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  1. Dispatches from budding rap star G-Eazy's tour bus in Tampa


    TAMPA — G-Eazy hunches on his tour bus, elbows on thighs, mouthing lyrics he just wrote on his iPhone, as a woman's voice pops through a black Marshall speaker. "I don't charge Bebe for this verse, right?" the rapper asks his crew. …

    Rapper G-Eazy hands off the microphone as he leaves the stage following his show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, June 17, 2016. The rapper is currently on his Endless Summer tour, which he is co-headlining with Logic. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  2. Orlando nightclub shooter told 911 dispatcher: 'I did the shootings'


    The gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando last Sunday called 911 and admitted to a dispatcher that he "did the shootings," according to a transcript released Monday by the FBI. …

    People hold candles at Sunday's candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub as they gather at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. [Associated Press]
  3. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges


    PLANT CITY — The first fire at the house on Howard Street erupted the day after Christmas, at 2:42 a.m. Someone had poured gasoline and lit a flame. Three adults and an infant were sleeping inside. …

    The Fish and Wildlife agency fired Ryan Elliott Butler, 29.
[Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office]
  4. Pinellas County 911 calls rerouted to St. Petersburg Police dispatchers following outage


    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County's 911 system went down about 10 a.m. Wednesday, but the call load was quickly transferred to the St. Petersburg Police Department so emergency callers were not affected, a county spokeswoman said. …

  5. Turkey criticizes U.S. over cleric accused of coup plot (w/video)


    ISTANBUL — A top Turkish official on Friday accused the United States of "standing up for savages" by not immediately handing over a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who the government claims orchestrated last week's failed coup. Speaking in Washington, President Barack Obama said there was a legal process for extradition and encouraged Turkey to present evidence.  …

  6. Editorial: Pipes and promises


    St. Petersburg officials know they have a long-term challenge on their hands to fix the city's aging, leaky sewer system. Two successive summers of sewage dumps following heavy rains have made that clear. The city has a set out on a comprehensive, long-term plan to make upgrades and repairs and increase capacity. In the meantime, it must not neglect to make smaller, more immediate fixes that, added up, can help the system function better and restore residents' confidence. …

  7. 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. …

  8. Depression under Holiday home stops growing, but crews monitor status


    Crews continue to monitor a depression that formed under a home in Holiday on Monday, forcing the evacuation of several nearby homes. …

    A surface depression formed underneath a home at 5005 Genesis Ave. in Holiday on Monday. The size of the depression remained unchanged overnight. [Pasco County Government]
  9. 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. …

  10. 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.
  11. Hillsborough Avenue lanes reopen after brush fire caused by lightning


    TAMPA — Eastbound lanes on West Hillsborough Avenue have reopened after they were closed due to a brush fire touched off by a lightning strike in the Countryway area of Hillsborough County. "There was a lot of lightning in the area," said Rebekah Taylor, a duty officer with Florida Forest Service. …

    A brush fire that formed in the Westchase area of Tampa on Sun., July 10, 2016, has closed the eastbound lanes of West Hillsborough Avenue. [Ashley Brooke via Facebook]
  12. Highlands County boy, 12, 'severely' injures hand after firecracker explodes


    LAKE PLACID — A 12-year-old boy has severely injured his right hand and may lose portions of his fingers after a firecracker exploded in his hand Monday night, authorities said. …

  13. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole


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

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


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

  15. 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. …

    Connecticut Huskies coach Chris Dailey talk with his team as they battle against the Maryland Terrapins during the Women's Final Four in Tampa Sunday evening. (04/05/15).
  16. Review: Hochschild's 'Spain in Our Hearts' brings history alive


    In the obscure corners of history lie lessons we shouldn't forget, if in fact we ever learned them in the first place.  …

  17. 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. …

  18. Furry Tarpon Springs fugitive reunited with owner after puppy's mugshot goes viral


    TARPON SPRINGS — The booking photo of a furry, four-legged fugitive that helped a Tarpon Springs woman reunite with her pet on Monday has gone viral across the internet this week, appearing on national news outlet web pages and in Facebook posts throughout the country. …

    Tarpon police say Willow wandered away from home on Monday, so she was booked and photographed before owners came to claim her. [Tarpon Springs Police Department via Facebook]
  19. Largo police warn of dangers as 'trendy zombies' swarm park playing Pokémon Go


    Nintendo's new Pokémon Go game is tricking plenty of people into doing cardio. That's the good news. The bad news: the growing popularity of the distracting smartphone app has police warning users to stay safe. …

    The popularity of Nintendo's new Pok?mon Go smartphone app has police warning users to keep their safety in mind while hunting the fictional, digital creatures. Here are some local Pok?mon: A Squritle on First Avenue S in St. Petersburg, a Dodu in downtown St. Petersburg, and a Pidgey in a Publix. These are three examples how the Pok?mon appears on phone screens in the Tampa Bay area. [Sara DiNatale and Scott Pollenz   |   Times photos]
  20. Police identify man whose remains were found inside alligator


    The man whose remains were found inside the stomach of an alligator in Polk County was identified today by Lakeland Police as Richard Zachary Taylor. Taylor, 72, had no permanent address, according to the police. …

    Richard Zachary Taylor [Lakeland Police Department]

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