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March 3, 2002
Tampa Bay: March 3, 2002
Chloramine will alter tap water's taste, odor
[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]
Drinking water will be treated with chloramine, a disinfectant, in May. It's safe but has a downside.
South Pinellas County news
Concerns on rise as drug arrests fall
Though St. Petersburg police officials say supplies have been cut, others blame personnel cuts and low morale.

Still responding to the call
A cadre of veteran Seminole firefighters continues to handle emergencies, but their years of experience come at a cost.

There he is, Mr. Seminole
The lawyer, a chamber member since 1984, has led the Seminole Stampede since 1994 and served many other causes.

Polls open Tuesday for city elections
Tuesday is Election Day. Voters will go to the polls to elect three City Council members.

'It's like we've lost a big diamond'
Vanessa Petrie, a tireless advocate for Asian immigrants, dies at 46, leaving behind a legacy of dedication.

City to pay $796,000 for mobile home park
Pinellas Park agrees to buy the 3 acres at 4165 Park Blvd. to ease flooding and blight.

Charters, bureaucrats' terms dot elections
Four beach communities will be asked to update city charters and change elected officials' terms in elections the next two Tuesdays.

Pinellas Park vote cuts Lealman in half
The move by Pinellas Park dims any hopes of incorporation by Lealman residents, who have seen their tax base eroded by repeated annexations.

Sign doesn't tell whole story; there's a reason
We learned something from the state roadies this week, and we thought we should pass it along.

Boys & Girls Club event is filled to brims with fun
The guild of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast Inc. on Wednesday paid tribute to its founder, Peg Nunn, by presenting a hat award in her name to Daisy Thaler. Her magnificent wide-brimmed creation featured feathers the color of flames.

What age is best for competitive sports?
My 5-year-old daughter isn't interested in playing soccer or Tee Ball. She loves her swimming classes but chooses not to sign up with the rest of her friends for team sports.

'Drugs ain't white, drugs ain't black'
I have been active in the Wrice antidrug marches for many years in St. Petersburg. I have seen how they worked in my own neighborhood to take back the streets and make them safe once again for children to play in and for a neighborhood to flourish around. I've marched in my own neighborhood and I've marched in other neighborhoods.

Man loses both feet in mishap at work
It is not clear how the accident at Kane's Furniture occurred.

Candidates not afraid to criticize
The five contenders for two spots on the St. Pete Beach commission are speaking out, including against one another.

B&B ordinance creates cacophony of complaints
ST. PETERSBURG -- A committee created to study bed-and-breakfast inns has proposed modifications to the existing ordinance, which outlaws parties and receptions in residential zoning districts.

Church's banner snatched
ST. PETERSBURG -- Perhaps someone objected to the language. Or wanted a totally cool decoration. More likely, thinks the Rev. David McLaurin, the mischief was perpetuated by a person or persons who objected to his church's message.

Candidates share ideas for council
Those running for the Kenneth City council would focus on listening to residents, annexation and infrastructure.

A tale of 2 candidates for mayor
The race to be mayor of St. Pete Beach has turned into a he said-he said of who will be best for the city.

Student's death overwhelms military schoolmates
The death of a student with an indomitable spirit pains many she touched at Admiral Farragut.

Cutting the commute
USF invites students to call campus home in the coming years. Observers predict a livelier college and downtown.

Four seek office in beach city
Two incumbents and two newcomers are running for two City Commission seats in Indian Rocks Beach.

Church's bell tower easily rings up votes
The 54-foot tower and cross at St. Giles Episcopal will chime the time and play hymns.

Harmony on issues cools candidate forum's fire
SEMINOLE -- The second forum among the five candidates for three open City Council seats wasn't a heated debate.

3 towns ready for election on Tuesday
Voters in Gulfport, South Pasadena and Treasure Island will head to their polling places this week.

Art show also exhibits trains, games and music
For its silver anniversary, the All Children's art festival has attracted 80 exhibitors who will compete for $3,500 in prize money.

KC lets officers join state retirement plan
Kenneth City puts its police into the Florida Retirement System, though it would cost about $38,000 more this year.

Gulfport contenders for council share stage
GULFPORT -- There were hot-potato questions about the viability of the police department and saving the city's tree canopy, but there was little difference of opinion between the two City Council candidates who will face the city's voters Tuesday.

Lealman's future yet unknown
ST. PETERSBURG -- More than 100 Lealman Intermediate School parents, teachers and students voiced their desire Wednesday for their own home, but the officials who will decide the dropout program's future were not there to hear.

Council reaches out to other kids
Non-resident children will be able to use Pinellas Park facilities in this year for the same $5 fee that residents pay.

Illegal dumper may pay humdinger of a fine
LUTZ -- Sheriff's deputies, long frustrated by illegal dumping along Newberger Road, struck back a few days ago.

Community Center has renovation celebration
Treasure Island

Trip gives student a world of ambition
It was seeing South Africa that cemented Lisa Vinson's resolve to become a doctor: "There are so many people in need that I want to help."

Tarpon Springs marathoner Wehr will go the distance to compete
Where does a goal-oriented runner go after he has completed a marathon in all 50 states and the District of Columbia?

Team Bongiorno rolls to city tourney victory
Nobody could match the numbers recorded by Team Bongiorno.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Leader of the pack
  • The Al-Arian argument
  • Eckerd's leader draws on past for a beginning
  • The week in review
  • Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Winners

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • On Pinellas commission's agenda: efficiency
  • Before you can shop, trees must drop
  • On commissioners' agenda: efficiency
  • Hassle, mystery, duty: Voting views vary
  • News of bikes on buses getting around
  • Chloramine will alter tap water's taste, odor
  • 'Unusual interests' might lead to the stars
  • Kapok Tree founder, supporter of the arts

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Minority contract oversight shaken up
  • Squad cars hit; driver arrested

  • North of Tampa
  • 'A chance to shine'
  • Primordial soup was soothing
  • Toothache part of recipe for success
  • New ambulance to counter traffic, sprawl
  • Wandering carts
  • Haul away those hoops each night or be fined
  • Schools roundup
  • Petition on apartments may prove to be futile
  • Open and shut
  • Official frowns on plans for homes
  • Mall paves way for road work money
  • Newcomer Alonso scores first win
  • Carrollwood swimmers head to all-star meet

  • News of Florida
  • Reno shows a softer side on road tou
  • Daytona tallies the price of the party

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