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September 18, 2002

Tampa Bay: September 18, 2002
Impact breaks a body, not the spirit
[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
Struck by a truck, an active teenager lives to re-join a huge support network.
South Pinellas County news
Seminole may tap popular sentiment
A $49,000 visioning program may decide a seminal question: What are our values and goals?

Shrewd ruse slows evictions at motels
Motels along 34th Street resort to paying unwelcome customers to leave after one claims to be a "resident."

No nudes good news for awards organizers
Sighs of relief go up after an adult magazine parades porn stars across a stage without anyone misbehaving.

Plan to pave grassy stretch riles neighbors
Residents print buttons that say "Keep 23rd Avenue Green" after a neighbor proposes a driveway on right of way.

Suit alleges priest harassed staffer
GULFPORT -- A man has filed a civil suit against the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Gulfport, alleging that he was sexually harassed by a priest and then forced to resign from his job at the school.

Michael Whitman, civic leader, dies
ST. PETERSBURG -- Michael "Mike" Whitman, former owner of Blue Ribbon Cleaners on Madeira Beach and former president of the Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, died Monday (Sept. 16, 2002) at home. He was 93.

Site of Jessie's Landing okay'd for townhomes
Land Development board members approve the 60-home project unanimously. Council will vote next month.

Newsstands flourished before pulp friction
A proprietor remembers when the Sunday New York Times sold for 12 cents, a time when the Internet was a harebrained notion.

Career appetizers
Northeast High's culinary class fits a school within a school recipe to raise morale and test scores.

Military news
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class James T. Wright Jr., son of Katrina and James T. Wright of St. Petersburg, departed on a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton. His home port is Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Hardly scientific, certainly delicious
Einstein on Wine, the Museum of Science and Industry's annual fundraiser, draws patrons from throughout the bay area each year for samplings of wines and fine foods.

A Day on the Job: Couples on a couch: A therapist's story
A certified clinical sexologist and family therapist says the frequency of sex is often an issue.

Festival introduces novel goal
LARGO -- While the One Bay, One Book committee hopes everyone is already reading Killing Mister Watson by Peter Matthiessen, a kickoff party is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Village and other parts of Pinewood Cultural Park.

Restaurant by Pier re-emerges as Fresco's
After a two-week break, the former Black Opal on the waterfront offers a new menu and plans to open for lunch.

Neighborhood upset over Jungle Prada pier closing
ST. PETERSBURG -- Park Street N, a west St. Petersburg thoroughfare that runs parallel to Boca Ciega Bay, is known for its gracious houses and historic sites.

Sibling waits to get into brother's magnet school
Uncertainty and confusion reign in one household.

Hospice workers receive bonuses for job well done
The agency, which has nearly 1,000 employees, pays full-timers about $1,000 after taxes.

Riders steer toward race in S. Florida
The Great Coconut Grove Bicycle Race has been a late-season tradition since the mid-1970s.

Jefferson is head of class at end of event
In a night of bumps and bruises, Pinellas Park's Wayne Jefferson led a pack of zealous Open-Wheel Modified drivers through 50 laps of short-track racing Saturday to become the champion at Sunshine Speedway.

Business headlines
Geological Survey set for growth

Terrorists will never succeed in America
Re: A pause for reflection, by Donna Winchester, Sept. 11.

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