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Buehler! Top prospect shines in Dodgers' 2-1 win over Miami

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Walker Buehler asked a reporter if he had anything in his teeth before the TV lights turned on.

The Dodgers' prized prospect was equally cool on the mound, tossing five scoreless innings in his first major league start, and Los Angeles defeated the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Monday night.

"He's pretty confident and cocky," shortstop Enrique Hernandez said. "We kind of like his attitude sometimes."

Buehler topped out at 99 mph while allowing four hits in an 89-pitch outing. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three in helping the Dodgers (11-10) move above .500 for the first time this season with their third straight win.

"He's a guy with a tremendous arm," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Cody Bellinger drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

"We're finally starting to play good and we've got to keep it going," said Hernandez, who homered on a 3-2 pitch from Marlins starter Jarlin Garcia in the fourth to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Hernandez backed Buehler with two sparkling defensive plays in place of shortstop Corey Seager, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

After Buehler issued a two-out walk to Garcia, Hernandez made a diving stop on a ball headed up the middle and whipped around to complete a pinpoint throw to first to end the inning.

Hernandez turned in a similar play in the third to throw out Starlin Castro for the second out.

"They don't do that very much in low-A ball," Buehler said. "These guys are really good."

Buehler pitched himself in and out of trouble in the first.

After retiring leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas on a grounder, Buehler gave up consecutive singles on identical 89 mph sliders to J.T. Realmuto and Castro. Brian Anderson took a called third strike before Cameron Maybin walked to load the bases.

But Buehler was unruffled. He got JB Shuck on a swinging strike to end the inning and start a run of retiring seven of eight batters.

"I've had the bases loaded a lot in my life," Buehler said. "It would be great to dominate, but to put up zeros and come out of the game unscathed is the biggest thing. The more and more comfortable you get here, I think the fastball command will come."

Maybin singled on a 95 mph fastball from Buehler in the fourth.

Realmuto singled on a 78 mph curve from Buehler with two outs in the fifth before he induced an inning-ending groundout from Castro.

"He has a really good fastball and he mixed four different pitches, which is pretty rare for a guy who can throw that hard," Realmuto said.

Garcia gave up one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one as the Marlins fell to 2-8 on the road with their season-high fifth straight loss overall.

Miami tied it 1-all in the eighth on Anderson's RBI single off J.T. Chargois.

Chris Taylor doubled leading off the bottom half, went to third on Hernandez's bunt single and scored on Bellinger's lineout to right.

Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the win in relief, his first since July 21, 2016. Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his first save.

Kyle Barraclough (0-1) took the loss, allowing one run and two hits in the eighth.

Buehler, drafted in the first round by the Dodgers in 2015 out of Vanderbilt, made his major league debut last September as a reliever when the team insisted on limiting his innings. He allowed eight runs in 9 1/3 innings last year and didn't make the playoff roster.

Buehler pitched sparingly in spring training, giving up one hit without allowing a run in four innings. He began the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA in three starts.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler's performance didn't change anything as far as the team's cautious approach with him.

"There is a learning curve that is happening before our eyes," he said. "We've got to think about the next decision."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (tooth infection) will throw five innings Tuesday when he begins a rehab assignment. ... Martin Prado (left hamstring strain) will play seven innings at third base Tuesday in the start of a rehab assignment. ... JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) will play five innings at shortstop in his rehab assignment. ... 1B-OF Garrett Cooper (bruised right wrist) will begin range-of-motion exercises.

Dodgers: 2B-3B Logan Forsythe (right shoulder inflammation) took grounders and did some throwing, but no rehab assignment has been scheduled. ... LHP Rich Hill (left middle finger inflammation) is set to throw 75 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday.

HEAVY WORKLOAD

Buehler's 89 pitches were the most he's thrown in his pro career. He said it was also the most since he pitched in the College World Series. "It was kind of a wake up for me," he said. "I've felt for a while that I can throw more, but as I said, I understand it and we'll move forward that way."

UP NEXT

LHP Dillon Peters (2-2, 6.98 ERA) starts for the Marlins against RHP Kenta Maeda (2-1, 3.77).

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A tough re-election climate tests the chumminess in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - In Trump's Washington, traditions are frail and civility a novelty. But one custom that is hanging on - tattered and tenuously - is an unwritten rule: Don't work too hard to inflict political harm on your Senate colleagues.

This election season is testing lawmakers' commitment to the fading courtesy. As many Democrats face tough re-election races in states won by President Donald Trump, their Republican colleagues face a choice about how fervently to try to defeat their fellow senators.

