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  1. 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]
  2. Lois Duncan, whose suspense novels held teen readers spellbound, dies at 82


    Lois Duncan, 82, who held generations of young readers spellbound with I Know What You Did Last Summer, Killing Mr. Griffin and a raft of other popular suspense novels, a genre she could no longer bear to write after the unsolved murder of her teenage daughter in 1989, died June 15 in Bradenton. She was credited with helping establish the genre of young-adult fiction — literature carefully tailored for readers who are neither children nor grownups, who know more than it may seem but not enough to make their way in the world. …

    Lois Duncan
  3. 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]
  4. Orlando tattoo artists memorialize the pain of the Pulse nightclub shootings



    Chelsea McCarthy of Orlando gets a free tattoo from Angel "Evil Tattu" Ruiza at Anarchy Tattoos and Art Co. in Orlando on Friday in memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. "Yeah, I know Angel," says McCarthy, remembering  Angel Santiago, a survivor who spoke to reporters about his story inside the club. "I work next door to him, and I know he goes out all the time. I woke up the next day and saw he was there on Facebook. I was scared." [ZACK WITTMAN | Times]
  5. Florida sending 100 Highway Patrol troopers to GOP convention

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    Florida will dispatch 134 Highway Patrol employees, including 100 full-time state troopers, to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to help with crowd control and security.  …

    The Florida Highway Patrol's mobile field force.
  6. Timeline of Orlando gunman's conversations in club shooting


    WASHINGTON — The FBI on Monday released partial transcripts that give the fullest glimpse yet of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen's conversations with 911 and crisis negotiators during the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub that left 49 people and Mateen dead. A timeline: …

  7. Lakeland alligator found with body in its mouth likely caught, police still investigating (w/911 audio)


    LAKELAND — Trappers were able to capture the 9-foot alligator they believed was spotted with a body in its mouth in Polk County, officials said Wednesday.  …

    Lakeland police are investigating an alligator seen with a body in its mouth. [Sgt. Gary Gross, Lakeland Police Department]
  8. Dr. Ralph Stanley, bluegrass pioneer from 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack, dies at 89

    Sound Check

    The roots of country music run deep in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. …

    Dr. Ralph Stanley
  9. Police say Walmart program is reducing arrests, but one Tampa City Council member is not satisfied


    TAMPA — Walmart is still keeping Tampa police busy but a diversion program for people shoplifting items worth less than $25 is helping to reduce arrests and calls for police assistance …

    Vehicles and patrons are seen outside the Walmart Supercenter located at 1505 N. Dale Mabry Highway. Walmart has introduced a diversion program at the store that gives first-time shoplifters a break by letting them take a class on retail theft and pay restitution rather than face criminal charges. The goal is to reduce police resources spent dealing with Walmarts in the city. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  10. Gay pride events festive but some concerned after Orlando


    CHICAGO — The music was thumping and crowds were dancing Saturday at gay pride events around the United States, with some revelers saying the partying was proof that people won't give in to fear after last weekend's attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando.  …

    Revelers wait for a champagne toast to kick off New Orleans Pride on Saturday. In the French Quarter, a strong police presence was evident.
  11. News at noon: St. Pete Pride performers vow to keep party vibe alive; roaming black bear tranquilized, relocated; poll: Clinton opens up early lead in Florida; Tampa teen dead after overnight shooting


    The Pulse shootings remain a big charcoal cloud hanging over what's normally a gorgeous rainbow tableau in St. Petersburg. Less than two weeks after the attack on Pulse, this weekend's St. Pete Pride, one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the country, will go on as planned, albeit with more security than ever before. The city will deploy extra police, both uniformed and undercover, and emergency responders will be on high alert. But will performers feel up to performing? …

    Adira Elham, of New Port Richey, practices with her fan veils before the St. Pete Pride Night Parade on June 27, 2015. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  12. Tampa's 'foreign Cuban sandwich cor­re­spond­ents' report back on Seoul's Tampa Cuban


