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@dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Saturday, April 14, 2018 SPORTS | C1EUSTIS SCORES TWO IN THE 7TH TO EARN WIN VS. MOUNT DORA SALUTE B1EUSTIS COACH APPLIES WHAT HE LEARNED IN THE ARMY SPORTS | C1LIGHTNING WILL OPEN SEASON ON JUNE 1 75 ¢ Opinion .......................A7 Weather ...................... A8 Salute .......................... B1 Faith ........................... B3 Sports.......................... C1 Classifieds .................. C7 Volume 142, Issue 104 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 By Roxanne Brownroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comIt's looking like it could be a blockbuster opening for Mount Dora's long-awaited Epic Theatres multiplex on Highway 441.If all goes according to plan, the theater will open on April 26, which would be just in time for the premier of "Avengers: Infinity War."We are extremely happy that the theater is finally here. I am personally thrilled and I know a lot of other people are, too. Every day I get calls from people wondering when the theater is going to open,Ž Mount Dora Mayor Nick Girone said. Were looking forward to them being successful and being a good partner in the community.ŽAccording to Epics President Frank DeMarsh, the April 26 date is not a firm opening date, but what theDeMarsh familyis aiming for.If were able, if we get all the permitting, well be open for evening shows of the new Avengers movie,Ž DeMarsh said.Plans for the $10 million complex have been in the works for years. Epic Theatres at Mount Dora broke ground in June 2016 and a year later theater officials pulled the required permits to begin construction.When completed, the theater will offer 4K digital projection, 14-channel digital 3-D sound and reserved seating.DeMarsh previously said Epic XL movie screens „ which are large-format, 70-foot, curved screens that some people know as IMAX screens „ will also be part of the mix, as will luxury amenities that include theater seating made up of electric leather recliners and an expanded concession area offering beer and wine.The Mount Dora theateris the second Epic location in Lake County, joining one in Clermont that opened in 2009.People are going to love it, especially the reclining seats, he said.DeMarsh said as of Thursday, seats, projectors and a few other pieces of equipment are being installed. He said there are a few small sections outside still waiting to be paved or landscaped.He said when all the work hasbeen completed, the city Blockbuster opening?Construction crews continue work on the Epic Theatres at Mount Dora on Friday. [BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT] The Associated PressWASHINGTON „ The United States, France and Britain together launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemi-cal attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump announced the airstrikes from the White House.Syrian television reported that Syrian air defenses have responded to the attack. Trump said the U.S. is pre-pared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a crimi-nal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. It was not immediately clear whether Trump meant the allied military operation would extend beyond an ini-tial nighttime round of missile strikes.Trump did not provide details on the joint U.S.-Brit-ish-French attack, but it was expected to include barrages of cruise missiles launched from outside Syrian air-space. He described the main aim as establishing "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria; he authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retali-ation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.Trump chastised Syria's two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators," and noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 international agreement for Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons. Trump: US, allies attack SyriaPresident Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Friday in Washington about the United States military response to Syrias chemical weapon attack on April 7. [AP PHOTO / SUSAN WALSH] Mount Doras Epic Theatres aims to open with Avengers By Steve KarnowskiThe Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS „ A potent, slow-moving spring storm system thats expected to persist through the weekend began raking the Plains and Midwest on Friday, bringing blizzard conditions to South Dakota and the threat of tornadoes from Texas and Louisiana north all the way to Iowa.The huge storm, pack-ing enough energy to cause widespread disruption, isnt unprecedented for April, said Jake Beitlich, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota.We do get pretty powerful systems coming throughout the Midwest, and on the cold side we do get Spring storm system threatens in MidwestBy Larry Neumeister and Tom HaysThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Federal prosecutors said in a court filing Friday that the crimi-nal probe that led them to raid the offices of President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is focused on the attorneys personal business dealingsŽ and has been going on for months.In the filing with a court in New York, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but they said the crimes being investigated involve acts of concealmentŽ and suspected fraud.They also made clear that investigators have been gathering extensive evidence for some time as part of an ongoing grand jury investigation. Agents, they wrote, had already searched multiple email FBI looking into possible Cohen fraud See SYRIA, A6 See THEATRE, A6 See PROBE, A6 See STORM, A6


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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 Thursday, April 12 Fantasy 5: 7-17-20-23-30 Cash 4 Life: 2-6-14-22-40-1 Friday, April 13 Pick 4 Afternoon: 9-7-4-5 Evening: 1-7-0-4 Pick 3 Afternoon: 8-9-3 Evening: 8-5-2 DATELINESFRANKFORT, KY. JERUSALEMIsrael says Iran drone downed in Feb was on attack missionAn unmanned Iranian aircraft shot down in Febru-ary after infiltrating Israeli airspace was armed with explosives and on a mission to attack the Jewish state, Israels military said Saturday. Tensions had heighted between the bitter enemies following an airstrike Monday on a Syrian air base that its allies blamed on Israel.The army statement was released soon after the leader of Lebanons militant Hez-bollah group said the airstrike that killed seven Iranians was a historic mistake.ŽIsrael has neither confirmed nor denied carrying out the strike on Syrias T4 air base.DENVERTrump vows to b ack law to protect marijuana industryPresident Donald Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug, a move that could lift a threat to the industry made by the U.S. attorney general just three months ago.Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Friday that Trump made the pledge to him in a Wednesday night conversation.It marked the latest flip by the president who pledged while he was campaigning to respect states that legalized marijuana but also criticized legalization and implied it should be stopped.Marijuana has been fully legalized in eight states, and 24 states allow some form of marijuana use.BATON ROUGE, LA.Of“ cer appeals “ ring in Alton Sterlings fatal shootingA white police officer who shot and killed a black man during a struggle outside a Baton Rouge convenience store has appealed his firing over the deadly confronta-tion nearly two years ago, his attorney said Friday.The former officer, Blane Salamoni, is asking a civil service board to rescind his firing and reinstate him to the Baton Rouge Police Department, according to his three-page appeal petition. Police Chief Murphy Paul fired Salamoni on March 30, less than a week after Louisianas attorney gen-eral ruled out state criminal charges in Alton Sterlings July 2016 shooting death.Salamonis petition claims his firing was not made in good faith or for cause.ŽQUITO, ECUADORPARISTeachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education Friday in Frankfort, Ky. With the chants of hundreds of teachers ringing in their ears, Kentucky lawmakers voted Friday to override the Republican governors veto of a two-year state budget that increases public education spending with the help of a more than $480 million tax increase. [BRYAN WOOLSTON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]Ecuadors President Lenin Moreno speaks during a press conference Friday con“ rming the deaths of three press workers from the newspaper EL COMERCIO, in Quito, Ecuador. Moreno spoke after a 12-hour deadline ended with the captors failing to demonstrate the hostages were still alive. Despite our best efforts, weve con“ rmed that these criminals never had the intention of handing them back safe and sound,Ž Moreno said. [DOLORES OCHOA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]A rail worker waves a union ” ag atop a street lamp during a demonstration Friday in Paris. Paris riot police ousted students seeking to occupy Sorbonne university and strikes Friday shut down the Eiffel Tower and two-thirds of French trains „ all part of a season of simmering national discontent. [FRANCOIS MORI/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] DIGEST By Sarah El DeebThe Associated PressBEIRUT „ The suspected chemical weapons attack on Douma was a brutal finale for a town that had haunted Syrian President Bashar Assad for seven years from right on his doorstep.The leafy suburb on Damas-cus outskirts was the bastion of one of the toughest, most disciplined Islamist factions in Syrias rebellion, raining mortars on Assads seat of power and holding out for years under devastating siege. Now destroyed and defeated, it will be the scene of an inter-national fact-finding mission that arrives Saturday to try to determine what happened there.Russia and the United States have traded threats of military strikes and counterstrikes since the April 7 attack, which first responders and activists say killed more than 40 people and blamed on Assads forces. Syria has denied any such attack even took place.On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed the attack was fake and accused Britain of staging it, a bold charge vehemently denied by Britain as a blatant lie.ŽThe suspected chemical strike came after weeks of an intense air campaign that killed an estimated 1,600 people and tore the rebel-held Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta apart, leveling towns in an enclave that once housed 400,000 people, according to U.N. estimates.A resident of Douma, an economist who fled the town amid threats to his life in 2015 and now lives in exile, said eight of his neighbors„ two women and their six children „ were found dead three days after the suspected chemical attack and were believed to have suffocated in their underground shelter from the poisonous gas. He said two of his aunts were still missing.There were plenty of bloody attacks before the use of chemical weapons and no one moved,Ž he said, speak-ing on condition of anonymity because he feared for the safety of his family now living under government control. Only now and after seven years of destruction, the U.S. and the world remembered it was time to punish Assad?ŽHours after the attack, the Army of Islam rebel group, which had controlled Douma since 2012, agreed to surrender and evacuate its fighters to rebel-held north-ern Syria. The militants also gave up their prisoners, a key demand of the Syrian govern-ment, and handed over their heavy weapons and maps of tunnels built over the years to navigate the sprawling neighborhood. The last batch of rebel fighters left Douma on Friday, heading to Jarab-lus, a town in northern Syria controlled by Turkey-backed rebels and with a Turkish mil-itary presence.A member of the Army of Islam, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Samer, said the alleged chemical gas attack was the final blow that set-tled the groups fate. Fearing an internal uprising and divi-sions within the group, Army of Islam leaders opted to leave Douma, he said.To be honest, it was not the death of 40 or 50 that would have made (the rebels) give up on Douma. Many more died earlier, Abu Samer said. The chemical attack wasnt the cruelest. But it was the terror and panic that hit the people that exerted the pressure on the group to leave.ŽKnown for its luscious grapes and apricots, Douma was a hub for anti-Assad protests in the early, peaceful days of the uprising. Residents of Damascus came there to rally and march, away from the heavy security in the capital. The town was split among Islamists „ including ultraconservative Salafis „ and secular social-ist and Nasserite movements. When the government moved to quash the revolt, the town was among the first to take up arms. It was in rebel hands by 2012.The Army of Islam, whose founder Zahran Alloush was a native of Douma, quickly gained the upper hand, squeezing out the secular activists. But it also staunchly resisted the expansion of for-eign jihadists, seeing them as rivals. After Alloush was assassinated in a suspected government airstrike in late 2015, the group maintained its grip, although its popular support eroded under its increasingly exclusionary policies.At the height of their power, Army of Islam militants had paraded prisoners captured from government areas in cages on pick-up trucks through the streets of Douma, including women, girls and members of Assads Alawite minority. The Army of Islam justified the tactic by saying it was designed to stop Assads relentless bombing campaign against civilians. But the scenes, which resembled the brutality of the extremist Islamic State group, showed how the powerful group was adopting the same abuses it had once revolted against.Residents of Douma who recently evacuated the town spoke of a police state run by the militants. They said the fighters took control of the areas agriculture and ran several prisons where people were held and tortured.They were a state within a state,Ž said Mohammed al-Khaled, a 28-year-old Douma resident who left the town with his family late last month. Douma was the republic of the Army of Islam.ŽSpeaking in the presence of local government officials in the Horjeli shelter, south of Damascus, Ammar Issam Sleik, an 18-year-old high school student said he was detained by Army of Islam members who suspected he was a government informer and took him to Tawba prison.I was taken blindfolded and held in solitary confine-ment in a cell where I hardly fit,Ž he said, adding that there was a hole in the tiny room to be used as a toilet.He said that before alleged chemical weapons attacks in the past, Army of Islam mem-bers used to tell residents to expect them, distributing medical masks for people to put on. Ibrahim al-Fawwal, a resi-dent, said he left Douma in 2015 because he couldnt bear living under the Army of Islam. He fled, he said, so I wouldnt end up hating the revolution.ŽAlleged chemical attack brutal end to rebellious Syria townSyrians walk past a picture showing Syrian President Bashar Assad with Arabic that reads, We apologize for your inconvenience, We are working for you. Exit,Ž at the Hamadiyah market in the Old City of Damascus, Syria, on Thursday. [(AP PHOTO / HASSAN AMMAR]

PAGE 3 | Saturday, April 14, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 BEST BETS FOR TODAYLAKE COUNTY FAIR: The fair concludes today and the gates open at 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Fire“ ghter Show 3 p.m. Sea Lion Splash 6 p.m. Swine Awards 6:30 p.m. Fire“ ghter Show 7 p.m. Sea Lion Splash/Swine Sale 8 p.m. Fire“ ghter Show 8:30 p.m. Sea Lion Splash 9 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Show 10 p.m. Poultry and Rabbit Check Out FOOD TRUCK-N-FLICK NIGHT: From 5 to 10 p.m. at Towne Square, 510 W. Main St. in Leesburg. With food trucks, live music and a movie. FLORIDA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: At 9 a.m. at Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St. in Mount Dora. KAYAKATHON: Grab your kayak and get ready for paddling with other like minded kayakers at the Kayakathon 9 a.m. Saturday at Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby St. in Tavares. Paddle at your own pace with others and enjoy the ride. Cost: $25 and includes T-shirt and discount drink tickets. You must bring your kayak. Proceeds bene“ t Camp Boggy Creek.IN BRIEFTAVARESHowey man charged with beating boy with cable cordA Howey-in-the-Hills man was arrested Thursday after a boy told an educator he had been abused, authorities say.A Tavares Middle School resource officer says he was informed by Vice Principal Kevin Caldwell that a student told him he had been beaten by an object and sustained significant injury. The resource officer interviewed the boy, who told him that Jose Ronay Ramos Martinez, 29, came in the bathroom about two weeks ago while he was showering and began hitting him with a television cable cord. He said his injuries began to bleed, so he ran from the bathroom to get away from Martinez.Martinez admitted to hitting the boy but with his belt. He said he was addressing discipline issues and that in his country it is not against the law to hit or discipline a child the way he did. An officer told him its a crime in the United States. Martinez was charged with child abuse and domestic battery.The boys mother, who was home at the time of the incident, said she was aware Martinez had hit her son, but she wanted to handle the situ-ation at home.The Department of Children and Families was contacted and opened an investigation.EUSTISEustis Tractor Supply hosting small livestock swap todayGot goats? How about chickens, rabbits or birds? If so, Tractor Supply in Eustis will host an animal swap today.The event „ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. „ is intended to give Tractor Supply custom-ers the opportunity to engage with other like-minded animal lovers while swapping, trading or selling their small animal livestock.As a leading retailer of live-stock and animal products, this is an event that speaks directly to the interests and lifestyles of our customers,Ž said manager Michelle Turner. We invite guests to bring everything from goats, chickens and rabbits to ducks, guineas, quail, sheep and more.ŽContact the Eustis Tractor Supply store, 100 Ardice Ave., at 352-357-0152 for more details.TALLAHASSEEPrison major sentenced to 5 years in beating caseA former major in Floridas prison system has been sentenced to five years in a See BRIEFS, A4By Frank Stanfield frankstanfield @dailycommercial.comTAVARES … David Mariotti got a double-whammy genetic inheritance from his parents for drug addic-tion and the harmful effects drug abuse carries, a defense expert in his murder trial testified Friday. His extraordinaryŽ use of marijuana, starting at age 10, and a speedball patternŽ … mixing stimulants with depressants … all combined to have an enduring effect,Ž said neuropharmacologist Jonathan Lipman, Ph.D. Mariotti, found guilty in the June 2016 slaying of Beatrice Montgomery, is now in the penalty phase of his first-degree murder trial. His defense attorneys are calling upon numerous doctors and mental health experts in hopes of persuad-ing jurors to recommend life in prison without parole instead of the death penalty. Both of Mariottis parents Expert: Mariotti was damagedDefense doctors testify that injuries, drug use to blame for killers behaviorDavid Mariotti arrives to the courtroom before receiving a guilty verdict on Wednesday at the Lake County Courthouse in Tavares. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER/DAILY COMMERCIAL] By Lloyd DunkelbergerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is heading to the finish line, with a dozen ballot proposals up for final votes next week.The 37-member commission, which is unique to Florida, meets every 20 years and has the power to place proposed changes to the state Constitution directly on the Nov. 6 general-election ballot.After months of committee hearings, 15 public hearings across the state and prelimi-nary debate and floor votes, the commission is ready for a series of final decisions on the proposed ballot issues. The commission will meet Monday in the Capitol and could continue meeting throughout the week.Each of the 12 proposals must be supported by at least 22 members to be placed on the ballot. Proposals then would have to be supported by at least 60 percent of voters in November to be enacted.The 12 ballot proposals actually contain two-dozen changes to the state Constitution because six of the measures contain multiple issues. The other six propos-als are single-subject ballot measures.One example of a ballot proposal grouping several topics is a measure (Proposal 6004) that combines a ban on drilling for gas and oil in state coastal waters with a prohibition on vaping or the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces.An example of a single-subject proposal is a measure (Proposal 6012) that would ban greyhound racing at Flor-ida tracks after Dec. 31, 2020.The bundling of multiple proposals in single ballot proposals was sharply criti-cized by a coalition of groups including the American Civil Panel tees up proposed changes to Constitution Executive Assistant Public Defender John Spivey, left, reacts to David Mariottis guilty verdict on Wednesday at the Lake County Courthouse in Tavares. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER/DAILY COMMERCIAL] Staff ReportA jury on Wednesday found David Mariotti guilty of killing 84-year-old Bernadine Montgomery of Leesburg, in 2016.Mariotti, 36, although calm at first, seemed stunned by the verdict. After Circuit Judge Don Briggs ordered that he be held without bond, Exec-utive Assistant Public Defender John Spivey put his arm around him to console him.Spivey would not com-ment on what Mariotti had to say, but said he was shaking. He was upset.ŽAfter the jury left and much of the courtroom cleared out, he slumped in his chair waiting for bai-liffs to put him in shackles. His eyes were red, stung by tears he fought back.Police doing a well-being check on the widow at her Palmora Park home on June 22, 2016, did not find Montgomery, but they did find evidence that she had been struck and dragged out of her house. They also found evidence that her body had been left on the couch for four days.Recently released murderer charged with killing againA convicted murderer released from prison five months ago for good behavior was charged Thursday morning with killing a Tampa-area woman and dumping her body on the side of the road in Webster.Sumter County Sher-iffs detectives say Stanley Tarrand, 40, of Mascotte, shot Fannie Houck execu-tion style in the back of the head and dumped her on County Road 711 in Web-ster, where her body was discovered Monday.He was brought to the Lake County Jail, where he was charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.Tarrand had been in prison until November for stabbing a woman 51 times in Webster in 1993, when he was 15. He was released after accruing time off for good behavior. Ross announces retirement from politicsU.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election in November, joining three other Florida Republi-cans who plan to leave Congress. Ross, 58, issued a state-ment that said he looks forward to the next chap-ter of my life which will include, in some way, con-tinued public service.Ž He represents Congressional District 15, which includes parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake counties.I never viewed this amazing opportunity as a job or a career,Ž said Ross, a senior deputy majority whip in the House. My home has been and will continue to be in Lakeland, Florida. I look forward to returning to the practice of law and to The week in reviewA murder conviction, a long-awaited victory and an unexpected retirement highlight the week in Lake and SumterBy Chabeli Herrera Miami HeraldMore flights to Cuba are on the horizon.The U.S. Department of Transportation has tentatively awarded a slew of U.S.-Havana routes to five major airlines from several cities in the country. The proposed schedule is open for public comment and will likely be finalized later this month.The new flights were awarded after a number of carriers reduced service to the island last year. Initially, airlines clamored to get a slice of the DOTs 20 available daily round-trip flights from the U.S., only to find weaker demand than expected, forcing some to stop flying to certain cities on the island or cut Cuba service altogether.The new flights, which all service Havana instead of lesser-known Cuban cities, indicate demand may be creeping up again for travel to Cuba, said Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba, which has been leading U.S. tours on the island since 2000.What is encouraging now is we are starting to see a healthy increase,Ž Popper said. This came about prob-ably mid-January, February, Slew of new ights to Havana approvedIts Spanish-inspired architecture on full display in Old Havana, streets like this re” ect the citys colonial roots. [MAUREEN JENKINS/ CHICAGO TRIBUNE] Interest in Cuba travel prompts US to allow more ights to Havana Ross See MARIOTTI, A4 See PANEL, A4 See REVIEW, A4 See CUBA, A4


