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January 12, 2003
Tampa Bay: January 12, 2003 South Pinellas County news
Indian mascot debate resurfaces
A group would like all Florida schools to do what Seminole Middle has done. The Pinellas School Board head will revisit the issue.

Retired from NFL trenches, he's poised for stage
Henry Lawrence is an ex-lineman who played in three Super Bowls. Now he will unleash his creative side in a musical.

MLK aide: It's time for street to shed 'Ninth'
The City Council attempted a compromise in 1987. Now, some say, make it just "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street."

Madeira attracts multiple candidates
Unlike some previous years, the incumbents won't just waltz into office. They face a lively campaign season.

Drive leads to property referendum March 11
Residents opposing a waste plant's move fueled the drive. Now voters will decide how Indian Rocks Beach sells property.

Ex-mayor's prized umbrella gone since council meeting
Cecil Bradbury's gift from his wife disappeared from City Hall Dec. 12. If it's brought back, there will be no hard feelings.

Pinellas Park hires lobbyist at $50,000
The City Council is divided over a contract with Ron Book -- in part because he also represents Pinellas.

Photo op
A free spirit joins the reserves. Oxymoron? No, a smart move by a photographer who wants to see more, know more and reveal more.

In marriage of entities, parking is a concern
The plan is that Sunken Gardens, Great Explorations and Carrabba's patrons will co-exist in harmony.

New owner to update Plaza shops and tower
The Kalyvas Group LLC will make cosmetic changes and hopes to fill vacancies at the complex.

First Night forever a wash?
Rain pummelled the New Year's Eve shindig, so the next gig needs money, and fast.

Chamber names Citizen of the Year
The honor goes to Billie Noakes, who hosts a local access show highlighting Pinellas Park people, places and events.

Crescent Lake to take temperature on lawsuit
ST. PETERSBURG -- Crescent Lake neighbors will weigh in Saturday on whether to join their president in a lawsuit against an embattled motel.

Forums focus on minorities in schools
African-American organizations want to stimulate a discourse on a variety of concerns about blacks in public schools.

On the town: Partying along on the bus to UF
The University of Florida's first official event of its 150th anniversary celebration was the dedication of Emerson Alumni Hall on Friday. The building is named for Bill and Jane Emerson of St Petersburg, who gave $3-million toward its construction.

Dr. Delay: Dr. Delay: This Club could make downtown safer for cars
We're taking a little side trip this week, down a path that might help reduce auto thefts in the city of St. Petersburg. It's less work for the police. It's less hassle and grief for car owners. And it means fewer payouts for insurance companies.

Officers win award, one for the 2nd time
ST. PETERSBURG -- Two more names were added to a plaque that recognizes decades of outstanding officers with the city's Police Department. But only one, Detective Rick Shaw, appears twice.

Park will reopen today in Gulfport
The construction zone designation is coming off Gulfport's Tomlinson Lake Park, just in time for the start of Little League season. The $800,000 renovations are complete and the park will reopen to the public during a ceremony at 1 p.m. today. The park, 1820 55th St. S., closed at the end of last year's Little League season. Since then, workers added a new ball field, tot playground and walking trail. The restrooms now are wheelchair accessible and the pond is expanded to decrease flooding of area roads. The old tennis courts have been converted into a skate park and the batting cages are expanded and improved.

Fired city worker finds key support
MADEIRA BEACH -- In six years of working for the city, Judy Markham never received a mark lower than "excellent" or "good" on her annual evaluations. She was lauded for her team-oriented attitude. In 1998, she was Employee of the Year.

Help plan city roads at meeting
Residents are invited to discuss commercial and residential corridors as part of a discussion series focusing on development.

Flap frees plots for little parks
ST. PETE BEACH -- Parks and green spaces could dot the ends of avenues throughout St. Pete Beach in the future, thanks to a spirited neighborhood dispute that was officially put to rest Tuesday.

St. Petersburg High inducts 3 into Sports Hall of Fame
Two WWII veterans from the Class of 1942 and a famed sports agent of the 1969 class join the ranks of the school's best athletes.

Midtown 'wealth building' to foster love of tax returns
ST. PETERSBURG -- Working poor people or others with modest incomes may be missing out on money due them.

Treasure Island meeting to discuss building heights
TREASURE ISLAND -- City commissioners this week are expected to place a moratorium on their own rules allowing taller buildings on the beachfront.

Building services go to county
ST. PETE BEACH -- The city has hired the county to provide building department services while St. Pete Beach searches for a new building official.

Turners team gets jump on gymnastics season
Gymnastics at its highest level, 7-10, began this month.

Eckerd men send opponents a message
Sure, the University of Tampa was without two starters for Wednesday's Sunshine State Conference men's basketball opener against Eckerd, but the Tritons made a statement nonetheless: Watch out.

Letters: Respect the past, even sidewalks
It was with great interest and pride that I read your article Two sides trip over hex block repair cost in the Neighborhood Times. I reside in the Old Southeast (104 22nd Ave. S) and am a member of the Old Southeast Neighborhood Association.

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  • News of Florida
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  • State panel drops complaint against ex-judge
  • Around the state: Zephyrhills brush fire does minimal damage

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