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January 27, 2001

Tampa Bay: January 27, 2001
Patriarch’s visit awes worshipers
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[Times photo: Jill Sagers]
More than 1,300 Coptic Orthodox Christians gather as their leader consecrates a new church's altar.
North Pinellas County news

Safety Harbor commissioner gets a late arriving challenger
Jan Tracy had expected to quietly finish the term she was appointed to in July. But now a neighborhood activist has qualified for the March ballot.

Soda giants offer city perks for rights
Coca-Cola offered pizza parties for city workers while Pepsi countered with a one-time signing bonus of $75,000 as the soda makers fought to gain exclusive city sales rights.

Seminole hires first planner
Selected from among 20 applicants, Jamal Block will handle the city's annexation efforts and other chores.

Nine people qualify to run for three commission seats
Potential candidates had until 5 p.m. Friday to qualify for the March 13 ballot to fill three-year terms and a one-year term. Several debates are scheduled.

Murder trial ends in life sentence
Christopher A. Roberts will have no chance of parole. He is guilty of the 1996 killing of his girlfriend in Clearwater.

Renaissance festival accepts city deal
LARGO -- Just hours before a city-imposed deadline, the Bay Area Renaissance Festival on Friday agreed to a contract to stay in Largo, city officials said.

Choice plan will reshape learning
School choice is coming by 2003 and administrators are working on innovations to attract students.

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Murder trial ends in life sentence
Christopher A. Roberts will have no chance of parole. He is guilty of the 1996 killing of his girlfriend in Clearwater.

For 102nd birthday, she gives to the Earth
Birthday gifts usually go to the celebrant. But Margaret Clarke has her own ideas about such things -- she who prefers to give the presents on her birthday.

Largo man disappears after hospital release
A 45-year-old Largo man who suffered severe smoke inhalation in a Jan. 12 car fire was released from a Gainesville hospital earlier this week.

Clubs dive into work to improve their sport
Opportunities for learning the sport of diving are available throughout the area. Whether at the novice or competitive level, divers may choose from several sources for training in twists, flips and pikes.

Dark zone on U.S. 19 to brighten
Lights along the 5-mile stretch from Clearwater to Palm Harbor should go on by the end of February.

Suit follows suit in SunCruz Casino boat name dispute
The new owners of SunCruz demand that a couple stop using the name. The couple sues in a brewing dispute over the gambling boat business.


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