A4 Saturday, April 14, 2018 | TodaysServices federal prison after being convicted of falsifying a report about a prisoner's beating.Michael Baxter was sentenced Thursday, more than two months after a jury found the 49-year-old guilty of trying to obstruct the investigation into a pris-oner who was beaten in Baxter's office.Baxter worked at the Apalachee Correctional Institution when a prisoner was assaulted on the day he was supposed to get married.Blood from the inmate's head was found in Baxter's office, and investigators said he later submitted a false report about the assault.The FBI helped state authorities investigate the case.VIERAIraq vet with PTSD gets life for killing bullies next doorProsecutors in Florida agree that an Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder was systematically bullied by his neighbors.But they said the bul-lying didn't justify killing them. Florida Today reports that Billy Wood-ward was sentenced on Wednesday to two life terms for murder.Woodward claimed he was standing his ground and defending his family when he shot his neigh-bors in Titusville on Labor Day weekend in 2012.The newspaper has reported that he wore camouflage and crawled through the grass at night to fatally shoot Gary Hembree and Roger Picior. Neighbor Bruce Blake survived 11 gunshot wounds.Prosecutors said Woodward's security cameras recorded weeks of bullying, taunting and threats, but he shot the men out of anger, not fear. BRIEFSFrom Page A3were drug addicts and his mother was severely mentally ill, according to court records. His father, Mark, was in federal prison on drug charges until Mariotti turned 13. The two used to smoke pot together, said Lipman, who inter-viewed David Mariotti in jail. Lipman also talked to two other jail inmates who grew up with Mariotti. They said he suffered from hallucinations and other side effects. Lipman went into great detail with Assistant Executive Public Defender John Spivey about how heavy mari-juana use by adolescents affects development. Meth can induce a kind of psychosis, he said. Assistant State Attor-ney Rich Buxman asked the pointed questions. He noted that Mariotti lived with his grandpar-ents from the time he was 8 months old to 13 years old. Were they a good influence?Ž the prosecu-tor asked. Lipman agreed that they were. Was there any evidence of sexual or physical abuse? No, he answered, although they should have monitored his behavior more closely.He was expelled from school when he was 13. That was because he punched a kid in the mouth so hard his teeth came through his lip.Ž Buxman said. There were later peri-ods of stability, where he held jobs, ran a business, and was in a healthy rela-tionship with a woman who would later become his wife and the mother of his child. She had no use for drugs, so during that time Mariotti was in a drug rehab program. Mariotti eventually abandoned his family so he could have sex with many different women.Didnt he describe himself as a slut back on the street?Ž Buxman asked. He did,Ž Lipman said, conceding that he went back to a drug abuse career.Ž He did not participate in drug counseling pro-grams in prison, Buxman noted, one of many bad choices he made. Drug dependency corrupts the ability to choose,Ž Lipman said. We use the term free will rather gliblyƒŽ Another expert focused on an event that occurred on May 2, 2016. Thats when Mariotti lost con-sciousness in a Walmart parking lot in Manatee County after overdosing on heroin. During a three-hour period, his blood-oxygen saturation reading was 79 percent, said Dr. Geof-frey Colino, a neurologist who reviewed ambulance and hospital reports. The normal reading on a pulse oximeter is 95 to 100. He described the condition as hypoxia. You cannot be hypoxic for three hours without suffering some degree of brain damage,Ž he testified. Buxman, in his crossexamination, asked if it would have affected his ability to tell right from wrong. Colino said it could affect his ability to empa-thize with others. Buxman also tackled reports of supposed traumatic brain injuries. Mariotti was hit in the head with a hammer that fell off a ladder, but the results of a CT scan were negative, and he was not admitted to the hospi-tal. Nor was he admitted when he was involved in a rear-end truck collision. CT scans can detect broken bones or large amount of blood, but they are not as sensitive as an MRI at detecting brain injuries, Colino said. Stories that he was hit in the head by a car, a baseball and hurt in a fall at a pool came either from Mariotti or his mother. Would you consider his mother to be a reliable source?Ž Buxman said.Id have to say no to that.Ž Jurors also heard from a radiologist, Dr. Michael Foley. He said brain scans taken of Mariotti in 2017 showed abnormalities of Mariottis frontal lobes. That part of the brain has a lot to do with so-called executive functions,Ž like impulse control, and cognitive thinking, including language, and memory. The most heart-break-ing testimony, however, came at the end of the day. Delio Debeneditto, bald, grey and limping, recalled when he and his wife had a brief guard-ianship of Mariotti when he was a teenager in Fort Lauderdale. He described Mariottis mother, Elsie Stevens, as a prostitute and a drug addict. David was more of a parent than his mother was,Ž he said, referring to Mariotti as the care-takerŽ and providerŽ for his younger brothers and sisters. Mariotti, who dropped out of school in the eighth grade, wanted to get his GED, he said, so he came to live with us.Ž The problem was, Debeneditto was a convicted drug dealer who was still buying drugs when he got out of prison. Soon, Mariotti was stealing drugs from him. He never got the GED. In 1999 Mariottis grandparents picked him up and took him to Lees-burg to live with them. Have you seen him since?Ž asked Assistant State Attorney Chris Small.Ž No,Ž he said. I was mad at the world when I got out of prison,Ž he said after the testi-mony ended for the day. A changed man, he is remorseful about not being a better father figure, and he is shocked that Mariotti stands con-victed of strangling the 84-year-old widow in her Leesburg home and stealing from her to sup-port his drug habit. I cant believe it. I look at him and its like he doesnt have it in him,Ž he said. MARIOTTIFrom Page A3Liberties Union of Florida, the First Amendment Foundation, the Florida AFL-CIO and the League of Women Voters of Florida.In a letter to Constitution Revision Commission members, the coalition said the bundling of the propos-als before final votes on each measure was a dramatic departureŽ from 1998, when the commission voted on each issue separately before deciding which proposals would be grouped together.Some of the groupings appear to be designed to force commissioners and voters to accept constitutional changes they do not like in order to get those that they do,Ž the coalition said.The coalition specifically criticized a grouping (Pro-posal 6003) that combines term limits for schoolboard members and a mandate to teach civic literacy with a more-controversial proposal that could allow state authorization of charter schools over the objections of local school districts.We can all smell an attempted political manip-ulation a mile away. And right now this process is not passing the smell test,Ž the coalition said.County government advocates have objected to the grouping in another measure (Proposal 6005), which would require all charter county governments to have elected, rather than appointed, constitutional officers, including sheriffs. The counties want to retain the current constitutional pro-vision that allows voters to decide between elected and appointed posts.In testimony before the commissions Style and Drafting Committee, Miami-Dade County officials asked for the charter-county proposal to be a separate issue rather than grouped with measures, such as the creation of a state counterterror-ism office, that are likely to draw strong voter approval.A handful of the 12 ballot proposals did not receive the required 22 votes when the full commission advanced them for further consideration, raising the possibility they may fall short again in the final votes.Among them is a proposal (Proposal 6010) that would require the creation of an employment verifica-tion system to determine if workers are legally authorized to work under federal immigration laws. Opponents have called the measure anti-immigrant,Ž and it has drawn opposition from agriculture interests and some business groups. It initially advanced in a 19-13 vote.Any ballot proposals approved by the commission will join five constitutional revisions already on the November ballot. They include measures on gambling, homestead tax breaks, res-toration of felons rights and a requirement for supermajority votes by the Legislature on future tax and fee increases.In 1978, the commission advanced eight ballot proposals, which all were rejected by voters along with a citizens initiative on casino gambling.In 1998, the commission put nine proposals on the ballot, and eight were approved by voters along with four constitutional changes that had been advanced by the Legislature. PANELFrom Page A3 pursuing opportunities to increase civic education for our youth, and young adults, and with that encourage more engage-ment and participation of future generations in government.Ž First Academy gets “ rstever win, in a huge wayThe First Academy of Leesburg softball team went into their game against Auburndale King-dom Prep Academy on April 3 with the same goal they had all season ... to win the game. It would be a first, not just this season, but in the four-year history of the softball program.But when the Eagles played Kingdom Prep Academy, everything came together. They hit the ball with authority. They threw strikes. They fielded well .... and came away with a dominant 19-0 victory.It was an amazing moment,Ž said First Acad-emy coach Trisha Spivey. They earned that win and they deserved to enjoy the feeling that goes with suc-cess. Im so thankful they were finally able to get that first win under their belts. Theyre so proud of what they accomplished they dont want to turn in their uniforms.Ž REVIEWFrom Page A3we started to see an increase in web traffic, an increase in leads or demands for information and increases in bookings."Popper said a confluence of events last year affected demand for Cuba, including the announcement of a scale-back of some Obama-era regulations by President Donald Trump's administration, alleged sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba „ which triggered a travel warning by the U.S. State Department„ and Hurricane Irma's passage.The new regulations from the Trump administration, which at first were pre-sented as a full rollback of former President Barack Obama's Cuba travel rules, particularly caused confusion among travelers, Popper said. In reality, although Trump's regulations added some new restrictions, they didn't materially alter the nature of travel to Cuba as outlined by the previous administration.American travelers who visit the island must still adhere to the 12 categories of approved travel to Cuba. Travel just for tourism is still prohibited, in addition to financial transactions with any in a list of 180 prohibited com-panies, hotels and stores controlled by the Cuban military.The new proposed flights include routes between Havana and Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boston and Houston. They represent the airlines' first-ranked choices for service to Cuba, according to DOT. Objections to the DOT's awards are due by April 16. Answers to objections are due April 23, before the department makes a final determination. CUBAFrom Page A3By Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ The Florida Constitution Revision Commission will consider 12 ballot proposals when it meets next week. Each proposal must receive at least 22 votes from the 37-member commission to be placed on the Nov. 6 gen-eral election ballot.Here are snapshots of the proposed changes to the state Constitution:€ VICTIMS RIGHTS AND JUDGES (Proposal 6001): The proposal would establish a series of rights for crime victims, including the right to be notified of major devel-opments in criminal cases and the right to be heard in legal proceedings. It also would increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. It also would provide that judges or hearing officers should not necessarily defer to the inter-pretation of laws and rules by governmental agencies in legal proceedings.€ FIRST RESPONDERS AND HIGHER EDUCATION (Proposal 6002): The proposal would require the payment of death benefits when law enforce-ment officers, paramedics, correctional officers and other first responders are killed while performing their official duties. It also would apply to Florida National Guard and active-duty military members stationed in Florida. The proposal also would establish a gover-nance system for the 28 state and community colleges. It would require a supermajor-ity vote by university boards of trustees and the university systems Board of Governors when raising student fees.€ PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Proposal 6003): The proposal would impose an eightyear term limit on school board members. It would allow an alternative process for approving public schools, including charter schools, rather than by local school boards. It also would establish a requirement for the teaching of civic literacy in public schools.€ OIL DRILLING AND VAPING (Proposal 6004): The proposal would prohibit drilling for gas and oil in state coastal waters and ban vaping and the use of electronic ciga-rettes in workplaces.€ GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURE (Proposal 6005): The proposal would require all charter county governments to have elected constitutional officers, including sheriffs. It would lead to the Legislature beginning its annual session in January in even-numbered years. It would create an Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism in the Department of Law Enforcement. It also would revise the constitutional authority for the Depart-ment of Veterans Affairs.€ PROPERTY RIGHTS AND HIGH-SPEED RAIL (Proposal 6006): The proposal would remove constitutional lan-guage that prohibits aliens ineligible for citizenshipŽ from owning property. It also would remove obsolete language that authorizes a high-speed rail system. It would revise language to make clear that the repeal of a criminal statute does not affect the prosecution of any crime committed before the repeal.€ ETHICS (Proposal 6007): The proposal would impose a six-year lobbying ban on former state elected officials, state agency heads and local elected officials. It would also create a new ethics standard that would prohibit public officials from obtaining a disproportionate benefitŽ from their actions while in office.€ INNOVATION SCHOOL DISTRICTS (Proposal 6008): The proposal would allow high-performingŽ school districts to be designated as innovationŽ districts and provide exemptions from some laws that normally apply to the districts.€ PRIMARY ELECTIONS (Proposal 6009): The proposal would allow all voters to par-ticipate in primary elections if all of the candidates have the same party affiliation and are only opposed by one or more write-in candidates.€ EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION (Proposal 6010): The proposal would mandate an employment-verification system to determine if workers are legally authorized to work under federal immigration laws. It would apply to workers hired after July 1, 2020.€ NAMING GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS (Proposal 6011): The proposal would pro-hibit government buildings, projects or programs from being named after elected officials who are members of the governmental entities making the decisions. It would apply to state and local governments.€ DOG RACING (Proposal 6012): The proposal would ban greyhound racing at Florida tracks after Dec. 31, 2020.Ballot proposals range from oil drilling to dog racing

PAGE 5 | Saturday, April 14, 2018 A5 By Chad Day and Catherine LuceyThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Pres-ident Donald Trump issued a full pardon Friday to I. Lewis ScooterŽ Libby, suggesting the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney had been treated unfairlyŽ by a special counsel at a moment when the president himself faces an escalating special coun-sel investigation.Libby, Cheneys former chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of lying to investi-gators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. President George W. Bush later commuted Libbys 30-month prison sentence but didnt issue a pardon despite intense pressure from Cheney.I dont know Mr. Libby,Ž Trump said in a statement issued by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.ŽTrump pardoned Libby in a case that dealt with leaks to the press despite the fact that he has raged against press leaks and excoriated leakersŽ throughout his presidency.The White House said a witness against Libby later changed her version of events and noted that he had a decade of public service and an unblemishedŽ record since. He had already been reinstated to the bar by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.Libbys case has been criticized by conserva-tives, who argue he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel. Another twist is that the special counsel in Libbys case, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time. Comey later became head of the FBI but was fired by Trump and has since written a book highly critical of the president.The criticism echoes cri-tiques of Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elec-tion, possible coordination with Trump associates and potential obstruction of justice by the president. Trump has called that probe a witch hunt.ŽLibbys attorneys, Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, issued a statement thanking Trump for addressing a gross injus-ticeŽ they said was inflicted by Fitzgerald and Comey. Trump knows the attor-neys and had sought to add them to his legal team in the Russian investigation, but it was determined diGenova and Toensing had conflicts of interest that would prevent them from joining.Toensing told the Asso-ciated Press that she submitted the pardon papers for Libby to the White House counsels office last summer. She said the president called her midday Friday to deliver the news.He said, He got screwed,Ž Toensing recalled.A spokesman for Bush said Friday that the former president was very pleasedŽ for Libby and his family.Critics questioned the timing of the pardon. Ear-lier in the day, with rumors floating that a pardon was likely, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, ranking member of the House Judiciary Com-mittee, said the timing was suspect.ŽIt hasnt been done through the normal chan-nels. He hasnt gone through the pardon office. And theres no particular reason to pardon Scooter Libby,Ž Nadler said. So one certainly suspects theres a message.ŽWhite House counselor Kellyanne Conway earlier Friday said, Many people think that Scooter Libby was the victim of a special counsel gone amok.Ž Asked if a pardon would effectively be sending a message to Comey, Conway said no.Plame appeared on MSNBC on Friday morning and said a pardon would signal that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned.ŽTrump pardons Scooter Libby, says he was treated unfairlyBy Chad Day and Jonathan LemireThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Firing back at a sharply critical book by former FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump blasted him Friday as an untruthful slime ball,Ž saying, It was my great honor to fire James Comey!ŽTrump reacted on Twitter early Friday, the day after the emergence of details from Comeys memoir, which says Trump is untethered to truth,Ž and describes him as fixated in the early days of his presidency on having the FBI debunk salacious rumors he said were untrue but that could distress his wife.The book, A Higher Loyalty,Ž is to be released next week. The Associated Press pur-chased a copy this week.In the book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the coun-try ego driven and about personal loyalty.ŽComey also reveals new details about his interactions with Trump and his own decisionmaking in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation before the 2016 election. He casts Trump as a mobsterlike figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his investiga-tion into Russian election interference.The book adheres closely to Comeys public testimony and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his growing concern about Trumps integrity. It also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear sure to irri-tate the president.The 6-foot-8 Comey describes Trump as shorter than he expected with a too longŽ tie and bright white halfmoonsŽ under his eyes that he suggests came from tanning goggles. He also says he made a conscious effort to check the presidents hand size, saying it was smaller than mine but did not seem unusually so.ŽDonald Trumps presidency threatens much of what is good in this nation,Ž Comey writes, calling the administration a forest fireŽ that cant be con-tained by ethical leaders within the government.On a more-personal level, Comey describes Trump repeatedly asking him to consider investigating an allegation involving Trump and Russian prostitutes urinating on a bed in a Moscow hotel, in order to prove it was a lie. Trump has strongly denied the allegation, and Comey says that it appeared the president wanted it investigated to reassure his wife, Melania Trump.Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Jus-tice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation.Muellers probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, which the president denies.Trump has assailed Comey as a showboatŽ and a liar.Ž Top White House aides also criticized the fired FBI director on Friday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sand-ers questioned Comeys credibility in a tweet and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey took unnecessary, immature pot shots.ŽComeys account lands at a particularly sensitive moment for Trump and the White House. Officials there describe the president as enraged over a recent FBI raid of his personal lawyers home and office, raising the prospect that he could fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, or try to shut down the probe on his own. The Republican National Committee is poised to lead the pushback effort against Comey by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility.Trump has said he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBIs investigation into Clintons email practices. Trump used the investi-gation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeat-edly said Clinton should be jailed for using a per-sonal email system while serving as secretary of state. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politi-cizing the investigation, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects.Comey writes that he regrets his approach and some of the wording he used in his July 2016 press conference in which he announced the decision not to prosecute Clinton. But he says he believes he did the right thing by going before the cameras and making his statement, noting that the Justice Department had done so in other high profile cases.Every person on the investigative team, Comey writes, found that there was no prosecutable case against Clinton and that the FBI didnt find that she lied under its questioning.He also reveals new details about how the government had unverified classified information that he believes could have been used to cast doubt on Attorney General Loretta Lynchs independence in the Clinton probe. While Comey does not outline the details of the information „ and says he didnt see indications of Lynch inappropriately influencing the investigation „ he says it worried him that the material could be used to attack the integrity of the probe and the FBIs independence.Comeys book will be heavily scrutinized by the presidents legal team looking for any inconsistencies between it and his public testi-mony, under oath, before Congress. They will be looking to impeach Comeys credibility as a key witness in Muellers obstruction investiga-tion, which the president has cast as a political motivated witch hunt.Comey compares Trump to mob boss in bookIn this June 8 photo, former FBI director James Comey speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] By Michael R. SisakThe Associated PressNORRISTOWN, Pa. „ Bill Cosbys chief accuser took the witness stand Friday at his sexual assault retrial, declaring for a second jury that he knocked her out her with three blue pills and then sexually assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.I was weak. I was limp, and I just could not fight him off,Ž said Andrea Constand, once again confronting the 80-year-old comedian in court after his first trial ended with a hung jury.Her harrowing account of sexual molestation was remarkably similar to the one she gave at last years trial, and jurors watched intently and scribbled notes as she described how Cosby „ the good-guy celebrity she viewed as a mentor and friend „ had betrayed her trust.Cosbys lawyer, who has blasted Constand as a con artistŽ who leveled false accusations against the star as part of a scheme to get money from him, began what was expected to be a blistering cross-examination by going through a thick binder of Constands police statements and prior testimony, pointing out dis-crepancies between what she said in the past and her testimony Friday.Under questioning by prosecutors, Constand, who worked as a womens basketball administrator at Temple University, said Cosby offered her pills and a sip of wine after she said she was stressedŽ about tell-ing the Temple coach of her plans to leave to study mas-sage therapy in her native Canada. She said Cosby, a Temple alum and powerful trustee, called the pills your friendsŽ and told her they would help take the edge off.ŽInstead, Constand said, the pills instead made her black out. She awoke to find the actor known as Amer-icas DadŽ penetrating her with his fingers, touching her breast and putting her hand on his penis.She said she wanted Cosby to stop but couldnt say anything. She tried moving her arms and legs but couldnt do that either.Constand said she awoke between 4 and 5 a.m. to find her bra up around her neck and her pants half unzipped. She said Cosby stopped her as she went to leave: All he said was theres a muffin and tea on the table and then, All right and then I left.ŽAfterward, Constand said, I was really humiliated. I was in shock. And I was really confused.ŽCosby has said he gave Constand the cold medicine Benadryl and that she consented to a sexual encounter.Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau told jurors in an opening statement on Tuesday that Constand was a pauper who stiffed roommates on bills, racked up big credit card debt and once ran a Ponzi scheme until she hit the jackpotŽ in 2006, when Cosby paid her $3.4 million to settle the civil lawsuit Constand filed after the district attorney at the time dropped the case.Cosby accuser says she wants justice in retrial


A6 Saturday, April 14, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comHe called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seek-ing a more responsible regime in Damascus.The allied operation comes a year after the U.S. missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons. Since that did not work, a more intense attack would aim to degrade his ability to carry out further such attacks, and would try to do this by hitting Syrian aircraft, military depots and chemical facilities, among other things.The one-off missile strike in April 2017 targeted the airfield from which the Syrian aircraft had launched their gas attack. But the damage was limited, and a defiant Assad returned to episodic use of chlorine and perhaps other chemicals.A broader question is whether the allied attacks are part of a revamped, coherent political strategy to end the war on terms that do not leave Assad in power. SYRIAFrom Page A1will issue a certificate of occupancyso they can open.Its what weve been working towards and were on schedule, so were happy, very excited,Ž DeMarsh said.In anticipation of the opening rush, no matter what day it ends up being, DeMarsh said more than 30 employ-ees have been hired and trained.The manager of the Mount Dora Epic was transferred from another locationwith the company.DeMarshsaid that the Mount Dora Epic Theatrewill be the venue for the Central Florida Film Festival in September.Everybodys ready to go,Ž DeMarsh said. THEATREFrom Page A1 accounts maintained by Cohen after securing an earlier search warrant.None of those emails, they added, was exchanged with Trump.In a footnote, the prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors in New York by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it was proceed-ing independently.The U.S. Attorneys office in Manhattan made the filing after lawyers for Cohen and Trump asked a judge to block the Justice Department from reviewing records seized Monday in FBI raids on Cohens apartment, hotel room, office and safety deposit box.In a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, Cohens lawyers asked to examine the seized documents and electronic devices. The lawyers said they should be allowed to identify which of the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege before prosecutors get to look at them.An attorney for the president, Joanna Hendon, appeared as well, telling the judge that Trump has an acute interest in these proceed-ings and the manner in which these materials are reviewed.ŽHe is the president of the United States,Ž she said. This is of most concern to him. I think the public is a close second. And anyone who has ever hired a lawyer a close third.ŽBut Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay told the judge that he believed the proceedings were an attempt to delay the processing of materi-als seized in the search.The issues here are straightforward,Ž he said.Of Trump, McKay said: His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice.ŽFederal agents seized records on a variety of subjects in raids Monday on Cohens Manhattan office, apartment and hotel room, including payments that were made in 2016 to women who might have damag-ing information about Trump.The court hearing Friday didnt provide new insight into why agents seized the items, but the judge, prosecutors and the attorneys all spoke openly about an investi-gation that previously has been shrouded in secrecy.FBI and Justice Depart-ment officials have refused to say what crimes they are investigating, but people familiar with the investigation have told The Associated Press the search warrant used in the raids sought bank records, business records on Cohens dealing in the taxi industry, Cohens communications with the Trump campaign and information on pay-ments made to a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, and a porn actress, Stephanie Clif-ford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels. Both women say they had affairs with Trump.Ordinarily, documents or communications seized from a lawyer by FBI agents would be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers not directly involved in the investigation to determine which documents were relevant to the probe, and which should be off-limits to investigators because of attorney-client privilege.The judge said prosecutors believed either a special taint teamŽ of government lawyers should decide what evi-dence can be properly viewed by criminal pros-ecutors. Or, they said, the court could appoint a special master for that purpose.Hendon asked for a delay in court proceedings until at least Monday, saying she needed to research the law.Cliffords lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was in the audience for the court session and asked the judge to be heard at 2 p.m.We have every reason to believe that some of the documents seized relate to my client,Ž he said.Cohen has denied wrongdoing.Trump has called the raids a witch hunt,Ž an attack on our country,Ž and a violation of rules that ordinarily make attorney client commu-nications confidential.Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.Public corruption prosecutors in the U.S. attorneys office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to McDougal and Clifford.McDougal was paid $150,000 in the summer of 2016 by the parent company of the National Enquirer under an agree-ment that gave it the exclusive rights to her story, which it never published. Cohen said he paid Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence about her claim to have had a one-night-stand with Trump.The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair. PROBEFrom Page A1snow. And this one is particularly strong. So we do have a lot of mois-ture with it, and a lot of energy,Ž Beitlich said. Over the next 24 hours cold air is going to get wrapped into this system and were going to see a band of heavy snow develop from southwest-ern Minnesota through northern Wisconsin. Also were going to have really strong winds, especially in western Minnesota.ŽBlizzard warnings stretched from northern Kansas across most of Nebraska and South Dakota into southwestern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa, with winter storm warnings and watches covering most of the rest of Minnesota, Wiscon-sin and Michigan. Heavy snow already blanketed parts of western Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota by early afternoon Friday, closing most roads and highways in western Nebraska „ including a 200-mile stretch of cross-country thoroughfare Interstate 80 from North Platte west to the Wyoming border.Snow, freezing rain and high winds were expected through Satur-day night, with heavy ice accumulations in parts of Michigan through Sunday morning.A swath of southern Minnesota including Minneapolis though northern Wisconsin was expected to get 8 to 12 inches of snow or more. Parts of Nebraska could get up to 14 inches, with up to 10 inches in Iowa. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph will make travel hazardous.The National Weather Services Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, issued tornado watches Friday for eastern Texas and western Louisiana, moving up through eastern Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and into Missouri and Iowa. The weather service also warned of the potential for strong thunderstorms, large hail and damaging winds for Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and eastern portions of Texas.Forecasters said Alabama was also at risk for a weekend of severe weather, with the National Weather Service predicting storms beginning over north Alabama early Saturday will create a threat of winds up to 60 mph and tornadoes through Sunday.The Storm Prediction Center said theres an enhanced risk of bad weather in an area that includes Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, and that Montgomery is on the fringe of the risk area.Severe thunderstorms also popped up to the north Friday morning in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota. Golf ball-sized hail fell Friday morning in parts of southwestern Wisconsin, covering the ground like snow in Rich-land Center and Gays Mills. Large hail also fell in Parker in southeastern South Dakota while pea-sized hail fell in nearby Sioux Falls.That just kind of again speaks to how strong the system is, where youre going to get a lot of snow on the cold side, and severe thunderstorms in the warm part of the storm,Ž Beitlich said.In South Dakota, where a blizzard warning covered much of the state, authorities issued no-travel advisories for many highways and closed much of Interstate 90 in the western half of the state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard closed state government offices in 32 counties ahead the approaching blizzard. Dozens of school districts canceled classes ahead of snow accumula-tion expected to reach 12 to 16 inches. Rapid City had already received 5.5 inches by 10 a.m.Dangerous fire weather conditions in Oklahoma contributed to wildfires that forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes near Woodward, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. Emergency crews in western Texas were also battling wildfires amid forecasts of extreme fire danger. STORMFrom Page A1 By Fares Akram and Mohammed DaraghmehThe Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip „ Thousands of Palestin-ians, some burning Israeli flags and torching tires, staged a mass protest on Gazas sealed border with Israel for a third consecu-tive Friday, as part of a pressure campaign to break a decade-old block-ade of their territory.Israeli live fire from across the border fence killed a 28-year-old Pal-estinian man and wounded at least 223, Gaza health officials said. The death brought to 28 the number of protesters killed in two weeks, with more than 1,500 wounded by Israeli fire since March 30, they said.The marches have been organized by Gazas Hamas rulers, but large turnouts on two preceding Fridays were also driven by desperation among the territorys 2 million residents who have been enduring a crippling border closure by Israel and Egypt since 2007.We want to live like everyone else in the world,Ž said 37-year-old construction worker Omar Hamada, an unemployed father of eight. We came here so the world can see us and know that life here is miserable, and that there should be a solution.ŽOn Friday, the turnout seemed to be significantly lower than on previous Fridays „ some 10,000 protesters according to the Israeli military „ raising questions about the orga-nizers goal of keeping the mass marches going until mid-May.Gazas Health Ministry said that 969 people were hurt Friday, including 223 by live fire and the rest by tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets or shrapnel. Fifteen of the wounded were in serious conditions, including a Gaza journalist. The count also included 67 minors and 20 women, health officials said.Rights groups have described the Israeli militarys open-fire regu-lations as unlawful, saying they permit soldiers to use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters.Israel has accused Gazas Islamic militant Hamas rulers of using the protests as a cover for attacks and says snipers only target the main instigators.ŽOn Friday, most of the demonstrators assembled at five tent camps located several hundred yards from the border fence.Smaller groups moved closer to the fence, throw-ing stones, torching tires and burning large Israeli flags, U.S. flags, as well as posters of Israels prime minister and defense minister. Large plumes of black smoke from burning tires rose into the sky.Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets and live rounds. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said that Palestinians repeatedly tried to damage the border fence, throwing several explosives and fire bombs at it.Footage distributed by the military showed an area of the fence made up of several layers of barbed wire coils. Protesters stuck a Palestinian flag into the fence and affixed a rope, using it to tug at the coils. One man threw a burning tire into the fence, while another was seen walking nearby with the help of a crutch.Gaza has endured a border blockade by Israel and Egypt since Hamas overran the territory in 2007, a year after winning Palestinian parliament elections.The blockade has driven Gaza deeper into pov-erty, with unemployment approaching 50 percent and electricity available for less than five hours a day.The marchers are protesting against the blockade, but are also asserting what they say is a right of returnŽ of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel.Hamas leaders have sent mixed signals about whether they plan an eventual mass breach of the border fence. The protests are to culminate in a large rally on May 15, the 70th anniversary of Israels creation. Palestinians mourn the event as their nakba,Ž or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted in the 1948 war over Israels creation.Several thousand people gathered Friday at one of the tent camps, east of Gaza City. The camp was decked out in Palestinian flags. At the entrance, organizers had laid a large Israeli flag on the ground for protesters to step on.O cials: 1 Palestinian killed, 223 wounded by rePalestinian protesters run for cover from teargas “ red by Israeli troops during a protest Friday at the Gaza Strips border with Israel. [KHALIL HAMRA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

