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  • 1. Oil flowing from offshore spigot still years away FRONT PAGE 9 CharlotteSunOLE MISS SHOCKS FLORIDA CHINA IN SPACE DISPLAY OF AMBITION AND WEEKLY HERALD Jevan Snead threw two touchdown passes, ran for another score and led the Rebels to a stunning 31-30 victory at Chinese astronaut makes nation’s FRONT No. 4 Florida on Saturday. SPORTS PAGE 7 first-ever spacewalk. PAGE 12 AN EDITION OF THE SUN VOL. 116 NO. 272 AMERICA’S BEST COMMUNITY DAILY SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 $1.75 Pair of polls gives Obama edge in debate BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS telephone interviews with 524 WASHINGTON — A pair of adults who watched the debate one-night polls gave Barack and had a margin of error of Obama a clear edge over John plus or minus 4.5 percentage McCain in their first presidential points. The CBS survey involved debate. online interviews with 483 Fifty-one percent said uncommitted voters who saw Obama, the Democrat, did a the debate and had an error better job in Friday night’s margin of plus or minus 4 faceoff while 38 percent pre- points. It was conducted by ferred the Republican McCain, his opponent. understands their needs than from before the debate. Knowledge Networks, which according to a CNN-Opinion About six in 10 said each did a said so about McCain. In another Obama advantage initially selected the respon- Research Corp. survey of adults. better job than expected. Seven Seventy-eight percent said in the CBS poll, far more said dents by telephone. Obama was widely consid- in 10 said each seemed capable McCain is prepared to be their image of him had Both polls were conducted ered more intelligent, likable of being president. president, about the same improved as a result of the Friday night. and in touch with peoples’ In a CBS News poll of people proportion of uncommitted debate than said it had wors- Polls conducted on one night problems, and by modest not committed to a candidate, voters as said so before the ened. More also said their view can be less reliable than surveys margins was seen as the 39 percent said Obama won the debate. Sixty percent said of McCain had gotten better conducted over several nights stronger leader and more debate, 24 percent said McCain Obama is ready — a lower score rather than worse, but by a because they only include the sincere. Most said it was McCain and 37 percent called it a tie. than McCain, but a solid 16- modest margin. views of people available that who spent more time attacking Twice as many said Obama percentage-point improvement The CNN poll involved particular evening. Community Film star banking banks NOT Paul Newman dies at 83 By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN on federal bailout deal ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER WESTPORT, Conn. — Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning superstar who personified cool as Local lenders have the anti-hero of such films as “Hud,” “Cool Hand Luke” and “The Color of Money” Charlotte State Bank escaped turmoil by NOT — followed by a second act as an activist, race car driver and popcorn impresario — has died. investing heavily in He was 83. Newman died Friday at his subprime mortgages farmhouse near Westport follow- W ing a long battle with cancer, By BOB FLISS NEWMAN publicist Jeff Sanderson said. He CHARLOTTE BUSINESS EDITOR was surrounded by his family and all Street may be in an uproar but Main INSIDE close friends. Street is still open for business – although In May, Newman dropped plans it may be a stretch to say “business as Though best to direct a fall production of “Of Calusa National Bank known as an usual.” Mice and Men” at Connecticut’s actor, Newman Charlotte County’s community banks are was also Westport Country Playhouse, Although still lending money to qualified borrowers. professionally citing unspecified health issues. Although business is slow right now, they involved in The following month, a friend Charlotte can at least take comfort in the fact that the motorsports. disclosed that he was being treated State’s loan nation’s small banks didn’t play a conspicu- for cancer and Martha Stewart, ous role in the “no-questions-asked” mort- • See SPORTS also a friend, posted photos on her activity has gage lending that has ballooned into the Web site of Newman looking gaunt slowed, prospect of a $700 billion – or more – gov- at a charity luncheon. ernment bailout. But true to his fiercely private nature, Newman the bank While Congress attempts to fend off the remained cagey about his condition, reacting to remains financial emergency, Main Street bankers Florida Community Bank reports that he had lung cancer with a statement saying only that he was “doing nicely.” profitable. are just trying to carry on as best they can. As an actor, Newman got his start in theater Whatever economic terrors the future And like holds, the fact remains that the American and on television during the 1950s, and went on many economy has shown astonishing resilience NEWMAN | P6 businesses, until this year. The savings and loan crisis of nearly 20 it’s using years ago is now a distant INSIDE the slack time to get memory – although one worth reviving, since the Congressional leaders said Plastic Greens planted in bailout plan is likely to Saturday they ready for include a new, bigger ver- hoped to reach Marine Bank sion of the Resolution an agreement the next Florida races Trust Co., the financial on a multibil- upswing. institution created to liq- lion-dollar bailout plan for uidate the assets of failed the financial thrifts. Resolution Trust sector before By STEVE REILLY actually did its job, and the markets STAFF WRITER the crisis was contained. open Monday. Repeated efforts by the Sun over several days “We get a little blinded to reach Aniana H. Robas — listed as a Green here in Florida because we • See page 2 Party candidate in are in one of the hardest- the Florida State hit states in the nation,” Senate District 27 — said Craig DeYoung, president of Charlotte National Bank of SW Florida failed. State Bank. “And it’s hard to see the light at the That shouldn’t be SUN PHOTOS BY BOB FLISS end of the tunnel when we’re that deep in it. surprising. But there are areas of the nation that are still Representatives of the Green Party of Florida performing.” haven’t been able to reach Robas — nor four Although Charlotte State’s loan activity has other candidates who have declared themselves slowed, the bank remains profitable. And like as Green Party candidates in Florida state races. many businesses, it’s using the slack time to Robas and the others may declare themselves as get ready for the next upswing. Charlotte Green Party candidates but they’ve had no State recently opened its sixth retail banking involvement with the Green Party itself. “It’s an obvious scam,” said District 27 State Sen. Dave Aronberg, a Democrat who is seeking BANKS | P7 Peninsula Bank PLASTIC | P6 INDEX| FRONT: Nation 2,8,9,10,12 | Election 4 | State 5 | Health 11 | World 12,13,14,15 | Weather 16 | OUR TOWN: Police Beat 3 | Obituaries 5 | Crossword 8 | Abby 9 Sunday Edition $1.75 High Low Look inside for valuable coupons This year’s savings to date ... CHARLIE SAYS ... SUN COUPON $60,906 I hope that they’re going to keep making the salad 85 73 VALUE METER dressing. Not that I eat salad, mind you. I’m an alligator, for crying out loud. 7 05252 00075 3 Cloudy with scattered rain.
  • 2. Front Page 2 H/D/E/N/C NATIONAL NEWS The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 White House, Congress push for bailout deal WASHINGTON (AP) — directly involved in the ers again, they said. Nervously eyeing the talks. Many House Republi- markets’ next trading “The goal is to come up cans object to several session, congressional with a final agreement by parts of the administra- Democrats and Republi- tomorrow,” said Senate tion’s approach. Negotia- can senators pushed for Majority Leader Harry tors sought to accommo- an agreement Saturday Reid, D-Nev. “We may not date enough of their on a multibillion-dollar be able to do that, but demands to entice a bailout for the financial we’re trying very hard.” reasonable number them sector. He said he hoped for an to back the eventual plan, House Republicans announcement by 6 p.m. which is nearly certain to said they would not be EDT Sunday, just hours be unpopular with many stampeded into accept- before the Asian markets voters. ing an unwise rescue. But reopen for the week. Democrats and admin- in a sign of possible “Everybody is waiting for istration officials said progress, the House Rules this thing to tip a little bit they were willing to Committee began draft- too far,” he said, so “we include House Republi- ing guidelines for a may not have another cans’ idea of having the debate and vote that day.” government insure could take place as early House Speaker Nancy distressed mortgage- as Sunday, which would Pelosi, D-Calif., said an backed securities — but send the bill to the announcement might only as an option, not a Senate for final passage come as early as Saturday replacement for the on Monday. night. But House Repub- AP PHOTO broader idea of buying President Bush, seeking lican leaders, who have Protestors against the Wall Street Bail Out, rally at an event sponsored by Bail Out People, those toxic securities. swift action, sent Trea- resisted some elements Before Bankers, in New York's Times Square, Saturday. “There may be a way in sury Secretary Henry of the Bush administra- which that could be Paulson back to the tion’s proposal, seemed just staff members. “We billion in tax dollars may to derail the economy accommodated as part of Capitol, where lawmakers less certain. should not be bailing out be needed to cover Wall and plunge the country the toolbox” available to were working through the “There are a lot of Wall Street on the backs Street firms’ mistakes. into a long depression. the Treasury Department, weekend. issues still on the table,” of American taxpayers,” The president spoke Some lawmakers likened said Sen. John Thune, R- Presidential politics House Minority Leader he said. with Paulson, McCain the situation to a major S.D. “As a practical again played a role in the John Boehner, R-Ohio, Earlier, Bush expressed and other Republican car wreck that has matter, that can’t be the bargaining. Republican told reporters at confidence that lawmak- lawmakers during the backed up traffic — engine that drives this John McCain and Demo- midafternoon, just as ers soon would approve a day, said White House credit, in this case — for bill,” he said. crat Barack Obama called lawmakers entered the rescue plan. He acknowl- spokesman Tony Fratto. miles. The rescue is It was unclear whether key negotiators and first negotiating session edged that many Ameri- The bailout is intended meant to remove the House Republicans portrayed themselves as that involved senators cans are frustrated and to rescue bankers from wreckage so credit can would accept those helping without getting and House members, not angry that up to $700 bad loans that threaten start moving to borrow- terms. Senate sends big spending bill to Bush to sign WASHINGTON (AP) — on foreign sources of of low-income heating Mexico off limits. But it drilling ban. Taxpayers for Common Automakers gained $25 energy” by lifting the subsidies, and smaller could set the stage for the Democrats also wanted Sense, a watchdog group, billion in taxpayer- offshore drilling ban and spending items such as government to offer to avoid an election-year discovered 2,322 pet subsidized loans and oil opening up huge reserves $24 million more for food leases in some Atlantic clash with Bush that projects totaling $6.6 companies won elimina- of oil shale in the West. shipments to the elderly. federal waters as early as would have played in his billion. That included tion of a long-standing The Pentagon is in line The loan package for 2011. favor. They are willing to 2,025 in the defense ban on drilling off the for a record budget. In automakers would reward Also in the bill is money take their chances that portion alone that cost a Atlantic and Pacific coasts addition to $70 billion them with $25 billion in to avert a shortfall in Pell Democrat Barack Obama total of $4.9 billion. as the Senate passed a approved this summer for below-market loans, college aid grants and will be elected president Critics of such “earmarks” sprawling spending bill operations in Iraq and costing taxpayers $7.5 solve problems in the in November and permit promise to scrutinize Saturday. Afghanistan, the Defense billion to subsidize the Women, Infants and increases for scores of them in coming weeks The 78-12 vote sent the Department would retooling of plants and Children program deliver- programs squeezed by and months for links to $634 billion measure to receive $488 billion, a 6 development of technolo- ing healthy foods to the Bush each year. lobbyists and campaign President Bush, who was percent increase. The gies to help U.S. carmak- poor. Bush had threatened to contributions. expected to sign it even spending bill also offers ers to build cleaner, more In addition to the veto bills that did not cut though it spends more money and contains aid to victims of flooding in the Midwest and recent fuel efficient cars. Com- panies would not have to Pentagon’s budget, there is $40 billion for the the number and cost of pet projects in half or HEALTH Hevery Sunday in more pet projects than he hurricanes across the begin repaying the loans Homeland Security cause agency operating would have liked. The measure is needed to keep the government Gulf Coast. Such a huge bill usually would dominate the end- for five years, drawing objections from Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who predict- Department and $73 billion for veterans’ programs and military budgets to exceed his request. Democrats ignored the edict as they APPENINGS operating beyond the of-session agenda on ed they would return for base construction pro- drafted the plan and the current budget year, Capitol Hill. But it went more help when the jects. Combined with the White House has appar- which ends Tuesday. As a below the radar screen money is due. Defense Department’s ently backed down. Feeling Fit result, the legislation is because attention Republicans made spending, that amounts one of the few bills this focused on the congres- ending the coastal drilling to about 60 percent of the election year that simply must pass. Bush’s signa- sional bailout of Wall Street. ban a central campaign issue this summer as $4- budget work Congress must pass each year. A d ve r t i s i n g A c c o u n t ture would mean Con- gress could avoid a lame- The measure settles dozens of battles that plus per gallon gasoline stoked voter anger and Democrats came under criticism from the GOP E x e c u t i v e Po s i t i o n duck session after the have brewed for months turned public opinion in for short-circuiting the Nov. 4 election. between the Democrats favor of more exploration. normal process for a Th e C h a r l o t t e S u n i s l o o k i n g f o r s a l e s White House who run Congress and The action does not spending bill after it professionals looking for an exciting career spokesman Tony Fratto the White House and its mean drilling is imminent became clear that Repub- said the bill “stands as a GOP allies. and still leaves the oil- licans would force w i t h a dva n c e m e n t o p p o r t u n i t i e s . reminder of the failure of The administration rich eastern Gulf of difficult votes on the Does this describe yo u : the Democratic Congress won approval of the · Aggressive to fund the government defense budget. 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  • 3. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun FROM PAGE ONE H/D/E/N/C Front Page 3 New Dylan album to stream on NPR NEW YORK — Bob Dylan’s new album shall be released one week early as a free online stream on National Public Radio’s Web site. NPR Music will stream the entire two-CD, “Tell WE’VE MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION Tale Signs,” beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT Tuesday. It Blue Ocean New Patients Welcome Most Insurance Accepted will be available for HEALTHCARE Gulf Coast Specializing In: Asthma • Copd • Emphysema listening at least until Oct. Pulmonary Medicine, P.A. Interstitial Lung Disease 7, when the album is Pulmonary • Critical Care • Sleep Medicine Cystic Fibrosis • Bronchiectasis officially released by Columbia Records. “Tell Tale Signs” is the Drs. 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  • 4. Front Page 4 H/D/E/N/C NATIONAL NEWS The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 Town shows economic woes weighing on election WAKARUSA, Ind. (AP) right? You have to worry margin in 2004. — In this corner of that you’re going to settle But with an unemploy- America known as the RV for something you ment rate of 8.9 percent capital of the world, Todd wouldn’t have thought in August — compared Brink once made a good about five or 10 years with 6.1 percent national- living producing the ago.” ly — Obama’s call for gleaming behemoths that Both Obama and change resonates with cruised the nation’s open McCain are scrambling to Baugh, the laid-off welder. roads. He was prospering. woo struggling blue-collar He’s leaning toward the So, too, was the industry. workers all across the Democratic senator, but Then hard times arrived hotly contested Midwest. says he wants to be sure for him — and now, for With less than six weeks he’s choosing someone many makers of recre- before Election Day, one “who’s going to help me ational vehicles. recent set of polls showed and my family and my co- First, Brink ran into the candidates running workers to have a life like AP PHOTO trouble after his mortgage almost even in seven we used to have. ... Todd and Sherri Brink stand with their family from left, Todd Jr, 10, Madison, four months payments skyrocketed battleground states — They’re going to have to (in Sherri's arms), Taylor, 3, and Braydon, 2, in front of their trailer in Wakarusa, Ind., Sept. and his savings dried up, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, help the middle-class or 10. Todd Brink worked at Monaco Coach Corp., which has closed its plant here, leaving forcing him to sell his Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, I’m not going to vote at him without a job. The Brink family was living in a home and now the family of six are living house last year and move Iowa and Minnesota. all.” in this trailer. In Indiana, nearly one in four RV workers was unemployed in August — either his family to a cramped Unemployment temporarily or permanently, state officials say $300-a-month trailer. remains higher than the Then this month, Monaco national average in some Coach Corp. closed its of these states; pockets of plant here, leaving him this region have been without a job. suffering for decades, Battered by tightening turning towns such as credit, soaring fuel prices Flint, Mich., Gary, Ind., and slumping sales, RV and Youngstown, Ohio, companies have laid off into symbols of the thousands of workers in declining fortunes of the the last several months, industrial Midwest. Both many here in north- candidates have targeted central Indiana. And this area with frequent Brink — part of the visits, including an ZZ7 closely watched blue- Obama stop in Flint, and collar voting bloc in the a McCain appearance in presidential race — is Youngstown. now trying to figure out Though manufacturing how survive. is still a vibrant part of the “I always had a cushion U.S economy, more than — $2,000-$3,000 — in the 4.2 million jobs have been bank. Now that’s gone,” lost from March 1998 to says the 38-year-old this August, according to Brink, who worked at Robert Scott, a senior 1 4 Monaco on and off over international economist 14 years. “I had a job that at the Economic Policy paid enough to support Institute. - my family. Now I don’t. What has changed in This just knocks the wind the last decade, he says, is out of your sails. ... You a growing range of jobs is don’t want to get up at age disappearing — not just 50 and have nothing.” auto and steel, but “I’m scared,” adds electronics, machine tools Brink, the sole breadwin- and software, accounting ner for his wife and their and call centers moving Switch to the network with the best coverage. four children (the oldest is overseas, he says. 10). “I just fear not being “Twenty years ago, there able to provide for my was a way for people to family. All the weight is on secure a middle-class my shoulders.” living with good jobs and Economic anxieties about unemployment, good benefits,” Scott says. “Right now, most of those More bars in more places: Wall Street’s collapse and pathways are gone.” the specter of a recession “It’s harder to find a have sent a chill through manufacturing job and this quiet stretch of hold on to it,” he adds. “It middle America. Folks can be done, but it’s much here fret about high tougher. ... 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  • 5. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun H/D/E/N/C Front Page 5 FLORIDA REPORT New laws create ‘In God We Trust’ license tags Other laws cover dating violence, child pornography, motorcycle riding issues TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A pair of The specialty tag bill was passed after for each of them is essentially a charita- inspired by the murder of two University new license plates featuring the state lawmakers removed a provision that ble donation that funds a designated of Central Florida students, one of whom motto, “In God We Trust,” will be created would have created another plate program. had reported threats from an ex- by two of several new laws going into featuring images of a Christian cross and Proceeds from the specialty state boyfriend. Authorities said before the effect Wednesday. stained glass church window and the motto tag will go to scholarships for the killings they had no crime to charge him One of the tags will prominently words “I believe.” children of Florida residents serving in with. feature the motto in a new specialty It was removed after opponents argued the military and children of civilian • Allow civil lawsuits on behalf of child design, while the other adds the language such a tag would have resulted in a court public safety employees who have died pornography victims against people who to the current tag design, replacing challenge. in the line of duty. distribute or download the material. county names or the state nickname At least six other states offer “In God Rep. Pat Patterson, who sponsored the Victims could win damages of up to “Sunshine State.” Motorists, though, can We Trust” plates. The American Civil standard “In God We Trust” tag, said he $150,000 per image. still choose the two existing versions. Liberties Union challenged Indiana’s doesn’t think it will compete with the • Increase fines for motorcyclists who Standard plates with “In God We Trust plates, but courts so far have found it specialty tag. stunt ride or exceed the speed limit by will be available at no extra cost starting legal. “They’re competing with me,” said the more than 50 miles per hour. It carries a Wednesday, said Courtney Heidelberg, a The specialty tag will have the motto in Deland Republican. “I came first. They maximum prison term of up to five years spokeswoman for the Department of the body of the plate — one of four such came in long after that.” for a third offense. Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She tags authorized by the new law, adding to Other new laws will: • Require a minimum sentence of life said the specialty tags will begin to be the dozens of special-interest plates • Make dating violence a crime similar imprisonment for anyone who kills or issued in December or January. already available. The $25 additional cost to domestic violence. The law was attempts to kill a law enforcement officer. | OTHER HEADLINE NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE Military ceremony Men use credit card marks the opening of from woman killed in ’07 Vietnam memorial BOCA RATON — Authorities NAPLES — Bill Hoffman and say the credit card of a woman his wife, Fil, took a piece of white killed in a still-unsolved Boca paper with the location of their Raton shopping mall murder friend’s name and made a was being used as recently as rubbing on the 8-foot-high and last month. 240-foot-long Dignity Memorial Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Vietnam Wall replica. investigators are trying to The North Naples couple identify two men who charged located the name of their New about $1,000 to the card number York neighbor, James Harrington in Massachusetts and Connecti- Jr., who served in the U.S. Army. cut. They aren’t yet sure if the They also snapped a picture of a men were involved in Randi his name. 4 Gorenberg’s murder. “It’s just an exceptional oppor- The 52-year-old was killed in tunity to be able to get to it,” 2007 after leaving the mall, one Hoffman, 77, said. of a handful of violent crimes “I feel privileged,” his wife that sparked fear and confusion added with tears in her eyes. in the upscale shopping area. The Hoffman couple joined Investigators say the Aug. 12 about 200 Southwest Florida AP PHOTO purchases on Gorenberg’s credit Before and after residents Friday morning who card marked its first use since honored fallen Vietnam veterans she was killed. The men bought during the opening ceremony fast food and video game equip- A squirrel peeks out from behind a tree at Port Orange City Center, Friday in Port Orange, Fla. ment. for the replica, which is on display at Naples Memorial — Associated Press Gardens, 525 111th Ave. — Naples Daily News 10 Apa1a1 co a Fla. Supreme Court sacola Tallahassee 10 Jacks onvill e upholds death sentence Woman escapes Suwr anrwe DELTONA — The Florida gunman in woods River St. Joht s Supreme Court has upheld the River MANATEE COUNTY — A death sentence for a man woman ran to Interstate 75 FLORIDA convicted in the 2004 murder of looking for help after her 5 six people in Deltona. boyfriend threatened her at Jerone Hunter’s attorney gunpoint near Moccasin Wallow Road, according to the Manatee Homeless feeding argued he and two of the other men accused in the brutal County Sheriff’s Office. ban nixed by judge 4 Cape Canaveral beating deaths should’ve been John S. Patterson, 44, of Melt)o unle tried separately. He also said Wauchula was arrested on ORLANDO — A federal judge on Tampa Hunter was schizophrenic, and charges of domestic aggravated Friday struck down an Orlando ordi- St- Pe#ershu Vero Beach was forced by an older, intimi- assault with a firearm, domestic nance that barred large group feedings Saraso ta Florida's T dating ringleader. battery, possession of marijuana for homeless at downtown area parks. Van " Arcadia The state high court deter- Norw Por t and possession of drug para- In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Charlotte mined Hunter was a willing phernalia at 2:40 a.m. Thursday. Gregory A. Presnell said the city ordi- Pun ta participant in the six murders, Lak e Palm Beach The woman was picked up nance violates the constitutional rights which were allegedly over a from work by Patterson. She told of activists who want to feed the stolen video game system. homeless. s authorities she thought they Fort Lauderdale He and Troy Victorino, the were going to try and mend Activists who had been feeding the K h alleged ringleader, are on death things in their relationship. homeless in Lake Eola Park sued the row. Two other men are serving Miam i She said Patterson started city in 2006 over the ordinance passed EVERGLA DES life sentences in the case. driving erratically. He refused to that year. NATIONAL PARK — Associated Press let her leave the car and kept Attorney Jacqueline Dowd, who flashing a handgun on his right represented plaintiffs including First hip, according to an arrest Vagabonds Church of God and Orlando Mercedes donation Key West e report. He kept asking the Food Not Bombs, said they were V suspicious to Miami woman if she was seeing other “thrilled” with the ruling. law enforcement men. When she replied she was, — Associated Press MIAMI — Investigators are he allegedly began to hit her. trying to determine how a He pulled the vehicle off the Miami church leader was road near Moccasin Wallow involved in obtaining a Mer- Road. According to the report, he Officials hold a Pair rob five in Palmetto Football player cedes for a parishioner accused told her that “all girls who walk Miami housing expo apartment found shot dead in an illegal OxyContin ring. the streets disappear just like MIAMI — Officials are Willie J. Jones, founder of this in the woods and would PALMETTO — Law officers BELLE GLADE — An 18- holding a Miami housing and God’s Calling Gospel Holiness never be found.” He reportedly continue to search Saturday year-old Palm Beach economic development expo. Church, says the car was told her the same would happen morning for a pair of gunmen County football player and Miami Commissioner merely a donation to church to her. She begged him to let her who robbed five people in an top recruit was found shot Michelle Spence-Jones and member Janice Currington. A go, the report states. apartment. dead in his car early the City of Miami Communi- search warrant alleges that When they started walking The home invasion took place Saturday morning. Investi- ty Redevelopment Agency Currington received the car toward the woods, she told at about 9 p.m. Friday, and the gators discovered Norman are holding the Wake up bought with church money, deputies she took off running. robbers were thought to have Griffith in Belle Glade, Miami Housing & Economic and repaid Jones in drug She kept running until she entered the apartment on the with a gunshot wound to Development Expo on money. reached the interstate and 2700 block of Sixth Avenue East the head. It was just a few Saturday. Jones says he never got any managed to flag down a state through a partially ajar door, hours after his Pahokee Attendees can meet with reimbursement, and denies any trooper. Manatee County Sheriff’s Lt. Sean team won its homecoming representatives from the wrongdoing. He hasn’t been She saw Patterson drive by and Felton said. game. Griffith, a 6-foot-1 housing and economic charged by prosecutors in the was able to point him out to the The gunmen took cash from the defensive lineman, was development sectors and case. trooper. residents inside and fled on foot being recruited by several they can participate in Police busted up Currington’s Investigators found three heading north, Felton said. Division I schools. Sheriff’s workshops that focus on alleged drug ring in August. loaded guns in the car, as well as No one was injured. deputies say it appeared housing, youth entrepre- Fifty-two of the 62 people a pipe and marijuana. Patterson The victims could not identify Griffith’s Dodge Durango neurship, small business arrested were public employ- remained in the Manatee the robbers because the gunmen had crashed. Also in the sustainability and economic ees, and Currington has been County Jail Friday night on pulled their shirts over their faces, car with him was an development. charged with racketeering and $64,240 bond. Felton said at the scene. unnamed juvenile. — Associated Press grand theft. — Bradenton Herald — Bradenton Herald — Associated Press — Associated Press
