Citrus County chronicle
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Title: Citrus County chronicle
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Citrus County Chronicle
Publisher: Scofield Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Inverness, Fla.
Inverness, Fla
Publication Date: 01-02-2013
Copyright Date: 2006
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1889?
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 48, no. 51 (June 8, 1939).
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INSIDE JANUARY 2, 2013 Floridas Best Community Newspaper Serving Floridas Best Community VOLUME 118 ISSUE 148 50 CITRUS COUNTY Noles look for first BCS bowl win in 13 years /B1 EDUCATION: TransitioningProgram prepares students for a career./ Page C1www.chronicleonline.com INDEX Comics . . . . .C8 Community . . . .C6 Crossword . . . .C7 Editorial . . . . .A6 Entertainment . . .B6 Horoscope . . . .B6 Lottery Numbers . .B4 Lottery Payouts . .B6 Movies . . . . . .C8 Obituaries . . . .A5 Classifieds . . . .C9 TV Listings . . . .C7 OPINION: EDITORIAL, PAGE A6 Repercussions should accrue to those who dont pay what they owe and those who allow it to continue. NEWS BRIEF HIGH 74 LOW 55 Partly sunny. PAGE A4 TODAY& next morning WEDNESDAY at VILLAGE TOYOTA 000DOE9 SEE IT ON PG. C12 Woman killed in hit-and-runDoreen T. Ashley, 54, died shortly before midnight on New Years Eve, the victim of a hit-and-run accident, according to information from Florida Highway Patrol. She had been walking on the outside portion of eastbound West Rosedale Drive, just east of South Enright Terrace in Homosassa, when an unidentified vehicle, also traveling eastbound on West Rosedale Drive, struck her and fled the scene without stopping to help or report the crash. Ashley died at the scene. The FHP report puts the time and date at 11:21 p.m., Dec. 31, 2012. Citrus County Sheriffs Office deputies happened upon the scene and notified FHP. This is no information regarding the identity of the driver. Anyone with information is urged to contact FHP Cpl. Vince Parnell by calling 352796-6767. From staff reports Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes Associated PressWASHINGTON Past its own New Years deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national fiscal cliff of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained Americas divided government to the limit. The bills passage on a 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hardwon political triumph for the president less than two months after he secured re-election while calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. In addition to neutralizing middle class tax increases and spending cuts taking effect with the new year, the legislation will raise tax rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples. That was higher than the thresholds of $200,000 and $250,000 that Obama campaigned for. But remarkably, in a party that swore off tax increases two decades ago, dozens of Republicans supported the bill at both ends of the Capitol. The Senate approved the measure on a vote of 89-8 less than 24 hours earlier, and in the interim, rebellious House conservatives demanded a vote to add significant spending cuts to the measure. But in the end they retreated. Supporters of the bill in both parties expressed regret that it was narrowly drawn, and fell far short of a sweeping plan that combined tax changes and spending cuts to reduce federal deficits. That proved to be a step too far in the two months since Obama called congressional leaders to the White House for a postelection stab at compromise. 2012 Year in REVIEW Unemployment numbers drop P AT F AHERTY Staff writerDespite a three-month summer slump and a stagnant fourth quarter, Citrus Countys unemployment rate improved considerably during 2012. And while the December figures will not be available until later this month, the countys monthly unemployment rate has been steady or declining since August. For November, the countys labor force dropped by 125 to 56,861 workers and the number of employed increased by 281 to 51,645. The number of known jobless residents dropped by 406 to 5,216, for an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent, the same rate as October. Overall, there was almost no movement in regional job figures Citrus, Levy and Marion counties from October to November. When the November figures came out, Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said the slight fluctuation over the month is puzzling since the influx of seasonal hires was expected to have a greater impact but not alarming. Seasonal hiring is also expected to influence the December numbers, based on projections from retailers. To gauge how were doing, you have to look at where we were a year ago, Skinner said. And were definitely seeing some positive movement. Skinner added while the labor force is about the same size as it was in November 2011, there are 4,711 more people with jobs and 5,016 fewer unemployed. The countys November unemployment rate was a marked improvement from November 2011s 11.5 percent and a considerable improvement from the November 2010 rate of 13.8 percent. For November, the region also had 14.3 percent more online advertised vacancies, led by job openings for registered nurses. Rebecca Rust, chief economist for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said the Workforce Connection region (Citrus, Levy and Marion) is not alone in 2012, as all 67 counties had declines in unemployment rates over the year. On Dec. 21, Gov. Rick Scott announced Floridas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to County jobs grew in 2012 See JOBS / Page A2 See CLIFF / Page A2 Adams highlights election year MATTHEW BECK /Chronicle file County Commissioner Scott Adams makes a point during a special commission meeting in December. Adams is flanked by Commissioners Dennis Damato and Rebecca Bays. Sheriff, state rep retain offices M IKE W RIGHT Staff writerCRYSTAL RIVER Sheriff Jeff Dawsy faced his toughest competitor yet and still won handily. State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith had the full muscle of the state Republican Party behind him to crunch a challenger with wide name recognition in Citrus County. A little-known Lecanto High School teacher defeated a twoterm school board incumbent. Betty Strifler retired as clerk of court, but Striflers long-term assistant easily won election to replace her. Citrus and surrounding counties picked a new public defender for the first time since 1980. But the biggest name in 2012 politics, winning arguably the biggest race, was Scott Adams, an Inverness rancher/businessman who also owns a Sumter County landfill. Adams, a business associate of Sen. Charlie Dean, defeated former county public safety director Charles Poliseno and two others in the August primary for a county commission seat vacated by Winn Webb, who ran for sheriff. The race included several antiPoliseno mail pieces and automated phone calls linked to a South Florida political committee. Both that organization and Adams used the same political company to mail the pieces, though Adams said he had nothing to do with the group targeting Poliseno. Adams portrayed his campaign as anti-establishment and voters responded, giving him 40 percent in a four-person race. Poliseno was second with 27 percent. Adams already is showing an independent streak. He opened a Commissioner Scott Adams Facebook page that encourages suggestions and comments. The page warns users that anything printed there is subject to the state Sunshine Law. While other commissioners were M IKE W RIGHT Staff writerCRYSTAL RIVER The headline-grabbing candidate in the 2012 elections was a man who did all he could to avoid the spotlight. Robert Raymond Goocher, 25, a mechanic at his fathers Inverness auto-repair shop, jumped into the race for state House of Representatives District 34 despite never having run for office or even voting in an election. Though a Democrat, he immediately drew the ire of fellow Democrat Lynn Thomas Dostal and Independent Nancy Argenziano, who also were in the race against Republican incumbent Jimmie T. Smith. Dostal, in fact, had dropped from the race but reentered because of Goochers candidacy. Both Argenziano and Dostal labeled Goocher a shill, propped up by Republicans who hoped to draw votes away from Argenziano in the November election. Goocher did little to shed that label. He gave just one interview: About two minutes with a Chronicle reporter in June during which he said: Im a strong Democrat and Im looking for change. I just figured Id like to give it a shot. Moments later, Goocher said he had to hang up to do an oil change. He promised to call back. Goocher didnt call back and did not return numerous messages during the campaign. He didnt have a single sign or participate in any political forums. A Tallahassee-based election communication organization sent out several pro-Goocher mail pieces. Chronicle file Candidates, supporters and others fill the Supervisor of Elections Office on election night to watch the results come in. Goocher became a household name Robert Goocher See GOOCHER / Page A2 See ELECTION / Page A7 STATE & LOCAL: Ready Inverness has a slate of activities planned for 2013./ Page A3 NATION & WORLD: Stampede Rushing crowd following fireworks show kills at least 61 people in Ivory Coast./ Page A8 Legislation awaits presidents signature


The groups connection with Goocher was unknown. Smith said he didnt know anything about Goocher, other than his ex-wife had her cars oil changed at Bobs Car Care in Inverness, where Goocher works. However, there were connections to Smith: Goochers mother leases space for her embroidery business from Inverness attorney Bill Grant, a strong Smith supporter. Smith included Goochers father, Robert Alan Goocher, on a list to Gov. Rick Scott of recommended names for the Citrus County Hospital Board. During an interview, Smith said he didnt recall doing that, and then blamed it on Grant. Did I get played? Did somebody play me for a fool? Smith said at the time. Goochers name is on there and the next thing you know his kids running for office. Somebody is screwing with me. A week later, Smith issued a statement that said he wanted to clear up confusion regarding the issue. He said any advancement of people for gubernatorial appointments was done with one goal: ensuring the governor had a list of highly qualified people to consider when filling positions important to our community. Period. Smith refused to discuss the issue and he stopped giving the Chronicle any interviews after that on the advice of a political consultant. At Argenzianos request, the state attorney investigated a Floral City mans claims that Grant approached him to run for office as a Democrat prior to Goochers candidacy. Assistant State Attorney Mark Simpson concluded no wrongdoing, even though he did not interview Grant or Smith. Goocher told Simpson he wanted to run for office to make a difference, but shied away after the early criticism of his campaign. Simpson also spoke to an associate of a political action committee who donated to Goochers campaign. The associate said he didnt know Goocher, but that Smith called him and said Goocher was a good guy. Goocher collected $2,540 for his campaign and didnt spend a dime of it on the race, other than the $1,781 filing fee. He closed his account by donating $758 to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, according to state records. In the Aug. 14 primary, Dostal defeated Goocher with 72 percent of the vote. According to elections records, Goocher did not cast a ballot. Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352563-3228 or mwright@ chronicleonline.com. 8.1 percent for the month of November, down 0.4 percentage points from October and the lowest since November 2008. Citrus County started 2012 at 11.3 percent, the same unemployment figure as December 2011. The jobless figures dropped monthly through May (9.7 percent), but increased in June (10.3 percent) and July (10.8 percent). The trend seemed to turn in August (10.3 percent). There certainly is some hope for optimism, said John Seifert, executive director of Citrus County Economic Development Council, at the time. He correctly predicted the state and county had bottomed out. County unemployment dipped to 9.9 percent in September, then locked in at 9.2 percent for the next two months. Contact Chronicle reporter Pat Faherty at 352564-2924 or pfaherty@ chronicleonline.com. A2 W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE 000DIP7 A r e y o u n e w t o C i t r u s C o u n t y ? Are you new to Citrus County? You chose the best place to move. Now choose the best physicians to help protect your new life! Call for a free screening appointment with one of our highly regarded specialists in our full service Inverness facility. Proud to be Accredited in both Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography! A limited number of appointments are available 1pm-4pm on Fridays for new residents, or those with high risk factors, including family history of heart disease and/or aneurysm, and/or current or former smokers who have no current cardiologist. 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By making Republican tax cuts permanent, we are one step closer to comprehensive tax reform that will help strengthen our economy and create more and higher paychecks for American workers, said Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. He urged a vote for passage to get us one step closer to tax reform in 2013 as well as attempts to control spending. The bill would also prevent an expiration of extended unemployment benefits for an estimated two million jobless, block a 27 percent cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients, stop a $900 pay increase for lawmakers from taking effect in March and head off a threatened spike in milk prices. It would stop $24 billion in across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect over the next two months, although only about half of that total would be offset with savings elsewhere in the budget. The economic as well as political stakes were considerable. Economists have warned that without action by Congress, the tax increases and spending cuts that technically took effect with the turn of the new year at midnight could send the economy into recession. Even with enactment of the legislation, taxes are on the rise for millions. A 2 percentage point temporary cut in the Social Security payroll tax, originally enacted two years ago to stimulate the economy, expired with the end of 2012. House Republicans spent much of the day struggling to escape a political corner they found themselves in. Within hours, Republicans abandoned demands for changes and agreed to a simple yes-or-no vote on the Senatepassed bill. They feared that otherwise the Senate would refuse to consider any alterations, sending the bill into limbo and saddling Republicans with the blame for a whopping middle class tax increase. One Senate Democratic leadership aide said Majority Leader Harry Reid would absolutely not take up the bill if the House changed it. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the measure would add nearly $4 trillion over a decade to federal deficits, a calculation that assumed taxes would otherwise have risen on taxpayers at all income levels. There was little or no evident concern among Republicans on that point, presumably because of their belief that tax cuts pay for themselves by expanding economic growth and do not cause deficits to rise. The relative paucity of spending cuts was a sticking point with many House Republicans. Among other items, the extension of unemployment benefits costs $30 billion, and is not offset by savings elsewhere. Others said unhappiness over spending outweighed fears the financial markets would plunge on Wednesday. For all the struggle involved in the legislation, even its passage would merely clear the way for another round of controversy almost when the new Congress convenes. With the Treasury expected to need an expansion in borrowing authority by early spring, and funding authority for most government programs set to expire in late March, Republicans have made it clear they intend to use those events as leverage to win savings from Medicare and other government benefit programs. McConnell said as much moments before the Senate vote. Weve taken care of the revenue side of this debate. Now its time to get serious about reducing Washingtons out-of-control spending, he said. Thats a debate the American people want. Its the debate well have next. And its a debate Republicans are ready for. CLIFF Continued from Page A1 Associated Press Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, center right, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., center left, walk down s tairs to a second Republican conference meeting Tuesday at the Capitol in Washington to discuss the fiscal cliff bill. JOBS Continued from Page A1 GOOCHER Continued from Page A1


Around THE STATE Citrus County Citrus 20/20 board to meet The Citrus 20/20 Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in Room 117, Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. All directors are especially urged to attend to review the future direction of Citrus 20/20. Interested persons or organizations are cordially invited to attend. For more information about Citrus 20/20 Inc., visit its website at www.citrus2020.org or call 352-201-0149. Oviedo Missing boaters believed dead State wildlife officials said two boaters who went missing on a central Florida lake are likely dead. Jason Cobb of Osteen and Charles Jackson of Deltona were reported missing Saturday after they failed to return from an early morning fishing trip on Lake Jesup. Authorities previously said it appeared that the men had been thrown from their boat. Jacksonville Celebratory gunfire blamed for injuries Police are blaming celebratory gunfire for injuries suffered by two people watching New Years Eve fireworks in separate parts of Florida. Lt. Jimmy Judge of the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said that shortly before midnight Monday, an 8-year-old boy in downtown Jacksonville told his father that something had hurt his foot. Judge said that when the boys father examined his shoe, he found a bullet. In St. Petersburg, police said a 67-year-old woman was leaning against a balcony railing at a yacht club when she felt something strike her right wrist just after midnight. A bullet was removed from her wrist at a hospital. Authorities urged people not to fire their guns in the air in celebration because the falling bullets could strike innocent bystanders. From staff and wire reports S TATE & L OCAL Page A3 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE C HRIS V AN O RMER Staff WriterMore federal support for Citrus Countys roads will be discussed next week during a phone call county residents can access. Bob Clifford, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) director, who provides management services to the Citrus County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), will lead a teleconference to explain how and why the TPO should merge with the Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Since last year, Clifford encouraged the TPO to merge with the MPO of a surrounding county to gain more clout in regional transportation projects. The TPO board instructed Clifford to research mergers with other counties. As a result, Clifford has recommended Hernando County as Citrus Countys best partner. The teleconference meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. Anyone who would like to take part is invited to call 800-9987433 for information. Prospective participants then will be given the main phone number and the participation code for the teleconference. The discussion will be a preview of the TPO board meeting scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in council chambers at the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main St., Inverness, which will cover many other transportation issues in addition to the MPO merger. Last month, Lee Royal, community liaison administrator with the Florida Department of Transportation District 7 office in Tampa, announced the joint teleconference at the separate meetings of the two advisory groups, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Royal also reported details of the current FDOT five-year plan for roadway maintenance and improvements within the county. Work will begin to widen part of U.S. 19 from four to six lanes, with $23.6 million allocated by the state for the project. The five-year plan includes widening U.S. 41 from State Road 44 to Arlington Street in Inverness from two to four lanes. It also includes many projects for the countys two airports. The five-year plan also included an allocation of $275,000 by 2014 for Port Citrus for a seaport capacity master plan. County Administrator Brad Thorpe, who is also the port director, told the Chronicle that the funding would be a matching fund for a private developer to use to put together a business plan when proceeding with the Port Citrus project. Although the $275,000 would come from FDOT funds, the required matching fund would have to be met with private money, not taxpayer money. Otherwise, the allocation would revert to FDOT. To read the program, go to: www.tbarta.com/ meetings/2012/12/12/december-citrus-county-tpotechnical-advisory-committ ee and click on CCTPO TAC Revised Meeting Packet, December 12, 2012. Other items of business for the next TPO board meeting may include a discussion about new census information and Suncoast Parkway 2 survey results. The agenda should be posted before the meeting at TBARTAs website at www.tbarta.com/meetings/ calendar/2013/01/all. Chronicle reporter Chris Van Ormer can be reached at cvanormer@chronicle online.com or 352-564-2916. WHAT: Teleconference to discuss merger with Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization. WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 9. CALL FOR DETAILS: 800-998-7433. A TBARTA staff member will give the teleconference phone number and participation code. Public invited to listen in on road plans N ANCY K ENNEDY Staff Writer INVERNESS B lueberries, a 10-year celebration of the humble turtle and recycling for all are among the upcoming highlights of 2013 for the city of Inverness. For residents and visitors alike, here are five things to look forward to within the city limits this year: 1. Events. More, bigger, better, grander. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Cooterfest, so look for Cooter 10 to be, in the words of Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni, sensational and fabulous, flashy and splashy. In addition to the other scores of regularly scheduled events, the city will be playing host to some type of an event that combines local blueberries and the blues, as well as more youngergeneration-centric music events, such as a Rock the Block night. Weve come to realize that the branding of the town is very important, DiGiovanni said, and the fact that people are having loads of fun at these events and then telling others about Inverness is huge. 2. Valerie Theatre restoration progress. Although no actual construction will take place in 2013, this year the city will finalize the bid documents for the various phases of construction, for an anticipated ribbon-cutting in September 2014. The anticipated funding between $250,000 and $500,000 city leaders hope will come from a state program that supports historical restoration projects geared toward arts and community culture. 3. Bicycle Boulevard. In recent years, Inverness has become a destination spot for bicyclists, and Bicycle Boulevard, the stretch of North Apopka from Dampier Street to the Withlacoochee State Trail, will get a facelift in 2013, with better-defined bike lanes on both sides of the street, a median in the center of the road, angled parking spaces and flashing bicycle crossing traffic warning devices at the trailhead. 4. Residential recycling. As the city of Inverness gets increasingly greener, 2013 will see the implementation of residential curbside recycling, with a target date of March. City residents will be issued singlestream containers for one-day-a-week pickup. Last February, representatives from Waste Management presented members of Inverness City Council with a synopsis of the program, explaining that the recycling totes will come with a list of everything that goes into them: milk and liquid laundry soap jugs, cereal boxes, soda cans, etc. Residents simply fill up the totes, set them out at the curb, probably on Wednesdays, and Waste Management trucks will come and pick them up. 5. Parks upgrades. Projects slated for the citys satellite parks in 2013 include: upgrades to the Wallace Brooks Park playground area and resurfacing of the shuffleboard court, redoing the Liberty Park parking area, refurbishing the pool at Whispering Pines Park and lighting the 1,800-foot Cooter Pond boardwalk. Our goal is not just to light the boardwalk, but to be able to accommodate events there, DiGiovanni said. Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy can be reached at nkennedy@chronicleonline.com or 352-564-2927. Inverness ready for 2013 Chronicle file This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Cooterfest, the signature event of the city of Inverness. City has full slate of activities, projects on tap for upcoming months Associated PressTALLAHASSEE Marco Tarafa was stunned to find that his homeowners policy is increasing by nearly $1,000 a year all because inspectors couldnt get into his attic, where there was no crawl space and about 24 inches of insulation. Tarafa was a customer of statebacked Citizens Property Insurance Corp. for eight years, and his rates had been stable over much of that time until now. Tarafa pays $2,200 for his policy on his 1,800-square-foot, ranch-style home in Miami Gardens. Unless something changes between now and when the policy renews in May, hes looking at a $980 increase, a hike of nearly 45 percent. Just because of that, they cant get into my roof! Tarafa said. He is among thousands of Florida homeowners forced to take coverage offered by Citizens and a target for being moved to another company in Citizens attempts to downsize. For Tarafa and millions of other Florida businesses and homeowners, property insurance rates keep soaring even though a hurricane hasnt made a direct hit over the state in seven years. The average Florida homeowner is paying twice as much for insurance as they were six years ago, according to industry statistics. In some areas, the increases are much higher. Data from the New York-based Insurance Information Institute shows homeowners claims are up by an average of more than 17 percent over the past decade. They are virtually all due to non-catastrophe claims involving water. In many instances, they are claims for issues ranging from leaky toilets to burst water heaters. Floridas rates have also been hurt by soaring claims on losses from sinkholes. A more industry-friendly Office of Insurance Regulation pressured by Gov. Rick Scott and a Republican-led Legislature means consumers pay more. Its a dangerous day in Florida when the Office of Insurance Regulation turns into the office of blind trust because they lack the resources to independently verify form filings from insurance companies, said Sean Shaw, a Tampa attorney and self-styled consumer advocate associated with a firm that frequently litigates on behalf of policyholders. There is little competition in the Florida property insurance market because many consumers can buy from only one company usually Citizens. Founded by the Legislature in 2002 for homeowners who could not get private policies, it has become the states largest property insurance company with more than 1.3 million customers after shedding some 160,000 policies in recent weeks to private companies. Scott and the Legislature are anxious for Citizens to reduce its overall liability, which would exceed its ability to pay off in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Despite calm, property insurance rates keep rising


