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M IKE W RIGHT Staff WriterINVERNESS A Pine Ridge man shot by a Citrus County sheriffs deputy in February remains in fair condition at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, and investigators have still been unable to speak with him because he is medically unresponsive, officials said. Nicholas Dinovo will be charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer upon his release from the hospital, sheriffs spokeswoman Gail Tierney said. Deputy Laura Newton, responding to numerous 911 calls from a Pine Ridge residence, shot an armed Dinovo on Feb. 23 in his driveway, authorities said. Newton, a seven-year member of the agency, was placed on paid administrative leave. Psychiatric counseling, as required by department policy, and a preliminary investigation cleared her return to patrol duty March 2, Tierney said. Sheriffs officials would not release the preliminary findings, saying they are part of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation of the shooting. The FDLE has not concluded its investigation because agents have yet to speak with Dinovo. According to reports, Newton responded to a house on West Beamwood Drive after several 911 calls that came from the residence. The calls were open line calls, meaning 911 operators were unable to speak with anyone. When Newton arrived, she PSC: Conserve water N ANCY K ENNEDY Staff WriterWhen it comes to water, its simple: Dont waste it. Dont use what you dont need and dont water your lawn when youre not supposed to. Floridas Public Service Commission (PSC) in Tallahassee also advises people to fix leaky pipes, drippy faucets and running toilets. Their statistics show as much as 10,000 gallons of Florida water are wasted each year from residential leaks. When combined with the rest of the nation, U.S. home leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted. How do you know if you Lawn watering is limited to no more than once per week, before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may water on Monday. Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may water on Tuesday. Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may water on Wednesday. Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may water on Thursday. Addresses ending in 8 or 9 and subdivision common areas may water on Friday. Hand watering of nongrass areas can take place any day before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Fountains and/or water features may only operate four hours per day. Violations $100 (first violation), $250 (second), $500 (third). No warnings are given. Before you install new plant material, call Citrus County Water Resources at 352-5277669 for explanations of additional water allowances for qualified plantings. You can also email: water conservation@bocc. citrus.fl.us.CITRUS COUNTY LAWN WATERING RESTRICTIONS AS OF MARCH 10 Leaks account for 10,000 gallons a year wasted INSIDE MARCH 26, 2012 Floridas Best Community Newspaper Serving Floridas Best Community VOLUME 117 ISSUE 232 50 CITRUS COUNTY Familiar fit: Woods a winner again after 30-month drought /B1 CITRUS COUNTY FAIR: Fair startsThe fair opens at 5 p.m. today. General admission is $5 for ages 11 and older; $3 for ages 5 to 11; and free for children younger than 5. Read more./ Page A3 Read about Mondays opening-night concert by Confederate Railroad./ Tuesdaywww.chronicleonline.com ENTERTAINMENT: Hungry?Fans turn out for latest film of a book./ Page B6 INDEX Comics....................B8 Crossword................B7 Editorial..................A10 Entertainment..........B6 Horoscope................B6 Lottery Numbers......B4 Lottery Payouts........B6 Movies......................B8 Obituaries................A6 TV Listings................B7 Classifieds................B9 ONLINE POLL: Your choice?What should be done about coyotes in Citrus County? A. The state should legalize poisoning them. B. Law enforcement should be lenient with those who shoot them in residential neighborhoods. C. State officials should initiate a trapping program. D. Residents just need to accept them as part of our local environment. To vote, visit www. chronicleonline.com. Click on the word Opinion in the menu to see the poll. Results will appear next Monday. Find last weeks online poll results./ Page A4 MONDAYHIGH 82 LOW 51 Mostly sunny. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Mostly clear tonight. PAGE A4 TODAY & Tuesday morning NEWS BRIEF Nicholas Dinovo shot Feb. 23, now at Shands Hospital. Deputy at work after shooting armed man See DEPUTY / Page A6 Battle over Obama-passed health law reaches high court Associated PressWASHINGTON The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the Supreme Court on Monday. Justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nations social safety net in more than four decades. Two years and three days after President Barack Obama signed into law a health care overhaul aimed at extending medical insurance to more than 30 million Americans, the high court begins three days of hearings over the laws validity. The challenge from 26 states and a small business group puts the court smack in the middle of a heavily partisan fight over the presidents major domestic accomplishment and a presidential election campaign in which all his Republican challengers oppose the law. If upheld, the law will force dramatic changes in the way insurance companies do business, including forbidding them from denying coverage due to preexisting medical conditions and limiting how much they can charge older people. The law envisions that insurers will be able to accommodate older and sicker people without facing financial ruin because of its most disputed element, the requirement that See COURT / Page A7 See WATER / Page A5 MATTHEW BECK /Chronicle Judy Jahooty Hoflin of Inverness describes where she recovered a box of old photographs last week following a fire that destr oyed her home. Homeless due to fire, Inverness woman gets by with the help of her friends N ANCY K ENNEDY Staff Writer INVERNESS I ts a phone call Judy Jahooty Hoflin will never forget. Are you Judy Hoflin and are you in your residence? asked a Citrus County Sheriffs Office deputy. I told him, No, sir. Im on Turner Camp Road at a friends house, Hoflin said. Then he told her that her house was engulfed in flames. In shock, she drove to what had been her home since she was 7, repeating I am alive. I am alive! On Friday, just a week after an electrical fire destroyed nearly everything she had, Hoflin showed a reporter and photographer the charred remains. With tears rolling down her face and her friend Stephanie Russ by her side, Hoflin said, Its equally as joyful as it is painful. She marveled at how, of everything that was lost, her photos were spared, including the only five baby photos of herself and childhood pictures of her mother, Phyllis. Ive got nothing, but Ive got pictures, Hoflin said, simultaneously laughing and wiping away tears as she showed Russ some of her photos that were miraculously spared. They were in a box under her bed, and the fire had started in the bedroom the evening of Friday, March 16. She had been at a friends house getting ready for the next days St. Patricks Day party when the sheriffs office called. I could smell the smoke coming from my house as I passed Burger King, and I could see glow of the lights, she said. You cant explain what its like See FIRE / Page A5 CRHS freshmen registration setCrystal River High School freshmen registration is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the high school. This is an important event for all eighth-grade students who will attend CRHS in the fall. For more information, call 352-795-5307. Thankful Judy LOCAL EFFORTS: Give blood Find out where the LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be parked for donations during upcoming weeks./ Page A9 HOW TO HELP JUDY HOFLIN A trust account has been set up at SunTrust Bank: Benefit trust for Judy Hoflin. For more information, call Tammy Mullis at 352-344-3336 or Stephanie Russ at 352-201-0810. MORE INSIDE What are some of the longest arguments heard by the Supreme Court?/Page A7
Officials warn of tax-lottery scamTALLAHASSEE Florida officials are warning consumers to be wary of a scam involving purported tax payments and lottery winnings. State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said the scheme is being run by a company calling itself National Sweepstakes. The company has been contacting people claiming they must make payments to the Internal Revenue Service in order to collect a supposed $1 million lottery prize. One elderly woman in Palm Beach County who was contacted wrote checks totaling $9,500 to an address in Washington. Then an insurance employee who learned of the situation contacted the state Division of Consumer Services. State officials contacted the woman and helped her secure her remaining savings. Atwater says legitimate lotteries do not ask for money up front to collect winnings. Elderly woman wounded in shootout FORT MYERS Authorities say an elderly southwest Florida woman was hospitalized after getting into a shootout with deputies performing a well-being check. The Lee County Sheriffs Office said an armed 71-year-old woman met deputies making a well-being check Friday evening at a Fort Myers home. The sheriffs office said the woman and deputies exchanged fire. The woman was injured and taken to a hospital, but no deputies were injured. The sheriffs office is investigating the shooting. Amway Arena gone in Orlando ORLANDO The old Amway Arena in Orlando is no more. The 23-year-old building was demolished Sunday morning with a series of explosions. The arena cost $102 million when it was originally constructed. The Orlando Sentinel reported hundreds of people came out to watch the demolition. They cheered when the structure came down. Crews used about 520 pounds of dynamite. The arena was the original home of the NBAs Orlando Magic until their new arena with the same name opened 18 months ago. The old building was also known as the O-rena and the TD Waterhouse Centre. The city of Orlando paid about $2 million to demolish the building. Shark nips surfers foot along coast NEW SMYRNA BEACH Authorities say a shark nipped a surfers foot along Floridas Atlantic coast. Beach Patrol Capt. Tammy Marris told The Daytona Beach News-Journal the surfer had minor cuts and declined an ambulance after the bite Saturday afternoon. Marris said the bite happened in 4 feet of water near the jetties off New Smyrna Beach. The type of shark that bit the surfer wasnt known. Its the third shark bite reported this year near the jetties. March is an active shark month off Volusia County beaches, as temperatures warm up and sharks begin migrating north. Most bites are minor and most involve surfers. 5 years later, no arrest in mall killingWEST PALM BEACH Five years later, authorities in South Florida still have made no arrests in the killing of a woman believed abducted from a mall parking lot. Fifty-two-year-old Randi Gorenberg was shot in the head and pushed out of her sport-utility vehicle car onto a street in Delray Beach. Investigators say she was kidnapped in her own black Mercedes SUV outside the Town Center at Boca Raton mall. The vehicle was later found abandoned behind a Home Depot store. Gorenberg was a married mother of two children. Detectives say an informant who was in jail at the time of the killing later overheard gang members discussing Gorenbergs killing. The informant also linked a fugitive being sought by the Miami-Dade Police Department to the crime. Authorities are trying to track down the fugitive. L AURAW IDES -M UNOZ AP Hispanic Affairs WriterMIAMI Natalia Martinez speaks with a clinical distance when discussing her familys decision to leave Cuba two decades ago. But the graduate students cool demeanor falls away when she speaks of returning to her homeland for the first time this week during Pope Benedict XVIs historic visit. I am excited. I am nervous, and Im anticipating confusion, Martinez, 25, said with an anxious laugh. She could be speaking for many of the more than 300 Cuban-Americans who will form a delegation to Cuba led by Miamis Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Some of those making the pilgrimage Monday fled the island half a century ago. Some grew up with only the stories their exile parents told them of the island 90 miles across the Florida Straits. What unites these pilgrims is the attachment they feel to the country their families left years ago, even those who have long opposed Fidel and Raul Castro and the communist government they ushered in 53 years ago. Travel to Cuba is always controversial among Cuban-Americans and the half-century-old U.S. embargo of the island severely limits travel there. In the 1970s, those who visited were often blacklisted in South Florida and a few faced violence upon return. These days, newer Cuban immigrants often visit relatives on the island. But the issue is still a requisite topic for politicians campaigning in Florida. That controversy has only been magnified in the run up to the popes visit. At least half a dozen older exiles who are returning for the first time to the island declined to be interviewed by The Associated Press because of concerns about the reaction their words might cause in Miami or in Havana. Many exiles who fled during the early days of the revolution see little reason to return. Cubans are the only group of immigrants who are almost always granted what amounts to political asylum when they reach U.S. soil. Older exiles say travel to the island cheapens legitimate claims for asylum, and they complain that delegations such as Wenskis prop up the Cuban government, which has a stake in all the countrys hotels and tourism services. Those traveling to Cuba argue more interaction can only help open up the island. Businessman Carlos Saladrigas, 61, is among this group. But it took him years to reach that conclusion. Saladrigas came to Miami at the age of 12 on the so-called Pedro Pan flights the church organized in the early 1960s to bring Cuban children to the U.S. His parents reunited with him a year later. An outspoken critic of the Castro government, Saladrigas helped lead a successful effort to stop a similar archdiocese pilgrimage from going to Cuba during Pope John Paul IIs 1998 trip there. That visit was the first by a pope since the Cuban Revolution. Saladrigas said that experience was a turning point. I saw for the Cuban people how it became a great image for change and hope, he said. And it quickly dawned on me that an isolated Cuba is the most counterproductive thing we can do. Saladrigas is now co-chairman of the business-led Cuba Study Group. The nonprofit advocates for political and economic change on the island but also encourages more exchanges. A2 M ONDAY, M ARCH 26, 2012 C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE S TATE 000AZ1G DARE TO COMPARE!!! You wont find hearing aids at a lower price anywhere! Period. 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Around the COUNTY Citrus County BOCC public input at 1:30 p.m. TuesdayDue to time certain scheduling necessities, the open to the public input portion of the regular Citrus County Commission meeting will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. March 27. The agenda and back-up materials will be available online at www.bocc.citrus.fl.us, Friday before the meeting. The meeting can also be viewed live online in a small digital format. Click Agenda/ Minutes at the top of the left hand column on the countys Web page. The meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in the courthouse in Inverness, is televised live on cable TV on Channel 622 on Bright House and Channel 9 on Comcast. The agenda is also available beforehand at the Lecanto Government Building and in the Commissioners suite on the second floor of the courthouse in Inverness. Habitat orientation March 31 Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County is looking for partner families to build their own Habitat homes. People interested in becoming Habitat homeowners in 2012-13 should attend a mandatory orientation session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31, at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church on Gulf-toLake Highway, Lecanto. Attendance is required to enter the Habitat program and apply for a Habitat home. Potential applicants will receive a full explanation of the program, timeline, income and service requirements and other information. Children cannot be accommodated at this meeting. For information, call the Habitat Office at 352-563-2744. Crystal River Council to meet today The Crystal River City Council today will tackle two of the most contentious issues to hit this area in a while Monday. Crystal River City Manager Andy Houston will share what transpired at a quarterly meeting about the development of the Three Sisters Springs property. The 57-acre parcels development into a public space has been mired in controversy with some neighbors expressing objections to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services plans. The agency manages the property. The council will also discuss a response to U.S. Fish and Wildlifes decision last week to designate Kings Bay as a manatee refuge or manatee protection zone. The new rules also reduces the speed at the bays sport zone from 35 mph to no more than 25 mph. Opponents of the rules call it a takeover of sovereign state waters and lands by federal authorities and the service didnt get enough local input while making up the rules. The city and county have been opposed to the rules and had expressed a desire for legal action if the proposed rules were implemented without changes. The proposed rules were going to make the entire bay slow speed, but the agency seemed to have altered that portion with regard to the sport zone. From staff reports S TATE & L OCAL Page A3 MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE N ANCY K ENNEDY Staff WriterINVERNESS From calling the annual cooter races at the annual Cooter Festival to serving as director of Inverness Parks and Recreation and everything in between, for more than 30 years Pati Smith has been one of the most familiar faces and voices of the city of Inverness. This June, she will retire but not go away, she said. I love Inverness, she said. I wont be employed by the city, but Ill still be involved. Smith, who turns 60 this October, said this has been in the works for a few years. Everybody has to go at some point, she said. Things have just been setting themselves in place for me to go at this time, rather than wait another year. Last year, she started the process of downsizing her home and has put it on the market. I want to move closer to town, maybe on the lake so I can get my own kayak, she said. Already in the works is a trip to Ireland with her sister and some friends. Ive been volunteering with HPH Hospice since 2008, and thats been my passion lately; I want to spend more time there, Smith said. And Im still involved with the Festival of the Arts committee. Smith came to Citrus County in 1981 from New York and worked for the county at the building department when it was a little trailer on County Road 491. The following year she was hired by the city of Inverness as an administrative secretary at Whispering Pines Park and then rose through the ranks until she became director of parks and recreation. Severe budget cuts in a down economy over the past few years have resulted in restructuring staff positions. Most recently, Smith has been in charge of special events. I was the one who hired Pati, and its been great to be able to watch her develop and gain experience and then assume a management position, Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said. Her strength has been the ability to reach out and build relationships with others. DiGiovanni said they will look for someone to fill Smiths position within the next few months. This is not a position we can do without, he said. They will look for someone to plan and implement city events and there are a lot of them. With Pati leaving, what were losing most a lot of knowledge is leaving us, DiGiovanni said. Weve been a team for so long, and we all know each other so well, and that takes time to replace. Smith said looking ahead to this next chapter of her life is exciting, but also a little scary, especially when shes leaving something she had done for more than 30 years. But Ill still be here, she said, working in the community.Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy can be reached at email@example.com or 352-564-2927. City parks, recreation director retires Inverness losing longtime employee C HRIS V AN O RMER Staff WriterThe county will take another step toward a Port Citrus decision Tuesday when the port authority board will consider responses to its feasibility study request. Several consultant firms have responded to the Citrus County Port Authoritys request for qualifications to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether and how to establish a seaport in Citrus County along the former Cross Florida Barge Canal in the northwest corner of the county. The study is to be funded with a $50,000 matching grant from the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council. The match has been pledged by CLM Workforce Connection, Citrus County Economic Development Council and the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The port authority is to choose the best-qualified applicant, not the lowest bid. The fee is capped at $100,000, but the payment could be less depending on the expenses of the designated consultant firm. The study is expected to be completed by the end of the year, at which time the port authority board, which also is the BOCC, will decide whether to pursue the project. The study also is expected to answer county residents questions, such as where the port would be sited, how it would be funded and how much revenue it could raise. Once the shortlist is decided, a schedule will be made for a public hearing of firms presentations. In January, the board learned it had the authority to hear each applicants pitch in private session, but decided to keep presentations open to public attendance. The exemption for private sessions would allow vendors to maintain confidentiality from their competition. However, the board learned firms usually do not sit in on competitors presentations as a professional courtesy. According to legal advice given to the port authority board at its January meeting, members of the public will not be allowed to address the presenters, but will be invited to address the board. A report will be given of the Port Element within the Citrus County Comprehensive Plan. It has been adopted by the board and transmitted to the state for approval. The Port Element is necessary for funding for the feasibility study. An update will be given of Florida Ports Council business. Upcoming meetings will be announced. Florida Chamber of Commerce International Town Hall meeting will be May 10 in Jacksonville; Florida: A Gateway to International Commerce also is set for May 10 in Orlando. The board will be asked to ratify a Port Citrus mission statement. An update will be presented covering the Port Citrus website and the status of the port logo. Comments and questions from the public will be taken, and the next meeting date will be decided. Chronicle reporter Chris Van Ormer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-564-2916. Board to shortlist port feasibility study responses WHAT: Citrus County Port Authority Board meeting. WHEN: 10 a.m. March 27. WHERE: Citrus County Courthouse, Room 100, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness. Public may address board, not applicants From the sweet, wafting smell of fried snacks to that queasy sensation felt in the pit of ones stomach after riding every ride, twice one thing is certain: the fair is all about family, friends and fun. Hal Porter, who has been the fair manager since 2006, has five things he said fair-goers do not want to miss this year: 1. The Confederate Railroad concert Monday night. While there will not be a midway, Porter promises the concert featuring the country rock band will be tremendous, and there will be no extra charge for those who want to watch the show. Porter said its a huge feat for the fair to host such a huge national act. And were excited to have them here, he added. 2. The excitement of the midway. There will be plenty of shrieks and squeals from those spinning and swinging contraptions in the midway. The rides will be in full swing Tuesday night for Dollar Night, which Porter said is a great bargain. 3. The livestock. For many of the children, Porter said the fair signals the end of many of their projects, so he is looking forward to seeing the community come out and support the children. 4. The great fair food. Where else can people eat delicacies like deepfried butter and meat on a stick? It may not be good for anyones healthy, but theres no denying how good fair food tastes. Name it and we probably got it, Porter said. 5. The opportunity to gather and fellowship. Porter said the Citrus County Fair has grown over the years, but still manages to maintain its hometown feel. It is a time where friends and family can come together, catch up and most importantly, have fun. The fair opens at 5 p.m. Monday. General admission is $5 for ages 11 and older; $3 for ages 5 to 11; and free for children younger than 5. The midway is not open Monday. Compiled by Shemir Wiles Let fair fun begin Event begins today with Confederate Railroad concert; midway opens Tuesday CATHY KAPULKA /Chronicle ABOVE: Dennis Wheaton, top, hangs quilts entered in the adult quilting division in the competitive events building as Brant Fults, bot tom, holds his ladder as the Citrus County Fair preparation continues at the fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon. BELOW: Lyndsee Philipps, 10, leads her show heifer to the judging area in the livestock complex at the Citrus County Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon.
