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March 13, 2003

Tampa Bay: March 13, 2003
New middle school reaches halfway mark
[Times photo: Kinfay Moroti]
A contractor plans a March 21 celebration for progress at Dunedin Highland Middle School.
North Pinellas County news
Missing kids featured on race cars
CLEARWATER -- The photos of two Tampa Bay area missing children will be featured on race cars that will compete in a nationally televised race in Sebring Saturday.

Hotel is target of police raid
More than a dozen suspects are arrested and more are sought in an undercover sting.

Residents protest fields for soccer
CLEARWATER -- From outside, it was impossible to hear the shouting.

Mayor accused of election quid pro quo
A complaint alleges that the head of the firefighters union was promoted after the group endorsed Bob Jackson.

Jury: Woman's killer should die
LARGO -- A jury deliberated for a half-hour Wednesday before recommending to a judge that David Charles Carpenter be executed for strangling a Dunedin woman in 1994.

Plan to burn preserve may be all wet
Rains render the Brooker Creek Preserve less of a tinderbox and a helicopter could be hard to find, so a controlled burn may have to wait.

Shoppers unaware as man robs store
An armed robber holds Ross Dress for Less workers in the back room, takes the cash, then steals a car.

Area standout continues run of strong races
For the past 10 years, Palm Harbor's Jeff Delie has been among the top 10 runners in the Tampa Bay area.

Police reports: Bank branch on beach robbed by man in shorts
CLEARWATER -- Police were searching Wednesday for a man who held up a Clearwater Beach bank.

Letters: Yielding to billboard industry will hurt for decades
Re: Opponents: Billboard deal too lenient, story, March 5.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Teachers outraged by pay offered to Hinesley's assistant
  • Arts center pulls plug on protest dance
  • Bring war dead home, bill says
  • County settles ex-worker's bias suit
  • Old idea adds fuel to the race
  • Prosecutors: Don't reveal transcripts
  • Braces fix tin grins on adults
  • Mary Jo Melone: Cops aren't shrinks; jails aren't hospitals

  • South Pinellas headlines
  • Pinellas Park school reports student assault
  • Obituary: Man whose home was burned in '96 disturbances dies

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Tampa Uncuffed: E-mail assault hits sheriffs
  • Commissioners pick sides in mayor race
  • Girlfriend arrested in man's strangulation
  • Library evacuated as sheriff's deputies inspect briefcase

  • News of Florida
  • No-smoking bills head in different directions
  • Experts question Census data on same-sex couples
  • No-fault reform bill draws opposition from both sides
  • Former state tech chief acquitted of grand theft
  • Witness against Childers can testify, judge rules
  • Lawmakers may prescribe penmanship for doctors
  • Graham removes blockade on marshals, judge approvals
  • Senate leader is not buying into Bush budget proposal
  • Tribe's suspended chairman exerted pressure in letters
  • Legislature 2003: Sen. Les Miller in line for Senate minority leader
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