Citrus County Sheriffs OfficeDomestic battery arrest Michael Dove 30, of Crystal River, at 9:59 p.m. Dec. 25 on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. No bond. Eric McClellan 28, of Floral City, at 11:27 p.m. Dec. 29 on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and driving while license suspended or revoked. No bond. Other arrests Cleveland Williamson Jr. 23, of South Fitzpatrick Avenue, Inverness, at 3:29 a.m. Dec. 26 on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct/breach of peace. Bond $250. Shaianah Johnson 19, of Homosassa, at 3:24 p.m. Dec. 26 on a felony charge of fraud/illegal use of a credit card. Bond $1,000. Marcus Sawyer 44, of Northeast Fifth Terrace, Crystal River, at 11:43 p.m. Dec. 27 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis. Bond $5,500. Nicholas Dellatorre 21, of North Spence Avenue, Dunnellon, at 12:44 a.m. Dec. 27 on a felony charge of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. Bond $5,000. Devon Smith 18, of West Cinnamon Ridge Drive, Lecanto, at 2:29 a.m. Dec. 27 on a Citrus County warrant for failure to appear in court for an original felony charge of grand theft. No bond. Mark Molen 50, of West County Road 48, Bushnell, at 8 a.m. Dec. 27 on a Citrus County warrant for violation of probation on an original felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. No bond. Jose Mayol 19, of Claymore Street, Inverness, at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 27 on a misdemeanor charge of battery. Bond $500. Anthony Romanelli 20, of Plumosa Street, Spring Hill, at 12:38 p.m. Dec. 27 on felony charges of dealing in stolen property, grand theft and giving false verification of ownership to a pawnbroker. According to his arrest affidavit, he is accused of pawning numerous pieces of jewelry that belonged to his relatives. Bond $114,000. Brian Schneider 31, of West Cardinal Street, Homosassa, at 4:58 p.m. Dec. 27 on misdemeanor charges of retail petit theft and trespassing in a structure or conveyance. Bond $750. Andrew Layton 24, at 10:07 a.m. Dec. 28 for violation of sex offender probation. According to his arrest affidavit, he failed to provide a suitable residential plan and was arrested the same day he was released from prison. No bond. Darryl Jarvis 50, of West Woodland Ridge Drive, Lecanto, at 11:49 a.m. Dec. 28 on a felony charge of scheming to defraud less than $20,000. Bond $2,000. Capricia Vickers 34, of North Ocean Drive, Dunnellon, at 6:27 p.m. Dec. 28 on a Marion County warrant for a misdemeanor charge of obtaining property by means of worthless check. Bond $150. Jacob Stone 22, of Taurus Drive, Santa Rose Beach, at 1:04 a.m. Dec. 29 on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct/breach of peace. Bond $250. Andres Padron 24, of 1165 South Palm Avenue, Homosassa, at 103 a.m. Dec. 29 on a felony charge of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and misdemeanor charges of petit theft and criminal mischief. Bond $1,000. Jackie Cuatt 48, of Oakdale Terrace, Inverness, at 6 p.m. Dec. 29 on a felony charge of grand theft. According to his arrest affidavit, he is accused of taking multiple items from Walmart in Inverness. He was released on his own recognizance. Joseph Binder 38, of South 11th Avenue, Gulfport, at 8:28 a.m. Sunday on a Citrus County warrant for a felony charge of trafficking in stolen property. Bond $5,000. Andres Padron 24, of South Palm Avenue, Homosassa, at 11:38 p.m. Sunday on a felony charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement. According to his arrest affidavit, he is accused of punching a man and knocking out two of the mans teeth. Bond $5,000. Vandalisms A vandalism was reported at 10:37 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, in the 5800 block of S. Bob White Drive, Homosassa. A vandalism was reported at 11:54 a.m. Dec. 29 in the 700 block of N. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE L OCAL HI LO PR NA NA NA HI LO PR 77 53 NA HI LO PR 78 51 NA HI LO PR 75 48 NA HI LO PR NA NA NA HI LO PR 74 47 NA YESTERDAYS WEATHER Partly sunny THREE DAY OUTLOOK Scattered showers, possible thunderstorm, rain chance 40% Partly sunny, rain chance 20%High: 74 Low: 55 High: 70 Low: 48 High: 65 Low: 47 TODAY & TOMORROW MORNING THURSDAY & FRIDAY MORNING FRIDAY & SATURDAY MORNING Exclusive daily forecast by: TEMPERATURE* Tuesday 78/51 Record 83/21 Normal 70/42 Mean temp. 65 Departure from mean +9 PRECIPITATION* Tuesday 0.00 in. Total for the month 0.00 in. Total for the year 0.00 in. Normal for the year 0.09 in.*As of 7 p.m. at Inverness UV INDEX: 5 0-2 minimal, 3-4 low, 5-6 moderate, 7-9 high, 10+ very high BAROMETRIC PRESSURE Tuesday at 3 p.m. 30.08 in. DEW POINT Tuesday at 3 p.m. 56 HUMIDITY Tuesday at 3 p.m. 48% POLLEN COUNT** Trees and weeds were light and grasses were absent. ** Light only extreme allergic will show symptoms, moderate most allergic will experience symptoms, heavy all allergic will experience symptoms. AIR QUALITY Tuesday was good with pollutants mainly particulates. ALMANAC CELESTIAL OUTLOOK SUNSET TONIGHT ............................5:45 P.M. SUNRISE TOMORROW .....................7:24 A.M. MOONRISE TODAY .........................10:48 P.M. MOONSET TODAY ..........................10:31 A.M. JAN. 4JAN. 11JAN. 18JAN. 26 WATERING RULES BURN CONDITIONS For more information call Florida Division of Forestry at (352) 754-6777. For more information on drought conditions, please visit the Division of Forestrys Web site: http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/kbdiTodays Fire Danger Rating is: HIGH. There is no burn ban.City H L Fcast Daytona Bch. 77 59 pc Ft. Lauderdale 79 68 s Fort Myers 79 64 pc Gainesville 74 53 sh Homestead 82 63 s Jacksonville 71 53 sh Key West 80 71 pc Lakeland 79 61 pc Melbourne 79 62 pc City H L Fcast Miami 80 70 s Ocala 77 57 pc Orlando 79 60 pc Pensacola 59 43 sh Sarasota 76 63 pc Tallahassee 62 57 sh Tampa 76 63 pc Vero Beach 79 59 pc W. Palm Bch. 77 68 s FLORIDA TEMPERATURESSouthwest winds around 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less. Bay and inland waters will have a light chop. Slight chance of showers today. Gulf water temperature63 LAKE LEVELS Location Mon. Tues. Full Withlacoochee at Holder n/a n/a 35.52 Tsala Apopka-Hernando n/a n/a 39.25 Tsala Apopka-Inverness n/a n/a 40.60 Tsala Apopka-Floral City n/a n/a 42.40Levels reported in feet above sea level. Flood stage for lakes are based on 2.33-year flood, the meanannual flood which has a 43-precent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any one year. This data is obtained from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and is subject to revision. In no event will the District or the United States Geological Survey be liable for any damages arising out of the use of this data. If you have any questions you should contact the Hydrological Data Section at (352) 796-7211. MARINE OUTLOOK Taken at Aripeka THE NATION Albany 35 19 pc 29 12 Albuquerque 36 15 pc 35 16 Asheville 44 37 .20 pc 44 32 Atlanta 54 47 .92 pc 55 37 Atlantic City 44 39 s 38 27 Austin 55 45 .20 pc 48 34 Baltimore 44 34 s 39 29 Billings 32 18 .01 pc 33 6 Birmingham 55 51 1.19 pc 47 36 Boise 24 10 pc 27 11 Boston 37 26 pc 31 16 Buffalo 33 18 sn 26 20 Burlington, VT 33 13 .03 sn 17 -4 Charleston, SC 68 45 sh 61 46 Charleston, WV 36 32 .14 s 33 20 Charlotte 50 45 .22 pc 52 40 Chicago 25 13 pc 27 22 Cincinnati 35 30 pc 28 16 Cleveland 32 23 pc 27 17 Columbia, SC 56 49 .04 pc 56 43 Columbus, OH 34 23 .04 pc 25 13 Concord, N.H. 33 17 pc 23 1 Dallas 46 37 .01 s 45 29 Denver 27 5 pc 30 7 Des Moines 16 1 pc 26 10 Detroit 30 16 pc 24 16 El Paso 46 29 s 50 26 Evansville, IN 34 26 .01 pc 34 23 Harrisburg 39 35 s 31 17 Hartford 37 27 pc 32 14 Houston 67 49 .13 pc 51 37 Indianapolis 31 19 .01 pc 25 15 Jackson 61 46 1.86 pc 46 34 Las Vegas 48 29 pc 51 33 Little Rock 41 37 s 41 28 Los Angeles 61 44 s 66 47 Louisville 37 32 .07 pc 33 23 Memphis 45 36 .30 s 41 30 Milwaukee 18 7 pc 22 20 Minneapolis 15 -5 sn 24 10 Mobile 76 54 pc 55 45 Montgomery 69 51 .21 pc 53 42 Nashville 43 38 .35 s 40 26 New Orleans 78 57 .23 pc 54 41 New York City 40 32 pc 34 24 Norfolk 49 44 .04 pc 42 31 Oklahoma City 36 28 pc 40 23 Omaha 21 1 pc 27 11 Palm Springs 60 39 s 64 38 Philadelphia 42 36 s 36 26 Phoenix 57 35 s 61 36 Pittsburgh 32 25 .06 pc 23 12 Portland, ME 32 17 s 22 3 Portland, Ore 40 23 s 38 29 Providence, R.I. 37 28 pc 33 16 Raleigh 50 43 .11 pc 48 33 Rapid City 31 7 sn 26 10 Reno 30 16 pc 31 17 Rochester, NY 34 11 .01 sn 26 18 Sacramento 52 32 s 53 31 St. Louis 32 21 pc 31 24 St. Ste. Marie 22 -1 .02 sn 21 16 Salt Lake City 27 16 pc 29 14 San Antonio 61 46 .15 pc 50 37 San Diego 60 46 s 63 44 San Francisco 53 44 s 54 41 Savannah 70 44 sh 63 49 Seattle 41 27 s 42 31 Spokane 23 9 trace c 27 16 Syracuse 35 18 .02 sn 25 13 Topeka 25 11 .01 pc 30 13 Washington 45 38 s 38 25YESTERDAYS NATIONAL HIGH & LOW HIGH 81 Opa Locka, Fla. LOW -22 Park Rapids, Minn. WEDNESDAY CITY H/L/SKY Acapulco 80/72/sh Amsterdam 45/43/sh Athens 55/45/pc Beijing 15/-1/s Berlin 42/39/rs Bermuda 70/63/c Cairo 67/51/s Calgary 33/27/s Havana 84/67/s Hong Kong 63/53/c Jerusalem 59/45/s Lisbon 56/45/s London 50/48/sh Madrid 51/38/pc Mexico City 58/41/sh Montreal 17/5/pc Moscow 25/15/pc Paris 45/43/sh Rio 87/74/ts Rome 53/50/sh Sydney 87/64/sh Tokyo 52/29/s Toronto 28/22/c Warsaw 34/32/c WORLD CITIES Tuesday Wednesday City H L Pcp. Fcst H L Tuesday Wednesda y City H L Pcp. Fcst H L Weather Central, Madison, Wi. Wednesday ThursdayCity High/Low High/Low High/Low High/LowChassahowitzka* 8:02 a/4:11 a 9:01 p/4:28 p 8:54 a/4:59 a 9:39 p/5:08 p Crystal River** 6:23 a/1:33 a 7:22 p/1:50 p 7:15 a/2:21 a 8:00 p/2:30 p Withlacoochee* 4:10 a/11:38 a 5:09 p/ 5:02 a/12:09 a 5:47 p/12:18 p Homosassa*** 7:12 a/3:10 a 8:11 p/3:27 p 8:04 a/3:58 a 8:49 p/4:07 p TIDES *From mouths of rivers **At Kings Bay ***At Masons CreekKEY TO CONDITIONS: c=cloudy; dr=drizzle; f=fair; h=hazy; pc=partly cloudy; r=rain; rs=rain/snow mix; s=sunny; sh=showers; sn=snow; ts=thunderstorms; w=windy. SOLUNAR TABLESDATE DAY MINOR MAJOR MINOR MAJOR (MORNING) (AFTERNOON) 1/2 WEDNESDAY 1/3 THURSDAY FORECAST FOR 3:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY HI LO PR NA NA NA Lawn watering limited to two days per week, before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., as follows:EVEN addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday. ODD addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday. 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Inverness man arrested on child abuse charge ChronicleAn Inverness man was arrested Sunday evening on a charge of aggravated child abuse after a 14year-old girl accused him of stomping on her stomach and torso. The alleged incident happened during an argument the suspect, 40-year-old Ronnie Decker, and the girl were having about a telephone conversation the girl overheard, according to his arrest affidavit. The girl reportedly hit Decker during the altercation. He admitted to arguing with the girl but denied intentionally stepping on or kicking her. The girl did not require immediate medical attention, but an investigator encouraged the girls mother to take her to a hospital for a medical examination. Decker was arrested and taken to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where he was held without bond. ChronicleAt 5:41 a.m. Tuesday, Citrus County Sheriffs Office Division of Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire at 4070 E. Woodduck Lane in Hernando. Four engines and a tanker arrived to find a 400square-foot singlewide family dwelling in flames. Due to the lack of hydrants in the area, a tanker shuttle was used to provide water. The fire was under control at 6:02 a.m. Progress Energy responded to disconnect the power to the residence, but the power had already been disconnected. The structure was being used for storage. No one was living at the residence. The cause of the fire was undetermined. The value of the house and the contents was estimated at $7,000. The house was not insured. Fire destroys Hernando mobile home Ronnie Decker being held without bail.


Associated PressNEW YORK As the city grapples with rebuilding after superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans for an ambitious addition to the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island: the worlds largest Ferris wheel. Sandys flooding spurred some changes to the nearly $500 million project, which includes an outlet mall and hotel. But developers havent slowed it or scaled it back. Supporters say Staten Island needs the boost now more than ever. Yet some residents, a city watchdog and a planning group have asked whether it makes sense to push ahead with a 625-foot-tall tourist attraction, set partly in a flood zone, before officials take a comprehensive look at how to build smarter after Sandy. And some say its unseemly to talk about amusement rides when Sandy has left a trail of loss. The storm gave wheel developer Richard Marin momentary pause, he said. But he quickly decided to keep going on a project he considers a oneof-a-kind boon for the citys oft-dubbed forgotten borough. Were providing some things for the city and for the local community that they would have no other way of getting right now, said Marin, the chief executive of New York Wheel LLC. Quite frankly, this borough is extremely lucky that this kind of project is under way. The company is looking to line up a multimilliondollar sponsor by April, with serious interest from a half-dozen companies at the moment, as the project works its way through various government reviews, Marin said. The city Economic Development Corp., which is playing a leading role in the reviews, says its as committed as ever to the plan. Private money will pay for the project, and the city would get $2.5 million a year in rent for two parking lots where the wheel, mall and hotel would be. Mayor Michael Bloomberg envisions the attraction becoming one of the citys premier draws, offering vistas of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty to as many as 30,000 riders a day. Sen. Charles Schumer has called the wheel Staten Islands Eiffel Tower. Developers aim to get it going by the end of 2015. The project is several miles from the Staten Island communities Sandy struck hardest. Still, the storm pushed 3 to 4 feet of seawater onto the wheel and mall sites, developers said. The project was already planned so ground floors would sit above what the federal government has, at least to this point, considered a once-in-100-year flood. But the 100-shop outlet center and 200-room hotel are already being raised another 2 feet. The wheels terminal building may also be moved up. Nonetheless, since Sandy, the developers have been making sure the buildings can withstand flooding, Marin said. Surfaces on the wheel terminals ground floor are now being planned in marble or other materials that can withstand seawater. Marin said developers are ensuring that electrical and mechanical equipment will be 30 feet above sea level, and the wheel itself will be designed to withstand sustained winds up to 129 mph, far stronger than Sandys. Mall and hotel developer BFC Partners is also elevating key equipment and looking at stone or a waterresistant wall material for the most vulnerable store spaces, partner Joseph Ferrara said. After residents expressed concerns that the malls four finger-like buildings could channel a storm surge into the neighborhood, the company is thinking about designing the garages to serve as massive retention pools if needed, said Ferrara, who lives on Staten Island. Obviously, my heart goes out to the people who did lose what they lost, but we have to just forge ahead, he said, pointing to the amenities, 1,200 construction jobs and 1,250 permanent jobs the combined development is expected to create. To me, thats an incredible opportunity that Staten Island should not lose out on. The developers stormproofing plans have addressed some residents concerns, said David Goldfarb, an officer in a nearby neighborhood group. While some residents have misgivings, particularly about traffic, theres also an appetite for seeing something rise on a property where development plans have been broached and shelved for decades, he said. But in Sandys wake, some Staten Island residents are questioning whether its the right time and place for the attraction. Nancy Rooney, a nurse who lives and works on the island, went to a public meeting about the project last month and left with a rueful feeling about it. It was in poor taste to be discussing a Ferris wheel and all this glamor it was very hard to embrace this when you knew that your colleagues and their family members were devastated, and there were people who dont have heat or electricity or homes, she said later. Several City Council members and state legislators said in a letter they were aghast that the meeting was held little more than two weeks after the Oct. 29 storm, though they remained generally supportive of the project. Marin said that developers were aware of the concerns, but that the meeting would have taken months to reschedule because of public-notice requirements. Others say the wheel should wait until the city thinks through what Sandy will mean for waterfront building. Before the storm, I dont think that anyone had really given much consideration to the fact that these projects are being built in a flood plain, said Beryl Thurman, a Staten Island environmental activist. She thinks the attraction should be put on a back burner until the city of New York can come up with real answers. The city Independent Budget Office, a watchdog agency, and the Municipal Arts Society, a nonprofit urban planning group, both spotlighted the Ferris wheel plan in separate blog posts wondering what development lessons the city will learn from Sandy. Building the Ferris wheel and other waterfront projects without a citywide look at coastal building increases the risk that the next superstorm will exact an even higher price tag, IBO spokesman Doug Turetsky wrote. But to Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, Sandys blow is no reason to step back from what he sees as a transformative project for the battered borough. If anything, its just the opposite. We have to show the community, and we have to show the world, were coming back, he said. Deaths ELSEWHERE Mike Hopkins, 53 OSCAR-WINNING SOUND EDITORWELLINGTON, New Zealand Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins, who worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and other Peter Jackson films, has died in a rafting accident in New Zealand. He was 53. Hopkins drowned on Sunday when his inflatable raft capsized during a flash flood in a river on New Zealands North Island, police senior Sgt. Carolyn Watson said. His wife survived. The New Zealand Herald newspaper quoted Rings director Peter Jackson as saying many actors, directors and film crew members who were lucky enough to work with Hopkins would miss him deeply. Mike was a very genuine, caring and warm-hearted guy with a great sense of humor, Jackson said. A native New Zealander, Hopkins shared Oscars with sound editing partner Ethan Van der Ryn in 2006 for King Kong and in 2003 for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. They also were nominated for 2007s Transformers. Hopkins also was sound editor on the two other Rings films and had worked on earlier Jackson movies including Heavenly Creatures and The Frighteners. The Herald reported a family celebration of Hopkins life was planned on Thursday. A river contractor, Bruce Slater, and his son used a jet boat to rescue Hopkins wife. Nicci Hopkins had been in the Waiohine River two hours and was clinging to a ledge in a narrow part of the gorge too dangerous for bigger boats or a helicopter. Watson called the Slaters heroic. Slater told Fairfax New Zealand the flash flood raised the river nearly 10 feet while the rafters were in the water. If theyd been half an hour earlier, they would have been clear of the gorge, he said. Richard Rick Holst, 60 CITRUS SPRINGS Richard M. Rick Holst, 60, Citrus Springs, Fla., passed away Dec. 28, 2012, in the Hospice Unit at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late Richard C. and Jeanette Holst of Crystal River, Fla. His early childhood and preteen years were spent in Tonawanda, N.Y., in the Buffalo area. He attended Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind. He relocated to the Chicago area and hauled steel for the Altec company. He then relocated to Crystal River, where he became a long-haul trucker and spent most of his career traveling through the contiguous 48 states and parts of Canada. In 2003, he went to work in the Crystal River area for the Gulf Coast Concrete company. He became disabled in 2008 and fought cancer with many surgeries and treatments; however, he lost his courageous fight against cancer. Richard was an avid bowler and bowled in many leagues along the Nature Coast. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and at times took 1,000-mile-plus trips with friends. His last big trip was August 2012, to the Buffalo, N.Y., area in his Winnebago. He is survived by his son Michael; daughter-in-law Suzanne; and grandchildren, Megan and Sean, all of Citrus Springs; sister Susan Schintz and brother-in-law, Conrad, of Plains, Pa., and Crystal River Fla.; and nieces Lori Staples and husband, Jeff, of Newtown, Pa., and Stacey Mckenna and husband, Mike, of New Hope, Pa. Richard was also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, mostly residing in the Buffalo, N.Y., area. Our special thanks to Richards friends, Stanley Liss and Liz Barreto, for allowing Richard to stay living in his home until the last four days of his life because of their care and friendship. Richard was also comforted by his loyal dogs, Rocky, Pepper and Shadow, and they will miss him dearly. A celebration of Richards life will be at noon Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Citrus Springs Community Center, Building B. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Unit at Citrus Memorial Hospital, American Cancer Society or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Larry Hoptry, 76LEXINGTON, OHIOLarry L. Hoptry, age 76, of Lexington, Ohio, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Shelby, Ohio. He was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Ironton, Ohio, the son of Harold and Lorena (Knox) Hoptry and was raised in Marion, where he was graduated from Harding High School in 1954. Upon retirement, Larry and his wife Nancy spent nearly 10 years wintering in Homosassa, where they forged many friendships and enjoyed golfing. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, David A. and Amy Hoptry of Springboro, Ohio, and Stanley N. and Angie Hoptry of Mansfield, Ohio; grandchildren Matthew Hoptry and Amy Edwards, Paul Hoptry, Anna Hoptry, Dustin and Sarah Hoptry, Michael and Cassie Hoptry, Andrea Hoptry and Aaron Hoptry; and three sisters and brothers-in-law, Loretta and Francis Hall, Markay Ralston, all of Marion, Ohio, and Mary and Chuck Rife of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a 4-year-old sister, Margaret Hoptry, and a sister, Georgia Hartley. The Hoptry Family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Lexington, Ohio, (419-884-1711) where the funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimers Association. Online condolences are encouraged to the Hoptry Family, and may be made by visiting: www.snyder funeralhomes.com C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 A5 000DMTH 0102/0109 WCRN PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the City Council of the City of Crystal River, Florida that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held relative to Ordinance No. 12-O-27, regarding the voluntary annexation of the Holland property into the municipal boundaries of the City of Crystal River, Florida. The Final required Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2013, during the Regular Council Meetings starting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 123 N.W. Highway 19, Crystal River, Florida. ORDINANCE 12-O-27 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION OF 14.04 ACRES MOL OF PROPERTY OWNED BY EAST BALD EAGLE PROPERTIES I, LLC, INTO THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA, PURSUANT TO SECTION 171.044, FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING A LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY SUBJECT TO THE VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION; PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION; PROVIDING FOR FILINGS WITH THE APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance in its entirety, including the legal description by metes and bounds may be inspected at the office of the City Clerk during regular working hours. Any and all interested parties may appear at the hearing and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. Any person who decides to appeal any decision of the Governing Body with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose may need to provide that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. (Section 286.0105 Florida Statutes) Any person requiring reasonable accommodation at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the City of Crystal River, City Managers Office, 123 N.W. Highway 19, Crystal River, FL 34428, (352)-795-4216, at least two (2) days before the meeting. By: Carol Harrington, CMC City Clerk EXHIBIT B Closing time for placing ad is 4 business days prior to run date. There are advanced deadlines for holidays. 0 0 0 D H B Z To Place Your In Memory ad, Saralynne Miller at 564-2917 scmiller@chronicleonline.com 000D7VI A Hearing Loss Is A Lot More Noticeable Than A Hearing Aid SEE US BEFORE YOU BUY! 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(Please note this service when submitting a free obituary.) Additionally, all obituaries will be posted online at www. chronicleonline.com. Plans roll on for NYC Ferris wheel Associated Press This image provided by the New York City Mayors Office shows an artists rendering of a proposed 625-foot Ferris wheel planned for the Staten Island waterfront in New York. Developers plan to push ahead with the project, which would include an outlet mall and hotel, in spite of questions by some residents. Questions emerge in wake of superstorm Sandy