  • 6. Front Page 6 H/D/E/N/C FROM PAGE ONE The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 NEWMAN: Actor, director and salad dressing magnate dead of cancer FROM PAGE 1 Paul Newman, the nine-time Oscar-nominated actor to become one of the world’s and liberal activist who graced the silver screen for six NEWMAN’S CAREER AND OSCAR NOMINATED ROLES: decades, has died. He was 83. most enduring and popular film “Nobody’s Fool,” stars, a legend held in awe by his 1994 peers. He was nominated for “Cool “The Color of Broadway debut “The Hand “Absence Money,” 1986 (win; Won the Jean Academy Awards 10 times, in “Picnic,” 1953 Hustler,” Luke,” of Malice,” also won an honorary Hersholt Humani- winning one Oscar and two Screen debut in “The 1961 1967 1981 Oscar in 1986 for tarian Award Oscar honorary ones, and had major Silver Chalice,” 1954 dedication to acting for charitable work, “Hud,” “The Verdict,” 1994 roles in more than 50 motion “Cat on a Hot 1963 1982 pictures, including “Exodus,” Tin Roof,” 1958 “Road to Perdition,” 2002 “Butch Cassidy and the Sun- J 1950s 11 1 : 1960s 1 1 1970s 11 ?_ 1980s 1 1990s 1 : 2000s 1 dance Kid,” “The Verdict,” “The Marries Joanne Becomes professional Appointed U.S. delegate Launches “Newman’s Own” Dies at his farmhouse Sting” and “Absence of Malice.” Woodward, 1958 auto racer, 1977 to the U.N. conference on food company, 1982; profits near Westport, Conn., Newman worked with some Nuclear Disarmament, 1978 are donated to charity Sept. 27, 2008 of the greatest directors of the NOTE: Performed in “Rachel, Rachel,” which won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1968. past half century, from Alfred AP Hitchcock and John Huston to Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese entangled with a gambler played becoming more subtle, nothing and the Coen brothers. His co- by George C. Scott. In the sequel like the mannered method stars included Elizabeth Taylor, — directed by Scorsese — “Fast performances of his early years, Lauren Bacall, Tom Cruise, Tom Eddie” is no longer the high- when he was sometimes dis- Hanks and, most famously, stakes hustler he once was, but missed as a Brando imitator. Robert Redford, his sidekick in an aging liquor salesman who Newman, who shunned “Butch Cassidy” and “The takes a young pool player Hollywood life, was reluctant to Sting.” (Cruise) under his wing before give interviews and usually “There is a point where making a comeback. refused to sign autographs feelings go beyond words,” He won an honorary Oscar in because he found the majesty of Redford said Saturday. “I have 1986 “in recognition of his many the act offensive, according to lost a real friend. My life — and and memorable compelling one friend. He also claimed that 4 this country — is better for his screen performances and for his he never read reviews of his being in it.” personal integrity and dedica- movies. He sometimes teamed with tion to his craft.” In 1994, he “If they’re good you get a fat his wife and fellow Oscar won a third Oscar, the Jean head and if they’re bad you’re winner, Joanne Woodward, with Hersholt Humanitarian Award, depressed for three weeks,” he whom he had one of Holly- for his charitable work. said. wood’s rare long-term mar- His most recent academy nod Off the screen, Newman had ?I riages. “I have steak at home, was a supporting actor nomina- a taste for beer and was known why go out for hamburger?” tion for the 2002 film “Road to for his practical jokes. He once Newman told Playboy magazine Perdition.” One of Newman’s had a Porsche installed in when asked if he was tempted to nominations was as a producer; Redford’s hallway — crushed 1 stray. They wed in 1958, around the other nine were in acting and covered with ribbons. the same time they both categories. (Jack Nicholson “I think that my sense of appeared in “The Long Hot holds the record among actors humor is the only thing that Summer.” Newman also direct- for Oscar nominations, with 12; keeps me sane,” he told ed her in several films, including actress Meryl Streep has had 14.) Newsweek magazine in a 1994 “Rachel, Rachel” and “The Glass As he passed his 80th birth- interview. Menagerie.” day, he remained in demand, In 1982, Newman and his With his strong, classically winning an Emmy and a Golden Westport neighbor, writer A.E. handsome face and piercing Globe for the 2005 HBO drama Hotchner, started a company to blue eyes, Newman was a “Empire Falls” and providing the market Newman’s original oil- heartthrob just as likely to play voice of a crusty 1951 car in the and-vinegar dressing. Newman’s against his looks, becoming a 2006 Disney-Pixar hit, “Cars.” Own, which began as a joke, favorite with critics for his But in May 2007, he told grew into a multimillion-dollar convincing portrayals of rebels, ABC’s “Good Morning America” business selling popcorn, salad tough guys and losers. New York he had given up acting, though dressing, spaghetti sauce and Times critic Caryn James wrote he intended to remain active in other foods. All of the company’s after his turn as the town charity projects. “I’m not able to profits are donated to charities. curmudgeon in 1995’s “Nobody’s work anymore as an actor at the By 2007, the company had AP FILE PHOTO Fool” that “you never stop to level I would want to,” he said. donated more than $175 mil- wonder how a guy as good- “You start to lose your memory, lion, according to its Web site. In this March 1994 file photo, actor Paul Newman holds the Oscar he looking as Paul Newman ended your confidence, your invention. “We will miss our friend Paul received for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in Los Angeles. up this way.” So that’s pretty much a closed Newman, but are lucky our- “Sometimes God makes book for me.” selves to have known such a beyond measure in impacting student productions. perfect people,” fellow “Absence Newman also turned to remarkable person,” Robert the lives of so many with his He later studied at Yale of Malice” star Sally Field said, producing and directing. In Forrester, vice chairman of generosity.” University’s School of Drama, “and Paul Newman was one of 1968, he directed “Rachel, Newman’s Own Foundation, Newman had two daughters, then headed to work in theater them.” Rachel,” a film about a lonely said in a statement. Susan and Stephanie, and a son, and television in New York, Newman had a soft spot for spinster’s rebirth. The movie Hotchner said Newman Scott, from a previous marriage where his classmates at the underdogs in real life, giving received four Oscar nomina- should have “everybody’s to Jacqueline Witte. Scott died in famed Actor’s Studio included tens of millions to charities tions, including Newman, for admiration.” 1978 of an accidental overdose Brando, James Dean and Karl through his food company and producer of a best motion “For me it’s the loss of an of alcohol and Valium. After his Malden. setting up camps for severely ill picture, and Woodward, for best adventurous friendship over the only son’s death, Newman Newman’s breakthrough was children. Passionately opposed actress. The film earned New- past 50 years and it’s the loss of a established the Scott Newman enabled by tragedy: Dean, to the Vietnam War, and in favor man the best director award great American citizen,” Hotch- Foundation to finance the scheduled to star as the disfig- of civil rights, he was so famous- from the New York Film Critics ner said. production of anti-drug films for ured boxer in a television ly liberal that he ended up on Circle. In 1988, Newman founded a children. adaptation of Ernest Heming- President Nixon’s “enemies list,” In the 1970s, Newman, camp in northeastern Connecti- Newman was born in Cleve- way’s “The Battler,” died in a car one of the actor’s proudest admittedly bored with acting, cut for children with cancer and land, the second of two boys of crash in 1955. His role was taken achievements, he liked to say. became fascinated with auto other life-threatening diseases. Arthur S. Newman, a partner in by Newman, then a little-known A screen legend by his mid- racing, a sport he studied when He went on to establish similar a sporting goods store, and performer. 40s, he waited a long time for his he starred in the 1969 film, camps in several other states Theresa Fetzer Newman. Newman started in movies first competitive Oscar, winning “Winning.” After turning profes- and in Europe. He was raised in the affluent the year before, in “The Silver in 1987 for “The Color of sional in 1977, Newman and his He and Woodward bought an suburb of Shaker Heights, where Chalice,” a costume film he so Money,” a reprise of the role of driving team made strong 18th century farmhouse in he was encouraged him to despised that he took out an ad pool shark “Fast Eddie” Felson, showings in several major races, Westport, where they raised pursue his interest in the arts by in Variety to apologize. By 1958, whom Newman portrayed in the including fifth place in Daytona their three daughters, Elinor his mother and his uncle Joseph he had won the best actor award 1961 film “The Hustler.” in 1977 and second place in the “Nell,” Melissa and Clea. Newman, a well-known Ohio at the Cannes Film Festival for In that film, Newman deliv- Le Mans in 1979. “Our father was a rare symbol poet and journalist. the shiftless Ben Quick in “The ered a magnetic performance as Despite his love of race cars, of selfless humility, the last to Following World War II Long Hot Summer.” the smooth-talking, whiskey- Newman continued to make acknowledge what he was doing service in the Navy, he enrolled Newman is survived by his chugging pool shark who takes movies and continued to pile up was special,” his daughters said at Kenyon College in Gambier, wife, five children, two grand- on Minnesota Fats — played by Oscar nominations, his looks in a written statement. “Intense- Ohio, where he got a degree in sons and his older brother Jackie Gleason — and becomes remarkably intact, his acting ly private, he quietly succeeded English and was active in Arthur. PLASTIC: Some declared Green Party candidates actually are not FROM PAGE 1 no sanctioned Green Party association with the Greenof Elections Web site, voter in prior election for which they are candidates are running for Party include: Robas is listed as her own cycles. running. re-election. Republican any of the Florida state • Anthony Joseph treasurer and gives her According to her Jennifer Davis, Florida Matt Caldwell is challeng- races on November’s Mauro in the State Senate address as 10208 Casa campaign finance report, Department of State ing Aronberg, but Caldwell ballot. The Green Party District 25 race. Palarmo Drive, Riverview, Robas reported one loan spokeswoman, said any launched an active estimates 6,500 to 7,000 • Sarah Roman in the Fla. Riverview is in of $2,000 to her cam- candidate who falsifies campaign, unlike Robas. Florida voters register as State Representatives Hillsborough County — paign. No other loan or information — including Aronberg said he hasn’t Green Party members. District District 44 race.not in State Senate donation to her campaign party affiliation — is met Robas nor has she “It’s a mystery to us,” • Horacio Lemus IV in District 27. is reported. Her only guilty of a third-degree appeared at any campaign Aires said of Robas and the the State Representatives District 27 stretches expenditure is listed as felony. Complaints functions to his knowl- other candidates register- District 69 race. like a belt across the state, $1,915.92, the same should be filed with the edge. He suspects Robas ing as Green Party mem- west from Palm Beach • Kristina Wright in the amount as the fee to state attorney or Florida was paid to run as a Green bers without any partici- State Representatives County, through Glades register as a partisan state Department of Law Party candidate to draw pation in their political District 81 race. and a small portion of senate candidate. If she Enforcement. votes away from him. party. However, Aires also Aires said Wright, the Hendry counties, to Lee wanted to run as a But Aires said the said some people are only one of the five and Charlotte counties. nonpartisan candidate, Green Party of Florida did Abused greens speculating those candi- candidates to contact the Hillsborough County Robas would only be contact state officials and dates are looking to Green Party of Florida, election officials con- required to pay a were told because the five The Green Party of undermine the chances of firmed that a Riverview agreed to have her affilia- $1,277.86 fee. candidates re-registered Florida sent Robas five other candidates — resident named Aniana tion reclassified; however, State law requires as Green Party voters on certified, return-receipt primarily Democratic H. Robas is currently she still appears as a Green candidates to be a the eve of applying for letters and still hasn’t candidates — running in Party candidate on the registered as a Green resident of the district in their candidacy, no laws heard from her. state races. state’s election Web site.Party voter in that county. which they run once were broken. “We feel used,” said Besides Robas, the However, Hillsborough they are elected. Candi- Attempts to reach Green Party of Florida others declaring them- Elections records election officials also dates are required to Robas for comment spokeswoman Julia Aires. selves as Green Party confirmed Robas regis- take an oath that they Friday failed. She wants voters to know candidates without any On the Florida Division tered as an independent are members of the party E-mail:
  • 7. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun FROM PAGE ONE H/D/E/N/C Front Page 7 Researchers ponder effects of methane on climate change BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS methane gas to bubble to about 55 million years ago WEEKEND BONUS! New research suggests the surface. about this having hap- there may be a methane Marianne Douglas, the pened as well in the past,” “time bomb” on the head of the Canadian Douglas said, adding a ocean floor threatening to Circumpolar Institute at huge burst of methane catastrophically warm the the University of Alberta, warmed the temperature said this latest research of the Earth by several 5 GREAT SALE DAYS! climate and Canadian scientists wonder what raises some important degrees over a 20,000 year effects this may have on questions. period. people’s efforts to combat “It’s a time bomb “From the geological global warming. because, as the per- record, they can see Preliminary findings mafrost thaws — and we that this actually ended BUY FRI. 10-9, SAT. 10-8, SUN. 12-6, MON. & TUE. 10-9 from an international don’t know how fast it will up with some extinctions study suggest that signifi- thaw — it’s going to of small micro-organisms cant amounts of methane slowly and maybe cata- and the onset of new gas — a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide — strophically at some point, release all that methane that's trapped organisms, like mammals.” Instead of losing hope DEDUCT AN are being released from the ocean floor off Rus- underneath as a solid,” she said. over this scenario and giving up on fighting ADDITIONAL 10% OFF sia's north coast. Some scientists believe climate change, Dale Permafrost on the that the sudden release of Marshall, an Ottawa- ocean floor is currently methane may have been based climate change holding the methane responsible for sudden policy analyst with the back. But the researchers, spikes in global tempera- David Suzuki Foundation, working from a ship off tures millions of years said people should the Russian coast, say that ago. interpret this research as the permafrost appears to be melting, causing “In the geological record, there’s evidence being another reason to combat global warming. ALL REMAINING STOCK BANKS: Local lenders less concerned STOREWIDE* about big players’ bailout deal FROM PAGE 1 passed during the Carter $22 million. administration but only Lane Diedrick, presi- office in Charlotte Harbor seriously enforced during dent of Englewood Bank, 3. A . EH S and will finish a 6,400- the 1990s. has been looking at square-foot annex to its “It’s not right to be Weiler’s needs from two Murdock headquarters by taking deposits from one angles – he also chairs the year’s end. The new neighborhood but doing IDA. Whether this might building will accommo- all your lending in pose a conflict of interest date Charlotte State’s another,” said DeYoung is moot, because Diedrick “back office” functions like accounting and marketing. about the practice of “redlining”. CRA enforce- ment was largely targeted said that the Weiler project is too much for his bank to handle right 4200 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 $ “Down here in the trenches, it’s all about to curbing this practice of banks refusing to lend in now. He added that Calusa has looked at the 4580 Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 33907 public perceptions,” said certain neighborhoods, project and came to the Mike Ezzell, president of National Bank of South- mainly those with a strong track record of same conclusion. Don Root, the county’s 15485 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34110 west Florida, a new bank nonperforming loans. economic development that opened in mid-2007. However, the good director, has floated the THE GREAT “We’ve been up before, intentions of the CRA idea of forming a consor- we’ve been down, we’ll be have foundered on the tium of banks to finance up again soon and we’ll fact that subprime loan Weiler, but has run into probably be down again defaults are about six the same objections. in our lifetimes. No times greater than those “The more established $10 MILLION matter what happens, it’s of regular mortgages. banks have been growing, a jagged line.” Banks have tightened but with the economic Loss of confidence in their lending standards, swings of the last five financial markets could often to the point where years, have certainly TOTAL FURNITURE provide some relief to even credit-worthy encountered issues with Southwest Florida’s customers can’t get a property valuations. The beleaguered real estate loan. new banks may not have sector, Ezzell said. Inter- Todd Katz, president of current property valua- est rates on 30-year Calusa National Bank, a tion issues but still have SELL-OFF! mortgages have fallen new institution that to deal with acquisition of below 6 percent. “People opened last year, said that deposits and a slow loan are fleeing the stock credit-worthy borrowers market,” Diedrick said. market, what are they are still out there. He “Taking property back going to move into?” noted that Calusa has is a last resort ... it’s not Ezzell said. And there’s still a good cautiously built its loan portfolio over 18 months our desire to own proper- ty and it’s not our desire FAMOUS NAME BRANDS! ALL ON SALE! argument to be made to about $33 million – to be in the real estate that no investment holds and in that time, not a business,” Diedrick LEXINGTON, BERNHARDT, BROYHILL, NATUZZI, its value better than real single loan customer has added. KINGSDOWN, SERA, BEST, HOOKER, STANLEY, HOWARD estate. The Florida missed a payment. The There’s a good case to Association of Realtors bank is still on track to be made that credit MILLER, PULASKI, BRADINGTON YOUNG AND MUCH MORE! reported this month that make a profit in its third markets have held up even after the price year, which is about reasonably well since collapse of recent months, houses are still standard for community bank startups. subprime defaults became a problem last Use Cash, Check or Credit Cards selling at around 10 to 15 “We are still in a year – although this Entire Stock List $500 percent more than they position to cherry-pick month’s multiple panics Lamps • Pictures Sels Imports Glass Top were in late 2003. the best commercial loan and the pending bailout Florals • Accessories Bistro Table w/2 Chairs In the case of Charlotte opportunities in the County, the August community,” Katz said. may be changing this relatively benign trend. NOW 60% OFF Now $19888 median sale price of “We are acquiring new For example, commer- List $1,220 List $1,340 existing homes, $138,100, clients who have been cial banks had $1,514 Lexington Broyhill reflects the typical market with other banks and are billion in commercial and Leather Top Cocktail Table Green Tweed Sofa prices of 2003. Specula- very strong financially. industrial loans outstand- tive activity had already But these clients have ing in August, up 15.5 Now $45888 Now $59888 driven those prices into been told by their banks percent from the prior List $1,440 List $2,170 the $170,000-$180,000 that they can’t get a loan, August, according to Hooker range by the time Hurri- not because they’re not figures compiled by the Stanley Light Oak TV Console 8 Drawer Chest cane Charley struck on credit worthy, but Federal Reserve Bank of Aug. 13, 2004, creating a because the home office St. Louis. Consumer loans Now $598 88 Now $65888 temporary housing in Alabama, or North were up 9 percent and shortage that drove prices Carolina, or Ohio is not even the beleaguered real List $2,900 List $2,630 up still more. lending.” estate sector was up 4 BK Home Furnishings Sherrill Occasional Local community Still, there are some percent. 4 pc. Queen Bedroom Suite Tropical Design TV Cabinet banks face the future definite gaps in the Citing these statistics in Now $1298 88, Now $94888 relatively unburdened by market that limit the a Sept. 23 story for bad loans. They never got lending capacity of local George Mason Universi- List $2100 List $1,500 involved in lending in the institutions. ty’s History News Net- Natuzzi Liz Claiborne subprime market – an A prime example has work, libertarian econo- Toffee Leather Recliner Dark Cherry Writing Desk industry euphemism for been the subject of much mist Robert Higgs con- Now $758 88 Now $63888 borrowers who only discussion at the Char- cluded: “The important qualified under govern- lotte County Industrial part to recognize is that List $8,340 ment programs designed Development Authority. the sky is not falling.” But Kingsdown Hickory White to extend the benefits of A Port Charlotte firm, he also warned that Gramercy Park Curio Cabinet Select Mattress Sets home ownership to the Weiler Engineering “every great surge of the poor and minorities. This Corp., wants to build a government’s size, scope, Now $1,98888 NOW 70% OFF goal of social engineering truck-to-rail freight and power rests on a A SALE WITH A REASON…NOT AN EXCUSE! 344380 was embodied in the terminal on U.S. 17, east foundation of fear and Community Reinvest- of Punta Gorda. The total the present occasion is no ALL ITEMS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. EXCLUDES PRIOR SALES. *EXCLUDES RED DOT ITEMS AND PRIOR SALES. ment Act, which was project cost will be about exception.” © LSC 2008
  • 8. Front Page 8 H/D/E/N/C The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 NORTHERN REPORT Kennedy goes home percent reduction that New Jersey represents the biggest from areas that Democrat- Crime reduction ic presidential nominee percentage decline in the CAMDEN — One of the nation. The American John Kerry handily won nation’s most dangerous Manufacturing Trade four years ago, a newspa- Taken to hospital briefly after seizure Action Coalition report cities is reporting a drop in violent crime amid a per reported Saturday. released Friday says Traditionally Democratic- BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Kennedy, lobe. Among other new policing strategy. Michigan’s total job loss leaning precincts are Edward Kennedy, who has 76, had functions, it controls Camden has had 38 of 489,900 during the posting the highest brain cancer, has returned another speech. reports of aggravated same time period is more number of new voter home after being taken to seizure in A 911 call was placed assault so far this month, than three times worse registrations, The (Cleve- a hospital by ambulance May and from the Kennedy com- as opposed to 81 in than during the oil- land) Plain Dealer found because he had suffered a underwent pound in Hyannis Port August, according to the induced Rust Belt down- in an analysis. One in four seizure, his staff says. surgery in just after 5 p.m. Friday, Camden County prosecu- turn of 1974-82. Flint, new voters are in Democ- A statement issued by June for a said Barnstable police Sgt. tor’s office. Reports of Ann Arbor, Saginaw and ratic stronghold of Cuya- his office attributed the KENNEDY malignant Ben Baxter. Kennedy was assault with a firearm the Detroit-Livonia hoga County, and most of “minor seizure” Friday to a brain tumor. taken to Cape Cod have dropped from 22 in metropolitan area suf- those new registrations change in medications. He He has been steadily Hospital and was “alert August to eight this fered the biggest percent- was back home a few increasing his public and responsive” during month. There were 347 are in its population age declines in manufac- hours later. activity since undergoing the trip, Baxter said. reported thefts last center of Cleveland. turing job losses. The Sen. John Kerry said his six weeks of chemothera- Kennedy’s office said he month. So far in Septem- worst total job losses have fellow Massachusetts py and radiation treat- returned home about 8 occurred in Detroit- ber, there have been 152. Wisconsin Democrat was well and ment, but he remains p.m. Livonia, Flint, Jackson had told him he would prone to seizures — Kennedy had told and Saginaw. New York Beating hate crime watch the evening’s electrical disturbances in reporters in Hyannis Port APPLETON — A 32- presidential debate between John McCain and the brain — in part because of the location of on Tuesday that he was actively following the New Hampshire Home robbery year-old white man has JERICHO — A mother been charged with a hate Barack Obama. his tumor, the left parietal presidential race. Layoffs planned and child are unhurt after crime for what prosecu- ROCHESTER — Eighty three robbers pretending tors say was an unpro- production workers are to be making a flower voked attack on a black New England losing their jobs at delivery forced their way man in a Little Chute bar. into a Long Island home. A criminal complaint says New England eyes Thompson Center Arms in Rochester, New Hamp- Police say they got into Michael J. Verhaagh of shire, a unit of firearms the gated development in Kaukauna was in a bar Hurricane Kyle maker Smith & Wesson the hamlet of Jericho by about 2 a.m. Sunday Holding Corp. This latest first having a woman when he walked up to a round of staffing cuts announce the delivery to black man standing at a follows a 36-position the mother, who was at jukebox and punched MIAMI (AP) — National Hurricane A hurricane watch is in effect for the reduction at the plant home alone with the him. A witness told Center forecasters say Hurricane Kyle Maine coast from Stonington north to back in February. Smith & infant. A man then came authorities Verhaagh has formed in the Atlantic Ocean and Eastport. Hurricane conditions are Wesson acquired Thomp- to the door carrying it’s expected to pass near eastern New possible in that area within 36 hours. displayed tattoos of a son Center Arms in flowers and pushed his swastika and a likeness of England. A tropical storm warning is in effect January 2007. Thompson way in, followed by two Kyle had top sustained winds near 75 from Port Clyde south to Cape Eliza- Adolph Hitler. The makes hunting rifles. accomplices. Police say criminal complaint also mph Saturday afternoon. The storm is beth, an area that includes Portland. Smith & Wesson President the trio forced the woman says Verhaagh remarked moving north in the open Atlantic at 23 At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm’s center was and CEO Michael F. into a bedroom and duct- that he did not like mph and could make landfall any- located about 315 miles west-north- Golden said on Thursday taped her, demanding where from Maine to Nova Scotia. west of Bermuda. people of other races. It that the reduction in money and jewelry. They says the black man was force is due to the current fled and police are still knocked to the floor and economic state of the looking for the suspects. Connecticut suburb of Oak Lawn say a damage inflicted by the nation. The layoffs injured his eye. Verhaagh middle school student remnants of Hurricane has been hospitalized Ike. Lake, LaPorte and signified roughly 18 OHIO pleaded not guilty Mon- Mother sentenced percent of Thompson day to battery as a hate with bacterial meningitis. Porter counties were New voters crime and as a repeat HARTFORD — A Center Arms work force, Superintendent Kathleen approved for aid earlier CLEVELAND — Newly offender and to disorderly Hartford woman who reducing the number of McCord of Oak Lawn- this week. Homeowners, registered Ohio voters are conduct. He is due back stabbed her three young Homewood School renters and businesses in workers at the factory to overwhelmingly coming in court Nov. 4. sons as they slept nearly roughly 360. District 123 says the the six counties can apply two years ago has been student, who was diag- for federal disaster aid for sentenced to 15 years in nosed Thursday, attends housing, home repairs, prison. Twenty-five-year- old Carmela Ortiz plead- ed guilty to attempted Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School. low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses I I i i i I and other aid. Much of murder and assault in Indiana the state suffered damage July and was sentenced starting Sept. 12 from Friday by Hartford Storm aid Superior Court Judge torrential rains that • INDIANAPOLIS — caused flooding and high David Gold. It’s still Federal officials have winds that knocked out unknown why Ortiz approved aid for Harri- power and damaged stabbed the boys, who son, Jefferson and Jen- homes and businesses. have all recovered and are nings counties in south- living with their paternal ern Indiana hard-hit by Michigan grandmother. storms that killed seven ol o people statewide. The aid Jobs lost Illinois approved by President DETROIT — A new Bush brings to six the report says Michigan has Meningitis case number of Indiana lost 315,200 manufactur- OAK LAWN — School counties approved for ing jobs during the last officials in the Chicago federal assistance for eight years — a 35.5 ko I | CANADIAN NEWS BRIEFS — from AP wire reports Molestation trial KELOWNA, B.C. — The lawyer for a daughter) was jealous of him,” said Butterfield. Sunday, Oct. 12 man accused of molesting two 11- year-old girls says the children made Oil dependence MONTREAL — Bloc Leader Gilles 1:00 - 4:00 pm the story up. Defence lawyer Oliver Butterfield made the statement as part Duceppe says he wants to reduce Quebec’s dependence on oil by half Free to the public of his closing argument in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday. He did not within 10 years. 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  • 9. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun NATIONAL NEWS H/D/E/N/C Front Page 9 | NATION Prime number VP: Second banana in a country of firsts unveiled at UCLA WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) — Beside a mighty river, LOS ANGELES — tucked away in the Mathematicians at shadow of a towering UCLA have discovered ribbon of asphalt that a 13 million-digit prime leads drivers into the number, a long-sought Lincoln Tunnel and milestone that makes Manhattan beyond, sits a them eligible for a plot of land notable $100,000 prize. because of a two-century- The group found the old event that, for most 46th known Mersenne Americans, is largely prime last month on a forgotten. network of 75 comput- Here, during an 1804 ers running Windows duel, Aaron Burr shot and XP. The number was killed the guy whose face AP FILE PHOTO verified by a different now decorates your $10 AP FILE PHOTO computer system In this Aug. 29file photo, Republican presidential candidate In this Aug. 23 file photo, Democratic presidential candi- bills — Alexander Hamil- Sen. John McCain, left, smiles as his choice for his vice running a different ton, the former Treasury date Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., and his vice presidential algorithm. running mate Sen. Joe Biden D-Del., appear together at apresidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, pumps Secretary. Burr was her fist as she is introduced to supporters at a campaign It’s the eighth Thomas Jefferson’s vice campaign stop in Springfield, Ill. rally in Dayton, Ohio. Mersenne prime president at the time, and point. Such has been, and that no one is quite cipher. By intent or Truman did, though it discovered at UCLA. his action remains the is, the lot of the American certain how to pet. It’s a neglect, it was built that took America a while to Primes are numbers highest-profile act ever vice president — sidekick, position that has been way from the beginning. recognize it. like three, seven and 11 committed by a sitting VP runner-up, constitutional largely meaningless until, And its occupants have Whether or not they that are divisible by short of actually becoming escape hatch, perennial in the most dire of cir- felt the effects. rose to the occasion, only two whole positive president. pretender to the throne in cumstances, it suddenly After William McKinley’s however, at least those numbers: themselves It’s as if Dick Cheney a country that doesn’t isn’t. assassination in 1901, guys are remembered. and one. had gunned down an have one. “I’m here,” he “He’s superfluous — Republicans were terrified Consider some of the Mersenne primes — armed Madeleine Albright has often seemed to say to until he’s president,” says that his raucous, brash men who held the job and named for their discov- in the parking lot of the no one in particular. Jeremy Lott, author of “The vice president would lead remained unelevated by erer, 17th century Fairfax Costco. Yet when “What is it exactly that Warm Bucket Brigade: The the country to ruin. either death or election: French mathematician the country’s No. 2 guy the VP does every day?” Story of the American Vice Theodore Roosevelt, we Daniel Tompkins (Mon- Marin Mersenne — are killed a rival founding Sarah Palin wondered Presidency.” now know, didn’t. “His roe), Hannibal Hamlin expressed as 2P-1, or father on the shores of the rhetorically in July after Indeed, despite Al Gore’s Accidency” John Tyler, (Lincoln’s first), Garret two to the power of “P” Hudson River and was being asked if she might high profile and Cheney’s Andrew Johnson and Hobart (McKinley’s first), minus one. P is itself a charged with murder, he be gunning for the job. behind-the-scenes Chester Arthur didn’t Thomas Marshall (Wil- prime number. For the still ended up as mere She was making a point. ministrations, the job for distinguish themselves as son). Now consider how new prime, P is historical footnote. The vice presidency has which Palin and Joe Biden well when their bosses many of those you’ve 43,112,609. Which is precisely the long been an odd beast are vying remains a expired in office. Harry actually heard of. Morning coffee is rude awakening CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — It wasn’t just Oil flowing from offshore spigot still years away the caffeine that gave WASHINGTON (AP) — some of the coastal waters the new budget year, oil oil exploration in the Gulf ment does next. an Iowa woman an The welcome sign is going off-limits? and gas companies are not of Mexico. Where the oil might be is extra jolt after she had out to oil and gas compa- For 26 years, Congress revving up their seismic The available data one big question. her morning coffee. It nies off the Atlantic and has issued an annual monitoring boats — much “shows good resources on The government’s was also the bat she Pacific coasts. directive barring the less their drilling rigs. both coasts,” Odum said estimates are 30 years old. found in the filter. A quarter-century ban Interior Department from “We do think ... the in a recent meeting with Modern 3-D seismic The Iowa Depart- on offshore exploration issuing any leases for oil reserves are significant, so reporters, adding that studies pinpointing where ment of Public Health expires in this coming and gas drilling in federal we’re very interested in other companies as well the oil lies will not be says the woman week, but don’t expect to waters on both coasts. It having those areas open as his own would be possible until the Interior reported a bat in her see a chain of drilling omitted the directive this for exploration,” said interested in pursing Department establishes house but wasn’t too platforms from the beach- time after public opinion Marvin Odum, president those areas. But he also leasing plans that include worried about it. 