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  1. 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. …

  2. Region softball: Boca Ciega dispatches Robinson

    Softballpreps

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

    Softballpreps

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

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

    College

    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. …

    
Marylands. Shatori Walker -Kimbrough, drives past UConn's,  Gabby Williams in  second half actioin.

  5. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

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

  6. Gov. Scott instructs AHCA secretary to audit hospitals, insurance plans

    The Buzz

    After demanding that hospitals and insurance companies prove their Medicaid contracts are below state-mandated limits, Gov. Rick Scott is dispatching Agency for Health Care Administration to audit those that did not send the state information by an Aug. 1 deadline. …

  7. District volleyball: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games

    Volleyballpreps

    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. …

  8. This is the toll of being a 911 operator

    Humaninterest

    One Thursday evening, I answered a ringing phone, noting the call wait time as 15 seconds. "911, Do you need police, fire or medical?" …

  9. 911 calls reveal both sides of deadly road rage incident

    Crime

    BEVERLY HILLS, Fla. — In 911 calls from an apparent road rage incident, a north Florida man tells a dispatcher he has his gun "cocked and loaded" because "some maniac" was trying to run him off the road. …

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

    Footballpreps

    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. …

  11. Scott calls for investigation of Florida Planned Parenthood sites

    The Buzz

    Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an investigation of 16 statewide Planned Parenthood offices amid claims from an anti-abortion advocacy group that the health services center sold body parts of aborted fetuses for profit. …

    Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an investigation of all statewide Planned Parenthood offices.
  12. Huckabee responds to Bush: 'I take nothing back'

    The Buzz

    A day after Jeb Bush scolded Mike Huckabee for likening the Iran deal to the Holocaust, Huckabee punched back on Fox News and declared: "I take nothing back." "You don’t tone down the rhetoric when people are threatening a country off the face of the map,” Huckabee said on The Dispatch. …

  13. Dispatcher resigns amid investigation of failure to send help for trapped baby

    Publicsafety

    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. Tampa police dispatcher faces discipline for handling of trapped baby

    Publicsafety

    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. …

  15. Coast Guard ends search for missing Florida teens

    Nation

    OPA-LOCKA — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt. …

    Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat before embarking on a fishing trip. [U.S. Coast Guard via AP]
  16. Hopes for Florida teens' survival at sea rest on life jackets, cooler

    Accidents

    TEQUESTA — Hopes for the survival of two 14-year-old boys missing at sea for nearly a week rest on three items their families believe may be keeping them afloat: orange life jackets, a white Yeti cooler and a metal cover from their capsized boat's engine. …

    Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat before embarking on a fishing trip. [U.S. Coast Guard via AP]
  17. Search continues for teens missing at sea

    Incoming

    WEST PALM BEACH — Mustering hope for a "best-case scenario" in the face of countless unknowns, search crews braced for a seventh day and night at sea Thursday in the hunt for two teenagers missing from their capsized boat.  …

    Pictured above: the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Three University of Virginia graduates and members of the fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesday, July 29, 2015, court records show. [STEVE HELBER | Associated Press]
  18. Allegiant Air flight runs low on fuel over closed airport, makes emergency landing

    Airlines

    An Allegiant Air flight ran dangerously low on fuel last week as it circled an airport in North Dakota that was actually closed so the Navy's Blue Angels could practice for a forthcoming air show. …

    An Allegiant Air flight had to make an emergency landing in North Dakota last week when it ran low on fuel while flying to an airport that was closed. It's the latest in a number of problems with Allegiant Air, including several emergency landings at St. Pete Clearwater International Airport. This photo was taken there in June. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  19. Florida education news: Testing, finances, overdue repairs and more

    The Gradebook

    PRIORITIES: On his first official day, Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins talks about his goals for the school district. COMMUNICATION: Pasco Pine View Middle leaders scale back their aggressive scheduling and curriculum plans after listening to parent concerns. …

  20. FSU puts 4 on All-ACC team; Miami shut out

    College

    Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey believes the Seminoles have the most talented team in the country. …

    Junior defensive back Jalen Ramsey is one of four Florida State players named to the All-ACC preseason team.

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