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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL 117TH YEAR THURSDAY EDITION 50 CENTS JULY 11, 2013 Adore your door: Tips for beautiful wood doors. Page C-1HomefinderCity of Life duo sign football grantsPage A-7Sports We ekend We atherPa r tly cloudy 50 pe rc ent chance of thunderst orms Harris sentenced to 40 years for 2011 murderRashan Hasaun Ortizs killer will spend the prime of his life in prison for the 2011 murder. Joshua Harris, 19, was sentenced July 1 to 40 years in the Department of Corrections by Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jon B. Morgan for killing Ortiz in what one tipster described as a dispute between rival gang members. See page A-2 Index Local r fnt b b f r r fn r t b ttrr County Are you paying attention to the course of Tropical Storm Chantal? am. it. yet. opinion.Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the July 4 Question of the week:Do you feel less safe in Osceola County with the recent shootings? 96.9% 2.3% 0.8% 0%Hawkins snags FACs presidential awardOsceola County district 5 Commissioner Fred Hawkins was one of 12 county commissioners awarded the Florida Association of Counties Presidential Advocacy Award at the FACs 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition. See page A-2 For the latest activities, events and classes see ..Page B-3/4 Community By Ken Jackson Staff W riter A quartet of Osceola County residents two 20-year-olds and two minors were arrested Tuesday morning by Osceola County Sheriffs deputies in connection with a string of cases of shots fired into occupied dwellings and a pair of homicides. Konrad Schafer, a 15-year-old Kissimmee resident, has been charged with firstdegree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old David Guerrero on June 25. He was also present in the early morning hours of July 4, when David Damus, 20, shot and killed 22-year-old Eric Roopnarine of Poinciana. In that case, Victoria Rios, 16, was used to lure the victim to the door to rob him and is charged with first-degree murder, home invasion with a firearm and grand theft. Juan Sebastian Muriel, 20, the getaway driver in the Poinciana case, received the same charges. Kissimmee Police said Damus also was the getaway driver in Guerrero homicide. Police officials said the gun involved in the murder and the handful of cases of shots fired into occupied homes was a .45 caliber high-point rifle purchased by Lothar Schafer, Konrads father, on June 24 because, as the younger Schafers arrest report said, Konrad was having problems w ith unidentified subjects in Poinciana. Damus and Konrad Schafer also were linked to shots fired into a pair of St. Cloud dwellings on June 25. Through a cooperative effort between Kissimmee and St. Cloud Police and the Sheriffs Office, the four are linked to a total of 14 incidents that began on June 21. The additional charges on Damus and Schafer include two counts each of shooting into an occupied dwelling and shooting into an unoccupied structure, shooting into an unoccupied conveyance and five counts each of discharging a firearm in public from a vehicle and criminal mischief. Schafer also faces five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count of possession of a firearm by a minor under 18. KPD Chief Lee Massie said at a press conference T uesday that th e arrests were the result of a great, exhaustive cooperative effort that occurred despite the Independence Day holiday last week. A lot of hard police work went into this. We never stopped working for 15 days, he said. To bring the arrests shows the dynamics that went into this. The Guerrero family told us they were extremely appreciative that no one quit. Massie said the timing of the arrests was essential. The shootings briefly stopped when the group went through two boxes of Winchester full metal jacket ammunition. These guys ran out of rounds. Getting them off the streets before they could re-up was critical, he said. Massie added that the help of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) also was critical, as it fast-tracked ballistic analysis of gold shell casings and projectiles recovered at crime scenes in the Temple Grove subdivision, in two incidents on Smith Street, one on Lesesne Street in Kissimmee, two on California Avenue in St. Cloud and ones in the county on Old Sugar Mill Lane, Brown Chapel Road and North Lyndell Drive. On June 25, the day after Lothar Schafer bought the carbine firearm, KP D Four charged in shootings, homicides Patriots on paradeNews-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanMem bers of Boy Scout Troop 125 in Celebration dressed in Revolutionary War garb to re-enact President George Washington crossing t he Delaware for Celebrations July 4th parade last Thursday. Later in the day, things became more futuristic, as the theme for this years Independence Day celebration was sci-fi. Police news By Ken Jackson Staff W riter An assault quickly escalated into a hate crime over the weekend in St. Cloud. William Bill McGee, 60, of 4844 Sunset Road, St. Cloud, was arrested by Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputies on Saturday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after pointing a knife at an Asian victim during an argument. It was added comments McGee made toward th e victim about allegedly eating dogs during the arrest that earned him additional hate crime charges, Sheriffs Office reports stated. Shortly before 1 p.m., deputies responded to disturbance call at a Yukon Street food stand and spoke with the Asian victim who said the suspect, identified as McGee, pulled a knife on him during an