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  1. 1. Suspected Kmart carjacker arrested in Tampa OUR TOWN PAGE 1 CharlotteSun IRAQ INSISTS ON US DEPARTURE Iraq’s government Monday ruled out allowing NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES STEWART-HAAS SURPRISES AND WEEKLY HERALD U.S. combat troops to remain in Iraqi cities after Everyone said Tony Stewart was crazy to leave the June 30 deadline for their withdrawal. FRONT PAGE 2 Joe Gibbs Racing. Not so much. SPORTS PAGE 7 AN EDITION OF THE SUN VOL. 117 NO. 125 AMERICA’S BEST COMMUNITY DAILY T U E S D A Y M AY 5 , 2 0 0 9 www.sunnewspapers.net 75 cents Obama targets tax loopholes President wants overseas profit taxes raised By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER proposal in 1961. ideas have been around though no tax increases ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER Obama’s proposal to for years. would go into effect until WASHINGTON — close tax loopholes was a The president’s plan 2011. That’s an average of President Barack Obama reliable applause line would limit the ability of $21 billion a year, less than promised sternly on during the presidential U.S. companies to defer a 2 percent nick in a federal Monday to crack down on campaign, but it got a paying U.S. taxes on budget deficit that is companies “that ship jobs lukewarm response overseas profits. At the projected to hit $1.2 trillion overseas” and duck U.S. Monday from Capitol Hill. same time, Obama would in 2010. taxes with offshore havens. Sen. Max Baucus of step up efforts to go after Lost revenue isn’t the It won’t be easy. Montana, the Democratic evaders who abuse only problem, Obama Democrats have been chairman of the Senate offshore tax shelters. says. He contends the AP PHOTO fighting — and losing — Finance Committee, said Obama said his plan current system gives this battle since John F. the plan needed further would raise $210 billion President Barack Obama speaks about tax reform in the Kennedy made a similar study, even though similar over the next 10 years, LOOPHOLES | P4 Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Monday. Florida flu cases now at 5 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLAHASSEE — The state now has five confirmed cases and 15 probable cases of swine flu. A report Monday that alleged Charlotte County had its first swine flu case was incorrect. “Right now we’re still in surveillance mode, but we still have no cases here in Charlotte County,” county health department spokesman Adam DuBois said. The report was issued by the Florida Department of Health commu- nications office. By Monday afternoon, the statement was recalled. “Charlotte County does not have a probable or confirmed case of H1N1 Swine Flu,” Susan Smith, press secre- tary with the Florida Department of Health, wrote in an e-mail. A few test samples were sent to the PHOTO PROVIDED state to test for the presence of swine Charlotte High School graduates of 2008 celebrate at their project graduation event last May. flu. DuBois said the lab reported that there were no signs of the virus. The Florida Department of Health said Monday that a 7-year-old boy is Project Graduation parties — free of drugs, alcohol — the second confirmed Lee County case and a 24-year-old man in Pinellas County also has the flu. The depart- mapped out for several area high schools ment previously announced cases in By PAMELA STAIK anybody out in the woods drinking STAFF WRITER and partying. We want them to be in a CASES | P4 During the last week of May, hun- secure environment, hanging out one dreds of local high school seniors will last time as an organized group of move their graduation tassels from the classmates.” New data right to left, thus entering the next phase of their young lives. Regardless of what students plan to In general, each project graduation is based on the premise of offering lots of food, fun and safety for free. raises hopes do in their future, parents have vowed to make sure every single graduate lives to see their goals come true. Traditionally, parents keep as much as possible about the event a secret until the very last moment. of easing To accomplish this goal, parents from traditional area high schools are hosting drug and alcohol free lock-in But that isn’t so important to Char- lotte High parents. Just ask event chair Debbie recession parties called Project Graduation. “These are safe events and celebra- tions meant for everyone in the Llewellyn. “We want to get the kids excited about it,” she said, adding