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SPORTS | C1MVA TURNING BASEBALL TEAM INTO NATIONALLY RANKED PROGRAM DINE | B1MYSTIC ICE CREAM OFFERS RETRO FROSTY TREATS FOR ADULTS SPORTS | C5PICKLEBALL HITS A HIGH NOTE AT LAKE SENIOR GAMES Opinion .......................A9 Weather .....................A10 Dine .............................B1 Sports .........................C1 Diversions ...................C7 Comics ........................C8 Volume 142, Issue 108 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Wednesday, April 18, 2018 75 ¢ $2.1 million in salary to be eliminated and put back in classroomsBy Tom McNifftommcniff@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ Lake County school officials plan to pare about $2.1 million in payroll from non-teaching positions in a move designed to channel new money into public school classrooms.Lake County Schools Superintendent Diane Kornegay on Monday unveiled what she called phase II of the plan for the School Board. Phase I was a reorganization of school district administration, which Kornegay did last year, shortly after being appointed superintendent. That effort saved an esti-mated $800,000.The School Board also agreed in early February to eliminate about 100 unnec-essary teacher positions, saving about $5.2 million in salaries in a move supported by the local teachers union.The staffing plan Kornegay rolled out Monday eliminates a number of non-instructional positions in district offices, including some in administration and some in support services. Kornegay and other administrators said they focused on eliminating vacant positions and cutting Schools supt. un veils sta cutsLake County Schools Superintendent Diane Kornegay on Monday unveiled what she called phase II of the plan for the School Board. Phase I was a reorganization of school district administration, which Kornegay did last year, shortly after being appointed superintendent. That effort saved an estimated $800,000. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] By Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ David Mari-otti will serve life behind bars for the strangulation murder of an elderly Leesburg widow, a jury decided Tuesday afternoon. The jury, which last week convicted Mariotti of kill-ing Bernadine Montgomery at her Palmora Park home in 2016, had to choose between life behind bars and death for Mariotti, and voted for life. Death sentences must be agreed upon unanimously by juries in capital murder cases, but there was one holdout on Mariotti's jury.Ive never had a 11-1 jury,Ž said Executive Public Assistant Public Defender John Spivey. This was a close call.ŽPolice doing a well-being check at Montgomery's Pal-mora Park home on June 22, 2016, did not find her, 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.Detectives believe Mariotti, 36, strangled Montgomery when the 84-year-old caught him stealing from her. Her body was reportedly dumped in the Ocala National Forest, but despite extensive searches, detectives never found her remains.This is one of those cases that warrants the death penalty,Ž Assistant State Attorney Rich Buxman told jurors in his closing argu-ment Tuesday morning.Its easy for jurors to forget about the victim when they hear all about the hard Life behind barsMariotti jury narrowly chooses life over death for killer of Bernadine Montgomery David Mariotti, next to attorneys Jamie Kane, and John Spivey, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the murder of Bernadine Montgomery. [TOM BENITEZ/CORRESPONDENT] Community honors passing of cattle rancher, Navy veteran and lifelong Eustis residentBy Roxanne Brownroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comEUSTIS „ The large Ameri-can flag that flies over Griffin Ranch on State Road 44 in Eustis has been lowered to half mast in honor of former Lake County Sheriff, cattle rancher, Navy veteran and lifelong Eustis resident Noel Evvie Griffin, Jr., who died Monday at the age of 89.According to Richard Pettis, Griffins first hand for nearly 30 years, Griffin died peace-fully in his sleep at 4:16 p.m. on 4-16 (April 16) in the very house he grew up in and on the family ranch that was built in 1927. For his whole life, Mr. Grif-fin lived in the same bedroom he was born in and thats where he died,Ž said Pettis, who lives on the ranch in a house next door to Griffins.Up until his death, Griffin ran the family cattle business but is most well known for his stint as sheriff, a position he held from 1980-1988.He joined the department in 1956, first hired as a deputy by the infamous Sheriff Willis McCall. Pettis said during his reign as sheriff, Griffin became known for modernizing the department and bringing it back up to a professional standard Noel Evvie Gri n, Jr., former Sheri dies Former Lake County Sheriff, cattle rancher, Navy veteran and lifelong Eustis resident Noel Evvie Grif“ n, Jr. died Monday at the age of 89. Michael Holland, former Eustis mayor, said he grew up with Grif“ n and admired what hed been able to accomplish in his lifetime. He was an unbelievable and good-hearted man,Ž Holland said. [SUBMITTED] See MARIOTTI, A6See GRIFFIN, A6By Michael GraczykAssociated PressHOUSTON „ Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly style to but-toned-down Washington, often appearing in her trade-mark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles.What you see with me is what you get. Im not run-ning for president „ George Bush is,Ž she said at the 1988 Republican National Con-vention, where her husband, Former rst lady Barbara Bush, 92, diesIn this Oct. 11, 1984, photo, Barbara Bush, wife of then-U.S. Vice-President George Bush, is photographed at the debate between Bush and Democrat Geraldine Ferraro. A family spokesman said Tuesday that former “ rst lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92. [AP PHOTO/FILE] See BUSH, A7 See CUTS, A7


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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 DATELINESREYKJAVIK, ICELAND PORTAGE, IND.Chicago, surfers criticize US Steel spills settlementA proposed federal settlement inadequately punishes U.S. Steel for chemical spills into Lake Michigan, accord-ing to Chicago officials and a surfing organization. The deal calls for U.S. Steel to pay nearly $900,000 in fines and penalties for spills at the Midwest Plant in Portage, Indiana, test for hexavalent chromium daily, create a preventative maintenance program and upgrade pollu-tion monitoring.The Chicago Law Department and the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation said in a letter to the U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency on Monday that theyll oppose the deal in federal court if the EPA and the Department of Justice dont make significant changes.FREMONT, CALIF.Tesla shuts down assembly again to “ x bottlenecksShares of Tesla Inc. traded lower Tuesday after reports that the company had shut down production of its Model 3 mass-market electric car again to solve manufacturing bottlenecks.The automaker told employees this week there would be a fouror five-day production hiatus. The com-pany says it warned of future production pauses when it shut down the line to improve automation in February The Associated PressPHOENIXBERLINBy Jill Colvin and Zeke MillerThe Associated PressPALM BEACH, Fla. „ President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are hold-ing direct talks at extremely high levelsŽ in preparation for a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.At his private Mar-a-Lago club with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump also confirmed that North and South Korea are working to negotiate an end to hostilities before next weeks meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The meeting will be the third inter-Korean summit since the Koreas 1945 division.They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war,Ž said Trump, who welcomed Abe to his Florida resort on Tuesday.Trump is looking to hold his own summit with Kim in the next two months and said five locations are under consider-ation. The president would not disclose the sites but said the U.S. was not among them.The proposed summit follows months of increasingly heated rhetoric over the Norths nuclear weapons program.We have had direct talks at very high levels „ extremely high levels „ with North Korea,Ž Trump said.Well either have a very good meeting or we wont have a good meeting,Ž he added. And maybe we wont even have a meeting at all, depending on whats going in. But I think that theres a great chance to solve a world problem.ŽThe president did not answer shouted questions about whether he has spoken with Kim.Kims offer for a summit was initially conveyed to Trump by South Korea last month, and the president shocked many when it was announced that he had accepted. U.S. officials have indicated over the past two weeks that North Koreas government has communicated directly with Washington that it is ready to discuss its nuclear weapons program.Abe, who has voiced fears that shortand mediumrange missiles that pose a threat to Japan might not be part of the U.S. negotiations, praised Trump on Tuesday for his bravery in agreeing to meet with the North Korean dictator.Id like to commend Don-alds courage in his decision to have the upcoming summit meeting with the North Korean leader,Ž Abe said.Trump took credit for the inter-Korean talks, saying, Without us and without me, in particular, I guess you would have to say, they wouldnt be discussing anything.ŽNorth Korea has long sought a peace treaty with the U.S. to formally end the 195053 Korean War. But it is unusual for the North to seek to broach the issue directly with South Korea rather than with Washington. The armistice that ended the fighting was signed by the United Nations Command „ the U.S.-led forces in the conflict „ North Korea and China. South Korea was a member of the U.N. Command but was not a direct signatory.Trump: US and NKorea talkingPresident Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during a meeting at Trumps private Mar-a-Lago club Tuesday in Palm Beach, Fla. [PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]In this Aug. 23, 2003, photo, a whale is hauled on a “ shing boat after it was killed in the Atlantic Ocean, off the west coast of Iceland. A whaling company in Iceland said Tuesday it is preparing its ” eet to bring commercial hunting of “ n whales back to the Nordic island nation after a two-year freeze. Whaling company Hvalur hf (Whale Inc.) said it is readying two vessels for the 100-day summer whaling season. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]In this Jan. 10 photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio speaks at his of“ ce in Fountain Hills, Ariz. A special prosecutor will be appointed in an appeal over the pardon of former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaios conviction for disobeying a court order because President Donald Trumps Justice Department is now refusing to handle the case, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, left, for a meeting at the chancellery Tuesday in Berlin, Germany. Ardern says she can envision the United States re-joining the Trans Paci“ c Partnership trade deal but not without renegotiation. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of TPP negotiations but last week signaled he might reopen talks. 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PAGE 3 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comBEST BETS FOR TODAY SUBMARINE VETERANS MEETING: At 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the grand hall at American Legion Post 347, 699 W. Lady Lake Blvd. in Lady Lake. Call 352-461-1690. POKEMON LEAGUE: From 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Eustis Memorial Library, 120 N. Center St. Trade, battle and play with other fans using our cards or bring your own and make DIYs with other trainers. Call Ms. Lauren at 352357-0896 or 352-357-5686 for information.NEWS BRIEFSFRUITLAND PARKConvicted felon charged with auto theft ... againA career criminal with a history of stealing cars was nabbed Tuesday while trying to spray paint a pickup truck hed recently stolen, authorities say.According to an arrest affi-davit, deputies were on the lookout for a white 2001 GMC pickup truck that had been stolen from a home on South County Road 25 when a deputy on patrol spotted it in a drive-way on Pine Street in Fruitland Park on Tuesday. There was spray paint on the hood, the windows had been covered in tape and plastic in preparation for painting and a piece of a Chevrolet grill had been shoved into the front of the truck in an attempt to disguise it.When deputies made contact with Jesse McParlin, 34, at the home, he walked out, turned around and put his hands behind his back without being asked to do so, the report states. He was charged with grand theft auto, the latest in a long line of arrests for McParlin.He served 7 years in state prison from 2005 to 2012 for home invasion robbery, false imprisonment and aggravated battery.More recently, McParlin has logged several arrests since December, 2016, for drug offenses and vehicle theft. TAVARESLake County Board budget workshop slated for April 24The Lake County Board of County Commissioners first budget workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 24 inside their Board Chambers located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares. Offices to be discussed will include Building Services, Planning & Zoning, Code Enforcement and Parks and Trails.Budget workshops will continue through June 19 on various topics related to governmental operations including Fire Rescue, the Lake County Animal Shelter, Solid Waste and more.The public is invited to attend all sessions. They may also be viewed live at more information, con-tact the Office of Management & Budget at 352-343-9452. LEESBURGConcealed weapon sends man back to jail for 18th timeA Leesburg man with 17 felony convictions may be headed for an even dozen and a half after he was arrested Monday for carrying a con-cealed weapon illegally.A Leesburg police officer reported that he started to follow Anthony L. Haynes car on North 14th Street Monday night because he noticed the car had illegally tinted windows, but when he pulled in behind him, he also caught a whiff of mari-juana coming from the car.According to an arrest report, the officer pulled Haynes over, Ex-lawmaker looking to replace Dennis RossBy Jim TurnerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Neil Combee, who left his state House seat last year for a job in the Trump administration, became the latest candidate to jump into the contest to replace retiring Central Florida Congress-man Dennis Ross.Combee, a Polk County Republican, said Tuesday he is running in Congressional District 15 to better support President Donald Trumps agenda. His announce-ment came a day after state Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, announced he would enter the contest in the Republican-leaning district, which is made up of parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake counties.Combee, first elected to the Florida House in 2012, was named in November by Trump as state director of the federal Farm Service Agency.Combee to run for CongressNeil Combee speaks during the Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast at the Lake Mirror Auditorium in Lakeland on May 16. [PIERRE DUCHARME/ GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] By Dara KamNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ For the second time in less than a week, a Tallahassee judge has given Tampa strip-club owner Joe Redner the go-ahead to grow his own pot, rejecting a request from state health officials to keep in place a stay blocking the cancer sur-vivor from cultivating medical marijuana.Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers, ruling from the bench Tuesday, lifted an auto-matic stay that had been triggered last week when the Florida Department of Health appealed her decision allowing the 77-year-old Redner to grow his own cannabis for juicing.Redners doctor ordered a juicing treatment that uses live marijuana plants to pre-vent a relapse of stage 4 lung cancer, accord-ing to court documents. Emulsification, or juicing, of the biomass of the marijuana plantŽ was determined to be the most effective wayŽ for Redner, a longtime vegan, to get the benefit of medical marijuana,Ž according to Gievers decision last week.The decision applied only to Redner but could open the door for more legal skirmishes over the states medicalmarijuana regulations and could signal how the judge will rule in a challenge to the states prohibition on smokable pot as a treatment.In the Redner case Judge backs allowing man to grow pot Icons of American West on display in new museum „ in St. PetersburgBy Tamara Lush The Associated PressST. PETERSBURG „ When you think of Florida, the colored stone walls of the Grand Canyon dont come to mind. Neither do cowboys, wolves or Native American silver-and-tur-quoise jewelry.In downtown St. Peters-burg, all of those icons of the American West are on dis-play in a new museum.Its called the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, and it opened this month. The 80,000-square-foot space is two blocks from the glit-tering blue waters of Tampa Bay. But at the museums front door, visitors are transported west. For vaca-tioners in the Gulf Coast city, it will be a fascinating cultural respite from sun, sand and palm trees. The building The entrance is through a sandstone sculptural exterior evoking mesas of the American Southwest. That aesthetic „ of cliffs and cave dwellings and vertical forms „ runs throughout the museum. A two-story black granite waterfall is the centerpiece of the entrance.A high ceiling and cubist angles frame a bank of windows at the entrance, allowing Floridas sun to shine through. Through the gift shop, a massive wooden bar that looks like something out of a Nevada saloon is the centerpiece for the cafe. Its a 19th century antique in itself, from a hotel in San Francisco. The artThere are 400 pieces on display, from large sculptures of Native Americans on horseback to pop-art conceptual paintings of the pioneer spirit. Its unusually earthy and rustic fare, especially for a state thats known for beaches, alligators and sanitized theme parks. Even the gallery walls are painted in earthy, Southwestern colors.All of the art was collected over decades by billionaire Wild West in southwest FloridaVisitors look at an installation inside the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg. [AP PHOTO/TAMARA LUSH] If you goJAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN & WILDLIFE ART: 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Tuesdays until 8 p.m. Adults, $20. Students, military, seniors $15; children ages 7-18, $10; kids 6 and under free.Staff ReportLEESBURG „ LakeXpress, Lake Countys fixed route public transit service, is offering 160 special stops throughout Leesburg, Fruitland Park, The Villages, Mount Dora, Eustis and Tavares during the 22nd annual Leesburg Bikefest from April 27-29.Lake County Public Transit, which operates LakeXpress, is encouraging Bikefest revelers to safely travel to and from the three-day festival via bus. Contained within a 30-block radius, Bikefests streets are pedestrian and bike-friendly and walkable within 10 minutes.Passengers can catch the bus at any of the designated stops along the LakeXpress The Villages, Eustis, and Tavares/Mount Dora shuttles, as well as the Gator Harley Express Shut-tle, which will run every 20 minutes from downtown Leesburg to Gator Harley Davidson, 1745 U.S. Highway 441. All shuttles will run until at least 3 a.m. A map and full schedule is available online at o ering bus stops to Leesburg BikefestPeople board a shuttle bus on Main Street at the 21st annual Leesburg Bikefest on April 28, 2017. [PAUL RYAN/CORRESPONDENT] See POT, A4 See SHUTTLES, A4 See MUSEUM, A4 See COMBEE, A4McParlin Haynes See BRIEFS, A4


