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

    World

    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. …

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, is surrounded by his personal security and local officials after Friday prayers at Marmara University Theological School mosque in Istanbul.
  2. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary

    Stateroundup

    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)] 
  3. Pasco doubles up on deputy dispatches; cost to neighborhoods rises

    Publicsafety

    After shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is mandating his deputies work in pairs when they answer calls for service. …

    Sheriff Chris Nocco made the decision in response to killings of police officers.
  4. Dispatches from budding rap star G-Eazy's tour bus in Tampa

    Music

    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. …

    Fans go crazy after rapper G-Eazy took the stage 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 

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

    Crime

    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]
  6. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges

    Crime

    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]
  7. Pinellas County 911 calls rerouted to St. Petersburg Police dispatchers following outage

    Publicsafety

    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. …

  8. Two Orlando officers fired for covering up chase

    Publicsafety

    ORLANDO — Two Orlando police officers have been fired after an internal investigation concluded that they tried to cover up an unauthorized vehicle chase in Orlando last year.  …

  9. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets

    Volleyballpreps

    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. …

  10. Family of slain Florida legal scholar to be paid $40,000

    Civil

    TALLAHASSEE — The family of a well-known legal scholar gunned down in his Florida garage will be paid $40,000 by an agency that handles 911 calls.  …

  11. Preseason football: Naples 40, Lakewood 0

    Footballpreps

    NAPLES — The names were different, but the end result certainly was the same for the Naples High School football team. Gone were stars like Tyler Byrd and Carlin Fils Aime, both entering their first college football seasons at the University of Tennessee. …

  12. Official: Alligator nearly bites off woman's hand

    Accidents

    FORT LAUDERDALE — A woman trying to get a soda can she dropped into the water in the Everglades had her hand nearly bitten off by an alligator, authorities said. …

  13. 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. …

  14. 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.
  15. Orlando Sentinel: George Zimmerman claims he was punched in face at restaurant

    Humaninterest

    George Zimmerman says he was punched in the face during a fight at a Sanford-area restaurant over the weekend, officials said. Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel he was at Gators Riverside Grille near Sanford when the incident happened. …

    Conflicting stories surround an altercation Zimmerman says he had at a Sanford restaurant. 
  16. Gov. Scott reiterates Zika prevention tips to colleges, universities, Miami-Dade officials

    The Buzz

    After the state confirmed Friday that Zika cases are spreading in Miami Beach, Gov. Rick Scott spoke to Miami-Dade officials and college and university leaders on conference calls, urging them to continue Zika prevention efforts. …

  17. County sale of 'surplus' property will bring several changes to Istachatta

    Localgovernment

    ISTACHATTA — Fallen twigs and grass clippings pepper the blacktop shuffleboard courts. Welcoming benches beneath the canopy oaks could use a good scrub. The sturdy, concrete-block community center, its windows dark, looks forlorn. The U.S. post office trailer appears ready for a wrecking ball. …

    Hernando County has put the Istachatta Community Center property up for sale.
  18. CDC team on way to Florida to help fight Zika, WH says

    The Buzz

    President Obama is being briefed on the Zika situation in South Florida and a Centers for Disease Control team is being deployed to help, a White House spokesman said today. …

  19. After her dog is killed by an alligator, owner demands action at Pinellas County park

    Publicsafety

    LEALMAN — Bolt was a natural canine athlete, according to his owner Sue Fortenbery. …

    Bolt, a Jack Russell terrier, was killed at a Pinellas County park. 
  20. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

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

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