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LOCAL & STATE A3MARIOTTI JURORS GET SCIENCE LESSON SPORTS | C1PATRICK REED SHOOTS A 66 FOR 2-SHOT LEAD AT THE MASTERS LOCAL & STATE | A3CLERMONT SCHOOL SEES HARD WORK PAY OFF WITH A NEW PLAYGROUND Opinion ....................... A7 Weather ...................... A8 Salute .......................... B1 Faith ........................... B3 Sports.......................... C1 Classifieds .................. C7 Volume 142, Issue 97 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial Facebook.com./daily.commercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Friday, April 7, 2018 75 ¢ Gatehouse MediaThis year's hurricane season will be slightly more active than usual, Colorado State University researchers announced Wednesday in their annual preseason prediction.The Colorado State Tropi-cal Meteorology Project researchers predict there will be 14 named storms from June 1 to Nov. 30, with seven of the storms becoming hurricanes and three of the hurricanes to reach "major" status, with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.Sea surface temperatures are near normal overall, though they are slightly cooler than normal in the eastern tropical Atlantic, according to a news release. Colderthan-normal sea surface temperatures provide less fuel for tropical cyclone formation and intensification and are associated with a more stable atmosphere as well as drier air, both of which sup-press organized thunderstorm activity necessary for hurri-cane development.Researchers said there is a low likelihood of significant El Nio conditions as a "primary factor" in their predictions for a slightly above-average number of storms. El Nio is the nickname for warmer than usual ocean water in the tropical Pacific, a phenomenon that tends to increase upper-level westerly winds across the Caribbean into the tropical Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes as they try to form.The Colorado State researchers base their forecasts on more than 60 years of historical data that include Atlantic sea surface Forecast calls for 7 hurricanes Researchers predict above-average seasonResearchers anticipate 14 named storms in 2018 and a 39 percent chance of landfall on the East Coast. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] Staff ReportTAVARES „ The Lake County School District is asking the community to respond to a survey to determine how the public feels about the idea of imple-menting a "school guardian" program that arms school staffers.Question 1 of the brief, two-question survey asks whether you are a parent, school employee, student or community member, and question 2 asks whether you support a program that would allow certain school personnel „ such as admin-istrators, ROTC instructors, current or former military service members, and former law enforcement officers „ to voluntarily have access to a secured weapon on campus during school hours.The program is a result of How do you feel about school guardian program?Lake County School District is asking the community to respond to a surveyMarty Shirley, left, the operations manager for the National Training Center in Clermont, South Lake Hospitals Director of Dev elopment Sheri Olson and NTC Director Kim Couch look at a rendering of South Lake Regional Park at its groundbreaking Friday morning. [ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL] By Roxanne Brown roxanne.brown @dailycommercial.comGROVELAND … With the first flip of dirt Friday morning, the countdown started for what will one day be the largest multi-use park in all of Lake County.Dozens of officials and com-munity leaders turned out for the groundbreaking on South Lake Regional Park, which will occupy 141 acres on State Road 50 and Max Hooks Road in Groveland. The project, a joint effort between Lake County, South Lake Chamber, and the cities of Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte and Montverde, has been on the drawing board more than 10 years. for more than 10 years.This is a destination in the making,Ž said Bobby Bonilla, Lake County Parks and Trails Division manager.County commissioners put the wheels in motion in December 2016when they approved the countys Parks and Recreation master Plan, which included three phases of engineering and design, along with $18 mil-lion for the new park and $2 million for associated road improvements.When complete in about Park is underwayO cials break ground on facility that will feature multiple ball elds, courts and trails By Josh LedermanThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ The United States punished dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials on Friday with sanctions that took direct aim at President Vladimir Putins inner circle, as President Donald Trumps administration tried to show hes not afraid to take tough action against Moscow.Seven Russian tycoons, including aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, were targeted, along with 17 officials and a dozen Russian companies, the Treasury Department said. Senior Trump administration officials cast it as part of a concerted, ongoing effort to push back on Putin, empha-sizing that since Trump took office last year, the U.S. has punished 189 Russia-related people and entities with sanctions.Rather than punishing Russia for one specific action, the new sanctions hit back at the Kremlin for its ongoing and increasingly brazen pat-ternŽ of bad behavior, said the officials, who werent autho-rized to comment by name and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. The officials ticked through a list of com-plaints about Russias actions beyond its borders, including US sanctions take aim at Putins allies in RussiaSee FORECAST, A6 See PARK, A8 See SCHOOL, A6 See RUSSIA, A6

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A2 Saturday, April 7, 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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Prepayments for 3 months or more, mail to: Circulation Dept., the Daily Commercial, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007. Billed monthly at the rates shown. LOTTERY NORRISTOWN, PA.Cosby retrial jury wont hear why ex-DA dropped case Jurors in Bill Cosbys sex assault retrial wont hear why the case was initially dropped four weeks after his accuser came forward in 2005.Judge Steven ONeill sided with prosecutors Friday in ruling that ex-District Attor-ney Bruce Castors opinions are irrelevant.ONeill also barred mention of a 2015 election that Castor lost to current DA Kevin Steele, whose ads criticized him for not charging Cosby.Opening statements in Cosbys retrial start Monday.Castor wrote in a 2005 press release that the case was too flawed and that both Cosby and accuser Andrea Constand could be portrayed in a less than flattering light.ŽMIAMI Miami chief: Car crashes intentionally into police stationOfficials say a man has intentionally crashed his car into a Miami police station, but a motive remains unclear.Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina told reporters that there was a weapon and a safe inside the vehicle and they called for a bomb squad investigation as a precaution. Colina says the 36-yearold man breached the rear gate early Friday before regaining speed and crashing his car into a wall in the back of the station. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The police chief says he does not have a violent crimi-nal record. He says relatives of the suspect told police that he had been acting bizarre in the last couple of days.WASHINGTONGOP Rep. Farenthold resigns after sexual harassment claimsTexas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold abruptly resigned Friday, four months after announcing he wouldnt seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations.While I planned on serv-ing out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart its time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve,Ž Farenthold said in a video statement, adding that his action was effective as of 5 p.m. In December, Farenthold had posted another video denying a former aides 2014 accusations, including that hed subjected her to sexually suggestive comments and behavior and then fired her after she complained.By Fares Akram and Mohammed DaraghmehThe Associated PressKHUZAA, Gaza Strip „ Thousands of Palestin-ians protested along Gazas sealed border with Israel on Friday, engulfing the vola-tile area in black smoke from burning tires to try to block the view of Israeli snipers and cheering a Hamas strongman who pledged that the border fence will eventu-ally fall.Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least seven Palestinians and wounding 293 others „ 25 of them seriously „ in the second mass border protest in a week, Gaza health officials said. Hundreds more suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation, the officials said.The deaths brought to at least 29 the number of Pal-estinians killed by Israeli fire since last week.The latest casualties were bound to draw new criti-cism from rights groups that have branded Israels open-fire orders on the border as unlawful, after Israels defense minister warned that those approaching the fence were risking their lives.The U.N. human rights office said Friday that it has indications that Israeli forces used excessive forceŽ against protesters last week, when 15 Palestinians were killed or later died of wounds sustained near the border.An Israeli military spokes-man defended the rules of engagement.If they are actively attacking the fence, if they are throwing a molotov cocktail that is within strik-ing distance of Israeli troops or similar activities, then those persons, those riot-ers, become, may become, a target,Ž said Lt. Col. Jona-than Conricus.Fridays large crowds suggested that Hamas, the Islamic militant group that has ruled Gaza since a 2007 takeover, might be able to keep the momentum going in the next few weeks. Hamas has called for a series of protests until May 15, the anniversary of Israels founding when Palestinians commemorate their mass uprooting during the 1948 war over Israels creation.Israel has alleged that Hamas is using the mass marches as a cover for attacking the border fence, and has vowed to prevent a breach at all costs.The military said that on Friday, protesters hurled several explosive devices and firebombs, using the thick plumes of smoke from burn-ing tires as a cover, and that several attempts to cross the fence were thwarted.Gazas shadowy Hamas strongman, Yehiyeh Sinwar, told a cheering crowd in one of the protest camps Friday that a border breach is coming.The world should wait for our great move, when we penetrate the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa,Ž Sinwar said, referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.He was interrupted sev-eral times by the crowd, who chanted, We are going to Jerusalem, millions of mar-tyrs!Ž and God bless you Sinwar!ŽThe mass protests are perhaps Hamas last chance to break a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, without having to succumb to demands that it disarm. The blockade has made it increasingly difficult for Hamas to govern. It has also devastated Gazas economy, made it virtu-ally impossible for people to enter and exit the territory, and left residents with just a few hours of electricity a day.Israel argues that Hamas could have ended the suffer-ing of Gazas 2 million people by disarming and renounc-ing violence.Fridays marches began before Muslim noon prayers when thousands of Palestin-ians streamed to five tent encampments that organizers had set up several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence.In one camp near the border community of Khuzaa, smaller groups of activists moved closer to the fence after the prayers. Demonstrators torched large piles of tires, engulfing the area in black smoke meant to shield them from Israeli snipers; the faces of some of the activists were covered in black soot. Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with live fire, tear gas, rub-ber-coated steel pellets and water cannons.After the first tires started burning, several young men with gunshot wounds began arriving at a field clinic at the camp.Mohammed Ashour, 20, who had been among the first to set tires on fire, was shot in the right arm.We came here because we want dignity,Ž he said resting on a stretcher before paramedics transported him to the strips main hospital.Yehia Abu Daqqa, a 20-year-old student, said he had come to honor those killed in previous protests.Yes, there is fear,Ž he said of the risks of advancing toward the fence. We are here to tell the occupa-tion that we are not weak.ŽThe death toll since last week includes at least 22 civilians killed during the two Friday protests at the border, as well as one killed during a protest on Tuesday. 7 killed, scores wounded in Gaza protestPalestinian protesters chant slogans next to burning tires during clashes with Israeli troops Friday along Gazas border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. [ADEL HANA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks at an offshore wind energy forum Friday in Plainsboro, N.J. Zinke acknowledged there is a lot of oppositionŽ to President Donald Trumps plan to open most of the nations coastline to oil and gas drilling. Zinke touted Trumps all of the aboveŽ energy menu that calls for oil and gas as well as renewable energy projects but noted there is little to no infrastructure in many areas to support drilling. [WAYNE PARRY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]Former Brazlian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves to supporters in front of the metal workers union headquarters Thursday in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazi. Da Silva de“ ed an order to turn himself in to police on Friday as he hunkered down with supporters. He was scheduled to turn himself in and begin serving a sentence of 12 years and one month for a corruption conviction. [NELSON ANTOINE/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye display a portrait of her on a sign that says ReleaseŽ at a rally to call for her release Friday near the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. Park was convicted of an array of corruption charges and sentenced to 24 years in prison, a year after she was driven from of“ ce and arrested over a scandal that saw months of massive street rallies calling for her ouster. [AHN YOUNG-JOON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] DATELINESPLAINSBORO, N.J. SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, BRAZILSEOUL, SOUTH KOREAIN BRIEFThursday, April 5 Fantasy 5: 7-17-19-22-27 Cash 4 Life: 3-10-21-24-59-1 Friday, April 6 Pick 4 Afternoon: 4-4-3-4 Evening: 9-8-7-0 Pick 3 Afternoon: 7-7-3 Evening: 5-0-4

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com BEST BETSLAKE COUNTY FAIR: The fair continues today with a full lineup beginning at 8 a.m. 8 a.m. Steer Check In 9 a.m. Poultry Judging 1 p.m. Steer Record Book Financial Summary Due 2:30 p.m. Poultry Awards/Fire“ ghter Show 3 p.m. Sea Lion Splash 5 p.m. Rabbit Show 6 p.m. Talent Show 6:30 p.m. Fire“ ghter Show 7 p.m. Sea Lion Splash 8 p.m. Fire“ ghter Show 8:30 p.m. Sea Lion Splash FRUITLAND PARK DAY: Fruitland Park celebrates its residents from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall, 506 W. Berckman St. with a barbecue cook-off, parade, entertainment and games for the kids.PLANTATIONSchool shooting hero blames sheriff, superintendentA student credited with saving his classmates lives by using his body to block a door during the Florida school shooting that killed 17 says the county sheriff and superintendent failed stu-dents and faculty.An attorney for 15-year-old Anthony Borges read a statement from him during a news conference Friday evening. The teen specifically criticized Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Superintendent Robert Runcie for the deaths and injuries during the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Borges statement says school officials allowed shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz to continue attend-ing school even after realizing he was dangerous. The statement also refers to a school resource officer who waited outside the building during the shooting.Borges was shot five times. He was released from a Fort Lauderdale hospital Wednesday morning.HOMESTEADPolice: Teen fatally shoots girlfriends parentsAuthorities say a Florida teen fatally has shot his girlfriends parents during an argument.A Miami-Dade police news release says the shooting occurred Friday morning at a Homestead trailer park. Police say the 19-year-old man shot his 17-year-old girlfriends mother, 35-year-old Deborah Ramos-Arce and the mothers boyfriend, 31-year-old David Fluitt.The release says a 911 caller said someone had been shot at the house, and both teens were there when police arrived. Officials say four children, ages 1 to 10, were in the home at the time of the shooting.No charges were immediately reported.MIAMIMan forgets gun in sons bag, goes to school to get itAuthorities in Miami say they arrested a man who put a gun in his 8-year-old sons backpack, forgot about it and went to the school to get it.The Miami Herald reported Friday that 57-year-old Ramon Nuiry was charged with possess-ing a weapon on school grounds, improper exhibition of a weapon and possession of a concealed firearm.The newspaper said Nuiry forgot he put his pistol in the boys bag as he was taking him to school Thursday morning. He returned to Kendale Elementary, walked into the school and asked to see his son with his backpack.An arrest report says a parent saw when he took the weapon out of the backpack and put it in his waistband. The parent notified school administrators and surveil-lance video captured the incident.KISSIMMEEVideo of girl terri“ ed by Easter bunny upsets momA Florida mother says a day care center didnt have her permission to share a video on social media of her 2-year-olds terrified reaction NEWS BRIEFS By Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ There are about 90,000 species of flies in the world, and the ones found in Bernadine Montgomerys home came from Malaysia. In the final stages of development, the top of the insects heads pop off when a weirdŽ balloon emerges. The speed of their life cycle depends largely on the temperature.These are a few of the science lessons learned by jurors in David Mariottis murder trial Friday that could help them decide if Mariotti killed the 84-year-old widow and left her body to decay on her couch.Prosecutors are trying to prove that Mariotti, who had been hired to do some chores for Montgomery, strangled the widow in her home in June 2016 and left her body covered on a sofa Mariotti jurors get a lesson on iesDavid Mariotti looks on during jury selection earlier this week at the Lake County Courthouse in Tavares. Mariotti is accused of killing 84-year-old Bernadine Montgomery. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] Entomologist says presence of certain ies puts Bea Montgomerys death at June 16 THE TRIAL SO FAR€ Co-defendant Tracie Naffziger testi“ ed that Bea Montgomery was already dead when Mariotti brought her to the widows house € Under cross examination, Naffziger admitted she and Mariotti had been using a lot of drugs around that time € An evidence technician testi“ ed she found Mariottis and Naffzigers “ ngerprints in the house € An entomologist testi“ ed that the ” ies and maggots he examined indicate Montgomery died about June 16The Associated PressBRADENTON „ A South Florida high school student who didnt wear a bra one day this week says school administrators told her to cover her nipples because they were dis-tracting her classmates.The Bradenton Herald reported Friday that 17-year-old Lizzy Martinez decided not to wear a bra under her gray long-sleeve shirt on Monday, and school officials in Braden-ton felt she became a target of other students stares. The school is on Floridas Gulf Coast.Martinez says the humiliation began when School Dean Vio-leta Velazquez called her into the office. Martinez felt like she was being bullied by fellow stu-dents, but Velazquez said there was a distraction that needed to be addressed.She told me that I needed to put a shirt on under my long-sleeve shirt to try to tighten my breasts „ to constrict them,Ž Martinez told the paper. And then she asked me to move around.Ž Apparently the second shirt was not enough, Martinez said, because she was then sent to the nurses office. The nurse handed Martinez four bandages, two to cover each nipple, leaving her in tears.On Thursday afternoon, the school district acknowledged that Braden River school offi-cials could have handled the situation better, but the district said it was only trying to enforce the districts dress code.This matter was brought to the attention of the Superintendents Office for review,Ž the districts general counsel, Mitchell Teitelbaum, said in a prepared statement. It is undisputed that this matter should have been handled differently at the school level and corrective measures have been taken to prevent a reoccurrence in the way these matters will be addressed in the future.ŽTeitelbaum went on to say Martinez violated the dress code by dressing in a way that distracted other students, and that school officials were only trying to help her fix the violation.You are expected to dress appropriately for school and for the business of learning with proper attention given to personal cleanliness, grooming and neatness,Ž the districts Code of Student Conduct states.Tempest in a C cupBra-less student forced to cover up at school Kids swarm the new playground equipment at Cypress Ridge Elementary School on Friday in Clermont. [LINDA FLOREA / CORRESPONDENT] Linda FloreaCorrespondentCLERMONT „ Kids flooded the new playground at Cypress Ridge Elementary School in Groveland on Friday to be the first to play on a new playground and, according to the kids, its a whopping success.This is the first real playground in the memory of the school.With a big grin and even larger bow in her hair, kindergartner Kayla Tabone said the monkey bars were her favorite.I was the first one to go on them,Ž she said.The playground has been a year and a half in the making courtesy of some dedicated parents and donations from students, parents and local businesses.Parent and PTO member Krista McCracken said they chose Cypress Ridge for their sons because of recommendations and its academic standards.She didnt discover until he was enrolled that there was no playground equipment, only a few swings. She said her son has a sensory processing disorder and its important for him to have activities that make him able to focus.McCracken said her family motto is We can do hard things,Ž so what started as a conversation with her husband began a quest. McCracken went to the PTO and got their support as well as becoming a major sponsor, before making the rounds to local businesses for donations.Her husband, Cody, talked with his business partners and was able to get Vac-Tron in Okahumpka as a major Mission accomplishedGrovelands Cypress Ridge Elementary opens playgroundBy Austin L. Miller Gatehouse MediaTHE VILLAGES„ Nearly two months after multiple holes suddenly opened between two homes in The Villages, the homeowners have not yet been given the green light to return and, by the looks of it, it may be a while.After holes emerged between the homes of Frank and Jan Neumann and their next door neighbor Doris Morrill the morning of Feb. 15, a total of seven people from four homes in the quiet, tight-knit neighborhood of McLawren Terrace were told to evacuate. The homes of Newmann and Morrill were temporarily condemned. The homes are in the Marion County portion of the sprawling community.At the time, the resi-dents reported, they heard loud noises around 1 a.m. but didn't see anything. One woman later saw a crack in her home and a hole outside. By then, law enforcement officials were knocking on doors, advis-ing residents to get out.The residents later said that officials at The Villages classified the holes as a catastrophic eventŽ and not sinkholes.Marilyn Riccio, one of those who temporarily had to leave her home, said Thursday that geolo-gists and engineers told her a collapsed storm drain was to blame. She said she is nervous because the problem has not yet been solved.I wont feel safe until these two homes are either fixed or repaired,Ž she said of the Neumann and Mor-rill properties.Morrills home initially had cracks on the side of the wall near the garage door. On Thursday, the cracks appeared to have grown larger.Morrill, who is living close by temporarily, said by phone that the situation is nerve-racking.Emotionally, I cant live there. Its stressful,Ž she said.She said she is looking for a long-term rental as she does not know when she will able to go home.Villages residents still cant go home See JURY, A4 See BRIEFS, A4 See PLAY, A4 See HOLE, A4