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  • 10. Front Page 10 H/D/E/N/C The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 NEWS ACROSS Radi of Las Vegas was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell, who also ordered had complained the limit favors smaller boats over larger vessels and they went to court to sparked outrage in this border city, where many thought the man should not have even been Virginia PORTSMOUTH — Public safety AMERICA Radi to pay nearly $41,000 in restitution. Prosecutors say Radi challenge it. charged. It took the jury of eight men and four women three officials wearing hazardous materials gear removed about 40 was an inmate at the Crossroads South Carolina hours Friday to find Jose Luis cats and a dog from a Portsmouth Alaska associated with the Kilauea Correctional Institution in Shelby Gonzalez, 63, not guilty of town house. Police came to the eruption. They said Friday that in March 2004 when he filed a COLUMBIA — News of South murdering Francisco Anguiano, home early Friday morning after PORTLAND — Alaska has normal trade winds are predicted tax return for a fellow inmate Carolina’s sputtering economy who was 13 when he and three getting a hang-up 911 call. Police received $19.6 million in federal to switch to southwesterly Kona listing wages from an employer prompted the state’s top budget friends broke into Gonzalez’s spokeswoman Ann Hope said grants to purchase and winds. The may cause vog the inmate did not work for. Radi writers Friday to begin planning trailer to rummage for snacks officers were overwhelmed by the redevelop foreclosed homes. conditions for communities required the inmate to buy items for targeted cuts in state and soda one night in July smell of cat feces and urine. That’s the same amount as located northeast of the volcano from the commissary for Radi as agencies’ spending, with no 2007. “I thank God and my Officers found two adults and one Oregon and Idaho got in the summit. The communities payment. promises to exempt public attorney, the jury and the judge,” 16-year-old upstairs asleep. Hope federal government’s program to include Volcano, Middle and schools or health care for the Gonzalez said in Spanish after said charges are pending. The blunt the effects of the national Upper Puna, Hilo, Hamakua and North Carolina poor. the verdict. “It was a case where city’s manager of code enforce- wave of foreclosures. Washington South Kohala. it was my life or theirs, and it’s a ment, Theeta Raynor, said the state got $28.2 million. Housing KILL DEVIL HILLS — Visitors will South Dakota very good thing that they (the property was condemned. and Urban Development Kentucky get in free this weekend at the jurors) decided in my favor.” Secretary Steve Preston says the Wright Brothers National PIERRE — It’s called the most Washington new program is meant to help SPRINGFIELD — A couple in Memorial and other national challenging human endurance Utah communities facing the greatest central Kentucky will soon have park sites on North Carolina’s competition in the world and it’s EVERETT — A worker has died need in the midst of the scientific proof of whether their Outer Banks. The National Park coming to South Dakota next SALT LAKE CITY — State after being pinned against a foreclosure crisis. yard is the final resting place of Service says Saturday’s free summer. The state will host the lawmakers cut $272 million in chain-link fence by a 1,000- hundreds of civil war dead. Ben admission is to celebrate the sixth Primal Quest that entails government spending Friday, pound crate full of glass south of Arizona Breeding, owner of the old Jack 15th annual National Public teams of four people racing racing to meet a constitutional Everett. Firefighters say the Arnold House in Washington Lands Day. Superintendent Mike without support crews over 600 requirement to balance the accident happened Friday evening TUCSON — Tucson police say a County, already has all the Murray of the Cape Hatteras miles through the Badlands and budget before the state went in while the 35-year-old man was couple were critically hurt late evidence he needs though. The National Seashore said free Black Hills. The 10-day competi- the red amid a stumbling working at a manufacturing plant. Friday when they were attacked house was a hospital during the admission on Sunday is in honor tion starts Aug. 15, right after the economy. Nearly every state Snohomish County Fire District 1 by three young men and a civil war, says Ben, wife Susan of newly naturalized citizens Sturgis motorcycle rally. agency except public education spokeswoman Leslie Hynes says woman who invaded their home Breeding, and Sherry Robinson, Officials said fees aren’t waived Organizers say it will involve the will receive a 3 percent budget he and some other workers were and savagely beat them. The 42- a Kentucky Division officer for for permits, camping and traditional adventure racing skills cut to make up for the projected moving the heavy crate when it year-old woman who was the United Daughters of the lighthouse tours. of trekking, mountain biking, revenue shortfall. The cuts toppled onto him. attacked has severe head Confederacy. The (Danville) orienteering, swimming and include reduced funding for injuries. Her 58-year-old Advocate-Messenger reports that Oklahoma paddling. But competitors will Medicaid, the arts and services West Virginia husband suffered two broken Ben and Susan believe more also have to explore caves, for people with disabilities. arms and a broken neck. Both than 300 civil war graves and TULSA — The Tulsa County ascend and rappel spires and Some open positions in the CHARLESTON — The federal are hospitalized in critical some human limbs are buried Sheriff’s Office finds itself caught rely more on navigation than Highway Patrol and state prison government is making a three- condition. Sgt. Fabian Pacheco around their property. The in a flap between the county and previous races. They’ll also run system also won’t be filled while year commitment to a new says in a statement that the Breedings and Robinson believe the city of Tulsa over plans to with buffalo herds and share the others will be eliminated. public transit service between couple’s 1-year-old daughter was limbs were tossed over the porch charge the city $54.13 a day for trails with deer, prairie dogs and West Virginia’s two largest cities. unhurt. after surgery. municipal inmates held at the other animals. Vermont The federal grant will pay 100 county jail. The city is threatening percent of the cost for a bus Colorado Minnesota to stop providing services, Tennessee ARLINGTON — Officials say the route between Huntington and including radio and criminal trout population is rebounding Charleston the first year. There COLORADO SPRINGS — One DULUTH — Minnesota Attorney records services, if the county GATLINBURG — Bears have on the Batten Kill, a world will be a matching requirement person is missing and eight General Lori Swanson is taking a requires direct payments. interfered with the reintroduction famous trout stream in for the next two years, with the townhouses are gutted following strong stand against Minnesota Undersheriff Brian Edwards said of the native Southern southern Vermont. Cynthia federal grant paying 80 percent an early morning blaze in Power’s proposed electrical rate Friday that the radio and Appalachian brook trout into Browning, executive director of of the costs and the state paying Colorado Springs. Lieutenant increases. Swanson says families criminal records services should streams in the Great Smoky the Batten Kill Watershed the rest. The funds are through David Whitlock of the Colorado are already being “squeezed like not be made a part of the Mountains National Park. Hungry, Alliance, says results from a the Congestion Mitigation and Air Springs Police Departments says never before” by the rising cost negotiations on a jail agreement. curious bears got to baskets with July census show the number of Quality Improvement Program, rescuers are still searching for of gas, food and health care. fish in them. Despite the newly hatched trout has grown which is overseen by the U.S the person unaccounted for She says this isn’t the time for a Oregon interference, biologists have from 35 to 75 along a 500-feet Department of Transportation’s among dozens of people utility rate increase. completed the first phase of the of the river. Browning says the Federal Highway Administration. displaced by the fire. Whitlock PORTLAND — There won’t be a planned reintroduction of the number of yearling trout — a The project is a joint effort would not say whether the Mississippi pot for every crab off the coast brook trout into several streams key element to measure the between Charleston’s Kanawha missing person is an adult or of Oregon. The Oregon Court of in the Tremont area of the park. river’s health — has grown 700 Valley Regional Transportation whether investigators believe the JACKSON — Residents in three Appeals has upheld the state From Sept. 7-19, the park closed percent from 10 to 35 fish in Authority and Huntington’s Tri- person may have perished. The Mississippi counties — Hancock, limit on the number of crab pots an 8-mile segment of streams in part of the river. State Transportation Authority. fire broke out just after 2 a.m. Harrison and Washington — have for commercial fishermen set by order to poison nonnative fish in Saturday. 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  • 11. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun TRAVEL/HEALTH NEWS H/D/E/N/C Front Page 11 Bridge with a view: Ghana’s primeval forest KAKUM NATIONAL PARK, Ghana (AP) — This IF YOU GO primeval forest in south- KAKUM NATIONAL PARK: Open 7:30 a.m.- ern Ghana boasts 300 3:30 p.m. The canopy walk species of birds, unique for tourists is $9, with monkeys and the highly discounts for students and endangered forest ele- locals. GETTING THERE: phant and bongo ante- Kakum is a two-hour drive lope. from the Ghanaian capital, But the only wildlife I Accra. Cars can be hired in the capital for about saw was one very long $140 round trip, slightly worm. more for a van that carries The tropical rain forest up to 10 people. of Kakum National Park is CLIMATE: Ghana is an equatorial tropical country so thick that light barely with roughly year-round breaks through the temperatures of 80-90 treetops. Spotting animals, degrees. The rainy season in the south is April-July often shy night-wanderers, and September-November. is an uncommon joy, won MEDICAL: A yellow with great patience and fever vaccination is luck. required for entry, and you may be asked to show Regrettably, the group of certification. It’s prudent to visitors that I was part of take anti-malaria pills and had neither. mosquito protection. Kakum’s “canopy walk” tries to better the odds of grow, but also has glimpsing the park’s leery increased conflict between inhabitants. man and animal, especial- The rope bridge sus- ly the elephant whose pended 100-110 feet off AP PHOTO numbers have increased the forest floor yields an by nearly 10 percent to at This primeval forest in southern Ghana boasts 300 species of birds, unique monkeys and the highly endangered forest extraordinary sweep of elephant and bongo antelope. least 206 since 2000, says nature from what feels like Daniel Ewur, the park just below cloud level. of wood underpinned by a rustle of unseen monkeys people, often described as their hopes of starting an manager. A 20-minute climb from few steel bars and a scampering among the one of the safest and eco-tourist business. Smaller than the familiar the reception and restau- netting of rope separating limbs of ebony and friendliest in Africa. Long ago, the villagers Savannah elephant, the rant area on a trail through you from the abyss. mahogany trees, their Around Kakum’s edges brought down the massive forest dweller is still a the dank thicket takes you The thrill of skywalking crowns highlighted in the are villages like Afiaso, a trees to clear the land for healthy eater, and occa- up 600 feet to the edge of can be tempered for an late afternoon sunlight. hamlet of thatched-roof cocoa plants. Until the sionally ventures outside the valley. acrophobe like me, who is Kakum, which became a huts lacking electricity and park was created, ending the park to forage in Along the way, our forest reluctant to even board a national park in 1990, is a sanitation and one the relentless stripping of agricultural fields. officer may point out Ferris wheel. Knowing that 135 square mile remnant concrete building — the the forest, the men would Chief Ababio said he some of the trees and their there is nothing to fear of the vast forest that once schoolhouse. Cocoa hunt game and conduct doesn’t regret the loss of medicinal properties, a does little to settle nerves stretched near the Atlantic beans, the main source of ancient tribal rituals at hunting rights and is brief taste of a two-hour or steady shaky knees. Ocean shore of West income for the 620 resi- revered forest shrines happy that the children guided tour that is avail- But with a deep breath Africa, from Guinea dents, are arrayed in the under the boughs. will grow up seeing able separately. and a determined look through Sierra Leone, sun on wooden platforms The protection of the animals that otherwise The guide can tell you, ahead (not down), I Liberia, and Ivory Coast in various stages of drying. forest has allowed the might vanish from the for example, about the walked the plank and and Ghana. Afiaso is off the tourist wildlife population to earth. strange Kantun tree, with pulled myself along the Today, 90 percent of track on the western side its roots exposed above the rope handrails to the first Ghana’s rain forest is gone, of the park, but the ground like a coat rack: wooden platform, a felled for agriculture and villagers were expecting The bark is good for circular treehouse that mining. Kakum stands us. pregnancy, the leaves are serves as a way station on amid small plots of maize, A troop of girls wearing pain killers, the leaf bark the 1,000-foot-long cocoa, cassava and palm bright wraparound skirts sap counteracts parasitic walkway. oil, and tracks of degraded and beaded necklaces, infections, and the tree sap The bridge gives a little scrub land that were their bodies streaked in can be an antidote for bounce and sways a bit as farmed and abandoned ash, performed a tradi- food poisoning. you walk unsteadily when the soil became tional dance to a drum- The brief lecture serves through the V-shaped side depleted. beat pounded out by half a as chance to catch your netting and on to the next The park has 100,000 dozen teenage boys. breath from the climb — of the six platforms. visitors a year. Half are Chief Nana Opare but it is soon to be lost But this is more than an Ghanaian and about a Ababio and the village again in the breathtaking amusement park ride. It’s a quarter are expatriates elders, dressed in ceremo- view from the canopy tiny window on the Earth working here and their nial togas and regally walk. as it was before man visitors. A few thousand seated on plastic chairs, AP PHOTO At the top of the ridge started fiddling with it. are tourists who come to greeted us under a tree Visitors walk along the canopy walk, a series of foot bridges you step onto the bridge, From all around come this English-speaking and talked about the suspended 30 meters in the air over the treetops, in Kakum with only a narrow plank the calls of birds and the country of 23 million forest, its wildlife, and National Park, Ghana on Sunday. Fluids can ward off kidney stones 332639 $399 361291 V 5 or 6 Days from I A Great Cruise & Tour;.New Years eve DEAR DR. DONOHUE: around 2 quarts (about 2 syndrome answers 1 1 ? I am a 43-year-old male Dr. liters). 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  • 12. Front Page 12 H/D/E/N/C NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 | WORLD Chicago Muslims devastated by investment scam Car bomb kills CHICAGO (AP) — “You trust your fellow 17 in Syria Between the prayers that man and then he does fill the holy month of such a thing,” said Mah- DAMASCUS, Syria Ramadan, during the long mood. “It’s disturbing.” — A brazen car bomb- fasts that stretch from He will now have to ing near Syrian security dawn to dusk, Muslims work two jobs to keep his offices killed 17 people have been meeting to daughters in school. Saturday, the deadliest discuss the disappearance Many believe Ibrahim attack in decades that of Salman Ibrahim. and his family have raised questions about The respected business- returned to his native the regime’s usually man persuaded up to 200 Pakistan. strong grip as the Pakistani and Indian Sunrise’s Devon Avenue country tries to boost immigrants to contribute offices are closed. The its international profile. their savings and mort- director of the Illinois The explosion came gage their homes to Securities Department only hours after Syria’s finance real estate deals. said the company doesn’t foreign minister held a But Ibrahim vanished in have a lawyer. No one rare meeting in New August, leaving his responded to a telephone York with his American investors with losses that message left by The counterpart, Secretary could total $50 million — Associated Press at of State Condoleezza in some cases their life’s Ibrahim’s last known Rice. savings. residence or at the home State-run television “The scale of impact of Sunrise’s senior vice said a car packed with that this stands to have on AP PHOTO president, Amjed Mah- an estimated 440 a lot of people in the Rafi Mohammed, left, talks to Ali Akbar at Akbar's convenience store in Chicago on mood. No phone number pounds of explosives South Asian and Muslim Tuesday. Residents in this Muslim community are talking about the disappearance of could be located for blew up on a road on communities is potential- developer Salman Ibrahim, a well-respected businessman who persuaded up to 200 senior vice president the capital’s southern ly very drastic,” said Pakistani and Indian immigrants to contribute their savings and mortgage their homes to Mohammad Akbar Zahid. outskirts, wounding finance real estate deals before vanishing in August leaving investors with losses that attorney Salman Azam, could total $50 million. The state Securities dozens and shattering who filed a petition last Department took steps car and apartment week to force Ibrahim’s him,” Ali Akbar said from condominium building borrow $200,000 against Wednesday to safeguard windows. The charred company, Sunrise Equi- behind the counter of his and a 52-unit, mixed-use his home, Mahmood said. investors’ money by booby-trapped car sat ties Inc., into bankruptcy. convenience store. “He building under construc- In return, Ibrahim gave suspending Sunrise’s in the street near a “There are a lot of very, was a very pious man.” tion on the near west side. Mahmood an unsecured rights to buy and sell primary school. very sad stories and dire Perhaps most signifi- Fazal Mahmood, an promissory note, which assets. Director Tanya The blast knocked financial situations.” cant to investors: Ibrahim engineer from suburban Sunrise was not licensed Solov said her office may down part of a 13-foot- But it’s the loss of trust was a member of the Des Plaines, invested to issue. work with Attorney high wall surrounding a that has really shaken Shariah Board of America, $50,000 around 2004 after An unsecured note General Lisa Madigan or security service com- people along Devon a Devon-based group of a friend on Devon Avenue serves as proof of an the U.S. Attorneys’ office plex that houses several Avenue on Chicago’s Islamic clerics who advise told him Ibrahim was an investment but doesn’t to pursue criminal buildings in the Sidi North Side, home to one Muslim investors. The upstanding community provide collateral, so charges against Ibrahim Kadad neighborhood. of North America’s largest board certified Sunrise as member whose invest- investors had no recourse or Sunrise. Syrian Interior South Asian communities. conforming to an Islamic ments made good profits. after Ibrahim disap- If Ibrahim did make off Minister Bassam Ibrahim lived in the law, or Shariah, that Mahmood, a 52-year-old peared, said Azam, the with investors’ money, he Abdul-Majid called the neighborhood lined with prohibits Muslims from Pakistani immigrant, met investors’ attorney. wouldn’t be the first to bombing a “terrorist South Asian groceries and earning interest on Ibrahim and liked him. During a meeting in take advantage of reli- act.” He said all the businesses — where men investments. “He seemed like a good, August, Ibrahim told gious ties. victims were civilians, wear knee-length shirts Instead of interest, dependable man,” said about 50 investors, Among recent cases: although at least one of and caps, most women Sunrise Equities paid Mahmood, who wanted including Mahmood, that Last month, the federal the injured was a traffic cover their heads and dividends in lump sums. to earn money for his two banks were demanding $1 Security and Exchange policeman. Hindi and Urdu are The firm was founded daughters’ tuition to million more from him. Commission sued owners spoken as often as Eng- in 2001 and developed, private colleges. The investors decided to of a Chicago-based real Market blast lish. He wore a beard and managed and sold For three years he chip in and help Ibrahim, estate firm for allegedly kills one in India traditional dress, and properties throughout received an 18 percent Mahmood said. A few misappropriating $255 attended the local Jame Chicago. Its projects return, as Ibrahim had weeks later, Mahmood million from about 1,200 NEW DELHI — An Masjid mosque. included an unfinished promised. Last year, learned that Ibrahim had investors, many of them explosion at a crowded “Everyone here knows 12-story West Loop Ibrahim persuaded him to disappeared. Orthodox Jews. flower market in the Indian capital Saturday Chinese cheer as astronauts make spacewalk killed a 13-year-old boy and injured 17 others, police said. Seven of the wound- BEIJING (AP) — Chinese out of the open hatch. combined effects of Following the spacewalk, zhou 5, in 2003, becoming ed were hospitalized in celebrated their nation’s Fellow astronaut Liu weightlessness and the astronauts released an only the third country after critical condition, said first spacewalk Saturday, Boming also emerged depressurization on the 88-pound satellite to circle Russia and the United Sanjeev, a spokesman gathering at outdoor TV briefly from the capsule to hatch opening operation the orbiter and send back States to launch a man into for the state-run All screens to cheer live video hand Zhai a Chinese flag. hadn’t been fully anticipat- images to mission control. space. That was followed by India Institute For of the milestone for a The third crew member, ed. He blamed a faulty The spacewalk was an a two-man mission in 2005. Medical Sciences. program that has ambi- Jing Haipeng, monitored sensor for the fire alarm. opening step for China’s Along with challenging “The boy was brought tions of building a space the ship from inside the re- “There were be no plan to assemble a space Russia and the U.S., the dead to the hospital,” station and challenging the entry module. impact on the rest of the station from two Shenzhou spacewalk ups the ante in Sanjeev told reporters. U.S. and Russia in offworld While successful, the mission,” Wang said. orbital modules, the next China’s competition with He uses one name. exploration. spacewalk wasn’t without The spacewalk required major goal of the manned Asia’s other aspiring space No one has so far Stoking national pride its anxious moments. astronauts to first depres- space program. China is powers, Japan and India. claimed responsibility one month after the close Zhai, a 41-year-old surize and then repressur- also pursuing lunar China’s advances have for the explosion in New of the Beijing Olympics, fighter pilot, appeared to ize the orbital module and exploration and may spurred space spending Delhi’s Mehrauli area. state television’s coverage struggle with the hatch proved the effectiveness of attempt to land a man on by those two nations, An eyewitness said he reflected much of the glory and then a fire alarm was Zhai’s Feitian space suit, the moon in the next partly for bragging rights saw two young men on onto president and triggered in the orbiter as produced by China at a decade — possibly ahead but also in search of a motorbike leaving a Communist Party leader he began the spacewalk. cost of $4.4 million. Liu of NASA’s 2020 target date economic benefits such as packet outside a shop. Hu Jintao, who was Wang Zhaoyao, deputy wore a nearly identical for returning to the moon. a bigger slice of the It exploded as the present at Thursday’s director of manned space Russian-made Orlan suit, China launched its first commercial satellite teenage boy picked it launch and watched the flight, conceded the state media said. manned mission, Shen- launching business. up, CNN-IBN television spacewalk at Beijing’s channel reported. ground control center. 4.40 “Your success represents Pakistani PM: a new breakthrough in our manned space program,” % APY* People oppose militants Hu told the astronauts in a ISLAMABAD, Pak- istan — The prime scripted exchange that was also broadcast live. “The motherland and BANKUNITED 9 to 12-Month CD minister insisted the people thank you,” said CD SPECIALS 4.60 $5,000 minimum deposit Saturday that Pakistanis Hu, who is chairman of the are increasingly sup- powerful Communist Party % porting military action against Islamic extrem- and government military committees that oversee PICK YOUR TERM APY* ists, while authorities the space program. reported that an The spacewalk was offensive in a north- mainly aimed at testing 18 to 25-Month CD western tribal area China’s mastery of the $5,000 minimum deposit killed 16 more suspect- technology. 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  • 13. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun WORLD NEWS H/D/E/N/C Front Page 13 Scholars hunt for missing pages in ancient Bible JERUSALEM (AP) — A effort. He would say only bear an inscription no idea of the value of It was edited by a end of a centuries-long quest is under way on four that the search is being warning that it “may not what they own. renowned scholar of the process that created the continents to find the carried out in North, be sold.” The Codex, on 491 time, Aaron Ben-Asher. Its final text of the Hebrew missing pages of one of South and Central Ameri- Some people might be parchment pages about 12 completion marked the Bible. the world’s most impor- ca, Israel and England, superstitious about the inches by 10 inches, was tant holy texts, the 1,000- and that success appeared fragments they hold, or transcribed sometime year-old Hebrew Bible within reach. believe they are rightfully around 930 A.D. by known as the Crown of Aleppo. “If there is a possibility, as the rumors say, that the property of Aleppo Jews, not of scholars. Shlomo Ben Boya’a, a scribe in Tiberias on the Belkis Raquel Cepero, MD Crusaders held it for there are not only small Others might simply have banks of the Sea of Galilee. has joined the practice of ransom, fire almost fragments but also entire Helgemo & Liou Pediatrics destroyed it and it was sections, that is extremely reputedly smuggled across Mideast borders hidden in exciting,” said Adolfo Roitman, the Israel Muse- ATTENTION Accepting CANDIDATES! a washing machine. But in um curator in charge of the 1958, when it finally manuscript. “We’re missing New Patients Belkis Raquel Cepero, MD reached Israel, 196 pages entire books — most of the were missing — about 40 five Books of Moses, except percent of the total — and for some Old Testament for a few pages, and we have no Book of Esther, no Helgemo & Liou Pediatrics scholars they have Book of Daniel.” We are committed to serving your children’s healthcare needs. become a kind of holy He, like most other grail. scholars involved, has met Ml; •^Af f -? Researchers represent- people who know of ing the manuscript’s people who supposedly custodian in Jerusalem now say they have leads have pages. But the leads invariably end with people Yvur? on some of the missing pages and are nearer their who refuse to talk. Each page is priceless, Messagar• goal of making the manu- but money wouldn’t be an Out ;EA RL 356539 script whole again. issue for most Aleppo Jews The Crown, known in because anyone traffick- Contact John Green English as the Aleppo Codex, may not be as ing in such holy relics could be banished by the Your Charlotte Sun Political SUN (941) 629-4464 2040-C Tamiami Trail, Port Charlottte, FL 33948 344863 famous as the Dead Sea community, Roitman said. Advertising Account Executive Char lott e • DeSao NEWSPAPERS • Englewood • North Pon • Venice Scrolls. But to many Some of the Crown’s pages at 206-1220 America's BEST Community Daily TM scholars it is even more important, because it is considered the definitive edition of the Bible for Jewry worldwide. The key to finding the { pages is thought to lie with the insular diaspora of Jews originating in Aleppo, Syria, where the manuscript resided in a synagogue’s iron chest for centuries. I . m' F r ., A turning point in its history came three days after the U.N. passed the i 1947 resolution to grant Israel statehood, provok- ing a Syrian mob to burn down the synagogue. Aleppo’s Jews rescued the Codex, but in the ensuing years the 10,000-strong community was uprooted and scattered around the world. • RegaL Pak'6 Kteidklq Rats 4 M I I Scholars believe that Aleppo Jews still hold many of the missing pages, while others have fallen into the hands of antiquities dealers. Two Our affordable mont hly fea :incfud es a complete . fragments have already ran ge of services ta llore i to :your needs: . surfaced: a full page in 1982, and a smaller piece last year that had been Delicious and h qbitlOUs Chef-prepar ed,"" Served :Rastaura ft 14 .style carried for decades by a . housekeeping & Linen Service- . '-.l able•Television -.. Fu ll.Social Calendar Brooklyn man, Sam Sabbagh, as a good-luck • ExerciseProgra ms & Clubs * Abundant . Recreationa l A4ivitie + Tr ansportati on- to.Laval Medical. Offices, charm. Persistent rumors tell of more waiting to be Shoeing .& Entert airHnetrt Momel found. When the Codex reached Israel 50 years ago it was presented to Izhak Royal Pal m offers your choice of carefr ee lifestyles: Ben-Zvi, the country’s president and a scholar of Independent Living • Assisted Living • Personal Care • Short -Term Stays • Senior Day Program Jewish communities in the Islamic world. Although fj the manuscript is housed at the Israel Museum with DY Ass isted Living Facil ity 03915 the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Ben-Zvi Institute founded 2500 Aaron St., Port Charlotte ,FL 33952 by the late president remains its legal custodian and is behind the new search. (941) 627-6762 Past efforts, including Retirement Centre Visitus online: www.ass istedsen some by Israeli diplomats and Mossad secret service agents, came up against a a CeMbfeoNawsl 100, f wall of silence in the Aleppo community. The new search has recruited a small group of Aleppo Jews, better able to win the community’s trust, ^y and has yielded informa- tion on the whereabouts of specific pieces and on the people who are holding them, said Zvi Zameret, the Ben-Zvi Institute’s director. “Only someone who believes that this manu- script is one of the foun- dation stones of the 337819 people of Israel, someone whose goal is not to get rich — only such a person can make progress,” he 344183 said. He divulged few details lest he compromise the
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  • 15. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun WORLD NEWS H/D/E/N/C Front Page 15 US destroyer watches hijacked ship off Somalia MOGADISHU, Somalia Europe to the Middle the pirates. country that has been The USS Howard’s Web international criminals, (AP) — A U.S. destroyer East. It was ambushed On Thursday, pirates without a functioning site says it is equipped for pirates and terrorists.” off the coast of Somalia Friday in the Gulf of seized the Ukrainian ship government since 1991. combat operations at sea Ukraine’s Foreign closed in Saturday on a Aden, said Noel Choong, Faina en route to Kenya A U.S. defense official with surface-to-air Ministry said the Kenyan hijacked Ukrainian ship who heads the Interna- with 33 Russian-built T-72 said the destroyer USS missiles, Tomahawk Defense Department was loaded with tanks and tional Maritime Bureau’s tanks and a substantial Howard is pursuing the cruise missiles, antisub- using its contacts to try to ammunition, watching it piracy reporting center quantity of ammunition hijacked Ukrainian vessel marine rockets, torpe- resolve the problem. It to ensure the pirates who based in Malaysia. He and spare parts. Russia’s and is now within a few does, and a five-inch said Kenyan authorities seized it do not try to said pirates chased and navy said Friday it had thousand yards of it. The rapid-fire deck gun. were sharing information remove any cargo or crew. fired at the ship before dispatched a warship to hijacked ship is anchored Kenyan government with Somalia, Ukraine, As Russian and Ameri- boarding it. the area, and the United a few miles off the Soma- spokesman Alfred Mutua Russia, the U.S. and can ships pursued the In Somalia, a man States said American naval lia coast, said the official said the Faina had not yet Britain in an effort to hijackers of the Ukrain- claiming to be ships were tracking the who spoke on condition docked at any port and secure the swift release of ian-operated vessel, spokesman of the pirates Ukrainian ship with of anonymity due to the was still at sea. the ship and its crew. pirates seized another holding the Ukrainian special concern because sensitive nature of the Kenya “is not aware of A man who spoke to the ship off Somalia’s coast, ship said the hijackers of the weaponry on board. situation. any credible (ransom) Associated Press in an international anti- want $35 million to The hijackings were the The destroyer is watch- demand being made,” Somalia by telephone and piracy group said. release the vessel. But latest in a series of ing to make sure the Mutua said in statement claimed to be a The Greek tanker with a there was no way to audacious maritime pirates do not try to on his Web site. He said spokesman for the pirates crew of 19 is carrying immediately verify his attacks off the coast of remove anything, the Kenya “does not and will said they were seeking a refined petroleum from claim that he represented Somalia, a war-torn official added. not negotiate with ransom. 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  • 16. Front Page 16 H/D/E/N/C WEATHER / TV LISTINGS The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 TODAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY THE NATION -10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s Five-day forecast Seattle provided by WINK-TV Cloudy with scattered Mostly cloudy, Variable clouds with Morning rain then Mostly sunny, drier. 71/48 rain. scattered rain. thunderstorms clearing. channel 11/cable Billings 73/47 Minneapolis channel 5. Tune in 85° / 73° 86° / 73° 85° / 74° 86° / 73° 89° / 69° 73/58 Detroit 74/53 Jim Farrell at 6 and 11 p.m. 60% chance of rain 70% chance of rain 70% chance of rain 40% chance of rain 0% chance of rain San Francisco Chicago 71/50 New York 76/64 78/57 Denver 89/47 CONDITIONS TODAY AIRPORT Plant City Kansas City 83/61 Washington 81/64 UV Index and RealFeel Temperature® Today Possible weather-related delays today. Check with Clearwater 87/70 your airline for the most updated schedules. Winter Haven 87/72 87/71 Los Angeles Hi/Lo Outlook Delays Tampa Brandon 88/62 Atlanta Ft. Myers 87/73 storms all day possible 88/71 87/71 83/64 5 5 Sarasota 87/72 storms all day possible Bartow 2 3 El Paso 0 0 88/69 85/60 SUN AND MOON Shown are noon posi- Houston 76 83 94 95 90 84 St. Petersburg 87/60 8 a.m. 10 a.m. Noon 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. The Sun Rise Set 87/72 Apollo Beach tions of weather systems Miami 88/71 Ft. Meade The higher the UV Index™ number, the Today 7:20 a.m. 7:18 p.m. 88/70 and precipitation. Temperature 86/76 greater the need for eye and skin protection. 0-2 Low; 3-5 Monday 7:20 a.m. 7:17 p.m. bands are highs for the day. Moderate; 6-7 High; 8-10 Very High; 11+ Extreme. The Moon Rise Set Fronts Precipitation RealFeel Temperature is the exclusive composite of effective temperature based on eight weather Today 6:35 a.m. 6:47 p.m. factors. Monday 7:32 a.m. 7:18 p.m. Wauchula Cold Warm Stationary Showers T-storms Rain Flurries Snow Ice New First Full Last Bradenton 87/69 AIR QUALITY INDEX 83/74 Today Mon. Today Mon. Air Quality Index readings as of Saturday City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Longboat Key Myakka City Limestone Albuquerque 81 55 s 81 53 s Jackson, MS 85 59 s 85 58 s 42 81/74 88/70 87/69 Anchorage 50 36 pc 47 38 pc Kansas City 83 61 s 79 54 t Sep 29 Oct 7 Oct 14 Oct 21 Sarasota Atlanta 83 64 pc 83 62 pc Knoxville 78 58 pc 81 55 s 0 50 100 150 200 300 500 87/72 Baltimore 76 62 c 79 56 s Las Vegas 98 71 s 98 74 s 0-50 Good; 51-100 Moderate; 101-150 Unhealthy for sensitive groups; 151-200 Unhealthy; 201-300 SOLUNAR TABLE Osprey Arcadia Billings 73 47 s 81 49 s Los Angeles 88 62 pc 86 62 pc Very Unhealthy; 301-500 Hazardous Minor Major Minor Major Birmingham 83 60 pc 84 57 s Louisville 80 58 s 82 58 pc 83/73 88/69 Boise 85 52 s 88 58 s Memphis 83 63 s 86 64 s Main pollutant: ozone Today 5:10a 11:21a 5:32p 11:43p Mon. 5:53a 12:04p 6:15p ---- Venice Boston 70 62 r 74 55 pc Milwaukee 64 50 pc 69 51 c Source: 85/72 North Port Hull Buffalo 68 53 pc 66 49 pc Minneapolis 73 58 pc 69 46 pc Tue. 6:38a 12:25a 7:00p 12:23p Shown is today’s weather. 88/69 Temperatures are today’s 87/71 Burlington, VT 72 56 r 69 49 pc Montgomery 86 62 pc 88 62 pc POLLEN INDEX The solunar period schedule allows planning days highs and tonight’s lows. Charleston, WV 76 57 pc 78 53 pc Nashville 83 58 s 84 59 s Pollen Index readings as of Saturday so you will be fishing in good territory or hunting Port Charlotte in good cover during those times. Major periods 85/73 Charlotte 80 60 pc 83 59 s New Orleans 85 69 s 87 68 s Trees absent begin at the times shown and last for 1.5 to 2 Englewood Chicago 71 50 pc 73 52 c New York City 76 64 c 74 60 pc Grass absent hours. The minor periods are shorter. 