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September 6, 2002

Tampa Bay: September 6, 2002 North Pinellas County news
City files complaint against union
CLEARWATER -- The city has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the firefighters union for its decision to use former city personnel director Paul O'Rourke as a negotiator. The complaint, filed Wednesday with the state Public Employees Relations Commission, asks for a stay in negotiation talks until the matter is resolved. Talks stalled last month after O'Rourke refused to back away from the bargaining table. The city demanded he step down, arguing O'Rourke's presence creates an unfair advantage for the union, puts any negotiated contract at risk and creates an appearance of impropriety. The city has argued that if O'Rourke is getting paid, he is violating a city ordinance that prohibits former employees from lobbying the city for at least a year after they leave their jobs. O'Rourke and union president John Lee have said O'Rourke is donating his time. O'Rourke was forced to resign his $85,446 per year city job in May after clashing with City Manager Bill Horne.

Hotel fire on U.S. 19 forces out 75 guests
Authorities say the fire started in a laundry room of the Continental Inn and spread to the second floor. The damage is estimated at $20,000.

Shopping center plans still a go, despite delays
A Borders, Lowe's and SuperTarget are some of the large stores that could come to a refreshed Clearwater Mall.

Woman critically hurt in vehicle crash; girls also taken to hospital
LARGO -- A 22-year-old woman was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash on Ulmerton Road on Thursday evening. The woman, whose name was not available, was pulling out of Monterey Lakes Apartments, 7501 Ulmerton Road, about 4:27 p.m. when she was struck by another vehicle. The woman, driving a Pontiac Sunbird, tried to turn left onto eastbound Ulmerton Road, Largo police said. The woman had two young girls, believed to be her daughters, in the car with her. A 1-year-old girl in the car had no visible injuries, while another girl, believed to be about 4 or 5, suffered minor injuries, police said. Both children were taken by ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center, where their mother was taken by helicopter. The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously injured, police said. Ulmerton Road was closed Thursday evening as police investigated the crash.

Ridgecrest principal takes on new school
Bob Poth had been the principal at Ridgecrest only a year, so he was as surprised as his staff at his appointment to Douglas Jamerson.

104 years old, and the life of the party
BELLEAIR -- Mildred Colvin enjoyed seeing and holding the fruits of a long and good life this week, when six generations sat for a family portrait.

Ex-Hudson accountant charged in theft, fraud
The 53-year-old woman is charged with embezzling more than $150,000 from a Tarpon Springs business.

Man kills stepson; turns gun on himself
Investigators say the murder-suicide resulted from a long-standing dispute between the two men.

2 projects evoke Palm Harbor's past
Rehabilitation of the White Chapel and the Durrance building help preserve a part of the community's history.

Sophisticated bank robber sought
The man in his 60s has struck twice in five months. Authorities call him the "Geritol Bandit."

Sport is heading down familiar lane
Less than five months ago, Fidiration Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) president Jerry Koenig visited Pinellas County and his friend, Jerry Krauss, a local proprietor.

Art lovers can peek into 'cages'
Artists will be in their "stalls" tonight at a Dunedin co-op, showing and selling diverse media.

Editorial
Public office must not promote private gain
Just like clockwork, it seems, space on this page must be devoted to emphasizing to government officials that if they aren't very careful in the conduct of their private lives, their public roles can be compromised.


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