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By Rachel Christian Staff Writer Approximately 20 residents were displaced aer a two-alarm structure fire destroyed eight units at a Kissimmee apartment complex Wednesday aernoon. The Kissimmee Fire Department arrived at Valencian Apartments on West Donegan Avenue around 11:20 a.m. after receiving multiple calls from concerned residents. Flames fanned by Wednesdays gusty winds jutted out of two secondfloor apartment roods as Orange, Osceola and city of Kissimmee rst responders worked to extinguish the blaze. All eight units in the building were destroyed by re or water damage. No one is ever moving back into that building again, said Kissimmee Fire Department Public Information Officer Joan Robinson. She said the re clearly originated on the second oor of the building. No one was in the units by the time firefighters arrived. A nearby resident was treated for mild smoke inhalation at the scene. No other injuries were reported. Metal detectors, security coming to City Hall By Rachel Christian Staff Writer City ocials are in the process of boosting security across Kissimmee. e city is seeking bid proposals for professional security services at City Hall, including metal detectors and trained personnel. e security guards would be present at every public meeting held there. Meeting attendees would be required to pass through a metal detector and undergo a bag search before gaining entry to the rest of the building. The county has a similar security system already in place at the courthouse and administrative building. e safety measure is something that city public information ocer Austin Blake said has been in the works for a while. The City Commission chose to make safety improvements a priority last year, Blake said. is isnt anything new. Blake added that the city meant to start the process when budgeted funds became available in October. But hurricane aermath and other issues delayed process until now. Blake said the increased security measures are not in response to any prior safety issues, or a reaction to the mass shooting that took place at a high school in Parkland, Florida last month. We want to be proactive instead of reactive, Blake said. Weve been fortunate because we havent run into any issues so far. Ocials allocated $10,000 in the budget for a private company to provide its own security personnel and equipment. Fire destroys Kissimmee apartment complex buildingSchool District launches music program for island students affected by hurricaneThats a good dogNEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/CINDY JOINT Osceola County Sheriffs Office Deputy Jim Scanlon talks with George Paul, 5, and Aurora Lee, 7, of St. Cloud, and answers questions about working with Tank the bloodhound during Community Appreciation Day March 10. The Sheriffs Office hosted the event along with several organizations around the county. INSIDE ONG Informing readers. Helping build a stronger community. 50 CENTS WWW.AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Saturday, March 24, 2018Around Osceola1Energy efcient incentives offered. e countys PACE program can help save homeowners money. 2 3 Remembering Kissimmee.Former KPD deputy chief recalls 1995 the killing year.Conclusion of 2018 Legislature.e winners and losers highlighted from the session in Tallahassee.AROUND TOWN LOG ONFollow us at https:// www.facebook.com/ osceolanewsgazette FOLLOWFollow us on Osceola News-Gazette@ OsceolaNews TOP STORIESLOCAL Exotic Pet Amnesty Day will be Sunday in Poinciana. Page 2.SPORTS Osceola takes walk-o baseball victory. Page 7.REAL ESTATE Hispanic homeownership rises again in Osceola. Page 17.Serving Osceola County for 127 Years WHERE TO FIND ITViewpoint ................4 Daily Planner ........10 Brainfood ...............23 Photo Gallery ........24 WE BACK THE BLUE See Page 8 for Hot Savings with cool coupons from the local businesses See Fire, Page 3.Battle at Narcoossee Mill marks 25 years.e enactment will be held today and Sunday at Ralph V. Chisolm Park in St. Cloud.Page 11. NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKThe city of Kissimmee is seeking bid proposals for professional security services at City Hall, including metal detectors and trained personnel. See City Hall, Page 2. See Music, Page 3. NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKKissimmee Fire Department officials said a fire started on the second floor of the Valencian Apartments on Wednesday, making the complex uninhabitable. By Melinn Lanier For the News-Gazette The Osceola County School District has launched the Music Helps Heal program in collaboration with Live Music Tutor Inc. to aid incoming students from hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in their recovery process. e program is designed to help displaced students recover emotionally and socially through musical therapy. It seeks to provide students with supplies, such as instruments, music stands or art materials. For Poinciana High School junior Dayanlee Rivera, this is just what she needs. Five months ago, Rivera left Ro Grande in Puerto Rico and came to Kissimmee alone to live with her father. With everything that has happened to me, I think this program can help me relieve some stress, Rivera said. Perhaps it can get me to play more instruments other than the keyboard. e program has also caught the eye of Poinciana High School senior Brian Torres, who came to the city of Kissimmee six months ago with his
Page 2 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 IN CONCERT MANDY HARVEYMARCH 31Old Towns South Entertainment Area SAVE UP TO 30% ONLINE!TICKETS ON SALE NOW!myoldtownusa.com 407-396-4888 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (US 192), Kissimmee, FL 34746 Mandy Harvey recently made headlines during her audition on Season 12 of Americas Got Talent. Mandy, who is deaf, won the hearts of the crowd and judges when she was Simon Cowells Golden Buzzer winner after performing her own song Try. 032418.SNG CITY HALLContinued from Page 1 The city may not use all that money, Blake said, but a nancial cushion was included to account for any unscheduled public meetings. An account manager appointed by the private company would coordinate all issues relating to the contract, staffing and performance, and serve as a liaison between the vendor and the city. e request for proposals states that security personnel will not be allowed to carry firearms or other unauthorized equipment while on-duty. Blake said officials are currently working on other security measures across the city, including installing cameras at certain government-owned facilities. Due to security concerns though, Blake was unable to disclose specic details on those additional measures. Bid proposals for the City Hall project are due by April 5. Aer proposals are reviewed, a three-year contract will be awarded to the chosen bidder, and the contract could be renewed for two additional years. Blake said the city intends to move quickly to select a vendor and put the new security measures in place. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Swamp Girl Adventures are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Sunday, March 25, in Poinciana. People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost. e Exotic Pet Amnesty Program Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Sunday in Poinciana PHOTO/FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSIONPeople may surrender exotic pets Sunday at the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Poinciana. See Pet Page 5. New energy efcient incentives available to Osceola homeowners By Rachel Christian Staff Writer Osceola County commissioners approved a measure March 5 that will give homeowners an incentive to make energyecient upgrades to their property. The program is called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). The program, which was already in place for commercial properties in the county, allows participants to pay for eligible upgrades over time as an additional, voluntary line item on their property taxes. is voluntary nancing option is a public-private partnership between the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) and four private companies present at the County Commission meeting. Eligible improvements include those that will prepare homes for future storms, such as windresistant roof-to-wall connections and storm shutter. It also includes products that may lower energy bills, like rooftop solar and high-eciency air conditioning systems. Commissioner Viviana Janer said she was opposed to approving the residential PACE resolution, and asked for it to be postponed until a separate solar ordinance could come before the board in May. Grieb challenged Janers proposal, arguing that the two different measures accomplished two dierent things. People who are purchasing new homes or having to get new insurance, this actually helps. People who still havent been able to replace their roofs, this is a financing instrument for them now, Grieb said. While I understand that were trying to coordinate, this is still separate from what were doing with our [solar] ordinance. Choudhry sided with Grieb on approving PACE. ats already hurting the people who want to do this, who want to start doing environmental things in their homes, Choudhry said. So it doesnt really make sense to wait two, three months for something that could be implemented for people who are asking for it now. PACE is already in place for the city of Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Park. The resolution allowed four certified private companies to participate in PACE, and the county attorney said additional companies could be added by resolution in the future. Homeowners interested in applying for HERO financing or who wish to learn more should visit renovateamerica.com/ nancing/hero/communities. Contractors interested in oering HERO nancing can register at renovateamerica. com.contractors.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 3 REMEMBERING KISSIMMEEIt can be found on any TV news show and over most social media applications; such and such city is the murder capital of the world. So, I believe that it is safe to say, as a city grows, crime will go up and that could lead to more murders and violent crime. Well, if we look back to 1995, Kissimmee was starting to change. The police department had moved into a new multi-milliondollar building in 1994, the uniforms had changed from light blue to dark navy blue and we had a new chief of police. Construction was continuing throughout the city and call volumes for the police began to increase. What none of us expected was the rapid increase in murders. In 1995, there were eight detectives and a sergeant to investigate all felony crimes in the city. Detectives either investigated property crimes (grand theft, burglary, fraud) or persons crimes (rape, robbery and homicide). However, the detectives werent specialized in any one crime. They were expected to work all crimes. All were good at their job and knew how to investigate and the sergeant had investigated murders throughout his career, but there was no need for specialization up until this point. You can go to larger agencies and you will nd homicide detectives who work only cases involving dead bodies. If there was a murder, all members of the KPD unit would be called out to investigate. They would research the victim, the victims family, and acquaintances or theyd handle the crime scene and collection of evidence. Finally, each detective may have been part of the interrogation team to interview potential suspects. e tasks change frequently. As the television show, e First 48, aptly depicts, the chances of solving a murder after 48-hours drastically decrease so it was an all hands on deck every time there was a murder. Kissimmee was seeing an inux of new residents and tourists to the area. The transient nature of living in a community where the majority of your residents dont have lifelong ties with the community will definitely hinder investigations. Statistics show that most murders are committed by people who knew the victim. erefore, when you consider the amount of people moving to Central Florida and Kissimmee specifically, who have no ties to the community, it will make it dicult at best to solve these heinous crimes because of the lack of familiarity between suspects, victims and the local area. Investigations would reach a fevered pitch between August and November. Beginning the first week of August through anksgiving there were six reported murders. Now that may not seem like a lot, but at least four of them were complete whodunits where there were no discernible connections between the suspect and the victims. is greatly challenged the eight detectives working these cases. So, it began. A female found deceased along the railroad tracks. A female found deceased next to the old Winn Dixie on Boggy Creek Road. A male shot to death in north Kissimmee, an infant shaken to death and several others. That would mean 18 to 20-hour days of chasing leads and trying to, in some cases, just identify the victims let alone the suspects. Yes, Kissimmee was changing and growing up. It was becoming a bigger city. It got so bad that every time the phone rang at the house and I was not the on-call detective, my wife would say, I hope no one else is dead. Only to nd out that she wouldnt be seeing me much for the next few days to even a week. ese cases were also historical for other reasons. Detectives arrested Scott Mansfield for the murder of Sara Robles and his conviction resulted in one of the rst modern death penalty cases for Kissimmee. Other detectives were featured in television shows assisting with other homicides and still others dealt with suspects intimidating witnesses to hinder investigations. Sure, Kissimmee has had some rough times recently but for the last few years we may have had four or so homicides to investigate with a much greater number of personnel to do the investigating. But the year of 1995 will long be remembered for Kissimmee changing and growing. Just ask any of those sleepdeprived eight detectives who cleared all but one of those cases. More tragic events were about to happen and change Kissimmee in the years to come. e little city was well on its way to being a focal point of national news and would be forced to abandon its identity. No one knew about these coming changes, we were just trying to stop the violent crime wave of 1995. 1995 the killing year JOHN LEWISFormer deputy police chief FIREContinued from Page 1 Approximately 20 adults were displaced from their homes as a result of the re, Robinson said. Temporary shelter arrangements for the residents were being coordinated by apartment complex staff and the American Red Cross Wednesday aernoon. A dierent re destroyed units in an adjacent building of the same apartment complex on Oct. 29. Electrical issues in the buildings roof were later determined to have caused the re, Robinson said. She also noted that the Valencian complex is 45 years old. Ocials said the cause of Wednesdays blaze was unknown and an investigation by the state re marshal is still ongoing. MUSICContinued from Page 1 mother and grandmother from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He has always had an interest in music, and is a part of his schools chorus program. This program sounds really interesting since it involves music, Torres said. The guitar is one of my favorite instruments. To receive instruments or other supplies, students can have their schools music department request them from the school district. e program is sustained with nancial and material donations. This is an amazing program, said Pamela Haas, who oversees it and is one of the performing arts leaders in the Osceola School District. It helps students by using the benefits of music and everyone speaks music. Its the universal language. Virtual instruction is also oered by the online music organization Live Music Tutor where students can learn from bilingual teachers, giving them the opportunity to learn English, if they dont know it. ese virtual lessons can help further instruction that students receive in class if they are a part of a school music program. Music in general is reported to help further student learning as well as achievement, Haas said. Students involved in music have an 11 percent higher chance of graduating than students who are not, according to the Center for Fine Arts Education. Academic achievement is especially important to Rivera, who could have stayed in Puerto Rico but decided it was best for her as a student to leave. While Torres also could have stayed in Puerto Rico, it was best for him to live in Osceola. e transition has been hard, but Ill get through it with the help of music, Torres said. Music has always helped me in every situation Ive been through. Financial donations can be made online on the Music Helps Heal website (www.musichelpsheal.org). Physical donations, such as new or used instruments, can be dropped o at the school district oce. LOCAL Sign up for News Now, visit www.aroundosceola.com today! YES! 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Page 4 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 eres already a trade war, and its being waged by Beijing. Chinas ascension to the World Trade Organization nearly 20 years ago has failed in its strategic objectives. It hasnt created a liberalizing regime or a free-market economy in China; in fact, it hasnt even created a China ready and willing to abide by the norms of free trade. e regime of Xi Jinping hasnt been pushed toward democratic reforms by a rising middle class. China still champions state-led, rather than market-led, capitalism. And it takes advantage of the WTO, using nontari barriers and industrial policy, to push mercantilist policies. President Donald Trumps prospective taris on steel and aluminum have put renewed focus on China trade, although the taris are a comically inept misre if their true target is China. e rubric for the levies could be: How to lose a trade war with China in one easy step. e taris dont really aect China, from which we import only about 3 percent of our steel. Meanwhile, they send the message that the U.S. government is lurching toward protectionism, and alienate our allies. A better approach begins with acknowledging that China is a unique problem. For all of Trumps complaints, Mexico isnt pursuing a wellhoned strategic agenda of exploiting the global trade system while it undertakes an aggressive neoimperialist foreign policy. Only China is doing that. China isnt the rst developing country to adopt a policy of maximizing exports. What makes it dierent is its sheer ambition and its size, which gives it leverage over foreign companies and considerable international inuence. Whats the harm to the U.S.? There is no doubt that Chinas practices have harmed U.S. manufacturing. Yes, technology accounts for a large share of job losses. Yes, lower-end manufacturing would have le our shores regardless. But Beijing works to block higher-value-added exports from the U.S. and is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to dominate in advanced industries. By no means should we emulate China. We should continue to pursue free trade as a policy, not as a theology that prevents us from acknowledging that there is such a thing as unfair trade. e ITIF report urges using the global free-trade regime against China. at means bringing more actions against China in the WTO and working to update the rules to capture Chinese cheating. It means joining, and inuencing, a multilateral agreement like the Trans-Pacic Partnership. It means forging bilateral agreements with up-todate standards that reinforce principles that China undermines. We obviously cant do this alone. Wed have to lead an alliance of international partners to pressure China on specific practices, with tailored consequences if we get nowhere. Such a broad-based eort to crack Chinas mercantilism wouldnt be protectionist, but the opposite. ere is obviously no chance of doing this, though, if we are engaged in an absurd cycle of tit-for-tat taris with the likes of the EU. Trump can have emotionally satisfying taris to scratch his protectionist itch, or he can have a strategy to muster an alliance of truly free-trade partners to pressure China. He cant have both and you can be sure China knows which option it prefers. Sun Publications of Florida cannot be held responsible for advertising claims. We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue any advertising, and to edit editorial content. All materials in these publications are copyrighted. 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Yes No Please return this survey to our ofce or mail your comments to: Osceola News-Gazette 108 Church Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741 or you can also answer online at www.aroundosceola.com.Year 127 No. 22Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor KEN JACKSON A & E Editor JENNIFER DIDOMENICO Production Manager ANGELIQUE PRIORE Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Chief Photographer MARTIN MADDOCK (USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FLPostmaster: Send address changes to: Osceola News-Gazette 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications of Florida, a division of Lakeway Publishers of Florida, Inc. Phone 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. The Osceola News-Gazette is available online at: www.aroundosceola.com. 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In the article Teachers may get raises, but at a cost published March 15, the following corrections should be noted: Local plus family plans are still set to increase by 52 percent, but from $670 to $1018 a month, not $402 to $611 a month. This means an employee would take home $4,180 less a year, not $2,508 less. The district will contribute $119.30 less per month, not $71, to basic single employee with children plans, and $223.80, not $134.30, less per month to basic family health insurance plans. In the story School employees stand to lose in proposed district raises on March 17, the Osceola News-Gazette acknowledges the following corrections: School district employees Heather and Steven Rish stand to pay $2,380, not $1,428, more a year in combined monthly premium increases. According to the School Board salary and benefits negotiation proposal, staff could pay $2,560, not $1,536, more per year for health insurance if they have a spouse on their plan, and $4,440, not $2,664, more for the family plan under the wellness local plus, the districts most popular health insurance option. ose enrolled in the employee-only Wellness Local Plus plan would begin paying $41.60, not $25, a month, or $500, not $300 a year, for healthcare coverage. Employee-child yearly premiums are poised to rise $1,880, not $1,128, under the Wellness Local Plus plan. PETContinued from Page 2 offers a legal alternative to releasing exotic pets that owners can no longer keep and helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being introduced into the wild. is free event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Disney Wilderness Preserve, 2700 Scrub Jay Trail, Poinciana. Live animals will be on display and experts from the FWC will be on-site with information about caring for exotic pets, responsible pet ownership and potential ecological impacts of invasive species in Florida. ere will also be games and activities for families. Surrendered exotic pets will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and given a health exam by a veterinarian before being made available for adoption that same day to pre-registered, experienced individuals who can care for them. Animals that will be accepted for surrender include nonnative species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Domestic animals, such as cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits, will not be accepted. Animals will be made available for adoption aer 2 p.m. Exotic pet adopters need to be experienced and must have already applied and been approved by the FWC. Potential adopters should bring their acceptance letters and any necessary permits with them. Becoming an adopter is free, but you are required to register a minimum of four days prior to the event to adopt an animal. Adopter applications may be found at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives by clicking on How to become an FWC exotic pet adopter. Exotic Pet Amnesty events are held around the state throughout the year. For additional information about Exotic Pet Amnesty Day, visit MyFWC.com/ Nonnatives or call the FWCs Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681). Exotic pet owners who cannot attend this event may call this number year-round for assistance in nding a new home for their animal. For more information about adopting exotic pets, visit MyFWC.com/ Nonnatives and click on Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. By Rachel Christian Staff Writer The Florida 2018 Legislative Session wrapped up recently with the passage of an $88.7 billion budget and a historically low number of bills. The waning weeks of Floridas 62-day session were marked by headlinegrabbing gun, school safety and mental health reforms introduced in response to the mass shooting at a Parkland high school last month. But one local group the Osceola Legislative Eort, or OLE also made its appeal to Tallahassee lawmakers this year. OLE is an independent organization that lobbies for top priorities set forth by the county, school board, Kissimmee and St. Cloud government ocials. OLE draed a short list of six priorities this year, which ranged from aquatic weed control to rapid growth funding to help Osceola schools. John Newstreet, OLEs director and president of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, said the county didnt walk away empty handed from the particularly tough 2018 session. Session is only two months long, and everyone from across the state wants something, Newstreet said. Its always a challenge.VictoriesThe biggest winner of OLEs six priorities was Park Place Behavioral Health Care, the countys central receiving center for the Baker Act, substance abuse and metal health services. The victory was particularly sweet for the facility, which had seen its state funding slashed by nearly $1 million cut in July. The funding cut had came exactly one year aer Park Place signed a five-year, $1.97 million contract with a managing state entity. Not only has Park Place regained most of the money it lost in July, the remainder of its ve year contract has been reinstated. Im exceptionally pleased with how everything has turned around, said Park Place President Jim Shanks. Things have turned out better for us then I could have ever imagined. State Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, secured an additional $150,000 that Park Place is putting toward the salary of a new psychiatrist. The psychiatrist, an evacuee from Hurricane Maria, already is in place at the facilitys clinic. Shanks said he has been a true asset in helping patients, especially Spanish-speaking clients. The new state budget included $53 million in funding to help combat the opioid crisis. Of that, $8.3 will be allocated for treatment programs involving an opioidblocking medication known as Vivatrol. Shanks said he doesnt know how much of that $8.3 million may trickle down to Park Place, but with one of the leading Vivatrol programs in the state, he is optimistic about the facilitys slice of the pie. We would love to help implement a Vivatrol program at the jail, depending on how much of this funding we receive, Shanks said. Were trying to help as many people in our community as we can.Partial victories OLE received $1.5 of the $10 million it requested for BRIDG, the countys high-tech industry-led partnership project. The group had requested reoccurring and non-reccurring funds to expand the capability of the facility and to attract new partnerships. Although the sum was a fraction of what was sought, Newstreet said any state money was benecial. $1.5 million is nothing to blink at, he said. Were glad we got what we did.DefeatsThree of OLEs six funding priorities stalled in Tallahassee. The Osceola County School District again failed to secure funding from a special rapid-growth grant program. The district is one of the fastest growing in the country, and an inux of Hurricane Maria evacuees last year placed additional strain on resources, according to school ocials. The sought-after grant uses a funding formula that takes a districts percentage of growth into consideration, instead of only focusing on the overall number of students. OLE was unable to lock down these funds, but Newstreet said the district is poised to receive federal dollars to assist with Hurricane Maria student evacuees. He also pointed out that school security and mental health is set to benet from state allocations. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last week appropriating $400 million for school safety and mental health measures. Two other OLE priorities funding for transitional housing in the city of Kissimmee and money for St. Clouds downtown renovation project also died in session. Local winners, losers of Floridas 2018 legislative session
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Wicker, Aluminum, & Cast Up to40% OFFsugg.retail Goodwill Industries of Central Florida president and CEO announces retirement Aer 44 years of service to Goodwill and eight years as president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Bill Oakley has announced his plans to retire, eective June 30. e search for Oakleys replacement will commence immediately, led by executive search rm Korn Ferry. Oakley joined the nonprot in 1974, serving in leadership roles at Goodwill organizations in Savannah, Ga., and Greenville, S.C. In 2010 he took the helm of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. Since then, Oakley has driven the nonprots growth through new retail stores, donation centers and Job Connection Centers across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard and Volusia counties. Under his leadership, Goodwill has expanded its oerings to adapt to the communitys changing needs, adding programs to assist military veterans, the homeless and other job seekers in need. Bill has dedicated his entire career to championing Goodwills mission of removing barriers and providing new opportunities to connect with the world of work, said Michael Hsu, chairman of Goodwills board of directors. He leaves an extraordinary legacy of leadership and service and has positioned our Goodwill for future success. I will miss him dearly and wish him the best in his next chapter of life. Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is the regions third largest nonprot by revenue, according to the Orlando Business Journal. In 2017, Goodwill provided more than 47,500 people with resources and training to help them nd meaningful work. ese services are funded by the sales of donated goods in its network of 28 retail stores. Parties interested in the CEO search may complete an online application with Korn Ferry at http://bit.ly/2Htr98S. e progressive and intensive care units at Poinciana Medical Center were recently awarded with the Critical Care Unit of Distinction, which recognizes the top performing critical care departments within parent company Hospital Corporation of Americas 177 hospitals. e recognition places these two units in the top 10 percent of 399 eligible units. St. Cloud wound healing & hyperbaric center earns national award for excellence e Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center of St. Cloud Regional Medical Center has been recognized with a national award for continued excellence in wound healing, making this the h consecutive year the center has been awarded this distinction. Leaders, physicians and clinicians from e Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center celebrate the Centers receipt of the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award. e Center of Excellence award is given to Wound Care Centers in the Healogics network that have met the highest level of quality standards. e Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center of St. Cloud Regional Medical Center has earned this honor by exceeding the outstanding clinical and operational results in 2017 which include achieved patient satisfaction rates, a high healing rate, and several other quality standards. e Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nations leading and largest wound care management company. e award is named for Dr. Warriner, the former Chief Medical Ocer for Healogics. Across the country, less than 300 centers earned the award this year. Its an honor to be able to recognize the hard work and dedication of the Wound Care sta, said Brent Burish, Chief Executive Ocer of St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, this marks the h year in a row the team has received national recognition for their quality outcomes and great service in making a dierence in the lives of our patients. e Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center of St. Cloud Regional Medical Center oers highly specialized wound care to patients suering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Some of the leading-edge treatments oered at the Wound Care Center include negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue or skin substitutes to the wound, ooading or total contact casts and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For more information or to make an appointment with the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center of St. Cloud Regional Medical Center call 407-892-2388 or visit StCloudRegional.com. KUA linemen place third in Florida, lasso ve trophiesKissimmee Utility Authority linemen placed third statewide and brought home ve trophies from the recent 18th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Kissimmee, hosted by KUA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association. Twenty-one teams and 72 apprentices from utilities throughout Florida gathered at Osceola Heritage Park to demonstrate the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen in ve timed events. ere are two levels of competition in the rodeo: journeyman teams and apprentice. e journeyman teams consist of three members two climbers and a ground worker. A qualied journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker competes as an individual and has four or fewer years of experience in an apprentice program. Trophies were awarded to KUA linemen in the following event categories: Journeyman Team Austin Franey, Shane Paras and Billy White, rst place; Hurtman Rescue, third place; 4kV Four Bell Changeout, third place; 4kV Pole Transfer Conductor, Transformer and Switch, third place overall in Florida Apprentice Lars Akkerman, rst place Double Dead-End Multiskirt Changeout Seven of KUAs linemen will now travel to Raleigh, N.C. to represent the utility in the American Public Power Associations Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo April 28. LYNX to accept applications for 17th annual public service bus contest e Central Florida Regional Transportation Authoritys (LYNX) submission period has opened for qualied nonprot organizations in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties to register for a spot on the agencys public service bus. Eight qualied agencies will be chosen in a random drawing to have their logo displayed for one year. e public service bus travels routes every day throughout the three-county area. To be eligible, for the 17th annual celebration, the nonprot organization must be based in Orange, Osceola or Seminole County; operate on a budget of less than $1.5 million and show proof of 501(c)(3) status or be a governmental agency. Qualied agencies are required to: Fill out registration form online (www.golynx.com) with all elds completed. e deadline to enter is 5 p.m. March 23. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Winners will be notied aer the random drawing the week of March 26. Agencies on the 2017-18 Public Service Bus are not eligible until next year. e ocial unveiling of the 2018-19 Public Service Bus will be held at a to-be-determined location in late April. Bill Oakley
Saturday, March 24, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 7 CONTACT KEN JACKSON OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE SPORTS EDITOR EMAIL KJACKSON@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Paddling onSt. Cloud students kayak with vets. Page 9. Kowboys get 2nd walk-off victory; Panthers open at 7-3 Sports Editor Osceola and Gateway are positioning themselves to be in the mix for a baseball playo berth come May. Well, duh. The District 9A-5 foes, who could meet like they have in the district tournament the last two years, are each playing .700 ball coming out of spring break and heading into a string of key district and Orange Belt Conference games. The Kowboys (9-4) concluded a string of spring break home games with a thriller. Osceola came from behind twice Wednesday in a 8-7 eight-inning victory over Owasso High, a state-ranked team from Oklahoma. Down 7-6 in the eighth, OHS got RBI singles from Andrew Fernandez and Diego Arroyo, the latter a walk-off job, to score Pedro Figueroa and Edgard Velazquez, whose two-out hit by pitch was key to keep the inning going. at couldnt have come without a sixth-inning rally. Trailing 6-4, Osceola loaded the bases when Pedro Figueroa was hit by a pitch and Jorge Rivera and Brett Birchler followed with singles. Edgard Velazquez then lied a no-out fly ball to center that scored Figueroa as well as courtesy runner William Kossol, who rounded third and came home on a heads up play when an ineld throw went to second. C.J. Olivarria pitched the last three innings in relief of starter Hamilton Martinez, and gave up one hit and struck out six. Osceola Coach Scott Birchler said he never inched when his team got down late on Wednesday. at was one of the best oensive teams weve seen in a while. ey attacked and didnt get o-balance, made us play at the top of our game, he said. But our kids have been in close ballgames all year, and this is our second walk-o win. We went to Tallahassee and played some great teams to start the year, so we prepare the kids for it when theres no pressure. Its the first time in a long time that eight or nine of them played on the same Little League team, so theyve been together for a while. The Kowboys, who are 2-1 in 9A-5 play aer beating Haines City and Ridge and losing 2-1 to Gateway on March 2, will play at Celebration Tuesday in an OBC game. Gateway, also playing at Osceola this week, dropped a 9-3 decision to Boone on Tuesday, but the Panthers are still 7-3 and making Coach Jim Moran happy. This is a group that comes to work every day and works hard. Its all I ask, he said. If you told me aer tryouts wed win seven of our rst 10, I might not have believed it. Morans getting senior leadership from center fielder Emil Perez, third baseman C.J. Radcli and rst baseman Wyatt Pascal, who has also pitched in on the mound with leies Melvin Cotto and Joseph Roque, an import from Puerto Rico who ed from Hurricane Maria. The end of our pitching staff is young and learning how to deal with tough spots, but our defense is solid and were hitting the ball when we need to. Overall, were playing well. e Panthers have a busy return from spring break, as they travel to Celebration and Poinciana on Monday and Tuesday and host Harmony on Wednesday in OBC contests.See Soccer, Page 8.NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTOS/MARTIN MADDOCKAbove, the Osceola Kowboys tumble out of the dugout and mob Diego Arroyo (far right) after his eighth-inning RBI single that finished an 8-7 come-from-behind walk-off victory Wednesday over Owasso (Okla.) High. Below, Kowboys relief pitcher C.J. Olivarria, Wednesdays winning pitcher with three innings of one-hit ball, fires a pitch in to an Owasso batter. PHOTO/ORLANDO PRIDEOrlando Pride Manager Tom Sermanni oversees a recent training session ahead of the teams 2018 NWSL season opener tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the Utah Royals FC. Its the first of 12 regular-season Pride home games. NWLS team hopes to return to playoffs Sports Editor Orlando City has a bye this week in its MLS schedule, and it might be well-timed even though the Lions have played just three games. The team plays New York Red Bulls at home next Saturday, and will look to snap a losing skid that reached two last week when Orlando lost to the other Empire City team, New York City FC, 2-0 at Yankee Stadium. Despite new signees from last year, Sacha Kljestan, Lamine San and Josu Colmn making their Orlando City debuts, the Lions (0-2-1, 1 point) couldnt overcome a pair of New York goals in the 62nd and 74th minutes. A closely contested match opened up when goalie Joe Bendiks bad clearance was corralled by Ismael Tajouri and turned into a back-breaking goal that Orlando never recovered from. Maxi Moralez extended the lead 12 minutes later. I really felt like we were doing well up until we gave them the goal. Unfortunately for me I think thats three matches where I just feel like were giving things away, Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. We correct those small errors, I still think were going to be okay. In addition to Kljestan, a former MLS assists leader with the Red Bulls before a trade to Orlando for Carlos Rivas and Tommy Redding, getting his rst minutes for the Lions, defender R.J. Allen got his rst start, and Christian Higuita returned from an injury. Kljestan took the captains armband when Jonathan Spector le the match at halime. Physically I felt pretty good, so thats important, Kljestan said. Maybe I didnt make enough plays in the third to help the guys out, but we and chances when it was 0-0. It wasnt the debut for this team I wanted, but such is life. e longer the game stayed 0-0 our chances good have swung the game. But we put our goalkeeper under pressure two times and that was the dierence. I dont want to panic, we havent gotten Dom (Dwyer, lead striker) and our full team back. We have pressure on ourselves, we built this team to win now and we cant wait too long to kickstart things before we get into a hole.
