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By Times Staff
Published August 8, 2006


Bullish behavior ends the run of Lucky

George Lammlein of Floral City bottle-fed Lucky the bull and raised him like a member of the family. So when Lucky wandered into a neighbor's yard Monday, the 69-year-old Lammlein went to retrieve him. But Lucky turned on Lammlein, pinning him to the ground between a fence and a golf cart, breaking his left ribs and squashing his groin. Lammlein was taken to Tampa General Hospital. And the bull? "He's lucky no more because now he's going to be 1,200 pounds of hamburger meat," Mrs. Lammlein said.

City could be Cool - if the price is right

St. Petersburg already is the Sunshine City and a Tree City, is working to become a Green City and now is considering whether to be a Cool City - a designation the Sierra Club gives to municipalities taking steps to stop global warming. To earn it, St. Petersburg would pledge to reduce citywide carbon dioxide pollution and add hybrid vehicles to its fleet. The City Council is waiting to hear a cost before deciding how cool it wants to be.

Dog owners can do good deed for river

What's worse than bubble gum on your shoe? You guessed it: dog doo. Dog poop is also an environmental problem, so the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is launching a public awareness program in Tampa. Starting Aug. 12, it will offer information at a popular dog walking area along the Hillsborough River in Old Seminole Heights and free gear to help owners comply. The goal is to keep bacteria and nutrients from flowing into waterways. If the "Pooches for the Planet" program is successful there, it will be expanded.

Watercraft rider lands big fish the hard way

A 4-foot sturgeon jumped out of the Suwannee River on Sunday and knocked a man unconscious. Blake Nicholas Fessenden, 23, of Wildwood was going about 30 mph on a personal watercraft, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported. His girlfriend, riding a different watercraft, stopped and held his head above water after the fish hit him. Passengers on another vessel pulled Fessenden from the river. He was taken to Shands at the University of Florida.

Mom sets moral example, turns in son

The dangling handcuff from his left wrist may have been the first clue. When Timothy Ryan Moore's mother saw his picture on the news as the man Tampa police said escaped after they arrested him on drug and theft charges Sunday afternoon, she called to say he was at her house. Police say Moore, 25, broke free about 2:30 p.m. as they tried to transfer him from one patrol car to another. His mother told police where to find him - and the handcuffs - about 11:40 p.m. Jail records show it was his ninth arrest in four years.