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February 16, 2001

Tampa Bay: February 16, 2001
A Stirling thank-you
[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
Since it opened two months ago, Stirling Skate Park in Dunedin has seen plenty of action. Saturday will rachet it up a notch.
North Pinellas County news
Rezoning approved for office complex
The Clearwater City Commission narrowly decides that the property owner's rights must win out over the historic Bayview neighborhood's protests against commercialization.

Disbarred attorney charged with theft
PALM HARBOR -- Disbarred attorney Arthur D. Deckelman was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft in connection with a scam that bilked more than a dozen investors in a movie company out of $175,000.

Woman accused of fleecing elderly man
LARGO -- First, she gained the 83-year-old man's trust by driving him in her taxi to the nursing home to visit his sick wife.

Another smoker killed in home blaze
Since the middle of December, four men who lived alone have died when errant cigarettes started fires, authorities say.

Suspect arrested in 3 bank heists
A man suspected of holding up three local banks in the last three weeks was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of robbery, authorities reported.

Flames shoot up vent through roof
SEMINOLE -- A report of flames shooting through a restaurant roof sent seven fire vehicles to the scene Thursday afternoon.

Civility, productivity return to Tarpon Springs government
I'm writing this letter as a reflection of my thoughts as a Tarpon Springs commissioner for the past two years.

Fears shouldn’t keep restrooms from park
It is a sad sign of our times that a proposal to build a restroom in a public park raises fear of crime among the park's neighbors.

Dunedin Masonic lodge installs officers
Dunedin Masonic Lodge 192 recently installed the following officers:

New postmaster named for Dunedin
Allene l. Doggett has been appointed Dunedin's 13th postmaster. A native of Texas, the 28-year postal veteran began her career in 1973 as a clerk in Dallas.

Free safety checks for boats offered
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer free safety checks for boaters Saturday at boat ramps at Seminole Street in Clearwater and in Belleair Bluffs.

Scanga squad, Kampman take tourney titles
J.Scanga won the team title and David Kampman captured the singles crown as the 64th annual St. Petersburg Association Championship Tournament ended a two-weekend stand Sunday at Liberty Lanes in Largo.

ART SHOW: The Plainsmen Gallery is presenting a "camouflage" art show featuring works created by Bev Doolittle and Judy Larson.

Best bets
THE HIGHWAYMEN EXHIBIT: Celebrate Black History Month by attending the Highwaymen Artists Gathering at the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History Saturday afternoon.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Questions swirl in Sabrina case
  • 2-year-old boy's killer avoids death penalty
  • Free parkway ride ends Saturday
  • Face scans match few suspects
  • Trade-off to keep USF intact
  • Coach pleads no contest to firearm charge, criminal mischief
  • Tampa Bay briefs
  • Judge to rule if murder defendant is fit for trial
  • Eight are arrested in Web sex operation

  • South Pinellas headlines
  • After apparent murder, woman found burning behind church
  • Candidates turn more aggressive
  • Ford says she can't afford election fee
  • Council refuses to limit use of reclaimed water

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Crop of troubles springs from front yard planter
  • High court upholds killer's death sentence
  • Track squad exceeds coach's expectations
  • Bulls bits
  • Spartan shorts
  • New building makes connection
  • Holocaust's horror comes to forefront
  • Campus calendar
  • Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run on Dale Mabry

  • News of Florida
  • Teachers center may face budget ax
  • Weeping dad tells of horror, found too late
  • Researcher praises threat of vouchers
  • Around the state
  • Slain tycoon left behind two wills
  • Secret or Sunshine? Who knows?
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