PAGE 7 | Saturday, April 14, 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: Fax: 352-365-1951 OUR OPINION ANOTHER OPINION LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ANOTHER OPINION OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 Heres a question for you: Do you spend time each election year studying the pros and cons of constitutional amendments? Dont feel bad. Ferreting out the difference between what they say and what they really mean is time-consuming and, frankly, its confusing. Most voters will have one or two theyre interested in and mark those, then leave the others blank. We think a better idea might be to mark the meaningful amendments and vote noŽ on all the rest. Our state constitution is getting cluttered with matters that have no business being in it. The poster child for amendments that dont belong was placed on the 2002 ballot asking voters to consider this: It shall be unlawful for any person to confine a pig during pregnancy in an enclosure or to tether a pig during pregnancy on a farm in such a way that she is prevented from turning around freely.Ž It set a penalty of not more than $5,000 (per pig) or imprisonment or both. Dont get us wrong, pregnant pigs are due the best possible care, but does this belong in the state constitution? There was once an attempt to outlaw mail order medicines. The sponsor was a lawmaker who happened to be a veterinarian. The basis for his action was that mail meds broke the doctor-patient confidentiality between an owner and his Golden Retriever. This fall, well see what looks like 24 constitutional changes on the November ballot. One gives specific parameters for naming buildings. One bans greyhound racing. One deals with vaping in public and another sets guidelines for civics lessons in public schools. Our concern isnt based on the individual merits of the amendments. The problem with the plethora of new rules is that many just dont belong on a ballot. They belong in the Legislature where theyre debated. In legalese the problem is the amendments dont rise to fundamental constitutional dignity.Ž Thats because they do not govern state government, protect fundamental rights and can be enacted through the legislative process. A second problem will show itself this year, in addition to 24 issues. What youll actually see on the ballot will be 12 amendments from the Constitutional Revision Commission, in addition to five already OKd for the ballot. This is an especially nefarious process called logrolling.Ž Its a pairing of two proposals into one amendment. And the two issues will generally have nothing in common. For instance, preliminary grouping include a workplace vaping ban and offshore drilling for gas and oil. You get to vote yes or no. A pair of higher education issues is paired with survivor benefits for the families of police, military and first responders killed in the line of duty. Another pairs an eight-year term limit for school board members with the requirement that all students be educated in civic literacy.Ž Yes, perhaps both are good ideas. But how do you vote if you support one and oppose another? The one law the CRC might have added to the amendments would be a legal ban on logrolling. Its common sense. But thats been a uncommon thing in Tallahassee recently where the motto might just as well be, If you cant sway them, trick em.Ž From the Ocala Star-Banner editorial board.Confusing voters on amendmentsBy Annie AbbotOur middle child, Marco, had a gradeschool teacher named Miss Meece. My husband, with his strong Italian accent, pronounced her name as Meese Meese.Ž I love my husbands accent, so I giggled inside but said nothing. Finally, though, I decided to coach him on his pronunciation. He quickly grew frustrated and said, What kind of a name is Miss Miss anyway?Ž I laughed and laughed. I even told the story to my friends. Next year,Ž I said, I hope Marco doesnt get Meester Meester for his teacher.Ž This past weeks Twitter spat between Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity about Melania Trump reflects the wrong reasons for laughing at someones accent. During a recent opening monologue of Jimmy Kimmel Live,Ž Kimmel poked fun at Trumps role in the White House Easter events. He rolled footage of the first lady reading a childrens book, and the audience laughed at her accent. When she read, ... ask lots of questions about this and that,Ž the audience laughed louder. For further comic effect, Kimmel repeated, About dees and dat.Ž You realize what this means,Ž Kimmel said to his Mexican-American sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez. You could be first lady of the United States!Ž Hannity fired off a tweet defending Trump and attacking Kimmel: Also @ jimmykimmel attacking @ MELANIATRUMP while reading a book to kids? What happened to Mr Morality? Attacking a woman who is helping children? This is @ Disney? #pervertkimmel.Ž I dont believe in censoring comedians, and I admire how they find the humor by crossing lines. Thats art. But most jokes about accents are just cheap shots. Still, Kimmels audience laughed at that monologue. People at home probably laughed too. I didnt. Its not just that I dont like making fun of people with accents; honestly, the jokes seemed predictable and not very smart. In fact, having an accent was the joke. But theres a deeper problem with that monologue and with Hannitys defense of Melania. They both decontextualized our societys very serious and ugly treatment of immigrants. Some of the funniest jokes by Kimmel and other late-night hosts highlight the absurdity and cruelty of President Donald Trumps anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies. This time, though, Kimmels monologue played into the ways in which we belittle immigrants. By mocking their accents, we dismiss the content of what they say, of their contributions. In fact, the comedian Hari Kondabolu refuses to use accents in his routines. In a 2016 interview with NPR, Kondabolu said, I think some people are used to accents because thats how they see immigrants: Immigrants are funny voices. Immigrants are foreign, strange experiences. And I think there are tons of examples where people have spoken about their (immigrant) parents, and all they are is an accent.Ž Hannitys tweets never mentioned Melania Trumps accent. Reading his back and forth with Kimmel, you would think that the joke was about Trump reading a book to children, not about the way she read it. Perhaps that is purposeful. Hannity and his fellow hard-line anti-immigrant media personalities have staked their personae on nativism. The first ladys accent is non-native. I still laugh about Miss Meece. It wasnt funny because my husband mispronounced her name. It was funny because he pronounced something different. He melded his Italian with his English and created something new, something surprising. Thats what is beautiful about accents. And about immigration. Annie Abbot is a professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. She speaks three languages, all with an accent. She wrote this for the Chicago Tribune.Kimmels joke about Melanias accent hurts immigrantsChildren need positive role models With the recent coverage of school threats in our state, it has made me want to take a stand for children. Since April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, there is no better time than now. We all play a vital role in the development of young children, but honestly, what do we do to help? We all need to remember that as parents we are the childs first teacher. Children do and will model what they see. So, when we are parenting we need to remember how we would like our children to grow up as an adult. Do we want them to grow up learning that we can be nasty to people and not have consequences? Do we want them to see us threaten others when we become upset at a traffic light? We need to be better role models regardless of the situation. We can break the cycle that we were raised in and show our children that actions have consequences. Threatening or provoking someone has severe consequences and it has to stop. If we show children how to solve problems without getting into conflicts and teach them how to handle stressful situations, they would become better adults. It is important to help children learn how to identify what causes them stress and learn healthy ways to cope with stress. Parents make a difference in the choices their children make by having open communication with them so they feel comfortable enough to tell them how they feel, what goes on during the day and what peers are influencing them to make bad choices. Promoting positive change and decision making allows children to make age-appropriate decisions, feel good about themselves and the choices they make. Lets ensure the next generation doesnt have to live with abuse.Michele Carpenter, Leesburg Tax cuts for the one percent Sure, now that they gave the one percent every tax cut they could swing, they want a balanced-budget amendment. Its projected theres still trillions yet to be added to the debt, because of this giveaway to the elite. What do you think they are going to cut? Lets take an educated guess. Try Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Healthcare, Education and Infrastructure just to name a few. Ryan has been salivating to take the first three away for years. Remember the Koch Brothers gave him $500,000 just days after the tax cuts passed because of the huge tax cut they got, as well as removing the individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act, one of the Koch Brothers big wishes. Now that they have their tax cut and increased our debt substantially, they want to balance it on the backs of you and me, the ones who pay taxes without all those lovely tax loopholes to exploit. Meanwhile, the president and his selected few are gouging us daily with their free-wheeling spending on lavish trips, expensive salaries, office furnishings, security details, etc., while they cut all the programs that protect us. By the way, why are we protecting Trump Towers? Hes never there. Did we ever have 24-hour details for other Presidents homes? If we did, it should only be for the floors where he lives, not Trumps offices or entire buildings. If he wants that, hes allegedly rich enough to foot the bill himself. But I digress. Dont let Ryan destroy everything weve worked for before he leaves at the end of the year.Alan Harris, Clermont


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PAGE 9 | Saturday, April 14, 2018 B1 SALUTETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 CHAT WITH A VETERANALVA ASHLINE Town: Clermont Branch of service and rank: Army, specialist 4th class, Vietnam War Enlisted or drafted? Enlisted. I was from a small town in northeast New York, and I wanted to see something besides a farm and a gas station. What did you do in the service? Infantry. Primarily I was an M16 machine gunner. Why was it important? We protected everything. What is your most important memory from service? I just liked a lot of the people I met and the children in Vietnam, from all over. Children are the future of us. What did you like least about service? Probably the food. What do you want people to understand about war? Soldiers are giving up everything, and people don't understand. 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 MILITARY 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 407-462-2163 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 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 BAKE 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.MONDAYTRI-COUNTY WOMEN'S VETERANS LUNCHEON: At 11 a.m. at Palmer Legends County Club, 1635 Palmer Way in The Villages. No reservations required. For information call President Sue Roper at 757-576-9688. DAR CLASS: From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. the second, third and fourth Monday of the month at Cooper Memorial Library, CALENDAR By Keith OliverCorrespondentEUSTIS „ When Johnnie Saunders, founder of the Eustis Junior Panthers football and cheerleading programs, leads his players through exhausting drills and insists on discipline and teamwork, he applies what he learned in the U.S. Army. I grew up there,Ž said the former sergeant. He was a helicopter repairman for the nimble Kiowa, an observerscout aircraft that once served as the eyes and ears for some of the Armys most prolific fighting units.A native of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Saunders, 52, also spent time in New York City before his mother made the best move any parent could make at that time,Ž bringing her family back to the islands when he was nearing school age.Later, Saunders made a decision to enlist in the Army, tackling boot camp in the wide-ranging, West Texas desert of Fort Bliss. His drill sergeant was the first of many soldiers who impressed Saunders with a sincere, daily demonstration of what discipline, commitment and accountability looked like.A special trait, though, and one he has emulated as a coach, was the drill sergeant making sure every one of his soldiers was adequately prepared,Ž Saunders said. Every single one had to be alright „ no one was going to leave his charge until that was so. If it took extra, off-duty time on his part because an individual was not mas-tering this or that skill, so be Discipline, commitment and ACCOUNTABILITYJohnny Saunder poses with a photo from his days in the United States Army. Its just a whole different breed of guys,Ž he said [BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT] Hard-nosed Eustis coach applies Army experience to youth football Staff ReportCLERMONT „ Benjamin Mack-Jackson of Clermont was selected state winner of the Outstanding Youth Vol-unteer Award for Service to Veterans for Florida State Society National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.Benjamin was recognized for his continuing interviews of World War II Veterans through his Veterans History Project, which can be found at At the spring conference in Orlando, the Florida State Society Regent Dawn Lemongello recognizedMack-Jackson at the organizations National Defense banquet.In addition to interviewing the WWII veterans, Mack-Jackson has been active in addressing schools and service organizations, and he brings his traveling museum of memorabilia to share and educate.The Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award for Ser-vice to Veterans is a national competition sponsored by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Benjamin Mack-Jackson was sponsored by Leesburg's NSDAR Mary Ellen Robertson Chapter.Clermont teen honored for service to veteransFrances Nader, left, Benjamin Mack-Jackson, Charyl Winner and Harriet Wallace are pictured at the banquet in Orlando. [SUBMITTED] Johnnie Saunders stands with Brian Kalibowski during their time in the U.S. Army. [SUBMITTED] See ARMY, B4


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Its amazing the amount of information available right at my fingertips. While researching a story I ran into John Randolph, a Virginia gentleman considered by many to be a great orator. He once said, Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.Ž I came across that word, perishable, earlier in the week when I was reading the first chapter of 1 Peter to Nancy. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,Ž wrote Peter, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.Ž We usually dont think about silver or gold as perishable but, as Peter reminded us, silver and gold will one day perish „ along with everything else that isnt spiritual. Peter used the word perishable a second time when he wrote in 1 Peter 1:23: For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.Ž The word perishable was used four other times in the Bible, all by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. Beginning in verse 42 he wrote, So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.Ž Paul continued in verse 50: I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed „ in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.Ž Paul used perishable two more times, in verses 53 and 54. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality,Ž continued Paul. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Ž Thank God we are perishable and our spirits will live with Him eternally. Let me close with this, Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.Ž Rick Reed is a columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email him at | Saturday, April 14, 2018 B3 FAITHTom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 REFLECTIONSOur spirits will live with God eternally Rick ReedBy MARK PRATTAssociated PressThe history of the Congre-gational Church is the history of Colonial New England.Before the birth of the nation and the separation of church and state, the plain Congregational churches that date to the time of the Pil-grims and are found in every community in the region chronicled just about every aspect of life.Yet that history remains largely scattered and hidden, tucked away in damp, unex-plored corners of church buildings from the coast to the mountains.Now, with the help of a more than $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities being announced on Monday, the Boston-based Congrega-tional Library and Archives Hidden Histories project is locating, securing and digitiz-ing church records from 1630 to 1800 and putting them online for anyone to peruse for free.Some records are already online, but the new grant will allow the project to digitize an additional 18,000 documents and transcribe about 7,000 of them, said James Cooper, director of the Hidden His-tories project.The church was the domi-nant religion in Colonial New England and the focal point of every community, Cooper said.And because of that, the records contain more than just information about births, baptisms, marriages and deaths."Essentially, everyone was a Congregationalist at that time," he said. "Almost any-thing that happened in the community went through the doors of the church. If two people had a squabble, you didn't go to court, you went before the minister and tried to settle it."And fortunately, the ministers, often the town's sole record keeper, wrote everything down. Often in meticulous detail."They provide an amazing insight into the lives and minds of ordinary folks," Cooper said.The documents are of immeasurable value to anyone "exploring political culture, social history, linguistics, epi-demiology and climatology ... as well as to genealogists and members of the public inter-ested in a range of subjects," The National Endowment for the Humanities said in its announcement.The Congregational Library and Archives already has the records of about 40 churches online. But most of them are from Massachusetts.The grant will help the project branch into the rest of New England, Executive Director Margaret Bendroth said."This is a very big deal for us," she said. "This is an affir-mation of so much work and time and effort and expertise."Cooper, a professor emer-itus of history at Oklahoma State University, has spent almost three decades tracking down the records, often forgotten by modern day congregations."A staggering amount of the records are scattered in small local libraries, historical soci-eties and still within churches and historians haven't been able to use them because they are utterly inaccessible," Cooper said.They are crumbling, rotting and water stained.He's found them stuffed in pantries next to cans of tomato sauce; wedged into coat closets; and in a safe to which no one associated with the church had the combina-tion. In one case, a church member put the records in a Hidden historyAutumns colors peak on hardwood trees in a cemetery near the Congregational Church in Cumberland, Maine. The history of the Congregational Church is the history of Colonial New England. Its records from 1630 to 1800 are being put online by the Bostonbased Congregational Library and Archives Hidden Histories project, with a boost of more than $300,000 from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. [ROBERT F. BUKATY/AP] Grant helps scholars mine church records TODAYSHABBAT SERVICES: At 10 a.m. every Saturday at Chabad House Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 13030 County Road 103 in Oxford. Call 352-330-4466 or go to PAWS 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.SUNDAYHANDBELL CHOIR CONCERT AND SPAGHETTI DINNER: At 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 117 S. Center St. in Eustis. Concert is free. Cost of dinner is $7 and reservations are encouraged. Open to the public. Child care available. Call 352-357-2833. GRIEF 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 BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP: At 10 a.m. the “ rst and third Sunday of the month at the home of Joe Tassell, Pastor of Mercy Church in Mount Dora. Go to mercychurch” .org. 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.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 352308-8229 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.MONDAY TO WEDNESDAYSENIOR 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 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 352-2599305 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. COMPASSIONATE 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 for information.CALENDAR See CALENDAR, B4 See CHURCH, B4


B4 Saturday, April 14, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comWEDNESDAYLADIES BIBLE STUDY: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday at New Life Baptist Church, 35300 Radio Road in Leesburg. Call 352728-0004 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 352-2599305 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 352-2599305 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 352-2599305 for 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. 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” FLORIDA LAKES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At 7:30 p.m. at Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, 1724 South Bay St. in Eustis. Home on the Range. Go to FloridaLakesSymphonyOrchestra. com for tickets and 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. 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. MOVIE NIGHT: At 6 p.m. at Fairway Christian Church Room C/D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Showing of Wonder. With popcorn and snacks. Free. Bring a friend. Call 352-259-9305 for information. FLORIDA LAKES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At 7:30 p.m. at Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 13600 Caspian Lane in Clermont. Home on the Range. Go to FloridaLakesSymphonyOrchestra. com for tickets and information.SATURDAY, APRIL 21PRINCESS BRUNCH: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Father's House, 2301 South St. in Leesburg. Cost is $15, girls 5 and under free. With gifts, guest speaker and picture station. Call 352-315-1815 to register. TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2727 S. Grove St. in Eustis. Presented by Kiwanis Club. With bounce house and food. Free. Call Marcy Kappel at 352-589-5683 for information. SING INTO SPRING: At 4 p.m. at Graceway Church, 10200 Morningside Drive in Leesburg. Lake County Ladies Chorus Annual Spring Concert. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 352728-1620 for information.SUNDAY, APRIL 22SERVICE AND BARBECUE: At 10:30 a.m. at Grace Bible Baptist Church, 1703 Lewis Road in Leesburg. For Public Safety Appreciation Day. Free plaque for each department, gift for each guest and dinner for all public safety personnel and their families who attend. Call 352-326-5738. SATURDAY, APRIL 28 REAL TALK FORUM: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Leesburg Cultural Arts Center, 201 E. Dixie Ave. Local pastors on taking a stand against social injustices. Call 352-728-8272 for information. SPRING TEA: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Eustis, 117 S. Center St. Cost is $12 and includes lunch and tea. Go to for tickets. Call 352-357-2833 for information. SATURDAY MORNING SERVICE: At 10 a.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom Synagogue, 315 N. 13th St. in Leesburg. Led by Rabbi Karen Allen. Light Kiddush lunch to follow service. Go to bethsholom”, APRIL 29HOW FLORIDA HAPPENED: At 5 p.m. at Tri-County Unitarian Universalists, 7280 SE 135th St. in Summer“ eld. With former Florida Governor Buddy MacKay. Free and open to the public. Call Nelson Hay at 941-323-8512 or email for information. CONCERT: At 3 p.m. at Congregational Church of Mount Dora, 650 N. Donnelly St. With Orlando singing group, Grace in Tune. Free. Call 352-3832285 for information.WEDNESDAY, MAY 2SUMTER MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION: At 7:30 p.m. on the “ rst Wednesday of every month at Oxford Assembly of God, U.S. Highway 301 in Oxford. Call 352-748-6124 or email to oxfordassembly@, MAY 3UNITED IN PRAYER: At 12 p.m. at Donnelly Park, 530 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. Pray for America and our community for National Day of Prayer. With music and community leaders. Bring a chair. Go to, MAY 4HOLY HOUR AND HAPPY HOUR: At 7 p.m. the “ rst Friday of the month at Chabad House Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 13030 County Road 103 in Oxford. Beginners Shabbat Service followed by cocktails and traditional dishes. RSVP to 352-330-4466 or info@ Go to for information.SATURDAY, MAY 12ALL ABOUT FAIRWAY 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. CALENDARFrom Page B3 it.ŽCoach JohnnieŽ is known for his tough, tell-it-like-it-is approach.My style is direct. Brutal honesty. They (the players) respond to that,Ž he said. Kids want to know, Am I doing it right?ŽBut his methods „ and they have been proof-tested by two decades of his players success at the high school, college and profes-sional levels „ are fueled by a higher purpose.It hit me a few years ago that this wasnt about winning anymore. Its about reaching souls. Its about showing respect. Its about growing into a man. Its about treating a young lady right.ŽAnother theme he espouses with passion is camaraderie „ especially regarding race relations. Known for his racially mixed teams, coaching and support staff, Saunders sees football as a venue for building teamwork, trust and understanding.Its what he experienced in the Army, including a lifetime friendship he and a white roommate developed. It started off badly,Ž he said. It was putting two guys in a room who came from totally opposite cultural and geographic backgrounds and comfort zones.It took about six months for us to get it figured out,Ž said. We hated each other. Then we went on some field exercises and discovered that if we did not work together and get to know each other, we would not be able to accomplish the mission.ŽSaunders said he believes race relations better in the Army than in the civilian world. Its just a whole different breed of guys,Ž he said. ARMYFrom Page B1bank, and then died with-out telling anyone where they were."These records are an absolute gold mine," Cooper said. Who are the Congregationalists? According to the Con-gregational Library & Archives' website, the Protestant reformers of the 16th century„ the Puritans„ established a "godly commnwealth" of locally governed churches once they arrived here, in the New World. As a Protestant denomination, their ser-vices were simple forms of worship, governed by the people of the congre-gation. "Built on strong community bonds, the Congregational churches went on to exercise a broad influence on American culture, both in the world of ideas and in efforts for social reform." Congregational churches exist today within the United Church of Christ, and in two continuing bodies, the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the Con-servative Congregational Christian Conference. CHURCHFrom Page B3