that posters By MARTIN CRUTSINGER graduating class,” explained Lemon appeared around campus before AP ECONOMICS WRITER Bay High’s Project Graduation chair Disney’s Grad Nite announcing the WASHINGTON — Evidence that Dave Dignam. “We don’t want event’s theme: 2009 Wii R Tarpon PHOTO PROVIDED housing is poised to improve and Heroes. Lemon Bay High School graduates took optimism about the results of banking Naturally, this theme will incorporate turns riding a mechanical bull last year “stress tests” raised hopes Monday that technological trends with the students, during their project graduation celebration. the recession is easing and helped lift a such as sending text messages and key stock market measure into the playing video games on Wii, a popular Englewood, the big giveaways will be black for the year. gaming device. two $1,500 scholarships to a secret, but Construction spending and pending At project graduation, seniors will be local, educational facility. home sales both fared better than able to play Guitar Hero, Rock Band While food and prizes are usually expected in March, and private and Wii Fit games, in addition to the donated by local businesses or individ- economists saw the reports as further regular activities. Llewellyn said this uals, committee members of the evidence that the overall economy is includes a casino gaming area, a project graduation events spend most stabilizing after its bleakest stretch in a jousting activity, an inflatable obstacle of the school year holding fundraisers half-century. If so, the economy might course, caricature and temporary to pay for the fiestas and additional gift be able to mount a recovery in the tattoo artists, a money machine and a items. second half of 2009. prize tent containing items for seniors To make this happen, Lemon Bay Wall Street took the same view. All to pick from. parents held bucket brigades around the major stock indexes jumped more Of course, all three graduation events Englewood and sold Christmas trees. than 2 percent. The Standard & Poor’s will incorporate door prizes and gift Including savings for next year’s 500 rose 3.39 percent, showing a gain PHOTO PROVIDED giveaways, including household items event, Dignam said Englewood parents for 2009. Gifts are displayed in a tent at last year’s such as bedding and towels, electronic hope to collect between $15,000 and project graduation for Charlotte High devices including laptops, not to HOPES | P4 School. mention gift certificates and cash. In GRADUATION | P4 INDEX| FRONT: Nation 2,4,7 | World 2 | State 6 | Business 8-10 | Weather 12 | OUR TOWN: Calendar 2 | Obituaries 4 | Police Beat 7 | Crossword 9 | Viewpoint 10 Daily Edition 75¢ High Low Look inside for valuable coupons This year’s savings to date ... CHARLIE SAYS ... SUN COUPON 90 67 VALUE METER $122,805 All this Buffalo news is making me want some chicken wings! 7 05252 00025 8 Partly cloudy, warm
  2. 2. Front Page 2 D/E/N/C www.sunnewspapers.net NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS The Sun /Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | WORLD S. Korean ship Mexico calms as fears of flu rebound rise thwarts piracy MEXICO CITY (AP) — guarantee that our now that the virus is Mexico announced a educational institutions taking off in the U.S., NAIROBI, Kenya — return to “normalcy” on are in adequate hygienic chances of severe cases South Korean snipers Monday, preparing to condition,” promised could rise as well. hovering in a heli- reopen businesses and Calderon, who called on “We’ve seen in many of copter Monday chased schools even as the virus parents to join educators the cases in Mexico, away pirates pursuing sickened more than 1,200 in a “collective” cleansing 'I there’s been sometimes a North Korean people in 20 countries. and inspection of schools five to seven days of freighter, a rare World health officials nationwide. being mildly ill with instance of recent 1 said the global epidemic “This is about going increasing respiratory cooperation between is still in its early stages, back to normalcy but distress and then being the two Koreas. and that a pandemic with everyone taking hospitalized, and then The South Korean could be declared in the better care,” Calderon spending five days or a ship has been oper- days to come. But said. week in hospital, so that’s ating off Somalia since Mexico’s president said it But experts inside a timeline of two weeks,” last month on a was waning at its Mexico’s swine flu crisis AP PHOTO he said. mission to protect its epicenter, justifying center