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  1. Family says identity thief took more than their dead brother's name from them

    Crime

    Edward Symansky grew up in 1920s Cleveland when children of Polish immigrants struggled with accepting their birth names.

    His parents wanted their children to be proud of their Polish heritage, but Edward was the only one of his siblings to keep the family name as an adult.

    He called his only son Terry, his wife's choice, and gave him the middle name Jude, for the saint she prayed to. When it came to his surname, there was not a question: Symansky....

    Richard Hoagland, left, is accused of stealing the identity of Terry Jude Symansky, right, who disappeared from Indiana about 25 years ago and was declared dead in 2003. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Sun City Center man dies after overnight Tampa crash

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A Sun City Center man is dead after a crash early Saturday on U.S. 41 south of Hartford Street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    John R. Haughton, 50, was driving his 2006 Ford Focus north on U.S. 41 just before 2 a.m, as was Micah Steele, 46, of Tampa. Haughton overtook Steele's Ford F-250 and collided with the rear of the truck, according to FHP.

    Both vehicles stopped along the east side of the roadway. Haughton died at the scene....

  3. Two dead after pickup hits garbage truck in Brooksville

    Accidents

    BROOKSVILLE — Two people are dead after their pickup drove into the path of a garbage truck and erupted in flames after being hit about noon Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    John J. Stevenson, 25, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck with Donna M. Adams, 24, in the passenger's seat when he was traveling south on Country Road 491.

    Vincent B. Iverson, 50 of Land O Lakes, was driving east on U.S. 98. At the intersection, controlled by flashing red and yellow lights, Stevenson drove into the path of the garbage truck, FHP said....

  4. 5 story lines for Bucs preseason camp

    Bucs

    Here are five story lines expected to unfold between now and the start of the regular season. We'll get some answers with the first practice, with others not resolved until final roster cuts in September.

    1. Is anyone still injured?

    The biggest concern might be guard J.R. Sweezy, who hasn't practiced since he was signed in March, due to a still-undisclosed "procedure." He's expected to take over for Logan Mankins at left guard, so having one of the Bucs' biggest additions healthy is important. ...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith (56) crawls in to score a touchdown as George Johnson forced a fumble from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Smith recovered to take it three yards for a touchdown during second half action at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (10/11/15).
  5. Saturday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    ToDAY

    Action sports
    CrossFit Games3 p.m.ESPN2
    Arena Football
    Storm vs. Portland5 p.m.CBSSN; 0.
    Autos
    F1: Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying8 a.m.CNBC
    Xfinity: Lilly Diabetes 250 qualifying11:40 a.m.NBCSN
    Sprint Cup: Brickyard 400 qualifying1:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Xfinity: Lilly Diabetes 2503 p.m.NBCSN
    IMSA: Northeast Grand Prix3 p.m.Ch. 13
    NHRA: Mile High Nationals qualifying (taped)11 p.m.FS1
    Baseball
    Mariners at Blue Jays1 p.m.MLB
    Giants at Yankees4 p.m.FS1
    Under Armour All-America Game4 p.m.MLB
    Mets at Marlins7 p.m.FSF
    Rangers at Royals7 p.m.FS1
    Rays at A's9 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AM
    Braves at Rockies (in progress)10 p.m.MLB
    Basketball
    The Basketball TournamentnoonESPN2
    The Basketball Tournament2 p.m.ESPNU
    The Basketball Tournament8 p.m.ESPN2
    Boxing
    Welterweights: Maidana vs. Maysonet8:15 p.m.NBCSN
    Cycling
    Tour de France, Stage 207 a.m.NBCSN
    Golf
    Senior British Open9:30 a.m.Golf
    Senior British OpennoonCh. 8
    PGA: Canadian Open1 p.m.Golf
    U.S. Girls' Jr. Championship2 p.m.FS1
    PGA: Canadian Open3 p.m.Ch. 10
    LPGA: International Crown3 p.m.Golf
    American Century Championship3 p.m.Ch. 8
    Web.com: Utah Championship7 p.m.Golf
    Horses
    Diana Stakes4 p.m.FS2
    Soccer
    International Champions Cup: Leicester City vs. Celtic12:30 p.m.ESPND
    MLS: L.A. at Portland3:45 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    Mexican: Pumas at Cruz Azul6 p.m.Unimas
    NASL: New York at Rowdies7:30 p.m.BHSN
    Mexican: Necaxa at Leon7:45 p.m.Univision
    Mexican: Club Atlas at Tigres8 p.m.Unimas
    Mexican: Monterrey at Guadalajara10 p.m.Univision
    Tennis
    WTA: Bank of the West Classic5 p.m.ESPN2
    WTA: Bank of the West Classic10 p.m.ESPN2
    Track and field
    American Track League9 p.m.ESPN
    ...

  6. Seventh Avenue to close in east Tampa for water pipe repairs

    Public Safety

    Times Staff

    TAMPA — Seventh Avenue eastbound will be closed between 38th Street and 39th Street N until Tuesday for water pipe repairs, the city announced late Friday.

    Crews will start repairs on an underground distribution pipe beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, and the work is expected to be complete by 5 p.m. Road repairs should be finished by 5 p.m. Tuesday, but the project schedule could change due to weather, according to the Tampa Water Department....