O PINION Page A6 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 Special tributes to all Having been residents in Citrus County for nearly 30 years, and raising our children in this wonderful community, we continue to enjoy the fellowship and spirit of unity that this county embraces. We were especially pleased that not only were all the special Christmas trees lit on the downtown Inverness square this holiday season, but also, a community menorah for Hanukkah was also lit and a celebration took place in a very packed Inverness courthouse. Thank you Congregation Beth Shalom and downtown Inverness organizers for this magnificent evening. It was a special and sacred event, especially in a time when national disaster has afflicted our country and so many families in our precious nation. It is our ongoing prayer that people of all traditions and faiths in communities around the nation will continue to come together and share our lives, communities, and families in peace and love with each other. I do hope there are plans for a downtown community Kwanzaa celebration, and any and all other events that celebrate and embrace community and our shared humanity. What a wonderful place to raise a family and enjoy life. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, and very, very special love and grace filled prayers from our community to all the families who have suffered such loss! Shalom. The Rev. Lauri Gist and family Inverness A s an attorney and a politician, Sen. Maria Sachs probably knows her bill to take the lying out of politics has little chance of passing. First, letting candidates file slander and libel complaints against shadowy independent groups attacking them would clog the Florida Elections Commission with cases, many of which might be withdrawn as soon as the polls close. Second, state senators and representatives even those like Sachs, who just won a bitter re-election campaign are wary of adding enforcement teeth to watchdogs who might someday bite themselves. Sachs, a Boca Raton Democrat, has introduced Senate Bill 114 for the legislative session. It would let the Elections Commission impose civil fines up to $5,000 against political committees making a false or malicious statement that injures the reputation of a candidate and exposes the candidate to public hatred, contempt or ridicule. Basically, the existing veracity requirements applying to candidates would be expanded to cover the election communication organizations that run so many of the attack ads and mail much of the lurid leaflets every registered voter received two to three months ago. Like a mobster laundering money through a fake corporation, a political leader can move campaign cash through a network of supposedly non-partisan, independent committees with reassuring-sounding names. They might call themselves Florida Working Families and Concerned Parents for Better Education and Fewer Forest Fires, but they could really be a big farming, construction or gambling conglomerate. Or they could be formed by Senate presidents and House speakers or rising legislators running for those powerful posts to spend unlimited money on behalf of allied candidates. While filling airwaves and mailboxes with sludge, these committees also provide cover for chosen candidates. Why, I didnt call you a drunken racist with a record of domestic violence this ECO said it, purely in the interest of informing the voters so they can make a smart choice. You cant blame me if some of my supporters get a little carried away in expressing what a threat you pose to Floridas children, economy and environment. And the committees have First Amendment rights. Theoretically, you and I and our neighbors could pool our money and go down to the local TV station to buy an ad saying our local legislator is doing a great job or not. Thats free speech. But it isnt a few public-spirited citizens doing these mass mailings and attack advertisements. Its labor unions, industrial trade groups, lobbying organizations, even a billionaire or two, who can hire consultants who specialize in opposition research, targeting audiences and dredging up slime. Truth is nice, but its a tangential afterthought in these campaigns. For example, Sachs cited a leaflet that linked Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, D-Maitland, to convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky. It seems she belonged to a teachers union, and so did Sandusky. Close enough, by Florida campaign standards. Sometimes it doesnt quite work. Republican Mike LaRosa, R-St. Cloud, barely won while appearing on the ballot under the name of Rep. Mike Horner. Horner had quit the race in scandal and the GOP substituted LaRosa too late to print new ballots. The Democrats put out a mass mailing urging voters to say no to Mike Horner and cleanse the Polk-Osceola district of his embarrassment and, of course, their leaflet didnt mention Horner had already dropped out, or that LaRosa had nothing to do with his troubles. Former legislator Nancy Argenziano, who lost to Republican Rep. Jimmie T. Smith in Citrus County, filed a lawsuit against the Florida Republican Party over a mailed piece accusing her of violating state law. She had challenged the law in court, not broken it, but glossing over details and presenting facts in the worst possible light is standard practice. Florida has a storied history of dirty tricks. In 1994, Democrats paid for automated phone calls to elderly voters in Palm Beach County and the Tampa Bay area, saying Republican Jeb Bush cheated on his taxes and that his running mate, Tom Feeney, wanted to abolish Social Security. The calls were falsely attributed to two organizations, one of them non-existent, and their content had, at best, fleeting contact with the truth. Bush may have been late renewing a business license or two and Feeney, then a state representative from Oviedo, had co-signed a resolution urging Congress to do whatever it took to balance the budget. Gov. Lawton Chiles, straightfaced, disavowed involvement in the dirty tricks. He even halfdefended the Feeney claim by saying that abolishing Social Security and using the money to balance the budget would be one way Congress might comply with the budget-balancing resolution Feeney had signed. To encourage a free-wheeling debate, the courts have historically given very wide latitude to political speech. A public figure can sue for libel only when the offending person knowingly makes a false, defamatory statement or shows a reckless disregard for truth. Thats all but impossible to prove. So we voters are on our own. Absent a law and Sachs bill wont become one the best we can do is to simply not believe anything that sounds too bad to be true.Bill Cotterell is a retired state Capitol reporter for United Press International and the Tallahassee Democrat. He can be reached at billcottterell@gmail.com Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass, before they can enter into the temple of truth. Charles Caleb Colton, 1825 Be skeptical of those attack ads CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE Founded by Albert M. Williamson You may differ with my choice, but not my right to choose. David S. Arthurs publisher emeritus EDITORIAL BOARD Gerry Mulligan .......................................... publisherMike Arnold .................................................. editor Charlie Brennan ................................ editor at largeCurt Ebitz ........................................ citizen member Mac Harris ...................................... citizen member Rebecca Martin ................................ guest member Brad Bautista .......................................... copy chief FAILING MARKS State writes off millions in taxes and fines F lorida voters elected private-sector businessman Rick Scott as governor, presumably hoping he would bring business bestpractices to the states administrative operations. Wed have to give him failing marks, based on recent reports the state is writing off $124 million in taxes and fines owed for the fiscal year that ended in June 2012. Thats on top of $110 million written off as uncollectable in 2011, and more than $109 million the year before. All this during years the state has agonized through continued budget cuts. It just doesnt make sense. A big chunk of whats owed $37 million is from unpaid taxes. This includes sales taxes businesses are supposed to collect, then remit to the state, as well as corporate income taxes and unemployment taxes. The names of these businesses are not in the public record. Another chunk is the nearly $14 million the states Agency for Health Care Administration overpaid to more than 100 health-care providers treating patients in the states Medicaid program. A spokesman said although the debt has been forgiven, the agency will continue to try to recoup taxpayer dollars. Then theres the comparatively small amount of $800,000 owed to the Florida Commission on Ethics. Some of those fined were elected officials and state employees who failed to meet their financial disclosure filing requirements. Fines also were imposed on citizens appointed to boards from the state level all the way down to local advisory bodies who didnt meet legal filing requirements. A 29-page report on the Florida Ethics Commission website lists unpaid fine cases, some a decade or more old, placed with collection agencies in November 2012. In the private sector, a business that failed so spectacularly to attend to its accounts receivable wouldnt survive. For the state, not addressing the growing issue of uncollectibles particularly the unpaid taxes and the overpayments is a flat out waste of taxpayer funds. Delinquencies will continue until Florida gets its financial house in order. Repercussions should accrue to those who dont pay what they owe and those who allow it to continue. THE ISSUE: For the third year in a row, Florida fails to collect monies owed.OUR OPINION: Unacceptable. OPINIONS INVITED The opinions expressed in Chronicle editorials are the opinions of the newspapers editorial board. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and hometown, including letters sent via email. Names and hometowns will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Letters must be no longer than 600 words, and writers will be limited to four letters per month. SEND LETTERS TO: The Editor, 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429. Or, fax to 352563-3280 or email to letters@chronicleonline.com LETTERS to the Editor Against illegal guns This message is for the mayors of Crystal River and Inverness and all other public officials that believe in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Ive noticed that the Crystal River and the Inverness mayors are not part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization. They are not members. If they would, please respond and answer why they will not be or they will be for this important organization to prohibit guns and the abuse of guns in our country.Restrict ammunition All were hearing about these days on TV is gun control, gun control. My answer to that problem is: Restrict the ammunition for the gun. I dont care what type of gun it is, if its got ammunition, its a killing vehicle. Im retired military and I think I know what Im talking about. As far as Im concerned, a gun without ammunition is nothing more than a baseball bat in disguise. 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Gerry Mulligan, publisher Hot Corner: HOT DOGS Trying to make a livingPudgees: The guys trying to make a living. Leave him alone. Next thing, theyll be wanting me to put a fire control over my barbecue. Also, he was grandfathered in. The county council needs to get a job somewhere and leave the private people alone or everybody in this country will be on the dole pretty soon. Grandfathered in?This is a comment for Pudgees Hot Dogs stand. What happened to the old law grandfathered in? I guess that dont apply to Citrus County, which of course people expected.TastyIn reference to a local issue the harassment at the hot dog stand in Floral City by the food inspector or whoever he or she is Heres somebody (who has) been in business more than 10 years. Ive had a few hot dogs there, always been clean, always very tasty.


Associated PressANCHORAGE, Alaska The Coast Guard was trying to determine Tuesday whether a strong Alaska storm had abated enough to allow for a helicopter to assess the condition of a drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water off a small island. If conditions are safe, the helicopter would also lower experts to the Kulluk to get a close look at the rig and determine if it is leaking fuel, said Curtis Smith, a Royal Dutch Shell PLC employee speaking for a unified command center set up in an Anchorage hotel. About 250 people from the Coast Guard, Shell, state responders and others were involved in a response effort and waiting to know for sure what environmental impact the grounding might have caused. Storm conditions remained severe Tuesday morning with the grounded rig likely taking a pounding. Winds were reported at up to 70 mph, with waves up to 35 feet and 45-foot swells. Some waves overnight reached 50 feet, the National Weather Service said. The forecast called for both wind and waves easing Tuesday afternoon. We are doing whatever we can do to prepare, said unified command center spokeswoman Destin Singleton. The Kulluk is carrying 150,000 gallons of diesel and about 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid. The condition of the Kulluk has not been confirmed, unified command said in a status report issued about 12 hours after the grounding. The drilling rig was built with a double-sided hull of reinforced steel that is 3 inches thick, Smith said. The drilling rigs difficulties go back to Thursday, when it separated from a towing vessel south of Kodiak Island as it was being towed to Seattle for maintenance. The rig grounded Monday night on a sand and gravel shore off the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska. The North Pacific storm that has caused problems for Shells efforts to move the drill into place near Kodiak Island was expected to ease a bit Tuesday, said spokeswoman Darci Sinclair. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, DMass., who is the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee, issued a statement Tuesday expressing his concerns about the Kulluk situation. Oil companies keep saying they can conquer the Arctic, but the Arctic keeps disagreeing with the oil companies, Markey said. Drilling expansion could prove disastrous for this sensitive environment. The Kulluk was being towed Monday by a 360-foot anchor handler, the Aiviq, and a tugboat, the Alert. The vessels were moving north along Kodiak Island, trying to escape the worst of the storm. Sitkalidak is on the southeast side of Kodiak Island. About 4:15 p.m., the drill ship separated from the Aiviq about 10 to 15 miles offshore and grounding was inevitable, Coast Guard Cmdr. Shane Montoya, the acting federal on-scene coordinator, told reporters. Once the Aiviq lost its tow, we knew the Alert could not manage the Kulluk on its own as far as towing, and thats when we started planning for the grounding, he said. attacking Progress Energy Florida for withholding a significant portion of its property tax, Adams defended the company and instead accused administration of mismanagement. Just Sunday, Adams wrote on his Facebook page: I challenge my fellow commissioners to stop blaming Duke (Progress Energy) for our current dismal financial management. It is time to focus on a prudent and balanced budget as evidenced by successful business. Other election highlights: Commissioner Joe Meek was re-elected to a second term. Meek is now the board chairman and remains chairman of the Citrus County Economic Development Council. Dennis Damato was re-elected to a third term. Dawsy, who said two years ago he wouldnt seek re-election, changed his mind after the county transferred control of fire services to his agency. He defeated Webb with 60 percent of the vote. Superintendent of Schools Sandra Sam Himmel survived a challenge from Academy of Environmental Sciences teacher Sandy Balfour. U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, RBrooksville, easily won re-election against Democrat David Werder, who spent much of his public appearances telling jokes. State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, with $110,000 in cash and paid staffers from the Republican Party of Florida and countless thousands from special-interest organizations, defeated Nancy Argenziano with 58 percent of the vote. Argenziano, who served Citrus County in the state House and Senate, and also is a former member of the state Public Service Commission, was the target of numerous attack mail pieces. She sued the Republican Party of Florida for one piece that said she violated the law by attempting to switch to the Democratic Party to run for Congress in Tallahassee. Argenziano blamed her defeat on Smiths special-interest backing. Newcomers: Angela Vick elected clerk of court; Susan Hale to the school board; and Mike Graves as Fifth Judicial Circuit public defender.Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352563-3228 or mwright@ chronicleonline.com. C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 A7 000DM9C 000DD32 000DL3J T h e C i t r u s C o u n t y F a i r A s s o c i a t i o n p r o u d l y p r e s e n t s T r u c k & T r a c t o r P u l l S a v e o n a d v a n c e d t i c k e t s a l e s O n e D a y : A d u l t $ 8 C h i l d r e n 4 1 1 $ 4 T w o D a y : A d u l t $ 1 5 C h i l d r e n 4 1 1 $ 7 J a n u a r y 2 5 t h o p e n 4 p m p u l l 6 p m J a n u a r y 2 6 t h o p e n 1 0 a m p u l l 1 p m F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c a l l 7 2 6 2 9 9 3 o r g o t o w w w c i t r u s c o u n t y f a i r c o m / t r a c t o r h t m l Sponsored by: Citrus County Chronicle, Eagle Buick GMC, Crystal Motor Car Company Proceeds to benefit Youth Scholarships! 1 4 t h A n n u a l Susan Hale newcomer elected to school board. Angela Vick new clerk of court. ELECTION Continued from Page A1 Associated PressTRENTON, N.J. The jailhouse treatment program where former Gov. Jim McGreevey counsels inmates has earned a spot at the Sundance Film Festival and accolades from the U.S. Justice Department. McGreevey is spiritual counselor to as many as 40 women who are taking part in a pilot program at Hudson County Correctional Center to reduce recidivism and therefore lessen crime. The program aims to address the problems that keep them returning to jail: drug dependence, difficulty finding jobs, lack of decent housing, inadequate education and absence of counseling. The program is rare in a county jail, where the revolving inmate population is usually seen as too transient to benefit from scarce rehabilitation dollars. Midway into its second year, the Community Reintegration Program caught the attention of the Department of Justice, which cites it as a model, and a filmmaker in New York, whose documentary about it was chosen for screening at Sundance this month. There is an intrinsic value and beauty to the women that needs to be recognized and lifted up, McGreevey, 55, told The Associated Press during a recent interview. My ladies, as he affectionately refers to the inmates he advises, have been locked up for crimes including manslaughter, gun possession and drug dealing. Many are affiliated with gangs. Three-quarters have addictions. Most have pasts stained with sexual violence. Nearly all have been through the criminal justice system before. Fall to Grace by filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, a daughter of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, intertwines the ex-governors story with the stories three women he counseled. Pelosi shot the 48-minute documentary over 18 months with a hand-held camera at the jail, on the streets of Newark and Jersey City and at McGreeveys home. The film will compete in the Utah festivals short films category, and McGreevey said he plans to attend. Alexandras work will hopefully lead people to reconsider what prison ought to be, McGreevey told the AP If 70 percent of incarcerated individuals are addicts or alcoholics, and addiction is a disease, we ought to be treating them for their addictions, not just locking them away. The title of the film is borrowed from McGreeveys description of his own fall, a nationally televised resignation as governor over an affair with a male subordinate in 2004, and his subsequent search for a more authentic life. That search led him to the Hudson County jail, where he works with Integrity House, a substance abuse treatment provider based in Newark, to help female inmates get back on their feet and stay upright. A former assistant prosecutor and onetime executive director of the state Parole Board, McGreevey described himself as wed to the status quo of corrections until he took a turn at jailhouse ministering as an academic requirement of his Episcopal seminary training. It was my own fall to grace and working with offenders in Harlem and at Hudson that has changed my vision and my understanding of what prison should be, he said. NJ jail program earns spot at Sundance No sheen seen, but drill ship status uncertain Associated Press A documentary film about the jailhouse treatment program where former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, center, works earned a spot at the Sundance Film Festival and accolades from the U.S. Justice Department. McGreevey is spiritual counselor to 40 women in a pilot program to keep them from returning to jail. Documentary film follows treatment program


