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Tuesday, July 2, 2002
TIMESCHAT
Read the transcript of our Billy Norris chat.
FROM TODAY’S TIMES
Dance studio pair arrested
Authorities charge the owner of Safety Harbor's Dance Studio and an associate with racketeering. Story
Wallabies die after truck trip
A lawsuit alleges that Lowry Park Zoo caused their "horribly cruel and senseless death." Story

[Times photo: John Pendygraft]
A new state law requires motorists to change lanes if possible and go 20 mph under the limit near flashing signals. Police and fire-rescue personnel say it's about time for such a law. Story

Preying on the faithful
ST. PETERSBURG -- Calvester Benjamin-Anderson thought she would be driving a Lexus LS 400 by now. Story

TIMES CHAT
Talk to us, Billy
What's it like being a teenage film critic? What's it like being on national TV?
  Ask Xpress film critic Billy Norris in a special online chat at 7 p.m. tonight. Billy will discuss his job reviewing movies for Xpress and WTSP-Ch.10, his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, the accompanying media frenzy and his interest in music and more. To register or to ask a question now click here.
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WORLD&NATION
Heaven in time of war: 6,700 ribeyes
For troops in Kandahar, comfort is an Outback meal delivered on a C-17. But for those traveling to prepare the meal, it's a nerve-wracking mission. Story
Bin Laden 'my father in jihad,' Moussaoui writes
Zacarias Moussaoui calls Osama bin Laden "my brother in Islam and my father in jihad" and declares himself a holy warrior and a terrorist, "but it does not mean that I took part in Sept. 11," according to handwritten motions unsealed Monday in federal court in Alexandria, Va. Story
STATE
Justice Department wants state House districts redrawn
The Legislature's new House districts violate the rights of Hispanics in Collier County, a federal official says. Story
McBride turns to Panhandle notable for boost
A virtual unknown in the region, the gubernatorial hopeful stumps with a familiar face as he woos North Florida voters. Story
Pilots held at takeoff, accused of drinking
Two America West pilots are arrested on charges of being legally drunk. They were about to take off with 124 passengers on board. Story

OPINION and COLUMNS
Editorial: A fresh face for 2004?
Editorial: Prisons need better food service
Editorial: For a better court
Letters: Voucher decision was a victory for social justice
Jan Glidewell: Men in suits terrorize American economy
Gary Shelton: Mixed doubles

WORLD&NATION
  • Bin Laden 'my father in jihad,' Moussaoui writes
  • Heaven in time of war: 6,700 ribeyes

  • TAMPA BAY
  • Looking out for lifesavers
  • Ship fest brought out crowds, lines, grousing
  • Campus threat was cry for help; ex-officer felt 'thrown away'
  • Wallabies die after trip in Ryder truck
  • Dance studio pair arrested

  • BUSINESS
  • Vivendi may sell USA, Universal, parks
  • Camping gains new popularity
  • Holland & Knight's '01 profits fall sharply
  • Business Digest

  • SPORTS
  • Young arms make job fun for coach
  • Man killed in home of Magic's Hudson
  • Local PGA player hits recovery road

  • STATE
  • Justice Department wants state House districts redrawn
  • McBride turns to Panhandle notable for boost
  • Pilots held at takeoff, accused of drinking

  • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT
  • Calendar
  • In the news
  • Memorial service planned as farewell for radio DJ Robbins

  • PASCO
  • Increase taxes to save land?
  • Truck makes sinkhole, falls into it
  • Leaders' pay raises considered
  • Bummer budget for New Port Richey
  • Ferocious fox meets its match

  • HERNANDO
  • Family rages, grieves at sentencing
  • Rains leave puddles aplenty
  • Chamber offers development proposal

  • CITRUS
  • Scallopers crowd gulf waters as ban lifted
  • Social Security examined
  • Projects could be delayed

  • FLORIDIAN
    The view from Bader Sharabati's hill   It is almost too obvious to say, but our view of the world is determined by the vantage point from which we observe it. Story

    [Times photo: Cherie Diez]


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    NEWS UPDATE
    Panel upholds congressional, state Senate maps
    A panel of three federal judges today upheld new boundary lines for Florida's congressional and state Senate districts.
    Other News Update headlines
    Chat today with a teenage movie critic
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    TAMPA BAY
    Ship fest brought out crowds, lines, grousing
    The organizers want to do another maritime festival, but with more volunteers and better handling of crowds. Story
    Campus threat was cry for help; ex-officer felt 'thrown away'
    Before Sept. 11, before Columbine, there was Damian Hospital. Story
    SPORTS
    Young arms make job fun for coach
    Lured back to Rays last season, Jackie Brown is earning kudos for his easygoing approach. Story
    Man killed in home of Magic's Hudson
    MAITLAND -- Masked gunmen attacked three people outside the home of Magic point guard Troy Hudson, fatally shooting a 20-year-old man and pistol-whipping a 15-year-old boy, police said Monday. Story
    Local PGA player hits recovery road
    His drives have traveled shorter. His irons don't fly so far. Walking 18 holes, which he has done routinely for his 15 years as a golf pro, is a struggle. He is weak and tired and sick. Story
    BUSINESS
    Vivendi may sell USA, Universal, parks
    The pending resignation of chairman Jean-Marie Messier could lead the French media giant to sell its U.S. entertainment assets. Story
    Camping gains new popularity
    Campgrounds and RV parks have become desirable for vacationers looking to save money, stay near home and avoid airports. Story
    Holland & Knight's '01 profits fall sharply
    The law firm earned the equivalent of $355,000 in profits per equity partner, less than half its competitors' average. Story



     
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