Citrus County Sheriffs OfficeArrests Tina Marie Worley 49, of 2000 N. Heart Point, Crystal River, at 2:45 p.m. Thursday on an active Citrus County warrant of a failure to appear on an original felony charge of interference with child custody. No bond. Joseph Jeffery Slingerland 38, of 255 Pine St., Homosassa, at 11:53 p.m. Thursday on a felony charge of driving with a suspended/revoked license (habitual traffic offender) Bond $5,000. Tara Janine Herring 27, of 6745 S. Fichten Point, Homosassa, at 1:05 a.m. Friday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine). Bond $10,000. Angela Kay Lyles 40, of 10429 W. Brocade St., Homosassa, at 1:05 a.m. Friday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine). Bond $5,000. Misti Marie Russ 35, of 7681 S.W. 82nd Place, Ocala, at 8 a.m. Friday on an active Citrus County warrant of a failure to appear on an original felony charge of grand theft. No bond. Jamie M. Jacobson 29, of 11109 S.E. 109th St., Dunnellon, at 12:10 p.m. Friday on an active Citrus County warrant of a violation of probation on original felony charges of dealing in stolen property and providing false information of a pawnbroker. No bond. Drake E. Wolfe 20, of 6652 W. Treetop Lane, Homosassa, at 1:57 p.m. Friday on an active Citrus County warrant of a violation of probation on an original felony charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE HI LO PR 84 65 0.00 HI LO PR 82 65 0.00 HI LO PR 80 65 1.50 HI LO PR 81 63 3.40 HI LO PR NA NA NA HI LO PR 79 62 0.10 YESTERDAYS WEATHER Suuny, less humidTHREE DAY OUTLOOK Mostly sunny and breezy Mostly sunny High: 82 Low: 51 High: 83 Low: 53 High: 84 Low: 53 TODAY & TOMORROW MORNING TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY MORNING WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY MORNING Exclusive daily forecast by: TEMPERATURE* Sunday 78/62 Record 90/35 Normal 79/51 Mean temp. 70 Departure from mean +5 PRECIPITATION* Sunday 0.03 in. Total for the month 0.63 in. Total for the year 3.86 in. Normal for the year 9.49 in.*As of 6 p.m. at Inverness UV INDEX: 9 0-2 minimal, 3-4 low, 5-6 moderate, 7-9 high, 10+ very high BAROMETRIC PRESSURE Sunday at 3 p.m. 29.90 in. DEW POINT Sunday at 3 p.m. 50 HUMIDITY Sunday at 3 p.m. 35% POLLEN COUNT** Grasses and weeds were absent and trees were moderate. ** Light only extreme allergic will show symptoms, moderate most allergic will experience symptoms, heavy all allergic will experience symptoms. AIR QUALITY Sunday was good with pollutants mainly ozone. ALMANAC CELESTIAL OUTLOOK SUNSET TONIGHT ............................7:45 P.M. SUNRISE TOMORROW .....................7:25 A.M. MOONRISE TODAY ...........................9:36 A.M. MOONSET TODAY ..........................11:33 P.M. MARCH 30APRIL 6APRIL 13APRIL 21 WATERING RULES BURN CONDITIONS One-day-per-week irrigation schedule as follows for addresses ending in: 0 or 1 Monday, 2 or 3 Tuesday, 4 or 5 Wednesday, 6 or 7 Thursday, 8 or 9 & subdivision common areas Friday. Before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Hand watering of non-grass areas can take place any day before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU INSTALL NEW PLANT MATERIAL. Citrus County Water Resources can explain additional watering allowances for qualified plantings. Questions, concerns or reporting violations, please call Citrus County at 352-527-7669, or email email@example.com. For more information call Florida Division of Forestry at (352) 754-6777. For more information on drought conditions, please visit the Division of Forestrys Web site: http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/kbdiTodays Fire Danger Rating is: HIGH. There is no burn ban.City H L Fcast Daytona Bch. 79 61 s Ft. Lauderdale 80 67 s Fort Myers 85 62 s Gainesville 82 55 s Homestead 83 62 s Jacksonville 79 59 s Key West 80 70 s Lakeland 84 58 s Melbourne 80 66 s City H L Fcast Miami 83 68 s Ocala 82 56 s Orlando 82 63 s Pensacola 79 62 s Sarasota 81 62 s Tallahassee 83 53 s Tampa 83 62 s Vero Beach 80 65 s W. Palm Bch. 78 69 s FLORIDA TEMPERATURESNorthwest winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Bay and inland waters will have a light chop. Mostly sunny today. Gulf water temperature82 LAKE LEVELS Location Sat. Sun. Full Withlacoochee at Holder 27.12 27.15 35.52 Tsala Apopka-Hernando 33.56 33.55 39.25 Tsala Apopka-Inverness 35.46 35.53 40.60 Tsala Apopka-Floral City 37.42 37.44 42.40Levels reported in feet above sea level. Flood stage for lakes are based on 2.33-year flood, the meanannual flood which has a 43-precent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any one year. This data is obtained from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and is subject to revision. In no event will the District or the United States Geological Survey be liable for any damages arising out of the use of this data. If you have any questions you should contact the Hydrological Data Section at (352) 796-7211. MARINE OUTLOOK Taken at Aripeka THE NATION Albany 54 40 .08 s 40 18 Albuquerque 83 47 s 75 38 Asheville 58 48 .01 s 71 41 Atlanta 74 49 s 80 52 Atlantic City 54 50 s 57 34 Austin 82 50 pc 84 57 Baltimore 61 51 .02 s 62 37 Billings 58 31 ts 69 40 Birmingham 76 48 s 81 56 Boise 75 43 sh 51 41 Boston 48 42 .01 s 49 24 Buffalo 48 42 .06 s 39 25 Burlington, VT 48 41 .03 s 35 19 Charleston, SC 72 55 .08 s 79 55 Charleston, WV 67 54 s 60 36 Charlotte 66 52 s 79 46 Chicago 71 52 pc 45 38 Cincinnati 68 44 pc 58 33 Cleveland 60 44 s 45 28 Columbia, SC 71 52 .02 s 80 49 Columbus, OH 61 52 s 53 31 Concord, N.H. 46 41 .17 s 42 17 Dallas 86 59 s 85 61 Denver 75 37 w 77 43 Des Moines 76 49 pc 65 56 Detroit 73 48 s 45 29 El Paso 90 50 w 83 56 Evansville, IN 72 53 pc 67 46 Harrisburg 63 47 s 58 31 Hartford 50 45 .03 s 51 24 Houston 85 59 s 85 61 Indianapolis 70 55 pc 58 39 Jackson 79 50 s 81 55 Las Vegas 76 58 pc 65 54 Little Rock 83 55 s 82 59 Los Angeles 56 50 .77 pc 61 48 Louisville 70 50 pc 66 43 Memphis 77 57 s 81 60 Milwaukee 61 43 pc 43 36 Minneapolis 56 38 pc 49 44 Mobile 82 51 s 80 57 Montgomery 80 52 s 81 56 Nashville 74 45 s 75 48 New Orleans 81 56 s 81 64 New York City 52 45 .06 s 58 31 Norfolk 65 57 .02 s 69 42 Oklahoma City 79 49 s 84 59 Omaha 81 46 w 81 59 Palm Springs 78 55 pc 68 51 Philadelphia 57 46 .01 s 58 34 Phoenix 85 60 s 77 51 Pittsburgh 61 54 s 49 26 Portland, ME 45 41 .27 s 43 20 Portland, Ore 55 42 sh 55 42 Providence, R.I. 50 45 s 51 23 Raleigh 68 55 .03 s 76 39 Rapid City 58 30 pc 77 44 Reno 53 34 pc 51 31 Rochester, NY 60 43 .08 s 41 23 Sacramento 59 43 .50 sh 60 44 St. Louis 76 55 pc 70 52 St. Ste. Marie 46 31 s 39 22 Salt Lake City 71 50 sh 56 44 San Antonio 81 58 pc 82 60 San Diego 63 52 pc 62 54 San Francisco 56 44 .21 pc 57 48 Savannah 77 54 .13 s 82 56 Seattle 56 36 sh 52 44 Spokane 62 34 sh 48 35 Syracuse 52 44 .04 s 39 22 Topeka 79 45 w 85 60 Washington 62 51 .20 s 64 37YESTERDAYS NATIONAL HIGH & LOW HIGH 93 Wink, Texas LOW 16 Tioga, N.D. MONDAY CITY H/L/SKY Acapulco 88/72/s Amsterdam 64/39/s Athens 71/49/s Beijing 65/45/s Berlin 59/39/s Bermuda 72/66/r Cairo 72/52/s Calgary 41/25/rs Havana 82/62/pc Hong Kong 70/63/pc Jerusalem 63/46/s Lisbon 74/51/s London 65/37/s Madrid 69/41/s Mexico City 72/49/ts Montreal 35/23/pc Moscow 29/19/pc Paris 69/43/s Rio 87/75/sh Rome 70/50/s Sydney 74/61/pc Tokyo 50/39/pc Toronto 39/25/s Warsaw 50/38/c WORLD CITIES Sunday Monday City H L Pcp. Fcst H L Sunday Monday City H L Pcp. Fcst H L Weather Central, Madison, Wi. Monday TuesdayCity High/Low High/Low High/Low High/LowChassahowitzka* 8:49 a/4:24 a 8:15 p/4:12 p 9:28 a/4:59 a 8:45 p/4:41 p Crystal River** 7:10 a/1:46 a 6:36 p/1:34 p 7:49 a/2:21 a 7:06 p/2:03 p Withlacoochee* 4:57 a/11:22 a 4:23 p/ 5:36 a/12:09 a 4:53 p/11:51 a Homosassa*** 7:59 a/3:23 a 7:25 p/3:11 p 8:38 a/3:58 a 7:55 p/3:40 p TIDES *From mouths of rivers **At Kings Bay ***At Masons CreekKEY TO CONDITIONS: c=cloudy; dr=drizzle; f=fair; h=hazy; pc=partly cloudy; r=rain; rs=rain/snow mix; s=sunny; sh=showers; sn=snow; ts=thunderstorms; w=windy. SOLUNAR TABLESDATE DAY MINOR MAJOR MINOR MAJOR (MORNING) (AFTERNOON) 3/26 MONDAY 9:01 2:49 9:24 3:12 3/27 TUESDAY 9:53 3:41 10:17 4:05 FORECAST FOR 3:00 P.M. MONDAY HI LO PR 81 65 1.70 Today's active pollen: Oak, juniper, bayberry Todays count: 10.8/12 Tuesdays count: 10.7 Wednesdays count: 10.7 For the RECORD HOW YOUR LAWMAKERS VOTEDKey votes for the week ending: March 23 By Voterama in Congress Medicare Cost Panel: Members abolished, 223-181, the Independent Payment Advisory Panel created by the 2010 health law to curb Medicare costs with Congress having a say in its decisions. A yes vote was to pass a bill that also makes medicalmalpractice changes such as capping punitive-damage awards at $250,000 and limiting attorneys' contingency fees. (HR 5) Rich Nugent, Yes. Dispute Over Medicare: Members defeated, 180-229, a Democratic bid to prevent the GOP's bill on Medicare costs (HR 5, above) from furthering outcomes such as rationing care, adding vouchers would privatize Medicare, ending today's Medicare guarantee for seniors and disabled persons or raising premiums, deductibles or copays. A yes vote backed the Democratic motion. Nugent, No. Medical Malpractice: Members refused, 179-228, to delay enacting a part of HR 5 (above) dealing with medical malpractice until the secretary of Health and Human Services issues a report on the extent to which changes the bill would require of states, such as capping punitive damages at $250,000, would affect the cost of healthcare. A yes vote was to delay part of the bill. Nugent, No. Relaxing Rules, Raising Capital: Senators passed, 73-26, a bill to ease certain rules in the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley and 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation laws to make it easier for companies with revenue under $1 billion to raise capital and create jobs. A yes vote was to send HR 3606 back to the House. Bill Nelson, Yes; Marco Rubio, Yes. Internet Stock Touts: Voting 64-35, senators amended HR 3606 (above) to bolster auditing and transparency rules on start-ups using the Internet to raise large sums from pools of small, unsophisticated investors. A yes vote was backed rules such as capping the amount of individual stock purchases and holding officers publicly accountable for their touts. Nelson, Yes; Rubio, No. Key votes ahead: In the week of March 26, the House will take up a temporary extension of surface-transportation programs, a proposed Republican budget for fiscal 2013 and later years and several competing budget plans. The Senate will consider bills to improve the United States Postal Service and repeal taxpayer subsidies for oil companies. Congress will begin a two-week recess at week's end. 2012 Thomas Reports Inc. Call: 202-667-9760. QUESTION: Whats your opinion on Daylight Saving Time? Id like lawmakers to abandon it for one year then let voters decide if itd be good to make that permanent. 74 percent (80 votes) The time change is in the best interest of public safety. 21 percent (23 votes) I hate it because I can never figure out how to set the clock in my vehicle. 5 percent (5 votes) Total votes: 108. 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The show features interviews with sheriffs office staff from all areas of the agency. It also features Sheriff Jeff Dawsy taking live calls during the entire show on the last Wednesday monthly. The Sexual Predator Unit is responsible for tracking all registered sexual offenders and predators in the county. Click on the Sexual Offender Information link on the CCSO website. The Citrus County Sheriffs Office Volunteer Unit is comprised of nearly 900 citizens serving Citrus County. Members come from all walks of life and bring with them many years of life experience. This experience, combined with dedication and a willingness to help fellow citizens, is an excellent example of people helping one another. To volunteer, call Sgt. Chris Evan at 352-527-3701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A4 M ONDAY, M ARCH 26, 2012 Legal notices in todays Citrus County Chronicle 000AN2M Fictitious Name Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Lien Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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have a water leak? Besides the obvious dripping, check your water meter and dont use any water for two hours, then check it again. If the meter does not read exactly the same, youve got a leak. Also, check your water bill from month to month and be aware of typical water usage. Checking for, and fixing, leaks in home plumbing and irrigation systems is an easy first step to conserve water. Most common culprits include: worn faucet washers and gaskets and worn toilet flappers a constant running toilet uses up to 200 gallons of water per day. Outside water wasters include leaky garden hoses (replace the nylon or rubber washer and make sure the connection to the spigot is tight) and irrigation pipes damaged by winter frost or freezes. For those who balk at the cost of hiring a plumber, PSC spokeswoman Kirsten Olsen said, You pay for water anyway, which includes the water thats wasted. Yes, you might need to pay for a plumber, but in the long run youll be saving money. She suggested novice DIY folks should visit their local hardware store or home improvement store and talk to the staff in the plumbing department. Sometimes the stores even offer how-to classes. Also, there are online tutorials, she said. Check with your local utilities company for possible outreach programs, she added. Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy can be reached at nkennedy@chronicle online.com or 352-564-2927. when you pull up to your house. I was in shock, but a wonderful deputy kept me company, asking me questions. She said when he asked about her next of kin, she paused. Her mother, whom she had lived with all these years, had died several years ago and she has no other living relative. She said she didnt know what to say or do, and then as she turned around, a dear friend was standing right behind her. She said she hasnt had to be alone one moment since. My friends are the one perfect thing in my life, she said. They have filled in every void and crack in my broken life. She said her phone has been her lifeline, with scores of text messages and words of love and encouragement. Im covered with people who care, she said. I love, love my phone. In the moments when its dark and lonely, I read through all the streams of kind words and offers of help and generosity. Russ said Hoflin is wellknown and well-loved in the community. Although she never had children of her own, as a preschool teacher for more than 20 years at Teddy Bear Childcare and Preschool in Inverness, she has helped raise hundreds of children, including Russ son who is about to graduate high school. The first thing I did was call my boss and told her I wanted to come to work, Hoflin said. I had no work clothes or anything, but when I came to work, she (owner Shirley Mehl) had clothes and shoes for me. I needed to be at work, she said, because thats what brings me joy the giggles and the laughter and the hugs. When youre in pain, their faces have more value. Hoflin said Friday she was still in shock. The mobile home was built in the 1950s, too old to be insured. She couldnt get renters insurance, because she owned it, so she had to take her chances. For years and years, it was just me and my mom, she said. It was old, but it was cute. It was my nest. Thats what everyone called it, the nest. Her friends, including Russ and Tammy and George Mullis, who own Simply Septic, have opened a trust account at SunTrust Bank, benefit trust for Judy Hoflin. Theyre planning future fundraisers. Mullis, whose children go to Teddy Bear, said Teddy Bear parents generosity has been above and beyond. Shes such a large part of the community, and she adores this community, Mullis said, and their arms have been wide open to her. Shes so giving, and this is so hard for her I cant even imagine. Each day since the fire, Hoflin has returned to her home, looking for pieces of her life. Each day, she finds something, Mullis said, something she calls a treasure. Eventually, Mullis husband will dismantle the trailer for her and Hoflin will find something new to call her nest. Through her tears she smiled. I dont want this to be poor Judy, but thankful Judy, she said. There are people with a lot more pain than me. Yes, its hard and I have good days and bad days, but I have people who love me and Im alive. Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy can be reached at nkennedy@ chronicleonline.com or 352564-2927. C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE M ONDAY, M ARCH 26, 2012 A5 State-of-the-Art Dentistry Friendly, Caring Professionals High Tech with a Gentle Touch Complete Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Nitrous Oxide Available 000AVMW Child Special $ 55 Includes: Cleaning D1120 X-rays D0272 Doctor Exam D0150 $ 45 OFF New Adult Patients New Patients Only. Age 12 & Under SignatureDentalCare.com CareCredit 7062 West Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River Please call to schedule appt. (352) 794-7425 Lisa Schnell, DDS BATH REMODELING BATHFITTER 000AMPC 1-866-585-8827 BATHFITTER.COM One Day Bath Remodeling In Just One Day, We will Install A Beautiful New Bathtub or Shower Right Over Your Old One!!! Tub to Shower Conversions Too!!! Call now for a FREE In-Home Estimate 0 0 0 A V O 5 ONLY $ 20.00 TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP BUT HAS NEVER BEEN TO A CHIROPRACTOR BEFORE (Or Hasnt Been in A Long Time) Dear Friend, If youve ever thought about going to a chiropractor but youve hesitated because you werent sure it was right for you, please read on My name is Dr. Jeffrey A. Fowler. We are celebrating our relocation to 108 W. Highland Blvd., in Inverness, just west of the four way stop at the intersection of Highland Boulevard and S. Apopka. I have agreed to give away to (anyone who asks for it) $250 of my services for only $20. In the years since I began my practice, Ive helped hundreds of people feel better and live healthier more productive lives through chiropractic care. And now Id like to introduce even more Central Florida residents to the many benefits our profession has to offer. For instance, chiropractic care may be able to help you if youre suffering from any of the following conditions: Migraine headaches Lower back pain Numbness or soreness in your arms or legs Constant fatigue; lack of energy Muscle spasms, sprains & strains And a whole host of other problems ranging from dizziness to ringing in the ear. These symptoms can be caused whenever the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment because these misalignments directly affect your nervous system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from any of these problems or a similar affliction right now, they can be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (commonly called adjustment). So, if youve always wanted to check out chiropractic care and see what it can do for you, now is the best time to do so because What does this offer include? Everything. Take a look at what you will receive An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being A complete chiropractic spinal examination A full set of specialized X-rays to determine if a misalignment in your spine is causing your pain or symptoms (NOTE: nobody gives these kinds of X-rays away free; they would normally cost you at least $200). An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results to see what needs to be done to help relieve your problem Helpful literature that shows you how your body works and why you experience pain Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you The appointment will not take long. The charge is normally $250 (most of which just covers the full set of X-rays). But for now, as part of this special offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it might help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Meet the Doctor Before you come in, though, you will probably want to know a little bit about me. So let me tell you I graduated from the prestigious Life University in 2002, where I received recognition for superior clinical proficiency. I have done extensive post-graduate work in the research and science of chiropractic. I am certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. I am also a technique instructor for the Advanced Orthogonal Techniques and Procedures focusing on the importance of the Upper Cervical Spine. I have also had extensive training in chiropractic physiotherapy. Does Chiropractic Really Work? Absolutely! Here are some findings from studies done by chiropractic and medical researchers Chiropractic Patients Were Found to be More SatisfiedChiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks. Hertzman-Miller et al (2002) American Journal of Public Health Significant Improvement in Headache Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache. Duke Evidence Report, McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001) Would you like even more proof that chiropractic works? Then listen to these comments from a few of my patients Patient Success Stories I suffered from low back pain for over two years and tried other doctors, treatments and medications before seeking chiropractic care. My back problem is now a thing of the past. I find I can run more than 2 miles, and I wake up in the morning without pain. Sincerely Kary Cox Since birth, my little boy had chronic asthma, a constant barking cough, food sensitivities, and was unable to sleep for more than 2-4 hours at a time. We tried prescription drugs, including steroids, and had many emergency room visits. When Tate was 14 months old, we found chiropractic. Now he sleeps all night, eats anything and keeps it down. He doesnt get short of breath anymore and is a very healthy and content little boy. Sincerely, Julie Schultz Guarantee of Great Service Obviously, I cannot guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee I can give you, and that is a guarantee to give my best effort. Plus, if I do not think I can help you, I will tell you and refer you to another specialist who might be able to help. Limited Time Offer Obviously, with an offer like this, I cannot afford to do it for very long, so I picked April 13th, 2012. If you would like to take me up on my offer to see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment, PHONE (352) 344-1300 Call this number only Call anytime between the hours of 9-12 and 2-6 M/W/F or 9-12 T/Th. Tell the receptionist you would like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination between March 26th and April 13th. I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call as soon as possible to assure that you do not miss out. Thank you very much and I look forward to trying to help you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier and more productive life. Sincerely, Dr. Jeffrey A. Fowler Citrus Regional Clinic of Chiropractic 108 W. Highland Blvd. Inverness, Florida Due to insurance regulations, Medicare and some other insurances may be excluded from this offer. Copyright 2009/AMC PAID ADVERTISEMENT 1731 S. 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The county is issuing citations that carry with them a fine of $100. Teddy Bear Childcare and Preschool parents generosity has been above and beyond.