Page 8 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 Solar Bears can clinch playoff spot SundayThe first Wednesday Night Shootout was held last week. It was great seeing everyone aer taking a break for the winter. e series kicko had 15 teams competing with a payout going to the top two teams. First place went to the team of Skip Stowers and his partner Mark. ey had a five fish limit with 15.04 pounds. Second place went to the duo of Steve and Cory with another limit weighing in at 13.83 pounds that included the Denali Rods Big Fish of the night, an 8.28pound Trophy Catch Florida Entry. A total of 46 fish were caught totaling 102.5 pounds. This year the event is introducing the smallest sh of the season contest. Kicking off the competition was Mitch with an impressive 0.55 pounder. Join them every Wednesday Night. Launch is at 5 p.m. sharp. Entry fees are $30 per team The 2018 BassMasters Classic was held on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina last weekend. The winner, Jordan Lee from Guntersville, Ala., just won back-to-back BassMaster Classic Titles. Lee, who began Sundays championship round in sixth place, caught ve bass that weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces and won the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic. Lee, who won last years Classic on Lake Conroe, Texas, joins shing legends Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam as the only anglers in history to win the Super Bowl of professional bass shing two years in a row The St. Cloud Rotary Club is hosting a Spring Fling Bass Tournament on East Lake Toho April 7. e launch for this tournament will be at the Chisholm Park boat ramp in St. Cloud. Weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Lake Front Marina. Entry fees are $120 per boat and there is a guaranteed rst place payout of $2,000. Anglers that are interested in signing up can contact Bruce at 407-9085792 or John at 407-8929141 The Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club is hosting the 14th Annual Scholarship Fundraising Tournament on May 12 out of Jo Overstreet Landing on Lake Kissimmee in Kenansville. Registration is $125 per boat and includes entry fees, two dry t shing jerseys, and two steak dinners sponsored and served by the Cattlemens Association. Spectators are welcome to purchase a dinner for $15 each. Sponsorships are available. For more information please contact email@example.com. Enjoy the rst weekend of Spring. Tight lines, friends! By Ken Jackson Sports Editor With just six games le in the regular season and the next four at home the Orlando Solar Bears are starting to ramp up for the ECHL playos. That intensity was on display Wednesday as they and the South Carolina Stingrays a potential playo opponent faced o Wednesday in something that looked like a playoff game. And in front of an announced crowd of 4,392 at the Amway Center, the Stingrays took a 3-2 win in an overtime shootout. Despite that, Orlando (31-27-8, 70 points) can clinch the fourth spot in the Southeast Division and a playo spot Sunday with a win over South Carolina and a Jacksonville loss Friday against Greenville in regulation. With six more points over the last six games, Orlando would lock up third place and more than likely a first-round playoff matchup against the Stingrays, who locked in a battle themselves with the Florida Everblades for rst place in the Southeast Division. The Solar Bears finish the regular season with games Thursday at 7 against Jacksonville and next Saturday against Greenville before closing the regular season the following weekend in Atlanta. Orlando Coach Drake Berehowsky said the teams defensive performance Wednesday was fine the Solar Bears gave up only 21 shots over 65 minutes of game time but the oensive output wasnt. I was disappointed, we didnt play as well as we could have, he said. Im thankful for the one point tonight, but when were playing at our best were better than that and I dont think we generated enough and attacked their lines with speed. He said players have enough o time during the season to not be worried about running out of gas sprinting to the end of the regular season. You could worry about tanks running low but you want to be hitting your top gear right about now and run into the playos with it, Berehowsky said. We see the nish line but were still a ways away from it. We still have to produce. e faster we win games the faster (clinching) will happen. Wednesday got off to a quick start for Orlando, as Joe Perry ipped a shot from just inside the blue past Stingrays goalie Parker Milner 54 seconds in on the games very rst shot. at would be the only offensive firepower until 6:44 into the third period, when Solar Bears rookie J.J. Piccinich buried a pass from Nathan Valleau to make the lead 2-0, but soon aer South Carolina went to plaid, tying the game in a span of 12 seconds. Stingrays rookie Jake Kamrass would assist on the rst goal, and got his first professional tally on the next with 10:15 le in the game. Quality chances were limited the rest of the way in regulation and ve minutes of 3-on-3 overtime before the shootout, which South Carolina won 2-1. Aerwards, Perry called it a weird game. There wasnt a ton of flow, he said. We may have let o the gas a little scoring so early, thinking it would be easy. Giving up a two-goal lead in the third period was tough for us. We better learn to hold that led pretty quick. I think we gave one away and were not too thrilled just getting the one point (for the tie). Its nice to know you see the light at the end of the tunnel of the playos coming, but we have to take care of business over the last six games. You get the sense the guys are getting more plugged in now. The Solar Bears, since coming into the ECHL in 2012-13, have never won a playoff series in three attempts. With his 70th start, Bendik passed Kak for second-most games started in club history. Bendik has started 70 of Citys last 71 MLS games. Filling the void this week will be the Orlando Pride, who open their NWLS schedule today with the rst of 12 home matches at Orlando City Stadium against Utah Royals FC at 7:30 p.m. Coming off an NWLS playo appearance in 2017, much of the Prides top talent returns, including goalie Ashlyn Harris, defenders Ali Krieger and Toni Pressley, midelders Kristen Edmonds and Australian national team member Alanna Kennedy, and forwards Alex Morgan, Choima Ubogagu and Marta. Additionally, the team added U.S. National Team forward Sydney Leroux, wife of Dom Dwyer, to an already potent oense that found the back of the net 45 times last season, the most in NWSL. The Pride added Leroux and six other faces to the mix this offseason: goalie Haley Kopmeyer, defenders Poliana, Carson Pickett and Shelina Zadorsky and midfielders Christine Nairn, Emily Van Egmond and Lotta kvist. e roster includes three Federations players and six International players.SOCCERContinued from Page 7. CINDY JOINTThe Reel DealWednesday night sh tournaments return SOLAR BEARS PHOTO/FERNANDO MEDINASolar Bears forward Joe Perry (26) works his way around South Carolina Stingrays defenders in Wednesdays 3-2 overtime shootout loss at the Amway Center. The teams play again on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. from the local businesses with KISSIMMEE 2431 W. OSCEOLA PKY. 407-870-0901WWW.ABUELOS.COM CODE: NP-1101 EXPIRES: 3/31/18Buy one Lunch Entre and two beverages, get a second Lunch Entre of equal or lesser value Free. *Dine in only. Redeem this coupon at Abuelos Kissimmee location only. No cash value. 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Saturday, March 24, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 9 The First Tee comes to Kissimmee e First Tee of Central Florida is pleased to announce the registration details for the youth development organizations Spring Life Skills Experience Clinic at Oaks National Golf Club series of clinics, which will meet once a week, beginning the week of March 26. Sessions for participants ages 7 9 years old will occur on Tuesdays from 5:00 6:00 p.m. Sessions for participants ages 10 12 years old will occur on Tuesdays from 6:15 7:45 p.m. Participants who would like to view the Spring schedule for registration should visit http://www. therstteec.org/ programs/register/. To participate, registrants will need to pay the $25 annual membership fee for 2018 as well as the $50 ten-week program session fee. e First Tee of Central Florida continues to maintain the policy that no child be turned away for an inability to pay; nancial assistance is available. Anyone who would like to apply for nancial assistance can do so while they are registering for classes. e First Tee of Central Florida provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy habits through the game of golf. St. Cloud Soccer registration Registration for the St. Cloud Soccer Club is now being accepted for the spring seasons in St. Cloud and Harmony. e league oers recreational (players ages 4-13 just entering the game) and Select (more competitve for ages 7-18) programs. Harmony (Lakeshore Park on Schoolhouse Road) has more open game play, registration is $95 per player for Under-5 through Under-12 teams. St. Cloud (Stephanie Rothstein Park) has more structured game play and teams due to larger membership, registration is $150 (Under-5 & 6), $165 (U7-8), $170 (U9-10) and $180 (U11-12). For more information visit www.stcloudsoccer. com or reach Mike Alfers at malfers1713@ gmail.com or 503-5483762. St. Cloud High Hall of Fame banquet St. Cloud High School will hold its ninth annual athletic Hall of Fame dinner banquet and silent auction on May 4 at Royal St. Clouds Royal Crest Room. Tickets are $30 in advance, table sponsorships are $350 which includes program recognition. To reserve seats or tables, email Steanie Ansbaugh at c6923a@ yahoo.com. e school is also seeking donated items for its silent auction. For information on donating items or cash, contact Chad Ansbaugh at Chad.Ansbaugh@ osceolaschools.net. St. Cloud We Dare To Care golf tourney e City of St. Cloud Public Servicves sta will hold its fourth annual charitable golf tournament on May 19 at 8 am. at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. e event benets the We Dare to Care Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that supports and raises funds for local charities, police ocers, reghters and other city employees in need. Registration is $70 per player or $250 per four-person team; other sponsor packages are available. To register, or for sponsorship information, go to http:// stcloudcharitygolf. eventbrite.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-957-7326. SPORTS BRIEFSSUBMITTED PHOTOMembers of Team River Runners, in conjunction with By Land Or Lake, a non-profit paddling concession run by St. Cloud High student out of Chisholm Park, trained visually-impaired veterans in kayaking last weekend, culminating with a two-mile trip across East Lake Toho to the St. Cloud Lakefront Marina. Disabled veterans kayak across East LakeBy Land Or Lake is a non-profit run by St. Cloud High School business students that oers kayak and paddleboard rentals and other concessions out of a temporary facility at Chisholm Park on the weekends. Instead of going off for spring break to some beach location or other vacation spot, its student entrepreneurs held a kayaking event last weekend for clinic for veterans. e By Land Or Lake students spent two days teaching the ner points of kayaking before taking the group on a two-mile crossing of East Lake Tohopekaliga to the St. Cloud Lakefront Marina on Monday. ey worked with Team River Runner, a group that offers weekly paddling sessions to wounded and disabled war veterans in locations across the country. The kayaking group including six visuallyimpaired veterans, some of whom had never been on the water like that before. For more information about Team River Runner, a nonprot that provides therapy services to wounded veterans, visit their website at Teamriverrunner.org. To nd out more about By Land Or Lake, like their plans to build a permanent facility at Chisholm Park to run the facility out of, visit www.bylandorlake.org. SPORTS
Page 10 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 DAILYSATURDAY03-24BOY SCOUT MULCH FUNDRAISER Boy Scout Troop 826 will again hold a mulch fundraiser. e home delivery dates for the mulch will be Saturday, April 7. e last day to place orders is Tuesday, April 3, for April 7 delivery. Cypress, pine bark or red mulch will be available in units of nine bags, which is equal to a cubic yard (27 cubic feet), at a cost of $49 per unit (includes delivery), with a $10 discount for additional units. One bag, which contains 3 cubic feet of mulch, will cover 12 square feet to a depth of 3 inches. Residents and businessescan order mulch either by the Internet at www. troop826hogs.com or by U.S. mail using an order form that will be distributed in select neighborhoods. If ordering by mail, payment must accompany the order form; make checks payable to BSA Troop 826 and send to Mulch Fundraiser, 3381 Buckingham Way, St. Cloud FL 34772-8747. Call 407-953-9195 for assistance in ordering. Mulch spreading at your home or business on a separate date will be available by request at a negotiated price. Free delivery will be in the Kissimmee and St. Cloud areas as well as in south Orange County. ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL Invites you to the rst ever wine festival in downtown Orlando on Church Street, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Event tickets, VIP tickets and drink tickets are available online or at the event. For more information, search Orlando International Wine Festival on Eventbrite. SPRING HEALTH FAIR Poinciana Medical Center is hosting its Spring Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon. This interactive health fair is free and open to the community and will take place in Poinciana Medical Centers main lobby. The event will feature community physician practices, information about health resources in the community, free health screenings, healthy meal demonstrations and an on-site Zumba class (10 am start time). Attendees will also have an opportunity to tour a variety of first responder vehicles, including a medical helicopter. For more information about Poinciana Medical Center, visit POINCIANAMEDICAL CENTER.COM THE FLORIDA WILDFLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL Will run 9 a.m to 3 p.m. in downtown DeLand. Presentations by wildower and gardening experts, inspiration for gardening enthusiasts, plant and garden vendors, and much more. Admission is free. For more information, visit FLORIDAWILDFLOWER FESTIVAL.COMSOUP, SALAD, SUB SUPPER Fundraiser at Grace Lutheran Church from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children. No charge for children under 5. 1123 Missouri Avenue, St. Cloud. PINT N PAWS Cra beer and charity come together Saturday, March 24 in Sanford with the 7th annual Pints n Paws Cra Beer Festival to benet Dollys Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy. is petfriendly event features 100-plus of the top cra brews, local food trucks and live entertainment. It begins at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. for VIP ticket holders). Advance tickets are $30 and includes free samples of all cra beer. VIP Tickets are available for $45 and include: early entry into the event, a commemorative 7th Annual Pints n Paws t-shirt and koozie, discounted pint glasses and 20 percent o growlers at Celery City (day of the event day only). Tickets at the gate are $40 for General Admission and $55 for VIP (if available). Will-call tickets can be purchased online at pintsandpaws.com and picked up day of the event. TAMPA BAY CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Will oer both savory and sweet chocolate vendors of all kinds: food trucks, trailers, tents and more. Partial proceeds will benet Sickles High School athletics. Festival will take place at Sickles High School: 7950 Gunn Hwy. in Tampa, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.SUNDAY03-25SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Will play at the Shakespeare eatre (812 E. Rollins Street) at 2 p.m. Tickets range $25-$50. For more information, visit ORLANDOSHAKES.ORGSCULPTURE EXHIBIT e current exhibit at the Polasek Museum in Winter Park is Island Objects: Art and Adaptation in Micronesia, featuring local anthropologist Barbara Wavells private collection. e exhibit is included with museum admission. It is through April 15. CONNECTIONS PROJECT Planning a road trip to South Florida? e Connections Project: A Mosaic to the Keys is a series of six exhibitions featuring nearly 400 individual canvases throughout the keys. ere also are several events scheduled with the exhibit, on display now through May 8. For more information, go to KEYS ARTS.COMTHURSDAY03-29LITERARY AGENT AND AUTHOR LUCIENNE DIVER Will return to Hart Memorial Library at 6:30 p.m. to teach aspiring writers how to construct query and cover letters. For more information, call 407742-8888.SATURDAY03-31MANDY HARVEY Old Town will host a spring concert by Americas Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winner, Mandy Harvey. e concert will be in the South Entertainment Area of Old Town in Kissimmee. A limited amount of VIP Meet & Greet tickets are also available online and includes free parking. Guests can save up to 30% by purchasing general admission tickets online at MYOLDTOWNUSA.COM FAMILY PICNIC AND EASTER EGG HUNT First United Methodist Church in Winter Park will hold a Family Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the Osceola Lodge. e event will include an egg hunt, face painting, pony rides, games, a bounce house and more. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs, blankets and Easter baskets. OUR LAST NIGHT e Social. e show starts at 6 p.m. For tickets, visitTHESOCIAL.ORGFRIDAY04-06PIE BAKERS e AOC National Pie Championship, coming to the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, April 6-7, has announced a new chocolate category using Guittard chocolate. is category will replace the existing chocolate category. For pie baking guidelines and rules, email email@example.com. MOVIE IN THE PARK KUA will host its nal lm of its Movie in the Park season. e Greatest Showman will play on the civic lawn of Kissimmee Lakefront Park at 7:45 p.m. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. SCHOOL RUMMAGE SALE St. Luke & St. Peter Church is hosting a school rummage sale. Friday hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at: 2745 Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. THE FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL April 6-15. Back with more lms and celebrity guests. All lms will play at e Enzian: 1300 South Orlando Ave in Maitland. Visit FLORIDAFILMFESTIVAL. COM for the lm lineup, schedule, tickets and more. Additionally, visit ENZIAN.ORG for more information. RETIRED EDUCATORS GROUP (REAOC) Holds meetings at 11:30 a.m., on the second Friday of the month, Sept-May. Meeting includes a luncheon, program and business meeting. $10 per person. Barney Veal Senior Center: 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Email ginger40@earthlink. net or call 407-892-7428.SATURDAY04-07KISSIMMEE WOMENS CLUB Will host a fundraiser / sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.at 1616 W. Oak Street. ere will be delicious homemade baked goods (cakes, pies, muns, cookies, etc.), household items (small appliances, lamps, clothing, glassware, china, linens, bedding, art), plus a womans boutique area (jewelry, pocketbooks,scarfs, etc.).Aer 2 p.m. remaining items will be at half price. Call Jewel Seton with questions: 407-864-4129.FRIDAY04-13BINGO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER Spring Card BINGO Scholarship Fundraiser by the Home & Community Education clubs of Osceola is at the Extension Building in Osceola Heritage Park. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., followed by card BINGO and prizes. e $9 charge is all inclusive. All prots benet scholarship fund. Call 321697-3000 for more information and reservations. SATURDAY04-14FLORIDA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA Invites you to its Rhapsody in Blue Gala Concert. Dinner at 6 p.m. (VIP ticket only); performance at 8 p.m. Located at e Plaza Live in Orlando: 425 N Bumby Avenue. 1920s party attire is encouraged. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit FSYO.ORGTHURSDAY04-19PHYSICIAN LECTURE ON KNEE PAIN Poinciana Medical Center is hosting a physician lecture on knee pain, by Dr. Nam Dinh. e informational session is in part of a lecture series, at the Poinciana Library: 101 N. Doverplum Avenue. e event is open to the public. RSVP at 1-888-253-8117. For more information, call 407530-2013. SUNDAY04-22CARIBBEAN FUSION Is back at Kissimmee Lakefront Park, noon to 8 p.m. Experience Caribbean culture through music, food, cra and dance.SATURDAY04-28LUPUS FOUNDATION WALK Lupus Foundation of America Florida Chapter is hosting a walk at Lake Ella Park: 512 E. Washington Street in Orlando. e walk will begin at 4 p.m. Advanced registration is available online at CHAPTERS.LUPUS.ORG. For more information, contact Devin Brown at 561-279-8606. PAINT OUT Save the date for the Winter Park Paint Out Garden Party. is years event will be held at the Polasek Museum. For more information go to WINTERPARKPAINTOUT.ORG Weekly and Monthly Events CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. Editors note: Due to space constraints, the News-Gazette cannot guarantee that all events submitted will be published in the Daily Planner in every ursday and Saturday edition. Grab your baskets and head over to the Orlando Fire Museum on Saturday, March 31, for a morning full of events. Kids can participate in an Easter egg hunt, collect prizes, learn about fire safety, view the fire trucks and much more. Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny will also be available. The event runs 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; the egg hunt will begin at 10:15 a.m. Admission is free. Parking is available at the Orlando Garden Club as well as the general Loch Haven museum parking lot.WHAT Easter Egg HuntWHEN Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.WHERE Orlando Fire Museum: 814 East Rollins Street in OrlandoCOST Admission is free ONGOINGST. CLOUD LINE DANCE CLUBAll levels of line dance are taught. St. Cloud Community Center, 101 17th St.; Mondays 2-5 p.m., ursdays 5:30-9 p.m.; $2 donation 407-957-7738 or 407-908-5976.CRIBBAGE ON FRIDAYSe Cribbage Group at Parks and Recreation on Palm Drive welcomes anyone who would like to play or learn how to play cribbage. e group meets every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the community center. e charge is $.25 for every skunk. Winners can take the half or full pot. TAI CHI FOR HEALTH ON SATURDAYS Tai Chi for Health takes place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Check the library calendar for classes. For more information, call Tracy at 407-900-9003. FLORIDA OMBUDSMANAre you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? The Florida Ombudsman Program currently has volunteer opportunities available statewide. Our volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect and receiving the care they deserve. To learn more about becoming an ombudsman volunteer, visit our website at ombudsman. myflorida.com, search for us on Facebook, or call toll-free at 1-888-831-0404.CRAFTY LADIESMeet at the St. Cloud Community/Senior Center Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. e group knits and crochets lap rugs for veterans. Donations of clean, unused yarn are needed. Call 407-288-3069.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 11 If you love to make and bake sweets and other items for family and friends, why not make a little money doing it? is is the opportunity that the Cottage Food Law provides to individuals. Enacted in 2011, the Cottage Food Law allows individuals to make and sell nonpotentially hazardous food for human consumption in their home kitchen, without the need for licensing or permitting from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Non-potentially hazardous foods are items that are least likely to cause foodborne illness in individuals; the risk of getting sick from consuming these foods is low. What can and cant you make under cottage food? Some of the allowed items are most bakery products, candy, honey harvested from your own hive, fruit jams, jellies, preserves, and butters;, dry herbs, homemade pasta, cereal and trail mix, popcorn and whole or ground coffee beans. Some of the items that are not allowed are any bakery items that need refrigeration, vegetable products, pickled products, meat and seafood products, milk and dairy, raw seed sprouts, juice, jerky, bread with vegetables or cheese and pet treats. Cottage foods can be sold at farmers market, outdoor stands, events like weddings, and from home. Its important to remember that cottage food has to be sold directly to the consumer. Internet marketing and advertising is OK, but the product cannot be shipped or mailed; it has to be delivered to or picked up by the purchaser. If you choose to cater, you must get a caterers license, but its not considered a cottage food business anymore. You also are not able to sell your product wholesale as a cottage food. In both of these situations, you would need to nd a commissary kitchen or get a permitted facility in order to prepare and sell food this way. Another important consideration is that the cottage food law does not require a food handlers certication. However, some level of food safety education is strongly recommended, as it brings legitimacy to your business. UF/IFAS Extension in Osceola County oers various levels of food handlers education, from ServSafe to a free general food handlers class. Osceola County Extension is providing a free introduction to cottage food classes to the public. e specics of the law are covered along with business requirements and resources for starting a new business. Additionally, food preservation classes are provided, as well as all levels of food handlers education (ServSafe, SafeSta and general food handlers). For a complete list of classes available, visit http://ocfcs.eventbrite.com or call 321-697-3005. For more information on the Cottage Food Law, FDACS created the Cottage Food Guidance document updated July 2017, which can be accessed online. Whether youre interested in starting a cottage food business or going beyond, we can help answer questions and point you to the right resources to get started. Aer 25 years, the battle still rages on. Today and Sunday marks the 25th annual Battle at Narcoossee Mill Civil War battle enactment. Everyone is invited to step back in time to 1864 to shop the wares of period merchants known as sutlers, visit authentic military camps, listen to live performances of music authentic to the War Between the States era, watch living history portrayals and other activities before enjoying the superb grandstand view of the battle. New activities specifically designed for children are planned. Its at Ralph V. Chisholm Park on the eastern shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga at 4700 Chisholm Park Trail, just o Narcoossee Road (State Road 15) between U.S. Highway 192 and State Road 417. e Battle at Narcoossee Mill is regarded by spectators and reenactors alike as one of the most enjoyable and spectator-friendly battle reenactments. While there, you will want to purchase some of Jacob Summerlins famous pulled pork sandwiches that are smoked on site and other great fare. Proceeds from admission and barbecue sales help support the numerous civic and charitable activities of the Jacob Summerlin Camp some of which you will nd listed in the battle program. Returning this year will be the Florida Confederate Memorial Wall. Incorporating beautiful graphics, the wall lists the names of several thousand men (soldiers, sailors, physicians, and chaplains) in service to the state of Florida, who died from wounds, diseases, illnesses, or accidents during or soon aer the Civil War. ese individuals were pursuing what they believed to be honorable causes of maintaining the sovereignties of Florida and the Confederate States of America. They were of diverse races, creeds, and nationalities. For more information see www. TFCMW.org Parking is free. Admission is $7 per adult, $5 per child 5 to 11 years of age, under 5 is free. Credit and debit cards are accepted. e battle commences around 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, but come any time aer 9:30 a.m. to see and enjoy all that this annual event has to oer. Be sure to bring your valid military identication for a discounted admission. rough the support of the city of St. Cloud and Osceola County, the nonprofit Jacob Summerlin Camp, SCV 1516 has been bringing this annual event to Chisholm Park for all of the battles 25 years, including the Friday Education Day events for school children. For more information, go to www.BattleAtNarcoosseeMill. com or www.JacobSummerlin. org where some of the many civic and charitable activities of the camp are listed. CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM For more information, contact Gabriela Murza at 321-697-3000 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Battle at Narcoossee marks 25 years GABRIELA MURZAUF/IFAS Extension Starting a food business with cottage food FILE PHOTOThe Battle at Narcoossee Mill enactment will be at Ralph V. Chisolm Park in St. Cloud today and Sunday. Amazon donates $10k of STEM materials to schoolOn March 16, Amazon surprised Osceola Science Charter School students with $10,000 worth of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) materials. e donation included items such as 3D printers, rocket launchers, and robotics kits to help expand access to hands-on STEM activities for students. At Amazon, technology and innovation fuel our business, and we recognize that the jobs of tomorrow require a stronger aptitude for STEM skills, said Mike Bauer, assistant general manager at Amazon. Thats why were proud to support STEM education programs for the innovators of tomorrow. Amazon is slated to open one of its newest robotics facilities in Lake Nona near Boggy Creek Road and Je Fuqua Boulevard before the 2018 holiday season. Osceola Science Charter School is proud to be part of the Osceola County Public School system and is grateful to Amazon for this generous donation. said Murat Cetin, principal of Osceola Science Charter School. This investment will provide our students with the innovation needed to find continued success in our rigorous STEM curriculum. NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKAssistant Principal Leyssa Helgeson at Avant Garde Academy, introduces Amazons Assistant General Manager, Mike Bauer (center), who made the announcement that Amazon was donating $10,000.00 worth of STEM materials to the school which included a 3D printer, rocket launchers, minidrones and robotic kits.
