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  1. Region softball: Boca Ciega dispatches Robinson


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


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

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


    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  Moriah Jefferson tries to control the  ball during first half action of the Maryland v UConn game  in the NCAA Final Four semifinals at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
  4. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole


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

  5. District volleyball: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games


    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. …

  6. District tiebreaker: Berkeley Prep dispatches Tampa Catholic to move on


    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic and Fort Meade were moments from kicking off for the first quarter of a three-way tiebreaker to determine the Class 3A-4 district runner up. But Berkeley Prep, the host team for Monday's shootout, was out of sight. …

  7. Auschwitz defendant says he is not entitled to forgiveness


    LUENEBURG, Germany — A 94-year-old man charged as an accessory in the murders of about 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau told a court Wednesday that he consciously had not asked Holocaust survivors for their forgiveness because, given the dimensions of their suffering, he is not entitled to it. …

    Former SS officer Oskar Groening, 94,  is charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.
  8. Dispatcher resigns amid investigation of failure to send help for trapped baby


    TAMPA — A Tampa police dispatcher who refused to send help to a woman who called 911 after her baby was locked inside a hot car has resigned. Darrell Brown, 25, was under investigation for violating a police department policy on attentiveness to duty when he quit Oct. 2.  …

  9. Jury starts deliberations in Valrico strangulation case


    TAMPA Verdict not in yet in husband's murder trial …

  10. The latest Dispatches: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe


    Set for Floridian in Sunday's Times from award-winner John Woodrow Cox: TAMPA — "Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

    Joe Versaggi.
  11. Tampa police dispatcher faces discipline for handling of trapped baby


    TAMPA — A Tampa police dispatcher is facing discipline after he failed to send help to a woman who called 911 after her baby got locked inside a car, officials said. …

  12. Dispatches from Next Door: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe


    TAMPA — “Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

    Joe Versaggi talks with Kris Ward, 20, who was burned in a grease fire, as girlfriend Keyaira Herring, 19, listens.
  13. Notables Bouchard, Halep out at Wimbledon


    LONDON — It looked all too easy for the champions at the All England Club. It was another story, though, for one of last year's finalists and for one of the highest seeded women in the draw.  …

    Eugenie Bouchard, battling an abdominal injury, falls in straight sets in the first round.
  14. PolitiFact Florida's Buck-O-Meter: Bob Buckhorn compromises on accountability promise


    TAMPA — How many potholes does Tampa fill per month? How many miles of drainage ditches does it clean? How long does it take Tampa Fire Rescue to arrive at a fire? Or for the water department to answer your phone call? …

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the online metrics should provide more transparency in government. “I want people to hold us accountable,” he said, “and I want them to be able to measure our performance.”
  15. Cruise plane crashes, all 9 on board die (w/video)


    SEATTLE — A small plane carrying eight passengers from a cruise ship that departed from Seattle on June 20 crashed in southeast Alaska Thursday afternoon. All nine people on board, including the pilot, were killed, Holland America Line confirmed Thursday night. …

  16. Hillsborough County Sheriff: Six-foot alligator attacks horse in Odessa pasture


    Deputies were dispatched to Odessa Thursday evening to corral a six-foot alligator that attacked a horse, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. …

  17. U.S. team wins St. Petersburg Grand Slam beach volleyball tourney


    ST. PETERSBURG — It was an early wakeup call for Americans Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson on the final day of the men's competition at the St. Petersburg Grand Slam. …

    Casey Patterson goes for a return in the gold-medal match of the beach volleyball tournament.
  18. 4 killed, teen hurt in shooting at Ohio home


    ohio 4 killed, teen hurt in shooting at home, police say Four people were killed and a teenage girl injured in a shooting at an Ohio home, police said Saturday.  …

  19. Authorities respond to reports of alligator at East Lake High School


    Authorities early Thursday responded to reports of an alligator in between buildings at East Lake High School. A trapper went to the scene about 7 a.m., according to a Pinellas sheriff's dispatcher. The gator was promptly caught, WTSP-10 News reported. The first bell at East Lake is at 7:05 a.m. …

    East Lake High School student Kiki Coulouras took this photo of an alligator on campus Thursday morning. [Photo by KIKI COULOURAS]
  20. N.C. shark attacks leave two teens severely wounded


    OAK ISLAND, N.C. — Hours after a teenage girl suffered severe injuries in a shark attack Sunday a teenage boy was also severely injured.  …

    Emergency responders assist a teenage girl at the scene of a shark attack in Oak Island, N.C., Sunday. [Steve Bouser | The Pilot, Southern Pines, N.C. via AP]

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