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April 4, 2003
Growers draw short straw
[Times photo: Skip O'Rourke]
The elements make this year's strawberry season short on flavor, duration and earnings -- the worst in 20 years.
Howard Troxler : Just imagine vouchers, growing wild like kudzu
You know the old saying about the camel sneaking his nose under the side of the tent. Once he gets his nose inside, next comes his head, then his neck, his hump and so forth, until the camel has accomplished what he never could have done by trying to march in through the front.

Top stories
Iraq: What do you expect in Baghdad?

Advice from Cosby's consultant: Spare the rod
Blacks are at greater risk of failure because they're valued less than whites, Dr. Alvin Poussaint says.

Man pleads guilty to bomb plot
The podiatrist whose home held an arsenal faces 12 1/2 to 15 years.

500-million gallons of acidic waste heading to gulf
Offshore disposal of refuse from a bankrupt Manatee County phosphate mine begins this month.

Ex-smoker is awarded $3.2-million
A jury finds Big Tobacco partly liable in a suit by a radio host who smoked four packs a day.

Obituary : Dell Holmes, parks director, dies at 58
Mr. Holmes, who led St. Petersburg's parks department since 1983, died of pancreatic cancer.

Governor to speak at rally for troops
Clearwater readies for a crowd of thousands as one of the "Rallies for America" comes to Coachman Park.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Bayfront's child care provider loses license
  • Council wants retirement plan
  • Police focus on victim's missing car

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • City man named in tax scam
  • Parking deal wins support
  • 4-1 vote bans short-term home rentals
  • Communities gain incentive to work out
  • Friends to honor a civic champion
  • Fleet minds and feet catch suspect
  • Fire guts house as owner bikes home
  • Driver chased, assaulted
  • Picnic flicks
  • (Letters) : Those who risk their lives deserve decent pay raises

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Man found guilty in bouncer's slaying
  • Tampa paramedics get smallpox vaccinations

  • Brandon Times
  • Gophers, homeowners fighting for every yard
  • No swimsuits in this pageant
  • Lunch with Ernest : Mixing business and law
  • I Live Here
  • What's in a name : Armwood High School
  • People: Retro success
  • Daytripper: A real eye-opener
  • Farmer's market: Business is blooming
  • Brandon : Drumming up business
  • Brandon : Restaurant uses anniversary to serve troops
  • Notebook : Residents trained in emergency response
  • Brandon : Tax Collector's office opening on Falkenburg
  • Lane Ranger : Model T to Halle's 007, cars that turn heads
  • Prep notebook : Good pitching isn't enough for Riverview

  • City Times
  • Virginia Park: This just in: Schools broadcast own news
  • VFW's windows violate city rules
  • Historic Hyde Park: Residents oppose 31-story high-rise
  • In deep water
  • Grand Central : A new column's brewing
  • Amy Scherzer's Diary: An uptown hoedown
  • Virginia Park: Man angry over cat's hit-and-run demise
  • What's in a name: Dead president a local war hero
  • Davis Islands: Islands Fest to rally help for soldiers in Mideast
  • Offices to take Cafe Pepe's place
  • Port Tampa: Projects' neighbors want bay to stay put
  • Profile : A mother's call to duty
  • Obituary : With class, dignity, she raised eight children
  • Interbay: Paint, pottery and puppets
  • South Tampa: Chamber's directive: Add more members
  • Call it passion, cubed
  • Feng shui fans go with the flow
  • Neighborhood notebook: Wheezy to get new home -- if he can be caught

  • North of Tampa
  • Marlene Sokol: Laid-off airline worker pulls out of a nose dive
  • Man recounts his experience with war
  • Town 'N Country : Twelve Oaks community to mark 30 years
  • Meet your neighbor : Retired librarian blazes another trail at USF
  • Land O'Lakes : Residents object to proposed housing development
  • Northdale : Take in firetrucks, Frisbees and free food
  • At Wharton High, meet the new boss, welcome the old staff
  • Cycling : Tampa rider O'Dea 2nd in 'brutal' race
  • Request to move First Baptist Church is denied

  • News of Florida
  • Senate pads its budget plan
  • UF cheers Clinton's gentle comments
  • Around the state: ACLU asks state to pull religious AIDS pamphlet
  • Legislature : Crosby nomination applauded
  • Videomakers arrested, deny exploiting minors
  • Lawmakers debate nursing home bingo
  • Senate panel backs auto insurance bill
  • Court clears way to sue insurers in no-fault cases
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