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SPORTS | B1MONTVERDE ACADEMY OPENS PLAY IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT LOCAL & STATE | A3COUNTY GRANT HELPS FUND LEESBURGS BIKEFEST NEXT MONTH SPORTS | B1OPENING DAY FOR BASEBALL IS TODAY Opinion ...................... A9 Weather ..................... A10 Sports.......................... B1 Scene .......................... C1 Comics ....................... C4 Diversions ................... C5 Volume 142, Issue 88 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Thursday, March 29, 2018 75 ¢ By Tom McNifftom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ Lake County School Board member Bill Mathias has floated the idea of enacting a half-cent sales tax to pay for security upgrades at public schools.Mathias said he proposed the tax at a Florida League of Cities meeting in February and received a favorable response from the representatives of Lake Countys 14 city governments, although the chamber of commerce rep-resentatives in attendance were less enthusiastic.Mathias believes the idea has merit, though.The tax could be levied on all consumer goods and would raise an estimated $15 million a year. Mathias said that money would be used to hardenŽ schools by improving perimeter fencing, adding Mathias ponders temporary sales tax for school safetyBy Paul Jenkinspaul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comCLERMONT „ It all started out pretty innocuously.Ed Ganley was sitting on his c ouch in 2003, enjoying some beer and ice cream, when his wife came home and announced she had signed the family up to take part in a 5K. The plan was for the family to walk the 3.1 miles, mainly because Ganleys wife was pretty sure he couldnt run that far.For Ganley, it proved to be a life-changing moment.He was determined to run the 5K and set about training. He had a rain or shine policy, meaning no matter the weather, he would do MARATHON MANEd Ganley poses at Waterfront Park in Clermont. Ganley has competed marathons in all 50 states and has completed 101 marathons in all. [PAUL RYAN /CORRESPONDENT] A map in Ed Ganleys of“ ce shows medals for completing marathons in all 50 states. [SUBMITTED / ED GANLEY] This has de nitely brought the explorer back out in me. I look at them as weekend getaways once a month. Its a chance to travel and experience it with great friends.ŽEd Ganley See TAX, A8Clermont runner completes more than 100 marathonsSee MARATHON, A5By Matthew PenningtonAssociated PressWASHINGTON „ An enig-matic North Korean leader takes a secretive train trip to China to affirm fraternal ties and declare a commitment to denuclearization.It sounds like Kim Jong Un's visit this week, but his father and predecessor Kim Jong Il made similar declarations on a trip to Beijing, months before he died in 2011. Yet North Korea's nuclear weapons development only speeded up.President Donald Trump expressed optimism Wednes-day after the younger Kim's meeting with Chinese Presi-dent Xi Jinping, saying there's "a good chance" that Kim will "do what is right for his people and for humanity." But there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical that the U.S.-North Korean summit slated for May will produce the breakthrough that Washington wants.After a year of escalating tensions, Trump agreed to talks after South Korean officials relayed that Kim was committed to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons and was willing to halt nuclear and missile tests.That has tamped down fears of war that elevated as Trump and Kim traded threats and insults and North Korea dem-onstrated it was close to being able to strike the U.S. with a Trump hopeful ahead of talksBy Jennifer PeltzThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Americans still love Labrador retrievers, but the nation's flirtation with French bulldogs has reached new heights.Labs remain the coun-try's most popular purebred dog for a 27th year, while German shepherds and golden retrievers have hung onto the second and third spots in new American Kennel Club rankings being released Wednesday.But Frenchies hit a high-est-ever No. 4, and German shorthaired pointers cracked the top 10 for the first time. The rest of the top 10 The bulldog is fifth, after notching a record No. 4 ranking last year. Sixth through 10th are the beagle, the poodle, the Rottweiler, AKC: Labs still rule, but Frenchies soar in US popularitySee TRUMP, A8 See AKC, A4Some skeptical of diplomacy with North Korea


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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. Tuesday, March 27 Mega Millions: 7-25-43-56-5913 x3 Lucky Money: 7-18-32-33-5 Fantasy 5: 12-13-16-23-27 Wednesday, March 28 Pick 5 Afternoon: 6-1-3-4-0 Pick 4 Afternoon: 5-6-2-7 Pick 3 Afternoon: 0-1-4 Pick 2 Afternoon: 6-5LOTTERY By Hope Yen and Zeke MillerAssociated PressWASHINGTON „ President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin by tweet Wednesday in the wake of a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the agency, and nominated White House doctor Ronny Jackson to lead the agency.A Navy rear admiral, Jack-son is a surprise choice to lead to succeed Shulkin, a former Obama administration official and the first non-veteran ever to head the VA. Trump had been considering replacements for Shulkin for weeks, but had not been known to be consider-ing Jackson for the role.In a statement, Trump praised Jackson as highly trained and qualified.ŽJackson has served since 2013 as the Physician to the President, and gained a national profile earlier this year for hold-ing a sweeping press conference on the presidents health.Shulkin is the second Cabinet secretary to depart over controversies involving expensive travel, following former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Prices resignation last September. Trump said in a statement he is gratefulŽ for Shulkins service.Trump has selected Robert Wilkie, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, to serve as the acting head of the VA. It is governments second largest department, responsible for 9 million military veterans in more than 1,700 government-run health facilities. The selection of Wilkie bypasses VA Deputy Secretary Tom Bowman, who has come under criticism for being too moder-ate to push Trumps agenda of fixing veterans care.Shulkin had continued to insist he had the full confidence of the White House amid continuing investigations over his travel and leadership of the department. He had agreed to reimburse the government more than $4,000 after the VAs internal watchdog concluded last month that he had improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and that his then-chief of staff had doctored emails to justify his wife traveling to Europe with him at taxpayer expense. Shulkin also blamed internal drama at the agency on a half-dozen or so political appointees who were rebelling against him and Bowman, insisting he had White House backing to fire them.But the continuing VA infighting and a fresh raft of VA watchdog reports documenting leadership failures and spending waste „ as well as fresh allegations being reviewed by the IG that Shulkin used a member of his security detail to run personal errands „ proved too much of a distraction.It was the latest in a series of departures for top admin-istration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tiller-son, who was fired by Trump earlier this month.The sudden departure comes as Trump is currently seeking to expand the Veterans Choice program, a campaign promise that major veterans groups worry could be an unwanted step toward privatizing VA health care. His plan remains in limbo in Congress after lawmakers declined last week to include it in a spending bill.Having pushed through legislation in Trumps first year making it easier to fire bad VA employees and speed disability appeals, Shulkin leaves behind a department in disarray. Several projects remain unfinished, including a multibillion-dollar overhaul of electronic medical records aimed at speeding up wait times for veterans seeking medical care as well as expanded mental health treatment for veterans at higher risk of suicide.A major veterans organization expressed concern over the Shulkin dismissal and Trumps intention to nominate Jackson, whom they worried lacked experience to run the huge department.We are disappointed and already quite concerned about this nominee,Ž said Joe Chenelly, the national executive director of AMVETS. The administration needs to be ready to prove that hes qualified to run such a massive agency, a $200 billion bureaucracy.ŽDuring the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged to fix the VA, which was still reeling after a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, in which vet-erans waited months for care even as VA employees created secret waiting lists to cover up delays. Criticizing the depart-ment as the most corrupt,Ž Trump said he would bring accountability and expand access to private doctors, promising to triple the number of veterans seeing the doctor of their choice.ŽCurrently, more than 30 percent of VA appointments are made in the private sector.The son of an Army psychiatrist and grandson of a VA pharmacist, Shulkin is a former president of the Mor-ristown Medical Center in New Jersey. He was president and CEO of the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and chief medical officer at the University of Pennsylva-nia Health System.Trump res Veterans A airs Secretary ShulkinVeterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks at a news conference at the Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center on March 7 in Washington. [AP PHOTO/ANDREW HARNIK, FILE] By Catherine LuceyAssociated PressWASHINGTON „ Cranking up pressure on the president, porn actress Stormy Daniels wants Donald Trump to answer her attorneys questions under oath about a pre-election payment aimed at keeping her quiet about their alleged tryst.If shes successful, it would be the first deposition of a sitting president since Bill Clinton in 1998 had to answer questions about his conduct with women.Daniels attorney, Michael Avenatti, is seeking sworn testimony from Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, about a $130,000 payment made to Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election as part of a nondisclosure agreement she is seeking to invalidate. Avenatti filed the motion in U.S. District Court in Cali-fornia on Wednesday.Trump has kept a low profile all week, as has first lady Melania Trump, who is spending the week in Florida. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had denied the allegations and directed further questions to outside counsel. Cohens attorney, David Schwartz, told CBS that the filing was a reck-less use of the legal system.ŽDespite the pushback, the persistent focus on Daniels is a troubling distraction for a White House already struggling with an exodus of top staffers, a floundering agenda and the looming threat from the Russia investigation.Avenatti is just one on a growing list of lawyers looking to question Trump. Attorneys for a former ApprenticeŽ contestant have said they want to depose the president as part of a defamation suit. And the presidents legal team continues to negotiate with special counsel Robert Muel-ler over the scope and terms of an interview with the president.A hard-charging attorney maintaining a near-constant presence on television news, Avenatti wants to question Trump and Cohen for no more than two hours.Ž In the filing, he says the depositions are needed to establish if Trump knew about the payment, which Avenatti refers to as a hush agreement,Ž and if the future president consented to it.Were looking for sworn answers from the president and Mr. Cohen about what they knew, when they knew it and what they did about it,Ž Avenatti told The Associated Press.While he noted that in every case you always have to be open to settlement,Ž Avenatti said that at this point we dont see how this case would possibly be settled.ŽA former businessman, Trump is no stranger to high-stakes litigation, sitting for depositions in contract and defamation lawsuits over the years. Those interviews show his deep experience in giving statements to lawyers, but also reveal a witness who could be voluble, boastful and, at times, combative.Georgetown University law professor Naomi Mezey said a deposition presented risks because it is the way to get the presi-dent in a vulnerable position. And President Trump is a particularly vulnerable president,Ž Mezey said.Daniels, w hose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, detailed her alleged 2006 tryst with Trump in a widely watched interview with CBS 60 MinutesŽ broadcast Sunday. She said shed had sex with him once, shortly after Melania Trump gave birth to the presidents youngest son.Daniels also said that a man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 when she was with her infant daughter, and threatened her with physical harm if she went public with her story.The interview prompted a flurry of new legal action, with a lawyer for Cohen demanding that Daniels pub-licly apologize to his client for suggesting Cohen was involved in her intimidation. Daniels responded by filing a revised federal lawsuit accus-ing Cohen of defamation.Stormy Daniels seeking Trumps answers under oathThis image released by CBS News shows Stormy Daniels, left, during an interview with Anderson Cooper which aired on Sunday, March 25 on 60 Minutes.Ž [CBS NEWS/60 MINUTES VIA AP] BRIEFSWEST PALM BEACHPossible Trump visit could thwart helicopter egg dropA potential visit to Mar-a-Lago this weekend by President Donald Trump could thwart a churchs plans to drop 40,000 Easter eggs from a helicopter.NewSound Church has two helicopter egg drops lined up for Saturday and Sunday but an FAA notice posted online warns pilots that temporary flight restrictions will go into effect Thursday and remain through Sunday.Church organizers told the Palm Beach Post theyre hold-ing out until the last minute. If the helicopter is grounded, theyll hide tens of thousands of treat-filled eggs the old fashioned way.Generation Church had planned to drop about 50,000 eggs via helicopter over the field at Roger Dean Stadium last year, but were thwarted by the presi-dents visit. This year, theyre planning smaller eggs hunts.

