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  1. 6A-7: Weeki Wachee dispatches Hernando in four

    Home Team

    CRYSTAL RIVER – No. 3 Weeki Wachee upset county foe and second-seeded Hernando in four sets (25-18, 25-27, 25-10, 25-20) Tuesday night in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinal  to advance to the  championship match Thursday night.  …

  2. No. 11 Wisconsin dispatches No. 8 Michigan State with easeAssociated Press


    EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook's first start was over, there wasn't much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.  …

    Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who had two rushing touchdowns, goes to the air to avoid a Spartan.
  3. Justice Department to dispatch team to Turkey for cleric inquiry


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department will dispatch a team to Turkey in coming days to pursue allegations by the Turkish government of criminal activity by Fethullah Gulen, an Obama administration official said Friday. …

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, is surrounded by his personal security and local officials after Friday prayers at Marmara University Theological School mosque in Istanbul.
  4. For former New York fire dispatcher, memories of 9/11 are etched forever


    BROOKSVILLE John Lightsey reported for duty at central dispatch for the New York City Fire Department at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. He didn't go home for four days. …

    John Lightsey, a New York City fire dispatcher on Sept. 11, 2001, will soon retire from Hernando County Fire Rescue. 
  5. Pasco doubles up on deputy dispatches; cost to neighborhoods rises


    After shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is mandating his deputies work in pairs when they answer calls for service. …

    Sheriff Chris Nocco made the decision in response to killings of police officers.
  6. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary


    U.S. Rep. David Jolly will almost certainly battle former Gov. Charlie Crist this fall in the 13th Congressional District in what will be a nationally scrutinized race. …

    Republican Rep. David Jolly is seeking re-election in the 13th Congressional District. [Miami Herald (2015)] 
  7. Orlando nightclub shooter told 911 dispatcher: 'I did the shootings'


    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]
  8. Dispatches from budding rap star G-Eazy's tour bus in Tampa


    TAMPA — G-Eazy hunches on his tour bus, elbows on thighs, mouthing lyrics he just wrote on his iPhone, as a woman's voice pops through a black Marshall speaker. "I don't charge Bebe for this verse, right?" the rapper asks his crew. …

    G-Eazy takes a shot with fellow rapper Nef the Pharaoh (left) and other members of his team moments before taking the stage at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, June 17, 2016. The rapper is currently on his Endless Summer tour, which he is co-headlining with Logic. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  9. Lander begins descent to land on Mars


    BERLIN — The European Space Agency has dispatched an experimental probe on the final leg of its quest to land on Mars — part of a mission aimed at exploring the red planet's atmosphere and searching for signs of life. …

    An artist's depiction of the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli. [Associated Press]
  10. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges


    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]
  11. Pasco deputies: Two men found shot in Dade City


    DADE CITY — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating a shooting incident that left two men wounded on Friday evening. …

  12. Pinellas County 911 calls rerouted to St. Petersburg Police dispatchers following outage


    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. …

  13. Missouri woman accuses fellow candidate for Legislature of rape


    ST. LOUIS — A Ferguson lawyer who is running for a seat in the Missouri House has accused another Democratic candidate of raping her during an August meeting to discuss how they could work together in the forthcoming legislative session.  …

  14. Bad cable delays comeback rocket launch from Va.


    Cape Canaveral Bad cable delays comeback rocket launch from Va. …

  15. U.S. suspends contacts with Russia on Syria


    WASHINGTON — The State Department says the U.S. is suspending bilateral contacts with Russia over Syria. That comes after last week's threat by Secretary of State John Kerry to suspend contacts amid new attacks on the city of Aleppo.  …

  16. University of Tampa gets its own wave of creepy clown sightings

    The Gradebook

    TAMPA — Perhaps it was inevitable. The scourge of creepy clowns — very few of whom actually seem to exist in the flesh — afflicted another school earlier this week, this time the University of Tampa. A message from the Office of the Dean of Students on Oct. 4 sought to nip the issue in the bud. …

  17. Newly released files show flood of Pulse calls to 911 operators


    ORLANDO — The city of Orlando on Wednesday released another small batch of 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub shooting that show how emergency dispatchers juggled hundreds of panicked calls, more than three months after gunman Omar Mateen left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured. …

    Omar Mateen opened fire inside the crowded Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people.
  18. Review: Shacochis' 'Kingdoms in the Air' an adventure for the mind


    On the way to an ancient town in the highest reaches of the Himalayas, horses scramble up a nearly vertical mountainside path, terrified riders clinging to their manes. In remotest Siberia, a fishing trip turns into an encounter with Russian gangsters in the caviar trade, men as dangerous as the area's plentiful grizzly bears. In the Caribbean in the 1970s, Bob Shacochis writes, "you flew Cessnyca and its nine-passenger, twin-engined Beechcraft, apparently maintained by obeah priests. ... On my inaugural flight during December's stormy weather, the f------ pilot knelt on the tarmac, crossed himself, and prayed before boarding the plane in front of me." …

    Readers are transported to Nepal’s remote kingdom of Mustang in “Kingdoms in the Air,” the longest of 13 nonfiction pieces in Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches From the Far Away.
  19. Deputies identify victim in Lealman shootings


    Times staff LEALMAN — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies have released the name of a man who they say was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon by a neighbor who went on a shooting string after receiving notice he was being evicted from his residence. …

  20. 911 caller from inside Pulse nightclub: 'He's gonna kill us'


    ORLANDO — With so many calls flooding into emergency dispatchers during the June 12 Pulse nightclub shooting, 911 operators had no choice that morning but to disconnect with victims still inside the club as the three-hour ordeal unfolded so they could answer other calls. …

    Orlando police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday. [Associated Press]

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