warned that the A couple wearing masks as a precaution against swine flu As of Monday, Mexico cargo ships from Wednesday’s end to a virus remains active walks past closed stores in Mexico City, Monday. Mexican had 727 confirmed cases, Somali pirates, whose five-day nationwide throughout Mexico and officials lowered their flu alert level in the capital on and U.S. case grew to at acts of high-seas crime shutdown he credits for could bounce back once Monday, and plan to allow cafes, museums and libraries least 300 in 36 states. have exploded in reducing the spread of millions return to work to reopen this week, while world health officials weighed Globally, the virus has recent years as the the new virus. and school. It also may raising their pandemic alert to the highest level. reached more than 1,276 bandits continue to get Already, streets in the get worse north of the people in 20 countries — ransoms in the millions capital seemed more border. reopened Monday after a the epidemic. But other still in its early stages, to of dollars. lively, with more vehicles “The bottom line is that spring break trip to experts said the known the World Health South Korea’s Joint and fewer people wearing there hasn’t been time for Mexico led to as many as cases are almost certainly Organization. Chiefs of Staff said in a face masks. Some cafes the severe illnesses to 1,000 people being only a fraction of what’s The WHO was studying statement that the even reopened ahead of perhaps show up in the sickened. out there, meaning more whether to raise the 4,500-ton-class time. President Felipe U.S. yet,” Marc-Alain “We are by no means illnesses could surface pandemic alert to 6, its warship sent a Lynx Calderon said universities Widdowson, a medical out of the woods,” said once crowds gather again highest level, which helicopter to assist the and high schools will epidemiologist from the Dr. Richard Besser, acting in Mexico. would mean a global North Korean vessel reopen on Thursday, and U.S. Centers for Disease director of the CDC. “It’s clear that it’s just outbreak has begun. shortly after receiving a younger schoolchildren Control and Prevention, Health Secretary Jose about everywhere in WHO uses the term distress call that it was should report back to told The Associated Press. Cordova insisted that Mexico. I think now there pandemic to refer to being chased by the school on May 11. Experts in the U.S. also swine flu infections are is considerable person- geographic spread rather pirate ship. “The school schedule urged caution, even as a trending downward after to-person transmission,” than severity. Pandemics will resume with the New York City school 27 deaths at the center of Widdowson said. And aren’t necessarily deadly. Pig slaughter ires Christians CAIRO — The Egyptian government is Iraq insists on US Supreme Court leaving cities by June 30 rules for immigrant using swine flu as an excuse to get rid of tens of thousands of pigs raised by garbage collectors who live amid the refuse in Cairo BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s government 1G r in ID theft case slums. But the move Monday ruled out WASHINGTON (AP) — numbers belong to has prompted accusa- allowing U.S. combat A unanimous Supreme someone else, regardless tions Monday that troops to remain in Iraqi Court said Monday that of whether the defendant Muslims are attacking cities after the June 30 undocumented workers knew it. minority Christians, deadline for their with- who use phony IDs can’t Breyer said intent is who breed the animals. drawal, despite concern be considered identity often easy to prove in The government last that Iraqi forces cannot thieves without proof what he called classic week ordered the cope with the security they knew they were identity theft. “Where a slaughter of all the challenge following a stealing real people’s defendant has used country’s 300,000 pigs resurgence of bombings Social Security and other another person’s infor- as a precaution against in recent weeks. numbers. mation to get access to swine flu, even though Asking U.S. forces to The court’s decision that person’s bank no cases have been stay in the cities, limits federal authorities’ account, the government reported in the including volatile Mosul use of a 2004 law, can prove knowledge country. But after the in the north, would be AP FILE PHOTO intended to get tough on with little difficulty,” World Health embarrassing for Iraq’s identity thieves, against Breyer said. prime minister, who has In this March 13 file photo, Iraqi Army