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  1. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets

    Volleyballpreps

    TAMPA — Berkeley Prep kicked off the season in style, easily dispatching visiting Tampa Prep 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 in both team's season opener on Thursday. …

  2. Police in Illinois hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed

    Nation

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — Police in helicopters, with dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men.  …

    Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer Tuesday in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning.  [Scott Olson/Getty Images]
  3. Key Cabinet member urges 'time out' on driver's license revamp

    The Buzz

    Two influential members of the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday sided with critics of a proposed revamping of the state system of issuing driver's licenses from a county-by-county over-the-counter system to a centralized issuance system by mail that's used in most states. …

  4. Nazi gold treasure train story goes from myth to expectation

    World

    For decades the whispers persisted among the factory workers and lumberjacks of southwest Poland that a Nazi train laden with plundered gold, jewels and artworks had been hidden beneath the Owl Mountains since the waning days of World War II. …

    The Nazi gold train is believed to be hidden at this site near the city of Walbrzych, Poland.
  5. Florida Cabinet chal­leng­es plan to make getting your driver's license slower

    Stateroundup

    ST. AUGUSTINE — Two skeptical Cabinet members urged caution Tuesday on a controversial state plan to mail drivers' licenses to motorists like other states do, rather than issuing them over the counter the way Florida does now. …

    Edwin Rivera, 24, of Tampa waits to be helped at the Drew Park branch of the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s office last Friday. Currently, Floridians can receive and renew their drivers licenses at tax collectors offices on the same day, but it could take up to two weeks under a proposed change. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  6. 911 call from fatal Tampa fire: 'There's kids in the house'

    Fire

    TAMPA Flames overtook the small wood-frame house next door as Ariel Dunlap warned 911 about the children inside. "There's kids in the house," the 21-year-old frantically told a dispatcher. "The roof is literally on fire. It's smoke. There's kids in the house. It's literally … Oh my god." …

    Three children and their grandmother died in an overnight house fire at 3720 E Paris St in Tampa.

Fire investigators say 61-year-old Sheryl James died at the scene.

 [Family photo]
  7. Hillsborough deputies fatally shoot armed man, discover another body inside house

    Crime

    THONOTOSASSA — A concerned caller brought two Hills­borough County sheriff's deputies Tuesday to a gated estate in a sprawling neighborhood of mansions near Lake Thonotosassa. "When deputies arrived," said Col. Donna Lusczynski, "they were confronted by a man with a gun." …

    Hillsborough County sheriff deputies block the intersection of Knights Griffin Road at Stacy Road after a reported officer-involved shooting Tuesday. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  8. Fired PSTA maintenance supervisor gets job back after lug nut incident

    Localgovernment

    ST. PETERSBURG — A maintenance supervisor fired after a driver discovered missing lug nuts on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus last fall is getting his job back. …

  9. Gov. Scott instructs AHCA secretary to audit hospitals, insurance plans

    The Buzz

    After demanding that hospitals and insurance companies prove their Medicaid contracts are below state-mandated limits, Gov. Rick Scott is dispatching Agency for Health Care Administration to audit those that did not send the state information by an Aug. 1 deadline. …

  10. Tampa team monitors highways around the clock

    Humaninterest

    TAMPA — A five-person team sits quietly in a large, open room. They're staring intently at a wall filled with large screens, split to show 60 different camera feeds. …

    Traffic travel times on DOT signs are determined automatically by an algorithm that measures how fast traffic is moving.
  11. Mental state an issue for Oldsmar man charged with killing his mother and her boyfriend

    Criminal

    LARGO — Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Benjamin Bishop thought he was Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler, sometimes talked to the TV, and believed gangs were after him. …

    np_365228_ho_bishop012 - Imari Shibata, 49, of Oldsmar. Authorities say Shibata was murdered by her 18-year-old son, Benjamin Bishop, on Oct. 28, 2012.
  12. This is the toll of being a 911 operator

    Humaninterest

    One Thursday evening, I answered a ringing phone, noting the call wait time as 15 seconds. "911, Do you need police, fire or medical?" …

  13. Thursday's letters: Programs that work in schools

    Letters

    Failure factories Programs that work …

  14. Looking back at Katrina: Photos and reflections from Times staff photographers

    Alleyes

    On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Tampa Bay Times Director of Photography Boyzell Hosey went through our archives to find some of the most compelling images captured by the Times staff photographers who were sent to cover that terrible storm and its aftermath. Collectively, they paint a picture of people struggling to survive and endure under horrible circumstances. …

    (August 31, 2005) Twisted trailers from a nearby Dole fruit plant block US Hwy 90 in both directions in Gulfport, Miss. Hurricane Katrina went ashore in the area three days prior, causing massive amounts of damage to the Mississippi coast.
  15. The rebel con job

    Columns

    I've lived 55 years in the South and I grew up liking the Confederate flag. I haven't flown one for many decades — but for a reason that might surprise you. …

    An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C., ending its 54-year presence there, on July 10.
  16. North Korea to set up new time zone, push clocks back

    World

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said today it will establish its own time zone next week by pulling back its current standard time by 30 minutes.  …

  17. Hillsborough deputy shot, released from hospital; shooter still at large

    Crime

    THONOTOSASSA — Minutes after midnight on a darkened rural street, three Hills­borough sheriff's deputies walked the pavement. They saw a man standing in front of a set of duplexes. When the deputies walked toward him, gunfire erupted. …

    A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot early Thursday morning in Thonotosassa. Deputy Scott Ranney was hit in the left thigh and received treatment at a hospital. The bullet did not cause nerve or bone damage, according to Hillsborough sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a man shot Ranney after 12:30 a.m. Thursday, when Ranney and two other deputies responded to a report of gunshots in the 9400 block of Greystone Road. [SKIP O’ROURKE | Times] 
  18. Friends, colleagues say lawyers in DUI setup case are good men

    Courts

    CLEARWATER — A procession of witnesses streamed through the Pinellas County Courthouse on Thursday, each of them more effusive than the last in their praise of three Tampa lawyers in serious trouble with the Florida Bar. …

    Adams & Diaco lawyer Stephen Diaco is seated before Pinellas-Pasco Senior Judge W. Douglas Baird at the Pinellas County Justice Center in Clearwater on Thursday (8/6/15) while appearing for the guilt phase of his disciplinary trial.
  19. Trigaux: Allegiant Air keeps adding bay area flights amid troubles

    Airlines

    For now, at least, the sky's the limit for St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and the single airline that keeps driving its business up: discount carrier Allegiant Air. …

    An Allegiant Air plane sits at the gate at St. Pete Clearwater International Airport in June. The company is adding flights to the airport later this year. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  20. Ferguson on edge after shooting

    Nation

    FERGUSON, Mo. — St. Louis County declared a state of emergency Monday as authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators here and charged an 18-year-old black man who had been critically wounded by police with assaulting law enforcement officers. …

    A crowd gathers along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday night.

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