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  1. Brandon ekes out an emotional 17th straight state wrestling title

    Wrestlingpreps

    KISSIMMEE — Brandon saw runs of 41 district and 26 region titles end last season, but the stakes were even greater Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena. Nemesis Lake Gibson, which last season made Brandon a runnerup in district and region tournaments, headed into the Class 2A state finals with a 100.5-99 lead over the Eagles. …

    KISSIMMEE - Joe Marcano hugs his son, Joe Marcano, after Marcano won his 220-pound Class 2A state title match 3-1, a victory that also sealed up the 17th consecutive state team title for the Eagles. With the Marcano victory, Brandon edged Lake Gibson 110.5-107. Taken 3-4-17 by Scott Purks
  2. One big fan missing in the crowd for Brandon wrestler Alex Popke

    Wrestlingpreps

    BRANDON — His dad was always there for him, pushing him, encouraging him, celebrating his victories and picking him up when he fell in defeat. Then, suddenly, his dad was gone. …

    Brandon senior Alex Popke has a 71-4 record this season and is among the favorites to win the Class 2A state title at 182 pounds. Popke, who has become a leader among the Eagles, is dedicating his season to his father, Kevin Popke, who died last September after crashing his motorcycle.
  3. Readers respond to young violist with generosity and support

    Humaninterest

    ST. PETERSBURG …

    Adán Martinez, 16, tries a cello at Violin Shop Tampa after a reader and the shop pledged $3,000 to help him add the second instrument he needs to qualify for the Juilliard music school in New York.
  4. Voters call debate 'cringe worthy'; some won't cast ballot

    Elections

    LAS VEGAS — Days after explosive revelations about Donald Trump's predatory comments about women and Hillary Clinton's closed-door speeches to banking executives, some people who watched the U.S. presidential debate Sunday night were so disgusted they said they wouldn't vote or were weighing a third-party candidate or write-in option.  …

  5. Experts point to brain injury in N.C. police shooting

    Nation

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Keith Lamont Scott was a different person after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident last year. Friends say his medications made him zone out, slurring his words and forgetting what he was saying in the middle of a conversation.  …

    Flowers and incense left in the parking lot where Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by police the day before in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21. [New York Times]
  6. Digging up roots of adoption is difficult but possible

    Humaninterest

    We often hear that unsealing an adoption file is impossible. The story of an adoptee's unsuccessful nightmare often scares others considering their own quests. …

    While little Robert’s original birth certificate and adoption file show many sad events and decisions of his birth parents, this picture shows a happily adopted little Emory.
  7. Video shows deadly encounter between Charlotte police, black man

    Nation

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A cellphone camera video made by the wife of Keith Lamont Scott as he was fatally shot by police here shows the moments before and after the shooting, including the wife's pleas to her husband to get out of his truck and her pleas to the officers not to shoot him. …

    Demonstrators gather Friday at the Center for Civil and Human Rights before marching through downtown Atlanta to protest the fatal police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C.
  8. Hudson man wanted in attack on employer turns himself in at jail

    Crime

    HUDSON — A 26-year-old Hudson man turned himself in to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Monday, a day after he cut his boss and damaged the motorcycle dealership where they worked, authorities said. William Engle faces charges of aggravated battery, trespassing and business burglary. …

    Engle
  9. Movie planner: 'Don't Think Twice,' 'Ben-Hur,' movies with causes

    Movies

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    Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur.
  10. Fierce on the field, benevolent off it

    Footballpreps

    For the past week, Jordon Litowchak has been the big man on campus at Palm Harbor University. The 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker was inundated with congratulatory phone calls and emails after diving into a retention pond to rescue a 71-year-old man from a sinking car. …

    Clearwater Central Catholic offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons
  11. Tony Dungy's impact on those who knew him

    Bucs

    The impact of Tony Dungy, who was inducted Saturday night into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, reached far beyond Tampa Bay and the NFL. Here are a few stories of how he touched the lives of many who never played for him but came to know Dungy as a friend in the 20 years since he took over as Bucs coach. …

