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December 22, 2002
Tampa Bay: December 22, 2002 South Pinellas County news
Those Publix vittle bags: an investigative report
What's really in those Publix gift sacks -- just Christmas stuff? And where do they go?

Gambling-boat operator needs change of luck
Stardancer Casinos gambling boat business seems stuck in a run of bad luck -- and it's all related to money: money owed and not available.

Downed light pole on I-275 lanes causes spate of wrecks
A downed light pole surprises about a dozen northbound drivers and causes damage. No one is hurt.

Atkinson: I won't run again for Treasure Island mayor
Treasure Island's mayor since 1997 said he had made the decision in April not to run for another term.

Survivor is in it for the long run
A cancer survivor looks forward to logging 13.1 miles, and to every new day of life.

Serendipity amid the mess
A used-book dealer that's more barn than noble offers enlightenment between the covers.

Pinellas helps out recreation programs
Local residents will get a return on fees they pay in form of $1.9-million for recreation programs in unincorporated areas.

Task force suggested to deal with homeless
The county commissioner sees the problems experienced by east Lealman as shared across Pinellas.

Time budget as crucial as your financial one
It is 9:30 a.m. So far today I have wrapped the teachers' presents. Then I made breakfast and lunch for my daughters. Next I dug deep in the dryer to find clean socks for both. I beamed proudly while watching my older daughter's Christmas play at school. Then I raced to my other daughter's school to drop her off 30 minutes late. Then I picked up a Christmas present for that same daughter.

Casino ship official had tax issue
The head of a cruise line planning to dock in St. Petersburg had to pay back taxes due to misstated expenses.

School brings holiday cheer to some special families
Rio Vista Elementary donates gift baskets of food and toys to 33 families its teachers and PTA say are important to the school.

Cashing in on First Night
Organizers tap American music and offer 23 venues. Calling it a business, they also hope to make money.

Neighborhood notebook
Take a gander to see what your neighborhood did or is doing.

Beach mayor hangs up Santa suit
Politics spoils a 22-year tradition as Leon Atkinson decides not to don his red suit this year.

St. Petersburg is where rubble meets the road
We have a lot to address this week, so we should get right to it.

Legislators lobby city for lobbyists
In a twist, Pinellas Park officials receive calls from state lawmakers as they search for a lobbyist.

Town leaders reject proposed dog park
ST. PETE BEACH -- Dogs won't be getting a new park of their own here.

Before a beginning, an end
With hugs, cards, songs and even a video, Clearview Elementary says farewell to principal Denise Miller, who is taking over a new school.

Crumbley fulfilling lifelong mission
By the time Earnest Crumbley Jr., was 6, he knew basketball was his sport.

Cayll-Skiles stays on run
It isn't often a runner competes in back-to-back road races on a weekend.

Gulfport wants 49th Street makeover details
Officials like the pictures of the proposed makeover, but are concerned with the cost details.

Letters: County summit was rejuvenating
I am writing in regard to the Redevelopment Opportunities Summit for the Pinellas Community, which occurred recently in Clearwater.

Tampa Bay headlines
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  • Beyond the oaks

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Condos may test height limits
  • Woman wins fight with flesh-eating bacteria
  • At long last, labor of love is launched
  • Ozona gears up for golf cart parade
  • Despite snags, Clearwater will do just fine, thank you
  • Letters: Rice should act fast on diversity

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • The forgotten remembered
  • Longtime civic leader Schwartz dies at age 79
  • Passenger killed when SUV flips on entry ramp
  • Carrollwood Players may pass up invitation
  • Let it glow
  • Zoning: Further business for road?
  • Sports Briefs
  • Prep Notebook: After courtship, colleges snap up best of Jefferson football
  • Town 'N Country: Homeowners war over director
  • Neighborhood notebook
  • Lutz: Crisis Center strives to make a difference
  • Prep Notebook: After courtship, colleges snap up best of Jefferson football
  • New Tampa: Life after the NFL
  • Open & Shut
  • Milestones: Ophthalmologist joins Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • The Week in Review
  • New Tampa: Tree planting minimum for homes reduced
  • Carrollwood: Improvements scheduled for Babe Zaharias golf course
  • Oldsmar: Game provides athletes second chance to shine
  • Ernest Hooper: Inspiring daytime TV? 'Judge Mathis' is proof

  • News of Florida
  • Governor race looks likely for Gallagher
  • Orlando mayor named Fla. secretary of state
  • Suspect cuts deal inmmigration inquiry
  • Boy, 12, arrested in church burning

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