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  1. The latest Dispatches: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe

    State

    Set for Floridian in Sunday's Times from award-winner John Woodrow Cox: TAMPA — "Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

  2. Dispatches from Next Door: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — “Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

  3. Sheriff's Office, Pinellas County 911 centers merge calls

    Public Safety

    LARGO — No glitches have been reported as the Pinellas Sheriff's Office and the county's 911 call center merged this week, in what Sheriff Bob Gualtieri calls a monumental improvement in public safety service. …

  4. Rep. Eric Cantor, ex-Majority Leader, to leave Congress early

    National

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican whose last day as House majority leader was Thursday, has told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he is resigning his seat effective Aug. 18 in hopes that his successor will be able to participate in the lame-duck session after the November elections. …

  5. Bill Young's widow struggles to find peace and meaning in life without congressman

    Politics

    The congressman's widow couldn't stop crying. Curled in the corner of her leather couch, clutching her new Yorkie, Camo, she sat alone in her immaculate townhouse. Love songs from the '70s wafted from the kitchen radio. Outside the doors, the sun slid toward the sea. …

  6. Tallahassee police release new details in murder of FSU professor

    The Buzz

    Florida State University law professor Dan Markel was shot in his car, police said Monday, after releasing notes from the Tallahassee Fire Department dispatch log. …

  7. A Tampa taxi odyssey: Are our cabs really not up to snuff?

    News

    TAMPA — The taxi cabs here might not be the newest, swankiest ones on Earth. But are they really the "deplorable, embarrassing" pigsties that one critic alleges? …

  8. On opponents, Derrick Brooks left a mark

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio He was going to bob. He was going to weave. He was going to add one more chapter to the Greatest Show on Turf. Yeah, this was going to be fun. Torry Holt was going to catch a pass, and he was going hit a seam, and he was going to change the scoreboard. By golly, he was going to dance. …

  9. Letters reveal nasty turn in Hillsborough, Charter Schools USA fight

    K12

    TAMPA — It's safe to say the Hillsborough County School District and Charter Schools USA are not getting along. …

  10. Experts: Father, killed by landing plane, may not have heard its approach

    Public Safety

    Federal investigators are still trying to figure out why a small plane landed on a Venice beach on Sunday, killing a Georgia father and critically injuring his 9-year-old daughter as they walked along the sand. …

  11. Clearwater victorious again

    Sports

    Brian Auerbach barely played in the opener for Clearwater, but he was the prime reason the Pinellas County squad is still undefeated in the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C. …

  12. Dade City tentatively raises property tax rate

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Declining property values may mean a tax rate increase for Dade City residents. …

  13. Perspective: How the elevator transformed America

    Perspective

    When Daniel Levinson Wilk steps onto the elevator at work, he doesn't just stand there and zone out. Instead he focuses on what's happening to him: the strange push against his feet, the sense of moving through a dark and hollow artery in the middle of his building. Over the next 90 seconds, Wilk absorbs — or tries to — the sense that he's having an experience that profoundly changed America. …

  14. Key witness takes stand in McTear murder trial

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A year after she caused a mistrial, Jasmine Bedwell came to court again, appearing nervous and eager not to make another mistake. …

  15. Pressure rising with Gaza death toll

    JERUSALEM — Four Israeli soldiers and 10 Palestinian militants were killed inside Israeli territory Monday morning, Israeli military officials said, after armed gunmen from the Gaza Strip managed to infiltrate through two more of the tunnels that Israel says its ground operation is targeting. …

  16. Cause of early morning fire at Ridge Manor bar under investigation

    Fire

    RIDGE MANOR — Hernando County Fire Rescue officials were investigating a suspicious fire at the Lighthouse bar Monday after the building sustained extensive smoke and fire damage. …

  17. Spirited female boxer battles for HBO showcase

    Human Interest

    TAMPA Bulldog Boxing and Fitness occupies part of a warehouse complex on a remote rural patch where east Tampa nudges against Brandon. A gym still in its crawling stage, it remains more tidy than dingy.  …

  18. House GOP prepares response to border crisis

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans announced Tuesday that they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to south Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that's engulfing the border and testing Washington's ability to respond.  …

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  20. Small South Carolina town rallies behind fired gay police chief

    Nation

    LATTA, S.C. — When openly gay police Chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two-decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled.  …

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