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@dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Thursday, April 19, 2018 SPORTS | B1GATOR QBS HAVE WORK TO DO OVER THE SUMMER SPORTS | B1MORE HONORS ROLLING IN FOR HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS TEAMS SCENE | C1ON TAP THIS WEEKENDCelebrate the earth and ecology or look to the skies for planes in Tavares75 ¢ Opinion ...................... A9 Weather .....................A10 Sports ..........................B1 Scene ..........................C1 Comics ........................C4 Diversions .................... C5 Volume 142, Issue 109 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600President says Pompeos highly unusual meeting went smoothlyBy Matthew Lee and Zeke MillerThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said a good rela-tionship was formedŽ heading into the adversaries antici-pated summit.Mike Pompeos highly unusual talks went smoothly,Ž Trump tweeted, with details about a presiden-tial meeting within the next few months being worked out now.ŽDenuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!Ž Trump wrote while at his Florida estate, where he was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Trump had disclosed on Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea were holding direct talks at extremely high levelsŽ in preparation for a possible summit. He said five locations were under consid-eration for the meeting, which could take place by early June.Confirmation of Pompeos trip came later Tuesday from two officials, who were not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Trumps tweet said the meeting took place last week.Ž The Washington Post, which first reported the development, said it took Trump touts US-NKorea talksCIA Director Mike Pompeo testi“ es on his nomination to be the next secretary of state April 12 on Capitol Hill in Washington. [JACQUELYN MARTIN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield @dailycommercial.comLEESBURG „ Police on Monday arrested a 24-year-old man in the Saturday armed rob-bery of a Leesburg Krystal restau-rant, and he is suspected in about a half-dozen more.Dekeiveous Tadjai Stewart, of Leesburg, was charged with armed robbery and booked on a $75,000 bond. Police had asked for an elevated bond of $250,000.According to a prob-able cause report, police received a tip that Cops: Krystal gunman suspect in other heists Stewart By Alexandra Villarreal and David KoenigThe Associated PressPHILADELPHIA „ The investigation into a deadly engine failure on a Southwest jet is focusing on whether wear and tear caused a fan blade to snap off, triggering a catastrophic chain of events that killed a passenger and broke a string of eight years without a fatal accident involving a U.S. airliner.From investigators initial findings, the accident appears remarkably similar to a failure on another Southwest plane two years ago „ an event that led the engine manufac-turer and regulators to push for ultrasonic inspections of fan blades on engines like the one that blew apart at 32,500 feet over Pennsylvania on Tuesday.Investigators look at engine wear and tear in jet tragedyNational Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday. [NTSB VIA AP] By Michael GraczykThe Associated PressHOUSTON „ They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17. Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becom-ing the longest-married couple in presidential history.George Bush knows how I feel,Ž Barbara Bush had said. He is the hero ... He is my hero.ŽFormer first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. George H.W. Bush was at his wifes side when she died and had been holding her hand all day, according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the former presidents office in Houston.The couples relationship was a true love story, which granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager described Monday as remarkable.ŽThe former president still says, I love you Barbie every night,Ž Hager said on NBCs TodayŽ, where she works. They had six children, includ-ing Hagers father, former president George W. Bush, making Barbara Bush one of only two first ladies to also be a presidential mother. The other was Abigail Adams, wife George and Barbara Bush: A storybookŽ marriageIn this Jan. 21, 1985, “ le photo, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, right, stand with Vice President George Bush and Barbara Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington. [BOB DAUGHERTY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] See TRUMP, A6 See SUSPECT, A6See JET, A7 See BUSH, A7


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Tuesday, April 17 Mega Millions: 12-34-44-47-6522 x4 Lucky Money: 11-18-31-43-3 Fantasy 5: 1-21-23-30-35 Wednesday, April 18 Pick 5 Afternoon: 2-8-9-2-8 Pick 4 Afternoon: 6-1-7-7 Pick 3 Afternoon: 1-1-2 Pick 2 Afternoon: 1-5LOTTERY By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea RodriguezThe Associated PressHAVANA „ Cuba on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the countrys single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who cre-ated it.The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the countrys highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, desig-nated by the constitution as the superior guiding force of society and the state.Ž As a result, Castro is almost certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being. His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symboli-cally charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and, for the last decade, his younger brother.Nominated as new first vice president was Salvador Valdes Mesa, a 72-year-old Afro-Cuban former union official who has held a long series of high posts in the Cuban government. The governments official Candidacy Commission also nominated another five vice presidents of the Council of State, Cubas highest government body. Only one of the five, 85-year-old Ramiro Valdez, was among the revo-lutionaries who fought with the Castros in the eastern Sierra Maestra mountains.Facing biological reality, Raul Castro is working to ensure a smooth transi-tion from him and his small group of former guerrillas to a new generation that can maintain the govern-ments grip on power in the face of economic stagnation, an aging population and waning revolutionary fervor among Cuban youth attuned more to global consumer culture than the anti-capitalist, nationalist messaging of the state-run media.That media went into overdrive Wednesday with a single message: Cubas system is continuing in the face of change. Commentators on state television and online offered lengthy explanations of why Cubas single-party politics and socialist economy are superior to multi-party democracy and free markets, and assured Cubans that no fundamental changes were occurring, despite some new faces at the top.It falls on our genera-tion to give continuity to the revolutionary process,Ž said assembly member Jorge Luis Torres, a municipal council-man from central Artemisa province who appeared to be in his 40s. Were a generation born after the revolution, whose respon-sibility is driving the destiny of the nation.ŽMost Cubans know their first vice president as an unremarkable speaker who initially assumed a public profile so low it was virtually nonexistent. Until March, Diaz-Canel had said nothing to the Cuban people about the type of president he would be. The white-haired, generally unsmiling Diaz-Canel had been seen at greatest length in a leaked video of a Communist Party meeting where he somberly pledged to shutter some independent media and labeled some European embassies as outposts of foreign subversion.That image has begun to change slightly this year as Diaz-Canel stepped into the moderate limelight offered by Cubas Soviet-style state media. With his public comments in March, many Cubans got a glimpse of him as a flesh-pressing local politician, an image famil-iar to residents of the central province where he was born and spent nine years in a role akin to a governor.Castro entered the National Assembly just after 9 a.m. accompanied by a broadly smiling Diaz-Canel.The 604 assembly mem-bers were sworn in „ a 605th was absent „ then voted for the president and vice president of the legisla-tive body itself. The result of the votes for president and vice presidents and other national leaders is expected to be officially announced Thursday, the anniversary of the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion defeated by Cuban forces in 1961.As in Cubas legislative elections, all of the leaders being voted in on Wednesday are selected by a government-appointed commission. Ballots offer only the option of approving or disapproving the official candidate. Candidates gen-erally receive more than 90 percent of the votes in their favor.Fidel Castro was prime minister and president from 1959 until he fell ill in 2006. Although Osvaldo Dorticos was president of Cuba during Fidel Castros time as prime minister, he was con-sidered a figurehead beside the man who led Cubas revolution, forged its single-party socialist system and ruled by fiat.Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, selected as next president of CubaBy Michael R. SisakThe Associated PressNORRISTOWN, Pa. „ As prosecutors wound down their case, jurors at Bill Cosbys sexual assault retrial Wednesday heard the comedians explosive testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex „ an old admission thats taken on new significance after a half-dozen women testified that he drugged and violated them.A police detective read a transcript of the 2005 testimony as prosecutors saved for the very end of their case Cosbys own words about using the 1970s party drug the same as a person would say, Have a drink.ŽCosby, now 80, is being retried on charges he drugged and molested chief accuser Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He says their encounter was consensual.The defense was expected to begin its case Wednesday afternoon. Cosbys lawyer told the jury in his opening state-ment last week that Constand was a con artistŽ who lev-eled false allegations of sexual assault in hopes of getting a financial windfall from the comedian.Cosby sat for a deposition conducted in 2005 and 2006 after Constand filed suit against him, eventually settling the case for nearly $3.4 million. The deposition was hidden from public view until 2015, when The Associ-ated Press petitioned to have it unsealed, leading prosecutors to reopen the criminal case.Jurors at Cosbys first trial last year also heard excerpts from the deposition but deadlocked on sexual assault charges.In a transcript read to the jury Wednesday, the Cosby ShowŽ star said he obtained seven prescriptions for quaaludes from his doctor in Los Angeles in the 1970s, ostensibly for a sore back, but added he didnt use them himself because they made him tired.Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with, and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case,Ž Cosby testified, accord-ing to the transcript.The sedative was banned in the U.S. in 1982, the same year one of the women who testified, Janice Baker-Kinney, alleges Cosby knocked her out with pills she suspected to be quaaludes and then raped her.Cosbys lawyers sought Wednesday to minimize the importance of his quaaludes testimony. Defense attorney Kathleen Bliss underscored that most of that testimony pertained to the 1970s, and a police detective acknowledged during cross-examination that authorities didnt find quaalu-des in a search of Cosbys home after Constand went to police.Prosecutors also unleashed other passages from Cosbys graphic deposition, includ-ing his accounts of purported sexual encounters with Constand and how he apologized to her mother a year later for being a dirty old man with a young girl.ŽThey used another of Cosbys statements, one he gave to police in 2005, to show how he described the encounter for which he is facing aggravated indecent assault charges that could send him to prison for years.Cosby said he gave Constand 1 tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax, then fondled her breasts and genitals, according to a police transcript that jurors heard Tuesday.Cosby said Constand never told him to stop. He has main-tained that the encounter was consensual.We are petting. I enjoyed it,Ž Cosby 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, penetrating her with his fingers and guiding her hand to his penis. Cosby told police he didnt remember whether Constand touched his genitals.Before jurors began hearing Cosbys testimony about quaaludes, prosecutors on Wednesday called to the wit-ness stand Judith Regan, who published Cosby accuser Janice Dickinsons memoir.Regan testified the model told her she was drugged and raped by Cosby and was insis-tent that the story be included in her 2002 memoir, No Life-guard on Duty.Ž She told jurors that Dickinson was upset the companys legal department wouldnt let them print such an explosive story without a corroborating witness. Jurors hear Bill Cosbys testimony about quaaludes, sexA car drives by a billboard that reads in Spanish It was, is and will be done,Ž with a picture of Cubas President Raul Castro on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba on Wednesday. Cubas legislature opened the two-day session that is to elect a successor to President Castro. [AP PHOTO/DESMOND BOYLAN] Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial, Wednesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. [AP PHOTO/MATT SLOCUM]

PAGE 3 | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 BEST BETS FOR TODAYACUPUNCTURE WITH ANITA: At 10:30 a.m. at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howey-in-the-Hills. Learn how acupuncture can help in your daily life. Call Tara Hall at 352-324-0254 for information. WASTE COLLECTION EVENT: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Maintenance Area 1 parking lot, 2310 Grif“ n Road in Leesburg. Lake County residents can dispose of household hazardous waste and unwanted medications. Go to lakecounty” .gov/hazardouswaste or call 352-343-3776. SUPER JAM: At 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. With OBO band and other select performers. Go to for tickets and information. FLORIDA LAKES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At 7:30 p.m. at Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, 1724 South Bay St. in Eustis. Home on the Range. Go to FloridaLakesSymphonyOrchestra. com for tickets and information.NEWS BRIEFSSORRENTOSorrento man accused of stealing copper from vacant businessA man was arrested Tuesday after claiming he had permis-sion to remove copper wire from a vacant building, police say.According to the Lake County Sheriffs Office, deputies responded to a call around 2:25 p.m. about a suspicious man stripping copper from a vacant business at 24013 State Road 46 in Sor-rento. Officers found James B. Combee, 55, of Sorrento, nearby riding a bicycle.Combee said a man gave him permission to take the copper wire about three weeks prior because the building was about to be demolished.Deputies contacted the owner of the building, who said nobody had permission to remove the copper. The owner told police about $500 of wiring was missing and more than $500 worth of damage was done to the building.Combee was charged with grand theft and criminal mis-chief and booked into the Lake County Jail on a $2,000 bond.GROVELANDGroveland woman jailed when custody “ ght leads to actual “ ghtA Groveland woman was hit with a battery of charges Tuesday when she allegedly burst into her mother-inlaws home to retrieve her child, then fought with depu-ties who arrived minutes later to quiet the melee. According to an arrest report, Elizabeth Rose Parker, 26, went to her mother-in-laws home where her ex-husband lives with their child. She forced her way in, threw the mother-in-law to the floor and tried to pick up the child but couldnt because the child was too large. She then put the mother-in-law in a bear hug and squeezed her to keep her from calling 911.When deputies arrived, Parker was reportedly combative. She screamed, cursed, punched one deputy twice and twisted his hand to prevent him from handcuffing her. She continued to fight when she was brought to the Lake County Jail.She was charged with bur-glary, battery, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and inter-fering with child custody.It was the second time Parker had come up against law enforcement Tuesday. One of the arresting deputies reported that EMS had called earlier in the day because Parker was confused from smoking methamphetamine.Parker Combee Prosecutors cite mishandled sobriety test on country music artistBy Frank Stanfield frankstanfield@ dailycommercial.comEUSTIS … Prosecutors have dropped a DUI charge against country music artist Michael Ray, citing the fail-ure of police to properly administer roadside sobriety tests, and they did not inform him that they were switching from an accident to a criminal investigation, according to a memo they issued on the case.Ray, 29, a Eustis native whose real name is Michael Ray Roach, was arrested on Dec. 20, when the car he was driving hit another vehicle at McDonalds on South Bay Street. He said his foot slipped off the brake pedal, according to a police report.Roach was charged with DUI and possession of mar-ijuana (THC hashish oil). After investigating the case, DUI against Michael Ray droppedCountry singer Michael Ray performs at CFE Arena on Feb. 5, 2016 in Orlando. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] Amendments include bans on greyhound racing, vaping and drillingBy John KennedyGateHouse Capital BureauTALLAHASSEE „ Adding eight more proposed amend-ments to the November ballot, the Florida Constitu-tion Revision Commission is throwing a handful of politi-cal wild cards into an already epic election season.The CRC wrapped up a years work late Monday by approving measures that could shape the future of schools, the environment, who runs for office in Florida and even dog racing.Some of the items could drive voters to the polls in numbers that affect the outcome of such topof-the-ballot contests as Republican Gov. Rick Scotts effort to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, and the hotly contested Florida governors race, experts say.Five proposed constitutional amendments already were on the Novem-ber ballot „ put there by the Legislature and through petition drives.It depends on who comes out to campaign,Ž said Com-missioner Brecht Heuchan. There are some entrenched groups that do like one amendment or another „ and then, of course, others that dont. Campaigns will be waged.ŽAlready, a proposal viewed as making it easier to expand charter schools by taking them out of the control of local school boards is draw-ing criticism from the Florida Education Association, the states largest teachers union.Another talked about a measure that asks voters to ban dog racing at Florida tracks „ which critics con-demn as inhumane „ already looks bound for a court challenge from the Florida Greyhound Association, an industry group.Voters to weigh 13 ballot proposalsSchool shooting survivor says companies support gun manufacturersBy Freida FrisaroAssociated PressMIAMI „ A survivor of a mass shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school in February is calling for a boycott of two of what he says are the biggest inves-tors in gun manufacturers: BlackRock and The Van-guard Group.Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior David Hogg used the hashtags #BoycottVanguard and #BoycottBlackrock in a Tuesday tweet.Both companies said in statements Wednesday that they offer clients opportunities to select funds that do not include gun manufacturers.Carolyn Wegemann, a spokeswoman for The Vanguard Group, which handles 401 (K) retirement fund plans for many companies including The Hogg calls for boycott of investment rmsDavid Hogg, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, is calling for a boycott of two of what he says are the biggest investors in gun manufacturers. [AP PHOTO / ANDREW HARNIK] By Adriana Gomez LiconAssociated PressMIAMI „ The political transition in Cuba is bringing no joy to exiles in Florida, who say they expect nothing to change after Raul Castro steps down as president.Cuban-Americans who left the island in waves of migration since Fidel Cas-tro's 1959 revolution are skeptical that Cuba's next nominal leader will actu-ally be in charge.The National Assembly began a meeting Wednes-day where Raul Castro plans to hand the presidency to a chosen successor. For the Cubas transition bringing no joy to its exilesGreyhounds run hard on March 30, 2016, at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room. [DAVID TUCKER/GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] A man wearing a shirt with the stars and stripes sits on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday. [AP PHOTO / DESMOND BOYLAN] See PROPOSALS, A4 See DUI, A4 See CUBA, A4 See HOGG, A10