86/73 Cincinnati 79 53 s 80 54 pc Norfolk, VA 81 66 c 75 62 s Weeds 15 Gulf Water Punta Gorda Cleveland 71 55 pc 70 50 pc Oklahoma City 90 59 s 88 58 s Molds 7766 TIDES Temperature Placida 87/72 Columbia, SC 84 62 pc 86 62 s Omaha 82 57 pc 76 49 pc 87/72 Columbus, OH 76 55 pc 78 55 pc Philadelphia 78 64 c 79 58 pc absent low moderate high very high High Low High Low Source: National Allergy Bureau Punta Gorda 81° Boca Grande Concord, NH Dallas 69 57 r 90 62 s 73 48 pc Phoenix 90 64 s Pittsburgh 101 76 s 101 75 s 72 54 pc 74 54 pc Today 3:07a 9:30a 3:34p 9:49p 83/76 Denver 89 47 s 78 48 s Portland, ME 72 58 r 73 50 pc ALMANAC Mon. 3:19a 10:10a 4:19p 10:07p Forecasts and graphics, except for the Fort Myers Des Moines 78 59 pc 72 50 t Portland, OR 83 51 s 89 56 s Punta Gorda through 5 p.m. Saturday Englewood Detroit 74 53 pc 74 56 pc Providence 74 61 r 73 56 pc WINK-TV 5-day forecast, provided by 87/73 Temperatures Today 1:44a 7:46a 2:11p 8:05p AccuWeather, Inc. ©2008 Duluth 61 46 pc 59 43 c Raleigh 83 62 pc 83 59 s High/Low 87°/68° Mon. 1:56a 8:26a 2:56p 8:23p Cape Coral Lehigh Acres Fairbanks 39 25 pc 45 26 s Salt Lake City 85 56 s 84 58 s Normal High/Low 89°/71° Boca Grande 86/73 86/73 Fargo 72 46 t 63 42 pc St. Louis 81 60 s 83 59 t Record High 94° (2002) Today 12:49a 6:07a 1:16p 6:26p Hartford 73 59 c 75 52 pc San Antonio 90 60 s 88 61 s Record Low 65° (1997) Mon. 1:01a 6:47a 2:01p 6:44p MARINE Helena 76 41 s 83 42 s San Diego 74 66 pc 74 66 pc Precipitation (in inches) Wind Speed Seas Bay/Inland Sanibel Honolulu 87 72 s 88 74 s San Francisco 78 57 s 83 58 s El Jobean Houston 87 60 s 88 62 s Seattle 71 48 s 81 53 s 24 hours through 5 p.m. Saturday 0.00” direction in knots in feet chop 84/76 Today 3:39a 9:59a 4:06p 10:18p Indianapolis 79 56 s 79 57 pc Washington, DC 81 64 c 78 62 s Month to date 3.44” Mon. 3:51a 10:39a 4:51p 10:36p Cape Sable to Tarpon Springs Bonita Springs Normal month to date 6.23” E 3-6 1-2 Light 87/73 Venice WORLD CITIES Year to date 42.52” Tarpon Springs to Apalachicola Normal year to date 42.48” Today 12:26p 6:25a --- 6:44p Mon. 12:11a 7:05a 1:11p 7:02p NE 4-8 1-3 Light Today Mon. Today Mon. Record 6.30” (1997) City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Amsterdam 63 48 pc 59 50 sh Mexico City 72 45 t 72 45 t MONTHLY RAINFALL FLORIDA CITIES Baghdad 89 58 s 88 59 s Montreal 70 57 r 70 54 pc Month 2008 2007 Avg. Record/Year Today Mon. Today Mon. Today Mon. Beijing 70 50 s 80 56 s Ottawa 70 52 c 69 50 pc Jan. 1.61 1.01 2.21 7.07/1979 City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Berlin 64 45 pc 58 39 c Paris 70 41 s 70 49 s Feb. 1.72 1.28 2.32 11.05/1983 Apalachicola 85 63 pc 84 67 pc Key West 88 78 t 87 79 t Pompano Beach 85 74 t 87 76 t Buenos Aires 70 57 pc 66 55 r Regina 62 37 pc 68 43 pc Mar. 3.04 0.06 2.73 9.26/1970 Apr. 3.98 1.30 1.70 5.80/1994 Bradenton 83 74 pc 84 71 t Kissimmee 88 71 pc 87 72 t St. Augustine 84 66 pc 83 70 t Cairo 91 71 s 93 71 s Rio de Janeiro 71 65 t 72 66 pc May 1.22 0.83 3.15 9.45/1991 Clearwater 87 72 pc 87 74 t Lakeland 87 70 pc 88 70 t St. Petersburg 87 72 pc 87 73 t Calgary 61 40 s 71 44 s Rome 72 55 pc 72 54 s Jun. 6.60 3.75 8.45 23.99/1974 Coral Springs 85 74 t 88 77 t Melbourne 83 71 t 86 72 t Sanford 87 69 pc 88 71 t Cancun 86 75 t 90 75 t St. John’s 72 52 s 68 52 c Jul. 12.38 5.72 7.78 14.22/1995 Daytona Beach 85 68 pc 86 69 t Miami 86 76 t 89 76 t Sarasota 87 72 t 86 71 t Dublin 59 45 pc 56 49 c San Juan 90 76 t 90 77 t Aug. 8.53 6.62 7.82 15.60/1995 Fort Lauderdale 85 76 t 87 78 t Naples 87 74 t 88 73 t Tallahassee 88 62 pc 89 62 pc Edmonton 62 35 pc 74 40 pc Sydney 74 55 s 61 54 s Sep. 3.44 5.37 6.75 14.03/1979 Fort Myers 87 73 t 87 72 t Ocala 85 62 pc 90 65 t Tampa 88 71 pc 86 71 t Halifax 68 57 r 69 53 r Tokyo 69 61 c 73 62 c Oct. 3.11 3.12 10.88/1995 Fort Pierce 84 69 t 87 72 t Okeechobee 84 69 t 87 72 t Titusville 84 70 pc 85 70 t Kiev 59 45 pc 62 46 pc Toronto 73 55 pc 70 52 pc Nov. 0.03 1.88 5.53/2002 Gainesville 86 63 pc 87 65 t Orlando 87 69 pc 88 71 t Vero Beach 85 70 t 87 72 t London 66 48 s 61 52 pc Vancouver 64 49 s 67 53 s Dec. 0.31 1.77 6.83/2002 Year 42.52 29.39 49.68 (since 1931) Jacksonville 87 64 pc 88 68 t Panama City 85 67 pc 89 70 pc West Palm Beach 86 74 t 87 76 t Madrid 68 52 pc 73 48 pc Winnipeg 66 45 r 58 42 c Totals are from a 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. Key Largo 85 77 t 86 78 t Pensacola 86 68 pc 89 68 pc Winter Haven 87 71 pc 87 71 t Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice. 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  • 17. CHARLOTTE OUR TOWN Sunday, September 28, 2008 Authentic Maine Lobster Bake PAGE 16 Charlotte Sun editor: Christy Arnold Murdock not a quick fix DEREK DUNN-RANKIN Village land sale....................................................................................................................... .. budget woes would not solve county’s Calling the By JOHN HAUGHEY STAFF WRITER ‘‘We’ve never had one shovel of dirt received two letters of interest for the land, which includes an next boom Selling Murdock Village will not be the instant budget panacea some say it could be, turned. That’s the problem.’’ 870-acre redevelopment district. Entrepreneur George T. Good morning. Charlotte County Economic — Don Root, Farrell of St. Petersburg, County Economic Director We can only hope those folks Director Don Root said Friday. ....................................................................................................................... .. through a Washington, D.C., in Washington know what they “No one is going to pay you over time.” State Road 776 the county lawfirm and a local real are doing. In this complicated $117 million upfront for Of course, right now, there is purchased in 2003-06 for estate agent, has offered world, some of the smartest Murdock Village,” he said. no deal for Murdock Village, $113.6 million. between $107.5 million and people do some of the dumbest “That is not going to happen. the 1,132-acre sprawl of 98 But there is growing interest. things. Five months ago, David But the deal will pay off streets between U.S. 41 and Last week, the county MURDOCK | P6 Bonderman invested $1.35 billion dollars in Washington Mutual. According to the Wall Street Journal, his company, TPG, was considered one of the world’s sharpest investors. This week, the billion disappeared in the collapse of WaMu. It is never easy to predict the timing of a turn in a down or up trend, as TPG owners now know. It is easier and safer to draw some conclusions about our local economy. A look at the past F makes it clear — our economy will be getting better. In February 1 I two years ago, 609 building 4 permits were taken out in North Port. Last month, just two building permits were filed there. Of approximately 20,000 North Port homes 2,456 are in foreclo- sure. In just two years, taxable 1 ?• sales in Charlotte County are down by 30 percent, and unem- ployment is at a 9.2 percent rate. Pretty grim, but we have been here before. Florida has gone through a number of swings of exuberance, followed by precipi- tous decline. The new cycle begins with a barely perceptible improvement that gains momen- - _ n tum until we are once more in a boom that feels permanent. We dropped off a boom in 1926. For years afterward, it was referred to as the Great Crash. We managed a more recent real estate reces- sion in 1974. The memory of the SUN PHOTO BY KHARLI ROSE, sharp decline following a run up to 1989 is still fresh in my memory. Following Hurricane Charley, a shortage of housing and a Working together Traci Carwana and her horse, Prairie Sky, compete during the long stirrup division of the Punta Gorda Horseman’s Association Hunter/Jumper Show comparison of our low water- Saturday at Carmalita Athletic Park. The association is a youth-oriented club that emphasizes sportsmanship, community service and youth character front pricing compared to Naples development through equestrian events. It has a Hunter/Jumper show on the fourth Saturday of each month. For more event photos, See page 6. blew the cost of housing in Sarasota and Charlotte way beyond the normal relationship of home prices to income. Historically, prices have moved at CCSO to spend $70K to replace jail glass about three times household By JASON WITZ bed jail that need upgrading. “It should’ve been done right the jail. income. By the final quarter of STAFF WRITER Originally, the project was the first time,” Sheriff John The 33-year-old Englewood 2006, home prices, juiced by PUNTA GORDA — The estimated to cost a minimum Davenport said. man reportedly knocked out investment expectations, reached Charlotte County Sheriff’s of $250,000, but the county has The need for stronger glass the bottom panel of his unit five and six times the average Office will spend about $70,000 agreed to have its employees was realized this summer and escaped. Deputies household income. to replace a number of jail cell cover the labor. when an inmate was able to responding to the emergency Home prices are now back glass panels, due to the grow- The jail, which opened in kick out his panel and attack a call found Gore choking the down to three times the average ing number of high-risk 2001, will utilize poly-carbon- corrections deputy. deputy on the floor. annual income. It is possible that inmates at the facility. ate security glass in all its cells, Jeffrey Karl Gore was being “That incident opened our they may fall below that historic Officials have identified making each capable of kept in a juvenile cell because relationship; if so, it will not be roughly 200 cells of the 528- housing high-risk offenders. of an overflow of inmates at GLASS | P6 for an extended period of time. The overstocked developers’ market of new homes is drying up. New home sales are back to Newly built East Elementary to hold open house the activity level of 2003, and By PAMELA STAIK above the level of 2002. Inevitably, this will continue to STAFF WRITER IF YOU GO PUNTA GORDA — For the past What: opening of the new East shrink the excess inventory and two school years, East Elementary Elementary School put a floor under home values. School’s students, teachers and staff When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, While auto and truck sales are members have clinked and clanked Sept. 30; ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. down, along with those of gas- with every step they took down the Why: celebrate the opening of the new school, which is the fifth school guzzling SUVs, there has been a exterior metal-based hallways to be rebuilt since Hurricane Charley marked improvement in the connecting the school’s modular in 2004. passenger-car market. Sales are classrooms together. Where: 27050 Fairway Drive, Punta down a little in Charlotte County, On Nov. 5, those noises will never Gorda, FL 33982 running 6 percent behind last have to be heard again as the To celebrate the fall opening of year. In Sarasota County, passen- school’s long-awaited rebuilding the new school, the district is ger car sales are running 6 process will be completed. hosting an open house on Tuesday, percent ahead of last year, East, along with five other Char- where members of the community perhaps reflecting a slightly lower lotte County Public Schools, was are encouraged to check out the unemployment rate and a more destroyed by Hurricane Charley in new school. The event will last from aggressive advertising posture by 2004. The aftermath left students 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a ribbon- SUN PHOTO BY SARAH COWARD, those dealers. and staff sharing facilities with Sallie cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Punta Gorda’s East Elementary School, one of Charlotte The drop in gasoline prices is Jones Elementary School from Aug. Spanning 112,000 square feet, the County’s last schools to be rebuilt after Hurricane Charley, putting more money in con- 30, 2004, until July 6, 2005, when will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house from . . . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sumers’ pockets than the their modular campus was created. EAST | P6 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .. government stimulus checks of earlier this summer. There is a INDEX| Calendar 2 | Police Beat 3 | Obituaries 5 | Puzzles 8 | Horoscopes 8 | Family Album 9 | Dear Abby 9 | Viewpoint 14 | Opinion 15 strong correlation between gas prices and consumer confidence. DRUG BUST PAGE 3 CORRECTION The number of baby boomers Traffic stop results in four arrests “It’s My Party,” put on by Valerie Sneade and Ed Loder’s Turning Leaf approaching retirement contin- 4 Four Tampa men were arrested Friday night in South Punta Productions, was on the stage at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County ues to mount. These are the Gorda after authorities reportedly found a loaded revolver and for one night only, Friday, Sept. 26. It was incorrectly listed as running seeds of our next boom. 15.1 ounces of cocaine in their rental car. several other times in Jan Findley’s column in Our Town Sept. 22.
  • 18. Our Town Page 2 C The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 Reader: Why can’t you measure rain? ‘P lease identify the Why wrong. I shudder to think. experience is a huge pro-Obama or anti- opposite. In seems we’ve source of the does my How could it rain 4 inches rainfall in the evening after McCain/Republican. I’ve switched our bias in just a Almanac & but our rain gauge says just 5 p.m., what you experi- noticed recently that more few short weeks. Now, newspaper Monthly Rainfall tables 0.28 inch? Well, it is not our ence won’t match the and more letters are either apparently, we are picking used in the daily Sun do that? rain gauge. official rain gauge report pro-Democrat or anti- on the Republicans. newspaper. I am a retired David The official rain gauge because it will show up in Republican. What is going The least likely place for engineer with 30+ years of for Charlotte County is the the following day’s calcula- on at your our newspaper’s bias to be experience in collecting Dunn-Rankin government weather tion, because of the cutoff newspaper? revealed is in the letters to 4 and using data from field station at the Charlotte time. “In the past, you gave the editor. Like the rain observations. Your prompt County Airport in Punta Florida is also known for somewhat equal time to gauge, we publish what response is appreciated.” or (from) where you (are) Gorda. Each afternoon at spot showers. It could be both sides of the political get. J.W. getting your measure- 5, that data is uploaded via raining cats and dogs at spectrum. Now it seems The letter must be 250 Another reader asked a ments, but they are always computer from the Englewood Beach, but be that you are in the tank for words or less and can’t be similar rain question: “As a WRONG, WRONG. Get weather station to dry as a bone at the the Democrats. I might as within a certain time longtime subscriber, I with the program. Accuweather, which Charlotte Airport official well go back and resub- before Election Day. We think you have finally “I, and others, have got downloads it to us, along gauge. It could even be scribe to the Herald- don’t run mass mailings or fallen down on the job. For to seriously doubt with other information, for raining mice and men in Tribune. I stopped getting copies of letters to third years your rain count has any(thing) else in your the next day’s paper. If the Punta Gorda Isles, but only the Tribune because of parties, nor do we run had nothing to do with paper. Since your rain rainfall table in our paper a trace shower at the their slanted coverage. I letters from out of the area. reality here in Punta totals are always WRONG, I isn’t right — blame the airport, a few miles away. will not be renewing my Because 90 percent to 95 Gorda/Port Charlotte, and have to assume that government. Just kidding. Your local newspaper does subscription to your percent of the letters we many people have written everything else could be The answer is not that not control the rain or the newspaper.” B.C. receive follow these simple to tell you so. After yester- WRONG. It is time, now, easy. rain gauge. Thanks, B.C. Readers rules, they get published. day’s torrential downpour not tomorrow, to rectify There are a number of might remember reading If we run more letters of 3 to 5 inches, with this misinformation and reasons why the rainfall this column a few weeks bashing McCain, it is streets flooded, you bring us information that Biased for data we print might not ago, where a reader told us because that’s what came actually said we only had corresponds to Punta match your actual experi- Democrats our Republican bias was in the mailbag that day. 0.28 (inch). Gorda and Port Charlotte.” ence. We print a 24-hour “I have been a longtime showing because of our Don’t like the number of “Have you got your head K.W. rainfall total. The calcula- reader of your newspaper, headline, “Biden speaks pro-Obama letters? Get in the sand, or in water? Thanks, K.W. and J.W. If tion starts at 5 p.m. and but today was the final and speaks his mind” your pro-McCain friends On page 1 of Our Town, it we cannot count rain goes to 5 p.m. the after- straw. Six of the seven appeared to pick on a to write more letters to the said Port Charlotte had 4 correctly, who knows what noon before we print the letters in the letters to the Democrat. Our reader this editor. As long as it will fit, (inches). I don’t know who else we might be doing rainfall in the paper. If you editor section were either week feels the exact we’ll print your bit. | COMMUNITY CALENDAR All phone number area Restaurant. Return before Florida’s Blood Centers- codes are 941 unless noon. Adults only, helmet Port Charlotte. 625-1874. otherwise indicated. required. Call to confirm Holy Spirit Outpouring, ride. 639-2263. 7 p.m. every evening at ■ TODAY Peace Lutheran Church, ■ CLUBS/CLASSES 21500 Gibralter Drive, It ■ EVENTS Port Charlotte. 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  • 19. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS C Our Town Page 3 The Charlotte County while license is suspend- Blvd., Port Charlotte. • Jennifer Elizabeth Sheriff’s Office reported | POLICE BEAT ed or revoked. Charge: DUI. Bond: $750. Chambers, 32, 6000 block the following arrests: The information for Police Beat is gathered from police, sheriff’s office, Bond: $500. • Stacy Leigh Ciccone, of Gewant Blvd., Punta • Richard R. Meese, 78, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire rescue records. Not every arrest leads to • Martin S. Pecina, 42, 34, 1000 block of Yellow Gorda. Charge: battery. 18000 block of Alphonse a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system. 300 block of Duxbury Pine Court, Punta Gorda. Bond: none. Circle, Port Charlotte. Ave., Port Charlotte. Charge: uttering a forged • Phillip Anthony Charge: criminal mis- probation (original • Arthur Edward Pew, Charge: violation of instrument. Bond: $2,500. DaCosta, 57, 23000 block chief. Bond: $750. charge: DUI). Bond: 18, 4000 block of Kemp- probation (original • Jose Adorno of McNulty Ave., Port • David Warren Eales, $1,500. son Lane, Port Charlotte. charge: driving while Rodriguez, 32, of Kissim- Charlotte. Charge: battery 42, of Venice. Charges: • Kristie L. Klawon, 24, Charge: trespassing. license is suspended or mee, Fla. Charge: DUI. on a pregnant person. driving while license is 1500 block of Harmony Bond: $500. revoked). Bond: none. Bond: $750. Bond: none. suspended or revoked Drive, Port Charlotte. • William T. McLean, 42, • Eric Russell Young, 38, • Richard Howard • Michelle Ann Mongel- with knowledge, posses- Charge: failure to appear 3000 block of Lucerne 5000 block of Howard Schumacher, 18, 2000 li, 36, 3000 block of sion of cocaine and (original charge: violation Terrace, Port Charlotte. Lane, Punta Gorda. block of Bailey Ave., Punta Idlewild St., Port Char- possession of drug of driver’s license restric- Charge: battery. Bond: Charge: violation of Gorda. Charge: criminal lotte. Charge: battery. paraphernalia. Bond: tions). Bond: $4,000. none. probation (original mischief. Bond: none. Bond: none. $4,000. • Edmond Pierre • Joshua James Mohr, charge: battery). • Michael Thomas Vieta, • David Wesley Schu- Patterson, 27, 800 block 20, 1000 block of Beacon Bond: none. 51, 800 block of E. First The Punta Gorda Police macher, 23, 2000 block of of Cooper St., Punta Drive, Port Charlotte. • David Bradley Alessi, St., Englewood. Charge: Department reported the Bailey Ave., Punta Gorda. Gorda. Charge: driving Charge: battery. Bond: 27, 2500 block of Myrtle violation of probation following arrests: Charge: violation of while license is suspend- $3,500. Ave., Port Charlotte. (original charge: battery). • Joseph Kent Romero, probation (original ed or revoked. Bond: • Victor Hugo Rico, 27, Charge: DUI. Bond: $750. Bond: $10,000. charge: felony battery). • Jennifer Lyn Olson, 27, • Bryan Bedoya, 27, of 16, 300 block of San Casa $500. 300 block of Calle Liana, Bond: none. • Adam Michael Englewood. Charge: 10000 block of Burnt Store Sarasota. Charge: driving Drive, Punta Gorda. • Jacob John Riddell, 24, McCarthy, 21, 10000 block violation of probation Road, Punta Gorda. while license is suspend- Charge: violation of 1600 block of Cardinal of Pendleton Ave., Engle- (original charge: posses- Charge: violation of ed or revoked. community control Lane, Englewood. Charge: wood. Charges: burglary sion of cocaine). Bond: probation (original Bond: $500. (original charges: burglary out-of-county warrant. and grand theft. Bond: none. charges: habitually • Kevin Patrick and grand theft). Bond: Bond: $25,000. $5,000. • Dan Earl Williams, 36, driving while license is Williams-Bieler, 25, of none. • Peter Brian Poulin, 29, • David Clinton 21000 block of Glendale suspended or revoked Melbourne, Fla. Charge: • Terrance D. Barksdale, 17000 block of Eugene Hawkins, 59, of Alabama. Ave., Port Charlotte. and three counts of possession of methadone. 42, 300 block of Gulf Ave., Port Charlotte. Charge: petty theft. Bond: Charges: driving while possession of a controlled Bond: $2,500. Breeze Ave., Punta Gorda. Charge: amended viola- $500. license is suspended or substance). Bond: none. • Edward Charles Charge: child abuse. tion of injunction. Bond: • Angie J. Bailey, 34, revoked, fleeing to elude • Mary Ellen Hawe, 47, Mahan, 32, 3000 block of Bond: none. none. 22000 block of Perkin and child neglect. Bond: 100 block of Dow Road, Conway Blvd., Port • Edward Jerrell Brown, • Steven Albert Morris, Terrace, Port Charlotte. $6,000. Port Charlotte. Charge: Charlotte. Charges: 21, 1000 block of Cooper 26, of Fort Myers. Charge: violation of • Jamie Richard Bentley, violation of probation possession of cocaine, St., Punta Gorda. Charge: Charges: failure to appear probation (original 21, 4000 block of Comp- (original charge: DUI). possession of drug violation of probation and violation of proba- charge: dealing in stolen ton Lane, North Port. Bond: none. paraphernalia and (original charge: driving tion (original charges: property). Bond: none. Charge: DUI. Bond: $750. • Kevin Dickinson, 28, resisting arrest without while license is suspend- driving without motor • Chad David Rohn, 33, • Terry Lee Fairchild, 53, 2000 block of Elkcam violence. Bond: $4,500. ed or revoked). vehicle registration and of Englewood. Charge: 3000 block of Coney Blvd., Port Charlotte. • Philip Patrick Reilly, Bond: none. attached tag not retail theft. Bond: $1,000. Island, Port Charlotte. Charges: possession of 55, of Key West. Charge: assigned). Bond: $2,000. • Cahien N. Simpson, Charge: out-of-county drug paraphernalia and violation of probation • Paul Matthew Trier- 23, 4000 block of Stoner- warrant. 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  • 20. Our Town Page 4 C LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 Fountain design to be considered at city CRA meeting By NEIL HUGHES pink hibiscus or a palm surface. The current cost she said. things in the city that are understood from any STAFF WRITER tree sunset, are worth an of the project, under the The interactive foun- kid-oriented, and that’s angle, unlike the dolphin PUNTA GORDA — additional $40,000. proposed contract with tain at Laishley Park is what the interactive design, the only other When the city’s Commu- Two other at-cost Port Charlotte-based expected to open on fountain is supposed to option that won’t cost the nity Redevelopment options with fewer colors Exotic Pools by Janeen, is Punta Gorda’s waterfront be all about,” he said. CRA more. Agency opted at its last remain: the original $237,050. in early 2009. The attrac- Smith-Mooney and “It would look upside- meeting not to go forward compass design, or a new Smith-Mooney said she tion will be the center- other members of the down from one position,” with plans for the Laish- one featuring two dol- is hopeful more designs, piece of a children’s play council opted not to go Smith-Mooney said. ley Park interactive phins jumping out of which could be done area that will feature with the original compass The programmable fountain, it was purely for water. without additional cost, concrete stadium seating design because they felt it fountain will sporadically aesthetic reasons. Punta Gorda City might be brought forward for parents to watch their was too bland. spray water in various Now at Wednesday’s Council Member Marilyn before Wednesday’s kids and relax in the sun. “I wanted something directions from a number meeting, scheduled for 9 Smith-Mooney, who is meeting. Punta Gorda Growth that looks a bit more of nozzles. The surround- a.m. at City Hall, the CRA also a member of the “I would hope there is Manager Dennis Murphy playful and enjoyable — ing area will have artifi- must decide whether a CRA, said she would not sufficient time where she said it’s important for the festive,” she said. cial turf and a playground number of proposed be in support of spending would be able to come city to offer more play But compass design area for children. design improvements, an additional $40,000 for forward with a few more areas for young children. does have one advantage: including graphics of a a design on the fountain’s designs at the base price,” “We don’t have a lot of It can be viewed and E-mail: The Florida Main Street Conference held in Venice O n Sept. 17, repre- that work to remove covered planning con- few kind-spirited jabs www.mainstreet The hurdles for potential cepts of streets, buildings, tossed about among or sentatives of Main view from Street communi- businesses become Main Street public space, density and information-saturated ties across Florida gath- attractive potential scale, streetscape design attendees (“Useless Interested in sponsor- ered in Venice for three Linda locations. and creative parking Eustis?”), talk of demo- ships starting at just $50? days of educational and A National Trust Main solutions. These key graphic trends, roles of Call 941-347-8569. Dobson Street Center program components to economic development authorities This is your last chance networking opportuni- ties. officer shared a wealth of viability were supported and the structure of to volunteer for Friday’s Reviewing the work- knowledge, along with by additional concepts public-private deals will Oktoberfest in downtown shops I attended provides valuable time lured me to key strategies to benefit like civic urbanism and come in handy. Punta Gorda. Choose a glimpse into what’s on “Beyond Google Advan- from cultural strengths, in techno-civility. Networking with those from setup, gate atten- the minds of folks tage,” where I picked up a presentation titled It was a tough choice, with similar goals and dance, food station charged with revitaliza- several useful tips to “Utilizing Multicultural but I chose the workshop challenges, brainstorming service or tear-down. For tion of historic downtown control what often feels Assets.” about branding over one solutions to problems more information or to districts throughout the like information overload Human dynamo Mark about conflict resolution. and cheering successes sign up, call Maria at 941- state. while performing search- Toombs presented Branding remains a hot recharged the batteries 639-9484 or send an e- First, David Sucher, es on Google, especially “Networking and Visibili- topic in Punta Gorda, and for another year of mail to vonatzigen2000@ author of “City Comforts: for news items, as well as ty,” explaining internal I walked away with a keeping the heart of by tips on “the invisible Web” and external strategies better understanding of Punta Gorda healthy. Wednesday. How to Build an Urban Village,” reviewed “The and free resources. (The and techniques that, what is often considered Three Rules of Main presenters broke up their among other things, the steep price tag What’s New at Main Street Punta Street.” In a nutshell, information deluge by define how an organiza- associated with profes- Main Street Gorda Executive Director cities should “build to the inserting five “rock quiz” tion is seen by others. A sional branding. If there’s The Harbor Run/Har- Linda Dobson can be sidewalk,” make building questions at key intervals. class exercise provided consistency of use bor Walk registration reached at 941-575-9099 fronts “permeable,” and By correctly answering me the opportunity to throughout the commu- form is now available at or lindadobson@main prohibit parking lots in three of them, I garnered meet Kim McCarthy, a nity, the cost pales in two online locations. Visit front of buildings. I can’t enough chocolate prizes Main Street board mem- comparison to what’s wait to find out more to get me through the ber from Milton. gained. about “air curtains” that entire afternoon!) Drawing upon attrac- The last session of the Alan W. Gruning, D.O. hold in air conditioning Next came a detailed tive designs throughout last day taught “How to while leaving the façade overview of government the state, “Essential Identify and Work with of a building invitingly regulations that affect a Place-Making Strategies Emerging Market Oppor- is closing his primary care open. new business. Yikes. Now for Main Streets and tunities in Main Street The promise of saving I understand why cities Downtown Districts” Communities.” Despite a practice at 4535 Tamiami Trail in 9 9 Charlotte Harbor on 10-8-2008. | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEF R N E WS Start your day with the Crossword Puzzle R N E WS Contact 629-9700 for referrals Technician Certification A U A U 332871 Pharmacy Tech and to transfer your records. program Board (PTCB) exam. Some AD N Mon. - Sat. in the Classifieds AD N I of the tasks to be covered The Edison State College in the class are helping fill is offering a Pharmacy Technician Certification prescriptions, packaging CHARLOTTE COUNTY’S 6TH ANNUAL drugs, performing inven- Program. They will hold an information night at tory control and keeping records. FALL 7 p.m. Thursday at the The two-night-a-week Charlotte Campus, 26300 course is scheduled from Airport Road, in Punta 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. Gorda. Offered by the 7 to Nov. 11 on rotating Continuing Education nights; Thursdays and department. Instructor Fridays one week and Wes Sunter, a registered Tuesdays and Wednesdays pharmacist, will be the next week. Class presenting information registration will begin about the program and Thursday and is limited to the job possibilities for 20 students. The briefing certified technicians. is open to the public and .. r This 42-hour compre- those interested in hensive course is attending are asked to call 941-637-5669 to reserve a HOME & GA RDEN designed to prepare students to enter the seat. Light refreshments ● See the newest in home t pharmacy field and to will be served. Visit improvement products & services help prepare them to take and pass the Pharmacy for more information. ● Furnishings, accessories, BUYING A B O A T? H. 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  • 21. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS C Our Town Page 5 | OBITUARIES CHARLOTTE Andrews of Punta Gorda, In Memoriam John E. Hickey Cara (Willie) Wells of Punta Gorda, and Destiny In Loving Memory Clayton G. Bishoff Jr. John Edward Hickey, 79, Whitcomb of Port Char- Clayton Glenn Bishoff Jr., 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., of Punta Gorda, Fla., lotte, Fla; son, Frank Wade Whitcomb of Punta passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008. passed away Thursday, Edward W. Bowden He was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Rowlesburg, W.Va., the Sept. 25, 2008, at Life Care Gorda; brothers, Vern Whitcomb of Charlotte son of Clayton G. Bishoff Sr. and Mona Center of Punta Gorda. B. Bishoff. He was born March 17, Harbor, Fla., and Ricky Whitcomb, Teddy God- Mr. Bishoff resided in Port Charlotte 1929, in Chicago, Ill. since 2000, and in Florida since 1991. John worked in comput- man and Sammy God- He was a veteran of World War II, er programming for man, all of Lousiana; nine grandchildren; and best having served with the U.S. Air Force, Community School 8th Weather Squadron in Greenland. District 300 in Carpen- friend, Chuck Bailey of Punta Gorda. He retired in 1991 after 36 years of tersville, Ill., and was a distinguished service from PPG Automo- fire commissioner in A celebration of Frank’s life will be at 6 p.m. tive and Aerospace Finishes as a territory Dundee Township, Ill., sales representative in the Ditzler Paint before retiring. He was a Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at Larry Taylor Funeral division. He was a life member of Veterans member of Sacred Heart of Foreign Wars Post 7842; a 50-plus-year member of Catholic Church in Punta and Cremation Services. To express condolences American Legion Post 462 of Linesville, Pa.; and a Gorda. member in the Meridian Sun Lodge 69 F & AM in He will be greatly missed to the family, please visit Sept. 28, 1984 ~ Dec. 19, 2007 Richfield, Ohio, and FOE Aerie 3296 in Charlotte by his wife of 59 years, Harbor, Fla. Joan (nee Heller) Hickey; and sign the online guest He is survived by his wife, Betty Rae Bishoff of Port daughters, Maureen book. We should be celebrating your 24th birthday Memorial donations Charlotte; children, Steve (Barbara) Bishoff of Min- (Curt) Paulson, Ellen today. God had other plans for you. An neapolis, Minn., Peggy Huffman of Linesville, Kevin Mary (Joseph) Richard may be made to the angel must have been needed to watch over family c/o Larry Taylor (Judy) Bishoff of Canton, Ohio, Rae Brown of Akron, and Alison (Todd) us, and God chose you. Today we will Ohio, Drew Bishoff of Marysville, Ohio, Colleen Pfahl Burnidge; daughter-in- Funeral and Cremation celebrate your life. You left us with many Services to assist with of Columbus, Ohio, Frank (Beth) Pfahl of Cuyahoga law, Diane Hickey; sons, happy memories filled with your laughter, funeral expenses. kindness, and your wonderful personality. Falls, Ohio, Beverly (Randy) Godding of Sagamore Morgan Hickey, Kevin Hills, Ohio, and David (Bobbie) Pfahl of Akron; 16 (Kim) Hickey and Brian Arrangements are by Thank you for this. You are truly missed by Larry Taylor Funeral and all whose lives you have touched. grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 surviving (Lisa) Hickey; grandchil- brothers and sisters, Mary (Dale) Thompson, Geneva dren, Robert (Emily) Cremation Services, Punta Gorda. Your loving Mom, Schneider, Frank (Shirleen) Bishoff, Bill (Margaret) Paulson, Jeffrey Paulson, Bishoff, Buck (Myrtle) Bishoff, David (Tony) Bishoff, Mary Ann Maddage Joseph Hickey, Jonathan Kathy (Steve) Petrus, Richard Bishoff, Duane (Judy) ENGLEWOOD and Hickey, Rachel (Andrew) Loving sisters and brothers, Bishoff and Debbie Bishoff; and numerous nieces Johnson, David Hickey, Katrina, Cynthia, Jonathan, Joseph, and nephews. He was preceded in death by a broth- Elliott Fulton, Gemma Chester M. Mack their families, and many friends. er, George Bishoff; and sister, Colleen Bishoff. Hickey, Katie Hickey, Chester M. “Whitey” A memorial service will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, Meghan Hickey and Mack, 77, of Englewood, 2008, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, with Emmett Hickey; and step- Fla., passed away Thurs- Joseph F. Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. the Rev. Landis Coffman, pastor, officiating, and grandchildren, Joshua day, Sept. 25, Pietrucki Sr. where a military service will be conducted by Ameri- Burnidge, Ryanne 2008. Arrangements were Joseph F. Pietrucki Sr., made in Port Charlotte, can Legion Charles Faust Post 281, with a celebration Richard and Frank He was born 86, of Englewood, Fla., of life to follow. Novello. John was preced- July 20, 1931, in Fla. passed away Friday, Sept. In lieu of other remembrances, the family requests ed in death by his son, Glen Lyon, Pa. 26, 2008. memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s John Edward Hickey II, in Whitey and his beloved NORTH PORT He was choice or to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 N. 2007; and his daughter- wife, Joan, moved to born Sept. Prospect St., Akron, OH 44304. in-law, Kay Hickey. Englewood in 1995 from George W. Manda 13, 1922, in Jr. Arrangements are by Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral A memorial Mass will be North, Va. He was a highly Locust Home, Cuyahoga Falls. at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, decorated U.S. Navy Valley, N.Y. George W. Manda Jr., 64, 2008, at Sacred Heart captain with 20 years of Mr. of North Port, Fla., passed be made in memory of friends in North Port and Catholic Church, with the service. He had a chemi- Pietrucki away Tuesday, Sept. 23, Mr. Manda to VFW Post elsewhere. Rev. Jerry Kaywell officiat- cal engineering degree retired as a pilot 2008. 8203, 4860 Trott Circle, At the request of the ing. To express condo- from Penn State, and He was born North Port, FL 34287. family, there will be no after more than lences to the family, master’s degree in inter- Jan. 22, 1944, in Arrangements were services. To send condo- 25 years of please visit www.Ltaylor- national law from service with Canton, Ohio. made in Port Charlotte, lences, visit www.farley and sign the Georgetown University. and moved to Fla. He was a member of the Republic Aviation in New online guest book. the North Port area 12 Memorial donations may American Legion, Military York, and moved to Arrangements are by years ago from Pennsyl- Florence E. Wilcox be made in memory of Flo Officers Association of Englewood in 1988, Larry Taylor Funeral and vania. to the American Cancer America of Sarasota, Fla., where he continued his Florence E. “Flo” Wilcox, Cremation Services, Mr. Manda retired after Society, South and the USS Lapon love for flying. He served 79, of North Port, Fla., Punta Gorda. 20 years of service in the Sarasota/DeSoto Unit, Association; and a life in the U.S. Navy during passed into God’s hands U.S. Navy, and served 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite member of U.S. Subma- World War II, and was a Wednesday, Frank W. during the Vietnam War. 250, Sarasota, FL 34237. rine Veterans. member of St. Francis of Sept. 24, Arrangements by Farley Whitcomb Assisi Catholic Church in He was a member of the Whitey will be greatly 2008. Funeral Home, North Port Englewood. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Frank Walter Whitcomb, missed by his wife of 53 Mrs. Chapel. 48, of Punta Gorda, Fla., He is survived by his the Vietnam Brotherhood, Wilcox was years, Joan; daughters, passed away Friday, Sept. Karen Mack of Montclair, wife, Ann; daughters, and Disabled American born Nov. 26, 2008. N.J., and Valerie (Mark) Valerie Pietrucki of Veterans. 25, 1928, in OBITUARY POLICY He was born Oct. 8, Sadler of Odessa, Fla.; Bradenton, Fla., Irene He is survived by his Pierpont, Obituaries are accepted 1959, in Ruskin, Fla., to son, Brian (Karen) Mack O’Brien of Englewood, sons, William R. (Sum- N.Y., to Stanley and Mary from funeral homes only. Paul and Sandra (nee of Louisa, Va.; three Joanne (Matt Ladinski) mer) Manda and Richard (nee Collette) Northrup. There is no charge for Morris) Whitcomb. grandchildren, Victoria Pietrucki of Locust Valley, (Jill) Manda, all of North Flo and her husband, publishing an abbreviated Frank worked as a truck Rose, Kristen Nicole and and Janie Pietrucki of Port; companion, Lynn Don, moved to Florida 32 death notice once. Full driver. He enjoyed fishing Brianna Leigh; brother, Bradenton; son, Joseph F. Nelson of North Port; and years ago from North obituaries and repeat death and NASCAR, with his Simon Makarewicz of (Stephanie) Pietrucki Jr. grandchildren, Jolee, Kingsville, Ohio, and had notices will be subject to an favorite driver being Virginia; and sister, of Englewood; grandsons, Kory, Alexis, Eric, lived in North Port since advertising charge. Faxed Kasey Kahne. Frank loved Barbara Makarewicz of Matthew O’Brien and Jonathan, Alexis and their move. Flo was an obituaries must be received his wife, family and dogs, Pennsylvania. Adam Pietrucki; and Sonny. He was preceded employee of Eckerd Drugs by noon and e-mailed and enjoyed delegating In lieu of flowers, great-grandson, Breyden. in death by his wife, for 28 years. obituaries must be received orders. contributions may be A celebration of life will Susan; and sister, Jane She is survived by her by 2 p.m. for next day He will be greatly missed made to TideWell Hospice be at 10 a.m. Monday, Williams. husband of 53 years, Don publication. by his wife of six years, and Palliative Care, 12050 Sept. 29, 2008, at St. A celebration of Mr. Wilcox of North Port; The American flag accom- Rita; mother, Sandra N. Access Road, Port Francis of Assisi Catholic Manda’s life will be at children, Tom, Rita, Rick panying an obituary Godman of California; Charlotte, FL 33981. Church in Englewood. 11 am. Saturday, Oct. 4, and Lori; many grandchil- indicates a veteran of the daughters, Jennifer Arrangements were Memorial donations may 2008, at the VFW in North dren and great-grandchil- U.S. Armed Forces. (Terry) Jones of Cape made in Port Charlotte, be made to TideWell Port. In lieu of flowers, dren who are saddened by Please send e-mails to memorial donations may her death; and many Coral, Fla., Telisha Fla. Hospice and Palliative | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Memorials in the Sun =;Aw Honor your passed loved ones anytime Safe boating of 22 must have a Boating VFW shop day There will be samples and with a personalized memorial tribute. classes offered Safety Card to legally drive taste testing. This event is Call (941) 206-1028 for rates. a boat in Florida. VFW has put together a free and open to the The Coast Guard is There is a $45 fee to “Pre-Holiday Extravagan- public. For more informa- offering the last two cover overhead, which za.” This is a one-day tion contact 941-629-4200. JAMES W. MALLONEE, P.A. programs of the year for shopping opportunity ATTORNEYS AT LAW includes course materials. Safe Boating. The public is All classes are held at the open to the public. 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  • 22. Our Town Page 6 C FROM PAGE ONE The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 Insurance rebate debate: Commissioners OK contract By JOHN HAUGHEY Commissioners agreed submitted the second- ties, collected $10 million “Something sounds shouldn’t have charged us STAFF WRITER to pay the Florida League lowest bid at $2.23 more in premiums than it funny,” she said, noting in the first place.” MURDOCK — Char- of Cities $2.02 million for million. spent, he said. since the rebate is only Commissioners lotte County commission- one year of property and Brown & Brown PRIA Now, it is taking that offered for renewal, it approved the FLC con- ers Tuesday extended the casualty liability insur- Vice President Michelle surplus and “spreading it should not be included in tract in a 4-1 vote, with county’s property and ance, including workers’ Martin said their actual out among all members” the bid if can’t also be Duffy dissenting. casualty insurance compensation coverage, premium was $233,000 as an incentive to renew, offered next year. Despite the confusion, coverage with the Florida beginning Wednesday. less than the FLC’s, Gehring said. “What could happen former state representa- League of Cities for one The FLC has been the without the $441,000 He called Martin’s next year is immaterial; tive David Bitner year. county’s liability insurer credit. challenge “semantics.” this is an annual con- applauded commission- While that may sound since 2004. However, She said the credit was The rebate is a “divi- tract,” Cummings said. ers for their “tenacity” in mundane, the belabored earlier this year, commis- a rebate from what the dend that means (the) net “This is a simple argu- seeking bids for coverage discussion regarding the sioners opted to solicit county paid in 2007 and cost is substantially ment. Do you want to pay many governments rarely extension was anything bids for coverage to save should not be applied to lower,” Commissioner $200,000 more for the open to annual solicita- but. money. the 2009 bid. Adam Cummings said. same product because tion. The question: Should a Even before then, the Nonsense, said Kurt “You don’t get that rebate someone gave us a “I don’t think the rebate for renewal be FLC submitted a $2.56 Gehring, of the Gehring unless you sign up. The technical argument that taxpayers of Charlotte factored into an annual million annual premium Group of Palm Beach bottom line is the League confused us?” County understand what contract? that included a $441,163 Gardens, representing the of Cities is substantially “I disagree. I am not you did — saved $1 The answer: Yes, “credit” for renewal, FLC. cheaper.” confused,” Duffy coun- million,” he said. “You especially if lowers the lowering the contract to Gehring said two years Cummings said Martin’s tered. “I have been went out and got the best cost of an annual — $2.02 million. ago, all insurance premi- objection is “a technical suspicious of this whole program and saved the repeat, annual — con- Brown & Brown Public ums spiked in the wake of argument from an process.” taxpayers of this county tract. Risk Insurance Agency of 2004’s hurricanes, some accounting standpoint.” She called the rebate money.” The bottom line: A Lake Mary, a subsidiary of as high as 150 percent. But Commissioner “just a trick,” adding, rebate now is better than the global Brown & Brown The FLC, a nonprofit Tricia Duffy was “Now we’re getting this E-mail: jhaughey@ a rebate never. insurance conglomerate, consortium of municipali- “suspicious.” money back which they MURDOCK: Project sale not a quick fix FROM PAGE 1 million, which will still by 2028. Hunter/Jumper Show leave a large gap. Stock Development had $113.6 million. Commission Chairman offered $94.6 million — Petra Development Co., Tom D’Aprile, noting $82 million for the land, a subsidiary of Pelican recent interest in Mur- $12.6 in interest — and Bay Development Inc. of dock Village, said selling tax-incremental finance Bonita Springs, has also the stymied project could revenues to pay off the expressed interest in a resolve that 2010 deficit. county in 15 years. formal query. “A lot of people are Of course, that was Root said a third interested in buying it,” then — when the real prospect has surfaced, he said. “They want to estate market was boom- but will remain unnamed buy it now before prices ing — and this is now. until it files a letter of go up.” Root expects future I. interest. The county has spent bids to be similar, with The party, which he $113.6 million on the the county recouping its confirmed is a developer, project, borrowing $5 investment in 10 to 15 has submitted a prelimi- million from the state’s years. nary proposal. commercial paper No one is proposing to “We had discussions account and $88.3 million develop “all the acreage at with them. They’re real. from Bank of America. one time,” he said. We asked them to put it In August, commission- And that’s fine, Root together in the form we ers transferred $30 said, adding that for every need,” Root said. “They million from the general “100 acres that goes back are in the process of fund to pay down Bank of onto the tax roll,” recur- SUN PHOTOS BY KHARLI ROSE, doing that. I think we will America’s loan to $58.3 ring revenues and jobs After hearing she won second place for the mini walk/trot medal competition, Mikayla have it soon.” million. are produced. So the county owes “Those things matter to Houseman, 7, cheers from atop her horse, Samson, with support from her mother, He said the developer Abigail, during the Punta Gorda Horseman’s Association Hunter/Jumper Show Saturday first “wants an endorse- $63.3 million. us. People have jobs, they D’Aprile said a $113.6 buy homes,” he said. at Carmalita Athletic Park. ment letter from the state. That is really million sale would put Some estimate the important to them” about $50 million “in our county loses about $1.3 because “their concept reserve.” million in property taxes and project” is something That would provide the each year by owning the I “the state would really money “necessary to fallow land. like them to do in the operate our community” Root said depending on state.” next year without drastic the proposal, the county cuts or millage hikes, he will consider an agree- k As intriguing as it sounds, selling Murdock said. ment in which the Village will not provide But, Root repeated, purchaser pays interest the revenue needed to odds of such a sale are and the county handles solve the county’s antici- remote and are not the loan principal, in pated 2010 budget woes. proposed by any of the exchange for investment Commissioners Thurs- prospects now negotiat- that produces family- day approved a $146.1 ing with the county. wage jobs. million general fund 2009 If upfront purchase “That would be a heck budget that includes were required, Murdock of a burden off the millage rate hikes. Village will stay a mori- county,” he said. “Now The increases don’t bund maze of moldering the money you have address a $32.5 million streets for years, he said. borrowed isn’t costing 2009 shortfall — plugged Before it became the you anything.” by spending cuts and third developer in four The goal is to get Collyn Shelatz and her horse, Mudpie, left; Taylor Briggs and her horse, Dixie Rose; and shifting money from years to bail out in moving, Root said. “We’ve Callie Clawson and her horse, Feisty, wait to compete in their divisions Saturday during capital projects — but February, Kitson & never had one shovel of the Punta Gorda Horseman’s Association Hunter/Jumper Show. deal with a projected $45 Partners offered $40 dirt turned,” he said. million 2010 deficit. million in cash and $42 “That’s the problem.” The millage hikes are million over eight years to expected to generate $25 compensate the county E-mail: jhaughey@ | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Computer Group shoe Road in Punta All proceeds from the GLASS: CCSO to replace jail panels to meet Gorda. For the past 30 festival will benefit the years, the Octagon Island Kids Scholarship The Charlotte County Sanctuary has saved and Fund, Turtle Patrol, FROM PAGE 1 sion concept, which puts inmates, according to Computer Group Corp. housed many animals. Station 10 Volunteer Fire the deputy among the Rodgers. The facility has will hold its next general There are no entry or Department and the eyes to the issue,” said population for more six pods, with 32 cells meeting at 7:15 p.m. Oct. parking fees. Children Wildlife and Habitat Maj. Tom Rodgers, jail efficient monitoring occupying each unit. 7, with doors opening at must be accompanied by Preservation Program. commander. purposes, Davenport The project is expected 5 p.m. The meeting will adults. Anyone who Entry is free and open to So why do the cells said. to be completed later this be held at the Cultural donates a stuffed animal, everyone. There is a $2 have glass panels? Currently, the jail has year. Center of Charlotte will be entered in a round-trip walk-on ferry The jail was construct- only two pods equipped County, 2280 Aaron St., drawing for a full year of fee. The five-minute ferry ed with a direct supervi- to handle high-risk E-mail: Port Charlotte. They will free family membership. runs nonstop between hold their next board For more information Palm Island and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. call 239-543-1130 or visit mainland. Parking EAST: School to hold open house 30 in the Community Room of the Cultural regulations are suspend- ed for the event on FROM PAGE 1 chillers and air handlers, have started a countdown Center. Members are Art Festival Panama Boulevard. motion-activated lights until we move into the welcome to attend the new school features 47 and low-flowing sinks new building,” she said. board meeting. For more The Palm Island Home- Community classrooms which were and toilets, as well as “And because of the information about this owner Association will host “Art in the Palms” League to meet built to hold a total of 904 interactive and adjustable training my teachers have group and membership seats. However, the teaching boards, digital been going through, contact 941-625-4175 or festival. The show will be There will be a North- school has a student cameras, audio-enhanced they’re getting very visit held from 10 a.m. to west Port Charlotte capacity of 887. sound systems and a excited and that’s going to 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 on Palm Community League The new building security system. transfer to the students.” Family Day Island. The show features meeting held at 7 p.m. to follows in the steps of the While school Principal The last school to be original artwork in 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9. The at wildlife park paintings, furniture, meeting place will be at Baker Center, Punta Lori Carr said she can’t completed is Charlotte Gorda Middle School and wait to move into the new High School. Currently, The Octagon Wildlife pottery, glass art, jewelry, Lutheran Church of the elementary schools Neil building, where her office district staff has an Sanctuary will be hosting wood carving, bronze Living Waters at 12475 Armstrong and Peace will have walls and a expected opening of the its 30th anniversary and sculptures and photogra- Chancellor Blvd., Port River in both energy door, she is more excited historic 1926-era, three- wants the public to share phy. There will be plenty Charlotte. Speakers will efficiency and technologi- for the children and story building in January the day with them. They of food and beverages, include the sheriff’s cal advancements. teachers. 2009. are having a “Family Fun raffles and a silent candidates. For more Like these schools, East “The kids look over Day” from noon to 5 p.m. auction. Music per- information contact has energy efficient there everyday so we E-mail: Oct. 26 at 41660 Horse- formed by Impulse. 941-743-0871.
  • 23. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS C Our Town Page 7 Edison State College Charlotte Campus facilities update T his is the second If you have visited the and will bring our fire monitoring and operation funds has caused us to cut update this year for campus lately you may suppression system up to from off-campus will be back on some of our the Facilities have noticed the orange code and increase the fire possible. The second unit landscaping and mainte- Department at the fencing. This is due to the safety of our campus. of two chilled water plants nance projects. Please Charlotte campus and relocation of our Fire This fall and early is scheduled for replace- bear with us as we adjust good things are really Bernie Department Connections winter we will be getting a ment during our winter to a new schedule. happening here at Edison Krueger (FDC). The digging new Energy Management break, Dec. 20, 2008, Those are the Charlotte State College. process to lay additional System (EMS) and chilled through Jan. 1, 2009. Since campus facilities high- Earlier this year it was pipe has to be done by water plant (Chiller). Our they operate practically lights and it will keep us mentioned that the tightened the schedule, hand to avoid damaging current EMS is obsolete 365 days a year they have busy for the next few campus library was being but our team worked our underground fiber and replacement compo- accumulated thousands months. If you require renovated. The renovation overtime to be ready for optic loop which handles nents are no longer of hours of operating time any information regarding was completed on sched- students and faculty. The our data transmission manufactured. and Chiller 2 has reached Charlotte campus facili- ule and looks fabulous! new look, including a services on campus. Hot Technical support will the end of its service life. ties, please contact me at Contractors and Edison food-friendly study area, humid weather, lots of also be limited in the near The first unit was or staff worked feverishly to makes the new library a rain and large under- future, therefore we must replaced in December of call 941-637-5648. meet the deadline of great place to study and ground boulders have all upgrade to a new system 2005 and with the instal- being ready for the first “hang out.” The library is contributed to making which will vastly improve lation of the new unit, our Bernie Krueger is the day of classes. Delays in open to the public, so this project a monumen- our building and grounds energy efficiency should physical plant coordinator deliveries for new carpet please come to see for tal task. It is targeted to be automation systems. increase significantly. for Edison State College and lighting fixtures yourself. completed by year’s end Much improved remote A reduction in state Charlotte Campus. Kitties on parade: New gift shop for pets houses cat habitat By DANA SANCHEZ to be unadoptable. Bowler of Englewood said ASSISTANT ENGLEWOOD “Pierre is inspiration for she’s not a good candi- EDITOR everything,” Colby said. date for cat fostering ENGLEWOOD — “It’s all about Pierre. He because she gets attached PawZazz, a gift shop for was a catalyst.” and can’t let go. dog and cat lovers, is the EARS Executive Direc- “I just don’t want to newest addition to tor Jim North hopes the give them up,” she said. Dearborn Street’s mer- gift shop and cat habitat Jennifer Rinehart chant community. It will become a prototype excitedly carried her features a cat habitat for others in similar newly adopted kitten, where adoptable kitties retail settings. Mischa, from the cat can preen and prance The nonprofit organiza- habitat, eager to get their way into people’s tion is looking for a 25- home and start playing. hearts and homes. acre piece of land to buy She paused only long The latest project of the or trade in rural DeSoto enough to rave about nonprofit EARS Animal County to help house the facility. Rescue Sanctuary, 1,500 to 2,000 adoptable “This place is fantastic,” PawZazz and Pierre’s pets. Rinehart said. “It’s not a Playroom celebrated a Once that land is found shelter. All these cats are grand opening Saturday and developed for EARS, in foster homes. They’re at 145 W. Dearborn St. animals will be brought never in cages. I Throngs of supporters to shops like PawZazz, love that.” visited the new building, where they will easily Two orange tabbies recently remodeled with adoptable. named Pumpkin and whimsical paintings and “The overriding con- Tiger reclined just out of well-stocked shelves cern is to keep a fresh reach on a shelf high adjacent to the EARS supply of animals,” North above the throngs. The administrative office, said. last two remaining SUN PHOTO BY MOLLY DEMPSEY, which has been operating EARS has about 70 siblings in their litter, at the location for about active volunteers. Many they are available Horan looks over the fence at possible adoptive parents at EARS during the adopt-a-thon three years. were at the opening for adoption. Saturday at PawZazz, a gift shop for dog and cat lovers, which celebrated its grand opening Festivities included free Saturday. Maryssa Plant, 11, the same day, at 145 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. photos at a people-and- Sandy Dameron was wanted another kitty to pet photo booth, courtesy thrilled with the add to the three she T U R N YO U R T R A S H I N TO CA $ H ! TURN YOUR TRASH INTO CA$H! of Gregg Busch. ADVERTISE IN THE CLASSIFIEDS CALL (941) 206-1200 cat habitat. already has. “It’s our treat. It’s for “There are things for “They’ll stay with you. advertisement advertisement EARS,” Busch said. them to jump on and play They’re always there if North Port cat watercol- with and hide in,” she you need them, like if by orist and EARS board said. “It’s just such a nice you’ve had a bad day,” Russ Sebring member Nancy Colby will place for them to social- she said. have a permanent place ize and look out About 15 cats started Does your business qualify? Call 1-888-900-5960 to showcase her art at the the window.” out in the habitat in the PawZazz gift shop. Cassie Wagner, 17, said morning — five found Flat Screen TV s Available At Lower Prices Pierre, a deaf, one-eyed she’d love to take a cat permanent homes by I know many of you are on the verge of buying a new LCD or It makes sense to buy your flat screen TV from a well-known cat who inspired the home, but can’t because 11:30 a.m. plasma flat screen TV. Before local company who takes the you buy, make sure you see the time to answer your questions name for the cat habitat, home right now is a For more information outstanding TVs on sale at and can service you in the was available for admira- college dorm room. about EARS and PawZazz, “Quality TV”, 14212 S. Tamiami Trail in North Port, phone 426-1773. future. “Quality TV” is a family owned operation where they tion throughout the day. “You can tell the cats call the EARS office at M Now celebrating their 37th year, care about your business. Mike “Quality TV” has an outstanding at “Quality TV” can show what He became the EARS look very happy all 941-475-0636. reputation in the community as one makes one brand better than mascot after he was cuddled up,” Wagner said. E-mail: dsanchez@ of the top family owned electronics another and his company can sales and service firms, and they re provide prompt service anytime rescued and determined EARS volunteer Sue one of the best places in the area you need it. “Quality TV” sells you can go to buy high performance and installs Home Theater sys- flat screen TVs. “Quality TV” tems and is an authorized Dish | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS offers the lowest prices around on all size LCD and plasma TVs by LG (20 inches to 60 inches), and Network and DirectTV dealer/- installer. They service all major brands of TV, DVD and elec- “Quality TV” sells top rated flat screen LCD owner Mike Morales will match tronics. In addition, “Quality TV” Women’s Cancer raderie of others, and get the artist, view artwork and plasma TVs by LG at unbeatable lower or beat any price you see on the installs security cameras and Support Group an overview of the GFWC and enjoy light refresh- prices. Pictured is Mike. same product line. alarm systems. Woman’s Club of Port ments. The event will be The Celebrate Life Ladies Charlotte, a nonprofit held at 3941 Tamiami If Your Car Breaks – See “Dr. D s Auto Repair” Cancer Support Group is organization. Trail, Suite 3173 in Punta When your car breaks down, D s for years and most won t you certainly want to take it to a let anyone else touch their car. offering comfort and Attendees are not Gorda. RSVPs are appreci- reputable mechanic who knows You can trust Dr. D s for an honest evaluation of your car s friendship to all women obligated to become ated and more informa- what he s doing. Here locally, there s an excellent place you problem. Dean and Mike and with all types of cancers as members or to dress up tion is available by calling can take your car to called Dr. their staff are all ASE certified D s Auto Repair at 23415 and it s important to know they well as cancer survivors. for the event. The GFWC 941-637-6787. Janice Ave. (Whidden Industrial use the finest quality parts and guarantee their work. They can Their next meeting will be Women’s Club is a volun- Park) in Charlotte Harbor, phone 743-3677. repair and service any make of held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 teer organization whose Elks’ Owners Dean Mintrone and car or truck, and utilize the most advanced diagnostic Mike True have a great repu- a.m. Wednesday. They purpose is to promote and October Feast tation in the community and are equipment. Dr. D s Auto Repair does generally meet on the first provide charitable, two of the best auto mechanics everything including computer in this area. These guys always Wednesday of each month educational and philan- The Deep Creek Elks service your car in a prompt, engine analysis, tune-ups, 4 engine overhauls, valve jobs, at the Punta Gorda Isles thropic activities. They Lodge 2763 at 1133 courteous fashion, and charge auto A/C work, brakes, very sensible rates for quality Civic Association, 2001 locally sponsor Hospice, Capricorn Blvd. in Deep work. Many people throughout exhaust and all kinds of gen- Dr. D s Auto Repair is a full service shop eral auto repairs. They always where they do repairs on all makes of vehi- Shreve St. in Punta Gorda. Homeless Coalition, Creek will hold a week- Charlotte County have used Dr. do an outstanding job. cles. They do a wonderful job. The guest speaker for the Special Olympics, Salva- end-long “October Feast” Q – My wife and I are getting up in Q – I m wanting to buy vertical blinds for my home, but October meeting is VJ tion Army, Bread of Life, Friday and Saturday. years and we ve decided to downsize our life and sell our antiques. Where I ve never bought verticals before and really don t know where I should go. Any suggestions? Murty, clinical social S.T.A.R. and The Cancer There will be an Auto and can I sell our antiques and get a good price? A – My best advice is to contact Absolute Blinds Etc. at 2842 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, phone 627-5444. Absolute Blinds worker/psychologist. If Foundation as well as Bike show, voter registra- 1 ¦ A – You ll definitely want to contact Etc. sells superior quality vertical blinds for less money because y Steve Duke, owner of Westchester Gold, they manufacture their own right here in Charlotte County and you are interested in many others. tion drive, authentic 1 4200-F Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte pass on the factory-direct savings to you. They also offer an end- (behind ABC Liquor), phone 625-0666. less selection of different styles and colors to choose from. In speaking to the group or The clubhouse is located German food, 50/50s, and Now celebrating their 35th year, West- addition, Absolute Blinds is a Graber and Hunter Douglas priority chester Gold is always buying antiques, dealer and they sell and install all styles of blinds, plantation shut- attending a meeting, at 20271 Tappan Zee of course open enrollment jewelry, diamonds, pocket watches, ters, pleated shades, top treatments, cornices, draperies, wall- contact 941-575-7266 or Drive, off Quesada for membership to the coins, paintings, art glass and more. They purchase one piece or entire paper and more. They also have a talented interior decorator on-- site who can help you select colors and coordinate the whole 941-637-7825. Avenue. The group holds Elks. Enjoy the live music estates. With Westchester Gold, you re assured of receiving the best price for all look. monthly luncheon on Friday night by Just your valued possessions. Q – The carpeting in our home is worn out. We want to replace it with meetings and a games Friends, and Sound Q – I own a 40-foot motorcoach. It has numerous things hardwood or tile flooring. Where s a F Woman’s Club’s Investments will entertain on it that need to be repaired. I m looking for a reputable RV good place to go? A – Be sure to visit “Friendly Floors” at I M ,M. E enrollment day, as well as weekly service center that can service everything. Know anyone? A – The place you want to take it to is Charlotte RV Service & 3785 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, crafts days. To attend the you on Saturday. Saturday Sales at 4628 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, phone 883-5555. phone 941-624-0077. Now celebrating their 22nd year, “Friendly Floors” has The Woman’s Club of Tea, call 941-764-7087 or night will host a “Dance Charlotte RV Service & Sales is one of the largest and best RV service centers in Southwest Florida. Owner Amos Slater and his been voted the area s #1 flooring dealer Port Charlotte will hold a 941-456-3626. for a Cure” fundraiser. All outstanding staff have an excellent reputation, and these pros do everything – major and minor repairs, service and upgrades, inte- the past 4 years in a row in the “Best of Charlotte”. They offer one of the finest “Welcome Tea” at 2 p.m. the proceeds will go to the rior and exterior, top to bottom. They service all popular makes of selections of designer flooring including better quality lines of carpet, floor tile, motorhomes – diesels, gas and towables. You ll like the impressive Friday. Although new Cancer Foundation. For service Charlotte RV provides. Pus, they have a terrific parts and marble, stone, hardwood and laminate Fran Richardson more information call accessories store and on-line catalogue. They also consign and floorings. They also give a lifetime instal- members are welcomed at Art Reception sell RVs for owners. Their website is lation warranty. Their website is any time, October is a 941-764-6825. Q – The front of my car got banged up in a minor accident and I need the name of a reputable auto body shop who Q – There s something seriously wrong with our home s month when special The Edward Jones F R E E ON L I N E does good work. Can you give me the name of someone? air conditioning system. It won t blow cold air. Do you know a reputable air conditioning company we can contact? activities are held that are Investment office of Bob A – I encourage you to contact an outstanding place called Jackie s Auto Body at 19888 Veterans Hwy. in Port Charlotte, A – One of the largest and finest full service air conditioning C L A S S IF I E D A D S! firms here in Charlotte County is a place called 4 Seasons Air geared toward enlarging Quinn is holding a recep- phone 255-5967. Jackie s is one of the most trusted and best full service auto body and paint shops in Charlotte County. They do Conditioning (phone 627-2132 or 474-4473). They ve been serv- the membership. Atten- tion for local artist Fran fantastic work using the finest equipment and materials and are ing area homeowners for over 23 years and have an excellent dees will be served a Richardson from 4:30 p.m. also represented on the Preferred Insurance list. Jackie s Auto Body does everything from minor repairs to major collision dam- reputation in the community. 4 Seasons Air s experienced team of technicians can repair all major brands of heating and cooling equipment, and they re an authorized dealer for top rated Trane age. Plus, they re also known for their beautiful custom paint variety of teas and refresh- to 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Enter your own Internet ad for private jobs. Many local car dealers and car collectors use Jackie s Auto and Carrier air conditioners. Also, 4 Seasons Air charges very reasonable rates and stands behind their work. Many local resi- ments, enjoy the cama- public is invited to meet party merchandise under $500 Body exclusively. Their website is dents use them. [CAC057664] 344177