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A4 Saturday, April 7, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com Funeral Services TodaysServices Carolyne E. Williams, 71, of Lake Panasoffkee passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Mrs. Williams was born in Leesburg on September 9, 1946 to Theodore Lee and Pauline Grace (Phillips) Brown. She has lived in Sumter County most of her life. Carolyne is a retired hairdresser and realtor. She was an active member of the Village of Faith Baptist Church where she sang with the Praise Team. Survivors include her loving husband of 23 years, Mabry; children, Jenny Bruce of Nashville, TN, Gerald Putnam Williams of Oxford, Ricky & Tracy Williams of Ocklawaha and Leigh Ann & Quinton Berry of Oxford; brothers, Kenneth Brown (Laurel) of Oxford and Al Brown (Althea) of West Palm Beach; grandchildren, Ethan, Colton, Tyler, McKinsey, Riley and Emily. Carolyne was preceded in death by her parents and son, Billy Bruce. Visitation will be 9:30-11:00am, Monday, April 9, 2018, with the service beginning at 11:00am in the Village of Faith Baptist Church, Wildwood. Interment will be in Pine Level Cemetery, Oxford. In lieu of ”owers memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, www.alsa. org. On-line condolences may be shared by visiting www.bankspagetheus. com. Arrangements are entrusted to Banks/ Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Carolyne E. Williams to an Easter bunny's visit.Cassandra Bryson tells WESH-TV that she signed a waiver that prohibits officials at the Kissimmee day care from taking photos or video of her child.The video shows someone wearing an Easter bunny costume surprising toddlers at the classroom door. Bryson's daughter screams in horror, and moves chairs that blocked her path as she tries to walk away.The day care owner told news outlets that she's still gathering information about the incident.The video was featured on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"Bryson says she was hurt because a moment of distress for her daughter is bringing laughter to millions. BRIEFSFrom Page A3for several days while he and accomplice Tracie Naffziger drove around in her car using her credit cards and buying drugs. Then they put her body in the trunk of her car, drove out to the Ocala National Forest and dumped it.Dr. Leon Higley, a University of Nebraska entomologist, testified Montgomery died somewhere between late June 14 to June 18, but his best estimate is June 16, 2016. Her body was never found.Defense attorneys will present their own insect expert next week. He is expected to testify that, based on his examination of the insects, Montgom-ery died earlier than June 16. If true, that would clear Mariotti, who was in jail at the time.A crime scene investiga-tor from the Lake County Sheriffs Office collected flies in the various stages of their development at Montgomerys house in Palmora Park in Leesburg and sent information about them to Higley. The professor said the Malaysian flies are not normally found in the U.S., but Florida would be the logical spot.Erica Robertson testified Thursday that she killed some maggots outright by putting them into an alcohol solution. Others were put into an environment with food and allowed to mature. She called this the maggot motel.Ž Each of the three larvae stages and the times of maturity were noted.Photos and other information, including a thermostat reading of 74 degrees in the house, were sent to Higley so he could calculate the time of death. Temperature is a key factor.On cross-examination, Higley conceded that an infrared thermometer would have rendered a more accurate reading, and that he usually asks CSI teams to take several temperature readings.Assistant Public Defender Jamie Kane tried to get Higley to say that a photo of blood in a sliding door track showed insect material. He disagreed. Nor would he speculate about other possible colo-nies throughout the house.Higley said he was not aware that there were attempts by the killer to use cleaning materials to clean up the crime scene and destroy evidence, though he didnt attach too much significance to that either.Other witnesses called by prosecutors included a fingerprint expert, who testified that Mariotti and his companion, Tracie Naffziger, were in the house and in Montgomerys car. Several other fingerprints were collected but not linked to specific people.There was also a little jailhouse drama.Gregory L. Robinson was called to testify that Mari-otti asked him to write a letter to the State Attorneys Office claiming that someone else confessed to killing Montgomery. He did.The first words out of his mouth, however, were, Can I plead the Fifth? I dont want to be here.ŽOnce Circuit Judge Don Briggs learned that prosecutors were not going to ask him about his own, unrelated case, he told Rob-inson that he had no right against self-incrimination.Prosecutors later said Robinson was afraid because Mariotti had threatened him in jail. Mar-iotti told his defense team they were not housed in the same part of the jail.Robinson verified it was his signature on the letter, and the letter was admitted into evidence.Prosecutors finished their case Friday and the defense expects to put on its case Monday. If found guilty, Mariotti will go in a second phase of the trial, where prosecutors seek the death penalty. JURYFrom Page A3sponsor. They applied for grants but were not successful.Becky Parks, the physi-cal education teacher and 21-year veteran of Cypress Ridge, said she has been working with her students throughout her years to raise money for a fitness circuit where kids go from one station to the next with different exercises. Students raised money by collecting pledges for their fun run, which has financed the fitness circuit and a portion of the money was used to complete the playground.I have completed the fitness circuit through-out the years, but not the big type of equipment like the playground,Ž Parks said. Were very thank-ful that she was able to do that for us.ŽA year and a half later, after donations from parents, fundraisers and support from businesses, the kids got their first chance to try out the new playground with cheers as the ribbon was cut. PLAYFrom Page A3Kindergartner Kayla Tabone makes her way across the monkey bars at Cyrpress Ridge Elementary on Friday in Clermont. [LINDA FLOREA / CORRESPONDENT] The playground has been a year and a half in the making, courtesy of some dedicated parents and donations from students, parents and local businesses. By Jill Lawless and Nataliya VasilyevaThe Associated PressLONDON „ The former Russian spy who was left fighting for his life after exposure to a rare nerve agent is no longer in critical condition, a British health official said Friday, a month after the myste-rious poisoning in a quiet English city triggered a diplomatic crisis between Moscow and the West.Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a bench March 4 in Salisbury and were hospitalized for weeks in critical condition. British authorities blame Russia for what they say was poisoning with a military-grade Soviet-developed nerve agent called Novichok. Russia denies the accusation.Dr. Christine Blanshard, the medical director at Salisbury Dis-trict Hospital, said in a statement that 66-yearold Sergei Skripal is responding well to treat-ment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition.ŽYulia Skripal, 33, regained consciousness last week and is now in stable condition, she said.Russian state television on Thursday played a recording of what they said was a phone call from Yulia to her cousin, Vik-toria Skripal, in Russia. In it, Yulia said she would be discharged soon.Blanshard said Friday that Yulia Skripal could look forward to the day when she is well enough to leave the hospital,Ž but called any speculation about her release date just that „ speculation.ŽScientists said the Skri-pals recovery was not unprecedented. Nerve agents work by blocking an enzyme in the body that lets nerves commu-nicate with each other and with the bodys organs.Alastair Hay, professor emeritus of Environmen-tal Toxicology at the University of Leeds, said recovery can happen over time because eventually the body will restore the enzyme to full capacity, and nerve function will be restored.ŽThe Skripals long-term prognosis is uncertain, however. Michelle Carlin, senior lecturer in forensic and analytical chemistry at Northumbria University, said there is limited knowledge about the long-term effects of Novichok poisoning, but neurological damage has been reported in other historic cases.ŽThe poisoning has chilled relations between Russia and the West, producing a wave of dip-lomatic expulsions unseen even at the height of the Cold War.Britain, along with the United States and at least two dozen other U.K. allies, have expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats. Russia has sent home the same number of those nations envoys.Russia has challenged Britains allegation that Moscow was behind the attack. Scientists at the U.K.s Porton Down defense laboratory identified the poison as Novichok but have not pinpointed where it was manufactured. The British government says the scientific findings and other intelligence points to Russia.At a U.N. Security Council meeting called Thursday by Russia to discuss the Skripal poisonings, the Russian ambassador warned Britain that it was playing with fireŽ and claimed that Russia was the victim of a hasty, sloppy and ill-intentioned defamation campaign by London and its allies.Hospital: Ex-spy improves, no longer on critical listRussian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia holds up a British report on the Salisbury Incident as he speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation between Britain and Russia on Thursday at United Nations headquarters. [MARY ALTAFFER/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] I have no idea when it will be fixed,Ž she said.On Thursday, the Neu-manns made a trip from Piedmont, in Orange County, where they are currently staying, to their home on McLawren Terrace to check on things. A tour of the brick home showed visi-ble cracks and noticeable shifts in walls, corners and tile work.Frank Neumann said each time they visit, they see more and more cracks throughout the home.We do notice it,Ž he said, standing near the sliding glass door, which has a gap between the door and the tile floor.He said his insurance company and engineers are awaiting test results. Even so, he added, he plans to check with the county to see if he can get an independent test and conclusion before deciding on the next step.He said he thought the storm drain collapse started a "chain reaction" that led to the formation of seven sinkholes.As for whether or not he wants to continue to live on McLawren Ter-race, I dont know,Ž he said.Mike Kouchak, a real estate investor and agent from Altamonte Springs, also was at the home. He said that when he heard about the holes, he came to the home but was unable to see the damage because the area was roped off.Seeing the damage in and around the Neumanns property on Thursday, Kouchak said, it can be repaired, but will be costly.Anything is fixable,Ž he said.Kouchak said the first thing that needs to be done is to stabilize the home with a level slab, then fill the cracks and holes with cement and paint everything. He said the job could be done in about a month.Preston Bowlin, emergency management director for Marion County, said he is scheduled to meet with officials from The Villages and the homeowners next week to talk about possible next steps. HOLEFrom Page A3

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 A5By Andrew Selsky and Tom JamesThe Associated PressSALEM, Ore. „ Presi-dent Donald Trumps plan to deploy National Guard troops to the border with Mexico has drawn resistance from some governors, most of them Democrats, but they could be powerless to deny the commander in chiefs request for soldiers.Governors have some leeway to say no presidents, but if Trump uses a federal law to order the deployment, the matter could be out of the gov-ernors hands.The statute known as Title 10 duty statusŽ establishes that National Guard personnel oper-ate under the presidents control and receive federal pay and benefits. It also forbids them from performing tasks of civilian law enforcement unless explicitly authorized, according to the Congressional Research Service.Trump said Thursday that he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 Guard members to the border to help federal officials fight illegal immigra-tion and drug trafficking. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Twitter that she had a productive conversationŽ about the deployment with governors of the Southwest border states.On Friday, North Dako-tas Republican governor joined leaders of some border states in saying he would send forces if asked.The GOP governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas also back the plan. Californias Democratic governor has been silent on the topic. Its unclear if Trump will ask for troops from states other than those along the border.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the deployment as a good first step.Ž If the admin-istration determines that more troops are needed, well make that decision at that time.ŽNorth Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said that if hes asked, he will contribute.We will answer the call,Ž Burgum said. From historic floods to more recent events, we North Dakotans know from experience how critical it is for states to support each other in times of need.ŽNevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican, on Friday became one of the latest leaders to oppose the plan. His spokeswoman, MarySarah Kinner, said in an email that Sandoval does not believe the mission would be an appropriate useŽ of the Nevada Guard.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has said she would deny Trumps request.As commander of Ore-gons Guard, Im deeply troubled by Trumps plan to militarize our border,Ž Brown tweeted.Her spokesman, Bryan Hockaday, acknowledged she might not have a say if Trump uses the federal code.Trump can federalize the National Guard forces, and theres not much the governor can do to prevent that,Ž Hocka-day said.However, another fed-eral law called Title 32 says that command and control of National Guard personnel remain with their respective governors, even though the troops generally serve a federal purpose, the Congressional Research Service says.While California Gov. Jerry Brown has not spoken publicly about Trumps plan, California National Guard spokes-man Lt. Col. Tom Keegan said any request will be promptly reviewed to determine how best we can assist our federal partners.ŽWe look forward to more detail, including funding, duration and end state,Ž Keegan said.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, said Friday that she will consult with the head of the Ala-bama Guard to see what resources are available. If the deployment hap-pens, it would not be the first time the National Guard has gone to the U.S.-Mexico border.Almost every U.S. state and territory contributed Guard members to Operation Jump Start, announced by President George W. Bush in 2006. Around 30,000 Guard members eventually par-ticipated, according to a 2008 National Guard analysis, including more than 1,000 each from Kentucky, North Caro-lina, and South Carolina.During Operation Pha-lanx, ordered by President Barack Obama in 2010, 1,200 Guard members deployed to the border, most of them from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.In the mid-1980s, National Guard troops were deployed even farther south, in Honduras, where they carried out military maneuvers. The missions happened as Sandinista forces in neighboring Nicaragua battled Contra rebels who were backed by Washington and had clandestine bases in Honduras.States could be unable to deny Trump troop requestOregon Rep. Andy Olson shakes hands with Sgt. Cruz Bryan while formally welcoming back Oregon Army National Guard members during a demobilization ceremony of the Oregon National Guards 162nd Infantry Regiment on June 13, 2015, in Albany, Ore. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]

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A6 Saturday, April 7, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com temperatures, sea level pressures, vertical wind shear levels (the change in wind direction and speed with height in the atmosphere), El Nio (warming of waters in the central and eastern tropical Pacific), and other factors.So far, the 2018 hurri-cane season is exhibiting characteristics similar to 1960, 1967, 1996, 2006 and 2011, the experts said.The years 1960, 1967 and 2006 had near-average Atlantic hurricane activity, while 1996 and 2011 were both above-normal hurri-cane seasons,Ž said Phil Klotzbach, research sci-entist in the Department of Atmospheric Science and lead author of the report.The team predicts that 2018 hurricane activity will be about 135 percent of the average season. By comparison, 2017s hurricane activity was about 245 percent of the average season. The 2017 season was most notable for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.The private weather forecasting service Accuweather last week also predicted a slightly above-average season.Federal forecasters will release their official preseason forecast next month.The researchers put the probability of major hurricanes making landfall again this year at 63 percent for the entire U.S. coastline, compared with the average for the past century of 52 percent. The odds for a landfall on the U.S. East Coast, including Florida, is 39 percent, compared with the average for the last century of 31 percent.The average season has about 12 named storms with about six hurricanes „ with winds of 74 mph or higher „ two them major. FORECASTFrom Page A1a new school safety law that was passed in the aftermath of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people.The survey link is available on the district web site (lake.k12.fl.us), Facebook page (face-book.com/LakeSchools) and Twitter page (twit-ter.com/LakeSchools). It closes at 5 p.m. April 20.The survey has safe-guards to make it difficult to take more than once.Under the school guardian program, volunteers eligible to par-ticipate would:€ Hold a valid con-cealed carry license;€ Successfully com-plete 132 hours of firearm safety and proficiency training;€ Pass a psychological evaluation; € Pass a drug test;€ Successfully complete ongoing firearms training at least annu-ally; and€ Complete at least 12 hours of diversity training using a nationally recog-nized program.The Lake County School Board has not made a decision about whether it will launch a guardian program in local schools. The survey is one of several steps it is taking to determine the appetite of school employees and the community for the program.A survey of all district employees last month indicated a preference for having more school resource officers in the schools and a slight majority (53 percent) said they would support a staff member carrying a concealed firearm if they were ROTC instruc-tors, former military or former law enforcement and received vetting and training through the school guardian program. SCHOOLFrom Page A1its annexation of Crimea, backing of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, and cyber-hacking.Above all else, Russias attempts to subvert West-ern democracy prompted the U.S. sanctions, officials said, in a direct nod to concerns that the U.S. president has failed to challenge Putin for alleged interference in the 2016 election that brought Trump to power.Deripaska, whose busi-ness conglomerate controls assets from agriculture to machinery, has been a prominent figure in special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation over his ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The Treasury Department said Deri-paska was accused of illegal wiretaps, extortion, racke-teering, money laundering and even death threats against business rivals.On the London Stock Exchange, global depositary receipts of En+, an energy company majority-owned by Deripaska, dropped by 19 percent on news of the sanctions. Deripaskas conglomerate, Basic Element, said it regretted the sanctions and was analyzing them with its lawyers.Putins government dismissed the sanctions as absurdity,Ž arguing that the U.S. was punish-ing companies that have longstanding business ties to the U.S. The Rus-sian Foreign Ministry said the U.S. was striking at ordinary AmericansŽ by jeopardizing thousands of jobs.ŽAmerican democracy is clearly degrading,Ž the ministry said. Of course, we will not leave the current and any new anti-Russian attack without a tough response.ŽTo the dismay of Trumps critics and of Russia hawks, the president has continued to avoid directly criticizing Putin himself and recently invited the Russian leader to meet with him, possibly at the White House. Yet in recent weeks Trumps administration has rolled out a series of actions „ including several economic and diplomatic steps „ to increase pressure on Putin and those presumed to benefit from his power.Nobody has been tougher on Russia than I have,Ž Trump said at a news conference on Tuesday.Yet even as it rolled out the new penalties, Trumps administration left open the possibility of a good relationship with RussiaŽ in the future. And at the White House, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said discussions with Moscow about a Trump-Putin summit would not be called off.Not at all,Ž Sanders said. Well continue.ŽThose being punished arent necessarily involved in the Russian actions in Syria, Ukraine or elsewhere that have drawn consternation from the West. But officials said the goal was to put pressure on Putin by showing that those who have ben-efited financially from his position of power are fair game.The target list includes some who are closely tied to Putin himself, including top-tier officials involved in Kremlin decision-mak-ing and heads of the top state-controlled business entities. Yet others on the list are far from the Kremlins orbit, including some who long have fallen out of favor or hold technical positions. Targets include:€ Kirill Shamalov, who is reportedly Putins son-in-law, married to his daughter Katerina Tikhonova, although neither Putin nor the Kremlin have acknowledged that she is his daughter.€ Igor Rotenberg, the son of Arkady Rotenberg, a friend of Putins since they were teenagers.€ Andrey Kostin, named among government officials, heads the nations second-largest bank, VTB, which is controlled by the state.€ Alexei Miller, the long-time head of Gazprom, the state-controlled natural gas giant. Both Miller and Kostin are longtime key members of Putins team.A state-owned arms-dealing company, accused by the U.S. of selling to Assad, was also targeted, along with a subsidiary bank. Many other targets were associated with Russias energy sector, including parts of Gazprom.The sanctions freeze any assets that those targeted have in U.S. jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them. But the administration said it would give guidance to Americans who may currently have business with them about how to wind down that business and avoid running afoul of the sanctions. Some, but not all, of the individu-als sanctioned will also be prohibited from entering the United States.It was not clear whether any of those hit have sig-nificant holdings in the U.S. that could be seized, and if they did previously, they may have already moved their money elsewhere in anticipation of the sanctions. In January, lists of Russian officials and oligarchs were published by the State Department and Treasury. The lists, required under a law passed last year, were informally seen as lists of potential future sanctions targets, even though the public ver-sion of the oligarchs list was merely a reprint of Forbes list of billionaires in Russia.The Lake County School District is trying to gauge whether the community would be receptive to a school guardianŽ program that allows trained, vetted teachers and school staff to have access to “ rearms. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] RUSSIAFrom Page A1 By Catherine LuceyThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ President Donald Trump plans to skip the White House Correspondents Association dinner, marking the second year he has shunned the glitzy gathering of Washington journalists he routinely assails as fake news.ŽWhite House Correspondents Association president Margaret Talev said in statement Friday that the White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this years dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend.ŽTrump had said he probably wont do itŽ in an interview on the Bernie and SidŽ radio show on 77 WABC Radio taped Thursday and aired Friday. Calling the media so badŽ and so fake,Ž Trump said: I want to get it straightened out with the press before I do it.ŽBut the president, who has long had an adversarial relationship with the news media, did not elaborate on how he planned to do so. Since his campaign, he has ceaselessly blasted the fake mediaŽ and dishonestŽ reporters, singling out specific jour-nalists and news outlets for criticism. He also has avoided holding a traditional news conference for over a year, though he often answers shouted questions from reporters.True to form, Trump tweeted Friday: So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!Traditionally, the president and first lady attend the annual dinner, a fundraiser for college scholarships and a venue for reporting awards, which mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities. The televised event requires the president to smile through remarks by a comedian „ who typically roasts the president „ as well as deliver a humorous address, teasing the press and political opponents.Though notoriously thin-skinned, Trump has subjected himself to ribbing before, including New Yorks Al Smith dinner during the 2016 campaign. But the correspondents dinner would return him to the site of past humiliation: Trump attended in 2011 and was relentlessly mocked by President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers.He skipped it in 2016, which came amid the presidential campaign and was the last of the dinners at which Obama was the honored guest. That didnt mean Trump wasnt the butt of jokes. At one point Obama told guests that Trump has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world „ Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.ŽThis year, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will attend the April 28 dinner and rep-resent the administration at the head table. Cabinet members and staffers are also free to attend, a mes-sage that was welcomed by West Wing aides who were forced to sit out the celebrations last year.Trump did attend the annual Gridiron Club Dinner earlier this year, delivering a speech at the annual white-tie affair featuring journalists and officials. At that event, Trump offered a series of good natured one-liners in his remarks.Among his quips: I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person. Thats why I accepted.ŽBut he drew a more mixed response at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner that benefits needy kids, also attended by Trumps Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.Trump began innocently enough. He joked that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., used to love Trump when he was a Democrat. He poked fun at plagiarism involving the first lady. But Trumps remarks soon devolved into bitterness and insults, with the soon-to-be-president earning boos as he accused Clinton of corruption and hating Catholics.Trump opts to skip correspondents dinnerIn this March 20 photo, President Donald Trump speaks to the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington. [EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] Russias President Vladimir Putin, left, and Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska, right, walking to attend the APEC Business Advisory Council dialogue Nov. 10 in Danang, Vietnam. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 A7HAVE YOUR SAYWe welcome signed letters and guest columns. Letters should not exceed 300 words and columns should not exceed 500 words. Colum ns 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 OUR OPINION ANOTHER OPINION OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com Cheer: Mount Dora police officer Andrew Rice, who was honored this week for saving a womans life on Christmas Day. According to reports, Rice was dispatched to U.S. Highway 441 and Morningside Drive for an accident and found that a car had veered off the road and hit a tree. The driver, Dawn Dyer, was not breathing. Rice lifted Dyer out of the car, lay her on the ground and shocked Dyer using a automatic electronic defibrillator, and also performed CPR. Moments later, she began breathing on her own. She was taken to the hospital and has since made a full recovery. When he took me out (of the car), I was already dead,Ž Dyer said this week when Rice was honored by the Mount Dora City Council, so if it wasnt for him and whoever helped him, because I know that there were some bystanders, I wouldnt be here, I wouldnt, and I just have to tell him thank you.Ž We all thank him.Cheer: Montverde Academy and its powerhouse boys basketball team, which won yet another national title last week in New York City. Montverdes winning tradition is so deep, and so much is expected of this program, that winning has almost become routine. It is now a baked-in expectation at the beginning of every season. And why not? This is a team that has won four titles since 2013, establishing a dynasty unrivaled in high school athletics at the moment. And along the way, the program has produced National Players of the Year Ben Simmons (who is in the running for Rookie of the Year in the NBA this season) and R.J. Barrett, and emerging NBA star Joel Embiid, among others. Critics „ and unfortunately there are plenty „ will note that few of the kids who play at MVA are local kids, that theyre a collection of all-stars from around the nation and around the globe. And theyre right. MVA plays on a different level than most high school programs. But that shouldnt tarnish their accomplishment. To win the title, Montverde and coach Kevin Boyle had to play and beat the very best, and they do, with astounding regularity. Congratulations to the Montverde Academy Eagles. You make us proud.Cheer: Leesburgs Cordrayius Graham and Wildwoods Kari Niblack, who last week were honored as the state boys and girls basketball players of the year in their classifications. Its really no surprise that the Leesburg boys and Wildwood girls teams won state titles this year (and last). The common denominators were Graham and Niblack, two dominating young athletes who shone brightest when the spotlight was harshest in the state basketball playoffs. Niblack scored 28 points to power Wildwood to a 54-45 win against Port St. Joe on Feb. 27 for the girls Class 1A title, and Graham tallied 23 points in Leesburgs 71-62 win against Tallahassee Rickards on March 8 for the boys Class 6A championship. Their remarkable playoff and regular season performances did not go unnoticed by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches, which named them the Class 1A and Class 6A Players of the Year. Congratulations to two remarkable young people who represented Lake County well on and off the court.Cheers and Jeers I dont know what that means, a community college,Ž President Donald Trump said last week during a speech in northeastern Ohio. Call it vocational and technical. People know what that means.Ž The president made similar remarks in West Virginia two months ago, and then again in March at a White House forum on education. The results of the 2016 presidential election should have made one thing clear: Social and economic mobility are top of mind for Americans. So why does the president keep dumping on community colleges? For people like me who work in them, his sentiments are particularly disheartening because they reveal a deep misunderstanding about the benefits that community colleges provide at a moment when they are desperately needed. So as our students return from spring break, perhaps Trump should come visit one of the nations 1,100 community colleges to see for himself the value they provide our economy and our democracy. In all his speeches, Trump repeats an anecdote about a classmate who was not going to be Einstein academically,Ž but could repair a motor while blindfolded. Even his concept of career education remains stuck in the industrial age. Artificial intelligence, automation and the rise of the gig economy are changing the nature of work and the skills needed to participate in this new economy. There are still good jobs for workers without bachelors degrees, but those jobs are shifting from bluecollar industries to skilled-services industries that demand at least some post-highschool education and training. Community colleges are the most affordable option for securing such good-paying jobs. In addition, we offer opportunities to transfer to four-year institutions. Make no mistake, community college is college. We educate future welders and doctors. Mechanics and architects. Nurses and business leaders. California Community Colleges has 114 campuses and 2.1 million students an enrollment more than 2.5 times the size of the UC and Cal State systems combined. Some 40 percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college. They juggle their classes with job and family responsibilities. Many struggle with food and housing insecurity. Students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program live in fear of deportation. For many of these students, we are their path to the middle class. But we need the resources to serve all of them. Achievement gaps that fall along lines defined by race, ethnicity, age and region persist at unacceptable rates. Too many students take too long to earn their certificates or degrees, or to transfer. We also need to better serve working adults who cannot access one of our campuses because of work and family commitments. In California, for instance, we are establishing a personalized and flexible online college to help these people gain skills and short-term certificates to advance in the workplace. For America to expand its economic prosperity, the White House needs to work to strengthen community colleges. Instead, the president proposed cuts to workforce training and education programs. (Congress, fortunately, rejected that in the recently enacted omnibus spending bill.) The White House could push for more need-based financial aid, but instead the executive branch is trying to roll back consumer protections for students harmed by for-profit colleges. Im optimistic about the future of community colleges and their power to transform students lives, and the president should be too. Look at just a few recent achievements here in California. At Rio Hondo College in Whittier, students are enrolled in a cutting-edge certificate program to learn how to repair battery-powered Tesla cars. A team from Santa Rosa Junior College just won the National Collegiate Debate Championship, fending off UC Berkeley to become the first winners from a twoyear college. And throughout our system, tens of thousands of students recently received acceptance letters for transfer to Cal State and UC schools to pursue their bachelors degrees in the fall. Spring is a nice time to visit campus, Mr. President. Eloy Ortiz Oakley is chancellor of California Community Colleges, the largest system of public higher education in the country.ANOTHER OPINIONCommunity colleges are delivering Trumps promisesBaxleys utensil/assault weapon comparison is lame Thank you, Daily Commercial editorial staff, for writing and putting into perspective a remarkable rebuttal to Representative Baxleys (R) lame utensil/assault weapon comparison that he has used repeatedly and inaccurately since becoming the NRAs point man in the Florida Legislature. During a recent national radio program interview, Rep. Baxley consistently pushed for armed resistance in the first five minutes of a potential massacre. In that discussion he was soundly rebuked by a U.S. Representative stating that the NRA has infiltrated every state legislature and the U.S. Congress so that representatives and constituents cant even have a sane conversation. Why is the NRAs solution always to add more firepower? And how is that a practical solution? Sarah Brady, chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, believed that, the populace in Florida is very much commonsense...Ž And this commonsense populace appears to have given Rep. Baxley a failing grade in protecting our schools. And that is exactly what he deserves.Vicki Bush, Lady Lake Hypocrisy of the Republican majority is phenomenal The hypocrisy of the Republican majority in the House and Senate is just phenomenal. During the entire eight years of the Obama presidency, he could not get one budget significantly lower than this spending bill passed. This bill comes on the heels of an enormous tax cut of $1.5 trillion in which the CBO said confidently this would raise the deficit of this country by $1.3 trillion. No Democratic President could have ever passed a tax cut of that size in a Republican Congress. Yet, this Congress gives this President a carte blanche raid on the U.S. Treasury. Where is the money coming from? Not from U.S. taxes because they have been cut $1.5 trillion with those making $350,000 a year getting the lions share of the tax cut. The Pentagon gets more money for military than it has ever asked for and at the same time, Federal funding is cut for the EPA, which guards and protects our air and water from chemical contamination. Zero dollars for climate change research which even the Pentagon recognized last year as a serious security threat to the nation. Interior Department, which protects our public lands, forests and National Parks, received budget cuts even though many have such maintenance backlogs that facilities are being closed to the public because of safety concerns. The President believes a wall will stop all illicit drugs and illegal immigration from coming into the country, both of which are utterly ignorant and arrogant beliefs of an autocrat president who aspires to become a dictator. All walls in history have been either breached or torn down by free people, from the Great Wall of China to the Roman Empire to the French Maginot line, which the Germans went around in WWI, to the wall erected by the communist regime of East Germany with barbed wire on top and machine gun turrets in watchtowers. That wall kept in enslaved East Germans and kept out free West Germans until it was literally torn down with sledge hammers. The money is coming from us. Were paying for this wall, not Mexico. Our benefits, not entitlements,Ž that weve paid into and worked so hard for, are now very much at risk. Today, we have a President who believes in American isolation and protectionism and a Republican Congress who refuses and fails to exercise its Constitutional authority to rein him in. Elections are coming fast „ 2018 and then 2020 „ and Trump will soon be relegated to the dustbin of history.Ž The sooner the better, before he bankrupts our country much like he did his businesses at least four times.Alan Harris, ClermontLETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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A8 Saturday, April 7, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comfive to 10 years, the park will feature eight softball fields, four youth and two adult baseball fields, eight multi-purpose fields, two cricket fields, restroom and concession buildings, playgrounds, pavilions, volleyball, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, a boardwalk and nature trails, a canoe launch and fishing pier off Lake Douglas and a dog park.Phase 1 will consist of two multi-purpose fields, one cricket field, four softball fields, four youth baseball fields, volleyball courts, a fish-ing pier, kayak and canoe launches.I quite honestly didnt think this day would come at times, but here we are and this is just a true joy for all of us, said County Commissioner Sean Parks. We are in this together to try to provide that necessary infrastructure to sup-port our quality of life we cherish so much in Lake County, and thats what this is about.Bonilla said the build-out of thenew parkcannot come soon enough since there is a great demand for fields among the myriad teams, leagues and players in the south end of the county.As it is, we cannot keep up with the demands. If they would complete the park today, it would be full today, Bonilla said.Officialssay the park will also boost the area economically.Lake County Sherriff Peyton Grinnell saidparks not only keep youth off the street, butgive families a place to go for quality time together.South Lake Chamber President David Colby said the park has been a top priority of the organization for many years.We believe it is impor-tant for local families that are realizing that we just dont have enough parks here to recreate. We also want to recognize that many local employ-ers are looking for ways that they can retain and attract people to the area and we need amenities such as this, Colby said. We also recognize when people are looking for a world class destination in a year-round outdoor climate they need outdoor facilities and this will provide us with that."Funding for the park is coming mainly from proceeds of the countys penny sales tax, but according to Lake County spokeswoman Elisha Pap-pacoda, officials are also looking for public-private partnership opportunities and contributions from neighboring cities to keep it moving forward.Bonilla said some-where down the line, the county also wants to get the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation involved in plans that would link the parkto surround-ingtrail systems.One thing to keep in mind about this location is that the South Lake Trail is only a mile and a half away, Bonilla said.Because of that, he said the county hasdeveloped conceptual plans thatincludea two-lane road with a 10-foot wide trail and a pedestrian overpass crossing State Road 50 and straight up to Max Hooks road.Thats going to be in one of the recommenda-tions in our Trails Master Plan that we will be asking be considered as a prior-ity project. It willconnect the folks coming from the West Orange Trail to the South Lake Trail to the Hancock Trail and to this Regional Park here, Bonilla said. PARKFrom Page A1 Dignitaries toss dirt during the ceremonial groundbreaking on South Lake Regional Park on Friday in Groveland. We ... recognize when people are looking for a world class destination in a year-round outdoor climate they need outdoor facilities and this will provide us with that, said South Lake Chamber of Commerce President David Colby. [ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL] South Lake Regional Park on State Road 50 in Groveland will feature baseball and softball elds, all-purpose elds, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, and trails and boat launches on 141 acres. [SUBMITTED]

