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April 16, 2003

Tampa Bay: April 16, 2003 South Pinellas County news
County asks: Will you stay here? And why?
Pinellas planners chase "a broader concept" than fighting annexation: What would keep folks here.

Whirlwind trip
A 48-year-old Seminole woman will see Europe at anything but a leisurely pace: 50 miles a day for 64 days. Running.

Insurance requirement shuts down Duck Tours
The Coast Guard requires a sea captain and deck hand. Insurers want an experienced commercial driver.

USF campus to raise parking fees
The hike will pay for a parking garage. Drivers tempted to hog one of 444 free on-street spaces will likely see a change there, too.

Annexation's cost gives Pinellas Park pause
The city backs off from the deal with Conopco when it learns it will lose thousands of dollars in fees the company now pays.

First Night's financial future may depend on fundraiser
Patrons may buy artwork at the May 8 benefit at Sunken Gardens, which will be catered by Bonefish Grill.

St. Giles Manor evacuated after fumes trip alarm
PINELLAS PARK -- Residents of St. Giles Manor were evacuated Tuesday after a burnt-out air conditioner set off alarms that summoned firefighters. When firefighters arrived about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, a burning odor pervaded the fourth and fifth floors of the building, Pinellas Park fire Chief Ken Cramer said.

Then as now
A rabbi's recent trip intensifies his feelings about slaves and heroes of ancient Egypt -- and modern-day Israel.

In the groove
Starting with a guest guitarist, artists of the Largo Cultural Center will harmonize with schools.

Voter league has legacy of action in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG -- After the local League of Women Voters exposed illicit school bond sales in 1941, the league was unwelcome at School Board meetings.

Facing 'toughest match,' tennis great lifts spirits
Dozens of longtime friends and family members turned out to hear tennis great Betsy Nagelsen McCormack at the First Ladies Prayer Brunch, held Monday in the Hilton St. Petersburg's Grand Ballroom.

Black activist: Don't rush school chief pick
A coalition is encouraged to lobby the School Board about Howard Hinesley's successor.

Cerebral children crunch the numbers
GULFPORT -- Jacob Letzring woke Thursday morning doing math equations in his head.

St. Jude's to rethink building new school
ST. PETERSBURG -- With two years to go in what has been a sluggish capital campaign, plans to build a new campus for the St. Jude Cathedral School are being reassessed.

Building on success, a tradition will live on
Boosters of the Festival of States applaud the latest parade of events and begin planning the 83rd batch.

Students tailor the clothes of drama
Stitch by stitch, the student learn the craft of making costumes for their lavish production.

Gulfport seeks ideas for outdoor public art
The city will fund the projects, which will be displayed at the Casino and Tomlinson Lake Park.

Mideast military news
Navy Seaman Stanley C. Kuch II, grandnephew of Virginia Kuch of St. Petersburg, is serving aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in the Persian Gulf. He is a hull technician fireman.

Ex-New Yorker runs into new activity
Running was Lloyd Hill's only sport until he moved to Florida about 10 years ago.

Triathletes get started at Fort De Soto
The Tampa Bay Triathlon Series started at Fort De Soto Park on Saturday. A field of 700 competitors raced in the 17th annual Escape From Fort De Soto Triathlon.

Letters: Cities should not annex by force
Re: Forced annexation legislation.


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