argument about whether his family had been catching and eating various animals in the area, including dogs and turtles, and threatened to stab him. The victim advised that McGee then left the area in his grey pickup truck, which the victim described. Deputies searched for the vehicle, based on information from the victim, finding it at a Whitted Drive residence. They questioned McGee, who was at the residence wearing the same clothing the victim described and, according to the arrest affidavit, made a comment that the reason we were there was over the disturbance. He cooperated and confirmed that the two had a prior altercation at a Narcoossee feed store, which led to McGee going to his truck to get the knife and then make threats to fight the victim, and that Saturdays altercation simmered down when the victim showed he was carrying a firearm in his waistband inside a holster. McGee said the gun was never pulled from the holster. Deputies found a knife in St. Cloud man jailed on hate crime charge See Police, page A-3 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter Osceola County and the city of Kissimmee want to clean up more than just the shoreline of Lake Tohopekaliga, they want to make the lake sparkle. But, they need the help of some dedicated volunteers. Lake Appreciation Day on July 20 will feature a complete clean up of Lake Toho. With 55 volunteers already set to pick up trash off of the shore, Jennifer Nicholson, assistant director of Kissimmee Public Works and Engineering, said that they need more people to clean the lake itself. Trash often ends up within the currents of the lake, and it also is an area that city and county staff cant always get to. Boaters will be able to reach areas all across the lake. Those in canoes and kayaks will be along the seawall at Kissimmee Lakefront Park, picking up litter that washed up against it and cant be reached from land. Those with motorized boats will go out farther in the lake, cleaning up the water around Goblets Cove, Makinson Island and the mouth of Shingle Creek. In-lake volunteers are being asked to provide their own boats, but the city of Kissimmee will provide canoes to the first 40 volunteers who do not have their own vessel, as well as gloves, vests and a waterproof picker. The only requirement is that the volunteers must be 18 or older to paddle in the canoes or can paddle with a parent if they are at least 13. The event itself focuses on both lake cleanup and education. Sponsored by eight county environmental agencies, there also will be an environmental fair at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park Heron Shelter from 10 a.m. Volunteers sought for Toho clean-up See T oho, page A-6 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter After months of serving as an interim CEO, Robert Krieger has been appointed as the permanent CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center. Made on July 1, his appointment comes with the expansion of ORMC increasing the bed capacity to 317 by the end of 2013. The hospital also is planning for a level two Trauma Center, and it will bring physicians-in-training as a teaching hospital in 2014. After an exhaustive search, it became clear that the same qualities that led to Bobs interim appointment are precisely what is needed to shepherd the hospital during this time of exponential growth and development, said Peter Marmerstein, president of HCA West Florida Division. We are confident Bob is the best fit for Osceola Regional. He has a true passion for patient-centered Osceola Regional Medical Center appoints new CEO McGee See CEO, page A-3 Krieger See Charged, page A-5 Schafer Rios Damus Muriel
Page A2, By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette Rashan Hasaun Ortizs killer will spend the prime of his life in prison for the 2011 murder. Joshua Harris, 19, was sentenced July 1 to 40 years in the Department of Corrections by Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jon B. Morgan for killing Ortiz in what one tipster described as a dispute between rival gang members. Harris was just 17 when he opened fire June 5, 2011 at graduation party near McLaren Circle in Kissimmee that drew more than 500 attendees. Ortizs younger brother was one of the graduates being honored at the annual event. Ortiz, 22, was shot in the middle of the massive crowd and three other partygoers were wounded by stray bullets. He later died at the hospital. Derek Daniles, Alana Brown, and Tanya Price were wounded by stray bullets and recovered from their injuries. Charged as an adult, Harris dodged life in prison despite being charged with first-degree murder and three counts each of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm with a firearm. All but the murder charge were dropped by the prosecutor. The shooting prompted community leaders and local pastors to hold meetings imploring the community to implement stricter rules for minors and encouraged teens to resolve problems without gun and gang violence. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Remer Baker Jr., a longtime Kissimmee resident, stressed at a June 2011 Kissimmee Commission meeting that the city lacked sufficient regulations or stipulations to deal with youth at the event. Furthermore, party organizers werent required to pull any special permits for the overnight graduation party. Minors have a curfew and the curfew law was not invoked here, Baker said at the time. If it would have been, this party should have been dealt with. Somebody should have caught this and said this party cannot go this long. According to court records, Harris has a young child, one he wont see outside of prison until his mid-50s. While attending Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Ortiz was a starting defensive back and running back his senior year for the Kowboys, making 41 tackles and scoring six touchdowns. He also ran track. Ortiz, according to his Facebook profile, was attending El C amino C ollege in Torrance, Calif., where he played running back for the Warriors in the 2009 season. Several family members memorialized Ortiz, known as Hasaun, on the social media site in the days following the verdict his supporters had waited two years to hear. I love you Hassaun (nito) and as long as Im on this earth, you will never be forgotten. I will always remember the wonderful times youve given me, wrote Sammy Ortiz on his sons memorial Facebook page July 2. Now the real mourning begins, where everybody else gos (sic) on with theyre (sic) life and were left with this empty feeling.Harris sentenced to 40 years for 2011 murder By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Osceola County district 5 Commissioner Fred Hawkins was one of 12 county commissioners awarded the Florida Association of Counties Presidential Advocacy Award at the FACs 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition. The award is given, according to the FAC, for demonstrating extraordinary leadership and commitment to the mission of the Florida Association of Counties during the 2013 Session. As a voice for Floridas communities, these commissioners engaged on issues of critical local importance, including Medicaid, affordable housing, pain management clinics, local business tax, environmental issues and o thers that affected home rule, the FAC said on its website this week. 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Thursday, July 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 quality care and is a valued and respected leader who is already invested in the hospitals vision and mission. As CEO, his first priority is to create a smooth leadership transition with medical staff, building upon the hospitals reputation of care and patient satisfaction. Krieger carries more than 25 years of hospital executive experience, previously serving as CEO of Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach. CEOContinued from Page A-1 of their citizens, said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. Commissioner Hawkins support in our efforts to create equitable and fair solution to Medicaid cost share was essential in getting rid of the cumbersome and erroneous billing system that has been in place for years. Hawkins said that while it is vital in his role as a county commissioner to keep lawmakers in Tallahassee constantly mindful of local needs in Osceola County, its a job that cant be done without the assistance of the countys administrative staff. Actually this is an award for Osceola County and our staff and all the work that they do, he said at the County Commissions June 18 meeting. Current County Commission Chairman Frank Attkisson was a recipient of the award in 2012. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule. Hawkins was first elected to the Commission in 2008, and won re-election in 2012. McGees pocket during the inte rview and were given permission to search his truck, where the knife used in the altercation was found. The victim and two witnesses were brought to the scene to identify and confirm the suspect, vehicle and weapons were those involved in the altercation. The victim said McGee was within 5 feet of him during that attack and he was in fear of his life based on the actions, threats, and weapons used, according to the report, and he attempted to retreat from McGee and keep tables and other items between him and the suspect to avoid being stabbed. He added that he believed the attack to be racially motivated due McGees comments about being from Vietnam that accused him of eating dogs and protected wildlife in the area. The repeated comments made to the victim about him being a dog eater which, according to the Sheriffs Office report, caused the victim distress and embarrassment around others. The racial comments were made prior to and during this reported assault. McGee was transported to Osceola County Jail, where he was booked on the charges but has since bonded out. In July of 2009, McGee was a rrested on a misdemeanor charge of violating a domestic injunction, but the court chose not to pursue the matter and the case was closed that September.Domestic battery call leads to possible meth labA Kissimmee man has been arrested on a domestic dispute that may include drug charges when deputies discovered a possible methamphetamine production. Brian Zarring, 33, was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with domestic battering and tampering with a witness. At approximately 3:26 a.m., Osceola County Sheriffs deputies responded to a residence on Owassa Court in Kissimmee in reference to a disturbance call and spoke with the victim who said her mother became involved in a verbal argument with Zarring in the garage when she arrived home. When Zarring went to close the garage door, the victim saw what she thought was Zarring cooking crystal meth, Sheriffs spokesperson Twis Lizasuain said. As the mother was calling 911, Zarring pushed her, causing her to drop the phone. Prior to deputies arriving at the residence, Zarring attempted to discard the evidence, the report said. Deputies discovered materials that appeared to be consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine. Deputies contacted the Osceola County Investigative Bureau who took over the investigation. Zarring, a registered felon, was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail. The investigation is ongoing with additional drug charges pending. 