A4 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comMargie Pytel Holmquist, 90, of Clermont, Florida, passed away on April 11, 2018. Born in Chicago of Lois and Katherine Pytel, she is the last surviving child. Divorced, she is survived by her many nieces and nephews. She will be privately interned with her brother in Illinois. A special thank you to the staff at Cornerstone Hospice Center in Clermont, Florida who helped her during her final days.Margie Pytel Holmquist Darvin Lee Aldrich passed away April 8, 2018. Born in Metter, Georgia to the late Shelley and Cora (Lanier) Aldrich on Sept. 19, 1935. Cora heard the lunch whistle blow in the “eld where she worked picking cotton, knowing she had been in labor all morning, made it home safely to deliver a towheaded baby boy, Darvin Lee Aldrich. At “ve years old the family moved to Mt.Dora,FL where Darvin attended school. During high school he played baseball, and football earning letters and enjoying the sport. With a desire to become a police of“cer he pursued a career with the Tavares Police Dept, thus becoming the Chief of Police. Receiving an accreditation from Orlando Police Academy, and Highway Patrol in Tallahassee. Multiple training courses in murder investigations, sex crimes, robberies, riots. Chief Aldrich also held a teaching certi“cate for Defensive Driving, Gun Safety, and Self Defense Classes. He was the “rst to be awarded the Lucky Norris Safety Award. Civic Clubs such as Lions Club, Jaycees, Town Chairman March of Dimes (2yrs). Darvin also became a 32 degree Mason with the Tavares Masonic Lodge. Being a Nascar Fan the #43 Richard Petty was a household name. His Family was his world above all things he loved. Darvin was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Jarnagin Aldrich and mother of his children, Barbara, Lynn, and Daniel. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 3:00p.m. at Steverson Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Home in Tavares. Friends and family are invited to a gathering from 2:00 3:00.Darvin Lee Aldrich Funeral ServicesI accepted his appointment because I wanted to help support his America First agenda and be a part of making America Great Again,Ž Combee said in a prepared statement. With Ross retirement, Combee said serving in Congress would allow him to more directly support the president and his vision for our great country.ŽCombee is a former board member of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and served on the Polk County Commission.Spano had been running in a four-way Republican primary for state attorney general before he decided to shift to the Washington race.Ross, a Lakeland Republican, announced last week that he would not seek a fifth term in Congress. Some candidates for the seat had already opened campaign accounts before Ross decided to retire, but the field to replace him is expected to further expand as qual-ifying for congressional races begins April 30 and ends May 4.State Sen. Tom Lee, RThonotosassa, is mulling a number of political options, including a bid for Ross congressional seat.There is truth to the fact that Ive been encouraged, and Im doing that (mulling a possible bid) right now,Ž Lee said.Lee, who has long floated the possibil-ity of challenging state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, said Monday hes been contacted by a couple of congressmen about replacing Ross.Lee said a statewide run remains his preference „ qualifying for statewide offices is June 18 to June 22 „ but hes quickly learning the family logisticsŽ of serving in Congress.Ross is one of four Florida Republicans exiting Congress on their own terms this year, joining Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Tom Rooney and Ron DeSantis. DeSantis is running for governor.Such retirements, along with a growing Hispanic population in Polk County, have helped Democrats believe that Ross dis-trict could be flipped as part of a blue waveŽ in this years elections.The Florida Demo-cratic Party is operating under the premise that no seat is safe in 2018,Ž said party spokeswoman Caroline Rowland. We were already planning to invest in get-outthe-vote programs to support Democrats in rural counties like Lake and Polk County and Congressman Ross' retirement gives us even more reason to double down on our efforts in the district to support candidates who stand up for Democratic core values.ŽThe district had more registered Demo-crats „ 170,656 „ than Republicans „ 169,403 „ in the 2016 general election, according to the state Division of Elections. The district also had 119,338 unaffil-iated voters and another 10,948 listed with the Independent Party at the time.However, Trump won the district with 53 percent of the vote, according to the Cook Political Report. Democrat Hillary Clinton received 43 percent. COMBEEFrom Page A3Thomas James, chairman emeritus of the Raymond Jones financial services company, and his wife Mary. Much of the art once decorated the corporate offices of the company, which is based in St. Petersburg.The collection is inspired by Toms fascination with cowboy lore,Ž said museum director Bernice Chu.Many Westernthemed collections in other parts of the coun-try showcase works from the 19th and early 20th centuries, like Frederic Remingtons famous depictions of the Old West. Whats different about this collection is that nearly all the artists featured are still alive. The collection is orga-nized in six themes. Native American life includes artwork that tells the story of the com-plicated and often brutal history of how Native Americans were treated. A room called The Jewel BoxŽ in the Native Amer-ican artists area displays contemporary Native American jewelry owned by Mary James, who has free reinŽ to dip into the collection and take out anything she wantsŽ to wear, said Chu. A wildlife exhibition is the only one thats not dedicated to the West. That display includes paintings and sculptures of animals from around the globe, which will delight younger visitors. St. Pete, arts hub The Museum of West-ern & Wildlife Art is the latest museum in a city thats increasingly becoming known as an arts hub.One of the museums architects, Jann Weymouth, created another unique local institution: the nearby Dali museum, which is devoted to works of Spanish artist Salvador Dali.In 2019, the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement is expected to open, hous-ing businessman Rudy Ciccarellos collection of furniture, pottery, tile, metalwork, lighting, photography and other decorative arts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. MUSEUMFrom Page A3Tuesday, a lawyer repre-senting the Department of Health told Gievers the state would immediately ask the 1st District Court of Appeal to reverse her ruling that lifted the stay. The state also is asking the appeals court to overturn the judges decision last week allowing Redner to cultivate marijuana at home.Redners lawsuit, filed last year, rests on a voter-approved constitutional amendment known as Amendment 2, which broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida in 2016.Asking Gievers to lift the stay during a Tuesday morning hearing, Redners lawyer Luke Lirot told the judge that the fear of cancer returning is terrifyingŽ for Redner.Every day he misses (his treatment), we just cant get that back,Ž Lirot said.But Jason Gonzalez, a private lawyer repre-senting the Department of Health, told Gievers she should keep the stay in place because main-taining the status quoŽ wouldnt harm Redner, who maintains that he isnt currently using the juicing treatment.In a motion filed Monday, the states lawyers warned that the harm to the state, if the stay were lifted, outweighed any negative consequences for Redner.Allowing Redner to grow his own pot opens the door for plaintiff and other qualified patients to grow medical marijuana unchecked from any state regulation,Ž the lawyers argued.The only way to pre-vent the proliferation of unregulated homegrown marijuana is to maintain the status quoŽ while the appeals court considers the case, the states law-yers wrote.But Lirot argued that maintaining the status quo is yet another day of irreparable harm that Mr. Redner will suffer by not having access to his medication.ŽThe health departments contention that somehow this is going to cause widespread panic throughout the state, I think would be inaccu-rate,Ž he told Gievers.The department will suffer nothing,Ž he said.The state had argued the constitutional amendment only autho-rized medical-marijuana treatment centers, licensed by the state, to cultivate marijuana. But in last weeks decision, Gievers said the Constitution allowed patients to have access to whole plants.On Tuesday, Gievers said the constitutional amendment gives a right for medical marijuana to be used as a treatment for certain folks,Ž including Redner. POTFrom Page A3LakeXpress fares are $1 each way, $3 for an unlim-ited day pass or $8 for a 10-ride pass. Exact change is required. Students with a valid school ID ride free, and seniors and veterans ride for half price with ID. Transfer passes are free for single, one-way trips. Buses are equipped for disabled passengers (ADA accessible) and have bicycle racks.For information, call 352-742-1940 or go to www.ridelakexpress. com. SHUTTLESFrom Page A3 For the second time in less than a week, a Tallahassee judge has given Tampa strip-club owner Joe Redner, pictured, the go-ahead to grow his own pot, rejecting a request from state health of“ cials to keep in place a stay blocking the cancer survivor from cultivating medical marijuana. [NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA] used a meter to verify that the tint was too dark and then searched him because the car smelled of pot. It isnt clear if the officer found marijuana, but he did reportedly find a taser in Haynes pocket.Haynes, who reportedly has a long list of arrests for drug possession, was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. BRIEFSFrom Page A3

PAGE 5 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 A5By Mary Clare JalonickThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tues-day thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Muellers job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.McConnell said the bill is unnecessary because President Donald Trump will not fire Mueller.Well not be having this on the floor of the Senate,Ž McConnell said on Fox News.His comments came amid widespread opposition to the bill among members of his caucus, with several GOP senators saying the bill is unconsti-tutional. Others said its simply not good politics to try and tell Trump what to do, likening the legislation to poking the bear.ŽThe bipartisan legislation was introduced last week as Trump publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigat-ing potential ties between Russia and Trumps 2016 campaign as well as pos-sible obstruction of justice by the president. Trump, fuming about a raid of his personal lawyers office by a different division of the FBI, said last week that the Mueller investigation is an attack on our countryŽ and is corrupt.ŽTrump has also privately pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Muellers investigation. Within a day of Trumps criticism, Republicans Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina combined two bills they introduced last summer to protect special counsels. They introduced the new bill along with Demo-cratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, announced that his committee would vote on the bill.The legislation would give any special counsel a 10-day window to seek expedited judicial review of a firing, and would put into law existing Justice Department regulations that require a firing to be for good cause.ŽDemocrats immediately jumped on the legislation, but many Republicans have been cool to it.At least three of the 11 GOP members of the Judi-ciary panel have said they will vote against it and another five have said they have questions about its constitutionality. Grassley is one of those with concerns, but said he felt obligated to hold a vote.Republicans off the com-mittee had questions too „ and some acknowledged that it could be politically difficult.South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds said Tuesday that Trump that should make the decision on his own and be responsible for the consequences.I think having Congress tell him what we believe he should do in this case is simply poking the bear, and Id just prefer not to do that,Ž Rounds said.Oklahoma Sen. Jim Lankford said the bill is a political distraction.ŽYou create this whole constitutional political stir over something that is not going to happen,Ž he said.Others said there was little point.Its about as popular as cholera with the leader in the Senate and its about as popular as malaria in the House,Ž said Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, a member of the Judi-ciary panel. I think most people think were picking an unnecessary fight with the president.ŽCoons bristled at the criticism that the legislation is unconstitutional, noting that several courts have upheld similar special counsel statutes. If I were convinced this were unconstitutional, I would not be moving it,Ž said Coons, a lawyer.At a September hearing on the two separate bills, before they were combined, scholars were divided on whether the bills were constitutional, with some voicing concerns that allowing the judicial branch that authority over an executive decision may not pass muster in the courts.I think its probably unconstitutional and I dont think theres any realistic chance that the president will fire Mr. Mueller,Ž Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Repub-lican in the Senate and the former Texas attorney gen-eral, said Tuesday.McConnell agreed, adding that Trump would never support the legislation.Just as a practical matter, even if we pass it, why would he sign it?Ž McConnell said in the Fox interview.Republicans who have talked to the White House almost uniformly have held the line that Trump will not fire Mueller or Rosenstein „ including Tillis and Graham, who say they are pushing the legislation because it would be good policy under any president.I dont think hes going to fire Mueller, but I think institutionally it would be nice to have some protections,Ž Graham said Tuesday.Tillis acknowledged last week that he had taken some heatŽ from conser-vatives for the bill, but told the Judiciary panel, this is really an opportunity to take an ethical stand, and not do it when the situation benefits you.ŽDemocrats said Republicans opposed to the legislation were simply protecting Trump.Connecticut Sen. Rich-ard Blumenthal, a member of the Judiciary Commit-tee, said the argument over constitutionality is a red herring used by some of my colleagues as a pretext for opposing the bill, when they really have other rea-sons.Ž He gave no specifics.McConnell thwarts bill to protect MuellerSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined from left by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to reporters Tuesday following a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]


A6 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comtimes in the defendants life, he said. He listed four statutory aggravators, or justifications for a death penalty. One aggravator is if the victim is especially vulnerable. Montgomery was an 84-year-old widow with no family, who used a walker to get around.Another aggravator listed by the state was that the murder was committed during a bur-glary. Yet another was the so-called witness elimi-natorŽ aggravator.She was disabled but she was mentally sharp,Ž Buxman said. She knew who he was. He had done work in her home. She could tell police who had stolen items from her house. Thats why he came back to the house, picked up her body and dumped it in the woods, Buxman said.The prosecutor went on the offensive to try to knock down defense attorneys' arguments that Mariotti was under extreme mental or emotional disturbance.Ž He said the Public Defend-ers expert psychological experts didnt even review police reports.The only difference on this day was that the defendant was in need of money to pay a bondsman to stay out of jail,Ž Buxman said.He also attacked the idea that Mariotti was unable to appreciate the effects of his conduct or conform to societal norms because of his horrible upbringing and head injuries. Even the defense mental health experts acknowledged that he knows the differ-ence between right and wrong, Buxman said.Witnesses testified during the trial that Mariotti started smoking marijuana at age 10, got his first nose full of cocaine at 13 from his mother and then abused opiates, meth, heroin and tranquilizers indiscriminately.Jurors also heard about Mariottis wildly dys-functional childhood.Buxman conceded that his mother was a messŽ but said Mariotti was raised by his stable, loving grand-parents until he was 13.The death penalty is for the worst of the worst, and Mariottis case does not qualify, Spivey argued. He said there was no justifica-tion for the murder. All I ask for is a fair sentence for this impaired and imperfect man.ŽHe held up a poster, Four Goals Common Sense Sentencing.Ž The goals were, protect soci-ety, punish defendant, follow the law, ensure justice.ŽSending him to prison for life takes care of the first two goals, said Spivey, and spending life in a room the size of a home bathroom is punishment.He likened life in prison to Dantes description of an inscription atop the gate of hell in The Divine ComedyŽ: Abandon hope all ye who enter.ŽIts over. Its done,Ž he said. Someone else controls every hour of your life, he said.Mary Gillespie, Mont-gomerys neighbor in the quiet, established Pal-mora Park neighborhood, was satisfied with the life sentence.I think justice has been served. I feel like they got the right person. Bea has been vindicated.ŽMariotti, who showed no emotion when the verdict was read, was also sentenced to life for the second count, burglary of an occupied dwelling. MARIOTTIFrom Page A1following years of turmoil that had preceded him.In 2014, Griffin was interviewed for a Living Legends of Lake CountyŽ series hosted by Tim Totten of the Eustis His-torical Society.In 2015 he was awarded the 1st Legacy Award from the Sheriffs Asso-ciation for a case he worked on when he was a deputy sheriff in 1961. There has been a book published by Gilbert King about this case.I worked with and talked to this man every day for more than 27 years. He talked about his law enforcement career a lot,Ž Pettis said.Pettis said he believes Griffin was able to do what he did for the Sher-iffs Office and succeed at running his familys ranch by never losing sight of what he believed in.He was a strong man and he was a hard man, at least on the exterior, but inside he had a heart of gold bigger than anyone I know,Ž Pettis said. Griffin is survived by his wife, Peggy Griffin, two sons, one stepson, one daughter, four grandchildren and many friends. More recently, Pettis said he and Griffin spent most days on the ranch taking care of the beef cattle they raised, growing, baling and selling hay, and restoring old cars and trucks.Griffin also looked forward to the huge annual barbecues he threw for the LCSOs Ranch and Grove Unit heestablished during his tenure as sheriff, Pettis said.It was also widely known that one of Griffins favorite hangouts was The Mason Jar res-taurant in Umatilla.On Tuesday, Keri Greer, the owner and manager there, said the chair where Griffin sat every time he visited was tilted on its side and left vacant the entire day in his honor.He came in every single day at 6 a.m. He was like clockwork,Ž said Greer. Actually, he would sit on the rocking chairs on the porch waiting for the opening server to open the door. When we came in, hed be there.ŽGreer said Griffin would order a cup of coffee andone of two things „ biscuits and gravy or raisin bran cereal.A lot of times in the afternoons, exactly at 11 a.m., he would return for lunch, sometimes with his wife Peggy, said Greer.His table 13 is designed so that everyone who sits there can write their names on it. Another unique thing: Griffins old sheriffs badge is epoxied into it.Every single year, he would always get the girls Christmas cards with money in them for having served him all year, and his last birthday was held here. Hes been a regular here for years and of course, hell be missed,Ž Greer said.Michael Holland, director at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services and former Eustis mayor, said he grew up with Griffin and admired what hed been able to accom-plish in his lifetime.He was an unbeliev-able and good-hearted man,Ž Holland said. GRIFFINFrom Page A1It was widely known that one of Grif“ ns favorite hangouts was The Mason Jar restaurant in Umatilla. On Tuesday, Keri Greer, the owner and manager there said the chair at the table Grif“ n sat in every time he came in (pictured) was tilted on its side and left vacant the entire day in his honor. [SUBMITTED]

PAGE 7 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 A7staff by attrition rather than laying off existing employees, although a handful of employees would still be affected.The cuts include: $136,000 from the superintendents office; $44,000 from the chief financial officers office; about $75,000 from the chief of staff; $156,000 from the chief of technology; $750,000 from operations; and $991,000 from the chief of transformation.Those cuts will be reflected in the 2018-19 school year budget.Kornegay said she couldnt cut any more without affecting services to students and pushed back on public criticism that the School District administration is top heavy.Ž Were pretty skinny,Ž she told the School Board. For a district this size, thats growing, without now moving into services for students, we cant get much thinner. This whole perception of this top-heavy district, I can tell you that does not exist. I would like to go on record that this is not a true statement.I think as we head into (20)18-19, were certainly lean, but were mean,Ž she added. Well fight for our kids and we have great people in positions to do this work.ŽThe district is in the midst of a cost-cutting strategy under Kornegay, who became superinten-dent last year. An audit showed years of overspending caused the district to dip into money meant for renovations and repairs and was in danger of falling under state financial oversight.District administra-tion also is in the midst of negotiating a new contract with teachers and hopes to free up enough money to give raises, perhaps as early as next year.School Board member Bill Mathias said Tuesday that he is enthu-siastic about the savings Kornegay is proposing and, combined with an estimated $14 million in debt being paid off by the district, he believes there will be enough money for teacher raises.Stuart Klatte, the head of the teachers union, also applauded Kornegays cost-cutting proposals. For years theres been talk about the administra-tion being top heavy,Ž he said. This superintendent, Diane Kornegay, took it upon herself to streamline the district office. I think its a step in the right direction, and were encouraged by what theyre doing.Ž CUTSFrom Page A1 then vice president, was nominated to succeed Ronald Reagan.The Bushes, who were married Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. And Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who had a child who was elected president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.I had the best job in America,Ž she wrote in a 1994 memoir describ-ing her time in the White House. Every single day was interesting, reward-ing, and sometimes just plain fun.ŽOn Sunday, family spokesman Jim McGrath said the former first lady had decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on comfort careŽ at home in Houston. She had been in the hospi-tal recently for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In 2009, she had heart valve replacement surgery and had a long history of treatment for Graves disease, a thyroid condition.My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was,Ž George W. Bush said in a statement Tuesday. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. Im a lucky man that Bar-bara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.ŽFuneral arrangements werent immediately released.The publishers daugh-ter and oilmans wife could be caustic in pri-vate, but her public image was that of a self-sacri-ficing, supportive spouse who referred to her hus-band as her hero.ŽIn the White House, you need a friend, someone who loves you, whos going to say, You are great,Ž Mrs. Bush said in a 1992 televi-sion interview. Her uncoiffed, matronly appearance often provoked jokes that she looked more like the boyish presidents mother than his wife. Late-night comedians quipped that her bright white hair and pale features also imparted a resemblance to George Washington.Eight years after leaving the nations capital, Mrs. Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as president. They returned four years later when he won a second term. Unlike Mrs. Bush, Abigail Adams did not live to see her sons inauguration. She died in 1818, six years before John Quincy Adams was elected.Mrs. Bush insisted she did not try to influence her husbands politics.I dont fool around with his office,Ž she said, and he doesnt fool around with my household.ŽIn 1984, her quick wit got her into trouble when she was quoted as referring to Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice presi-dential nominee, as that $4 million „ I cant say it, but it rhymes with rich.ŽIt was dumb of me. I shouldnt have said it,Ž Mrs. Bush acknowledged in 1988. It was not attractive, and Ive been very shamed. I apologized to Mrs. Fer-raro, and I would apologize again.Ž Daughter-in-law Laura Bush, wife of the 43rd president, said Mrs. Bush was ferociously tart-tongued.ŽShes never shied away from saying what she thinks. ... Shes man-aged to insult nearly all of my friends with one or another perfectly timed acerbic comment,Ž Laura Bush wrote in her 2010 book, Spoken from the Heart.Ž Mrs. Bush raised five children: George W., Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. A sixth child, 3-year-old daughter Robin, died of leukemia in 1953. BUSHFrom Page A1