A4 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Kambrea Smith, 26, of Fruitland Park, FL, was born June 25, 1991. She transitioned from labor to reward on April 8, 2018. The family will receive friends 5:00 … 7:00P.M., Friday, April 20, 2018 at Bible Teachers International, 2005 Johns Street, Leesburg, FL. A Celebration of Life will convene 2:30P.M., Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Leesburg High School Auditorium, 1401 Yellow JacketWay, Leesburg, FL. Final interment will be in the Lone Oak Cemetery, Leesburg, FL. Professional services entrusted to Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, Leesburg, FL (352)435-9326. On-line condolences may be placed at www. rockercusackmortuary. comKambrea Renee Smith Sheriff, Noel E. Grif“n Jr.Sheriff, Noel E. EvvieŽ Grif“n Jr. (Lake County Florida Retired) 89, passed away on April 16, 2018. He was a lifetime resident of Eustis where he lived on the Grif“n Ranch that his Great Grandfather started. He was known by family and many friends as EvvieŽ, the nickname that he acquired as a young boy when he would answer the telephone and tried to say his name as Noel Edward. He attended the University of Florida for two years after graduating from Eustis High School in 1947. After serving two years in the Navy Reserve he started working as a Lake County Deputy Sheriff for Sheriff Willis V. McCall. At that time, there were only “ve deputies working the whole county. He also worked as a Special Investigator for the Brevard County Sheriffs Of“ce. He then returned to Lake County and worked for Sheriff Guy Bliss. Evvie was elected Lake County Sheriff in 1981 and served two terms until 1989. Sheriff Grif“n was instrumental in bringing the Sheriffs Of“ce up to the standards of the 1980s and in getting better pay and working conditions for the deputies and the Lake County Jail employees. He was a past Director of the Florida Sheriffs Association, a lifetime member of the Eustis Elks Lodge and a Charter Member of the Clermont Moose Club. After retirement from law enforcement he went back to working the Grif“n Ranch. Evvie loved Lake County and was very proud to be a resident. He will be deeply missed by his wife Peggy, they have been married for 30 years, his children; Noel E. Grif“n III and his wife Perri of St. Augustine, Monte Grif“n and his wife Nicole of Sorrento, and his daughter Debra Faye, grandsons; Noel E. SonnyŽ Grif“n IV, Drew Grif“n, Josh Grif“n and Jake Grif“n, three step children; Colon Bowden, Robert Bowden and Debbie Story. Richard Pettis has been the Foreman of the Grif“n Ranch for many years and loved and respected Evvie as his own father. Graveside services will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Eustis at 11 AM on Friday, April 20th with Rev. Brooks Braswell of“ciating. A reception will follow the graveside service at Lake Receptions, 4425 North Hwy 19 A, Mount Dora, FL 32757 In lieu of ”owers please send memorials to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778. You may share your own special thoughts and memories by visiting Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors 326 E. Orange Avenue, Eustis. 352-357-4193. Ben GoodenBen Gooden, 64, of Yalaha, died Monday April 16, 2018. Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, Leesburg, FL. Bruce Michael Kosmala, Sr., 42, of Mount Dora, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018. Born in Oneida, New York, he moved to Central Florida in 1986 and attended Eustis High School. Bruce worked in construction as a Roofer and Flooring Installer. He enjoyed tinkering with old cars and “shing. He is survived by Mother, Virginia G. Jordan of Mount Dora, FL; Father, John Jordan of Weirsdale, FL; Birth-Father, Philip Dale Kosmala of Indiana; Daughter, Destany Page Kosmala of Altamonte Springs, FL; Son, Bruce M. Kosmala, Jr. of Eustis, FL; Brother, Christopher Lee Kosmala of Spokane, WA; Sister, Sherrie Laura Jordan of Coeur dAlene, ID; 2 nieces, 3 nephews and numerous extended family. The family will receive friends at the Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 4:00 PM till 7:00 PM. Funeral services and Interment will be held in New York. Online Guestbook available at Arrangements by Harden/ Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis.Bruce Michael Kosmala, Sr. Funeral Services Funeral Servicesfirst time in nearly six decades, Cubans are about to see what its like without a Castro at the top.But Raul will remain as first secretary of the Communist Party, and the diaspora in Florida says the change is mean-ingless without free and fair elections.Lets be clear about something: This is a farce, like those the Cuban government has long orchestrated,Ž said Julio Cesar Alfonso, president of Solidarity without Bor-ders, an organization that has assisted Cuban doctors who have defected. I do not believe that this will lead to any change that favors the freedom or life of Cubans here or on the island.ŽSome of the Cubans who either fled politi-cal repression or sought better futures by making new homes in Miami get offended that theyre even being asked about this transition, because theyre so convinced nothing will change.At 74, Manuel Diaz doesnt hold much hope. The revolution shook his world when he was 16. It was Christmas in 1958 when guerrillas defeated the army forces in his town of Palma Soriano. He flew out of Havana with his family the following year, leaving behind their house and his grandparents. When he gets nostalgic, he goes online trying to locate his childhood home in this mountainous town near Santiago de Cuba.But the satellite images dont show much, and he says he doesnt yearn to visit his homeland.If Raul Castro steps down, it means noth-ing to me because I have nothing to go back to Cuba for,Ž he said.Cubas only official candidate is 57-yearold Miguel Diaz-Canel, all but assuring hell be the next president. He was smiling broadly Wednesday as he entered the National Assembly at Raul Castros side.In Miamis Little Havana neighborhood, a small group gathered at the iconic Cafe Versailles, playing Celia Cruz songs and holding signs calling Diaz-Canel a poisonous rat.Ž CUBAFrom Page A3the State Attorneys Office has dropped the DUI charge in exchange for reckless driving. A Eustis police officer stated in his report that Roach had blood-shot eyes, slurred speech, he stumbled while walking and smelled of alcohol.ŽRoach, who reportedly told officers he was coming from a bar, agreed to take a field sobriety test but refused to take an alcohol breath test.Investigators looking at police cameras reported that the officer did not give proper instructions for a walk-and-turn test. He told Roach to keep his arms by his side but did not tell him to look at his feet, to count each step aloud or to ensure that he touched heel-to-toe,Ž prosecutors say.He also failed to give proper instructions for the one-leg stand. As instructed, this exercise was of no evidentiary value.ŽThe officer said Roach passed the finger-to-nose exercise. He failed to give proper instructions for that test, too, according to the State Attorney report.Another officer administered a horizontal-gazeŽ test but she is not a drug recog-nition expert and would not be able to testify as to what she observed,Ž the memo stated.People who refuse to take a breath test are subject to having their license suspended in a Department of Highway Safety Motor Vehicle hearing.At that hearing on Jan. 23, the arresting officer said he did not advise Roach that he was switching from an accident investigation to a criminal investiga-tion. This would result in all of the statements by the defendant being suppressed,Ž the State Attorney memo said.The Department of Motor Vehicles could not be reached to deter-mine if Roachs license was suspended.Three witnesses at the Ruby Street Grille were subpoenaed. They said Roach did not appear drunk, consumed only one drink, and it was with dinner. He told his friends he was tired from traveling.Two police body cam-eras failed to preserve any visual evidence of impairment,Ž the report noted.The video that inves-tigators saw seemed to show Roach perform reasonably well under the circumstances,Ž that he appeared steady on his feet and his speech was not impaired.Because of the lim-ited nature of the driving pattern that resulted in the accident and the defendants reasonable explanation therefore, a jury is unlikely to con-sider it to be evidence of impairment.ŽOn April 12, the Eustis Police Department issued a statement.The ƒdepartment has just learned that the Lake County State Attorneys Office made the decision not to file the misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence against Michael Ray Roach. When officers affect an arrest, the arrest is based on probable cause. In this case, probable cause for DUI was established by our officer.The State Attorneys Office has a greater burden of proof in order to proceed to the trial level. We work closely with the Lake State Attorneys Office and respect their recommendations and decisions.ŽRoachs attorney could not be reached for comment.Reckless driving is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail. The drug charge is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Police said they found the hash oil in a bottle in his pocket, and Roach acknowledged that it was his.Roach, whose new album comes out June 1, has had several hit songs, including Get to You,Ž Kiss You In the Morning,Ž Think A Little Less,Ž Run Away With YouŽ and Real Men Love Jesus.Ž Shortly after the incident last year, he issued a statement to fans.I want to apologize to my fans, family, and my hometown commu-nity for placing myself in this situation. I am so very sorry for the disap-pointment these events have caused everyone. I know it will take time; however, I will do everything I can to rebuild your trust.Ž DUIFrom Page A3This is going to put people out of business,Ž said Jim Blanchard, orga-nization president and a kennel owner who runs dogs in Bonita Springs. Were headed to court.ŽA provision that would ban offshore oil and gas exploration in Florida also is predicted to draw many new voters to the polls.Millennials and Generation X voters are very drawn to environmental issues, and offshore oil-drilling has been one of the most talked-about ideas in Florida,Ž said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist. Youre going to see a lot of people show-ing up for the first time to vote on this.ŽFor any proposal to become law, it has to win the support of more than 60 percent of voters in November.The CRC convenes every 20 years and is composed of 37 members, most appointed by the governor, House speaker and Senate president „ currently all Republicans. In 1998, of the nine proposals that went on the ballot, eight were approved, but only five achieved the 60 percent-plus standard enacted by voters in 2006.Like two decades ago, the CRC approved bundling different ideas together in the proposed amendments, creating the likelihood that some voters will encounter proposals they both sup-port and oppose in a single amendment.Here are the eight mea-sures the CRC added to the ballot:Victims rights and judges: Crime victims rights would be established and the mandatory retire-ment age for judges would climb from 70 to 75.First responder and higher education: Requires death benefits paid to law enforcement officers, paramedics, correctional officers and Florida National Guard killed on duty. A governance system for state and community colleges would be established, and a supermajority vote of university boards would be needed to raise student fees.Schools: Eight-year term limits created for school board members; a new statewide board would approve charter schools; and civic literacy taught in schools.Offshore oil-drilling and vaping: Oil and gas-drill-ing would be banned in state waters and vaping banned from indoor workplaces.State and local government: All charter county governments would have elected officers; creates Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism.Property rights, obsolete law: Would remove outdated constitutional references to alien land restrictions and high-speed rail.Ethics: New six-year lobbying bans for elected officials.Dog racing: Greyhound racing would be banned after 2020. PROPOSALSFrom Page A3

PAGE 5 | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A5By Zeke Miller and Jill ColvinAssociated PressPALM BEACH „ Presi-dent Donald Trump said Wednesday during a second day of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he wants to see free, fair and recip-rocal tradeŽ between the two countries and a whit-tling away of the trade deficit.We have a very big deficit, and were going to weed that down and hopefully get a balance at some point in the not-too-distant future,Ž Trump said. The U.S. trade defi-cit with Japan last year was $56.1 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.During Abes two-day visit, Trump appeared to be seeking to reassure him of the pairs close alliance as the president prepares for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Abe spent Wednesday morning golfing at one of Trumps nearby courses in their latest show of golf diplomacy,Ž and U.S. officials signaled Tuesday that Trump could be open to exempting Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs that Abe opposes.There was at least one area where he and Abe would have to agree to dis-agree: the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade agreement that Trump pulled the U.S. out of days after his inauguration but recently said he might be open to rejoining.While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I dont like the deal for the United States,Ž Trump tweeted Tuesday, following a dinner with Abe and their respective wives at Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort. Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesnt work. Bilateral deals are far more efficient, profitable and better for OUR workers.ŽThe Trump-Abe summit has played out amid grow-ing tensions between the two countries over North Korea and trade. Japan has raised concerns that the U.S. might press Kim only on long-range missiles that could hit the mainland United States „ and not on the shortand medium-range missiles that pose an immediate threat to Japan „ as they discuss North Koreas nuclear weapons program.Japan has also been questioning why it wasnt granted exemptions to Trumps protectionist measures on steel and alu-minum when most other key U.S. allies „ among them Australia, Canada, the European Union and Mexico „ have been. Abe on Tuesday praised Trump for his courage in agreeing to meet with Kim and suggested he and Trump had already come to terms on several issues.Speaking through a translator during one of their meetings, Abe said that he and Trump had had very in-depth discussionsŽ on both North Korea and economic issues and that on those two pointsŽ they had successfully forged a mutual understanding.ŽThe two did not reveal what those agreements were, but Abe had been expected to urge Trump to exempt Japan from the tariffs and press him on the missile issue.Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, had said earlier Tuesday that issuing Japan the waiver was on the table,Ž but he declined to say what Trump would ask for in return.The talks came amid news that CIA Director Mike Pompeo had recently traveled in secret to North Korea to meet with Kim ahead of a U.S.-North Korea summit planned in the next two months. Two officials confirmed the trip to The Associated Press on condition of anonym-ity because they were not authorized to discuss the visit publicly.Trump cites very big de cit with Japan during Abe visitPresident Donald Trump, right, speaks during a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, at Trumps private Mar-a-Lago club Wednesday in Palm Beach. [AP PHOTO/PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS]


