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March 11, 2001  
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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.

Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay area, meet your neighbors in South Tampa Bay
Once upon a time, the Sarasota-Bradenton area really didn't consider itself part of sprawling Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater. And why should it?

Helen Huntley
On money
Non-diversified mutual fund can offer more flexibility

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.

Loose change
EXTREME CAR CARE: Blood may be thicker than water, but apparently not motor oil. Of 516 respondents to a survey by, 27 percent said they love their cars more than their in-laws. And 45 percent of married respondents rated their vehicles most important on a list that included spouses and children.

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