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City Times: Published Fridays by the St. Petersburg Times
March 7, 2003

Bone up
[Times photo: Stefanie Boyar]
FossilFest uncovers a wealth of information on fossil hunting, showing how searchers can often find instant gratification in "fossiliferous" Florida.
Begging draws ire from some businesses
The city is looking into ways to curb panhandling in Ybor City and other areas. So far, no one has any answers.

Diary: A Mystic coronation
XC ECSTASY: For the 90th time, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla elected its king and queen, crowning them amid much royal ado at the Tampa Convention Center on March 1. King Stephen W. Swindal XC will lead the men's club into its 99th year of dressing up to play pirate. King Steve is a general partner of the New York Yankees and chairman of Maritime Towing of Tampa, among other interests.

City People: Catering perfection
Food has been Joan Mickiewicz's life; perfection, her desire. With her struggles, not every day is good, but her parties are.

Obituary: NANCY CARASTRO, 1920-2003: Founder of TV store dies from leukemia
Nancy Carastro and her husband opened Carastro TV 46 years ago, and the business, now run by her two sons, still thrives.

What's in a name: She made blacks' care her cause
Clara Frye Pavilion at Tampa General Hospital: The crusading nurse from New York opened her home as a medical clinic for Tampa's African-Americans.

Everybody's business: Videos are out, and tanning is in
D.I. Body and Boutique, once a video store, now offers tanning, massages, facials, manicures and clothing.

Interbay: Community hopes to fight crime near school
A shooting near the Robinson High School campus spurs parents and residents to action.

Bayshore beautiful: 'Forgotten patriot' honored in ceremony
A recent historic survey uncovers a little-known fact: The author of the Pledge of Allegiance once lived in South Tampa.

Ballast Point: Tampa ice skater, 10, to compete abroad
Olivia McNamara is the youngest U.S. competitor selected to skate in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Ballast Point: Walgreens considering Gandy Square location
Tenants at the shopping center say a deal's on the horizon, but the drugstore chain is keeping its plans quiet.
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