Page 12 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 CLASSIFIEDSIn Print, Online & MobileLooking for SomethingUNIQUE?Keep an eye on the Classieds.Every day, browse a fresh selection of items for sale locally, from classic cars to estate jewelry, vintage furniture, antiques, collectibles and the latest garage sale listings. Call Jody at 321.402.0423 for details today! Place your classied ad for only 20 words for $25 in 2 issues* 20 words for $35 in 4 issues* excludes garage sale ads Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare eld. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to cathy@petpundit. com. Please include your name, city, and state. By Cathy M. Rosenthal e description on the website reads: Alana and Andrina are a bonded pair. ey must be adopted together. ey are somewhat shy ... and are very sweet and playful. ey are litter trained (excellent litter box habits) and neutered. Prefer experienced adopter. Indoor housing only. While this sounds like a description for two cats or kittens, this is actually an online description for two rabbits at the House Rabbit Society of Chicago, a rabbit rescue group. is time of year, close to Easter, pet stores oen have young rabbits for sale. eir cute, and therefore, dicult to resist, which is why there are rabbit rescue groups all over the country. As the third most popular pet in the nation, they are also the third most relinquished pet too. While house rabbits make great pets, they arent the right pet for every family. Here are ve questions to ask before getting a rabbit. Do you have children? Children can be loud and rambunctious. Rabbits need quiet, low-stress homes to thrive. Do you have other pets? As a prey species, rabbits are oen scared of dogs and cats. Some cats and rabbits, however, can live peaceably together; some cats are scared of some rabbits. Are you ready for the commitment? House rabbits can live 8 to 10 years, about the age of a very large breed dog. (ey sexually mature at six months old and become aggressive if not sterilized.) Do you have time to play with your rabbit? You dont have to walk them, but rabbits need lots of supervised playtime outside of their cages every day to maintain their mental and physical health. Do you have time to train your bunny? You can clicker train your rabbit to use the litter box, like a cat, sit and wait, like a dog, and touch a target like a bell, like a bird. Rabbits are very smart animals, and love learning with you. I believe if you train your pet, you will keep your pet. Visit the House Rabbit Society at Rabbit.org or get the book Getting Started: Clicking with Your Rabbit, by Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin to learn more. If it sounds like your home is well-suited for a rabbit, then consider adopting from a rescue group. Great rabbits, like Alana and Andrina, are waiting for good homes. Dear Cathy, My husband and I will be going away for a month and have two cats. We will not be taking them with us. Is it OK to leave them at the house for that time with someone coming in daily to feed, change water, and clean their litterbox? They do not have any special needs and mostly nap during the day. Last year, they went to my sons apartment and may do so again. I am hesitant to leave them for the month. Will they be OK? Susan, Lehighton, PA Dear Susan, Your cats will miss you, but they should be fine if someone checks on them daily. Make sure your pet sitter replenishes water and food, sis the litter box, and provides them with lots of attention daily. He or she should be very chatty with the cats and verify seeing both cats at each visit. Let your pet sitter know where your cats like to hide, so he or she knows where to look for them if they dont come out. However, the cats will likely come out during every visit since they are hoping it will be you. Ask the pet sitter to take pictures of the cats and text them to you during each visit. It lets you know the pet sitter has arrived and provides some peace of mind by seeing for yourself that the cats are alright. You also might consider installing a video camera for the part of the house where the cats typically hang out, so you can check in on them while youre gone. (Be sure to let the pet sitter know if you do that.) For their safety, give the pet sitter the name of the veterinary hospital you use and any pertinent information about their health. Set out their cat carriers in case he or she needs to take them to the vet. When you return, your cats will either be delighted to see you, greeting you with long meows and body rubs, or irritated that you left them alone, making all sorts of short, but loud guttural sounds of their displeasure. You will know the dierence. Either way, they will forgive you and be thrilled to see you again.Five questions to ask before adopting a rabbit On March 30, 1775, King George III formally endorses the New England Restraining Act, requiring New England colonies to trade exclusively with Great Britain. Another rule banned colonists from fishing in the North Atlantic. On March 28, 1814, the funeral of Guillotin, the inventor and namesake of the infamous execution device, takes place in France. The machine was intended to show the intellectual and social progress of the Revolution: By killing aristocrats and journeymen the same way, equality in death was ensured. On March 31, 1836, the first monthly installment of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, by 24-yearold writer Charles Dickens, is published under the pseudonym Boz. Only 400 copies were printed, but by the 15th episode, 40,000 copies were printed. Osceola Health Guide & Directory is a special section dedicated to showcasing local doctors and specialists. To include your business in this widely read special section, contact the Osceola New-sGazette today! Call 407/846-7600. Promote Your Healthcare Services Advertising Deadline: April 13 This special section will publish April 26, 2018.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 13 Orlandos Only Airboat & Wildlife Park Experience3301 Lake Cypress Rd. Kenansville, FL 34739407-957-3135www.wildoridaairboats.com Mission Statement e mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Golden Eagle Dinner an Osceola District fundraising tradition The Scout Law.A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave,clean, and reverent.BSAs Annual Golden Eagle Dinner is just days away! e 2018 Osceola County Boy Scout Golden Eagle Dinner will be held March 27 at Osceola Heritage Parks events center. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner and the program begins at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagle Dinner annually brings together Osceola Countys top corporate and community leaders to honor an outstanding member of the community; this years honoree is School Board district 5 member Ricky Booth. Guests are invited to enjoy a fun-lled presentation along with a wholesome meal and the positive feelings that comes with philanthropic compassion. All proceeds benet the BSA Central Florida Council. Corporate sponsorships begin at $1,500, an amount which would support 10 Scouts for a year, up to $15,000. For the support, donators receive VIP seating at the dinner for an appropriate number of guests, listing and corporate logo in event presentations, recognition at the event, and more. Everyone who attends will benet from the positive community tie-in with the Boy Scouts of America. For information on how to contribute to and participate in this years Golden Eagle Dinner, contact Osceola District Executive Cory Dewell at email@example.com or 407-624-2101. Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently heard about cartilage being used in knee joints. Last summer I was diagnosed with osteopenia, degenerative arthritis, moderate lateral compartment narrowing and knee joint eusion in my right knee. I can no longer straighten it and have some swelling. Ive had two injections, which helped with the pain for a time, but I am wondering if cartilage would help in my situation. Answer : Procedures to restore and repair cartilage are becoming more common. In situations like yours, however, where there is signicant cartilage loss, these procedures typically are not successful. But there are other eective options for treating the symptoms associated with arthritis in your knee and the conditions accompanying it. Your knee has two kinds of cartilage. The rst is articular cartilage. It provides a smooth, lubricated surface within the joint. The second is the meniscus. It provides a cushion to the articular cartilage during weightbearing activities. e issues youre dealing with involve the articular cartilage. When problems arise in the articular cartilage, they are the result of a focal injury or defect, or they happen due to arthritis a diuse loss of cartilage. Of these two problems, focal injuries and defects are much less common. They usually happen in younger people that have an athletic injury or that have other conditions, such as osteochondritis dissecans. Arthritis is much more common. Osteoarthritis typically happens as we age, wearing down the articular cartilage surfaces over time. ere can also be cases of inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Both focal cartilage defects and arthritis can have similar symptoms, such as loss of motion, pain and swelling. Its important to have a thorough evaluation to pinpoint the problem. That includes a detailed review of your medical history, a physical examination and imaging tests such X-rays and, when necessary, an MRI. Cartilage repair or restoration procedures can be used to treat a focal articular cartilage defect or injury. They arent effective for arthritis. To understand why, it can be helpful to think in terms of road repair. If you have a focal defect or injury in the articular cartilage, its as if you have one or two potholes on a road. Those potholes can be repaired, and the road is sound. With arthritis, its as if there are many potholes in the road. Fixing each individual hole wont restore the road overall, and more potholes form over time. A more comprehensive approach is needed to make the surface sound. In your case, degenerative arthritis with moderate lateral compartment narrowing means that you have extensive loss of articular cartilage. Therefore, cartilage restoration or repair is not recommended. However, other treatments are available. Arthritis management often includes weight loss, activity modication, oral medications to reduce inammation, and physical therapy to restore strength and motion. Several injectable medications also can ease arthritis symptoms. Cortisone is the most common and is likely what you received in your injections. This medication works as an anti-inammatory and can improve pain and swelling. Another common injection option is hyaluronic acid, or viscosupplementation. More recent advances include injection of platelet-rich plasma or a bone marrow aspirate concentration that uses growth factors or your bodys own repair cells to alleviate symptoms. Studies have shown some promising results, but further research is still needed. Currently most insurance companies classify these treatments as experimental and may not cover the cost of them. Another option under investigation is injection of mesenchymal stem cells using a persons own fat cells in a two-stage procedure. A phase I clinical research trial of this treatment is currently under approval and will be enrolling patients soon. In cases of severe arthritis with symptoms that have persisted despite comprehensive management, surgery such as knee arthroplasty or joint replacement may be reasonable. Talk to your physician about additional treatment options for your situation. Although cartilage restoration probably wont work, there are alternatives that are likely to improve your symptoms and help you feel better. Dr. Aaron Krych, Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.Cartilage repair, restoration becoming more common Mayo Clinic Q & A is an educational resource and doesnt replace regular medical care. E-mail a question to MayoClinicQ&A@mayo.edu. For more information, visit www.mayoclinic.org.Tired of being tired? Here is what you need to know(BPT) Its no surprise that we all feel the need to get more sleep. However, for some people who feel tired all the time, it may be a sign of a bigger problem. If the urge to sleep during the day is overwhelming and irresistible, it may be excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). Roughly 20 percent of Americans have EDS. It is one of the most common complaints people make to a sleep specialist and a symptom that can be seen in a variety of sleep disorders. Being able to recognize the difference between normal sleepiness and EDS is important to your health, but more than 60 percent of Americans nd it dicult to do, according to a new survey of 3,000 people conducted by Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Occasionally feeling tired is normal, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, pulmonary and sleep specialist at the University of Southern Californias Keck School of Medicine. People with EDS have a hard time staying awake or alert during the day and may doze o during inappropriate times such as during meals, in the middle of a conversation or even when in a car stopped for a few minutes in trac. EDS is a hallmark symptom of narcolepsy. Not everyone who has EDS has narcolepsy, but everyone who has narcolepsy has EDS. Narcolepsy affects approximately 1 in 2,000 Americans. It is a chronic neurological disorder in which the brain cant control sleep-wake cycles normally. A narcolepsy diagnosis can be tricky because many disorders, such as depression, insomnia and sleep apnea, have some of the same symptoms. is may be why it is estimated that half of those with narcolepsy are undiagnosed. Narcolepsy has five major symptoms, but you dont need to experience them all to have it. 1. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: is is when you have an uncontrollable urge to sleep during the day. 2. Cataplexy: The weakening of muscles when you feel strong emotions like embarrassment, laughter, surprise or anger. Cataplexy can cause your head to drop, your face to droop, your jaw to weaken or make your knees give way. 3. Sleep disruption: is is when you oen fall asleep quickly but wake up frequently throughout the night. See Tired, Page 15.
Page 14 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 SUBMIT YOUR CHURCH BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION.Due to space constraints, the News-Gazette cannot guarantee that all church listings submitted will be published in the Worship page every Saturday edition. CHURCHES IN OSECOLA COUNTY Destiny Church Of Foursquare101 W. Cypress St. Suite H, Kissimmee 407-870-1594The Dwelling Place Church4730 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy Kissimmee; 407-917-2354 www.tdpchurch.com/Eastern Avenue Baptist Church1001 Eastern Ave. St. Cloud; 407-892-4644El Tabor Church5625 Orange Ave. Kissimmee; 407-343-9050Emmanuel Baptist Church2627 Lehigh Ave. Kissimmee; 407-846-8230 www.ebckissimmee.comFaith Community Church1990 Neptune Road Kissimmee; 407-846-0157Faith Community Church of Holopaw. 5000 Holopaw Road Holopaw Faith Harvest Ministries1537 Mill Slough Road Kissimmee; www.faith harvestonline.orgFirst Apostolic Church2317 Clay St.; Kissimmee 407-348-6521Faith International Baptist Church7491 W. Irlo Bronson Memo rial Highway Kissimmee; 706-405-8134 www.faithorlando.com/ site/cs/index.aspFirst Baptist Church1717 13th St., St. Cloud 407-892-7125 www.inallthingspray.comFirst Missionary Baptist Church760 S. Canoe Creek Rd. Kenansville; 407-436-1104First Presbyterian Church15 Church St., Kissimmee 407-847-2807; preskiss.comFirst United Church Jesus Christ550 E. Jackson St. Kissimmee; 407-847-4009 www.rstunitedchurchojca.org First United Methodist Church101 W. Dakin Ave Kissimmee 407-847-3700 www.kissimmeefumc.orgFirst United Methodist Church1000 Ohio Ave. St. Cloud 407-892-3128 www. rstchurchstcloud.orgFortune Road Church of Christ2431 Fortune Road Kissimmee 407-348-0300 KissimmeeChurch.orgFreedom Life Church1700 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee 407-944-1773 www.freedom-life.orgFree Methodist Church1701 N. acker Ave. Kissimmee; 407-847-4528Friendship Missionary Baptist Church1203 Orange Ave, St. Cloud 407-892-7665Gateway Baptist Church2601 Partin Settlement Rd. Kissimmee; 407-846-8595 Grace Lutheran Church and Preschool1123 Louisiana Ave. St. Cloud; 407-892-4653 gsca.org Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Vida1215 Old Hickory Tree Road, St. Cloud firstname.lastname@example.org 407-241-9045Iglesia de Cristo en Fortune Road2431 Fortune Road Kissimmee; 813-473-9075Iglesia de Dios de Kissimmee2550 Flamboyan St. Kissimmee 407-348-8788Iglesia de los Hermanos: Nuevo Comienzo301 Commerce Center Dr. St. Cloud; 84-319-1195Impact Community Church29 E. 13th St., St. Cloud 407-593-1419 www.impactchurchfamily.org Intercession City Church of God5563 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee Intercessioncitycog.comLiving Waters Church of God1001 W. Carroll St. Kissimmee; 407-847-6387Journey Bible Fellowship3220 Old Canoe Creek Road St. Cloud; 407-957-2057 email@example.comKissimmee Christian Church415 N. Main St. Kissimmee; 407-847-2543 www.fcckissimmee.orgNarcoossee Baptist Church870 N. Narcoossee Road St. Cloud; 407-709-3481 www.nbaptistchurch.org/Neptune Road Baptist Church1620 Neptune Road Kissimmee; 407-847-8174New Beginnings Baptist Church2001 Bulldog Lane St. Cloud; 407-325-2915New Life Free Will Baptist Church1211 Ocean St., Kissimmee(behind Krazy Verns Car Wash)863-640-4008 or 407-460-6411 North Kissimmee Baptist Church425 W. Donegan Ave., Kissimmee; 407-847-5372Peace Lutheran Church3249 Windmill Point Blvd. Kissimmee; 407-870-5965 www.peacelutheran kissimmee.orgPeace United Methodist Church13502 Town Loop Blvd. Orlando; 407-438-8947 www.peaceumcorlando.orgPoinciana Christian Church3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee 407-870-9700 www.poincianacc.orgPrimera Iglesia Cristiana en Kissimmee Asambleas de Dios2031 Simpson Rd. Kissimmee Neptune Road Baptist Church1620 Neptune Road Kissimmee, Florida 34744 407-847-8174Pastor Dr. Bob Reaves Expanded Senior Ministry : special needs, spiritual counseling Sunday Worship Traditional at 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible/Prayer Service at 10:30 a.m. Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420LANE STOCKTON, PASTORSCHEDULE OF SERVICESSunday School ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service ............................... 7:00 pmwww.lockhavenbaptist.org EGLISE PENCOTISTE DU DERNIER TEMPSPasteur Joli & Jocelyne DesruisseauxP: 321-284-5802 Or 407-285-55141238 John Young Pkwy Chalifoux Plaza, Kissimmee, FL 34741 HORAIRE DE SERVICESSUNDAY:Morning: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Evening: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.WEDNESDA Y : 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. And Cremation Services Cremation Services:Affordable, Simple, Dignifiedwww.conradandthompson.com 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, FL407-847-3188061116.SNG 030318.SNG KOGER Jerry Koger, 85, of Kissimmee, Florida, passed away peacefully to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, joining his parents Lucille and Jack Koger, sister Nina Sue Fisher, and daughter-in-law Tracy Koger.Jerry was born in Kissimmee on October 9, 1932 and graduated from Osceola High School in 1950. He played professional baseball with the St. Louis Browns in 1950 until he was draed into the United States Army in 1952 for two years and in Army Reserve for 18 years. Jerry married Barbara Bass on August 1, 1953 and had two children, Debbie and Derrick. Jerry then became an ocer with the Kissimmee Police Department for two years, followed by a 31-year career with Independent Life Insurance Company. He later worked maintenance at Good Samaritan and with his son Derricks construction company until he fully retired in 2006.Jerry enjoyed sports, hunting, telling jokes, and hand-crafting his widely recognized fly fishing popping bugs, Koger Bugs. For daily obituaries and services please visit www.aroundosceola.comHe also enjoyed mornings with good friends over breakfast at Joanies Diner in downtown Kissimmee. Jerrys pride and joy in life was his family. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Koger, daughter Debbie Hoenstine(Clarence Hoenstine ),son Derrick Koger(Jody Koger), grandchildren Julie Findzhikov(Yanko), Chad Hoenstine, Nicholas Koger(Kim), and Tiffani Goodman(Dustin), and his great-grandchildren Breana Hoenstine, Ashley Hoenstine, Christian Mantuano, Maddie Mantuano, C.J. Hoenstine, Mariya Findzhikov, Keelyn Flynn, Kaden Koger, Jacob Goodman, and Joshua Goodman. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:00 am at Bible Baptist Church, 1500 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34744, with the Reverend Joe Williams ociating. e family will receive friends one hour prior the service time (10A.M.-11A.M.) in the church.Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Osceola County Veterans Council.The Koger family is being cared for by Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741, (407)847-3188.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 15 Boggy Creek Elementary Cypress Elementary Highlands Elementary School Kissimmee Elementary School Lakeview Elementary School Thacker Avenue Elementary Celebration K-8 School Discovery Intermediate School St. Cloud Middle School Westside K-8 Poinciana High School Osceola Technical College Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy For a complete list of school events, visit www.osceola.k12.fl.us THIS WEEKS CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS, CONTACT DANA SCHAFER EMAIL SCHAFER@OSCEOLA.K.12.FL.US THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. TIREDContinued from Page 13 4. Sleep paralysis: Feeling unable to move or speak for a short time when falling asleep or waking up. You may also feel like you cant breathe deeply. 5. Vivid dreaming: Oen frightening dreamlike experiences that seem real and happen when falling asleep or waking up. You may experience hearing sounds or words when drifting to sleep or have unwanted visions. Sleep paralysis oen accompanies these vivid dreams. e survey also revealed that a majority of Americans dont feel they know enough about sleep disorders. Less than 50 percent report being familiar with narcolepsy and only 70 percent report being familiar with sleep apnea. Approximately 60 percent of Americans said that they nd it dicult to know when they need to talk to a doctor about daytime sleepiness. Dasgupta adds, If youre having trouble staying awake during the day or experiencing other sleeprelated problems, it may be time to talk to your doctor. To learn more about narcolepsy, take the Narcolepsy Symptom Screener or to nd a sleep specialist near you, visit MoreanTired.com. is content is provided by Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Graduation season can be an exciting time for college students. As their time on campus draws to a close, students may be anxious to put their education to use and enter the workforce. In recent years, newly minted college graduates faced dicult job markets. But a 2017 survey from the online jobs and professional resources website CareerBuilder found that 74 percent of employers intended to hire recent college graduates that year, marking a 7 percent increase from the year prior. Recent graduates and students on the cusp of donning their caps and gowns may be entering a healthier job market than the one that greeted grads as recently as a few years ago, but grads should still take steps to bolster their chances of nding work as graduation nears. Use the resources at your disposal. e nal months and weeks of college are lled with distractions. In addition to nal exams, students may be tempted to ll their nal weeks with social engagements and extracurricular activities as they try to squeeze every last ounce of fun out of their college experiences. But students also should book appointments with their schools career services oces. Such oces can help students prepare their rsums. Career services offices also can help students as they search for jobs, internships or other opportunities. Career services staffs also may coach students on interview preparation. Gather references. Strong references can help students stand out in crowded job markets. Businesses typically request at least three references, none of which can be family members. Professors, current or past bosses or volunteer program supervisors who can speak to applicants work ethics and attitudes can make for strong references. It can take time to contact and gather information from prospective references, so students who start early wont experience any lag time when they begin looking for work. Get ready to dress the part. Graduates must dress the part when going on job interviews. Both men and women should purchase appropriate interview attire if they dont already have any. Do so in advance of graduation so you arent caught off guard by opportunities to interview. Find a home. Soonto-be-graduates can help themselves by studying up on which cities boast thriving job markets and which seem to have few opportunities. Cities may have especially strong job markets for certain majors. Students who research job markets and how geography factors into their job searching equation can then begin to develop a postgraduation housing plan. Some companies may prefer local candidates, so it might be to grads advantage to move to certain cities even before theyve been oered a job. Such students can rely on temporary, part-time or seasonal employment to pay their bills until they nd full-time work in their chosen elds.Tips for students as graduation approaches
Page 16 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 Manufacturer PhotoSPECIFICATIONS 2018 CHEVROLET 2500 HIGH COUNTRYVEHICLE TYPE 6-passenger AWD heavy-duty pickup BASE PRICE $50,170 (as tested: $51,365) ENGINE TYPE Duramax turbodiesel V-8 DISPLACEMENT 6.6-liter HORSEPOWER (net) 445 at 2800 rpm TORQUE (lb.-ft.) 910 at 1600 rpm TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic OVERALL LENGTH 239.5 in. TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb) 51.1 ft. CURB WEIGHT 6,242 lbs. FUEL CAPACITY 36 gal. EPA MILEAGE RATING N/A Copyright, Motor Matters, 2018 FOR THE LATEST NEWS WEBSITE AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Motor Matters Still amazing after all these years, Fords venerable F-150 pickup remains Americas best-selling automobile bar none. In fact, Ford tells me that they sold 245,923 more F-150 pickups than its competitor Chevrolet sold of the Silverado for 2017. Entire car lines accomplish fewer annual sales. One of the reasons for the models perennial success is the F-150s product-planning team listens to its customer base and is in the habit of making improvements wherever they are warranted. Pricing on the 2018 F-150 starts at $27,610. For the 2018 model year, this means a trio of new or heavily revised engines. e normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 from 2017 has been dropped in favor of a 3.3-liter capable of developing more power and delivering better fuel economy than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the 2.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 have been revised for more output and are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Auto stop-start is applied across the engine range to help increase fuel economy ratings. FORD F-150e 3.3-liter V-6 and the 2.7-liter twin turbocharged powerplants are considered all-new. ough based upon the 3.5-liter engine it supplants, new cylinder heads are incorporated for the 3.3-liter, enabling the application of both port and direct fuel injection. e 2.7-liters turbochargers have been tted with an electrically actuated wastegate to provide more accurate boost control and its camshafts have been lightened. e new fuel injection scheme has also been applied to this engine, as well as the 5.0-liter V8, which also gets a new bore lining process. e result is 290 horsepower and 265 lbof torque for the 3.3-liter, which is an increase of 8 horsepower and 12 lb.-. of torque over the 3.5-liter. e 2.7 delivers 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-. of torque, an increase of 25 more lb.-. e 5.0-liter V-8 claims a 10 horsepower gain to 395 and a 13 lb.-. increase in torque to 400. With the power increases come revised tow ratings as well. Properly equipped, the F-150 can now tow up to 13,200 pounds. Fords 375-horsepower and 450-horsepower EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engines return for the 2018 model year, giving F-150 buyers a choice of ve powertrains. Exterior styling is also updated, with a selection of six new grilles in addition to six new wheel choices. Providing a wealth of variety in this manner gives the F-150 the ability to be all things to pretty much all people. No fewer than seven trim packages are oered, from basic work truck to ultra-plush Limited and the re-breathing Raptor desert running sport truck. In addition to the engine changes, all F-150s (except Raptor) get enhanced interior treatments for 2018. These include leather-trimmed bucket seats on the basic Lariat, while an all-new Bang & Olufsen premium audio system is offered as an option for the upper-level models. New tech and safety features include Wi-Fi, integrated ramps, pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, blind-spot indicators capable of working with a trailer attached, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability. Speaking of trailering, Fords outstanding Trailer Backup Assist returns as an option. Activated with a knob to the right of the steering wheel, the system uses a checkered sticker on the trailer neck to measure distance and angle. Youll simply watch the mirrors and rear camera, turning the dial in the desired direction, to get the trailer to go where you want. e speed of the truck is controlled with the brake, just as when using automated parking. On the road, the newfound power reinvigorates the F-150 across the board. Long praised for its comfortable ride quality and easy handling, the 2018 models carry those traits forward effortlessly. Steering is bit on the light side, but this nicely disguises the weight of the full-size Ford pickup. Its also quite accurate and turns-in quickly. Handling is surprisingly agile for its size. All in all, this trucks power, comfort, capabilities and good looks make for a compelling argument much to the chagrin of the F-150s competitors.Manufacturer Photo Manufacturer PhotoWorking to Stay the Best Truck in the BizThe 2018 F-150 arrives with bold new front and rear styling, advanced technologies and improved engines. The new engines include an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbodiesel and enhanced V6 and V8 gas engines. A high-strength steel fully boxed ladder frame and highstrength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body save weight and add capability, helping F-150 tow heavier trailers than ever and deliver best-in-class payload ratings.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 17 Home purchases by millennials ticked up over the past year, but inventory constraints and higher housing costs kept their overall activity subdued and prevented some from leaving the more aordable connes of their Gen X and baby boomer parents homes. This is according to the National Association of Realtors 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which evaluates the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers. e survey additionally found that millennial buyers prioritize living close to friends and family over a homes location and proximity to schools, and an overwhelming majority used a real estate agent to buy or sell a home. Slightly more than a third of all home purchases were made by millennials over the past year (36 percent; 34 percent in 2017), which kept them as the most active generation of buyers for the h consecutive year. Gen X buyers ranked second (26 percent; 28 percent in 2017), followed by younger (18 percent) and older baby boomers (14 percent) and the Silent Generation, those born between 1925 and 1945 (6 percent; 8 percent in 2017). According to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, this years survey ndings reveal both what it takes to be a successful millennial buyer in todays housing market, as well as why, even though sales to millennials reached an all-time survey high, stubbornly low inventory conditions pushed home prices out of reach for many. As a result, the overall share of millennial buyers remains at an underperforming level. Revealing the greater purchasing power needed over the past year, the typical millennial buyer in the survey had a higher household income ($88,200) than a year ago ($82,000) and purchased the same-sized home (1,800-square-feet) at a more expensive price ($220,000; $205,000 in 2017). Millennials also had higher student debt balances than in last years survey, and slightly more of them said saving for a down payment was the most dicult task in buying a home. Realtors throughout the country have noticed both the notable upturn in buyer interest from young adults over the past year, as well as mounting frustration once they begin actively searching for a home to buy, said Yun. Prices keep rising for the limited number of listings on the market they can aord, which is creating stark competition, speedy price growth and the need to save more in order to buy. Added Yun, ese challenging market conditions have caused and will continue to cause many aspiring millennial buyers to continue renting unless more Gen Xers decide to sell, and entry-level home construction picks up signicantly. Growth in the Hispanic population has spurred further growth in Hispanic homeownership rates, making this the third consecutive year of gains according to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). In their recent release of their State of Hispanic Homeownership Report, NAHREP notes that the population saw an increase of just over 1 million, accounting for 51 percent of population growth last year, and found that this increased the rate of homeownership to 46.2 from 46 percent. Thats an increase of 167,000 new households. The report indicated that another 6 million households were expected to form by 2024. We see from the reports data the strong enthusiasm for homeownership within the Hispanic community, said NAHREP 2018 President, Daisy Lopez-Cid. With a growing Hispanic population and the highest rate of workforce participation, Hispanics are expected to drive growth in the housing market for decades. With a labor force participation rate at 66.1 percent, the report put Hispanic purchasing power at $2.13 trillion, and homeownership is considered to be a sound long-term investment with 88 percent surveyed saying they believe they are more likely to own rather than rent in the future. Some negatives were highlighted in the report, however. Uncertain immigration policy, recent natural disasters, and a lacking inventory of homes are putting pressure on this growth in homeownership, yet despite these hindrances, continued increases in population and a strong workforce has made this segment of our population able to withstand these headwinds and continue to increase household formation. The Osceola County Association of Realtors is the largest trade association in Osceola County and represents over 3,400 Realtors in the area, bringing valuable training and support to its membership, and oering community services to the Osceola County area. e association is dedicated to members success through personal development, advocacy, and community engagement. CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Millennials lead all homebuyers Home ipping at an 11-year high, data shows ere was a 1 percent year-over-year increase in home flipping during 2017 according to the ATTOM Data Solutions Q4 and Year-End 2017 U.S. Home Flipping Report. is puts the activity at an 11-year high. e surge in home ipping in the last three years is built on a more fundamentally sound foundation than the ipping frenzy that we witnessed a little more than a decade ago, says Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. Flippers are behaving more rationally, as evidenced by average gross ipping returns of 50 percent over the last three years compared to average gross ipping returns of just 31 percent between 2004 and 2006 the last time we saw more than 200,000 home ips in consecutive years. He added that nancing was more accessible, but percent of ippers still used cash to buy homes ipped in 2017, nearly the reverse of 2004 to 2006, when 63 percent of ippers were leveraging nancing to buy. Florida featured prominently in the report with Tampa ranking the third highest for total completed ips in 2017. Other Florida cities rounding out the top 10 were Orlando and Miami. With the ipping rate in Miami down 14 percent from 2016, it was one of 19 large metro areas of 52 to experience decreases over the last year. Other cities seeing decreases include Los Angeles, California; Boston, Massachusetts; San Francisco, California; San Bernardino, California; and Seattle, Washington. Increases were seen in Bualo, New York; New York-Northern New Jersey; Dallas-Fort Worth; Louisville, Kentucky; and Birmingham, Alabama. Financing was represented in 34.8 percent of home ips in 2017, marking a 31.6 percent gain from 2016, a nine-year high. Of the 52 metropolitan statistical areas in the report, the top 5 using nancing were Denver, Colorado; Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; and Seattle, Washington. Alternately, highest ips for homes that were paid entirely in cash include Providence, Rhode Island; Birmingham, Alabama; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Orlando and San Antonio, Texas. Prot margins are rising for homes, which ipped in 2017. ese properties yielded an average gross prot of $68,143, an increase of 5 percent year-over-year, and a new all-time high. At this price, it equates to a 49.8 percent return on investment, the second highest percentage that ROI has seen in the history of this report. e all-time high was the year prior when it came in at 51.9 percent. Lastly, the report determined there was no change in the average time it took to ip a home in 2017 compared to 2016. At an average time of 182 days it is tied with last year for an 11-year high. SNG 021018 e sentiment dont judge a book by its cover can be applied to many situations. When it comes to selling their homes, homeowners should remember this adage as they prepare their homes for prospective buyers. Homeowners who want to make their properties stand out can take the following steps. Homeowners ll their spaces with family photos, heirlooms, personal interests, and other conversation pieces. Prospective buyers may not be able to see past personal belongings and may even be distracted by them. HGTV says that curb appeal is crucial to making a strong rst impression. A messy or lackluster landscape can turn buyers away even before they reach the front door. Mow the lawn and make sure shrubbery has been trimmed. Seasonal potted owers and plants can help make the house look polished. Rent a storage unit to house items that can make a home appear cluttered. Clean out closets and cabinets, so that when buyers snoop during appointments or open houses they see orderly storage areas. Open up all of the drapes and blinds, and turn on overhead lights so the house is well lit. Add table lamps or other xtures to especially dim rooms. Forbes suggests making bathrooms look like a spa. Stack a few pretty washcloths tied with ribbon, add some scented candles and faux plants and buy bathmats and towels in coordinating tones.