Nice swim Associated Press Ed Road Dog Menley of Florida flashes a peace sign Tuesday after emerging from the water carrying a wet stuffed penguin during the 110th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club ocean swim at Coney Island in New York. Gov. to sue NCAA over Penn State HARRISBURG, Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday he plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The Republican governor scheduled a Wednesday news conference on the Penn State campus in State College to announce the antitrust filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg. The sanctions, which were agreed to by the university in July, included a $60 million fine that would be used nationally to finance child abuse prevention grants. The sanctions also included a fouryear bowl game ban for the universitys marquee football program, reduced football scholarships and the forfeiture of 112 wins.Survivors of crash collect belongings PENDLETON, Ore. Some of the survivors of a fatal bus crash on a rural Oregon highway retrieved their passports and other belongings Tuesday so they can finish their journey to Canada. At least 14 survivors remained hospitalized in three states after the weekend crash that killed nine and injured 38 others. State police escorted others one by one to collect their property, which was strewn across a hillside as the tour bus careened 200 feet from a partly icy roadway Sunday. The bus was returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, on the final leg of a nine-day tour of the western United States. The trip was organized by a British Columbia travel agency to carry tourists traveling in small groups. Most of the passengers were Korean. Gay marriage legal in MarylandTILGHMAN ISLAND, Md. Same-sex couples in Maryland were greeted with cheers and noisemakers held over from New Years Eve parties, as gay marriage became legal in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on New Years Day. James Scales, 68, was married to William Tasker, 60, on Tuesday shortly after midnight by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake inside City Hall. Its just so hard to believe its happening, Scales said shortly before marrying his partner of 35 years. Six other same-sex couples also were being married at City Hall. Ceremonies were taking place in other parts of the state as well. The ceremonies follow a legislative fight that pitted Gov. Martin OMalley against leaders of his Catholic faith. Voters in the state, founded by Catholics in the 17th century, sealed the change by approving a November ballot question. From wire reports Nation BRIEFS N ATION & W ORLD Page A8 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE Afghanistan Associated Press An Afghan man rides a horse in the snow Tuesday on the shores of Lake Qargha in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen in Pakistan kill seven ISLAMABAD Gunmen on motorcycles sprayed a van carrying employees from a community center with bullets Tuesday, killing five female teachers and two aid workers, but sparing a child they took out of the vehicle before opening fire. The director of the group that the seven worked for said he suspects it may have been the latest in a series of attacks targeting anti-polio efforts in Pakistan. Some militants oppose the vaccination campaigns, accusing health workers of acting as spies for the U.S. and alleging the vaccine is intended to make Muslim children sterile. Last month, nine people working on an anti-polio vaccination campaign were shot and killed. Four of those shootings were in the northwest where Tuesdays attack took place. Egypt prosecutors target comedianCAIRO Egyptian prosecutors launched an investigation on Tuesday against a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting the president in the latest case raised by Islamist lawyers against outspoken media personalities. Lawyer Ramadan AbdelHamid al-Oqsori charged that TV host Bassem Youssef insulted President Mohammed Morsi by putting the Islamist leaders image on a pillow and parodying his speeches. Youssef, a doctor, catapulted to fame when his video blogs mocking politics received hundreds of thousands of hits shortly after the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime leader Mubarak. Youssefs program is modeled after Jon Stewarts The Daily Show, where he has appeared as a guest. Unlike other local TV presenters, Youssef uses satire to mock fiery comments made by ultraconservative clerics and politicians, garnering him a legion of fans among the countrys revolutionaries and liberals. France counts 1,193 cars torchedPARIS Hundreds of empty, parked cars go up in flames in France each New Years Eve, set afire by young revelers, a much lamented tradition that remained intact this year with 1,193 vehicles burned, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday. His announcement was the first time in three years such figures have been released. The conservative government of former President Nicolas Sarkozy had decided to stop publishing them in a bid to reduce the crime and not play into the hands of car-torching youths who try to outdo each other. Frances current Socialist government decided otherwise, deeming total transparency the best method. Bruno Beschizza, the national secretary for security matters in Sarkozys UMP party, said on iTele TV that publishing the numbers motivates youths to commit such crimes. World BRIEFS From wire reports Associated PressWASHINGTON Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to recover in a New York hospital where shes being treated for a blood clot in her head. Her doctors said blood thinners are being used to dissolve the clot and they are confident she will make a full recovery. Clinton didnt suffer a stroke or neurological damage from the clot that formed after she suffered a concussion during a fainting spell at her home in early December, doctors said in a statement Monday. Clinton, 65, was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday when the clot turned up on a follow-up exam on the concussion, Clinton spokesman Phillipe Reines said. The clot is located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. She will be released once the medication dose for the blood thinners has been established, the doctors said. In their statement, Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said Clinton was making excellent progress and was in good spirits. Clintons complication certainly isnt the most common thing to happen after a concussion and is one of the few types of blood clots in the skull or head that are treated with blood thinners, said Dr. Larry Goldstein, a neurologist who is director of Duke Universitys stroke center. He is not involved in Clintons care. The area where Clintons clot developed is a drainage channel, the equivalent of a big vein inside the skull. Its how the blood gets back to the heart, Goldstein said. Blood thinners usually are enough to treat the clot and it should have no longterm consequences if her doctors are saying she has suffered no neurological damage from it, Goldstein said. Clinton continues recovery Secretary of State treated with blood thinners to dissolve clot 61 die in stampede Associated PressABIDJAN, Ivory Coast A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Years fireworks show early Tuesday in Ivory Coasts commercial center, killing 61 people many of them youths and injuring more than 200, rescue workers said. The death toll was expected to rise, the officials said. Thousands had gathered at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjans Plateau district to see the fireworks. After the show, the crowds poured onto the Boulevard de la Republic by the Hotel Tiama at about 1 a.m., said Col. Issa Sako of the fire department rescue team. The flood of people leaving the stadium became a stampede which led to the deaths of more than 60 and injured more than 200, Sako told Ivory Coast state TV. Most of those killed were between 8 and 15 years old, he said. Desperate parents went to the city morgue, the hospital and to the stadium to try to find children who are still missing. Mamadou Sanogo was searching for his 9-year-old son, Sayed. I have just seen all the bodies, but I cannot find my son, said a tearful Sanogo. I dont know what to do. President Alassane Ouattara and his wife visited some of those hospitalized and he pledged that the government would pay for their treatment, his office said. The government organized the fireworks to celebrate Ivory Coasts peace, after several months of political violence in early 2011 following disputed elections. It was the second year that Abidjan had a New Years fireworks display. Hours after the stampede, soldiers patrolled the site, where victims clothes, shoes and other debris littered the street. State TV showed traumatic scenes: a woman sobbed in the back of an ambulance; another was bent over on the side of the street, apparently in pain; and another, barely conscious and wearing only a bra on her upper body, was hoisted up by rescuers. There were also scenes of small children being treated in a hospital; one boy grimaced in pain and a girl with colored braids in her hair lay under a blanket, with one hand bandaged. This is not Ivory Coasts first stadium tragedy. In 2009, 22 people died and over 130 were injured in a stampede at a World Cup qualifying match at the Houphouet Boigny stadium, prompting FIFA, soccers global governing body, to impose a fine of tens of thousands of dollars on Ivory Coasts soccer federation. The stadium, which officially holds 35,000, was overcrowded at the time of the disaster. Associated Press An Ivory Coast trooper stands Tuesday next to the belongings of people involved in a deadly stampede in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. At least 61 people were killed early Tuesday in a stampede following a New Years fireworks display in Abidjan, Ivory Coasts commercial center, officials said. Commotion followed fireworks show; death toll expected to rise Associated PressBEIRUT Clashes between government troops and rebels on Tuesday forced the international airport in Aleppo to stop all flights in and out of Syrias largest city, while fierce battles also raged in the suburbs of the capital Damascus. The rebels have been making inroads in the civil war recently, capturing a string of military bases and posing a stiff challenge to the regime in Syrias two major cities Damascus and Aleppo. The opposition trying to overthrow authoritarian President Bashar Assad has been fighting for control of Aleppo since the summer, and it has captured large swathes of territory in Aleppo province west and north of the city up to the Turkish border. In the past few weeks, the rebels have stepped up their attacks on airports around Aleppo province, trying to chip away at the governments air power, which poses the biggest obstacle to their advances. The air force has been bombing and strafing rebel positions and attacking towns under opposition control for months. But the rebels have no planes or effective anti-aircraft weapons to counter the attacks. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime activist group, said the fighting around the base of Syrian army Brigade 80, part of a force protecting Aleppo International Airport, led to the closure of the airport late Monday. Heavy fighting is taking place around Brigade 80, said Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Observatory. The Observatory relies on a network of activists around Syria. The airport has been closed since yesterday, he said. The Syrian government had no comment on the closing of the airport. On Saturday, Syrias national airline canceled a flight to Aleppo because of fighting nearby. Rebels have warned they would target civilian, as well as military planes using the Aleppo airport, saying the regime is using civilian planes to bring in supplies and weapons. The rebels have been attacking three other airports in the Aleppo area, including a military helicopter base near the Turkish border. They have posted dozens of videos online that appear to show fighters shooting mortars, homemade rockets and sniper rifles at targets inside the bases. There was also heavy fighting in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, southwest of the capital. Daraya is one of the closest suburbs to the capital and is on the edge of two important neighborhoods that are home to a strategic air base and government headquarters. Fighting in Syria shuts down airport Rebels recent attacks target regimes air power


Tennis/B2 Golf/ B2 College football/ B3, B4, B5 Scoreboard/B4 NBA/ B5 NFL football/ B5 Entertainment/ B6 Steve Spurrier fields two QBs in Outback Bowl to great effect./ B3 Section B WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE SPORTS BRIEFS NHL lockout antidote? Globetrotters on icePORTAGE, Mich. The Harlem Globetrotters say they feel for hockey-deprived NHL fans, so theyre taking their brand of basketball out onto the ice. The sporty entertainers are strapping on custom cleats and hockey helmets for a Jan. 7 basketball game on ice against the Global Select. Its at Millennium Park in the western Michigan city of Portage, near Kalamazoo. Admission to the noon game is free. The Globetrotters play on a conventional court the next day at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo. The Globetrotters say Detroit Red Wings alumnus Kevin Miller will join the team for the game on ice. The Red Wings and the rest of the NHL are shut down by a management lockout over a player contract dispute. Cards interview Horton, plan to meet with Reid PHOENIX The Arizona Cardinals officially have begun their coaching search with a formal interview of defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The interview, conducted Tuesday by team president Michael Bidwill, was the first in the teams search for a replacement for Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday after six seasons on the job. The team has reached out to Andy Reid but had not scheduled an interview. Reid was fired Monday after 14 seasons as head coach in Philadelphia. Bidwill plans to fly to Denver over the weekend to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Whisenhunt set the record for victories by a Cardinals coach, going 45-51 in six seasons, 4-2 in the playoffs. The team got off to a 4-0 start but lost 11 of 12 to finish 5-11 for the second time in three seasons. Woodson cleared to play for Packers GREEN BAY, Wis. Charles Woodson has been cleared to play again, and the Green Bay Packers are counting on the defensive back to provide a lift in Saturday nights playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. Woodson deferred to team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie and gave his broken collarbone as much time to heal as possible, sitting out Sundays regular-season finale at Minnesota. He was injured on Oct. 21 and has missed nine consecutive games. Its unclear where Woodson will line up this weekend. Indians, RHP Brett Myers agree to one-year dealCLEVELAND Free agent Brett Myers is getting a fresh start with the Indians. The veteran right-hander has agreed to a one-year contract with a club option for 2014 with Cleveland, which will give him a chance to win a starting job after he pitched in relief last season for Houston and the Chicago White Sox. Myers deal is contingent on the 32-year-old passing a physical. The Indians have several openings in their rotation with Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez appearing to be the only locks. Zach McAllister, David Huff, Trevor Bauer, Jeanmar Gomez and Carlos Carrasco are among the pitchers who will compete for the other spots. Also, the Indians recently invited left-hander Scott Kazmir to spring training camp on a minor league deal. Myers, who has started for most of his career, went a combined 3-8 with a 3.31 ERA and 19 saves in 70 games all in relief last season. He made 33 starts in both 2010 and 2011 for the Astros, who moved him to the bullpen last season before trading him to the White Sox in July. Myers has a 97-93 career record with a 4.20 ERA in 249 starts. He also has 40 saves, and his versatility could give the Indians other options if hes unable to win a starting job. He closed for Philadelphia in 2007 and had 21 saves. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder spent eight seasons with the Phillies before signing as a free agent with Houston in 2010. From wire reports G ood offensive players were plentiful on the gridiron in 2012, making a list of three finalists for Chronicle Offensive Football Player of the Year a very difficult one. But when their teams needed to score or grind out an important first down, Darius Chapes, John Iwaniec and Dallas Baldner were the guys with the ball in their hands. All three senior running backs Citrus Chapes, Seven Rivers Christians Iwaniec and Crystal Rivers Baldner were the catalysts for a county that spent much of its time on the ground. Both Chapes (6 feet, 215 pounds) and Baldner (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) have realistic chances of playing Division I-AA or II football, while Iwaniec (5-foot-8, 170 pounds) is sure to find interest to play at the next level. Each of the three were slightly different in their approaches. Though every opponent knew who would get the ball, Iwaniec still averaged 9 yards per carry, often taking direct snaps and getting tough yards between the tackles. Chapes operated mostly between the tackles as well but, with his mix of size and speed, often wouldnt go down from a single tackler and could break a long run with just a little daylight. Baldner was the biggest threat from anywhere on the field, scoring touchdowns rushing, receiving when splitting out wide and also in the return game. The finalists have standing invitations to the Chronicle sports banquet at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year, where the winner will be announced. Weve changed the format of the All-Chronicle football team this year because, frankly, defense often doesnt get the credit it deserves. The three finalists for defensive player of the year and the defensive portion of the AllChronicle team will be released Thursday, Jan. 3. We also acknowledge many players play both ways, but none of the players on the offensive list will appear on the defensive list. Darius Chapes, Citrus senior John Iwaniec, Seven Rivers senior Dallas Baldner, Crystal River senior Offensive Football Player of the Year finalists AND ALL-CHRONICLE TEAM Running backs Iwaniec, Baldner, Chapes pace countys offensive players AllChronicleoffensive football team Joe LaFleur, Crystal River senior QBThe Pirates signal-caller threw for 1,127 yards and 18 touchdowns against seven interceptions while adding 154 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Christian Barber, Lecanto junior QB The Panthers most important offensive player, Barber had 874 combined passing and rushing yards and four total touchdowns in the equivalent of six games due to injury.Dallas Baldner, Crystal River senior RBGained 1,192 yards rushing on 150 carries for an 8.0 YPC average and nine touchdowns. He added 286 yards and four touchdowns receiving and returned a kickoff for an additional score. John Iwaniec, Seven Rivers senior RB Totaled 1,827 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns on 203 carries for 9.0 YPC. The Warrior also played strong safety for SRCS, where he added 62 tackles and three forced fumbles. Darius Chapes, Citrus senior RBTallied 1,194 yards and 18 touchdowns rushing on 185 carries. He had a receiving touchdown, and added an interception at linebacker.Al Lamar White, Citrus senior FBA short-yardage specialist, White had 112 carries for 633 yards for a 5.5 YPC average and 11 touchdowns.Sam Franklin, Crystal River sophomore WRHad 30 catches for 593 yards and nine touchdowns as the premier pass-catching threat in Citrus County.Stevie Smith, Citrus senior TEThe 280-pounder was like having a sixth offensive lineman for the run-heavy Hurricanes. Smith also displayed soft hands in catching 11 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Martin, Crystal River junior tackleHis teams top bookend, the 6-foot-2, 295pounder graded out the highest of any CRHS offensive lineman through the first seven games of the season before suffering a lateseason injury.Mike Pearson, Lecanto senior guardThe best Panthers offensive lineman, Pearson was a very physical force who had the ability to play tackle or center.CJ Barbee, Citrus junior centerThe quarterback of the Hurricanes offensive line, Barbee spearheaded a Citrus attack that rolled up more than 3,600 yards of rushing in 11 games.Bialial Jenkins, Crystal River senior guardA two-time selection, Jenkins was a pulling guard who led the way on the Pirates powerrunning plays on the right side of the line. Levonte White, Citrus junior guardAn upperclassman who played both ways, Whites biggest impact came as a physical run-blocker for the Hurricanes, who had one 1,100-yard rusher and three others top 600 yards on the ground. James Pouncey, Citrus junior kick returnerLed the county with three total punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns. As a tailback, the Hurricanes also had 638 yards and five TDs.Austin Killeen, Citrus senior kickerHit all five of his field goal attempts, with a long of 44 yards. Also hit his extra points at an 85 percent clip (46 of 54). Jon-Michael Soracchi ON POINT Photos by MATTHEW BECK /Chronicle Ground pounders Associated Press ABOVE: NIU wide receiver Martel Moore leaps into the end zone Tuesday after escaping Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner during the second half. BELOW: FSU wide receiver Rashad Greene pulls in a touchdown during the first half. Noles end BCS drought Huskies bark before being overpowered by FSU Associated PressMIAMI Florida State stuffed Northern Illinois all-purpose threat Jordan Lynch for most of the night Tuesday and won the Orange Bowl 31-10. Senior fullback Lonnie Pryor, voted the game's outstanding player, ran for a career-high 134 yards and two scores in only five carries for Florida State. Senior EJ Manuel threw for 291 yards. The victory was a consolation prize for the No. 13 Seminoles (12-2), who began the season with national championship hopes. They've won five consecutive bowl games, but the victory was their first in a BCS bowl since 2000, when they beat Virginia Tech for the national championship. For the No. 16 Huskies (12-2), playing in a BCS bowl for the first time, the defeat snapped a 12-game winning streak. They fell to 5-28 against top 25 teams. Things came easily to Florida State in the first half, before Northern Illinois found a rhythm after the break. Looking like they were on the cusp of getting embarrassed in their Bowl Championship Series debut, the Huskies clawed back into the game with a third-quarter rally. Jordan Lynch threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore with 9:55 left in the third, getting the Huskies within a touchdown. The Huskies, who were held to 110 yards in the first half, put up 128 in the third quarter alone and could have had more if Lynch didnt make a mistake around the midpoint of the quarter. Northern Illinois successfully executed an onside kick after the Moore touchdown catch, and Lynch had the Huskies driving on the ensuing possession until he forced a pass down the right sideline and into the waiting hands of Florida States Terrence Brooks. Florida State still held a commanding edge in yards after 45 minutes of play, 460238. Lonnie Pryor had a career-long 60-yard touchdown run to open the scoring for Florida State, and then Manuel led the Seminoles on a 10-play, 82-yard drive capped by Greenes stellar catch near the back of the end zone to close the half. Looking for golf scores? The scores that ordinarily appear on Wednesdays will be published tomorrow.


B2 W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE G OLF /T ENNIS I f you could have any wish about your golf game, what would it be? Thats a good question, isnt it? The majority of golfers would wish for a longer tee shot or a straighter tee shot possibly more accurate iron shots into the green. My wish would be something different. If I was granted a golf wish, it would be to make every putt from 4 feet or less. The short putt is the most important shot in golf. This is a true statement because there is no recovering from a missed short putt. For instance, after hitting a wayward tee shot, a player may still recover on the next shot. Since a golf genie is probably not going to show up at your front door and grant you a wish, it might be a good idea to have your own game plan for becoming a better putter from four feet or less. Here are some ABCs for you to remember: A stands for aim. Since your goal is to make that short putt, direction is of the utmost importance. To check your aim, while on the practice green, have a friend stand behind you down the line and tell you where the face of your putter is facing. The putter face determines the direction of the putt. B stands for bulls-eye. Imagine a bullseye in the back of the cup. Your game plan should be for your ball to hit that bulls eye with some speed! Your putt has a better chance of staying on line if there is enough speed to hit the back of the cup. C stands for clunk. The biggest reason that short putts miss the cup is that the golfer just cant wait to see if that ball went in the hole. Their eyes move too early and they will see the ball miss the cup. My students frequently hear me say, Listen, dont look! When you are ready to pull the trigger on that short putt, think clunk. This is the sound that you will hear when your ball hits the back of the cup. Clunk is the sound of success! Mary Slinkard is the PGA/LPGA teaching professional at the 7 Rivers Golf & Country Club. She is also a certified golf coach. Check her website at www.maryslinkard.com for the calendar of coaching schools and golf clinics. Mary Slinkard MARYS MOTIVATION Special to the Chronicle The short putt: Deceptively simple, but crucial to a well-rounded game. If youre having trouble with your short game, imagine a bulls-eye in the back of the cup, and dont be timid your shot has a better chance of falling if you put your back into it. No genie needed: The ABCs of a solid short game H ere we are at the beginning of a new year, and after days or weeks of looking back at what has been, it might be a nice change to look forward. Now seems like as good a time as ever to get your tennis calendar out and fill in some important dates for yourself as well as for your kids. Lets start with the juniors: There is only one JCT tournament left before their season-closing Tournament of Champions event at Sugarmill Woods on Feb. 9 and 10. We are talking about the JCT Tournament at Southern Hills Country Club, which is going to be held on Jan. 12 and 13. Deadline to register is 9 p.m. on Jan. 9. Enter by emailing jjeanette3saj@aol.com. The entry fee is $20. For information, call 352-232-0322. If you have questions, you may also call Rick Scholl, Sugarmill Woods/Oak Village Tennis Center Courts, 1 Village Center Circle, Homosassa, FL 34446, 352-232-4888; Lou Giglio, Southern Hills Country Club, 19858 Southern Hills Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601, 727-207-4760; or Judy Jeanette, GlenLakes Country Club, 9000 GlenLakes Blvd., Weeki Wachee, FL 34613, 352-2320322. The rest of the USTA and local tournament dates are at the end of this article. We hope to see you all at one or more of these events. Your participation is needed in order to continue having such a nice tennis community for years to come. Citrus County Tuesday Womens Tennis Leagues Tuesday Team Tennis The women-only league is geared towards players rated 3.0 to 3.5. If interested in playing or want to captain a team, contact chairwoman Candace Charles at 352-563-5859 or Candacecharles@tampabay.rr. com. Citrus Area Senior Ladies 3.0/3.5 Tuesday League To play in this league, a player must be at least 50 years of age with a 3.0/3.5 rating. The league is always looking for players to sub for teams. For information, email chairwoman Lucy Murphy at wjlrmurphy@embarqmail.co m or 527-4239. Thursday Morning Citrus Area Doubles League For information, contact chairwoman Diane Halloran at 352-527-7763 or tdhfla@tampabay.rr.com. Ladies on the Court Ladies on The Court plays at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Le Grone Park courts in Crystal River. Bring a new can of balls and 50 cents. Two-out-of-three tiebreak sets are played. For information, contact Barbara Shook at dshook@ tampabay.rr.com or 352-7950872. The Friday Senior Ladies Doubles 3.0 3.5 League All players must be at least 50 years of age with a 3.0 to 3.5 rating. Players cannot be both a member of a team and a sub. For information, email chairwoman Sue Doherty at suedoherty@prodigy.net. USTA Leagues The new season consists of the following: 55 and up Senior (3 doubles) mostly Saturdays starting Jan. 12 65 and up Senior (3 doubles) Tuesdays and Fridays starting Jan. 15 18 and up Adult (3 doubles, 2 singles) Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Jan. 11. Schedule for the rest of 2013: 18 and up Mixed (3 doubles) March, April and May 40 and up Adult (3 doubles, 2 singles) May, June and July 40 and up Mixed (3 doubles) August, September, October Combo Senior and Adult (3 doubles) October, November and December Start recruiting! If you have any questions, for information in our District 4 (south) call or email Leigh Chak at 352-5727157 or vacocala@gmail.com or ustaflorida.com. Tournaments Jan. 12 and 13: JCT Tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. Jan.19 and 20: Ninth annual Crystal River Open at Crystal River High School. All proceeds will go to two local charity programs: The Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Inverness and The Family Recourse Center in Hernando. The tournament will take place at Crystal River High School, as usual. Entry fee is a donation of cash, toiletries, non-perishable foods and/or gently used clothing (suggested at $20 per person and $10 for the second event). Divisions offered will be: Womens, mens, junior doubles and mixed doubles, divided into A,B and C. Two matches guaranteed (consolation round). Deadline for entries is Jan. 16. Check in at least 15 minutes prior to your match. Please call Friday, Jan. 18 for your starting times if you have not been notified. If you are not able to play or not interested in playing but still would like to help the cause, volunteers will be available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday as well as Sunday to accept your donation at the tennis courts. The organizers would like to stress the point that they will adjust the schedule in any way possible to allow you to participate if you have other commitments. Tournament directors: Cindy Reynolds, AJ Glenn at 697-3089 or ajglenn03@gmail.com; Sally deMontfort at 7959693 or deMont@embarqmail.com; Eric van den Hoogen at 352-3823138 or hoera@juno.com. Feb. 9 and 10: JCT Tournament of Champions at Sugarmill Woods. March 2 and 3: Second annual Spring Classic at Crystal River High School. This tournament will offer doubles for mens, womens and mixed divisions as well as singles for men and women. Entry fee will be $20 per person for a single event, and just an extra $10 donation for a second event. Proceeds from this tournament will go toward youth missions for Inverness First United Methodist Youth and Childrens Ministry. Each participant will be guaranteed two matches, a thank-you gift, and prizes will be awarded to division champions. Eric van den Hoogen, Chronicle tennis columnist, can be reached at hoera@juno.com. Is tennis on your calendar this year? Eric van den Hoogen ON COURT Associated Press Serena Williams plays a shot Tuesday in her match against Alize Cornet of France at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia. Sharapova withdraws, Serena advances Associated PressBRISBANE, Australia Maria Sharapova withdrew from the Brisbane International on Tuesday because of an injured right collarbone that left her unable to serve. She said she didnt want to aggravate the injury with the Australian Open two weeks away. Also out was 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who lost 6-4, 7-5 to Russias Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a season-opening tournament that has proved rough for many of the top players. Serena Williams, however, had no such problems. She carried her relentless winning form into 2013, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at night over No. 44ranked Alize Cornet. Williams, a 15-time major winner who is ranked No. 3, has lost only one of her last 34 competitive singles matches in a run that includes titles at Wimbledon, the London Olympics and the U.S. Open. She was hitting winners so fiercely that Cornet didnt bother chasing most of them. One of her serves, in the fourth game of the second, was 124 mph. That was faster than any of her serves last year, and she has rarely served faster anywhere. Combined with Daniela Hantuchovas 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 5 Sara Errani and the first-round exits of No. 7 Sam Stosur and No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki, the seasonopening event featuring eight of the top 10 ranked women had already lost five of its top eight seeds before the end of the second round. Williams will next meet the winner of Wednesdays match between fellow American Sloane Stephens and Swedens Sofia Arvidsson. On the mens side, local qualifier John Millman, ranked No. 199, advanced to a second-round match with Olympic and U.S. Open champion Andy Murray by beating Japans Tatsuma Ito 6-4, 6-1. Seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria downed Denis Kudla of the U.S. 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, while eighthseeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia lost 6-1, 6-2 to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. Spains Tommy Robredo advanced 6-4, 7-6 (4) over American Ryan Harrison, and Alejandro Falla of Colombia set up a second-round match with third-seeded Gilles Simon with a 6-1, 7-6 (8) win over Jesse Levine. US beats France 2-1, stays unbeaten at Hopman Cup PERTH, Australia The United States rallied past France 2-1 Tuesday, with John Isner and Venus Williams capturing the decisive mixed doubles to win a second straight series at the Hopman Cup. France won the opening singles when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overwhelmed Isner 6-3, 6-2. Williams then tied it after trailing by a set and 4-1 to defeat Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Americans won the mixed doubles 6-7 (5), 6-2 10-8 by taking six of the last seven points in the match tiebreaker. The U.S., which defeated South Africa in its opening series, next plays Spain. On Wednesday, Italy plays Germany and Australia faces Serbia.Bachinger moves into second round in ChennaiCHENNAI, India Matthias Bachinger of Germany upset seventhseeded Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Tuesday at the Chennai Open. Also advancing to the second round were fifth-seeded Benoit Paire of France, German qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Roberto Bautista Augut of Spain and Indias Prakash Amritraj and Somdev Devvarman.Ferrer advances to second round in DohaDOHA, Qatar Top-seeded David Ferrer rallied to defeat German qualifier Dustin Brown 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday. Three seeded players were upset, including Jeremy Chardy at No. 5. Chardy was beaten by German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-4. Earlier, Lukas Rosol beat eighth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Lukasz Kubot of Poland topped seventh-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-4, 6-2. Fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia struggled, but rallied to beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1. Richard Gasquet, seeded second, beat Czech veteran Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-4. Li starts Shenzhen Open with easy victorySHENZEN, China Top-seeded Li Na opened her Shenzhen Open campaign with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg on Tuesday. Li, No. 7 in the world, broke Minella four times without facing a break point. Next up for the Chinese star will be Julia Cohen of the United States in the second round. It was a good day for Chinese. Sixthseeded Peng Shuai swept past Ayumi Morita of Japan for a seventh straight time, 6-1, 6-1, and Zhou Yi-miao, a lucky loser who made the draw when third-seeded Jelena Jankovic withdrew, defeated Americanqualifier Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-2. Pengs win set up a quarterfinal with Annika Beck of Germany, who beat fourth-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 63, 6-0 in their first meeting. Also through to the last eight were Monica Niculescu of Romania, who topped seventh-seeded Laura Robson of Britain 6-2, 6-3; fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic; and eighth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia.


