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February 22, 2001
Bay area ripe for hip litigation
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Up to 2,000 people with faulty artificial hips live here. Several suits are filed, and more are expected.
Mary Jo Melone
Judging shoppers by their skin color
The news of Michael Freeman's suit was, in a way, not news.

Top stories
Aisenbergs: Now go and find our daughter
BETHESDA, Md. -- As they met with reporters outside their red brick house on a wintry Wednesday afternoon, Marlene and Steven Aisenberg wanted to talk, particularly about Hillsborough County sheriff's investigators.

Investigation sought on detectives' conduct
TAMPA -- It started on a November morning in 1997 with a frantic woman banging on a neighbor's door.

Some just keep seeking Sabrina
TAMPA -- A botched investigation, half-truths and high-priced lawyers have grabbed the headlines. Overlooked are the people who continue to look for Sabrina Aisenberg.

Major events in the Aisenberg case

Major figures in the Aisenberg case

Man charged in Polk wildfire
Authorities say a former volunteer firefighter allowed his backyard blaze to get out of control, causing the fire.

Rescuers look for diver lost in gulf outing
CLEARWATER -- Rescuers late Wednesday were continuing the search for an off-duty Lealman firefighter reported missing while scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico.

State to repair, replace worn Skyway cameras
Choked by salt and damaged by weather, 13 lenses on the bridge will be worked on. Later, more will take their place.

Penny-fed, Pinellas' garden grew
The county kept adding land and features, never totaling the tab.

Welfare coordinator wants out
Lockheed Martin wants to end its $15-million contract with Pinellas.

Democrat, veteran wants Bilirakis' spot
NEW PORT RICHEY -- James Wright doesn't have much of a platform yet, but he said Wednesday that he is running to unseat nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis in 2002.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Details escape council hopefuls
  • Shortage squeezes area blood supplies
  • Two community leaders say old bathhouse should be saved
  • Burglar takes ring, $20,000

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Judge takes Scientology, critics to task
  • Some see need to replace signs
  • Deputy punished for gun incident
  • Deputies seek bandit in robbery of 7 banks
  • Walsingham school plan unchanged
  • Sheriff settles lawsuit in chase
  • Tarpon design guideline vote delayed
  • Work for Rotary faces review
  • North Pinellas digest
  • Council forum focuses on tax, neighborhood
  • City leaders: Please fix Fort Harrison Avenue
  • Driver in fatal crash sentenced to 36 years
  • North Pinellas briefs
  • Several take shot in junior tourneys

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Oops department misfiled this one
  • Developer may seek annex of new area
  • Tampa Bay briefs
  • Britton Plaza theater to shut down Sunday
  • Renters return after fire with mixed emotions
  • Evans testifies that he didn't take bribes

  • News of Florida
  • Man charged in Polk wildfire
  • NTSB places blame in crash
  • Gulf gas pipeline wins initial federal approval
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