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SPORTS | B1GATORADE PICKS MVAS R.J. BARRETT FOR HONOR Opinion .......................A9 Weather ......................A10 Sports...........................B1 Drive ...........................C1 Comics ........................C4 Diversions ....................C5 Volume 142, Issue 75 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Friday, March 16, 2018 75 ¢ 1 YOUR FORECAST: The chilly week gives way to a pleasant weekend, with highs in the high 70s or low 80s and lows in the mid 50s to mid 60s.WEEKEND GLANCE2 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.3 BBQ, BREWS & BLUES: BBQ, Brews and Blues runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Towne Square in downtown Leesburg, with barbecue, music and craft beer. By Patricio G. BalonaGatehouse Media FloridaDAYTONA BEACH„ More motorcycle gangs are in town for Bike Week but the Volusia County sheriff said police will come down on them like white on riceŽ if they break the law.Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he has seen an increase in motorcycle gangs coming to Bike Week in Daytona Beach. To prevent gang vio-lence, the Sheriffs Office has taken a proactive approach and shifted the focus of its motorcycle theft task force that operated during the event for years. The team now monitors local, national and international motorcy-cle gangs.I would say that it seemed when I first got here in 2006, it was high, and then we hit a period where there was a lull, there was a period where we knocked their club house out Police watching motorcycle gangs at Bike WeekOutlaws Motorcycle Club members gather at a former labor hall building on Madison Avenue on Wednesday. Police have contacted biker gangs to let them know illegal activity wont be tolerated during Bike Week. [DAVID TUCKER/GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] Trump administration claims Moscow hacked energy grid, punishes 19 for meddlingBy Matthew Lee and Josh LedermanThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Pushing back harder on Russia, the Trump administration accused Moscow on Thursday of a concerted hacking operation targeting the U.S. energy grid, aviation systems and other infrastructure, and also imposed sanctions on Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 election.It was the strongest action to date against Russia by the administration, which has long been accused of being too soft on the Kremlin, and the first punishments for elec-tion meddling since President Donald Trump took office. The sanctions list included US imposes sanctions on RussiaBy Carlos E. Medinacmedina@dailycommercial.comLEESBURG „ A few years ago,Bryan Pleitez, a native of El Salvador, decided he wanted to share some of the best coffee bean varietals produced in the Central American country with his friends and neighbors.Pleitez, now a Leesburg resident, started Lake 503 Coffee „ Lake for the county and 503 for the telephone code used when calling El Salvador „ in 2015.He is among a growing number of small-scale coffee roasters across the country that focus on fresh-roasted, high-quality beans. Its called nano-roasting.These tiny roasters prepare anywhere from 50 to 200 pounds of coffee a week and work out of a garage or small coffee shop.I just really wanted to have people experience what a true fresh-roasted coffee is supposed to taste like,Ž said Pleitez, who sells his coffee at area markets.Kathleen Trees, another Leesburg coffee roaster, started The Coffee Snob as All about the beansSmall-batch co ee roasters bring out big avors in LeesburgLocal coffee roaster Bryan Pleitez compares the color of each roast to keep consistency in his ” avor. [BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT] See POLICE, A7By Adriana Gomez LiconThe Associated PressMIAMI „ A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday afternoon, crushing vehicles beneath its massive slabs of concrete and steel and killing at least four people, authorities said.Search-and-rescue crews worked into the night, using dogs, search cameras and sensitive listening devices in a frantic search to find survivors among the debris.Everybody is working hard to make sure we rescue anyone who can be rescued,Ž Gov. Rick Scott said.But Miami-Dade police director Juan Perez said hopes were dwindling with the pass-ing of time.We know that theres going to be a negative outcome at the end of the day,Ž Perez said.Four people were found dead amid the chaotic scene, and nine victims were taken early onŽ to hospitals, Fire Chief Dave Downey said without elaborating on their conditions.The partially built 950-ton (860-metric ton) bridge had been assembled by the side of the highway and moved into place Saturday to great fanfare. The span stretched almost 200 feet (60 meters) to connect Florida International University with the city of Sweetwater. It was expected to open to foot traffic next Collapse of bridge kills 4See BRIDGE, A5 See BEANS, A6 See SANCTIONS, A6


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Prepayments for 3 months or more, mail to: Circulation Dept., the Daily Commercial, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007. Billed monthly at the rates shown. LOTTERY Public might only get a glimpse into ndings of Russia investigationBy Mary Clare JalonickThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Special counsel Robert Mueller and three congressional committees have spent the last year conducting dozens, if not hun-dreds, of witness interviews in their investigations into Rus-sian meddling and gathering thousands upon thousands of pages of documents. But in the end, the public may only get a glimpse of what investigators know.As in all criminal investiga-tions, Mueller doesnt have to reveal any of what he has found unless he brings charges or goes to trial. The congressional investigations are meant to inform the public, but they have been plagued by Republi-can and Democratic infighting and disagreements over what should be released „ meaning the public may have to rely on partisan interpretations of the facts.A look at what we might know when the investigations are over „ and what we might not. The special counselMuellers investigation into Russian ties to President Donald Trumps campaign and possible obstruction of justice is by far the most wide-ranging of all of the probes, and it also carries the weight of possible criminal charges, unlike Con-gress. But it could also be the most closed off in terms of what the public finds out.Information has already trickled out, and will likely to continue to, in indictments and guilty pleas that the special counsel has released. A recent indictment of 13 Russians and three companies extensively detailed an effort to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election through a hidden social media propa-ganda effort.But Mueller may only release information to support crimi-nal charges, meaning much of what his team finds could remain out of the public eye. The house intelligence committeeDemocrats on the House intelligence committee have said they want to release transcripts of the more than 50 interviews they have done in the last year. Those include Trump associates, White House officials and members of the intelligence community. But Republicans who lead the committee say they are not planning to release them in full.Republicans unexpectedly announced Monday that they had finished interviewing witnesses and had already completed a draft of their final report, which finds that there was no coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, the Republican leading the probe, said details from interviews and documents would come in hundreds of footnotes, not whole transcripts. Senate judiciary committeeThe Senate Judiciary Committee has so far been the most transparent of the panels investigating the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, with Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, promising to release transcripts from all of the panels interviews with people who attended a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower. That meeting between Rus-sians and Trump campaign aides has attracted scrutiny from Mueller and Congress.Grassley has said he will release the interview transcripts in the coming weeks, with some redactions. But its unclear whether the com-mittee will have many more transcripts to release, as its investigation has been less comprehensive than the other investigations and focused on specific issues, like the Trump Tower meeting and foreign lobbying. Senate intelligence committeeSenate intelligence commit-tee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., has said his panel wont release transcripts or documents from the investigation. But the top Democrat on the committee, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, said the committee should release as much declassified material as possible.I think the more transpar-ency, the better,Ž Warner said on Wednesday. People need to know.ŽThe Senate intelligence committee has so far been the most bipartisan of the congressional probes, and Democrats are holding out hope that the two sides will agree on which facts should be available to the public in final reports. They are also hoping that Burr will call some wit-nesses for public hearings.But its unclear whether the two parties will agree, ultimately, on whether there was coordination between Trumps campaign and Russia. The committee has decided to put that controversial issue off for now and first release a bipartisan report on improv-ing election security, which is an issue they can agree on.Sen. Jim Lankford, R-Okla., sits on the intelligence panel and says the ideal scenario is for Republicans and Demo-crats to agree on a common set of facts, even if they dont have similar conclusions, and to filter the information together.Access to Mueller interviews could be limitedFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, is not required to reveal any of the information he has found unless he brings charges or goes to trial. [ANDREW HARNIK/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] DATELINESBRUSSELSNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during the NATO annual report Thursday in Brussels. He said European members and Canada spent a total of almost 5 percent more on defense last year compared to 2016, amid pressure from President Donald Trump to boost military budgets. Stoltenberg said eight allies are likely to spend the target NATO benchmark of 2 percent of their GDP on defense this year. [VIRGINIA MAYO/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]ROMEUnited Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Director General Graziano Da Silva, left, shakes hands with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday in Rome. The United Nations received pledges Thursday of nearly $100 million in new funding for the U.N. relief agency for Palestinians after the U.S. slashed its aid, but it is still facing a nearly $350 million shortfall this year. [ANDREW MEDICHINI/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] IN BRIEFGRETNA, LA.Man gets 30 years in road-rage killing of ex-NFL player The man convicted of man-slaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday.Ronald Gasser, 56, had faced up to 40 years in prison. Defense lawyers argued that Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight walked up to his car following a 5-mile confrontation that began on a bridge spanning the Missis-sippi River in New Orleans and ended with gunfire in neigh-boring Jefferson Parish. Let this be a cautionary tale,Ž Judge Ellen Kovach said. McKnights death could have been avoided if either of the men had had the good sense, the courage and the wisdom to simply disengage.ŽWASHINGTONFDA begins push to cut addictive nicotine in cigarettes Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smok-ers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked. The Food and Drug Admin-istration floated the proposal last summer, but provided new details in a government filing on the potential impact of drastically cutting nicotine from cigarettes, by as much as 80 percent.BATON ROUGE, LA.Grand jury indicts 4 in death of university frat pledgeA grand jury indicted four people Thursday in the death of a Louisiana State University student whose blood alcohol content was more than six times the legal limit for driving.The state grand jury issued the indictments six months after 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver died at a hospital after a night of drinking at the Phi Delta Theta house on LSUs campus. The jury indicted Matthew Alexander Naquin, 20, of Boerne, Texas on a felony negligent homicide charge, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. Three others were indicted on a mis-demeanor charge of hazing: Sean-Paul Gott, 21; Ryan Isto, 19; and Patrick Forde, 21. The Associated PressWednesday, March 14 Powerball: 6-12-24-41-68-9 x3 Lotto: 11-16-21-27-30-31 x5 Fantasy 5: 10-21-25-28-32 Thursday, March 15 Pick 5 Afternoon: 9-4-9-4-9 Evening: 0-2-4-8-8 Pick 4 Afternoon: 4-1-4-0 Evening: 1-4-0-9 Pick 3 Afternoon: 5-7-3 Evening: 3-5-2 Pick 2 Afternoon: 5-5 Evening: 4-6

PAGE 3 | Friday, March 16, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 By Carlos E. Medinacmedina@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ A recommen-dation by the Lake County Schools superintendent to change insurance brokers fell on deaf ears during Monday's school board meeting despite the company promising better overall value than the current provider.Despite Superintendent Diane Kornegay's support of the switch, which came after a recommendation from the district's staff and involved an extensive bidding and review process, the board did not act. None of the five board members chose to call for a vote. Instead, they asked to review the criteria used to make the recommendation and will discuss the matter again during their next meeting on March 26.For years, the district stuck Board balks on changing brokerBrown & Brown charged the district $455,000 last year and a similar amount for almost a decade. During this years open bid process, Arthur J. Gallagher, with of“ ces in Oviedo, quoted $315,000 for its services. Brown & Brown dropped its price to $250,000 in the face of competition. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] By Linda FloreaCorrespondentLEESBURG … The Melon Patch Players opens the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play How to Succeed in Business With-out Really Trying" today.It's a 2 1/ 2-hour romp though the 60s,Ž said Derick Wallman, vice president of production. ŽIt's a little microcosm on how things were back then.ŽFast-paced and danceheavy, the show is loaded with toe-tapping songs.The production follows J. Pierrepont Finch as he rises from humble window washer to the mail room and finally to the chairman of the board of World Wide Wicket Com-pany with the help of a book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.ŽThe production has attracted the talents of former professional opera singer Alex Scopino, who plays the part of the book voice and Gatch. After trav-eling around the United States, Scopino decided 7 years ago he had enough of New York winters and wanted to be close to family in The Villages. He moved to Florida, married and got to know some of the people at Melon Patch. He said he had always wanted to be the book narrator in How to Succeed.Ž When he audi-tioned, he found the narrator part was recorded, so he also plays Milton Gatch, head of the plans and systems department.It's fun for me,Ž Scopino said. I haven't done a lot of musicals. I've done classical theater. There are different challenges, it's a different How to Succeed opens at Melon Patch PlayersAn operatic icon and theater neophyte team up to fuel Tony Award-winning productionRick Reed, left, who plays Ovington, has not been on stage in 50 years and is doing the play to pay homage to his wife who died last February. Alex Scopino, right, who plays Gatch, is a retired professional opera singer. [LINDA FLOREA/CORRESPONDENT] By Roxanne Brownroxanne.brown @dailycommercial.comEUSTIS „ As a wave of sexual harassment claims crashed against the shores of American business, political and entertainment institutions, giving rise to the national #MeToo movement, a junior member of the Florida House of Representatives crafted a bill to eliminate such boorish behavior from Florida's gov-ernment agencies.Jennifer Sullivan set out to craft a bill that would offer the toughest protections against sexual harassment in the nation by protecting anyone working for govern-mental agencies, including the House and the Senate, all state employees, legisla-tive members, lobbyists and employees of third parties contracted by government Continuing the ghtSullivan to push sexual harassment bill next yearI would also like to ask, What are you afraid of? What are you hiding? It would not be detrimental in any way to have policies in place to handle sexual harassment and to say without a doubt that it wont be tolerated and that people will be held accountable for ill behavior.Ž „ Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, speaking of Senate President Joe Negron. [SUBMITTED] IF YOU GOWhat: "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" When: March 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and April 1 Where: Melon Patch Theatre, 311 N. 13th Street in Leesburg Tickets: from $9-18 Info: www.melonpatchplayers. org or 352-787-3013 Review found current insurance provider charges more, o ers less supportBEST BETS FOR TODAYSHEAR LOVE SOUL SALON: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Friday at Wildwood United Methodist Church, 300 Mason St. With Pastor and cosmetologist Krista Olson. Wash hair beforehand and bring Bible. Call 352-203-7258. 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. AN EVENING WITH TIFFANY: At 8 p.m. at Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27. The legendary pop star performs. Go to for tickets and information.NEWS BRIEFSLEESBURGCops: Man arrested for threat with a “ rearmAn argument over a childs hygiene Wednesday turned into a threat with a firearm, according to police. Police arrested and charged Terry A.J. Mobley, 21, of Talladega Street, with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without attempt to kill after a man told police about an argument during a child custody exchange in the area of Simmons Avenue and Tuskegee Street. The man said he was arguing with the childs mother when Mobley lifted his shirt, exposing a handgun in his waistband, and said, Im going to ƒ kill you.ŽPolice found Mobley in a Ford pickup truck and ordered him to stop. They found the loaded handgun under the drivers seat, plus less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.He was taken to the Lake County Jail where he was held on $4,000 bond. LEESBURGLeesburg Electric Department receives Utility Safety award from FMEAThe Florida Municipal Electric Association recently recognized the city of Lees-burg Electric Department with a Safety Award for its contin-ued commitment to safe work practices over the past year. For the past 30 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Floridas public power utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories accord-ing to their total man-hours worked and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker hours during 2017, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Leesburg was awarded third place in category B, which is comprised of utilities with 60,000 to 199,999 man-hours worked.Awards were presented on March 10 at the FMEA Annual Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Kissimmee.For information, go to CLERMONTLake County men credited with saving man from “ reTwo south Lake County men are credited with saving a mans life after rescuing a 60-year-old resident from a house fire in Clermont on Wednesday. Around 5:30 p.m., Brian Walker, of Minneola, Mobley Desmond See BRIEFS, A4 See BOARD, A4 See FIGHT, A4 See SUCCEED, A4By Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield @dailycommercial.comLEESBURG „ City commissioners have given a verbal reprimand to City Manager Al Minner after receiv-ing a letter from a couple who said they witnessed inappropriate behavior during a Mardis Gras party last month.Jim and Sandy Maddox, who live on Loves Point, described it as numer-ous acts of appalling and disgusting behavior by one of our most promi-nent city leaders.Ž They said he was grabbing and kissing women.Minner said the women were his friends, that he has apologized to them, though they have not complained.Mayor Dan Robuck III was at the king and queen crowning party at the Paquette Tractor Museum. I dont agree with the characterization in the letter, but I did talk with Al.ŽObviously, it was not a good look for a public Leesburg city manager rebukedAl Minner apologizes for behavior during Mardis Gras partySee REBUKED, A4