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Saturday, March 24, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 21 View all Public Notices online www.aroundosceola.com and CONTACT : GARY LUGO EMAIL LEGALADS@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM PHONE 407-846-7600 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORID A CIVILDIVISIO N CaseNo.:2017-CA-00093 0 HSBCBANKUSA, NATIONALASSOCIATION ASTRUSTEEFORMERILL LYNCHMORTGAGE INVESTORS,INC.,MORTGAGEPASS-THROUG H CERTIFICATES,MANA SERIES2007-OAR5, Plaintiff, vs. BONNIER.MADONNA; UNKNOWNSPOUSEO F BONNIER.MADONNA ; MANDALAYATBELLA TRAECONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION,INC.; UNKNOWNTENANT#1; UNKNOWNTENANT#2, Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoFinalJudgment ofForeclosuredatedthe28th dayofFebruary,2018,and enteredinCaseNo.2017CA-000930,oftheCircuit Courtofthe9THJudicialCircuitinandforOsceol a County,Florida,wherein HSBCBANKUSA,NATIONALASSOCIATION,A S TRUSTEEFORMERILL LYNCHMORTGAGEINVESTORS,INC.,MORT GAGEPASS-THROUG H CERTIFICATES,MANA SERIES2007-OAR5,isthe Plaintiff,andBONNIER MADONNA;MANDALAYAT BELLATRAECONDOMINIUMASSOCIATION,INC. ; BELLATRAECOMMUNITY ASSOCIATION,INC. ; CHAMPIONSGATEPROPERTYOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.;RIDAASSOCIATESLIMITEDPARTNERSHIP,AFLORIDACORPORATION,D/B/ACHAMPIONSGATEGOLF,LLC;and UNKNOWNTENANT(S)IN POSSESSIONOFTHE SUBJECTPROPERTY,are Defendants.ARMAND O RAMIREZ,astheClerkof theCircuitCourt,shallsellto thehighestandbestbidder forcashatthe,OSCEOLA COUNTYCOURTHOUSE SUITE2600/ROOM2602 TWOCOURTHOUSE SQUARE,KISSIMMEE,FL 11:00AMonthe17thdayo f APRIL,2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: UNIT10122,BUILDING22 PHASE12,MANDALAYAT BELLATRAE,ACONDOMINIUM,ACCORDINGTO THEDECLARATIONO F CONDOMINIUMTHEREOF RECORDEDINOFFICIAL RECORDSBOOK3119 PAGE2561,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA TOGETHERWITHANUNDIVIDEDINTERESTOR SHAREINTHECOMMON ELEMENTSAPPURTEN ANTTHERETOANDANY AMENDMENTSTHERETO ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceedings,you areentitled,atnocosttoyou totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact : CourtAdministrationat 2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediatel y uponreceivingthisnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledappearancei s lessthan7days;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call1-(800)955-8771. DATEDonthis14thdayof March2018. By: /s/ScottWeiss SCOTTWEISS,Esq BarNumber:0710910 Submittedby: CHOICELEGALGROUP P.A.,P.O.Box9908,Fort Lauderdale,FL33310-0908 Telephone:(954)453-0365 Facsimile:(954)771-6052 TollFree:1-(800)441-2438 DESIGNATEDPRIMARYEMAILFORSERVICEPURSUANTTOFLA.R.JUD.ADMIN2.516 firstname.lastname@example.org 17-00677 March17,24,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusiness underthefictitiousnameof: HANDYMANSERVICES locatedat:3404Glenwick Court,intheCountyof Osceola,intheCityofSaint Cloud,Florida34772,intendstoregisterthesaid namewiththeDivisionof CorporationsoftheFlorida DepartmentofState,Tallahassee,Florida. Thatthepartyinterestedin sai dbusinessenterpriseisas follows: D ENNISEUGENEROACH DATEDatSaintCloud, OsceolaCounty,Floridaon this20thdayofMarch,2018. March24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORID A CIVILDIVISION : CaseNo.: 49-2017-CA-001048M F U.S.BANKNATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. TWAQUANAM.GIBSON A/K/ATWAQUANAMARSHERGIBSON;ASHLEY PARKATHARMONYCONDOMINIUMASSOCIATION INC.;HARMONYRESIDENTIALOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.;ORANG E COUNTYHOUSINGFINANCEAUTHORITY;UNKNOWNSPOUSEO F TWAQUANAM.GIBSO N A/K/ATWAQUANAMARSHERGIBSON;UNKNOWN TENANTINPOSSESSION OFTHESUBJECTPROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoFinalJudgment ofForeclosuredatedthe28th dayofFebruary,2018,and enteredinCaseNo.49 2017-CA-001048MF,ofthe CircuitCourtofthe9THJudicialCircuitinandforOsceola County,Florida,whereinU.S BANKNATIONALASSOCIATION,isthePlaintiff,and TWAQUANAM.GIBSON A/K/ATWAQUANAMARSHERGIBSON;ASHLEY PARKATHARMONYCONDOMINIUMASSOCIATION INC.;HARMONYRESIDENTIALOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.;ORANG E COUNTYHOUSINGFINANCEAUTHORITY;UNKNOWNSPOUSEO F TWAQUANAM.GIBSO N A/K/ATWAQUANAMARSHERGIBSON;andUN KNOWNTENANT(S)IN POSSESSIONOFTHE SUBJECTPROPERTY,are Defendants.ARMAND O RAMIREZ,astheClerkof theCircuitCourt,shallsellto thehighestandbestbidder forcashatthe,OSCEOLA COUNTYCOURTHOUSE SUITE2600/ROOM2602 TWOCOURTHOUSE SQUARE,KISSIMMEE,FL 11:00AMonthe17thdayo f APRIL,2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: UNIT14A,BUILDINGNO 14,ASHLEYPARKA T HARMONYCONDOMINIUM ACCORDINGTOTHEDECLARATIONOFCONDOMINIUMTHEREOFAS RECORDEDINOFFICIAL RECORDSBOOK3074 PAGE2713,AMENDEDIN OFFICIALRECORDS BOOK3098,PAGE2590 OFFICIALRECORDS BOOK3177,PAGE643,OF THEPUBLICRECORDSOF OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceedings,you areentitled,atnocosttoyou totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact : CourtAdministrationat 2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediatel y uponreceivingthisnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledappearancei s lessthan7days;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call1-(800)955-8771 DATEDonthis14thdayof March2018. By: /s/ScottWeiss SCOTTWEISS,Esq BarNumber:0710910 Submittedby: CHOICELEGALGROUP P.A.,P.O.Box9908,Fort Lauderdale,FL33310-0908 Telephone:(954)453-0365 Facsimile:(954)771-6052 TollFree:1-(800)441-2438 DESIGNATEDPRIMARYEMAILFORSERVICEPURSUANTTOFLA.R.JUD.ADMIN2.516 email@example.com 17-00467 March17,24,2018 NOTICEOFDESIGNATION TheSheriffofOsceola County,RussellGibsonand theOsceolaCountySheriffs Office,pursuanttoF.S. 121.055givesnoticeofitintenttodesignatetheposition ofInformationManagement Directorforinclusioninthe SeniorManagementService classoftheFloridaRetirementSystemeffectiveupon publicationofthisnoticeand acceptancebytheFlorida RetirementSystem. Allpersonswishingtocommentonthisnoticemay deliversuchcommentstothe OsceolaCount ySheriffs Office,2601EIrloBronson MemorialHwy,Kissimmee, FL34744 C hiefDeputyMarthaGens 2601E.IrloBronson MemorialHwy, Kissimmee,FL34744 Telephone:407-348-1130 March17,24,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE On04/07/2018at09:00A.M., anauctionwilltakeplaceat 1720ALEXANDERST., KISSIMMEE,FL34746.The vehicleswhichwillbeauctionedinclude: 1)1999TOYOTA VIN:4T1BG22K8XU405682 2)2003JAGU VIN:SAJEA51D23XD49646 Pleasebeadvised,perF.S. 713.78thatanewspaperad mustbepublishedfor1day inanewspaperofgeneral circulation(dailyorweekly circulation)whichhasbeenin circulationforatleast1year. Theadvertisementmustbe publishedatleast10calend ardayspriortothedateof sale,inanewspaperofgeneralcirculationinthecounty inwhichthesaleistobe held.The10calendardays donotincludethedateofthe advertisementnorthedateof thesale. M arch24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FORTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A CIRCUITCIVILDIVISIO N CaseNo.:2017-CA-144 8 DITECHFINANCIALLLC F/K/AGREENTREE SERVICINGLLC, Plaintiff(s), vs. JOHNVILLAREAL,A/K/A JOHNVILLARREAL;ROSEMARYMCNEILVILLAREAL A/K/AROSEMARYMCNEIL VILLARREAL;THEUN KNOWNSPOUSEOFJOHN VILLAREAL,A/K/AJOHN VILLARREAL;THEUN KNOWNSPOUSEO F ROSEMARYMCNEIL VILLAREAL,A/K/AROSEMARYMCNEILVILLARREAL;IMAGESCONDO MINIUMASSOCIATION INC., Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN THAT,pursuanttoPlaintiff's FinalJudgmentofForeclosureenteredonMarch5 2018,intheabove-captionedaction,theClerkof Court,ArmandoR.Ramirez willselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashatthe OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600/Room2602,Kissimmee,Florida34741,inaccordancewithChapter45,FloridaStatutesonthe19thday ofAPRIL,2018at11:0 0 A.M.,onthefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforth insaidFinalJudgmentof Foreclosureororder,towit : UNITNO.203,BUILDING 5271,IMAGES,ACON DOMINIUM,ACCORDING TOTHEDECLARATIONOF CONDOMINIUMTHEREOF ASRECORDEDINOFFICIALRECORDSBOO K 2769,PAGE2672,ANDALL AMENDMENTSTHEREOF OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROPERTYADDRESS: 5271IMAGESCIRCLE,# 203,KISSIMMEE,FL34746 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendens,mustfilea claimwithinsixty(60)days afterthesale. AMERICANSWITHDISABILITIESACT .IFYOU AREAPERSONWITHA DISABILITYWHONEEDS ANYACCOMMODATIONIN ORDERTOPARTICIPATE INACOURTPROCEEDING OREVENT,YOUAREENTITLED,ATNOCOSTTO YOU,TOTHEPROVISION OFCERTAINASSISTANCE PLEASECONTACT:ADA COORDINATOR,COUR T ADMINISTRATION OSCEOLACOUNTY COURTHOUSE,2COURTHOUSESQUARE,SUIT E 6300,KISSIMMEE,F L 34741,(407)742-2417,FAX 407-835-5079ATLEAST7 DAYSBEFOREYOU R SCHEDULEDCOURTAPPEARANCE,ORIMMEDIATELYUPONRECEIVING NOTIFICATIONIFTH E TIMEBEFORETH E SCHEDULEDCOURTAPPEARANCEISLESSTHAN 7DAYS.IFYOUARE HEARINGORVOICEIMPAIRED,CALL711TO REACHTHETELECOMMUNICATIONSRELAYSERVICE. DATEDonthis13thdayof March2018. Respectfullysubmitted, /s/HarrisonSmalbach HarrisonSmalbach,Esq. FloridaBar#:116225 6267OldWaterOakRoad Suite203 Tallahassee,FL32312 (850)422-2520(telephone) (850)422-2567(facsimile) firstname.lastname@example.org AttorneyforPlaintiff FileNo.14-000163-3 March17,24,2 018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION PublicNoticeisherebygiven thatACETRANSPORTATIONSYSTEMSLLC,d/b/a ACEWRECKER,willholda publicauctionat8:00A.M. onAPRIL13,2018,at:6671 OsceolaPolkLineRoad Davenport,FL33896.Pursuanttothelawsofthestate thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldtothehighestbidder: 1)1999FORD VIN:1FTYR14V2XPB45885 2)2001NISSAN VIN: JN8DR09X31W580659 3)2015NISSAN VIN: 3N1AB7APXFY238796 Termsofthesalearecash andnochecksareaccepted Sellerreservestherightto finalbid.Allsalesarefinal Norefundswillbemade Saleautowillbesold"asis" withnoguarantee. March24,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE PRESTON'STOWINGgives NoticeofForeclosureofLien andintenttosellthes e vehiclesonAPRIL9,2018 9:00a.m.at605E.Donegan Avenue,Kissimmee,FL 34744,pursuanttosubsection713.78oftheFlorida Statutes. PRESTON'STOWINGreservestherighttoacceptor rejectanyand/orallbids. 1)2000DODGE VIN: 1B4HS28N7YF211274 2)2003FORD VIN:3FAFP37343R181038 March24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2015-CA-000279MF JAMESB.NUTTER &COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. JUDITHMAGALIROJAS, A/K/AJUDITHM.ROJAS, etal., Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated December13,2017,an d enteredin2015-CA-000279 MFoftheCircuitCourtofthe NINTHJudicialCircuit,inand forOsceolaCounty,Florida whereinJAMESB.NUTTER &COMPANY,isthePlaintiff andJUDITHMAGALI ROJAS,A/K/AJUDITHM ROJAS;UNITEDSTATES OFAMERICAONBEHALF OFTHESECRETARYOF HOUSINGANDURBAN DEVELOPMENT,arethe Defendant(s).Armand o Ramirez,astheClerkofthe CircuitCourt,willselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room# 2602,2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL34741,at 11:00A.M.,onAPRIL12 2018,thefollowingde scribedpropertyassetforth insaidFinalJudgment,to wit: LOT5,HILLIARDPLACE ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK5,PAGE 172,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. PropertyAddress: 2650HILLIARDCT., KISSIMMEE,FL34744 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. IMPORTANT AMERICANSWITHDISABILITIESACT: Ifyouarea personwithadisabilitywho needsanyaccommodationin ordertoparticipateinthis proceeding,youareentitled atnocosttoyou,tothepro visionofcertainassistance PleasecontactCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407)742-2417at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;(describenotice);Ifyouar e hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. DATEDonthis9thdayof March2018. ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ &SCHNEID,P.L. AttorneyforPlaintiff 6409CongressAvenue Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 Telephone:561-241-6901 Facsimile:561-997-6909 ServiceEmail: email@example.com By: /s/ThomasJoseph ThomasJoseph,Esquire FloridaBarNo.123350 CommunicationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 14-83189-MoP March17,24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2018-CA-311FO INRE:FORFEITUREOF: $6,022.00United StatesCurrency NOTICEOFFORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS TOALLPERSONSWHO CLAIMANINTERESTIN THEFOLLOWINGPROPERTY: $6,022.00United StatesCurrency RussellGibson,asSheriffof OsceolaCounty,Florida, seizedtheabovedescribed propertyonoraboutJanuary 4,2018,inoraboutKissimmee,OsceolaCounty,Florida.AVerifiedComplaintfo r OrderofProbableCause FindingandFinalOrderof Forfeiturepursuanttothe FloridaContrabandForfeitureAct,Sections932.701.7062,FloridaStatutes (2017),hasbeenfiledinthe CircuitCourt,inandfor OsceolaCounty. Ifnoclaimantappearsand noclaimisfiled,arequest willbemadeforanimmediatehearingandFinalOrder ofForfeiture. / s/KirkS.Warren KirkS.Warren,Esquire PostOfficeBox151 Lakeland,FL33802-0151 (863)688-3400 FLBarNo.439177 kswa email@example.com A ttorneyforPetitioner, RussellGibson,AsSheriffof OsceolaCounty,Florida. March17,24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT INTHENINTHJUDICIA L CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A CaseNo.:2016-CA-1804M F DIVISION:___ COMPASSBANK, Plaintiff, vs. RENATADEMARCHIDIAS ; MARCELORIOSDIAS,Wife andHusband;SPARKINVESTMENTS,LLC;PARADISEPALMSRESORT HOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.;andUNKNOWNTENANTINPOSSESSION, Defendants. RE-NOTICEOFSALE NOTICEisherebygiven that,pursuanttotheOrder CancellingandReschedulingForeclosureSaleinthis cause,intheCircuitCourtof OsceolaCounty,Florida,I willsellthepropertysituated inOsceolaCounty,Florida describedas: LOT237OFPARADISE PALMSRESORT-PHASE 2,ACCORDIN GTOTHE PLATTHEREOF,ASRECORDEDINPLATBOOK 22,PAGE9,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. Andwhichpostaladdress is:8921CandyPalmRoad Kissimmee,FL34747. atPublicSale,tothehighest bidder,forcash,atSuite 2600/Room#2602ofthe OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL,onthe3rd dayofAPRIL,2018beginningat11:00a.m.,inaccordancewithChapter45,FloridaStatutes. ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontactADACoordinatoratADA Coordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCount y Courthouse,2Courthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,(407) 742-2417atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediatel y uponreceivingthisnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledappearancei s lessthan7days;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call711. DATEDthis12thdayof March2018. ROLFE&LOBELLO,P.A. /s/MarkJ.Horne MARKJ.HORN E FLBAR#63126 4 LAWRENCEC.ROLF E FLBAR#16480 1 233EastBayStree t Suite720 Jacksonville,FL32202 (904)358-166 6 Fax(904)356-051 6 E-SERVICE: firstname.lastname@example.org DirectE-Mail: email@example.com AttorneysforPlaintiff Sendinvoiceto: Rolfe&Lobello,P.A. P.O.Box4400 Jacksonville,FL32201-4400 Phone(904)358-1666 Fax(904)677-5836 March17,24,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION Thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatauctionfreeofall priorliensforcash. 1)1996BUICKRegal 4Door-White VIN: 2G4WB52K0T1462868 2)2005HONDAOdyssey EX-LVan-Gold VIN:5FNRL38675B407153 SaleDate: APRIL5,2018 AND 1)2007FORDFocusZX4 SES4Door-Red VIN:1FAFP34N87W168768 2)2015DODGEDartSXT 4Door-Red VIN: 1C3CDFBB7FD435493 SaleDate: APRIL6,2018 SaleTime: 10:00A.M. SaleLocation: MagicTows LLC.-1201SawdustTrailKissimmee,Florida34744 March24,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION PublicNoticeishereby giventhatACETRANSPORTATIONSYSTEMLLC d/b/aRUSSELLSTOWING willholdapublicauctionat 8:00A.M.,onAPRIL13 2018,at:272013thStreet St.Cloud,FL34769. Pursuanttothelawsofthe statethefollowingvehicles willbesoldtothehighest bidder: 1)2000HONDA VIN:2HKRL1862YH544012 Termsofthesalearecash andnochecksareaccepted Sellerreservestherightto finalbid.Allsalesarefinal Norefundswillbemade Saleautowillbesold"asis" withnoguarantee. March24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CIVILDIVISION Case#:2017-CA-002232MF DITECHFINANCIALLLC Plaintiff, vs. JAMESHOOK,A/K/A JAMESR.HOOK,ASPERSONALREPRESENTATIVE OFTHEESTATEOF ROLANDCOMERATTA, DECEASED,etal, Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofforeclosuredated February07,2018,and enteredinCaseNo.2017CA-002232MFoftheCircuit CourtoftheNINTHJudicial Ci rcuitinandforOSCEOLA COUNTY,Florida,wherein DITECHFINANCIALLLC,is Plaintiff,andJAMESHOOK, A/K/AJAMESR.HOOK,AS PERSONALREPRESENTATIVEOFTHEESTATEOF ROLANDCOMERATTA, DECEASED,etal,arethe Defendants,theclerk, ArmandoR.Ramirez,willsell tothehighestandbestbidderforcash,beginningat 11:00A.M.,OsceolaCounty Courthouse2Courthouse Square,Suite2600/Room Number2602,Kissimmee, FL34741,inaccordancewith Chapter45,FloridaStatut es, onthe10thdayofAPRIL, 2018,thefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforth insaidFinalJudgment,to wit: LOT23OFDONEGAN TOWNHOMES,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLATTHEREOFASRECORDEDIN PLATBOOK17,PAGE(S) 112AND113,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfunds fromthesale,ifany,other thanthepropertyownerasof thedateofthelispendens mustfileaclaimwithin60 daysafterthesale. Ifyouareapersonwit ha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationtoparticipatein thisproceeding,youareentitled,atnocosttoyou,tothe provisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontactthe ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCounty Courthouse,2Courthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,(407) 742-2417,atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediately uponreceivingthisnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledappeara nceis lessthanseven(7)days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. D ated:March14,2018. PhelanHallinanDiamond &Jones,PLLC AttorneysforPlaintiff 2001NW64thStreet Suite100 FortLauderdale,FL33309 Tel:954-462-7000 Fax:954-462-7001 Servicebyemail: FL.Service@PhelanHallinan. com By: /s/HeatherGriffiths PhelanHallinanDiamond &Jones,PLLC HeatherGriffiths,Esq. FloridaBarNo.0091444 EmilioR.Lenzi,Esq., FloridaBarNo.0668273 PH#826 43 M arch17,24,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusinessunderthefictitiousnameof: NOIV.NGUYEN,D/B/A PROTOPNAILS locatedat:1540W.Vine Street,intheCountyof Osceola,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,intendstoregisterthe saidnamewiththeDivision ofCorporationsoftheFloridaDepartmentofState, Tallahassee,Florida. DATEDatKissimmee, OsceolaCoun ty,Floridaon this19thdayofMarch,2018. M arch24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION File#:2018-CP-000120PR INRE:Estateof ROBERTJ.PASS,JR. Deceased NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofROBERTJ.PASS, JR.,deceased,whosedate ofdeathwasJanuary18, 2018,andwhoselastfourdigitsoftheSocialSecurity Numberare5129ispending intheCircuitCourtforOsceolaCounty,FL,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis 2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof thePersonalRepresentative andthePersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving clai msordemandsagainst decedentsestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF3 MONTHSAFTERTHEDATE OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR 30DAYSAFTERTHEDATE OFSERVICEOFACOPY OFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATI ONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINSECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateofthefirstpublicationofthisnoticeis:March 17,2018. P ersonalRepresentative: BarbaraJ.Pass 1314393rdAvenue Seminole,FL33776 WIDERMANMALEK,PL Attorneyfor PersonalRepresenta tive S cottC.Dixon,Esquire FloridaBarNumber0109797 1990W.NewHavenAvenue Suite201 Melbourne,FL32904 321-255-2332 Email:sdixon@USLegalTeam.com March17,24,2018 IntheCircuitCourtofthe ThirdJudicialCircuit, inandforLafayette County,Florida CaseNo:2018-26-DR InRe: MaryJohnsandMarkJohns Petitioners JacquelineAndersonand MichaelC.Mains Respondents Youarenotifiedthatan actionforPetitionforTemporaryCustodybyExtended Familyhasbeenfiledagainst youandthatyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefense,ifany, toKarenD.Hatton,P.A., AttorneyforPetitioners,PO Box446,Mayo,FL32060, OnorbeforeAPRIL19, 2018,a ndfiletheoriginal withtheClerkofCourtat120 WMainStreet,Mayo,FL 32060,beforeserviceonthe undersignedattorneyorimmediatelythereafter.Ifyou failtodoso,adefaultmaybe enteredagainstyouforthe reliefdemandedinthepetition. TheActionisaskingthe CourttoawardTemporary CustodybyExtended Family.Copiesofallcourt documentsinthecase,includingorders,areavailable attheClerkoftheCircuit Courtsoffice.Youmayreviewthesedocument supon request. YoumustkeeptheClerkof theCircuitCourtsofficenotifiedofyourcurrentaddress. (YoumayfileDesignationof CurrentMailingandEmail address,FloridaSupreme CourtApprovedFamilyLaw form12.915)Futurepapers inthislawsuitwillbemailed oremailedtotheaddress(es) onrecordattheclerksoffice. Warning: Rule12.285,FloridaFamilyLawRuleofProcedure,requirescertainautomaticdisclosureofdocumentsandinformation.Failuretocomplycanresultin sanctions,includingdismissalorstrikingofPleadings. March10,17,24,31,2018 NOTICEOFSALE JOE'SAUTOSERVICE CENTERINC.,112313th STREET,STCLOUD,FL 34769 Towed-03/04/2018 Year-1996 Make-FORD VIN: 1FTJW36F7TEB63929 DateofSale-04/09/2018 Time: 10:00a.m. LocationofSale: Joe'sAuto ServiceCenterINC.,1123 13thStreet,St.Cloud,FL. 34769 March24,2018 NOTICEOFSALE JOE'SAUTOSERVIC E CENTERINC.,112313th STREET,STCLOUD,F L 34769 Towed-03/01/2018 Year-1999 Make-TOYOTA VIN: 1NXBR12E4XZ260879 DateofSale-04/06/2018 Time:10:00a.m. LocationofSale: Joe'sAuto ServiceCenterINC.,1123 13thStreet,St.Cloud,FL 34769 March24,2018 NOTIFICATIONOF PUBLICSALE TosatisfyacontractuallandlordslienundertheprovisionsoftheFloridaSelfServiceStorageAct( 83.801),publicnoticeis herebygiventhatthefollowingdescribedpropertywillbe soldatpublicsaletothe highestbidderforcash.The salewillbeatKissimmee Stor-It,1920KelleyAvenue, Kissimmee,Florida34744on APRIL3,2018,at9:00a.m. Phone(407)932-2239 Unit: B-17 RobertoSuarez (CleaningSupplies) March24,31,2018 LEGAL AD DEADLINES:Thursday News-GazetteFriday at 1:00 PMSaturday News-GazetteTuesday at 5:00 PM INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION File#:2018-CP-000120PR INRE:Estateof ROBERTJ.PASS,JR. Deceased NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofROBERTJ.PASS, JR.,deceased,whosedate ofdeathwasJanuary18, 2018,andwhoselastfourdigitsoftheSocialSecurity Numberare5129ispending intheCircuitCourtforOsceolaCounty,FL,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis 2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof thePersonalRepresentative andthePersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst dec edentsestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF3 MONTHSAFTERTHEDATE OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR 30DAYSAFTERTHEDATE OFSERVICEOFACOPY OFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLA IMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINSECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateofthefirstpublicationofthisnoticeis:March 17,2018. P ersonalRepresentative: BarbaraJ.Pass 1314393rdAvenue Seminole,FL33776 WIDERMANMALEK,PL Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative ScottC.Dixon,Esqu ire F loridaBarNumber0109797 1990W.NewHavenAvenue Suite201 Melbourne,FL32904 321-255-2332 Email:sdixon@USLegalTeam.com March17,24,2018 IntheCircuitCourtofthe ThirdJudicialCircuit, inandforLafayette County,Florida CaseNo:2018-26-DR InRe: MaryJohnsandMarkJohns Petitioners JacquelineAndersonand MichaelC.Mains Respondents Youarenotifiedthatan actionforPetitionforTemporaryCustodybyExtended Familyhasbeenfiledagainst youandthatyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefense,ifany, toKarenD.Hatton,P.A., AttorneyforPetitioners,PO Box446,Mayo,FL32060, On orbeforeAPRIL19, 2018,andfiletheoriginal withtheClerkofCourtat120 WMainStreet,Mayo,FL 32060,beforeserviceonthe undersignedattorneyorimmediatelythereafter.Ifyou failtodoso,adefaultmaybe enteredagainstyouforthe reliefdemandedinthepetition. TheActionisaskingthe CourttoawardTemporary CustodybyExtended Family.Copiesofallcourt documentsinthecase,includingorders,areavailable attheClerkoftheCircuit Courtsoffice.Youm ayreviewthesedocumentsupon request. YoumustkeeptheClerkof theCircuitCourtsofficenotifiedofyourcurrentaddress. (YoumayfileDesignationof CurrentMailingandEmail address,FloridaSupreme CourtApprovedFamilyLaw form12.915)Futurepapers inthislawsuitwillbemailed oremailedtotheaddress(es) onrecordattheclerksoffice. Warning: Rule12.285,FloridaFamilyLawRuleofProcedure,requirescertainautomaticdisclosureofdocumentsandinformation.Failuretocomplycanresultin sanctions,includingdismissalorstrikingofPleadings. March10,17,24,31,2018
Page 22 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CaseNo.:09-CA-889-MF THEBANKOFNEWYORK MELLON,ASSUCCESSOR INDENTUREDTRUSTEE UNDERNOVASTARMORTGAGEFUNDINGTRUST 2005-2, Plaintiff, vs. SAIMAS.KHAN,ET.AL., Defendant(s). RE-NOTICEOFSALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 NOTICEOFSALEIS HEREBYGIVENpursuantto theorderofFinalJudgment ofForeclosuredatedFebruary01,2010,andenteredin CaseNo.09-CA-889-MFof theCircuitCou rtofthe9th JudicialCircuitinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida, whereinTHEBANKOFNEW YORKMELLON,ASSUCCESSORINDENTURED TRUSTEEUNDERNOVASTARMORTGAGEFUNDINGTRUST2005-2,is Plaintiff,andSAIMAS. KHAN,ET.AL.,arethe Defendants,theOfficeof ArmandoRamirez,Osceola CountyClerkoftheCourt, willselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashatthe OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Room 2602,Kissimmee,Floridaat 11:00A.M.onthe24thdayof APRIL2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment, towit: LOT162,OFESTANCIA, ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK15,PAGES 184AND185,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. andallfixturesandpersonal propertylocatedthereinor thereon,whichareincluded assecurityinPlaintiffsmortgage. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfunds fromthesale,ifany,other thanthepropertyownerasof t hedateofthelispendens mustfileaclaimwithin60 daysafterthesale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceedings,you areentitled,atnocosttoyou, totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact: CourtAdministrationat2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingor voiceimpaired,call1-(800)955-8771. Datedthis14thdayofMarch 2018. M cCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC By: /s/JonathanI.Jacobson JonathanI.Jacobson,Esq. FLBar#:37088 McCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC AttorneyforPlaintiff 500S.AustralianAvenue, Suite1000 WestPalmBeach,FL33401 Telephone:(561)713-1400 Email:FLpleadings@MWCLaw.com Reference#:13-400351 March17,24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2016-CA-003111-MF ENCANTADAPROPERTY OWNERSASSOCIATION, INC.,aFloridanon-profit corporation, Plaintiff, vs. MARKLEES,et.al., Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEisherebygivenpursuanttoaSummaryFinal JudgmentofForeclosureand AwardofAttorneysFeesand Costs,datedMarch20,2018, andenteredinCaseNumber: 2016-CA-003111MF,ofthe CircuitCourt inandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida, whereinENCANTADA PROPERTYOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.,isthe Plaintiff,andMARKLEES,is theDefendant,theOsceola CountyClerkoftheCourtwill selltothehighestandbest bidderforcash,atthe OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600Room#2602,Kissimmee,Florida34741,beginningat11:00oclockA.M.on the8thdayofMAY,2018the followingdescribedproperty assetforthinsaidSummary FinalJudgmentofF oreclosureandAwardofAttorneys FeesandCosts,to-wit: P ropertyAddress: 8582BayLillyLoop, Kissimmee,Florida34747 PropertyDescription: Lot230,ENCANTADA PHASE1,accordingtothe Platthereof,asrecordedin PlatBook17,Pages186 through190,PublicRecordsofOsceolaCounty, Florida. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertain assistance.Pleasecontact:Pleasecontact:Court Administratorat2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741.Telephone (407)742-3500withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdocument;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call(800)955-8771. DATEDonthis20thdayof March2018. / s/JenniferL.Davis JohnL.DiMasi FloridaBarNo.0915602 PatrickJ.Burton FloridaBarNo.:0098460 JenniferL.Davis FloridaBarNo.:0879681 TobySnively FloridaBarNo. :0125998 LAWOFFICESOF JOHNL.DIMASI,P.A. 801N.OrangeAvenue,Suite 500,Orlando,Florida32801 Ph(407)839-3383 Fx(407)839-3384 PrimaryE-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org AttorneysforPlaintiff File#:1688-011 March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION Case#:2018-CP-000133PR INRE:ESTATEOF PERAMBASKARA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofPeramBaskara,deceased,whosedateofdeath wasDecember19,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOSCEOLACounty,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthepersonalrepresentativeandthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AF TERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED.NOTWITHSTANDINGTHETIMEPERIODS SETFORTHABOVE,ANY CLAIMFILEDTWO(2) YEARSORMOREAFTER THEDECEDENT'SDATE OFDEATHISBARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:March24, 2018. P ersonalRepresentative: UmaBaskara 24MalvernRoad Surbiton,SurreyKT67UQ UnitedKingdom Attorneyfor Pe rsonalRepresentative: EllenS.Morris,Esq. FloridaBarNumber:850306 ELDERLAW ASSOCIATESPA 7284W.PalmettoPark Road,Suite101, BocaRaton,FL33433 Telephone:(561)750-3850 Fax:(561)750-4069 E-Mail:email@example.com SecondaryE-Mail: lrubin@elderlawassociates. com March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CASENO.2017-CP-000537 DIVISION:PROBATE INRE:ESTATEOF ETHELFRATTAROLI, Deceased. NOTICEOFCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateof EthelFrattaroli deceased,whosedateof deathwasAugust15,2016 ispendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee FL34741.Thenameandaddressesofthepersonalrepresentativeandthepersonal representativesattorneyare setforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving clamsordemandsagainst decedentsestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF3 MONTHSAFTERTHETIME OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR 30DAYSAFTERTHEDATE OFSERVICEOFACOPY OFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Alloth ercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSETFORTHINSECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateof firstpublication ofthisnoticeis:March17 2018. PersonalRepresentative: /s/MirnaSanchez MirnaSanchez PersonalRep. Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: By: /s/JosueM.Merino ForestLakeLawP.A. FloridaBarNo.:97337 628N.BearLakeRoad, Suite102 Apopka,Florida32703 Tel.(407)796-2939 Fax(407)930-9449 E-Mail: Eservice@forestlakelaw.com Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative March17,24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Case#:2016-CA-000462MF PRIMARYRESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE,INC., Plaintiff, vs. HANSALEJANDROLOOR ETAL, Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttotheFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated February22,2018,inthe aboveaction,theOsceola CountyClerkofCourtwillsell tothehighestbidderforcash atOsceola,Florida,onJUNE 26,2018,at11:00A.M.,at2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600,Kissimmee,FL34741 forthefollowingdescribed property: Lot485,ANTHEMPARKPHASE3B,accordingto theplatthereofasrecordedinPlatBook20,Pages 90through93,inclusive,of thePublicRecordsof OsceolaCounty,Florida. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithinsixty(60)days afterthesale.TheCourt,in itsdiscretion,mayenlarge thetimeofthesale.Noticeof thechangedtimeofsale shallbepublishedas providedherein. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccom modationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontactADACoordinator OsceolaCounty,CourtAdministrationat(407)7422417,Fax#:407-835-5079 firstname.lastname@example.org, OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,FL34741 atleast7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance, orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime befo rethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. D ated:March14,2018. TrombergLawGroup,P.A. AttorneyforPlaintiff 1515SouthFederal Highway,Suite100, BocaRaton,FL33432 Telephone#:561-338-4101 Fax#:561-338-4077 Email:email@example.com By: /s/MarieFox MarieFox,Esq. FBN43909 OurFile#:16-001043 March17,24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000002PR Division:____ INRE:ESTATEOF MATTHEWJ.MITCHELL, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofMatthewJ.Mitchell deceased,whosedateof deathwasNovember19 2017,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis 2CourthouseSquare#2000 Kissimmee,Florida34741 Thenamesandaddressesof thepersonalrepresentative andthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allotherc reditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpubli cation ofthisnoticeis:March24 2018. PersonalRepresentative: SharyL.Weis 1192313thWayNorth St.Petersburg,Florida33716 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: DavidP.Folkenflik,Esq. Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative FloridaBarNo.:0981753 DAVIDPFOLKENFLIK,P.A. 574254thAvenueN. KENNETHCITY,FL33709 Telephone:(727)548-4529 Fax:(727)545-0073 E-Mail:David@DavidFolkenflikLaw.com March24,31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE Noticeisherebygiventhat thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatpublicauctionpursuanttoF.S..713.78onthe saledatesatthelocations belowat9:00a.m.tosatisfy towingandstoragecharges 2001CHEVROLET 1GNDM19W01B152263 SaleDate: 04/10/2018 Location: CenterStateAutomotiveInc.,1170HGreenskeepDrive,UnitH,Kissimmee,FL34741 Lienorsreservetherightto bid. March24,2018 NOTICE OF UNSAFE STRUCTURE AND ORDER TO ABATE UNSAFE CONDITIONS BUILDING DIVISION TO: Mei Tan Ming Sheng Tan Ming Zhuang Tan Ming Block 112 Lorong 1 TOA PAYOH #07-382 Singapore, 310112 Republic of Singapore SUMMARY OF NOTICE 1. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE BUILDING OFFICIAL HAS DETERMINED AND HEREBY DECLARES THAT THE STRUCTURE LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED BELOW IS UNSAFE. 2. YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO ABATE AND CORRECT THE UNSAFE CONDITIONS AS SHOWN BELOW. 3. IF YOU DO NOT WANT THIS ORDER TO BECOME FINAL AND BINDING UPON YOU, YOU MUST FILE AN APPEAL NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR HEARING AS SHOWN BELOW, WIT IN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF SERVICE OF THIS NOTICE AND ORDER. A TELEPHONE CALL WILL NOT PROTECT YOU. YOU MUST FILE A WRITTEN NOTICE OF APPEAL. 4. THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE BUILDING OFFICIAL IS PROCEEDIKG AGAINST YOU UNDER THE RULES SET OUT IN THE STANDARD UNSAFE BUILDING ABATEMENT CODE (SUBAC) AND CITY OF KISSIMMEE CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 13-4. IF YOU DO NOT OBEY THIS ORDER, OR APPEAL IT, AS SET FORTH MORE SPECIFICALLY BELOW, THE PROCEEDING MAY RESULT IN ANY ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: A. CITY OF KISSIMMEE MAY REPAIR OR DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURE AT YOUR EXPENSE. B. CITY OF KISSIMMEE MAY FILE A LIEN IN THE PUBLIC RECORD AGAINST YOUR PROPERTY TO SECURE THE EXPENSE OF SUCH REPAIR AND DEMOLITION. C. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL ACTION AND SUBJECT TO INJUNCTIVE RELIEF, CIVIL PENALTIES AND/OR AN ORDER FOR REPAIR OR DEMOLITION. D. ANY VIOLATION OF THE PROVISONS OF CITY CODE CHAPTER 13-4 MAY RESULT IN CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND/OR FINES. DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS REGARDING THE STRUCTURE, PROPERTY LOCATION, VIOLATIONS AND UNSAFE CONDITIONS OWNER OF BUILDING/ Mei Tan Ming STRUCTURE: Sheng Tan Ming Zhuang Tan Ming NAME AND/OR DESCRIPTION Single Family Structure OF BUILDING/STRUCTURE: STREET ADDRESS OF 1308 Robinson Avenue BUILDING/ STRUCTURE: Kissimmee, Florida 34741 LEGAL DESCRIPTION 22-25-29-1360-000B-0017 OF BUILDING/ STRUCTURE: OWNERS ADDRESS: Block 112 Lorong 1 TOA PAYOH #07-382 Singapore, 310112 Republic of Singapore You are hereby notied that the above-described building has been inspected by the Building Ofcial of the City of Kissimmee Building Division and found to be an illegal unsafe building as dened by Section 202 of the Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code, 1985 Edition, as amended. Therefore, the building is in violation of the Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code. YOU MUST CORRECT THE UNSAFE CONDITIONS BY REPAIR OR DEMOLITION. If you decide to repair the conditions, you are further notied that you must secure all necessary permits to correct the conditions described below and commence repairs by no later than the date specied below. You must complete the repairs in accordance with all applicable codes by no later than the repair completion date specied below. You may, as an alternative, determine that it is preferable to demolish the building. If you choose that option, you must obtain the proper permits for that also, by no later than the date specied below, and have the work completed by the date specied below. IF YOU FAIL TO COMMENCE WORK TO CORRECT THIS CONDITION ON THE DATE REQUIRED AND TO CORRECT THE CONDITIONS DESCRIBED BELOW IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE CODES BY THE DATES SPECIFIED BELOW, THE BUILDING MAY BE ORDERED VACATED AND POSTED TO PREVENT FURTHER OCCUPANCY UNTIL THE REPAIRS OR DEMOLITION ARE COMPLETED, AND THE BUILDING DIVISION MAY CAUSE THE REPAIRS OR DEMOLITION TO BE DONE AND ALL COSTS IMPOSED AGAINST THE PROPERTY OF THE OWNER OF RECORD AND LIENED. 1. IF YOU DETERMINE TO REPAIR THE BUILDING OR STRUCTURE, YOU MUST SECURE THE NECESSARY PERMITS WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE YOU WERE SERVED WITH THIS NOTICE. YOU MUST COMMENCE REPAIRS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE YOU WERE SERVED WITH THIS NOTICE AND CONTINUE UNTIL YOU COMPLETE THE REPAIR. THE FINAL DATE FOR COMPLETION OF THE REPAIR SHALL BE NOT LATER THAN 6 MONTHS FROM DATE OF PERMIT ISSUANCE. SUCH REPAIRS SHALL CONFORM TO THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 13 OF THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE CODE. 2. IF YOU PREFER TO DEMOLISH THE UNSAFE STRUCTURE, YOU MUST VACATE THE PREMISES OR SEE THAT IT IS VACATED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF SERVICE OF THIS NOTICE INSTRUCTED BY THE BUILDING OFFICIAL. UNLESS OTHERWISE YOU MUST SECURE ALL PERMITS FOR AND COMPLETE THE DEMOLITION WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM DATE OF ISSUANCE OF PERMIT. 3. INSTRUCTIONS AS TO VACATING THE BUILDING (IF ANY), ARE ATTACHED. CONDITIONS FOUND WHICH RENDER STRUCTURE UNSAFE The following is a list of conditions which cause the structure to be unsafe and in violation of the following Code sections: CONDITION: 1. The building located on the property is in a general dilapidated condition so severe as to be unt and unsafe for human occupation, and constitutes a nuisance. It is unsafe and unsanitary and, generally, violates the following code provisions: Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code Section 101.6, Maintenance. All buildings or structures, both existing and new, and all parts thereof, shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition. All devices or safeguards which are required by the Standard Building Code in a building when erected, altered or repaired, shall be maintained in good working order. The owner, or his designated agent, shall be responsible for the maintenance of buildings and structures. The structure located on this property has not been maintained in accordance with the above-referenced requirements. It must be maintained or demolished. 2. The building is unsafe also because it meets certain of the criteria shown under the denition for unsafe building given by Section 202 of the Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code, which states as follows: Unsafe Building Abatement Code Section 202, Denitions * Unsafe Building Any building or structure that has any of the following conditions, such that the life, health, property or safety of its occupants or of the general public are endangered: 1. Any means of egress or portion thereof is not adequate size or is not arranged to provide a safe path of travel in case of re or panic. 2. Any means or egress or portion thereof such as but not limited to re doors, closing devices and re resistive ratings, in disrepair or in a dilapidated or nonworking condition such as that the means of egress could be rendered unsafe in case of re or panic. 3. The stress in any material, member or portion thereof, due to all improved loads including dead loads exceeds the stresses allowed in the Standard Building Code for new buildings. 4. The building, structure or portion thereof has been damaged by re, ood, earthquake, wind or other cause to the extent that the structural integrity of the building or structure is less than the minimum requirement established by the Standard Building Code for new buildings. 5. Any exterior appendage or portion of the building or structure is not securely fastened, attached or anchored such that it is capable of resisting wind, seismic, or similar loads as required by the Standard Building Code for new buildings. 6. If for any reason the building, structure or portion thereof is manifestly unsafe or unsanitary for the purpose for which it is being used. 7. The building, structure or portion thereof as a result of decay, deterioration of dilapidation is likely to fully or partially collapse. 8. The building, structure or portion thereof has been constructed or maintained in violation of a specic requirement of the Standard Codes of a city, county, or state law. 9. Any building, structure or portion thereof that is in such a condition as to constitute a public nuisance. 10. Any building, structure or portion thereof that is unsafe, unsanitary or not provided with adequate egress, or which constitutes a re hazard, or is otherwise dangerous to human life, or, which in relation to existing use, constitutes a hazard to safety or health by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence or abandonment. The Building Ofcial has found that certain of the conditions listed above, specically those listed under condition(s) exist(s) on the ro e. The attached inspection notices describes those conditions. RIGHT OF APPEAL YOU MUST FILE AN APPEAL OF THE PROCEEDING DESCRIBED ABOVE OR THIS ORDER WILL GO INTO EFFECT WITHOUT FURTHER HEARINGS, AND CITY OF KISSIMMEE WILL BE AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO REPAIR OR DEMOLISH YOUR BUILDING OR STRUCTURE AND CHARGE THE COST TO YOU. Any person having a legal interest in the described building may appeal this Notice to the City of Kissimmee City Commission. The appeal shall be led in writing with the City of Kissimmee City Manager and the City Building Ofcial at the address given above under Additional Information within thirty (30) days of service of this notice. An application may be obtained from the Building Department. The appeal shall contain the following: 1. Identify the street address or legal description of the building. 2. Identify the legal interest of the Appellant in the building. 3. Identify the section of the Notice and Order being appealed. 4. Include a statement detailing the issues on which the Appellant desires to be heard. 5. Include the signature of the Appellant and the Appellants ofcial mailing address. FAILURE TO FILE AN APPEAL WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED ABOVE SHALL CONSTITUTE A WAIVER OF ALL RIGHTS TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE If you wish to obtain additional information, you may visit the Building Division on the rst oor of the City of Kissimmee Administration Center at 101 Church Street, Kissimmee, Florida, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, or you may telephone the Building Division during those hours and days at (407) 518-2379. NOTICE OF UNSAFE STRUCTURE AND ORDER TO ABATE UNSAFE CONDITIONS BUILDING DIVISION TO: Mei Tan Ming Sheng Tan Ming Zhuang Tan Ming Block 112 Lorong 1 TOA PAYOH #07382 Singapore, 310112 Republic of Singapore SUMMARY OF NOTICE 1 . YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE BUILDING OFFICIAL HAS DETERMINED AND HEREBY DECLARES THAT THE STRUCTURE LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED BELOW IS UNSAFE. 2. YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO ABATE AND CORRECT THE UNSAFE CONDITIONS AS SHOWN BELOW. 3. I F YOU DO NOT WANT THIS ORDER TO BECOME FINAL AND BINDING UPON YOU, YOU MUST FILE AN APPEAL NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR HEARING AS SHOWN BELOW, WIT IN THIRTY (30 ) DAYS OF SERVICE OF THI S NOTICE AND ORDER. A TELEPHONE CALL WILL NOT PROTECT YOU. YOU MUST FI LE A WRITTEN NOTICE OF APPEAL. March 24, 31, 2018 April 7, 2018 NOTICEOFRULEMAKING FORTHEPURPOSEOFSETTINGFEES FORPOSTINGOFSIGNAGEOFTHE COUNTRYGREENS COMMUNITYDEVELOPMENTDISTRICT ApublichearingwillbeconductedbytheCountryGreens CommunityDevelopmentDistrict(District)on April23,2018 at5:30p.m. at32441CR437,Sorrento,Florida32776.The publichearingwillbearulemakinghearingandwillprovidean opportunityforthepublictoaddresstheproposedfeesforpostingofsignageonlandsownedbytheDistrict.Thepurposeand effectoftherulesettingsuchreviewfeesistoprovidesufficientrevenuetomeetexpensesassociatedwithprovidingsuch servicesrelatedtomaintainingtheareaswheresignageispostedonDistrict-ownedlands.Priornot iceofruledevelopment fortherulemakinghearingwaspublishedinthe OsceolaNews Gazette onMarch22,2018.Theproposedfeesareasfollows : SignagePostingFee TheSignagePostingFeewillbepaiddirectlytoCountry GreensCommunityDevelopmentDistrict.AnannualSignage PostingFeeof$685willbechargedforpostingofsignageon District-ownedlands.ThisSignagePostingFeeincludesthe costofmaintainingthesignageareaandadministrativeprocessing.TheSignagePostingFeemaybeproratedtocover postingofsignageforaportionontheyear. SpecificlegalauthorityfortheruleincludesSection s190.006 190.011(5),120.54and120.81,FloridaStatutes(2017).Any personwhowishestoprovidetheDistrictwithaproposalfora lowercostregulatoryalternativeasprovidedbysection 120.541(1),FloridaStatutes,mustdosoinwritingwithin twenty-one(21)daysafterpublicationofthisnotice. AHEARINGWILLBEHELDATTHETIME,DATE,AND PLACESHOWNBELOW: TIMEANDDATE:April23,2018at5:30p.m. PLACE:32441CR437 Sorrento,Florida32776 Thepublichearingmaybecontin uedtoadate,time,and placetobespecifiedontherecordatthehearing.Ifanyone choosestoappealanydecisionoftheBoardwithrespectto anymatterconsideredatthepublichearing,suchpersonwill needarecordoftheproceedingsandshouldaccordingly ensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade whichincludesthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhichsuch appealistobebased.Atthehearing,oneormoreSupervisors mayparticipateinthepublichearingbyte lephone.Anyperson requiringspecialaccommodationsatthehearingbecauseofa disabilityorphysicalimpairmentshouldcontacttheDistrictOfficeat(954)603-0033,extension40532atleast48hoursprior tothemeeting.Ifyouarehearingorspeechimpaired,please contacttheFloridaRelayServiceat711or1-800-955-8770,for aidincontactingtheDistrictOffice.Acopyoftheproposedrule maybeobtainedbycontactingtheDistrictManager,Robert Koncar,at31 3CampusStreet,Celebration,Florida34747or bycalling(407)566-4122. R obertKoncar,Manager Publicationdate:March24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Case#:2016-CA-000462MF PRIMARYRESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE,INC., Plaintiff, vs. HANSALEJANDROLOOR, ETAL, Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttotheFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated February22,2018,inthe aboveaction,theOsceola CountyClerkofCourtwillsell tothehighestbidderforcash atOsceola,Florida,onJUNE 26,2018,at11:00A.M. ,at2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600,Kissimmee,FL34741 forthefollowingdescribed property: Lot485,ANTHEMPARKPHASE3B,accordingto theplatthereofasrecordedinPlatBook20,Pages 90through93,inclusive,of thePublicRecordsof OsceolaCounty,Florida Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithinsixty(60)days afterthesale.TheCourt,in itsdiscretion,mayenlarge thetimeofthesale.Noticeof thechangedtimeofsale shallbepublishedas providedherein. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontactADACoordinator OsceolaCounty,CourtAdministrationat(407)7422417,Fax#:407-835-5079 firstname.lastname@example.org OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,FL34741 atleast7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. Dated:March14,2018. TrombergLawGroup,P.A. AttorneyforPlaintiff 1515SouthFederal Highway,Suite100, BocaRaton,FL33432 Telephone#:561-338-4101 Fax#:561-338-4077 Email:email@example.com By: /s/MarieFox MarieFox,Esq. FBN43909 OurFile#:16-001043 March17,24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000002PR Division:____ INRE:ESTATEOF MATTHEWJ.MITCHELL, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofMatthewJ.Mitchell, deceased,whosedateof deathwasNovember19, 2017,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis 2CourthouseSquare#2000, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof the personalrepresentative andthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentand otherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:Marc h24, 2018. PersonalRepresentative: SharyL.Weis 1192313thWayNorth St.Petersburg,Florida33716 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: DavidP.Folkenflik,Esq. Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative FloridaBarNo.:0981753 DAVIDPFOLKENFLIK,P.A. 574254thAvenueN. KENNETHCITY,FL33709 Telephone:(727)548-4529 Fax:(727)545-0073 E-Mail:David@DavidFolkenflikLaw.com March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2016-CA-003111-MF ENCANTADAPROPERTY OWNERSASSOCIATION, INC.,aFloridanon-profit corporation, Plaintiff, vs. MARKLEES,et.al., Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEisherebygivenpursuanttoaSummaryFinal JudgmentofForeclosureand AwardofAttorneysFeesand Costs,datedMarch20,2018, andenteredinCaseNumber: 2016-CA-003111MF,ofthe CircuitCourt inandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida, whereinENCANTADA PROPERTYOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.,isthe Plaintiff,andMARKLEES,is theDefendant,theOsceola CountyClerkoftheCourtwill selltothehighestandbest bidderforcash,atthe OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600Room#2602,Kissimmee,Florida34741,beginningat11:00oclockA.M.on the8thdayofMAY,2018the followingdescribedproperty assetforthinsaidSummary FinalJudgmentofF oreclosureandAwardofAttorneys FeesandCosts,to-wit: P ropertyAddress: 8582BayLillyLoop, Kissimmee,Florida34747 PropertyDescription: Lot230,ENCANTADA PHASE1,accordingtothe Platthereof,asrecordedin PlatBook17,Pages186 through190,PublicRecordsofOsceolaCounty, Florida. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:Pleasecontact:Court Administratorat2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee Florida34741.Telephone (407)742-3500withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdocument;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call(800)955-8771. DATEDonthis20thdayof March2018. /s/JenniferL.Davis JohnL.DiMasi FloridaBarNo.0915602 PatrickJ.Burton FloridaBarNo.:0098460 JenniferL.Davis FloridaBarNo.:0879681 TobySnively FloridaBarNo.:0125998 LAWOFFICESOF JOHNL.DIMASI,P.A. 801N.OrangeAvenue,Suite 500,Orlando,Florida32801 Ph(407)839-3383 Fx(407)839-3384 PrimaryE-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org AttorneysforPlaintiff File#:1688-011 March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CaseNo.:09-CA-889-MF THEBANKOFNEWYORK MELLON,ASSUCCESSOR INDENTUREDTRUSTEE UNDERNOVASTARMORTGAGEFUNDINGTRUST 2005-2, Plaintiff, vs. SAIMAS.KHAN,ET.AL., Defendant(s). RE-NOTICEOFSALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 NOTICEOFSALEIS HEREBYGIVENpursuantto theorderofFinalJudgment ofForeclosuredatedFebruary01,2010,andenteredin CaseNo.09-CA-889-MFof theCircuitCou rtofthe9th JudicialCircuitinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida, whereinTHEBANKOFNEW YORKMELLON,ASSUCCESSORINDENTURED TRUSTEEUNDERNOVASTARMORTGAGEFUNDINGTRUST2005-2,is Plaintiff,andSAIMAS. KHAN,ET.AL.,arethe Defendants,theOfficeof ArmandoRamirez,Osceola CountyClerkoftheCourt, willselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashatthe OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Room 2602,Kissimmee,Floridaat 11:00A.M.onthe24thdayof APRIL2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment, towit: LOT162,OFESTANCIA, ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK15,PAGES 184AND185,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. andallfixturesandpersonal propertylocatedthereinor thereon,whichareincluded assecurityinPlaintiffsmortgage. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfunds fromthesale,ifany,other thanthepropertyownerasof t hedateofthelispendens mustfileaclaimwithin60 daysafterthesale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceedings,you areentitled,atnocosttoyou, totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact: CourtAdministrationat2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingor voiceimpaired,call1-(800)955-8771. Datedthis14thdayofMarch 2018. M cCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC By: /s/JonathanI.Jacobson JonathanI.Jacobson,Esq. FLBar#:37088 McCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC AttorneyforPlaintiff 500S.AustralianAvenue, Suite1000 WestPalmBeach,FL33401 Telephone:(561)713-1400 Email:FLpleadings@MWCLaw.com Reference#:13-400351 March17,24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION Case#:2018-CP-000133PR INRE:ESTATEOF PERAMBASKARA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofPeramBaskara,deceased,whosedateofdeath wasDecember19,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOSCEOLACounty,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee Florida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthepersonalrepresentativeandthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEO NTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED.NOTWITHSTANDINGTHETIMEPERIODS SETFORTHABOVE,ANY CLAIMFILEDTWO(2) YEARSORMOREAFTER THEDECEDENT'SDATE OFDEATHISBARRED. The dateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:March24 2018. PersonalRepresentative: UmaBaskara 24MalvernRoad Surbiton,SurreyKT67UQ UnitedKingdom Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: EllenS.Morris,Esq. FloridaBarNumber:850306 ELDERLAW ASSOCIATESPA 7284W.PalmettoPark Road,Suite101, BocaRaton,FL33433 Telephone:(561)750-3850 Fax:(561)750-4069 E-Mail:email@example.com SecondaryE-Mail: lrubin@elderlawassociates. com March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION Case#:2018-CP-000133PR INRE:ESTATEOF PERAMBASKARA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofPeramBaskara,deceased,whosedateofdeath wasDecember19,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOSCEOLACounty,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741.Thenames andaddresseso fthepersonalrepresentativeandthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. 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NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrderGrantingPlaintiffsMotiontoRescheduletheForeclosure SaleDateenteredinCivil CaseNo.2014-CA-002683 MFoftheCircuitCourtofthe 9THJudicialCircuitinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinDEUTSCHEBANK NATIONALTRUSTCOMPANY,ASINDENTURE TRUSTEEUNDERTHE INDENTURERELATINGTO IMHASSETSCORP.,COLLATERALIZEDASSETBACKEDBONDS,SERIES 2004-5,isthePlaintiff,and DAVIDN.BARRONand CHARLENEG.BARRON,et al,areDefendants.The Clerk,ARMANDORAMIREZ shallselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashat OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600/Room#2602,Kissimmee,Florida34741,at11:00 A.M.,onMAY1,2018,inaccordancewithChapter45 FloridaStatutes,thefollowingdescribedpropertylocatedinOSCEOLACounty Florida,assetforthinsaid FinalJudgmentofMortgage Foreclosure,to-wit: THEWEST100FEETOF THENORTH150.0OFTHE SOUTH183.0FEETOFLOT 44,THESEMINOLELAND ANDINVESTMENTCOMPANYS(INC)SUBDIVISIONOFSECTION21 TOWNSHIP26SOUTH RANGE31EASTACCORDINGTOTHEOFFICIAL PLATTHEREOFASRECORDEDINPLATBOOKB, PAGE50,OFTHEPUBLIC RECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDALESS ROADRIGHTOFWAY. 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NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHE REBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrderGrantingPlaintiffsMotiontoRescheduletheForeclosure SaleDateenteredinCivil CaseNo.2014-CA-002683 MFoftheCircuitCourtofthe 9THJudicialCircuitinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida, whereinDEUTSCHEBANK NATIONALTRUSTCOMPANY,ASINDENTURE TRUSTEEUNDERTHE INDENTURERELATINGTO IMHASSETSCORP.,COLLATERALIZEDASSETBACKEDBONDS,SERIES 2004-5,isthePlaintiff,and DAVIDN.BARRONand CHARLENEG.BARRON,et al,are Defendants.The Clerk,ARMANDORAMIREZ, shallselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashat OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600/Room#2602,Kissimmee,Florida34741,at11:00 A.M.,onMAY1,2018,inaccordancewithChapter45, FloridaStatutes,thefollowingdescribedpropertylocatedinOSCEOLACounty, Florida,assetforthinsaid FinalJudgmentofMortgage Foreclosure,to-wit: THEWEST100FEETOF THENORTH150.0OFTHE SOUTH183.0FEETO FLOT 44,THESEMINOLELAND ANDINVESTMENTCOMPANYS(INC)SUBDIVISIONOFSECTION21, TOWNSHIP26SOUTH, RANGE31EASTACCORDINGTOTHEOFFICIAL PLATTHEREOFASRECORDEDINPLATBOOKB PAGE50,OFTHEPUBLIC RECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDALESS ROADRIGHTOFWAY. 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Page 24 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 24, 2018 The second Bike Bonanza, sponsored by Florida Department of Transportations Rethink Your Commute and Kissimmee Main Street, got off to a chilly start on Thursday morning with 108 riders and teams from Kissimmee Police Department, Osceola County and the city of Kissimmee. The event promotes the use of bicycles to get to and from work for those who are able to do so. Riders started out at Ruby Plaza at Kissimmees Lakefront Park and made a circuit through the town. Top Row: Osceola Countys team is bundled up and ready to go. Kissimmee City Commissioner Olga Gonzales shows off her T-shirt from last years event. Second row: Kissimmee Police Departments team rode along side of participants and helped with traffic control. Thomas Strater with Evolve Bicycles pumped up tires and made adjustments to brakes. Third row: Florida Hospital provided a light breakfast for all participating. Riders started out at the park, made their way past the courthouse and later, continued down Dakin Avenue on their way back to the finish.News-Gazette Photos by Martin MaddockBIKE BONANZA 2.0
Saturday, March 23, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E1 Section E March 23, 2018 Tribune Triple EWednesday, July 15, 2015 EEE-1 www.citizentribune.com Tribune Expanded Electronic EditionBY MELISSA DARABIAN Associated PressLife is busy. We dont always have the luxury of thumbing through our favorite cookbooks, marking appeal ing recipes with sticky notes for dinners sometime off in the future when we will somehow have time to saltcure a cod or dry-age a side of beef in our garage fridge. Sometimes, we just need to get dinner on the table. It doesnt have to be fancy, but it should still be tasty and nutritious. Enter the chicken leg and thigh! Often overlooked by the healthy cook due to its higher fat content, dark chicken meat is underappreciated. Yes, the dark meat has a few more grams of fat than the white meat of the breasts (a 3 1/2-ounce serving of breast meat has about 4 grams of fat, while the same amount of dark meat has just under 6 grams). And the higher cholesterol of the dark meat means the breast probably still should be in your rotation. But chicken legs and thighs are lus cious in texture and full of avor and protein (about 28 grams per serving). They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. Perhaps most impor tant of all for the busy weeknight cook is that bone-in dark meat chicken is very forgiving in terms of cooking time. Which is to say, it is very hard to overcook dark chicken meat. So on weeknights when my hus band and I both have to work and one daughter has dance and the other three have soccer, lacrosse and more soccer, I totally appreciate the forgiveness offered by the dark meat. One of my favorite weeknight chicken leg and thigh strategies is to load them up in a large plastic bag in the morning, dump in some veggies and a quick marinade, then just toss the whole thing into the refrigerator to sit all day. After work, I dump the con tents of the bag into a baking dish and pop it into the oven while I change into something more comfortable (by which I mean sweats). Dinner, done!WEEKNIGHT LEMON CHICKEN DINNER-IN-A-BAGStart to Finish: 1 hour, plus marinat ing Servings: 4 8 bone-in chicken drumsticks or thighs, or a mix 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon red pepper akes (op tional) Kosher salt and ground black pep per 1 large red or yellow onion, cut into 8 wedges 4 medium red potatoes, halved Using a paper towel in each hand to help grip the chicken pieces, remove and discard the skin by pulling it off. In a 2-gallon zip-close plastic bag, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, thyme, red pepper akes (if using), and a hefty pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the chicken, onion and potatoes, seal the bag and gently turn over several times to evenly coat the contents with the marinade. Re frigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours, turning the bag once or twice if convenient. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 375 F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Dump the con tents of the bag onto the pan, spread into an even layer, then bake uncov ered until the chicken registers 175 F at the thickest parts, about 40 minutes. If the potatoes and onions brown too quickly on one side, turn them for more even cooking. Nutrition information per serving: 610 calories; 220 calories from fat (36 percent of total calories); 25 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 240 mg cholesterol; 540 mg sodium; 40 g car bohydrate; 5 g ber; 5 g sugar; 55 g protein. Food Network star Melissa dArabian is an expert on healthy eating on a budget. She is the au thor of the cookbook, Supermarket Healthy. http://www.melissadarabian.netAPThis June 22, photo shows weekend lemon chicken diner in a bag in Concord, N.H. Chicken legs and thighs are luscious in texture and full of flavor and protein. They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa dArabian.APThis June 22, photo shows weekend lemon chicken diner in a bag in Concord, N.H. Chicken legs and thighs are luscious in texture and full of flavor and protein. They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. Cooking CornerIts in the bagFor crazy weeknights, dinner in a bag that isnt takeout WWW.CFLJOBNET.COMPost Your Resum OO nline At: Tribune Triple EFriday, March 23, 2018 EEE-1 www.citizentribune.comTribune Expanded Electronic Edition ST arAR T YOU r R Car CAR EE r R WITH a A J J O B TH aA T I s S RI GHT FO rR Y OU! Triple E
Page E2, your local e-mail update AroundOsceola.com News Now AroundOsceola.com Get Up-To-Date news sent directly to you!Sign Up Today! AroundOsceola.com CITIZEN TRIBUNE Money and MarketsEEE-2 Friday, March 23, 2018
