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....
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....
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....
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. ...
07/22/16 TV and Radio
Action sports CrossFit Games 3 p.m. ESPN2 Arena Football Storm vs. Portland 5 p.m. CBSSN; 0. Autos F1: Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying 8 a.m. CNBC Xfinity: Lilly Diabetes 250 qualifying 11:40 a.m. NBCSN Sprint Cup: Brickyard 400 qualifying 1:30 p.m. NBCSN Xfinity: Lilly Diabetes 250 3 p.m. NBCSN IMSA: Northeast Grand Prix 3 p.m. Ch. 13 NHRA: Mile High Nationals qualifying (taped) 11 p.m. FS1 Baseball Mariners at Blue Jays 1 p.m. MLB Giants at Yankees 4 p.m. FS1 Under Armour All-America Game 4 p.m. MLB Mets at Marlins 7 p.m. FSF Rangers at Royals 7 p.m. FS1 Rays at A's 9 p.m. Fox Sun; 620-AM Braves at Rockies (in progress) 10 p.m. MLB Basketball The Basketball Tournament noon ESPN2 The Basketball Tournament 2 p.m. ESPNU The Basketball Tournament 8 p.m. ESPN2 Boxing Welterweights: Maidana vs. Maysonet 8:15 p.m. NBCSN Cycling Tour de France, Stage 20 7 a.m. NBCSN Golf Senior British Open 9:30 a.m. Golf Senior British Open noon Ch. 8 PGA: Canadian Open 1 p.m. Golf U.S. Girls' Jr. Championship 2 p.m. FS1 PGA: Canadian Open 3 p.m. Ch. 10 LPGA: International Crown 3 p.m. Golf American Century Championship 3 p.m. Ch. 8 Web.com: Utah Championship 7 p.m. Golf Horses Diana Stakes 4 p.m. FS2 Soccer International Champions Cup: Leicester City vs. Celtic 12:30 p.m. ESPND MLS: L.A. at Portland 3:45 p.m. ESPN, ESPND Mexican: Pumas at Cruz Azul 6 p.m. Unimas NASL: New York at Rowdies 7:30 p.m. BHSN Mexican: Necaxa at Leon 7:45 p.m. Univision Mexican: Club Atlas at Tigres 8 p.m. Unimas Mexican: Monterrey at Guadalajara 10 p.m. Univision Tennis WTA: Bank of the West Classic 5 p.m. ESPN2 WTA: Bank of the West Classic 10 p.m. ESPN2 Track and field American Track League 9 p.m. ESPN
07/22/16 Public Safety
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....
07/22/16 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....
07/22/16 The Heater
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....
07/22/16 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. ......
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....
07/22/16 The Heater
Tonight: at A's
When/where: 9:05, Oakland Coliseum
TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....