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The Week in Review

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 23, 2002

A look back at the week's top stories.

TWO DIE IN FIRE: Fire destroyed a Floral City mobile home and killed its two occupants on June 16. The structure, at 7320 S Eastlake Drive, caught fire about 6 a.m. Relatives said the home's occupants were Kathy Jane Thompson, 49, who owned the mobile home, and her friend Daniel Bolton, 30, of Inverness.

MAN SENTENCED: David Duquette, 21, accepted a plea bargain and a 35-year prison term for bludgeoning Linda Howes to death last year in a Floral City park. Howes was 19.

SCHOOL SYSTEM RETAINS PROGRAM: Superintendent David Hickey announced he would find money in the school system's budget to pay for another year of the prekindergarten program for disadvantaged students. The School Readiness Coalition recently redirected $3-million to Childhood Development Services, which will provide school readiness programs through private day care centers.

VOTE DELAYED: The Florida Governmental Utility Authority, the four-county coalition that wants to buy Florida Water's statewide holdings, decided to postpone the vote on the buyout until its July 18 meeting in Bartow. By then the coalition, which includes Citrus County, hopes to have more specific information from its consultant about the condition of Florida Water's 150 systems, along with the revenues and improvements expected for each system over the next five years.

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