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  1. Orlando nightclub shooter told 911 dispatcher: 'I did the shootings'

    Crime

    The gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando last Sunday called 911 and admitted to a dispatcher that he "did the shootings," according to a transcript released Monday by the FBI. …

    People hold candles at Sunday's candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub as they gather at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. [Associated Press]
  2. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — The first fire at the house on Howard Street erupted the day after Christmas, at 2:42 a.m. Someone had poured gasoline and lit a flame. Three adults and an infant were sleeping inside. …

    The Fish and Wildlife agency fired Ryan Elliott Butler, 29.
[Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office]
  3. Pinellas County 911 calls rerouted to St. Petersburg Police dispatchers following outage

    Publicsafety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County's 911 system went down about 10 a.m. Wednesday, but the call load was quickly transferred to the St. Petersburg Police Department so emergency callers were not affected, a county spokeswoman said. …

  4. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets

    Volleyballpreps

    TAMPA — Berkeley Prep kicked off the season in style, easily dispatching visiting Tampa Prep 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 in both team's season opener on Thursday. …

  5. Lois Duncan, whose suspense novels held teen readers spellbound, dies at 82

    Obituaries

    Lois Duncan, 82, who held generations of young readers spellbound with I Know What You Did Last Summer, Killing Mr. Griffin and a raft of other popular suspense novels, a genre she could no longer bear to write after the unsolved murder of her teenage daughter in 1989, died June 15 in Bradenton. She was credited with helping establish the genre of young-adult fiction — literature carefully tailored for readers who are neither children nor grownups, who know more than it may seem but not enough to make their way in the world. …

    Lois Duncan
  6. Police identify man whose remains were found inside alligator

    Publicsafety

    The man whose remains were found inside the stomach of an alligator in Polk County was identified today by Lakeland Police as Richard Zachary Taylor. Taylor, 72, had no permanent address, according to the police. …

    Richard Zachary Taylor [Lakeland Police Department]
  7. Albuquerque 911 dispatcher who hung up on caller quits

    Nation

    An Albuquerque, N.M., 911 dispatcher who in June hung up on a teenage girl seeking help after her friend was fatally shot resigned on Tuesday after audio of the incident was released. …

  8. Orlando tattoo artists memorialize the pain of the Pulse nightclub shootings

    Crime

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    Chelsea McCarthy of Orlando gets a free tattoo from Angel "Evil Tattu" Ruiza at Anarchy Tattoos and Art Co. in Orlando on Friday in memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. "Yeah, I know Angel," says McCarthy, remembering  Angel Santiago, a survivor who spoke to reporters about his story inside the club. "I work next door to him, and I know he goes out all the time. I woke up the next day and saw he was there on Facebook. I was scared." [ZACK WITTMAN | Times]
  9. Region softball: Boca Ciega dispatches Robinson

    Softballpreps

    GULFPORT — Boca Ciega scored three runs in the fifth inning Thursday and used a strong outing from starting pitcher Caylie VanAuken to earn a 6-2 win over Robinson in the Class 5A region semifinal. Boca Ciega will host Lemon Bay today at 4 p.m. …

    Boca Ciega’s Caylie VanAuken turns in another solid start on the mound, finishing with 12 strikeouts in the Pirates’ 6-2 win.
  10. Florida sending 100 Highway Patrol troopers to GOP convention

    The Buzz

    Florida will dispatch 134 Highway Patrol employees, including 100 full-time state troopers, to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to help with crowd control and security.  …

    The Florida Highway Patrol's mobile field force.
  11. Lakeland alligator found with body in its mouth likely caught, police still investigating (w/911 audio)

    Publicsafety

    LAKELAND — Trappers were able to capture the 9-foot alligator they believed was spotted with a body in its mouth in Polk County, officials said Wednesday.  …

    Lakeland police are investigating an alligator seen with a body in its mouth. [Sgt. Gary Gross, Lakeland Police Department]
  12. Timeline of Orlando gunman's conversations in club shooting

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The FBI on Monday released partial transcripts that give the fullest glimpse yet of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen's conversations with 911 and crisis negotiators during the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub that left 49 people and Mateen dead. A timeline: …

  13. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

    SEMINOLE— Seminole brought the energy looking for an upset, but failed to maintain the intensity in overtime. …

  14. District softball roundup: Countryside, Seminole dispatch top seeds

    Softballpreps

    PINELLAS PARK — With district semifinals this good, Thursday's final could almost be anticlimactic. …

  15. UConn easily dispatches Maryland, vies for third straight title

    College

    TAMPA — At least one college basketball juggernaut remains upright today. A night after Kentucky's men were introduced to mortality, Connecticut's women remained a sleek, sturdy model of infallibility in Sunday's national semifinals at Amalie Arena. …

    UConn's Breanna Stewart gets tangled up with Maryland's Malina Howard in first half action. Maryland v UConn in the NCAA Final Four semifinals at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
  16. Dr. Ralph Stanley, bluegrass pioneer from 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack, dies at 89

    Sound Check

    The roots of country music run deep in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. …

    Dr. Ralph Stanley
  17. Police say Walmart program is reducing arrests, but one Tampa City Council member is not satisfied

    Localgovernment

    TAMPA — Walmart is still keeping Tampa police busy but a diversion program for people shoplifting items worth less than $25 is helping to reduce arrests and calls for police assistance …

    Vehicles and patrons are seen outside the Walmart Supercenter located at 1505 N. Dale Mabry Highway. Walmart has introduced a diversion program at the store that gives first-time shoplifters a break by letting them take a class on retail theft and pay restitution rather than face criminal charges. The goal is to reduce police resources spent dealing with Walmarts in the city. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  18. District volleyball: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games

    Volleyballpreps

    TRINITY — To almost no one's surprise, Tuesday's first Class 6A-10 district semifinal went the distance. In a match where two even teams couldn't hold momentum for long, Osceola had it when it mattered, beating Springstead 25-15, 11-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13. …

  19. Gay pride events festive but some concerned after Orlando

    Nation

    CHICAGO — The music was thumping and crowds were dancing Saturday at gay pride events around the United States, with some revelers saying the partying was proof that people won't give in to fear after last weekend's attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando.  …

    Revelers wait for a champagne toast to kick off New Orleans Pride on Saturday. In the French Quarter, a strong police presence was evident.
  20. Tampa's 'foreign Cuban sandwich cor­re­spond­ents' report back on Seoul's Tampa Cuban

    Dining

    The Tampa Sandwich Bar opened in Seoul, Korea in October. At the core of Geunmin Kang and Hyunmin Cho's menu, naturally, is a Tampa-style Cuban sandwich. While the couple aims to compete in the sixth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in 2017, as of now they have not visited Tampa, much of their sandwich know-how gleaned from YouTube. Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Times' volunteer "foreign Cuban sandwich correspondents" Scott and Heather Peisner assessed the restaurant's verisimilitude. …

    A Cuban sandwich at the Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, Korea. Photo courtesy Tampa Sandwich Bar.

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