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SPORTS | B1LEESBURG, WILDWOOD COACHES EARN HONORS LOCAL & STATE | A3$500K BOND FOR SHOOTING SUSPECTS BROTHER IN SCHOOL TRESPASS SPORTS | B1REAL LIFE CHRISTIAN SCORES WIN OVER EUSTIS Opinion .......................A9 Weather ......................A10 Sports...........................B1 Dine ............................C1 Diversions ....................C7 Comics ........................C8 Volume 142, Issue 80 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Wednesday, March 21, 2018 75 ¢ Leesburg High School Principal Michael Randolph said staff visited Poinciana High Schools Building and Construction Technology program to get ideas for a construction academy at Leesburg High. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER/DAILY COMMERCIAL] Leesburg High School construction program gets $866K in state fundingBy Carlos E. Medinacmedina@dailycommercial.comLEESBURG … Nestled inside the $88.7 billion Florida budget this year is money which local school officials hope will help revitalize Leesburg High Schools construction academy.While the final award of $866,000 is less than the $1.5 million sought, the money will help kick-start the program which hopes to help train the next generation of contractors, carpenters, masons, electri-cians and plumbers.The program will feature college preparatory classes as well as certification classes for the various mechanical trades. The school hopes to work with area businesses to offer intern-ships and apprenticeships to students.Well be able to get kids ready to work and put them in jobs and start them as early as sophomores on job sites. Theyre going to be able to make a good bit of money even during the summer months. So were excited about the potential,Ž Lake County Superintendent Diane Kornegay said.Michael Randolph, Leesburgs principal, said the money is a blessing.We have some great ideas,Ž he said. Were just blessed for the assistance were getting.ŽNot long ago, Randolph went to Poinciana High School to visit their Building and Construction Technology pro-gram to get ideas for the local academy.ŽThey are one of the best if not the best construction academies in the state,Ž he said.Randolph said the academy will use the money as startup capital to buy supplies and round out their tool inventory.Our ultimate goal for our construction academy is to be completely self-sufficient,Ž he said.The school hopes to use Poincianas model and make picnic tables, chairs and other items which they can then sell to the public to help fund the academy. Those projects would help teach students basic construction techniques and how to operate tools correctly.Building a futureShooter killed in confrontation with school resource o cerBy Matthew Barakat and Jesse J. HollandThe Associated PressGREAT MILLS, Md. „ A teenager armed a handgun shot and critically wounded a girl inside a Maryland school on Tuesday and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. A third student was in good condition after he was shot.The shooting at Great Mills High School, a month after 17 people were killed at a Florida high school, increased calls for Congress to act on gun violence at schools. This weekend, students across the country plan an anti-gun violence march on the nations capital.In Maryland, it wasnt immediately clear whether the shooter took his own life or was killed by the officers bullet, St. Marys County Sheriff Tim Cameron said, but the officer was credited with prevent-ing any more loss of life.Authorities didnt release a motive, but said they believe the girl and the shooter „ 17-year-old Austin Rollins „ previously had a relationship. It wasnt clear how the 14-year-old boy was wounded. The officer, who doubles as a SWAT team member, was unharmed.Politicians responded swiftly to the shooting about 65 miles southeast of Washington.Teen shoots girl in Maryland schoolStaff ReportTAVARES „ The vicious weather that blasted much of the Southeast United States Monday and Tuesday finally found its way to Lake County Tuesday afternoon but produced little more than heavy rain and jitters across the area.There were a tense few moments in the afternoon when the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southwestern Lake County as a severe thunderstorm raced east-ward over Groveland at 50 mph. Meteorologists say radar showed rotation in the storm indicating a tor-nado. The affected areas included Groveland, Mas-cotte, Howey-in-the-Hills, Ferndale and Clermont.Lake County Emergency Management officials say that although there were reports of hail across the area, they received no reports of tornadoes.Still, parts of Lake and surrounding counties saw heavy rain and gusty winds. Some events were cancelled as storms rolled in and some workplaces permitted employees to go home early. The Lake County Sheriffs Office was one, allowing civilian employees to leave early so they wouldnt have to battle the worst of the weather in the late afternoon.The rest of the week is expected to be sunny but cooler, with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 40s Wednesday and Thurs-day. The weekend is expected to be sunny and warmer.Other communities in the Southeast werent as fortunate.A good scare, little damage from stormsBy Jim TurnerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Hurricane Irma kept Florida from reaching a goal of 120 million visitors last year but didnt stop the state from hitting a new single-year tourism high, according to numbers released Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott.Scott announced that Flor-ida drew an estimated 116.5 million visitors in 2017, up 3.6 percent from the previous high of 112.4 million in 2016.Tourism numbers hit high in 2017Key West Mayor Craig Cates, left, presents a shell to Governor Rick Scott Oct. 4, 2017, in Key West. [ROB ONEAL/FLORIDA KEYS NEWS BUREAU VIA AP] See TOURISM, A7 See STORM, A7 See SHOOTING, A7


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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. Monday, March 19 Fantasy 5: 3-6-8-13-28 Cash 4 Life: 3-26-30-51-53-4 Tuesday, March 20 Pick 5 Afternoon: 3-8-7-6-3 Evening: 3-6-7-6-4 Pick 4 Afternoon: 2-1-8-1 Evening: 4-5-3-1 Pick 3 Afternoon: 9-7-2 Evening: 6-3-8 Pick 2 Afternoon: 9-2 Evening: 7-3LOTTERY NATION AND WORLD DIGESTJOHANNESBURGWHO: Tainted food outbreak threatens 16 African nationsA deadly outbreak linked to tainted food in South Africa is now threatening other African nations, with neighboring Namibia reporting a confirmed case that might be connected, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.In a statement, WHO said it has reached out to 16 countries to help with preparedness and response to the listeriosis out-break that has killed nearly 200 people since January 2017. Contaminated meat products may have been exported to two West African countries and a dozen southern African ones, the U.N. health agency said. The countries include Nigeria, the continents most populous nation.THESSALONIKI, GREECEDrunk Turk sentenced for crossing Greek-Turkish borderA Greek court gave a suspended sentence Tuesday to a Turkish national who ran across the tense Greek-Turkish border after a drinking binge.The 40-year-old man, who is of Kurdish origin, sprinted into Greece at the northeastern Kastanies border crossing just before midnight Monday, police said. The man told the court he had been drinking earlier, and that he would like to travel to Sweden, where his children live.By Philip IssaThe Associated PressBEIRUT „ Rockets fired on a market in a governmentcontrolled neighborhood of Damascus on Tuesday killed 35 people and wounded more than 20 others, Syrian state-run media said, marking one of the highest death tolls in a single attack targeting the capital.The government blamed rebels in the eastern suburbs of Damascus for the attack on the Kashkol neighborhood. The capital, seat of President Bashar Assads power, has come under increasing attack as government forces continue to pound rebel-held eastern Ghouta, with military backing from Russia.With government forces tied up in the monthlong offensive on eastern Ghouta, Islamic State militants seized a neighborhood on its southern edge, forcing the government to rush in reinforcements.IS militants captured the neighborhood of Qadam late Monday, a week after rebels had surrendered it to the government. At least 36 soldiers and pro-government militiamen were killed in the clashes, according to the Britain-based Syrian Obser-vatory for Human Rights. It said dozens more were cap-tured or wounded. Last year, the Islamic State group lost the swath of territory it had controlled in eastern Syria since 2014 „ and where it had proclaimed its self-styled caliphateŽ „ but it retains pockets of control in areas across Syria, includ-ing two neighborhoods on the southern edge of Damascus.On Monday, the militants pounced on Qadam from the neighboring Hajr al-Aswad and Yarmouk neighborhoods, which they control. More than 1,000 rebels and their families had earlier fled Qadam for rebel-held territory in the north of the country, instead of submitting to the Damas-cus authorities.There was no comment from the Syrian government following the IS seizure of Qadam.The governments assault on eastern Ghouta has displaced 45,000 people, the United Nations said Tuesday, while tens of thousands more are living in desperate condi-tions in northern Syria, where a Turkish military campaign is underway.In eastern Ghouta, rescue workers were still retrieving bodies from the basement of a school that was bombed Monday by government or Russian jets, a spokesman for the Syrian Civil Defense group said.The bodies of 20 women and children were retrieved from the rubble, said the group, also known as the White Helmets. The school in the town of Arbin was being used as a shelter by residents.Oways al-Shami, the Civil Defense spokesman, said con-tinued bombing was slowing down rescue operations.Theyre not able to use their heavy vehicles because the planes are targeting the Civil Defense directly,Ž al-Shami said of the rescuers.Residents in Douma, the largest town in eastern Ghouta, also reported indiscriminate shelling and airstrikes.I havent been able to go out to look for food since yesterday,Ž said Ahmad Khansour, a media activist who spoke to The Associated Press from a basement in the town. He reported 175 strikes since Monday evening.At least 36 people were killed under the hail of strikes on Tuesday, according to the Observatory.Government forces abruptly intensified their fire on Douma on Sunday after a six-day reprieve allowing a limited number of medical evacuations. In the meantime, they made sweeping advances against other areas of eastern Ghouta, leaving just a fraction of the enclave still outside the governments control.Theres nowhere left to attackŽ but Douma, Khan-sour said.A spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency, Andrej Mahe-cic, told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that although tens of thousands have fled the fighting in eastern Ghouta, thousands more were still trapped and in dire need of aid,Ž adding that a shortage of shelters was a major concern.ŽMeanwhile, the U.N. childrens agency said some 100,000 people were trapped in rural areas of the northern Syrian district of Afrin and in need of humanitarian aid after Turkish and allied Syrian forces drove out a Syrian Kurdish militia there.UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said the agency hadnt been able to deliver health and nutrition supplies to the district in 20 days, and water trucks had stopped deliveries since Thursday. The agency estimates 50,000 children are among those who need humanitarian aid in Afrin.The International Com-mittee for the Red Cross said it was able to deliver 25 tons of humanitarian aid items, like blankets, diapers, lamps, and water tanks, to displaced Afrin families.Reports of looting in the largely deserted town spread on Tuesday, as more photos emerged showing allied Syrian rebel fighters attached to Turkeys mili-tary campaign breaking into shops, stealing goods and cattle, and hauling off trac-tors and motorcycles amid scenes of celebration.Rocket attack on Syrian capital kills 35Civil Defense workers put out a “ re Tuesday following airstrikes and shelling in Douma, in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, Syria. [SYRIAN CIVIL DEFENSE WHITE HELMETS VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

PAGE 3 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 BEST BETS FOR TODAYLEARN TO BE A SAVVY TRAVELER: At 2 p.m. at Minneola Schoolhouse Library, 100 S. Main Ave. With travel agent Sheri Mruz. Free. Call 352-4323921 for information. OPEN HOUSE: From 3 to 6 p.m. at Fresenius Kidney Care Clermont West, 14619 County Road 565 in Groveland. Tour the clinic, meet staff and learn about services offered. Light refreshments available. Free and open to the public. Email for information. ADULT COLORING AND COFFEE: From 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Eustis Memorial Library, 120 N. Center St. All supplies, coffee and tea provided. Bring your own materials if desired. Call Ms. Lauren at 352-357-0896 or 352-357-5686. CAREERSOURCE CENTRAL FLORIDA: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Sumter Adult Education Center, 1425 County Road 526A in Sumterville. Walk-in services for scholarship applications, resume writing, job search assistance and online learning. Call 352-793-5719.NEWS BRIEFSTAVARESCorrections of“ cer resigns over harassment claimsA correctional officer at the Lake County Detention Center in Tavares resigned Monday after he was accused of sexually harassing a nurse who works at the jail.The nurse, who is employed by Armor Correctional Health Services, reported two incidents of inappropriate conduct on the part of Sgt. William TonyŽ Tabor. She stated on March 8, Tabor made inappropriate comments and tried to kiss her while the two were alone. During another inci-dent that occurred on March 12, Tabor allegedly made another advance by making unprofessional comments and touching her inappropriately.Investigators began looking into the allegations and suspended Tabor. The Sher-iffs Office notified Tabor last week that it was suspending him, and he resigned Monday.Tabor has been employed at the jail since 2002. This case is also being investigated crimi-nally, according to a statement released by the Sheriffs Office Tuesday morning. LEESBURGLeesburg rescinds boil-water notice issued after main breakThe City of Leesburg has rescinded the mandatory boil-water notice originally issued on March 18 for homes and businesses in an area that extends from North 13th Street to Thomas Avenue, and from Center Street and Montclair Road to Vine Street. Residents on the following streets no longer have to boil water:Butler Street, Camella Drive, Center Street, Flora Street, Gardenia Drive, High Street, Jasmine Way, Jobbins Drive, Lone Oak Drive, Mont-clair Road, North 13 Street, North 14th Street, North 15th Street, North Chester Street, North College Street, North Lone Oak Drive, North Moss Street, North Truett Street, South Truett Street, Oak Avenue, Sandy Oaks Circle, Seminole Drive, South Chester Street, South College Street, South Lone Oak Drive, South Moss Street, South Oakland Street, Tanglewood Drive, Thomas Avenue, Vine Street West Line Street, West Main Street and Westside Drive.The Boil-Water Notice is also rescinded for Silver Point Apartments and The Crossings off Center Street.The city originally issued the boil-water notice following a water main break that occurred in the water distribution system connected to the elevated water tower located on North Col-lege Street between West Main Street and High Street.By Carlos E. Medinacmedina@dailycommercial.comRight now, a trip through the Sorrento/Mount Plym-outh area on County Road 437 requires drivers to make two 90-degree turns onto and off of County Road 46.With traffic along those roads expected to increase thanks to the Wekiva Park-way project now under construction, county officials sought $7 million from the state to build a meandering connection between the separated road.The measure, sponsored by Republican State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, who rep-resents part of east Lake County, made it into the final budget sent to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. But Scott used his veto power to nix the $7 million.Scott vetoes $7M for CR 437Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed several local projects, including $7 million for a road in Sorrento and Mount Plymouth in east Lake County. [AP PHOTO/MARK WALLHEISER] By John KennedyGateHouse Capital BureauTALLAHASSEE „ Vaping and e-cigarettes would be added to the states indoor ban on smoking under a ballot pro-posal advanced Tuesday by the states Constitution Revision Commission.But the same panel showed little interest in a separate proposal that could reduce an anti-smoking campaign voters years ago agreed to finance with a portion of the states land-mark settlement with cigarette makers.Commissioner Lisa Carlton, a former Republican state senator from Osprey, had an easy time getting her proposed vaping ban to the next step on the path to the ballot: The CRCs rules and drafting committee.Those of us who dont vape have been an experiment,Ž said Carlton, who said the secondhand health risks of vaping are still being determined. But its really time for all of us to clean up our malls, restaurants and our workplaces.ŽCarltons proposal would add vaping to the states voter-approved 2002 ban on indoor smoking. She said it was largely a tech-nical change, pointing out that while e-cigarettes have only become widely available in the last few years, they pose poten-tial health risks to users, and those near them.I just see this as keeping up with technology,Ž said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who also serves on the CRC.Bondi said that in 2002, vaping was something that was never contemplated.ŽCarltons proposal would ban vaping at restaurants, offices and most other indoor public settings. It advanced to the CRCs Style and Drafting Committee, a final step before coming back for a vote by the full commission which faces a May 10 deadline for finalizing its 2018 ballot proposals.The other smoking measure by Commissioner Jeannette Nunez, a Republican House member from Miami, drew a range of questions before she postponed action on the proposal amid little apparent support.Nunez is looking to ask voters to revamp a 2006 constitutional amendment that currently steers $23 million from the 1997 settlement with cigarette makers toward the Tobacco Free Florida television adver-tising and marketing campaign. Nunezs proposal would put funding for the program before the Legislature for review.She called the allocation an arbitrary number that does not belong in our constitution.ŽBut Carlton and other mem-bers questioned the move. Carlton said that through a long series of CRC hearings around the state, Im not seeing a groundswell from the public that says we have to change this.ŽProposal would ban vaping indoorsZachary Cruz charged with trespassing at Stoneman Douglas High, bond set at $500KBy Curt AndersonThe Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE „ A judge set an unusually high $500,000 bond on Tuesday and imposed a host of other restrictions for the brother of the Florida school shooting suspect, who was charged with trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.A prosecutor said that Zachary Cruz, 18, expressed admiration for his brother Nikolas Cruzs fame since the Feb. 14 shooting and that they had discussed whether it might attract girls and pen pals.He has been heard observing how popular (Nikolas) name is now,Ž said Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy at a hearing.Weeks after his brother murdered, injured and terrorized at the school, (Zachary) was there,Ž she said. Many (parents) kept their children home today. They have again been terrorized.ŽProsecutors said it was the third time he had visited the campus even though he was warned to stay away.Shooting suspects brother arrestedZachary Cruz, center, the brother of the Florida school shooting suspect, is displayed in a monitor via closed circuit television from the main jail as he makes his “ rst appearance on charges of trespassing on the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Tuesday at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. A judge set an unusually high $500,000 bond on Tuesday and imposed a host of other restrictions. [PHOTOS BY AMY BETH BENNETT/SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL VIA AP] Defense attorney Joseph Kimok argues against a very high bond for Zachary Cruz, the brother of the Florida school shooting suspect, during Cruzs “ rst appearance on charges of trespassing on the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Tuesday at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Staff and wire reportsTALLAHASSEE„ Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill that will make Daytona Beach educator and civil rights icon Mary McLeod Bethune the first black American with a statue in the U.S. Capitols Statuary Hall Collection.Scott signed 30 bills into law and his office released the list Monday night, eight days after the annual legislative session ended.The Bethune bill (SB 472) received nearly unani-mous support in the House and Senate before getting Scotts signature.Bethune was born in South Carolina, the daughter of former slaves, and came to Daytona Beach as a young woman, starting in 1904 a private school for black students, which eventually became Bethune-Cookman University. She was active in the NAACP and served as an adviser to former Presi-dent Franklin Roosevelt and three other presidents, before her death in 1955.Dr. Michelle Carter-Scott, chairwoman of the B-CU Board of Trustees, was pleased with the news.Today, it became official. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune will take her place in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.,Ž Carter-Scott said. This reminds us that this coun-trys rich history is inclusive of many races and outstand-ing accomplishments of men Bethune to get statue in US CapitolMary McLeod Bethune is shown in Washington, D.C. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Monday that will place a statue of Bethune representing the state of Florida in the U.S. Capitols Statuary Hall Collection. [NEWS-JOURNAL ARCHIVES] See VETO, A4 See VAPING, A4 See BROTHER, A4 See STATUE, A4


