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March 13, 2001

Snake eye
[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]
Cody Hicks, 5, watches the Zephyrhills Founders Day parade Saturday through an inflatable snake his mother had just bought for him.
Jan Glidewell
Folk music gathering was festival of moments
"Please," begged festival director Margaret Longhill as Seminole Chief Jim Billie took the stage Sunday, "don't do the finger . . . anything but the finger."

Ex-guardian gets probation
Fran Lang, who pleaded guilty to scheming to defraud elderly people under her guardianship, is sentenced to 15 years probation and 1,600 hours of menial labor.

Requests for Pasco projects decrease
Whether you call them pork, bacon or turkeys, state-funded projects that would benefit Pasco County in next year's budget appear to be leaner than normal.

Former sheriff defends himself
Former Charlotte County Sheriff Richard Worch -- who now is a high-ranking official at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office -- says that the man who took his job in Charlotte County is trying to ruin his life.

Tampa Bay Water agrees to pay couple $349,000
Tampa Bay Water has agreed to buy a home the couple say was damaged by overpumping of nearby wells.

Stores ready for new Wal-Mart
Some of the supercenter's new neighbors are looking forward even to the chain's usually feared opening day.

Pestana accepts scholarship
LAND O'LAKES -- The offer came out of the blue.

Developers soak up millions, then fight wetlands
Re: Developers call new Pasco land rules unfair, March 8

Group plans protest for Chasco Fiesta
American Indian Movement leaders are taking their complaints to the people but say their demonstration will be non-violent.

Police reports
Spring Hill man charged with abducting woman

Lions' Shafer sparkles in tournaments
SAINT LEO -- Eric Shafer went on a tear last week, leading Saint Leo to the Nijem Jewelries Diamond Classic championship and being named most valuable player. The former Land O'Lakes catcher got hot at the plate at the beginning of the week by hitting a pair of doubles and a homer, driving in six runs and scoring three in Tuesday's 11-2 win against Shippensburg University.

The simple approach works for Weimer's Bucs
In one sentence -- one quite remarkable sentence -- Gulf baseball coach Shaun Weimer says:


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It's big, black and all hearse
An attention-loving teen seals her place in Tampa's Gothic scene after she gets the Cadillac she's always wanted.  

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