soldiers look at a immigrants who are But immigrants Organization criticized book of Arabic phrases as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert the measure as entirely staked his political picked up in workplace without proper docu- future on claims that the Williams, 37, assigned to Delta Co., 1st Combined Arms raids and found to be mentation need identity unnecessary, the Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, looks for help in government expanded country has turned the using false Social Security documents and often corner in the war communicating in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of and alien registration buy them from forgers, the rationale for the Baghdad, Iraq. slaughter to confront a against Sunni and Shiite numbers. never knowing if they long-standing hygienic extremists. with Pentagon violence had not risen to Advocates for immi- belong to anyone. problem posed by pigs The departure of spokesman Bryan a level that would force a grants had complained Such was the case with and garbage dumps in heavily armed combat Whitman saying it’s up to change in the withdrawal that federal authorities the undocumented the midst of densely troops from bases inside the Iraqi government to schedule. used the threat of worker on the winning populated areas of the the cities is important request an extension of Last month, however, prosecution on the side Monday. Ignacio capital. psychologically to many the U.S. presence in the the top U.S. commander identity theft charge, Carlos Flores-Figueroa, a Iraqis, who are eager to cities and “we intend to in Iraq, Gen. Raymond which carries a two-year Mexican immigrant Jailed journalist regain control of their fully abide by” terms of Odierno, said he was mandatory prison term, employed at a steel plant country after six years of the security agreement. worried that Iraqi forces to win guilty pleas on in East Moline, Ill., hospitalized war and U.S. military The chairman of the won’t be ready to assume lesser charges and traveled to Chicago and CAIRO — The occupation. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. full responsibility for acceptance of prompt bought numbers from American journalist on U.S. officials played Mike Mullen, told Mosul by the end of deportation. someone who trades in a hunger strike for two down the Iraqi decision, reporters Monday that June. “These prosecutions counterfeit IDs. weeks to protest her have been taken off the Unlike earlier fictitious table,” said Nina Perales, numbers Flores-Figueroa Program enlists doctors imprison- ment in southwest regional used, these numbers Iran was counsel for the Mexican belonged to real people. to help stem tide of addiction briefly American Legal Defense Flores-Figueroa had hospital- t and Education Fund. worked at the plant ized after The court, in an under a false name for six she opinion by Justice years. His decision to use WASHINGTON (AP) — workers past the stigma Someone else insists Stephen Breyer, rejected his real name and intensified If more doctors started and ensure that more she’s a social drinker? If her fast by SABERI the government’s exchange one set of asking, would more drug patients are asked for she’s ever had four or argument that prosecu- phony numbers for refusing to and alcohol abusers ’fess simple clues to addiction more drinks in a day, she drink water, Reporters tors need only show that another aroused his up so they could get help? at every visit — not just in may have a bigger the identification employer’s suspicions. Without Borders said It’s a huge irony of the ER, but anytime they problem. Monday. health care: Go to the see a doctor. The goal: To get The press freedom group said 32-year-old emergency room and It’s a step-by-step substance abuse treat- ENGLEWOOD DESOTO Roxana Saberi, accused you’ll be asked about a computerized guide that ment for more of the 23 CIRCULATION CIRCULATION tetanus shot, even though takes patients’ answers to million Americans Customer Service Customer Service by Iran of spying for the “most of us have never various behavior ques- estimated to need it. Only U.S., was taken Friday seen a case of tetanus,” tions, analyzes their risk about 2 million today get 941-681-3000 863-494-2434 to a clinic at Tehran’s says Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, for a serious substance use that help, NIDA says. Fax: 941-681-3008 Fax: 863-494-3533 Evin prison, where she emergency medicine chief problem and tells doctors Better would be finding info@sun-herald.com has been