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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. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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: …

  6. 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
  7. 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]
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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
  11. Decade after housing peaked: Homeowners are richer, renters are hurting


    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — It's a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling. …

    Joe Fabie, right, and his wife, Christi, pose for a photo in front of their rental home in Charleston, S.C. The Fabies left Mount Pleasant, S.C., to rent somewhere cheaper. Both have law school debt and are saving to buy a home. [Associated Press]