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  1. 6A-7: Weeki Wachee dispatches Hernando in four

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    CRYSTAL RIVER – No. 3 Weeki Wachee upset county foe and second-seeded Hernando in four sets (25-18, 25-27, 25-10, 25-20) Tuesday night in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinal  to advance to the  championship match Thursday night.  …

  2. No. 11 Wisconsin dispatches No. 8 Michigan State with easeAssociated Press


    EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook's first start was over, there wasn't much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.  …

    Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who had two rushing touchdowns, goes to the air to avoid a Spartan.
  3. Justice Department to dispatch team to Turkey for cleric inquiry


    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. …

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, is surrounded by his personal security and local officials after Friday prayers at Marmara University Theological School mosque in Istanbul.
  4. For former New York fire dispatcher, memories of 9/11 are etched forever


    BROOKSVILLE John Lightsey reported for duty at central dispatch for the New York City Fire Department at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. He didn't go home for four days. …

    John Lightsey, a New York City fire dispatcher on Sept. 11, 2001, will soon retire from Hernando County Fire Rescue. 
  5. Pasco doubles up on deputy dispatches; cost to neighborhoods rises


    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.
  6. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary


    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. …

    Mark Bircher is seeking the Republican nomination in the 13th Congressional District. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times] 
  7. 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]
  8. Dispatches from budding rap star G-Eazy's tour bus in Tampa


    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. …

    Fans who purchased VIP packages wait for a meet-and-greet with rapper G-Eazy before his show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, June 17, 2016. The rapper is currently on his Endless Summer tour, which he is co-headlining with Logic. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  9. Rescue crews search for missing boater off Courtney Campbell


    TAMPA — Rescue crews from several agencies spent Friday searching for a boater who went missing boater off of the Courtney Campbell Causeway boat ramp that afternoon. …

    Multiple agencies spent Friday looking for a boater who went missing Friday near the Courtney Campbell boat ramp. He was trying to free his rental boat after it ran aground on a sand bar, but then he disappeared under the water. 
Multiple agencies searched the waters off of the Courtney Campbell Causeway but had not found him by sunset. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  10. Rescuers find body near Courtney Campbell Causeway that could be missing boater's


    TAMPA — A body was found Saturday morning in the water near the Courtney Campbell Causeway, close to where a boater went missing Friday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission.  …

    Crews tie up the rental boat after the boater went missing Friday near the Courtney Campbell boat ramp. He was trying to free his rental boat after it ran aground on a sand bar, but then he disappeared under the water.  Multiple agencies searched the waters off of the Courtney Campbell Causeway but had not found him by sunset. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  11. Lander begins descent to land on Mars


    BERLIN — The European Space Agency has dispatched an experimental probe on the final leg of its quest to land on Mars — part of a mission aimed at exploring the red planet's atmosphere and searching for signs of life. …

    An artist's depiction of the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli. [Associated Press]
  12. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges


    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]
  13. Pasco deputies: Two men found shot in Dade City


    DADE CITY — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating a shooting incident that left two men wounded on Friday evening. …

  14. Pinellas County 911 calls rerouted to St. Petersburg Police dispatchers following outage


    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. …

  15. 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. …

  16. Missouri woman accuses fellow candidate for Legislature of rape


    ST. LOUIS — A Ferguson lawyer who is running for a seat in the Missouri House has accused another Democratic candidate of raping her during an August meeting to discuss how they could work together in the forthcoming legislative session.  …

  17. U.S. suspends contacts with Russia on Syria


    WASHINGTON — The State Department says the U.S. is suspending bilateral contacts with Russia over Syria. That comes after last week's threat by Secretary of State John Kerry to suspend contacts amid new attacks on the city of Aleppo.  …

  18. Bad cable delays comeback rocket launch from Va.


    Cape Canaveral Bad cable delays comeback rocket launch from Va. …

  19. Newly released files show flood of Pulse calls to 911 operators


    ORLANDO — The city of Orlando on Wednesday released another small batch of 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub shooting that show how emergency dispatchers juggled hundreds of panicked calls, more than three months after gunman Omar Mateen left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured. …

    Omar Mateen opened fire inside the crowded Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people.
  20. 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.

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