07/30/14 TV and Radio
Baseball White Sox at Tigers 1 p.m. WGN Angels at Orioles 7 p.m. MLB Reds at Marlins 7 p.m. FSF Triple A: Tacoma at Salt Lake 10 p.m. CBSSN Golf WGC: Bridgestone Invitational 1:30 p.m. Golf PGA: Barracuda Championship 6:30 p.m. Golf Soccer Exhibition: Bayern Munich vs. Chivas Guadalajara 8 p.m. ESPN, Unimas Tennis ATP: Citi Open 4 p.m. Tennis WTA: Bank of the West Classic 10 p.m. Tennis WNBA Phoenix at Minnesota 8 p.m. NBA Indiana at Seattle 10 p.m. NBA
TAMPA — Lovie Smith learned something else about his players Wednesday. They've still got some fight in them.
Skirmishes and scuffles broke out when players returned after a day off. At the center of it was C Evan Dietrich-Smith, who went after backup DT Matthew Masifilo after the whistle during an 11-on-11 drill. A couple of big hits by LB Mason Foster on RB Bobby Rainey heightened the intensity during red zone work....
Connor Barth is back healthy after missing last season with a torn Achilles tendon, and he's getting used to minor tweaks that all NFL kickers will encounter in coming weeks.
First, the NFL has extended the goalposts to make them 5 feet taller — from 30 to 35 feet above the crossbar.
"It's good. It's different. I like it, though," said Barth, 28, who has felt 100 percent since offseason drills started in the spring. "If anything, you kick a better ball because you can focus on a higher target."...
RIVERVIEW — Northbound U.S. 301 was closed at Balm Riverview Road Wednesday afternoon after a water main broke while a contractor was working in the area. The road will likely be closed for several days while the road is repaired, Hillsborough County spokeswoman Andrea Roshaven said.
After the 24-inch water main broke, the contractor excavated the road so county crews could repair the pipe, which is about six feet in the ground, she said....
Maxwell The magnetic singer was a key figure in the neo-soul movement of the '90s, his albums lush, affecting pastiches of poetry and jazz that seemed eons beyond what then passed for modern R&B. His 1996 debut, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, received considerable acclaim (including the first of his 12 Grammy nominations), as did singles like his visionary, falsetto spin on This Woman's Work, by the British alternative singer Kate Bush. He performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $41-$131. (727) 791-7400....
ST. PETE BEACH — A man sustained life-threatening injuries after a car struck him while he was riding his bicycle in a crosswalk on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
At 1:33 p.m., Jason Kingsley was driving northbound in the median lane on Blind Pass Road when his car hit Adam Keehnle, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Keehnle was transported to Bayfront Medical Center. Kingsley was not injured. Investigators said neither alcohol nor drugs were involved....
SCOTT KEELER | TIMES
Crews under the supervision of Weeks Marine Co. of Covington, La., replenishing Sunset Beach in Treasure Island pump dredged sand onto the beach Wednesday. The sand is dredged 20 miles offshore and transported to unloaders just offshore, seen in the background, then piped onto the beach and filtered though a basket. Beach visitors are being detoured around the construction site with fences. For the first time since 2010, Treasure Island north and south beaches are being replenished in the $10.8 million project. The project should be completed in August....
TAMPA — The taxi cabs here might not be the newest, swankiest ones on Earth. But are they really the "deplorable, embarrassing" pigsties that one critic alleges?
Hotel developer Lou Plasencia blasted the city's taxi industry during a recent meeting of the Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association. Tampa cabs, which also go to St. Petersburg and Clearwater, give visitors a bad impression of the area, he complained. ...
07/30/14 The Heater
Next game: 7:10 p.m. Friday, vs. Angels
Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 1.00); Angels — RH Matt Shoemaker (8-3, 4.13)
Saturday: vs. Angels, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-6, 3.37); Angels — TBA
Sunday: vs. Angels, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (7-8, 3.80); Angels — RH Jered Weaver (11-6, 3.36)...
07/30/14 Human Interest
EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Tony Award winning actor Ben Vereen works with dancer Leslie Williams on a dance at the Broadway Theatre Project at USF on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Tampa. The 2014 Project is running July 13 through August 3, 2014. Vereen has appeared on Broadway in many shows including Wicked, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin. The Project will be putting on two performances on Saturday, August 2 at 2 pm and 8 pm at USF in Tampa. After the second performance there will be a live auction featuring original Broadway items and acting lessons and experiences. Please contact the USF Theatre box office for ticket details at 813.974.2323...
CLEARWATER — David Downing, the deputy director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, was appointed as interim director of the Pinellas County tourism agency on Wednesday.
Downing will lead the public agency after executive director D.T. Minich departs on Aug. 15. Minich recently accepted the same job with Experience Kissimmee, the tourism arm that promotes Osceola County.
Downing was an editor with Zagat Survey in New York when he came to the Pinellas agency in 2007 to become director of public relations and communications. He was promoted to deputy director in 2009....
On the track, Lightning Bolt club coach Garlynn Boyd skitters in her wheelchair, maneuvering past the athletes around her as she works herself closer to where they are practicing. Boyd has used a wheelchair since 2010 because of complications from high blood pressure and diabetes. Her right leg was amputated last year.
Yet she continues to coach.
Land O'Lakes High School cross country coach Kris Keppel has been battling stage 3 pancreatic cancer. He undergoes chemotherapy three weeks each month....
07/30/14 Bizarre News
Crumbs, DNA left behind after appetite is fed
A suspected serial burglar has his stomach to blame for his recent arrest.
Derrick Steven Moore, 40, of Clearwater is facing nine charges of burglary, attempted burglary and grand theft.
Pinellas sheriff's deputies on July 22 charged him in connection with a burglary in the 1300 block of Keene Road on April 17. In that case, he removed an air-conditioning unit from a home and entered through the opening, deputies said....
Districtwide middle and high school registration for the 2014-15 school year will be held Aug. 12. Students will be able to obtain bus schedules, bus passes, pay student fees, find out the requirements for getting a student parking space and maybe get the early-bird special on the school yearbook.
Districtwide elementary registration will be Aug. 13. Students will have the opportunity to meet their teacher, tour the classroom and the school, and get a bus pass and classroom supply list. (Some supply lists are already listed on school websites.) Parents can pay any applicable fees, fill out emergency contact forms, pick up an application for the free and reduced-price lunch program and acquire information on before- and after-school care programs at school and in the local area....
Doctor convicted of getting drugs by fraud
Dr. Christina Paylan, a cosmetic surgeon accused of using patient information to obtain Demerol for herself, was found guilty on Wednesday and taken into custody, according to a spokesman for the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office.
In June 2011, Tampa police arrested Paylan and her boyfriend and accused them of illegally possessing Demerol, an addictive narcotic painkiller similar to morphine in strength. Paylan also was charged with trafficking hydrocodone and possessing Valium and Xanax. Those charges were later dropped. Florida's Department of Health suspended her license, but later lifted the suspension....