 W. Fountain St. in Fruitland Park. Light supper, bake sale and fun game of meat shoots. Call 352-787-2338 for information. THIRD FRIDAY SOCIAL AND DINNER: At 5:30 p.m. every third Friday at Triangle Boat Club, 12001 U.S. Highway 441 in Tavares. $10. Members and guests must register. Call 352-533-8398. MEET THE ARTIST: From 6 to 8 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howey-in-the-Hills. With music and refreshments. Call 352-324-0254 for information. FRIDAY NIGHT NATURALIST: From 6 to 7:45 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. Each month different experts about the natural world and phenomena give presentations. Learn about nature, wildlife and nature photography. Call CALENDARWe want to hear from you: Send news releases about arts and entertainment events around Lake and Sumter counties to news@dailycommercial. com Include a description, date, time, cost, address, contact name and phone number.EDITORÂS PICK80Âs pop star Tiffany visits the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27, for one show at 8 p.m. Friday. Go to clermontperformingarts.com for tickets and information. See CALENDAR, C6
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DEAR ABBY: I was working out of town in a position that paid a good salary. When my adult son proposed to his girlfriend, I told him I would try and give him $10,000 for the wedding. Well, things changed. I had to return home for good, and my salary was cut. When I told my son I wouldn't be able to give him $10,000, but could give him only $5,000 instead, he became very upset and said, "You promised that amount and we were counting on that money!" I feel a gift is a gift, and they should be happy with whatever I can manage. After talking it over with several friends, they all agreed that he is behaving inappropriately. I am single and trying to retire in 10 years. Please help. -SALARY CUT IN PENNSYLVANIA DEAR SALARY CUT: Your son's reaction was immature. He should understand that sometimes circumstances can change. If you haven't already explained why you need to cut back on the sum you planned to give him, do it now. How he reacts to your explanation will tell you whether you want to give him even $5,000. DEAR ABBY: I recently took a job working for someone I knew. He was a neighbor and attended my church for several years, but we were never more than acquaintances. After I began working there, I saw things going on with other girls in the ofce that were very inappropriate. Then I stumbled across a sexual online chat he was having with one of them. As I scrolled through the feed, it became apparent they're having an affair. It made me so uncomfortable I quit working there. We still live in the same community. He has a beautiful, kind and very pregnant wife. Should I tell her? Should I tell anyone, or stay quiet and let him get away with it? It makes me sick, and I don't know what to do at this point. -UNCOMFORTABLE IN THE WEST DEAR UNCOMFORTABLE: Allow me to suggest that what you do is remain silent, at least for now. The kind and very pregnant wife does not need to be told that her husband is cheating with an employee at this juncture. After the baby is born, perhaps she should be told -if she doesn't know already -but NOT NOW.DEAR ABBY: Please help! How do I politely tell my partner -without hurting his feelings -that I don't like his cooking and I should be the one doing the cooking because I'm more "seasoned" in the kitchen than he is? I am usually the "chef" and he is the "second-in-command," which in the past has worked. -SEASONED IN CALIFORNIA DEAR SEASONED: Here's how: Skip the part about not liking his cooking, which could be hurtful. Ease into it by telling him you consider cooking together to be a bonding experience. Then say how much you enjoy taking the lead when the two of you do it, how meaningful it is when he helps you, and how much you'd appreciate it if he would continue to let you be the chef. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. How to play: Fill in the blank squares with the numbers 1 through 9 so that each horizontal row, vertical column and nine-square sub-grid contains no repeated numbers. Puzzles range in diculty from one to six stars. The solution to todays puzzle will be in tomorrows paper. YESTERDAYS SOLUTION BRIDGE CRYPTOQUOTE HOROSCOPES TODAY IN HISTORY DIVERSIONS HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018:This year you can expect a strong theme of positivity to emerge. What is happening might be quite benecial to your life. If you are single, you meet people easily and naturally. Others sense your magnetism and charisma. If you are attached, the two of you are likely to decide to fulll an important life goal. Make sure to schedule some fun, caring times with your sweetie. A fellow PISCES enjoys living vicariously through you, as your life takes an intriguing turn.ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) Keep your own counsel, even if you have a lot on your mind. Youll gain more knowledge when you pull back and consider what has been going on. Pressure builds around the workplace. Know that you need to honor your commitments. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) You might not realize how much you value key supporters until they are right in front of you. Be direct in how you express your thoughts and feelings. If you follow through on your emotional messages, you will be guided toward success. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Take a stand, if need be. Others might have a strong reactions, especially a partner. You will need to deal with different ideas and perspectives. Relate with the intention of understanding, rather than proving that youre right. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Approach someone at a distance, and air out an issue before its too late. You could feel a heaviness around what is happening, and will want to pull back. Decide how important the people involved are to you. Act accordingly. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) You relate to others on a strong one-on-one basis. You might want to nd an expert to help you sort out an issue that seems to reappear in a personal relationship. You could feel tired of having to follow the same routine every day. Try to diversify. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) You have a lot going on right now. Just when you complete one matter, another seems to appear. Understand that emotions are deeply tied to a problem. A little self-discipline with a love relationship will be helpful. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) You are more emotionally involved in a matter than you originally had anticipated. Consider why you might have misjudged this situation. Stay focused on your domestic life and on where you are heading. You could be dealing with some uproar. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) Your words come from a place of seriousness and a need to be heard. You will be able to tune into your feelings to understand why you have been triggered. Tap into your creativity and get in touch with your feelings, and the results will be better. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) An innate sense of being driven emerges. A matter or an expense surrounding your home could cause an animated talk. Your instincts tell you that there is a situation that might not be up to snuff. Assess the issue before it causes any more damage. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) You might feel unusually energized. Consider the pros and cons of being so open. You have a lot to deal with right now. Reach out to a loved one who could be overly serious. Together, you will do a great job of eliminating some tension. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Your sense of direction comes through as you deal with a nancial matter. You might not be serious about a long-term commitment, especially if it involves your checkbook. Do not hesitate to say no. Put the kibosh on a problem. Tonight: Be more frugal with your funds.PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You are in the midst of a signicant change or reversal. At some point, you might wonder whether you can make a necessary adjustment. A friend could shock you with what he or she shares. Be aware of your judgments and your response. Son throws a tantrum after wedding gift is cut in half DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, March 15, 2018 C5 TODAY IS THURSDAY, MARCH 15, the 74th day of 2018. There are 291 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On March 15, 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus arrived back in the Spanish harbor of Palos de la Frontera, two months after concluding his rst voyage to the Western Hemisphere. ON THIS DATE: In 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius. In 1917 Czar Nicholas II abdicated in favor of his brother, Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich, who declined the crown, marking the end of imperial rule in Russia. In 1937 America's rst hospital blood bank was opened at Cook County Hospital in Illinois. In 1956 the Lerner and Loewe musical play "My Fair Lady," based on Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," opened on Broadway. In 1964 actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in Montreal; it was her fth marriage, his second. (They divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975, then divorced again in 1976.) In 1977 the situation comedy "Three's Company," starring John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, premiered on ABC-TV.