A4 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 |I am extremely disappointed. The opening of the Wekiva Parkway will alter traf-fic patterns, which in turn burden our local roads, and the realign-ing CR 437, sooner than later, would have helped tremendously. Without this appropriation, it will take much longer to get this much-needed project completed,Ž said Leslie Campione, Lake County commissioner whose district includes the Sorrento/Mount Plymouth area.The governor defended the veto by stating the project circumvented the Transportation Work Program evaluation process,Ž according to his letter approving the budget.The Wekiva Parkway is a 25-mile project that will complete a beltway around Orlando and has a completion date of 2022. Portions of the project are opening as they are completed. The next portion to open is a 5-mile section the runs south of Sorrento/Mount Plymouth. The official opening is set for March 31.The $7 million price tag for the realignment was the most expen-sive project that Scott vetoed statewide.Scott also vetoed $450,000 earmarked to help provide public Wi-Fi along the South Lake Trail in Clermont. The governor deemed the project should get funding at the local level.Funding for several local projects survived the governors veto pen.€ $1,123,634 to LifeStream Behavioral Health Center for crisis stabilization beds in South Lake and Sumter counties.€ $866,058 to Lees-burg High School for the revitalization of the schools construction academy.€ $750,000 to Lake Technical College for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing.€ $250,000 to Lake Sumter State College for the Math Empo-rium and expansion of the RISE summer math academy. VETOFrom Page A3and women.Until January 2018, the university had never elected a female chairperson of the Board of Trustees. I am honored to be the first of what I hope to be many female leaders of this board. The glass ceiling is broken. Let us take wings and soar to new heights.ŽBethunes statue will replace a likeness of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith.Efforts to replace Smiths statue began after nine people were killed in 2015 at a black church in Charleston, S.C., by a white supremacist, prompting a reevaluation of Confederate memorials across the country.Lawmakers in 2016 approved replacing the Smith statue and organized a panel to recommend a replacement. Bethune was among three famed Floridians„ environmental author Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Publix founder George Jenkins were the others„ who were passed onto last years Legislature. But lawmakers got stuck and couldnt agree on who to honor. The legislation signed by Scott includes a provision that requires the Florida Department of State to retrieve the Smith sculpture and make the statue avail-able for public display.ŽThe states other representative in the hall is John Gorrie, widely considered the father of air conditioning.The Bethune bill was sponsored by Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauder-dale, Rep. Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, and Rep. Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach.B-CU plans to spearhead fund-raising efforts for the statue, whose full cost and installation is expected by state analysts to near $400,000.The list of bills signed by Scott also included amea-sure that could make more permanent a controversial pregnancy support ser-vicesŽ program, a measure that will revamp regulations for the payday-loan indus-try, a plan to create a slavery memorial at the Capitol and a series of proposals dealing with health-care issues. STATUEFrom Page A3By Dara KamNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Gun owners have filed a second lawsuit against the state over gun-related provi-sions in a new school-safety law, this time alleging that a ban on bump stocksŽ is an unconstitutional taking of property.The case, filed last week in Leon County circuit court, asks a judge to cer-tify a class action and order full compensationŽ for what the plaintiffs attorneys estimate are tens of thousands, or moreŽ Floridians who own bump stocks or similar devices.The ban on bump stocks, which make semi-automatic weapons mimic fully automatic firearms, was included in a law passed this month in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 14 students and three staff members dead and 17 injured.The law also raised the minimum age from 18 to 21 and imposed a three-day waiting period for pur-chasing long guns, such as the AR-15 semiautomatic weapon 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz legally pur-chased and used during the deadly Valentines Day shooting spree.In the 17-page complaint in the bump stock case, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that the Florida Constitution bars the state from taking private prop-erty except for a public person and with full com-pensation therefore paid to each owner.ŽBecause the new law deprives the plaintiffs and other members of the class of the economically beneficial uses of their lawfully-owned property,Ž the statute constitutes a regulatory taking,Ž argued lawyers Aaron Behar and Michael Harper, of the Behar Behar law firm in Sunrise and Puerto Rico-based lawyer Andrew Kagan.The law is so onerous that its effect is tantamount to a direct appropriation of property, and therefore, a compensable taking under the Fifth Amendment,Ž the lawyers argued.But Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who sponsored the bill, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott less than two weeks ago, said he stands by the prohibition.I have made a cursory review of the suit and continue to support the ban. At the end of the day, these devices turn semi-automatic rifles into machine guns. A policy decision consistent with the authority of the state has been made that this is not acceptable,Ž Galvano, a lawyer who will take over as Senate president in November, told The News Service of Florida on Tuesday.The lawsuit also refers to a 2010 directive issued by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, that determined bump stocks are a firearm partŽ and not regulated as a firearm under federal gun laws.Plaintiffs and others relied on the ATFs determination when purchasing bump stocks and similar devices, such as binary triggers, the lawyers argued.Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Associations Florida lobbyist, said recently that the gun-rights organization is expected to challenge the bump-stock ban after the portion of the law dealing with the devices goes into effect on Oct. 1.Shortly after Scott signed the law, the NRA filed a fed-eral lawsuit that challenges the Legislatures decision to require people to be age 21 before purchasing rifles and other types of long guns. The lawsuit accuses the state of violating the constitutional rights of young adults between the ages of 18 and 21.Lawsuit targets new bump stock banBroward Sheriffs Office deputies arrested Zachary Cruz on Monday afternoon, saying he rode his skateboard onto the campus. He is in the same Fort Lauderdale jail where Nikolas Cruz is housed.Joseph Kimok, who is representing Zachary Cruz, said the bond and conditions were far out of proportion to the trespassing offense.He is being held for who he is related to, not for anything he did,Ž Kimok said.Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has called Zach-ary Cruzs actions odd. I understand it does creep people out,Ž he said.According to an arrest report, Zachary Cruz told officers he came to the school to reflect on the school shooting and soak it all in.Ž He did not resist arrest and the report made no mention of any weapons.Trespassing is a misdemeanor that usually carries only a $25 bond. But Murphy asked for $750,000 and a host of conditions, most of which the judge approved.Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica ordered Zachary Cruz to wear a GPS ankle monitor and stay away from schools „ particularly Stoneman Douglas High „ if he is released.The judge also ordered a search for weapons and ammunition at the Palm Beach County home where he is living with a family friend and he is not to visit his brother in jail.Zachary and Nikolas shared the same biological mother but had different fathers. Both were adopted at very young ages by Roger and Lynda Cruz, who moved them into their Parkland home. Lynda Cruz died in November and their father died some years earlier.Zachary Cruz, who turned 18 a week after the school shooting, has been living in Lantana, Florida, with a family friend, Rox-anne Deschamps, since their mothers death.Deschamps was sched-uled Tuesday to hold a news conference in New York City with her attor-ney, the well-known lawyer Gloria Allred, about why she took the boys in.Nikolas Cruz was living with a different family when the Stoneman Douglas shooting took place. His attorney has said he will plead guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder if prosecutors will waive the death penalty, which they have refused to do.Police records show Zachary Cruz has also had a troubled life, including a juvenile arrest record for theft. His mother, Lynda Cruz, made fre-quent calls to the Broward Sheriffs Office about him running away, refusing to go to school, being rude and disrespectful and attempting to break things in their Parkland home. Some of the calls go back to when Zachary was 11 years old. BROTHERFrom Page A3Commissioner Arthenia Joyner, a former Tampa Demo-cratic state senator, also challenged Nunez.Why do you think the Legislature has the right to change the program?Ž Joyner asked.Nunez defended her approach, saying it was worthwhile to re-evaluate all the anti-tobacco spending outlined by voters in 2006. But in postponing a vote on the measure, Nunez left its future in doubt.The CRC meets every 20 years and has the power to put constitutional amend-ments directly on the ballot. VAPINGFrom Page A3 Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy argues for a very high bond for Zachary Cruz Tuesday at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. [AMY BETH BENNETT/ SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL VIA AP]

PAGE 5 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 A5By Dara KamNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Three fathers whose children were among the 17 victims of one of the nations worst school shootings will serve on a Florida commission that will investigate events surrounding the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Doug-las Stoneman High School in Parkland.The 15-member panel, named after the Broward County school, will also include law enforcement officials, school board members and a mental health counselor, according to an announcement Tues-day from Gov. Rick Scotts office.The commission is part of a new law, signed by Scott on March 9, that was crafted in response to the Valentines Day mass shooting by 19-yearold Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with using a legally purchased AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to kill 14 students and three staff members.Cruz had a lengthy history of mental health problems, documented by dozens of interactions with law enforcement, mental-health professionals and others. The FBI had received at least two alerts warning that Cruz posed a danger.Lawmakers created the commission to investi-gate system failuresŽ in the Parkland shooting and other mass violence incidents, and to make recommen-dations for improvements. Scott, House Speaker Rich-ard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron each appointed five members to the panel, which will be chaired by Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and is required to convene before June 1.Scotts appointees include Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter Alaina was among the murdered students, and Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow, another of the victims.In the final days of the legislative session this month, Andrew Pollack and Ryan Petty stood out among the Parkland stu-dents, parents and teachers who made emotional appeals urging lawmakers to pass a measure to address the shooting.Fathers of murdered students named to panel Gov. Rick Scotts appointees to a commission that will investigate the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland include Ryan Petty, left, whose 14-year-old daughter Alaina was among the murdered students, and Andrew Pollack, right, the father of 18-year-old Meadow, another of the victims. [NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA]


A6 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Lauran NeergaardThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Packing on pounds seems to dull peoples sense of taste, and puzzled researchers turned to mice to figure out why: Obesity, they found, can rob the tongue of taste buds.If Tuesdays findings pan out, this could be a whole new kind of target in treating obesity,Ž said Cornell University food scientist Robin Dando, whose lab led the research. People dont really look at the taste bud, but its so fundamental.ŽDiet, exercise and genetics are among many factors that play a role in obesity. But taste preferences influence dietary choices, and some earlier studies have suggested that obese people often taste flavors with less intensity than lean people. The theory, still unproven, is that people might make up for weak-ened taste by turning to higher-calorie foods or generally eating more.Dandos team took a closer look at taste buds, those clusters of cells on the tongue that help perceive the five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. They turned to lab mice, feeding them a high-fat diet that caused rapid weight gain „ and then counting the taste buds in a spot on the tongue thats normally packed with them.The obese mice wound up with 25 percent fewer taste buds than lean mice that were fed a normal diet, the researchers reported in the journal PLOS Biology.Taste buds constantly regenerate as the 50 to 100 cells inside them mature, die off and are replaced by new ones. Taste bud cells have an average lifespan of about 10 days, and turnover of the entire taste bud takes about four weeks, explained Dando, who directs the Cornell Sen-sory Evaluation Facility. Both sides of that cycle were affected in the obese mice, as regular cell death sped up and resupply dropped.Could fatty food be responsible? No, the researchers found mice genetically resistant to obesity chowed down yet didnt lose taste buds.The remaining suspect: the chronic inflamma-tion that obesity triggers throughout the body. Dandos team examined a common inflammatory molecule called TNFalpha. Mice bred to be genetically incapable of making that molecule got fat but also didnt lose taste buds. But injecting that molecule directly into the tongues of lean mice resulted in faster die-off of taste bud cells, the researchers reported.The study does under-score the relationship between taste sensitivity and weight,Ž said Dr. John Morton, a Stanford University bariatric sur-geon who wasnt involved in the new work. Its another reason why its hard to lose weight.ŽSeveral years ago, Morton gave his own patients taste tests before and after stomach-shrinking surgery, and found taste perception improved as the pounds dropped.Whatever the role of taste buds, Morton advises patients to eat mindfully „ appreciating the sight and smell, and slowing down to chew 30 times before they swallow.You get satisfaction from food in ways other than volume,Ž he said.Study nds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in miceDiet, exercise and genetics are among many factors that play a role in obesity. But taste preferences in uence dietary choices, and some earlier studies have suggested that obese people often taste avors with less intensity than lean people.