Stowaway SANTA CRUZ, Calif. A stowaway kitten is safe despite taking an 85-mile ride in a vans engine compartment that included a trip across Californias Golden Gate Bridge. A Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter spokesman said the 8month-old female feline was probably just looking for a warm place to sleep. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported the vans road-tripping driver left from Marin County and spent the night in a Mill Valley parking lot before heading out Wednesday morning for Santa Cruz. He didnt stop until he reached a gas station in the beachfront city, where he heard a distinct meowing. He opened the hood and found the kitten with a blue, studded collar and blue bell but no identification. The shelter is trying to locate the owner.Self-layoffKELLER, Texas The administrator of a North Texas city believes hes not needed and has laid himself off. Keller City Manager Dan OLeary announced his decision Wednesday. OLeary said the Fort Wortharea city of nearly 40,000 has two assistant managers and really does not need a third administrator. He earns about $176,000 annually as manager of the city about 20 miles north of Fort Worth. The 57-year-old OLeary, who was hired in 2007, said he has no plans to retire. His last day on the job will be April 20. The Fort Worth StarTelegram reported OLeary informed city council members of his decision during a closed session Tuesday. Elected officials did not immediately say who will assume his responsibilities. Fashionable SEDAN, Minn. Talk about hot fashion. A couple of Minnesota volunteer firefighters wore flouncy long dresses with spaghetti straps as they fought a truck fire. The men and other members of the Sedan Fire Department were on a float wearing gowns, wigs, long gloves and jewelry March 17 as they waited for a St. Patricks Day parade to start in Padua. They were dressed to promote the fire departments annual beauty pageant fundraiser this summer. Just before the parade was to begin, someone shouted fire. The West Central Tribune reported Ben Terhaar and Ted Aubart jumped off the float and into the firetruck lined up for the parade. Video shows the two spraying water on the smoking pickup. One of the firefighters pulls up a shoulder strap as he runs. Thief dials 911 SOUTHINGTON, Conn. Authorities say a Connecticut man accidentally dialed 911 from his cellphone while stealing about 700 pounds of scrap metals. Police say the 46-year-old man was arrested after the robbery from a Southington merchant. WFSB-TV reports he was charged Thursday with thirddegree criminal trespassing and sixth-degree larceny. He was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 2. found Dinovo, 30, in the driveway with a handgun. Authorities said Dinovo ignored Newtons verbal commands and instructions, and she shot him. Authorities would not comment on the investigation, saying it is still active. The sheriffs office had prior contact with Dinovo. In August 2011, deputies responded to his residence where his mother said her son had taken her gun and was threatening to kill himself. Deputies found him in Crystal River, where Dinovo said he wanted to commit suicide but not hurt anyone else. Mr. Dinovo stated that he was contemplating jumping out of the vehicle after the traffic stop with the firearm in his hand so he could get shot, the report states. However, he did not want to hurt anybody and did not want to damage his mothers vehicle. The report said deputies transported Dinovo to The Centers on the states Baker Act, which allows for involuntary 72-hour commitment for persons who are a threat to harm themselves or others. Newton, who joined the agency in September 2004, has commendations from citizens in her personnel file but also disciplinary measures. Just a month before the shooting, she served a oneweek unpaid suspension for insubordination. Newton became angry at her sergeant at the scene of a domestic assault when he asked her to write up the lead report. Interviews with other officers said Newton yelled at the sergeant in two phone calls at the scene and made inappropriate remarks. She also was reprimanded in January 2011 for not properly searching a drunken-driving suspect who later was discovered by another deputy with a knife in the patrol car. And Newton also was involved in a 2011 case where a woman who was handcuffed and placed into a patrol car during a domestic disturbance set her shirt afire with a lighter in her back pocket. Newton said she thought another deputy was conducting a search of the woman, while another deputy said he thought Newton had done the search. That incident resulted in further training of arrest and restraint policies for Newton and two other deputies. Chronicle reporter Mike Wright can be reached at 352-563-3228 or mwright@ chronicleonline.com. Marlene Conklin, 78 DUNNELLON Marlene L. Squires Conklin, 78, of Dunnellon, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Monday at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Dunnellon, where a Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Private cremation will follow the Mass under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto. Ronald Gettig, 74 NORTH CAROLINARonald Gettig, 74, of North Carolina, died Thursday, March 22, 2012. Private arrangements under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto. Gerald Marengo, 67BEVERLY HILLSGerald M. Marengo, 67, of Beverly Hills, Florida, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Hospice of Citrus County, Inverness. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 20, 1945, to the late Gerald E. and Blanche (Bricault) Marengo. Gerald arrived in the area in 1993, coming from Worcester and was a Catholic. He was a member of the Flotilla Coast Guard and a private gun instructor. Gerald loved meeting and communicating with new people. He is survived by his loving wife, Bertha; five children, Lisa Erti of Worcester, Massachusetts, Wendy Spinelli of Citrus Springs, Florida, Gerald Marengo of Worcester, Kevin Marengo of Inverness, Florida, and Nikki Collier of Inverness; one sister, Nancy Cronin; three stepdaughters; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The family request donations be made to: Hospice of Citrus County, P .O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Florida, 34464. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida. Sign the guest book at www.chronicleonline.com.Charlotte Rettger, 83MICHIGAN Charlotte Rettger, 83, of Michigan, died Thursday, March 22, 2012. Local arrangements are under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto. Funeral and visitation will be in Ohio. Gerard Offen, 86LECANTOGerard H. Offen, 86, of Lecanto, FL, passed away peacefully March 23 after a short illness. Gerard (Jerry) was the loving husband for 40 years of Lillian L. (Ostrowski) Offen. They moved to Lecanto in 1988 after starting their life together in Centerport, NY. Jerry was born in Bohlsen, Germany, on November 5, 1925, and was the youngest of 6 children. His mother passed away when he was a youngster and he was raised by relatives until his teen years. He enlisted into the German army during WWII at the age of 16 and was soon captured and held as a POW in England. Upon the end of the war, he moved to the U.S. to join his brother and soon became a proud U.S. citizen. Jerry worked for his brother as a short order cook in the NYC area until taking up the carpentry trade. Jerry was a master craftsman with the NYC Council of Carpenters with a specialty in steel frame doors. He was meticulous about his work and everything he did in life. He worked on various buildings in the NYC area, but was especially proud of the work he did on the National Gallery of Art East Wing in Washington, D.C., where he received a special recognition for his outstanding workmanship. While he excelled in his trade, he had a special love of nature, especially gardening. Jerry spent countless hours on his garden and landscaping. It was his love of the outdoors and nature that helped foster Jerrys interest in golf. He took up the game later in life, but more than the actual game, he enjoyed the camaraderie that golf provided. He always respected the rules of the game and was honest to a fault, even to the detriment of his score, which was not his primary concern. Jerry fondly cherished the many friendships he developed through golf, especially in Lecanto. Jerry was also a devoted student of history and was always looking for opportunities to read about unique historical events or individuals. He was a lover of the arts, particularly music such as opera and German Lieder. As a young man, Jerry would often sing some of his favorite Lieder at family gatherings. In New York, Jerry belonged to a choral group and liked to sing Mozart. In spite of all other interests, Jerrys true devotion was the love of his life his wife Lillian. They enjoyed everything they did together, and in their earlier years of marriage, they took many trips to see the U.S. and their friends and relatives around the world. Together, they were dependable friends and ideal relatives, always ready in a instant to help out family and friends in need. Jerry was predeceased by his siblings Henry, Wilhelm, Albert, Walter, and Anneliese, along with his first wife, Helen. He is survived by his devoted wife, Lillian, whom he married June 30, 1972; along with several loving nieces and nephews and numerous friends and acquaintances. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, March 28th, at 11 a.m. from St. Scholastic Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery in the Atlanta area. Reposing hours at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home are on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions requested to: Hospice of Citrus Co., P .O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Sign the guest book at www.chronicleonline.com.Helen Regnier, 80FLORAL CITYHelen K. Regnier, 80, of Floral City, Florida, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012. Helen is survived by her husband of 56 years, Lawrence Regnier. Other survivors include one son, Kenneth (Becky) Regnier of St. Petersburg, Florida; one daughter, Diane (Skip) Lamoureux of Clearwater, Florida; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crema tory, Inverness, Florida. 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Americans have insurance or pay a penalty. Another major piece of the law is an expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans that will provide coverage to more than 15 million people who currently earn too much to qualify. By 2019, about 95 percent of the country will have health insurance if the law is allowed to take full effect, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. Reams of court filings attest the changes are being counted on by people with chronic diseases, touted by women who have been denied coverage for their pregnancies, and backed by Americans over 50 but not yet old enough to qualify for Medicare, who face age-inflated insurance premiums. Republicans are leading the fight to kill the law either by the court or through congressional repeal. They say the worst fears about what they derisively call Obamacare already have come to pass in the form of higher costs and regulations, claims the laws supporters dispute. GOP presidential candidates all promise to repeal it if elected. Obamacare has already proven unpopular and unaffordable, House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said on the laws second anniversary. The White House says it has little doubt the high court will uphold the law, and even its opponents will eventually change their tune. One thing Im confident of is, by the end of this decade, were going to be very glad the Republicans termed this Obamacare, because when the reality of health care is in place, its going to be nothing like the kind of fear-mongering that was done, said David Plouffe, a senior adviser to the president, said Sunday in an interview with ABCs This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Polls have consistently shown the public is at best ambivalent about the benefits of the health care law, and a majority of Americans believe the insurance requirement is unconstitutional. The administrations public education campaign has come under strong criticism from its allies who say the White House has been timid in the face of relentless Republican attacks. Washington lawyer Walter Dellinger, who served in the Clinton administration Justice Department, said opponents have succeeded in keeping the focus on the insurance requirement instead of two provisions that will keep insurers from discriminating against sicker and older people. The other two are very popular, and no one discusses them, Dellinger said. The White House has belatedly begun touting parts of the law already in effect, including allowing children to stay on their parents insurance until age 26 and reducing older Americans prescription drug costs by closing the so-called doughnut hole. Having rarely talked about the law since he signed it, Obama issued a brief statement Friday. The law has made a difference for millions of Americans, and over time, it will help give even more working and middle-class families the security they deserve. The main event before the court is Tuesdays argument over the constitutionality of the individual insurance requirement. The states and the National Federation of Independent Business say Congress lacked authority under the Constitution for its unprecedented step of forcing Americans to buy insurance whether they want it or not. The administration argues Congress has ample authority to do what it did. If its action was rare, it is only because Congress was dealing with a problem that has stymied Democratic and Republican administrations for many decades: How to get adequate health care to as many people as possible, and at a reasonable cost. The justices also will take up whether the rest of the law can remain in place if the insurance mandate falls and, separately, whether Congress lacked the power to expand the Medicaid program. The court also will consider whether the challenge is premature under a 19th century tax law because the insurance requirement doesnt kick in until 2014 and people who remain uninsured wouldnt have to pay a penalty until they file their 2014 income taxes in early 2015. Taking this way out of the case would relieve the justices of rendering a decision in political high season, just months before the presidential election. The justices like to say they give the same attention to the small cases as the big ones. But everything about the courts handling of health care suggests there is no doubt among the courts six men and three women about the significance of what they are about to decide. 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But one lower appeals court embraced the argument that court challenges are premature, so the justices assigned lawyer Robert Long to argue the position that courts cant rule yet on mandatory insurance. The main arguments Monday: Long says the mandate to carry health insurance or pay a penalty is in essence a tax. He says the Anti-Injunction Act prohibits courts from hearing challenges to a tax before its been collected, and the IRS wont begin enforcing the penalty until after tax day 2015. The Obama administration argues that, because the law doesnt call the penalty a tax and the IRS doesnt enforce it that way, it doesnt fall under the Anti-Injunction Act. Those challenging the law say the act doesnt clearly direct courts to stay out of tax disputes so the justices are free to decide the case now. The businesses also say the insurance mandate is separate from the penalty for not having insurance whether the penalty is a tax or not. Associated PressWASHINGTON The Supreme Court will hear six hours of argument over President Barack Obamas health care law, its longest argument in almost 45 years. Since 1970, most cases have been allotted only one hour, down from two before that. The bestknown recent multi-hour arguments are far from the longest in modern history: McConnell v. Federal Election Commission: Four hours, five minutes on Sept. 8, 2003. The court upheld the ban on soft money campaign contributions in the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: Two hours, 33 minutes, March 24, 2009 and Sept. 9, 2009. Citing the First Amendment, the court struck down a decades-old government ban on spending by corporations and unions to support or attack political candidates. After an hour of arguments the first day, the justices recalled the lawyers for a second day six months later. United States v. Nixon: Three hours on July 8, 1974. The court decided that President Richard Nixons claim of executive privilege to resist a the Watergate special prosecutors subpoena for White House tape recordings and documents was not completely immune from judicial review and therefore he must comply. Nixon turned over the tapes and resigned soon after. Arizona v. California: 16 hours, three minutes on Jan. 8-11, 1962. This original jurisdiction case and others like it are different because no other lower court heard the issue before the Supreme Court. This was a fight between states over how much water could be legally taken out of the Colorado River for a states use. United States v. Louisiana: 13 hours and 32 minutes on Oct. 12-15, 1956. Another original jurisdiction case over whether the state or the federal government has rights to lands, minerals and other natural resources off Louisianas coast. Brown v. Board of Education II: 13 hours, 25 minutes on April 11-14, 1955. This case was a follow-up to the famous Brown v. Board of Education ruling that struck down racial segregation in public schools. Brown II was the courts attempt to specify how public schools were to desegregate and is remembered for the courts directive that desegregation proceed with all deliberate speed. Re-argument of Griffin v. Maryland and consolidated cases: Nine hours and 45 minutes on Oct. 1415, 1963. The court ruled a deputy sheriffs off-duty arrest of five African-American college students who ignored the racially exclusive entrance policy of an amusement park in Maryland was an illegal state action to enforce segregation. Permian Basin Area Rate Cases: Eight hours on Dec. 5-7, 1967. The court ruled the Federal Power Commission had the authority to establish the rates for the sale of natural gas in five major areas, including the Permian Basin, a large oil and gas reserve in New Mexico and Texas.Source: The Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent School of Law and Associated Press research. Multi-hour arguments heard
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Alan Shawn Feinstein will add money to donations given to the Beverly Hills Community Churchs Food Pantry.Donations must be received through April 30,and can include cash, checks and/or food items.The more donations made to the food pantry, themore Feinstein money will be added to the donation.The next food distribution at the church is from 11 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.To qualify for assistance, you must be aBeverly Hills resident with identification.The church office needs to be notified at least a week ahead of time, if requiring food, to ensure its availability.Call the church office at 352-746-3620. There is an initial registration for each recipient. The Salvation Armys Food Pantry is open to Citrus County and southern Levy County residents from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at 3975 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd., 3/4 mile west of Lecanto Highway. Applicants are interviewed for food after a photo ID and secondary ID are provided for all adults in the household and an ID for all children in the household. For information, call 352-621-5532. Suncoast Baptist Church 5310 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa Springs, has its food pantry open from 8 a.m. to noon the second Wednesday monthly for pre-bagged food. Free bread is available from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. This is for Homosassa people in need only. Floral City United Methodist Church hosts a free breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays in Hilton Hall, 8478 E. Marvin St., across from the elementary school. All are welcome. For more information, call 352-344-1771. Daystar Life Centers Food Pantry is open to Citrus County residents from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at 6751 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River (across from the Publix shopping center).Applicants will be given an interview for food after a photo ID and Social Security cards for all family members are provided. Call 352-795-8668. Hernando Seventh-day Adventist Church at 1880 N. Trucks Ave., Hernando, provides food distribution for needy families through its food pantry, open from 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly. Please have proper photo identification available at the first request for food. For information, call 352212-5159. Nature Coast Ministries food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The office is at 999 State Road 44 in Crystal River (next to RaceTrac in the old Skidmore building). Call 352-563-1860. SOS Ministry food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Highway (County Road 486), opposite the entrance to Citrus Hills. Call 352-527-0052 or 352-746-7161. If new to the program, bring drivers license and Social Security cards for all family members for initial registration. Food is distributed according to family size. St. Annes Anglican Church food pantry opens from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. daily in the administration building. Citrus United Basket (CUB)food pantry isopen to all underserved Citrus County residents from9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at103Mill Ave, Inverness(east of the new courthouse). Participants must provide proof of income, photo ID and Social Security numbers for each family member. Contact CUB at352-344-2242 or email@example.com. First Baptist Church of Crystal River has its food pantry open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The church is at 700 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River. For information, call 352-795-3367. Our Lady of Fatimas Food Pantry, at 604 U.S. 41 S., is open from 10 a.m. to2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Proper photo ID, proof of residence and interview are required for assistance to needy residents of Floral City, Hernando and Inverness. Call 352-726-1707. First United Methodist Church of Inverness Gods Kitchen serves from 11:30 a.m. to noon Mondays in the fellowship hall, 3896 S. Pleasant Grove Road. A bus is available for transportation to the church on Mondays. Call 352-726-2522. The New Church Without Walls gives free food boxes away at 5 p.m. Mondays at the neighborhood park in Hernando off Railroad Drive where feeding the homeless takes place. Call 352-344-2425. Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church food pantry is open from 9 to 10 a.m. the third Tuesday monthly at 6 Roosevelt Blvd. Food is distributed on right side of parish office garage area. Pantry is open to those who truly qualify for this program. No vouchers or financial aid given. Call Anna at 352-527-2381 or the church at 352-746-2144. El-Shaddai food ministries brown bag of food distribution takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Crystal River Church of God, 2180 W. 12th Ave. Although food is distributed once a week, families are only eligible for food once a month. For information, call 352-628-9087 or 352-302-9925. The USDA is an equal-opportunity provider. Citrus County Veterans Coalition operates a Veterans Food Bank for Citrus County veterans and their family members in need. The Veterans Food Bank has moved to its new location, opposite the Disabled American Veterans building at 1039 N. Paul Drive, Inverness. Food distribution is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Richard at 352-400-8952 or Gary at 352-527-4537 with any questions or emergency food requests. We Care Food Pantry gives out food to needy people. Initial registrations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To qualify for assistance, participants must be a Homosassa or Homosassa Springs resident with identification. For information and dates for food distributions, call 352-628-0445. The food pantry of First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. The pantry is open to meet the emergency needs of people in the community. Everyone is invited to participate once a week as needed. Bring a photo ID and the date of birth for each member of your household. The church is at 1501 S.E. U.S.19, north of Sweetbay. Call 352-795-2259. St. Margarets Episcopal Churchs Feed My Sheep outreach provides a hot lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. The food pantry is open from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The pantry is no longer open on Wednesday evenings or Fridays. For information, call 352-726-3153. Food pantry of Floral City First Baptist Church Emergency Feeding Program is open from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday monthly. Dunnellon Presbyterian and Holy Faith Episcopal food pantry opens from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays at 19924 W. Blue Cove Drive, Dunnellon. Calvary Chapel of Inverness Feed the Hungry free lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in the fellowship hall, 960 S. U.S. 41. Bagged groceries are given from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Call 352-726-1480. Our Fathers Table serves free Saturday lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Annes Anglican Church, one mile west of the Plantation Inn on West Fort Island Trail. Call 352-795-2176. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs serves those in need with free boxes of food from its food pantry the third Saturday morning monthly. Call 352-465-6613 on the preceding Tuesday to sign up for the distribution. Inverness Church of God, 416 U.S. 41 S., hosts a soup kitchen the first and third Sunday monthly following the 10:30 a.m. worship service in the Family Life Center. Call 352-726-4524. LifeSouth bloodmobile schedule for upcoming weeks. To find a donor center or a blood drive near you, call 352-527-3061. Donors must be at least 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health to be eligible to donate. A photo ID is also required. The Lecanto branch office is at 1241 S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491), open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (7 p.m. Wednesdays), 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The Inverness branch is at 301 W. Main St., open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, (6:30 p.m. Wednesdays), 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays. Visit www.lifesouth.org for details. 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 26, Wal-Mart, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 8 a.m. to noon Monday, March 26, Anytime Fitness, 5723 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Sumter Electric Cooperative, U.S. 301 and Sumter County Road 471, Sumterville. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Bella Vita Spa & Fitness, 2125 Skyview Crossing, Hernando. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, Wal-Mart, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, Bealls, 2851 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. April sites All donors will receive a LifeSouth Community Blood Center backpack during April. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 1, WalMart, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2461 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 2, Citrus County Tax Collectors Office, 210 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness. 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, Cypress Cove Care Center, 700 S.E. Eighth Ave., Crystal River. 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 3, WalMart, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, Camp ENini-Hassee, 7027 E. Stage Coach Trail, Floral City. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 4, WalMart Supercenter, 2461 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness. Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5, Subway, 6748 Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, Wal-Mart, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Bealls, 346 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, WalMart, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 9, Cypress Creek Academy, 2855 W. Woodland Ridge Drive, Lecanto. 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2461 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Love Chevrolet, 2209 State Road 44 W., Inverness. 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, Arbor Trail Rehab & Skilled Nursing, 611 Turner Camp Road, Inverness. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 11, WalMart Supercenter, 2461 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, WalMart, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, Citrus County Solid Waste, 230 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, Lecanto High School, 3810 W. Educational Path, Lecanto. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, Village Cadillac-Toyota, 2431 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 15, First Christian Church, 2018 A Colonad St., Inverness. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 16, Withlacoochee Technical Institute, 1201 W. Main St., Inverness. 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, Wal-Mart, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 17, Walden Woods Community, 7086 W. Eatonshire Path, Homosassa. 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Citrus County Chronicle 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Wal-Mart, 3826 S. 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O PINION Page A10 MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 Brits smitten I read your piece in the March 10 Chronicle concerning the 2012 London Olympics with credulity. I have never read such a disgraceful, uninformed, untruthful load of nonsense. All of the English people I know (and being British I know quite a lot of them) were proud to win the 2012 Olympics and are delighted it is to be held in the same year as the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The upset over tickets was so many British people applied for them, some events were oversubscribed by 20 times and tickets had to be allocated by drawing lots. All tickets were sold within a week of being made available, no previous Olympics can say the same! Of course, you will find people who would rather profit from the games by renting their house out at exorbitant rents, but you will find many more who are eagerly looking forward to welcoming the athletes of the world to the greatest city in the world (yes, I was born in London). I do not know who wrote your pathetic piece, but I promise you it does not reflect the general view of Londoners or indeed the whole of the U.K., who are hoping and praying the 2012 London Olympics will be remembered as the best ever.Peter Beavan Crystal River Volunteers thankedAs a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, HPH Hospice is honored to recognize the contributions of our volunteers in Citrus County. In 2011, these men and women gave more than 6,100 hours and $130,300 of in-kind service that would otherwise be provided by paid staff. HPH Hospice volunteers play an indispensable role in offering the best care possible for patients living with lifelimiting illness, their families and caregivers. HPH Hospice volunteers are truly angels in disguise, willingly offering their time and caring nature to ensure a persons final days are filled with love, comfort and peace. Volunteers provide much-needed assistance through preparing meals daily for patients in our facilities. Many volunteers help sort donations at our two thrift stores, call the bereaved to offer words of comfort, provide courier service to our various offices, and use their talents to make keepsakes for family members Many bring their pets, through the Compassionate Paws canine program, to a patients beside so the pet can help soothe anxiety or give a welcome lick on the cheek. Through our We Honor Veterans program, pinning ceremonies to honor our veteran patients are presented by volunteers, who are themselves veterans. To our HPH Hospice volunteers, thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication. We are truly grateful you are part of our team. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with you. Katy Geschke manager of Volunteer Services HPH Hospice I m here to explain why George Zimmerman is white. This seems necessary given the confusion and anger with which some readers responded to my use of that word last week in this space to describe the man who shot an unarmed black teenager named Trayvon Martin to death last month in Sanford. One person wrote: Mr. Zimmerman was Hispanic not White plez do your homework before writing your column!!!! But it is they who are wrong. There are two reasons. The short one is this: Hispanic is not a race, but an ethnicity. As the U.S. Census Bureau puts it in its 2010 Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin, People who identify their origin as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be any race. The long reason begins with an understanding the word in question race is a term both meaningful and yet, profoundly meaningless. It is meaningful in the sense that it provides a tool for tribalism and a means by which to organize our biases, fears, observations, social challenges and sundry cultural products. It is meaningless in the sense that, well ... it has no meaning, there exists no definition of black or white that carries any degree of scientific precision. We are taught to believe the opposite, black and white are self-evident and immutable. But I invite you to look up Walter White, the blond, blueeyed Negro who once led the NAACP or Gregory Howard Williams, the university president who didnt even know he was black until he was 10 years old. Dig up the old Jet magazine story about a woman who gave birth to twins one black, one white. And then think again. Race is a fraud, a cruel and stupid fraud. The people who came here from Europe did not automatically consider themselves white. They identified as Irish, Hungarian, Italian, Jewish, Armenian. As David R. Roediger observes in his book, Working Toward Whiteness: How Americas Immigrants Became White, they were emphatically taught white was the identity that conferred status and privilege and it was defined by distance from, and antipathy toward, black. They were advised to avoid being friendly with blacks or else put their whiteness at risk. Nor did Africans kidnapped into slavery think of themselves as black. They were Mandinka, Fulani, Mende, Songhay, Wolof. Black was something imposed upon them as justification for slavery and other means of exploitation. As one historian puts it: Africans did not become slaves because they were black; they became black because they were enslaved. Well into the 20th century, America recognized dozens of races. In that America, people we now regard as white the Irishman, Conan OBrien; the Armenian, Andre Agassi; the Jew, Jerry Seinfeld could not have taken for granted they would be seen that way. People like this had to become white, had to earn whiteness, a feat African-Americans have found impossible to duplicate, no matter how many harsh chemicals they use on their hair and skin. White, then, is not simply color, but privilege not necessarily in the sense of wealth, but rather in the sense of having ones personhood and individuality respected, a privilege so basic I doubt it registers with many whites as privilege at all. Were talking about the privilege of being seen, of having your worth presumed, of receiving the benefit of the doubt and some human compassion, of being treated as if you matter. Consider that; then consider the fair-skinned Hispanic man, George Zimmerman, who evidently stalked and killed an unarmed kid he wrongly thought was up to no good, yet was not arrested, nor even initially investigated. He said it was self-defense. Police took him at his word and sent him on his way. Folks, thats not just white. Its blinding. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald and can be reached at 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few. Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War 400 B.C. A whiter shade of privilege CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE Founded by Albert M. Williamson You may differ with my choice, but not my right to choose. David S. Arthurs publisher emeritus EDITORIAL BOARD Gerry Mulligan .......................................... publisherCharlie Brennan ............................................ editor Mike Arnold .......................................... HR directorSandra Frederick ............................ managing editor Curt Ebitz ........................................ citizen member Mac Harris ...................................... citizen member Rebecca Martin ................................ guest member EVERY VOTE COUNTS Inglis sees democracy in action I t was a contentious, divisive issue. And it was resolved in truly democratic fashion. At stake: The Inglis Police Department. Some residents in the southwest Levy County town saw an opportunity for cost savings to taxpayers by disbanding the force and having the Levy County Sheriffs Office (LCSO) take over law enforcement responsibilities. Others said the five-man department serves and protects in a way LCSO wouldnt and argued the investment in tax dollars was secondary to results. Looking south to Citrus County, supporters of disbanding the force could point to savings realized by the cities of Crystal River and Inverness by dissolving their police departments and signing a contract with the Citrus County Sheriffs Office. Citrus and Levy counties have their differences, though, and concerns about Inglis remote geographical location in the large county spawned questions about the quality of service LCSO could deliver. Its not a bad thing for residents to question the effectiveness and cost of their police departments. Its not uncommon for such operations to become insolated and detached from the greater will of the public. However, the Inglis Police Department, under Chief Steve Dixon, has not been the target of accusations of great wrongdoing or abuse of power. The issue at hand was one of tax expenditures. On March 13, city residents went to the polls and decided the fate of the department. By a vote of 273 to 234, the electorate rejected disbanding the force. In a small town, the value of one vote really shows. While, percentage-wise, department supporters had a fairly substantial win, the numbers were still close. As the nation moves forward with the contentious presidential race, its not a bad thing to look at the town of Inglis ballot on its police department and realize, win or lose, the process works. THE ISSUE: Inglis voters rule on police department.OUR OPINION: Democracy in action. OPINIONS INVITED The opinions expressed in Chronicle editorials are the opinions of the newspapers editorial board. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in a letter to the editor. Persons wishing to address the editorial board, which meets weekly, should call Charlie Brennan at 352563-5660. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and hometown, including letters sent via email. Names and hometowns will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Letters must be no longer than 350 words, and writers will be limited to three letters per month. SEND LETTERS TO: The Editor, 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429. Or, fax to 352563-3280 or email to email@example.com LETTERS to the Editor No manners Why do people take their dog to get groomed and tell the groomer after they charge them, Oh, I paid $15, $20 more for that, and dont even leave $1 tip? They ar e unbelie vable.Thanks, all We are a group of homeschoolers who were lucky enough to be invited to the Civil War Living History Education Day this past weekend on Holcim Ranch. Just want to thank everyone who helped put this on. The presenters were so passionate about their subjects, and our students are still talking about how much they learned. Many of us returned to see the Re-enactment over the weekend. Keep up the good work and we will return next year. Well done.Thanks, stranger I want to thank the person or people who picked up my cane from the street at North Mesquite Point in the Crystal Oaks development and put it on my mailbox. Thank you very much for doing it. I really appreciate it. Thank you. Please, thank you, thank you, thank you.Buzzards protectedThis is for the guy having a problem with his neighbor shooting the buzzards: Buzzards enjoy federal protection. Call the sheriff and then call Fish and Wildlife Service. Its a no-brainer. The guys breaking the law. Pest control permittedTo (the) person living in Citrus Springs for 25 years, complaining about (my) husband being obsessed with killing turkey buzzards: We had a problem of them landing on (our) roof, doing damage. My husband called USDA Wildlife in Gainesville and (a) man came out, assessed the problem. The USDA Wildlife hung turkey, not husband, in a tree and not on my house. Also, the USDA Wildlife issued my husband with a legal permit and provided him with a launcher, plus bird whistler that is authorized for agricultural pest control. FYI, neighbor, get your facts straight before accusing my husband of being obsessed with killing turkey buzzards.Stop by; well talk This is in response to the 25year Citrus Springs resident about the turkey buzzards, regarding the two buzzards you seen hanging dead in my property. They were killed and hung there by the USDA Wildlife Services from Gainesville. Also, the gun that shoots the flares is also from the USDA Wildlife Services. For your information, (the turkey buzzards) were destroying my roof, and everything I have been doing is legal. So get your facts straight before you start calling in to the newspaper. For your information, if you need to stop by my house, I will show you in black and white everything is legal, like I say. Disabled put out Why doesnt the Floral City Public Library have a disabled-access book drop? The people have to get out of their car and go around the book drop to put the books in the book drop. It is not disabledaccessible. It needs to be disabled-accessible. THE CHRONICLEinvites you to call Sound Off with your opinions about any subject. You do not need to leave your name, and have less than a minute to record. COMMENTS will be edited for length, libel, personal or political attacks and good taste. Editors will cut libelous material. OPINIONS expressed are purely those of the callers. S OUND OFF CALL 563-0579 Leonard Pitts OTHER VOICES C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE
Christian hostility At the national prayer breakfast, President Obama told a crowd, We cannot leave our values at the door. How ironic because this administration is ordering the church to do exactly that. The mandate requires the Catholic Church to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. Sixty evangelical leaders sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services saying they believe the federal government is obligated by the First Amendment to accommodate the religious convictions of all faithbased organizations, Catholic and non-Catholic. Obama has created an environment over the past three years where hostility toward orthodox Christianity is not only tolerated but encouraged. Claude Strass Homosassa Inappropriate TV Has anyone ever taken a good look at the programs theyre putting on television these days? Flipping through the channels the other day, I came across a few programs the FCC is allowing to be aired. One was two guys making alcoholic drinks and drinking until they were drunk and stupid. Another, I think was called Weeds, is a program about marijuana. Another was titledBad Sex. Now, these are only a few out of many that should notbe aired during the day and early evening hours, allowing kids to watch them.Many parents today take no interest in what their kids watch on television or what they do while theyre outside with their friends. Many parents do not monitor and couldnt care less what their kids do or watch on the Internet. When I was a kid, a lot of this stuff was not allowed to be aired on any channel, no matter what time it was. Jake Little Homosassa Not time for raises Administrator Thorpe and the rest of the commissioners need to wake up and see how nongovernment employees of this county live. They all whole-heartedly agreed to $228,500 for raises? Thats more than a quarter of a million dollars! The article reports staffers received a raise in 2009, yet Thorpe states You cant expect your employees to never receive compensation adjustments. There are many community leaders who fought hard to keep their businesses open the past few years, and to do so, their employees had to take a pay cut while the county was handing out raises. And now the leaders all agree they deserve another raise? Im all for keeping our parks and libraries running, as well as making sure our safety programs are funded properly, but I dont agree that includes increased salaries and wages for employees in those programs or any other county employees. Commissioners, what are you thinking? Commissioner Bays asked what we want, and what we are willing to pay for. Im not willing to pay for raises! Cant wait for Election Day.Holly R. Elpers Crystal River Not while driving A recent front section had an lengthy article on the Legislatures progress on the state budget. To say I was mystified and dismayed at what I read in the subsection titled Text and Also Drive Fast on page A7 would be an understatement. To paraphrase: the House passed the agency bill for the Department of Highway Safety ... which included little in the way of actual highway safety. It again looks highly unlikely that there will be a ban on texting while driving. This is incredulous banning this dangerous habit should be a slam dunk! The article goes on to state the inability to ban texting and driving extends to a larger debate on the role of government in peoples lives. Thats a crock! Do our elected representatives really believe the state does not have a vested interest and a responsibility for public safety? Why even have a Department of Highway Safety? Why require the wearing of seatbelts? Whats crazy is that theres even a debate about this issue. There is nothing safe about texting while driving and in some cases it proves deadly. 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Associated Press A man casts his vote for president Sunday in a tent erected to serve as a polling station in the Guediawaye neighborhood of Dakar, Senegal. Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, whose decision to run for a controversial third term sparked violent pre-election protests, faces his former protege Macky Sall in Sundays run-off. People pray during a Sunday rally held by The Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of Washington, D.C., and Vicinity in honor of Trayvon Martin, in front of the Department of Justice in Washington. Associated Press Congregants wearing hoodies participate in a Sunday service at Middle Collegiate Church in New York. Church-goers were invited to wear hoodies to services to show their support for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was wearing a hoodie on the night he was killed by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida. Revered Associated Press Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile wearing a Mexican sombrero as he arrives Sunday to give a Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico. North Korea moves rocket to siteSEOUL, South Korea North Korea has moved a rocket to a northwestern site in preparation for a launch next month, South Korean officials said Sunday, as Pyongyang pushes ahead with a plan Washington calls a cover for testing long-range missiles. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak urged North Korea to immediately stop its launch plans, warning in Seoul they would deal sternly with any provocation. Obama said the move would jeopardize a deal in which the U.S. would ship food aid to the North in exchange for a nuclear freeze. Bad behavior will not be rewarded, Obama said in a joint news conference with Lee. There had been a pattern, I think, for decades in which North Korea thought if they had acted provocatively, then somehow they would be bribed into ceasing and desisting acting provocatively. Voting From wire reports Nation BRIEF World BRIEFS N ATION & W ORLD Page A12 MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE Associated PressKANDAHAR, Afghanistan The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday. The families were told the money came from President Barack Obama. The unusually large payouts were the latest move by the White House to mend relations with the Afghan people after the killings threatened to shatter already tense relations. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of sneaking off his base March 11, then creeping into houses in two nearby villages and opening fire on families as they slept. The killings came as tensions between the U.S. and Afghanistan were strained following the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in February. That act which U.S. officials have acknowledged was a mistake sparked riots and attacks that killed more than 30 people, including six American soldiers. There have been no violent protests following the March 11 shootings in Kandahar provinces Panjwai district, but demands for justice on Afghan terms have been getting louder since Bales was flown out of the country to a U.S. military prison. Many Afghans in Kandahar have continued to argue there must have been multiple gunmen and accused the U.S. government of using Bales as a scapegoat. U.S. investigators believe the gunman returned to his base after the first attack and later slipped away to kill again. Afghans: US paid $50K per victim Payouts aim to mend relations after fatal attack Associated Press An elderly Afghan man sits March 11 next to a covered body, unseen, allegedly killed in a shooting rampage by a U.S. soldier in Panjwai, Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. Justices to hear floating home case Associated PressMIAMI Court documents refer to it as that certain unnamed gray, two-story vessel approximately 57 feet in length. To Fane Lozman, it was a floating Florida home never intended to sail the seas. Now, a long-running dispute over exactly what the structure was has landed before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lozman, a 50-year-old former Chicago financial trader, seemingly lost his nearly six-year battle with the seaside city of Riviera Beach when his home was hauled away in 2009 and later destroyed by court order. But Lozman refused to give up, claiming officials vindictively and illegally targeted him for eviction from the citys marina because of his vocal opposition to a major redevelopment plan. Whatever they had to do to get me out of there, they were going to do it, Lozman said. All I want to do is live a quiet life. I didnt look for this drama, it came to me because I wanted to stay at the marina. The only-in-Florida backstory matters less to the Supreme Court than a more fundamental question: When is something a vessel, and when is it not? The court agreed to take the case earlier this year and is expected to hear arguments in October. The vessel definition is crucially important to not only people who live on the water but also to major commercial businesses such as floating casinos, hotels and restaurants, said Stanford University law professor Jeffrey Fisher. The outcome will determine whether federal maritime or state laws apply to structures that are moored, more or less permanently, in one place. Federal maritime law is very different often than state law because its crafted for the specific dangers and concerns of maritime commerce and navigation at sea, said Fisher, an experienced Supreme Court litigator who is handling Lozmans appeal. Here you have a question of federal law that has divided courts across the country. Its very significant. For example, owners of floating homes usually must pay property taxes, while those owning vessels under maritime law do not. Coast Guard regulations require certain levels of crew for vessels. The standards differ on what kinds and amounts of damages can be awarded in personal injury lawsuits. Supreme Court to decide what is, is not a boat Associated PressEATONVILLE, Fla. AfricanAmerican community churches around the nation Sunday amplified the cries for justice in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, with the increasingly loud calls coming to the pulpits of what have been cultural and often political institutions in America. The one-month anniversary of the black teens death is Monday. He was shot while wearing a hooded sweatshirt as he walked home on a rainy night in a gated community. The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, 28year-old George Zimmerman, is the son of a white father and Hispanic mother, and the demands to charge him in Martins slaying have grown ever louder. He had called police to report the hooded figure as suspicious; Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone. In religious centers from Florida to Atlanta, New York and Chicago, messages from pulpits couldnt help but touch on a seemingly avoidable tragedy that continues to be rife with more questions than answers. Many preachers and their congregations wore hooded sweatshirts in Martins memory. But while the call continued to be for the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman, there were also a large call to use the incident to spark a larger movement. How do we turn pain into power? the Rev. Jesse Jackson asked a standing-room only congregation of hundreds while preaching at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Fla., about 20 miles from the site of the Sanford shooting. How do we go from a moment to a movement that curries favor? Jackson preached a sermon titled The Substance of Things Hoped For, and called for, among other things, Martins martyr death be used as an opportunity to revive the Civil Rights Commission and draw attention to long-standing issues. Very young children and teens sat in the choir behind him. Hallelujah hoodie Churches amplify call for justice for Florida teen Trayvon Martin Associated PressMIAMI The U.S. Justice Department could bring a hate crime charge against the shooter in the killing of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin if there is sufficient evidence the slaying was motivated by racial bias and not simply a fight that spiraled out of control, legal experts and former prosecutors say. So far, only one such clue has surfaced publicly against 28-yearold George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 in the central Florida town of Sanford. On one of his 911 calls to police that night, Zimmerman muttered something under his breath that some listeners say sounds like a racial slur. Zimmermans father is white, and his mother is Hispanic. It sounds pretty obvious to me, said Donald Tibbs, a Drexel University law professor who has closely studied race, civil rights and criminal procedure. If that was a racial epithet that preceded the attack on Trayvon Martin, we definitely have a hate crime. Others, however, say the recording is not clear enough to determine what Zimmerman actually said. And many experts say more evidence would be needed that he harbored racial prejudice against black people and went after Martin for that reason alone. There had previously been burglaries in the complex committed by young black males, possibly heightening Zimmermans suspicions when he spotted Martin. They are going to have to show he was specifically targeting this individual based on his race, creed, color, et cetera, said David S. Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor in Miami. Not that he was chasing somebody down and got in a confrontation that may or may not have been based on that. Zimmermans parents, in a letter to a local newspaper, insisted their son is not a racist, and several black residents of the neighborhood where Martin was shot have only good things to say about Zimmerman. Zimmerman has not been charged with any crime and is claiming self-defense under Floridas Stand Your Ground law, which eliminated a persons duty to retreat when threatened with serious bodily harm or death. US could file hate charge in shooting George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin. Earthquake hits central Chile SANTIAGO, Chile A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile on Sunday night, the strongest and longest that many people said they had felt since the huge quake that devastated the area two years ago. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. The quake struck at 7:30 p.m. about 16 miles northnorthwest of Talca, a city of more than 200,000 people where residents said the shaking lasted about a minute. Buildings swayed in Chiles capital 136 miles to the north, and people living along a 480mile stretch of Chiles central coast were briefly warned to head for higher ground. Santorum beats Romney in La. WASHINGTON Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican presidential primary Saturday, beating frontrunner Mitt Romney in yet another conservative Southern state. Were still here. Were still fighting, Santorum said.
