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@dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Friday, March 23, 2018 LOCAL & STATE | A3THE VILLAGES RANKS 10TH NATIONALLY FOR POPULATION GROWTH 75 ¢ Opinion .......................A9 Weather ......................A10 Sports...........................B1 Drive ...........................C1 Comics ........................C4 Diversions ....................C5 Volume 142, Issue 82 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 WEEKEND GLANCEYOUR FORECAST: Once again, the weeks chilly weather gives way to a pleasant weekend, with highs Saturday and Sunday in the low 80s and lows in the high 50s to low 60s. SUNNYLAND BOAT SHOW: The Sunnyland Antique Boat Show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at Wooton Park in Tavares. Music food and vendors are on tap. 3RD ANNUAL BUSKER FESTIVAL: Dozens of street performers will be on hand for the third annual Busker Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Eustis. There are “ ve different juggling acts, a saw player, musicians and more competing for cash prizes. By Jill Colvin, Catherine Lucey and Ken ThomasThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Pres-ident Donald Trump is replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into his administration ahead of key decisions on Iran and North Korea.Trump tweeted Thursday that McMaster has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend.Ž He said Bolton will take over April 9.Bolton will be Trumps third national security adviser. Trump has clashed with McMaster, a respected three-star general, and talk that McMaster would soon leave the administration had picked up in recent weeks.His departure follows Trumps dramatic ouster of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week. It also comes after someone at McMaster out, Bolton in as national security adviserBy Carlos E. Medina cmedina@dailycommercial.comLEESBURG … With spring in the air, a homeowners' fancy turns to sprucing up their landscape. In Lake County, the season is the first under a new law that restricts the kind of fer-tilizer you can use and when you can use it.Last November, the Lake County Commission passed an ordinance banning all application of fertilizers from June 1 through Sept. 30. The law also limits homeowners and commercial applicators to fertilizers with a 50-percent, slow-release nitrogen content during the rest of the year.Lloyd Singleton, Lake's UF/IFAS extension director, said agents are available to answer any questions about the new requirements and offer general advice on best practices when using fertilizer.Lake's ordinance goes further than the state's requirements in an effort to lessen the negative impacts that nitrogen and phosphorus Going greenLAKE COUNTY FERTILIZER ORDINANCE€ Prohibits applying fertilizer containing nitrogen and phosphorus to turf between June 1 and September 30. € Prohibits application of fertilizer within 15 feet of water bodies € Fertilizer applied from October 1 through May 31 may contain no less than 50 percent slow release nitrogen content. The enforcement, including penalties or “ nes, will begin one year from the effective date of the ordinance.aBy Dara KamNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Florid-ians wont have an opportunity to decide whether the state should ban semi-automatic weapons „ or to weigh in on other gun-related restric-tions „ after the Constitution Revision Commission rejected attempts to debate the propos-als Wednesday.Efforts to take up gunrelated issues came as the 37-member commission, which meets every 20 years, is narrowing a list of proposed constitutional amendments to place before voters on the November ballot.A handful of commissioners floated proposals that would impose stricter gun regulations, such as a ban on assault-style weapons, following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 14 stu-dents and three staff members were shot dead by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. Cruz, who had a Gun restrictions wont go on ballotFloridians will not decide whether the state should ban semiautomatic weaponsSpring puts focus on Lakes new fertilizer lawLake County residents will be not be able to apply fertilizer containing phosphorous or nitrogen between June 1 and Sept. 30 under the countys new fertilizer ordinance. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] By Paul Wiseman and Ken ThomasThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Primed for economic combat, President Donald Trump set in motion tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chinese imports to the U.S. on Thursday and accused the Chinese of high-tech thievery, picking a fight that could push the global heavyweights into a trade war.China threatened retali-ation, and Wall Street cringed, recording one of the biggest drops of Trumps presidency. But he declared the U.S. would emerge much stronger, much richer.Ž It was the boldest exam-ple to date of Trumps America firstŽ agenda, the culmination of his long-standing view that weak U.S. trade policies and enforcement have hollowed out the nations workforce and ballooned the federal deficit. Two weeks ago, with fanfare, he announced major penalty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that he said threatened national security.However, even as Trump was talking tough at the White House, his adminis-tration moved to soften the sting of the metal tariffs, telling Congress on Thurs-day that the European Union, Australia, South Korea and other nations would join Canada and Mexico in gaining an initial exemption. And that raised questions about whether his actions will match his rhetoric.China isnt shrugging him off. If somebody tries Trump signs trade orderPresident issues memo punishing China on trade imbalance; fears of trade war loomSee GUN, A7 See GREEN, A7 See TRADE, A7 See ADVISER, A8


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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. Wednesday, March 21 Powerball:3-4-18-29-61-25 x2 Lotto: 2-6-8-22-35-52 x5 Fantasy 5: 3-4-9-14-32 Thursday, March 22 Pick 5 Afternoon: 8-7-1-9-4 Evening: 7-2-2-2-6 Pick 4 Afternoon: 7-7-6-9 Evening: 8-0-0-7 Pick 3 Afternoon: 3-4-4 Evening: 2-1-7 Pick 2 Afternoon: 1-9 Evening: 6-8LOTTERY DATELINESLONDON HOUSTONPolice: Man beaten outside club drives into c rowd, killing 1A man being beaten by several people outside of a Houston club early Thursday fled to his car and then drove into the crowd in an apparent act of retaliation, striking at least four people and killing one of them, according to police.The cars driver and sev-eral people he hit were taken to a hospital, said police, who havent released the name of the driver or the man who died.Witnesses said the mans car also struck nearby vehicles. It came to a stop against a fence.It came in like a hurricane,Ž Teanna Macintosh told the Houston Chronicle. It just appeared out of nowhere and he just came in and started hit-ting and running over people and dragging people and tearing up peoples cars. ŽBOSTONTV personality known for playing Bozo the Clown diesLongtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular chil-drens TV program Bozo the Clown,Ž has died. He was 89.Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement to WCVB-TV .Avruch played Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970, a clown character particularly popular in the U.S. in the 1960s because of widespread franchising in television. Avruch became the first nationally-syndicated Bozo the Clown.Funeral services for Avruch were scheduled for Friday.LOS ANGELES Lawyer demands Trump business retain papersA lawyer for a porn actress who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump demanded Thursday that the Trump Organization preserve all of its records relating to the $130,000 she was paid as part of a nondisclosure agreement.Citing unmistakable linksŽ between Trumps company and the confidentiality agree-ment that Stormy Daniels signed days before the 2016 presidential election, attorney Michael Avenatti said he intended to subpoena the Trump Organization for the same documents. The Associated PressInvitations are shown for Prince Harry and Meghan Markles wedding in May, after they were printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood, Thursday in London. Kensington Palace said Thursday that invitations for the wedding have been dispatched. Prince Harry and Meghan will get married at St. Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19. [VICTORIA JONES/ POOL VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]PARISYouths scuf” e with riot police during a students demonstration Thursday in Paris. Nationwide strikes caused major disruptions to trains, planes, schools and other public services in France on Thursday as unions set up dozens of street protests across the country to decry President Emmanuel Macrons economic policies. Nearly 50,000 demonstrators protested in Paris to call for more investment in public services. [THIBAULT CAMUS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] IN BRIEF By Josh Lederman and Matthew LeeThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ He came, he saw, he got fired on Twitter. And now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said farewell, with a parting plea Thursday to Americas diplomats not to let anyone violate their integrity.Tillerson did not mention his erstwhile boss, President Donald Trump, as he spoke to several hundred State Department workers who gathered at headquar-ters in Foggy Bottom to watch him depart. Nor did he directly address the icy manner in which he was terminated last week after one of the shortest stints by a secretary of state in recent history.This can be a very mean-spirited town,Ž Tillerson said, eliciting laughter at first and then applause. But you dont have to choose to participate in that.ŽWhen he arrived in the nations capital last year, Tillerson made no secret of his unwillingness to play the Washington-style games that turn governing into blood sport: one-upmanship, aggressive public posturing, surreptitious leaking and even sabotage. Weeks into his tenure, the Texas oilman famously declared he wasnt big on press access, explaining, I personally dont need it.ŽOthers in Trumps admin-istration didnt see it the same way, and Tillerson quickly found himself on the receiving end of negative reports, leaks from his rivals and mounting speculation about his future until being abruptly fired last week, four hours after returning from Africa. Often at odds with the White House, he also lost the confidence and support of many of the State Departments 75,000 workers over his moves to cut the budget, leave key leadership positions vacant and downplay human rights and democracy-promotion as diplomatic priorities.Still, there was sustained applause for several minutes as he departed the marbled lobby of the Harry S. Truman Building, the same lobby where the former Exxon Mobil CEO introduced himself as the new guyŽ in his hallmark Texas drawl 14 months ago. A few former staffers whose tenures were even shorter than Tillersons also returned to see him off.Then Tillerson set off for his home in Texas „ a more familiar climate,Ž Deputy Secretary John Sullivan joked, which I know suits him well.Ž If the Senate agrees, he will soon be replaced by current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who frequently bumped heads with Tillerson over Iran and other issues.Never lose sight of your most valuable asset, the most valuable asset you possess: your personal integrity,Ž Tillerson says. Only you can relinquish it or allow it to be compro-mised. Once youve done so, it is very, very hard to regain it. So guard it as the most precious thing you possess.ŽTillerson bids farewell to very mean-spirited townOutgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waves as he leaves the State Department on Thursday in Washington. [SUSAN WALSH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] Never lose sight of your most valuable asset, the most valuable asset you possess: your personal integrity. Only you can relinquish it or allow it to be compromised. Once youve done so, it is very, very hard to regain it. So guard it as the most precious thing you possess.ŽSecretary of State Rex Tillerson

PAGE 3 | Friday, March 23, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 By Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ David Mari-ottis defense attorneys are poised on the horn of a dilemma in the 35-year-old mans upcoming murder trial in the slaying of 84-year-old Bernadine Montgomery. The lawyers want to bring in a forensic entomologist „ an expert on insects and decomposition „ to say that she died on June 9, 2016. If thats true, Mariotti had a unique alibi: He was in jail, starting on June 8.Prosecution witnesses will testify that the last time they saw the Leesburg woman was on June 15.The problem for the defense, however, is that prosecutors want to include other related charges show-ing that Mariotti used her credit card to pay a bail bondsman on June 19.The basis for those charges is that Mariotti did not have permission from her to make those transactions. She couldnt have given permission because she was dead, and Mariotti knew it, prosecutors say.I cant defend both cases,Ž Executive Assistant Public Defender John Spivey argued in a pretrial hearing Thursday. I cant prove the time of death was earlier in the murder case and later in the other case,Ž he said.The penalty for the theft charges is not a minor con-cern. He could be sentenced up to 65 years for those charges alone. But the state is seeking the death penalty on the first-degree murder charge. Im going to have to defend the murder charge,Ž Spivey said.The state has offered a 45-year sentence if Mariotti pleads guilty to the murder charge, but he has refused.Assistant State Attorney Rich Buxman filed a motion to include the other crimes in the trial, saying they are inextricably intertwined,Ž and he cited case law to back up his point.Spivey conceded that the prosecutor can still mention everything in his case, but he also argued that including the other cases in the jury instructions would also be confusing to jurors.One reason the theft charges are considered relevant is that it points to motive.Mariottis girlfriend, Tracie Jo Naffziger, 42, was also charged with credit card theft. She has pleaded no contest to the charges against her, includ-ing accessory after the fact, second-degree murder, and will testify against Mariotti in hopes of getting a lighter sentence.Bug expert could sway murder trialForensic entomologist could determine Montgomerys time of death in Leesburg caseMariotti By Carlos E. Medina cmedina@dailycommercial.comTAVARES … The State Attorneys Office is expanding its inquiry into the legality of a closed-door meeting held in February by the Lake County School Board to discuss school safety.Ric Ridgway, chief assistant state attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, said they already spoke with Ste-phen Johnson, the school board attorney, but still have questions.We are not yet satisfied that we have answered all of our questions,Ž Ridgway said. Were going to have to kind of expand the number of people were going to be talk-ing to.ŽThe board defended clos-ing the Feb. 26 meeting to the public because the discussion involved safety plans in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in South Florida. Florida law allows school boards to meet in secret when discuss-ing specific safety measures like the placement of security cameras. But by some board members own admis-sions, the meeting included non-exempt discussions of general safety approaches including the controversial idea of arming teachers and administrators.State Attorney expanding meeting inquiryProsecutor probing closed-door meeting of School BoardBy Jim TurnerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Frustra-tion is growing among Florida citrus farmers awaiting the distribution of $2.36 bil-lion in federal disaster-relief money for agriculture losses sustained in Hurricane Irma.Were still waiting, maybe not as patiently as we were to start with,Ž Florida Citrus Commission Chairman G. Ellis Hunt said Wednesday.President Donald Trump signed the disaster-relief package in February, five months after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida. The approval came after months of lobbying by Florida officials.Weve got to get this money,Ž Hunt added Wednesday. Growers are hanging by a thread, and its going to make a difference for a lot of people whether they survive or not.ŽFloridas agriculture indus-try suffered an estimated $2.5 billion in losses from Hurricane Irma, with the citrus industry „ seeing record lows in production this growing season „ accounting for $761 million of the total.The loss estimates were released in October by the state Department of Agricul-ture and Consumer Services. Since then, citrus losses have been estimated by state law-makers to have stretched over the $1 billion mark as Citrus farmers in waiting game for hurricane aidBy Jim RossGatehouse Media FloridaTHE VILLAGES „ Pop-ulation growth continues at a solid clip, but The Vil-lages no longer leads the nation in terms of year-to-year percentage increase.In the latest report, The Villages onlyŽ ranks No. 10 nationally.Population in The Villages metropolitan area, which is defined as all of Sumter County, grew 2.5 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to new Census numbers out Thursday. That ends The Villages four-year streak of being the metro area with the highest annual percentage increase in population.That title has been passed to St. George, Utah, whose population grew 4 percent between 2016 and 2017. The only other Florida metro area in the latest Top 10 is Lakeland-Winter Haven, which placed sixth nation-ally with population growth of 2.9 percent. The Villages had 125,165 residents as of July 1, 2017, compared with 122,121 the year prior.Joe Liguori, owner of Ricciardis Italian Table in The Villages, said the development showed up on his radar about 10 years ago. The restaurateur from Winter Springs monitored growth and opened his eatery four years ago.Its gone very, very well,Ž he said, adding that hes not at all surprised that The Villages popula-tion growth continues at a good clip.Carolyn and Jim Duncan are among the new Vil-lagers.Ž They moved here two years ago from Roanoke, Virginia, to get out of the cold and have access to health care facilities in Tampa Bay.You can do as much as you want and as little as you want,Ž Carolyn Duncan said of life in The Villages, which she described as an affordable, safe place to live.The Villages 10th in population growthPopulation in The Villages metropolitan area, which is de“ ned as all of Sumter County, grew 2.5 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to new Census numbers out Thursday. That ends The Villages four-year streak of being the metro area with the highest annual percentage increase in population. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] Sumter County city grew 2.5 percent between 2016 and 2017Frustration is growing among Florida citrus farmers awaiting the distribution of $2.36 billion in federal disaster-relief money for agriculture losses sustained in Hurricane Irma. Were still waiting, maybe not as patiently as we were to start with,Ž Florida Citrus Commission Chairman G. Ellis Hunt said Wednesday. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] See TRIAL, A4 See CITRUS, A4 See UPDATE, A4 BEST BETS FOR TODAYPET ROCK PARTY: From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Eustis Memorial Library, 120 N. Center St. Create a pet rock and get accessories to take home. Materials provided. All ages welcome. Call 352-357-5686 to register. GARY LEWIS AND THE PLAYBOYS: At 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. Star Series. Go to for tickets and information.NEWS BRIEFSCLERMONTCops: Mobile home park manager pulled gun on repo men Police Wednesday arrested the manager of a mobile home park and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a dispute between a tenant and repo men trying to tow a car.Police said Bruce T. Peltonen, 64, of Oak Lane Mobile Home Park, was charged with pulling a handgun on the two repo men when the owner of the car and the repo men started fighting.Peltonen said he pulled out his gun when he saw one of the repo men reach into his pocket. He said he later saw one of the repo men put a pistol on the console of the truck. Police did find a hand-gun belonging to one of the repo men in the glove box of the tow truck.Peltonen was taken to the Lake County Jail where he was held on $2,000 bond. MASCOTTEPolice: Mascotte man tased during scuf” e with copsPolice investigating a man making threats ended up arresting him and charging him with resisting with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.Mascotte Police were called to Sunset Avenue and Huey Street by people saying that Matthew J. Rhoades, 24, of Mascotte, was making threats to people. Police said he ran to 612 Huey, where he went inside and locked the door. Officers said he was not making any sense, and was talking about God, leading officers to think that he may have been high on drugs. He refused to let the people leave the home. When one of the two officers was able to make his way inside, a scuffle broke out, and the officer had to deploy his Taser. The other officer ran inside and the two of them began fighting with Rhoades, who used an elderly person as a shield.When Rhoades grabbed the second officers Taser, the officer pointed his handgun at Rhoades until the they could restrain him.Rhoades was jailed and held on $10,000 bond. MOUNT DORALakes of Mount Dora expansion app roved by councilMount Dora City Council members on Tuesday approved an amendment to the Lakes of Mount Dora comprehensive plan that will add 82 lots to the already 950 total planned within the development.It was approved unani-mously, so the next step is to forward the proposal to the state for further review. The process may take up to 180 days.According to Planning Director Vince Sandersfeld, once the state returns its findings and notes, the matter will go back before the coun-cil for modifications to the See BRIEFS, A4Peltonen Rhoades


