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Sunday, March 11, 2001
Gators are caught napping
Frustrated and fatigued, Florida falls to Ole Miss 74-69 in an SEC tournament semifinal, possibly at the cost of a No. 1 seed. Story
Five men, four boats, a common goal
Competitive selfishness submerges, team spirit surfaces. Story
Lightning charges past Jackets with strong power play
TAMPA -- The scenario was not one with which the Lightning has had much success. Story
The prisoner
[Family photo]
A man's death sentence is a life sentence for a boy who desperately wants to believe his father is innocent. Story
Yangtze Gorges: now or never
[AP file photo: 1994]
SPRING/SUMMER CRUISE ISSUE: Time is short to explore the most gorgeous part of the Yangtze River, a stretch that visually defines Chinese culture. Before the swift waters are imprisoned in a huge dam, a cruise is in order. Story
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Today’s headlines
Learning the ropes at the Capitol
First-time Rep. Sara Romeo of Tampa has to get used to more than 15-hour workdays. She and an unprecedented number of other newcomers in the Florida House also have to get used to lobbyists as they ponder big-ticket business issues this session. Story

Turbulent times
Employee groups at five of the seven largest U.S. airlines are haggling over new contracts. Experts say the number of ongoing labor battles at major carriers increases the chances of a strike that could cripple travel and commerce in some regions. Story
Band treats fans to Southern ruckus
ST. PETERSBURG -- Though the band may sing White Trash (Don't Call Me That), Southern Culture On The Skids at the State Theater on Friday celebrated all things redneck. Nearly 540 fans of the rockabilly quartet from Chapel Hill, N.C., packed the venue. Story
Drug charges against ex-teen idol dropped Story
Poison in your back yard

Arsenic is in the pressure-treated wood used to build decks, docks, gazebos and children's play sets. With evidence mounting that the poison can leak out, some people ask: Is it time to switch to a safer alternative?

A special report

GOP designs bills to mold the courts
Dressed in their long black robes, members of the Florida Supreme Court were greeted by applause from state legislators last week as they walked into the House chamber for Gov. Jeb Bush's State of the State address. Story
Bike Week fires its pistons for home
Police and hospital officials report four dead and dozens admitted to the hospital during the event, which attracts an estimated 500,000. Story
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    Hurt deputy kills suspect in shootout
    Three teens arrested as robbery accomplices face murder charges in their friend's death, police say. Story
    Seventh-grader with knife arrested
    SEMINOLE -- A seventh-grader at Seminole Middle School was arrested Friday afternoon after classmates alerted school officials he had a knife, authorities said. Story
    He’s blunt -- and means it
    U.S. Rep. Bill Thomas, chairman of Ways and Means, gets right to the point. Story
    Mary Jo Melone: Outrage grows; retreat begins
    Jan Glidewell: Fishhook's point not well taken
    Gary Shelton: McGriff is an island of sanity
    Helen Huntley: On money
    Robert Trigaux: Tampa Bay area, meet your neighbors in South Tampa Bay
    Robyn Blumner:
    Avoid a panicked rush to blame the media
    Martin Dyckman:
    A dubious candidate for defender
    Bill Maxwell:
    A moment of innocence
    Philip Gailey:
    Bush EPA chief shows curiously wide green streak so far
    Litter complaints piling up
    County officials say they hope more manpower -- in the form of inmates -- will help. But mainly, residents need to not throw trash, they say. Story
    Train vs. car fault case set to begin Monday
    The Citrus County Courthouse will play host to the case that helped reverse a 62-year-old state law. Story
    Noise unsettles parkway neighbors
    Silverthorn residents ask the Turnpike District to build a wall to buffer them from the sound of traffic. Options will be discussed at a meeting March 21. Story
    Cannoy is named teacher of the year
    The Westside Elementary teacher was chosen from nominations from the county's 17 public schools. Story
    State test returns this week
    Second- through 10th-graders will take three to six hours of FCAT reading and math exams. Teachers are trying to keep stress levels low. Story
    Students compete, create in Odyssey
    Almost 400 students on 62 teams from 20 schools participated in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition. Story
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