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  1. Revisiting the inaugural 1997 USF Bulls football roster

    College

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    The 1997 USF football team. (University of South Florida, USF Bulls)
  2. Hernando deputies capture escaped inmate after he left work detail

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County inmate who escaped from his assigned work detail on Wednesday has been taken into custody. …

    Joshua Holmes, 35, was arrested a day after Hernando County deputies say he left the Northwest Solid Waste Management Facility, located on Norris Bishop Loop, without permission about noon on Wed., Aug. 16. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  3. I-275 south closed in St. Pete heading towards Sunshine Skyway

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — All southbound lanes of Interstate 275 on the southern tip of Pinellas County were closed Wednesday afternoon due to a traffic crash with injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. …

  4. Pinellas bus driver says chemical smell caused her to drop kids off blocks away from school (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Officials are investigating a Pinellas County school bus driver who made 24 students get off her bus 10 blocks from Lealman Innovation Academy on Tuesday morning. The driver told a dispatcher she suspected someone poured chemicals into the vehicle's engine, making her sick. …

    Police have found a child they said was unaccounted for on Aug. 15, 2017, after a Pinellas County school bus driver made up to 39 children get off her bus 10 blocks from Lealman Innovation Academy. The driver pulled over at 39th Avenue N and 28th Street N and asked the children to get off. The school is located at 4900 28th St. N. [SAMANTHA PUTTERMAN | Times]
  5. Trump speaks on Charlottesville: 'Racism is evil' (w/ video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — Under relentless pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday named and condemned "repugnant" hate groups and declared that "racism is evil" in a far more forceful statement than he'd made earlier after deadly, race-fueled weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. …

    President Donald Trump pauses while speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.  [AP Photo/Evan Vucci]
  6. A $1 million bayfront house among Tampa bishop's questionable deals

    Business

    TAMPA — Bishop Melvin Jefferson and his wife, Brenda, have a busy travel schedule this year as they spread the word of their Tampa-based ministry. Atlanta; New Orleans; Austin, Texas; Kenya. There's one stop they didn't tout: a court-ordered trip to Detroit on Aug. 30. …

    The Jeffersons now hold services in this rental building in Bloomingdale.
[SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN   |   Times]


  7. White House plays defense after Trump response

    National

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The White House scrambled Sunday to elaborate on President Donald Trump's response to deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Va., as he came under bipartisan scolding for not clearly condemning white supremacists and other hate groups immediately after the altercations.  …

  8. The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles

    Columns

    The finger on the button The editors of Scientific American argue that "No One Should Have Sole Authority to Launch a Nuclear Attack." Read their column in full at http://bit.ly/2vqT2t7. Here is how it begins.  …

    Revisiting history after seeing Dunkirk.
  9. Hurricane Charley destroyed Punta Gorda and kept Tampa Bay on edge 13 years ago this weekend

    Hurricanes

    All of Tampa Bay breathed a sigh of relief when Hurricane Charley changed track before making landfall in Florida on August 13, 2004. Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and other towns, however, suddenly found themselves facing the full brunt of Charley's devastating power. By the time it had made its way across Florida, Charley had left over $13 billion worth of damage in its wake. The Times dispatched a small army of photographers and reporters to the area. Here is what they found. …

    A Punta Gorda, Fla., neighborhood  lays in ruin Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004 after Hurricane Charley wasted much of the city Friday. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)
  10. North Korea vows harsh retaliation against new U.N. sanctions

    World

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea vowed Monday to bolster its nuclear arsenal and gain revenge of a "thousand-fold" against the United States in response to tough U.N. sanctions imposed following its recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests.  …

    Visitors watch the North side from the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea, Sunday. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions Saturday to punish North Korea for its escalating nuclear and missile programs including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion - a huge bite in its total exports, valued at $3 billion last year.[AP Photo/Lee Jin-man]
  11. The savage fight for Guadalcanal: Jungle, crocodiles and snipers during World War II

    War

    The Marines began lining the rail of the troop ship before dawn to peer at the distant shape emerging from the ocean. …

    A casualty from front line fighting is transferred from a makeshift stretcher, before being taken through the jungle and down river to a hospital. [National Archives]
  12. Six middle fingers on Snapchat lead to disqualification of Junior League softball team

    Nation

    Let this be a lesson, kids: The next time you want to gloat about beating your opponents on their home turf, think twice - especially if your chosen method of gloating is posting a photo on social media of six teammates flipping the bird under the caption, "watch out host." …

    The Snapchat icon is seen on an iPhone screen. [Times files]
  13. Sports in Brief

    Sports

    Horses Hambletonian winner DQ'd EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Perfect Spirit was awarded the $1 million Hambletonian when first-place finisher What The Hill caused another horse to go off stride in the stretch and was disqualified Saturday.  …

  14. Drugs, domestic violence and abuse reports preceded death of 8-month-old boy

    Publicsafety

    LARGO — There was no shortage of warning signs before the 8-month-old boy was found gray and not breathing in his father's sweltering bedroom. …

    William Hendrickson III, 25, pictured with his daughter, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on July 27. He has been charged in the death of his 8-month-old son after the boy died because of extreme heat in a mobile home bedroom. [Facebook photo]
  15. 911 call in Pasco stabbing: 'He says he just killed the lady that lives here' (w/audio)

    Crime

    A 911 call from a woman in Holiday helps illustrate the chilling scene that unfolded when a man she had taken into her home woke her up to say he'd just stabbed the other woman who lived there. …

    Warren Birbeck [Pasco County Sheriffs Office]
  16. Laws protect moms' right to pump at work, but the reality is more complicated

    Parenting

    Crystal Early's son took to breast-feeding right away. At 10 weeks, James was already more than 13 pounds and "hungry all the time," Early said recently. But in just two weeks, she would be back at work and would need to pump breast milk. …

    "We especially talked about how it makes a difference in the workforce. We can work and be moms and be supported in both," says Lauren Zelin. . [Linda Davidson | Washington Post]
  17. Tampa expands free Downtowner electric shuttle service

    Transportation

    TAMPA Supply could soon catch up with demand for Tampa's free Downtowner shuttle service thanks to the addition of two new all-electric Chevrolet Bolts Wednesday. …

    One attraction of adding two Chevrolet Bolts to the Downtowner fleet is their longer range — 200 miles — between charges than other vehicles in the fleet. Another big one: They come equipped with air conditioning. 
  18. Another voice: Drop the bluster on North Korea

    Columns

    As President Donald Trump has implicitly conceded, his approach to the North Korean nuclear threat is failing. It was all about putting the responsibility on China to force the North to abandon its program, which has grown increasingly and alarmingly formidable and now includes as many as 21 nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. "I am very disappointed in China," he tweeted over the weekend. …

  19. Needs survey: SCC nonprofits worry about volunteer decline

    Humaninterest

    SUN CITY CENTER — Neighbors Helping Neighbors. It's been the credo of the Sun City Center community since the local emergency squad adopted this phrase as its motto 50 years ago. …

    Linda Williams, Scotti Fortiner and Mary Soja regularly volunteer at the Sun City Center Emergency Squad.
  20. Police shooting investigations too slow, Miami prosecutor says

    Incoming

    MIAMI — Having just closed the case on a police shooting that occurred more than eight years ago, Miami's top prosecutor said her office takes "far too long" to investigate shootings involving police officers.  …

    Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

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