PAGE 7 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 A7We sympathize. We empathize. We have moments of silence. But we dont have action,Ž said the No. 2 U.S. House Democrat, Steny Hoyer, who represents the area in Congress. Wringing our hands is not enough.ŽIn this case, it appeared the shooter illegally possessed the gun. In Maryland, a person must be 21 to possess a hand-gun, unless carrying one is required for employment. Its not clear how Rollins obtained the weapon.Attempts to reach his family were unsuccessful.One of the shooters friends, 14-year-old Jordan Hutchinson, and his mother dropped off a con-dolence card at the Rollins home.Jordan recalled meeting Austin five years ago during a snowstorm, and building snow forts together.Austin was a nice kid. We did sleepovers all the time,Ž he said.The sheriff praised the school resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, a six-year veteran in his first year at the high school, for containing the situation in less than a minute.He had to cover signif-icant ground,Ž Cameron said. The premise is simple: You go to the sound of gunfire.ŽStudents endured a lengthy lockdown, cowering inside classrooms and a locker room while officers worked to make sure there were no more threats on campus.Police eventually kicked in the locker room door, said Ziyanna Williams, a 14-year-old ninth-grader.They came in with guns, and they prob-ably thought there might be another shooter, of course,Ž she said. About an hour or two later they came „ more police came „ and told us they would search us and search our bags and stuff.ŽEventually, the students were escorted outside and taken to another school to be reunited with their parents.Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said at a minimum, universal background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are needed. He said he believes momen-tum is building for reform, fueled by student activism.I can tell you that Americans are listening to our students. I think our political system will respond,Ž he said.Marylands Senate joined the House on Monday night to ban bump stocks, which enable a semi-automatic rifle to mimic a fully auto-matic weapon. Teachers union leaders issued statements Tuesday saying more policies must be changed nationwide to keep schools safe.Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, meanwhile, accused the Democratled legislature of failing to take action on one of the most aggressive school safety plans in the country.Ž It commits $125 million for capital improvements such secure doors and windows, metal detectors and security cameras. It also includes another $50 million annually to pay for school resource officers, counselors and technology.Hogan said its outrageous that we havent taken action yet,Ž with less than three weeks left in the session.Severe storms that spawned tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees as they moved across the Southeast on Monday night.Cities in northern Alabama reported power outages, and the National Weather Service in Huntsville reported at least three confirmed tornadoes in the area.In Limestone County, an Alabama county on the Tennessee border, the sheriffs office posted photos online of houses with roofs ripped off and outbuildings torn from their foundations. Several roads were closed because of power lines or trees, the office tweeted. But it had no reports of injuries from the storms.The athletic director at Jacksonville State University said late Monday there was sig-nificant damage to the campus. STORMFrom Page A1The numbers the past two years „ bolstered by a 12 percent increase in domestic travelers in that time „ came despite deadly storms, mass shootings in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and the threat of mosquito-borne Zika virus.Because of Visit Floridas aggressive mar-keting efforts to make sure families across the world knew that Florida was open to visitors following Hurricane Irma, we are able to celebrate another record-breaking year for tourism,Ž Scott said in a prepared statement, referring to the state tourism-marketing agency.As 2017 got underway, Scott, who announced Tuesdays figures at the Naples Zoo, had sought to push the annual tourism figure to 120 million.The tourist head count is important as salestax revenue helps fuel state government and as tourism helps drive the economy, account-ing for approximately 1.4 million jobs among Flor-idas workforce of 10.15 million.Even with the record tourism count, Visit Flor-ida, which undertook a $5 million post-Hurricane Irma effort, estimated that Irma cost the state $1.5 billion in visitor spending.A report for Visit Florida by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, found that Irma cost the state 1.8 million visitors, based on tourism trends before the September storm swept through the state. Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys and Collier County before barreling north.The majority of these lost visits occurred during September,Ž the report stated. By December, the number of actual out-of-state visitors was nearly equal to the number of expected visitors to the state.ŽIrma decreased airport travel in September by 11.6 percent, mostly in the southern part of the state, while the Keys experienced a 44 percent decrease in room demand in September, based on comparisons from the same month a year earlier.Naples, Miami, Melbourne and Fort Lau-derdale also experienced drops in hotel demand, while other areas of the state „ with people flee-ing ahead of the storm and people from out-of-state responding to the storm „ recorded increased room demand, the report said.Outside of the Keys, the storm is credited with helping to boost hotel room demand in October „ up 10 percent from a year earlier „ and November „ 7 percent „ due to displaced residents and workers responding to the disaster.Overall, the state recorded 102.3 million domestic travelers last year, up from 97.9 million in 2016 and 91.3 million in 2015. Meanwhile, overseas travel dropped for the second consecutive year, from 11.4 million in 2015 to 11.1 million in 2016 and 10.7 million last year.Canadian tourists, who have been a target of Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson, grew from 3.3 million in 2016 to 3.5 million last year. Tourism numbers from Canada had been falling since a high of 4.2 million in 2013, due in part to the weakened Cana-dian dollar against its U.S. counterpart. The state also recorded traffic at Floridas top 18 airports grew by 4.1 percent in 2017 from 2016, with 87.2 million passengers. TOURISMFrom Page A1 SHOOTINGFrom Page A1


A8 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Paul J. Weber and Will WeissertThe Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas „ Emergency teams were responding Tuesday night to another reported explosion in Texas capital, this one at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city.In a tweet, the Austin Police Department urged residents to avoid the area. Austin-Travis County EMS said there had been reports of at least one person injured, though it was not immediately clear how seri-ous the injuries were.It came as investigators who have pursued a suspected serial bomber terrorizing Austin for weeks uncovered what seemed like valuable new leads in the case. Even before the report of the Goodwill blast, it had already been a busy day for authorities. Before dawn Tuesday, a bomb inside a package exploded around 1 a.m. as it passed along a conveyer belt at a FedEx ship-ping center near San Antonio, causing minor injuries to a worker. The Austin Police Department, the FBI and other federal agencies confirmed that the package center blast was related to four previous ones that killed two people and seri-ously injured four others. That explosion occurred at a FedEx facility in Schertz, just northeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Austin.Later in the morning, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside the Austin air-port to check on a suspicious package that was reported around 6:20 a.m. Federal agen-cies and police later said that package had indeed contained an explosive that was success-fully intercepted by authorities. They added that the intercepted package, too, was believed to be related to the other bombings.Meanwhile, authorities also closed off an Austin-area FedEx store where they believe the bomb that exploded was shipped to the distribution center. They roped off a large area around the shopping center in the enclave of Sunset Valley and were collecting evi-dence, including surveillance camera footage.Then, authorities closed off an Austin-area FedEx store where they believe the bomb that exploded was shipped to the distribution center „ roping off a large area around the shopping center in the enclave of Sunset Valley and were collecting evi-dence, including surveillance camera footage. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin who is chairman of the House Home-land Security Committee, said that investigators have obtained surveillance videos that could possiblyŽ show a suspect, but are still poring through video.I hope his biggest mistake was going through FedEx,Ž McCaul, who has spoken to federal investigators and Austin police Chief Brian Manley, said of the bomber in a phone interview.He added that the person responsible for the bombings had previously been very sophisticated in going around surveillance cameras.ŽTheyve got a couple of videos that could possibly be the person but theyre not sure at this point,Ž McCaul said.Before it exploded, the pack-age had been sent from Austin and was addressed to a home in Austin, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said.In a statement, FedEx officials said the same person responsible for sending the package also shipped a second parcel that has been secured and turned over to law enforcement. A company spokeswoman refused to say if that second package might have been linked to the one reported at the distribution center near the airport.O cials: New bombing reported at Austin storeAn FBI of“ cial carries items into a FedEx Of“ ce store Tuesday in the southwest Austin suburb of Sunset Valley, Texas, as authorities investigate a recent string of bombings. [RESHMA KIRPALANI/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

PAGE 9 | Wednesday, March 21, 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 On Friday, G ov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 that set aside $400 million for new school safety initiatives in the state. It was not what educators wanted. It was not what the NRA wanted. But it was a step in the right direction, although more steps are certainly needed. The spending breaks down like this: School security: Theres $97 million for more school resource officers and $98 million in schoolhardening grants. The bill also sets aside $25 million to raze and rebuild the building at Marjorie Stoneman High School where 14 students and three faculty members were slain on Valentines Day. Mental health: It sets aside $69 million for more early mental health services and screening. Gun restrictions: The bill will impose a three-day waiting period for gun sales with several exclusions „ for instance those with concealed carry licenses. Florida has the most concealed carriers in the nation with 1,745,395 as of June 30. Florida has had a threeday waiting period for 20 years on handguns, but the new bill includes all shotguns and rifles, as well. It also raises the age limit to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 years. Wider discretion: The bill gives law enforcement the ability to seek court orders to seize guns from those deemed a danger to themselves or others. Finally, the new bill funds $67 million for the controversial guardian program, which will allow school employees with special training to bring guns to school once deputized by our local Sheriffs Office. But the bill stipulates the decision to implement such a program is left up to the individual school districts, county commissions and sheriffs offices. Currently, the Lake County school district contracts with the Sheriffs Office and at least one police department for full-time officers in the middle schools and the high schools when school is in session. Again, while neither side of the polarized issue of guns and schools is satisfied with the bill, we will say one thing: The issue initiated what may have been the only real debate of the year, with both Republicans and Democrats switching sides on certain parts of the issue. The votes were very close. The House passed the bill 67-50. In the Senate it went down to the wire with a 20-18 vote. Yet, while lawmakers can claim they did something, it was nowhere near enough. If you look at the numbers, its not encouraging. The $69 million for mental health upgrades would average out to a little more than $1 million for the states 67 counties „ the $97 million for more police officers in the schools, not much more. In short, the money from the Legislature was a good start. And, we assume that if only a few counties agreed to implement the guardian program, that $67 million pot could go a long way, and wonder how that incentive might sway individual school districts. The bill is more appeasement than an answer to the achingly tragic issue of kids killing kids. We can do better.OUR OPINIONAppeasement not an answer ANOTHER OPINION By Paul BarkerI commanded a Marine rifle platoon in Vietnam. Im a former National Rifle Association member, a former elementary school teacher, a gun owner and a progressive. I think guns can be fun, if handled responsibly, like fireworks. They make us feel powerful in a threatening world. Guns arent fun in combat. Warfare is not an exciting experience of invulnerability and heroism, as it is sometimes portrayed in our media. Killing anyone, even in defense of yourself or your family, is not consequencefree. Even if youre legally justified, taking a life establishes a relationship between you and that persons family that haunts you for the rest of your life. In combat you learn a little about the life youve taken by searching through their belongings for potential intelligence and instead finding love letters, religious and good luck amulets and a precious photo or two. The first time you kill someone is the most disturbing and memorable, but every face of every kill is never far from your mind, running like a film loop. The illusion of invulnerability quickly dissipates in an actual firefight. Even the best protective equipment is laughably inadequate. A helmet and flak jacket will stop some shrapnel but not a bullet. Your face, crotch, neck and limbs are protected only by fabric, and a wound there can be fatal. And nothing can protect your internal organs from the blast wave of high explosives. The best-equipped soldier today is still all offense and little defense. Your fate is determined by a roll of the dice. Once you recognize the luck factor, it changes how you see the job. As an officer, I was asking my troops to press their luck to the breaking point. In a firefight, invisible bits of hot metal fly everywhere, they go through windows, walls and doors, they ricochet off steel beams, stairs and handrails. They can go through one person and kill another. In urban warfare you cant hear where the shots are coming from because the reports echo off multiple surfaces; to see an opponent is to expose yourself to gunfire. In the confusion and terror, your hands shake, your brain freezes, you expend every ounce of energy even on the most trivial actions. Your perception of time is altered. You make complicated decisions with inadequate information, in fractions of a second, knowing that your life could end in the next instant. When I hear people talk about arming schoolteachers, I imagine a mild-mannered poetry teacher who has never raised her hand in anger, pulling her Glock out of a desk drawer. I imagine how she would fare if she were confronted by a shooter amid crumpled bodies in pools of blood. I think about how shed feel if she mistakenly shot a student, fellow teacher or first responder. I think such a teacher would be traumatized for life. She didnt become a teacher to be a warrior. Arming her is a simplistic, ill-conceived idea based on a failure to appreciate the nature of combat. Paul Barker is an Evanston, Ill., artist, former teacher and former U.S. Marine. He wrote this for the Chicago Tribune.ANOTHER OPINIONDo we want to turn teachers into warriors? OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comI had been thinking about the idea of arming classroom teachers well before President Trump suggested the measure as a response to the terrible murders of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. In fact, last fall it became personal. My home state, Texas, legalized concealed handgun carry on all public college campuses, meaning that the formerly gun-free classrooms in which I had labored for the preceding 29 years may now be populated by concealed carriers, including teachers. I wasnt enthusiastic about this notion, and when the legislation was under development several years ago, neither were the Austin police chief, a number of state law enforcement agencies and the administration at the University of Texas at Austin. The chancellor of the U.T. system, former Navy SEAL William McRaven, pushed back hard, arguing that the presence of more guns on public campuses would actually make them less safe.Ž His chief concern was that whatever righteous use „ by students or teachers „ might be made of weapons on campus would be outweighed by the increased accidents and suicides that often accompany ready access to guns. I shared some of these same objections, but I was just as concerned about the cultural normalizingŽ that concealed carry on campus would imply: Have we truly reached the point in our society where you have to carry a gun in order to be safe? And, besides, what dampening effect might the presence of guns in the classroom „ concealed or not „ has on the sort of free expression that colleges exist to encourage? But when I expressed these misgivings in writing, I invariably heard from readers who argued, often passionately: Well, if you had been at Virginia Tech, wouldnt you have wanted to have a gun when the shooting started?Ž Or at Columbine? Or Sandy Hook? Or, now, Parkland, Fla.? The readers points are well taken. In the case of a shooter, indeed, I would want to have a gun. And since our culture has been extraordinarily ineffective in dealing with our unique brand of American gun violence, I wondered whether I had any responsibility to protect not only myself but my students, as well. So maybe I should have dusted off the .357 magnum thats resided in my desk drawer, unfired, for more than a couple of decades and carried it into the classroom. Im no great fan of guns, but Im not afraid of them or intimidated by them. My family goes back at least five generations in Texas, and even though I dont come from a long line of enthusiastic hunters, this being Texas, I had an occasional chance to plink targets with a .22 when I was a kid. In the Navy we practiced firing a couple of clips from a .45. I went dove hunting once: one shot, one dove. And once I killed a young buck with a clean, early-morning shot from a couple hundred yards. He was delicious. So maybe I was the kind of teacher that President Trump had in mind when he called for arming teachers after Parkland. But I suspect that arming teachers will merely give us a false sense of having taken some action, without really doing anything effective to solve the problem of school shootings. Trump, better known for impulse than for careful, analytical thinking, readily accepts the N.R.A.s mantra: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.Ž (He also accepted $30 million from them.) But there are guns, and then there are guns. My .357 magnum is a powerful weapon. But its a five-round revolver, not even close to a match to the semiautomatic, high-capacity-magazine AR-15 that Nikolas Cruz used to take 17 lives in Parkland. And, in fact, no weapon that can be concealed will put a teacher on anything close to even terms with a determined shooter. Of course, its something, at least. But its not the answer. And we shouldnt let Trump or the NRA convince us that it is. John M. Crisp, an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service, lives in Georgetown, Texas, and can be reached OPINIONArming teachers in school classrooms: A personal perspective John Crisp Finally, the new bill funds $67 million for the controversial guardian program, which will allow school employees with special training to bring guns to school once deputized by our local Sheri s O ce.


