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

    Softballpreps

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

  2. 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. …

    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. 

MONICA HERNDON | TIMES
  3. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

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

  4. 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. …

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

    Footballpreps

    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. …

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

    Publicsafety

    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.  …

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

    State

    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.
  8. Tampa police dispatcher faces discipline for handling of trapped baby

    Publicsafety

    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. …

  9. Pasco commission approves changes for county's merged 911 center

    Localgovernment

    DADE CITY — Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and County Administrator Michele Baker publicly buried the hatchet Wednesday, agreeing to a refurbished emergency communications system to dispatch police and firefighters. …

  10. Tiffany Lawrence remembered as more than a police dispatcher

    Obituaries

    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.
  11. Dispatches from Next Door: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe

    Humaninterest

    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.
  12. Men's tennis: Bulls repeat as AAC champions

    Bulls

    The USF men's tennis team earned its second consecutive American Athletic Conference tournament crown Sunday, dispatching Tulsa 4-0 in the championship match on the Golden Hurricane's home court. Senior Oliver Pramming, named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, clinched the crown for the No. 21 Bulls with a straight-sets victory against 80th-ranked Alejandro Espejo at No. 2 singles. …

  13. S.C. paper wins top Pulitzer for reporting on domestic abuse

    Incoming

    NEW YORK — The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for an examination of the deadly toll of domestic abuse, while the New York Times collected three awards and the Los Angeles Times two.  …

    Feature photography: This Sept. 5 photo by New York Times photographer Daniel Berehulak, part of a winning series,  shows James Dorbor, 8, suspected of being infected with Ebola, being carried by medical staff to an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia.
  14. Gators cornerback J.C. Jackson arrested in connection with robbery

    Colleges

    GAINESVILLE — Florida cornerback J.C. Jackson was arrested Sunday morning and held on $150,000 bond after he was accused of participating in an armed robbery. …

  15. Man arrested on arson charges at downtown Tampa apartment complex

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man was arrested on arson charges Sunday morning after he illegally entered his neighbor's downtown apartment and tried to set a fire, authorities said. …

  16. Islamic State group takes 3 Iraqi villages, presses into Ramadi after Tikrit loss (w/video)

    World

    IRBIL, Iraq — Two weeks after a critical victory at Tikrit, where a combination of U.S. airstrikes, government troops and Shiite Muslim militias overwhelmed an Islamic State force that had held the city for nearly a year, the Iraqi government faced a new challenge Wednesday, a sign of how much remains to be done to defeat the militants. …

  17. Baseball: Sunlake pulls ahead late, dispatches Mitchell

    Baseballpreps

    TRINITY — The Mustangs and Seahawks seemed evenly matched, with comparable win-loss records and pitching stats. For the first five innings Tuesday night, those similarities were obvious. Then Sunlake (9-5) broke away in the sixth, and the game was over.  …

  18. The trooper who caught Timothy McVeigh by a fluke

    Humaninterest

    Like all the local legends in the little town of Perry, Oklahoma, Charlie Hanger has a portrait hanging on the wall of the Kumback Cafe, between the photo of outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd (said to have once eaten the biggest steak in the place) and the state champion wrestling teams. …

    Twenty years ago this week, Charlie Hanger arrested a man for carrying a concealed gun. He would turn out to be the Oklahoma City bomber.
  19. Region baseball: Focused Pasco dispatches Land O'Lakes

    Baseballpreps

    LAND O'LAKES — For most of this season, Pasco has been up and down, here and there and pretty much all over the place. The Pirates won a few games by the mercy rule, and lost a few that way, too, including the district championship. …

  20. Dispatches from next door: A new stage in life

    Humaninterest

    TEMPLE TERRACE — The young woman gripping the microphone glided onto the stage, her 4-inch black heels thumping the thin carpet. "Check, check, check," she said. "Mike one." That evening in Temple Terrace, she prepared to headline a concert for kids in a church hall no bigger than a double-wide mobile home. It had low ceilings with fluorescent lights and the stage was just a raised section of floor. But up there, as she tested the rattling acoustics in a nearly empty room, Terri Saffold beamed as if that was where she most belonged. As if she had never been far from a church's holy stage. But Terri had. …

    Gospel rapper Terri Saffold, a.k.a. Terri Vee

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