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  1. Investigation Discovery TV show profiles 2011 Landy Martinez murder case


    The murder of a St. Petersburg man will be featured this week on a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. …

    Jose Adame sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during his 2016 trial and conviction for first-degree murder. Adame was convicted of first-degree murder last year for torturing and then executing his boyfriend as he pleaded for his life in 2011. Now it will be featured in a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. The episode will air on June 26 at 9 p.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  2. Few new details in state investigation of Tarpon Springs officer-involved shooting of Nick Provenza


    TARPON SPRINGS — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released a fact-finding report that largely mirrors an earlier investigation that ruled the officer-involved shooting that killed 25-year-old Nick Provenza last month was a "justifiable homicide." …

    Stopping while riding by on his bike Michael Prater, 15, hangs his head after looking at the memorial at Safford and Tarpon avenues for Nick Provenza, a 25-year-old who was shot and killed there during a car show Saturday by a Tarpon Springs police officer. Investigators said Provenza pulled a knife on the cop who shot him. Friends find it hard to believe a man they described as a peaceful vegan and musician would be capable of such an act. Prater didn't know the victim but was at the car show.
  3. Official: Missouri boy fatally struck by log in Tropical Storm Cindy surge


    NEW ORLEANS — A sheriff's captain says a 10-year-old from Missouri boy has died on the Alabama coast after being fatally struck by a log washed in by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy. …

    Julie Plaisance, right, and Renee Davila take photos on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain as weather from Tropical Storm Cindy, in the Gulf of Mexico, impacts the region in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. [Associated Press]
  4. FBI: Gunman acted alone in shooting of congressman


    WASHINGTON — A gunman acted alone when he shot and wounded a top House Republican and four other people on a northern Virginia baseball field, the FBI said Wednesday.  …

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., far right, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., comments on health care for veterans during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2017. [Associated Press]
  5. U.S. student freed by North Korea in a coma dies at 22


    CINCINNATI — Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, his family said. The 22-year-old "has completed his journey home," the family said in a statement. …

    In this Feb. 29, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. [AP photo]
  6. Russia verifying whether it killed ISIS leader al-Baghdadi in airstrike


    BEIRUT — Russia said Friday it was verifying whether it had killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group's de facto capital in Syria, dealing a potentially severe blow to the extremist group as it fights to hang on to its strongholds in Syria and Iraq. …

    This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. The Russian military claims it has killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike. The ministry said Friday, June 16, 2017, that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian strike in late May along with other senior group commanders. [Associated Press]
  7. Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity


    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — The gunman who shot a top GOP representative and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his Illinois home.  …

    This photo from Facebook shows James T. Hodgkinson. A government official says Hodgkinson is the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others. [Facebook via AP]
  8. Did Bob Dylan prank us by possibly cribbing 'Moby-Dick' SparkNotes?


    The whole world was gobsmacked when Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature last year.  …

    Bob Dylan accepts the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award in Los Angeles.  [Vince Bucci | Invision via AP]
  9. Family says U.S. college student released by North Korea is in coma


    WASHINGTON — An American college student who has been in a coma, according to his parents, while serving a 15-year prison term in North Korea, was released and evacuated Tuesday as the Trump administration revealed a rare exchange with the reclusive country. …

    American student Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea, in February 2016. Secretary of State Tillerson said Tuesday, June 13, 2017, that  North Korea released the jailed U.S. university student. [Associated Press]
  10. Goodman: Even Shakespeare couldn't write this Washington farce


    The bard of all bards beckons us now, to salve our minds and clear our conscience. Shakespeare's observation about the theater of the real was right. When you strip it all away, much of the din consuming us is "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." …

  11. Tampa police partner with businesses on safe place for hate crime victims


    TAMPA — Forty-nine photos hang on a wall inside south Tampa's Cityside Lounge, each one the face of a victim killed in Orlando's Pulse nightclub. …