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Page A4, Mohammed Morsi holds a singular distinction. While president of Egypt, he was the worlds only democratically elected leader to motivate more than 20 million of his people, one-quarter of the population, to sign a petition calling for his ouster. Millions of these people began showing up at angry, sometimes violent demonstrations in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of his rule. Theyre irate about Morsis blatant leadership failures. Egypt is riven with enervating economic, political and social problems of the sort it has never experienced before. That prompted military leaders to warn Morsi on Monday that if he didnt find a solution within 48 hours, they would. Morsis office called that an attempted coup detat and said he wouldnt give in. But since the demonstrations began, six government ministers have resigned -including the foreign minister on Tuesday. Then finally on Wednesday, the military sent troops and tanks into downtown Cairo. Late that night, the army actually deposed him and announced plans for establishing a new government. So why has the United States been so doggedly supporting Morsi? U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson spent last week trying to convince several groups to stay out of the demonstrations. For example, Egyptian papers reported that she asked the Coptic Christian pope to urge his flock not to participate -even though Morsi stood by watching as Islamic fundamentalists injured and killed hundreds of Copts. The pope politely told her he couldnt do that. Washington has been standing up for Morsi because its a knee-jerk State Department reaction. States bureaucrats feel a need to support many leaders of important countries, no matter how incompetent and feckless they may be. During Egypts 2011 uprising, the Obama administration stood by Hosni Mubarak until it was perfectly obvious he was about to fall. This time, word of Pattersons foolish and pointless effort got out, and some protestors waved banners lambasting the U.S. One said: Obama Supports Terrorism. On Egyptian TV, Mustafa Bakari, a former member of parliament, showed a photo of Patterson meeting the Muslim Brotherhoods leader, Mohammed Badie, and called Patterson a member of the Brotherhoods sleeper cells. Mubarak was a ruthless dictator, but in some ways Morsi was even worse. Last month, for example, he appointed a former member of a terrorist group as governor of Luxor -even though that same group once massacred scores of tourists in the same city. The outrage over the appointment was so loud that the tourism minister quit, and a few days later the new governor was forced to resign. Thats a PR fiasco. But the problems run much deeper. Morsis policies (or lack of them) have so ravaged the economy that inflation is running at about 8.5 percent. Unemployment is nearly 15 percent -the highest in memory. Gas shortages have led to many-hour lines at gas stations. Daily electricity shortages are widespread, and the country is facing bread shortages everywhere. At the same time, Morsi was prosecuting many of his critics. For all this and more, Morsi and his aides repeatedly blamed the news media and, as he recently put it, remnants of the old regime. All of that has driven pubic approval so low that its comparable to Richard Nixons at the height of the Watergate scandal. Morsi lost virtually everyone in the country except Muslim Brotherhood followers. Even Salafists, the states Islamic extremists, gave up on him. A new Zogby poll of 5,029 Egyptians nationwide shows that only 28 percent of Egyptians support Morsi. He has virtually no support among Egyptians not affiliated with the presidents party, the poll said. Given that, its especially confounding that the U.S. has been standing up for him. I wonder if the State Department is aware that Morsi was also a 9/11 denier, one who showed his contempt for the U.S. by charging that the September 2001 attacks were a U.S. government plot intended to justify American aggression against the Islamic world. In a Brookings Institution interview three years ago, Morsi said: When you come and tell me that plane hit the tower like a knife in butter, then youre insulting us. How did the plane cut through steel like this? Something must have happened from the inside. My advice to Ambassador Patterson: Just stay out of it. Egyptians have every right to protest, just like anyone else. Criticizing them is hypocritical. Youre in your early 60s, so you certainly remember the massive demonstrations in Washington against Nixon and the Vietnam War. Dont Egyptians have the same right? Joel Brinkley is the Hearst professional in residence at Stanford University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning former correspondent for The New York Times. 