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The week in review

A look back at the week's top stories

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 31, 2002

NEW RACE: State Rep. Nancy Argenziano could have sought a fourth consecutive term in the state House of Representatives this fall. Instead, she's setting her sights on a new goal: the state Senate. Argenziano, R-Crystal River, announced she will seek to become the first senator to represent the new District 3, a huge territory that covers all or part of 13 counties from Citrus on the south end to Baker County on the east side and Leon County on the west. If her Senate run is successful, Argenziano would continue representing most of Citrus; 92 percent of the county would fall in District 3, with the rest, mostly the portion west of U.S. 19, sitting in District 11.

ROAD SIGNS: The County Commission approved a program to place street name signs on private roads, saying the signs will aid public safety by guiding emergency responders to the right place. Although the opinions of several attorneys general prohibit the use of public dollars to improve private roads, County Attorney Robert Battista said the county could provide street signs because the local private roads are "open to the general motoring public."

SPRING BREAK MISSION: Youth group members from several local churches spread Easter cheer last week with free car washes, drinks, puppet shows and face-painting. But as some teens handed out sodas to drivers along Main Street in Inverness, police officers told them to pack it up or face arrest. The cold drinks were a nice thought, police said, but the teens dashing through traffic were an accident waiting to happen. Organizers of the event, called the Spring Break Blitz, later thanked police for doing their job and apologized for any problems.

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