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February 9, 2003
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photoThe Innocence Defense
A little over two weeks ago, Rudolph Holton walked away from death row. This is why he spent 16 years there: Tampa police never pursued a suspect accused of raping the murder victim. A jailhouse snitch said Holton confessed, though later he said he made it up to get a break in his own case. The prosecutor told the jury a hair found on the victim was Holton's, but he couldn't prove it. The judge refused to wait for a key defense witness. To set Holton free, it would take a lawyer who was too young and too reckless to know what she was up against.

A tainted bay, but no fines yet
A DEP agreement allows oil companies suspected of violations more than a year to prove their innocence.

Many flavors, one big party
In Ybor City, thousands enjoy the diverse sounds and tastes of Fiesta Day. And there's enough paella for everyone.

8,500 kids left with little choice
Their parents didn't fill out school choice paperwork, so the district will decide which schools they attend.

Political junkie: Sanchez calls on a famous friend
Mayoral candidate Bob Buckhorn can boast about the city police union endorsement, and Pam Iorio can tout her backing by the Sierra Club. But can they top Jimmy Buffett?

Metro Week in Review: Horse patrol is put out to pasture
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Police Chief Jim Farley will have two of his officers auctioned or donated to cut expenses.

7 accused of using inmates' IDs to steal
TAMPA -- Seven people were indicted Friday on charges that they used federal court records to steal prisoners' identities then used their credit cards and bank accounts to steal more than $1.7-million in goods and services.

Obituary: In vitro pioneer Landrum Shettles
The native of Pontotoc, Miss., co-wrote the million-selling book "Your Baby's Sex: Now You Can Choose" in 1970.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Pinellas Park city manager recovering
  • Unionizing move fans political fires
  • Church-pastor rift widens, worsens
  • Fire station structure not up to hurricane code
  • School applauds its star, a teacher full of inspiration
  • A star, sitting by the dock of the Pier through February
  • Plan for restaurant at park sparks dispute
  • Visiting veterans: Umpire's best call
  • Neighborhood notebook: March sends a clear message to drug dealers
  • Carlton Towers may go condos
  • Working: A day on the job
  • Business in brief: Chiropractor named to national association
  • Goodbye to a landmark: Dew drops in 2 weeks
  • Dr. Delay: Help on way for those Bayside Bridge bound
  • Questions and answers
  • Kids help fight 'the disease of the wind'
  • Environmental board okays church expansion
  • Minority student issues on agenda
  • 3 leaders fault mayor for words to worker
  • Have Midtown ideas? Let's hear them
  • Youth sports: Raiders' hard work impacts new league
  • Sports: Tritons are counting on pitchers to deliver
  • Association honors Tampa's Boje
  • Business headlines: Retirement center set for facelift
  • Letters: Right or wrong not always clear-cut

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Shuttle Disaster: Memories, capsule honor crew of shuttle
  • Still waiting for justice
  • Cities balk at county traffic signal plan
  • 'I was too young for breast cancer'
  • Life slowly returns to normal for teen
  • Destructive politics plague Largo government
  • Struggle during arrest ends in man's death
  • Officials identify man killed by tow truck

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Teen dies when van hits car

  • News of Florida
  • Tooling around
  • Missing boy found; mother is arrested
  • Appellate court calls castration sentence illegal
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