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Thursday, July 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 officials said Konrad Schafer shot Guerrero as he waited for an early-morning bus on North Central Avenue to take him to work. The motive, they said, was that Schafer thought it would be fun to shoot someone. The victim was an innocent young man on his way to work, Massie said. He was not involved in any nefarious activity. The Florida Metal Detecting Club was called on to assist in searching t he crime scene last weekend, and on Saturday it recovered a .45 caliber shell which matched the casings found in the other shooting incidents and tied Schafer and Damus to the crime The orchestration of the R oopnarine h omicide bega n on July 3, when Rios made contact with the victim regarding a sex act, and Roopnarine provided Rios with directions to his Mendoza Lane home. The four drove to the house with the intent to rob the victim, who according to the report had bragged about having a large sum of money. While Muriel stayed in the vehicle as the getaway driver, the other three e ntered the home and demanded money from Roopnarine. He gave them $300, but when he could not provide more, Damus shot him in the face and Schafer followed by stabbing him in the neck, the arrest report said. The group then stole the victims television, game consoles, cell phone and car keys and fled to Damus and Muriels Reef Club apartment in Kissimmee to unload the goods. On Monday, homicide investigators spoke with an employee at Mega Gun and Armory in Kissimmee, who confirmed that the business sold the high-point rifle to Lothar Schafer. The investigators went to his Kissimmee apartment and asked him to locate the rifle, which was not in the suitcase he kept it in his closet. The rifle was eventually found behind the washing machine in Lothars apartment. Rios was at the apartment during this time, and during questioning she confirmed Konrad had confided to her that he shot at the houses around the county, and that there were bodies attached to that gun.ChargedContinued from Page A-1 Specializing in Minimally Invasiv e Proc edures ~ In O ce Surgery Ce nter ~ Michael Denardis, D.O. Obstetrician / Gynecologist Veronica Figueroa, M.D. Obstetrician / Gynecologist Mark Palazzolo, D.O. Obstetrician / GynecologistMarcietta WilsonColeman, D.O.Obstetrician / Gynecologist Princess Prendergast, N.P. Nurse Practitioner Judith Siron, ARNP/CNM Nurse Midwife/ Womens Health N.P. Ofce hours: Monday-Wednesday 8 am 5 pm Thursday 8 am 7 pm, Friday 8 am 5 pm, Saturday 8 am 12 pm407-518-10741160 Cypress Glen Cir., Kissimmee 1018 Cypress Parkway, PoincianaKissimmee Womans Health Center 13 Neptune Rd, Kissimmee Most Insurance Accepted, Including Medicaid & MedicareWarmly Welcoming New Patients 040413.TNG 062713.TNG Weekly Auctions Every Friday @ 7 PM Weekly Auctions Every Friday @ 7 PM AUCTION THIS FRIDAY @ 7 PM!Come Early & Get Good Seats. 071113.TNGJoan at 352-382-4485 071113.TNG 071113.TNG 071113.TNG 030713.TNG Lic. #CAC042735 Financing Available ree FRACCA Window & Door Co.OSCEOLA Celebrating our 25th year in business 407-957-59591235 Hackney Road, St. Cloud, FL 34771 Hurricane Protection Made Easy FREE ESTIMATES! REPAI rR S SS TA rR TING A T $20.00062713.TNG 053013.TNG 407-910-4737www.xclusiveoorsandmore.comBuy in the comfort of your home. We will come to you. Floors & more Does Your Kitchen Need Help? Well make it beautiful from top to bottom! Starting at $27.99 sqf G rR ANITE Including installation & edge. 4 colors to choose from. Starting at $1.29 sqf PO rR CELAIN 20 x 20 TILES Starting at 79 sqf CE rR AMIC 18 x 18 TILES Starting at $3799 KITCHEN CABINETS 100% WOOD PACKAGE DEAL Granite 3CM Removal & Installation FR EEEE 070413.TNGHappy Hour3pm-7pmAppetizers starting at $2Beers starting at $2Margaritas starting at $3.50 Americas # 1 Mexican Restaurant COUPON BB uy 1 DD inner EE ntree, GG et 2nd E E ntree*1/2 PP R ICEICE *Of equal or lesser value Offer expires 7/15/13KISSIMMEE2431 W. OSCEOLA PKWY at the Loop West407-870-09017 D aysAYS A W eek EEK 11 am AM -10 pm PM www.abuelos.com
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Thursday, July 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor City of Life Academy has one of the smallest high school football rosters in Osceola County, but there is nothing wrong with the schools talent. Two players, receiver Nathan Soriano and running back Michael Santiago, were outstanding last season in leading the Warriors to the Florida C hristian Association of Private and Parochial Schools state semifinal round. They were rewarded recently when Webber International University, near Lake Wales, offered both players scholarships. Nate and I kind of decided that since we came here together and we were teammates that we were going to go to play at the same college, Santiago, a former Harmony High player, said. I wanted to play in Florida, so this is great. I get to play in college, and its not that far away. Soriano transferred to City of Life last summer after playing at St. Cloud High in the spring of 2012. For Soriano, last season was a learning experience since he was at a new school and he was playing football for the first time. Another change was that City of Life played seven-man football in the FCAPPS. At 6-3 and 185 pounds, Soriano has the size and speed (4.6 in the 40) to be successful at just about any level of college competition. It probably hurt me a little bit that it was my first year of playing football, he said. Before I was big into basketball. Santiago, 5-8 and 191 pounds, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. In addition to his talent as a running back, Santiago is a premier kick returner. Probably I like it a little better than running the ball, he said. You have to believe in your blockers, that the hole will be there. Soriano said he appreciates the effort that City of Life Coach Glenn Harris made to get him placed at a college. I kind of battled with that in my head (after leaving St. Cloud), about going to a small school, but Coach Harris promised me that if I came in and did the work and got bigger, hed get me placed, Soriano said. I gained about 15 pounds, mostly through the weight room working with Michael. Soriano has practiced with former Harmony receiver Justin Hilton, who has been in the NFLs Cincinnati Bengals camp the past two years. He works with me a lot one-on-one. Ive learned a lot, Soriano