held since her arrest in January. She at Yale-New Haven what next steps to take. people early, when NORTH PORT CHARLOTTE Hospital. A patient admits to substance abuse is just was released from the CIRCULATION clinic within a day after Yet although up to half experimenting with taking hold and a doctor CIRCULATION Customer Service of ER visits involve illegal heroin? A few more intervening might keep it Customer Service again drinking water, drugs or alcohol, typically questions about how from getting worse. A 941-206-1300 the group said. Saberi, a “we don’t ask it. It makes often, when and if he felt government study last 941-429-3000 Fax: 941-629-2085 dual Iranian-American no sense whatsoever,” says cravings can guide how year found that some Fax: 941-423-2318 info@sun-herald.com citizen, has lived in Iran info@sun-herald.com D’Onofrio, who teaches big his risk is for ongoing simple doctor steps — Punta Gorda Herald office for the last six years. She new doctors to break that drug use and what brief in-office counseling was born in the U.S. and 941-205-1000 chain of silence. intervention is needed — or referral to a specialty grew up in Fargo, North A new program from the plus remind the doctor to center — could help slash Dakota. National Institute on Drug administer an HIV and drug use by patients Display Advertising — From wire reports Abuse aims to help health hepatitis test. coaxed to come clean. North Port 941-429-3000 National & Regional Advertisers Charlotte 941-206-1214 941-206-1270 Englewood 941-681-3000 ads@sun-herald.com Sun Newspapers J t JJL DeSoto Sun Editor ...................Laura Schmid .............................863-494-0300 DeSoto General Manager ........Joe Gallimore..............................863-494-0300 DeSoto 863-494-2434 MEMBER of the Audit Bureau of Circulation Charlotte Sun Editor.................Christy Arnold..............................941-206-1168 Classified Advertising North Port Sun Editor...............Lorraine Schneeberger................941-429-3003 President..................................Derek Dunn-Rankin ....................941-206-1001 North Port General Manager ....Steve Sachkar.............................941-429-3003 866-463-1638 Publisher..................................David Dunn-Rankin.....................941-206-1003 Fax: 866-949-1426 Editor........................................Chris Porter .................................941-206-1134 Englewood Sun Editor..............Mike Billington............................941-681-3000 classified@sunnewspapers.net Managing Editor.......................John Hackworth ..........................941-206-1147 Englewood General Manager ...Lang Capasso.............................941-681-3000 The SUN (USPS 743170) is published daily at Sun Coast Media Group, Inc., 23170 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33980-2100. 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  3. 3. The Sun /Tuesday, May 5, 2009 D/E/N/C www.sunnewspapers.net Front Page 3 Port Charlotte Town Center MADISONS at the Mall Enjoy Yourself. Give mom a treat! Join us for Mother’s Day In addition to our regular menu we offer a lavish All you can eat Buffet $ only 18.95 kids 10 & under $10.95 Featuring Prime Rib Raspberry glazed Pork Loin Shrimp Scampi Seared Salmon Mango grilled Chicken Breast Assorted vegetables & potatoes Madison’s famous dessert table Entertainment ZZ FRIDAYS Prime Rib 5:00 & 7:30pm Doo Wop Oldies Revue with the Special! Doo Wop Crew Aged, Slow roasted, on the bone. Served au jus, with hot freshly baked garlic loaf, choice of seasonal vegetables, Madisons fries, an Idaho baked potato or Madisons braised cabbage You’re gonna love it! Queen cut 10.95 $ Dinner, Dancing & Fun! Madisons cut 12.95 $ Reservations suggested 16oz. served with a beef bone SATURDAYS @ 8:00pm Special ends Tuesday, May 12th Call (941) Don’t miss Talent Quest FL 2009 613-1692 KARAOKE For reservations Chance to represent Port Charlotte in LAS VEGAS All expenses paid! MADISONS at the Mall Enjoy Yourself. Every Time. Open 7 Days Banquet Room available 355970