PAGE 13 | Saturday, April 14, 2018 C1 SPORTS BASEBALL | C5A ROUNDUP OF THE DAYS MLB ACTION Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Robbie AndreuGatehouse MediaGAINESVILLE „ In the quest for his first big win as the head coach at Florida, Dan Mullen seems to be executing an innovative and thorough game plan.Hes making all the right calls.It started with moving up his spring speaking tour to before the start of spring drills. Along with Gainesville, hes already made trips to Jack-sonville, Tampa and Orlando to connect with Gator fans and energize the base.Hes brought many former UF players back to the program to explain the Gator standard to the current players.And hes become a fixture on campus. Hes visited fraterni-ties and sororities. He showed up at the dance marathon. Hes randomly popped in and out of classrooms to speak to students. Hes played dodge-ball with students at the rec center. He recently went on a morning run with members of ROTC.Hes been spreading his energy and enthusiasm all over campus, all over Gator Nation.Mullens longtime goal, of course, is to let fans and students know they are part of this process to restore Florida football to a championship program, which it was when Mullen left to become the head coach at Mississippi State after the 2008 national championship season.His immediate goal is this: get the fans and students enthused and energized so they will fill up The Swamp for todays Orange & Blue Game and recreate that champion-ship atmosphere.Mullen looks to ll The SwampFlorida head football coach Dan Mullen came out to hype up the fans during a basketball game against Baylor at the OConnell Center in January. Mullen has been energizing Gator Nation since his return to campus. [BRAD MCCLENNY / GATEHOUSE MEDIA] UF footballWhat: Orange & Blue Game When: Today, 3 p.m. Where: Ben Hill Grif“ n Stadium, Gainesville Tickets: Free admission TV: SEC Network Online: ESPN3New UF coach hoping for big crowd for spring game By Tim ReynoldsAssociated PressWith the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, heres 10 things to know: LEBRONS STREAKPacers fans, avert your eyes.LeBron James hasnt expe-rienced losing a first-round game in nearly six years.James teams have won 21 consecutive opening-round contests, a streak that started in Game 5 of the Miami-New York series in 2012. Combin-ing his Cleveland and Miami years, James teams have won 46 of their last 51 first-round games.James and the Cavs play Indiana in the first round this season. MORE LEBRONJames could set a slew of NBA records in these playoffs.Hes already the all-time postseason leader in points, is seven steals from passing Scottie Pippen (395) for the playoff record in that depart-ment, is four shots from passing Kobe Bryant (4,499) for another career postseason mark.10 things to know about the 2018 NBA playo sGolden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr yells to his players in the “ rst half of a game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday in Salt Lake City. [AP PHOTO / ALEX GOODLETT] By Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comThe Leesburg Lightning will open its 12th season in the Flor-ida College Summer League on June 1 against the DeLand Suns and will wrap up the regular season on July 28 against longtime rival Sanford.League and team officials recently published schedules for the upcoming season, which features a rare season-opening game in May and a best-of-3 championship series that will not be played at Tropicana Field.The Lightning will host DeLand at 7 p.m. June 1 at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field, the first of 22 home games during the teams 45-game schedule in June and July.Leesburg, the only team in the FCSL that does not charge admission to its home games, will play four home games during opening week „ DeLand on June 1 and June 6, Winter Garden on June 5 and Winter Park on June 8.With the exception of two Sunday games (July 1 and July 22), which are scheduled for 5 p.m. starts, and July 4, a 5:30 p.m. start, all Lightning home games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.Leesburgs annual Indepen-dence Day game, which will be against Sanford this year, will be the only game in the league played that day. After the game, fans will be permitted to move onto the playing field and watch fireworks over Lake Harris.Lightning officials said Friday the team will hold its annual Meet the Players prac-tice on May 31 at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field. Details, including practice time and any other activities that might be involved, are still being worked out.Rich Billings will return for his fourth season as head coach of the Lightning.The league will open it 15th season on May 31 when Winter Park and Sanford „ the leagues two oldest franchises „ face off at Sanford Memorial Stadium. Sanford is the leagues defending champion, and the River Rats and Winter Park have combined to win nine of 14 FCSL championships.Lightning to kick o season at home June 1Rich Billings returns for his fourth season as head coach of the Leesburg Lightning this year. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] See NBA, C4 See LIGHTNING, C4 See MULLEN, C4By Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comMOUNT DORA „ Baseball is not always aesthetically pleasing.A win, however, doesnt have to be a work of art.Taylor Pridgen had six RBIs, including two on a two-out double to left in the seventh inning, to lift Eustis to a 10-8 win against Mount Dora on Friday at Heim Field in a battle of Class 5A-District 6 rivals.In the seventh, Ryan Weedon worked Mount Dora reliever Bryant Heston for a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Battling to the nishEustis Javy Baez (11) takes a swing during a game against Mount Dora at Heim Field in Mount Dora on Friday. [PAUL RYAN PHOTOS / CORRESPONDENT] Mount Doras Ricardo Garcia (1) swings during a game against Eustis at Heim Field in Mount Dora on Friday. Pridgens 2-run double in seventh lifts Eustis past Mount DoraSee EUSTIS, C4


C2 Saturday, April 14, 2018 | SCOREBOARD HOW TO REACH USPaul Jenkins, Sports Editor Email: Phone: 352-365-8204SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results by calling 352-365-8204. Submissions also can be emailed to Results submitted after 9:30 p.m. may not appear in the next days edition of the Daily Commercial.SPORTS ON TVAUTO RACING 8:30 a.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Monster Energy Cup Series, Food City 500, practice, at Bristol, Tenn. 9:30 a.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, X“ nity Series, Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, qualifying, at Bristol, Tenn. 11 a.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Monster Energy Cup Series, Food City 500, “ nal practice, at Bristol, Tenn. 1 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, X“ nity Series, Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, at Bristol, Tenn. 4 p.m. FOX „ IMSA, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix, at Long Beach, Calif. 6:30 p.m. NBCSN „ IndyCar, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.), qualifying 2:05 a.m. (Sunday) ESPN2 „ Formula One, Heineken Chinese Grand Prix, at Shanghai COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2:30 p.m. ESPN „ Clemson spring game, at Clemson, S.C. COLLEGE SOFTBALL 1 p.m. ESPN2 „ LSU at Tennessee 3 p.m. ESPN2 „ Kentucky at Texas A&M GOLF 8 a.m. GOLF „ European PGA Tour, Open de Espana, third round, at Madrid 1 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, RBC Heritage, third round, at Hilton Head Island, S.C. 3 p.m. CBS „ PGA Tour, RBC Heritage, third round, at Hilton Head Island, S.C. GOLF „ Champions Tour, Mitsubishi Electric Classic, second round, at Duluth, Ga. 7 p.m. GOLF „ LPGA Tour, LOTTE Championship, “ nal round, at Kapolei, Hawaii MIXED MARTIAL ARTS 6 p.m. FOX „ UFC Fight Night, prelims, at Glendale, Ariz. 8 p.m. FOX „ UFC Fight Night, Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje, at Glendale, Ariz. MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB „ Regional coverage, Baltimore at Boston OR N.Y. Yankees at Detroit 4 p.m. FS1 „ Texas at Houston 6 p.m. SUN „ Philadelphia at Tampa Bay 7 p.m. FS1 „ L.A. Angels at Kansas City FS-Florida „ Pittsburgh at Miami 10 p.m. MLB „ Regional coverage, Arizona at L.A. Dodgers OR Oakland at Seattle (games joined in progress) MOTOR SPORTS 10 p.m. FS1 „ AMA, Monster Energy Supercross, at Minneapolis (same-day tape) NBA BASKETBALL 3 p.m. ABC „ NBA playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, San Antonio at Golden State 5:30 p.m. ESPN „ NBA playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, Washington at Toronto 8 p.m. ESPN „ NBA playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, Miami at Philadelphia 10:30 p.m. ESPN „ NBA playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, New Orleans at Portland NHL HOCKEY 3 p.m. CNBC or NBCRegional coverage, NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 2, New Jersey at Tampa Bay CNBC or NBCRegional coverage, NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 2, Colorado at Nashville 8 p.m. NBC „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 2, Toronto at Boston 10:30 p.m. NBCSN „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 2, San Jose at Anaheim SOCCER 7:30 a.m. NBCSN „ Premier League, Southampton vs. Chelsea 9:30 a.m. FS2 „ Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen vs. Frankfurt 10 a.m. CNBC „ Premier League, Swansea City vs. Everton NBCSN „ Premier League, Crystal Palace vs. Brighton & Hove Albion 12:30 p.m. FS2 „ Bundesliga. Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach NBC „ Premier League, Liverpool vs. Bournemouth 2:45 p.m. NBCSN „ Premier League, Tottenham vs. Manchester City 3:30 p.m. LIFE NWSL, Chicago at Utah SWIMMING 8 p.m. NBCSN „ TYR Pro Swim Series, at Mesa, Ariz. SPORTS BRIEFSFRISCO, TEXASCowboys release Bryant, look to get salary-cap reliefDez Bryant never lived up to the big contract he signed with the Dallas Cowboys when he was among the best receivers in the NFL.If the franchise leader in touchdown catches is going to find his 2014 All-Pro form again, it will be with another team.The Cowboys released Bryant on Friday, deciding salary-cap relief and declining production from one of their biggest stars outweighed the risk of him proving them wrong by becoming a Pro Bowl player again some-where else.And Bryant used Twit-ter to make it clear that he will be trying.If I didnt have my edge, Ive got it now,Ž he wrote among a flurry of tweets over two days. The Associated Press AUTO RACING NASCAR-MONSTER ENERGY-FOOD CITY 500 LINEUPAfter Friday qualifying; race Sunday At Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn. Lap length: .533 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 128.822 mph. 2. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford, 128.804. 3. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 128.262. 4. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 128.253. 5. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 128.185. 6. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 128.048. 7. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, 127.980. 8. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 127.835. 9. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 127.673. 10. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 127.571. 11. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 127.470. 12. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 126.628. 13. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 127.317. 14. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 127.191. 15. (95) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 127.115. 16. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 127.031. 17. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 126.972. 18. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 126.771. 19. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 126.704. 20. (43) Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet, 126.420. 21. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 126.395. 22. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 126.270. 23. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 126.204. 24. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 125.535. 25. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 125.773. 26. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 125.765. 27. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 125.248. 28. (23) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 124.938. 29. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 124.922. 30. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 124.735. 31. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 124.517. 32. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 123.978. 33. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 123.802. 34. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 121.790. 35. (96) DJ Kennington, Toyota, 121.389. 36. (55) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 121.366. 37. (51) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 118.058. 38. (66) Chad Finchum, Toyota, 114.658. 39. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 0.000. PRO BASKETBALL NBA PLAYOFFSAll times EasternFIRST ROUND (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE TORONTO VS. WASHINGTONToday: Washington at Toronto, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday: Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. Friday, April 20: Toronto at Washington, 8 p.m. Sunday, April 22: Toronto at Washington, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 25: Washington at Toronto, TBA x-Friday, April 27: Toronto at Washington, TBA x-Sunday, April 29: Washington at Toronto, TBABOSTON VS. MILWAUKEESunday: Milwaukee at Boston, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m. Friday, April 20: Boston at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22: Boston at Milwaukee, 1 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 24: Milwaukee at Boston, TBA x-Thursday, April 26: Boston at Milwaukee, TBA x-Saturday, April 28: Milwaukee at Boston, TBAPHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMIToday: Miami at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Monday: Miami at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19: Philadelphia at Miami, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21: Philadelphia at Miami, 2:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 24: Miami at Philadelphia, TBA x-Thursday, April 26: Philadelphia at Miami, TBA x-Saturday, April 28: Miami at Philadelphia, TBACLEVELAND VS. INDIANASunday: Indiana at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Friday, April 20: Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22: Cleveland at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 25: Indiana at Cleveland, TBA x-Friday, April 27: Cleveland at Indiana, TBA x-Sunday, April 29: Indiana at Cleveland, TBAWESTERN CONFERENCE HOUSTON VS. MINNESOTASunday: Minnesota at Houston, 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Minnesota at Houston, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21: Houston at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23: Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 25: Minnesota at Houston, TBA x-Friday, April 27: Houston at Minnesota, TBA x-Sunday, April 29: Minnesota at Houston, TBAGOLDEN STATE VS. SAN ANTONIOToday: San Antonio at Golden State, 3 p.m. Monday: San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19: Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22: Golden State at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 24: San Antonio at Golden State, TBA x-Thursday, April 26: Golden State at San Antonio, TBA x-Saturday, April 28: San Antonio at Golden State, TBAPORTLAND VS. NEW ORLEANSToday: New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday: New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19: Portland at New Orleans, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21: Portland at New Orleans, 5 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 24: New Orleans at Portland, TBA x-Thursday, April 26: Portland at New Orleans, TBA x-Saturday, April 28: New Orleans at Portland, TBAOKLAHOMA CITY VS. UTAHSunday: Utah at Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Utah at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21: Oklahoma City at Utah, 10 p.m. Monday, April 23: Oklahoma City at Utah, 10:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 25: Utah at Oklahoma City, TBA x-Friday, April 27: Oklahoma City at Utah, TBA x-Sunday, April 29: Utah at Oklahoma City, TBA PRO HOCKEY NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSAll times EasternFIRST ROUND (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE TAMPA BAY 1, NEW JERSEY 0Thursday: Tampa Bay 5, New Jersey 2 Today: New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. Monday: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. x-Saturday, April 21: New Jersey at Tampa Bay, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, TBABOSTON 1, TORONTO 0Thursday: Boston 5, Toronto 1 Today: Toronto at Boston, 8 p.m. Monday: Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19: Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. x-Saturday, April 21: Toronto at Boston, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Boston at Toronto, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Toronto at Boston, TBACOLUMBUS 1, WASHINGTON 0Thursday: Columbus 4, Washington 3, OT Sunday: Columbus at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: Washington at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19: Washington at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. x-Saturday, April 21: Columbus at Washington, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Washington at Columbus, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Columbus at Washington, TBAPITTSBURGH 1, PHILADELPHIA 0Wednesday: Pittsburgh 7, Philadelphia 0 Friday: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, late Sunday: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. x-Friday, April 20: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, TBA x-Sunday, April 22: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, TBAWESTERN CONFERENCE NASHVILLE 1, COLORADO 0Thursday: Nashville 5, Colorado 2 Today: Colorado at Nashville, 3 p.m. Monday: Nashville at Colorado, 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Nashville at Colorado, 10 p.m. x-Friday, April 20: Colorado at Nashville, TBA x-Sunday, April 22: Nashville at Colorado, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: Colorado at Nashville, TBAWINNIPEG 1, MINNESOTA 0Wednesday: Winnipeg 3, Minnesota 2 Friday: Minnesota at Winnipeg, late Sunday: Winnipeg at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Tuesday: Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8 p.m. xFriday, April 20: Minnesota at Winnipeg, TBA x-Sunday, April 22: Winnipeg at Minnesota, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Minnesota at Winnipeg, TBAVEGAS 1, LOS ANGELES 0Wednesday: Vegas 1, Los Angeles 0 Friday: Los Angeles at Vegas, late Sunday: Vegas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday: Vegas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. x-Thursday, April 19: Los Angeles at Vegas, 10 p.m. x -Saturday, April 21: Vegas at Los Angeles, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Los Angeles at Vegas, TBASAN JOSE 1, ANAHEIM 0Thursday: San Jose 3, Anaheim 0 Today: San Jose at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. Monday: Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. x-Friday, April 20: San Jose at Anaheim, TBA x-Sunday, April 22: Anaheim at San Jose, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: San Jose at Anaheim, TBAAHLEASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA y-Lehigh Valley 74 45 19 5 5 100 253 215 x-WB/Scranton 73 43 22 6 2 94 245 217 x-Providence 73 43 25 3 2 91 219 180 x-Charlotte 74 44 26 1 3 92 253 208 Bridgeport 73 36 29 5 3 80 202 203 Hartford 74 32 33 6 3 73 202 249 Spring“ eld 73 32 34 5 2 71 206 221 Hershey 74 29 36 4 5 67 197 245 North Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA y-Toronto 73 51 18 2 2 106 240 162 x-Syracuse 74 45 21 3 5 98 230 184 x-Rochester 74 35 22 11 6 87 224 215 x-Utica 73 37 25 7 4 85 205 208 Binghamton 73 25 37 7 4 61 187 237 Belleville 73 28 40 2 3 61 184 255 Laval 74 24 40 7 3 58 201 271 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA x-Chicago 73 40 22 7 4 91 232 197 x-Manitoba 74 41 25 4 4 90 249 194 x-Grand Rapids 75 41 25 2 7 91 231 206 x-Rockford 74 40 26 4 4 88 231 223 Milwaukee 74 38 30 4 2 82 214 228 Iowa 74 31 27 10 6 78 225 244 Cleveland 74 24 40 7 3 58 183 251 Paci“ c Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA y-Tucson 66 40 20 5 1 86 205 168 x-Ontario 66 36 23 4 3 79 197 184 x-Texas 74 37 24 8 5 87 216 225 San Diego 66 36 26 3 1 76 197 188 San Jose 67 33 26 4 4 74 184 197 Stockton 66 33 27 2 4 72 205 200 San Antonio 74 34 30 10 0 78 192 212 Bakers“ eld 67 30 27 9 1 70 183 205 x-clinched playoff berth; y-clinched division title; 2 points for a win, 1 for an OT or shootout loss; Standings determined by winning percentage (not shown) not by pointsThursdays GamesManitoba 4, Cleveland 0 Grand Rapids 6, San Antonio 2 San Jose 4, Bakers“ eld 3Fridays GamesSyracuse at Utica, lateManitoba at Cleveland, lateWB/Scranton at Spring“ eld, lateBridgeport at Lehigh Valley, lateCharlotte at Providence, lateBelleville at Rochester, lateBinghamton at Hartford, lateToronto at Laval, lateMilwaukee at Iowa, lateChicago at Rockford, lateTexas at San Antonio, lateStockton at Ontario, lateSan Diego at Tucson, lateTodays GamesLaval at Toronto, 4 p.m. Bridgeport at Hershey, 7 p.m. Rochester at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Utica at Belleville, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Iowa at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Providence at Spring“ eld, 7:05 p.m. WB/Scranton at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. Hartford at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. Rockford at Chicago, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Texas, 8 p.m. San Jose at Stockton, 9 p.m. Ontario at Bakers“ eld, 10 p.m. San Diego at Tucson, 10:05 p.m.Sundays GamesBinghamton at Utica, 3 p.m. Spring“ eld at Providence, 3:05 p.m. Belleville at Toronto, 4 p.m. WB/Scranton at Hershey, 5 p.m. Charlotte at Bridgeport, 5 p.m. Manitoba at Chicago, 5 p.m. PRO BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUEAll times EasternEAST DIVISION W L Pct. GB Boston 10 2 .833 „ Toronto 8 5 .615 2 New York 6 7 .462 4 Baltimore 5 8 .385 5 Tampa Bay 3 9 .250 7 CENTRAL DIVISION W L Pct. GB Minnesota 7 4 .636 „ Cleveland 8 5 .615 „ Chicago 4 8 .333 3 Detroit 4 8 .333 3 Kansas City 3 8 .273 4 WEST DIVISION W L Pct. GB Los Angeles 11 3 .786 „ Houston 9 4 .692 1 Seattle 6 4 .600 3 Oakland 5 8 .385 5 Texas 4 10 .286 7Thursdays GamesCleveland 9, Detroit 3 Boston 6, N.Y. Yankees 3 Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 0 L.A. Angels 7, Kansas City 1Fridays GamesChicago White Sox at Minnesota, ppd. Baltimore at Boston, late N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, late Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, late Toronto at Cleveland, late Texas at Houston, late L.A. Angels at Kansas City, late Oakland at Seattle, lateTodays GamesBaltimore (Cobb 0-0) at Boston (Velazquez 1-0), 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (TBD) at Detroit (Liriano 1-1), 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Gonzalez 0-2) at Minnesota (Lynn 0-1), 2:10 p.m. Texas (Minor 1-1) at Houston (Morton 2-0), 4:05 p.m. Toronto (Garcia 1-0) at Cleveland (Kluber 1-1), 4:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Arrieta 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 1-0), 6:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Richards 1-0) at Kansas City (Junis 2-0), 7:15 p.m. Oakland (G raveman 0-2) at Seattle (Gonzales 1-1), 9:10 p.m.Sundays GamesBaltimore at Boston, 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m. Toronto at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. Texas at Houston, 8:08 p.m.NATIONAL LEAGUEAll times EasternEAST DIVISION W L Pct. GB New York 10 1 .909 „ Atlanta 8 5 .615 3 Philadelphia 6 5 .545 4 Washington 6 7 .462 5 Miami 3 9 .250 7 CENTRAL DIVISION W L Pct. GB Pittsburgh 9 3 .750 „ Milwaukee 7 6 .538 2 Chicago 6 7 .462 3 St. Louis 6 7 .462 3 Cincinnati 2 10 .167 7 WEST DIVISION W L Pct. GB Arizona 9 3 .750 „ Colorado 7 7 .500 3 San Francisco 6 6 .500 3 Los Angeles 4 7 .364 4 San Diego 4 10 .286 6Thursdays GamesPittsburgh 6, Chicago Cubs 1 Colorado 5, Washington 1 St. Louis 13, Cincinnati 4 San Francisco 7, San Diego 0Fridays GamesAtlanta 4, Chicago Cubs 0 St. Louis at Cincinnati, late Colorado at Washington, late Milwaukee at N.Y. Mets, late Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, late Pittsburgh at Miami, late Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, late San Francisco at San Diego, lateTodays GamesColorado (Gray 1-2) at Washington (Scherzer 2-1), 1:05 p.m. St. Louis (Mikolas 1-0) at Cincinnati (Finnegan 0-0), 1:10 p.m. Atlanta (Newcomb 1-1) at Chicago Cubs (Quintana 1-1), 2:20 p.m. Philadelphia (Arrieta 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 1-0), 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Anderson 0-1) at N.Y. Mets (Harvey 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Taillon 2-0) at Miami (Richards 0-1), 7:10 p.m. San Francisco (Holland 0-2) at San Diego (Richard 1-1), 8:40 p.m. Arizona (Walker 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Hill 1-0), 9:10 p.m.Sundays GamesMilwaukee at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Miami, 1:10 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. Colorado at Washington, 1:35 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 4:10 p.m. ODDS PREGAME.COM LINEMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLToday National LeagueFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINEat Washington -185 Colorado +170 at Cincinnati Off St. Louis Off at Chicago Cubs -180 Atlanta +165 Pittsburgh -159 at Miami +149 at N.Y. Mets -117 Milwaukee +107 at San Diego -105 San Francisco -105 at L.A. Dodgers -165 Arizona +155American Leagueat Boston -153 Baltimore +143 at Detroit Off N.Y. Yankees Off at Minnesota -172 Chi. White Sox +160 at Cleveland -224 Toronto +204 at Houston -203 Texas +183 Los Angeles -153 at Kansas City +143 at Seattle -111 Oakland +101Interleagueat Tampa Bay -112 Philadelphia +102NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PlayoffsTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Golden State 8 206 San Antonio at Toronto 8 211 Washington at Philadelphia 6 212 Miami at Portland 5 217 New OrleansSundayat Boston 4 201 Milwaukee at Cleveland 6 214 Indiana at Oklahoma City 3 206 Utah at Houston 11 216 MinnesotaNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Stanley Cup PlayoffsTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Tampa Bay -235 New Jersey +215 at Nashville -330 Colorado +300 at Boston -170 Toronto +158 at Anaheim -130 San Jose +120Sundayat Washington -150 Columbus +140 Updated odds available at TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLAmerican LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES „ Recalled LHP Donnie Hart from Norfolk (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS „ Activated IF Yuli Gurriel from the 10-day DL. KANSAS CITY ROYALS „ Signed OF Tarik ElAbour to a minor league contract. TEXAS RANGERS „ Placed SS Elvis Andrus on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 12. Recalled 1B Ronald Guzman from Round Rock (PCL). Agreed to terms with RHP Yovani Gallardo on a minor league contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS „ Placed 3B Josh Donaldson on the 10-day DL. Recalled OF Teoscar Hernandez from Buffalo (IL).National LeagueCINCINNATI REDS „ Selected the contract of RHP Dylan Floro from Louisville (IL). Optioned RHP Tanner Rainey to Louisville. Designated RHP Ariel Hernandez for assignment. NEW YORK METS „ Placed C Kevin Plawecki on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 12. Transferred C Travis dArnaud to the 60-day DL. Selected the contract of C Jose Lobaton from Las Vegas (PCL). Recalled OF Brandon Nimmo from Las Vegas. Optioned RHP Jacob Rhame to Las Vegas. PITTSBURGH PIRATES „ Recalled RHP Kyle Crick and selected the contract of RHP Richard Rodrguez from Indianapolis (IL). Optioned RHP Clay Holmes and LHP Josh Smoker to Indianapolis.Can-Am LeagueROCKLAND BOULDERS „ Signed RHP Kagen Hopkins. SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS „ Signed LHP Tyler Alexander.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationNBA „ Suspended Washingtons Jodie Meeks 25 games for violating the terms of the NBA/ NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Ipamorelin and Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2. CHARLOTTE HORNETS „ Fired coach Steve Clifford. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER „ Suspended television play-by-play man Brian Davis for Game 1 of the playoff series against Utah for a comment he made about star Russell Westbrook during Oklahoma Citys regular-season “ nale against Memphis.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueCLEVELAND BROWNS „ Named Larry Jackson strength and conditioning coach and Dale Jones and Monty Gibson assistant strength and conditioning coaches. DALLAS COWBOYS „ Released WR Dez Bryant. GREEN BAY PACKERS „ Signed CB Davon House. Released LB David Talley. HOUSTON TEXANS „ Claimed TE Matt Lengel off waivers from Cleveland. Released QB Taylor Heinicke. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS „ Waived RB Kenneth Farrow and K Nick Rose.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueCHICAGO BLACKHAWKS „ Agreed to terms with D Dennis Gilbert on a three-year contract through the 2020-21 season and assigned him to Rockford (AHL). COLORADO AVALANCHE „ Recalled G Spencer Martin from San Antonio (AHL). DALLAS STARS „ Announced the retirement of coach Ken Hitchcock and will remain with the team as a consultant.American Hockey LeagueSAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE „ Recalled G Sam Brittain from Colorado (ECHL).SOCCERMajor League SoccerSPORTING KANSAS CITY „ Signed M Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal as a Homegrown Player.National Premier Soccer LeagueJACKSONVILLE ARMADA „ Signed M Joshua Castellanos, D Michael Melvin and M Juan Camilo Portilla.OLYMPICSUSADA „ Announced cyclist Barry Miller tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a one-year sanction for his violation.COLLEGESBARTON „ Announced the resignation of womens lacrosse coach Brit Kadlowec. ERSKINE „ Announced the addition of mens and womens track & “ eld and acrobatics & tumbling for the 2019-20 academic year. ST. CLOUD STATE „ Named Brett Larson ice hockey coach. SIENA „ Announced the resignation of mens basketball coach Jimmy Patsos. GOLF PGA TOURRBC HERITAGEThursdays leaders at Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, S.C.; Purse: $6.7 million; Yardage: 7,099; Par: 71First RoundRory Sabbatini 33-31„64 John Huh 30-36„66 Billy Horschel 35-31„66 Matt Kuchar 32-34„66 Chesson Hadley 34-32„66 Harris English 34-33„67 Martin Laird 33-34„67 Patrick Cantlay 33-34„67 Jonas Blixt 34-33„67 Charles Howell III 36-32„68 Fabin Gmez 33-35„68 Peter Malnati 33-35„68 Bryson DeChambeau 35-33„68 Nick Watney 34-34„68 Si Woo Kim 34-34„68 Xander Schauffele 36-32„68 Cameron Smith 35-33„68 Brice Garnett 34-34„68 Whee Kim 33-35„68 K.J. Choi 35-34„69 Bill Haas 35-34„69 Kevin Kisner 34-35„69 Dustin Johnson 35-34„69 Wesley Bryan 37-32„69 Webb Simpson 32-37„69 John Senden 35-34„69 Andrew Landry 34-35„69 Brian Stuard 36-33„69 Ryan Moore 34-35„69 Martin Kaymer 36-33„69 Ian Poulter 36-33„69 Matthew Fitzpatrick 36-33„69 Danny Lee 35-34„69 C.T. Pan 33-37„70 Scott Brown 37-33„70 Luke List 33-37„70 Dominic Bozzelli 35-35„70 Brian Harman 35-35„70 Zach Johnson 37-33„70 Stewart Cink 34-36„70 Jim Furyk 34-36„70 Chris Kirk 38-32„70 Beau Hossler 35-35„70 Sam Saunders 33-37„70 Tom Hoge 37-33„70 Russell Knox 35-35„70 Brandt Snedeker 34-36„70 Kevin Streelman 34-36„70 Keith Mitchell 34-37„71 Jonathan Byrd 36-35„71 Richy Werenski 36-35„71 Ryan Armour 35-36„71 Jason Dufner 34-37„71 Austin Cook 36-35„71 Sam Ryder 39-32„71 David Lingmerth 35-36„71 J.J. Spaun 34-37„71 Jason Kokrak 34-37„71 Philip Knowles 35-36„71 Sean OHair 36-35„71 Scott Piercy 35-36„71 Bud Cauley 37-34„71 Patton Kizzire 35-36„71 William McGirt 36-35„71 Brian Gay 36-35„71 Kelly Kraft 37-34„71 Doc Redman 36-35„71 Kevin Tway 34-37„71 Marc Leishman 33-39„72 D.A. Points 35-37„72 Harold Varner III 35-37„72 J.J. Henry 36-36„72 Colt Knost 35-37„72 Dylan Frittelli 37-35„72 Mackenzie Hughes 37-35„72 Rod Pampling 38-34„72 Charley Hoffman 37-35„72 Ted Potter, Jr. 35-37„72 Emiliano Grillo 36-36„72 Anirban Lahiri 37-35„72 Robert Garrigus 35-37„72 Geoff Ogilvy 36-37„73 Byeong Hun An 36-37„73 Francesco Molinari 36-37„73 Chris Stroud 37-36„73 Graeme McDowell 37-36„73 Kevin Chappell 33-40„73 Nick Taylor 36-37„73 Satoshi Kodaira 39-34„73 Robert Streb 37-36„73 Ollie Schniederjans 37-36„73 Matt Every 37-36„73 Davis Love III 38-35„73 Aaron Baddeley 37-36„73 Ryan Palmer 37-36„73 Tyrone Van Aswegen 36-37„73 Corey Conners 39-35„74 Ryan Blaum 37-37„74 Kevin Na 39-35„74 Sung Kang 34-40„74 Ben Martin 39-35„74 Steve Marino 36-38„74 Blayne Barber 37-37„74 Grayson Murray 39-35„74 Lucas Glover 38-36„74 Billy Hurley III 37-37„74 Bob Estes 38-36„74 Michael Thompson 37-37„74 Scott Stallings 39-35„74 Carl Pettersson 35-40„75 Hudson Swafford 39-36„75 Cody Gribble 39-36„75 Martin Flores 36-39„75 Paul Casey 38-37„75 James Hahn 40-35„75 Vaughn Taylor 38-37„75 Tyrrell Hatton 35-40„75 Michael Kim 39-37„76 Brandon Harkins 39-37„76 Luke Donald 38-38„76 Greg Chalmers 38-38„76 Jeff Maggert 41-35„76 Chad Campbell 41-35„76 Ross Fisher 37-40„77 Glen Day 38-39„77 Dru Love 36-41„77 Jon Curran 37-41„78 Charl Schwartzel 41-38„79 Chris Couch 38-41„79 Steve Scott 38-42„80 David Hearn 39-42„81 Derek Fathauer 42-39„81LPGA TOURLOTTE CHAMPIONSHIPThursdays leaders at Ko Olina Golf Club, Kapolei, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million; Yardage: 6,419; Par: 72 (a-denotes amateur)Second RoundBrooke M. Henderson 68-66„134 Mo Martin 69-67„136 Shanshan Feng 67-69„136 Lindy Duncan 70-68„138 Pernilla Lindberg 70-68„138 Inbee Park 69-69„138 Mariajo Uribe 72-68„140 Moriya Jutanugarn 72-68„140 Lizette Salas 69-71„140 Daniela Iacobelli 73-68„141 Nasa Hataoka 72-69„141 Ji Hyun Kim 71-70„141 Eun-Hee Ji 69-72„141 Haeji Kang 68-73„141 Christina Kim 74-68„142 Ariya Jutanugarn 73-69„142 Martina Edberg 68-74„142 Cydney Clanton 74-69„143 Sei Young Kim 74-69„143 Jennifer Song 74-69„143 Aditi Ashok 73-70„143 Camilla Lennarth 73-70„143 Allison Emrey 71-72„143 Azahara Munoz 74-70„144 Angel Yin 74-70„144 Jenny Shin 73-71„144 Brittany Marchand 72-72„144 Hannah Green 72-72„144 Ryann OToole 72-72„144 So Yeon Ryu 72-72„144 Lauren Kim 77-68„145 Dori Carter 75-70„145 Maria Torres 75-70„145 Angela Stanford 75-70„145 Celine Boutier 74-71„145 Peiyun Chien 74-71„145 Hyo Joo Kim 74-71„145 Chella Choi 73-72„145 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 73-72„145 Michelle Wie 72-73„145 Alexandra Newell 72-73„145 Ayako Uehara 71-74„145 Kris Tamulis 71-74„145 Kim Kaufman 70-75„145 Minjee Lee 70-75„145 Julieta Granada 69-76„145 Jeongeun Lee 76-70„146 Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong 75-71„146 Brittany Altomare 75-71„146 Jeong Eun Lee 75-71„146 Caroline Inglis 75-71„146 Rebecca Artis 73-73„146 Katelyn Dambaugh 72-74„146 Robynn Ree 72-74„146 Cristie Kerr 71-75„146 Benyapa Niphatsophon 71-75„146 Gaby Lopez 77-70„147 Sung Hyun Park 77-70„147 Ashleigh Buhai 76-71„147 Lydia Ko 76-71„147 Lee Lopez 75-72„147 Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 75-72„147 P.K. Kongkraphan 75-72„147 Tiffany Joh 75-72„147

