The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on July 2, 1995 · Page 177
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1 ?' A I- The Orlando Sentinel Couple's baby is allergic to mold-infested home, B-3 SUNDAY, July 2, 1995 P ocal & state FLORIDA w .fx V )V - i , I Greg Dawson SENTINEL COLUMNIST Kids reading beer ads? It's got to be the frogs It has been said that the NBA Finals were a learning experience for the young Orlando Magic and their fans. For one of their very youngest fans, that is literally true. i It was during the too short-lived playoffs that Daron Drylie, age 2, learned to sight-read her first word three syllables, no less. A proud moment, sort of. Her mother, Kerri, was more startled than delighted the day Daron was riding in the car and read the word right off a billboard: "Budweiser!" Before that, the only word Daron knew on sight was "Barney," and only when it appeared next to a picture of the bloated purple sage himself. Drylie knew immediately who deserved the credit for the frothy addition to Dar-on's vocabulary. To paraphrase a beloved local mantra: It's got to be the frogs. Anyone who watched the playoffs is familiar with the trio of Budweiser frogs . who croaked their way into our hearts with their lily-pad salute to the brew. - Frog No. 1: "Bud . . . " Frog No. 2: "weis . . . " ; Frog No. 3: "er." The commercial played constantly during the playoffs, when thousands of youngsters in Central Florida were allowed to stay up past their bedtimes. Daron and her 5-year-old brother, Marsh, were among them. -'Every time the commercial came on they ran into the room to see," Drylie said. "Now every time they see a frog out in the yard, they start this , little 'Bud , That was the first of several Budweiser ads with creatures performing stunts that would make the late Marlin Perkins blush. There's one with ants that makes you wonder if the insects are on ant acid. ; A group of worker make that party ants is transporting a bottle of Bud back to the colony, where it's tipped upside down and popped opened. The anthill starts throbbing to the beat of K.C. and the Sunshine Band: "Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight!" i And little Marsh gets down. "He dances all over the floor," said his mother. Cute. Up to a point. And here is Kerri Drylie's point: "Why are they using animals that appeal to children to advertise an adult product?" -, Drylie, 36, is no bluenose. She's not a beer drinker but does not object to those who do imbibe, including her husband, David. ! But the Drylies also make a conscious effort to be discreet with alcohol at their home in Christmas. Beer is stored in a separate fridge, and David pours it into a cup instead of drinking it from the can. : That sort of responsible parenting can be undermined by commercials that unwittingly mesmerize young minds with Jovably anthropomorphic critters. Hey, Drylie loves these ads. "I think .they're funny, particularly the one with the ants. The music is from when I was in high school." In fact small world the same K.C. and the Sunshine Band played at Grad Night at Walt Disney World in 1977 when Drylie graduated from Winter Park High School. She has fond memories of Grad Night, but her priorities today are closer to "Do a little housework, make a little dinner, get 'em down by 8." , Drylie isn't campaigning for an end to beer commercials, just an end to the use of kid-friendly props. (Bud also uses a lion in its current ad campaign.) t Mike Brooks, director of marketing for Budweiser in St. Louis, was surprised by Drylie's complaint. ; "I haven't seen any of that from my kids," Brooks said. "We are very careful about marketing our products to legal-age drinkers only." - The frogs steel frames covered with Teflon skins are the No. 1 ad campaign in the beer industry right now, Brooks said. You don't have to convince Drylie. - She thinks the spots are more insidious than "a Marlboro sign that's visible at a baseball game on TV" a reference to Marlboro signs in arenas and stadiums that Philip Morris Inc. was forced to move because they violated a federal ban on televised cigarette advertising. As for Budweiser commercials, Drylie prefers the classically sexist entries such , as the spot featuring a slam-dunking supermodel. That one sails right over Marsh's