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  1. Nazi gold treasure train story goes from myth to expectation

    World

    For decades the whispers persisted among the factory workers and lumberjacks of southwest Poland that a Nazi train laden with plundered gold, jewels and artworks had been hidden beneath the Owl Mountains since the waning days of World War II. …

    The Nazi gold train is believed to be hidden at this site near the city of Walbrzych, Poland.
  2. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets

    Volleyballpreps

    TAMPA — Berkeley Prep kicked off the season in style, easily dispatching visiting Tampa Prep 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 in both team's season opener on Thursday. …

  3. Thursday's letters: Programs that work in schools

    Letters

    Failure factories Programs that work …

  4. Hillsborough deputies fatally shoot armed man, discover another body inside house

    Crime

    THONOTOSASSA — A concerned caller brought two Hills­borough County sheriff's deputies Tuesday to a gated estate in a sprawling neighborhood of mansions near Lake Thonotosassa. "When deputies arrived," said Col. Donna Lusczynski, "they were confronted by a man with a gun." …

    Hillsborough County sheriff deputies block the intersection of Knights Griffin Road at Stacy Road after a reported officer-involved shooting Tuesday. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  5. Mental state an issue for Oldsmar man charged with killing his mother and her boyfriend

    Criminal

    LARGO — Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Benjamin Bishop thought he was Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler, sometimes talked to the TV, and believed gangs were after him. …

    np_365228_ho_bishop012 - Imari Shibata, 49, of Oldsmar. Authorities say Shibata was murdered by her 18-year-old son, Benjamin Bishop, on Oct. 28, 2012.
  6. Fired PSTA maintenance supervisor gets job back after lug nut incident

    Localgovernment

    ST. PETERSBURG — A maintenance supervisor fired after a driver discovered missing lug nuts on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus last fall is getting his job back. …

  7. The rebel con job

    Columns

    I've lived 55 years in the South and I grew up liking the Confederate flag. I haven't flown one for many decades — but for a reason that might surprise you. …

    An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C., ending its 54-year presence there, on July 10.
  8. Tampa team monitors highways around the clock

    Humaninterest

    TAMPA — A five-person team sits quietly in a large, open room. They're staring intently at a wall filled with large screens, split to show 60 different camera feeds. …

    Camera watchers at the FDOT’s regional communication center on N McKinley Drive also control highway electronic signs.
  9. Hillsborough deputy shot, released from hospital; shooter still at large

    Crime

    THONOTOSASSA — Minutes after midnight on a darkened rural street, three Hills­borough sheriff's deputies walked the pavement. They saw a man standing in front of a set of duplexes. When the deputies walked toward him, gunfire erupted. …

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office crime scene technicians use metal detectors to look for evidence Thursday morning after a deputy was shot in the leg near the intersection of Interstate 75 and Fowler Avenue in Thonotosassa. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office] 
  10. Trigaux: Allegiant Air keeps adding bay area flights amid troubles

    Airlines

    For now, at least, the sky's the limit for St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and the single airline that keeps driving its business up: discount carrier Allegiant Air. …

    An Allegiant Air plane sits at the gate at St. Pete Clearwater International Airport in June. The company is adding flights to the airport later this year. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  11. Ferguson on edge after shooting

    Nation

    FERGUSON, Mo. — St. Louis County declared a state of emergency Monday as authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators here and charged an 18-year-old black man who had been critically wounded by police with assaulting law enforcement officers. …

    A member of the St. Louis County Police Department takes cover at a protest in Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday. The one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson began with a march in his honor and ended with a protest that was interrupted by gunfire. [Associated Press]
  12. Mexicans aren't buying official account of 'El Chapo' escape

    World

    MEXICO CITY — When Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, escaped from prison last month, he walked out of captivity and straight into the conspiracy-obsessed imaginations of his countrymen, who are willing, it seems, to believe almost anything except what their government tells them. …

  13. North Korea to set up new time zone, push clocks back

    World

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said today it will establish its own time zone next week by pulling back its current standard time by 30 minutes.  …

  14. Quick take on start of USF football? They're fast

    College

    TAMPA — The skies were partly cloudy and the players partly bedecked (shorts, shirts, helmets) Thursday morning, but USF's newfangled offense was anything but partly throttled. …

    USF head coach Willie Taggart walks across the field with players after a drill during the first football practice Thursday at the Morsani Complex in Tampa. [SCOTTY SCHENCK | Times]
  15. Friends, colleagues say lawyers in DUI setup case are good men

    Courts

    CLEARWATER — A procession of witnesses streamed through the Pinellas County Courthouse on Thursday, each of them more effusive than the last in their praise of three Tampa lawyers in serious trouble with the Florida Bar. …

    Attorney William Jung pauses during a break in testimony during Thursday's (8/6/15) hearing before Pinellas-Pasco Senior Judge W. Douglas Baird at the Pinellas County Justice Center in Clearwater where the fate of the three Adams & Diaco attorneys, who have been found guilty of violating a number of rules of the Florida Bar, is being decided.
  16. Tampa Bay region hit by more heavy rains, looks for relief

    Weather

    Four feet of water flooded the couple's yard, overflow from a lake swollen with rain. On Monday morning, every room in their New Port Richey home filled with 2 inches of water. …

    Cody Nolan, left, and Javier Cuevas evacuate Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village resident Minnie Jaresky on Monday in Pasco County.
  17. This is the toll of being a 911 operator

    Humaninterest

    One Thursday evening, I answered a ringing phone, noting the call wait time as 15 seconds. "911, Do you need police, fire or medical?" …

  18. Coast Guard ends search for missing Florida teens

    Nation

    OPA-LOCKA — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt. …

    Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat before embarking on a fishing trip. [U.S. Coast Guard via AP]
  19. Hopes for Florida teens' survival at sea rest on life jackets, cooler

    Accidents

    TEQUESTA — Hopes for the survival of two 14-year-old boys missing at sea for nearly a week rest on three items their families believe may be keeping them afloat: orange life jackets, a white Yeti cooler and a metal cover from their capsized boat's engine. …

    Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat before embarking on a fishing trip. [U.S. Coast Guard via AP]
  20. Search continues for teens missing at sea

    Incoming

    WEST PALM BEACH — Mustering hope for a "best-case scenario" in the face of countless unknowns, search crews braced for a seventh day and night at sea Thursday in the hunt for two teenagers missing from their capsized boat.  …

    Pictured above: the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Three University of Virginia graduates and members of the fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesday, July 29, 2015, court records show. [STEVE HELBER | Associated Press]

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