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@dailycommercial Facebook.com./daily.commercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Saturday, March 31, 2018 SPORTS | C1KARI NIBLACK HEADLINES ALL-AREA HOOPS TEAM SPORTS | C4YOUR GUIDE TO TODAYS FINAL FOUR MATCHUPS LOCAL & STATE | A3LEESBURG MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN EUSTIS 75 ¢ Opinion .......................A7 Weather ......................A8 Salute ..........................B1 Faith ...........................B3 Sports .........................C1 Classifieds ...................C7 Volume 142, Issue 90 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 By Tom KrisherThe Associated PressDETROIT „ The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama admin-istrations plans to combat climate change.Its not clear whether the announcement will include a specific number, but current regulations from the Envi-ronmental Protection Agency require the fleet of new vehi-cles to get 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2025. Thats about 10 mpg over the existing standard.Environmental groups, who predict increased greenhouse gas emissions and more gas consumption if the standards are relaxed, say the announce-ment could come Tuesday at a Virginia car dealership. EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Friday that the standards EPA likely will roll back rules on gas mileageBy Tamara LushThe Associated PressThe widow of the gunman who slaughtered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was acquitted Friday of helping to plot the attack and lying to the FBI afterward „ a rare and stinging defeat for the U.S. government in a terrorism case.Noor Salman, 31, sobbed upon hearing the jurys verdict of not guilty of obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization, charges that could have brought a life sentence. Her family gasped each time the words not guiltyŽ were pronounced.On the other side of the Orlando courtroom, the families of the victims of the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting sat stone-faced and silent.Within hours, Salman was released from jail after 14 months and got into a waiting car without answering questions.Noor is so grateful. Her belief in the process was shown. She wants to get back to her son,Ž her attorney Linda Moreno said. Family spokeswoman Susan Clary said Salmans family always thought that Noor was the first victimŽ of her husband, Omar Mateen.The verdict reverberated through Orlando and legal circles beyond.The government rarely, rarely loses these kinds of cases. Its got every single factor on its side,Ž said David Oscar Markus, a Miami attorney who routinely tries federal cases. Its a pretty impressive win for the defense and a devastating loss for the government.ŽMateen, the American-born son of Afghan immigrants, Orlando shooters widow acquittedBy Tom McNifftom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comLEESBURG „ Leesburg Bikefest is right around the corner, and you can almost hear the deafening roar of several thousand motorcycles cruising Main Street and the highways of Lake County next month.But the baritone rumble of Harley Davidsons and the piercing whine of sport bikes wont be the only distinctive sounds emanating from streets during this 22nd edition of Bikefest. In fact, theres a good chance that theyll be drowned out completely „ although temporarily „ by a wave of trucks that will roll through Leesburg to usher in Bikefest on its opening night, April 27.The 75 Chrome Shop in Wildwood is organizing a massive convoy of tricked-out Bikefests new arrivalsThe Daisy Duke Contest debuts this year at Bikefest, joining a lineup of hot body contests that run from Friday through Sunday at venues across downtown Leesburg. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] By Harold BubilGatehouse MediaORLANDO „ Hurricane forecasters have made a lot of progress with the science of weather prediction, but the social science continues to be a challenge. Here is the state of the sci-ence: Where the forecast storm tracks in the 1980s were 350 miles off, on average, in the historicŽ 2017 season, the typical miss was 80 miles. Emergency managers are alerted to the possible devel-opment of tropical cyclones two days earlier than they were previously.Those in the general path of tropical cyclones can see where the eye might go, when the high winds might arrive and how high above ground level the storm surge could go. The predictions were so accurate that there were no storm-surge deaths in the U.S. in 2017, despite the landfall of three Category 4 hurricanes and one Category 1.And, as proved in the run-up to last Septembers Hurricane Irma, millions Experts: Planning early for hurricanes saves livesThe Umatilla Inn on State Road 19 was damaged during Hurricane Irma in September in Umatilla. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER / DAILY COMMERCIAL] A massive truck convoy, cra beer and new shows add spice to lineup Many of the rigs are valued at $500,000 or more and will surely provide a sight like no other.Ž Dave Farkus, owner of 75 Chrome Shop. See BIKEFEST, A6 See WEATHER, A6 See WIDOW, A6 See GAS, A6

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A2 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com NATION & WORLDPUBLISHER Steve Skaggs: steve.skaggs@dailycommercial.com ......................352-365-8213 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Tom McNiff: tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com ............................352-365-8250 DIGITAL EDITOR, LIFESTYLES EDITOR Whitney Lehnecker: whitney.lehnecker@dailycommercial.com ....352-365-8258 SPORTS EDITOR Paul Jenkins: paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.com ..........................352-365-8204 SPORTS WRITER Frank Jolley: frank.jolley@dailycommet.com..................................352-365-8268 REPORTER Frank Stan“ eld: frank.stand“ eld@dailycommercial.com ...............352-374-8257 REPORTER Roxanne Brown: roxanne.brown@dailycommercial.com ................352-365-8266 YOUR LOCAL NEWS SOURCE FOR LAKE AND SUMTER COUNTIESPrint delivery available within the newspaper distribution area only. 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The timing of the publication and delivery of premium editions is variable. There will be no more than 1 premium edition published each mo nth during the subscription term. Visit Dailycommercial.com for examples of premium editions. For more info or to cancel your subscription ple ase call 352-787-0600.The Daily Commercial (ISSN 0896-1042) is published daily for $178.47 per year (plus Florida sales tax) by GateHouse Media at 21 2 East Main Street, Leesburg, Florida. Periodicals postage is paid at the USPO, Leesburg, FL. POSTMASTER: Send all address changes to the Daily Commercial, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007. All material contained in this edit ion is property of the Daily Commercial and is protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher. MISSED YOUR NEWSPAPER?: Call 352-787-0600 in Lake County or 877-702-0600 in Sumter County from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. 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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. Thursday, March 29 Fantasy 5: 3-5-17-18-35 Cash 4 Life: 34-35-36-46-58-1 Friday, March 30 Pick 4 Afternoon: 0-7-0-6 Evening: 8-1-1-5 Pick 3 Afternoon: 7-3-0 Evening: 2-5-3LOTTERY ORLANDO, FLA.Chinese student ordered to be deported over behaviorA Florida university student is being sent home to China because police say he exhibited disturbing behav-ior,Ž and bought a second assault weapon after coming to the attention of police.University of Central Flor-ida Police say they spoke with 26-year-old Wenliang Sun in early February after he made unspecified unusual state-mentsŽ to a counselor.The Orlando Sentinel reports Friday he also stopped attending classes, dyed his hair and bought an expensive car. UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said these actions, taken together, raised alarms.Because he was not attend-ing classes, his student visa was revoked and he was taken into custody last month.PITTSBURGHDrue Heinz, philanthropist, widow of Heinz CEO, diesDrue Heinz, the widow of the former head of the H.J. Heinz Co. and a longtime patron of the literary arts has died. She was 103.The Heinz family and The Heinz Endowments said she died Friday in Lasswade, Scotland. Heinz was known for her philanthropy and support of the literary arts. She endowed a literature prize at the University of Pittsburgh, a national prize which every year since 1980 has provided for publication of a collec-tion of short stories. She also was closely involved in the Endowments initiative to develop Pittsburghs Heinz Hall in 1971 and its efforts to create a downtown cultural district.BAGHDADHundreds protest in Baghdad against Saudi princes visitHundreds gathered in Baghdad to protest the upcoming visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Protesters gathered Friday afternoon following midday prayers, some carrying signs calling him a war criminal, blaming the kingdom for crimes committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq. Prince Mohammed is planning to visit Iraq in the near future, according to the office of Iraqs prime minister, but a date has not yet been set.Iraq and Saudi Arabia have long had a strained relation-ship, but recently mended ties with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visiting Riyadh last year. The Associated PressIN BRIEFJailed British jihadis, allegedly part of cell dubbed The Beatles, say killing of captives was regrettableBy Sarah El Deeb and Andrea RosaThe Associated PressKOBANI, Syria „ Two British militants believed to have been part of an Islamic State group cell notorious for beheading hostages in Syria were unapologetic in their first interview since their capture, denouncing the U.S. and Britain as hypocritesŽ who will not give them a fair trial.The men, along with two other British jihadis, allegedly made up the IS cell nicknamed The BeatlesŽ by surviving captives because of their English accents.The nickname belied the cells brutality. In 2014 and 2015, it held more than 20 Western hostages in Syria and tortured many of them. It beheaded seven American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers and a group of Syrian soldiers, boasting of the butchery in videos released to the world.Speaking to The Associated Press at a Kurdish security center, the two men, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, repeatedly refused to address allegations they were part of the cell „ clearly having a future trial in mind. They complained that they could disappearŽ after Brit-ain reportedly revoked their citizenship.They were captured in January in eastern Syria by the Kurdish-led, U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces amid the collapse of IS. Their detention has set off a debate in the U.S. and Europe over how to prosecute their citizens who joined IS „ as the Kurds pressure the West to take them back to relieve over-crowding in prisons.The two said the killings of the captives were a mistake „ but for tactical reasons.Many in IS would have disagreedŽ with the killings on the grounds that there is probably more benefit in them being political prisoners,Ž Kotey said.I didnt see any benefit (in killing them). It was some-thing that was regrettable.Ž He also blamed Western governments for failing to negotiate, noting that some hostages were released for ransoms.Elsheikh said the killings were a mistakeŽ and might not have been justified. But, he said, they were in retali-ation for killings of civilians by the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS. He said the mili-tants shouldnt have initially threatened to kill the hos-tages because then they had to go ahead with it or else your credibility may go.ŽThe beheadings, often carried out on camera, hor-rified the world soon after IS took over much of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The group also committed widescale atroci-ties including massacring thousands of Iraqi troops and civilians and taking sex slaves.The first victim was American journalist James Foley, followed by fellow Americans Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning and Japanese journalists Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto.The leader of the cell, Mohammed Emwazi, was dubbed Jihadi JohnŽ in the British media after he appeared, masked, in the videos, sometimes perform-ing the butchery. He was killed in a U.S.-led coalition drone strike in 2015 in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto IS capital. Another member, Aine Lesley Davis, was arrested in Turkey and convicted there in 2017, sentenced to seven years in prison.Elsheikh, whose family came to Britain from Sudan when he was a child, was a mechanic from White City in west London.He traveled to Syria in 2012, initially joining al-Qai-das branch before moving on to IS, according to the U.S. State Departments listing of the two men for terrorism sanctions. It said he earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock execu-tions and crucifixions while serving as an (IS) jailer.ŽKotey, who is of Ghanaian and Greek-Cypriot descent and converted to Islam in his 20s, is from Londons Pad-dington neighborhood.Serving in the IS cell as a guard, he likely engaged in the groups executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods,Ž the State Depart-ment said. It also said he was an IS recruiter who brought other Britons into the group.Elsheikh and Kotey spoke to the AP at a Kurdish security building in the town of Kobani, where they were brought, initially in handcuffs and face covers that were removed. They appeared to speak openly with no signs of duress and were friendly with SDF security who came in and out of the room.They were both initially confrontational but over the interview became more conversational. Kotey often cracked jokes „ when asked whether IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive, he joked that some people thought Elvis never died and Tupac Shakur is still alive. Elsheikh was straightlaced and reserved, referring more often to Islamic texts.They were unrepentant about belonging to IS „ though they said they did not agree with everything it did. Kotey said he did not think suicide bombings were permissible in Islam. Elsheikh said ISs killing of a captured Jordanian pilot by burning him alive in a cage was atrocious.ŽBut they seemed dismissive of the idea that IS was egregious in brutality.I am not here to justify or shun every act IS did,Ž Elsheikh said, arguing that nationals of a country cant be held responsible for crimes by the state.They scoffed at the idea that that they were a cell and refused to comment whether they had worked as jailors, had ever seen any hostages or knew Emwazi.They depicted the allega-tions as created by media and foreign intelligence „ so the world can say this is the bad guy and kill the bad guy,Ž Elsheikh said.No fair trial, when I am the Beatle in the media. No fair trial,Ž he added.They said they had been questioned repeatedly by U.S. military officials and the FBI „ daily interrogations for a month, then frequent ones for weeks after.The U.S. has been pressing for the home countries of foreign jihadis in Iraq and Syria to take their nationals for trial. Britains defense secretary has said they should not be allowed back into the country. Former captives of the cell and fami-lies of its victims have called on Elsheikh and Kotey to be given a fair trial, whether in the United States or Britain, arguing that locking them away in a a facility like Guantanamo Bay would only fuel further radicalism.Kurdish officials complain they are being left to deal with the IS legacy, including overburdened prisons full of militants, including foreign fighters whose home countries dont want to take them back.Elsheikh and Kotey are held in an undisclosed loca-tion. Kotey said he shares a cell with 70 others, all but four of them Syrians, and that they are sleeping like sardines, literally head to toe, head to toe.Ž Despite the overcrowding, he said, they get fresh air, play games and have classes.Kotey said the U.S. and Britain were not upholding their own laws of due pro-cess. Where are they now or are they just applicable when they suit you?Ž he said. It just looks very hypocritical, double standards.Ž2 IS members: Beheadings a mistakeAlexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic S tate cell dubbed The Beatles,Ž speak during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday at a security center in Kobani, Syria. [HUSSEIN MALLA/ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com BEST BETS FOR TODAYEASTER EGG EXTRAVAGANZA: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Leesburg. With games, prizes, egg hunt and Easter Bunny. Kids should bring baskets. Free. Go to leesburgpartnership.com. 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 ClermontFL.gov/events or call 352-708-5975 to register. 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. DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: The Mount Dora Christian Academy Distinguished Speaker Series features College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz at 7 p.m. at the Mount Dora Christian Academy gymnasium. Cost: $10 to $20 with special VIP seats available. Details: mountdoralive.com.IN BRIEFFOUNTAINAuthorities: Man dies in residential “ reAuthorities said a man died in a residential fire in Florida.The News Herald of Panama City reported that emergency crews responded to a call of a fire early Thursday and found the man inside the home.Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said deputies pulled the man out of his house with third-degree burns all over his body. The sheriff said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.Further details have not been released.ISLAMORADAKeys resort reopens 6 months after Irma Another major Florida Keys resort has reopened after being heavily damaged by Septem-bers Hurricane Irma.Islamoradas iconic Cheeca Lodge Resort & Spa resumed operations Friday, more than six months after Irmas storm surge devastated the resorts lobby and landscaping and destroyed a 525-foot-long oceanside dock. Many of the 27-acre hotels 214 guestrooms suffered water intrusion.Resort officials said theyve done about $25 million worth of work, including some reno-vation projects beyond storm repairs.With Cheecas reopening, tourism officials say 80 percent of the Florida Keys lodging properties can host visitors. In Key West, more than 92 percent of accommodations are open.Cheeca officials said they didnt lay off pre-storm employees during the closure and that they assisted with the propertys recovery.ORLANDOUCF to get “ rst new president in almost 3 decadesThe University of Central Florida will be getting a new president for the first time in 26 years.The state Board of Gover-nors approved the promotion of Provost Dale Whittaker on Thursday. He will replace John Hitt, who is retiring June 30.The Orlando Sentinel reported the board approved Whittakers appointment unanimously. The 56-year-old academic has been provost since 2014 after being vice provost at Purdue University in Indiana.As president, Whittaker will be paid $506,000 annually, receive an $800 per month car allowance and will be eligible for bonuses based on gradu-ation and retention rates and donations.UCF is one of the nations largest schools, with 66,000 students.By Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield@dailycommercial.comEUSTIS „ Police are inves-tigating an early-morning shooting in Eustis that left one man dead Friday.A caller told police shots were fired near the intersection of Glover Street and Orange Avenue about 4:30 a.m. Officers arrived to find a man lying behind a car dead. He was identified as Joshua Brown, 29, of Leesburg.At the scene Friday morning, about 20 markers indicated the location of shell casings and other evidence. A semi-automatic rifle was also at the scene.The woman who reported the crime said she heard argu-ing, then a gunshot at 4:30 a.m.My daughter told me to look out the window,Ž said the woman, who does not want to be identified. I heard the first round, then boom, boom, boom, boom.Ž She said she Leesburg man killed in shootingJoshua Brown was found in Eustis Friday morningCrime scene investigators look over the body of a man who was killed on Glover Street in Eustis on Friday. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER/DAILY COMMERCIAL] By Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ After 18 months of digging by an undercover agent, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission scored dozens of arrests and citations Thursday for violations of game and fish laws.Our regional law enforcement officers identified suspicious behavior in the Lake County area pertaining to the illegal commercialization and exploitation of fish and wild-life,Ž said Maj. Grant Burton in a press release.Charges include the illegal taking of fish and wildlife, sale and purchase of illegally harvested wildlife and posses-sion of a firearm by a convicted felon. FWC spokesman Rob Klepper described the offenders as a loose network.ŽWe dont consider it an organized ring,Ž he said.Besides those arrested in Lake County, others were issued citations in Palm Beach, Polk and Orange counties.Wildlife conservation laws are in place to protect and manage the long-term sustainability of Floridas natural resources for use by the public,Ž Burton said.We take our wildlife laws very seriously,Ž Klepper said.Florida statutes contain some stiff penalties for violations. Those arrested include:Jatindra Chatterpaul Bhow-ani, 56, five counts of unlawful possession of illegally harvested deer with intent to sell, a third-degree felony, and unlawful sale of alligator, a third-degree felony.Christopher Jack Judy, 39, possession of firearm by a con-victed felon, a second-degree felony; unlawful possession of an alligator, third-degree felony, unlawful sale of an alligator, first-degree misdemeanor.FWC investigation brings area arrests, citations With the bright blue skies and mild temperatures Friday morning, a group of about 20 people gathered at the pickleball courts in Donnelly Park to compete in a few friendly games. Regardless of skill level, players were seen enjoying their time on the court. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong that can be played as doubles or singles. According to weather.com, temperatures today are expected to be in the high 70s with cloudy skies across Lake County.Perfect day for pickleballPeople gathered at Donnelly Park to compete in gamesA player hits the ball over the net as his partner looks on during a game of pickleball on the courts at Donnelly Park in downtown Mount Dora on Friday. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER PHOTOS/DAILY COMMERCIAL] A woman serves the ball during a game of pickleball. By Christine SextonNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Floridas Medicaid program has been rapped by auditors who questioned what the state got for millions of dol-lars spent with a company whose lobbyists included two former Republican House speakers and a former top health care regulator.State auditors additionally raised questions about how aggressive the Agency for Health Care Adminis-tration has been in trying to clamp down on fraud. The newly released audit said the agencys Office of Medicaid Program Integrity never forwarded leads regarding potential fraudulent activity to 11 HMOs under contract with the state.The audit released this week by the state auditor general questioned why Florida spent more than $5.5 million on an advanced data analytics system and renewed the vendors contract five times despite the companys inability to include data on the majority of people enrolled in the Medicaid program.Between 2014 and 2017, when SAS Institute was working for the state, the company listed a cadre of well-connected Tallahassee lobbyists, including former Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary and Medicaid Director Tom Arnold and former House speakers Dean Cannon and Larry Cretul.Despite the audit findings, AHCA spokeswoman Mallory McManus said in a prepared statement that the agency believes Florida has the best Medicaid Program Integrity unit in the nation. Combatting and reporting Audit questions Medicaid anti-fraud e ortsA group of men touch paddles after a game. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER/ DAILY COMMERCIAL] See SHOOTING, A4 See POACHERS, A4 See AUDIT, A4