A4 Friday, March 23, 2018 | Kenneth D. Bellinger, 80 of Leesburg, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Ken was born and raised in Kenmore, NY. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 yrs, Anneliese Bellinger, 3 children, Mary Lou (Joe) Rangel Mt.Dora, FL, Kenneth (Diane) Bellinger Pensacola, FL, Monica (Manuel) Arizpe Mascot, FL, 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and one beautiful sister Mary Lou Willis Leesburg,FL and manymany beloved friends. He proudly served in the Air force for 22 yrs and retired in 1974 after which he soon moved to Leesburg from Orlando. Everybody loved Ken and Ken loved everybody but he really loved the NFL Buffalo Bills. The family asks, in lieu of ”owers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.Kenneth D. Bellinger Funeral Services Clarence Willette passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was an Assembly of God minister for over 20 years. After he retired from the AG church, he became general manager of Central Dispatch, Inc., a security monitoring station, located in Portsmouth, NH. Mr. Willette leaves his wife Jean; a son Cj Willette from Washington State; two daughters: Debbie Papalegis from Massachusetts and Jennifer Lindgren from Montana. He also leaves three stepsons: Richard and Stephen Celi from Massachusetts and Peter Celi from California; nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Services will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:00a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Leesburg. Rev. Roy Sharpe will be of“ciating. Lunch will be served following the service. In lieu of ”owers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Lone Oak Drive, Leesburg, FL 34748 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lady Lake, FL Online condolences may be left at www. BeyersFuneralHome.comClarence Willette Johnny Chapman Taylor, 82,beloved husband, father andPawPaw, ful“lled his lifelong ambition of meeting his savior face to face on March 20 at 2:22 a.m. Johnny was a lover of black coffee, family and Jesus(maybe not in that order!) Born on March 28, 1935 in Plant City, FL as the 3rd of 13 children he grew up hunting, “shing, and causing general mischief until 1956 when he married his wife and co-conspirator, Evelyn. Together they raised 3 rowdy daughters, 1 son (Bless his heart!) and a whole mess of grandkids, and great grandkids! Johnny worked on the railroad, and managed the Ventura Ranch, before becoming a farrier and blacksmith. He served faithfully in church as a soundman, and elder. But his faith was not con“ned to the church walls. He shared the gospel everywhere he went. Whether shoeing horses, ministering at a drug rehab, or boating with his family, his talk never contradicted his walk. Friends are invited to bring a dish and join the family for a memorial cookout to celebrate his life this Saturday at 11am at the Taylor residence in Oxford. In lieu of ”owers, all are invited to go out and love others the way he did. Johnny Chapman Taylor the growing season progressed and as damage to trees from flooding has become more pronounced.With losses at groves in parts of Southwest Florida reaching 70 percent to 90 percent from Irma, orange production across the state is forecast to be down 34.5 percent from a year ago, with grapefruit production off by 40 percent in the same time.A request for comment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was not immediately returned Wednesday.Mike Sparks, executive vice president of Florida Citrus Mutual, said our frustrationŽ is tied to get-ting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to release a draft on how or when the money will be distributed.Its been over six, seven months since the hurricane, coming up on eight, and we are still on hold,Ž said Sparks, who was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Weve just got to get something out of USDA.ŽSparks noted hes been working with members of Floridas congressional delegation to speed the distribution of funding.Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., took to the Senate floor to call out the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for foot drag-gingŽ on the distribution of the overall $90 billion disaster relief package.Signed by Trump on Feb. 9, the relief package is aimed at recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey in Texas and other areas of the western Gulf Coast, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and wildfires in California.Nelson tweeted on March 6 that he was advised by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that help will arrive within weeks, not months.ŽState officials have sub-mitted recommendations on how the federal money could be distributed, Sparks said.Florida lawmakers approved some shortterm patches for the agriculture industry as part of a roughly $170 mil-lion tax package (HB 7087) approved March 11. The package awaits Gov. Rick Scotts signature.The package includes tax breaks for such things as materials used to repair nonresidential farm build-ings and fences and for citrus packing houses that had their businesses interrupted by Hurricane Irma or by the deadly dis-ease citrus greening. Also, tax breaks were included for fuel used to transport agricultural products after Irma. CITRUSFrom Page A3Ridgway would not confirm if interviews would include board members.If were going to talk to them well let them hear it from us and not read it in the paper,Ž Ridgway said.A call for comment to Johnsons office was not immediately returned on Thursday afternoon.The closed meeting was the latest issue surrounding the board and the Florida Sunshine Law, which aims to keep government business in the public eye.Since last year, members of the school board have been holding oneon-one closed-door meetings with district administrators to prepare for the following weeks board meetings. The private sessions make it easier for board members to ask questions about the issues on the agenda, board members say. The meetings fall on Thurs-days in quick succession of one another. Courts have ruled against similar meetings in the past.In January, the board decided to implement an employee hotline to report fraud and other issues, but the board feared that unfounded, anonymous complaints would go into employees files as required by public records law. At the school board attorneys sugges-tion, the board agreed to instead have a master file for all unfounded, anony-mous complaints. Experts have panned the idea as a way to skirt the law. UPDATEFrom Page A3Defendant Naffziger indicated ... that defen-dant Mariotti did not have a regular job and earned money selling drugs during this time period. Many of the transactions on the victims credit cards indicate that cash back was received after the purchase of a small amount of merchandise. This cash back was arguably used to purchase the illegal narcotics to support both defendants drug habits,Ž Buxman wrote in his motion.Mariotti, in a confession that was later thrown out by the court, said he killed the elderly Palmora Park woman because she caught Naffziger stealing from her. The two had been hired by the woman to do handyman chores. Naffziger said she was not in the home when Mari-otti killed her.She said she came to the house several days later and found Montgomerys body on a couch covered with blankets. She admit-ted helping Mariotti dump her body in the forest. The body was never found.The state plans to call its own bug expert, too.Circuit Judge Briggs said he will issue a ruling on Spiveys motion, possibly by early next week. TRIALFrom Page A3 By Andrew Taylor and Lisa MascaroThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nations opioid abuse crisis but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums.The vote was 256-167, a one-sided tally that underscored the popularity of a budget deal among party leaders that provided enough money to address many of both sides priorities. Further highlighting how eager lawmakers were to claim victories, the House approved the 2,232-page package „ which stood around a foot tall on some legis-lators desks „ less than 17 hours after negotia-tors released it publicly.The next step was Senate passage, which was assured.But it was possible some Republican senators critical of the bills spending could delay its approval until after midnight Friday night. If that occurred, that would prompt the years third federal shutdown, an event that was sure to be brief but would still embarrass a GOP that controls the White House and Congress.The White House said President Donald Trump supported the legislation, even though he tweeted Wednesday that he had to waste money on Dem giveawaysŽ on domestic programs to win increases for the military.Congressional Repub-licans focused on the bills defense increases. Vote yes for our mil-itary. Vote yes for the safety and the security of this country,Ž said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.Democrats touted spending boosts on bio-medical research, child care and infrastructure projects. And Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attributed part of the Houses hasty work on the measure to GOP fears of being stuck in Washington on Satur-day, when huge throngs of students and others are expected to demon-strate in support of gun curbs. They just dont want to be around when the young people come to town,Ž Pelosi said.Some Republicans were opposing the measure because of what they considered excessive spending. Some Democrats were opposed because it lacked language renew-ing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Trump has ended DACA, which temporarily lets some young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as chil-dren stay in the U.S.The bill would deprive Trump of some of his border wall money and take only incremental steps to address gun violence. It also would substantially increase the federal deficit.Also missing was a renewal of federal subsidies to insurers aimed at curbing the relentless growth of premiums. Trump ended some of those payments as part of his effort to scuttle President Barack Obamas health care law. A bipartisan effort to restore them and add additional help for carriers foundered over several disagreements including how tight abortion restrictions on using the money should be.On guns, leaders agreed to tuck in biparti-san provisions to bolster school safety funds and improve compliance with the criminal back-ground check system for firearm purchases. The bill states that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can do research on gun violence, though not advocacy, an idea Democrats pushed.Democrats temporarily shut down the government earlier this year as they fought for protecting the Dreamers. But the issue only rose to a discussion item when Trump made a late-hour push for a deal in exchange for $25 billion in border wall funds.Instead, Trump is now poised to win $1.6 billion for barriers along the border. The White House said it plans to use one of the prototypes the president recently visited in California for a 14-mile segment in San Diego. But it is not clear they can be used elsewhere, because of restrictions in the bill. Less than half the nearly 95 miles of border construction, including levees along the Rio Grande in Texas, would be for new barriers, with the rest for repair of existing segments.In one win for immigrant advocates, negotiators rejected Trumps plans to hire hundreds of new Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents.Both parties touted $4.6 billion in total funding to fight the nations opioid addiction epidemic, a $3 billion increase. More than $2 billion would go to strengthen school safety through grants for training, security mea-sures and treatment for the mentally ill. Medical research at the National Institutes of Health, a longstanding bipartisan priority, would receive a record $3 billion increase to $37 billion. Funding was also included for election security ahead of the 2018 midterms.Child care and development block grants would receive a huge $2.4 billion increase to $5.2 billion. And an Obama-era transportation grant program known as TIGER would see its budget tripled to $1.5 billion. Head Start for preschoolers would get a $610 million boost, while an additional $2.4 billion would go for child care grants.House OKs budget compromiseThe Capitol is seen before dawn Wednesday in Washington after a night of negotiating on the government spending bill. The House passed the budget bill by a vote of 256-167 on Thursday. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]$1.3 trillion bill moves on to Senate where passage was assured communitys planned unit development (PUD) master plan, which has to do with zoning changes and things like lot sizes, lake features and open space which is being dropped from 60 percent to 50 percent; still well within environmental requirements. CLERMONTClermont suspends boat ramp fees, issues refunds for passholdersThe City of Clermont has suspended charging $5 daily fees to use the citys boat ramp at Waterfront Park and has issued refunds for season passholders.Checks for the annual $35 season-pass fees were mailed Monday.City Manager Darren Gray said the city took this step to show appre-ciation to the boating community for inconvenience due to nearby construction at the park.Gray said his staff and consultants are researching the options of keeping the boat ramp at its current location or relocating to city-owned property at the east end of the park that was formerly owned by Bell Ceramics.The results of the research, along with conceptual renderings, will be shared with the public and City Council at the regularly-scheduled council meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. on April 10.We are working with members of the boating community to make sure we have the best solution possible,Ž Gray said. BRIEFSFrom Page A3

PAGE 5 | Friday, March 23, 2018 A5 By The Associated PressMIAMI „ A clash between the authority of a sovereign Indian nation and non-native officials is shaping up in Florida, where tribal police entered a hospital in Miami to seize a newborn from her par-ents, a Miccosukee mother and a white father.Two days after the girl was born, tribal detectives entered Baptist Hospital, which is outside the tribes reservation in the Everglades, and took Ingrid Ronan Johnson from her parents, Rebecca Sanders and Justin Johnson. The Miami Herald reported that the Miccosukee police were accompanied by Miami-Dade officers and carried a court order. Miami-Dade now says its officers were misled.The parents have filed complaints with police, prosecutors and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, saying the tribal order was concocted by the babys grandmother, Betty Osceola, to keep Johnson out of the girls life. The tribal order grants custody to Osceola.Im still trying to wrap my head around how this has happened,Ž Johnson, 36, told the newspaper. I cant even begin to explain how hard this has been. I dont see how people of the Miccosukee tribe can look me in the face and tell me this is OK.Ž Sanders, 28, said she too feels like she has no rights. I thought the tribe was to protect its people, not use its own rulings to control its people,Ž she told the Herald.Fort Lauderdale attorney Bradford Cohen, who represents Sanders, said the baby is missing critical bonding time with her mother.We dont know the health of the baby. We dont know if she is receiv-ing proper care,Ž Cohen said.Authorities are reviewing what happened at the hospital, which said in a statement that its officials followed a court order. Miami-Dade police said its officers were asked to provide backup while tribal officers executed a federal court order,Ž but the order came from the tribe, not the federal government.The tribes police chief hasnt returned a phone call from The Associated Press.Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said in a tweet on Wednesday night that the tribe used its court to kidnapŽ the baby.They dont have any jurisdiction outside res-ervation,Ž Rubio tweeted. Im in contact with fed officials & this wont end well for tribe if they dont return child asap.ŽBaby Ingrids parents have had conflicts and said they are no longer a couple, but remain ami-cable and plan to co-parent the girl. The Herald reports Sanders was arrested three years ago for misdemeanor battery on Johnson, and she told the newspaper her mother had pressured her to get a restraining order barring Johnson from the reservation. Sanders said her mother became agitated when she saw Johnson at the hospi-tal, and that Osceola had hospital security remove him. Johnson said he wouldnt leave until he saw his baby.I remember kissing her forehead and telling her, Daddy will see you soon,Ž Johnson said. I havent seen my daughter since.ŽMiccosukee seize non-native dads newborn while in hospitalJustin Johnson and his Miccosukee girlfriend, Rebecca Sanders, who gave birth to baby Ingrid Ronan Johnson on March 16, only to see the baby whisked away by Miccosukee Police, pose for photos March 20 in Miami. Two days after the girl was born, tribal detectives accompanied by Miami-Dade police removed the child from the hospital. [EMILY MICHOT/MIAMI HERALD VIA AP]


A6 Friday, March 23, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Chad Day and Eric TuckerThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ President Donald Trumps lead lawyer in the special counsels Russia investigation resigned Thursday, shak-ing up the legal team just as Trump intensifies attacks on an inquiry he calls nothing more than a witch hunt. The departure of attor-ney John Dowd removes the primary negotiator and legal strategist who had been molding Trumps defense. It also comes just days after the Trump legal team added a new lawyer, former U.S. Attorney Joseph diG-enova, who has accused FBI officials of being involved in a brazen plotŽ to exonerate Hillary Clinton in the email inves-tigation and to frameŽ Trump for nonexistent crimes.Dowd confirmed his decision in an email to The Associated Press, saying, I love the President and wish him well.Ž Dowd said he made the decision voluntarily and he denied reports that his departure had to do with Trump ignoring his legal advice. Dowd said he for-mally resigned Thursday morning.It already was a delicate time in special counsel Robert Muellers investigation. Trumps attorneys, including Dowd, have been negotiating with Mueller over the scope and terms of an interview of the president. Trump has told reporters that he was eager to speak with Mueller, but Dowd has been far more apprehen-sive, and the lawyers have not publicly committed to making Trump available for questioning.Asked Thursday whether he still wants to speak with Muellers team, Trump told report-ers, Yes, I would like to.ŽDowds exit nearly a year into Muellers tenure threatens to undo the cooperation between prosecutors and Trumps lawyers, and may herald a stark shift in strategy as the investigation reaches closer into the White House and the presidents inner circle.Over the weekend, Dowd issued a statement calling for an end to the investigation. The White House and later Dowd had to clarify the statement, saying the presidents legal team wasnt calling for Mueller to be fired.But Trump has stepped up his public criticism of Mueller.In a series of tweets since last week, the president has said the investigation never should have started, that it was based on fraudu-lent activities,Ž that it was a WITCH HUNTŽ and that it is being led by 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters.ŽWhite House press sec-retary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said this week that the tweets were a reflection of Trumps frustration with the process of the investiga-tion. She said the White House did not think firing Mueller would be the most productive step forward.ŽAnother Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow, confirmed Dowds resignation.John Dowd is a friend and has been a valu-able member of our legal team. We will continue our ongoing representa-tion of the President and our cooperation with the Office of Special Coun-sel,Ž Sekulow said.Shake-up at top of Trumps legal teamAttorney John Dowd walks April 29, 2011, in New York. Dowd, President Donald Trumps lead lawyer in the Russia investigation, has left the legal team, con“ rming his decision in an email to The Associated Press. Dowd says he loves the presidentŽ and wishes him well. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]