C6 Thursday, March 15, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comHannigan. By chance, Annie is chosen to spend two weeks at the home of Daddy Warbucks during Christmas. As she works her heartmelting magic on him, he offers a reward to find her parents. The bad guys roll in to claim the reward, and well, you have to see the rest. The play runs until March 25. Cost is $18 for adults and $15 for students and children. Details: moonlightplayers.com. UpcomingÂHOT FLASHES THE MUSICALÂÂHot Flashes The MusicalÂŽ is a Bay Street Players Studio Series at the State Theatre in Eustis March 24 and 25. ItÂs a funny and deeply moving examination of the issues faced by maturing women and is perfect for those women in, or approaching, the second phase of life and the ones who love them. Original songs include ÂI Want a Trophy Husband,ÂŽ and reworked classic rock hits such as ÂI am Woman, Hear me Snore.ÂŽ Cost: $21. Details: baystreetplayers.org. AuditionsÂMISS FIRECRACKER CONTESTÂAuditions for the Bay Street Players production of the ÂMiss Firecracker ContestÂŽ are 7 to 10 p.m.. March 18 and 19 at the Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis. To request an audition slot, email a performing resume and photo to nvatter@yahoo. com. An audition time and additional information will be provided. Resumes and photos do not have to be created professionally. The play runs May 4 to 20. Details: baystreetplayers.org.Â1776ÂThe Moonlight Players in Clermont are holding auditions for Â1776ÂŽ March 18 and 19.ÂTHE GLASS MENAGERIEÂAuditions for ÂThe Glass MenagerieÂŽ by the IceHouse Players in Mount Dora are 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 19. Roles for two women and two men ages 20 to 60 are available. To receive an audition slot, email your performance resume and photo to darlin@icehousetheatre. com. Rehearsals begin in March on Weekday evenings, 7 to 9:30 p.m. with occasional weekend rehearsals scheduled as needed. Show dates are May 18 to June 10.ÂWAIT UNTIL DARKÂAuditions for ÂWait Until Dark by the Tavares Theater Company are 7 p.m. March 18 and 19 in the groups new building at 107 N. Lake Ave., Tavares. Details: tavarestheater.org. STAGEFrom Page C1its St. PatrickÂs Day bash Saturday. Neil Patton is on stage from noon to 8 p.m. on the inside stage, Anthony Leon and Paige Barton take the outside stage from 3 to 7 p.m., and Wes Morrison & The Stray Hares are on stage from 8 p.m. to midnight. St. PattyÂs Day at TillieÂs TillieÂs in downtown Eustis is offering drink specials, corned beef and cabbage meals, T-shirts and giveaways all day. Visit TillieÂs on Facebook. Mount Dora Leprechaun Treasure Hunt The City of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Leprechaun Treasure Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Gilbert Park, 210 South Tremain St. The event, which is for kids 12 and under, will feature prizes, snacks and drinks and a search for Âmountains of gold.ÂŽ For more information, call 352-735-7183. Shine Fest The Yalaha Bootlegging Company, makers of local moonshine, host their First Annual Yalaha Shine Fest Saturday and Sunday at 8222 County Road 48 in Yalaha. The event features live music, food and moonshine tastings. Shine Fest kicks off at 10 a.m. both days. TAPFrom Page C1her career took an up and down course; she sometimes chose the right parts Â„ she nabbed a Supporting Actress Oscar for ÂThe Danish GirlÂŽ Â„ but sometimes got stuck in box office bombs Â„ she likely doesnÂt talk much about ÂThe Fifth EstateÂŽ or ÂThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.ÂŽ Yet it was her starring role as Ava, a humanoid piece of Artificial Intelligence in ÂEx MachinaÂŽ that got her the most notice. Though Vikander had a strong presence as a CIA agent in ÂJason Bourne,ÂŽ itÂs her newest film, ÂTomb Raider,ÂŽ a reboot of the ÂLara CroftÂŽ series, thatÂs going to give her a huge boost to the top of the female action star genre. SheÂs stepping into the shoes of Angelina Jolie, who played the character in two previous films, but Vikander, 29, completely reinvents, and now owns, the part in this origin story. She spoke about it recently in Los Angeles.Q: This Â“ lm is very different from the Angelina Jolie entries, in that itÂs as much about Lara CroftÂs personality as it is about action and special effects. Was playing Lara before she becomes the Lara the fans know what drew you to it? A: Our inspiration was that itÂs a coming of age story. This Â“ lm is based more on the 2013 video game, and there she is, a normal girl in the beginning. If you have the origin story, then thatÂs a way for us to kind of get to know the characters, to feel for them, to relate to them. I thought it was wonderful that I could play a young woman whoÂs still trying to Â“ nd her footing in the world. ItÂs a story where all the traits and skills within her are forced to be pulled out due to the adventure she goes on. I wanted to have her every single step to become, in the end, the action Â“ gure that we know her to be. SheÂs a bold, curious, badass being, and I had a lot of fun Â“ nding her core and personality. Q: Were you already familiar with the previous movies and the games they were based