C OLLEGEFOOTBALLC ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 B3 South Carolina cornerback Akeem Auguste breaks up a pass intended for Michigan wide receiver Joe Reynolds on Tuesday during the first quarter of the Outback Bowl in Tampa. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier decided to risk a twoquarterback package vs. the Michigan Wolverines in Tuesdays bowl game, and it worked so well both QBs got game balls. I dont know if Ive ever given two quarterbacks a game ball, but today I said: Hey, weve got to give them to both you guys, Spurrier said. Associated Press Associated PressTAMPA, Fla. Steve Spurriers plan to use two quarterbacks in the Outback Bowl worked so well that Dylan Thompson and Connor Shaw both earned game balls. Thats a first for the Head Ball Coach, who has a wellknown penchant for benching struggling QBs. Except in this case, the Gamecocks winningest coach used his talented pair of passers by design. Shaw began Tuesdays 33-28 victory over Michigan with a 56yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd. Thompson closed it out by throwing a 32-yard TD strike to Bruce Ellington in the final minute to help South Carolina match the school record for victories in a season. I dont know if Ive ever given two quarterbacks a game ball, but today I said: Hey, weve got to give them to both you guys, Spurrier said. Both those young men are just so super team-oriented. Theres no jealousy, nothing. ... Those guys are just really, really good teammates. Wonderful team players, the coach added. We tried to tell Connor: Its your game. And it was his game, but Dylan was going to play. He understood that. It worked beautifully as it turned out. Thompson replaced Shaw during the winning drive, covering the final 43 yards after Shaw began the march from his own 30 and kept it alive with a 6-yard completion to Ace Sanders on a fourth-and-3 play. Devin Gardners third TD pass of the game had given Michigan a 28-27 lead. I wasnt nervous. I knew I had great guys around me, and I trusted them and just was confident, Thompson said. Shaw threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns after missing the Gamecocks regular-season finale with a left foot sprain. Thompson led the Gamecocks (11-2) to a victory at archrival Clemson, and threw for 117 yards and two TDs in the bowl. Gardner threw for 214 yards in his fifth start for Michigan (8-5) since Denard Robinson injured his right elbow late in the season. Robinson took some snaps at quarterback and even attempted his first passes in a game since Oct. 27, but lined up mostly at running back and rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries. Sanders caught TD passes of 4 yards from Thompson and 31 yards from Shaw, who completed 18 of 26 passes before aggravating his foot injury and limping off during the final drive. The speedy receiver had nine catches for 92 yards and also scored on a 63-yard punt return one of four plays over 50 yards yielded by Michigan. Gardner was 18 of 36, including TD passes of 5 yards to Drew Dileo and 10 and 17 yards to Jeremy Gallon, who gave Michigan its late lead and finished with career bests of nine receptions and 145 yards. Robinson set the NCAA record for career yards rushing by a quarterback, hiking his four-year total to 4,495 15 more than West Virginias Pat White ran for from 2005-08. Id rather win the game, said Robinson, who attempted two passes in the third quarter, both incompletions. Thompsons late TD pass decides Outback Bowl Associated PressDALLAS Patrick Higgins made a big decision right away in his only chance to be in charge of Purdue. The interim coach called for a fake punt just 13 yards from his end zone on the Boilermakers first possession, and it worked. He just never got another chance to influence the outcome. Clint Chelf threw three of Oklahoma States five touchdown passes and the Cowboys shook off a tough Big 12 finish by rolling up 524 yards and forcing five Purdue turnovers in a dominating 58-14 victory in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday. Leading 28-0 at halftime, Oklahoma State erased any lingering doubt three plays into the second half when Justin Gilbert stripped Purdue receiver O.J. Ross on a short completion. The loose ball shot straight to Daytawion Lowe, who ran 37 yards down the sideline in front of the Purdue bench for a 35-0 lead. The Cowboys pushed the lead to 45-0 on Chelfs third touchdown pass, a leaping 37-yard grab in the end zone by Isaiah Anderson, who had 78 yards receiving. Purdue fades after bold move from coach Associated PressJACKSONVILLE Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell walked out of the locker room and headed straight for the bus. He refused to stop and didnt utter a word. There really was nothing to say after the worst game of his career. The junior threw four interceptions in a 34-20 loss to No. 21 Northwestern in the Gator Bowl on Tuesday. The Wildcats (10-3) ended a 64year postseason drought, earning their first bowl win since the 1949 Rose Bowl. After falling behind 13-0, Russell settled down and got the Bulldogs (8-5) back in the game. They tied it at 13, but then the Wildcats responded. Russell completed 12 of 28 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He had only thrown six picks in the first 11 games this season. We are kind of down right now, but life goes on, Bulldogs running back LaDarius Perkins said. We got to make sure we come back strong next year. Russells worst day dooms Miss State in Jville Associated PressORLANDO Aaron Murray wanted nothing more this week than to send Georgias senior class out with a game to remember. The junior quarterback provided a record-setting performance to make it a reality. Murray threw five touchdown passes to set a Georgia bowl record, including two in the fourth quarter, as the sixth-ranked Bulldogs beat No. 23 Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl on Tuesday. Murray shook off a pair of firsthalf interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and passed for 427 yards also a Bulldogs bowl record against the nations top-ranked passing defense. He was the games most valuable player on the way to earning his first bowl victory at Georgia. Georgia (12-2) also reached 12 wins for the third time in school history. I dont know what its like to head into an offseason with a win, Murray said. Its a great feeling to get a win. Its great for the seniors, who have meant so much to this team. Theyve done a great job of leading this team the whole season. To get 12 wins...Thats something special. Nebraska (10-4) lost its third consecutive bowl game, and finished the season with two straight woeful defensive performances. The Cornhuskers lost the Big Ten championship game 70-31. The Cornhuskers led 24-23 at the half, but committed two of their three turnovers in the final 30 minutes. Taylor Martinez had two interceptions and two touchdown passes for Nebraska and Rex Burkhead rushed 140 yards in his final college game. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said the efficiency of Murray and Georgia on third down was too much to overcome. I thought the plan was good, Pelini said of his teams defensive scheme. Third down hurt us, obviously. When were in position, it was man on man down the field. We needed to make some of those plays and we didnt. And, you know, again, that cost us a football game. Nebraska drops to 12-7 against SEC opponents in bowl games. Trailed by questions about his teams focus following its narrow loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game, Georgia coach Mark Richt said Tuesday was also about a team that finished 5 yards shy of a BCS title game-berth finding closure. We wanted to win this game to prove to ourselves that we are one of the better teams in the country, Richt said. I think our guys did a good job of sucking it up when they were tired. ... But when you make a big play here and there, it gives you a little more energy as well ... We made enough big plays at the right moment. Nebraskas offense finished with 443 total yards, but the Bulldogs defense was stingy when it needed to be. They sacked Martinez five times, with junior All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones notching two. Damian Swann had both Georgia interceptions. With his two sacks Jones set a single-season record for with 14.5 sacks for the season. He will now decide in the coming days whether or not to enter the NFL draft. I think our coaches did a great job of halftime adjustments and got us out there adjusting to what they were calling and got us players honed in, Jones said. Like coach Richt says, its a 60-minute game and youve got to fight all 60 minutes. Associated Press Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree sacks Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez on a fourth-and-nine play Tuesday late in the fourth quarter of the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. Georgia won 45-31. Murrays five TDs lift Georgia over Nebraska Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 Associated PressPASADENA, Calif. Although Stanford didnt score many style points in the 99th Rose Bowl, the Cardinal could celebrate because they didnt let Wisconsin score any points at all after halftime. Stepfan Taylor rushed for 89 yards and an early touchdown, Kevin Hogan passed for 123 yards, and No. 8 Stanford won its first Rose Bowl since 1972, beating the Badgers 20-14 Tuesday night. Usua Amanam made the decisive interception near midfield with 2:30 to play as the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (12-2) ended their four-decade drought in the Granddaddy of Them All with arguably the biggest bowl win yet during the longstruggling programs recent renaissance. We knew this was going to be a battle, and we wouldnt expect it any other way, Stanford coach David Shaw said. We know its going to be tight, its going to be close, and were going to find a way to win. Thats the way its been all year. Stanford clamped down on the Big Ten champion Badgers (8-6), who lost the Rose Bowl in heartbreaking fashion for the third consecutive season. Montee Ball rushed for 100 yards and his FBSrecord 83rd touchdown, but Wisconsin managed only 82 yards in that scoreless second half. With impressive defense of its own, Wisconsin still stayed in position for an upset in the one-game return of Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez, who was back on the Badgers sideline in his red sweater-vest seven years after hanging up his whistle. Kelsey Young rushed for a score on Stanfords opening possession, and Taylor scored on the second. Wisconsin kept the Cardinal out of the end zone for the final 51 minutes, holding them to three points in the second half, but Stanfords defense didnt need any more help in the Cardinals eighth straight victory. After winning the Orange Bowl two years ago and losing the Fiesta Bowl last season, Stanford earned its first conference title and its first Rose Bowl berth in 13 years. The Cardinal finished with 12 victories for just the second time in school history and the second time in the last three years. The Cardinal ousted top-ranked Oregon on the way to the biggest season yet in the improbable surge of success started by Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck. Many Pac-12 observers expected a sharp decline at Stanford this season but Shaw and Hogan, who took over as the starting quarterback in November, have accomplished something even Harbaugh and Luck couldnt manage. I think it served as some motivation for us throughout the year, Amanam said. I think its just a testament to our program and how we train and prepare every season. When Bret Bielema abruptly left Wisconsin for Arkansas after winning the Big Ten title game, Alvarez agreed to coach his fourth Rose Bowl before handing off his program to new coach Gary Andersen, who met with Alvarez on the field before the game. But the Badgers third consecutive Rose Bowl appearance ended in much the same way as the last two: With the offense failing to get the late score Wisconsin desperately needed. Cardinal stall, but dont fall Associated Press Stanford wide receiver Jamal-Rashad Patterson makes a catch Tuesday against Wisconsin defensive back Shelton Johnson during the first half of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.