A8 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | The Associated PressNORRISTOWN, Pa. „ Jurors on Tuesday got a sense of Bill Cosbys view of consent from graphic deposition testimony in which the comedian described reaching an area somewhere between permission and rejectionŽ during what he claims was a prior sexual encounter with his chief accuser.Cosby, 80, testified a dozen years ago as part of a lawsuit that Andrea Constand filed against him, and prosecutors won the right to introduce it at his sexual assault retrial on charges he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.In the deposition, Cosby described his attempt to obtain consent from Con-stand during a previous encounter.Im giving Andrea time to say yes or no about an area that is right there in the question zone,Ž Cosby testified.He said he rubbed the skin above her trousers and without talking Im asking can I go farther.ŽI dont hear her say anything. And I dont feel her say anything,Ž Cosby said. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped.ŽHe then described the purported encounter in extremely graphic terms that had several jurors with their hands to their chins, some of them look-ing taken aback, pained or disgusted.Constand has testified she rejected Cosbys prior advances.Jurors also were expected to hear Cosbys description of the night Constand says he assaulted her as well as his explosive testimony about how he gave quaaludes to women before sex.Judge Steven ONeill ruled Tuesday that pros-ecutors could have the Cosby ShowŽ stars deposition testimony read into the record, handing the prosecution a key victory in its effort to portray the comedian as a serial predator.The deposition was also included at Cosbys first trial, which ended with a hung jury last year.Prosecutors used another of Cosbys state-ments „ this one he gave to police in 2005 „ to show how he described the encounter for which he is facing aggravated inde-cent assault charges that could send him to prison for years.Cosby said he gave Con-stand 1 tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax, then fondled her breasts and genitals, according to the transcript, which was read to the jury Tuesday morning.Cosby said Constand never told him to stop.We are petting. I enjoyed it,Ž the TV star said, according to the transcript. And then I stopped and I went up to bed. We stopped and then we talked.ŽConstand says Cosby knocked her out with the pills and then sexually assaulted her, penetrat-ing her with his fingers and guiding her hand to his penis. Cosby told police he didnt remem-ber whether Constand touched his genitals.The jury was expected to hear later about Cosbys acknowledged use of quaaludes, a popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S. in 1982, to help get women to have sex with him.Jury hears Cosbys testimony about accuserBy Alexandra Olson and Joseph PisaniThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Phila-delphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers.The announcement Tuesday comes after the arrests sparked protests and calls for a boycott on social media. A video shows police talking with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they werent doing anything wrong. Philadelphia-area media said the two were waiting for a friend.Starbucks, which was once ridiculed for urging its employees to write Race TogetherŽ on coffee cups to start a national conversation on race relations, has found itself through the looking glass: under fire for its treatment of black people.The company reacted from a high level: Star-bucks CEO Kevin Johnson called the arrests reprehensibleŽ and said he wanted to apologize to the two men face-toface. The company and a lawyer for the two men said they did meet, and Johnson delivered the apology. Starbucks also said the employee who called police no longer works at the store, but declined to give details.Johnson had also prom-ised to revamp store management training to include unconsciousbiasŽ education. Starbucks said its U.S. company-owned stores and corporate offices will be closed on the afternoon of May 29 for the training, which will eventually be incorporated into the instruction process for all newly hired employees.The episode highlights the risks large corporations run when they tie their brands so closely to social messaging. In 2015, then-CEO Howard Schultz shrugged off the Race TogetherŽ fiasco as a well-intentioned mistake and pressed on with his public efforts to engage in the debate over race in America. Johnson was scrambling to keep the Philadelphia incident from shattering the mes-sage Schultz was going for: Starbucks is a corporation that stands for something beyond profit.The more your brand is trying to connect emo-tionally to people, the more hurt people feel when these kinds of things happen,Ž said Jacinta Gauda, the head of the Gauda Group, a New York strategic com-munications firm affiliated with the Grayling network. They are breaking a prom-ise. Thats what makes it hurt deeper.ŽBeyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of provid-ing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group. The Seattle-based company has a reputation for well-managed stores, a point of difference that allows them to sell primarily drinks and coffees that have a higher cost,Ž he said.Starbucks to close stores for bias training Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, center, walks toward a meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other of“ cials Monday at Philadelphia City Hall. [AP PHOTO/ JACQUELINE LARMA]

PAGE 9 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 A9 Congressman Dennis Ross announced last week that he was joining the ranks of lawmakers headed toward the exit on Capitol Hill. The Lakeland Republican, first elected in 2010, is among at least 38 GOP lawmakers in the House who have said they wont seek re-election this year. We want to express our appreciation for Ross work in Washington for Polk County and the 15th Congressional District, which also encompasses parts of Hillsborough and Polk counties. We especially commend his staunch advocacy for the citrus industry, and for his efforts to combat the Obama administrations regulatory overreach, especially in the health insurance and financial services industries. We also applaud Ross work to overhaul our seriously outdated flood insurance program, which affects Floridians more than residents of any other state, and which is seriously in need of free-market reforms to reduce taxpayers exposure. But we have one more reason to be grateful for Ross departure: the fact that hes leaving. Nearly 40 Republicans indicating that they dont want to come back is newsworthy because, according to the Pew Research Center, thats the most GOP retirementsŽ since 1930. Whats not getting as much attention, however, is that about half as many Democrats are also jumping ship. According to Pew, 17 Democrats so far have announced that they, too, wont seek re-election this year. Coupled with two resignations „ one by a lawmaker from each party „ after allegations of sexual harassment, that means 57 House members are stepping aside, Pew says. That is 13 percent of the House, and, Pew reports, is the most since 1992 „ when 65 lawmakers left. Some of them might be back. Pew notes 20 of them left the House to seek a Senate seat. Still, the other 35 represent the most since 1996. Thats still a historically significant number. Our interest is not why they left „ although some observers believe the Republicans are fleeing the Trump administrations controversies before the big, blue Democratic tidal wave drowns their careers on Nov. 6 and brings ashore a new Democratic House majority. Take these predictions with a grain of salt. After all, many of the same prognosticators guaranteed us Hillary Clinton would be president right now. But whether or not that happens, we should welcome this bout of congressional churn. Thats not to say we want Congressman Ross or Rep. Tom Rooney, an Okeechobee Republican who represents southern Polk and who also has announced his retirement, to go home. Yet like a farmer tilling dry, crusty soil to expose the earth to fresh rains and fertilizer, the departure of so many lawmakers all at once opens the hallowed halls of Congress to a host of people with new ideas and experiences. Consider this observation by Pew: Michigan Democrat John Conyers, one resignation related to sexual misconduct allegations, had served 53 years in Congress. Another Michigan Democrat, Sander Levin, is leaving after 36 years. Two Republicans „ Joe Barton and Lamar Smith, both from Texas „ are exiting after 34 years and 32 years, respectively. Congress itself is only 229 years old, and compared to them, people like Ross and Rooney, who has served 10 years, still seem wet behind the ears. However the November elections turn out, the newcomers, hopefully, will spark new energy and outlooks on Capitol Hill. And we can credit folks like Dennis Ross and Tom Rooney who have recognized that a seat in Congress, unlike joining the federal judiciary, is not a lifetime appointment.OUR OPINIONCongressional retirements mean room for fresh ideas ANOTHER OPINION By Jenice ArmstrongThat Starbucks employee who sicced police on those two black men in Philadelphia last week couldnt have been more wrong. That was a racist act and, frankly, Im infuriated. Nonpaying customers use Starbucks restrooms all the time without having purchased something. People also hang out in Starbucks for hours without having bought anything. They bring their laptops and park themselves in a spot. You see it all the time. I dont do it. I can never forget Im black long enough to risk hanging out like that. Call me hypervigilant if you want, but what happened Thursday afternoon to those two black men arrested while waiting for an acquaintance inside the Starbucks at the 18th and Spruce is proof that the old double standards still live. Granted, we dont know all of the details about what took place before a Starbucks worker dialed 911 last week but witnesses say the men, whose names havent been released, hadnt done anything to draw attention to themselves. Reportedly, they were waiting on an acquaintance and had asked to use Starbucks restroom but were denied access because they hadnt bought anything. When store management asked them to leave, they refused. Around 4:40 p.m., at least six Philadelphia Police officers showed up, and, after some backand-forth, escorted the men out in handcuffs as if theyd each stolen an armload of overpriced Starbucks mugs. Judging from a viral video of the episode, it was an appalling scene, one that was carried out in full view of customers. Kant Khatri was among those at the Starbucks that afternoon. Hed been studying for an actuarial exam when the officers came in. Ive seen plenty of people of all races just sit there without buying anything and never saw a problem. One time, one of the baristas asked a man not to sleep there in a chair, but thats it. No police involvement,Ž Khatri told me by Facebook Messenger. I was shocked. Partly because it didnt make sense why that had to happen. But also because I know if they were two white guys, I dont think the same situation would have unfolded.Ž I dont think so, either. Nor do a whole lot of other folks, which is why people are so worked up about the Starbucks employees decision to summon the police. I was just sitting there because I could, nursing the same cup of coffee that you do,Ž said Melissa DePino, who shared video of the episode on her Twitter account. I was working on the computer like people do at Starbucks.Ž A lot of people stood up in there and expressed their anger and frustration about what was happening,Ž DePino told me. It was really good to see. It needs to happen way more.Ž Shes not lying about that. More people need to speak up, something made even more apparent Sunday afternoon. Dozens had gathered outside the Starbucks near Rittenhouse Square to listen as Asa Khalif of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania and others denounced the mens arrests. As he spoke, customers inside were sipping on lattes and working on their laptops as if the demonstrators, TV cameras, and police were miles away. At one point, Khalif and other protesters entered the Starbucks where they were met by Camille Hymes, a company vice president. One customer sitting at a table covered his head with a newspaper. Some others didnt appear especially fazed. After the crowd left, I peeked inside and saw that some were still sitting where they had been, just hanging out, like people do in Starbucks. But as I pointed out earlier, thats not illegal. What happened to those two men was racist, and frankly Im sick of it. Apologies arent enough. Starbucks needs to make this right and do it quickly. It can begin by firing the employee who called the police on the two black men. Jenice Armstrong wrote this for The Philadelphia Inquirer.ANOTHER OPINIONStarbucks, re the employee who called police on black men OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comBy Nancy KafferYou know what Ill always remember about Paul Ryan, the retiring speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives? This little (and possibly fictitious) anecdote Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, used to tell about a child living in poverty who got a free lunch at school, but wished his lunch came in a brown paper bag, because that would mean someone cared about him. Children living at or below the poverty level qualify for free or reduced lunch at school, a federal program designed to ensure that children in this powerful and wealthy nation dont starve. But to Ryan, speaking in 2016 at the Conservative Political Action Conference, this was evidence of how flawed social safety net programs are: The Left is making a big mistake here. What theyre offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul.Ž After Ryans speech was reported, a lot of folks pointed out that really, its better to feed hungry kids than not. And thats a fine point to make. But whats most noxious about this story is its underlying premise that the parents of children who qualify for free or reduced lunched dont care about their kids, a presumption so offensive it makes me see red. Because it seems to me that parents who apply for free or reduced lunches, ensuring that their children can eat even when theres no money for a nutritious home-packed lunch, are caring for their children in the best way that they can. Reforming entitlements is one of Ryans most cherished political goals; most often, the reforms he proposes involve requiring Americans to pay more for less. And Ryan does not believe that work is done. Announcing his retirement this week, he said reform of the social safety net should remain a top priority, and credited himself for putting entitlement cuts on the board. That entitlement cuts mean real pain for real people is something Ryan never seems to acknowledge. Hence his stories insinuating that parents living in poverty dont care for their children. Its a constant, needling refrain that suggests people in poverty deserve to be there, that if theyd just get off drugs, stop living it up with fancy food or work up enough gumption to find a job, thered be no problem. Pragmatists may protest that punitive measures like drug-testing welfare recipients or requiring parents who care for small children to perform volunteer arent practical or cost-effective. But the underlying premise that folks who live in poverty arent quite like those of us who dont too often goes unquestioned. That offers us an excuse to look past the complicated, structural roots of poverty, and past real solutions in favor of cheap-shot fixes. Last month, a Michigan lawmaker introduced a bill that would require recipients of Medicaid to work 30 hours a week (nearly half of those enrolled in the Healthy Michigan expansion do work, and some portion of the remainder are stay-at-home parents, students, or living with chronic illness), enabled by a change to Medicaid rules made by President Donald Trumps administration. Four years ago, the Legislature passed, and Gov. Rick Snyder signed, a law that would require welfare recipients to submit to suspicion-based drug testing. (None of the recipients tested positive.) Proposals to require beneficiaries of the social-safety net to perform volunteer work or to stop folks on food stamps from buying seafood pop up with alarming regularity. Poverty is not a moral failing. But the presumption that it is drives bad policy. Ryan is leaving Congress, but the conditions he helped to create arent likely to change. Nancy Kaffer is a columnist and member of the Detroit Free Press editorial board. Contact her at OPINIONPaul Ryan is leaving, but his politics arent



PAGE 11 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 B1 FOOD WASTETEACH KIDS HOW TO HELPForty percent of all food in the U.S. goes to waste when tossed by restaurants, supermarkets and consumers, costing our economy $1 trillion in the last two decades, while destroying 10 percent of global wilderness. Ways to encourage your children to help, according to the educational program Speak Out. Its YOUR Earth!Ž include: € Challenge your family to reduce food waste by 25 percent. € Involve children in planning, shopping for, preparing and storing le overs from a weeks meals. € Volunteer together at a food bank or soup kitchen. € Dont overload childrens plates with large portions. HEALTHY WEIGHTTIPS FOR EATING RIGHT Registered dietitian Sharon Palmer o ers some tips to achieve or maintain a healthy weight: € Prioritize breakfast. € Dont skip meals or snacks. € Swap your nighttime snack for a more balanced choice. TIP OF THE WEEKMIX UP MEAL ROUTINEAs seasons turn, you might crave di erent types of food. Egglands Best says this is the perfect reason to think beyond the ordinary and experiment with combos that tantalize the taste buds. Chicken and wa es? Why of course! Watercress Confetti Quinoa for dinner? Yum. Pancakes instead of tortillas when making wraps? Sure! „ Brandpoint DINETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comBy Linda Florea CorrespondentFRUITLAND PARK … Dig the tie-dye out of the closet and fire up the time machine. Mystic Ice Cream offers homemade adult ice cream (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), an eclectic interior that evokes memories in the over-50 crowd and a culture that fosters an entire restaurant to become friends. The Mystic motto: Peace, Love and Mystic Ice Cream. Unless you see it, you dont get it,Ž said owner Jeff Markow. Were only open four hours a night, six days a week, 24 hours a week „ yet we see 200 people a night because its a place to go.Ž Album covers line the walls, along with movie and music posters, photos, 45 rpm records and memorabilia. Trivia games, Magic 8-Ball, puzzles and toys are clustered in the center of the tables. Markow opened Mystic Ice Cream eight years ago as a tribute to the film Mystic Pizza.Ž Although he had never owned a restaurant, he was fueled by a love of ice cream and a desire to provide a fun place for locals to go. Markow comes up with the recipes and creative names and makes the ice cream on-site with flavors that change with the seasons. Mystic Ice Cream is a 21-and-older establishment. About half the 30 to 40 flavors are alcohol-infused. You can get ice cream or 32-ounce shakes „ and if you cant finish, theyll give you a lid to write your name on and a freezer to stash your treats until you go home. What we do is we have events,Ž he said. Tonight (Wednesday) is Name That Tune. The place will be packed and there wont be a seat open. Tomorrow night is trivia. There wont be a seat Blast from the pastMystic Ice Cream owner Jeff Markow poses behind the lava lamps at the soon-to-be-opened coffee bar. Unless you see it, you don t get it,Ž Markow says of his unusual concept. [LINDA FLOREA / CORRESPONDENT] Mystic Ice Cream o ers retro frosty treats for adultsOne of the reasons I am called The Roaming Gourmet is because I love traveling to scout awesome places to eat and recipes from people I meet. This past weekend, I was out doing what my name implies and I had the opportunity to eat at a restaurant in Inverness. I know it is not really local but it actually isnt that far away, and it is a nice little country drive. Believe me, it was worth the trip because the end of this rainbow was sweet. The sweet ending I am referring to is Dillons Cinnamon Sticks, 727 U.S. Highway 41 South in Inverness. This family-owned restaurant is a revival restaurant that was first opened byRon Dillons mother and father. Dillon is now the owner and operator. There is a lot of history and a lot of love associated with this restaurant. The locals know it and are pleased that Dillon THE ROAMING GOURMETSpice up rice with real butter and fresh herbs Ze CarterOn a recent trip to the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Ze discovered a delicious rice recipe. „ Ze Carter [BELLO] Mystic Ice Cream in Fruitland Park offers homemade adult ice cream (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and an eclectic interior that will bring back memories in the over-50 crowd. [LINDA FLOREA / CORRESPONDENT] A menu of the alcohol-infused ice creams at Mystic Ice Cream in Fruitland Park is pictured. Unless you see it, you dont get it,Ž said owner Jeff Markow. We give you a good time.Ž [LINDA FLOREA / CORRESPONDENT] See MYSTIC, B2 See RICE, B3