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A4 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com Richard DickŽ Brillhart, age 91 of Wildwood passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018. He was born in Akron, Ohio and came to Florida in 1959. Mr. Brillhart was a retired Branch Manager for Lawyers Title Insurance Company. He was a WW II U.S. Marine Corp Veteran stationed on the USS Alabama serving in the Philippines and Japan. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion, the Alabama Crewmans Association and was an avid handball player. Mr. Brillhart was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Summer“eld, Florida. Mr. Brillhart was preceded in death by his “rst wife: Mary Dee Brillhart and his daughter: Melinda D. Woods. Surviving are his wife Clare Brillhart, Wildwood, FL.; Son: Richard Brillhart, Bristol, VA.; Step Daughter: Joan L. Carruthers, Winter Springs, FL; Step Son James Carruthers, Jr. Richmond, VA. and 5 Grandchildren. Memorial Services for Mr. Richard DickŽ Brillhart will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Lady Lake Chapel of Beyers Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lady Lake, FL Online condolences may be left at www. BeyersFuneralHome.comRichard Brillhart Funeral Services TodaysServices Thomas E. McFallThomas E. McFall, 77, of Leesburg, Florida passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. He was born on April 8, 1940 in Poteau, Oklahoma. He was a proud veteran of The United States Navy. Tom was an avid sports fan. His favorite teams include The Denver Broncos, The Cleveland Indians and The Chicago Cubs. He was a Banker for 40 years in the Denver area. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Judith McFall (nee Edwards); sons Stephen Patrick McFall (Holli) and Michael Thomas McFall (Jason Posey); grandchildren Evan Thomas McFall and Megan Rose McFall; brother in-law David Edwards (Carol); several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Bobby Joe McFall; parents Stephen and Mary McFall. A visitation will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 10-11:30 am, located at Page-Theus Funeral Home, 914 W. Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34748. Online condolences may be sent at pagetheusfuneralhome. com. Arrangements under the care of PageTheus Funeral Home and Cremation Services. ORLANDOOf“ cer sentenced for “ ring into wrong houseA police officer who fired into a house after being sent to a wrong address will not have to serve any jail time.Local media reported that Ocoee officer Carlos Anglero was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service on his January conviction of shooting into a building.A dispatcher sent offi-cers to the wrong address at 1 a.m. on Feb. 6, 2016, for a domestic disturbance. They pounded on the door but the homeowner said they didnt announce themselves as police. Another officer saw him inside with a gun and opened fire. Anglero then fired. No one was hit.Anglero blamed the dispatcher and said he had no regrets.MIAMICongressional candidate calls residents uneducatedA congressional candidate is getting some unwanted attention after saying most people in her district are uneducated.ŽMiami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez made the comment during a Tuesday night candidate forum. She said out of 740,000 people living in the district, only about 190,000 have college degrees, 90,000 have graduate degrees. But the vast majority of people in this district are uneducated.ŽThe Miami Herald reported that Rosen Gonzalez, a community college English professor, said she meant to say undereducatedŽ for the current job market. She blamed the paper for the controversy, saying it had taken the quote out-of-context on its opinion pages Twitter account.The papers opinion editor said the quote was accurate.Gonzalez is one of eight Democrats running to replace retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.fraud and abuse is one of our agencys top priorities, and we work every day with our health plans, and other stakeholders to ensure this activity is properly reported and dealt with.Ž According to the audit, the state contracted with SAS Institute in 2014 to develop and maintain an advanced data analytics system.Though what is known as managed-care encounter dataŽ was available, the state did not require SAS Institute to include it in the advanced analytics until 2015. Even then, AHCA staff told auditors that SAS Institute had been unable to process the Medicaid managed-care encounter data due to differences in how man-aged-care plans coded the data compared to claims data from the traditional fee-for-service payment system. As a result, the data wasnt included in the SAS Institutes analy-ses until January 2017, six months before the con-tract expired.Lawmakers in 2011 passed a major overhaul of the Medicaid system that requires most beneficiaries to enroll in managed-care plans, moving away from the fee-for-service model. Only about 20 percent of 3.9 million Medicaid ben-eficiaries are outside of the managed care system, according to enrollment reports.AHCA ultimately withheld $1.4 million in payments from SAS Insti-tute for its performance, a move made possible under a change the state made to the contract in 2016, which McManus says, underscored the states commitment to combat-ing fraud and abuse.The audit noted AHCA renewed the contract five times, despite never conducting a cost-benefit analysis. The audit recommended that agency officials document consideration of the cost effectiveness of applicable contracts. We also recommend that, prior to contracting for similar services in the future, agency manage-ment establish and clearly identify vendor perfor-mance benchmarks."The Office of Medicaid Program Integrity is responsible for overseeing Medicaid provider activities to minimize fraud and abu-sive behavior, to recover Medicaid overpayments and to impose sanctions when appropriate.The office conducts audits of Medicaid providers to look at issues such as possible fraud and overpayments. The audits are based, in part, on anal-yses of Medicaid data.But the audit said the Office of Medicaid Program Integrity did not refer leads or referrals about possible wrongdoing to managed-care organizations for investigation.The audit said the effective use of Medicaid managed care encounter data to identify and timely communicate to the (managed care organizations) leads related to possible acts of fraud, abuse, or overpayment in the Medicaid program could allow the (managed care organizations) to more quickly stop or prevent unallowable pay-ments to providers and provides greater assurance and further serves to demonstrate that the Agency is overseeing Medicaid provider activ-ities in accordance with state law.ŽMcManus, the AHCA spokeswoman, downplayed the auditor generals finding, calling it technical.ŽHistorically, our agency has not distinguished between fee-for-service claims and encounter data claims when we make referrals, but this does not mean that our agency is not referring fraud and abuse to the managed care plans,Ž she said, adding that the agency made 180 referrals to plans for fol-low-ups. In the future, in response to the audit we will make the distinc-tion, but this is a very technical finding.Ž AUDITFrom Page A3Bibi S. Latiff, 49, two counts of attempt to take a deer at night with a gun and light, first-degree misdemeanor, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of selling illegally harvested deer meat, third-degree felonies; and illegal sale of alligator.Willie Antonio Neal, 40, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, taking an alligator, five counts of attempting to take a deer with a light and gun, four counts of selling ille-gally harvested deer meat; sale of alligator meat, two counts of possessing dear meat with intent to sell, third-degree felonies, intentional wounding of a threatened species, a third-degree felony; two counts of taking an alligator; two counts of possession of an alligator, unlawful possession of an alligator; the taking of a wild turkey, a third-degree felony; sale of wild turkey meat, first-degree misdemeanor.Warren A. Turner, 54, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, attempting to take a deer with gun and light.Charles Brian Walker, 37, four counts of taking fish and wildlife while privilege suspended, first-degree misdemeanor; three counts of sale of cap-tured wild turtles without a license, second-degree misdemeanor; two counts of possession of a designated species of special concern, second-degree misdemeanor; sale of freshwater eels without a commercial license, sec-ond-degree misdemeanor.Francisco Ursua Yapp III, 42, four counts of salt water product without a license, second-degree misdemeanor; two counts of purchase of freshwater fish without a license, sec-ond-degree misdemeanor; unlawful purchase of native redfish, second-degree misdemeanor; four counts of illegal possession of deer meat with intent to sell; possession of snook during closed season, second-degree misdemeanor; over-the-bag limit of snook, first-degree misdemeanor; attempting to take a deer with gun and light, illegal possession of wild turkey with intent to sell, and possession of alligator.Second-degree felonies are punishable by fines of up to $10,000 and 15 years in prison, third-degree felonies up to $5,000 and five years in prison, first-degree misdemeanors up to $1,000 and a year in jail, and second-degree $500 and 60 days in jail. POACHERSFrom Page A3saw the man run, then fall.I never saw who was shooting,Ž she said.A rifle, apparently an AR-15, was lying on the ground near the intersec-tion. The witness doesnt believe it belonged to the victim, but investigators say they aren't yet sure if it was used in the shooting.Detectives spent much of the day Friday can-vassing the neighborhood looking for witnesses who might have seen or heard something that could help them identify the shooter. Late Friday, they did not have a suspect.Police met with griefstricken family members down the road at Glover and McDonald streets. One woman, in particular, was inconsolable, weep-ing loudly and at one point falling to her knees.He didnt deserve what happened to him,Ž said Dericka Brown, who said she was the victims sister.Hes been a good person,Ž she said. He wanted to do better. He called me yesterday and said he wanted to go to church with me Sunday.ŽValerie Brown described herself as aunt/mom.ŽI raised him,Ž she said.She said he worked at Popeyes fried chicken in Leesburg, is not married, but has a child on the way.ŽHell never get to see his child,Ž she said.Brown was facing charges in a violent crime that occurred on Oct. 6.Court records were not accessible for the details, but the Clerk of Court website indicates he was charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm with a firearm, shooting at an occupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and robbery with a firearm. SHOOTINGFrom Page A3 IN BRIEF By Dara KamNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Tal-lahassee touts, whove barely had time to get the pollen sprayed off their luxury SUVs since the Legislature folded up its tent three weeks ago, may want to bide their time before book-ing luxury vacations.Capitol insiders heaved a collective groan Thursday after legislative leaders revealed theyre in the midst of behind-the-scenes talks that could lead to a special session before mid-summer.Sen. Bill Galvano and Rep. Jose Oliva, Repub-licans who will take over as the leaders of their chambers later this year, have resuscitated persis-tently elusive gambling issues as they explore a deal with the Seminole Tribe.In the waning days of the 2018 session, Galvano and Oliva scrambled to reach consensus on byzantine gambling leg-islation that addressed a panoply of issues, including blackjack, roulette, craps and slot machines.But a school-safety measure prompted by the Feb. 14 massacre at Mar-jory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland eclipsed the gambling proposal, along with much other business, as the regular session drew to a close in early March.The main reason for the revived interest in gambling issues, accord-ing to the GOP leaders, is a $400 million ante; thats about how much the Seminoles currently pay the state for the exclusiveŽ right to run banked table games, such as blackjack, at most of the tribes casinos and to operate slots outside of Miami-Dade and Bro-ward counties.After a protracted legal battle, a federal judge sided with the tribe in a clash over whether lucrative designated player games,Ž operated by many of the states pari-mutuel facilities, breached the exclusivity guarantee granted to the Seminoles. The state and the tribe reached a temporary settlement, in which the Seminoles agreed to keep making the payments until Saturday. The weekend deadline sparked the push for the latest round of negotia-tions, Galvano and House Speaker Richard Corco-ran said Thursday.The designated player games are just part of the gambling puzzle. The tribe and the gam-bling industry in general are awaiting the outcome of litigation over contro-versial electronic games found in bars, strip malls and restaurants. Critics and a Tallahassee judge contend the pre-revealŽ games are unregulated slot machines.The tribe also is paying close attention to socalled internet cafes,Ž which the Seminoles lawyer, Barry Richard, claims are hosting illegal slot machines.The Seminoles wont reduce or stop payments to the state unless the disputed games have caused a material economic impactŽ or they feel theyre paying more money for the exclusivity than theyre getting value for,Ž Richard said.They (the Seminoles) have an increasing number of businesses that are coming in and that are blatantly violat-ing their exclusivity,Ž he said in an interview. Theyre easy things to fix. ƒ The Legislature hasnt fixed those things. I dont think its the tribes purpose to punish the state of Flor-ida, but I think they want to get a fair value for their money.ŽLawmakers like Gal-vano, whos been a chief legislative gambling negotiator for years, are eager for the cashrelated certainty a new compact with the Semi-noles would provide.The goal would be to have stability, and to know what to expect in terms of revenue share from the tribe and not be left in this ambiguous state where the tribe can stop paying, legally or not, and point to unre-solved issues as the basis for their cessation,Ž Gal-vano, R-Bradenton, said.But not all legislators are convinced of the urgency a special session implies.According to Sen. Audrey Gibson, a Jacksonville Democrat who will take over as the Senate minority leader after the November elec-tions, Galvano and other lawmakers had plenty of notice that the Seminoles payments could come to a halt.Weekly roundup: Taking odds on a special session

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 A5By Jesse J. Holland and Emily SwansonThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the civil rights movement he led, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.Three-quarters of Afri-can Americans said there has been little or no prog-ress on fair treatment by police, and more than half answered the same about fair coverage by the media, political represen-tation or equal economic opportunities.Currently, things are steadily going on a quick downward spiral,Ž said Stephanie Sutton, 42, a Silver Spring, Maryland, housewife who is black. Inequality touches everything, from work, police, schools, education, income, houses.ŽEven when it comes to voting rights „ the high point for perceived progress for all of Americans in the poll „ just 34 percent of blacks said there has been a lot of progress made toward equality. Another 29 percent said there has been at least some progress.Were going backward to where were starting to see more black males mostly getting assaulted by police officers unjustly and stuff like that,Ž said Kyla Marshall, 28, of Lan-sing, Michigan, a state government worker who is black.Americans overall were only slightly more opti-mistic. More than half said major progress has been made toward equal voting rights for African Americans, but just a quarter said there has been a lot of progress in achieving equal treatment by police or the criminal justice system. Among whites, 64 percent think theres been a lot of progress and another 25 percent think theres been minor progress on voting rights, while 28 percent think theres been a lot of progress and 31 percent partial progress toward equality in the criminal justice system.The poll found that 30 percent of American adults „ 35 percent of whites and just 8 percent of blacks „ said all or most of the goals of the 1960s civil rights move-ment have been achieved. Most of the remainder said partial progress has been achieved.I think the civil rights movement was phenom-enal in forcing banks, political systems and educational systemsŽ to change, said Grant Jay Walters, 53, of Hamburg, New York, who is white. I think it absolutely achieved its goals. I do not think the civil rights movement can go in and change the hearts of men. Theres still a lot of racism in the communities and Im not sure how you can ever make that go away.ŽThe poll was taken about six weeks ahead of the 50th anniversary of Kings death.King was shot and killed April 4, 1968, outside his second-?oor room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, by segregationist James Earl Ray. King has since been acknowledged as an American hero for his quest for freedom, justice, equality and peace among all races.The poll found only one area „ voting rights „ where a majority said a lot of progress has been made for racial equality since the civil rights movement. In total, 57 percent of Amer-icans said there has been major progress on equal voting rights, though just 39 percent said there has been major progress on political representation for African Americans.Close to half said there has been major progress on reducing segregation in public life „ 47 percent „ and equal access to good education „ 48 percent. About a third said there has been at least some progress in those areas.On the lowest end of the spectrum, just 23 per-cent said there has been a great deal of progress in fair treatment of blacks by police or the criminal jus-tice system, and nearly half said there has been little to no progress in either of those areas.Whites were more likely than blacks to think there has been progress in every area asked about in the poll.Blacks are claiming racism but I dont see it myself,Ž said Tommy Romero, 47, of New Iberia, Louisiana, who is white. Theyre claiming it but its all about what they feel about the past, slavery and everything else. Thats how I feel.ŽRomero said that things overall have gotten much better considering the racism of the past, espe-cially in the South.Things were terrible back then,Ž he said. The way minorities were treated, drinking at sep-arate fountains, eating at separate restaurants, and sitting on certain parts of the bus, stuff like that, police beating on them, that just made no sense.ŽIn general, 54 percent of Republicans and just 14 percent of Democrats think most or all of the goals of the civil rights movement have been achieved. That ranged from 76 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of Democrats saying there has been a lot of progress on voting rights, to 43 percent of Republicans and 9 per-cent of Democrats saying there has been a lot of progress on fair treatment by police.Just over half of all Americans „ including 79 percent of blacks and 44 percent of whites „ said African Americans continue to face disad-vantages to getting ahead in the United States. Thats compared with 22 percent who said blacks actually have advantages and 26 percent who said their race makes no dif-ference in getting ahead.Poll: 50 years after MLK, civil rights goals not metIn this Jan. 17, 2013 photo, two women look at the portrait of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. following a service celebrating Kings birthday in Atlanta. [DAVID GOLDMAN/ ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] The Associated PressNEW YOR „ A majority of young people believe President Donald Trump is racist, dishonest and mentally unfitŽ for office, according to a new survey that finds the nations youngest potential voters are more concerned about the Republicans perfor-mance in the White House than older Americans.The poll from The Asso-ciated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that just 33 percent of Americans between the ages of 15 and 34 approve of Trumps job performance.Thats 9 points lower than all adults, who were asked the same question on a separate AP-NORC survey taken this month.Trump doesnt care about us,Ž said 27-year-old Nicole Martin, an African-American graduate student in Missoula, Montana. Im not going to say hes unfit like he has schizophrenia. I do kind of think hes twisted in the head. He just comes off as disgusting to me.ŽThe survey is the first in a series of polls designed to highlight the voices of the youngest generation of voters. The respondents, all of whom will be old enough to vote when Trump seeks re-election in 2020, represent the most diverse generation in American history.They would occupy the largest share of the elec-torate „ if they vote at the same rate as older Ameri-cans. But history suggests they are also the least likely to vote this fall. In the 2014 midterm elections, for example, only about 20 percent of 18-29 year-olds cast ballots.Asked if she will vote this fall, when the presidents party, but not the president himself, will be on the ballot, Martin said: I havent really thought about it.Ž Still, there are signs that seven months before the midterm elections, young people appear to be more engaged in politics. Nearly half of younger Americans, 47 percent, say theyre personally paying closer attention to politics since Trumps election; 2 in 10 say theyre engaging in political activism more than before.High school students led massive protests nationwide last weekend that called for gun control in the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Flor-ida, that left 17 dead, and the poll found that young people are more focused about guns than any other issue. Twenty-one percent say the nations gun laws are their top concern, while 15 percent cited the economy and 8 percent said social inequality.APNORC/MTV Poll: Young people run from Trump

