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February 20, 2003

Tampa Bay: February 20, 2003
Masked bandit, quick getaway
[Times photo: Scott Keeler]
As a golfer lines up her putt, a raccoon snatches her ring and tote from a golf cart, then disappears.
North Pinellas County news
More than a loss, and more than a victory
The girls basketball team of Clearwater Central Catholic rallies big at the district meet, just as a freshman had to when the coach -- her father -- died.

Tower's a pricey thorn in city side
For a second time, commissioners are ready to spend hundreds of thousands to dislodge WTAN.

Candidates touch on library, annexation
All six appear for a campaign forum leading up to the March 4 election. The mood was friendly but the lines were drawn: challengers vs. incumbents.

Protests drive builder away
A developer shelves plans for townhomes at the old Anclote Manor site. Tarpon Springs commissioners say they would have voted against it.

Ruling recommends teacher's firing
An administrative law judge didn't believe the most serious allegations, but says the Tarpon Springs teacher's actions added up to sexual harassment of a student.

Longtime player Hough is glad he gave sport a shot
Despite growing up in basketball-playing Braintree, Mass., Richard Hough learned tennis when he was 8.

Letters: Wait for buses to fill before building monorail
Re: Monorail would create change in Clearwater, story, Feb. 4.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Dress code might be due some alterations
  • Astronaut shares a rare perspective
  • Who has dibs on this dog?
  • Kindly woman, 82, attacked in home
  • Alzheimer's research director leaves USF
  • Visiting TIA? Pull over, open up
  • Obituary: Elders' ally Ruth Jacobs dies
  • Mary Jo Melone: Sanchez's campaign is a climb up the curve

  • South Pinellas headlines
  • New tests on firefighters find four free of arsenic

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Political junkie: Sanchez campaign brings in a tough-guy consultant
  • Last night in Tampa: Bare facts of onstage nudity
  • Buckhorn criticized for TV ad's MacDill claim
  • Judge reduces former deputy's sentence by 22 months

  • News of Florida
  • 7 years cut from 'TV intoxication' murderer's term
  • Around the state: Democrats want to cap state salaries at $200,000
  • Nursing home damages would be further limited
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