  7. Slumping Smyly stays optimistic heading into next Rays start

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif. — LHP Drew Smyly takes the mound tonight for Rays with a 10-game winless streak, the second most losses (11) in the American League, a 5.64 ERA that is the highest in the majors for any pitcher with more than 90 innings.

    And the sincere belief he can pitch his way out of this miserable skid.

    "I've been slumping," Smyly said. "It's been a rough stretch for me. I'm not getting the results that I want. I've not been doing a good job of keeping my team in the game....

    Drew Smyly goes into tonight’s start with a 10-game winless streak and a 5.64 ERA, but says he sees positives to draw from.
  8. Analysis: Making a case for Rays to hang onto Longoria

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif.

    As they should, the Rays are talking about a lot of things leading up to the Aug. 1 deadline for nonwaiver trades, most pointedly the wisdom of dealing from their stockpile of starters, whether to part with Chris Archer, Matt Moore and/or Jake Odorizzi now or, inevitably, later.

    But here is one thing they should not and — barring something truly staggering and unexpected — will not do, which is trade Evan Longoria....

  9. Rays lose 1-0 in 13 innings to A's

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A night that featured a very good start by Jake Odorizzi ended very badly for the Rays in a 1-0 13-inning loss to the A's.

    Coco Crisp knocked in the winning run with a one-out single off Rays rookie Dylan Floro, scoring Ryon Healy, who led off with a double down the line.

    "When it ends like that, it's always frustrating,'' Floro said. "I want to be in those situations. I want to get a chance out there. ... When you give up a drive down the line, you've got to find a way to get out of it. ......

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 22, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) OAS103
  10. All ACC title ambitions run through FSU and Clemson

    College

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Even after his Seminoles spent a year stumbling out of the national championship hunt, defensive end DeMarcus Walker isn't shy about his team's expectations.

    "We're back," Walker said. "We're better than ever."

    But they still might not be the best team in their own division.

    The budding ACC rivalry between Florida State and Clemson is set to peak this fall, with more than the Atlantic Division title at stake....

  11. Rays-A's Saturday preview

    The Heater

    Tonight: at A's

    When/where: 9:05, Oakland Coliseum

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: LH Drew Smyly (2-11, 5.64)

    A's: RH Kendall Graveman (6-6, 4.25)

    On Smyly: Is 0-7 over his past 10 starts, winless since May 16. Has highest ERA of any pitcher in majors with 90-plus innings. Is 1-2, 6.87 in six games (three starts) vs. A's, 1-2, 4.91 in Oakland....

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Drew Smyly #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo during the Rays' photo day on February 25, 2016 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
  12. Clerk complaint raises questions about Pinellas judicial candidate's demeanor in court

    Courts

    For 11 years, Pinellas County judge candidate Curtis Korsko had an unblemished track record as a traffic hearing officer — until last year in May, when a clerk sent a scathing email to court officials.

    "He has taken polls of the people in the audience as to whether they agree with his ruling on a case," it read. "He really makes the court system look bad."

    Then-chief judge J. Thomas McGrady assigned a court counsel attorney to investigate....

    Curtis Korsko is a Tampa civil litigation lawyer and a judicial candidate.
  13. Tim Kaine VP nod safe, not bold, say Tampa's Clinton supporters

    News

    TAMPA — Hillary Clinton had yet to announce her pick for a running mate when an estimated 3,600 supporters filed out of her Tampa rally Friday afternoon, but already they were buzzing about U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

    A Roman Catholic known for his moderate views, Kaine's pending candidacy didn't stoke enthusiasm among Democrats, but it didn't elicit strong objections either.

    "I think he'll be okay," Wes Gadsden, 57....

     Attendees shoot cellphone photos and videos at the Hillary Clinton rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday July 22, 2016  in Tampa.
  14. Seven Hudson homes damaged in windy storm

    Weather

    Times Staff

    HUDSON — Seven homes and two properties were severely damaged Friday afternoon during a storm with heavy rains and strong winds, according to a Pasco County spokesperson Tambrey Laine.

    No one was injured in the storm, but reports of major damage started around 2:30 p.m. Multiple trees fell, a carport blew from one house to another, a palm tree went through a roof, an aluminum awning flew to another street before landing on the side of a different home and a metal pole went through a garage roof, damaging a vehicle, Laine said....

    Pasco County Fire Rescue personnel remove an aluminum awning that blew in from a neighboring street from the roof of a home at 9335 Larch Court in Hudson Friday (7/22/16) afternoon. The awning punched through the roof of the home when it landed. Pasco Emergency Services Dir. Kevin Guthrie estimated on scene that 35-40 mph winds damaged seven homes in the area during a severe weather event at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday. Other homes had downed trees and yard debris, all caused by wind damage. Pasco Emergency Management, Fire Rescue, and Building Inspections are all on scene.
  15. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Donald Trump's acceptance speech

    National

    The Republican Party has a new sheriff.

    Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party's nomination for president Thursday in Cleveland, vowing a law and order campaign that will "liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities."

    "On Jan. 21, 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced," Trump said....