B2 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Ari LeVauxMore Content NowThe worlds oldest surviving cookbook is a collection of Imperial Roman recipes, compiled around the 1st century AD. In the intervening millennia, the book, Apicius De Re Coquinaria,Ž has attracted plenty of interest from scholars, cooks and food nerds whove pored over each line of text and attempted to observe each word from every possible angle like its Finnegans Wake.Ž In the game of historical recipe re-enactment, a single mistranslated word can derail a dish. In ApiciusŽ Book III: The Gardener,Ž for example, one particular asparagus recipe hinges on how the word rursumŽ is translated. This is not just any recipe, but one that addresses a fundamental issue in asparagus cookery with an elegance rarely seen since. Attempts to translate this work have been complicated by the fact that many of the recipes were written in vulgar Latin, an informal version of the language. RursumŽ is followed by in calidam,Ž which means in boiling water.Ž Its also at times written as rursus in aquam calidam.Ž So, asparagus was cooked rursum/rursus in boiling water, and for centuries nobody knew what that meant. The riddle was finally cracked by Joseph Dommer Vehling in his 1936 translation of ApiciusŽ (Hill, Chicago): This word has caused us some reflection, but the ensuing discovery made it worthwhile. Rursus has escaped the attention of the other commentators. In this case rursus means backwards, being a contraction from revorsum, h.e. reversum.Ž OK, so we are now supposed to cook asparagus backwardŽ in boiling water, but Im still a bit foggy on the details. Luckily, somehow, Vehling manages to gaze deeply enough between the lines of text to dredge out the answer: Apicius evidently has the right way of cooking the fine asparagus. The stalks, after being peeled and washed must be bunched together and tied according to sizes, and the bunches must be set into the boiling water backwards, that is, they must stand upright with the heads protruding from the water. The heads will be made tender above the water line by rising steam and will be done simultaneously with the harder parts of the stalks. We admit, we have never seen a modern cook observe this method. They usually boil the tender heads to death while the lower stalks are still hard.Ž Here, Vehling and ApiciusŽ acknowledge the culinary riddle thats wrapped in the botanical enigma that is asparagus: the fact that one end of the shoot needs less cooking than the other. Asparagorum Reversum This recipe is a direct riff on ApiciusŽ technique, with just a few modifications. Rather than tie the asparagus with string, I bunch it into a narrow-mouthed pint jar like a bouquet of flowers, and immerse it backward in calidam.Ž You want the boiling water level to be about 2 inches lower than the top of the jar. And the jar should be filled with a mix of heavy cream and butter, a clove of garlic, a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of nutmeg and salt. With this recipe, there is no reason to break or trim the ends. It doesnt really matter how tough they are going in, because they soften plenty as they cook, with their cut ends against the hot glass at the bottom of the jar of simmering cream. The asparagus tips, meanwhile, dangle far above in the gentle steam, warming more than cooking. When the butt ends are soft enough „ about 20 minutes „ I cook the tips by covering the pot with a tight lid, checking obsessively until they are perfect. Alternatively, simply cook the asparagus bouquet until the tips droop over like a fistful of wilted dandelions, and call it good. Or give the tips nothing but gentle steam, and eat them warm and raw. The heat is enough to volatilize a range of flavors, from musky to minty, and the crunch is still audible. FLASH IN THE PANFortune of reversalAncient backward cooking technique makes for legendary asparagus A mix of heavy cream, butter, garlic, lemon juice, nutmeg and salt will infuse the asparagus while it cooks. Cooking the asparagus upright in boiling water will simultaneously soften the tougher end of the stalks without overcooking the tender heads. [ARI LEVAUX PHOTOS]open, and people will be standing. Theres a need to have something to do that doesnt cost a lot of money and a good time is promoted. We give you a good time.Ž The shop has more than doubled in size over the years, and a coffee bar with cappuccinos, espressos, lattes and frozen drinks will be open soon, he said. Jo Spada, a new resident of Leesburg, and her daughter Shaun Antler, visiting from Sault St. Marie in Ontario, said they were lost when they found Mystic and decided to stop in because it was Name That Tune night. The selection is great, but the best thing is the customer service because they had to explain everything to us,Ž Antler said. They left with several takeout flavors and were hoping to come back later. Mystic Ice Cream, 1217 W. Miller Street (County Road 466A) in Fruitland Park is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Catering is available. For a full list of nightly events and information go to mysticicecream. com or Facebook. MYSTICFrom Page B1 By Becky KrystalThe Washington PostTell me if youve heard this one before. Friday: Im going out to lunch again. Why dont I make my own grain bowl?Ž Saturday: People are going to be so jealous of my homemade lunch bowl.Ž Sunday night: I still have time to do this!Ž Monday: Swipes credit card for another $12 at fast-casual XYZ. Friends, the DIY lunch bowl no longer needs to be an aspiration. You, too, can save your singleserving $12 and use your cold, hard cash „ not to mention pantry ingredients „ to stretch your budget into a weeks worth of interesting, easy and satisfying midday meals. Heres how, starting with a Mediterranean option, followed by a few other global combinations. € Pick your genre. Grain or salad bowl? Make a pot of your grain of choice „ brown rice, couscous, bulgur, etc. It will keep just fine in the refrigerator for several days. Ditto with mixed greens if thats more your style. € Choose a protein. This would be a great time to pop an easy roast chicken in the oven; poaching a few boneless, skinless breasts works, too. Or just pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. Lamb meatballs would be oh-so-classy. You cant go wrong with chickpeas „ homecooked, canned or even crispy „ either. Soft-boiled eggs are always welcome, too. € Get saucy. Now were getting to the part of your personal assembly line where you just say put it all on.Ž Tzatziki is a natural fit; this recipe calls for parsley, but dill or mint also would be right at home. Or how about a tahini dressing? Make it even easier by snagging a squeeze bottle of tahini „ no can, no stirring, just a fun shake. Harissa is one of the best spicy condiments going. If you prefer your zesty kick a little milder, a Greek vinaigrette might be the way to go. Of course, hummus is a wonderful option, too. Adorn generously. This is the place to add some crunch. Think about staples with a good shelf life: Pita chips, banana peppers or pepperoncini, carrots and nuts. Pickled onions take very little effort and pay off in flavor and versatility. Other garnishes to consider: Roasted red peppers (cant beat the convenience of jarred), fresh herbs and cheese, especially feta.Save your cash, and skip the fast-casual assembly line

PAGE 13 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 B3By Becky KrystalThe Washington PostIts hard to make good food without a good knife. We strongly encourage you to buy a good knife, but if you dont take care of it, the quality and price wont matter. Youre eventually going to have to sharpen the knife,Ž says Dave Arnold, a former instructor at the late LAcademie de Cuisine culinary school who runs Precision Knife Sharpening out of his home. It doesnt matter what kind of knife it is.Ž Heres what you need to know about sharpening and other ways you can ensure your knives will last for years to come. € Understand how a knife works. Most knives are sharpened to an angle of 30 to 40 degrees, Arnold says, and over time and use, That very thin edge is going to take some damage.Ž The edge will begin to flatten to more of a round shape rather than a sharp, pointy angle. The edge can also bend or fold over „ not something youd be able to see with the naked eye. When you sharpen a knife, you are grinding away some of the metal to reintroduce the proper sharp angle. € Know how to recognize w hen your knife needs to be sharpened. The whole point of a sharp knife is to help you work efficiently, easily slicing through food without having to exert too much pressure. Dull knives can also cause accidents when they slip over rather than cut through food. Arnold suggests tomatoes, lemons, bell peppers and carrots as effective foods for testing whether your knife needs to be resharpened. € Think about honing your knives. Even if you know to sharpen your knives, you may not be as familiar with the concept of honing. Honing does not sharpen the blade. Instead, Arnold says, it realigns the blade, correcting the bending or folding described above. To hone your blade, lightly run the edge of the knife at a 15or 20-degree angle along the steel. Three times on each side of the blade should be sufficient, Arnold says. € Use the right board. Hard surfaces can dull or even chip a knife. Wooden or plastic boards are good choices, Arnold says. € Clean them properly. Hand-washing is the best way to clean your knives. Dishwashers can be especially hard on knife handles, causing them to discolor, crack or separate from the blade. The racks or utensil basket can damage the blades and vice versa, and fishing a knife out of the dishwasher isnt a recipe for safety, either. After you wash a knife „ a sponge with warm water and soap will do „ dry it thoroughly, and carefully, with a towel. Do not store it dirty or wet unless you want it to rust.Take good care of your kitchen knives, and they will take good care of yourevived his mother and fathers family business. I am glad as well. I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast of roasted turkey breast, eggs and avocado slices, and my husband actually had a lunch of chicken tenders with mac and cheese. We were too full to enjoy our cinnamon rolls in house so we took them home to enjoy later. I am so glad we did, they were perfect for a rainy afternoon. If you are ever in Inverness, stop over Tuesday through Sunday (they are closed on Monday) and tell them I sent you. I also love acquiring recipes from some of my favorite restaurants. On another recent trip to the famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, a neighborhood in Tampa, I was reminded of another recipe that I love, and when I took my first bite, my reaction was, that is good rice.Ž To my surprise I discovered while rereading the menu that was the name of the rice dish. How appropriate. My father always said to me that if I could make a good pot of rice and poach an egg I would always have a job and never be hungry. So heres to Dad, a recipe for a goodŽ pot of rice. Zes version of good riceDont skimp on butter and the fresh ingredients „ the real butter and fresh herbs are what make this Good Rice.Ž Serves 4-6. Ingredients: cup salted butter (margarine will not work) 2 small yellow onions, chopped 2 cups long-grain or par boiled rice (I used par boiled) 4 cups chicken broth (I prefer to use low-sodium broth) cup fresh parsley, chopped cup fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon salt Directions: On medium heat and in a heavy bottom sauce pan large enough to hold cooked rice, melt butter and saut onion until transparent, about 3-4 minutes. Add rice and stir constantly until it turns into a caramel color, another 4-5 minutes. Add chicken broth, then parsley, basil and salt. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes then lower heat to low simmer. Cover and steam rice for 18 minutes. Fluff with a fork.Ze Carter is a food columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email her at zecarter12@ RICEFrom Page B1The unassuming banana is one of our most commonplace and, at the same time, one of our most remarkable fruits. Its supremely available: no matter what the season, bananas are in ample supply, which means the price is always reasonable. You could almost think of it as the poor mans super fruit. Its a powerhouse of nutrition. Containing three natural sugars, bananas provide quick energy, and they contain other compounds that help the body deal with everything from the blues to high blood pressure. And one of the things I really love about bananas is the packaging. Of all the fruits that must be peeled before eating, nothing comes out of its skin more easily than the banana. This, of course, is one of the things that makes them such a kidfriendly, popular snack. But nothing is perfect, even in this best of all possible worlds, and therere a couple of negative points to keep in mind when adding a hand of bananas to the grocery cart. Bananas are harvested and shipped while still green, but unfortunately, when they make up their minds to ripen, they dont waste any time. One day you have a nice, bright yellow banana with a few brown freckles „ perfect for snacking, salads or pudding „ and the next day the flesh is soft, and the skin black. Blackskinned bananas, of course, are perfect for making banana bread, but this is less than satisfactory if you originally bought them with the intention of making salad or an old-fashioned banana pudding. And then there is the unattractive habit sliced bananas have of turning brown when exposed to the air. This can be prevented by coating the slices with acidic fruit juice, such as orange or lemon juice, or by using them in a gelatin salad, and being sure the slices are thoroughly coated with the gelatin. Heres a congealed salad that combines bananas with canned pineapple and sliced, seedless grapes in pineapple-flavored gelatin. I like crushed pineapple in its own juice, but pineapple in light syrup could be used instead. However, dont even think about substituting fresh pineapple. Pineapple is one of the fruits containing an enzyme which prevents gelatin from setting, but the cooking that occurs when the pineapple is canned kills off the uncooperative enzyme. Other items with this distressing talent are mango, papaya, kiwi, figs, honeydew, melon and fresh ginger. Highly acidic ingredients, such as citrus, may also affect setting. When using fruit or vegetables for a congealed salad, I like to set aside a small amount of the gelatin solution. This can be gently poured over the surface, once the salad is fairly firm, thus insuring that none of the fruit is exposed to the air. Pineapple-banana congealed saladIngredients: 1 can crushed pineapple in juice, 8 ounces 1 packet pineapple gelatin powder, 4-serving size 2 small bananas, about pound cup red seedless grapes, halved Directions: Thoroughly drain crushed pineapple. Add enough cold water to juice or syrup to make one cup, and set in refrigerator. Follow instructions on gelatin packet, using the mixture of water and juice in place of the cup of cold water speci“ ed. When gelatin has chilled and begun to set, stir in crushed pineapple. Peel bananas and slice into rounds and add to gelatin, along with seedless grape halves. (Adding fruit at this stage, rather than before chilling, keeps it from sinking to the bottom). Return to refrigerator, and chill until “ rm. This is a pretty salad, whether you use a mold or a colorful bowl that sets off the sunshine-yellow shade of the pineapple gelatin. To make it easier to unmold a gelatin salad, some cooks coat the mold lightly with cooking spray before adding the gelatin. For quicker chilling, follow instructions on the package for the speed-set method using ice cubes. Or begin the chilling in the freezer, transferring the mold to the refrigerator after about 20 minutes. Do not let the gelatin freeze solid, or it will weepŽ when it defrosts. Trust me: a weeping congealed salad does nothing to enhance your reputation as a hostess.Mary Ryder is a food columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email her at POT WATCHERTropical fruits team up for a tasty and refreshing congealed salad Mary RyderA congealed salad that combines bananas with canned pineapple and sliced, seedless grapes in pineapple” avored gelatin is a great way to use up those ripe bananas before they quickly turn brown. [DREAMSTIME]


B4 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Becky KrystalThe Washington PostMashed potatoes are the quintessential, goes-with-anything side. Theyre always a crowd-pleaser, too. People have gone to all sorts of elaborate lengths to achieve the perfect mashed potato recipe. But you can create a beautiful bowl of spuds with nothing more than a pot and a handful of pantry staples. I prefer to use the wooden spoon to mash the potatoes rather than a masher (which can make things gluey) or a potato ricer (dont own one), especially because of the slightly rustic texture you get with a few soft chunks embedded in the mash. If you want super-smooth potatoes and do own a ricer, go ahead and bust it out. A note on the boiling: Many recipes call for starting the potatoes in cold water to achieve even cooking. Because the potatoes are cut into smaller chunks in this recipe, I found they cooked through at a uniform „ not to mention faster „ pace when added to the boiling water. The original version of this recipe calls for Yukon Gold (yellowfleshed) potatoes for a creamy result, but after my local grocery store was continually out of them or peddling green specimens, I gave up and went with the ubiquitous and cheaper russets. And you know what? The result was wonderfully silky. I didnt need massive amounts of fat, either. Using extra-virgin olive oil in addition to the butter provides a rich texture and clean flavor that doesnt mask the potato nuance as much of as all-dairy fat would. These mashed potatoes are great the way they are. But you should still feel free to dress them up with whatever accoutrements you like, whether its crumbled bacon, grated cheese, chives or an extra pat of melting butter. The fresh garlic that is boiled and mashed with the potatoes imparts a mild and sweet flavor; if you like things more pungent, you can add garlic powder to taste (Trader Joes has the most flavorful one Ive tried). Its difficult to not just eat the mashed potatoes straight out of the pot, but if youre feeding a crowd and are interested in a serving bowl presentation that will help keep the potatoes warm, try heating the bowl by filling it with boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Discard the water, dry the bowl and add the potatoes, as artfully scooped as you want.The only mashed potatoes recipe youll ever needEssential Mashed Potatoes. [STACY ZARIN GOLDBERG FOR THE WASHINGTON POST] 4 to 6 servings Make Ahead: Prepare the mashed potatoes up to 4 hours in advance, cover and keep at room temperature; they can also be stored in the refrigerator for a day or two. Reheat gently in a heatproof bowl placed on top of a pot “ lled with a few inches of water (a double boiler setup) over medium heat, adding extra half-and-half or milk and adjusting the seasoning as needed. Adapted from Seriously Simple Holidays,Ž by Diane Rossen Worthington (Chronicle, 2007). Ingredients € 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3-inch-long chunks (may substitute scrubbed, unpeeled Yukon Gold) € 4 medium cloves garlic, cut in half lengthwise € teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed € 2 tablespoons unsalted butter € 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil € 2/3 cup half-and-half (may substitute whole or low-fat milk), plus more as needed € Freshly ground black pepper Steps Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes, garlic and teaspoon of the salt; reduce the heat to medium, cover partially and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes and garlic are tender. Meanwhile, combine the butter, oil and half-andhalf in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the butter has melted. Reduce the heat to low, cover and keep warm until the potatoes are ready. Alternatively, you can melt the butter (cut into small pieces) with the oil and half-and-half in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, heating at half-power for 1 minute and then at 30-second increments, stirring occasionally. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot; return it to the still-warm burner (off the heat). Shake the pot back and forth for 1 to 2 minutes or until most of the moisture has evaporated. Remove the pot from the burner. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mash the potatoes and garlic to a fairly smooth consistency, leaving as many chunks as you like. Pour the butter mixture over the potatoes and use the wooden spoon to blend to a smooth, but not soupy, consistency. If the potatoes are too dense or thick, add more half-and-half to reach your desired texture. Season with the remaining teaspoon of salt, or more as needed, and the pepper. Serve warm.Essential Mashed Potatoes VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.DAILY COMMERICAL.COM

