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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. Trump fundraising is far-reaching — even going overseas

    National

    Sir Roger Gale was puzzled when a string of emails from Donald Trump's presidential campaign landed in his inbox. As a Briton and a member of Parliament, Gale is barred by U.S. law from giving Trump money, much less voting for him. "I've gotten rid of most of that rubbish," he said in an interview. …

    Solicitations for Donald Trump have led to a pair of complaints.
  6. Third trial under way for St. Petersburg man accused of strangling woman

    Criminal

    LARGO — There's no question that Ann Griffith, 42, was choked so violently with a lamp cord on Jan. 4, 2003, that her neck was broken. …

     Left to Right:  Defense attorney Richard Watts talks in court with his client, defendant Leo Berube before jury selection  began Monday, 6/27/16, at the Pinellas County Criminal Courts Complex, Largo. This will be the third trial for Berube for the same crime. He is charged with strangling a woman with a lamp cord in 2003.
  7. 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
  8. 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]
  9. Documents reveal chaos, confusion in Pulse nightclub shooting

    News

    Documents released Tuesday by the city of Orlando reveal how first responders were confronted with mass confusion during the Pulse nightclub shooting. In a flood of 911 calls from inside the club, patrons described their efforts to escape the man who moved from room to room, shooting. …

    Orlando police officers direct family members away from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, scene of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
  10. PolitiFact: Many Trump products made in China, but not nearly all of them

    Business

    The statement "Go look at a Trump product. They're all made in China." U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, June 18, in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch The ruling …

    Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez speaks during the Education Education?€™s second annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit,Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in Washington. Lawmakers have called on the Justice Department to investigate the New York Police Department intelligence program. Perez, the head of the Civil Rights Division, said Thursday he was reviewing the request, but he repeatedly refused to answer when asked if, like the NYPD documents obtained by the AP, the Justice Department considered ?€œAmerican Black Muslim?€ to be an ?€œancestry of interest.?€ (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  11. 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. …

  12. Clearwater officer says goodbye to Major, his 'faithful partner' and protector police dog

    Publicsafety

    CLEARWATER — Major, a canine patrol unit dog, was a fierce protector. …

    Major, a K-9 unit dog for Clearwater police, was put down on Friday. His partner, Sgt. Michael Spitaleri, wrote a heartfelt letter to say goodbye to the beloved pup. (Clearwater Police Department)
  13. 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]
  14. 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.
  15. 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]
  16. 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: …

  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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]
  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 sign shows the anatomy of a Tampa Cuban sandwich at Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, South Korea.

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