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Wednesday, December 11, 2002
crane falls
[Times photo: Scott Keeler]
Osceola Avenue between Cleveland and Drew streets in Clearwater was closed for several hours this morning after a crane truck overturned. Please see News update

'Bama turns toward Leavitt
South Florida coach becomes one of top candidates to replace Dennis Franchione. Story
GOP site question tests Bush's loyalties
Jeb Bush walks a fine line between touting Tampa's bid to be the site and supporting whatever is best to re-elect his brother, the president. Story
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The Humane Society won legal custody of the 21 puppies found at a flea market and is accepting applications for their adoption. Story

photoHoly Wildcats!
Former superhero player Richard "Batman" Wood has more on his mind than a state title. Story

Man 'lucky' to survive trip in jet's wheel well
A Cuban airport worker spends four hours in the freezing, oxygen-deprived compartment during his escape flight to Canada. Story
U.S. intercepts N. Korean missile shipment
A vessel boarded 600 miles from Yemen has about 12 Scud missiles and parts. Officials aren't sure of the final destination. Story
Boosting trade with Mexico a challenge
Representatives of states along the Gulf of Mexico meet to discuss opportunities and obstacles to increasing trade in the region. Story
CEO's bills led to firing
The Tampa apparelmaker confirms William Compton submitted personal expenses. Story

Editorial: Pinellas' economic future
Editorial: A Lott to apologize for
Letters: Bush's policies are robbing the nation's future
Howard Troxler: These rookies have ideas of their own
Ernest Hooper: Grandma's cooking; potshots at Tampa
Robert Trigaux: Snow's stands seem to change like the weather
Bill Maxwell: Times have changed for black students
Gary Shelton: Sherman slips from his perch
Susan Taylor Martin: Local Sri Lankan becomes envoy

  • Calendar
  • 'A Christmas Story' a hit onstage
  • In the news
  • Fans groove to Dave Matthews

  • Habitat idea may work for county
  • County cool to SR 52 project
  • County will fight to keep its water
  • Little Leaguers find fields off limits
  • Family alleges excess force by police
  • City studying the means to market itself
  • Port Richey favors shops with parking

  • Community split over main road
  • Authorities cite 11 in check-cashing ring
  • Officials keen on combined K-8 school

  • Victim's husband has brief taste of freedom
  • Pay $10,000 to settle suit? Officials balk
  • Citrus, state to team up on purchase of property
  • Witnesses say they saw boater drinking
  • Florida Water sale needs more time
  • 'Interim' erased from leader's title
  • Backup plan for Florida Water explored

    Kitchen gadgets that will keep on giving
     There was a time not long ago when I had five garlic presses. Two were clear plastic with screw mechanisms that forced garlic through tiny holes, one was an antique metal version, another was broken and the fifth was a trendy model that cost me a lot. I can't remember how that one worked. Story

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    Tarpon Springs police seek prowler
    Tarpon Springs police are looking for a man who reached through a teenage girl's bedroom window Tuesday and then appeared beside the bed of a 23-year old woman Wednesday. (more)
    Click here for the News Update
    Hospice to move, expand
    Hillsborough deputy back in jail
    Crane falls in Clearwater, blocking roadway
    Port Richey police issue moves toward vote
    Click here for the CQ update
    Recent rainfall breaks records
    Monday's deluge broke rainfall records on both sides of Tampa Bay. Story
    TV reporter hit with injunction
    WFLA-ch. 8's Steve Andrews must stay 300 feet away from a man who says Andrews is stalking him. Story
    Missing fisherman found 53 miles out in gulf
    Rescuers search for more than 30 hours before finding Francis LaFeir and his boat off Sarasota. "He's fine," says the Coast Guard. Story
    Street project price tag soars
    Improvements to Gulf Boulevard may have to be scaled back after the cost estimate more than doubles. Story
    Quarles covers Bucs' LB needs
    Inside or out, the veteran's speed and versatility have been on display. Story
    Second is downfall this time
    WILD 5, LIGHTNING 3: Three goals in the second period get Khabibulin pulled. Story
    Pro football challenge: Click here to play
    Shakeup ousts 8 DCF officials
    Longtime observers say the new secretary at the state's child welfare agency is clearing the way for a new team of managers. Story
    College tuition could jump 12.5%
    A state education board recommends raising university tuition by 7.5% next year, with an option for another 5% increase. Story

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