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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
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.
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
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
“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
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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
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
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
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
“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.
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
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.
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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
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.” firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.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
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
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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Lawmakers reach agreement on budget
Watered-down state budget for fiscal year starting July 1 expected to top $65 billion
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — House and combination of spending cuts, federal R-Lake Wales. during the next fiscal year, but that
Senate negotiators Monday settled stimulus money and increases in the Alexander next will resume gambling money isn’t in the budget. It would go
their difference over the next state cigarette tax, college and university talks that were suspended pending a into reserves that could be tapped if
budget and now will turn to related tuition and fees for everything from budget resolution. revenues continue to fall below expec-
issues including the expansion of court filings to license plates. The The House has been reluctant to tations as they have for the last two
gambling as well as tax and fee spending reductions include a expand gaming, but the House’s chief years.
increases, to generate many of the 2 percent pay cut for state employees negotiator on that issue, Rep. Bill One of the last issues resolved was
dollars needed to balance the spending making more than $45,000 a year. Galvano, R-Bradenton, last week over what to do with $246 million
plan. “It’s reasonable and responsible in moved closer to the Senate’s position expected to be left over this year in the
The budget for the fiscal year starting view of the times that we’re in,” said by offering to let the Seminole Indians state-federal Medicaid health care
July 1 is expected to top $65 billion, but Rep. Marcelo Llorente, a Miami have blackjack tables at the tribe’s three program for the needy.
that’s nearly $8 billion less than Republican who chairs one of the Broward County casinos but not at four Alexander wanted to spend it, but
lawmakers appropriated two years ago. House budget councils. other facilities in Tampa, Immokalee, Llorente preferred to save it in case the
They’ve had to cut spending since then Llorente and Rep. David Rivera, a Big Cypress and Brighton. The Senate state is hit with a penalty over a deal
due to a sagging economy that’s Miami Republican who chairs the wants to allow blackjack and other card former Gov. Jeb Bush made with the
reduced tax receipts and other revenue. other House budget panel, hashed games at the Tampa, as well as Broward federal government that moved
The decline is expected to continue out the final budget differences over County casinos. patients in Broward and Duval coun-
next year. To avoid a potential the last three days with Senate Ways A gambling deal could generate ties into managed care as an experi-
$6 billion deficit, lawmakers are using a and Means Chairman JD Alexander, around $500 million for the state ment to reduce costs.
| OTHER HEADLINE NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
Teen son escapes Fla. Slain toddler’s mom
family slaying; 4 dead wants trial moved
LAKELAND — A 34-year-old ORLANDO — The attorney for
father who shot and killed his a Florida mother charged with
wife and two young sons fell killing her toddler daughter
over a bicycle and missed asked a judge Monday to move
another son before killing the trial to South Florida.
himself on the front lawn of their Jose Baez filed a motion for a
house, authorities said Monday. change of venue. He told
The surviving 13-year-old boy reporters that he didn’t believe
escaped through the garage as his client could get a fair trial in
his father fired a rifle at him, the Orlando in central Florida due to
Polk County Sheriff’s the excessive local media
Department said. AMR> coverage. Prosecutors, who have
Investigators said Troy Ryan said they will seek the death
Bellar fatally shot his wife, penalty if Casey Anthony is
Wendy Bellar, 31, and their 5- convicted, did not immediately
month-old and 8-year-old sons return messages asking for
before killing himself late comment. “The local coverage
Sunday in Lakeland, between has been so constant and at
Tampa and Orlando. They said times so inflammatory that
they had not found any suicide AP PHOTO members of the local commu-
note and a motive for the killings nity have already formed their
“I heard Wendy screaming and
Full-court press opinions without even hearing
one piece of evidence,” Baez
the baby crying,” said next-door A custodial crew member mops the gym floor with a bleach-water solution at OakLeaf School said.
neighbor Doug Lane. He in Clay County, Monday, after a possible case of swine flu was reported. Custodial crews from — Associated Press
described hearing a barrage of around the region joined to sanitize the school after the possible case was reported. The state
gunfire and Wendy Bellar now has five confirmed cases and 15 probable cases of swine flu.
sounding as if she was in Alligator Alley opens
“horror, terror.” after fog, smoke lifts
Sheriff’s Department 10
NAPLES — Alligator Alley is
spokesman Scott Wilder said R TaIR1haesee JacksorMs e open again after extreme fog and
Wendy Bellar tried to leave the 10
smoke conditions hindered
home with two of the children 5
n traffic for hours.
after a fight with her husband. River $t Jphns
The Florida Highway Patrol
But Troy Bellar opened fire with River
said the major roadway
a 7.62 mm rifle, killing Wendy, 5-
month-old Zack James Bellar and
FLORIDA Daylona Beach
connecting Broward and Collier
8-year-old Ryan Patrick Bellar in
the front porch area.
Three astronauts 5 counties reopened Monday
morning. It was closed for eight
“It’s a very, very angry and
selfish and cowardly person who
enter hall of fame ando
hours due to low visibility. A
wildfire in Big Cypress National
Preserve has been burning for
murdered his family,” Wilder CAPE CANAVERAL — Three more 4 MoIbaUme almost two weeks and has
said. “What motive or what shuttle astronauts have been inducted burned more than 30,000 acres.
explanation can you give?” Tampa
into the U.S. Astronauts Hall of Fame in St Peler bu Vero Beach It was apparently started by a
Wilder said Troy Bellar chased Cape Canaveral. George Nelson, lightning strike.
13-year-old Nathan Bellar William Shepherd and James Sarasota
The agency reopened the
through their garage, but tripped Wetherbee were inducted Saturday. Van Nsevr westbound lanes of the road,
over a bicycle and fell. The The total number of astronauts in the n e
also known as Interstate 75, at
father’s gun discharged, but he hall of fame is now 73. It’s the eighth P"" Lake Palm Beach U.S. 27 in Broward County. The
got back up and fired at least group of shuttle astronauts to be Okeschobae eastbound lanes of the roadway
two more rounds before killing
inducted. Earlier inductees represented les were open at mile marker 101 in
himself. Foil Lauftr doo
No neighbors were injured by
the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab
Hialeah State Road 29 in Collier
gunfire in the quiet suburban and Apollo-Soyuz programs. Nelson
was on the first spacewalking team to County at U.S. 41 to Oil Well
community, where the Bellars Road was also reopened.
lived in a ranch-style home repair a satellite in-orbit. He flew three EVE DES
NA AL PAAI( — Associated Press
with green shutters and a shuttle missions. Shepherd
screened-in front porch. commanded the first mission to the
Investigators say Troy Bellar International Space Station and has Judge denies mistrial
ran a home remodeling and been awarded the Congressional Medal Key W in terror trial
handyman business. Wendy was of Honor. Wetherbee commanded five MIAMI — A federal judge on
a stay-at-home mom. of the six space shuttle missions he Monday denied defense attor-
Lane said Troy Bellar’s busi- flew from 1984 through 2003. neys’ request for a third mistrial
ness seemed to keep going — Associated Press in the case of six men accused of
despite the economic downturn. plotting to destroy Chicago’s
— Associated Press Sears Tower and attack FBI
Attorney seeks stay of Teen son faces 1st-degree offices, despite increasing signs
execution for Fla. inmate murder charge in Miami city of disarray in the jury.
Workers at Fla. site find commissioner’s death U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard
TALLAHASSEE — An attorney for
5,000-year-old bones condemned killer John Richard Marek asked instead convened a hearing later
MIAMI — The 17-year-old arrested in
MALABAR — Workers at a the Florida Supreme Court on Monday to the shooting death of his father, a Monday to ask each of the 12
Space Coast project site have block his client’s scheduled execution next South Miami city commissioner, now jury members about a note
uncovered teeth and bone week. faces a first-degree murder charge. signed by the foreman
fragments believed to be up to The 47-year-old former Texas drifter was Jason Beckman was originally describing one juror as being
5,000 years old. convicted nearly a quarter century ago in the charged with manslaughter with a disruptive, offensive and
The items were found in the June 16, 1983, kidnapping, rape and murder firearm. The county clerk’s Web site refusing to deliberate. The
last month in Malabar at the site of Adella Marie Simmons. says a grand jury handed down the hearing in open court would
of an area to be flooded to create She was one of two women returning home indictment last week on the first- determine whether the juror
Lake Lawton. when their car broke down on the Florida degree murder charge. should be removed so that
The human remains have Turnpike in Broward County. Marek and his Beckman told detectives that he deliberations, stalled since
been reburied. Thousands of accomplice, Raymond Wigley, stopped and went to show his father a shotgun he Friday, could resume.
other items, including fish hooks persuaded Simmons to ride with them to a had just assembled but slipped and “There must be an inquiry
and tools believed to be fash- service station. They instead took her to a fell, causing the shotgun to fire. made of this jury,” Lenard said,
ioned by American Indians from beach about 60 miles away where she was Jay Beckman was elected to the adding that it would focus solely
bones, have been sent to a strangled with a bandanna after being sexu- commission of the small suburban city on whether each juror is “willing
laboratory. ally assaulted. in 2006.Associated Press to follow the law and apply it to
Work at the site has stalled as Defense attorney Martin McClain asked the — Associated Press the evidence.” Two previous trials
federal officials negotiate with justices to halt Marek’s scheduled May 13 for the “Liberty City Six” — named
the Seminole and Miccosukee execution by lethal injection, asserting that for their inner city neighborhood
tribes over how to proceed. Wigley was the actual killer. — ended in mistrials.
— Associated Press — Associated Press — Associated Press
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NEWS ACROSS pursue bold ideas that could
lead to breakthroughs,
focusing on ways to prevent
AMERICA and treat infectious diseases,
such as HIV, malaria,
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California as well as for the rest of the diarrheal diseases. The
Filene’s Basement locations foundation said grant
Roman Polanski trial and the chain’s other assets. recipient Eric Lam at Rutgers
LOS ANGELES— An attorney University in New Jersey is
for Roman Polanski has told a Georgia exploring tomatoes as a
Los Angeles judge that the antiviral drug delivery system.
fugitive film director won’t Missing professor Researchers at the University
appear at a hearing this week ATHENS — Police say they’ve of Exeter in Devon, England,
to seek dismissal of the 31- found the passport of a AP PHOTO will seek to build an inexpen-
year-old sex case against him.
A court document filed
University of Georgia professor
suspected of killing his wife Cinco de Mayo steps sive instrument to diagnose
malaria by using magnets to
Monday argues that Polanski’s and two others outside a Anthony Estrada Jr., 7, spins, jumps and gyrates to the beat of music provided by detect the waste products of
personal appearance is community theater. Athens- local musicians 24/7 at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Victoria, TX, Saturday. the malaria parasite in human
irrelevant to the question of Clarke County Police Capt. blood.
whether official misconduct Clarence Holeman confirmed
violated his constitutional Monday that George Zinkhan’s concession demands were not cause during a Coast Guard play “Uncle Vanya.” Wisconsin
rights. Polanski, now 75, passport was found inside his met. The Guild called that a hearing examining what
pleaded guilty in 1977 to wrecked Jeep in a ravine a few “bullying” tactic. caused the Lady Mary to sink Rhode Island Triple homicide
unlawful sexual intercourse miles from his home Friday. about 60 miles off Cape May STEVENS POINT — A judge in
with a 13-year-old girl. He Zinkhan is accused of killing Missouri on March 24. Smith lost two Craigslist charge Wisconsin has set bail at
subsequently fled to France. his wife, Marie Bruce, 63-year- sons in the wreck. Weeks, a
WARWICK — A medical $500,000 for a man accused
The judge has refused to old Ben Teague and 40-year- Sprint-Nextel good news marine lawyer, based hisstudent jailed in Boston on of killing his girlfriend and two
consider dismissal as long as old Tom Tanner as they KANSAS CITY — Despite a conclusion on video of the
suspicion of killing a of their children at their home
Polanski remains a fugitive. If gathered for a picnic April 25. widening net loss, Sprint ship, now sitting on the ocean
masseuse he met on Craigslist in Nelsonville. Portage County
he returns to the United Two others were hit by bullet Nextel Corp. finally got some floor under 200 feet of water,
was charged Monday in Rhode Circuit Judge Frederick
States from France he would fragments. Authorities say the good news in its long taken by a remotely piloted
Island with pulling a gun on a Fleishauer set the bail Monday
risk arrest. marketing professor never recovery Monday, as a big undersea vehicle. The video
stripper in a hotel. An arrest after District Attorney Tom
showed up Saturday for a surge in “prepaid” customers shows the boat’s dredge — a
warrant issued Monday Eagon said he plans to charge
Creationism case flight to Amsterdam that he offset another nightmarish heavy steel bar and metal
accuses Philip Markoff of 36-year-old Shane Kettner
SANTA ANA — A federal judge booked before the shootings. drop in valuable subscribers rings connected to a nylon assault and weapons with three counts of first-
has ruled that a history who sign annual contracts. mesh net — still laden with
violations. Authorities degree intentional homicide.
teacher at a Southern Louisiana Investors responded by scallops and resting on the
previously said Markoff, 23, Deputies went to the family’s
California public high school sending shares of the ship’s deck. was the suspect in the April home Thursday after a relative
violated the First Amendment Tornado injures three nation’s third-largest wireless 16 robbery attempt at a expressed concern. The
when he called creationism NEW ORLEANS — A tornado provider up sharply. Sprint New York Holiday Inn Express in prosecutor says 3-year-old Ash
“superstitious nonsense” injured three people and shares gained 53 cents, or Warwick. An exotic dancer ley Kettner and 2-year-old
during a classroom lecture. damaged nearly two dozen 11.4 percent, to $5.20 in Pete Seeger honored from Las Vegas who offered Griffin Kettner were each shot
U.S. District Judge James homes Monday in southern afternoon trading after NEW YORK — A star-studded
lap dances told Rhode Island once in the head. He says
Selna issued the ruling Friday Louisiana, a day after severe reaching as high as $5.48 medley of musical guestsauthorities that she was their mother, 30-year-old
after a 16-month legal battle thunderstorms across the earlier in the session. The played tribute to Pete Seeger
bound with cord and held at Christine Gollon, was the
between student Chad Farnan Southeast killed one person. A Overland Park, Kan.-based at a benefit concert for the
gunpoint by a man she met victim of a complex homicide,
and his former teacher, James woman was treated for a company lost $594 million, legendary folk singer’s 90th
through Craigslist, a classified but he wouldn’t say what that
Corbett. Farnan’s lawsuit broken leg after the twister or 21 cents per share, during birthday. Bruce Springsteen,
advertising Web site. She said involved.
alleged that Corbett made ripped through part of the the three months ending Dave Matthews, Emmylou her assailant fled when her
more than 20 statements that rural community of Catahoula, March 31, versus a loss of husband came up to the hotel Wyoming
Harris, Ani DiFranco and John
were disparaging to Christians La., around 6 a.m., said Major $505 million, or 18 cents per Mellencamp were among the room. “He will be brought to
and their beliefs. The judge Ginny Higgins of the St. Martin share, a year ago. 40 musicians performing in
justice,” Attorney General Missing poet sought
found that Corbett’s reference Madison Square Garden for
Patrick Lynch said at a news CHEYENNE — A week has
to creationism as “religious, the Sunday night show, aconference. passed since a well-regarded
superstitious nonsense” benefit to raise awareness for poet disappeared on a
violated the First Hudson River Sloop Washington Japanese island and his
Amendment’s establishment Clearwater, an organization sister-in-law says the search
clause. Courts have inter- Seeger started to preserveGates grants awarded will go on for at least one
preted the clause as and protect the Hudson River.
SEATTLE — Can tomatoes be more day. University of
prohibiting government Most of the evening consisted
taught to make antiviral drugs Wyoming professor Craig
employees from displaying of multiple artists performing
for people who eat them? Arnold vanished April 27 while
religious hostility. together with one highlight
Would zapping your skin with hiking up a volcano on a tiny
coming before the intermis-
a laser make your vaccination island in the northern Ryukyu
Boy kidnapped sion — Seeger joined by work better? Could malaria- Islands. Arnold has been
SAN BERNARDINO — Harris, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg
carrying mosquitoes be given traveling all over the world,
Investigators were searching and others for a spiritual
a teensy head cold that would working on a book about
Monday for a 3-year-old boy AP PHOTO
version of “We Shall prevent them from sniffing out volcanoes. His sister-in-law,
kidnapped by two gunmen who Overcome.” a human snack bar? These Augusta Palmer of New York,
broke into his family’s home,
tied up his mother and four
Electric avenue Sarsgaard-Gyllenhaal
are among 81 projects
awarded $100,000 grants
said Monday that Japanese
authorities have committed to
siblings, and stole property, A fast-moving thundershower rolled over uptown NEW YORK — Peter Sarsgaard Monday by the Bill & Melinda look for Arnold through at
Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, dropping a few lightning
authorities said. The California strikes and some brief intense rain. and Maggie Gyllenhaal have Gates Foundation in a bid to least Tuesday. The search
Highway Patrol issued an made it official. Amanda support innovative, unconven- involves 20 to 30 people as
Amber Alert late Sunday for 3- Silverman, Gyllenhaal’s tional global health research. well as search dogs and
year-old Briant Rodriguez, publicist, says the couple were The five-year health research helicopters.
about nine hours after the Parish sheriff’s department. married Saturday. She didn’t grants are designed to
family called San Bernardino The woman, in her early 30s, New Jersey provide any details. Gyllenhaal encourage scientists to — From wire reports
County authorities. The men, was struck by flying debris as and Sarsgaard have a
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JULIE MATHIS NEW YORK (AP) — The housing news ignited the analysts are warning that Wall 4 percent for the year.
Standard & Poor’s 500 index is advance: Pending U.S. home Street might not be able to The S&P 500 index rose 29.72
May is a up for the year. And for once, it
was the housing market that
sales rose more than forecast
and had their second straight
sustain its advance. Monday’s
gain came on light trading
Monday to 907.24, its first close
above 900 since Jan. 8. It had
‘wow’ month sent stocks soaring.
