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February 28, 2001

Tampa Bay: February 28, 2001
A hug for the winner
[Times photo: Fred Victorin]
City Council member Earnest Williams hugs his wife, Armetha. Williams captured nearly 64 percent of the vote in a five-person race for the District 6 seat. Story
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A day for newcomers
DISTRICT 6: Earnest Williams gets 64 percent but still faces Chimurenga Waller.

Gulfport challengers see possibilities
The five-term mayor has had his chance, they say. It's time for new blood and new ideas in the city's top office.

Candidate, mayor's wife clash at forum
SOUTH PASADENA -- It's not just the mayoral candidates who are getting hot under the collar.

South Pasadena mayor's race has a strange feel
SOUTH PASADENA -- One candidate is campaigning conventionally. One is refusing to campaign because that would justify the candidacy of an opponent he believes is running illegally. And a third candidate is essentially not campaigning at all.

Two hope to unseat incumbent in Ward 2
A local activist and an auto technician are running against Jack Olsen, who has been on the council since 1991. He decided only recently to run again.

Incumbent, challenger square off in Gulfport
GULFPORT -- In Ward 4, where the city is primed to kick off its long-planned revitalization of 49th Street, the incumbent and his challenger are running the same race they ran two years ago.

Family reunites to ensure 90th birthday sparkles
Nearly 70 relatives gather to help the family's matriarch celebrate the watershed event and recall old times, old friends.

A friend's kindness smoothes hard time
A waitress and a couple become friends, but when an illness strikes, she offers so much more.

Melrose discovers a principal on campus
ST. PETERSBURG -- Susan Graham, assistant principal of Melrose Elementary School, is being recommended for the top position at the magnet for communications and mass media.

Festive air -- and unfortunate snare
The days of the Folk Fair reserved for students -- the target of its mission of tolerance -- happen to fall right before the FCAT.

Businesses aim to land Mexican trading
A cruise may help cement business relationships between this area and Mexico, officials say.

Expand trolley routes downtown
I'm writing to advocate an enhancement of downtown St. Petersburg's Looper/trolley program.

Bookstore reopens
ST. PETERSBURG -- Walden Books reopened Tuesday in Tyrone Square Mall after a move into a larger space that once was occupied by rival B Dalton, which closed its mall store at the end of the year.

Detroit Hotel may go condo, not rental
The developer had been planning apartments, but inquiries from potential buyers could alter his vision.

13-year-old struck in front of school
The girl did not look both ways before crossing the street, investigators say.

School briefs
Gibbs class of 1968 to host community awards ceremony

City sure complaints about paint will fade
When work at the Municipal Services Center is done, city officials say, residents will approve of the colors.

5th grade to finish year in old facility
A planned spring-break move at Bay Point Elementary won't happen. And a summer move is too late for disappointed students.

Activist helped salvage the ghettos, win rights
When it came to civic responsibility, Chester James "didn't just talk. He did it," his granddaughter says.

Humans, animals gather to help Friends of Strays
If you believe in the existence of heaven and hell, you probably will buy into the belief that a special place is reserved in the latter for people who are cruel to animals, just as there is a special place in the former for those who rescue them. Both categories of people were on my mind Saturday at a luncheon to benefit Friends of Strays, which neuters and provides temporary care and shelter to stray animals.

Many faces of one man to fill Palladium Theater
The "link man" to the stars of a bygone era now spends much of his time entertaining nursing home residents.

Focus on volunteers
Alpha "A Beginning" Inc., 701 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, is looking for front office assistants and other support workers to help with providing services to homeless pregnant women and teens, new mothers and families experiencing crisis pregnancies. For information, call 822-8190.

Military news
Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Daniel L. Rodenhaver, a 1993 graduate of St. Petersburg High School, graduated from combat engineer officer training at Marine Corps engineer school, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Conditions make Laser racing an adventure
More than 155 Laser sailors from the United States, Canada, and Europe came to Clearwater Feb. 15-18 for four days of racing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Racquet Club rallies to reach state
The Racquet Club of St. Petersburg's 3.5 senior men's team overcame losing players to rating regulations, injuries and its final opponent to win the Senior Men's Doubles League title last weekend.

Sunshine track officials are ready to get rolling
About the only thing constant in auto racing is change, and the upcoming season at Sunshine Speedway will have plenty of that.

Principal shares his views about a new job
Principal John Burwell will make the long commute from his house in Palm Harbor to Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg for the last time today.

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