on? A: I was probably around 9 or 10 when I went to a friendÂs house and saw (the Â“ rst) game. I hadnÂt seen a female protagonist in a computer game, and I was so curious. I remember asking the older boys if I was allowed to play, and they wouldnÂt let me. I had to wait until it was just me and I could sneak into that room and I played it then. I also played the anniversary version of the Â“ rst game in my mid-teens. I was a gamer. Q: You had a lot of physical demands put on you to play this character. Was any of that really daunting? A: IÂd never taken on a character and role in a Â“ lm like this. I come from another world; I was a dancer before. And for me to try and pretend that I can do an MMA Â“ ght, that was really daunting to do in front of people. Q: But it wasnÂt just the brief bit of MMA Â“ ghting. You were constantly running and jumping and shooting arrows and then running and jumping more. What kind of training did you go through? A: I started training about four months before we started shooting. When I Â“ rst met with (director) Roar Uthaug and the producers, we knew we wanted the action sequences, which are such a big part of this Â“ lm, to kind of be set in reality. You know, would you buy that this young girl can beat this bigger, stronger man? Then storywise we integrated that sheÂs a physical being, that she trains MMA and sheÂs a bicycle courier. So I wanted her to be a strong girl for it to be plausible what she does later on in the Â“ lm. Q: YouÂre well known for being in Â“ lms on the art house circuit. Was this a big challenge for you? A: IÂve done a lot more art house Â“ lms, but IÂve loved this kind of Â“ lm since I was a kid. And when youÂre doing something like this, and the Â“ lms I look up to in this genre, thatÂs when youÂre able to make these big spectacles with heart, and make an artful, interesting story thatÂs also commercial and big and loud, as it should be. That was the biggest challenge, and I realized that early on. But that also gave me a lot of energy and force throughout the shoot.ÂTomb RaiderÂŽ opens on March 16. Ed Symkus writes about movies for More Content Now. He can be reached at email@example.com. REVIEWFrom Page C1 Eileen Tramontana at 352-357-7536 or email tlnc. firstname.lastname@example.org. MASQUERADE BALL: At 7 p.m. at Anastassia Ballroom and Dance, 32624 Blossom Lane in Leesburg. With appetizers and prizes. Cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Call 352-533-7400 for information. FLORIDA LAKES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At 7:30 p.m. at Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 13600 Caspian Lane in Clermont. Love Stories. Go to FloridaLakesSymphonyOrchestra.com for tickets and information. AN EVENING WITH TIFFANY: At 8 p.m. at Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27. The legendary pop star performs. Go to clermontperformingarts.com for tickets and information. Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18 SWEENEY TODD: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Historic State Theater, 109 N. Bay St. in Eustis. Cost is $21 for adults and $11 for students with ID. Go to baystreetplayers.org for tickets. ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St. in Mount Dora. Cost is $22 for adults, $15 for students with ID and $10 for ages 5 to 17. Go to icehousetheatre.com for tickets. HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Melon Patch Theatre, 311 E. 13th St. in Leesburg. Cost is $18 for adults and $9 for students. Go to melonpatchplayers.org for tickets. ANNIE: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Moonlight Players Theatre, 735 W. Minneola Ave in Clermont. Cost is $18 for adults and $15 for students and children. Go to moonlightplayers. com for tickets and information. Saturday, March 17 EASTER EGG HUNT: At 12 p.m. at Belk Store, 270 Citrus Tower Blvd. in Clermont. Ages 12 and under can look for eggs hidden throughout the store. For information call 352-243-2227 ext 210 and ask for a manager. LEPRECHAUN TREASURE HUNT: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gilbert Park, 210 S. Tremain St. in Mount Dora. Kids 12 and under can search mountains of gold for prizes. With snacks, drinks and games. Free. Call 352-735-7183 for information. RANGER HISTORY PROGRAM: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday unless another event is scheduled at Dade BattleÂ“ eld Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. With historic weapons Â“ ring demonstration. Call 352-793-4781. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Saturday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to amvetspost1992.org. CROCHET CLASS: From noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. Bring a size J crochet hook, yarn and scissors. Class projects include a newborn infantÂs cap, a star-shaped pot holder and a ladyÂs hat with ornamentation. Free. Call 352-735-7180, option 5. CALENDARFrom Page C3