PAGE 15 | Saturday, April 14, 2018 C3By Steve ReedThe Associated PressBRISTOL, Tenn. „ Kyle and Kurt Busch havent always seen eye-to-eye.But as years have passed NASCARs iciest sibling rivalry has thawed a little bit, at least to the point where they can joke around a little bit.Kurt Busch did just that Friday after Kyle Busch edged him out by 0.002 seconds to take the pole for the Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.I can walk up to him and say, Yeah, I let you have it and he will giggle. He will actually laugh,Ž Kurt Busch said.It marks the third time the Busch brothers have started on the front row together, and the first since 2013. In all three cases, Kyle started first and Kurt second.He always told everybody if you think Im good, just wait for my younger brother,Ž joked Kyle Busch.Kurt Busch said he messed up in turn one, which cost him a shot at a second straight Cup Series pole.If I am going to get beat by somebody if I dont hit a perfect lap I would rather it be my little brother,Ž Kurt Busch said.There was a time when the Busch brothers rarely spoke at all. But Kurt Busch said they do communicate now.Its better now with age,Ž he said of their relationship. Like wine, it gets better with time. You let it settle.ŽLast year the Busch finished 1-2 at Sonoma with Kyle Busch holding off his older brother. There is a chance that could happen again Sunday as they were clearly the two fastest cars in all three rounds of qual-ifying at the half-mile track.It was tough years ago for a few times, but lately I guess we have been racing each other a little better,Ž Kyle Busch said. Overall we just need to keep trying to make sure they are good battles and clean battles and not ugly ones.ŽThings to watch at the Cup Series race on Sunday:FORDS DOMINATE: Kyle Busch had the only Toyota in the top 10.He was followed by four Fords, with Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five. In all seven, Fords will start in the top 10.HARVICKS TOUGH BREAK:Kevin Harvick will have to start Sundays race at Bristol Motor Speedway at the back of the field after crashing in practice. Harvicks suspen-sion broke on a practice lap in the morning and his car took a right turn into the outside wall.Under new rules installed this year Harvick will have to start at the back of the field because he went to a backup car.It definitely wasnt a tire failure or anything like that, but just going in the corner as soon as I let off the gas it just hung a right, so its unfortunate but well get another one out and do it again,Ž said Harvick, who is fourth in the NASCAR standings and has six top 10 finishes in seven starts.WHAT HAPPENED THERE: Harvick has company with some other top drivers start-ing at the back of the field. Denny Hamlin will start 25th and Martin Truex Jr. 26th after failing to get out of the first round of qualifying.Busch brothers will start on the front row at BristolBy Pete IacobelliThe Associated PressHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. „ Bryson DeChambeau shot a career-best 7-under 64 on Friday to take the lead into the weekend at the RBC Heritage Classic.DeChambeaus first event as a pro was at Harbour Town Golf Links in 2016. Two years later, he posted his lowest ever on the PGA Tour to get to 10-under 132, one ahead of red-hot Ian Poulter and Si Woo Kim.Poulter showed hes not done playing high-level golf with a bogey-free 64. Kim, The Players Championship winner, had a 65 that included a two-shot penalty for touching sand after a bunker shot.Two shots behind DeCham-beau were Chasson Hadley (68), past RBC Heritage winner Brandt Snedeker (64), Luke List (64) and first-round leader Rory Sabbatini (70). World No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot a second straight 69 and was tied for 26th, six shots off the lead.DeChambeau, 24, jump started his round with an eagle on the par-5 and took over the lead with birdies on the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes. He made a knee-knock-ing, 12-footer for par on the 18th hole after his approach landed in a front-side bunker. DeChambeau pumped his fist when the ball curled in, as pleased with his improved putting as his composure at rallying late to the lead.Two years, its time,Ž DeChambeau said. He won for the first time on tour last summer, shooting a pair of 65s on the way to taking the John Deere Classic. Hes had three top 10s this season, including a second last month at the Arnold Palmer Invita-tional. DeChambeaus certain his play at Harbour Town is simply the next step in his progress to the top.Im figuring out a lot of great things that are helping me on the golf course,Ž he said.Poulters learned plenty the past few weeks. He was the talk of golf two weeks back with his stunning playoff win at Houston Open where he made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff, then beat Beau Hossler on the first extra hole to gain entrance to Augusta National.After an opening 69 at Harbour Town, Poulter put on a dazzling second-round, bogey-free display. Poulter briefly took the lead alone with a 16-foot birdie on the par-3 seventh. He had a chance to reach 10-under, but lipped out an 8-footer on his final hole, the ninth. Poulter has shot five sub-70 rounds in his last six times around Har-bour Town.Poulter said his Houston victory wiped away any con-cerns holding him back. The win helps a lot,Ž he said. I can free myself up in my mind. I can start attacking pins and just play free golf. And when youre in that position, some-times the game feels easy when sometimes it isnt.Ž Even more remarkable than Poulters play may have been Kims scoring. He posted nine birdies along with a triplebogey 6 on the par-3 14th where he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for touching the sand when he scrubbed the fringe of a bunker follow-ing a shot.Kim quickly erased the error from his mind „ and the scorecard „ with birdies on the next three holes to regain his lost shots.This might be the first time that Ive played so well with a triple bogey,Ž Kim said. But Im having great feel around the greens and I feel really confident.ŽDeChambeau shoots career-best 64 to take Harbour Town lead Driver Kyle Busch practices for a NASCAR Monster Series auto race on Friday in Bristol, Tenn. [WADE PAYNE/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]


C4 Saturday, April 14, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comDepending on how long Clevelands postseason lasts, James also has a shot at pass-ing Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3-pointers; hes 55 shy of taking over the No. 1 spot there. And if the Cavs make a deep run James could also catch Kareem AbdulJabbar (2,356) for most field goals. KERR BATTLEGolden State coach Steve Kerr is estranged from his son.Temporarily. Nick Kerr works for the San Antonio Spurs „ the Warriors opponent in a Western Conference first round series. This has long been a source of great amusement for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who coached Steve Kerr as a player and remains close with him now. Popovich has said that Nick Kerr is the subject of additional security screenings at work, just to ensure hes not a spy for the Warriors. (No, Pop wasnt serious.)Steve Kerr says he and his son are recusing ourselvesŽ from family interaction during the series.I think they already confis-cated Nicks phone,Ž he said. SO CLOSE ...You have to feel for Omri Casspi and DeMarcus Cousins.No active players have appeared in more regular-sea-son games without any getting any postseason run than Casspi and Cousins. Casspi has played in 552 games, Cous-ins 535. And both were right on the cusp of ending their droughts this year; Casspi was waived by Golden State because it needed a roster spot once he hurt his ankle, and Cousins tore his Achilles to end his season with New Orleans.Tom Van Arsdale (929) is the record-holder for most regular-season games without seeing postseason play, followed by Otto Moore (682), Nate Williams (642), Sebas-tian Telfair (564), then Casspi and Cousins. GLOBAL GAMEThese NBA playoffs will be more global than ever.A record 62 international players, from a record 33 countries, are headed to the postseason. Every playoff team has at least one international player on its roster, with Utah and Philadelphia both featuring seven and Boston, Toronto and San Antonio six each.France and Australia lead the way in international rep-resentation in these playoffs, with seven players from each nation making it to the second season. Canada and Spain both have four. STREAKING SPURSThis wasnt San Antonios best season; the Spurs got onlyŽ the seventh seed in the West. But their streak lives.This is the 21st consecutive season the Spurs have made the playoffs, one shy of matching Philadelphia for the longest NBA run.To put their current streak in perspective, the soonest any other NBA club will be able to say that it has a 21-season postseason streak will be 2033.Golden State and Houston have the second-longest active postseason streaks, at six. Portland and Toronto have been to five in a row, and four teams in this post-season „ Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia and New Orleans „ didnt qualify for the playoffs a year ago. MONEY MATTERSPortland and Philadelphia have already won a little extra money. By winning on the seasons final night to ensure each finished alone in third in their respective conferences, the Trail Blazers and 76ers picked up another $64,842 from the NBAs record $20 million playoff pool this season. Playoff teams split payouts from the pool, often toward bonuses for players and staff.Houston is assured $1,380,065 from the pool so far. Toronto is assured $803,222 while Boston and Golden State are up to $704,169. Every playoff team will receive at least $298,485 „ and the payouts keep rising as teams keep advancing.The NBA champion will claim at least $4,782,438; the runner-up, at least $3,587,489. START FASTOf the 15 series played in the 2017 postseason, Game 1 winners ultimately won the best-of-seven 12 times. That 80 percent clip is consistent with the league norm.Since the 1983-84 season, winners of Game 1 have gone on to win the series 79 percent of the time. But that guaran-tees nothing „ over the last seven years, four teams have lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals and gone on to win the cham-pionship anyway. DEFEND HOME COURTHome-court advantageŽ really didnt exist in the 2017 playoffs.Road teams won 43 per-cent of the postseason games played last year, and its reasonable to think such a success rate might be in play again this year. The 16 teams in these playoffs combined to win 351 games on the road in the regular season, or 54 percent.Ordinarily, road teams win playoff games about 35 per-cent of the time. FINALLY, MINNESOTAThe Timberwolves are in the playoffs for the first time since 2004.During that 14-year drought, the franchise had nine different coaches, used 131 different players, 92 different starters, took 93,776 field-goal attempts and scored 112,664 points.Here might be the best illustration of how long the postseason wait was for Minnesota: Only 12 of the 59 players taken in the 2004 draft were still in the NBA this season. The only player the Timberwolves drafted in the year of their last playoff run was Blake Stepp, who never made the NBA but played at least three times in the World Series of Poker. NBAFrom Page C1The Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns, right, and Jeff Teague celebrate after the teams win over the Denver Nuggets to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday in Minneapolis. [CARLOS GONZALEZ / STAR TRIBUNE VIA AP] In addition, the league championship game has been replaced with a bestof-3 series for the first time in FCSL history and, for the first time since 2004, the FCSL title will not be decided at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The championship series is slated to begin Aug. 4.Location of the final series has not been decided, but could end up being played at the home fields of the partici-pating teams.The FCSL All-Star Game will be played July 7 in Sanford and the league will send a team of 25 prospects „ as voted on by league coaches and staff „ to North Carolina on July 16-17, for the annual Southeast Prospect Showcase. Dozens of scouts from Major League Baseball fran-chises are expected to attend the showcase, which the FCSL team won last year, beating teams from the Sunbelt and Ripken leagues.The 2018 incarnation of the FCSL consists of six teams „ Leesburg, DeLand, Sanford, Seminole County, Winter Garden, and Winter Park.Seminole County evolved out of the Altamonte Springs Scorpions. The franchise retained the nickname of its predecessor, but will play its home games in Sanford and share Sanford Memorial Sta-dium with the River Rats.To see the Leesburg Light-ning 2018 schedule or to print out a copy, fans can visit A PDF version of the league-wide schedule, including all games, can be viewed or printed out at LIGHTNINGFrom Page C1If he does that, or even just comes close, it will be Mullens first big win as UFs head foot-ball coach.Hes done all he can to make it happen. Now its up to the students and fans.Mullen is calling them out to break the unofficial spring game record for attendance, which is somewhere between 60,000-65,000 during Urban Meyers tenure."We want a lot more than that,Ž Mullen said. Well be there. Well be going hard. Well be giving relentless effort. The question is who else in the Gator Nation is going to be giving relentless effort (today)? Thats their challenge."A huge crowd would be big for the program, the players and for recruiting. Numerous elite recruits will be in attendance today, and Mullen wants to show them what The Swamp is all about, and what it will be like in the fall.If you have all these people out there, as a player, youre going to play harder,Ž Mullen said. You feel the energy from the stadium around you. It lifts up your level of play.Secondly, whether its this coming weekend or its every weekend in the fall, were going to have some of the best players in America coming to visit and see what game day is like in The Swamp.We want to make sure when they walk out of here, whether it is our spring game or whoever it is we are playing, when you walk into The Swamp it is the most electric atmosphere in college football. And these young players say: Thats where I want to be. ŽBased on the vibe theyve been getting on campus the past few weeks, the players are expecting their fellow stu-dents to show up in a big way today.The buildup has been like no other spring game, senior tight end Cyontai Lewis said.Walking around campus, everybodys talking about the spring game and how big its supposed to be this year,Ž he said. Its supposed to be real big.Its way more exciting than my past years about the spring game.ŽMullens energy has been infectious on campus, junior defensive end Jabari Zuniga said.He definitely has a high energy,Ž he said. He's going out to all the frat houses and stuff trying to get everybody to come out, so it's a very high energy.(The students) just seem motivated to come out and cheer us on."Mullen seems to have re-energized the students and the fan base. How much might be reflected by how many seats are filled in the stadium today. MULLENFrom Page C1 Following a strikeout and a ground out, Victor Baez walked to bring up Pridgen, who was 2-for-3 with four RBIs up to that point.Pridgen laced a Heston fastball into the left-field corner, plating Weedon and Baez.Eustis improved to 8-10 with the win and 4-4 in Class 5A-6. Mount Dora dropped to 7-10 overall and 2-6 in Class 5A-6.Eustis got on the board first with three runs in the first inning and two more in the second for an early 5-0 lead.Cameron Rodriguez and Victor Baez scored twice in the first two innings for the Panthers. Eustis jumped on Hurricanes starter Colton Bruns for six hits during its initial offensive outburst.Taylor Pridgen contributed a pair of doubles and three RBIs.Mount Dora bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the second against Eustis starter Corey Parker, who struggled to consistently find the strike zone. Parker surrendered only two hits in his initial two innings of work, but issued five walks, which helped to extend potential rallies.Eustis added two more in the third inning off Cody Bruns to seemingly regain control with a 7-3 lead.However, a four-run spot on just one hit in Mount Doras half of the third squared the contest at 7-all. A pair of Eustis errors aided in the rally, along with a catchers interfer-ence and a hit batsman.Parker lasted 3 ‡ innings before he was taken out in favor of reliever Zack Conte. He allowed four hits and struck out four, but walked eight.Only five of the runs charged to him were earned.Colton Bruns gave up five runs „ four earned „ on six hits in two-plus innings and Cody Bruns allowed three earned runs in 2 ‡ innings. Bryant Heston relieved Cody Bruns in the fifth.In the fifth, Eustis took an 8-7 lead when Ryan Weedon scored on a tow-ering sacrifice fly to center by Pridgen, his fourth RBI of the game.Mount Dora tied the game in the sixth. Tommy Jeckovich reached on a fielders choice and stole second. Heston then ripped a double to the center-field fence off Rodriguez, who relieved Conte, easily scor-ing Jeckovich. EUSTISFrom Page C1Eustis Corey Parker (2) pitches against Mount Dora at Heim Field in Mount Dora on Friday. [PAUL RYAN PHOTOS / CORRESPONDENT] Mount Doras Colton Cruns pitches against Eustis at Heim Field in Mount Dora on Friday.

