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February 5, 2003
Tampa Bay: February 5, 2003 South Pinellas County news
Shuttle Disaster: Another tragedy, a new awareness
As I sleepily counted out seven rounded scoops into the filter cone for the morning coffee, seven astronauts were dying.

Shuttle Disaster: A final contrail wisps across generations
A Lakewood Elementary teacher draws on her own memories to help students understand the shuttle's loss.

Teenagers get their hands on $6,000 windfall
Young folks are on a mission to rev up gathering spots at the recreation center and the library.

Arsenic case turns to firefighters' lifestyle
Officials will focus on the diet and whereabouts of two firefighters who tested with high levels of arsenic in their blood.

It's a 'yea' for the tall, sprawling Madeira Bay
Five variances are granted to turn two downscale blocks upscale. And, yes, Dockside Dave's, at least in concept, looks to be spared.

Bonds flub costs Pinellas Park $67,000
Pinellas Park has already fired its finance director, who says others were responsible for the costly delays.

Midtown awaits a sign of health: new clinic
Living legacies of Mercy Hospital and officials smooth the way -- on a more level playing field -- for a full spectrum clinic.

Peterman gives up committee post
State Rep. Frank Peterman, 40, D-St. Petersburg, cited the demands of his family and his new calling as pastor of the Rock of Jesus Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg as reasons for giving up the committee seat.

Baptist church suspends pastor
Matters came to a head during a meeting to discuss the minister's performance at Bethel Metropolitan Baptist.

Shore Acres school secretary honored
Linda Anello, support employee of the year, says the award means a lot to those who serve as the school's "bottom line."

Counting the believers
Organized religion appears to be booming in Pinellas County, but a closer looks shows that maybe half don't attend an organized service.

Teachers' honor roll
Sixteen instructors vie for educator recognition awards. One teacher will represent the district in the state teacher of the year program.

Adults party in name of children's needs
The cavernous Coliseum -- St. Petersburg's favorite destination for galas through the decades -- was transformed into a tropical paradise Saturday night for the 72nd annual All Children's Hospital Charity Ball.

Madeira candidates offer divergent views
MADEIRA BEACH -- Addressing macro-issues like the city's new master plan and micro-issues like what became of the City Commission's annual $1,500 donation to the Seniors Club, incumbents formally faced their challengers for the first time at a candidate forum Monday afternoon.

A pillar of PR charmed dollars this way to that
Howard E. Anderson, who boosted Florida Presbyterian (Eckerd) College, was extremely well connected but humble and genuine, friends say.

Wedding skips a beat and perhaps a year
A couple wants to wed on that special day, but which year? It falls to an insurance company to

Military news
Marine Corps Pvt. Paul C. Jaynes, son of Mary D. Byrd of St. Petersburg and Don C. Jaynes of Naples, has completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris island, S.C. He is a 2002 graduate of Gibbs High School.

Celebration lively, but attendance low
The celebration's organizers say the weekend went smoothly, and they hope that more people show up next year.

Y Achievers to mark 10th year
Three boosters of the program, which meets at the Harbordale YMCA, will be honored Thursday.

Rash of arsons leads to reward
Treasure Island has been plagued for months with fires set in vacant or abandoned houses and outside motels.

St. Pete Beach plans more library lighting
A woman tells commissioners her safety concerns. Three weeks later, she trips and falls on the darkened pathway.

Florida's athletes spring into action
There have been some sure signs that Florida's cycling and triathlon seasons are rapidly approaching.

Family's love of sport has impact on Matthews
It was only natural for Janet Matthews to become a tennis player.

Letters: Forest Hills Elementary too special to forget
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away -- as do old schools. As both richly deserve credit but seldom receive it, I was prompted to write.

Tampa Bay headlines
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  • Tribe's casino built without red tape
  • Puppy receives a new home and mobility
  • Delay in Aisenberg transcripts sought
  • Howard Troxler: Learning a hard lesson in quest for top teacher

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Obituary: Community activist John Jenkins dies at 77
  • Safety Harbor to fortify banks of Bishop Creek
  • Database ends long search to ID bodies
  • 6-0 vote makes Gentry commissioner
  • Nehr outlasts foe for commission seat
  • Commission leases land to youth sports group
  • Court reports: Former dealership officer sentenced
  • Heritage Village awarded grant
  • Letters: Punish mangrove cutting

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Upscale spa shuts its doors to clients
  • Charter school parents queue up in its defense
  • Ernest Hooper: Once-trendy cafes vanish one by one

  • News of Florida
  • Panel: Cap malpractice awards
  • DNA results may lead to rehearing
  • Around the state: Dyer or Barr to succeed Hood as Orlando mayor
  • DCF chief proposes new goals, massive changes
  • Telemarketers bid for job of promoting state House

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