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A6 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comtrucks to storm Leesburg and get the party started.The Big Rig Convoy, featuring an estimated 100 trucks, will ride under police escort from Wildwood to Leesburg, then roll through the city before returning to Wildwood for the 75 Chrome Shops 29th Annual Truck Show.Many of the rigs are valued at $500,000 or more and will surely pro-vide a sight like no other,Ž said Dave Farkus, owner of 75 Chrome Shop.The convoy is one of several new wrinkles youll find at Bikesfest this year. Here is a look at some others: The Cra Beer PubBikes, music and beer are staples of this event, and this year, Bikefest is tapping (pardon the pun) into the craft beer craze by offering a dedicated area to showcase some of Floridas best craft beer labels.The Craft Beer Pub will be at the venue dubbed 1st Street Station on Canal Street, next to the Swamp stage. It will feature 20 taps behind 30 to 40 feet of bar with products from 19 brewers, including Wolf Branch in Eustis.Its a big undertaking,Ž said Joe Shipes, chief executive officer of the Leesburg Partnership, which runs Bikefest. You cant imagine the logistics of trying to sell that much product.This is not a blow-and-go. This is the sort of place where you enjoy a beer and hang out for a while.Ž Grease & Gears GarageIf you love tinkering with motorcycles, youll love Grease & Gears Garage, where some of the industrys best mechanics and craftsmen show you how they transform bikes into works of art in a stage show that is part workshop and part performance art. The guys will be micd up and will interact with the audience as they work their creative magic. Daisy Duke contestIf youre at all familiar with Bikefest, then you know about the many hot body contests that occur through the weekend. Sunday has traditionally been a day of rest from that sort of thing, but this year the Daisy Duke contest will take to the Main Stage at the down-town square, sandwiched between some top country performers, including Colt Ford. VIP tentThe Bikefest VIP tent has traditionally been reserved for members of the Leesburg Partnership, Chamber of Commerce members and Bikefest sponsors. This year, the Partnership is making 200 tickets available to the public as well, for $75 apiece.The VIP tent, located next to the Main Stage downtown, features air conditioned bathrooms and catered food. Tickets go on sale next week at the Partnership. Got to www. leesburgbikefest.com. BIKEFESTFrom Page A1of people can evacuate Florida in a fairly orderly fashion „ even if not ordered to „ because they have the time and the state has the infrastructure to allow it.Here is the state of the social science: Too many people evacuated when they could have sheltered in place.Ž And, instead of celebrating the dodging of the bullet,Ž some Floridians complained that they went to all the work of preparation, and now Publix wont take the food back,Ž said Leslie Chapman-Henderson of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.So, members of the weather enterpriseŽ who met in Orlando for the 38th National Hurricane Conference asked, how can forecasters, government emergency managers and television meteorologists best communicate urgency without inciting panic?Its all about messaging „ getting the right message to the public, at the right time, to avoid mass hysteria.The science is getting so much better, and the modeling is getting amaz-ing,Ž said Ken Graham, who takes over as head of the National Hurri-cane Center in Miami this weekend. Part of the message is, Look at your preparedness. You have to have a plan early. But there are real subtleties of the message that we have to talk about.ŽFor one, hurricanes are unique weather sys-tems that are sensitive to nearby high and low pres-sure areas and wind shear. Each scenario is different. This is why forecasters tend to err on the side of caution.Subtle changes in a hurricane make big differences on the ground,Ž Graham said. A bigger hurricane can spread out those impacts „ more storm surge, more rain. I could go on.Ž Namely, the size, baro-metric pressure, forward speed, wind speed, align-ment of thunderstorm and tornado cells in a storm and the angle of collision with a coastline, and the impact areas built envi-ronment, all play key roles in how much devastation a hurricane causes.Although Irmas direct death toll (four) in Florida was low and the cost of damages ($65 billion) was high, the whereŽ and howŽ of Irmas progress resulted in relief for millions and misery for millions more. Realizing too late For the lucky ones, said Chapman-Henderson, the That-Wasnt-So-BadŽ reaction is cause for concern.A few days before Irmas impact, and with Texas Hurricane Harvey fresh on their minds, tens of thousands of Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte residents boarded up and headed for Georgia and South Carolina after seeing predictions of 135 mph winds and 10to 15-foot storm surges.Those failed to materi-alize „ thanks to Irmas rapid weakening after making landfall and its veer to the east just before hitting the Collier County coast. That sent the eye of the storm inland far enough that it missed Sarasota County, and, with maximum winds of about 76 mph, resulted in minimal property damage, aside from power failures that in some cases lasted for weeks. We are only as good as the last one,Ž Chapman-Henderson said, using the devastating cyclones Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012) on the eastern seaboard as examples. She spoke with storm survivors who fully prepared for Irene, and then nothing happened,Ž even though it was the ninth-costliest storm in history.And the next one came along, Sandy, and there was horrible loss of life (233 direct deaths). People evacuated in the middle of it. Their kids were swept away. Later on they said, Id done it all before and nothing happened. This time, I realized I was too late. ŽAfter Hurricane Katrina (2005) on the upper Gulf Coast, she heard similar stories. Longtime residents who lived through Hurricane Camille in 1969 thought nothing could be worse than that. But some of them lost everything and some wound up in trees hanging on for dear life,Ž Chapmann-Henderson said. More than 1,800 died, many from drowning.The weather has served up a very complex problem for us. We have moved past hurricane amnesia. That was two years ago. Now, we will have some hysteria. Some of the Irma evacuations that were unnecessary were driven by Hurricane Harvey and the fear (from its 50 inches of rain). Some good behavior was driven by Harvey, as well.But beyond that, we are going to be dealing with how to reach people and make sure they under-stand to forget Irma, forget Charley: Every storm has its own story to tell. You have to still pre-pare. You cant use that past experience.ŽShe suggests that instead of holding hurricane parties during storms, survivors who escape with little damage should hold parties afterward.I am very concerned about Irma. I was in Tampa after Irma, and people were like, Wow, I did all this stuff, and I didnt need to. Instead of, Fantastic! I dodged the bullet. And maybe that is that post-landfall dearth of the right information.Ž WEATHERFrom Page A1Colt Ford will be the headliner on April 29 at Bikefest. Bikers roll down Main Street during Bikefest in 2015. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE PHOTOS] was killed by police after opening fire in the name of the Islamic State group.Relying heavily on an alleged confession from Salman, federal prosecu-tors charged that she and Mateen had scouted out potential targets together and that she gave him the green light to commit terrorism.ŽBut the defense portrayed her as an easily manipulated woman with a low IQ and argued that she signed a false confession because she was tired after a long interrogation.In a blow to the governments case, the FBI itself found that receipts and cellphone signals showed the couple were nowhere near the Pulse on the day Salman said they were.Also, prosecutors introduced no online posts, texts or any other evidence that Salman supported ISIS, and were hard-pressed to counter the defenses portrayal of her as a simple, sweet mother who loves her 5-year-old son, romance novels and the cartoon character Hello Kitty.After the verdict, pros-ecutors said they were disappointed and took no questions.The jurors said little as they left court.Noor Salman should never have been on trial,Ž said Ahmed Bedier, a civil rights advocate and the president of United Voices of America. Let this verdict serve as a message to law enforce-ment and prosecutors who railroad and persecute innocent people on little evidence, the people of this great nation will not allow it.ŽSome veteran attor-neys said the government made a mistake in not recording the alleged confession. The jury was given only a written statement. The FBI needs to start recording their statements. Its a terrible practice. But its the FBIs policy not to record,Ž Markus said. Even local police agencies now record statements and are required to do so. Jurors in todays age want to hear the recording, they want to see the evidence.Ž Miami defense attorney David Weinstein said: As much as we dont want to admit it, this is the age of the cellphone. Its ingrained in the minds of jurors, if its not recorded, it didnt happen.Ž Christine Leinonen, an attorney and former state trooper whose only son was killed in the nightclub massacre, told The Orlando Sentinel that she was disappointed but not shocked by the verdict. She said Salmans alleged confession was clearly coercedŽ and added: Cops screw up their own cases.ŽProsecutors had also accused Salman of falsely claiming that her husband didnt use the internet in their home, that he had deactivated his Facebook account years earlier, that he had one gun when he had three, and that he wasnt radicalized.But the defense said that Salman, who was born in California to Palestinian parents, was abused and cheated on by her husband and that he concealed much of his life from her. Her attor-neys argued there was no way she knew her husband would attack the nightclub because even he didnt know it until moments before.According to prosecu-tors, Mateen intended to attack Disney Worlds shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller but became spooked by police and chose a new target. Lush reported from St. Petersburg, Florida. This story has been corrected to show that Bedier is with United Voices of America. WIDOWFrom Page A1are still being reviewed.Any change is likely to set up a lengthy legal showdown with California, which currently has the power to set its own pollution and gas mileage standards and doesnt want them to change. About a dozen other states follow Californias rules, and together they account for more than one-third of the vehicles sold in the US. Currently the federal and California standards are the same.Automakers have lobbied to revisit the requirements, saying theyll have trouble reaching them because people are buying bigger vehicles due to low gas prices. They say the standards will cost the industry billions of dol-lars and raise vehicle prices due to the cost of developing technology needed to raise mileage.When the standards were first proposed, the government predicted two-thirds of new vehicles sold would be cars, with the rest trucks and SUVs, said Gloria Bergquist of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Now the reverse is true, she said.Still, environmental groups say the standards save money at the pump, and the technology is available for the indus-try to comply. They also say burning more gasoline will put peoples health at risk.The American public overwhelmingly supports strong vehicle standards because they cut the cost of driving, reduce air pollution, and combat climate change,Ž said Luke Tonachel, director of the Natural Resources Defense Councils Clean Vehicles and Fuels Project.The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin-istration are involved in setting the standards, which would cover the years 2022 through 2025.Some conservative groups are pressing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to revoke a waiver that allows California to set its own rules. They say California shouldnt be allowed to set policy for the rest of the nation. Pruitt has publicly questioned the veracity of evidence complied by climate sci-entists, including those in his own agency, that global warming is over-whelmingly caused by man-made carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.If the waiver is revoked, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the state will resist. What were doing to protect Califor-nias environment isnt just good for our com-munities „ its good for the country,Ž he said in a statement. Were not looking to pick a fight with the Trump admin-istration, but when they threaten our values, were ready.ŽGetting rid of the waiver or having two gas mileage and pollution requirements presents a huge dilemma for automakers: while they would like to avoid fines for failing to meet the standards, they also want the expense of building two versions of cars and trucks, one for the California-led states and another for the rest of the country. GASFrom Page A1Susan Adieh, left, cousin, and other family members of Noor Salman receive hugs from friends Friday after a jury found Salman not guilty on all charges at the Orlando Federal Courthouse in Orlando, Fla. The widow of the gunman who slaughtered 49 people at a gay Orlando nightclub was acquitted Friday of helping her husband plan the attack and lying to the FBI. [RED HUBER/ ORLANDO SENTINEL VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 A7HAVE YOUR SAYWe welcome signed letters and guest columns. Letters should not exceed 300 words and columns should not exceed 500 words. Columns need to include a recent headshot of the writer. We edit for length, clarity, and grammar. Mail: Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007 Email: letters@dailycommercial.com Fax: 352-365-1951 Opiates are dangerous, contributing to nearly 6,000 deaths each year in Florida „ a number that is on the rise. People who start with prescription pain medication can graduate to street drugs like heroin or the ultra-powerful narcotic fentanyl. And the epidemics reach extends past those taking the drugs: Florida officials blame opiates for the dramatic increase in the number of children in state care because their parents are too disabled by addiction to care for them. Opiates are also useful. Doctors wrote 3.6 million prescriptions for the painkillers in 2016, easing the pain of broken limbs, infected teeth, surgical incisions and cancer, among other conditions. For some patients with intractable pain, the relief they get from opioid painkillers is the only thing making their lives bearable. So who is more important? The people struggling with addiction, and their suffering families? Or those who legitimately need the relief of reliable pain control? Striking that balance has been terribly difficult for lawmakers. In the session that just ended, they opted on the side of fighting addiction „ passing opioid-prescription measures that are the most stringent in the nation, according to information gathered by the state Legislature. One part of the legislation makes obvious sense. For the first time, all doctors prescribing controlled substances (including non-opiate drugs, such as the class of stimulants used to treat attention-deficit disorders) are required to consult the states prescription-monitoring database before prescribing controlled drugs. This could cut down on doctor-shopping behavior and help the state keep watch for a resurgence of the socalled pill millsŽ that earned Florida a national reputation as a pipeline for controlled pharmaceuticals. But the other measure in the new law might be overkill. Prescriptions for designated opiates will be limited to a three-day supply for most patients, or seven days worth when doctors deem them medically necessary.Ž It also excludes several classes of patients, including those suffering from cancer, terminal illness, those with serious traumatic injuries and those under a regime of palliative care,Ž including those in hospice. Only one other state, Kentucky, has a three-day prescribing limit, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures survey in late 2017. And Kentuckys other restrictions arent as harsh as Floridas. The caps in the new law are less than half of the seven-day limit recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. That pushes the nations third-largest state into unknown territory. Does Floridas new law provide enough leeway to ensure that patients suffering from legitimate, sometimes maddening pain have whatever relief high-powered painkillers can provide? Only time will tell; doctors told the Legislature that they fear the answer is no.Ž State officials shouldnt just assume the physicians are wrong. Instead, they should keep close track as the new law is implemented, watching to ensure the right balance was struck. They should also monitor prescribing patterns to see how doctors behavior changes: Are they more likely to deny access to truly needed pain relief because they are afraid of new state sanctions? Without good data on the impacts of this law, lawmakers are shooting in the dark and can only hope theyve struck the right balance.OUR OPINIONOpiate limits need follow-up ANOTHER OPINION Rejected first draft of Mark Zuckerberg's belated apology for the mass data invasion that affected at least 50 million Facebook users: To all devoted members of the worldwide Facebook family, I want to say how sorry I am that some of your personal information got mined, tracked and re-deployed by Cambridge Analytica during the last U.S. election cycle. Most CEOs would immediately accept full blame for such a scandal, and promise it will never happen again. But I'm not like traditional CEOs. I'm way, way cooler. I don't wear pinstriped suits and neckties, or carry a calfskin briefcase. I wear blue jeans and carry a cup of coffee in a flimsy biodegradable cup. And my generation of aloof tech billionaires doesn't believe in shoveling BS at our customers and shareholders. So here's the hard truth about the Facebook data breach: We weren't prepared for it, we really didn't do much to try to stop it, we covered it up for a couple years and, yeah, something just like it is bound to happen again. But, folks, let's be real. All that stolen information that went from Cambridge to the Trump campaign didn't come from us. It came from you! And, yes, I'm including Johnny K., from you-knowwhere, Missouri. Forty-six years old. Five-eleven, a buck eighty five, according to your last driver's license. Clearly a hard-working, responsible guy. Solid eightto-fiver at the local Amazon fulfillment center. Wife and two happy kids who, judging by those Halloween costumes, are seriously into the "Transformer" movies. Johnny, I know you just purchased an extended warranty to cover the power train on your F-150 „ very smart move. Same goes for that new home alarm system with the camera in the doorbell. But, Johnny, here's what happened that put you in the middle of this political data-mining mess. Remember that zinger you posted when your sister Mary Ellen signed up as a volunteer for Hillary Clinton's campaign? How you said you were going to buy her an orange jumpsuit for when she went door-to-door? Just a joke, obviously. A harmless little dig. But it was enough for the sneaky braniacs who are good at this kind of stuff to identify you as a potential Trump voter and start swamping you with campaign messages. Now, I don't know how you actually voted in the election, Johnny. Could I find out? Probably. OK, sure I could find out. But do I really care? Nope. On behalf of Facebook, and all social media companies, let me say that we and our advertisers welcome all your posts. The more detailed and personal, the better. We're proud that customers like you feel comfortable enough on our poorly guarded platform to share basically every aspect of your lives „ your dreams, desires, disappointments, and especially your strawberry cheesecake recipes. Because without this avalanche of mundane content, without this naive mass impulse to expose your inner selves online, my company would go broke. So keep the hits coming, everybody. We love it, your Facebook "friends" love it, even that guy you haven't seen since 1992 who says you still owe him a hundred bucks for a lid of Jamaican weed „ he's glad you're out there, too. How else could he track you down? But, people, don't blame us when your personal information gets into the wrong hands. Did you seriously think this was a corporate priority? I do regret that so many millions of Facebook users were caught off-guard by the Russian trolls, fake news sites, political data thieves, blah, blah, blah. Lots of customers are mad, our stock price is diving, and apparently I might have to fly to Washington and testify. For that I'll probably need to lose the jeans. Yet this crisis will pass. To all who are concerned, I authentically hear you. We want your trust back. So get on your Facebook page right now and check out our upgraded privacy settings, keeping in mind that no such thing as privacy exists anymore. But the settings, seriously, are way cooler than before. I mean, we totally outdid ourselves. Now, can somebody please get me another coffee? Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132.ANOTHER OPINIONIm authentically sorry for the Facebook unpleasantness. Well, kindaRunning marathons can improve lives The article on March 29, Marathon Man,Ž struck a nerve. Years ago, our daughter, Sarah, decided that she had gained too much weight before the birth of our granddaughter in 2008, so she was determined to try and pareŽ back. Her plan was to take up running and, like Ed Ganley, she found that she really enjoyed it. She ran a number of 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons, and we were so privileged to be in Atlanta when she ran her first full marathon several years ago. What an exciting moment when she crossed the finish line! She has subsequently run a number of marathons, although nowhere near Mr. Ganleys number. She also completed the Goofy ChallengeŽ at the Disney Marathon Weekend a few years ago with a 10K on Friday, a halfmarathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. Over the last few years she has been competing in the triathlon competitions and holds her own in her age group. Your article provided a feel goodŽ moment as, like our daughter, Mr. Ganley has obviously improved his life and the lives of his loved ones through his determination. I dont know exactly where our daughter found her inspiration (although her Mom and I were not sedentary), but I must applaud all who make such a determination and follow wherever it leads.Daniel Andrews, The Villages Balanced budget amendment Reports are surfacing that the GOP is considering introducing legislation to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution in advance of the 2018 midterms after the tax cuts and the Omnibus bill. This wont pass, but it is intended to create a false sense of urgency about how Social Security and Medicare are bankrupting the country. The cry will be that the U.S. needs to cut these programs in order to maintain solvency. In the case of Social Security, that argument is factually false. Under current payroll tax rates and expected benefit payouts, Social Security is funded for many more years. And a two-percent Social Security payroll tax increase would fund the program indefinitely even under the most pessimistic assumptions. Medicare is more challenging, but still manageable. If you care about seniors, or your parents and grandparents, and dont want to have them living with you or having their medical expenses bankrupt you, then legislation should be stopped in its tracks. The balanced budget amendment is just ared herring issue.Alan Harris, Clermont Recent opinion column misleading In your recent opinion column, you state that when President George W. Bush took office in 2001 the national debt was a staggering $5.8 trillion and now that President Donald J. Trump is in office it is $21 trillion. It never mentions that when President Bush left office in 2009 the debt was approximately $10 trillion which included war funding, an increase of $4.2 trillion in eight years. When Obama left office the debt had increased to $20 trillion, an increase of $10 trillion in eight years. Obama was responsible for more debt during his term than the entire country had accumulated since its inception. Not one word of this reckless, irresponsible fiscal incompetence was mentioned in your column.David J. Hocevar, YalahaLETTERS 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.com Carl Hiaasen

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A8 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com The Associated PressPYONGYANG, North Korea International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Friday and said the North Korean leader is committed to having his country participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the Beijing Winter Games in 2022.Bach told an Associated Press Television crew that the two had a 30-minute formal meeting followed by 45 minutes of casual discussions while watching a football match Friday after-noon at Pyongyangs May Day Stadium. He called the talks produc-tive and said Kim expressed his appreciation for the IOCs role in helping North Korea compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea last month.We had a very fruitful meeting where it became clear that the supreme leader has a clear vision of the role that sport can play in a soci-ety with regard to education, with regard to health, Bach said. He added that Kim told him the Norths participation in the Pyeongchang games and marching together with South Korean athletes were an important contribution to a peaceful dialogue.Bach arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday to discuss development of sports in North Korea and the prepara-tion of its athletes to qualify and participate in upcoming Olympics. He is the first foreign official to meet Kim since the North Korean leader returned earlier this week from a summit in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping.That was Kims first known trip abroad since he assumed power after the death of his father in late 2011. Kim is to meet with South Korean Pres-ident Moon Jae-in on April 27.Bach, who also met with North Koreas sports minister, said he received a commitment from the countys National Olympic Committee to participate in Tokyo in 2020 and Beijing in 2022, along with competing in the respective youth Olympic Games.This commitment has been fully supported by the supreme leader Kim Jong Un in a meeting we had this after-noon, he said. He explained that sport is a pillar in his policy for the future development of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.Both the North and South hailed the Pyeongchang games as a significant step toward easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula that reached dangerously high levels last year as the North stepped up its missile tests and detonated its largest nuclear device to date.IOC president meets NKorean leader KimThomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, talks to The Associated Press on Friday about his visit to North Korea in the Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea. [THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Marilynn MarchioneThe Associated PressTrouble is brewing for coffee lovers in California, where a judge ruled that sell-ers must post scary warnings about cancer risks. But how frightened should we be of a daily cup of joe? Not very, some scientists and available evidence seem to suggest. Scientific concerns about coffee have eased in recent years, and many studies even suggest it can help health.At the minimum, coffee is neutral. If anything, there is fairly good evidence of the benefit of coffee on cancer, said Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health.The World Health Organizations cancer agency moved coffee off the possi-ble carcinogen list two years ago, though it says evidence is insufficient to rule out any possible role.The current flap isnt about coffee itself, but a chemical called acrylamide (ah-KRILL-ah-mide) thats made when the beans are roasted. Government agen-cies call it a probable or likely carcinogen, based on animal research, and a group sued to require coffee sellers to warn of that under a California law passed by voters in 1986.The problem: No one knows what levels are safe or risky for people. The U.S. Environmental Protec-tion Agency sets acrylamide limits for drinking water, but there arent any for food.A cup of coffee a day, exposure probably is not that high, and probably should not change your habit, said Dr. Bruce Y. Lee of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. If you drink a lot of cups a day, this is one of the reasons you might consider cutting that down.Heres whats known about the risks. The chemicalStart with the biggest known risk factor for cancer smoking which generates acrylamide. In the diet, French fries, potato chips, crackers, cookies, cereal and other high-carbohydrate foods contain it as a byprod-uct of roasting, baking, toasting or frying.Food and Drug Administration tests of acrylamide levels found they ranged from 175 to 351 parts per billion (a measure of concentration for a contaminant) for six brands of coffee tested; the highest was for one type of decaf coffee crystals. By compari-son, French fries at one fast food chain ranged from 117 to 313 parts per billion, depend-ing on the location tested. Some commercial fries had more than 1,000.Even some baby foods contain acrylamide, such as teething biscuits and crack-ers. One brand of organic sweet potatoes tested as having 121 parts per billion. Whats the risk?The probable or likely carcinogen label is based on studies of animals given high levels of acrylamide in drink-ing water. But people and rodents absorb the chemical at different rates and metabolize it differently, so its relevance to human health is unknown.A group of 23 scientists convened by the WHOs cancer agency in 2016 looked at coffee not acrylamide directly and decided coffee was unlikely to cause breast, prostate or pancreatic cancer, and that it seemed to lower the risks for liver and uterine can-cers. Evidence was inadequate to determine its effect on dozens of other cancer types. The California lawSince 1986, businesses have been required to post warnings about chemicals known to cause cancer or other health risks more than 900 substances are on the states list today but whats a significant risk is arguable.Coffee sellers and other defendants in the lawsuit that spurred Thursdays ruling have a couple weeks to challenge it or appeal.The law has potential to do much more harm than good to public health, by confus-ing people into thinking risks from something like coffee are similar to those from smok-ing, Giovannucci said.What we know about cancer risk and co eeA barista pours steamed milk in coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. [RICHARD VOGEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 B1Town: Clermont Branch of service and rank: Army/ Army reserve, 1st lieutenant Enlisted or drafted? I went in through ROTC in college. I think I was fascinated with the goal of being part of something that was larger than me, and of being able to serve my country. What did you do in the service? I was trained as an infantry of“ cer, then I went into the individual ready reserve. Why was it important? If things get really bad, they can call you, and you come back. What is your most important memory from service? The camaraderie with all the guys, and doing exciting things you wouldnt do in the regular world. What did you like least about service? Hurry up and wait. What do you want people to understand about war? Its hard to make a decision to go to war, but the people who actually “ ght, some of them never come back. SALUTETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com CHAT WITH A VETERAN JOHN DUMAS TODAYDINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Saturday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to amvetspost1992.org.SUNDAYBREAKFAST 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. WINGS AND KARAOKE: At 2 p.m. every Sunday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Call 352-323-8750, email amvetspost2006@gmail. com or go to amvets2006.com.MONDAYCARE PACKAGES FOR TROOPS: From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Drop off and label "care package for our troops." Call 352-430-4355 or email veteransinfoandevents@gmail.com. CHICKEN WINGS, PIZZA AND CORNHOLE: At 5 p.m. every Monday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to amvetspost1992. org.TUESDAYBINGO: At 1:01 p.m. every Tuesday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to amvetspost1992. org. TACO TUESDAY: At 5 p.m. every Tuesday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Call 352-323-8750, email CALENDAR By Andy FillmoreGatehouse Media FloridaJohn Fisher had a choice to make as a high school sophomore in Saxton, Penn-sylvania, during World War II.Fisher, then 16, could turn left for a disciplinary visit to the principals office because he was late for homeroom, or turn right and sign up for the military.He turned right and tried to join the U.S. Navy, but was told to return when he turned 17.Fisher moved to Akron, Ohio, where a sister lived, and took a job at a farm for about six months, until he turned 17. He joined the Navy on March 3, 1944.He went to an abbreviated four-week boot camp. After a 15-day leave, he was put on a troop train bound for Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California to join the crew of the Fulton, a submarine tenderloaded with torpe-does, which soon was headed for the Pacific Theater of Operations.The website HullNumber.com states the Fulton was 529 feet, 6 inches long, had a flank speedŽ of 18 knots and sailed with 1,303 personnel.According to U.S. Navy website www.history.navy.mil, the Fulton, AS-11, was commissioned in 1941. The tender was deployed right after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and sailed for the U.S. West Coast for an overhaul in March 1944. The Fulton sailed for Pearl Harbor in June 1944.We sailed out past the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz and everybody got seasick,Ž Fisher said about heading out for the Pacific Theater.The website indicates the Fulton served for a month tending submarines around Pearl Harbor, then sailed to Midway and then to Saipan by April 1945. The Fulton returned to Pearl Harbor and remained there until June 1945, then headed to Guam, where she refitted submarines for the last patrols of the war,Ž the site states.Fisher said the Fulton tended as many as 13 subma-rines at once while at Saipan in 1944 The Fulton carried torpedoes to supply to sub-marines and had a carpentry shop and machine shop, he said. He said sometimes crew members of subma-rines were taken aboard the Fulton for medical reasons.Fisher said he helped paint camouflage designs on the side of the Fulton by hang-ing from a bosuns chair.After five or six hours, you got too tired to pull yourself up,Ž he said, so fellow crew members would pull the painters back onto the ship.He also recalled shipboard movies and the difficulties of sleeping in a hammock.Fisher completed his World War II service in June 1946. He returned to Cove High School in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, at age 19 and graduated in 1947. He met Ada Mae Bassler in high school and they married in 1947. Fisher, now 91, grew up in Stonerstown, Pennsylvania, where his father worked for the railroad. Fisher can recall a time during the Great Depression when trucks drove around his neighbor-hood to distribute materials to people who had abso-lutely nothing.ŽFischer also worked with the railroad for a time, and refurbished old houses and converted them to rental units, which he maintained.He said that he tried ultra-light aircraft flying and hang gliding and that he and his wife took a trip to Hawaii, where they tried flying on a kite pulled by a boat. Fisher was seriously injured in the early 1990s while taking off with an ultra-light aircraft. The landing gear became entangled in brush and he required a 12-hour surgery as a result of the crash.Ada Mae Fisher passed Navy vet made his choiceJohn Fisher indicates a point on the Fulton, the submarine tender he served on in the Paci“ c Theater of Operations. [NANCY MERKLIN/SUBMITTED] Staff ReportMOUNT DORA „ Patriot Service Dogs is a non-profit organization providing dis-abled veterans with fully trained service dogs at no cost.This is possible because the group is a completely volun-teer-driven organization.Patriot Service Dogs will show off its class of 2020 from 8:30 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at the Mount Dora Village Market in Sunset Park on West 4th Avenue.Visitor will learn how to approach a service dog and why it takes two years for a pup to become a service dog. Donations will be accepted.The group works to help individuals with mobilityrelated disabilities or PTSD who wish to gain indepen-dence through the assistance of a specially trained service dog. It also strives to educate and create awareness among the general public and the benefits that well-trained service dogs provide to people with disabilities.To learn more, call 352-514-9903 or go to www.patriotservicedogs.org.Patriot Service dogs showing o class of 2020Patriot Service Dogs will show off its class of 2020 from 8:30 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at the Mount Dora Village Market in Sunset Park on West 4th Avenue. [SUBMITTED] Mount Dora event slated for Sunday, April 8 at weekly marketSee VET, B4 See SALUTE, B4