C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE S COREBOARD On the AIRWAVES TODAYS SPORTS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Davidson vs. Duke NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. (FSNFL) Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic 7:30 p.m. (SUN) Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Louisville. From the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 9 p.m. (ESPN2) American Family Insurance Skills Challenge. From Orlando, Fla. (same-day tape) PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Sunderland AFC at Liverpool FC. From Anfield in Liverpool, Merseyside, England Note: Times and channels are subject to change at the discretion of the network. If you are unable to locate a game on the listed channel, please contact your cable provider. Prep CALENDAR TODAYS PREP SPORTS BOYS BASKETBALL 2 p.m. Lecanto vs. Melbourne at Amway Center WRESTLING 5 p.m. Hernando at Lecanto No. 11 S. Carolina 33, No. 19 Michigan 28 South Carolina14701233 Michigan3109628 First Quarter SCByrd 56 pass from C.Shaw (Yates kick), 13:26. MichFG Gibbons 39, 7:28. SCSanders 63 punt return (Yates kick), 3:29. Second Quarter MichDileo 5 pass from Gardner (Gibbons kick), 12:41. SCSanders 4 pass from Thompson (Yates kick), 10:54. MichFG Gibbons 40, 2:47. Third Quarter MichFG Wile 52, 6:54. MichGallon 10 pass from Gardner (pass failed), :02. Fourth Quarter SCSanders 31 pass from C.Shaw (pass failed), 8:06. MichGallon 17 pass from Gardner (run failed), 3:29. SCEllington 32 pass from Thompson (pass failed), :11. A,527. SCMich First downs1724 Rushes-yards17-8545-141 Passing341214 Comp-Att-Int25-36-018-37-1 Return Yards6312 Punts-Avg.3-41.03-48.0 Fumbles-Lost1-13-1 Penalties-Yards5-444-55 Time of Possession22:0137:59 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHINGSouth Carolina, C.Shaw 10-96, Miles 5-1, Thompson 2-(minus 12). Michigan, D.Robinson 23-100, Gardner 12-24, Dileo 1-7, Smith 6-6, Simmons 1-4, Hayes 2-0. PASSINGSouth Carolina, C.Shaw 18-26-0224, Thompson 7-10-0-117. Michigan, Gardner 18-36-1-214, D.Robinson 0-1-0-0. RECEIVINGSouth Carolina, Sanders 9-92, Miles 4-22, Jones 3-78, Byrd 2-63, Ellington 236, Carson 2-1, Cunningham 1-37, Anderson 1-7, M.Davis 1-5. Michigan, Gallon 9-145, Roundtree 3-27, Dileo 3-22, Smith 1-9, D.Robinson 1-7, Funchess 1-4.No. 8 Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14Wisconsin0140014 Stanford1430320 First Quarter StanYoung 16 run (Williamson kick), 11:24. StanTaylor 3 run (Williamson kick), 6:35. Second Quarter WisM.Ball 11 run (Russell kick), 9:05. StanFG Williamson 47, 6:19. WisFredrick 4 pass from Phillips (Russell kick), :19. Fourth Quarter StanFG Williamson 22, 4:23. A,359. WisStan First downs1717 Rushes-yards45-21835-187 Passing83157 Comp-Att-Int10-17-113-20-0 Return Yards71 Punts-Avg.7-44.66-45.5 Fumbles-Lost0-00-0 Penalties-Yards4-406-48 Time of Possession29:5230:08 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHINGWisconsin, M.Ball 24-100, Phillips 5-64, Gordon 9-51, White 6-4, Doe 1-(minus 1). Stanford, Taylor 20-88, Hogan 7-54, Wilkerson 5-31, Young 1-16, Hewitt 1-0, Team 1-(minus 2). PASSINGWisconsin, Phillips 10-16-1-83, Stave 0-1-0-0. Stanford, Hogan 12-19-0-123, Terrell 1-1-0-34. RECEIVINGWisconsin, Abbrederis 3-44, White 2-5, Arneson 1-9, Pedersen 1-9, M.Ball 17, Doe 1-5, Fredrick 1-4. Stanford, Ertz 3-61, Montgomery 3-26, Taylor 3-17, Terrell 2-20, Patterson 1-34, Wilkerson 1-(minus 1).No. 6 Georgia 45, No. 23 Nebraska 31 Georgia16781445 Nebraska14107031 First Quarter GeoSafety, 11:39. GeoLynch 29 pass from Murray (Morgan kick), 7:54. NebTurner 14 pass from Martinez (Maher kick), 4:42. NebCompton 24 interception return (Maher kick), 4:15. GeoKing 75 pass from Murray (Morgan kick), 4:04. Second Quarter GeoGurley 24 run (Morgan kick), 10:33. NebFG Maher 39, 8:48. NebBurkhead 16 pass from Martinez (Maher kick), 4:43. Third Quarter NebBurkhead 2 run (Maher kick), 9:42. GeoConley 49 pass from Murray (McGowan pass from Murray), 7:26. Fourth Quarter GeoMarshall 24 pass from Murray (Morgan kick), 14:52. GeoConley 87 pass from Murray (Morgan kick), 11:03. A,712. GeoNeb First downs2326 Rushes-yards38-16252-239 Passing427204 Comp-Att-Int18-33-216-27-2 Return Yards8942 Punts-Avg.3-39.04-34.0 Fumbles-Lost0-01-1 Penalties-Yards7-768-69 Time of Possession27:3332:27 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHINGGeorgia, Gurley 23-125, Marshall 8-36, Murray 4-3, King 1-0, Team 2-(minus 2). Nebraska, Burkhead 24-140, Abdullah 7-48, Martinez 20-46, Heard 1-5. PASSINGGeorgia, Murray 18-33-2-427. Nebraska, Martinez 16-27-2-204. RECEIVINGGeorgia, King 3-104, Scott-Wesley 3-67, McGowan 3-40, Marshall 3-39, Lynch 3-37, Conley 2-136, Gurley 1-4. Nebraska, K.Bell 4-60, Burkhead 4-39, Turner 3-22, B.Cotton 2-69, Enunwa 2-11, Reed 1-3.No. 21 Nwestern 34, Mississippi St. 20 Mississippi St.0103720 Northwestern10314734 First Quarter NUQ.Williams 29 interception return (Budzien kick), 14:13. NUFG Budzien 34, 4:49. Second Quarter NUFG Budzien 37, 14:48. MSStFG Bell 27, 4:48. MSStClark 18 pass from Russell (Bell kick), 1:06. Third Quarter MSStFG Bell 47, 10:37. NUTy.Jones 3 run (Budzien kick), 9:25. NUSiemian 4 run (Budzien kick), :26. Fourth Quarter MSStM.Johnson 14 pass from Russell (Bell kick), 11:42. NUMark 3 run (Budzien kick), 8:10. A,612. MSStNU First downs1819 Rushes-yards33-18640-161 Passing106196 Comp-Att-Int12-29-421-36-3 Return Yards(-22)78 Punts-Avg.5-43.25-43.4 Fumbles-Lost0-01-0 Penalties-Yards6-472-20 Time of Possession26:1233:48 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHINGMississippi St., J.Robinson 7-91, Perkins 19-84, Prescott 2-20, Bumphis 1-3, Russell 4-(minus 12). Northwestern, Colter 1171, Mark 13-56, Siemian 2-14, Ty.Jones 6-14, Trumpy 3-7, Riley 2-5, Team 3-(minus 6). PASSINGMississippi St., Russell 12-28-4106, Prescott 0-1-0-0. Northwestern, Siemian 12-20-1-120, Colter 9-16-2-76. RECEIVINGMississippi St., Clark 3-36, Bumphis 3-18, M.Johnson 2-24, C.Smith 2-24, Marcus 1-7, J.Robinson 1-(minus 3). Northwestern, Vitale 7-82, C.Jones 5-39, Fields 2-41, Lawrence 2-18, K.Prater 2-7, Mark 2-3, Riley 1-6. Glantz-Culver Line for Jan. 2 NCAA Football Tonight Sugar Bowl at New Orleans FAVORITE OPEN TODAY O/U UNDERDOG Florida1314(45) Louisville Tomorrow Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Ariz. Oregon98(75) Kansas St. Friday Cotton Bowl at Arlington, Texas Texas A&M33(72) Oklahoma Saturday Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Mississippi13(52) Pittsburgh Sunday GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas St.+14(61) Kent St. Monday BCS National Championship At Miami Alabama710(41) Notre Dame NFL playoffs Saturday FAVORITE OPEN TODAY O/U UNDERDOG at Houston54(43) Cincinnati at Green Bay88(46) Minnesota Sunday at Baltimore76(46) Indianapolis Seattle13(45) at Washi ngton NCAA Basketball FAVORITELINEUNDERDOG at Kentucky27E. Michigan at Cleveland St.1Kent St. at Ohio St.22Nebraska at Louisville19Providence at Syracuse18Rutgers at UNC Wilmington3Towson Drexel1at Georgia St. at Old Dominion1James Madison UMass4at Miami (Ohio) Xavier2at Wake Forest at Richmond6Air Force at Butler23Penn at Valparaiso9Loyola of Chicago at Illinois St.PkCreighton at Tulsa3Buffalo Wichita St.5at Drake at N. Iowa7Indiana St. Bradley1at S. Illinois at Evansville15Missouri St. Wyoming4at SMU Boise St.4at Texas-Arlington Florida St.2at Auburn at Vanderbilt6William & Mary at UCF3South Florida at Ill.-Chicago5Youngstown St. at Villanova4St. Johns Illinois1at Purdue at DePaulPkSeton Hall at Miami7La Salle at Colorado St.10UTEP at Santa Clara9San Francisco at Arizona St.7Utah at Georgia Tech20Chattanooga Duke-x12Davidson at UAB12Georgia Southern x-at Charlotte, N.C. NBA FAVORITELINEUNDERDOG at Cleveland6Sacramento at Indiana10Washington at Toronto2Portland Chicago4at Orlando at Miami12Dallas Memphis1at Boston San Antonio5at Milwaukee at Oklahoma City10Brooklyn at Houston10New Orleans at Phoenix3Philadelphia at Utah1Minnesota L.A. Clippers2at Golden State Tuesdays sports transactions FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLSPromoted Russ Brandon to president and chief executive officer. CINCINNATI BENGALSSigned WR Justin Hilton to the practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSSigned DL Tracy Robertson to the practice squad. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSSigned K Billy Cundiff.NBA standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division WLPctGB New York2110.677 Brooklyn1615.5165 Boston1416.4676 Philadelphia1417.4527 Toronto1120.35510 Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami218.724 Atlanta2010.6671 Orlando1219.38710 Charlotte823.25814 Washington425.13817 Central Division WLPctGB Indiana1813.581 Chicago1613.5521 Milwaukee1613.5521 Detroit1222.3537 Cleveland725.21911 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio258.758 Memphis199.6793 Houston1714.5487 Dallas1319.40611 New Orleans724.22617 Northwest Division WLPctGB Oklahoma City246.800 Portland1614.5338 Denver1715.5318 Minnesota1413.5198 Utah1517.46910 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Clippers256.806 Golden State2110.6774 L.A. Lakers1515.5009 Sacramento1120.35514 Phoenix1121.34414 Mondays Games Charlotte 91, Chicago 81 Indiana 88, Memphis 83 Miami 112, Orlando 110, OT Houston 123, Atlanta 104 San Antonio 104, Brooklyn 73 Oklahoma City 114, Phoenix 96 Tuesdays Games Dallas 103, Washington 94 Portland 105, New York 100 Detroit 103, Sacramento 97 Atlanta 95, New Orleans 86 L.A. Clippers at Denver, late Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, late Wednesdays Games Sacramento at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Portland at Toronto, 7 p.m. Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Chicago at Orlando, 7 p.m. Memphis at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Miami, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Utah, 9 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Thursdays Games San Antonio at New York, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m. Oklahoma St. 58, Purdue 14Purdue007714 Oklahoma St.1414171358 First Quarter OkStC.Moore 4 pass from Chelf (Sharp kick), 8:02. OkStJackson 7 pass from Chelf (Sharp kick), 6:43. Second Quarter OkStSeaton 16 pass from Walsh (Sharp kick), 14:22. OkStSmith 5 run (Sharp kick), 5:12. Third Quarter OkStLowe 37 fumble return (Sharp kick), 14:09. OkStFG Sharp 20, 7:15. OkStI.Anderson 37 pass from Chelf (Sharp kick), 4:28. PurCottom 32 pass from Marve (McCartney kick), :18. Fourth Quarter OkStFG Sharp 21, 11:21. OkStBl.Webb 37 pass from Walsh (Sharp kick), 8:32. OkStFG Sharp 42, 6:27. PurThomas 16 pass from Marve (McCartney kick), 2:52. A,313. PurOkSt First downs1828 Rushes-yards38-15541-213 Passing212311 Comp-Att-Int21-34-225-34-0 Return Yards088 Punts-Avg.4-38.83-52.7 Fumbles-Lost6-30-0 Penalties-Yards4-457-62 Time of Possession32:5227:08 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHINGPurdue, Shavers 14-93, Marve 1020, Webster 1-16, Bolden 8-15, Cottom 2-8, McCartney 1-4, Freytag 1-1, Team 1-(minus 2). Oklahoma St., Randle 17-66, Roland 9-51, Smith 6-40, Stewart 1-21, Muncrief 3-14, Walsh 1-13, Chelf 4-8. PASSINGPurdue, Marve 21-34-2-212. Oklahoma St., Chelf 17-22-0-197, Walsh 5-7-0-86, Lunt 1-3-0-12, Randle 1-1-0-1, Stewart 1-1-0-15. RECEIVINGPurdue, Ross 5-29, Shavers 454, Holmes 4-26, Thomas 3-28, Macarthy 2-11, Cottom 1-32, Edison 1-27, Bolden 1-5. Oklahoma St., I.Anderson 5-78, Stewart 5-56, C.Moore 4-42, Hays 4-25, Bl.Webb 2-51, Jackson 2-33, Seaton 1-16, Nicholas 1-9, Chelf 1-1.Georgia Tech 21, Southern Cal 7Southern Cal07007 Georgia Tech077721 Second Quarter GaTSims 3 pass from Lee (Tanner kick), 10:41. USCRedd 9 pass from Wittek (Heidari kick), :50. Third Quarter GaTWashington 1 run (Tanner kick), 12:23. Fourth Quarter GaTO.Smith 17 pass from Washington (Tanner kick), 13:11. A,922. USCGaT First downs1018 Rushes-yards22-9863-294 Passing10775 Comp-Att-Int14-37-35-10-1 Return Yards7185 Punts-Avg.8-44.07-40.4 Fumbles-Lost1-02-2 Penalties-Yards2-108-88 Time of Possession23:3536:25 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHINGSouthern Cal, Redd 17-88, Wittek 1-5, McNeal 3-5, Lee 1-0. Georgia Tech, Sims 17-99, Laskey 6-60, Lee 10-52, Washington 16-46, Bostic 2-14, Godhigh 3-13, O.Smith 4-9, Zenon 2-7, Days 1-(minus 2), Team 2-(minus 4). PASSINGSouthern Cal, Wittek 14-37-3-107. Georgia Tech, Washington 3-5-0-49, Lee 2-5-1-26. RECEIVINGSouthern Cal, Lee 6-41, R.Woods 3-33, Redd 3-14, Grimble 2-19. Georgia Tech, Je.Moore 1-27, C.Jackson 1-23, O.Smith 1-17, Bostic 1-5, Sims 1-3.No. 14 Clemson 25, No. 9 LSU 24 LSU7710024 Clemson7601225 First Quarter LSUHill 17 run (Alleman kick), 14:05. ClemBoyd 11 run (Catanzaro kick), 9:46. Second Quarter LSULandry 6 pass from Mettenberger (Alleman kick), 13:12. ClemHopkins 11 pass from Boyd (kick blocked), 5:43. Third Quarter LSUHill 57 run (Alleman kick), 14:43. LSUFG Alleman 20, 4:49. Fourth Quarter ClemFG Catanzaro 26, 9:26. ClemHopkins 12 pass from Boyd (pass failed), 2:47. ClemFG Catanzaro 37, :00. A,027. LSUClem First downs932 Rushes-yards25-9950-99 Passing120346 Comp-Att-Int14-23-136-50-0 Return Yards20(-3) Punts-Avg.9-44.66-43.3 Fumbles-Lost0-03-2 Penalties-Yards7-666-47 Time of Possession23:3936:21 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHINGLSU, Hill 12-124, Ware 3-9, Hilliard 2-8, Ford 2-(minus 1), Mettenberger 6-(minus 41). Clemson, Ellington 11-50, McDowell 7-26, Boyd 29-22, Ja.Brown 1-3, Howard 1-1, S.Watkins 1-(minus 3). PASSINGLSU, Mettenberger 14-23-1-120. Clemson, Boyd 36-50-0-346. RECEIVINGLSU, Landry 4-37, Beckham 340, Ware 3-18, Boone 2-14, Clement 1-7, Dickson 1-4. Clemson, Hopkins 13-191, Ford 9-69, Humphries 8-27, McDowell 2-6, Ellington 1-35, Ja.Brown 1-12, Cooper 1-5, Peake 1-1.Bowl glance A look at the results of this years college football bowl games. Saturday, Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque Arizona 49, Nevada 48 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise, Idaho Utah State 41, Toledo 15 Thursday, Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl at San Diego BYU 23, San Diego State 6 Friday, Dec. 21 Beef O Bradys Bowl at St. Petersburg, Fla. UCF 38, Ball State 17 Saturday, Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 43, East Carolina 34 MAACO Bowl at Las Vegas Boise State 28, Washington 26 Monday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu SMU 43, Fresno State 10 Wednesday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Detroit Central Michigan 24, Western Kentucky 21 Thursday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl at Washington San Jose State 29, Bowling Green 20 Belk Bowl at Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati 48, Duke 34 Holiday Bowl at San Diego Baylor 49, UCLA 26 Friday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl at Shreveport, La. Ohio 45, Louisiana-Monroe 14 Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech 13, Rutgers 10, OT Meineke Car Care Bowl at Houston Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31 Saturday, Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas Rice 33, Air Force 14 Pinstripe Bowl at New York Syracuse 38, West Virginia 14 Fight Hunger Bowl at San Francisco Arizona State 62, Navy 28 Alamo Bowl at San Antonio Texas 31, Oregon State 27 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State 17, TCU 16 Monday, Dec. 31 Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt 38, N.C. State 24 Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech 21, Southern Cal 7 Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn. Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Atlanta Clemson 25, LSU 24 Tuesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl at Dallas Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14 Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla. Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20 Capital One Bowl at Orlando, Fla. Georgia 45, Nebraska 31 Outback Bowl at Tampa, Fla. South Carolina 33, Michigan 28 Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif. Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 Florida LOTTERY Here are the winning numbers selected Tuesday in the Florida Lottery: CASH 3 (early) 2 2 3 CASH 3 (late) 3 6 7 PLAY 4 (early) 8 4 0 7 PLAY 4 (late) 4 9 1 4 FANTASY 5 9 19 20 22 27 MEGA MONEY 12 16 32 41 MEGA BALL 18 B4 W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 Associated Press Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro is held aloft by his teammates Monday after he kicked the winning 37-yard field goal as time expired in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU in Atlanta. Clemson won 25-24. Georgia Tech 21, USC 7 EL PASO, Texas Tevin Washington ran for a 1-yard touchdown that broke a thirdquarter tie, then threw a TD pass while leading Georgia Tech past Southern California in the Sun Bowl. USC (7-6) became the first preseason No. 1 team to lose six games. Its also all but assured of becoming the first school to enter the season on top of The Associated Press poll and finish unranked since Mississippi in 1964. The Trojans were without injured quarterback Matt Barkley. Max Wittek tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Silas Redd in the second quarter, but also threw three interceptions. Georgia Tech (7-7) stopped its seven-bowl losing streak. Washington put the Yellow Jackets ahead 14-7 shortly after halftime and added a 17yard touchdown pass to Orwin Smith in the fourth quarter. The Trojans struggled to contain Georgia Techs triple-option attack. David Sims ran for 99 yards, and the Yellow Jackets rushed for 294 yards overall. Vanderbilt 38, N.C. State 24 NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Vanderbilt capped its best season in nearly a century by beating North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl. The Commodores (9-4) won their seventh straight game, their top mark since going 9-1 in 1915. Vanderbilt forced a seasonhigh five turnovers, including four in the first half, and turned those into 17 points. N.C. State (7-6) finished up under interim coach Dana Bible. Coach Tom OBrien was fired at the end of the regular season. Tobias Palmer, who struggled catching the ball on his first two kickoff returns for the Wolfpack, caught the next one cleanly and ran untouched 94 yards for a TD.Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17 MEMPHIS, Tenn. Tulsa avenged a loss to Iowa State earlier in the season by defeating the Cyclones in the rematch at a rainy Liberty Bowl behind Alex Singletons three touchdowns. Trey Watts rushed for 149 yards and Singleton ran for his three scores. The Golden Hurricane (11-3) posted the second 11-win season in school history. Tulsa, which has the smallest enrollment of any Football Bowl Subdivision program, also finished 11-3 in 2008. Iowa State (6-7) rallied to beat Tulsa 38-23 on Sept. 1. In the bowl matchup, Tulsa trailed 17-7 after the first quarter. Associated PressATLANTA Chandler Catanzaro was not about to let a blocked extra point earlier in the game get in the way of his last-second, game-winning field goal. Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 victory over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chickfil-A Bowl on Monday night. I was ready when the opportunity came to me, Catanzaro said. It was nextkick mentality. I was so thankfulfor the opportunity. Catanzaro, a former walkon from Greenville, S.C., made 16 of 17 field goals in the regular season. The kick gave Clemson its first 11-win season since its 1981 national championship team. And Tigers coach Dabo Swinney thinks this is only the beginning. Trailing 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd passed to DeAndre Hopkins for 26 yards on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive. You cant win 12 until you win 11, Swinney said. You cant win a national championship until you learn how to win games like this. This was a landmark win. Boyd completed 36 of 50 passes for 346 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He set career highs for attempts and completions while winning the game MVP award. Tajh Boyd was phenomenal, LSU coach Les Miles said. I did not expect the heroic, if you will, efforts that he had. Hopkins had 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns. After the big fourthdown catch, he added receptions for 7 and 13 yards in the final drive. Jeremy Hill ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns for LSU (10-3), which carried a 24-13 lead into the final quarter. After Hopkins second TD catch, LSU got the ball with 2:43 remaining and threw three straight passes. Only one was complete in the three-and-out series that took only about 1 minute off the clock, leaving Clemson with enough time for its winning drive against LSUs exhausted defense. Hill did not have a carry in the fourth quarter. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was sacked six times and completed 14 of 23 passes for 120 yards. He also threw for a touchdown and an interception. Its a tough thing to figure our pass protection was as poor as it was, Miles said. Thats the piece that needs fixing and frankly weve got some young players here well address and improve and make some strides going forward. Clemson edges LSU 25-24 on last-second FG


C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 B5 Associated PressNEW YORK The NHL and the union are back at the bargaining table and seem determined to work toward a deal to save the hockey season. A full day of talks was planned for Tuesday, one day after negotiations resumed following nearly three weeks apart. On Monday, the players association presented a counterproposal to an offer made by the league late last week. The NHL spent Monday night reviewing the document, then got together again with the union Tuesday. Small groups from each side met and conferred by conference calls all afternoon about provisions of a potential collective bargaining agreement. A full meeting of the negotiating teams wasnt expected at the league office before 6:30 or 7 p.m., a union spokesman said. The NHL then requested that the meeting be pushed back to 9 p.m. What is clear is that time has become a real factor. Weve said we need to drop the puck by Jan. 19 if were going to play a 48-game season, Commissioner Gary Bettman said. We dont think it makes sense to play a season any shorter than that. That leaves a little less than two weeks to reach an agreement and hold one week of training camp before starting the season. All games through Jan. 14 have been canceled, claiming more than 50 percent of the original schedule. The NHL is the only North American professional sports league to cancel a season because of a labor dispute, losing the 2004-05 campaign to a lockout. The NHL was supposed to be celebrating its annual outdoor Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday the 108th day of the lockout at Michigan Stadium. But that game was canceled long ago along with the All-Star game. Mondays talks marked the first time the NHL and union met in person since Dec. 13. Bettman says a deal must be reached by Jan. 11 so the season can begin eight days later. When the sides met Monday, the union brought a condensed counterproposal in response to the NHLs 288-page contract offer. There were some discussions between the negotiators and some time spent apart in internal meetings. Neither side would elaborate on what was offered in either proposal or characterize any of Mondays discussions that union executive director Donald Fehr said werent terribly long. There was an opportunity for the players to highlight the areas they thought we should focus on based on their response, and thats something weve got to look at very closely in addition to the myriad of other issues, Bettman said. The process continues and were anticipating getting back together. That neither offer was quickly dismissed could be taken as a positive sign that perhaps the gap has narrowed. It is still possible this dispute eventually could be settled in the courts if the sides cant reach a deal on their own. The NHL filed a class-action suit this month in U.S. District Court in New York in an effort to show its lockout is legal. In a separate move, the league filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, contending bad-faith bargaining by the union. Those moves were made because the players association took steps toward declaring a disclaimer of interest, which would dissolve the union and make it a trade association. That would allow players to file antitrust lawsuits against the NHL. NHL, players union set to meet at league offices Commissioner: Deal must be struck by Jan. 11 if shortened season is to be played Associated PressPHILADELPHIA Jeffrey Luries search for the Philadelphia Eagles next coach began before he fired Andy Reid and could last until the Super Bowl. While the Eagles were struggling toward a 4-12 finish, Lurie meticulously and in great detail researched potential successors to replace a coach who won more games than any other in franchise history. Reid, however, didnt win a Super Bowl and the team still is seeking its first NFL title since 1960. Lurie considers the Vince Lombardi Trophy his obsession. So, the pressures on to find a coach who can deliver that elusive championship. The important thing is to find the right coach, not to make the fastest decision, Lurie said. Thats our priority. The Eagles already have lined up interviews with three assistant coaches on the Atlanta Falcons: Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coach Keith Armstrong. The Falcons (13-3) are the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and have a bye this week. Other NFL assistants that are likely on Luries very defined list include Denvers Mike McCoy, San Franciscos Greg Roman and Vic Fangio, Cincinnatis Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer, Seattles Gus Bradley, Green Bays Ben McAdoo, and Arizonas Ray Horton. Bruce Arians, who was 9-3 as interim coach with Indianapolis, is another candidate. Oregons Chip Kelly may be the most sought-after coach from the college ranks, and hes said to be atop Philadelphias list. Fans hoping the Eagles make a big splash and hire a high-profile coach like Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden are probably going to be disappointed. Lurie downplayed famous names and pointed to Reid as an example of an unknown coach who had tremendous success after getting his first chance. When Lurie hired Reid in 1999, he was never a coordinator. Reid coached quarterbacks and offensive linemen in Green Bay under Mike Holmgren. Reid assembled a strong coaching staff in Philadelphia, especially in the first half of his tenure. Six of his assistants became head coaches: Brad Childress (Minnesota), John Harbaugh (Baltimore), Leslie Frazier (Minnesota), Ron Rivera (Carolina), Pat Shurmur (Cleveland) and Steve Spagnuolo (St. Louis). This is the third time Lurie will hire a coach since he bought the Eagles from Norman Braman in 1995. His first hire was Ray Rhodes. He took the Eagles to the playoffs his first two seasons and lasted four years. Reid led the Eagles to nine playoffs appearances, six division titles, five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl loss. Eagles search could be lengthy Associated PressNEW YORK Big East tried to work a deal to keep Boise State on board, but was unwilling to give the Broncos the deal that kept them in the Mountain West. We worked hard with Boise, Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday. We explored a lot of different ways to keep them. No question. Ultimately, we were unwilling to do the things they wanted. Our membership was unwilling to make the deal the Mountain West made with them. Boise State had committed to play football in the Big East, starting in 2013. But the school announced Monday it was reversing course and staying in the Mountain West. The Mountain West recently reworked its television contract with CBS Sports Network to allow the conference to sell packages of its games to other networks. The deal will allow teams that appear on national TV more often to make more money. Also, the league agreed to sell Boise State home games in a separate package. The Mountain West also agreed to allow teams in its conference that play in BCS games and the equivalent when the new postseason system starts in 2014 to keep half the money. The rest of the conference will split the other half. In most leagues, all bowl money is shared equally. That deal, added to the most recent defections from the Big East that caused even more instability in that league, caused Boise State to change course. San Diego State, another Mountain West team currently committed to play football in the Big East in 2013, also is reconsidering. I dont know the deal with San Diego State, Aresco said. That could come clear in the next few days. Were in close touch with them. Without San Diego State, the Big East has 10 schools committed for next season: Current members Connecticut, Cincinnati, South Florida, Temple, Louisville and Rutgers, plus newcomers Memphis, Central Florida, SMU and Houston. Louisville (ACC) and Rutgers (Big Ten) have announced they are leaving. While the departure date for each is uncertain, it would be surprising if either is in the conference beyond 2013. The Big East had hoped to have a 12-team, coast-tocoast football conference, with a championship game. East Carolina, for football only, and Tulane are scheduled to join the Big East in 2014, ostensibly to replace Rutgers and Louisville. This group does want to stay together, Aresco said. Everybody wants to stay in. Weve had strong support from the Texas schools. Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said his league has been in touch with several schools about expansion. Media reports have mentioned SMU and Houston as possible targets. Aresco: Big East unwilling to accommodate Boise Associated Press The New York Knicks Amare Stoudemire shoots over Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge and Jared Jeffries, rear, during the first quarter Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Trail Blazers 105, Knicks 100 Associated PressNEW YORK The Portland Trail Blazers overcame Carmelo Anthonys season hightying 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoudemires season debut, beating the New York Knicks 105-100 on Tuesday night. Nicolas Batum scored 26 points, Damian Lillard had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Portland. Stoudemire finished with six points on 3-of-8 shooting and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury, but the Trail Blazers had too many options. J.J. Hickson scored all of his 18 points in the first half as Portland won for the third time in four games. Pistons 103, Kings 97 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Sacramento Kings 10397 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season. Sacramento cut a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to one, and Detroit led 100-97 when Austin Daye made a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down with 11.5 seconds left. Detroit has won five of six, in large part because of terrific play from its reserves. The group scored 44 points Tuesday despite losing Charlie Villanueva to a secondquarter ejection. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings.= Hawks 95, Hornets 86NEW ORLEANS Josh Smith scored 10 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 95-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. Al Horford added 20 points, Kyle Korver 14 and Zaza Pachulia 12 for the Hawks, who spoiled the homecoming of Hornets guard Eric Gordon. Gordon, playing in his first home game this season, scored 11 points Melos 45, Amares return not enough to stop Blazers on 5 of 17 shooting. He made his season debut in a victory over Charlotte on Saturday after spending most of the season recovering from a knee injury. Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and Greivis Vasquez added 17 for the Hornets. The Hornets Anthony Davis struggled from the floor, making four of nine shots for nine points but had 12 rebounds. Mavericks 103, Wizards 94WASHINGTON Vince Carter scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison each added 15 to help the Dallas Mavericks break their six-game losing streak with a 103-94 win over the Washington Wizards. When the Wizards, who are now 4-25, took a 14-point lead early in the second quarter, Dallas, which had arrived in Washington in the midst of its longest skid in nearly 14 years, rallied. They trailed by four at the half, and then outscored the Wizards 35-19 in the third quarter to take an 83-71 lead. The Mavericks were ahead 99-84 with 3:28 to play, but Washington scored eight straight to cut the lead to seven, but Carter, making just the second start of the season threw down an emphatic dunk with 1:11 to play to make it 101-93.


