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February 20, 2001
Smoke may close I-4 for days
[Times photo: Ken Helle]
POLK CITY -- Somebody on a dusty, oak-shaded dirt road in rural Polk County decided Thursday was a good time to burn some trash.

Where there’s smoke, there’s health concern
The thick smoke that huffed across the Tampa Bay area at various times on Monday prompted air quality advisories, kept schoolchildren indoors and even caused the New York Yankees, in Tampa for spring training, to cut short their outdoor workout.

Pasco issues health warning Story
Florida's Burning Season Graphic
Fire chronology / I-4 closing Map

Mary Jo Melone
As we ride our brakes, they live at full speed
I occupy my own small universe without paying much heed to the sports pages.

Top stories
Boy injured in vicious dog attack
The 5-year-old boy is in fair condition at a hospital. His parents plan to have the family dog humanely destroyed.

One case imperils officers’ careers
In the Aisenberg case, many wonder what happened with the lead detectives, once known for good works and big arrests.

Senator to resign Swiftmud position
Ginny Brown-Waite sees potential problems in balancing legislative duties with her job with the water district.

Suspect in llama beatings to be charged as adult
"We plan to aggressively prosecute" the cruelty case against him and an 18-year-old, a prosecutor says.

Tampa Bay briefs
Hillsborough's chief judge is recuperating -- quietly

South Pinellas headlines
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  • Employees evacuated after bomb scare
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  • North Pinellas digest
  • Library's new PCs to speed Internet access
  • Insurance may boost nursing home cost
  • Billboard lawyers to county: It'll cost
  • Commission turns its back on communities
  • Health notes
  • North Pinellas in brief
  • Club pros Falcone, Carlson run into a flock of birdies
  • Achievers
  • Classnotes
  • Students learn lessons of Holocaust

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Study softens proposed lakefront rules
  • Black shopper's suit claims store tailed him
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  • News of Florida
  • State action targets bar's liquor license
  • Study: Babies getting off to a better start
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