said. Both players leave for Webber this month. I have a training program of my own that we are going to be on so well be ready when we get there, Santiago said. The players will remain Warriors, which also is the team mascot at Webber. Webber plays in the NAIA Sun Conference under Coach Kelly Scott. They run a lot of different things, Santiago said. Well both be red-shirted this year, so well have a chance to get stronger and be ready to go when its our time. Follow us on Twitte r COL football players make choice Signed to Webber USSSA Pride in showdown with Chicago BanditsCity of Life Academy students Nathan Soriano (seated left) and Michael Santiago recently signed football letters of intent to Webber International University. Joining them are, standing from left, Principal Kathy Harkema, COL Coach Glenn Harris and Dr. Gary Smith,Photo/Special to the News-Gazette 360 Ballars hoops campThe 360 Ballars Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 5-12 is July 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida at 2411 Dyer Blvd., Kissimmee. The fee is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration deadline is July 18. The coaches are Shaquana Morgan and Anthony Davis. Call 407-847-2833 for more information.Harmony FB/Cheer opening dayHarmony Youth Football/ Cheer is having Opening Day Saturday at 8 a.m. at Harmony Park. For more information visit www.harmonyfootball.com.Kowboys football campOsceola High School is holding a Kowboy Youth Football League Tackle Football Camp for ages 9-14 July 18-19 (5 to 8 p.m.) and July 20 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Freshmen may NOT participate. The fee is $50 for KYFL member and $150 for non-members. For more information on KYFL visit kissimmeekowboys.com. Monarchs baseball campThe Orlando Monarchs baseball camp will be held at Kissimmees Oak Street Park through July 26 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children ages 7 to 19 will be instructed by Monarchs players, who compete in the Florida Collegiate Summer League at Orlandos Tinker Field. The fee is $45 per week. Camps also are offered at Tinker Field. For information, contact email@example.com. Life Chr. hoops campLife Christian Academy is holding a basketball camp for children in grades 6-9 July 22-26 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the gym. The fee is $75 before Monday; $85 after. Lunch and a T-shirt is included. Life Christian Coach Mike Botkin will instruct with a staff of former college coaches and players. For more information call 407-847-8222.SC Bulldogs youth footballThe St. Cloud Youth Football Bulldogs flag football program is holding registration for the fall season for children ages 4-15. Registration for co-ed and powderpuff leagues is available online at www. scyfbulldogs.com. The fee is $75 for flag football (ages 4-9) and flag cheer. The fee is $175 for tackle football (ages 6-15) and tackle cheer.Celeb. marathonThe inaugural Town of Celebration Marathon and Half Marathon will be Jan. 26, 2014. The Celebration race will be a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and will be held on a 13-mile loop through Celebration. For more information, visit celebrationmarathon.com .The Kissimmee National 11-year-old All-Stars celebrate their District 3 Little League championship Monday at the St. Cloud Little League complex. Kissimmee National defeated Kissimmee American, 16-11, in the title game. Kissimmee National advances to the sectional tournament Friday at 6 p.m. at Windermere. The team members are, front row, from left: Connor McKinnon and Nicholas Murray. Middle row, from left: Armany Rosario, Jamil Betancourt, Janlouis Zayas, Gerado Medero, Ismael Ramos, Alejandro Moreta, Noe Soriano, Derik Diaz and Michael Russo. Standing at rear are coaches Frank Russo, Joe Soto and Manager Sam Figueroa.Photo/Special to the News-Gazette Michael Santiago, Nathan Soriano led Warriors to playoffs By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The USSSA Pride will host the defending National Professional Fastpitch softball champion Chicago Bandits for four games this weekend at Osceola County Stadium. The series, starting Friday at 7:05 p.m., will decide which team holds first place midway through the season. The P ride ( 15-5), winners of eight in a row, trail the Bandits (15-4) by one-half game in the NPF standings. Other games this weekend are scheduled at 7:05 p.m. Saturday followed by a double-header Sunday at 5:35 and 8:35 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Youth softball players in uniform are admitted at no charge. The Pride will hold postgame clinics Friday and Saturday. The Bandits won three of four from the Pride at their Rosemont Stadium in June. Since a 1-0 loss to the Bandits June 23, the Pride swept the New York/New Jersey Comets and the Akron Racers in back-to-back four-game series. USSSA and Chicago have d ominated t he four-team league. The Racers (6-13) trail Chicago by nine games in the standings. The Comets (3-17) have lost nine of 10. The Pride is led by Olympic gold medal winner Cat Osterman, a 6-2 pitcher who has dominated in the NPF since graduating from the University of Texas in 2006. Osterman, 8-1 with a 1.15 ERA, was named the NPFs Pitcher of the Week. She leads the league with 107 strikeouts. Pride infielder Ashley Charters was tabbed as the leagues Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week. Charters is hitting .375, second on the Pride to Natasha Watley (.400). Pride first baseman Gionna DiSalvatore leads the league with 19 RBIs and is batting .373. Pride outfielder Kelly Kretchman, another Olympic gold medal winner, and Olympic silver medal winners