to impose a trade war on us ... we will certainly fight back and retaliate,Ž said Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the U.S. If people want to play tough, we will play tough with them and see who will last longer.ŽAt home, investors on Wall Street showed their rising concern about retaliation and businessstifling cost increases for companies and consumers. The Dow Jones industrials plunged 724 points.Trump himself, joined by supportive business executives, complained bitterly about the nations trade deficit and accused China of stealing Ameri-cas prized technology.Any way you look at it, it is the largest deficit of any country in the his-tory of our world. Its out of control,Ž Trump said of the U.S-China imbalance. The U.S. reported a $375 billion deficit with China last year, which Trump has blamed for the loss of American jobs and closing of plants.The president said the tariffs could cover about $60 billionŽ in trade with China, but senior White House officials said the U.S. Trade Representative had identified 1,300 prod-uct lines worth about $50 billion as potential targets.That list will include aerospace, information and communication tech-nology, and machinery, according to a USTR fact sheet. But further details were scant.The order signed by Trump directed the trade representative to publish a list of proposed tariffs for public comment within 15 days. Trump also asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to come up with a list of restrictions on Chinese investment and said the administration was preparing a case before the World Trade Organization.Despite Trumps confident words, business groups and Republican lawmakers are worried his tariffs could undercut actions they have welcomed in his first year.The vast majority of our members are very concerned that these trade actions will at a minimum undermine the strong business confidence that has been created by the tax and regulatory process,Ž said Josh Bolten, president and CEO of the Business Roundtable. And if its taken to an extreme, it will reverse that progress.ŽDozens of industry groups sent a letter last weekend to Trump warn-ing that the imposition of sweeping tariffs would trigger a chain reaction of negative consequences for the U.S. economy, pro-voking retaliation, stifling U.S. agriculture, goods, and services exports, and raising costs for businesses and consumers.ŽKansas Sen. Pat Rob-erts, Republican chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, suggested lawmakers may need to consider what he called a Trump Tariff PaymentŽ to compensate farmers if their crops face retaliation.But some labor unions and Democrats said Trump was justified in delivering a swift blow to China after years of a lax response from the U.S.Chinese cheating has cost American jobs and I applaud the administration for standing firm in its commitment to crack down on Chinas contin-ued violations,Ž said Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.Thursdays announcement marked the end of a seven-month investigation into the hardball tactics China has used to challenge U.S. supremacy in technology, including, the U.S. says, dispatching hackers to steal commer-cial secrets and demanding that U.S. companies hand over trade secrets in exchange for access to the Chinese market.Business groups mostly agree that something needs to be done about Chinas aggressive push in technology, but they worry that China will retaliate by targeting U.S. exports of aircraft, soy-beans and other products and start a tit-for-tat trade war of escalating sanctions between the worlds two biggest economies. | Friday, March 23, 2018 A7compounds have on the environment. Commis-sioners Leslie Campione, Tim Sullivan and Sean Parks voted in favor of the law, with Josh Blake and Wendy Breeden voting against.The major concern is heavy summer rains washing nitrogen and phosphorus compounds from fertilizer into the waterways. While those nutrients are essential for healthy lakes and rivers, too much can harm water quality and kill aquatic life.While no concrete link between summer fertilizing and increased nutrients getting washed into waterways exists, a majority of the commission decided to join the growing number of Florida counties with similar bans.Singleton said there are strategies available that can reduce the amount of fertilizer needed.The soil in Florida is great to build a concrete foundation on, but its so compact that water runs off instead of infiltrat-ing,Ž he said.He suggests aerating the soil, which is basically poking holes into the ground and then spreading organic com-post over the lawn.The organic material gets down in there and begins to work its magic. Its not widely done, but its something that needs to be done more frequently,Ž he said. The practice produces stronger roots, which in turn results in healthier, fuller blades of grass.Singleton said the biggest mistake he sees most people make is over fertilizing.People buy a 50-pound bag (of fertilizer) and they dont know how to figure out how much to use so they use the whole bag on their 3,000-squarefoot lawn. There is a lot of over fertilization out there,Ž he said.The extension office can help people calculate how much and what type of fertilizer they really need.Singleton said he hopes for an eventual culture shift in landscap-ing trends.The expectation is a monoculture of turf grass that stays green all year. No one says you have to do it that way,Ž he said. We use a lot of water on landscapes. Instead of using water to grow things to eat, we use it to just make things look pretty. Thats a challenge.ŽAlternative, so-called Florida FriendlyŽ landscapes require less maintenance but are not widely accepted. Still, Singleton thinks they are the smart choice.The ideal is a landscape of native grasses and forbs that would be mowed and maintained and not require supplemental irrigation,Ž he said.For information about the new fertilizer requirements or for other landscape questions, contact the extension office at 352-343-4101 or visit GREENFrom Page A1lengthy history of mental health problems, used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle he purchased legally „ with no waiting period „ to carry out the shooting in Parkland.Commissioner Roberto Martinez, a former fed-eral prosecutor, proposed an amendment that mirrored gun restrictions imposed by a new Florida law, which raised the min-imum age from 18 to 21 and imposed a three-day wait-ing period to purchase long guns, such as the one used by Cruz. Like the new law, Martinezs amendment also called for banning bump stocks,Ž devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic auto-matic guns.While lawmakers passed the age and waiting-period restrictions, putting such measures in the Constitution would make them more permanent „ and harder to change. The Constitution Revision Commission has unique power to place proposals directly on the ballot.Martinez, a Republican who said he owns three guns, said he met with stu-dents from the Parkland school and others while researching the issue.Theyre not gungrabbers. But what these students and the young people are asking for are reasonable laws to make sure that guns dont get into the hands of the wrong people,Ž Martinez argued. Thats all they want. And they want an opportunity to vote ƒ to put into our Constitution those same very meaning-ful and reasonable firearm safety restrictions that are now included in the act.ŽBut Martinez tried to add the amendment to another commission proposal (Proposal 3) that deals with property rights of certain immigrants. Com-missioner Emery Gainey, who works for Attorney General Pam Bondi and was appointed to the constitution-revision panel by Gov. Rick Scott, challenged whether the amendment had anything to do with the underlying proposal.I have personally seen the carnage that it (a semi-automatic weapon) does to the human body,Ž Gainey, whos spent three decades in law enforcement, said. I think its a discussion that Floridians ought to have. ƒ Theres a proper forum. I dont think this is it.ŽAs they did on two other gun-related proposals, a majority of the commission refused to allow a debate on Martinezs amendment after Rules and Administration Chair-man Tim Cerio decided the proposal was not germaneŽ to the underlying proposal.Its not even a close call,Ž Cerio, a former gen-eral counsel to Scott, said.Martinez appealed the decision and asked that the rules be waived, because the Feb. 14 shoot-ing occurred after an Oct. 31 deadline for proposals to be submitted. But Bondi, who serves on the constitutionrevision panel, said commissioners had plenty of time to file proposals following the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead.To say that the shoot-ing came up recently, well, we had Pulse nightclub a year ago. Youve all known that from day one. No one did anything on that,Ž she said.But Martinez argued that people should be allowed to have a voiceŽ and publicly debateŽ what has become the issue of the dayŽ for Floridians.There was mention of the awful tragedy at Pulse, where the gay community was targeted. That was an awful massacre. And what did the Legislature do about that? Anybody want to raise their hands? No hands? Thats because they did nothing,Ž Marti-nez said.He urged the commis-sion to echo the actions of the political leadership of this stateŽ this year, saying Scott and the Legislature had basically been unshackled to address this issue,Ž despite pressure from powerful special interests. The National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit shortly after Scott signed the new law and has targeted Republican legis-lators who supported the measure.What is the harm done, if we were to go forward, debate this issue and vote on it? I cant see any harm,Ž he said. What is the benefit? The benefit is unlimited.ŽThe motion to waive the rules failed on a voice vote.Commissioner Chris Smith, a former state senator from Fort Lauder-dale, met with an identical response „ a challenge to germanity „ when he attempted to introduce an amendment that would ban assault-style weapons.Smith, a Democrat, noted that the Legislature debated the assault-weap-ons ban during the annual session, which ended March 11.But Florida voters want to have a voice on this,Ž he said.Its being debated right now in your home offices. Its being debated in the parking lots of Publix. Its being debated throughout this state. We are in a unique opportunity to give those 20 million a chance to actually vote on it,Ž he said.The majority also rejected taking up Smiths amendment.Wednesdays CRC actions came after House Speaker Richard Corcoran „ targeted by the National Rifle Association following the passage of the new gun restrictions „ wrote in a letter to commissioners that he had a grave concernŽ about amendments that are inappropriate for inclusion in the state Constitution.Ž GUNFrom Page A1 TRADEFrom Page A1


the White House leaked that Trump was urged in briefing documents not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin about his recent re-elec-tion win. Trump did it anyway. In a statement released by the White House, McMaster said he would be requesting retire-ment from the U.S. Army effective this summer, adding that afterward he will leave public service.ŽThe White House said McMasters exit had been under discussion for some time and stressed it was not due to any one incident.Bolton, probably the most divisive foreign policy expert ever to serve as U.N. ambassador, has served as a hawkish voice in Republican foreign policy circles for decades. He met with Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly in early March to discuss North Korea and Iran. He was spotted entering the West Wing earlier Thursday.Bolton has served in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and served as a Bush lawyer during the 2000 Florida recount.A strong supporter of the Iraq war and an advocate for aggressive use of American power in foreign policy, Bolton was unable to win Senate confirmation after his nomination to the U.N. post alienated many Democrats and even some Republicans. He resigned after serving 17 months as a Bush recess appointment,Ž which allowed him to hold the job on a temporary basis without Senate confirmation.Tension between Trump and McMaster has grown increasingly public. Last month, Trump took issue with McMasters characteriza-tion of Russian meddling in the 2016 election after the national security adviser told the Munich Security Summit that interference was beyond dispute.General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems,Ž Trump tweeted Feb. 17, alluding to frequent GOP allegations of impropriety by Democrats and Hillary Clinton.Tillersons exit also forecast trouble for McMaster, who had aligned himself with the embattled secretary of state in seeking to soften some of Trumps most dramatic foreign policy impulses.McMaster told The New York Times last year that Trumps unorthodox approach has moved a lot of us out of our com-fort zone, me included.Ž The military strategist, who joined the adminis-tration in February 2017, has struggled to navi-gate a tumultuous White House. Last summer, he was the target of a far-right attack campaign, as conservative groups and a website tied to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon targeted him as insufficiently supportive of Israel and not tough enough on Iran. McMaster was brought in after Trumps first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was dismissed after less than a month in office. White House officials said he was ousted because he did not tell top advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the full extent of his contacts with Russian officials. A8 Friday, March 23, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Barbara Ortutay and Anick JesdanunThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Engulfed in a scandal over its users privacy, Facebook has opted to take little more than baby steps to fix the problem.From the companys per-spective, that makes perfect sense. Stronger safeguards on user data might damage Facebooks core business: using what it knows about you to sell ads that target your interests.Facebook is proposing only narrow countermeasures that address the specifics of the furor over Cambridge Ana-lytica, a political consulting firm that worked for Donald Trumps campaign and is accused of improperly obtaining data from some 50 million Facebook users for the purpose of influenc-ing voters.Those measures, announced Wednesday by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, mostly involve new limits on what Facebook apps can do with the user data they collect. One such errant app was central to the Cam-bridge Analytica debacle.But those steps dont get at what many outsiders see as bigger problems at Facebook: its rampant data collection from users, its embrace of political ads that target individuals and small demographic groups with precision, and its apparent inability to end malicious use of its service by govern-ments, shady corporations and criminal elements.Theyre being very deft and creating the illusion of trust,Ž said Scott Galloway, a New York University pro-fessor of marketing. But by focusing on the mechan-ics of how apps work on its service, he said, Facebook is failing to take meaning-ful action to ensure its not weaponizedŽ by scammers, manipulators and other nefarious types.Facebook takes some baby steps on privacy ADVISERFrom Page A1By Catherine LuceyAssociated PressWASHINGTON „ Imagine: A pay-per-view steel-cage fight featuring Donald "Kick His A--" Trump versus Joe "Beat the H--Out of Him" Biden. Price to tune in? Enough to eliminate the government's deficit.The Republican presi-dent and the former Democratic vice presi-dent are trading fighting words over who'd come out on top in a hypotheti-cal matchup.Trump, reacting to taunts Biden made ear-lier in the week, tweeted Thursday: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physi-cal assault. He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don't threaten people Joe!"At a University of Miami rally Tuesday against sexual assault, Biden cited lewd comments that candidate Trump made in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape about grabbing women without their permission."If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the h--out of him," Biden said. He also said any man who disrespected women was "usually the fattest, ugli-est SOB in the room."Biden, 75, made similar comments in the closing days of the 2016 campaign. He has kept open the possibility of a 2020 bid for president and is gearing up to play a big role campaigning for Democrats running in this year's midterm elections.Trump, 71, dismissed the prospect of a Biden run recently at the annual Gridiron Dinner with Washington journalists, calling him "Sleepy Joe" and saying he could "kick his a--." Trump also attacked Biden on Twitter in 2016, calling him "Our not very bright Vice President."Biden refrained from re-upping his taunts in an appearance Thursday in Washington, just blocks from the White House. He stuck to the promised subject of pro-tecting U.S. workers in the age of globalization during a speech at the Newseum.Septuagenarian smackdown? Trump, Biden trade ghting wordsFormer Vice President Joe Biden speaks on March 6 at a rally in support of Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvanias 18th Congressional District in Collier, Pa. Biden says he would beat the hell out of President Donald Trump in high school if Trump disrespected women. He spoke Tuesday at an antisexual assault rally at the University of Miami. [AP PHOTO/ GENE J. PUSKAR, FILE]

PAGE 9 | Friday, March 23, 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: letters@ Fax: 352-365-1951 In the immediate wake of the St. Valentines Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, President Donald Trump suggested that the shooters rampage might have evolved from an obsession with violent video games. Two weeks ago, Trump convened a meeting with leaders in the gaming industry to talk about that. While some critics quickly dismissed the notion of game blame, Trumps meeting was reminiscent of a similar session former Vice President Joe Biden hosted in January 2013, a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. A few weeks later, Biden even called for a special tax on video game sales to stock a victims relief fund. So, Trumps point was not new „ and it certainly was shared. After the Parkland massacre, South Florida Republican Congressman Brain Mast, Kentuckys Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a GOP gubernatorial candidate and Bartow native, all have suggested video games might have played a part in molding Nikolas Cruzs murderous mindset toward his former classmates. The head of an elite private school in Miami last month urged children to toss their games, and even circulated a proposed pledge to students parents that, according to the Miami Herald, declared in part I will not permit my child(ren) to play violent video games.Ž Florida Sen. Dennis Baxley, whose district includes Lake and Sumter counties, agrees that video games are to blame in some measure. During the recently completed legislative session, he introduced a measure to simply compel video game manufacturers to label some games as adult content. The measure seemed reasonable enough and yet it died under pressure from video game lobbyists. As the issue has ebbed and flowed over the years, psychological researchers have largely come down with one general conclusion: violent video games, as the American Psychological Association noted in a 2015 report, can make kids more aggressive and less empathetic in the short term, but there is little evidence suggesting they can lead to Parklandstyle violence „ that is, unless those effects are intertwined with other factors, such as mental health issues, conflict within the home, substance abuse, difficulties at school and with peers and a naturally anti-social personality. Critics can claim Trump, Baxley and others are just making an easy scapegoat of video games. But that doesnt mean they are entirely wrong, either. The issue seems to be we just dont know which children could be affected, and how severely. Thus, perhaps we should consider whether we are needlessly desensitizing kids to violence „ which could include movies as well. In January 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported that University of Pennsylvania researchers had determined gun violence in PG-13 movies had escalated since a previous study was conducted in 2013, while the consequences, such as depictions of blood and suffering, were being erased. The upshot: Movie-going families are now undergoing an experiment in which children of any age can enter a theater to watch a PG-13 film in which the protagonists gain power, settle conflicts, and kill or are killed by lethal weapons,Ž the researchers observed. At the same time, tolerance for such fare is being heightened.Ž This is not to say that all, most, or even many children who consume gun-driven violence in games and film, even for hours and hours on end, will evolve into emotionally arid automatons who will pick up an AR-15 and ape Nikolas Cruz. But perhaps we „ as parents and as a society „ shouldnt be so quick to dismiss Trump and Baxley. Maybe they are just urging us to become more mindful of the old computer adage: garbage in, garbage out. We only get one chance at raising our young.OUR OPINIONVideo games to blame? Partially ANOTHER OPINION It's inane, it's egregious and it's another spurious step in justifying the impeachment of President Donald Trump, all this talk about how he forced the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. But wait. I see a cure. Those who come to such conclusions should take a beginners' course in comprehending public events. In the classroom, if they would stay quiet, a teacher could say they should put facts before venomous prejudices, and here they are: The Justice Department's independent inspector general looked into possible missteps by McCabe when the FBI was inquiring into Hillary Clinton's emails and family foundation. He then sent a report to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, a group made up of career officials whose job is to maintain FBI integrity through discipline if necessary. After studying the evidence, the office said McCabe authorized illicit leaks to a reporter and also, under oath, was not candid with investigators. The office urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire him and he did his duty. The teacher could note that it was then that the students had screeched about America tumbling down because Donald the Hideous had struck again. To see if they were at last catching on, a test could be administered with the following questions. Was the inspector general … appointed by President Barack Obama … acting on his own or in accordance with Trump tweets? Is he a liar and a fraud? Did the Office of Professional Responsibility become irresponsible, failing to study the report or make an honest, informed judgment? Do these officials themselves lack integrity? Would Sessions have been doing his job if he had ignored the report? The answers to all of this should be obvious to anyone with a reasonably balanced mind even though it is also obvious that Trump is an uncouth Twitter fanatic. He has gone after McCabe incessantly and happily did it again after the firing, also slamming former FBI Director James Comey. He shouldn't have, but maybe McCabe should not have then defended himself the way he did. McCabe argued that there was nothing wrong with his overseeing FBI discussions with the press and that Comey, then his boss, knew about it. The thing is, Comey once told interrogators at a congressional hearing that he never authorized anything like that and this could make it look like he was perjuring himself. Comey may already be in trouble because of leaking what could have been classified information concerning discussions with Trump and also the way in which he intervened in the Clinton email scandal. McCabe, meanwhile, is said to have had a conflict of interest thanks to his wife being a politician who got donations from a Clinton ally. There are now news accounts saying he may have strangely postponed letting Comey know about the FBI looking into Clinton emails found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin. We also know that the Clinton campaign paid for a former British spy to get unverified dirt on Trump from Russian contacts and that it was used by the FBI in helping to get legal permission to spy on someone who had been a Trump campaign assistant. At the same time, there has been an unprecedented barrage of leaks of classified information from intelligence agencies about supposed Trump transgressions. Right now, so very, very much is up in the air, and the last thing Trump should do is interfere in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his possibly doing what the Clinton campaign did: collude with the Russians. Whatever Mueller finds or does not find, we need to know about it, and we also need to know a lot more about all of these people, including government actors, who seem bent on destroying our democratic institutions in order to keep Trump from doing it. That's what a good teacher would say, and we should all listen. Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may email him at OPINIONTrump is guilty even if proved innocentLake County Connection is missing the mark I am an upset customer of Lake County Connection and the non-service they are providing. The level of incompetence displayed by their office staff shows that absolutely no one is taking their job or customer care seriously. Every time I make a reservation, something goes wrong. They either lose my reservation, are over an hour late picking me up or do not arrive at all. When I call to ask about these oversights, I get nothing but lame excuses, apologies or just plain lies and double-talk such as, The driver has already been there and didnt see you.Ž Since I am totally blind, I have no way of knowing if they were there or not, but the drivers must also be blind, as well. If they are hiring blind bus drivers, I'd like to know because I need a job! I am certain that I could do better than they are doing. Every time I make a reservation, I am told that I have a certain pickup window. The past two times, I was told I was being picked up between 1 and 1:30 p.m., but the drivers manifest said 2 p.m. How these times are being changed seems to be a total mystery to everybody on staff and I am told, I dont know what happened.Ž The computer system that they use is extremely slow and sometimes just doesnt work at all. A couple of times it has taken me more than 15 minutes to make one simple reservation. I believe the entire office staff should be fired immediately and replaced with people who really care about customer service. I feel that Lake County Connection is wasting federal, state and county taxpayer money, and I plan to find out where the money is really going. Truthfully, if the quality of this service isnt drastically improved, I would be in favor of eliminating it so something better could be put in its place. These are not isolated incidences, as I have heard of many other riders encountering similar situations.Tim Steward Lake County is the place to be When you think of Florida, what comes to mind? We think of it's climate, vacations, Disney and retirement but never small towns. Most of us do not want crowded stores and highways, to wait six weeks for a doctor's appointment, to stand in line to get a table at our favorite restaurant or to drive 13 miles to church. Many think that all these problems have been caused by The Villages, but they should think twice before complaining and consider that we all use the amenities. Lake County is made up of small towns. It has attractions that few other places have. Mission Inn is a destination for small conferences and meetings, Beacon College is a destination for students with learning disabilities and Montverde Academy attracts students from faraway places. We have the only stagecoach museum in the nation, every medical procedure except organ transplants is available here and The Villages is the largest retirement community in the country. If you prefer small towns, Lake County is the place to be. We have most things that are found in metropolitan areas.Howard Vesser, Lady LakeLETTERS TO THE EDITOR OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 Jay Ambrose


