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We Inform. You Decide. VOLUME 105 ISSUE 85 TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Todayvisit With the football season rapidly approaching, alligatorSports is previewing the top the Gators this season. On tap today, we break down the offensive weapons. See Story, Page 14. Guess who came knocking on Gainesvilles door this weekend? A Jehovahs Witness District Convention was held at the ODome. Turn to page 8 for the story. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohios Capitol building in Columbus will be a place for making laws and making drinks. full-service bar will open next month within an existing caf. The bar on the buildings lower level will sell beer, wine and liquor. The Ohio agency that oversees the Statehouse says the bar at certain times. It also will host special events and what are described as private happy hours. THE ASSOCIATED PRESSIll drink to that law: Ohio Statehouse adds bar Rain 94/75FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 9 CROSSWORD 11 SPORTS 14 THE LAST DISPLAY WAS IN 2008.By BENJAMIN S. BRASCHAlligator Contributing Writer After a two-year drought, Gator Growl will explode back The Nov. 4 show will bedazzle the Miller Band played at Gator Growl in 2008. Fireworks were added because there was a lack of powerful environment during the show, said Aaron Heger, the producer of Gator Growl. Responses from a survey administered in spring show students and said. Its the students show, The Gator Nations show, and we are trying to give them what they are were originally taken away from Gator Growl because with the new multi-million-dollar video boards, no parties felt comfortable with a In a backward twist, lack of Growl attendance in the past few years years upcoming program. Without students and alumni Stadium, it made it possible to place the stage in the student section of the stadium facing the alumni section, where all attending Gator Growl will now sit. Heger said he feels the stage change makes for a more comfortable viewing environment. With the stage in the student section and away from the new video safety concern. Gator Growl is looking into any Fireworks display coming back to Gator GrowlCorey Alloe / AlligatorBedazzled by the BoomThe City of Alachua hosts its annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex. The celebrations, which featured food, games and music drew a crowd of over 20,000 people. See photo story on page 3. LOCALBy JONNY SHIVER Alligator Contributing Writer With UFs Fanfares and Fireworks out seekers had to turn elsewhere to celebrate Americas birthday. In Williston, the sweet smell of kettlecooked popcorn pierced the country air Saturday as family and friends gathered to celebrate Independence Day. Mary Kline, executive director of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce and 2011 citizen of the year, said about 14,000 people 4,000 more than in 2010 made the trek to the small-town Independence Day festival to take in live entertainment, tacle. The festival kicked off with a parade of the historic streets of downtown Williston, followed by the main event a few miles out of town at Williston Horsemans Park. Entry to the event was free, but a $2 parkliston High Schools JROTC program. Debra Jones, the Williston City Council vice president and organizer of the festival, said the event is designed to showcase the town to thousands of people who travel from the surrounding counties. Its a task shes tackled since Americas bicentennial I can practically do it with my eyes closed, she said. As the sun began to set, a thundering vocal melody rumbled across the grounds as spectators stopped and turned their focus to the entertainment pavilion. Sixteen-year-old J.R. Hernandez had taken the stage along with Kendall Loveday, 17, both of Bell, Fla. stage seemingly awakened the ghost of country music legend Johnny Cash as he performed songs such as Keith Urbans Tonight I Wanna Cry and Josh Turners Long Black Train. Hernandez said he started playing guitar about four years ago, and he has only been singing for a little more than two years. Hes always known where he wants to go, though. It has always been my dream to get on a bus and go places, he said. Id love to play in different places every day. He plans to perform at the University of Florida during the 2011 Florida 4-H Congress event held July 25-29.Locals celebrate United States 235th birthdaySEE GR O WL, P AGE 5 SEE F OURTH, P AGE 5Heger It has always been my dream to get on a bus and go places. Id love to play in different places every day.J.R. Hernandez singer


News Today Subscription Rates: One Semester (Fall or Spring) $18 Summer Semester $10 Two Semesters (Fall or Spring) $35 Full Year (All Semesters) $40The Independent Florida Alligator is a student newspaper serving the University of Florida, pubThe Alligator The Alligator is The Alligator VOLUME 105 ISSUE 85 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 SATURDAY FRIDAY THURSDAY WEDNESDAY TODAYFORECAST NATIONALJail inmate: Lack of porn violates US ConstitutionMOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. A Michigan jail inmate says hes being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he cant have pornography. In a handwritten lawsuit, 21-year-old Kyle Richards claims his civil rights are being violated at the Macomb County Jail. Richards says denying his request for erotic material subjects him to a poor standard of living and sexual and sensory deprivation. The Michigan Department of Corrections tells The Detroit News that prisons allow some pornographic material, though its banned at the jail. The American Civil Liberties Union