  4. 4. Front Page 4 D/E/N/C www.sunnewspapers.net FROM PAGE ONE The Sun /Tuesday, May 5, 2009 Empty neighborhoods fester in Rust Belt By DAN SEWELL and to do just that — buy and certain areas like Cincin- tide, buying and either FRANK BASS either rehabilitate or nati’s Over-the-Rhine rehabilitating or bulldoz- ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITERS demolish foreclosed and neighborhood, roughly ing empty homes. Even CINCINNATI — Meet abandoned homes. two of every three homes with billions of federal the forgotten housing The AP’s analysis, are vacant or used by dollars pouring into crisis. however, shows the squatters. The area is cities, civic leaders such While most attention money will only make a more than 70 percent as Steve Leeper, director has focused on the wave modest dent in the black and poor, with of a Cincinnati develop- of foreclosures sweeping problem. As of March 31, unemployment often ment group, say fixing mostly middle-class, there were about 4 around 50 percent. lead paint, asbestos, suburban Sunbelt neigh- million homes that have Things may be even decay and other prob- borhoods from California been empty for 90 days — worse in Flint, Mich. lems takes a long time. to Florida, the nation’s a slight increase over last Jeffrey Taylor, 51, moved Leeper said there are emptiest neighborhoods AP PHOTO year’s figures and about 3 to a vanishing neighbor- plans to offer more have remained concen- percent of all U.S. homes. hood in the late 1960s, affordable housing and trated in the same place A woman, talking on a cell phone, walks past an The federal money will when his father worked more rental units, in for nearly a generation: abandoned home in east Buffalo, N.Y., Friday. be distributed based on a for General Motors. At its phased development the mostly minority, poor, of the 1980s — cities such many as 10,000 vacant, complicated formula that peak, the factories meant to make sure there urban neighborhoods of as Flint, Mich.; Colum- abandoned homes. considers local rates for employed thousands. aren’t pockets of empty the American Rust Belt. bus, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; Suburban sprawl, an foreclosures, high-cost Now, all but one of the 20 housing left in the made- An analysis by The and Indianapolis. aging population and mortgages and vacancies. factories and buildings in over neighborhood. Associated Press, based “I’d move in a heart- manufacturing losses There won’t be enough the industrial valley have “When you don’t have on data collected by the beat if I had somewhere to have left the city with a money to completely fix been closed and torn an area populated,” he U.S. Postal Service and go right now,” said Cindy population under 300,000 places such as the neigh- down, driving residents said, “it doesn’t have a the Housing and Urban Olejniczak of Buffalo. — about half what it was borhood in western from his neighborhoods. heart.” Development Depart- Roughly every third home during the 1950s. Columbus that is the City officials are thinking ment, shows the emptiest in her neighborhood is Federal lawmakers nation’s emptiest. About 70 about bulldozing large ALMANAC neighborhoods are vacant. Not even pizzerias have designated nearly percent of the neighbor- swaths of the city. clustered in places hit will deliver to the area. $6 billion over the past hood’s housing is empty. Cities across the region Today is Tuesday, May 5, hard during the recession In Buffalo, there are as year for local governments In some sections of are trying to reverse the the 125th day of 2009. There are 240 days left in the year. GRADUATION: High schools plan drug-, alcohol-free parties Today in history FROM PAGE 1 North Port High Graduation, and $12,000 On May 5, 1961, School’s Project Gradua- remained for this year’s astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. $25,000 before the event tion will begin following project. became America’s first space on May 29. commencement ceremo- “One thing we’d like to traveler as he made a 15- That could be difficult ny May 30, and continues emphasize,” Bickett said. minute suborbital flight in a because of the economic until 5 a.m. May 31. The “The party is not a lock capsule launched from Cape downturn. graduates are bused from in. Students can leave, Canaveral, Fla. “We have felt the pinch NPHS to the South but they can’t come back in our collections,” County YMCA in Venice in and they forfeit their On this date Dignam admitted. after the ceremony for a prizes (if they leave).” They aren’t the only celebration that includes Bickett said there are In 1821, Napoleon ones, said Yvette Johnson, a DJ, dancing, games with two more Project Grad Bonaparte, 51, died in exile Port Charlotte High’s prizes, “splash for cash” fundraisers scheduled — on the island of St. Helena. event chair. in the YMCA pool, a May 13 at Beef O’ Brady’s In 1891, Carnegie Hall Although the group has hypnotist, swimming, from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and (then named “Music Hall”) u - i set a goal of raising food and raffles. May 22-23 at the Basket had its official opening night approximately $20,000 for In past years, more Peddler Boutique — in New York City. the party, Johnson said than $10,000 has gone when both businesses RRaaaCT In 1904, Cy Young pitched only $6,500 has been into the event. Much of will donate a portion of GRA Q UATI the American League’s first collected with another the money comes from their receipts to the perfect game as the Boston $2,500 promised. fundraising and cash, gift project. Americans defeated the “We’ve been hit really certificate and prize Project graduation Philadelphia Athletics 3-0. hard,” she said. “Even the donations. committees are still In 1981, Irish Republican businesses that have DeSoto County High looking for help. For more PHOTO PROVIDED BY DALLAS EMRICH Army hunger-striker Bobby always donated to the School has raked in information on how you Sands died at the Maze cause are donating almost $25,000 to date for can donate or volunteer North Port City Commissioner Vanessa Carusone, left, who Prison in Northern Ireland in maybe a quarter of what its Project Graduation — your time, contact: has a daughter graduating from North Port High School his 66th day without food. they’ve normally donated thanks to a boost from • Charlotte High this year, helped collect money for prizes for Project Graduation recently in front of the North Port Walmart. In 2000, the tightest because they’ve been money left over from last School: Call or e-mail alignment in 38 years of hurting.” year’s inaugural event. event chair Debbie • Port Charlotte High or visit the Web site Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Considering a slow “We’re doing real well,” Llewellyn at 941-456-1212 School: Call event chair www.sarasotaschools. Saturn, the sun and the start, Charlotte High is said DeSoto County’s or llewellyn36@ Yvette Johnson at 941- com/nphsprojectgrad. moon — as seen from Earth doing fairly well. Project Graduation comcast.net. 889-8897. You can also • DeSoto High — took place. With the help of Chairwoman Leslie • Lemon Bay High contact Debbie Capo at School: Leslie Bickett members of the Rotary Bickett. “We take dona- School: Call or e-mail the school by calling (teacher at DeSoto Today’s Club of Harbor tions year around. People event chair Dave Dignam 941-255-7485. Middle School) cell Heights/Peace River, can donate cash, prizes at 941-460-1208 or • North Port High number: 863-990-5601 birthdays parents have been able to or food.” projgradlbhs@yahoo.com. School: Call Janice Staff writer John Actress Pat Carroll is 82. raise approximately The 2008 event was You can also contact Redenbo, at 941-423- Lawhorne contributed to AFL-CIO president John J. $16,000 of their $20,000 DeSoto County High Beth Johnston at 941- 8558, ext. 66012, or Nancy this article. Sweeney is 75. Actor Michael goal. School’s first Project 474-3864. DeCarlo at 941-426-7757, E-mail: pstaik@sun-herald.com Murphy is 71. Comedian-actor Michael Palin is 66.Rock LOOPHOLES: Obama plans to raise overseas profit taxes correspondent Kurt Loder is 64. NBC News anchor Brian Williams is 50. Actress Tina FROM PAGE 1 where they generate wealthy individuals evade impose billions of dollars make permanent a Yothers is 36. Singer Craig profits. taxes in overseas in new taxes on many of research tax credit that David is 28. Actress Danielle companies an incentive The bottom line? accounts. Obama said the the nation’s largest would provide firms Fishel is 28. R&B singer Chris to invest overseas rather “Nobody should miss government is hiring corporations, including about $75 billion in Brown is 20. than creating jobs in the the fact that this is about nearly 800 new IRS agents Google, General Electric, breaks over the next 10 U.S. revenue,” said Raymond to enforce the tax code. Hewlett-Packard, Intel years. The credit currently “It’s a tax code that says Wiacek, head of the tax “I want to see our and Johnson & Johnson, is to expire at the end of NEWS OF you should pay lower practice at the law firm companies remain the tax experts said. But it the year. THE WEIRD taxes if you create a job in Jones Day. “These most competitive in the falls well short of the Obama has widespread Revolutionized Bangalore, India, than if companies have the world,” Obama said at a broad overhaul of the tax support in Congress to you create one in Buffalo, money, and the U.S. White House announce- system that will probably crack down on tax parenting N.Y.,” Obama said government needs