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 B3 FAITHTom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comThe next time you take a shower, I want you to think of the word grace.Ž I would like you to do this as you prepare for Easter Sunday. You see some people treat Gods grace like theyre in the shower. They act as if His grace protects us as long as were under the water but once were out of the shower its like were out of Gods protective grace. I think that much of our religious thinking tends to support that. I used to think that way but now I think I have a better understanding of grace. You see grace isnt what we do „ its what He did. Were never more saved than when we were first saved. Consequently, were never less saved, either „ unless of course we reject His grace. Consider this fact: Christ didnt die just for the sins you committed before you were saved „ He died for all the sins you will commit before and after you are saved. More importantly … He died fully knowing what sins you commit today, tomorrow and in the future. Gods grace doesnt just cleanse me while Im doing good and trying to be a good Christian, it cleanses me when I need it most „ those times when Im not trying at all. I think thats what Paul told Titus when he wrote Titus 3:3-7: For it wasnt that long ago that we behaved foolishly in our stubborn disobedience. We were easily led astray as slaves to worldly passions and pleasures. We wasted our lives in doing evil, and with hateful jealousy we hated others. When the extraordinary compassion of God our Savior and His overpowering love suddenly appeared in person, as the brightness of a dawning day, He came to save us. Not because of any virtuous deed that we have done but only because of his extravagant mercy. He saved us, resurrecting us through the washing of rebirth. We are made completely new by the Holy Spirit whom he splashed over us richly by Jesus, the Messiah, our Life Giver. So as a gift of His love, and since we are faultless „ innocent before his face „ we can now become heirs of all things, all because of an overflowing hope of eternal life.Ž Its not like being clean only when Im under the shower and scrubbing with soap. Its being clean because Im under the protective, forgiving, loving shower of Gods grace „ always. Take a few moments and consider each word, the extraordinary compassion of God our Savior,Ž His overpowering love,Ž His extravagant mercy,Ž We are made completely new,Ž we are faultless, innocent before his face,Ž and finally, because of an overflowing hope of eternal life.Ž While some might want to use it as a license to sin, I see it as one more reason not to. Paul added in the next verse: How true and faithful is this message I want you to especially emphasize these truths, so that those who REFLECTIONSGods grace cleanses when you need it most Rick Reed TODAYEASTER EGG HUNT: At 9 a.m. at North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Road in Lady Lake. For ages one to 10. Bring a basket for collecting eggs. Call 352-753-8484 for information. SHABBAT SERVICES: At 10 a.m. every Saturday at Chabad House Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 13030 County Road 103 in Oxford. Call 352330-4466 or go to ourchabad. org. CHRISTIAN BREAKFAST CLUB: From 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday at Perkins Restaurant, 27811 S. Highway 27 in Leesburg. Interdenominational and all welcome. Call Dan or Lynda Rushing at 352-530-2518. 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 welcomehomechristian.com. PASSOVER SEDER DINNER: At 5:30 p.m. at Pennbrooke Fairways, 32900 Countryside Blvd. in Leesburg. With Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Shalom. Cost is $40, $15 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Call Burt Kraft at 352-513-3517 for reservations. Go to bethsholom” orida.org for information.SUNDAYGRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: From 3 to 5 p.m. every Sunday at First Presbyterian Eustis, 117 S. Center St. To help people face challenges and rebuild their lives. Go to fpceustis.com. EASTER SUNDAY: At 8:30, 10 and 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 117 S. Center St. in Eustis. The church sanctuary and fellowship hall will come alive with colorful bonnets. Call 352-357-2833 for information. BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP: At 10 a.m. the “ rst and third Sunday of the month at the home of Joe Tassell, Pastor of Mercy Church in Mount Dora. Go to mercychurch” .org. SUNRISE SERVICE: At 7 a.m. at Grace Bible Baptist Church, 1703 Lewis Road in Leesburg. Followed by free breakfast, message and concert. No Sunday school or evening service. Call 352-326-5738 for information. EASTER SERVICE: Cafe worship at 9 a.m. and sanctuary worship at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora, 222 W. 6th Ave. Orlando Brass Quintet will provide special music at 11 a.m. Go to fpcmtdora.org or call 352-383-4089 for details. EASTER CELEBRATION SERVICES: At 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora, 439 E. Fifth Ave. Everyone welcome to bring fresh ” owers to place on the resurrection cross before the services. Call 352-383-2005 or go to mtdorafumc.org for details.MONDAYOUR FATHER'S HANDS CRAFT GROUP: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday at New Life Baptist Church, 35300 Radio Road in Leesburg. Most items created are donated to charity. Call 352728-0004 for information. GRIEFSHARE: At 3:30 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church of Tavares, 600 W. Ianthe St. For those grieving the loss of a loved one. Cost is $15 for workbook. Call Betty at 352308-8229 to register. TOASTMASTERS MEETING: From 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at Clermont Seventhday Adventist Church, 498 W. Montrose St. Call 352-234-6495.TUESDAYLADIES PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY: From 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Fairway Christian Church Classrooms A-B, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information. LADIES TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY: From 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Fairway Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information.WEDNESDAYLADIES BIBLE STUDY: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday at New Life Baptist Church, 35300 Radio Road in Leesburg. Call 352-728-0004 for information. GRIEFSHARE: From 2 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Fairway Christian Church Room C/D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. For all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 352-259-9305 for information. YOGA THERAPY CHURCH: At 11 a.m. every Wednesday at Wildwood United Methodist Church, 300 Mason St. Amrit Yoga Therapy and Christian Scripture. Call 352-203-7258. WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES: From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Fairway Christian Church, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call CALENDAR By Duke KwonSpecial to The Washington PostI walk by a brown brick church in my neighborhood every day. On Sunday, the aging but still impressive building will be empty on Easter for the first time in a hundred years. And soon, the building will be converted into luxury condos.While the impact of gentrification on affordable housing in Washington, D.C., and other cities has been a topic of ongoing study and debate, still underappreciated is its impact on a different sort of housingŽ„ namely, houses of worship. The issue is on my radar because I am the pastor of a church that met in that building until November.For four years, Grace Meridian Hill was the sole tenant of 3431 13th St. NW, Washington, D.C, a 100-year-old building for-merly owned by Mount Rona Missionary Baptist Church. In 2014, our landlord sold the property to develop-ers. We recently learned the groundbreaking is scheduled for this week.Although we grieved the loss of our home, our greater concern and lament is for the neighborhood and city. Numerous church properties within a few blocks have been sold to developers in the past few years, including South-ern Bethany Baptist Church, Iglesia Ni Cristo, and Merid-ian Hill Baptist Church.Church-to-condo conver-sions are part of a growing trend nationwide. According to one survey, church rede-velopment projects nearly tripled across the United States between 2010 and 2015. In 2014 and 2015, the D.C. Department of Con-sumer and Regulatory Affairs received 31 applications to renovate houses of worship for other uses.Historic church buildings are becoming an endangered species. Sacred spaces are disappearing from our civic landscape. And I believe our city will be worse off.A church building exists not simply for its worshipers, but also for the common good. It is a local, identifiable and accessible sanctuaryŽ for neighbors in need of refuge from the storms of life. It is physical locale in which you can seek God when you feel lost and find a community when you feel lonely. It offers the weak and weary a literal door on which to knock when they need help with their elec-tric bill. It sometimes serves as a polling place and an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or ANC (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) meeting place.In 2009, Ram Cnaan, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, estimated that urban congregations provide an average of $476,663 worth of services to their local communities annually. Of course, thats if the worshiping communities are sacrificially committed to love their neighbors. But the civic value of churches and their buildings extends beyond economic terms. Church buildings are visible emblems of Jesus streetlevel proximity and daily accessibility. He has moved into the neighborhoodŽ (John 1:14, The Message).Church buildings are public outposts of the pres-ence of God in the citys commons. So when cities watch pas-sively as sacred spaces slowly disappear and as third placesŽ where neighbors can gather and true community can be forged are increasingly privatized, the entire community loses out.What can be done? First, churches need to be con-vinced that buildings matter. Followers of Jesus need to recover a theology of place, space and parish that promotes the value of the built environment. This season of remembering Christs bodily resurrection is a perfect time to reclaim the historic Chris-tian belief that God cares about physical stuff„ bodies and buildings (see 1 Corinthi-ans 15:12-58).We need a fresh vision of the gospel that compels us to prioritize our neighbors well-being. Jesus came not to be served but to serve and give his life for others„ and Christians are called to be like him, joyfully and sacrificially devoting our possessions and property toward the benefit of the neighborhood.Second, the city could create economic incentives for churches to sell their buildings to other churches or community-based nonprofits. Adjustments to zoning regulations could protect historic church buildings (and their wildly attractive footprint) from unfettered redevelopment. Neighbors could advocate for the preservation of houses of worship.By Gods grace, Grace Meridian Hill found a fan-tastic alternative only several blocks away, and we are flourishing in our new home. The point is that church buildings are slowly disappearing. And because they have great potential to serve the common good, we should all be concerned.COMMENTARYLosing our sacred spacesThe tragedy to communities when church buildings are demolished to make condosA 100-year-old building formerly owned by Mount Rona Missionary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., was sold in 2014 to developers. [DUKE KWON] See FAITH, B4 See REED, B4

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B4 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comamvetspost2006@gmail.com or go to amvets2006.com.WEDNESDAYBINGO: From 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Sign in at the door. Connect with members and see what the post is all about. Call 352-323-8750, and ask for an AMVET of“ cer or auxiliary of“ cer. WACKY WEDNESDAY: From 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to amvetspost1992.org. WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION: At 10 p.m. at American Legion Post 347, 699 W. Lady Lake Drive in Lady Lake. For Villages Honor Flight's “ rst ” ight of 2018. Public Welcome. Bring lawn chair and American Flag. With Village Cheerleaders and Twirlers, Clown Alley 179 and Ralph DiNome and his Flashback band. Go to villageshonor” ight.org.THURSDAYCOAST GUARD AUXILIARY „ FLOTILLA 43 MEETING: At 7 p.m. the “ rst Thursday of the month at Mid-Florida Lakes MHP, 200 Forest Drive in Leesburg. Promote recreational boating safety while receiving specialized training and making new friends. Call 407-761-8764 or email marty@ganii.com.FRIDAYDINNER 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 amvetspost1992.org. 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 amvets2006.com. LUNCHEON: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 18, 401 E. Atlantic Highway in Wildwood. Shepherd's pie, salad, bread and dessert. Donation is $7.50. Open to the public. Call 352-748-7009 for information.SATURDAY, APRIL 7SAR MEETING: At 11 a.m. the “ rst Saturday of the month at American Legion John Gella Post 219, 194 W. Fountain St. in Fruitland Park. Call Bob Beightol at 850-206-7344 for information. SUNDAY, APRIL 8PATRIOT SERVICE DOGS: From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Village Market in downtown Mount Dora. Nonpro“ t provides disabled veterans with service dogs at no cost. Learn how to approach a service dog and why it takes two years for a pup to be trained. Go to patriotservicedogs.org. SALUTEFrom Page B1352-259-9305 for information. MEN'S BIBLE STUDY: From 8 to 9 a.m. every Wednesday at Fairway Christian Church Classrooms C-D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352259-9305 for information. LADIES WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: From 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Fairway Christian Church Classrooms A-B, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information. SUMTER MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION: At 7:30 p.m. on the “ rst Wednesday of every month at Oxford Assembly of God, U.S. Highway 301 in Oxford. Call 352-748-6124 or email to oxfordassembly@embarq. mail.com.THURSDAYLADIES THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY: From 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday at Fairway Christian Church Classrooms C-D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352259-9305 for information.FRIDAYSHEAR LOVE SOUL SALON: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Friday at Wildwood United Methodist Church, 300 Mason St. With Pastor and cosmetologist Krista Olson. Wash hair beforehand and bring Bible. Call 352-203-7258. HOLY HOUR AND HAPPY HOUR: At 7 p.m. the “ rst Friday of the month at Chabad House Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 13030 County Road 103 in Oxford. Beginners Shabbat Service followed by cocktails and traditional dishes. RSVP to 352330-4466 or info@jewishmarion. org. Go to ourchabad.org for information.FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, APRIL 8MARRIAGE CONFERENCE: At 3 p.m. at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, 39034 County Road 452 in Leesburg. Together at the Lake with Dale and Jena Forehand of Stained Glass and Living Deeper Ministries. Cost is $313 per couple. Call Jeff Yant at 352-483-9800.SATURDAY, APRIL 7GROWING IN CHRIST CLASS: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairway Christian Church Room C/D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Lunch provided. Call 352-259-9305 to register.MONDAY, APRIL 9REAL MEN OF JESUS: From 6 to 9 p.m. the second Monday the month at The Cross Mount Dora, 18800 U.S. Highway 441. Service projects throughout the year. Email jgranger@ridgeoutdoors. com.MONDAY, APRIL 9 TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11SENIOR FEST ONE: At 3 p.m. at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, 39034 County Road 452 in Leesburg. With preachers, music, seminars and activities for senior men and women. Go to lybcc. com/senior-fest for pricing and details.FRIDAY, APRIL 13GAME NIGHT: At 6:30 p.m. at Fairway Christian Church Room C/D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Bring snacks to share, your favorite game or learn a new one. Call 352-259-9305 for information. SHABBAT EVENING SERVICE: At 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom Synagogue, 315 N. 13th St. in Leesburg. Commemoration of Yom Hashoah, a Holocaust Remembrance Day, led by Rabbi Karen Allen. Refreshments at Oneg Shabbat following service. Go to bethsholom” orida.org. MOVIE NIGHT AND DINNER: At 5:45 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2727 S. Grove St. in Eustis. Choice of Coco, Justice League or Gifted. Children must be accompanied by adult and may bring mat for viewing movie. With spaghetti, salad, Italian bread and ice cream. Free. Call 352-389-5433 for information. FAITHFrom Page B3believe in God will be careful to devote themselves to doing good works. It is always beautiful and profitable for believers to do good works. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.Ž Knowing Jesus knows … and forgives … my next sin, it makes me want to sin less, not more. Rick Reed is a columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email him at ricoh007@aol.com. REEDFrom Page B3away in 1997. John said he traveled around the U.S. by train for about 18 months after she died.The couple have two sons and a daughter. Nancy Merk-lin lives with her father in his home in southwest Marion County.Merklin recalled that her mother dropped her books in front of her father in high school to get his attention, but he just walked on by.My mother was devastated,Ž Merklin said, adding that Fisher soon, however, was passing notes to Ada Mae.Fisher said he has attended reunions of sailors who served on the Fulton, held every two years, although he missed the last two. He was at the decommissioning ceremony for the Fulton at New London, Connecticut, and got an origi-nal coffee cup from the ships galley. The HullNumber.com website indicates the Fulton was sold for scrapŽ in 1991. VETFrom Page B1

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 C1 SPORTS BASKETBALL | C4YOUR GUIDE TO TODAYS FINAL FOUR MATCHUPS Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comStaff ReportAfter a close call in its open-ing game at the Geico High School Nationals, the topranked Montverde Academy boys basketball team took no chances in the semifinals.The Eagles took care of busi-ness from the start and rolled into the finals of the tournament with a 71-53 win over Findlay Prep on Friday in New York City.The championship game will be an all-Florida affair as Montverde will play for its fourth national title in the tournament on Saturday at noon against Fort Lauderdale Nova Southeastern University School. The game will be tele-vised on ESPN2.University School, the FHSAA Class 5A state champions, reached the finals by knocking off Virginia Oak Hill Academy 80-65 in Fridays first semifinal. University School (35-1) is seeded third in the tournament.Montverde (34-0) got 22 points and 10 rebounds from R.J. Barrett in the semifinal as the Duke signee became the tournaments all-time leading scorer. He eclipsed the mark held by former Montverde star Ben Simmons and did it in two fewer games.Barrett, who has won multiple national Player of the Year awards this season, also had three steals, three assists and a block while making 9-of-23 shots from the field.Filip Petrusev added 21 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles and Michael Devoe had 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.Montverde, which defeated Findlay Prep on a last-second 3-pointer in the final of the Montverde Academy Invita-tional Tournament in January, jumped on the Pilots from the start. The Eagles opened the game with a 19-2 run and maintained a cushion the rest of the way.Findlay Prep got as close as 25-18 in the second quarter and outscored Montverde 9-8 in the quarter. But the Eagles kept their distance and led at the half 30-19 and extended the lead to 55-42 after three quarters. Montverde outscored Findlay Prep 16-11 in the final quarter.Reggie Chaney led the Pilots with 15 points and seven rebounds while Bol Bol added 12 points and six rebounds. Montverde, which fell in the final last season and the semi-finals the year before, is looking for its first title since winning three in a row from 2013-2015.Montverde to play for title Eagles soar past Findlay Prep in semi nals Girls Basketball All-Area TeamsPlayer of the Year: Kari Niblack, Wildwood Coach of the Year: Richard Hampton, Wildwood FIRST TEAM Danasia Bogle, Wildwood Ashtin Ingram, Wildwood Lateisha Edwards, East Ridge Alayna Mauger, Tavares Nyla Brown, Eustis SECOND TEAM BraNiyah Dixon, Wildwood Nikki Hall, The Villages Breanna Jolley, The Villages Nicole Workman, East Ridge Megan Matheney, Umatilla HONORABLE MENTION East Ridge: Jaeda Logan; Eustis: Kaderia Walker; Tavares: Tamarra Williams, Davesha Barnes; South Lake: Abbygael Ouellette; Umatilla: Samantha KlingBy Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comWILDWOOD „ Kari Niblack looked around the old Wildwood Middle School gym with a smile on her face.Despite playing on the states biggest stage in high school basketball three of the past four years with the Wildwood Middle High School girls basketball team, winning back-to-back state championships along the way, Niblack was thinking about the big picture.This is where it all started,Ž Niblack said. So DAILY COMMERCIAL ALL-AREA GIRLS BASKETBALLA lasting legacyWildwood High Schools Kari Niblack led the Wildcats to back-to-back Class 1A state titles. Niblack is The Daily Commercial Gir ls Basketball Player of the Year. [PAUL RYAN PHOTOS / CORRESPONDENT] Wildwoods Kari Niblack (23) looks to get past defenders during a Class 1A state semi“ nal game against Mayo Lafayette High School at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland on Feb. 26. Wildwoods Kari Niblack earns Player of the YearSee GIRLS, C3By Tim ReynoldsThe Associated PressMIAMI „ Another year. Another record. The NBAs 3-point craze is not slowing down.Sometime this weekend, almost certainly during one of the nine games on Friday nights schedule, someone will connect from beyond the arc and take the NBA to yet another long-dis-tance level.For the sixth consecutive season, NBA teams will combine to set a leaguewide 3-point record. There have already been 23,635 3-pointers made this season, and the league is more than 8 percent ahead of the pace estab-lished last year, when the total across the NBA was 23,748.So clearly, the reliance on the 3-pointer is not going to lessen anytime soon. I think its a trend for a while „ but at some point it has to peak,Ž said Cleveland forward Kevin Love, one of the NBA closing in on 3-point markSee NBA, C3By Aaron BeardThe Associated PressSAN ANTONIO „ These days, the Final Four is all about the 3.Gone are the days when the long-range shot was the low-percentage bet in college basketball compared with layups and midrange jumper. Now „ much like its record usage in the NBA „ its an indispensable piece of the arsenal for any team with serious hopes of winning the national championship.Look no further than the last four teams at the Alamo-dome still contending for the NCAA title. Villanova, Kansas, Michigan and Loyola-Chicago all can knock down 3s at high rates and wont hesitate to launch them „ which could mean a big leap from past Final Fours when 3s werent quite so plentiful.Its a huge part of our offense, and the other teams as well,Ž said the Wolverines Moe Wagner, a 6-foot-11 for-ward who shoots just shy of 40 percent from behind the arc. Its really a big part of college basketball to be honest with you. There are no good teams out there anymore that cant shoot.ŽThe 3-point production jumps out in each teams stats:„ Villanova (34-4) shoots 40 percent from behind the arc and has made 436 3s, put-ting the Wildcats six away from matching the NCAA Division I record set by VMI in 2007 entering Saturdays national semifinal against fellow 1-seed Kansas.„ The Jayhawks (31-7) rank 11th nationally in 3-point percentage (.403) with an unusually guard-heavy lineup.„ Michigan (32-7) has five players shooting at least 37 Prepare to see a lot of 3s during Final FourSee FINAL FOUR, C3