Basketball/ B2 Baseball, hockey/ B3 Tennis/B4 Golf, racing/ B5 Entertainment/ B6 Puzzles/ B7 Comics/ B8 Classifieds/ B9 Rays routed; Yankees tie Tigers; Nats blank Mets. / B3 Section B MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE SPORTS BRIEFS Utley to miss Phils opener due to knees CLEARWATER Chase Utley will miss the entire exhibition schedule for the second straight year and will not be in the Philadelphia Phillies opening-day lineup due to his injured knees. The fivetime AllStar, limited to 103 games last year, said Sunday he will not have season-ending surgery and does not have plans to retire. He says he feels better than he did at this point last year. Said Utley: Im not going to be ready for opening day. I dont really have a timeline on when I will be available. I will take this process fairly slow because I think its important to get everything around my knees working correctly. And I think its going to take a little bit of time. Cardinals, Gay agree to 2-year dealTEMPE, Ariz. The Arizona Cardinals and cornerback William Gay have agreed to a two-year deal. The team announced the agreement Sunday. Gay spent the previous four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He has appeared in all 80 regular-season games since entering the league, including 37 starts. Last season, he started 15 games for the Steelers and finished the regular season with 56 tackles 45 solo with two interceptions. NFL owners to focus on rules changesPALM BEACH Instant replay and injured reserve the NFLs IRs will be main topics as the owners consider several rules changes at their spring meetings this week. The Buffalo Bills have proposed having the booth official make all decisions on replay reviews instead of referees. Under another suggestion, the booth official also would be allowed to review all turnovers just as he now does for all scoring plays. Last year, the committee recommended having the booth official review all scoring plays and now it is proposing expanding his duties to all turnovers. That should help coaches in deciding when to use their challenges. A change to the injured reserve requirements for a designated player would be the first alteration in rules for that list since 1993. Until 1990, IR players had to sit out six games, and until that became four games. Then the league clamped down on teams that hid prospects they might lose if released by placing them on IR even if their injuries were minor or nonexistent. Another proposal will allow each team to designate one player per week who can go on the inactive list because of a concussion and be replaced on the roster. The NFL rarely tinkered with overtime until two years ago, when the Saints won the NFC title by winning the coin toss to start the extra period, marching downfield and kicking a field goal. Beginning in the 2010 season, that scenario required the team that lost the toss to get a possession, but only in the playoffs. That rule change has had no impact thus far, but the Steelers want it as part of the regular season, too. The leagues coaches subcommittee and the players union support the change. NFL owners also will consider moving the trading deadline from after the sixth week of the schedule to after the eighth week. From wire reports Chase Utley Associated Press Tony Stewart leads Mark Martin through Turn 4 on Sunday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Fontana, Calif. Stewart won the rain-shortened race. Associated PressFONTANA, Calif. When dark clouds ominously obscured majestic Mount Baldy north of Auto Club Speedway early in Sundays race, NASCARs drivers all realized they were probably in for a short day on a long track. Nobody did a better job racing until the raindrops fell than Tony Stewart. Stewart got his second NASCAR victory of the season when rain shortened the race at Auto Club Speedway by 71 laps, extending the defending Sprint Cup champions unusually strong start. Kyle Busch finished second, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. added to his good start to the season in third. You hate to have it end with rain like that, Stewart said. But weve lost some that way, and we didnt back into the lead. Stewart has won seven of the last 15 races, including Las Vegas last month, in a remarkable stretch of dominance for a driver who rarely gets rolling until summer. Although Stewart sees nothing special about his approach to the new season, hes clearly focused. Stewart and new crew chief Steve Addington didnt mention the rain to each other until moments before it hit one end of the 2-mile oval, but they had already done the work necessary to win. Its been nice to get off to a good start this year the way we have, said Stewart, who has been even more impressive this year despite firing crew chief Darian Grubb last December. The history shows the last 13 years, we havent had the strongest start the first third of the Associated PressORLANDO Tiger Woods finally brought the buzz back to the very thing that made him famous winning. Two weeks after another injury scare, and two days before his former coachs book goes on sale, Woods looked dominant as ever in that red shirt on Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was his first PGA Tour victory since a sex scandal at the end of 2009 led to one of the greatest downfalls in sports. And with the Masters only two weeks away, Woods looks more capable of ever than resuming his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus. Woods closed with a 2under 70 for a five-shot win over Graeme McDowell. The question two weeks ago was when he could play again. Now, its whether he can get back to the player who once ruled golf. Even though he won the unofficial Chevron World Challenge last December, this was meaningful for Woods a full tour event against a strong field, and a performance so clean that he was never seriously challenged on the back nine. The final hole was a mere formality, and Woods tapped his putter on the ground waiting for his turn, knowing that 30 months without a win on the PGA Tour was about to end. He walked off the green with his arm extended, waving his cap to a raucous gallery. It does feel good. It feels really good, Woods said before signing his card. Its been a lot of hard work. Woods finished at 13under 275 for his 72nd PGA Tour win, one short of Nicklaus for second place on the Stewart wins rain-shortened race in Fontana See FONTANA / Page B5 Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the second green Sunday during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill in Orlando. Associated Press Woods ends winless streak at Bay Hill Associated Press Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor dunks Sunday during the second half of the Midwest Regional final against North Carolina in St. Louis. Associated Press ST. LOUIS N othing personal, Roy. Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way Sunday, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina. The second-seeded Jayhawks (31-6) will play Ohio State on Saturday in their first appearance in the Final Four since 2008, when they won the national championship. And hows this for symmetry? Kansas began this years tournament in Omaha, same place as four years ago. As the game ended, Taylor much maligned for his shooting struggles during the first three games of the NCAA tournament ran to Kansas fans and raised both arms in the air. Theres no way to put into words the way we feel, Williams said. Theres no way to put into words the way I feel. ... Its the NCAA tournament. Taylors 22 lead KU to 80-67 win over North Carolina See KANSAS / Page B2 See WOODS / Page B5 I t was not only the divisions that were split in two halves at the inaugural Freedom Open. The weather also showed two faces over the weekend, with a blustery summer-like day Saturday and a more pleasant spring day Sunday thanks to thunderstorms during the night. The participation was good, especially considering the short notice players had to sign up for the new event at Crystal River High School. Organizations benefiting from the tournament will be the youth Ministry of Inverness First United Methodist Church and NotForSaleCampaign.org. The organizers vowed to return again next year at about the same timeslot; in between USTA leagues and near the end of the school tennis season. The plan is to vary the setup with each tournament. In October it is the Compass format that players like, in January a regular event and now, in March, a tournament that includes singles competition. Another feature players enjoyed was the splitting of the days singles one day, doubles the next which allowed players to play an entire day and still have a day left in the weekend to do something else. This second day belonged to the doubles players, including the mixed A division. It was a good thing that the temperatures and humidity came down a little, because the ladies had several very long matches. The longest time on court belonged to Linda Martin and Jamie Elmhirst. They started at 8:30 a.m. playing singles against each other and then partnered in the doubles division, where they made it to the final, which they lost to ladies champions Carla Chitwood and Jane Wilson. That match finished at 4 p.m. We all know that none of the tournaments and other types of charity events in our community would be possible without the support of the local businesses. Event organizers of this event would like to thank the following sponsors; Cindy Reynolds, tennis coach at Crystal River High School, for sponsoring the use of the tennis venue; Nail Country salon, New England Bakery and Deli, Sweet Eric van den Hoogen ON COURT Hot weather gives way on doubles day See DOUBLES / Page B4
Associated PressATLANTA Joe Johnson scored 37 points, Josh Smith added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks ended Utahs sixgame winning streak with a 139-133 victory Sunday night in the NBAs first quadrupleovertime game since 1997. The four overtimes tied for the third-longest game in NBA history. It was the ninth NBA game to go four OTs and the first since Phoenix beat Portland 140139 on Nov. 14, 1997. Al Jefferson finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, and Paul Millsap had 25 points and 13 boards for the Jazz before both players fouled out in the final overtime. Atlanta has won four straight and six of seven. The Hawks improved to 30-20 and moved one-half game ahead of Indiana for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Johnson ended the first quarter with 18 points after going 8 of 8 in the period. He missed eight of his next nine shots, including a potential game-winning runner with 3 seconds left in regulation, before hitting a 3-pointer that forced the third overtime. With 16.9 seconds remaining in the fourth OT, Johnsons 20-foot jumper over C.J. Miles gave the Hawks a 135-131 lead. Jeff Teague, who had 18 points and nine assists, added a pair of free throws with 13 seconds to go to make it 137-133. Johnsons two free throws sealed the victory with 5.5 seconds remaining. Spurs 93, 76ers 76 SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker scored 21 points and San Antonio beat Philadelphia in a matchup of short-handed teams. DeJuan Blair added 19 points for the Spurs, who won for the seventh time in eight games and swept the season series with the 76ers despite being without Tim Duncan. With the Spurs playing three games in three nights, coach Gregg Popovich gave Duncan his second day off this season. Philadelphia lost for the second time in its last four games as it played without Andre Iguodala, who was out due to left patella tendinitis. Elton Brand led the 76ers with 12 points and Jodie Meeks added 11.Celtics 88, Wizards 76BOSTON Avery Bradley scored a career-high 23 points, and Paul Pierce added 21 points and eight rebounds to help short-handed Boston beat Washington. Boston was without guards Ray Allen (ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (head injury) but still had plenty to hold off the struggling Wizards. Rajon Rondo had 11 assists, while Kevin Garnett finished with 10 points and six assists for the Celtics, who shot 22 for 34 (65 percent) in the first half. Boston led by as much as 25. Timberwolves 117, Nuggets 100 MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Love followed up his 51-point game with 30 points and 21 rebounds to lead Minnesota over Denver. Luke Ridnour had 25 points and six assists, and Wayne Ellington added 17 points for the Timberwolves, who have gone 3-6 since point guard Ricky Rubio was lost for the season March 9 to a torn ACL in his left knee. Minnesota is 11th in the West, 2 1/2 games behind both Houston and Denver in the race for the final playoff spot in the conference.Suns 108, Cavaliers 83 CLEVELAND Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris scored 22 points apiece, and Phoenix never trailed against Cleveland. Steve Nash added 13 assists for the Suns, who have won six of eight to get back into the Western Conference playoff race. Phoenix, which improved to 11-4 since the All-Star break, trail Denver and Houston by 1 1/2 games in the race for the final playoff spot in the conference. Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 16 points for Cleveland, which has lost six of seven. Thunder 103, Heat 87 OKLAHOMA CITY Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and tied his seasonhigh with eight assists, Kendrick Perkins added a season-best 16 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a difficult stretch in their schedule by beating the Miami Heat 103-87 on Sunday night. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 22 points but also committed a season-worst six turnovers. LeBron James had 17 points, seven assists and four turnovers. One team wins and one team loses, and thats what we have to understand. Taylor led five Jayhawks in double figures. Player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Elijah Johnson kept up his blistering pace in the tournament with 10 points, including a 3-pointer with 3:07 to play that sparked Kansas 12-0 run to end the game. Jeff Withey made two monster blocks to deny the Tar Heels during the run including one that set up a big three-point play by Taylor. Taylor came up with the rebound after Withey swatted away a shot by John Henson and streaked downcourt for a layup, getting fouled by Stilman White in the process. As the Kansasheavy crowd roared, Taylor butted his head into Robinsons chest. He made the free throw to give Kansas a 74-67 lead with 1:59 left, and the Jayhawks cruised from there. James Michael McAdoo scored 15 for the Tar Heels (32-6), who played better in their second game without injured star point guard Kendall Marshall. But North Carolina couldnt overcome a 5:46 field goal drought to end the game. It was a game of runs, Williams said. And we didnt answer the last one. This was only the second time Williams had faced Kansas since leaving the school where he spent his first 15 years as a head coach, taking the Jayhawks to the NCAA title game twice they lost in both 1991 and 2003 and two other Final Fours. Though Kansas fans have softened some Williams was still greeted with a chorus of boos Williams said Saturday that facing his old team will always be unpleasant. Too emotional for me. Thats the bottom line, Williams said, calling Kansas his second-favorite team. I dont think itll ever feel good for me, regardless of the outcome. I dont think Ill ever feel comfortable with it. At least this one went better than the first meeting, at the 2008 Final Four, where the Jayhawks walloped North Carolina on the way to winning the title Williams never could at Kansas. Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. Natalie Novosel scored 16 points and Notre Dame advanced to the Raleigh Regional final by routing St. Bonaventure 79-35 on Sunday. Kalia Turner scored 14 points and Kayla McBride added 10 for the topseeded Irish (33-3). They shot 52.5 percent, never trailed and led by 45 before matching a 22year-old record for scoring margin in the regional round while cruising into the finals for the second straight year. Notre Dame will play second-seeded Maryland on Tuesday night with a spot in the Final Four on the line. CeCe Dixon had 13 points and Doris Ortega added 11 for the fifthseeded Bonnies (31-4). No. 2 Maryland 81, No. 3 Texas A&M 74RALEIGH, N.C. Laurin Mincy had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Maryland rally past Texas A&M in the semifinals of the Raleigh Regional. Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Terrapins (31-4), who trailed by 18 in the first half and 11 midway through the second. But Maryland fought its way back and held the reigning national champion Aggies (24-11) to one basket in the final 7 1/2 minutes. The Terrapins have won 10 straight and 13 of 14 since a home loss to Virginia Tech on Jan. 26. Theyre back in a regional final for the first time since 2009, when they were in Raleigh as a No. 1 seed. No. 1 Connecticut 77, No. 4 Penn State 59 KINGSTON, R.I. Bria Hartley scored 20 points to lead a balanced Connecticut offense and help the topseeded Huskies beat fourthseeded Penn State 77-59 on Sunday in the Kingston Regional semifinals. The Huskies stellar defense stymied a high-powered Nittany Lions offense that averaged 87.5 points in the first two games of the NCAA womens basketball tournament. Its the seventh straight season that Connecticut advanced to the regional finals. The Huskies will face the winner between Gonzaga and Kentucky on Tuesday night. Leading 36-27 late in the first half, UConn (32-4) used a 17-2 run spanning halftime to blow the game open. No. 2 Kentucky 79, No. 11 Gonzaga 62 KINGSTON, R.I. Keyla Snowden made five 3-pointers, hitting a pair of them to turn back Gonzagas last charge as Kentucky beat the Zags 79-62 on Sunday to advance to the East Regional finals of the NCAA womens tournament. Snowden had 17 points, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Samarie Walker scored 16 with 12 rebounds for No. 2 seed Kentucky, which will play top-seeded Connecticut on Tuesday for a spot in the Final Four in Denver. UConn beat Penn State 77-59 earlier in the day. Its the second trip to the regional finals for Kentucky (28-6) in three years. B2 M ONDAY, M ARCH 26, 2012 C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE B ASKETBALL Twin Rivers MARINA Live Bait Tackle Service Parts More 2880 N. 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Duke was a very good team, said Baylor coach Scott Drew. But this Kentucky team is better. Acy had 22 points and Pierre Jackson had 21, most in the final 2 minutes. Their efforts were not enough as Baylor was overwhelmed by Kentuckys talent and depth. We didnt execute as well as we should have, Acy said. It cost us the game. Theyre a very good team. They got off to a hot start. We came back in the second half and eliminated the transition points, but it was too late then. Perry Jones III added 17 points for Baylor (30-8), which was denied its bid for its first Final Four appearance in 62 years. After Acys foul on Jones, the Bears took a 10-5 lead. But Kentucky answered with 16 unanswered points and never lost the lead. The difference-makers for Kentucky were on the front line. Anthony Davis had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. Terrence Jones had 12 points and three blocks and regional MVP Michael KiddGilchrist had 19 points. Theyre a great team, Acy said. Theyve got some good dudes down there. Kentuckys shot-blockers affected Baylors offense as the Bears had trouble putting the ball in the basket. Its just one of those games where it just doesnt seem like its meant to be, Drew said. We dont miss that many layups, I can promise you. Some of them, people werent around, either. But after seeing Davis and Jones swat away shots, Baylor players began changing their shots and missing inside even when the two were not close to the basket. Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III was among the Baylor faithful who watched Kentucky reject nine Bears shots. We werent making shots that we usually make, said Anthony Jones. We missed a lot of point-blank layups, wide-open 3s. Kentucky (36-2) will play in-state rival Louisville in the Final Four on Saturday. Every loss is horrible, but being that its our last game of the season, it really (stinks), Baylors Jackson said. It hasnt sunk in yet, but were going to get back in the gym and get ready for next year. Cats pelt Bears with 16-0 run to stamp ticket KANSAS Continued from Page B1 Associated Press The Utah Jazzs Paul Millsap lies on the court Sunday after missing the final shot in triple overtime against the Atlanta Hawks with the score tied in Atlanta. Atlanta won 139-133 in quadruple overtime. Jazz, Hawks go to quadruple overtime
Associated PressWASHINGTON Alex Ovechkin scored his ninth goal in seven games, and the Washington Capitals pulled back into the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perrault also scored, and Braden Holtby made 28 saves in his fourth start of the season as the Capitals broke a two-game skid to move back into a tie on points with the Buffalo Sabres, with Washington holding the tiebreaker. The Capitals and Sabres, both with just six games remaining in the regular season, meet in Washington on Tuesday night. Matt Hackett made 20 saves for the Wild.Islanders 3, Panthers 2, SO SUNRISE, Fla. Frans Nielsen scored the only goal to lift New York past Florida. Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson scored in regulation, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots. Tomas Fleischmann, and Stephen Weiss scored for Florida, and Jose Theodore made 35 saves. Florida is three points ahead of Washington for the Southeast Division beat. Oilers 6, Blue Jackets 3 COLUMBUS, Ohio Ryan Jones had a goal and two assists, Chris VandeVelde scored his first NHL goal and Edmonton beat Columbus in a matchup of the NHLs worst teams. Ladislav Smid, Ben Eager, Sam Gagner and Eric Belanger also scored, and Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Whitney each had two assists for the Oilers. Rick Nash scored on a penalty shot and Mark Letestu and Derick Brassard added for Columbus. The loss assured the Blue Jackets of having the worst record in the NHL this season. Penguins 5, Devils 2 PITTSBURGH Sidney Crosby scored in his second straight game and added an assist to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Sunday night. Crosby, who snapped out of a career-long 12-game goal drought Saturday, gave the Penguins some breathing room with a wrist shot by goalie Martin Brodeur early in the third period. It was Crosbys first goal at home since scoring twice in his season debut against the New York Islanders on Nov. 21. Evgeni Malkin also had a goal and an assist for the Penguins to push his points total to 97, tops in the NHL. Pittsburgh has won 10 straight at Consol Energy Center and moved back within a point of the New York Rangers for the top stop in the Eastern Conference. Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for New Jersey and Brodeur made 23 saves, but couldnt stop the slumping Devils from falling to 1-3-1 in their last five games. Predators 6, Blackhawks 1 CHICAGO Pekka Rinne made 24 saves and the Nashville Predators ended the Chicago Blackhawks five-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday night. Matt Halischuk, Andrei Kostitsyn, Patric Hornqvist, Francis Bouillon, Shea Weber and Mike Fisher scored for the Predators, who matched their season high with the six goals. Viktor Stalberg had Chicagos lone score. The victory sends the Predators into fourth place in the Western Conference with 96 points, one ahead of Detroit and four more than the sixth-place Blackhawks. Nashville is 4-0-1 against Chicago this season. Bruins 3, Ducks 2ANAHEIM, Calif. Marty Turco won for the first time in the NHL in more than 13 months with the help of a disallowed goal that would have tied it, and the Boston Bruins got second-period goals from Zdeno Chara and Benoit Pouliot less than 1 1/2 minutes apart to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Sunday night. Anaheims Matt Beleskey beat Turco to the stick side with a wrist shot just inside the left post at 7:22 of the third period, but teammate Andrew Cogliano had both feet in the crease and was pressed up against Turco when the puck went in. NHL officials in Toronto examined replays and ruled no goal infuriating Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, who had more than a few choice words for referee Rob Martel. 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Josh Johnson allowed three hits in five scoreless innings as he prepared for Miamis opener but walked five. He also hit an RBI double in the second. Rays starter Wade Davis struggled in what could be his final bid to make Tampa Bays rotation. Davis gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings. Phillies 3, Orioles 3, 10 innings CLEARWATER, Fla. Jim Thome played five innings at first base and hit a two-run double for a Philadelphia Phillies split squad Sunday in a 3-3, 10inning tie against the Baltimore Orioles. The 41-year-old, who has not played the field in the regular season since eight innings for the Chicago White Sox at the Phillies on June 13, 2007, did not have any grounders hit to him. He hit a two-run double to deep center in a three-run third against Brian Matusz. Philadelphias Roy Halladay struck out nine and walked two in 6 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits. Matusz gave up three runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. Tigers (SS) 6, Phillies 3LAKELAND, Fla. AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander overcame a rocky first to allow two runs and seven hits in six solid innings in his next-tolast start of spring training. Hunter Pence singled in a run for the Phillies in the first, then scored on an RBI double by Ty Wigginton. Scott Elarton, who hasnt pitched in the majors since 2008 and was out of baseball completely in 2011, started for the Phillies and allowed one run and two hits in four innings. Tigers (SS) 1, Yankees 1, 10 inningsTAMPA, Fla. Michael Pineda allowed one run and five hits over five innings as he competes with Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia for three rotation spots behind opening-day starter CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. Derek Jeter hit a leadoff homer in the first and also had a double. New Yorks Alex Rodriguez was hit on the left side by a Brayan Villarreal pitch in the seventh and left the game. He is expected to play Tuesday. Left-hander Duane Below, one of three candidates for the Tigers fifth starter spot, gave up one run and three hits in 3 2-3 innings. Nationals 12, Mets 0 VIERA, Fla. Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth and Roger Bernadina hit first-inning home runs off Matt Harvey to back Stephen Strasburg as Washington stopped an 11-game winless streak. Strasburg allowed five hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Jason Bay bruised his right forearm when hit by a Strasburg fastball in the third. Harvey, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, gave up five runs and seven hits in one inning. Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 5, 10 innings DUNEDIN, Fla. Daniel Bard, competing for a spot in Bostons starting rotation, gave up five runs and six hits in six innings, struck out five and walked three. Bard allowed Adam Linds second home run of spring training and his double. He also gave up Edwin Encarnacion tying RBI double in a two-run sixth. Toronto starter Aaron Laffey allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. Cardinals 9, Twins 2JUPITER, Fla. Kyle Lohse allowed two runs and five hits in six innings and Matt Holliday homered. Lohse, projected to start the Cardinals opener, struck out six and walked one. Minnesota pitcher Nick Blackburn retired his first 10 batters before Carlos Beltrans bloop single fell barely inside the left-field line. Luke Hughes homered for the Twins off Lohse. Shane Robinson and Jon Jay added home runs for the Cardinals. Astros (SS) 9, Pirates 7KISSIMMEE, Fla. Jed Lowrie and Chris Snyder homered, and Yamaico Navarro had four of Pittsburghs 20 hits. Pirates starter Brad Lincoln gave up three runs and four hit in four innings. Houston starter J.A. Happ gave up nine hits and three runs in five innings. Prospect Jarred Cosart, appearing in his first exhibition game for the Astros, worked 3 1-3 innings, striking out his first three batters. He then gave up four runs. Braves 11, Astros (SS) 1KISSIMMEE, Fla. Jair Jurrjens allowed one run and three hits in six innings and struck out seven in lowering his ERA from 10.13 to 7.45, and struck out seven. He was also 2 for 3 at the plate. Freddie Freeman homered twice and Brian McCann once. Zach Duke who allowed 10 runs, eight hits and two walks in 3 1-3 innings. Angels 6, Rangers 5 TEMPE, Ariz. Albert Pujols hit his fourth homer and Trevor Bell allowed three hits and two walks in 4 1-3 scoreless innings in a bid to earn the Angels No. 5 starter role. Both managers chose to keep their aces from facing a division rival. Instead, the Rangers Yu Darvish gave up four runs and six hits in five innings an intrasquad game. The Angels C.J. Wilson, former Rangers ace, allowed three runs two earned and six hits over five innings in a minor league game. Brewers (SS) 7, Royals 4 SURPRISE, Ariz. Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer in the eighth to complete a cycle, leading Gennett, who is in minor league camp and has never played above Class A, went 4for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. He tripled and doubled in the first two innings off Felipe Paulino. After striking out in the fourth, he singled in the sixth before his homer off Louis Coleman. Taylor Green, who was the Brewers 2011 minor league player of the year, went 3-for-4 with a walk and was a home run shy of the cycle. Paulino, trying to earn a spot in the Royals rotation, gave up five runs, six hits and three walks in 2 2-3 innings. Brewers (SS) 7, Dodgers 1 PHOENIX Shaun Marcum allowed one hit in three scoreless innings in his spring training debut. Norichika Aoki hit his first home run since joining Milwaukee from the Yakult Swallows of Japans Central League. NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. White Sox 5, Giants 2 GLENDALE, Ariz. Philip Humber allowed an unearned run and one hit in seven innings, struck out five and walked two. Giants starter Barry Zito allowed consecutive homers to A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios in the third and five runs overall and nine hits in 2 1-3 innings. San Francisco reliever Scott Munter left with a left calf strain after pitching to one batter in the third inning. He was injured while running to cover first base on a grounder.Cubs 6, Indians 2 GOODYEAR, Ariz. Clevelands Jeanmar Gomez, who had pitched shutout ball in his first four outings, gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. He is competing with Kevin Slowey and David Huff for the Indians final rotation spot. Alfonso Soriano had three RBIs, including a two-run homer for Chicago. The Cubs Joe Mather had two doubles and is hitting .432. He also made a nice catch near the warning track in center to rob Asdrubal Cabrera of extra bases. Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1-3 innings. Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3 PEORIA, Ariz. Dustin Moseley induced four double plays in six innings, limiting Arizona to a run and seven hits. Arizona pitcher Josh Collmenter allowed two runs, five hits and two walks in five innings. Rockies 7, Reds 3 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Todd Helton hit his first two home runs of spring training and Casey Blake hit his first, all drives off Johnny Cueto. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. Joey Votto, in a 5-for-31 slide coming in, had an RBI single in the third and added a single in the fifth. Cueto gave up five runs and six hits in six innings. Associated Press The Tampa Bay Rays Ben Zobrist, right, is tagged out by Miami Marlins second baseman Omar Infante Sunday on a steal attempt during the first inning in Port Charlotte. Davis gives up four in Rays loss; Nats blank Mets 12-0 Caps throw hats back in playoff ring with win over Wild Associated Press Minnesota Wild goalie Matt Hackett, right, looks at the puck Sunday after giving up a goal to Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, rear, during the third period in Washington. The Capitals won 3-0.
C ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE S COREBOARD On the AIRWAVES TODAYS SPORTS COLLEGE BASEBALL 2 p.m. (SUN) East Carolina at Central Florida. (Taped) SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL 1 p.m. (ESPN) Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies. From Bright House Field in Clearwater. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Powerade Jam Fest. From Chicago. COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. (ESPN) Womens NCAA Tournament, Regional Final. From Des Moines, Iowa. 9 p.m. (ESPN) Womens NCAA Tournament, Regional Final. From Fresno, Calif. NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. (SUN) Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers. HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. (NBCSPT) Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers. 10 p.m. (NBCSPT) Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks. PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER 12 p.m. (FSNFL) Stoke City vs. Manchester City. (Taped) 2:55 p.m. (ESPN2) Manchester United vs. Fulham. From the Old Trafford Stadium. Note: Times and channels are subject to change at the discretion of the network. If you are unable to locate a game on the listed channel, please contact your cable provider. Arnold Palmer Invitational par scoresSunday at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. Purse: $6 million Yardage: 7,419; Par: 72 Final Round T. Woods (500), $1,080,00069-65-71-70-13 G. McDowell (300), $648,00072-63-71-74-8 Ian Poulter (190), $408,00071-69-68-74-6 Bud Cauley (96), $209,57170-73-68-72-5 Brian Davis (96), $209,57170-73-70-70-5 Ryan Moore (96), $209,57171-71-71-70-5 Kevin Na (96), $209,57173-68-69-73-5 J. Wagner (96), $209,57171-69-69-74-5 Bubba Watson (96), $209,57169-70-72-72-5 Ernie Els (96), $209,57171-70-67-75-5 Jim Furyk (63), $132,00072-72-70-70-4 Tim Herron (63), $132,00074-71-68-71-4 T. Immelman (63), $132,00073-69-71-71-4 Zach Johnson (63), $132,00071-68-72-73-4 Jason Dufner (54), $96,00066-69-77-73-3 Brian Harman (54), $96,00077-69-71-68-3 Justin Rose (54), $96,00069-69-74-73-3 Henrik Stenson (54), $96,00072-74-69-70-3 Chris Stroud (54), $96,00070-69-72-74-3 C. Howell III (50), $69,90073-68-68-77-2 Seung-Yul Noh (50), $69,90073-73-67-73-2 Greg Owen (50), $69,90073-74-67-72-2 John Rollins (50), $69,90071-72-71-72-2 Kevin Chappell (45), $49,80073-69-73-72-1 Matt Every (45), $49,80073-72-72-70-1 Phil Mickelson (45), $49,80073-71-71-72-1 Vijay Singh (45), $49,80071-68-75-73-1 Jimmy Walker (45), $49,80069-72-76-70-1 Bill Haas (41), $39,90073-72-72-71E J.B. Holmes (41), $39,90071-75-74-68E Sean OHair (41), $39,90069-72-70-77E Charlie Wi (41), $39,90066-68-76-78E Sergio Garcia (37), $33,90072-67-75-75+1 George McNeill (37), $33,90073-72-73-71+1 D. Summerhays (37), $33,90072-70-73-74+1 Kris Blanks (33), $27,65071-72-73-74+2 K.J. Choi (33), $27,65069-72-72-77+2 Martin Laird (33), $27,65072-68-74-76+2 Rod Pampling (33), $27,65075-70-73-72+2 Webb Simpson (33), $27,65073-66-73-78+2 M. Thompson (33), $27,65074-72-72-72+2 Chad Campbell (27), $20,40071-76-69-75+3 Brian Gay (27), $20,40072-73-71-75+3 Hunter Mahan (27), $20,40072-73-71-75+3 Andres Romero (27), $20,40073-74-73-71+3 Josh Teater (27), $20,40074-73-67-77+3 Camilo Villegas (27), $20,40073-69-74-75+3 Robert Allenby (21), $15,26472-75-72-73+4 Marc Leishman (21), $15,26470-71-72-79+4 Dicky Pride (21), $15,26474-73-72-73+4 Scott Stallings (21), $15,26474-72-75-71+4 Gary Woodland (21), $15,26475-68-70-79+4 Ryo Ishikawa, $13,76073-74-71-75+5 F. Jacobson (16), $13,76077-70-73-73+5 Lee Janzen (16), $13,76074-72-71-76+5 Skip Kendall (16), $13,76071-73-75-74+5 D.J. Trahan (16), $13,76076-70-70-77+5 Boo Weekley (16), $13,76074-72-72-75+5 C. Hoffman (11), $13,14076-71-72-75+6 Justin Leonard (11), $13,14075-70-73-76+6 Nick Watney (11), $13,14068-73-79-74+6 Mark Wilson (11), $13,14077-70-71-76+6 Bobby Gates (7), $12,72074-72-75-74+7 William McGirt (7), $12,72073-74-77-71+7 Brandt Snedeker (7), $12,72073-73-77-72+7 Martin Flores (4), $12,30074-72-73-79+10 Billy Hurley III (4), $12,30075-72-75-76+10 Anthony Kim (4), $12,30069-74-72-83+10 Colt Knost (4), $12,30076-71-76-75+10 Jeff Overton (1), $11,94076-70-69-84+11 Chez Reavie (1), $11,94073-74-77-75+11 Jhonattan Vegas (1), $11,76076-70-79-75+12 Tom Gillis (1), $11,58079-66-79-78+14 John Huh (1), $11,58077-70-74-81+14NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 Results Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif. Lap length: 2 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (9) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 129 laps, 133.5 rating, 47 points, $323,450. 2. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 129, 137.5, 44, $259,698. 3. (14) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 129, 104.3, 41, $170,165. 4. (7) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 129, 103.9, 40, $181,551. 5. (12) Carl Edwards, Ford, 129, 100.7, 39, $161,056. 6. (4) Greg Biffle, Ford, 129, 104.9, 38, $119,590. 7. (6) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 129, 104.5, 37, $146,448. 8. (13) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 129, 89.3, 36, $131,504. 9. (23) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 129, 79.9, 35, $138,898. 10. (10) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 129, 112.5, 35, $142,201. 11. (1) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 129, 115.1, 34, $149,771. 12. (3) Mark Martin, Toyota, 129, 90.8, 32, $96,355. 13. (11) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 129, 85.4, 31, $122,469. 14. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 129, 89.9, 30, $102,105. 15. (25) A J Allmendinger, Dodge, 129, 76.5, 29, $134,330. 16. (15) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 129, 79.2, 28, $138,866. 17. (24) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 128, 66.1, 27, $122,096. 18. (17) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 128, 81.7, 26, $125,250. 19. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 128, 58.1, 25, $98,705. 20. (22) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 128, 63.3, 24, $114,163. 21. (29) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 128, 67.3, 23, $118,388. 22. (19) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 128, 72, 22, $127,180. 23. (33) Casey Mears, Ford, 128, 65, 21, $102,163. 24. (8) Joey Logano, Toyota, 128, 68.6, 20, $95,280. 25. (28) Aric Almirola, Ford, 128, 56.2, 19, $124,016. 26. (21) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 128, 94.7, 19, $130,566. 27. (18) David Reutimann, Chevrolet, 127, 59, 17, $85,230. 28. (26) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 127, 54.9, 16, $104,188. 29. (40) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 127, 48, 15, $101,777. 30. (41) David Gilliland, Ford, 127, 41.4, 14, $85,480. 31. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 127, 48, 13, $83,280. 32. (16) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 126, 68.2, 12, $111,613. 33. (34) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 126, 37.7, 11, $80,355. 34. (42) Ken Schrader, Ford, 125, 32, 10, $88,155. 35. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 125, 35.5, 9, $79,930. 36. (31) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 124, 46.2, 8, $106,125. 37. (30) Josh Wise, Ford, vibration, 51, 32.9, 7, $79,555. 38. (32) Michael McDowell, Ford, vibration, 40, 39.1, 6, $79,307. 39. (20) David Stremme, Toyota, rear gear, 36, 34.1, 5, $75,855. 40. (39) Mike Bliss, Toyota, transmission, 18, 33.8, 0, $75,675. 41. (35) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, vibration, 17, 30, 3, $75,505. 42. (43) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, vibration, 6, 28.9, 0, $75,415. 43. (37) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, engine, 1, 27.8, 1, $83,769. NBA standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division WLPctGB Philadelphia2722.551 Boston2622.542 New York2425.4903 Toronto1633.32711 New Jersey1634.32011 Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami3512.745 Orlando3118.6335 Atlanta3020.6006 Washington1137.22924 Charlotte739.15227 Central Division WLPctGB x-Chicago4010.800 Indiana2819.59610 Milwaukee2226.45817 Cleveland1729.37021 Detroit1632.33323 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio3314.702 Dallas2822.5606 Memphis2521.5437 Houston2623.5318 New Orleans1236.25021 Northwest Division WLPctGB Oklahoma City3712.755 Utah2623.53111 Denver2623.53111 Minnesota2426.48013 Portland2226.45814 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Lakers3018.625 L.A. Clippers2721.5633 Phoenix2524.5105 Golden State2026.4359 Sacramento1731.35413 x-clinched playoff spot Sundays Games Phoenix 108, Cleveland 83 Minnesota 117, Denver 100 Atlanta 139, Utah 133,4OT Boston 88, Washington 76 San Antonio 93, Philadelphia 76 Oklahoma City 103, Miami 87 Golden State at Portland, late Memphis at L.A. Lakers, late Mondays Games Boston at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m. Orlando at Toronto, 7 p.m. Detroit at Washington, 7 p.m. Utah at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at New York, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Houston, 8 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.NHL standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GPWLOTPtsGFGA x-N.Y. Rangers7547217101206168 x-Pittsburgh7547226100253195 x-Philadelphia754423896238208 New Jersey764228690206200 N.Y. Islanders7531331173180224 Northeast Division GPWLOTPtsGFGA Boston754428391244184 Ottawa7638281086230223 Buffalo7637291084197209 Toronto763334975217239 Montreal7629341371197211 Southeast Division GPWLOTPtsGFGA Florida7536241587186206 Washington763830884205214 Winnipeg753532878201217 Tampa Bay743433775209252 Carolina7630311575202228 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GPWLOTPtsGFGA x-St. Louis7546209101192147 Nashville764424896219199 Detroit754525595230185 Chicago764226892230220 Columbus752444755175243 Northwest Division GPWLOTPtsGFGA y-Vancouver754521999229187 Colorado774031686200202 Calgary7634271583186208 Minnesota7531341072159207 Edmonton763136971206223 Pacific Division GPWLOTPtsGFGA Dallas754129587198198 Phoenix7637261387200198 Los Angeles7537261286175164 San Jose7538271086205195 Anaheim7632331175191212 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Sundays Games N.Y. Islanders 3, Florida 2, SO Edmonton 6, Columbus 3 Washington 3, Minnesota 0 Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 2 Nashville 6, Chicago 1 Boston 3, Anaheim 2 St. Louis at Phoenix, late Mondays Games Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Ottawa at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.Sundays sports transactions BASEBALL American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS Optioned RHP Vin Mazzaro, INF Johnny Giavotella and OF Jarrod Dyson to Omaha (PCL). Assigned RHP Zach Miner, C Cody Clark, INF Tony Abreu, INF Irving Falu and OF Greg Golson to minor league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES Optioned INF Ramiro Pena to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Reassigned OF Colin Curtis, RHP Manny Delcarmen, OF Cole Garner, C Jose Gil and RHP Kevin Whelan to minor league camp. TAMPA BAY RAYSReassigned C Craig Albernaz, OF Brad Coon, 1B Matt Mangini, RHP Jhonny Nunez and RHP Romulo Sanchez to their minor league camp. TORONTO BLUE JAYSOptioned INF David Cooper and LF Travis Snider to Las Vegas (PCL). Returned C Yan Gomes, INF Chris Woodward and INF Jonathan Diaz to their minor-league camp. National League CINCINNATI REDS Optioned RHP Andrew Brackman, OF Denis Phipps and IF Chris Valaika to Louisville (IL). Reassigned RHP Carlos Fisher, LHP Ron Mahay, LHP Clayton Tanner, RHP Kanekoa Texeira and LHP Clay Zavada to minor league camp. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Released INF Alex Cora and C Koyie Hill unconditionally. Optioned 1B Mark Hamilton and RHP Eduardo Sanchez to Memphis (PCL). Reassigned 1B Matt Adams to minor league camp. SAN DIEGO PADRES Reassigned RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Matt Palmer, INF Jedd Gyorko and OF Jaff Decker to minor league camp. Optioned INF Jeudy Valdez to San Antonio (TL). BASKETBALL National Basketball Association OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Recalled G Reggie Jackson from Tulsa (NBADL). Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 160.166 mph. Time of Race: 1 hour, 36 minutes, 39 seconds. Margin of Victory: Under Caution. Caution Flags: 1 for 5 laps. Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers. Lap Leaders: D.Hamlin 1; Ky.Busch 2-67; D.Hamlin 68; J.Gordon 69; J.Johnson 70; Ky.Busch 71-84; T.Stewart 85-104; J.Johnson 105; J.Gordon 106-107; T.Stewart 108-129. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): Ky.Busch, 2 times for 80 laps; T.Stewart, 2 times for 42 laps; J.Gordon, 2 times for 3 laps; J.Johnson, 2 times for 2 laps; D.Hamlin, 2 times for 2 laps. Top 12 in Points: 1. G.Biffle, 195; 2. K.Harvick, 188; 3. D.Earnhardt Jr., 178; 4. T.Stewart, 177; 5. M.Truex Jr., 175; 6. M.Kenseth, 173; 7. D.Hamlin, 171; 8. C.Bowyer, 157; 9. J.Johnson, 156; 10. R.Newman, 155; 11. P.Menard, 148; 12. C.Edwards, 146. NASCAR Driver Rating Formula A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race. The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.Odds to Win 2012 NCAA mens basketball tournamentCURRENTOPENING TEAMODDSODDS Kentucky6-57-2 Ohio St.2-110-1 Kansas5-212-1 Louisville6-130-1 NCAA Tournament Glance EAST REGIONAL Regional Championship Saturday, March 24 Ohio State 77, Syracuse 70 SOUTH REGIONAL Regional Championship Sunday, March 25 Kentucky 82, Baylor 70 MIDWEST REGIONAL Regional Championship Sunday, March 25 Kansas 80, North Carolina 67 WEST REGIONAL Regional Championship Saturday, March 24 Louisville 72, Florida 68 FINAL FOUR At The Superdome New Orleans National Semifinals Saturday, March 31 Kentucky (36-2) vs. Louisville (30-9), 6:09 p.m. Ohio State (31-7) vs. Kansas (31-6), 8:49 p.m. National Championship Monday, April 2 Semifinal winners, 9 p.m.Spring training standings AMERICAN LEAGUE WLPct Toronto194.826 Detroit154.789 Oakland145.737 Los Angeles148.636 Seattle128.600 Kansas City139.591 New York139.591 Minnesota1311.542 Baltimore99.500 Boston1010.500 Chicago1012.455 Cleveland614.300 Tampa Bay614.300 Texas616.273 NATIONAL LEAGUE WLPct St. Louis136.684 San Diego1510.600 Los Angeles118.579 San Francisco1310.565 Colorado1210.545 Houston1111.500 Chicago1113.458 Philadelphia1012.455 Miami810.444 Cincinnati1014.417 Milwaukee812.400 Pittsburgh813.381 Arizona814.364 Atlanta814.364 Washington613.316 New York514.263 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Saturdays Games Baltimore 12, Washington 3 Toronto 9, Atlanta 0 Houston 5, Pittsburgh 4, 10 innings N.Y. Yankees 4, Detroit 2, 10 innings Boston (ss) 4, Miami 1 N.Y. Mets 6, St. Louis 6, tie, 10 innings Philadelphia 10, Boston (ss) 5 Minnesota 19, Tampa Bay 4 Chicago White Sox 6, Milwaukee 4 L.A. Dodgers 5, Cleveland 4 San Francisco (ss) 6, Cincinnati (ss) 4 L.A. Angels 3, Texas 2 Colorado 7, San Francisco (ss) 6 San Diego (ss) 5, Chicago Cubs 1 Cincinnati (ss) 6, San Diego (ss) 0 Kansas City 6, Arizona 5 Sundays Games Miami 5, Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 6, Boston 5, 10 innings Philadelphia (ss) 3, Baltimore 3, tie, 10 innings St. Louis 9, Minnesota 2 N.Y. Yankees 1, Detroit (ss) 1, tie, 10 innings Pittsburgh 9, Houston (ss) 7, 10 innings Atlanta 11, Houston (ss) 1 Detroit (ss) 6, Philadelphia (ss) 3 Washington 12, N.Y. Mets 0 Chicago White Sox 5, San Francisco 2 Chicago Cubs 6, Cleveland 2 Milwaukee (ss) 7, L.A. Dodgers 1 L.A. Angels 6, Texas 5 San Diego 4, Arizona 3 Milwaukee (ss) vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado 7, Cincinnati 3 Mondays GamesHouston vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.Tuesdays GamesPittsburgh vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:35 p.m. Cleveland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. San Diego (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Diego (ss) vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Toronto vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Florida LOTTERY Here are the winning numbers selected Sunday in the Florida Lottery: CASH 3 (early) 9 0 2 CASH 3 (late) 4 6 0 PLAY 4 (early) 1 4 4 9 PLAY 4 (late) 1 5 1 6 FANTASY 5 2 6 19 21 27 B4 M ONDAY, M ARCH 26, 2012 Prep CALENDAR TODAYS PREP SPORTS SOFTBALL 6 p.m. Lecanto at Gainesville 7:30 p.m. Nature Coast at Crystal River BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING Citrus County Championship 3 p.m. Citrus, Lecanto at Crystal River BOYS TENNIS 4 p.m. Lecanto at Vanguard 4 p.m. Citrus at Forest GIRLS TENNIS 4 p.m. Vanguard at Lecanto Spot Pro Shop (AJ Glenn), Regal Entertainment Group, Ruby Tuesdays, Little Italy, Georgieos Hair Design, Citrus Dollar, The Ice Cream Dr., Nail Designs, Kathy Cooper and G&R Health Mart Pharmacy. The results were as follows: Ladies doubles: Noreen Vicente/Aurora Rice def. Candace Charles/Lynn Finman, 6-4, 6-4; Lisa Steed/ Carrie Ingersoll def. Micki Brown/Beth Ensing, 6-1, 6-1; Second round: Carla Chitwood/Jane Wilson def. Lisa Steed/Carrie Ingersoll, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6; Linda Martin/Jamie Elmhirst def. Noreen Vicente/ Aurora Rice, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Final: Carla Chitwood/ Jane Wilson def. Linda Martin/Jamie Elmhirst, 6-3, 6-2. Consolation Final: Candace Charles/Lynn Finman def. Micki Brown/Beth Ensing, 6-1, 6-4. Mixed doubles A: Melissa Staton/Derk Staton def. Anna Paoli/Mike Walker, 6-4, 6-3; Melissa Staton/Derk Staton def. Antoinette van den Hoogen/Brian Demontfort, 6-4, 6-3; Lynn Finman/Brian Demontfort def. Anna Paoli/Mike Walker, 6-3, 6-3. Mens doubles: Wayne Steed/Vinnie Tremante def. David Goddard/Andrew Werfel, 6-2, 6-0; Michael Hetland/Justin Carnivale def. Ron Risane/Shea Monroe, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5; Wayne Finman/Tony Vicente def. Steve Baynes/Tony Zych, 7-5, 6-1; Donnie Simmons/Mike Brown def. Sam Alford/Paul Alford, walk over; Mens A Final: Donnie Simmons/Eric van den Hoogen def. Wayne Steed/ Vinnie Tremante, 6-3, 6-3. Mens B second round: Wayne Finman/Tony Vicente def. David Goddard/Andrew Werfel, 62, 6-0; Sam Alford/Paul Alford def. Michael Hetland/Justin Carnivale, 60, 6-2. Mens B Final: Wayne Finman/Tony Vicente def. Sam Alford/Paul Alford, 6-1, 6-2. Consolation Final; Steve Baynes/Tony Zych def. Ron Risane/Shea Monroe, 5-7, 75, 6-1. Ladies Singles; Susan Goins def. Jamie Elmhirst, 6-3, 6-3; Susan Goins def. Linda Martin, 6-2, 6-3. Linda Martin def. Jamie Elmhirst, DOUBLES Continued from Page B1 Associated Press Rafael Nadal returns to Radek Stepanek Sunday during the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. Associated PressKEY BISCAYNE, Fla. Weary winner Venus Williams stood near the net swatting souvenir balls to cheering fans, but a marathon match had taken its toll, and one of her attempts didnt even reach the stands. Williams had already expended all her energy, erasing a match point and outlasting Aleksandra Wozniak 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Sundays third round at the Sony Ericsson Open. Her career comeback now includes a come-frombehind win. Williams is playing in her first tournament since withdrawing from the U.S. Open last August after being diagnosed with a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease. The three-set victory was her second in less than 48 hours, and took nearly three hours. I just kept coming back, Williams said. I tried not to let anything discourage me. Other winners included Rafael Nadal, bidding for his first Key Biscayne title, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Wozniak served for the match at 5-4 in the final set, but dumped a forehand in the net when she had a match point. Talking later about the situation, Williams claimed to be unaware Wozniak had been so close to victory. She had match point? Williams said. Oh no. Thank God Im oblivious to the score a lot of times. The tiebreaker swung Williams way when she smacked an overhead that clipped the net cord before landing softly for a winner and a 4-2 lead. On the final point, she somehow found the strength to whack a 119mph service winner. Thats the serve I wanted just a big one to hopefully force the issue, Williams said. Thank God it went in. Wow. Shell need to recover quickly for a fourth-round match Monday night against No. 15-seeded Ana Ivanovic, who beat No. 20 Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 7-6 (2). Nadal, seeded No. 2, defeated 33-year-old Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-2 and has lost only six games in two rounds. No. 4 Andy Murray, the 2009 champion, advanced in a walkover when Milos Raonic withdrew because of a sprained right ankle. Tsonga, seeded sixth, beat No. 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6 (2). On a sweltering spring afternoon, Williams looked lethargic at the outset, struggled with an erratic forehand and kept falling behind. She played with straps on her right ankle and right calf, and often seemed a step late to the ball. Wake up, Venus! a fan shouted in the second set. Younger sister Serena, who plays her fourth-round match Monday, watched solemnly from the club section of the stadium. I didnt feel that great, and I was kind of starting to panic, Venus said. I needed to calm down and try to figure out a strategy that was going to work a little better than what I was doing at the moment. She managed to pull even after two sets, then fell behind 4-2 in the third set and looked increasingly weary. During one changeover she hung her head for 15 seconds before slowly lifting it to take sips from two drink bottles. Wozniak looked fresher, but the wild card from Canada couldnt serve out the match. Instead, the opportunity unnerved her. She hit consecutive doublefaults and committed unforced errors on the games final three points, which made it 5-all. Play continued for another half hour before another match point, this one held by Williams. After her service winner clinched the victory, she managed to raise both fists and muster a smile. A former No. 1 and seventime Grand Slam singles champion, Williams is ranked No. 134 and needed a wild card to enter the tournament. Shes trying to improve her ranking enough in the coming weeks to qualify for the London Olympics. Whenever things look bleak, I think about the Olympics, Williams said. That keeps me motivated. Venus rallies to win at Key Biscayne Nadal, Tsonga also winners