A4 Friday, March 16, 2018 | The Associated PressORLANDO „ Jurors in the trial of the wife of the man who shot and killed 49 people inside a Florida nightclub watched graphic videos of the mas-sacre Thursday.The video shown in federal court included footage of Noor Salmans husband, Omar Mateen, as he stalked the night-club, spraying bullets.The Orlando Sentinel reports that Salman shielded her face from the graphic content when prosecutors showed it to the jury.The disturbing video showed club-goers danc-ing and mingling prior to the attack, as Mateens vehicle pulled up outside the club. Minutes later, Mateen was shown entering the club through the front doors. As the gunfire began, victims began collapsing over one another, falling like domi-noes atop each other.Mateen moved toward a bar in the back of the club, before shooting again. The video showed him reloading as people near him tried to crawl to safety. Mateen was the only person standing.The video showed him opening fire again „ shooting people already lying on the dance floor. Jurors watched as Mateen walked toward the rest-room where „ as the jury knows from other video shown yesterday „ he began firing shots into the bathroom stalls, where some had taken refuge.As photos from inside the club of bodies were shown, one juror in the front row held her arms, sitting on the edge of her seat. Afterward, she slouched back, removing her glasses and blinking several times.Prosecutors are trying to link the 31-year-old Salman to the actions of her husband. First, they must establish that a ter-rorist act was committed when he killed 49 people in June 2016 at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando; prosecutors said he was motivated by Islamic terrorism.This trial is about what the defendant knew,Ž Assistant U.S. Attorney James Mandolfo said in opening statements Wednesday. The defen-dants cold actions gave Omar Mateen a green light to commit these crimes on behalf of ISIS.ŽMateen, 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 shooting in modern U.S. history. The fatal shooting of 58 people in Las Vegas surpassed it last October.Prosecutors said Salman knew Mateen was buying ammunition for his AR-15, helped him spend thousands of dol-lars before the attack and knew about his plan when he left the house in the hours before the shoot-ing. They also say she lied, tried to mislead FBI agents and had knowledge of her husbands sick fascination with violent jihadist videos and terrorism.Graphic video shown in trial of nightclub shooters widowwith Brown & Brown Insurance, which has a Leesburg office. But this year, the contract went out for bids as Kornegay tries to cut costs amid a budget crunch. During the review process, it became clear that Brown & Brown was charging more for years and offer-ing less support than what Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. could offer.Brown & Brown charged the district $455,000 last year and a similar amount for almost a decade. During this year's open bid process, Arthur J. Gallagher, with offices in Oviedo, quoted $315,000 for its services. Brown & Brown dropped its price to $250,000 in the face of competition.Despite Brown & Brown's lower bid, Lauren DeRidder, the district's risk management supervisor, said the selection committee based their recommendation on a number of factors, including Gallagher's more robust online capabilities which are compatible with the district's system. The compatibility would mean less staff time imputing benefits information by hand for about 5,000 dis-trict employees. It would also reduce the chances of mistakes.Gallagher also has a greater breadth of inhouse services including actuaries, who are the people that analyze insurance risk and calculate premiums. Brown & Brown agreed to pay for actuarial services but would use a third party.Bill Mathias was the most vocal member of the board in questioning the change.I would submit to you that Brown & Brown has some over 20 employees located in Lake County that all paid property taxes, have kids in school (and) some even have kids that are teachers. It just seems, I'd like to know what the rationale was to make that decision?Ž he asked.DeRitter also cited a recent instance where advice from Brown & Brown put the district in violation of tax laws. Fixing the issue cost con-siderable staff resources, she said.Still, Mathias remained unmoved.I think there's a lot to be said, me personally, in those opportunities when I need to speak to an agent that he is in downtown Leesburg,Ž he said.As corporate entities, both Brown & Brown and Gallagher are among the largest insurance bro-kerages in the world. Both trade publicly and have billions in revenue.DeRitter said time is an issue given that open enrollment begins soon. The process also took longer because Brown & Brown filed a bid protest. Mathias asked what the harm would be to stick with Brown & Brown for another year and not rush the process.While DeRitter did not express her opinion about Brown & Brown's services, she did pose a question.One question I would have is if they can do it all for ($250,000) why have they charged us ($460,000, $500,000) for many many years?Ž she asked.Board Member Marc Dodd agreed it was a concern.That's the big ques-tion in my mind. That's a long way to come down,Ž he said.Mathias felt the district was responsible in part.It's also, 'Shame on us,' for not going out before and waiting 10 years to go out for bid,Ž he said. BOARDFrom Page A3was driving into a mobile home park on Hooks Street. Walker noticed heavy smoke coming from one of the residences a few doors away. He alerted his friend, Chris Desmond, and the two men raced to the smoke-filled home.The smoke was so thick that at first I couldnt see anyone,Ž Desmond said.Desmond then saw his unconscious neighbor in a chair that had a lit cigarette on it. They carried the man out of the home and Des-mond tried to douse the fire with water.The Clermont Fire Department and Lake County Fire Rescue responded and determined that the fire had started from the lit cigarette.Without the quick actions of these two men, the situation could have been catastrophic,Ž Interim Fire Marshal Jen-nifer Pierce said.Chief Carle Bishop said Desmond and Walker will be honored in a ceremony in the near future. I commend them for their courageous efforts,Ž Bishop said. BRIEFSFrom Page A3 level. When you see a musical, they are larger than life. Characters in opera have a little more realism, not level 10.ŽHe still performs opera in The Villages and for charity and has found fulfillment doing what he wants to do rather than on the professional stage.I personally was leav-ing the industry because I lost a lot of love for what I was doing,Ž he said. It's cool to see people doing it because they love it. With some of the younger kids, it's nice to see the sparkle and hunger „ they want to do it.ŽOn the other end of the theatrical spectrum from Scopino is Daily Commer-cial columnist Rick Reed, who plays Ovington. Reed, who also works at Beyers Funeral Home in Leesburg, last appeared on stage in 1971. It was his senior year in high school, and he auditioned for a play, making it into the chorus. Although it was hard work, he said it was the best time he had in high school.Years passed and he got married. His wife, Nancy, was in several plays at the Melon Patch and still appears in group photos in the lobby. Although he had talked to her about trying to act in a play again, he didn't have the time.But after his wife died last February, he decided to audition.I'm doing this for my wife,Ž Reed said. I would like to do this again. It's a good group and I'm enjoy-ing the folks that I'm with. I'm an outsider, and getting to know these folks, that makes it special.ŽThe cast includes: Caleb Jones as J. Pierrepont Finch, Merissa Joyce Dean as Rosemary Pilkington, Shelly Whittle as J.B. Biggley, Daniel Roscoe as Bud Frump, Erika McDaniel as Hedy LaRue, Jessa Dodds as Smitty, Dustin Lavine as Twimble/Womper and Laney Clark as Miss Jones.Senior executives are Jonathan Olson as Bratt, Alex Scopino as Gatch/book voice, John Kreutzer as Jenkins, Charlie Halterman as Tackaberry, Art Zerbel as Davis and Rick Reed as Ovington.Junior Executives are Collin Wallman as Peter-son/television announcer, Dante G. Jones Soto as Matthews/policeman, Ridge Patterson as Johnson, Jeremy Smith as the office boy, Jakob Preston as additional junior executive/dancer.Secretaries are Faith McCann Walston as Miss Krumholtz, Aimee Bangle and Alex Sainz as scrubwomen/Wickette girls and Katie McNeill, Nicole Neubaur and Linda Tan as additional secretaries.There's an abundance of talent here for this show,Ž Scopino said. I can tell you that what they have here is very special.Ž SUCCEEDFrom Page A3agencies.It seemed like a sure thing, but it wasn't. The bill died on the last day of the session.Rather than feeling dispirited by the defeat, Sullivan, of Eustis, said she has a renewed sense of fight and looks forward to revisiting the issue next year.Sullivan blames Senate President Joe Negron for killing the bill without explanation in the last hour before adjournment.President Negron owes it to the state of Florida to address the issue of sexual harassment, especially since two senators in the past 4-5 months have resigned,Ž Sullivan said Tuesday. Instead, what he did gives the impression that the good old boy system is stronger than those women who have been elected just like they have and who work just as hard.It says they are willing to tolerate it andinsinu-ates thattheir voices do not matter.ŽAsked why she thinks the bill was thwarted, Sullivan said, Thats a good question, but not for me. I would also like to ask, 'What are you afraid of? What are you hiding?' It would not be detrimental in any way to have policies in place to handle sexual harass-ment and to say without a doubt that it wont be tolerated and that people will be held accountable for ill behavior.ŽSullivan said she is already looking ahead of next years proceedings with a renewed sense of purpose.Those who know me know that once I start something I believe in, I will not stop until I get it done,Ž Sullivan said.Still, Sullivan said she cannot help feeling disappointed and a little frustrated because of all the work she and fellow leaders did to get the bill into play.Every time the Senate leadership told us we had an issue, we addressed it. We were up until the wee hours of the night trying to reach a deal,Ž she said.What was removed, she said, was wording that had to do with ethics and disclosure concerns.We were still get-ting what we wanted for victims and for confiden-tiality,Ž Sullivan said.She said if it werent for Negrons last minute actions, the bill, with the support it needed from the House,would have passed.She promised to take up the fight next session and hopes it will pass since the legislative leaders like Negron who served this session will not be back next year.Negrons term is up, Sullivan said.Well be tackling the issues with new leadership and hoping it will make it through this time,Ž Sullivan said.She said she has also talked with many of the women who shared their stories in support of the measure.I dont want them to lose hope because we are going to keep fighting for this. Im in this for the long haul,Ž she said. Women should be able to work in a safe environment with the confidence that their voices do matter.Ž FIGHTFrom Page A3By Christine SextonNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Lawmakers this week sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that could help pro-vide information to police about whether drivers are deaf before officers approach cars during traffic stops.Under the bill (HB 135), Florida drivers could voluntarily identify themselves as hearing impaired when they register cars. That information would be included in a driver and motor-vehicle database and a criminal database that police officers rou-tinely access.House sponsor Loranne Ausley, D-Tallahassee, said giving police access to the information upfront would help to eliminate any poten-tial communication issueŽ between officers and hearing-impaired drivers.The idea came from Tallahassee Police Lt. Robert DiGonzalez, who became interested in protecting deaf drivers in 2016 after hearing about a 29-year-old North Caro-lina man who was shot and killed feet outside his home after he didnt pull over for police.A nearly 30-year veteran of the force, DiGonzalez said the shooting occurred the day before he and his wife, Linda DiGonzalez, took a three-hour car trip to St. Augustine, home of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Linda DiGonzalez is a trustee at the school, where their deaf son, Javi, is enrolled.That was our discussion on the drive there. Trying to figure out a way, because my son was going to be driving, what could I do as a dad to prevent that from that happening again,Ž DiGonzalez said, reflecting on the impetus behind the idea.Bill could help police, deaf drivers in tra c stops official, Robuck said.I own my decorum,Ž said Minner, who admits it was not my best hour.ŽWe understand that at such social functions all of us have witnessed someone who has had too much to drink and things happen, but this is NEVER acceptable by our most prominent city officials,Ž Maddox wrote in his Feb. 2 letter.Commissioner Bob Bone said he wanted to apologize on behalf of the city, then added: I feel bad for him. I know hes embarrassed.ŽHe said he is sure Minner wants to move on and that it will never happen again.Minner apologized to the city commis-sioners, and believes he still has a lot of support in the city.Weve done a lot of good things in the city over the last four-and-a-half years,Ž he said. REBUKEDFrom Page A3 Funeral Services TodaysServices Lawrence (Larry) E. Lohkamp, age 88, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at the Villages Hospice House, following a long illness. Born in Indianapolis IN to Henry and Edna (Rosebrock) Lohkamp, he moved to Pinellas County Florida in 1957. He was an RC model enthusiast, building and ”ying scale model planes. He was also very involved in growing, hybridizing and showing Orchids, winning many trophies and having memberships in the American OS, West Coast OS, Greater Orlando OS and IDID Florida OS. He retired from the Nuclear Power “eld. He also enjoyed many happy years of retirement in Lake County and traveling to every state, camping, hiking and “shing especially in Taylor Canyon, Colorado where Larry “shed for trout from the 60s through the 80s. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Susan (Sue) of Tavares, son, Larry Lohkamp of IRB FL, daughter Kathy Hann (Charles) of Largo, granddaughter Lindsey Conners (Michael) great granddaughters Emma and Sadie, granddaughter Allysa Moody, 3 step children Darcy Malone Hood, John Malone, Kathleen Malone Mullane and many step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Celebration of life will be Friday, March 16 @ 3 pm at Baldwin Brothers FH, Tavares FL. In lieu of ”owers please donate to your local Cornerstone Hospice.Lawrence E. Lohkamp


year. This bridge was about goodness, not sadness,Ž said FIU President Mark Rosenberg. Now were feeling immense sadness, uncontrollable sadness.ŽScott said an exhaustive investigation will uncover why this happened and what happened,Ž and he vowed to hold accountable those res ponsible.National Transporta-tion Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt III said a team of specialists was heading to Miami on Thurs-day night to investigate.Jacob Miller, a senior at FIU, was visiting a friend in a dorm when he heard sirens and horns honking. He went to a balcony and could see rubble coming down.I saw there were multiple cars crushed under the bridge. It was just terrible. I saw some people stopping their cars, trying to get out, trying to assess the situation to see if there is anything they could do to help,Ž he said.An accelerated construc-tion method was supposed to reduce risks to workers and pedestrians and mini-mize traffic disruption, the university said.Renderings of the finished bridge showed a tall, off-center tower with cables attached to the walkway to support it. When the bridge collapsed, the main tower had not yet been installed, and it was unclear what the builders were using as temporary supports.Robert Bea, a professor of engineering and construc-tion management at the University of California, Berkeley, said it was too early to know exactly what happened, but the deci-sion to use what the bridge builders called an innova-tive installationŽ was risky, especially because the bridge spanned a heavily traveled thoroughfare.Innovations take a design firm into an area where they dont have applicable experience, and then we have another unexpected failure on our hands,Ž Bea said after reviewing the bridges design and photos of the collapse.Sweetwater police Detective Juan Llera was in a nearby meeting when the bridge collapsed.I heard a boom like a bomb had exploded,Ž he said. At first I thought it was a terrorist attack.ŽHe said he saw three construction workers who had been injured. One had a head injury and was passing in and out of consciousness, another one had a leg injury leg and the third was lying on the street unconscious. He started performing CPR on him.We were able to keep him alive to send him to the hospital,Ž Llera said.Kendall Regional Medical Center received 10 injured people. Of those, two were in extremely criticalŽ con-dition and the other eight were stable with injuries such as broken bones, bruises and abrasions, said Dr. Mark McKenney, the hospitals director of gen-eral surgery.Of the two more serious cases, one arrived in cardiac arrest but was revived. The other had a serious brain injury, McKenney said.The main companies behind the $14.2 million construction project have faced questions about their past work, and one was fined in 2012 when a 90-ton (80-metric ton) section of a bridge collapsed in Virginia.Munilla Construction Management, or MCM, the Miami-based construction management firm that won the bridge contract, had a news release on its website touting the project with FIGG Bridge Engineers, a Tallahassee firm. After the collapse, it said the site had become tem-porarily unavailable due to increased web traffic. It has since been restored.ŽMCM said on Twitter that it was a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way.ŽFIGG said in a statement, In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before.ŽBut FIGG was fined in 2012 after a 90-ton (80metric ton) section of a bridge it was building in Virginia crashed onto rail-road tracks below, causing minor injuries to several workers. The citation from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry said FIGG did not properly inspect a girder and had not obtained written consent from its manufac-turer before modifying it, according to a story in The Virginian-Pilot.Court documents show that MCM was accused of substandard work in a law-suit filed earlier this month. The suit said a worker at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, where the company is working on an expansion, was injured when a makeshift MCM-built bridge collapsed under his weight.The suit accused the company of employing incompetent, inexperi-enced, unskilled or careless employeesŽ at the job site.A review of Occupational Safety Health Administra-tion records shows that MCM has been fined for 11 safety violations in the past five years. The fines totaling more than $50,000 arose from complaints about unsafe trenches, cement dust and other problems at its Florida work sites. | Friday, March 16, 2018 A5Emergency personnel respond after a brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday,. [PEDRO PORTAL/MIAMI HERALD VIA AP] BRIDGEFrom Page A1


a college project for her son a couple of years ago. Now near graduation with a business degree, that same son plans to make the business a full-time venture.Weve enjoyed the community aspect of it. We keep our prices reasonable so more people can try a good cup of fresh coffee,Ž Trees said.Freshness is a key to their niche market. Coffee is at its peak flavor soon after roasting. How long after is, like most things coffee related, a subject of much debate.Both Pleitez and Trees roast weekly and only sell coffee roasted during the week.What you get at the grocery store or at the chain coffee shop is already stale,Ž Pleitez said.Trees has a built-in way to use up any coffee that doesnt sell at the familys market stand. Her husband, Thomas, is a priest at St. Ja mes Episcopal Church in Leesburg.We have the best church coffee hour in town,Ž she said.While now a burgeoning business, the familys roasting journey began at the suggestion of their pediatrician. One of their sons was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. Trees did not want to give the boy medication so the doctor suggested a cup of black coffee in the morning. The caffeine helped and soon Trees wanted an organic option, but it was hard to come by at the time. They started ordering organic green coffee beans and roasted them on the stove top. After we started giving him coffee, the next semester he was on the honor roll,Ž Trees said.Now, they sell only organic coffees grown in the mountainous regions of several countries in South and Central America and Africa.It really is fun. You roast up a batch and let the kids do the cupping. They have pretty discerning pal-ates,Ž Trees said.Lake 503 also is a family business. Pleitez, who has a full-time job in informa-tion technology, relies on his wife and kids, especially his son Dante.He helps me sell. He enjoys talking to people and telling them about the coffee,Ž he said.Pleitez emphasizes single-estate beans from El Salvador, as well as other mountain-grown beans from Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica and Brazil.I know the farms where the beans come from, and I know they do it right,Ž he said.Both Pleitez and Trees prefer beans grown at high altitude. Because of the climate, those beans take longer to mature which concentrates flavor.Coaxing those complex flavors with just the right roasts are at the heart of the nano-roasting movement.Most people drink blended coffees which pro-duce a similar, consistent flavor. Using single-source beans produce unique flavor profiles. If you have a Starbucks in Florida, its going to taste the same as a Star-bucks in Washington. Like wine grapes, each variety of coffee bean has a different flavor profile. You can taste the difference between a bourbon from El Salvador or a caturra from Brazil. I want people to experience those dif-ferences,Ž he said. A6 Friday, March 16, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comLocal coffee roaster Bryan Pleitez and his wife Rebekah show some of the different coffee beans used in making Lake 503 Coffee. [BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT] BEANSFrom Page A1 the 13 Russians indicted last month by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose Russia investigation the president has repeatedly sought to discredit.U.S. national security officials said the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and intelligence agencies had determined that Russian intelligence and others were behind a broad range of cyberat-tacks beginning a year ago that have infiltrated the energy, nuclear, commer-cial, water, aviation and manufacturing sectors.The officials said the Russian hackers chose their targets, obtained access to computer systems, conducted net-work reconnaissanceŽ of systems that control key elements of the U.S. econ-omy and then attempted to cover their tracks by deleting evidence of their infiltration.The U.S. government has helped the industries kick out the Russians from all systems currently known to have been pen-etrated, according to the officials, but the efforts continue. The officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security information, left open the possibility of discovering more breaches, and said the federal govern-ment was issuing an alert to the energy industry to raise awareness about the threat and improve preparation.That alert, published online by Homeland Security, said the hacking effort was a multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors who targeted small commercial facilities networksŽ to gain access and plant malware, which was then used to monitor activity as well as to move laterally into other, larger industrial control systems.It also said the hackers exploited open-source material from companies public websites to mine seemingly innocu-ous information that was later used to infiltrate networks. In one case, the alert said, hackers downloaded a small image from a companys human resources page that when blown up was actually a high-resolu-tion photo that displayed control systems equipment models and status information in the background.ŽThe accusations and accompanying Russian sanctions were the most severe yet by the Trump administration in connection with hacking and other efforts to sow discord in Americas democracy and compro-mise its infrastructure.Also Thursday, President Donald Trump, who has been publicly skeptical of the election allegations, joined the leaders of Britain, France and Germany in a joint statement blaming Moscow for the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy who was living in England.Reaction from Russia was swift.Deputy Foreign Min-ister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was greeting the sanctions calmly, but he warned that Russia had already started to prepare a response.Ž He suggested the Trump administration had timed the sanctions to come ahead of this weekends presidential election in Russia, in which President Vladimir Putin is expected to win an overwhelming victory. It is tied to U.S. inter-nal disorder, tied of course to our electoral calendar,Ž Ryabkov was quoted as saying by the Russian state news agency Tass. 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PAGE 7 | Friday, March 16, 2018 A7of Daytona Beach, Chit-wood said.In August 2007, Daytona Beach police and FBI raided and busted up the Outlaws motorcycle gang's clubhouse on Beach Street. The Outlaws gang tried making a comeback but Daytona Beach police and code enforcement has made it difficult for them to set up house in other loca-tions in the city.But now from what I see it looks like we are starting to see a proliferation of that. We are starting to see other motorcycle gangs come in, Hells Angels, the Mongols, there is a Puerto Rican motorcycle gang we are seeing coming in here, so in my opinion I think we are starting to see it come back on the rise.The FBI has the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and Mongols listed as two of the largest Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in the United States. The others are the Pagans, Vagos, Sons of Silence, Outlaws and Bandidos.Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri has seen the increase, too.Daytona is a national run for most motorcycle clubs during Bike Week, Capri said. Meaning that most motorcycle clubs require their members to be here.Daytona Beach police detectives have met with several of the gangs and laid down the rules of the city to them, Capri said.Our number one goal is public safety, Capri said. We've met with them and told them they can have their fun but we've let them know that if they cause problems, we'll be on them. They've been receptive to our rules.Volusia County sheriffs Capt. Brian Henderson said the motorcycle theft task force had long worked to recover motorcycles stolen from other areas of the country assembled from parts, which were found at Daytonas Bike Week event. Recovering motorcycles is still done but the groups concern now is preventing gang violence.We have a concentrated group of people that are out there for Bike Week moni-toring the criminal street gangs and doing covert operations, Henderson said.The Sheriffs Office team keeping a close eye on motorcycle gangs has studied the criminal history of the gangs in other parts of the United States, which includes fighting over terri-tory, said Lt. Kurt Schoeps, who heads up domestic security for the Sheriffs Office.Several violent incidents involving motorcycle gangs in Florida makes it a prior-ity for law enforcement to watch them, Chitwood said. In April 2017 an Outlaws motorcycle gang member was stabbed to death at the Crooks Den on Orange Avenue in Daytona Beach. Police are still looking for the killer. The next month a member of the Kings-men Motorcycle Club was shot to death in Leesburg by Outlaws members over gang colors.Then, in December 2017 the president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws was shot and killed as he sat in his vehicle at a traffic light by members of the 69ers Puerto Rican motorcycle gang in Pasco County.And in Seminole County, a bomb placed on a 69ers car exploded without injuring the gang member, but he was shot and killed anyway, Chitwood said.This is not just a Flor-ida issue, its a nationwide issue to where we have one club fighting with another club over jurisdiction, Schoeps said. And like the sheriff said, we want to make sure that doesnt come here to Volusia County. But they (gangs) are in Volusia County this Bike Week.Nationally, there have also been violent encoun-ters of rival gang members like the incident in Waco, Texas, in May 2015. Authorities said an argument in a bathroom and a parking space at a restau-rant ended with nine people dead and a parking lot littered with shell casings, puddles of blood, bullet-riddled cars and abandoned motorcycles.The incident involved the Bandidos motorcycle gang, according to the Depart-ment of Justice.Schoeps said motorcycle gangs partake in criminal activity, including drug trafficking, from which criminal street gangs make their money.Motorcycle gangs are domestic terrorists, Chit-wood said.The sheriff said when the leadership of gangs such as the Oultaws, Hells Angels and the Mongols, go to federal prison, its for racketeering, child porn, human trafficking, murder and other violent crimes.So thats what these motorcycle gangs repre-sent, Chitwood said. So its important for us to know whats coming into our county to do everything humanly possible to prevent any type of violence from occurring.There is no law that says its illegal to be a gang member but authorities will not stand for anyone break-ing the law, Schoeps said.They know they are being looked at, Schoeps said. They know that they are being followed by law enforcement. POLICEFrom Page A1Daytona Beach police of cers interact with Pagans motorcycle gang members in Daytona Beach during a past Bike Week. More gangs are in town this year, authorities said. [JIM TILLER/GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA]


