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April 16, 2003

Tampa Bay: April 16, 2003
A fallen Marine is home
[Times photo: Fraser Hale]
The body of Lance Cpl. Andrew Aviles arrived at Tampa International Airport on Tuesday afternoon aboard USAirways Flight 1291 from Philadelphia. A Marine reservist from Tampa, Aviles died last week in central Iraq when enemy artillery hit his amphibious assault vehicle. At the airport, Marines saluted as Aviles' coffin, draped with a U.S. flag, was removed from the plane. Aviles' father, an uncle and two aunts stood nearby, weeping. A public memorial service is planned for Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the foot of the Gandy Bridge, on the Tampa side. Funeral services are scheduled for next Tuesday.
Hillsborough County news
Obituary: Auto dealer Ferman dies
James "Jimmy" Laurens Ferman Sr. was known for his charity as well as his many dealerships. He was 88.

Ex-city attorney denied pension
The current city attorney rejects the request of his predecessor, James Palermo, who never enrolled.

Iorio heads to Capitol to lobby for state help
TALLAHASSEE -- Newly elected Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio breezed through the state Capitol Tuesday looking for help.

GOP touts Bush's tax cut plan
TAMPA -- With the fighting in Iraq winding down, President Bush turned his attention Tuesday to domestic issues, sending supporters of his tax cut plan to cities across the nation, including Tampa.

Man in car dies after shooting
TAMPA -- A 27-year-old man died after being shot several times Tuesday morning.

Teacher punished after allegations
TAMPA -- A Ferrell Middle School teacher has been disciplined after allegations that she pushed a student during a gifted and talented class.

Ernest Hooper: Gator colors wave in Iraq; flags swiped
As I traveled the country following the Bucs in my prior life, I often wore my University of Florida jersey and would invariably run into a fellow Gator fan, whether it was Kansas City, Detroit or Arlington, Va., where I once joined about 350 other Gators in a sports bar to watch Mississippi State pummel Florida.

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  • News of Florida
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