PAGE 15 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 C1 SPORTS RECREATION | C5PICKLEBALL HITS A HIGH NOTE AT LAKE SENIOR GAMES Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 By Pat Eaton-RobbThe Associated PressWEST HARTFORD, Conn. „ Between raising two daughters and working as a dishwasher at Whole Foods, Lhakpa Sherpa just doesnt have time for training to climb Mount Everest. Even so, she has done it a record eight times „ and hopes to outdo herself yet again.The 44-year-old native of Nepal holds the world record for summits of Everest by a woman and plans to return this month for what has become an annual expedition to the top of the world.My body knows that I have already been this high. Its like a computer. It figures it out very quickly. My body knows the high altitude. It remembers.ŽLhakpa Sherpa is recognized by Guinness World Records and is well known in mountaineering circles, but she spends most of the year living a modest life in obscu-rity in Connecticut, where she moved with her now ex-husband, another well-known climber, in 2002.She gets up most days at 6 a.m. to walk her two daughters, 16-year-old Sunny and 11-year-old Shiny, to school. Then, because she does not know how to drive, often walks the 2 miles to her job, where she washes dishes in the prepared foods section and takes out the garbage.You would never know she hiked Everest unless you knew her and talked to her about it,Ž says Dan Furtado, the manager who hired Lhakpa at Whole Foods. Shes the most humble person I know, and her work ethic is astounding.ŽLhakpa says that she would have liked to be a doctor or an airplane pilot, but that as a girl growing up in the Sherpa ethnic community with her four brothers and seven sisters, she wasnt allowed to attend school.Without a formal education, she has taken jobs in Connecticut cleaning houses, as a clerk at a local convenience store and as a dishwasher to give her daughters and now-grown son a chance at a better life in the United States, she said.My rent is expensive here,Ž she says, but this is Single mom plans to summit Everest for 9th timeSee EVEREST, C3By Joedy McCrearyThe Associated PressGREENSBORO, N.C. „ Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says he expects substan-tiveŽ recommendations from the committee seeking ways to reform college basketball amid a federal investigation of corruption in the sport.Speaking Tuesday at a regional Associated Press Sports Editors meeting, Swofford said he doesnt know what the commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will conclude next week when it is expected to present its report to the Division I Board of Directors and Board of Governors. Swofford said it is hard to argue against the need for substantive change.Ž Southeast-ern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, speaking at a similar meet-ing in Birmingham, Alabama, on Monday, hopes for an impactful outcomeŽ when Rices committee releases its recommendations.The FBIs corruption probe led to criminal charges against assistant coaches, agents, apparel company employees and others. The Justice Department arrested 10 people, including four assistant coaches from Arizona, Southern California, Auburn and Oklahoma State, in a case tied to hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged bribes and kickbacks designed to influence recruits on choosing a school or an agent.Sankey said the investigation received an appropriate level of concern and attentionŽ during the season.I did not mean and would not imply that I think its just business as usual,Ž Sankey said. Ive seen some obser-vations that, Oh wow, were just back to business as usual. I dont think thats the case. I dont (get) that sense from our programs and programs nationally.Swo ord expects ndings Sankey Rice SwoffordBy Doug FergusonThe Associated PressMajor champions today create memories for tomorrow. Some of them, anyway. Still to be determined is whether the grit Patrick Reed showed at Augusta National „ holding off Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler in that order „ resonates with a junior who is just getting into golf or motivates one of Reeds peers. Its such a nostalgic game,Ž McIlroy said last summer. People remember when they watched Jack (Nicklaus) win a U.S. Open or Tom Watson chip in at Pebble Beach. Whatever generation it is, thats what theyre going to remember and thats their fondest memory.Ž McIlroy was among five major champions who were asked about their fondest memory of a major (excluding those they won). Redemption Im a big redemption person,Ž McIlroy said. Im big on someone winning who deserves it.Ž The one major that stands out is Adam Scott winning the Masters in 2013, mainly because it came nine months after one of the most stunning collapses on the back nine in a major, even by Australian standards. Scott had a four-shot lead with four holes to play at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when he closed with four straight bogeys, and Ernie Els won his second British Open. The next year, Scott holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Augusta National, and then won with a birdie on the second playoff hole. I thought that was awesome,Ž McIlroy said.Majors can have impact on others in di erent waysIn this April 14, 2013, photo, Adam Scott celebrates after making a birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] See SWOFFORD, C3 See GOLF, C3By Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comMONTVERDE … Its hard to be the first at Francisco M. Lindor Field for a Montverde Academy baseball game.Thats because talent scouts from many organizations in Major League Baseball often begin arriving as early as three hours ahead of the first pitch … a byproduct of having one of the top high-school programs in the country.And an already hefty ante is raised even higher when the Eagles opponent also is nationally ranked and coached by a former major leaguer.That was the case on Tuesday when Montverde Academy … ranked first in the state and 10th in the country by MaxPreps … prepared to play Bradenton IMG Academy … ranked third in Florida and 15th in the nation and coached by former Cincinnati Reds third baseman Chris Sabo. Arguably, it was the best prep matchup in the entire country with numerous potential major leaguers on display.Tuesdays game show-cased Montverde Academys newest athletic powerhouse ƒ the baseball team. Long known for its boys basketball team, which has won four mythical national titles, and its boys soccer team, which hasnt lost a game in nearly a decade, and the girls soccer team, which won the Class 4A state championship in Febru-ary, the Eagles baseball team is making up for lost time.Montverde Academy took the field against IMG Academy sporting a 22-0 record. Following a four-run rally in the seventh inning, the Eagles remained unbeaten with a 5-4 win.As an Independent in the Florida High School Athletic Association, meaning it doesnt belong to a district or classification, the Eagles cant compete for a state championship. Because of that, Tuesdays game took on a more significant meaning than most late-season games.This is part of our championship,Ž said Montverde Academy coach Victor Valen-cia as he watched his players take their cuts during pre-game batting practice. Were treating our last game of the season as our state championship. If we win all our remaining games, we can go 25-0. Thats our trophy.We work every day with the goal of going 25-0.ŽValencia said because Montverde Academy plays as an Independent, it can sched-ule games without having to make room for district A new powerhouseMVAs Nander De Sedas (25) gets the ball just in time to tag a runner out at a game between Montverde Academy and Bradenton IMG Academy in Montverde on Tuesday. [PAUL RYAN PHOTOS / CORRESPONDENT] MVAs Jake Holland (18) hits a home run at a game between Montverde Academy and Bradenton IMG Academy in Montverde on Tuesday. Montverde Academy turning baseball team into nationally ranked programSee BASEBALL, C3COLUMN