PAGE 17 | Saturday, April 14, 2018 C5AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUEEAST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Boston 10 2 .833 „ „ 9-1 W-1 5-1 5-1 Toronto 8 5 .615 2 „ 7-3 L-1 4-3 4-2 New York 6 7 .462 4 2 4-6 L-1 3-3 3-4 Baltimore 5 8 .385 5 3 4-6 W-1 2-4 3-4 Tampa Bay 3 9 .250 7 4 2-8 L-1 1-3 2-6 CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Minnesota 7 4 .636 „ „ 7-3 W-3 4-2 3-2 Cleveland 8 5 .615 „ „ 7-3 W-5 6-1 2-4 Chicago 4 8 .333 3 3 2-8 L-1 1-5 3-3 Detroit 4 8 .333 3 3 4-6 L-4 1-4 3-4 Kansas City 3 8 .273 4 4 3-7 L-3 1-5 2-3 WEST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Los Angeles 11 3 .786 „ „ 8-2 W-5 4-2 7-1 Houston 9 4 .692 1 „ 7-3 L-2 5-1 4-3 Seattle 6 4 .600 3 6-4 W-2 2-1 4-3 Oakland 5 8 .385 5 3 4-6 W-1 3-5 2-3 Texas 4 10 .286 7 4 3-7 L-4 2-8 2-2 EAST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY New York 10 1 .909 „ „ 9-1 W-8 4-1 6-0 Atlanta 8 5 .615 3 „ 6-4 W-2 4-2 4-3 Philadelphia 6 5 .545 4 „ 6-4 W-3 5-1 1-4 Washington 6 7 .462 5 1 3-7 L-2 2-5 4-2 Miami 3 9 .250 7 3 2-8 L-3 2-7 1-2 CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Pittsburgh 9 3 .750 „ „ 7-3 W-1 4-2 5-1 Milwaukee 7 6 .538 2 „ 4-6 W-1 2-5 5-1 St. Louis 7 7 .500 3 5-5 W-2 2-4 5-3 Chicago 6 7 .462 3 1 4-6 L-2 1-3 5-4 Cincinnati 2 11 .154 7 5 2-8 L-6 1-5 1-6 WEST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Arizona 9 3 .750 „ „ 7-3 W-1 5-1 4-2 Colorado 7 7 .500 3 5-5 W-2 2-4 5-3 San Francisco 6 6 .500 3 4-6 W-1 3-4 3-2 Los Angeles 4 7 .364 4 2 4-6 L-1 3-3 1-4 San Diego 4 10 .286 6 3 4-6 L-2 1-7 3-3 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLBRAVES 4, CUBS 0 A TLANTA AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Inciarte cf 4 0 0 0 1 1 .179 A lbies 2b 5 1 2 0 0 0 .288 F.Freeman 1b 5 0 1 0 0 2 .311 Markakis rf 4 1 2 0 1 1 .288 S uzuki c 5 1 1 0 0 1 .259 T ucker lf 4 1 2 3 0 0 .308 Bourjos lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .133 S wanson ss 4 0 1 0 1 1 .340 Flaherty 3b 5 0 3 0 0 1 .366 S anchez p 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000 b-Adams ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .300 S .Freeman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Minter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --V izcaino p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --T OTALS 39 4 12 3 5 7 CHICAGO AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Happ cf 4 0 2 0 0 1 .244 La Stella 3b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .263 Morrow p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Bryant 1b-3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333 Contreras c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .298 S chwarber lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .244 Russell ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .205 Baez 2b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .190 Heyward rf 2 0 0 0 1 0 .214 Darvish p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Duensing p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Navarro ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 S trop p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Montgomery p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Edwards p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Zobrist ph-1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .275 T OTALS 30 0 4 0 1 9 A TLANTA 000 040 000 „ 4 12 0 CHICAGO 000 000 000 „ 0 4 2 a-struck out for Duensing in the 5th. bw alked for Sanchez in the 7th. c-struck out f or Edwards in the 8th. E„La Stella (1), Darvish (1). LOB„Atlanta 13, Chicago 5. 2B„Albies 2 (7), Suzuki (1), S wanson (6), Happ (2). HR„Tucker (3), off Darvish. RBIs„Tucker 3 (12). CS„Flaherty (1). Runners left in scoring position„Atlanta 8 (Inciarte 3, Albies 2, Suzuki 2, Sanchez) Chicago 3 (La Stella, Contreras 2). RISP„ A tlanta 2 for 13 Chicago 0 for 3. Runners moved up„La Stella. GIDP„Contreras. DP„Atlanta 1 (Albies, Swanson, F.Freeman). A TLANTA IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA S anchez, W, 1-0 6 3 0 0 1 6 94 1.29 S .Freeman 1 0 0 0 0 1 17 0.00 Minter 1 1 0 0 0 2 16 0.00 V izcaino 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 2.70 CHICAGO IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Darvish, L, 0-1 4.2 9 4 4 4 4 105 6.00 Duensing .1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.00 S trop 1 1 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 Montgomery 1 1 0 0 1 0 20 5.68 Edwards 1 1 0 0 0 1 18 1.29 Morrow 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 0.00 Inherited runners-scored„Duensing 3-0. HBP„Sanchez (Bryant). WP„Darvish. Umpires„Home, Bruce Dreckman First, Chad Fairchild Second, Mike Estabrook T hird, Alfonso Marquez. T „3:09. A„29,775 (41,649).CARDINALS 5, REDS 3 ST. LOUIS AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Fowler rf 5 1 2 1 0 0 .196 Pham cf 4 1 2 0 1 1 .294 Carpenter 3b 4 1 1 0 1 1 .174 Ozuna lf 5 1 2 1 0 2 .302 Martinez 1b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .375 Molina c 4 1 2 3 0 1 .288 DeJong ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 .264 Wong 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .162 Weaver p 3 0 0 0 0 2 .143 Bowman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Lyons p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Leone p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Munoz ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .154 Norris p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --TOTALS 38 5 13 5 2 9 CINCINNATI AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Hamilton cf 2 1 1 0 2 1 .184 Peraza ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .267 Votto 1b 4 0 1 1 0 0 .271 Gennett 2b 4 1 1 0 0 2 .296 Mesoraco c 4 1 2 2 0 2 .211 Duvall lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .116 Ervin rf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .174 Pennington 3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .214 Quackenbush p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Blandino ph-3b 2 0 1 0 0 1 .111 Mahle p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 Gosselin 3b 2 0 0 0 0 2 .125 Hughes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Peralta p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Barnhart ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .267 TOTALS 32 3 7 3 3 13 ST. LOUIS 010 004 000 „ 5 13 0 CINCINNATI 000 000 210 „ 3 7 2 a-singled for Quackenbush in the 7th. b-doubled for Leone in the 9th. c-struck out for Peralta in the 9th. E„Pennington 2 (2). LOB„St. Louis 8, Cincinnati 6. 2B„Carpenter (2), Munoz (1). HR„Molina (5), off Mahle Fowler (2), off Mahle Mesoraco (1), off Weaver. RBIs„Fowler (6), Ozuna (9), Molina 3 (11), Votto (4), Mesoraco 2 (2). SB„Pham (3). CS„Martinez (1). S„Peraza. Runners left in scoring position„St. Louis 3 (Ozuna 2, Weaver) Cincinnati 1 (Barnhart). RISP„St. Louis 2 for 9 Cincinnati 1 for 3. Runners moved up„Martinez, Fowler. GIDP„Ozuna, Weaver. DP„Cincinnati 2 (Peraza, Gennett, Votto), (Peraza, Gennett, Votto). ST. LOUIS IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Weaver, W, 2-0 6 4 2 2 1 7 99 2.08 Bowman, H, 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 20 4.91 Lyons, H, 3 .2 1 1 1 1 1 12 4.76 Leone, H, 2 .1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6.00 Norris, S, 2-2 1 1 0 0 1 3 24 1.35 CINCINNATI IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Mahle, L, 1-2 5.1 9 5 5 0 5 73 5.62 Quackenbush 1.2 3 0 0 0 1 22 6.75 Hughes 1 0 0 0 0 2 16 2.70 Peralta 1 1 0 0 2 1 22 0.00 Weaver pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored„Leone 1-0, Quackenbush 1-0. Umpires„Home, Angel Hernandez First, Todd Tichenor Second, Alan Porter Third, Bill Miller. T„3:05. A„19,561 (42,319).AL LEADERSRUNS: Betts, Boston, 14; Trout, Los Angeles, 14; Gardner, New York, 13; Simmons, Los Angeles, 13; Dozier, Minnesota, 12; Judge, New York, 12; Chapman, Oakland, 11; Gregorius, New York, 11; Upton, Los Angeles, 11; 7 tied at 10. RBI: Gregorius, New York, 12; Ramirez, Boston, 12; Chapman, Oakland, 11; Lowrie, Oakland, 11; Ohtani, Los Angeles, 11; Trout, Los Angeles, 11; 9 tied at 10. HITS: Simmons, Los Angeles, 21; Altuve, Houston, 18; Lowrie, Oakland, 18; Andrus, Texas, 17; Betts, Boston, 17; Chapman, Oakland, 17; Judge, New York, 17; MMachado, Baltimore, 17; Pujols, Los Angeles, 17; Upton, Los Angeles, 16. DOUBLES: Bogaerts, Boston, 7; DMachado, Detroit, 7; Betts, Boston, 6; Gregorius, New York, 6; Beltre, Texas, 5; Escobar, Minnesota, 5; Nunez, Boston, 5; Smoak, Toronto, 5; 10 tied at 4. TRIPLES: Castellanos, Detroit, 2; Cozart, Los Angeles, 2; Fisher, Houston, 2; Sanchez, Chicago, 2 STOLEN BASES: Anderson, Chicago, 6; Gordon, Seattle, 5; Buxton, Minnesota, 4; Davis, Cleveland, 3; Gentry, Baltimore, 3; Goodrum, Detroit, 3; Lindor, Cleveland, 3; Pillar, Toronto, 3; Ramirez, Boston, 3NL LEADERSRUNS: Albies, Atlanta, 13; Harper, Washington, 13; Harrison, Pittsburgh, 12; Pham, St. Louis, 12; Freeman, Atlanta, 11; Polanco, Pittsburgh, 11; Baez, Chicago, 10; Cabrera, New York, 10; Eaton, Washington, 10; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 10. RBI: Polanco, Pittsburgh, 15; Martinez, St. Louis, 14; Franco, Philadelphia, 12; Harper, Washington, 12; Tucker, Atlanta, 12; Cervelli, Pittsburgh, 11; Freeman, Atlanta, 11; Baez, Chicago, 10; Cespedes, New York, 10. HITS: LeMahieu, Colorado, 20; Pirela, San Diego, 18; Albies, Atlanta, 17; Bryant, Chicago, 17; Hosmer, San Diego, 17; Ozuna, St. Louis, 17; Swanson, Atlanta, 17; Dietrich, Miami, 16; Martinez, St. Louis, 16. DOUBLES: Albies, Atlanta, 7; Hosmer, San Diego, 7; Pollock, Arizona, 7; Dickerson, Pittsburgh, 6; Freeman, Atlanta, 6; Kendrick, Washington, 6; Swanson, Atlanta, 6; 6 tied at 5. TRIPLES: Baez, Chicago, 2; KMarte, Arizona, 2; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 2; 22 tied at 1. STOLEN BASES: Turner, Washington, 5; Hamilton, Cincinnati, 4; Inciarte, Atlanta, 4; Pollock, Arizona, 4; Taylor, Washington, 4; Cain, Milwaukee, 3; Hernandez, Philadelphia, 3; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 3.BOX SCORES ROUNDUP/MATCHUPSBraves 4, Cubs 0: Yu Darvishs “rst home start with the Chicago Cubs went nothing like his previous outing at Wrigley Field. Instead of dominating in a playoff win, he got knocked out in an early-season loss. Anibal Sanchez pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Preston Tucker backed him with a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves spoiled Darvishs home debut with a 4-0 victory on Friday. The Braves went on to score all of the runs in that inning while knocking Darvish out of the game. Cardinals 5, Reds 3: Yadier Molina homered and drove in three runs Friday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory that deepened the Cincinnati Reds worst season-opening slump since 1955. St. Louis came into the series with a stagnant offense but broke out during two games against the worst pitching staff in the majors, piling up 18 runs and 25 hits. Molina „ booed loudly in each plate appearance at Great American Ball Park „ has homered in each game. LATE GAMES Colorado at Washington Milwaukee at N.Y. Mets Philadelphia at Tampa Bay Pittsburgh at Miami Baltimore at Boston N.Y. Yankees at Detroit Toronto at Cleveland Texas at Houston L.A. Angels at Kansas City Oakland at Seattle Arizona at L.A. Dodgers San Francisco at San Diego POSTPONED Chicago White Sox at MinnesotaTODAYS PITCHING COMPARISONNATIONAL LEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2017 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA Colorado Gray (R) 1-2 5.63 1-2 0-1 7.0 3.86 Washington Scherzer (R) 1:05p 2-1 0.90 2-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 St. Louis Mikolas (R) 1-0 6.00 1-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 Cincinnati Finnegan (L) 1:10p 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-1 3.0 9.00 Atlanta Newcomb (L) 1-1 4.35 1-1 0-2 10.1 6.10 Chicago Quintana (L) 2:20p 1-1 4.50 1-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 Pittsburgh Taillon (R) 2-0 1.26 2-0 1-0 5.0 1.80 Miami Richards (R) 7:10p 0-1 8.64 1-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 Milwaukee Anderson (R) 0-1 3.38 2-1 1-0 7.0 0.00 New York Harvey (R) 7:10p 0-0 3.60 2-0 0-1 5.0 9.00 San Fran. Holland (L) 0-2 4.09 0-2 0-0 0.0 0.00 San Diego Richard (L) 8:40p 1-1 5.29 1-2 0-2 17.0 5.29 Arizona Walker (R) 0-0 3.27 2-0 2-1 17.2 5.09 Los Angeles Hill (L) 9:10p 1-0 2.70 1-1 0-3 23.2 4.94AMERICAN LEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2018 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA Baltimore Cobb (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 3-1 29.1 3.38 Boston Velazquez (R) 1:05p 1-0 3.12 1-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 New York Cessa (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 Detroit Liriano (L) 1:10p 1-1 2.13 1-1 1-0 6.0 3.00 Chicago Lopez (R) 0-1 0.69 0-2 0-0 0.0 0.00 Minnesota Lynn (R) 2:10p 0-1 5.00 0-2 0-0 0.0 0.00 Texas Minor (L) 1-1 2.53 1-1 1-0 3.2 2.45 Houston Morton (R) 4:05p 2-0 0.00 2-0 1-1 11.2 3.09 Toronto Garcia (L) 1-0 3.18 2-0 0-2 12.1 4.38 Cleveland Kluber (R) 4:10p 1-1 1.57 1-2 1-0 7.2 1.17 Los Angeles Richards (R) 1-0 4.20 2-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 Kansas City Junis (R) 7:15p 2-0 0.00 2-0 0-1 5.1 8.44 Oakland G raveman (R) 0-2 9.45 1-2 0-0 11.1 4.76 Seattle Gonzales (L) 9:10p 1-1 7.27 1-1 0-0 4.0 0.00INTERLEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2018 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA Philadelphia Arrieta (R) 0-0 4.50 0-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 Tampa Bay Archer (R) 6:10p 1-0 5.94 2-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 KEY: TEAM REC-Teams Record in games started by todays pitcher. VS OPP-Pitchers record versus this opponent. THIS DATE IN BASEBALL1910: William Howard Taft became the “rst U.S. president to throw out the “rst ball at a baseball opener in Washington. 1910: Chicagos Frank Smith pitched a one-hitter in the season opener to give the White Sox a win over the St. Louis Browns. 1915: In the opening game at Philadelphia, left-hander Herb Pennock of the As blanked the Red Sox 5-0. He gave up only one hit: a scratch single by Harry Hooper with two outs in the ninth. 1917: Ed Cicotte of the Chicago White Sox pitched an 11-0 no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns. 1925: The Cleveland Indians opened the season with a 21-14 victory over the St. Louis Browns, the most runs by one club on opening day. The Indians scored 12 runs in the eighth inning when the Browns made “ve errors. Browns “rst baseman George Sisler had four errors in the game. 1967: Boston rookie Bill Rohr lost a no-hit bid in his “rst major league start when Elston Howard singled in the ninth inning for the New York Yankees only hit in a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox. 1969: The “rst major league game outside the United States was played in Montreals Jarry Park with the Expos defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7. 1999: John Franco struck out the side in the ninth inning of the New York Mets 4-1 win over the Florida Marlins, becoming only the second pitcher to reach 400 career saves. 1999: Jose Canseco became the 28th player major leaguer to reach 400 home runs. THURSDAYS GAMES American League Cleveland 9, Detroit 3 Boston 6, N.Y. Yankees 3 Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 0 L.A. Angels 7, Kansas City 1 National League Pittsburgh 6, Chicago Cubs 1 St. Louis 13, Cincinnati 4 Colorado 5, Washington 1 San Francisco 7, San Diego 0 SUNDAYS GAMES American League Baltimore at Boston, 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. Toronto at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. Texas at Houston, 8:08 p.m. National League Milwaukee at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Miami, 1:10 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. Colorado at Washington, 1:35 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 4:10 p.m. Interleague Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1:10 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. TOP TEN A MERICAN LEAGUE Player G AB R H Pct. Mauer Min 10 34 6 14 .412 Cano Sea 10 32 10 13 .406 Betts Bos 12 46 14 17 .370 Bogaerts Bos 9 38 7 14 .368 HRamirez Bos 11 42 8 15 .357 Simmons LAA 14 59 13 21 .356 Altuve Hou 13 51 8 18 .353 MChapman Oak 13 49 11 17 .347 Judge NYY 13 49 12 17 .347 Moustakas KC 11 44 8 15 .341 Home Runs Trout, Los Angeles, 5; Davidson, Chicago, 5; MChapman, Oak land, 4; Dozier, Minnesota, 4; 21 tied at 3. NATIONAL LEAGUE Player G AB R H Pct. Grandal LAD 9 32 5 12 .375 Posey SF 12 40 5 15 .375 RFlaherty Atl 12 41 7 15 .366 Hoskins Phi 11 33 7 12 .364 Martinez StL 13 44 4 16 .364 LeMahieu Col 14 57 8 20 .351 Kendrick Was 11 43 3 15 .349 Moran Pit 10 35 5 12 .343 Dickerson Pit 10 41 9 14 .341 Swanson Atl 12 50 5 17 .340 Home Runs Harper, Washington, 6; Thames, Milwaukee, 5; Polanco, Pittsburgh, 5; Albies, Atlanta, 4; Blackmon, Colorado, 4; LeMahieu, Colorado, 4; Molina, St. Louis, 4; DeJong, St. Louis, 4; JBaez, Chicago, 4; 9 tied at 3. The Atlanta Braves Preston Tucker, right, slaps hands with teammates Nick Markakis, center, and Kurt Suzuki after they scored on Tuckers three-run homer during the “fth inning of Fridays game against the Cubs in Chicago. The B raves defeated the Cubs 4-0 in the opener of the series at Wrigley Field. [MATT MARTON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]


C6 Saturday, April 14, 2018 | BUSINESS 2,500 2,600 2,700 2,800 2,900 OA NDJFM 2,520 2,620 2,720 S&P 500Close: 2,656.30 Change: -7.69 (-0.3%) 10 DAYS 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,000 26,000 27,000 OA NDJFM 23,320 24,000 24,680 Dow Jones industrialsClose: 24,360.14 Change: -122.91 (-0.5%) 10 DAYSAdvanced 1234 Declined 1602 New Highs 43 New Lows 41 Vol. (in mil.) 2,945 Pvs. Volume 3,008 1,737 2,008 1058 1732 50 32 NYSE NASDDOW 24646.45 24243.74 24360.14 -122.91 -0.50% -1.45% DOW Trans. 10467.65 10334.93 10369.49 +9.08 +0.09% -2.29% DOW Util. 686.05 680.26 682.78 +4.62 +0.68% -5.61% NYSE Comp. 12640.88 12503.67 12546.05 -34.17 -0.27% -2.05% NASDAQ 7183.62 7078.14 7106.65 -33.60 -0.47% +2.94% S&P 500 2680.26 2645.05 2656.30 -7.69 -0.29% -0.65% S&P 400 1898.75 1877.78 1883.86 -6.14 -0.32% -0.88% Wilshire 5000 27805.18 27454.81 27559.95 -98.87 -0.36% -0.84% Russell 2000 1563.75 1545.06 1549.51 -7.82 -0.50% +0.91% HIGH LOW CLOSE CHG. %CHG. YTD Stocks Recap AT&T Inc T 32.55 40.56 35.14 -.02 -0.1 r t t -9.6 -8.4 13 2.00f Advance Auto Parts AAP 78.81 151.72 106.61 -3.96 -3.6 t t t +6.9 -21.8 20 0.24 Amer Express AXP 75.51 102.39 93.03 -.32 -0.3 s t t -6.3 +23.5 16 1.40 AutoNation Inc AN 38.20 62.02 46.12 -.41 -0.9 t t t -10.2 +16.1 12 ... Brown & Brown BRO 20.66 26.94 25.72 -.03 -0.1 s t s ... +25.1 27 ... CocaCola Co KO 42.19 48.62 44.51 +.48 +1.1 s s s -3.0 +6.0 82 1.56f Comcast Corp A CMCSA 32.74 44.00 33.02 -.11 -0.3 t t t -17.2 -9.4 16 0.76f Darden Rest DRI 76.27 100.11 87.72 +.87 +1.0 s t s -8.6 +8.3 19 2.52 Disney DIS 96.20 116.10 100.35 -.04 ... r t t -6.7 -9.8 14 1.68f Gen Electric GE 12.73 30.54 13.49 +.31 +2.4 s t s -22.8 -53.3 dd 0.48 General Mills GIS 43.84 60.69 44.80 +.22 +0.5 t t t -24.4 -19.2 12 1.96 Harris Corp HRS 106.18 164.69 161.69 -1.07 -0.7 s s s +14.1 +49.6 29 2.28 Home Depot HD 144.25 207.61 172.80 -.56 -0.3 t t t -8.8 +20.8 24 4.12f IBM IBM 139.13 171.69 156.71 -1.36 -0.9 s t s +2.1 -3.9 12 6.00 Lowes Cos LOW 70.76 108.98 86.23 -.81 -0.9 t t t -7.2 +8.2 20 1.64 NY Times NYT 14.20 25.70 22.70 -.25 -1.1 t t t +22.7 +59.4 cc 0.16 NextEra Energy NEE 129.22 164.71 160.22 +1.15 +0.7 t t t +2.6 +25.0 24 4.44f PepsiCo PEP 105.94 122.51 109.26 +.95 +0.9 r t s -8.9 -1.8 22 3.22 Suntrust Bks STI 51.96 73.37 67.38 -1.74 -2.5 s t t +4.3 +30.7 17 1.60 WalMart Strs WMT 73.13 109.98 86.02 +.59 +0.7 t t t -12.9 +19.1 19 2.08f Xerox Corp XRX 26.64 37.42 28.17 -.06 -0.2 s t t -3.4 +3.3 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 Stan ChoeThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Bank stocks buckled on Friday, even after several reported fatter profits than analysts expected, and the sharp declines overshadowed gains elsewhere in the market to drag the S&P 500 lower.JPMorgan Chase and several other financial titans marked the unofficial start of the earnings reporting season, and expectations were high for them, as they are for most major companies. Wall Street is forecast-ing the strongest growth in seven years for S&P 500 companies, and the hope has been that healthy profit reports in coming weeks will steady the market following a rough couple of months.But high expectations can be as much a burden as cause for optimism. JPMorgan Chase reported its big-gest-ever profit and topped analysts expec-tations. But investors were already anticipat-ing the good news that it delivered, such as healthier trading revenue, and took note of things like an increase in charge-offs for credit cards. JPMorgan Chases shares fell 2.7 percent to $110.30 to lop off most of the big gains it had made earlier in the week.The S&P 500 fell 7.69 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,656.30. The loss pared the indexs gain for the week to 2 percent.The Dow Jones indus-trial average dropped 122.91, or 0.5 percent, to 24,360.14, and the Nasdaq composite lost 33.60, or 0.5 percent, to 7,106.65.As a group, financial stocks in the S&P 500 fell 1.6 percent, more than double the loss for any of the other 10 sec-tors that make up the index.PNC Financial Services Group had one of the biggest losses in the S&P 500 after report-ing first-quarter results that fell short of some analysts expectations. It dropped 4.1 percent to $145.46.Wells Fargo fell 3.4 percent to $50.89, and Citigroup dropped 1.6 percent to $71.01 even though both reported profits that beat expectations. The possibility of a big settlement with federal regulators hung over Wells Fargos results.Tumbling banks hold back S&P 500 In this March 29 photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New Yorks Times Square. Facebook made $40 billion in advertising revenue last year, second only to Google when it comes to its share of the global digital advertising market. [RICHARD DREW/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] Facebooks business depends almost entirely on selling ads aimed at people with particular interests and demographicsBy Barbara OrtutayThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ If you want to tailor a Facebook ad to a single user out of its universe of 2.2 billion, you could.Trying to pitch your bou-tique bed and breakfast to a 44-year-old trendy momŽ who lives in Seattle, leans conservative and is currently traveling in the Toronto area but hasnt booked a hotel for the night yet? Go right ahead. Interested in mail-ordering pet treats to a 32-year-old cat owner in Madison, Wis-consin who enjoys Japanese food, doesnt like pizza and has an anniversary coming up in the next two months? Not a problem.Targeting ads, it turns out, is almost infinitely customizable „ sometimes in surprising ways. The ads you might see can be tailored to you down to the most granular details „ not just where you live and what websites you visited recently, but whether youve gotten engaged in the past six months, are interested in organic food or share characteristics with people who have recently bought a BMW, even if youve never expressed interest in doing so yourself.Facebook made $40 billion in advertising revenue last year, second only to Google when it comes to its share of the global digital advertising market. Here are some ways advertisers can target you through Facebook: Monitoring your Facebook activityBy now youve probably gathered that Facebook uses things like your interest, age and other demographic and geographic information to help advertisers reach you. Then theres the stuff your friends do and like „ the idea being that its a good indicator for what you might do and like. So, if you have a friend who has liked the New Yorkers Facebook page, you might see ads for the maga-zine on your Facebook feed.But thats just the tip of the iceberg. Facebook and adver-tisers can also infer stuff about you based on things you share willingly. For example, Face-book categorizes users into an ethnic affinityŽ based on what it thinks might be their ethnicity or ethnic influence. It might guess this through TV shows or music youve liked. Often, Facebook is wrong „ and while its possible to remove it, you cant change it. There is also no ethnic affin-ityŽ option for whites. In late 2017, Facebook said it was temporarily blocking advertisers ability to target based on ethnic affinity, along with other things such as religious or LGBT affinity. How ads target youMARKET WATCHDow 24,360.14 122.91 Nasdaq 7,106.65 33.60 S&P 2,656.30 7.69 Russell 1,549.51 7.82 NYSE 12,546.05 34.17COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,344.80 6.40 Silver 16.628 .185 Platinum 927.30 1.70 Copper 3.0675 .0075 Oil 67.39 0.32By Joe McDonaldThe Associated PressBEIJING „ Chinas global trade balance swung to a rare deficit in March as exports shrank but its surplus with the United States, the center of a worsening dispute with Wash-ington, stood at $15.4 billion.Exports contracted 2.7 percent from a year earlier to $174.1 billion, down from the 24.4 percent growth for the first two months of 2018, customs data showed Friday. Imports rose 14.4 percent to $179.1 billion, though that was down from 21.7 percent growth in January and February.The upshot is that the latest trade data suggest that both domestic and foreign demand held up well in March,Ž said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.The trade surplus with the United States contracted 13 percent from a year earlier, while Chinas global trade balance swung to a $5 billion deficit.President Donald Trump has approved a possible tariff hike on $50 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Bei-jing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over tech-nology. Trump is demanding Beijing take steps to narrow its trade deficit with the U.S., which Washington says stood at a record $375.2 billion last year.China runs multibillion-dollar monthly surpluses with Europe and the U.S., which helps to offset deficits with Japan, South Korea and devel-oping countries that supply industrial components and raw materials. The global trade balance often slips into deficit for one month early each year as factories restock following the Lunar New Year holiday.The biggest risk going for-ward is clearly that the current trade tensions escalate to the point where meaningful tariff barriers are erected,Ž said Evans-Pritchard. But even if this is avoided, trade looks likely to soften slightly over the coming quarters given that global growth now appears past its peak and Chinas own economy faces rising head-winds from tighter policy.ŽChinas March trade weakens, surplus with US at $15.4 billion MARKET MOVERS€ Broadcom Inc.: Up $7.51 to $246.94 „ The technology company announced a $12 billion stock buyback program. € Marathon Oil Corp.: Up 53 cents to $18.16 „ Energy companies bene“ ted from an increase in oil prices.BRIEFCASEWASHINGTONTrump convenes task force to study US Postal ServiceAfter weeks of railing against online shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a task force to study the United States Postal Service.In the surprise move, Trump said that USPS is on an unsus-tainable financial pathŽ and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout.ŽThe task force will be assigned to study factors including USPSs pricing in the package delivery market and will have 120 days to submit a report with recommendations.WASHINGTONUS job openings decline in Feb. from record levelU.S. businesses posted fewer open jobs in February than the previous month when openings reached a record level, though layoffs fell.The Labor Department said Friday that openings fell 2.8 percent to 6.05 million, down from 6.23 million in January, the most on record dating back to 2001. Layoffs dropped a steep 7.7 percent, to 1.65 million.The figures suggest a healthy job market tilting in favor of job seekers. There are nearly as many job openings as there are unemployed people. Businesses have complained they cant fill jobs, and many are feeling pres-sure to raise pay to attract and keep workers.WASHINGTONWells Fargo acknowledges $1 billion federal offerWells Fargo is acknowledging that Federal regulators have offered to resolve a host of investigations into the consumer banking giant for $1 billion. The disclosure comes as Wells reports a 6 percent increase in first-quarter profit.Wells continues to navigate several investigations related to the opening of fake customer accounts, forcing customers to take unnecessary auto insurance policies, unfairly charging fees tied to mortgage rates and other matters. Well says the potential $1 billion penalty involves the auto insurance and mortgage fee matters. The Associated Press