The S&P 500, considered Wall
Street’s most important
monthly gain, while construc-
tion spending rose unexpect-
edly in March after five straight
volume, a sign that some
investors are still cautious.
“The bear market may not be
shown a gain for the year only
during the first five trading days
of January, before the market
o you ever open your indicator, bounded up 3.4 declines. over,” said David Kotok, began a huge drop that carried
calendar, look at a full percent Monday and erased the With Monday’s gain, the S&P chairman of Cumberland the S&P 500 and the Dow to
last of its losses for 2009. And has soared 34.1 percent in the Advisors. He pointed out that their lowest levels since 1997.
month and say “wow?” the Dow Jones industrials shot 39 trading days since the rally the real estate market is still The Dow rose 214.33, or
Well, May is one “wow” up more than 200 points and began, its steepest gain over weakening and banks are still 2.6 percent, to 8,426.74.
month for the Charlotte had their first finish above that many days since 1933. The taking losses on loans. The Nasdaq composite index
County Chamber of 8,400 since Jan. 13. Dow, meanwhile, is up 28.7 “We have the makings of a ‘V’ rose 44.36, or 2.6 percent, to
Commerce. Wednesday is Two months ago, an S&P 500 percent. or the first half of a ‘W,’ “ Kotok 1,763.56. The Nasdaq, with a
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countychamber.org). rally was led by the same bottom. As they’ve kept buying, barometer preferred by About five stocks rose for
Thursday, the Business financial and housing stocks they’ve also overlooked reports, professional investors, is now every one that fell on the New
Services Committee will be that were decimated by the including millions of lost jobs, up 0.4 percent for 2009. That York Stock Exchange, where
putting the final touches on credit crisis and the sinking that point to continuing matters not only for market volume came to 1.1 billion
economy, and it added more economic weakness. watchers — many investments shares.
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Your Credit.” For details on Wells Fargo is one of several banks that
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register ($15 for members; protect them against possible future losses,
$25 for nonmembers), please according to two people familiar with the
call our Port Charlotte office matter who spoke on condition of
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at 941-627-2222 or visit our process.
Web site. The initial stress test results were revealed
Saturday night, Kingsway to the banks last month. Wells Fargo has
Country Club will be trans- until Tuesday to convince officials the
formed into Vintage Vegas for results were mistaken and that the bank
the Leadership Charlotte does not need to adjust its finances.
fundraiser for fifth-grade Wells Fargo spokeswoman Julia Tunis
Bernard declined to comment.
students to attend Enterprise After originally being scheduled for
Village. Join us! release Monday, the results of the govern-
The joint Business Card ment’s stress tests now are expected
Exchange with the Charlotte, Thursday afternoon. The delay comes amid
Englewood and Punta Gorda aggressive lobbying from banks that were
chambers is May 13 at the told they would need to boost their capital AP PHOTO
positions. A Wells Fargo Bank in Palo Alto, Calif. is shown Monday. Regulators are asking Wells Fargo
Charlotte Sports Park. Join The stress tests of the 19 largest financial
your business colleagues for & Co. to raise more capital after government “stress tests” showed the bank would have
firms are a centerpiece of the Obama trouble surviving if the recession worsens.
networking from 5 p.m. to 7 administration’s plan to stabilize the banks.
p.m. and then stay for the The tests estimate losses the banks would mortgage, construction and credit card risk is fairly minimal.
Stone Crabs game against the face in a “what-if” scenario that includes loans. The stress test treated those loans as “If indeed they need additional capital,
Jupiter Hammerheads. 10.3 percent unemployment and a 22 especially vulnerable since borrowers it’s going to be a fairly modest amount and
On May 19 at 4 p.m. in the percent drop in home prices during the would face trouble repaying their debts in a fairly insignificant in terms of dilution,” he
next two years. much worse economy. said. “I think their earnings power is far
Port Charlotte office, we will If the test showed that dismal economy Analysts expect regional banks that were greater than most in the industry.”
have the drawing for the would push a bank below a minimum level stress tested also may be told to raise Marquardt said one reason for that
premium pages in the 2010 of capital, regulators asked the bank to find capital, since their holdings are similarly strength is that Wells Fargo already has
Chamber Visitor’s Guide. a way to boost its finances. tilted toward loans. Cleveland-based marked down 60 percent of the lifetime
There are several pages in the One way to do that would be to convert KeyCorp and Cincinnati-based Fifth Third losses on its loan portfolio.
guide that advertisers really preferred shares held by the government or Bancorp are among the banks in this Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, whose
other lenders into common stock. That situation. company Berkshire Hathaway owns about
want, so to be fair, we have a
would help the Treasury avoid returning to Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. 6.85 percent of Wells Fargo’s shares, said he
drawing for those pages. You Congress for more bailout money, but it also have been disputing preliminary doesn’t believe the bank needs additional
must be present to win. would dilute the value of common shares findings that they needed to boost capital, capital.
Our May 20 Coffee, in the and put taxpayer dollars at greater risk. sources have told The Associated Press. Besides Wells Fargo, Berkshire owns
middle of small business Banks also could be given six months to Spokesmen for New York-based shares of three other banks the government
week, will feature a motiva- raise money from private investors. If that Citigroup and Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank subjected to stress tests: US Bancorp,
tional talk by Alan Thompson, doesn’t work, the government could give of America would not comment on SunTrust Banks Inc. and Bank of America.
them additional money from the $700 whether the banks had been asked to raise “I can tell you that US Bancorp and Wells
southeast region director of billion financial system bailout. more capital. Fargo are extremely strong banks,” Buffett
multicultural markets for The government will brief banks Tuesday But Bank of America spokesman Scott said Monday in an interview with CNBC.
Stewart Title. Thompson on its final decisions about their appeals. Silvestri called a news report that it plans to “They have terrific earning power, and
comes highly recommended Regulators have said they will not allow raise $10 billion “completely inaccurate.” earning power is enormously important in
from several committee any of the 19 firms to fail because it would Bank of America has not been given a final what happens to a business in the future.
members and will help us be too dangerous for the rest of the finan- figure from the Federal Reserve, he said. And you couldn’t have two better banks
discover the exact steps we cial system. Andrew Marquardt, a bank analyst at virtually positioned than those two for
Wells Fargo holds billions of dollars in Fox-Pitt Kelton, said Wells Fargo’s capital future earnings.”
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ance products, 401(k) phone number is 941- ties. Sutton is also a Sutton’s office is located Chamber office at 941-
Julie Mathis is the executive plans, and other 206-8500, or 866-997- Registered Principal of in the Murdock Branch 639-3720 or visit the Web
director of the Charlotte financial accounts. The 1318. The office hours INVEST Financial of Charlotte State Bank, site at www.puntagorda
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Wierhake, CFP, CRPC, are available. its financial services. An 624-5400. the Sun.
OUR TOWN .y
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
machine burglar arrested
Charlotte Sun editor: Christy Arnold
Judge could face reprimand
LANG CAPASSO Peter A. Bell awaits decision from Florida Supreme Court
By NEIL HUGHES
Let’s do our part
domestic well-acquainted with the that Bell’s decision was
STAFF WRITER violence. Bell, in judge. “misguided,” but not “ill
reviewing the “Judge Bell admits that his intentioned.” It has recom-
to keep them A state investigation has
recommended that Charlotte case, determined
that the victim,
actions have had the appear-
ance of unfairness, thus
mended a public reprimand,
though any actual punish-
County Judge Peter A. Bell be
coming back publicly reprimanded for
violating the Code of Judicial
eroding the confidence of the
public in the impartiality and
ment must be handed down
by the Supreme Court.
K, Englewood, we seem Conduct. also be placed in integrity of the court system,” When reached Monday, Bell
to have our little town According to documents BELL custody for a Judicial Qualifications declined to comment.
back. The snowbirds filed recently with the Florida domestic abuse. Commission document filed In 2006, a Charlotte County
have made their rounds saying Supreme Court by the Judicial Bell’s decision was done with the Supreme Court judge was scolded by the
goodbye to all and have packed Qualifications Commission, without recommendation states. “He acknowledges that Florida Supreme Court. The
their cars and headed back to Bell had a domestic abuse from the Charlotte County he failed to properly appre- public reprimand required
their homes, wherever that victim wrongfully incarcer- Sheriff’s Office, which ciate that the implementation the judge to stand alone,
might be. The “spring breakers” ated overnight in a trial he arrested only the defendant. of his duties as judge, as he facing the seven-member
have headed back to school or presided over in March 2008. Bell and the defendant understood them, may have high court, as his conduct
taken the little ones away so In the case, a man was knew each other profession- been flawed.” was criticized.
they can get back to school and arrested and charged with ally, and the victim was also The commission concluded E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
their daily grind somewhere far
from our fine beaches and
Are we all really happier
when we have the roads back,
or can go into a restaurant
without waiting, or not have to
stand in line at the grocery
store? Frankly, I doubt it. We
are a gregarious people that
like and enjoy contact with our
There is something uniquely
exciting about seeing people
walking up and down By PAMELA STAIK
Dearborn Street or seeing a STAFF WRITER
restaurant full of happy people PORT CHARLOTTE — Carol
talking about the day’s events Huban has always considered
and making plans for herself to be a cautious person.
tomorrow. T +?
Doors to her
For some reason this year, home and car are
more than others, the lines of always locked, her
traffic did not bother me. purse is always
Maybe that’s because I under- kept close to her
stand that these cars and body, and she has
people represented an influx of been known to
cash into our sagging economy. conduct Internet
They say that Florida is searches for tips
losing ground to other states in on what she
the battle for tourism. should do if she is ever
They say that the western attacked or abducted.
states are filling a need that But on Friday night, the
Florida can no longer fill. 64-year-old North Port resident
If that’s true, then we need to was caught off guard when a
do everything we can to make 42-year-old man carjacked her
sure that our beaches and Toyota Rav4 while she sat in
sunshine are what people still the passenger seat.
want to see and visit. As Huban explained, she and
The first thing, and most r I her 67-year-old husband, Jerry,
obvious, is to make sure we all had just finished grocery
do our part and let them know shopping at Sam’s Club.
we are indeed glad they are Because Sam’s didn’t carry the
back. type of laundry detergent
We need to be the first to say needed for their front-loading
“hi,” and not wait for them to washing machine, the couple
speak to us. made a last-minute stop at
And it wouldn’t hurt to Kmart, 19400 Cochran Blvd.
engage them in conversation While her husband ran into
and learn a little more about the store, Huban waited in the
them and where they are from SUV, which was left running
either. with the doors locked.
Next, I would like to see After a few minutes,
Dearborn Street have store boredom set in and she
owners and employees act as reached in her purse for some
“ambassadors” and start chewing gum.
walking the street offering help However, she couldn’t figure
to tourists by answering out the inside lighting system
questions and just making to the vehicle, as the couple
them feel right at home. had only owned the SUV for
How many times do you see two days. After giving up on
tourists standing on a corner the buttons, Huban unlocked
holding a map and looking the car so she could crack open
perplexed? Let’s help them out her door for some light.
with a smiley face and some As she rooted through her
directions. purse, she noticed someone
Who knows, you might direct getting into the car. She
them to your store. thought it was Jerry.
It works. If you don’t believe But when she turned to the
that, take a look at downtown driver’s seat, Huban came face-
Venice where merchants there to-face with a man later
do this quite successfully. identified as Errol John
Another thing: Do not give Mumby.
tickets for parking at the beach After trying to jump out of
at least for the first offender. SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS the car, Mumby grabbed her
‘Celebrate good times’
Give out warnings to inform arm and pulled her into the
the people of our rules and passenger seat.
regulations here. The way the In a gruff voice, Mumby told
signs and parking pass Huban he had a weapon, and
Getting wild and crazy, seniors Andre Barksdale and Janet Bridges were having a ball at Charlotte
dispensers are erected, no one High School’s prom Saturday evening. For more pictures, see page 12.
can see them. A warning for CARJACKER | P6
the first time will go a long way
toward making a beach visit a
good thing and not a cause for
anger and frustration. FEMA announces last Charley cleanup payment
Lastly, I would like to see the STAFF REPORT years after the storm hit in In March alone, the county critical,” County Administrator
adage “people are here, so I 2004. received $3.2 million. Roger Baltz said in the press
don’t need to advertise and With its final $3.4 million
check to Charlotte County, the The money trickled in over According to a county press release. “I am very pleased
promote” changed to “people the years as the county release, 455,000 tons of storm with all of our County staff
are here, now is the time to completed what is known as debris were removed after the who have worked hard to
Management Agency has
advertise and promote.” the closeout process, reim- hurricane at a cost of $58.5 insure that we have met the
closed out its reimbursement
If my antenna is correct, this bursing the county for costs it million. The county’s total requirements for these funds.
process for debris cleanup
was a very busy season and I incurred out of pocket. As the incurred costs, after FEMA We also want to credit and
from Hurricane Charley.
for one would like to keep it The final payment, receipts for the catastrophe reimbursement, is $3.3 million. thank the FEMA representa-
that way by making sure our announced by the county were tallied, FEMA sent money “These payments to tives who assisted in this
visitors do come back instead Monday, came nearly five Charlotte County’s way. Charlotte County have been process.”
of looking out west for next
year’s getaway. INDEX| Calendar 2 | Pride and Joy 2 | Obituaries 4 | Police Beat 7 | Crossword Puzzle 9 | Viewpoint 10 | Opinion 11
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e-mail: email@example.com Burnt Store Presbyterian
Charlotte County County
Commissioners MSBU phone: 941-206-1180 fax: 941-629-2085 t Church Angel Food program
order dates, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Workshop, 10 a.m. at County Tracy Weikel, c/o Charlotte Sun, at 11330 Burnt Store Road,
Administration Center, Room ,,
119, 18500 Murdock Circle, 23170 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980. Punta Gorda. No orders
Murdock. 743-1551. accepted after May 17. Pick up
Charlotte County County Gorda Alliance Church, 7500 Business Network County Regional Recreation Department. All ages and playing is between 9-11 a.m. on May
Commissioners Budget Florida St., Punta Gorda. For International, 7:30 a.m. at Twin Center, 670 Cooper St., Punta levels. Cost, $2. 505-8686. 30. Low-cost food program open
Workshop, 1:30 p.m. at County individuals and families in need. Isles Country Club, 301 Madrid Gorda. Free; open to the public. Chess, noon-4 p.m. at the to the public. No eligibility
Administration Center, Room 637-6444. Blvd., Punta Gorda. 575-9777. 505-8686. Cultural Center of Charlotte restrictions. Obtain copy of the
119, 18500 Murdock Circle, Gulf Cove United Methodist Cafe Philo, philosophical Port Charlotte Elks Lodge County, 2280 Aaron St., Port current menu and order form at
Murdock. 743-1551. Church’s “Friend to Friend,” discussion group, 7-8:30 p.m. 2153, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. lunch; Charlotte. 625-4175. www.bspconline.org
Charlotte County fellowship, 1-3 p.m. every at Florida Community Bank, 4-7 p.m. dinner at 20225 Duplicate Bridge, 1-4 p.m. at and pay by cash, credit card,
Environmentally Sensitive Tuesday at 1100 McCall Road, Meeting Room,125 Nesbit St., Kenilworth Blvd., Port Charlotte. the Cultural Center of Charlotte money order or food stamps.
Lands Oversight Committee, Port Charlotte. A place where Punta Gorda. Topic: “Fear.” Free; 627-9811. County, 2280 Aaron St., Port 639-0001 or e-mail info83@
3 p.m. at County Administration those who have experienced a open to the public. 764-8100. Port Charlotte Kiwanis, noon Charlotte. 625-4175. embarqmail.com.
Center, Building B, Room 106, loss can develop new friend- Charlotte County Concert at the Port Charlotte Elks Club, Mah-jongg, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Community Life Center
18500 Murdock Circle, Murdock. ships. Free; open to the public. Band rehearsals, 7 p.m. at the 20225 Kenilworth Ave., Blvd., at the Edison College YMCA, offers Share food program,
764-4360. Bring a non-alcoholic beverage. Cultural Center of Charlotte Port Charlotte. 625-7571. 26300 Airport Road, Punta 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to
697-1747 or www.gulfcove County music room, 2280 Aaron Port Charlotte Lions Club, Gorda. Cost, $2.50. Open to the Friday at 19048 Edgewater
umc.org. St., Port Charlotte. Musicians Drive, Port Charlotte. No orders
■ EVENTS Living Free support group, needed. 423-5981.
6 p.m. every first and third
Tuesday of each month at
Mah-jongg, noon-4 p.m. at accepted after May 15. Pick up
8-9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Charlotte County Computer Olympia Restaurant, 3245 Cultural Center of Charlotte is between 9:15-10:30 a.m. on
Charlotte County Habitat for fellowship hall of First May 30. Low-cost food program
Group Corp., 5 p.m. doors open; Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. County, 2280 Aaron St., Port
Humanity’s Women Build Day, Macedonia Missionary Baptist open to the public. No eligibility
7:15 meeting at Cultural Center 623-0603. Charlotte. All levels of play
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 2465 and Church, 411 E. Charlotte Ave., restrictions. No basic package to
of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron Punta Gorda Elks, 11 a.m.- welcome. Cost, $2. 625-4175 or
2475 Picnic Lane, Port Charlotte. Punta Gorda. Group for anyone purchase. Payment is made
St., Port Charlotte. Board 2 p.m. lunch; 4-6 p.m. early bird 255-0860.
