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April 24, 2002
An identifiable flaw
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Misidentification may have cost two innocent men months of freedom.
Howard Troxler
Veto of phone bill not an easy move
Some people will accuse Gov. Jeb Bush of taking the popular, election-year route on Tuesday when he vetoed an act of the Legislature that would have raised telephone rates for millions of Floridians.

Top stories

Jesuit High teacher fired amid misconduct claim
TAMPA -- The Rev. Joseph Doyle stood before hundreds of teenage boys at Jesuit High School on Tuesday morning with bad news about a current teacher and a former principal.

Schools shed jobs to meet budget
Targeted for the cuts are such jobs as assistant principal, technology specialist and guidance counselor.

Tampa fire chief apologizes for van, vacation missteps
Pete Botto says he will track the use of a department van and will institute accountability measures for documenting vacation time.

Lawyer's art an antidote to terror
Michael DeMinico aims to paint the faces of all those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Schools' savings to come out of vice principals' pay
Each assistant principal for student affairs will lose 21 days of pay over a year's time.

Doctor: Circuit judge's condition is worsening
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Florence Foster is not resigning, but her medical reports will go to the state.

Hispanics, Asians fuel population growth
New Census figures show Colombians, Dominicans and Asians pouring into Florida. Jobs are among the reasons.

Drug Court celebrates first class of graduates
LARGO -- Pinellas County's Drug Court celebrated its first graduating class on Tuesday, with 49 people who have received treatment, passed numerous drug tests and landed jobs.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Mother awaits the beep of life
  • Marijuana festival has its day at the park
  • Ruling on firefighter two months away
  • Old arch will help Gulfport recall school's past
  • Green thumbs benefit festival
  • Member picked for American Assembly
  • Military news
  • Poynter Library at USF is a treasure
  • Some seniors say rise means fewer dips
  • Change proposed for filling council vacancies
  • Floating on flotsam
  • Beaches notebook
  • Doc Webb's drug store remembered at museum
  • Hot sauce lovers have new shop to dip into
  • Business headlines
  • Seeking grace
  • Central shop owners clamor to get trolleys
  • Grandmothers doing a tough job (again)
  • Doubles league crowns division champions
  • Youngsters wanting to learn ropes have many options
  • Ex-area standout Christman builds on career

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Demand high for bachelor's degree at SPC
  • West Pasco prosecutor named Pinellas judge
  • Possible Pinellas fee increases
  • Mediation fails in adoption
  • Settling in at their new school
  • Oldsmar voters support repeal
  • Neighbors fight leader over variance request
  • Land saga might finally reach exciting chapter
  • Leaders support developers, not our environment
  • Youngsters wanting to learn the ropes have many options

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Buckhorn: I'll be the true friend of neighborhoods
  • Volunteers take a bow -- and awards

  • News of Florida
  • Lawmakers secure budget deal
  • Bush kills phone rate increase
  • Auto Train resumes after deadly derailment
  • Bush TV ads focus on education
  • High court hears redistricting duel
  • Senate foils Graham on drilling lease swaps
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