I N T H E C I R C U I T C O U R T F O R L A K E C O U N T Y F L O R I D A P R O B A T E D I V I S I O N F i l e N o 2 0 1 8 C P 0 0 0 2 3 9 I N R E : E S T A T E O F G R E T A K E N N E N D e c e a s e d N O T I C E T O C R E D I T O R S The administration of the estate of Greta Kennen, deceased, whose date of death was December 9, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Lake County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 550 West Main Street, Tavares, Florida 32778. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal rep resentative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or de mands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE T HE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE T IME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF T HIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFT ER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLOR IDA STATUTES SECT ION 733.702 (2017) WILL BE FOR EVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE T IME PERI ODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF TER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is April 14, 2018. Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Merideth C. Nagel Merideth C. Nagel, Esq. Florida Bar Number: 0113141 LANGLEY, NAGEL, CRAWFORD & MODICA CHARTERED ATTORNEYS AT LAW 1201 West Highway 50 Clermont, Florida 34711 (352) 394-7408 (telephone) (352) 394-7298 (facsimile) Personal Representative: /s/ Karen Kennen Karen Kennen 401 S. Lakeshore Drive Minneola, Florida 34715 Ad No: 10075778 April 14, 2018 & A p ril 21 2018 I N T H E C I R C U I T C O U R T O F T H E F I F T H J U D I C I A L C I R C U I T I N A N D F O R L A K E C O U N T Y F L O R I D A J U V E N I L E D I V I S I O N C A S E N U M B E R : 2 0 1 6 D P 1 4 6 ( 0 4 ) I N T H E I N T E R E S T O F : J S P 1 2 / 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 M i n o r C h i l d S U M M O N S A N D N O T I C E O F A D V I S O R Y H E A R I N G F O R T E R M I N A T I O N O F P A R E N T A L R I G H T S A N D P E R M A N E N T C O M M I T M E N T O F M I N O R C H I L D R E N T HE STATE OF FLORIDA: L E G A L P U B L I C A T I O N T O : D A R R Y L E S H U L E R ( F A T H E R ) D O B : 0 8 / 1 9 / 1 9 9 5 A D D R E S S / W H E R E A B O U T S U N K N O W N W H E R E A S a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights under oath has been filed in this Court regarding the above-refe renced children, a copy of which is at tached hereto; Y O U A R E H E R E B Y C O M M A N D E D to ap pear before theH o n o r a b l e J u d g e M i c h a e l G T a k a c a t t h e L a k e C o u n t y C o u r t h o u s e l o c a t e d a t 5 5 0 W e s t M a i n S t r e e t T a v a r e s L a k e C o u n t y F l o r i d a o n M A Y 2 3 2 0 1 8 A T 9 : 0 0 A M ( D S T ) f o r a T E R M I N A T I O N O F P A R E N T A L R I G H T S A D V I S O R Y H E A R I N G Y o u m u s t a p p e a r o n t h e d a t e a n d a t t i m e s p e c i f i e d F A I L U R E T O P E R S O N A L L Y A P P E A R A T T H I S A D V I S O R Y H E A R I N G C O N S T I T U T E S C O N S E N T T O T H E T E R M I N A T I O N O F P A R E N T A L R I G H T S O F T H l S / T H E S E C H I L D R E N I F Y O U F A I L T O A P P E A R O N T H E D A T E A N D T I M E S P E C I F I E D Y O U M A Y L O S E A L L L E G A L R I G H T S T O T H E C H I L D R E N N A M E D I N T H E P E T I T I O N A T T A C H E D T O T H I S N O T I C E N O T I C E T O P E R S O N S W I T H D I S A B I L I T I E S I F Y O U A R E A P E R S O N W I T H A D I S A B I L I T Y W H O N E E D S A N Y A C C O M M O D A T I O N I N O R D E R T O P A R T I C I P A T E I N T H I S P R O C E E D I N G Y O U A R E E N T I T L E D A T N O C O S T T O Y O U T O T H E P R O V I S I O N O F C E R T A I N A S S I S T A N C E P L E A S E C O N T A C T T H E A D A C O O R D I N A T O R A T T H E O F F I C E O F T H E T R I A L C O U R T A D M I N I S T R A T O R 5 5 0 W E S T M A I N S T R E E T T A V A R E S F L 3 2 7 7 8 T E L E P H O N E ; 3 5 2 7 4 2 4 2 2 1 W I T H I N 2 W O R K I N G D A Y S O F Y O U R R E C E I P T O F T H I S N O T I C E ; I F Y O U A R E H E A R I N G O R V O I C E I M P A I R E D 3 5 2 7 4 2 3 8 9 0 F L O R I D A R E L A Y S E R V I C E 7 1 1 W I T N E S S my hand as the Clerk of said Court and the Seal thereof, this 22 day of March, 2018. NEIL KELLY Clerk of Court B y : / s / Kath y Fetzer y//y Deputy Clerk Ad No: 10075011 March 24, 2018 & March 31, 2018 & April 07, 2018 & A p ril 14 2 0 1 8 I N T H E C I R C U I T C O U R T O F T H E F I F T H J U D I C I A L C I R C U I T I N A N D F O R L A K E C O U N T Y F L O R I D A J U V E N I L E D I V I S I O N C A S E N U M B E R : 2 0 1 6 D P 1 4 6 ( 0 4 ) I N T H E I N T E R E S T O F : J S P 1 2 / 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 M i n o r C h i l d S U M M O N S A N D N O T I C E O F A D V I S O R Y H E A R I N G F O R T E R M I N A T I O N O F P A R E N T A L R I G H T S A N D P E R M A N E N T C O M M I T M E N T O F M I N O R C H I L D R E N T HE STATE OF FLORIDA: L E G A L P U B L I C A T I O N T O : R H E T T A P E R E Z ( M O T H E R ) D O B : 0 8 / 1 9 / 1 9 9 5 A D D R E S S / W H E R E A B O U T S U N K N O W N W H E R E A S a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights under oath has been filed in this Court regarding the above-refe renced children, a copy of which is at tached hereto; Y O U A R E H E R E B Y C O M M A N D E D to ap pear before theH o n o r a b l e J u d g e M i c h a e l G T a k a c a t t h e L a k e C o u n t y C o u r t h o u s e l o c a t e d a t 5 5 0 W e s t M a i n S t r e e t T a v a r e s L a k e C o u n t y F l o r i d a o n M A Y 2 3 2 0 1 8 A T 9 : 0 0 A M ( D S T ) f o r a T E R M I N A T I O N O F P A R E N T A L R I G H T S A D V I S O R Y H E A R I N G Y o u m u s t a p p e a r o n t h e d a t e a n d a t t i m e s p e c i f i e d F A I L U R E T O P E R S O N A L L Y A P P E A R A T T H I S A D V I S O R Y H E A R I N G C O N S T I T U T E S C O N S E N T T O T H E T E R M I N A T I O N O F P A R E N T A L R I G H T S O F T H l S / T H E S E C H I L D R E N I F Y O U F A I L T O A P P E A R O N T H E D A T E A N D T I M E S P E C I F I E D Y O U M A Y L O S E A L L L E G A L R I G H T S T O T H E C H I L D R E N N A M E D I N T H E P E T I T I O N A T T A C H E D T O T H I S N O T I C E N O T I C E T O P E R S O N S W I T H D I S A B I L I T I E S I F Y O U A R E A P E R S O N W I T H A D I S A B I L I T Y W H O N E E D S A N Y A C C O M M O D A T I O N I N O R D E R T O P A R T I C I P A T E I N T H I S P R O C E E D I N G Y O U A R E E N T I T L E D A T N O C O S T T O Y O U T O T H E P R O V I S I O N O F C E R T A I N A S S I S T A N C E P L E A S E C O N T A C T T H E A D A C O O R D I N A T O R A T T H E O F F I C E O F T H E T R I A L C O U R T A D M I N I S T R A T O R 5 5 0 W E S T M A I N S T R E E T T A V A R E S F L 3 2 7 7 8 T E L E P H O N E ; 3 5 2 7 4 2 4 2 2 1 W I T H I N 2 W O R K I N G D A Y S O F Y O U R R E C E I P T O F T H I S N O T I C E ; I F Y O U A R E H E A R I N G O R V O I C E I M P A I R E D 3 5 2 7 4 2 3 8 9 0 F L O R I D A R E L A Y S E R V I C E 7 1 1 W I T N E S S my hand as the Clerk of said Court and the Seal thereof, this 22 day of March, 2018. NEIL KELLY Clerk of Court By: /s/Kathy Fetzer Deputy Clerk Ad No: 10075014 March 24, 2018 & March 31, 2018 & April 07, 2018 & A p ril 14 2 0 1 8 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.: 35-2017-CA-001607-AXXX-XX J AMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, v. UNKNOWN SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF T HE WILEY TRUST UNDER AGREEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 27, 1995; UNKNOWN BENEFICIARIES OF THE WILEY TRUST UNDER AGREEMENT DATED NO VEMBER 27, 1995; ET AL., Defendant(s). N O T I C E O F S A L E NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order dated April 3, 2018, entered in Civil Case # 35-2017-CA-001607-AXXX-XX of th e Cir cuit Court of the 5th Judicial Circuit in and for Lake County, Florida, wherein JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff and UNKNOWN SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF THE WILE Y T RUST UNDER AGREEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 27, 1995; UN KNOWN BENEFICIARIES OF THE WILEY TRUST UNDER AGREEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 27, 1995; ET AL. are defend ant(s). The Clerk of Court, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at The Judicial Center (JC), Lobby, 550 W. Main Street, Tavares, FL 32778, AT 11:00 AM on M A Y 2 2 2 0 1 8 the fol lowing described property as set forth in said Fi nal Judgment, to wit: LOT 175, HIGHLAND LAKES, PHASE 1-A, AC CORDING TO THE PLAT T HEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 31, PAGES 53 THROUGH 59, INCLU SIVE, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A N Y P E R S O N S C L A I M I N G A N I N T E R E S T I N T H I S S U R P L U S F R O M T H E S A L E I F A N Y O T H E R T H A N T H E P R O P E R T Y O W N E R A S O F T H E D A T E O F T H E L I S P E N D E N S M U S T F I L E A C L A I M W I T H I N 6 0 D A Y S A F T E R T H E S A L E A M E R I C A N S W I T H D I S A B I L I T I E S A C T I f y o u a r e a p e r s o n w i t h a d i s a y p b i l i t y w h o n e e d s a n y a c c o m m o d a t i o n i n o r d e r t o p a r t i c i p a t e i n t h i s p r o c e e d i n g y o u a r e e n t i t l e d a t n o c o s t t o y o u t o t h e p r o v i s i o n o f c e r t a i n a s s i s t a n c e P l e a s e c o n t a c t t h e A D A C o o r d i n a t o r a t t h e O f f i c e o f t h e T r i a l C o u r t A d m i n i s t r a t o r L a k e C o u n t y J u d i c i a l C e n t e r P O B o x 7 8 0 0 / 5 5 0 W M a i n S t r e e t T a v a r e s F l o r i d a 3 2 7 7 8 T e l e p h o n e ( 3 5 2 ) 2 5 3 1 6 0 4 a t l e a s t 7 d a y s b e f o r e y o u r s c h e d u l e d c o u r t a p p e a r a n c e o r i m m e d i a t e l y u p o n r e c e i v i n g t h i s n o t i f i c a t i o n i f t h e t i m e b e f o r e t h e s c h e d u l e d a p p e a r a n c e i s l e s s t h a n 7 d a y s ; i f y o u a r e h e a r i n g o r v o i c e i m p a i r e d c a l l 7 1 1 DATED at Lake County, Florida, this 3 day of April, 2018. NEIL KELLY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Lake County, Florida /s/ D. Davis Deputy Clerk of Court Submitted By: ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: Kelley Kronenberg, 8201 Peters Road, Suite 4000, Plantation, FL 33324 Ad No: 10075517 April 07, 2018 & A p ril 14 2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO: 35-2017-CA-001473 DIVISION: CIRCUIT CIVIL QUICKEN LOANS INC., Plaintiff, vs. SAMUEL A. WINTERSTEEN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAMUEL A. WINT ERSTEEN; UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 1; UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 2, Defendant(s). C L E R K S N O T I C E O F S A L E NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on April 3, 2018 in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on M A Y 2 2 2 0 1 8 at 11:00 a.m., at the Lake County Court house, 1st Floor, 550 W. Main Street, Tavares, FL 32778. L O T 1 5 1 H O L I D A Y H A V E N C A M P S I T E S U N I T 3 A C C O R D I N G T O T H E P L A T T H E R E O F A S R E C O R D E D I N P L A T B O O K 2 1 P A G E S 5 7 A N D 5 8 O F T H E P U B L I C R E C O R D S O F L A K E C O U N T Y F L O R I D A Property Address: 55735 SAM STREET, ASTOR, FL 32102 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated: April 3, 2018. NEIL KELLY, CLERK LAKE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Court Seal) By: D. Davis Deputy Clerk A M E R I C A N S W I T H D I S A B I L I T I E S A C T I f y o u a r e a p e r s o n w i t h a d i s a b i l i t y w h o n e e d s a n a c c o m m o d a t i o n i n o r d e r t o p a r t i c i p a t e i n a p r o c e e d i n g y o u a r e e n t i t l e d a t n o c o s t t o y o u t h e p r o v i s i o n o f c e r t a i n a s s i s t a n c e P l e a s e c o n t a c t t h e A D A C o o r d i n a t o r f o r t h e C o u r t s w i t h i n 2 w o r k i n g d a y s o f y o u r r e c e i p t o f y o u r n o t i c e t o a p p e a r i n C o u r t a t : L a k e C o u n t y L a u r i e C r e w s ( 3 5 2 ) 2 5 3 0 9 0 0 x 1 0 0 Ad No: 10075554 April 07, 2018 & A p ril 14 2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JU DICIAL CIRCUIT lN AND FOR LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DlVISION CASE N0. 35-2017-CA-002205-AXXX-XX U.S BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION T RUST, Plaintiff, vs. T HE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIAR IES, DEVI SEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI TORS, TRUST EES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF JEFFREY A. ZOLLER (DECEASED) et. al. Defendant( s), N O T I C E O F A C T I O N C O N S T R U C T I V E S E R V I C E T O:T H E U N K N O W N H E I R S B E N E F I C l A R I E S D E V I S E E S G R A N T E E S A S S I G N E E S L I E N O R S C R E D I T O R S T R U S T E E S A N D A L L O T H E R S W H O M A Y C L A I M A N I N T E R E S T I N T H E E S T A T E O F J E F F R E Y A Z O L L E R ( D E C E A S E D ) whose residence is unknown if he / she / the y be livin g; and if he / she / //yg;// they be dead, the un known defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, credi tors, trustees, and all parties claiming an inter est by, through, under or against the Defend ants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. T HE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIAR IES, DEVI SEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LlENORS, CREDI TORS, TRUST EES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF JEF FREY A. ZOLLER (DECEASED) 17533 STRAHA STREET MONTVERDE, FL 34756 Y O U A R E H E R E B Y N O T l F I E D that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property. A L L T H A T C E R T A I N P A R C E L O F L A N D S I T U A T E D I N C l T Y O F M 0 N T V E R D E B E I N G K N O W N A S L O T 1 4 A P O P K A T E R R A C E A C C O R D I N G T O T H E P L A T T H E R E O F R E C O R D E D I N P L A T B O O K 1 5 P A G E 2 8 P U B L I C R E C O R D S O F L A K E C O U N T Y F L O R I D A I N C L U D E S T H E O W N E R S H I P O F O N E T W E N T I E T H I N T E R E S T I N L O T K N O W N A S 2 1 P A N D B E I N G M O R E F U L L Y D E S C R I B E D I N D E E D B O O K 1 1 6 2 P A G E 1 8 2 R E C O R D E D O N 0 4 / 2 8 / 1 9 9 2 A M O N G T H E L A N D R E C O R D S O F L A K E C O U N T Y F L has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Con g ress Ave Suite 100 Boca g,, Ra ton, Florida 33487 on or be fore / (30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice) and file the original with the clerk of this court ei ther be fore serv ice on Plaintiff's attor ney or im medi ately thereafter; other wise a de fault will be entered against you for the re lief demanded In the complaint or pe tition filed herein. W I T N E S S my hand and the seal of this Court at Lake County, Florida, this 9 day of April, 2018. NEIL KELLY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /s/ Beverly Allen DEPUTY CLERK Submitted By: ROBERTSON, ANSCHUTZ, AND SCHNEID, PL ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF 6409 Congress Ave., Suite 100 Boca Raton, FL 33487 PRlMARY EMAIL: 17-105612 GeS Ad No: 10075772 April 14, 2018 & A p ril 21 2018 N O T I C E O F P U B L I C H E A R I N G RESOLUTION 2018 15 A R E S O L U T I O N O F T H E C I T Y C O U N C I L O F T H E C I T Y O F U M A T I L L A F L O R I D A V A C A T I N G T H E V I S T A M A N O R P L A T R E C O R D E D A T P L A T B O O K 6 3 P A G E 2 7 P U B L I C R E C O R D S O F L A K E C O U N T Y O V E R P R O P E R T Y L O C A T E D N O R T H O F L A K E S T R E E T A N D W E S T O F M A X W E L L R O A D A N D O W N E D B Y V I S T A O A K S U M A T I L L A D E V E L O P M E N T I N C ; P R O V I D I N G F O R A N E F F E C T I V E D A T E A N D R E C O R D I N G T he proposed resolution for vacating Vista Manor Plat will be considered at the following meetings: Umatilla Planning & Zoning meeting on April 10, 2018, and Umatilla City Council meeting on April 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. T he meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers at 1 S. Central Avenue, Umatilla, Florida. T he proposed resolution may be inspected by the public between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon day to Friday at City Hall. For further information call (352) 669-3125. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. A person who decides to appeal any decision made by any board, agency, or council with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, will need a record of the proceedings. For such purposes, any such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based (Florida Statutes, 286.0105). The City of Umatilla is an equal opportunity provider and em ployer. CROSSWORD PUZZLE | Saturday, April 14, 2018 C7


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Most construction companies came out of the 2008-2014 Great Recession beaten very badly, if they came out at all. This created a gap of talent, money and innovation while leaving a supply chain totally dysfunctional. Next is labor „ if you can find it. Delays on jobsites are common because there is no one to work. During the Great Recession, millions of workers in the construction industry retired or left the construction industry and new workers were not developed. There is a huge gap in construction labor that may last as long as a generation, especially if the AROUND THE HOUSENew home in ation exacerbating a ordability crisis | Saturday, April 14, 2018 E1 KITCHENSIMPLE SWAPS When planning your refresh, consider these simple, stylish swaps from € Replacing an outdated faucet is an easy way to give your space a faceli € Replacing outdated cabinet knobs and drawer pulls can give your space a fresh, streamlined look with minimal e ort. € Replace at wall paint with a backsplash made from unique materials, such as faux-brick, salvaged wood or stainless-steel subway tile. BATHROOMHIGH-TECH TRENDSHere are fun tech trends for the bathroom, from € New toilets feature a personal cleansing system in the toilet seat, using warm water, dual action spray, warm air dryer and heated seat. € Privacy glass. Using an app on your smartphone, change your window glass from opaque to transparent instantly. € Digital steam spa. Turn your bathroom into a steam room with easy-to-use kits. TIP OF THE WEEKCUT HOME EXPENSESSavvy homeowners can free up some cash with a few relatively easy home improvements: € Choose options that automatically use less power, like LED bulbs. € A programmable thermostat can keep you from heating and cooling the house when youre not home. HOME By Laura Firszt NetworxA hailstorm is quite a sight to behold. Spheres of ice suddenly start falling from the sky „ no matter what the season or what the temperature may be outdoors. Although a hailstorm usually lasts only a few minutes, it can cause tremendous damage to your property, because hailstones tend to fall with such force. Find out more about hail damage and how it can affect your home. About hail damage Hailstones vary in size from the diameter of a pea ( inch) to the largest on record „ a whopping 8 inches. (Thats almost the size of a bowling ball!) But not only size matters when it comes to doing harm to your property; the extent of hail damage will also depend on the hailstones density, weight, and shape. The speed at which they fall sometimes reaches 120 mph: that can make for one heck of an impact, even with a small stone. Not surprisingly, the dollar value of hail damage in the U.S. amounts to $1 billion a year. If youve just weathered a major hailstorm, check your home for signs of hail damage in order to file an insurance claim. Homeowners insurance dos and donts€ DONT go outside during a hailstorm to check the state of your roof, siding, etc.; youll be putting yourself at risk. € DO look for any hail damage as soon as the storm is “ nished. (See the list below.) € DONT panic. Hail damage is covered by virtually all homeowners insurance policies. € DO contact your insurance provider and let them know about the hail damage ASAP. € DO take photos of all damaged areas of your home and make detailed notes. € DONT try to walk around on your roof to check for hail damage. Roo“ ng that has been struck by hail could be unstable. € DO “ nd a reliable licensed contractor to give an estimate on the necessary repairs, after an insurance adjuster has inspected your property. € DONT throw out receipts for any expense, even temporary measures (like covering broken windows with plastic). You may be able to get compensation. € DONT bother “ ling a claim if the total repair cost is equal to, or slightly more than, your deductible. Youll likely end up raising your homeowners insurance premium.Look for these signs of hail damageRoof. Your roo“ ng is particularly vulnerable to hail damage, so much that roofs in hail-prone regions need replacement every 7-10 years, rather than the typical 20-year lifespan. From the ground, look for split wood shingles, or asphalt shingles that have lost granules or are shiny, blackened, or dented. Whatever your type of roo“ ng, watch for missing shingles or actual roof punctures. (Ouch!) Gutters. Aluminum, thin copper, and vinyl gutters are the most susceptible to hail damage. Vinyl gutters may be cracked or punctured, while metal ones will show indentations or protrusions, according to the direction of the falling hail. (A little home improvement humor: Building inspectors nickname these dents inniesŽ and outies.Ž) Exterior walls and trim. Hail damage to exterior walls and trim of your house, garage, or other outbuildings might include chipped paint, cracked vinyl or wooden siding, dented aluminum siding, or holes in stucco “ nish. Windows. Obviously the glass of your windows (or skylights) could be cracked or shattered due to a hailstorm, but be sure to check the condition of your screens, frames, sills, and awnings as well. Air conditioning system. Your A/Cs outside component, the condenser unit, may be harmed by falling hailstones, particularly the coil and “ ns. As a result, the air conditioning may function less effectively or stop working altogether. Landscaping. Young garden plants can be crushed by even the smallest hailstones. Large trees and shrubs might be stripped of leaves and branches, or knocked down completely if the hailstorm also involves strong winds. Consult your homeowners policy to see whether it will compensate you for this type of loss, as well as removal of fallen trees and related debris.Know what to look for, what to do after a stormHail damage WIKIMEDIA COMMONS PHOTOS 0 n ) Don MagruderSee INFLATION, E3