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C2 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com SCOREBOARD HOW TO REACH USPaul Jenkins, Sports Editor Email: paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.com Phone: 352-365-8204SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results by calling 352-365-8204. Submissions also can be emailed to sports@dailycommercial.com. Results submitted after 9:30 p.m. may not appear in the next days edition of the Daily Commercial.SPORTS ON TV BASKETBALL 10 a.m. ESPN2 „ High school, Geico Nationals, Girls “ nal, at Queens, N.Y. Noon ESPN „ High school, Geico Nationals, Boys “ nal, at Queens, N.Y. ESPN2 „ 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Class announcement, at Spring“ eld, Mass. BOXING 5 p.m. SHO „ Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker, IBF/WBA/ WBO heavyweight title uni“ cation, at Cardiff, Wales 10 p.m. ESPN2 „ Mark DeLuca vs. Rames Agaton, junior middleweights, at Quincy, Mass. COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6:09 p.m. TBS „ NCAA Tournament, Final Four, “ rst semi“ nal, Michigan vs. Loyola-Chicago, at San Antonio TNT „ NCAA Tournament, Final Four, TeamCast, Michigan telecast, at San Antonio TRU „ NCAA Tournament, Final Four, TeamCast, LoyolaChicago telecast, at San Antonio 8:49 p.m. TBS „ NCAA Tournament, Final Four, second semi“ nal, Kansas vs. Villanova, at San Antonio TNT „ NCAA Tournament, Final Four, TeamCast, Kansas telecast, at San Antonio TRU „ NCAA Tournament, Final Four, TeamCast, Villanova telecast, at San Antonio COLLEGE SOFTBALL 5 p.m. ESPN2 „ Alabama at Kentucky 7 p.m. ESPN „ Oklahoma at Baylor GOLF 2 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, Houston Open, third round, at Humble, Texas 3 p.m. NBC „ PGA Tour, Houston Open, third round, at Humble, Texas 5 p.m. GOLF „ LPGA Tour, ANA Inspiration, third round, at Rancho Mirage, Calif. HORSE RACING 12:30 p.m. NBCSN „ Dubai World Cup, at Dubai, United Arab Emirates 6 p.m. NBCSN „ Florida Derby, at Hallandale Beach, Fla. MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB „ St. Louis at N.Y. Mets OR Pittsburgh at Detroit 4 p.m. FS1 „ Houston at Texas 6 p.m. MLB „ Boston at Tampa Bay 8:30 p.m. FS1Milwaukee at San Diego NBA BASKETBALL 3 p.m. NBA „ Charlotte at Washington 7:30 p.m. NBA „ Toronto at Boston SOCCER 7:30 a.m. NBCSN „ Premier League, Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool 9:30 a.m. FS1 „ Bundesliga, Schalke vs. Freiburg FS2 „ Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen vs. Augsburg 10 a.m. CNBC „ Premier League, West Ham vs. Sotuhampton NBCSN „ Premier League, Manchester United vs. Swansea City 12:30 p.m. FOX „ Bundesliga, Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund NBC „ Premier League, Everton vs. Manchester City 2:30 p.m. FS2 „ Bundesliga, Hertha Berlin vs. Wolfsburg 3 p.m. FOX „ MLS, Los Angeles FC at L.A. Galaxy 3:30 p.m. LIFE NWSL, Orlando at Washington 8 p.m. ESPN2 „ MLS, N.Y. City FC at San Jose TENNIS 1 p.m. ESPN2 „ WTA Tour, Miami Open, women's “ nal, at Key Biscayne WINTER SPORTS 9:30 p.m. NBCSN „ Curling: World Men's Championship, round robin, United States vs. Japan, at Las Vegas WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 3 p.m. CBSSN „ WNIT, championship, Virginia Tech at IndianaCOLLEGE BASEBALLFlorida State College 10, Lake-Sumter 2Jarrett Backus belted a solo home run among his two hits, but LakeSumter State College couldnt generate much else on offense in a 10-2 loss to Florida State College on Friday at Lakehawk Field.Alan Alonso went 2-for-4 with a double for LSSC.Lake-Sumter falls to 13-22-1 overall and 5-6 in Mid-Florida Confer-ence play. Florida State College improves to 13-18 overall and 3-8 in con-ference play.HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALLMount Dora Christian 6, Trinity Christian 1Brighton Taylor pitched a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts and went 3-for-4 with three doubles to lead Mount Dora Christian to a 6-1 win over Trinity Chris-tian on Thursday.Sebastian Rolon went 2-for-2 and Sam Brown went 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs.MDCA is 9-4 on the season and tied for first in the district.LOCAL ROUNDUP COLLEGE BASKETBALL MENS BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern EAST REGIONAL At TD Garden, Boston Regional Semi“ nals March 23Villanova 90, West Virginia 78 Texas Tech 78, Purdue 65Regional Championship March 25Villanova 71, Texas Tech 59SOUTH REGIONAL At Philips Arena, Atlanta Regional Semi“ nals March 22Loyola of Chicago 69, Nevada 68 Kansas State 61, Kentucky 58Regional Championship March 24Loyola of Chicago 78, Kansas State 62MIDWEST REGIONAL At CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. Regional Semi“ nals March 23Kansas 80, Clemson 76 Duke 69, Syracuse 65Regional Championship March 25Kansas 85, Duke 81, OTWEST REGIONAL At STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Regional Semi“ nals March 22Michigan 99, Texas A&M 72 Florida State 75, Gonzaga 60Regional Championship March 24Michigan 58, Florida State 54FINAL FOUR At The Alamodome, San Antonio National Semi“ nals TodayLoyola of Chicago (32-5) vs. Michigan (32-7), 6:09 p.m. Villanova (34-4) vs. Kansas (31-7), 8:49 p.m.National Championship MondaySemi“ nal winners, 9:20 p.m.NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENTChampionship ThursdayPenn State 82, Utah 66COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONALChampionship Series (Best-of-3) March 26San Francisco 72, North Texas 62WednesdayNorth Texas 69, San Francisco 55FridaySan Francisco (22-16) at North Texas (19-18), lateCOLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT Semi“ nals WednesdayUIC 67, Liberty 51 Northern Colorado 99, Sam Houston State 80Championship FridayUIC (20-15) vs. Northern Colorado (25-12), lateWOMENS BASKETBALL NCAA WOMENS TOURNAMENT All times Eastern ALBANY REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals March 24 At Albany, N.Y.South Carolina 79, Buffalo 63 UConn 72, Duke 59Regional Championship March 26UConn 94, South Carolina 65 SPOKANE REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals March 24 At Spokane, Wash.Notre Dame 90, Texas A&M 84 Oregon 83, Central Michigan 69Regional Championship March 26Notre Dame 84, Oregon 74 KANSAS CITY REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals March 23 At Kansas City, Mo.Mississippi State 71, N.C. State 57 UCLA 84, Texas 75Regional Championship March 25Mississippi State 89, UCLA 73 LEXINGTON REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals March 23 At Lexington, Ky.Oregon State 72, Baylor 67 Louisville 86, Stanford 59Regional Championship March 25Louisville 76, Oregon State 43FINAL FOUR At Columbus, Ohio National Semi“ nals FridayMississippi St. (36-1) vs. Louisville (36-2), late UConn (36-0) vs. Notre Dame (33-3), lateNational Championship SundaySemi“ nal winners, 7 p.m.WOMENS NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENTSemi“ nals WednesdayIndiana 71, TCU 58 Virginia Tech 64, West Virginia 61Championship TodayVirginia Tech (23-13) vs. Indiana (22-14), 3 p.m.WOMENS BASKETBALL INVITATIONALChampionship ThursdayYale 54, Central Arkansas 50 PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Boston 76 48 17 11 107 253 196 x-Tampa Bay 77 51 22 4 106 275 221 x-Toronto 77 46 24 7 99 261 219 Florida 76 39 29 8 86 231 231 Detroit 78 29 38 11 69 205 242 Montreal 77 28 37 12 68 196 245 Ottawa 77 27 39 11 65 210 272 Buffalo 77 24 41 12 60 180 256Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Washington 77 46 24 7 99 243 225 Pittsburgh 78 44 28 6 94 257 241 Columbus 78 44 29 5 93 227 212 Philadelphia 78 39 25 14 92 234 232 New Jersey 77 40 28 9 89 232 232 Carolina 77 34 32 11 79 215 244 N.Y. Rangers 77 33 35 9 75 223 248 N.Y. Islanders 77 32 35 10 74 246 279WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Nashville 77 50 16 11 111 250 196 x-Winnipeg 77 47 20 10 104 257 206 Minnesota 77 43 24 10 96 238 217 St. Louis 76 43 28 5 91 212 198 Colorado 77 41 28 8 90 241 224 Dallas 78 39 31 8 86 220 215 Chicago 78 32 36 10 74 223 240Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Vegas 77 48 22 7 103 256 208 San Jose 78 44 24 10 98 241 214 Los Angeles 78 43 28 7 93 228 192 Anaheim 77 39 25 13 91 218 208 Calgary 78 35 33 10 80 206 239 Edmonton 78 34 38 6 74 225 252 Vancouver 78 29 40 9 67 203 249 Arizona 78 27 40 11 65 195 248 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 playoffsThursdays GamesDetroit 6, Buffalo 3 Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2 Pittsburgh 4, New Jersey 3, OT Ottawa 3, Florida 2, OT Nashville 5, San Jose 3 Minnesota 5, Dallas 2 Chicago 6, Winnipeg 2 Columbus 5, Calgary 1 Vancouver 2, Edmonton 1 Los Angeles 4, Arizona 2Fridays GamesCarolina at Washington, lateToronto at N.Y. Islanders, lateTampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, lateChicago at Colorado, lateLos Angeles at Anaheim, lateSt. Louis at Vegas, lateTodays GamesFlorida at Boston, 1 p.m. Ottawa at Detroit, 2 p.m. Columbus at Vancouver, 4 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m. Montreal at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Toronto, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 8 p.m. Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Calgary, 10 p.m. San Jose at Vegas, 10:30 p.m.Sundays GamesBoston at Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m. Nashville at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Montreal, 7 p.m. Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at Anaheim, 9 p.m.Mondays GamesBuffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m. Carolina at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Washington at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Colorado at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT. GB x-Toronto 55 20 .733 „ x-Boston 52 23 .693 3 x-Philadelphia 44 30 .595 10 New York 27 49 .355 28 Brooklyn 24 51 .320 31 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB Washington 41 34 .547 „ Miami 41 35 .539 Charlotte 34 42 .447 7 Orlando 22 52 .297 18 Atlanta 21 54 .280 20 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Cleveland 45 30 .600 „ x-Indiana 45 31 .592 Milwaukee 40 35 .533 5 Detroit 35 40 .467 10 Chicago 24 51 .320 21WESTERN CONFERENCESOUTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB z-Houston 61 14 .813 „ San Antonio 44 32 .579 17 New Orleans 43 32 .573 18 Dallas 23 52 .307 38 Memphis 21 54 .280 40 NORTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB Portland 46 29 .613 „ Oklahoma City 44 32 .579 2 Minnesota 43 33 .566 3 Utah 42 33 .560 4 Denver 40 35 .533 6 PACIFIC DIVISION W L PCT GB y-Golden State 54 21 .720 „ L.A. Clippers 41 34 .547 13 L.A. Lakers 33 41 .446 20 Sacramento 24 52 .316 30 Phoenix 19 57 .250 35x-clinched playoff berth; y-won division; z-clinched conferenceThursdays GamesDetroit 103, Washington 92 Miami 103, Chicago 92 San Antonio 103, Oklahoma City 99 Indiana 106, Sacramento 103 Milwaukee 116, Golden State 107Fridays GamesChicago at Orlando, late Philadelphia at Atlanta, late Denver at Oklahoma City, late New Orleans at Cleveland, late Phoenix at Houston, late Minnesota at Dallas, late Memphis at Utah, late L.A. Clippers at Portland, late Milwaukee at L.A. Lakers, lateTodays GamesCharlotte at Washington, 3 p.m. Detroit at New York, 5 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Miami, 8 p.m. Golden State at Sacramento, 10 p.m.Sundays GamesPhiladelphia at Charlotte, 1 p.m. Houston at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. Indiana at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 3:30 p.m. Dallas at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Detroit at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Orlando at Atlanta, 6 p.m. Utah at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Denver, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 8:30 p.m. Memphis at Portland, 9 p.m. Sacramento at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.Mondays GamesNo games scheduled. 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 tieFridays GameReal Salt Lake at Toronto FC, lateToday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. ODDS PREGAME.COM LINEMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLToday National LeagueFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINEat New York -138 St. Louis +128 Washington -163 at Cincinnati +153 at Atlanta -123 Philadelphia +113 Chicago -225 at Miami +205 at Arizona -145 Colorado +135 Milwaukee -120 at San Diego +110 at Los Angeles -200 San Francisco +180American LeagueHouston -190 at Texas +175 Los Angeles -123 at Oakland +113 New York -138 at Toronto +128 at Seattle -105 Cleveland -105 at Tampa Bay Off Boston Off at Baltimore -108 Minnesota -102 at Kansas City -109 Chicago -101Interleagueat Detroit -119 Pittsburgh +109NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Washington Off Off Charlotte Detroit 3 211 at New York at Boston Off Off Toronto at Miami 7 212 Brooklyn at Sacramento Off Off Golden StateCOLLEGE BASKETBALLTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOGFinal FourMichigan 5 Loyola Of Chicago Villanova 5 KansasNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Boston -165 Florida +155 at Detroit Off Ottawa Off Columbus -223 at Vancouver +203 at Pittsburgh -280 Montreal +250 at Carolina Off NY Rangers Off at Toronto Off Winnipeg Off at New Jersey -225 NY Islanders +205 at Nashville -320 Buffalo +290 Minnesota -111 at Dallas +101 St. Louis -136 at Arizona +126 at Calgary Off Edmonton Off at Vegas Off San Jose Off Updated odds available at Pregame.com TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLAmerican LeagueCHICAGO WHITE SOX „ Assigned RHP Jose Ruiz outright to Winston-Salem (Carolina). NEW YORK YANKEES „ Placed OF Aaron Hicks on the 10-day DL. Recalled OF Billy McKinney from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).National LeagueATLANTA BRAVES „ Placed C Tyler Flowers on the 10-day DL. Transferred LHP Jacob Lind to the 60-day DL. Selected the contract of RHP Miguel Socolovich from Gwinnett (IL). CHICAGO CUBS „ Claimed RHP Cory Mazzoni off waivers from the L.A. Dodgers and optioned him to Iowa (PCL). MIAMI MARLINS „ Placed SS JT Riddle, 3B Martin Prado, C J.T. Realmuto, LHP Wei-Yin Chen and RHPs Dan Straily and Elieser Hernandez on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Monday. NEW YORK METS „ Placed OF Michael Conforto, RHP Rafael Montero, 1B Dominic Smith, LHP Jason Vargas and 3B David Wright on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Monday. Selected the contract of 3B Phillip Evans from Las Vegas (PCL). PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES „ Placed RHP Pat Neshek on the 10-day DL, retroactive to March 27. Recalled RHP Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley (IL).BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationNBA „ Fined Chicago C Robin Lopez $25,000 for verbally abusing game of“ cials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection. LOS ANGELES LAKERS „ Assigned F Travis Wear to South Bay (NBAGL).FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueCHICAGO BEARS „ Re-signed CB Marcus Cooper to a one-year contract. CLEVELAND BROWNS „ Signed WR Jeff Janis and QB Drew Stanton. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS „ Agreed to terms with DB Jaylen Watkins on a one-year contract. MINNESOTA VIKINGS „ Signed WR Kendall Wright. NEW YORK JETS „ Signed RB Thomas Rawls and LB Neville Hewitt. OAKLAND RAIDERS „ Released P Marquette King. Waived TE Clive Walford. Re-signed S Reggie Nelson.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueBUFFALO SABRES „ Recalled G Jason Kasdorf from Cincinnati (ECHL) to Rochester (AHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS „ Signed F Sheldon Rempal to a two-year, entry-level contract. MINNESOTA WILD „ Assigned F Pavel Jenys from Iowa (AHL) to Rapid City (ECHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS „ Assigned F Mason Mitchell from Hershey (AHL) to South Carolina (ECHL).American Hockey LeagueAHL „ Suspended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton D Andrey Pedan two games and Laval D Matt Petgrave one game. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS „ Returned D Zack Kamrass to Florida (ECHL). HARTFORD WOLF PACK „ Signed F Drew Melanson to an amateur tryout agreement. IOWA WILD „ Assigned F Jack Walker to Rapid City (ECHL). ROCKFORD ICEHOGS „ Assigned F Alex Wideman to Indy (ECHL). TEXAS STARS „ Recalled D Shane Hanna from Idaho (ECHL).ECHLECHL „ Suspended Jacksonville LW Josh Erickson one game. CINCINNATI CYCLONES „ Signed F Myles Powell to an amateur tryout agreement and Gs Hayden Stewart and Josh Taylor. FORT WAYNE KOMETS „ Released F Louick Marcotte. Signed D Sean Campbell. INDY FUEL „ Released G Jonah Imoo. JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN „ Loaned D Justin Woods to Manitoba (AHL). READING ROYALS „ Claimed D Stephen Johnson off waivers from Adirondack. TOLEDO WALLEYE „ Signed D Trevor Hamilton. WORCESTER RAILERS „ Signed F Maurizio Colella to an amateur tryout agreement.OLYMPIC SPORTSUSADA „ Announced American triathlete Julie Rosiek has accepted a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation.SOCCERNational Womens Soccer LeagueNWSL „ Suspended Portland coach Mark Parsons two games for an incident on the “ eld following Portlands match against North Carolina on March 24. TENNIS ATP WORLD TOUR/WTA TOURMIAMI OPENFriday at The Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Fla.; Purse: Men, $8.9 million (Masters 1000); Women, $7.97 million (Premier); Surface: Hard-OutdoorMens Singles Semi“ nalsJohn Isner (14), United States, def. Juan Martin del Potro (5), Argentina, 6-1, 7-6 (2).Womens Doubles Semi“ nalsBarbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (6), Czech Republic, def. Elise Mertens, Belgium, and Demi Schuurs, Netherlands, 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.Thursdays Results Mens Singles Quarter“ nalsPablo Carreno Busta (16), Spain, def. Kevin Anderson (6), South Africa, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6). Alexander Zverev (4), Germany, def. Borna Coric (29), Croatia, 6-4, 6-4.Womens Singles Semi“ nalsSloane Stephens (13), United States, def. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Jelena Ostapenko (6), Latvia, def. Danielle Collins, United States, 7-6 (1), 6-3.Mens Doubles Semi“ nalsKaren Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, Russia, def. Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, United States, 6-3, 6-1. Bob and Mike Bryan (4), United States, def. Ben Mclachlan, Japan, and Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 7-5, 6-4. GOLF PGA TOURHOUSTON OPENFridays leaders at Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas; Purse: $7 million. Yardage: 7,441; Par: 72First RoundPaul Dunne 32-32„64 Lucas Glover 33-32„65 Kevin Tway 32-33„65 Beau Hossler 33-32„65 Rickie Fowler 33-33„66 Rod Pampling 32-34„66 Julian Suri 33-33„66 Ryan Armour 34-32„66 Sam Ryder 32-34„66 Bud Cauley 33-34„67 Keith Mitchell 33-34„67 Matt Every 34-33„67 Greg Chalmers 34-33„67 Padraig Harrington 34-33„67 Michael Thompson 33-34„67 Brett Stegmaier 34-33„67 Seamus Power 31-36„67 Jason Kokrak 33-34„67 Shawn Stefani 35-32„67 Steve Stricker 35-32„67 Grayson Murray 33-34„67 Brandt Snedeker 33-34„67 Bronson Burgoon 32-35„67 Harold Varner III 34-34„68 Scott Piercy 33-35„68 Tom Hoge 34-34„68 Martin Piller 34-34„68 Jordan Spieth 34-34„68 Henrik Stenson 33-35„68 Bill Haas 34-34„68 Keegan Bradley 35-33„68 Joel Dahmen 36-32„68 Abraham Ancer 33-35„68 Denny McCarthy 34-34„68 Nicholas Lindheim 35-33„68 Danny Lee 32-36„68 J.J. Henry 34-34„68 Kevin Streelman 33-35„68 Matt Kuchar 36-32„68 Fabian Gomez 34-34„68 Phil Mickelson 30-38„68 Justin Rose 34-34„68 Shane Lowry 33-35„68 Luke List 36-32„68 Chesson Hadley 35-33„68 Tyler Duncan 33-35„68 Stephan Jaeger 33-35„68 Roberto Diaz 34-34„68 Chad Campbell 35-34„69 Robert Garrigus 38-31„69 Thomas Pieters 35-34„69 D.A. Points 35-34„69 Mackenzie Hughes 35-34„69 James Hahn 35-34„69 Emiliano Grillo 35-34„69 Jonathan Byrd 34-35„69 C.T. Pan 35-34„69 Jamie Lovemark 34-35„69 Aaron Wise 33-36„69 Rob Oppenheim 35-34„69 Byeong Hun An 33-36„69 Jon Curran 33-36„69 Daniel Berger 34-35„69 Russell Henley 33-36„69 Troy Merritt 36-33„69 Whee Kim 35-34„69 Andrew Loupe 37-32„69 Lee Westwood 33-36„69 Rory Sabbatini 35-34„69 Kelly Kraft 36-34„70 Sam Saunders 34-36„70 Tony Finau 36-34„70 Chris Kirk 35-35„70 Martin Kaymer 34-36„70 Jonas Blixt 35-35„70 Brandon Harkins 36-34„70 Alex Cejka 36-34„70 Adam Schenk 36-34„70 Bobby Gates 36-34„70 Ethan Tracy 34-36„70 Ryan Baca 34-36„70 Dawie van der Walt 37-33„70 Ryan Blaum 36-34„70 Retief Goosen 35-35„70 Ernie Els 34-36„70 Matt Jones 36-34„70 Chez Reavie 35-35„70 Geoff Ogilvy 34-36„70 Richy Werenski 34-36„70 Robert Streb 35-35„70 John Huh 34-36„70 Nate Lashley 35-35„70 Tom Lovelady 34-36„70 Hunter Mahan 35-36„71 Scott Brown 36-35„71 Russell Knox 37-34„71 Brice Garnett 34-37„71 Cody Gribble 35-36„71 Charles Howell III 36-35„71 Chris Stroud 35-36„71 Jhonattan Vegas 34-37„71 Michael Kim 37-34„71 Sean OHair 35-36„71 Blayne Barber 33-38„71 Rafa Cabrera Bello 34-37„71 Dylan Frittelli 35-36„71 Jason Dufner 35-36„71 Nick Watney 35-36„71 William McGirt 36-35„71 Aaron Baddeley 36-35„71 Johnson Wagner 36-35„71 Lanto Grif“ n 35-36„71 Andrew Putnam 35-36„71 Seungsu Han 37-34„71 Dominic Bozzelli 37-35„72 Ryan Palmer 33-39„72 Tyrone Van Aswegen 35-37„72 Ben Crane 35-37„72 Harris English 35-37„72 Peter Uihlein 33-39„72 Peter Malnati 36-36„72 Sung Kang 35-37„72 Cameron Tringale 37-36„73 Scott Stallings 38-35„73 Derek Fathauer 37-36„73 Talor Gooch 35-38„73 Shubhankar Sharma 39-34„73 Camilo Villegas 36-37„73 Nick Taylor 35-38„73 Ian Poulter 37-36„73 J.B. Holmes 35-38„73 Ben Silverman 37-36„73 Zach Cabra 36-37„73 Corey Conners 36-37„73 Brian Stuard 37-37„74 Patrick Rodgers 38-36„74 K.J. Choi 38-36„74 Jonathan Randolph 34-40„74 Smylie Kaufman 40-35„75 Bob Estes 41-34„75 Martin Flores 37-38„75 Yuta Ikeda 36-39„75 Xinjun Zhang 37-38„75 JJ Wood 43-36„79 IN BRIEFNEW YORKMLB starts with 19 players from Puerto RicoMajor League Baseball started the season with its most players born in Puerto Rico since 2011.Nineteen players on opening-day rosters were born on the island, an increase of three from last year, the commissioners office said Friday.The overall percentage of players born outside the 50 states was 29 percent, down from last years record 29.8 percent figure. This years percentage tied 2007 for third behind last year and 2005 (29.2 percent).Toronto infielder Gift Ngoepe is the first player from South Africa on an opening-day roster and Pittsburgh pitcher Dovy-das Neverauskas is the first from Lithuania.The Dominican Republic led with 84, down from 93 last year. Venezuela was next with 74, followed by Puerto Rico, Cuba (17), Mexico (11), Japan (eight), Canada and South Korea (six each), and Colombia and Curacao (five apiece).Australia, Brazil, Nicara-gua and Panama had three apiece. Aruba, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa, Taiwan and the U.S. Virgin Islands each had one. The Associated Press

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many NBA big men who has no trouble making 3s, and thats a big reason why the totals are soaring. Every position, 1 through 5, is now shoot-ing 3s. You see that as such a weapon. It makes the game fun, makes it interesting. Theres def-initely a lot of spacing out there and its wild to see.ŽThing is, that peak isnt visible.Out of 30 teams, 19 are either on pace to set „ or have already set „ fran-chise records for made 3s this season, and a couple others are within reason-able striking distance.There are shooters now all over the league. Only four seasons ago, the total of NBA players who made at least 100 3s was 57. This year, that total is going to be close to doubled. Across the NBA this season, 91 percent of players have attempted at least one 3-pointer and 81 percent of players have made at least one.Rookies are making them; Utahs Donovan Mitchell has 172 and is closing in on the record for a first-year player, that being 185 by Portlands Damian Lillard. Also making them are 7-footers; eight guys listed at 7-0 or better will likely get to the 100 mark by the end of the season.And the league as a whole is actually getting better at them. Accuracy from 3-point range has gone up about 1.5 percent over the last three seasons, definitely one of the reasons why scoring per game is higher than its been at any point in nearly 30 years.We all like to get out there, shoot a lot of 3s, spread the floor and try to move the ball as much as you can,Ž Houston coach Mike DAntoni said. Everybody is more or less the same... with the same outline. Just get it done in different ways.ŽThe first season where the NBA combined to make 15,000 3-pointers was 2009-10, and that seems like ages ago. The 20,000 plateau was broken just two seasons ago, and barring something very unusual this seasons total will top 25,000.Love knew the 3-point pace was higher than ever. But he didnt think the record would be set this early, and that the previous mark would be obliterated.Wow. Wow. Wow,Ž Love said, upon hearing the numbers. Wow is right.The single-team mark is also about to fall, and then get left in the dust for good measure. Houston, which is quite obviously flourishing in DAntonis free-flowing system and has the leagues best overall record, needs only 19 3s to set a season record and break the mark that the Rockets established... you guessed it, last season.The Rockets average 15.5 3s per game, so its not outside the realm of possibility that the team record also falls on Friday. It was only two years ago that Golden State became the first team to make 1,000 3s in a season „ and the Rock-ets are on pace to get near 1,300 this season. Its safe to say a Mike DAntoni team will be the first team that aver-ages 50 3s in a game,Ž Miami coach Erik Spoel-stra said. We can laugh at that now. But it will happen, and his team will probably be the first to do it. His first team that allegedly changed the game only averaged 23 3s a game, that 2004-05 Suns team. And look where they are now, basically doubling that up almost.ŽHes exaggerating for effect, but only slightly.That team in Phoenix averaged just under 25 3-point attempts per game. This seasons Rockets are averaging nearly 43, and have gotten 50 or more attempts from deep up 12 times this season.It works for them: Houston is 11-1 in those games. Its a statistically irrelevant sample size with which to draw a comparison, but the other teams to take at least 50 3s in a game this season „ Brooklyn twice, Boston once „ are 0-3.Im sure theres a ceiling,Ž Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. I just dont know what it is.ŽNeither does anyone else. DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 C3much behind-the-scenes stuff went on in this gym. Lots of blood, sweat and tears. The foundation for all those wins in the Woodshed (the Wild-wood Middle High School gym) and everything we accomplished was laid on this floor.The state championships were just the final product.ŽAnd Niblack was at forefront of all the Wild-cats success. She began contributing as an eighth-grader and became a star in her freshman year, leading Wildwood to the Class 1A state champion-ship game.Over the years, she was a double-double machine for the Wildcats, averaging 18.8 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior. One of the most heavily recruited players in the state, the 6-foot-1 Niblack signed with West Virginia University in November.Undoubtedly, Niblack will go down as one of the greatest girls basketball players ever produced by Lake and Sumter counties „ and her on-court performance earned her the Daily Commercial girls basketball All-Area Player of the Year for the second year in a row.Niblack has been the Wildcats go-to player since her freshman season in 2014-15, when she led Wildwood to a 27-3 record. The Wildcats made the trip to the Final Four that year, but lost 49-36 to Freeport in the Class 1A state champion-ship game.The loss, while painful for the uber competitive Niblack, provided fuel for future Final Four runs, as did the tutelage of Wildwood coach Richard Hampton.I dont think I wouldve accomplished what I have if Hamp werent my coach,Ž Niblack said. Hes been like a second father to me. He began pushing me in the sixth and seventh grades, tell-ing me what he thought my potential was. He has always been there, always willing to stick around so I could get in some extra shooting after practice or anything else I needed to work on.ŽAs dominant as Niblack became, she nearly became a what ifŽ story.Initially, Niblack did not enjoy the physical aspect of the sport. Niblacks mother, a former college player, offered an option that initially seemed more appealing.When I was young, she wanted me to be cheerleader,Ž Niblack said. I was happy to be a girly girl instead of a basketball player. I was never really pressured to go in any direction „ I couldve played basketball or been a cheerleader or done anything else I wanted to do. It took some time, but after I adapted to all the contact, I found how much I really enjoyed playing basketball.ŽWith Niblack in the paint, Wildwood enjoyed its most-successful era.The Wildcats have been one of the winningest teams in the state, com-piling a 115-30 record since Niblacks eighth-grade season. They reached three state title games in four years, winning twice.Prior to Niblacks arrival, Wildwood appeared in two Final Fours and played in one championship game „ a 73-59 loss to Keystone Heights in 1994.Ironcially, Hampton was coach for all five of the Wildcats Final Four appearances „ a span of 24 years between the first trip to the Big Dance (1994) and the last (2018). Hes seen the best the school has ever produced and said Niblack, without a doubt, ranks among the best.Shes always been such a hard worker,Ž Hampton said. Kari will beat every-one to the gym and onto the floor for practices and shell be the last to leave. She never stops working to get better. Now, for example, shes getting in some work with the foot-ball team on the track and in the weight room to get herself ready to play col-lege basketball.Kari is an outstanding student athlete who has worked extremely for everything shes gotten, but has remained a humble, kind and caring young lady who takes great pride in representing the Wildwood community.ŽHer prep career complete, Niblack is ready to making an impact at the next level. She will leave her home on June 3 for Morgantown, West Virginia, home of West Virginia University.Its another step up the ladder Niblack hopes will eventually land her an opportunity to play professional basketball. Regardless if those aspirations pan out, Niblack will be grateful for the opportunity.I look forward to a new begi nning in college,Ž Niblack said. Its a chance to improve my basketball skills and get a college education. Im truly blessed to have this chance and I want to advantage of it. I really want to be great one day, even its not on the bas-ketball court.But, Ill never forget where everything started.Ž GIRLSFrom Page C1 NBAFrom Page C1Bostons Jayson Tatum, rear, hugs Jaylen Brown after Brown made the winning 3-pointer against Utah on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. [RICK BOWMER/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] Villanovas Eric Paschall shoots during a practice session for the Final Four on Friday in San Antonio. [DAVID J. PHILLIP/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] percent from behind the arc.„ Loyola-Chicago (32-5) averages the fewest of the four (7.5) but has made 30 of 72 (.417) attempts in four NCAA games.And dont forget, the only reason Loyola-Chicago and Michigan are even meeting in Saturdays first semifinal is because both made a miss-and-go-home 3 in the tournament.The Ramblers got one just before the buzzer from Donte Ingram to beat Miami in the first round, while the Wolver-ines needed Jordan Poole to beat the horn to survive against Houston in the second.Only one team „ Okla-homa in 2016 „ had averaged at least nine made 3s per game in the past eight Final Fours, but there are three this weekend alone: Villanova at 11.5, Kansas at 10.1 and Michigan at 9.0.There was a common refrain among players Friday about their use of the 3.We just try to lean on the best shot,Ž said Loyola-Chicago freshman Lucas Williamson, who is shooting 42 percent on 3s. Were not really banking on just winning the game by 3s.ŽStill, its easy to see where some of that influ-ence is coming from: the NBA.As the quartet bring the potential for a 3-heavy weekend on college basketballs biggest stage, the NBA was set Friday night to set a league-wide record for made 3s for the sixth straight season. And the Golden State Warriors have spent the past three-plus seasons putting on a small-ball show full of 3-point barrages, winning two championships and playing for a third.Now recruits watch Stephen Curry and James Harden repeatedly launch-ing 3s and arrive in college looking to emulate that free-flowing style that is only growing in popularity. And in the college game, 3s are easier because the line is a good 3 feet closer to the basket than in the pros (though Associated Press All-American Devonte Graham of Kansas spent time during Fridays open practice shooting corner 3s from out of bounds). The influence of the pro game isnt lost on coaches.We all learn from those guys; theyre the best „ players and coaches,Ž Villanova coach Jay Wright said. And then I think the rules ... the emphasis on freedom of movement, lack of physicality is making that the evolution of the game „ skill, perim-eter shooting.And thats where I think this is going to continue to be a big part of the game. And then in college we all look and see who gets to the Final Four and what theyre doing. And a lot of us emulate that.ŽSometimes its borne out of necessity „ or in Kansas coach Bill Selfs case, desperation.The Jayhawks have long had inside-out post play to go with gritty defense. But this years team didnt have a lot of size outside of 7-foot sopho-more Udoka Azubuike, then lost 6-10 freshman Billy Preston to an NCAA eligibility issue that ended with him signing with a professional team in Bosnia without playing a game for the Jayhawks.Instead, the offense is built around Graham, Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman, Svi Mykhailiuk and Lagerald Vick in a strong backcourt. FINAL FOURContinued from C1