Crews of women volunteers help suffering from a life-controlling upon placing an order.
meeting held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. specials; 4-8 p.m. dinner at Non Smoking Euchre, 6 p.m.
raise walls nationwide in issues. 637-7743, cheryllv1@ 629-0999 or e-mail at
30 in the Community Room of 25538 Shore Drive. 639-8180. every Tuesday and Thursday at
recognition of National Women gmail.com, melodydw3@ firstname.lastname@example.org.
the Cultural Center. Members Punta Gorda Historical VFW Post 5690, 23204 Freedom
Build Week. 639-3162. gmail.com. Celebrate Life Ladies
welcome to attend board Society, 7-8 p.m. at the Ave., Port Charlotte (behind
Peace River Audubon Society Nar-Anon Support Group, Cancer Support Group, 10 a.m.
meeting. 625-4175 or Woman’s Club, 188 Sullivan St., Touch of Class Car Wash). Cost,
offers Walkabout, 8 a.m.-noon 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the every first Wednesday of each
www.cccgc.info. Punta Gorda. 639-1887. $4. Open to the public.
at Prairie Creek Preserve, Community Room at Pilgrim month at Punta Gorda Isles Civic
Charlotte County Ministerial Rotary Club of Charlotte 255-3092.
Washington Loop Road, Punta United Church of Christ, building Association, 2001 Shreve St.,
Association, noon at South Port Harbor, 7 a.m. at the Cultural Pinochle, 6-8 p.m. at the
Gorda. Long pants, hiking shoes, in back, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Punta Gorda. Group advocates
Square, Gables East, 23053 Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Cultural Center of Charlotte
drinking water, sunscreen, and Port Charlotte. Support to friends positive support, educational
Westchester Blvd., Port Charlotte. Aaron St., Port Charlotte. County, 2280 Aaron St., Port
insect repellent are recom- and family of anyone with an programs and encourages hope.
Speaker Dick Erdmann. Suncoast Statesmen Charlotte. 625-4175.
mended. Free; open to the addiction or substance abuse Enjoy optional lunch following
Charlotte County Barbershop Chorus rehearsals, Shuffleboard Club, 1 p.m. at
public. www.PeaceRiver problem. Not Narcotics meeting. Open to all women
Woodcarvers Club, 8 a.m.-noon 7 p.m. at Burnt Store Higgs Park, 150 Higgs Court, Port
Audubon.org. Anonymous. with all types of cancers as well
at the Punta Gorda Boat Club, Presbyterian Church, 1133 Burnt Charlotte. Loaner equipment
Easy Does it Club, 7:30 a.m., as survivors. 575-7266 or
802 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Store Road, Punta Gorda. All available. Open to the public.
■ SERVICES/ noon, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Gorda. 505-4246 or 639-1947. men interested in singing 743-8437. 637-7825.
SUPPORT GROUPS Charlotte Harbor. RecoveringAve.,
every day at 23312 Harper
Deep Creek Elks, 11 a.m.- welcome. 505-6675. Career Counseling, Monday,
Stroke Screening, 9-11 a.m. alcoholics’ support group.
2:30 p.m. lunch; 5-7:30 p.m.
Italian dinner; karaoke with Sour
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary ■ WEDNESDAY Wednesday and Thursday by
appointment at The Women’s
Senior Civil Air Patrol
at Village Place, 18400 Cochran 629-0110 or 426-7655. Notes at 1133 Capricorn Blvd., Squadron, 7 p.m. at the Resource Center, 6919 Outreach
Blvd., Port Charlotte. Free; open Peer Counseling, Monday to
Deep Creek. Take $1.50 off any Charlotte County Airport, 28000 ■ GOVERNMENT Way, North Port. Assistance with
to the public. Register at Thursday at The Women’s resume writing, interviewing
Resource Center, 6919 Outreach special/menu meal between Airport Road, Punta Gorda, next
624-4441. 5-6 p.m. No take outs. to Eastern Avionics. 639-1711. Punta Gorda City skills, and job search resources.
Community Life Center Way, North Port. Appointments at Council/CRA meeting, 9 a.m. at
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CHARLOTTE (Wayne) Stavoe and nine Cross County Baptist grandchildren and six A Funeral Mass will be good with children and
grandchildren. Church, 3822 Old great-grandchildren. held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, enjoyed playing bingo
Vera B. Aurand Services will be held at a Washington RD. Waldorf, Arrangements are by May 6, 2009 at the Sacred and bowling.
later date in May. Md. 20602. Memorial National Cremation Heart Catholic Church in Nadine will be greatly
Vera B. Aurand, of Punta Memorial donations in Donations can be made in Society of Port Charlotte. Punta Gorda. Burial to missed by her sons,
Gorda, Fla., formerly of Ruth’s name can be made Sissy’s name to TideWell follow at Royal Palm Thomas Jr. and Timothy;
Vero Beach, Fla., passed to American Cancer Hospice and Palliative Louise E. Memorial Gardens. Please daughters, Nadine
away Saturday, May 2,
Society, 992 Tamiami Trail Care, 5955 Rand Blvd LeBrecht visit kays-ponger.com to Hollywood, Elizabeth
C-2, Port Charlotte, FL Sarasota, FL 34238. leave the family condo- “Lizzie” Hollywood-
She was born September Louise E. LeBrecht, 90, of
33953. Arrangements were made lences and to sign the Trentacosta, Maryann
15, 1919 in New York City, Cogan Station, Pa. and a
Arrangements are by in Port Charlotte. online guestbook. Martini and Darlene
N.Y. guest at the Williamsport
National Cremation Arrangements are by Kays- DeCataldo; sisters,
Vera was one of six girls.
All grew up in Cranford,
Society, Port Charlotte, FL. Robert J. Holmes Home, formerly of Punta Ponger & Uselton Funeral Marilyn Charini and
Gorda, Fla., died Sunday, Home Punta Gorda Elizabeth Phipps; 18
N.J. She married Elwin Robert John Holmes, 79,
In Memoriam May 3, 2009 at the Chapel. grandchildren and 17
Aurand in 1942. They of Port Charlotte, Fla. died, Williamsport Home.
moved to Vero Beach in great-grandchildren. She
1976 from New Jersey. She James E. Carroll Thursday, April 30, 2009 in Born July 13, 1918 in ENGLEWOOD was preceded in death by
Port Charlotte. Brooklyn, N.Y. she was a her husband, Thomas
moved to Punta Gorda 11 James Edward Carroll, 86, He was born daughter of Charles and Emery K. Allstaedt Hollywood in 1981 and
years ago to be closer to passed away Friday, May 1, September 27, Louise Nachbar Grammar. daughter, Colleen in 1963.
her daughter, Gale. Vera 2009 at his home in Punta 1929 in Jersey Emery King Allstaedt, 83,
Louise was a graduate of A service in celebration
was known as the “Shell Gorda, Fla. City, N.J. and came to Port Jamaica High School, of Rotonda West, Fla., died
Lady” in Vero Beach. She of Nadine’s life will be
He was born Charlotte from there in Queens, N.Y. She had Friday, May 1, 2009 at
would walk for miles on 10 a.m., Thursday, May 7,
May 23, 1922 in 1989. attended Holy Trinity Englewood
the beach. 2009 at Larry Taylor
Syracuse, N.Y. Robert was employed at Lutheran Church. Community
Vera is survived by her Funeral and Cremation
Jim attended Most Holy Sears, as a warehouse Surviving are a daughter, Hospital.
daughter, Gale (Mark) Services. To express
Rosary High School, where supervisor, retiring in 1989 Jacquilene (Darrell) Kidd of Born
Kenyon of Punta Gorda, condolences to the family,
he met his wife of 66 years, after 30 years of service. He North Fort Myers, Fla.; a January 14,
Fla.; sons, Robert Aurand please visit
Jane Clary; and starred as a was a member of the son, Frank (Judy) LeBrecht 1926 in
of Atlanta, Ga. and Charles www.Ltaylorfuneral.com
guard on the basketball American Legion Post 110 of Cogan Station; four Detroit,
(Karen) Aurand of Helena, and sign the online
team. Jim served in WWII and the German Club both grandchildren; one great- Mich. to
Ala.; sisters, Joan (Harry) guestbook.
in the U.S. Air Force, as a of Port Charlotte. Robert grandson; and a sister, Charles E.
Cramer, Eileen Miller and Arrangements are by
B-17 pilot accomplishing served in the U.S. Army, Frances Sweeney of Long and Hazel Mae
Marjorie Miller; seven Larry Taylor Funeral and
35 missions in Europe. during the Korean War. Island, N.Y. Her husband Allstaedt.
grandchildren, Melissa and Cremation Services,
After the war he worked at Survivors include his wife of 65 years Frank LeBrecht, He attended
Jeff Kenyon, Kimberly Van Punta Gorda, Fla.
the Veterans Department of 57 years, Ruth of Port died August 30, 2005. She Lincoln Park Schools in
Pell, Tracee Blanton, Todd, while attending Syracuse Michigan. He served in the
Charlotte; daughter, Kathy was preceded in death by a
Michael and Matthew University in the evenings. (Frank) Bellomo of Port U.S. Coast Guard during Leo J. Marino III
Aurand; six great-grand- grandson; and four
Upon graduation from Charlotte; sister, Ruth siblings. WWII from 1943 to 1946. Leo J. Marino III, 52, of
children, Miranda Ellis, college, Jim joined the F.B.I Maddox of Georgia; and In September 1947, he
Mark Kenyon III, Patrick, A memorial service will North Port, Fla., passed
and had a distinguished his two grandsons, Jeffrey be held 11 a.m. Thursday married Mary Louise away Thursday, April 30,
Ryan and Meghan Van Pell career until 1972, when he and Eric Bellomo both of Mayleth. Emery retired in
and Callie Blanton. Vera at Sanders Mortuary, 821 2009 at Peace River
retired. He then joined the Port Charlotte. Diamond St. Williamsport, 1981 after twenty-nine Regional Medical Center
was preceded in death by faculty of Montgomery years with the City of
her husband, Elwin after Inurnment services will Pa. with the Rev. Jonathan in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Community College in be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, E. Porter officiating. In Lincoln Park Police Arrangements are by
49 years of marriage; Blue Bell, Pa. teaching Department as a
sisters, Florence 2009 at Restlawn Memorial keeping with her wishes James A. McKee Funeral
criminal justice for 10 Gardens Cemetery. there will be no visitation Lieutenant. Mr. Allstaedt Home, North Port.
Steuerwald and Suzanne years, eventually retiring in Contributions in his then moved to Grove City
Donnely. and the family will provide
1982 to Punta Gorda. He memory may be made to the flowers and suggests from Lincoln Park and to Dorothy M. Sauer
Services will be private. was a member of Sacred Rotonda West in 1994. He
Memorial donations can TideWell Hospice and memorial contributions in
Heart Catholic Church, Palliative Care at, 5955 her name be made to Oak was a member of the B.P Dorothy “Dot” M. Sauer,
be made in Vera’s name to Punta Gorda, where he Elks Lodge 2378 and the 79, Venice, Fla., died
TideWell Hospice and Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL Grove Alliance Church,
served as an usher for 34238. Please visit the 1680 Fox Hollow Road Loyal Order of Moose Friday, May 1, 2009.
Palliative Care, 5955 Rand many years. Jim could Lodge 1933 both in She was
Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34838. online tribute for Robert Williamsport, PA 17701.
often be found at Twin John Holmes at www. Online condolences may Englewood. born
Arrangements were made Isles Country Club, January 12,
kays-ponger.com. be made at www.sander Survivors include his
in Port Charlotte, FL. 1930 in
enjoying a round of golf. Arrangements are by smortuary.com. daughter, Cheryl Lynn
He was loved by all. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Arrangements are by (Morgan) Justice of Grosse Indianap-
James F. Belcher Jim is survived by his Funeral Home 2405 Sanders Mortuary, Ile, Mich.; one son, David olis, Ind.
James F. Belcher, 62, of loving wife, Jane Carroll; Harbor Blvd. Port Williamsport, Pa. Paul (Patricia) Allstaedt of and came to
Port Charlotte, Fla., died daughter, Tricia Collins; Charlotte. Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; one Venice in
Saturday, April 25, 2009 at son, Marty Carroll; sister, Eleanor M. Lutz sister, Gladys Allstaedt of 1972.
his residence Anne Romano; brother, Eva D. Kecken Tarpon Springs, Fla.; seven Dot worked for the
in Port Tom Carroll; five grand- Eleanor Morrison Lutz, Sarasota County School
grandchildren; eight great-
Charlotte. children; and five great- Eva D. Kecken, 92, of Port 89, of Harbour Heights, grand children; and lovingBoard as a bus driver for
James was grandchildren. Charlotte, Fla., died Fla., formerly of Sarasota, companion, Helen Shaeff. special needs children.
born Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Fla., passed away Saturday, He was preceded in death Survivors include
September from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Port Charlotte. May 2, 2009 at Peace River by his wife, Mary in 2007.children, Joseph (Linda)
11, 1946 in Thursday, May 7, 2009 at She was born April 6, Medical Center. Sauer of North Port, Fla.,
Services will be private.
Pruden, Kays-Ponger & Uselton 1917 in Baltimore, Md. and She was born August 20, Memorial contributions Paul Sauer of Venice, Bill
Tenn. Funeral Home, 635 E. came to Port Charlotte in 1919 to Herbert and Mary may be made to TideWell Sauer of Venice, Dennis
Arrangements are by Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, 1993 from, Severn, Md. Morrison in Mamaroneck, Hospice & Palliative Care,Sauer (Karen George) of
Kays-Ponger & Uselton FL. Funeral Mass will Eva was a registered N.Y. 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota,North Port, Linda (Rick)
Funeral Home, Port follow at 11 a.m., at the nurse, graduating from Eleanor was married to FL 34238 in memory of Mr. Coble of North Port and
Charlotte, FL. Sacred Heart Catholic Johns Hopkins School of Frederick Lutz for 66 years Allstaedt. You may expressPattie (John) Herb of
Church, Punta Gorda, FL. Nursing. She did private until his death in 2007. He your condolences to the Lehigh Acres, Fla.;
Entombment immediately nursing, and was also was the owner of Phillippi Allstaedt family at 10 grandchildren; seven
Ruth A. Berger following at Royal Palm Shores Marina in Sarasota,
employed at Lever www.englewoodfh.com. great-grandchildren; two
Ruth Ann (nee Snell) Memorial Gardens. Brothers for 20 years Fla. where they lived until Arrangements are by sisters, Marge Ruth of
Berger, 71, of Clay Memorial donations may before retiring in 1993. She moving to Harbour Englewood Community Indianapolis, and
Township, Michigan and be directed to TideWell was a member of the Heights, 15 years ago. Funeral Home & Catherine Torma of
Punta Gorda, Fla., passed Hospice and Palliative Moose, Eagles and a Survivors include, F. Pete Cremation Services. Ivyland, Pa.; and brother-
away Saturday, May 2, Care, 5955 Rand Blvd. member of Lutheran (Judy) Lutz of Islamorada, in-law, David Fisher of
2009. Sarasota, FL 34238. Please Church of the Cross in Port Fla., Andrea (Bill) England North Port. She was
She was born October 11, visit the online guestbook of Sarasota, Carol L. Neil of
Charlotte. Hammontree preceded in death by her
1937 in Grosse Pointe at kays-ponger.com. Survivors include her son, Lake Suzy, Fla. and husband, Bob Sauer in
Farms, Mich. Arrangements are by Kays- Jerry (Meredith Shattuck) Howard A. Lutz of Freddie Sue March of 2009.
Ruth and her husband, Ponger & Uselton Funeral Kecken of Port Charlotte; Nokomis, Fla.; nine Hammontree, 66, of Visitation will be held
Lawrence, were longtime Homes and Cremation two grandsons, Robert grandchildren; and 14 Englewood, Fla., died from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
residents of Sterling Services. Kecken of Fort Myers, Fla., great-grandchildren. Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Heights, Mich. They retired and Timothy Kecken of Visitation will be from her Charlotte County at Farley Funeral Home,
and moved to Punta Gorda Amelia G. Galt Jacksonville, Fla.; two 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, residence. Arrangements Venice Chapel. Funeral
in 1997. She was an avid May 8, 2007 at Wiegand are by Englewood will begin at 9 a.m.
golfer and loved to fish. Amelia “Sissy” G. Galt, 59, nephews, Torn Sullens of Brothers Funeral Home.
of Port Charlotte, Fla., Baltimore, Md. and Torn Community Funeral Home Thursday, May 7, 2009
Ruth is survived by her Services will be at 1 p.m. & Cremation Service. from Farley Funeral
husband of 52 years, Larry passed away Tuesday, April Blash of New Orleans, La. Burial will follow at Palms
Memorial services at Home, Venice Chapel
E; children, Michael, Mark 28, 2009. 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009 Memorial Park, Sarasota,
Ramon N. Nadeau with a Mass of Christian
She was born December
(Laura) of Michigan, Marty
29, 1949 in Washington, at Lutheran Church of the Fla. Burial being celebrated
(Caroline) of Arizona, Arrangements are by Ramon N. Nadeau, 78, of at 11 a.m. at St. Raphael’s
DC. Cross in Port Charlotte.
Daniel (Linda) and Cherie Wiegand Brothers Funeral Englewood, Fla., passed Catholic Church in
Amelia retired in 1990 Inurnment will follow at
(Ken) Cichowski both of Home, Sarasota, Fla. away Sunday, May 3, 2009 Englewood. Burial
from D.C. Metro and Lutheran Church of the
Michigan; sister, Betty at Englewood Community immediately following at
moved to Port Charlotte in Cross Memorial Garden.
2003 from Lusby, Md. She Please visit the online Dorothy V. Shawl Hospital. Arrangements Venice Memorial
is of the Christian Faith. tribute to Eva D. Kecken at are by National Gardens. To share a
Dorothy Vreeland Shawl,
Sissy is deeply missed by www.kays-ponger.com.
her husband, John Michael Arrangements are by
87, of Punta Gorda, Fla.,
died Tuesday, April 21,
Cremation Society of Port memory visit
L 7 nc rals , Inc.
