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Happy ending in heart's story

By Ernest Hooper
Published February 18, 2008


At the age of 39, CLW's Bruce Lauer was in the middle of a racquetball game when he realized he was having a heart attack.

After bypass surgery, Lauer moved on before having another heart attack. This time, he endured a quintuple-bypass procedure that took more than nine hours.

Heart disease has affected a number of employees at CLW, Lauer's Tampa-based commercial real estate company, so the employees have staged a number of fundraising events in February, the American Heart Association's American Heart Month.

Employees also take heart-health classes throughout the year.

As for Lauer, he's 62 today, routinely plays tennis (doubles only) and readily admits his eating habits have improved significantly with a diet rich in fruit and fiber.

Lauer says the changes aren't a big deal, "because you like to see that sunshine every day."...

The NCAA Women's Final Four comes to Tampa in April, and if you don't realize it's a big deal, you just haven't been paying attention. Volunteer to be an ambassador by going to

I'll regret writing this someday, but after reading about Clearwater's proposal to use cameras to curb red-light violations, I have to admit that freeing up cops to do more than patrol intersections sounds like a good idea....

Seen on a bumper sticker: Don't Use A Big Word Where A Diminutive One Will Suffice....

Roller derby women? You know you don't want to miss the last day of the Florida State Fair. The so-called state championship rolls from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. First place is $1,500.

That's all I'm saying.

[Last modified February 17, 2008, 20:05:03]

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