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October 23, 2002

Tampa Bay: October 23, 2002
High-rise fire drill turns all too real
[Times photo: Scott Keeler]
When sparks fly from a circuit breaker panel on the second floor of the condo, a firefighting exercise is no longer just a training drill.
North Pinellas County news
Debate sways housing critics
After Ric Goss persuades merchants to accept affordable housing, the city agrees to ask Goss to accept a man's plans for a big garage.

Animal cruelty can be a harbinger
A group concerned about animal cruelty learns that many serial killers get their start by torturing animals.

Does Pinellas have right stuff for Job Corps?
The county has spent two years fine tuning its application to bring the center to St. Petersburg. Sites are being inspected.

Death of man found in car puzzles police
Tarpon Springs police think the young white male may have been shot elsewhere, but little else is known.

Report: Officers' response justified
Police Chief Sid Klein said officers involved in the June arrest of Joe Walden used "remarkable restraint."

Clearwater woman injured in car crash
A Clearwater woman was in serious condition Tuesday after a Monday crash in Pasco County. Rebecca Morgan, 32, was turning west onto State Road 52 from northbound Moon Lake Road about 3:50 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol troopers said. A Clearwater man driving a 2002 Toyota east on State Road 52 ran a red light and hit her 2000 Mitsubishi, troopers said. The Toyota's driver, Thomas J. Daniel, suffered minor injuries in the wreck. He turns 22 today. Morgan was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, a hospital spokeswoman said. Serious condition means that Morgan's vital signs may be unstable and not with normal limits. She is acutely ill. Troopers were investigating the crash on Tuesday.

Largo man files ethics complaint against mayor
The complaint: Largo Mayor Bob Jackson didn't let people have their say at a public meeting.

Mexican immigrant walks, works for American dream
Virginio Paloma worked his way from menial jobs to his own business. He's in the running for an international trade award.

Jennings repeats as Master's champion
"I goofed Poppa," said a young John Jennings. All he had to do was sail the course in the last race to win the Sears Cup, emblematic of the North American junior crown back in the late 1950s. But his boat's boom brushed the pin end of the starting line. In those days any touch of a mark meant disqualification. Nobody saw the touch except Jennings. Nevertheless, he immediately dropped out and said those words to his dad, St. Petersburg Yacht Club Commodore W.W. Jennings.

A celebratory pop as traffic bottlenecks end
Ask residents of northern Pinellas County what is their biggest frustration about living here, and invariably they will answer, "the traffic." Transportation issues top the list of local concerns, and no wonder. An inadequate road network, heavy seasonal traffic, lack of an interstate, and some of the most dangerous roads and intersections in the state make driving here a constant irritation.

When does no mean no in Dimmitt land density question?
I don't know when no is no anymore.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Hinesley to retire in 2004
  • Foster family goes on offense
  • Vulture shock
  • Aisenbergs, lawyers asking for $7-million
  • Ex-pro wrestler takes on Democratic commissioner
  • Pasco deputies foil truck hijacking
  • Campaign for governor in Pinellas: rookie vs. veteran
  • School Board okays new choice policies
  • WEDU-TV to air interviews with Bush, McBride on Thursday

  • Howard Troxler
  • And now, this breaking news report on something

  • South Pinellas headlines
  • Pinellas Trail will go over 38th Avenue N
  • Energizing weekend has electrifying finale
  • Gays face Falwell, followers
  • Police chief search heads into homestretch
  • Desal proposal receives early public criticism
  • Treasure Island moves toward towering hotels
  • A Day on the Job
  • Rescinded permit clouds 8-year-old's future school
  • Teacher lets field trip go to the dogs
  • Constructing a program on math
  • Lealman association to elect 5 board members
  • Military News
  • Saks on catwalk draws admirers
  • Heritage Village jubilee is Saturday
  • Amateurs and pros turn out for benefit event
  • Business headlines

  • Letters
  • Annexation story merely told truth

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Officials try to bury the hatchet
  • Political Junkie: Mayoral candidate misses TECO streetcar opening

  • Ernest Hooper
  • Joe Redner sets sights on office; Baby cakes

  • News of Florida
  • Challenge of embargo not a sure loss
  • Bush's poise holds off McBride's final charge
  • Candidates abandon cordiality
  • Leaving the bully pulpit
  • DCF workers still hospitalized after Palm Bay office cleared
  • Lee sheriff bans new hires who smoke
  • Around the state
  • McBride ad attempts to parry Bush attack
  • Class size measure's foes air TV ad
  • Author to speak on student testing
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