S PORTSC ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE M ONDAY, M ARCH 26, 2012 B5 Associated PressST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Helio Castroneves used a bold pass of Scott Dixon to win the IndyCar season opener through the streets of St. Petersburg, where he celebrated with a tribute to the late Dan Wheldon. Castroneves stopped his Penske Racing Chevrolet in Turn 10, which earlier this year was renamed Dan Wheldon Way in honor of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. After climbing the fence, his traditional victory celebration, he ran to the street sign and patted it, then emotionally doubled over against the wall. No question about it, this is for our friend upstairs, Dan Wheldon, Castroneves said. Wheldon was killed in the October season finale at Las Vegas, and this seasons opener was in the Englishmans adopted hometown. He lived in St. Petersburg, won the inaugural 2005 race, and his younger sister, Holly, dropped the green flag Sunday. Castroneves victory came as the Brazilian is attempting to rebound from the worst year of his career. He went winless last season for the first time in IndyCar and finished 11th in the points. The Penske Racing driver gave Chevrolet a win in its debut race. The engine manufacturer returned to IndyCar after a six-year absence. Dixon finished second for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in a Honda. He was also runner-up to Castroneves in both 2006 and 2007. Ryan Hunter-Reay was third for Andretti Autosport, and gave Chevrolet two spots on the podium. Both Dixon and HunterReay spoke of Wheldon after the race. Most of all we are missing Dan, Hunter-Reay said. That wound is still fresh, and this race would have been better with him in it. Pole-sitter Will Power failed to overcome a decision to pit early for gas and finished seventh. Former Formula One star Rubens Barrichello was 17th in his IndyCar debut. Associated Press Helio Castroneves stands next to a sign marking Dan Wheldon Way on Sunday after winning the IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix auto race in St. Petersburg. Wheldon was killed in a crash in the series season-ending race last year. Castroneves wins IndyCar season opener at St. Pete Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg resultsSunday at St. Petersburg street course, St. Petersburg, Fla. Lap length: 1.8 miles (Starting position in parentheses) All cars Dallara chassis 1. (5) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 100 laps. 2. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100. 3. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Chevrolet, 100. 4. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Chevrolet, 100. 5. (2) Ryan Briscoe, Chevrolet, 100. 6. (16) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100. 7. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100. 8. (12) EJ Viso, Chevrolet, 100. 9. (22) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 100. 10. (15) Justin Wilson, Honda, 100. 11. (19) Josef Newgarden, Honda, 100. 12. (10) Graham Rahal, Honda, 100. 13. (9) Dario Franchitti, Honda, 100. 14. (7) Marco Andretti, Chevrolet, 99. 15. (17) Alex Tagliani, Lotus, 99. 16. (23) Oriol Servia, Lotus, 99. 17. (13) Rubens Barrichello, Chevrolet, 98. 18. (24) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 98. 19. (18) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 96, mechanical. 20. (11) Mike Conway, Honda, 75, mechanical. 21. (26) S. Bourdais, Lotus, 73, mechanical. 22. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 73, mechanical. 23. (25) K. Legge, Lotus, 59, mechanical. 24. (21) S. de Silvestro, Lotus, 22, mechanical. 25. (8) T. Kanaan, Chevrolet, 21, mechanical. 26. (20) James Jakes, Honda, 19, contact. Winners average speed: 90.113 mph. Time of Race: 1:59:50.9863. Margin of Victory: 5.5292 seconds. Cautions: 3 for 15 laps. Lead Changes: 9 among 7 drivers. Lap Leaders: Power 1-11, Briscoe 12-20, Dixon 21-36, Sato 37-46, Franchitti 47, Dixon 48-68, Castroneves 69-70, Sato 71, Hildebrand 72-74, Castroneves 75-100. Points: Castroneves 50, Dixon 42, HunterReay 35, Hinchcliffe 32, Briscoe 30, Pagenaud 28, Power 27, Viso 24, Kimball 22, Wilson 20. career list. But thats not the record Woods wants. He has 14 majors, four short of the Nicklaus standard, and he tries to end a four-year drought at the Masters, which starts April 5. I am excited, no doubt, Woods said. Im looking forward to the momentum Ive built here. It was the first time Woods had all four rounds under par since he returned from his crisis at the 2010 Masters. McDowell made a 45-foot birdie putt and a 50-foot eagle putt early in the round to try to stay close, though he was never closer than two shots after starting with a double bogey. He closed with a 74. Ernie Els failed in his bid to get into the Masters. The three-time major champion started the final round three shots behind, but twice missed par putts inside 3 feet and shot 75. He would have needed a two-way tie for second to crack the top 50 in the world. Instead, he tied for fourth and will have to win the Houston Open next week to avoid missing the Masters for the first time since 1993. This day belonged to Woods, as it used to at Arnies place. Only two weeks ago, Woods was taken off Doral in the middle of the final round with tightness in his left Achilles tendon, the same injury that caused him to miss three months last year. His injuries have received more attention in the last year than the personal life crisis that cost him his marriage and corporate support. But in the last week, Hank Haneys book The Big Miss was mailed out to various media outlets, another distraction for Woods. The win at Bay Hill, his record seventh in the event, puts the chatter back on golf. He was a man on a mission today, caddie Joe LaCava said. He was pretty jacked up. He was out there to prove himself. Woods goes to No. 6 in the world, his first time back in the top 10 since May 22. He had gone 923 days dating to Sept. 13, 2009 since he last won on the PGA Tour at the BMW Championship. And it was his first win on any tour since Nov. 15, 2009, when he won the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath. Twelve days later, Woods ran his car into a fire hydrant, and revelations poured on about his extramarital affairs. He has not been the same since then, and players began to wonder if his mystique could ever return. This was a step. Woods renewed his reputation as golfs greatest closer, winning for the 38th time in 40 attempts when he had the lead going into the final round. WOODS Continued from Page B1 year, but Im really excited about the start weve got going. Daytona was probably our weakest race, and I know I made decisions trying to make things happen and it didnt work out. Im really proud of what Steve and all our guys have done. Stewarts Chevrolet passed Busch 44 laps before the race was stopped when the looming rain clouds finally burst and halted a race run entirely on green flags to that point. Although a few drivers werent happy when the race was called off after a delay of just over 30 minutes amid steadily worsening rain, Stewart collected his 46th career win and his second at Fontana. Playing to the weather, everybody is trying to get everything they can get toward the midway point of that race, Stewart said. Defending race winner Kevin Harvick was fourth, and Carl Edwards was fifth. Greg Biffle, Edwards Roush Fenway Racing teammate, finished sixth and kept a seven-point lead on Harvick atop the points standings. We had a great race car there from the start of the race, said Busch, who started second alongside teammate Denny Hamlin and took the lead on the second lap. We led a lot of laps. I just wish we led 30 more. The drivers saw only blue skies at their meeting two hours before the race began, but the weather steadily worsened. The resulting drop in temperature threw off many teams calculations on air pressure and other decisions, forcing adjustments on their first pit stops. Realizing they might not be able to get much past the halfway point necessary to make a race official, the drivers mounted a fast, clean race on the extra-wide track, nearly setting the track record for consecutive green-flag laps until the rain finally forced a caution on the 125th lap. We all knew it was just going to be a matter of time, Busch said. So probably at Lap 60 or 70, we were thinking, OK, were probably going to race to Lap 100. The California track is known for its bumpy, wide asphalt that puts a premium on driver skill and strategy, but also is more susceptible to climate changes. Although most forecasts suggested the rain would stick around for a while, Hamlin went to Twitter to express his displeasure with NASCARs decision to end the race with roughly five hours of daylight left. Never seen a race called at 2pm before, Hamlin tweeted. st time for everything. Strong weekend. FONTANAContinued from Page B1 Associated Press Fred Couples chips onto the 15th green Sunday during the final round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Biloxi, Miss. Couples won the PGA Champions Tour event by one stroke over Michael Allen. Associated PressSAUCIER, Miss. Fred Couples made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Couples started the day tied for the lead with Jeff Sluman, but moved ahead with a birdie on the first hole. He led the rest of the day until the 17th, when his bogey dropped him into a tie with Michael Allen. But Couples was perfect on the 18th, which is the toughest-rated hole on the course. He hit his drive in the middle of the fairway and then stuck the approach 8 feet from the hole. His winning putt was slightly downhill and looked good all the way. He shot a 3 under 69 in the final round to win $240,000. Couples finished at 14 under for the tournament. Allen finished one stroke behind, and Sluman and Tom Pernice Jr. finished tied for third at 10 under. Couples got the victory as he prepares for a few weeks on the PGA Tour. Hes scheduled to play in the Houston Open next week and will then head to the Masters. It looked like Couples might cruise to the victory, easily navigating through the first 14 holes with four birdies, no bogeys and no major trouble. But he surprisingly bogeyed the par-5 15th after a couple poor chip shots, and had another bogey on the par-3 17th, hitting his tee shot into the bunker before eventually recovering. Fallen Oak became a much tougher golf course as the weekend progressed. The Gulf Coast was soaked by more than nine inches of rain earlier in the week, which led to very soft conditions during Fridays opening round. It left the course vulnerable to low scores, including Couples course-record 9-under 63. But sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s dried the course quickly by Sunday, making for faster greens. Factor in a swirling wind and more difficult pin positions and birdies were harder to find. Yani Tseng wins Kia Classic for second straight title CARLSBAD, Calif. Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Kia Classic on Sunday for her second straight LPGA Tour title and third in five events this year, closing with a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory. Today the first hole I just kind of felt like every day is the same, Tseng said. I didnt feel like today was Sunday. I didnt feel like I had a three-shot lead. I just focused on playing one shot at a time. I think I did a good job to just kind of focus on myself. The 23-year-old Taiwanese star led wire-to-wire and finished at 14-under 274 on La Costas Legends Course. She became the second-youngest player to reach 15 LPGA Tour win. Nancy Lopez was 22 when she reached the mark. Tseng won the LPGA Founders Cup last week in Phoenix and also won the LPGA Thailand in February. She led the tour last season with seven victories including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Womens British Open and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles. I think it is her work ethic, said Brittany Lincicome, 11 shots back at 3 under She has put a lot of effort into being No. 1.She has definitely raised the bar for the rest of us. South Koreas Sun Young Yoo had a 71 to finish second. I think I played pretty good, Yoo said. I just didnt make the short ones out there. It was a little too bumpy. She (Tseng) played great. There is nothing I can say. Yeah, it was fun to watch. The Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the year, is next week at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. Last year, Tseng had the 54-hole lead, but closed with a 74 and lost to Stacy Lewis. It was the last time in seven events that Tseng has lost going into the final round with the lead. I was very, very close last year, Tseng said. But when I look back, I was very happy that I didnt win because thats why Im learning. If you keep winning, you dont know what youre going to learn. Casey Wittenberg wins Louisiana Open BROUSSARD, La. Casey Wittenberg won the Louisiana Open on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 for an eight-stroke victory. The 27-year-old former Oklahoma State player opened with round of 66, 66 and 63 and finished at a tournamentrecord 24-under 260 at Le Triomphe Country Club. He earned $90,000. Its a great feeling, said Wittenberg, the runner-up in the 2003 U.S. Amateur to Nick Flanagan. Ive put a lot of hard work into my game. Ive probably underachieved to where I thought I might be at this point in my life, but golfs a humbling game. Its a tough sport and you have to cherish these weeks when you play good. Wittenberg had two eagles, 22 birdies and two bogeys. He played the final 48 holes without a bogey. Fabian Gomez, Chris Riley and Paul Claxton tied for second. Gomez shot 65, Riley 67, and Claxton 68. Hoey wins in Morocco; no Masters for ManasseroAGADIR, Morocco Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland won the Hassan II Trophy by three strokes Sunday, ending Matteo Manasseros bid to qualify for next months Masters. Hoey closed with a 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271. Damien McGrane of Ireland, who either led or shared the lead for three rounds, shot a 70 and was runner-up. Manassero needed to win to enter the top 50 in the world rankings to make the Masters, which starts April 5. He entered the final round tied for the lead but shot a 72 for 276. He bogeyed No. 1 and double-bogeyed No. 8. The 18-year-old Italian competed in the 2009 Masters as the British amateur champion. This was Hoeys fourth European Tour victory and his third in less than a year. He earned almost $160,000, lifting him from No. 65 to No. 14 on the money list. Couples wins by a stroke
Lenny Kravitz, from left, portrays Cinna, Woody Harrelson portrays Haymitch Abernathy and Josh Hutcherson portrays Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games. Associated Press Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen, left, and Liam Hemsworth portrays Gale Hawthorne in a scene from The Hunger Games. The film, based on a trio of novels by Suzanne Collins, ranked No. 1 at the box office. Today is Monday, March 26, the 86th day of 2012. There are 280 days left in the year. Todays Highlight: On March 26, 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On this date: In 1804, the Louisiana Purchase was divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana. In 1874, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco. In 1937, a 6-foot-tall statue of the cartoon character Popeye was unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas. In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Baker v. Carr, gave federal courts the power to order reapportionment of states legislative districts, a 6-2 decision that eventually led to the doctrine of one man, one vote. In 1992, a judge in Indianapolis sentenced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson served three years.) Ten years ago: Yasser Arafat decided not to attend a key Arab summit in Beirut, Lebanon; his Cabinet accused Israel of trying to blackmail the Palestinian leader with tough conditions for allowing him to go. Five years ago: The military concluded high-ranking Army officers had made critical errors in reporting the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, but that there was no criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of the former NFL star by fellow soldiers. (The findings were rejected by Tillmans family.) One year ago: Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, the first female major party nominee for the office, died in Boston at 75. Todays Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor is 82. Actor Alan Arkin is 78. Actor James Caan is 72. Journalist Bob Woodward is 69. Singer Diana Ross is 68. Comedian Martin Short is 62. Thought for Today: Lifes like a play; its not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters. Seneca the Younger, Roman statesman and philosopher (3 B.C.-A.D. 65). D AVIDG ERMAIN AP Movie WriterLOS ANGELES The Hunger Games has filled fan appetites with a $155 million opening weekend that puts it near the top of the domestic record book. The huge haul marks the thirdbest debut ever in terms of revenue, behind the $169.2 million opening for last years Harry Potter finale and the $158.4 million opening of 2008s The Dark Knight. Harry Potter and Batman were well-established franchises. The Hunger Games set a revenue record for a non-sequel, taking in more than twice what the first Twilight movie did with its $69.6 million opening weekend. This is the birth of a franchise. To launch in this fashion is mindboggling, said David Spitz, head of distribution at Lionsgate, which also the Twilight franchise after its purchase of Summit Entertainment. While its already a blockbuster on its North American home turf, The Hunger Games had a much slower start overseas. The film took in a modest $59.3 million in 67 markets, including Great Britain, Germany, France, Russia and Australia. The Harry Potter finale took in a record $314 million overseas in its debut last summer. Still, The Hunger Games amassed a worldwide total of $214.3 million in a few days. Domestically, it also was by far the biggest start for a film opening outside the busy summer and holiday seasons. According to Sunday studio estimates, The Hunger Games came in nearly $40 million ahead of the previous March record-holder, 2010s Alice in Wonderland at $116.1 million. The Hunger Games slid into the No. 3 spot on the domestic revenue chart ahead of Spider-Man 3, which opened with $151.1 million in 2007. Factoring in todays higher tickets prices, The Hunger Games sold fewer tickets over opening weekend than Spider-Man 3, though. Fans camped out for the first screenings of The Hunger Games, which began after midnight Friday. Many fans showed up dressed as favorite characters from the story. That type of behavior puts it on the level of the Star Treks and Star Wars, Spitz said. I was so excited to see how everyone was responding to the material and how ecstatic they were to be a part of it. With a broader fan base than the Twilight franchise, The Hunger Games pulled in bigger crowds than the top-grossing installment of that series. The Twilight Saga: New Moon leads that franchise with a $142.8 million opening weekend in 2009. James Cameron begins deep dive HONOLULU Director James Cameron has begun his solo journey to explore a place only two men have gone before to the Earths deepest point. The director of Titanic, Avatar and other films is using a specially designed submarine to descend nearly seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, an area 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam. He began the dive Monday at 5:15 a.m. local time, according Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society, where Cameron is an explorerin-residence. That is early Sunday afternoon on the U.S. East Coast. RELEASE, RELEASE, RELEASE! were the last words Cameron uttered before beginning the dive, according to a Twitter post from the expedition. The scale of the trench is hard to grasp its 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall. It was expected to take Cameron 90 minutes to reach the bottom aboard his 12-ton, lime-green sub called Deepsea Challenger. Once there, Cameron planned to spend six hours collecting samples for biologists and geologists to study. The return trip to the surface was forecast to take 70 minutes. Aretha Franklin celebrates 70th NEW YORK Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: Shes reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis for a new album. In an interview at her swanky birthday party Saturday, Franklin said she and Davis, who helped engineer her comeback in the 1980s, would be working on new music. I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so Im recording with Clive again, said Franklin of the music mogul, who is associated with Sony Music Entertainment. Franklin said after Davis birthday next month, were going to sit together and decide what it is were going to record. Davis sat next to Franklin for most of the night at the soiree at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, which included a sit-down dinner, a dance performance and a miniconcert that featured rising jazz pianist Kris Bowers James Cameron Aretha Franklin Spotlight on PEOPLE E NTERTAINMENT Page B6 MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 Fans hungry for film C ITRUS C OUNTY C HRONICLE Birthday Realizing that you dont have to take a backseat to anyone, your personal potential will be uppermost in your mind in the year ahead. Its a time when youll be coming of age both literally and figuratively. Aries (March 21-April 19) Your instincts for exploiting opportunities to make or save money are keener than usual. You might not make a killing, but you will use your funds extremely well. Taurus (April 20-May 20) It behooves you to be a good listener when a normally quiet friend is in a talkative mood. What he or she has to say could be extremely valuable. Gemini (May 21-June 20) When it comes to competitive career involvements, it isnt likely to be who you know but what you know that counts. Whoever is best prepared will be the victor. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Friends are apt to find you a delightful person to be around. It will become very obvious to them that their conversation and ideas will be well received by you. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Something that might be of little interest to others but is of enormous importance to you can successfully produce a large profit, all because you have the motivation to take action. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Let your companions have the same freedom of choice that you would like. If this simple rule is followed, everyone will end up being happy and in a convivial mood. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Instead of focusing primarily on your own affairs, you might have to allocate some time and energy to someone elses projects or problems. Dont begrudge them your time or effort. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) The company you keep will exert a big influence over the way you look at the world. Try to spend your free time with companions who know how to enjoy life. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Although you might not be able to wrap up all the little odds and ends from last week that you might like to, you can substantially reduce them if you make an effort. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Its best not to wait until the last minute to make an arrangement with another party, because the person with whom youd like to get together is apt to make other plans. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Even if it isnt too likely that you will come across a super bargain, you should nevertheless be a comparison shopper. Those small amounts you save will add up impressively. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Although mental endeavors may not be too tough for you, physical involvements could tire you out quickly. Dont press yourself beyond your normal endurance. 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SO YOU KNOW Last nights winning numbers, Page B4 Hunger Games battles to $155 million opening weekend C HRISTY L EMIRE AP Movie Critic LOS ANGELES Jennifer Lawrence already proved in 2010s Winters Bone that she could play a girl with strength, wisdom and survival instincts beyond her years. Her performance earned her an Oscar nomination and put her on the map. It also made her the ideal choice to play Katniss Everdeen, the fiercely independent, 16-year-old heroine of The Hunger Games, which opened this weekend amid fervent expectation. Heres a look at five other teenage movie protagonists if youre not too intimidated to take them on, that is. Daniel Radcliffe in the Harry Potter movies: He defeats pure evil. What more do you need? Sure, he starts out as a slightly nerdy, insecure 11-year-old, living a miserable life underneath the stairs at his aunt and uncles house, unaware of the greatness that dwells within him. But by the time he hits his teenage years, hes mastering spells and brandishing his wand with purpose and ferocity. Everyone knows his name including Lord Voldemort, who could be using his destructive powers in myriad other ways, but instead chooses to focus them on our young hero. Harry thinks on his feet and conquers every challenge but still remains a good kid at heart. Saoirse Ronan in Hanna (2011): Ronan reteams with Joe Wright, who directed her to an Oscar nomination for Atonement. She stars as the title character, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, 16year-old killing machine. Living with her father (Eric Bana) in a rustic cabin in a remote and unforgiving forest just below the Arctic Circle, she learns to hunt, fight and speak in various languages. Their hand-to-hand combat scenes are quick, intense, visceral until one day she tells him, Im ready. Upon embarking on the journey thats her destiny, she gets captured by government agents who think shes a shy and sheltered little girl. But theyre wrong. Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit (2010): Her pigtails and her purity make her adorable, but her strong will and resourcefulness make her a force to be reckoned with. Steinfeld made her astonishingly self-assured film debut as Mattie Ross, the 19th-century pioneer girl who sets the storys action in motion, and earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in the process. She was only 13 when she shot the movie, and to say she holds her own with Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and the rest of the cast would be an understatement. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Brick (2005): I must admit I did not love this movie, a 1930s-style film noir set in a contemporary Southern California high school, when it first came out. I admired its daring but found it too self-conscious. Still, I always loved Gordon-Levitts performance as Brendan, a teenage loner whos investigating the murder of one of his classmates. Brendan is slight, finefeatured and messy-haired, perennially dressed in a simple, gray hooded sweat shirt. But hes quick-witted and he can take a punch, all of which hes willing to do for this doomed woman he loved. Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982): No matter how many roles Penn immerses himself in or Oscars he wins, he will always be Jeff Spicoli to me. Spicoli totally knows how to navigate the system. He orders pizza in Mr. Hands class cause theres nothing wrong with a little feast on our time trashes a sports car and turns it into a positive for the schools football team, has fun at all the joiner activities like dances and games but still remains blissfully, obliviously cool and above the fray. FIVE FORMIDABLE TEENAGE MOVIE BRUISERS
E NTERTAINMENTC ITRUS C OUNTY (FL) C HRONICLE M ONDAY, M ARCH 26, 2012 B7 P HILLIP A LDER Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Stevie Nicks, a singer-songwriter best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac, said, I am pretty fearless, and you know why? Because I dont handle fear very well; Im not a good terrified person. Some declarers experience nervousness when the dummy comes down. They play far too quickly, not giving the contract proper consideration. In this weeks columns, though, we will not be handling fear. Instead, we will be trying to play the trump suit itself correctly. In this deal, South is in four hearts. West leads a low spade. East wins with his ace and returns the six, the higher of two remaining cards. West takes his jack, cashes the king, and shifts to a low diamond. What should declarer do after taking Easts king with his ace? Souths four hearts was an overbid. Maybe he should have rebid two no-trump. Then, perhaps, North would have continued with three clubs (although that might have been read as showing at least a six-card suit), and four hearts would have been reached. Souths diamond loser can be discarded on dummys clubs. But trumps must be drawn first. After leading a heart to dummys king, should declarer play a heart to his jack or to his ace? No doubt you have heard of eight ever, nine never. This suit is the first half of that. With eight cards, finesse against the queen; do not try to drop it doubleton offside. South needs hearts to be 3-2, and the queen will be in the three-card holding 60 percent of the time and in the two-card holding only 40 percent. Taking the finesse is much better than playing for the drop. 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PG NCIS Minimum Security PG Rock/Cena: Once in a Lifetime (N) WWE Monday Night RAW (N) (In Stereo Live) PG Psych Lets Doo-Wop It Again PG (WE) 117 69 117 Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls Golden Girls (WGN-A) 18 18 18 18 2030 Rock30 RockFunny Home VideosFunny Home VideosFunny Home VideosWGN News at Nine30 RockScrubs D ear Annie : I am 32 years old and live with my girlfriend, Sarah, who is 37. We have been together for eight months. Things were great in the beginning, but lately the relationship has been going south. There is an exboyfriend who wont leave the picture, and Sarah is partly to blame. When he sends texts or calls, she deletes them so I cant see what he wrote. Shell tell me she is out with her girlfriends, when I know she is actually meeting up with the ex. She claims she no longer has any interest in him, but he still seems to weasel his way into her head. Sarah recently lost her job and rarely comes to bed with me. She stays up all night doing craft projects and goes to bed when I get up for work. I love her, and she says she loves me. I asked her to marry me, and she said yes, but only when she is happy with herself again. What does this mean? Am I wasting my time? Just Want To Be Loved in Ohio Dear Ohio : We think you and Sarah began living together before you were ready. Sarah is still interested in her ex-boyfriend, even if its only as an escape hatch. It does not mean she doesnt care for you. Rather, it was too much, too soon, and she is not ready to commit to you. If you plan to marry Sarah and she is willing, please get some couples counseling and work on this. You may need to take a few giant steps back. Dear Annie Ive been engaged for almost a year, and the wedding is in December. My fiance was recently laid off, and we decided it would be more cost effective to move in together and take care of one home instead of two. However, Ive begun to realize that I am not simply the only one working. I am also the only one doing anything at our place. Sometimes my job requires me to work 12 hours or more, and then I come home to a dirty house and no food to eat. When I ask my fiance whats for dinner, he says, Whatever you decide to cook. I am not his mother, nor am I his maid. I love my guy dearly, but if he doesnt get it together, there may not be a wedding in December. Ms. Fed Up Dear Fed Up : We cannot convey strongly enough how important it is to settle this type of thing before you marry, because it is not going to suddenly resolve itself afterward. Explain to your fiance that you expect him to contribute his share to the upkeep of the house. We assume he spends part of his time looking for a job. But he also needs to be doing some of the housework, grocery shopping, laundry and general maintenance. Dinner can be a joint effort. If he refuses, please consider this a prelude to your married life together. Dear Annie : Your female readers often say that the use of bioidentical hormones and testosterone was the key to changing their libido. I, too, tried these hormones for more than four years without a boost. The doctor kept tweaking the formula to no avail. But for those of us who couldnt care less about sex, I sometimes wonder whether its totally hormonal. Here are two questions that need to be pondered: Are you still attracted to your husband? Do you still respect him? I love my husband, but he is not my best friend. His selfishness over the years has had an impact on my feelings toward him. I make an effort to be intimate because it is important to the relationship, and I always go the extra mile to make our interconnection feel good. If he could do the same once in a while, Im sure my libido would improve. Maybe Its Not Just Hormones Annies Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. 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Dakota St. 60 Notre Dame 63 Xavier 67 Xavier 70 Duke 70 Lehigh 75 Lehigh 58 Michigan St. 89 Michigan St. 65 LIU Brooklyn 67 Memphis 54 St. Louis 61 St. Louis 61 Louisville 69 Louisville 59 Louis. 57 New Mexico 75 Long Beach St. 68 Davidson 62 Murray St. 58 Murray St. 53 Colorado St. 41 Marquette 88 Marquette 62 Marquette 58 BYU 68 Florida 71 Florida 84 Virginia 45 Missouri 84 Norfolk St. 86 Norfolk St. 50 Syracuse 72 Syracuse 75 Syracuse 64 UNC Asheville 65 Kansas St. 70 Kansas St. 59 So. Miss. 64 Vanderbilt 79 Harvard 70 Wisconsin 73 Wisconsin 60 Wisc. 63 Montana 49 Cincinnati 65 Cincinnati 62 Texas 58 Florida St. 66 Florida St. 56 St. Bonav. 63 Gonzaga 77 W. Virginia 54 Ohio St. 78 Loyola (MD) 59 N. Carolina 77 N. Carolina 87 Vermont 58 Creighton 58 Creighton 73 Alabama 57 Michigan 60 Temple 44 S. Florida 58 S. Florida 56 Ohio 65 Ohio 62 San Diego St. 65 N.C. State 79 N.C. State 66 Georgetown 74 Georgetown 63 Belmont 59 Saint Marys 69 Purdue 72 Purdue 60 Kansas 65 Kansas 63 Detroit 50 MVSU 58 W. Kentucky 59 Lamar 59 Vermont 71 Kentucky 87 Kentucky 102 1 Kentucky 82 1 Kentucky VCU 61 New Mexico 56 Gonzaga 66 Baylor 80 Baylor 75 3 Baylor 70 Iowa St. 71 Indiana 63 Indiana 90 Vanderbilt 57 Ohio St. 73 Ohio St. 81 Colorado 63 Mich. St. 44 Florida 68 N. Caro. 73 1 N. Caro. 67 Ohio 65 N.C. St. 57 Xavier 70 Kansas 60 2 Kansas 80 2 Kansas Cincinnati 66 4 Louisville 72 4 Louisville 1 Syracuse 70 2 Ohio St. 77 2 Ohio St. 7 Florida 68 Final Four First Round Second Round Second Round Third Round Third Round Sweet 16Sweet 16 Elite Eight AtlantaBoston PhoenixSt. Louis Elite Eight National Championship April 2 EAST WEST MIDWEST SOUTH All times EDT March 31 6 p.m. March 31 8:30 p.m. AP Fresno Des Moines Kingston Raleigh Womens Division I Basketball Championship 1 1 1 16 9 9 13 11 11 11 14 8 4 4 12 5 5 6 3 3 10 7 7 15 2 2 2 1 1 1 16 9 13 11 14 8 8 4 4 12 5 5 5 6 6 3 3 3 10 7 7 15 2 2 2 1 16 9 13 11 14 8 1 1 8 4 12 5 13 5 5 6 3 6 3 3 10 7 15 2 7 2 2 1 1 16 9 13 11 11 11 14 8 8 4 4 1 4 12 5 5 6 3 3 10 7 7 15 2 Baylor 81 Baylor 76 UCSB 40 Ohio St. 65 Florida 70 Florida 57 Georgetown 61 Georgetown 64 Fresno St. 56 Georgia Tech. 76 Ga. Tech. 76 Sacred Heart 50 Nebraska 49 Kansas 57 Delaware 73 UALR 42 DePaul 59 DePaul 48 All times EDT March 24-25 March 26-27March 26-27 March 24-25 BYU 55 Tennessee 72 Tennessee 63 UT Martin 49 Stanford 73 Stanford 72 Hampton 51 West Virginia 68 West Va. 56 Texas 55 South Carolina 80 So. Carolina 72 Eastern Mich. 48 Purdue 83 Purdue 61 So. Dakota St. 68 Oklahoma 88 Michigan 67 St. Johns 69 Creighton 67 Vanderbilt 60 Middle Tenn. 46 Duke 82 Samford 47 Notre Dame 74 Notre Dame 73 Liberty 43 California 84 California 62 Iowa 74 St. Bonaventure 72 St. Bona. 66 Fla. Gulf Coast 65 Georgia 70 Marist 76 Marist 63 Arkansas 72 Arkansas 59 Dayton 55 Texas A&M 69 Texas A&M 61 Albany 47 Louisville 67 Louisville 68 Michigan St. 55 Maryland 59 Maryland 72 Navy 44 Connecticut 83 UConn 72 Prairie View 47 Kansas St. 67 Kan. St. 26 Princeton 64 LSU 64 San Diego St. 56 Penn State 85 UTEP 77 Rutgers 73 Gonzaga 86 Gonzaga 65 Miami 70 Miami 54 Idaho State 41 Green Bay 71 Green Bay 62 Iowa State 57 Kentucky 68 Kentucky 65 McNeese St. 62 Duke 96 Vanderbilt 80 St. Johns 74 Oklahoma 70 Kansas 70 Delaware 64 LSU 80 Penn St. 90 Stanford 76 1 Stanford S.C. 60 Maryland 81 2 Maryland UConn Texas A&M 74 Gonzaga Kentucky Tenn. 84 2 Tenn. Baylor 83 1Baylor Notre Dame 79 1 Notre Dame St. Bona. 35 Kansas 73 St. Johns 47 Duke 74 2 Duke Penn St. 2 2 April 1 Final Four First Round First Round Second Round Second Round Sweet 16Sweet 16 Elite EightElite Eight National Championship April 3 Sun., 4:34 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. 4 Ga. Tech. 68 Mon., 7 p.m. Mon., 9 p.m. Tues., 9 p.m. Tues., 7 p.m. Associated PressOne game is a grudge match between teams that know each other all too well. The other is a rare rematch between virtual strangers. The Final Four is set. In one game Saturday, Kentucky will play Louisville in an intrastate rivalry that puts Cardinals coach Rick Pitino against the school he once coached, then later alienated by returning to the Bluegrass to lead its archrival. In the other semifinal, it will be Ohio State and Kansas, meeting for only the ninth time in their history but for the second time this season. The Jayhawks won the first game 78-67 in Lawrence, Kan., back on Dec. 10. Ohio States Jared Sullinger sat out of that game with back spasms. It was the first time the teams had met since 1999-2000. The winners will play for the national title April 2. Kentucky already has seven national titles but none since 1998, the year after Pitino left. Kansas has three championships, Louisville has two and Ohio State, better known as a football power, won its lone title in 1960 and is making its third trip to the Final Four since 1999. Absent from this years ultimate hoops weekend, taking place at the Superdome in New Orleans, are the longshots and little guys who have made March Madness so special over the years. Although there are no Butlers, VCUs or George Masons, there are plenty of good stories to tell. That list starts with Pitino vs. his old school. It was Pitino who restored Kentucky to its former greatness when he arrived there in 1989 and the Wildcat program was coming off the sting of NCAA violations. Pitino took the program to three Final Fours and won one championship, but left in 1997 to take a second shot at the NBA, where he had previously coached the New York Knicks. He fared far worse in four seasons with the Boston Celtics, and when the call back to the college game came, it came from Louisville, located only 70 miles up the road from Lexington and very much in the crosshairs of Kentucky fans. It has been 11 years since his dramatic return, and most of the shock has worn off from what was once deemed an unforgivable betrayal. But theres nothing like a Final Four meeting to stir up some old memories. It is in our state. Theyre a great program. Were in two different leagues, Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the Wildcats beat Baylor 82-70 in the South Regional to advance to the Final Four for the second straight year. The city of Louisville drives our state. The University of Louisville drives that city. So its a very important thing for our state, and its important that that school does well. Maybe just not next Saturday. The teams play every season, and most recently, they were ranked Nos. 3 and 4 in The Associated Press poll when they met on New Years Eve. Kentucky won at home 69-62. Now, its topseeded Kentucky against Louisville, a No. 4 and the worstseeded team in the Final Four. We think theyre excellent. We think theyre great. I coached there. Its great. Great tradition, Pitino said Saturday, after Louisville rallied for a 72-68 win over Florida that put the Cardinals in the Final Four for the second time since the coach arrived. But we want to be Louisville. We have a different mission. They have a different mission. But we both want to get to a Final Four and win a championship. In the other semifinal, Sullinger got what he wanted when he decided to return to Ohio State for his sophomore year a trip to the Final Four. The Buckeyes are early 2.5-point picks over Kansas in the matchup of No. 2 seeds. They finished in a three-way tie for first in the Big Ten, widely viewed as the toughest conference in basketball this year, but settled for a No. 2 seed in the NCAAs after losing the conference tournament final to Michigan State. It wasnt the first or last time critics underestimated Thad Mattas team this season. People were asking, are we mentally tough enough, are we physically tough enough, can we do this, can we do that? Sullinger said. I relayed those questions back to the team. We did some soul searching, and now weve taken this to a whole other level. KU, UK join Louisville, Ohio State in Final Four 1 UConn Kentucky 2
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