head, she said. I would add only one point to Drylie's critique of the Bud commercials: They could inspire a reunion tour for K.C. and the Sunshine Band, which would drive us all to drink. ! fee f' .' fx. TO" S f. i v ft f. : M IS 5 'V r . hi' If -0oni3K .; mcm.i . -L- II f L,,,,,,.,,, Man jailed on online child porn charges Teen on computer actually was agent By Gwyneth K. Shaw and Susan Jacobion OF THE SENTINEL STAFF ASSOCIATED PRESS Marine Patrol cites Jonas Porter of Woodville, Va., on Saturday for violating the fishing net ban. Few test waters, state in wake of net ban By Craig Quintana OF THE SENTINEL STAFF OAK HILL'- They beld a wake of sorts at the Goodrich Seafood Restau-, rant, one that began Friday and ended early Saturday. .. The time coincided with the startup of Florida's net ban, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. More than 100 fishermen and family members assembled in this southeast Volusia County town to mark the passing, for some, of a way of life. "It's going, and there's just no sense at all," said fisherman Leonard Robinson of Oak Hill. Robinson came to the boat ramps Saturday to commiserate with other fishermen on the first day of the ban, which outlaws the gill and entanglement nets favored by most of Florida's small-scale fishermen. The somber and subdued mood of Oak Hill mirrored the feeling in fishing towns around Florida on Saturday. Although authorities braced for the worst, only a handful of problems occurred. Two shrimpers, one near Jacksonville and the other near Pensacola, were cited for illegal use of trawls. Two men in the Panhandle were cited for gill-net violations, one in a made-for-the-media protest. As three boats of reporters watched, Please see NETS, B-4 l !f - t ' ' M " -41 1 t 'My' 14 rr : i i ASSOCIATED PRESS A fishing net snares a mullet Saturday in Dickerson Bay, south of Panacea. EUSTIS A Winter Park man thought he had arranged a tryst with a 15-year-old boy he had befriended in cyberspace, police say. But the teen turned out to be a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent who arrested Douglas A. Stuper, 33, Friday night on a variety of sex charges. Stuper was being held Saturday at the Lake County Detention Center. Bail was set at $20,000. FDLE agents arrested Stuper at the Circle K convenience store at Highway 44 and County Road 439 in Eustis, after he arrived to keep an appointment with a boy he had met through a public chat room on America Online, a computer service. That boy was actually FDLE agent Doug Rehman, who entered the chat room with Stuper on Thursday night. Using the screen name "Imager Pro," Stuper initiated contact with Rehman, conversing with him in a sexually explicit manner, according to a Lake County Sheriffs Office report. Stuper, a self-employed photographer, also sent a nude computer image of himself directly to the boy, as well as pictures of young males engaged in sex, the report states. ; He then suggested that the youth meet him to have sex, authorities said. Posing as the 15-year-old, Rehman agreed, and the two planned to meet at the Circle K at 6:30 p.m., the sheriffs report says. According to the report, Stuper arrived at the store, waited a few minutes and left. He was arrested shortly after. Stuper of 3131-C Whisper Lake Lane was charged with two counts of promotion of child pornography, three counts of distribution of obscene material to a minor, one count of attempting a lewd and lascivious act on a minor and one count of attempted carnal intercourse with a minor. Stuper had with him a computer diskette contain-. ing about 15 pornographic computer images, all of young males, the report states. Please see ONLINE, B-5 Attorney to aid mom whose son was found in trunk No one has been charged in the death of Dimitric Moore, 8. A lawyer said the boy's mother has been getting death threats. By Pat LaMee OF THE SENTINEL STAFF DAYTONA BEACH - A woman whose son was found dead in a car trunk nearly 10 weeks ago is being represented by an attorney who said he took her case for free because she has been receiving death threats. Ora Moore's son Dimitric, 8, died of asphyxiation, a lack of oxygen, at the hands of someone other than himself, officials said. She has voluntarily taken three polygraph tests, her attorney said. No one has been charged. The