    Officer William Mechler helps Raid Salman attach a TPD Safe Place decal to the front of Salman's business, Taste of Jerusalem. The deparment is partnering with businesses, schools and other groups to give victims of hate crimes a safe place to call 911 and wait for police to arrive. [Tampa Police]
  12. Coast guard rescues four boaters off Anclote Key


    The Coast Guard rescued four people on Saturday after a 19-foot boat capsized six miles northwest of Anclote Key, a barrier island off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Coast Guard officials reported Sunday. …

    The Coast Guard released this image of an operation to rescue four people who were on a boat that capsized Saturday off Anclote Key.
  13. Fired worker kills 5 at Orlando-area business, then himself as siren approached


    ORLANDO — A man who was fired from a Florida awning factory in April returned Monday with a semi-automatic pistol and methodically killed five people, then took his own life at the sound of an approaching siren, authorities said. …

    Authorities confer, Monday, June 5, 2017, near Orlando. Law enforcement authorities said there were "multiple fatalities" following a Monday morning shooting in an industrial area near Orlando. On its officials Twitter account Monday morning, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said the "situation" has been contained. [Associated Press]
  14. Trump will deliver, Pence tells Iowa GOP


    DES MOINES, Iowa — Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday reassured Iowa conservatives, some of them cool to Donald Trump, that the president will deliver on his campaign promises to boost the economy.  …

    Vice President Mike Pence arrives at a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, left, on Saturday in Boone, Iowa. Pence promoted the president’s actions to help the economy and businesses.
  15. After dog attack takes Jordy's life, his owner's quest for justice doesn't go far


    ST. PETERSBURG — When Bill Braitsch set out for his daily walk along Gandy Beach with his dog, he never imagined that it would be the last walk of 4-year-old Jordy's life. …

    Bill Braitsch of South Tampa said he and his 7-pound dog, Jordy, were walking along Gandy Beach when another dog attacked.
  16. St. Petersburg police detail cab driver's violent death in stabbing attack (w/video)


    ST. PETERSBURG — Veteran cab driver John Andrew Hutchens, 59, was dispatched by United Taxi of Clearwater to pick up someone in Lealman around midnight Thursday. It started out like any other fare for Hutchens, 59, who has worked as a local cabbie since 2004. …

    St. Petersburg police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a cab driver who was attacked about 1 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a Citgo gas station at 2750 38th Ave N. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  17. French Open: Djokovic, Venus cruise to third round


    PARIS — One struggled, the other had a stroll in the park. In contrasting fashion, defending champions Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza both advanced to the third round at the French Open on Wednesday.  …

    Defending French Open champion Novak Djokovic, above, beats Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in their second-round match.
  18. Officer who shot Tamir Rice is fired in unrelated matter


    CLEVELAND — The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fired Tuesday for inaccuracies on his job application, while the officer who drove the patrol car the day of the shooting was suspended for violating a tactical rule.  …

    In this Dec. 1, 2014, file photo, Tomiko Shine, left, holds a sign with a photo of Tamir Rice, a boy fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, while protesting a grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, during a demonstration in Washington. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams announced Tuesday,  that Timothy Loehmann, the police officer who shot and killed the 12-year-old boy, has been fired for inaccuracies on his job application, while the officer who drove the patrol car the day of the Nov. 22, 2014, shooting, Frank Garmback, has been suspended for 10 days for violating a tactical rule for his driving that day. [AP photo]
  19. Amid escalating Russia crisis, Trump considers major staff changes


    President Donald Trump and his advisers, seeking to contain the escalating Russia crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" within the White House, according to several aides and outside Trump allies. …

    President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a retooling of his senior staff. [Doug Mills/The New York Times]
  20. Sports in brief


    hockey canada, sweden to play for gold COLOGNE, Germany — Two-time defending champion Canada and Sweden face off today in the world championship final (2 p.m., NHL) after winning their semifinals in contrasting styles Saturday.  …

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