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March 23, 2002

The dead zone

ST. PETERSBURG -- It could be a bloom of microscopic plant life. Or a patch of discolored runoff from the Everglades. Or organic matter left over from a Red Tide bloom.
Lucy Morgan
Lobbyist's humor put state Capitol in perspective
The pink coat was purchased years ago. It was one of those impulse things lobbyist Marvin Arrington did.

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Doctor gets 63 years in OxyContin deaths case
MILTON -- A doctor convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of four patients who overdosed on the painkiller OxyContin and other drugs received a sentence of nearly 63 years in prison Friday.

Legislators leave much undone
They must return to agree on a budget, education laws and a new Cabinet job's duties.

Tailored Congress districts approved
Now the court battle begins over the districts drawn to keep the U.S. House firmly in GOP hands.

Legislature in brief
Voters could make it harder to close records


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