E2 Saturday, April 14, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comTAVARES „ The Lake County master gardeners are having a plant sale from8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Discovery Gardens in Tavares.The sale will feature several Floridanative wildflowers, including: Coreopsis Seven species of coreopsis are native to the state of Florida. Coreopsis are considered perennials as they reappear each year. These colorful plants have bright green leaves that can be either entire or lobed. These plants have single or double flowers that come in a variety of colors including orange, pink, purple, red and yellow. These flowers are held upright upon tall leafless stems that enable the blooms to be incorporated into flower arrangements. The flowers are borne in capitula with small discs, and the ray florets have dentate tips. These 1 to 2-inchwide flowers appear in the spring, summer and fall. For more information on this flower, go to http://edis.ifas. Blanket ower This sturdy North American native forms attractive, 12to 24-inch-tall, rounded clumps of soft, hairy, divided leaves and single, semidouble or double flowers held on long stems above the foliage. Appearing throughout the summer, the 2to 3-inchwide flowers are available in yellow, orange, red or bicolors, and make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers. The blossoms are quite attractive to butterflies, and these annual flowers will normally reseed themselves quite readily. For more information on this flower, go to http://edis. Beach sun ower The beach sunflower is a spreading perennial that has attractive, small, sunflowerlike flower heads, which are borne throughout the year. These showy flowers have 10 to 20 pale yellow rays that encircle a purplish-brown disk that is to 1-inchwide. Different species of butterflies are attracted to these flowers. The 3-inchwide flowers of this plant are followed by small seeds that readily germinate to produce plantlets. The beach sunflower has small, dark green, deltoid leaves that are irregularly lobed and toothed. These glossy leaves are roughly pubescent and attain a length of 4 inches. For more information on this flower, go to fp/fp245. Firebush This Florida native will delight everyone with beautiful orange and red flowers throughout most of the year. Firebush is a large, softstemmed shrub that reaches a height and width of 8-to12-feet tall without support. A 1 foot tall specimen that is planted in the spring can be expected to reach 5 feet or more by the following winter. It can grow to 15 feet tall or more if given support on a trellis or other structure. Its evergreen leaves are covered with red tomentum (hairs) when young and are speckled with red or purple at maturity. The petiole and young stems also appear red. These attractive leaves are commonly arranged in whorls of 3. Bright orange and red flowers appear in forking cymes at the tips of the branches throughout the year. The slender flowers are tubular and reach a length of 1 to 1 inches. Although tolerant of shade, flowering is much reduced. For more information on this flower, go to http://edis.ifas.ufl. edu/fp237. Trumpet honeysuckle Although a vigorous twining vine, the native trumpet honeysuckle does not spread out of control quite as easily as Japanese honeysuckle. The delicate but striking, 2-inch long, tapered, trumpet-shaped crimson blooms appear from April through summer and are set against a background of dark green, smooth leaves. The flowers are particularly attractive to hummingbirds but are not fragrant. Evergreen in the lower south, trumpet honeysuckle may die back during a hard freeze. Quickly covering fences, lampposts or mailboxes, trumpet honeysuckle is an excellent vine to use for naturalizing. Train it onto an arbor or trellis in the full sun for good, thick coverage. For more information on this flower, go to http://edis. Scarlet salvia, scarlet sage The native salvia is an herbaceous perennial that is native to the southeastern United States including the state of Florida. It may attain a height of 3 to 4 feet with a vase-shaped or upright growth habit. It bears striking, rich red flowers (occasionally white or pink) in the late spring, summer and fall seasons. For more information on this flower, go to http://edis.ifas.ufl. edu/fp519. Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan forms a clumping, 2-foot-tall mound of foliage topped with a bright display of red and orange flowers bordered with yellow. Distribution of color in the flower varies depending on the cultivar and seed source. Flowering is more profuse when the faded blossoms are regularly removed. The flowers are useful for cutting. Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart in a mass planting to create a carpet of color. Plants can become weeds in the garden because seeds germinate readily in nearby beds. What a wonderful weed to have in the garden. For more information on this flower, go to fp512. Visit Discovery Gardens,1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, for the plant sale and include some native wildflowers in your landscape to support our local pollinators with food for the season. Lloyd Singleton is a Florida-friendly landscaping agent at the UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension and the interim director at the Lake County Extension. Email THE EXTENSIONStock up on wild owers at Tavares plant saleThe native salvia, pictured, may bloom with a proli“ c white ” ower. Lake County master gardeners are having a plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Discovery Gardens in Tavares featuring wild” owers native to Florida. [SUBMITTED] Lloyd Singleton By Adrian HigginsThe Washington PostBecause John Brookes was English and in the business of creating gardens, you might have thought that he shared his compatriots mania for growing plants to some sort of perfection. He didnt. I enjoy having plants around the place,Ž he told me when I last saw him, in 2003. But Im not obsessed with how to cultivate them.Ž Instead, he commanded a different discipline, one of garden design. Over the years, he wrote some two dozen books about design „ the first being Room OutsideŽ in 1969 „ for readers who wanted to make something of their yards. He also taught generations of budding garden designers at his school south of London. I met him when he was in Washington to teach a course to students at what was then the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Brookes died March 16, aged 84. Something he represented went with him, I suspect. His most important contribution wasnt his design instruction „ which was exceptionally good „ but the mere idea that a garden must be designed. You might think it obvious that designing a garden is fundamental to its creation. But youd be wrong. Few, if any, books, television shows and offerings on the manic forum we call the Internet actually tell you much about garden design. You will see pretty pictures of patios, arbors, balconies, and pools and fountains. To the extent that there are garden shows left on TV, they are about instant effect and the eye appeal of outdoor furnishings, built„in barbecues and brightly colored awnings. We are seeing photogenic vignettes, often staged and groomed, something that Brookes could instantly sniff out as bogus. Gracious living,Ž he called it, rolling his eyes. Design, on the other hand, is about the most effective and beautiful way to fix problems, meet needs and fulfill desires. It is successful when all the elements relate to a whole and the garden becomes greater than the sum of its parts. With design, it is understood that the plan will take several years to reach fruition, as trees and shrubs mature „ it is not the stuff of TV makeover shows.Preferring to nurture talent over plants, author demystied design


United States continues to discourage immigration. Since February 2017, the United States Census Bureau reports construction wages have increased 3.7 percent, and skilled labor rates have gone up even more. The tariffs and trade policies of the new administration have been bad for housing. Tariff increases of 20-plus percent in Canadian lumber have driven up lumber prices dramatically over the last year. The Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply, Inc. Wood Commodity Index for February 2017 was $456.83 per thousand, which is 19.6 percent more than the previous year. The newly proposed 25 percent tariff on steel and aluminum will hit the residential construction market the hardest because imported steel is typically used for lighter gauge residential construction. In just the first couple of weeks, metal studs and foundation rebar have seen doubledigit-plus increases in price, and there is real concern as to availability later in the summer. Transportation costs are soaring. Reuters reported in February that many companies have seen 10 to 15 percent increases over the last year in trucking as drivers are harder to find. In addition, new logging rules are restricting the time current drivers can be on the road. The United States Department of Energy reported that diesel pricing nationally at the end of February was $3.01 per gallon, which is 17.1 percent more than just a year ago. To put this in perspective, the government estimates 3.3 cents of every dollar in America goes to transportation. Mortgage rates continue to remain historically low with the average 30-year rate in February hovering around 4.33 percent. However, compared to the prior year of 4.17 percent, mortgage rates are up 3.8 percent. This does not include the costs of permitting, impact fees and taxes, which are being raised by local jurisdictions across America. Buying a home remains complicated and it has become a place in which government has increasingly sought to raise revenues. The reason why current housing starts remain at historic lows, despite a 22.1 million gain in the United States population since 2008, is simply affordability. Housing affordability is why families are living with one another, adult children continue to live with their parents and homelessness is on the rise. This new round of housing inflation is terrible for housing affordability and will drive more people out of the housing market. It will also slow the United States economy, because housing remains the one true item that cannot be manufactured overseas. More than ever before, the United States and the state of Florida need to address this growing crisis in housing affordability. 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. | Saturday, April 14, 2018 E3The cost of buying and building a new home is soaring. Unlike the boom of the mid-2000s, this time new home in” ation is being fueled not so much by strong housing demand but rather hard cost increases in the supply chain. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] By Dean FosdickThe Associated PressModern gardening isnt just about growing plants „ its part of a movement toward personal and family wellness that includes everything from diet and exercise to a clean and livable environment. A lot of things are going on with wellness as it applies to our food culture,Ž said Helen Lundell, a senior consultant with The Hartman Group Inc., a company in Bellevue, Washington, that studies consumer, food and beverage trends. The essential theme is that consumers are moving toward natural foods. First and foremost is the absence of pesticides and chemicals used in production.Ž But gardening fits the moment in ways beyond healthier food, she said. People want to exercise,Ž she said. They want to connect with nature. They want to socialize. They want to have some private time and disconnect from social media. They want long„ term weight management rather than crash diets.Ž All of those can be benefits from gardening. A trend toward outdoor living has blossomed in landscape design, and is also health„related, said Missy Henriksen, a spokeswoman for the National Association of Landscape Professionals. People are recognizing that being outdoors benefits wellness,Ž Henriksen said. They feel better when they interact with nature, even if its simply looking through a window.Ž If youre remodeling a deck or patio, Henriksen said, consider adding creative lighting, wifi, TV connections, and shelter from harsh sun and wet weather. Not only for nighttime use, but more people are working remotely from home and theyre doing it outdoors,Ž Henriksen said. When planning the garden, she recommended nature„scaping with pollinator„friendly plants (Attracting wildlife is a great educational tool for kidsŽ) and including edibles. People look at their landscapes and think theyre attractive, but they may be missing some personal benefits,Ž Henriksen said. Herbs, fruits and vegetables add texture, color and variety to residential landscapes.Ž You also can hardscape to fit family lifestyles as they evolve. Include badminton or bocce ball courts, chessboards, pools and spas, fire pits and yoga spaces. Aside from their immediate satisfaction, these also may pay off when selling the property.Gardenings bene ts jive with emphasis on wellnessA “ re ring in the backyard of a Langley, Wash., home is shown and is one of many health„related themed spaces becoming popular. Its the kind of hardscaping that provides enjoyment as family lifestyles evolve. [DEAN FOSDICK VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] INFLATIONFrom Page E1




DEAR ABBY: I'm an avid video game player. My husband and I bond over playing games, reading and talking about them. In fact, in my spare time, I just earned a master's degree in video game culture. The issue I have is people judge my hobby as "a waste of time" or comment that I should read a book instead. I don't tell them I read a book a week because I shouldn't have to justify what I do with my time. I have a good job and a wonderful, stable marriage, yet people consider me immature because of video games. Abby, video games are incredible works of art that tell amazing stories and allow players to experience a host of worlds and narratives that can be inspiring. Many people make lifelong friendships through online gaming or learn new skills through educational games. What can I say to people who dismiss my hobby as a waste while claiming that reading the latest trashy vampire book or going out every Friday and Saturday night to get wasted is "really living"? -PROUD GAMER GIRL DEAR PROUD GAMER: A master's degree in video game culture is impressive. People who regard you as lazy or lacking in motivation are ignorant. Video game design has become a well-established industry. In fact, it's akin to the film industry in that the creative process requires an education similar to -but even more extensive than -that offered in film schools. Rather than try to convince those who tell you how to spend your time, focus your energy on what works for you and spend less of it around negative individuals.DEAR ABBY: I have a problem: I don't have a mouth filter and haven't since childhood. I bullied people in the past because of how I was bullied and deliberately hurt people to prevent them from hurting me. At work, I did it to the point that a co-worker called me the b-word and threatened to punch me in the mouth if I did it again. I take full responsibility. I deserved it. Abby, as an adult, I have become meaner and more bitter and hurtful than I was as a child. Please give me some advice because I'm afraid I'm going to be worse in the future. -GUILTY AND SAD DEAR GUILTY AND SAD: You are not going to become worse in the future because you now realize you have a serious problem and are willing to do something about it. Awareness is the first step in fixing it. An anger management class could be a good start. With practice, you can develop a filter. Rather than reflexively lashing out, start consciously cultivating kindness. If you do that, you'll be amazed at how quickly it will grow. Rather than criticize, first ask yourself, "Is what I'm going to say true? Is it helpful? Is it kind?" And if it's not all three -don't say it. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. How to play: Fill in the blank squares with the numbers 1 through 9 so that each horizontal row, vertical column and nine-square sub-grid contains no repeated numbers. Puzzles range in diculty from one to six stars. The solution to todays puzzle will be in tomorrows paper. YESTERDAYS SOLUTION BRIDGE CRYPTOQUOTE HOROSCOPES DIVERSIONS Serious video gamer gets no respect for her hobby TODAY IN HISTORY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018: This year you work with unusually high and directed energy. Focus some of this energy on work and/ or outside commitments. You could have an even shorter fuse than usual, if you are not careful. Maintain a routine stress-buster to help your self-control. If you are single, you will meet someone in the second half of your birthday year who has a vitality that intrigues you. If you are attached, give your signicant other more of your time. Make sure you include this person in your adventures. A fellow ARIES easily could butt heads with you!ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) Opportunities pop up from out of nowhere. An offer is likely to cause some disruption in your life, should you choose to accept it. Know that you cant go back to where you were if you do decide to pursue it. Make sure your actions are thought through. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) Dont allow a tense situation to drag you down. You will be on cruise control, but at a certain point you might nd that your world is not as bright as it was before. Dont worry -you know what to do. Your perception lightens up the mood. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Emphasize what is going on around you. Friends demonstrate their caring in many different ways. Some of them verbalize their feelings; others offer tokens of affection. Be aware that several people might ignore you, too. Let it all wash right over you. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Others remain highly responsive to your ideas and leadership. Brainstorm with your inner circle, and note how they listen to what you have to say. Show them the same courtesy, and you will nd a novel way of handling a problem. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) You wake up feeling strong and focused. You know what you want, but you might not be sure how to pursue it. You have cohorts you can brainstorm with; why not tap into their energy and imaginations? They may have solutions that you dont see. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) One-on-one relating keeps you on top of your game. You have a lot to share with a key friend. You might be surprised by his or her ideas. You open up to a new beginning involving a relationship. Do not reveal too much too fast. Time is your ally. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) You want to move in a new direction. You are trying your best to gure out how to discuss this change with a close group of friends. Communication soars, which gives you the energy and drive you need to do whatever you want. Try not to wear yourself out! SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) You might be in the mood to get into a last-minute project, but your mind could drift to other topics. Double-check your work to make sure that you have made no mistakes. Make a note of a eeting thought, rather than explore it immediately. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Impulsiveness marks your day. Use care with money; avoid taking any risks, if possible. You could be stressed out because you have a vision of what you want, and going for it could destroy it. Understand that change is necessary. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) You could be too tired to deal with a family member who is on the warpath. Change your outlook and take a power nap before having a serious discussion. You might be disappointed by what occurs. Honor your ideas, and express your ingenuity. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) You can be reserved at times and a blabbermouth at other times. Imagine trying to have a discussion with yourself, then act accordingly. Deal with some suppressed anger or frustration. Understand that excess of any kind could be a problem. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) Be aware of your nances. Could there be a liability somewhere, or are you more prone to fraud or error than you realize? Your mind is working overtime. You have the power to carry out a goal or desire. Discover the power of positive thinking. PERK UP WITH HOME DELIVERY SUBSCRIBE TODAY! CALL 352-787-0600 OR VISIT DAILYCOMMERCIAL.COM | Saturday, April 14, 2018 E5 TODAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 14, the 104th day of 2018. There are 261 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington. ON THIS DATE: In 1828 the rst edition of Noah Websters American Dictionary of the English Language was published. In 1935 the "Black Sunday" dust storm descended upon the central Plains, turning a sunny afternoon into total darkness. In 1939 the John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was rst published by Viking Press. In 1949 the "Wilhelmstrasse Trial" in Nuremberg ended with 19 former Nazi Foreign Oce ocials sentenced by an American tribunal to prison terms ranging from four to 25 years. In 1956 Ampex Corp. demonstrated the rst practical videotape recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention in Chicago. In 1981 the rst test ight of America's rst operational space shuttle, the Columbia, ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.


E6 Saturday, April 14, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comReader question: We now have the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We are considering changing homes. What has changed regarding homeownership as a result of the new tax bill that may affect our move?Montys answer: Your answer is not a onesize-fits-all answer. According to Forbes Magazine, How exactly the tax overhaul will affect you and your housing options will depend on where you live, how much you spent (or can spend) on your home and how much the bill decreases (or increases) your overall tax burden.Ž The National Association of Realtors (NAR) says, The new law provides generally lower tax rates for all individual tax filers. While this does not mean that every American will pay lower taxes under these changes, many will.Ž The impact on housing € Mortgage interest remains an itemized deduction up to $750,000. In the old law, the cap was $1 million. An existing mortgage grandfathered the $1 million cap. If you have a current loan above the cap and you move, you may want to keep your new loan under the $750,000 maximum. € The interest deduction for home equity loans has been repealed, including existing home equity loans, unless the proceeds were used to make improvements to your home. Interest on second homes remains deductible up to the $750,000 cap. € The new law caps the itemized deduction for state and local property taxes and incomes and sales taxes at $10,000 for married couples and single homeowners alike. The standard deduction increases to $12,000 for single taxpayers and $24,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. At the same time the personal exemption of $4,150 for the taxpayer, and his or her spouse, plus each dependent was repealed. € The bill eliminates moving expense deductions that qualified in the past except for members of the military. € The like-kind 1031 exchange has been retained for real property, but repealed for personal property, such as art, heavy equipment, or other none real estate assets.DEAR MONTYThe impact of the new tax bill on real estateRichard Montgomery By Daniel BortzThe Washington PostAh, the joys „ and burdens „ of becoming a homeowner. Buying a home is an exciting milestone, but afterward youre responsible for maintenance. You no longer have a landlord to fix that running toilet or leaky faucet. The upside? Having a few essentials in your toolbox can help you make some common repairs yourself. Being your own jack„of„ all„trades can also help you save money, as repair people typically charge $60 to $65 an hour, according to HomeAdvisor. But you dont want to cheap out on tools, home improvement expert Bob Vila says. Its best to avoid the bargain bin at the big„box stores in favor of a good hardware store that can point you to the better brands,Ž Vila says. Bruce Irving, a renovation consultant and real estate agent in Cambridge, Massachusetts, agrees, citing the maxim: Theres nothing more expensive than a cheap tool.Ž Here are tools every new homeowner should own Claw hammer You probably already own one of these. One side of the hammerhead is flat and used for pounding, while the other has a V„shaped notch that can extract nails from surfaces such as wood without damaging the nails or the surface. You want a claw hammer made from materials that can resist harsh weather and reduce the vibrations traveling from the hammer to your arm. Vila recommends Estwings 16„ounce Straight„Claw Hammer With Shock Reduction Grip ($20.97 at Home Depot). Manual screwdriver set A manual screwdriver is one of the most frequently used tools in any household „ good for assembling furniture, removing light switch covers and tightening cabinet knobs, among other tasks. But there are a variety of screw heads and sizes, so buy a package with multiple blade tips and sizes. Cordless drill A cordless drill will be the most„used tool in your tool kit,Ž says Brian Kelsey, a contractor and host of the online video series Kelsey on the House.Ž Whether youre driving bolts into wall studs to mount a flat„screen TV, tightening hinges or cutting out holes for doorknobs, using a battery„powered drill means you dont have to worry about finding an outlet or snaking a cord into hard„to„reach spaces. Level Dont want to hang your artwork, mirrors or shelves at an angle? Use a laser level to make sure everything is straight. For those on a budget, home improvement and design website the Spruce recommends the MICMI A80 ($10.49 on If youre willing to splurge, go for the Hammerhead Compact Self„Leveling Cross Line Laser With Clamp ($49.99 on amazon. com), which can produce a bright horizontal, vertical or cross line (helping you hang objects at evenly spaced intervals) on any surface up to 30 feet away. Needle-nose pliers and tongue-andgroove pliers Irving recommends having both needle„nose pliers and tongue„and„ groove pliers. You can use the needle„nose pliers to bend and grip nails and wires where bulkier tools or fingers cant reach; the tongue„ and„groove pliers are useful for tasks that involve fastening and crimping. Allen wrench set A hex key, also known as an Allen wrench, is a small, L„shaped wrench used to drive bolts and screws with hexagonal sockets. A favorite among furniture manufacturers, an Allen wrench is often included in build„it„yourself furniture, but it can also be used for basic plumbing repairs such as unjamming a garbage disposal, Vila says. Putty knife Whether youre filling cracks, scraping away dry paint or applying caulk, Irving recommends using a putty or spackle knife with a stiff, metal two„inch blade. Staple gun Great for common stapling needs such as retacking carpet, securing fabric and installing sheets of insulation, a staple gun is the perfect tool for quick fastening jobs. Manual staple guns are the tool of choice for most homeowners because theyre generally easier to use and less expensive than electric and pneumatic staple guns.The tools every new homeowner should ownBy Jura KonciusThe Washington PostWhen then-first lady Michelle Obama wanted hibiscus garlands for a Korean state dinner, the fresh blossoms proved too fragile to string together. So artist Livia Cetti was tapped to create gorgeous garlands of paper blooms to adorn the White House. No longer the pariahs of decor, fake flowers are showing up at some of the best addresses. There is a place for faux flowers today,Ž says Whitney Robinson, editor in chief of Elle Decor. They are essentially copies of what you would buy fresh.Ž Although beautiful arrangements such as the bowl of 400 fresh lavender roses at a Zurich restaurant star in his Instagram feed (@ whowhatwhit), Robinson recognizes that not everyone has the time or budget to be able to buy fresh consistently. We are entering a new era in faux flowers as well, toward a new generation of paper flowers that takes the artistry to the next level.Ž In the past few years, consumers have embraced artificial flowers, unapologetically welcoming the silk, polyester or poly„blend version of succulents, orchid plants and hydrangea bouquets into their homes. Although they might have once carried a stigma, perhaps harking back to a dusty arrangement on a grandmothers coffee table, the tide has turned, thanks to modern materials and more sophisticated designs. Decorators and design bloggers feature faux flowers in their projects and on social media. Retailers are selling individual faux blooms as well as prearranged mixed bouquets and planters. On Etsy, roses and poppies spring forth in polyester and in tissue paper. Monica Bhargava, Pottery Barns executive vice president of design, often mixes real blooms, such as fragrant roses, along with faux on her office desk in San Francisco. Pottery Barn has created flower shops for its faux line and created videos about how to design with them. All of us are living crazy lives,Ž she says. Its nice to come home to things like these faux botanicals, which are effortless and fun.ŽFriends of faux: Designers embrace fake owersHandmade paper anemones by Livia Cetti of the Green Vase ($38 per stem, shop. [KATE MATHIS]