A6 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comStewart had robbed Krystal. The tipster said Stewart was wearing similar shoes to the robber and had no money before the incident but was looking for a ride to Walmart later Saturday. Stewart reportedly went to Walmart and purchased a PlayStation 4 and large rug with cash.Police seized the game system and a. 22-caliber revolver in a search warrant.The revolver is a key piece of evidence. Lt. Joe Iozzi described it Tuesday as distinctive.ŽThe gunman threatened a cashier and the manager at Krystal with the gun. After taking money from a cash reg-ister, he turned to the manager and said, I know you have the codes to the safe,Ž according to the arrest paperwork.The manager gave him two bank bags from the safe.The manager described the gun as an old silver-incolor revolver that has black spots on it,Ž according to the report. The manager added that there was a counterfeit $20 bill in the bank bag.ŽThe gunman said thank youŽ to both women and then left.Information from the tipster led to a woman who said Stewart gave her a $20 counterfeit bill to take her to Wal-Mart. She said he bought a PlayStation 4. Store security video shows Stewart buying the game. After dropping him off, she said he called her to say he left something in the back seat. It was two bank bags.Police using a bloodhound behind Krystal located items of clothing described by res-taurant workers. They have been sent to a crime lab for DNA analysis. They also col-lected fingerprints in the restaurant.Police believe Stewart was also involved in the armed rob-bery of the Family Food Mart on Dixie Avenue on April 9.Officers arrested 23-yearold Leonard Dale Bostic of Lady Lake, but a second man has not been arrested. A store camera shows one of the men holding the distinctiveŽ handgun.Bostic is free on a $50,000 bond.Stewart is also suspected of robbing Kentucky Fried Chicken near Krystal on U.S. Highway 441 and B&M Superette on Montclair, Iozzi said.Last March, a woman in Tavares told police that Stew-art and a woman pushed her to the ground and stole the rental car she was driving. The car was later recovered in the Miami area, supposedly riddled with bullet holes,Ž according to a police report.The State Attorneys Office dropped grand theft auto and battery charges in that case.The defendant has an extensive criminal history, to include three counts of burglary, two counts of theft, fleeing and eluding and resisting without violence,Ž according to the affidavit. SUSPECTFrom Page A1place over Easter weekend „ just over two weeks ago, shortly after Pompeo was nominated to become secretary of state. Two White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive discus-sions, confirmed Wednesday that the trip took place over Easter weekend.Kims offer for a summit was initially conveyed to Trump by South Korea last month, and the president shocked many by accepting it. U.S. officials indicated over the past two weeks that North Koreas gov-ernment had communicated directly with Washington that it was ready to discuss its nuclear weapons program.It would be the first-ever summit between the U.S. and North Korea during more than six decades of hostility since the Korean War. North Koreas nuclear weapons and its capability to deliver them by ballistic missile pose a growing threat to the U.S. mainland.The U.S. and North Korea do not have formal diplomatic relations, complicating the arrangements for contacts between the two govern-ments. It is not unprecedented for U.S. intelligence officials to serve as a conduit for com-munication with Pyongyang.In 2014, the then-director of U.S. national intelligence, James Clapper, secretly vis-ited North Korea to bring back two American detainees. China, North Koreas clos-est ally, said it welcomes direct contact and talks between the U.S. and North Korea after news emerged of Pompeos meeting with Kim.Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing Wednesday that Beijing hopes the two sides will work on a political resolution of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and set up a peace mechanism. At a Senate hearing last week on his nomination, Pompeo played down expectations for a breakthrough deal on ending North Koreas nuclear weapons program at the planned summit, but said it could lay the ground-work for a comprehensive agreement on denuclearization.Im optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the presi-dent and the North Korean leader can have that conversation and will set us down the course of achieving a dip-lomatic outcome that America and the world so desperately need,Ž Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. TRUMPFrom Page A1

PAGE 7 | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A7of John Adams, the nations second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.George H.W. Bush, 93, has described the mother of their six children as the mainstay, of course, the parent who was always there to help solve the daily problems and emergencies of teen and preteen life.ŽIn her 1994 memoir, Barbara Bush describes her and her husband as the two luck-iest people in the world, and when all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family and friends. We have been inordinately blessed, and we know that.ŽTheir first meeting left an indelible impression on young George Bush.Im not much at recalling what people wear, but that particular occasion stands out in my memory,Ž he says in his autobiography.The band was playing Glenn Miller tunes and he asked a friend from Rye, New York, if he knew the girl across the room in the green and red holiday dress. The friend introduced him to Barbara Pierce, a publish-ers daughter from Rye who was going to school in South Carolina. The next song was a waltz.Since I didnt waltz, we sat the dance out. And several more after that, talking and getting to know each other,Ž George H.W. Bush said. It was a storybook meeting.ŽWithin eight months, theyd met each others families, were engaged in August 1943 and married Jan. 6, 1945, four months after Bush was shot down over the Pacific. Hed been the Navys youngest aviator when he got his wings and carried the name BarbaraŽ on his Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber.After the war, he attended Yale and they moved to Texas. Her husband made his mark in the oil business as the couple grew their family and turned to politics, a journey that would take them around the world and into the White House.You have given me joy that few men know,Ž George Bush wrote to her, according to a collection of letters published in 1999.I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Bar-baras husband,Ž he also said. BUSHFrom Page A1When investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board examined the broken engine in Philadelphia just hours after it made an emergency landing, they immediately saw that one of the left engines 24 fan blades was missing. This fan blade was broken right at the hub, and our preliminary examination of this was there is evidence of metal fatigue where the blade separated,Ž said NTSB chair-man Robert Sumwalt.Metal fatigue is a weakening of metal from repeated use and involves microscopic cracks. It can occur in fan blades, the aluminum skin on most planes, or other metal parts.Investigators will focus on whether the fan blade broke off at cruising speed „ around 500 mph „ and started an uncontainedŽ engine failure that sent debris flying like shrapnel into the plane, where it broke a window.A woman sitting near the window was sucked partially out of the plane before other passengers managed to pull her back in.A registered nurse and emergency medical technician on board jumped in to try to save the gravely injured woman. But Jennifer Riordan, a Wells Fargo bank executive and mother of two from Albu-querque, New Mexico, died later. Seven other victims suffered minor injuries.The pilots of the twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard made an abrupt turn toward Philadelphia and began a rapid descent after the engine blew. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling, and passengers prayed and braced for impact.We heard a loud noise and the plane started shaking like nothing Ive ever experi-enced before. It sounded like the plane was coming apart, and I think we pretty quickly figured out that something happened with the engine,Ž retired nurse Peggy Phillips told WFAA-TV in Dallas. She said they started losing altitude and the masks came down, and basically I think all of us thought this might be it.ŽThen she heard commotion a few rows behind her.It was a lot of chaos back there „ a lot of really upset people and a lot of noise, and a big rush of air, a big whoosh of air,Ž Phillips said.After a flight attendant asked if anyone knew CPR, Phillips and an EMT laid the woman down and performed CPR for about 20 minutes until the plane was on the ground.If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600 mph and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face, then I think I can probably tell you there was significant trauma,Ž Phil-lips said. JETFrom Page A1


A8 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | BUSINESS MARKET WATCHDow 24,832.54 38.56 Nasdaq 7,295.24 14.14 S&P 2,708.64 2.25 Russell 1,583.56 3.76 NYSE 12,732.90 27.14COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,351.20 4.00 Silver 17.231 .459 Platinum 939.50 5.60 Copper 3.1535 .0785 Oil 68.47 1.95MARKET MOVERSBest Buy Co.: Up $2.65 to $75.40 „ The electronics retailer will team up with Amazon to sell its Smart TVs. Lam Research Corp.: Down $8.56 to $203.77 „ The chip equipment maker said it expects shipments to decrease in the second quarter compared to the “ rst.BRIEFCASEWASHINGTONUS manufacturers seek relief from tariffsPresident Donald Trumps tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for hundreds of American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief.Nearly 2,200 companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25 percent steel tariff, and more than 200 other companies are asking to be spared the 10 percent aluminum tariff.By Alex VeigaAP Business WriterUS stocks finished broadly higher Wednesday, giving the S&P 500 its third gain in as many days.Energy companies rose more than the rest of the market, riding a big upturn in crude oil prices. Solid gains in industrial stocks and retail-ers outweighed losses among food and beverage companies, technology stocks and banks.Investors continued to bid up companies that reported positive earnings or outlooks. Not all companies delivered welcome results. IBM slumped 7.5 percent, singlehandedly pulling the Dow Jones industrial average into the red.Earnings are the principal thing this week,Ž said Paul Christopher, head of global market strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute. The market wants to see more consistent evidence of strong earnings.ŽThe S&P 500 index rose 2.25 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,708.64. The Dow slid 38.56 points, or 0.2 percent, to 24,748.07. The Nasdaq com-posite gained 14.14 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,295.24. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 3.76 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,583.56.The major stock indexes are all on track to finish the week higher.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.87 percent from 2.83 per-cent late Tuesday.Investors continued to sift through corporate earnings reports. Financial analysts are forecasting the strongest growth in seven years for S&P 500 companies, partly because of a resurgent global economy, but also because of expectations that last years corporate tax cut will have on corporate balance sheets.Roughly 10 percent of the companies in the S&P 500 have reported results so far this earnings season, and some 67 percent of those have delivered both earnings and revenue that exceeded financial analysts expectations, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.Railroad operator CSX jumped 7.8 percent to $61.01 and aircraft maker Textron climbed 6.8 percent to $63.99 after reporting results that beat analysts forecasts.United Continental rose 4.8 percent to $70.58 after the airline company raised its earnings outlook for the year.Best Buy added 3.6 percent to $75.40 after announcing a partnership to sell Fire TVs with Amazon.IBM was the biggest decliner in the S&P 500, sliding 7.5 percent to $148.79. Thats its biggest loss in five years. The technology companys results failed to impress investors.Oil futures surged, pushing closer to $70 a barrel. The pickup in the price of crude came as Reuters published a report citing unnamed industry sources saying that Saudi Arabia would be happy to see crude oil prices hit $100 a barrel.Benchmark U.S. crude rose $1.95, or 2.9 percent, to settle at $68.47 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added $1.90, or 2.7 percent, to close at $73.48 per barrel in London.If you look at the activity in oil over the last couple of weeks, it almost seems like its destined to flirt with the $70 level to see if it can break through,Ž said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist for TD Amer-itrade. The market seems very comfortable between this $58 and $70-ish area.ŽThe surge in oil prices helped lift energy stocks. Newfield Exploration added 5.9 percent to $28.89. Stocks end modestly higher as earnings come in; oil surges In this April 5, 2018, “ le photo, the facade of the New York Stock Exchange is shown. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. [AP PHOTO/RICHARD DREW]

PAGE 9 | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A9 ANOTHER OPINION OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comWhen Florida voters go to the polls in November, one of the state constitutional amendments they will vote on calls for an additional $25,000 homestead exemption on top of the $50,000 in homestead exemptions already on the books. It will be hard to vote noŽ „ it is a tax break, after all „ but voters should resist the temptation, because of the long-term effect will be either diminished public services or a tax shift, that is, higher taxes for someone else or a new tax altogether. The measure, known as Amendment 1, is accurately and enticingly titled Increased Homestead Property Tax ExemptionŽ and was put on the ballot by the Legislature rather than the Constitution Revision Commission. It calls for the first $25,000 after $100,000 in a homes tax valuation to receive the exemption on all property taxes except school taxes. So under the proposed amendment, if you own a $125,000 home, you would only pay taxes on $50,000 of its valuation; if you own a $75,000 home, you still only receive the $50,000 currently available to all homeowners. While not everyone would get the exemption, analysts for the Florida Association of Counties estimate that the average homeowner would get about a $240 tax break. That sounds good, except the same analysis found that the tax break would cost municipal and county governments statewide more than $730 million the first year. Here in Marion County, the cities and county would lose more than $10 million, about $8 million by the county alone. That is why voters need to resist. That kind of budget hole will necessitate one of two things. One, cuts to services, from libraries and parks to law enforcement and roads. Or two, shift the tax burden and raise taxes on businesses and apartment complexes that do not qualify for homestead exemption or pass a whole new tax. None are palatable options. Voters across Florida should just say no to Amendment 1. Do we expect the 60 percent threshold for passage of a state constitutional amendment will be reached? Yes. Nonetheless, Florida is booming, and growth demands more police, more parks, more roads, more of everything, and cutting all local government budgets is incompatible with meeting the needs of 1,000 new residents a day. Marion Countians, for their part, should consider their current tax burden before voting themselves another break. Voters had to come to the rescue and approve a 1 percent local sales tax just so the county could buy police cars, fire trucks and ambulances, so it could build sorely needed roads, so it could muster a small raise for our firefighters. Thats right, a special tax is required to fund what should be routine expenditures. If Amendment 1 passes, we may be right back here, or worse. What an irony that the people in Tallahassee, who incessantly bemoan interference from Washington, cant resist meddling in local government affairs just so they can tell voters on the campaign trail this fall that they gave them a tax cut „ with virtually no skin in the game, of course. We already are a low-tax state and a low-tax county, voting for Amendment 1 will mean reduced government services or higher taxes for somebody else. While it will be difficult to say no to a tax break, it is the prudent thing to do for the future. This editorial is by the editorial board at the Ocala Star-Banner.OUR OPINIONA tax break we cant a ordIf Facebook is a neutral platform, as Mark Zuckerberg seemed to imply during his congressional hearings, then why has the company had a job opening posted since last week entitled Politics and government outreach associate managerŽ? The job post states that Facebook is looking for an experienced leader to join its Politics & Government Team.Ž The stated mission of the team is to help those participating in the political process worldwide „ from candidates running for office and elected officials, to governments and advocacy groups „ better use Facebook to connect and engage with people.Ž Although this particular position is specific to the U.S. political system, the mission is, according to the social network, worldwide. Facebook is seeking to position its employees in these roles as strategic partners of governing bodies, acting politicians and political candidates around the world. This job post is disturbing. It implies that Facebook is aggressively seeking government bodies and political actors as customers. That market must be lucrative. Facebook works very fast, so the position and positions like it will spread like butter across a warm bagel, and the company will claim its just business.Ž Facebook selling itself as a platform for politicians and government is different, however, than a company that sells more tangible goods to a government because, as weve already seen, dissemination of online information can be manipulated far more easily and its influence and ramifications are far broader than the dissemination of, say, military uniforms. Without a legal requirement that the materials and engagement by the political actors be identified as, in fact, political and government driven, the opportunity for mass manipulation goes unchecked. One phrase in the job description, work on initiatives that impact politics or government,Ž is particularly alarming, as it suggests that the company is looking to reach its already very long arms into governing bodies in potentially unrecognizable ways. Political acts and persuasion are not always recognizable. For example, in the very tiny world of my Chicago neighborhood associations by-invitation-only Facebook page, politics reared its complex head after the November 2016 elections, when the page became riddled with political organizing, rants and a few trolls. The trickiest political issue occurred, however, when an admin on the site decided independently to boot our alderman from the page, but not a person running against him in the next election. Our alderman became upset, and as I was the president of the association at the time, I received phone calls about the situation. The association board then had to determine whether the page should allow political postings on it or not. The decision was intricate, even in this five-block realm of Chicago. What is a political post? When is a candidate acting in a political way? When is she simply informing community members about various events? When is an already elected official using Facebook to control the flow of information about contentious issues in the neighborhood? Such questions arose in this extreme local venue. If this type of question comes up in such a small section of the Facebook universe, imagine what might happen on platforms throughout the world where the impact is far deeper. I think it has already happened, in fact. The Honest Ads Act introduced to the House and Senate on Oct. 19, 2017, is a possible solution to reports about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. It would require those who purchase political ads online to disclose who is paying for the ads. However, there are problems with this proposed solution because it would be regulating the company as a media company, rather than a tech company. It also doesnt solve all the problems that Facebook contains in the realm of government, because it only addresses advertisements. And as my own neighborhood association experience showed me, paid advertisements are not the only way that government bodies and politicians can influence through Facebook. The Honest Ads Act, or other regulatory legislation should be enacted. Soon. That Facebook job has probably already been filled. Maurine J. Berens is a visiting clinical assistant professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.ANOTHER OPINIONNew Facebook job posting is cause for concernWhen President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didnt. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single mothers increased from 63 percent to 76 percent. In addition, the overall poverty rate has declined over the last half-century. Many able-bodied people who once relied on a government check found jobs and started earning a paycheck. Good news, but the sideshow that has attached itself to so much of the Trump administration has distracted many from things that actually affect peoples lives. President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order, the purpose of which is, according to a White House press release, to reduce poverty in America by promoting opportunity and economic mobility.Ž Some of that is already happening with unemployment numbers the lowest theyve been in 17 years. The press release says that in 2017, the Federal Government spent more than $700 billion on low-income assistance.Ž It notes that since modern welfare began during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, the system has become a large bureaucracy with little incentive for people to look for work. Conservatives like to say they measure success not by how many people receive government assistance, but by how many dont. It is more than a sound bite. Helping people become independent of government is real compassion. The executive order addresses what for many has become an addiction to government: While bipartisan welfare reform enacted in 1996 was a step toward eliminating the economic stagnation and social harm that can result from long-term Government dependence, the welfare system still traps many recipients, especially children, in poverty and is in need of further reform and modernization in order to increase self-sufficiency, well-being, and economic mobility.Ž The order also stresses the need for better social networking to become more involved in helping able-bodied people to acquire the skills, education, child care and especially the motivation to work. I would add that churches and religious institutions that benefit from tax breaks should be encouraged to do more to help poor people find employment. The president cites another key to reducing the welfare rolls: Address the challenges of populations that may particularly struggle to find and maintain employment (including single parents, formerly incarcerated individuals, the homeless, substance abusers, individuals with disabilities and disconnected youth)...Ž Readers may email Cal Thomas at OPINIONWelfare reform is needed „ again Cal Thomas