A8 Friday, March 16, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Terry SpencerThe Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. „ Security video shows a Florida sheriffs deputy going toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff mem-bers, but he then backed away and stayed outside with his handgun drawn.The Broward County Sheriffs Office released the video Thursday showing Deputy Scot Petersons actions during the Feb. 14 shooting. It shows him and two staff members rushing in a cart toward the three-story freshman building where the shootings happened. When they arrive, Peter-son pulls his weapon and goes forward but then retreats and takes up a position outside the building.During most of the six minutes of shooting, the cameras view of Peterson is blocked by a light pole but parts of him occa-sionally appear. He never went inside. There is no sound on the video.About 11 minutes after the 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz began shooting, the video shows a glimpse of Coral Springs police officers who have arrived at the school rushing toward the building. By then, Cruz had fled. He was arrested an hour later about a mile from the school.Sheriff Scott Israel blasted Peterson eight days after the shooting, saying the deputy should have entered the building immediately, addressed the killer, killed the killer.ŽThe 54-year-old deputy retired rather than accept a suspension. He is still being investigated by internal affairs.Peterson has denied wrongdoing. In a statement issued through his lawyer shortly after his retirement, he said he thought the shots were being fired from outside the school.But in radio transmis-sions released last week it appears the 32-year vet-eran deputy knew almost immediately the shots were coming from inside the freshman building.Petersons attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo, did not return a call and email Thursday seeking comment.John Bostain, an independent police trainer, reviewed the video at the request of The Associated Press. He said it confirms that Peterson should have entered the building: that is an almost-universal response in police training after the 1999 Columbine High and 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings. He said the question is why he didnt: was it because of Petersons individual character or something about the culture in the Broward Sheriffs Office that made him avoid a deadly force situation?The sheriffs office has said Peterson underwent active shooter training in 2016 where he was taught to confront and take down the suspect. The sheriffs office said in a statement Thursday, The video speaks for itself.ŽCruz faces 34 murder and attempted murder charges in the attack and a judge entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf Wednesday. Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty. Cruzs public defenders have said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.A Florida judge earlier this week agreed with news outlets including the AP that the video should be released.Police and school officials had resisted the release, saying it was evidence in an active investigation. Video of what happened inside the school was not released.Video: Deputy never entered building during Florida school massacre By Ryan J. FoleyThe Associated PressIOWA CITY, Iowa „ The campaign for tighter gun laws that inspired unprecedented student walkouts across the country still faces an uphill climb in a majority of states, an Associated Press review of gun leg-islation found.The AP survey of bill activity in state legislatures before and after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting provides a reality check on the ambitions of the Enough is EnoughŽ movement. It suggests that votes like the one in Florida, where Republican lawmakers defied the National Rifle Association to pass new gun regulations, are unlikely to be repeated in many other states, at least not this year.The student-led activ-ism might yet lead to future reforms, but for now, the gun debate among most lawmakers still falls along predictable and largely partisan lines, with few exceptions, according to the analysis.Because Congress shows no sign of acting, state legislatures dominate the national debate over guns. And major changes wont be easy to achieve in statehouses that are mostly controlled by the gun-friendly GOP.Republicans have sponsored more than 80 percent of bills that would expand gun rights, while Democrats have introduced more than 90 percent of bills to limit them. The total number of gun-rights and gun-control bills identified by AP statehouse reporters is roughly equal „ about 300 in each category.Many of the Democratic gun-control bills have been introduced in legislatures dominated by Republicans, meaning they have little or no chance of passing.I think (the) public attitude has changed, but I dont see a big change here in the Legislature,Ž said Iowa Rep. Art Staed, a Democrat who sought unsuccessfully after the Parkland attack to force the Iowa House to consider allowing courts to temporarily seize guns from dangerous individuals. Its been very frustrating.ŽIowas GOP-controlled Legislature, which last year approved a historic expan-sion of gun rights, has not held hearings on Democratic proposals to ban assault-style weapons, prohibit high-capacity magazines or expand back-ground checks. Instead, lawmakers have considered more pro-gun initiatives, including a bill to allow residents to carry handguns without obtaining permits and a resolution to enshrine the right to bear arms in the Iowa Constitution.Iowa Gun Owners, a no-compromise gun lobby,Ž has mobilized its members to pressure Republican lawmakers to hold firm.Were not going to back off any advocacy of expanding gun rights,Ž Executive Director Aaron Dorr said.After the Feb. 14 shoot-ing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, public support for gun control reached the highest point since 1993, with two-thirds of Americans supporting stricter laws, according to a Gallup Poll released Wednesday.Several corporations have also cut ties with the NRA, and some retailers have announced they will no longer sell rifles to anyone under 21. But the response in states has been more predictable.Some Democraticcontrolled states with restrictive gun and ammu-nition laws are moving to tighten them further. Aside from Florida, Republican-led states have mostly rejected new gun-control measures and instead are weighing whether to arm teachers and allow more guns in public places.Several states are considering raising the age to buy rifles to 21 or debating red flagŽ laws that would allow courts to order the temporary seizure of guns from people showing signs of mental distress or violence. But even those are running into resistance from pro-gun lawmakers.In Idaho, lawmakers rejected a plan that would have would prohibited convicted domestic abusers from owning guns, a measure that many states have adopted to enforce a similar federal ban.In Utah, lawmakers defeated GOP House Speaker Greg Hughes version of a red flag law, which would have allowed a family member or room-mate to ask a court to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is acting dangerously.This, to me, is more of a gun-confiscation effort than it is a public-safety measure,Ž Utah Republi-can Rep. Brian Greene said.Democratic lawmakers who control the Illinois Legislature acted swiftly after the Parkland assault to approve a long-debated bill requiring state licensing for firearms dealers, a measure intended to increase oversight and eliminate straw sales. But Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the measure Tuesday, saying it would hurt small businesses and do little to stop violence.NRA leader Wayne LaPi-erre said this week that his group would oppose all failed gun controlŽ plans, including propos-als to raise the gun-buying age, require background checks on private gun sales and transfers or ban semi-automatic rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.Gun-control advocates see major progress in Floridas new law, which raises the rifle-buying age, creates a three-day waiting period to buy long guns and allows law enforcement to seek a court order to prevent access to guns for people who show signs of violence or mental illness. It also allows some teachers to be armed and bans bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic ones.Both sides are also watching traditionally gun-friendly Vermont, where the Republican governor recently abandoned his stance against new gun control laws after the arrest of an 18-yearold accused of plotting a school shooting. Hunters packed the Capitol this week to protest some curbs being considered by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.The divide over how to respond has left young people like Alexia Medero wondering if change will ever come. The senior at Parkland High School outside Allentown, Penn-sylvania, was one of hundreds who walked out of class Wednesday and attended a campus rally dubbed #parklandforparkland. After the event, she said she worries that the activism wont produce any real change.Im afraid that with this shooting, like the others, people are going to mourn the victims and then a few months later forget about it,Ž she said. And nothing will happen.ŽPush for gun laws faces resistance in most statesStudents at Roosevelt High School take part in a protest against gun violence Wednesday in Seattle. [MANUEL VALDES/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

PAGE 9 | Friday, March 16, 2018 A9HAVE YOUR SAYWe welcome signed letters and guest columns. Letters should not exceed 300 words and columns should not exceed 500 words. Columns need to include a recent headshot of the writer. We edit for length, clarity, and grammar. Mail: Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007 Email: Fax: 352-365-1951 ANOTHER OPINION OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comWeve spotted an unwelcome trend in Florida politics, and, for once, it doesnt involve the usual suspects „ such as guns, illegal immigrants, tax cuts, or corporate welfare. This time, its a fundamental aspect of Floridas Constitution and operations at state and local government. Consider the following examples reported by various news outlets during just the past three months: € A state appellate court last month ruled that the St. Petersburg City Council violated the law by holding a closed-door meeting to discuss a controversial ordinance related to shooing homeless people out of city parks; € The city of St. Pete Beach settled a case alleging wrongful closed-door meetings over revisions to the city comprehensive land-use plan; € Four current or former members and the general counsel of the North Broward Hospital District Commission were indicted for conducting private meetings to discuss the ousting of the hospital CEO; € Two Martin County commissioners and a former member were arrested for destroying public records related to a lawsuit involving a company that operates a rock quarry; € A local TV station in Riviera Beach sued the city after City Council members refused to turn over text messages that may indicate they discussed the firing of the city manager out of the public eye. If you havent picked up on the theme yet, were talking about Floridas Sunshine Laws, which govern, and guarantee, the publics access to government records and meetings of elected officials. We bring this up because this is Sunshine Week, an annual initiative of the Florida Society of News Editors to call attention to the value of, and threats to, our open government laws. Floridas laws and tradition of allowing its citizens access to records are among the oldest in America, dating to 1909. Measures providing for access to government meetings are a half-century old. Both have been reaffirmed by voters over the past 50 years. For the most part, state and local officials comply without question, which makes Florida both progressive and unique when compared to other states. But as shown by the disappointing cases above, some public officials still seek to sidestep the law. Nor do state lawmakers tire of trying to push more of government into the shade. The First Amendment Foundation, an open government watchdog group in Tallahassee, notes that Florida lawmakers have enacted 1,122 exemptions to our Sunshine Laws over the years and entertained another 122 this session. Which is why the media and the public must partner in remaining vigilant in defense of our right to know what are leaders are doing. We must not take this obligation lightly. Once government officials sense or believe we wont strive to protect this domain, we will soon lose it. Sunshine Week, celebrated nationally each year since 2005, gives us the best opportunity to remember this. And its important to understand we observe this moment around this time each year in order to recognize the birthday of James Madison on March 16. Madisons comment to William T. Barry, lieutenant governor of Kentucky, in August 1822 remains the theme for this week, and is well worth recalling: A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.Ž Lets walk in the sunshine.OUR OPINIONKeeping the publics business public Shortly after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Lake County School Board member Bill Mathias shared a Facebook post alleging a student at the school was a crisis actor. Mathias has since deleted the post and apologized. Heres what Face-book users had to say:So much news out there is hard to discern legitimacy, we all make mistakes. Quickly acknowledging that is the mark of character.Ž Connie Barcus SartoryCrisis actor? The fact remains that people died!Ž Barbara SmithEven if he believed those were crisis actors, how about focusing on the facts and the things that really impact people?!Ž Sammy CanosaApologies arent good enough. You owe it to the stu-dents at Marjorie Stoneman Douglass Memorial High to go down there, meet with them, apologize personally, and listen to what they have to say about what will make them feel safer in regards to attending school. Thats what you owe them for your ignorant and erroneous comment. You owe them that!Ž Jennifer StamGet over it! Move on! He apologized! Which is more than most would do. Many of those kids are seeking their moment of fame. Some have a legitimate argument. What happened is truly a tragedy, but lets not forget all children hold a power they need to use. Its called KINDNESS. Seek-ing out to befriend others who need it instead of ignoring them or tormenting them. As adults we need to model KINDNESS... this is a time you could model FORGIVENESS!Ž Jennifer UgorekWe should all exercise kindness. This could start by not accusing people who are speaking up about something they were directly involved in of being actors. This charge was made directly at a Douglas student. The apology should be made to that student. I appre-ciate the willingness to admit the mistake, but the apology has not been properly made (IMO).Ž Pam JennelleToo late, Bill Mathias. We now, though we hadnt heard of you before, have been informed of your character.Ž Carole Del MonteDoesnt matter that he deleted the post. He believed that these kids are actors. He has no place being an elected official.Ž Carl CusumanoIt always amazes me how people become experts because they have a Facebook accounts. The man apologized and even gave penance by giving away a weeks salary. At some point we must grow up and become adults learning to agree to disagree and still be civil. I per-sonally do not like Bill Mathias as a school board member but I express my self in a vote not in a tantrum. Thank you Mr Math-ias for being a civil adult for apologizing and pay penance for your mistake. Everyone should learn to do the same.ŽJoseph E. JohnsonNope he doesnt get a pass because of his weak apology. He showed his soul or lack of one with that remark about the student. Giving money away to another teacher who was sus-pended for five days without pay because she made a mistake? Maybe she earned that suspension too. Really this is just ridiculous. Vote him out.Ž Cinda ManleyThis guy has our childrens interests at heart? No empathy for those who will sit next to an empty desk knowing that that kid was shot. School bullying has not been addressed at the highest levels where it counts, pushing more and more of soci-eties ills to be addressed at the school level is NOT WORKING. Teachers and administrators have to dance to a different tune from school boards who dont have a clue of what its like in the trenches.Ž Carolyn Hunt-jennerFACEBOOK FORUMPresident Donald Trump is going to sit down with Kim Jong Un and try to devise a way for North Korea to get rid of all of its nuclear firepower. This might not work, but, if it does, it could save the world, making up for the despicable laxity of preceding presidents. It's diplomacy of the kind so many wanted, happens to be even more important than Stormy Daniels „ and what's the response? Hand-wringing, that's what, at least from too many news stories and too much commentary telling us this is too abrupt. Trump doesn't know what he's doing, we learn. It's verboten for presidents to sit down face-to-face with North Korean leaders, ever. There are intricacies here Trump cannot possibly understand. It's his ego at work in response to South Koreans visiting and indicating denuclearization really is a possibility. It isn't, we are informed. End of story. North Korea could obviously be up to something duplicitous. But understand that no former president has elicited the degree of anti-Korean cooperation from China that Trump has and that China is responsible for 90 percent of North Korean trade. The U.N. sanctions are actually meaningful, and North Korea's distraught economy hasn't been made any better by the costs of nuclear armament. It's indeed possible that North Korea thinks this wild-and-crazy Trump guy just could strike militarily at its nuclear stockpile. And, despite the costs of fierce retaliation especially aimed at South Korea, the possibility should not be ruled out. Some think we could live with a nuclear-armed North Korea, but it would amount to a second Cold War. There would be nuclear proliferation all over the place. The threat of devastating destruction would rise, not go away. It would be horror. The U.S. goal in these talks should be what Trump has always demanded: total, immediate nuclear disarmament. We should maybe even do the work for the North Koreans and at the least send in an army of inspectors. My own view is that we should also be willing to pay for the destruction or transport of the nuclear materials, adding another incentive for disarmament. But what else might North Korea want in return? What if they want us to get our military forces out of South Korea? As long as North Korea maintains conventional forces capable of wiping out thousands and there is no meaningful pact between the two countries, we won't. Even if no agreement of any kind is reached, some say, the North Koreans will profit. But not necessarily. Once the United States has moved to do all it reasonably and diplomatically, the military option will seem more justified, and North Korea will have even more reason to worry. I am nowhere near convinced that a president who fires his secretary of state with a tweet is capable of negotiating anything meaningful on his own, but he will be surrounded by highly skilled and knowledgeable cohorts. No one knows what will happen and making predictions is not news coverage. This negotiation matters, and it matters far more than some other press preoccupations of the moment. Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may email him at OPINIONNorth Korean talks could save the world Jay Ambrose


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PAGE 11 | Friday, March 16, 2018 B1 SPORTS FOOTBALL | B4A GUIDE TO UFS SPRING PRACTICE Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comIt has been a good few days for R.J. Barrett.The Montverde Academy senior was named the winner of the Naismith High School Player of the Year and then was honored as the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year.And Barrett wrapped up the trifecta of high school awards Thursday when he was named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He is the second player from Montverde Academy to win the prestigious award „ Ben Simmons earned the honor in 2015. Officials with the Gatorade Player of the Year program surprised Barrett with the award in Orlando during dinner with Boston Celtics rookie „ and 2016 award winner „ Jayson Tatum.Barrett, a 6-foot-7 swing-man, has averaged 28.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists this season for the Eagles. He has led Montverde Academy to a 32-0 record this season, a No. 1 ranking in MaxPreps Xcellent 25, and a berth in the Geico High School Basketball Nationals later this month in New York City.Considered the top college prospect in the country, Bar-rett signed a national letter of intent in November to attend Duke after graduation. A native Canadian, Barrett played for Canadas U19 team last summer and scored 38 points in a 99-87 win against Team USA in the 2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.Barrett led Canada to the U19 World Cup championship with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Italy in the gold-medal game and was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player.In addition to his oncourt accomplishments, Barrett sports a 3.14 grade Barrett named Player of YearMontverde Academy senior earns Gatorade honorMontverde Academys R.J. Barrett (5) looks to score during a game against The Villages on Jan. 25 in Montverde. Barrett has been named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] By Jenna FryerAssociated PressSebastien Bourdais and his family returned to the United States six years ago with nothing but the clothes they could pack in their suitcases. Left behind in France were all the physical memen-tos „ his trophies „ from the dominant early days of his racing career. We didn't bring any-thing,Ž Bourdais said. We just came with all the luggage, I went to Ikea, and that was that. There was nothing in the house.ŽSlowly but surely, Bourdais is building quite a little trophy shelf.He just added another IndyCar trophy with a second consecutive vic-tory in his hometown of St. Petersburg, and now heads south for IMSA's Twelve Hours of Sebring, looking for another piece of hardware.The shelving is start-ing to be a little crowded in St. Pete,Ž said Bourdais, a four-time series champion from Champ Car who ranks sixth on American open wheel's all-time win list. He has six victories in IndyCar since returning from France in 2012, but has also picked up sports car victories at Sebring, Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.Bourdais was part of the overall winning team at Sebring in 2015, but the Ganassi group will be racing for a class Bourdais looks for another trophy in Sebring See BARRETT, B3 See BOURDAIS, B3By Doug FergusonThe Associated PressORLANDO „ Henrik Sten-son had a hot putter, a much quieter crowd and a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.One week after Stenson returned from his winter break and spent two days with Tiger Woods and his raucous crowds, he made birdie on half of the holes at Bay Hill for an 8-under 64, his lowest round ever on the course the King built.PGA Tour rookies Aaron Wise and Talor Gooch each had 65. Wise missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole.Woods again brought out big crowds in the unseasonable chill Thursday morning and gave them quite a show. He hit a tee shot that was out-of-bounds by inches. He atoned for that with a 70-foot birdie putt. And he wound up with a 68, his best opening round since he returned this year from a fourth back surgery.I feel like Im not really thinking as much around the golf course,Ž Woods said. I can just see and feel it and go.ŽEach week is a little better for Woods, and Stenson saw the progress last week. The 41-year-old Swede typically takes a month off between the Middle East swing and the Florida swing, and he returned last week to a grouping of Woods and Jordan Spieth. That didnt bother him as much as his poor putting.Stenson leads Bay HillHenrik Stenson, of Sweden, lines up a putt on the 17th green during the “ rst round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Thursday in Orlando. [AP PHOTOS/PHELAN M. EBENHACK] Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker onto the ninth green during the “ rst round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Thursday in Orlando. Woods has strong start at Arnold Palmer InvitationalSee STENSON, B3 Ramblers keep on ramblinSouth: Buzzer-beater li s Loyola-Chicago over Miami in NCAA returnThe Associated PressDALLAS „ Donte Ingram picked the perfect spot for this game-winning shot.Ingram hit a 3-pointer from the March Madness logo just before the buzzer, lifting 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago over Miami 64-62 in a Thurs-day thriller at the NCAA Tournament.Well, its pretty simple to know why we call it March Madness,Ž said Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga, left holding his head in stunned disbelief after Ingrams shot.In 2006, Larranaga took 11th-seeed George Mason to the Final Four. This time, it was Loyolas turn to celebrate after making its first tourna-ment appearance in 33 years.The long shot from well beyond the key came with just a split-second left, and was set Loyola-Chicago guard Donte Ingram (0) and Marques Townes (right) celebrate their 64-62 win over Miami in a “ rst-round game at the NCAA Tournament Thursday in Dallas. [TONY GUTIERREZ/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] See RAMBLERS, B3


