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April 13, 2003
Tampa Bay: April 13, 2003 South Pinellas County news
Rewriting rules to end border skirmishes
With so much conflict over annexation, few would deny the system is broken. A bill is being prepared to try to fix it.

Bullet costs cat leg, hunt on for shooter
Seminole neighbors hope to catch the person who shot this cat. A .38-caliber bullet was removed.

Beaches would cut cost of burying wires
To save millions, a plan to bury nearly all the utility wires along Gulf Boulevard would be cut by about 40 percent.

Renovator aims for historic, not just old
Even George Rahdert has to bend over backward to get permits. He seeks the fewest contortions in order to land desalination researchers.

Palladium shooed away sex offender
After a loitering incident, the theater learns that sex offenders live nearby and adds patrols for kids' shows.

Mideast military news
Army Capt. Aristotle A. Vaseliades, son of Catherine and Nicholas Vaseliades of Gulfport, is a medical service corps officer and commander of the 21st Combat Support Hospital Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 13th Coscom, Fort Hood, Texas. He was deployed in March to Kuwait with his combat support hospital, their second assignment in the region, having recently returned from six months in Kuwait. He received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement in support of operation Enduring Freedom and the Expert Field Medical Badge.

U.S. Rep. Davis to hold open house on Monday
ST. PETERSBURG -- U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, D-Tampa, will meet constituents at an open house Monday, 10 a.m. until noon in his St. Petersburg office, 1186 62nd Ave. S.

Crowds make Festival of States parade a thumping success
Downtown St. Petersburg streets resound with tubas and drums as dozens of bands and floats pass by.

Corps hauls away part of Upham Beach
Residents want the beach replenished. The Army Corps of Engineers is getting rid of clay that's bad for sea turtles.

Neighborhood notebook: Preservation group trying to organize neighborhoods
St. Petersburg Preservation Inc. wants to recognize more historic districts. North Downtown is a top priority.

Report: Bold plan can avert ugly future
Consultants say St. Pete Beach must fix unsafe and unsightly areas if it wants to keep residents and tourists.

On the Town: PARC party attendees hear some good news
Edythe Ibold, whose daughter Midge was born with Down's syndrome in 1948, was the first president and charter member of the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children, organized in 1953.

$30-million in upgrades to boost St. Anthony's
The hospital will expand services for cardiac patients, women and emergency room visitors.

Working: A Day on the Job
Tracy Riordan, co-owner EastWest Gallery & Framery, 529 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

It's not easy being green
Businesses don't get off cheap when it comes to landscaping required of new developments or renovations.

Sick of speeders, some buy own speed bumps
The city plans action in Lakewood, but not soon enough for some homeowners.

Should commissioners accept benefits?
Mel Kaplani, a new Redington Shores commissioner, thinks the benefits subvert the town charter's pay limits.

Dr. Delay: New signs on U.S. 19 a godsend for drivers
We need to start this week with a huge "thank you" to Pinellas County.

With tax day closing in fast, help is here
Around the city, centers with trained tax volunteers are offering free help to last-minute filers with low and moderate income.

Seminole man is top paramedic
SEMINOLE -- Seminole Fire Rescue firefighter/paramedic David Hudak has been selected Paramedic of the Year for Pinellas County. He will be recognized by county commissioners on June 10 and will be eligible for consideration in state competition.

Desegregation is forum topic
An educational issues coalition will hear Monday about progress in Pinellas schools on race-related problems.

Running: Masterson works hard to make victory look easy
You would think an opening mile of 4 minutes, 58 seconds with a 100-meter lead would convince a front runner that he could coast home in a 5K road race.

Business headlines: Steak & Lube construction gets in gear
PINELLAS PARK -- The Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant that is supposed to bring 150 jobs to the area and give patrons their first look at an auto/garage nostalgia chain is beginning construction.

Bowling: Dempsey's squad tops City winners
Team Dempsey won the title and $1,000 as the St.Petersburg Association City Tournament ended last Sunday at Liberty Lanes.

Letters: School choice program is big farce
We are writing to express our sheer disappointment and frustration with the school choice plan. We live in Safety Harbor and our son didn't receive any of his five choices for schools in our area. Daniel will be starting kindergarten in August, and he has been enrolled in the prekindergarten program at McMullen-Booth Elementary for the past two years due to a speech and language deficiency.

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