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  1. Tampa condo complex saved from fire by sprinkler system


    TAMPA — A fire that may have been sparked by a lightning strike was quickly extinguished by a sprinkler system at a condominium complex at 4115 Chatham Oak Court, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said Sunday.

    Residents said they thought they smelled something burning after the lightning strike on the roof of the complex late Saturday, but they could not locate a fire, according to fire officials....

  2. Police DUI 'Wolf Pack' nets more than 15 arrests in Pinellas


    Pinellas County law enforcement officers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence and made one arrest for DUI manslaughter during a DUI "wolf pack" operation that ended early Sunday.

    The operation was conducted throughout Pinellas County from Saturday at 8 p.m. to Sunday at 5 a.m. by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office with police in Gulfport, St. Petersburg, Largo and Tarpon Springs....

  3. Woman killed in St. Petersburg car crash


    ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was killed early Sunday after a pick-up truck driver ran a red light and collided with the car in which she was a passenger, according to St. Petersburg police.

    Doneisha Bowens, 22, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and pronounced dead.

    The pick-up driver, 49-year-old Anthony Scott Brown, has been charged on a number of offenses: DUI manslaughter, driving while license suspended or revoked with death involved, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, vehicular homicide and battery on a law enforcement officer....

  4. Man shot and killed while driving onto Interstate 275


    ST. PETERSBURG — A man was found dead behind the wheel of his silver Lexus in the northbound exit ramp leading to Interstate 275 in the area of 54th Avenue N early Sunday morning.

    The driver, Dontriele Waller, 27, died of the scene of a gunshot wound, police said.

    St. Petersburg police rushed to the area at about 1:10 a.m. after reports of gunshots. Homicide investigators said they do not think Waller's shooting was random. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information has been released by police....

  5. Outlaw motorcycle gangs still prevalent in Florida, Tampa Bay area


    TAMPA — In the 1980s and '90s, the Outlaws Motorcycle Club was the alpha biker gang in Florida, responsible for drug dealing and gun-running, decapitations and torture. Then their leadership was decimated by a series of prosecutions, and they seemed to slip quietly out of sight.

    But after the massacre last week in Waco, when a battle involving as many as six biker gangs resulted in nine deaths and 170 arrests, a disquieting truth emerged: Biker gangs remain dangerous and widespread, including here in the Sunshine State....

    Gene Marra is a former member of the Pasco County chapter of the Pagans motorcycle club. [Photo courtesy of Gene Marra]
  6. Sunday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    F1: Monaco Grand Prix8 a.m.Ch. 8, Unimas
    IndyCar: Indianapolis 500 noonCh. 28
    NHRA: Kansas Nationals (taped)10 p.m.ESPN2
    Sprint Cup: Coca-Cola 6006 p.m.Ch. 13; 102.5-FM
    A's at Rays1 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Orioles at Marlins1 p.m.FSF
    Cardinals at Royals2 p.m.MLB
    Rangers at Yankees8 p.m.ESPN, ESPND; 620-AM
    College baseball, conference tournaments
    AAC final: Houston vs. East CarolinanoonESPNU
    ACC final: Florida State vs. N.C. State1 p.m.ESPN2
    Big 12 final: Texas vs. Oklahoma State1 p.m.FS1
    C-USA final: Florida International vs. UAB1 p.m.CBSSN
    Big East final, Game 1: St. John's vs. Creighton2 p.m.FS2
    Big Ten final: Maryland vs. Michigan2 p.m.Big Ten
    SEC final: Vanderbilt vs. Florida4:30 p.m.ESPN2
    Big East final, Game 2, if necessary5:30 p.m.FS2
    College lacrosse, NCAA women's final
    Maryland vs. North Carolina8:30 p.m.ESPNU
    College softball, Super Regions
    Game 2: Kentucky at FloridanoonESPN
    Game 2: Missouri at UCLA3 p.m.ESPNU
    Game 3: Kentucky at Florida, if necessary3 p.m.ESPN
    Game 2: Arizona at LSU5 p.m.ESPN
    Game 3: Missouri at UCLA, if necessary6 p.m.ESPNU
    Game 3: Arizona at LSU, if necessary8 p.m.ESPN2
    PGA Europe: BMW Championship7:30 a.m.Golf
    Senior PGA Championship2:30 p.m.Golf
    PGA: Crowne Plaza Invitational3 p.m.Ch. 10
    Senior PGA Championship3:15 p.m.Ch. 8
    MLL: Chesapeake at Denver9 p.m.FSF
    NBA, conference final
    East, Game 3: Hawks at Cavaliers8:30 p.m.TNT; 1250-AM
    NHL, conference final
    East, Game 5: Lightning at Rangers8 p.m.NBCSN; 970-AM
    EPL: Hull City vs. Manchester United10 a.m.Ch. 8; 1040-AM
    EPL: Chelsea vs. Sunderland10 a.m.NBCSN
    EPL: Manchester City vs. Southampton10 a.m.MSNBC
    EPL: Everton vs. Tottenham10 a.m.CNBC
    EPL: Aston Villa vs. Burnley10 a.m.Esquire
    EPL: Stoke City vs. Liverpool10 a.m.SyFy
    EPL: Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers10 a.m.Oxygen
    EPL: Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City10 a.m.E!
    EPL: Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion10 a.m.Bravo
    EPL: Newcastle vs. West Ham10 a.m.USA
    Brazil: Corinthians at Fluminense2:55 p.m.ESPND
    MLS: Philadelphia at New York Red Bulls5 p.m.FS1
    MLS: Orlando at San Jose7 p.m.FS1
    Mexican: Santos at Guadalajara7:45 p.m.Univision
    French Open5 a.m. ESPN2
    French Open10 a.m.Tennis
    French Open1 p.m.Ch. 8
    French Open5 a.m. MondayESPN2

  7. Tim Beckham demotion tough but necessary, Rays manager says

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As difficult of a conversation as it was, manager Kevin Cash said the Rays had to send down INF Tim Beckham in order to add an extra arm to a bullpen that has been the most heavily used in the majors.

