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February 23, 2003

Tampa Bay: February 23, 2003 South Pinellas County news
Dispute leads to teen's death
Ronald Durham, 17, had written recently about turning his life around. Friday, he was killed outside a recreation center.

Police records shed light on candidate's past
Commission hopeful George Garbutt has been charged with DUI and battery, but says it's all in the past.

Price of Seminole politics proves debateable
Some candidates rely on more cash to get their messages out to the growing city, while others stick closer to the grass roots.

City manager's note can be withheld
Former Pinellas Park City Manager Jerry Mudd's suicide note is part of an investigation and can be withheld, a judge rules after the Times sues.

Truce over Treasure Island development fails
A compromise plan dissolves and the contentious issue is left for a new commission to resolve.

Tower plan divides church, neighbors
Lakeview Presbyterian wants to lease part of its property to Verizon, so the company can erect a cell phone tower.

Business news: West Marine chain swallows rival Boat U.S.
West Marine has bought the retail operations of Boat U.S.

Treasure Island mayor's race is a money magnet
Contributions to the candidates are higher than for the other campaigns waged on the beach this political season.

Miss Seminole Pageant on March 1
SEMINOLE -- Twelve women will compete in the 36th annual Miss Seminole Scholarship Pageant Saturday. The event, a preliminary to the Miss Florida and Miss America scholarship pageants, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Seminole High School auditorium, 8401 131st St. N.

Working: A Day on the Job
Mike Bolen, 41: Contract diver, Down Under Dive Service Inc., Largo

Downtown by the numbers
In the past six years, downtown St. Petersburg has seen an amazing renaissance. Scores of condos have been built, the BayWalk movie and entertainment complex opened, and downtown again has become a center of activity. But what has happened where? And what is still to come? Here is a list of the larger projects already done and yet to come.

On the town: Musical's opening night brings spirited crowd
Long the scene of many a festive occasion, the Coliseum in St. Petersburg played a new role Thursday evening as the site of the premiere of Manhattan Casino: The New 22nd Street South Musical.

2 fishermen may be fined for illegal catch
MADEIRA BEACH -- Wildlife officers cited two commercial fishermen Friday for having 1,250 pounds of undersized amberjack in their boat.

Courts add muscle to code enforcement
Judges can fine repeat offenders and liens can be placed against their property.

Quiz team gets them right
Safety Harbor Middle takes home top honors in the Economics Expo Quiz Bowl.

Striking similarities
Life appears to imitate art for Monica Raymund -- from her love of theater, good grades, to her relationship with her father.

Gibbs, Azalea lead way in spending per student
Pinellas schools Superintendent Howard Hinesley recently created a list detailing how much is spent per pupil at each school.

Designer pitches toll booth ideas
City Manager Chuck Coward unveiled three options for a new toll booth at the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge. One scenario calls for a six-lane bridge with "pass-only" lanes on the outsides.

Midtown welcomes safety, revival 2 plans will bring
The council okays using hundreds of thousands of dollars to slow traffic, reduce crime and merge two neighborhoods.

Evenstart honors first graduates
ST. PETERSBURG -- A family literacy program new to Midtown honored 76 men and women Friday, applauding their determination to rise from difficult circumstances.

6 candidates say how they'd improve Seminole
Many of the would-be council members cite traffic, growth and issues of seniors and youth as areas of concern.

Suncoast tourney bowler has perfect start
Stephen Kenyon rolled a 300 game, Jonathan Campos a 298 and Phillip Peters a 290 as the Suncoast Association City Tournament opened at Countryside Lanes.

Ex-hotel worker reaches goal
This was not the way Eckerd's Cerwin Thompson had envisioned it. When he left Montreal after high school to move in with his uncle in Austin, Texas, Thompson hoped to play major-college basketball. Instead, he was washing laundry and checking baggage at the local Hawthorne Suites hotel.

Youngster expects to make big splash
From a 5-year-old playing in her backyard pool to a nationally-ranked swimmer, Megan Romano may well be on her way to a stellar career.

Letters: Story on permit reviews clarified
Re: County plays catch-up on inspections, Feb. 14.

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