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June 16, 2002

North of Tampa: June 16, 2002 The minister and his music
The pastor of the fledgling Hope Church -- who once played guitar in bands that opened for Kenny Rogers, Alabama and Kool and the Gang -- now mixes music with evangelism.

Zoning: Strip mall may rise if parcels are united
Hillsborough Avenue could soon be home to another strip mall.

School grades puzzle some, please most
In the first year of grading by a new scoring system, 11 area schools improve and five decline.

Open & Shut
ITALIAN CAFE OPENS: PL's Italian Cafe & Pizzeria opened recently at 126 W Fletcher Ave. in the North Pointe Crossings Shopping Center. The restaurant offers New York-style pizza, build-your-own pasta and Italian specialty dishes. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 915-1101.

Munching at the Crocodeli
The neighborhood restaurant serves up food from different cultures to an appreciative audience.

Disaster group plods along
The group, formed 14 months ago, has yet to draft an evacuation plan. Members say that will soon change.

Music for little ears
A University of South Florida professor, who has received awards for her research on prenatal and neonatal response to music, teaches a music class for toddlers.

Duplex builders file lawsuit
Owners of the 9,000-square-foot building argue that they should not have to pay for the county's mistake.

Projects will add 7 new stores
The development offers fresh evidence the New Tampa shopping district is spreading north into Pasco County.

Neighborhood Notebook
Red Cross certifies school as new hurricane shelter

Tent sales irk nearby businesses
Established merchants call the vendor an eyesore. The tent owner says she's being harassed.

Main Street center lands 3 new tenants
In November, a Krispy Kreme expects to open with "hot lights" that indicate when warm doughnuts come out of the oven.

Stretching Collier Parkway in the works
Another expansion of the highway will be discussed at Tuesday's County Commission meeting.

Sports Digest
Registration under way for Frisbee league

The Week in Review
AIRCRAFT NOT DEFECTIVE: The National Transportation Safety Board says a preliminary investigation indicates the two aircraft crashed by the same pilot in an 11-hour span earlier this month had no obvious mechanical problems.

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