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Dateline Florida

Published February 21, 2007



Food and lunchtime music are creating good chemistry in Williams Park. Back for its third edition today, the Wednesday Midday Market appears to be working well enough to earn an extension after its four-week trial period, organizers say. They will make a final decision in a few days, but "so far, so good," said manager David Cellon. The park party drew an estimated 1,000 at its Feb. 1 debut and about 1,200 last week, Cellon said. The more than 25 vendors report strong sales at the 11 a.m.-to-2 p.m. event. If it gets the thumbs-up, expect a run well into spring.

Where's demand for drinking water?

In all the debate about how to provide enough drinking water for Tampa Bay residents, consider this curious fact: Only 59 percent of us actually drink tap water. That figure emerged from a survey of 1,200 residents done by Tampa Bay Water, which supplies more than 2.4-million people in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. People who don't like tap water said they dislike its taste, smell or appearance. Jerry Maxwell, Tampa Bay Water's general manager, said the quality of drinking water is strictly controlled, and that some people may chose bottled water in "the mistaken notion" that it's safer. He didn't mention the taste.

Tiny baby not ready to go home just yet

The world's smallest premature baby will remain in a Miami hospital a few more days as a precaution, hospital officials said Tuesday. Amillia Sonja Taylor was scheduled to go home Tuesday, but doctors decided to keep her for a few more days of observation. Doctors say Amillia is the first baby known to survive after a gestation period of fewer than 23 weeks. She was just 9 1/2 inches long and weighed less than 10 ounces when she was born Oct. 24. The baby has suffered respiratory and digestive problems, as well as a mild brain hemorrhage, but doctors believe the health concerns will not have major long-term effects. "Her prognosis is excellent," said Dr. Paul Fassbach, who has cared for Amillia since her second day. She weighs about 4 1/2 pounds and is just over 15 1/2 inches long.

Who's responsible?

Real estate investor Steven Green's attorneys argue that while he defrauded a bank, he shouldn't be held responsible for the lender's loss.

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