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  1. 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.
  2. 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 records a verse in the bedroom of his tour bus for a song on Bebe Rexha's upcoming album before his show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, June 17, 2016. G-Eazy wrote the verse on his phone during the preceding hour. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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. …

  6. Documents: 150 shots fired in battle with Pulse nightclub shooter in Orlando

    Nation

    ORLANDO — An Orange County deputy estimated 150 shots were fired in the final gunfight between law enforcement and Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen. …

    Law enforcement responds to the Pulse nightclub after the June 12 attack that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. According to one deputy's report, it was difficult to locate survivors among the victims inside the building because of the amount of blood on the floor.  [Getty Images]
  7. 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. …

  8. 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. …

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

    World

    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.  …

  10. Editorial: Pipes and promises

    Editorials

    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. …

  11. 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.
  12. Review: Tense and clear-cut, 'Jason Bourne' is best of the series

    Movies

    Jason Bourne begins with a montage of the CIA assassin's greatest, grisliest hits, in case you're suffering from franchise amnesia. Details can be sketchy, nearly a decade after everything about this conflicted killing machine appeared settled, at least as far as Matt Damon was concerned. …

    Matt Damon returns as the title character in the new film "Jason Bourne." (Universal Pictures/TNS) 1187532
  13. Trading for Chapman shows the Cubs' true colors

    Sports

    For 35 minutes Monday in the visiting dugout at U.S. Cellular Field, Cubs president Theo Epstein skillfully navigated the ethical minefield that is the Aroldis Chapman trade. …

    SAY WHAT? Aroldis Chapman says he can’t remember what the Cubs told him about their off-field expectations of his behavior. Chairman Tom Ricketts said he and president Theo Epstein had a phone conversation with their new closer. But Chapman said through an interpreter that he couldn’t recall details because he was taking a nap when the call came in. Hmm. Whose story to believe?
  14. Depression under Holiday home stops growing, but crews monitor status

    Publicsafety

    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]
  15. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

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

  16. Hillsborough Avenue lanes reopen after brush fire caused by lightning

    Fire

    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]
  17. District softball roundup: Countryside, Seminole dispatch top seeds

    Softballpreps

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

  18. UConn easily dispatches Maryland, vies for third straight title

    College

    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. …

    UConn's  Moriah Jefferson tries to control the  ball during first half action of the Maryland v UConn game  in the NCAA Final Four semifinals at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
  19. District volleyball: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games

    Volleyballpreps

    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. …

  20. Highlands County boy, 12, 'severely' injures hand after firecracker explodes

    Publicsafety

    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. …

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