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January 5, 2003

Tampa Bay: January 5, 2003 South Pinellas County news
Girl succumbs to rare disorder
Autumn Bailey, who had a lung transplant as an infant, dies from complications at age 8.

Two sides trip over hex block repair cost
Old Northeast neighborhood leaders and the city differ on costs to repair hex block sidewalks vs. concrete.

Seminole reluctant to dive into rights issue
A county resident wants the city to be among the first in Florida to add protections for transgendered residents. The city's in no rush.

Fire force pensions to get closer scrutiny
The City Council will put one of its members on the firefighters' pension board to help monitor the fund.

Homes, and now strides, by Helen
At 75, Realtor Helen Torres will walk half the Disney marathon as part of a Train to End Stroke group.

Noted eye doctor dies at 58
Dr. Angela G. Ayer was chief of ophthalmology at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines and one of a long line of doctors.

Tampa Bay Water to present plans for wells
SEMINOLE -- Representatives from Tampa Bay Water will give a presentation to the City Council on the agency's plans to pump brackish water from wells to a desalination plant. The public workshop will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Seminole Community Library, 9199 113th St. N.

Woman's body found in motel
PINELLAS PARK -- A woman's body was discovered early Saturday at a local motel, and police are investigating it as a suspicious death.

Eager for a makeover
Tyrone Gardens has been serving customers 45 years, despite some faded facades. Some spiffing-up is coming.

Gulfport/South Pasadena election watch
GULFPORT

North beaches election watch
BELLEAIR BEACH:

South beaches election watch
MADEIRA BEACH

Neighborhood notebook: Founder of 13th Street group ends 22-year stint
Dorothy Gilliam, the leader of her neighborhood association through three mayors, steps down at age 83.

On the town: Midnight gala overpowers rain
New Year's Eve 2002, like the night before Christmas a week earlier, will be remembered as a rainy mess as intrepid partygoers forded wet streets and struggled to get to festivities and home again.

Party favor holds rhythms of a life
The Eckerd College president finds writing poetry "useful in a variety of ways."

For adventurer, the sky is not the limit
Since losing his leg 20 years ago, Joe Nolfo has pushed for noble causes. Now he wants to be the first disabled person in space.

Dr. Delay: Lights along Bryan Dairy need some fine-tuning
We have had more mail in the last month about the new Pinellas Park intersection of Bryan Dairy Road and U.S. 19 than on any other single subject. Not since all of you who drive through the crumbling junction of Pasadena and Central avenues in St. Petersburg vented your angst last year have we heard so many complaints about one location.

Ex-area players are Tulane teammates
Jovon Jackson (Gibbs) and Brandon Rottmayer (Countryside) knew each other only casually during their high school football days.

Former Dixie star Schmidt has good Holiday
A former Dixie Hollins High School track standout returned to the area and won a recent road race. Chris Schmidt, 26, earned Times Cross Country Runner of the Year after leading the Rebels to a runner-up state finish in the early 1990s.

Letters: Don't let rain ruin First Night forever
Re: First Night.


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