says prisons have a lot of leeway. Richards was charged with bank robbery after police followed a trail of snowy footprints and dropped money to his apartment from a bank robbery scene in January in Fraser, north of Detroit. Richards pleaded guilty. Sentencing is Aug. 2. THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMass. tavern boss happy as clam with chowder title BOSTON A restaurant celebrating its 25th anniversary this year also is celebrating the prestigious title of Bostons Best Chowder. More than 200 gallons of clam chowder were ladled out to thousands of people at a contest called Chowderfest here on Sunday to determine who makes New Englands signature dish of clams, cream and potatoes the best. The winner: Clancys Restaurant in Dennisport, on Cape Cod. Clancys Restaurant and tavern manager Joan Perez says a lot of passion and late-night hours by the incredible kitchen staff went into the chowder. She says the chowder title is especially dear to the Clancys staff because owner Guy Erickson died in April. The 30th annual Chowderfest was part of Boston Harborfest, a Fourth of July festival showcasing the citys heritage. Six restaurants competed. THE ASSOCIATED PRESSworld in it. So, what he calls his crazy desire to do something ridiculous became a yellow-tinged reality. THE ASSOCIATED PRESSBaboon, possibly from amusement park, on run in New JerseyJACKSON, N.J. A baboon is on the loose in New Jersey. Police say they received two calls Thursday afternoon from people who saw the monkey, and two more residents reported Friday morning that a baboon was walking around in their neighborhoods. But despite an ongoing search of the areas, the elusive animal remained on the lam into Friday afternoon. Authorities say the baboon may have escaped from the near by Six Flags Great Adventures Monkey Jungle. The park has 150 baboons. tive one of their animals is missing because they are not counted daily. The Great Adventure baboons are fenced in and implanted with breaches were found in the fences around Monkey Jungle, and no signs of a potential escape have been found. Thursday, when a driver said the animal was near Interstate 195, and later that day a woman said a baboon was sitting on her back porch in Jackson. On Friday morning, two residents in developments not far from the park reported a baboon was in their neighborhoods. THE ASSOCIATED PRESSBicyclists report getting smacked by angry bird PENDLETON, Ore. Bicyclists in eastern Oregon say theyre getting whacked on the head by an angry bird. Riders in Pendleton, Ore., told the East Oregonian that a male hawk is dive-bombing them because theyre too close to a nest hes guarding in an old cottonwood tree. Bicyclist Mack Temple says the bird came in from behind like helmet. Another rider, Charlie Newhouse, says the attack on his helmet was like getting hit with a baseball bat. He says the talons went in through the helmet. Bird-watchers say the large bird is a Swainsons hawk. The riders say hes been vigilant for a few nesting seasons, but hasnt been as aggressive as this year. Bird-watchers say the hawk will ease up once his brood THE ASSOCIATED PRESSPennsylvania mans banana car peels through Flint, Michigan FLINT, Mich. Talk about peeling out. A Pennsylvania man cruised into Flint, Mich., this week in his giant, motorized banana and parked it on the bricks of Saginaw Street. Some looked confused. Many snapped pictures. Banana car owner Steve Braithwaite tells The Flint Jour nal he had no idea how much he was going to enjoy people laughing and smiling at him. The Coopersburg, Pa., resident with Flint ties brought the former pickup truck back through the area, more than two years after buying the original vehicle from a junkyard in Genesee Countys Argentine Township. Braithwaite decided one day he wanted to turn a Ford F-150 into a banana and travel the THUNDER STORMS 90/73 THUNDER STORMS 87/73 THUNDER STORMS 90/74 THUNDER STORMS 92/73 RAIN 94/73


TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 3 The Bombs Bursting in Air Alex Catalano / Alligator Aundre Larrow / Alligator Staff Max Reed / Alligator Staff Aundre Larrow / Alligator Max Reed / Alligator Staff Max Reed / Alligator Staff


THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNEW YORK Hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut estimates he eats about 20,000 calories in one shot at food competitions, but he says his doctor doesnt mind. In the long run Im really not consuming that many more calories than most people, the four-time Nathans Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest champion said Friday at an appearance ahead of the yearly Fourth of July eat-off. I run. I really try to stay healthy. I count my calories rigorously when Im not doing the contests. The San Jose, Calif., resident said that at 27, hes young enough to get away with his competitive binging for a few more years. His doctor checks his blood work and has told him not to worry as long as he gives himself time to recover, doesnt gain weight and doesnt develop diabetes, Chestnut said. Chestnut is 6 and weighs 218 pounds. A physically active man of his age, weight and height should be eating 3,200 calories a day to maintain his weight, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2009, the contests reigning champion set a world record when he ate 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Last year, he won with just 54 dogs. On Friday, Chestnut gathered near New Yorks City Hall with other eaters including the presumed female front-runner, 105-pound Sonya The Black Widow Thomas. off for women. Sponsor Pepto Bismol has created ornate championship belts for the winners one in mustard yellow and one in pepto pink. Last years competition was overshadowed by the ar rest of previous six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi, who jumped on the stage after Chestnuts victory. The 33-year-old from Japan has refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating and so was barred from competing. miles away on a Manhattan rooftop. Hell watch the Nathans contest on TV and try to out-eat all the competitors. 4, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011Brett Le Blanc / Alligator StaffThe Impassable Bay Fire has burned 11,305 acres of woodlands in the AP Photo/AP Images for Pepto-BismolSonya Thomas and Joey Chestnut, favorites to win this years Nathans Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contests, have a stare down after their weigh-ins during a ceremony at City Hall Park on Friday in New York. THOSE WITH ALLERGIES FEEL EFFECTS.By SPENCER L. REEDERAlligator Contributing Writer ing coughing, sneezing and an unforgiving runny nose. For Kelley Addis, its generating business. Forget small talk about the weather. Addis customers cut straight to the point. This smoke is so bad, huh? begins a mucusladen customer. Can you do something about my sinuses? Addis, a massage therapist at Chiropractic Solutions, knows she will have a full day of facial massages to help customers cope with sinus irritation. Even her dog, Buddy, coughs and refuses to go outside. But people with allergies arent the only ones also spark problems for those with lung conditions. Anybody who has intrinsic lung disease could be affected, said Dr. Mark Brantly from Shands HealthCare at UF. This includes the near-10 percent of the U.S. population that has asthma, a disease that makes it Environmental factors are a major trigger for asthma attacks, Brantly said. Smoke in the air can cause patients to experience these attacks more often. These individuals have a hypersensitivity to stimuli, Brantly said. He said he would not be surprised to see an increase of patients experiencing effects from the smoke. Fortunately, Susan Nesbit, a nurse practitioner, has not seen a large increase in asthma patients at the UF Student Health Care Center. The good news is we havent seen asthmatics lining up, Nesbit said. People who have asthma know how to take care of themselves. She said asthmatics can usually treat their symptoms with inhalers. Brantly said those with allergies, like Addis, also tend to be more susceptible to the increase in smoke. Every time I go outside, my allergies act up, customers. Its like a mask on my face. In fact, both Brantly and Nesbit encourage people to avoid going outside when heavy amounts of smoke are in the air. Avoiding the smoke is one of the most important things, Brantly added. If you do have to go outside dur nasal rinses or neti pots, a teapot-like device that He said face masks are typically ineffective, and people will achieve better results using high volumes of nasal rinses. Nesbit suggested checking the quality of air online to see what parts of the day might have a higher smoke content. Anything beyond clean air is not going to be good for you, Nesbit said. Although Brantly and Nesbit agree that mild smoke should not cause any long-term damage, wait-and-see process. Hopefully, well get a good rain and wash it all down, Brantly said. plague residents healthNATIONALHot dog champ eats 20K calories, says doctor approves Ne ws Local


The Shane Wooten Band rocked the stage in a display of country music that brought the crowd to chants of U.S.A. and sing-alongs to original hits such as Running With a Redneck Crowd and Shoveln Sunshine. After climbing up the country music charts in Florida and traveling around the country, Wooten said he likes to come back to his roots. I grew up around here, he said. I threw watermelons not far from here. Its where I come from. Kline said the Shane Wooten Band was such a huge success last year that she had to have the group perform again this year. She said the band played for less than $1,000 a fee she describes as barely enough to cover his travel costs. He does it out of the goodness of his heart, she said. Immediately following Wootens performance came the highlight of Independence Day celebrations across the The crowd jumped in sur up the night sky. Children distracted by short attention spans were quickly engulfed in the magic that danced above the trees. Screams of that was loud permeated every corner of the rocked the warm summer sky a show that costs about $8,500, Jones said. Despite the large crowd and opportunity for the festival to go south, Pfc. James Tegart, 36, of the Williston Police Department, said there havent been any major problems in recent years. Its advertised as a family event and it stays that way, he said. TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 5Ani Goni-Lessan / Alligator File PhotoA Gator Growl light projection shines over the crowd during a previous homecoming celebration. The event, known as Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls are possible choices for music performancehazardous areas and making sure they are taken care of, he said. We have never had any sorts of issues in the past, and challenge for the area around the university. Whether its the gunpowder used to set them off or nitely a lot of particulate that enters the atmosphere, said of Sustainability. Some of it gets left behind, falls on the works container that dont necessarily burn up in the air could also end up in those spaces. By the end of Summer B, a band should be announced, said Cait Feroleto, director of public relations for Gator Growl. The band will most likely be a rock band, since the community would