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 B1 SALUTETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com CHAT WITH A VETERANTIM DEKORNE Town: Clermont Branch of service and rank: US Marine Corps, staff sergeant Enlisted or drafted? Enlisted. I just wanted to be a Marine. I wanted to be the best, in the best. What did you do in the service? Administration. Why was it important? It was just part of the team. They needed us pay and records clerks. Everyone needed to get paid. What is your most important memory from service? My strongest memory is squat thrusts in boot camp. What did you like least about service? I loved it at the time. What I liked least was working in an of“ ce. What do you want people to understand about war? If theyre gonna send us, they should let us win. The politicians should keep their hands out of it. 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. SAR 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 850206-7344 for information.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. PATRIOT 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.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. DAR CLASS: From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. the second, third and fourth Monday of the month at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Daughters of the American Revolution help decode your documents and “ nd your ancestors. Call 352-2429805 for information. REGULAR MEETING: At 6:45 p.m. CALENDAR By Keith OliverCorrespondentEUSTIS „ Buzz Mullins story is one of persistence „ and an all-boy thirst for speed and adventure.The 85-year-old Eustis man alludes to too much adventure as a rowdy youth in Charlotte, North Caro-lina, where his overwhelmed mother gladly signed the papers for him to enlist in the Air Force at 17.I was running hard with the wrong crowd,Ž Mullins said. I distinctly remember my choices as being killed, go to jail or join the military.By the time I graduated boot camp in San Antonio, I was ready to learn,Ž he emphasized. Then, Mullins discovered flying.I was a maintenance guy, a Wright 3350 engine mechanic on B-29s, the same model aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb to end World War II,Ž he said. Often my job was to taxi aircraft to the hangar.I went so fast on the tarmac that the tower would yell at me „ and that was my first taste of wanting to be a pilot.ŽHis four-year Air Force hitch was neatly divided into two years training and two years flying rescue mis-sions out of Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador.It was either doing that or going to Korea,Ž he said, and my orders were for Newfoundland.ŽMullins said that there wasnt much rescue to it. Youve got about three min-utes in the North Atlantic „ and then youre dead.Ž Once he witnessed a pilot just fall apart when we lost our electrical and we were low on fuel over Greenland.He actually started bawl-ing,Ž Mullins said. I looked over at him and thought to myself, I know I can do this. I just felt comfortable in that kind of situation.ŽThe aircraft landed safely, guided by a nearby SA-16.When discharge day arrived for Mullins, hed had enough of cold weatherŽ and pursued his dream of flying by moving to Miami and catching on with East-ern Airlines as a baggage handler.An unlikely career climb to captain followed, punc-tuated by college and flight school on his own (with help from the G.I. Bill); hauling freight to places like South America with lesser-known, local outfits; and wearing out two particular advocates who were assigned to the lofty perches of the Eastern chain of command.ŽMore than once, Mullins uphill battle meant shortfuse phone calls: If you can be here Monday morn-ing, I have a seat for you in this classŽ or the job is yours if you can get here in 48 hours.ŽAsked about blue skies, and sunrises seen aloft, Mullins minimizes such.No, what I really enjoyed was the action,Ž he said. Even when I soloed in that J3 Piper Cub, the best part was dogfighting with my fellow students. We played chicken, chased buzzards and flew so low over the Everglades that we came back with saw grass stuck in our landing gear.It was stupid,Ž Mullins said. But I got serious when I got my first real flying job, especially when I started hauling passengers.ŽI know I can do thisAir Force guided Eustis veteran toward successful ight pathBuzz Mullins, 85, of Eustis, said he was running hard with the wrong crowd,Ž but the military turned his life around. [BOB SNOW/ CORRESPONDENT] Staff ReportMOUNT DORA „ The Ocklawaha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently hosted Bobbie Scofield as a guest speaker. She gave a program on DAR-supported schools and Box Tops for Education.The groups next meet-ing will be April 14 and host local history buff Benjamin Mack-Jackson as the guest speaker and honor 96-year-old World War II veteran Priscilla PatŽ Gretchen with a Quilt of Valor.Mack-Jackson is a Clermont teenager who has a passion for history. He has been interviewing surviving WWII veterans as part of the WWII Veterans His-tory Project.After acquiring a few pieces of memorabilia, Mack-Jackson decided to showcase them on the road. He travels with more than 100 pieces, telling the history and stories behind them to schools, veterans organizations and seminars.Getchell, of Umatilla, is a WWII WAVES veteran who trained Navy pilots during the war by using the militarys earliest flight instrument trainer. At her duty station at Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Hawaii, Getchell developed a Control Operators School curriculum and procedures. She was the first WAVE CPO on the base, making that rank after only three years of service.Social hour begins at10 a.m.and the meeting starts at10:30 St. Edwards Episcopal Church, 460 Grandview St. in Mount Dora. For details, call June Perry at 352-589-5855 or email spooker15@aol.com.DAR to host special WWII-focused meetingBobbie Sco“ eld, Regent Pam Beightol and Vice Regent Gayle Everett are pictured at a recent meeting for the Ocklawaha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. [SUBMITTED] See CALENDAR, B4

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Do I have the opportunity to experience unparalleled spiritual growth because of my loss of Nancy? A year ago I would have said, Not a chance.Ž But now, with more than a year behind me, I think, I can,Ž which is a line from the play I recently completed. Ive been reading GriefShare, a daily devotion specifically for widows and widowers. I began reading several months after Nancys passing and for the most part they are spot on. On day 264 the devo began: Many people become wiser, more humane, more compassionate, and more fully human after experiencing grief. In this way, grief sets you apart. People who have gone through it are different.Ž Early on in my grief process I couldnt look at something like this without saying, No way.Ž Early on the lessons were gentle, kind, compassionate. They helped me a lot by reading things like Understanding Your Grief,Ž Grief Lasts Longer Than Expected,Ž and He Will Carry You.Ž I read about denial and joy returning and doubting my faith, all things I have experienced. And I have certainly been set apart through grief. The big question is what do I do with it? Have I truly become wiser, more humane, more compassionate and more fully human? My day job is as an aftercare person with Beyers Funeral Home. Im the director of life, which is intended for widow and widowers. We offer it to all widows and widowers. For seven years I served as a married man, just like my predecessor. We arent a counseling service but can direct folks to where they can go. Instead, were a social network with luncheons and trips. Our intent is to get folks out and about and begin life after. David, my predecessor left big shoes to fill and Ive tried to do the best I can. But now, as a widower myself I understand so much more fully about what takes place inside a widow or widower, the fears, doubts and memories that flood the brain and heart. Its easy to say folks grieve at their own pace but its another thing going through it. Our luncheons and trips are meant to be fun. Its also a time you can be with folks who know exactly what you been through, maybe a little different, but share the pain. Its a time to get on with our lives, one baby step at a time. I believe I have been set apart through grief. One woman said, It will change you. You will do a 180degree turn. When you go to a funeral home, from then on you will know what those people are going through; youll know what you can do to help them. Before that, I would go shake hands, go to the line and say, Im sorry. And I didnt understand. But after youve lost a loved one, you have a totally different concept of what theyre going through. I think you can be a better minister, and I think God gives you some of these things to use in your own personal ministry. So it will change you.Ž While all of us experience change throughout our lives there is One who doesnt. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,Ž according to Hebrews 13:8. It is the one constant we can cling to. Let the Lord be the anchor for your soul. Rick Reed is a columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email him at ricoh007@aol.com. DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 B3 FAITHTom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com REFLECTIONSExperiencing grief sets you apart from others Rick Reed TODAYSHABBAT 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. GROWING 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.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.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 352-728-0004 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 352-308-8229 to register. TOASTMASTERS MEETING: From 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at Clermont Seventh-day Adventist Church, 498 W. Montrose St. Call 352-234-6495. REAL 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 TO WEDNESDAYSENIOR 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.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 352-2599305 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 352-259-9305 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 352-259-9305 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 CALENDAR By Sarah Pulliam Bailey The Washington PostAt 98 years old, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt has become the international star of March Madness. Fans of Loyola Chicagos mens bas-ketball team, which lost in anational semifinal to Michi-ganthis weekend, can snatch up socks, bobbleheads and T-shirts with her face on it. All of a sudden, she said, she began hearing from people all over the world, including long-lost friends she hadnt heard from in years.It all happened so fast,Ž she said. It was like a big balloon burst in the world.ŽLeading players in prayer from her wheelchair as chap-lain for the No. 11-seeded Ramblers, Sister Jean has garnered attention during the teams Cinderella-like run through the tournament to the Final Four.A number of people have said its what the country needed because its such a mess,Ž she said of her fame. Some people have told me that their faith has been restored.ŽHow does she feel about seeing herself go viral?I dont know if you saw on Facebook or Twitter the picture of me dunking the basketball into the basket,Ž she said. Someone said to me, do you find that offen-sive? No, I find it a fun thing. . Ive seen other things go viral. Its bringing a lot of people happiness.Ž Many Americans have a soft spot for Catholic sisters, said the Rev. James Martin, a priest and editor at large at America, a Jesuit magazine.On the one hand, its ter-rific that people are touched by her,Ž Martin said. But its irk-some people are surprised that a sister could be so much fun.ŽSome expect people to be more self-centered as they get older, but Sister Jean defies caricatures about age and about her role as a sister, said Michael Garanzini, who hired Sister Jean when he was president of Loyola Chicago.Garanzini gave her an apartment in a freshman and sophomore residence hall and said she served as his unofficial informant, keeping him in the loop on what students were thinking. She was very popu-lar with the students and would talk with them in her office in the student union building.Theres as much as the grandmotherly as theres the strict disciplinarian in our images of nuns,Ž he said. We have activists, pacifists, prayerful„ its a very broad stereotype.ŽCatholic orders across the country have been grappling with the number of women becoming religious sisters plummeting in recent decades. There were about 181,000 religious sisters in the United States at their peak, in 1965, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. In 2014, there were about 49,000 sisters.While nuns and sisters are both called sister,Ž the Catholic Church distinguishes between the two. Nuns typically reside and do their work and ministry within a monas-tery while sisters live under an order or congregation of sisters and tend to do their ministry out in the world.In the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council, intended to address the churchs relation-ship in the modern world, set off a series of reforms in the Catholic Church, including encouraging sisters to go into the world and help the needy. They began to modernize their habits and shortened their skirts, which Sister Jean said she welcomed. She became a sister in 1937, and around 1967, she said, she was given the choice of whether to wear a habit.Taking off the habit and putting on contemporary clothes makes us more avail-able and gives people freedom to talk a little more,Ž said Sister Jean, who is now often seen wearing her Loyola jacket and a maroon and gold scarf.Nuns who wear traditional habits are sometimes por-trayed in Hollywood or media outlets as cuteŽ when doing normal activities, like going to baseball games or eating at McDonalds, said Gail DeGeorge, editor of Global Sisters Report, a project of National Catholic Reporter. By contrast, the image of tall bas-ketball players leaning down to embrace a tiny woman in a wheelchair is striking for a lot of people.Stereotypical nuns Cute mascot? Beloved grandmother? Sister Jean reveals deeper stereotypes Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, the Loyola Ramblers Chaplain, holds up number one as fans chant inside the Gentile Arena on March 25 in Chicago. 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B4 Saturday, April 7, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comat American Legion Post 18, 401 E. Atlantic Highway in Wildwood. Looking for new members. Call 352-748-7009 for information. AUXILIARY MEETING: At 6 p.m. the second Monday of every month at John Gella Memorial Post 219, 194 W. Fountain St. in Fruitland Park. Call 352-787-2338 for information.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 amvetspost2006@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 352323-8750, 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.THURSDAYFUN GAME SHOOTS: At 6 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday at Amvets Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Non members must sign in with a sponsor. Call 352-323-8750 for information.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. MONTHLY FISH FRY: From 4 to 7 p.m. the second Friday of the month at the American Legion John Gella Memorial Post 219, 194 W. Fountain St. in Fruitland Park. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post.SATURDAY, APRIL 14MILITARY MEMORABILIA SHOW: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renningers Flea Market and Antique Center, 20651 Highway 441 in Mount Dora. Military collectibles from all countries and time periods bought, sold and traded. Call Greg Spaulding at 407-4622163 or John Anderson at 407-376-2614. STEAK NIGHT AND BAKE SALE: At 4 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Guests must sign in with a sponsor. Call 352-323-8750, email amvetspost2006@ gmail.com or go to amvets2006.com.SUNDAY, APRIL 15BAKE SALE FOR CHARITY: From 1 to 7 p.m. the third Sunday of the month at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Check time before heading over. Call 352-323-8750, email veteransinfoandevents@gmail.comor go to amvets2006.com.WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18SUBMARINE VETERANS MEETING: At 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the grand hall at American Legion Post 347, 699 W. Lady Lake Blvd in Lady Lake. Call 352-461-1690. THURSDAY, APRIL 19 AMERICAN LEGION POST 330 MEETING: At 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at Mid-Florida Lakes, 200 Forest Drive in Leesburg. Call 352-217-2757.FRIDAY, APRIL 20LITE BITES AND MEAT SHOOTS: At 5 p.m. every third Friday at John Gella Memorial Post 219, 194 W. Fountain St. in Fruitland Park. Light supper, bake sale and fun game of meat shoots. Call 352-787-2338 for information. HOAGIE NIGHT: At 4 p.m. the third Saturday of the month 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.SATURDAY, APRIL 21EARTH DAY PLANTING: At 9 a.m. at PEAR Park WCA, 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg. Assist with restoration of native plant communities. Refreshments courtesy of Daughters of the American Revolution. Call Justin Pouliot at 352516-7011 for information. VETERANS MEETING: At 2 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Silver Oaks Room Saddlebrook Recreation Center, 3010 Saddlebrook Lane in The Villages. Korean War and Service Veterans Chapter 169. For all veterans who served in Korea. Call 352-748-7009.WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25VETERANS MEETING: At 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Leesburg Senior Center, 1211 Penn St. Korean War & Service Veterans Chapter 169. Call 352-748-7009. SATURDAY, APRIL 28 SPAGHETTI DINNER: At 5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Guests must sign in with a sponsor. Call 352-323-8750 or go to amvets2006.com.THURSDAY, MAY 3COAST 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. CALENDARFrom Page B1 information.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 352-259-9305 for information.FRIDAYCHRISTIAN BREAKFAST CLUB: At 8:30 a.m. every Friday at Perkins Restaurant, 27811 S. Highway 27 in Leesburg. Interdenominational and all welcome. Call Dan or Lynda Rushing at 352-530-2518. SIDE BY SIDE CONCERT: At 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora, 222 W. 6th Ave. Carolyn Cutler and Rick Robinson perform Broadway, pop and standards. Cost is $15. Call 352-383-4089 for tickets. SHEAR 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. GAME 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 352-3895433 for information.SATURDAY, APRIL 14PAWS OF PRAISE: At 9:30 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday at Bark Park, 6085 County Road 44 in Wildwood. Community gathering for humans and canine companions. Contact Michael Beck at 352-203-7258. RUMMAGE SALE: From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Leesburg, 1601 W. Main St. Call 352-460-7595 for information.SUNDAY, APRIL 15BIBLE 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. PROPHECY CONFERENCE: At 10:30 a.m. at New Life Baptist Church, 35300 Radio Road in Leesburg. With speaker Herb Rogers. Call 352-728-0004 for information. MONDAY, APRIL 16 TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 SENIOR FEST TWO: 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.TUESDAY, APRIL 17COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEETING: At 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at Trinity Lutheran Church, 17330 US Highway 27 in Summer“ eld. Nonpro“ t organization that provides support for families grieving from the death of a child. Central Florida Chapter. Email tcarlyon@ aol.com for information. THURSDAY, APRIL 19 DISCUSSION GROUP: At 1 p.m. at Sumter County Administration and Library Building, 7375 Powell Road in Wildwood. Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom with roundtable series on current Torah Portion. Go to bethsholom” orida.org. FAITHFrom Page B3