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PAGE 11 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 B1 SPORTS RECREATION | B4MOUNT DORA BABE RUTH BINDS THE COMMUNITY Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comLeesburg High School boys basketball coach Sean Camp-bell and his counterpart at Wildwood, Von Moreland, learned a long time ago that a coachs success depends on a number of factors.Talented players, hard-working coaching staffs, and solid support systems all fac-tored into the wins that led both coaches to state cham-pionships earlier this month.And both added to their previously earned medals and trophies Tuesday when Campbell was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 6A Coach of the Year and Moreland the Class 1A Coach of the Year. Both coaches were selected after voting by a statewide panel of coaches and news media.Its a great feeling to bring this kind of state-wide recognition to Lake and Sumter counties,Ž Campbell said. But this award is not about me. Its a testament to the players I've had for the past two years and who have played their heart out for this program. To me, this a team award „ just like our state championship trophy. Without all the hard work our players put forth, this wouldnt be possible.ŽThis is the second consecutive Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year award for Campbell, who led the Yellow Jackets to back-to-back state championships. Leesburg did not lose to an FHSAA-mem-ber school this season and finished 30-1 record.Since losing to Tallahassee Leon on Dec. 28, 2016, Lees-burg has won 46 of its past 47 games.Campbell totaled 135 points in statewide voting, nearly twice as many points as Tal-lahassee Rickards coach Eli Bryant (71 points) received. Leesburg beat Rickards 71-62 on March 8 for the state championship at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.Sarasota Booker coach Markus Black finished third in Class 6A voting with 58 points.Campbell, Moreland win coaching honorsLeesburg head coach Sean Campbell calls out to his players at the state championship game against Tallahassee Rickards in Lakeland on March 8. Campbell is the states Class 6A Coach of the Year. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] Real Lifes Gene Kelly (22) catches the ball as Eustis Taylor Oaks (9) slides back into “ rst during a game at Bishop Field in Clermont on Tuesday. [PHOTOS BY PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] By Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comCLERMONT „ Spring break is a chance for students to relax and gear up for the stretch run of the school year.But for many student athletes, particularly baseball and softball players, the week away from the classroom rep-resents an opportunity to play games earlier in the day and get in some extra work on the diamond.That was the case Tuesday when Eustis and Real Life Christian Academy met in a late-morning contest at Clarence Bishop Field. It was a chance for the Raptors „ an A building blockEustis Jackson Bakich (21) swings during a game between Real Life Christian Academy and Eustis High School at Bishop Field in Clermont on Tuesday. By Jake SeinerAssociated PressSARASOTA „ Buck Show-alter heard that Lance Lynn was pitching against the Orioles and knew he'd be changing his lineup.The Baltimore manager wasn't concerned about the result of last week's Grape-fruit League game against Minnesota, played hours after Lynn officially joined the team. But Showalter fig-ured the right-hander might start when the Twins travel to Camden Yards for a three-game season-opening series later this month.With that in mind, Showal-ter saw an opportunity.Even in spring training, when wins and losses are meaningless, managers are always hunting for significant matchups. That's especially true along the Florida Gulf Coast, where all five AL East rivals train within about three hours of each other.Picking and choosing spots for players has been key for Baltimore this spring because the Orioles play 14 of their first 17 regular season games Matchups get managed, even in spring games Real Life Christian earns spring break win over EustisSee BASEBALL, B3 See COACHES, B3Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training game on March 2 in Sarasota. [AP PHOTO / JOHN MINCHILLO, FILE] See MLB, B3By Joedy McCrearyThe Associated PressDURHAM, N.C. „ Grayson Allen wants to make the most of his final run through the NCAA Tournament.It hasnt exactly been a smooth four years for the Duke senior who won a national title in 2015 before becoming one of the sports most polarizing fig-ures amid a series of tripping incidents.But hes evolved into the elder statesman on a team full of freshmen, and he has No. 2 seed Duke (28-7) preparing for a rematch with 11th-seeded Syracuse (23-13) on Friday night in Omaha, Nebraska, in the Midwest Regional semifinals.Theres obviously no way Im going to hold any words back or anything like that,Ž Allen said Tuesday. And I think it really helps with this team.It speaks to the maturity level of our team, and every-ones secure in their role on the team,Ž he added. Me, by being that secure leader and telling these guys and them either fol-lowing or becoming a leader in their own right. ... Everyone is speaking up right now and it helps with our togetherness.ŽPart of his willingness to speak up, of course, is because this is his last shot at a national championship. But its also a reflection of how he has grown more com-fortable in leading through not just action but by words.Hes just grown into being a leader,Ž coach Mike Krzyze-wski said. Hes not a vocal guy, so just learning about that and still playing his game, its an evolution. Hes a much better player now than hes ever been because hes learned all these things.ŽDukes Allen making the most of nal NCAA TournamentSee ALLEN, B3