not want a hip-hop artist brought in, she said. Heger said he would like most to bring in Maroon 5, though the Goo Goo Dolls would be a more likely choice. GROWL, from page 1Jonny Shiver / AlligatorEmmalynn McFadden, a 17-month-old from Hudson, Fla., plays a game at the Williston Independence Day Festival on Saturday. About 2,500 explosions rocked the sky FOURTH, from page 1By KATIE EBERLY Alligator Contributing Writer ment is working to make sure students are prepared for this hurricane season. Kenneth Allen, the emergency management coordinator for the students and residents need to look at hurricane season as a big picture. the universitys risk management website. Part of the reason students must update their contact infor mation via ISIS, Allen said, is because the university needs to be knowledgeable about where students are living and how many students are on and off campus. Each dorm has its own evacuation plan thats established by the plans are updated annually and are posted on the risk management website. For students living on and off campus, UFs environmental and health website offers videos to students that discuss the need to make preparations for hurricane season. Allen said students plans should include having enough supplies to last at least 72 hours and making sure all outside appliances are brought indoors. He said its always better to prepare, even if you dont think you will be affected by a hurricane. If you live in Florida, you have a hurricane problem, Allen said. Peter Waylen, professor of geography at UF, said he is inter ested to see how this hurricane season will progress. We can have a busy tropical storm year and none of them come anywhere near Gainesville, he said. People can begin to think one just blows right through your house. Then you remember it. Allen said it is important for all on-campus students to learn their hurricane plan for their dorm. He said residents should look on the housing website to see the evacuation routes and make sure they are familiar with them Brooke Van de Houten, a UF sophomore and a previous resident of Fletcher Hall, said she was never aware of the hurricane plan for her dorm. I dont feel like I need to prepare for hurricanes, because you know when theyre coming, Van de Houten said. more information about hurricane safety at http://housing. UF makes plans for hurricane season On Campu s Whether its the gunpowder used to set them off or the chemicals and metals that ticulate that enters the atmosphere.Ashley Pennington


The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator .The Alligator encourages comments from readers. Letters to the editor should not exceed 150 words (about one letter-sized page). They must be typed, double-spaced and must include the just cause. We reserve the right to edit for length, grammar, style and libel. Send letters to, bring them to 1105 W. University Ave., or send them to P.O. Box 14257, Gainesville, FL 32604-2257.Columns of about 450 words about original topics and editorial cartoons are also welcome. Questions? Call 376-4458.6, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011Opinions Reader response Vote or post a message at www.alligator.orgColumnALLIGATOR C.J. Pruner EDITOR Joey Flechas Josh Isom MANAGING EDITORS 88% YES 12% NO184 TOTAL VOTESMondays question: Is Casey Anthony guilty? Todays question: Will Congress reach a deal on the debt limit by Aug.2? U.S.needs a new red-headed stepchildI love America, and so should you. So many people are ungrateful for American oppor tunities, such as having the very opportunity to hate your own country if you so desire. Try that in Saudi Arabia; I dare you. Yes, there are problems with the United States, and lem isnt only with government and infrastructure. Maybe it has to do with morale and mindset. Who is cheering us own citizens? In my opinion, one of the biggest problems is that it is no longer the 1980s. They were just so easy to hate. Now our major enemies are terrorist factions in the Middle East that are often centered on structured religious bias. Ugh. As for a suitable enemy, they simply arent relatable. Their accents simply arent as hilarious, and we have no major sports competition with them. dominance in international sports. We cant even beat Why dont we form international competitions with the sports we are actually good at? I am begging for an Inter national Football League. Please, please, please! dont want them to be. I just want them to effectively demonstrate our countrys dominance. I want games where Americas score reaches triple digMaybe its because we used to be the underdogs, and now were not. Now were a faltering power. ing again, this is a good time. We can be underdogs once again. And rather than being a faltering times two. tion of all Soviet frustration in one Ivan Drago. of Soviets and teach us all about the necessity of love and respect in warfare, directing us toward eventual peace as the result of a 15-round slugfest. Our generations version of terrorists couldnt sit still least one or two children with bombs, enticing them with promises of virgins and cheesy poofs. So it comes down to honor. Whatever happened to honorable combat? Scorpion shows Sub-Zero more respect. At least he waits to perform a demoralizing fatality on an opposing contestant until after an announcer declares, Finnews reporters) and torture them in ways Mortal Kombat creators study for months to try to even generate a fraction of gore that severe. So, America, I love you to death, but I am putting you on the spot. We need to tone it down for a couple years so we need to be better at international sports. Either way, I really miss the Soviet Union. Shea Ford is