Saturday, March 23, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E3 AroundOsceola.com Check out the THE GUIDE For all your services needs Inside ev ery Thursday and Saturday Osceola News-Gazette.Want to place an ad? Call 407-846-7600Looking For An Attorney... or Dog Groomer? I House Ad WASHINGTON (AP) Primed for economic com bat, President Donald Trump set in motion tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chi nese imports to the U.S. on Thursday and accused the Chinese of high-tech thievery, picking a ght that could push the global heavyweights into a trade war. China threatened retaliation, and Wall Street cringed, recording one of the biggest drops of Trump's presidency. But he declared the U.S. would emerge "much stron ger, much richer." It was the boldest example to date of Trump's "America rst" agenda, the culmination of his longstanding view that weak U.S. trade policies and enforcement have hollowed out the nation's workforce and ballooned the federal decit. Two weeks ago, with fanfare, he announced major penalty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that he said threatened national se curity. However, even as Trump was talking tough at the White House, his administra tion moved to soften the sting of the metal tariffs, telling Congress on Thursday that the European Union, Austra lia, South Korea and other na tions would join Canada and Mexico in gaining an initial exemption. And that raised questions about whether his actions will match his rhetoric. China responded early Fri day by announcing a list of U.S. goods, including pork, apples and steel pipe, it said may be hit with higher im port duties. The Commerce Ministry said the higher U.S. tar iffs "seriously undermine" the global trading system. The ministry urged the U.S. "to resolve the concerns of the Chinese side as soon as possible," and appealed for dialogue "to avoid damage to overall Chinese-U.S. coop eration." At home, investors on Wall Street showed their rising concern about retaliation and business-stiing cost increas es for companies and con sumers. The Dow Jones industrials plunged 724 points. Trump himself, joined by supportive business ex ecutives, complained bitterly about the nation's trade decit and accused China of stealing America's prized technology. "Any way you look at it, it is the largest decit of any country in the history of our world. It's out of control," Trump said of the U.S-China imbalance. The U.S. reported a $375 billion decit with China last year, which Trump has blamed for the loss of American jobs and closing of plants. The president said the tar iffs could cover "about $60 billion" in trade with China, but senior White House of cials said the U.S. Trade Representative had identied 1,300 product lines worth about $50 billion as potential targets. That list will include aerospace, information and communication technology, and machinery, according to a USTR fact sheet. But further details were scant. The order signed by Trump directed the trade representative to publish a list of pro posed tariffs for public com ment within 15 days. Trump also asked Treasury Secre tary Steven Mnuchin to come up with a list of restrictions on Chinese investment and said the administration was preparing a case before the World Trade Organization. Despite Trump's condent words, business groups and Republican lawmakers are worried his tariffs could un dercut actions they have wel comed in his rst year. "The vast majority of our members are very concerned that these trade actions will at a minimum undermine the strong business condence that has been created by the tax and regulatory process," said Josh Bolten, president and CEO of the Business Roundtable. "And if it's taken to an extreme, it will reverse that progress." Dozens of industry groups sent a letter last weekend to Trump warning that "the im position of sweeping tariffs would trigger a chain reaction of negative consequences for the U.S. economy, provoking retaliation, stiing U.S. agri culture, goods, and services exports, and raising costs for businesses and consumers." Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, Republican chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, suggested lawmakers may need to consider what he called a "Trump Tariff Payment" to compensate farmers if their crops face retaliation. But some labor unions and Democrats said Trump was justied in delivering a swift blow to China after years of a lax response from the U.S. "Chinese cheating has cost American jobs and I applaud the administration for stand ing rm in its commitment to crack down on China's con tinued violations," said Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Thursday's announcement marked the end of a seven-month investigation into the hardball tactics China has used to challenge U.S. supremacy in technology, including, the U.S. says, dispatching hackers to steal commercial secrets and de manding that U.S. companies hand over trade secrets in exchange for access to the Chinese market. Business groups mostly agree that something needs to be done about China's ag gressive push in technology, but they worry that China will retaliate by targeting U.S. exports of aircraft, soy beans and other products and start a tit-for-tat trade war of escalating sanctions between the world's two biggest economies. "China has been trying to cool things down for weeks. They have offered concessions," said Mary Lovely, a Syracuse University economist and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for Inter national Economics. "I fear they will take a hard line now that their efforts have been rebuffed. ... China cannot appear subservient to the U.S." The move against China comes just as the United States prepares to impose tar iffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum sanctions that are meant to hit China for ood ing the world with cheap steel and aluminum. Trump campaigned on promises to bring down America's massive trade de cit $566 billion last year by rewriting trade agreements and cracking down on what he called abusive prac tices by U.S. trading partners. The president said Thursday, "It's probably one of the rea sons I was elected, maybe one of the main reasons." But he has been slow to turn rhetoric to action. In January, he did impose tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. Then he unveiled the steel and alumi num tariffs, saying reliance on imported metals jeopar dizes U.S. national security. To target China, Trump dusted off a Cold War weapon for trade disputes: Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974, which lets the president unilaterally impose tariffs. It was meant for a world in which large swaths of global commerce were not covered by trade agreements. With the arrival in 1995 of the World Trade Organiza tion, Section 301 fell largely into disuse. Trump and Chinese Presi dent Xi Jinping enjoyed an amiable summit nearly a year ago at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. But America's longstanding complaints continued to simmer. Chinese Premier Li Keq iang this week urged Wash ington to act "rationally" and promised to open China up to more foreign products and investment. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsFriday, March 23, 2018 EEE-3 Trump orders huge tariffs on China, raises trade war worries Trump pauses looming metal tariffs for close US alliesWASHINGTON (AP) The European Union, Australia, Argentina, Bra zil, South Korea, Canada and Mexico will get initial exemptions from looming steel and aluminum tariffs from the Trump adminis tration. President Donald Trump authorized the ex emptions late Thursday night. Trump is planning to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum trade penalties aimed at China for ooding the world with cheap steel and aluminum. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the Senate Finance Com mittee that the exempted countries are involved in various stages of trade talks with the U.S., and that Trump decided "to pause" the tariffs for them. The U.S. is in consultations with Canada and Mexico in an effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump moved on a sep arate trade front earlier Thursday, paving the way for tariffs on China as pun ishment for what he said is the theft of American tech nology. He told reporters that the threat of the steel and aluminum tariffs was already having an impact. "Many countries are calling to negotiate better trade deals because they don't want to have to pay the steel and aluminum tar iffs," Trump said. Lighthizer identied the countries initially exempt ed from the steel and alu minum tariffs in response to a question from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who said lawmakers wanted more consultation from the administration on trade. "There are countries with whom we're negotiating, and then the question becomes the obvious one that you think, as a matter of business, how does this work?" Lighthizer said. "So what he has decided to do is to pause the imposition of the tariffs with re spect to those countries." Before Lighthizer's congressional testimony, Ger many's economy minister, Peter Altmaier, said he had found ofcials in Washington "open to our argu ments" during a recent visit with the EU trade commis sioner, Cecilia Malmstrom. Altmaier told Germany's parliament "it is a question of fundamental signicance: whether we all stand for open and fair world markets in the future." Trump campaigned on promises to bring down America's trade decit, which stood at $566 billion last year, by rewriting trade agreements and cracking down on what he called abusive commercial practices by U.S. trading partners. But Trump was slow to turn rhetoric to action. In January, he imposed tar iffs on imported solar pan els and washing machines. Then he announced the steel and aluminum tariffs, saying reliance on import ed metals jeopardizes U.S. national security. Lighthizer said the na tion's trade decit indicates that the global rules on trade sometimes make it hard for U.S. companies to export. The administration "is seeking to build a better, fairer system of global markets that will lead to higher living standards for all Americans," Lighthizer said. GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the committee chair man, said he was "deeply disappointed in the decision to impose global tar iffs to address a problem caused by China." Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, DOhio, said he was troubled to hear that South Korea would be initially exempted from the steel and alu minum tariffs. "I was not expecting that," Brown said. "Korea has unfairly dumped steel and other products in our country."
Page E4, THE CIVIL WAR COURIER THE CIVIL WAR COURIER For the history bu or the reenactment hobbyist Only $3.00New issue the rst of every month. Now available at the lobby of the Osceola News-Gazette.108 Church Street, Kissimmee Fl 34771407-846-7600 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) After the rst package exploded on an Austin doorstep, police assured the public that there was no wider threat, no signs of terrorism. The idea of a se rial bomber striking random strangers never came up. The March 2 blast killed Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old man with a background in nance and an 8-year-old daughter. In vestigators didn't rule out that House may have mis handled homemade explosives. Hours later, in an inter rogation room, detectives told one of House's neigh bors their main theory: The deadly package was retaliation, maybe from a drug cartel, for a raid days ear lier that seized more than $300,000 and 30 pounds of pot. The cartel just got the address wrong. "They're saying, 'Who's trying to blow you up?' They're trying to do the whole thing, 'Help us help you, because they're not going to miss again,'" said Mark McCrimmon, an Aus tin attorney who represents the neighbor. It wouldn't be the last wrong lead in the threeweek search that eventually led to Mark Anthony Con ditt, an unemployed com munity college dropout who blew himself up Wednesday as ofcers closed in. The manhunt intensi ed after more explosions in the weeks that followed House's death. By the time the suspect too was dead, his bombs had killed two people, badly wound four others and unnerved the Texas capital. On Thursday, authorities gave no indication they were any closer to understanding why Conditt did it. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the bomber left behind a 25-minute cellphone re cording that amounted to a confession but revealed no clear motive. It's one last mystery in a case that police struggled to crack. More than 500 fed eral agents swarmed Aus tin in what Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called the na tion's largest bombing man hunt since the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks. The trail to Conditt in cluded many dead ends among more than 500 phoned-in tips. There were theories that didn't pan out and surveillance cam eras that failed to record a glimpse of the suspect. "They got a lot of calls," McCaul said of investiga tors, "but not a lot of cred ible leads." Early miscalculations stoked frustration in the neighborhoods where the second and third bombings went off on March 12. Because police initially believed House's death was an isolated attack, they did not warn Austin residents about suspicious deliver ies before another package killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason and wounded his mother. Mason and House were both black and related to prominent Austin fami lies, which led police to consider whether they were dealing with a hate crime. "They didn't consider all the alternatives, and it came back to bite us," said Nelson Linder, president of the Austin chapter of the NAACP. When the third bomb wounded a 75-year-old Hispanic woman, investigators wondered whether it was actually intended for a neighbor, Erica Mason, who has the same last name as the slain teenager. Erica Mason, who is white, said she told police she had no connection to Draylen Mason's family. Police now think the shared name was just a coinci dence. Even after three bomb ings, investigators were still unsure whether they were dealing with a single attacker. "We're not calling it a serial bomber," Manley told reporters on March 12. A week later, they were. By then, police had urged residents to report any strange packages. The warning ooded 911 opera tors with more than 1,000 calls. Six days after Mason's death, authorities increased the pot of reward money to $115,000 and tried a new tactic to draw the bomber out: a news conference that included a direct appeal for him to get in touch. Hours later, another explosion seemed to be his answer. The fourth blast, trig gered by a tripwire attached to a "children at play" sign that Conditt purchased at Home Depot, was the rst on the city's more afuent west side. The new location dampened earlier theories about who the bomber was targeting. After a fth explosion Monday at a FedEx pro cessing center outside San Antonio, authorities nally got their big break. Conditt had been care ful to avoid cameras before entering a FedEx store in southwest Austin disguised in a blond wig and gloves, said McCaul, who called it the bomber's "fatal mis take." Surveillance at the store also captured a license plate linked to Conditt, which in turn gave authorities a cellphone number they could track. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said police were able to monitor Conditt and his movements for about 24 hours before his death. The cellphone number tied Con ditt to bombing sites around Austin, but McCaul said Conditt had eluded authorities by powering off the phone for long stretches. By Tuesday night, police began closing in on Con ditt's home in suburban Pugerville. They nally found him early Wednesday at a hotel north of Austin, and ofcers prepared to move in for an arrest. When the suspect's sport utility vehicle began to drive away, they followed. Conditt drove into a ditch on the side of the road, and SWAT ofcers approached, banging on his window. That's when he ended his life by setting off one of his own devices inside the ve hicle. Police found him because he turned his phone back on, McCaul said. "He turned it on. It pinged, and then the chase ensued," he said. A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened re inside their Maryland high school has died, authorities said Fri day. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Ofce said Jaelynn Willey died at 11:34 p.m. Thursday. Earlier that night, her family said she would be taken off life support at the Univer sity of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center. Melissa Willey told news reporters Thursday night that her daughter was brain dead and had "no life left in her." The mother, holding a young baby, said, "On Tuesday ... our lives changed completely and totally forever. My daugh ter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives." The teen was shot Tues day by 17-year-old Aus tin Rollins at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County. Rollins died after shoot ing Willey. A school re source ofcer got there within a minute and red a shot at Rollins, but it's not yet clear whether Rollins was killed by the ofcer's bullet or took his own life. The St. Mary's Coun ty Sheriff's Ofce said Wednesday that Rollins and the girl had been in a relationship that recently ended. "All indications sug gest the shooting was not a random act of violence," police said in a statement. Willey had been in criti cal condition at the hospi tal. A fundraising page to help her family has raised more than $77,000. Jaelynn was one of nine siblings, her mother said, and a member of the swim team. The shooting broke out just before classes were to begin Tuesday, according to the sheriff's ofce. A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the thigh dur ing the encounter was released Wednesday from a hospital. In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, his mother, Kimberly Dennis, said her family is "eter nally grateful" that her son, Desmond Barnes, is "alive, doing well and in good spirits." She expressed sympathy for Willey and her family and added, "We are also praying for the entire Great Mills High School family and young people around this country. As a community and nation, we must continue to work and ght for a world that is safe for our children." Great Mills High School has about 1,600 students and is near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 65 miles (104 kilo meters) southeast of Wash ington. Sheriff Tim Cameron credited Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill with preventing any more loss of life. Cameron said Gaskill, a six-year veteran with SWAT team training, re sponded within a minute and red his weapon simultaneously with a nal shot red by Rollins. The ofcer was unharmed. On Wednesday, authorities said the Glock hand gun used in the shooting was legally owned by Rollins' father. In Maryland it is illegal for anyone under age 21 to possess a hand gun unless it is required for their employment. CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Friday, March 23, 2018 APThis undated photo provided by the Willey family shows Jaelynn Willey. A teenager armed with a handgun shot and critically wounded Willey inside a Maryland school on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. A third student was in good condition after he was shot. APOfficials investigate near a vehicle, center, where a suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in on him, in Round Rock, Texas, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Maryland school shooting victim has diedBefore big break in case, Austin bombs frustrated police
Saturday, March 23, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E5 MADRID (AP) A Spanish Supreme Court judge on Friday charged 13 Catalan separatist poli ticians, including fugitive former regional president Carles Puigdemont, with rebellion for their attempt to declare independence from Spain. Judge Pablo Llarena's indictment wrapped up the investigation into the events that six months ago plunged Spain into its deepest politi cal crisis in decades. Rebellion charges are punishable with up to 30 years in prison under Spanish law. In a court ruling issued Friday, Llarena said that 25 Catalan separatists in total will be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobedi ence. Others charged with re bellion were former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras, who is already in pre-trial detention; sev en other members of the ousted Catalan government; former Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell; jailed separatist activists Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart; and the leader of the left-republican ERC party, Marta Rovira, who deed the judge's summons and announced Friday that she was eeing Spain. Puigdemont indicated his resolve wasn't shaken by the charges. "Let's see what happens tomorrow, what happens today. Every day things change," Puig demont said in Helsinki, where he was on a visit. He also aimed criticism at the judge's decision, sug gesting Llarena was inu enced by the political cli mate. "It is not right for a judge to do politics," Puigdemont said. In a letter addressed to her party followers and posted on ERC's website, Rovira didn't say whether she had left Spain already or where she might go. "I'm sad, but it's been more saddening to lead a silenced life," Rovira wrote, announcing that she had chosen to take "the path to exile." Five other Catalan poli ticians, including Puigdemont, ed to Brussels fol lowing the failed secession attempt in late October. An anti-establishment party's former lawmaker, Anna Gabriel, ed to Switzerland earlier this year. The unity of Spain is en shrined in the Constitution, which says the country is "indivisible," and courts have blocked Catalonia's independence efforts at ev ery turn. Secession is not allowed without a reform of the top law. Twelve of the former regional ministers are also charged with misuse of pub lic funds. And seven other lawmakers are charged with disobedience. The judge also required the 14 ex-members of the Catalan Cabinet to pay 2.1 million euros ($2.6 mil lion) as a collective deposit before the trial establishes whether they need to pay back misused public funds. That gure includes 1.6 million euros that, accord ing to the judicial investigation, were used to pay for the Oct. 1 referendum that set the turbulent events in motion. Llarena described the case as "an attack on the constitutional State that, through the desire to im pose a change in the form of government for Catalonia and the rest of the country, is of unusual gravity and persistence." His ruling also warned that the strategy to secede Catalonia is "dormant and awaiting resumption" once separatists regain control of the regional Catalan gov ernment. Six of the politicians, in cluding Rovira, had been summoned to court on Friday an indication that the judge may later in the day order them jailed pending trial. They include Jordi Tu rull, a former minister of the ousted regional Cabinet, who on Thursday failed in his initial bid to be elected as the region's new president. He has a second chance to be voted in by simple ma jority on Saturday, but that would be thwarted if Turull ends up being preventively jailed on Friday. That would leave in lim bo the immediate future of a government in the north eastern region, possibly heading to a new election later this year. The semiautonomous region has been without a leader for nearly ve months after central author ities took control following October's illegal independence declaration. Polls show Catalans are equally divided on the se cession issue, although a vast majority supports solving the issue through a legal referendum agreed with central authorities. CITIZEN TRIBUNE WorldFriday, March 23, 2018 EEE-5 APDeposed leader of Catalonias pro-independence party Carles Puigdemont ahead of his lecture at the University of Helsinki, Finland, Friday March 23, 2018. Spain charges 13 Catalan leaders with rebellionReturn to the FutureLillehammer explores another OlympicsTOKYO (AP) The Norwegian ski resort of Lillehammer, site of the popular 1994 Winter Olympics, could be in the running to host again. Gerhard Heiberg, who headed the 1994 Lillehammer Games, told The Associated Press the resort would like to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics but said 2030 seems more likely. Lillehammer would be a strong favorite if it enters any race. "We are talking about whether we should be in the race for 2026 or 2030. This will be decided in some days," Heiberg said. Bid cities have until March 31 to let the International Olympic Committee know of their interest. In October, the IOC will trim the eld to serious contenders, and then pick the host next year. In addition to Lilleham mer, at least four others appear to be considering 2026: Calgary, Canada; Stockholm, Sweden; Sapporo, Japan; and Sion, Switzerland. Bids could also come from Italy, Austria, and Turkey. The United States has expressed interest primar ily in 2030 with Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno, Nevada, being mentioned. Last year, the IOC named back-to-back Sum mer Olympic hosts Paris and Los Angeles in one bidding process. The Switzerland-based body has faced a dwindling pool of candidate cities, many put off by rising costs and pres sure to build new venues that quickly become white elephants. Juan Antonio Samaranch, the IOC vice presi dent, told the AP on Fri day that a double award is unlikely for the 2026 and 2030 Winter Games. "There is no thought, no project of a double award for the Winter Games," Samaranch said. "We don't see any need for that. We are not planning to change the system of awarding the Olympic Games every four years. This was just a oneoff." He then hedged, slight ly. He said "extraordi nary" circumstances could change that. "But as of today we are planning to award 2026 alone," he added. Heiberg is well connected. He is a former IOC executive board member, and former chairman of the IOC marketing commission. He also remains an IOC honorary member. "I understand that IOC members would like to go back to Lillehammer," Hei berg said. "But maybe it's too early for 2026." Heiberg said his prefer ence was 2026, but he said politicians and the Norwe gian Olympic Committee hadn't had enough time to study the costs and benets. The Russian city of Sochi famously spent $51 billion to prepare the 2014 Winter Olympics, a price that has scared off future bidders particularly in Europe and North America. In addition, the 2016 Sum mer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were mired in cor ruption and a left a trail of white elephant venues, and unpaid bills. "We are a very demo cratic country and have to follow certain procedures here," Heiberg said. Six European cities pulled out of ofcial or possible bids when the IOC sought candidates for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Bidders balked at costs, political unrest, or a lack of public support expressed in failed referendums. It was left with two proposals, both from au thoritarian governments: Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China. Beijing won in a close vote. Heiberg said many venues remain from 1994, and some were upgraded for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics. "There will not be very much investment here, that's the attractive part for Norway if we organize Lillehammer," Heiberg said. Skeptics point out that games in the last 50 years have regularly gone over budget, and that precise costs in many have been difcult to track. Without Lillehammer in the mix, Calgary and Stockholm are probably viewed as the two best bets for 2026. Calgary held the 1988 Winter Olympics, and Stockholm held the Summer Games in 1912. Calgary or Stockholm would allow the IOC to return the games to traditional winter sports countries after games in Sochi, Russia, and Pyeongchang, South Korea. Beijing in 2022 is another non-tradi tional winter sports venue. However, if Stockholm was picked for 2026 it could diminish the odds for Lillehammer in 2030. "That's another discussion we have to go through," Heiberg said. Sapporo should also be attractive after hosting the successful 1972 Winter Olympics. However, going to Sapporo would put another Olympics in Asia following games in Py eongchang, Tokyo and Bei jing. Christophe Dubi, executive director of the Olympic Games, said the IOC is listening to all comers. "Yes, we're talking mainly 2026," Dubi said, "but anyone that wants to speak to us and work with us on any future bid or future games we're happily doing so."
Page E6, CITIZEN TRIBUNE EntertainmentEEE-2 Thursday, March 22, 2018 APIn this June 3, 2000 file photo, members of NSync, from left, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpartrick perform at the 9th annual MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, Calif. Court sides with Marvin Gaye family in 'Blurred Lines' fightThe lines are clearLOS ANGELES (AP) A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a copy right infringement verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines," agreeing with lower courts that it illegally copied from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." In a split decision from a three-judge panel, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Ap peals ruled that the family of the late soul singer is en titled to the $5.3 million it was awarded in a case that has been closely watched in the music industry for its potential effects on copy right and creativity. Two judges rejected the defense's request to over turn a jury verdict or or der a new trial, saying that Gaye's copyright on the song is entitled to broad protection. They accepted a trial court judge's instruc tions to jurors to decide the case based only on the sheet music to the two songs, and not the recordings. Judge Jacqueline Nguyen offered a harsh dissent, saying that the two R&B tunes resemble each other only in style not substance and that the decision was detrimental to the future of artists and creativity. "The majority allows the Gayes to accomplish what no one has before: copyright a musical style," Nguyen wrote. "'Blurred Lines' and 'Got to Give It Up' are not objectively similar. They differ in mel ody, harmony, and rhythm. Yet by refusing to compare the two works, the major ity establishes a danger ous precedent that strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere." Howard King, an attorney for Williams and Thicke, seized on Nguyen's comments. "We stand by the fact that these are two entirely different songs," King said in an email to The Associated Press. "The thorough and well-reasoned dissent ing judge's opinion is com pelling and enhances the prospects for success in a further review by the Court of Appeals." The Gaye family's attorney Richard S. Busch praised the ruling. "De spite the protests of the Williams' camp that the decision somehow sties creativity, the opposite is true," he said in a state ment. He said the verdict and Wednesday's ruling "encourages today's writ ers to create original work that does not take advan tage of the success of oth ers while pawning it off as their own." The court also upheld a jury's verdict that hip-hop artist T.I., who raps in the middle of the song, and In terscope Records, are not liable for damages in the case. While artists normally fall rmly on the side of greater copyright protec tions, many lined up behind Thicke and Williams in this appeal. R. Kelley, composer Hans Zimmer and members of The Go-Go's and The Black Crowes were among more than 200 musicians who jointly led a brief in favor of the defendants, saying the ruling could have an "adverse impact on their own creativity, on the creativity of future artists, and on the music industry in general." The trial over "Blurred Lines," the biggest hit of 2013, ended in March 2015 with jurors awarding Gaye's family more than $7 million. The verdict was later trimmed to $5.3 million. The Gaye family also received 50 percent interest in ongoing royalties from the song.'N Sync to reunite to receive star on Hollywood Walk of FameNEW YORK (AP) 'N Sync is nally reunit ing but not for new music or a tour. The boy band will earn a star on the Holly wood Walk of Fame on April 30. Justin Timber lake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpartrick will attend the event. 'N Sync released its self-titled debut album in the United States in 1998. The group's hits include "Bye, Bye, Bye," ''It's Gonna Be Me" and "Pop." The vesome famously reunited at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, where Tim berlake received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Anyone can nominate a celebrity for Walk of Fame star consideration. Selections are made by a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce committee. Walk of Fame hon orees or their sponsors must pay $40,000 for each star granted.Judd Apatow memorializes mentor, the late Garry ShandlingNEW YORK (AP) After Garry Shandling died two years ago, his longtime friend Judd Apa tow went through emails he and the comedian had recently shared. Then he started bawling. "I realized that every single time I asked him for anything or wanted him to come to some event or to read something for me, he said 'yes' every single time," said Apatow. "It re ally made me cry." Shandling, a groundbreaking comedian not far from the neurotic characters he played, had dedicated his last years to consciously encourage and mentor his friends and fel low comedians but Apatow hadn't realized the full ex tent of his generosity. "He had a lot of conicts with people but he was also trying very hard to gure it all out so he could do better," he said. "He was a complete, complex human being with all the aws and all the great ness as anybody else in the world." Apatow decided to me morialize his friend in an appropriate way. Shandling, who masterminded a brand of phony docudra ma with "The Larry Sand ers Show," is now the sub ject of Apatow's four-hour HBO documentary called "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling." The lm includes in terviews with James L. Brooks, Linda Doucett, David Duchovny, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Conan O'Brien, Bob Saget, Sar ah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor. The documentary airs in two parts on March 26 and March 27. While four hours sounds like a lot, Apatow goes deep, drawing on 30 years of Shandling's intimate di aries and notes, childhood movies, stand-up perfor mances and raw footage. Michael Cera reads the diary entries, which show a man trying to quiet his demons. "You are scared of awakening. Let go of that," one entry reads. "It was very difcult to sit down and read his dia ries," said Apatow. "It was like living in Garry's head for a while. It was very emotional. I felt all his pain and his joy." "The Larry Sanders Show" was the forerunner to a new kind of pain fully awkward, authentic comedy that would inspire "The Ofce," ''Curb Your Enthusiasm," ''Arrested Development" and a gen eration of comics. In the series, Shan dling played an insecure and spineless late-night TV talk-show host with a regular habit of watching his show in bed at night. Shandling had already made a name for himself with the comedy series "It's Garry Shandling's Show," in which the actors routinely broke the fourth wall to comment on what they were up to. Apatow had a long his tory with Shandling, inter viewing the comic when he was a 16-year-old highschool student doing a ra dio show on Long Island. He went on to write for Shandling, direct episodes of "The Larry Sanders Show" and considered his "Freaks and Geeks" a ver sion of "The Larry Sand ers Show," only set in high school. "The Zen Diaries of Gar ry Shandling" explores the development of both hit TV shows and delves into Shandling's childhood, his tortured romance with Doucett, his messy break with former manager Brad Grey and the time he be came a target of private eye Anthony Pellicano. Nealon praises the docu mentary, calling Apatow "a skilled surgeon when it comes to putting the right things in there. He could have made it an eight-hour documentary and we still would have been riveted to it." The lm reveals that the death of Shandling's older brother from cystic bro sis when Shandling was 10 became a pivotal event, reverberating in his relationship with his suddenly clingy mother, his future love affairs and his quest for honesty. "When his brother died, his family didn't talk about it ever. That's how they dealt with it by not talking about it. And I think Garry became ob sessed with presence and truth because he didn't get that as this important moment," said Apatow. "This moment changed him. He was very happy as a little kid. He had a dream relationship with his brother. I can't say he ever seemed as much at peace in footage as he does in the footage when he's a little kid rising around with his brother." Shandling died of a heart attack at age 66 in 2016. Apatow channeled much of his grief into the documentary, which grew out of short lms he made for the memorial service. "Now that's over I'm very sad because it's like letting go of my relation ship with Garry," he said. "I already miss him be cause the project is over."
