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  1. Gators dispatch Muschamp, with tough test at LSU next


    GAINESVILLE — It's never a bad day when the coach you fired to hire your new coach doesn't get carried off your field on his players' shoulders his first time back. Got all that? …

    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Head coaches Will Muschamp of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators shake hands after the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) 678473375
  2. State volleyball: Familiar foe dispatches Plant in 8A final


    OCALA — For the second straight season, Plant was swept in the state final match by Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. The Panthers struggled against the Raiders' tall front line and stingy defense, and had too many unforced errors in a 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 loss Saturday at West Port High School. …

    Plant High outside hitter Camryn Vogler hits the ball for a kill past St. Thomas Aquinas middle hitter Emma Dixon (11) and setter Derry Costigan (16) in the third set during the Class 8A state volleyball final between Plant High and St. Thomas Aquinas at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. St. Thomas beat Plant High 3-0.
  3. Region volleyball: Palm Harbor University dispatches Cinderella


    By Rodney Page Times Staff Writer PALM HARBOR — Both Palm Harbor University and East Bay brought its "B" games to Tuesday night's Class 8A region quarterfinal. For the Hurricanes, that was good enough. …

  4. 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.  …

  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.
  9. 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] 
  10. 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]
  11. 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. …

    G-Eazy takes a shot with fellow rapper Nef the Pharaoh (left) and other members of his team moments before taking the stage 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
  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. 911 Pulse calls reveal terror inside club


    ORLANDO — They had been hiding from the shooter in a Pulse nightclub bathroom for about two hours. …

    in Orlando on July 12, one month after a gunman killed 49 inside the gay club. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  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. Several animals trapped inside Tampa warehouse fire


    TAMPA — Several animals were trapped in a warehouse fire on Thursday, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 5828 Barry Road around 2:50 p.m.. They reported heavy smoking coming from the building, officials said. …

  17. Man in custody after woman found dead in Largo mobile home


    LARGO — A man is in custody for aggravated domestic battery after a woman was found dead inside a mobile home on Friday afternoon. …

  18. Squirrel attacks people at Deltona senior center, injures three


    DELTONA — A squirrel attacked several people inside a senior center activity room in Volusia County, injuring at least three. Multiple news outlets report that the attack happened Thursday at Sterling Court Gracious Retirement Living.  …

  19. Notable: Three memoirs from funny celebrities


    Notable Star power Just when we need something not at all serious, new memoirs from three funny celebrities. …

  20. Column: Will Selig's entry crack open door to Hall of Fame?


    Everything about baseball got bigger during Bud Selig's reign as commissioner.  …

    Former commissioner Bud Selig speaks on the set for the MLB Network, at Major League Baseball's winter meetings, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. Selig and Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz were voted into the 2017 class of baseball's Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) MDAB106

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