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Our Town Page 8 H/D/E/N/C SUNDAY PUZZLES The Sun /Sunday, August 28, 2008 CHEM LINGO CROSSWORD PUZZLE By Arlan and Linda Bushman, Chicago, Illinois Edited by Wayne Robert Williams ACROSS 69 Ruling body DOWN 61 Robin Cook thriller 1 Natural fountain 72 Bizarre 1 Put on display 62 Writer Waugh 7 Cast off 73 Clark Kent's alter 2 Come down hard 65 Novi Sad resident 11 Inlet ego 3 Charge per unit 67 The like 15 Berserk 77 Lendable sense 4 Forge output 68 Moral obligation 19 Rough-sounding organ? 5 Letters on a 69 Diver's milieu 20 Unbroken views 78 Caustic remark rubber check 70 Count equivalent 22 Whitecap weather about a litmus test 6 Euclid's province 71 Neither black nor 23 Einstein with no result? 7 Gush forth white chemical more einsteinium 81 Unadorned 8 Contains stuff? in stock, e.g.? 82 Cenozoic and 9 Helm dir. 72 Polecat defense 25 Liner stopover Paleozoic 10 Causing grief 73 Saw wood in bed 26 Small tweeter 84 Niels or Aage of 11 Polaroid or Pentax 74 __ Picchu 27 West Coast physics 12 Signs 75 "As You Like It" seagull 85 True blue 13 Singer Morrison forest 28 Flush 88 K.C. summer hrs. 14 Stuff of wills 76 Cereal box fig. 29 Joins the cast of 89 Old-time hanging 15 Shakes up 79 Skeptic's retort 31 Boxing champ trap 16 Where one buys 80 Poetic lament Max 92 Pers. with a chemical 83 Droopy-eared 33 Postpones handle? supplies? dogs 35 Flower by Big Ben 94 Some kind of a 17 Kukla's colleague 86 Admitted to a 36 Incipient chemical nut 18 Loudly laments group concoction? 96 "All Men Are 21 Whoop it up 87 Tatted material 40 Ranch name in Whores" dramatist 24 Soft-toy substance 90 Revival shout "Giant" 97 Report concerning 30 Confab 91 Big-billed bird 41 Reflect chemical ions? 32 By and by 92 Pause in 42 Wind into loops 100 Coco of fashion 33 Trivial stuff conversation 43 Looked after 102 Upbeat 34 Radio static letters 93 It's c-c-c-cold! 46 Latin eggs 103 Twixt 12 and 20 36 Parting words 95 Southwestern 47 Roskalnikov's 104 Pasta choice 37 Name in skin care desert refusals 105 Canvas colors? 38 Old French bread? 97 Contribute 49 Timeworn 106 Short flight 39 Series of eight 98 Spartan drudge 51 Scottish terrier 107 Lyrical tributes 40 Took a spin 99 Lots and lots 52 Ward (off) 111 Dated leader? 43 Wetland areas 100 Heavy lifter 54 Caustic chemical 112 Attention given to 44 Rochester's 101 Accolade couriers? a chemical beloved 102 Burger, fries and a 59 Afore mixture? 45 Forest ruminant drink, e.g. 60 King or queen 117 Playwright/actor 48 River of Spain 106 Jaunty greeting 63 Screen lists Coward 49 Dorothy's guardian 108 Orlop or poop 64 Egg-hunting 118 Capricious 50 Bearded grazers 109 Italian noble family period 119 Combo bet 53 Lucy's hubby 110 Visit 66 Sing singly 120 Goes wrong 55 Caveat __ 113 Bonanza find 67 Mr. Peanut's spiffy 121 Gas light 56 Upgrade guns 114 Henpeck legwear 122 Tampico water 57 Harvest 115 Joanne of films 68 Kevin Kline movie 123 Beast of burden 58 Goalie's feat 116 Outer: pref. Puzzle answers on page 9 DIAGRAMLESS • 21 X 21 GOREN ON BRIDGE HOLIDAY MATHIS HOROSCOPES WHAT FAITH! Like a bubble bath commercial, ACROSS 47 Promise 2 Emollient 39 Brief Both vulnerable. South deals. Neptune takes us away to a comfort- 1 Concert screamer 48 Laughing 3 One short of epigrammatic ing escape. You might choose to leave 4 Old pistol substance bowling saying NORTH the humdrum world behind by ♠743 stepping into a fantasy world of your 7 Food 49 Concept of self 4 Parisian 40 Blessing ♥ A 10 6 4 own making. This could take the form establishment 50 Broke bread policeman 41 Tallest tree in the ♦ A 10 of a soak in the steamy tub, a jam 8 Place of bliss 51 Vegas hotel 5 “You’ve got to world ♣ J 10 4 2 session or getting lost in an Edith Wharton novel. Relaxation really does 17 Spouted vessel 52 “She loves you” hide your love 52 Southeast Asian WEST EAST lift the ceiling of our minds. ♠ A Q 10 9 8 6 ♠KJ 19 Las Vegas’ singers ___” Beatles tongue ♥KQ953 ♥J7 ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re “highlight” 56 Lennon/McCartney 6 Gull cousin 53 Majestic ♦96 ♦ QJ75432 unafraid. As long as you keep ♣ Void ♣83 choosing the thoughts that keep you 20 Someone who 1963 song 7 “The Closer” 54 On the water brave, you stay that way. Use the SOUTH thinks everyone is 61 Vaulted polygon evidence 55 Provided a joint ♠52 powerful astral attention you get out to get him 62 Modify 8 Beans provider insertion today to turn a problem into a plus. ♥82 TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your 21 Not one 63 Mortgage 9 A dynasty in 57 Storm ♦K8 mouth is saying one thing, and your 22 Protected 64 Maker of holes China 58 Scent ♣AKQ9765 demeanor is saying another. There is 23 Initial 65 UN aircraft group 10 Arrow trajectory 59 Microscopic something valuable to be gained by The bidding: paying attention to the subtle 24 Unit of force 66 Animal hunted 11 Isle of Skye’s no arachnid SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST messages being passed between you 1♣ 2♣ Dbl ♦ 2♦ 25 A Beatle 67 Violinist, Hilary 12 Nation’s economic 60 C2H4 3NT Pass Pass Pass and your loved ones. 28 Beatle’s meter 70 Executive’s office stat. 67 Very popular GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re Opening lead: Ace of ♠ not the only one whose feelings are a maid adornment 13 Baloney 68 Be a neighbor to bit raw, but you have a classy way of 31 It will 78 Glasgow girl 14 Led Zeppelin ___ 69 Vagrant When this deal was played in a national team dealing with it. You’re wise to avoid 32 Wild pig 82 Bassoon’s cousin album 71 Hail controversy. Let the big personalities championship, East showed impressive faith in around you war between each other 33 Love in tennis 83 Fades away 15 Toilet, briefly 72 Chart partner’s bidding and opening lead to come up and don’t join in. with a superlative defense. 34 Romantic couple 84 Trade show 16 Astringent in taste 73 Benz followers West’s cue-bid of clubs was a major-suit takeout CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’re 35 Leaving uninjured 85 Bathroom features 18 Bread or whiskey 74 Write figuring out why you should be and North’s double showed values. South decided grateful for the mixed bag of troubles 39 Sheet fabric 86 Relying 26 At the peak 75 Drug used in “The to gamble on partner having a stopper in both you’ve been handed. As dysfunctional 42 Meadow 87 Concise 27 Arm bone Good Shepherd” majors and essayed three no trump. Had West led a low spade, this deal would have as a situation may be, having to 43 Parisian street 88 Ring location, 29 Just a smidgen 76 High card in navigate through it gives you an edge. been consigned rapidly to the annals of lunacy at LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There’s 44 Bud’s partner sometimes 30 Chinese unit of Hold’em the bridge table. But thinking there was a chance something magical waiting for you 45 “Love me while 89 Nightmare street weight 77 X that one of his opponents might have a singleton king of spades, West elected to attack with the ace around the bend. In order to experi- you can, Before 36 Outside the law 79 Skating jump ence this mysterious celebration, you of spades! The fate of the contract hung in the must let go of your preconceived I’m a dead ___ DOWN 37 Week old baby 80 Monty Python balance. notions, turn away from the known man” Beatles lyric 1 “I ____ Fine” 38 Units of magnetic obsession To East it was obvious that South’s jump to game was based on a long, running trump suit. and drift into the unknown. 46 Denny’s has two Beatles song field intensity 81 Wino TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (SEPTEMBER That meant than West had no quick entry back to 28). Your intuitive knowledge is hand and that, unless spades could be run, declarer strong, and you’ll act on it. You may would have an easy nine tricks. There was only not be able to articulate what you one way to beat the hand — East jettisoned the want, but when you see it, you BIBLE king of spades under the ace! immediately grab it and hold on tight. That made life easy for West, who had reached A fine teacher puts you to the test in the same conclusion about declarer’s holding. November. You’ll go to the bank with “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” — Psalm 150:6. Unless the jack of spades was coming down, there what you learn. Romantic escapades was no hope. So West continued with the queen of make December a lark. Capricorn “Sing to the Lord, He is worthy of praise.” Praising the lord is a positive experience. spades and, when the jack came down, equity was and Gemini adore you. Your lucky Try it and see how it blesses God and you. restored — the defense collected the first six tricks. numbers are: 14, 9, 42, 4 and 20. Isn’t it wonderful to have a trusting partner? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Family, work, love — it all mixes together in one beautiful recipe in the week to CRYPTOGRAMS JUMBLE come. The down time you have with your loved ones now will contribute in an important way to your financial THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME and career picture. by Mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Someone is trying to be supportive, however is 1. R D P W C A W X L H R W I I X C P X W I M A N W I X V P X G S A M X Unscramble these six Jumbles, probably saying and doing all the one letter to each square, wrong things. Give instructions. Let to form six ordinary words. others know how you like to be UROH DSA RF CSP XVVHP AM KJ PJP. FSP SXF GSPOOJ helped and, while they’re at it, SNEFTA delighted. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). OPI HRVF XWI X HAEPHJ MXGP XWI FSP HAEPF UNKLA. Eventually you’ll rise to the top. ©2008 Tribune Media Services, Inc. However, it won’t feel any different All Rights Reserved. from the place you are right now. So you may as well start fully enjoying 2. D F L M O U K Y W R O U K S U Z O S X G F W R Z V R Q R C F G M X Q ABHORR the dynamics that are going on in this transitional place in your life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). DSZ QYTX YX DVYT ZY MCYFQ JFL JSZZU. You’re not inclined to accept some- BELTOG thing just because it’s not easy to change. Your defiance is appropriate and useful. Those who are weaker than you will benefit from the action you take to make a situation right. 3. K Z H F M W G H I V U Y B E F I U O H K I M S P W H V B K Z K Z H P B I C CASIMO CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re the kind of adventurer who is NIMKHQKBME YMQBHKR PHQUSYH ZH VUY OHIR willing to sometimes go against the grain in order to experience what only a few people ever do. You’re due for NIMSC MG ZBKKBEF UE HUFWH. TUBECK another one of your brave escapades. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There’s no need to push ahead. Progress is inevitable. You don’t have FIGYEF Now arrange the circled letters to make a single move in order for 4. F S B V B R F G H Y U H G Z Y J R H A L H U U K A J L E F J H A J R E to form the surprise answer, as things to develop to the next level. Relax and let it happen. suggested by the above cartoon. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The LBOO ZSHAB KAOBRR FSBYB JR ZHHY YBLBZFJHA HY PRINT YOUR ANSWER IN THE CIRCLES BELOW question arises about how much you should share. How about everything? IT “ ” That would certainly put an end to AH VEYR. the pettiness and squabbling. Astounding luck comes from your Last week’s answers on page 9 Jumble answers on page 9 willingness to give your all.
  • 25. Sunday, August 28, 2008/ The Sun FAMILY ALBUM E/N/C Our Town Page 9 DEAR ABBY FAMILY ALBUM Woman living in her Boevides-Reade Homan-Vannata Sturtevants celebrate 30 little sister’s shadow Beth Ellen Homan and Paris Anthony Vannata of Cumming, DEAR ABBY: I am the Ga. recently announced their oldest of three sisters. engagement. They are planning a The youngest has always September 26, 2008 wedding at been the overachiever. Primrose Cottage in Roswell, Ga. She graduated from high The couple plans to reside in school and college early, Cumming. was the first to be mar- Beth is the daughter of David ried, and she’s having the and Wendy Homan. She graduated first baby in the family. from Port Charlotte High School Berkley and Elaine Sturtevant I have demonstrated and majored in business and will celebrate their 30th wedding my pride in my sister by Dear Abby marketing at Belmont University anniversary on September 30, attending all her celebra- in Nashville, Tenn. She is currently 2008. Berkley has lived in the area tions. I have sent gifts, employed by Marriott Corp. for 48 years and Elaine has lived helped to organize not and sibling appear working as a regional sales man- here for 31 years. only parties, but also her hypnotized by the glare Mr. and Mrs. Ian Reade are ager. Elaine works in the billing wedding and baby of her spotlight, you may pleased to announce the marriage Paris is the son of Anthony department at Murdock Family showers. have to find your valida- of their son, Stacy, to Gina Beo- Vannata and Jan Madajewski. He Medicine and Berkley works as a I recently announced tion outside your imme- vides, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. graduated from Point Pleasant specialty builder at Adams Broth- to my mother and diate family — from Mario Beovides of Miami. The High School in Point Pleasant, N.J. ers Cabinetry. middle sister that I am friends and your fiance’s wedding was held on September he majored in business adminis- Their children are: Ben (Susan) planning to be married, family. I recommend you 13, 2008, in Miami at Sts. Peter tration at Kean University and of Baltimore, Md., Amy (Patrick) of assuming we would all start now. and Paul Church with a reception Kennesaw State University in Baltimore and Berkley (Ronni) of share the excitement we Dear Abby is written by and dinner at the Coral Gables Union, N.J. an Kennesaw, Ga. He Port Charlotte, Fla. did for my sister. Not Abigail Van Buren, also Women’s Club. is currently employed by Ocean They have two grandchildren, only did they show a known as Jeanne Phillips, The bridal party included four ATM working as vice president of Ryan and Ava and two granddogs, complete lack of interest and was founded by her bridesmaids and groomsmen, a marketing and business develop- Gus and Gabi. in my milestone, they mother, Pauline Phillips. ring bearer, and a flower girl. Over ment. immediately changed the Write Dear Abby at two hundred family and friends, Poole-Jeffers subject to my sister’s or some from as far away as Califor- Davis-White baby shower. I cannot P Box 69440, Los .O. nia, Nova Scotia, and Canada, help but feel hurt by this. Angeles, CA 90069. helped the couple celebrate. Stacy Is the first milestone in a To order “How to Write is a graduate of Port Charlotte family more celebrated Letters for All Occasions,” High School, and Florida State than the others that send a business-sized, University. Stacy and Gina are follow? — COMING IN self-addressed envelope, both graduates of the University of SECOND IN ATLANTA plus check or money Miami School of Law, and are DEAR SECOND: I don’t order for $6 (U.S. funds) practicing in Miami. blame you for feeling to: Dear Abby — Letter After a honeymoon at the slighted. It appears your Booklet, P Box 447, .O. Sandals Resort, they will reside in sister is the “golden Mount Morris, IL 61054- their Coral Gables home. child” in your family. 0447. (Postage is included Because your mother in the price.) Trabucchi-Shamasian HELOISE Morissa Davis and Brett White of Morgan Poole and Jeremy Punta Gorda, Fla., were married Jeffers, both of Katy, Texas, were Drink mix on June 28, 2008, at McGregor married on June 21, 2008, on Dear Heloise: The Baptist Church in Fort Myers. A Palm Island, Fla. perfect “pitcher” for reception was held at the A reception was held at Palm making drink mixes is an Grandezza Club. Following the Island Clubhouse. Following the empty orange-juice wedding ceremony the couple wedding ceremony the couple container. Fill it halfway spend their honeymoon in Maui spent their honeymoon in with cold water. Careful- and Honolulu, Hawaii. Barbados. ly pour the dry, pow- The couple plan to reside in She is the daughter of William dered crystals into the Calusa Creek, Punta Gorda. and Cindy Poole of Angleton, water. Fill the little Hints from Heloise Morissa is the daughter of George Texas. He is the son of Dan and scoop with water to and Christi Davis. Brett is the son of Karen Jeffers of Rotonda West, completely remove all Tommy and Marianne White. Fla. use them instead. — Kelly Trabucchi and Paul The bride was given in marriage The bride was given in mar- the mix. Put the cap on Callie, via e-mail the bottle and shake Shamasian of Manchester, Conn., by her father. Others attending the riage by her father, William Poole. well. — Gerry Mack, recently announced their engage- bride were: Amber Walter, Megan Others attending the bride were: Chatham, Ill. Test your ment. They are planning a May Gomes, Marin Davis (sister-in- Maid of honor, Katy Poole (sister). Heloise hint IQ 2009 wedding at the Pavilion on law), Debra Teter (cousin), Melissa Bridesmaids were: Nicole Flavored milk Crystal Lake in Middletown, Conn. White (sister-in-law), Lauryn Holmes, Mandy Hartman, Aman- Dear Readers: When Kelly is the daughter of Roger Lowe, Casey Kennedy and Maid of da Hill, Allison Menefee, and Dear Heloise: My dear cooking pasta as a hot (recently deceased) and Sandi Honor Elizabeth Lombardo and Ashley Smith. Flower girl was mother taught me this dish (e.g., spaghetti), do Trabucchi of Chester, Conn. Kelly Maid of Honor Chanel Hanchey; Kaley Muller (niece of groom). little trick: Instead of you add oil to the water? graduated from the University of and flower girls Lexee Smith Those attending the groom struggling to clean the Should you spray veg- Connecticut in Chester, Conn., (cousin), Ana Cutrubus (cousin), were best man: Dan Jeffers last vestiges of jams and etable oil or pour olive oil where she majored in early and Sophia Cutrubus. (father). jellies out of jars, add on the cooked pasta? childhood development and Those attending the groom was Ushers: Marshall and Sam milk and shake. A tasty Guess what? The education. She is currently best man, Timothy White (broth- Jeffers, (cousins of groom). treat for kids of all ages. answer is no. If you add employed by The Children’s Place, er); Ushers: Jason Dill (brother) Groomsmen: Allen Poole (brother — Virginia Stanton, oil to the pasta before or Inc. as a preschool teacher. John Berger, Jared Davis (brother- of Groom), Johnny Cokkineas, Oceanside, Calif. after it is cooked, the red Paul is the son of Abraham and in-law), Bryan Ball, Brian Ziegler, Drew Collom, Shelby Ramsey, sauce won’t stick as well. Joan Shamasian of Englewood, Ryan Kennedy, Josh White Mark Paxton, Mike Vasher and Coffee drinker — Heloise Fla. Paul is currently employed by (cousin), Keith White (cousin); Matt Milliron. Corn kernels RCMS Controls working as an Ring bearer Noah Jacobs (cousin) The couple reside in Katy, Dear Heloise: I can’t drink really hot coffee. I Dear Heloise: A quick- engineer. and Tucker White (cousin). Texas. used to put an ice cube in and-easy way to cut kernels it, but it tasted watered off corncobs is to use a The only source you need for boating, fishing and down. Now I freeze my curved grapefruit knife. — outdoor news - every Thursday, only in individual creamers and Nan S. from New Jersey Last week’s Cryptograms PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. A bartender saw a lawyer arrive briskly at the bar. “Do you want a subpoena colada or an advokaat on ice?” he piped up. (Puzzles on page 8) 2. My question about my teeth was helpfully answered. I believe every fine dentist deserves a little plaque. 3. When the two elephants split up and called it off, it was called a truncated affair. 4. The gigolo was asked why he played cards a lot. “The strong suits in the pack,” he said. “Diamonds take me up into hearts.” Answer : FASTEN GOBLET BUCKET HARBOR MOSAIC EFFIGY When the countertop salesman was paid, he — TOOK IT FOR “GRANITE”
  • 26. Our Town Page 10 C LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 Bridge tender’s beating remains unsolved By DANA SANCHEZ than a year later. morning of June 29, 2007, poker at the Eagles and ASSISTANT ENGLEWOOD The physical pain he the bridge house was Moose lodges he EDITOR suffers is bad enough, but covered in Reed’s blood. frequented. ENGLEWOOD — At Reed also suffers from a She spent hours clean- He still sees a lady least five people know sense of loss. The reason: ing it up and can still friend with whom he was who beat Jerry Reed on He loved his job tending point to his fingerprints, in a relationship, “but it’s the Manasota Bridge and the Manasota Bridge. which remain visible on not the same,” he said. left him with a broken jaw Not everyone is suited the blue painted siding of “Social clubs were a and bloody eye. to the work, according to the bridge where Reed very important part of his No-one came forward Michele Marriott who struggled to get his life,” Marriott said. “I with information about tends the bridge on the footing after the brutal knew the lady he was in a the brutal beating that morning shift. beating. relationship with. They took place late on the “You have to like Reed returned to work were a very loving couple. night of June 28, 2007. yourself because if you for a week, but said he It was the hardships that A group of teenagers don’t, you won’t make it,” found it nerve-wracking. caused the relationship to had been jumping off the Marriott said. “You’re by “I couldn’t concentrate end.” bridge several times a day yourself for eight hours. on anything,” he said. Reed can’t even dance in the week leading to the On the other hand, you “This was a guy who any more. attack, witnesses said. At have the best view in would have worked here “Yeah, we used to cut about 11 p.m. on the Englewood.” ‘til the day he died,” quite a rug together, didn’t night he was beaten, Pods of dolphins and Marriott said. we?” Marriott recalled as some teenagers came to manatees with calves Marriott is surprised she visited with Reed in jump from the bridge and sometimes pass through no-one has come forward the bridge house Friday. Reed, who was 69 at the the Intracoastal Water- with information on the Reed wiped his eyes and time, left the bridge way, which separates crime. A $1,000 Crime said “I have to take a pain house to ask them to mainland Englewood Stoppers reward for pill.” leave. from Manasota Key. A information leading to an Marriott is angry about Two unidentified males distressed loggerhead arrest hasn’t resulted in the brutal beating. SUN PHOTO BY DANA SANCHEZ, kicked and punched him turtle recently swam by. much. She is frustrated in the face as he stood on Tenders called for help, “You’d think the way because she says the Jerry Reed gazes at the water from Manasota Bridge, where the bridge, then hit him but by the time help kids speak to each other Sheriff’s Office takes so he worked as a bridge tender until he was savagely beaten with a skateboard as he arrived the turtle had with My Space, someone long to respond to calls in June 2007. The crime remains unsolved. lay on the ground, disappeared. would have said some- when bridge tenders call but it affected numerous on this case.” struggling to get up. The bridge has opened thing,” Marriott said. to report people are others,” she said. “Nothing’s going to Three witnesses stood 69 times so far this month “There was a private jumping off the bridge The Manasota Bridge come of this unless one of and watched nearby, to let boats through. It’ll reward sitting out there as and angry because of the tenders share a special the five people that was including a female, Reed probably be open 70 a carrot. It was never senselessness of the camaraderie. All are from intimately involved recalled. None lifted a times by the end of the touched.” crime. Englewood, but Reed comes forward,” Marriott hand to help him. None month. The investigation is still The bridge house log holds a special place in said. of them tried to stop his This is a slow time of open and Sarasota book shows that jumping Marriott’s heart. Crime Stoppers of assailants. None of them year and the economy is County Sheriff’s Office off the bridge resumed on “A younger person Sarasota, an independent called police. down, so sport fishermen detectives won’t discuss July 22, less than a month would have recovered organization, offers a The attack left Reed so aren’t going out much, the case. after Reed’s attack. On quicker,” she said. “It was $1,000 reward for infor- disabled that he was Marriott explained. “Our detectives are July 26, 2007, the entry so heinous what was mation leading to an unable to return to work, In her single busiest working on it,” said read: “Called police Re: 4 done to this man.” arrest in a felony. Go to though he tried. He day, the bridge opened 14 Sarasota County Sheriff’s jumpers, some of whom Lesaltato asked anyone www.crimestoppersweb suffered permanent times, Marriott recalled. Office spokesman Lt. are suspects in J.R.’s with information about .com/sarasota. Anony- damage to his left eye. His This compares with the Chuck Lesaltato. “We’re battery.” the beating to come mous calls are accepted sight remains blurry. He Albee Road Bridge, which still doing follow-ups but This crime touched forward. at 941-366-8477. Or call can’t get rid of the had as many as 2,000 there’s not a lot of leads.” more than Reed, Marriott “Of course we’d like to the Sarasota County headaches he has suf- openings in a month back Socially, Reed’s life has said. make an arrest, but we’d Sheriff’s Office 24-7 at fered since the night he when gas was cheap. changed drastically since “Because of the stupidi- like to make a good 941-861-1701. was beaten and still takes When Marriott came in the attack. ty of these teenagers, it arrest,” he said. “We really E-mail: dsanchez@ pain medication more to work early on the He no longer plays not only ruined Jerry’s life need some information | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Good Fishing Tips only in Fall Fest St. Maximilian Kolbe business hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to on Oct. 25. This event will include a luncheon and Monday each month held at the lodge located at packet of project tools and supplies that are estimat- WaterLine Church will host a Fall Friday, or by e-mail to fashion show. The cost for this event will be $10 per 3152 Harbor Blvd. in Port Charlotte. ed at $35 plus a piercing tool and pad costing $5 I Watch for it every Thursday I Harvest celebration at 9 person. The proceeds will each. Class enrollment is a.m. Oct. 24 at the church Rotary Club benefit the ECW Outreach Card embroidery limited to assure individu- Mississippi located at 1441 Spear St. in Port Charlotte. The change of venue Program. For tickets for the lunch and fashion class returns al attention from instruc- tor Mary Melvin. 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  • 27. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS C Our Town Page 11 Foreclosures the key in home-sale recovery By TERRY O’CONNOR 6,183 single-family homes sold in the last two condensation hits and NORTH PORT ASSISTANT on the market as of months, which means the mold forms.” FLORIDA HOME SALES EDITOR Friday. Broslat said the market is clearing off By contrast, builders Homes sales and percent) NORTH PORT — 718 sales in the last 60 foreclosures faster than were stuck with thou- median home sale prices Punta Gorda 223 176 (21 plunged in August, accord- percent) Sarasota County foreclo- days leave a 17-month any other home sale, said sands of unsold North ing to the Florida Multiple sures are closing fast and inventory of single-family Garrett Kizer, Adams Port homes when the Listing Service. Year-to- AUGUST MEDIAN SALES furiously, but otherwise homes in the Sarasota Homes general manager. market went flat. They are date, Florida real estate PRICE (decline) the county has a 17- market. By contrast, he “The completed fore- in good to pristine agents sold 83,194 homes, a 12 percent decline MSA August 2007 August month inventory of said, just a four-month closures are definitely condition and are less of compared with 94,880 Change homes and it’s about to inventory of foreclosures kicking up steam, as well a gamble than foreclo- through August 2007. Sarasota $291,400 get a lot fatter. is available. as the flat-out bank- sures, Kizer said. $218,200 (25 percent) AUGUST HOME SALES Punta Gorda $186,500 Foreclosures are so The Sarasota-Braden- owned properties,” Kizer “New homes, if the (decline) $138,100 (26 percent) dominating Florida home ton MLS reports 415 said. “If you’re a seller it’s builder has been realistic sales they are crowding foreclosures over the last hard to compete with.” in pricing, are just as MSA August 2007 August SOURCE: Based on a out other viable sales Change survey of Florida Realtor two months, which is Kizer said homeowners, cheap, if not cheaper, Sarasota 779 551 (29 boards and associations. options, such as building only a blip before the however, need to be than the bank-owned a home or buying a storm, Broslat said. aware of the pitfalls of stuff,” Kizer said. “The Until the glut of fore- Lakes and Rotonda previously owned home, “A zillion more are in buying foreclosed homes upside is the homes have closed homes is sold, the Meadows have seen sales analysts say. And it’s the pipeline,” Broslat from banks, which tend been maintained and pricing lure will be too at prices under $5,000. If going to get worse before said. “It’s just like an to be sold as is, with no offer a minimum of a strong for bargain you sell now, you’re going it gets better. iceberg sort of thing.” guarantees. Mold, broken one-year warranty up to hunters to ignore in a to get ripped off.” “The actual number of Florida will lose $1.5 windows, cracked walls 10 years.” depressed market, he Broslat advises sellers foreclosures for sale are trillion — with a T — in and faulty utility connec- Clearing off the foreclo- said. to hold off putting their pretty low right now property values before tions can cause costly sures remains key to Panicked or cash- homes on the market if at because they are turning the market finishes fixes for the foreclosure reigniting demand for strapped sellers continue all possible. over pretty quickly,” said stabilizing, Broslat said. buyer. homes, Broslat said. And deflating the market. This “Buyers are getting Arthur Broslat, a real “That’s a lot of money “Some will take a little increased demand is is illustrated by the great prices because estate analyst for in a state with a $600 money to fix. Some will irreplaceable in propping feeding frenzy going on in everyone is scared,” RE/MAX. “A lot of buyers billion annual gross take a whole lot,” Kizer up sliding home values. Rotonda, Broslat said. Broslat said. “I’m sure are only looking at domestic product,” he said. “A couple weeks “Things are going to “One buyer bought that those buying today foreclosures because they said. “It will take at least a without air conditioning bottom out when the eight lots in Pine Valley will make a killing within figure those are the best couple years.” and the house develops supply gets sucked up and White Marsh for five to 10 years.” deals.” In North Port, 190 mold issues. The house and people start building $22,500 apiece,” he said. E-mail: toconnor@ Sarasota County had foreclosed homes were turns into an oven, new houses,” he said. “Rotonda Sands, Rotonda | WINNERS CIRCLE | BIRTHDAYS Bayfront Duplicate der, 5790; Pat Mulligan, Bridge Club 5570; Lou Stephens, 5260. Friday Night Bridge Winners on Sept. 15 winners on Sept. 12 were: were: 1-Carl and Terry Sally Church, 5270; Bialorucki; 2-Dottie Arlene Wolfram, 5100; Jini Harrop, Ann Benmayor; Clayton, 4740. Sept. 19: 3-Paula Farr, Virginia Fred Kuss, 6110; Jini McLewin. Sept. 17: 1-Sue Clayton, 5140; Marty Jones, Paula Farr; 2- Lauer, 4610. Charles Lapidus, George Sunday Double Deck Renner; 3-Evelyn Palmer, Pinochle winners on Virginia McLewin. Sept. Sept. 21 were: LaVaun 19: 1-Carl and Terry Berkland, 1649; Flo Bialorucki; 2-Dottie Nelson, 1625; tie for 3rd Harrop, Ann Benmayor; place, Virginia Clayton 3-Charles Lapidus, and Kathy Garbowicz, Marilyn Grant. Happy 17th birthday to Brittany Happy 7th birthday to Nicholas Happy 11th birthday to Hunter 1523. Eleanor Gerow on her special day Lufkin on his special day Logan Pressley on his special day Monday Pinochle Sept. 30. Sept. 14. Sept. 30. Cultural Center of winners on Sept. 22 were: Charlotte County 1-Wanda Tamulewicz, 735; 2-Lavaun Berkland, Euchre winners on Sept. 665; 3-Ernest, 654. 19 were: 1-Mike Kekel, 82; Pinochle winners on 2-Eunice Patureau, 69; 3- Sept. 16 were: 1-Ann Mary Lewis, 68. Giero, 686; 2-Paolo Duplicate Bridge Club Lombardo, 684; 3-Allan winners on Sept. 16 were: Weithman, 652. Sept. 20: The Gorden.-i ao 's N/S: 1-Chuck Skarvan, 1-LaVaun Berkland, 699; Earl Lewis; 2-Paula Farr, 2-Ann Giero, 652; 3- Charles Lapidus; 3-Janet 10 Wanda Hutchinson, 645. Propper, June Bowling. Sept. 23: 1-Ann Giero, E/W: 1-Marilyn Grant, 665; 2-Allan Weithman, Barbara Johnson; 2-Bill 664; 3-Sally Durbano, Marten, John Avery; 3- 633. Mary Chupak, Geraldine Tenth Annual Event! Port Charlotte Cribbage Brooks. Sept.18 (a.m.): 1- Club 147 winners on Barbara and Harry Sept. 24 were: Alice Schuster; 2/3-Dick Patenaude, Genevieve Locker, Bert Rockower; Haseltine, Jim Marshall, 2/3-Dave and Jan Atkin- 14; Joe Cornelissen, 13; son. Sept. 18 (p.m.) N/S: John Kelly, 11. 1-Juzia Zdrokowski, Dalia Avery; 2-Zenon Shpon, Wednesday Night Double Deck Pinochle Port Ch arlotte NIE YL RADIO Chuck Skarvan; 3-Earl winners on Sept. 24 were: and Susan Lewis. E/W: 1- Wanda Hutchinson, 1721; Florence Burns, Audrey Kathy Garbowicz, 1720; Country Club 1580 WOOF Seay; 2-Tricia Crounse, Pete Shopa, 1647. unOcOm 3i11• 1000am n Dottie Harrop; 3-Helen Thursday Night Double Sullivan Mike Labick. Deck Pinochle winners Wednesday Afternoon on Sept. 25 were: Mary Bridge winners on Sept. Lewis, 1705; Ann Giero, 17 were: Connie Oberlan- 1630; Bill Marsh, 1566. WHERE : Port Charlotte Country Club | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS TYPE: Four person scramble PLUS a Gold Ball Best Ball Greenmarket visit www.worden COST: ONLY $40 per player! at Fishville or call INCLUDES: Greens fees , cart s, continental breakfast, lunch, range ball s , prizes 941-637-4874. Worden Farm of Punta CONTESTS : Top 4 Teams- Scramble, Top Gold Ball , L ong drive Gorda returns to Fisher- Antique Auto show PLUS: Putting Contest to benefit Autism Society of Southwest Florida men’s Village with their Reg flonnn newly created Organic Fishermen’s Village will Greenmarket held from be the host to the next 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Peace River Region AACA every Wednesday from Antique Auto Show. A Nov. 5 to April 29. The unique selection of Dwp completed loan and check at Pat Charlotte County Cfub market will be held in the restored antique and classic automobiles will TEAM CONTACTPHONE. Center Court at the Village, 1200 W. Retta be on display from 10 a.m. Esplanade in Punta to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in Fisher- Players Names: Phone Number: Gorda. In addition to the men’s Village parking lot, Worden Farm certified- adjacent to the Village 1. - organic fruits, vegetables, entrance. This show is herbs, and flowers, new being held in honor of Greenmarket products Veterans Day to salute all 2. featured will include veterans who have served seafood from Andy’s our country as well as Island Seafood of Mat- those currently serving in 3. lacha, a wide variety of the military. breads from the Artisan Admission is free and the 4. Bread Company of Fort public is cordially invited Myers and jellies and to attend. For information Checks shoo,i be madep a y a b tb: Clear Channel RadioPunta Gorda le preserves from Paradise about the Peace River Gardens of Pine Island. Region AACA contact - 344397 For more information, 941-637-0709.
