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  1. East Region: Florida silences doubters, dispatches East Tennessee State 80-65

    College

    ORLANDO — When analyst Seth Davis pegged fourth-seeded Florida as a potential first-round upset victim on CBS's Selection Sunday Show, the Gators were watching on their locker-room big screen TV. The volume was cranked up. They heard what Davis said.  …

    Canyon Barry does the Gator Chomp after Florida’s balanced effort ends ETSU’s upset hopes.
  2. Region volleyball: Palm Harbor University dispatches Cinderella

    Volleyballpreps

    By Rodney Page Times Staff Writer PALM HARBOR — Both Palm Harbor University and East Bay brought its "B" games to Tuesday night's Class 8A region quarterfinal. For the Hurricanes, that was good enough. …

  3. 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.  …

  4. Justice Department to dispatch team to Turkey for cleric inquiry

    World

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

    College

    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.
  6. For former New York fire dispatcher, memories of 9/11 are etched forever

    Humaninterest

    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. 
  7. Pasco doubles up on deputy dispatches; cost to neighborhoods rises

    Publicsafety

    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.
  8. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary

    Stateroundup

    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)] 
  9. 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]
  10. Dispatches from budding rap star G-Eazy's tour bus in Tampa

    Music

    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. …

    Rapper G-Eazy performs 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 

  11. Pinellas firefighters battling large commercial fire in Oldsmar

    Fire

    OLDSMAR — Fire crews from across Pinellas County were called in to battle a massive fire at a commercial facility on Thursday night. The fire was reported at 8:16 p.m. at a commercial building at 100 Dunbar Ave. Smoke and flames could be seen escaping the building, according to news reports. …

  12. Tillerson to go to Russia but will skip NATO meeting next month

    Politics

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Russia next month, a week after a NATO summit meeting he is skipping, State Department officials said Monday. …

    China's President Xi Jinping, right, meets with U.S. State of Secretary Rex Tillerson at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. [Associated Press]
  13. Former Pinellas teacher acquitted in ex-husband's slaying faces wrongful death lawsuit

    Civil

    Two months ago, a jury acquitted Cara Ryan of murdering her ex-husband, a former St. Petersburg police officer. But Ryan may go to court again for the 2015 shooting — this time because of wrongful death lawsuit recently filed by the daughter of Sgt. John "J.J." Rush. …

    Meghan Rush, daughter of former St. Petersburg police Sgt. John "J.J." Rush, testified against his ex-wife at her murder trial in January. Ex-wife Cara Ryan was acquitted, but now Meghan Rush has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her for the 2015 shooting death of her father. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES]
  14. 911 calls show confusion during Fort Lauderdale airport shooting (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    FORT LAUDERDALE — One call came from a terrified woman hiding in a Fort Lauderdale airport restaurant as people ran past, fleeing a gunman. Another came from a woman hiding in some bushes. A group of people called as they hid in a storage unit.  …

    People flee on the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on Jan. 6 after a gunman opened fire at  a baggage claim area. [Associated Press]
  15. Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

    World

    TOKYO — North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: He's too much like Barack Obama.  …

     Then President-elect Donald Trump looks over at then President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 before being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. [Associated Press]
  16. Defunct Clearwater private jet company Avantair goes from boom to bankruptcy to federal court

    Airlines

    In early 2012, Avantair was the darling of the charter plane industry and Tampa Bay business executives, a publicly traded company with a fleet of 56 executive airplanes and hundreds of employees based at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. …

    Avantair, a fractional jet ownership company with headquarters in Clearwater, collapsed in 2013. Workers were furloughed, planes grounded, lawsuits filed and customers left out to dry.
  17. Two-time WBC champion Japan outslugs Cuba; Israel, Netherlands win

    Sports

    TOKYO — Nobuhiro Matsuda hit a three-run homer as Japan scored five in the fifth inning on its way to an 11-6 win over Cuba in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.  …

  18. Lawmaker to Rick Scott: Restore order in privately run women's prison

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Warning that inmate health and safety is at risk at the state's largest privately run women's prison, Rep. David Richardson asked Gov. Rick Scott this week to use his emergency powers to replace the top officers and take state control of Gadsden Correctional Facility. …

    Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, is asking Gov. Rick Scott to declare an emergency about the conditions at Gadsden Correctional Facility, the state's largest women's prison. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  19. Patient meets paramedics who saved his life

    Publicsafety

    Seconds after Angela Johns went to get a glass of water for her husband, Jerry, on a break from yard work, she heard his body hit the garage floor. …

  20. Academy at Fivay High shows students the basics of criminal justice

    K12

    HUDSON — During the course of a typical day at Fivay High School's Criminal Justice Academy, students might find themselves making mock arrests, testing their skills on the shooting range or deeply involved in a fingerprinting activity. …

    Dominic Hand, 16, goes through a “takedown into prone handcuff” technique on Brandon Cosh, 17, in the school wrestling room.

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