    The Tampa Sandwich Bar opened in Seoul, Korea in October. At the core of Geunmin Kang and Hyunmin Cho's menu, naturally, is a Tampa-style Cuban sandwich. While the couple aims to compete in the sixth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in 2017, as of now they have not visited Tampa, much of their sandwich know-how gleaned from YouTube. Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Times' volunteer "foreign Cuban sandwich correspondents" Scott and Heather Peisner assessed the restaurant's verisimilitude. …

    A sign shows the anatomy of a Tampa Cuban sandwich at Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, South Korea.
  13. News at noon: Trump parts ways with campaign manager; Supreme Court upholds assault weapons bans; Obama endorses Crist; tips for making sourdough


    Donald Trump is parting ways with his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, a move that comes as the presumptive Republican nominee faces challenges as he moves toward the general election. Trump has recently seen his standing dropping in national polls, and is now facing a barrage of ads by Hillary Clinton and her allies. …

    Corey Lewandowski speaks with the media before former presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his endorsement to Donald Trump in March at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach. [Getty Images]
  14. For Hernando residents looking for ride options, Uber has arrived


    Uber, the popular online transportation network that allows customers to book rides from their smartphones, has arrived in Hernando County. Driver Pam White of Hernando Beach recently announced her affiliation with the company on a neighborhood website. …

    Uber driver Kurt Petty of Spring Hill says his 2010 Lincoln MKT luxury sedan has gotten raves from passengers.
  15. Mom thwarts brazen kidnapping attempt at Citrus County Dollar General store (w/video)


    A 30-year-old man tried to drag a petite 13-year-old girl out of a Dollar General on Tuesday. The could-be kidnapper started a "tug-of-war" over the girl with the child's mother as she desperately tried to save her daughter, said Citrus County deputies.  …

    Citrus County deputies responded to reports of an attempted child abduction just before noon on Tuesday in Hernando. [Citrus County Sheriff's Office]
  16. Call them futility cities, bereft of major sports titles


    With one clutch Kyrie Irving 3-pointer, the city formerly known as Believeland transformed overnight into Funkytown. …

    Cavalier fans hold signs after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)  1186301
  17. Sanders declines to endorse Clinton, vows 'real change'


    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton brought a close to the presidential primary season with a win Tuesday in the nation's capital and a meeting with dispatched rival Bernie Sanders, hoping to set a tone of Democratic unity heading into next month's party convention in Philadelphia.  …

    Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, is the winner of the Democratic primary in Washington, D.C. The contest formally brings the presidential primaries to a close.
  18. Cid advances to Sweet 16


    For the second time in three years, Roberto Cid is headed to college tennis' version of the Sweet 16.The USF senior, seeded No. 2 overall in the NCAA men's singles tournament in Tulsa, Okla., dispatched second-round foe Mazen Osama of Alabama, 6-0, 6-3 on Thursday to earn a berth in the Round of 16. …

    USF's Roberto Cid is headed to college tennis' version of the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in three years.
  19. For Orlando homicide detective, a mass shooting turns personal


    ORLANDO — Nine bodybags were laid out on gurneys when Danny Garcia Pagan arrived at the Orange County medical examiner's office. Bag by bag, he zipped them open and looked on the faces of the dead. …

    Orange County Sheriff's Office Homicide Detective Danny Garcia Pagan was one of the first responders who not only had to identify the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, but he also helped notify the victims' families. "I've seen a lot with my job," he said. "But nothing like this." [Photo by Melissa Lyttle for the Washington Post]
  20. With no one else to help, home-bound Hillsborough man calls 911 to use the bathroom


    TAMPA — Paralyzed from the waist down, Khalid Mahmud spends most of his time in a hospital bed in his living room. For the most part, Mahmud and his wife are able to meet his daily needs. But when the 72-year-old needs to use the portable toilet at his bedside, they summon help. They call 911. …

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue sends a fire truck and crew whenever a Carrollwood man calls 911seeking help getting to the toilet. The man is paralyzed from a car accident. The calls come every day. [Times file photo]

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