Tampa Bay: February 17, 2001
North Pinellas County news
||Blind dates brighten seniors' evening
[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
Thirteen residents of the Homewood assisted living facility dined by candlelight, danced and laughed with their volunteer dates.
Truck driver jailed after wild crash
CLEARWATER -- Parked at a red light and looking forward to an afternoon at the beach, Chris Damico saw the speeding 13-ton truck coming toward her and knew it wouldn't make the turn.
Woman, 50, dies after 20-story plunge
CLEARWATER -- A 50-year-old woman fell 20 stories to her death from a Sand Key condominium early Friday morning in what appears to be a suicide, Clearwater police said.
Inspectors flunked area Albertsons
The store was given a "poor" sanitation rating but improved in a subsequent check by state officials.
Officer quits amid inquiry
Police Lt. Mike Dunleavy says that he's leaving for another job, and that the timing has nothing to do with the investigation.
SPJC could be a 4-year school in 2002
A proposal would allow the Tarpon Springs campus to begin offering four-year degrees in teaching, nursing and some high-tech fields.
Charge dropped in 1999 accident
DUNEDIN -- Prosecutors have dropped a criminal charge against a Palm Harbor man accused of speeding down Bayshore Boulevard in his pickup truck when he smashed into a car in a crash that killed two Dunedin women.
WWII bombers on display this weekend
Less severe meningitis suspected
An Osceola High student is hospitalized with what is believed to the viral, not bacterial, form of the disease.
Come nose to nose with WW II bombers
Two fully restored World War II heavy bombers, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator, landed at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on Friday afternoon as part of Wings of Freedom Tour.
Mark your calendar
Science quiz: Will this boat stay afloat?
Seminole High School students build boats from cardboard boxes and then launch them in a cross-pool competition.
Patient leaps from hospital window
The 50-year-old is injured when he lands on a ledge after breaking the fifth-floor window with a chair.
Subtly shaded turtles unveiled
SAFETY HARBOR -- They aren't what you would expect from Peter Max.
Little church with big heart is 115 years old
Tucked away off Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard is a quaint church with a small congregation. It burned in 1911 but was resurrected.
LUNCH AND TALK: Mitzi Ekers, a nurse practitioner and director of clinical vascular services at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Pinellas County, will be the speaker for the Wonderful Wednesday luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 639 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin. Free, but donations accepted. Call (727) 733-4125.
Offices find home at mortuary site
A New Orleans-style office and retail project will transform a former funeral home across from Safety Harbor's City Hall.
Palm Harbor woman charged in sex ring
A Palm Harbor woman is among eight people accused of being involved in an Internet prostitution ring based in Tampa and North Carolina.