A10 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Associated Press, told AP that 359 of the companys 388 funds do not directly invest in the top three gun manufacturers: AOBC, VSTO and RGR.Blackrock also said in a statement that it regularly speaks with gun manufac-turers about how they are ensuring the safe, respon-sible use of their firearms.Former Stoneman Doug-las student Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of taking an assault-style rifle to the school and opening fire on students, teachers and staff in one of the buildings on the campus near Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 14. He is charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. Since the shooting, Hogg and many other students from the Parkland, Florida, school anchored a massive rally against gun violence in Washington on March 24, and throngs of young people took part in sister marches around the country. They also led student walkouts from high schools on the one-month anniversary of the shooting, asking for gun-legislation reform. Their efforts also led to gun reform legislation in Florida, which raised the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and extend a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns.In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, Black-rock announced it would offer a new line of products that are exclusively firearm-free. The company said in a statement that the products are available to certain institutional investors, including qual-ified U.S. pension plans such as 401(k) plans. It is among the steps Blackrock has taken to enhance its Environmental Social and Governance policy. HOGGFrom Page A3

PAGE 11 | Thursday, April 19, 2018 B1 SPORTS NASCAR | B4THE BATTLE OF THE KYLES BELONGS TO BUSCH AGAIN Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comLake and Sumter counties harvest of postseason bas-ketball awards have grown in recent days.The USA Todays All-USA Florida boys and girls basket-ball teams were announced earlier in the week, with Montverde Academy coach Kevin Boyle earning Coach of the Year honors and R.J. Barrett being named Player of the Year.And Tuesday, Wildwood coach Richard Hampton was named All-USA Florida girls basketball Coach of the Year and Wildcat Kari Niblack was selected to the First Team. Hampton and Niblack were the Daily Commercials AllArea Girls Basketball Coach of the Year and Player of the Year.Hampton led the Wildcats to a 25-6 record this season and a second-straight Class 1A state title. He has coached two stints at Wildwood for a total of 14 years and has two state runner-up finishes (1994 and 2015) to go with a career record of 258-121. Niblack closed out her prep career by scoring 28 points in Wildwoods 54-45 win against Port St. Joe on Feb. 27 in the Class 1A state champion-ship game. She averaged 18.8 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior, and scored more than 2,000 points and pulled down more than 1,500 rebounds in her career with the Wildcats.She was the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Player of the Year and runner-up for Miss HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOKArea hoops teams honoredWildwood coach Richard Hampton was named USA Todays All-USA Florida girls basketball Coach of the Year. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] Florida quarterback Kyle Trask scrambles from defensive back C.J. McWilliams while looking for a receiver Saturday at the Orange & Blue Game in Gainesville. He “ nished the game 12-of-24 with 178 yards and one passing touchdown. [JOHN RAOUX / ASSOCIATED PRESS] Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks celebrates after scoring a touchdown Saturday during the Orange & Blue Game in Gainesville. He “ nished the game 8-of-12 for 117 yards and one passing touchdown. [LAUREN BACHO / GATEHOUSE MEDIA] By Robbie AndreuGatehouse MediaGAINESVILLE „ Now that the spring game is behind them, Floridas quarterbacks are preparing to move on to the next critical phase. The summer.Its a three-month window where they will pretty much be on their own to try and grow more comfortable in the offense and attain the consistency that Dan Mullen demands from his quarterbacks. Its very important,Ž red-shirt sophomore Kyle Trask said. The coaches are going to be out and recruiting and doing their thing. Its going to be very important for us to keep grinding and getting better every day.ŽOver the next three-anda-half months, the players will have little contact with Mullen and his coaching staff. They will be seeing a lot of strength and conditioning coordinator Nick Savage and a lot of themselves in player-organized workouts.The summer workouts are usually led by the quarter-backs, who have to make sure everyone shows up and puts in the effort.(The next few months) are super critical,Ž sophomore Feleipe Franks said.  Not only for me, but for every player. We have a whole new offense and the defense as well.For me personally, it's just me being in there every single day to learn what's going on, what we're doing, how we're doing it and especially why we're doing it.ŽCoach Mullen and (QB) coach (Brian) Johnson are doing a really good job of helping me get there. We've still got a little bit of a ways to go, but at the same time, we've got the whole summer."Franks and Trask are both coming off of a positive spring, where both made progress.Trask was the most effi-cient quarterback in the first scrimmage. Franks was in the second. Then, both had some success moving the offense in the spring game Saturday.Gaining more consistency is something both will be focus-ing on over the summer.I want to see a lot more out of them moving forward,Ž Mullen said after Saturdays SUMMER JOBSBy Kevin BaxterTribune News ServiceLOS ANGELES „ A pack of more than two dozen reporters from almost as many countries stood out-side the Galaxy locker room Saturday, shivering each time a cold blast of air shot up the narrow, concrete corridor.It wasnt long ago that Major League Soccer wouldnt have garnered this kind of attention had it staged a game on a beach in Hawaii. Now media members were risking frostbite to cover a relatively meaningless game played at a stadium located in the middle of a prairie.For that the league can thank Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish superstar all those reporters had come to see.After stops in Holland, Italy, Spain, France and England, Ibrahimovics world tour has come to the U.S., with the man who has compared himself to a god, a king and Julius Caesar taking on the part of a young Mick Jagger, Ibrahimovic making MLS his own GalaxyBy Mike FitzpatrickThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Coming up empty against his former team was hardly what Giancarlo Stanton had in mind.Same is true of the poor first impression he's made in Yankees pinstripes so far.Last year's NL MVP is off to a miserable start with New York „ especially at home „ and the hulking slugger is hearing it from impatient fans in the Bronx. After going 0 for 4 with two more strikeouts in a 9-1 loss to the last-place Miami Marlins on Tuesday night, the slumping Stanton is 3 for 35 (.086) with 20 strikeouts at Yankee Stadium this season.Fish out of water? Stanton slumps in BronxCoaches, players earn USA Today awards Chicago Fire goalkeeper Richard Sanchez (45), makes a save on a shot at close range by Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) during the “ rst half of an MLS soccer match in Bridgeview, Ill., on Saturday. [NUCCIO DINUZZO / CHICAGO TRIBUNE VIA AP] UF quarterbacks entering key phase of developmentSee HOOPS, B3 See MLS, B3 See STANTON, B3 See UF, B3