    "We had to make the move simply because we have to do what's best for the team, and innings are what's important right now," Cash said. "Our bullpen is a little gassed, they've been worked very hard and it made the most sense."...

    Tim Beckham is among the team leaders with five homers and 16 RBIs but was batting only .224.
  8. Rays-A's preview

    The Heater

    Rays vs. A's

    When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tickets: $13-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

    Promotion: Postgame concert by Cody Simpson, free with game ticket

    Probable pitchers...

    PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Pitcher Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during the spring training photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sonny Gray
  9. Lightning's Bishop now in goalie hot seat

    Lightning Strikes

    NEW YORK — Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist spent a lot of time before Friday's Game 4 walking around and "soul searching."

    The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner was stunned after giving up six goals in back-to-back games for the second time in his Hall-of-Fame-caliber career. Lundqvist knew he had to bounce back against the Lightning in the Eastern Conference final, and he did brilliantly in a 5-1 victory, racking up 38 saves, 18 coming in a second period that Tampa Bay dominated....

    In Game 4’s 5-1 loss, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop says, “there were a couple of lucky bounces … saves that I’d like to make.”
  10. Rays Tales: Fully healthy bullpen could be dominant

    The Heater

    A hefty portion of the Rays' success through the first quarter of the season has been the impressive heavy lifting done by their relievers. And now with the return of LHP Jake McGee from the disabled list, the bullpen could have even more of an impact.

    With RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Kevin Jepsen and McGee, the team has a dominating trio capable of dramatically shortening games, akin to what the Royals did last year with RHPs Wade Davis (ex-Ray), Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland....

    US President Barack Obama and David Letterman speak during a break in the taping of the "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on September 18, 2012 in New York, New York.   AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)
  11. Rays bullpen, defense falter, offense snoozes in loss to A's

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Xavier Cedeno has been among the players who have unexpectedly starred as the Rays have battled their way through a bevy of injuries to the top of the American League East standings.

    Picked up from the Dodgers for cash in late April after being ditched by the Nationals when the Rays had two lefty relievers hurt, Cedeno set down just about every tough lefty he faced, running off a string of 12 scoreless appearances....

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 23:  Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics slides safely home off an error by catcher Rene Rivera #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays to score following a single by Sam Fuld #23 during the sixth inning of a game on May 23, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) 538580909
  12. Families of war dead keep their treasures as a way to keep them close


    On Monday, Americans bow heads and raise flags to honor those who died while serving their country. But for the loved ones of those who died, no matter how much time has passed, Memorial Day is never just one day. It is every day. And the things those fallen soldiers carried — the medals, the letters, the dog tags — serve as a tangible way to feel their presence.

    Army Spc. Christophe J. Marquis...

    Michael and Annette Kirk have dedicated a room in their home to the memory of her son, Paul O. Cuzzupe II, who at 23 died in a roadside bomb blast while serving in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, in 2010.
  13. Jon Cooper: Lightning special teams must improve

    Lightning Strikes

    When coach Jon Cooper broke down Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers, he liked a lot of what he saw on film. The Lightning had plenty of scoring chances and played with good effort.

    One thing that Cooper didn't like about Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final was his team's execution on special teams. "Our power play didn't get it done, and our penalty kill's been a little leaky the past couple games," he said in Tampa before Saturday's team flight to New York for tonight's Game 5. "When your special teams are rolling, it helps you roll. We've just got to tighten up in some areas."...

    Coach Jon Cooper says the power play and penalty kill have to “tighten up.” The power play was 0-for-4 in Friday’s Game 4 loss. The penalty kill has allowed six goals in the past three games.
  14. Lightning: Turning the page; swagger momentum; on taking a 3-2 series lead

    Lightning Strikes

    View from Tampa Bay

    "The series is 2-2. It's probably how it should be. These are two good teams battling it out. It's really exciting hockey. Got to turn the page."

    Lightning coach Jon Cooper, after his team's 5-1 loss in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final

    View from New York

    "(We) did play with some swagger, and you want to keep that. I think swagger comes and goes. As a player, as a team, it does, and you have to fight to get it back when you don't have it."...

  15. Murray Smart, of Smart Furniture, was a decorated war hero


    WEEKI WACHEE — The B-24 bomber was flying low, about 10,000 feet over France in 1944. The idea was to pave the way for Allied troops to cross the border into Germany.

    The Germans were fighting with anti-aircraft fire.

    That's when Murray Smart, who was crouched in the nose of the plane, got a message from the pilot. Something was wrong with the radio man.

    He was staggering, disoriented....

    In 2007, John Murray Smart sat for a portrait in the jacket he wore when he was a 22-year-old first lieutenant.