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PAGE 11 | Friday, March 23, 2018 B1 SPORTS GOLF | B3GENERATION REDEMPTION IN TIGERS COMEBACK Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 By Robbie AndreuGatehouse MediaGAINESVILLE „ Only three practices into the spring, its far too early to declare a leader in the quarterback competi-tion. But its apparently easy to spot the one who is the most comfortable at the moment.That would be Feleipe Franks, last years starter.I think just his comfort being on the field,Ž Florida coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday. You look at him. Kyle (Trask) has a good understanding of the game as well. But you can see with Feleipe his experience, having been out there and playing and being in the huddle and being in there with pass rushers and having played a little bit more college football. You can see that with him in his comfort out there on the field.ŽOverall, the quarterbacks seem to be off to a solid if not spectacular start this spring. Theyre learning a new offense and going through the instal-lation process, so there is a learning curve for everybody.Mullen says hes got some talent to work with.I like the work ethic they have,Ž he said. They have some arm talent. Watching those guys throw the ball, they definitely have some arm talent and ability to make a lot of different throws, which is fun to coach. You can put some more things in. You can do things, you can do it around their ability to throw the ball.Accuracy, though, is the most important thing. I'd rather take a very, very accu-rate quarterback over a guy that throws it 70-80 yards and just explaining that to them and understanding Learning curveUniversity of Florida head coach Dan Mullen slaps quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) with a foam block as part of a drill during spring practice in Gainesville on Saturday. [BRAD MCCLENNY / GATEHOUSE MEDIA] Florida quarterbacks o to solid spring startBy Joe ReedyThe Associated PressTALLAHASSEE „ Willie Taggarts first practice at Florida State on Wednesday definitely had a different tone compared to his predecessor.The practice fields adjacent to Doak Campbell Stadium were abuzz with the sounds of AC/DC, Wiz Khalifa and Blake Shelton during the workouts instead of assistants yelling. The first practice was also at a quicker pace, with five-minute instruction peri-ods instead of the 10-minute periods that were common under Jimbo Fisher.Taggart wants to see the Seminoles play fast and not worry about making mistakes.It is going to be a fast prac-tice. Well get in and out. Well do a lot of coaching in the film room,Ž said Taggart, who was named coach on Dec. 5, less than a week after Fisher resigned to go to Texas A&M.Many of the changes are staples of Taggarts previous stops at Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon. The changes have received rave reviews from the players.Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said last year was more like a job than having fun. A lot of that was due to the Seminoles going 7-6 and Fishers messy exit.Fisher had hoped to finish last season as Florida States coach but resigned on Dec. 1 amid anger from the administration and parents when he wasnt forthcoming about pursuing the Texas A&M opening. Fisher now refers to the school he led to the 2013 national championship as the other placeŽ while Florida State President John Thrasher has said in a couple speeches to groups that he no longer holds his wallet when walking by the football offices.But theres nothing but positive vibes at Taggarts practices „ so far.It doesnt feel like a job anymore. It feels like Taggarts rst FSU practice sets di erent toneFlorida State running backs coach Donte Pimpleton, left, directs Cam Akers during the teams “ rst “ rst spring practice Wednesday in Tallahassee. [JOE REEDY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Doug FergusonThe Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas „ Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed enjoy few things more than trying to beat each other, and thats when they are partners. The stakes are even higher in the Dell Technologies Match Play. Win or go home.Spieth and Reed did their part Thursday by winning their matches for a second straight day to set up a showdown on the skirts of Hill Country in Texas. They play Friday to determine who wins the group and advances to the weekend of this World Golf Championship.Reed fired the first shot when asked what made Spieth a good opponent in match play.I dont know. My back still hurts from the last Ryder Cup,Ž he said with a laugh, alluding to the way he carried Spieth in their partnership at Hazeltine to a 2-1-1 record in team play during a rare American victory.Spieth dodged trouble early against Li Haotong, who missed putts inside 8 feet on two of the opening three Spieth, Reed set for key showdown in Match PlayJordan Spieth lines up his putt on the 16th hole during roundrobin play at the Dell Technologies Match Play on Wednesday in Austin, Texas. He will face Patrick Reed for the right to move on. [ERIC GAY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Charles Odum and Beth HarrisThe Associated PressATLANTA „ With Loyola-Chicago clinging to a one-point lead and only 6.3 seconds remaining, Marques Townes sank a 3-pointer from in front of the Ram-blers' bench to continue their improbable NCAA Tourna-ment run.Townes scored 18 points, including the key 3-pointer, to lead Loyola to a 69-68 win over the Wolf Pack in Thurs-day night's NCAA South Regional semifinal.The win leaves the No. 11th-seeded Ramblers one victory from a Final Four appearance.Not bad for a program that hasn't been in the Sweet 16 in 33 years.Townes charged down the court, pumping his fist, as Nevada called a timeout fol-lowing the crucial 3-pointer. Caleb Martin answered with a 3 for Nevada, but this time the Wolf Pack couldn't extend their string of second-half comebacks in the tournament.Loyola (31-5) awaits the winner of the Kansas State-Kentucky game in Saturday's regional final.Martin led Nevada (29-8) with 21 points. Twin brother Cody Martin had 16. Jordan Carolina had 19.The Wolf Pack finally faced a deficit too big to overcome.Loyola trailed by 12 points, at 20-8, midway through the first half but stormed back to lead 28-24 at halftime. Loyola closed the half with a 20-4 run as Nevada didn't score in the Loyola beats Nevada 69-68Loyola-Chicago guard Donte Ingram (0) falls over Nevada forward Caleb Martin (10) during the second half of a regional semi“ nal NCAA college basketball game, Thursday in Atlanta. [AP PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN] See LOYOLA, B4Michigan routs Texas A&M 99-72 in NCAA TournamentSee PRACTICE, B4 See CURVE, B4 See GOLF, B4


B2 Friday, March 23, 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 TV COLLEGE BASKETBALL MENS BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern EAST REGIONAL At TD Garden, Boston Regional Semi“ nals TodayVillanova (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 SundaySemi“ nal winnersSOUTH REGIONAL At Philips Arena, Atlanta Regional Semi“ nals ThursdayNevada (29-7) vs. Loyola of Chicago (30-5), late Kansas State (24-11) vs. Kentucky (26-10), lateRegional Championship SaturdaySemi“ nal winnersMIDWEST REGIONAL At CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. Regional Semi“ nals TodayKansas (29-7) vs. Clemson (25-9), 7:07 p.m. Duke (28-7) vs. Syracuse (23-13), 9:37 p.m.Regional Championship SundaySemi“ nal winnersWEST REGIONAL At STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Regional Semi“ nals ThursdayTexas A&M (22-12) vs. Michigan (30-7), late Florida State (22-11) vs. Gonzaga (32-4), lateRegional Championship SaturdaySemi“ 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 Semi“ nals At Madison Square Garden, New York TuesdayWestern Kentucky (27-10) vs. Utah (22-11), 7 p.m. Penn State (24-13) vs. Mississippi State (25-11), 9:30 p.m.Championship March 29Semi“ nal winners, 8 p.m.COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONALAll times Eastern Semi“ nals WednesdayNorth Texas 90, Jacksonville State 68ThursdayCampbell (18-15) at San Francisco (20-15), lateChampionship Series (Best-of-3; x-if necessary) MondayNorth Texas (18-17) vs. Campbell-San Francisco winner, TBAMarch 28North Texas (18-17) vs. Campbell-San Francisco winner, TBAMarch 30x-North Texas (18-17) vs. Campbell-San Francisco winner, TBACOLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT Quarter“ nals WednesdayUIC 83, Austin Peay 81 Northern Colorado 86, San Diego 75ThursdaySam Houston State (20-14) at UTSA, lateSaturdayCentral Michigan (21-14) at Liberty (21-14), 2 p.m.Semi“ nals March 28Game 1, 7 p.m. Game 2, 9 p.m.Championship March 30Semi“ nal winners, TBANCAA DIV. II TOURNAMENTAt Sioux Falls, S.D. Semi“ nals ThursdayFerris State (36-1) vs. West Texas A&M (32-3), late Queens (NC) (32-3) vs. Northern State (35-3), lateNCAA WOMENS TOURNAMENT All times Eastern ALBANY REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Saturday 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 MondaySemi“ nal winners, 7 p.m. SPOKANE REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Saturday 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 MondaySemi“ nal winners, 9 p.m. KANSAS CITY REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Today 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 SundaySemi“ nal winners, 7:30 p.m. LEXINGTON REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Today 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 SundaySemi“ nal winners, noonFINAL FOUR At Columbus, Ohio National Semi“ nals March 30Albany champion vs. Spokane chamion, 7 or 9:30 p.m. Kansas City champion vs. Lexington champion, 7 or 9:30 p.m.National Championship April 1Semi“ nal winners, 6 p.m.WOMENS NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT Third Round ThursdayPurdue (20-13) at Indiana (19-14), late James Madison (23-10) at West Virginia (23-11), late Fordham (24-9) at Virginia Tech (20-13), late Duquesne (25-7) at St. Johns (18-14), late Georgia Tech (20-13) at Alabama (19-13), late Michigan State (19-13) at South Dakota (28-6), late TCU (21-12) at New Mexico (25-10), lateTodayUC Davis (27-6) at Kansas State (18-15), 8 p.m.WOMENS BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL Semi“ nals TodaySouth Alabama (21-12) at Yale (17-13), 6 p.m.SaturdayNevada (19-16) at Central Arkansas (24-9), 6 p.m.NCAA WOMENS DIV. II TOURNAMENTAt Sioux Falls, S.D. Semi“ nals WednesdayCentral Missouri 70, Union (Tenn.) 57 Ashland 92, Indiana (Pa.) 68Championship Today Central Missouri (29-3) vs. Ashland (36-0), 8 p.m. PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L PCT. GBx-Toronto 53 19 .736 „ x-Boston 48 23 .676 4 Philadelphia 40 30 .571 12 New York 26 46 .361 27 Brooklyn 23 49 .319 30Southeast Division W L Pct GBWashington 40 31 .563 „ Miami 39 33 .542 1 Charlotte 31 41 .431 9 Orlando 21 50 .296 19 Atlanta 21 50 .296 19Central Division W L Pct GBCleveland 42 29 .592 „ Indiana 41 31 .569 1 Milwaukee 37 34 .521 5 Detroit 32 39 .451 10 Chicago 24 47 .338 18 WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division W L Pct GBy-Houston 57 14 .803 „ San Antonio 42 30 .583 15 New Orleans 42 30 .583 15 Dallas 22 49 .310 35 Memphis 19 52 .268 38Northwest Division W L Pct GBPortland 44 27 .620 „ Oklahoma City 43 30 .589 2 Minnesota 41 31 .569 3 Utah 40 31 .563 4 Denver 39 33 .542 5Paci“ c Division W L Pct GBy-Golden State 53 18 .746 „ L.A. Clippers 38 33 .535 15 L.A. Lakers 31 39 .443 21 Sacramento 23 49 .319 30 Phoenix 19 53 .264 34 x-clinched playoff berth; y-won divisionWednesdays GamesCleveland 132, Toronto 129 Philadelphia 119, Memphis 105 Charlotte 111, Brooklyn 105 Miami 119, New York 98 Denver 135, Chicago 102 L.A. Clippers 127, Milwaukee 120 New Orleans 96, Indiana 92 San Antonio 98, Washington 90Thursdays GamesMemphis at Charlotte, late Philadelphia at Orlando, late Detroit at Houston, late L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, late Utah at Dallas, late Atlanta at Sacramento, lateTodays GamesDenver at Washington, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Indiana, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at New York, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m. Utah at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Boston at Portland, 10 p.m. Atlanta at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.Saturdays GamesMinnesota at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Orlando, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m. Charlotte at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Tampa Bay 73 50 19 4 104 264 205 x-Boston 72 45 17 10 100 240 186 Toronto 73 43 23 7 93 246 208 Florida 71 37 27 7 81 219 218 Detroit 73 27 35 11 65 189 228 Montreal 74 26 36 12 64 185 237 Ottawa 72 26 35 11 63 199 251 Buffalo 73 23 38 12 58 173 240Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Washington 73 42 24 7 91 229 217 Pittsburgh 74 42 27 5 89 243 225 Columbus 74 41 28 5 87 210 206 Philadelphia 74 37 25 12 86 222 220 New Jersey 73 37 28 8 82 219 221 Carolina 73 31 31 11 73 197 232 N.Y. Rangers 73 32 33 8 72 211 236 N.Y. Islanders 73 31 32 10 72 235 263WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Nashville 72 48 14 10 106 236 178 Winnipeg 73 44 19 10 98 242 190 Minnesota 73 41 24 8 90 227 210 Colorado 73 40 25 8 88 236 210 St. Louis 73 40 28 5 85 203 194 Dallas 74 38 28 8 84 212 201 Chicago 74 30 35 9 69 209 228Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Vegas 73 47 21 5 99 248 200 San Jose 73 41 23 9 91 225 201 Anaheim 74 38 24 12 88 210 197 Los Angeles 74 40 27 7 87 212 186 Calgary 75 35 30 10 80 204 226 Edmonton 73 32 36 5 69 208 234 Arizona 73 25 37 11 61 179 231 Vancouver 73 25 39 9 59 187 240 x-clinched playoff spot; 2 points for a win, 1 for OT loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffsWednesdays GamesPittsburgh 5, Montreal 3 Arizona 4, Buffalo 1 St. Louis 2, Boston 1, OT Anaheim 4, Calgary 0Thursdays GamesN.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, late Arizona at Carolina, late Florida at Columbus, late Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, late Washington at Detroit, late Edmonton at Ottawa, late Toronto at Nashville, late Vancouver at Chicago, late Los Angeles at Colorado, late Vegas at San Jose, lateTodays GamesMontreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Anaheim at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Vancouver at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Boston at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.Saturdays GamesVegas at Colorado, 3 p.m. Calgary at San Jose, 4 p.m. Chicago at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m. Arizona at Florida, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m. Carolina at Ottawa, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Columbus, 7 p.m. Nashville at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Edmonton, 10 p.m.AHLEASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Lehigh Valley 66 42 16 3 5 92 232 187 WB/Scranton 63 37 19 5 2 81 203 181 Providence 64 38 21 3 2 81 188 153 Charlotte 66 37 26 0 3 77 219 192 Bridgeport 64 31 25 5 3 70 173 172 Hartford 66 29 29 5 3 66 183 223 Spring“ eld 65 28 31 5 1 62 182 203 Hershey 66 27 30 4 5 63 175 213 North Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA x-Toronto 64 45 17 1 1 92 209 138 x-Syracuse 65 39 19 3 4 85 207 169 Rochester 65 30 19 10 6 76 197 187 Utica 64 31 23 6 4 72 179 185 Laval 65 24 33 6 2 56 183 230 Belleville 65 24 36 2 3 53 158 234 Binghamton 64 21 33 7 3 52 157 202 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Manitoba 65 38 19 4 4 84 222 169 Chicago 64 35 20 7 2 79 202 171 Iowa 64 30 20 9 5 74 198 201 Grand Rapids 65 34 24 1 6 75 197 183 Rockford 65 33 24 4 4 74 196 196 Milwaukee 65 32 28 4 1 69 178 198 Cleveland 63 21 33 6 3 51 152 215 Paci“ c Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Tucson 59 35 18 5 1 76 183 153 Ontario 58 32 20 4 2 70 168 160 San Diego 57 32 21 3 1 68 180 165 Texas 65 33 22 7 3 76 194 201 Stockton 57 29 22 2 4 64 179 164 San Antonio 66 31 25 10 0 72 172 183 San Jose 58 27 24 4 3 61 150 171 Bakers“ eld 57 25 22 9 1 60 161 178 x-clinched playoff berth; y-clinched division title; 2 points for a win, 1 for an OT or shootout loss; Standings determined by winning percentage (not shown) not by pointsWednesdays GameSan Jose 4, Tucson 3, OTThursdays GamesChicago at Cleveland, late Stockton at Manitoba, lateTodays GamesWB/Scranton at Utica, 7 p.m. Bridgeport at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Toronto at Belleville, 7 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Providence, 7:05 p.m. Binghamton at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Charlotte at Laval, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Rockford, 8 p.m. Grand Rapids at Iowa, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Texas, 8:30 p.m. Bakers“ eld at Ontario, 10 p.m.Saturdays GamesHershey at Hartford, 3 p.m. Charlotte at Laval, 3 p.m. Belleville at Toronto, 4 p.m. Utica at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Grand Rapids at Iowa, 7 p.m. Chicago at Rockford, 7 p.m. San Diego at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Providence, 7:05 p.m. WB/Scranton at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. Spring“ eld at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Stockton at Manitoba, 8 p.m. Texas at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Ontario at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Tucson at Bakers“ eld, 10 p.m. PRO BASEBALL SPRING TRAININGAll times EasternAMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct. Houston 17 8 .680 Boston 17 9 .654 Baltimore 15 11 .577 Kansas City 15 11 .577 New York 15 11 .577 Cleveland 16 12 .571 Chicago 13 12 .520 Oakland 12 13 .480 Tampa Bay 12 13 .480 Minnesota 12 13 .480 Los Angeles 13 15 .464 Seattle 12 14 .462 Toronto 12 14 .462 Detroit 10 14 .417 Texas 7 18 .280NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct. Milwaukee 18 8 .692 Chicago 16 10 .615 San Diego 13 9 .591 Miami 14 10 .583 St. Louis 14 11 .560 Los Angeles 13 13 .500 Atlanta 13 14 .481 Arizona 12 13 .480 San Francisco 12 14 .462 Washington 11 13 .458 Colorado 11 14 .440 Philadelphia 10 16 .385 Pittsburgh 9 16 .360 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 countWednesdays GamesBoston 8, Tampa Bay 3 Houston 8, Washington 3 St. Louis 13, Miami 6 Philadelphia 7, Toronto 7 Chicago Cubs 5, Texas 1 Milwaukee (ss) 4, Oakland 3 San Diego 4, Chicago White Sox 3 Atlanta 3, Detroit 2 Minnesota 3, Pittsburgh 1 N.Y. Yankees 9, Baltimore 4 Seattle 7, Milwaukee (ss) 4 Kansas City 12, Cleveland 8 San Francisco 14, Arizona 0Thursdays GamesSt. Louis 8, Atlanta 2 Baltimore 10, Boston 7 Detroit 6, Philadelphia 2 Miami 15, Houston 7 N.Y. Yankees 2, Minnesota 1 Tampa Bay 5, Toronto (ss) 3 Colorado 4, Oakland 2 Milwaukee 1, Kansas City 0 San Diego 7, Cleveland 6 Toronto (ss) vs. Pittsburgh, late Washington vs. N.Y. Mets, late Cincinnati vs. Texas (ss), late Chicago White Sox vs. Arizona, late Texas (ss) vs. Seattle, late Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco, late L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers, lateTodays GamesBoston vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston (ss) vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Tampa Bay (ss) at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Kansas City (ss) vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. Kansas City (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Oakland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Houston (ss) vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 6:05 p.m. Washington (ss) vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Arizona vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 9:05 p.m. Texas vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 9:40 p.m.Saturdays GamesHouston vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. N.Y. Yankees (ss) at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Kansas City vs. Arizona (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Minnesota vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 6:05 p.m. San Francisco vs. Sacramento at Sacramento, CA, 9:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 9:40 p.m. Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. SOCCER MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAll times Eastern EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA New York City FC 3 0 0 9 6 1 Columbus 2 0 1 7 5 2 Atlanta United FC 2 1 0 6 7 6 Philadelphia 1 0 1 4 2 0 New York Red Bulls 1 0 0 3 4 0 Montreal 1 2 0 3 4 5 New England 1 1 0 3 2 3 D.C. United 0 1 2 2 4 6 Orlando City 0 2 1 1 2 5 Chicago 0 2 0 0 4 6 Toronto FC 0 2 0 0 0 3 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Los Angeles FC 2 0 0 6 6 1 Minnesota United 2 1 0 6 6 5 Sporting Kansas City 2 1 0 6 7 7 Vancouver 2 1 0 6 5 6 Houston 1 1 1 4 7 4 Real Salt Lake 1 1 1 4 3 6 San Jose 1 1 0 3 5 5 Los Angeles Galaxy 1 1 0 3 3 3 FC Dallas 0 0 1 1 1 1 Colorado 0 1 0 0 1 2 Seattle 0 1 0 0 0 1 Portland 0 2 0 0 1 6 3 points for victory, 1 point for tieSaturdays GamesNew York City FC at New England, 1:30 p.m. Portland at FC Dallas, 3:30 p.m. D.C. United at Columbus, 6 p.m. Minnesota United at New York, 7 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Colorado, 9 p.m. LA Galaxy at Vancouver, 10 p.m.Friday, March 30Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.Saturday, March 31New York at Orlando City, 1 p.m. Los Angeles FC at LA Galaxy, 3 p.m. Vancouver at Columbus, 3 p.m. Portland at Chicago, 6 p.m. Atlanta United FC at Minnesota United, 8 p.m. New York City FC at San Jose, 8 p.m. D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. New England at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Colorado, 9 p.m. Montreal at Seattle, 10 p.m. ODDS PREGAME.COM LINENATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG Milwaukee 5 217 at Chicago at Indiana 2 218 L.A. Clippers at Washington 1 219 Denver Minnesota 6 222 at New York at Cleveland Off Off Phoenix at Toronto 12 221 Brooklyn at Oklahoma City 6 215 Miami at San Antonio 3 193 Utah at Portland 6 203 Boston at Golden State 9 221 AtlantaCOLLEGE BASKETBALLTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG Villanova 4 West Virginia Purdue 2 Texas Tech Duke 11 Syracuse Kansas 5 ClemsonSaturdayat Liberty 2 Cent. MichiganTuesdayW. Kentucky 1 Utah Penn St. 2 Mississippi St.NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE Montreal -111 at Buffalo +101 at Pittsburgh -193 New Jersey +178 at Winnipeg Off Anaheim Off at St. Louis -290 Vancouver +260 at Dallas Off Boston Off Updated odds available at GOLF INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PGA TOURSWORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAYWednesday at Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas Yardage: 7,108. Par: 71 (seedings in parentheses)First RoundPat Perez (15), United States, halved with Si Woo Kim (50), South Korea. Gary Woodland (24), United States, halved with Webb Simpson (37), United States. Justin Thomas (2), United States, def. Luke List (60), United States, 2 up. Francesco Molinari (21), Italy, def. Patton Kizzire (48), United States, 3 and 1. Tyrrell Hatton (12), England, def. Alexander Levy (55), France, 3 and 2. Brendan Steele (36), United States, def. Charley Hoffman (22), United States, 1 up. Hideki Matsuyama (5), Japan, def. Yusaku Miyazato (53), Japan, 2 and 1. Cameron Smith (46), Australia, def. Patrick Cantlay (30), United States, 2 up. Alex Noren (13), Sweden, def. Kevin Na (61), United States, 4 and 2. Tony Finau (29), United States, def. Thomas Pieters (39), Belgium, 2 and 1. Jordan Spieth (4), United States, def. Charl Schwartzel (49), South Africa, 2 and 1. Patrick Reed (19), United States, def. Li Haotong (34), China, 3 and 2. Ian Poulter (58), England, def. Tommy Fleetwood (9), England, 3 and 2. Kevin Chappell (33), United States, def. Daniel Berger (26), United States, 3 and 2. Jason Day (8), Australia, def. James Hahn (56,) United States, 4 and 2. Louis Oosthuizen (25), South Africa, def. Jason Dufner (42), United States, 1 up. Matt Kuchar (16), United States, halved with Zach Johnson (54), United States. Yuta Ikeda (47), Japan, def. Ross Fisher (27), England, 2 and 1. Bernd Wiesberger (52), Austria, def. Dustin Johnson (1), United States, 3 and 1. Kevin Kisner (32), United States, halved with Adam Hadwin (38), Canada. Julian Suri (64), United States, def. Marc Leishman (11), Australia, 3 and 2. Bubba Watson (35), United States, def. Branden Grace (23), South Africa, 5 and 3. Peter Uihlein (57), United States, def. Rory McIlroy (6), Northern Ireland, 2 and 1. Brian Harman (18), United States, halved with Jhonattan Vegas (44), Venezuela. Charles Howell III (59), United States, def. Phil Mickelson (14), United States, 3 and 2. Rafa Cabrera Bello (17), Spain, def. Satoshi Kodaira (40), Japan, 2 and 1. Jon Rahm (3), Spain, halved with Keegan Bradley (63), United States. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28), Thailand, def. Chez Reavie (43), United States, 3 and 2. Paul Casey (10), England, def. Russell Henley (51), United States, 1 up. Kyle Stanley (45), United States, def. Matt Fitzpatrick (31), United States, 1 up. Sergio Garcia (7), Spain, def. Shubhankar Sharma (62), India, 1 up. Xander Schauffele (20), United States, def. Dylan Frittelli (41), South Africa, 1 up. TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLAmerican LeagueCHICAGO WHITE SOX „ Optioned OF Ryan Cordell to Charlotte (IL). Reassigned OF Luis Robert, RHP Rob Scahill and RHP Chris Volstad to minor league camp. CLEVELAND INDIANS „ Optioned OF Greg Allen and RHP Ben Taylor to Columbus (IL). Reassigned RHP Alexi Ogando to minor league camp. DETROIT TIGERS „ Reassigned Cs Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Derek Norris; INFs Pete Kozma and Ronny Rodriguez, and OFs Jim Adduci and Chad Huffmanto to minor league camp. Optioned LHPs Chad Bell and Blaine Hardy to Toledo (IL). MINNESOTA TWINS „ Optioned RHPs Alan Busenitz and Tyler Duffey, OF Jake Cave to Rochester (IL). Reassigned 1B Brock Stassi to minor league camp. Released OF Chris Heisey. OAKLAND ATHLETICS „ Optioned C Dustin Garneau to Nashville (PCL). TAMPA BAY RAYS „ Agreed to terms with C Curt Casali on a minor league contract.National LeagueARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS „ Optioned Matt Koch to Reno (PCL). CINCINNATI REDS „ Claimed off waivers 1B Kennys Vargas from the Twins. Optioned RHP Jackson Stephens and RHP Robert Stephenson to Louisville (IL). Reassigned RHP Dylan Floro, RHP Tanner Rainey, C Joe Hudson, IF/OF Rosell Herrera, OF Ben Revere and OF Mason Williams to minor league camp. Released LHP Oliver Prez. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES „ granted INF Ryan Flaherty his unconditional release.American AssociationKANSAS CITY T-BONES „ Released RHPs Jeff Walters and Kamakani Usui.California LeagueSTOCKTON PORTS „ Promoted Taylor McCarthy to general manager.Can-Am LeagueSUSSEX COUNTY MINERS „ Signed INF Audy Ciriaco.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationNBA „ Suspended Charlotte C Dwight Howard one game for receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2017-18 season.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueARIZONA CARDINALS „ Re-signed OL Daniel Munyer to a one-year contract. Claimed WR Cobi Hamilton off of waivers from the Houston Texans. ATLANTA FALCONS „ Re-signed DE Derrick Shelby to a one-year contract. CHICAGO BEARS „ Re-signed LB John Timu to a one-year contract. DALLAS COWBOYS „ Signed WR Deonte Thompson to a one-year contract. MIAMI DOLPHINS „ Signed DE William Hayes to a one-year contract. MINNESOTA VIKINGS „ Signed G Tom Compton.AUTO RACING 1 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series, Alpha Energy Solutions 250, practice, at Martinsville, Va. 3 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series, Alpha Energy Solutions 250, “ nal practice, at Martinsville, Va. COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7:07 p.m. CBS „ NCAA Tournament, Midwest Regional, “ rst semi“ nal, Clemson vs. Kansas, at Omaha, Neb. 7:27 p.m. TBS „ NCAA Tournament, East Regional, “ rst semi“ nal, West Virginia vs. Villanova, at Boston 9:37 p.m. CBS „ NCAA Tournament, Midwest Regional, second semi“ nal, Syracuse vs. Duke, at Omaha, Neb. 9:57 p.m. TBS „ NCAA Tournament, East Regional, second semi“ nal, Texas Tech vs. Purdue, at Boston COLLEGE HOCKEY 3 p.m. ESPN2 „ NCAA Tournament, East Regional, “ rst semi“ nal, Michigan Tech vs. Notre Dame, at Bridgeport, Conn. FIGURE SKATING 1:30 p.m. NBCSN „ World Championships, Ice Dance Short Program, at Milan (sameday tape) 3:30 p.m. NBCSN „ World Championships, Ladies' Free Program, at Milan GOLF 10:30 a.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, second round, at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 2 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, WGCDell Technologies Match Play, Day 3, at Austin, Texas 8:30 p.m. GOLF „ LPGA Tour, Kia Classic, second round, at Carlsbad, Calif. (sameday tape) 10:30 p.m. GOLF „ Champions Tour, Rapiscan Systems Classic, “ rst round, at Biloxi, Miss. (same-day tape) MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. ESPN „ Boston vs. N.Y. Yankees, at Tampa, Fla. 4 p.m. MLB „ Cincinnati vs. Colorado, at Scottsdale, Ariz. 9:30 p.m. MLB „ Texas vs. San Diego, at Peoria, Ariz. NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. NBA „ Denver at Washington 10 p.m. NBA „ Boston at Portland SOCCER 10:25 p.m. FS1 „ International friendly, Mexico vs. Iceland, at Santa Clara, Calif. RUGBY 10 p.m. NBCSN „ English Premiership, Bath vs. Exeter (same-day tape) WINTER SPORTS 7 p.m. NBCSN „ Curling, Women's World Championship: Round Robin, Canada vs. United States, at North Bay, Ontario WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN „ NCAA Tournament, Lexington, Ky. Regional, “ rst semi“ nal, Oregon St. vs. Baylor ESPN2 „ NCAA Tournament, Kansas City, Mo. Regional, “ rst semi“ nal, NC State vs. Mississippi St. 8 p.m. CBSSN „ NCAA Division II Tournament, championship, Cent. Missouri vs. Ashland, at Sioux Falls, S.D. 9:30 p.m. ESPN „ NCAA Tournament, Lexington, Ky. Regional, second semi“ nal, Stanford vs. Louisville ESPN2 „ NCAA Tournament, Kansas City, Mo. Regional, second semi“ nal, UCLA vs. Texas 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 South Sumter at Farm Bureau Tournament SOFTBALL Wildwood at Lecanto, 6 p.m.TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULEAlan Alonso went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs to lead Lake-Sumter State Col-lege to an 8-2 win over Seminole State College on Wednesday at Lake-hawk Field.Tanner Clark went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Angel Padilla went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored.Cameron Recny held Seminole to two hits and one run over seven innings with no walks and five strikeouts to earn the win. Kyle Wiseman picked up the save with two innings of no-hit relief, striking out three and walking one. Lake-Sumter improves to 11-20-1 overall and 3-4 in the Mid-Florida Conference. Seminole falls to 17-17 overall and 0-7 in conference play.LSSC rolls past Seminole State 82

