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March 4, 2001
Tampa Bay: March 4, 2001 South Pinellas County news
Baker vs. Ford affirmed
LARGO -- The St. Petersburg Canvassing Board unanimously certified Saturday that Rick Baker and Kathleen Ford defeated their seven opponents in Tuesday's mayoral primary and will face off in the March 27 general election.

You'll be missed, Mr. Bill
Bill Sund wasn't a typical private school parent, in several ways. Within a rough exterior lay a warm, genuine soul.

Close call in pool serves as warning
As warm weather kicks in, parents need to know that drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for Florida kids ages 1 to 4.

'Plantation Inn' raises eyebrows
New owners have a name in mind for Gulfport's Bayview Hotel. A few have another name for it: "dumb."

Winn-Dixie site is in Walgreens plan
Pinellas Park's zoning director says the 49th Street N grocery is likely to be replaced by a drugstore and another store.

Ireland remains in band's itinerary
The Second Time Arounders will go forth with a much-anticipated trip, despite cancellation of Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the country's largest, because of the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

Proposal: Dock pay for absences
A councilman adds the item to a workshop agenda after three of five members miss a recent meeting.

Apology is needed in case of ticket 'fixing'
Re: Mayor is cleared of interfering with ticket.

Pinellas Park lieutenant named acting captain
Amid sexual and age discrimination charges in the police department, John Green has avoided much of the criticism.

Some 'girl' moments with USF's new chief
Green is a flattering color for new University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft, a good thing since it has become the de facto official color of USF.

What a lark: Tour downtown by 'Duck'
Jill and Louis Betz of Tampa have announced the opening of Duck Tours of Tampa Bay Inc. The venture gives visitors to The Pier a chance to tour both the streets and waters of downtown St. Petersburg in a "Duck," an amphibious vehicle used in World War II to transport personnel and supplies from ships to shores. Mr. and Mrs. Betz purchased four of the vintage car-boats after touring Boston in 1998.

Tour calls attention to hospital roof flaws
A planning board member complains to City Hall after noticing Mercy's crumbling roof during a walking tour.

Luxury complex planned downtown
The three-bedroom, three-bath town homes will be built in the style of historic structures in Charleston, S.C.

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

Neighborhood briefs
Florida International Museum to hold sale

Watch out for trucks that don't secure loads
Itried to get Jessie to go chew on a shoe while we discussed the following item -- it upsets her so much -- but she decided to stay and tough it out.

Child care providers love their jobs, BUT ...
Theirs is one of the hardest and most underpaid jobs in the country. Yet they are trusted daily to not only care for, but also help shape the most important thing in our lives: our children.

Spring festival pauses for Earnhardt memorial
At Country in the Park, two of the racing champion's cars will be displayed and a short service will be held.

Busing's last divide
Many parents of more than 100 students in Largo, part of the last rotation for desegregation, will not let their children be bused to Campbell Park Elementary. The school they see doesn't resemble the one described by parents and educators at Campbell Park.

City officials want to corral steakhouse's roadside cows
ST. PETERSBURG -- The three fiberglass cows huddled in front of Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse could be pondering their fate. Acting on the complaints of neighbors, the city has taken action for a code violation against the restaurant, which opened in January.

Death came, but he never waited for it
A son and brother lived his final months inspiring others with his dignity and humor.

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Gulfport hopefuls cover many issues
GULFPORT -- On Tuesday night, neighbors' only chance to see all the candidates in this year's elections, perennial issues such as street drainage and the future of 49th Street were bound to be topics.

Gulfport candidates suspicious after forum
GULFPORT -- Candidates trying to remove Gulfport's incumbents from office already were curious about why the city chose to have a candidates forum at the municipal theater rather than at City Hall.

Treasure Island approves downtown clock tower
Commissioners agree to pay up to $225,000 to build the landmark in a median. A civic group offers money to install bells.

Shaw shows his versatility at UNC-Asheville
Colin Shaw (Seminole) is a reserve for the University of North Carolina-Asheville's basketball team.

Adamich, Batten renew rivalry in Gasparilla
Gasparilla 10th-place finisher Tom Adamich could have had an instant flashback of early '80s high school meets while running last Saturday in Tampa along Bayshore Boulevard toward the finish line.

Several competitors get on a roll in YABA
Five competitors each won two titles as the annual Greater Pinellas Young American Bowling Alliance Championship Tournament ended last Sunday at Largo's Twedt's Lanes.


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  • SPJC plan for higher degrees in spotlight
  • Executive sessions
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  • Legislature opens to new faces, old woes

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