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Published September 2, 2006

Next time, zoo will call 911 for escapee

People living near Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo can breathe a little easier. The next time a dangerous animal escapes from its cage, the zoo will call 911. Tampa police were miffed that zoo officials didn't call them as soon as Enshala, a Sumatran tiger, got loose last week. After a meeting with police officers Thursday, zoo officials agreed that they will be sure to let police know if a dangerous animal gets out again.

Not in the two major parties? Vote anyway

Even if you aren't a Democrat or a Republican, you can still vote in nonpartisan races in Tuesday's primary election, assuming you were registered to vote by Aug. 7. Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties all have school board and judicial races on their ballot. Some also have county commission races.

Redevelopment rules must wait for 2007

Six redevelopment referendum questions were tossed off the November ballot in St. Pete Beach by the supervisor of elections Friday. As a result, St. Pete Beach voters must wait six more months to decide future development rules.

List of majors grows with organic farming

The University of Florida, already a leader in campus energy conservation, is now the only college in the state, and one of three nationwide, at which students can major in organic farming. UF officials say the program is long overdue, given the popularity - and increasing revenue - from organic foods sold at places like Wild Oats Markets and even your local Publix. Twelve UF students became the first to enroll when fall classes began last month.

SOUND THAT ONE OUT: This sign was spotted recently outside Shore Acres Center in St. Petersburg. We only hope that the center's music lessons are better than its spelling.


Ralph Fernandez, a lawyer who has been putting up signs opposing a candidate for the 11th Congressional District seat, is not a candidate in the race. A story Friday was incorrect.