B2 Wednesday, March 21, 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 TVCOLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 „ NIT Tournament, third quarter“ nal, W. Kentucky at Oklahoma St. 9 p.m. ESPN2 „ NIT Tournament, fourth quarter“ nal, Utah at Saint Marys (Cal.) FIGURE SKATING Noon NBCSN „ World Championships, Ladies Short Program, at Milan (same-day tape) GOLF 2 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Day 1, at Austin, Texas MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. ESPN2 „ Spring training, Houston vs. Washington, at Palm Beach 4 p.m. MLB „ Spring training, Chicago Cubs vs. Texas, at Surprise, Ariz. NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN „ Toronto at Cleveland 9:30 p.m. ESPN „ Washington at San Antonio NHL HOCKEY 8 p.m. NBCSN „ Boston at St. Louis WINTER SPORTS 2 p.m. NBCSN „ Curling, Womens World Championship: Round Robin, China vs. United States, at North Bay, Ontario WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. CBSSN „ NCAA Division II Tournament, “ rst semi“ nal, Cent. Missouri vs. Union (Tenn.), at Sioux Falls, S.D. 9:30 p.m. CBSSN „ NCAA Division II Tournament, second semi“ nal, Ashland vs. Indiana (Pa.), at Sioux Falls, S.D. AUTO RACING NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Points Leaders Through March 18 1. Martin Truex Jr., 216 2. Kyle Busch, 207 3. Joey Logano, 197 4. Brad Keselowski, 183 5. Ryan Blaney, 181 6. Denny Hamlin, 176 7. Kyle Larson, 174 8. Kevin Harvick, 170 9. Clint Bowyer, 155 10. Aric Almirola, 148 11. Kurt Busch, 144 12. Austin Dillon, 141 13. Erik Jones, 132 14. Ryan Newman, 117 15. Paul Menard, 115 16. Alex Bowman, 115 17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 107 18. Jimmie Johnson, 97 19. Darrell Wallace Jr., 94 20. William Byron, 91 COLLEGE BASKETBALL MENS BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern EAST REGIONAL First Round March 15 At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghVillanova 87, Radford 61 Alabama 86, Virginia Tech 83At American Airlines Center, DallasTexas Tech 70, Stephen F. Austin 60 Florida 77, St. Bonaventure 62March 16 At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitPurdue 74, Cal State Fullerton 48 Butler 79, Arkansas 62At Viejas Arena, San DiegoMarshall 81, Wichita State 75 West Virginia 85, Murray State 68Second Round Saturday At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghVillanova 81, Alabama 58At American Airlines Center, DallasTexas Tech 69, Florida 66Sunday At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitPurdue 76, Butler 73At Viejas Arena, San DiegoWest Virginia 94, Marshall 71At TD Garden, Boston Regional Semi“ nals March 23Villanova (32-4) vs. West Virginia (26-10), 7:27 p.m. Purdue (30-6) vs. Texas Tech (26-9), 9:57 p.m.Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winnersSOUTH REGIONAL First Round March 15 At American Airlines Center, DallasTennessee 73, Wright State 47 Loyola of Chicago 64, Miami 62At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoKentucky 78, Davidson 73 Buffalo 89, Arizona 68March 16 At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Kansas State 69, Creighton 59 UMBC 74, Virginia 54At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Cincinnati 68, Georgia State 53 Nevada 87, Texas 83, OTSecond Round Saturday At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoKentucky 95, Buffalo 75At American Airlines Center DallasLoyola of Chicago 63, Tennessee 62Sunday At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Kansas State 50, UMBC 43At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Nevada 75, Cincinnati 73At Philips Arena, Atlanta Regional Semi“ nals ThursdayNevada (29-7) vs. Loyola of Chicago (30-5), 7:07 p.m. Kansas State (24-11) vs. Kentucky (26-10), 9:37 p.m.Regional Championship March 24Semi“ nal winnersMIDWEST REGIONAL First Round March 15 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 83March 16 At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitMichigan State 82, Bucknell 78 Syracuse 57, TCU 52At Viejas Arena, San DiegoAuburn 62, College of Charleston 58 Clemson 79, New Mexico State 68Second Round Saturday At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghDuke 87, Rhode Island 62At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Kansas 83, Seton Hall 79Sunday At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitSyracuse 55, Michigan State 53At Viejas Arena, San DiegoClemson 84, Auburn 53At CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. Regional Semi“ nals FridayKansas (29-7) vs. Clemson (25-9), 7:07 p.m. Duke (28-7) vs. Syracuse (23-13), 9:37 p.m.Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winnersWEST REGIONAL First Round March 15 At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Houston 67, San Diego State 65 Michigan 61, Montana 47At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoGonzaga 68, UNC Greensboro 64. Ohio State 81, South Dakota State 73March 16 At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Texas A&M 73, Providence 69 North Carolina 84, Lipscomb 66At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Xavier 102, Texas Southern 83 Florida State 67, Missouri 54Second Round Saturday At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoGonzaga 90, Ohio State 84At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Michigan 64, Houston 63Sunday At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Florida State 75, Xavier 70At STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Regional Semi“ nals ThursdayTexas A&M (22-12) vs. Michigan (30-7), 7:37 p.m. Florida State (22-11) vs. Gonzaga (32-4), 10:07 p.m.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 Championship April 2Semi“ nal winnersNATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern Second Round SaturdayPenn State 73, Notre Dame 63SundayMississippi State 78, Baylor 77 Marquette 101, Oregon 92 Louisville 84, Middle Tennessee 68MondayOklahoma State 71, Stanford 65 Utah 95, LSU 71 Saint Marys 85, Washington 81 Western Kentucky 79, Southern Cal 75Quarter“ nals TuesdayPenn State (23-13) at Marquette (21-13), late Mississippi State (24-11) at Louisville (22-13), lateTodayWestern Kentucky (26-10) at Oklahoma State (21-14), 8 p.m. Utah (21-11) at Saint Marys (30-5), 10 p.m.Semi“ nals At Madison Square Garden, New York Tuesday, March 27Game 1, 7 p.m. Game 2, 9:30 p.m.Championship Thursday, March 29Semi“ nal winners, 8 p.m.COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONALAll times Eastern Quarter“ nals Monday Jacksonville State 80, Central Arkansas 59 Campbell 71, New Orleans 69 North Texas 96, Mercer 67 San Francisco 78, Utah Valley 73Semi“ nals TodayJacksonville State (23-12) at North Texas (17-17), 8 p.m.ThursdayCampbell (18-15) at San Francisco (20-15), 10 p.m.COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT Second Round March 14Eastern Michigan 83, Niagara 65 Illinois-Chicago 84, St. Francis (Pa.) 61 UTSA 76, Lamar 69March 15Austin Peay 80, Louisiana-Monroe 66March 16Central Michigan 98, Wofford 94March 17San Diego 67, Portland State 64March 18Northern Colorado 81, Drake 72MondaySam Houston State 69, Eastern Michigan 62Quarter“ nals TodayUIC (18-15) at Austin Peay (19-14), 8 p.m. Northern Colorado (23-12) at San Diego (20-13), 10 p.m.ThursdaySam Houston State (20-14) at UTSA, 8 p.m.Saturday, March 24Central Michigan (21-14) at Liberty (21-14), 2 p.m.NCAA DIV. II TOURNAMENTAt Sioux Falls, S.D. Quarter“ nals TuesdayWest Texas A&M 87, Le Moyne 73 Ferris State 87, Barry 84 Queens (NC) (31-3) vs. California Baptist (28-5), late Northern State (34-3) vs. East Stroudsburg (27-5), lateSemi“ nals ThursdayFerris State (36-1) vs. West Texas A&M (32-3), TBA Queens (NC)-Cal Baptist winner vs. Northern State-East Stroudsburg winner, TBANCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENTChampionship Saturday, March 17Nebraska Wesleyan 78, Wisconsin-Oshkosh 72NAIA DIVISION I TOURNAMENTSemi“ nals MondayGraceland (Iowa) 87, LSU Shreveport 80 LSU Alexandria 84, William Penn 75Championship TuesdayGraceland (Iowa) (28-10) vs. LSU Alexandria (29-7), lateNCAA WOMENS TOURNAMENT All times Eastern ALBANY REGIONAL First Round March 16 At Columbia, S.C. Virginia 68, California 62 South Carolina 63, N.C. A&T 52 Saturday At Storrs, Conn. UConn 140, Saint Francis (Pa.) 52 Quinnipiac 86, Miami 72 At Athens, Ga. Duke 72, Belmont 58 Georgia 68, Mercer 63 At Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State 91, Little Rock 49 Buffalo 102, South Florida 79Second Round Sunday At Columbia, S.C.South Carolina 66, Virginia 56Monday At Storrs, Conn.UConn 71, Quinnipiac 46At Athens, Ga.Duke 66, Georgia 40At Tallahassee, Fla.Buffalo 86, Florida State 65Regional Semi“ nals March 24 At Albany, N.Y.South Carolina (28-6) vs. Buffalo (29-5), 11:30 a.m. UConn (34-0) vs. Duke (24-8), 2 p.m.Regional Championship March 26Semi“ nal winners, 7 p.m. SPOKANE REGIONAL First Round March 16 At Notre Dame, Ind. Notre Dame 99, Cal State Northridge 81 Villanova 81, South Dakota State 74, OT At College Station, Texas DePaul 90, Oklahoma 79 Texas A&M 89, Drake 76 At Eugene, Ore. Minnesota 89, Green Bay 77 Oregon 88, Seattle 45 Saturday At Columbus, Ohio Central Michigan 78, LSU 69 Ohio State 87, George Washington 45Second Round Sunday At Notre Dame, Ind.Notre Dame 98, Villanova 72At College Station, TexasTexas A&M 80, DePaul 79At Eugene, Ore.Oregon 101, Minnesota 73Monday At Columbus, OhioCentral Michigan 95, Ohio State 78Regional Semi“ nals March 24 At Spokane, Wash.Notre Dame (31-3) vs. Texas A&M (26-9), 4 p.m. Oregon (32-4) vs. Central Michigan (30-4), 6:30 p.m.Regional Championship March 26Semi“ nal winners, 9 p.m. KANSAS CITY REGIONAL First Round March 16 At Raleigh, N.C. Maryland 77, Princeton 57 NC State 62, Elon 34 Saturday At Starkville, Miss. Oklahoma State 84, Syracuse 57 Mississippi State 95, Nicholls 50 At Los Angeles UCLA 71, American 60 Creighton 76, Iowa 70 At Austin, Texas Arizona State 73, Nebraska 62 Texas 83, Maine 54Second Round Sunday At Raleigh, N.C.North Carolina State 74, Maryland 60Monday At Starkville, Miss.Mississippi State 71, Oklahoma State 56At Los AngelesUCLA 86, Creighton 64At Austin, TexasTexas 85, Arizona State 65Regional Semi“ nals Friday At Kansas City, Mo.N.C. State (26-8) vs. Mississippi State (34-1), 6:30 p.m. UCLA (26-7) vs. Texas (28-6), 9 p.m.Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winners, 7:30 p.m. LEXINGTON REGIONAL First Round March 16 At Louisville, Ky. Louisville 74, Boise State 42 Marquette 84, Dayton 65 At Knoxville, Tenn. Oregon State 82, Western Kentucky 58 Tennessee 100, Liberty 60 At Waco, Texas Michigan 75, Northern Colorado 61 Baylor 96, Grambling State 46 Saturday At Stanford, Calif. Florida Gulf Coast 80, Missouri 70 Stanford 82, Gonzaga 68Second Round Sunday At Louisville, Ky.Louisville 90, Marquette 72At Knoxville, Tenn.Oregon State 66, Tennessee 59At Waco, TexasBaylor 80, Michigan 58Monday At Stanford, Calif.Stanford 90, Florida Gulf Coast 70Regional Semi“ nals Friday At Lexington, Ky.Oregon State (25-7) vs. Baylor (33-1), 6:30 p.m. Louisville (34-2) vs. Stanford (24-10), 9 p.m.Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winners, NoonWOMENS NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT Second Round March 17TCU 86, Missouri State 51 James Madison 62, Radford 35March 18Indiana 74, Milwaukee 54 Purdue 77, Ball State 72 Virginia Tech 78, George Mason 69 South Dakota 74, Colorado State 49 Georgia Tech 91, UAB 47 West Virginia 79, Saint Josephs 51 Alabama 80, UCF 61 UC Davis 74, Wyoming 64 Fordham 63, Drexel 60 Kansas State 74, Utah 57MondayMichigan State 68, Toledo 66 Duquesne 69, Georgetown 66 St. Johns 53, Penn 48TuesdayRice (23-9) at New Mexico (24-10), lateThird Round ThursdayPurdue (20-13) at Indiana (19-14), 7 p.m. James Madison (23-10) at West Virginia (23-11), 7 p.m. Fordham (24-9) at Virginia Tech (20-13), 7 p.m. Duquesne (25-7) at St. Johns (18-14), 7 p.m. Georgia Tech (20-13) at Alabama (19-13), 8 p.m. Michigan State (19-13) at South Dakota (28-6), 8 p.m.FridayUC Davis (27-6) at Kansas State (18-15), 8 p.m.March 21-23New Mexico-Rice winner vs. TCU (21-12), TBAWOMENS BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL Quarter“ nals MondaySouth Alabama 54, Furman 53 Central Arkansas 82, Weber State 67 Nevada 86, Fresno State 74TodayYale (16-13) at Binghamton (20-11), 7 p.m.Semi“ nals March 23 or 24South Alabama (21-12) at Yale-Binghamton winner, TBASaturday, March 24Nevada (19-16) at Central Arkansas (24-9), 6 p.m.NCAA WOMENS DIV. II TOURNAMENTAt Sioux Falls, S.D. Quarter“ nals March 19Central Missouri 72, Lubbock Christian 62 Union (Tenn.) 73, Carson-Newman 70 Ashland 91, Montana State Billings 73 Indiana (Pa.) 75, Stonehill 71Semi“ nals TodayCentral Missouri (28-3) vs. Union (Tenn.) (31-3), 7 p.m. Ashland (35-0) vs. Indiana (Pa.) (30-3), 9:30 p.m.Championship FridaySemi“ nal winners, 8 p.m.NAIA DIV. I WOMENS TOURNAMENTSemi“ nals MondayFreed-Hardeman 61, Montana Western 50 Westmont 56, Wayland Baptist 54Championship TuesdayFreed-Hardeman vs. Westmont, late PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L PCT. GBx-Toronto 52 18 .743 „ x-Boston 47 23 .671 5 Philadelphia 39 30 .565 12 New York 26 45 .366 26 Brooklyn 23 48 .324 29Southeast Division W L Pct GBWashington 40 30 .571 „ Miami 38 33 .535 2 Charlotte 30 41 .423 10 Orlando 21 49 .300 19 Atlanta 20 50 .286 20Central Division W L Pct GBCleveland 41 29 .586 „ Indiana 41 30 .577 Milwaukee 37 33 .529 4 Detroit 31 39 .443 10 Chicago 24 46 .343 17 WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division W L Pct GBy-Houston 56 14 .800 „ San Antonio 41 30 .577 15 New Orleans 40 30 .571 16 Dallas 22 48 .314 34 Memphis 19 51 .271 37Northwest Division W L Pct GBPortland 44 26 .629 „ Oklahoma City 43 29 .597 2 Utah 40 30 .571 4 Minnesota 40 31 .563 4 Denver 38 33 .535 6Paci“ c Division W L Pct GBy-Golden State 53 18 .746 „ L.A. Clippers 37 32 .536 15 L.A. Lakers 31 39 .443 21 Sacramento 23 49 .319 30 Phoenix 19 52 .268 34 x-clinched playoff berth; y-won division PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Tampa Bay 72 49 19 4 102 260 202 Boston 71 45 17 9 99 239 184 Toronto 72 43 22 7 93 243 204 Florida 70 36 27 7 79 212 216 Montreal 73 26 35 12 64 182 232 Ottawa 71 26 34 11 63 197 244 Detroit 72 26 35 11 63 184 224 Buffalo 72 23 37 12 58 172 236Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Washington 72 41 24 7 89 225 214 Pittsburgh 72 41 26 5 87 237 218 Columbus 73 40 28 5 85 205 203 Philadelphia 73 37 25 11 85 218 215 New Jersey 72 37 27 8 82 217 215 Carolina 72 31 30 11 73 194 225 N.Y. Rangers 72 32 32 8 72 208 231 N.Y. Islanders 72 30 32 10 70 231 262WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Nashville 72 48 14 10 106 236 178 Winnipeg 72 43 19 10 96 240 189 Minnesota 73 41 24 8 90 227 210 Colorado 72 39 25 8 86 231 209 Dallas 73 38 27 8 84 209 197 St. Louis 72 39 28 5 83 201 193 Chicago 73 30 34 9 69 208 223Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Vegas 72 46 21 5 97 244 199 San Jose 72 40 23 9 89 219 199 Los Angeles 73 40 27 6 86 211 184 Anaheim 73 37 24 12 86 206 197 Calgary 74 35 29 10 80 204 222 Edmonton 72 31 36 5 67 201 231 Vancouver 72 25 38 9 59 186 236 Arizona 72 24 37 11 59 175 230 2 points for a win, 1 for OT loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffs PRO BASEBALL SPRING TRAININGAll times EasternAMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct. Houston 16 7 .696 Boston 16 8 .667 Cleveland 16 10 .615 Baltimore 14 10 .583 Kansas City 13 10 .565 Oakland 12 10 .545 New York 13 11 .542 Chicago 13 11 .542 Toronto 12 13 .480 Minnesota 11 12 .478 Tampa Bay 11 12 .478 Los Angeles 12 15 .444 Seattle 11 14 .440 Detroit 9 13 .409 Texas 7 17 .292NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct. Milwaukee 16 7 .696 Chicago 15 10 .600 Miami 13 9 .591 San Diego 11 9 .550 Arizona 12 11 .522 St. Louis 12 11 .522 Atlanta 12 13 .480 Los Angeles 12 13 .480 Washington 11 12 .478 San Francisco 11 13 .458 Colorado 10 14 .417 Philadelphia 10 15 .400 Pittsburgh 9 15 .375 Cincinnati 9 16 .360 New York 8 16 .333(ss)-split squad games count in the standings, ties and games against non-MLB teams do not count ODDS PREGAME.COM LINENATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Cleveland Off Off Toronto at Philadelphia Off Off Memphis at Miami Off Off New York Charlotte 1 221 at Brooklyn at Milwaukee 4 226 LA Clippers Denver 9 222 at Chicago at San Antonio 5 203 Washington at New Orleans 1 221 IndianaCOLLEGE BASKETBALLTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG at Oklahoma State 4 W Kentucky at Saint Marys Calif. 6 Utah at Austin Peay 4 Ill.-Chicago at San Diego 2 N. Colorado at North Texas 1 Jacksonville StateThursdayKentucky 5 Kansas State Nevada 1 Loyola of Chicago Michigan 2 Texas A&M Gonzaga 5 Florida State at UTSA 4 Sam Houston State at San Francisco 9 CampbellFridayVillanova 5 West Virginia Purdue 1 Texas Tech Duke 11 Syracuse Kansas 4 ClemsonNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Buffalo -120 Arizona +110 at Pittsburgh Off Montreal Off at St. Louis Off Boston Off at Calgary -109 Anaheim -101 Updated odds available at TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLAmerican LeagueCHICAGO WHITE SOX „ Reassigned RHP Michael Kopech and OF Jacob May to minor league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES „ Acquired RHP Anyelo Gomez as a Rule 5 Draft return from Atlanta and assigned him to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). TAMPA BAY RAYS „ Sent INF Luis Rengifo to the L.A. Angels to complete an earlier trade.National LeagueARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS „ Optioned RHP Jimmie Sherfy to OF Jeremy Hazelbaker to Reno (PCL). COLORADO ROCKIES „ Optioned INF/OF Jordan Patterson to Albuquerque (PCL). Reassigned INFs Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rogers and C Jan Vazquez to minor league camp. LOS ANGELES DODGERS „ Optioned RHP Dylan Baker and LHP Adam Liberatore to minor league camp. Reassigned INFs Jake Peter and Donovan Solano to minor league camp. MIAMI MARLINS „ Optioned OF Braxton Lee and RHPs Nick Wittgren and Sandy Alcantara to New Orleans (PCL). NEW YORK METS „ Optioned INFs Gavin Cecchini and Luis Guillorme to minor league camp. Reassigned OF Matt den Dekker, C Jose Lobaton, INF Ty Kelly, LHPs Matt Purke and P.J. Conlon and RHPs Drew Smith, A.J. Grif“ n and Corey Taylor to minor league camp. PITTSBURGH PIRATES „ Optioned 2B Max Moroff, RHP Nick Kingham and OF Christopher Bostick to Indianapolis (IL). Reassigned OF Todd Cunnigham; C Jackson Williams; INFs Pablo Reyes, Erich Weiss and Eric Wood; and RHPs Brett McKinney, Casey Sadler and John Stilson to minor league camp. WASHINGTON NATIONALS „ Optioned OF Victor Robles to Syracuse (IL). Reassigned LHP Ismael Guillon to minor league camp.American AssociationFARGO-MOORHEAD REDHAWKS „ Released OF John Schultz. KANSAS CITY T-BONES „ Signed RHP Hunter Adkins. LINCOLN SALTDOGS „ Signed RHP Leland Tilley. WICHITA WINGNUTS „ Signed LHP Casey Harman.Atlantic LeagueLONG ISLAND DUCKS „ Signed RHP Matt Marsh.Can-Am LeagueNEW JERSEY JACKALS „ Signed C Kevin Torres and OF Ichiro Usui.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationNBA „ Fined Houston G/F Gerald Green $25,000 for shoving Minnesota C Gorgui Dieng and Boston F Marcus Morris $15,000 for verbal abuse of a game of“ cial.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueBUFFALO BILLS „ Agreed to terms with LB Ramon Humber on a one-year contract. CAROLINA PANTHERS „ Signed WR Jarius Wright to a three-year contract. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS „ Signed WR Ryan Grant. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS „ Released WR Allen Hurns and TE Marcedes Lewis. OAKLAND RAIDERS „ Traded FB Jamize Olawale and the 192nd 2018 draft pick to Dallas for the 173rd pick. PITTSBURGH STEELERS „ Signed S Morgan Burnett to a three-year contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS „ Named Phil Rauscher assistant offensive coach. Promoted Kevin OConnell to passing game coordinator.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueANAHEIM DUCKS „ Recalled D Andy Welinski from San Diego (AHL). ARIZONA C OYOTES „ Recalled C Dylan Strome and D Trevor Murphy from Tucson (AHL). Signed G Merrick Madsen to a two-year, entry-level contract. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS „ Recalled F Andreas Martinsen from Rockford (AHL) on an emergency basis. DALLAS STARS „ Recalled LW Curtis McKenzie from Texas (AHL).COLLEGESEASTERN MICHIGAN „ Announced plans to drop softball, mens swimming and diving, womens tennis and wrestling at the end of the academic year. HOBART „ Named Greg Hadley defensve backs coach/director of football player development and Art Garvey run game coordinator. Announced offensive line coach Mike Green will also assume duties as academic success coordinator. IOWA „ Granted releases to junior mens basketball F Ahmad Wagner to explore college football opportunities and graduate G Brady Ellingson to transfer. MEMPHIS „ Named Penny Hardaway mens basketball coach. MINNESOTA „ Announced the resignation of mens hockey coach Don Lucia. OKLAHOMA „ Announced freshman G Trae Young will enter the NBA draft. TEXAS „ Announced freshman F Mo Bamba will enter the NBA draft.Have a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at paul.jenkins@ HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Tavares at Fort Myers, 2 p.m. South Lake vs. Mariner, 7 p.m. Leesburg at Sanford Spring Break Tournament Mount Dora at Sanford Spring Break Tournament South Sumter at Farm Bureau Tournament TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULE By Mark LongAssociated PressJACKSONVILLE „ The Jacksonville Jaguars unceremoniously dumped the longesttenured player on their roster Tuesday, and he wasn't happy about it.The Jaguars released veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis after 12 seasons to save $3.5 mil-lion in salary-cap space. The move came the same day Jacksonville parted ways with receiver Allen Hurns to save $7 million.Both players are now free agents and can sign with any team that wants them.Hurns' future had been in doubt since Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole emerged as big-play receivers late last season. Hurns really became expendable when the Jag-uars signed two receivers last week, bringing back Marqise Lee and adding Donte Moncrief in free agency.Lewis thought his spot was safe, even after Jack-sonville signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul last week. The Jaguars picked up an option in Lewis' contract last month.Lewis told The Associated Press he felt "disrespected" by the timing of the move. It came a week after free agency began."I wish they would have done it sooner," he said. "I think I deserved a little better than this."The 33-year-old Lewis, a first-round draft pick in 2006, played in 170 games with Jacksonville. His 375 receptions and 4,502 yards receiving both rank third in team history. His 33 receiving touchdowns are second-most in franchise history, trailing only Jimmy Smith (67).He said he hopes to continue playing and would prefer to stay closer to his home and daughter in Los Angeles. Lewis has ties to former Jaguars coach and current Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, and his college position coach, Jon Embree, is tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Also, former Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson now holds the same position with the Oakland Raiders.Jaguars dump Lewis after 12 seasons, also release Hurns