Saturday, March 23, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E7 WASHINGTON (AP) A sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers" cleared an important procedural hurdle Thursday as lawmakers struggled to meet a Friday deadline to fund the government or face a shutdown. The bill negotiated by con gressional leaders, who hope for a nal House vote later in the day, would deprive Presi dent Donald Trump of some of his border wall money and take only incremental steps to address gun violence. It also would substantially increase the federal decit. House members voted nar rowly, 211-207, to begin debate and move toward a vote that would then send the bill to the Senate. Although some conservative Republicans balked at the size of the spending in creases and the rush to pass the bill, the White House said the president backed the leg islation. Trump himself sounded less than enthused, tweeting late Wednesday: "Had to waste money on Dem give aways in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment." Talks had stretched into Wednesday night before the 2,232-page text was nally made public. "No bill of this size is per fect," said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. "But this legislation addresses im portant priorities and makes us stronger at home and abroad." Rep. Steny Hoyer of Mary land, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, complained that the late-night release left lawmakers with too little time to examine the massive bill be fore voting on it. "This is an abomination of the legislative process," Hoyer thundered, holding up a bulky print-out as debate on the measure began. He in vited any lawmaker who had read the entire bill to join him in the well of the House. No one did. Hoyer then admitted he hadn't read the bill either. Despite those complaints, congressional leaders were hoping to approve the bill in the House later Thursday and send it to the Senate for a nal vote. A stopgap measure may be needed to ensure fed eral ofces aren't hit with a partial shutdown at midnight Friday when funding for the government expires. Negotiators have been working for days and nights on details of the bill, which is widely viewed as the last major piece of legislation likely to move through Congress in this election year. Lawmakers in both parties sought to attach their top priorities. Two of the biggest remain ing issues had been border wall funds and a legislative response to gun violence af ter the clamor for action fol lowing recent school shoot ings, including the one in Parkland, Florida. On guns, leaders agreed to tuck in bipartisan provisions to bolster school safety funds and improve compliance with the criminal background check system for rearm pur chases. The bill states that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can do research on gun violence, though not advocacy, an idea Democrats pushed. But there was no resolution for Dreamers, the young immigrants who have been living in the United States illegally since childhood but whose deportation protections are being challenged in court after Trump tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Democrats temporar ily shut down the government earlier this year as they fought for that protection. But the issue only rose to a discussion item when Trump made a late-hour push for a deal in exchange for $25 billion in border wall funds. Instead, Trump is now poised to win $1.6 billion for barriers along the border, but none of it for the new pro totypes he recently visited in California. Less than half the nearly 95 miles of border construction, including levees along the Rio Grande in Texas, would be for new bar riers, with the rest for repair of existing segments. In one win for immigrant advocates, negotiators rejected Trump's plans to hire hun dreds of new Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents. "We are disappointed that we did not reach agreement on Dreamer protections that were worthy of these patriot ic young people," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pe losi. The emerging plan re moves a much-debated ear mark protecting money for a rail tunnel under the Hudson River. The item was a top pri ority of Trump's most pow erful Democratic rival, Sen ate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, but Trump vowed to veto the bill over the earmark. Under the legislation, the project would remain eligible for funding, however, and a Schumer aide said it was likely to win well more than half of the $900 million sought for the project this year. The core purpose of the bill is to increase spending for military and domestic programs that have been sharply squeezed under a 2011 agreement that was supposed to cap spending. It gives Trump a huge bud get increase for the military, while Democrats scored wins on infrastructure and other domestic programs that they failed to get under President Barack Obama. That largesse has drawn opposition from some s cal conservatives and could make passage a potentially tricky process. Last month, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul triggered a brief government shutdown over his objections to the decit spending. On Wednesday, he tweeted his opposition to the emerging legislation, known as an "omnibus." "It's a good thing we have Republican control of Con gress or the Democrats might bust the budget caps, fund planned parenthood and Obamacare, and sneak gun control without due process into an Omni ... wait, what?" Paul tweeted. Most essential was support from Trump, who has been known to threaten to veto leg islation even when his team is involved in the negotiations. Word of Trump's discontent on Wednesday sent Ryan to the White House with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the phone. White House aides said the president's support was never in doubt. Both parties touted $4.6 billion in total funding to ght the nation's opioid addiction epidemic, a $3 billion increase. More than $2 bil lion would go to strengthen school safety through grants for training, security mea sures and treatment for the mentally ill. Medical research at the National Institutes of Health, a longstanding bipar tisan priority, would receive a record $3 billion increase to $37 billion. Funding was also included for election security ahead of the 2018 midterms. Child care and development block grants would receive a huge $2.4 billion increase to $5.2 billion. And an Obama-era transportation grant program known as TI GER would see its budget tripled to $1.5 billion. Head Start for preschoolers would get a $610 million boost, while an additional $2.4 bil lion would go for child care grants. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsThursday, March 22, 2018 EEE-3 APThe Capitol is seen at dawn Wednesday after a night of negotiating on the government spending bill, in Washing ton, March 21, 2018. Talks over a $1.3 trillion omnibus bill are almost complete as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a rst round of funding for President Donald Trumps U.S.-Mexico border wall.Huge budget bill clears hurdle, nears final House vote Trump to punish China on trade as US companies fear backlashWASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump was ready to hit China with billions of dollars in trade sanctions Thursday for stealing American technology and pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over. Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses braced for a backlash as the Chinese government vowed to take "all necessary measures" to defend itself in an emerging economic showdown. The expected penalties include restrictions on Chinese investment and tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese products. Financial markets edged downward ahead of the announcement. Dozens of industry groups sent a letter last weekend to Trump warning that "the im position of sweeping tariffs would trigger a chain reaction of negative consequences for the U.S. economy, provoking retaliation; stiing U.S. agriculture, goods, and services exports; and raising costs for businesses and consumers." The announcement will mark the end of a sevenmonth U.S. investigation into the hardball tactics China has used to challenge U.S. supremacy in technology, including dispatching hackers to steal commercial secrets and demanding that U.S. companies hand over trade secrets in exchange for ac cess to the Chinese market. The administration argues that years of negotiations with China have failed to produce results. "It could be a watershed moment," said Stephen Ezell, vice president of global inno vation policy at the Information Technology & Innova tion Foundation, a think tank. "The Trump administration's decision to go down this path is illustrative that previous strategies have not borne the hoped-for fruit." Business groups mostly agree that something needs to be done about China's ag gressive push in technology but they worry that China will retaliate by targeting U.S. exports of aircraft, soy beans and other products and start a tit-for-tat trade war of escalating sanctions between the world's two biggest economies. "The sanctions are a very big deal," says Mary Lovely, a Syracuse University econo mist and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for Inter national Economics. "The Chinese see them as a major threat and do not want a cost ly trade war." Chinese ofcials warned of potential retaliation and expressed hopes that the U.S. would avoid taking actions that would hurt both coun tries. "China will not sit idly to see its legitimate rights damaged and must take all neces sary measures to resolutely defend its legitimate rights," the Commerce Ministry in Beijing said in a statement on its website. The move against China comes just as the United States prepares to impose tar iffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum sanctions that are meant to hit China for ood ing the world with cheap steel and aluminum but will likely fall hardest on U.S. allies like South Korea and Brazil be cause they ship more of the metals to the United States. Trump campaigned on promises to bring down America's massive trade de cit $566 billion last year by rewriting trade agreements and cracking down on what he called abusive commercial practices by U.S. trading partners. But he was slow to turn rhetoric to ac tion. In January, he imposed tariffs on imported solar pan els and washing machines. Then he unveiled the steel and aluminum tariffs, saying reliance on imported metals jeopardizes U.S. national security. To target China, Trump has dusted off a Cold War weapon for trade disputes: Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974, which lets the president unilaterally impose tariffs. It was meant for a world in which large swaths of global commerce were not covered by trade agreements. With the arrival in 1995 of the World Trade Organiza tion, which polices global trade, Section 301 fell largely into disuse. At rst it looked like Trump and Chinese Presi dent Xi Jinping were going to get along ne. They enjoyed an amiable summit nearly a year ago at Trump's Mar-aLago resort in Florida. But America's longstanding complaints about Chinese economic practices continued to simmer, and it became more and more apparent that the U.S. investigation into China technology policies was go ing to end in trade sanctions. Chinese Premier Li Keq iang this week urged Wash ington to act "rationally" and promised to open China up to more foreign products and investment. "China has been trying to cool things down for weeks. They have offered concessions," Lovely says. "Nothing seems to cool the re. I fear they will take a hard line now that their ef forts have been rebuffed. ... China cannot appear subser vient to the U.S."
Page E8, HOUSTON (AP) More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey ooded America's largest corridor of energy and petrochemical plants, records show the storm's environmental assault was more widespread and severe than authorities publicly acknowledged. Piecing together county, state and federal records, The Associated Press and Houston Chronicle catalogued more than 100 Har vey-related toxic releases on land, in water and air in metropolitan Houston, America's fourth-largest city. Most were never pub licized. Only a few were investigated by federal regulators. State ofcials say they have investigated 89 incidents but have an nounced no enforcement actions. Some 500 chemical plants, 10 reneries and more than 6,670 miles of intertwined oil, gas and chemical pipelines line the corridor. Nearly half a billion gallons of indus trial wastewater mixed with storm water surged out of just one of these chemical plants. The dozens of tons of chemicals unleashed all self-reported by industry include such proven car cinogens as benzene and vi nyl chloride. Many affected plants are repeat environmental offenders. Soil and water testing for contaminants by state and federal regulators was largely limited to Superfund toxic waste sites. Air sam pling was more extensive, including yovers, but ofcials released few details and repeatedly assured the public that post-Harvey air pollution posed no health threat. The career civil servant who headed the U.S. Envi ronmental Protection Agency's regional ofce during Harvey, Samuel Coleman, now says those general as sessments did not reect local "hotspots" with potential risk to people. The priority in the hurri cane's immediate aftermath was "addressing any environmental harms as quickly as possible, as opposed to making announcements about what the problem was," Coleman said. In hindsight, he said, it might not have been a bad idea to inform the public about the worst of "dozens of spills." Local ofcials say the state and federal govern ment's response to Harvey has weakened efforts by the city of Houston and sur rounding Harris County to build cases against the com panies and force them to follow through on cleanups. "The public will prob ably never know the extent of what happened to the environment after Harvey. But the individual compa nies of course know," said Rock Owens, supervising environmental attorney for Harris County, home to 4.7 million residents. Regulators alerted the public to dangers from just two, well-publicized toxic disasters: the Arkema chemical plant northeast of Houston that exploded and burned for days, and a nearby dioxin-laden federal Superfund site whose protective cap was damaged by the raging San Jacinto River. The chairman of the Texas Commission on En vironmental Quality, Bryan Shaw, told a January legislative hearing he could not discuss those spills or possible sanctions while an after-action review is pending. The state says it has "a number of open in vestigations" but would not elaborate. The limited extent of post-Harvey environmental testing by state and federal authorities was "unconscio nable," said environmental sociologist Scott Frickel of Brown University, es pecially compared to two previous major Gulf Coast hurricanes. After Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008, state regu lators collected 85 soil samples. More than a dozen violations were identied and cleanups carried out, according to a state review. And after Hurricane Ka trina's oodwaters ravaged New Orleans in 2005, the EPA and Louisiana ofcials examined about 1,800 soil samples over 10 months, EPA records showed. Reporters covered some Harvey-environmental crises as they happened, such as AP's exclusive on the ooding of toxic waste sites and the Chronicle's Arkema warnings before res broke out. But the sheer quantity of spills was impossible to document in real time and information about some releases was delayed. Academics have tried to ll in the gaps in environ mental monitoring but say the paucity of data leaves local residents in a state of limbo not knowing what they may have been ex posed to and could hurt efforts to prepare for future violent weather events that climatologists predict. Testing by academics in waterways and on land has shown evidence of likely Harvey-related contamination, they say. But scientists also believe the deluge ve feet of rain in some spots had a scour ing effect on top soil, mean ing contaminants likely migrated. "That soil ended up somewhere," said Hanadi Rifai, who heads the University of Houston's environmental engineering program and has been studying pollution in the 50-mile-long Hous ton Ship Channel the petrochemical industry's main artery for more than two decades. "The net result on Galveston Bay is going to be nothing short of catastrophic." Only one of nine soil samples collected in September by Rice University researchers in a neighbor hood east of downtown Houston showed the pres ence of benzo(a)pyrene, a known carcinogen, at levels just above what the EPA deems a cancer risk, ac cording to an independent chemical analysis funded by the AP-Chronicle col laboration. Samples taken in October at a popular Houston park upstream of the ship chan nel showed elevated levels of dioxins, PCBs and haz ardous chemicals typically created in the burning of oil, coal and gas, said Jennifer Horney, a Texas A&M epi demiology professor who conducted testing for the city. But the levels were below EPA cleanup standards. Harris County ofcials have referred at least three post-Harvey releases to the Texas Attorney General's Ofce for possible punitive action. One was a half-milliongallon gasoline spill from a storage tank owned by Ma gellan Midstream Partners in Galena Park, where plant workers were evacuated amid explosion fears. "Nobody told us any thing," said Claudia Mendez, a 42-year-old com munity activist who lives a mile away with her husband and three sons. It wasn't un til the next week that she learned from news reports of the Magellan spill. Mendez did notice some foam at the time in a pond beside the road fronting Magellan's terminal. "We found out later it was the foam the reght ers used to put down the fumes." Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine sid the compa ny notied state and federal authorities as soon as it was aware of the spill. CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Thursday, March 22, 2018 APIn this Jan. 24, 2018 photo, Galena Park is hemmed in by heavy industry just east of down town Houston along the ship channel. Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public toldUber SUV's autonomous system should have seen womanTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Two experts say video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle shows the sport utility ve hicle's laser and radar sensors should have spotted a pedestrian, and computers should have braked to avoid the crash. Authorities investigating the crash in a Phoenix suburb released the video of Uber's Volvo striking a woman as she walked from a darkened area onto a street. Experts who viewed the video told The Associated Press that the SUV's sensors should have seen the woman pushing a bicycle and braked before the impact. Also, Uber's human back up driver appears on the video to be looking down before crash and appears startled about the time of the impact. "The victim did not come out of nowhere. She's mov ing on a dark road, but it's an open road, so Lidar (la ser) and radar should have detected and classied her" as a human, said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law pro fessor who studies autonomous vehicles. Sam Abuelsmaid, an analyst for Navigant Research who also follow autonomous vehicles, said laser and radar systems can see in the dark much better than humans or cameras and that the pedestrian was well within the system's range. "It absolutely should have been able to pick her up," he said. "From what I see in the video it sure looks like the car is at fault, not the pedes trian." The video could have a broad impact on autono mous vehicle research, which has been billed as the answer to cutting the 40,000 trafc deaths that occur annually in the U.S. in humandriven vehicles. Proponents say that hu man error is responsible for 94 percent of crashes, and that self-driving vehicles would be better because they see more and don't get drunk, distracted or drowsy. But the experts said it ap pears from the video that there was some sort of aw in Uber's self-driving sys tem. The video, Smith said, may not show the complete picture, but "this is strongly suggestive of multiple fail ures of Uber and its system, its automated system, and its safety driver." Tempe police, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Trafc Safety Administration are investigating the Sunday night crash, which occurred outside of a crosswalk on a darkened boulevard. The crash was the rst death involving a fully au tonomous test vehicle. The Volvo was in self-driving mode traveling about 40 mph (64 kph) with a human backup driver at the wheel when it struck 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, police said. The lights on the SUV did not illuminate Herzberg until a second or two before impact, raising questions about whether the vehicle could have stopped in time. Tempe Police Chief Syl via Moir told the San Fran cisco Chronicle earlier this week that the SUV likely would not be found at fault. But Smith said that from what he observed on the video, the Uber driver ap pears to be relying too much on the self-driving system by not looking up at the road. "The safety driver is clearly relying on the fact that the car is driving itself. It's the old adage that if everyone is responsible no one is responsible," Smith said. "This is everything gone wrong that these systems, if responsibly implemented, are supposed to prevent." The experts were un sure if the test vehicle was equipped with a video mon itor that the backup driver may have been viewing. Uber immediately suspended all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Fran cisco and Toronto. An Uber spokeswoman, reached Wednesday night by email, did not answer specic questions about the video or the expert observations. "The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine's loved ones. Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authori ties in any way we can," the company said in a state ment. Tempe police have iden tied the driver as 44-yearold Rafael Vasquez. Court records show someone with the same name and birthdate as Vasquez spent more than four years in prison for two felony convictions for making false statements when obtaining unemployment benets and attempted armed robbery before starting work as an Uber driver. Tempe police and the NTSB declined to say whether the Vasquez who was involved in the fatal crash is the same Vasquez with two criminal convictions. Attempts by the AP to contact Vasquez through phone numbers and social media on Wednesday after noon were not successful. Local media have iden tied the driver as Rafaela Vasquez. Authorities declined to explain the discrepancy in the driver's rst name. The fatality has raised questions about whether Uber does enough to screen its drivers. Uber said Vasquez met the company's vetting re quirements. The company bans drivers convicted of violent crimes or any felony within the past seven years. Records show Vasquez' offenses happened before the seven-year period, in 1999 and 2000. The company's website lists its pre-screening poli cies for drivers that spell out what drivers can and cannot have on their record to work for Uber. Their driving history cannot have any DUI or drugrelated driving offenses within the past seven years, for instance. They also are prevented from having more than three non-fatal acci dents or moving violations within the past three years.
Saturday, March 23, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E9 your local e-mail update AroundOsceola.com News Now AroundOsceola.com Get Up-To-Date news sent directly to you!Sign Up Today! AroundOsceola.com BEIJING (AP) Chinese state media will be getting more propaganda now that the Communist Party has announced it will be in di rect control of broadcasters and the regulators of every thing from movies and TV to books and radio programs. The move is part of a push by President Xi Jinping emboldened by the removal of term limits on his time in ofce to tighten party supervision over broad swaths of Chinese public life as he pushes for what he calls "unity in thought" among ofcials and citizens. Analysts say having direct oversight of the media will help the party hammer home its message domestically and also work to improve its im age internationally. "It's one vast effort to get everybody thinking together," said David Zweig, direc tor of the Center on China's Transnational Relations at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Under the plan announced Wednesday, China Radio International, China National Radio and China Central Television, along with its international broadcast arm, China Global Television Network, will be merged into a new body with a name that translates to "Voice of Chi na." The government's regulator of the press and print publications, radio, lm and television will cease to exist and its responsibilities and resources will be transferred to the party's Central Propaganda Department, along with control over the lm in dustry, including the import and export of movies. The new body's chief responsibilities include "implementing the party's propaganda guidelines and policies," the ofcial Xinhua News Agency said. The Communist Party newspaper Global Times quoted government expert Feng Yue of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as saying the move will "con centrate the resources and authority to improve China's inuence overseas and promote China's international image." While Chinese media consumers have grown increasingly apolitical with an ever-expanding range of op tions, from foreign television shows to video games and online shopping, Xi has been steadily increasing the role of the party in the lives of many through new or newly invig orated branch committees in schools, ofces and factories. That could leave ordi nary Chinese with "little choice" but to become active consumers of propaganda, Zweig said. Writing on the website of the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong, editor David Ban durski said the change gave the Propaganda Department which formerly provided broad overall guidance of the media message direct control over output. "And that is largely the point that comes through here the tighter, more centralized control of media and ideology," Bandurski said. As its name suggests, the new media monolith appears modeled on outlets such as the U.S.'s Voice of America or Russia's Russia Today, now known simply as RT. Xi has repeatedly stressed the role of state media as the party's "throat and tongue" the equivalent of "mouth piece" especially since a 2016 visit to Xinhua and other major outlets during which he further reinforced the message by saying such outlets must "take the 'party' as their surname." At the same time, China has faced opposition to its moves to consolidate ter ritorial claims in the South China Sea and rapid eco nomic expansion overseas, as embodied by Xi's signature trillion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure initiative to tie China to Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa through roads, railways, ports and power plants. China has spent vast sums to boost its overseas media presence in recent years, with CCTV opening broad cast centers in Washington and Nairobi, Kenya, and the English-language China Daily newspaper paying to have itself included as an insert in esteemed American papers such as the Washington Post. Yet those efforts face an uphill battle in competing with well-established global media outlets such as CNN and the BBC, while much of the reporting on China smacks of party propaganda in contrast to reports about the country by foreign media outlets. Cao Peixin, a professor at the Television School under Beijing's Communication University of China that has long trained much of the country's on-air talent, said the reorganization ts the trend toward greater efcien cy and media convergence, but would also help present a more unied political mes sage. Integrating the various de partments may not be easy, however, Cao said. "If the system cannot be established in a modern, ef cient and very exible way, it will be very difcult for many organizations to work in step," he said. BRUSSELS (AP) British Prime Minister The resa May urged European Union leaders on Thursday to unite and condemn Rus sia for not respecting inter national rules or borders, while Moscow slammed the U.K. as untrustworthy in its investigation of the poison ing of a former spy. Amid heated words and frosty relations between London and Moscow, May accused Russia of staging "a brazen and reckless attack against the United Kingdom" by attacking Ser gei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent March 4 in the English city of Salisbury. She said "it is clear that the Russian threat doesn't respect borders, and indeed the incident in Salisbury was part of a pattern of Rus sian aggression against Europe and its near neighbors, from the western Balkans to the Middle East." Britain blames Moscow for the attack with a mili tary-grade nerve agent and has called Russia a growing threat to Western democra cies. Russia has ercely de nied the accusations. Both nations have expelled 23 of each other's diplomats in a feud that shows no signs of cooling. Russia's ambassador to the U.K., Alexander Yakovenko, hit back Thursday, saying his country "can't take British words for grant ed," and accusing the U.K. of having a "bad record of violating international law and misleading the interna tional community." "History shows that British statements must be veried," he told reporters in London, demanding "full transparency of the investigation and full cooperation with Russia" and the Orga nization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Britain says it is comply ing with the international chemical-weapons watchdog over the March 4 at tack on Skripal a former Russian intelligence ofcer convicted of spying for the U.K. and his daughter. Experts from the OPCW have come to Britain to take samples of the nerve agent that has left the Skripals in critical condition. May wants nations at the EU summit in Brussels to make a strong statement against Russian President Vladimir Putin. EU foreign ministers have already expressed their "unqualied solidarity" with Britain, but May will try to swing the 27 other EU leaders behind a more strongly worded state ment that explicitly con demns Russia. European politicians and leaders vary in how far they are willing to go in blaming Putin's Kremlin. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, whose former Soviet state shares a border with Russia's Ka liningrad exclave, offered her full backing to Britain and said she was weighing whether to expel Russian diplomats from her country over the Salisbury attack. German politician Man fred Weber, leader of the biggest group in the Euro pean Parliament, said Putin "wants to destabilize the European idea, European cooperation, and that's why we don't have to be naive, we have to be strong." Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsiprias was more cautious. He said "we have to express our solidarity to the U.K., to the British peo ple, but at the same time we need to investigate." Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, a former criminal lawyer, said he wanted to hear what May had to say. "I have the principle that rst I listen, and then I take a decision," he said. EU Council President Donald Tusk is seen by the U.K. as supportive, saying this week that Europe must "reinforce our preparedness for future attacks." But British ofcials are irked that another EU chief, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, congratulated Putin on his victory in Sun day's presidential election in Russia. Election moni tors say the Russian vote did not take place on a level playing eld since state me dia gave so much coverage to Putin. The Salisbury attack has sent relations between London and Moscow to Cold War-style lows. On Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was "emet ic" vomit-inducing that Putin is rejoicing over hosting the World Cup soc cer tournament this summer. Russia responded that Johnson w as "poisoned with venom of malice and hate." Johnson also said Rus sia's hosting of the June 14July 15 tournament could be compared to the 1936 Olympics, which was used as propaganda exercise by Nazi Germany. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the com parison an "utterly dis gusting statement which is unworthy of a foreign min ister of any country." Yakovenko, the ambassador, said "nobody has the right to insult the Russian people, who defeated Nazism." CITIZEN TRIBUNEWorldThursday, March 22, 2018 EEE-5 APIn this image taken from video Britains Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in Portcullis House, London Wednes day March 21, 2018. Johnson said Russia carried out a nerve-agent attack on British soil because the U.K. has time and again called out Russia over its abuses of human rights and democratic values. UK's May urges EU unity against Russia as Kremlin slams UKChinese state media now with more Communist Party propagandaAPIn this Saturday, March 17, 2018, photo, Chinese journalists film Chinese President Xi Jin ping casts his ballot during a plenary session of Chinas National Peoples Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Page E10, WWW.CFLJOBNET.COMPost Your Resum OO nline At:ST arAR T YOU r R Car CAR EE r R WITH a A J J O B TH aA T I s S RI GHT FO rR Y OU! APThis March 2, 2018 photo shows broccoli with a dusting of parmesan cheese and roasted garlic in Amagansett, N.Y. CITIZEN TRIBUNE FoodEEE-2 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 BY ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated PressMy sister, Mary Pat, is a great cook and an even better baker. Sweets are her thing but as the mother of three active boys, dinner always comes rst_chronologically speaking! One recent night, I had dinner at her house. When I asked if there was anything that I could do to help, she replied that it was all done. When I arrived, the house smelled divine as the Chick en Marbella was already in the oven. We enjoyed a glass of wine as she cleaned and trimmed some broccoli, apologizing for making it because it is well known in my family that I am not a fan of broccoli, but every one else loves it. I answered that it was OK, it would give me even more room for her raspberry-topped Tres Leche Cake that was resting in the refrigerator. When I think about eating a well-balanced meal, I have long wanted to like broccoli, but spinach always trumped broccoli_at least up until now. As we sat down, Mary Pat brought the steaming broccoli dish to the table. It actually looked promising. Bright green orets with a dusting of Parmesan cheese and the rich smell of roasted garlic. I had to try it. It was really good. I ate every piece and had a second helping. And, the next morning, I was still thinking about the broc coli. My sister adapted the rec ipe from a popular pasta that her Italian friend Roberto Broglia, owner of the leg endary but now closed restaurant Pasta Mia in Wash ington D.C., made. Mary Pat remembered that he blanched the broccoli orets, tossed them with a gen erous amount of garlic olive oil and caramelized garlic cloves. He added the gar licky vegetable to al dente pasta and nished it with lots of real Parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of red-pepper akes. As my sister started cook ing for her family, she looked for new ways to make broc coli that was both healthy and delicious. She remem bered the broccoli pasta and started making it sans pasta, and the rest is history. Now, I have broccoli on my home rotation. Will wonders never cease?MY SISTER'S BROCCOLIServings: 4-6 Start to nish: 20 minutes 1 head of broccoli 1/2 cup peeled garlic cloves 1/2-1 cup extra-virgin ol ive oil 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/2cup grated ParmesanReggiano cheese Pinch of red-pepper akes, optional Trim the broccoli and cut off the orets. I like to cut them in the natural clumps that you can see, but you can also slice the orets down the middle of the "trunk" and cut the orets in half or in quarters if they are really large. Place these in a bowl and run cold water to wash over them to wash away any dirt. Set aside. Meanwhile, place the raw garlic cloves and the oil in a small saucepan with a lid and simmer on low heat until the cloves are caramelized and brown and the oil is fragrant, about 15 minutes. If the garlic isn't golden enough, increase the heat and tilt the pan until all the garlic is submerged in the oil. Season the oil with a pinch of salt. Set aside, but keep warm. If you make the oil and garlic in advance, warm on the stovetop or in the microwave before using to season the hot blanched broccoli. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add a tea spoon of salt and stir. Add the broccoli orets and cook until crisp-tender, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the orets to a clean serving bowl. Do not plunge them in ice wa ter because you want them warm to absorb the garlic and cheese. Pour the oil and garlic cloves over the broccoli. Toss the broccoli and dust liberally with the grated par mesan cheese. If you like things a little spicy, add a pinch of red pepper akes. Serve immediately. It is best eaten warm or at room tem perature. Nutrition information per serving: 156 calories; 112 calories from fat; 12 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 411 mg sodium; 5 g carbohydrate; 1 g ber; 1 g sugar; 5 g pro tein.BY JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail WriterNEW YORK (AP) The company behind the golden arches wants to get greener. McDonald's said Tuesday it's taking steps to cut the greenhouse gases it emits, including tweaking the way the beef in its Big Macs and Quarter Pounders is pro duced. The world's largest burg er chain said it expects the changes to prevent 150 mil lion metric tons (165 million tons) of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere by 2030, equal to taking 32 million cars off the road for a year. Several food and bever age companies have announced changes recently to appeal to customers concerned about the environ ment. Dunkin' Donuts has said it will stop using foam coffee cups by 2020. And soda maker Coca-Cola an nounced plans to recycle a bottle or can for every bev erage it sells by 2030. "We're taking action we care about and customers really appreciate," said Mc Donald's Corp. CEO Steve Easterbrook. The company said three areas beef production, energy use at its restaurants and packaging account for more than 60 percent of its emissions, and it will make changes there rst. To reduce emissions at cattle farms, suppliers are testing a new way to feed cattle: moving animals from pen to pen, so the soil the cows stand on as they eat grass has a chance to recover. Healthier soil can better absorb carbon, the company said, meaning less of it will end up in the air. At its 40,000 restaurants around the world, McDon ald's said it is working with franchisees to replace light bulbs and kitchen appli ances with more energyefcient ones. It is also in the process of using more environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and burger wrappers, a shift it announced last month. Because of the compa ny's size, changes made by McDonald's could have a ripple effect across the in dustry, said Sheila Bonini, a senior vice president at the World Wildlife Fund, which worked with McDonald's to make its changes. Mc Donald's beef suppliers, for example, likely sell beef to other restaurant chains. Altogether, McDonald's expects to cut its green house gas emissions by nearly 40 percent by 2030 from 2015 levels. The Oak Brook, Illinoisbased company declined to say how much it will spend to make the changes. On the menu for McDonald's: Cut greenhouse gas emissionsAP In this April 24, 2017, file photo, corporate signage hangs at a McDonalds restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh.Try this: add cheese and garlicNot a broccoli fan?