Lauren Lapin and Caitlin Lowe along with pitcher Sarah Pauley, all were members of the Prides inaugural team in 2009. Chicago pitcher Monica Abbott, a former Pride player, leads the league with a 0.15 ERA and a 7-1 record. She has 85 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings. Bandits outfielder Meagan Wiggins leads the league with a .500 batting average. Chicago visits Osceola Stadium again July 28-30. The Pride goes to Chicago Aug. 14-16 for the final series of the regular season. The Bandits will host the l eague playoffs beginning Aug. 21. In addition to the next series against the Bandits, the Pride also have home series scheduled with Akron July 24-26 and against New York/New Jersey Aug. 8-10. The July 25 game against Akron and the July 30 contest against Chicago, both at 5:30 p.m., are scheduled for broadcast on ESPN3. All of the leagues games are available on the Internet through a link at www.profastpitch.com. Sports briefs Osterman
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Thursday, July 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page C3 Repair instructions arent always rightQ: My cousin often asks me to come over and help with various home-repair projects. The thing is, he isnt particularly good at these various tasks, particularly plumbing, yet he wont take advice. He just sticks to the instructions he downloads from the Web, without varying. How can I help him be a little more flexible in how he accomplishes jobs? Im ready to just stop helping him. -Barry in Oklahoma City A: It can be pretty difficult to convince a new DIYer that the instructions for a project arent always exactly right. That might seem odd coming from a home-improvement column that offers advice on various projects, but real-life experience offers variables that written instructions cant always predict. Theres a lot of ego wrapped up in fixing things yourself, especially when its on your own property. So being told youre wrong about a repair step can be tough to process. What do I mean by instructions that arent always right? Well, instructions for many repairs are given as general instruction -they dont address specific brands or models, or the exact problem youre facing. Take, for example, repairing a dripping faucet. There are plenty of instructions available to fix this problem on the most common types of faucets -there is the basic compression faucet, but there are also ball, disc and cartridge types. And each manufacturer and model has slight differences -sometimes its just chrome finish versus brushed steel, but others have unique peculiarities. What if, for example, theres a problem with a cartridge-type faucet, but when your cousin follows repair directions exactly, the faucet doesnt work? Hes got to look at other sources or listen to other advice. Ill give you an example. My mother called a plumber to install a new cartridge-type faucet recently. She used to do this kind of improvement herself, but in the past few years has decided against complex DIY projects. The plumber installed the faucet, but was stumped as it was non-operational. What to do? My mother had already called the manufacturer and learned that the cartridge had to be installed in a specific sequence. Once she convinced the plumber to follow her initial instructions, the faucet worked perfectly. For my mother, tact wasnt a big of a problem because the plumber was getting paid to do the job. For you, since your cousin is family, convincing him to do a job a bit differently from the instructions may take some work. Be patient, make recom mendations calmly (like, hey, why not try this?) and dont threaten to leave if he doesnt follow your advice. If its too stressful to work with your cousin, and giving it one more try didnt work, then perhaps its wiser to just make yourself unavailable for DIY jobs at his place. 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Page C4, 4 Solution to Sudoku puzzle on page 2 DEAR PAWS CORNER: I read in a column of yours that the inside of a car can heat up to more than 100 degrees even on a day thats not too hot. I just dont believe that, especially when the windows are cracked. The airflow from that can keep temperatures low. And cant a dog just pant to cool off? -Greg in Pittsburgh DEAR GREG: Its true. On an 80 degree Fahrenheit day, the interior of a car can heat up to 109 F within 20 minutes, according to nonprofit RedRover. But you dont have to take my word for it. Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward recently posted a video where he sat in a car with a thermometer and a timer for 30 minutes on a hot summer day -with the windows cracked. For pet owners, the results are chilling (not in a good way). Watch the video at http:// www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/82689781/. Dogs pant to cool off because they dont have sweat glands. Panting alone wont displace the heat they have to deal with in an enclosed car. And their body temperature can rise dangerously in a short period of time. I wrote about this topic at the beginning of summer. But as we enter the hottest period of the season, I cant repeat it enough. Dont leave your pet in a parked car, not even for a few minutes. Not even with the windows cracked. Leave them at home in a comfortably cool area with plenty of water to drink. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner. com. Did you know mosquitos can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas dont? Find out more in my new book, Fighting Fleas, available now. