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  1. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets


    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. …

  2. Albuquerque 911 dispatcher who hung up on caller quits


    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. …

  3. 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.
  4. District softball roundup: Countryside, Seminole dispatch top seeds


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

  5. 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 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.
  6. Sheriff says 911 center remains a work in progress


    DADE CITY — The car alarm signaled trouble, and Phillip Tyler knew what to do. He dialed the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to report the attempted auto burglary. The call, about noon on a Friday to the sheriff's nonemergency number, went unanswered and then unattached. …

  7. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole


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

  8. Team Bush makes oppo moves against Rubio, Kasich and other rivals

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    Team Bush is on the offensive, dispatching trackers to rivals’ events, including Marco Rubio yesterday in Iowa, and opposition researchers to John Kasich’s congressional library in Ohio. …

  9. 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. …

  10. Man convicted, sentenced to life in I-4 mistaken identity murder case


    TAMPA — Accused of killing a man in a drive-by shooting on Interstate 4, Jerome Hayes took the stand Thursday, the only witness to testify in his defense. …

  11. Search underway for boaters after vessel capsizes near Sunshine Skyway


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter late Saturday night to search the waters near the Sunshine Skyway for three people reported to be clinging to the side of a capsized boat. …

  12. 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. …

  13. 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.  …

  14. Clearwater High student accused of lying about gun on campus


    CLEARWATER — A teen's false report about a gun triggered a two-hour lockdown at Clearwater High School on Thursday. …

  15. Tampa police award young girl who shielded her little brother during home burglary


    TAMPA When 11-year-old Annabelle Sanders was asked, in front of all her sixth-grade classmates, if she thought her 911 call made her a hero, she responded quietly and candidly. "Kinda," she said with a shrug. …

    Tampa police Chief Eric Ward high-fives Annabelle Sanders, 11, after a surprise ceremony at school Monday to recognize her.
  16. Confusion, horror and heroism in Oregon shooting


    ROSEBURG, Ore. — Twenty-year-old Marc Beckwith was in Room 16 of Snyder Hall, preparing for his computer lab. Cassandra Welding, also 20, was slipping into the lab room just as a familiar figure was slipping out. …

    A police officer posts a time line of the events that occurred during the shooting at Umpqua Community College before the start of a news conference on Saturday in Roseburg, Ore.
  17. Deputies find Walmart robbery suspect at nearby sandwich shop


    TAMPA — Authorities in pursuit of a suspected Walmart bandit ended their search in the restroom of a sandwich shop Tuesday night. …

  18. Prognosis good for Cards OF after collision


    PITTSBURGH — Cardinals LF Stephen Piscotty was released from a hospital Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a violent outfield collision that silenced a ballpark. The prognosis was so positive that the rookie could play again before the regular season ends Sunday. …

  19. More heard than seen, coyotes lurk about St. Petersburg's Snell Isle suburb


    ST. PETERSBURG — Coyote sightings are up on Snell Isle. They've been cataloged by resident Steve Ritch, who dashed off an email alerting City Hall. …

    Locations of 2015 Coyote sightings reported in Pinellas County. The reports have not been verified, and some positions are approximate based on information provided. See interactive map in story for information on each sighting. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Animal Services]
  20. Florida universities outline response to emergencies like Oregon mass shooting


    After nine people were killed Thursday by a gunman who also killed himself at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the Tampa Bay Times asked university police departments across the Tampa Bay area and Florida to explain how they would handle an active shooter situation and other emergencies on campus. …

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