C2 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | SCOREBOARD HOW TO REACH USPaul Jenkins, Sports Editor Email: Phone: 352-365-8204SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results by calling 352-365-8204. Submissions also can be emailed to Results submitted after 9:30 p.m. may not appear in the next days edition of the Daily Commercial.SPORTS ON TV TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULE PRO BASKETBALL NBA PLAYOFFSAll times EasternFIRST ROUND (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE TORONTO 1, WASHINGTON 0April 14: Toronto 114, Toronto 106 Tuesday: Washington at Toronto, late Friday: Toronto at Washington, 8 p.m. Sunday: 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 1, MILWAUKEE 0April 15: Boston 113, Milwaukee 107, OT Tuesday: Milwaukee at Boston, late Friday: Boston at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 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 1, MIAMI 1April 14: Philadelphia 130, Miami 103 Monday: Miami 113, Philadelphia 103 Thursday: Philadelphia at Miami, 7 p.m. Saturday: Philadelphia at Miami, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24: Miami at Philadelphia, TBA x-Thursday, April 26: Philadelphia at Miami, TBA x-Saturday, April 28: Miami at Philadelphia, TBAINDIANA 1, CLEVELAND 0April 15: Indiana 98, Cleveland 80 Today: Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Friday: Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. Sunday: 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 1, MINNESOTA 0April 15: Houston 104, Minnesota 101 Today: Minnesota at Houston, 9:30 p.m. Saturday: 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 2, SAN ANTONIO 0April 15: Golden State 113, San Antonio 92 Monday: Golden State 116, San Antonio 101 Thursday: Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 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, TBANEW ORLEANS 1, PORTLAND 0April 14: New Orleans 97, Portland 95 Tuesday: New Orleans at Portland, late Thursday: Portland at New Orleans, 9 p.m. Saturday: 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 1, UTAH 0April 15: Oklahoma City 116, Utah 108 Today: Utah at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Saturday: 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, TBAINDIVIDUAL PLAYOFF STATISTICSThrough April 16 SCORING AVERAGE G FG FT PTS. AVG. Harden, HOU 1 15 7 44 44.0 George, OKC 1 13 2 36 36.0 Antetokounmpo, MIL 1 11 13 35 35.0 Davis, NOR 1 14 7 35 35.0 Oladipo, IND 1 11 4 32 32.0 Middleton, MIL 1 12 2 31 31.0 Thompson, GOL 2 23 2 58 29.0 Westbrook, OKC 1 10 9 29 29.0 Durant, GOL 2 19 14 56 28.0 Mitchell, UTA 1 11 2 27 27.0 Aldridge, SAN 2 16 16 48 24.0 Capela, HOU 1 10 4 24 24.0 Horford, BOS 1 5 13 24 24.0 James, CLE 1 7 10 24 24.0 Ibaka, TOR 1 8 4 23 23.0 Rozier, BOS 1 7 5 23 23.0 Wall, WAS 1 6 8 23 23.0 Morris, WAS 1 9 3 22 22.0 Saric, PHL 2 16 4 43 21.5 Holiday, NOR 1 10 0 21 21.0 FG PERCENTAGE FG FGA PCT. Burks, UTA 4 4 1.000 Clark, NOR 4 5 .800 Gobert, UTA 6 8 .750 Johnson, MIA 12 16 .750 Ibaka, TOR 8 11 .727 McGee, GOL 10 14 .714 Nance Jr., CLE 5 7 .714 Scott, WAS 7 10 .700 Wright, TOR 7 10 .700 Thompson, GOL 23 33 .697 REBOUNDS G OFF DEF TOT AVG. Love, CLE 1 3 14 17 17.0 Davis, NOR 1 2 12 14 14.0 Antetokounmpo, MIL 1 2 11 13 13.0 Davis, POR 1 5 8 13 13.0 Westbrook, OKC 1 1 12 13 13.0 Ilyasova, PHL 2 9 16 25 12.5 Capela, HOU 1 5 7 12 12.0 Horford, BOS 1 3 9 12 12.0 Ibaka, TOR 1 2 10 12 12.0 Towns, MIN 1 4 8 12 12.0 ASSISTS G AST AVG. Rondo, NOR 1 17 17.0 Wall, WAS 1 15 15.0 James, CLE 1 12 12.0 Simmons, PHL 2 22 11.0 Lowry, TOR 1 9 9.0 Green, GOL 2 17 8.5 Harden, HOU 1 8 8.0 Teague, MIN 1 8 8.0 Westbrook, OKC 1 8 8.0 Antetokounmpo, MIL 1 7 7.0 ODDS PREGAME.COM LINEMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLToday National LeagueFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINEat Chicago -116 St. Louis +106 at Pittsburgh -121 Colorado +111 at Milwaukee -149 Cincinnati +139 Washington -109 at New York -101 at Atlanta -108 Philadelphia -102 at Arizona -155 San Francisco +145 Los Angeles -161 at San Diego +151American Leagueat Oakland -205 Chicago +185 at Tampa Bay -126 Texas +116 at Toronto -180 Kansas City +165 Baltimore -122 at Detroit +112 Cleveland -127 Minnesota +117 at Los Angeles -128 Boston +118 Houston -165 at Seattle +155NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PlayoffsTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Cleveland 8 209 Indiana at Oklahoma City 3 206 Utah at Houston 10 214 MinnesotaThursdayPhiladelphia 2 216 at Miami at New Orleans Off Off Portland Golden State 3 206 at San AntonioNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Stanley Cup PlayoffsTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE Pittsburgh -140 at Philadelphia +130 Tampa Bay -146 at New Jersey +136 Nashville -165 at Colorado +155 at San Jose -170 Anaheim +158Thursdayat Toronto -108 Boston -102 Updated odds available at TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLAmerican LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES „ Selected the contract of INF Luis Sardinas from Norfolk (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS „ Recalled OF Greg Allen from Columbus (IL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS „ Recalled RHP Scott Barlow from Omaha (PCL). MINNESOTA TWINS „ Recalled OF Ryan LaMarre from Rochester (IL). NEW YORK YANKEES „ Placed RHP Tommy Kahnle on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 16. Recalled RHP Luis Cessa from Scranton/WilkesBarre (IL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS „ Recalled RHPs Trevor Cahill and Lou Trivino from Nashville (PCL). Designated OF Trayce Thompson for assignment. Placed RHP Yusmeiro Petit on the family medical emergency list. SEATTLE MARINERS „ Recalled LHP Arel Miranda from Tacoma (PCL). Optioned INF-OF Taylor Motter to Tacoma. TAMPA BAY RAYS „ Placed 3B Matt Duffy on the 10-day DL. Selected the contract of INF Brandon Snyder from Durham (IL). Transferred CF Kevin Kiermaier from the 10to 60-day DL. TEXAS RANGERS „ Placed RHP Tony Barnette on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 15. Recalled OF Ryan Rua from Round Rock (PCL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS „ Recalled RHP Joe Biagini from Buffalo (IL).National LeagueCHICAGO CUBS „ Activated 1B Anthony Rizzo off of the 10-day DL. Optioned INF-OF Efren Navarro to Iowa (PCL). MIAMI MARLINS „ Activated C J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day DL. Optioned C Chad Wallach to New Orleans (PCL). Sent LHP Wei-Yin Chen on a rehab assignment to Jupiter (FSL). NEW YORK METS „ Recalled RHP Gerson Bautista from Binghamton (EL). Optioned RHP Hansel Robles to Las Vegas (PCL). SAN DIEGO PADRES „ Sent OF Wil Myers on a rehab assignment to Lake Elsinore (Cal). Optioned LHP Kyle McGrath to El Paso (PCL). Recalled LHP Tyler Webb from El Paso. WASHINGTON NATIONALS „ Recalled OF Andrew Stevenson from Syracuse (IL). Placed OF Brian Goodwin on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 16.Can-Am LeagueTROIS-RIVIERES AIGLES „ Signed RHP Kevin McNorton and C Jonathan Gonzalez.Frontier LeagueFLORENCE FREEDOM „ Signed OF Terry Bennett and C Nick Crouse. GATEWAY GRIZZLIES „ Signed RHP Kevin Simmons and LHP Keelan Smithers. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS „ Named Tyler Martin pitching coach and Toby DeMello bullpen coach.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueATLANTA FALCONS „ Signed DB Tyson Graham and DTs Garrison Smith and Justin Zimmer. CHICAGO BEARS „ Signed DB Bryce Callahan. DETROIT LIONS „ Signed DE Ezekiel Ansah.Canadian Football LeagueWINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS „ Signed DB Ezra Robinson.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueANAHEIM DUCKS „ Recalled G Reto Berra and D Jacob Larsson from San Diego (AHL). CALGARY FLAMES „ Fired coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard. ST. LOUIS BLUES „ Assigned F Tanner Kaspick from Victoria (WHL) to Manitoba (AHL). American Hockey League GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS „ Signed G Joel Martin to a professional tryout.ECHLECHL „ Announced the approval of the transfer of controlling interest in the South Carolina Stingrays from South Carolina Stingrays, Inc. to Deke Hockey Holdings, LLC. READING ROYALS „ Announced D Frank Hora was returned to the team by Lehigh Valley (AHL).SOCCERMajor League SoccerPHILADELPHIA UNION „ Signed D Olivier Mbaizo.TENNISATP „ Fined Jared Donaldson $6,200 for unsportsmanlike conduct after angrily ranting at the chair umpire during his “ rst-round loss to Albert RamosVinolas at the Monte Carlo Masters.COLLEGESFLORIDA GULF COAST „ Announced mens sophomore basketball G Darnell Rogers will transfer. KENNESAW STATE „ Named David Beall assistant athletics director for communications and broadcasting. NEBRASKA „ Signed mens basketball coach Tim Miles to a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season. NYU „ Named Odrine Belot and Liam Boylan-Pett mens and womens assistant track and “ eld coaches. SOUTH CAROLINA „ Announced mens junior basketball F Chris Silva has declared for the NBA draft. WAKE FOREST „ Announced mens junior basketball C Doral Moore will enter the NBA draft. PRO HOCKEY NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSAll times EasternFIRST ROUND (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE TAMPA BAY 2, NEW JERSEY 1April 12: Tampa Bay 5, New Jersey 2 April 14: Tampa Bay 5, New Jersey 3 Monday: New Jersey 5, Tampa Bay 2 Today: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: 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 2, TORONTO 1April 12: Boston 5, Toronto 1 April 14: Boston 7, Toronto 3 Monday: Toronto 4, Boston 2 Thursday: Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. Saturday: Toronto at Boston, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Boston at Toronto, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Toronto at Boston, TBACOLUMBUS 2, WASHINGTON 0April 12: Columbus 4, Washington 3, OT April 15: Columbus 5, Washington 4, OT Tuesday: Washington at Columbus, late Thursday: Washington at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. x-Saturday: Columbus at Washington, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Washington at Columbus, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Columbus at Washington, TBAPITTSBURGH 2, PHILADELPHIA 1April 11: Pittsburgh 7, Philadelphia 0 April 13: Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 1 April 15: Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1 Today: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Friday: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, TBA x-Sunday: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, TBAWESTERN CONFERENCE NASHVILLE 2, COLORADO 1April 12: Nashville 5, Colorado 2 April 14: Nashville 5, Colorado 4 Monday: Colorado 5, Nashville 3 Today: Nashville at Colorado, 10 p.m. Friday: Colorado at Nashville, TBA x-Sunday: Nashville at Colorado, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: Colorado at Nashville, TBAWINNIPEG 2, MINNESOTA 1April 11: Winnipeg 3, Minnesota 2 April 13: Winnipeg 4, Minnesota 1 April 15: Minnesota 6, Winnipeg 2 Tuesday: Winnipeg at Minnesota, late Friday: Minnesota at Winnipeg, TBA x-Sunday: Winnipeg at Minnesota, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Minnesota at Winnipeg, TBAVEGAS 3, LOS ANGELES 0April 11: Vegas 1, Los Angeles 0 April 13: Vegas 2, Los Angeles 1, 2OT April 15: Vegas 3, Los Angeles 2 Tuesday: Vegas at Los Angeles, late x-Thursday: Los Angeles at Vegas, 10 p.m. x-Saturday: Vegas at Los Angeles, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Los Angeles at Vegas, TBASAN JOSE 3, ANAHEIM 0April 12: San Jose 3, Anaheim 0 April 15: San Jose 3, Anaheim 2 Monday: San Jose 8, Anaheim 1 Today: Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. x-Friday: San Jose at Anaheim, TBA x-Sunday: Anaheim at San Jose, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: San Jose at Anaheim, TBAINDIVIDUAL PLAYOFF STATISTICSThrough April 16: SCORING LEADERS GP G A PTS David Pastrnak, BOS 3 4 5 9 Sidney Crosby, PIT 3 4 3 7 Nikita Kucherov, TB 3 2 4 6 Brad Marchand, BOS 3 1 5 6 John Carlson, WAS 2 0 6 6GOALTENDERS GOALS AGAINST AVERAGEName Team GPI MINS GA AVG Marc-Andre Fleury VGK 3 215 3 0.84 Martin Jones SJ 3 179 3 1.0 Cory Schneider NJ 2 84 2 1.43 Jonathan Quick LA 3 212 6 1.69 Matt Murray PIT 3 175 5 1.7 Braden Holtby WAS 1 32 1 1.88 Andrei Vasilevskiy TB 3 179 8 2.67 Tuukka Rask BOS 3 177 8 2.71 Devan Dubnyk MIM 3 177 9 3.03 Sergei Bob rovsky CLM 2 138 7 3.04 Connor Hellebuyck WIN 3 159 9 3.4 Jonathan Bernier COL 3 177 11 3.73 Petr Mrazek PHI 1 30 2 3.87 Pekka Rinne NAS 3 144 10 4.17 John Gibson ANA 3 158 11 4.18 Brian Elliott PHI 3 149 11 4.43 Frederik Andersen TOR 3 132 10 4.55 Philipp Grubauer WAS 2 105 8 4.57 Curtis McElhinney TOR 1 47 4 5.11 Keith Kinkaid NJ 2 91 9 5.87AHL CALDER CUP PLAYOFFSAll times EasternDIVISION SEMIFINALS (Best-of-5; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE PROVIDENCE VS. LEHIGH VALLEYFriday: Lehigh Valley at Providence, 7:05 p.m. Saturday: Lehigh Valley at Providence, 7:05 p.m. Friday, April 27: Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. x-Saturday, April 28: Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. x-Monday, April 30: Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m.CHARLOTTE VS. WB/SCRANTONFriday: WB/Scranton at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Saturday: WB/Scranton at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26: Charlotte at WB/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. x-Saturday, April 28: Charlotte at WB/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. x-Sunday, April 29: Charlotte at WB/Scranton, 3:05 p.m.TORONTO VS UTICASaturday: Utica at Toronto, 4 p.m. Sunday: Utica at Toronto, 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25: Toronto at Utica, 7 p.m. x-Friday, April 27: Toronto at Utica, 7 p.m. x-Sunday, April 29: Utica at Toronto, 4 p.m.SYRACUSE VS. ROCHESTERFriday: Rochester at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Saturday: Rochester at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25: Syracuse at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. x-Friday, April 27: Syracuse at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. x-Saturday, April 28: Rochester at Syracuse, 7 p.m.WESTERN CONFERENCE CHICAGO VS. ROCKFORDSaturday: Rockford at Chicago, 8 p.m. Sunday: Chicago at Rockford, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26: Rockford at Chicago, 8 p.m. x-Sunday, April 29: Chicago at Rockford, 5 p.m. x-Monday, April 30: Rockford at Chicago, 8 p.m.MANITOBA VS. GRAND RAPIDSSaturday: Grand Rapids at Manitoba, 3 p.m. Sunday: Grand Rapids at Manitoba, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25: Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. x-Thursday, April 26: Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. x-Monday, April 30: Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.SAN JOSE VS. TUCSONThursday: Tucson at San Jose, 10 p.m. Saturday: Tucson at San Jose, 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 25: San Jose at Tucson, 10:05 p.m. x-Friday, April 27: San Jose at Tucson, 10:05 p.m. x-Saturday, April 28: San Jose at Tucson, 10:05 p.m.TEXAS VS. ONTARIOThursday: Ontario at Texas, 8 p.m. Friday: Ontario at Texas, 8 p.m. Sunday: Texas at Ontario, 6 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 24: Texas at Ontario, 10 p.m. x-Monday, April 30: Ontario at Texas, 8 p.m. SOCCER MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAll times Eastern EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA New York City FC 5 0 2 17 16 6 Atlanta United FC 4 1 1 13 15 8 New England 3 2 1 10 10 6 Columbus 3 3 1 10 9 7 Orlando City 3 2 1 10 11 10 New York Red Bulls 3 2 0 9 13 6 Montreal 2 4 0 6 6 12 Philadelphia 1 2 2 5 3 6 D.C. United 1 3 2 5 6 10 Chicago 1 3 1 4 7 9 Toronto FC 1 3 0 3 3 6 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Sporting Kansas City 4 1 2 14 14 11 LA Galaxy 3 2 1 10 8 8 Vancouver 3 3 1 10 8 11 Los Angeles FC 3 2 0 9 11 10 FC Dallas 2 0 3 9 7 3 Colorado 2 1 2 8 9 5 Real Salt Lake 2 3 1 7 6 14 Minnesota United 2 4 0 6 8 12 Houston 1 2 2 5 9 8 San Jose 1 2 2 5 9 10 Portland 1 3 2 5 9 14 Seattle 0 3 1 1 2 7 3 points for victory, 1 point for tieApril 13Orlando City 2, Philadelphia 0 Los Angeles FC 2, Vancouver 0April 14New York 3, Montreal 1 Colorado 2, Toronto FC 0 LA Galaxy 1, Chicago 0 D.C. United 1, Columbus 0 FC Dallas 1, New England 0 Houston 2, San Jose 2, tie Portland 3, Minnesota United 2April 15Seattle 2, Sporting Kansas City 2, tie New York City FC 2, Atlanta United FC 2, tieFridays GameVancouver at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m.Saturdays GamesLos Angeles FC at Montreal, 1 p.m. Toronto FC at Houston, 3 p.m. Chicago at New York, 3:30 p.m. New England at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at FC Dallas, 8 p.m. Colorado at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. Atlanta United FC at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.Sundays GamesMinnesota United at Seattle, 4 p.m. New York City FC at Portland, 6 p.m.NATIONAL WOMENS SOCCER LEAGUEAll times Eastern W L T PTS GF GA North Carolina 3 0 0 9 6 2 Seattle 2 0 0 6 3 1 Portland 2 1 0 6 5 4 Chicago 1 1 1 4 4 4 Washington 1 2 0 3 5 6 Houston 0 0 2 2 1 1 Utah 0 1 2 2 1 2 Orlando 0 2 1 1 2 5 Sky Blue FC 0 2 0 0 0 2 3 points for victory, 1 point for tie.April 14Chicago 1, Utah 0 North Carolina 4, Washington 2April 15Seattle 1, Sky Blue FC 0 Portland 2, Orlando 1Todays GamesSeattle at North Carolina, 7 p.m. Houston at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.Fridays GamesWashington at Portland, 10:30 p.m.Saturdays GamesUtah at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Sky Blue FC at Chicago, 8 p.m.Sundays GamesHouston at Orlando, 5 p.m.CHAMPIONS LEAGUESEMIFINALS(Home teams listed “ rst) All times Eastern First Leg Tuesday, April 24 Liverpool (England) vs. Roma (Italy), 2:45 p.m.Wednesday, April 25Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Real Madrid (Spain), 2:45 p.m.Second Leg Tuesday, May 1Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Bayern Munich (Germany), 2:45 p.m.Wednesday, May 2Roma (Italy) vs. Liverpool (England), 2:45 p.m.2018 U.S. MENS SOCCER RESULTS/SCHEDULEAll times Eastern (Won 1, Lost 0, Tied 1)Sunday, Jan. 28 „ United States 0, BosniaHerzogovina 0 Tuesday, March 27 „ United States 1, Paraguay 0Saturday, June 9 „ vs. France at Lyon, France (tentative) GOLF UPCOMING TOURNAMENTSAll times EasternPGA TOUR VALERO TEXAS OPENSite: San Antonio. Course: TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks). Yardage: 7,435. Par: 72. Purse: $6.2 million. Winners share: $1,116,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC Sports). Defending champion: Kevin Chappell. Last week: Satoshi Kodaira won the RBC Heritage. FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas. Notes: Sergio Garcia is playing for the “ rst time since 2010. Garcia was a consultant on the AT&T Oaks Course. ... Joaquin Niemann of Chile made his professional debut at the Texas Open. He already has conditional status on the Tour. ... Among those getting a sponsor exemption is Chris Paisley of England, who has not played on U.S. soil since his college days at Tennessee. Shubhankar Sharma makes his third start in Texas this year, following appearances at the Dell Match Play in Austin and the Houston Open. ... The “ eld includes Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and Presidents Cup captain Ernie Els. ... The Texas Open will move next year to the week before the Masters. ... The RBC Heritage was the 10 sudden-death playoff on the PGA Tour this season. ... Adam Scott returns to San Antonio for the “ rst time since 2011. He won the Texas Open in 2010, the “ rst time it was held at the AT&T Oaks course. ... Zach Johnson (2008-09) is the last player to successfully defend at the Texas Open. Next week: Zurich Classic. Online: LPGA TOUR HUGEL-JTBC CHAMPIONSHIPSite: Los Angeles. Course: Wishire CC. Y ardage: 6,450. Par: 71. Purse: $1.5 million. Winners share: $225,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 6;30-9:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel). Defending champion: New tournament. Last week: Brooke Henderson won the Lotte Championship in Hawaii. Race to CME Globe leader: Inbee Park. Notes: The LPGA Tour returns to Los Angeles for the “ rst time since 2005. The Of“ ce Depot Championship was held at various courses from 2001 to 2005. Annika Sorenstam won the last time it was held at Wilshire Country Club in 2001. ... The LPGA Tour has four tournaments in California. The Kia Classic was in Carlsbad, the ANA Inspiration was in Rancho Mirage and next week the women return to San Francisco. ... Henderson already has six LPGA Tour victories at age 20. The record for a Canadian is eight victories by Sandra Post. ... Natalie Gulbis is playing on a sponsor exemption. ... For the second straight year, eight players have won the “ rst eight events on the LPGA Tour schedule. ... Wilshire hosted a PGA Tour Champions event from 1995 to 2000, and the Los Angeles Open on the PGA Tour in 1944. Next week: LPGA Mediheal Championship in San Francisco. Online: PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS BASS PRO SHOPS LEGENDS OF GOLF AT BIG CEDAR LODGESite: Ridgedale, Mo. Courses: Buffalo Ridge Springs ( Yardage: 6,963. Par: 71); Top of the Rock ( Yardage: 1,404. Par: 27); Mountain Top ( Yardage: 1,927. Par: 39 for 13 holes). Purse: $1.8 million. Winners share: 348,750. Television: Friday, 12:30-3 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel). Defending champions: Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Last week: Steve Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steve Stricker. Notes: Top of the Rock and now Mountain Top are the only par-3 courses used in a PGA Toursanctioned tournament. ... Two-man teams will play Buffalo Ridge (fourballs) on Thursday. Half the “ eld will alternate Friday and Saturday at Top of the Rock (foursomes on the front, fourballs on the back) and Mountain Top (fourballs). The “ nal round is Top of the Rock. ... Singh won his “ rst PGA Tour Champions title last year. He added a second title at the Toshiba Classic earlier this year. ... The Charles Schwab Cup is changing the format for the playoffs. Instead of the points being reset for the “ nal event, each of the three playoff events will be worth double points. ... Steve Stricker is in the “ eld at the Legends of Golf. He is the only multiple winner on the PGA Tour Champions this year. Next week: Insperity Invitational. Online: EUROPEAN TOUR TROPHEE HASSAN IISite: Rabat, Morocco. Course: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Red Course). Y ardage: 7,615. Par: 73. Purse: 2.5 million euros. Winners share: 416,667 euros. Television: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 6-8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel). Defending champion: Edoardo Molinari. Last week: Jon Rahm won the Spanish Open. Race to Dubai leader: Patrick Reed. Notes: The tournament has been decided by a sudden-death playoff each of the last two years. ... Jorge Campillo at No. 13 is the highest-ranked player from the Race to Dubai. ... European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn is in the “ eld. He has made the cut in four of the six tournaments he has played this year. ... All eight previous champions of the Trophee Hassan II are in the “ eld. ... Three players from the Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine are in the “ eld „ Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood and former Masters champion Danny Willett. ... Willett has made only one cut in six starts this year. .. The “ eld does not feature anyone ranked in the top 50. Next week: Volvo China Open. Online: WEB.COM TOUR NORTH MISSISSIPPI CLASSICSite: Oxford, Miss. Course: The Country Club of Oxford. Yardage: 7,028. Par: 72. Purse: $550,000. Winners share: $99,000. Television: None. Defending champion: New tournament. Last tournament: Sam Burns won the Savannah Golf Championship. Money leader: Sungjae Im. Next week: United Leasing & Finance Championship. Online: TOURSMEN Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour: Panasonic Open, Ibaraki CC (West), Osaka, Japan. Defending champion: Kenichi Kuboya. Online: and Sunshine Tour: Zimbabwe Open, Royal Harare GC, Harare, Zimbabwe. Defending champion: JC Ritchie. Online: PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Molina Canuelas Championship, Canuela GC, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Defending champion: Brandon Matthews. Online: Korean PGA: Dongbu Insurance Promy Open, Daeyu Montvar CC, Pocheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Dongseop Maeng. Online: WOMEN Ladies European Tour: Lalla Meryem Cup, Royal Golf Dar Es (Blue), Rabat, Morroco. Defending champion: Klara Spilkova. Online: Korean LPGA: Nexen Saint Nine Masters, Gimhae Gaya GC, Gimhae, South Korea. Defending champion: Min-sun Kim. Online: Japan LPGA: Fujisankei Ladies Classic, Kawana Hotel GC (Fuji Course), Shizuoka, Japan. Defending champion: Yumiko Yoshida. Online: www.lpga.or.jpMLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. SUN „ Texas at Tampa Bay 2 p.m. MLB „ Regional coverage, St. Louis at Chicago Cubs OR Cincinnati at Milwaukee (1:30 p.m.) 5 p.m. MLB „ Chicago White Sox at Oakland (joined in progress) 7 p.m. ESPN „ Cleveland vs. Minnesota, at San Juan, Puerto Rico NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. TNT „ NBA playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 2, Indiana at Cleveland 8 p.m. NBA „ NBA playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 2, Utah at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m. TNT „ NBA playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 2, Minnesota at Houston NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. NBCSN „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 4, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. GOLF „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 4, Tampa Bay at New Jersey 10 p.m. NBCSN „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 4, Nashville at Colorado 10:30 p.m. GOLF „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 4, Anaheim at San Jose SOCCER 2:40 p.m. NBCSN „ Premier League, Bournemouth vs. Manchester UnitedHave a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at SCHOOL BASEBALL South Sumter at Tavares, 7 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE Lake Minneola district tournament SOFTBALL Tavares at Citrus, 6 p.m. Trinity Catholic at The Villages, 6 p.m.Lake-Sumter State College swept a softball doubleheader from Santa Fe College on Monday to earn the schools first berth in the Mid-Florida Con-ference Tournament.Jasmine McQuaig picked up her 10th win of the season in the opener and Nini Under-wood had a walk-off RBI single in a 4-3 victory. In the second game Allie Geier threw a complete game, allowing only one unearned run as the Lakehawks posted a 6-1 win.These girls deserve all the credit with what theyve done on the field,Ž said LSSC head coach Jay Miller. This group did a lot of things that this program hasnt seen in a long time and I am so proud of them.ŽLake-Sumter softball has set a school record for wins with 32 and posted the highest conference finish in school history by tying for third. LSSC baseball falls to DaytonaLake-Sumter State Colleges Tanner Clark had a three-run double during a four-run fifth inning but Daytona State College rallied in the sixth to down the Lakehawks 5-4 on Monday at Lakehawk Field.Colby Woodard kept LSSC within striking distance by shutting out Daytona State over 3.2 innings of work, but the Lakehawks were held to four hits for the game and just one single after Daytona State took the 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth.Lake-Sumter falls to 15-29-1 overall and 7-13 in Mid-Florida Confer-ence play while Daytona State improves to 22-18 overall and 7-13 in the conference.LSSC softball clinches postseason berth TENNISZverev, Dimitrov, Thiem advance in Monte CarloMONACO „ Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem all came from a set down to win their second-round matches at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.The third-seeded Zverev won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 against big-serving Gilles Muller, after the fourth-seeded Dimitrov had rallied to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and the fifth-seeded Thiem saved a match point in his 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 win against Andrey Rublev of Russia. Zverev won with the floodlights illuminat-ing center court and the crowd fading along with the light. Muller saved the first match point with a strong serve but lost to the imposing German on the next with a double fault.The 20-year-old Zverev had appeared in control of the first set when he broke for a 4-3 lead. But Muller broke straight back, held, and broke again with a neat drop shot to take the first set. The Associated PressIN BRIEF

