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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. No injuries in north Tampa house fire


    TAMPA — No one was injured in a Thursday house fire at 8408 Lake Melena Way in Tampa, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. When fire crews arrived, the family was already outside the house, which is elevated on stilts, officials said. …

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


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

  6. 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.
  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. Officer in Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting was a co-pastor, skating champion


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Faith led Garrett Swasey to a career in public service and pastoral care, and duty led him to a Planned Parenthood clinic where he was gunned down. The 44-year-old Swasey was the first of three victims to be identified in the shootings Friday at the clinic.  …

    The police officer who was killed during Friday's shooting standoff at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs has been identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, a co-pastor at his church and an ice-skating champion.
Swasey, who was married and had two young children, had been with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police department for six years and responded to the initial reports of an active shooter. [University of Colorado at Colorado Springs via New York Times]
  9. Iraq warned of attacks before Paris assault


    BAGHDAD — Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned coalition countries of imminent assaults by the Islamic State group just one day before last week's deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, The Associated Press has learned. …

    People light candles in the downtown of Budapest, Hungary, Sunday in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks that killed more than 120 people . [Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP]
  10. U.S. suspends military personnel over airstrike in Afghanistan


    KABUL — The crew of an American gunship that attacked a hospital in Kunduz last month, killing 30, misidentified the target, had suffered a loss of electronic communications, had not been carrying a "no-strike" list though one existed and was beset by "fatigue and a high operational tempo," a U.S. military investigation has concluded. …

    Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander for Afghanistan, describes the errors that led to the errant airstrike on a hospital.
  11. Snitch ruins Orlando-area retirement community's penny-ante mahjong game


    ORLANDO Someone was suspicious of Zelda King and her gang of gambling grandmas. …

    From left, Lee Delnick, 86, Zelda King, 87, and Bernice Diamond, 89, gather around a mahjong game in the clubhouse at the Escondido Condominium community in Altamonte Springs.
  12. Your DayStarter: Today's weather (a little warmer), this week's party planner, low-fuss holiday spreads and a look inside yesterday's Bucs win


    It won't be as cool today, with a midday high around 85 degrees, cooling to about 70 for the evening, according to WTSP 10Weather. …

    Remembering Rhea Chiles, who helped her husband, former Gov. Lawton Chiles, with youth smoking cessation and founded the Lawton Chiles Foundation to focus on child health initiatives after his death. Associated Press (2000)
  13. Emotions run high at Davis Elementary after fifth-grader dies in hit-and-run


    TAMPA — A grief counselor and crisis team were sent to Davis Elementary School on Monday to help students cope with the hit-and-run death of a fifth-grader over the weekend. …

    Alexander H. Torres, 11, was killed Saturday in a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash on a bridge crossing the Hillsborough River on Hillsborough Avenue. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office] 
  14. Football: River Ridge 24, Lecanto 6


    NEW PORT RICHEY — As his team kneeled down near the east end zone along with a seemingly endless stream of purple-clad students that joined from the stands, River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin had one simple statement Friday night: "On to Round 2." …

  15. 4 new Chicago police shooting videos raise more questions (w/video)


    CHICAGO — Newly released videos from four additional police vehicles at the scene of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald raise questions about how the city's Police Department documented the killing of an African-American teenager that has led to a Chicago cop being charged with first-degree murder. …

    Chicago officials released dash-cam video Tuesday of the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. [Image from video]
  16. Police: Feud over hedges leads to a punch in the face


    LARGO — A neighborly dispute devolved into physical violence, spilling into police records Oct. 20 when one man cut another's hedges. Randy David Hendrick, 51, faces charges of criminal mischief and battery on a person 65 years of age or older. Police wrote in arrest reports that he used hedge clippers to lop off a couple of inches from his neighbor's hedges. The two men told an officer they had prior problems, and the owner of the hedges said he had told Hendrick to stay off of his property. The man "was letting his hedge grow in hopes of eventually building a barrier between the houses, so he wouldn't have to see" Hendrick, according to the reports. Hendrick told the officer he owned the hedges. At some point during the altercation, according to police, Hendrick got on top of his neighbor and punched the man in the face, leading to the battery charge. …

  17. Some in U.S. military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack


    WASHINGTON — American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, military officials said Wednesday.  …

    An employee of Doctors Without Borders walks inside the charred remains of their hospital on Oct. 16 after it was hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. An investigative report on the U.S. air attack that killed more than two dozen civilians at a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month says the crew of the attacking plane misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban. [Associated Press]
  18. France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away


    PARIS France launched "massive" air strikes on the Islamic State group's de-facto capital in Syria on Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned. …

    Police forces on patrol pass under the closed Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Saturday. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack the Islamic State group without mercy as the jihadist group claimed responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks on France since World War II. [AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu]
  19. My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment


    I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to deal with the lock afterward. …

    Fay Wells
  20. News at noon: Why Tampa police write so many tickets; Jeb Bush needs a miracle in N.H.; baggage fees; healthy jobs report; CSX tracks; college football and basketball; and a talk with the Newsies director


    Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff's offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined; more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state's four other largest cities. And no other law enforcement agency in the state arrests more people than the Tampa Police Department. Once you understand how the department measures officer productivity, it's easy to see why. …

    Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff's offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined; more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state's four other largest cities. And no other law enforcement agency in the state arrests more people than the Tampa Police Department. Once you understand how the department measures officer productivity, it's easy to see why. Each arrest, each ticket, feeds into a formula that calculates an officer's "productivity ratio" - number of hours worked divided by the number of tickets and arrests. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times}

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