PAGE 13 | Friday, March 23, 2018 B3By Jake SeinerAssociated PressPORT CHARLOTTE „ Major League Baseball made game-calling more difficult for catch-ers this winter when it changed the rules governing mound visits. For backstops with the Tampa Bay Rays, things got even trickier when the club announced plans for a four-man rotation to open the season.Pitching coach Kyle Snyder had an idea to help, and catchers Wilson Ramos and Jesus Sucre were eager to hop on board „ quarterback-style wristbands loaded with information designed to help with pitch calling. The Rays are joining the Indians, Mets and some others as teams arming their catchers with datafilled forearm sleeves. Tampa Bay hasnt decided precisely what will be on the wristbands, though it will mostly include information on signs and strategies for attacking opposing hitters. The cards will have a flap to make sure opponents and cameras cant catch whats been written down.If you have all that on the wristband, its going to be a lot easier for you,Ž Sucre said.Catchers like David Ross, Evan Gattis and Yas-mani Grandal have used the wristbands to manage information in baseballs big data era, but Rays man-ager and former catcher Kevin Cash downplayed the effect of that information on pitch calling.The Rays wristbands are primarily a response to a rule change limiting mound visits to six per game, a shift that makes the already complicated task of relaying pitch calls all the more challenging. Catchers can be barred from going to the mound if a team has exhausted its allotment, and theyre not thrilled with the change „ Martin Maldo-nado (Angels) and Willson Contreras (Cubs) have said theyd rather pay fines than limit their visits. Teams use intricate sets of signs to disguise pitch selection when a potentially nosey baserunner is on second base, and not every pitcher employs the same systems. The Rays used 30 pitchers last season, and each of them had at least two sets of signs for use with runners on base. Theres some overlap, but its still a lot for catchers to memorize „ a major impetus for all the mound visits.I know theres a lot of pride that catchers take in their game-calling abilities,Ž said Cash. Were not looking to take that away from our two guys because we feel they both do a good job retaining information before a series. But nice little quick reminders dont hurt anybody.ŽCash thinks the most drastic change for catchers is in the number of pitchersTampa Bay could use even more pitchers this year thanks to a strategy shift with starting pitch-ers. The team plans to use a four-man rotation while relying on the bullpen to cover games that would have gone to a fifth starter. That means the Rays will intentionally use six or seven pitchers in some games.Its kind of hard to go inning to inning to inning with a different guy,Ž Sucre said. You have to work hard.ŽAs more teams try to limit the number of times starting pitchers face an opposing order, such games could become more common around the majors. Plus with last years shift to a 10-day disabled list, theres more shuttling of arms between Triple-A and the majors, broadening the pool of pitchers that catchers will work with over the course of a season. Teams used a record 755 pitchers last season, compared to 666 in 2007 and 534 in 1997.Theres just more bodies youre thinking about,Ž Cash said, adding I think its going to be beneficial to have what our pitchers best strengths are when attacking hitters. Quick little reminder for him to look at.ŽRays catchers using wristbands amid rotation experimentBy Doug FergusonThe Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas „ Tiger Woods has come close to looking like the player who ruled golf for the better part of 15 years, and Ernie Els is happy to see it.Never mind that Els was on the losing end to Woods more than any other player.He speaks for his gen-eration of Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and others. Els keeps hearing about the depth of talent being greater than ever, and he has seen it. But he gets weary listening to sugges-tions that Woods might not have 79 PGA Tour victories if he had to face this group.Im just glad hes play-ing like I know he can play to validate me „ validate me, Phil and Vijay,Ž Els said. We werent bad players. This guy was a special player. To see him back, playing special stuff again ... is great for the game.ŽGenerational debates are nothing new.Every generation was better than the next one. Then again, Jack Nicklaus used to lament that Woods was lacking competition from players who had more experience winning majors, such as Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, Tom Watson and Lee Tre-vino, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros.Mickelson, Els and Singh combined to win 12 majors. Els says Woods won 14 on his own because he was that much better.Does it get under his skin to hear fans rave about this generations players?It doesnt (tick) me off. Can you imagine how it must (tick) Tiger off?Ž he said. He was leaps and bounds the best player. People forget very quickly, and then you see special players like we have now, the younger gen-eration. But I know what I played against. You cant take anything away from anybody.ŽLEFTY REJECTION: Jordan Spieth says the importance of signing autographs for kids is to give them the personal touch, and perhaps inspire them. He knows that because he was one of those kids, trying to get autographs while attending the Byron Nelson Classic.One of those moments involved Phil Mickelson. It didnt end well. There was a time that I was out with my dad, and Phil Mickelson and Davis Love were on the putting green,Ž Spieth said. And I was yelling at them „ as I now get annoyed while Im practicing when Im getting yelled at „ and they were talking and then they said, One second. And when they finished, Phil was pulled off in a differ-ent direction and Davis came and signed for me.And I thought for the longest time that Phil just blew me off, and Davis was like the nicest guy,Ž Spieth said. And Phil, I didnt care for as much for a little while because of that.ŽSpieth laughed as he told the story, mainly because he now knows the drill.He could have been late for media, he could have been having a spon-sor obligation. He could have been going over to sign for a kids area, where there was a 100 of them,Ž Spieth said. Time man-agement is so different out there. You have no idea, and theres certainly been kids that probably think Ive blown them off, which was never my intention. It would have never been Phils intention, either.ŽSpieth was 19 when he made it on the PGA Tour. The first time he played with Mickelson, he shot 62 in the final round at the TPC Boston, a round that inspired Mickelson to recommend Spieth for the Presidents Cup.And yes, Spieth told him the story from his youth.He probably responded with a Phil-like, Yeah, I knew who you were and I didnt want to go over there and sign it,Ž Spieth said.KOEPKA UPDATE: U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka had hoped to recover from his wrist injury in time for the Masters. That is now in doubt.Koepka was quoted by Treasure Coast Newspa-pers as saying that doctors told him he would be about 80 percent healthy, and that he doesnt want to risk reinjuring the wrist and being away from golf even longer.His manager at Hambric Sports, Blake Smith, says the report was pre-mature. No decision has been made,Ž Smith said Tuesday.GAMESMANSHIP: Paul Casey has seen his share of gamesmanship in match play, most notably on the professional level when Jason Day wouldnt concede short putts in the Match Play. One of his memorable times was as a junior in England.This involved miscommunication, and the sudden ability to lose the ability to speak English. His opponents ball was close to Caseys line on the green, both of them about 10 feet away, and there was eye contact on what to do. I assumed he looked at me to confirm whether his marker was in my line and it needed to be moved,Ž Casey said. And I said, Thats OK there. So he picked it up. And then of course his perfect English ... yeah, he lost his ability to understand English all of a sudden.ŽCasey doesnt remember the outcome, and he doesnt expect anything like that his week.WINNERS FEAST: Rory McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first victory in 18 months, which would seem to call for quite a celebration. Then again, maybe not.Two glasses of wine and a big bowl of ice cream,Ž McIlroy said Tuesday. That was it. And I watched the highlights, but I fell asleep before the fireworks started on the 15th. Just tired.ŽThe ice cream of cham-pions: Ben & Jerrys. One scoop of Salted Caramel. One scoop of Americone Dream. The wine was Opus One.MAJOR INVITATIONAL: Dustin Johnson had reason to feel like a winner last week even without playing. John-sons team of juniors went wire-to-wire and won by seven shots over a junior team representing Jack Nicklaus in the inaugural Major Champions Invitational.Nick Faldo organized the event as an extension of his Faldo Series for juniors. He reached out to some 20 major champions who have foundations and junior programs to send boys and girls to Bella Collina in Montverde.GOLF NOTEBOOKEls says Tiger playing well validates previous generationTiger walks on the third fairway after teeing off during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week in Orlando. [PHELAN M. EBENHACK/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre, left, pats pitcher Yonny Chirinos on the chest as Chirinos struggles during the “ fth inning of a spring training game on March 7 in Port Charlotte. [CHRIS OMEARA/ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, FILE]