a psychology senior at UF. His column appears on Tuesdays.Anyone can be a patriot American Atheists, a more-than-40-yearold organization that advocates for the civil liber ties of atheists and the complete separation of church and several public locations across the country Monday that read phrases such as Godfor the organization who was quoted in several news ar Atheists can be proud patriots just as much as theists can. News reports quoted pimessage because they feared for their lives or personal relationships. Some of them were atheists. If there is that much fear their beliefs, then they have a point. While this display of secularism may upset many, part of Americas ideals rests in the freedom to believe or not believe any god. Atheism is just as much of a belief system as theism. Either way, religious beliefs have nothing to do with loyalty to ones country. sinuating that the idea of atheism is patriotic, as opposed to theism, is a bit ill-conceived. hammer that into people in especially on the Fourth of July. On a day when we should be remembering everything should be put aside.Game Over Debt debate goes beyond O Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, did something that, for a politician on the Sunday political self in the mirror, and you say to yourself, did I do what was right for families and for children, and if I paid a politiparty, yourself. It cannot be ideological....The people in What would drive a Republican governor in a critical election swing state that boasts the most powerful Republirefers to the debt ceiling that appears to be on the verge of caving us all in if Congress cannot reach a deal by Aug. 2. been battered by economic malaise, this could be the chair shot that leaves us down for the count. w We now call upon those on Capitol Hill to not treat this of Americans hang in the balance. They are not simply rhetorical pawns that can be moved around the board at will; Shea


TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 7 My Thai friend Sith starts a lot of sentences with Maybe America have, maybe America no have. Usually, the subject was strange food. This time the subject was a drug. Fin? I dont know what youre talking about. America might have it. I just dont know what you mean, I say. How do you get high with it? Do you eat it, snort it or smoke it? Same, same as pot. You smoke it. Tell me what it looks like, Sith. Its black, very soft. You smoke little, you get too much dinky-dow. Does it make you pass out and dream? people no can do. Downtown, Ill tell you where to go. Opium? No shit, Jose, I say. Whats it like? Its out of sight. Try it. It cost two baht. Fifty cents to experience a new high something Ill never get to try in the States. No one from the old neighborhood ever smoked opium. Among my G.I. friends, only Jose seems to know anything about it. Fifty cents is a bargain. Why the hell not? Its the swinging 1960s in the States, and only the young and hip smoke dope. Thailands just the opposite. Because Papa Sans too old to contribute to the family structure, he squats in a hooch and sells pot or opium. Besides easing whatever ailments he might have accumulated over his long life, it brings in a few bucks. Its a cheap, productive retirement system. Nakhon Phanom looks like a town out of a Hollywood Western. Wooden, elevated sidewalks divide the unpaved clay streets from the dilapidated structures. The town reserves concrete-block construction for jewelry stores, tailors and teak shops. The trail that leads me to Papa Sans doorway is even dustier and ruttier than the two-lane dirt road that leads to town. You cant miss the hooch, Jose says. Its the only one on stilts, about 100 yards from the corner. He smiles, gives a knowing nod, and then holds out his hand. I decorate his palm with the two baht tariff. A young girl enters the room, takes the 50 cents and returns with a bamboo bong. The old man breaks out a box of kitchen matches, then removes a small ball of aluminum foil. Once unfolded, it exposes a black orb the size of a wine cork. Papa Sans machete hacks off a small piece. He returns the remains to its womb. He chops the black tar and places a small portion into the bongs bowl. His lips envelop the pipe. He inhales deeply. His neck strains from holding down the smoke. He passes the bong to me. I hold the kitchen match over the my mind and body. I need to lie down. The sensation doesnt overwhelm me, so I start to relax. Im actually relieved its not another high, nothing dramatic. Eventually, Im able to sit up. the road. I sit facing him as he relights the bong. He takes a hit, but only a hint of smoke exits his mouth. He tries again. The opium really hits me now. I just want to lie back down. Then an epiphany: Im two blocks from town. Ill head for a massage parlor. Lying naked while a pretty girl kneads my muscles seems like a pleasant way to experience the effects of opium. If I fall asleep, so what? Ill give her $5 instead of the $2.50 it usually costs for the hour. When the massage is over, shell wake me, then give me my happy ending. Then shell powder me and open me an ice-cold beer. To me, everything he does seems contrived, foggy, almost as if hes in slow motion. The old man lights the bowl again and exhales a whisper of smoke. His patience exhausted, he raises the bamboo pipe blow acts like a plunger that has unclogged a toilet as thousands of giant red ants cascade out of the pipe and stampede They swarm my legs and ankles. I leap up howling. My The old man is in the same predicament, but he acts like Im nuts.The army of ants runs unrestrained over his feet, legs and onto his bare chest. The more I scream the harder he laughs. I Instead, I walk