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  1. Notable: The Great Detective

    Books

    Notable The Great Detective Three new books offer very different takes on the influence of Sherlock Holmes. …

  2. Banner world for Felix, banner championships for U.S.

    Sports

    LONDON — The race was still somewhat close when Allyson Felix grabbed the baton. Then, it wasn't. She shifted into that Allyson Felix gear and opened up a lead that grew wider and wider during the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay Sunday at the world championships.  …

    United States' Allyson Felix competes in the women's 4x400-meter final during the World Athletics Championships in London Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) WTF314
  3. History shows Ole Miss upheaval tough to overcome

    College

    After Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, with the opener six weeks away, offensive line coach Matt Luke is being thrown into an interim head coaching position. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations.  …

    After coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State went 6-7, including a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, in 2011.
  4. Brooksville man dies in off-road motorcycle crash

    Accidents

    A Brooksville man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Gary Lee Mitchell, 42, was driving his 2015 KTM 350 on his private property at 26070 Hayman Road when he lost control of the off-road motorcycle and it overturned. …

  5. USF student, 22, dies in motorcycle crash near Tampa campus

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A University of South Florida student was killed Friday morning in a motorcycle accident on Fletcher Avenue, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. …

  6. Odessa man killed in motorcycle accident

    Accidents

    An Odessa man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning. Hee Soong Lee, 54, was riding his 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager when, at 9:31 a.m., he was involved in an accident at the corner of Tarpon Springs Road and Tyler Road in Odessa with a van driven by Nicholas De Santo. …

  7. Fans in Florida and beyond won't forget Gregg Allman

    Music

    The end can come quickly for those who live fast and live hard, who create worlds with their talent and sometimes come close to throwing them away. …

    Rock group The Allman Brothers (L-R) Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Jai Johanny Johanson, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks sit on some rairoad tracks on May 5, 1969 outside of Macon, Georgia. [Getty Images (1969)]
  8. Sports in brief

    Sports

    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.  …

  9. Exoskeletal suit helps Haley veteran regain ability to walk

    Veterans

    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.
  10. Neighborhood Profile: Avelar Creek, Riverview

    Homeandgarden

    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.
  11. 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 - Brandon senior Alex Popke, who dedicated this season to his father who died in a motorcycle accident last September, gets mobbed by teammates moments after gaining a key pin in the Class 2A 182-pound title match. The Popke victory was vital to Brandon winning an 17th straight team title. Brandon won 110.5 points, just 3.5 ahead of runner-up Lake Gibson. Taken 3-4-17 by Scott Purks
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.  …

  15. 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]
  16. 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.
  17. 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. …

    Protesters block I-277 Thursday night during a third night of unrest following Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. [Associated Press]
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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. …

    Bears player Josh Rivera wears his brothers number in honor of him during the game. The Lecanto Panthers played the Central Bears in a football game at Central High School in Brockville, FL on Friday evening October 2, 2015. This is the first game since quarterback Sebastian Rivera was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning.
DAVID W DOONAN   |    Special to Times

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