The question has bubbled up recently as GOP senators have indicated their intention to pull their punches against Democratic incumbents from their home states. In hot Senate races in Indiana and Florida, Republican senators have suggested they might not go to the mat for the Republican candidates. Sen. Bob Corker raised eyebrows Sunday with a twist on the rule - issuing a startlingly tepid endorsement of Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the House lawmaker running against Democrat Phil Bredesen for Corker's seat in Tennessee.

"I'm not going to campaign against him, but I'm supporting our nominee," Corker said on CNN.

There was a time such a statement might not have made news. Old-timers say there used to be a hard and fast rule not to meddle in other Senate races lest you sour relationships in the clubby Senate, then, as now, loaded with politicians blessed by long memories and thin skins.

"The feeling was that the Senate was just too small an institution for us to be campaigning against one another," said Susan Collins, R-Maine, of the practice when she first joined the Senate two decades ago. "Over the years, that clearly has changed dramatically."

Trump undoubtedly has played a role, with his unsparing attacks on Twitter and elsewhere on Democrats - and GOP critics such as Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Corker. But there are other pressures at play. While working aggressively against a colleague could make it difficult to achieve gains for your state, as races get tight - and control of the Senate hangs in the balance - senators are pushed to do all they can to help.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among those likely to feel the heat. Rubio has said he'll campaign for Republican Rick Scott, the Florida governor taking on Sen. Bill Nelson. But he won't attack Nelson, he says.

"I work with him every day. Why would I attack him?" said Rubio. "I consider him someone I work well with, but I want Republicans to be in the majority."

Rubio's plans trace what is viewed as a new rule: Campaign for your party's nominee, but do not criticize your colleague in the other party.

"I won't ever say anything negative about Joe, publicly or for that matter privately," said Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., whose Democratic colleague, Joe Donnelly, is a top GOP target.

One consideration is that there's usually a pretty good chance that your colleague is going to win anyway. Going on the attack can provoke hard feelings that may linger.

"There's usually kind of an understanding that there's a limit to what you do because at the end of the day you may be back in business together," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "It was not that long ago that it was just considered unacceptable to campaign against your colleague."

It's also good politics. Senators often try to appear above Washington partisan battles - at least with the voters back home. And you also compete to win over the same voters, especially independents. Attacking a colleague is a proven way to turn them off.

"Where you have a more competitive situation you have more incentive to get along," said Professor James Thurber of American University.

In the past, some Senate pairings even had non-aggression pacts. Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., nearly lost to then-GOP Rep. John Ensign in 1998. But after Ensign came to the Senate two years later, he and Reid forged a non-aggression pact that worked to their mutual political advantage.

When Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was running his unsuccessful re-election race in 2008, Hawaii Democrat Daniel Inouye, his best friend, not only endorsed him but appeared at a Stevens' fundraiser. Similarly, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., donated $5,000 to Collins when she faced a tough 2008 race - even as Democratic colleagues like Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey traveled to Maine to try to defeat her.

"It was very difficult for me to work with them when I won," said Collins, who added that Lautenberg apologized afterward.

Heads swiveled in 2004 when Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., threw aside tradition and traveled to South Dakota to campaign against Democratic leader Tom Daschle. Both Collins and Durbin raised the episode as a turning point.

"That to me was the end of an era and it's never been the same since," Durbin said.

Rhode Island lawmaker calls school shooting survivor 'dummy'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island lawmaker has deleted a tweet calling a school shooting survivor a "dummy" for her response to the shooting that killed four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville.

Republican state Rep. Mike Chippendale was responding Monday to Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, shooting who has become a gun control activist.

Gonzalez cited reports that the shooter's gun was taken away by an unarmed man as evidence that teachers do not need guns to protect students.

Chippendale said the ensuing manhunt might have been avoided if the man did have a gun and "the entire region wouldn't be on lockdown...dummy."

Chippendale is co-chairman of Republican Allan Fung's gubernatorial campaign. A campaign spokesman called the tweet disappointing.

Chippendale did not respond to requests for comment.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Fantasy 5' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:

07-16-24-25-26

(seven, sixteen, twenty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six)

Disney offering hiring bonuses while unions prepare to return to the bargaining table

Walt Disney World is looking to hire more than 3,500 new workers, even offering “hiring bonuses” of up to $3,000 for some positions. 

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It all comes as the unions that represent 38,000 Disney workers get set to go back to the bargaining table next week. 

Unionized workers have been locked in contract talks since last summer -- and since then, they’ve staged demonstrations and gone back to the bargaining table several times, but still have no deal. 

"How can Disney justify giving $3,000 bonuses, when you have 19,000 plus workers making under $11 an hour?” asked Angie McKinnon, a representative of UNITE HERE LOCAL 737.