Saturday, March 23, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E11 AroundOsceola.com Check out the THE GUIDE For all your services needs Inside ev ery Thursday and Saturday Osceola News-Gazette.Want to place an ad? Call 407-846-7600Looking For An Attorney... or Dog Groomer? I House Ad CITIZEN TRIBUNE Politics Wednesday, March 21, 2018 EEE-3 Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiledBY ANDREW TAYLOR Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) Negotiators on a $1.3 trillion government spending bill ofcially dropped protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants and gave President Donald Trump only a partial victory on funding for his U.S.Mexico border wall as talks entered the nal stage on Wednesday. GOP aides said that Trump would win $1.6 bil lion for a border wall and physical barriers along the border, which would con struct older wall designs and repair existing segments. But Trump would be denied a more recent, far larger $25 billion request for multi-year funding for the wall project. Democrats said just $641 million would go to new segments of fencing and walls that double as levees. Negotiators planned to ofcially unveil the massive government-wide spending bill later in the day in hopes of passing it before a Friday midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown. A temporary funding bill to keep operations going this weekend might be required. The top four leaders of both House and Senate met Wednesday and emerged saying they basically had a deal. Were nalizing, said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters, saying the bill would shortly be made public. Were in a good place. The bill would give Trump a huge budget in crease for the military, while Democrats would cement wins on infrastructure and other domestic programs that they failed to get under President Barack Obama. It funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel touted by Republicans. The aides required ano nymity because the agreement is not yet public. Battles over budget pri orities in the huge bill were all settled, while a handful of non-budget issues remained, including a GOP effort to x a poorly drafted section of the recent tax cut law that is harming Mid western grain companies. As expected, the measure wont renew protections for young Dreamer immigrants facing possible deportation. It also wont provide sub sidies to insurers who cut costs for low-earning cus tomers. And it wont have federal payments to carriers to help them afford to cover their costliest clients. Another ght would remove an earmark protecting money for a rail tunnel un der the Hudson River thats a top priority of Trumps most powerful Democratic rival, Senate Minority Lead er Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The project would remain eligible for funding, however, and a Schumer aide said the project was likely to win well more than half of the $900 million sought for Gateway this year under rules governing various De partment of Transportation accounts. The measure on the table would provide major fund ing increases for the Pen tagon $80 billion over current limits bringing the military budget to $700 billion and giving GOP de fense hawks a long-sought victory. We made a promise to the country that we would rebuild our military. Aging equipment, personnel short ages, training lapses, main tenance lapses all of this has cost us, said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. With this weeks critical funding bill we will begin to reverse that damage. Domestic accounts would get a generous 10 percent increase on average as well, awarding Democrats the sort of spending increases they sought but never se cured during the Obama ad ministration. Both parties touted $4.6 billion in total funding to ght the nations opi oid addiction epidemic, a $3 billion increase. More than $2 billion would go to strengthen school safety through grants for training, security measures and treat ment for the mentally ill. Medical research at the Na tional Institutes of Health, a longstanding bipartisan priority, would receive a re cord $3 billion increase to $37 billion. Community development block grants, which are exible funds that are enormously popular with mayors and other local of cials, would receive a huge $2.4 billion increase to $5.2 billion despite being marked for elimination in Trumps budget plan. And an Obama-era transportation grant program known as TIGER would see its budget tripled to $1.5 billion. Head Start for pre schoolers would get a $610 boost, while an additional $2.4 billion would go for child care grants. We have worked to re store and in many cases increase investments in education, health care, opioids, NIH, child care, college affordability and other domestic and military priorities, said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a key ne gotiator of the measure. Agencies historically unpopular with Republi cans, such as the IRS, ap pear likely to get increases too, in part to prepare for implementation of the Re publicans recently passed tax measure. The Environ mental Protection Agency, always a GOP target, would have its budget frozen at $8 billion. Lawmakers agreed on the broad outlines of the budget plan last month. The legisla tion implementing that deal is viewed as possibly one of few bills moving through Congress this year, making it a target for lawmakers and lobbyists seeking to at tach their top priorities. And while Democrats yielded on $1.6 billion in wall funding, none of that money would go for the new prototypes that Trump recently visited in San Di ego. Negotiators rejected Trumps plans to hire hun dreds of new Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents, congressional aides said. Republican conservatives are dismayed by the freespending measure, which means Democratic votes are required to pass it. That gave Democrats leverage to force GOP negotiators to drop numerous policy riders that Democrats considered poison pills.Senators press Trump officials on safeguarding 2018 ballotsWASHINGTON (AP) With the 2018 elections already underway, senators chided the current and for mer secretaries of Homeland Security on Wednesday for not more strongly warning the American public about past Russian intrusions in state elec tion systems and for a lack of urgency to protect balloting this year. Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trumps secretary of Homeland Se curity, testied alongside Jeh John son, secretary under former President Barack Obama, as the Senate intelli gence committee launched an effort to protect the countrys election security after Russian agents targeted election systems in 21 states ahead of the 2016 general election. Theres no evidence that any hack in the November 2016 election affected election results, but the attempts rattled state election ofcials and prompted the federal gov ernment and states to examine the way votes are counted. Senators on the panel have criticized both administrations for not moving quickly enough to stem the Russian threat, and continued to do so at the hearing. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, critiqued Nielsens open ing statement, which described a series of efforts the department had already announced. I hear no sense of urgency to really get on top of this issue, Collins said, noting that we are already in an elec tion year. Collins noted that many state elec tion ofcials have remained without security clearances, making it harder for the department to share informa tion with them. To speed up communications and in telligence sharing, the department has been working to grant security clear ances to up to three election ofcials in each state. Nielsen said Wednesday that just 20 of those ofcials have been granted full clearances. We are doing our best to speed up the process, Nielsen said. Communication and intelligence sharing by the federal government has been a key concern among state and local election ofcials. Those ofcials complained that it took the federal gov ernment nearly a year to inform them whether their states had been targeted by Russian hackers. Collins, who has introduced legisla tion with other members of the com mittee to improve election cybersecu rity, also pressed Johnson, asking if he should have issued stronger warnings in 2016 as it became clear that Rus sians were trying to intrude into the systems. Johnson defended the way he alerted state and local election ofcials, noting that in the late summer and fall of 2016 he was repeatedly issuing public warn ings for those ofcials to get cyberse curity assistance from the department. We were beating the drum pretty hard, Johnson said. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, also lambasted the Obama administrations response, saying it was not sufcient to warn the public in any way, shape or form. The hearing follows a Tuesday news conference in which committee mem bers from both parties said govern ment efforts to protect state and local elections from Russian cyberattacks havent gone far enough. Federal warn ings last time did not provide enough information to state election ofcials or in some cases go to the right people, the senators said, though they reiter ated that there was no evidence votes were changed. Top U.S. intelligence ofcials have said theyve seen indications Russian agents are preparing a new round of election interference this year. The committee is recommending that states make sure voting machines have paper audit trails and arent ca pable of being connected to the inter net. Senators also are pushing for bet ter communication among the various U.S. intelligence agencies and federal, state and local governments about cyber threats and vulnerabilities in com puter systems. The committee s recommendations preview an election security report expected to be released in full in the coming weeks. It is the rst of four reports planned as part of the panels wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Virginia Sen. Mark War ner, the top Democrat on the panel, released the recommendations ahead of Wednesdays hearing. They come as Congress is eyeing $380 billion in state grants for election security in a wide-ranging spending bill expected to be unveiled as soon as Wednesday. The bill also contains $307 million for the FBI to go after Russian cyberattacks. Senators are also urging state and lo cal election ofcials to take advantage of resources provided by the Homeland Security Department, such as compre hensive risk assessments and remote cyberscanning of their networks to spot vulnerabilities. Overall, experts say far too little has been done to shore up those vulnerabilities in 10,000 U.S. voting jurisdictions that mostly run on obsolete and imperfectly secured technology. As of last month, just 14 states had requested risk assessments and 30 had asked for remote cyberscans of their networks, according to Home land Security ofcials. But even that was straining resources, since many of those risk assessments have not been completed. Warner has said he thinks the pro cess to prevent any compromise of election systems needs to be more ro bust, especially since President Donald Trump has not addressed the matter as an urgent problem. Every one of Mr. Trumps appoin tees in law enforcement and national security acknowledge what an ongoing threat Russia is, Warner said Tuesday. Its pretty amazing to me weve had the director of the FBI, the director of national intelligence and the head of the NSA say in public testimony within the last month that theyve received no direction from the White House to make election security a priority. BY DAVID BAUDER AP Media WriterNEW YORK (AP) After Shepard Smith set off some internal Fox News Channel bickering over his description of entertaining opinion programming, a glance at the cable television rankings reveals the extent to which polit ical talk has become a pastime for millions of Americans. The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each week night telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Law rence ODonnell. Seven were telecasts of games from opening week of the NCAA mens college basketball tournament and four were professional wrestling. Only three scripted programs AMCs The Walking Dead, an HGTV episode of Fixer Upper and a Hallmark movie made the list. Smith, the afternoon news anchor who signed a contract extension last week, had one show on the list. He said in an interview with Time magazine that some of Foxs opinion programming is there strictly to be entertaining. I get that, he said. I dont work there. I wouldnt work there. I dont want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me. Smith also said that Foxs opinion shows dont really have rules. They can say whatever they want if its their opinion, he said. That comment drew rebukes from Hannity and fellow Fox prime-time host Laura Ingraham, who said both of their shows make news. Maddows Tuesday evening telecast on MSNBC, with 3.42 million viewers, was the most-watched news pro gram on cable last week, Nielsen said. Hannity was in sec ond and third place. Sixteen of the 26 political programs were on Fox, with the other 10 on MSNBC. Fox, which averaged 2.31 million viewers in prime time last week, was the most-watched cable network while MSNBC was second with 1.98 million, Nielsen said. CNN, which averaged 1.11 million viewers in prime time last week, has been losing ground to its rivals re cently as viewers settle into political camps. That may be behind its decision last week to shufe its lineup, adding a prime-time show with Chris Cuomo as host. CBS was the most-watched broadcast network last week, averaging 7 million viewers. NBC had 5.6 million, ABC had 4.7 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million. Following Fox News and MSNBC, the remaining three networks in cables top ve were boosted by the NCAA mens basketball tournament. TBS averaged 1.78 million, TNT had 1.77 million and TruTV had 1.55 million. ABCs World News Tonight topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.8 million. NBCs Nightly News had 7.9 million and the CBS Evening News had 6.7 million. For the week of March 12-18, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NCIS, CBS, 13.27 million; The Voice (Monday), NBC, 11.88 million; The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million; This is Us, NBC, 10.94 million; Bull, CBS, 10.64 million; Minutes, CBS, 10.08 million; The Good Doctor, ABC, 9.89 million; NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 9.25 million; Instinct, CBS, 9.05 million; American Idol (Monday), ABC, 8.41 million.Nielsens illustrate the popularity of political showsAPSenate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., center, previews some of the panels recom mendations for improving the nations elections.
Page E12, CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 US stocks inch up as investors wait for Fed news on rates Northeast braces for spring noreasters heavy snow, windsBY MARLEY JAY AP Markets WriterNEW YORK (AP) U.S. stocks are mostly higher Wednesday as investors wait for news on interest rates from the Federal Reserve. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates, and investors will be watching closely for clues about how many more increases the central bank may make this year and also for the Feds assessment of how the economy is doing. Energy companies are rising along with the price of oil and smaller, more U.S.-focused companies are climb ing. Homebuilders are up following a report that sales increased in February. Cereal maker General Mills is sinking after it reported rising expenses and cut its prot forecast. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 6 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,723 as of 11:44 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 55 points, or 0.2 percent, to 24,782. The Nasdaq composite added 12 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,377. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gained 12 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,583. FED WATCH: Federal Reserve policymakers have be gun a two-day policy meeting that is expected to result in the rst of three interest rate hikes expected this year. One of the key debates on Wall Street is whether the Fed will wind up increasing rates four times instead of three. Investors will be watching for Powells comments at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Bond prices were stable. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was unchanged after it jumped to 2.90 per cent Tuesday. COMMODITIES: Benchmark U.S. crude rose $1.28, or 2 percent, to $64.82 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added $1.58, or 2.3 per cent, to $69 a barrel in London. Metals prices also increased. Gold rose 0.7 percent, to $1,321.70 an ounce and silver jumped 23 cents, or 1.4 percent, to $16.42 an ounce. SWEET HOMES: Homebuilders rose after the Na tional Association of Realtors said sales of already-built homes jumped in February. That came after declines in December and January, and shows many Americans are still looking to buy despite rising prices and a shrinking number of homes on the market. TRI Pointe Group climbed 50 cents, or 3.1 percent, to $16.88 and D.R. Horton added $1.25, or 2.9 percent, to $44.43. SPILLED MILK: General Mills, the maker of Cheeri os cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods, plunged after its third-quarter results were hurt by rising freight and commodity costs. The company also cut its annual prot outlook. The stock dropped $4.65, or 9.3 percent, to $45.28. Other packaged food companies also fell hard. Kellogg sank $2.45, or 3.7 percent, to $63.87 and J.M. Smucker lost $5.14, or 4.1 percent, to $120.29. RE-FRIENDED: After early losses, Facebook rose $1.97, or 1.2 percent, to $170.12. The stock fell a total of 9 percent Monday and Tuesday following reports a data mining rm working for President Donald Trumps cam paign took data from the accounts of 50 million Face book users without their permission. That led authorities in Britain and the U.S. to launch investigations into Face books handling of user data. The stock is down 12 percent from the all-time high it set Feb. 1. Other social media companies also regained a portion of their recent losses. Twitter rose $1.62, or 5.2 percent, to $32.97 and Snap gained 76 cents, or 4.8 percent, to $16.76. Twitter fell 11 percent in the last two days. Snap dropped 10 percent in a four-day losing streak that began last week, when pop star Rihanna called on her fans to delete the Snapchat app after an ad for game that made jokes about her assault in 2009 by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Snap apologized for the ad. DEAL OR NO DEAL? Customer-management soft ware developer Salesforce agreed to buy software com pany MuleSoft for $44.89 a share, or $5.9 billion. Mule Soft had jumped 27 percent Tuesday on reports it was close to a deal and gained another $2.32, or 5.5 percent, to $44.32 Wednesday. Salesforce.com lost $5.14, or 4.1 percent, to $120.29. Department store operator Nordstrom slipped $1.09, or 2.2 percent, to $48.26 after the company said it ended buyout talks with top executives and family members of the companys founder, saying it couldnt get the group to raise its price. Earlier this month it rejected an offer of $50 a share. Qualcomm slipped 45 cents to $57.81 and NXP Semi conductors lost 68 cents to $122.42 after Bloomberg News reported that regulators in China arent willing to approve Qualcomms purchase of NXP until Qualcomm agrees to more protections for local companies. GROUNDED: Airlines skidded after Southwest said its revenue is suffering as it cuts fares to compete with other companies. Southwest also said the retirement of some Boeing 737-300 planes and the timing of spring break holidays is affecting its business. Southwest dropped $3.24, or 5.3 percent, to $57.45 and American Airlines fell $1.53, or 2.8 percent, to $53.79. Delta slid 95 cents to $55.55. CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 106.22 yen from 106.46 yen. The euro rose to $1.2289 from $1.2253. OVERSEAS: Germanys DAX lost 0.3 percent and the CAC 40 in France declined 0.5 percent. Britains FTSE 100 fell 0.5 percent. Hong Kongs Hang Seng index erased earlier gains to fall 0.4 percent and South Koreas Kospi nished little changed. Markets in Japan were closed for a holiday.BY KRISTEN DE GROOT AND BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) The fourth noreaster in three weeks pushed its way up the East Coast on Wednesday, the rst full day of spring, with high winds and the potential for a foot or more of snow from West Virginia to New England. Airlines canceled thousands of ights, and school districts through out the Northeast canceled classes ahead of the storm thats expected to intensify in the afternoon, with heavy, wet snow likely to knock out power across the region. Shore towns were warned that coastal ooding is possible. Snow started falling Tuesday night in West Virginia and Kentucky and continued through Wednesday morn ing, while mid-Atlantic states saw a wintry mix before the precipitation was to change over to all snow. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to kick into gear in the mid-Atlantic by late Wednesday morning, then head north to New York and New England. But forecasters noted the storm had sharp gradients that could cause several inches to fall in some spots, while nearby areas could see far less accu mulation. Residents still frazzled from the last three recent storms said they were ready for this one, though many hoped it would be the last and give way to spring-like weather. I didnt think Id still need to keep storm stuff in my car in late March, but what are you going to do? Wilson Collins said as he pre pared to leave his Toms River, New Jersey, home on Wednesday morning, checking his trunk to make sure he had a shovel, a blanket and other emergency items. Im hoping most of the snow will accumulate just on the grass, but the roads will be a mess no matter what. I just hope this is nally it. National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Peterson said the latest storm is tough to call. Its denitely a tricky forecast, Petersen said. Were still expecting heavy snows throughout the region, but there could be lower numbers in some coastal areas where warm er temperatures are causing rain or more of a wintry mix. Residents were urged to stay home and off the roads, if possible, so crews can try to keep streets clear. The ight-tracking site FlightA ware reported more than 3,800 can celed ights across the U.S., most in the Northeast. On the ground, Amtrak scaled back service on the Northeast corri dor between Washington and Boston, and some states banned certain types of trucks from major highways. APA woman approaches the Hoboken Terminal of the PATH train system as light snow falls Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Hoboken, N.J.BY BRIAN MELLEY Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) Lois Goodman was walking out of a hotel on her way to judge a U.S. Open ten nis match in New York in 2012 when police swept in to handcuff and arrest her in front of news cameras. The charge was murder and the vic tim was her husband of a half-century, Alan Goodman, who had been found dead in their Los Angeles home four months earlier. It would be another four months be fore Los Angeles prosecutors acknowledged that they didnt have a case and dropped the charges. Six years later, Lois Goodman is still ghting to re claim the reputation that was tarnished by the legal ordeal. Goodman goes to federal court Wednesday for trial in her lawsuit claiming a doctor at the Los Ange les coroners ofce deprived her civil rights by falsifying the autopsy report. She says Deputy Medical Examiner Yulai Wang didnt follow procedure when he changed the cause of death on Alan Goodmans death certicate from an accident to a homicide without explanation. Wang has denied the allegations. He still works for the county coroner, but spokesman Ed Winter declined to com ment on the lawsuit. Attorneys in the case are under a court order not to comment until a jury is seated. Wangs attorneys didnt re turn messages seeking comment. The change in cause of death led to a murder charge and the sensational ar rest that included footage of Goodman being driven away in a New York City police squad car. Police said Goodman bludgeoned her husband with a coffee mug. Her lawyers said the 80-year-old, who was legally blind, tripped and fell down stairs at home while she was ofciat ing a college tennis match and getting a manicure on April 17, 2012. She returned home that evening to nd him dead in bed. A shattered cof fee mug was found at the bottom of the stairs. The charges were dropped in De cember 2012 after Goodman passed a lie detector test and two other experts retained by prosecutors reviewed the autopsy report and concluded the death was an accident. Dr. Frank Sheridan, San Bernardino County chief medical examiner, said parts of Wangs autopsy report were extremely below standard, according to court records. There were no blood spatters that would have been consistent with a beating, none of Lois Goodmans DNA was on the mug and none of her hus bands blood was found on the cloth ing she wore that day. Goodman wants to have the coroner change the cause of death on the death certicate to an accident. She also wants $100,000 that she spent on law yers, bail and other expenses as well as unspecied damages for the emotional toll of the arrest. Goodman, 76, originally sued the Los Angeles Police Department and the detectives who investigated the case, along with the coroners ofce and Wang. A federal judge threw out that lawsuit, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the case against Wang. The appeals court ruled 2-1 to dis miss the case against the police be cause they relied on the conclusion of the coroner. A dissenting judge said the LAPD should have still faced the lawsuit. Goodman, who knew she was being investigated by police, had offered to surrender if they planned to charge her. She alleged that detectives misled a judge who signed her arrest warrant so they could detain her in New York in front of news cameras. Before a court order not to discuss the case, attorney Robert Sheahen said Goodman had been railroaded.Tennis umpire accused of killing aims to clear name
Saturday, March 23, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E13 BY HARUNA UMAR AND KRISTA LARSON Associated PressMAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) Boko Haram Islamic extremists brought back nearly all of the 110 girls they had kidnapped from a boarding school last month, drop ping them off in the middle of the night Wednesday with a warning: Dont ever put your daughters in school again. Several of the girls interviewed by The Associated Press said they had been traveling for days before the convoy of vehicles arrived in the center of the town of Dapchi around 2 a.m. Residents who had ed upon hearing that Boko Haram was headed their way watched from hiding as dozens of girls descended from the vehicles apparently un harmed. We were freed because we are Muslim girls and they didnt want us to suffer. That is why they re leased us, said Khadija Grema, one of the freed girls who said a Christian classmate remained captive. The extraordinary development brought elation to most of the fami lies, but more heartache for the relatives of the nine girls still unaccounted for. The sister of one of the girls still being held captive fainted Wednesday upon hearing news that she was not among those freed. One 14-year-old released by the ghters told reporters that ve girls had died. She did not provide other details and it was not immediately possible to independently verify her claim. The abductions in Dapchi have evoked painful memories of the tragedy in Chibok, where 276 girls were kidnapped from their board ing school. Nearly four years lat er, about 100 of them have never returned home. Many had been forced to marry their captors and had children fathered by them. The Nigerian government denied that it had paid a ransom in ex change for the girls freedom. The girls were released through backchannel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country, and it was unconditional, Information Minister Lai Mohammed told jour nalists in the capital of Abuja. No money changed hands. They only had one condition that they will return them to where they took them. So in the early hours of today, they did return the girls and most of them went to their parents, he said. The girls were meeting with counselors at a nearby hospital, and will be quarantined and be coun seled before they go back to their schools, he added. The ghters had rolled into Dap chi in nine vehicles and the girls were left in the center of town. As terried residents emerged from their homes, the extremists is sued an ominous warning, resident Baana Musa told the AP. We did it out of pity. And dont ever put your daughters in school again, the residents said the ex tremists told them. Boko Haram means Western education is for bidden in the Hausa language. Nigerias government said 101 of the 110 schoolgirls had been con rmed freed and that the number would be updated after the remain ing ones have been documented. The latest mass abduction is thought to have been carried out by a Boko Haram splinter group aligned with the Islamic State group that has criticized the leader of the main Boko Haram organiza tion for targeting civilians and has focused instead on military and Western targets. The release came a day after an Amnesty International report accused the Nigerian military of failing to heed several warnings of an imminent attack on Feb. 19 during which the girls were seized. The military has called the report an outright falsehood. Wednesdays miraculous development also brought renewed focus to the 100 Chibok girls still miss ing since April 2014. Coinciden tally some of the Chibok families had already made plans to travel to Dapchi that day to lend their moral support before it was known that most of the girls had been released. Some of the Chibok families in stead joined in rejoicing with the Dapchi parents, said Lawan Zannah, secretary of the Chibok par ents association. This development gives us light that ... we can take a message to our other colleagues at home that yes, what we have seen will give us hope that our own (girls) too will be released, Zannah said. CITIZEN TRIBUNE World Wednesday, March 21, 2018 EEE-5 Iraq holding more than 19,000 because of IS, militant tiesBAGHDAD (AP) Iraq has de tained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to the Islamic State group or other ter ror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by The As sociated Press. The mass incarceration and speed of guilty verdicts raise concerns over potential miscarriages of justice and worries that jailed militants are recruiting within the general prison population to build new extremist networks. The AP count is based partially on an analysis of a spreadsheet list ing all 27,849 people imprisoned in Iraq as of late January, provided by an ofcial who requested anonym ity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Thousands more also are believed to be held in detention by other bodies, including the Federal Police, military intel ligence and Kurdish forces. Those exact gures could not be immediately obtained. The AP determined that 8,861 of the prisoners listed in the spread sheet were convicted of terrorismrelated charges since the beginning of 2013 arrests overwhelmingly likely to be linked to the Islamic State group, according to an intel ligence gure in Baghdad. In addition, another 11,000 peo ple currently are being detained by the intelligence branch of the Interior Ministry, undergoing inter rogation or awaiting trial, a second intelligence ofcial said. Both intelligence ofcials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the press. Theres been great overcrowd ing ... Iraq needs a large number of investigators and judges to resolve this issue, Fadhel al-Gharwari, a member of Iraqis parliament-ap pointed human rights commission, told the AP. Al-Gharwari said many legal proceedings have been delayed because the country lacks the re sources to respond to the spike in incarcerations. Large numbers of Iraqis were de tained during the 2000s, when the U.S. and Iraqi governments were battling Sunni militants, including al-Qaida, and Shiite militias. In 2007, at the height of the ghting, the U.S. military held 25,000 de tainees. The spreadsheet obtained by the AP showed that about 6,000 people arrested on terror charges before 2013 still are serving those sentences. But the current wave of deten tions has hit the Iraqi justice system much harder because past arrests were spread out over a much longer period and the largest numbers of detainees were held by the Ameri can military, with only a portion sent to Iraqi courts and the rest released. Human Rights Watch warned in November that the broad use of ter rorism laws meant those with mini mal connections to the Islamic State group are caught up in prosecutions alongside those behind the worst abuses. The group estimated a simi lar number of detainees and prison ers about 20,000 in all. Based on all my meetings with senior government ofcials, I get the sense that no one perhaps not even the prime minster himself knows the full number of detain ees, said Belkis Wille, the organi zations senior Iraq researcher. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is running to retain his posi tion in national elections slated for May, has repeatedly called for ac celerated death sentences for those charged with terrorism. The spreadsheet analyzed by the AP showed that 3,130 prisoners have been sentenced to death on terrorism charges since 2013. Since 2014, about 250 execu tions of convicted IS members have been carried out, according to the Baghdad-based intelligence ofcial. About 100 of those took place last year, a sign of the accelerating pace of hangings. The United Nations has warned that fast-tracking executions puts innocent people at greater risk of being convicted and executed, resulting in gross, irreversible miscar riages of justice. The rising number of those de tained and imprisoned reects the more than four-year ght against the Islamic State group, which rst formed in 2013 and conquered nearly a third of Iraq and neighbor ing Syria the next year. Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, eventually rolled the group back on both sides of the border, regaining nearly all of the territory by the end of last year. Throughout the ghting, Iraq has pushed thousands of IS suspects through trials in counterterrorism courts. Trials witnessed by the AP and human rights groups often took no longer than 30 minutes. The vast majority were convicted under Iraqs Terrorism Law, which has been criticized as overly broad. Asked about the process, Saad alHadithi, a government spokesman, said, The government is intent that every criminal and terrorist receive just punishment. The largest concentration of those with IS-related convictions is in Nasiriyah Central Prison, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, a sprawling maximum-security complex housing more than 6,000 people accused of terrorism-related offenses. Cells designed to hold two prisoners now hold six, according to a prison ofcial who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The ofcial said over crowding makes it difcult to segre gate prisoners charged with terror ism and that an inadequate number of guards means IS members are openly promoting their ideology in side the prison. Though prisoners at Nasiriyah were banned last year from giving sermons and recruiting fellow in mates, the ofcial said he still wit nesses prisoners circulating extremist religious teachings. In wards holding mostly terrorrelated convicts, high-ranking IS members have banned prisoners from watching television. Many re fuse to eat meat from the cafeteria, believing it hasnt been prepared according to religious guidelines, the prison ofcial said. The relative free rein for extrem ists is reminiscent of Bucca Prison, a now-closed facility that the U.S. military ran in southern Iraq in the 2000s. The facility proved a petri dish where militant detainees mingled including the man who now leads the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who spent nearly ve years there, joining with other militants who became prominent in the group. Iraqi ofcials say they have taken steps to prevent a repeat of the Buc ca phenomenon. We will never allow Bucca to happen again, said an Interior Ministry ofcer overseeing the detention of IS suspects in the Mosul area, also speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The Americans freed their captives; under Iraq, they will all re ceive the death penalty, he said. Cellphone signal jammers are installed at prisons holding IS sus pects. But in Nasiriyah, the prison ofcial said inmates appear to re main in contact with the outside. He recounted how just days af ter a guard disciplined a senior IS member in the prison, the man threatened the guards family, list ing the names and ages of his chil dren. The imprisonments hit hard among Iraqs Sunni Arab minority, threatening to worsen tensions with the Shiite-dominated government. The community was both the pool that IS drew recruits from and the population most brutally victimized by its rule. Mass incarcerations under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki led to widespread resentment among Sunnis, helping fuel the growth of IS. The head of the International Red Cross, an organization that regularly visits prison and detention facilities in Iraq, warned that mass detentions often incite future cycles of violence. Its the tortures, the ill treatments, the continuous long-term bad conditions in detentions which have radicalized a lot of actors which we nd again as armed ac tors on the battleeld, ICRC Presi dent Peter Maurer said during a recent visit to Iraq. Boko Haram returns Nigeria girls, warns not to put in schoolAPIn this Oct. 3, 2017 file photo, displaced men from Hawija stand facing a wall in order not to see security officers, who will try to determine if they were associated with the Islamic State group. BY YANAN WANG Associated PressBEIJING (AP) Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Pe ter Cayetano hailed a golden period in ties with China on Wednesday despite differences over the South China Sea as the countries discussed how they might conduct joint devel opment projects in the disputed waters. Cayetano made the remarks in Beijing after meeting with his counterpart Wang Yi, who said the two countries will ad vance discussions on offshore oil and gas exploration. This way, the South China Sea disputes will no longer block the development of bilateral ties, but rather the South China Sea will be turned into a source of friendship and co operation between our two countries, Wang said. China and the Philippines have long tussled over islands and reefs in the South China Sea and since taking ofce in 2013, Xi has taken a hard line on issues of Chinese sover eignty. Kicking off his second ve-year term on Tuesday, Xi de clared in a fervently nationalistic address to the ceremonial legislature that China would never cede one inch of its ter ritory. China rejected an international tribunals 2016 ruling invalidating much of its claim to virtually the entire South China Sea in a case brought by the Philippines. But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has pushed for closer relations with Beijing, downplaying the dispute over territory claimed by both sides and courting Chinese aid and investment. For its part, China has eased pressure on Philip pine shermen and is working with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to reach a code of conduct to avoid frictions while operating in the area where an estimated $5 trillion in international trade passes annually. Cayetano said Duterte will be attending the Boao regional economic forum on Chinas Hainan island next month, add ing that the Philippines looks forward to welcoming Xi for a state visit. Our relationship is in a golden period, and with very posi tive momentum, we are now ready to face more challenges together, Cayetano said. He expressed condence that China and the Philippines will nd a suitable legal framework for their different viewpoints on the South China Sea. Along with rich but diminishing shing stocks, the South China Sea is believed to hold deposits of oil, gas and other resources.China, Philippines discuss joint South China Sea projects