B2 Friday, March 16, 2018 | SCOREBOARD HOW TO REACH USPaul Jenkins, Sports Editor Email: Phone: 352-365-8204SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results by calling 352-365-8204. Submissions also can be emailed to Results submitted after 9:30 p.m. may not appear in the next days edition of the Daily Commercial.SPORTS ON TVAUTO RACING 2:30 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Monster Energy Cup Series, practice, at Fontana, Calif. 3:30 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, X“ nity Series, practice, at Fontana, Calif. 5:30 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, X“ nity Series, “ nal practice, at Fontana, Calif. 7 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Monster Energy Cup Series, at Fontana, Calif. COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon CBS „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Providence vs. Texas A&M 12:30 p.m. TruTv „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Cal St.-Fullerton vs. Purdue 1:20 TNT „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Marshall vs. Witchita St. 1:50 TBS „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Georgia St. vs. Cincinnati 2:30 p.m. CBS „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Lipscomb vs. North Carolina 3:00 p.m. TruTv „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Butler vs. Arkansas 3:50 TNT „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Murray St. vs. West Virginia 4:20 TBS „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Texas vs. Nevada 6:45 TNT „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Kansas St. vs. Creighton 7 p.m. CBS „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Bucknell vs. Michigan St. 7:15 TBS „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Texas Southern vs. Xavier 7:30 TruTv „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Charelston vs. Auburn 9:15 p.m. TNT „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, UMBC vs. Virginia 9:30 p.m. CBS „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Syracuse vs. TCU 9:45 p.m. TBS „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, Florida St. vs. Missouri 10 p.m. TruTv „ NCAA Tournament, “ rst round, New Mexico St. vs. Clemson GOLF 2 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational, second round, at Orlando 6 p.m. GOLF „ LPGA Tour, Bank of Hope Founders Cup, second round, at Phoenix, Ariz. MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB „ Spring training, Atlanta at Pittsburgh 4 p.m. MLB „ Spring training, Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. FS-Florida „ Boston at Orlando PARALYMPIC GAMES 1 a.m. NBCSN „ PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games 2 p.m. NBCSN „ PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games 7 p.m. NBCSN „ PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games 11 p.m. NBCSN „ PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games TENNIS 3 p.m. ESPN „ BNP Paribas Open, Mens quarter“ nals, at Indian Wells, Calif. 10 p.m. ESPN „ BNP Paribas Open, Womens semi“ nals at Indian Wells, Calif. WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Boise State vs. Louisville ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Western Kentucky vs. Oregon State ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Princeton vs. Maryland ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Oklahoma vs. DePaul 2 p.m. ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Liberty vs. Tennessee ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Drake vs. Texas A&M ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Elon vs. North Carolina State ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Dayton vs. Marquette 5 p.m. ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Cal State Northridge vs. Notre Dame ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Minnesota vs. Green Bay ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Virginia vs. California ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Northern Colorado vs. Michigan 7 p.m. ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Grambling vs. Baylor ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Seattle vs. Oregon ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, North Carolina A&T vs. South Carolina ESPN2 „ NCAA Womens Tournament, “ rst round, Villanova vs. South Dakota State TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULEHave a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Lake Minneola at Ocoee, 4 p.m. Umatilla at Wildwood, 6 p.m. East Ridge at Gainesville Buchholz, 6 p.m. Eastside at Leesburg, 7 p.m. Citrus at South Sumter, 7 p.m. South Lake at Lake Gibson, 7 p.m. SOFTBALL Real Life Christian at Wildwood, 6 p.m. Apopka at Montverde Academy, 7 p.m. Lake Gibson at South Lake, 8:30 p.m. TENNIS Seven Rivers at Tavares, 4 p.m. COLLEGE BASKETBALL MENS BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENTAll times EasternFIRST FOUR At UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio March 13Radford 71, LIU Brooklyn 61 St. Bonaventure 65, UCLA 58WednesdayTexas Southern 64, N.C. Central 46 Syracuse 60, Arizona State 56EAST REGIONAL First Round Thursday At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghVillanova (30-4) vs. Radford, late Virginia Tech (21-11) vs. Alabama (19-15), lateAt American Airlines Center, DallasTexas Tech (24-9) vs. Stephen F. Austin (28-6), late Florida (20-12) vs. St. Bonaventure, lateToday At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitPurdue (28-6) vs. Cal State Fullerton (20-11), 12:40 p.m. Arkansas (23-11) vs. Butler (20-13), 3:10 p.m.At Viejas Arena, San DiegoWichita State (25-7) vs. Marshall (24-10), 1:30 p.m. West Virginia (24-10) vs. Murray State (26-5), 4 p.m.Second Round Saturday At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghVillanova„Radford winner vs. Virginia TechAlabama winnerAt American Airlines Center, DallasTexas Tech-Stephen F. Austin winner vs. Florida„St. Bonaventure winnerSunday At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitPurdue-Cal State Fullerton winner vs. Arkansas-Butler winnerAt Viejas Arena, San DiegoWichita State-Marshall winner vs. West Virginia-Murray State winnerAt TD Garden, Boston Regional Semi“ nals March 23 Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winnersSOUTH REGIONAL First Round Thursday At American Airlines Center, DallasTennessee 73, Wright State 47 Loyola of Chicago 64, Miami 62At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoKentucky (24-10) vs. Davidson (21-11), late Arizona (27-7) vs. Buffalo (26-8), lateToday At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Creighton (21-11) vs. Kansas State (22-11), 6:50 p.m. Virginia (31-2) vs. UMBC (24-10), 9:20 p.m.At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Cincinnati (30-4) vs. Georgia State (24-10), 2 p.m. Nevada (27-7) vs. Texas (19-14), 4:30 p.m.Second Round Saturday At American Airlines Center DallasTennessee (26-8) vs. Loyola of Chicago (29-5)At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoArizona-Buffalo winner vs. KentuckyDavidson winnerSunday At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Virginia-UMBC winner vs. Creighton-Kansas State winnerAt Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Cincinnati-Georgia State winner vs. NevadaTexas winnerAt Philips Arena Atlanta Regional Semi“ nals March 22 Regional Championship March 24Semi“ nal winnersMIDWEST REGIONAL First Round Thursday At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghRhode Island 83, Oklahoma 78, OT Duke 89, Iona 67At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Kansas 76, Pennsylvania 60 Seton Hall 94, N.C. State 83Today At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitMichigan State (29-4) vs. Bucknell (25-9), 7:10 p.m. TCU (21-11) vs. Syracuse (21-13), 9:40 p.m.At Viejas Arena, San DiegoAuburn (25-7) vs. College of Charleston (26-7), 7:27 p.m. Clemson (23-9) vs. New Mexico State (28-5), 9:57 p.m.Second Round Saturday At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghDuke (27-7) vs. Rhode Island (26-7)At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Kansas (28-7) vs. Seton Hall (22-11)Sunday At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitMichigan State-Bucknell winner vs. TCU„ Arizona State-Syracuse winnerAt Viejas Arena, San DiegoAuburn-College of Charleston winner vs. Clemson-New Mexico State winnerAt CenturyLink Center Omaha Omaha, Neb. Regional Semi“ nals March 23 Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winnersWEST REGIONAL First Round Thursday At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Houston (26-7) vs. San Diego St. (22-10), late Michigan (28-7) vs. Montana (26-7), lateAt Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoGonzaga 68, UNC Greensboro 64. Ohio State 81, South Dakota State 73Today At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Texas A&M (20-12) vs. Providence (21-13), 12:15 p.m. North Carolina (25-10) vs. Lipscomb (23-9), 2:45 p.m.At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Xavier (28-5) vs. Texas Southern (16-19), 7:20 p.m. Missouri (20-12) vs. Florida State (20-11), 9:50 p.m.Second Round Saturday At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Michigan-Montana winner vs. Houston-San Diego State winnerAt Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoGonzaga (31-4) vs. Ohio State (25-8)Sunday At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.North Carolina-Lipscomb winner vs. Texas A&M-Providence winnerAt Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Xavier„N.C. Central-Texas Southern winner vs. Missouri-Florida State winnerAt STAPLES Center Los Angeles Regional Semi“ nals March 22 Regional Championship March 24Semi“ nal winnersFINAL FOUR At The Alamodome, San Antonio National Semi“ nals March 31South champion vs. West champion East champion vs. Midwest championNational ChampionshipTENNESSEE 73, WRIGHT ST. 47WRIGHT ST. (25-10) Ernsthausen 2-6 2-2 7, Love 5-8 2-4 12, Hughes 1-7 0-0 2, Benzinger 2-16 0-0 5, Gentry 3-7 0-0 8, Wilburn 0-1 0-0 0, Vest 0-1 0-0 0, Stacey 0-0 0-0 0, Hall 1-6 0-0 2, Giles 0-0 0-0 0, Winchester 5-8 1-3 11. Totals 19-60 5-9 47. TENNESSEE (26-8) Scho“ eld 6-15 1-1 15, Alexander 3-4 0-1 6, Williams 6-10 2-2 14, Bone 2-8 0-0 4, Bowden 2-4 0-0 5, Walker 1-1 0-0 2, Pons 1-1 0-0 2, Fulkerson 1-2 0-0 2, Darrington 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Turner 4-11 9-10 19, Daniel 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 27-60 14-16 73. Halftime„Tennessee 34-23. 3-Point Goals„ Wright St. 4-21 (Gentry 2-3, Ernsthausen 1-2, Benzinger 1-9, Hall 0-2, Hughes 0-5), Tennessee 5-18 (Turner 2-5, Scho“ eld 2-7, Bowden 1-2, Bone 0-1, Daniel 0-3). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Wright St. 29 (Love 9), Tennessee 43 (Scho“ eld 12). Assists„Wright St. 9 (Hughes 4), Tennessee 13 (Turner 9). Total Fouls„Wright St. 17, Tennessee 17.LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 64, MIAMI 62LOYOLA OF CHICAGO (29-5) Krutwig 4-6 3-4 11, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0, Townes 3-7 1-2 7, Custer 5-10 0-0 14, Ingram 5-14 0-1 13, Jackson 6-12 0-0 12, Skokna 1-1 0-0 2, Williamson 2-4 0-2 5, Satterwhite 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-55 4-9 64. MIAMI (22-10) Huell 5-7 1-3 11, Lykes 3-11 3-4 10, Walker 5-12 0-1 12, Newton 5-8 1-1 11, Lawrence 2-3 0-0 4, Waardenburg 0-0 0-0 0, Izundu 1-3 3-4 5, Vasiljevic 4-5 0-0 9. Totals 25-49 8-13 62. Halftime„28-28. 3-Point Goals„Loyola of Chicago 8-21 (Custer 4-6, Ingram 3-8, Williamson 1-2, Richardson 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Townes 0-2), Miami 4-9 (Walker 2-6, Vasiljevic 1-1, Lykes 1-2). Fouled Out„Lawrence. Rebounds„Loyola of Chicago 23 (Ingram 7), Miami 30 (Huell 7). Assists„Loyola of Chicago 19 (Richardson 8), Miami 11 (Waardenburg 4). Total Fouls„Loyola of Chicago 14, Miami 13.RHODE ISLAND 83, OKLAHOMA 78, OTOKLAHOMA (18-14) Doolittle 3-7 2-2 8, McNeace 5-8 4-7 14, Young 9-18 7-8 28, McGusty 4-9 1-2 9, James 2-7 0-0 5, Manek 2-10 0-0 4, Lattin 1-3 0-0 2, Odomes 1-5 2-4 4, Lazenby 0-0 0-0 0, Shepherd 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 29-69 16-24 78. RHODE ISLAND (26-7) Berry 2-6 1-2 5, Terrell 4-15 2-2 13, Robinson 3-8 1-4 8, Dowtin 4-9 0-1 8, Matthews 6-14 1-1 16, Langevine 5-8 4-6 14, Garrett 1-5 1-2 4, Russell 5-12 2-2 15. Totals 30-77 12-20 83. Halftime„Oklahoma 35-31. End Of Regulation„ Tied 69. 3-Point Goals„Oklahoma 4-20 (Young 3-9, James 1-3, Odomes 0-1, Manek 0-3, McGusty 0-4), Rhode Island 11-28 (Terrell 3-5, Russell 3-6, Matthews 3-8, Garrett 1-3, Robinson 1-4, Dowtin 0-2). Fouled Out„James. Rebounds„Oklahoma 50 (Doolittle 12), Rhode Island 37 (Langevine 10). Assists„Oklahoma 12 (Young 7), Rhode Island 16 (Terrell 5). Total Fouls„Oklahoma 18, Rhode Island 17.DUKE 89, IONA 67IONA (20-14) Edogi 5-8 1-2 11, Casimir 3-9 1-2 9, McGill 3-7 3-4 10, Lewis 4-9 0-0 10, Crawford 0-6 2-2 2, Williams 1-1 0-0 2, Grif“ n 9-12 3-4 21, Kensmil 0-0 0-0 0, Seaforth 1-2 0-0 2, Much 0-4 0-0 0, Svandrlik 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 10-14 67. DUKE (27-7) Carter 4-8 1-1 9, Bagley 10-15 1-2 22, Allen 6-14 0-1 16, Duval 7-11 1-1 19, Trent 6-12 0-0 16, DeLaurier 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 1-2 0-2 2, White 0-0 0-0 0, Bolden 2-2 1-1 5, Vrankovic 0-0 0-0 0, OConnell 0-2 0-0 0, Goldwire 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-67 4-8 89. Halftime„Duke 53-39. 3-Point Goals„Iona 5-24 (Lewis 2-4, Casimir 2-6, McGill 1-3, Seaforth 0-1, Svandrlik 0-2, Much 0-3, Crawford 0-5), Duke 13-30 (Duval 4-5, Trent 4-9, Allen 4-10, Bagley 1-1, OConnell 0-1, Goldwire 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Carter 0-2). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Iona 26 (Edogi 9), Duke 37 (Carter 8). Assists„Iona 16 (Casimir 6), Duke 24 (Allen 9). Total Fouls„ Iona 16, Duke 12. A„18,757 (19,758).KANSAS 76, PENN 60PENN (24-9) Brodeur 6-16 1-4 14, Rothschild 0-1 1-2 1, Betley 3-9 0-0 8, Woods 4-6 0-2 10, Foreman 4-9 1-4 10, Jones 1-2 0-0 3, McManus 0-0 0-0 0, Goodman 0-1 0-0 0, Silpe 0-0 0-0 0, Donahue 0-0 0-0 0, Wood 4-12 2-2 14, MacDonald 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 5-14 60. KANSAS (28-7) Lightfoot 3-5 3-4 9, Mykhailiuk 3-8 2-2 10, Vick 5-7 2-2 14, Graham 9-24 8-9 29, Newman 5-12 0-0 10, De Sousa 1-2 0-0 2, Sosinski 0-0 0-0 0, Azubuike 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett 1-3 0-0 2, Teahan 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Cunliffe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 15-17 76. Halftime„Kansas 33-26. 3-Point Goals„Penn 11-29 (Wood 4-12, Woods 2-3, Betley 2-4, Jones 1-2, Brodeur 1-3, Foreman 1-5), Kansas 7-17 (Graham 3-8, Mykhailiuk 2-3, Vick 2-4, Newman 0-2). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Penn 30 (Brodeur 9), Kansas 38 (Lightfoot 11). Assists„ Penn 16 (Brodeur, Rothschild, Foreman 3), Kansas 11 (Graham 6). Total Fouls„Penn 13, Kansas 14. PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L PCT. GBx-Toronto 50 17 .746 „ x-Boston 46 22 .676 4 Philadelphia 36 30 .545 13 New York 24 44 .353 26 Brooklyn 21 47 .309 29Southeast Division W L Pct GBWashington 39 30 .565 „ Miami 36 33 .522 3 Charlotte 29 39 .426 9 Orlando 21 48 .304 18 Atlanta 20 48 .294 18Central Division W L Pct GBIndiana 40 28 .588 „ Cleveland 39 28 .582 Milwaukee 36 32 .529 4 Detroit 30 37 .448 9 Chicago 23 44 .343 16 WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division W L Pct GBx-Houston 53 14 .791 „ 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 „ Oklahoma City 41 29 .586 1 Minnesota 40 29 .580 2 Utah 38 30 .559 3 Denver 37 31 .544 4Paci“ c Division W L Pct GBx-Golden State 52 16 .765 „ L.A. Clippers 37 29 .561 14 L.A. Lakers 31 37 .456 21 Sacramento 22 47 .319 30 Phoenix 19 50 .275 33 x-clinched playoff berthWednesdays GamesOrlando 126, Milwaukee 117 Washington 125, Boston 124, 2OT Sacramento 123, Miami 119, OT Golden State 117, L.A. Lakers 106Thursdays GamesToronto at Indiana, late Charlotte at Atlanta, late Philadelphia at New York, late Chicago at Memphis, late L.A. Clippers at Houston, late New Orleans at San Antonio, late Detroit at Denver, late Phoenix at Utah, late Cleveland at Portland, lateTodays GamesBoston at Orlando, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Dallas at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Miami at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. 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 70 41 22 7 89 234 202 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 71 40 26 5 85 232 215 Philadelphia 70 35 24 11 81 205 205 New Jersey 70 36 26 8 80 212 211 Columbus 70 37 28 5 79 193 195 Carolina 70 30 29 11 71 188 218 N.Y. Rangers 71 32 32 7 71 205 227 N.Y. Islanders 69 30 29 10 70 222 245WESTERN 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 Dallas 71 38 26 7 83 205 190 Colorado 69 37 24 8 82 220 203 St. Louis 69 37 27 5 79 191 182 Chicago 70 30 32 8 68 199 207Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Vegas 70 45 20 5 95 238 195 San Jose 70 38 23 9 85 207 192 Los Angeles 70 38 26 6 82 203 177 Anaheim 71 35 24 12 82 198 193 Calgary 71 35 26 10 80 198 206 Edmonton 70 30 35 5 65 196 226 Vancouver 71 25 37 9 59 183 231 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 playoffsWednesdays GamesToronto 6, Dallas 5, SO N.Y. Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT San Jose 4, Edmonton 3, OT New Jersey 8, Vegas 3 Anaheim 3, Vancouver 0Thursdays GamesWashington at N.Y. Islanders, late Columbus at Philadelphia, late Toronto at Buffalo, late Pittsburgh at Montreal, late Boston at Florida, late Chicago at Winnipeg, late Colorado at St. Louis, late Detroit at Los Angeles, late Nashville at Arizona, lateTodays GamesN.Y. Islanders at Washington, 7 p.m. Dallas at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Colorado, 9 p.m. San Jose at Calgary, 9 p.m. Detroit at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Minnesota at Vegas, 10:30 p.m.Saturdays GamesChicago at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Edmonton at Florida, 2 p.m. New Jersey at Los Angeles, 4 p.m. Montreal at Toronto, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Carolina, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Columbus, 7 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Arizona, 9 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m.AHLEASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Lehigh Valley 63 40 16 3 4 87 223 183 WB/Scranton 60 36 18 4 2 78 193 169 Providence 61 36 20 3 2 77 179 146 Charlotte 64 36 25 0 3 75 214 186 Bridgeport 61 30 23 5 3 68 164 161 Spring“ eld 62 28 29 4 1 61 178 193 Hartford 63 26 29 5 3 60 169 215 Hershey 63 25 29 4 5 59 164 203 North Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Toronto 61 43 16 1 1 88 201 131 Syracuse 63 37 19 3 4 81 199 165 Rochester 62 30 16 10 6 76 186 170 Utica 61 30 21 6 4 70 171 176 Laval 63 23 32 6 2 54 177 223 Belleville 63 23 35 2 3 51 153 228 Binghamton 62 20 32 7 3 50 151 197 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Manitoba 62 37 17 4 4 82 213 157 Chicago 61 33 19 7 2 75 190 163 Iowa 61 29 18 9 5 72 191 188 Grand Rapids 62 32 23 1 6 71 190 177 Rockford 62 31 24 3 4 69 185 188 Milwaukee 62 32 25 4 1 69 175 191 Cleveland 60 20 32 5 3 48 144 203 Paci“ c Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Tucson 55 32 18 4 1 69 171 148 San Diego 55 31 20 3 1 66 176 160 Ontario 56 30 20 4 2 66 160 154 Stockton 55 29 20 2 4 64 178 159 Texas 63 32 22 6 3 73 183 191 San Jose 54 26 22 3 3 58 138 151 San Antonio 63 29 25 9 0 67 162 178 Bakers“ eld 55 23 22 9 1 56 148 172 2 points for a win, 1 for an OT or shootout loss; Standings determined by winning percentage (not shown) not by pointsWednesdays GamesCharlotte 3, WB/Scranton 1 Toronto 4, Laval 0 Iowa 4, Grand Rapids 2 Syracuse 6, Binghamton 2 Manitoba 6, Texas 3 Tucson 3, Bakers“ eld 2, OT Milwaukee 3, Stockton 2, SO Ontario 3, Cleveland 2, OTThursdays GameRochester at Bridgeport, lateTodays GamesBridgeport at Hershey, 7 p.m. Toronto at Belleville, 7 p.m. Laval at Utica, 7 p.m. Rockford at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Rochester at Providence, 7:05 p.m. Syracuse at Spring“ eld, 7:05 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Hartford, 7:15 p.m. Manitoba at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Cleveland at Texas, 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee at San Diego, 10 p.m. San Jose at Bakers“ eld, 10 p.m. Tucson at Stockton, 10 p.m.Saturdays GamesBinghamton at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Spring“ eld at Hershey, 7 p.m. Utica at Belleville, 7 p.m. Laval at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Iowa at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Hartford at WB/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. Rockford at Chicago, 8 p.m. Manitoba at Texas, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Ontario, 9 p.m. Tucson at Stockton, 9 p.m. Bakers“ eld at San Diego, 10 p.m. 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 tieSaturdays GamesHouston 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s GameSeattle at FC Dallas, 5 p.m.Saturday, March 24New York City FC at New England, 1:30 p.m. Portland at FC Dallas, 3:30 p.m. D.C. United at Columbus, 6 p.m. Minnesota United at New York, 7 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Colorado, 9 p.m. LA Galaxy at Vancouver, 10 p.m. ODDS PREGAME.COM LINENATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Orlando Off Off Boston at Philadelphia 9 217 Brooklyn at Toronto 11 213 Dallas at Oklahoma City Off Off L.A. Clippers at Golden State 12 214 Sacramento at L.A. Lakers Off Off MiamiCOLLEGE BASKETBALLTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG Virginia 21 UMBC Creighton 1 Kansas St. Texas A&M 2 Providence North Carolina 19 Lipscomb Butler 1 Arkansas Purdue 20 Cal St.-Fullerton TCU 4 Syracuse Michigan St. 14 Bucknell Nevada Pk Texas Cincinnati 14 Georgia St. Xavier 19 Texas Southern Florida St. 1 Missouri West Virginia 10 Murray State Wichita St. 12 Marshall Clemson 5 New Mexico St. Auburn 9 Coll. Of CharlestonNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Washington -208 N.Y. Islanders +188 Dallas -138 at Ottawa +128 at Calgary -135 San Jose +125 at Colorado Off Nashville Off at Anaheim Off Detroit Off at Vegas -158 Minnesota +148 Updated odds available at TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLAmerican LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES „ Named Scott Lewis vice president of strategy and analytics. BOSTON RED SOX „ Reassigned C Oscar Hernandez to minor league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES „ Reassigned RHP Chance Adams to minor league camp.National LeagueCINCINNATI REDS „ Named John Farrell internal scout. MILWAUKEE BREWERS „ Optioned RHP Aaron Wilkerson to Colorado Springs (PCL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS „ Agreed to terms with RHPs Edward Mujica and Nestor Molina on minor league contracts. SAN DIEGO PADRES „ Optioned C Luis Torrens to El Paso (PCL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS „ Optioned RHP Wander Suero and OF Rafael Bautista to Syracuse (IL).American AssociationKANSAS CITY T-BONES „ Signed RHP Tommy Collier. SIOUX FALLS CANARIES „ Signed OF/C Michael Hart and C Aaron Gretz. WICHITA WINGNUTS „ Signed RHP Daniel Tillman.Atlantic LeagueLONG ISLAND DUCKS „ Signed INF Jordany Valdespin.Frontier LeagueFLORENCE FREEDOM „ Signed RHPs Christian DeLeon and Tyler Gibson. JOLIET SLAMMERS „ Signed 1B Justin Garcia. SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS „ Traded RHP Kagen Hopkins to Rockland (Can-Am) for a player to be named.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationNEW ORLEANS PELICANS „ Signed G Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract.NBAGLDELAWARE 87ERS „ Waived G Stefhon Hannah. Acquired G Devondrick Walker as a returning player.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueCLEVELAND BROWNS „ Traded DB Jason McCourty and the 219th pick in the 2018 draft to New England for the 205th pick in the 2018 draft. Terminated the contract of DB B.W. Webb. Waived DL Ricky Aliifua and Collin Blevins, OL Zach Banner and Joseph Cheek, LB Jeremy Cash, WR Sammie Coates, DB Trevon Hart“ eld and RB Josh Rounds. Signed DBs T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell, TE Darren Fells, OL Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson, RB Carlos Hyde and DL Chris Smith. Traded DB DETROIT LIONS „ Signed LBs Christian Jones and Devon Kennard. GREEN BAY PACKERS„ Signed DL Muhammad Wilkerson, CB Herb Waters. Traded CB Damarious Randall, a 2018 fourthround pick and a 2018 “ fth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for QB DeShone Kizer, a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2018 “ fth-round pick. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS „ Signed DE Denico Autry. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS „ Signed WR Donte Moncrief to a one-year contract. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS „ Agreed to terms with P Dustin Colquitt on a three-year contract. MIAMI DOLPHINS „ Signed WR Danny Amendola. Re-signed LS John Denney. MINNESOTA VIKINGS „ Signed QB Kirk Cousins to a three-year contract. OAKLAND RAIDERS „ Signed RB Doug Martin and TE Derek Carrier. released WR Michael Crabtree. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS „ Traded C Daniel Kilgore and a 2018 seventh-round draft pick to Miami for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS „ Signed DT Beau Allen. TENNESSEE TITANS „ Agreed to terms with RB Dion Lewis on a multi-year contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS „ Signed WR Paul Richardson.Canadian Football LeagueEDMONTON ESKIMOS „ Signed OL Kelvin Palmer. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS „ Signed WR A.J. Coney.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueCOLORADO AVALANCHE „ Assigned F Julien Nantel from San Antonio (AHL) to Colorado (ECHL). DETROIT RED WINGS „ Reassigned F Zach Nastasiuk to Grand Rapids (AHL). NEW YORK ISLANDERS „ Agreed to terms with F Scott Eansor on a two-year, two-way contract. Assigned F Kyle Schempp from Bridgeport (AHL) to Worcester (ECHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS „ Extended their af“ liation agreement with South Carolina (ECHL) through the 2019-20 season.American Hockey LeagueGRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS „ Recalled F Luke Esposito from Toledo (ECHL). 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SOUTH ALABAMA „ Named Richie Riley mens basketball coach. MISSISSIPPI „ Named Kermit Davis mens basketball coach.

