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March 15, 2001
An icky infestation
[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
The caterpillars dripping from oaks are harmless and should be gone soon.
Mary Jo Melone
The turkeys we should throw out the window
Maybe the idea to do bizarre things to animals on the air began with WKRP in Cincinnati.

Top stories
Tarpon Springs knew of arsenic
The city detected it in soil near its just-closed playground more than a month ago but decided there was no immediate risk.

Tampa to test park for arsenic
A Times test at the Al Lopez Park playground showed levels the state considers unsafe. The poison comes from treated wood.

Grouper ban is now over
The officials charged with enforcing the ban, in place from Texas to South Florida, say that fishermen complied with it.

Tampa Bay briefs
Dallas flight returns to TIA after smoke scare

Boy's organs used for transplants
The Colombian boy, who died after a brain operation, has his heart, liver, kidneys and cornea harvested for transplants.

Busing in Pinellas County to expand
Keeping with a 1999 agreement, the School Board will provide busing to fundamental school students.

Hudson man charged with bilking two women
NEW PORT RICHEY -- A 53-year-old Hudson man was arrested Friday on charges that he swindled two elderly sisters-in-law out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a scam that nearly cost one victim her home, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

2 Pinellas jail officials receive reprimands
A former employee at the jail says a sergeant sexually harassed her in 1999.

Presbyterian Church vote rejects ban on gay unions
A majority of American presbyteries have rejected a proposed ban on same-sex unions in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

South Pinellas headlines
  • Former foes shun Baker, Ford
  • Intolerance abounds, black leader says
  • Chief was right in dispute with Ford
  • Free tax assistance

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • A few neighborhoods tip tight contest
  • School motivator's work honored
  • Spring training is hot ticket
  • Timeout called in Stanton debate
  • County delays Home Depot stoplight decision
  • Oldsmar election deflates school idea
  • Man arrested on child pornography charges
  • Vatikiotis: Penny running short
  • Tarpon mayoral race is fiery to the finish
  • Council member Hartstein selected as vice mayor
  • County delays stoplight decision
  • Votes show residents support redevelopment
  • Free tax assistance
  • North Pinellas briefs
  • Home finds new life as business
  • St. Petersburg man Ferreira finds success at end of Trail
  • 'Today' correspondent to speak at East Lake
  • Suzanne Lavery, 55, teacher for 30 years
  • Interim city manager is as good as they come

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Juror booted for being too inquisitive
  • New museum's costs are uncertain
  • Prosecutor: 'This is not a game'
  • Trial begins in fatal crash suit
  • Boy charged with neighborhood's car burglaries
  • Military news
  • Bulletin board
  • Psychologist to give two free talks

  • News of Florida
  • Bush, McKay at odds over taxes
  • Nursing home fight comes to a head
  • Lawyers, judges fight bills that dilute control
  • Committee pushes to keep 2 state jobs free of politics
  • Legislature 2001
  • Group sues state over felons' voting rights
  • 'We are very proud of him,' Fla. soldier's relative says
  • Around the state
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