PAGE 13 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 B3against either division foes or the Twins, another regu-lar spring opponent. When Minnesota signed Lynn to a free-agent deal a week ago Monday and announced him as the next day's start-ing pitcher against the Orioles, Showalter stacked his lineup with regulars like Manny Machado, Trey Mancini and Pedro Alvarez „ a somewhat unusual move for a road spring training game.Thing is, the O's are likely to see Lynn that first weekend of the season, and Baltimore's players are largely unfamiliar with him because he's been in the National League his whole career with St. Louis. The spring game was a valuable sneak peak at his stuff and delivery. "That's why we got some of our guys over there," Showalter said.He can only hope his Birds do better the next time they see Lynn. He struck out five in three hitless innings.Showalter is also trying to shield his established starters from AL East rivals, keeping Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman away from the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Twins and Blue Jays. It's no accident that Miguel Castro and Mike Wright Jr. have combined for four starts against those teams „ they're in conten-tion for the No. 5 starter spot, and Showalter wants to see how they fare against division opponents."We want to see them in that environment to evalu-ate them better," Showalter said.This isn't groundbreaking territory from Showalter, of course. The AL East clubs along the Gulf Coast often manipulate their ros-ters to either align or avoid matchups. Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi was especially aggressive about that."We went a couple springs with Joe where we didn't see any of their start-ing pitchers," Showalter said.Girardi was replaced this offseason by Aaron Boone, a first-time manager who spent 12 years as a major league infielder. He hasn't been quite as selective as Girardi, but he's cognizant of the value in certain matchups based on his experience as a player."Any time you could see a pitcher that you're going to face, you kind of sign up for that," Boone said. "Especially someone you might see a lot."Boone said balancing ros-ters isn't difficult in spring training because pitchers can always get in their work during simulated or minor league games. Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia have all taken turns in recent simulated games, and Showalter has done the same with Cashner and Gausman. It can actually be advantageous for the pitchers' workloads to stay on the backfields, too, because sim and minor league games are flexible on the rules.Not that Showalter is going to stress too hard about all that. Considering the constant roster shuffle, the lack of competitiveness and the Gulf Coast winds, there's only so much advanced scouting to be done."Evaluating down here is a real challenge," Showalter said. "Spring's a big fooler on both sides of it."What does it really mean? Not that much." MLBFrom Page B1 FHSAA Independent in just its fourth year of existence „ to play against one of the areas all-time winningest programs.And in the end, Real Life earned a measure of vali-dation with a 14-7 win. The game was stopped with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning when strong storms rolled into the area.This is part of the building process for our program,Ž said Raptors coach Mike Koronka. We had a chance to play in a spring break tournament down at (Eagle Lake) Lake Region. Our parents asked if we could finish up early in the week, so they would still have time to do some-thing as a family. And the chance to play a team like Eustis with all their tradi-tion is something we might only be able to do during spring break.It really means a lot to our kids „ and our program „ to have an opponent like this on our schedule.ŽThe Raptors wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against Eustis (3-7). Real Life scored four against Panthers starter Taylor Pridgen in the first inning.Brett Kelly led off the bottom of the inning and reached on a hit batsman. He scored when Ian Thornton ripped a double to right.Following a walk by Gerry Kelly, Thornton scored on an error and Travis Stapleton plated two with a double to right-center field.Pridgen then struck out the next three batters he faced to escape the inning.Real Life added three more runs in the second when Noah Clymer scored, along with Brett Kelly and Korbin Kurtz „ both of whom scored for the second time in two innings. A pair of fielding errors by the Panthers led to much of the damage in the frame.Eustis committed three errors in the first two innings, resulting in four unearned runs charged to Pridgen. For the game, the Panthers committed six errors, leading to eight unearned runs credited to Pridgen and reliever Jack-son Bakich, who came on in the fourth inning.They both threw the ball well enough to succeed (Tuesday),Ž said Eustis coach David Lee. Taylor in particular has been a hard-luck guy all season. Hes thrown the ball pretty well, but we havent always provided him with great support.ŽEustis did make a game of it in the middle innings. The Panthers plated a run in the third and four more in the fourth inning on four hits off Raptors starter Brett Kelly to cut the deficit to 7-5 with a pair of runners in scoring posi-tion and Bakich stepping to the plate.Rather than allowing Brett Kelly, a southpaw, to face the righthanded Bakich, Koronka brought in righthander Joel Haskin and the sophomore retired Bakich on a grounder to third to end the rally.The Raptors regained control of the game with three runs in the bottom of the inning, along with a solo run in the fifth for an 11-5 lead heading to the sixth. Eustis added two in the top of the frame, but the Raptors countered with three more in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.Real Life (7-3-1) finished with nine hits „ four in three innings against Prid-gen and five in 2 ‡ innings against Bakich. Both pitch-ers surrendered seven runs apiece.Stapleton had three hits and five RBIs to lead the Raptors at the plate, followed by Thornton and Gabe Schlabach with two hits apiece. Brett Kelly scored three runs, while Thornton, Gerry Kelly and Kurtz each scored two runs.We hit the ball really well,Ž Koronka said. And our pitching is really start-ing to come around. Were not there yet, but I think our kids are starting to see how all the hard work theyve been putting in is beginning to pay off.ŽEustis managed eight hits off Brett Kelly and Hoskin. Cameron Rodri-guez, Cole Gregory, Dustin DelPizzo and Taylor Oaks had two hits apiece for the Panthers.Rodriguez and Oaks each scored two runs.These spring break games are a chance for us to stay on the field and find ways to get more competi-tive,Ž Lee said. We have to learn how to compete. Its about finding something inside yourself that says you dont want to lose and wanting to sup-port your teammates.Were a team thats trying to find itself right now.Ž BASEBALLFrom Page B1Moreland, who said after the Wildcats beat Blountstown 62-56 in the Class 1A state title game that he plans to step down as coach, shared many of the same sentiments as Campbell.Im humbled by this honor,Ž Moreland said. And it is truly an honor. I had such a great group of kids and a truly dedicated coaching staff. Plus, Ive gotten such support from my family, especially my wife and my 90-year old mother who was in Lake-land to see us win.The end of this season really was a dream come true.ŽMoreland compiled a 232-116 in 14 seasons as Wildwood coach and a 354-195 record in 23 years as a head coach. He ended up with 136 points in the final voting, easily outdis-tancing Blountstown coach Brent Zessin (81 points) and Madison Countys Allen Demps (56).By winning in their respective classifications, Campbell and Moreland become finalists for the overall state Coach of the Year award. Voting for the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball and Boys Basket-ball Coach of the Year award ends Friday and winners will be announced Monday.Player of the Year winners for all classifications also were announced Tues-day and while there were no local winners, a trio of area players finished in the top three in their classifications.In Class 6A, Leesburg standouts Keon Ellis and Dray Graham were second and third, respectively, behind Rockledges Elijah Weaver. And in Class 1A Wildwood senior Darion Wilson finished second behind Blountstowns Kevon Godwin. COACHESFrom Page B1 Wildwood coach Von Moreland has been named the Class 1A Coach of the Year afater leading the Wildcats to the state title. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] Real Lifes Noah Clymer (2) swings during a game between Real Life Christian Academy and Eustis High School at Bishop Field in Clermont on Tuesday. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]He can certainly draw upon plenty of the expe-riences „ good and bad „ of his previous three years.His hustle plays against Wisconsin in the 2015 national cham-pionship game sparked Duke to its most recent NCAA title. During the following two seasons, though, his name became synonymous with three separate tripping incidents that earned him a flagrant foul, a reprimand from the Atlantic Coast Confer-ence and a one-game suspension.Aside from his hipcheck foul on North Carolinas Garrison Brooks two weeks ago in the ACC Tourna-ment „ an incident that later was laughed off by the Tar Heels „ Allens senior season has been generally devoid of any controversy.Instead, the focus has been on his production on the court and his leadership off it. ALLENFrom Page B1


B4 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | RECREATION NEWS & NOTESTo submit news or notes for the weekly recreation page, contact Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at or 352-365-8204.Lake Senior Games to be held April 4-29The Florida Senior Games qualifiers run through March and April offering opportuni-ties to earn a spot in the 2018 Florida Senior Games Dec. 1-9 in Clearwater.The Lake Senior Games run from April 4-29 and offer a chance to qualify in golf, pow-erlifting, swimming, tennis, archery, croquet, pickleball, lawn bowling, track and field and cycling.For registration details and more information, visit registration now underwayThe Leesburg Recreation Department is currently taking registration for flag football (ages 5-15), Pop Warner football and cheerleading (ages 5-14), prep basketball (ages 13-17) and adult flag football (ages 16 and up).For more information on any of the programs, visit http:/ or call 352-728-9885. Swim lessons at the YMCAThe Golden Triangle YMCA is taking registrations for its early spring swim lessons.Weekday classes run from Monday to April 19 and the cost is $70 for members and $120 for nonmembers. Satur-day classes run from March 31 to April 21.Classes available include parent/child, preschool, school age and teen/adult. The weekday classes include eight lessons and the Saturday classes include four lessons.Contact Aquatics Director Chris ODomski at or 352-343-1144 for more information.Plantation softball holding golf tournamentThe Plantation Softball Association will hold its 14th annual golf tournament fundraiser on April 10 at the Plantation Cranes Roost golf course.Cost is $50 per person for the four-person scramble which will have an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.A golf cart is being offered in a hole-in-one contest and there are prizes for closest to the pin and straightest drive, among others. Lunch is being catered by Oakwood.Registration forms for the tournament are available at the clubhouse.Take a run through the park each SaturdayClermont's parkrun 5k takes place every Saturday from Lake Hiawatha Preserve Park promptly at 7:30 a.m. The Hiawatha Preserve is located on west side of Lake Minneola in Clermont. The address is 450 12th St., Clermont.The event is free and put on by volunteers each week and draws an average of about 75 runners a week. Participants are asked to register and print out a one-time parkrun barcode that is used for timing. Printing out the personal bar-code is essential.For more information or to register, visit Eustis offering Zumba classesThe Eustis Recreation Department is offering an adult Zumba class. The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the Garden Room at 2214 Bates Ave. The first class is free and the cost on a per-class basis is $5. You can purchase a 10-class card for $35.For more information, call Cartina Craft at 352-357-8510.By Paul Jenkinspaul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comMOUNT DORA „ Step into the baseball and softball complex at Lincoln Avenue Community Park on a Satur-day morning and its easy to think youve somehow traveled back in time and right into a Norman Rockwell painting. Unfolding in front of you is a slice of Americana that has been happening in communities across the country for decades.Moms and dads cheer and coach their sons and daughters, while the only sign that you are not in the 1950s comes from the cellphones being used to snap photos and record videos.Four games are underway at the same time, with three baseball games and a softball game giving the crowd plenty of options.The youngest players take the field first on Saturday morning, and the Mount Dora Babe Ruth leagues are heavy on photo ops and adorable moments.The games get more serious as they progress up the age ladder, but at the young-est level its all about the kids having fun and beginning to learn the basics of the game.Coaches kneel on the field and toss pitches to the tiny batters. After a few swings and misses, a tee comes out and the hitters take a few more cracks at trying to put a ball in play.A ground ball is chased down by a posse of fielders, setting up either a precarious throw to a base or a footrace on the basepaths.In a day and age when there are plenty of things to attract the attention of kids, Mount Dora is showing that there is still plenty of room for the simpler pleasures.The citys Babe Ruth leagues boast 19 teams (14 baseball teams and five softball teams) and 245 players. Leagues run from 6-Under teams, where kids as young as 4 can start playing the game, all the way up to 15-Under.Im an educator and I see so many benefits for the kids in the Babe Ruth league,Ž said Nicole Brouhard, the player agent and coordina-tor of coaches for the league. They learn ownership, responsibility, how to be a team player, discipline and routine. It really adds value to the overall experience of being a child. Ive never been in an organization thats as community-oriented as Mount Dora Babe Ruth.Ž The Mount Dora league is a labor of love for a lot of adults. There are the businesses that support the league, a board of directors headed by President Josh Dietrick and, of course, the parents of the players. They all come together to keep the league running and making sure all the little details are taken care of so the players can just worry about playing.Its a blast out here and you make a lot of friends because you become part of the family,Ž said Brad Nickel, who coaches his son, Aiden, on an 8-Under team. This is my sixth season out here and its really come a long way. Theres been a real commu-nity outreach so that it keeps growing and we keep getting more kids out here.ŽAside from the games being played, one of the best parts of the weekly Saturday morn-ing ritual are families getting to spend time together.My husband works on Sat-urdays, but hes able to come out and coach our son before he goes into work,Ž said Karla Hart while watching her husband, David, and son, Lincoln, enjoy some father-son time together. I just love us having this time together. What Mount Dora Babe Ruth does is just phenomenal.ŽBlast from the past A play at third base during Mount Dora Babe Ruth action at Lincoln Park on March 10 in Mount Dora. [BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT]Mount Dora Babe Ruth is a win for community, families