PAGE 3 | Thursday, March 29, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comNEWS BRIEFS By John KennedyGateHouse Capital BureauTALLAHASSEE „ Environmental groups are pushing Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure that could allow treated wastewater to be pumped into Floridas fragile, underground aquifer to help the states powerful building industry.Scott hasnt vetoed any legislation yet this spring. But he has received more than 3,000 petition signa-tures from people opposing the reused water bill, which the governor has until April 10 to act on.Supporters defend the legislation as innovative and central to powering the states economy, by permitting developers whose projects consume vast amounts of water to continue work in an increas-ingly parched state. Environmentalists, though, say the legislation threatens to poison the aqui-fer for generations, and have dubbed it toilet-to-tap.ŽThere are too many people, and not enough water,Ž said David Cullen, lobbyist for the Sierra Club, who fought the measure in Tallahassee before it was overwhelmingly approved this month by the Legislature.The bill was sent Monday to Scott.The idea is that if you can put not thousands „ but millions of gallons of treated wastewater back into the aquifer, developers wont Scott urged to veto billGov. Rick Scott, seen here speaking March 11 to mark the end of the legislative session, has until April 10 to act on a bill that would allow treated wastewater to be pumped into the aquifer. Environmentalists, who dubbed the bill toilet-to-tap,Ž are urging a veto and hope Scotts expected U.S. Senate run will prompt him to be more environmentally friendly. [AP ARCHIVES/MARK WALLHEISER] Environmentalists dub reused water proposal toilet-to-tap Bikers roll through downtown at the 21st annual Leesburg Bikefest on April 28, 2017. The Lake County Commission committed $40,000 this week to help fund the 22nd annual Leesburg Bikefest next month. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] By Roxanne Brownroxanne.brown @dailycommercial.comLEESBURG … The Lake County Commission committed $40,000 this week to help fund the 22nd annual Leesburg Bikefest next month.Lake County spokeswoman Elisha Pappacoda said $40,000 is the maximum amount that can be awarded for an event.Its our top tourism event each year, which is why it is given the top amount,Ž Pap-pacoda said.Erika Greene, the countys interim director of Eco-nomic Prosperity, said that although Bikefest organiz-ers are required to fill out an application for the funding like all other applicants, its award has been a norm for many years.Pappacoda said theres no other event in Lake County that generates as much buzz or inter-county travel as Bikefest. She said partici-pants who come to Leesburg specifically for Bikefest usu-ally visit neighboring cities for lodging, food, entertain-ment and more.It draws so many tourists. Its an event that impacts all of Lake County,Ž Pappacoda said.Leesburg Bikefest is planned for April 26 through April 29.Whereas Lake County Code allows the tourist development tax to be used to promote and advertise tourism in the state of Florida and whereas, coordinator is conducting an event that will generate significant day trips from out-of-county visitors,Ž says the agreement.Chief Executive Officer Joe Shipes of the Leesburg Partnership, that sponsors the event, said the TDC grant money is much appreciated. That grant goes towards the marketing of Leesburg Bikefest nationally through trade magazines, social media, radio and newspaper ads,Ž Shipes said. We target motorcycle enthusiasts inthe entire state of Florida and the national seaboard.ŽKeeping the wheels turningCounty grant helps fund Leesburgs Bikefest next month By Jim SaundersNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Former Congresswoman Corrine Browns attempt to get out of federal prison hinges on an ex-juror who said the Holy SpiritŽ told him Brown was not guilty of charges related to a charity scam.Browns attorney filed a 64-page brief Monday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing the Jacksonville Demo-crats conviction should be tossed out because the juror was improperly dismissed from the case due to his religious statements.The record in this case supports only one conclusion: that this juror was basing his verdict on his view of the suf-ficiency of the evidence, after prayerful consideration and as he saw it, in his mind, guidance from the Holy Spirit,Ž Browns attorney, Wil-liam Mallory Kent, wrote in the brief. Whether he should or should not have depended on any guidance from the Holy Spirit does not resolve the matter in favor of his dismissal, because the well established law in this and other circuits is that so long as there is any reasonable possibil-ity that the juror is basing his view on the sufficiency of the evidence, he may not be dismissed. Dismissal requires sub-stantial evidence that the juror is engaged in willful Brown appeal focuses on jurorSee VETO, A4 See BIKE, A4See APPEAL, A4By Jim SaundersNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Attor-ney General Pam Bondis office this week urged the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that allowed a police officer to use the states stand your groundŽ self-defense law after being charged with manslaughter in an on-duty shooting.Bondis office, in a 22-page brief filed Monday, argued that Broward County sher-iffs deputy Peter Peraza was not legally entitled to claim immunity under stand your groundŽ in the 2013 shooting death of Jermaine McBean. Instead, the brief argued, officers can seek a morelimited type of immunity under another part of state law.The Supreme Court agreed in February to take up the case, after Bondis office appealed a ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal. That ruling upheld a circuit judges decision that Peraza was entitled to immunity from prosecution under stand your groundŽ and that his use of force was justifiable.The legal battle stems from an incident in which Peraza received a report of a man walking down a street openly carrying a gun. Peraza and another officer pursued the man and ordered him to stop and drop the weapon, the appeals-court ruling said. The man did not drop the weapon, leading Peraza to fatally shoot him. The weapon turned out to be an air rifle.Peraza was indicted on a charge of manslaughter with a firearm but successfully used a stand your groundŽ defense. Under the law, a circuit judge held a pre-trial evidentiary hearing before siding with the deputys arguments.Justices weigh police stand your ground defenseSee POLICE, A4BEST BETS FOR TODAY PLANTATION AT LEESBURG STRINGS: At 2 p.m. at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Guitar and banjo favorites. Call 352-728-9790 for information. CLOSING YOUR SEASONAL HOME: From 2 to 3:30p.m. at Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. Free. Register at fcslake.eventbrite. com or by calling 352-343-4101 ext. 2719.NEWS BRIEFSMOUNT DORACops: Man with drugs ” ees police, crashes into light pole It started with police investigating too many block parties, and ended with a host of charges for a man, including racing down a one-way street going the wrong way. Randall R. Copeland, 40, rolled up his car window when he saw police arrive at 698 Jackson Avenue Tuesday, according to arrest reports. Deputy Police Chief Robert Bell walked up to the car, tapped on the window and engaged him in conversation. It was then, he noted, that he could smell the pungentŽ odor of rawŽ marijuana. Copeland denied having marijuana in the car. Randall, I know you are thinking about running, but it wont do you any good because Im going to “ le on you anyway.Ž Copeland took off in the car, nearly hitting another of“ cer 10 feet away, then raced down Tremain Street the wrong way. It wasnt long before of“ cers received reports of a car hitting a light pole. When police arrived, a witness reported seeing him throw something out of the window. It turned out to be marijuana and cocaine. Copeland was charged with ” eeing and eluding at high speed, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, reckless driving, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana with intent to sell, destruction of evidence and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. He was jailed and held on $22,000 bond. DELANDLCSO: Man threatens to break man's neck 'with a hammer' Lake County sheriffs deputies arrested a man who allegedly threatened to break a mans neck and with a hammer.Ž Jason C. Gary, 38, had been arguing with his girlfriend when he accused a man of having an affair with her, according to the arrest report. Im going to break everything in this house and youre next,Ž he said, and then destroyed a coffee table with a hammer. He was jailed and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. GROVELANDPolice: Man poses as 19-yearold, encourages girl to send nudes Lake County sheriffs investigators have arrested a man on 25 counts of sexual performance of a child following allegations that he encouraged her to send nude photos to a fake online pro“ le. Charlie Perry told investigators that her husband, John Leon, 36, was using the name ChrisŽ on a Kik pro“ le to chat with the girl. He also sent her a lewd photo of a young man. He pretended to be 19, according to reports. The girl told Perry she sent 50 photos of herself. He was held on $5,000 bond for each count. Copeland Gary Leon


A4 Thursday, March 29, 2018 | Funeral Services TodaysServices Queen Elizabeth WoodsQueen Elizabeth Woods, 69 of Orlando died Thursday, March 22, 2018. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home. Fern Park Chapel. 407.645.4633.Lillie M. BlountLillie M. Blount, 85 of Melbourne died Saturday, March 24, 2018. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home. Fern Park Chapel. 407.645.4633. Dick Foran LearnDick Foran Learn, 75 of Grand Island died Friday, March 23, 2018. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home. Eustis Chapel 352.589.4666. Richard Bowers, 88 of Leesburg, FL died on March 24, 2018 in Leesburg. Visitation will be Saturday March 31, 2018 from 10:00 A,M, until service timeat Baker Street Church of God in Christ, 1114 Barker Street Leesburg, FL. Services will follow @ 11:00 A,M, Pastor Ernest Tolbert. All arrangements entrusted to Eastside Funeral Home Leesburg 352-326-5688.Richard Bowers Shipes explained that although Bikefest attracts many motorcycle riders, it also attracts people who dont ride but who are looking to have a great timeby attendingthe events concerts and other attractions.Shipes said some of the ads are also specifically designed for day-trippersŽ … riders and non-riders from throughout Florida who come down for a day and return home afterward because of the lack of room availability.In all, Shipes said the $40,000 does not cover the entire marketing or advertising bill, but it makes a significant difference.We are the next major bikecircuit on themarket after Daytona. Were expecting to reach a lot of people,Ž Shipes said.For information about Bikefest, go to BIKEFrom Page A3misconduct.ŽBut in a December court document, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan, who sentenced Brown to five years in prison, rejected argu-ments that he improperly dismissed the juror.In essence, the court (judge) dismissed a juror who it found was unable to follow the law,Ž Corri-gan wrote Dec. 20. The court applied the governing legal standard to the facts, finding beyond a reasonable doubt that there was no substantial possibility that the juror was able to base his deci-sion only on the evidence and the law as the court had instructed.ŽBrown, a former 12-term congress-woman, was convicted in May on 18 felony counts related to her role in using contributions to the One Door for Educa-tion charity for personal expenses and events.In sentencing Brown on Dec. 4, Corrigan issued a 25-page order that said the One Door for Education charity, which was originally established to help chil-dren, was operated as a criminal enterpriseŽ by Brown, her longtime chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, and the char-itys founder, Carla Wiley.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Jan-uary rejected Browns request to stay out of prison while she appeals the conviction. She is serving the sentence at the Cole-man federal correctional institution in Sumter County, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons website.The brief filed Monday said the issue about the dismissed jurors reli-gious statements started after the jury had started deliberating. Another juror informed the court that she had concerns about the man, identi-fied in the brief as juror number 13.ŽCorrigan questioned the juror before deciding to replace him with an alternate juror. The jury subsequently found Brown guilty of the charges.Brown, 71, long an influential figure in Jack-sonville, represented a congressional district that stretched from Jack-sonville to Orlando. She lost a re-election bid in 2016 after the districts boundaries had been substantially redrawn and as she faced the criminal charges. APPEALFrom Page A3The circuit court found that the officers account of the incident was consistent with the other credible witnesses testimony and the physi-cal evidence,Ž the appeals court ruling said, summarizing the decision. The (circuit) court then found, by the greater weight of the evidence, that the man (McBean) ignored repeated warn-ings to stop and drop the weapon, turned towards the officers, and pointed his weapon at the officers, causing the officer (Peraza) to be in fear for his life and the lives of others, prompting the officer to shoot at the man, resulting in the mans death.ŽThe controversial stand your groundŽ law says people are justified in using deadly force and do not have a duty to retreatŽ if they believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm. When the defense is successfully raised in pre-trial hearings, defendants are granted immunity from prosecution.But in the brief filed Monday, Bondis office argued that police incidents are subject to another part of state law that can provide what is known as qualifiedŽ immunity. Under such a scenario, the officer would not receive a pre-trial hearing that could lead to dismissal but would be able to raise self-defense arguments at trial, according to the appeals court ruling.Bondis office said police officers have never had a duty to retreat and that the stand your groundŽ law granted the average citizen the right to stand his or her ground.ŽIt makes no sense to apply this statute to offi-cers who have always had the right to stand their ground,Ž the brief said. Thus, permitting an officer, to elect an absolute immunity over qualified immunity bypasses the statute spe-cifically designed for this scenario and renders (the law dealing with qualified immunity) meaningless.ŽBut Perazas attor-neys, in a document filed at the Supreme Court in January, said the laws coexist.Ž They wrote that a police officer could raise a stand your groundŽ defense in a pre-trial hearing and, if unsuccessful, make arguments under the qualified-immunity law at trial.This case needs to be examined through the practical realities of policing,Ž Perazas attor-neys wrote. To follow the petition-ers (attorney generals) argument would allow an average citizen to assert immunity whereas a law enforcement officer who took an oath to uphold the law, to serve and protect, and whose duty entails running toward danger rather than from it, would not be able to avail him or herself of such a defense.Ž POLICEFrom Page A3have any problem getting permits for projects in areas where there really isnt enough water for them,Ž said Cul len, who said stricter water conser-vation efforts are needed across Florida.The Legislature going to bat for development interests isnt a new story in Florida, Cullen said.This kind of stuff is right out of the 1920s, maybe even earlier,Ž he added.Those who steered the bill (HB 1149) through the Legislature said the alarms from environmentalists are unjustified.There are a lot of halftruths out there about this bill,Ž said Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, a spon-sor of the measure. But this is about putting drink-ing water „ quality water back into the aquifer to accomplish many things.ŽTreated sewage water already is being used to irrigate lawns and crops and for a variety of indus-trial uses.But the legislation would be the first to order the states Department of Environmental Protection to work with regional water management districts on using reclaimed water to both bolster the aquifer and stop saltwater intrusion, another common problem stemming from rising sea levels. I think this bill is a good step forward,Ž said House Government Accountabil-ity Chair Matt Caldwell, R-North Fort Myers, whose committee shaped the legislation.Were using reclaimed water everywhere now. Ive even sampled beer made from it,Ž said Caldwell, who is a candidate for agriculture commissioner.Home brewers in the Tampa area, which has been dealing with water shortages for years, have made beer using gallons of recycled, purified water.But even if the treated waste is cleaned to what Payne said would be federal drinking water standards, environmentalists point out that does not eliminate other toxins found in human waste such as anti-biotics, anti-depressants and other drugs.Drinking water standards also still allow for relatively high levels of nutrients that can further damage Florida rivers and freshwater springs. The almost $89 billion budget signed into law by Scott includes $50 million for springs restoration.Floridas 700 known springs are particularly susceptible to pollutants, especially nutrients from farm and urban runoff and septic tanks. Such landmark sites as Silver Springs, Wakulla Springs and Fanning Springs all have experienced spikes in recent years in the level of nutrients and algae in their waters.The science is clear … this reused water is con-taminated,Ž said Linda Young, director of the Clean Water Network of Florida.DEP will be charged with enforcing the rules for what is released back into the aquifer, Young said, but many of the biological agents found in reclaimed water arent regulated by the state.While environmentalists said they doubt that Scott will veto the legislation, his expected candidacy for U.S. Senate gives their case some strength. Some think Scott may want to look more green as he embarks on a nationally watched campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.The conservation com-munity generally doesnt support Scott, who successfully pushed the Legislature to reduce water management district revenue and over-sight, erased landmark growth management laws, and eliminated the state agency overseeing development during his more than seven years in office.But just this week, Scott went to Apopkas Wekiwa Springs State Park to highlight the state bud-gets spending on springs, Everglades restoration, beach renourishment and other programs. He also stopped Wednesday in the Keys to tout con-servation programs. VETOFrom Page A3 the Yorkshire terrier and the German shorthaired pointer.Initially bred for hunt-ing, the handsome, athletic GSPŽ is increasingly vis-ible as a bomb-sniffing dog and in agility and other canine sports. A GSP also won the prestigious West-minster Kennel Club dog show in 2016.Theyre a dog that will do anything you want, except lay around,Ž says Jeffrey Drogin, a longtime owner in New York.The versatile, sociable Lab has had the longestever reign as top dog. It broke the record in 2013.But you cant beat the beagle for consistency. Its the only breed to make the top 10 for every decade since the AKCs 1884 founding. The Frenchie surgeThe French bulldog has bolted from 76th to fourth in just 20 years. It previously peaked at sixth in the 1910s and again in 2015-2016.Frenchie aficionados appreciate the interest but worry that its drawing unscrupulous breeders and under-informed owners.It scares me that because its popular, everybody wants it. But not every family is right for a French bull-dog,Ž says Kerry Boyd, a Natick, Massachusettsbased dog handler who breeds Frenchies.The downsized bull-dogs with the pointed ears and funny expressions have become favorites of city dwellers who value compact, relatively quiet dogs. Theyve enjoyed exposure from movies, ads and celebrity owners. The late Carrie Fishers Frenchie even inspired an alien creature in last years Star Wars: The Last Jedi.ŽThen the breed made headlines this month when a Frenchie puppy died after a flight atten-dant forced it into an overhead bin.The death stirred discussion of breathing problems in French bulldogs and other short-snout breeds (though no pets belong in overhead compartments). Flatfaced dogs can be prone to overheating and sometimes need nasal or palate surgery. Frenchies and bulldogs also can be susceptible to certain spinal and eye problems. They are often born by cesarean section because of their big heads.Given all that, New Yorks then-newsweekly The Village Voice devoted a 2015 cover to French bulldogs and urged: Dont Buy This Dog.ŽNewton, Massachu-setts-based veterinarian Dr. John de Jong sees Frenchies problems firsthand, but he notes that other breeds are prone to conditions of their own.I would say to any-body purchasing a breed of any kind: Do their homework,Ž says de Jong, president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association. AKCFrom Page A1In this Feb. 16, 2015 photo, a French bulldog competes at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York. The French bulldog has bolted from 76th to fourth in just 20 years. [AP PHOTO/SETH WENIG, FILE]

