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  1. Justin Wilson nabs ride for Indianapolis races


    ST. PETERSBURG — Justin Wilson isn't racing this weekend at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but he was pretty pleased on Friday just the same. …

    Justin Wilson, right, seen with Michael Andretti, will drive the No. 25 Honda for Andretti Autosport at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500. Wilson has three IndyCar wins.
  2. Perspective: My stepdad walked on the moon


    “Neil Armstrong's widow finds artifacts from moonwalk in a closet" read a recent headline on Seeing the story brought me back to the day just over two years ago when a 26-foot moving truck pulled up in front of my house. My mom had called to warn me of the truck's imminent arrival; nonetheless, I was dumbstruck when the guys opened the back gate and the sun poured in, revealing a cab tightly packed from floor to ceiling. …

    My stepdad on the moon: He and I had our differences. For one, he had gone to the moon, whereas I had not.
  3. Lawsuit filed against Clearwater police in fatal motorcycle crash


    CLEARWATER — A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against the city of Clearwater and the Florida Highway Patrol, saying 27-year-old Keith Williamson died in a motorcycle accident that was the result of a police pursuit. …

  4. Crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him


    LOS ANGELES — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.  …

  5. Community mourns New Port Richey woman who died while trying to help accident victim


    HOLIDAY — Denise Gajus saw the man in the road and thought only of helping. That's just who she was. On the other side of U.S. 19, a young man lay in the road after being thrown from his motorcycle. Cars barreled toward him.  …

  6. On Thanksgiving, quiet not the custom for tireless foster parents (w/video)


    BROOKSVILLE Thanksgivings were supposed to be getting quieter for Pat and Linda Hoins. …

    Bella Hoins, 11, Anastasia Piccirilli, 15, and Mikalah Bryant, 9, spend time together just two days before the Thanksgiving break from school on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  7. Review: Stephen King turns on an electrifying 'Revival'


    Jamie Morton is just a little boy the first time he meets the Rev. Charles Jacobs. Happily playing with his toy soldiers in the front yard of the Maine home of his large, affectionate family, Jamie is interrupted by a "human eclipse" when Jacobs suddenly appears in silhouette, his body a dark form blocking the sunshine. …

  8. Northeast player with amputated leg receives outpouring of support


    ST. PETERSBURG — Leshawn Williams, the Northeast High School senior defensive lineman who lost most of his right leg after an in-game injury Friday night, continues to receive an outpouring of support. …

    A photo tweeted by Northeast High School's football account shows Leshawn Williams visited in his hospital room by his high school coach Jeremy Frioud, center, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Leonard Johnson, right. At left is Leshawn's mother Bonita Copeland; beside her is Schneique Harris, Leonard Johnson's mother. []
  9. Hometown Pinellas: South county


    songbook celebration: Grayson Samuels, a senior at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, was honored with the Songbook Celebration Award at the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition in July. The national competition brought together 12 finalists from around the country for a week of master classes and education at the Palladium in Carmel, Ind. Grayson was also awarded $1,000 to use for continuing his music education.  …

    Clothes to Kids’ Patti Hanks, center, with Chamber representatives Cricket Wagner, left, and Robin Sollie.
  10. FSU's Winston dances around questions about off-field issues


    TALLAHASSEE — If the Sunday morning line slithering around the Tucker Center was any indication, Jameis Winston's popularity has reached a Springsteen stratosphere in the Panhandle. …

    LEARNING FROM THE BEST: Coach Jimbo Fisher says he spent time studying coaches who won multiple national titles.
  11. Motorcyclist favors 'lane-splitting'


    Okay, riding a motorcycle is not safe. I know that because I've tried to argue otherwise with pretty much every non-rider in my life — my mother, my dad, my wife, my boss. And I usually don't get past the part where they sigh and roll their eyes. …

  12. FSU, Miami named favorites to win ACC divisions


    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Florida State was an obvious choice as a favorite in one of the ACC's divisions. In the other, the pecking order was nowhere near that clear. Miami was the pick to win the cluttered Coastal Division despite receiving fewer first-place votes than two other teams. …

  13. Should online life survive death?


    WASHINGTON — Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?  …

    Karen Williams, who sued Facebook for access to her son’s account after he died in a 2005 accident, holds a portrait of her son at her home in Oregon.
  14. Dunedin man dies in motorcycle crash Sunday in Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — State troopers are investigating a motorcycle accident early Sunday that killed a Dunedin man. Investigators say Michael S. Brayden, 44, was traveling north on Belcher Road at about 3 a.m. when he collided with the median and flipped over near Lake Arbor Boulevard. …

  15. Paul Azinger says Tiger Woods needs to regain confidence


    The 143rd British Open begins Thursday at Royal Liverpool in England. It's only the second time in the past 47 years the seaside course has hosted the Open Championship. The other time was 2006, when Tiger Woods scorched the course by shooting 18 under and winning by five shots over Ernie Els and a stunning 17 shots ahead of third-place finisher Mark Calcavecchia. We get you ready for the Open with this Two Cents preview, including a Q&A with Bradenton's Paul Azinger, who will be the lead analyst on ESPN's coverage of the season's third major tournament. Azinger, 54, won the 1993 PGA Championship and nearly won the British Open in 1987. …

    Royal Liverpool’s 198-yard, par 3 11th hole, “Alps,” will play as the 13th hole in the British Open this week in Hoylake, England.
  16. Editorial: Legislature should require helmets for motorcyclists


    It was clear when the Florida Legislature repealed mandatory motorcycle helmet laws that the decision would lead to more deaths and injuries. Now history shows that opponents of repeal were right. Fourteen years after relaxing its helmet laws, Florida has become a poster child for pro-helmet campaigns around the country. Motorcycle deaths have jumped dramatically from an average of 160 a year before the law was repealed to 457 in 2012 alone. Those numbers rank Florida among the top states for motorcycle fatalities and paint a grim picture of the cost of riding without a helmet. As Floridians enjoy the holiday weekend, drivers should particularly watch for motorcyclists — and motorcyclists should wear their helmets. …

  17. Review: 'One Way Out' a rocking biography of Allman Brothers Band


    Alan Paul deserves accolades for reuniting myriad present and former Allman Brothers Band members and confederates, if only in print, for One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. His collective approach to storytelling is right out of iconic band leader Duane Allman's philosophy: Let everyone's voice be heard.  …

  18. Perspective: Motorcyclists: One-fourth of fatalities


    In the past two decades, Florida and five other states have repealed or relaxed laws that required every motorcyclist to wear a helmet. Charting fatal motorcycle accidents in each of those states shows a clear trend: As soon as the law changes, the number of fatalities rises. In fact, Florida leads the nation. …

  19. Sports in brief


    College football pa. court denies sandusky appeal HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said it would not review Jerry Sandusky's child molestation conviction, but other legal avenues remain open to the former Penn State assistant football coach.  …

  20. Brandon Regional Hospital CEO gets graphic with chamber audience


    RIVERVIEW — Brandon Regional Hospital CEO Bland Eng wanted his speech to be memorable. He was, after all, addressing Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce members at their first "Synergy" monthly membership luncheon Tuesday at the Regent. …

    Bland Eng, Brandon Regional Hospital CEO, shows reality.

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