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. With mortgage interest rates rising, its more important than ever for homebuyers to make sure they know how to get the best deal. Send for your credit reports from the big three reporting agencies. Scrutinize them and make sure there are no errors that would keep you from getting a mortgage or being saddled with one that has a higher interest rate. Apply for a mortgage before you start your hunt for property. Get your loan commitment letter so you know exactly what you can afford -and then reduce that amount. Dont spend up to the limit that a bank says you can afford. Use a real-estate agent to help you find a home. Dont try to do it on your own, even if you fall in love with a For sale by owner property. The agent will have all the proper documents that will protect you and will know which questions to ask. For example, a seller will need to provide a disclosure of the propertys condition. The agent will also know your state laws regarding title hunts and will be able to negotiate contract items on your behalf. One very tricky area, however, is all up to you: the mortgage rate lock-in. Get the best advice possible about when to lock in your mortgage rate. A rate quote is only an estimate and can change. A rate lock-in is a written promise from the lender to give you a mortgage at a certain interest rate, even if the rates go up. Its a risk for the bank, and it will charge you for it. Watch out for a rate cap in your lock-in document; this allows the lender to increase your rate anyway. Rate lock-ins are good only for a set period of time, typically less than 60 days. If the rates go down, however, you can be locked into the higher rate. You can ask for a float to allow you to get the lower rate, but that costs money. Ask your lender for its average processing time. Its a guessing game in the end, because its likely that your mortgage wont be processed in the length of time covered by the lock-in. The cheapest lock-in option is to take the shortest period you dare, making sure you quickly do all that is required of you when it comes to paperwork. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail. com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. Hot cars: the sequel Homebuyers should lock in ratesBy Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, The Wine Guys. Given a choice, well take a pinot noir over most other grape varieties. Made well it can have as good a structure as cabernet sauvignon but show off a lot more elegance. And, its more versatile with food salmon, pasta, grilled foods, veal and any sauce with mushrooms. Despite its popularity, many winemakers ignore pinot noir because its fickle nature in the vineyard can spell financial ruin. Subject to disease and rot, the thin-skinned pinot noir is the last grape a winemaker wants in a wet growing season. That doesnt frighten Chris Munsell, who is making pinot noir in Sonoma County and the Central Coast for MacMurray Ranch. Baby boomers will remember that name for Fred MacMurray who starred in the 1960s sitcom My Three Sons. Gallo purchased the property in 1996. Munsell accepts the challenges of pinot noir and has the expertise and capital to weather the difficult vintages. His advantage is that all of the pinot noir is grown on the estate. He doesnt have to pay high prices demanded by popular pinot noir growers or convince them when to pick their grapes. As a result, MacMurray Ranchs pinot noirs are smartly priced. The introductory Russian River Valley pinot noir is a steal at $28. It far exceeds its price in quality and has earned a place on many restaurant wine lists. Munsell says he strives for mouthfeel in his wines and can get it from Russian River Valley grapes. We have tannins there stronger than what people expect, he says. Pinot noirs range dramatically in style to the ripe and alcoholic to the delicate and balanced. Although many are hedonistic and heady, Munsell feels the trend is to moderate fruit and alcohol. The best, like MacMurray Ranch, benefit from morning fogs that cool the grapes. Unfortunately for consumers, prices for good pinot noir can easily surpass $40. Finding a good one under $25 is a challenge. Here are some favorite MacMurray pinots we recently tasted with Munsell: MacMurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2011 ($28). Munsell managed to produce a very credible pinot noir for the price. Raspberry aromas, smooth texture, and cherry flavors with hints of vanilla and mushrooms. This is one of the best pinot noir values on the market. MacMurray Ranch Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 ($37). Munsell had his work cut out for him in this challenging vintage. Twenty days of rain in May and cooler temperatures produced fewer grapes. Still, the reserve has lavender aromas, raspberry and strawberry flavors and intriguing dashes of clove and cinnamon. We loved it. MacMurray Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Nor 2010 ($37). A special clone was used to grow the grapes in Santa Lucia Highlands. Thanks to cold soaking and punching down the fermenting juice, this wine abounds in forward, delicious fruit. Nice concentration with burgundian-like mushroom notes. Other Pinot Noirs Garnet Vineyards Monterey Pinot Noir 2011 ($16). Forward, extracted blackberry and cherry flavors with good spice and hints of sweet vanillin oak. Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2010 ($20). Ripe, dark cherries burst from the glass in this very pleasant pinot noir. Artesa Estate Pinot Noir Reserve 2009 ($40). This complex yet silky pinot noir from Napa Valley exudes strawberry and lavender aromas followed by cherry, strawberry and oak flavors. Pinot noir wines Clark ClarkInvestment Properties, Inc. 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