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  1. Rockets dispatch Thunder in five

    Sports

    HOUSTON — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.  …

  2. Region tennis: St. Petersburg girls dispatch Steinbrenner 4-1

    Tennispreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the regular season and into the postseason, St. Petersburg has relied on its depth to win matches. That pattern didn't change in Tuesday's Class 4A region semifinal against Steinbrenner at the St. Pete Tennis Center. The Green Devils won four of five singles matches to defeat the Warriors 4-1.  …

  3. North Korea decries U.S. carrier dispatch as parliament meets

    Military

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea's parliament convened Tuesday amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula, with the United States and South Korea conducting their biggest-ever military exercises and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heading to the area in a show of American strength.  …

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his parliament called the escalation of U.S. presence nearby “outrageous.”
  4. Planned fire on Caladesi Island causing smoke

    Fire

    DUNEDIN — According to Pinellas County, a planned fire clearing on Caladesi Island State Park is creating a large presence of smoke. The clearing is the only activity going on the county is aware of, according to a dispatcher.

    A large plume of smoke is visible from Indian Rocks Beach looking toward Clearwater Beach Friday afternoon 7/14/2017.
  5. Region volleyball: Palm Harbor University dispatches Cinderella

    Volleyballpreps

    By Rodney Page Times Staff Writer PALM HARBOR — Both Palm Harbor University and East Bay brought its "B" games to Tuesday night's Class 8A region quarterfinal. For the Hurricanes, that was good enough. …

  6. East Region: Florida silences doubters, dispatches East Tennessee State 80-65

    College

    ORLANDO — When analyst Seth Davis pegged fourth-seeded Florida as a potential first-round upset victim on CBS's Selection Sunday Show, the Gators were watching on their locker-room big screen TV. The volume was cranked up. They heard what Davis said.  …

    Florida Gators guard Canyon Barry (24) shoots underhand foul shots in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 16, 2017 on Thursday, March 16, 2017.
  7. 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.  …

  8. 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.
  9. No. 11 Wisconsin dispatches No. 8 Michigan State with easeAssociated Press

    College

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook's first start was over, there wasn't much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.  …

    Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who had two rushing touchdowns, goes to the air to avoid a Spartan.
  10. 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.
  11. Police shooting investigations too slow, Miami prosecutor says

    Incoming

    MIAMI — Having just closed the case on a police shooting that occurred more than eight years ago, Miami's top prosecutor said her office takes "far too long" to investigate shootings involving police officers.  …

    Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
  12. For former New York fire dispatcher, memories of 9/11 are etched forever

    Humaninterest

    BROOKSVILLE John Lightsey reported for duty at central dispatch for the New York City Fire Department at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. He didn't go home for four days. …

    Lightsey, an inventory officer for Hernando County Fire Rescue, displays his Hispanic Medal of Honor Society Award.
  13. 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]
  14. Needs survey: SCC nonprofits worry about volunteer decline

    Humaninterest

    SUN CITY CENTER — Neighbors Helping Neighbors. It's been the credo of the Sun City Center community since the local emergency squad adopted this phrase as its motto 50 years ago. …

    Linda Williams, Scotti Fortiner and Mary Soja regularly volunteer at the Sun City Center Emergency Squad.
  15. 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)] 
  16. 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. …

    Rapper G-Eazy wipes sweat from his face moments after leaving 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
  17. VIDEO: Driver describes watching a sinkhole swallow his Toyota Camry

    Nation

    ST. LOUIS — A man who scored what he thought was a prime parking spot in downtown St. Louis says he returned from a trip to the gym with his fiancee to find his car swallowed by a sinkhole.  …

    A St. Louis police officer on Thursday looks over a large hole in Sixth Street in St. Louis that swallowed a Toyota Camry. It isn't immediately clear what caused the collapse.
 [Christian Gooden | St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP]
  18. Family devastated, puzzled by official account in fatal shooting of Plant City man

    Publicsafety

    PLANT CITY — Jesus Cervantes seemed fine when he left the home in Dover he shares with his wife and four daughters about 4 a.m. Thursday, his sister-in-law said. "He told them that he loves them and that was the last thing he said," Gabriela Molina said. …

    Law enforcement officers with Plant City police and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office collect evidence at the scene of a crash and fatal shooting Thursday. Two Plant City officers opened fire on the driver of this car, 35-year-old Jesus Cervantes, after they saw him reach for something in the back seat, police said. [TONY MARRERO   |   Times]
  19. 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]
  20. Atomic Blonde does not live up to its giant movie poster hype

    Movies

    Beware of movies spending money selling one scene, like the Atomic Blonde poster big enough to block a restroom entry, as it has for a while at AMC Westshore 14. The restroom is out of order. Atomic Blonde overall doesn't work, either. …

    Charlize Theron, left, and Sofia Boutella in "Atomic Blonde." (Jonathan Prime/Focus Features via AP)

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