B2 Thursday, April 19, 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 TVBOXING 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 „ Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Orlando Cruz, junior lightweights, at San Juan, Puerto Rico GOLF 9:30 a.m. GOLF „ European PGA Tour, Trophee Hassan II, “ rst round, at Rabat, Morocco 3:30 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, Valero Texas Open, “ rst round, at San Antonio 6:30 p.m. GOLF „ LPGA Tour, HUGEL-JTBC LA Open, “ rst round, at Los Angeles MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB „ Baltimore at Detroit 6:30 p.m. MLB „ Regional coverage, Toronto at N.Y. Yankees OR Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (7 p.m.) 8 p.m. FS-Florida „ Miami at Milwaukee NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. TNT „ NBA playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 3, Philadelphia at Miami 9 p.m. NBA „ NBA playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 3, Portland at New Orleans 9:30 p.m. TNT „ NBA playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 3, Golden State at San Antonio NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. NBCSN „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 4, Boston at Toronto 7:30 p.m. USA „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 4, Washington at Columbus SOCCER 2:40 p.m. NBCSN „ Premier League, Burnley vs. Chelsea TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULEHave a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at paul.jenkins@ HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Real Life Christian at East Ridge, 5 p.m. Mount Dora at Mount Dora Christian, 6:30 p.m. Tavares at South Sumter, 7 p.m. The Villages at Eustis, 7 p.m. Lake Minneola at Wekiva, 7 p.m. Umatilla at Crescent City, 7 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE Class 1A-District 11 tournament Lake Minneola at West Orange, 6 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE South Lake at Lake Wales, 7 p.m. SOFTBALL Pierson Taylor at Umatilla, 6 p.m. Lake Minneola at South Sumter, 6 p.m. St. Cloud at East Ridge, 6 p.m. Mount Dora at Haines City, 6:30 p.m. Leesburg at Eustis, 7 p.m. Mount Dora Christian at Apopka, 7 p.m. South Lake at Belleview, 7 p.m. AUTO RACING NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP SCHEDULE AND STANDINGSFeb. 11 „ x-Advance Auto Parts Clash, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Brad Keselowski) Feb. 15 „ x-Can-Am Duel 1, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Ryan Blaney) Feb. 15 „ x-Can-Am Duel 2, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Chase Elliott) Feb. 18 „ Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Austin Dillon) Feb. 25 „ Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Hampton, Ga. (Kevin Harvick) March 4 „ Penzoil 400, Las Vegas (Kevin Harvick) March 11 „ TicketGuardian 500, Avondale, Ariz. (Kevin Harvick) March 18 „ Auto Club 400, Fontana, Calif. (Martin Truex Jr.) March 25 „ STP 500, Martinsville, Va. (Clint Bowyer) April 8 „ OReilly Auto Parts 500, Fort Worth, Texas (Kyle Busch) April 15 „ Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn. (Kyle Busch) April 21 „ Toyota Owners 400, Richmond, Va. April 29 „ GEICO 500, Lincoln, Ala. May 6 „ AAA 400 Drive for Autism, Dover, Del. May 12 „ Cup Series Kansas 400, Kansas City, Kan. May 19 „ x-NASCAR All-Star Open, Concord, N.C. May 19 „ x-NASCAR All-Star Race, Concord, N.C. May 27 „ Coca-Cola 600, Concord, N.C. June 3 „ Pocono 400, Lond Pond, Pa. June 10 „ FireKeepers Casino 400, Brooklyn, Mich. June 24 „ Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif. July 1 „ Overtons 400, Joliet, Ill. July 7 „ Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. July 14 „ Quaker State 400, Sparta, Ky. July 22 „ New Hampshire 301, Loudon July 29 „ Gander Outdoors 400, Long Pond, Pa. Aug. 5 „ GoBowling at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Aug. 12 „ Cup Series Race at Michigan, Brooklyn, Mich. Aug. 18 „ Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Bristol, Tenn. Sept. 2 „ Bojangles Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Sept. 9 „ Big Machine Brickyard 400, Indianapolis Sept. 16 „ South Point 400, Las Vegas Sept. 22 „ Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond, Va. Sept. 30 „ Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C. Oct. 7 „ Cup Series at Dover, Dover, Del. Oct. 14 „ Alabama 500, Lincoln, Ala. Oct. 21 „ Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas City, Kan. Oct. 28 „ First Data 500, Martinsville, Va. Nov. 4 „ AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth Nov. 11 „ Can-Am 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 18 „ Ford Ecoboost 400, Homestead, Fla. x-non-points racePOINTS LEADERS THROUGH APRIL 161. Kyle Busch, 360 2. Joey Logano, 308 3. Brad Keselowski, 290 4. Clint Bowyer, 285 5. Kevin Harvick, 282 6. Ryan Blaney, 267 7. Martin Truex Jr., 255 8. Kyle Larson, 246 9. Denny Hamlin, 245 10. Kurt Busch, 239 11. Erik Jones, 210 12. Aric Almirola, 206 13. Alex Bowman, 187 14. Austin Dillon, 184 15. Ryan Newman, 181 16. Paul Menard, 170 17. Jimmie Johnson, 169 18. Darrell Wallace Jr., 158 19. William Byron, 154 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 154 GOLF PGA 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: Today-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: www.pgatour.comLPGA TOUR HUGEL-JTBC CHAMPIONSHIPSite: Los Angeles. Course: Wishire CC. Yardage: 6,450. Par: 71. Purse: $1.5 million. Winners share: $225,000. Television: Today-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: www.lpga.comPGA 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 Tour-sanctioned 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: TOUR TROPHEE HASSAN IISite: Rabat, Morocco. Course: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Red Course). Yardage: 7,615. Par: 73. Purse: 2.5 million euros. Winners share: 416,667 euros. Television: Today, 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: www.europeantour.comWEB.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: TOURS MEN Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour: Panasonic Open, Ibaraki CC (West), Osaka, Japan. Defending champion: Kenichi Kuboya. Online: and www.asiantour.comSunshine Tour: Zimbabwe Open, Royal Harare GC, Harare, Zimbabwe. Defending champion: JC Ritchie. Online: www.sunshinetour.comPGA Tour Latinoamerica:Molina Canuelas Championship, Canuela GC, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Defending champion: Brandon Matthews. Online: www. PGA: Dongbu Insurance Promy Open, Daeyu Montvar CC, Pocheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Dongseop Maeng. Online: European Tour: Lalla Meryem Cup, Royal Golf Dar Es (Blue), Rabat, Morroco. Defending champion: Klara Spilkova. Online: www.ladieseuropeantour. com 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.jpPGA TOUR SCHEDULEOct. 5-8 „ Safeway Open (Brendan Steele) Oct. 12-15 „ CIMB Classic (Pat Perez) Oct. 19-22 „ The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges (Justin Thomas) Oct. 26-29 „ WGC-HSBC Champions (Justin Rose) Oct. 26-29 „ Sanderson Farms Championship (Ryan Armour) Nov. 2-5 „ Shriners Hospital for Children Open (Patrick Cantlay) Nov. 9-12 „ OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Patton Kizzire) Nov. 16-19 „ RSM Classic (Austin Cook) Jan. 4-7 „ Sentry Tournament of Champions (Dustin Johnson) Jan. 11-14 „ Sony Open (Patton Kizzire) Jan. 18-21 „ CareerBuilder Challenge (Jon Rahm) Jan. 25-29 „ Farmers Insurance Open (Jason Day) Feb. 1-4 „ Waste Management Phoenix Open (Gary Woodland) Feb. 8-11 „ AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Ted Potter, Jr.) Feb. 15-18 „ Genesis Open (Bubba Watson) Feb. 22-25 „ Honda Classic (Justin Thomas) March 1-4 „ WGC-Mexico Championship (Phil Mickelson) March 8-11 „ Valspar Championship (Paul Casey) March 15-18 „ Arnold Palmer Invitational (Rory McIlroy) March 21-25 „ WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (Bubba Watson) March 22-25 „ Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (Brice Garnett) March 29-April 1 „ Houston Open (Ian Poulter) April 5-8 „ The Masters (Patrick Reed) April 12-15 „ RBC Heritage (Satoshi Kodaira) Thursday-Sunday „ Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio April 26-29 „ Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La. May 3-6 „ Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. May 10-13 „ The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach May 17-20 „ AT&T Byron Nelson, Trinity Forest GC, Dallas May 24-27 „ Dean & DeLuca Invitational, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas May 31-June 3 „ Memorial Tournament, Muir“ eld Village GC, Dublin, Ohio June 7-10 „ FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn. June 14-17 „ U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, N.Y. June 21-24 „ Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn. June 28-July 1 „ The National, TBA July 5-8 „ The Greenbrier Classic, The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. July 12-15 „ John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill. July 19-22 „ The Open Championship, Carnoustie GC, Carnoustie, Scotland July 19-22 „ Barbasol Championship, Robert Trent Jones Trail (Grand National Lake), Auburn, Ala. July 26-29 „ RBC Canadian Open, Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario Aug. 2-5 „ WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC (South Course), Akron, Ohio Aug. 2-5 „ Barracuda Championship, Montreux Golf and CC, Reno, Nev. Aug. 9-12 „ PGA Championship, Bellerive CC, St. Louis Aug. 16-1 9 „ Wyndham Championship, Sedge“ eld CC, Greensboro, N.C. Aug. 23-26 „ The Northern Trust, Ridgewood CC, Paramus, N.J. Aug. 31-Sept. 3 „ Dell Technologies Championship, TPC Boston, Norton, Mass. Sept. 6-9 „ BMW Championship, Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, Pa. Sept. 20-23 „ Tour Championship, East Lake GC, AtlantaSept. 28-30 „ Ryder Cup, Le Golf National (Albatross Course), Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France 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 24Liverpool (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) PRO BASKETBALL NBA PLAYOFFSAll times EasternFIRST ROUND (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE TORONTO 2, WASHINGTON 0April 14: Toronto 114, Toronto 106 Tuesday: Toronto 130, Washington 119 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, TBARAPTORS 130, WIZARDS 119WASHINGTON (119) Porter Jr. 5-10 2-2 12, Morris 3-7 0-0 6, Gortat 0-4 0-0 0, Wall 9-17 11-11 29, Beal 3-11 2-2 9, Oubre Jr. 6-11 1-2 14, Satoransky 1-2 1-2 3, Scott 7-10 2-2 20, Mahinmi 4-4 4-5 12, Lawson 4-10 2-2 14. Totals 42-86 25-28 119. TORONTO (130) Anunoby 2-3 4-5 9, Ibaka 4-11 1-1 10, Valanciunas 8-11 2-3 19, Lowry 3-10 6-7 13, DeRozan 14-23 6-8 37, Miles 5-7 4-4 18, Powell 0-2 0-0 0, Siakam 3-5 0-1 6, Poeltl 2-2 0-0 4, Nogueira 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 3-9 4-4 11, Brown 1-2 0-0 3, VanVleet 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 45-87 27-33 130.WASHINGTON 27 31 32 29 „ 119 TORONTO 44 32 24 30 „ 1303-Point Goals„Washington 10-22 (Lawson 4-5, Scott 4-5, Oubre Jr. 1-3, Beal 1-5, Wall 0-2, Morris 0-2), Toronto 13-35 (Miles 4-6, DeRozan 3-6, Anunoby 1-2, Brown 1-2, Valanciunas 1-2, Ibaka 1-3, Wright 1-4, Lowry 1-8, Powell 0-1, VanVleet 0-1). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Washington 34 (Oubre Jr. 5), Toronto 48 (Valanciunas 14). Assists„Washington 26 (Wall 9), Toronto 24 (Lowry 12). Total Fouls„Washington 24, Toronto 27. Technicals„Toronto coach Raptors (Defensive three second). A„20,242 (19,800).BOSTON 2, MILWAUKEE 0April 15: Boston 113, Milwaukee 107, OT Tuesday: Boston 120, Milwaukee 106 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, TBACELTICS 120, BUCKS 106MILWAUKEE (106) Middleton 10-14 1-4 25, Antetokounmpo 13-17 4-9 30, Henson 6-7 0-0 12, Bledsoe 5-13 0-0 12, Snell 1-3 0-0 2, Parker 0-2 0-0 0, Zeller 0-0 0-0 0, Maker 0-2 0-0 0, Terry 0-0 0-0 0, Dellavedova 0-0 0-0 0, Brogdon 5-7 0-0 10, S.Brown 2-4 0-0 4, Muhammad 4-8 2-4 11. Totals 46-77 7-17 106. BOSTON (120) Tatum 2-9 0-0 4, Horford 7-11 1-2 16, Baynes 3-6 0-0 6, Rozier 8-14 4-4 23, J.Brown 12-22 1-2 30, Nader 0-0 0-0 0, Ojeleye 0-0 0-0 0, Yabusele 0-2 0-0 0, Morris 6-11 3-7 18, Monroe 5-7 2-3 12, Larkin 5-8 0-0 11. Totals 48-90 11-18 120.MILWAUKEE 22 29 24 31 „ 106 BOSTON 33 27 30 30 „ 1203-Point Goals„Milwaukee 7-17 (Middleton 4-6, Bledsoe 2-4, Muhammad 1-1, Brogdon 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-1, Maker 0-1, Snell 0-1, S.Brown 0-2), Boston 13-31 (J.Brown 5-12, Rozier 3-5, Morris 3-6, Horford 1-1, Larkin 1-3, Yabusele 0-2, Tatum 0-2). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Milwaukee 38 (Antetokounmpo 9), Boston 38 (Tatum 7). Assists„Milwaukee 19 (Antetokounmpo 8), Boston 24 (Rozier 8). Total Fouls„Milwaukee 19, Boston 16. Technicals„ Bledsoe, Maker, Rozier. A„18,624 (18,624).PHILADELPHIA 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, TBA 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 1April 12: Columbus 4, Washington 3, OT April 15: Columbus 5, Washington 4, OT Tuesday: Washington 3, Columbus 2, 2OT Thursday: Washington at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Columbus at Washington, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Washington at Columbus, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Columbus at Washington, TBACAPITALS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2, 2OTWASHINGTON 0 2 0 0 1 „ 3 COLUMBUS 0 1 1 0 0 „ 2 First Period„None. Penalties„Wilson, WSH, (high sticking), 9:26; Anderson, CBJ, (interference), 11:55; Vrana, WSH, (high sticking), 18:27. Second Period„1, Washington, Wilson 1 (Ovechkin, Niskanen), 5:52. 2, Columbus, Dubois 1 (Jones, Panarin), 11:18. 3, Washington, Carlson 1 (Backstrom, Ovechkin), 14:43 (pp). Penalties„Columbus bench, served by Panarin (too many men on the ice), 2:15; Dubinsky, CBJ, (slashing), 13:08; Murray, CBJ, (slashing), 14:15. Third Period„4, Columbus, Panarin 2 (Atkinson), 4:12. Penalties„Orpik, WSH, (interference), 9:05. Overtime„None. Penalties„Carlson, WSH, (tripping), 15:42. null„5, Washington, Eller 1 (Smith-Pelly, Connolly), 9:00. Penalties„None. Shots on Goal„Washington 11-14-6-6-8„45. Columbus 9-7-10-7-2„35. Power -play opportunities„Washington 1 of 4; Columbus 0 of 4. Goalies„Washington, Holtby 1-1 (35 shots-33 saves). Columbus, Bob rovsky 2-1 (45-42). A„19,337 (18,500). T„3:52. Referees„Jon Mclsaac, Dan OHalloran, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen„Darren Gibbs, Matt MacPherson.PITTSBURGH 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 3, MINNESOTA 1April 11: Winnipeg 3, Minnesota 2 April 13: Winnipeg 4, Minnesota 1 April 15: Minnesota 6, Winnipeg 2 Tuesday: Winnipeg 2, Minnesota 0 Friday: Minnesota at Winnipeg, TBA x-Sunday: Winnipeg at Minnesota, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Minnesota at Winnipeg, TBAJETS 2, WILD 0WINNIPEG 1 0 1 „ 2 MINNESOTA 0 0 0 „ 0 First Period„1, Winnipeg, Scheifele 2 (Connor, Morrissey), 19:32. Penalties„Trouba, WPG, (interference), 15:57. Second Period„None. Penalties„Hellebuyck, WPG, served by Connor, (slashing), 9:43; Koivu, MIN, (hooking), 11:29. Third Period„2, Winnipeg, Scheifele 3 (Copp, Wheeler), 19:49. Penalties„None. Shots on Goal„Winnipeg 7-12-9„28. Minnesota 11-10-9„30. Power -play opportunities„Winnipeg 0 of 1; Minnesota 0 of 2. Goalies„Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 3-1 (30 shots-30 saves). Minnesota, Dubnyk 1-3 (27-26). A„19,277 (18,064). T„2:24. Referees„Steve Kozari, Dean Morton, Brian Pochmara. Linesmen„Pierre Racicot, Tony Sericolo.VEGAS 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 6GOALS AGAINST AVERAGEName Team GPI MINS GA AVG Marc-Andre Fleury VGK 3 215 3 0.84 Martin Jones SJ 3 179 3 1.00 Cory Schneider NJ 2 84 2 1.43 Jonathan Quick LA 3 212 6 1.69 Matt Murray PIT 3 175 5 1.70 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 MIN 3 177 9 3.03 Sergei Bob rovsky CLM 2 138 7 3.04 Connor Hellebuyck WIN 3 159 9 3.40 Jonathan Bernier COL 3 177 11 3.73 Petr Mrazek PHI 1 30 2 3.87 Pekka Rinne NAS 3 144 10 4.17 BASEBALLSouth Lake 15, Leesburg 0AJ Shaver had a grand slam in an eight-run first inning and pitched a shutout as South Lake defeated Leesburg 15-0 in four innings on Tuesday at Pat Thomas Stadium.Shaver finished the game with six RBIs while allowing three hits and three walks to go with four strikeouts on the mound. Juan Ramos went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and Justin Lewis went 2 for 4 with two runs.South Lake improves to 11-9 with the win while Leesburg falls to 5-14.HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUPThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH „ Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestlings Living LegendŽ and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82.Family friend and former wrestling announcer Christopher Cruise said Sammartino died Wednesday morning and had been hospitalized for two months.Sammartino was wres-tlings biggest box office draw in the 1960s and 1970s and held the World Wide Wrestling Federa-tion championship for more than 11 years (4,040 days) over two title runs.He was born in Italy and his family immigrated when he was a child to Pittsburgh, where he learned how to become a pro wrestler.The promotion now known as WWE said Sammartino sold out Madison Square Garden, known as the mecca of professional wrestling, 187 times over his career. He became a noted weightlifter and the WWE said he once bench-pressed 569 pounds in 1959, which was noticed by promoter Vincent J. McMahon. Sammartinos Italian heritage, brute strength and good-guy charisma helped make him an instant star in the northeast. He had rivalries with Killer Kow-alski, Gorilla Monsoon and George The AnimalŽ Steele during his title runs and later wrestled famous grudge matches at Shea Stadium against Pedo Morales and Larry Zbyszko. Sammartino and Hulk Hogan are the big-gest long-term box office draws in WWE history and two tagged together in the LegendsŽ final match.WWE Hall of Famer Sammartino dies

PAGE 13 | Thursday, April 19, 2018 B3game. I saw some really good things. I saw them miss simple things. It gets into the speed of the decisio n-making, comfort of the offense.There's no more important position during the summer than for those guys to work on their own, every day, muscle-memory, taking steps, footwork, throwing motion. I don't care if they're even throwing to receivers. Everything over and over and over again, so that they're much better players Aug. 4 than they were today.ŽThere was no quarter-back depth chart this spring and Mullen said there was no separation between Franks and Trask, who shared reps with the No. 1 offense.The two likely will open camp the same way they ended the spring, pretty much even. But what hap-pens this summer could ultimately lead to one QB separating from the others.My mindset is just to continue to get better,Ž Trask said. The coaches arent going to be around, so we have to take it upon ourselves to get our timing down, keep our head in the playbook and just keep getting better.I feel like at times, maybe my footwork is a little rattly in the pocket. So, I really need to work on my footwork and try to stay accurate.ŽFranks said hes also looking forward to putting in the work this summer. But then thats never been an issue with him, apparently.He is taking steps forward,Ž Mullen said. The one thing I notice, he works at it. He has football intelligence and he works at it. I think he works at studying the game and trying to understand game situations. Now weve got to get him to learn how to manage the game.Ž UFFrom Page B1preening and prancing his way across the continent.Ibrahimovic has appeared on ESPN, FS1 and Univision. Hes warmed up with the Kings hockey team and stood courtside with Shaquille ONeal. The Galaxy have fielded more than 400 interview requests on his behalf and sold more jer-seys than any other MLS team since he arrived last month. Ibramania is so big that when he took the show on the road last week, wide-eyed fans crowding around the luggage carousel at Chicagos OHare Airport forced Ibrahimovic and his beefy bodyguard to seek refuge outside. Other people endured frigid temperatures to stand vigil outside the historic Blackstone Hotel but caught only a glimpse of the player as he dashed across the sidewalk and into the team bus.A stadium-record crowd of nearly 22,000 filled Toyota Park in suburban Bridgeview, Illinois, for Saturdays performance, braving howling winds and a wind chill of 27 degrees to see Ibrahimovic take the stage. And the showman didnt disappoint, making the first start of his MLS career and delivering the only goal in the Galaxys 1-0 win over the Fire.It isnt every day you get to see a living legend,Ž said Jeff Church, a Fire season-ticket holder who wore a white Galaxy jersey with Ibrahimovics name and number on the back.Another fan, Jake Daar, flew in from North Caro-lina. Another, Darren Goodwin, drove up from St. Louis.I never thought Id be breathing the same air as Zlatan,Ž Goodwin said. Hes a mythological figure. In American sports, hes probably somewhere between Wayne Gretzky or Michael Jordan.ŽWhich is why Marian Hossa, a five-time NHL All-Star who shared the ice with Gretzky and shares the city of Chicago with Jordan, waited a half-hour after the game before asking Ibrahimovic to pose with him for a selfie.The Galaxy, more than any other team in MLS, know how to handle the attention that comes with a player like Ibrahimovic, having gone through it with David Beckham and Steven Gerrard.You just kind of get conditioned that its normal at the Galaxy now,Ž defender Dave Romney said. For all his ego, Ibrahimovic does his best to blend in around his team-mates „ not easy when youre 6-foot-5 and look like DArtagnan from The Three Musketeers.Ž MLSFrom Page B1Basketball.For the boys, in addi-tion to Boyle and Barrett, The Villages Tre Mann along with Montverde Academys Michael Devoe and Andrew Nembhard earned Second Team honors. Mann is the only underclassmen on the Second Team. Weightli ingIron Jungle Weightlift-ing, coached by Leesburg High School weightlifting coach Josh Boyer, took four lifters „ all Leesburg students „ to the Tampa Classic last week-end and returned with at least one qualifier for the USA Weightlifting Youth Nationals in June.Crystal Howison „ lifting in the 48 kilogram (approximately 106 pounds) class „ lifted 41 kilograms (about 91 pounds) in the snatch and 52 kilograms (114 pounds) in the clean and jerk. Howisons performance was enough to earn a spot in the Youth Nationals, June 14-17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Howison finished fourth at the FHSAA state finals at 101 pounds.In addition, Taylor Woods finished third overall at 63 kilograms (139 pounds) with a combined weight of 153 kilograms (337 pounds). Ruchit Pate, competing in the boys 56 kilograms (123 pounds) class, fin-ished with 170 kilograms (375 pounds), and Hailey Zakos lifted 135 kilograms (297 pounds) in the girls 69 kilogram (152 pounds) class.Ruchit and Zakos won awards for Best Tech-nique for their sessions.Next up for the Iron Jungle will the Florida Cup on May 12 in Vero Beach. SigningsThree volleyball players from First Academy of Leesburg will sign national letters of intent on Friday to play at the next level during a ceremony in the First Academy library.The signees „ Hailey Franklin, who will sign with Lake-Sumter State College; Bethany Jones, who will sign with Florida Southern College in Lake-land; and, Skylar Martin, who will sign with Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Georgia „ played key roles in First Academys many volley-ball successes over the past three years.The Eagles advanced into the regional playoffs each year during that span, including the regional finals in 2017. LacrosseDespite missing three starters, the Lake Min-neola boys lacrosse team won its first playoff game in school history on Tuesday with a 12-11 win against Montverde Academy in the Class 1A-District 11 tournament at Winter Garden West Orange. The Hawks were led by senior Matthew Pember-ton with three goals and an assist. Kaleb Roehan also had three goals.Chase Meinhart had two goals and two assists. Carter Hodge and Gunner Uutinen also had two goals apiece.Goalkeeper Colton Lipham had seven saves.Next up for Lake Minneola will be top-seeded West Orange at 6 p.m. Thursday. RankingsFour local softball teams and two baseball programs earned recognition in this Miracle Sports softball and baseball rankings.In softball, Eustis is the areas top-ranked team, with a No. 3 ranking in Class 5A. The Panthers sport an 18-4 record following a 1-0 loss Tuesday against Winter Springs.Eustis is looking to get back to the state championship game for the second straight year. In Class 8A, East Ridge (19-1) held serve at No. 4. Mount Dora Chris-tian (15-5) earned a No. 6 ranking in Class 2A.Despite losing to Eustis 20-0 in six innings on Friday, The Villages (16-6) earned honorable mention in Class 5A.Mount Dora Christian (14-6) is the areas topranked baseball team with a No. 9 ranking in Class 2A. South Sumter earned honorable men-tion in Class 5A. HOOPSFrom Page B1Obviously, hes frus-trated. You want to go out there and perform, especially when youre an MVP, and obviously he expects a lot of him-self,Ž rookie manager Aaron Boone said. But I think his focus is tre-mendous and Im really confident that the work hes putting in „ and hes a worker, he gets after it „ and Im con-fident that once he gets rolling itll be a jugger-naut. I want him to, just for peace of mind, to get going a little bit and kind of settle in and get into the rhythm of the season, but long-term hes too good for it not to start happening.ŽUntil then, however, Boone acknowledged hes considering a slight drop in the lineup for Stanton, who has been batting third behind Aaron Judge.The two were sup-posed to give the Yankees a power-hitting pair to rival Mantle & Maris, or Ruth & Gehrig. But while Judge is hitting .339 with a .480 on-base percent-age and four home runs, Stanton has mostly struggled. Hes batting .197 with three homers and 10 RBIs, not nearly enough production to offset his 29 strikeouts in 66 at-bats.I might flirt with splitting different guys up and stuff, but not moving him down too far because hes one at-bat away from getting it locked back in and then the last thing you want is him down in the order getting pitched around,Ž Boone said. Hes too premier of a player and an at-bat away from, in my eyes, locking it in. So I might juggle with the top five or six, but as far as moving down signifi-cantly, no.Ž Stanton led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs for Miami last season. With a $325 mil-lion contract, he was traded to New York in December as part of a payroll purge overseen by new Marlins CEO and ex-Yankees captain Derek Jeter.In his Yankees debut, Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs on opening day in Toronto. But its been a different story at home, where twice he has struck out five times in a game this month.New Yorks big fish has yet to catch on in the Big Apple.Were 16 games in and in baseball thats a very small sample,Ž Boone said. Hell get it rolling here and eventually the league will pay for some of his early struggles.ŽStanton was the only Yankees starter who didnt have a hit in Monday nights 12-1 rout of the visiting Marlins. In his first regular-season game against the team he played for from 201017, he fouled out with the bases loaded and whiffed twice. He did reach safely on a walk and a hit by pitch.Stanton had chances to come through early in Tuesdays game, but he grounded into a double play with two on and none out in the first inning, then fouled off a 3-0 pitch and popped out on 3-1 with two on and one out in the third.Shoot, track record dont matter in the moment,Ž Stanton said. You understand what youve done but if youre in there with a lack of confidence, you might as well go sit down anyways, and thats from the start of any career. Bad times, good times, whatever.Ž He finished 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in the two-game series, prompting the latest round of boos directed at Stanton as the Yankees fell to 8-8.Stanton said its pretty simpleŽ to block out those boos, and he understands why hes hearing them.Youve got to own up to it and understand and find a way to get better, find a way to get out of it,Ž he said. STANTONFrom Page B1