  • 28. Our Town Page 12 C LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 The week ahead in Arts & Humanities D id you know the Arts & Humanities 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Then, through Saturday; the purchase tickets online at October is Nation- Council Gallery at 2811-M from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. al Arts and Tamiami Trail (La Playa p.m., Fran Richardson is Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 How convenient! Humanities Month? What Plaza), Port Charlotte. being feted at Edward p.m. Saturday. Sea Grape Finally, I must comment is National Arts and Judy Smith will be exhibiting Jones Investments at Gallery is located in as to how sad I was to Humanities Month, you Malbuisson his watercolors and oil Burnt Store Road and U.S. downtown Punta Gorda at learn that the mural ask? NAHM is a coast-to- paintings. He received a 41 in Punta Gorda. 113 W. Marion Ave. For “School Marms on the coast celebration of Bowles Portrait Award in The receptions are a more information, call Bay” is gone. The Punta culture in America, Café Philo discussion; visit the Visual Arts Center’s wonderful opportunity to 941-575-1718, or go online Gorda Mural Society has coordinated by Americans a gallery. Take your current exhibit “Faces and meet and chat with the to www.seagrape worked so hard to replace for the Arts. The purpose children or your sister or a Figures.” artists. Maybe you will the murals lost to Hurri- is to recognize and friend. Enjoy the arts In support of the find a piece you wish to Tickets for “Night cane Charley. It’s disheart- celebrate the positive together. Give the council council, a nonprofit buy. I hope to see you at Watch,” the Charlotte ening to lose impact the arts have on a call if you need more organization, Smith has all three. Players’ first production of another. our community and our ideas. And remember, pledged 30 percent of any Sea Grape Gallery is the season, are already country. always “Celebrate Char- artwork sold. His work having its fall courtyard available at the Cultural Judy A. Malbuisson is the So, in celebration of lotte Arts.” will exhibit until Oct. 31. sale with dramatic Center of Charlotte executive director of the NAHM, I invite everyone This week, three artists Everyone is invited. reductions on original County Theater. Tickets Arts & Humanities Council to participate in some art exhibiting in the council’s There are two more artwork. The artists are are $15 for adults, or $7 for of Charlotte County — event you enjoy, or maybe Art in Public Places receptions Friday. Lexing- clearing out their studios students. The box office is Your “Chamber of the one you’ve never experi- Program will have open- ton Manor Assisted to make room for their open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arts.” She can be contacted enced before. Sign up for a ing receptions. From 4:30 Living, 20480 Veterans new creations, and you Monday through Friday, at 941-764-8100 or char class at the Visual Arts p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thurs- Blvd., Port Charlotte, is can benefit from their and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Center; buy tickets to the day, artist Ronald A. Smith playing host to a recep- studio cleaning. The sale select Saturdays. Begin- the Council’s Web site at Charlotte Players; attend a is holding a reception at tion for Natalie Terry from will run from Friday ning Wednesday, you can | ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL EVENTS CALENDAR, SEPT. 29 - OCT. 5 All phone number area TUESDAY 9 a.m., newborns to 18 • Café Socrates. Fellowship, 1532 Forrest Exhibit. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. codes are 941 unless months; Our Time, 1:30 p.m. at Mid-County Nelson Blvd., Port Char- Monday to Saturday until otherwise indicated. • Charlotte County 10 a.m., 18 months to 3 Regional Library, 2050 lotte. Free. Topic: “Eco- Nov. 1 at North Port Art Woodcarvers Club. 8 a.m.- years — at Port Charlotte Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port nomics.” 764-8100. Center, 5950 Sam Shapos noon weekly at Punta United Methodist Church, Charlotte. Free. Topic: “A Way. Free and open to MONDAY Gorda Boat Club, 802 W. 21075 Quesada Ave. Perspective on Suffering: ■ CONTINUING public. 423-6460. • Peace River Harmony, Retta Esplanade. 505-4246 Developmental growth The Four Noble Truths.” • “Little Salt Spring: Chapter of Sweet Adelines or 639-1947. classes include music and 764-8100. Dive Into The Past” • Sea Grape Artists of Weekly Rehearsal. 6:30- • Trunk Show. 11 a.m.- movement with a caregiv- • Oktoberfest. 6-11 p.m. the Month. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit. 9 p.m. at American Legion 1 p.m. at Visual Arts er present. 625-4356. on Taylor Street in Punta 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Monday to Friday, and Post 103, 2101 Taylor Center, 210 Maud St., • Free Wine and Cheese Gorda, in front of the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Road, Punta Gorda. Punta Gorda. Free. Sue Tasting. 6-8 p.m. at Historic Charlotte County Saturday until Nov. 15 at until Oct. 6 at Sea Grape Looking for motivated Krasny, oil painting. Presseller Gallery and Courthouse. Free admis- Gallery, 113 W. Marion Charlotte County Histori- women singers. Meets 639-8810. Delicatessen, 209 W. sion. Original authentic Ave., Punta Gorda. Free cal Center, 22959 every Monday. 575-8141. • Book Discussion. Olympia Ave., Punta German music by and open to public. Bayshore Road, Charlotte • Original Florida 6:30 p.m. at Mid-County Gorda. Taste wines and “Dynamic Duo,” straight Thelma Daida, bright Harbor. Guest curator Highwaymen, Al Black Regional Library, 2050 cheeses from around the from Germany. Dancing in bold watercolors; Vera Steve Koski and the Exhibit. 9 a.m.-noon and Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port world while enjoying local the street, brats, wursts, Barlow, delightful porce- University of Miami 1-4 p.m. Monday and Charlotte. Selection is art talents. 639-7776. pretzels, soda, water and, lain bird sculptures. 575- provide a tantalizing look Tuesday at art gallery of “1776” by David McCul- of course, beer — German 1718. at the region, dating back Martin Realty FLA Inc., lough. Read book and join ■ FRIDAY Warsteiner and Bud Light • “Faces in Places” 12,000 years. 629-7278. 207 E. Magnolia St., lively, congenial discus- on draft. 639-3990. sion. 613-3166. • Peace River Quilter’s Arcadia. The Florida Hall I • Café Philo. 7 p.m. at Guild. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ■ SATURDAY of Fame artist’s paintings Florida Community Bank, weekly at Church of the are displayed for pur- 125 Nesbit St., Punta Good Shepherd, 401 W. • “Annual Exhibit of the chase. Private showings Gorda. Free. Topic: “Are Henry St., Punta Gorda. Sculpture Society of may be scheduled. there five issues that all of 863-494-2100. Quilting, extensive library, Southwest Florida.” those present can agree in-house and national 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to • Pat Mumper Invita- on?” 764-8100. tional and Sandi Orgovan quilting teachers, lectures, Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Exhibits. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. show and tell, Biennial Saturday, from Saturday to WEDNESDAY Quilt Show and Quilting Oct. 30 at Visual Arts Monday and Tuesday at Englewood Art Center, 350 • Liz Hutchinson Retreat. All quilters Center, 210 Maud St., S. McCall Road, Engle- Invitational and Artist of welcome. 833-3379. Punta Gorda. Presented by the Month Diane Worthen • Café Philo. 10:15 a.m. Sculpture Society of wood. Free and open to Exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mid-County Regional Southwest Florida. public. 474-5548. Monday to Friday and Library, 2050 Forrest 639-8810. • “Faces & Figures” • Café Philo. 10:30 a.m.- Exhibit. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nelson Blvd., Port Char- from Wednesday to Oct. 31 lotte. Free. Topic: Chosen noon at South Port • Air Conditioned Cabins SPECIAL FARE i Monday to Thursday at Square, Gables East 105* day of meeting. 764-8100. • Satellite TVs *Limited Time Offer. Visual Arts Center, 210 at Englewood Art Center, 350 S. McCall Road. Liz • Café Philo. 11:30 a.m. Building, 4th Floor, 23023 • Full Galley & Bar Service $ Minimum 8 day advance purchase. No other offers Maud St., Punta Gorda. Westchester Blvd., Port • Group Rates Available Jd valid. Certain restrictions at Punta Gorda Library, 332524 • Departing from Ft. Myers Beach apply. Non-refundable. Free and open to pubic. 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  • 29. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS C Our Town Page 13 | WEEKLY RECORD ■ CITY COUNCIL caged panther exhibit. half, oatmeal, juice, low-fat fresh baked roll, choice of Charlotte, Sept. 18. Boy, to Richard and AGENDA 5. A Resolution of the milk. fruit or juice, low-fat milk. Girl, to Nichole Nicole Reed, Port Char- City Council of the City of Thursday — French Thursday — Cheese or Hostetler, Englewood, lotte, Sept. 22. Punta Gorda City Punta Gorda authorizing toast sticks or choice of pepperoni pizza, tossed Sept. 18. Boy, to Danny and Council Agenda, Regular submission of a 50/50 cereal with muffin, oat- salad, green peas, choice Boy, to Jason and MariLee Doeler, Port Meeting, Council Cham- matching grant to the meal, juice, low-fat milk. of fruit or raisins, low-fat Elizabeth Chatfield, Charlotte, Sept. 22. bers, City Hall, 326 W. Florida Department of Friday — Sausage and milk. Arcadia, Sept. 18. Girl, to Lance and Marion Ave., Wednesday, Environmental Protection egg or choice of cereal, Friday — Champburg- Boy, to Joseph Lee Sr. Elizabeth Cowart, North Oct. 1, 2008 for the Florida Recreation oatmeal, juice, low-fat er, lettuce, tomato and and Linda Wilcox, Port Port, Sept. 23. NOTE: Anyone wishing Development Assistance milk. pickle, potato gems, Charlotte, Sept. 18. Boy, to Alan Handrinos to address the Council on Program (FRDAP) grant choice of fruit, low-fat Girl, to Ryan and Maria and Carly Bohane, Port any agenda item may do for the acquisition of land Lunch milk. Day, North Port, Sept. 19. Charlotte, Sept. 23. so at the appropriate time for a mixed use recre- Boy, to Christopher and Boy, to Ryan Wolfe and during the meeting. Those ational trail; and authoriz- Monday — Chicken ■ BIRTHS Ellaina Klinger, Rotonda Teia Hackley, Cape Coral, who choose to speak must ing execution of the nuggets, rice Pilaf, broccoli West, Sept. 21. Sept. 23. state their name for the application by the City or mixed veggies, choice Boy, to Timothy and Boy, to Jason Freeman Boy, to Gabriel and record. Each person will Manager and providing an of fruit, low-fat milk. Lynda Wilburn, Punta and Marissa Castronova, Natalie Browning, Port be allowed to speak once effective date. Tuesday — Hot dog on Gorda, Sept. 12. Port Charlotte, Sept. 22. Charlotte, Sept. 24. . Keep up with on each subject up to a 6. A Resolution of the bun, potato gems or Boy, to Kevin and maximum of three City Council of the City of Punta Gorda approving baked beans, baby carrots with ranch dip, Yvette Parkosewich, Port S minutes. Charlotte, Sept. 17. 9 a.m., CALL TO ORDER the Lease Agreement between the City of Punta Gorda and Harbor Bridge choice of fruit, low-fat milk, oatmeal cookie. Wednesday — Country Girl, to Saad and Hanady Kawasmeh, LOCAL HAPPENINGS in Let’s Go INVOCATION North Port, Sept. 18. PLEDGE OF ALLE- MMO Inc.; authorizing the steak, mashed potatoes Boy, to Justin Boyle S every Thursday S GIANCE Mayor to sign the agree- and gravy, green beans, and Samantha Cole, Port I. PROCLAMATION & ment and providing an PRESENTATIONS effective date. A. Proclamations 1. 4-H Week REGULAR AGENDA UNFINISHED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR ONE OR MORE 2. Fire Prevention Week BUSINESS A. Road Sign Reduction OF THE FOLLOWING MATTERS: PROPOSED 3. World Habitat Day B. Presentations Plan B. A Resolution of the CHANGES TO THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP AND 1. Introduction of Board/Committee City Council of the City of Punta Gorda approving COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ELEMENTS, Nominees COMMUNITY REDE- the City of Punta Gorda DEVELOPMENTS OF REGIONAL IMPACT OR VELOPMENT AGENCY Declared State of Emer- A. Roll Call gency (D.S.E) Reporting CHANGES THERETO, REZONINGS, PRELIMINARY and Pay Policy as amend- PLATS, STREET AND PLAT VACATIONS B. Approval of Minutes 1. Special Meeting of ed and providing an Sept. 17, 2008 effective date. C. CRA Project Status NEW BUSINESS A PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSALS AND PETITIONS AS DESCRIBED BELOW WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2008, AT 1:30 P.M. OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS THE Report A. Strategic Plan MATTER MAY BE HEARD DURING THE COURSE OF ACTION. THE HEARING WILL BE HELD IN COMMISSION D. Selection of design Progress Report CHAMBERS, ROOM 119, FIRST FLOOR, BUILDING A, THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER, 18500 RECOMMENDATIONS MURDOCK CIRCLE, PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA. THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD IS NOT BOUND TO for the Interactive Fountain CONSIDER THE PETITIONS IN THE ORDER LISTED IN THIS NOTICE. ANY OF THESE PETITIONS MAY BE CONSIDERED and signing of the FROM CITY OFFICERS AS SOON AS THE MEETING COMMENCES. Agreement A. City Manager COPIES OF SAID PETITIONS WITH COMPLETE LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS AND SUBSEQUENT STAFF REPORTS WILL BE E. Commissioners’ B. City Attorney AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY GROWTH MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT, AND ALL Comments C. City Clerk CHARLOTTE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES. ADOBE PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT (.pdf) FILES OF ALL PETITION F. Citizens’ Comments BOARDS AND COM- PACKETS AND AN AGENDA WILL BE PLACED AT THE FOLLOWING INTERNET ADDRESS: http:// MITTEES PUBLIC HEARINGS QUASI-JUDICIAL A. Announcement of ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE URGED TO ATTEND THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO PUBLIC HEARINGS Vacancies SPEAK; THERE WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE TIME LIMIT FOR EACH CITIZEN’S PRESENTATION ON AN AGENDA ITEM. IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT A STAFF PERSON AT ANY ORDINANCE/RESOLU- 1. Board of Zoning TIME IN ADVANCE OF THE PUBLIC HEARING(S). PLEASE CALL 941-764-4903 AND MENTION THE PETITION NUMBER TION (No Public Hearing Appeals – Alternate OF THE MATTER YOU WISH TO DISCUSS. Required) 2. Revitalization Commit- PETITIONS CONSENT AGENDA tee All matters listed under 3. Historic Preservation Advisory Board (2) PA-08-08-35 Legislative Commission District II this item are considered to An Ordinance pursuant to Section 163.3187(1)(C), Florida Statutes, for an amendment to the Future Land Use Map of the be routine and action will 4. Police Officers’ Charlotte County Comprehensive Plan from Low Density Residential to Commercial Center, for property located north be accomplished by one Pension Board of Dundee Road, south of US 17, east of Kentucky Avenue and west of Minnesota Avenue, , in the Punta Gorda area; motion without separate 5. Punta Gorda Isles containing 1.9± acres; Commission District II; Petition No. PA-08-08-35; applicant: J & M Enterprise LLC. discussion of each item. If Canal Advisory Committee Z-08-08 -36 Quasi-Judicial Commission District II a member of the Council 6. Punta Gorda Housing An Ordinance pursuant to Section 125.66 and 166.41, Florida Statutes, amending the Charlotte County Zoning Atlas desires discussion, that Authority from Mobile Home Conventional (MHC) to Commercial Intensive (CI), for property located north of Dundee Road, south item(s) will be removed B. Nominations of US 17, east of Kentucky Avenue and west of Minnesota Avenue, , in the Punta Gorda area; containing 1.9± acres; from the Consent Agenda 1. Board of Zoning Commission District II; Petition No. Z-08-08-36; applicant: J & M Enterprise LLC. and considered separately. Appeals – Alternate PA-08-08-37 Legislative Commission District III A. CITY CLERK’S C. Appointments An Ordinance pursuant to Section 163.3187(1)(C), Florida Statutes, for an amendment to the Future Land Use Map of the OFFICE 1. Code Enforcement Charlotte County Comprehensive Plan from Low Density Residential to Commercial Corridor, for property located north 1. Approval of Minutes: Board of S. McCall Road., south of Grouse Avenue, east of David Boulevard, and west of Meadow Lane, in the Englewood POLICY AND LEGIS- Area, containing 1.45± acres; Commission District III; Petition No. PA-08-08-36; applicant: David Street, LLC. a. Budget Public Hear- ing of Sept. 16, 2008 LATION Z-08-08-38 Quasi-Judicial Commission District III b. Regular Meeting of A. Mayor An Ordinance pursuant to Section 125.66 and 166.41, Florida Statutes, amending the Charlotte County Zoning Atlas from Sept. 17, 2008 B. Councilmember Office, Medical, Institutional (OMI) and Residential Single Family 3.5 (RSF-3.5) to Commercial General (CG), for Comments property located north of S. McCall Road, south of Grouse Avenue, east of David Boulevard, and west of Meadow Lane, B. LEGAL DEPART- in the Englewood Area, containing 1.7± acres; Commission District III; Petition No. Z-08-08-37; Applicant: David Street, MENT CITIZENS’ COMMENTS LLC. 1. Monthly Litigation NOTE: Anyone wishing Report to address the Council PP-08 -06-01 Quasi Judicial Commission District II may do so at this time. Robert N. McQueen Trustee and John D. McQueen Trustee have applied for a Preliminary Plat for a subdivision, 2. Statement of Allen, Interstate Commerce Park, consisting of 16 commercial lots in Section 21, Township 41, Range 23. The site is currently Norton & Blue, P.A. for Those who choose to partially developed under land leases. The site, consisting of 41.35 acres, more or less, is located west of I-75, east of the services rendered through speak must state their horse arena and Indian Spring Drive, and north of Jones Loop Road, in Commission District II. Aug. 31, 2008. name for the record. 3. Statement of the Law Citizens will be allowed no PV 08-07-13 Legislative Commission District II more than three minutes Omni Airport, LLC, 4 Charlotte LLC, Environmental Underground, Inc., and Rick Treworgy, LLC have applied for a Plat Office of Brendan Bradley, Vacation to vacate a portion of Woodland Acres and a portion of Woodland Estates subdivisions, more specifically Lots 1 P.A. for services rendered to express their opinion. and 3 of Block A in Woodland Estates, together with Lots 1 and 2 of Block I and Lots 1 and 2 of Block J in Woodland during July 2008. ADJOURNMENT Acres, and a portion of North Boundary Boulevard, Foye Boulevard, Palmetto Road and Central Drive. The site, 4. Request for Injunction At public hearings, any consisting of 14.67 acres, more or less, is located in Section 14, Township 41 South, Range 23 East in Commission member of the audience District II. - 390 Sorrento Court, Punta Gorda. who wishes to speak will PV 08-08-15 Legislative Commission Dist. III 5. Request for Injunction be recognized and heard. David Street LLC has applied for a Plat Vacation to vacate Lots 1, 2 and 3 of Block 3984 of Port Charlotte Subdivision – 501 E. Olympia Ave., If a person decides to Section 72 as recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 28 of the Public Records of Charlotte County, Florida, along with Lots 6, 7, 8 appeal any decision made and 9 of Block 5199 of Port Charlotte Subdivision Section 95, as recorded in Plat Book 10, Page 1A of the Public Records Punta Gorda. of Charlotte County, Florida. The site, consisting of 1.69 acres, more or less, is located north of the North Access Road C. GROWTH by the City Council, such (north of McCall Road), east of David Boulevard, and west of Meadow Lane, in Commission District III. MANAGEMENT person will need a record 1. Formal Yearly Report of proceedings, and for PV 08-08-16 Legislative Commission District I such purpose the person Patricia Roebuck Swindle and Mark Stephen Roebuck, as Trustees, have applied for a plat vacation to vacate a portion of under the Insurance Resubdivision of Tamiami Subdivision as recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 24 of the Public Records of Charlotte County, Service Organization may need to ensure that a Florida, lying within the northwest corner of Section 34, Township 40 South, Range 27 East, Charlotte County, Florida, (ISO)/Community Rating verbatim record of pro- more particularly described as the northwest 1/4 of Section 34, Township 40 South, Range 27 East, less and except Lot 24 Service (CRS) Program. ceedings is made which of Block 39; Lots 30 and 31 of Block 27; Lots 1, 2 and 3 of Block 29; Lots 1 and 2 of Block 30; Lots 1, 2 16, and 17 of 2. A Resolution of the record includes the Block 44; Lot 8 of Block 44, and Lots 31 and 32 of Block 40, along with that portion of Carlinda Street bound by the testimony and evidence south line of said plat to the north right of way line for Tamiami Avenue, that portion of Tamiami Avenue running from City Council of the City of the west right of way line of Carlinda Street to the east boundary of Penobscot Street, that portion of Penobscot Street Punta Gorda reaffirming upon which the appeal is from the south boundary of Tamiami Avenue to the north boundary of Florida Avenue, as well as that portion of Penobscot the Charlotte County/City to be based. Street from the south boundary of Tamiami Avenue to the south boundary line of Lot 32 of Block 40 and the south of Punta Gorda Local boundary line of Lot 2 of Block 41, and that portion of Florida Avenue from the west boundary of Penobscot Street to the east boundary of Samoset Street, that portion of Samoset Street from the south boundary of Florida Street to the south Mitigation Strategy as the ■ ELEMENTARY boundary of Sarasota Avenue. The site, located south of Bermont Road and east of S.R. 31, consists of 159.337 acres, formal guide for the City of SCHOOL MENUS more or less and is located in Commission District I. Punta Gorda Hazard Mitigation Activities. CHARLOTTE COUNTY 3. 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  • 30. Our TownPage 14 C The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 T HE S UN Derek Dunn-Rankin PRESIDENT David Dunn-Rankin PUBLISHER Chris Porter EDITOR VIEWPOINT To submit letters to the editor, please e-mail to: OUR VIEW 5olarardW nd ewer,,, Brian Gleason EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR Howard James EDITORIAL WRITER Stephen Baumann EDITORIAL WRITER Phone: 941-206-1133 Recommendations univer 8L Health Care, I ow,,,I u 5 bros . hTour just one part of m dse cla ccu[5,more election process goVernmenTbe efil , , SJT Y C1' OUR POSITION: Newspaper recom- a5ironge mil iraryand ,,,, r mendations a controversial, but impor- tant part of electoral process. O ne of the most popular parts of our newspaper is the letters to the editor we publish daily beside this space. The location and content of those letters is not acciden- tal. We try to give as many readers as much leeway as possible with as much exposure for their views as we can. We juxtapose the letters with our editorials because we believe your views are just as important as ours. Taken together, all of those viewpoints constitute what we hope is a lively and beneficial discussion of important issues in our community and our country. This election season, more than any in recent memory, we have noticed a number of letters taking us to task for recommending candidates for public office. We wanted to take this opportu- nity to acknowledge those views, but LETTERS TO THE EDITOR defend our role in the electoral pro- How far would Palin desire and passion to The facts: Sen. Obama not at all. I believe in the cess. Newspaper recommendations of set us back? improve the Sheriff’s Office sponsored the 2007 ethics free enterprise system, but candidates for public office are as old for both the citizens of reform legislation curbing think this has gone on for as the institution itself. While some Editor: Charlotte County and the the influence of lobbyists, far too long. readers, candidates and their support- I was raised in a Christian employees who work there. enacted into law this year; There seems to be no ers oppose our role or any newspaper’s evangelical community. I support Ken DeVries 100 he proposed legislation answer to what needs to be role in elections, we believe newspa- Magazines, radio, television, percent on his issues of which was enacted this year done. Both political parties pers play an important role in the movies, alcohol, Roman community policing, providing improved health have their ideas for what process and will continue to make Catholicism, Judaism, etc., increasing the number of care for recovering soldiers; might be done, but there is recommendations. were all condemned. Even deputies patrolling our with Sen. Lugar, Sen. little in the way of hope in as a child I knew that our streets by evaluating all Obama sponsored legisla- the near future. The thing We want to be as transparent as church had a very dark view existing programs and tion that was enacted in that bothers me the most is possible about how recommendations reallocating resources back 2007 to keep WMD and how the prices go up so of the world. When I hear are made. This is how it works. Mem- news like the Jonestown to the street where feasible. other dangerous weapons rapidly but fall at a snail’s bers of our editorial board meet with deaths, Planned Parenthood Ken DeVries has a zero out of the hands of terror- pace, even after there has candidates for public office and discuss bombings, the Waco tolerance for DUI offenders ists. In 2006, Sen. Obama been no damage to the fuel the candidates’ backgrounds and many tragedy, Mormon pre-teen and will increase enforce- worked with Republicans to supplies. of the issues pertinent to that office. polygamist wives and ment through saturation pass legislation which We need major oil compa- Based on those interviews and our Muslim suicide bombings, I patrols looking for impaired became law improving nies to explain the way they collective knowledge of the issues and think back to the primitive drivers, not DUI check- services for the homeless. operate. One way to get candidates through personal experi- doctrines of that church. points that require excessive Sen. Obama sponsored a their attention would be for ence and our news reporting, we offer As a biology teacher, personnel, are not cost bill ensuring that wounded each one of us who is fed up our readers brief thoughts on each Jehovah’s Witnesses told me effective and are intrusive to veterans recovering in to flood them with e-mails, candidate and our reasons for recom- that teaching the principles law obeying citizens. military hospitals do not letters and phone call as to mending one over another (or others.) of evolution, a basis of Ken DeVries will bring have to pay for meals or how this happens. I feel We believe all candidates for public biology, agriculture and common sense law enforce- phone calls to family they owe the American office are performing a vital function of medicine was sinful. Sev- ment back to our communi- members; it was enacted in public solid answers and enth Day Adventists said ty through sound fiscal 2005. reasons why it is the way it self-governance and often express our they could not permit blood management of the budget. As a state senator, he is. Any knowledge they can appreciation both personally and in transfusions, and could not Ken DeVries is running a championed a Kid Care give could only improve our our recommendations. But we would eat “bloody” beets. I knew clean and positive cam- program to assist children view of them. be remiss if we did not also try to give Christian Science members paign and refuses to enter of the working poor, which Len LaFlam readers the benefit of decades of who rejected the germ into negative attacks against was passed in 2003. In 1999, Punta Gorda collective experience covering and theory of disease. his opponents. I also like Sen. Obama was the lead commenting on local government. Where Sarah Palin fits in Ken’s approach as a no sponsor of a bill which was New air carrier That local knowledge is one of the the spectrum of religious party affiliated candidate passed into law that welcomed by many factors in our decision not to make extremism is difficult to say. (NPA), representing all reduced the tax burden on recommendations in presidential Book banning, commercial citizens of Charlotte County, poor working families. In Editor: races. In those contests, our sources of exploitation of women by which will take the politics 1998, he sponsored state I know of at least 50 information are seldom more authori- beauty pageant promoters, out of the sheriff’s position. legislation which was signed people in the northern tative or direct than what is available to “Christian” parables over Trish Kehoe into law that put a ban on Indiana and southern principles of science are all Port Charlotte gifts with greater campaign Michigan area that are our readers. While we respectfully acceptable to her. She finance disclosure. That’s excited that Direct Air has disagree with those who would have us claims to be pro-life, but is the real Barack Obama — Doesn’t feel sorry plans to fly into Charlotte recuse ourselves from making local pro-war. She does not an experienced legislator, County airport. recommendation, we also have for the big guys condemn alcohol, but is ready to lead. As property owners and declined to weigh in on national races aligned with a candidate Editor: Teresa Jenkins visitors to the area we find it despite calls for us to offer our views in whose political career has I see that the stock market Punta Gorda difficult to fly into the area. those contests. been financed by his beer- went down 504 points. I The major carriers con- We give our readers considerable distribution fortune. She is really feel sorry for the small Oil companies stantly change flight sched- credit for their abilities to process more accepting of teen investor who has had owe us explanation ules, and coming from a input on candidates from a variety of pregnancy and venereal payroll deductions for their small area we must make at sources, including friends, media disease than she is of health 401k looking forward to a Editor: least one transfer. The trip reports and first-hand interactions at education. These things we small amount of money I stand in contempt of the then becomes a 4- to 6-hour forums and public meetings. We also know. after retirement, but I don’t major oil companies who journey. What we don’t know is feel sorry for the “fat cats” raise prices when there is a Alegent flies into Clearwa- understand that some readers trust our how far back she would set who caused this whole major holiday or when there ter, but you have a 90-minute judgment and give our recommenda- our country in foreign problem in the first place! is the threat of a hurricane. drive on racetrack I-75. The tions significant weight as they make policy, science, medicine, It’s all about their greed. I have been in the auto- major carriers at twice the up their minds. We do not take this agriculture and technology You can’t continually hurt motive industry for 32 years cost fly into Sarasota and responsibility lightly, but nor do we if she is elected. The the little guy and not pay for and have seen the trends in Fort Myers if you want to believe that influence can deliver prospect should scare all it eventually. sales that depend on the spend a day of your life in an victory to a particular candidate except voters. Gloria A. Lee stock market, the economy airport or airplane. in unusually close races where several John M. Halvorsen Port Charlotte and the price of oil and gas. Airports are the lifeline to hundred votes tip the scales out of tens Englewood Now that we are in such a industry, jobs and exposing of thousands of votes cast. The real Obama low point in the economy, the area to investment and We understand that the above may DeVries represents has experience the price of oil and gas is a better life for the resi- not change someone’s mind about the all county citizens more evident. Many of us dents. The area certainly role we play in elections, but we think Editor: get by from paycheck to needs all of this. Editor: Remember Sarah Palin’s paycheck and don’t under- Many of us snowbirds are it’s important for readers to know we I am supporting Ken acceptance speech about stand how it’s possible for excited about this new take their input seriously. We take DeVries for Charlotte Senator Obama: “It’s easy to gas to go up 20 cents in one opportunity. My wife and I elections just as seriously and because County sheriff this election forget that this is a man day on speculation alone. already have our reserva- of that we will continue to make year because I know Ken who has authored two When gas becomes one of tions made for the next recommendations to encourage DeVries to be an honest and memoirs but not a single the major expenditures of year. candidates to participate and voters to sincere individual. major law or reform — not our personal budget we are Jack Keener cast ballots. Ken DeVries has a true even in the state Senate.” left to pay other bills late or Port Charlotte