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 C1 SPORTS BASEBALL | C5A ROUNDUP OF THE DAYS MLB ACTION Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Joe ReedyThe Associated PressTALLAHASSEE „ Florida State quarterback James Blackman has done plenty of on-the-job learning during his first year on campus.When Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending knee injury in last years opener, Blackman became the first true freshman quarterback for the Seminoles since 1985. He started the final 12 games in a season in which Florida State went from playoff contender to narrowly keeping its 41-year bowl streak alive.After last years crash course in college quarterback-ing, Blackmans matriculation is continuing during spring practices with new coach Willie Taggart and an offense that stresses speed.Blackman though has not been fazed trying to learn Taggarts up-tempo system, which is more of a spread offense compared to the pro-style set the Seminoles employed under Jimbo Fisher.I am more comfortable in the pocket now because I know what type of pressure to expect from the defense. That is helping me to be more relaxed,Ž Blackman said.Blackman said that even though there are some similarities between the two offenses, the play-calling is simpler. Fishers play calls were often three words com-pared to Taggarts one-word calls.Blackman also noticed a greater balance between run and pass plays, but the quar-terback must make more reads at the line.I think the transition is going well and executing the plays,Ž he said. The tempo helps keep the defense off bal-ance. Often they dont know FSUs Blackman keeps learningQuarterback is adjusting to Willie Taggarts o enseFlorida State quarterback James Blackman (1) passes in the “ rst half of the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 27, 2017, in Shreveport, La. [AP PHOTO / GERALD HERBERT, FILE] See FSU, C4Staff ReportTavares High Schools Christian Kilfoyle placed second at the Class 1A boys weightlifting state championships on Friday at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach.Kilfoyle was the only area athlete to earn points in the state meet, earning Tavares five points in the 119-pound division with a 225-pound bench press and a 215-pound clean and jerk for a 440-pound total. Labelles Santiago won the title in the weight class with a 205-pound bench press and a 250-pound clean and jerk for a 455-pound total.The five points from Kilfoyle gave Tavares a tie for 13th place in the state meet. Baker County easily won the title with 34 points, followed by Labelle, Bradford County and Madison County with 13 points each.Tavares Gabriel Albright was 13th in the 119-pound division and Eustis Garrett Snyder was 17th.Tavares Kaleb Leafers placed eighth in the 129-pound division with a 410-pound total.In the 139-pound weight class, Umatillas Henry Johnson placed 11th with a 410-pound total.In the 154-pound division Umatillas Enrique Toledo was 16th (450-pound total) and Tavares Zachary Money was 17th despite not counting a clean and jerk.Tavares Andrew Tod-tenhagen was tied for 17th in the 169-pound division with a 515-pound total.In the 183-pound divi-sion, South Sumters Roy Perez placed 16th with a Tavares Kilfoyle 2nd at state weightliftingSee TAVARES, C4By Stephen HawkinsThe Associated PressFORT WORTH, Texas „ Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick certainly know their way to the front at 1.5-mile tracks like the one at Texas Motor Speedway.Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Truex has won five of the last eight races on 1.5-mile tracks since the middle of last season.When Harvick was asked Friday if his team was at the point it can challenge Truex on such tracks, the Stewart-Haas driver responded: That seems like a self-answering question.ŽThats because Harvick has won the other three in his Ford, including Texas last fall. He won at Atlanta and Las Vegas in the only two races on 1.5-mile tracks so far this year as part of his three-race winning streak.We are better than Truex,Ž Harvick said.After the Easter weekend break, the Cup schedule resumes with Sundays race at Texas, where in November Harvick went around Truex for the lead with 10 laps to go and kept his Ford in front the rest of the way. That 1-2 finish locked both drivers into Truex, Harvick know how to get to the front at TexasMartin Truex Jr., left, talks with members of his team in the garage after a practice session Friday in Fort Worth, Texas. [TONY GUTIERREZ/ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] See NASCAR, C4 By Doug FergusonThe Associated PressAUGUSTA, Ga. „ The Mas-ters is living up to its hype with some of the biggest names and hottest games in contention going into the weekend.Except for two guys who generated so much of the buzz.Tiger Woods hit another shot into Raes Creek, didnt make a birdie until the 13th hole and wound up with a 3-over 75, leaving him 13 shots behind Patrick Reed. Woods was more concerned with sticking around for the weekend than chasing a green jacket.Phil Mickelson matched his worst score ever at Augusta National with a 79 to make the cut on the number, leav-ing him 14 shots behind.Even without them, the show is just getting started.Reed, who has never seri-ously contended on a big stage outside of the Ryder Cup, had birdies on half of the holes he played Friday. That was more than enough to atone for the few times he got out of posi-tion, and his 6-under 66 put him atop the leaderboard for Star-studded leaderboardJordan Spieth reacts to a bad tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the Masters on Friday in Augusta, Ga. Spieth, the “ rst-round leader after a 66, shot a 74 to fall “ ve shots behind. [CURTIS COMPTON / ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION VIA AP] Patrick Reed putts on the sixth hole during the second round at the Masters on Friday in Augusta, Ga. Reed shot a 6-under 66 tp take a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the tournament. [AP PHOTO / DAVID GOLDMAN] Reed takes lead as Masters takes shape without Tiger in mixSee MASTERS, C4

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C2 Saturday, April 7, 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 GOLF THE MASTERSThursdays leaders at Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.; Purse: TBA ($11 million in 2017). Yardage: 7,435; Par: 72 (36-36) (adenotes amateur)First RoundJordan Spieth 34-32„66 Tony Finau 33-35„68 Matt Kuchar 37-31„68 Henrik Stenson 34-35„69 Adam Hadwin 35-34„69 Charley Hoffman 35-34„69 Patrick Reed 35-34„69 Haotong Li 35-34„69 Rory McIlroy 35-34„69 Rafa Cabrera Bello 37-32„69 Bernd Wiesberger 37-33„70 Zach Johnson 36-34„70 Marc Leishman 33-37„70 Rickie Fowler 37-33„70 Phil Mickelson 36-34„70 Satoshi Kodaira 35-36„71 Vijay Singh 35-36„71 Cameron Smith 37-34„71 Xander Schauffele 35-36„71 Louis Oosthuizen 38-33„71 Francesco Molinari 37-35„72 Kyle Stanley 36-36„72 Tommy Fleetwood 36-36„72 a-Doug Ghim 39-33„72 Fred Couples 37-35„72 Charl Schwartzel 35-37„72 Kevin Kisner 37-35„72 Justin Rose 38-34„72 Ted Potter, Jr. 39-34„73 Brian Harman 39-34„73 Daniel Berger 38-35„73 Pat Perez 38-35„73 Jason Dufner 37-36„73 Hideki Matsuyama 36-37„73 Branden Grace 38-35„73 Tiger Woods 37-36„73 Bubba Watson 37-36„73 Jimmy Walker 37-36„73 Russell Henley 40-33„73 Thomas Pieters 37-36„73 Dustin Johnson 38-35„73 Wesley Bryan 36-38„74 Austin Cook 37-37„74 Ryan Moore 38-36„74 Jose Maria Olazabal 36-38„74 Bryson DeChambeau 38-36„74 Paul Casey 38-36„74 Martin Kaymer 38-36„74 Justin Thomas 37-37„74 Sandy Lyle 36-38„74 Ian Poulter 38-36„74 Bernhard Langer 37-37„74 Tyrrell Hatton 36-38„74 Alex Noren 39-35„74 Matthew Fitzpatrick 38-37„75 Danny Willett 41-34„75 Jason Day 40-35„75 Si Woo Kim 38-37„75 Patrick Cantlay 40-35„75 Jon Rahm 36-39„75 Adam Scott 37-38„75 Brendan Steele 38-38„76 Mike Weir 40-36„76 Patton Kizzire 38-38„76 a-Doc Redman 37-39„76 Billy Horschel 39-37„76 Chez Reavie 37-39„76 Angel Cabrera 40-36„76 a-Joaquin Niemann 40-36„76 Larry Mize 39-37„76 Yuta Ikeda 38-38„76 Webb Simpson 37-39„76 Jhonattan Vegas 39-38„77 Kevin Chappell 39-38„77 Dylan Frittelli 38-39„77 Shubhankar Sharma 38-39„77 Yusaku Miyazato 36-41„77 Mark OMeara 40-38„78 Trevor Immelman 37-41„78 Ross Fisher 39-39„78 Gary Woodland 42-36„78 Ian Woosnam 38-41„79 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 40-39„79 a-Yuxin Lin 39-40„79 a-Matt Parziale 40-41„81 Sergio Garcia 38-43„81 a-Harry Ellis 41-45„86 PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT. GB x-Toronto 56 22 .718 „ x-Boston 53 25 .679 3 x-Philadelphia 48 30 .615 8 New York 27 51 .346 29 Brooklyn 26 53 .329 30 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Miami 43 36 .544 „ x-Washington 42 37 .532 1 Charlotte 34 45 .430 9 Orlando 24 54 .308 18 Atlanta 22 57 .278 21 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Cleveland 49 30 .620 „ x-Indiana 47 32 .595 2 x-Milwaukee 42 37 .532 7 Detroit 37 41 .474 11 Chicago 27 51 .346 21WESTERN CONFERENCESOUTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB z-Houston 64 15 .810 „ San Antonio 45 34 .570 19 New Orleans 44 34 .564 19 Dallas 24 55 .304 40 Memphis 21 57 .269 42 NORTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Portland 48 31 .608 „ Utah 46 33 .582 2 Oklahoma City 45 34 .570 3 Minnesota 44 35 .557 4 Denver 44 35 .557 4 PACIFIC DIVISION W L PCT GB y-Golden State 57 22 .722 „ L.A. Clippers 42 37 .532 15 L.A. Lakers 34 44 .436 22 Sacramento 25 54 .316 32 Phoenix 20 59 .253 37x-clinched playoff berth; y-won division; z-clinched conferenceThursdays GamesIndiana 126, Golden State 106 Brooklyn 119, Milwaukee 111 Houston 96, Portland 94 Cleveland 119, Washington 115 Utah 117, L.A. Clippers 95 Denver 100, Minnesota 96Fridays GamesAtlanta at Washington, late Charlotte at Orlando, late Cleveland at Philadelphia, late Dallas at Detroit, late Chicago at Boston, late Indiana at Toronto, late Miami at New York, late Sacramento at Memphis, late New Orleans at Phoenix, late Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, lateTodays GamesDenver at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Milwaukee at New York, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Chicago, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Golden State, 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Portland at San Antonio, 9 p.m.Sundays GamesAtlanta at Boston, 1 p.m. Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Indiana at Charlotte, 1 p.m. Detroit at Memphis, 3:30 p.m. Orlando at Toronto, 6 p.m. Utah at L.A. Lakers, 6 p.m. Golden State at Phoenix, 9 p.m. PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Tampa Bay 80 53 23 4 110 287 228 x-Boston 80 49 19 12 110 263 208 x-Toronto 81 48 26 7 103 273 230 Florida 80 42 30 8 92 240 241 Detroit 81 30 39 12 72 214 251 Montreal 81 29 39 13 71 207 260 Ottawa 80 28 41 11 67 219 282 Buffalo 80 25 43 12 62 191 269Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA y-Washington 81 48 26 7 103 254 236 x-Pittsburgh 81 46 29 6 98 268 250 Columbus 81 45 29 7 97 240 226 New Jersey 81 44 28 9 97 245 239 Philadelphia 81 41 26 14 96 246 243 Carolina 81 35 35 11 81 225 254 N.Y. Islanders 81 34 37 10 78 260 293 N.Y. Rangers 81 34 38 9 77 231 263WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA z-Nashville 81 52 18 11 115 263 209 x-Winnipeg 81 51 20 10 112 273 217 x-Minnesota 81 44 26 11 99 247 229 Colorado 81 42 30 9 93 252 235 St. Louis 80 43 31 6 92 220 216 Dallas 80 41 31 8 90 228 218 Chicago 80 33 37 10 76 227 248Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA y-Vegas 81 51 23 7 109 271 221 x-San Jose 81 45 26 10 100 249 223 x-Los Angeles 81 45 28 8 98 237 199 x-Anaheim 80 42 25 13 97 227 213 Calgary 81 36 35 10 82 211 247 Edmonton 81 35 40 6 76 231 261 Vancouver 81 31 40 10 72 216 261 Arizona 81 29 40 12 70 208 253 x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division. 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 GamesPittsburgh 5, Columbus 4, OT Nashville 4, Washington 3 Philadelphia 4, Carolina 3 New Jersey 2, Toronto 1 N.Y. Islanders 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 Montreal 4, Detroit 3 Florida 3, Boston 2 Winnipeg 2, Calgary 1 Edmonton 4, Vegas 3 Vancouver 4, Arizona 3, OT San Jose 4, Colorado 2 Los Angeles 5, Minnesota 4, OTFridays GamesOttawa at Pittsburgh, lateBuffalo at Tampa Bay, lateSt. Louis at Chicago, lateDallas at Anaheim, lateTodays GamesN.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m. Chicago at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m. Montreal at Toronto, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m. Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Colorado, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Arizona, 9 p.m. Vancouver at Edmonton, 10 p.m. Vegas at Calgary, 10 p.m. Dallas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Minnesota at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.Sundays GameFlorida at Boston, 7:30 p.m. SOCCER MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAll times Eastern EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA New York City FC 4 0 1 13 10 4 Columbus 3 1 1 10 9 5 Atlanta United FC 3 1 0 9 8 6 New England 2 1 1 7 6 5 New York Red Bulls 2 2 0 6 10 5 Montreal 2 2 0 6 5 5 Philadelphia 1 1 1 4 2 3 Orlando City 1 2 1 4 6 8 Toronto FC 1 2 0 3 3 4 D.C. United 0 3 2 2 5 10 Chicago 0 2 1 1 6 8 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Sporting Kansas City 3 1 1 10 10 9 Vancouver 3 1 1 10 7 7 Los Angeles Galaxy 2 1 1 7 7 6 Los Angeles FC 2 1 0 6 9 5 Minnesota United 2 3 0 6 6 9 FC Dallas 1 0 2 5 5 2 Colorado 1 1 1 4 6 4 Houston 1 2 1 4 7 6 Real Salt Lake 1 2 1 4 4 9 San Jose 1 2 0 3 6 7 Portland 0 2 2 2 4 9 Seattle 0 3 0 0 0 5 3 points for victory, 1 point for tieFridays GameMontreal at New England, lateTodays GamesHouston at New York, 3 p.m. Los Angeles FC at Atlanta United FC, 5 p.m. San Jose at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. D.C. United at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at FC Dallas, 8 p.m. Columbus at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Vancouver at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.Sundays GamesPortland at Orlando City, 4 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at LA Galaxy, 9 p.m.NATIONAL WOMENS SOCCER LEAGUEAll times Eastern W L T PTS GF GA North Carolina 2 0 0 6 2 0 Seattle 1 0 0 3 2 1 Portland 1 1 0 3 3 3 Washington 1 1 0 3 3 2 Houston 0 0 2 2 1 1 Utah 0 0 2 2 1 1 Chicago 0 1 1 1 3 4 Orlando 0 1 1 1 1 3 Sky Blue FC 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 points for victory, 1 point for tie.Saturday, April 14Chicago at Utah, 3:30 p.m. North Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.Sunday, April 15Seattle at Sky Blue FC, 5 p.m. Orlando at Portland, 6 p.m.2018 U.S. MENS SOCCER RESULTS/SCHEDULEAll times Eastern (Won 1, Lost 0, Tied 1)Sunday, Jan. 28 „ United States 0, BosniaHerzogovina 0 Tuesday, March 27 „ United States 1, Paraguay 0Saturday, June 9 „ vs. France at Lyon, France (tentative) CHAMPIONS LEAGUEQUARTERFINALS(Home teams listed “ rst) All times Eastern First Leg April 3Juventus (Italy) 0, Real Madrid (Spain) 3 Sevilla (Spain) 1, Bayern Munich (Germany) 2WednesdayBarcelona (Spain) 4, Roma (Italy) 1 Liverpool (England) 3, Manchester City (England) 0Second Leg TuesdayRoma (Italy) vs. Barcelona (Spain), 2:45 p.m. Manchester City (England) vs. Liverpool (England), 2:45 p.m.April 11Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Sevilla (Spain), 2:45 p.m. Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Juventus (Italy), 2:45 p.m. ODDS PREGAME.COM LINEMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLToday National LeagueFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINEat Washington -154 NY Mets +144 Arizona -106 at St. Louis -104 at San Francisco Off Los Angeles Off Chicago -135 at Milwaukee +125 at Philadelphia -155 Miami +145 at Pittsburgh -130 Cincinnati +120 at Colorado -150 Atlanta +140American Leagueat New York -231 Baltimore +211 at Boston -165 Tampa Bay +155 Detroit -109 at Chicago -101 at Minnesota -152 Seattle +142 at Cleveland -205 Kansas City +185 Toronto -133 at Texas +123 at Los Angeles -125 Oakland +115Interleagueat Houston -260 San Diego +230NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at LA Clippers 1 223 Denver Milwaukee 9 219 at New York Brooklyn 5 216 at Chicago at Golden State 7 224 New Orleans at Houston 6 219 Oklahoma City at San Antonio Off Off PortlandNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Philadelphia -235 NY Rangers +215 at Detroit -131 NY Islanders +121 at Washington Off New Jersey Off at Florida Off Buffalo Off at Toronto Off Montreal Off at Boston Off Ottawa Off at Winnipeg Off Chicago Off at Carolina Off Tampa Bay Off at Nashville Off Columbus Off at Arizona Off Anaheim Off at Colorado -124 St. Louis +114 at Edmonton -185 Vancouver +170 at Calgary Off Las Vegas Off at Los Angeles Off Dallas Off at San Jose Off Minnesota Off Updated odds available at Pregame.com TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLCOMMISSIONERS OFFICE „ Suspended Boston 3B Michael Chavis (Portland-EL) and Cleveland LHP Alsis Herrera (LynchburgCarolina) 80 games, Arizona RHP Luis Diaz (DSL Diamondbacks) 72 games and San Francisco SS C.J. Hinojosa (San Jose-Cal) 50 games for violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.American LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES „ Assigned RHP Michael Kelly outright to Norfolk (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS „ Optioned OF Tyler Naquin to Columbus (IL). Reinstated OF Michael Brantley from the 10-day DL. DETROIT TIGERS „ Optioned RHP Johnny Barbato to Toledo (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS „ Sent RHP James Hoyt to Fresno (PCL) and 1B Yuli Gurriel to Corpus Christi (TL) for rehab assignments. MINNESOTA TWINS „ Sent RHP Phil Hughes to Fort Myers (FSL) for a rehab assignment. OAKLAND ATHLETICS „ Sent RHP Ryan Dull and 3B Renato Nunez to Nashville (PCL) for rehab assignments. SEATTLE MARINERS „ Sent OF Ben Gamel to Modesto (Cal) for a rehab assignment. TEXAS RANGERS „ Traded C Brett Nicholas to San Diego for a player to be named or cash. Sent RHP Tony Barnette to Frisco (TL) for a rehab assignment. Named Neil Leibman chief operating of“ cer.National LeagueARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS „ Designated OF Jeremy Hazelbaker for assignment. Claimed RHP Troy Scribner off waivers from the L.A. Angels and optioned him to Reno (PCL). ATLANTA BRAVES „ Assigned RHP Miguel Socolovich outright to Gwinnett (IL). Sent 3B Johan Camargo to Florida (FSL) for a rehab assignment. COLORADO ROCKIES „ Sent RHP Carlos Estevez to Albuquerque (PCL) for a rehab assignment. LOS ANGELES DODGERS „ Designated RHP Zach Neal for assignment. MIAMI MARLINS „ Placed OF Garrett Cooper on the 10-day DL. Recalled OF Braxton Lee from New Orleans (PCL). MILWAUKEE BREWERS „ Placed RHP Corey Knebel on the 10-day DL. Recalled RHP Adrian Houser from Biloxi (SL). NEW YORK METS „ Sent 1B Domionic Smith to Las Vegas (PCL) for a rehab assignment. SAN DIEGO PADRES „ Optioned C Brett Nicholas to El Paso (PCL). Sent OF Franchy Cordero to El Paso for a rehab assignment.American AssociationCHICAGO DOGS „ Signed INFs Michael Baca and Craig Maddox. KANSAS CITY T-BONES „ Signed INF Jason Rogers. LINCOLN SALTDOGS „ Traded RHP Michael Wagner to Chicago for a player to be named.Can-Am LeagueNEW JERSEY JACKALS „ Signed INF Rony Cabrerra. OTTAWA CHAMPIONS „ Signed INF Jordan Caillouet and RHP Ryan Leach. ROCKLAND BOULDERS „ Signed LHP Marc Huberman. TROIS-RIVIERES AIGLES „ Signed INF Kevin Cornelius.Frontier LeagueGATEWAY GRIZZLIES „ Signed INF Jonathan Piron. JOLIET SLAMMERS „ Signed OF Brady Burzynski to a contract extension. LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS „ Signed 3B Brady Conlan. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS „ Signed RHP Patrick Duester. WASHINGTON WILD THINGS „ Signed OF Mick Fennell. WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS „ Signed INF Tyler Straub.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationMEMPHIS GRIZZLIES „ Signed G MarShon Brooks and F Omari Johnson to multi-year contracts.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueCLEVELAND BROWNS „ Traded QB Kevin Hogan and the 205th draft pick to the Washington Redskins for the 188th draft pick. DETROIT LIONS „ Waived CB Des Lawrence. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS „ Named Dave Toub assistant head coach in addition to his duties as special teams coordinator. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS „ Signed WR Jordan Matthews. NEW YORK JETS „ Re-signed OL Dakota Dozier and Brent Qvale. OAKLAND RAIDERS „ Signed CB Senquez Golson and DE Armonty Bryant. TENNESSEE TITANS „ Announced the retirement of strength and conditioning coach Steve Watterson.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueNHL „ Fined Florida D Mike Matheson $2,000 for diving/embellishment. ARIZONA C OYOTES „ Signed G Antti Raanta to a three-year contract. CAROLINA HURRICANES „ Recalled C Nicolas Roy from Charlotte (AHL). COLORADO AVALANCHE „ Assigned G Joe Cannata from San Antonio (AHL) to Colorado (ECHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS „ Assigned F Jonny Brodzinski to Ontario (AHL). NEW YORK ISLANDERS „ Agreed to terms with D David Quenneville on a three-year, entry-level contract and D Yannick Rathgeb on a two-year, entry-level contract. NEW YORK RANGERS „ Recalled Fs Matt Beleskey and Steven Fogarty from Hartford (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING „ Assigned D Matt Spencer from Syracuse (AHL) to Adirondack (ECHL).American Hockey LeagueSAN JOSE BARRACUDA „ Assigned D David Makowski to Allen (ECHL). TORONTO MARLIES „ Recalled D Alex Gudbranson from Orlando (ECHL).ECHLALLEN AMERICANS „ Released F Zach Hall. COLORADO EAGLES „ Released F Nick Miglio. INDY FUEL „ Released F Cam Reid. NORFOLK ADMIRALS „ Signed F Sammy Banga to an amateur tryout agreement. ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS „ Signed F Curtis Miske. WHEELING NAILERS „ Released G Danny Tirone and F Andrew Schmit.SOCCERNational Womens Soccer LeagueNWSL „ Rescinded the one-game suspension of Portland coach Mark Parsons.COLLEGESALABAMA „ Freshman G Collin Sexton announced he will enter the NBA draft. AUBURN „ Sophomore G Jared Harper declared for the NBA draft. CHATTANOOGA „ Named Greg Harbaugh receivers coach. CLAYTON STATE „ Announced the resignation of director of athletics Tim Duncan so he can assume the role of deputy athletic director for external affairs at Northeastern. GEORGIA TECH „ Granted a two-year contract extension to football coach Paul Johnson through the 2022 season. KANSAS „ Junior G Lagerald Vick will enter the NBA draft. KENTUCKY „ Freshman F Kevin Knox will enter the NBA draft. MEMPHIS „ Named Dwight Boyd director of mens basketball player personnel and Rodney Hamilton director of mens basketball operations. STANFORD „ Junior F Reid Travis declared for the NBA draft. TEXAS-ARLINGTON „ Named Chris Ogden mens basketball coach. AUTO RACING UPCOMING RACESAll times EasternNASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP OREILLY AUTO PARTS 500Site: Fort Worth, Texas Schedule: Today, practice, 11 & 1:30 p.m. (FS1), Sunday, race, 2 p.m., FS1 Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles). Race distance: 501 miles, 334 laps. Last year: Jimmie Johnson picked up his “ rst win of 2017 in Texas. Last race: Clint Bowyer snapped a winless streak that had stretched back 190 races by taking “ rst in Martinsville. Fast facts: NASCAR released its 2019 schedule on Tuesday. The playoffs will start on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas, and the season will wrap up on Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The All-Star Race in Charlotte will be on May 18. ...The sports organizing body also announced Tuesday that Steve Phelps has been promoted to the role of chief operating of“ cer. Next race: Food City 500, April 15, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee. Online: www.nascar.com NASCAR XFINITY MY BARIATRIC SOLUTIONS 300Site: Fort Worth, Texas Schedule: Today, qualifying, 12:10 p.m. (FS1), race, 3 p.m., FOX Track: Texas Motor Speedway. Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps. Last year: Erik Jones won the “ rst of back-toback races. Last race: Joey Logano was dominant in Fontana on March 17, leading all but 11 laps. Fast facts: NASCAR said Tuesday that the fourrace Dash 4 Cash, which begins next week in Bristol, will have an updated format. The program is only eligible to drivers competing for X“ nity Series driver points. The event also will be held at Richmond, Talladega and Dover. ... KC Motorgroup announced on Monday that its partnership with Richard Childress Racing will be expanded this season. KCMG will be a multi-race partner on RCRs No. 2 Chevrolet driven by Matt Tifft. Next race: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, April 14, Bristol Motor Speedway. Online: www.nascar.com NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCKLast week: John Hunter Nemechek became the fourth different driver to win in the series this season at Martinsville. Next race: May 4, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware. Online: www.nascar.com VERIZON INDYCAR PHOENIX GRAND PRIXSite: Phoenix Schedule: Today, race, 9:35 p.m., NBCSN Track: ISM Raceway (oval, 1.022 miles). Race distance: 255.5 miles, 250 laps. Last year: Simon Pagenaud won in Arizona a year ago. Last race: Sebastian Bourdais opened the season with a win in St. Petersburg on March 11. Fast facts: Josef Newgarden, who captured his “ rst IndyCar title in 2017, is seeking to become Team Penske “ rst repeat champion since Gil de Ferran collected back-to-back CART championships in 2000 and 2001. ...This weekends race will be the 64th IndyCar race at ISM Raceway since the track opened as Phoenix International Raceway in 1964. Al Unser holds the track record with six victories. ...The pole winner in Phoenix hasnt won the race since 2003. Next race: Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 15, Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, California. Online: www.indycar.com FORMULA ONE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIXSite: Sakhir, Bahrain Schedule: Today, practice, 8 a.m., qualifying, 11 a.m.; Sunday, race, 11:10 a.m. Track: Bahrain International Circuit (3.36 miles). Race distance: 191.6 miles, 57 laps. Last year: Sebastian Vettel took “ rst for his second win in three races to start 2017. Last race: Sebastian Vettel kicked off 2018 by winning in Melbourne. Fast facts: Formula One holds just its second event of the season in Bahrain, which began hosting the series in 2004 as the “ rst F1 track in the Middle East. ... The 15-corner design of Bahrains circuit provides at least three realistic opportunities for passing. ..Mercedes had won three straight in Bahrain before Vettels Ferrari p roved the fastest a year ago. Next race: Chinese Grand Prix, April 15, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai. Online: www.formula1.com NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING FOUR-WIDE NATIONALSSite: Las Vegas Schedule: Today, qualifying, 3:30 & 6 p.m.; Sunday, “ nals, 7:05 p.m. Track: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Last year: Antron Brown secured “ rst place in Vegas in 2017. Last race: Richie Crampton took “ rst in Top Fuel in Florida on March 18. Fast facts: Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock), Garrett Bateman (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Shane Wester“ eld (Top Alcohol Dragster) are also reigning champions in Nevada. ... Vincent Nobile won an online fan vote to secure the No. 8 starting spot in the Pro Stock bonus event for this weekend. Next race: Spring Nationals, April 20-22, Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas. Online: www.nhra.com TENNIS ITFDAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP Quarter“ nalsWinners to semi“ nals, Sept. 14-16Fridays Results France 1, Italy 1At Valletta Cambiaso ASD Genoa, Italy Surface: Clay-OutdoorSinglesLucas Pouille, France, def. Andreas Seppi, Italy, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1. Fabio Fognini, Italy, def. Jeremy Chardy, France, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.Germany 1, Spain 1At Plaza de Toros de Valencia Valencia, Spain Surface: Clay-Outdoor Singles Alexander Zverev, Germany, def. David Ferrer, Spain, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Rafael Nadal, Spain, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.Croatia 1, Kazakhstan 1At Varazdin Arena Varazdin, Croatia Surface: Clay-Indoor Singles Marin Cilic, Croatia, def. Dmitry Popko, Kazakhstan, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Borna Coric, Croatia, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2.WTA TOURVOLVO CAR OPENFriday at The Family Circle Tennis Center, Charleston, S.C.; Purse: $776,000 (Premier), Surface: Green Clay-OutdoorWomens Singles Quarter“ nalsJulia Goerges (5), Germany, def. Daria Kasatkina (3), Russia, 6-4, 6-3. Madison Keys (7), United States, def. Bernarda Pera, United States, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5. Anastasija Sevastova (8), Latvia, def. Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-0.Thursdays Results Womens Singles Third RoundJulia Goerges (5), Germany, def. Naomi Osaka (10), Japan, 7-6 (4), 6-3. nastasija Sevastova (8), Latvia, def. Ashleigh Barty (9), Australia, 6-3, 6-4. Bernarda Pera, United States, def. Sara Errani, Italy, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Daria Kasatkina (3), Russia, def. Irina-Camelia Begu (13), Romania, 6-2, 6-1. Madison Keys (7), United States, def. Camila Giorgi, Italy, 6-4, 6-3. Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, def. Elena Vesnina (16), Russia, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Kiki Bertens (12), Netherlands, def. Fanny Stollar, Hungary, 6-2, 6-4. Alize Cornet (14), France, def. Caroline Garcia (1), Spain, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.Womens Doubles Quarter“ nalsAndreja Klepac, Slovenia, and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (3), Spain, def. Lara Arruabarrena, Spain, and Sara Errani, Italy, walkover. Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia, and Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia, def. Bethanie MattekSands, United States, and Andrea Sestini Hlavackova (2), Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-2.AUTO RACING 8 a.m. ESPN2 „ Formula One, Bahrain Grand Prix, practice, at Sakhir, Bahrain 11 a.m. ESPN2 „ Formula One, Bahrain Grand Prix, qualifying, at Sakhir, Bahrain Noon FS1 „ NASCAR, X“ nity Series, My Bariatric Solutions 300, qualifying, at Fort Worth, Texas 1:30 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Monster Energy Cup Series, O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, “ nal practice, at Fort Worth, Texas 3 p.m. FOX „ NASCAR, X“ nity Series, My Bariatric Solutions 300, at Fort Worth, Texas 9:30 p.m. NBCSN „ IndyCar, Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix, at Avondale, Ariz. COLLEGE HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. ESPN „ NCAA Tournament, championship, Minnesota-Duluth vs. Notre Dame winner, at St. Paul, Minn. COLLEGE SOFTBALL 1 p.m. ESPN2 „ Florida at Alabama 3 p.m. ESPN „ Arizona at Oregon ESPN2 „ Tennessee at Auburn DRAG RACING 8 p.m. FS2 „ NHRA, Denso Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals, qualifying, at Las Vegas GOLF 3 p.m. CBS „ The Masters, third round, at Augusta, Ga. MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB „ Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees OR Tampa Bay at Boston SUN „ Tampa Bay at Boston 4 p.m. FS1 „ Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee 7 p.m. MLB „ San Diego at Houston OR Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 10 p.m. MLB „ Oakland at L.A. Angels OR Atlanta at Colorado (games joined in progress) MIXED MARTIAL ARTS 8 p.m. FS1 „ UFC 223, prelims, at Brooklyn, N.Y. MOTOR SPORTS 10 p.m. FS1 „ AMA Monster Energy Supercross, at Seattle NBA BASKETBALL 3:30 p.m. NBA „ Denver at L.A. Clippers 8:30 p.m. ABC „ Oklahoma City at Houston NHL HOCKEY 3 p.m. NBC „ N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia 7 p.m. SUN „ Tampa Bay at Carolina SOCCER 7:30 a.m. NBCSN „ Premier League, Everton vs. Liverpool 9:20 a.m. FS2 „ Bundesliga, Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich 10 a.m. NBCSN „ Premier League, Brighton vs. Hudders“ eld 12:20 p.m. FS2 „ Bundesliga, Hamburg vs. Schalke 12:30 p.m. NBC „ Premier League, Manchester City vs. Manchester United 5 p.m. ESPN „ MLS, Los Angeles FC at Atlanta United Have a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at paul.jenkins@ dailycommercial.com. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING Class 2A state championships at Panama City Beach, 11:30 a.m. SOFTBALL Eustis at Kissimmee Klassic Montverde Academy at Kissimmee Klassic The Villages at Doc 4 Life TournamentTODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULE LSSC baseball romps past Florida State CollegeAngel Padilla went 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs and Connor Andrews went 3-for-6 with two runs and four RBIs to lift Lake-Sumter State College to a 14-5 win over Florida State College on Friday in Jacksonville.Jarrett Backus added three hits, two runs and an RBI, Collin Teegarden had two hits, a run and an RBI, and Conor McCormack had two hits, a run and an RBI for LSSC.Kyle Wiseman picked up his second win of the season, holding Florida State College to one run and three hits over five innings of work.The Lakehawks improve to 14-25-1 overall and 6-9 in Mid-Florida Conference play. Florida State College drops to 14-21 overall and 4-11 in the conference. LSSC softball splits doubleheaderLake-Sumter State College rebounded from a 12-1 loss in five innings to take a 4-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday against Daytona State College.The win in game two assured the Lakehawks of their first winning season since 1999 and their first 30-win season since 1998.LSSC scored all of its runs in the second game in the fourth inning with the big hit coming on a two-run double by Brooke Ferguson.Starter Jasmine McQuaig and reliever Abbey Primavera along with an error-free defense helped give LSSC the win.Lake-Sumter improves to 30-23 overall and 9-9 in Mid-Florida Confer-ence play.COLLEGE ROUNDUP