B4 Friday, March 23, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Stephen WhynoThe Associated PressBehind the mask is a mind filled with a web of a thousand thoughts, worries and a sin-gular focus of what it takes to win a game.Then the next game, then the one after that.There is no shut-off for a goaltender,Ž retired goalie Brian Boucher said. The mind doesnt shut off.ŽA starting NHL goaltender bears a burden unlike any position in hockey and few others in sports, and the resulting pressure builds up over the course of a season. By this time of year, with the playoffs on the horizon, No. 1 goalies have grinded through almost six months of work and are battling fatigue that threatens to derail their teams hopes.Andrei Vasilevskiy of Tampa Bay is going through it for the first time while Braden Holtby of the Wash-ington Capitals is used to it by now. Goalies of all ages have no choice but to manage the physical and mental hurdles.Its one of those things that youve got find ways to make sure youre prepared and ready to play every game,Ž Holtby said. As a goaltender, theres not much room to take nights off.ŽIts worse for the goalies whose teams cant afford to start a backup. Boucher started the final 13 games for Philadel-phia in 2010 to help them make the playoffs, Jonathan Quick started 20 of the final 21 games for the Los Angeles Kings when they tried to make a furious push to make it in 2015 and Kari Lehtonen could be counted on to play the final nine games of the Dallas Stars season now as they claw for a spot.Youll go through the whole night thinking about tomorrow, show up to the rink in the morning thinking about tonight and then you show up to the game thinking about the game,Ž said Boucher, now an analyst for NBC Sports. Not until that horn goes off at the very end can you finally go, Whew, and take a deep breath and hopefully its in a celebration with your teammates..... You have a shower, you feel good about things, you go home, you kind of decompress and then the next day it starts again: the butterflies, the nerves, the thinking about your opponent. And thats the mental fatigue that comes into it.ŽThats what Vasilevskiy is dealing with at age 23, 58 starts into his first season as the full-time starter and the league leader in victories. Tiredness is something that I probably never faced before,Ž he told The Tampa Bay Times. The same goes for Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who is between the pipes for mean-ingful games and on the cusp of his first playoff appearance. Jets goaltending coach Wade Flaherty talks to Hellebuyck almost daily about what he needs to be successful, and the staff pays careful attention to making sure the 24-year-old is good to go. Coach Paul Maurice said the Jets are aware of the balance between rhythm and rest but arent holding Hellebuyck back.Theres a fatigue component that a No. 1 goaltender also has to embrace,Ž Maurice said. He has to learn how to play when he doesnt feel 100 percent right because thats basically going to be his life.ŽWinnipeg has been able to give Hellebuyck blocks of two or three days completely off, a rarity for top goalies this time of year. The Nashville Predators have a big enough lead atop the Central Division that they can afford to lighten Pekka Rinnes workload down the stretch, which could be a huge benefit.I like thinking outside the box,Ž former goalie Martin Biron said. You may have a Friday-Saturday game, have a Tuesday game, have a Thursday game. You can play your starter on Friday-Saturday and not play him on Tuesday so he gets Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (off) and then he gets ready for the weekend again for the Thursday. Theres a lot more days to be able to decompress and really think about how to reset and re-prepare.ŽHoltby got a 10-day reset from a month-plus of struggles as Philipp Grubauer started four games in a row. Having a reliable backup is a luxury Washington has „ and Holtby doesnt like taking days off, either. Toronto starter Frederik Andersen recently joked that hes more tired of being asked if hes tired than he is from facing the most shots in the league.Practice shots, warmups, travel and mental and physical preparation are also part of the wear and tear. Analyst Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild said those can be spaced out over weeks and months.Goalies battle fatigue as NHL playo s loomTampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a blocker save during Thursdays game against the New York Rangers. [CHRIS OMEARA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] something we love,Ž he said. You loved football in high school, now you love it again in college.ŽTaggart was quick to note that having fun will not get in the way of fundamentals and technique. But when a player does something noteworthy, like Cyrus Fagan did when he intercepted a pass, it should be celebrated by the team.I dont believe in doing anything and not having fun,Ž he said. Im big on quotes, as you know. Ralph Emerson said, Nothing great happens without enthusiasm. I believe in that and want our guys to be that way daily.ŽOn the field, Taggart and his assistants „ which includes only one holdover from the previous staff „ are using the 16 practices between now and the April 14 spring game to get a better look at their per-sonnel. Taggart has told his players that the depth chart throughout the spring will be fluid and that those who grasp the system the quickest will rise to the top.Most of the focus will be at quarterback. Deondre Francois, who suffered a knee injury in last seasons opener against Alabama, will be lim-ited to non-contract drills as sophomore James Blackman and redshirt freshman Brady Hockman get the reps.Blackman, who threw for 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season, said he has been watching Oregons games from last season to get a better grasp of the system.The play calls that they give us, were getting them down pretty well,Ž he said. Weve been working them out in 7-on-7 by ourselves.ŽHockman said the play calls are a lot simpler and that the offense is more toned down but its effective.ŽBesides vying for spots on the depth chart, num-bers one through nine on the roster are also up for grabs. Akers, who wore No. 4 last season, was wearing No. 23 on Wednesday.Even though Akers rushed for 1,025 yards and seven touchdowns last season, Taggart said the players have to earn their numbers back, which Akers said he liked.I know when I was growing up the single digits went to the dudes. Thats kind of how we want it,Ž Taggart said. Not everyone can be a single digit. Getting it is being one of the best.Ž PRACTICEFrom Page B1final 7:55 before the break.After leading a combined 4 minutes, 24 seconds of their first two NCAA Tournament wins, the Wolf Pack didn't trail in the opening 18 minutes of the first half. Even after leading 20-8 and appearing to have established command, Nevada found a way to trail at halftime for the sixth straight game.Following a 4-4 tie, Nevada took the lead with an 8-0 run that included a layup and two free throws by Jordan Caroline.Loyola pushed the ball in the paint on almost every possession. The Ramblers' first 10 points came on layups.Freshman Cameron Krut-wig, who at 6-foot-9, 260 pounds stood out as the big-gest player for either team, had eight of Loyola's first 19 points but went to the bench with two fouls with 6:26 remaining in the half. He picked up his third foul midway through the second half.Loyola's relentless attack on the basket continued as it stretched its lead, one layup at a time, in the second half.Following a steal by Townes, Ben Richardson's layup gave the Ramblers their first double-digit lead at 36-26 and took their biggest lead at 40-28.Nevada's experience in second-half comebacks paid off. After Loyola's layup by Clayton Custer gave the Ramblers their last 10-point lead at 57-47, the Wolf Pack charged back.Cody Martin's basket started a 12-2 run, and his layup tied the game at 59-all with 4:06 remaining. Big pictureLoyola: The Ramblers showed strong poise by stick-ing with their game plan to attack the basket, even when the Wolf Pack collected five blocks in the first half. Loyola took a 46-34 advantage in points in the paint.Nevada: The Wolf Pack couldn't keep pace with Loyola's inside attack. They made only 8 of 27 3-pointers. Famous fansFour members of Loyola's famous 1963 NCAA champi-onship team had front-row seats: Jerry Harkness, Les Hunter, John Egan and Rich Rochelle. In the final minutes of the game, Harkness could be heard saying, "We need a stop. We just need a stop."Also attending the game was Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, Loyola's 98-yearold team chaplain who has become a celebrity during the tournament. Up nextLoyola: The Ramblers will face the winner of Thursday night's Kansas State-Kentucky regional semifinal in Saturday's regional final.Nevada: Despite losing four seniors, the Wolf Pack again will be a team to watch in the Mountain West. Among the top returning players will be the Martin twins, who are juniors. Michigan99, Texas A&M 72 LOS ANGELES „ This one was easy.After reaching the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 with an improbable buzzerbeater, Michigan shot 62 percent from the floor and routed Texas A&M 99-72 in the West Region semifinals on Thursday night to reach the Elite Eight for the third time in six years.The Wolverines (31-7) dominated from start to finish, hitting 14 3-pointers „ 10 in the first half „ and extending their winning streak to 12 games.Muhammad-Ali AbdurRahkman scored 24 points, Moe Wagner added 21 points and Charles Matthews had 18 points as third-seeded Michi-gan had five players in double figures.The Wolverines were good in the first half and even better in the second. The rout was on by halftime with Michigan leading 52-28 after shooting 57 percent from the floor. In the second half, the Wolver-ines improved to 68 percent from the floor.The Aggies (22-13) never made a run, going long stretches without a basket in the first half while Michigan was scoring on nearly every trip down the floor.Tyler Davis led the seventh-seeded Aggies with 24 points.Michigan won its second round game to reach the Sweet 16 on freshman Jordan Poole's long 3 in the closing seconds against Houston.In this one, Michigan led by 29 points after an 8-0 run near the end of the first half. The Wolverines averaged nine 3-pointers per game coming in, nd exceeded that by the break.Michigan held the Aggies to 12-of-32 shooting from the floor by double-teaming A&M and getting hands in shooters' faces. The Wolver-ines had eight steals, led by Zavier Simpson with five.The Aggies committed 10 turnovers „ with five by T.J. Starks „ in the half.They improved to 57 percent shooting in the second half, but it didn't make any difference when the Aggies couldn't come close to reduc-ing their deficit to single digits. LOYOLAFrom Page B1 that.ŽMullen and the offensive coaches will continue to install more of the offense as the spring progresses. They havent put in a whole lot yet, but what they have has been handled well by the quarter-backs, Mullen said.I've been pleased with how they've picked things up within the offense,Ž Mullen said. It's going to take a lot of reps before they get comfortable. But I haven't seen the confused looks out of any of them yet. But it's through three days.We've got another instal-lation tomorrow. Eventually what you want to see is when it catches up to them and they eventually give you the deer-in-the-headlight look where kind of, 'OK, my brain is now like maxed with all the stuff you're throwing at me.' "So far, it appears true fresh-man quarterback Emory Jones is keeping up with the more experienced quarterbacks. Hes the one true dual-threat QB in the group, and obviously the most comfortable when the situation calls for him to run the ball.Jones also showed some arm strength and accuracy in last Saturdays open practice.Hes a high school kid coming in cool and collected a little bit, not panicking,Ž co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy said. You see him in there trying to make his reads, trying to do things. Everything is a little slower than it is for the two older guys that have been around for at least college football. But to me, just impressed with how hes handled his mannerisms in the huddle. On the line of scrim-mage, hes done a very good job.ŽPerhaps the forgotten player in the quarterback race is Trask, who emerged as a contender for the starting role last spring, but injured his knee early in the 2017 season and wasnt heard from again.The redshirt sophomore is back, zipping the ball around the practice field. Hes also shown he can make some things happen with his legs.Hes got a live arm,Ž Mullen said. Throws the ball really well. Hes got a lot of talent. Watching him, I think hes bought in to what we want to do.I tell (the quarterbacks) that running aspect, I just want you to be a willing runner. If the defense gives you the opportunity to run, go run and go do it. Hes shown a decent bit of athleticism to be able to run the ball as well.Ž CURVEFrom Page B1 holes, won the second hole when Spieth hit into the hazard and thought he won the fourth hole until Spieth matched his birdie by chipping in from short of the green.Spieth never trailed and pulled away with a savvy play on the par-4 13th over the water and into the wind. He hit driver well to the right toward the gallery, which gave him a clear look at the green without having to hit over any of the lake. His pitch-and-run settled a foot away for birdie and a 2-up lead, and Spieth closed him out, 4 and 2.Right behind was Reed in his match against Charl Schwartzel, and the South African was 2 up at the turn until Reed won the next two holes to set up a tight finish. Schwartzel stayed 1 down when he missed a 5-foot par putt on the 17th. Needing a birdie on the 18th to halve, Schwartzel could only watch as Reed hit a wedge that nearly went in and stopped a few inches away.Reed and Spieth are 7-2-2 as partners in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. They are 1-1 in PGA Tour playoffs, with Reed hitting through the greens to short birdie range when he won the Wyndham Championship in 2013, and Spieth returning the favor in 2015 at Innisbrook by winning a playoff with a 30-foot putt.They dont have much of a relationship except in team competitions, and even then its unusual.Because were so competi-tive with each other within our own pairing at the Ryder Cup, we want to outdo each other. Thats what makes us successful,Ž Spieth said. Tiger says its a phenomenon. Its not something that hes used to seeing in those team events. Normally youre working together. But we want to beat each other every time. In alternate shot, if we dont win a hole, I want it to be his fault and he wants it to be my fault. GOLFFrom Page B1

