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January 15, 2003
'No matter what, I'm getting my kid back'
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
Amy Clucas, 20, says giving her baby to a homeless couple was a temporary arrangement until she could get on her feet.
Howard Troxler: Bitterness prolongs case against Scientology
Our own local version of the O.J. Simpson case -- meaning that it is undignified, nearly out of control and taking way too long -- is the civil lawsuit pending against the Church of Scientology by the estate of Lisa McPherson.

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Cigarmakers fight ban
A lawsuit says outlawing smoking in the workplace would hinder tests for quality and kill the industry.

Feds refuse to drop charges against student
However, INS officials in Tampa say they will revisit the case of a Mideast student at USF who might be deported.

U.S. agents seize Stardancer ships, slots, files
Several federal agencies swoop down on the gaming operator's assets in an inquiry into alleged embezzlement.

Security at TIA alarmed by fake bombs -- its own
TAMPA -- The ordinary-looking briefcase set off alarms when it went through an explosives detection machine at Tampa International Airport. It appeared to be packed with bombs.

Dodge, attorney's estate sue Lockheed Martin
TAMPA -- In what could be the story line from a legal thriller, two government workers say they discovered potential fraud by a huge company with a multimillion-dollar job training contract.

USF hires new vice president of research
TAMPA -- The University of South Florida has hired internationally recognized scientist M. Ian Phillips as its new vice president of research.

Tampa man dies in crash; Brooksville man injured
TAMPA -- A 45-year-old Tampa man was killed Monday evening when the car he was in slammed into a parked semitrailer truck north of Plant City, reports stated.

Streets becoming race-ready
ST. PETERSBURG -- Even though the inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is more than five weeks away, city and Grand Prix officials have already begun preparing the streets for the three-day event.

South Pinellas headlines
  • 'No matter what, I'm getting my kid back'
  • Ira Wilson dies; he kept 22nd St. S glory alive
  • Old, new still Gibbs
  • Demolition to clear way for resort project
  • Take-home cruisers escape austere era
  • From well-loved to hot-wired in minutes
  • City tries to cut cost of 2 new bridges
  • C.T. Bowen: Hope you love spam
  • Hospice gala elegant enough for a Gatsby
  • Love for city blossomed after writer's 1949 return
  • City of Palm Harbor? Answer is 'no thanks'
  • Talents freed
  • Military news
  • Two return to office without election fight
  • Man who's seen it all leaves his mark on park
  • A Day on the Job: Day and night job, overseeing a park
  • South Beaches election watch
  • Gulfport/South Pasadena election watch
  • Godsend for poor shines much brighter
  • One crown in bag, new season begins
  • Area teenager Railey repeats as top sailor
  • Lost Oaks course has new owners
  • Business headlines: Rutland owners appeal demolition
  • Letters: Elks show hospitalized veterans they care

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • 2 cities consider naming streets for King
  • County considers a transit authority
  • A former leader of Israel will join lecture
  • Music to wash over R.E. Olds Park from bandshell
  • Boy, 4, hurt after setting fire to school cot
  • Boats won't be banned behind popular resort
  • Editorial: Vote in elections that come closest to home
  • Letters: Trouble brews from choice delay

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Sun City strives for age zoning
  • Bogus bills appear in mailboxes
  • Give students a break, mom says
  • Tips sought in shooting death of teen
  • Ernest Hooper: Candidates agree: Ybor needs a broader appeal

  • News of Florida
  • Power moves to GOP lobby
  • Hearings to test mood on budget
  • Around the state
  • Flood of e-mail urges election chief's firing
  • Reno won't rule out Senate run
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