    Craig Altman
  12. Family success proves dividends of Tony Dungy's haul of fame

    Bucs

    TAMPA More than a half dozen times since retiring from coaching in the NFL, Tony Dungy has been asked if he would consider a return to the sideline. It includes an overture from the Buccaneers, his former team which is on its fourth head coach in six years. …

    Of the 10 children that the Dungys have had, seven are adopted. Back row, from left: Eric, Jordan, Jade, Jaela, Lauren and Tony. Front row: Jalen, Justin, Jason, Jaden. “It’s hectic but fun,’’ Tony says of life with a big family.
  13. Hope is on the menu at Trinity Cafe

    Columns

    John is a military veteran and a retired policeman. He had a terrible motorcycle accident, and the doctors told his wife he wouldn't make it. But over the course of a year in the hospital, John learned to walk and talk again.  …

    Wayne Douglas, a former guest at Trinity Cafe who now is employed, comes back to volunteer and occasionally donate a few dollars.
  14. Movie planner: 'Popstar' and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'; 'Fargo' returns to Tampa Theatre

    Movies

    In the biopic parody tradition of Spinal Tap and Dewey Cox comes Conner4Real, a Bieber-ish twit at center stage in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (R). Andy Samberg plays him, in a comedy mocking teen dream phenoms, so there's plenty of material to draw from. …

    Andy Samberg takes center stage as Conner4Real in the teen-dream-phenom-mocking comedy.
  15. Tampa police mark the centennial of a fallen officer's death

    Publicsafety

    TAMPA — Martin McCauley stood in a sea of blue Friday morning as Tampa police officers remembered his great-great-great-granduncle who was killed in the line of duty 100 years ago. …

    Tampa Police Department officers prepare for Friday’s ceremony at the agency’s headquarters downtown. Several passersby took photos, bowed their heads or just watched.
  16. Central High lineman Lyndell Hudson's size, discipline have him ready for the hard work ahead

    Footballpreps

    BROOKSVILLE — Lyndell Hudson II is a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle, and you can't teach that. What sets him apart is that he has a good understanding of the game and the discipline to match. …

    Central High School offensive tackle Lyndell Hudson awaits his assignment during spring practice this month.
  17. All Eyes photo gallery: Best military photos of 2015

    Military

    Here are selected images from the 2015 Military Photographer of the Year contest. Held every year at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md., the contest recognizes outstanding work from U.S. military photographers. …

    Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, participate in a tank shoot rehearsal as preparation for a live-fire tank shoot at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, June 24. Transported as part of a tank section from Germany to Bulgaria, the Abrams tank will be used by soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, alongside Bulgarian soldiers from the 6th Brigade Battle Group, during a live-fire exercise during Operation Speed and Power during Kabile 15 as part of Atlantic Resolve-South.  Operation Speed and Power is a joint training exercise which demonstrates U.S. Army Europe's preparedness to deliver strategic effect in Atlantic Resolve-South by showcasing the freedom of movement to maneuver and fire M1A2 Abrams anywhere along the Eastern Flank. This ability enables the NATO allies to defend themselves against all threats, and shows that the alliance remains ready to defend itself anywhere at any time. (Photo taken with video camera) [Sgt. Alan Brutus]
  18. Busey, Sorvino to appear at Sunscreen Film Festival

    Movies

    While the Sunscreen Film Festival encourages new talent, its most popular draws will be a pair of old Hollywood pros. Character actor Paul Sorvino and Gary Busey, who's both an actor and a character, are Sunscreen's celebrity guests next weekend. …

    Paul Sorvino
  19. Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74

    Obituaries

    SAN FRANCISCO — Paul Kantner, an original member of the 1960s rock group Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the San Francisco-based band through its transformation from hippies to hitmakers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74.  …

    Members of the rock group Jefferson Airplane pose for a photograph in San Francisco in 1968. From left, Marty Balin, Grace Slick, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Jack Casady. Kantner died at a San Francisco hospital on Thursday. [Associated Press]
  20. Sports in brief

    Sports

    TRACK AND FIELD IOC president blasts former IAAF leader FRANKFURT, Germany — IOC president Thomas Bach says former IAAF head Lamine Diack brought his sport "into the abyss" by extorting money from athletes to cover up doping. …

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