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September 25, 2002
Tampa Bay: September 25, 2002
Pricey demonstration to pluck lake muck
[Times photo: Boyzell Hosey]
Engineering firms will dig into their own pockets to scoop sludge from Lake Seminole and convince bureaucrats.
South Pinellas County news
Additional elections put on hold for now
New referendum votes, such as Seminole's annexation, must wait until January, says the supervisor of elections.

Drug dealers' great bane to arrive
Kevin isn't much of a sniffer; Dixie didn't work out. Sasha will put her nose to work soon.

Midtown spruces up to lure business
Sidewalks, street lights and trees shore up the image of a stretch of the Dome district as other initiatives move forward.

Critic says pavilion wastes public funds
A South Pasadena resident challenges the need for a state grant of $42,000 to construct a pavilion in Galatea Gardens park.

What would Jesus do?
Maybe, if he couldn't lure the modern masses to church, he would build a place to enjoy a basketball game, a yoga stretch, a play or a meal. That's Pasadena Community Church's $3.8-million idea.

He called Pass-a-Grille -- and the sea -- home
Capt. Kenneth Merry had his first boat at age 7; by 10 he was taking anglers to choice fishing spots for cash.

'Wild beasts' and singles mingle in artful setting
It's hard to be shy when you're outdoors in moonlight and mist, using a lantern to read clues and trying to identify sculpture.

Skin color suddenly means so much
It was a sunny Sunday at a church in south St. Petersburg.

Molten Mike next to perform in Friday park concert series
SEMINOLE -- Molten Mike and his band will perform at Friday's free concert, the latest in the Music in the Park series at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road. The concert is from 7 to 9 p.m.

City to pay legal fees in suit over documents
The Times sued Pinellas Park last summer when it refused to release public records on a city employee who had been fired.

Learn, work, achieve
Maximo Elementary uses its portion of a $6.9-million federal grant to institute an adventure in hands-on learning.

Excavation set for new Sonic site
KENNETH CITY -- Unless the rain interferes, excavation is scheduled to begin this week on the site where a Sonic drive-in hamburger restaurant will open in December.

A Day on the Job: An anonymous man in everyone's ear
Jeff Arthur is likely the most famous man you never heard of. He writes those stick-to-the-brain jingles.

Don Vista just misses chance for renovation
The Florida Historical Commission has enough money for 55 projects, but ranks the Don Vista at number 57.

Front Porch program gains $225,000 in aid
ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Petersburg's Front Porch Florida will get $225,000 over the next two years as part of a nearly $4-million statewide literacy grant for adults.

Military news
Navy Seaman Ann Marie Lazzara, daughter of Marianne Lazzara of St. Petersburg and Michael A. Lazzara of St. Pete Beach, is completing a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. Lazarra's home port is Norfolk, Va.

Singles league completes title matches
St.Petersburg's 22-year-old Singles Flex League wrapped up another season by crowning five women's winners and 11 men's champions.

Clearwater center is changing its course
Clearwater Community Sailing Center will enter a new era in October.

It's another stroke of bad luck for Heintz
Bob Heintz is looking for some answers.

Young driver must navigate a savage world
I would like to thank my fellow drivers for teaching my 18-year-old daughter (who just bought her first car) just how scary you all are.

Tampa Bay headlines
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  • Six charged with selling fake tickets
  • Policy would let buses in gated communities
  • Commission rejects Bucs' rezoning plan
  • A trolley stop named Tribune
  • No water no matter who did not pay
  • Girl gains weight and tons of help
  • Parents of 4-year-old want school close by
  • Boat accident victim is in fair condition

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Clearwater aquarium suffers money crunch
  • Highway to close for track repair
  • Offer to buy land comes with a catch
  • Palm Harbor parents gird for choice
  • Russians marvel at the niceties in our jails
  • Anclote Key plan upsets opponents

  • Editorial
  • Don't let the stew at Stauffer go unstirred

  • Letters
  • Night life died when Club More pushed out

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Money manager gets five years
  • UCH to cut work force

  • Ernest Hooper
  • A positive attitude, band battle, sad farewell

  • News of Florida
  • 392-pound gator bites off man's forearm in Alachua
  • Change chips away disclosure
  • PBS affiliate will air debate
  • Cabinet takes session on the road
  • Starved in Pennsylvania, teen is bused to Florida
  • Officials launch attack on poverty in Miami
  • Police arrest man, call him top suspect in slayings of five
  • Ad takes new tack to boost McBride
  • Elections chief's role in Broward diminished

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