PAGE 17 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 C3I dont think theres a time when you can settle in and say, OK, everythings fine. Were moving forward,Ž he added. I think the atten-tions been raised and the attention will be raised again when that report is released. And then there will probably be a lot of new work in determining how we meet whatever new expectations may exist.ŽSwofford also called it aggravatingŽ to have two ACC schools „ Lou-isville and North Carolina State „ involved in the federal investigation.N.C. State was one of the latest schools to become swept up in it, with prosecutors last week accusing an Adidas representative, who no longer works for the company, of agreeing to funnel $40,000 through an unidentified coach to the father of former player Dennis Smith Jr. The scandal also led to Rick Pitinos ouster at Louisville before the season.Swofford said having that two of his schools two ACC schools involved is the last thing, from my chair, you want to see, and its the thing that upsets me the most, aggravates me the most.So when you have all those emotions tied to it, you need to find a way to do something positive,Ž he added. I think college basketball is so good, even with its current problems, that it will be resilient. I think it will come out of this better and hopefully stronger than ever. ... It might not be fun getting there.Ž AP Sports Writers Aaron Beard in Greensboro and John Zenor in Birmingham, Alabama, contributed to this report. Perhaps he spoke from experience. McIlroy had a four-shot lead going into the final round of the 2011 Masters when he shot 80. He won the very next major, the U.S. Open, by eight shots at Congressional. There was one another example of redemption: Sergio Garcia, one of McIlroys best friends, who went nearly 20 years before winning his first major. I cried,Ž McIlroy said. I cried! I was so happy for him.Ž Big moments Jordan Spieth was 11, already honing his putter on a closely mown section of his front yard, when Tiger Woods won the Masters in 2005 for the fourth time. Spieth considers that his favorite major championship victory that wasnt his own. It goes back to when Tiger holed that chip on 16 and ended up going to a playoff with Chris DiMarco,Ž Spieth said. That Masters win because of that shot ... when youre a kid, you want to go out right away and try some kind of similar shot that you saw someone hit.Ž Nothing was remotely similar until he played Augusta National for the first time in the fall of 2013. The first thing I was interested in was going behind 16, putting the tee down wherever that pin was and hitting that shot,Ž he said. Ten years after watching Woods win a fourth green jacket, Spieth won his first. And perhaps it was only fitting that in the final round, Spieth went long on the 16th and wound up in a similar spot from where Woods chipped in. I didnt hit the shot anywhere as good as him,Ž said Spieth, who had to make an 8-footer for par to keep a fourshot lead. He was against the collar of the rough, too. That was the coolest shot I ever witnessed and probably ever will witness.Ž Emotions Davis Love III has watched a lot of friends win majors, all special occasions. One of them meant so much to him that he stayed behind even after missing the cut in the 2011 British Open at Royal St. Georges. Darren Clarke winning made me the happiest,Ž Love said. Even on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Love and Clarke were close. Clarke was 42, five years removed from losing his wife to breast cancer. He was no longer among the top 100 in the world and not even eligible for all the majors. And then, finally, he won the claret jug Love recalls waiting to see Justin Leonard win at Royal Troon in 1997. This was different. I dont think when I watched Justin get the trophy I had tears in my eyes,Ž Love said. Aussie pride Scott used to get up early Monday morning to watch the Masters. His favorite major, however, was the British Open in 1993 at Royal St. Georges, mainly because of the winner. Greg Norman never won the Masters. He won the claret jug twice, the second time when Scott was a few weeks from turning 13. It was such a big moment for me,Ž he said. I was 5 when he won his other Open. So this was huge. I had more Shark clothing than him at that point. I really remember a lot of the 90s majors, how they all panned out. But my favorite was Greg, because it was Greg.Ž History The favorite major memory of Curtis Strange „ except for his back-to-back U.S. Open titles „ was when he tied for 21st at the Masters. It was 1986. I was four groups in front of Jack,Ž he said. Nicklaus shot 30 on the back nine and won his sixth green jacket at age 46. He remains the greatest „ and oldest „ Masters champion.where the best schools are.ŽLhakpa said she is used to overcoming adversity. Sherpa girls were discour-aged from climbing, but she was a tomboy and would not be deterred from help-ing the men in her family, serving as a porter to bring gear to Everest base camps.Becoming a climber was harder, she said, especially after the first Nepali woman to reach the summit, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, died on her way down the mountain in 1993. Lhakpa Sherpa joined an expedition of five women in 2000 who convinced the government to give them a permit. She was the first Nepali woman to reach the summit and return alive.The record for successful climbs to the top of Everest is 21, shared by three Sherpa men who worked as mountain guides. Two have retired from climbing, but the third, Kami Rita, told The Asso-ciated Press in Kathmandu recently he was heading to Everest to attempt his 22nd climb.Anne Parmenter, a field hockey coach at Trinity College in Hartford, climbed with Lhakpa on an ill-fated Everest expe-dition in 2004. There were serious issues with that climb, including a physi-cal confrontation between Lhakpa and her husband at the time that left Lhakpa unconscious.Parmenter says it is impressive to see what Lhakpa has been able to overcome, both physically and mentally.Shes obviously been blessed with amazing phys-iology that allows her to live here, not train, and go back and adapt very quickly to that high-altitude environment,Ž she says. She can do that, function and be really strong.ŽSays Lhakpa: I wanted to show that a woman can do mens jobs. There is no difference in climbing a mountain. I climb for all women.ŽLhakpa said she does have some fears about climbing, especially who would take care of her daughters if there were an accident on Everest. She was at a camp in 2015 when an earthquake triggered avalanches that killed 19 people on Everest.Her daughter Shiny says it was a week before they received the phone call telling them their mother was OK.Lhakpa Sherpa saves up each year for the plane ticket back to Nepal and climbs with an expedi-tion company run by one of her brothers.They will guide about 50 people, mostly Europeans, up the mountain this year, she said. Next year, she plans to make a second attempt to summit K2 „ the worlds second-highest peak „ for the first time.This season, for the first time, she has a sponsor. Black Diamond, a moun-tain sports equipment company, is outfitting her with new gear and pro-viding monetary support.Its clear from everything about her life that the word cant is not in her lexicon,Ž says Chris Parker, the companys content man ager. SWOFFORDFrom Page C1 GOLFFrom Page C1 In this May 2017 photo, Lhakpa Sherpa displays a ” ag from West Hartford, Conn., on the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal. Once a year, Sherpa heads back to her native Nepal to try and break her own record for successful summits of Mount Everest by a woman. [COURTESY OF LHAKPA SHERPA VIA AP] EVERESTFrom Page C1 opponents. Instead, the Eagles play a number of area teams in addition to powerhouses from around the state.They also take part in myriad around the country, including the prestigious Perfect Game Showdown in Emerson, Georgia and the Florida League High School Invi-tational in Sanford, which is put on by the Florida Collegiate Summer League.Our goal is to get our student athletes ready for the next level, on and off the field,Ž said Valencia. It doesnt matter if the next level is college or professional. We approach things with a college men-tality here. Just like in the classroom, where they take classes designed to challenge them, we schedule games that will test our players and help them become better players.Ž That approach, accord-ing to one of the Eagles top players, seems to be working.Ive been at Montverde Academy for three years now and there is no doubt that Im a better player and person because I came here,Ž said Eagles shortstop Nander De Sadas, who has already signed a national letter of intent with Florida State University. De Sadas will also likely be a first round draft pick in Major League Baseballs amateur draft in June.Ive gotten so much help here. We have great coaches, who are willing to work with us on and off the field. We play a tough schedule, which helps us grow as players and also gets a lot of exposure for us. Sometimes, I miss not being able to play for a state championship, but the advantages Ive gotten by going to school here outweigh that.ŽNot lost on De Sadas is the fact he plays the same position as the namesake of the Eagles ballpark, the programs best-known graduate. Lindor was chosen by the Cleveland Indians with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, the highest draft pick ever from a Lake County school.Valencia said Lindor still contributes to the program, often by showing up in the offseason to work out and speaking with players in the program.For De Sadas, any chance to speak with Lindor is an opportunity to learn more about the mindset needed to reach the major leagues, where he can paw at the same dirt between pitches as his predecessor and become the programs newest success story. Its really great to have someone like Francisco to look up to,Ž said De Sadas. He always encourages me to keep working hard. Even though hes a major leaguer, he still comes back and tries to help us get to (the major leagues).Hes one of the reasons our baseball program is as good as it is.ŽMontverde Academys comeback was sparked by a two-run, no-out homer to left by Alejandro Rodriguez to cut the IMG lead to 4-3. After Johann Campines scored the tying run on a two-out, bases-loaded walk.Eduardo Acosta then scored the game-winner on a second-straight bases-loaded walk.Saul Gonzalez picked up the win in relief for the Eagles. He pitched the seventh inning in relief of Eagles starter Kerry Wright and struck out the side.Jake Holland and Rodriguez homered for Montverde Acade. BASEBALLFrom Page C1


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Umpires„Home,JeremieRehak;First, GerryDavis;Second,PatHoberg;Third,Dan Iassogna.T„2:31.A„8,869(38,362).STATISTICAL LEADERSAMERICANLEAGUE RUNS: Gardner,NewYork, 17;Betts,Boston,16;Judge, NewYork,15;Trout,Los Angeles,15;Chapman, Oakland,14;Gregorius, NewYork,14;Simmons,Los Angeles,13;5tiedat12. RBI: Lowrie,Oakland,17; Gregorius,NewYork,16; Haniger,Seattle,15;Ramirez, Boston,15;Gallo,Texas,14; KDavis,Oakland,13;Martinez,Boston,13;GSanchez, NewYork,13;Trout,Los Angeles,13;2tiedat12. HOMERUNS: Gallo,Texas,6; Trout,LosAngeles,6;Chapman,Oakland,5;Davidson, Chicago,5;KDavis,Oakland, 5;Gregorius,NewYork,5;8 tiedat4. NATIONALLEAGUE RUNS: Harper,Washington,17;Albies,Atlanta, 16;SMarte,Pittsburgh,15; Pham,St.Louis,15;Cabrera, NewYork,14;Blackmon, Colorado,13;Goldschmidt, Arizona,13;Polanco,Pittsburgh,13;6tiedat12. RBI: Harper,Washington,17; Franco,Philadelphia,15;Martinez,St.Louis,15;Polanco, Pittsburgh,15;Baez,Chicago, 14;Blackmon,Colorado,13; Villanueva,SanDiego,13;8 tiedat12. HOMERUNS: Harper, Washington,8;Blackmon, Colorado,7;Villanueva,San Diego,6;4tiedat5. ROUNDUP/MATCHUPSBlueJays11,Royals3,1stgame: TorontosYangervisSolartedroveinfourruns. Tigers4,Orioles2: DetroitsVictorMartinezhomeredforthe“rsttimesinceAugust. Rockies2,Pirates0: ColoradosChadBettiscombinedwiththreerelieverson a“ve-hitter. AMERICANLEAGUE KansasCityatToronto,2ndgame Clevelandvs.MinnesotaatSanJuan,PuertoRico TexasatTampaBay ChicagoWhiteSoxatOakland BostonatL.A.Angels. HoustonatSeattle NATIONALLEAGUE WashingtonatN.Y.Mets PhiladelphiaatAtlanta CincinnatiatMilwaukee St.LouisatChicagoCubs SanFranciscoatArizona L.A.DodgersatSanDiego INTERLEAGUE MiamiatN.Y.YankeesTODAYSPITCHINGCOMPARISONNATIONALLEAGUE2018TEAM2017VSOPP PITCHERSTIMEW-LERARECW-LIPERA ColoradoFreeland(L)0-24.501-21-111.24.63 PittsburghKuhl(R)12:35p1-15.741-20-211.05.73 CincinnatiMahle(R)1-25.631-20-00.00.00 MilwaukeeDavies(R)1:40p0-26.750-31-119.23.20 St.LouisWeaver(R)2-02.082-10-13.024.00 ChicagoLester(L)2:20p1-04.403-02-130.22.93 WashingtonRoark(R)1-13.501-21-012.24.26 NewYorkMatz(L)7:10p1-13.772-10-114.02.57 PhiladelphiaVelasquez(R)1-13.522-10-07.00.00 AtlantaMcCarthy(R)7:35p2-03.313-00-05.07.20 SanFranciscoStratton(R)1-12.602-11-117.03.18 ArizonaRay(L)9:40p2-05.743-03-024.11.48 LosAngelesMaeda(R)1-12.081-11-220.05.85 SanDiegoRoss(R)10:10p2-13.502-10-00.00.00AMERICANLEAGUE2018TEAM2017VSOPP PITCHERSTIMEW-LERARECW-LIPERA TexasHamels(L)1-24.501-30-00.00.00 TampaBayFaria(R)1:10p0-18.180-30-00.00.00 BaltimoreGausman(R)1-16.602-10-07.01.29 DetroitBoyd(L)1:10p0-11.380-20-06.213.50 ChicagoFulmer(R)0-15.591-10-00.00.00 OaklandTriggs(R)3:35p1-02.872-10-00.00.00 KansasCityKennedy(R)1-11.001-20-15.03.60 TorontoHapp(L)4:07p2-13.942-10-113.11.35 ClevelandCarrasco(R)3-03.483-03-019.20.92 MinnesotaBerrios(R)7:10p2-12.182-11-07.21.17 BostonPorcello(R)3-01.833-01-114.13.77 LosAngelesSkaggs(L)10:07p2-01.693-00-00.00.00 HoustonCole(R)1-01.293-00-00.00.00 SeattleLeake(R)10:10p2-03.503-00-00.00.00 KEY: TEAMREC-TeamsRecordingamesstartedbytodayspitcher. VSOPP-Pitchersrecordversusthisopponent. BOXSCORESMONDAYSGAMES AmericanLeague BaltimoreatBoston,ppd. KansasCityatToronto,ppd. TampaBay8,Texas4 Oakland8,ChicagoWhiteSox1 Seattle2,Houston1 NationalLeague St.LouisatChicagoCubs,ppd. Colorado6,Pittsburgh2 Washington8,N.Y.Mets6 Atlanta2,Philadelphia1 Cincinnati10,Milwaukee4 L.A.Dodgers10,SanDiego3 Interleague N.Y.Yankees12,Miami1 THURSDAYSGAMES AmericanLeague BaltimoreatDetroit,1:10p.m. HoustonatSeattle,3:40p.m. TorontoatN.Y.Yankees,6:35p.m. BostonatL.A.Angels,10:07p.m. NationalLeague PittsburghatPhiladelphia,7:05p.m. N.Y.MetsatAtlanta,7:35p.m. MiamiatMilwaukee,8:10p.m. SanFranciscoatArizona,9:40p.m.BASEBALLCALENDARWEDNESDAY: Clevelandvs.Minnesotaat SanJuan,PuertoRico. MAY16-17: Ownersmeetings,NewYork. JUNE4: Amateurdraftstarts. JUNE15: Internationalamateursigning periodcloses. JULY2: Internationalamateursigning periodopens. JULY6: Lastdaytosignforamateur draftpickssubjecttodeadline. JULY17: All-StarGame,Washington. JULY29: HallofFameinductions, Cooperstown,N.Y. JULY31: Lastdaytotradeaplayer withoutsecuringwaivers. OCT.2-3: Wild-cardgames. DEC.10-13: Winterm eetings,LasVegas. TOPTEN A MERICANLEAGUE PlayerGABRHPct. MauerMin1034614.412 BettsBos14511618.353 JudgeNYY15571520.351 LowrieOak1770824.343 CanoSea14441215.341 HRamirezBos13511017.333 AndrusTex1452717.327 MoustakasKC1352917.327 GregoriusNYY15491416.327 AltuveHou1765921.323 NATIONALLEAGUE PlayerGABRHPct. GrandalLAD1243716.372 RFlahertyAtl1344716.364 MartinezStL1655520.364 CabreraNYM15591421.356 BryantChC1454919.352 DickersonPit14571020.351 HoskinsPhi15441015.341 DPeraltaAri12501117.340 HerreraPhi1453918.340 SwansonAtl1459720.339 ThroughApril16 Eyes onthe prize Padresstartingpitcher RobbieErlinpitches astheDodgersCorey Seagerbatsduringthe “rstinningofagame lateMondayinSan Diego.[GREGORYBULL/ THEASSOCIATEDPRESS]

