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  1. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets


    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. …

  2. Albuquerque 911 dispatcher who hung up on caller quits


    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. …

  3. Region softball: Boca Ciega dispatches Robinson


    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.
  4. District softball roundup: Countryside, Seminole dispatch top seeds


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

  5. Team Bush makes oppo moves against Rubio, Kasich and other rivals

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    Team Bush is on the offensive, dispatching trackers to rivals’ events, including Marco Rubio yesterday in Iowa, and opposition researchers to John Kasich’s congressional library in Ohio. …

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


    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. …

    Members of the UConn band, Aaron Ovsiew, 19, Marlon Sailor, 22, Kathleen McHugh, 21, and Joseph Nosack, 22, cheer during the Women's Final Four on Sunday April 5th, 2015 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. UConn beat Maryland 81 to 58. 

  7. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole


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

  8. Search underway for boaters after vessel capsizes near Sunshine Skyway


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter late Saturday night to search the waters near the Sunshine Skyway for three people reported to be clinging to the side of a capsized boat. …

  9. District volleyball: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games


    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. …

  10. Florida universities outline response to emergencies like Oregon mass shooting


    After nine people were killed Thursday by a gunman who also killed himself at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the Tampa Bay Times asked university police departments across the Tampa Bay area and Florida to explain how they would handle an active shooter situation and other emergencies on campus. …

  11. District tiebreaker: Berkeley Prep dispatches Tampa Catholic to move on


    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic and Fort Meade were moments from kicking off for the first quarter of a three-way tiebreaker to determine the Class 3A-4 district runner up. But Berkeley Prep, the host team for Monday's shootout, was out of sight. …

  12. Prognosis good for Cards OF after collision


    PITTSBURGH — Cardinals LF Stephen Piscotty was released from a hospital Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a violent outfield collision that silenced a ballpark. The prognosis was so positive that the rookie could play again before the regular season ends Sunday. …

  13. Dispatcher resigns amid investigation of failure to send help for trapped baby


    TAMPA — A Tampa police dispatcher who refused to send help to a woman who called 911 after her baby was locked inside a hot car has resigned. Darrell Brown, 25, was under investigation for violating a police department policy on attentiveness to duty when he quit Oct. 2.  …

  14. Deputies find Walmart robbery suspect at nearby sandwich shop


    TAMPA — Authorities in pursuit of a suspected Walmart bandit ended their search in the restroom of a sandwich shop Tuesday night. …

  15. The latest Dispatches: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe


    Set for Floridian in Sunday's Times from award-winner John Woodrow Cox: TAMPA — "Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

    Joe Versaggi.
  16. Tampa police dispatcher faces discipline for handling of trapped baby


    TAMPA — A Tampa police dispatcher is facing discipline after he failed to send help to a woman who called 911 after her baby got locked inside a car, officials said. …

  17. Tiffany Lawrence remembered as more than a police dispatcher


    TAMPA — To an officer on patrol in Tampa, Tiffany Lawrence's voice was one of the most reassuring sounds that could come through the radio. …

    Tiffany Lawrence, left, with friend and fellow TPD employee, Melissa Jammes, right.
  18. Review: 'The Martian' is smart sci-fi with a dose of humanity


    Ridley Scott's The Martian is a brainy blockbuster, melding genuine science and fiction into a rare popcorn epic that actually makes you feel smarter for watching. …

    Matt Damon in a scene from the film, "The Martian."  (Aidan Monaghan/20th Century Fox via AP)
  19. Dispatches from Next Door: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe


    TAMPA — “Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

    Joe Versaggi, 71, has always loved to fly. He was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and flew on hundreds of death-defying missions that he survived. But eight years ago, the Cessna a friend was flying crashed and left Joe with burns covering 35 percent of his body. He now volunteers at Tampa General Hospital, where he splits his time between driving the courtesy shuttle and talking to the survivors in the burn unit.
  20. Browns, suspended assistant part ways


    CLEVELAND — The Browns and suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller have ended their association. …

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