Money Matters - Simplified


MLB: Florida 2, Arizona 0

Phoenix -- Rookie Alex Sanabia and five other Florida Marlins pitchers teamed up Sunday to shut out Arizona 2-0.

Sanabia, making his first major league start, hurled the first 3 1/3 innings, yielding five hits and walking one, and Burke Badenhop (1-5) got credit for the win by getting the final out of the fourth on a bases-loaded double-play grounder.

Brian Sanches hurled the next two innings for the Marlins. Jose Veras, Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez each worked an inning to finish the game, with Nunez earning his 20th save of the year as Florida raised its record to 42-46 entering the All-Star break.

Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla drove in fourth-inning runs to provide the Marlins' offense.

MLB: Florida 3, Arizona 2

Phoenix -- Dan Uggla drove in two runs Friday and Ricky Nolasco won his fourth straight start, leading the Florida Marlins to a 3-2 decision over Arizona.

Nolasco (9-6) improved to 6-2 on the road this season, turning in a seven-inning performance in which he allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts.

Clay Hensley worked a perfect eighth and Leo Nunez produced a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save.

Uggla singled in Florida's first run during a two-run third and his infield base hit in the seventh delivered another score to give the Marlins a 3-1 lead.

Dan Haren (7-7), who had been looking for his first victory since June 12, took the loss. He gave up three runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Parents angered by principal's return

Coconut Grove, Fla. -- Some parents of children at a Florida elementary school said they are angry about the return of the principal who sent a profane e-mail to a parent.

Gemma Carrillo, of the Miami-Dade County Public School's office of public relations, said Coconut Grove Elementary School principal Eva Ravelo, who was reassigned to the Region 3 office in mid-May, was reinstated after an administrative review, the Miami Herald reported Friday.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Ravelo will remain at least through the close of the summer, when the fiscal year ends.

Ravelo was removed in mid-May after sending a profane e-mail to parent Abigail Du Bearn in response to an inquiry about the school's Educational Excellence School Advisory Committee.

Shoplifter: 'Run, ma, run!'

Naples, Fla. -- Police in Florida said a mother-son shoplifting team was arrested after the mother left her debit card behind at the Kmart they targeted.

Collier County sheriff's deputies said Cory Dalton, 19, and Lori Lynn Larocque, 38, were caught shoplifting $71 in merchandise from the Naples Kmart at about 3 p.m. June 24 and while a loss prevention officer was escorting them to an office Dalton shouted, "Run, ma, run," and the pair fled the store, the Naples Daily News reported Friday.

Deputies said Larocque and Dalton fled in a Cadillac but left behind Larocque's debit card and $13 worth of items they had legally purchased.

Find may aid in treating coke addition

Jupiter, Fla. -- Scientists in Florida said they uncovered a natural mechanism controlling cocaine use, suggesting a potential new method to treat cocaine addition.

The Scripps Research Institute researchers studied the presence of the molecule, called microRNA-212, in the brains of test animals with access to cocaine, the institute said in a release.

The findings were published Thursday in in an advance, online edition of the journal Nature.

Police: Man strapped drugs to genitals

Manatee, Fla. -- Police in Florida said a man arrested for violating his supervised release was subject to another charge when drugs fell out of his pants while he was changing.

Manatee County deputies said Jason Graham, 33, of Venice, had apparently fastened the package of prescription pills to his genitals with a rubber band and the object broke while he was changing into his jail uniform, causing the rubber band and bag to fall to the ground, the Bradenton Herald reported Thursday.

"It is apparent that Graham had this package secured around his genital area and it popped off during the changing of his pants," a supervising deputy wrote in the arrest report.

MLB: Florida 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 0

Los Angeles -- Josh Johnson struck out eight batters in eight scoreless innings Wednesday, leading the Florida Marlins to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Johnson (9-3) scattered six hits and walked only one, lowering his major league-best ERA to 1.82 and giving the Marlins the rubber match of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Florida scored all four of its runs in the second inning. Cody Ross knocked in a pair with a double and one out later Mike Stanton drove him in with a home run to left field.

Hiroki Kuroda (7-7) took the loss for Los Angeles, yielding four runs on six hits over seven innings.

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Police: Teeth a sex for money dealbreaker

Gainesville, Fla. -- Police in Florida said they arrested a woman who allegedly snatched a man's money after he decided not to pay her for sex because of her teeth.

Gainesville police said Dan Alford and Jennifer Elder, 25, both told officers they had discussed the possibility of eating a spaghetti dinner and having sex after Alford honked his horn at Elder and another woman at about 7 p.m. Monday, The Gainesville Sun reported Wednesday.

Police Cpl. Tscharna Senn said negotiations came to a halt "when Elder smiled and (Alford) saw the extent of her dental issues (as perceived by him)."

Senn said Alford then called the discussion off, leading Elder to allegedly snatch a checkbook containing $78 from his shirt pocket and flee.

Accused burglar: I thought I was home

Punta Gorda, Fla. -- A Florida man charged with breaking into a neighbor's house says he simply got disoriented during a walk and thought he was in his own home.

Sheriff's deputies in Charlotte County in southwest Florida did not believe the story, WBBH-TV, Fort Myers, reported. Cody Hansen has been charged with the unarmed burglary of an unoccupied house.

Police: Woman used toilet lid as weapon

New Port Richey, Fla. -- Police in Florida said they arrested a woman who allegedly swung a toilet lid at her cousin's head before stealing his wallet at gunpoint.

New Port Richey police said Angelic Innamorato allegedly swung a ceramic toilet lid at her cousin's head Saturday morning during an argument in his River Side Inn room

Investigators said Innamorato, who missed with the toilet lid, then pointed a black revolver at her cousin, told him she was going to kill him and fled the room with his wallet at about 7:30 a.m.

Police said Innamorato, who told officers she only picked up the toilet lid to look for her keys, kicked at the inside of a police cruiser following her arrest at her home.