PAGE 15 | Friday, March 23, 2018 B5 BUSINESS By Marley JayThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Stocks plunged Thursday after the Trump administration slapped sanctions on goods and investment from China. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 700 points as investors feared that trade ten-sions between the worlds largest economies would escalate.The planned sanctions include tariffs on $48 billion worth of Chinese imports as well as restrictions on Chinese investments. Trump said hes taking those steps in response to theft of Ameri-can technology, and the Chinese government said it will defend itself. Inves-tors are worried that trade tensions would hurt U.S. companies and harm the world economy.On Thursday they fled stocks and bought bonds, which sent bond prices higher and yields lower. With interest rates falling, banks took some of the worst losses. Technology and industrial companies, basic materials makers and health care companies also fell sharply.Peter Donisanu, an investment strategy analyst for the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, said the risk of a damaging trade war is still low because the Trump administration is targeting specific goods that arent central to Chi-nas economy. That could change if it puts tariffs on products like electronics or appliances imported from China.If the Trump administration really wanted to hurt China and start a trade war, then they would go after those larger sectors,Ž he said. Still, Donisanu said that after last years rally, investors are looking for new reasons to feel optimistic about stocks. With trade tensions in focus over the last month, theyve had trouble finding any.Investors also sold some of the markets biggest recent winners. Among technology companies, Microsoft fell $2.69, or 2.9 percent, to $89.79 and Alphabet, Googles parent company, fell $40.85, or 3.7 percent, to $1,053.15. Online retailer Amazon slid $36.94, or 2.3 percent, to $1,544.92.Earlier this month the Trump administration ordered tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and stocks dropped as investors worried about the possibility of tougher restrictions on international trade and smaller profits for corporations.Stocks dive after Trumps China sanctionsMaligned stock pickers catch up to index funds, but can it last?By Stan ChoeThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Last year was a terrific one for nearly every stock investor as markets kept soaring higher. It was even better for one group thats among the most maligned on Wall Street.Mutual fund managers who pick stocks have fallen out of favor after years of underper-forming funds that passively track a benchmark, such as the S&P 500 index. Investors showed their displeasure by yanking hundreds of billions of dollars from actively man-aged funds. Last year, the stock pickers turned things around. Forty three percent of U.S. stock fund managers beat their average index-fund peer in 2017, according to Morning-star, compared with a dismal 26 percent success rate the year before. While the markets gains were strong and steady, stocks moved less like a herd, creating the opportu-nity for higher rewards for managers able to pick the right stocks.This year, volatility has returned to the markets, including the first drop of 10 percent for the S&P 500 in roughly two years. As stocks sold off in February, most active managers delivered a steadying hand to their inves-tors, with milder losses than index funds, by avoiding some of the hardest-hit areas. That fits with history: Activelymanaged funds have tended to hold up better than index funds during down markets, which can be particularly valuable if it prevents inves-tors from selling stocks at the bottom.Still, the long-term data show that most active managers arent able to match the returns of index funds, which have the big advantage of charging lower fees. In the end, experts say, the clearest lesson from the data may be that finding a fund with low expenses should be the first task for investors. After that, consider whether you want an index fund or a manager whos trying to beat the market. An opportune upturn in performanceThe calm ride higher for stocks was shattered in February when worries about higher inflation sent the S&P 500 to a loss of 10 percent in just nine days. Through the tumult, nearly 60 percent of all actively managed U.S. stock funds offered better returns than index funds, according to Morningstar.Active managers say they do better in these kinds of markets because theyre not forced to buy whichever stocks are in the index at whatever proportions the index says „ no matter how overvalued or unattractive analysts say they have become. That means they can avoid some of the worst areas of the market during downturns.During last decades hous-ing bubble, for example, financial stocks accounted for a fifth of S&P 500 index funds, more than any other sector. Those stocks were crushed by the financial crisis, and Lehman Brothers, Bear Stea-rns and other hallowed Wall Street names collapsed or were sold at fire-sale prices. The aftermath of the financial crisis was the last time the majority of actively man-aged U.S. stock funds was able to beat index funds over a three-year period, according to Morningstar.Not only that, managers say theyre benefiting in par-ticular now because stocks are moving to their own rhythms more often, rather than climbing and falling all together.Its nice to see some vola-tility, and the opportunity for individual stock selection,Ž said Lamar Villere, portfolio manager at Villere & Co. When one of our stocks works, which is happening as of late, it makes a big difference, and investors are actually rewarding them instead of moving the entire market instead.ŽThe biggest stock investment in his Villere Balanced and Villere Equity funds, for example, is Axon Enterprise, the maker of Taser stun guns. Its up 46 percent in 2018, versus less than 2 percent for the S&P 500, as of Wednesdays close. Weve been having a lot of fun,Ž Villere said. For the long runOver the long term, up markets tend to last longer than down markets. Plus, the stock-picking managers who manage to beat the market in one downturn dont always do so in the next one, according to Morningstar. Thats part of the reason why the majority of actively managed funds have failed to keep up with index funds over the long term.Over the last 20 years, a span that includes not only the Great Recession but also the collapse of the dot-com bubble, only 13 percent of managers in the largest category of mutual funds have beaten index funds.In some areas of the market, active managers do have had a better track record.Over the last decade, 44 percent of all intermediate-term bond funds have beaten their average index-fund peer. Narrow the field down to the funds with the lowest expenses, and the success rate jumps to 64 percent. In recent years, the majority of emerging-market stock fund managers have also been beat-ing index-fund peers.Regardless, the best way for investors to improve their odds of success is to focus on the funds with the lowest expenses, said Ben Johnson, director of global ETF research at Morningstar. Funds that charge high expenses have to perform that much better than low-fee funds in order to deliver similar returns.If theres one clear signal that comes through, its that probably the only reliable way to boost your odds of picking a winner in a crop of active managers is to narrow your search to those who are charg-ing the lowest fees in a given category,Ž Johnson said.Volatility returnsMARKET WATCHDow 23,957.89 724.42 Nasdaq 7,166.68 178.61 S&P 2,643.69 68.24 Russell 1,543.87 35.43 NYSE 12,377.39 306.37COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,326.60 5.90 Silver 16.328 .029 Platinum 949.10 1.50 Copper 3.0120 .0365 Oil 64.30 0.87WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY€ Commerce Department releases durable goods for February € Commerce Department releases new home sales for FebruaryMARKET MOVERS€ Caterpillar Inc.: Down $8.90 to $146.90 „ Industrial companies declined as the Trump administration moved to place trade restrictions on Chinese products and investment. € Bank of America Corp.: Down $1.32 to $30.55 „ Banks fell along with interest rates on Thursday.BRIEFCASEWASHINGTONAverage 30-year mortgage rates rose to 4.45 percentLong-term U.S. mortgage rates are ticking up slightly this week, the 10th increase in the past 11 weeks.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the aver-age rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to 4.45 percent from 4.44 percent last week. Rates are relatively low by his-torical standards, but theyve shot up from an average that remained below 4 percent last year. The benchmark rate aver-aged 4.23 percent a year ago.The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans rose to 3.91 percent from 3.90 percent last week.SAN BRUNO, CALIF.YouTube tightens rules on “ rearm videosYouTube has tightened its restrictions on firearms videos.The video-serving network owned by Google is banning videos that provide instructions on how to make a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazines, and accessories such as bump stocks and silencers.The ban includes showing viewers how to install the accessories or modifications. YouTube also prohibits content about the sale of guns or firearm accessories.The policy comes weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.LAS VEGASWynn gives notice he could sell resort sharesFormer Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn has taken a key step that would allow him to sell all of his stock in the casino-oper-ating company, the company announced Wednesday.Wynn, who resigned last month from the company bearing his name after women accused him of sexual miscon-duct, is the largest shareholder in the company and could sell up 12.1 million shares, the Las Vegas-based company said in a securities filing.Shares of Wynn Resorts are hovering around $180, which makes his 11.8 percent stake worth about $2.21 billion. The Associated PressIn this Feb. 8 photo, traders Peter Tuchman, left, and Patrick Casey work on the ” oor of the New York Stock Exchange. This years volatile market has included the “ rst drop of 10 percent for the S&P 500 in roughly two years. 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B10 Friday, March 23, 2018 | 2018 LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS NOMINATION FORMSponsored by: COMPLETED FORMS: Postmarked by April 2, 2018 Send via E-MAIL: Mandy Wettstein at or POST: Lake County Community Service Awards PURPOSE: To annually recognize and publicly honor outstanding community service in the fields of: Arts/Cultural Education Leadership Public Service Sports/Athletics Humanitarian Public Safety Entrepreneur NOMINEE: Category _____________________________________________________________________________________ Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phones _______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail ________________________________________________________________________________________ REASONS FOR NOMINATION 1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS RECEIVED BY NOMINEE THAT RELATE TO CATEGORY 1 ____________________________________________ 2 _____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ 4 _____________________________________________ CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND POSITIONS THAT RELATE TO CATEGORY 1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 4 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ NOMINATOR Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phones ____________________________________E-mail _____________________________________________ Note: one page of additional comments may be attached Youth Award 2018 LAKE COUNTYCommunity Service Awards NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED! 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PAGE 21 | Friday, March 23, 2018 C1 DRIVETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 Powered by Q: I have a 2004 GMC Envoy XUV, V6 with 65,000 miles. For about the last six to nine months it seems to lose power about every 20 starts. It starts, no problem, but when its time to get in gear and move, it makes a sound that is hard to describe and seems not to want to move forward or backward. This lasts for a bit, and then the sound disappears and it drives just fine until the next time it happens. The sound is similar to cold engine idle in the winter. Turning off the engine and restarting makes it disappear. My mechanic has test driven it to labor the transmission and has checked the engine codes as well. Nothing! Any ideas? I dread the dealer taking it for hours at $160 per. Other than this seemingly stupid problem, this truck is a dream. Its is in the last two months of an aftermarket warranty, so I am pretty desperate to find an answer so it doesnt cost an arm and a leg later to fix it. Arlene O.A: This is a tough one to understand and figure out! In a follow-up communication Arlene confirmed the tachometer reading was rather high as the fault occurred. She had also had seen an article/ reference about reduced engine powerŽ and wondered if this might be her concern. Based on Arlenes description Im wondering if the transmission may be slipping, possibly due to low fluid level or another fault. Using a mobile phone to take a narrated movie of sounds, conditions and the instrument panel display as the fleeting fault occurs may be her best bet to demonstrate the symptoms to her service tech. Since it happens in forward or reverse, it doesnt appear to be a fails-to-upshift issue. Her reduced engine powerŽ reference was likely speaking to a possible electronic throttle control symptom. Should a fault in this system occur, engine power will be reduced, either about half or almost completely, depending on fault severity, for safety reasons, along with an illuminated check engine light and stored diagnostic code. If this should occur, there would be little/less engine noise/RPM, not more.Q: You mentioned once in your newspaper column that modern ultra-low emission vehicles have catalytic converters that activate faster than traditional cats, so the exhaust is clean almost from startup. How do they achieve this? Using a different catalyst? Exhaust heaters? Ben W.A: Cold-start emissions are the holy grail of emission control efforts! Modern engines run so well they can tolerate a leaner/cleaner airfuel mixture at start-up, and efforts to achieve rapid lightoff of the catalytic converter are strong. Moving the converter closer to the engine, adding a small/low-mass pre-converter, and adding an electric heating element are current strategies, along with new catalysts that can begin functioning at less than the typical 800 degrees F. Heres an informative article by the Association for Emission Control by Catalyst: technology/catalysts/UNDER THE HOODTruck occasionally loses power when put in gear Brad BergholdtBy Robert DufferTribune News ServicePerformance crossovers such as the 2018 Audi SQ5 provide the utility of a high-riding hatchback with the adrenaline-pumping verve of a sports car. It lets you be two things at once, sherpa parent around town, bat out of hell out of town.This duality comes at a price: $68,000 for the SQ5.Audis hot tall hatch wears a more conservative adult suit than the aggressive Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace, and most closely resembles the Mer-cedes-AMG GLC43 in style, price and performance. Except for the fake exhaust tips on the rear bumper „ the tailpipe is actually behind the bumper, pointing to the ground. Despite the trickery, the SQ5 is the most respon-sible of the bunch, excelling with technology but trailing in thrills.Thats not to say the 354-horsepower turbocharged V-6 engine lacks excitement. It is responsive and quick, with the slight-est turbo lag. Popping it into dynamic mode (via an oddly placed drive mode arrow on the center stack) returns a hungry growl that is ready to snarf up pavement at a pace of 62 mph in 5.1 seconds; the GLC43 hits 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.The all-time all-wheel-drive system has a rear-axle bias for better front-to-back balance, and provides the kind of confidence to not fear Parent or punk?By Charles FlemingTribune News ServiceBattery electric car sales are low and growing more slowly than the Sierra snowpack.Even in green California, and despite a 30 percent increase over 2016, sales of battery electric vehicles accounted for only 2.5 percent of all sales in the state last year, according to the California New Car Dealers Assn.The Nissan Leaf was the earliest practical BEV on the road, and was a landmark vehicle when it debuted on American highways in late 2010. More than 300,000 of the little electric cars have been sold since, about half of them in the U.S., making the Leaf, by Nissans reckoning, the top-selling global BEV of all time.But the Leaf has gained company and lost market share since 2010. Nissan said it sold 11,230 of them last year. According to the Cali-fornia dealers group, fewer Leafs were sold in the state in 2017 than the Chevy Bolt EV, Tesla Model S and Model X, and Fiat 500e.Before you start cracking wise about Nissan needing to turn over a new Leaf, the 2018 actually is a new Leaf.The new model goes farther on a charge, recharges faster, has more features, is better looking and costs less than the 2017.The Leaf profile is lower, longer and sleeker. With sportier edges, it looks more like a car and less like a science experiment than previous models.Range has risen to an EPA-approved 151 miles, up from 107 miles, powered by a 40-kWh lithium-ion bat-tery, replacing the 30-kWh battery on earlier models.That and some software changes have made the Leaf livelier. Horsepower and torque numbers are up sub-stantially on the 2018 model, which jets silently from corner to corner and up to freeway speed.The range and battery life can also be extended using a variety of driving modes, giving the driver more con-trol over how the Leafs battery power is spent.A 6.6-kW onboard charger makes it possible to juice the Leaf up more quickly than previous models. Nissan says the Leaf can be charged at the rate of 22 miles of range per hour on a Level 2 char-ger, or as fast as 90 miles in a half-hour at a fast-charging station.Among the standard new features is Nissans e-Pedal, a technology that allows the car to apply elec-tronic brakingŽ when the driver reduces pressure on the accelerator. This slows the car, and will bring it to a Nissans Leaf is sensible as well as sleeker, smarter and cheaperThe 2018 Audi SQ5 performance crossover lets you be bothThe 2018 Audi SQ5 is a compact performance crossover powered by a 354-horsepower turbocharged V-6 engine and 8-speed transmissi on. [ROBERT DUFFER / TNS] The 2018 Nissan Leaf goes farther on a charge, recharges faster, has more features, is better looking and costs less than the 2017. [NISSAN / TNS] Highs: Quiet, ef“ cient, onepedal driving experience Lows: ProPilot system needs improvement Vehicle type: Four-door, “ ve-passenger hatchback Base price: $33,375 Price as tested: $36,605 Powertrain: 110-kW electric motor Transmission: Direct, frontwheel drive Horsepower: 147 Torque: 236 pound-feet Battery size: 40 kWh EPA-approved range: 151 miles EPA fuel economy rating: 125 miles per gallon city equivalent / 100 highway / 112 combined2018 Nissan Leaf SV Vehicle type: Performance crossover Base price: $54,300 As tested: $67,775 (excluding $975 destination) Mpg: 19 city, 24 highway Engine: 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder Transmission: Eight-speed automatic in all-wheel drive Parting shot: Performance crossover with a tech edge.2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Quattro at a glance See AUDI, C2 See NISSAN, C2


C2 Friday, March 23, 2018 | DIDYOUKNOW PoweredByTheGovernors Highway Safety Associationsaidabout6,000 pedestrianswerekilledinauto crashesin2017. AUTOMOTIVE AUTOBITSManypeopleareripeforan extendedwarrantyscam TheFederalCommunica-tionsCommissionsaysIfyouownacarandaphone,Žyouareatargetforpredatorymarketingthatofferextendedwarrantiesoverthephoneandinthemail.Inthecommunicationyoureceive,itsdifficulttotrackdownjustwhoyourecom-municatingwith.DONOT,warnsthe FCC,provideanycredit cardnumbers,socialsecuritynumbers,bankrouting numbersoranyothertypeoffinancialinformation.At b est,youwillhavesigned upforaserviceforwhichyoualreadymaybecovered b ythemanufacturerswar-ranty.Atworst,youcould b eprovidingcreditcardinformationtoacriminal,ŽaccordingtotheFCC. „ Carsrecalledbecauseof steeringwheelproblemFordisrecallingnearly1.4millionmidsizecarsinNorthAmericabecausethesteeringwheelscandetachfrom thesteeringcolumnandcausedriverstolosecontrol.Accordingtothecarmaker, twocrashesandoneinjury havebeencausedbythisproblemsofar.Therecallisfor2014-2018FordFusionsand2014-2018LincolnMKZs.Ownerswill b enotifiedbymailtheweekofApril30iftheirvehicleispartoftherecall. „MoreContentNowByGregZylaMoreContentNowEntryprice: $22,500 Priceastested: $24,049 Weredrivingtheallnew2018ToyotaC-HR thisweek,asub-compact crossoverbuilttodo battlewithcompetitors likeChevyTrax,FordEco Sport,NissanKicks,Honda HR-V,HyundaiKona,and MazdaCX-3.Thisvehicle joinedtheToyotafamily whencorporatedecided todiscontinuesalesofits lowerpricedScionmodelsandmovedthisunit overtotheToyotafamilyofvehicles.Thismove resultsinmanypositives andafewnegatives. Firstthepositives, andspecificallyone bigpositive:price. Scionwasnotedforits lowentryandfinalretail prices,andthenewToyota C-HRfollowssuite.Two modelsareavailable,startingwiththeXLEentry modelat$22,500(our testerthisweek)orthe upscaleXLEPremium, whichaddsmoreamenitiesandstartsat$24,350. OnethingIreallyliked aboutthecompactC-HR isitshandling,asIput over400milesonthe C-HRduringmyweeklong review.ThankstostandardDunlop18-inchtires onnicealloywheels,there wasntaturnorcornerin frontofmethelittleToyota didntlike.Cruisingwas comfortable,too,although thereismorethanthe usualroadandenginenoise commontotheselower pricedsubcompactmodels. Butoverall,andthanksto wellbuiltunderpinnings, lotsofsafetyfeatures andgoodABS4-wheel discbrakes,thislittlecar wasmuchfuntodrive. Asforthenegatives,it prettymuchsurroundsthe infotainmentsystem,or lackthereof.Specifically, Toyotapreviouslyusedthe samelowergradestereo/ info6-speakersystemon itsScionmodels.Simplystated,lowergradeŽ meansconsumersseekinga newC-HRwithnavigation, AndroidAutoandApple CarPlayareoutofluck. Althoughmosteveryone knowsaGoogleMapsapp onyourAndroidoriPhone willfillinforthenavigation needs,ifyoumusthave AndroidorAppleSmartphoneintegrationand youhappentobepartof themaintargetconsumer demographicgroup(millennials),youllneedto upgradetoaRav4,which startsat$24,500.IrecommendToyotabringoverits respectedEntuneInfotainmentsystemtoreplacethe datedScioninfosystem. Sansthemodern EntuneandAndroid/ Appledrawbacks,thenew C-HRisaprettynicelookingvehicle.Theactual nomenclaturestandsfor CoupeHighRider.Ž Importantnumbers includeawheelbaseof 103.9inches,3,300-pound curbweight,17.1-ft.turningradius,5.9-inchground clearance,from19.0to 36.4-cu.ft.ofcargospace anda13.2gallonfueltank. The2018ToyotaC-HR currentlycomessolelyasa front-driveunit,although inthefutureanAWD wouldbeasmartmove andmaybeevenaturbofor morepower.YourToyota dealeriswaitingtoexplain everythinginpersonwhen youvisittheshowroom. Likes: Excellentvalue, lotsofsafetyequipment,goodlooks. Dislikes: NoSmartphoneintegration,noisy, needsmorepower. GregZylawritesweekly forMoreContentNow.TestDrive:2018 ToyotaCHR2018ToyotaC-HR.[TOYOTA] complete stop, while return-ing energy to the battery.With practice, the actual brakes seldom need to be applied at all „ which increases range and extends the life of the brakes. Nissan is proud of its ProPi-lot driving assistance feature, which is now available in the Leaf. The program is designed to function as an adaptive cruise control system, apply-ing braking and accelerating as needed, and helping the driver steer straight too. The feature is not an auton-omous driving system but is a hands-onŽ driver assistance tool, Nissan says, designed to reduce fatigue and stress by liberating the driver from constant use of the brake and accelerator pedals.ProPilot was first introduced in Nissans Rogue „ which aside from the Leaf is the only Nissan vehicle to feature the system „ and I had a chance to try it in that vehicle. I wasnt all that impressed, and looked forward to trying it again, thinking I might have been too critical in my Rogue review.It turns out, though there is a lot to like in the new Leaf, I still wasnt crazy about the ProPilot, which I found clumsy and lack-ing in finesse compared with similar systems on vehicles „ admittedly more expensive ones „ made by Mercedes, Tesla, Cadillac and others.Nissan has given its Leaf a clean new dashboard look and has used fabric and plastics to produce effective sound dead-ening. Around town and on the freeway, the Leaf is a nice, quiet car.The drivers cockpit is com-fortable and spacious, though the back seats will be a little cramped for full-size adults. Those back-seat folks are given cup holders but no plug-in ports for their devices.The storage area behind the front seats is adequate, and gets bigger when the rear seats are folded forward. But as on a lot of BEVs, theres a battery back there, which will make loading a bicycle or large box a little difficult.The entry-level Leaf starts at $30,875. The car comes in S, SV and SL trim lines.The model I drove was an SV, which differed from the entry-level S by having a navigation system and Apple CarPlay. It was also equipped with an All-Weather Package, a $900 upgrade that included heated front seats and steering wheel, and a $2,200 Technology Package that provided ProPi-lot and other safety features such as blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic assist and pedestrian detection. The Leaf also makes a very subtle backup noise, like a quiet ver-sion of the backup beep on a commercial delivery truck. Pedestrians who complain about the stealthy silence of BEVs will benefit from this gentle warning.Will all of that be enough to reverse the Leafs sales slide, or get more people revved for BEV driving?It should. Irrespective of how people feel about saving the environment with a zero-emission vehicle „ personally, Im for it „ or how much people argue about the elec-tricity that drives BEVs „ yes, some of it might come from a coal-fired plant „ the Leaf is a car bargain.And even more so now. On the SV, the MSRP is about $1,700 lower than on the 2017 „ $33,375 versus $35,085. Many state and federal juris-dictions offer rebates and tax incentives to BEV buyers. As a further inducement, EPA tests determined that the average Leaf driver will spend only $600 a year on fuel, and will save $3,750 in fuel costs over five years of driving „ and thats if gasoline prices remain stable.That, paired with the reasonably low MSRP on the Leaf, should help a few people become a little more willing to think about giving up their petrol habit and going electric. NISSANFrom Page C1slick conditions.The optional adaptive air suspension (as part of the $3,000 S sport package) will lower in dynamic mode to make dipping in and out of corners feel as sporty as it gets in a crossover. The sus-pension adjusts accordingly in the other four settings, such as the plush and quiet ride in comfort mode on the highway. There is no eco mode, and we appreciate the honesty; the SQ5 averages 21 mpg combined.The most direct feel for the road comes from the flat-bottomed sport steering wheel; it has a tight rotation that keeps the steering nimble and precise. The Macan GTS is more fun „ and pricier „ to drive, and the GLC43 is quicker, but in the SQ5, dropping off the kids at school to hit the on-ramp for the commute becomes a welcome ritual.Audi excels on the inside, even if the magma red interior on the diamond-stitched nappa leather seats sears the eyes. I loved the red on black with chrome accents, while passengers made references to gaudy couches of the 70s.The touch pad to control the display screen, which is mounted high on the dash as if it were a removable tablet, takes getting used to, and the ability to draw letters on the pad to find submenus and other stuff was a feature favorite of the tween set. I could do without both. But the virtual cockpit in the instrument cluster is the best system on the market and well worth the $4,200 package even without the concert-hall worthy Bang & Olufsen sound system.The tach and speedo can be minimized into the corners of the 12.3-inch display so the whole area can be a 3-D map for navigation. Zoom in or out with the roller dial on the steering wheel. Checking it is as safe and easy to use as checking the speed. Toggle through audio and all the other essential driver data points that are in the center screen, but without ever taking hands off the wheel. The touch pad and center screen become second-ary. Its brilliant, beautiful, clear, safe and easy to use. With SQ5, theres a lap timer to see how quickly you can transform from practical and responsible to ƒ not.Its on the smaller end of crossovers, so taller rear passengers might use language as colorful as the seats; the ‡ folding rear seats will not go down unless the front seats are moved up past the halfway setting.As odd as the perfor-mance crossover might have sounded just five years ago when the first SQ5 debuted, the market is teeming with compelling high-margin, best-compromise options. Technophiles who like sharp steering will enjoy adulting in the SQ5. AUDIFrom Page C1The 2018 Audi SQ5 excels on the inside, even if the magma red interior on the diamond-stitched, nappa leather seats sears the eyes. [ROBERT DUFFER / TNS]