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C4 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com NUMBERS OF NOTE 55: Years since Loyola-Chicago advanced to the Final Four. The Ramblers won the 1963 national title, defeating Cincinnati in overtime in Louisville to claim a championship in their only previous Final Four appearance. 8: All-time Final Four appearances for Michigan, including its second under coach John Beilein (2013 and 2018). The Wolverines are seeking their second national championship, with the “rst coming in 1989. NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL FOURA look at Saturdays national semi“nals SERIES HISTORY Michigan leads 2-1, though Loyola-Chicago won the most recent meeting 112-100 in overtime on Feb. 1, 1969. The teams have met once in the NCAA Tourna ment, an 84-80 Michigan victory in the 1964 regional semi“nals in Minneapolis. HOW THEY GOT HERE Michigan (West regional champion) First round Def. (14) Montana 61-47 Second round Def. (6) Houston 64-63 Regional semi“nal Def. (7) Texas A&M 99-72 Regional “nal Def. (9) Florida State 58-54 Loyola-Chicago (South regional champion) First round Def. (6) Miami 64-62 Second round Def. (3) Tennessee 63-62 Regional semi“nal Def. (7) Nevada 69-68 Regional “nal Def. (9) Kansas State 78-62 PROJECTED STARTERS Michigan Yr. Ht./Wt. Pts. Reb. Ast. G Zavier Simpson So. 6-0/185 7.5 3.3 3.7 G M.-Ali Abdur-Rahkman Sr. 6-4/190 12.8 3.9 3.3 G Charles Matthews Jr. 6-6/200 13.0 5.6 2.5 F Isaiah Livers Fr. 6-7/230 3.6 2.3 0.4 F Moritz Wagner Jr. 6-11 /245 14.3 6.9 0.8 Loyola-Chicago Yr. Ht/Wt Pts. Reb. Ast. G Clayton Custer Jr. 6-1/185 13.2 2.2 4.2 G Ben Richardson Sr. 6-3/195 7.0 3.0 3.9 G Marques Townes Jr. 6-4/210 11.2 3.9 2.5 F Donte Ingram Sr. 6-6/215 11.3 6.3 1.5 C Cameron Krutwig Fr. 6-9/260 10.3 6.1 1.8 PLAYERS TO WATCH G Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Michi gan: The senior is averaging 14 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists during the NCAA Tournament, continuing his strong all-around play in the latter half of his “nal college season. G Clayton Custer, Loyola-Chicago: The Missouri Valleys player of the year has helped Loyola roll up a 30-2 record when hes played (he missed “ve games). He sets everything up for a Ramblers team that shares the ball exceptionally well. F Donte Ingram, Loyola-Chicago: The undersized power forward got the Ramblers NCAA run started with a game-winning 3-pointer against Miami. If he can be effective against Michigans stretch fours, it will be an asset for Loyola. F Moritz Wagner, Michigan: Its a great sign for the Wolverines that theyve reached the “nal weekend without Wagner „ their leading scorer on the season „ playing nowhere near his peak in the postseason. He could be a difference-maker in San Antonio. KEY FOR MICHIGAN Early blitz: At their best „ like against Texas A&M in the regional semi“nals „ the Wolverines shoot opponents out of the game in the “rst 10 minutes with their dizzying assortment of perimeter options. Loyola-Chicago hasnt let anyone put them away in this tournament, and no one should want any part of the poised, patient, skillful Ramblers in a tight game. Michigan could make that moot before halftime. KEY FOR LOYOLA-CHICAGO Keep it moving: Whats so appealing about the Ramblers? For those who stumble upon college basketball only in March, its the double-digit seed and the nonagenarian nun who serves as the team chaplain. For those who watch a lot of the sport from mid-November until the “rst Monday in April? Its the spellbinding way the Ramblers keep passing to “nd good shots. Its why theyve made it this far, and they need to keep it up to make it past Michigan. No. 3 MICHIGAN (32-7) vs. No. 11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO (32-5) Saturday, 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS, Alamodome, San Antonio No. 1 VILLANOVA (34-4) vs. No. 1 KANSAS (31-7) Saturday, approx. 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS, Alamodome, San Antonio SERIES HISTORY Tied 3-3, with Villanova beating the Jayhawks 64-59 in the 2016 NCAA Tournament regional “nals en route to a national title. The only other tourney meeting between the schools was in the 2008 regional semi“nals, when Kansas earned a 72-57 triumph during its national title run. HOW THEY GOT HERE Villanova (East Regional champion) First round Def. (16) Radford 87-61 Second round Def. (9) Alabama 81-58 Regional semi“nal Def. (5) West Virginia 90-78 Regional “nal Def. (3) Texas Tech 71-59 Kansas (Midwest Regional champion) First round Def. (16) Penn 76-60 Second round Def. (8) Seton Hall 83-79 Regional semi“nal Def. (5) Clemson 80-76 Regional “nal Def. (2) Duke 85-81 (OT) PROJECTED STARTERS (*blocks) Villanova Yr. Ht./Wt. Pts. Reb. Ast. G Jalen Brunson Jr. 6-3/190 19.2 3.1 4.6 G Phil Booth Jr. 6-3/190 10.3 3.2 2.9 G/F Mikal Bridges Jr. 6-7/210 17.8 5.4 1.9 F Eric Paschall Jr. 6-9/255 10.3 5.3 2.2 F Omari Spellman R-Fr. 6-9/245 10.8 7.8 1.5* Kansas Yr. Ht./Wt. Pts. Reb. Ast. G Devonte Graham Sr. 6-2/185 17.2 4.1 7.3 G Malik Newman So. 6-3/190 14.0 4.9 2.1 G Lagerald Vick Jr. 6-5/175 12.2 4.9 2.2 F Svi Mykhailiuk Sr. 6-8/205 14.7 4.0 2.7 C Udoka Azubuike So. 7-0/280 13.1 7.1 1.7* PLAYERS TO WATCH C Udoka Azubuike, Kansas: The 7-footer is shooting 77.2 percent from the ”oor and averages 12 rebounds for every 40 minutes hes on the ”oor. He also averages just 23.5 minutes and is a 41.3 percent foul shooter. F Mikal Bridges, Villanova: The Wildcats leader in steals (58), 3-pointers made (99) and free throw shooting (84.8 percent) might get overshadowed a little by Jalen Brunson, but hes one of the most valuable players in the country. G Jalen Brunson, Villanova: One-half of the exceptional point guard battle in this game, Brunson has scored in double “gures in every game this season and is as tested in the crucible of the Final Four as any active player. G Devonte Graham, Kansas: In a league “lled with stellar guards „ West Virginias Jevon Carter, Texas Techs Keenan Evans, Oklahomas Trae Young and others „ Graham was the best of the bunch this season. Hes averaging 16 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in the postseason. KEY FOR KANSAS Defensive rebounding: While Villanova isnt the greatest offensive rebounding team in the country, it also doesnt have to put that skill into practice as much as most. When Kansas has struggled this season, its inability to keep opponents off the offensive glass has often been a problem. After struggling to prevent second chances against Seton Hall and Clemson, the Jayhawks limited Duke to a .250 offensive rebounding percentage. Another outing like that would be a plus. KEY FOR VILLANOVA Back on track from the outside: The Wildcats made it through the East Regional “nal despite shooting 4 of 24 from 3-point range against Texas Tech. It was the second-fewest made threes on the season for Villanova, and only the “fth time the Wildcats have shot less than 30 percent from beyond the arc. Villanova could survive an off shooting night against a so-so offensive team. Kansas wont be as forgiving. Michigan guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman Villanova guard Jalen Brunson[ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTOS]By Dave SkrettaThe Associated PressLAWRENCE, Kan. „ Kansas coach Bill Self spent most of this season bemoaning the fact that Devonte Graham, his AllAmerican point guard, didn't have a consistent sidekick to take the pressure off him.Malik Newman swooped in just in time for the NCAA Tournament.The transfer from Mississippi State finally bought into what Self has been demanding of him all season, and the result has been the finest performances of his career. He dropped 28 points when the top-seeded Jayhawks needed him against Seton Hall, had 17 points in a win over Clem-son, then poured in 32 points „ and all of their points in over-time „ in an Elite Eight victory over Duke.He's also turned up the inten-sity on defense, rebounded the ball better, and allowed Graham to do what he does best: Make plays without having to have the ball in his hands."I just felt like he was forcing Devonte to do too much," Self recalled, "but here of late, Devonte has a sidekick. Or you could even say Malik has a side-kick in Devonte, because Malik has been our best player for the last month."All resulting in a Final Four trip and a date with Villanova tonight.Of course, that raises another question: Who is Batman and who is Robin?"I'm most definitely still Robin," Newman said with a smile. "This is Devonte's team. We know that, he knows that. I'm just trying to help as much as I can, just trying to take some pressure off."Coach was right about me throughout the season," Newman continued. "I'd have a good game, Svi (Mykhailiuk) would have a good game. But it was never consistent."The irony of the superhero debate is that Graham had always played the role of Robin, the often-overlooked sidekick to Frank Mason III.Graham, Newman give Kansas a Batman-and-Robin backcourtKansas Malik Newman, left, and Devonte Graham give the Jayhawks a potent one-two punch. [AP PHOTO / ORLIN WAGNER, FILE]

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Runnersleftinscoringposition„Pittsburgh 4(Bell,Dickerson2,Moran);Detroit6 (Martin,Cabrera,McCann2,Iglesias2). RISP„Pittsburgh7for15;Detroit8for22. Runnersmovedup„Marte,Mahtook.LIDP„ Dickerson.GIDP„McCann. DP„Pittsburgh1(Harrison,Mercer,Bell); Detroit2(McCann,Iglesias),(Iglesias, Candelario). PITTSBURGHIPHRERBBSONPERA Nova56223484 3.60 Neverauskas,H,110 000011 0.00 Feliz03 441017 0.00 Santana10 000016 0.00 Kontos10 000120 0.00 Rivero.214431 3054.00 Smoker1.12 001026 0.00 Brault,W,1-032 001347 0.00 DETROITIPHRERBBSONPERA Zimmermann66 441881 6.00 Saupold10 000010 0.00 VerHagen01 221010 0.00 Stumpf11 000011 0.00 Greene.23 3301 1640.50 Jimenez.21 102021 0.00 Wilson,L,0-13.25 330165 7.36 Felizpitchedto4battersinthe7th. VerHagenpitchedto2battersinthe8th. Inheritedrunners-scored„Santana1-1, Smoker2-2,Stumpf2-2,Jimenez1-1,Wilson 1-0.WP„Smoker.PB„McCann(1). Umpires„Home,MikeEveritt;First,Bill Welke;Second,TonyRandazzo;Third,Lance Barrett. T„5:27.A„42,516(41,297).NATIONALS2,REDS0WASHINGTONABRHBIBBSOAVG. Eatonlf311011.333 Kintzlerp000000--Madsonp000000--c-Adamsph100001.000 Doolittlep000000--Rendon3b401001.250 Harperrf302010.667 Zimmerman1b400101.000 Kendrick2b401001.250 Turnerss300010.000 Taylorcf411000.250 Wietersc300010.000 Scherzerp200000.000 a-Goodwinph-lf100101.000 TOTALS3226246 CINCINNATIABRHBIBBSOAVG. Winkerlf300013.000 Suarez3b400001.000 Votto1b401000.250 Gennett2b4040001.000 Scheblerrf401001.250 Hughesp000000--Barnhartc300002.000 d-Mesoracoph100000.000 Perazass400003.000 Baileyp201001.500 Garrettp000000--b-Duvallph100000.000 Peraltap000000--Quackenbushp000000--Ervinrf000010--Hamiltoncf400003.000 TOTALS34070214 WASHINGTON100000001„260 CINCINNATI000000000„070 a-struckoutforScherzerinthe7th.bgroundedoutforGarrettinthe7th.c-struck outforMadsoninthe9th.d-”iedoutfor Barnhartinthe9th. LOB„Washington8,Cincinnati9.2B„ Kendrick(1),Gennett(1).RBIs„Zimmerman (1),Goodwin(1).SB„Taylor(1),Schebler (1).SF„Goodwin. Runnersleftinscoringposition„Washington 4(Zimmerman,Turner,Taylor2);Cincinnati 5(Suarez,Schebler,Barnhart2,Peraza). RISP„Washington0for7;Cincinnati0for6. Runnersmovedup„Goodwin,Hamilton. WASHINGTONIPHRERBBSONPERA Scherzer,W,1-065001101000.00 Kintzler,H,110 000110 0.00 Madson,H,112 000119 0.00 Doolittle,S,1-1100012180.00 CINCINNATIIPHRERBBSONPERA Bailey,L,0-16411331041.50 Garrett100012160.00 Peralta.1000003 0.00 Quackenbush.21 000013 0.00 Hughes111101169.00 Umpires„Home,JeffKellogg;First,Quinn Wolcott;Second,MarvinHudson;Third, JamesHoye. T„3:09.A„43,878(42,319).ALLEADERS BATTING: Bogaerts,Boston, .750;Davidson,Chicago, .750;Andrus,Texas,.667; Engel,Chicago,.667; Calhoun,LosAngeles,.600; Maldonado,LosAngeles, .600;Semien,Oakland,.600; Stanton,NewYork,.600;10 tiedat.500. RUNS: Davidson,Chicago,4; Anderson,Chicago,3;Stanton,NewYork,3;Abreu, Chicago,2;Bogaerts, Boston,2;Calhoun,Los Angeles,2;Garcia,Chicago, 2;Gardner,NewYork,2; Moustakas,KansasCity,2; Semien,Oakland,2. RBI: Davidson,Chicago,5; KDavis,Oakland,4;Stanton, NewYork,4;Anderson,Chicago,3;Duda,KansasCity,3; Span,TampaBay,3;Sanchez, Chicago,3;6tiedat2. HITS: Bogaerts,Boston, 3;Calhoun,LosAngeles, 3;Cozart,LosAngeles,3; Davidson,Chicago,3;Haniger,Seattle,3;Maldonado, LosAngeles,3;Semien, Oakland,3;Stanton,New York,3;17tiedat2. DOUBLES: Bogaerts,Boston, 2;22tiedat1. TRIPLES: Calhoun,Los Angeles,1;Joseph,Baltimore,1;Powell,Oakland,1; Span,TampaBay,1. HOMERUNS: Davidson,Chicago,3;Anderson,Chicago, 2;Stanton,NewYork,2;14 tiedat1. STOLENBASES: Buxton, Minnesota,1;Chisenhall, Cleveland,1;RDavis,Cleveland,1;Donaldson,Toronto, 1;Machado,Baltimore,1; Rosario,Minnesota,1. PITCHING: Bleier,Baltimore,1-0;Hatcher, Oakland,1-0;Hernandez, Seattle,1-0;Pruitt,Tampa Bay,1-0;Severino,New York,1-0;Shields,Chicago, 1-0;Verlander,Houston, 1-0. STRIKEOUTS: Sale,Boston, 9;Kluber,Cleveland, 8;Bundy,Baltimore,7; Hamels,Texas,7;Odorizzi, Minnesota,7;Severino, NewYork,7;Archer,Tampa Bay,6;Duffy,KansasCity, 5;Happ,Toronto,5;Verlander,Houston,5. NLLEADERS BATTING: Iannetta,Colorado,.750;Martinez,St. Louis,.750;BAnderson, Miami,.667;Gonzalez, NewYork,.667;Grandal, LosAngeles,.667;Hoskins, Philadelphia,.667;Nimmo, NewYork,.667;Plawecki, NewYork,.667;Russell,Chicago,.667;2tiedat.600. RUNS: Freeman,Atlanta,3; 10tiedat2. RBI: Lamb,Arizona,4; Cespedes,NewYork,3; Markakis,Atlanta,3;BAnderson,Miami,2;Freeman, Atlanta,2;Knapp,Philadelphia,2;LaStella,Chicago, 2;Martinez,St.Louis,2; Molina,St.Louis,2;Rosario, NewYork,2. HITS: Cain,Milwaukee,3; Iannetta,Colorado,3;Martinez,St.Louis,3;Peralta, Arizona,3;20tiedat2. DOUBLES: Hoskins,Philadelphia,2;16tiedat1. TRIPLES: Dietrich,Miami,1; Dyson,Arizona,1. HOMERUNS: Albies, Atlanta,1;Arenado, Colorado,1;Freeman, Atlanta,1;Happ,Chicago, 1;Hernandez,Philadelphia, 1;LeMahieu,Colorado,1; Markakis,Atlanta,1;Martinez,St.Louis,1;Molina, St.Louis,1;Panik,SanFrancisco,1;Rizzo,Chicago,1; Schwarber,Chicago,1. STOLENBASES: Bruce,New York,1;Cain,Milwaukee,1; Dyson,Arizona,1;Hoskins, Philadelphia,1;Peralta, Arizona,1;Puig,LosAngeles,1;Russell,Chicago,1; Szczur,SanDiego,1;Utley, LosAngeles,1. PITCHING: Blach,SanFrancisco,1-0;Cishek,Chicago, 1-0;Corbin,Arizona,1-0; Jeffress,Milwaukee,1-0; Syndergaard,NewYork, 1-0;Vizcaino,Atlanta,1-0. STRIKEOUTS: Syndergaard, NewYork,10;Corbin, Arizona,8;Kershaw,Los Angeles,7;CAnderson, Milwaukee,6;Martinez,St. Louis,5;Gray,Colorado,4; Guerrero,Miami,4;Richard, SanDiego,4;9tiedat3. BASEBALLCALENDAR APRIL17-18: Clevelandvs. MinnesotaatSanJuan,PuertoRico. MAY16-17: Ownersmeetings,NewYork. JUNE4: Amateurdraft starts. JUNE15: Internationalamateursigningperiodcloses. JULY2: Internationalamateursigningperiodopens. JULY6: Lastdaytosignfor amateurdraftpickssubject todeadline. JULY17: All-StarGame, Washington. JULY29: HallofFameinductions,Cooperstown,N.Y. JULY31: Lastdaytotrade aplayerwithoutsecuring waivers. OCT.2-3: Wild-cardgames. DEC.10-13: Winter meetings,LasVegas.BOXSCORES ROUNDUPPirates13,Tigers10,13innings: GregoryPolancohitathree-run homerinthe13thinningtoliftthePittsburghtoavictoryover Detroit„aboutanhouraftertheTigersspilledontothe“eldto celebratewhattheythoughtwasagame-winninghitoftheirown. NicholasCastellanoswasinitiallycalledsafeathomeinthebottom ofthe10thfortheTigers,butareplayreviewtooktherunaway andtheteamsplayedon.Polancosdrivetoright-centerona3-0 pitchfromAlexWilson(0-1)“nallygavethePiratesacomfortable lead„orascomfortableascouldbeonawackydayinwhichboth teamsscoredfourrunsintheninth.Detroitputtwomenonbasein the13th,butStevenBrault(1-0)wasabletoholdonand“nishhis thirdscorelessinningofrelief. Nationals2,Reds0: MaxScherzerstruckout10insixinningsand Washington,inits“rstgamewithDaveMartinezasamajorleague manager,begandefenseoftheirNLEasttitlebyopeningwitha winoverCincinnati.NationalsstarBryceHarpergottwohits,but hisstringof“vestraightopeningdayswithahomeruncametoan end.Scherzerpostedhis65thcareergamewithdouble-digitstrikeouts.TheonlyhitterwhodidrealdamageagainsthimwasScooter Gennett,who“nished4for4withadouble.TODAYSPITCHINGCOMPARISON THISDATEINBASEBALL1968: Seattle,theAmericanLeaguessecondnewteam, announceditsnickname:thePilots. 1996: TheSeattleMarinersbeattheChicagoWhite Sox3-2in12inningsinmajorleaguebaseballsseason opener,the“rstmajorleaguegameplayedinMarch. 1998: TheTampaBayDevilRaysandArizonaDiamondbackslookedlikeexpansionteamsintheir“rstgames. TheDevilRaysfellbehind11-0inan11-6losstoDetroit atTropicanaField,andtheDiamondbacksdroppeda9-2 decisiontotheColoradoRockiesatBankOneBallpark. Milwaukeedroppeda2-1decisionatAtlantaintheBrew ers“rstgamesincebecomingtheonlyteamtoswitch leaguesthiscentury. 2003: TheCincinnatiRedsplayedtheir“rstregular seasongameattheGreatAmericanBallpark.ThePittsburghPiratesspoiledthedaywitha10-1win. 2013: TheHoustonAstros,comingoffconsecutive100lossseasons,madeanimpressivedebutintheAmerican League,trouncingtheTexasRangers8-2inthemajor leagueopener.HavingswitchedfromtheNational LeaguetotheALintheoffseason,theAstrosearned their“rstopeningdayvictorysince2006andthe4,000th regular-seasonwininfranchisehistory. Todaysbirthdays: PeterBourjos31;JeffMathis35.NATIONALLEAGUE2018TEAM2017VSOPP MATCHUPPITCHERSTIMEW-LERARECW-LIPERA St.LouisWacha(R)0-00.000-01-09.00.00 NewYorkdeGrom(R)1:10p0-00.000-02-013.23.29 WashingtonStrasburg(R)0-00.000-01-012.04.50 CincinnatiCastillo(R)2:10p0-00.000-00-111.04.09 ChicagoDarvish(R)0-00.000-00-13.224.55 MiamiDespaigne(R)7:10p0-00.000-00-00.00.00 PhiladelphiaVelasquez(R)0-00.000-00-07.00.00 AtlantaMcCarth(R)7:10p0-00.000-00-05.07.20 ColoradoMarquez(R)0-00.000-00-333.14.59 ArizonaGreinke(R)8:10p0-00.000-02-138.04.03 MilwaukeeSuter(L)0-00.000-00-00.00.00 SanDiegoPerdomo(R)8:40p0-00.000-00-112.03.75 SanFranciscoHolland(L)0-00.000-00-00.00.00 LosAngelesMaeda(R)9:10p0-00.000-00-03.012.00AMERICANLEAGUE2018TEAM2017VSOPP MATCHUPPITCHERSTIMEW-LERARECW-LIPERA LosAngelesShoemaker(R)0-00.000-01-010.03.60 OaklandMengden(R)4:05p0-00.000-00-00.00.00 HoustonMcCullersJr.(R)0-00.000-00-010.24.22 TexasMoore(L)4:05p0-00.000-00-00.00.00 NewYorkSabathia(L)0-00.000-02-221.26.23 TorontoEstrada(R)4:07p0-00.000-03-129.14.60 ClevelandCarrasco(R)0-00.000-01-113.22.63 SeattlePaxton(L)4:10p0-00.000-00-00.00.00 BostonPorcello(R)0-00.000-02-436.23.93 TampaBayTBD6:10p0-00.000-00-00.00.00 MinnesotaGibson(R)0-00.000-01-19.013.00 BaltimoreCashner(R)7:05p0-00.000-00-14.04.50 ChicagoGiolito(R)0-00.000-01-013.11.35 KansasCityKennedy(R)7:15p0-00.000-00-220.07.65INTERLEAGUE2018TEAM2017VSOPP MATCHUPPITCHERSTIMEW-LERARECW-LIPERA PittsburghWilliams(R)0-00.000-01-07.00.00 DetroitFulmer(R)1:10p0-00.000-00-00.00.00 KEY: TEAMREC-TeamsRecordingamesstartedbytodayspitcher. VSOPP-Pitchersrecordversusthisopponent.PittsburghsGregoryPolancoisgreetedbyteammatesAdamFrazier,center,andJoshHarrison,left,aftertheyscoredonPolancosthree-runhomeru nduringthe13thinning againstDetroitonFridayinDetroit.[CARLOSOSORIO/THEASSOCIATEDPRESS]