the ment. “But the way to have to wait until at least evaders who illegally hide “Consensual Living” Monday. money.” make sure that happens next year — after Con- assets in tax havens. But parenting, which was The business commu- Obama also proposed a is not to reward our gress deals with health he faces stiff opposition developed in 2006 and now nity argues the deferral package of disclosure and companies for moving care and energy. — even within his own has many hundreds of system helps them enforcement measures jobs off our shores or In exchange for the party — to increasing followers, supposes that compete against foreign designed to make it transferring profits to increased taxes some taxes on the legal transac- every family member’s needs companies that pay taxes harder for financial overseas tax havens.” companies would have to tions of U.S. multination- are equally valid and only in the countries institutions to help Obama’s plan would pay, Obama agreed to al companies. respectworthy. Even pre- adolescents are assumed CASES: Flu HOPES: New data points to easing recession able to understand their own needs and respect those of others. When little Kiernen, numbers FROM PAGE 1 Bolstering that picture future loan losses, the government will supply the needed resources, after the index hit a record low in January. The pending sales index which are causing more banks to tighten lending standards. 3, of Langley, British Columbia, hits another child, his mom told Toronto’s Globe jump to 5 were rising expectations that the government-run stress tests, showing how Bernanke has said. The Fed chairman is scheduled to testify to is now 1.1 percent above last year’s levels. Typically, there’s a one- The Fed reported Monday that about 50 percent of U.S. banks had & Mail in March, she does not invoke authority but instead asks about his FROM PAGE 1 the nation’s 19 largest Congress on Tuesday to two-month lag tightened their lending feelings and whether he’d banks would fare in a about the state of the between a contract being standards on prime like to express himself Lee, Broward and Orange severe recession, have economy. signed and a final deal mortgages and that 65 differently. If Kahlan, 18 counties. found most of them in The Commerce being sealed. So the percent had tightened standards on nontradi- months old, of Nanaimo, The department also reasonably good shape. Department reported index is a good barome- The test results are that construction ter for future home sales. tional mortgages. Both British Columbia, is grumpy said there are five at a time when her mother probable cases in expected to be released spending rose 0.3 Economists saw both percentages were higher Thursday after markets percent in March. It was reports as good news. than in the last survey in has made plans, Mom says Hillsborough County, she is obligated to consider close. the first increase after “Things certainly look early February. three probable cases in Many builders also are other plans. And when Federal Reserve five straight months of a bit less bad than in the Miami-Dade County, two finding it harder to get Savannah, 6, insisted on Chairman Ben declines. And it was far dark days at the turn of in Palm Beach County Bernanke has said none better than the the year,” Ian Shepherd- lending for their projects wearing her Halloween cat and one each in Alachua, of the 19 banks will be 1.5 percent drop analysts son, chief U.S. economist because of rising defaults costume every single day for Lee, Indian River, allowed to fail and that had expected. at High Frequency on commercial real estate. several months, her mom in Okeechobee and Clay any institution that Meanwhile, the Economics, wrote in a Because of such Burlington, Ontario, just counties. needs to raise more National Association of research note. problems, the overall shrugged, since she recalled Meanwhile, some capital will be given six Realtors said its index of Some analysts cau- economy, as measured how contentious the morning Florida schools are months to do so. pending home sales rose tioned that the economy by the gross domestic dressing rituals were, pre- closed while health If the bank cannot 3.2 percent to 84.6 in still faces threats from product, is expected to Consensual Living. officials monitor the raise the needed capital March. That was the waves of layoffs and keep shrinking in the cases. as a cushion against second monthly increase rising mortgage defaults, current quarter. — From wire reports
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