PAGE 13 | Friday, March 16, 2018 B3 HIGH SCHOOLBASEBALL Tavares 10, Orlando Jones 0Austin Waller struck out 12 and allowed only one hit in five shutout innings while eight Tavares batters had at least one hit as Tavares beat Orlando Jones 10-0 on Wednesday.Lawson Schumacher went 2-for-3 with two triples and an RBI, Nick Grice went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs and Tyler Smith went 2-for-4 with two doubles for the Bulldogs.It was the second straight 10-0 win for Tavares, which also beat Eustis by that score on Tuesday. In that game Amir Asghar pitched six shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing thr ee hits.Grice went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, Tucker Horsley went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Johnny Gordon went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs against Eustis.Tavares is now 7-3-1 on the season.COLLEGEBASEBALL Daytona State 12, LakeSumter State College 7 Daytona State r allied from a 5-1 deficit to knock off Lake-Sumter State College 12-7 on Wednesday in Daytona Beach.Seth Martin went 3-for-5 with t wo runs, Tanner Clark went 3-for-5 with a run and Alan Alonso went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run to lead a 14-hit attack for the Lakehawks.But trailing 5-1, Daytona State scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, four more in the seventh and three in the eighth to put the game away.LSSC fell to 9-19-1 overall and 1-3 in Mid-Florida Con-ference play. Daytona State improved to 18-9 overall and 3-4 in the conference.LOCAL ROUNDUPvictory in GT Le Mans. Bour-dais was on the Ganassi team that finished second last year to Corvette Racing.He also was part of the lineup that finished second in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January to its sister Ganassi team. The two Ganassi entries led all but nine of the 783 laps at Daytona, with Bourdais' team of Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller dom-inating for nearly 22 hours. They were beaten by the Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon lineup on strategy and a faster final pit stop.It's a bit similar to the Sebring situation last year, when Corvette Racing handed Bourdais' Ganassi team by 4.453 seconds.We really just put every-thing on the table,Ž said Hand. If you finish second, the one thing you want to make sure of is that you did everything you could to win the race.ŽDespite how the Ganassi cars ran at Daytona, they are hardly the favorite for the GTLM class. That goes to Cor-vette Racing, which has 11 class victories at Sebring and three consecutive since 2015.Corvette thrives at Sebring because its drivers enjoy the 3.7-mile track layout.The physicality of the track, speed of the circuit and how the race unfolds is a big chal-lenge,Ž said Oliver Gavin, part of the 2016 winning team. It's the night, the lights, the bumps into turn 17 and turn 1, braking for turn 3, seeing where the sand comes on the track at turns 5 and 7 and turn 17 is one of the craziest and hardest cor-ners on any track in the U.S.Ž The race for the overall title is wide open with the favorites likely being Action Express Racing, which like Ganassi went 1-2 at Rolex. The win-ning lineup for Action Express at Daytona was Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.That entry was third at Sebring in 2014, won in 2015, then finished third and second the last two seasons.It will be a great race, we know we have the tools to win but the respect for the others because they are very strong, too,Ž said Albuquerque. The last two years we finished third and then second, so it makes total sense to make the last step this year.Ž Action Express will be chal-lenged by defending race winning team Wayne Taylor Racing, which has a revamped lineup this year with Jordan Taylor, Renger Van Der Zande and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Wayne Taylor Racing swept Daytona and Sebring last season, but returns to Sebring coming off a disappointing 15th-place run at the Rolex.Daytona left a bad taste in our mouths,Ž said Jordan Taylor. We had the car to beat that weekend. I think it moti-vates us all that much more.Ž Team Penske should also be in the hunt after a topsy-turvy debut of its new two-car team at Daytona. The Penske Acura entries were knocked out of contention for victory when Helio Castroneves made con-tact with Felipe Nasr as Nasr fought to stay on the lead lap. An alternator issue put the second Penske car in the garage.The Penske team of Castroneves, Graham Rahal and Ricky Taylor finished ninth overall at Daytona, while the entry of Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud finished 10th. BOURDAISFrom Page B1average in the classroom and volunteers with Montverde Academy Lower School Bas-ketball Buddies programs. He also does volunteer work with St. Judes Childrens Hospital and with the South Lake Church of Christ in Clermont.A McDonalds All-American, Barrett will represent the East in the 41st annual McDonalds All-American game on March 28 at the Phil-lips Arena in Atlanta. He will also join Eagles teammate Andrew Nembhard at the 17th annual Jordan Brand Classic on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes one winner in each state and the District of Columbia in a vari-ety of sports. The award was first presented in basketball in 1987 to J.R. Reid, who went on star at North Carolina and in the NBA.Other winners include Alonzo Mourning, LeBron James „ the first two-time honoree „Dwight Howard, Bradley Beal and Kevin Love. BARRETTFrom Page B1 Bay Hill provided a change in both ar eas.Its great to see him back competing, but it was a little loud out there last week,Ž Sten-son said. But that comes with the excitement of having him back and seeing him play well, so I thought it was great. ... I guess its nice to get a little bit of a breather at times, though.ŽIt really helps to be putting well, especially on pure greens at Bay Hill that already had a yellow hue to them. He spent the weekend at home in Orlando working with Phil Kenyon, his putting coach, and it seemed to help. Stenson took only 20 putts, tying his personal best for fewest putts in a round on the PGA Tour.He ran off five straight bird-ies around the turn, and he followed his lone bogey at the par-3 14th with two birdies and a 10-foot par save.Woods had no complaints, and about the only thing that went wrong „ except for the tee shot on No. 3 that went OB „ was his p rediction before he left Bay Hill. He was happy with anything in the 60s and said, There wont be a lot of rounds out there that will be in the 60s. The golf course is playing difficult.ŽThere were 13 more rounds in the 60s in the afternoon, includ-ing Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy at 69.Only one of them was pleased with it. Els, who has gone more than a year since his last finish in the top 30, dropped only one shot, on the opening hole. McIlroy had five birdies through 10 holes and then hit out-of-bounds on the 18th hole for a double bogey.Coming off a runner-up finish at the Valspar Champi-onship that raised expectations of a victory being closer than ever, Woods started and fin-ished strong, with one mishap in the middle.His drive on No. 3, his 12th hole of the round, sailed to the right and went off a cart path and toward the houses. Only when he reached the ball did Woods find it had rolled into the bottom of a mesh fence. It looked like it was in play, except the poles on the waist-high fence were the boundaries, and his ball was inches outside of them.He went back to the tee, sprayed the next tee shot under a tree and made double bogey.And then came the big finish „ two birdies on the par 5s, including a bold flop shot from a tight lie over a bunker at No. 6, and the 70-foot putt he was hoping would be close. Woods immediately pressed his hand down, asking for the ball to slow down, and then watched it drop for a most unlikely birdie.I was trying to lag it down there and just make my par and get out of here,Ž he said. It had to crash at the hole „ which Im not complaining „ and it went in.ŽHe closed with a 12-foot putt to save par from the bunker.Former PGA champion Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau were at 67.Walker was on the other side of the golf course finishing up at the same time as Woods. He holed a wedge from 132 yards on the 18th for an eagle, matching his best score at Bay Hill. It was especially gratify-ing because he wasnt even planning to play this week.He had a trip to Augusta National planned with some friends and club members and thought it was this week-end. Instead, it was meant to be Monday and Tuesday. Walkers wife, Erin, has a horse-jumping show in West Palm Beach. The kids are with their grandparents skiing in Utah.I figured I might as well play,Ž Walker said. He had two days at Augusta National, didnt have a practice round at Bay Hill and felt right at home.Its just golf,Ž he shrugged. Just hit the shots. Ive done so many Mond ay qualifiers earlier in my career where you never see the golf course. Sometimes it helps because youre not overdoing it.Ž STENSONFrom Page B1 up by a pass from Marques Townes. It happened after Lonnie Walker IV missed a free throw with a chance to give Miami a three-point lead with 9 seconds remaining.I thank Marques for making that pass,Ž said Ingram, who was 3 of 8 from 3 and scored 13 points. Any one of us could have hit that shot, but I was just fortunate enough to be in the position.ŽThe Ramblers (29-5) matched the school record for wins from their 1963 national championship team in their first NCAA trip since losing to Patrick Ewing and Georgetown in the Sweet 16 in 1985. They advanced to face third-seeded Tennessee on Saturday.Loyola, with an 11-game winning streak that is its lon-gest since winning the NCAA title, was boosted by a pregame prayer from its team chaplain, 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolo-res Schmidt. Shes held that post for more than two decades and, sitting courtside in her wheelchair, got hugs from the Ramblers when it was over.I just gave a big sigh of relief and said, Thank God,Ž she told The Associated Press about Ingrams shot.The sixth-seeded Hurricanes (22-10) led most of the second half in their third straight trip to the tournament, but couldnt pull away in the final minutes and lost in the first round for the second straight year.The buzzer sounded as Ingrams shot went in, and the Ramblers celebrated wildly in front of the raucous fans wear-ing maroon-and-gold scarfs in the American Airlines Center sections across from their bench.But officials put 0.3 sec-onds back on the clock, forcing Loyola to gather on the bench and postponing the celebration until after a desperation full-court pass bounced away harmlessly.Tennessee 73, Wright State 47: Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as Tennessee advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a win over Wright State with coach Rick Barnes back in familiar terri-tory Thursday.Lamonte Turner had 19 points and a career-high nine assists for Tennessee (26-8), SEC co-champions in the reg-ular season after being picked in the preseason to finish 13th in the 14-team league. Grant Williams added 14 points and nine rebounds.The Volunteers never had much trouble with the Horizon League tournament champ making its first NCAA appearance since 2007, even after missing their first six shots in the game. The Vols led 3-2 when Schofield made a 3-pointer with 16:42 left, and Wright State (25-10) went back ahead on the next posses-sion before Jordan Bowdens layup put the Vols up for good.Midwest RegionRhode Island 83, Oklahoma 78 (OT): E.C. Matthews hit the goahead 3-pointer in overtime and one more that sealed it to help Rhode Island hold off dynamic scorer Trae Young and Oklahoma. The 10th-seeded Sooners (18-14) late-season fade ended with a thud when Young failed to carry them as he had so many times this season. The phenomenal freshman led the nation with averages of 27.4 points and 8.8 assists. He scored 28 points on 9 of 18 shooting with six turnovers. Duke 89, Iona 67: Marvin Bagley III dominated in his NCAA Tournament debut, pouring in 22 points to go with seven rebounds as Duke rolled by Iona. The ACC Player of the Year made 10 of 14 shots in 32 minutes, grabbed seven rebounds and knocked down his lone 3-point attempt as the second-seeded Blue Devils overwhelmed the 15th-seeded Gaels. Kansas 76, Penn 60: Devonte Graham ignited sluggish Kansas midway through the “ rst half, pouring in 29 points and lifted the top-seeded Jayhawks to a tough, grind-it-out victory over No. 16 Pennsylvania. The Jayhawks (28-7) trailed the Ivy League champs by 10 in the early stages before going on a 19-2 run late in the “ rst half to take control. Seton Hall 94, N.C. State 83: Khadeen Carrington scored 26 points, Desi Rodriguez added 20 and eighth-seeded Seton Hall beat North Carolina State in a foul-“ lled “ rst-round matchup. Myles Powell added 19 points for the Pirates (22-11).West RegionGonzaga 68, UNC-Greensboro 64: Zach Norvell Jr. hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 20.8 seconds left to help Gonzaga escape a major scare from UNC-Greensboro. The fourthseeded Bulldogs (31-4) trailed 64-62 with 1:48 left after squandering a 12-point lead they took early in the second half. Josh Perkins tied the game at 64, and after Greensboros Francis Alonso forced up a miss, Gonzaga got the rebound and worked the ball to Norvell, a redshirt freshman, who spotted up from the right elbow and made the 3 for the lead. Alonso got called for an offensive foul on the next possession, but Gonzagas Rui Hachimura missed a pair of free throws. Marvin Smith had a chance to tie it and his 3-point attempt looked spot on, but it bounded in and out. Ohio State 81, South Dakota State 73: Kam Williams made a tiebreaking four-point play with 1:36 left, then added a trio of free throws after being fouled on another 3-point attempt, lifting Ohio State to a victory over South Dakota State. Fifthseeded Ohio State (25-8) built a 13-point lead by reeling off 16 straight points midway through the second half of a game that featured 71 combined 3-pointers. South Dakota State made a late run at the Buckeyes, scoring 10 straight points to tie it at 70-all. Williams answered „ by being fouled on a pair of 3-pointers. He “ nished off the four-point play for a 74-70 lead and made all three free throws on the second, making it 77-70 with 64 seconds left. Keita Bates-Diop had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes. RAMBLERSFrom Page B1 Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura (21) defends as UNCGreensboro forward James Dickey III puts up a shot during the “ rst half of an NCAA Tournament “ rst-round game Thursday in Boise, Idaho. [TED S. 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B4 Friday, March 16, 2018 | FLORIDA SPRING FOOTBALL PRACTICE PRIMERPractices open to the public at the Sanders Practice Fields next to the OConnell Center | Today: 4:25 p.m.; Saturday: 12:20 p.m.QuarterbackDan Mullen has been clear that his offense is going to be built around the skill set of his quarterback. So, before we know what the offense is going to look like, we have to “ nd out who the quarterback is. Thats a big part of what this spring is about, possibly “ nding the best QB and then start “ tting the offense around him. Going into the spring, the competition is wide open among four scholarship quarterbacks „ Feleipe Franks, last years starter, Kyle Trask, redshirt freshman Jake Allen and true freshman and early enrollee Emory Jones. Franks has a considerable edge in experience, but other than that, the four QBs are starting from the same spot in an offense thats new to them. Franks is a big, strong guy who said earlier this week that hell run the ball if hes asked, but its clear that his strength is his arm. Trask and Allen are also pretty much pro-style QBs who are athletic enough to make some plays with their legs. Only weeks out of high school, Jones clearly is making a big step up in competition, but what he has going for him is he is a true dual-threat quarterback who seems to “ t the Mullen mode. The way this battle goes depends on how quickly the four QBs learn the offense and how comfortable they feel in it.Running backThe big question here is how much (if any) a year off has affected Jordan Scarletts game. Before he was suspended the week before last seasons opener, Scarlett appeared primed for a breakout year after becoming the starter in 2016 and leading the Gators in rushing. If he regains that form, hes probably the guy to beat for the starting role. Either way, hes going to get pushed by Lamical Perine and Adarius Lemons, who also are getting a fresh start with a new coaching staff and a new offense. With Malik Davis out for the spring, two talented true freshmen „ Iverson Clement and Dameon Pierce „ should get plenty of reps and will have a chance to show the coaches what they can do.Wide receiverThe competition here should be really interesting with the addition of the two transfers „ Van Jefferson (Ole Miss) and Trevon Grimes (Ohio State). Jefferson is a proven and productive wide receiver in the SEC and he very well could turn out to be UFs No. 1 target in the passing game in the fall (if hes eligible). Grimes also has a chance to have an impact (if hes also eligible) early. He was one of the countrys highestrated wide receivers coming out of high school (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas) a year ago and has the size and speed to become a playmaker. The Gators also have some experienced receivers „ Tyrie Cleveland, Dre Massey and Kadarius Toney „ who have ” ashed big-play ability and will be looking to elevate their game under the new coaching staff. Redshirt freshman Daquon Green and redshirt sophomore Rick Wells will have a chance to work their way into the playing rotation.Tight endLike the quarterback position, this one is wide open going into the spring. Senior Cyontai Lewis has all kinds of experience, but little in the way of stats to go with it. At times, though, he has shown playmaking ability as a receiver. He will battle Moral Stephens and redshirt freshman Kemore Gamble for the starting role. Tight end is a pivotal position in Mullens offense, so this will be an important competition. It looked like Gamble would have a chance to emerge as a true freshman in 2017 before a foot injury derailed his season. It will be interesting to see what strides hes made in the year hes been here.LinebackerKylan Johnson, David Reese and Jeremiah Moon would appear set as the probable starters. Whats going to be intriguing is the play of the young, untested linebackers „ Nick Smith, James Houston and Ventrell Miller „ and how many ends wind up playing a dual role as an outside linebacker. We already know that Cece Jefferson is going to take on that hybrid role. Mullen mentioned earlier this week that Jachai Polite and Jabari Zuniga also could end up playing that position. Jefferson, Polite and Zuniga could provide much-needed depth and playmaking ability to the linebacker group. Heres another thing to look for: safeties moving close to the line of scrimmage and playing like linebackers. UP FOR GRABSFive key position battles to watchJean DeLance, OL: A transfer from Texas, DeLance played in two games for the Longhorns as a true freshman in 2016. So, obviously, this redshirt sophomore is physically ready to play on the line in the SEC. Hell probably get reps at guard and tackle this spring, but likely will push for playing time at one of the tackle spots in the fall. Marlon Dunlap Jr., DL: A transfer from North Carolina, Dunlap played in seven games for the Tar Heels as a true freshman in 2016, recording one sack. He impressed the former coaching staff with his play on the scout team last fall. He brings instant depth at defensive tackle and is expected to be in the playing rotation in the fall. Nick Smith, LB: A knee injury during summer workouts sidelined him for his true freshman season in 2017. He was physically close to being ready to play late last season and now is good to go for the spring. He runs extremely well and will compete for playing time at outside linebacker. Ventrell Miller, LB: A tough, physical athlete, Miller might have had a chance to get in the playing rotation as a true freshman last season. But his year ended when he was suspended for credit fraud. He may be facing further disciplinary action from the university, but hes been cleared to practice at a position that is in need of building depth. Daquon Green, WR: It looks like Green was going to be a major contributor last season after Jim McElwain raved about his hands and ability to go get the ball midway through preseason camp. But the season came and Green disappeared and ended up redshirted. Obviously, he has some skill and the ability to make plays. In a new offense with a new position coach, Green could push for signi“ cant playing time. Trevon Grimes, WR: The Ohio State transfer was one of the nations top receivers coming out of high school a year ago and played as a true freshman last season. He appears to have the whole package: size, speed, hands. „By Robbie Andreu, staff writerNEWCOMERS TO WATCHNo. Player POS. 2 Brad Stewart DB 3 Marco Wilson CB 5 C.J. Henderson DB 6 Brian Edwards DB 9 Dre Massey WR 10 Josh Hammond WR 11 Vosean Joseph LB 11 Kyle Trask QB 12 Jake Allen QB 12 C.J. McWilliams DB 13 Feleipe Franks QB 13 Donovan Stiner DB 14 Emory Jones QB 16 Freddie Swain WB 17 Kadarius Toney WR 18 Daquon Green WR 19 Jack Russell ATH 20 Malik Davis RB 21 McArthur Burnett DB 22 Lamical Perine RB 23 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson DB 24 Iverson Clement RB 25 Erik Askeland ATH 27 Quincy Lenton DB 27 Joshua Tse ATH 28 Kylan Johnson LB 29 Dameon Pierce RB 29 Jeawon Taylor DB 30 Amari Burney ATH 31 Shawn Davis DB 32 Adarius Lemons RB 33 David Reese II LB 34 Lacedrick Brunson LB 35 Thaddeus Dean III DB 37 Tyriek Hopkins ATH 37 Patrick Moorer ATH 38 Anthony Giglia ATH 39 Jacob Mesenger ATH 40 Nick Smith LB 41 Ryan Farr LS 41 James Houston IV LB 42 Nick Sproles ATH 43 Glenn Jarriel ATH 44 Rayshad Jackson LB 44 Tucker Nordman ATH 45 Charles Nordman ATH 46 Harry Gornto V ATH 46 Will Thomas ATH 47 Austin Perry ATH 47 Isaac Ricks ATH 48 Brett DioGuardi LS 49 Jacob Tilghman LS 50 Jeremiah Moon LB 51 Ventrell Miller LB 52 Quaylin Crum ATH 53 Brendan Ackerman ATH 53 Kavaris Harkless OL 54 Khairi Clark DL 55 Noah Banks OL 55 Kyree Campbell DL 56 Tedarrell Slaton DL 57 Elijah Conliffe DL 58 Jahim Lawrence LB 59 T.J. McCoy OL 59 Danny Weldon ATH 61 Brett Heggie OL 62 James Washington ATH 64 Tyler Jordan OL 65 Jawaan Taylor OL 66 Nick Buchanan OL 67 Christopher Bleich OL 70 Tanner Rowell OL 71 Chris Howard K 71 Nick Villano OL 72 Stone Forsythe OL 73 Martez Ivey OL 74 Fred Johnson OL 75 T.J. Moore OL 77 Andrew Mike OL 79 Jean DeLance OL 80 Cyontai Lewis TE 81 Trevon Grimes WR 82 Moral Stephens TE 83 Rick Wells WR 84 Trey Thompson ATH 86 Jacob Finn P 86 Andres Saldivar ATH 87 Van Jefferson WR 88 Kemore Gamble TE 88 Tommy Townsend P 89 Tyrie Cleveland WR 90 Antonneous Clayton DL 91 Marlon Dunlap Jr. DL 92 Jabari Zuniga DL 94 Zachary Carter DL 95 Keivonnis Davis DL 96 Cece Jefferson DL 97 Jon Gould P 98 Luke Ancrum DL 98 Jorge Powell K 99 Jachai Polite DLFLORIDA ROSTERFlorida quarterback Feleipe Franks ended last season as the starter. [BRAD MCCLENNY/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/FILE] By Robbie Andreu | Staff writerFlorida running back Adarius Lemons is in the mix at the position entering the spring. [CYNDI CHAMBERS/CORRESPONDENT/FILE] Van Je erson, WRHes a proven playmaker in the SEC who caught 91 passes for 999 yards and four touchdown over the past two seasons with the Rebels. Like Grimes, hes got good size (6-2, 192), and speed. Having played against Mullen twice, hes had a good understanding of what the Gators will be doing in the passing game.

