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  1. 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.  …

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


    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. …

    Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen denies a role in the coup attempt.
  3. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary


    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)] 
  4. The latest Dispatches: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe


    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." …

    Joe Versaggi.
  5. Security patrol moves into larger headquarters


    SUN CITY CENTER — The 900-plus members of the Sun City Center Security Patrol and their five squad cars have a new home that's five times the size of its previous facility. …

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Merry and Sun City Center Security Patrol chief Karen Ryan pose in front of the security patrol’s new office.
  6. Everybody's read the latest Dispatches from John Woodrow Cox and Melissa Lyttle?


    From the February Floridian in yesterday's Times: …

    Terri Vee. Gospel rapper.
  7. How Melissa Lyttle made the picture that ran with Floridian's latest Dispatches


    John Woodrow Cox in the December magazine: …

    "... to me, it so perfectly encapsulated the feeling he has about his situation."
  8. Pinellas beefing up school police dispatcher job

    The Gradebook

    Pinellas County Schools is tweaking the job description for its police dispatcher — a key figure when a school's in the middle of an emergency situation. …

  9. Rotten egg smell blankets Philadelphia area


    PHILADELPHIA — Officials say the acrid order of rotten eggs that wafted through Philadelphia has been blamed on a power outage at a refinery just across the river from the city.  …

  10. Taiwan scrambles F-16s after China sends carrier through strait


    HONG KONG — Taiwan scrambled F-16 fighter jets and dispatched a frigate to the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday after China sent its sole aircraft carrier into the waterway, Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported. …

  11. Gov. Scott dispatches DJJ chief to meet Capitol protesters

    The Buzz

    Gov. Rick Scott met Monday with his juvenile justice secretary, Wansley Walters, and directed her to meet with a group of student protesters who occupy part of the state Capitol for a sixth straight day in opposition to Florida's self-defense law. …

  12. Man arrested after deputies say he threatened to shoot them


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco County sheriff's deputies took a man into custody Sunday who pointed a gun at them and threatened to "put rounds in them." …

  13. Man, woman accused of aiding fugitive wanted in Orlando officer's killing


    ORLANDO — The niece and supervisor of a murder suspect were arrested, accused of helping him evade capture before the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer.  …

     Markeith Loyd is wanted in the slaying of an Orlando police officer outside a Walmart.  [Orlando Police Department]
  14. Man dies as police struggle to arrest him near St. Petersburg homeless shelters


    ST. PETERSBURG — A man died Wednesday morning after a violent struggle with police officers who were trying to arrest him on a sidewalk near a group of homeless shelters. …

    Police blocked a sidewalk area along 5th Avenue North where officers were involved in a fatal struggle Wednesday morning. A number of homeless shelters are located along the street. [Samantha Putterman   |   Times]
  15. Dispatch from a fanboy: Four reasons why Ben Affleck might not be a bad Batman

    The Feed

    Comic book fanboys woke this morning to jarring news: That the star of Argo and more importantly, the awful superhero film Daredevil, would be the new Batman in a film intended as a sequel to this year’s Superman movie, Man of Steel. …

    Fanboys hating on news that movie star Ben Affleck will be the new Batman should press pause for a moment.
  16. Frustrations grow as debate continues over fire service in Hernando Beach


    BROOKSVILLE — Emotions ran high at this week's Hernando County Commission meeting over the divisive issue of whether the county should terminate its contract with the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department. …

  17. Gulfport dispatch may be over and out


    GULFPORT — The city is one step closer to having all of its 911 calls dispatched by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The City Council voted 3-2 Thursday to approve the first reading of its 2011-12 budget, which calls for outsourcing dispatching and parks lawn mowing to eliminate nine positions. …

  18. Pinellas school police don't have computer-aided dispatch system

    The Gradebook

    Unlike most police agencies and school districts, the Pinellas County School District doesn't have a computer-aided dispatch system to track police activity in its schools. …

  19. NTSB investigates NYC rail crash; 100 suffer minor injuries (w/ video)


    NEW YORK — A packed Long Island Rail Road rush-hour train crashed at the end of a platform as it pulled into a major Brooklyn transportation hub on Wednesday, hurling passengers onto the floor and slamming them into each other.  …

    An injured passenger is taken from the Atlantic Terminal after Wednesday's train accident. [Associated Press]
  20. Movie Planner: Premiere for Ybor-centric 'The Weight of Remembering'; plus 'Patriots Day,' 'Silence'


    On the same weekend Ben Affleck fakes Ybor City in Live by Night (review, Page 12), the real thing gets a world premiere. The Weight of Remembering is the second Ybor City chronicle co-produced by Centro Español of Tampa, filmmaker Luis Argeo and New York University professor James Fernandez. …

    Lewis MacDougall in A Monster Calls.

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