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  1. 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. …

    Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen denies a role in the coup attempt.
  2. 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)] 
  3. 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.
  4. 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 writes a verse on his phone 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 recorded the verse on his bus shortly after. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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. …

  8. Two Orlando officers fired for covering up chase

    Publicsafety

    ORLANDO — Two Orlando police officers have been fired after an internal investigation concluded that they tried to cover up an unauthorized vehicle chase in Orlando last year.  …

  9. Family of slain Florida legal scholar to be paid $40,000

    Civil

    TALLAHASSEE — The family of a well-known legal scholar gunned down in his Florida garage will be paid $40,000 by an agency that handles 911 calls.  …

  10. 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. …

  11. Preseason football: Naples 40, Lakewood 0

    Footballpreps

    NAPLES — The names were different, but the end result certainly was the same for the Naples High School football team. Gone were stars like Tyler Byrd and Carlin Fils Aime, both entering their first college football seasons at the University of Tennessee. …

  12. Official: Alligator nearly bites off woman's hand

    Accidents

    FORT LAUDERDALE — A woman trying to get a soda can she dropped into the water in the Everglades had her hand nearly bitten off by an alligator, authorities said. …

  13. Gov. Scott reiterates Zika prevention tips to colleges, universities, Miami-Dade officials

    The Buzz

    After the state confirmed Friday that Zika cases are spreading in Miami Beach, Gov. Rick Scott spoke to Miami-Dade officials and college and university leaders on conference calls, urging them to continue Zika prevention efforts. …

  14. Orlando Sentinel: George Zimmerman claims he was punched in face at restaurant

    Humaninterest

    George Zimmerman says he was punched in the face during a fight at a Sanford-area restaurant over the weekend, officials said. Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel he was at Gators Riverside Grille near Sanford when the incident happened. …

    Conflicting stories surround an altercation Zimmerman says he had at a Sanford restaurant. 
  15. 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. …

  16. 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.
  17. After her dog is killed by an alligator, owner demands action at Pinellas County park

    Publicsafety

    LEALMAN — Bolt was a natural canine athlete, according to his owner Sue Fortenbery. …

    Sue Fortenbery, the owner, wants Pinellas County to either remove the alligator or fix fencing. 
  18. CDC team on way to Florida to help fight Zika, WH says

    The Buzz

    President Obama is being briefed on the Zika situation in South Florida and a Centers for Disease Control team is being deployed to help, a White House spokesman said today. …

  19. Obama visits flood-damaged Louisiana in show of support (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    BATON ROUGE, La. — President Barack Obama arrived Tuesday in flood-ravaged southern Louisiana for a visit aimed at promising support to thousands of beleaguered flood victims and stemming campaign-season criticism that he's been slow to respond to their plight. …

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards after emerging from Air Force One at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, prior to surveying the flood damaged region in Baton Rouge, La. [Associated Press]
  20. Zika virus now spreading in Miami Beach, Herald reports

    Health

    MIAMI — A new area of ongoing Zika transmission has been identified in Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reports, citing sources familiar with discussions that Florida health officials held with local public officials Thursday to alert them. …

    FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Health officials said Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 that two babies have been born with Zika-related defects in California. The California Department of Public Health said the infants were born to infected mothers who spent time in countries where the virus is circulating. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) LA102

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