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  1. A Chevy in Japan is indeed a rare sight. But why?



    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump's presidential campaign hinges on Americans who share Trump's assessment that the United States is losing all over the world.

    In Mexico, we're outsmarted on the border. In China, it's trade and currency manipulation. In the Middle East, it's the terrorist masterminds of ISIS.

    In Japan, we're losing at selling cars.

    "When did we beat Japan at anything?" Trump said in his campaign announcement speech back in June. "They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn't exist, folks. They beat us all the time."...

    A man drives an old but tricked-out Chevy Impala on the streets of Shibuya, a Tokyo neighborhood. American cars are a pretty rare novelty on Japanese roads.
  2. Bucs' "heavy'' offensive package weighs on defenses


    TAMPA —- For Bucs fans, it is a familiar refrain, announced by game officials before so many offensive plays this season: "No. 64, reporting as an eligible receiver."

    And for a Bucs offense always looking to establish the run, it means backup lineman Kevin Pamphile is in the game as a sixth offensive lineman — a "jumbo" 315-pound tight end as part of the "heavy" package the Bucs have run 106 times, to strong success....

  3. Game-by-game greatness of Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith


    The numbers Nature Coast running back DeShawn Smith has compiled seem preposterous. A national-best 3,555 rushing yards and 58 rushing touchdowns. Not to mention a whopping average of 16 yards per carry.

    Those mind-boggling stats are the main reason the Sharks (12-0) are undefeated and playing in Friday's Class 5A region final at Green Cove Springs Clay (9-3).

    And here's a scary thought for opposing defenders: Smith could put up even bigger numbers....

    DeShawn Smith becomes the nation’s leading rusher in the second round against River Ridge.
  4. FSU releases Jimbo Fisher deposition in Jameis Winston accuser suit


    Four days after beating Boston College in the third game of the season, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher was answering attorneys' questions in a lawsuit related to his former star quarterback.

    Fisher spoke with lawyers representing Jameis Winston's accuser on Sept. 22 during the Seminoles' bye week, according to a deposition transcript obtained Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Times through an open-records request....

    Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, right, talks with Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman prior to the start of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser) FLMW101
  5. Influential Salt Rock chef Tom Pritchard dies after battle with Parkinson's


    ST. PETERSBURG — Chef Tom Pritchard, who lied his way into the food and service industry and rose to become one of the most inventive and influential chefs in Florida, died Wednesday morning at his home in St. Petersburg. He was 74.

    He died from complications after a surgery to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

    Pritchard was executive chef for Baystar Restaurant Group, owner of Salt Rock Grill in Indian Shores, Island Way Grill in Clearwater, Rumba Island Bar & Grill in Clearwater and Oldsmar, Marlin Darlin' in Belleair Bluffs, and Salt Rock Tavern in Oldsmar. He trained or inspired many of the Tampa Bay area's most recognized chefs. Known for his connections in the industry and his penchant for storytelling, Pritchard is hailed by many as a legend....

    Pritchard poses on the dock behind the Salt Rock Grill. [Times (2009)]
  6. Girlfriend's statement led to arrest in Brandon woman's shooting death


    BRANDON — He walked to her in the darkness, a gun in his hand. With their two daughters at her side, he shot her twice. Steps away, behind the wheel of a car, a woman saw it happen.

    Her account, detailed in an arrest report, was what authorities needed to charge Darryl Eugene Williams with murder in the Halloween night slaying of Tiffany James.

    Williams, 49, the father of James' twin 7-year-old girls, was named a person of interest the day after the shooting. But he refused to speak to investigators, making it difficult for them to link him to the crime....

    Darryl Eugene Williams is facing first-degree murder.
  7. Goals come easy for soccer star at Clearwater Central Catholic



    The goals came so quickly for Clearwater Central Catholic's Kevin Harris that it was hard to keep track of them.

    A left-footed stab to the corner a few minutes into the season opener against Lakewood. A right-footed stab to the corner on a penalty kick. A 20-yard shot. A lightly tapped header. They kept coming. And coming.

    By the second half, Harris had six goals. He was taken out midway through the second half of an 8-1 victory....

    Like his father and his sister before him, Kevin Harris excels in sports for the Marauders. 
  8. Revolution Ice Cream arises in Tampa


    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Customers can't seem to get enough of Bill Workman's original ice cream creations.