Union leaders were meeting Monday afternoon as they prepare to head back to the bargaining table one week from Tuesday. 

Union workers voted down Disney’s most recent offer of a 3 percent raise for most workers, with a minimum 50-cents-an-hour raise. 

And union bosses are upset that Disney won’t pay a $1,000 tax-cut bonus to union members -- unless they accept that deal. 

"A lot of them are still waiting on the tax, the money that Disney promised to give them from the tax cut,” said McKinnon. 

“As is the case with all aspects of an employee's compensation package, federal law requires that we negotiate the payment of that bonus with the unions, which we are in the process of doing,” a Disney spokeswoman said. 

As Disney now tries to hire thousands more full- and part-time cast members, the company is able to pay the hiring bonuses because the new cast members won’t be covered by the union contract until after they’re hired. 

First workshop to discuss proposal to arm Brevard County teachers scheduled for Tuesday

The first of three public meetings to discuss arming Brevard County teachers will be held in Palm Bay Tuesday evening. 

The meeting will be held at Palm Bay Magnet High School from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

The idea came about after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  Arming some staff was part of Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s four-layer plan to better protect schools. 

His plan also included additional resource officers.

The proposal drew protests criticizing the plan at last week’s Brevard County School Board meeting. 

Dozens of people spoke out at the meeting against the so-called Sheriff Trained Onsite Marshal Program, or STOMP.

If approved, STOMP would allow vetted and trained school personnel to volunteer to carry concealed firearms on campus.

"No matter how much training, how many hours of training, it's not going to compare to military training or police academies," said Jiana Carroll. 

The school board watched a video from Ivey, who initially recommended the plan to arm school personnel before scaling back his strong endorsement.

The other public town-hall sessions will be:

Tuesday, May 1  Rockledge High 7- 8:30 p.m. 

Monday, May 7  Jackson Middle, Titusville      7- 8:30 p.m. 

Cam Newton surprises Special Olympics athletes with shopping spree

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton surprised 20 children from Special Olympics North Carolina at a surprise shopping event at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Barclay Downs, North Carolina, on Monday afternoon.

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Each child got a $200 gift card and spent time shopping with Newton, who served as a personal shopping consultant to the children and helped them buy fun sporting goods. Dick's Sporting Goods and the Cam Newton Foundation sponsored the event as part of their efforts to inspire and enable youth sports.

The Special Olympics athletes are participating in the Mecklenburg County Spring Games this week. More than 1,300 Special Olympics athletes are competing in this year’s Spring Games, which include track and field, motor sports, softball and swimming events.

“You see a lot of smiles on these children’s faces and that's contagious,” Newton said.

Natural gas leak sends foul odor into east Orange County neighborhood for hours

A natural gas leak in an east Orange County neighborhood put a foul odor in the air for hours Monday night. 

Orange County firefighters, as well as officials with TECO Peoples Gas, responded to the gas leak near the intersection of Golfway Boulevard and Rockafellow Way, southeast of Alafaya, around 6 p.m.

Read: Arrest of black woman at Waffle House sparks complaint

No homes were evacuated, but the gas leak was under a sidewalk near the intersection, officials said. 

The smell of natural gas permeated the neighborhood near the Eastwood Golf Club for several hours. 

Read: Florida judge does not return to courtroom after berating frail inmate who died 3 days later

One person who was near the leak complained about feeling sick and taken to a nearby hospital, firefighters said. 

Fire rescue officials said repairs on the leak are expected to take most of the night. 

Natural gas leak sends foul odor into east Orange County neighborhood for hours

A natural gas leak in an east Orange County neighborhood put a foul odor in the air for hours Monday night. 

Orange County firefighters, as well as officials with TECO Peoples Gas, responded to the gas leak near the intersection of Golfway Boulevard and Rockafellow Way, southeast of Alafaya, around 6 p.m.

Read: Arrest of black woman at Waffle House sparks complaint

No homes were evacuated, but the gas leak was under a sidewalk near the intersection, officials said. 

The smell of natural gas permeated the neighborhood near the Eastwood Golf Club for several hours. 

Read: Florida judge does not return to courtroom after berating frail inmate who died 3 days later

One person who was near the leak complained about feeling sick and taken to a nearby hospital, firefighters said. 

Fire rescue officials said repairs on the leak are expected to take most of the night. 

Company recalls certain ice pops sold in 15 states

A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops that are sold in 15 states for possible listeria contamination.

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According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, West Virginia, is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk. 

The ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in 15 states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

The ice pop products were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reported.

The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.

The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B. 

So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the products.

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