“Mike” Galt of Port Kays-Ponger & Uselton
Charlotte; mother, Frances Funeral Home, Port
She was born August 31, NORTH PORT
Arrangements are by
Harbour Heights, FL 33983
Louise Hager of Elkridge, Charlotte Chapel. 1921 in Blue Anchor, N.J. Farley Funeral Home.
Simple, Direct Md.; son, Bruce Carter to William and Agnes Nadine A.
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White of Lusby, Md.; Hollywood
Cremation grandchildren, Savannah
Betty Lanzetta Grefe.
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from $825 and Thomas White of Betty Lanzetta, 83, of Port of Hawthorne, N.J. High Nadine Ann Hollywood,
R.S.V.P. for Seminar
Toledo, Ohio. Charlotte, Fla., passed 76, of North Port, Fla. and
941-240-2515 School and the Miller formerly of New Brighton,
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Service will be held 2 p.m. away Friday, May 1, 2009. Institute. Mrs. Shawl lived funeral homes only. There is no
888-713-1224 Friday, May 8, 2009 at She was born January 3, N.Y. and Holiday, Fla., charge for publishing an
a wonderful life and was
1926 in Desloge, Miss. and blessed to have traveled in passed away Friday, May abbreviated death notice once.
moved to this area in 1972 most of the countries 1, 2009 at her residence. Full obituaries and repeat death
JAMES W. MALLONEE, P.A. from Bellport, Long Island, throughout the world. She She was the daughter of notices will be subject to an
N.Y. moved to Punta Gorda in Edward and Harriet
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City to close MUNICIPAL SERVICE BENEFIT UNITS
Charlotte proposes fee increases
lanes for By STEVE REILLY
the construction of a sewer
system, which is expected
to fund future paving.
• a $150 increase for 37
provide a minimum level
of maintenance service.
MURDOCK — Rarely in to be completed in the properties in the Alligator The Charlotte County
Charlotte County do next few months. The Creek Waterway-Sea Edge Commission are sched-
residents and property increase will pay for the Sub-unit for additional uled June 9 to discuss the
owners support increases hook-up of homes to the dredging of the Sea Edge Neal Road MSBU.
to their municipal service sewer system. Canal. A property owners According to a staff
STAFF REPORT Mark Gering, city benefit units. “It’s a win-win,” said petition requested the report, a number of
PUNTA GORDA — engineer. Kendall Leach will be at Leach, who presented dredging. MSBUs that have seen
Certain lanes of Marion The pavers, installed least one property owner commissioners with a • An addition of five their assessments rise in
Avenue will be closed years ago as part of the supporting proposed copy of a petition that properties into the Greater the past may be lowered in
beginning Wednesday city’s streetscaping MSBU increases at the shows 95 percent of the Port Charlotte Street and the future due to
to give workers room to project, proved too thin Charlotte County homeowners in support of Drainage Unit. No change completed work and paid-
rebuild brick-paved and have been popping Commission MSBU the MSBU increase. “We’ve in the off loans for projects.
sidewalk areas. out, Gering said. A workshop at 10 a.m. today been working well with assessment. Commissioners will
The project calls contractor will install at the County (Charlotte County Utilities • An addition of seven consider assessment
brick pavers to be thicker brick pavers Administration Center in officials).” properties into the reductions to: the
removed from pedes- and replace conduit for Murdock. Leach said homeowners Northwest Port Charlotte Charlotte Harbor
trian areas between lighting. No adoption of any would be expected to pay Street and Drainage Unit. Wastewater MSBU
curbs and sidewalks on The work will begin increase will be made at $7,000-plus to hook up to No change in the ($199.82), the Garden of
both sides of Marion Wednesday in front of the workshop. Public the sewer system within a assessment. Gulf Cove Street and
from Nesbit Street to the U.S. Post Office at notification and public year. By paying that • An addition of 104 Drainage Unit ($111.61),
U.S. 41 South, said Nesbit Street. hearings will be scheduled assessment through the properties into the Punta the Northwest Port
before any final decision is MSBU, residents won’t be Gorda Non-Urban Street Charlotte Waterway ($50),
made. The workshop only hit with one big bill. And and Drainage Unit. No Pirate Harbor
CARJACKER: Arrested allows commissioners to
review and decide whether
to move forward with the
CCU, he suggested, will
see new customers on its
change in the
• An addition of 13 boat
Area Street and Drainage
($35.60 for vacant lots, $25
FROM PAGE 1 continued driving,
eventually making it all proposed increases. Vacant lot owners will slips into the South Bridge residences), the Punta
that he would use it on the way to Tampa. Leach serves on the not be expected to pay the Waterway Unit Gorda Non-Urban Capital
her if she didn’t do as he The Charlotte County Rotonda Sands and Rotonda Meadow and Maintenance. No change ($111.09), Rotonda Long
Sheriff’s Office released Rotonda Meadows Sands MSBU increase. in the assessment. Meadow Street and
instructed. He told her
a report for the stolen association boards. Each The Rotonda Sands and • An addition of four Drainage ($27.05),
he needed to go to Fort
vehicle, which deputies subdivision is made up of Meadows aren’t the only properties into the South Rotonda Pine Valley Street
with the Hillsborough 2,500 undeveloped lots, MSBUs under commission Burnt Store Street and and Drainage ($52.59),
“Just as quick as
but each subdivision has consideration today. Other Drainage Unit. No change Rotonda White Marsh
lightning, he put the car County Sheriff’s Office
few developed properties proposed changes and in the assessment. Street and Drainage
in gear, and my car door found when they — 50 homes in the Sands
responded to a increases include: • An addition of 295 ($19.49), South Burnt Store
flew open,” she said. and another 12 to 15
domestic dispute • A $355 increase to the agricultural properties Street and Drainage
“That’s when I homes in the Meadows. $45 base rate of the Boca into the Charlotte ($57.24 vacant lots and
screamed, ‘Help! Help!’” Saturday night. According to a staff Grande Street and County Sanitation Unit. $56.51 residential), Burnt
As her screams rang Mumby is being held presentation, both Drainage Unit to resurface No change in the Store Lakes, South Gulf
out, the door slammed in Tampa on charges of Rotonda Sands and 3.1 miles of roads and to assessment. Cove Street ($133.63) and
shut and Mumby aggravated battery, Meadows homeowners sustain the minimum level • A proposed rate of Drainage Phase 2 ($48.36)
accelerated out of the aggravated assault and could see a a $423.88 of maintenance services. $3.50 an acre or maximum and Phase 4 ($41.87)
parking lot. false imprisonment. increase for 17 years to the • A $25 increase to the rate of $5 an acre for the Capital and the South
“I remember learning CCSO detectives said $225.94 MSBU assessment $73.64 vacant and $63.94 Neal Road Street and Punta Gorda Heights East
that if you are in a Mumby will be charged they already pay. The rates of the Deep Creek Drainage Unit and to Street and Drainage (49.98)
situation like this, to try with carjacking, false original assessment is for Street and Drainage Unit assess all properties to MSBU units.
to pull the wheel so the imprisonment and
car crashes into some- battery when he is
Some fancy sets of wheels
thing, but nothing was returned to Charlotte
there,” she said. “Then I County.
saw the traffic light at While the horrifying
Quesada (Avenue) and event is over and the
Cochran (Boulevard).” suspect is in custody,
Slowly, Huban Huban is still shaky
unbuckled her seat belt when talking about the
and moved her purse incident.
toward the door. As “It was absolutely,
Mumby approached the totally frightening,” she
red light, Huban said. “I’m aware, I
clutched the door always have been. But
handle and made her you think you’re in your
escape. own town, you think
“I just batted out,” she you’re safe, but things
said. “I got out and ran like this happen. I was
back to Kmart.” very, very lucky.”
While Huban called
her husband on her cell E-mail: pstaik@
phone, Mumby sun-herald.com
DEATHS of North Port; sister, Rose
Sclafani of Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla.; grand-
FROM PAGE 4
children, David III, Kim,
Bradley and Derek;
John J. Sclafani great-grandchildren,
John J. Sclafani, 92, of Heather, Michele and
North Port, Fla., passed Isabella; other grandchil-
away Sunday, May 3, dren; great-grandchil-
2009 at Quality Health dren; and great-great-
Care in North Port. grandchildren survive. SUN PHOTOS BY MIKE BILLINGTON, firstname.lastname@example.org
He was born October John was preceded in
Twins David and Danny Christiansen of Englewood couldn’t resist peeking inside Rick “Herman” Baker’s replica of
12, 1916 in Brooklyn, N.Y. death by son, Michael; the Munster family hearse when they strolled Dearborn Street Saturday night. Their aunt, Robyn Dilday, took them
the son of Michael and and grandson, John, Jr. to see dozens of hot cars and enjoy some popcorn with some 1,500 other people that showed up for the night’s
Cecelia (Accucia) A visitation will be held festivities, which also featured music.
Sclafani. for John from 10 a.m. to
John and his wife, 11 a.m. Wednesday, May
Marion moved to North 6, 2009 at the Farley
Port in 1972 from New Funeral Home North
Jersey after his retire- Port Chapel with a
ment as a crane operator service being held
for McCormick. He was a following the visitation at
member of San Pedro San Pedro Catholic
Catholic Church. Church at 11 a.m. Burial
John is survived by his will follow the services
wife of 72 years, Marion; Wednesday at Restlawn
son, Nathan of Kingston, Memorial Park in Port
N.Y.; daughters, Cecelia Charlotte.
(David) McAuliffe and Arrangements are by
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Hot cars were lined up along Dearborn Street in Englewood Saturday night, ready for inspection by some 1,500
people who showed up to listen to oldies music and talk about the days when cars had monster engines and
gasoline was cheap.
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Firefighters battle Suspected burglar arrested
blaze in neighborhood
burglary to an unoccu-
| POLICE BEAT pied dwelling and petty
theft. He was held on
The information for Police Beat is gathered from police, sheriff’s office,
Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire rescue records. Not every arrest leads
By ED SCOTT their homes to watch throughout the night, Gonzalez was charged
to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.
STAFF WRITER the firefighters work. Frantz said. with grand theft and was
NORTH PORT — “At the homes that FPL shut down power PORT CHARLOTTE — Collier counties. On released to a parent.
Firefighters from several have been threatened, to homes in the area, A 53-year-old man from April 27, deputies with Ash was charged with
area departments the fire has gotten up to which was restored by Lehigh Acres was the Collier County petty theft, criminal
clamped down on a the edges but has not 7 p.m. arrested Friday after Sheriff’s Office met with mischief, burglary to an
blaze in a residential consumed anything, as The fire hopscotched confessing to stealing the suspect at his home, unoccupied structure
neighborhood Monday, yet. I think that we’ve through three blocks, nearly $4,000 from Coca where Sheets volun- and two counts of grand
refusing to allow it to got a good handle on it, but firefighters were Cola vending machines teered to give a state- theft. He also was
damage homes. that we are not going to able to protect homes in in the Port Charlotte ment. released to a parent.
No injuries were lose any homes in this its path. Town Center mall during
reported. The brush fire, one. The winds are “Because it is between a three-month period. Four Englewood The Charlotte County
which started between pretty stiff out here, so it houses, we’ve got a lot Because of financial Sheriff’s Office reported the
does keep moving of stuff that we’ve got to problems, Paul Douglas
males arrested following arrests:
and David Avenue, was around quite a bit. The work around, cars in the Sheets said he broke ENGLEWOOD — Four • Clayton Jesse Schorsch,
contained to that area, fuel (brush) is very driveways, RVs and into the machines with male residents of 22, 20200 block of
west of Toledo Blade heavy as well.” boats and things like keys he had while Shadow Lane were Hillsborough Boulevard, Port
Boulevard and south of Units from North Port that,” Frantz said. “I employed with the soft arrested Saturday on Charlotte. Charge: driving
Interstate 75, about a Fire Rescue, the state don’t think it’s going to drink company, stated a charges related to thefts while license is suspended or
quarter-mile from the Division of Forestry, get away any farther report from the and burglaries. revoked. Bond: $500.
interstate interchange. Charlotte and Sarasota than this.” Charlotte County Those arrested include • Sterling James Anthony,
The 6-acre fire — of County fire departments Asked how firefighters Sheriff’s Office. 22-year-old Kevin 17, 200 block of Paramaribo
undetermined origin — and the Nokomis managed to keep An auditor with Coca Carson McMullen, 18- Street, Deep Creek. Charge:
was 100 percent Volunteer Fire structures from being Cola reported that year-old Joseph violation of Serious Habitual
contained at 7 p.m., as Department responded, involved, Frantz said, between December 2008 Manasseh Long, 17- Offenders Comprehensive
residents looked on, as well as a Sarasota “We’re good.” and March 2009, year-old Steven Action Plan. He was released
“but it’s still iffy at this County Sheriff’s heli- “There’s a lot of fuel. approximately $3,937.06 Gonzalez and 16-year- to a parent or guardian.
point,” Fire Marshal copter, toting a 350- There’s a lot of wind. was stolen from the old Jonathan R. Ash. • Kyle Brownly McKay, 22,
Michael Frantz said at gallon bucket. These guys, their first mall’s vending McMullen was Venice. Charges: possession
5:30 p.m. Englewood and Venice priority is to protect the machines. charged with petty theft, of less than 20 grams of
“There have been fire departments structure, even if the On Friday, Sheets was two counts of grand marijuana and possession of
some self-evacuations covered the rest of stuff in the woods charged with grand theft theft and three counts of drug paraphernalia.
because the fire has North Port while its continues to burn, they and posted bond of burglary to an unoccu- Bond: $2,000.
come very, very close to firefighters battled the flank the area and $2,500. pied dwelling. He was • Richard Allen Conley, 49,
some of the homes,” blaze. North Port Fire protect the structures.” Sheets also reportedly held on $20,500 bond. Port Charlotte homeless.
Frantz added. Many Rescue planned to E-mail: escott@ broke into vending Long was charged Charge: retail theft. Bond:
curious residents left monitor the area sun-herald.com machines in Lee and with grand theft, $2,500.
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Flu meds arrive in county; self-reliance, not panic urged
By CAROL SAKOWITZ Department offices on Those doses will go to county schools public were recommendations to but still urge vigilance.
NORTH PORT Ringling Boulevard. pharmacies in North Port support services. wash hands frequently, Panelists said a second
ASSISTANT EDITOR Heymann said that a plan and Venice, in addition to In his introductory cover mouths when wave of the flu can be
SARASOTA — Fifty-five for distribu- other county sites, he remarks, Buchanan said coughing, use paper expected in the fall and
cases of Tamiflu from the tion is being said. the swine flu virus was tissues for coughs and that type could prove to
nation’s stockpile made. Heymann said no unique because it is a new discard them immedi- be stronger.
currently are in Sarasota “We are Tamiflu doses will go to virus without a vaccine. ately, and stay home from Using the 1918 Spanish
County, ready to be prepared for Englewood; however, the He said the public should work or school if flu-like flu as an example,
distributed if swine flu eventual drug should be available not panic in addressing symptoms appear. Gordillo said the first wave
comes to the area, an cases in through commercial the pandemic (which the Buchanan said business was mild but the second
emergency management Sarasota,” pharmacies. World Health owners should “make wave was more virulent,
official said Monday BUCHANAN Heymann “There’s not a lack of Organization ranked at considerations for the killing 20 million to
during a public forum said. medication,” he said. level 5 Monday). working family,” if 40 million.
held by U.S. Rep. Vern Nine Florida counties The five-member panel Buchanan said with employees follow recom- Pritchard said the
Buchanan, R-Sarasota. — Sarasota County is not assembled for the forum regard to closing U.S. mendations to stay home. recommendations being
Dr. William “Bill” one — currently have also included Dr. Manuel borders, “We’re not close “I have businesses,” made by medical and
Heymann, county recorded five confirmed Gordillo, Sarasota County to anything like that.” Buchanan said. “That’s emergency management
medical executive cases of swine flu, labeled Hospital infection preven- Personal responsibility, what I would do.” personnel are based “on
director, told the 40 H1N1 by officials, and 15 tion and control depart- which is the theme of the A number of questions the best information we
people gathered in the probable cases. ment; Scott Pritchard, county’s emergency plan from the public addressed have now.”
County Commission Following the forum, county epidemiologist; Ed this year, was repeated a contradiction from “There is still a lot we
chambers that the large Heymann said there are McCrane, county emer- throughout the one-hour panels who say swine flu have to learn,” he said.
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North Port’s Chancellor detoured for drainage project
By ED SCOTT quent, but with 81 miles
STAFF WRITER of waterways and named DETOUR DETAILS
NORTH PORT — canals on more than 103 Chancellor Boulevard between
Slowly, but deliberately, square miles of property, Eppinger Drive and Fountain
the city hopes to improve and funding tight, city Street will be closed to traffic
more than 100 dilapi- staff is preparing the 40- for approximately 90 days.
dated water control year-old stormwater Westbound traffic is being
structures, many of system for major flooding detoured from Chancellor
which were installed by events. Boulevard southward onto
General Development Water control struc- Cornelius Boulevard, west onto
Corp. during the 1960s. tures regulate the flow of Chamberlain Boulevard, and
“They’ve been around water in North Port’s north on Eppinger Drive, back
a long time,” said above-ground drainage to Chancellor Boulevard.
Marcello Ranalli, an system. The city is Eastbound traffic will be
engineer with the city. repairing or replacing old detoured in reverse.
“These things are pretty structures at a time when
construction costs are and pavement markings
old and they have been
low. during construction,
in a water environment
Due to the $1 million according to the city’s
so they get corroded very
Chancellor Waterway Web site.
project, Chancellor The Chancellor project,
The city presently is
Boulevard between jointly managed and
improving three struc-
Eppinger Drive and funded by the city of
tures on the Apollo,
Fountain Street will be North Port and Charlotte
Cheshire and Jupiter
closed to traffic for County, includes
waterways — which start
approximately 90 days. constructing a storm
The project began drain and water main
Boulevard and proceed
through Charlotte Wednesday of last week. installation. The work is
County — and another Motorists, bicyclists located on Chancellor
on the Cocoplum and pedestrians should Boulevard just east of
Waterway. use extreme caution and Salford Boulevard, SUN PHOTO BY ED SCOTT, email@example.com
Rain has been infre- observe all traffic signs bordered by the city of North Port engineer Marcello Ranalli points to the gates in a water control structure
North Port and on the Cocoplum Waterway.