Hefner marries runaway bride LOS ANGELES Hugh Hefners celebrating the new year as a married man once again. The 86-year-old Playboy magazine founder exchanged vows with his runaway bride, Crystal Harris at a private Playboy Mansion ceremony on New Years Eve. Harris, a 26year-old Playmate of the Month in 2009, broke off a previous engagement to Hefner just before they were to be married in 2011. Playboy said on Tuesday the couple celebrated at a New Years Eve party at the mansion with guests that included comic Jon Lovitz Gene Simmons of KISS and baseball star Evan Longoria The bride wore a strapless gown in soft pink, Hefner a black tux. Willard completes diversion program LOS ANGELES Actor Fred Willard has completed a diversion program for his arrest this summer for a suspected lewd act at a Hollywood adult theater. Frank Mateljan a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorneys office, said Monday that the 72-year-old comic actor completed the program in September and as a result no longer faces charges stemming from the July 18 incident. ESPNs Storm back after accident NEW YORK ESPN anchor Hannah Storm returned to the air on New Years Day, exactly three weeks after she was seriously burned in a propane gas grill accident at her home. Storm suffered seconddegree burns on her chest and hands, and firstdegree burns to her face and neck. She lost her eyebrows and eyelashes, and roughly half her hair. Storm hosted ABCs telecast of the 2013 Rose Parade on Tuesday. The award-winning sportscaster and producer was preparing dinner outside her home in Connecticut on the night of Dec. 11 when she noticed the flame on the grill had gone out. She turned off the gas and when she reignited it there was an explosion and a wall of fire came at me. Birthday There are indications that the year ahead could turn out to be an adventurous one. There are even some strong suggestions that you might visit distant places that youve always longed to see. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The possibilities for personal accumulation are trending in your favor. You wont have to do anything unusual you should be able to reap rewards through traditional channels. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) You should be rather fortunate, even in situations that involve elements of chance. This is especially true when engaged in a matter of pride, not necessarily profit. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Hanging out with some of your favorite friends could prove to be especially gratifying. If their plans dont include coming to you, then you should go to them. Aries (March 21-April 19) Since you havent been in touch with an old chum for a very long time, take a moment to get connect. There could be some wonderful news awaiting you. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Tunnel vision can be a wonderful asset when used properly. Itll pay to focus your energies on a current situation that has much profitable potential. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Its quite possible that you could be exposed to an important, inspirational message. Should this occur, pay special attention to it, because it could have a profound, wonderful effect. Cancer (June 21-July 22) The possibility for further material acquisition is still active, even if you werent expecting anything in that realm. Itll be Dame Fortunes surprise. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Both family and friends will be receptive and pleased with your cooperative spirit. It will encourage them to do things for you that they wouldnt be inclined to do for others. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Dont put off urgent tasks or chores, even if you crave a day off. Procrastination will only hurt you at this juncture. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Youre not the type of person who throws his or her weight around just to get what you want, yet if you require help from others today, you might have to do so. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Time is your ally, with victory being gained through perseverance. Even if you have to work long into the day to accomplish your aims, you wont mind. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) If you find yourself to be somewaht fidgety, engaging in a fun, short excursion could satisfy your restlessness. Getting out in the open air for a while should help. From wire reports Today in HISTORY MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 Fantasy 5: 3 13 14 24 36 5-of-53 winners$86,488.34 4-of-5326$128 3-of-510,707$10.50 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 Fantasy 5: 7 16 19 27 33 5-of-52 winners$96,530.59 4-of-5265$117.50 3-of-58,457$10 Today is Wednesday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2013. There are 363 days left in the year. Todays Highlight: On Jan. 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. On this date: In 1893, the U.S. Postal Service issued its first commemorative stamp to honor the Worlds Columbian Expedition and the quadricentennial of Christopher Columbus voyage. In 1900, Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to facilitate trade with China. In 1921, the play that coined the term robot, R.U.R. (Rossums Universal Robots) by Karel Capek, was first performed in Czechoslovakia. In 1935, Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty, and executed.) In 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II. In 1959, the Soviet Union launched its space probe Luna 1, the first manmade object to fly past the moon, its apparent intended target. In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles an hour. (Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995). In 2006, 12 miners died in a methane gas explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia, W.Va., but one miner, Randal McCloy Jr., was eventually rescued. Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, seeking to counter Democratic criticisms that his economic policies favored the rich, said the economic stimulus plan he was going to unveil the following week would focus on jobs and the unemployed. Five years ago: The Justice Department opened a full criminal investigation into the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes. (A special prosecutor later cleared the CIAs former top clandestine officer and others.) One year ago: A gas pipeline in central Syria exploded; the government blamed terrorists while the opposition accused officials of playing on fears of religious extremism and terrorism to rally support behind President Bashar Assad. Todays birthdays: Country musician Harold Bradley is 87. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is 71. TV host Jack Hanna is 66. Actress Wendy Phillips is 61. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher David Cone is 50. Actress Tia Carrere is 46. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 45. Model Christy Turlington is 44. Actor Taye Diggs is 42. Jazz musician Trombone Shorty is 27. Thought for Today: A clash of doctrines is not a disaster it is an opportunity. Alfred North Whitehead, English philosopher and mathematician (1861-1947). INSIDE THE NUMBERS To verify the accuracy of winning lottery numbers, players should double-check the numbers printed above with numbers officially posted by the Florida Lottery. Go to www.flalottery.com, or call 850-487-7777. Spotlight on PEOPLE Florida LOTTERIES SO YOU KNOW Last nights winning numbers, Page B4 Page B6 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE Todays HOROSCOPE Associated Press The float Freedom Is Not Free, sponsored by the Korean War Commemoration Committee, appears Tuesday in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Crystal Harris Hugh Hefner Fred Willard Hannah Storm Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. A couple who became husband and wife on the Love Float, a surprise reunion between a returning soldier and his little boy, and a grand marshal famed globally for her chimpanzee research were among the highlights of the 124th Rose Parade on Tuesday. The parades spectacular 42 floral floats brightened an otherwise cloudy New Years morning and boosted the spirits of a chilled crowd estimated at some 700,000 spectators lining the 5-mile route. Spectators rose to a standing ovation when Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz, who was riding on the Natural Balance Pet Foods float along with other service members, got off the float and walked over to his surprised wife Miriam and 4year-old son Eric Jr., who came running out of the stands into the arms of his 32-year-old father. Miriam Pazz had been told she had won a contest to attend the parade and did not know her husband, who is deployed in Afghanistan, would be there. Pazz is a highly decorated soldier who has also served in Iraq. The family, who currently lives in Germany, climbed aboard the float for the rest of the route. Cheers also went up for a Chesapeake, Va., couple who tied the knot aboard the Farmers Insurance Love Float. Gerald Sapienza and Nicole Angelillo were high school classmates who reconnected 10 years later and won the parade wedding over three other couples in a nationwide contest. They received a trip to Pasadena, a wedding gown, tuxedo, rings, marriage license fees, Rose Bowl game tickets and hair and makeup for the bride. The parades theme this year was Oh the Places Youll Go! named in honor of the Dr. Seuss book. It served as a fitting slogan for grand marshal British primatologist Jane Goodall, who has spent much of her life in Tanzania studying chimpanzees. Goodall chose conservation as her message for the parade, which also featured 23 marching bands and 21 equestrian units from around the world. My dream for this New Years Day is for everyone to think of the places we can all go if we work together to make our world a better place, said Goodall, 78. Every journey starts with a step and I am pleased to see the Tournament of Roses continue to take steps toward not only celebrating beauty and imagination, but also a cleaner environment. This years parade also saw the first-ever float entered by the Defense Department. The $247,000 military float was a replica of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington to commemorate the veterans from that conflict. The float that scooped up the parades grand Sweepstakes prize for the most beautiful floral presentation and design was Dreaming in Paradise by fruit and vegetable producer Dole. Parade participants included a more than 200-member band from El Salvador, dancers from Costa Rica and equestriennes from Canada. Die-hard parade fans staked out their spots early Monday with folding chairs, hammocks and portable barbeque grills. They brought in the new year by throwing marshmallows, shaving cream and tortillas, and then hunkered down to stay warm in sleeping bags during a particularly frigid night for Southern California. The frosty temperature spurred a number of cold-weather exposure calls to emergency personnel, police department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian told City News Service. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, police had made a total of 22 arrests along the parade route since 6 p.m. Monday, said police Lt. Rick Aversan. All but one arrest were for suspected public intoxication. The other was for suspected possession of burglary tools that could have been used to break into cars, police said. Heartwarming moments defy chill at Rose Parade ABOVE: The 2013 Rose Queen Vanessa Manjarrez rides a float in the 124th Rose Parade. BELOW: Larger-than-life dogs and cats with real humans and pets are seen aboard the Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation float Follow the Stars Adopt a Pet, the winner of the Lathrop K. Leishman trophy for the most beautiful entry from a non-commercial sponsor.


Looking For A New Friend?Shop our Pets column in the Classified Section. 794601 E DUCATION Section C WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE Liberal arts colleges forced to evolve with market Associated PressADRIAN, Mich. Theyre the places you think of when you think of college leafy campuses, small classes, small towns. Liberal arts colleges are where students ponder lifes big questions, and learn to think en route to successful careers and richer lives, if not always to the bestpaying first jobs. But todays increasingly careerfocused students mostly arent buying the idea a liberal arts education is good value, and many small liberal arts colleges are struggling. The survivors are shedding their liberal arts identity, if not the label. A study published earlier this year found that of 212 such institutions identified in 1990, only 130 still meet the criteria of a true liberal arts college. Most that fell off the list remained in business, but had shifted toward a preprofessional curriculum. These distinctively American institutions educating at most 2 percent of college students but punching far above their weight in accomplished graduates cant turn back the clock. But schools like Adrian College, 75 miles southwest of Detroit and back from a recent near-death experience, offer something of a playbook. First, get students in the door by offering what they do want, namely sports and extracurricular opportunities that might elude them at bigger schools. Offer vocational subjects like business, criminal justice and exercise science that students and parents think rightly or wrongly will lead to better jobs. Then, once theyre enrolled, look for other ways to sprinkle the liberal arts magic these colleges still believe in, even if it requires a growing stretch to call yourself a liberal arts college. Were liberal arts-aholics, said Adrian President Jeffrey Docking, Associated Press Adrian College President Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking added seven sports and two pre-professional degree programs since arriving in 2005 and nearly doubled enrollment to about 1,750. See COLLEGES / Page C4 Institutions luring students with athletics, vocational curricula Teaching transition MATTHEW BECK /Chronicle Job coach Amanda Hernandez works with CREST School student Cruz Geissinger last week at the Belk store in the Crystal River. Program prepares students for a career through off-campus job training and coaching L ANE V ICK Special to the ChronicleD ave Benthusen believes everyone is capable of doing something productive with his or her life. As a teacher on special assignment for career and technical education in the Citrus County school systems transition-based education program, Benthusens focus is to work with young men and women creating road maps of goals and decisions about their futures. The program has sites at Withlacoochee Technical Institute, with students as young as 14 years old, and CREST School, with students aged 18 to 21 years old. The sites are known as the Transition Academy. Transition-based education programs were mandated by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) promoting vocational training, integrated employment, community experiences, and functional vocational evaluations of outcome-oriented activities. Disabled students have individual education plans, or IEPs, during their school years derived from the students strengths, needs, interests and desires. Once the student has received a special diploma and enters the Transition Academy, an extended IEP drives the transition from the world of school to the world of work. Transition activities include instruction, 90 hours of assessment that ensures a match of vocational requirements and level of performance, services involving the students interests and goals as set out in his IEP, and support for the student and his family. Transition Academy teams are made up of teachers on special assignment, exceptional student education teachers, other faculty members, job coaches, community-based work site managers, and the student and his or her family. There are approximately 125 students in the program. Job coach Cynthia Reiland said there is a need for the transition-based education program. Its as if ESE students are contained in a bubble, she said. Schools provide constant monitoring until students reach a certain age, and then, said Reiland, we split them out to make their own way in the world. Reilands job is to help students transition to the world of work in an off-campus job work program. As a job coach, she goes with the students to the job site, such as the Belk department store at the Crystal River Mall. There are six students currently at the Belk worksite. Reiland and fellow job coach Amanda Hernandez are with their students all day. They meet them at school, the students have breakfast and all ride the bus to the job site. Once there, students change into an approved work uniform, usually a collared polo R OB W. ANDERSON The Tahlequah Daily PressWOODALL, Okla. Chess is often referred to as the game of kings. Its believed to have originated in what is now northern India or Afghanistan in the time before 600 AD, according to a University of Wisconsin Whitewater article. Though unofficial, the first international chess tournament was held in London, England, in 1851 and was won by the unofficial worlds best chess player in Germanys Adolf Anderssen. Czechoslovakian Wilhelm Steinitz became the planets first official chess champion in a London tournament held in 1866, and held the title until 1894. Woodall science teacher Geary Crofford began learning about and playing chess while attending Northeastern State University and was able to continue his interest in the game at his first teaching job at Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas, in 1988, where they had a chess team and club. He began a team at Marietta when he came back to Oklahoma to teach and then helped to spark interest in an existing team at Sequoyah Schools. Students at Woodall School are now learning about and enjoying the game that doesnt require an expensive game console, much less a television and a source electricity, as Crofford launched a chess team for the rural school. Its something that I felt strongly about as an educator. Theres a lot of research that shows that chess is an important adjunct to your regular curriculum, he said. It promotes thinking skills, self-confidence in the student, critical thinking and problem-solving theres just a lot of research that shows what it can do for a student. Croffords students participated in their first-ever chess tournament in Tulsa recently, and two of the schools teams placed in the Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Organization State Tournament. Group 3, which is a team made up of students in grades six to 12, placed third out of 10 teams, and Group 1 the team comprised of students in kindergarten through fourth grade placed fourth out of 11 teams. Woodall sent 11 students to the competition who were rookies to the game, but left with competitive experience and player ratings. None of them had ever been in a tournament. They had all played chess before, but had never been in a tournament, he said. All of the teams we went up against in Tulsa this past week were from the Tulsa area well, most of them were from the Tulsa and Oklahoma City area. Seventh-grader Leslie Philpott is a member of Group 3 and noted the need for patience when playing chess. Old school: Teachers love of chess leads to learning experience See CHESS / Page C2 See JOBS / Page C2


shirt and slacks either provided by the business or the school. Students have much to learn. They must meet the Citrus County student code of conduct as well as the company policy rules. Personal hygiene is also important and part of the curriculum. Students must learn social skills and the necessity of focusing on the tasks assigned. Tasks may include stocking, dusting, sweeping, cleaning, decorating, placing signs, and many other jobs. Students eat their lunch onsite and continue work until 2 p.m., when they change clothes and sit down for a discussion of the days events. At 2:30 p.m., with job coaches, they return to their schools. Students receive no pay. The nine job coaches working in the program have special abilities. They are not only up close and personal with students, they must be ready for whatever happens during the day, expected or not. They are dedicated to their jobs, have strong work ethics, are multi-taskers, and maintain a deep sense of responsibility about their work I cant imagine doing anything else, Hernandez said. The time we spend with these kids opens their eyes, and ours, too. At age 22, student Cruz Geissinger will soon be leaving his job coaches and his job at the department store to be on his own. Geissenger said that through the program and the help of his coaches, he has learned to listen to others, to focus, to make friends, to stay on task, and to show respect to everyone. He thinks he would like to work in a restaurant one day. Megan Baxter, who has been in the transition program two years, has learned to unload trucks, sort clothing, clean windows, vacuum and set up the Christmas shop. They teach us to work on our own, Baxter said. Other businesses participating in the transition program are the Citrus County Chronicle, Publix Supermarkets, Citrus Health and Rehab, Crystal River Health and Rehab, Woodland Terrace, Citrus Memorial Health System, Key Training Center Thrift Stores, Habitat Thrift Store, Hospice Thrift Store, and the Family Resource Center. Belk store manager Katrina Spires has a high regard for the program. Its a great program all the way around, she said. Spires likes for students to be comfortable in the store and insisted her transition students be part of the Belk employees Christmas festivities, just as if they were members of the stores regular workforce. With the economy in a recession, employment prospects may not be positive for Transition Academy students, just as they have not been great for graduates with regular certificates. In addition to learning work skills, Benthusen insists students learn about volunteering. Each student participates in at least one volunteer experience with a charity per month. They need to know if they are not working, they dont have to just sit home and do nothing, he said. Volunteer experiences are based on a students interests. The Citrus County Transition Academy is so well thought of throughout the state they were asked to participate in a 5-minute video developed by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, showcasing one of their students and his transition into successful employment. The video is part of a toolkit used to market the program to prospective participants. Other counties have this program, Benthusen said, but Citrus differs from other counties in that we have no waiting lists. Everyone in Citrus County is served. Everybody can do something, and we help them do it. C2 W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE E DUCATION 000DNZZ 000DFMZ 7781 S. 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Ekeli has a 4.0 weighted GPA and Everett has 3.8 weighted GPA. Each student has successfully participated in many extracurricular activities while maintaining outstanding grades. Victoria Ekeli is the daughter of Julie and Steve Ekeli of Inverness. She has played varsity soccer, volleyball and track. She is also involved with competitive soccer and volunteers at the hospital. Ekeli will complete coursework in four advanced placement classes and three dual-enrollment classes before graduating in December. She will attend the University of North Florida in January and will be participating in the soccer program. She is majoring in criminal justice and wants to be a forensic scientist. Kyle Everett is the son of Wendy and Cecil Everett of Inverness. Everett has participated in tennis and golf all four years. He was voted by his peers to be the homecoming master of ceremonies this year. He was involved with the Link Club. Everett will complete coursework in four advanced placement classes and two dual-enrollment classes before graduating. He will attend Florida State University next year, working towards a mechanical engineering degree. Eventually he would like to enter into the Navy nuclear program. F UNDRAISERS The Rotary Club of Sugarmill Woods and the Rotary Interact Club of Lecanto High School have joined together to support the Box Tops for Education fundraiser for Lecanto Primary School. Box Tops for Education labels can be found on more than 300 products that families purchase and use on a daily basis. There are two drop boxes one in the lobby of the Sugarmill Woods Country Club and the other in the Military Outlet Store on West Citrus Avenue in Crystal River. For a complete listing of the products, go to www.Rotary SMW.com. The labels can also be mailed to the Sugarmill Woods Rotary Club. P.O. Box 8, Homosassa Springs, FL 34447. S CHOLARSHIPS ANDCONTESTS Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart is offering two scholarships for college-bound students Chapter 776s College of Central Florida (CF) Endowed Scholarship and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship for the academic year 2013/14. Chapter 776s CF Endowed Scholarship awards $500 to an applicant accepted or enrolled at CF as a full-time student (12 or more semester credit hours). Chapter 776 scholarship information and an application can be obtained at www.citrus purpleheart.org, or by calling 352-382-3847. Chapter 776 must receive scholarship applications no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2013. The MOPH Scholarship awards $3,000 to a member of the MOPH; a spouse, widow, direct lineal descendant (child, stepchild, adopted child, grandchild) of a MOPH member or of a veteran killed in action, or who died of wounds before having the opportunity to become a MOPH member. Greatgrandchildren are not eligible. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a graduate or pending graduate of an accredited high school; be accepted or enrolled as a full-time student (12 semester credit hours or 18 quarter hours) at a U.S. college or trade school and have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA based on an unweighted 4.0 grading system. Scholarship applications must be received at MOPH headquarters in Springfield, Va., no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 13, 2013. MOPH scholarship information and an application can be obtained by visiting the MOPH website at www.purpleheart.org. The Spot Family Center has received funding from Kids Central Inc. and the Department of Children and Families to offer scholarships to local students for the 2012-13 After School Enrichment Program. The program is from 2:45 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and serves students in kindergarten through seventh grade. The Spot has 20 scholarships remaining. The scholarships are available to local families who qualify. Applications can be picked up at 405 S.E. Seventh Ave., Crystal River. Scholarships will be given to students on a firstcome, first-served basis. Any family receiving free or reduced-price lunches automatically qualifies. The scholarships will offer students free academic tutoring, nutritional education and homework assistance, outdoor recreational activities, arts and crafts, computer tech labs, reading teams, mentorship and leadership skills. The program runs the entire school year. On scheduled early dismissal days, the hours will be 12:30 to 6 p.m. Bus transportation from Crystal River Primary and Middle schools is available to The Spot. Registration is required. Call 352-794-3870 to apply. Space is limited. The deadline for theCitrus Macintosh Users Group 2012 to 2013 school year scholarshipapplications is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. This year, CMUG will award scholarships a minimum of $500each to one graduating senior from Citrus, Lecanto andCrystal River high schools. Academy of Environmental Science seniors,including homeschooled students attending the academy, will competewith applicants from their home district. Students interested in applying should get applications from theirschool guidance department. For information, call Buzz Fredrickson at 352-341-4392. The Citrus Community Concert Choir Inc. is now accepting applications for its 2013 scholarship award of $1,500. Application is open to graduating high school seniors or enrolled college students and residents of Citrus County or children of Citrus County residents. Past and present choir members and relatives of choir members are also eligible. Applicantsmay obtainscholarship qualifications and application forms from their school guidance counselors or online at www.citruschoir.com. Completed applications must be received no later than April 30, 2013. The College of Central Florida is awarding dozens of scholarships to qualifying students interested in taking honors classes at the Citrus campus this fall semester. A major component of CFs Honors Institute, the Community of Scholars Honors Program offers incoming high school graduates two-year tuition scholarships, currently valued at $3,000 per academic year, while offering partial scholarships to those who are currently attending CF. Students in the honors program are free to pursue the degree option of their choosing at CF, with the scholarship requirement being successful participation in a limited number of honors-level classes that also serve to fulfill degree requirements. Students may also take classes at any of the CF locations each term, and are not bound to enrolling only in classes offered at the Citrus campus. Besides financial benefits, the Community of Scholars offers members priority registration each term. Typically, a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 is needed to qualify for the Community of Scholars, although applications for those with a slightly lower GPA may be considered in some cases. Students wishing to be considered for scholarships should call Dr. June Hall at 352-746-6721. C LASSESANDCOURSESFor information about outdoors and recreational classes in Citrus County, see the Sunday Sports section of the Chronicle. The Crystal River Users Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Crystal Oaks Clubhouse, Crystal Oaks Drive, Lecanto. The public is welcome. Guest speaker Alana Rouse will discuss Bright House Networks State of the Art Home Security System and its benefits to residential customers. Go to www.crug.com to sign up for January classes: Digital Card Making from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 17 and 24. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Create digital greeting cards using Photoshop Elements; with Laura Boetto. Adobe Elements from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4 and 11. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Elements is a superior image editing program that can fix most common problems that occur when using a digital camera or scanning a photograph. Students should have basic computer skills for this class. Photoshop Elements 10 will be See CHALK / Page C4 Victoria Ekeli Kyle Everett JOBS Continued from Page c1 It was fun, he said. I got paired up with a girl, and she sat there for five minutes and then moved her pawn. Then in another 10 minutes she moved her knight. It got me off my guard real fast. Philpott said he learned sportsmanship skills that could apply to video game competitions, like shaking your opponents hand after each game. And dont laugh in their face, he said. Fourth-grader Ty Brant is a member of the Group 1 team that finished fourth in the competition and noted what he finds most challenging about playing chess. Trying not to get into checkmate, he said. Its easy to get into checkmate. (This happens) if you havent moved your king. Brants younger brother and second-grader, Nate, agreed with his teammates that learning the moves and playing chess is fun and agreed that being patient is important. Because you have to think where to move, he said. Seventh-grader Barron Hicks wasnt at the tournament, but said he first started learning about the game playing against his sister. I like chess because its a strategy-based game. I just enjoy the competition, he said. I think I kind of beat one of our better players, Tyler Jackson, (last Wednesday), but it was little tough. He agreed that pondering each move before putting it into action is a vital skill to learn. Jackson, who was unavailable for comment, is a member of Group 3 and received an individual medal in the Tulsa competition. If you move too early and they still have time to think, theyll take advantage of you like that, said Hicks. Dalton Holloway, a seventh-grader who was part of Group 3, said he began playing chess with his Dad. He wanted me to learn what strategy to use, he said. Seventh-grader Tavian Howard wasnt at the competition, and said that he now includes chess as an option to playing video games, which often are an individual experience. CHESS Continued from Page C1