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 C3 SPORTS TICKER INBRIEFJamesinUSOlympic basketballteampoolLeBronJamesisputtinghimselfinpositiontoplayinafourthOlympics,andKevinDurantandChrisPaulathird.TheNBAstarswere amongtheheadline namesonthelistof35playerschosenFridayforUSABasketballsnationalteampoolofplayersfor2018-20.StephenCurry,RussellWestbrook,JamesHarden,KyrieIrvingandAnthonyDavisalsowereonthelistofplayersthe Americanscanchoose fromiftheyqualifyforthe2019BasketballWorldCupand2020Olympics.Theremainderofthe list:GoldenStatesKlayThompsonandDraymondGreen;TorontosDeMarDeRozanandKyleLowry;WashingtonsJohnWall andBradleyBeal;Port-landsDamianLillardandCJMcCollum;theClip-persDeAndreJordanandTobiasHarris;Detroits BlakeGriffinandAndre Drummond;IndianasVictorOladipoandMylesTurner;ClevelandsKevinLove;MinnesotasJimmyButler;NewOrleans DeMarcusCousins;San AntoniosKawhiLeon-ard;OklahomaCitysPaulGeorge;HoustonsEricGordon;BostonsGordonHayward;theLakers IsaiahThomas;CharlottesKembaWalker; DallasHarrisonBarnes; MemphisMikeConley Jr.;MilwaukeesKhrisMiddleton;andPhoenixsDevinBooker.ATLANTAGeorgiaTechgives Johnson2-yearextensionGeorgiaTechhas givencoachPaulJohn-sonatwo-yearcontractextensionthroughthe2022season.JohnsonsYellow Jacketsfinished5-6in2017andfailedtolanda b owlbidforthesecondtimeinthreeseasons.The60-year-old Johnsonis75-54atGeorgiaTech,includinga46-34recordinAtlan-ticCoastConference games.Knownforhis spreadoptionoffense, Johnsonhasledthe YellowJacketstothreeACCchampionshipgameappearances.NCAAsanctionsforcedGeorgiaTechtovacateits2009ACCchampionship.GeorgiaTechhasfinishedfirstorsecondintheACCsCoastalDivi-sioninsixofJohnsons10seasons.SEOUL,SOUTHKOREASKoreanleaguedelays gamesoverpollutionSouthKoreasrapidlyworseningairpollutionhasforcedthecountryspro-fessionalbaseballleaguetopostponethreegames.TheKoreaBaseball OrganizationonFriday postponedthegames incapitalSeoulandthenearbycitiesofSuwonandIncheonafterthegovern-mentissuedalertsoverhighfinedustlevelsinthe metropolitanarea.Itsthefirsttimethe leaguepostponedgames b ecauseofairpollution sincethecountrybeganprobaseballin1982.AKBOofficialsaidthegameswill b erescheduledlaterinthe season.Shedidntwantto b enamed,citingofficerules.TheAssociatedPress ByDanGelstonTheAssociatedPressNEWYORK„Cock-sureanduncouth,ConorMcGregorwasneverafraidtodefyauthority. Hedressedinfurcoatsandswungchairsatnewsconferences,reaped therichesofhisdalliancewithboxing,and demandedhisbosscut himanownershipstake intheMMApromotionthatmadehimoneofthesportsmostnotoriousnames.WhatMcGregor wanted,McGregorgot „incash,champion-ships,andlivinghisbestluxelife.Afteronemoredeci-sivevictoryinNewYork,McGregorscaledtheUFCoctagonanddrapedtwochampionshipbeltsoverhisshoulderwhileasold-outcrowdroaredinapproval.Intheunderbellyo f aNewYorkarena17monthslater,McGregorwentwild,usingadolly,chairsandguardrailsas weapons,nothisfists. Fueledbyrevengeandrunningwithapackofhishoodlums,ŽMcGregorsanticslandedhiminjail„andinjuredtwofight-ersonSaturdaysUFC223card.Quietandhumbled, McGregorcouldnttalk hiswayoutoftroubleinaNewYorkcourtroom.McGregorwas arraignedFridayon chargesoffelonycrimi-nalmischiefchargesandmisdemeanorassault, menacingandreckless endangermentcharges followingabackstage meleehesparkedata UFCeventinNewYorkCity.Hespokeonlyto acknowledgethathe understoodtheconditionsofhisrelease, saying,Yes,yourhonor.ŽMcGregorwasreleasedon$50,000bond.Videofootage appearedtoshowthepromotionsmostbank-ablestarthrowinga handtruckatabusfull offightersonThursday afteranewsconferenceforUFC223atBrooklynsBarclaysCenter.McGregorwastrying togetatUFC223main eventfighterKhabibNurmagomedovbecausetheRussianhadbeeninvolvedinahotelalter-cationwithfellowfighterArtemLobov.McGregortriedtostickupforLobov,aclosefriend,andapparentlyloadedapri-vatejetwithhisbestbudsandflewtoNewYorktorumble.UFCPresidentDana WhitesaidFridayhe spoketoMcGregorviatextandthebrawlersaidtheconfrontationhadtobedone.ŽItwasprobablythe worstconversationwe everhad,ŽWhitetold FS1sFirstThings FirstŽonFriday.We talkedyesterdaybeforeheturnedhimselfin.ItsnotthatIdontthinkheunderstoodwhathappened.Hejustifiedit.Itwas j ustifiedtohim.Ž McGregor posts $50,000 bond, released MinnesotaTwinsreliefpitcherFernandoRodneystandsonthemoundduringasnowsquallintheninth inningagainstthePittsburghPiratesinPittsburghonWednesday.[GENEJ.PUSKAR/THEASSOCIATEDPRESS] ByBenWalkerTheAssociatedPressSteadyandsure-handed,MinnesotaTwinssecondbase-manBrianDozierisaconfidentmittman.ButtheGoldGloverdidntfeelthatwaythisweek,stand-inginthesnowglobeofPNCParkinPittsburgh.Ialwayswanttheballto hittome,butthatwasthe onetimewhereIwashoping itwouldntbehitmyway,Ž Doziersaid.Itwouldhavebeenverytoughtryingtocatchapopupinthoseconditions.ŽFromYankeeStadiumto GreatAmericanBallParktoComericaPark,thebigwinnersofarthisseasonisthewintrymix.Ninegamesalreadypost-ponedamidachillyspring, severalothersheldinfrostysettings.Itwas27degreesatCoors FieldinDenveronFriday, whensnowandsleetcausedaone-hourdelayandbroughtoutskimasksfortheRockieshomeopeneragainstAtlanta.Clevelandalsoopenedinbitterandblusteryconditions,beatingKansasCity3-2.Ithinkmylipstickwas frozen,ŽlongtimeIndiansfanRitaHoppertsaid.Allwinsarenicewins.Itgotreallycold.ŽNoluckatAT&TParkinSanFrancisco,either.Despiteamoreseasonableclimate,theGiantswererainedoutathomeforthefirsttimesince2006.Bundled-upplayersand fansmightnotcatchabreak anytimesoon.Theweekend forecastinNewYork,Wash-ingtonandseveralotherspotsisforweatherbettersuited forthrowingsnowballsthanpitchingbaseballs.AtTargetFieldinMinneapolis,theresanoutsidechanceSeattleandMinnesotacouldplaythecoldestgame onrecordinbigleaguehistory.Thecurrentmarkisa first-pitchtemperatureof23degreeswhenColoradohostedAtlantain2013.MarinersmanagerScottSer-vaissaidtheheatedbenchesandhotairblowerswillhelp.Mindovermatter.Ifyou dontmind,itshouldntmatter,Žhesaid.Maybe,saidBostonout-fielderMookieBetts. ItwasbarelyabovefreezingatFenwayParkashetriedto limberupbeforeThursdays homeopeneragainstTampaBay.Itscold.Youkeeptrying toplaymindtricks,butits still40degrees.Nomatterhowmuchyousaymindovermatter,itstillmatters,ŽBettssaid.SomehavewonderedwhyMajorLeagueBaseballdoesntstarttheseasononlyinplacessuchasCalifornia,Texas andtheSouth,anddomedstadiums.Itsnotthateasy,Commis-sionerRobManfredexplained afewyearsago.Makingthosewarm weatherschedulesworkis moredifficultasapolitical matterthanyoumightimagine,ŽManfredsaidin2015. Thewarmweathercities dontwantallthoseearly dateswhenkidsarentoutofschool.ŽRedSoxmanagerAlexCoraworethreelayersandajacketforthehomeopener,whichtheALEastchampionswon3-2in12innings. ItsfunnybecauseitscoldinApril,butitsnevercoldin October.Andtheweatheris stillcoldinOctober.ButitssomethingaboutitinOctober wedontcare.AndinAprilwe do,Žhesaid.Whereareweshooting togo?Itsgoingtobecold inOctober.Thisisadressrehearsal,ŽCorasaid.TheseasonbeganonMarch29andmarkedtheearlieststartdateinthemajors,excluding specialopenersininternationalsitessuchasJapanandAustralia.Aspartofthelaboragreementbetweenplayersand owners,thisseasonwillspan 187days,insteadof183.That willallowforextradaysoff andmoreroomtoreschedule makeups.ItalsosetsupforGame7oftheWorldSeries,ifneeded,tobeplayedinOcto-ber,ratherthanNovember.WhiteSoxgeneralmanagerRickHahnadmitsitstoughtoseegamesplayedinflurriesandfrigidconditions.Chicagohaspreemptivelymovedup Mondaynightsgameagainst TampaBaytoanafternoon startbecauseoftheexpectedchill.Hahnsaidtheadditionalfour daysoffwillbenefitteamslaterinthespringandsummer.Itsapartofthepricetopayforthat,Ithink,Žhesaid.Unlessyouregoingtopush backthepostseason,whichI thinkisdistastefultoalotofpeople,orshortentheseason,whichisprobablyalongshot,I wouldsaytheresprobablynotmuchwecando.ŽAsin,nogoingbacktoa154-gamescheduleoraddinginabunchofdoubleheaders.MLBhastriedtoadjustthe scheduleinthepasttohave teamswithwarmerclimates andindoorparksplayfirst.A lotofthemdidopenathome thisyear,includingtheLos AngelesDodgers,Arizona,SanDiego,Miami,Atlantaandmore.ButsomeopenersareboundtobeinNewYork,KansasCityandDetroit.TheTigersare playingtheirfirst25games inChicago,Cleveland,Pitts-burghandComericaPark.YourenotgoingtogetmetocriticizeMajorLeagueBase-ball.IvealreadyseenmyfaceenoughonTV,ŽsaidDetroitmanagerRonGardenhire,whowasejectedonopeningday.Imnotaschedule-maker. Ijustletthemdotheirthing,Žhesaid.Wevealwayssaiditwouldbenicetostartdown Southforthefirstweekand playinbetterweatherareas. Eventually,youregoingtohaveahomeopenersoon.Our folksdontwanttowait.Ž Earlyseasonquestion: Baseballsorsnowballs? Mindovermatter.Ifyoudontmind,itshouldntmatter.ŽMarinersmanagerScottServaisonplayinggamesinfrigidtemperatures Snowcoversthe“eldbeforethescheduledNewYorkYankeeshome openeragainsttheTampaBayRaysatYankeeStadiumonMondayin NewYork.Thegamewaspostponedduetoweather.[SETHWENIG/THE ASSOCIATEDPRESS]