Nash A Family Tradition Of Northwest Port Charlotte.
ture. property and pool, partially funded by the
Cataract & Laser Institute Excellence In Eye Care Cocoplum project The contractor including the palm trees state.
BOTOX® TREATMENTS installed Aqua Dams — along the canal, because “If we had more money
The Chancellor project giant, water-filled inner “that’s why we bought the we could do more of
FREE CONSULTATIONS is one of two stormwater tubes — on either side of place. It’s a beautiful site.” this,” Ranalli said. “It’s
projects currently under the Cocoplum gates, tough. When it’s been dry
629-EYES (3937) way. The other is a which kept workers dry Customer service for a while, people tend
Eric A. Nash, M.D.,
New Port Charlotte Location $300,000 project but irritated at least one to forget about the water
18401 Murdock Circle
2007 repairing a water control canal resident. John Meanwhile, officials problems that we have
structure on the Pravdica told Ranalli knocked on the doors of here in North Port. North
Voted Charlotte County’s all of the homes near the
Cocoplum Waterway. Monday that the project Port is very flat. We have a
Best Ophthalmologist resulted in an algae Chancellor project. lot of water here when it
Work began in March
and will conclude later growth on his waterfront Providing good customer rains. These structures
this month. property. service is one reason the have to work. Otherwise,
In many cases, the city “Once the water starts Florida Stormwater the water starts to back
NASIR KHALIDI, M.D. will replace corrugated
metal structures with
flowing again, it might
clear up some of that,”
Association gave the city
up in people’s yards.”
For more information,
NEUROLOGY concrete structures. Ranalli told him. program an Outstanding call either the city of
ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY ELECTROMYOGRAPHY “Hopefully this thing will When the Cocoplum Achievement Award last North Port at 941-429-
• Unsteadiness/Muscle Weakness be here for a lot longer project is completed and year. 7090 or Charlotte County
than it was originally,” the high water level Both projects use funds at 941-575-3639.
• Seizures or Blackouts Ranalli said of the returns, Pravdica will be from the Road and
• Stroke/Slurred Speech/Head Injury Cocoplum gated struc- better able to enjoy his Drainage District and are E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Building on a dream: NAACP celebrates unity
By ERIN BROEMEL with their life, with their
SUN CORRESPONDENT blood. It is up to us to
Forty years ago, a black remember it and pass that
man stood before the story on.”
Washington Monument The Rev. Gary McNealy,
and told everyone in a visiting minister from
America of his dream. Clewiston, delivered the
Today, people are contin- sermon that night,
uing the dream — and the focusing on passing down
mission — of Dr. Martin the stories that are the
Luther King Jr. backbone of the NAACP.
On Sunday night, the McNealy described the
NAACP Charlotte County sufferings and trials that
Branch 5093 came continue to this day in the
together at St. Marks quest for peace and
Missionary Baptist acceptance. He also told
Church in Punta Gorda to the audience how impor-
celebrate the unity of all tant it is for everyone to
people from all walks of tell the stories of the
life. beginnings of the NAACP
This was the second and to lay the foundation
year the NAACP has for a new generation.
celebrated a “Unity “There was a time when SUN PHOTOS BY ERIN BROEMEL
Service.” The theme of the no one saw a need for the
service was “Dreams NAACP,” McNealy said. Josephine Qualls celebrates at the NAACP Unity Service
Become a Reality.” “But we are needed now on Sunday night.
“Freedom did not come just as much as back Frontier Days in Bayshore through 13. Branch
free,” said the Rev. Louis then.” Live Oak Park on officials said they are
Anderson Jr., president of The Charlotte County Bayshore Drive. hoping to attract new NAACP Charlotte County Branch President, the Rev.
the newly re-formed Branch of the NAACP will Membership is $30 per members who are willing Louis Anderson, reflects on the past and urges to keep
Charlotte County NAACP hold a membership drive year for adults, and $15 to volunteer on various up the fight for equality during the NAACP Unity Service
branch. “Someone paid Saturday at Florida for children ages 1 committees. at St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church.
City, county, schools update one another
By PAMELA STAIK status of growth manage- In 2004, the county from 2004’s permitting six schools destroyed by changes and concur-
STAFF WRITER ment in the county and approved a total of 3,558 total of 124 to 100 in Hurricane Charley in rency, which deals with a
MURDOCK — city to the construction permits. After a slight 2005. While there was a 2004 have completed the community’s infrastruc-
Members of the Punta progress the school gain to 4,619 in 2005, slight gain in 2006 to 118 rebuilding phase, with ture being able to handle
Gorda City Council, the district has made permitting fell county- permits, the city saw a Charlotte High School residential growth so that
Charlotte County School following Hurricane wide to 3,030 in 2006 and significant decrease to 37 being the last to the schools can maintain
Board and the Charlotte Charley in 2004. to 1,112 in 2007. permits in 2007. As was complete construction. a certain level of class-
County Commission met One interesting report However, the lowest seen at the county level, However, students were room services.
Monday during their reviewed by the county figure reported in the year four of the trend saw welcomed back into the For more information
annual tri-board work- and city staff was a four-year trend was in the lowest figure with 28 high school’s historic on topics discussed
shop meeting. comparison of the 2008, as only 582 permits permits approved. three-story building in during the joint work-
Here, staff members number of residential were obtained. Keeping on the topic of April. shop meeting, visit
from the three boards building permits This downward cycle building progress, school Other school-related www.charlottefl.com.
updated one another on obtained between 2004 was also evident in Punta staff was proud to topics discussed included
everything from the and 2008. Gorda, which saw a drop announce that five of the the status of boundary E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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ladies to attend the and lunch are provided. World” rapper
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Service offered Participants are asked to 20 Woman with a
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Give no bonuses
| OUR VIEW for bankers’ failure
Yellow again The bailout money for banks
and financial institutions was
for cameras necessary to avoid complete
meltdown. Many taxpayers
realize this, but the million-
dollar bonuses paid to the
executives is unacceptable.
They did a lousy job and
OUR POSITION: Both houses of made risky investments which
the Legislature passed bills that warrants dismissal, not reward.
would have allowed cameras to Our people working for a living
catch motorists running red lights. know they get fired for poor
But they failed to resolve differ- performance, it’s common
ences, so the effort failed in knowledge, so should the
conference. That’s for the best. executives.
Proceed with caution. The CEOs and powers that
be say the bonuses are a
he Florida Legislature got it necessity in order to keep their
right this session when it experienced executives on
failed to pass a bill allowing board. That is utter nonsense.
red-light cameras but strength- There are other financial
ened the state’s seat-belt law. people that will do the job,
Red-light camera legislation hopefully much better.
has inched forward in recent Bonuses should only be
years but finally seemed to be on given for outstanding perfor-
the road to passage last week. mances not for dismal failure.
While proponents have always This must be enforced before
insisted the measure was strictly a bailout money is given. Many
matter of safety, the state’s current people have incurred heavy
budget problems propelled it losses due to the mismanage-
onto the fast track. ment of the executives.
photovoltaic cells, let’s extinction to our economy.
You didn’t have to squint hard
to hard to see why. Initial esti- LETTERS TO examine the cost/benefit
analysis and the environmen-
Conservatism’s greater trust
in corporations than govern-
Get rid of them, they’ve had
their chance. It’s time for a
change, new thinking and less
mates said a new film-and-fine
camera system might bring the THE EDITOR tal impact of converting to
this type of power.
ment is a recipe for econom-
greed. Our taxpayers will foot
state $56 million in new-found the bill, but they have no say in
Irked about comics? Severin Borenstein, a Frankly, 80 percent of the matter.
revenues. That figure grew larger
professor at Berkeley’s Haas Americans and 99 percent of Is it too risky for a vote? Yes,
and larger, though, which Please, get serious School of Business and the world doesn’t give a hoot
attracted increasing support, then it will never be put on a ballot,
Editor: director of the UC Energy what America’s conservatives because it would be doomed.
proved to be its undoing.
I guess according to some Institute, found in his think. So let’s ignore conser- Rightfully, our elected politi-
Similar bills passed the House
this world would be just fine cost/benefit study that the vatives when making govern- cians must make the decisions,
by a 101-7 vote last Monday, then
if the local paper got their cost of a solar PV installation ment smart and weeding out that’s their job, and we must
the Senate 35-2. Despite that
comic section in order, put today is three to four times corporate rot at the top. abide by it.
overwhelming support, every-
the crossword puzzle in a greater than the benefits of As America makes extinct Walter Klinger
thing fell apart in conference late
more convenient location the electricity it will produce. financial dinosaurs and North Port
Friday. The issue was over how to
and Waste Management must PVs require lots of water incompetent CEOs, conser-
carve up what looked to be a big
pie. be better organized in waste and not salt water to clean vatives can listen to Lim- Thanks to maestra
collection. them. Where are we going to baugh or watch the Flint-
Rep. Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton,
get the additional water? We stones for their Stone Age
for bringing beauty
who was the prime sponsor of the With an economy in dire
straits, two wars being waged, can’t even water our lawns amusement. Enough of the Editor:
House bill, told the Bradenton About this time of year, 14
children disappearing from And make sure you get an cavemen with corporate
Herald his version of the legisla- years ago, Edison Community
their own beds in alarming insurance quote before you clubs; let’s rebuild America
tion would have sent more of the College approached Janita
numbers and veterans being put PV’s up on your roof in through smart government.
money to cities and counties, Hauk, conductor of the
subjected to sub-par care, Florida. Conservatives will just say
while the Senate version would Charlotte Symphony
and you’re concerned with France is the only country no; modern Americans say
have kept more for the state. Orchestra.
comics? What world are you that has met the Kyoto accord yes we can!
The House offered to compro- We were in the early plan-
mise by hiking the state’s share living in? I suppose one could goals for greenhouse gas Douglas Kennedy
say you have the “ostrich” emissions. France produces Punta Gorda ning stages of a premier event
from 20 percent to 30 percent. to open the new campus; we
syndrome. nearly 80 percent of its power
Not bad. The latest figures could needed an orchestra and a
have brought in another $220 I understand some need to with renewable nuclear Please don’t
escape the realities that we power. That’s right, there is creative, understanding
million. However, according to privatize libraries director in order to proceed.
face every day, but may I be no such thing as “nuclear
Reagan, the Senate held fast, Janita Hauk was that person.
so presumptuous as to waste” anymore since waste Editor:
looking for a percentage that What would privatizing our Her enthusiasm quickly
suggest utilizing your time in is being recycled.
could have yielded $400 million. libraries do? matched ours, and by October
worthwhile endeavors, like We have the technology
Without resolution, the mea- Think about the money 1996, Charlotte County
visiting a VA hospital, corre- right now to power 20,000
sure died. raised for comfortable enjoyed its first Charlotte “Pops
sponding with a soldier on homes with a nuclear reactor
It was a fitting end to a measure furniture and outfitting the at Sunset” concert on the lawn
the front lines or lending the size of a hot tub. Nuclear
that was sparked by good inten- meeting rooms plus the of (now) Edison State College.
assistance to those less produces no greenhouse
tions, but fueled by greed. We children’s areas to excite Janita’s willingness to create
fortunate than you. gases.
don’t doubt the conviction and them with reading, providing programs to suit our themes
If your biggest angst in life Solar is pie in the sky, just
passion of those, like Reagan, computers and instructing and to lead her fine musicians
is how the comics are pre- like it was in the late 1970s
who have long fought for this on their use. Would a compa- through all the vagaries of
sented, then I envy your when all those solar tax
legislation. We just didn’t think ny use profits to do this? Florida weather, brought
ability to turn off and tune credits went into the pools of
cameras would solve the prob- Would members volunteer thousands of happy listeners to
out what you find offensive, homeowners in Southern
lem. The one certain result would for a company’s profit? How the concerts and many
except for of course, the California.
have been the institution of a self- could the Friends exist? There thousands of dollars to the
perpetuating revenue machine
comics. Steve Horrigan endowment, which provides
I find your rantings offen- North Port would be no bookstore. No
that would never have been more donated videos, books scholarships of various kinds
sive. Get yourself involved in to the students of the Charlotte
dismantled, even if it proved to be
real world problems, make a Conservatives and children’s items.
difference. Comics? What about the library
Both sides in the national back in Stone Age employees? Would the county
Janita, your retirement
debate over cameras have trotted Lawrence A. Mould saddens all of us at Edison
Port Charlotte Editor: make sure their lives are not
out studies to back up their State. You have added beauty
Most conservatives consid- thrown away in the corporate to our stage and sophistication
However, studies tend to show West Village er government the problem. quest for a bottom line? to our musical evenings.
They’re right, conservative Would the children’s summer
dangerous T-bone crashes drop bullies unwanted government is a problem. reading program continue?
On behalf of the campus
somewhat, while rear-end president, Dr. Patricia Land,
Editor: Conservatives see three Who pays? the faculty and staff and all of
collisions rise even more. That’s Somehow, another “bully” workers watch another fill a A library is the heartbeat of
because in people in places with our students, we thank you.
emerged in our neighbor- pothole and want less a community. It’s a social You are a unique and amazing
cameras tend to slam on their hood, West Village. government. relationship, lender and
brakes when they see yellow, even woman.
So, you, the West Villagers, However, they overlook borrower, a trust between us.
though stopping short may be CEOs playing 18 holes of golf. In these hard times, will the
are ashamed to belong to the
more dangerous than clearing the city of North Port? Oh, I know, A CEO is paid 400 times as county utilize the power of its Punta Gorda
intersection. “your dogs are better than much as a middle-class citizenry? Should they call for
A 2005 Washington Post study worker. For a foursome, that’s us to help? Can enhanced
of red-light cameras in the We, the proud North 1,600 workers watching a golf volunteerism be used to illegals entering?
District over a six-year period Porters do not want you, the ball. Icelandic conservatism lower costs? What way will
showed the program was a wash: Editor:
West Villagers. Stay away ruined Iceland; American they go? All of the efforts to screen
fewer side impacts, but more from us. I happen to live in conservatism has brought I have volunteered at my people coming into the
rear-end collisions. One clear Warm Mineral Springs, North America to its knees. library since 2004. When I’m country for swine flu are
result was the $32 million in Port, for 33 years and I and Conservatives (that reject there I feel I belong; it’s our praiseworthy. The efforts at the
revenues. 55,000 other North Porters evolution) trust Darwin’s building and becomes what border crossing points and
Money also may have played a are very happy without West survival of the fittest works we make of it. Maybe we will airports, etc.
part in tightening Florida’s seat Village bullies. well for corporations. Survival have a few less hours of But in the back of my mind I
belt laws, but this measure made of the fittest saw dinosaurs on operation or turn the lights have to wonder how the
perfect sense and the greed was Peter Jacynicz
North Port top. lower, but we will keep it government plans to protect
less evident. Seat belt usage will Today’s corporate survivors going. the American public from the
be mandatory as of June 1, and We will not let this essential
police will be able to ticket
Solar energy are dinosaurs like AIG, GM thousands of illegal aliens who
and Citibank. Dinosaurian element of our society close, swarm across our Swiss-cheese
anyone they see violating the law. is pie in the sky banks and insurers champi- so don’t take our library away border unchecked and
Now, they must first have another oned by conservatives have from us. unaccounted for every day?
reason to pull someone over. Before we get all touchy- caused massive unemploy- Bill Kupper Ray Black
With this in place, the state will feelie about solar ment and nearly brought Sarasota Arcadia
be eligible to receive $35.5 million
in federal funding, a fact that
likely brought some legislators on
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CCU charges, fines for heavy water users is piracy
A John Hitzel
hoy mates, check
back to the April 8
Charlotte Sun edi- Hitzel is a member of the Charlotte
torial, “Drier times means County Curmudgeon Club. Readers
tougher water rules.” Is may reach him at curclub@
there a rational reason embarqmail.com.
Charlotte County has, by
far, the greatest penalty for
first time offenders of the to Oct. 1, 2008 would have Tampa
now tougher water been an aggregate of 7.2 (Hillsbor-
regulations when com- percent. Since the emer- ough
pared to other Southwest gency rates have been put County) $100, Pasco
Florida counties? into effect the actual County $130 and Pinellas
The editorial caused me increase in the two year County $188.
to look into CCU water period is 19 percent. A little more research
How do we compare reveals Charlotte County
rates. What I found was
with nearby counties? CCU to have the highest water
that in the name of
has by far the highest rates rates when compared to
in the area. No other juris- other county or city
County CCU customers jurisdictions in Southwest
are being robbed as surely diction in the area has two
rate schedules. That is, no Florida. Comparisons are
as if pirates where holding not always apples to
a gun on us. emergency rate schedule
to penalize citizens in the apples. I have not tried to
Did you know that compare base charges or
Charlotte County commis- name of conservation.
Charlotte County’s $250 charges other than the
sioners agreed to five years amounts for single family
of annual water rate first time penalty for water
restriction violations is the residence usage which in
increments per schedules Charlotte County starts at
that included regular and highest in the area. The effect range from $2.35 to increases in the region the price of Charlotte
$4.49 per thousand
emergency rate schedules Sun noted DeSoto and $6.12. Charlotte County’s without justification. Also, County water. Their
gallons. The rate increases
with automatic minimum Sarasota counties’ first- in 6,000-gallon increments rate for the first 6,000 reconsider the need for an mission statement uses
increases each Oct. 1 for time water restriction to $12.80 per thousand for gallons is 90.83 percent emergency rate schedule. such words as sufficient,
the five years? penalty to be $50 and $100 26,000 gallons and over. more than the average. No other county sees the high-quality, safe, reliable
The emergency rate respectively. Other counties’ lowest and The aggregate rate is need. Additionally, subject and sustainable. Nowhere
schedule, designed to Water shortage condi- highest amount charges 103.65 percent more. I call CCU to the same perfor- in the statement is a
punish users of more than tions in some counties to were as follows: Sarasota that piracy. mance-based budgeting as reference to efficiency.