PAGE 15 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 C1 DINETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 MEAL PLANNINGINGREDIENT SWAPSYoure in the middle of preparing dinner and realize youre out of an important ingredient. What to do? Use this substitution guide from the University of Missouri Extension to get dinner back on track. € Cottage cheese, blended until smooth, can be used in place of yogurt. € In need of a teaspoon of baking powder? Use 1/3 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. € If your recipe calls for a cup of chicken broth, use 1 bouillon cube in 1 cup of boiling water. VINAIGRETTEEASY RECIPEThe following recipe comes from Ingredients: 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard; 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic; 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar; Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper; 1/2 cup good olive oil; Salad greens or mesclun mix Directions: In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, garlic, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsi ed. BLUEBERRIESTHIS FRUIT HAS BENEFITSBlueberries are loaded with phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic diseases, like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Blueberries may also improve shortterm memory and promote healthy aging, according to the Mayo Clinic, as well as provide a low-calorie source of ber and vitamin C. „ Brandpoint ByCharlenePetersMoreContentNow N ice,Frances fifth-largestcity, hasastoriedpast. Sufficetosayits food,architectureandculturehavebeeninfluenced byGreeks,Italiansand Spaniardsbeforeending upinthehandsofthe EmperorNapoleonIIIof Francein1860.Nicemakes aworthybaseforexploringtheCotedAzur,with itscombinationofclean airfromnearbymountainsandseasprayfrom theMediterraneancoast. Iwholeheartedlybegan myimmersionintothis sunnyFrenchmeltingpot withalessoninNioise. InNice,restaurantsthat haveearnedthecertificationCuisineNissardemay adorntheirfrontdoors withanofficialsticker toalertdinerstoatruly authenticmenu.Therecipespreparedaremeantto preservetheareasculinary traditionsstemmedfrom economicstrugglesofyears past,whenhead-to-tail cookingwasessentialand ingredientsweremore likelytocomefromtheland ratherthanthesea.Lou Ballicoisonesuchrestaurant.InanodtoitsSpanish-influencedfood,the interiorwallsarefilledwith bullandbullfightingart. Lunchbeganwitha Nioiseversionofamesclun(whichmeansmessof everythingŽ)salad,topped withNioiseolives,celery, tomatoesandradishes.It wasfollowedbyadishthat typifiedNioisehomemade cooking:daubeduboeuf accompaniedbydelicious herbravioli.Dessert,worth everycalorie,wasatorte deblette:Bletteisatype ofspinachthechefcombinedwithsweetapples. WheninNice,apromenadeatsunsetwillallow youtoabsorbtheexquisitebeautythatsurrounds youonallsides.Butonce thesunsets,youllwant toheadintotheloungeat Nicesmoststoriedand stunningHotelNegresco foraglassofwineand acarafeofambiance. Ifluxuryhadascent,it wouldbeofpolishedburled wood,thekindthatlines thebaratthishistoric five-starhotel,whereone sipofabalancedandbutterygrandcruChabliswill surelyleadtoanother. Foodshoppingisyet anotherluxuriousactivity,especiallyinside themajesticPatisserie ConfiserieHenriAuer,a dreamydollhousefilled withconfections.Outsideisamarketplaceof fresh-cutbloomsaswell asbinsofcandiedflowersforconsumption. Astapleofstreetfood inNiceisachickpeapancakecalledsocca,whichis alsoaformofentertainment,asittransforms fromamushybattertoa magicalsnack,sizzledin alargecoppervesselover awoodfire.Stuffedwith savorysocca,Iburned offcalorieswhileperusingmuseumsdedicated totwoNice-basedFrench artists,HenriMatisseand MarcChagall,courtesyof thecitysconvenientand efficienthop-on,hop-off trolley,aninexpensive luxuryonNiceswinding andhillybackstreets. Thenextday,thanksto Nicesfriendlyandhelpfultourismoffice,Iwas treatedtoatourofthe regionviaminivan.In Cannes,Istruckmybest AngelinaJolieposeonthe grandstepsofitsfamed filmfestivaltheater.In Grasse,theperfumecapitaloftheworld,Isniffed averitablebouquetof regionalscentsbefore makingmypurchase. Today,eachtimeIspritz thatbottleofjasmineand honeysuckleperfection,I amtransportedtothethree spectaculardaysIspenton theinimitableCtedAzur. CharlenePeterstravelsthe worldtodiscoverindigenous dishestosharewithreaders. Shecanbereachedbyemail: Nicetomeetyou Soakingup thesun,socca inFranceBinsofcandied”owersandsugaratthemarket. Soccaisachickpeapancakesizzledinalargecoppervesselover awood“re.[CHARLENEPETERSPHOTOS] SoccaServes8 €1literwater(4cupsplus3 tablespoons) €11/3cupschickpea”our €8tablespoonsoliveoil €1tablespoon“nesalt Pourthewater,chickpea ”our,oliveoilandsaltintoa saladbowl.Beatbrisklywith awhisktoremoveanylumps. Strain. Heatathicklyoiled20-inch diameter(approximately) copperormetalbakingtray. Whenitisniceandhot,pour andspreadthemixtureinthe tray(around1/8-inchthick). Cookinaveryhotoven, around525degrees. Removethetrayfromthe ovenwhenthepastryis goldenandcrusty,andeven slightlyburntinplaces. Heatsomeoilinanon-stick fryingpanandcookboth sideslikeapancake. Cutintosmallpieces,season withpepperandservequickly. Strawberry season is in full swing and with the cold weather, farmers are harvesting more strawberries sooner versus later. Dont worry though, the cooler weather is good for strawberries. It is what makes these ruby beauties so sweet and juicy. Its so hard for me to pass a roadside stand without picking up a flat or two. There are only so many strawberries one can eat in a day. However, because we are in the height of the season, the strawberries are a bargain. I was at a local grocery store and found some for less than a dollar a pint. Needless to say, I loaded up my cart. The first thing that came to mind was my strawberry freezer jam. It is so easy, and strawberries are loaded with their own natural pectin so adding more is really not needed. I love to make freezer jam because it is a simple jarring process and it lasts for months in the freezer. I also love the fact that a pint of strawberries have only 114 calories and 28 percent of recommended daily fiber. You can control the amount of added sugar in the jam by replacing half of the sugar with honey or agave. Here are a few more interesting facts about strawberries: A pint is roughly 2 cups of strawberries.ROAMING GOURMETThe perfect jam recipe for strawberry season Ze Carter Ze Carters strawberry freezer jam is so easy, and strawberries are loaded with their own natural pectin, so adding more is really not needed. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] See CARTER, C2


C2 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comStrawberries have their seeds on the outside. A single strawberry usually has more than 200 seeds. Dont rinse your berries until you are ready to eat them. Rinsing speeds up the spoiling process. The container that your strawberries are sold in are a perfect colander to drain your berries in. Knowing how to handle your strawberries once you bring them home is the key. If you come across a deal on strawberries, dont be afraid to buy as many as your basket can handle. Refrigerate them immediately until ready to use (within three days is best). Feel free to use any plastic jar that has a lid. Without additional pectin, you wont produce a solid jam but an easily spreadable jam that will be great on desserts, pancakes and toast. If you have a few green-topped strawberries, add them to the jam. ZES NO-PECTIN STRAWBERRY JAMINGREDIENTS:€ 4 cups fresh strawberries, roughly chopped and mashed € 1 cup sugar or cup sugar and cup honey or agave nectarDIRECTIONS:Trim the leaves off the tops of the strawberries and mash them with a potato masher. Add preferred sweetener, stir and let stand 10 minutes. Pour mixture in a heavybottom saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes (mixture should be thick). Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 15 minutes. Pour warm mixture into sterilized plastic jars. Fill 1 inch from rim. Place in fridge for one hour. Once completely cooled, place in freezer and freeze for up to 6 months. To defrost just place in fridge for 24 hours. Jam can also be heated up and used as a sauce. Sauce will last in the fridge for up to two weeks.Ze Carter is a food columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email her at CARTERFrom Page C1 By Bonnie S. BenwickThe Washington PostIf the cleanup end of a weeknight meal is your least favorite part, this recipes for you. It uses a time-honored technique employed by professional chefs and camping enthusiasts with equal aplomb: Packet cooking, a.k.a. en papillote, al cartoccio, hobo packets and foil-packet dinners. Foods enclosed in a parchment paper or foil pouch essentially steam as they bake in the oven or roast on the grill, holding in juices, flavors and aromas. To create that steam, added liquids are sparingly poured, and when the pouch is foil, some type of fat is included to keep the contents from sticking. The packets are typically done per individual serving, making them custom-order for each diner at your table without extra steps or fuss. Start with proteins that respond nicely to poaching, such as chicken or fish or tofu, and you can add on from there. For this rendition, chicken broth, lemon slices and a touch of honey do the trick; a dry white wine could stand in for the broth if you have that. The small pile of vegetables and herbs underneath picks up flavor from the chicken on top as well. The chicken needs to be thin; pound or cut the boneless, skinless chicken breast halves in your Dinner in Minutes Pantry or buy cutlets that are ready to go. You dont have to fold the packets any particular way, as long as you (a) leave some head space for steam, and (b) make sure theyre sealed tightly. Pop them on a baking sheet, where it doesnt matter how closely they sit. When you open them, keep your face just far enough away to avoid the rush of heat but close enough to inhale the goodness. Once the packets are emptied, you can toss them and have only the dishes to wash.This chicken dinner comes with no cleanupChicken and Veg Parcels [STACY ZARIN GOLDBERG FOR THE WASHINGTON POST]Chicken and Veg Parcels2 servings Serve with warm bread, or over brown rice. From deputy Food editor/ recipes editor Bonnie S. Benwick Ingredients € 1 medium red bell pepper € 1 celery rib € 1 medium shallot € Kosher salt € Freshly ground black pepper € 4 to 6 stems fresh herbs, such as sage, thyme and/ or parsley € 1 lemon € 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each) € 3 tablespoons no-saltadded chicken broth € Honey Steps Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut two 12-by-17-inch sheets of parchment paper, fold each one in half crosswise. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, side by side, and then open each one. As you prep the next ingredients, youll be creating two equal piles, centered on one-half of each parchment paper: Cut the red bell pepper in half. Discard the seeds and ribs, then cut into long, thin strips. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the stringy bits from the celery. Cut the ribs lengthwise into -inch-wide strips, then cut them in half so they are the same length as the red bell pepper strips. Mince the shallot. Season each pile lightly with salt and pepper. Pluck the leaves from the fresh herbs (to taste). Cut the lemon into very thin slices, discarding any seeds. Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the chicken breast halves and pound each one to a thickness of no more than inch. Season all over with salt and pepper. Place one atop each pile of vegetables. Arrange the herb leaves and lemon slices on each portion. Drizzle the broth and a little honey (a few teaspoons each) over the piles, then fold over the paper and, starting at one corner, crimp and seal tight each packet. Roast (middle rack) for 20 to 22 minutes; the paper packets should puff up a bit. Place them on individual plates. Carefully tear open, avoiding the steam. Eat right out of the packet or empty the packets onto the plates.

PAGE 17 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 C3Unlike many of my friends, I really dont mind washing dishes. Unlike most people I know, I actually enjoy ironing. And surely almost everyone would agree that with modern washers and driers, doing the laundry is no big deal. On the other hand, I must confess that defrosting either the refrigerator or the freezer is a task that once filled me with dread. But it no longer bothers me. No, I havent learned to love that time-and-energyconsuming chore. First the refrigerator died, then the freezer showed signs that it, too, was on its way out. So I sensibly replaced both appliances with self-defrosting models. Now, whenever I walk past either one, I offer up thanks for the modern technology that has blessed me with freedom from defrosting. That leaves only one household chore I really hate, loathe and despise. Fortunately, over the years Ive gotten really good at putting it off, so Im rarely troubled by it. But unfortunately, dire necessity has caught up with me yet again; my cookbook collection has outgrown two and a half bookcases, and its imperative that I cull out a couple or three dozen volumes. When librarians participate in this arduous and painful process, they refer to it as weeding.Ž The decision whether to keep or discard a library book depends upon whether the information it contains is timely and accurate, the physical condition of the book, its attractiveness and how frequently it is checked out. To insure any slightest degree of effectiveness, the task must be approached with cold detachment. When a homemaker must prune deadwood from her cookbook collection, the element of detachment is nigh unto impossible. Theres a degree of sentimentality involved that never troubles the heart of a professional librarian. For starters, there are the fundraiser books with recipes donated by people you know and like. We know the flavor of many of these recipes, for they are the covered dish dinner specialsŽ of friends. There are the gift books from friends and relatives, some of which came to you sparkling with newness; others are valued because aunt Jane or cousin Sally used them and wrote their own tweakingsŽ in the margins, or scrawled an approving this is goodŽ above certain recipes. Some are reminders that your husband thought of you on business trips, or when he had to go away for some family emergency. Some he gave you as birthday or anniversary gifts, or simply because he felt like surprising you. A husbands gifts are too special to be discarded. Dont forget the trip souvenirs. Just touching this one brings memories of the tranquil plantation house in Louisiana, Shadows on the Teche, another invokes the breathless amazement of driving through the Painted Desert in Arizona, and a slender collection of sourdough recipes stirs memories of dizzying views from the incredible heights of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Its all too easy to think of them not just as cookbooks, but as little shreds of magic carpet. Maybe I should adopt the librarians rule of discarding the dilapidated and unsightly. But theres a Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, which my mother bought in 1952, then loaned to my aunt Emily, both of whom made notations in the margins and copied other recipes on blank pages. It came to me in 1973, since then it has served as my kitchen Bible. At this stage, there are at least three layers of various kinds of tape holding it together, but Im not about to part with it. My old copy of The Joy of Cooking,Ž by Irma Rombauer, is also taped together, but with only one layer so far. Surely no one could complain about that. A frequently-used paperback copy of Craig Claibornes Kitchen PrimerŽ is held together by rubber bands. Poppy Canons Presidential CookbookŽ must be handled with extreme care to keep loose pages from escaping, but I still cherish it for the amusing historical insights into the lives and kitchens of Americas first ladies. So far, I havent made much progress. Instead of weeding cookbooks, perhaps I should discard the television set and replace it with a bookcase. Mary Ryder is a food columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email her at POT WATCHERCookbook collections, like gardens, need weeding Mary RyderMy cookbook collection has outgrown two and a half bookcases, and its imperative that I cull out a couple or three dozen volumes. When a homemaker must prune deadwood from her cookbook collection, the element of detachment is nigh unto impossible. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] By Casey SeidenbergThe Washington PostAs has happened before, my family is feeling uninspired by our regular weeknight dinners. While stuck in past ruts, we experimented with sheet pan dinners until our favorites shook out. We mastered the perfect rice bowl and conquered the slow cooker, taking a handful of new recipes for our own. Is there yet another cooking technique that could reinspire our weeknight meals? Yes, there is. It is a technique that is as old as the ages, one that requires few dishes, no equipment other than a stove, and is as healthy as can be. What exactly is poaching? To poach is to slowly simmer food in liquid until it is cooked. It is a very gentle and gradual way to cook, fitting for delicate foods such as eggs, fish and fruit. Poaching allows the protein in the food to cook without losing moisture. In contrast, if a chicken breast were dropped into a pot of boiling water, the protein molecules would quickly seize and the moisture would be squeezed out. The end result would be a dry, rubbery piece of meat. Grilled chicken can sometimes turn out a bit dry for the same reason; the grill is very hot when the chicken lands on it, so moisture is lost. Poaching liquid can be as simple as water, as hearty as a broth or even an oil. An acid such as wine, lemon juice or vinegar is usually added to the poaching liquid to help the protein set quickly. To add flavor, include a mix of herbs, garlic and peppercorns, and if you want to be an overachieving poacher, add onion, celery and carrot. Fruits are usually poached in wine and water, with aromatic spices such as cloves and cinnamon. Foods do not brown when they are poached, so the finished product will be very pale and uniform in color. This can be quite pretty in some cases „ the pure white and bright yellow egg or the stark white chicken breast in a chicken salad but a poached white fish may appear less appealing than the one that is golden brown from the oven. Poaching is ideal for foods that are going to be cooked or used again. I often poach chicken ahead of time and then shred it for chicken salad, enchiladas that will be baked in the oven or an Indian chicken dish that will be cooked on the stove-top. It is convenient to have the meat already cooked and ready to shred when I start dinner. Poached foods have earned the reputation of being diet foods because when poached in water, there isnt any added fat. I poach so I can limit unhealthful fats or incorporate healthful ones such as when poaching in bone broth. I also love this technique because it results in great-tasting, moisturefilled foods. Because eggs are such a great way to add protein to any dish, we have been topping salads, grain bowls such as bibimbap, pasta, soups and toast with poached eggs. Poaching eggs The fresher the egg, the better it will poach. Older eggs often produce legsŽ or strings from the egg white. To poach more than one egg at a time, be sure your pan is large enough to accommodate them. Crack each egg into its own measuring cup, and increase the cooking time by 30 seconds for each additional egg you add. € Combine 3 inches of water and a splash of distilled white vinegar in a saucepan, over medium-low heat, so the liquid reaches a temperature of 170 degrees, or until there are tiny bubbles along the bottom of the pan but they are not rising to the top and breaking. € Crack an egg into a metal or heatproof measuring cup. Lower the cup into the water in the center of the pan. Tip the cup so the egg gently slides into the water. € Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the egg white is fairly firm but the yolk is still movable, or longer if you like the yolk a little firmer. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the egg to paper towels to drain. Season lightly with salt and pepper. € Serve atop a salad, a grain bowl, toast, pasta or soup.Its worth it to learn how to poach food