PAGE 5 | Thursday, March 29, 2018 A5 his training with no excuses. Along the way, he discovered a passion for running he never knew he had in him. Some might call it an obsession.Over the years he built up from that first 5K and eventu-ally got into marathons. Really got into them.Earlier this year Ganley, 55, completed the Celebra-tion Marathon, which was his 100th marathon. Hes already up to 101 „ or 2,646.2 miles worth of marathons „ and still going strong.Im not going to stop running until I cant do it any-more,Ž Ganley said. Ive got a friend who is a wheelchair athlete and his goal is to do 200 marathons. Its amaz-ing to see what people can do when they refuse to give up.ŽTo Ganley, every marathon is about the journey, quite lit-erally. As much as he enjoys the actual races, they are often not the highlight. Hes completed marathons in all 50 states and has something good to say about the places he visited for just about every one of them.This has really given me my adventure back,Ž Ganley said. When I was a kid I would go on road trips with my tent and it was an adven-ture just to go someplace new. This has definitely brought the explorer back out in me. I look at them as weekend getaways once a month. Its a chance to travel and expe-rience it with great friends.ŽWhen he got started, Ganley had plenty of help and encour-agement. As a salesman back then (hes now semi-retired) his customers would tell him how good he looked as he dropped 55 pounds.At races he would always strike up conversations with people running at his pace and they would hear his story and tell him how well he was doing.Now, Ganley makes sure he pays that encouragement for-ward whenever hes running with someone.He talks a lot and he makes friends easily and hes so supportive,Ž said Sandee McKinnon, a friend who has taken part in many marathons with Ganley. Hes just a great guy and tons of fun to run with. He has a huge heart and he really lifts everybody up.ŽGanley has stories from every place he has visited, from the races hes run to the exploring he does afterward. Hes collected a huge group of friends along the way and hes gotten good at what he does.When he was first starting out, he was looking for a good picture of himself crossing the finish line. The first time he did that he got hold of the picture, only to find a woman of considerable size finishing right in front of him. The next time there was an 80-yearold man crossing the line ahead of him.Seeing them just made him even more determined.Those photos just made me laugh,Ž Ganley said. But I went from being in the bottom 10 percent of my age group to being in the top 10 percent in my age group.ŽOne of his most frustrating experiences was running a marathon in Alaska. When he crossed the finish line he knew there was something wrong because he knew how far he had run and it wasnt 26.2 miles.It turned out a volunteer had been in the wrong place and gave the runners the wrong directions. It meant he had to go back and do another marathon to knock Alaska off his list. When he finally went back, Alaska became his 50th state.It wasnt the only time he ran one that didnt count. Another marathon he ran turned out to be a tenth of a mile short, meaning he had to do another one for that as well.At the beginning Ganley was running one or two mara-thons a year. But eight years into his marathon journey, he joined the Marathon Maniacs. The club has different levels of membership, with the top level being titanium. To qualify for that, you have to complete 30 marathons in 30 different states in 365 days.Needless to say, Ganley is a titanium member.The trips have become more than runs,Ž Ganley said. Ive been able to build up a huge network of run-ning friends so now I can run a marathon anywhere and Im going to know somebody.ŽOne regret for Ganley is that he hasnt been able to get his two children „ 15-year-old Shannon and 17-year-old Stephen „ to follow in his running footsteps. He offered both $1,000 to run a mara-thon, but neither of them has taken him up on the offer. When his daughter asked if she could get $500 for run-ning a half-marathon, Ganley readily agreed.That almost came to pass when he took Shannon and one of her friends to Hawaii for a marathon. Walking along the street, strangers kept coming up to Ganley because of the 50 states marathon shirt he was wearing.The girls were so impressed by Ganleys celebrity that they decided they wanted to do a half-marathon right then.The kids were blown away by the attention I got from the shirt,Ž Ganley said. But Honolulu has 33,000 runners and I knew that wouldnt be a good one for their first one. I said OK, but fortunately they didnt have a half-marathon, only the full one.ŽSo whats next for someone who has completed marathons in every state, has topped the century mark and is still hungry for more challenges?Ive got my eye on running marathons on all the continents,Ž Ganley said. Ive already started looking at one in Australia.ŽAnd yes, they do have a marathon in Antarctica. 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A8 Thursday, March 29, 2018 | DailyCommercial.commore security cameras and installing bullet-proof glass in all schools. All schools already have electronically locked and monitored doors, but bulletproof glass would prevent an intruder from blasting his way in or at least slow his progress significantly.The tax would have to be approved by voters.Mathias pointed to Leesburg High School, which is decades old and is a porous campus with few modern security features.Its literally impossible to protect,Ž Mathias said. It needs a total reconstruct.ŽMathias said it isnt clear how much money it would take to make safety upgrades to the schools but it would be substantial. He noted that when the district looked at installing bulletproof glass in all schools five years ago, it would have cost an estimated $15 million.School district admin-istrators are currently conducting an audit of all school facilities to determine what is needed.Mathias said Florida and Lake County residents should not expect the Florida Legislature to fund those upgrades and noted that the state budget passed this month contains just a small fraction of the funding it would take to put resource officers in schools and make safety upgrades statewide.Tallahassee doesnt even properly fund education,Ž he said. Why would I think they are going to properly fund the safety of our schools?ŽHe believes a sales tax is the most equitable and least painful way to accomplish this because, unlike a property tax, sales taxes are paid by everyone. And after the school upgrades are finished, the tax can go away.About 40 percent of the tax would be paid by people coming through Lake County who dont live here, and thats a source of funding I know we can rely on,Ž he said. TAXFrom Page A1School Board member Bill Mathias has ” oated the idea of enacting a half-cent sales tax to pay for security upgrades at public schools. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] nuclear-tipped missile.Kims meeting with Xi offered some reassurance to Washington that denuclearizationŽ will be up for negotiation if the first summit between American and North Korean leaders in seven decades of animosity takes place.But while Trump has elevated expectations of what that sit-down would achieve, North Korea has yet to spell out what it wants in return for abandoning a weapons program that Kim likely views as a guarantee for the survival of his totali-tarian regime.The readout of Kims remarks to Xi as reported by Chinas state news agency Xinhua strongly indicates Pyongyang is looking for significant American concessions.The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved,Ž Kim was quoted as saying, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking pro-gressive and synchronous measures for the realiza-tion of peace.ŽTo many North Korea watchers, that sounds like old wine in a new bottle.In May 2011, the elder Kim, who was making what would be his final trip to China, told thenpresident Hu Jintao that the North was adhering to the goal of denuclearization.Ž TRUMPFrom Page A1

PAGE 9 | Thursday, March 29, 2018 A9HAVE YOUR SAYWe welcome signed letters and guest columns. Letters should not exceed 300 words and columns should not exceed 500 words. Columns need to include a recent headshot of the writer. We edit for length, clarity, and grammar. Mail: Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007 Email: Fax: 352-365-1951 President Donald Trump went to Washington last year promising to drain the swamp.Ž It was a popular idea among folks fed up with Washingtons entrenched ways. Yet, after 14 months in office, its pretty clear the swampŽ doesnt want to be drained. The president proved this Friday when he signed the massive $1.3 trillion spending bill to pay the governments bills just through the end of September. The first problem with that is this exercise was another instance in the wearying game of governing by crisis.Ž The bill was passed in the 11th hour just before the federal government faced yet another shutdown, generating bogus pressure on recalcitrant lawmakers and Trump to take it or leave it. Facing that situation, some lawmakers complained no one had any time to read the 2,232-page monstrosity. Pffft. Why worry? We heard the same gripe from Republicans when President Barack Obama was in office and Congress, along a party-line vote, passed a 2,000-page bill that overhauled the nations entire healthcare system; and again last December, when Congress, again voting along party lines, adopted the 1,100-page measure that provided the most significant changes to the federal tax code in 30 years. Albeit ridiculous, this is how Congress operates. Aside from the concern that lawmakers take no time to digest the laws they pass, it is outright shameful that Congress cannot do its main job „ write and pass the federal budget „ on time (by Sept. 30 each year), with open and vigorous debate and sufficient transparency so the American people understand where their money is going. This bill funds the government for the year that began last Oct. 1, and the people who are supposed to craft it have little to no idea whats in it. Lawmakers now have six months to fashion a bill to fund the government for 2019. How do you think that will go? The other overarching problem with this measure is that it piles on the debt. Earlier this month, the Trump administration added its first trillion dollars to the national debt, raising that obligation to $21 trillion. The national debt did not top $1 trillion until 1982. It was onlyŽ $5.8 trillion when George W. Bush took office in 2001. So, weve added $15 trillion in 17 years. This spending plan is expected to make trillion-dollar annual budget deficits the norm for the foreseeable future. The Republican majority bears the majority of blame for the current catastrophe, but Democrats have no standing to moan about growing the debt. They have been just as … perhaps more … reckless with their spending. Yet Republicans are supposed to be the party of fiscal conservatism and sanity yet have shown little inclination toward that end since regaining the majority. President Trump, who also pledged to reduce the debt, had threatened to veto the bill and force Congress to work on it again. Instead, he signed it, observing, There are a lot of things that Im unhappy about in this bill. But thats the way, unfortunately, right now the system works.Ž UnfortunatelyŽ doesnt even begin to capture our mood.OUR OPINIONCongress fails us yet again ANOTHER OPINION LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comPresident Trump wants us to believe that the ridiculous 2,232-page spending bill passed by Congress, but unread by most members, is a matter of "national security," because it has money to rebuild the military. He said he had to sign the bill for that reason, but promised never to sign one like it again. We'll see.Democrats are rejoicing because they got everything they wanted, including a pittance for the border "wall," which speci-fies nothing like the prototypes the president recently inspected in San Diego. Question: If a $21 trillion debt (and counting) and $1.3 trillion budget that requires even more borrowing isn't enough, what is? Voters expected at least some drainage of "the swamp" by now. Instead it appears more water is being added and the swamp is getting deeper.In its analysis of the bill, The Washington Free Beacon noted that total salaries for officers and employees of the Senate increased by $12.6 million. Also included is money to prevent "elderly falls," promote breast-feeding and fight "alcohol use." Not to be left out of the spend-ing frenzy, the House increased its budget to $1.2 billion, which is, reports the Beacon, $10.9 million above 2017 levels.No one justifies any of this misspending on constitutional grounds because there is no justification for it. People are getting pay raises for adding to the debt. That's not promot-ing national security. Crushing debt „ whether in government or in one's personal life „ creates insecurity. History shows that enormous debt has been a contributing factor to the col-lapse of nations and empires.Why is there more money in the bill for the Department of Education when Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to cut her spending budget by 5 percent and focus on a $1 billion school choice program instead? How does this department "educate" students and why does it even exist?In its analysis of the bill, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C., got it right: "In addition to the defense increase, the omnibus provides an additional $63 billion in fund-ing above the Budget Control Act caps for domestic spending. This increase is unwarranted. There are numerous wasteful, inefficient and misguided non-defense programs that could be cut or eliminated entirely. Fur-thermore, agencies will likely rush to spend all this additional money over the next six months, leading to even more waste. Instead of going through the regular order budget process, Congress continues to fund the government by self-created crisis, failing to perform its oversight function and allowing wasteful and inappropriate spending to continue year after year."This is not what voters expected from the 2016 elec-tion. There is always an excuse for additional spending. And it is almost always based on lies and the failure of too many members to put American citizens first and their own careers second. President Trump asked the Senate to eliminate the filibus-ter, which would presumably remove the Republican justifica-tion for going along with threats by Democrats to "shutdown" the government. That is as likely to happen as ending wasteful and unnecessary spending.In the musical "Oklahoma," the character Ado Annie sings "I'm just a girl who can't say 'no.'" That should be the theme of Congress. So addicted have people become to government with nearly half the nation receiving a check of some sort and the other half paying for it, it has become a fiscal version of the Opioid crisis.The stock market reacted to this and other bad monetary news by shedding 1,400 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average last week. President Trump has been bragging about recent record highs in the market. It appears his bragging days are over for now. There is little in this bill to brag about other than shoring-up the military. All of the other misspending would be shameful, if Washington politicians knew how to feel shame. Readers may email Cal Thomas at OPINIONBudget contributes to national insecurityBudget, national debt and government shutdownAmericas credit card is soon to be cancelled for insufficient funds. Our actu-ary (CBO) has warned us that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will run out in the next 20 to 30 years, when our grandchildren our grown.We can either increase the input (taxes) or decrease the output (monthly payments). Congress has to quit putting off changes and risk not being reelected or lead us into bankruptcy.Procrastination is the mother of mediocrity, which in this case, is our bankruptcy.Howard Vesser, Lady Lake Assault weapons ban should go to votersThe Constitutional Revision Commission is blocking efforts to introduce proposals to ban assault weapons. New proposals are ready to be sub-mitted for an assault weapons ban, but the Commission is blocking them because of cal-endar deadlines. They are more concerned about arbitrary rules than with actually accomplish-ing action on an urgent issue. The Florida House and Senate acted in less than three weeks to put together the School Safety Bill after it seemed it was too late in the 2018 legislative session. They got it done anyway.Now its the CRCs turn to be heroes, not zeroes. There is ample time to re-open debate and get public comment for a proposal to ban assault weap-ons and put the initiative on the ballot. Tell them to waive the deadline and accept new proposals. Pam Bondis pres-ence seems like a conflict of interest. She appears to be acting more like the Attorney General than a member of a 37 person committee.Contact the commission to give them your opinion at or 850-717-9550.Dennis VenRooy, Leesburg Flooding on new SR 46 worse than you might thinkPermit me to share some information in the hope that it will clear up a misstatement in the March 17 story, County to FDOT: Raise section of Wekiva Parkway.Ž The story is well written and informative, and the reporter is not responsible for the mistake. The sentence, As it sits, the road is at the 50-year flood elevations, which the FDOT argues is sufficient,Ž is not accurate. This is what FDOT wants you to believe, but it is simply not true.FDOT designed the road to be about four feet below FEMAs 50-year flood, about five feet below FEMAs 100-year flood. How did they do that? FDOT disregarded FEMAs flood study entirely and derived their own 100-year flood elevation at 76.8 feet above sea level. FEMAs 100-year flood is 81.9 feet NAVD88. FEMAS 50-year flood level is 80.7 NAVD88. An examination of the cur-rent highway plans, with the information Ive provided here, will reveal that the deepest submergence of State Road 46 occurs at the point where the new U.S. 441 fly-over ramp discharges two lanes of traffic (45 mph posted speed) onto eastbound State Road 46 into as much as four feet of flood water for the FEMA 100-year flood, as much as three feet of water for the FEMA 50-year flood. And FDOT calls this sufficient?A graphic drawing that shows a cross section of the new six-lane SR 46 with FEMAs flood levels plotted in comparison to FDOTs pre-ferred flood level is available at The drawing is typical of the mile stretch of SR 46 that will be under water during a flood.By the way, this same sec-tion will be flooded during the 25-year flood and to a minor extent during a 10-year flood.George Marek, Mount Dora Cal Thomas