and think. Was he laughing because he was white men are afraid of ants? America sent a half a million soldiers to occupy a land thats full of them. While walking the two blocks to the massage parlor, I obsess about Asias bugs. Ive never seen anything like them. They are as big as Buicks. Rice bugs are the Thai version of great American cockroaches, but Christ are they enormous! Centipedes look like cigars, and the ants that just ran over me should have worn license plates. Yet through it all, the old man never moved. Sweat pours down my face as I slug along this unending path. Two short blocks to town, but my legs feel like Im crossing the Himalayas. yak. The few teeth she has are yellow from beetle nut. My eyes rivet to the yak. I feel like Im part of a bizarre painting. I must focus on the massage parlors location. If I miss the turn for town, I could be lost on this endless road for the rest of my life. I should see buildings when I turn left at the end of this die on this road. My head is killing me. This was a big mistake. The sun is brutal. Maybe I should hail it and ride to town. Relax, stupid, I tell myself, the towns nearby. The suns heat makes my legs leaden. Where the f**k is this town? What if I dont see another one? it. Ill just walk and walk. Just a few more steps, focus, concentrate, dont miss the turn, be there, be there. There it is. Thank Christ. Calm down, asshole, youve been high before. Relax. these stairs and open the door. A wave of cool air revives me. girls lounge on. I need a beer, quick. Sitting on the leather sofa, slugging a cold Sing-Hai, I start to settle down. Wow, I was out of control. Was it the opium, the heat or a combination of both? Those f*****g ants bummed me out. Never again combine sun and opium. Jose should have warned me. Next time, I go at night. I pick a girl and leave for her cubicle. As she leads me down the corridor, I hug my beer like a security blanket. She opens the door. The 8-foot-by-6-foot room contains a massage table, a bathtub and a hook. I use the hook for my clothes, while she All is better. She rubs the soapy sponge across my body. feet, hands and thighs, no welts, no bites, no marks of any kind. Smooth as a marble statue. One of us, either the old man or me, is not quite as cool as I thought. Lost in the sauce: getting bug-eyed in the opium junglesColumn Bill


8, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 NEARLY 7,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE EVENT.By CHRIS BOOGARAlligator Contributing Writer Jehovahs Witnesses probably didnt show up on your doorstep this weekend. Instead, they came together to discuss verses from the Bible, get baptized, enjoy full-costume dramas and some Red Light, Green Light, a game the children played during a break as the Jehovahs Witness District Convention hosted 6,905 people from 47 congregations at the OConnell Center from Friday to Sunday. information about the economic impact, the city that surrounds it has embraced the religious convention, said Nick Belloit, a volunteer in news services from Jacksonville. The theme for the meeting was Let Gods Kingdom Come, which focused on aspects of the Lords Prayer. The theme was chosen by the international headquarters. Witnesses believe Gods Kingdom is a real government in Heaven, Belloit said, poised to take active control of Earths management. There is no clergy for Jehovahs Witnesses, which allows for different viewpoints at meetings. There were 47 speakers at the meeting, Belloit said. There was not a collection plate passed around at the District Convention and there never is, he said. The biggest thing we do is preach, he said. It doesnt matter, he added, if it is at a door or in front of thousands at a meeting. Volunteers and voluntary contributions are the two keys, he said. There were cardboard boxes set up for contributions, but admission was free. The voluntary contributions helped to pay to rent out the OConnell Center, and Jehovahs Witness workers at the event were volunteers. Thirty-two Jehovahs Witnesses were baptized on Satur days portion of the event. The baptism pool, which was about 10 feet by 6 feet with seven stairs leading to the edge, was just deep enough for someone to help the person submerge in the water to complete the baptism. To become baptized, Jehovahs Witnesses must have knowledge of what the Bible teaches, engage in public preaching and change their ways to act as the Bible says, Belloit said. Those who wish to be baptized have the opportunity to do so three times a year, at the District Convention, the Circuit Assembly or Special Assembly. Between May and September, there are 381 conventions held in 98 cities across America. There will be another Jehovahs Witness District Convention with the same theme beginning July 29 at the OConnell Center. The events will have the same focus as this past weekends District Convention. The focus of the July 29 session will be on Matthew 6:10 from the Bible, a declaration that Gods Kingdom is a real government. The theme for July 30 will be Keep On Seeking First the Kingdom and His Righteousness, based on Matthew 6:33. The weekend will conclude July 31 with talks about 2 Peter 1:11. According to statistics provided by the Jehovahs Witnesses, there are more than 7.5 million Jehovahs Witnesses worldwide and an expected 1.7 million people in attendance for all of the District Conventions across the country. tower. It has a circulation of 42.1 million copies and is available in 188 languages, giving the people in more than 107,000 congregations the ability to read it. Clinton McFadden, 55, a Jacksonville resident who has been a practicing Jehovahs Witness for his whole life, said the convention was similar to his meetings he attends every week at his Kingdom Hall, which is the name the group uses to refer to its places of worship. The only difference here, he said, was having about 6,900 people in attendance. Jehovahs Witnesses believe people do not go to hell, McFadden said. He said its made up. The religious group also believes that 144,000 people will go to heaven, and the rest of humankind will live on Earth under the previously mentioned government. But what is the biggest difference between Jehovahs Witness and other religions, at least to McFadden? Its the truth, he said.Jehovahs Witnesses knock on ODomes doors Ne ws Local