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Ina mini-slump KYLELARSON Ohsoclose CLINT BOWYER Lookfora goodrunat Richmond RYAN BLANEY TakesaBristolmulligan ERIKJONES SeeBlaney KURTBUSCH Buschbrothershavetwo combined winsthis year BRAD KESELOWSKI Notop-10sin April MOTORMOUTHS PODCASTItsalways72degreesand clearinthepod.Ourwintry mixŽcomesfromthestaff blender. Tuneinonlineat w daytonamotormouths THREETHINGSTOWATCHBRISTOL THREETHINGSWELEARNED WHATSONTAP 12345678910 Hendrickcarswerethirdand “fthatBristol.Aturnaround? GODSPEAK: IdsayHendricks boyshavegonefromaslow walktoabriskjog,witha sprintonthehorizon. KENSCALL: Theywerealso 18thand29th.Sono,letswait tosuggesttheyrebackinthe fastlane. DidGodwinKellyreally pickChaseElliotttowinat Richmond? GODSPEAK: PoorChasedidso badatBristol,Ithinkthependulummakesabig,positive swingforBillsboy. KENSCALL: Godwinapparentlyisntbigontrends. CurrenttrendssuggestChase hasNOCHANCEatRichmond. WINNER: ChaseElliott RESTOFTOP5: JoeyLogano, DennyHamlin,ErikJones,Brad Keselowski FIRSTONEOUT: WilliamByron DARKHORSE: JimmieJohnson DONTBESURPRISEDIF: Elliott getshis“rstwinoftheseason andstartsvisitingVictoryLane onaregularbasis. CHRISBUESCHERVS.TREVOR BAYNE: BueschersaidBayne washoldingupseverallapped carstryingtostayahead ofraceleaderRyanBlaney. Severalcarsmadecontact, knockingBlaneyoutofthe race. GODWINKELLYSTAKE: This reallyshouldbeBlaneyvs. lappedcars,Žbuttheyoung drivertookthehighroad. Unfortunately,Ihatethatit didcollectBlaneyandeverybodyinvolved,ŽBueschersaid. Restrictorplatesat Charlotte?Calmdown,it'sonlyforthe All-StarRacenextmonth.And, whoknows,itmightadda sparktoaneventthatneeds one.Granted,thatsparkmight beliteral,andmightinvolve theyelpof"TroubleinTurn3!" There'saschoolofthought outtherethatsaysslowing thecarsabitwon'tirritate thefans,sincefewfansare carryingstopwatches.Butthe slowdownneedstocomewith tightercompetition.Theplates willdothat„atthecostof honestcompetition,buthey, can'thaveeverything.Youhaveabetteridea?IlikethesuggestionofrotatingtheAll-StarRaceamong severaltracks.My“rstchoice: TakeittoLongIslandand runtheFigure8trackatIslip Speedway.Youthinkthat'd helptheratings?You'rewelcome.That“rstconsultationis freeofcharge.„KenWillis,ken.willis @news-jrnl.comCUPSERIES: ToyotaOwners 400 SITE: RichmondRaceway(.75mileoval) TVSCHEDULE: Friday,practice (FoxSports1,11a.m.and12:30 p.m.),qualifying(FoxSports1, 5:30p.m.).Saturday,race(Fox, coveragebeginsat6p.m.; green”ag,6:45p.m.) XFINITY: ToyotaCare250 SITE: RichmondRaceway SCHEDULE: Friday,practice (FoxSports1,9:30a.m.),qualifying(FoxSports1,4p.m.), race(FoxSports1,7p.m.) 1.KyleBusch365 2.JoeyLogano306 3.KevinHarvick290 4.ClintBowyer286 5.BradKeselowski271 6.RyanBlaney267 7.MartinTruexJr.257 8.DennyHamlin252 9.KyleLarson249 10.KurtBusch241 11.AricAlmirola211 12.ErikJones209 13.AlexBowman190 14.AustinDillon183 15.RyanNewman1811.TalladegadaysTalladegaSuperspeedwaywillopenits 2.66-miletri-ovaltofolkswhowantto noodlearoundthetrackintheirpassengercars.Itwontbeanall-out, pedal-to-the-metaldeal.Thepeople payingthe$50feewillgoingroups behindaTalladegapacetruck.TheDrive DaysŽarescheduledApril24andApril26. Participantsbehindthewheelmustbeat least19yearsold.Ohheck,whatcouldgo wrong?2.NorestforwearyBristolhadathree-dayshow,which stretchedouttoMondaytocomplete theFoodCity500becauseofpersistent rainandwintrymix.ŽNASCARgotthe racedone,despitemorerainMonday, butitwillmakeforashortturnaround forCupSeriesteams.Theymustreport toRichmondRacewaybyearlyFriday morningandbereadytogoforan11a.m. practicesession.RichmondrunsitsCup raceSaturdaynight.3.RichmondforecastWeatherhasbeenabigfactorin NASCARthisseason.Rainthreatenedthe raceatAtlantaMotorSpeedway,butthe racewasstaged.QualifyingwascanceledatTexasMotorSpeedwaybecause oflightning.TheraceatBristolMotor Speedwaywasred-”aggedovernight forrain.Ondeck:Richmond,wherethe forecastisclearforSaturdaynightsrace, withrainonSunday.Fingerscrossed.„GodwinKelly,godwin. kelly@news-jrnl.comTalladegaSuperspeedwaywillopenits 2.66-miletri-ovalcoursetothegeneral publicandpassengercarsnextweek. Whatcouldgowrong?Theymaywant totalktoChaseElliott(24)andDaniel Suarez(19)beforetakingtothetrack.[AP/DALEDAVIS] 1.Kylevs.KyleThebattleofKylesatBristolwaswon againbyBusch,withLarsonadisappointingsecond.Larsonled200laps,but Buschledthemoneylap.IhateIdidnt win,ŽLarsonsaid.Itsanotheroneat Bristol.IvebeenbeatbyKyleeverytime Iracehere.Thatsfrustratingaftera while.Ž2.BaynespainTrevorBaynehelpedcreatetwocaution periodsinDay1oftheBristolrace.Both requiredred”agsforcleanup.Oneofthe victimswasRyanBlaney,whohadled twicefor100lapsbeforegettingshoved intothewallonLap118.Taketheleader out,sothatsunfortunate,ŽBlaneysaid.3.BubbasdeadboltTheytestalotofequipmentbefore anyNASCARraceandmayneedtoadd deadboltlockŽtothelist.BubbaWallace wastrappedinhismotorhomebathroom becausehisdoorlockgotstuck.Itried forthreeminutestogetitopenand eventuallywentouttheescapehatch,Ž Wallacesaid.„GodwinKelly,godwin. KyleBuschdidnotleadatonof laps,justtherightlapatBristolon Monday.[AP/WADEPAYNE]




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PAGE 21 | Thursday, April 19, 2018 C1 SCENETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comBy Linda FloreaCorrespondentThe romantic comedy 9 MonthsŽ, written by Lake County resident Tom Kline, opens Friday at the Moonlight Players Theatre and runs until May 6. Also, there will be a reading of Klines next play, Overdue BillsŽ at noon Saturday. The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra series Home on the RangeŽ with classic cowboy melodies performs today in Eustis and Friday in Clermont. Jukebox Memories is a journey through the 50s and 60s in Eustis Sunday. The Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale features the Frankie Valli tribute Lets Hang OnŽ for two show Saturday. There are a slew of performances in May, so get your seats early. 9 Months A romantic comedy that will touch your heart, 9 MonthsŽ opens Friday at the Moonlight Players Theatre and plays until May 6. In the show, a young married couple finds out that they are going to have their first child. This gentle romantic comedy follows their journey through the childbirth process, with the emphasis on the different point of views between the expectant mother and father as they go through the ups and downs for the firsttime. The play is an original show, written and directed by Moonlight Player Tom Kline. If youre going to write about something, it has to be something you know,Ž Kline said. Nine Months is the story of a couple having their first child. Its really her (his ex-wife Patti Kline) story and my story.Ž He said he started out writing a comedy, but it became a love story also. In the start, the couple is completely in love,Ž Kline said. As they go through the nine months, for the guys its like we stand there like a dumbfounded puppy that hasnt any idea of what is going on. We are two different creatures. By the time she goes into labor, he is ready to walk out the door.Ž Expectant mothers get into the show at a discount. Details and tickets: Kline has already completed his next play, Overdue Bills,Ž which will have a reading for the public noon on Saturday at the Moonlight Theatre, and Kline said hes buying pizza. Overdue BillsŽ is about a grandfather reaching the end of life and his grandson who cant graduate ON STAGE9 Months opens Friday in Clermont By Linda Florea CorrespondentGet outdoors this weekend and celebrate Earth Day with a little love for Mother Earth by participating in a variety of activities, from celebrations to a bird walk to planting some green. Earth Day celebrations are in Mount Dora, Center Hill and Clermont. Get involved with an Earth Day planting in Leesburg or the Lake Cleanup in Clermont. Dade Battlefield in Bushnell offers at Spring Bird Walk on Saturday followed by Trash to Treasure crafts. Fishing, archery, hiking and canoeing activities are at Welcome to the Woods Saturday in Sorrento. Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis features a Friday evening seminar on controlling pests the natural way. In the mood for a festival? Go to Trains, Planes & BBQ in Tavares and enjoy the food, air show, car show and train rides. 22nd Annual Earth Day Celebration Vendors, educational booths, seminars and an Upcycle Fashion Show set the tone for the 22nd Annual Earth Day Celebration 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Donnelly Park, 530 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. New this year are the Global Peace Film Festival screenings in the Mount Dora Community Building Friday with The AnthropologistŽ at 6 p.m. and A Bold PeaceŽ at 8 p.m. and Saturday with The DiplomatŽ at 11 a.m. Speed SistersŽ at 1 p.m. and Taking RootŽ at 3 p.m. Donations are welcome. Details: 11th Annual Earth Day Celebrations Ice cream, hot dogs, love gators from Gator World, kids fossil dig, sandcastle building classes and school choral and band groups will set the tone for the 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at CEMEX Center Hill mine, 530 W. Kings Highway in Center Hill. Earth Day Planting Spread some green and help restore native plant communities 9 a.m. Saturday at PEAR Park WCA, 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg. Refreshments courtesy of Daughters of the American Revolution. Earth Day and Lake Cleanup Clean up the lake from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and get a free T-shirt if you pre-register at clermontfl. gov. Visit the free Earth Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Hiawatha Preserve Park, 450 12th St. in Clermont. The event features environmental education, Earth Kids Zone, music and entertainment, non-profit food vendors and giveaways. Earth Day Celebration in Mount Dora W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora features an Earth Day Celebration with bees, birds and butterflies from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Receive a Florida native seedling or sapling and door prize ticket. The program includes Birds of Prey at 2 p.m., Bees and Beekeeping at 3 p.m., a free Earth Day project for kids at 3:30 p.m. and tours of the Nunan Butterfly Garden at 3:30 p.m. Welcome to the Woods Get out in the wild with fishing, By Dana Barbuto More Content NowWhen a genetic experiment so risky it must be conducted in outer space goes awry, Dwayne The RockŽ Johnson hurries to save his friend, the extraordinarily intelligent silverback gorilla George, from leveling the city of Chicago. Thats the gist of Rampage,Ž the new dumb-fun actioner reteaming Johnson with his San AndreasŽ director Brad Peyton. Its another save-the-world vehicle for Johnson, who again exploits a charisma as big as his biceps. The plot „ a trio of animals grow into massive monsters and lay the smack down „ is preposterous. But Johnson, as primatologist Davis Okoye, head monkeywhisperer at the San Diego Wildlife Sanctuary, doesnt let a limp script laden with junk science and inane dialogue ruin his good time „ or ours. Somehow it took four writers to cobble together this lumbering adaptation of a video game, but the cast „ from Johnson on down to the CGI-d beasts „ makes a silk purse out of a gorillas ear. Johnson and George are hands down the years best screen couple. They knuckle up, flip each other off and communicate through sign language and gesture. Call it an interspecies bromance. Naomie Harris (MoonlightŽ) plays an ax-grinding, disgraced scientist inserting herself into Davis attempts to transform George back into the gentle ape he rescued from poachers when he was an Army Ranger. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, from TVs The Walking Dead,Ž is a government agent knocking heads with Johnson. Whenever they share the screen, the two he-men project some serious swagger. The jury is still out on whose smile is more magnetic. Malin Akerman (BillionsŽ) is a hoot as campy villainess Claire Wyden. Her mutagenic serum causes rapid growth and induces rage in the three rampaging beasts: Gorilla (George), reptile (Lizzie), and wolf (Ralph). Jake Lacy (Obvious ChildŽ) plays Claires doltish brother. Rounding out the cast are Joe Manganiellos (Magic MikeŽ) animal-killer-forhire and Demetrius Grosse (Straight Outta ComptonŽ) as the Army colonel tasked with taking down the three supersized animals deemed weapons of mass destruction.Ž Peyton really knows his way around disaster movies „ and epic character demises. He dials up an abundance of critter carnage, plane crashes, crumbling skyscrapers, and a multitude of bullets, bombs and missiles. He blows stuff up so good „ often defying the laws of physics and gravity „ you forgive his want to completely abandon characters (P.J. Byrne, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid) introduced early in the movie. Byrne is pretty funny in his limited part. I would have liked more of him. Peyton also struggles with tone. Hes serious one minute, cheeky the next. Its a hard line to toe, but hes lucky Johnson is leading the charge. Nothing beats seeing the big guy monkeying around. Dana Barbuto may be reached at dbarbuto@ or follow her on Twitter @dbarbuto_Ledger.MOVIE REVIEWRampage is a mindless good timeDwayne The RockŽ Johnson and George in a scene from Rampage.Ž [FLYNN PICTURE COMPANY] Earth Day celebrations abound in Lake and Sumter counties this weekend, featuring demonstrations on ecology as well as fun activities for both kids and adults. [SUBMITTED] Billy, played by Bennett Webb, “ nds out hes going to be a father from Jenny, played by Sascha Mills, in 9 Months,Ž opening Friday at the Moonlight Players Warehouse Theatre in Clermont. The play is written by local Tom Kline. [SUBMITTED] RampageŽCast: Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello. (PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief language, and crude gestures.) Grade: B+ LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT SCENEOn Tap this weekendCelebrate the earth and ecology or look to the skies for planes in Tavares See STAGE, C6 See TAP, C6