6,000 gallons per month is the north of us have County $2.32 to $11.73, Solutions are up to the currently being performed. Commissioner Loftus
an aggregate of 31.2 recently been raised from Lee County $2.84 to $5.43, BCC. Rescind the $250 Apply any budget savings should push for an
percent greater than the extreme to critical condi- Tampa City $1.35 to $4.06, excessive first time penalty to a reduction in water appropriate addition to
regular rate. The BCC tion. Charlotte and Hillsborough County $1.96 to the $25 approved in rates. Finally the Peace their mission statement.
authorized CCU to charge surrounding counties are to $5.09, Pinellas County October 2007. Next, River Manasota Regional Citizens and commis-
emergency rates Jan. 1, at the extreme condition. $4.28 to $4.28, Pasco overturn the October 2007 Water Supply Authority sioners, it is time to end
2007. The emergency rates Those counties with County $2.30 to $4.72 and approval authorizing CCU has a great influence on the CCU water piracy.
remain in effect until critical water shortage Manatee County $1.69 to to automatically raise
rescinded by BCC. Had conditions also have lower $7.53. Is anybody close? water rates annually. That r-- JOIN US FOR
regular rates remained in first time water restriction The average of the simply leads the highest
effect the water usage
increase from Oct. 1, 2006
penalties than Charlotte
County as follows: City of
nearby jurisdictions water
usage rates currently in
priced water in the region
to have the highest
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n the early 1980s, CIA interrogation
Ronald Reagan’s memos and his forceful
policies moved American
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call for the release of the
information gathered WILKINS
politics firmly to the
right. In only 100 days,
during those interroga-
tions — intelligence that
helped keep America
Barack Obama’s politics budget deficit itself never in the same club as Attorneys at Law
and policies have shifted drops below $670 billion Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, safe after 9-11 — clearly
America way to the left. and closes the period at AIG, GM and Chrysler. rattled Team Obama.
The president is
seeking to change the
$1.2 trillion. That’s nearly This reminds one of
a 6 percent share of the
Francois Mitterrand, the
now launch a counterat-
former socialist president tack on Obama’s tax-
between the government
and the free-enterprise
private sector. He is
All of this will certainly of France. It’s way outside and-spend New
lead to large tax-rate
hikes that will rob
the American economic
enlargement of govern-
steering the country away incentive power from And TARP itself is ment power.
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are witnessing a triumph
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crats over entrepreneurs,
investors and small
The Thatcher Revolution has ballooned to more
is being repealed over than $3 trillion in spend- NEW PATIENT
businesses. there. Unless current ing, loans and loan
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Specter switching from Reagan Revolution will be ently vulnerable to fraud,
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Charlotte High School’s
was held Saturday at the new Charlotte Harbor Event
and Conference Center in Punta Gorda,
where hundreds took to the dance floor.
Sheena Conroy, sophomore, and Zach
Jones, junior, take advantage of one II
of the few slow songs played at the
Junior-Senior Prom. activities at
Right: Senior Tayt Jones (center)
dances with friends at his last prom.
Kyle Midgett, junior, Troy McClary,
Juniors Jordan Butler, Chris senior, and Nick Stephenson, junior,
Joyce and Coco Andrews at hang loose during the pre-prom
Bayshore Park where the gathering at Bayshore Park.
traditional pre-prom activities k 47 .3 ??
took place this year.
Below: Seniors Nick Below: Juniors Zach Nordstrom,
Glastonbury and Elizabeth Miki Matrullo, Andraya Jackson and
Sheridan take advantage Doug Harris pose in between dinner
of the great scenery and dancing.
at Bayshore Park for fun photos.
Jake Foley and Alyssa Fleming,
seniors, enjoy their last
pre-prom activities and prom
before graduating this year.
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Right: Adam Armstrong, ’08 Community Christopherson,
Christian alumnus, Julie Mason, senior, Larisa Evoy and
Brennen Rueff, ’08 CHS alumnus, and Sarah Gordon
Michelle Minerich, senior, pose for photos pose for photos
under the pavilion at Bayshore Park at Bayshore
before the prom. Park.
Dressed to impress, Alex Leonard,
Alec Asher, Dillon Vitale and Nick
Patel joined hundreds of Charlotte
High students for photos at
Bayshore Park before going to
T their Junior-Senior Prom at the
Charlotte Harbor Event and
Senior Brandon Baptiste goes all out Conference Center.
dancing with friends and classmates.
Charlotte finds its stride at right time
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 www.sunnewspapers.net Sports editor: Patrick Obley
O’S OUST RAYS
Baltimore brings big bats in 8-4 victory •PAGE 6
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PREP BASEBALL: REGION 5A-3 PLAYOFFS | QUICK HITS
Tarpons find their stride Survivor of Bluffton
bus crash graduates
BLUFFTON, Ohio — Two
Haynesworth was indicted in March
by a grand jury on charges of reckless
driving and having an expired registra-
tion for an incident Dec. 13.
Charlotte’s route to title years ago, Tim Berta was fight- Haynesworth was driving a black Ferrari
went through trying times ing to survive head injuries
that left him in a coma follow-
when he tried to pass Edmonson’s car,
which crashed into the concrete median
ing a bus crash that killed five on Interstate 65.
By ROB SHORE Haynesworth signed a seven-year,
SPORTS WRITER Bluffton University baseball $100 million contract with the Redskins
Josh Corr never lost faith, even though there players. on Feb. 27.
were plenty of times throughout the 2009 sea- A year later, he was learning
son that you would not have blamed the to walk and read again. ■ STEELERS CUT LB FOOTE, WHO
Charlotte baseball coach if he had. Now he’s a college graduate WANTS MORE PLAYING TIME: In
Junior Jake Foley didn’t lose the confidence and planning to go to nursing Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Steelers
school. released starting inside linebacker Larry
that the Tarpons belonged Foote, a move expected since Foote
in the regional playoffs. As “When they told me I would
Tonight’s Charlotte stumbled into the never do it, that just fueled me,
asked to be traded or cut.
Foote has started every Steelers
game District 5A-12 tournament
by losing three of its last
because if you tell me, ‘You’re
not ever going to do this,’ well,
game for five seasons, including their
Super Bowl victories last season and
REGIONAL four games, senior Dillon I’m going to do it,” he said. after the 2005 season. But he was
PLAYOFFS Vitale wasn’t at all fazed. Doctors didn’t think Berta, unhappy with coming off the field on
Seminole (20-8) It was that sort of 24, of Ida, Mich., would ever passing downs for Lawrence Timmons, a
at Charlotte (18-10), walk again, let alone finish the 2007 first-round draft pick.
7 p.m. resilience that saw the With Timmons ready to start, Foote
Tarpons to the regional four courses he needed to get
told the Steelers last week he wanted to
playoffs for the first time his biology degree. be traded or released. The Steelers cut
since 2005 and saw them win their first district
SUN PHOTO BY ROB SHORE He suffered critical damage him after failing to find a team willing to
title since 2001. That is all the more impressive Junior second baseman Jake Foley throws to first to areas of his brain that con- deal a draft pick for him.
when Corr and others will tell you this group during a drill Monday at Charlotte High School. trol his muscles and speech.
might not even be as good as last year’s team — Foley leads the Tarpons with a .432 batting average He also broke all of his ribs on ■ LAUREN JACKSON RETURNS TO
the top-seed that got bounced out in the first entering tonight’s game against Seminole. the left side, his collarbone and SEATTLE STORM: In Seattle, two-time
a shoulder blade. MVP Lauren Jackson is staying in
round. Charlotte 1-0 in their next game. Seattle.
“We’re staying humble — we learned a lot last ■ Add those to winning the district tourna- He eventually recovered and
An unrestricted free agent for the first
year after starting out 14-0,” Vitale said. “We’re a learned to walk again. He com- time in her career, Jackson signed a
ment after that bumpy run-in.
good team, not a powerhouse like last year.” pleted his degree by taking one-year deal Monday to remain with
Corr thinks the Tarpons’ success is as simple
That says quite a lot when this year’s team classes online. the Storm, who she helped lead to the
as the team having short memories — not let- WNBA title in 2004.
still had players such as Foley (.432, 6 home
ting the bad losses stay with them. With the ■ SPREAD OF SWINE FLU AFFECTS The Australian native and six-time All-
runs), Brad Carlton (.338), Ryan Brnovich (.342 )
and Alec Asher on the mound (6-2, 1.88 ERA). highs this team has experienced this year, PREP EVENTS IN FLA, NM: The spread Star decided to return to Seattle rather
doubt was never a problem, particularly with of the swine flu has affected high than join the Phoenix Mercury. Financial
But if you only look at the team on paper, you school sports in two more states, with terms of the deal were not disclosed,
will not see the whole story. Corr running a steady ship.
New Mexico postponing athletic events but head coach Brian Agler said the
If you ask the players the difference between “I don’t think I ever lost confidence,” Foley and Florida granting athletes pulled one-year contract was Jackson’s wish,
last year’s squad and this year’s district champi- said. “It was all mental for us.” from a state track championship the and that conversations about a multi-
onship team, you will get a myriad of answers. “Coach didn’t get after us after a tough loss,” chance to compete in a separate meet year deal have been positive.
Carlton thinks this year’s team has more heart. Carlton said. “He just said, ‘It doesn’t matter later.
Vitale believes this group is more relaxed. Foley until the district tournament.’ And it paid off.” The swine flu outbreak had already ■ VENUS WILLIAMS MAKES
The payoff tonight is Seminole, a team with a forced the cancellation or postpone- WINNING START AT ITALIAN OPEN: At
thinks this year’s team has more spunk. ment of sporting events across the Rome, Venus Williams needed three sets
Corr has a different answer entirely, though tradition that Corr would dearly love to repli- country last week, affecting everything to win her opening match at the Italian
he agrees last year’s squad had more raw cate. The Warhawks have been to the playoffs from prep contests in Texas and Open, beating Lucie Safarova of the
talent. for the past 12 years and won’t be at all fazed by Alabama to a college baseball road trip Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
“Were we more talented last season?” Corr the trip to Punta Gorda. in Delaware. “I was OK with the match being a lit-
asked. “Probably. But we didn’t have the ability This week, Florida’s Hillsborough tle longer,” Williams said. “I just I want
But then, that mentality the Tarpons coach County School District closed Freedom to hit balls. In a way, it’s not too bad to
to bounce back from a bad inning or a bad
trumpets comes into play here, too. High School in Tampa and two middle go three sets. “
“They asked questions about their record, schools because students from those She appeared to take control of the
And there were a few times they needed to do schools are among the five suspected clay-court match in the first set, firing
that. how hard does their pitcher throw, is their No. 4
cases of swine flu in the county. None eight aces and as many winners in 28
■ After an 8-0 loss to Port Charlotte on March hitter a big-time power guy?” Corr said. “But of the cases has been confirmed. minutes.
13, the Tarpons defeated area power Sarasota 8- when the lights come on, the biggest key is Freedom High’s athletic director
7 three days later. playing baseball the same way we’ve been play- decided to cancel all sporting events, ■ KIEFER ADVANCES INTO 2ND
■ The Tarpons responded to a troubling 9-6 ing it.” including participation by about 10 ath- ROUND AT BMW OPEN: At Munich,
letes in the 3A state track meet in sixth-seeded Nicolas Kiefer has beaten
loss to Venice on March 31 by edging Port E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Orlando on Friday. Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in
The Florida High School Athletic wet conditions to reach the second
| COMMUNITY CALENDAR Association said that athletes who miss
the state meet because of swine flu
concerns would be allowed to compete
round of the BMW Open.
Kiefer was down 3-1 in the second
set when he began his comeback. The
Swimming fundamentals and will include daily competitions and daily
games. Each camper will receive a T-shirt and camp ball. The
in a makeup meet on May 16. Their
results would be compared with those
31-year-old German is playing the clay-
court tournament in Munich for the first
Sign up to swim with the Blue Fins: The Charlotte County cost of the camp is $50 with family discounts available. Week 2 logged during Friday’s 3A meet. time since 2002.
Blue Fins are offering a summer swimming league beginning in is for boys in grades 5-8 and will run from 9 a.m.-noon on June Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 2007
May and running through August. Any child between the ages of 15-18. This camp is designed for the most serious basketball ■ ASTON VILLA BEATS HULL: At champion, also advanced when Bjorn
5-18 is eligible; must be comfortable in the water and able to players and will focus on fundamentals and advanced team play. Birmingham, England, Aston Villa ended Phau had to retire because of a hand
swim one length unassisted. Registration and evaluations are The cost of this camp is $50. Please contact Bill Specht at Port a 12-game winless streak, beating Hull injury while trailing 6-2, 2-1 in an all-
Monday through Thursday from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the South Charlotte High School at 255-7485 ext. 3107 for flyers and 1-0 Monday in the English Premier German match.
information. League to clinch a berth in next sea- In other first-round matches, Mikhail
County Regional Park pool in Punta Gorda.
son’s Europa League. Youzhni of Russia defeated Ivo Minar of
For more information, call Jeff at 941-661-1080 or visit the John Carew scored his 14th goal of
Charlotte hosting hoops camps: The Charlotte boys basket- the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (5) and
Web site www.CCSwim.org. the season in the 34th minute, helping Jeremy Chardy of France beat Evgeny
ball team will be hosting a series of camps designed to improve
basketball skills. Session 1 is a day camp on June 22-25, where Villa (16-9-10) move into fifth place, Korolev of Russia 6-3, 6-3.
Basketball the emphasis will be improving all facets of basketball. Cost is
$100. Session 2 is a league camp on June 29-July 2 with
two points ahead of Everton (15-9-11).
Hull created few problems for Brad ■ RECRUIT WALL CHARGED WITH
Port Charlotte camps coming up: Port Charlotte High School instruction given on 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 team concepts. Friedel, Villa’s American goalkeeper. BREAKING AND ENTERING: At Raleigh,
will be hosting two basketball camps this summer. The first is Cost is $50. Session 3 is a shooting camp on July 6-8 where Villa can no longer catch Arsenal (19- N.C., one of the nation’s most sought-
open to boys and girls in grades1-9 and will take place the campers will work on all techniques of shooting. For more infor- 5-11) for fourth but is assured a place after basketball recruits has been
week of June 8-11. Grades 1-5 will run 9-11:30 a.m. and mation, call Charlotte coach Tom Massolio at 941-815-6099. in the successor to the UEFA Cup. Hull charged with a misdemeanor breaking
grades 6-9 will run from 12:30-3 p.m. This camp will focus on — Staff reports (8-17-10) has won just one of its last and entering after police found him
19 games and is in 17th place, three walking out of a vacant house in North
points above the relegation zone with Carolina, police said.
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NBA PLAYOFFS: MAGIC 95, CELTICS 90
Howard, Orlando hold off Boston
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 6.6 seconds left to make it a three- Kendrick Perkins had 16 rebounds Boston
BOSTON — Dwight Howard point game, but J.J. Redick went 4-for- for Boston, but Rondo and Allen both Celtics
returned from his one-game suspen- 4 from the line in the last 14 seconds to went 2 of 12 from the field. The Magic forward Glen
sion to get 16 points and 22 rebounds ice it. had a cold spell of their own in the Davis, right,
Monday night and help the Orlando “We got complacent as a team, fourth quarter, going just 5 of 20 from blocks a
Magic hold off the late-charging stopped doing what we did to get the the field to lose most of a huge lead dunk by
Boston Celtics 95-90 in the opener of lead and against a good Celtics team that had the Boston fans booing. Orlando
the Eastern Conference semifinals. you can’t do that,” Howard said. “I’m Boston had just one day off since Magic center
not happy with the way we ended the eliminating the Chicago Bulls in a Dwight
The Magic opened a 28-point lead
best-of-seven series — 7 ⁄4, actually —
early in the second half before Boston
cut the deficit to 91-87 in the final 2 Pierce scored 16 of his 23 points in one many consider the best first-
minutes. The Celtics had several the second half and Rajon Rondo had round playoff series in NBA history. Monday in
chances to come within one posses- 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight The teams played a record four over- Boston.
sion — the best Ray Allen’s 3-pointer assists. time games and seven overtime peri-
that rimmed out with 43 seconds left. Game 2 is Wednesday night in ods in all — nearly three extra quarters
Paul Pierce made a 3-pointer with Boston. of basketball. AP PHOTO
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James grabs MVP
Cavaliers superstar Bryant, last year’s winner, got two first-
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Howard (328) was fourth followed by New
By TOM WITHERS Orleans guard Chris Paul (192).
ASSOCIATED PRESS The race was never in doubt. It was
AKRON, Ohio — On one of the biggest James all along.
days of his life, LeBron James took the “I’m 24 years old and I’m receiving this
long way home. award, I never thought it would happen
Once inside his hometown’s city limits, this fast,” he said, standing under three
James pulled his high-powered Ferrari off state title banners he helped win for the
I-77 and drove the back roads to St. Fighting Irish. “I never dreamed about
Vincent-St. Mary High School, his alma being MVP but if I said I didn’t enjoy this
mater. award I’d be lying. Hard work pays off and
Turning on Maple Street, he went past dreams do come true.”
his first house on Hickory. Then, it was James is the first Cavaliers player to win
past the one on Silver Street, where his the award. He averaged 28.4 points, 7.6
mother, Gloria, began raising him by her- rebounds and 7.2 assists this season, his
self. James visited The Boondocks, where sixth as a pro. He also finished second in
he and his friends first dribbled on the voting for defensive player of the year,
playgrounds. making him perhaps the league’s most
James retraced the steps on Monday. dominant two-way player since Michael
His path to NBA superstardom. Jordan.