    The owner of the Revolution Ice Cream Co. is expanding from his Brandon location to bring flavors such as Chocolate Habanero, Porky's Delight and What's up Nutter Fudger to Seminole Heights.

    "My wife and I were on a trip to Pittsburgh and came across, Oh Yeah Ice Cream and Coffee Co.," Workman said. "They served weird flavors and when we got home we looked for somewhere around here that served interesting flavors."...

    Revolution Ice Cream Co. serves original flavors created by owner, Bill Workman. Featured is the Chocolate Shock Ice Cream with a Peanut Butter Drizzle. Photo Credit: Bill Workman
  9. Thanksgiving treat: military son surprises mom for the holiday

    Human Interest

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Cullen Thomas told his mom he couldn't be home for Thanksgiving.

    The 25-year-old Air Force service member had to head to Colorado, where he'll be stationed at the Air Force Academy. He just completed security forces tech school training in San Antonio, Texas. No time to stop in Tampa for the holiday.

    But it was all part of a ruse he and his sister had planned for their mom, Cat Thomas, 52, of South Tampa. Cullen, who hadn't been home since he left for basic training last winter, planned to be home the whole time....

  10. Rays release Arencibia, deal Kirby Yates

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Catcher J.P. Arencibia thought he showed enough during his late-season stint to stay with the Rays. But after being formally released Wednesday, he found satisfaction in proving he could play somewhere in the majors.

    "I'm thankful for the chance they gave me and thought I did enough to have a chance to be a part of 2016," said Arencibia, 29. "Never know how things work out in this game. I know I'm back as an established major-league player. And I proved that last year. I'll be back as a visitor again and (you) never know, maybe even on the home side."...

    J.P Arencibia
  11. Bucs' Lavonte David picks up defensive player of the week honor


    TAMPA — LB Lavonte David admits he put too much pressure on himself because of his own expectations that came with signing a five-year, $50.25 million contract extension before the start of the season.

    David still led the team in tackles, but the game-changing, impact plays were missing from his game.

    "It's added expectations from everybody outside and also from myself," David said. "That's why I had to take a seat, sit back and visualize everything. I wasn't playing my game the way I usually play....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) makes an adjustment in the first quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.
  12. Hugs and holiday spirit abound at TIA arrivals gate

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The three of them sat in the cool leather chairs, just outside Gate C on the third floor of Tampa International Airport, the bustle of holiday travel swarming around them.

    Austin Taylor, 9, was keeping the time. His twin sister, Emma, gripped the present she bought between her fingers. Their mom, Lori, checked the arrivals board, then her phone, then the arrivals board again. ...

  13. Hernando Pet of the Week for Nov. 27


    Pet of the week | Aster

    Aster is an 8-year-old Jack Russell mix and still has a lot of spring in her step. She has been spayed and microchipped and is current on all her vaccinations. Since Aster is a senior dog, her adoption fee is only $30. Inquiries about adopting Aster or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at

    Humane Society of the Nature Coast
  14. Holiday residents voice concerns over plan to develop coastal land targeted for preservation


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County has preserved more than 2,800 acres of environmentally sensitive land over the past decade, but Holiday residents are aggravated that 80 undeveloped acres along the coast won't be part of it.

    The so-called Mickler property, the northern portion of which reaches into the Gulf of Mexico, is along Strauber Memorial Highway and sits among four residential neighborhoods in the Key Visa area of southwest Pasco. The land is considered part of the gulf marsh ecological unit and was placed on the county's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program list in 2008. The property — 34 acres of uplands with mangrove swamps and saltwater marshes — received the sixth-highest environmental score of the 27 parcels on the ELAMP list....

  15. Area musicians delight students with Teach-In performance at Gulfside Elementary


    HOLIDAY — Looking back, Scott Myers figures he was pretty fortunate to grow up in Chicago during a time when arts programs were a given, right from the start.

    "In elementary school, we had a full jazz band and a full orchestra and a full dance program," said Myers, who spends a lot of time these days playing trombone with a well-known cover band called the Black Honkeys. "It kills me that (school) budgets are not funding those arts programs like they used to."...

    It’s time for Uptown Funk featuring bass guitarist, Scott Eisold (left) and lead guitarist, Lenny Austin (right) during a concert presented Nov. 18 by a band called Souled Out. The band is collaboration of working musicians from different local bands who came together for one day to support music education for the Great American Teach In.