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  1. Sports in brief


    epl soccer chelsea title completes turnaround WEST BROMWICH, England — Chelsea is back at the summit of English soccer, completing a wild roller-coaster ride over the past three years.  …

  2. Exoskeletal suit helps Haley veteran regain ability to walk


    There is a magical moment for every new child when they take those first wobbly steps in life. It is a transcending experience. But for 48-year-old, retired Marine Veteran, James Smith; those golden steps mean more now than then he could ever imagine. …

    Paralyzed veteran James Smith walks with the help of a exoskeletal suit as therapist Brittney Durant looks on.
  3. Neighborhood Profile: Avelar Creek, Riverview


    RIVERVIEW Matt Bilancia sits on the edge of the sofa, his knees protruding forward from his shorts, bright sneakers on his feet. He looks like any fit and healthy 37-year-old — until he points out the large, horizontal scar on his right knee. …

    Matt Bilancia and his dogs, Amelia, an Italian greyhound, and Storm, a Jack Russell, have found just the place to be — in Riverview’s Avelar Creek. It’s quiet for Bilancia and fairly traffic-free for the spirited little dogs.
  4. Brandon ekes out an emotional 17th straight state wrestling title


    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 - Tampa Prep junior Anthony Artalona pretty much had his way during the Class 1A 152-pound state title match. Artalona went on to win the match with a pin to claim his third consecutive state title. Taken 3-4-17 by Scott Purks
  5. One big fan missing in the crowd for Brandon wrestler Alex Popke


    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.
  6. Readers respond to young violist with generosity and support



    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.
  7. Voters call debate 'cringe worthy'; some won't cast ballot


    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.  …

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


    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]
  9. Digging up roots of adoption is difficult but possible


    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.
  10. Video shows deadly encounter between Charlotte police, black man


    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.
  11. Hudson man wanted in attack on employer turns himself in at jail


    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. …

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



    Jack Huston dons the tunic as Judah Ben-Hur, learning from Sheik Ilderim (Morgan Freeman).
  13. Fierce on the field, benevolent off it


    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
  14. Tony Dungy's impact on those who knew him


    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
  15. Family success proves dividends of Tony Dungy's haul of fame


    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. …

    28 Dec 1997:  Coach Tony Dungy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waves to the crowd during a game against the Detroit Lions at Houlihan''s Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  The Buccaneers won the game 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire  /Allsport
  16. Hope is on the menu at Trinity Cafe


    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.
  17. Movie planner: 'Popstar' and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'; 'Fargo' returns to Tampa Theatre


    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. …

    Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in Me Before You.
  18. Tampa police mark the centennial of a fallen officer's death


    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. …

    From left, Tampa Police Department Maj. Eli Vazquez, Maj. Keith O'Connor, Assistant Chief Brian Dugan, Maj. Mike Baumaister, Chief Eric Ward and relative Martin McCauley are seen behind a badge-shaped wreath at a memorial ceremony honoring the 100-year anniversary of officer James Ronco's death in the line of duty at Tampa Police Department Headquarters in downtown Tampa Friday. McCauley is Ronco's great-great-great nephew. Officer Ronco was shot by a defendant he had taken into custody in Ybor City, who grabbed Ronco's firearm during transport. LOREN ELLIOTT   |
  19. Central High lineman Lyndell Hudson's size, discipline have him ready for the hard work ahead


    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. …

    Hudson blocks a teammate during practice. The rising junior, who began to catch college recruiters’ eyes last season, has shown that he is prepared to have another strong year.
  20. All Eyes photo gallery: Best military photos of 2015


    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]

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