C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 C3 EVENING REGISTRATION PROCEDURES Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 2nd. Registration can be done in person at WTI between the hours of 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM Monday Thursday 7:00 AM 2:00 PM Friday There will be no phone registration PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE THRU OUR WTI WEBSITE AT WWW.WTIONLINE.CC Information needed for registration: Date of Birth Last Four Digits of Social Security Number Address Telephone Number Our Facility Accepts Cash, Money Orders, Visa Credit Or Debit Cards, And Mastercard Credit Or Debit Cards Basic Rider Course Course fee $225 Applications available at the WTI Bookstore or online at www.wtionline.cc Jan. 10, 12, 13 Jan. 24, 26, 27 Feb. 07, 09, 10 Feb 14, 16, 17 Feb. 21, 24, 25 Mar. 14, 16, 17 Mar. 28, 30, 31 April 11, 13, 14 April 18, 20, 21 May 02, 04, 05 May 09, 11, 12 May 16, 18, 19 June 06, 08, 09 June 20, 22, 23 June 27, 29, 30 WTI Adult Education Programs GED-ESOL-Applied Academics GED Prep classes provide individualized instruction for each student working toward the completion of the GED diploma. Applied Academics classes are offered to assist students in meeting required scores for entry into career and technical programs. ESOL ( English for Students of Other Languages ) classes are available for anyone wishing to learn to speak, read and write English in the context of life and work skills. For GED and Applied Academics Classes : Students must take the TABE test which is offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:15 a.m. in Room 118. For ESOL : Students must schedule an appointment to take the CASAS test by contacting (352)726-2430 Ext. 4327. All students must bring a valid photo ID, complete an enrollment form and pay the $15 application fee before being admitted into the TABE or CASAS tests. Classes are $30 per term for Florida residents and $120 per term for non-residents, and are offered during the day and evening in numerous locations throughout Citrus County. All students are also offered free career counseling, financial aid and post-secondary application assistance as well as free daycare for eligible Adult Education parents. WTI Adult Education Programs GED-ESOL-Applied Academics The Adult Education Childcare Center is intended to assist students at WTI in the completion of an Adult Education program that leads to postsecondary training and employment. Childcare is provided at no cost to the student. Parents must be actively enrolled in an Adult Education program and present in class when their children are in the childcare room. GED Applied Academics and ESOL students are eligible to enroll their children. Childcare is provided at the WTI Adult Education Center Monday through Thursday during morning and afternoon sessions from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm. Childcare workers are licensed by CDS and focus on the development of Early Literacy skills. Please contact the WTI Student Services Dept. at (352) 726-2430 Ext.4326 for further information. Additional information is available online at: www.aecp.wtionline.cc YARD SALE SkillsUSA will be having their next yard sale on Saturday March 9th from 8:00am-3:00pm. Past March vendors will be contacted at the beginning of February to reserve their spots. The remainder of the spaces will be available for purchase on Wednesday February 27th at 8:00 am in Student Services. Please note that tables will no longer be available to rent so all vendors must make their own accommodations for displaying their items. If you have questions you can email them to vandervorts@citrus.k12.fl.us. 2013 Winter/Spring Community School Schedule 1201 West Main Street Inverness, FL 34450 352-726-2430 www.wtionline.cc T HE I NSTITUTE OF A DVANCED S TUDIES : A D IVISION OF W ITHLACOOCHEE T ECHNICAL I NSTITUTE SCHOOL HOURS OF OPERATION Monday Thursday 7:00 AM 7: 00 PM Friday 7: 00 AM 3:00 PM MISSION STATEMENT To provide the highest quality academic and technical education for current and emerging careers in a competitive work force. VISION STATEMENT To be a nationally recognized school of choice providing innovative high tech education to advance the future of our community. Withlacoochee Technical Institute will not discriminate on the basis of Race, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Marital Status, Handicap, or Genetics in the admission or treatment of students. Adult Education Schedule Fall/Winter 2012 Course Name Day Start Time End Time Start Date End Date Wks Hrs Fee Room Instructor SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED January 21, February 18, March 25 April 1, May 27 WITHDRAWAL/REFUND POLICY There is a $15.00 non-refundable processing fee. Refunds for payments made by money order or cash may take 4-6 weeks for processing. Refunds made by credit card will be credited back to the cardholder in 7 10 days. NO refunds will be made after the first class. BUSINESS OFFICE HOURS Monday Friday, 7:00 AM 2:00 PM EVENING BUSINESS OFFICE HOURS (Room 700B) Monday Thursday, 2:00 PM 7:00 PM Business Office hours may be subject to change during non-student days. T H E B U S I N E S S O F F I C E collects money for tuition, work orders and other fees. Students may purchase textbooks from WTIs on-line bookstore by going to the WTI website. Students may purchase items from the on-line bookstore or any private vendor. 0 0 0 D E F W Course #


C4 W EDNESDAY, J ANUARY2, 2013 C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE E DUCATION PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE TOWN OF YANKEETOWN ORDINANCE NO. 2012-05 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF YANKEETOWN FLORIDA AMENDING SECTIONS OF TOWN OF YANKEETOWN CODE CHAPTER 2 (ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNMENT) PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 2 OF THE TOWN CODE, PROVIDING FOR ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNMENT; PROVIDING FOR DUTIES AND RESPONSBILITIES OF TOWN GOVERNMENT; PROVIDING FOR GOVERNING OFFICIALS; PROVIDING FOR MEETINGS; PROVIDING FOR ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS; PROVIDING FOR PERSONNEL POLICIES; PROVIDING FOR POWERS OF THE TOWN; PROVIDING FOR REPLACEMENT OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR TERRITORY EMBRACED; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION INTO THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR EFFECTIVE DATE. The Town Council of the Town of Yankeetown will hold a second hearing on Ordinance 2012-05 during their Regular Meeting scheduled on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:00pm at the InglisYankeetown Lions Club at 22 59th Street in Yankeetown, Florida. The purpose of the hearing is to consider proposed amendments to Chapter 2. A copy of the proposed Ordinance is available for public inspection at the Office of the Town Clerk, located at Yankeetown Town Hall, 6241 Harmony Lane, Yankeetown, Florida, Monday through Friday, during regular Town Hall business hours (9:00 AM till 12 noon) as well as on the Towns Web Site at http:// yankeetownfl.govoffice2.com. All interested parties may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed Ordinance at each of the public hearing(s). Once convened, the Public Hearing(s) may be continued to one or more future dates: any interested party shall be advised that the dates, times and places of any continuation of the Public Hearing shall be announced during the Public Hearing and that no further notices regarding these matters will be published. Any handicapped or person with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact the Town Clerk at (352) 447-2511 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made pursuant to Fla. Stat. Section 286.26. All persons are advised that if they decide to appeal any decision made at the above referenced public hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based, pursuant to Fla. Stat. Section 286.0105. 000DJMJ 0102 WCRN PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE TOWN OF YANKEETOWN ORDINANCE NO. 2012-04 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF YANKEETOWN FLORIDA PROVIDING FOR A BALLOT TITLE, BALLOT QUESTION AND TEXT FOR A PROPOSED REFERENDUM QUESTION TO BE PLACED ON FEBUARY 26, 2013 ELECTION BALLOT THAT WOULD AMEND THE TOWN CHARTER TO AUTHORIZE AND LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION OF THE TOWN MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL; PROVIDING EFFECTIVE DATES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY. The Town Council of the Town of Yankeetown will hold a second hearing on Ordinance 2012-04 during their Regular Meeting scheduled on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:00pm at the InglisYankeetown Lions Club at 22 59th Street in Yankeetown, Florida. The purpose of the hearing is to to consider placing proposed amendments to the Town Charter on the February 26, 2013 General Election Ballot. A copy of the proposed Ordinance including the ballot title, ballot summary and text of the Charter Amendments is available for public inspection at the Office of the Town Clerk, located at Yankeetown Town Hall, 6241 Harmony Lane, Yankeetown, Florida, Monday through Friday, during regular Town Hall business hours (9:00 AM till 12 noon) as well as on the Towns Web Site at http://yankeetownfl.govoffice2.com. All interested parties may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed Ordinance at each of the public hearing(s). Once convened, the Public Hearing(s) may be continued to one or more future dates: any interested party shall be advised that the dates, times and places of any continuation of the Public Hearing shall be announced during the Public Hearing and that no further notices regarding these matters will be published. Any handicapped or person with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact the Town Clerk at (352) 447-2511 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made pursuant to Fla. Stat. Section 286.26. All persons are advised that if they decide to appeal any decision made at the above referenced public hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based, pursuant to Fla. Stat. Section 286.0105. 000DJMB 0102 WCRN used during this class. WordPress from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Class will cover how to create your own website using Wordpress, which has grown to be the largest selfhosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means you are free to use it for anything. For more information, email schussing@live.com. The Citrus County Art Center will offer a five-week training course on Adobe Lightroom 4 the most current version of the photo software from Adobe. The class starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Art Center, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando, and meets every Wednesday night through Jan. 26. Each participant will be provided a manual written by the instructor to cover the work completed and more. Laptops or desktop computers are suggested, but not required. Instructor is Paul Simison, who has worked with Lightroom since the Beta versions in 2007 and has been actively involved in photography since 1964. Class tuition is $50 for all five classes. To enroll and for more information, call the Art Center Camera Club at 352-746-0944. The Withlacoochee Technical Institute is accepting applications for various programs and classes Classes start Jan. 8, unless otherwise noted. Air Conditioning, refrigeration and heating technology. Classes meet 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The class is three sessions. The cost per session is about $1,440; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. NCCER certification is available. Automotive collision repair and refinishing. Classes meet from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The class is three sessions. The cost is about $1,560 per session; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. Program is NATEF/ASE certified. Automotive service technology I and II. Classes meet 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The class is four sessions. The cost per session is about $1,560; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. The program is NATEF/ASE certified. Commercial foods and culinary arts. Classes meet 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The course is three sessions. The cost per session is about $1,560; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. Food preparation and serving activities are an integral part of the course. ServSafe certification is available. Cosmetology. Classes meet 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The course is approximately 11 months and prepares students for the licensing exam. The cost per session is about $1,600; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. Students must attend an orientation session before the start of the program. Early childhood education. Classes meet 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The program length is 600 hours. Students receive part I and part II state-mandated child care training in order to prepare for the state competency examinations. Tuition is about $1,600; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. Electricity. Classes meet 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The course is two sessions. The cost per session is about $1,560; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. The program is NCCER-certified. Firefighter I. Classes meet two days per week from 5 to 10 p.m. and every other Saturday for 225 hours approximately 16 weeks. The cost is approximately $772. and does not include books, lab fees, uniforms or bunker gear. Visit the website www.ccpstc. com for information on Firefighter II. Industrial machinery maintenance and repair. Classes meet 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The course is three sessions. The cost per session is about $1,560; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. The program is NCCER-certified. Massage therapy. Classes meet 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The program length is 750 hours. Tuition is about $1,995; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. This program is designed to prepare students for employment as licensed massage therapists. Upon completion of the program graduates must take the Board approved examination to practice as massage therapists. Medical administrative specialist. Classes meet 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The course is two sessions. The cost per session is about $1,400; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification is available. Network systems administration. Classes meet 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The course is two sessions. The cost per session is about $1,400; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. This is a viable career path with multiple opportunities for advancement. Workers generally start out in support positions and then advance as they become more knowledgeable about the computer systems. There are several industry certifications offered through Microsoft, Cisco, Red Hat and CompTIA Network +. Nursing assistant. Classes meet 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays, and are four weeks long and will begin August 8. The cost is about $320; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. CPR certification is included. Licensing exam is available upon successful completion of the program. Patient Care Assistant. Classes meet 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays, for 11 weeks. This course includes Nursing Assistant. The cost is about $772; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. Licensing exam is available upon successful completion of the program. Applied welding technology. Classes meet 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. The course is two sessions. The cost per session is about $1,560; books, supplies and lab fees are additional. AWS certification is available. Financial assistance is available for qualified students. Most programs are approved for veterans training. For information, call Student Services at 352726-2430, ext. 4326; or visit the website www.wtionline.cc. Quilting classes are offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness. Registration fee $56 for eight weeks. The next class begins Jan. 7 and meets weekly until Feb. 25. Karol Kusmaul is the instructor. For more information, call 352-726-3913 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sherrie Geick is offering scrapbooking classes at Whispering Pines Park recreation building. The all-day class fee is $25; the 1/2-day class fee is $12.50. Bring your own supplies. The classes are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Class dates are: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Apr. 20, May 18, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. For information, call the park office at 352-726-3913 or go to www.inverness-fl.gov. Withlacoochee Technical Institute is offering GED prep classes Classes are $30 per term and are offered during the day and evening in many locations in Citrus County. In addition to GED preparation classes, adult education students are also offered free career counseling, and financial aid and post-secondary application assistance, as well as free child care for eligible adult education parents. ESOL classes are available for those wanting to learn to speak, read and write English. Tuition scholarships are available to qualified candidates. For information, contact Student Services at 352-7262430 ext. 4326 or ext. 4363, or online at www.wtionline.cc/ programs.htm#adult. Withlacoochee Technical Institute would like input from community members regarding what classes they would like to see offered at the school. To offer suggestions, log on to www.wtionline.cc, then click on Community Education and fill out a suggestion form. Join the excitement as the Homosassa Public Library begins a new Celebrate Reading program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Celebrate Reading is a session consisting of two programs geared toward helping preschool and elementary schoolage children develop literacy skills, improve their reading and gain a love of books. The first program, PAWS to Read, gives children the opportunity to build confidence in their reading ability by reading aloud to a certified therapist. The second program, Reading Pals, pairs teens and younger children together. Teens read storybooks aloud to one or two younger children at a time. Children may wish to draw or write about a story they like. Listening to stories, talking about stories and reading aloud are great ways to improve literacy skills while having a good time. For information, call the youth librarian at 352-6285626. Citrus County Parks & Recreation is offering baton classes at the Citrus Springs Community Center. Classes are open to all girls and boys ages 4 to college age. No experience is necessary. For information, call Diane Sorvillo at 352-527-6540. All classes are taught by Sorvillo, a former Majorette Queen of America and two-time national champion. Classes and times are: 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. New Beginners (ages 4 to 7). 5:30 to 6:15 Competitive team class. 6:15 to 7 p.m. Solo competitive class. 7 to 7:45 p.m. New Beginners (ages 8 and older). Class fees are $32 per month, or two different classes for $45. Free tutoring is available from state-approved providers to students who scored a Level 1 or Level 2 on the Reading or Math FCAT last spring at all Citrus County Elementary Schools and the Renaissance Center (Title I schools). Enrollment forms will be mailed to all qualifying families. Tutoring is available after school, at day care sites or community centers, in home or online. Spaces are limited, so if requests for free tutoring exceed the amount of funding available, the school district will prioritize services. Neither the Florida Department of Education nor the school district promotes or endorses any particular Supplemental Educational Services provider. For information, call Maribeth Smith at 352-7261931, ext. 2321. M ISCELLANEOUS The Citrus County YMCA is currently seeking to connect community volunteers through their Y Community Champions program. The Y Community Champions program embraces volunteers to help in a variety of areas with the YMCA organization. The benefits of volunteering include personal development, health and wellness, building relationships and having a community connection. Volunteers are currently needed in the areas of coaching, program assistants, special events and office administration. All volunteers must undergo a background screening. To volunteer at the YMCA, call 352-637-0132, or stop by the office at 3909 N. Lecanto Highway in Beverly Hills. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County are now registering children for the beforeand afterschool programs at each club. Clubs open as early as 6 a.m. for before-school programming, with children remaining until the school bus transports them to their respective schools. Buses also transport children in the afternoon when school is out to the clubs for the afterschool program, with parents picking up children by 6 p.m. To register a child or to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County programs, call the Central Ridge Boys & Girls Club at 352-2708841, the Robert Halleen Boys & Girls Club at 352-795-8624, or the Evelyn Waters Boys & Girls Clubs at 352-341-2507, or the administrative office at 352621-9225. Hernando Elementary School is looking for donations of working Kindles Nooks, iPod Touches, iPads, Internet tablets, digital cameras and digital recording devices to be used by students in the classroom. If you have any used but working electronic devices from the list above or would like to donate a new electronic device, contact Heather Bone or Laura Manos at 352-726-1833 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. To contact someone outside of these hours, call Heather Bone at 352-462-4768. Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County Central Ridge and Robert Halleen clubs seek mentors to work with their members. The two clubs have received federal grants through Boys & Girls Clubs of America, allowing mentors to come into the clubs to serve as tutors and special friends of members. Those who are interested, may call Amy Stonestreet at 352-270-8841 or Lane Vick at 352-621-9225. CHALK Continued from Page C2 who has added seven sports and two pre-professional degree programs since arriving in 2005 and nearly doubled enrollment to about 1,750. But hes also a realist. I say this with regret, said Docking, an ethicist by training. But you really take your life into your own hands thinking that a pure liberal arts degree is going to be attractive enough to enough 18-year-olds that you fill your freshman classes. In ancient Greece, liberal arts were the subjects that men free from work were at leisure to pursue. Today, the squishy definition still includes subjects that dont prepare for a particular job (but can be useful for many). English, history, philosophy, and other arts and sciences are the traditional mainstays. But these days, some prefer a more, well, liberal definition thats more about teaching style than subject matter. I refer to it as learning on a human scale, said William Spellman, a University of North CarolinaAsheville historian who directs a group of 27 public liberal arts colleges. Its about small classes, access to faculty, the old tutorial model of being connected with somebody whos not interested only in their disciplinary area but culture broadly defined. Does it work? Its true that research tying college majors to salaries can make the generic liberal arts degrees look unappealing. But technical training can become obsolete, and students are likely to change careers several times. These schools argue youre better off, both in life and work, simply learning to think. Research does point to broader benefits of studying liberal arts in small settings, in areas like leadership, lifelong learning and civic engagement. Liberal arts colleges are proven launching pads to the top of business, government and academia (graduating 12 U.S. presidents, six chief justices and 12 of 53 Nobel laureates over a recent decade who attended American colleges, by one researchers count). Foreign delegations often visit to observe, and big U.S. universities are trying to recreate mini-liberal arts colleges within their campuses. But outside a secure tier of elites with 10-figure endowments the Swarthmores, Amhersts, Wellesleys of the world many schools are in trouble. The liberal arts still account for about one-third of bachelors degrees, but the experience of getting one in these small settings is increasingly atypical. Definitions vary, but liberal arts colleges today probably account for between 100,000 and 300,000 of the countrys roughly 17 million undergraduates. There are more students at the University of Phoenix, alone. These schools are all getting to around $40,000 a year, in some cases $50,000, and students and their families are just saying we cant do it, Docking said. Small classes make these schools among them most expensive places in higher education, though they often offer discounts to fill seats (Adrians list price is $38,602, including room and board, but the average student pays $19,000). Other pressures are geographic and generational. Many liberal arts colleges are clustered in the Northeast and Midwest, in towns like Adrian, founded by optimistic 18thand 19th-century settlers who started colleges practically as soon as they arrived. But where the country is growing now is the South and West, where the private college tradition isnt as deep. Meanwhile, students these days expect the climbing walls and high-end dorms smaller, poorer schools cant afford. And a growing proportion of college students are the first generation in their family to attend. COLLEGES Continued from Page C1


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