exact manner of the child's death hasn't been released by New Smyrna Beach police, who are continuing their investigation, or by medical examiners, who declined to comment. Police have only said in a news release that they are reviewing inconsistencies in statements the mother has given since her son's body was found in her car trunk April 24. "If police have facts, they should charge her," said Jim Crock, a Daytona Beach attorney. "They don't have the right to ruin her life and put her in jeopardy." Crock said he was referring to death threats the woman has received from unknown persons recently. Moore, 37, who moved her family into a Habitat for Humanity home in 1991, was Daytona Beach draws miles and miles of traffic Meanwhile, beachgoers had to contend with dangerous rip currents. By Purvette A. Bryant and Gary Taylor OF THE SENTINEL STAFF DAYTONA BEACH - Combine sunny weather, a stock car race and a holiday weekend and what do you get? A virtual parking lot on Interstates 4 and 95. On 14, traffic backed up for 20 miles from Volusia into Seminole County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 1-95 was clogged for miles as well. Problems started early as fans tried to get to the Pepsi 400 race at Daytona International Speedway. They only got worse as people headed for the beaches or out of town for the Fourth of July weekend. The traffic jam caused three or four accidents at a time, almost all of them minor, said FHP Sgt Mike Tindel. Wreckers were doing a booming business coming to the rescue of broken-down cars, he said. The heaviest traffic was 1-4 heading west and 1-95 going north, he said. Even as late as- 7 p.m., 14 remained busy. The overloaded highways weren't the only problem. More than 200 lifeguards along Volusia County beaches were kept busy rescuing swimmers from large surfs and rip currents. Lifeguard spokesman Joe Wooden said 101 people were pulled from rough waters. Some swimmers who may have injured their necks were taken to the hospital, but no near-drownings were reported, Wooden said. "It's a typical Fourth of July at the beach," Wooden said. "It's one of the most crowded days I've seen in a long time. We had enough lifeguards on hand to adequately handle the crowds." Like a magnet, sunny skies and hot temperatures drew people to area beaches. Melissa McKinney sat on Daytona Beach on Saturday afternoon making sand castles with her daughter, Sara, 9, and a family friend, Eddie Hogle, 11. McKinney said she treaded the warm waters but stayed closer to shore because of the pull she felt from rip currents. "You could feel the strong undertow," said McKinney of Daytona Beach. "It could pull you out deeper. We didn't go out over my waist." i , - , '.,-.,' I 5 h ,' i ' m , . . . . . ,. "'' v : ;. ' f 'f ' ft . ' ' - ' ' , , 4 S V, ' - t . l ... ! V. .,.. J. ''',:- . . ... . . ----- .-. ZT. :'J-,TxC,r-JL V DENNIS WALLTHE ORLANDO SENTINEL The cheetah exhibit at the Central Florida Zoo is a natural habitat. Visitors can view the animals through large windows. unavailable for comment the last several days. Crock said he has advised his client not to talk to anyone about the case. Both Crock and a friend of Moore's, however, said she told them that authorities are pursuing a theory that the child was drowned, then put into the trunk. Crock said Moore had told him that a polygraph examiner had presented her with the drowning scenario. The boy had been reported missing for about a day before his body was found in Please see DEATH, B-5 Zoo's future has that natural look Plans for an exhibit-area overhaul include phasing out cages and adding natural habitats. By Tammie Wersinger OF THE SENTINEL STAFF Twenty years ago, zoo keepers , Jack Hanna and Al Rozon left downtown Sanford with their entourage of animals, including a retired circus monkey, and headed to 109 acres near Lake Monroe. It may have been just a few miles down the road, but it was a huge step for what is now the Central Florida Zoological Park, which opened its doors July 4, 1975. Today, the animal collection has grown to almost 400, representing more than 140 species. The zoo's newest residents, three male cheetahs, are a far cry from the porcupine and skunk that were part of the original col- Please see ZOO, B-4

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