C2 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Mesfin FekaduThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ The anticipation around Cardi Bs debut album has been scorching hot, so when the breakthrough artist finally debuted the full album at a party April 5, she told the DJ to make sure the sound level was perfect. DJ, make it a little loud cause I dont feel it in my bones,Ž she said after the second track played, while the DJ worked on the sound. Thats when Cardi Bs silly and likable personality „ which has helped her skyrocket on social media and the pop charts „ shined brightly. She went into karaokemode, singing some of Whitney Houstons I Will Always Love You,Ž even getting the audience of music industry players in New York City to participate. But the DJ needed two more minutes. Two minutes? What the (heck) Im supposed to do with two minutes? Im running out of jokes. Im running out of entertainment,Ž she said, then reminding the crowd that shes performing on Saturday Night LiveŽ this weekend. Cardi B, the 25-yearold Bronx rapper, released her major-label debut album, Invasion of Privacy,Ž on April 6. It comes 10 months after she dropped Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),Ž the ubiquitous rap song that topped Billboards Hot 100 chart in October, making her one of three females to top the pop charts with a song last year. When that Grammynominated song came up during the listening, she skipped it: I know you heard it 1,000 times. I put it on my album because thats the song that made me rich ... That song changed my life.Ž The next track, Be Careful,Ž was met with controversy when an older version of the song by rapper Pardison appeared online. Some of the lyrics were directly used on Cardi Bs song and some wrote that she stole the song, though Pardison was listed as a co-writer on the track. I dont know where Pardison is at, but Pardison is a big part of the song. You know, I heard the record and I was like, ...I want that record for me. So, you know, I flipped it and I made it into a girl version,Ž she said. I dont give (expletive), ghostwriter, cowriter, (people), I dont give a (expletive),Ž she said. What you need to do is ask your favorite rappers about their ghostwriters.Ž The event was tightly packed, as attendees bumped shoulder to shoulder while dancing to Cardi Bs new songs and drinking out of large red cups. The scene outside was similar as people waited in the cold to get inside the white-hot event, met with the heavy smell of marijuana as the door opened as some entered. Bartenders and waitresses at Common Ground mimicked Cardi Bs style: They dressed in the short, green wig and black-and-white plaid shirt Cardi B sports on her new album cover. Isnt it funny? This is the spot I first met my man at,Ž said Cardi B, referring to her fiance Offset of the multiplatinum rap trio Migos. Thank you everybody for coming out. I worked so hard on this album ... This music industry (stuff) is a roller coaster, an emotional roller coaster. Its more crazier than the streets,Ž she said. Invasion of PrivacyŽ also includes the hit Bartier Cardi,Ž while Chance the Rapper, SZA, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny, Kehlani and YG make guest appearances. Cardi B, who developed a following on social media after stripping and appeared on the reality show Love and Hip Hop,Ž has also had major success with the songs FinesseŽ with Bruno Mars, No LimitŽ with G-Eazy,Ž and MotorSportŽ with Migos and Nicki Minaj. In barely a year this woman has broken so many records. This girl has so many Hot 100 (hits) ... Shes worked her (butt) off,Ž said Julie Greenwald, the chairman and COO of Atlantic Records, home to Ed Sheeran, Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay and Sia. We are so proud of this album,Ž she added before calling Cardi B the first lady of Atlantic Records.ŽCardi B caps big year with album releaseRapper Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party Jan. 25 at The Grill/The Pool in New York. Her debut album was released April 6. [EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP]TOP SONGS 1. Gods Plan, Drake 2. The Middle, Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey 3. Meant to Be, Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line 4. Call Out My Name, The Weeknd 5. Whatever It Takes, Imagine Dragons 6. Be Careful, Cardi B 7. Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign), Post Malone TOP ALBUMS 1. My Dear Melancholy, The Weeknd 2. Golden Hour, Kacey Musg raves 3. The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists 4. Expectations, Hayley Kiyoko 5. Blackout, Steffany Gretzinger 6. The World Is Yours, Rich the Kid 7. Jesus Christ Superstar, Jesus Christ Superstar The Original Studio Cast & Andrew Lloyd Webber FICTION 1. Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man 4)Ž by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 2. Red AlertŽ by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (Little, Brown) 3. The DisappearedŽ by C.J. Box (G.P. Putnams Sons) 4. Pete the Cat: Big Easter AdventureŽ by James Dean (HarperTorch) 5. God Gave Us EasterŽ by Lisa Tawn Bergren (Waterbrook) NONFICTION 1. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosŽ by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada) 2. EmbracedŽ by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson) 3. Secret EmpiresŽ by Peter Schweizer (Harper) 4. Russian RouletteŽ by Michael Isikiff and David Corn (Twelve) 5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckŽ by Mark Manson (HarperOne) FICTION E-BOOKS 1. Red AlertŽ by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (Little, Brown) 2. The DisappearedŽ by C.J. Box (G.P. Putnams Sons) 3. Shock WaveŽ by Clive Cussler (Little, Brown) 4. Savage PrinceŽ by Meghan March (Meghan March) 5. The Return of Rafe MckadeŽ by Nora Roberts (Silhouette) NONFICTION E-BOOKS 1. All-American MurderŽ by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich (Little, Brown) 2. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosŽ by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada) 3. Tiger WoodsŽ by Benedict/Keteylan (Simon & Schuster) 4. Waling with God...Ž by Timothy Keller (Penguin) 5. Easy 5-Ingredient Helathy CookbookŽ by Toby Amidor (Callisto Media) BEST-SELLING BOOKS The Wall Street Journals list re” ects nationwide sales of hardcover books for the week ending April 1By Pablo GorondiThe Associated PressConsidering the quality of the songwriting partnership combining Elton Johns music with Bernie Taupins lyrics and that the song selection on these two tribute albums is, with some exceptions, a collection of fairly clear-cut covers of their biggest hits, your level of enjoyment will depend mostly on your like, dislike, tolerance or rejection of the contributors. Sir Elton curated Revamp,Ž which gathers versions by inhabitants of the rock and pop worlds, from Lady Gaga and Mary J. Blige to Coldplay, Sam Smith and The Killers, and opens with Pink, Logic and a John cameo on Bennie and the Jets.Ž Highlights include Florence + The Machines take on Tiny Dancer,Ž Queens of the Stone Age surprisingly contained Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadŽ and Sam Smiths Daniel.Ž Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest WordŽ by Mary J. Blige and Dont Go Breaking My HeartŽ by Q-Tip featuring Demi Lovato probably veer farthest from the originals but if the musical backing is a bit clouded, the passion of the vocals still shines through. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran reclaims Candle in the WindŽ for Marilyn Monroe. Taupin took RestorationŽ under his wings and its versions by country artists is rooted in the fact that more than a handful of his and Johns songs shared a strong kinship with whats now called Americana. It also results in the profounder album of the two. Miranda Lambert carries with grace the emotions behind My Fathers Gun,Ž about a Confederate soldier returning to battle after burying his dad, while Lee Ann Womack is an ideal choice for the groovy Honky Cat.Ž Vince Gill and Don Henley polish SacrificeŽ and Rosanne Cash shares This Train Dont Stop There AnymoreŽ with Emmylou Harris. Chris Stapleton sings I Want LoveŽ like its his own, Kacey Musgraves serenades late-night TV on Roy RogersŽ while Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton turn PleaseŽ into fine bluegrass. It all ends with Willie Nelson sounding as timeworn and wise as Moses himself on Border Song.ŽStars cover Elton John & Bernie Taupin RevampVarious Artists (Island Records)RestorationVarious Artists (UMG Nashville) MUSIC & BOOKSMUSIC REVIEW BOOK REVIEW By Michael HillThe Associated PressThe first astronauts to orbit the moon ended their 1968 Christmas Eve television broadcast with a personal message for the people of Earth. No one knew what the three Apollo 8 astronauts would say „ not their worried wives 240,000 miles away nor the buttoned-down NASA engineers who meticulously planned every moment of the high-stakes mission to reach the moon before the Soviets. With the moon showing on TV screens, Bill Anders began reading: In the beginning, God created the heaven and the Earth ...Ž Then Jim Lovell and Frank Borman followed by reading a few lines each from the book of Genesis. The plain voices reading the Bibles creation story made grown men weep, Kurson writes, and sent people outside to peer at the sky in wonder. Sweet moments like this punctuate this mostly engrossing book about the historic but sometimes overlooked Apollo 8 mission. Neil Armstrong and company will always get top billing among astronauts for landing on the moon in 1969, but first someone had to show it was even possible to get there and back. By 1968, the Soviets appeared poised to launch and deal Americans yet another in a series of space-related humiliations dating back to Sputnik. NASA was determined to get there first, even if it meant dramatically compressing the timeline. Kursons conception-to-splashdown reporting had the cooperation from the astronauts and their wives, giving him invaluable details of what happened inside the astronauts capsule and in their homes below. Most readers already know how the mission turned out (success!), but Kurson builds suspense around a mind-bendingly complex and dangerous journey.Rocket Men chronicles Apollo 8 missionRocket MenRobert Kurson (Random House) For the week ending April 5iTUNES TOP 10