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the first time in a major.I kept myself out of trouble and allowed my putter to do the work,Ž Reed said.He was two shots ahead of Marc Leishman, who boldly took on a high risk when he hooked a hooded 5-iron around the trees and barely over the water on the par-5 15th to about 6 feet for an eagle. Reed was at 9-under 135.Right behind? Five major champions, for starters.Henrik Stenson (70) was four shots behind. Rory McIlroy (71) is off to his best 36-hole start in seven years and is looking as poised as ever to capture the fourth leg of the career Grand Slam. Jordan Spieth lost his two-shot lead on the first hole and was on the verge of getting left behind until he made a key par putt to close out the front nine with a 40, and then sal-vaged a 74 to join McIlroy just five shots behind.Looming was Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, who made a 45-foot par putt on the 16th to atone for several birdie putts in the 10-foot range he missed. Johnson had a 68 and was six shots behind, along with PGA champion Justin Thomas, who had a 67.Eleven of the 17 players still under par at the halfway point can be found among the top 20 in the world.Reed, who led Augusta State to a pair of NCAA titles, opened with a 25-foot birdie putt and zoomed into the lead after two more short birdie putts. He ran off three straight birdies again at the end of the front nine, holing a 15-foot birdie at No. 9 to stretch his lead.He is the only player in the field to make birdie on every par 5 both rounds. The par 5s are huge around here to be able to pick up ground on,Ž Reed said. Youre not going to shoot a low score if you dont.ŽFor everyone else, it was about jockeying for position. Spieth was happy to be near the top after the way he started „ a tee shot into the trees on the right and a three putts for a double bogey, and then a drive to the left and three more putts for a bogey. Just like that he was behind, and it kept getting worse. He made bogey from the middle of the fairway on No. 7. He three-putted from long range on the par-5 eighth. And he was headed for a 41 on the front nine until he made a 10-foot par putt.Im still in this golf tourna-ment,Ž Spieth said. With the way the back nine was playing today, the wheels could have come off there. But I made some nice par saves and was able to grind out some phenomenal second-shot iron shots and good two-putt birdies.ŽMickelson won the Mexico Championship last month, and at age 47 and with three green jackets, there was talk he could become the oldest Masters champion. Those hopes faded when he bounced around in the trees at No. 9 and made triple bogey and hit into Raes Creek on No. 12 for a double bogey.He bogeyed his final hole for a 79, the second time in three years he posted that number.Woods made bogey on the opening hole with a sand wedge from the fairway. He really came undone when his second shot to the fifth bounded over the green and into a grove of magnolia trees. He took a penalty drop to clear room through the branches, put that in the bunker and made double bogey.Very little went right except for a pair of birdies on the par 5s on the back nine. Looking at the white leaderboards only made him feel worse. The cut is for the top 50 and ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead. Woods kept seeing Reed make birdies, and he knew he was well outside the 10 shots.I was hoping to keep it within 10. I didnt know what my position was, but I think Im in,Ž he said after his round. He was tied for 40th. MASTERSFrom Page C1 C4 Saturday, April 7, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Stephen WhynoThe Associated PressThe ink was barely dry on his contract when Ryan Donato played his first professional game.Three days after his junior season at Harvard ended, Donato joined the Boston Bruins' lineup in the middle of a playoff chase in a top-six role with a spot on the power play. No pressure, kid."I definitely had to learn quickly," Donato said. "Every game is important, so it had to click right away. I really didn't have a choice."Such is the task for Donato and a handful of other young prospects joining contenders in the eleventh hour of the NHL season. It has become common for teams with no postseason hopes to sign players out of school and play them late in the regular season like Vancouver did with Brock Boeser and Ari-zona with Clayton Keller a year ago.This season, some top teams are taking the chance, too.Just as the Bruins added Donato, Minnesota signed Jordan Greenway after his season at Boston University, Anaheim signed Troy Terry after the University of Denver was out of the NCAA Tourna-ment and Nashville brought over Eeli Tolvanen from Europe after a full year in the Kontinental Hockey League „ young talent added for the playoffs without the teams giving up anything, though coaches must now integrate a new player late in the season."It's tough if the kids aren't good," Wild coach Bruce Bou-dreau said. "With our team right now in the midst of this race, every little defensive situation has got to be done right."Every shift is magnified this time of year, adding to the burden of trying to learn a team's system. Donato, Greenway and Terry went right from college to the NHL, and Tolvanen had to adjust on the fly from the wider, European ice as Nashville tries to shore up home ice throughout the playoffs."It's kind of tough to come in the middle of the season and just jump in and you don't know all the guys," Tolvanen said. "You have to do it at some point, so I think it's a pretty good spot that I came a couple games before the playoffs." Tolvanen benefited from two rounds of KHL playoffs with Jokerit and carried that intensity across the pond, while Terry and Greenway got a taste of playoff action in the NCAA Tournament. Donato's season playing for his dad and former NHL forward Ted ended, and he suddenly had to ramp things up to carry a big load for Boston amid injuries to Rick Nash and others.Donato knew he couldn't take a shift or a game off and has stepped up with seven points in his first nine games. Coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't worried about getting the soon-to-be 22-year-old up to speed as much as seeing if Donato could handle the size, speed and pace of the NHL. "Most of these kids that come in are offensive-minded guys, so are they going to be able to make their plays and handle a man's game?" Cassidy said. "And he's shown he's able to do that."Donato certainly had a body of work coming in, including leading the United States and tying for the tournament lead with five goals at the Olympics without NHL players. The other three young, late-season addi-tions „ all of whom also stood out at the Olympics „ are being eased in.NHL contenders hope late-signing prospects are playo readyBuffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) and Nashville Predators right wing Eeli Tolvanen (11) reach for the puck in the “ rst period of an NHL game on March 31 in Nashville, Tenn. [AP PHOTO / MARK HUMPHREY, FILE] 505-pound total and Tava-res Nikolas Gonzalez was 17th despite not counting a clean and jerk.Mount Doras Brandon Tector was 19th in the 199-pound division without a counting clean and jerk.The state meet continues Saturday with the Class 2A competition getting under-way at 11:30 a.m. TAVARESFrom Page C1championship chase in the season finale at Homestead, another 1.5-mile track where Truex won.Truex has led lap after lap at Texas, just never the last one. He has six straight top-10 finishes in the Lone Star State.Before getting passed down the stretch last fall as Harvick went on to win for the first time in his 30 starts at Texas, Truex had led 107 laps in his Furni-ture Row Racing Toyota. Truex has led 363 laps in Texas the past two years, at least 49 in each of the four races in that span.In the spring race five years ago in Texas, Kyle Busch regained the lead on pit road during a late caution and held on after the final restart to leave Truex as the runner-up after he had led 142 laps.For whatever reason, weve havent been able to just put it all together, and this place has been tough to finally get that first win at,Ž said Truex, who will make his 26th start at Texas this week-end. I feel good going there.Ž Truex had five consec-utive top-five finishes, including a win in California, before the first break of the season after what was a much busier-than-usual offseason as a first-time Cup champion.For sure, its definitely been a good start to the year,Ž Truex said. Getting that first win out of the way it was big, I think, for all of us. Just kind of confirm that were in a good place and the things were working on and doing are working. ... This year, I think everybodys looking at us and trying to compare them-selves to us, and knowing that weve been the car the beat, and I think thats an enviable position to be in.ŽTruex is currently second in points behind Kyle Busch. NASCARFrom Page C1Tiger Woods tips his hat on the 18th green during the second round at the Masters on Friday in Augusta, Ga. Woods had a round of 75. [AP PHOTO S/ DAVID J. PHILLIP] Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from some pine needles on the seventh hole during the second round at the Masters on Friday in Augusta, Ga. McIlroy is bidding to complete a career grand slam and is tied for fourth after two rounds. what we are lining up in so that allows us to hit them fast.ŽThe 6-foot-5, 174-pound sophomore „ who threw for 2,230 yards, 19 touch-downs and 11 interceptions last season „ also came into the spring more confident after the Seminoles closed the year with four straight wins. He threw 10 touch-downs during the winning streak, including four in the Independence Bowl win over Southern Mississippi. The last two wins occurred after Fisher resigned to go to Texas A&M.Hes done pretty good and is keeping a level head right now,Ž offensive line-man Derrick Kelly said. It tells a good amount about him. Hes still there. Hes still that type of quarterback.ŽTaggart, who was hired on Dec. 5, has also been pleased with how Black-man has been managing the offense.Hes making quick, good decisions,Ž Taggart said. Hes become a really good leader and again just continue to be more efficient with the offense and taking what the defense gives us.ŽEven if Blackman performs well the rest of the spring, including the April 14 Garnet and Gold game, he will go into preseason drills knowing there will be a three-way competition for the starting spot.Redshirt freshman Bailey Hockman has been getting equal snaps while Francois is expected to be 100 per-cent by August.Florida State could go into the season as the only Power Five program to have two quarterbacks that have started 10 or more games.Taggart said he has seen improvement from all three but doesnt expect to have any indication about who will be the starter on Sept. 3 against Virginia Tech until preseason camp.I think those guys will have a better understanding of what were doing offensively, and what we expect out of them,Ž he said. As they go through the summer time training with each other, and coming into training camp, I think thats when well see more separation between each other.Ž Francois says he is ahead of schedule seven months after surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. He is limited though during practices, only taking part in individ-ual and non-contact drills. FSUFrom Page C1