PAGE 19 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 C5 RECREATIONTo submit news or notes for the weekly recreation page, contact Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at or 352-365-8204. Public invited to lawn bowling tournamentThe Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club will host a bowling tournament on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. as part of the month-long Lake Senior Games. The public is invited to observe the bowling games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet some of the clubs members and also try out the sport by rolling some bowls with the assistance of one of the clubs members.The Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club is located near the Lake-side Inn at 125 Edgerton Court. YMCA sports registration underwayRegistration is underway for two sports programs at the Golden Triangle YMCA in Tavares.Futsal, a version of indoor soccer, is for children from 5 years old through high school and will run from April 23-June 9. Cost is $80 for YMCA members and $125 for non-members.Futsal is played on a hard court and does not use walls or boards. The ball is heavier and smaller than a regular soccer ball, meaning it stays on the ground more and an emphasis is placed on footwork.The Rising Stars program is for children 3-4 years old and fea-tures T-Ball, basketball and soccer. The season runs from April 23-June 9 and costs $80 for YMCA members and $125 for non-members.Contact the YMCA at 352-343-1144 for more information. Leesburg registration for sports now underwayThe Leesburg Recreation Department is currently taking regis-tration for flag football (ages 5-15), Pop Warner football and cheerlead-ing (ages 5-14), prep basketball (ages 13-17) and adult flag football (ages 16 and up).For more information on any of the programs, visit http:/ or call 352-728-9885. Take a run through the park each SaturdayClermonts parkrun 5k takes place every Saturday from Lake Hiawatha Preserve Park promptly at 7:30 a.m. The Hiawatha Pre-serve is located on west side of Lake Minneola in Clermont.The address is 450 12th St., Clermont. The event is free and put on by volunteers each week and draws an average of about 75 runners a week. Participants are asked to register and print out a one-time parkrun barcode that is used for timing. Printing out the personal barcode is essential.For more information or to register, visit & NOTES By Paul Jenkinspaul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comLADY LAKE „ One moment the shots are dropping over the net with the deftest of touches, each side looking for the angles while keeping the ball in the kitchen, the area by the net where players are not allowed to venture until the ball bounces.This is how high-level pickleball matches are played, a finesse endeavor that calls for the ultimate skill in the sport.But once a shot bounces just that fraction of an inch too high, the game switches tenor in a moment. Gone is the finesse, replaced by high-speed volleys whis-tling back and forth and lightning reflexes by the players keeping the point alive.Welcome to the Lake Senior Games pickleball tournament.Playing on the perfect indoor courts at The Grand Oaks on Tuesday, the doubles teams of Dave Orf and Ron Rowe and Gary Nick Nicolay and George Freeman, all of The Villages, put on a clinic in the gold medal match of the 70-74 age group.Orf and Rowe walked away winners after an 11-4, 11-3 victory in the final, finishing up an undefeated run through the tournament. They were clearly the better team, at least on this day, but both teams left those watching impressed.And while the competition was fierce, it was also friendly. Pickleball players in general are known for usually keeping games in the spirit of a game that was invented as a fun backyard sport.At this stage of life, anytime you can still com-pete in a sport you have to have a little fire in your belly,Ž Orf said before the final. But its not life or death anymore. When youre done, win or lose, youre done and life goes on.ŽPerhaps that philosophy helps explain the camara-derie present at the Lake Senior Games. Even on the court, close calls are met with acceptance and no arguing while good shots by opponents are quickly applauded on the other side of the net.Its great to be out here and meeting new people who you can play with later,Ž said Mount Doras Elden McDirmit after winning a silver medal in the 60-64 age doubles bracket with partner Owen Mitchell. Id say 99.9 percent of the people you meet out here are great people and fun people you like to hang out with. Its like old home week out here because you see a lot of players youve seen at other places. Its just good fellowship.Ž Mitchell, also of Mount Dora, was adding to his medal haul after picking up a gold in singles play. Mitchell, who took fifth in singles at the state senior games last year, ended up knocking off the player who was runner-up in the state event last year in the Lake Senior Games singles final.I like playing singles because I know every ball is mine,Ž Mitchell said. Its more gruel-ing and theres a lot more running. Its just a completely different game. Singles is more about the groundstrokes and doubles is more about the net game.Ž But doubles is clearly more popular, par-ticularly at events like the Senior Games. Even play-ers who may have lost a step or two to Father Time can still compete at a high level in doubles.Im absolutely addicted to it,Ž said Lee Ann DErcole, of Lake Mary, before a doubles match. Its great physically and theres this wonderful social aspect to it. You meet so many nice people. I just wish I was better than I am.ŽShowing their skillsLarry Richert hits a shot during a pickleball match as part of the Lake Senior Games at Grand Oaks Resort in Lady Lake on Tuesday. [PAUL RYAN PHOTOS/ CORRESPONDENT] Pickleball hits high note at Lake Senior Games


C6 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | BUSINESS 2,500 2,600 2,700 2,800 2,900 OA NDJFM 2,560 2,640 2,720 S&P 500Close: 2,706.39 Change: 28.55 (1.1%) 10 DAYS 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,000 26,000 27,000 OA NDJFM 23,520 24,200 24,880 Dow Jones industrialsClose: 24,786.63 Change: 213.59 (0.9%) 10 DAYSAdvanced 2115 Declined 759 New Highs 104 New Lows 37 Vol. (in mil.) 3,172 Pvs. Volume 3,002 1,899 1,785 1938 889 114 26 NYSE NASDDOW 24858.97 24681.79 24786.63 +213.59 +0.87% +0.27% DOW Trans. 10687.01 10548.71 10592.56 -17.62 -0.17% -0.19% DOW Util. 702.43 691.47 700.24 +7.88 +1.14% -3.20% NYSE Comp. 12733.68 12665.49 12705.76 +77.55 +0.61% -0.80% NASDAQ 7298.59 7206.54 7281.10 +124.81 +1.74% +5.47% S&P 500 2713.34 2692.05 2706.39 +28.55 +1.07% +1.23% S&P 400 1922.12 1908.88 1917.36 +14.51 +0.76% +0.88% Wilshire 5000 28168.37 27789.89 28099.65 +302.54 +1.09% +1.10% Russell 2000 1582.99 1564.87 1579.80 +16.77 +1.07% +2.88% HIGH LOW CLOSE CHG. %CHG. 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Sea breeze at your door; Gypsy rains, dang hurricanes. A white silver, sandy shore.Ž Rodney C rowell, Stars on the WaterŽRecently I read about a device designed to cool and therefore weaken hurricanes known as the Salter Sink.Ž The device is essentially a massive floating ring which cycles warm surface water that sloshes into it down a few dozen meters to be cooled off, thereby draining the storm of some of its energy. If enough were deployed in the path of an oncoming storm, it might lower the power of hurricanes from a Category 5 to a Category 3. Is it cost effective and practical? I dont know. But until this or another method is perfected, hurricanes may be the only thing preventing the population of Florida and the Gulf Coast from swelling with new residents. Why? Taxes. One of the most significant sections in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local taxes (SALT) to $10,000. Several highly taxed states, including New Jersey, California, Connecticut and New York, are attempting a state tax law workaround. But the IRS may not like it. In New Jersey, the Legislature passed a law enabling cities to create charitable plans to pay for municipal projects. When taxpayers give money to those projects, they receive a 90 percent credit on their property taxes, thus allowing most homeowners to effectively deduct almost all of their property taxes. Multiple states already allow similar charitable deductions, but some say New Jerseys statute has been created to specifically avoid complying with the new tax law. When push reaches shove, I cant imagine the IRS smiling on such Legislation. New Jersey was one of the most highly taxed states before the recent tax overhaul. The state features the highest effective property tax rate in the nation. For the last 14 years, property taxes there have increased by an average of 2 percent annually. Last year residents of Tavistock, N.J. paid an average of $30,723 in property taxes. Yikes. They also pay state income tax at a rate of 6.37 percent on income over $75,000 and 8.97 percent state taxes on income over $500,000. Two years ago New Jersey raised its gas tax by 23 cents to 37.5 cents-per gallon. Thats right, per gallon. Twenty million residents paying moderate property taxes will create more revenue than a dwindling population paying exorbitant tax rates. As a states population grows, sales tax revenue increases, also. The steady influx into the Gulf Coast of folks from overtaxed states seeking to lower their tax bills is not likely to ebb anytime soon. If scientists ever invent the Hurricane Diverter, I-95 may not be able to handle the influx of new residents headed this way. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor OutlookŽ, is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management LLC.ARBOR OUTLOOKMosquitoes, palmettos and hurricanes Margaret McDowellMARKET WATCHDow 24,786.63 213.59 Nasdaq 7,281.10 124.82 S&P 2,706.39 28.55 Russell 1,579.80 16.77 NYSE 12,705.76 77.56COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,347.20 0.30 Silver 16.772 .110 Platinum 933.90 8.20 Copper 3.0750 .0165 Oil 66.52 0.30By Paul WisemanThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that rising trade tensions between the United States and China risk undermining a global economy that the IMF believes should otherwise grow sol-idly this year.The lending agency has kept its forecast for world-wide growth this year at 3.9 percent, which would be its fastest pace since 2011. But the IMFs chief econo-mist, Maurice Obstfeld, told reporters that this bright outlook could be derailed by a major trade conflict.Speaking at a news confer-ence, Obstfeld said the IMF had run economic simulations about the impact of a far-reaching trade war that would include across-theboard tariffs of 10 percent. The computer simulations, he said, showed a fairly sub-stantialŽ impact from tariffs of that magnitude.Global financial markets would likely also endure damage from rising threats of tariffs, Obstfeld said. Investors have already endured stomach-churning swings this year as markets have wildly in response to the perceived likelihood of a trade conflict, especially resulting from actions and statements by the Trump administration.Obstfeld said that while the IMF didnt take account of rising trade tensions in its baseline economic forecasts, the consequences could be serious enough to trigger an economic downturn.If you keep poking at the economic expansion, it could turn around and bite you,Ž Obstfeld said.There arent going to be any winners coming out of a trade war.Ž The IMF issued the update to its World Economic Out-look on the eve of spring meetings in Washington this week of the 189-nation IMF, the World Bank and the Group of 20 major economies.In its base forecast, the IMF predicted that trade would grow 5.1 percent this year, which would be the fastest pace since 2011.President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to protect U.S. industries from what he argues is unfair foreign competition, has slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. He has also proposed imposing tar-iffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports to punish Beijing for its aggressive attempts to obtain foreign technology.China has countered by pro-posing tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. products, including soybeans „ a highly valuable export for Americas farm belt „ and small aircraft. Trump has, in turn, ordered the U.S. trade representative to consider targeting up to an additional $100 billion in Chinese imports.The prospect of a trade war between the worlds two biggest economies has rattled financial markets for weeks. For now, though, the global outlook remains sunny, thanks to low borrowing rates and increasing trade and investment.The IMF predicted that the U.S. economy will grow 2.9 percent this year, up from the 2.7 percent it had forecast in January and from the 2.3 per-cent growth the economy achieved last year. The U.S. economy will benefit through 2020 from tax cuts that Pres-ident Donald Trump signed into law in December, the IMF predicts.The IMF upgraded its forecast for the 19-country eurozone to 2.4 percent „ which would be its best showing since 2007 „ and up from the 2.2 percent it predicted three months ago. The eurozone, which emerged only slowly from its 2011-2012 debt crisis, is expected to benefit from continued low rates. China is projected to grow 6.6 percent this year, decel-erating from 6.9 percent growth in 2017. The worlds second-biggest economy is attempting a transition from super-fast growth based on often-wasteful investment to slower but steadier growth built increasingly on consumer spending.A stern warning on tradeA container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland, April 12, in Oakland, Calif. [BEN MARGOT/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]MARKET MOVERS€ Tesla Inc.: Down $3.52 to $287.69 „ According to reports, the electric car maker again stopped production of its lower cost Model 3 sedan. € Net” ix Inc.: Up $28.28 to $336.06 „ The streaming video service said it gained more than 7 million subscribers in the “ rst quarter.BRIEFCASELONDONUK wages rising faster than pricesOfficial figures show that wages in Britain are rising faster than prices, a positive development for households that will likely fuel expecta-tions that the Bank of England will raise interest rates again next month.The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that average weekly earnings in the three months to February were up 2.8 percent from the year before. Thats above the 2.7 percent inflation recorded during the month and suggests that the immediate squeeze on household incomes, largely stoked by Britains vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union, has come to an end.The Bank of England has hinted it could raise its main interest rate to 0.75 percent at its May 10 meeting .HARTFORD, CONN. Sandy Hook families “ le suit against Infowars hostThe families of two children slain in the Sandy Hook Ele-mentary School massacre have filed lawsuits against right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for claiming the shooting in Connecticut did not happen.Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, the parents of Noah Pozner, filed separate defamation lawsuits seeking more than $1 million in damages. The suits were filed late Monday in Travis County, Texas, where Jones media company, InfoWars, is based.WASHINGTONSupreme Court dismisses Microsoft search caseThe Supreme Court has dis-missed a dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails the gov-ernment wanted as part of a drug trafficking investigation.The justices on Tuesday agreed with both the administration and Microsoft that last months pas-sage of the Cloud Act as part of a spending bill resolves the dispute and makes the courts intervention unnecessary. The Associated Press IMF: A major trade ri could imperil solid global economy


DEAR ABBY: Six years ago, my husband of 20 years was in a serious accident. He was placed on disability because of it. Because of the accident, he can't perform sexually because his "goods" don't work. I am many years younger than he is and still in my prime. I need and want the cuddling and intimacy I'm not getting and haven't gotten for years. I have thought about nding a friend with benets, but that's risky. I can't talk to him because he ips out and says, "Then leave!" I feel our marriage has become just a living arrangement. Talking to a counselor or a doctor is out because he will refuse. Please help. -LOST AND LONELY DEAR LOST AND LONELY: Your marriage doesn't have to be "just a living arrangement." Although sex may no longer be possible with your husband, there's no reason why there can't be cuddling, intimacy and affection. Talking to a licensed marriage and family therapist will be helpful for you, whether or not your husband agrees to go with you. DEAR ABBY: My wife, "Cheryl," and I have been married for 47 years. We are both over 70 and retired. Cheryl is a wonderful mother, grandmother, cook and more. We love to travel, dance, go to movies and play with our grandchildren. The issue is, she's very picky with the housekeeping and refuses to hire any help because she says nobody can do the job she does. I feel it's affecting our marriage because after she spends a full day once a week cleaning, she ends up exhausted and in a bad mood. I also feel guilty while she's doing all that work. I don't think either one of us should have to do it. We are well-off and can easily pay someone to come for a full day of cleaning once a week. I keep telling her, to no avail, that she can't keep doing it forever. I welcome your suggestions. -NEEDING HELP IN TEXAS DEAR NEEDING HELP: Cheryl may think what she's doing is being a good old-fashioned housewife. Enlighten her to the fact that you feel her compulsiveness is detrimental to your marriage. Try this: Tell her again you want her to give a housekeeper a chance. Repeat that you can afford it. Explain that if she's not satised after the person has cleaned, you won't argue if she puts the "nishing touches" on what the cleaner may have missed. If you hire someone efcient, there won't be a lot left for her to do, and she won't be exhausted.DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, "Troy," takes it as a personal offense that I won't share a hotel room with him and his younger son (age 15) when we go out of town to see his older son play college sports. Troy wants me to go to all of the games, but I have said I will only go when it's the 15-yearold's weekend to be at his mom's (Troy's two sons have different mothers). I am extremely uncomfortable sharing the same hotel room, and Troy refuses to get separate rooms. Do you agree that I'm unreasonable? -"BAD SPORT" IN OHIO DEAR "BAD SPORT": No, I do not. You should not be talked into doing anything that makes you uncomfortable, so stick to your guns. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. How to play: Fill in the blank squares with the numbers 1 through 9 so that each horizontal row, vertical column and nine-square sub-grid contains no repeated numbers. Puzzles range in diculty from one to six stars. The solution to todays puzzle will be in tomorrows paper. YESTERDAYS SOLUTION BRIDGE CRYPTOQUOTE HOROSCOPES TODAY IN HISTORY DIVERSIONS Marriage loses intimacy after accident disables husband HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018:This year you open up to many different possibilities. The unexpected occurs and forces you to deal with new situations and different types of answers. As a result, you will grow and understand your priorities better. If you are single, it might be difcult to build a long-term relationship, as so much is going on in your life. Toward your next birthday, you could be more successful with meeting Mr. or Ms. Right. If you are attached, the two of you share the ups and downs together. You will learn more and more about the art of communication. GEMINI has the gift of gab.ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) You will want to steer clear of uproar, especially when it involves your nances. Your witty personality emerges when discussing a problem. Know that you are capable of communicating your bottom line. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) You might be handling a personal problem well, but you also must deal with a money issue. Your hands are full, but you will step up to the plate. Others will get your message, though you probably will need to try a few different approaches. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Do not lose sight of your priorities. You might be mulling over a situation in your mind, as you arent quite ready to discuss it yet. You still might hold back until later in the afternoon, when your research on this matter gives you condence. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) You might wake up thinking about a friend or a specic errand that pleases you. You could be surprised by a loved ones response to an idea you have. Keep your opinions to yourself for now. You know how to use timing well, so do just that. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) The unexpected occurs. Try to gain a clearer understanding of what is happening. You are likely to open up more in order to see a specic situation differently. You will be able to empathize with those involved. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Pressure builds, and you arent quite sure why. The feeling that you need to perform to your highest level emerges. That knowledge could be difcult to handle, especially if you know that a boss is likely to be observing your behavior. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Youve come to understand what is motivating a partner. Detach from this person, and understand why he or she makes certain demands. Your interactions with this person will become a lot stronger as a result. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) You cannot minimize what is happening around you. Allow yourself to pull back some and observe, and it is likely to make a difference in how you proceed. You also will gain a new insight. A conversation about spending could be signicant. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) You might recognize that you need to be free to decide what works best for you. Play the next few days with a type of quiet observation. You suddenly could decide to jump ship, which might trigger a feeling of upset. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) Some self-discipline goes far for you, and allows you to approach a situation in a more dynamic way. Flow with the moment, and work on making a difference in a day-to-day matter. You could be much more in tune with a project than you realize. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20FEB. 18) Laugh and be more playful with others; encourage them to see the full dimension of their personalities. Opportunities stem from brainstorming with associates. Be careful with your word choice when explaining where you are coming from. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You could be out of sync as you try to resolve a problem with someone else. This person might not be up for a discussion, and will want to think through the issue on his or her own. Consider your options carefully before deciding how to proceed. | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 C7 TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, the 108th day of 2018. There are 257 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On April 18, 1938, Superman, AKA "The Man of Steel," made his debut as the rst issue of Action Comics (bearing a cover date of June) went on sale for 10 cents a copy. (In 2014, a nearly awless original copy was sold on eBay for $3.2 million.) ON THIS DATE: In 1775 Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning colonists that British Regular troops were approaching. In 1923 the rst game was played at the original Yankee Stadium in New York; the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1. In 1956 American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding took place the next day.) In 1966 "The Sound of Music" won the Oscar for best picture of 1965 at the 38th Academy Awards. The rst Major League baseball game played on AstroTurf took place at the Houston Astrodome as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Astros 6-3. In 1978 the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999.



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