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  1. Thursday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    White Sox at Tigers1 p.m.WGN
    Angels at Orioles7 p.m.MLB
    Reds at Marlins7 p.m.FSF
    Triple A: Tacoma at Salt Lake10 p.m.CBSSN
    Golf
    WGC: Bridgestone Invitational1:30 p.m.Golf
    PGA: Barracuda Championship6:30 p.m.Golf
    Soccer
    Exhibition: Bayern Munich vs. Chivas Guadalajara8 p.m.ESPN, Unimas
    Tennis
    ATP: Citi Open4 p.m.Tennis
    WTA: Bank of the West Classic10 p.m.Tennis
    WNBA
    Phoenix at Minnesota8 p.m.NBA
    Indiana at Seattle10 p.m.NBA
    ...

  2. Bucs players get feisty at practice

    Bucs

    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....

     Buccaneers players attempt to break up a fight during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp at One Buc Place, Wednesday afternoon, July 30, 2014.
  3. Bucs: Kicker Connor Barth returns from torn Achilles tendon

    Bucs

    High hopes

    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."...

  4. Northbound U.S. 301 closed at Balm Riverview Road after water main break

    Transportation

    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....

  5. Plan your weekend Aug. 1-3

    Events

    Concert

    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....

  6. St. Pete Beach crash leaves bicyclist with life-threatening injuries

    Accidents

    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....

  7. Treasure Island beach replenished

    Environment

    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....

     Crews under the supervision of Weeks Marine Co., Covington, LA., are currently replenishing Sunset Beach on Treasure Island as they pump dredged sand onto the beach through a 30" pipe. The sand is dredged 20 miles offshore and transported to unloaders just off shore, background, where its is pipped onto the beach and filtered though a basket on the end of the pipe according to workers at the site, left.  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 according to workers at the site.
  8. A Tampa taxi odyssey: Are our cabs really not up to snuff?

    News

    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. ...

    John Bailey drives the streets of downtown Tampa in the taxi he leases from A-1 cab company. A-1 drivers are self-employed and required to provide their own receipts, a dispatcher said.
  9. Rays: Trade deadline; David Price numbers

    The Heater

    Today: Off

    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)

    On deck

    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)...

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) in the second inning of the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 25, 2014.
  10. Ben Vereen works with Broadway Theatre Project at USF

    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...

    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
  11. Pinellas names interim director for Visit St. Pete/Clearwater tourism agency

    Tourism

    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....

  12. Track coaches up for national Brooks award

    News

    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....

    photo of track coach garlynn boyd to go with naytrackcoaches0801
  13. Pinellas police blotter: Serial burglar done in by his stomach

    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....

  14. Registering for school in Pasco County — what you need to know

    K12

    Registration

    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....

  15. Doctor found guilty of obtaining a controlled substance.

    Criminal

    TAMPA

    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....