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 C5AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUEEAST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Boston 6 1 .857 „ „ 6-1 W-6 1-0 5-1 New York 4 3 .571 2 „ 4-3 L-1 2-1 2-2 Toronto 4 3 .571 2 „ 4-3 L-1 4-3 0-0 Baltimore 2 5 .286 4 2 2-5 W-1 1-2 1-3 Tampa Bay 1 6 .143 5 3 1-6 L-6 1-3 0-3 CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Minnesota 4 2 .667 „ „ 4-2 W-2 1-0 3-2 Chicago 3 3 .500 1 3-3 L-1 0-1 3-2 Cleveland 3 4 .429 1 1 3-4 W-1 1-0 2-4 Detroit 2 4 .333 2 1 2-4 W-1 1-4 1-0 Kansas City 1 4 .200 2 2 1-4 L-1 0-2 1-2 WEST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Houston 6 1 .857 „ „ 6-1 W-5 3-0 3-1 Los Angeles 5 2 .714 1 „ 5-2 W-2 2-1 3-1 Seattle 3 3 .500 2 3-3 L-2 2-1 1-2 Oakland 3 5 .375 3 1 3-5 L-1 3-5 0-0 Texas 3 5 .375 3 1 3-5 W-1 1-3 2-2 EAST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY New York 5 1 .833 „ „ 5-1 W-3 4-1 1-0 Atlanta 5 2 .714 „ 5-2 W-3 4-2 1-0 Washington 4 3 .571 1 „ 4-3 L-3 0-1 4-2 Philadelphia 2 4 .333 3 1 2-4 W-1 1-0 1-4 Miami 2 5 .286 3 2 2-5 L-3 2-4 0-1 CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Pittsburgh 5 1 .833 „ „ 5-1 W-1 2-1 3-0 Milwaukee 4 3 .571 1 „ 4-3 L-2 1-3 3-0 Chicago 3 3 .500 2 3-3 W-1 0-0 3-3 St. Louis 3 4 .429 2 1 3-4 L-1 0-1 3-3 Cincinnati 1 4 .200 3 2 1-4 L-1 1-3 0-1 WEST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Arizona 6 1 .857 „ „ 6-1 W-4 5-1 1-0 Colorado 4 4 .500 2 4-4 L-1 0-1 4-3 San Francisco 3 3 .500 2 3-3 W-1 1-1 2-2 Los Angeles 2 5 .286 4 2 2-5 L-3 2-2 0-3 San Diego 1 6 .143 5 3 1-6 L-2 1-6 0-0 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINDIANS 3, ROYALS 2KANSAS CITY AB R H BI BB SO AVG. J ay lf 3 1 2 0 1 1 .333 Merri“eld 2b 3 1 2 0 0 0 .263 Moustakas 3b 3 0 0 1 1 2 .211 Duda dh 4 0 1 1 0 2 .214 Cuthbert 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .286 S oler rf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 Gordon cf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .167 Escobar ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 .176 Butera c 3 0 1 0 0 0 .250 T OTALS 31 2 7 2 3 9 CLEVELAND AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Lindor ss 3 1 0 0 1 1 .172 Kipnis 2b 3 1 0 0 1 0 .154 Ramirez 3b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .077 Encarnacion dh 3 0 0 0 1 0 .174 Brantley lf 4 0 1 2 0 1 .250 Guyer rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .214 A lonso 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .192 Gomes c 3 0 0 0 0 0 .118 Davis cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .200 T OTALS 30 3 4 3 4 3 KANSAS CITY 200 000 000„2 7 1 CLEVELAND 300 000 00X„3 4 0 E„Cuthbert (1). LOB„Kansas City 6, Cleveland 7. 2B„Merri“eld (1), Guyer (2), Davis (1). RBIs„Moustakas (2), Duda (6), Ramirez (3), Brantley 2 (2). SB„Ramirez (1). S„Merri“eld. Runners left in scoring position„Kansas City 3 (Cuthbert 3); Cleveland 4 (Encarnacion 2, Gomes 2). RISP„Kansas City 1 for 7; Cleveland 2 for 10. Runners moved up„Moustakas, Lindor. GIDP„Cuthbert, Escobar. DP„Cleveland 2 (Lindor, Kipnis, Alonso), (Lindor, Kipnis, Alonso). KANSAS CITY IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Duffy, L, 0-2 5.2 3 3 3 3 3 99 7.45 Keller 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 18 0.00 Hill 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 3.86 CLEVELAND IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Carrasco, W, 2-0 6 5 2 2 1 4 92 5.40 Goody, H, 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 14 0.00 Miller, H, 2 1 1 0 0 1 3 23 0.00 A llen, S, 2-2 1 0 0 0 1 1 14 0.00 Inherited runners-scored„Keller 1-0. WP„Duffy. Umpires„Home, Roberto Ortiz; First, Will Little; Second, Ted Barrett; Third, Lance Barksdale. T „2:41. A„34,720 (35,225).BRAVES 8, ROCKIES 3 A TLANTA AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Inciarte cf 5 0 1 0 0 0 .226 A lbies 2b 5 2 2 1 0 0 .206 Freeman 1b 3 1 1 1 2 0 .409 Markakis rf 4 1 1 0 1 0 .310 S uzuki c 5 1 1 0 0 0 .250 T ucker lf 2 1 1 1 1 0 .435 Moylan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Ramirez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --d-Adams ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 Carle p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 S wanson ss 5 1 3 3 0 0 .370 Flaherty 3b 2 1 0 0 3 0 .400 McCarthy p 3 0 1 2 0 2 .250 b-Bourjos ph-lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 T OTALS 36 8 11 8 7 2 COLORADO AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Blackmon cf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .313 LeMahieu 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .276 A renado 3b 4 1 2 0 0 0 .276 Gonzalez rf 4 1 2 2 0 1 .267 Desmond 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .296 Parra lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .160 S tory ss 4 1 1 1 0 2 .167 Iannetta c 4 0 2 0 0 1 .409 Marquez p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 Dunn p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-McMahon ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Rusin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Tauchman ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 Oberg p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --e-Valaika ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 TOTALS 34 3 7 3 2 8 ATLANTA 400 031 000„8 11 0 COLORADO 100 200 000„3 7 0 a-grounded out for Dunn in the 5th. b-grounded out for McCarthy in the 7th. c-walked for Rusin in the 7th. d-grounded out for Ramirez in the 9th. e-struck out for Oberg in the 9th. LOB„Atlanta 9, Colorado 6. 2B„Albies (2), Swanson (3), McCarthy (1), Iannetta 2 (2). 3B„Swanson (1), Gonzalez (1). HR„Albies (2), off Marquez; Gonzalez (1), off McCarthy; Story (1), off McCarthy. RBIs„Albies (4), Freeman (10), Tucker (9), Swanson 3 (6), McCarthy 2 (2), Gonzalez 2 (4), Story (3). SB„Flaherty (1), Arenado (1). SF„Tucker. Runners left in scoring position„Atlanta 6 (Inciarte, Suzuki, Tucker, McCarthy 3); Colorado 3 (Desmond, Marquez, Valaika). RISP„Atlanta 4 for 10; Colorado 1 for 4. Runners moved up„Markakis. GIDP„Albies. DP„Colorado 1 (Desmond). ATLANTA IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA McCarthy, W, 2-0 6 5 3 3 1 4 88 3.97 Moylan .2 0 0 0 1 2 20 0.00 Ramirez 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 25 9.00 Carle 1 1 0 0 0 2 14 1.42 COLORADO IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Marquez, L, 0-1 4.2 7 7 7 6 2 93 6.52 Dunn .1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7.71 Rusin 2 2 1 1 0 0 28 10.80 Oberg 2 2 0 0 1 0 28 2.70 Inherited runners-scored„Ramirez 1-0, Dunn 1-0. Umpires„Home, Nic Lentz; First, Bill Welke; Second, Tony Randazzo; Third, Lance Barrett. T„2:56. A„48,216 (50,398).AL LEADERSRUNS: Davidson, Chicago, 9; Castellanos, Detroit, 8; Dozier, Minnesota, 8; Altuve, Houston, 7; Anderson, Chicago, 7; Correa, Houston, 7; Donaldson, Toronto, 7; Gregorius, New York, 7; 7 tied at 6. RBI: Gregorius, New York, 9; Smoak, Toronto, 9; Correa, Houston, 8; Davidson, Chicago, 8; Jones, Baltimore, 7; Sano, Minnesota, 7; Sanchez, Chicago, 7; 6 tied at 6. HITS: Altuve, Houston, 12; Chapman, Oakland, 12; Bogaerts, Boston, 11; Simmons, Los Angeles, 11. DOUBLES: Bogaerts, Boston, 6; Gregorius, New York, 5; Machado, Detroit, 5; Smoak, Toronto, 5; Escobar, Minnesota, 4; Gattis, Houston, 4; 12 tied at 3. TRIPLES: Castellanos, Detroit, 2; Fisher, Houston, 2; Sanchez, Chicago, 2; 11 tied at 1. HOME RUNS: Davidson, Chicago, 4; Dozier, Minnesota, 4; Anderson, Chicago, 3; Encarnacion, Cleveland, 3; Jones, Baltimore, 3; Sano, Minnesota, 3; Stanton, New York, 3; 18 tied at 2. STOLEN BASES: Anderson, Chicago, 4; Gordon, Seattle, 3; Pillar, Toronto, 3; Betts, Boston, 2; Buxton, Minnesota, 2; Davis, Cleveland, 2; Lindor, Cleveland, 2; Ramirez, Boston, 2; 17 tied at 1. PITCHING: Carrasco, Cleveland, 2-0; Hatcher, Oakland, 2-0; Severino, New York, 2-0; 22 tied at 1. ERA: Berrios, Minnesota, 0.00; Chirinos, Tampa Bay, 0.00; Junis, Kansas City, 0.00; Price, Boston, 0.00; Bundy, Baltimore, 0.69; Sale, Boston, 0.82; Gibson, Minnesota, 0.87; Fulmer, Detroit, 1.13; Manaea, Oakland, 1.15; Cole, Houston, 1.29. STRIKEOUTS: Hamels, Texas, 18; Bundy, Baltimore, 15; Sale, Boston, 15; Tanaka, New York, 15; Archer, Tampa Bay, 14; Happ, Toronto, 14; Kluber, Cleveland, 14; Severino, New York, 14; Verlander, Houston, 14; Richards, Los Angeles, 13.NL LEADERSRUNS: Eaton, Washington, 10; Freeman, Atlanta, 9; Blackmon, Colorado, 8; Harrison, Pittsburgh, 8; Harper, Washington, 7; Owings, Arizona, 7. RBI: Freeman, Atlanta, 9; Harper, Washington, 9; Polanco, Pittsburgh, 9; Tucker, Atlanta, 8; Ahmed, Arizona, 7; Cespedes, New York, 7; Desmond, Colorado, 7; Goodwin, Washington, 7; 6 tied at 6. HITS: Blackmon, Colorado, 10; Castro, Miami, 10; DeJong, St. Louis, 10; Eaton, Washington, 10; Flaherty, Atlanta, 10; Yelich, Milwaukee, 10; 12 tied at 9. DOUBLES: Pollock, Arizona, 5; Flaherty, Atlanta, 4; Hosmer, San Diego, 4; Kendrick, Washington, 4; Shaw, Milwaukee, 4; 10 tied at 3. TRIPLES: Marte, Arizona, 2; 15 tied at 1. HOME RUNS: Blackmon, Colorado, 4; Harper, Washington, 4; Cespedes, New York, 3; DeJong, St. Louis, 3; Molina, St. Louis, 3; Panik, San Francisco, 3; Villanueva, San Diego, 3; 10 tied at 2. STOLEN BASES: Cain, Milwaukee, 3; Taylor, Washington, 3; Turner, Washington, 3; Hernandez, Philadelphia, 2; Hoskins, Philadelphia, 2; Pham, St. Louis, 2; Pollock, Arizona, 2; Villar, Milwaukee, 2; 17 tied at 1. PITCHING: Brault, Pittsburgh, 2-0; Corbin, Arizona, 2-0; Ray, Arizona, 2-0; deGrom, New York, 2-0; 21 tied at 1. ERA: Mahle, Cincinnati, 0.00; Williams, Pittsburgh, 0.00; Cueto, San Francisco, 0.69; Brault, Pittsburgh, 1.13; Butler, Chicago, 1.13; Godley, Arizona, 1.29; Roark, Washington, 1.29; Corbin, Arizona, 1.39; Chatwood, Chicago, 1.50; Hendricks, Chicago, 1.50. STRIKEOUTS: Corbin, Arizona, 20; Ray, Arizona, 17; Scherzer, Washington, 17; Syndergaard, New York, 17; Foltynewicz, Atlanta, 15; Martinez, St. Louis, 15; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 13; Strasburg, Washington, 13; 3 tied at 12.BOX SCORES ROUNDUP/MATCHUPSIndians 3, Royals 2: Michael Brantley singled home two runs in his “rst at-bat this season and Carlos Carrasco worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, leading Cleveland to a win in its chilly home opener over Kansas City. Brantley missed Clevelands “rst six games while on the disabled list recovering from offseason ankle surgery. But just hours after being activated, the two-time All-Star delivered in the “rst inning against Danny Duffy (0-2), who managed to hang around until the sixth. Braves 8, Rockies 3: Brandon McCarthy pitched six solid innings and delivered a two-run double that chased German Marquez in the “fth inning of Atlantas win over Colorado that marked the second-coldest game in Coors Field history. It was 27 degrees when the Rockies home opener began after an hour-long delay caused by sleet and snow. LATE Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees Toronto at Texas San Diego at Houston Oakland at L.A. Angels Atlanta at Colorado Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, ppd.TODAYS PITCHING COMPARISONNATIONAL LEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2017 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA New York Matz (L) 0-1 6.75 0-1 0-1 14.0 2.57 Washington Gonzalez (L) 1:05p 1-0 1.50 1-0 3-0 20.0 2.25 Arizona Greinke (R) 0-0 1.59 0-1 1-0 7.0 1.29 St. Louis Wacha (R) 2:15p 0-1 7.71 0-1 1-0 6.0 0.00 Los Angeles Hill (L) 1-0 0.00 1-0 2-0 16.2 1.62 San Francisco Stratton (R) 4:05p 0-1 5.06 0-1 0-1 4.1 6.23 Chicago Darvish (R) 0-0 10.39 1-0 0-1 5.0 5.40 Milwaukee Davies (R) 4:05p 0-1 9.53 0-1 2-2 32.0 3.66 Miami Peters (L) 1-0 0.00 1-0 0-0 13.0 1.38 Philadelphia Velasquez (R) 6:05p 0-1 13.50 0-1 1-1 13.2 3.29 Cincinnati Romano (R) 0-1 4.50 0-1 1-2 19.2 2.29 Pittsburgh Kuhl (R) 7:05p 1-0 6.35 1-0 1-1 11.2 3.09 Atlanta Newcomb (L) 0-1 10.39 0-1 0-0 10.2 5.91 Colorado Bettis (R) 8:10p 1-0 3.60 1-0 0-1 12.0 3.75AMERICAN LEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2017 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA Baltimore Tillman (R) 0-1 9.00 0-1 0-2 7.0 19.29 New York Gray (R) 1:05p 0-0 2.25 0-1 1-1 9.2 4.66 Tampa Bay Faria (R) 0-0 2.25 0-1 1-0 9.0 1.00 Boston Porcello (R) 1:05p 1-0 1.69 1-0 2-4 36.2 3.93 Seattle Leake (R) 1-0 2.57 1-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 Minnesota Berrios (R) 2:10p 1-0 0.00 1-0 1-0 8.0 2.25 Detroit Fulmer (R) 0-1 1.13 0-1 1-1 21.0 4.71 Chicago Giolito (R) 2:10p 0-0 4.50 1-0 1-0 7.0 0.00 Kansas City Kennedy (R) 0-0 1.50 0-1 0-1 7.2 10.57 Cleveland Bauer (R) 4:10p 0-0 3.60 0-1 1-1 13.1 2.70 Toronto Stroman (R) 0-0 7.20 1-0 0-1 4.0 15.75 Texas Minor (L) 8:05p 0-1 3.86 0-1 0-0 2.0 0.00 Oakland Triggs (R) 0-0 1.80 1-0 2-0 11.2 0.77 Los Angeles Ramirez (R) 9:07p 0-1 7.71 0-1 1-0 10.2 0.84INTERLEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2017 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA San Diego Mitchell (R) 0-1 9.00 0-1 0-0 3.0 3.00 Houston Cole (R) 7:10p 1-0 1.29 1-0 1-1 13.0 2.77 KEY: TEAM REC-Teams Record in games started by todays pitcher. VS OPP-Pitchers record versus this opponent. THIS DATE IN BASEBALL1964: Shea Stadium in New York opened for the “rst regular season game. The Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3. 1969: Dodgers relief pitcher Bill Singer was credited with the “rst of“cial save. Los Angeles beat Cincinnati, 3-2. The game started with Cincinnatis Pete Rose hitting Don Drysdales “rst pitch for a home run. Drysdale threw his next pitch to Bobby Tolan and Tolan hit it for a home run. After the “rst two pitches, Drysdale settled down and threw a shutout. 1970: Three weeks after moving from Seattle to Milwaukee, the former Pilots played their “rst game as the Brewers and lost 12-0 to the visiting California Angels. 1973: Cleveland set an attendance record for day games and opening-day games by attracting 74,420 fans. The Indians beat the Detroit Tigers, 2-1. 1977: The expansion Toronto Blue Jays began their major league odyssey with a 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Torontos Exhibition Stadium. Al Woods, pinch hitting for Steve Bowling in the “fth inning, became the 11th pinch hitter with a home run in his “rst at-bat. 1979: Ken Forsch of the Houston Astros pitched a nohitter against Atlanta to duplicate the no-hitter tossed by his brother Bob of the Cardinals against the Phillies on April 16, 1978. They are the “rst brothers to pitch no-hitters. 1984: Detroits Jack Morris pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox despite giving up six walks. It was the “rst Tigers no-hitter since Jim Bunnings in 1958.THURSDAYS GAMES American League Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2, 12 innings Texas 6, Oakland 3 Detroit 9, Chicago White Sox 7, 10 innings Minnesota 4, Seattle 2 Baltimore 5, N.Y. Yankees 2 National League N.Y. Mets 8, Washington 2 Philadelphia 5, Miami 0 Colorado 3, San Diego 1 Pittsburgh 5, Cincinnati 2 Arizona 3, St. Louis 1 Chicago Cubs 8, Milwaukee 0 SUNDAYS GAMES American League Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Boston, 1:05 p.m. Kansas City at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m. Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. Seattle at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. Toronto at Texas, 3:05 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m. National League Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. Arizona at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Atlanta at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Washington, 8:08 p.m. Interleague San Diego at Houston, 2:10 p.m.BASEBALL CALENDARAPRIL 17-18: Cleveland vs. Minnesota at San Juan, Puerto Rico. MAY 16-17: Owners meetings, New York. JUNE 4: Amateur draft starts. JUNE 15: International amateur signing period closes. JULY 2: International amateur signing period opens. JULY 6: Last day to sign for amateur draft picks subject to deadline. JULY 17: All-Star Game, Washington. JULY 29: Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y. JULY 31: Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. OCT. 2-3: Wild-card games. DEC. 10-13: Winter meetings, Las Vegas. A MERICAN LEAGUE Player G AB R H Pct. Correa Hou 6 19 7 9 .474 Cano Sea 6 23 6 10 .435 Altuve Hou 7 29 7 12 .414 MChapman Oak 8 30 5 12 .400 DGordon Sea 6 25 4 10 .400 YSanchez ChW 6 20 3 8 .400 Gregorius NYY 7 23 7 9 .391 Castellanos Det 6 26 8 10 .385 Smoak Tor 7 26 5 10 .385 Simmons LAA 7 29 5 11 .379 NATIONAL LEAGUE Player G AB R H Pct. Eaton Was 6 22 10 10 .455 RFlaherty Atl 6 23 6 10 .435 Gennett Cin 5 21 1 9 .429 Owings Ari 7 21 7 9 .429 Tucker Atl 6 21 4 9 .429 FFreeman Atl 6 19 9 8 .421 Hoskins Phi 6 20 3 8 .400 DeJong StL 7 26 5 10 .385 Yelich Mil 6 26 6 10 .385 Panik SF 6 21 4 8 .381 Through April 5TOP TENGrounds crew members use blowers to clear snow as it falls on Coors Field before Colorado hosts Atlanta on Friday in Denver. [DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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CocaCola Co KO 42.19 48.62 43.92 -.48 -1.1 s t s -4.3 +7.8 81 1.56f Comcast Corp A CMCSA 32.74 44.00 34.12 -.48 -1.4 s t t -14.5 -5.6 16 0.76f Darden Rest DRI 76.27 100.11 86.86 +.19 +0.2 s t s -9.5 +7.5 19 2.52 Disney DIS 96.20 116.10 100.35 -1.76 -1.7 t t t -6.7 -8.2 14 1.68f Gen Electric GE 12.73 30.54 13.06 -.37 -2.8 t t t -25.3 -52.8 dd 0.48 General Mills GIS 43.84 60.69 45.47 +.04 +0.1 s t s -23.3 -18.7 12 1.96 Harris Corp HRS 106.18 164.69 161.04 -3.29 -2.0 t s t +13.7 +52.8 28 2.28 Home Depot HD 144.25 207.61 174.45 -4.68 -2.6 t t t -8.0 +24.7 24 4.12f IBM IBM 139.13 172.56 150.57 -3.46 -2.2 t t t -1.9 -7.4 11 6.00 Lowes Cos LOW 70.76 108.98 88.24 -.51 -0.6 s s s -5.1 +10.7 20 1.64 NY Times NYT 14.15 25.70 23.60 +.55 +2.4 t t t +27.6 +61.2 cc 0.16 NextEra Energy NEE 128.31 164.71 162.75 -1.25 -0.8 t s t +4.2 +28.6 24 4.44f PepsiCo PEP 105.94 122.51 109.30 -1.27 -1.1 s t s -8.9 +1.7 22 3.22 Suntrust Bks STI 51.96 73.37 65.98 -2.56 -3.7 t t t +2.2 +27.7 16 1.60 WalMart Strs WMT 72.73 109.98 86.69 -1.12 -1.3 t t t -12.2 +25.4 19 2.08f Xerox Corp XRX 26.64 37.42 27.98 -.30 -1.1 t t t -4.0 +1.6 35 1.00 52-WK RANGE CLOSE YTD 1YR NAME TICKER LO HI CLOSE CHG %CHG WK MO QTR %CHG %RTN P/E DIVStocks of Local Interest By Marley JayThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Stocks ended the week the way they began it: tumbling as investors worry that tariffs and harsh words between the U.S. and China will touch off a trade war that derails the global economy. The latest drop came as the White House proposed tripling the amount of goods from China that will be sub-ject to tariffs.The stock market changed direction again and again this week as investors tried to get a sense of whether the trade dispute between the worlds two largest economies will escalate. On Friday technol-ogy companies, banks, industrial and health care stocks sank. The market didnt get any help from a March jobs report that was weaker than expected.With administration officials sounding con-ciliatory one day and hostile the next and the president quick to fire off yet another tweet, investors simply dont know what the U.S. wants to achieve in its talks with China, said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer for Northern Trust Wealth Management.The process itself seems to be quite cha-otic,Ž she said. Were not quite sure what the long-term strategy is.ŽThe Dow Jones indus-trial average dropped 572.46 points, or 2.3 percent, to 23,932.76. Its down 10 percent from its record high in late January.The S&P 500, which many index funds track, lost 58.37 points, or 2.2 percent, to 2,604.47. The Nasdaq composite slid 161.44 points, or 2.3 percent, to 6,915.11. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks dipped 29.63 points, or 1.9 percent, to 1,513.30.President Donald Trumps administra-tion spent the past few days reassuring inves-tors that its not rushing into a trade war, and Chinas government has done the same. But late Thursday, Trump ordered the U.S. Trade Representative to con-sider tariffs on another $100 billion in Chinese imports. China said it would counterattack with great strengthŽ if that happens. Stocks dive as US talks more tari s President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One for a trip to White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., for an event on tax policy, Thursday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. [EVAN VUCCI/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]By Richard LardnerThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Online retail giant Amazon is ignoring Donald Trumps barrage of taunts and threats, focusing instead on expanding its reach into a swath of industries that the presidents broadsides havent come close to hitting.Trump has hurled one charge after another at the company over the last week. Hes assailed Amazons contract with the U.S. Postal Service as a scam,Ž accused the company of not paying enough taxes, and declared that its large lobby-ing operation gives it an unfair advantage. Much of this isnt new for Trump, who suggested during the presidential campaign that Amazon could face antitrust scrutiny if he were elected.Trumps attacks have targeted what Amazon is best known for: rapidly shipping just about any product you can imagine to your door. But the company CEO Jeff Bezos founded more than two decades ago is now a sprawling empire that sells groceries in brickand-mortar stores, hosts the online services of other companies and federal offices in a network of data centers, and even recently branched into health care.Amazon relies on a nearly 30-member in-house lobbying team thats four times as large as it was three years ago as well as outside firms to influence the lawmakers and federal regula-tors who can help determine its success. The outside roster includes a retired congressman from Washington state who was a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Com-mittee when he stepped down.Amazon is just not on an even playing field,Ž Trump told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One. They have a tremendous lobbying effort, in addition to having The Wash-ington Post, which is as far as Im concerned another lobbyist. But they have a big lobbying effort, one of the biggest, frankly, one of the biggest.ŽOverall, Amazon spent $15.6 million on lobbying in 2017. Thats less than Boeing, Com-cast and AT&T spent during the same period, according to the political money website Open Secrets.Amazon does not own the Post. Bezos does. He and the newspaper have previously declared that Bezos isnt involved in any journalistic decisions.Trumps charge that Amazon pays little or no taxesŽ may have merit. Matthew Gardner, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Eco-nomic Policy, said in February that Amazon has built its busi-ness model on tax avoidance.Ž Amazon reported $5.6 billion of U.S. profits in 2017 and didnt pay a dime of federal income taxes on it,Ž according to Gardner.The company declined to comment on Trumps remarks or its lobbying operations.Amazon has grown rapidly since it launched in 1995 as a site that sold books. It has changed the way people buy paper towels, diapers or just about anything else. And its ambitions go far beyond online shopping: its Alexa voice assistant is in tablets, cars and its Echo devices; it runs the Whole Foods grocery chain; the company produces movies and TV shows and it designs its own brands of furniture and clothing.The company is in the midst of launching an independent business with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway that is seeking to lower health care costs for employees at the three companies. Given the three players outsize influence the alliance has the potential to shake up how Americans shop for health care and the initia-tive sent a shudder through the industry when it was announced in January.Amazon Web Services is angling for a much larger share of the federal governments market for cloud computing, which allows massive amounts of data to be stored and managed on remote servers. The CIA signed a $600 million deal with Amazon in 2013 to build a system to share secure data across the U.S. intelligence community. A partner of Amazon Web Services, the Virginia-based Rean Cloud LLC, in February scored what appeared to be a lucrative cloud computing contract from the Pentagon. But the contract, initially projected to be worth as much as $950 million, was scaled back to $65 million after Amazons competitors complained about the award.Lobbying disclosure records filed with the House and Senate show Amazon is engaged on a wide variety of other issues, from trade to transportation to telecommunications. The com-pany also lobbied lawmakers and federal agencies on the test-ing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Amazon has been exploring the use of drones for deliveries, but current fed-eral rules restrict flying beyond the operators line of sight.The $15.6 million Amazon spent on lobbying last year was $2.6 million more than in 2016, according to the disclosure records. The bulk of the money „ $12.8 million „ went for Amazons in-house lobbying team. The nearly 30-member unit is led by Brian Huseman, who worked previously as chief of staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a Jus-tice Department trial attorney.As most large corporations do, Amazon also employs out-side lobbying firms „ as many as 14 in 2017.In Amazons corner is former Washington congress-man Norm Dicks of the firm Van Ness Feldman. Dicks was serving as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee when he ended his 36-year congressional career in 2013. He represented the com-pany on information technology matters and issues related to cloud computing usage by the federal government,Ž accord-ing to the records, which show Van Ness Feldman earned $160,000 from Amazon last year.UnconcernedMARKET WATCHDow 23,932.76 572.46 Nasdaq 6,915.11 161.44 S&P 2,604.47 58.37 Russell 1,513.30 29.63 NYSE 12,349.11 222.83COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,331.90 7.60 Silver 16.332 .012 Platinum 912.00 2.20 Copper 3.0540 .0155 Oil 62.06 1.48MARKET MOVERS€ Synchrony Financial Inc.: Down 99 cents to $33.81 „ Financial companies declined Friday as interest rates turned lower. € Lockheed Martin Corp.: Down $11.99 to $334.66 „ Another increase in trade tensions between the U.S. and China sent the market, and industrial companies, downward on Friday.BRIEFCASECHICAGOPowell says Fed expects to stick with gradual hikesFederal Reserve Chair-man Jerome Powell on Friday painted a mostly sunny view of the U.S. economy and said the Fed remains committed to raising its key interest rate gradually unless events change. He said it was too soon to determine how a trade fight with China could affect the U.S. economy.In his first speech as Fed leader, Powell noted that the central bank raised its key rate by a quarter-point at its March meeting, just the sixth increase since late 2015. He depicted that rate hike as another step in the ongoing process of gradually scaling backŽ the ultra-low rates it employed to lift the economy out of the Great Recession.This patient approach has paid dividends and contributed to the strong economy we have today,Ž Powell said in remarks to the Economic Club of Chicago. WASHINGTONUS consumer debt rose 3.3 percent in February US consumers increased their debt by just 3.3 percent in February, the weakest monthly change in nearly seven years despite an oth-erwise healthy economy. The Federal Reserve said Friday that consumer bor-rowing rose $10.6 billion in March to nearly $3.9 trillion. The gains have slowed sharply from a 10.3 percent jump in debt levels in November. Februarys increase was the smallest since August 2011, when consumer credit levels declined. The relatively modest bump in consumer bor-rowing suggests that some Americans may be reluctant to boost their spending, even though the unem-ployment rate has held at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent for the past six months. Amazon ignores Trumps attacks as it molds a business empire