PAGE 15 | Friday, March 16, 2018 B5 BUSINESS MARKET WATCHDow 24,873.66 115.54 Nasdaq 7,481.74 15.07 S&P 2,747.33 2.15 Russell 1,576.62 7.70 NYSE 12,743.60 19.07COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,316.80 7.60 Silver 16.353 .114 Platinum 956.90 4.60 Copper 3.1110 .0290 Oil 61.19 0.20MARKET MOVERS Dollar General Corp.: Up $4.24 to $93.44 The discount retailer gave a strong yearly pro t forecast. Mattel Inc.: Down 34 cents to $13.84 Toys R Us, a key seller of Mattels toys, moved to liquidate its U.S. operations.BRIEFCASEWASHINGTONLong-term mortgage rates fall for 1st time this yearLong-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the first time this year as the spring home buying season begins. The decline comes after nine straight weeks of increases that pushed borrowing costs higher.Mortgage buyer Fred-die Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 4.44 percent from 4.46 percent last week. The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans declined to 3.90 percent from 3.94 percent last week. DETROITRam pickups recalled to x rusting fuel tank strapFiat Chrysler is recall-ing more than 300,000 older Ram pickup trucks worldwide because the fuel tanks can sag.The recall mainly affects trucks in coldweather U.S. states and Canada where salt is used to clear snow from roads.It includes Ram 1500 pickups from the 2009 through 2012 model years. The company says an investigation found a bracket can corrode and let the tanks sag. NEW YORKRadio giant iHeartMedia les bankruptcy planIHeartMedia, one of the worlds largest radio companies, is seeking bankruptcy protection as part of an agreement with its lenders to reduce debt it took on to become a privately held company.The company formerly known as Clear Chan-nel Communications said Thursday that it will oper-ate its businesses as usual while it restructures its finances under Chapter 11 protection to reduce debt by more than $10 billion. The Associated Press The Associated PressCHICAGO United Airlines has announced it will issue spe-cial bag tags for animal c arriers and prosecutors have launched an investigation to determine if criminal charges are warranted following the death of a French bulldog puppy that was forced into an overhead bin on a United flight.The Chicago-based airline said a flight attendant who ordered the passenger to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin aboard a Houston-to-New York flight Monday didnt know there was a dog inside.To prevent this from happening again, by April we will issue bright colored bag tags to customers traveling with in-cabin pets, United said in a statement.The family that owned the dog and other passengers con-tradicted the airlines account, saying the dogs barks were audible from inside the bin.Eleven-year-old Sophia Ceballos told NBC News that her mother told the flight atten-dant Its a dog, its a dog, and (the flight attendant) said we have to put it up there, in the bin.Other passengers backed up the familys account on Twit-ter and Facebook.Late Wednesday, the Harris County, Texas, district attorneys office said its animal cruelty division is working with the countys animal cruelty task force on a criminal investigation about what happened on the plane.A statement from prosecutors said they wont decide if crimi-nal charges are warranted until the investigation is completed.The Associated Press sent an email seeing comment Thursday on the criminal investigation to an airline spokesman.Last year, 18 animals, mostly dogs, died while being transported on United three-fourths of all animal deaths on U.S. carriers, according to the Department of Transportation. Those figures represent animals that die in cargo holds.It is rare that an animal dies on a plane. Even on United, there was only one death for roughly every 4,500 animals trans-ported last year.United, which promotes its pet-shipping program called PetSafe, carries more animals than any other airline, but its animal-death rate is also the highest in the industry. Alaska Airlines, which carries only 17 percent fewer animals, had just two deaths last year.United to issue special pet carrier tags after dogs death By David KoenigThe Associated PressDALLAS Major U.S. airlines are hiring pilots at a rate not seen since before 9/11, and that is encouraging more young people to consider a career in the cockpit.Hiring is likely to remain brisk for years. Smaller airlines in the U.S. are struggling with a shortage that will continue as they lose pilots to the bigger carriers, which in turn will need to replace thousands of retiring pilots over the next few years.Aircraft maker Boeing predicts that the U.S. will need 117,000 new pilots by 2036. Just a decade ago thousands of pilots were furloughed and some abandoned the profession.The shortage has been felt most keenly at regional carriers where many pilots start their airline careers.Last summer, Alaska Airlines subsidiary Horizon Air canceled more than 300 flights over two months for lack of pilots. Republic Airways filed for bank-ruptcy protection in 2016, citing a pilot shortage that forced it to ground flights.Many regional carriers fly smaller planes for American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. Signing bonuses and higher pay have helped them hire more than 17,000 pilots in the past four years, but that only replaced those who moved up to the major carriers, according to the Regional Airline Association.Demand at the major airlines is expected to grow as thousands of pilots at American, Delta, United and Southwest hit the U.S. mandatory pilot-retirement age of 65 in the next several years.American Airlines CEO Doug Parker believes the industry will cope.Economics is going to take care of this, and I think thats what is happening now, Parker says. The (flight) schools are starting to fill up with people who realize, If I can get myself to 1,500 hours (the minimum flight hours needed to get an airline-pilot license), I can be assured of a career as a pilot. Thats not something people could convince themselves of from 9/11 on until now.Pilot hiring nosedived after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that led to a decline in travel, and again during the global financial crisis in 2008-2009. Major U.S. airlines hired only 30 pilots in 2009, according to Future & Active Pilot Advisors, a careercounseling business for pilots.The job market didnt pick up significantly until around 2014. Last year 10 of the largest U.S. passenger and cargo airlines hired 4,988 pilots, the most since 2000 when they hired 5,105. Its the best sellers market I have seen in the last 45 years of monitoring airline pilot hiring, says Louis Smith, a retired airline pilot who runs the pilotcounseling outfit.Smith says forums for aspir-ing pilots that once drew a couple dozen people now sometimes attract more than 150. Some hope to make a mid-career change, which was rare just a few years ago.Aaron Ludomirski is one of those career-changers. The 31-year-old from Asbury Park, New Jersey, says he always wanted to be a pilot but studied business instead because the bleak job opportunities for pilots in the years after 9/11 didnt jus-tify the cost of school and flight training. After college he started an online marketing business.Year after year I found myself less and less satisfied with my work, he says. I started think-ing about what kind of career would really lead me to feeling fulfilled and accomplished, and I kept coming back to aviation.Ludomirski did some fresh research and learned that pilots were back in demand and more would be retiring in the next few years. He quit his job and went to flight school. Now he is working as a flight instruc-tor to gain the required flying time for an airline pilot.I can interview for and even accept a conditional letter of employment and know I have my dream job lined up for me when Im ready, he says. Getting a liftSurge in airline hiring boosts interest in aspiring pilotsThis Aug. 23 image made from a video, Aaron Ludomirski, certi ed ight instructor for In nity Flight Group, ies over the Hudson River in New York. [JOSHUA REPLOGLE/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Marley JayThe Associated PressNEW YORK Stocks finished mostly lower Thursday in another choppy day of trad-ing after a midday rally faded. Industrial and technology companies rose, but smaller companies and chemical makers skidded.Without any major economic reports or further development on issues like tariffs, stocks drifted up and down. The market was coming off two days of losses, and while stocks briefly moved higher in the middle of the day, they couldnt sustain any momentum.Agribusiness company Monsanto fell after Bloomberg News reported that U.S. authorities have concerns about its sale to Bayer and might order Bayer to sell more assets. Toymakers Hasbro and Mattel sagged as Toys R Us moved toward shuttering its U.S. stores.Industrial companies bounced back after three days of declines that stemmed from worries about trade tensions. After big gains earlier this month, smaller, more U.S.-focused companies continued to slip. Drugstores and packaged food companies also declined. Technology compa-nies finished with small gains, however.Tech stocks did far better than the rest of the stock market in 2017, and they are the only part of the S&P 500 that has fully recovered from last months sell-off, and Lindsey Bell, an investment strategist at CFRA Research, thinks there is a good chance the industry will out-pace the broader market again this year. The S&P 500 fell 2.15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,747.33. It climbed as much as 13 points earlier but wound up with its fourth consecu-tive loss. The Dow Jones indus-trial average added 115.54 points, or 0.5 percent, to 24,873.66. The Nasdaq composite lost 15.07 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,481.74. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks slid 7.69 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,576.62.Most the companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange traded lower. Stocks mostly lower as midday gains slip


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B10 Friday, March 16, 2018 | Expecting? New Parent? 62 | Oh BABY! sure by now that yo u a re ready to s leep w ithout bathroom breaks, “t in to your ol d clothes, and regain control of your own body functi o ns. L uck y for you the hard part i s over, o r is it ? If you havent been in labor before, the “rst time can anxious and a little scared. It is not as bad as most (if not all) of the stories youve heard. once you have con“rmed you are in labor. Most hospitals require you to eith er check in at the Eme rgen cy Ro om or with General Admissions. Once that is completed, you will be moved to Labor and Delivery where you will be asked nurse will assess you and the baby to make sure that everyt hing is prog ress i ng norm ally. During th i s t ime an I V wil l be started and a baby heartbeat monitor, a contraction m o nito r … lots of equ i pment. Now … you j ust wait Important to know. Stages of Labor: FIRST STAGEThe “rst stage really consists of three phases:Early Phase: This phas e typically lasts up to 12 hours alt houg h its usually cons iderably shorter for s econ d and subsequent babies. As labor progresses, the contractions get longer and strong er.Active Phase: Often this phase lasts up to six hours, hospital or birth center by now or en route. Contractions are much more intense, last about 40 to 60 seconds, and are sp aced 3 t o 5 mi nutes ap art. Brea thing exerc ise s relaxation techn iques and coaching this phase. What to Expect at the Hospital: A Guide to Labor and Delivery 44 | Oh BABY! Decorating a baby nursery can b e a da unting prospect … especiall y for a “rst-time mom. There are so m a ny decisions t o ma k e, and so littl e timeƒfeeling str es sed? Well that s not good for the baby, so let us gi ve yo u the ba s ics for creating a haven for your li ttle oneƒ o n e step at a timeƒS tep 1: Baby safety is your “rst concern. Be sure to take checklist for baby safety and plan accordingly.Step 2: Decide on a room style. Cute, modern, traditional, whimsical, ethnic, the choice is yours. This decision will affect your furniture, theme, and color choices. Step 3: Select a crib. The c rib will form the focal point or centerpiece of your babys room. Consider a convertible crib as this will save you money over time and will grow with the child (and everything will continue to match for years to come). When selecting, look for shape, style, “nish or color, durabili ty … d o you l ike it? Very important.Step 4 : Find baby nursery furniture to complement the crib. The dresser should match or mix well with the crib. The dresser can do double duty as the changing table (add a pad and safety straps and youre set). Having said that … you can also get a changing table. If you use the dresser as the changing table, get one that is medium height … that allows you to lean over comfortably for needed supplies. The top drawer will hold all of your diaper-changing essentials … make sure the drawer is easy to get in and out of … it should glide/slide easily.Step 5 : want to be sure your night lighting allows you to see in the middle of the night (but not so it stimulates the baby). Consider a dimmer switch for your lighting.Step 6: If you already have wall to wall carpet in the r o om … thats “ne … youre not likely to make the change (or go to the expense) … just be aware that you need to keep it vacuumed to a void a l lergen s (and be pr epared to spot Baby Nursery Design in 12 Easy Steps Oh BABY! | 15 One Month of two layers of cells from which all her organs and body parts will develop.Two Months of a kidney bean and is constantly moving. He has distinct, slightly webbed “ngers.Three Months By now your baby is about 3 inches long and weighs nearly an ounce. Her tiny, unique “ngerprints are now in place.Four Months long and weighs 5 ounces. His skeleton is starting to harden from rubbery cartilage to bone.Five Months Eyebrows and eyelids are now in than 10 inches long if you stretched out her legs.Six Months and a half. His wrinkled skin is starting to smooth out as he puts on baby fat.Seven Months By now, your baby weighs about 3 pounds and is more than 15 inches long. She can open and close her eyes and follow a light.Eight Months 3/4 pounds. His layers of fat are “lling him out, making him rounder, and his lungs are well developed.Nine Months The average baby is more than 19 inches long and weighs nearly 7 pounds now, but babies vary widely in size at this stageYour Pregnancy Month by Month 38 | Oh BABY Choosing a name for your baby is n  t as easy as i t seem s. No regre ts … take the tim e to choose a name with mean ing, one that you and yo u r child w i ll be proud o f, o ne t hat “t s your family. C onsider the number of syllables, wh at nicknames ca n be derived f rom the chosen nam e, how yo u and your partner feel about the name (its nice to agree on the name). Fo r some, “ndi n g a name can take thei r entire pregnancy and delivery without a decision. For others they knew th e name they woul d pick before they even became pregnant. you choose for life, which is why it is so important to put ch i ld will b e known on t he p l aygroun d in an interview, professionally, and to future generations by the name you choose.Avoid names with initials that spell out words Would you name your baby Richard Alexander gramme d baby gift! Try to cho ose a name that do e s nt spell out an unexpected word with an unpleasant connotation.Think about nicknames Are you prepared to hear your child called by a nickt ime, ev en if you insist on the for mal name. Make sure you like the potential nicknames associated with the name you choose. But if you have strong feelings against them, think about ch oosi ng a n o ther name with nicknames you like better or consider n ames without commonl y used nickname s Should you honor a family member? If you genuine ly like t he idea o f naming yo ur baby after a family member, then by all means go ahead. Just make sure you like the name. If you dont like the name, use that name as the middle name. Remember … it is your decision. Family names are unique and valued … th ey should be considered. For example, my mothers last name was Claysonƒit is now the name of my nephew. My cousins last name was Whit“eldƒit is now the name of her son. Search your family name s … y ou might just c o me up with something uniqueƒsomething special. Go with your heart! Th ere are so many t h i n gs to consid er! When your baby is born, you realize its all a matter of feeling, not logic. The feelings you and your partner share matters more than any opinion offer ed by friends and family. St ick w ith the name yo u genuinely love and welcom e your child into the family with it. Five tips on getting started: yo u dislike. Finding the Perfect Name 82 | Oh BABY! Meeting The Family Pooch For years, your dog has been the one and only baby in the family. Now, theres a new one and only coming. Its normal to be concerned about your pets reaction to the baby. Will there be jealousy? Will there be aggressive behavior? What you need to know is that the best way to introduce the new baby to the old baby (the family pet) is to start p reparing the old baby almost as soon as you become pregnan t. This can be done effectively no m atte r tricks! The best place to start is by understanding your dogs way of thinking. Dogs are pack animals and interact with their family in the same way they would interact with a dog pack. The most important thing in a dogs life is structure or pack stru cture as it is commo n ly called. Fo r a dog to fe el that there is proper structure in its life, the y need to have a distinct pack leader that keeps the order in the family or pack. In most homes, the dog is often treated like the pack leader … but, if this role isnt adjusted before the baby comes and you try to correct inappropriate behavior, that introduction may not go as well as you would like and co u ld c ause fut ure prob le ms. We like to th ink o f our do g s as our childre n, b u t th eir needs are m u ch differ ent than the needs of a human ba by. Therefore, its import ant to ensure t hat you ar e providing the pro per struct u r e that the dog needs befo re you introduce the new baby to th e fam ily. This i s best don e wi th t he advice of a pr o fessional trainer who has experience in pack struct ure training. If you do need some training for your dog, it is well worth the investment for the happiness and safety of your new family unit. It is also best to make sure your dog knows basic obedience commands like sit, stay, down, leash walking, and coming when called. If your dog doesnt know these commands, a visit with a pro f essional tr ainer is in order. If you co ntac t a train er about you r pack structure, the same trainer should be able to provide a training program that includes both pack struc ture and obedience training. When the dog has mastered the obedience commands, use them while doing things you will be doing when the baby c ome s. Wrap up a doll like a baby and rock it, feed it, an d walk around with it. D uring these prac tices, periodically reward the do g with treats so that it associates baby activities with something positive. Babie s make strange sounds, so help the dog get accustomed to the noises by p laying recordings. Set up a safe area for the dog to retreat to when the baby is crying or theres additional baby commotion. This could be the laundry room, an of“ce, or any other room t hat will allow the dog to escape and relax. Have wate r, a crate, sleeping pads, and anyth in g that makes the d og feel secure in th e s afe area. Dogs are naturally denning an i mals, so they like small spaces such as crates to retreat your dog in this area so that they can eat in a stress-free environment. Never allow your baby to be around the dog during feeding times to avoid any unnecessary stress on your dog or pos sible foo d aggre ss ion issues. Make sure the do gs routine is kept as normal as possible, both when you are in the hospital an d when Introducing the Fur-Babies Then youll de“nitely want to get a copy of the Daily Commercials Oh Oh Baby!From Baby Bump to Babys First BirthdayA Special Publication of the Daily Commercial2017 2018The Everything Planner The Everything Baby PlannerIncludes€Your Baby Registry €Ultrasounds & Sonograms €Baby Milestones €Budgeting for Baby €Read Aloud Every Day! € And Much, Much More! €Finding an Obstetrician €Pregnancy Milestones €Choosing a Pediatrician €Babys Early Education €Birthstones €Babywearing...what it is and how it works Best of All, Its FREE! 6 | Oh BABY! Finding a physician with whom you are comfortable is very important. The ability to relax and ask questions with your obstetrician is vital to maintaining a positive relationship and pregnancy. Remember if you suspect you may be pregnant or if you have taken a positive pregnancy test, make an appointment with your doctor to ensure that you will have a happy and healthy nine months!How can I nd an obstetrician to care for me during my pregnancy? If youre seeing a gynecologist you like who practices obstetrics as well, you may want to ask him or her to care for you during your pregnancy particularly if you like the hospital where the doctor attends births. If yo u n eed to “ nd a n o bstet rician, as k one of your healthcare pro viders to recomme nd s o meone or talk to your f r iends or relatives who have recently had a baby or w ho work in healthcare in you r area. Childbir th educators are also a good source for referrals and friends. If you dont come up with any recommendations on your own, try calling the American College of Obst e trici ans and Gynecologists, in Washington, D.C., at (202 ) 638-55 77. They can give you names of boardACOG website ( to “nd a doctor in your zip code.What criteria should I use to choose my obstetrician? Only you can decide which are the most important considerations for you … its a very personal decision. Keep in mind that you may be able to narrow your list of choices with a simple phone call. Theres no need to meet with a doctor who isnt in your network of providers if thats a requirement for your insurance coverage.Here are some other things to consider:Your Health History Do you have any chronic illnesses such a s high blood pressure, epilepsy, heart disease, or diabetes or previous complications that may require special care? If so, ask the doctors youre considering what experience they have caring for patients with your circumstances, and consider whether you should be cared for by a perinatologist (a doctor who specializes in high-risk births). If youve previously had a c-section, would you like to try to have a vaginal birth this time? In that case, youll want Finding an Obstetrician 64 | Oh BABY! Every womans labor is different, so pinpointing when yours begins isnt really possible. However, some speci“c changes take place in pre-labor, early labor and established (active) labor. changes at “rst, but there comes a time that you become aware of these new symptoms as your due date draws near. In the weeks and days before labor starts, your baby drops … you may feel whats known as lightening a few heaviness has shifted to your pelvis as opposed to just below your ribcage. set for real labor. Some feel crampy (similar to when you had your period). Those Braxton Hicks contractions are tricky and can if y o ure in r eal labo rƒbut r eal labor cont ractions are most oft e n lon ger, s tronger, cl o ser together and cause your cervi x to dilate. As your due date draws near, your doctor will do an exam checking to see if your cervix has started to change. efface signi“cantly or dilate as you get close to labor. This is the plug that has sealed your cervix c a nal during the last nine months. It can appear as discharge or in a lump. It might have pink, red, or brown blood. vagina and this is the time to call the doctor. Most women have regular contractions prior to the water breaking (but sometimes the water breaks “rst).In pre-labor or early labor (the latent phase), you may have: premenstrual feeling and cramps. shorter intervals, and become longer and stronger in intensity. nity unit to let them know. show). If you pass the mucus plug that blocks the cervix, labor could be imminent, or it could be several days away. Its a sign that things are moving along. How you will feel in the pre-labor or early labor phases depends on: like.When should I call my doctor? to do when you think youre in active labor. But if youre not sure whether or not the time has come, dont be embarrassed to call. Doctors are used to getting calls from How will I know when Im in Labor? Oh BABY! | 4 While you would love to stay at home with your child, right child care. Where do you start? Instinct counts for muchƒbut you have to visit the site to make sure the facility will support and enrich the development of your child physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. Heres a very important list that will guide you in your choice. Will My Child Be Supervised? Are children watched at all times, even when napping? Are the teachers warm and welcoming? Do they pay each child individual attention? Are positive guidance techniques used? Are the staff-to-child ratios appropriate and do they follow guidelines set by the Department of Human Services (one caregiver per 4 infants/toddlers; one caregiver per 6 two year olds; one caregiver per 8 three year olds; one caregiver per 12 four year olds; and one caregiver per 15 school-age children). Is This A Safe And Healthy Place For My Child? Do the teachers and children wash their hands (before/ after eating, using the bathroom, changing diapers, touchuse? Are all children immunized? Are medicines labeled and kept out of childrens reach? Are the foods and beverages served to the children healthy and nutritious? Are c l e aning supplies and other h azardous materials stored out of childrens reach? Is ther e a plan to foll ow if a child is injured, sick, or lost? Are “rst aid kits rea dily available? Is t here a plan to respond to d isas t er s ? Has a thorough criminal and background check been done on all teachers? Is the outdoor play area safe for children to play and is it in s p ected daily for haz ards and r egularly for co n diti on? Is the play are fen ced in? Is th e e q uipment on mulch, sand or rubber matting? Have The Adults Been Trained To Care For Children? D o es the Dire ctor have a degree and experience caring for children? Do the lead teachers have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, Associates, or Bachelors degree and experience in caring for children? Is there Training? Have the teachers been trained on child abuse prevention and how to report a suspected case? Ha ve the teachers received blood borne pathogens and disease prevention training? Is there ongoing education and training on t h e c are of ch i l dren?Will My Child Be Able to Grow And Learn?Are the toys age and developmentally appropriate? Are there a variety of toys? Is the room arranged in easily identi“able play centers? Are there daily/weekly lesson plans? Do the teachers talk, converse, and question the children? Do the teachers read to the children often and a re books readily available? Is The Program Set Up To Promote Quality? Are there written personnel policies and procedures? Are the parents and staff asked to evaluate the program? Are teachers evaluated each year … do they do self assessment? Is the program accredited by a national organization? Does The Program Work With Parents? Will I be welcome to visit the center any time my child is in their care? Is parents feedback sought and used in making improvements? Will I receive access to policies and procedures? Are there yearly conferences with parents? Are there any special parent events? Choosing the Right Child Care 50 | Oh BABY! If you already have a family doctor, you may not think you need a pediatrician. Although a general physician is licensed to care for children, they lack the training of a pediatrician. To become a pediatrician, a doctor has to have four years of medical school and three more years of residency working solely in pediatrics. Some are further specialized in a “eld like neonatalogy or cardiology. the seventh month of pregnancy. Start compiling the list by asking family and friends if they have any recommendations. Check with your insurance company for eligible pediatricians and with your local hospitals to see if they have referral services. Ask your obstetrician or family doctor if they know of someon e. Research. Ask your s e lf if you want a male or fem ale do ctor. There may be a poin t when you r child gets older that t h ey will feel more comfortable with a doctor of the same sex. Do you want an older or younge r do cto r? An older doctor will have more experien c e, but could be set in their ways and not open to new technology or methods. They might be thinking about retirement. A younger doctor, on the other hand, may be more open to new technology or methods, but lack the experience of an older doctor. Like choosing an obstetrician, do the work … “nd out what “ts you and your lifestyle. now comes some investigative work. Before interviewing a pediatrician, check with the state medical board to see if any disciplinary action or professional peer reviews have been made against the pediatrician. Check out the books put out Research Group. These list doctors who have been disciplined by a state or federal government. As you interview the candidates on your list, look for a pediatrician who is openminded and compassionate to your feelings and thoughts. Make sure the pediatrician is covered by your insurance and will actually be seeing your child. Most pediatricians will do these interviews for free, but some will charge. If they charge, see if the fee can be applied to the “rst of“ce visit. If a pediatrician wont do an interview, be wary of them. Once you have made your choice, there are no hard and fast rules that say you have to stick with it. If you ever become concerned with your childs care, discuss the situation with the pediatrician. If the problem continues, “nd a new pediatrician. Choosing a pediatrician for your child may be the single-most important decision you make for their young time doing so. Next to parents, a pediatrician is one of the most important people in a childs life, so choose wisely. Choosing a Pediatrician ATTENTION: Physicians, Medical facilities & Merchants, if youd like to get copies of Oh Baby! for your practice or business, well happily deliver them to you! Oh Baby! Available for pickup at:Daily Commercial 212 E Main Street, LeesburgOr Contact:Steve Skaggs 352-365-8213 Lisa Clay 352-365-8251

