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January 2, 2002
[Times photo: Thomas M. Goethe]
The area's first baby arrives at 12:03 a.m. in Hillsborough County and may be among the first to welcome the new year in Florida.
Howard Troxler
A wish that Floridians demand only the very best
One of the most important facts about Florida is that only 33 percent of the people who live here were born here.

Top stories
Abducted 5-year-old boy found
Taken from his apartment complex Monday, he is found 80 miles away.

Heroin's glitzy appeal leaves mark in morgue
In some circles, heroin has a certain dark allure. It's the drug of rock stars, jazz legends, Beat writers and rail-thin fashion models. It's a drug for people who are serious about their drugs.

Helicopter company owner denies bilking customers
In an interview in jail, he says he was in over his head but never set fire to his business to resolve financial problems.

Search for drinking water may turn even uglier
Think deals among bay area counties and the building of a desalination plant on Tampa Bay were difficult? Just wait.

Life begins as year ends ...
11:33 P.M. DEC. 31, 2001: Hillsborough's last baby of the year arrives as a symbol of hope to close a difficult year.

... and a new one begins
12:03 A.M. JAN. 1, 2002: The first baby born in Hillsborough may be among the first in Florida to greet the new year.

Figuring a puzzle piece by piece
The head of Tampa Bay Water finds answers. Whether or not you like it, it's what he does.

Tampa Bay briefs
Guest fatally stabbed during New Year's party

South Pinellas headlines
  • She waded through the flood of '79
  • More racist pamphlets show up
  • Dominoes band leader Ron Lowe dies at 59
  • Living, learning for the moment
  • Three Seminole council seats are up for grabs
  • Want to help steer Pinellas Park?
  • Career in pictures comes full circle
  • Bridge's new architecture in the spotlight
  • Area charity tournaments top the year's list
  • Snipe Dead of Winter Regatta is a family affair
  • Invitational another showdown of youth, experience

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Lumber in city parks might be replaced
  • County will hire lobbyist to get bigger slice of pie
  • Ride on trolley now costs $1
  • Police respond to traffic pleas
  • Mayor opposes library location
  • 'You get kind of nervous'
  • Denying dogs a park diminishes their quality of life
  • Italian market to expand again

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Fire truck struck at scene of blaze

  • Ernest Hooper
  • New Year's whirl: Citrus Park to Sun City Center

  • News of Florida
  • Minorities sought for Everglades plan
  • School's research aims to aid oyster beds
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