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PAGE 11 | Thursday, March 29, 2018 B1 SPORTS NASCAR | B4CLINT BOWYER FEELS RELIEF AFTER WIN AT MARTINSVILLE Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comThe big dance for the Montverde Academy boys basketball team begins today in New York City.And the Eagles are favored by many to walk away with the ultimate prize for the fourth time in six years.Montverde Academy will close out todays quarterfinal round of the Geico High School Nationals at 6 p.m. against Highland (Utah) Lone Peak at Middle Village Christ the King High School. The three-day, eight-team event is considered by many to be the premier prep tournament in the country, with six of the top 10 teams in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings in the field.Todays slate of four games, beginning at noon, will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Both of Fridays semifinal games will be broad-cast on ESPN2 and Saturdays championship game at noon will be carried live on ESPN.Montverde Academy, which arrived in New York City on Tuesday, enters the tournament as the top-ranked team in the Xcellent 25 with a 31-0 record. The Eagles last loss was in the title game of last years tournament, then named the Dicks Sporting Goods High School Nationals, when LaPorte (Indiana) La Lumiere pulled off a 70-52 upset.The Eagles are led by senior R.J. Barrett, a Duke commit. Barrett is pulling double duty this week. He played Wednes-day night in the prestigious McDonalds All-American game at the Philips Arena in Atlanta and then took a late-night flight to New York City to get himself ready for todays game.Barrett isnt the first Mont-verde Academy player to pull off the feat.HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOKMontverde playing for big prizeEagles in Geico High School Nationals tournamentMontverde Academys R.J. Barrett (5) leads the Eagles into the Geico High School Nationals in New York. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] See NOTEBOOK, B3By Mark LongThe Associated PressORLANDO „ Tom Cough-lin had one complaint about his first season back with the Jacksonville Jaguars: Watch-ing games from the press box.The window in front of me got messed up a few times,Ž Coughlin said this week at the NFL Meetings.The 71-year-old former coach turned fiery executive might need to find a new seat, especially given the ultrahigh expectations that will follow Jacksonville into the season.After making the AFC championship game in January „ and leading New England by 10 points in the fourth quarter before losing 24-20 „ the Jaguars will be a popular pick to win their divi-sion and make another run to the Super Bowl.Non-negotiable expecta-tions from within,Ž Coughlin said. Thats how we look at it. Our expectations are very high and anybody that comes on board has to understand theres a way to accomplish what were trying to accom-plish. Its through team, its through individual improve-ment and its through a relentless drive through team success.ŽJaguars Coughlin embracing high expectations See COUGHLIN, B3Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations, watches from the sideline during warmups before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville. [AP PHOTO / PHELAN M. EBENHACK, FILE] By Dan GelstonThe Associated PressVILLANOVA, Pa. „ The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college bas-ketballs royalty.They are the bluebloods of basketball „ where deep NCAA Tournament runs are the norm, NBA prospects play, hardwood rules the sports landscape and an air of superiority reigns in programs rich in tradition and with alumni rich enough to help fund state-of-the-art prac-tice facilities or arenas.Grandpa might tell you UCLA or Indiana should still be in the mix. Maybe the kids like Michigan State or Arizona.But a fifth team has firmly crashed the field: Villanova. Its fans turn up their noses at the Philly schools while the team turns up the heat in the Big East and is positioned for a second national championship in three years.The road to the best program in hoops may start where the original rules of the game are housed at Kansas, hit Tobacco Road, head to the home of the oneand-done prospect in Lexington but it ends on the Main Line, a wealthy stretch of Philadelphia suburbs home to Villanova.Dont believe it? Take Villanova joins nations elite with runSee VILLANOVA, B3 By Ben WalkerThe Associated PressJust the thought of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the same lineup sent fans into a frenzy. Come opening day, all of baseball will see which teams really have the muscle.A season of haves and have-nots begins Thursday with Derek Jeter's pared-down Marlins playing the pumped-up Cubs. Later that day, the New York Yankees unleash their most potent pair of slug-gers since Mantle & Maris.MVP Jose Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros added ace Gerrit Cole to a rotation with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Jose Altuve hold the championship trophy after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees on Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. The Astros open defense of their World Series title on Thursday. [AP PHOTO / DAVID J. PHILLIP, FILE] PLAY BALL!Beastly teams, Ohtani and make way for MVsSee MLB, B3


B2 Thursday, March 29, 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 PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT. GB x-Toronto 55 20 .733 „ x-Boston 51 23 .689 3 x-Philadelphia 43 30 .589 11 New York 27 48 .360 28 Brooklyn 23 51 .311 31 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB Washington 41 33 .554 „ Miami 40 35 .533 1 Charlotte 34 41 .453 7 Orlando 22 51 .301 18 Atlanta 21 53 .284 20 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Cleveland 44 30 .595 „ x-Indiana 44 31 .587 Milwaukee 39 35 .527 5 Detroit 34 40 .459 10 Chicago 24 50 .324 20WESTERN CONFERENCESOUTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB y-Houston 61 14 .813 „ San Antonio 43 32 .573 18 New Orleans 43 32 .573 18 Dallas 23 51 .311 37 Memphis 20 54 .270 40 NORTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB Portland 46 28 .622 „ Oklahoma City 44 31 .587 2 Utah 42 32 .568 4 Minnesota 42 33 .560 4 Denver 40 35 .533 6 PACIFIC DIVISION W L PCT GB y-Golden State 54 20 .730 „ L.A. Clippers 40 34 .541 14 L.A. Lakers 32 41 .438 21 Sacramento 24 51 .320 30 Phoenix 19 56 .253 35x-clinched playoff berth; y-won divisionTuesdays GamesWashington 116, San Antonio 106 Toronto 114, Denver 110 Houston 118, Chicago 86 Miami 98, Cleveland 79 Portland 107, New Orleans 103 Dallas 103, Sacramento 97 Indiana 92, Golden State 81 L.A. Clippers 105, Milwaukee 98Wednesdays GamesBrooklyn at Orlando, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Portland at Memphis, 8 p.m. Boston at Utah, 9:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.Todays GamesWashington at Detroit, 7 p.m. Chicago at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Indiana at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Milwaukee at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Tampa Bay 76 51 21 4 106 273 217 x-Boston 75 47 17 11 105 249 194 Toronto 76 45 24 7 97 257 216 Florida 74 39 28 7 85 226 224 Montreal 77 28 37 12 68 196 245 Detroit 77 28 38 11 67 199 239 Ottawa 76 26 39 11 63 207 270 Buffalo 76 24 40 12 60 177 250Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Washington 76 45 24 7 97 240 223 Pittsburgh 77 43 28 6 92 253 238 Columbus 77 43 29 5 91 222 211 Philadelphia 77 38 25 14 90 232 231 New Jersey 76 40 28 8 88 229 228 Carolina 77 34 32 11 79 215 244 N.Y. Rangers 76 33 35 8 74 221 245 N.Y. Islanders 77 32 35 10 74 246 279WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Nashville 76 49 16 11 109 245 193 x-Winnipeg 76 47 19 10 104 255 200 Minnesota 76 42 24 10 94 233 215 St. Louis 76 43 28 5 91 212 198 Colorado 76 41 27 8 90 240 222 Dallas 77 39 30 8 86 218 210 Chicago 77 31 36 10 72 217 238Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Vegas 76 48 21 7 103 254 205 San Jose 77 44 23 10 98 238 209 Los Angeles 77 42 28 7 91 224 190 Anaheim 77 39 25 13 91 218 208 Calgary 77 35 32 10 80 205 234 Edmonton 77 34 37 6 74 224 250 Vancouver 77 28 40 9 65 201 248 Arizona 76 26 39 11 63 190 242 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 playoffsMondays GamesFlorida 3, N.Y. Islanders 0 Carolina 4, Ottawa 1 Buffalo 3, Toronto 2 Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 2 Montreal 4, Detroit 2 Arizona 4, Tampa Bay 1 San Jose 4, Chicago 3, SO Vegas 4, Colorado 1 Los Angeles 3, Calgary 0Tuesdays GamesNew Jersey 4, Carolina 3 N.Y. Islanders 4, Ottawa 3 Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 2 Winnipeg 5, Boston 4, SO St. Louis 3, San Jose 2, OT Nashville 2, Minnesota 1, SO Dallas 3, Philadelphia 2, OT Columbus 7, Edmonton 3 Vancouver 4, Anaheim 1Wednesdays GamesFlorida at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Colorado, 10 p.m. Arizona at Vegas, 10 p.m.Todays GamesDetroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Boston, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Florida at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Winnipeg at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Columbus at Calgary, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. SOCCER MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAll times Eastern EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Columbus 3 0 1 10 8 3 New York City FC 3 0 1 10 8 3 New York Red Bulls 2 1 0 6 7 1 Atlanta United FC 2 1 0 6 7 6 Philadelphia 1 0 1 4 2 0 New England 1 1 1 4 4 5 Montreal 1 2 0 3 4 5 D.C. United 0 2 2 2 5 9 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 Sporting Kansas City 2 1 1 7 9 9 Vancouver 2 1 1 7 5 6 Los Angeles FC 2 0 0 6 6 1 Minnesota United 2 2 0 6 6 8 FC Dallas 1 0 2 5 5 2 Houston 1 1 1 4 7 4 LA Galaxy 1 1 1 4 3 3 Real Salt Lake 1 1 1 4 3 6 San Jose 1 1 0 3 5 5 Colorado 0 1 1 1 3 4 Portland 0 2 1 1 2 7 Seattle 0 2 0 0 0 4 3 points for victory, 1 point for tieMarch 24New York City FC 2, New England 2, tie Portland 1, FC Dallas 1, tie Columbus 3, D.C. United 1 New York 3, Minnesota United 0 Sporting Kansas City 2, Colorado 2, tie LA Galaxy 0, Vancouver 0, tieFridays GameReal Salt Lake at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.Saturdays GamesNew 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.NATIONAL WOMENS SOCCER LEAGUEAll times Eastern W L T PTS GF GA North Carolina 1 0 0 3 1 0 Seattle 1 0 0 3 2 1 Chicago 0 0 1 1 1 1 Houston 0 0 1 1 1 1 Orlando 0 0 1 1 1 1 Utah 0 0 1 1 1 1 Sky Blue FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 Portland 0 1 0 0 0 1 Washington 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 points for victory, 1 point for tie.March 24North Carolina 1, Portland 0 Utah 1, Orlando 1, tie Seattle 2, Washington 1March 25Chicago 1, Houston 1, tieFridays GameUtah at Houston, 8 p.m.Saturdays GamesSky Blue FC at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Orlando at Washington, 3:30 p.m. Portland at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLMajor League BaseballMLB „ Promoted Tony Reagins to executive vice president of baseball & softball development.American LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES „ Reassigned OF Cedric Mullins, OF Alex Presley, INF Luis Sardinas, LHP Josh Edgin and LHP Joely Rodriguez to minor league camp. CLEVELAND INDIANS „ Claimed LHP Jack Leathersich off waivers from Pittsburgh and optioned him to Columbus (IL). Traded OF Rob Refsnyder to Tampa Bay for cash considerations. Received RHP Jordan Milbrath (Rule 5 selection) from Pittsburgh and assigned him to Columbus. Signed INF Adam Rosales to a minor league contract and assigned him to Columbus. MINNESOTA TWINS „ Announced 1B/DH Kennys Vargas cleared waivers and was assigned to Rochester (IL). Optioned OF Zack Granite to Rochester. Reassigned C Willians Astudillo, INFs Taylor Featherston and Gregorio Petit, and C Bobby Wilson to minor league camp. SEATTLE MARINERS „ Reassigned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to minor league camp. TAMPA BAY RAYS „ Reassigned C Curt Casali and OFs Johnny Field and Brandon Snyder to minor league camp. TEXAS RANGERS „ Reassigned RHP Steve Delabar, C Brett Nicholas and OF Destin Hood to Round Rock (PCL). Reassigned RHPs Chi Chi Gonzalez, Shawn Tolleson and Edinson Volquez and LHP Anthony Gose to minor league camp.National LeagueARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS „ Signed INF Ketel Marte to a “ ve-year contract. Sent RHP Albert Suarez outright to Reno (PCL). Placed RHP Randall Delgado and RF Steven Souza Jr. on the 10-day DL. CINCINNATI REDS „ Announced LHP Justin Nicolino cleared waivers and sent him outright to Louisville (IL). COLORADO ROCKIES „ Optioned C Tom Murphy and OF Raimel Tapia to Albuquerque (PCL). LOS ANGELES DODGERS „ Claimed RHP Cory Mazzoni from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to Oklahoma City (PCL). Designated OF Trayce Thompson for assignment. MIAMI MARLINS „ Optioned RHP Brian Ellington and OF Magneuris Sierra to New Orleans (PCL). PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES „ Signed INF-OF Alexi Amarista to a minor league contract. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS „ Selected the contract of LHP Derek Holland from Richmond (EL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS „ Selected the contract of C Miguel Montero. Placed RHP Koda Glover on the 60-day DL. Placed 2B Daniel Murphy and RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day DL.Atlantic LeagueLONG ISLAND DUCKS „ Signed OF Tyler Holt and C Wilkin Castillo.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationNBA „ Fined Portland G-F Evan Turner $10,000 for making an inappropriate gesture on the playing court during a March 25 game at Oklahoma City.Womens National Basketball AssociationWNBA „ Announced the resignation of chief operating of“ cer Jay Parry, effective April 30. Promoted Ann Rodriguez to chief operating of“ cer.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueCHICAGO BEARS „ Re-signed CB Sherrick McManis to a two-year contract. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS „ Released QB Trevone Boykin. TENNESSEE TITANS „ Agreed to terms with QB Blaine Gabbert and OL Xavier Sua-Filo.Arena FootballAFL „ Named Randall Boe commissioner and Ron Jaworski chairman of the executive committee.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueCHICAGO BLACKHAWKS „ Agreed to terms with D Blake Hillman on a two-year contract through the 2018-19 season. Assigned F Matthew Highmore to Rockford (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS „ Assigned G Alexandar Georgiev to Hartford (AHL). PHILADELPHIA FLYERS „ Reassigned G John Muse to Reading (ECHL) from Lehigh Valley (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS „ Recalled G Pheonix Copley from Hershey (AHL).American Hockey LeagueHARTFORD WOLF PACK „ Announced G Chris Nell was reassigned to Greenville (ECHL).SOCCERMajor League SoccerLOS ANGELES FC „ Signed M Andre Horta. PHILADELPHIA UNION „ Named Dick Schreuder assistant coach.SKIINGU.S. ALPINE „ Announced the resignation of director Patrick Riml.COLLEGESARIZONA „ Announced sophomore G Rawle Alkins has declared for the NBA draft. CLEMSON „ Fired womens basketball coach Audra Smith. DUKE „ Promoted mens assistant basketball coaches Nate James and Jon Scheyer to mens associate basketball head coaches. FLORIDA STATE „ Announced mens sophomore basketball G CJ Walker is leaving the program. LOUISVILLE „ Named Chris Mack mens basketball coach. MEMPHIS „ Named Kevin Clune senior defensive assistant. MINNESOTA „ Named Bob Motzko mens hockey coach. NEBRASKA „ Announced G James Palmer Jr. and F Copeland Jr. have declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. NEW MEXICO „ Announced senior F Connor MacDougall and junior F Jachai Simmons will be leaving the mens basketball team. SAINT ANSELM „ Named Jordan Softcheck offensive coordinator. TEXAS „ Junior G Kerwin Roach has declared for the NBA draft. UALR „ Named Darrell Walker mens basketball coach. WASHINGTON STATE „ Announced G Malachi Flynn says he will transfer to another mens basketball team. PRO BASEBALL SPRING TRAININGAll times EasternAMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct. Boston 22 9 .710 Houston 21 9 .700 Cleveland 19 13 .594 Baltimore 17 12 .586 New York 18 13 .581 Chicago 16 12 .571 Kansas City 16 13 .552 Seattle 16 14 .533 Minnesota 14 14 .500 Oakland 14 16 .467 Tampa Bay 14 16 .467 Detroit 13 15 .464 Toronto 14 18 .438 Los Angeles 14 20 .412 Texas 8 22 .267NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct. Milwaukee 19 12 .613 San Diego 15 10 .600 Chicago 19 14 .576 St. Louis 17 13 .567 Miami 15 13 .536 Los Angeles 17 15 .531 Arizona 15 15 .500 San Francisco 15 16 .484 Washington 13 17 .433 Philadelphia 13 17 .433 Atlanta 13 18 .419 Colorado 12 17 .414 Pittsburgh 11 19 .367 New York 10 18 .357 Cincinnati 10 20 .333(ss)-split squad games count in the standings, ties and games against non-MLB teams do not countMondays GamesPhiladelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3 Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 2 N.Y. Mets 3, Las Vegas 1 Baltimore 7, Norfolk 6 Boston 4, Chicago Cubs 2 Chicago White Sox 9, Charlotte 5 St. Louis 5, Toronto 3 N.Y. Yankees 5, Atlanta 1 Houston 5, Milwaukee 2 Texas 6, Cincinnati 5 San Diego 8, El Paso 6 Arizona 7, Cleveland 0 L.A. Angels 4, L.A. Dodgers 1 Oakland 9, San Francisco 2, 10 innings Kansas City at Omaha, ccd.Tuesdays GamesDetroit 2, Tampa Bay 1 Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 5 Boston 4, Chicago Cubs 2 Houston 8, Milwaukee 1 Seattle 5, Colorado 3 Miami 22, Miami-Fla 2 Cleveland 3, Arizona 3 Minnesota 3, Washington 1 Toronto 1, St. Louis 0 Atlanta 5, B raves Futures 4 San Francisco 3, Oakland 0 L.A. Dodgers 4, L.A. Angels 3, 5 innings Cincinnati at Texas, ccd.Wednesdays GamesNone scheduledREGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULEAll times EasternAMERICAN LEAGUE Todays GamesMinnesota at Baltimore, 3:05 p.m. Houston at Texas, 3:35 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 3:37 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m. L.A. Angels at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 4:15 p.m. Cleveland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.NATIONAL LEAGUE Todays GamesChicago Cubs at Miami, 12:40 p.m. St. Louis at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Milwaukee at San Diego, 4:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 4:10 p.m. Washington at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, 7:08 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 10:10 p.m.INTERLEAGUE Todays GamePittsburgh at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. AUTO RACING NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUPSTP 500Monday at Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va. Lap length: 0.526 miles(Starting position in parentheses)1. (9) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 500 laps. 2. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500. 3. (5) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 500. 4. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 500. 5. (8) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 500. 6. (3) Joey Logano, Ford, 500. 7. (16) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 500. 8. (25) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 500. 9. (21) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 500. 10. (4) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 500. 11. (11) Kurt Busch, Ford, 500. 12. (6) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 500. 13. (15) Paul Menard, Ford, 500. 14. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 500. 15. (18) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 499. 16. (7) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 499. 17. (13) Erik Jones, Toyota, 497. 18. (23) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 497. 19. (14) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 497. 20. (20) William Byron, Chevrolet, 497. 21. (24) Michael McDowell, Ford, 497. 22. (32) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 496. 23. (22) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 496. 24. (29) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 496. 25. (28) David Ragan, Ford, 495. 26. (26) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 495. 27. (35) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 493. 28. (37) DJ Kennington, Toyota, 493. 29. (33) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 493. 30. (12) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 493. 31. (38) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 493. 32. (31) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 488. 33. (27) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 486. 34. (19) Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet, 486. 35. (30) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 482. 36. (34) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 481. 37. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 481. 38. (36) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, rear gear, 211.Race StatisticsAverage Speed of Winner : 81.663 mph. Time: 3 hours, 13 minutes, 14 seconds. Margin of Victory: 1.146 seconds. Caution Flags: 4 for 33 laps. Lead Changes: 11 among 6 drivers. Lap Leaders: M. Truex Jr. 1-4; Kyle Busch 5-26; D. Hamlin 27-51; Kyle Busch 52; D. Hamlin 53-135; B. Keselowski 136; R. Blaney 137-142; D. Hamlin 143-145; R. Blaney 146-284; C. Bowyer 285-385; Kyle Busch 386; C. Bowyer 387-500. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): C. Bowyer 2 times for 215 laps; R. Blaney 2 times for 145 laps; D. Hamlin 3 times for 111 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 24 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 4 laps; B. Keselowski 1 time for 1 lap.COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 „ NIT, championship, Utah vs. Penn St., at New York 9 p.m. ESPN2 „ College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, at San Antonio GOLF Noon GOLF „ LPGA Tour, ANA Inspiration, “ rst round, at Rancho Mirage, Calif. 4 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, Houston Open, “ rst round, at Humble, Texas MLB BASEBALL 12:30 p.m. ESPN „ Chicago Cubs at Miami 3:30 p.m. ESPN „ Houston at Texas 7 p.m. ESPN „ San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers 10 p.m. ESPN „ Cleveland at Seattle NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. TNT „ Oklahoma City at San Antonio 10:30 p.m. TNT „ Milwaukee at Golden State NHL HOCKEY 8 p.m. NBCSN „ Dallas at Minnesota TENNIS 1 p.m. ESPN2 „ ATP-WTA Tours, Miami Open, men's quarter“ nal & women's “ rst semi“ nal, at Key Biscayne 7 p.m. ESPNEWS „ ATP-WTA Tours, Miami Open, men's quarter“ nal & women's second semi“ nal, at Key Biscayne 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 First Academy of Leesburg at Bayshore Christian, 4 p.m. Tavares at Umatilla, 6 p.m. Trinity Christian at Mount Dora Christian, 6 p.m. South Sumter at Eustis, 7 p.m. The Villages at Mount Dora, 7 p.m. Ocala Forest at Lake Minneola, 7 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE Lake Minneola at First Academy, 7 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE South Lake at Lake Minneola, 6 p.m. Lake Mary Prep at East Ridge, 6 p.m. SOFTBALL Grace Christian at Real Life Christian, 4 p.m. South Sumter at Tavares, 6 p.m. Mount Dora at The Villages, 6 p.m. Mount Dora Christian at The First Academy, 6 p.m. Legacy Charter at Wildwood, 6 p.m. Lake Minneola at East Ridge, 7 p.m. Umatilla at Eustis, 7 p.m. TENNIS East Ridge at Lake Minneola, 3 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD Pepsi Relays at GainesvilleTODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULEBASEBALLMount Dora Christian 15, Trinity Christian 1Sebastian Rolon went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, five RBIs, four runs and two stolen bases to lead Mount Dora Chris-tian Academy to a 15-1 district win over Trinity Christian in six innings in Deltona on Tuesday.Sam Brown went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Ryan Wilson drove in three runs for the Bulldogs.MDCA improved to 8-3 on the season.HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP By Mark LongThe Associated PressGAINESVILLE „ Receiver Antonio Cal-laway and safety Matt Elam have spent the last few weeks working out together in South Florida.They chatted about their Florida careers. They pushed each other to get better. They counted down to this day.It was a second chance for both of them, really.Callaway and Elam were among the main attractions at Floridas annual pro day Wednesday, two former college stars looking to land on NFL rosters after a year away from football.Callaways path seems much more certain than Elams future.I was young. I was dumb. I was immature,Ž said Callaway, his 6-week-old daughter nearby. Ive grown a lot, actually. Ive got a little girl to look after. I aint got no choice but to be the man.ŽThe 21-year-old Callaway was suspended all of last season while charged with felony credit card fraud. It was the latest misstep for a talented receiver who was once considered a lock to be a first-round draft pick.Callaway also was cited for marijuana possession in 2017 and was part of a Title IX investigation in 2016 that centered on an alleged sexual battery. He was later found not responsible for the alleged misconduct.He said every NFL team he spoke to at the scouting combine and since wanted to know about the same thing: His past.They already know Im a good athlete. Just know Im not a bad person,Ž Callaway said. Some-bodys just got to believe in me.ŽCallaway looked smooth and speedy during drills Wednesday. He stood on his 40-yard dash time (4.41 seconds) from the combine, but performed the three-cone drill, the 20-yard shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle. He also caught passes from quarterbacks Malik Zaire and Austin Appleby.His only issue was field-ing punts: He dropped the first two he tried to catch. It was the same problem that plagued him at Florida in 2016.Still, one NFL team surely will take a chance on Callaway during next months NFL draft. It probably will be in the first three rounds, too.It remains to be seen if Elam will get another shot.An All-American at Florida, Elam was a first-round draft pick by Baltimore in 2013. He started 15 games as a rookie and 11 more in his second season before injuries and poor performances derailed his career.He spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve and missed half of 2016. He also was suspended one game for violating the NFLs substance-abuse policy.But the bigger turning point in his career came in February 2017.The Ravens had already decided not to re-sign Elam when he arrested in Miami Beach and charged with possession of mari-juana, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver or sell and pos-session of a controlled substance, oxycodone.He was arrested again three months later, charged with larceny grand theft and battery after a dispute with his girlfriend over a cellphone in Palm Beach County.Charges in both cases were later dismissed.Elam said he had no offers to play in 2017. He was hoping to open some eyes Wednesday.Its been a year off for me,Ž Elam said. Ive been trying to get myself right mentally and family „ to show these people that I deserve a second chance and the opportu-nity to do this game that I love, that Ive been doing all my life. Its tough. Just know what I came from and what I overcame, just having these opportunities to be out here again and do it again in front of coaches and my nephew, former teammates.Its great. I didnt think I was going to get this opportunity.ŽThe 26-year-old Elam fought back tears as he spoke five years after his previous pro day. He blamed his problems on childish mistakes, immature mistakes.ŽEverybody deserves a second chance,Ž he said. I feel like your first mis-take dont determine what kind of person you really are. Your second chance and what you do with it determines who you really are. Ive been through a lot, overcame a lot and I feel like Im still young. I can help a club out in a lot of ways. Im a great teammate; I can be a great leader. I can be a great guy in the building. I feel like we do great things on the field. I feel like I can help a club out right now.ŽCallaway, Elam seek 2nd chances at Floridas pro dayWide receiver Antonio Callaway sprints during an agility drill at Floridas Pro Day Wednesday in Gainesville. [ALAN YOUNGBLOOD / GATEHOUSE MEDIA]

PAGE 13 | Thursday, March 29, 2018 B3Keuchel and Justin Verlander. The Dodgers and Indians are still poised after coming within one win of that elusive crown. The Nationals hired a new manager to help free agent-to-be Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg reach the top. And the Red Sox got the bopper they needed.Where does that leave the Reds, Pirates, Tigers, Rays and A's? Well, better luck next year. Or the year after that.Major League Baseball is in a hurry these days, with record home runs and strikeouts the new norm. But please, get that last out in under three hours.A season that will include games in Mexico and Puerto Rico is set to start. And, if all goes as planned, the final game will come in October.Here's an early look at what to expect: WelcomeSlugger J.D. Martinez moves to Boston, which hit the fewest homers in the American League. Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria go to the retooling Giants, Jake Arrieta joins the rebuilding Phillies, Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain become part of the Brewers' outfield, Marcell Ozuna provides pop in St. Louis and Yu Darvish is now pitching for the Cubs. Also, six new managers: Alex Cora (Red Sox), Aaron Boone (Yankees), Dave Martinez (Nationals), Mickey Callaway (Mets) and Gabe Kapler (Phillies) try for the first time, and Ron Gardenhire (Tigers) returns after a four-year absence. Worth watchingBabe Ruth or bust? We'll see whether newcomer Shohei Ohtani becomes the most suc-cessful two-way player in the bigs since the Bambino. The 23-year-old Japanese star struggled at the plate and on the mound this spring, but it's early. Tampa Ray reliever Jonny Venters has been out of the majors since 2012 while having three Tommy John surgeries. Alex Rodriguez, meanwhile, keeps getting more popular in retirement as he moves into the ESPN booth for Sunday night telecasts. HiyaIn a game of numbers, make way for some new let-ters to go along with ERA, OPS and WAR: MVs. Mound visits will be posted on score-boards, tracking how many times catchers, infielders, managers and coaches go talk with a pitcher. It's part of MLB's new pace-of-play rules, designed to cut down the incessant back-and-forth between batteries. Teams are allowed six trips without making a change. After that, every visit requires a new pitcher. For sure, this will take a few weeks to sort out. And no shenanigans „ what if a shortstop thinks a reliever is out of gas, and trots to the mound on his own to force a switch? MLBFrom Page B1By George HenryThe Associated PressATLANTA „ Cameron Reddish has known since ninth grade, when Penn State offered him a full scholarship, that he was a special basketball talent.Three years later, Reddish and some of the top prep players in the country played in Wednesday nights McDonalds All-American game. Reddish and some of his Duke-bound teammates in the prestigious game are all aware of the scandal thats rocked college basketball this season with the FBI investigating corruption that led to criminal charges against assistant coaches, agents, apparel com-pany employees and others.Its crazy, its dirty, its kind of messed up,Ž Reddish told The Associated Press. Thats a lot of grown men trying to get one over on young kids, so its a really messed up business, but at the end of the day you have to stay trustwor-thy to who you know.ŽReddish, R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Tre Jones are part of the Blue Devils recruit-ing class, considered the best in the nation.They all say strong support systems have helped them steer clear of any unwanted contact.Williamson, a South Carolina prep sensation with YouTube fan videos that have been viewed millions of times, understands how a teenager could get caught up in the whirlwind of attention. But Williamson said he never was tempted to meet with anyone who could possibly put his career in jeopardy.He credits his stepfather, former Clemson player Lee Anderson, and his mother, Sharonda Sampson, with keeping unwelcome people from getting close.I dont think its right because theyre high school kids,Ž Williamson told The AP. Some high school kids havent seen a lot of money at once. They take the bait for it and the next thing you know, they find themselves in a situ-ation where they cant go to a dream school that theyve dreamed of going to since they were a kid. They have to go overseas and probably wont enjoy it as much as college.I think agents can wait until the kid says hes declaring for the draft.ŽTop recruits use support systems to avoid NCAA troublemakersIt was the same way during Coughlins first stint in Jacksonville. Coughlin essentially built the franchise from the ground up in 1995. He was the head coach and the one voice that made every decision „ from who threw the passes to who ran the calculator for the salary cap to what color paint was on the walls.Anyone who believes hes a figurehead in his return would be mistaken.He even had his hand in the Jaguars new uniforms.The team spent part of last year designing new uniforms. The revamped ones will be unveiled April 19 at the teams annual state of the franchise address. Most notably, the Jags are adding more teal to the jerseys and eliminat-ing the two-tone helmets that had become as much a reason for ridicule in recent years as the teams woeful record. The first version of the helmet was matte black.Coughlin vetoed that color, instead opting for an old-school, shiny-black look.It was just a feeling of who we are, what we represent,Ž Coughlin said. Thats a very good look. Its a solid look. As I said at one point in time, we have some guys that will be in the Hall of Fame and the connection will be very similar as we go forward. We just wanted a little bolder statement, and I think we got it.ŽThe Jaguars made a statement on the field in 2017. They won the AFC South for the first time in franchise history and earned a postseason berth for the first time in a decade.The success coincided with Coughlins return, but it was far from a coincidence.Team owner Shad Khan credited the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach with bringing some much-needed leadership to a franchise that had won 17 of 80 games across the five seasons before his return.And with that comes a sense of values and a sense of expectations and ability to deliver results,Ž Khan said.Even though Coughlin has final say over all foot-ball decisions, his role alongside coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell has evolved.I was basically on the practice field for every practice and I was in the Saturday night meetings,Ž Coughlin said. I did everything just like I normally would do (as the coach). I prepared just as if I was in that spot, the coaching spot, and I would do some things. Like Doug might ask me to look at something and prepare a tape for him to look at, and I would do that. I enjoy all of that.Ž COUGHLINFrom Page B1a look at the Wildcats resume by the numbers headed into Saturdays Final Four game against Kansas (31-7):€ 134. Wins (and counting). The most by any program over a four-year span.€ 30. The magic number for Villanova. The Wildcats have won 33, 35, 32 games the pre-vious three years and are 34-4 this season.€ 6. Sweet 16s under coach Jay Wright.€ 3. Final Fours since 2009.€ 1. National championship under Wright in 2016.€ 420. Wins under Wright, the most in team history.Theres another number worth noting: $60 million. Its the expected cost of the renovation funded by donors of Villanovas on-campus arena when it reopens next season. The Wildcats played this season at the home of the NBAs Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center „ where they went a sparkling 11-1.Any way you count it, the Wildcats decade of dominance has turned their blood as blue as their V logo.We consistently had very good players,Ž Wright said. Its a part of guys staying healthy, guys staying in the program, good recruiting, getting lucky in recruiting over a period of time.ŽThe Wildcats soared to the top of the AP Top 25, earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tour-nament and won another Big East Tournament title without a senior on the roster. Jalen Brunson, named Tuesday to the AP All-America team, Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo carried the Wild-cats in stretches in tournament wins over Radford, Alabama, West Virginia and Texas Tech.We played the two best teams in the Big 12 and now were getting THE best team in the Big 12,Ž Wright said. We know its going to be tougher.