An unstoppable offensive force who Along with a trophy, James was given a
became an elite defender this season, new car, which he donated to a local
James claimed the league MVP receiving
the award in the gym where he first After learning he won, James knew he
became a star. wanted to share it with family and friends.
“This is a place where all my dreams He knew there was only one place to do it:
started and where I thought they could At his beloved St. V., the school where he
become real,” James said. “There’s really was a high school phenom.
not a better place.” As James — who got a police escort for
The Ohio kid anointed King James as a the final miles — drove up about an hour
teenager has a new crown. before the ceremony in his metallic gray
An MVP vote some expected to be close $225,000 car with W1TNES vanity license
was another slam dunk by James. He plates, a crowd chanting “M-V-P” rushed
received 109 of a possible 121 first-place into the street outside the school.
votes to easily outdistance Kobe Bryant of The scene was more civil later when
the Los Angeles Lakers. James totaled James took the stage and was serenaded
1,172 points in balloting by media mem- by hundreds of students sitting in the
bers in the U.S. and Canada. same bleachers he used to.
Sports Page 4 D/E/N/C www.sunnewspapers.net BASEBALL The Sun /Tuesday, May 5, 2009
TWINS 7, ROYALS 3,
DETROIT (AP) — Francisco
WHITE SOX 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zack
Don’t we already
Liriano finally has something to
show for regaining his form.
Liriano had a season-high nine
Greinke struck out 10 in a six-hit-
ter and became the majors’ first
six-game winner with his second know all the juicy
strikeouts and Michael Cuddyer shutout in four starts, leading the
hit a two-run triple in a five-run Kansas City Royals to a 3-0 win
seventh, leading the Minnesota over the Chicago White Sox on
Twins to a 7-2 win over the Monday night.
Detroit Tigers on Monday night. More than 6,500 fans bought By WALLACE MATTHEWS rably sang, “Is that all
Liriano (1-4) allowed four hits, walk-up tickets — pushing the
matching a season low, and two
NEWSDAY there is?”
attendance over 21,000 — to
runs over 7 1-3 innings to snap watch Greinke pitch and he didn’t NEW YORK — There is If so, that is probably
his five-game skid dating to last disappoint. really only one question why Joe Girardi was a lot
season. The right-hander baffled the left that Alex Rodriguez calmer on the subject of
“This was a great night,” he White Sox all night, working inside needs to answer: Why on The Book before last
said. “It’s a big relief to get the and out, up and down, slow and Earth couldn’t you put the night’s game, and why the
first win out of the way. Now I fast. Greinke (6-0) didn’t walk a handful of Yankees who
don’t have to worry about that
toothpaste on the brush
batter, dropped his ERA to 0.40 ventured into their over-
every time I go out there.” and pushed his majors-leading yourself?
AP PHOTO Liriano’s outing was reminis- strikeout total to 54 during his And even that is pretty stuffed pregame club-
cent of his outstanding rookie third complete game of the sea- much irrelevant, because house seemed to be
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill tries to tag
year. He was 12-3 with a 2.16 son. most of the paste in A- anticipating the immi-
second base as Cleveland Indians shortstop Jhonny ERA in 2006 before pain in his
Peralta slides in on a throwing error on a force attempt A.J. Pierzynski and Scott Rod’s life has already nent landfall of Hurricane
left elbow ended his season, Podsednik each had two hits for been squeezed out of the Alex with a sense of
by Jays third baseman Scott Rolen during the fifth inning leading to Tommy John surgery the White Sox, who had just three
in Toronto on Monday. tube. eagerness rather than
that sidelined him for 2007 and runners reach scoring position
limited him to 14 games last As far as the Yankees dread.
against Greinke and couldn’t over-
LaPorta homers, year. come a shaky start from Bartolo and A-Rod are concerned, “Alex is my friend and I
“It’s good to see Frankie pitch- Colon (2-2). the worst of this ridicu- support him and that’s it,”
ing with a smile again,” Twins Greinke’s streak of not allowing lous soap opera of an Jorge Posada said.
Indians win in 12th
manager Ron Gardenhire said. an earned run ended at 43 extended offseason is “Besides, we need our
The Tigers, meanwhile, were innings his last outing, when he over. The book, “A-Rod: cleanup hitter back. We
somber about their lackluster gave up two to Toronto. He still think he’s gonna make
results at the plate. The Many Lives of Alex
won the game, striking out eight in Rodriguez,” has been our lineup more bal-
TORONTO (AP) — Naturally, trade for CC Sabathia. LaPorta “We haven’t gotten our offense seven innings, and was even bet-
when Matt LaPorta hit his first was called up from Triple-A on rolling yet,” manager Jim Leyland ter against Chicago. released, the rehab anced. I mean, Alex is a
major league hit, it went a long Saturday and made his major said. “We’ve got too many guys Greinke started off by throwing assignment after hip special player and we’re
way. league debut Sunday. not swinging well.” a 72 mph curveball and a 96 surgery is just about com- all looking forward to
Out of the park, in fact. Tallet gave up a bunt single One of those players is Magglio mph fastball on consecutive pitch- plete, and the Yankees having him back.”
But the former Charlotte High to Ben Francisco, a double to Ordonez, who went 0-for-4 to es to Jayson Nix in the first inning,
Sizemore and an RBI fielder’s could have their cleanup Girardi, who on Sunday
standout’s homer wasn’t drop his average to .242 this sea- then blew away Alexei Ramirez in
enough to keep the Indians choice by Cabrera, giving the hitter back as early as expressed his distaste for
son. He had a .317 batting aver- the third with a fastball below the
from going into extra innings. Indians a 3-2 lead. age with 103 RBIs last season Friday. “books like that,” Monday
chin, a knee-buckling curveball
Josh Barfield singled home Toronto reclaimed the lead in and hit an AL-best .363 two years and two more pitches for the Best of all for them, tried to make light of
the go-ahead run in the 12th the bottom half on a two-out, ago. strikeout. what had loomed as yet what was an awkward
inning and the Cleveland two-run single by Wells, chasing “It’s not frustrating,” Ordonez Greinke made short work of Jim another major clubhouse moment. Asked if he felt
Indians beat the Toronto Blue Indians starter Fausto Carmona. said. “I just need to hit.” Thome during Ks in the middle distraction, the release of “an obligation” to read
Jays 9-7 on Monday night. Carmona allowed four runs Miguel Cabrera is doing his innings, then got Chicago’s slugger a blockbuster expose on the book, Girardi said,
Mark DeRosa opened the and eight hits in 6 ⁄3 innings. He part. He hit a solo homer in the to pop up for the final out, joining
walked one and struck out sixth inning — his sixth this sea- the world’s most scruti- “Actually, I was in line at
12th with a double to right off Brett Saberhagen (1987) and
Shawn Camp (0-1). One out three. son — and has a .391 batting nized professional ath- the bookstore today when
Jose Lima (2003) as the only I got a call from Cash say-
later, Luis Valbuena walked and Tallet gave up three runs and average to rank among the AL pitchers in franchise history to win lete, is likely to be a fizzle,
Barfield followed with a single five hits a career-high seven leaders. their first six decisions. a one-day story that ing I had to come to the
up the middle, scoring DeRosa. innings. He walked three and Detroit’s Edwin Jackson (1-2) Colon wasn’t nearly as efficient. Rodriguez should be able Stadium.”
Grady Sizemore capped the struck out five. worked six-plus innings, setting The big right-hander, who’s to put away easier than Waiting a beat for the
rally with a two-out, two-run season highs with five earned been so good at Cellular Field, he disposes of a Triple-A laugh, he continued: “No,
double into the right-field cor- INDIANS 9, BLUE JAYS 7, 12 INNINGS runs and seven strikeouts. struggled again in a road start,
Liriano won for the first time pitcher. I don’t feel the need to
ner. working deep into just about every After all, how much of read it. My relationship
Rafael Betancourt (1-1)
R H BI BB SO Avg.
0 2 2 0 1 .243
since Sept. 21, 2008, against count. He threw 98 pitches — 58
pitched two innings for the win. Tampa Bay and had nine strike- an expose can you do on with Alex is face to face,
A.Cabrera 2b-ss 7 1 2 2 0 1 .315 for strikes — in five innings, allow-
Jensen Lewis came on after V.Martinez c 5 1 1 1 1 0 .379 outs for the first time since a start ing seven hits and three runs, two a man intent on exposing his words and my words,
Choo rf 4 0 1 1 1 0 .261
Rafael Perez gave up three hits DeRosa 3b-1b 6 1 2 0 0 2 .241 earlier that month against Detroit. earned, with seven strikeouts. himself first? not third-person words,
in the bottom of the 12th, Peralta ss-3b 5 0 0 0 1 1 .198 “He’s very firm for a left-hander Colon hasn’t allowed an earned I confess I haven’t read and that’s the important
including an RBI single to Rod
Garko 1b 5 1 2 0 0 0 .302 at 91, 92,” Leyland said. “His run in 13 innings at home, but Selena Roberts’ book thing to me.”
3-Valbuena pr-2b 0 1 0 0 1 0 .000
Barajas, and got his first save nasty slider, that’s been his has given up 12 in 14 2-3 innings
1 1 2 0 0 .143
0 1 0 0 0 .538 bread-and-butter pitch over the cover to cover, but having It seems Girardi and the
by striking out Aaron Hill with 2-Barfield pr-lf 2 2 2 1 0 0 1.000 away from Chicago. plenty of time to thumb rest of the Yankees may
runners at first and third. B.Francisco dh 5 1 1 0 0 0 .236
years. It looks like he’s throwing Kansas City scored the
not quite as hard as he used to, through Kat O’Brien’s have the opportunity to
Cleveland’s first extra-inning Totals 50 9 15 9 4 5 unearned run in the second
but he’s very good.” inning, when Podsednik bobbled copy during the nearly go face to face with A-Rod
win of the season came after a
wild ninth inning when both Toronto AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Alberto Callaspo’s single in right, 21⁄2-hour delay before the as early as this weekend
Scutaro ss 6 2 1 0 1 1 .262 TWINS 7, TIGERS 2 start of last night’s in Baltimore after playing
teams came within a strike of A.Hill 2b 6 2 2 0 0 2 .360 allowing Jose Guillen to score.
victory only to blow the save. Rios rf 6 1 2 0 0 1 .267 Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Yankees-Red Sox game at seven innings in the field
V.Wells cf 6 0 2 2 0 2 .288 Span cf-lf 5 0 4 1 0 0 .323 ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 0
Leading 4-3 to begin the Lind lf 4 0 2 1 0 0 .318 A.Casilla 2b 5 0 1 2 0 1 .163 the Stadium, I can tell you and going 1-for-6 with a
ninth, Toronto handed the ball 1-Bautista pr-lf 2 0 1 2 0 1 .326 Mauer c 5 0 0 0 0 2 .467 Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg. that it was a lot like going home run Monday in
Rolen 3b 5 2 2 0 1 0 .312 Morneau 1b 4 1 1 0 0 1 .324 Getz 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .311
to right-hander Brandon League Overbay 1b 6 0 1 0 0 1 .239 Kubel dh 3 2 1 0 1 2 .295 J.Nix 3b-rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .429 to a movie because you Clearwater.
because closer Scott Downs Barajas c 5 0 1 2 0 0 .333 Crede 3b 4 1 1 1 0 0 .227 Quentin lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .233
liked the trailer. “So much of it depends
had pitched in three straight Snider dh 3 0 0 0 0 1 .219 Cuddyer rf 3 0 2 3 1 1 .267 Thome dh 4 0 0 0 0 2 .224
a-Millar ph-dh 2 0 1 0 0 1 .341 Delm.Young lf 2 1 0 0 0 1 .266 Konerko 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .300 And then, finding out on how he feels and when
games. Pierzynski c 3 0 2 0 0 1 .284
Asdrubal Cabrera gave
0 1 0 0 0
7 16 7 2 10
.200 Gomez cf
1 1 0 0 0
1 0 0 0 2
.211 Al.Ramirez ss 3 0 1 0 0 1 .214 the trailer contained all he believes he’s ready,”
League his second blown save, Totals 36 7 11 7 2 10 Podsednik rf-cf 3 0 2 0 0 0 .267 the best parts. Girardi said. “Friday is a
Cleveland 000000303003—9 15 1 Lillibridge cf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .167
tying it 4-all with a two-out, Toronto 011000202001—7 16 2 Detroit AB R H BI BB SO Avg. a-Betemit ph-3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .310 All the good, juicy stuff definite possibility. When
two-strike single that scored Granderson cf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .262 Totals 31 0 6 0 0 10 came out in February, he feels he’s ready, we’ll
b-singled for LaPorta in the 9th. Polanco 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .265
David Dellucci. Victor Martinez 1-ran for Lind in the 7th. 2-ran for Dellucci in the Ordonez rf 4 0 0 1 0 0 .242 Kansas City AB R H BI BB SO Avg. when A-Rod kinda sorta probably take him back.”
followed with an RBI double 9th. 3-ran for Garko in the 10th. 4-ran for Millar in the Mi.Cabrera 1b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .391 Crisp cf
0 0 0 0 1 .230
1 2 1 0 1 .253 acknowledged having Probably? That’s like
10th. C.Guillen lf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .200
and he scored on a base hit by E—DeRosa (5), Rolen (4), A.Hill (5). LOB— Laird c 4 0 0 0 0 1 .254 Teahen 3b 4 1 1 0 0 1 .286 used steroids for at least a saying the Yankees will
Shin-Soo Choo. Cleveland 11, Toronto 13. 2B—Sizemore 2 (8), Inge 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .301 J.Guillen rf 2 1 1 0 2 0 .298
three-year period of his probably charge for park-
Raburn dh 2 0 0 0 1 1 .077 1-Maier pr-rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182
Toronto answered with two V.Martinez (8),DeRosa (6),Lind (9),Rolen 2 (5),Millar
runs in the bottom half against
(5). HR—LaPorta (1), off Tallet. RBIs—Sizemore 2 (21), Everett ss 3 1 1 0 0 2 .273 Butler 1b
0 1 1 0 1 .241
0 2 0 1 0 .244
career. ing or that A-Rod will
A.Cabrera 2 (13),V.Martinez (14), Choo (13), LaPorta Totals 31 2 4 2 3 11
Cleveland closer Kerry Wood. 2 (2), Barfield (1), V.Wells 2 (18), Lind (24), Bautista Callaspo 2b 3 0 1 0 1 0 .378 What’s left over is the probably make another
Olivo c 4 0 1 0 0 3 .211
With two outs and runners at 2 (4), Barajas 2 (15). SB—Choo (6), Rios (3). S— Minnesota
010 000 501 — 7 11 0
000 001 010 — 2 4 0 Aviles ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .216
equivalent of discovering off-the-field headline
second and third, Jose Bautista Runners left in scoring position—Cleveland 7 Totals 33 3 10 2 4 8 a felon also has some before the nine remaining
sent it to extra innings by lining (DeRosa 2, Sizemore 3, Choo, A.Cabrera); Toronto 6
(Lind, Overbay 2, Rolen, Scutaro,A.Hill).
LOB—Minnesota 5, Detroit 5. 2B—Kubel (8),
Crede (5), Gomez (4), Polanco (11). 3B—Cuddyer (2). Chicago 000 000 000 — 0 6 1 overdue library books. years on his $275-million
Wood’s 2-2 pitch into left-cen- Runners moved up—V.Martinez, A.Hill, Rios, HR—Mi.Cabrera (6), off Liriano. RBIs—Span (14), Kansas City 012 000 00x — 3 10 0 I mean, all of us who contract are up.
ter for a two-run single. Overbay 2. GIDP—V.Martinez, Peralta. A.Casilla 2 (4), Crede (7), Cuddyer 3 (13), Ordonez
a-struck out for Lillibridge in the 8th. have covered his Yankees But for now, Alex
DP—Toronto 2 (Scutaro, A.Hill, Overbay), (A.Hill, (12), Mi.Cabrera (18).
The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead Scutaro, Overbay). Runners left in scoring position—Minnesota 1 1-ran for J.Guillen in the 7th. tenure already knew he Rodriguez will have to
on Barajas’ sacrifice fly in the (Morneau); Detroit 3 (Everett 2, Mi.Cabrera). E—Podsednik (1). LOB—Chicago 4, Kansas City
make headlines where the
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Runners moved up—Punto, Ordonez. GIDP— 10. 2B—J.Nix (1), Podsednik (1), Jacobs (6). HR— was an egotistic, insecure
second and Adam Lind’s RBI DeJesus (3), off Colon. RBIs—DeJesus (14), Butler
double in the third.
DP—Detroit 2 (E.Jackson, Mi.Cabrera, Everett), (10). CS—Podsednik (1), Olivo (1). narcissist, which didn’t Yankees are paying him
Toronto left-hander Brian K.Wood BS, 1-6 1 2 2 2 1 1 23 7.20 (Inge, Polanco, Mi.Cabrera). Runners left in scoring position—Chicago 3 (J.Nix, particularly make him to, in their lineup.
