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April 17, 2003
Mary Jo Melone: The arts begin slow soak into city's soul
The first thing that caught my eye in the window of Brad Cooper's gallery was the liquid-looking, rose-colored vase with gilded tendrils threaded along its length.

Top stories
Employee shot during robbery at Bardmoor
Officials say a masked gunman entered the pro shop, demanded money and shot the worker.

Two home fires claim lives of woman, man
A blaze traps a grandmother inside her home. A few miles away, another fire ends the life of a 37-year-old man.

Spoonbill mystery
Researchers want to know why more spoonbills are nesting in Tampa Bay and fewer are in the Everglades.

2 hospitals may realign care
Executives are discussing this plan: Bayfront would stop treating children; All Children's would do no adult heart surgeries.

United Way cuts funding deeply
Officials whose programs depend on the support are thunderstruck by reductions averaging 23 percent.

Big Tobacco's absolute nemesis
Howard Acosta has sued tobacco companies about 150 times, without earning a penny. But he's no quitter.

Pinellas' overall crime rate drops -- a little
County crime rate dropped two-tenths of a percent, though auto thefts increased.

I-275 airport exit closing for 5 nights
Nighttime closings of the State Road 60 exit is to repair expansion joints, the DOT says.

Workshop set on how to get news coverage
A Tampa-based journalism organization will hold a workshop Monday to educate the public on the ins and outs of news coverage.

South Pinellas headlines
  • 2 hospitals may realign care

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Airport tightens security after breach
  • Help from humans can harm turtles
  • Food pantry's building plans crumble
  • Developers of resort to revise proposal
  • Council decisions met with applause
  • Boat ramp in the works for Stansell Park
  • 50 years of parties
  • Competition heats up for area players
  • Pinellas digest: Parks board likes smoking ban
  • Editorial: Neighborhood change good sign for Dunedin
  • Letters: Soldier appreciates the support

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Panel calls for limits on homework
  • Violent crimes down in Tampa; state rate drops
  • Defense: Prosecutors should be disqualified
  • Administrator chided for handling of bias claims
  • County votes to settle public access dispute
  • Man held in attacks on two women
  • County commission in brief: Panel on women urged to avoid abortion issue

  • News of Florida
  • Counties grapple with rapid growth
  • Legislature: With time short, Legislature has miles to go
  • SARS now suspected in 14 cases statewide
  • Legislature: Senate nearing okay of more tribal autonomy
  • Around the state: Jacksonville facing scarcity of surgeons
  • Alleged misdeeds blamed on ignorance
  • Fired worker's suit claims religious harassment
  • Legislature: Firms pushing phone rate hikes enriched parties' coffers
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