PAGE 21 | Friday, March 16, 2018 C1 DRIVETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 Powered by Q: As a former mechanic, I read your column regularly to help keep me up with whats going on in the auto repair world. Occasionally I read about frustrating intermittent problems like failure to start or stalling. We all know theyre often hard to pin down unless the problem can be recreated for diagnosis. I thought Id share one of my experiences with you. I had a customer several years ago with a very perplexing no-start problem. The car was towed back to our shop several times. Naturally, it started up perfectly every time for us. We kept the car for several days hoping to finally recreate the problem. We checked all possible causes. Nothing was evident. By chance one day I was looking over the fuse panel and noticed that the fuel pump fuse seemed slightly different looking than the others. Obviously it was an aftermarket replacement. It looked fine and tested fine, but I decided to take a closer look. What I found was a very fine hairline break in the metal strip inside the fuse. It turned out that the defective fuse was intermittently breaking electrical contact with the fuel pump. A new fuse fixed the problem. I now look at fuses very carefully when intermittent problems arise. Hope this helps. Ken D.A: Good stuff, Ken! Of all the things I try to help with, intermittent stalling generates more follow-up comments, suggestions and interesting stories than any other topic. I enjoy and learn from these comments and try to bring them forward in future situations. There can be such diverse causes for a vehicle to quit running, and the way they might manifest, and can vary between vehicle types/ brands and driving situations. In the case you mentioned the engine would have spark, and fuel injection commands, but no fuel pressure when the fuse heated to the point of opening. The faulty fuse might work fine for a while but would gradually heat up by the nature of its design, and the added electrical resistance of the crack/defect. Expansion due to heat can play heck with electrical connections! Diana C. told me about a Thunderbird that would quit without warning, and it turned out to be an EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) fault. Recycling a small quantity of exhaust back through the engine helps reduce combustion temperature, limiting formation of NOx (oxides of nitrogen), a nasty pollutant. EGR reduces combustion stability and should never occur during idle! In this case the T-Bird probably ran pretty well on the road but would shudder and stall when stopping, as the EGR was remaining active (clogged solenoid vent filter or sticky valve?) Susan J. politely scolded me for failing to mention removing the gas cap as a possible diagnostic UNDER THE HOODTenacity and patience help crack tricky diagnostic problems Brad BergholdtBy Robert DufferTribune News ServiceA familiar family scene in a full-size SUV: Two parents up front, four tweens behind, a sister in the third row aggravating her brother and his teammates in the second row, who are bark-ing and bobbing with all the excitement of leaving for a far-away game. Heres where it becomes less famil-iar: the parents are talking calmly, almost softly, mas-saged by 30-way adjustable seats and a sound system that dulls the discord from the rear seats.To be clear, the 2018 Lin-coln Navigator didnt mute all the nuisances of traveling en masse, but this land yacht certainly diminished the dissonance from the deep. We could have fit two more tweens in comfort and relative quiet.This calm in the storm might fit Lincolns market-ing mantra of quiet luxuryŽ for the fourth generation full-size SUV, but wed rather take a phrase from Seinfeld and call it serenity now.ŽWhatever its called, Navigator is deserving of its 2018 North American Truck of the Year award.We can talk about the 200-pound reduction in weight from the outgoing model, a more fuel-efficient and more powerful 450-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine paired to a new 10-speed transmission used in Fords off-road warrior known as the Raptor, or that its built very similarly to the Ford F-150, Americas best-selling vehicle. Thats all fine and good but those seats! Those seats are something else.Its like a recliner built into a seat, but better than a La-Z-Boy because there is a separate thigh adjustment for each leg. Then theres all the side bolstering and back and butt functions. To customize the mas-sager, the lumbar, midand upper back regions all have their own setting, with 10 degrees of intensity accessi-ble through the touch screen. Unlike other luxury massag-ers, the activation button is on the door panel with the other seat buttons, so its magic hands at the push of a button. Ill go ahead and use Lincolns phrase of perfect positionŽ seats (a $1,500 option that is well worth it).The seats epitomize Lincolns intentions with the new Navigator. For nearly $90,000 Lincoln wants to provide first-class comfort with full-size family functionality. Each of the three third-row seats can be lowered with a push of the Quiet luxury2018 Lincoln Navigator outdoes Cadillac Escalade as most re ned family haulerThe redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator AWD in Reserve trim offers a more fuel-ef“ cient and more powerful 450-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine paired to a new 10-speed transmission. [ROBERT DUFFER / TNS] Vehicle type: full-size SUV Base price: $81,205 As tested: $87,680 (excluding $1,195 delivery) Mpg: 16 city, 21 highway Engine: Twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 Transmission: 10-speed automatic to all-wheel drive Parting shot: Serenity now, monthly payment later.2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve at a glance The 2018 Lincoln Navigator AWDs 10-inch touch screen is clear and sharp, even with the middling Sync3 system, but the screen is planted smack dab in the middle of that otherwise clean spartan dash. The controls, from the vents to the steering wheel, have notched dials, which provides a nuanced consistency. [ROBERT DUFFER / TNS] By Phoebe Wall HowardTribune News ServiceDETROIT „ After 40 years of selling cars, Jere Law sees something new and shocking.People are writing $100,000 checks for a vehicle,Ž said the general manager of Varsity Lincoln in Novi, Mich. That may not sound like a lot in other places, but thats the first time happening for Lincoln here in Michigan.Ž Business executives, doc-tors, pro athletes and parents with big families are placing orders for the new Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV.Its selling as fast as it can be made, with factory workers in Kentucky working multiple shifts seven days a week.This vehicle has sizzle,Ž Law said. Were negotiating now with a pro coach in town and a president of one of the pro sports teams.Ž (He wouldnt disclose names.)A basic 2018 Lincoln Navi-gator Premiere isnt cheap at $73,250. And, depending on the options added, known as trim,Ž consumers are spending even more for Select, Reserve and Black Label versions.In fact, 85 percent of the Navigator sales top $81,205.I didnt expect that,Ž said Robert Parker, global direc-tor of marketing, sales and service for Lincoln. I mean, even our entry level product is amazing. But customers are voting with their wal-lets. Its a pretty strong vote of confidence.ŽAnd the waiting list? Its a good problem to have,Ž he said. Like driving a La-Z-BoyMany consumers request the top-level Black Label, which starts at $96,905 and can reach $103,200. Extras include a rear entertainment system with wireless headphones and a cargo management package.2018 Lincoln Navigator: Insanely hot seller „ even at $100K After 40 years of selling cars, Jere Law sees something new and shocking. People are writing $100,000 checks for a vehicle,Ž said the general manager of Varsity Lincoln in Novi, Mich. That may not sound like a lot in other places, but thats the “ rst time happening for Lincoln here in Michigan.Ž Business executives, doctors, pro athletes and parents with big families are placing orders for the new Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV. [ROBERT DUFFER / TNS] See PROBLEMS, C2 See LUXURY, C2 See LINCOLN, C2


C2 Friday, March 16, 2018 | DIDYOUKNOW PoweredByAccordingtotheInsuranceInstituteforHighwaySafety,forward collisionwarningreducesfrontinto-rearcrashesby27percent. AUTOMOTIVE AUTOBITSPersonalizeyourridewitha newsetofwheelsTheideaofanewcaror truckisexciting.Whatsevenmoreexcitingismakingthatnewvehicleyourown.AccordingtotheSpecialtyEquipmentMarketAssociationinits2017Market ResearchReport,wheels areamongthemostpurchaseditemsbyconsumersinthe$42billionaftermarketindustry.Becausetherearemanywheeloptions,SEMArecommendsresearchingthe variouswheeltypesavailableforyourspecificvehicleandlearningaboutthedifferentwheelfinishoptions,eachofwhichhasitsadvantagesanddisadvantages. „Brandpoint Tipstomakesureyourcaris readyforthatroadtripTheCarCareCouncilsug-gestsafewstepstomakesureyourvehicleissafeand road-tripready:-Checkthatallinteriorandexteriorlighting isworkingproperly,and replacewornwiperblades soyoucanseeclearlywhen drivingatnightandduringspringshowers.-Checkthetires,includ-ingtirepressureandtread.Underinflatedtiresreduceavehiclesfueleconomyandunevenwearindicatesaneedforwheelalignment.-Checkfiltersandfluids,includingengineoil,power steeringandbrakeand transmission,aswellas windshieldwashersolventandantifreeze/coolant. „MoreContentNowByGregZylaMoreContentNowBaseprice: $38,355 Priceastested: $47,534 Thisweek,werebehind thewheelofthe2018 LexusNX300hSUV,with all-wheeldrive(AWD) astandardfeature.The hŽnomenclaturerefers toahybridelectricpower system,whiletheNX designatesitisamember oftheimpressivefamily ofLexusCrossoversand SUVsthatallusetheletterXŽfordistinction. ThisimpressivefamilyofLexusXŽvehicles startswiththenon-hybrid NX300turboat$35,985, mid-sizeRXat$43,2700, full-sizeGXat$52,155up tothemega-sizeLXbeginningat$85,380.Ourtester NX300hAWDhybrid, listedasasmallSUV,starts at$38,355.Upcomingis anall-newcompactLexus UXthatwillstartinthe $30,000areaandisset forproductionthisyear. OurtesterNX300h hybridoffersafuelmileage benefitthatshardtobeat inthisclass.Motivation startswithanAtkinson hybridpowersourceutilizingelectricmotivation toworkintandemwith theinternalcombustion enginewhilecruising. Theendresultisexcellentfueleconomythanks tolessenginedemand. Newfor2018area tweakedexterioranda Navigationmediasystem withalarger10.25-inch display.Otherthanthese features,itsprettymuch thesameasthe2017 Lexus300hthatisstill initsfirstgeneration. Diggingfurtherintothe aforementionedinternalcombustionfindsall Lexus300hmodelsrelyingontheproven2.5-liter, 12.5toonecompression, 150-horsepowerinlinefour thatmatetoanickel-metal magneticbatterypackand twoelectricdrive44-horse motors.Thiscombodeliversatotalsystemoutput of194horsepowerwith theend-resulta31MPG combinedfuelmileageat33 cityand31highway.Expect accelerationofzeroto60 mphinabout9seconds. Acontinuouslyvariable electronicallycontrolled automatictransmission (CVT)hookstothepower plant,makingitsMPG numberspossible.The CVTistheonlytransmissionavailableforthehybrid model,butifyouchoose theturbo2.0-liter,235horsenon-hybridNX300, youllreceiveasix-speed automaticinsteadof theCVT.Thestandard full-timeall-wheeldrive systemontheNX300h receivesassistancefroma rearelectric-drivemotor helpsdeliverexcellent tractionandenhanced drivingabilitiesinpoor weatherscenarios. Knownforabundant safetyfeatures,including eightairbagsandadded structuralprotection features,LexusNX300 willsurelyearnFive-Star governmentsafetyratingswithsuperiorimpact performanceinfront,side androllovertestevaluations.Wellnotedisthat everyLexus300NX,be ithybridorturbomodel, comeswiththeLexus SafetySystemPlusand EnformSafetyConnect, whichyourLexusdealer willexplainindetail. Asforconsumermagazinesandinternetauto websites,theyallfindthe Lexus300serieshighin satisfactionandreliabilityratings.Additionally, allLexusbrands,from theentrymodelstothe ultraLX,rateatornear thetopineverysatisfactionsurveyIvechecked. Ontheroad,youllenjoy surefootedandnimble driving,withoneofthe quietestinteriorsexperiencedtodate.Astandardeight-speakerLexus DisplayAudioSystem features440watts,HD radio,MP3/USB/iPod/ iTunes,Bluetooth,SiriusXMandrealtimetraffic/ weather.TheLexuscabin isfirstclassallthewayin thatitbothlooksandfeels greatthankstotheLexus touchofaffluence.Expect acomfortablerideonthose long,freewaydrives. Likes: Efficienthybrid system,fuelmileage,Lexus opulenceandreliability. Dislikes: Expensive optionpackages,somewhat noisyunderfullacceleration,notmuchelse. GregZylawritesweekly forMoreContentNow.TestDrive:2018LexusNX300hAWDHybrid2018LexusNX300hAWDHybrid.[LEXUS] procedure. This is a long shot but worth a try! Lets say the vehicle owner replaced the gas cap and accidentally chose a version that didnt contain the needed vacuum/vent valve. Depending on fuel level and driving time the engine could starve for fuel, losing power and ultimately quitting „ for a time, until air gradually entered the tank. The bottom line is careful analysis of the symptoms and a combination of training, experience, research tenacity (detective skills) and the patience of a saint are needed to fix these toughest of problems! PROBLEMSFrom Page C1button, and third-row pas-sengers are not relegated to third-rate status, because a button reclines their seats as well. Theres plenty of headroom for two adults to fit back there, too, for when the tweens become teens and start pulling their weight behind the wheel. Without the power fold option, the second row seats are not as simple to move in the 8-seat config-uration, though our tweens eventually figured it out on their own. Overall, it is roomier and more evolved than the Cadillac Escalade.Approach the vehicle and welcome lighting illu-minates the door handles and ground. The power running board acts like a robotic servant helping you in and out. Visually, the massively broad mesh grille dominates rear view mirrors, yet it can still fit in most garages, even with roof rails. The 22-inch wheels with 16 spokes can be dizzying to some, yet at most speeds it looks like the spokes are not moving at all.Inside, the quiet cabin has gorgeously rich wood trim on the dash, doors and massive center console, which has an open storage area beneath it for handbags. Clever storage spaces abound throughout. Its luxury defined on first sight, and that is reinforced by the technology, for the most part.The 10-inch touch screen is clear and sharp, even with the middling Sync3 system, but the screen is planted smack dab in the middle of that otherwise clean spartan dash. Embed-ded screens look and feel more unified. The controls, from the vents to the steer-ing wheel, have notched dials, which provides a nuanced consistency. It took a while to figure out the functions of the steering wheel controls, from adaptive cruise to adjust-ing the head up display, and how to quickly access the menus in the instrument cluster so you dont have to bother with the screen. Cadillacs system is more intuitive in that regard, but we started to get the hang of it by the end of the week in the Reserve trim tester. The head up display is broad and low, and full of the essential drive info without being cluttered. And its a blast to blast Beastie Boys or Imagine Dragons for the beastly boys in the back, from the wonderful Revel 20-speaker sound system.A knob in the center console opens access to the seven different drive modes, though we couldnt much tell the difference in them, other than some more responsiveness and delayed shift points in exciteŽ mode. At 5,855 pounds, theres more excitement from the seats. Toggling between normal and conserve modes, on mixed-use driving, we averaged just shy of 16 mpg, which is the EPA esti-mate for city only. On the highway only it was more like 19.5 mpg. That was disappointing, though we werent really lightfooting it. A car full of kids has a way of pushing the needle, so to speak. The 10-speed is quick and smooth, and the engine delivers whats expected.Expectations should be high at this price point, and Lincoln exceeds them. The Navigator in Reserve trim is roomier, more refined and more complete than the Escalade or the Infiniti QX80. The $10,000 ques-tion is if its worth that much more than the new 400-horsepower Ford Expedition in Platinum trim.Given the state of air travel, the Navigator might be the best way for the larger family to travel the states, or to haul the team from one event to the next. LUXURYFrom Page C1The price points are unprecedented for a Detroit Three automaker and among the highest in the industry. In January alone, Lincoln saw average transaction prices on the Navigator jump by $21,300.Joey Maruskin, 55, a pump and valve sales representa-tive from Highland Township, picked up his new Navigator a few days ago. Its like driving a La-Z-Boy down the freeway.ŽHe explained, I went with the Black Label for the 30-way adjustable seats. This one has lumbar support in five differ-ent places, massage elements from the back of the knee to the back of your neck. Its amazing. You can adjust the seats not just forward and backward or up and down but around your legs and rib cage.ŽHe drives more than 30,000 miles a year and sees a signif-icant technology difference since his 2015 Navigator.Its like going from the Flintstones to the Jetsons,Ž Maruskin said. I can transport six kids and theres no arguing over USB outlets because theres enough for everybody. Nobody has worry about bat-teries dying. The only thing I didnt get is rear entertainment, because the kids have their own tablets and use the WiFi. That way they can watch what they want.ŽHigh end features include Venetian leather seats, leather-wrapped instrument panels, suede head rests, plush carpet, Mahogany wood interior or teak wood accents, a panoramic roof, a 20-speaker sound system, aligned wood grain patterns, illuminated handles and safety belt buckles, and a piano key shifter on the console. Understated eleganceU.S. sales in the large luxury SUV segment have doubled since 2011 to 216,684 vehicles in 2017.Viktor Gjonaj, 40, a commercial real estate broker from Shelby Township, traded his 2015 Navigator for a Black Label. Its understated elegance. Im 6-feet-6inches tall with a wife and four daughters, so we need a ton of space. Nothing else felt so refined.ŽFor the past 10 years, Gen-eral Motors has dominated sales in the large luxury SUV segment with the Cadillac Escalade, and still leads. Its sales slightly dipped to 37,694 in 2017. Navigator sales slightly rose to 10,593 in 2017. Dealers say about half their new Navigator buyers are Lincoln customers, and the rest are turning in their other Range Rovers, Escalades and even Mercedes vehicles.Escalade conditioned the clients for this vehicle, which has made the Navigator a natural fit at $100,000,Ž Law said. The conquest is unbe-lievable. We are appraising more off brands than we ever have in the past.ŽPedro Ramos, 26, a restaurant owner from El Paso, Texas, and father of four, traded his 2015 Escalade for a Black Label. He said the front-row seats werent as comfortable as he hoped, the third row was hard to access and the entertainment system felt outdated.We have three car seats on the second-row bench seat,Ž he said. While driving around town or on long trips, I really disliked the idea of carrying 20 DVDs with us everywhere.ŽThe self-described car enthusiast read Navigator reviews months before plac-ing his order and picked it up in December at North Park Lincoln in San Antonio.Trips to dealers have decreased over the past five years as buyers such as Ramos prefer to research and make choices online, then go to the dealer for confirmation.More Navigators are sold in the Lone Star State than anyplace else.Chris Poulos, vice president and general manager of West Point Lincoln in Hous-ton, remembers selling the Navigator 20 years ago for $42,100, so the latest price seems natural. His average sale now for the Navigator is $96,000. I have sold every one I can get,Ž he said. We sold 30 in January. We sold 19 in February. Ive got 61 orders in the bank and 53 of those are spoken for. And 90 percent of everything is high-end.ŽMarcus LeLeux, 47, a retired banker from Park City, Utah, traded his 2016 Volvo XC90 for a Black Label because the family spends so much time driving in the mountains and visiting relatives in Texas and Colorado.Ive never purchased a Navigator before. We had a Range Rover,Ž said the stay-at-home dad with an 11-year-old son. But this 2018 model had class-leading horsepower. I love cars. I like power. Im a guy.Ž LINCOLNFrom Page C1