R.Betancourt W, 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 3 34 5.14 Betemit, Thome); Kansas City 5 (Aviles, Olivo 2,
Tallet didn’t give up a hit R.Perez H, 3 1
⁄3 3 1 1 0 0 13 13.94 Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Callaspo, Jacobs). stand out in any room of “We all just need to talk
through the first six innings but J.Lewis S, 1-4 2
⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 5 5.40 Liriano W, 1-4 71⁄3 4 2 2 3 9 103 5.30 Runners moved up—J.Guillen, Butler. GIDP— highly paid professional about baseball now,”
Toronto IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Guerrier 12⁄3 0 0 0 0 2 14 3.68 Podsednik.
was roughed up in the seventh. Tallet 7 4 3 3 3 5 94 5.83 Detroit IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA DP—Kansas City 1 (Aviles, Callaspo, Butler). athletes. Posada said. “Yankee base-
Ryan Garko ended the no-hit League BS, 2-2 2 5 3 3 0 0 28 5.17 E.Jackson L, 1-2 6 7 5 5 2 7 105 3.08 So he’s a lousy tipper of ball and that’s all. When
⁄3 2 0 0 0 0 14 0.00 Lyon 1
⁄3 0 1 1 0 0 2 5.11 Chicago IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
bid with a one-out single up the B.Murphy 1
⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2.35 Rapada 1 2 0 0 0 2 22 7.71 Colon L, 2-2 5 7 3 2 3 7 98 4.05 money, an (allegedly) Alex gets here, that’s all he
middle and LaPorta followed Camp L, 0-1 2 4 3 3 1 0 31 4.85 Perry 12⁄3 2 1 1 0 1 27 3.48 Richard 3 3 0 0 1 1 40 4.80
accomplished tipper of needs to do, talk baseball
with a two-run homer to right, Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
tying the game at 2. Inherited runners-scored—Sipp 1-0, J.Lewis 2-0, E.Jackson pitched to 4 batters in the 7th. Greinke W, 6-0 9 6 0 0 0 10 104 0.40 signs, and too pampered and play baseball.”
B.Murphy 2-0. HBP—by Carmona (A.Hill), by Tallet Inherited runners-scored—Guerrier 2-1, Lyon 1-0,
LaPorta, a former first-round (Choo).WP—Tallet. Rapada 2-2. HBP—by Lyon (Delm.Young). IBB—off Colon (Callaspo). to be bothered loading That is, until he starts
draft pick by Milwaukee, was Umpires—Home, Bill Welke; First, Tim Welke; Umpires—Home, Brian Gorman; First, C.B. Umpires—Home,Tom Hallion; First, Jerry Crawford;
Second, Phil Cuzzi; Third,Todd Tichenor.
his own toothbrush. As providing material for the
Second, Scott Barry; Third,Angel Hernandez. Bucknor; Second, Mike Everitt; Third, Gerry Davis.
dealt to Cleveland in last year’s T—3:59.A—15,295 (49,539). T—2:41.A—21,298 (41,255). T—2:19.A—21,843 (38,177). Peggy Lee once memo- next book.
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BREWERS 7, NATIONALS 9, CUBS 4, METS 6, PHILLIES 6, off-balance steps after making the
catch and had the presence of
PIRATES 4 ASTROS 4 GIANTS 2 BRAVES 4 CARDINALS 1 mind to take the ball out of his
glove before attempting to brace
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rickie WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rickie ATLANTA (AP) — Carlos Beltran hit ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Howard himself with his left arm. Still, his
Weeks hit a tiebreaking, three-run Dunn delivered a two-run single Weeks hit a tiebreaking, three-run a pair of two-run homers, David hit his seventh career grand slam, head appeared to absorb most of
homer in the ninth after a suppos- during a five-run sixth inning, Ryan homer in the ninth after a suppos- Wright added a two-run shot of his tying Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt the blow when he smacked into
edly unavailable Ryan Braun tied it Zimmerman matched a career high edly unavailable Ryan Braun tied it own and the New York Mets beat the for the Philadelphia Phillies the fence.
an inning earlier with a two-run with four hits and the Washington an inning earlier with a two-run Atlanta Braves 6-4 Monday night to record, in a 6-1 victory over the Ankiel stayed flat on his back
double, help- Nationals rallied to beat the double, help- match their 2008 total for wins at St. Louis for several minutes as teammates
ing the Houston Astros 9-4 on Monday ing the Turner Field. Cardinals on gathered around him, and the
Milwaukee night. Milwaukee The Mets, who went 1-8 in Atlanta Monday night game was delayed about 15 min-
Brewers rally Zimmerman’s first-inning single Brewers rally last season, improved to 30-63 at that included utes as a hush fell over Busch
for a 7-4 vic- extended his Nationals-record hit- for a 7-4 vic- Turner Field since the start of the a frightening Stadium.
tory over the ting streak to 22 games. It’s the tory over the 1998 season. injury to Rick Ankiel was placed in a neck
Pittsburgh longest in the majors this season. Pittsburgh Beltran, hitting .400, was 2 for 3 Ankiel. brace and strapped to a gurney
Pirates on Elijah Dukes had three RBIs and Pirates on with a walk in New York’s first visit to The before being carted off the field
Monday night. Zimmerman drove in two runs for Monday night. Atlanta this year.The two homers Cardinals’ accompanied by Paletta and
The Brewers Washington, which won consecutive The Brewers gave him four this season. outfielder trainer Barry Weinberg. As he was
scored six games for only the second time scored six John Maine (2-2) earned his sec- crashed wheeled off the field, Ankiel
GALLARDO runs in the this season. The Nationals had a DEMPSTER runs in the ond consecutive win despite setting a HOWARD headfirst into flashed a thumbs-up sign.
final two season-best 15 hits. final two career high with six walks. Francisco the fence
innings to earn their 16th consecu- John Lannan (1-3) worked six innings to earn their 16th consecu- Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for after chasing down a line drive to PHILLIES 6, CARDINALS 1
tive victory over Pittsburgh. It’s the innings, allowing four runs — three tive victory over Pittsburgh. It’s the his sixth save. the gap in the eighth inning. He Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
longest winning streak in the earned — on nine hits and two longest winning streak in the Javier Vazquez (2-3) gave up a flashed a thumbs-up sign as he Rollins ss 5 1 1 0 0 0 .200
majors by one team against anoth- walks. majors by one team against anoth- season-high six runs in 6 2-3 was carted off the field strapped Victorino cf 5 1 1 0 0 3 .283
Utley 2b 2 1 1 0 1 0 .346
er since the Diamondbacks took Kaz Matsui had two RBIs and er since the Diamondbacks took innings. Chipper Jones homered for to a gurney and wearing a neck Howard 1b 3 2 2 4 1 1 .293
16 in a row from the Reds from Carlos Lee added three hits for 16 in a row from the Reds from Atlanta. brace. Werth rf 4 1 2 2 0 1 .262
2001-03. Houston. 2001-03. Vazquez allowed seven hits, includ- St. Louis manager Tony La Ibanez lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .344
Feliz 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .321
The Pirates led 3-1 in the eighth The Nationals erased a 4-2 The Pirates led 3-1 in the eighth ing the three homers — each to cen- Russa said after the game that Ruiz c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .235
behind Paul Maholm, only to tie it deficit with a five-run sixth. Wesley behind Paul Maholm, only to tie it ter field.The Braves led the major Ankiel was taken to a hospital for Blanton p 3 0 0 0 0 3 .167
when Braun — who wasn’t in Wright (1-1) loaded the bases on when Braun — who wasn’t in leagues with only 11 homers allowed evaluation. Dr. George Paletta, the
0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh when the game began — a walk to Anderson Hernandez, Pittsburgh when the game began — before facing the Mets. team physician, told La Russa the c-Dobbs ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143
doubled to right. Braun underwent Cristian Guzman’s one-out single doubled to right. Braun underwent New York left-hander Oliver Perez outfielder showed signs of Durbin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Totals 35 6 8 6 2 11
an MRI exam in Milwaukee earlier and a walk to Nick Johnson. Felipe an MRI exam in Milwaukee earlier was tied for the National League lead whiplash and had signs of puffi-
in the day, flew to Pittsburgh and Paulino relieved and walked in the day, flew to Pittsburgh and with 21 walks when he was sent to ness in his face. St. Louis AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
was cleared to play. He gave the Zimmerman before allowing a go- was cleared to play. He gave the the bullpen on Monday. Maine is not Joe Blanton (1-2) allowed a run Schumaker 2b 5 0 1 0 0 1 .262
Thurston 3b 5 0 3 1 0 0 .303
Brewers a lift in a game in which ahead, two-run single by Dunn. Brewers a lift in a game in which far off the lead with 18 walks, includ- in six innings for his first win since Pujols 1b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .344
they had done little until then. Dukes’ RBI single up the middle they had done little until then. ing four in the first two innings. Sept. 26 while giving Duncan lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .296
Pittsburgh regained the lead at made it 6-4. Pittsburgh regained the lead at Maine gave up three hits and Philadelphia’s rotation only its
0 1 0 1 0 .282
0 0 0 0 1 .247
4-3 in its half of the eighth on Austin Kearns was hit by a pitch 4-3 in its half of the eighth on three runs in six innings. He had a fifth win this year. Jayson Werth Rasmus cf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .266
rookie Jason Jaramillo’s RBI dou- to load the bases again and, after rookie Jason Jaramillo’s RBI dou- season-high seven strikeouts. added a two-run shot for the Y.Molina c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .313
ble, but closer Matt Capps — ble, but closer Matt Capps — B.Thompson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
a popup by Jesus Flores, Paulino The Braves took a 3-0 lead in the Phillies, who chased Kyle Lohse T.Greene ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .083
roughed up for the second succes- walked Hernandez to force in roughed up for the second succes- second against Maine, who issued (3-1) with one out in the fifth for Lohse p 0 1 0 0 0 0 .273
sive day — quickly gave the lead another run. sive day — quickly gave the lead three walks in the inning. his shortest outing since Aug. 12, T.Miller p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-
a-K.Greene ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .212
back. Jason Kendall and Craig Houston took a 1-0 lead in the back. Jason Kendall and Craig With one out and the bases 2008. Boyer p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-
Counsell singled, Corey Hart first on Lance Berkman’s RBI dou- Counsell singled, Corey Hart loaded, shortstop Jose Reyes fielded Joe Thurston had three hits and b-Barden ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .341
walked and J.J. Hardy hit a sacrifice ble. walked and J.J. Hardy hit a sacrifice Vazquez’s grounder and flipped to an RBI for the Cardinals, who D.Reyes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-
McClellan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-
fly to tie it. Matsui’s two-run double sparked fly to tie it. Luis Castillo for one out as Jeff have lost two straight at home Franklin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-
After running the count full, a three-run rally in the fifth. Matsui After running the count full, Francoeur scored from third. Castillo’s after winning nine in a row. LaRue c 1 0 0 0 0 0 .417
Capps (0-2) repeatedly attempted Capps (0-2) repeatedly attempted Totals 33 1 5 1 2 3
scored on Michael Bourn’s double throw to first was wild, allowing Howard hit a 1-1 pitch from
a pickoff throw designed to make to center, but Bourn was thrown a pickoff throw designed to make Brandon Jones to score on the error. Lohse well over the right-field wall, Philadelphia 000 240 000 — 6 8 1
the runner on third take off, only to out trying to reach third. the runner on third take off, only to Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring an estimated 428 feet, for his fifth St. Louis 001 000 000 — 1 5 0
have Weeks hit the ball deep into Washington finally got to Astros have Weeks hit the ball deep into single after Maine’s third walk of the homer in the fifth inning to put a-flied out for T.Miller in the 5th. b-grounded into a
the left-field bleachers for his sixth starter Brian Moehler in the fifth, the left-field bleachers for his sixth inning. the Phillies ahead 6-1. It was his fielder’s choice for Boyer in the 6th. c-lined out for
homer after he finally threw home. scoring twice on two-out singles by homer after he finally threw home. The Mets took the lead on four second slam of the season after Madson in the 9th.
E—Utley (3). LOB—Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 10.
Mike DiFelice (3-0) won it Dukes and Kearns. Mike DiFelice (3-0) won it hits, including two-run homers by connecting off the Nationals’ 2B—Werth (7), Thurston 2 (7). HR—Werth (3), off
despite giving up Jaramillo’s dou- Moehler, activated from the 15- despite giving up Jaramillo’s dou- Beltran and Wright, in the sixth. Shairon Martis last Monday in Lohse; Howard (5), off Lohse. RBIs—Howard 4 (19),
ble, with Trevor Hoffman pitching day disabled list before the game ble, with Trevor Hoffman pitching Beltran’s shot drove in Daniel Murphy, Philadelphia, and it came only Werth 2 (13),Thurston (13).
Runners left in scoring position—Philadelphia 2
the ninth for his fourth save in four after missing three starts because the ninth for his fourth save in four who led off the inning with a single. three pitches after Lohse got a (Werth, Feliz); St. Louis 5 (Pujols, Barden 2, Duncan,
opportunities. of a sprained right knee, allowed opportunities. Wright’s homer drove in Carlos visit from trainer Barry Weinberg Thurston).
The Pirates took the 3-1 lead The Pirates took the 3-1 lead Runners moved up—Schumaker 2, LaRue.
two runs and eight hits in five Delgado, who had a single to left in for an undisclosed ailment.
against Yovani Gallardo, who gave innings. He walked two and struck against Yovani Gallardo, who gave his return from a sore right hip. Howard, who was born in St. Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
up only two hits over eight shutout out five. up only two hits over eight shutout Louis and attended Missouri State Blanton W, 1-2 6 4 1 1 2 3 103 6.84
S.Eyre 1 1 0 0 0 0 11 8.31
innings, struck out 11 and home- innings, struck out 11 and home- University, is batting .383 (23 for Madson 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 3.00
red for the only run in beating NATIONALS 9, ASTROS 4 red for the only run in beating METS 6, BRAVES 4 60) with seven homers and 28 Durbin 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 4.20
them 1-0 on Wednesday. them 1-0 on Wednesday. RBIs at 4-year-old Busch St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Houston AB R H BI BB SO Avg. New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Lohse L, 3-1 41⁄3 7 6 6 2 4 89 3.22
K.Matsui 2b 3 2 2 2 1 1 .266 Jos.Reyes ss 4 1 1 0 1 0 .257 Stadium. He and the Cardinals’ T.Miller 2
⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 9 4.91
BREWERS 7, PIRATES 4 Bourn cf 4 0 1 1 0 0 .299 CUBS 4, GIANTS 2 Dan.Murphy lf 4 1 1 0 1 0 .316 Albert Pujols, who was 0 for 3 Boyer 1
0 0 0 0 1 10 12.00
Berkman 1b 4 0 2 1 0 0 .198 Fr.Rodriguez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- D.Reyes ⁄3 1 0 0 0 2 12 2.35
Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Ca.Lee lf 4 0 3 0 0 0 .295 San Francisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Beltran cf 3 2 2 4 1 1 .400 with a walk, each have two grand McClellan 1
⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 5 3.00
Hart rf 4 2 2 0 1 2 .278 Tejada ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 .286 F.Lewis lf 3 1 1 0 1 1 .312 Delgado 1b 4 1 1 0 0 2 .250 slams to tie for the major league Franklin 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 0.00
Pence rf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .300 D.Wright 3b 4 1 2 2 0 1 .293 B.Thompson 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 5.87
1 1 1 1 0
1 2 3 0 2
.276 Keppinger 3b 3 1 1 0 0 0 .364
4 1 1 0 0 1
4 0 2 1 0 1
.322 Church rf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .286
Fielder 1b 5 1 2 1 0 2 .256 F.Paulino p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 B.Molina c 4 0 1 1 0 1 .295 R.Castro c 4 0 0 0 0 1 .243 The Phillies have hit four grand Inherited runners-scored—T.Miller 1-0, McClellan
M.Cameron cf 4 0 0 0 1 0 .307 Fulchino p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- Rowand cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .227 Castillo 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .344 slams overall and are an NL-best 1-0. HBP—by Durbin (T.Greene), by Blanton (Lohse,
Hall lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .293 b-Erstad ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .160 Winn rf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .209 Maine p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Ankiel), by Lohse (Utley).
Duffy lf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .111 Towles c 4 1 1 0 0 1 .250 Ishikawa 1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .210 a-Cora ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .321 14 for 27 with the bases loaded, Umpires—Home, Jim Wolf; First, Brian O’Nora;
a-Braun ph-lf 1 0 1 2 0 0 .322 Moehler p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Burriss 2b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .211 Parnell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- while leading the majors with 11 Second, Fieldin Culbreth; Third, Chad Fairchild.
McGehee 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .154 W.Wright p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- J.Miller p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- Putz p
0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 1 0 .176
—- bases-loaded walks and 46 RBIs. T—2:41.A—35,990 (43,975).
Kendall c 4 1 2 0 0 0 .205 Blum 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .288 a-Schierholtz ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .296
Gallardo p 3 0 0 0 0 2 .267 Totals 33 4 10 4 2 2 Howry p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- Reed lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 Lohse pitched for the Phillies in
DiFelice p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- c-Aurilia ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .192 Totals 34 6 8 6 4 9 the 2007 playoffs, then signed a
c-Counsell ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 .297 Washington AB R H BI BB SO Avg. J.Sanchez p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 free-agent deal with the Cardinals
Hoffman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- C.Guzman ss 6 2 2 0 0 0 .368 Velez 2b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .118
Totals 37 7 11 7 3 10 N.Johnson 1b 4 1 0 0 2 1 .326 Totals 32 2 6 2 3 11 Atlanta AB R H BI BB SO Avg. during spring training in 2008.
Zimmerman 3b 4 3 4 2 1 0 .333 K.Johnson 2b 4 0 0 0 1 0 .208 Blanton, who entered with an
Pittsburgh AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Dunn lf 3 2 1 2 2 1 .300 Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Escobar ss 3 0 1 1 1 1 .291
Morgan lf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .295 Mock p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- A.Soriano lf 5 1 1 0 0 2 .274 C.Jones 3b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .296 8.41 ERA, allowed four hits in six
F.Sanchez 2b 5 1 2 0 0 0 .330 Dukes cf 5 0 3 3 0 2 .299 Theriot ss 3 1 1 2 1 0 .323 Kotchman 1b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .287 innings and worked out of a cou-
McLouth cf 5 0 3 1 0 0 .306 Kearns rf
4 0 2 1 0 1 .267
5 0 1 0 0 2 .288
Bradley rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .130 Francoeur rf