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  1. 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. …

  2. 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. …

  3. 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.
  4. Media General chairman John Stewart Bryan dies at 77

    Corporate

    RICHMOND, Va. — Media General Inc. chairman John Stewart Bryan III, the former publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, has died. He was 77. …

  5. Hernando sheriff: Two seriously injured, suspect captured in Spring Hill home invasion

    Crime

    SPRING HILL — Two people were flown to trauma centers with serious injuries on Tuesday after they were injured in a home invasion in a gated golf community, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. …

  6. Neville, Ron and Ginny, Oh My: Follow us at the Celebration of Harry Potter

    The Feed

    Muggles, line up! Dumbledore's finest are descending on Universal Orlando as we speak for the third annual Celebration of Harry Potter, running through Sunday. Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) and Katie Leung (Cho Chang) are in Orlando for a behind the scenes film talent panel discussion as a part of the event. …

    Fans pouring into the #HarryPotter expo at Universal Studios. The first treat is a paper school tie complete with house crest.
  7. ISIS former sex slaves faced 'virginity tests'

    World

    An abusive act Former ISIS sex slaves faced 'virginity tests' Some women enslaved by the Islamic State were forced to undergo grim procedures even after they escaped the jihadists' clutches. …

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

    Softballpreps

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

  9. 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. …

    
Marylands. Shatori Walker -Kimbrough, drives past UConn's,  Gabby Williams in  second half actioin.

  10. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

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

  11. Arrest report: Burglar caught after dropping phone at crime scene

    Crime

    LARGO in his haste to escape, suspect left behind an obvious clue A 19-year-old Largo man is accused of breaking into a home and gun safe before being interrupted and fleeing the scene Jan. 15. Left behind was a key piece of evidence: his phone. …

  12. Tampa police: Bus with 7-year-old child on board leaves father behind

    Publicsafety

    TAMPA — A bathroom break and a language barrier briefly separated a father and child on Thursday night at the Marion Street Bus Terminal, police said.  …

  13. 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. …

  14. Two trucking firms feud over equipment

    Business

    It's described as something like a trucking version of a palace coup. …

  15. Man charged in attack of ex-girlfriend and her mother in Spring Hill subdivision

    Crime

    SPRING HILL — A man terrorized and injured his ex-girlfriend and her mother Tuesday afternoon at a house inside a gated Spring Hill community, according to Hernando County sheriff's officials. …

    Panarese
  16. Boys soccer: Sunlake 6, Nature Coast 0

    Preps

    LAND O'LAKES — Friday night marked the first in a line of steps Sunlake needed to fulfill before reaching the state semifinals for a fourth straight season, and it was done convincingly. Opening the Class 3A region quarterfinals, the Seahawks dispatched Nature Coast 6-0 in front of the home crowd. …

  17. Manziel's ex-girlfriend says he hit her repeatedly

    Bucs

    FORT WORTH, Texas — Acting as if he were "on some kind of drugs," Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police he repeatedly struck her after a fight that began at a Dallas hotel and continued as he drove her home to Fort Worth, according to a police report released Thursday. …

  18. 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. …

  19. 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.
  20. Ohio police officer found dead 20 minutes after call warned officers were in danger

    Nation

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A man whose ex-girlfriend reported that he was armed and looking to kill police was in custody suspected in the death of an officer whose body was found behind the municipal building of a small Ohio town, authorities said Monday. …

    Investigators with the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation work the scene of a residence on East Washington Street  in Danville, Ohio, Monday, after Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell was found shot to death Sunday night. A man whose ex-girlfriend reported that he was armed and looking to kill police was in custody suspected in the death of Cottrel, authorities said Monday. [Virgil Shipley/The News via AP]

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