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C6 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com ByElaineKurtenbachTheAssociatedPressSharesroseinAsiaon Fridayaftertechnology andconsumer-focused stocksledanovernight rallyonWallStreet,markingadramaticendtothemarketsmostvolatilequarterinmorethantwoyears.Mostworldmar-ketswereclosedforGood Friday.KEEPINGSCORE: JapansNikkei225index added1.4percentto 21,454.30andtheKospi inSouthKoreaclimbed 0.4percentto2,445.85.TheShanghaiCompositeindexedged0.3percenthigherto3,168.90.SharesroseinTaiwanandThailand.WALLSTREETS SURGE: Banksand industrialstocksalso liftedthemarketand recentlaggardssuchasFacebookandBoeingrose.Evenso,thesolidgains didntpreventthestock marketsfirstquarterlylosssincethethirdquarterof2015.TheS&P500rose1.4percentto2,640.87. TheDowgained1.1percentto24,103.11andthe Russell2000indexo f smaller-companystocks alsopickedup1.1percent,to1,529.43.TheNasdaqadded1.6percentto7,063.44,closingthe quarterwithagainof2.3 percent.U.S.stockmar-ketswillbeclosedfortheGoodFridayholiday.TECHFACTOR: Thursdaysrun-upin technologystockssignaledthatinvestors believethesectorwasoversoldinrecentweeks, saidTerrySandven,chie f equitystrategistatU.S. BankWealthManagement.Volatilityhas rampedup,inflationarypressuresaremorepreva-lent,interestratesareonthecuspofchange,sothatpresentsahigherlevelo f uncertaintyandhigherinvestorangst,Žhesaid.JAPANDATA: Data releasedFridayshowed industrialproduction reboundedinFebruary, gaining4.1inFebruary fromthemonthbefore,aftera6.8dropinJanuary.ENERGY: Tradingstoppedforthelong Easterweekend.On Thursday,benchmark U.S.cruderose56cents to$64.94abarrelonthe NewYorkMercantileExchange.Asian shares track WallSt. rallies SpecialistsRobertTuccillo,center,andMatthewGreinerworkatapostonthe”ooroftheNewYorkStock ExchangeonMarch5.[RICHARDDREW/ASSOCIATEDPRESSFILEPHOTO] ByStanChoeTheAssociatedPressNEWYORK„Braceyourselfbeforecheckinghowyourfundsperformedinthefirstquarter,whichofficiallyendsSaturday. Manylikelylostmoney.Afterayears-longstretch whenmostmutualfunds andexchange-tradedfunds poweredhigherquarterafter quarter,investorsarerediscoveringthepainofvolatility.Thevastmajorityoffundshaveturnedinlossesforthefirstquarterafterarockyfewweekswipedoutwhathadbeenthe stockmarketsbeststarttoayearindecades.Lessthan30percentofallmutualfundsdeliveredpositivereturns,accordingtodatafromMorningstar.Lastyear97percentofallfundsmademoney.Worriesaboutrisinginflationandthepossibilityofamore aggressiveFederalReserve initiallythrewthemarketoff itslongridehigherinFebruary.InMarch,fearthattheworldsbiggesteconomieswereheadedforadamagingtradewardidfurtherdamagetofund performance.Thelargestmutualfundby assetslost0.6percentforthe quarter,forexample.Itsthe firstquarterlylossforVanguardsTotalStockMarket Indexfundintwoandahalfyears.Whatsmadethemarkets recenttroublesevenmore unsettlingisthatthepartsof investorsportfoliosthatare supposedtobethesafesthavealsobeenhit.Bondfundshavestruggled, forexample.Thelargestbond fundbyassets,Vanguards TotalBondMarketIndexfund,haslost1.5percentinthe quarter.Bondfundsareusuallyacom-fortingcushionforinvestorswhenstocksfalter.Eightofthelast10timesthatVanguardsbehemothstockfundhasturnedinaquarterlyloss,theVanguardTotalBondMarketIndexfundhasofferedpositivereturns.Heresalookatsomeofthe trendsthatshapedthequarterforfundinvestors:€Techstockfundsweresomeofthebestperformers.Itmaybesurprisinggiven howmuchtheyveslidinthelastcoupleofweeks,butfundsthatfocusontechnologystocksandotherfast-growingcompa-nieshadsomeofthehealthiestreturns.Thatsbecausetheyraced outtosuchbiggainsearlyin theyearthattheywereableto absorbrecentlosses.Investorshavebeenpouringinto technologystocksforyearsin searchofcompaniesableto growtheirrevenueandprofits almostregardlessoftheglobaleconomysstrength.Theaveragefundfocusingonlarge-capgrowthstockssurgedtoa7.5percentreturninJanu-aryalone,forexample.Butas thequarterdrewtoaclose, Facebookhaditsworstweek innearlysixyearsonworriesthatascandalaboutitsprivacy policiescouldscareawayusers andhurtitsprofits. Bytheendofthequarter,thereturnfortheaveragelarge-capgrowthstockfundhadtrimmedto2.3percent.€Manybondfundslostmoney.Nearlythreequartersofalltaxablebondfundsweredownforthequarter.Bondfundswerehurtby someofthesameworriesthathitstocksinearlyFebruary:thatinflationisontheriseandthe FederalReservemaygetmoreaggressiveaboutraisinginter-estratestocompensate.Inflationisoneofthebiggestenemiesforbondholders becauseiterodesthevalueof thefixedpaymentsthatbonds make:A$1interestpayment buysmuchlesswheninflationisspikinghigher.Andwheninterestratesare rising,pricesfallforthebonds thataresittinginbondfunds portfoliosbecausetheysuddenlylooklessattractivethan newlyissuedbonds.Theyieldonthe10-yearTreasuryhit2.74percentonThursday,upfrom 2.41percentatthestartofthequarter.Yieldsonshorter-andlonger-termTreasurysalso rose,whichhurtpricesforallkindsofbonds.Eventhoughinterestrates areexpectedtokeepclimbing,manyanalystssaybonds canstillbeconsideredthesafe partofaninvestorsportfolio.Particularlyifatradewardoesbreakout,investorsmaybe gratefultoholdbonds,which havehistoricallybeenmuchsteadierthanstocks.RoughquarterWorldmarketsHowkeyinternationalstock marketsperformed: AmsterdamAEX BrusselsBEL20 FrankfurtDAX HongKongHangSeng LondonFTSE100MilanFTSEMIB ParisCAC40 SydneyASXAllOrdinaries TokyoNikkei ZurichSwissMarketIndex %CHANGE PREVIOUSCLOSE TODAYSCLOSE ASSOCIATEDPRESS KEY 0.5% 527.00 529.52 0.1% 3,852.36 3,857.10 1.3% 11,940.71 12,096.73 0.2% 30,022.53 30,093.38 0.2% 7,044.74 7,056.61 0.4% 22,331.36 22,411.15 0.7% 5,130.44 5,167.30 -0.5% 5,899.20 5,868.90 0.6% 21,031.31 21,159.08 -0.2% 8,756.12 8,740.97 BUSINESSByBarbaraOrtutayTheAssociatedPressNEWYORK„TheauthorofaprovocativeFacebookmemodeclaringthatgrowthisjusti-fiedevenifitcostslivessayshedoesntactuallyagreewiththememoandwroteittoprovokedebate.The2016internalmemo, titledTheUgly,Žwasleaked toBuzzFeedthisweek.Init, FacebookexecutiveAndrew Bosworthsaidallthework wedoingrowthisjustified,Ž evenifitcostspeopletheirlivesbecausetheyareexposedtobulliesordieinaterrorist attackcoordinatedthroughFacebook.Bosworth,whogoesby Boz,ŽhasbeenatFacebook since2006andservesas thecompanysvicepresidentinchargeofvirtual-andaugmented-realityefforts.Previously,hewasvicepresidentofadsandhelpedcreateFacebookfeaturessuchasMessenger,its newsfeedandgroups. BosworthtweetedThursdaythatthememowasoneofthe mostunpopularthingshes writteninternally,andthe ensuingdebatehelpedshapeourtoolsforthebetter.ŽInastatementtoBuzzFeedthatFacebookconfirmed,CEOMarkZuckerbergcalledBosworthatalentedleaderwhosaysmanyprovocativethings,Žbutaddedthememowas somethingthatmostpeople atFacebookincludingmyselfdisagreedwithstrongly.ŽWeveneverbelievedtheendsjustifythemeans,ŽZuck-erbergsaidinthestatement. Werecognizethatconnectingpeopleisntenoughbyitself.Wealsoneedtoworktobringpeopleclosertogether.Wechangedourwholemissionandcompanyfocustoreflectthislastyear.ŽFacebookisgrapplingwith anunprecedentedcrisisover allegationsthatCambridge Analytica,aTrump-affiliatedpoliticalconsultingfirm, obtaineddataoftensofmillionsofuserswithouttheir permissionwiththeintentof swayingelections.Thatfollowedastringofscandals, includingrevelationsthat RussiauseditsplatformtomeddleinU.S.elections.Facebookexecdisavows hisownprovocativememo WHATTOWATCHFORMONDAY€InstituteforSupplyManagementreleasesits manufacturingindexforMarch.BRIEFCASESEOUL,SOUTHKOREASKoreaseekingclarityon Trumptradecomments SouthKoreaistryingtofindoutwhatPresident DonaldTrumpmeant whenhemaderemarkslinkingtherecentlyrene-gotiatedSouthKorea-U.S.freetradeagreementwithtalksondenuclearizingNorthKorea.SouthKoreanPresidentMoonJae-insofficesaidFridaythatitisworkingthroughvariouschannelstofindoutthePresidentTrumpstrueintentionsŽfollowinghisspeechinOhio,wherehesaidhemayholdupthefreetradedealuntilafteranagreementisreachedwithNorthKorea.Trumpsaidthetradedealwith SouthKorea,whichis thefirstmajortradeagreementreachedbyhisadministration,isaverystrongcardandIwanttomakesureeveryoneistreatedfairly.ŽTrumpdidnotexplainwhatleveragehethoughttheU.S.wouldwieldbyholdingupthetradedealwithSouthKorea.His commentsraisedcon-cerninSouthKoreasinceSeoulviewstherevamped b ilateralfreetradedealasseparatefromtheNorthKoreanissue. Walmartreportedlyeyes dealwithinsurerHumanaWalmartmaybelook-ingtodivedeeperintotherapidlyevolvinghealth caremarketbyacquir-ingtheinsurerHumana,accordingtoTheWallStreetJournal.Thenewspapersaid thattheretailgiantisinearlytalkswithHumana,amajorproviderofMedi-careAdvantagecoverageforpeopleage65andolder.Citinganonymoussources,theJournalsaidlateThursdaythatthe companiesarediscuss-inganumberofoptions,includinganacquisition.Walmartwouldnotcommentonwhatitcalledrumorsandspeculation.ŽHumanadidnotimmedi-atelyreturncallsfromTheAssociatedPress.Therehavebeena numberofmajorhealth caredealsannouncedin recentmonthsashealth insurers,pharmacy b enefitmanagersand retailerslikethedrugstorechainCVSHealth trytogetmoreinvolved incustomercareandpotentiallycorralcosts.PRAGUECzechsextraditealleged RussianhackertoUSTheCzechRepublicextraditedaRussianmantotheU.S.tofacechargesofhackingcomputersat LinkedIn,Dropboxand otherAmericancompanies,anofficialsaidFriday.YevgeniyNikulinwas flowntotheU.S.overnight,JusticeMinistry spokeswomanTerezaSchejbalovasaid.Nikulindenieshes ahacker.HisdefenseattorneyclaimedhiscaseispoliticallymotivatedintheU.S.ThedecisionbyJusticeMinisterRobertPelikanwasannouncedjustmin-utesafterthecountrys ConstitutionalCourtreleasedastatementthatitrejectedalast-minute appealfromtheNikulinasgroundless.Ž TheAssociatedPress Mutualfundreview: Painmakesacomeback tostarttheyear

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 E1 HOMES TIP OF THE WEEKRE-ROOF CHECKLISTConsider the following before you re-roof, according to TAMKO Building Products Inc.: € Determine layover or tear o Although tearing o existing shingles is more expensive due to increased labor costs, there could be advantages. € Research the warranty. It is important to understand the warranty. € Assess ventilation needs. It is generally recommended to incorporate proper ventilation into the re-roof. LAWNCAREPREP FOR SPRINGTo wake up your lawn in the spring, the lawn experts at Lowes have provided these steps. € Tune up your equipment. € Evaluate your lawn for dead spots and bring a rake to break up any thatched areas. HARDSCAPESADD VALUE TO YOUR HOMEOutdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home, according to a National Association of Realtors and National Association of Landscape Professionals report. Here are some ways they help, according to Versa-Lok: € Curb appeal € Making unusable space usable € Prevent erosion € Safety and privacy Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com By Laura Firszt More Content Now Whens the best time to spot a leaking window? In the middle of a rainstorm, of course. Whens the worst time to fix a leaking window? Ditto. Dont panic, though. Get out your phone and take a picture of the mess instead. That way, if you need to call a pro to take of your problem, youll have clear evidence as to the location and severity of the leak. And, as an informed consumer, do your homework by checking out these leaking window causes and cures. 1. Inspect the weep holes Weep holes are openings built into the bottom of your metal or vinyl window frames, which are designed to drain off precipitation that collects in the window tracks. If your window is leaking because these holes have clogged up, breathe a sigh of relief. Clearing clogged weep holes is the simplest, lowest-cost fix for window leaks. Remove fallen leaves, twigs, insect corpses and other objects that may be blocking these openings. Then clean the holes out with a cotton swab or bit of wire (the slow way) or a spritz of compressed air (the shortcut). Clear weep holes are able do their job properly and wont let the tracks overflow in heavy rain. 2. Look at your window seal The glass of your window should be solidly sealed to a rubber or vinyl gasket within the frame. If the pane has loosened over the years, renew the seal, using transparent silicone caulk. 3. Check your window frame If the frame is the cause of your leaking window, there are several possible repair scenarios, as follows:€ Best-case scenario: Youll find a gap in the caulk sealing the frame to the exterior wall, which is letting in drafts and possibly water as well. Apply some new, goodquality caulk for an easy and inexpensive repair. (TIPS: For proper adhesion, be sure to thoroughly remove any old flaking caulk and clean the window frame before you start. And take care you seal the top of the window „ where precipitation can puddle „ as well as the bottom and sides.)€ Not-so-bad-case scenario: It could be that the existing weatherstripping has worn out. Take down the operable part of the window (the portion that slides horizontally or vertically when you open it) first. Then remove the old weatherstripping, along with any traces of leftover adhesive, and replace it with a new peel-and-stick version (available at most hardware and home stores).€ Worst-case scenario: You may discover that your wooden window frames have rotted and you will need to hire a pro to replace them. Or you might find that the frames were incorrectly installed in the first place; actually not such a bad scenario if they are still under warranty and if the original installer is still in business and if hes prepared to honor the warranty. 4. Consider other possible sources of leakage Sometimes, water that appears to be the result of a leaking window is really coming from another source altogether. Make sure that the source of the leak is not actually your homes roof, exterior walls, or upstairs bathroom. 5. Minimize water damage If heavy rain makes window repair impossible for the time being (or if youre waiting for a pro to arrive and fix the problem), meanwhile you can at least minimize water damage, which, unchecked, may lead to mold and rot. Place a rolled up towel or large rag in the area of the leak „ to absorb the water „ and change it regularly for a dry one. If at all possible, move carpeting, furniture, and other items away from the window area.How to x windows that drip waterBIGSTOCK Tweak away that leak There is a real disconnect in the media and political narratives being told every day and what is actually happening on jobsites around the country regarding bluecollar jobs and wages. First, there is a huge shortage of labor in bluecollar industries and an immense tug-of-war for talent between construction, manufacturing, logistics and service industries. According to the United States Department of Labor, in December 2017 there were 5.8 million job openings with 924,000 of these jobs in the blue-collar areas of construction, manufacturing, logistics and wholesale. The first myth about blue-collar construction AROUND THE HOUSEThe four myths about blue-collar construction jobs Don MagruderAs the end of the school year approaches, graduating seniors who dont plan on going to college should not despair; there are good jobs in the construction industry available to you. All you must do is work hard, learn your craft, keep your background clean and remain drug-free. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] See MAGRUDER, E2 o l.

