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Week in review

A look back at the week's top stories

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 19, 2002

FCAT: Citrus students showed largely positive results on this year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, but officials said there is still work to do to bring scores up.

WAL-MART VOTE: Quickly dispensing with environmental concerns it raised earlier this month, the county's planning board voted 6-1 in favor of a major retail center east of U.S. 19 in Crystal River. The Planning and Development Review Board's action is only a recommendation to the County Commission, but it gives the 200,000-square-foot building, widely believed to be a Wal-Mart Supercenter, added leverage.

GUILTY VERDICT: After deliberating for an hour and 45 minutes, jurors found Mark A. Higgins guilty of sexually molesting four young boys. He was sentenced to serve three life terms in prison.

HIGH SCHOOL SITES: After spending several months examining eight to 10 sites for a possible fourth public high school, school district officials settled on three top picks, all of which are in north-central Citrus.

STALKING ARREST: A 45-year-old Floral City man with with a history of arrests was charged with stalking a 14-year-old girl. Anthony Lewis Johnson, of 12900 Trails End Road, was accused of stalking the girl at her school bus stop.

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