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  1. 75 years ago today: the start of World War II (w/ archive photos)

    Human Interest

    Today marks the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland, thus beginning the start of World War II. By the end of the war in 1945, more than 50 million, and by some count millions more, soldiers and civilians had died. The atrocities of the Holocaust stand sorely at the center of the tragedy of the …

    British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1869 -1940) in a BBC studio announcing the declaration of war.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
  2. Tony Stewart returns to NASCAR but exits early

    Auto racing

    HAMPTON, Ga. — On Friday, NASCAR competitors welcomed Tony Stewart back to the track.

    On Sunday, it was the fans' turn.

    Tony Stewart gets ready for his first race since his car struck and killed a fellow driver in a dirt-track race Aug. 9.
  3. Losing his mother turned USF student all business

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    He got the letter in July, at his mom's house in Seminole. She never would have believed it. ¶ Not after everything that had happened. ¶ Dakota Rockwell, 20, had applied to the University of South Florida as a long shot, hoping — but never dreaming — he would be accepted. ¶ Then …

    Freshman year of high school was filled with D’s and F’s for Dakota Rockwell. He was home caring for his dying mother. Now 20, he just started as a junior at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he sits focused in a business class.
  4. Jeff Vinik, Tampa officials looking at changing streets near Times Forum

    Business

    TAMPA — Decades ago, when Tampa's waterfront was warehouses and blue-collar jobs, the jumbled street grid at the southern end of downtown might not have been a problem.

    Shown is a parking lot at the corner of South Florida and Old Waters Street in Tampa.  According to zoning documents filed the city, the Vinik group is considering building a 400-room hotel and a high-rise condominium with 50 units on the parking lot next to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, visible at upper left.
  5. Police still don't know what led to killing 'rampage' in Brooksville

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — Police are still confounded over what sparked a Lutz man's killing "rampage" Friday night that left two relatives and his children's mother dead and a half-brother in critical condition.

    George Mason III is accused of killing three people and badly injuring another on Friday night.
  6. Still hope for solving Pinellas Sheriff's Office's only unsolved double murder

    Crime

    CLEARWATER

    At first, Mark Smith called every few days.

    Richard Gary and Sally Smith were murdered in their Clearwater home on Sept. 1, 1989. It is the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s only unsolved double homicide.
  7. After dismantling land programs, Scott now wants funds for them

    Environment

    When Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposal this month to revive Florida's popular environmental land-buying program, to the tune of $150 million a year, the news caught Greg Brock off guard.

    Mosaic — as part of a legal settlement — offered last year to hand over to the state for free the Peaceful Horse Ranch along the Peace River. The DEP said no thanks. 
  8. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Sept. 1-6

    Events

    Steve Martin and Martin Short: We're not sure which is our favorite Martin, but we are glad they're amigos who can sing, banter and play the banjo Sunday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. $89-$165.

    DATE NIGHT

    Martin Short, left, and Steve Martin will play at the Mahaffey Theater on Sunday, Sept. 7.  [Times file]
  9. PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday Aug. 31 shows

    Politics

    President Barack Obama's lack of a clear strategy to confront the Islamic State set off resounding frustration among Republicans Sunday.

  10. Seminole triathlete loses leg after accident in Utah

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — David Caras enjoys biking, swimming, and running triathlons. He cares for puppies for Southeastern Guide Dogs during the weekends and travels often for his job as an avionics instructor.

    David Caras, 51, cares for puppies for Southeastern Guide Dogs on weekends and travels often for his job as an avionics instructor. He lost his right leg, fractured a hip and broke several ribs when he was hit by an SUV in Utah last Thursday. He’s been involved with Southeastern Guide Dogs for the past six years. 
  11. Sloppy Rays shut out by struggling Buchholz, Red Sox

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As if the Rays weren't having troubles of their own trying to get to September with something still meaningful about their games, Boston's Clay Buchholz made them even more miserable Sunday.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb hands the ball to manager Joe Maddon with one out in the seventh inning and a runner on second base. Cobb winds up charged with two runs and castigates himself for a bad pickoff throw that led to one.
  12. Mulberry man dies in early morning I-4 crash

    Accidents

    PLANT CITY — A Mulberry man died early Sunday morning when he lost control of his pickup truck while exiting Interstate 4 at County Line Road, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

  13. Pickup truck found partially submerged in Hillsborough River

    Accidents

    TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating what caused an unoccupied pickup truck to end up partially submerged in the Hillsborough River Sunday morning.

  14. Authorities searching for man accused of running over security officer in Palm Harbor strip club

    Crime

    PALM HARBOR — Authorities were searching for a man Sunday accused of running over a security officer in the parking lot of a strip club.

  15. Two injured when gunfire erupts at Tampa party

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Two people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after gun shots rang out at a party, police said.