Thursday, April 19 CHESS CLUB: From 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Call 352728-9790 for information. MEDITATION: At 4 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Guided meditation followed by discussion. Chairs provided or bring yoga mat. Beginners welcome. Call 352-728-9790 to register. QUILTING SISTERS GUILD: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday at Masonic Lodge, 200 Richey Road. in Leesburg. Call Mary at 352-323-3351 or go to for information. STORY TIME OUR WORLD: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For ages 5 and under. With music, movement and “ ngerplays. Call 352-728-9790 for information. PRE-K STORY TIME: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mt Dora. Call 352-735-7180 for information. LAKE COUNTY FARMERS AND FLEA MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 County Road 452 in Eustis. For information, call Cole Scharlau at 352-357-9692. CRAFTY KIDS: From 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. every Thursday at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. Children of all ages are invited to make a craft at the library to take home. Call Penny Richardson at 352-728-9790 or email penny.richardson@leesburg” CRAFTERNOONS: From 2 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Bring your current craft project. Call 352-536-2275 for information. KIDS ACTIVITY NIGHT: From 6 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at Astor County Library, 54905 Alco Road. Call 352-759-9913 for information. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: From 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at Marion Baysinger Memorial Library, 756 W. Broad St. in Groveland. For ages 13 to 18. Call 352-429-5840 for information. TNT GAMING: From 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For ages 8 to 18. Call 352-728-9790 for information. LEGO CLUB: From 3 to 4 p.m. every Thursday at Fruitland Park Library, 205 W. Berckman St. For ages 5 to 18. Call 352-360-6561 for information. ACUPUNCTURE WITH ANITA: At 10:30 a.m. at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howeyin-the-Hills. Learn how acupuncture can help in your daily life. Call Tara Hall at 352-324-0254 for information. FLORIDA LAKES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At 7:30 p.m. at Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, 1724 South Bay St. in Eustis. Home on the Range. Go to for tickets and information. THIRD THURSDAY BIKE NITE: At 6:30 p.m. at The Great Chicago Fire Brewery and Tap House, 311 W. Magnolia St. in Leesburg. With live music and happy hour specials until 9:30 p.m. FOOD TRUCKS: From 5 to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Sunset Park in Mount Dora. Featuring 10 to 12 food trucks. Call 352-383-2165 or email SUPER JAM: At 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. With OBO band and other select performers. Go to for tickets and information. Friday, April 20 LAKEFRONT WORKOUT DANCE PARTY: From 10 to 11 a.m. every Friday at Lillys on the Lake, 846 W. Osceola St. in Clermont. Free. Go to lillysonthelake. com. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Friday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to FRIDAY FISH FRY: From 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Nonmembers must sign in with a sponsor. Wear red to honor those deployed. Call Post Commander or Vice at 352-323-8750, email veteransInfoandEvents@gmail. com or go to amvets2006. com. JAZZ TRIO: From 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday at Lakeside Inn, 100 Alexander St. in Mount Dora. Featuring Johny Carlsson on piano, Barry Smith on drums and Larry Jacoby on bass. STORY TIME: At 11 a.m. every Friday at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howey-In-The-Hills. With craft. Call 352-324-0254 for information. CHESS CLUB: From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. every Friday at Umatilla Public Library, 412 Hat“ eld Dr. Call 352-6693284 for information. MOVIE NIGHT: At 6 p.m. at Fairway Christian Church Room C/D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Showing of Wonder. With popcorn and snacks. Free. Bring a friend. Call 352-2599305 for information. CLASSIC COUNTRY: At 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. With Suzanne and the Opry Band. Go to for tickets and information. FLORIDA LAKES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At 7:30 p.m. at Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 13600 Caspian Lane in Clermont. Home on the Range. Go to for tickets and information. LITE BITES AND MEAT SHOOTS: At 5 p.m. every third Friday at John Gella Memorial Post 219, 194 W. Fountain St. in Fruitland Park. Light supper, bake sale and fun game of meat shoots. Call 352-787-2338 for information. THIRD FRIDAY SOCIAL AND DINNER: At 5:30 p.m. every third Friday at Triangle Boat Club, 12001 U.S. Highway 441 in Tavares. $10. Members and guests must register. Call 352-533-8398. MEET THE ARTIST: From 6 to 8 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howeyin-the-Hills. With music and refreshments. Call 352324-0254 for information. FRIDAY NIGHT NATURALIST: From 6 to 7:45 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. Each month different experts about the natural world and phenomena give presentations. Learn about nature, wildlife and nature photography. Call Eileen Tramontana at 352-357-7536 or email tlnc. Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22 9 MONTHS: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Moonlight Players Theatre, 735 W. Minneola Ave in Clermont. Cost is $18 for adults and $15 for students and children. Go to for tickets and information. Saturday, April 21 TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2727 S. Grove St. in Eustis. Presented by Kiwanis Club. With bounce house | Thursday, April 19, 2018 C3and food. Free. Call Marcy Kappel at 352-589-5683 for information. RANGER HISTORY PROGRAM: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday unless another event is scheduled at Dade Battle“ eld Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. With historic weapons “ ring demonstration. Call 352-793-4781. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Saturday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to CROCHET CLASS: From noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. Bring a size J crochet hook, yarn and scissors. Class projects include a newborn infants cap, a star-shaped pot holder and a ladys hat with ornamentation. Free. Call 352-735-7180, option 5. LEESBURG SATURDAY MORNING MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Towne Square, 501 W. Main St. With local farmers, craftsmen, bakers and artists. Volunteers needed. Call 352-365-0053. 10TH ANNUAL PLANES, TRAINS AND BBQ: From 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Wooton Park in Tavares. Free. With classic car show, live music, barbecue vendors, kids zone, air show and train rides. Go to for details. 22ND ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Donnelly Park, 530 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. Living Plastic Wise. With vendors, educational booths, seminars and Upcycle Fashion Show. Go to KINSEEKERS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: At 10:30 a.m. at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. DNA SIG in Room A and WIKI SIG in Tech Room at 9 a.m. Annette Burke Lyttle presents on probate records and wills during 10:30 a.m. meeting. Free. Go to for information. WELCOME TO THE WOODS: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seminole State Forest Wildlife Management Area in Sorrento. With “ shing, archery, hiking and canoeing. Free. Food and drinks available by donation to bene“ t 4-H. Call 352-7321225 to register. SPRING FASHION SHOW: From 12 to 3 p.m. at Eustis Elks Lodge, 2540 Dora Ave. in Tavares. Cost is $8 and includes light lunch and door prizes. Call 386-747-9980. 11TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CEMEX Center Hill mine, 530 W. Kings Highway in Center Hill. With ice cream, hot dogs, live gators from Gator World, kids fossil dig, sandcastle building classes and school choral and band groups. Call 352793-2315 for information. EARTH DAY PLANTING: At 9 a.m. at PEAR Park WCA, 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg. Assist with restoration of native plant communities. Refreshments courtesy of Daughters of the American Revolution. Call Justin Pouliot at 352-516-7011 for information. LETS HANG ON: At 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. Frankie Valli Tribute Show. Go to for tickets and information. SPRING BIRD WALK: From 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Dade Battle“ eld Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Bring binoculars or borrow from the park. Cost is $3/vehicle or annual park pass. Call 352-793-4781. TRASH TO TREASURE CRAFTS: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dade Battle“ eld Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Materials provided. Cost is $3/vehicle or Florida annual park pass plus $5/person, 12 and under free. Call 352-793-4781. KIDS ACTIVITIES: From 1 to 3 p.m. at Dade Battle“ eld Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Learn about Florida animals through walks, games and crafts. Materials provided. Cost is $3/vehicle or Florida annual park pass. Call 352-793-4781. HOAGIE NIGHT: At 4 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Call 352-323-8750, email or go to EARTH DAY EVENT AND LAKE CLEANUP: Cleanup from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Hiawatha Preserve Park, 450 12th St. in Clermont. With environmental education, earth kids zone, DJ, food vendors and giveaways. Free. Go to clermont” .gov to register. BACK TO 76: At 7:30 p.m. at Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27. Firefall and Orleans, together for one night only. Go to for tickets and information. Sunday, April 22 SUNRISE SALUTATIONS: At 8:30 a.m. every Sunday at Lillys on the Lake, 846 W. Osceola St. in Clermont. CALENDAR We want to hear from you: Send news releases about arts and entertainment events around Lake and Sumter counties to Include a description, date, time, cost, address, contact name and phone number.EDITORS PICKA girl looks at shells displayed by Trout Lake Nature Center as part of Earth Day Mount Dora at Donnelly Park in Mount Dora in 2017. Mount Dora hosts two Earth Day celebrations this weekend. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] See CALENDAR, C6




DEAR ABBY: My divorced 38-year-old brother is addicted to opiates. My wealthy, enabling mother constantly bails him out nancially. My brother is engaged to a very kind woman -a mother of three he met four months ago. She's not aware of his lies, manipulations, debt and pill addiction. My brother has already destroyed a previous marriage with his actions, and I'm nding it difcult to sit back and let this happen to yet another innocent woman. I am tired of lying for him, and I know that eventually this will come to a head. Do I come forward with the truth now and possibly harm their relationship, or watch them go through with this marriage and hope for the best? -UNSURE IN NASHVILLE, TENN. DEAR UNSURE: Be prepared for the eruption that is sure to follow, but for the sake of those children, let the woman know what she will be dealing with if she goes through with the marriage. Whether she heeds your warning will be up to her, but at least she will know what she's in for.DEAR ABBY: My teenage son and daughter conded to me that their younger cousin (15) has been posting on social media that she's hanging out with men who are ve years older and taking her mother's car without her knowledge. My teens have both warned her that she's making poor choices, but she won't listen. It doesn't help that there is no father around, and her mother doesn't know how to say "no." My teens are very concerned. As the girl's uncle, I need advice on how to intervene. -PRIVY TO A BAD SITUATION DEAR PRIVY: It's denitely time for some adult intervention. If you are at all close with your niece, talk with her about how dangerous what she's doing is -not only to herself, but also the men she's been seeing because they could land in jail. While you're at it, tell her mother what you know so she can hide her car keys before her daughter gets into a serious accident and hurts herself or someone else.DEAR ABBY: When my wife introduces me at a company event and/ or party, she says, "This is my husband, 'Philip'; he's a teacher." I am uncomfortable being introduced that way because people have the preconceived notion that being a teacher denes who I am (which it does not). I have pointed out that people are not usually introduced with their careers, unless they are doctors. My wife says I'm "overreacting." I have asked her to stop doing it, but she thinks I'm just being silly. Your thoughts/comments on our discussion would be greatly appreciated. -MORE THAN A TEACHER IN ARIZONA DEAR MORE: You and your wife have a bigger problem than how she introduces you. You are married to someone who dismisses and belittles your feelings. Whether you are overreacting is beside the point. If you prefer not to be introduced the way she is doing it, she should have enough respect for you to comply with your request. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. How to play: Fill in the blank squares with the numbers 1 through 9 so that each horizontal row, vertical column and nine-square sub-grid contains no repeated numbers. Puzzles range in diculty from one to six stars. The solution to todays puzzle will be in tomorrows paper. YESTERDAYS SOLUTION BRIDGE CRYPTOQUOTE HOROSCOPES TODAY IN HISTORY DIVERSIONS license tocruise...Place your auto ad in the and watch it go! Call Classieds Today!352-314-FAST (3278)HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018:This year you experience many quick changes. The message to you is: Simplify your life. You often dont seem to have enough time to cover all your bases. Your efciency and happiness improve by ridding yourself of some of the supercial situations and people in your life. If you are single, you will establish a good relationship in the next few months, if you havent already. You are in a positive relationship cycle. If you are attached, your signicant other seems to blossom because of your compassion. As a result, the good feelings between you grow. GEMINI always has to put in his or her two cents. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) Your creativity surges to new heights. You might choose not to share all of what you are experiencing. You will nd that many people will want to understand your logic. You will start to look at situations from a nancial perspective. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) The Sun moves into your sign later in the day, and you will notice a difference immediately. You will have a stronger personality, and youll know more of what you desire. Asking for what you want suddenly will seem natural. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) You have a nagging doubt about the path you have chosen to follow. A discussion about long-term goals keeps your mind working overtime. You might want to review a situation more thoroughly. You seem to be able to pull white rabbits out of black hats. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) You might want a timeout from those around you. Everyone gets sick of the status quo every once in a while. Listen to your inner voice, and know full well that what you are hearing is right-on. Postpone a major decision, but do not cancel a meeting. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) You could be on top of your day, even if you get a surprise call or visit. Your imagination follows through on important details. Your precision ultimately does make a difference. Emphasize your image, and note how you project yourself. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) You beam, and others notice. Confusion surrounds your work. You are likely to ask someone you respect for his or her feedback, as you admire how this person handles tension. You recognize the power of experience as well. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) You are able to bypass a problem by choosing not to be bothered by it. Make a call to someone who seems to be an expert in dealing with nancial matters. You always like the advice that this person gives. Honor a fast change. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) A loved one needs to have a talk with you about some changes. You could be stunned by what is suggested. You might experience a surprise event that could throw your day into chaos. Simplify your life, and everything will work out. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Others continue to seek you out. Enjoy your popularity. A good-faith gesture will be important. Your ability to get past a misunderstanding counts; use it to learn how to prevent a similar situation from happening in the future. Tonight: Let others make the choice.CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) You could be looking to make a change, but you might not know which way to go. Trust yourself to come up with the right ideas, even if it doesnt happen today. Fortunately you have the gift of patience, and can wait it out until you are ready. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Your upbeat attitude provides many light moments. A new friend might nd you quite endearing. Use the moment to allow more give-and-take between each other. Share your visions of the future with a partner or loved one. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You might be the source of some confusion. You could be unsure about how to straighten out the situation. Listen to some feedback from a family member who understands you well. A kind gesture can eliminate a problem. Tonight: Hang out with a friend, and catch up on news. Brothers fiancee is unaware of his hidden opiate addiction | Thursday, April 19, 2018 C5 TODAY IS THURSDAY, APRIL 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On April 19, 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as re destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; about 80 people, including two dozen children and sect leader David Koresh, were killed. ON THIS DATE: In 1775 the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord. In 1935, the Universal Pictures horror lm "Bride of Frankenstein," starring Boris Karlo with Elsa Lanchester in the title role, had its world premiere in San Francisco. In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile battle against Nazi forces. In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Bomber Timothy McVeigh, who prosecutors said had planned the attack as revenge for the Waco siege of two years earlier, was convicted of federal murder charges and executed in 2001.) In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected pope in the rst conclave of the new millennium; he took the name Benedict XVI.


C6 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comhigh school until he pays a library fine. Stuck in the house with grandpa, the young man, William Cody Seals III, learns to play checkers along with some life lessons. Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra Home on the RangeŽ concert features A Cowboy Serenade,Ž Grand Canyon Suite,Ž Dances with WolvesŽ and RodeoŽ at the Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, 1724 South Bay St. in Eustis 7:30 p.m. today and at Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 13600 Caspian Lane in Clermont 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 to $42, $3 additional if purchased at the door. Details: Jukebox Memories... A Musical Journey Through Yesteryear Johnathan Len brings back the hits from the 50s and 60s in his show Jukebox Memories... A Musical Journey Through Yesteryear at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St. in Eustis. Enjoy classic hits such as Only Make Believe,Ž Come Go With Me,Ž Dont Be CruelŽ and many more. Len shares his stories and takes you on a journey with music from the 50s and 60s along with country and gospel. Cost: $15. Details: Orange Blossom Opry The Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale presents the Frankie Valli tribute, Lets Hang OnŽ for shows, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $32 to $58. Details: AuditionsBAY STREET PLAYERS€ Auditions for Monty Pythons SpamalotŽ are at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 6 and 7 to 10 p.m. May 7 and require a scheduled time slot. Singers with strong musical theater vocal and harmonic abilities, and acting skills are needed to play leading, supporting, featured and cameo characters. The minimum age for males and females is 18 years old. Roles are unpaid and are not precast. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. The show runs June 29 to July 15 with possible added performances. Music Rehearsals begin mid May, weekdays, 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturday or Sunday rehearsals will be scheduled as necessary. To request an audition time slot, email a performing resume and photo to Nina Vatter at nvatter@yahoo. com An audition time slot and additional info will be provided by email. SONNENTAG THEATRE AT THE ICEHOUSE€ Auditions for Sweet CharityŽ are early May. To receive an audition time slot, email your performance resume and photo to Darlin Barry, managing artistic director, at MOONLIGHT PLAYERS€ Auditions for Charleys AuntŽ are May 13 and 14 at the Moonlight Players Warehouse Theatre in Clermont. The show runs June 1 to 24. Details:€ The Wedding Singer, May 4-20 at The Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg. € The Miss Firecracker Contest, May 4-20 at the Bay Street Players in Eustis. € Wait Until Dark, May 12-27 at Tavares Theater Company. € The Glass Menagerie, at The Sonnentag Icehouse Theatre in Mount Dora May 18 to June 10. STAGEFrom Page C1archery, hiking and canoeing at Welcome to the Woods 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Seminole State Forest Wildlife Management Area in Sorrento. Free. Call 352-7321225 to register. Spring Bird Walk Bring your own binoculars or borrow some from the park and see how may species of migrating and resident birds you can spot at the Spring Bird Walk, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Cost is $3 per vehicle or annual park pass. Trash to Treasure Cra s Learn about up cycling and make your own trash to treasure craft 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Materials will be provided. Cost: $3 per vehicle or Florida annual park pass plus $5 per person, 12 and younger are free. Control Pests Naturally Clyde Stephen will give a presentation on controlling pests naturally 6 to 7:45 p.m. Friday at the Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. 10th Annual Planes, Trains and BBQ Tavares hosts the 10th Annual Planes Trains and BBQ from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Wooton Park in Tavares. The Classic Car Show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., music with Derek Trull & Easy Street at 11 a.m. barbecue vendors 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kid Zone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Air Show with Luke Carrico and the SOCOM Para-Commando Jumpers at 2 p.m., Heidi Newfield in concert at 6 p.m. and The Swon Brothers in concert at 8 p.m. and $5 train rides throughout the day. TAPFrom Page C1One hour Yoga sessions and a Mimosa. Bring mat, water and towel. Cost is $13. Call Mae at 407-513-4394 or email events@ SUNSET YOGA: From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Sunday at Clermont Waterfront Park, 330 3rd St. Bring a mat. Free. Call 407-900-8039 for information. BREAKFAST BUFFET: From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. With biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes. Cost is $6.50. Free to “ rst responders with ID and kids under 6. Call 352-483-3327. WINGS AND KARAOKE: At 2 p.m. every Sunday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Call 352-323-8750, email amvetspost2006@gmail. com or go to FARMERS MARKET: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday in downtown Clermont. Fresh produce, “ sh, eggs, ” owers, plants, shrubs, decorative items, live music and a petting zoo. MOUNT DORA VILLAGE MARKET: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday At Evans Park on Donnelly St. at Lake Dora. Superb quality local produce, eclectic food, handmade crafts and ample parking. Go to EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: From 2 to 4 p.m. at W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. With programs on birds and insects, craft and plant to bring home. Free. Call 352-735-7180 for information. ANTIQUES APPRAISAL CLINIC ROAD SHOW: From 1 to 5 p.m. at Eustis Community Center, 601 Northshore Drive. Call 352483-0046 or 352-357-5433 for information. CALENDARFrom Page C3 Children eat shaved ice and play with seaplane toys at Planes, Trains & BBQ in Tavares in 2017. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]