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E2 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comMore than 850 4-H members, volunteers and supporters met at the Capitolon Feb. 24 to edu-cate Florida politicians on the importance of the 4-H program.4-H supporters meandered around the Capitol wearing green polo shirts to represent the program. Thirty of those members and volunteers came from Lake County.Throughout the day, participants heard from public officials, participated in educational workshops, took tours of the Capitol and local museums and witnessed political leaders taking action. The 4-H Day at the Capitol provided youth with an opportunity to learn more about the state government and experience political processes. 4-H youth were encouraged to schedule appointments with sena-tors and representatives to talk about the influence 4-H has had on their lives.4-H Day at the Capitol provided Lake County youth with an opportunity to practice citizenship. Lake County 4-H youth had four members that were able to speak with Senator Dennis Baxley. James and Richard Sellers and Brianna and Ashley Brown from Green Clover Legacy 4-H Club went before Senator Baxley seeking his support for the 4-H program.The experiences I have gleaned from 4-H have helped me reach my full potential,Ž James told Senator Baxley. Richard expressed to Baxley, I love 4-H. This excellent organization provides hands-on learning and programs that build life skills.ŽOn meeting Senator Baxley, Richard thought, It is amazing how acces-sible for discussions our elected officials are.Ž James reflection on meeting Senator Baxley was, Amid the pomp and circumstance of the Capitol, speaking to Sena-tor Baxley was like talking to your favorite grandfa-ther. Baxley was jovial at times, yet, the senator offered sound advice. He told us to learn to be effec-tive communicators, so many disputes and dif-ferences arise due to a lack thereof.Ž4-H Day at the Capitol also brought an opportunity for 4-H youth to tour the Capitol and partake in local tours. 4-H youth from Southern Traditions 4-H Club enjoyed their experi-ence of the museums and the Governors Mansion tour. Alexis Robbins said, My favorite experience was touring the mansion because I get to see where Governor Scott goes home to every day.Ž Alexis also enjoyed all of the history that surrounded the mansion.Savannah Tretter enjoyed visiting the museums while Abigail Northrup enjoyed seeing different types of artifacts. All the youth from Southern Traditions 4-H Club experienced an elevator ride which took them to the 22nd floor. The tours available to 4-H youth included a tour of the Governors Mansion, Old Farm Tour and an IMAX movie. Other opportunities that were available included a 4-H Day at the Capitol Scavenger Hunt, a tour of the Museum of Florida History, the Tallahassee Museum, the Florida State University and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. This event provided lots of opportunities for 4-H participants. Dallas Daniels is the 4-H agent for the Uf/IFAS Lake County Extension. Email hendersond@ufl.edu.FROM THE EXTENSION4H Day at the Capitol educates kids on state politicsMore than 850 4-H members, volunteers and supporters met at the Capitol on Feb. 24 to educate Florida politicians on the importance of the 4-H program. [SUBMITTED] Lake County 4-H youth had four members that were able to speak with Senator Dennis Baxley. James and Richard Sellers and Brianna and Ashley Brown from Green Clover Legacy 4-H Club went before Senator Baxley seeking his support for the 4-H program. [SUBMITTED] jobs is that only good job openings in America require a college degree „ that is nonsense. The second myth about blue-collar construction jobs is that illegal immigration is taking the good jobs and depressing wages. The Center for Migration Studies of New York estimates that 10.8 million people are in the United States illegally; however, that number is down by almost one million from 2010. Illegal immigration has been declining as the economies south of America have improved. In fact, the agricultural industry has two job openings for every job seeker. It is feared that fruits and vegetables will begin rotting on the vine because of the lack of immigrant labor. The good blue-collar jobs are not being taken by illegal immigrants, and honestly America needs a guest worker program right now if it wishes to maintain any economic growth. The third and most ludicrous myth about blue-collar construction jobs is that manufacturing and construction jobs are low wage, dead-end careers. Most skilled craftsmen can earn more in a year than people who have jobs withMaster of Business Administration degrees. The real problem in the blue-collar industries is that many workers are being offered too much overtime because of the shortage of labor. Over the last few weeks, there have been stories of people leaving one company for another because they dont want to work 60 hours a week. Wage rates for basic laborers have soared. If you work hard, learn your craft and keep your background clean, a person leaving high school can have a wonderful career and great life in the construction industry. Just imagine having a job where you do something different or you build something neat every day. The fourth and final myth about blue-collar construction jobs is that you must know someone to get a good paying blue-collar job. Companies are begging for good people. Many are spending thousands of dollars on employment ads and recruiting services with little success. I guarantee someone with little or no experience who is drug-free, has a clean background and is willing to work hard can walk up to most construction jobsites with a hard hat and find work. In some areas, jobsites are being fenced off with security to stop other contractors from stealing the labor they have on site. What everyone misses about the construction industry in America is that projects cant be built overseas. Homes, commercial buildings and factories must be planned, built and constructed in America. Construction is the ultimate manufacturing job that can never be outsourced overseas. The Great Recession created a fiveyear gap of craftsmen and the industry is paying for it now. The average craftsman in the industry is over 45 years old and the talent on the bench is thin. This means that even if there is another bad recession the craftsmen in the industry will have work. This shortage in skilled craftspeople could last for a decade or more because the industry has been so slow to crank up its training programs. As the end of the school year approaches, graduating seniors who dont plan on going to college should not despair „ there are good jobs available to you. All you must do is work hard, learn your craft, keep your background clean and remain drug-free. In just a few years, you could have everything youve imagined, and more, because these opportunities are real, and the openings are available right now. Don Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply Inc. He is also the host of the Around the HouseŽ radio show heard every Monday at noon on My790AM WLBE in Leesburg. MAGRUDERFrom Page E1 By Norman WinterTribune News ServiceSarah Eve is mesmerizing; its the first pink selection of Virginia sweetspire. It was introduced by Woodlanders, Inc. in Aiken South Carolina but discovered by Nancy Bissett of The Natives Inc. in central Florida and named for her daughter. Woodlanders describes the flowers as white but with pink pedicels making the long dangling racemes or blooms look pink. We planted it a few years when I was with the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah. We placed it close to the entrance of the shade garden, and it has been stellar. When in bloom youll know from a distance that you are looking at a Virginia sweetspire that is something special. It reaches 4 to 5 feet in height with an equal spread. If you have never grown a Virginia sweetspire also called Virginia willow, I would ask, why not? They are known botanically as Itea virginica and native from Texas to Illinois to Pennsylvania and southward to Florida. That is a vast area geographically, and they are cold hardy from zones 5-9. IteaŽ is Greek for willow, and although it is not a willow, its graceful habit and sweetly fragrant flowers will make it a natural for your woodland gardens and paths. To be honest I dont think I have ever met a Virginia sweetspire selection or generic that I did not like. The award-winning Henrys Garnet and Little Henry a compact version are-both dazzling in the landscape with their fragrant white flowers hanging downward in spires and bringing in the pollinators. Reports say Longspires has the longest blooms and Saturnalia even more sensational in fall color.On Gardening: Sarah Eve, stunning pink Virginia sweetspire

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 E3By Michele LernerSpecial to The Washington PostHome buyers across the country are scrambling for properties, and real estate professionals are begging for more houses to be built to answer the high demand. Under these conditions, you might suspect that developers would be more inclined to build a house even before a buyer has purchased it. Indeed, some builders have increased their production of speculativeŽ or specŽ houses, which are fully or partially built without a purchase contract in place. Still, thats not the case with others „ the strategy around spec houses varies according to market conditions and builder preferences. A few years ago, it was too risky for builders to build spec houses, but right now, builders are extremely bullish on the housing market,Ž says Tim Costello, founder and chief executive of Builder Homesite Inc., the parent company of Builders Digital Experience and NewHomeSource.com, a builder-marketing business based in Austin. Theyre selling everything they can build and making lots of money, so their risk profile has changed.Ž In different market cycles, spec homes „ which are sometimes labeled immediate delivery,Ž move-in readyŽ or immediate occupancyŽ houses „ can be a burden on builders if they languish on the market, because theyve paid to construct the house and continue to pay financing costs and utilities. When builders are eager to sell a spec house, buyers occasionally get a bargain. But in todays hot housing market, this is rarely the case, with most houses selling fast. Right now, were seeing most of the builders in our area building houses as fast as the lots are developed,Ž said Lind Goodman, a sales manager for BSI Builder Services, a division of the Allen Tate Co. in Charlotte. Resale inventory is so low, and builders cant build houses as fast as they are selling, particularly at the lower-end prices.Ž € € € Home buyers in a hurry to move are the most likely candidates for a spec house, but sometimes spec buyers are simply tired of competing for limited resale houses in their area. Buyers who choose spec houses today are usually doing this because of timing,Ž Goodman said. Sometimes they are relocating and want to move to their permanent home right away. Sometimes people put their house on the market, and it sells faster than they expected. They only want to move once rather than go into temporary housing while they wait for a house to be built.Ž Although choosing personalized features is a pleasure for many buyers of new construction, Goodman said: Lots of people like not having to pick everything, and theyre happy to go with the choices the builder has made for their house. Theyre still getting a new house, and typically it has the most popular upgrades for that price and neighborhood.Ž Regina and Ted Solomon and their three children, ages 10, 13 and 15, recently moved into a spec house at Meadowbrook Farm in Leesburg, Virginia that was built by Van Metre Homes. They opted for a spec house because of its lot and location within the community. The Solomons, whod already lived in the area, looked at resale houses two years ago and hadnt found anything they liked. This time, Regina Solomon found a house when they werent seriously looking. I popped into Meadowbrook Farm on a whim and was immediately attracted to the house, and especially the lot, which is next to a common area where the kids can play,Ž Regina Solomon said. If the house hadnt been ready, I might not have been as willing to make a quick decision.Ž She said she saw the house on a Tuesday, brought her family and bought it the following Saturday. The house just matched everything we wanted,Ž she said. They did a great job putting in the finishes I would have chosen anyway. I actually think they chose a higher quality of items than I might have picked if I had to sit and choose everything with a price list in front of me.Ž € € € Van Metre Homes, a Northern Virginia builder, has increased the number of spec houses it builds in response to the critical need for houses in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, said Brian Davidson, group president for the firms new homes division in Stone Ridge, Virginia. Building more spec homes allows us to reach people who would be looking at resales because they want to move quickly rather than wait six months or longer for a home to be built,Ž Davidson said. We particularly want to have houses ready for the busy spring housing market and the fall housing market.Ž About 37 percent of Van Metres sales last year were move-in ready houses, compared with 31 percent in 2016. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that about 35 percent of newly built homes sold in December were completed when they were purchased, an increase over the 33 percent sold in December 2016. However, the definition of a spec houseŽ varies. Some builders start homes by pouring the foundation and then build very slowly while waiting for a buyer,Ž Costello said. A true spec home is one that is built and can be moved into tomorrow.Ž The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington tracks spec housesŽ as all houses that are sold with the land and house, which includes homes under construction while under contract, as well as completed homes. The challenge for builders, even if they would like to build more spec homes, is that they face what we call the five Ls: Labor, lots, lending, lumber and local regulations,Ž said Robert Dietz, the NAHBs chief economist. Labor costs are higher, and it can be harder to find enough skilled laborers. In addition, buildable lots are expensive, lending is tight, and lumber prices were up 30 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. Local regulatory costs for things like permits rose 29 percent between 2011 and 2016.Ž Not all builders construct spec houses, Costello said, although some choose to do so for efficiency and to keep their crews working consistently. Some builders try to keep two or three spec houses available at all times to compete against the resale market,Ž Costello said. Builders that offer customization build spec houses that can be personalized with the final finishes and then delivered in 60 days, as opposed to the six months that building a new home usually requires.Ž Costello said a few builders, such as D.R. Horton Express, LGI Homes and Goodall Homes, consistently build spec houses as a business model. We try to start the same number of houses every week so we can communicate accurately to our customers when each house will be finished,Ž said Chris ONeal, chief sales officer of Goodall Homes, which builds homes in the high-demand markets of Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee. This even-flow process lets our trade partners and employees know that they will always have consistent work with us. Thats one reason we have been successful even in a tough labor market. We pay them weekly throughout the year.Ž Spec houses are making a returnVan Metres Pembroke model, a spec home; some builders have increased their production of speculativeŽ or specŽ houses, which are fully or partially built without a purchase contract in place. Still, thats not the case with others „ the strategy around spec houses varies according to market conditions and builder preferences. [KATHERINE FREY/THE WASHINGTON POST]

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CLASSIC PEANUTS HEATHCLIFF DENNIS THE MENACE FAMILY CIRCUS LUANN MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM BEETLE BAILEY ZITS GARFIELD FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE B.C. ROSE IS ROSE DILBERT SHOE PICKLES PHANTOM BLONDIE BABY BLUES HAGAR THE HORRIBLE SNUFFY SMITH COMICS E4 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com

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DEAR ABBY: I'm 42 years old and in my second marriage. My rst husband was very abusive. My second loves me, respects me, defends me and has brought out the best in me. But I don't feel like I do the same for him. Things will get good in our relationship, and then I will lose perspective again, which causes conict. How do I x that? How do I nd it again, and the sex drive I have lost? I'm so happy. He makes me just glow at times. -TRYING TO FIND MYSELF DEAR TRYING: The best place to nd your perspective would be on the couch of a licensed mental health therapist. It appears you may have brought the baggage from your rst marriage into this one. It's not unusual for people who have been in abusive relationships to have emotional scars. Start interviewing now, and don't stop until you nd someone you are comfortable conding in. DEAR ABBY: I have a dear friend I met at work three years ago. She's African-American. We have lunch or coffee almost weekly. She always arrives late for our get-togethers, but lately it's become too much. She has made me wait 40 minutes to an hour rather than the usual 10 to 20 minutes. When I show my frustration, she says she is on BPT (Black People Time). I have tried adopting her lifestyle of being late, but it makes me anxious because I am a very prompt person. I have heard comedians talk about BPT, but I know not all black people do this because I work with others who are considerate of other people's time. Any suggestions? -LADY IN WAITING DEAR LADY IN WAITING: What your friend is doing is showing a lack of respect not only for your time but also for your feelings. The next time you arrange to see her, warn her that in the future you will wait no more than 15 minutes, and if she doesn't show up, you will leave. Then do it. If seeing you is important to her, she'll manage to get there. If not, you will know you need to make arrangements with other friends for coffee and lunch. DEAR ABBY: I am a funeral director by trade, but a couple of years ago one of my good friends asked me to ofciate at his wedding. I was happy to do it, and I have since been asked by several other friends to perform their wedding ceremonies, too. I did three last year and have two scheduled for this year. I am always happy to help, and I don't charge an honorarium. My question is: Am I required to give the couple a gift? I'd like to do what is appropriate. -MARRYING & BURYING IN CALIFORNIA DEAR M&B: No rule of etiquette requires you to give the couple a gift in addition to the services you are performing for free. If you would LIKE to give them something in addition, by all means do, but it shouldn't be expected. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. How to play: Fill in the blank squares with the numbers 1 through 9 so that each horizontal row, vertical column and nine-square sub-grid contains no repeated numbers. Puzzles range in diculty from one to six stars. The solution to todays puzzle will be in tomorrows paper. YESTERDAYS SOLUTION BRIDGE CRYPTOQUOTE HOROSCOPES DIVERSIONS Past abuse undermines wifes focus on happy new marriage TODAY IN HISTORY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018:This year you could witness a new beginning in at least one area of your life. Your job or career will demand attention. You might feel a need to spend more time with your parents and/or loved ones. You value these people more the older you get. If you are single, you will meet someone in the second half of the year who could be signicant to your life. If you are attached, the two of you might get along even better than usual. You understand where your sweetie comes from. Your interest in LIBRA grows, partially because he or she presents a different point of view from yours. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) Many of you get a kick out of April Fools Day; however, there might be too much uproar happening now for you to focus on it. Your temper could are, which will encourage someone you love to back off. Relax with this Full Moon, as it could be wacky. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) Venus, your ruling planet, moves into your sign, which makes you more attractive and desirable. The amount of conict around you could be disparaging, but not serious. You will be able to clear up a misunderstanding soon enough. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Mischief suits you ne, but be careful about getting caught in the crossre of an argument between friends. Lie low for now, and look for the positive energy around the issue at hand. You could be more upset about a problem than you realize. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Your instincts to head home as soon as you see some disruption erupt might not be a bad idea. You wont be able to insulate yourself from all this energy, but you have a better chance of being more removed from it at home. Misunderstandings run rampant. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) You might be unusually difcult, as someone elses negative mood seems to put a damper on the moment. Understand that a friend could be distancing himor herself because he or she doesnt feel up to snuff. Let go of judgments, and just do your thing. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) You might be concerned about a matter that is close to your heart. You detach sufciently from the here and now, and are one of the most laid-back people around. A family member could be down, distant and/ or difcult. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) You enjoy being the main focus, but make time to slow down, take a nap or do something just for you. Others might have some dif- culty with the intensity of the Full Moon and the hassles that mark this particular lunar event, but not you. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) You might want to step back and watch others for now. You wont want to be in the middle of the fray, especially with all of the activity associated with this Full Moon. Communication contains some negativity. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22DEC. 21) You always value the feedback of a friend, no matter what is going on. You no longer want to sustain the ups and downs of relating to this particular person. Make an extra effort to get in touch with another friend who needs some attention. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) Youll note an issue arising between family and your more public life. How you handle this matter could dene today as well as a sustained period afterward. Avoid being argumentative, even if you are disappointed. Make a point to go out. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Observe what is going on around you. Emphasize long-distance communication as well as a potential trip. Stay open to what is being offered. You are full of energy and ready for a change. Touch base with a loved one whom you dont often hear from. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) One-on-one relating draws positive results, especially from a partner or close loved one. Still, you might nd yourself in an unusual interaction. Your focus needs to be on the other party for now. Use caution with spending or signing any money agreements. PERK UP WITH HOME DELIVERY SUBSCRIBE TODAY! CALL 352-787-0600 OR VISIT DAILYCOMMERCIAL.COM DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, March 31, 2018 E5 TODAY IS SATURDAY, MARCH 31, the 90th day of 2018. There are 275 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners by declaring, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President." ON THIS DATE: In 1889 French engineer Gustave Eiel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiel Tower, ocially marking its completion. In 1923 the rst U.S. dance marathon, held in New York City, ended with Alma Cummings, who had danced with six consecutive male partners, setting a world record of 27 hours on her feet. In 1943 "Oklahoma!," the rst musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway. In 1958 the Chuck Berry single "Johnny B. Goode" was rst released on the Chess label. In 1995 Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 2005 Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.

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E6 Saturday, March 31, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Kim CookThe Associated PressThose of us with out-door-loving pets know the downside to all that free-wheeling frolic: muddy paws, tangled fur, and often much worse.Animal behavior experts have many theories on why some dogs roll in noxious odors. Some researchers posit that getting ones neck into a smell is an instinctive way to bring info about poten-tial food back to the pack. Others think that rolling in rankness may simply be a dogs version of teenagers dousing themselves with body spray.Perfume or aftershave is used not just to make us more attractive to others, but because we like the smell too,Ž says Patricia McConnell, animal behaviorist and author of The Other End of the LeashŽ (Ballantine, 2002).Alexandra Horowitz, in her book Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of SmellŽ (Scribner, 2016), points to a scentoriented olfactory lobe in dogs brains that lights up when potent smells are nearby. Dogs, she suggests, dont really dif-ferentiate between goodŽ or badŽ odors. To them, every smell „ even rotten squirrel „ is just more information.Luckily, whether youre dealing with sand, mud or something more, theres a lot of good gear on the market to help you get Fido clean and fresh-smelling.If wrangling your pet into the bathtub is nigh on impossible, consider Bis-sells Bark Bath portable system. Sort of a wet vac for dogs, the kit comes with a low-suds sham-poo. Fill the reservoir with whatever temperature water your pet prefers, and then use the handheld wand to alternately squirt on the water/shampoo mixture and to vacuum up water and residue. One touted feature: Whereas in a traditional tub youd use about 19 gallons of water to bathe a Labrador-size dog, with the Bark Bath youll only use 40 ounces.It can also be used just as a vacuum to remove moisture if youre dealing with a soggy but not sludgy pet.McConnell advises easing balky bathers in slowly. Start by lining the tub with treats and adding some to the inside of the tub. Turn the water on gently and reward your pet with a treat. Work your way up to the washing hose using the treats, and be patient. You may need several ses-sions before a fearful dog is comfortable with the bathing experience.Dont use human sham-poo on dogs; the pH level is much higher and too acidic for dogs skin.Just need to wash paws? Consider this gadget from Paw Boss: a low-profile water tray equipped with nubby pads in a wash cup, into which you dip paws. City dwellers might appreciate being able to quickly rinse the street grit off their canines feet. Bonus feature: vinyl skins for the unit, so you can customize to suit your decor. Options include faux wood, pop-art geometrics, bubbles and metallics.Simpler still is Pet Product Innovations Paw Plunger, a rugged mug with a handle and a soft membrane over the mouth, where you dip the paws. It comes with a lid so you can tote the mug on a walk and rinse off salt or dirt.If youre nowhere near water and need a quick cleanup, consider a gentle wet wipe like CleanWells which is steeped in thyme oil instead of the usual disinfecting wipe chemicals like triclosan, benzalkonium chloride or alcohol. Babyganics is another brand made with plant-based ingredients, and no artificial fragrances or dyes.To deal with tangles and simple hair mats, consider using any inexpensive yet sturdy wide-toothed comb; gently work your way from the back to the head, combing in the direction of the fur.The FURminator tool, which gets under the top coat to remove loose hair, comes in both a longand short-hair version.For short curly coats, consider Conairs Top Paw, with boar bristles on one side and synthetic ones on the other.Gear and gadgets for cleaning a dirty dogThis photo provided by Bissell shows the BarkBath Portable Dog Bath. Less water used and less mess to contend with make the BarkBath appealing to those with minimal space and/or pets who are bath-averse. The system, similar to a carpet shampooer, can also be used to simply suction water off a soggy dog. [BISSELL VIA AP] This photo shows Paw Bosss mobile paw washing system. With two reservoirs for clean and dirty water it can be decorated with one of several fun vinyl skins to coordinate with home decor. [PAW BOSS/KEVIN SKIBINSKI VIA AP] By Adrian HigginsThe Washington PostNew gardening books still come thick and fast in the digital age. The titles tend to flock to topics that interest millennials and embrace such matters as caring for succulents and houseplants, growing edibles in urban spaces, and planting gardens as ecological oases. What you dont see so much anymore are photorich books that luxuriate in the images of top-tier private gardens. But at their best, such books get to the essential quality of garden-making. At its core, a garden is a place where we connect our senses to beauty, which is to say, to pleasure. Or, to put it another way, gardens heighten the experience of living. Such collections of personal Edens are welcome if they are correctly focused. They go wrong when they present trophy gardens built for wealthy people who dont know their hummus from their humus. On the page and in person, these flash gardens lack authenticity. Claire Takacs is a garden photographer who understands this. Based in Australia and Britain, she has had the enviable task of photographing some of the finest private gardens on four continents. Sixtynine are presented in her new book, Dreamscapes: Inspiration and Beauty in Gardens Near and Far.Ž Although I dont warm to every one of the featured spaces, they all are driven by the passions and skills of their owners, or of gardeners loyal to the original owners ambitions, and that makes Takacss book worthy of our attention. Through her work, Takacs has a rare global perspective on the state of garden-making in the early 21st century. The viewer is drawn to the common elements that bind our contemporary ambitions. As a rule, gardens everywhere are looser and more natural than ever. Perhaps because I love the extravagant use of perennials and grasses, I found myself drawn to gardens where the so-called New Perennial Movement, with its emphasis on using the right plant in the right spot, is fully expressed. These gardens may be physically a world apart, but in their artful use of herbaceous plants, they are kindred spirits. At the grand neoclassical estate in Scotland named Hopetoun House, the owner has turned the old walled vegetable garden into a frothy incoming tide of perennials and grasses, including such beauties as Mexican feather grass, astilbes, echinops, echinaceas and joe-pye weed. (Those I discern from the pictures; readers may be frustrated by the lack of plant identification in the text.) In Victoria, Australia, we see similar effects with a plant palette attuned to a hotter, drier climate. In eastern France, Monique and Thierry Dronet have spent decades turning an old quarry and conifer plantation into a constantly expanding, perennial-rich landscape. While she was at the Dronets, Takacs favored the Bohemian Meadow, a field full of purple asters and grasses. Some of the gardens are lower-key but no less naturalistic or reflective of gentle artistry. In the Welsh hills of Carmarthenshire, Julian and Fiona Wormald have spent 24 years creating a densely planted, multilayered garden of bulbs, perennials and shrubs around their 17th-century Welsh longhouse. At Bryans Ground, a property in western England, David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell have softened the formality of an Arts and Crafts garden with mowed paths through meadowlike beds, including blocks of 20,000 blue Siberian irises. Twenty-two of the featured gardens are in the United States, including Windcliff, the Indianola, Wash., garden of plantsman Dan Hinkley; Skylands, Martha Stewarts mossy, sylvan garden on Mount Desert Island, Maine; and Ferry Cove, the erstwhile Chesapeake Bay garden of the late landscape architect James van Sweden. Like many garden photographers, Takacs likes to take pictures when the sun is low in the sky, at dawn and dusk. This is when the flower heads of grasses, in particular, catch the light. Collectively, her images demonstrate just how important grasses have become in bringing life and sparkle to a garden. The gardens devoid of grasses seem duller for their absence, with the exception of those Takacs photographed in Japan, which have a separate quality about them. A good example of this need for grass is the picture of a garden in Spain with blobs of clipped shrubbery and lavender. The seed heads of giant stipa grass grab the golden sunlight and elevate and lighten the scene. One or two of the gardens point to what I see as a pitfall with ornamental grasses. If you plant them monolithically in huge blocks of the same variety, they lose the structural coherence and the piquancy that make them so valuable mixed with other plants. I asked Takacs, via email, whether gardens were becoming globalized to the point of homogeneity. The answer was an emphatic no.Todays nest landscapes are positively wild