PAGE 23 | Friday, March 16, 2018 C3 MOVIES & TV MOVIEREVIEW V ikandereortlessly stepsintoJoliesshoes inTombRaiderSTAYTUNED MoredarktalesoftheAmerican dreamonAmericanGreed P eoplewhoscam theirchurchcongregationandnave lotterywinners,eventheir mother,haveallappeared onAmericanGreed,Žthe showthatdocumentsthe darksideoftheAmerican dream.Partoftheappealis watchingthescamunfold andmarvelingatboththe audacityofthepersons plantostealtensofmillionsfromfamily,friends, clientsandemployersand theostentatiousdisplays ofwealth,allwhileknowingthatheorshewillbe broughttojustice.The otherpartoftheshows appealisthegreatStacy Keachwho,alongwith beinganaward-winning stage,screenandtelevisionactor,isthebest narratorinprimetime. Keachweavestalesof schemessoegregious anddesireforwealth andpowersoinsatiable, itshardtobelievethey areactuallytrue.Andhe doessousingclichsthat somehowsoundwiseand wonderful.Howdoes acontrollerofafamily ownedfruitcakeempire, forexample,fundalifestyle hecantpossibleafford? AsKeachquips,Itseasy whenyourespending otherpeoplesdough.Ž Intheepisode(Season 11:StickyFingers/Lifein theFraudLaneŽ),Sandy, thecontroller,steals$16 millionoveraneight-year period.Hisplanisnot socleverthatmostofus couldnthavecomeupwith itandyetheisntfound outevenwhenhedrivesa Bentleythroughhissmall Texastown,regularlyuses privateplanesfortravel andbuysdozensofluxury watches.(Hiswife,alittle savvierabouttherelationshipbetweenconspicuous consumptionandsmalltowngossip,insiststhat heryearlynewcarpurchase bemadeinthesamecolor astheyearbeforesoasnot togetpeopletalking).Its thankstoaninheritance, Sandysaystoeveryone whowondersabouthowhis latestpurchasemakessense onacontrollerssalary. Itsimpossiblenotto shakeyourheadindisbelief,wonderinghowsomeonecouldsoeasilydeflect suspicion,letaloneget awaywithacheckscheme soobviousitshouldtake adayortwotouncover. Andthatswhatmakes thisseriesentertaining. Itsucksyouinwithstoriesofunbelievablybold crimescommittedby ordinarypeople.Thenit wrapsthosecrimesaround lifestylesoftheonepercentandtopsthemoff withamoralitylesson. Whenitallcrashes downinasatisfyingarrest becausefellowemployees starttoinvestigate(asis thecaseforSandy),investmentclientsstarttorealizetheyarebeingstalled orlawenforcementgrows toocurious,thestrange storyreachesitsexpected conclusion.Theguiltyare punishedandlessonsare learned.Turnsoutitsnot smarttoletthecontrollerofyourfruitcakebusinesswritethechecksand balancethebooks.And itsneveragoodideato giveeverypennyyouown tooneguywhoalways seemstobehardtoreach, evenifheisyourson. MelissaCrawleyisthe authorofMr.Sorkin GoestoWashington: ShapingthePresidenton TelevisionsTheWest Wing.Ž AmericanGreedŽonMondaysat10p.m.EDTonCNBC.[KURTIS PRODUCTIONS] MelissaCrawleyByEdSymkusMoreContentNowAliciaVikanderis steppingintotheshoes ofAngelinaJolie,who playedLaraCroftin twopreviousfilms,but Vikander,29,completelyreinvents,and nowowns,thepartin thisoriginstory.She spokeaboutitrecently inLosAngeles.Q:This“lmisverydifferentfromtheAngelinaJolie entries,inthatitsasmuch aboutLaraCroftspersonalityasitisaboutaction andspecialeffects.Was playingLarabeforeshe becomestheLarathefans knowwhatdrewyoutoit?A:Ourinspirationwas thatitsacoming-ofagestory.Thisfilmis b asedmoreonthe2013 videogame,andthere sheis,anormalgirlin thebeginning.Ifyou havetheoriginstory, thenthatsawayforus tokindofgettoknow thecharacters,tofeelfor them,torelatetothem. IthoughtitwaswonderfulthatIcouldplay ayoungwomanwhos stilltryingtofindher footingintheworld.Q:Wereyoualready familiarwiththeprevious moviesandthegames?A:Iwasprobably around9or10whenI wenttoafriendshouse andsaw(thefirst)game. Ihadntseenafemale protagonistinacomputergame,andIwas socurious.Iremember askingtheolderboysif Iwasallowedtoplay, andtheywouldntlet me.Ihadtowaituntilit wasjustmeandIcould sneakintothatroom andIplayeditthen.Q:Yourewellknown forbeingin“lmsonthe arthousecircuit.Wasthisa bigchallengeforyou?A:Ivedonealot morearthousefilms, butIvelovedthiskind offilmsinceIwasakid. Andwhenyouredoing somethinglikethis,and thefilmsIlookuptoin thisgenre,thatswhen youreabletomake thesebigspectacles withheart,andmakean artful,interestingstory thatsalsocommercial andbigandloud,asit shouldbe.Thatwasthe biggestchallenge,and Irealizedthatearlyon. Butthatalsogavemea lotofenergyandforce throughouttheshoot.LaraCrofttakescarefulaim atthebadguys.[WARNER BROS.PICTURES] TombRaiderŽOpensonMarch16. ByEdSymkusMoreContentNowIfyoureagamer,andyouve playedandbeenafanoftheLara Croftseriesoverthepastcoupleof decades,theoddsarethatyoure goingtolikethisrebootofwhatwas hopedtobeafilmfranchisestarringAngelinaJolieastheactionloving,risk-taking,always-in-peril adventuress.Onlytwofilmswere made„in2001and2003„neitherofwhichearnedpositive reviewsormassiveboxoffice. Still,thegameitselfremained popular,andhaditsownrebootin 2013,leadingdirectlytothisnew film,whichservesasanorigin story„tellinghowyoungLara CroftbecametheLaraCroftwe know„andprovidesthethrillsand spillsexpectedinafilmlikethis. Ifyourenotagamer,andhave neverseenaLaraCroftfilm,the sameoddsapply.Thisisawild ridethathasSwedishactress AliciaVikander(ExMachina,Ž TheDanishGirlŽ)notonly ablysteppingintotheshoesof Jolie,butabsolutelydominatingthefilmwithcharisma,action heroappeal,andthephysicalityittakestoplaythepart. Heresahandytiptogetthemost funoutofwatchingTombRaiderŽ: Dontevenattempttoremember theexoticnamesofmythiccharactersordistantlands.Forgetabout thepilingupofintricaciesinthe plot.Youneedntworryaboutthe mysteriousislandinthemiddleof theDevilsSea,orthelosttomb ofanancient,powerful,andpossiblyevilqueenofJapan.Justgo withtheaction,whichisalways lurkingaroundacorner,waitingtoexplodeonthescreen. InpreviousLaraCroftfilms,the titlecharacterwasaskilledfighter whowasself-assuredanddetermined,constantlyrunningaround savingtheworldfromsecretsocietiesandmadscientists.Thistime, shesshownasayounggirlwhos happiestwhenaroundherwealthy businessman/adventurerdad (DominicWest),thenasanaimless youngwomanwhosnevercome togripswithherdadsmysterious disappearance,eventuallyasthe rebellious,stubborn,brave,quickwitted,andphysicallyfitheroine. Anicetouchinthescriptisthat shesinreallygoodshapeeven beforesheknowsshesgoingonan adventure.Hereverydayactivities inLondonincludedeliveringfood„ alaPeterParker„asabicyclecourier,andworkingoutinanMMA ring.Ontopofthat,Vikanders Laraismuchmorefuntobearound thanJolies,whocameacrossas alittletooslickandserious. Anamusingchasethroughthe Londonstreetssoonturnstoamore seriousstoryline,withLarafinally givingintomountingpressuresto acceptherstill-missingfathers demise,andsignpapersthatwill makeherabeneficiary.Butthat decisioniswhatleadstoanunexpectedjourney,onethattakesher totheFarEast,thentothatmysteriousislandandtoonetreacheroussituationleadingtoanother. Letsnotforgettheall-important villainofthestory,hereacoldblooded,trigger-happy,emotionallycomplicatedmercenary namedMathiasVogel(Walton Goggins),whooverseesanarmy ofslaveworkersontheislandin asearchfortheremainsofthat ancientqueen.Theresalsoa mysterymaninthewoods,but hisidentificationwillremaina mystery,atleastonthispage. AmidstIndianaJones-ysettings, somegruesomeeventsnearthe end,andevenacoupleoftearyeyed personalmoments,TombRaiderŽ featuresstrongperformancesand engagingtechnicalachievements, aswellasfast-paced,sturdydirectionfromNorwegianfilmmaker RoarUthaug(TheWaveŽ).Theres alsoanunnecessarybutpretty coolsequel-readyconclusion. EdSymkuswritesaboutmovies forMoreContentNow.Hecanbe[WARNERBROS.PICTURES] Rebootedandre-energized TombRaideragreat adaptationofthevideogame TombRaiderŽWrittenbyGenevaRobinson-Dworet andAlastairSiddons;directedbyRoar Uthaug WithAliciaVikander,WaltonGoggins, DominicWest,DanielWu, KristinScottThomas RatedPG-13 LaraCroftbetterthanever




DEAR ABBY: This is the 37th anniversary of when I met and fell in love with a beautiful young woman in Iowa. We were together less than a year before she decided to pursue her dreams in California. When she left, it broke my heart for years. To this day I still feel the loss. In the years that followed, our paths crossed a few more times. Because I was recently married then, I told my old friend and lover I needed to close the book on our relationship. Saying it ripped my heart out because I knew it would cause me to lose her forever, but we both respected it. After a divorce many years later, I started looking for her, to no avail. An urgency has overcome me now because I have been diagnosed with cancer and I'm not sure what my future holds. I don't want to rekindle something I can't nish, but I would like to say goodbye one last time before I'm laid to my eternal rest. Should I continue searching for her or should I stop, hoping she hears my prayers after all these years and knowing I tried to do the right thing by her when I smiled and waved as she drove away so long ago? -UNSURE OF MY FUTURE DEAR UNSURE: Please accept my sympathy for your diagnosis. I'm sure most women would be touched to hear they were the love of someone's life, even if that love was unrequited. Remember, that decision was made many years ago. What if you nd her and she's married with children? Would it make you feel better or worse? These days, many cancers are treatable/curable. If you should nd her and you are not terminal, will it give you closure or more heartache? Only you can answer that. DEAR ABBY: My ex-wife and I have a 5-year-old son, "Ricky." Each year it's becoming more of a disagreement how to handle details for his birthday party. She believes that, in addition to inviting his closest friends, we need to invite every child in his school's class. Ricky is in kindergarten and there are 18 children in his class. She says we can't risk hurting any potential uninvited classmates (and thereby their parents). My thinking is it's our son's special day and he should have only the people there he wants most. There's also the party's expense. I don't believe we need to foot the bill for extra kids and supplies. Personally, I also don't want our son to be spoiled by receiving so many additional birthday presents. Where do you sit on this issue? And if you agree with my wife, how old will our son be when this is no longer in effect? -KEEPING THE PEACE IN FLORIDA DEAR KEEPING THE PEACE: I do not agree with your wife. If your son would be inviting all but a few of his classmates, then I can see that there might be hurt feelings. But if the number of guests is limited to say, six, I don't think that would be the case. Fear of offending the parents of the uninvited two-thirds of his class should not enter into the decision. This would also ensure that your son is not snowed under by an avalanche of gifts. 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 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 Cancer diagnosis prompts search for lifes lost love PERK UP WITH HOME DELIVERY SUBSCRIBE TODAY! CALL 352-787-0600 OR VISIT DAILYCOMMERCIAL.COM HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018:This year you greet a new beginning, though you might not be conscious of it right away. Your creativity and intensity mark your year. If you are single, many admirers surround you. Choosing the right person will take talent, but it is a strong possibility that you will nd him or her. If you are attached, avoid becoming too me-oriented, as it can happen easily with your imagination soaring. Allow your sweetie to take the lead more often. A fellow PISCES demonstrates how he or she cares.ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) A new beginning becomes possible if you are willing to share more of your thoughts. You might feel uncomfortable with some of the changes you see, but you are convinced that you need to adapt to them. A boss could start to be quite manipulative. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) Zero in on a long-term desire. It might be difcult to manifest what you want. How you view a friendship could change, given some time. You and another person do not see eye to eye; avoid a power play. Try to accept each others differences. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Reach out to a loved one. Sometimes you nd yourself in power plays that you cant seem to get out of. Know when you have had too much of this type of interaction. Your caring attitude lights up your day as well as others. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Make it OK to say little right now, especially if you feel as if you are wandering from topic to topic. Allow your creativity to emerge, and your life will ow in a more positive way. Recognize when you have gone overboard. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Your need for excitement marks your plans. Get through your to-do list, which might be intimidating to others, but not to you. You have more energy than many of those around you, and it becomes evident during the day. Stick to the bottom line. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) You could be too tired to continue on your chosen path. Take a break, defer to someone else and feel free to do your thing. A friend might interfere with your focus, but you wont mind his or her distraction. In fact, you could be quite attered. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Stay mellow, despite the pressure you feel from someone else. You need to honor your own needs and desires right now. Your creativity and unusual ideas draw more inspired people toward you. Act on your thoughts and feelings. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) You might want to get past a problem, yet youll need to make an effort to do so. You could get caught up in some negative thoughts that will slow down your progress. Positive thinking helps you to see the possibilities, as long as you can relax. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) If you get past an immediate problem, which could involve money, you will be able to be more focused. Trust your ability to bypass conventional thinking when you need to. Investigate what is going on in your personal life. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) You make a difference by clearing out an ongoing issue. You notice how controlling and challenging you have become. Know that this attitude wont always work in your favor. Your ability to detach and see the big picture is what makes you a success. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Stay in control of your nancial situation, as difcult as it might be. You could feel as if certain parts of your life are spinning out of control. You will see life from a clearer perspective once you focus on the costs of various areas of your life. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You feel in sync with the moment. Others see you as a leader. Your response to a challenging person or nancial matter could be to ignore it for now. You can do that, but expect to receive a strong reaction from others. Complete your tasks. | Friday, March 16, 2018 C5 TODAY IS FRIDAY, MARCH 16, the 75th day of 2018. There are 290 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY: On March 16, 1968, the My Lai (mee ly) massacre took place during the Vietnam War as U.S. Army soldiers hunting for Viet Cong ghters and sympathizers killed unarmed villagers in two hamlets of Son My (son mee) village; estimates of the death toll vary from 347 to 504. Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. ON THIS DATE: In 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew reached the Philippines, where Magellan was killed during a battle with natives the following month. In 1802 President Thomas Jeerson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. In 1926 rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the rst liquid-fueled rocket at his Aunt Ee's farm in Auburn, Massachusetts. In 1945 during World War II, American forces declared they had secured Iwo Jima, although pockets of Japanese resistance remained. In 1966 NASA launched Gemini 8 on a mission to rendezvous and dock with Agena, a target vehicle in orbit; although the docking was successful, the joined vehicles began spinning, forcing Gemini to disconnect and abort the ight.


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