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 E1 HOMESTom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com PEST CONTROLPREVENT TERMITESHere are tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to protect your home from termites: € Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home, which termites need to thrive. € Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes, uneven or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. € Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and wood portions of your home. € Store rewood at least 20 feet from the house. GARDENINGSTAY ON TRENDFollow these suggestions from Wave Petunias to keep your garden on trend this year. € Because spring days „ especially mornings „ can still be cold, youll want to start your garden o with a hardier ower like pansies that can withstand the cooler mornings and warm a ernoons. € In preparing for the summers hottest days, plant owers that love the heat and are easy to maintain. OUTDOOR LIVINGCREATE AN OASISIf you are Interested in creating an inviting outdoor space, consider these tips from RealCedar. com: € Make your space more season-proof by adding a roof, awning or pergola for weather protection. € Incorporate cooking into your outdoor haven. „ Brandpoint By Betty Montgomery More Content NowNow that the days are getting longer and the temperature is warming up a little, it is time to start thinking about tidying up your garden and getting it ready to plant. Garden centers are starting to bring in wonderful perennials, shrubs, and trees that are looking for new homes. Removing dead wood from shrubs and leaves from those corners where the wind has taken them, is a task that needs to be done. Planning and preparing is the key to a successful garden. I try to get beds ready before plants arrive. I spend time during the late fall and winter deciding what is lacking or needed in the garden. Then I like to get the soil turned and amended. I use a product called Gardeners Choice, rich dirt that is mainly composted leaves, which is a great additive. Plants and vegetables need good soil in order to produce dazzling flowers and tasty vegetables. I talked with my friend Michael Dirr, author and plant expert, who told me he is like a squirrel when working in the garden. Racing from one area to the next, never quite completing the entire task. Unfortunately, the body quits before the finish line.Ž I told him I felt the same way. I started out the morning with a goal of going from bed to bed cleaning and pruning each area, but then got sidetracked getting a bed ready for some perennials that needed to get planted. I also worked on a small hedge of boxwoods around a fountain that looked frazzled. It always amazes me how a little shaping, plus weeding and putting down pine needles can make a bed look better. This made a big difference to the entrance of the garden. I am planning on cutting back some dead limbs and branches in different plants in the garden this week and finishing the task of going from bed to bed, cleaning and pruning. It is easier to cut back and clean up before the old growth gets tangled up in the newly developing leaves. This is a good time of year to give bushes and trees a light sprinkling of a balanced fertilizer. I use a mixture of cottonseed meal, dehydrated cow manure, and a dash of Epsom salt. This is a slow release mixture and will not burn the plants. I do not fertilize spring blooming shrubbery until after they bloom. Fertilizing azaleas at this time of year will put the plants energy into new growth and may result in more leaves and less flowers. Also, if you are not sure when to prune, a good rule to follow for almost any shrubbery is to prune plants after they bloom. Many plants bloom on old wood and if you prune shortly after they bloom, you will not be cutting off the buds that will start forming for the following years flowers. This may sound tricky to some, but it is quite easy to remember. BUT, if I am doing major pruning, and not concerned about the flowers, I prune in February before the plant starts sending out new growth. Sometimes a plant has to be pruned hard, and it could interfere with the blooms. There are some plants that flower on new wood; lavender, caryopteris, buddleia, Artemisia, to name a few. These are pruned in the spring after the danger of a hard frost. This will encourage the plant to put out new flowering branches. Most evergreens do not require pruning, just a little shaping. However, you can prune evergreen shrubs just before new growth starts to form. Do this after the risk of a late freeze has passed. Enjoy these warm days and cherish being outside and accomplishing some needed tasks. Take a small area and get it all cleaned up so that you can see that you have achieved your goal. When I do this, it helps encourage me to keep working. Happy gardening, everyone!Cutting a stray branch that has developed on the Harry Lauders Walking Stick bush. [BETTY MONTGOMERY] BIGSTOCKPrepping for spring Its time to tidy up, weed and prune before you plant The internet has turned vacation home rentals into a new haven for scammers, crooks and thieves as slick websites and false reviews have taken the place of checking licenses and real references by legitimate real estate offices. The Uber mentality when it comes to short-term vacation home rentals is probably not the best approach when you arrive in Lake or Sumter counties and find out that the home you thought you had rented doesnt exist or wasnt even available for rent by the internet company that took your payment. Before renting a property from an internet broker, please verify who you are renting from by checking their license on MyFlorida. com, because we have some brokers in this area who are renting properties without a license or a license that has been expired for two years,Ž said Brian Feldman, director of property management for RE/MAX Premier Realty. There have been winter residents show up for homes this year where none were available, Feldman said, and their vacations were ruined. In these cases, the unscrupulous broker had a website that looked professional and legitimate, complete with pictures and reviews, but they there were not licensed. 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E2 Saturday, April 7, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comNow that spring has arrived, many are wondering what local fruits are in season. In Florida, its berry season. This is different from the northern states where berry season is in the summer. Strawberry season comes to an end in April whereas blueberries and peaches are ready for harvest in April and May. There are not many local blackberries, but they are ready in May. Its great to buy fruit in season. They tend to be cheaper and its a great way to add variety to your diet. Eating a variety of fruit can provide many nutrients that are vital for the health and maintenance of our bodies. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories. They do not contain cholesterol. Fruits are great sources of fiber. Dietary fiber from fruits helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation. Fiber-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Whole or cut-up fruit contain sources of dietary fiber whereas fruit juices contain little or no fiber. People who eat fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet have a reduced risk of developing some chronic diseases and cancers. This is due to the antioxidants found in fruit. Throughout our lives, our bodies produce free radicals which can result in cellular damage. Many forms of cancer are thought to be a result of interactions between free radicals and DNA „ this causes mutations. Antioxidants found in the food we consume can help to remove free radicals from our bodies. According to the Department of Agriculture analysis from 2010 on the antioxidant values found in fruits and vegetables, blueberry was a top performer. The report showed that blueberries had some of the highest antioxidant values of commonly consumed fresh fruits. In addition, blueberries are a great source of vitamin C, iron, potassium and folic acid. Best of all, blueberries contain only 80 calories per cup. Most fruits are available all year long, but there are many benefits to eating local fruit in season. The crops are picked at their peak so they tend to be fresher and tastier. The shorter time between farms and consumers means less nutrients are lost. It allows the consumers to get to know the farmers and gain insight into the production of the crops. Eating local means more money stays within the local community, which helps to strengthen the economic base of the community. Lake County is home to a lot of farms that allow visitors to buy and pick their own locally grown produce. Go to https://www.visitlakefl.com/pdfs/brochures/ upick_brochure.pdf to find a list of U-pick operations. If you would like to know more, join Extension Agents Dr. Juanita Popenoe and Mia Wilchcombe on April 21 for the Local Fruit in Season Program at the Lake County Extension Center. Come learn about growing techniques for berries and peaches, harvesting, and healthy nutritional practices. The preregistration cost is $10 to attend. Register online by April 18 at http://UFRootsUp.eventbrite.com or call 352-3434101 ext. 2719. The class will cost $15 at the door. Mia Wilchcombe is the Family and Consumer Science Agent for the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center.FROM THE EXTENSIONSpring has arrived and that means berry season Mia WilchcombeNow that spring has arrived in Florida, its berry season. Lake County is home to a lot of farms that allow visitors to buy and pick their own locally grown produce. [SUBMITTED] homeowners and renters is real estate property management services, and dealing with a licensed, legitimate real estate professional is paramount. For the potential renter, a licensed professional will ensure the home is in good shape and that the property is clean with all the necessary amenities. Plus, if there is a problem or maintenance issue a real estate property management firm has a team that can handle these problems so that vacation time is not ruined. Renting from a single homeowner on a website can be tricky, especially if the homeowner is out of town. A legitimate property management company can be trusted with deposits, and you will hear from them with all the details to make your stay comfortable. For the homeowner renting the property, the property management professional will ensure that only high-quality, vetted renters are being placed in their home. A shortterm rental is not a motel,Ž said Feldman. He also says that a substantial security deposit and vetting process ensures the home will not be destroyed. The property manager removes the owner from the process of collecting money, maintenance calls and issues with housekeeping. The owner is only involved when the issue becomes larger than typical daily maintenance items. Most importantly, a property manager can properly market the home across the internet to legitimate real estate sites that can be trusted. According to Feldman, it is not uncommon to rent a twoor three-bedroom home in The Villages area during February and March for $3,000 to $4,000 per month, depending on the location. Outside the primary winter season, shortterm monthly rentals are normally well over $1,200. We have residents go visit a family member during this time to pay for their vacation later in the year, and it is not uncommon for winter residents who cannot come down for the season to call us to rent their home while they are not here,Ž said Feldman. Rental demand in the local area generally remains strong throughout the year and Feldman encourages secondary homeowners to turn their vacant home into income. There are some hurdles to overcome when deciding to offer a home for shortterm rentals. Valuables and sentimental items should be removed. Plus, expect the typical breakage and damage around the home as if you were living there. Good upfront planning, vetting and security deposits will normally keep problems down to a minimum. Hiring the right property management company can eliminate headaches and make the process seamless. Understand, nothing beats checking licenses and oldfashioned references when making these decisions. Utilizing real estate property management services is a great way to supplement your income or help pay for a secondary home, and using a licensed, local property manager is the best way to rent a home from far away. Don Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply Inc. He is also the host of the Around the House radio show heard every Monday at noon on My790AM WLBE in Leesburg. MAGRUDERFrom Page E1

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DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 E3By Adrian HigginsThe Washington PostOne of my most memorable gaffes in the garden was the time I sprayed a Japanese cedar with horticultural oil. That would take care of the mites, I thought. Instead, it nearly took care of the tree. The oil stripped the cedars needles of their waxy coating just in time for some freezing weather. The entire foliage turned brown, and I spent the winter looking at a 12-foot evergreen that appeared dead. My urge was to rip it out. A gardening friend told me to wait to see whether it re-foliated. And lo, by the following May it was verdant with fresh growth. It is now 40 feet high and looking as hearty as its two companions. The moral is that plants that seem dead may not be. In early spring, this misdiagnosis enters peak season. It is the time of year when trees and shrubs look their most winter-battered and when the gardener is most eager to see everything lush and healthy. This spring will be worse than most, especially for broadleaf evergreens. Evergreens need to be fully hydrated before the ground freezes to minimize wilting and leaf scorch when frigid temperatures and winds arrive. But plants in the Mid-Atlantic entered winter in near-drought conditions and then had to endure a prolonged freeze at the end of the year. The result is already evident „ a great deal of browning and scorching on such popular plants as azaleas, cherry laurels and camellias. David Yost, a horticulturist at Merrifield Garden Center in Fair Oaks, Va., is already fielding questions from customers and expects a lot more. When the temperatures get warmer and people are out and become aware of this damage, well see many moreŽ anxious inquiries, he said. With woody plants that appear dead, there is a quick way to gauge their vitality: If you scrape the bark, either with your thumbnail or a blade, a green layer beneath suggests all is well. (If one branch tests brown, check others.) But even if it looks dead, give it a while before reaching for the shovel. In the garden, false death comes in a number of forms, but the general advice is the same: Wait a few weeks and see what happens. By late May, you will know what is alive and what isnt. I compared notes with Yost and several other plant experts, and the one abiding piece of advice is this: Wait. Yost tells the story of his own winter-burned camellia where all the leaves turned brown and began to fall. He had already ordered a replacement plant when he noticed that the deadŽ plant was producing new growth. This wasnt until late May. By the end of summer, the camellia was fully foliated. Our message,Ž he said, is basically do nothing.Ž Unlike hibernating deciduous plants, conifers and broadleaf evergreens must endure the full brunt of winter; this includes desiccation caused by frozen soil, deicing-salt injury, wind burn, sun scorch and the general damage to tissue from hard freezes. The damage can be particularly conspicuous on broadleaf evergreens, and expect to see various degrees of injury on azaleas, rhododendrons, some hollies, aucubas, cherry laurels, nandinas and camellias, to name the most obvious. The damage ranges from brown edges to entire leaf browning and stem dieback. Plants with damaged leaves but with stems intact will develop new foliage this spring. Those with dead stems are likely to produce new shoots either from the base of the plant or at the point on a branch below the freeze damage. There is no need to cut off leaves that are brown. Beyond getting exasperated by the tedium of the task, you risk damaging the replacement buds at the base of each leaf. The bush will drop affected leaves when its ready. Nandinas tend to concentrate their foliage on the upper half of their stems, and this legginess is accentuated after a harsh winter when lower leaves shrivel and drop. The solution is to remove some canes entirely and cut others down to about 12 inches above the ground. This will promote thicker, lower growth in the months ahead. Yost cautions against drastic pruning of damaged plants, which will remove stored energy in latent buds and further stress them. Some small trees and shrubs are prone to damage to their branches after a harsh winter, but because the roots are more protected than the top growth, many plants will re-sprout from the ground. This may mess up their shape and diminish their presence for a year or two, but the plant should come back strongly and successfully from an established root system, especially with some gentle shaping from the gardener. In the Mid-Atlantic, the obvious candidates for this type of injury are hydrangeas, fig trees and buddleias. You could add some crape myrtles, loropetalum and vitex to the list. A damaged fig will regrow as a multibranched, large shrub and will take two or three years before it fruits again. The crape myrtle and buddleia should flower this summer. Most mophead and lacecap hydrangeas that are top-killed wont flower this year. The exception will be popular new varieties that have been bred to bloom on new growth, but even with those the display will be diminished. Allow them to re-sprout from the ground. Pay attention to frosts next spring after they have sprouted and cover them at night if needed. Rosemary, lavender and culinary sages are vulnerable to the type of winter we just had. I have seen lavender plants in protected urban locations looking fine and others beaten and ragged, but I think most will come back if their owners resist the urge to tidy them by cutting them back. Wait until you see new growth next month, then trim back dead wood. Avoid a hard pruning and leave emerging shoots to develop. Winter is done; your plants may not beSome holly varieties took the brunt of a cold, dry winter. The leaves will drop naturally, and new ones will grow. [DAVID YOST/MERRIFIELD GARDEN CENTER]

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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, April 7, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com

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DEAR ABBY: I'm a 29-year-old female and still a virgin. This decision is mostly based on my religious beliefs, but also because I haven't met the right guy. I have been struggling with this for several years because it seems my religious views and that of society are at odds. Rather than feel proud of my virginity, I feel ashamed. At this point, I'm worried that if I tell a guy I'm a virgin, I'll be rejected. Throughout my teens and 20s, I believed that waiting for Mr. Right was the best route for me. Now that I'm older, it has become a constant weight on my shoulders. Our society places so much emphasis on sex. At 29, it seems I have failed in some way. I met a guy recently and we both expressed that we had feelings for each other. I later found out that he had a girlfriend and two small children. I haven't seen him again, but I can't stop thinking about him. I thought he was a nice guy, but I feel so disappointed. I'm concerned about my future. I'm afraid I won't meet the right guy and that I'll make a bad decision with the wrong guy. Any advice or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. -WAITING IN THE MIDWEST DEAR WAITING: All single people face the dilemma you are facing at one point or another. Too often, they make painful mistakes that they later regret. You, however, dodged a bullet. Virginity is a gift that can be given only once. Rather than feel disappointed, be glad you didn't waste it on a man who is already in a relationship and has two children to support. You say you are religious. If that's true, have enough faith to believe you WILL meet the "right guy" at the right time. You might benet by talking to your spiritual adviser about how to nd a life partner whose values mirror your own. If that's not possible, some sessions with a psychologist may help you to regain condence in your judgment. DEAR ABBY: Several members of our family, when they come to our home for a visit, immediately take over the seating in the living room and begin to knit, crochet, etc. It's annoying and off-putting. It makes me feel excluded. When it's just family, I put aside my feelings and focus on other family members. However, we recently hosted a gathering that included neighbors and friends. Those relatives sat in a little huddle, in the middle of the room, talking only among themselves. I was embarrassed. Several people commented to me about the "sewing circle." I had hoped that since this wasn't just a family gathering, they would have had enough manners to leave their needles at home and socialize with the other guests. I'm so mad I'm on the verge of no longer inviting them, but I don't really want to do that. Any suggestions? -FUMING IN NEW ENGLAND DEAR FUMING: I agree that the "sewing circle's" behavior was rude. Your relatives should have made the effort to mingle and converse with the other guests, if only for a little while. If you haven't told them how their behavior reected on them, you should. At least they would then understand why they may no longer be invited when you entertain. 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 29-year-old virgin fears shes waited too long for Mr. Right TODAY IN HISTORY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018:This year you become more conscious of your work and of your interactions with the public. You could become involved in a political campaign or some other project that you feel connected to. Your imagination carries you through a difcult period. If you are single, you easily could meet someone from your outside activities. Take your time getting to know this person before committing. If you are attached, the two of you devote more time to each other. You also might opt to become involved in a mutual activity or pastime together. CAPRICORN gives you good feedback!ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) You might be experiencing a lot of tension. You want to greet a dynamic idea, yet a side of you refuses to embrace outside-the-box thinking. If nothing less, you might be giving off mixed vibes. Let others make a decision without you. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) You seem to internalize your issues. You might wonder how others are able to detach from situations so easily. Exercise patience with someone who cant see the forest for the trees. This person cant seem to break past self-imposed barriers. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Defer to others. Make it your pleasure to let them take the lead, whether or not you want to play a strong role. Give yourself some time off from all the action. You have an unusually ery temperament, and could become triggered easily. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) A positive attitude takes you far, and allows a loved one to share more with you. Your bond with this person helps you gain a new perspective and grasp a better understanding of your changeability. Learn how to use your moods as an asset. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Communication seems to be full of mixed messages right now. Stop and make time for a favorite person during the day. You never have a bad time with this person. You have a special bond that exists between you, and it will kick in immediately. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Look at what is happening within your immediate environment. Slow down, and use your creativity to let go of a problem. A partner does everything in his or her power to help you relax. Your ery side makes for a fun happening that involves a lot of activity. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Confusion surrounds you. You might need to think through a decision involving your family or home. Curb a need to say too much. Avoid a situation that weighs you down. Investigate what is going on with a childs anger. Express understanding. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) You are likely to have a worthwhile conversation with a loved one. Do not shy away from others, even if you would prefer to say little about what is going on. Know that you dont need to share personal details with a friend if you dont want to. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22DEC. 21) Your nances could go askew all of a sudden. You enjoy spending money and indulging in the good life. In the long run, it would be best not to be so excessive. Consider putting yourself on a reasonable budget, then try to maintain it. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) You have an unusual amount of energy. Decide your plans by making sure that youre content with your company. You see a personal matter in a different light because of your ability to understand others and their motives. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Make an effort to come to terms with a boss or older friend. You often see issues from a different point of view. Good luck surrounds this person right now. Youll notice a change in how this person presents himor herself. Clear out what no longer works. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You could be overwhelmed by what is happening. Friends seem to surround you. As is to be expected, each person has his or her own agenda, no matter what is going on. Be open to a friend who suddenly wants to adjust the plans of a get-together. DailyCommercial.com | Saturday, April 7, 2018 E5 TODAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 7, the 97th day of 2018. There are 268 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On April 7, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower held a news conference in which he spoke of the importance of containing the spread of communism in Indochina, saying, "You have a row of dominoes set up, you knock over the rst one, and what will happen to the last one is the certainty that it will go over very quickly. So you could have a beginning of a disintegration that would have the most profound inuences." (This became known as the "domino theory," although Eisenhower did not use that term.) ON THIS DATE: In 1978, President Jimmy Carter announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon. In 1983, space shuttle astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson went on the rst U.S. spacewalk in almost a decade as they worked in the open cargo bay of Challenger for nearly four hours. In 1994, civil war erupted in Rwanda, a day after a mysterious plane crash claimed the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi; in the months that followed, hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsi and Hutu moderates were slaughtered by Hutu extremists. 040718_tdc_e05.crop.pdf 1 06-Apr-18 04:30:13

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E6 Saturday, April 7, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Home AdvisorColors have a proven psychological effect on our moods. And the colors we choose for our homes have a proven influence on our overall quality of life. Using color psychology, we can create a home that relaxes, energizes and focuses us where and when we need it most. It just takes knowing which colors to use in which room „ and which colors to avoid. BEDROOMS For the bedroom, it's best to choose peaceful, relaxing colors that will help you get a good night's sleep. BEST: Blues and green The color blue evokes a sense of calm. In fact, all shades of blue are said to bring down a person's blood pressure, respiration rate and anxiety levels. And light greens are said to make people feel serene, comforted and refreshed. Interestingly, the color green is also said to stimulate fertility. WORST: Dark purple, orange and yellow Dark purple is said to stimulate vivid dreams and nightmares. This is especially true for deep, dark mauve and eggplant shades. If purple is your color of choice, consider a soft lavender. This will bring the bedroom a sense of calm, the same way blue does. Bold orange is said to make people feel excited or energized „ making it a better match for an exercise room than the bedroom. And yellows can make people feel hungry, which is undesirable in the one room dedicated to sleep. KITCHEN The kitchen is a place for happiness and community. Choose a color that will inspire you to cook for and spend quality time with loved ones. BEST: Yellow, earth tones, white Yellow kitchens tend to make people feel happy, optimistic and inspired. What's more, yellow is said to activate the metabolism and make people feel hungry. Rich browns emulate the color of the earth, which can be associated with the fresh food we eat. And crisp whites will help give your kitchen a clean, airy feel. WORST: Bright orange, red Experts warn: Stay away from bright orange and red if you're watching your weight. These colors are said to stimulate appetite. BATHROOMS Your bathroom is a place for self-care and self-love. Go with colors that make you feel relaxed, refreshed and confident. BEST: Light green, light blue and blush The calming effect of light green and blue make them great choices for the bedroom as well as the bathroom. And blush pinks are not only flattering to all skins tones, but they are also said to make people feel warmer after stepping out of the tub. WORST: Neon, dark purples, blues and reds Neon colors, such as hot pink and lime green, are too bold for the bathroom; they won't stand the test of time. And dark purples, blues and reds are considered oppressive colors. They will make a small bathroom feel even smaller. OFFICE The office is meant to make you feel productive and undistracted. Here, you want to choose colors that put you in the zone. BEST: Gray and green Gray tones are detached and steady, which may help you feel less distracted and more organized. And green is considered to be a color of concentration, as well as one of the best colors to look at over a long period of time. As a bonus, green represent tranquility „ something you want to feel when your work becomes frustrating. WORST: Red Red is said to be physically stimulating and anger-enhancing. For most of us, that's the opposite of how we want to feel when we're trying to get some work done. HomeAdvisor is an online marketplace connecting homeowners with trusted service professionals to complete home projects. Visit HomeAdvisor.com.The best and worst paint colors for every roomA classic white kitchen with marble island. A beautiful of“ ce in a luxury house decorated in tones of gray with generous use of gray mock-snakeskin leather The display cabinet is lit with LED lights together with the base of the cupboards. The surface of the desk is a large piece of glass. Greens evoke a sense of calm in the bedroom. By Jeanne HuberThe Washington PostQ: Two or three windows in my townhouse appear to have the screen etched onto the outside, yet I cant feel anything there. Ive tried using regular glass cleaner, but nothing comes off. The windows were installed in 1998 and are welded-vinyl windows, double hung. What could this be, and how do I clean it? A: Several windowcleaning experts looked at the picture you sent and concluded that youre dealing with corrosion that started on aluminum window screens and then got plastered onto the glass by wind and rain. Window washers call it screen burn. Aluminum doesnt rust, but when exposed to the weather it does corrode, forming a light-colored, crusty oxide. The deposits move from the screen to the glass and build up when the windows arent washed for several years and the screens are left in place year-round. The glass may seem smooth, but its actually getting etched. Glass is porous on a microscopic level, so stains like that can be embedded in the glass without (anyone being able to feel them,Ž Jacob Wallace, who staffs the help desk for ABC Window Cleaning Supply in Littleton, Colorado, wrote (window-cleaning-supply.com), in response to an email asking about suitable cleaning products. Forces of weather can create a distinct screen pattern even when screens are a typical distance from the glass, said Dan Diggs, owner of Window Genie, a window-cleaning company based in Bethesda, Maryland (bethesda.windowgenie.com). Unfortunately, these deposits do not come off with standard window cleaner, as you have discovered. They are sometimes impossible to remove, which means the only cure then is to replace the glass. Before you resort to that, though, there are a few strategies to try. Always test a small area, maybe an inch in diameter, to make sure you arent scratching the glass. Wash the window first so whatever youre scrubbing with doesnt pick up grit, and leave water on the glass to act as a lubricant when you rub. Inspect the results of your test patch when the sun is shining on the window, because thats when any scratches would be most visible. When Diggs faces windows with screen burn, he begins by trying to scrape off the residue with a sharp, single-edge razor blade. When thats not enough, he turns to an industrial diamond polish. Diamond Magic ($13.99 for a 16-ounce container at diamondmagic.com). Its a slurry, rubbed on by hand with a soft, clean rag. Cleaning with a razor or the abrasive often goes slowly, so Window Genie charges an extra $3 on top of its typical fee of about $10 to clean a double-hung window inside and out, Diggs said. But that $3 only goes so far. If a customer wants the cleaners to keep rubbing past what theyd normally do, they keep at it if the customer is willing to pay by the hour. It requires a fair amount of elbow grease,Ž Diggs said. A different abrasive that some window cleaners swear by is Restoro ($9.99 for an eight-ounce container at restorowindowcleaner.com). John Koontz, whose company makes Restoro, said this is a superfine scrubbing powder silicon dioxide screened through 325 mesh, which has openings of 0.0017 inch. Its marketed as a cleaner for all sorts of surfaces, but Koontz said he has used it successfully on windows with screen burn. He recommends mixing the powder with water to create a paste and then rubbing it onto the glass with a terry-cloth washcloth. It doesnt magically take it off,Ž he said. It requires a little effort.Ž Wallace, at the window-cleaningsupply company, also endorses starting by trying to scrub off the oxidation, although he recommends using steel wool or a white scrub pad. When scrubbing isnt enough, Wallace recommends using a stain remover that consists of a mild acid and a very fine abrasive, such as his companys Water Stain Remover ($15.84 for a 32-ounce bottle). And if that still isnt enough, he recommends hiring a professional to use a more powerful acid, such as Crystal Clear 550. How to get rid of screen burn on window glass