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January 7, 2003
On fourth dive, the cross is his
[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
Nioti Koulianos plunges to the bottom, cutting his hands on rocks but seizing the prize. "It's the greatest feeling," he says.

Future divers wait for their chance
Years from diving for the cross, a group of altar boys huddled together outside the church Monday morning with their own jitters.

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Mary Jo Melone: Iorio's race began with little steps over years
Gerald White remembers.

Ernest Hooper: Food and family, bringing in the greens
I guess Natalie Khawam and her twin sister, Jill Kelley, believe you have to look good to cook good.

Adam C. Smith: GOP passes on politics, goes for spectacle
TAMPA -- Of all the arguments for holding the Republican convention in Tampa, here was one of the weakest: It would help ensure the GOP wins Florida's 27 electoral votes.

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Tampa finishes second in '04 convention derby
WASHINGTON -- In the end, sunny beaches and family ties couldn't compete with big-city glitz and Sept. 11 symbolism as Republican leaders recommended New York instead of Tampa to host the 2004 national convention.

Timing, glitz, hotel rooms thwarted group's dream
TAMPA -- The phone rang all weekend at Al Austin's Westshore house. Friends wanted to know about Tampa's chances of landing the 2004 Republican National Convention.

GOP's dominance in Florida hurt Tampa's chances
TAMPA -- When Margie Kincaid registered to vote 60 years ago, Hillsborough elections officials handed her a card with a D already on it.

Al-Arian demands USF restore his standing
The controversial professor demands that his faculty rights be restored and that his ban from campus be rescinded.

Charities to cut programs and jobs
Goodwill will stop picking up used furniture. Metropolitan Ministries will end a program that helps homeless men.

Gasparilla parade runs a mile longer this year
The parade route for Gasparilla 2003 will start at Bay-to-Bay and end at Morgan Street.

Military news
Army Pvt. Kenyung K. Williams graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Goodwill to lay off 50, end furniture pickups

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • All eyes can watch transit decisions
  • No consensus on boat ban behind resort
  • City's manager aims for diversity
  • Future divers wait for their chance
  • On fourth dive, the cross is his
  • Today last day to qualify for Dunedin race
  • Commissioners delay decision on Harborside project
  • Editorial: Vessel exclusion zone might endanger partiers
  • Letters: Save our Sandbar members are sincere, not to blame

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Iorio's running, with election 2 months away
  • Charity lays off 15, cuts service
  • Man charged in son's shooting death
  • Ernest Hooper: Food and family, bringing in the greens

  • News of Florida
  • Familiar face to lead Corrections
  • Panel ponders 3 amendments, costs
  • Miami police in focus at court, City Hall
  • Police investigate acid bomb blasts
  • Around the state: House leaders renounce new taxes as budget cure
  • Bush picks 3 new trustees for USF board
  • Future of historic gardens starts to look a little rosier
  • Trial begins for officers accused of corruption
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