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April 16, 2003
Blimp noses in for a landing
[Times photo: Fred Victorin]
A Goodyear blimp lands at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to pick up passengers for a ride Tuesday. Thirty local Goodyear stores had a contest in which winners got to ride on the blimp while it was in town. The airship is on an 18-day tour that included the NCAA men's Final Four in New Orleans. It will leave today for Lakeland and then on to its home port, Pompano Beach.
Howard Troxler: Life, liberty and the right to a pregame Sunday beer
Please indulge a less-weighty topic.

Top stories
Pinellas hospital isolates suspected SARS case
While tests are done, a hospital isolates the patient, who became ill after a trip to China.

Inquiring minds learn about the two-legged pup
With its typical flair, National Enquirer retells the tale of Handy, the handicapped dog adopted by a disabled man in St. Petersburg.

Swiftmud official's firm gets dredging contract
Robert C. Johnson is a Swiftmud board member -- but his company will dredge muck from Lake Maggiore. "Something is not right," one critic says.

Two in Al-Arian case to get bail
The men accused of supporting a terrorist group have a chance to get out on bail before trial.

South Pinellas headlines
  • County asks: Will you stay here? And why?
  • Whirlwind trip
  • Insurance requirement shuts down Duck Tours
  • USF campus to raise parking fees
  • Annexation's cost gives Pinellas Park pause
  • First Night's financial future may depend on fundraiser
  • St. Giles Manor evacuated after fumes trip alarm
  • Then as now
  • In the groove
  • Voter league has legacy of action in St. Petersburg
  • Facing 'toughest match,' tennis great lifts spirits
  • Black activist: Don't rush school chief pick
  • Cerebral children crunch the numbers
  • St. Jude's to rethink building new school
  • Building on success, a tradition will live on
  • Students tailor the clothes of drama
  • Gulfport seeks ideas for outdoor public art
  • Mideast military news
  • Ex-New Yorker runs into new activity
  • Triathletes get started at Fort De Soto
  • Letters: Cities should not annex by force

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Couple risk SARS to adopt little girl
  • Police acts that killed man ruled proper
  • $528,000 in trees coming
  • Erosion, flooding remedies in focus
  • Court-ordered yard cleanup goes quietly
  • County leaps toward new trail
  • YMCA strives for donations to build Palm Harbor branch

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Obituary: Auto dealer Ferman dies
  • Ex-city attorney denied pension
  • Iorio heads to Capitol to lobby for state help
  • GOP touts Bush's tax cut plan
  • Man in car dies after shooting
  • Teacher punished after allegations
  • Ernest Hooper: Gator colors wave in Iraq; flags swiped

  • News of Florida
  • Changes to Glades bill alarm Congress
  • Mystery group targets House budget cuts
  • Budget balancing could drive up tuition, class sizes
  • Runoff will pick Jacksonville mayor
  • Legislature: With few friends, workers' comp bill moves ahead
  • Legislature: Senate moves to cool down debate on smoking limits
  • Legislature: Senate panel approves malpractice measures
  • Around the state: State to look at buying Cypress Gardens
  • Police pension board blamed in theft
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