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January 8, 2003

Tampa Bay: January 8, 2003
In paint, the tales of two cities
[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
ST. PETERSBURG -- They're re-creating the city's history with a stroke of a brush.
South Pinellas County news
Sunken Gardens copying an original
A small, squat sign was planned. Then they tried to salvage the old sign. Now, a '60s neon replica is coming.

Both sides say they won with sign ruling
The judge says the DOT didn't follow its procedures but the city resident has no standing to complain about it.

Dated mall in Seminole getting new look, Perkins
A Perkins and its rehabbed home are ready for business at Park and Starkey.

Connection center openings days away
The centers, opening Saturday, will help residents with questions and problems related to county government.

Lealman leader seeks 'county city' status
The head of the community association now envisions "county city" status to avoid annexation.

Residents want Blush removed from office
Saying they have lost confidence in their commissioner, Sunset Beach residents want Blush recalled.

Firefighter who broke barriers of race dies
Eugene Curry, 53, one of the city's first black firefighters, died Sunday after suffering a seizure in early December.

Give fire chief 7% raise, one boss urges
Other Lealman fire commissioners do not respond, but one says later that a raise that high would be unfair.

Seminole wary of desalination wells
Proposed sites aren't in the city, but annexation could change that. Residents fear sinkholes.

Magazine lauds All Children's Hospital
ST. PETERSBURG -- A national parenting magazine has named All Children's Hospital one of the nation's top 25 medical centers for pediatric care, and one of the two best in Florida.

Man charged with strangling wife
PINELLAS PARK -- A 36-year-old Pinellas Park man has been arrested on charges he strangled his wife of 14 years.

On the town: Complements to a magical affair
The weather outside was frightful. Indoors, the Hilton St. Petersburg was a Winter Wonderland, thanks to the efforts led by Yvonne Alsup, decorations chairwoman for the annual New Year's Eve gala for the St. Petersburg chapter of Links.

Certifiably stellar
Teachers subject themselves to a grueling process -- hundreds of hours of work and waiting perhaps three years -- to earn National Board certification. Why? Money, prestige, self-insight and more.

Fire board may shift Lealman meetings
Commissioners would like more residents to attend as the Fire District is threatened by annexations.

Entranced, a newcomer chronicles her impressions
A woman recalls the alligator in Williams Park, green benches, blooming orange trees and an era of unlocked doors.

A Day on the Job: Natural, holistic grooming for pets
A Clip Joint owner says her work as a consultant and groomer is all about relationships -- with animals.

Former aide to King will speak at gathering
A former aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Jan. 17 gathering.

Babies 0-18 months to compete in Diaper Derby
SEMINOLE -- Does your baby look like you? Does he or she have really chubby cheeks? Can your baby crawl fast?

Director leaves Caymans for TI post
What could lure a professional off the Cayman Islands, where he was the tennis director at the only club?

BBC criterium welcomes riders from throughout state
Best Of The Bay Cyclists rang in the new season by playing host to area USA Cycling racers at Sunday's annual BBC Winter Training Criterium at Woodlands Corporate Park in Tampa.

Strong finish makes for good start to year
The winners of the New Year's Invitational at St.Petersburg Country Club last weekend had something going for them.

Business headlines: Cody's plans for opening
BELLEAIR BLUFFS -- The sign is up for the new Cody's Original Roadhouse. Now it just has to open.

Letters: Security at BayWalk appreciated
Re: Security heavy-handed at BayWalk, letter, Jan. 5

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