Sports TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 ALLIGATOR POLL QUESTION TEAM USA BASKETBALL UPDATE POLL RESULTS Previous question: Does a national cham pionship in baseball carry the same weight as one in football or basketball? Percent (Votes)No 66% (81) Yes 34% (41)122 TOTAL VOTES Gators sophomore forward/center Patric Young has scored 22 points and recorded 23 rebounds in three games at the FIBA U19 World Cham round in the tournament after defeating Serbia 80-78 on Friday. Young had his top performance in the contest, notching 13 points along with Harrison Diamond / Alligator File PhotoAlthough Florida has an abundance of highly touted recruits, the offense lacks a consistent playmaker. THIS IS THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF A FIVEPART SERIES PREVIEWING UF FOOTBALL NEXT SEASON.By MATT WATTSAlligator Staff Eds. Note With practice set to get underway next month, we here at alligacoach Will Muschamp in 2011. The new-look Florida football team is littered with question marks. There are issues on both the offensive and defensive lines. The linebackers apart from redshirt sophomore Jelani Jenkins have ondary will be without vocal leader Ahmad Black and All-American Janoris Jenkins. And, of course, theres that whole John Brantley thing. But before dissecting the signal look at the skill position players on offense the playmakers. bag of talent originally recruited to play the spread, and if Brantley is going to succeed, he will need some serious help from some unproven sources. Redshirt juniors Omarius Hines and Frankie Hammond Jr. occupied the top spots on the depth chart Muschamp handed out during spring practice, but nothing is set in stone in the new scheme under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. As it stands, the receiving corp lacks a legitimate weapon. Redshirt senior Deonte Thompson led the Gators in most receiving categories last season, racking up 38 receptions for 570 yards. But he had only one touchdown reception and struggled with dropped balls at times. Hines (20 catches, 281 yards) and Hammond (22 catches, 276 yards) showed spurts of promise but lacked consistency. Redshirt sophomore Andre DeNo. 5: Playmakers Who will step up?Welcome to the dead zone: Americas blackening holeLike any good American this weekend, I drank Bud Light, shot bottle rockets at friends and saw Transformers III. Michele Bachmann and her history-confused Dont Tread on Me goons might neverve been prouder. But see, at least for a brief moment, I had something to take my mind off the fact that were a sports-less country right now. Welcome to Americas dark abyss. Unnecessary Spoiler Alert!!! Like Dark of the Moon Michael thats two hours too long the sports world is nearly devoid of any interesting plot to follow. With two lockouts, no Tiger, and college football almost two months away, the sports universe has skipped the dog days of summer and jumped right into Dantes Inferno. Seriously, when SportsCenter is obsessing over Novak Djokovic eating grass and Skip Bayless is about to throw blows over Derek Jeters inclusion to the All-Star team, weve run out of things to talk about. Im half-surprised Magic fans havent rioted yet after continuously being bludgeoned with lame planking photos from their franchise center, who refuses to use the time off to learn a drop step. Unfortunately, there will be no By BRYAN HOLTAlligator Writer When redshirt freshman Michael McFar land left UF on Friday, tight end depth became an issue for the Gators. Florida will enter the 2011 season with just one true tight end (freshman A.C. Leonard) on the roster. Jordan Reed, who played quarterback and tight end last season, and Gerald Christian, a former linebacker attempting to make the switch to the offensive side of the ball, add only minimal depth. Enter Kent Taylor, a 2012 Land O Lakes High prospect rated the No. 1 tight end in the country by He said UFs depth issues would absolutely sway his college decision, and that Taylor caught 35 passes for 571 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior at Land O Lakes. His versatility and ability to stretch offers. until he visits Georgia, LSU and Alabama, the 6-foot5, 220-pounder was clear about his feelings toward the Gators. I havent come out with my list of top schools yet, but Im really high on Flor ida, Taylor said. Florida is one of my top schools. I will say that. Taylor will be at Friday Night Lights on July 22 and has been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. If he decides to orally commit to the Lack of depth entices top TESEE FOOTBALL, PAGE 16 SEE RECRUIT, PAGE 15 SEE JESSE, PAGE 15 Jesse SimontonSimon Who will be Floridas top playmaker for the 2011 season? Fo otball Taylor


TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 15 Courtesy PhotoKent Taylor, the 2012 No. 1 rated tight end in the country by, hasnt yet narrowed his list of 30 ofLocal corner picks USF but waits for Gators offer Gators, he would be UFs second 2012 tight end commit along with fellow four-star Colin Thompson. Local CB a Bull, but keeping options open: Attending school at nearby Gainesville High, Chris Bivins lives in the dium. When he was a standout at Gators football camp in early June, it looked like he might be playing college ball a mere three-minute drive from the stock with Florida, he said. They started talking to me a lot more. But while his per formance at the camp may have raised his stock, it has yet to garner the 5-foot-11, 166-pound three-star corner an So on June 25, Bivins became one of South Floridas eight 2012 oral commits while attending the schools one-day SuperBull camp. He picked USF over Arkansas, Illinois and Kentucky. He said he chose the Bulls because of his love for Tampa and the close relationship he has with USFs coaching staff. school to offer him a scholar ship. While Bivins has seemingly made his decision, he said he still plans to take full advantage of his recruiting process. Im a Bull right now, the cornerback said. But Im not going to pass up any opportunities. Bivins plans to take all of his includes Arkansas, North Car olina State, Kentucky and Iowa State. As far as his hometown something he would consider if an offer comes, but that its an issue hes not going to get into right now. Bivins leaves today for Nikes The Opening Showcase in Portland, Ore., where hell get a sample of the abundant cornerback crop that may be holding him back from getting a UF offer. Its stiff competition there right now, he said of UF, which already has two cornerback oral commits. If I get an offer, I get an offer. If I dont, I dont. Etc.: All signs seem to point toward Melbourne Holy Trinity four-star safety Marcus Maye making an announcement in the near future. According to Bivins, Maye really likes Florida, and may be leaning toward choosing the Gators. Bivins and a number of recruits will be torn this year between par ticipating in UFs Friday Night Lights camp and ESPN Rises invitation-only Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament, which runs from July 22-25. RECRUIT, from page 14escape at least not for another month or more. Aside from baseball which I love, but most people nothing to watch, and even less to talk about. Tour de Enhanced? Ill pass. The only thing more monotonous than watching cycling is watching people discuss cycling. Abby Wambach and the U.S. Womens World Cup run is OK, but it doesnt exactly get the jollies going. The bustling news of NHL free agency or NASCARs Chase? Uh, no. The WNBA? Just shoot me. There are literally three things other than baseball that are watchable right now and two Copa Amrica and the MLS are considered so unpatriotic you can barely Thank God for The Challenge: Rivals. ber-competitive, juiced and liquored-up, crazy athletic people doing anything to earn a quick buck. We need new hope. We need old NFL reliables like fantasy football, Hard Knocks and frenzied free agency to re-emerge. The constant legal mumbo-jumbo in two of the worlds biggest sports has sucked the life out of peoples interest. America should never change the channel on sports like it should on the Casey Anthony trial, but it is. Weve become a downtrodden sports world that desperately needs a Fifth Avenue face-lift. We are, as someone once famously wrote, your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Soon there may be light. Soon, the sports world may become more optimistic. But right now, we just need some goddamn football soon. JESSE, from page 14


16, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 Rainey, Demps facing transition in Gators new pro-style offense Harvin, but he has struggled with injuries and Weis is always messing with me because Each and every day, I came out and made With uncertainties abound, its clear there are more questions than answers surrounding But one thing is undeniable, Brantley and FOOTBALL, from page 14 2011 Outlook No. 9 South Carolina Returning Starters Lattimore Players to Watch Jeffery Gilmore Key Game No. 10 Texas Christian Not many teams could weather the loss of 26 seniors most notably four-year starting quarterback Andy Dalton and still crack a top-10, but TCU has not been a normal program the last three seasons. Under coach Gary Patterson, the Horned Frogs have dominated their non-BCS conference foes. TCU proved it self versus the games top competition in last years 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wiscon sin. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Casey Pachall, who pushed Dalton for the starting job as a freshman in 2009, is set to lead a seasons leading rushers. On defense, AllAmerican linebackers Tank Carder and Tan ner Brock should continue to thrive in their last full season of non-AQ competition before TCU jumps to the Big East in 2012.2011 Outlook 5 Offense 6 DefenseReturning Starters RB Ed Wesley (166 carries, 1,078 yards, 11 TD)LB Tank Carder (60 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 intercep tion)LB Tanner Brock (106 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble re coveries)Wesley Players to Watch Carder Brock Nov. 12 at Boise State This will likely be the Horned Frogs only regular season game against a ranked opponent. Theyll need a big perfor mance on the Broncos blue turf to have a shot at a third-consecutive BCS bowl appearance.Key Game 2010: 13-0 (8-0 Mountain West Conference) John Boothe and Rosa Taveras / Alligator Staff Each and every day, I came out and made plays, and I gradually made my way to the top.Quinton Dunbar UF Receiver alligatorSports Staff Preseason Top 10 rankings. First up, Texas Christian and reigning SEC Eastern Division champs South Carolina.

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