C4 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Becky KrystalThe Washington PostIn the food world, theres an inclination to label this equipment or that ingredient as a must-have. (Food media types such as myself: Guilty.) If the ordinary home cook had every one of these must-haves, well, there wouldnt be room for anything else in the house. But you should really own a large wooden cutting board. A second wooden one, and another in plastic, is helpful, too. As with a chefs knife, there will hardly be a dish that comes out of your kitchen that doesnt require at least one cutting board. Think big for safety reasons. The last thing you want is a crowded workspace. If you dont give yourself plenty of room, youre more likely to injure yourself with a knife when food starts piling up…try to keep your board as clear as possible in Think big when you buy a cutting boardBy Joe YonanThe Washington PostI have unfortunate childhood memories of cabbage and cabbage soup. When I was a kid, my mothers boiled cabbage would send me running from the house „ from the smell. Ive come to love the vegetable in adulthood, thanks to my discovery of other ways to cook it (or not), with my favorite still being to grill it in steaksŽ until charred. Ive even come around to cabbage soup. Alana Chernila has a great method in her new book, Eating From the Ground UpŽ (Clarkson Potter, 2018). You cook thinly sliced cabbage slowly with onions (and, my addition, a hefty dose of garlic), letting the cabbage get sweeter (this time creating a nice aroma). Then you add thyme, then broth, and seasoning it generously with tamari and sea salt. The crowning touch is little toasts you make from a stale baguette and grated Parm. Float a few in each bowl and they get soft on the bottom and chewy on top, adding a welcome sharpness. The dish is reminiscent of onion soup but much lighter…not diet-soup territory, perhaps, but thats just as well. Unlock the sweet side of cabbageCaramelized Cabbage Soup8 servings (makes 11 cups), Healthy MAKE AHEAD: The soup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. Adapted from Eating From the Ground Up,Ž by Alana Chernila (Clarkson Potter, 2018). Ingredients For the soup € 4 tablespoons ( stick) unsalted butter € 10 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (from 1 mediumlarge head) € 1 medium onion, thinly sliced € 8 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped € 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish € 8 cups vegetable broth € 1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari € 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more as needed € 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the toasts € Half long, stale baguette, cut into -inch slices (about 32 slices) € cup grated ParmiggianoReggiano cheese or GruyreStepsFor the soup: Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot or Dutch oven. Once the foam subsides, add the cabbage, onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the cabbage wilts, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 35 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender and has reduced (wilted) by at least half. Uncover; stir in the 2 tablespoons of thyme, and cook, stirring often, until the liquid evaporates and the cabbage starts to lightly brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the broth. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pot and incorporate them into the broth. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 10 minutes so the ” avors meld. Stir in the tamari, salt and pepper. Taste, and add more salt, as needed. While the soup is cooking, make the toasts: Position an oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiling element; preheat the broiler. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Sprinkle them generously with the cheese. Broil until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes, and the bread has crisped and browned on the edges. Serve the soup hot, in big bowls, with a few toasts ” oating in each one. Then scatter some fresh thyme leaves. general…and you adjust your slicing motion or hands in awkward ways. Plus, who wants to be chasing food all over the counter? A larger wooden board…about 14 by 20 inches…is also likely to be a bit heavier, so it wont slide around as easily. (Put a wet paper towel or piece of shelf liner under the board if it has a tendency to move on you.) Also, sometimes youre just going to have to cut or carve something large. Think about a butternut squash, or your Thanksgiving turkey. Even some long celery ribs. Food isnt necessarily small, and your board shouldnt be, either. Wood is better for your knives. Plates and counters are not kind to your blades, which can be dulled on such hard surfaces. Wood and plastic are durable enough to withstand abuse while not affecting the knives. You can wash your wooden board in hot soapy water (just dont let it soak), but apply a layer of mineral oil every so often to keep it from drying out and from absorbing moisture from whatever youre cutting. A wooden board can serve multiple uses in your kitchen. Youve got a built-in serving platter, whether its for the crudits you just cut on it or a few wedges of cheese. Even a sliced loaf of bread can look that much better on a board. A large board placed over the sink can also serve as auxiliary counter space when youre cooking and run out of room to put ingredients or tools. Leaning up against a wall, a beautiful wooden board also just looks good. An extra board helps prevent cross-contamination. Research done by the University of California, Davis, shows that wooden cutting boards are good at trapping potentially harmful bacteria, eventually causing them to die.

PAGE 19 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 C5By Austin Fuller austin.fuller@news-jrnl.comHam and turkey arent the only holiday dishes. Heading into Easter, Bethune-Cookman University instructor and culinary lab manager Charles Mallory„ himself a graduate of the university„ cooked balsamic lamb chops along with a sweet potato casserole and a pesto vegetable slaw. Theres just certain dishes to me that kind of speak Easter,Ž he said. I think lamb ... the sweet potato casserole, that was one of them.Ž The lamb chops were marinated in a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, fresh rosemary, honey, Dijon mustard, oregano, salt and pepper. You can either go over night or if youre just getting ready to get started with this you can go for an hour,Ž he said. He said the ideal temperature for lamb is medium. When I do lamb, youre trying to get on all sides,Ž he said. As its cooking you can smell the rosemary, the garlic, the Dijon mustard. All those flavors „ its coming at you.Ž The sweet potato casserole includes a topping made of brown sugar, flour, butter and chopped pecans. Youre going to try to do this as even as possible,Ž he said as he topped the mashed sweet potatoes. It goes on in clumps, but once it starts to cook it spreads out.Ž CHEFS CHOICEEaster eats: lamb, sweet potatoes and vegetable slawAs its cooking you can smell the rosemary, the garlic, the Dijon mustard,Ž said BethuneCookman University instructor Charles Mallory. [NEWS-JOURNAL PHOTOS/JIM TILLER] Balsamic lamp chops with Easter sweet potato casserole and pesto vegetable slaw. The pesto vegetable slaw includes cabbage, carrots, scallions, celery and red pepper.


C6 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | BUSINESS MARKET WATCHDow 24,727.27 116.36 Nasdaq 7,364.30 20.06 S&P 2,716.94 4.02 Russell 1,570.41 0.16 NYSE 12,663.64 12.18COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,311.10 5.70 Silver 16.125 .130 Platinum 945.00 9.40 Copper 3.0255 .0440 Oil 63.42 1.36MARKET MOVERS Oracle Corp.: Down $4.90 to $47.05 Analysts were disappointed with the software makers third quarter sales and its fourth-quarter forecasts. SandRidge Energy Inc.: Up 17 cents to $14.26 The energy company rejected a buyout offer from Midstates Petroleum but said it will consider other offers. You cant let down your guard ... when theres so much at stake. Rodney Crowell, Still Learnin How to FlyRecently I read an economic piece comparing investors to people who study outdoor conditions. The gist? There are weather people and there are climatologists, and when it comes to markets, we should strive to be the latter. This means that how markets perform daily (weather) should largely be discounted. Our main focus should be on longer term (climatology) market trends. So what is this late stage bull market, now over nine years old, likely to do by the end of this year? We think markets are entering what well call a cautionary growth stage. The recent correction returned a sense of balance to share prices that may have grown, during the last calendar year, at an exaggerated pace in relation to their actual worth. Markets can get temporarily overheated. But in addition to the fact that the tax cuts may have been priced in twice by investors, there are other reasons to be cautious. One is a potential slowdown in share buybacks. Simply stated, buybacks mean that companies have used profits and in many cases, borrowed cash (thanks to low interest rates) to purchase more of their own shares. Essentially, it has not only been the action of individual investors which have caused share values to soar; instead, markets have often been influenced by the companies themselves buying their own stock. When share buybacks slow, the bull market will inevitably lose some of its steam. Several factors could cause companies to slow the buyback process. Corporate profits may decline as wage growth accelerates. When companies are forced to pay higher employee salaries, they have less cash available to purchase shares. Rising interest rates may also be problematic. We may see as many as four rate hikes this year. When it becomes more expensive for a company to go into debt, they tend to borrow less. Fewer stock buybacks are executed, leaving individual investors to drive the market.Spiraling corporate debt, much of it actually accumulated to execute these aforementioned buybacks, may also slow market growth, as corporations use their cash to pay down debt. Corporate debt is at its highest level since 2009. If a significant economic downturn does occur, a huge number of U.S. businesses will be loaded with debt and strapped for cash. Some will fail, causing further economic distress.We dont necessarily see a recession looming, but instead a slowdown in the trend of growth that characterized 2017. The bottom line is that markets have experienced so much expansion since 2009, there isnt that much room left for share values to grow. At least not at an S&P trailing price to earnings multiple of 25. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook, is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management LLC.ARBOR OUTLOOKGrowth, corporate debt and Rodney Crowell Margaret McDowell


DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my wife for 10 years. We have two beautiful daughters and have always had a great relationship. Last month I was invited to go on a trip overseas and was hesitant about asking my wife. Once I did, she immediately said yes and told me to have a good time on the trip. She recently chose a career in the military and is away from home now. While I was in Europe, I had three affairs and, at the time, enjoyed them. But Abby, this is not the man I am! I always maintained that I'd never, ever do something like that, and I'm still in shock that I did. My excuse at the time was that I was used to having a woman around me, and that I was compensating for my wife's absence. While that's no excuse, I have been dealing with my guilt by shedding tears because I love my wife so much. Should I tell her what I did? I know it will never happen again, and I don't want her to resent me. Some people have told me not to say anything, while others say I should. What should I do? -HURTING HUSBAND DEAR HURTING HUSBAND: I don't know how many people you have conded in about this besides me, but the larger the number, the greater the chances are of word getting back to your wife about what happened in Europe. Because what happens in Europe DOESN'T always stay in Europe, unlike Las Vegas, the rst thing you should do is be tested for STDs to guarantee you didn't bring an unwanted "souvenir" home with you. If you are clean, discuss this with your religious adviser, if you have one. Justify it however you may wish, but what you did in Europe was a moral failure. Because of her military career, your wife may have to be absent for various periods of time. How would you feel if the situation was reversed and SHE had numerous affairs while she was gone? It may be time for both of you to recommit to each other if your marriage is to survive. And the place to start is to be honest with each other, but not while your wife is deployed.DEAR ABBY: My husband's 45-year-old sister-in-law recently got a boob job. She's a professional woman who used to be very conservative. Now she comes to family dinners wearing clingy low-cut shirts that leave little to the imagination. (Once she almost fell into the paella.) My husband, teenage sons and I are uncomfortable. Does she want us to comment on them? She clearly wants them noticed, based on her attire. I'd ask her to cover up, but is that appropriate? She is very easily offended. If I do, it will likely be our last conversation. -EMBARRASSED IN MONTANA DEAR EMBARRASSED: While it would be nice if you could talk to your sister-in-law about this, because you can't, I'll offer another solution: When she's coming for dinner, crank the thermostat WAY DOWN. And if she indicates that she's chilly, offer her a sweater. Problem solved. 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 Man wrestles with coming clean about his infidelity HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018:This year you often struggle between going along with what a partner wants and pursuing your own desires. You intuitively know which way to head. Trust your instincts. If you are single, you will see many possibilities to create a viable relationship. Follow your heart; you will know who is best for you. If you are attached, the two of you open up to fast changes and much more excitement. Take risks only if you can afford a loss. TAURUS is very stubborn. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) You might have to handle a hassle in the morning. To keep yourself out of the muck, detach quickly. You do not need to get involved in anyones drama. You will have an offer drop on you, perhaps two at once, and will need to act fast. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) You might be more levelheaded than your comrades. Someone you interact with daily knows how to create uproar in your life. This person could be unusually demanding at the moment. Lie low, say little and dont rock the boat. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) You might feel off, so make it OK to honor these feelings. Refuse to get pulled in two different directions. You know what you want, but wait for the right time. Clear out a project and complete as much as you can. You need a sense of completion. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Your emotions might be running high. You feel pressured by at least one person. Know that the words you say will be impossible to take back. Be careful, as your mood could turn around by evening. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) You could feel pushed to the max. Understand what is expected of you by an associate. If you feel as though you cannot meet this persons demands, be honest and say so. Though you could be the recipient of some crazy uproar, know that this too shall pass. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Relating to others becomes much easier today. Know what you want and need. Open up to new possibilities. Focus on your priorities, and anchor in. Take a friend or loved one up on his or her offer to head to a favorite restaurant. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) You feel as if you are caught between a rock and a hard spot in the morning. Youll want to avoid getting pulled into a power play, but you might feel as if you dont have a choice. By the afternoon, the other party involved is likely to back off. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) The back and forth between you and another party could be overwhelming. Recognize that the situation stems from compassion on both sides. Because you both come from such different viewpoints, agreement might be difcult. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Find out what is most important to follow through on, whether it is a procedure at home or a process at work. For some of you, this involves a personal matter. Regardless of what you decide to do, expect to receive a strong reaction. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) You can work through a problem quickly, as long as you decide it is important. Think of the long term before launching into action or issuing an ultimatum. The explosion of energy and conversation might be a bit exhausting! AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) You can work through a problem involving your professional life or the community. Allow more exchanges between you and the other party, but remember not to be so judgmental. Focus on the task at hand, and dont let yourself be distracted. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You might not be able to deal with a contentious person who wants things to go his or her way. The less you talk, the more you hear. Open up to a positive opportunity that will encourage you to take a risk. A meeting will be instrumental in making a decision. | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 C7 TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, the 80th day of 2018. There are 285 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On March 21, 1918, during World War I, Germany launched its Spring Oensive on the Western Front, hoping to break through the Allied lines before American reinforcements could arrive. (Although successful at rst, the Spring Oensive ultimately failed.) ON THIS DATE: In 1935, Persia ocially changed its name to Iran. In 1952 the Moondog Coronation Ball, considered the rst rock and roll concert, took place at Cleveland Arena. In 1963, the Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates and closed at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. In 1972 the Supreme Court, in Dunn v. Blumstein, ruled that states may not require at least a year's residency for voting eligibility. In 1981, Michael Donald, a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama, was abducted, tortured and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (A lawsuit brought by Donald's mother, Beulah Mae Donald, later resulted in a landmark judgment that bankrupted one Klan organization.) In 2006, the social media website Twitter was established with the sending of the rst "tweet" by co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote: "just setting up my twttr." PERK UP WITH HOME DELIVERY SUBSCRIBE TODAY! CALL 352-787-0600 OR VISIT DAILYCOMMERCIAL.COM




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