  • 31. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun OPINION C Page 15 Bully politics threatens civil discourse I James Abraham was driving along Tamiami Trail in Alaskan women who hid from their the outrage? Port Charlotte the other day with a bullies. Am I alone in my wonder at this sorry friend of mine who was complaining Abraham is a book Who wouldn’t want to hunker in the version of civics? What has our democ- about her landlord, who refuses to broker and former Sun bunker? Yet, how slack have we become racy come to when the bad guys have allow my friend to post a “Barack staff member. as a society if we accept such a grotes- radio shows and the good guys (or Obama for President” sign in her front E-mail him at Book- query of political discussion? Where is women) have to wear masks? yard. The landlord’s an Obama fan who plans to vote for him come November. who supports the But she’s worried that vandals would rip governor. The announc- up the sign, and her yard in doing so. er then described the women as “baby- She doesn’t want her property damaged killing maggots.” for the sake of making her political The organizers began receiving beliefs heard. threatening phone calls. When a Earlier in the year, around the corner television news crew interviewed one of and up Olean Boulevard from my the women, she was photographed C4 I e ? MY friend’s place, a couple who had paint- masked behind those electronic blurs WrM ck HaND ed their Obama sentiments on their videographers use to hide a person’s fence found their freedom of speech features. Here’s a web link to see for curtailed by vandals. So I can under- yourself: stand the landlord’s concern. watch?v=G8pewzwBybc. I’ll say at this point that I’m a Demo- Years ago, when I was an editorial crat who respects the enlightened writer at a local newspaper, the editorial policies of both Democratic and board found out that a man was tracking Republican leaders of vision. I write not down the phone numbers of letter about partisan politics, but about writers he characterized as “liberals” and something that transcends both parties harassing them. I argued that we should VIP , and could bring them both to their do something to protect readers brave knees. enough to write, but the consensus was Wcn.' I refer to the politics of hate and that we hadn’t a legal leg to stand on. >_ . intimidation, which will eventually As I mentioned, I’m an old-line OAR drive decent people from the political Democrat and proud to say so. But arena. political intimidation is not a partisan I think about another example of thug issue. When dissent draws bullies and politics far from here, in Alaska. There, a free speech becomes a matter of fists group of women planning a rally and foul language, how far have we against the policies of Gov. Palin, the strayed from what we call democracy? Republican vice-presidential candidate, I think of the sadly practical decision en?l'?rkr b ? had their names and phone numbers of the landlord I mentioned earlier, or read over the air by a talk show host the grim logical conclusion by the What exactly is community policing? T Bill Cameron his campaign season, you have hood. The Sheriff’s Office divides for three different police agencies, all of been hearing a lot about “commu- Charlotte County into three main which practice agency wide community nity policing” as candidates for Cameron is a candi- geographic districts. Within those policing. I am one of only a few police Sheriff throw the term around as if they date for Charlotte districts are 16 neighborhood patrol managers in Southwest Florida who are have miraculously discovered the holy County sheriff. zones. Each of those 16 zones has its nationally trained and certified as grail of crime prevention all by them- own patrol team of officers that police instructors for the U.S. Dept. of Jus- selves. Community Policing has existed Community policing that zone 24 hours a day, seven days a tice/Regional Community Policing for as long as there have been organized has been known by week. They know what belongs and what Institute. I have been sent to police police agencies. It is nothing new and is many names over the does not belong, and they get to know agencies around the state to teach their it not the end all/fix all to society’s ills. years. Whether you refer the people who live and work in their officers how to improve their communi- But it is and always has been a very to is as neighborhood policing, commu- zones. In addition to the zone teams, ty partnerships and facilitate communi- effective method of policing neighbor- nity oriented policing, problem oriented each of the districts has additional ty problem solving. So I probably have a hoods. policing, or zone team policing, it means officers that work directly with the better working knowledge and more Many of you will remember the beat the same thing. It is a philosophy of community organizations like neighbor- experience in community policing than cops of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. They police and community members hood watch, home owners associations, most. And I will tell you that your were the epitome of community police working together to solve problems that business watch groups, churches and Sheriff’s Office is one of the best I have officers. But by the 70s, the radio police affect their community in order to the like. Those officers act as communi- ever seen. car and necessity for police to be able to maintain a desired quality of life. ty liaisons and they bring information to The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office cover much wider patrol areas than The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, and from the neighborhoods on local is most committed to community could be covered on foot took the police like practically every police agency in the concerns and crime trend information. oriented policing and they do it right. off the sidewalks and into cars that raced country, has always subscribed to a They also provide advice and training The officers are very effective and the by from one call to another. The neigh- community oriented policing philoso- on the most effective crime prevention community is extremely receptive to borhood police officer was gone. By the phy. It starts with assigning officers, and neighborhood security strategies. working with their Sheriff’s Office for the 1980s, police professionals recognized detectives, and supervisors to work the Sometimes, the only thing a community good of the community. We tackle that they lost something very valuable. same patrol areas and neighborhoods is experiencing is a nuisance barking problems big and small together every They lost their personal connection to every day so they can become familiar dog, and other times there have been day, and because of that, Charlotte the people they serve. So, community with the area, the people, and the some car burglaries that have occurred. County remains one of the best places policing as a philosophy was re-born. A businesses in that community. Those No matter how big or small the issue, to live in the country. hybrid of the walking beat cop and the officers are then empowered to develop the officers work to solve the problem Thank you all for your support of your patrol car cop emerged and officers were partnerships with members of their hand in hand with the community deputies and for taking the time to get once again working with their citizens to assigned community to address the members. involved in your community. None of us solve community concerns. concerns of that particular neighbor- In my 25-year career, I have worked can do it alone. Stay Safe. Inaction is not an option with financial crisis I David Broder n the greatest crisis to confront the tions of financial markets — Dodd and reflect the reputation of individual American economic system in Frank? members — which may be true but is three-quarters of a century, it is Broder’s e-mail The reason, I have to believe, is that not really a response. notable that the leaders of the two address is public disdain for Congress and its top I think that institutional reputation elected branches of the federal govern- davidbroder@wash- leaders is as great as the disillusion- has been damaged by two things: the ment have not been calling the signals. ment with the president. sense that Democrats and Republicans George W. Bush, Nancy Pelosi and From the high hopes that greeted the would rather score partisan points off Harry Reid have not gone AWOL, but calmed public nerves Democratic takeover of the Senate and each other than look for ways to work they have stepped back to permit and bought precious House in November 2006, there has together; and the frustration at deputies with greater expertise and time for the remedies grown, month by month, a sense of Congress’ inaction on the big issues of fewer acquired scars to take the lead in to take effect. disillusionment with the performance greatest concern to voters. figuring out a solution. We know why George Bush has not of this Congress. Bush has a roughly For two years, Congress has done Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, attempted to play that role in this 30-percent job approval; Congress is at nothing but acquiesce in Bush’s deci- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben crisis. The last 44 months, since his least a dozen points below that. sions on Iraq and Afghanistan, despite Bernanke, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. second term began, have so depleted Last week, just before this financial public weariness with those wars. Basic Barney Frank have been at the center Bush’s personal credibility and political crisis burst into public view, I sat down systems — health care, transportation, of the dialogue, and, as this is written, influence that he is crippled as a with Steny Hoyer, the Maryland Demo- immigration, education, energy — have the burden is on their shoulders to national leader. His own party, at its crat who is the able majority leader of become increasingly expensive even as rescue Wall Street and all the enterpris- nominating convention, could barely the House of Representatives. they have failed to deliver promised es and individuals whose fortunes rest bring itself to acknowledge him. He handed me a prepared list of the results. And Congress has failed to on the functioning of that financial Attaching his name to almost any achievements of this Congress. It was improve them — or even to bring center. proposition costs it public backing, not a shabby compendium. The substantive remedies to a vote. Seventy-five years ago, when FDR rather than attracting support. economic stimulus measure, the It is because of that persistent failure entered the White House and immedi- Paulson and Bernanke are not minimum wage boost, student loan that Congress cannot afford to delay for ately confronted a banking crisis charismatic figures, but it clearly is legislation, the new GI bill, new ethics long taking up and passing the finan- brought on by the Great Depression, better to have their names attached to rules and a dozen or more other laws to cial bailout legislation urged by the his Treasury secretary, Henry Morgen- the rescue plan than Bush’s. “improve the lives of the American administration. It can tinker with the thau, was on the front lines. But no But how do you explain the transfer people” were highlighted. details, but inaction is not an option. one doubted that it was Roosevelt who of authority from Pelosi and Reid to When I asked Hoyer how then he John McCain and Barack Obama are was making the key decisions, and it the chairmen of two congressional explained the terrible reputation of this creatures of Congress. Neither of them was the president’s own voice that committees that supervise the opera- Congress, he insisted that it did not can afford to let it flunk this test.
  • 32. Maggie Our Town Page 16 C SUNDAY The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 If your club or organization is planning a social event, and you’d like to have Maggie and her camera cover it, please contact her at: SUN PHOTOS BY Maggie Lacey MAGGIE LACEY Charlotte Sun 23170 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33980 Fax: 941-639-7765 • E-mail: Please understand that there could be previous bookings. AUTHENTIC MAINE LOBSTER BAKE Of all the tasty fundraisers, the This is the eighth year that the manager, can feel pleased with Charlotte County Historical Center CCHC Society has held the bake and their fundraiser. Once again, as Society’s Authentic Maine Lobster for almost that period of time, Jeff they have for years, Dianne Bake has to rank right up there Collins, the Golden Hippo has McCombs and Stan Munson among the leaders. “Uncle Jim” provided the music for dancing and donated their time and expertise as and a passel of his family came up his popular Trivia questions. It’s a bartenders. No party would be from Fort Myers with more than great segue between the music and complete without the live auction 100 Maine lobsters, steaks, chicken waiting for the dinner to be served, conducted by Charlotte County’s breasts to create the “bake.” Along even if our table didn’t get one Auctioneer extraordinaire, Phil side the meats and a vegetarian correct answer. We did better eating. Wilson. He can turn an, “I don’t Steve Haugen with Cindy Joseph. platter, there were “sides” of baked It was a perfect evening for a want it, I don’t need it,” into a potatoes, corn, hard boiled eggs, party at the Port Charlotte Beach “gotta have it” and the hands keep coleslaw, steamed clams and Complex … a cloudless blue sky going up and up as do the bids. mussels, and a hearty dessert of formed a canopy over the deck as “Proceeds from the evening’s strawberry shortcake. Good? It’s the harbor waves gently rolled up Lobster Bake will benefit the • better than that … it’s “wicked on the beach. It was Florida at its historical and educational pro- 1 good!” Cooked outside under finest. Teresa Evan and her com- grams of the Historical Center … steaming seaweed and a tarp, the mittee of Ruth Cushman, Emily and to protect and preserve seafood meal is ready when the Hensen, Wendy Lang, Jane Mans- Charlotte County’s rich historical eggs are cracked and tested. field, Michelle O’Connor, Sylvia resources” … and no one went Meanwhile the steaks and chicken Orr, Susan Peters, Cheryl Terry home hungry, just smiling a big are grilling nearby. and Linda Coleman, division lobster grin. Mike Reber and Denise Henry. Joanie and Jim Marshall Teresa Evan and CCHCS President Board member Jane Mansfield with Skip Mansfield and David Murphy. • r 4 1 ?' I A J I , l 1r' 5 Il ? rr ? li? I lI I ,, I? I r ' Ingrid and Sam Carroll - 1' “Uncle Jim” of Authentic Maine Lobster Director Jim “Bunky” Kniffin and Maggie Ron and Debbie Monck Bake Auctioneer Phil Wilson steers the live auction 5 y k 4 I ' ? y ? I `a 1.I. y I Y ? ? ' N, S 1, ? 14 ?? Patricia Cote, Cecy Glenn and Bill Cote “Wicked Good” j 5 Dr. Stephane and Stacy Calvino Wendy Lang buys 50/50 tickets from Kim Casey Barbara and Monte Ocha
  • 33. 1 5 F PAGE 4 ` 1 W J W I f Sunday, September 28, 2008 Sports editor: Patrick Obley 5 ? I 1? l ? _ f r s ? t F ti lid M1: OLE MISS 31, FLORIDA 30 - ? ` ? r5 - - - ? ?- i - "? -? -- f• i li PAGE 8
  • 34. Sports Page 2 H/D/E/N/C THE LOOP The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 | QUICK HITS | SPORTS ON TV Horse racing tier of English soccer for the first time. Sunday, Sept. 28 TGC — European PGA Tour, British 6 p.m. AUTO RACING Masters, final round, at Sutton SPEED — AMA Superbike, at Arsenal ended 51 minutes of frus- Zenyatta improves to 8-0, tration when Hull defender Paul 7:30 a.m. Coldfield, England (same-day tape) Monterey, Calif. beats Hystericalady McShane nudged the ball into his own SPEED — Formula One, Singapore 6:30 p.m. NFL FOOTBALL ARCADIA, Calif. — Zenyatta kept her TGC — LPGA, Navistar Classic, final 1 p.m. net amid pressure from Cesc Fabregas. Grand Prix round, at Prattville, Ala. (same-day tape) CBS — Regional coverage perfect record intact with a 31⁄2-length But Geovanni evened the score in the 2 p.m. victory over Hystericalady in the 62nd minute from 30 yards. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FOX — Regional coverage, double- ABC — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Camping 1 p.m. header $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, leav- This was Arsenal’s second defeat in World RV 400, at Kansas City, Kan. ing Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith 60 league matches at Emirates TBS — Florida at N.Y. Mets 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 1:05 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage searching for superlatives to describe Stadium. The Gunners are two points ESPN2 — NHRA, Mid-South the filly. behind leaders Chelsea and Liverpool FSN — Tampa Bay at Detroit Tigers 4:15 p.m. Nationals, final eliminations, at 2 p.m. FOX — Regional coverage, double- Zenyatta improved to 8-0 at Santa and one point ahead of Hull. Memphis, Tenn. (same-day tape) WGN — Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee header game Anita, including her sixth victory this year, and earned an automatic berth in GOLF MOTORSPORTS 8:15 p.m. next month’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Cycling 11:30 a.m. 3 p.m. NBC — Philadelphia at Chicago Classic on Oct. 24 over the same TGC — PGA Tour, The Tour SPEED — MotoGP 250, at Motegi, WNBA BASKETBALL track’s new synthetic surface. UCI unsure if Armstrong Championship, final round, at Atlanta Japan (same-day tape) 3 p.m. “I just can’t describe her,” Smith can race Down Under 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m. ESPN2 — Playoffs, conference finals, said. “She leaves me speechless. Her VARESE, Italy — Lance Armstrong TGC — Champions Tour, SAS SPEED — MotoGP World game 2, New York vs. Detroit at race today was incredible.” might not be able to start his come- Championship, final round, at Cary, N.C. Championship, at Motegi, Japan Ypsilanti, Mich. back in January in Australia because 1:30 p.m. (same-day tape) 5 p.m. of the doping rules that apply to rid- NBC — PGA Tour, The Tour 5 p.m. ESPN2 — Playoffs, conference finals, Soccer ers coming out of retirement. Elite riders need to be in the Championship, final round, at Atlanta 4 p.m. SPEED — AMA Supersport, at Monterey, Calif. (same-day tape) game 3, Los Angeles at San Antonio (if necessary) Arsenal upset by Hull sport’s anti-doping program for six ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... . . months before they can race, as Chelsea, Liverpool win cycling’s governing body said. The UCI AUTO RACING: ROUNDUP LONDON — Arsenal was stunned by will discuss with the U.S. Anti-Doping Biffle feeling good about Kansas Premier League newcomer Hull 2-1 in the Agency whether the seven-time Tour season’s biggest upset. The Gunners were de France winner has met that knocked out of first place while title rivals requirement. The UCI said it will Manchester United, Chelsea and decide next week if Armstrong can BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS three. I don’t Liverpool all won 2-0. race in the Tour Down Under set for want to sound Daniel Cousin headed in the win- KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Greg Jan. 20-25. ning goal in the 66th minute for Hull, Biffle is a firm believer in arrogant, but a 104-year-old club playing in the top — From wire reports momentum. So the winner of that’s really what two straight races is feeling I’m concentrat- pretty good heading into ing on — is win- Florida Lottery Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup ning here versus race at Kansas Speedway. we made history CASH 3 PLAY 4 “It’s right in our wheel- BIFFLE the first two house,” Biffle said. “We won weeks.” Camping World RV 400 Sept. 27N...793 Sept. 27N.8696 here last year, we’re good on To get that third win, Biffle Lineup Sept. 27D...093 Sept. 27D.4038 mile-and-a-half tracks, and we will have to make up some After Friday qualifying; race Sunday Sept. 26N...356 Sept. 26N.7172 At Kansas Speedway had a great Charlotte test (ear- ground after qualifying 18th Kansas City, Kan. Sept. 26D...075 NR Sept. 26D.9476 lier this week). Man, I feel good about it.” for Sunday’s Camping World RV 400. Lap length: 1.5 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 172.007 mph. D-Day; N-Night D-Day; N-Night The Roush Fenway Racing And he’s not alone. 2. (8) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 171.767. 3. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 171.668. driver, hoping to add a Cup Ten of the 12 Chase drivers FANTASY 5 MEGA MONEY title to the championships he qualified outside the top 10, 4. (19) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 171.527. 5. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 171.331. 6. (15) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 171.162. Sept. 27 .......2-11-14-26-27 Sept. 26 ..............3-9-31-37 won earlier in his career in the with six of them — including 7. (21) Bill Elliott, Ford, 170.989. Sept. 26 .......1-22-24-28-33 MegaBall ........................16 second-tier Nationwide — points leader Carl Edwards — 8. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 170.762. 9. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 170.762. Sept. 25 .....10-13-18-19-24 Sept. 23 ..........17-18-25-29 then Busch — series and the starting in the back half of the 10. (5) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 170.751. Sept. 24 .....12-14-15-29-31 MegaBall ..........................1 third-tier truck series, is the 43-car field. 11. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 170.735. 12. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 170.616. Sept. 23 .............1-2-4-9-33 Drawings occur Tuesday, Friday evenings first driver to win the first two Jimmie Johnson, the Cup 13. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 170.508. races of the 10-race Chase for champion the past two years, 14. (84) AJ Allmendinger, Toyota, 170.498. Payoff for Sept. 26 Payoff for Sept. 26 15. (12) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 170.374. the championship since had no such problem. 16. (26) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 170.256. 3 5-digit winners: ..........$82,349 0 4 of 4 + MB ....................$— 4 4 of 4 ....................$2,240.50 NASCAR introduced the for- He qualified second to Juan 17. (41) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 170.250. 18. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 170.186. 285 4-digit winners: ......$139.50 60 3 of 4 + MB ................$327 mat in 2004. Pablo Montoya on Friday, but 19. (10) Patrick Carpentier, Dodge, 170.057. 9,750 3-digit winners:......$11.50 1,066 3 of 4..................$54.50 “Anything that you do that was quickly elevated to the 20. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 170.052. 21. (43) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 169.705. 2-digit winners .....Quick Pick ticket 1,627 2 of 4 + MB .............$25 nobody else has done is kind pole when Montoya’s fast lap 22. (45) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 169.523. of cool,” Biffle said. was disallowed because of a 23. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 169.481. LOTTO But Biffle is more concerned technical violation. 24. (07) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 169.337. 25. (70) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 169.337. with keeping his momentum That gave Johnson, who 26. (22) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 169.321. Sept. 27 ....28-31-32-45-48-49 Payoff for Sept. 24 27. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 169.252. Sept. 24 ........5-8-16-20-28-51 1 6-digit winner: .................$3M than basking in his historic goes into the race tied with 28. (96) Joey Logano, Toyota, 169.226. Biffle for second 10 points 29. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 169.157. Sept. 20 ......2-17-24-26-48-51 55 5-digit winners: .....$4,910.50 feat. 30. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 169.141. Sept. 17 ........4-8-37-41-43-48 3,645 4-digit winners:..........$60 “I don’t want to say I want to behind Edwards, the first pick 31. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 169.088. 32. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 168.908. Sept. 13 ....21-22-33-34-38-52 68,728 3-digit winners: ....$4.50 win more, but I’m more for pit position in the race, a 33. (28) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 168.856. Sept. 10 ......4-14-22-44-50-52 Drawings occur Wednesdays, Saturdays focused on how we can keep it definite edge. 34. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 168.808. 35. (01) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 168.797. going more than reflect back “A lot of the Chasers seemed 36. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 168.750. The estimated jackpot is $3 million on what we’ve been able to do to have difficulty qualifying ... 37. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 168.455. 38. (66) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 168.303. so far,” he said. “I think maybe and, hopefully, we can take Send us your calendar items 39. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 168.104. at the end of the season I advantage of the good track 40. (44) David Reutimann, Toyota, 167.937. 41. (20) Tony Stewart, Toyota, owner points could look back easier, and position and get a good pit 42. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, owner You know what is going on in your world of say, ’That was pretty neat to stall pick and turn that into points sports, but we might not, so let us know. win the first two Chase races.’ getting some momentum 43. (78) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 168.277. Failed to qualify From boxing to baseball, tennis to swimming “But other than focusing on going on Sunday,” Johnson 44. (00) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 168.245. and everything between, if you send it our 45. (08) Johnny Sauter, Dodge, 166.775 way we will get the word out. Send all .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... that, I’m focusing on the first said. calendar items to with advance notice so we can publish them Nationwide-Kansas 13. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, 123.4, 129, $28,600. 29. (42) Scott Gaylord, Chevrolet, 194, 38.9, 76, $27,133. in a timely manner. Lottery 300 14. (7) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 199, 93.1, 121, 30. (33) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Dodge, 194, 38.6, Saturday $29,858. 73, $20,805. At Kansas Speedway 15. (26) Mike Wallace, Toyota, 199, 78.5, 118, 31. (37) Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 193, 49.8, Kansas City, Kan. $30,073. 75, $26,913. ON THE COVER Lap length: 1.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 16. (5) David Reutimann, Toyota, 199, 79.4, 115, $23,170. 32. (32) Burney Lamar, Ford, 193, 54.2, 67, $20,310. AP PHOTO 1. (19) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 200 laps, 142 17. (3) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 199, 78.8, 112, $29,903. 33. (38) Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 191, 33.7, rating, 195 points, $84,845. Florida’s quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates after he scored a 2. (17) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 200, 114.4, 18. (20) Greg Biffle, Ford, 199, 78.9, 114, 64, $26,668. $22,475. 34. (22) Stanton Barrett, Chevrolet, 167, 51.7, touchdown in the second half against Mississippi on Saturday in 170, $62,375. 19. (25) Jason Keller, Ford, 199, 67.9, 106, 66, $26,558. 3. (9) David Ragan, Ford, 200, 107.8, 165, Gainesville. The Rebels beat the Gators 31-30. $51,650. $28,433. 35. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, accident, 153, 4. (4) Carl Edwards, Ford, 200, 106, 160, 20. (14) Scott Lagasse Jr., Chevrolet, 197, 84.7, 63, $19,980. $40,325. 61.6, 103, $29,223. 36. (40) Bobby Hillin Jr., Dodge, accident, 90, 5. (6) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 200, 116.9, 160, 21. (11) Bryan Clauson, Dodge, 197, 68.8, 38.5, 55, $26,338. Index Contact us $33,400. 6. (28) Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 200, 95.9, 100, $29,113. 22. (34) Mark Green, Chevrolet, 197, 62.3, 37. (39) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, ignition, 52, 32.8, 52, $26,228. Lottery 2 SPORTS@SUN-HERALD.COM, 941-206-1140 150, $36,018. 97, $28,003. 38. (2) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, accident, 43, • Patrick Obley, sports editor 7. (8) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 200, 93.6, 146, 23. (43) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 197, Auto 2 90.2, 49, $21,200. $29,100. 49.1, 94, $21,425. 39. (35) Kenny Hendrick, Chevrolet, brakes, Horse 2 • Matt Stevens, assistant sports editor 8. (23) Jason Leffler, Toyota, 200, 92.3, 142, 24. (31) Morgan Shepherd, Dodge, 197, 51.5, 34, 31.9, 46, $19,565. $36,268. 91, $27,783. NFL 5-7 9. (13) Joey Logano, Toyota, 200, 87.9, 138, 25. (15) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Ford, 196, 64.6, 40. (30) Kertus Davis, Chevrolet, handling, 20, • Eric McKinney, staff writer 35.9, 43, $19,455. College 8-11 $32,828. 88, $28,223. 41. (21) Steve Wallace, Chevrolet, engine, 15, 10. (10) Kelly Bires, Ford, 200, 79.8, 134, 26. (41) Danny Efland, Chevrolet, 195, 40.2, Baseball 12-14 • Gary Brown, staff writer $35,793. 85, $27,513. 46.4, 40, $25,788. 42. (24) Justin Hobgood, Chevrolet, transmis- Scoreboard 15 11. (16) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 200, 80.5, 27. (36) Brandon Whitt, Ford, 195, 43, 82, • Dawn Klemish, staff writer 135, $33,868. $27,403. sion, 11, 30.1, 37, $19,190. Latest line 15 12. (12) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 200, 98.6, 28. (27) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, 195, 54, 43. (29) Kevin Lepage, Dodge, transmission, 5, • Lee Anderson, sports designer, writer 127, $30,918. 79, $27,283. 28.9, 34, $19,064. Prep sports 16
  • 35. Sunday, September 28, 2008/ The Sun GOLF H/D/E/N/C Sports Page 3 ROUNDUP Garcia leads by three strokes Kim strugggles ■ OCHOA, FRIBERG SHARE LEAD IN ALABAMA: At Prattville, Ala., with driver, winless since May, top-ranked Lorena Ochoa shot a 3-under 69 for a share hits fan in head of third-round lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic. BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Mexican star, making her first ATLANTA — The cheers start since tying for sixth in the weren’t as loud, but Sergio Safeway Classic on Aug. 24, Garcia had heard them before. matched Louise Friberg (65) at 13- Six days ago at the Ryder under 203. Ochoa has four top-seven finishes Cup, he was helpless as in a row, but is winless in seven starts. Anthony Kim fired at flags and She opened the year with six wins in birdied nearly half his holes in nine events, including four straight. a 5-and-4 romp that revved up the gallery during an ■ FLEISHER TAKES SAS American victory. CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD: At Cary, N.C., It looked like more of the Bruce Fleisher moved into position same early Saturday at the for his first Champions Tour victory in Tour Championship, especial- four years, shooting a 6-under 66 to ly when Kim made everything take a one-stroke lead into the final in sight to build a three-shot round of the SAS Championship. lead on the front nine at East Tom Kite (66) and Eduardo Lake. This time, fortunes Romero (67) were tied for second. turned in the Spaniard’s favor. Mark McNulty (63) and John Cook AP PHOTO Garcia kept hitting good (66) were another strokes back at 8 Sergio Garcia tips his hat to the crowd as he approaches the 18th green at the Tour Championship on putts until enough of them under. Saturday in Atlanta. 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  • 36. Sports Page 4 H/D/E/N/C SPORTS The Sun /Sunday, September 28, 2008 JANUARY 26, 1925 SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 r PAUL NEWMAN THE PASSION PAUL OF -- w . “THE SPORT IS A LOT MORE l ` f EXCITING THAN r? •r f pp ANYTHING ELSE I DO, AND NOBODY CARES THAT I’M AN ACTOR. I WISH I COULD SPEND Ae, ALL MY TIME AT THE RACETRACK.” “WE CONNECTED AS RACERS, BUT PAUL’S IDEAS OF In racing, Newman found himself P WHAT WE SHOULD DO FOR CHARITY IS AUL NEWMAN WANTED to be a remotely close to that age had ever formed a partnership with the great athlete — he just never won in that event. Chicago businessman, starting WHAT REALLY found a sport in which he could Newman could be terse and distant Newman/Haas Racing in 1983 and RESONATED WITH in his rare interviews, but he would joining the CART series. excel. Then, while filming the movie ME THE MOST. “Winning” in 1969 at age 43, he dis- light up when he talked about his With Mario Andretti hired as its first HE SET THE BAR, covered auto racing. favorite sport. driver, the team was an instant suc- NOT ONLY WITH HIS “I was never a very grace- “I don’t like talking cess. Throughout the last 26 years, the GIVING, BUT IN HOW ful person. The only time I about acting because team — now known as HE GAVE. ... PAUL ever really feel coordinat- that’s business and pretty Newman/Haas/Lanigan and part of ed is when I dance with boring,” Newman told the the IndyCar Series — has won 107 DID IT RIGHT, AND r '1 Joanne,” he once told AP another time. “And races and eight series championships HE DID IT WITH ? The Associated Press, ' t r politics can get you in with drivers like Michael Andretti, CLASS. HE’LL BE trouble. But I’ll always talk Nigel Mansell, Cristiano da Matta, referring to his wife, TERRIBLY MISSED.” Joanne Woodward. “And about racing because the Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais. that’s not my doing. But people are interesting and “He was just a great guy and truly • NASCAR DRIVER TONY STEWART. when I’m behind the fun, the sport is a lot more loved everything about racing,” wheel of a race car, I exciting than anything else I Michael Andretti said. “HE WAS JUST feel competent and in do, and nobody cares that I’m Despite a heavy schedule, Newman A GREAT GUY AND charge. It’s something an actor. I wish I could spend came to the track as often as possible. I really enjoy.” all my time at the racetrack.” He tried without much success to TRULY LOVED Newman, an When Newman decided to get keep a low profile as he roamed pit EVERYTHING ABOUT into racing, it was more than lane on his motor scooter or sat at the Oscar-winning actor, entre- RACING. HE AND I preneur, philanthropist, activist and just being in the cockpit that team’s pit box, his baseball cap pulled SHARED A TRUE race car driver, died of cancer Friday interested him. He became a car low over those famous blue eyes, a PASSION FOR at his farmhouse near Westport, owner in the Can-Am Series, cam- pair of reading glasses — used for MOTORSPORTS IN Conn., publicist Jeff Sanderson said. paigning cars for a number of top dri- reading the timing and scoring moni- GENERAL, BUT “Paul Newman, a real American vers, including Indianapolis 500 win- tor &