Ž VILLANOVAFrom Page B1Villanovas Jalen Brunson holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after a win over Texas Tech in an NCAA Tournament regional “ nal Sunday in Boston. Villanova won 71-59 to advance to the Final Four. [AP PHOTO / CHARLES KRUPA] Former Eagles standout Ben Simmons played in the McDon-alds game in 2015, when it was played in Chicago, before flying overnight to New York to even-tually lead Montverde Academy to its third straight national title.In addition to Montverde Academy, the Geico field also includes Mouth of Wilson (Virginia) Oak Hill Academy (ranked No. 2 in the Xcellent 25), Fort Lauderdale University (No. 3), which won the FHSAA Class 5A state championship three weeks ago, and Phoenix Shadow Mountain (No. 4). In addition, Henderson (Nevada) Findlay Prep (No. 6), which lost to Montverde Academy in the championship game of the Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament in January, along with La Lumiere (No. 9) and Seattle Garfield (No. 12) give the tournament seven teams from the Xcellent 25. Lone Peak is ranked No. 28 in MaxPreps Computer Rankings, meaning every team in the tour-nament field is ranked in at least one of MaxPreps two major rankings.In addition to being the top-ranked team in the Xcellent 25, Montverde Academy is also ranked No.1 in USA Todays Super 25. The Eagles were ranked No. 3 in MaxPreps Computer Rankings. Weightli ingJoe Davis, a junior at South Lake High School, won the 199-pound weight classification at the Class 2A-Region 3 weightlifting championships on March 21 at Land O Lakes Sunlake.Davis will represent South Lake in the Class 2A state finals April 7 at Panama City Beach Arnold High school and will be among a solid contingent of area lifters in the two-day, two-classification event.Davis set the stage for his gold-medal effort at regionals with a solid second-place finish at the Class 2A-District 5 finals on March 9 at Leesburg. A member of the Eagles football team, Davis finished second at districts with a combined weight of 565 pounds.He lifted 315 pounds in the bench press and 250 pounds in the clean and jerk. Davis was five pounds off the pace set by Ocala Vanguards Tyler Sims, the district champion at 199 pounds. So ballFour area softball programs are listed among the states top teams in the latest Miracle Sports rankings, which were released Tuesday.Eustis, Mount Dora Chris-tian Academy, East Ridge and The Villages are ranked in three different classifications, while Montverde Academy, which was an honorable mention in Class 4A a week ago, dropped from the rankings.In Class 5A, Eustis is ranked No. 4, as is MDCA in Class 2A. The Panthers (10-2 record), who played in the state cham-pionship game in 2017, fell one spot from where they were ranked a week ago, despite shutting out South Sumter 3-0.Tuesdays 10-0 win against The Villages (10-2) „ ranked 10th in Class 5A „ did not figure into the current rankings. MDCA (12-2) maintained its ranking from last week despite not playing. Like all Lake County public schools, the Bulldogs were on spring break.In Class 8A, East Ridge (13-1) continued its steady move up the rankings, climbing to No. 7.BasketballThe honors for the Leesburg High School boys basketball team continue to roll in.And now, the Yellow Jackets are attracting national attention.Following a 30-1 season, which concluded with a second straight Class 6A state championship, vaulted into MaxPreps Computer Rankings. The Yellow Jackets landed at No. 32 in the country in the latest rankings, which were released Tuesday. Leesburg is ranked one spot ahead of Orlando Oak Ridge, which won the Class 9A state championship. Montverde Academy is ranked No. 3.MaxPreps Computer rank-ings uses game results stored in the services database. Gener-ally speaking, the more a team wins the higher its ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule. NOTEBOOKFrom Page B1Leesburgs Lance Erving (2) drives to the basket during the state championship game against Tallahassee Rickards in Lakeland on March 8. Leesburg, which won its second consecutive Class 6A state title, is ranked No. 32 in the nation in MaxPreps Computer Rankings. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]


B4 Thursday, March 29, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comFeb.11: ClashatDaytona(BradKeselowski) Feb.15: Can-AmDuelatDaytona(RyanBlaneyand ChaseElliott) Feb.18: Daytona500(AustinDillon) Feb.25: FoldsofHonor500atAtlanta(Kevin Harvick) March4: Kobalt400atLasVegas(KevinHarvick) March11: CampingWorld500(k)atPhoenix(Kevin Harvick) March18: AutoClub400atFontana(MartinTruex) March26: STP500atMartinsville(ClintBowyer) A pril8: OReillyAutoParts500atTexas A pril15: FoodCity500atBristol April21: ToyotaOwners400atRichmond April29: Geico500atTalladega May6: AAA400atDover May12: GoBowling400atKansas May19: AllStarRaceatCharlotte May27: Coca-Cola600atCharlotte June3: Pocono400 June10: FireKeepersCasino400atMichigan June24: Toyota/SaveMart350atSonoma July1: Chicago400atChicagoland July7: CokeZero400atDaytona July14: QuakerState400atKentucky July22: NewHampshire301 July29: Pennsylvania400atPocono Aug.5: 355attheGlen,atWatkinsGlen Aug.12: PureMichigan400 Aug.18: NightRaceatBristol Sept.2: Southern500atDarlington Sept.9: Brickyard400atIndianapolis Sept.16: LasVegas400 Sept.22: FederatedAutoParts400atRichmond Sept.30: BankofAmerica500(k)atCharlotteroad course Oct.7: Delaware400atDover Oct.14: Alabama500atTalladega Oct.21: HollywoodCasino400atKansas Oct.28: FirstData500atMartinsville Nov.4: Texas500 Nov.11: Can-Am500(k)atPhoenix Nov.18: FordEcoBoost400atHomestead NASCARTHISWEEK FEUDOFTHEWEEK SPEEDFREAKSAfewquestionswe hadtoaskourselvesCUPSTANDINGS QUESTIONS &ATTITUDECompellingquestions...and maybeafewactualanswersGODWINSEARLY TEXASPICKS THREETHINGSTOWATCHMARTINSVILLE 2018SCHEDULEANDWINNERS 12345678910 KENWILLISTOP10NASCARDRIVERRANKINGSKEVIN HARVICK Latestto irritateDenny Hamlin KYLEBUSCH Playing follow-theleaderthis year MARTIN TRUEXJR. Middle nameisLee CLINT BOWYER Warren Zevons ExcitableBoy JOEY LOGANO Stillbelieves inEaster Bunny RYANBLANEY Doesnt believe,but willaccept thechocolate BRADKESELOWSKICollecting top-10s DENNY HAMLIN PutsHarvick onhisgrowinglist KYLE LARSON Willwinin April ALEX BOWMAN Sneaksinto ourtop10 MOTORMOUTHS PODCASTWeremovingtoaThursday release,whichgivesustimeto thawfromthispastweekend. Tuneinonlineat daytonamotormouths THREETHINGSWELEARNED WINNER: KevinHarvick RESTOFTOP5: MartinTruexJr., KyleBusch,ChaseElliott,Jimmie Johnson FIRSTONEOUT: RickyStenhouse Jr. DARKHORSE: ErikJones DONTBESURPRISEDIF: Harvick emergesfromathree-waybattle withTruexandBuschtowinhis fourthCupraceof2018. Sixracesinandnowanoff-week. Whosthemostpleasantsurprise sofar? GODSPEAK: ImgoingwithAustin DillonwinningtheDaytona500 (andhistattoostory),plusthe riseofAricAlmirola,whomayjoin BowyerinVictoryLaneverysoon. KENSCALL: Iwasleaningtoward Harvickbecausethreestraight winsissurprisingforanyone. ButgottagowithBowyernow, becausehiswincameafterseveralweeksofdecency. And,sincewereasking,thebiggestletdown? GODSPEAK: IthastobeChase Elliott.Hewasreadytowinin 2017andnowhedoesnothave thecartowinin2018. KENSCALL: GonnagowithBubba Wallace.Hegotourhopesup afterDaytona,buthehasntfound topgearsince. JAMIEMCMURRAYVS.AUSTIN DILLON: McMurraywasmindinghisownbusinessandDillon clippedhimandspunhimintothe wall.Itwastheonlyyellow”ag foranincidentallday. GODWINKELLYSTAKE: McMurrayisnotthevindictivetype,but thisonemighthavegottenunder hisskin.Wewontknowforsure untilBristolthreeweeksfrom now.CanitbeaClintyear?Letsnotgetaheadofourselves,butyes,letshope weseemoreofClintBowyer amongthelate-lapleaders andoccasionallyinVictory Lane.Hesaguywhospopularwithfellowracersand anyonewhomissesthedays whenalltheracerswerea littlegrittyandnotafraidto lettheirhairdowninpublic. TheresalotofJethroBodine inClintBowyer,andthatsa goodthingforusonlookers.WhopickedMartinsvillein March?Settledown,thiswasabit ofa”uke.Theracewas scheduledforMarch25.On March25thepreviousyear, theMartinsvillehighwas73 undersunnyskies.Sodont blameanyonebeyondJack Frost.Also,atleastwegot plentyofcoolpicturesofa racetrackunderablanketof snow.Repurposethemfor Christmascardslaterthis year.WilltheChevrolets“ndit?Thepolitethingtosayis,of course,theseasonisyoung. Theyllcatchupeventually.Ž Butthetruthis,theyve beenmediocreonnearlyall manneroftracksofar,and thatsaverybadsign.AndI meanmediocreŽcompared toyourTaurus.Compared totheactualcompetition,somethinglessthan mediocre.„KenWillis,ken.willis 2.MartinTruexJr.249 3.RyanBlaney233 4.JoeyLogano232 5.BradKeselowski226 6.DennyHamlin217 7.KevinHarvick212 8.ClintBowyer210 9.KyleLarson195 10.KurtBusch177 11.AricAlmirola171 12.ErikJones152 13.AustinDillon148 14.AlexBowman145 15.PaulMenard139 16.RyanNewman135 17.JimmieJohnson121 18.ChaseElliott115 19.AJAllmendinger110 20.WilliamByron108 1.Chevrolet,ole!Chevyisseeingred rightnow.LookforTeam ChevroletandtheGeneral MotorsNationtowork throughtheNASCAR CupSeriesoff-week togetmoreconsistent speedintothenew Camarobody.Withafew exceptions,Chevrolets performancehasbeen dreadful.IttookseventimeCupSerieschampion JimmieJohnson“ve startsbeforescoringhis “rsttop-10“nish.Each weekwehavebeengettingalittlebitbetter,Žhe said.2.No,saysEdwardsEverytimeCarlEdwards getsaskedthequestion Areyouplanningto returnasaCupSeries driver?Žtheansweris alwaysthesame„No.Ž Duringarecentinterview onSiriusXMNASCAR RadioEdwardsdrovea stakethroughtheheart ofcomebackrumors. Idonthaveanyplans tocomeback,Žhesaid. Edwardsdidhintata possiblehardturninto politics.Buttheres nothingplannedanytime soon,hesaid.3.NolongerwithusOK,theheadersounds ominous,butthesubjectmatteristhis:race driverswhohavewon atTexasoverthelast 10yearsbutwhoareno longerracing.Sooverthe last10years,datingback to2008,thedriverswho wonracesatTexasand nolongerdriveareCarl Edwards,JeffGordon, MattKenseth,TonyStewartandGregBif”e.The nextstopfortheseguys istheNASCARHallof Fame,mostcertainly.„GodwinKelly, godwin.kelly@ news-jrnl.comChevydriversChaseElliott,left,andJimmieJohnsonare tryingto“gureouthowtogetmorespeedoutofthenew Camarobody.[AP/RALPHFRESO] 1.Streak,broken!ClintBowyerwasso excitedaboutsnappinga nagging190-racelosing streak,henearlywiped outhisNo.14FordinTurn 3ofthecool-downlap. FinallytogettheNo.14 inVictoryLaneisjusta weightofftheshoulders,Ž hesaid.Youstartto questionifyoucangetit doneornot.Ž2.Mr.SecondPlaceFormostanydriver,three second-place“nishes overfourconsecutive startswouldbebignews. NotforKyleBusch.I wouldntsayitsoneparticularthingthatwecan pinpoint,wevejustbeen beatbysomebodykindof hittingitalittlebitmore thanwehave,ŽBuschsaid withashrug.3.SnowdayTheNASCARCupSeries tookararesnow-day offSunday.Martinsville Speedwaywasfullof whitepowder,makingit impossibletorace.The lasttimeNASCARhadto postponearaceforsnow wasallthewaybackto 1993whenAtlantawas blanketedbyspring ”akes.„GodwinKelly, godwin.kelly@ news-jrnl.comFewwinnersinNASCARsrecenthistorywereashappy andrelievedasClintBowyerwasMondayinMartinsville.[NASCARGETTYIMAGES/JERRYMARKLAND]

PAGE 15 | Thursday, March 29, 2018 B5 BUSINESSBy Alex VeigaAP Business WriterU.S. stock indexes struggled to find direction Wednesday, ending the choppy day of trading with a loss for the second straight day.The latest market decline was modest compared with the previous days steep drop, but both were largely driven by a sell-off in technology stocks. Losses in Amazon, Netflix and other consumer-focused companies also weighed on the market Wednesday. Energy stocks fell in tandem with crude oil prices.Those losses outweighed gains by drugstore chains, health care companies and other stocks.Despite a crop of strong company earnings and market-boosting corporate deal news, traders continued to wrestle with the potential implications of negative headlines swirling around several big-name stocks, including Amazon, Facebook and Tesla.The news continues to be volatile and the markets are just highly sensitive to it in a way that they werent sensitive to it last year,Ž said Tom Martin, senior portfolio manager with Globalt Invest-ments. Weve forgotten that this is more like the way things are, that markets do react to news that comes in.ŽThe benchmark S&P 500 index lost 7.62 points, or 0.3 percent, at 2,605. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 9.29 points, or 0.04 percent, to 23,848.42. The Nasdaq composite slid 59.58 points, or 0.8 percent, to 6,949.23. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 0.54 points, or 0.04 percent, to 1,513.03. More stocks rose than fell on the New York Stock Exchange.Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury held at 2.78 percent.The major stock indexes wobbled between gains and losses for much of the day as investors weighed the latest developments with some of the markets biggest names.Facebook, which has taken a beating in recent days over privacy concerns, reflected the broader movement of the market, dipping into the red at times before eking out a small gain. The social media giant said early Wednesday it would give its privacy tools a make-over. The move is a response to criticisms over its data practices and the prospect of tighter European regulations in the coming months. The stock gained 81 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $153.03.Software company Red Hat was the technology sectors biggest decliner, sliding $8.22, or 5.3 percent, to $146.20.Tech has had such a tremendous run-up and has outperformed some of the other sectors,Ž said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank. There may be other areas now that are more attractive, and weve seen some strength recently in some of the more defensive-oriented sectors.ŽInvestors also fretted about Amazon after Axios, citing anonymous sources, reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump has wondered aloud if there was a way to go afterŽ Amazon with antitrust or competition law.Amazon has long been a target of Trump, who has tweeted in the past that the online retailer didnt pay enough taxes or needed to pay the U.S. post office more for handling shipments. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also personally owns The Washington Post, which Trump has labeled fake newsŽ when unfavor-able stories are written about him or his administration. Shares in the e-commerce giant fell $65.63, or 4.4 per-cent, to $1,431.42.Netflix also declined, shed-ding $14.92, or 5 percent, to $285.77.US stock indexes end choppy day of trading slightly lowerIn this Oct. 2, 2014, “ le photo, the Wall Street subway stop on Broadway is pictured, in New Yorks Financial District. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. [AP PHOTO/RICHARD DREW, FILE] 2,500 2,600 2,700 2,800 2,900 M ONDJF 2,560 2,680 2,800 S&P 500Close: 2,605.00 Change: -7.62 (-0.3%) 10 DAYS 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,000 26,000 27,000 M ONDJF 23,480 24,280 25,080 Dow Jones industrialsClose: 23,848.42 Change: -9.29 (flat) 10 DAYSAdvanced 1486 Declined 1392 New Highs 15 New Lows 110 Vol. (in mil.) 3,850 Pvs. Volume 3,693 2,514 2,301 1257 1555 26 108 NYSE NASDDOW 24092.47 23728.67 23848.42 -9.29 -0.04% -3.52% DOW Trans. 10290.06 10109.47 10188.19 +6.77 +0.07% -4.00% DOW Util. 691.80 683.52 688.63 -1.10 -0.16% -4.80% NYSE Comp. 12399.23 12271.03 12308.90 +6.36 +0.05% -3.90% NASDAQ 7036.09 6901.07 6949.23 -59.58 -0.85% +0.66% S&P 500 2632.65 2593.06 2605.00 -7.62 -0.29% -2.57% S&P 400 1863.25 1844.00 1853.78 +2.03 +0.11% -2.46% Wilshire 5000 27293.40 26913.97 27037.06 -71.42 -0.26% -2.72% Russell 2000 1521.35 1505.64 1513.03 -0.54 -0.04% -1.46% HIGH LOW CLOSE CHG. %CHG. YTD Stocks Recap AT&T Inc T 32.55 41.77 35.56 +.66 +1.9 s t t -8.5 -11.1 13 2.00f Advance Auto Parts AAP 78.81 151.72 115.98 +.97 +0.8 s s s +16.3 -22.0 22 0.24 Amer Express AXP 75.51 102.39 92.21 +.79 +0.9 s t t -7.1 +19.5 16 1.40 AutoNation Inc AN 38.20 62.02 45.85 -.22 -0.5 t t t -10.7 +9.0 12 ... Brown & Brown BRO 41.10 53.87 51.02 +.46 +0.9 s t t -0.9 +20.3 27 0.60 CocaCola Co KO 42.19 48.62 43.32 +.43 +1.0 s s t -5.6 +4.9 80 1.56f Comcast Corp A CMCSA 32.74 44.00 33.28 +.29 +0.9 s t t -16.6 -9.4 16 0.76f Darden Rest DRI 76.27 100.11 84.38 +.16 +0.2 s t t -12.1 +14.7 18 2.52 Disney DIS 96.20 116.10 98.54 -.82 -0.8 r t t -8.3 -10.1 14 1.68f Gen Electric GE 12.73 30.54 13.68 +.24 +1.8 s t t -21.7 -51.9 dd 0.48 General Mills GIS 44.15 60.69 44.35 -.96 -2.1 s t t -25.2 -19.6 12 1.96 Harris Corp HRS 106.18 164.58 159.78 -.57 -0.4 s s s +12.8 +46.8 28 2.28 Home Depot HD 144.25 207.61 174.76 +.08 ... s t t -7.8 +21.5 24 4.12f IBM IBM 139.13 176.33 152.52 +.61 +0.4 s t t -0.6 -9.1 11 6.00 Lowes Cos LOW 70.76 108.98 85.88 -.08 -0.1 s t t -7.6 +7.3 20 1.64 NY Times NYT 14.08 25.70 23.45 +.30 +1.3 s t s +26.8 +63.6 cc 0.16 NextEra Energy NEE 127.09 164.41 162.27 -.32 -0.2 s s s +3.9 +27.1 24 4.44f PepsiCo PEP 105.94 122.51 109.18 +1.54 +1.4 s s t -9.0 -0.9 22 3.22 Suntrust Bks STI 51.96 73.37 66.56 -.13 -0.2 s t s +3.1 +25.4 17 1.60 WalMart Strs WMT 71.38 109.98 87.77 +1.72 +2.0 s t t -11.1 +26.5 20 2.08f Xerox Corp XRX 26.64 37.42 28.85 +.10 +0.3 s t t -1.0 +4.4 36 1.00 52-WK RANGE CLOSE YTD 1YR NAME TICKER LO HI CLOSE CHG %CHG WK MO QTR %CHG %RTN P/E DIVStocks of Local Interest 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! Were sure you know a person whose dedication and selflessness have made Lake County a better place. Now its time to give them the recognition they deserve. Nominating someone is easy. Nomination forms will be printed in the Daily Commercial, can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce offices and City Halls throughout Lake County or you can email Mandy Wettstein at and have one sent to you.If selected, your nominee will be honored at the 2018 Lake County Community Service Awards Dinner on May 9th, 2018 at Lake Receptions. SO SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION. MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS TODAY! Nominations must be postmarked by April 2, 2018 Mail to: LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS Lake County Chamber Alliance Attn: 2018 CSAPO Box 709 Mount Dora, FL 32756or email to: Mandy Wettstein at Arts/CulturalAn individual whose personal or professional talents/activities in the cultural arts have contributed to the enrichment of Lake County.Hall of Fame Business AwardFor career business achievement of 20 years or more.Business AchievementA business leader whose achievements within his or her field have aided the economic business climate of Lake County. Categories: Small Medium (12-39 employees) Large (more than 40 employees)EducationAn employed, elected or volunteer educator who has shown innovation and dedication to public or private schools in Lake County.HumanitarianAn individual whose volunteer activities have improved the quality of life in Lake County.Sports/AthleticsA person who has achieved in sports through performance or in promotion of athletic events in Lake County.Lake County Leadership AwardAn individual whose guidance & leadership has impacted Lake County.Public ServiceAn outstanding elected or employed official of state, county or city government; or a volunteer who has made contributions toward improving Lake Countys quality of life.Chris Daniels Memorial Public Safety AwardTo recognize an individual in the area of Public Safety who has demonstrated superior performance in their career, and has shown a commitment to better the Lake County through community involvement. This would include those persons in Lake County in the careers of law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and emergency management.Youth AwardA Lake County Youth (age 18 and younger) that has demonstrated and excelled in providing community service and involvement in two or more of the following categories: Arts/Cultural, Education, Humanitarian, Public Service, Sports/Athletics and/or Public Safety.EntrepreneurAn entrepreneur is an individual who starts and runs a business with limited resources and planning, taking account of all the unknown risks and rewards.


