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  1. 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]
  2. Busey, Sorvino to appear at Sunscreen Film Festival


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


    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.  …

    Paul Kantner performs during the Freedom Sings benefit concert in New York in 2001. Kantner, an original member of the seminal 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane and the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74. [Associated Press, 2001]
  4. Sports in brief


    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. …

  5. Pinellas murder defendant Roman Izzo critically injured in motorcycle crash


    ST. PETERSBURG — An Army officer accused of murder was injured in a motorcycle crash night and remained hospitalized Wednesday in critical condition. …

    Army Maj. Roman Izzo, facing a first-degree murder charge, has been free on bail for more than a year. [Times files]
  6. Reader asks for the lowdown on Pinellas motorcycle fatalities


    As I read the newspaper, I notice how many motorcycle deaths there are in the area. It seems to me there is at least one or more every week. If this is correct, then there would be 52 or more deaths per year. Do you have any statistics on this? Carl Hardy …

  7. Review: Harry Bosch just can't retire in Connelly's thrilling 'The Crossing'


    Has Harry Bosch gone over to the dark side? …

    Michael Connelly, The Crossing
  8. Lost friend, Central teammate never far from De'Vonta Smith's thoughts


    BROOKSVILLE — The narrative of the 2015 football season for Central High School is what might have been. What might have been for a team with tons of potential. What might have been for a young man who died too soon. What might have been for an electric backfield duo. …

    De’Vonta Smith, center, is having a huge year despite the loss of his close friend.
  9. Football: Lecanto 39, Central 28


    BROOKSVILLE — In the first home game since Central quarterback Sebastian Rivera died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, the Bears were solemn yet motivated against one of the better teams in Class 5A, District 7. …

    During a pre-game ceremony, cheerleaders Skylar Nimmo, left, and Juliana Rubeo lean on each other for support. 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
  10. Central's Sebastian Rivera dies after motorcycle accident


    Central High School junior quarterback Sebastian Rivera died Sunday morning, his mother confirmed. …

    Junior quarterback Sebastian Rivera, injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning, died Sunday. [DAVID W DOONAN   |   Special to Times]
  11. Football: Weeki Wachee 28, Central 27


    WEEKI WACHEE — Friday's game was like a novel with a lot of twists and turns along the way, with Weeki Wachee prevailing with a dramatic second-half comeback. The Hornets (2-2, 1-0) rallied from a 21-6 deficit at halftime for a 28-27 victory over county and 5A-7 district foe Central on Homecoming. …

  12. Central QB Sebastian Rivera still hospitalized


    The father of Central quarterback Sebastian Rivera, who was injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning, said in a Facebook post Thursday that his son was taken off a respirator and was breathing on his own. Rivera is still in critical condition.  …

  13. Central QB Sebastian Rivera injured in motorcycle accident


    BROOKSVILLE — Central quarterback Sebastian Rivera, 16, is in critical condition after being involved in a motorcycle accident around 6:30 Tuesday morning. …

    Junior quarterback Sebastian Rivera, injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning, has been solid under center so far this season for Central. (
DAVID W DOONAN |  Special to Times)
  14. Kurt Busch returns to Michigan track


    BROOKLYN, Mich. — With some help from incessant rain, Kurt Busch was named the winner of Sprint Cup's last race at Michigan International Speedway on June 14. …

  15. St. Petersburg man charged with DUI in June motorcycle crash


    A St. Petersburg man was charged with driving under the influence with serious bodily injury on Sunday stemming from a June motorcycle accident in which he and his wife were injured. …

  16. Carrollwood restaurant owner who ran bicycle giveaway dies in motorcycle accident


    TAMPA — Friends, family and customers of Alex Cooks gathered Wednesday in front of his restaurant, where a memorial for the man who bought thousands of bikes for children at Christmastime had taken shape. …

    Alex Cooks owned Alex’s Southern Style BBQ in Carrollwood.
  17. What's Duff McKagan reading?


    Nightstand Duff McKagan …

    Duff McKagan, co-founder of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver and founder of a wealth management firm for musicians, recently released How to Be a Man (and Other Illusions).
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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. …

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