PAGE 23 | Friday, March 23, 2018 C3 I tshardnottolikeactor ZachBraff,particularly whenhesplayingan idealisticdreamerasheis onABCsnewshowAlex, Inc.ŽBasedonthepodcast StartUp,Žtheseriesis aboutbeingbrave,taking risksandfollowingyour heart.Braffsteersatalentedcastawayfromwhat couldbeasappymanifesto inthisageofentrepreneurshipasself-reinvention andintoasolidandoften funnystoryabouttherealitiesofnotplayingitsafe. BraffisAlexSchuman, atalentedradiojournalistandfatheroftwo,who decidesduringawork meetingforhisshow CheerUp!Žthathewants somethingdifferentinhis professionallife.Tired ofthemindlessfeelgood storiesheisforcedto write,Howmanygorillasknowsignlanguage atthispoint?Itfeelslike all„allthegorillas,Žhe passionatelydeclares,I dontwanttocheerpeople up.Iwanttoengagetheir minds,opentheireyesto whatshappeninginthe world.ŽHestartsapodcast companywithhisproducerDeirdre(HillaryAnne Matthews)andhiscousin Eddie(MichaelImperioli), totheslightdismayofhis wifeRooni(TiyaSircar). Alexnarrateseachepisodefromhisperspective, allowingBrafftoset-up comedicscenesandto shareAlexsthoughtsand feelingsasrunningcommentary.Itsnotoverdone andmostlyworkstomake Alexlikeableinbothgoofy andsinceremoments. GoingalongonAlexs journeyofself-discovery meanslearningalotof personalandprofessional lessonsrangingfromthe expected(dontlieto yourwife)totheslightly lessexpected(adesirefor democraticdecision-makingatworkdoesntmean youdonttakechargeasthe boss).Themessagesarent subtleandfeeltooeagerat timesbutBraffhasenough charmtomaketheteachablemomentsendearing. Theshowpokesfunat startupcultureatAlexs workspaceandreferences aSharkTankŽstylepitch meetinggonewrongwhen hetriestolurepotentialinvestorChrisSacca, whoplayshimselfandhas appearedasashark,Žwith aclumsypresentation.Its notbelievablethataradio journalisttryingtostarta podcastcompanywould useaprojectortopersuade atechsavvyinvestorto givehimmoney,butBraff pullsoffthescenewithhelp fromAudyssieJames,who playshisdaughterSoraya. James,alongwithElisha Henig,whoplaysAlexs sonBen,aresolidadditions tothecastandrefreshingly,notcloying.Wantingtoimpressagirlinhis classwholikesabiracial boy,Ben,whosefeatures favorAlexratherthanhis Indian-Americanmom Rooni,tellsSoraya,My nameisBenSchuman.I soundlikeanorthodontist withanherbgarden.Ž Sircar,whoisastandoutasarecurringcharacteronTheGood Place,Žhasmoretalent thansheisgivenroomto showherewhileImperioliandMatthewsdeliver somesharpone-liners. PlayingoffBraff, theensembleisstrong buthesthedraw. MOVIES & TVMidnightSun g oesfortears overreality STAYTUNED Alex,Inc.showcasesthe talentedZachBra MelissaCrawleyAlex,Inc.ŽpremieresonABConMarch28at8:30p.m.EDT.[ABC] ByEdSymkusMoreContentNowThisteenlove,disease oftheweektearjerker unfoldsinthestyleofa NicholasSparksnovel: Highschoolgirlhasrare diseasethatkeepsher indoorsduringtheday; highschoolboymeets heratnight(whenshe cangoout),andfalls forher,andsheforhim; thoughsheintendsto tellhimaboutherproblem,shekeepsputting itoff;thingsgowrong. Yeah,itsuresounds Sparksian,butthe prolificauthorhasno connection.MidnightSunŽisbased onthe2006Japanese filmTaiyonouta.Ž TheopeningnarrationbyKatie(Bella Thorne)explainseverything:Shecantbein thesunbecauseshe wasbornwitharare conditioncalledxerodermapigmentosum orXP.Exposurewould resultingraveconsequences,sosheonly goesoutatnight.Mom hasdied,butshehasa closerelationshipwith dad(RobRiggle),whos b eenhomeschoolingher.Shesfondof music,andwritessongs thatshesingstodadat homeandtopassersby whenshehangsout atanearbytrainstationatnight.Shealso spendstimeeachday staringoutawindow, lookinglonginglyat thathighschoolboy, Charlie(PatrickSchwarzenegger)walkingby. Shesbeendeveloping acrushforyears,but nevermakesthatknown toanyone,noteven heronlyfriendMorgan(QuinnShepard), whosbeenvisitingat herhousesincethey wereveryyoung. Eventhoughthefilm isntverylong(91minutes),itstartstodrag, andthequestionin viewersmindsisnthow itsgoingtoend,but whenitsgoingtoend.Charlie(Patrick Schwarzenegger)triesto talkKatie(BellaThorne) intosingingforhim.[OPENROADFILMS] MOVIEREVIEW MOVIEREVIEWMidnightSunŽWrittenbyEricKirsten; directedbyScottSpeer WithBellaThorne,Patrick Schwarzenegger,Rob Riggle,QuinnShephard RatedPG-13 ByEdSymkusMoreContentNowAboutfiveyearsago,StevenSoderberghmadethe surprisingannouncement thathewasdonedirecting featurefilms.Hiscareer b eganwithSex,Lies,and VideotapeŽandincluded OutofSight,ŽErin Brockovich,ŽOceans ElevenŽ(andTwelveand Thirteen),MagicMike,Ž TheGirlfriendExperience,Žandmanymore.But hedhadenoughofthat, hesaid,anditwastimeto concentrateonproducing anddirectingfortelevision. Whoknowswhyhemade thosedecisionsorwhy lastyearhethrewthemto thewindanddirectedthe theatricalfeatureLogan Lucky,Žwhichwasonmy top20list.Now,withhis secondfilmsincequitting,ŽSoderberghhas proventhathescapable, withonlytwofilms,of b eingalloverthemap. LoganLuckyŽwasagoofy heistcomedy;UnsaneŽ isanedgy,low-keyhorrorthriller.Hesalready inpost-productionona b aseballmoviecalledHigh FlyingBird.ŽWelcome b ack,Mr.Soderbergh. UnsaneŽisoneofhis smallerfilms,withabudget sominiscule„reportedly justovera$1million„the wholethingwasshoton aniPhone.Ormaybethat wasanestheticchoice. Whateverhisreasonfor makingitthatway,itsthe onlypartofthefilmthat Ifoundbothersome.That approachworkedafew yearsbackonSeanBakers Tangerine,Žbutitssuccesswasduetoitskinetic energy.InUnsane,Žthe processmakeswatching thefilmaharsh,uncomfortableexperience, anditsoften-slowpace, coupledwithatendency tohavelongperiodsof silence,forcesviewersto concentrateonthelessthan-pleasingvisuals. Butdespiteallofthat, thefilmhasmanythings goingforit:Anintriguing storyinwhichwhatever isgoingtohappennextis impossibletoguess;some braveactingbypeople playingcharacterswho arerefreshingtoseeand unnervingtocomprehend; andacoolcameo,which youarenowawareofbut willnotberevealedhere. ClaireFoy,whoplayed QueenElizabethIIonthe firsttwoseasonsofThe Crown,ŽisSawyerValentini,ayoungwomanwho hasbeenrattledbyastalker andhasmovedfaraway fromhometostartlife anew.Butfeelinglostand lonely,sheseekshelpfrom atherapistwhodecides, afteronevisit,thatSawyerneedsalotmorehelp thanshecanprovideher. Trickingherintosigning somepapers,thetherapist getsSawyervoluntarily committedfor24hours.Ž Theresbeensomekind ofmistake;Ijustwanted someonetotalkto,Žshe says,atfirstsoftly,thenby wayofsomethingcloserto ascream.Andbeforeshe knowswhathither„but aftershehitssomeone elsebecause,well,she hasviolenttendencies„ shesplacedinamixed male-femaleward,given somemeds,andtoldto bequietandgotosleep. So,issheOK?Isshenot OK?Whataboutthefact thatshelefttowntoescape thatstalker,butisnow tellingvariousdoctorsand attendantsatthisfacility thatoneofthemalenurses (JoshuaLeonard)ISthat stalker?Willhermother (AmyIrving)beabletoget heroutofthispickle?Will thenastyNurseBoles(Polly McKie)beherundoing? Soderberghandhis writerspresentajittery atmosphere,thenthrow inthoughtsofdread,then makeitallhorrific.Its anabsorbing,mesmerizingfilmthatrelentlesslydrawsyouin. AndbasedontheaudienceIsawitwith,itsa crowdpleaser.Butitwill definitelyhelpifthecrowds areslightlyderanged. W ithUnsane,Soderbergh continueshiswelcomereturn UnsaneŽWrittenbyJonathanBernstein andJamesGreer;directedby StevenSoderbergh WithClaireFoy,JoshuaLeonard,JayPharoah,AmyIrving RatedR ThenastyNurseBolesgivessomemedstoanuncertainSawyer.[BLEEKERSTREET]




DEAR ABBY: My sisterin-law, a mother of four, just had a miscarriage at ve months. I have no idea what to say to her or my nieces and nephews. "Sorry" doesn't seem to sufce. Her 6-year-old was ecstatic about the new baby. The family is crushed. My husband (her brother) was in tears, and I didn't know what to say to him either. I have never been able to easily express my emotions. In emotional situations I just go blank and my mind shuts down. I am always at a loss for words, and I feel like it's disconnecting me from relationships. Any advice? -WITHOUT WORDS DEAR WITHOUT WORDS: When people stay silent, it can be mistaken for lack of caring, when sometimes it happens because the emotions are so overwhelming they can't be put into words. So why not just be honest? You don't have to be a poet, but you do have to say something. Because these are your in-laws, who presumably know you, I'm sure it would be appreciated if you simply said, "You know I have trouble expressing my emotions, but please know how sorry I am for your loss." DEAR ABBY: I've always dreamed about getting a horse, so I saved up all the money I earned as a kid and nally bought one a year ago. I named her "Springtime," and I love her. She's great. But now I am ready to venture out into the world, and I'm forced to make a decision. Do I give her to a loving home with people who have more time to spend with her, so I can go to college and move to a different state with my boyfriend, who has two years left in the Marine Corps? Or do I keep her and stay at the job I have now and keep doing what I do? Please give me some advice because, right now, I have no one else to help me with this decision, and it's a hard one. -KELSEA IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DEAR KELSEA: I know it's a hard decision to make, but right now your priority must be to nish your education. Start by asking around the "horse community" if someone would be interested in buying Springtime and can give her a good home. Also put the word out at the stable where you have been boarding her. Your veterinarian may also be able to offer you helpful suggestions. However, if they can't help you, contact a horse rescue group to nd a safe home for your horse. I wish you luck.DEAR ABBY: My cousin's son is 4 and a picky eater. We love to try new restaurants and cuisines. When we go out to eat, she sometimes brings along a PB&J for her child. Is this acceptable? I always feel a little awkward about it, but then I think the restaurant would rather have us come with something he can eat rather than go to a different restaurant. In her defense, she does have him try the restaurant's food before she produces the sandwich. -AWKWARD DINER DEAR AWKWARD DINER: I think it's perfectly acceptable. Look at it this way: Which is preferable -a child with his mouth full of a PB&J sandwich he's enjoying, or one who's loudly complaining that the food is awful and he doesn't want to eat it? 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 Words fail woman in response to sister-in-laws miscarriage PERK UP WITH HOME DELIVERY SUBSCRIBE TODAY! CALL 352-787-0600 OR VISIT DAILYCOMMERCIAL.COM HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018:This year you want to achieve a long-term goal. You communicate with exactitude, yet others often misunderstand you. Learn to conrm key ideas exchanged, meeting places and times. Avoid getting into difcult predicaments with bosses, in-laws and others. If you are single, now through September, you might meet someone special. This person will light up your life. If you are attached, the two of you relate well and enjoy each other. You have your differences, but you learn to respect them. GEMINI makes you laugh and think at the same time!ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) Listen to what others say, and communicate back with care. Misunderstandings could occur with greater frequency. Be sensitive to others needs. Avoid a tense situation in your professional life, and embrace your desire to enjoy the weekend. TAURUS (APRIL 20MAY 20) You might be overwhelmed by what is happening. A power play or a legal situation could have you on edge. Stay calm, and nd someone trained to help you with this issue. Once you speak to the right person, your stress will ease. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Trust yourself to do whatever is necessary to get past a difcult issue that involves shared nances. You could feel as if the other partys determination is likely to wear you down. Surprises occur around certain events. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) A friend might suggest that your moodiness attracts strong-willed people. Others seem to want to run the show. Ask yourself if this type of personality works for you. Avoid getting into a power play with a difcult person. Youll need to have patience to win. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Emphasis is on receiving what you want. You nd people to be quite amenable, yet at some point in the day, you could be on a collision course with a partner or co-worker. Take time to schedule important checkups and meetings. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Keep reaching out to someone you respect who could be an authority gure; a boss is a strong possibility. Messages easily might be misinterpreted. A statement meant one way comes off another way. If need be, calmly ask for clarication. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Your curiosity comes out when meeting someone from a different culture. Be careful, as you might not realize how irty you can be. This person might misread your gestures and words. A family member needs more of your time. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) Emphasize your priorities when having an important conversation. You put organization into a project. Know that others are grateful. Keep a conversation on an individual level. Smile, and let stress melt away. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) You will be surprised by how rampant conict seems to be around you. Try to be more open and compassionate. You might not agree, but if you can respect what you are hearing rather than be critical, youll make a big step. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19)You know more about a personal situation than you are sharing. Youll pitch in to make the issue easier. Do not push others too hard -it wont work for you or for them. Avoid being controlling or demanding, and the results will be better. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) You might hit a jolt at some point in the day. You could be involved in a tense situation. The other person is into having control. Ignore this persons power play. Go off and make plans that will delight you. You could hear some surprising news. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You might not be as condent as you would like to be. Expect a problem to arise with a family member. The issue might be new, but the contentious tone of this person is not. Seek out different ideas as to how to handle this matter. | Friday, March 23, 2018 C5 TODAY IS FRIDAY, MARCH 23, the 82nd day of 2018. There are 283 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" ON THIS DATE: In 1933 the German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which eectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers. In 1942 the rst Japanese-Americans evacuated by the U.S. Army during World War II arrived at the internment camp in Manzanar, California. In 1965 America's rst two-person space mission took place as Gemini 3 blasted o with astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom and John W. Young aboard for a nearly 5-hour ight. In 1973 before sentencing a group of Watergate break-in defendants, Chief U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica read aloud a letter he'd received from James W. McCord Jr. which said there was "political pressure" to "plead guilty and remain silent." In 1998 "Titanic" tied an Academy Awards record by winning 11 Oscars, including best picture, director (James Cameron) and song ("My Heart Will Go On").


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