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PAGE 21 | Thursday, March 29, 2018 C1 SCENETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comBy Linda Florea /CorrespondentIts time to see the musicals Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetŽ with the Bay Street Players in Eustis and How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingŽ at the Melon Patch in Leesburg before their final performances Sunday. On Golden PondŽ by the Montana Repertory Theatre plays one show only on Saturday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center. Heres whats On Stage this week: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying The Melon Patch Players in Leesburg holds its last performance of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingŽ on Sunday. The play follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a handbook to climb the corporate ladder from window washer to high-powered executive. Its a 2 hour romp though the 60s,Ž said vice president of production Derick Wallman. Its a little microcosm on how thing were back then.Ž Details: Sweeney Todd The Bay Street Players dark musical Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetŽ closes on Sunday. Set in 19th century England, the musical details the return of barber Sweeney Todd to London after 15 years of exile. He takes revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him by conspiring with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies. Details: On Golden Pond For one show only, the Montana Repertory Theatre presents On Golden PondŽ at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27 in Clermont. The show is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory. Ethel, 10 years younger and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that enrich their lives. They are visited by their daughter and her fiance who leave his teenage son behind for the summer to become the grandchildŽ the couple have longed for. Cost: $29.21 to $42.43. Details: STAGE'Sweeney' closes this week at Bay StreetEaster egg hunts abound in Lake and Sumter counties this weekendBy Linda Florea /CorrespondentEaster egg hunts are everywhere this weekend, giving area tots an opportunity to collect treats at events across Lake County. If youre hunting a different kind of treasure, check out the Backstage Bargain Bonanza and lend a hand to the Tavares Community Theatre Company. Get to know your neighboring Sandhill Crane at Trout Nature Center on Saturday and learn to live around the leggy, trumpeting, feathered fowl. And retired football coach and analyst Lou Holtz is the speaker Saturday at the Mount Dora Community Building. Church Easter Egg Hunt The Welcome Home Christian Church, 335 Tomato Hill Road in Leesburg hosts an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for children in grades 6 and younger. There is also free food, games and a petting zoo. Montverdes 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Candy, fun, prizes pictures and over 11,000 Easter eggs are on tap for kids age 11 and younger at the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kirk Park, 17436 Division St. at 10 a.m. Saturday. Festivities follow the hunt. Lake Louisa Nature Fest The Friends of Lake Louisa State Park are holding a Nature Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Louisa State Park, 7305 U.S. Highway 17 in Clermont. The familyfriendly nature event is designed to create awareness about outdoor recreation and Floridas environment and ecosystems. Activities include guided nature walks, live music, live animals, kayaking, rock painting, artwork for sale, tram tours, fishing demonstration, gardening for wildlife, an egg decorating event and hunt, guided horse rides and face painting. Free with park admission.LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT SCENEOn Tap this weekendBy Ed Symkus More Content NowBefore making Ready Player One,Ž Steven Spielberg had directed 30 feature films. There were ticket-selling triumphs (JawsŽ) and box office bombs (The BFGŽ). There were somber studies of social issues (The Color PurpleŽ), haunting historical dramas (Schindlers ListŽ), and science fiction flights of fancy (A.I. Artificial IntelligenceŽ). But its been a long time since Spielberg successfully latched on to the little kid inside of him and made a film thats simply a bunch of fun, Id say since 1941.Ž From its opening salvo of music „ Van Halens JumpŽ „ to its last „ You Make My DreamsŽ by Hall & Oates „ Ready Player OneŽ is a whirlwind celebration of fantasy versus reality and good versus evil, a salute to competitive spirit, youthful idealism, and pop culture. Its also the best all-round thing Spielberg has done since his 2005 remake of War of the Worlds.Ž You neednt have read the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline (who co-wrote the screenplay), nor do you have to be a gamer or a virtual reality aficionado to be won over by what Spielberg has unleashed here. An open mind that doesnt require that every little thing be explained, a love of visual effects, and a sense of moviegoing adventure are the only prerequisites. Its Columbus, Ohio, in the year 2045. Something has gone very wrong „ socially, monetarily, environmentally „ with our world, and by the time our protagonist, 18-year-old Wade (Tye Sheridan) was born, people had stopped trying to fix the countless problems. Wade lives in a massive jumble of a trailer park with his downhearted aunt and her awful boyfriend. Wade, like so many others, has turned away from reality, opting instead to don a special helmet and plug into the Oasis, a virtual reality haven where MOVIE REVIEWSpielberg scores a lot of points with Ready Player OneSamantha (Olivia Cooke) and Wade (Tye Sheridan) are caught offguard by their foes. [WARNER BROS. PICTURES] Kids and parents can enjoy Easter egg hunts in Mount Dora, Montverde, Leesburg and other places this week. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] Former football coach and analyst Lou Holtz makes an appearance Saturday at Mount Dora Community Building to bene“ t Mount Dora Christian Academy. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE]The Montana Repertory Theatre presents On Golden PondŽ for one show only at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. U.S. Hig hway 27 in Clermont. [TERRY CYR] See TAP, C6 See REVIEW, C6 See STAGE, C6


C2 Thursday, March 29, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Michelle R. SmithThe Associated PressPROVIDENCE, R.I. „ David Byrne has some observations about American life these days, and it worries him. The former Talking Heads frontman and prolific artist sees people divided into camps, not talking to one another, with politicians on both sides representing moneyed interests, rather than the people. Somethings gone wrong, he said. Byrnes new album, American Utopia,Ž is about the longing people have amid fears and frustrations. Theyre all wondering, Could things be done in a slightly different way? Is there a better way than the way weve ended up?Ž he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. The albums lead single, Everybodys Coming to My House,Ž co-written with Brian Eno, is No. 5 on Billboards adult alternative songs chart, giving him his first Top 10 hit in 25 years. Last week he launched an international, 90-some city tour, which he calls his most ambitious since the shows filmed for the 1984 Jonathan Demme film Stop Making Sense,Ž considered among the best concert films of all-time. And, he has started a website:, where he curates hopeful news about some possible paths forward. American Utopia,Ž released on March 9, is Byrnes first solo album in 14 years. In between those records his work included albums with St. Vincent, musicals about Imelda Marcos and Joan of Arc, books about urban bicycling and how music works, interactive art based on neuroscience and more projects. Producer Patrick Dillett, who has collaborated with Byrne for years and works on American UtopiaŽ „ along with Eno and Scottish producer Rodaidh McDonald „ said Byrnes collaborative nature and openness to try new things is among the qualities that sets him apart. He does a lot of things well, but hes not doing them to be known for it. Its a way of becoming a fuller person,Ž Dillett said. Hes as wellformed and well-rounded a person as Ive ever known. If I could be someone when I grow up, I would be him.Ž Byrne, who was born in Scotland but moved to the United States as a child and held a green card for most of his life, became a U.S. citizen in 2012. Asked why, he laughed, then made a confession. I have been voting surreptitiously. I was under possibly the mistaken impression that green card holders could vote for all local candidates,Ž the 65-year-old said. They just couldnt vote for president. That was the impression I had. And then at some point when I went into my local elementary school to vote, and they said, You cant vote! I hope Im not getting myself in trouble. But I truly believed that I was allowed to do that, and no one stopped me.Ž He said he finally decided to gain his citizenship so that he could fully participate in civic society. That felt good,Ž he said. Byrnes new website, named for the Ian Dury and the Blockheads song Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3,Ž includes successful projects from around the world in areas such as sustainable energy and culture that could be adopted by other communities, he said. Byrne is fresh off a short lecture tour talking about the ideas, and said he was pleased by the questions he took at the end of each appearance. People were genuinely engaged. They werent trying to change the subject and ask about a Talking Heads reunion or something like that,Ž he said. Byrne has repeatedly said there wont be one. The website and album arent directly connected, but run parallel and talk to one another in some ways,Ž Byrne said. He imagined people in a refugee camp when he wrote the song Gasoline and Dirty Sheets,Ž for example. The album is describing things the way they are, or the way I see them. Describing myself, and my own confusions and issues,Ž he said, adding that artists can offer not just a litany of complaints, but some kind of hope and answers and another way of viewing things.ŽByrne sees world gone wrong on new albumMusician David Byrne poses for a portrait in New York to promote his album, American Utopia.Ž [DREW GURIAN/INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] TOP SONGS 1. Gods Plan Drake 2. Zombie, Bad Wolves 3. The Middle, Zedd,Maren Morris & Grey 4. Meant to Be (feat. Florida Geo..., Bebe Rexha 5. Whatever It Takes, Imagine Dragons 6. Perfect, Ed Sheeran 7. You Make It Easy, Jason Aldean 8. Never Be the Same, Camila Cabello 9. DEVIL, Shinedown 10. Pray For Me, The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar Top Albums 1. Bobby Tarantino II, Logic 2. The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists 3. Tearing at the Seams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats 4. FIREPOWER, Judas Priest 5. Outsider, Three Days Grace 6. Lil Boat 2, Lil Yachty 7. Both Sides of the Sky, Jimi Hendrix 8. Only Human (Deluxe), Calum Scott 9. Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By, Kendrick Lamar,The Weeknd & SZA 10. Ray Ray from Summerhill, YFN LucciiTUNES TOP 10 For the week ending March 15 FICTION 1. Green Eggs and HamŽ by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers) 2. Ive Loved You Since ForeverŽ by Hoda Kotb (HarperCollins) 3. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue FishŽ by Dr. Seuss (Random House) 4. Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man 4)Ž by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 5. The Cat in the HatŽ by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books NONFICTION 1. Ive Been Thinking...Ž by Maria Shriver (Pamela Dorman Books) 2. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosŽ by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada) 3. The Rock, the Road, and the RabbiŽ by Kathie Lee Gifford (Thomas Nelson) 4. FoodŽ by Mary Hyman (Little, Brown) 5. Theres No Place Like SpaceŽ by Tish Rabe (Random House Books for Young Readers) FICTION E-BOOKS 1. Burn BrightŽ by Patricia Briggs (Ace) 2. The Escape ArtistŽ by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing) 3. The Woman Left BehindŽ by Linda Howard (William Morrow) 4. A Wrinkle in TimeŽ by Maedeleine LEngle (Square Fish) 5. High VoltageŽ by Karen Marie Moning (Dell) NONFICTION E-BOOKS 1. Weekends at BellvueŽ by Julie Holland (Random House) 2. Stop ComplainingŽ by Gwen Rich and Adam Rich (Cranberry Press) 3. Ill Be Gone in the DarkŽ by Michelle McNamara (Harper) 4. Bachelor NationŽ by Amy Kaufman (Penguin) 5. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosŽ by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)BEST-SELLING BOOKS The Wall Street Journals list re” ects nationwide sales of hardcover books for the week ending March 11By Mark KennedyThe Associated PressFor his third solo album, Jack White, the mad scientist of rock, got out of his comfort zone. Mind you, his comfort zone would make a lot of musicians go insane. White recorded in New York and Los Angeles for the first time and sought out musicians he hadnt worked with before „ some he hadnt ever even met. Then he listened to what happened. Boarding House ReachŽ is the result and its thrilling stuff, but more than a little disorienting. Whites trademark yowl and fuzzy guitar are firmly in place but then, suddenly, there might be a conga drum solo. Or a synth riff. Or a face-melting distorted chorus. You quickly get the sense that this is what the inside of Jack Whites head sounds like. The 13-track Frankenstein-like album doesnt always work, but when it does, its like a jolt of electricity, mixing hiphop, gospel, blues, country and hard rock. Forgive me and save me from myself,Ž White warns us in one lyric. The successes include the funky, hard-rocking tunes Over and Over and OverŽ and Corporation.Ž Ice Station ZebraŽ is brilliant, but in bizarre way. Many of the albums best moments are drum-led, extended propulsive riffs, like on Respect Commander.Ž Whites collaborators include drummer Louis Cato, bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Neon Phoenix, and keyboardists Neal Evans and Quincy McCrary. Theyve helped him make the weirdest album of his career. The lyrics are as oddball as the music, going from quoting the baby book Goodnight MoonŽ to name-checking Italian luxury carmaker Isotta Fraschini.Whites new album is even weirder Boarding House ReachJack White (Third Man) MUSIC & BOOKSMUSIC REVIEW BOOK REVIEW By Oline H. CogdillThe Associated PressSimone St. James sixth stand-alone novel mixes a creepy supernatural tale, complete with ghosts and things that go bump in the night, with a gripping mystery. The Broken GirlsŽ also works well as a story about unshakeable friendship, parenting issues, obsession and sexism folded into a satisfying plot that straddles two eras of time. The broken girls are those who end up in Idlewild Hall, the boarding school of last resort, where parents stashed their embarrassments, their failures, and their recalcitrant girls.Ž Four of the girls who are roommates at Idlewild in 1950 „ Katie, CeCe, Roberta and Sonia „ refuse to be broken by the schools strict rules and the abandonment of their families. Located in the backwoods of Vermont,Ž the castlelike fortress is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Hand, a young woman who once lived there. In 2014, the now shuttered Idlewild haunts Vermont journalist Fiona Sheridan, whose sisters body was found on the schools grounds 20 years ago. Deb Sheridans boyfriend was convicted and he is still in prison for her murder. But Fiona is obsessed with the murder and believes the truth didnt come out in court. When a family with no local ties buys Idlewild, Fiona seizes on the chance to do a story on the school „ and further investigate her sisters murder. The story intensifies when the remains of another girl are found buried on the grounds. The Broken GirlsŽ smoothly alternates between the two eras.Broken Girls is a gripping mysteryThe Broken GirlsSimone St. James (Berkley)

PAGE 23 | Thursday, March 29, 2018 C3THURSDAY, MARCH 29 CHESS CLUB: From 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Call 352-728-9790 for information. MEDITATION: At 4 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Guided meditation followed by discussion. Chairs provided or bring yoga mat. Beginners welcome. Call 352728-9790 to register. QUILTING SISTERS GUILD: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday at Masonic Lodge, 200 Richey Road. in Leesburg. Call Mary at 352-323-3351 or go to for information. STORY TIME OUR WORLD: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For ages 5 and under. With music, movement and “ ngerplays. Call 352-728-9790 for information. PRE-K STORY TIME: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mt Dora. Call 352-735-7180 for information. LAKE COUNTY FARMERS AND FLEA MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 County Road 452 in Eustis. For information, call Cole Scharlau at 352-357-9692. CRAFTY KIDS: From 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. every Thursday at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. Children of all ages are invited to make a craft at the library to take home. Call Penny Richardson at 352-728-9790 or email penny.richardson@ leesburg” CRAFTERNOONS: From 2 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Bring your current craft project. Call 352-5362275 for information. KIDS ACTIVITY NIGHT: From 6 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at Astor County Library, 54905 Alco Road. Call 352-759-9913 for information. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: From 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at Marion Baysinger Memorial Library, 756 W. Broad St. in Groveland. For ages 13 to 18. Call 352-4295840 for information. TNT GAMING: From 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For ages 8 to 18. Call 352-7289790 for information. LEGO CLUB: From 3 to 4 p.m. every Thursday at Fruitland Park Library, 205 W. Berckman St. For ages 5 to 18. Call 352-360-6561 for information. PLANTATION AT LEESBURG STRINGS: At 2 p.m. at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Guitar and banjo favorites. Call 352-728-9790 for information. THURSDAY, MARCH 29 TO SUNDAY, APRIL 1 SWEENEY TODD: At 8 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Historic State Theater, 109 N. Bay St. in Eustis. Cost is $21 for adults and $11 for students with ID. Go to baystreetplayers. org for tickets. ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE: At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St. in Mount Dora. Cost is $22 for adults, $15 for students with ID and $10 for ages 5 to 17. Go to for tickets. FRIDAY, MARCH 30 LAKEFRONT WORKOUT DANCE PARTY: From 10 to 11 a.m. every Friday at Lillys on the Lake, 846 W. Osceola St. in Clermont. Free. Go to DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Friday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to FRIDAY FISH FRY: From 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Non-members must sign in with a sponsor. Wear red to honor those deployed. Call Post Commander or Vice at 352-323-8750, email veteransInfoandEvents@gmail. com or go to JAZZ TRIO: From 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday at Lakeside Inn, 100 Alexander St. in Mount Dora. Featuring Johny Carlsson on piano, Barry Smith on drums and Larry Jacoby on bass. STORY TIME: At 11 a.m. every Friday at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howey-In-The-Hills. With craft. Call 352-324-0254 for information. CHESS CLUB: From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. every Friday at Umatilla Public Library, 412 Hat“ eld Dr. Call 352-669-3284 for information. GOOD FRIDAY VARIETY: At 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. An OBO Easter tradition. Go to for tickets and information. EASTER EGG HUNT: From 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Eustis Memorial Library, 120 N. Center St. For ages 6 and under. Call 352-3575686 to register. FRIDAY, MARCH 30 AND SATURDAY, MARCH 31 BACKSTAGE BARGAIN BONANZA: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tavares Community Theater Company, 107 N. Lake Ave. Donations needed for the sale. Proceeds will go toward the renovation fund for the new theater. Call Sue Meyers at 508237-0810 to donate items. YARD SALE: From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 32116 Perch Ave. in Tavares. Newcomers and Friends Social Club. Call 856498-5628 for information. FRIDAY, MARCH 30 TO SUNDAY, APRIL 1 HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Melon Patch Theatre, 311 E. 13th St. in Leesburg. Cost is $18 for adults and $9 for students. Go to for tickets. SATURDAY, MARCH 31EASTER EGG EXTRAVAGANZA: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Leesburgs Towne Square. With games, prizes, egg hunt and Easter Bunny. Kids should bring baskets. Free. Go to CYCLE AND SEEK SCAVENGER HUNT: At 12 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 330 3rd St. in Clermont. Teams of two to four encouraged. For all ages. With after-party and giant egg drop. Kids should bring baskets to catch eggs. Free. Go to or call 352-708-5975 to register. NATURE FEST: At 9 a.m. at Lake Louisa State Park main beach, 7305 US Highway 27 in Clermont. With guided hikes, kayaking and “ shing demos, tram tours, horseback rides and egg hunt. Free with park admission. Call Christy Conk at 352-394-3969 for information. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Saturday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to CROCHET CLASS: From noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. Bring a size J crochet hook, yarn and scissors. Class projects include a newborn infants cap, a star-shaped pot holder and a ladys hat with ornamentation. Free. Call 352735-7180, option 5. LEESBURG SATURDAY MORNING MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Towne Square, 501 W. Main St. With local farmers, craftsmen, bakers and artists. Volunteers needed. Call 352-365-0053. EASTER EGG HUNT: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. With Easter Bunny visits, free book, face painting, balloon artist, PAWS Therapy Dogs kissing booth and treats. Free. Call 352-7357180 for information. EASTER EGG HUNT: At 10:30 a.m. at Welcome Home Christian Church, 335 Tomato Hill Road in Leesburg. With free food, games and petting zoo. Egg hunt for grades 6 and younger. Call Cheryl Dykstra at 352-406-9254 or go to SANDHILL CRANES PROGRAM: At 2 p.m. at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. With Florida Fish and Wildlife of“ cer Tim Dellinger. Open to the public. Bring a dessert or snack to share. Free but donations appreciated. Call 407-230-5404 or go to THE CRESTS FEATURING TOMMY MARA: At 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. Star Series. Go to for tickets and information. EASTER EGG HUNT: At 10 a.m. at Kirk Park 17436 Division St. in Montverde. Over 11,000 eggs will be hidden for kids aged 0 to 11. Festivities after the hunt. Free. Call 407-469-3838 for information. UMATILLA BAND 5K COLOR RUN: At 8 a.m. at North Lake Community Park, 40730 Roger Giles Road in Umatilla. Go to umatilla-bulldog-band-colorrun-tickets-43218788560 for pricing and to register. ON GOLDEN POND: At 8 p.m. at Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27. Play by Ernest Thompson. Go to for tickets and information. FARM TO TABLE: At 5 p.m. at County Line Cattle Ranch, 16545 County Line Road in Umatilla. Bene“ t for Umatilla High School FFA and Culinary Arts programs. Four course meal sourced from local farmers and ranchers. Cost is $75. Email countylinecattleranch@gmail. com. EGGS IN THE PARK: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dade Battle“ eld Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 CALENDARWe want to hear from you: Send news releases about arts and entertainment events around Lake and Sumter counties to news@dailycommercial. com Include a description, date, time, cost, address, contact name and phone number.EDITORS PICKMore than a half dozen groups are holding Easter egg hunts this weekend around Lake and Sumter counties. Check out the calendar for times and locations. 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DEAR ABBY: "Ron" and I have been married 20 years and have two children. Recently, he called me a "freeloader" and described my parenting as "half-assed." It's not the rst time I've heard it from him. I work part-time so I can have a exible schedule and be home with our kids after school. Ron earns considerably more than I do, although I inherited money from my father that will provide security for our kids regardless of our incomes. I think I'm a great mom. Our kids are healthy and well-adjusted. Although I don't need my husband's salary to live comfortably, I appreciate the good life his work affords us, and I do what I can to show it. I do, however, expect Ron to participate in raising our kids and contribute to the running of our household. I think it's important, and I have work responsibilities and volunteer in our community. Ron says I do far less than "most of my friends" (who don't work), that he does a lot more around the house than the dads he knows and he resents it because he makes so much more money than I do. How much is fair to expect him to do to help with our kids and home life? How can I get him to see how much hurt his name-calling and disrespect causes? -NOT A FREELOADER DEAR NOT A FREELOADER: Every marriage is unique, which is why your husband should not compare himself to other dads and you to their wives. I nd it odd that the husband of a working wife -and mother -would resort to name-calling and accuse you of freeloading. Of course Ron should participate in his children's lives. That's what being a father is all about. Marriage is supposed to be a partnership. Helping with housework sets a good example for the kids. If the two of you can't work out a compromise without name-calling, you should at least agree to have a licensed marriage counselor mediate the discussion. DEAR ABBY: I have a relative who has just been released from prison and is living with me and my family. He was incarcerated for more than 20 years for drugs. It breaks my heart to say that he has relapsed and could be heading back down that same road. My mother doesn't want a drug addict in her house. She told him to make other living arrangements, and he has agreed to stay with other relatives where there are more job opportunities. I feel guilty and my mother does, too. But she refuses to go through what she experienced during her childhood with this person. Is this the right thing to do? -RELAPSE IN CALIFORNIA DEAR RELAPSE: Yes! Your mother has made her feelings clear to this relative. Living with a drug addict is chaotic, and if she doesn't want to repeat the unpleasant and possibly traumatic experience, she shouldn't have to. By getting him out of the house she is taking care of herself, and for that she shouldn't feel guilty. However, because she does, it might help her -and you -to attend some Nar-Anon meetings. The group was founded in 1967 and its mission is to provide emotional support to families and friends of addicts. To locate a meeting nearby, visit or call toll-free (800) 477-6291. 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 license tocruise...Place your auto ad in the and watch it go! Call Classieds Today!352-314-FAST (3278)HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018:This year you greet change positively and with determination to make the most of a sudden opportunity. Much goes on behind the scenes. Your instincts take you down an interesting path. You will differentiate your feelings from your fears. If you are single, you could meet someone who makes you smile from ear to ear. This person could mosey into your life after the summer. If you are attached, you enter a rather intense period this fall, where you love being together. A natural warmth draws you and your sweetie closer together. VIRGO understands you well.ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) You focus intensely on getting the job done. Your dedication and serious attitude make you a star in the work arena. You could be confused about a situation that surrounds a co-worker or your role in that matter. TAURUS (APRIL 20MAY 20) You hear news that could have you taking another look at a situation happening around you. Someone from a distance could be involved. Why you think you are upset might have nothing to do with why you actually are upset. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) If you can, stay close to home. There might be an issue that rears its ugly head and demands your attention. A partner seems to be unwilling to deal with the matter at hand. You might have to handle the situation by yourself. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) You will want to step back before making any calls. Follow your sixth sense when it comes to the timing of discussions. You could nd that you are not speaking the same language as a partner or loved one. Revise your thinking about this person. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) You could be busy handling a nancial matter. You keep hitting an obstacle as you try to move on an issue that affects your daily life. Your frustration could build and build. Imagine what it would take to get your points across. Give that idea a shot. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) You are on top of your game, but a loved one could be hindering your progress. Any attempt to move this person will need to be done with hard, concrete facts. A loved one whom you have put on a pedestal appears once more. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Your playful mood delights many people, except for a key individual in your personal life. This person has been cold, withdrawn and overly serious as of late. You might not be able to get the approval you want from him or her. Avoid a power play at all costs! SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) You feel more upbeat than you have in many years. However, trying to communicate those feelings might be difcult. Be more aware of what others want, and try to address their needs more completely. Do that, and youll sail to success. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Your nances could play a signicant role in your decision-making process. You might be eyeing a purchase for your home. Be as direct as possible when getting quotes and estimates. This expenditure could considerably increase your investment. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) If you pull back and see the big picture, you might make a decision. Sometimes you are too focused on your goals and not as grounded in reality as you should be. Dont let yourself obsess over a desire that might not ever materialize. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) A low-level depression might be stopping you from putting your best foot forward. If you never make the effort, you wont know what could have been possible. One-on-one relating is highlighted. Coming to an understanding about money will be critical. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You feel drawn to a situation that you would like to know more about. You might want to back out of plans, especially if they revolve around a very controlling individual. You could be sorry that you have ignored a key person in your life. Household division of labor is source of couples tension | Thursday, March 29, 2018 C5 TODAY IS THURSDAY, MARCH 29, the 88th day of 2018. There are 277 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On March 29, 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began, limiting consumers to store purchases of an average of about two pounds a week for beef, pork, lamb and mutton using a coupon system. (The Associated Press noted, "From the customer viewpoint, the unrationed oasis of food will be the restaurant or other public eating place.") ON THIS DATE: In 1962 Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the nal time. (Johnny Carson debuted as host the following October.) In 1971 a jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. (The sentences were later commuted.) In 1973 the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1984 under cover of early morning darkness, the Baltimore Colts football team left its home city of three decades and moved to Indianapolis. In 1992 Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton acknowledged experimenting with marijuana "a time or two" while attending Oxford University, adding, "I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again."


C6 Thursday, March 29, 2018 |Always, Patsy Cline Based on a true story about Patsys friendship with fan Louise Seger, Always, Patsy ClineŽ plays at the Sonnentang Ice House Theatre in Mount Dora through April 8. Tickets for all performances are sold out but there is a waiting list for possible seating or added shows. Details: Orange Blossom Opry Doo wop band the Crests, featuring Tommy Mara, performs at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $38 to $46. Details: UpcomingLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSThe cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors,Ž a Studio Series production by the Bay Street Players, plays at State Theater in Eustis from April 5 to 15. In the show, meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names after his crush, Audrey II. The foul-mouth, singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey IIs space origins and intent on global domination. Cost: $21. Details: STAGEFrom Page C1Eggs in the Park Easter eggs arent the only fun event at the Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. There will also be games and relays. The event is for children ages 12 and younger and their families. Eustis Memorial Library Eustis Memorial Library, 120 N. Center Street, hosts an indoor Easter egg hunt from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday for ages 6 and younger. Registration required at 352-357-5686. W.T. Bland Library Get your baskets ready for the Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. The Easter Bunny will stop in, and there will be face painting, balloon artist, PAWS Therapy Dogs kissing booth and treats. Free. Details: 352-735-7180. Backstage Bargain Bonanza Search for treasure at the Backstage Bargain Bonanza from 9 to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Tavares Community Theatre Company, 107 N. Lake Ave. Proceeds benefit the renovation fund. Sandhill Crane Program Florida Fish and Wildlife officer, Tim Dellinger leads an informational program on the Sandhill Crane at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trout Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. Dellinger will discuss sandhill crane behaviors, habitat preference and how to live safely together. Open to the public and free. Donations are appreciated. Bring a dessert or snack to share. Details: Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Lou Holtz The Mount Dora Christian Academy Distinguished Speaker Series features College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Dora Community Building. Holtz was a National Champion head coach and college football analyst for ESPN. Cost: $10 to $20 with special VIP seats available. Details: TAPFrom Page C1you choose an avatar and are able to go anywhere, do anything. Within the Oasis, there are no laws of physics or gravity or morality. The brainchild of the brilliant and eccentric game designer James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who died a few years earlier, the Oasis has now become the setting of a contest, one in which players vie to compete against each other in solving puzzles and finding clues. The winner will gain control of the Oasis, which is the largest company in the world. Wade, who considers himself a loser, but knows hes a sharp player, wants to win to prove that hes better than the cards life has dealt him. Within that virtual world, where hes known by the gamertag Parzival, he meets Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), whose real name is Samantha, and who is playing for purposes of revenge. The elegantly dressed adult whos playing is Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the sneering villain of the piece, whos a honcho at Innovative Online Industries (IOI) „ the second largest company in the world. He wants to win the game out of pure greed, and doesnt bother with a gamertag. The terrifically structured script offers multiple levels of storytelling, and keeps to the spirit of the novel, but continually veers off into different directions, so purists might complain, as they always will about adaptations. But everything sure works as a movie. Big, crash-filled road races through New York City lead to pop culture references ranging from King Kong to Saturday Night FeverŽ to the DeLorean from Back to the Future.Ž There are insightful back stories for Halliday and his former business partner Ogden Morrow (Simon Pegg), as well as for Samantha and Sorrento. Those stories are in the films real-world segments. But about half of it is spent in the Oasis, where Parzival has a massive cyber crush on Art3mis, and Sorrentos henchman I-R0k (T.J. Miller) gets the funniest lines of dialogue. This is an enormous technology-fantasy film. Others like it, from TronŽ to Speed Racer,Ž have failed catch enough viewers fancies. But Spielberg is such a kid at heart, its a perfect movie for him and from him. Big hit. Ed Symkus writes about movies for More Content Now. He can be reached at REVIEWFrom Page C1 Ready Player OneŽWritten by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline; directed by Steven Spielberg With Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, T.J, Miller Rated PG-13 in Bushnell. Free event for ages 0 to 12 and their families. With games and relays. Call 352-793-4781. SUNDAY, APRIL 1 SUNRISE SALUTATIONS: At 8:30 a.m. every Sunday at Lillys on the Lake, 846 W. Osceola St. in Clermont. One hour Yoga sessions and a Mimosa. Bring mat, water and towel. Cost is $13. Call Mae at 407-513-4394 or email events@lillysonthelake. com. SUNSET YOGA: From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Sunday at Clermont Waterfront Park, 330 3rd St. Bring a mat. Free. Call 407-900-8039 for information. BREAKFAST BUFFET: From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. With biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes. Cost is $6.50. Free to “ rst responders with ID and kids under 6. Call 352-483-3327. CALENDARFrom Page C3