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September 4, 2002

Tampa Bay: September 4, 2002
When the going gets tough ...
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Disbelief turns to resolve at a Pinellas Park school damaged physically and psychologically by hoodlums.
South Pinellas County news
Pet docs put stock in a tool made here
First catering to human needs, a Largo company earns plenty of kibble with a veterinary instrument.

Seminole reacts to curb neighborhood speeders
It installs two stop signs on 63rd Avenue N to slow traffic. But some ask: Will the drivers stop?

Smaller-scale baseball brouhaha calms down
Little League dads ask to use land in Tierra Verde. Taxes rise. Cause and effect? Not at all, county officials say.

Let me do job as I see fit, attorney urges city staff
Pinellas Park's clerk drops weekly status reports on legal work after the attorney says he decides what to do first.

Lakewood field is not safe, boosters say
New sod on the football practice field just covers up dangerous potholes, they say. The solution may be costly.

Seminole Mall to host 'American Idol'-like contest
SEMINOLE -- Seminole Mall will present its own version of the popular TV show American Idol with "Sing Your Heart Out," a seven-week competition searching for the best singers in the Tampa Bay area.

Military news
Pfc. Jeffrey A. Griffin, son of Carol and James Alan Griffin of St. Petersburg, has completed basic training at Fort Benning Army Reserve in Georgia. He will serve in the reserve unit at 73rd Field Hospital, St. Petersburg, after he completes field medic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Ex-Mayor 'Bert' Williams dies
GULFPORT -- "I kept the town small," Bert Williams, the former mayor, once bragged.

For Coquina Key, cycle of rum, boom and bust
The island wasn't yet an island when developers arrived. Rumrunners plied their trade until builders came in waves.

Largo Cultural Center raises bar for the arts
The cultural center signs up a diverse group of performers, some of whom may be on the cusp of national fame.

Sailors' maneuvers produce a lazy circle
Dozens of sailboats tie up in a tidy cluster in Boca Ciega Bay. In a Labor Day weekend tradition, sailors unwind at a floating party.

A Day on the Job: Inside the head of a mechanic
Meet an educated guy who fiddles with vehicles for a living. What's his dream car, dream job?

Candidates to attend Lealman meeting tonight
LEALMAN -- Candidates for state and local offices plan to attend tonight's Lealman Community Association meeting, which is open to the public.

Beach briefs
St. Pete Beach plans ceremony on Saturday

Business headlines
Villaggio at Tierra Verde shall rise

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