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March 17, 2001

Independence day
[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
With flags in hand, Audrey Maria Seraskeris, 3, left, takes a break as Tasos Russell Pappas, 2, tugs at the hat he wore for the occasion outside Pasco Government Center on Friday in honor of Greek independence day.

Local ceremonies celebrate Greek Independence Day
CLEARWATER -- Today's events marking Greek Independence Day include a 1 p.m. flag-raising ceremony at Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave.

Accused killer takes plea deal

Jim Curtis is expected to spend nearly 14 years in prison in the death of a medically troubled boy that he had sought to adopt.

Her friend at a loss to explain fatal crash
An autopsy may shed light on why Betty Jane Chansler was weaving in and out of traffic before the accident.

County to raise water fines
Faced with a state order to reduce water consumption by 5 percent, Pasco County plans to double fines for lawn watering scofflaws.

Stauffer: Health tests not necessary
A report saying students were exposed to asbestos in the 1970s is incorrect, the company says.

Thrift shop to help quake victims
The Farmworker's Self-Help thrift shopin Dade City will lower prices today, and the money from all sales will benefit earthquake victims in El Salvador, employees said.

City manager questions board's power
The New Port Richey city manager wants to eliminate the Civil Service Board after it reinstated an employee he fired.

West Pasco Column
Holiday man stays active at 103

Man seriously injured in two-car accident
WESLEY CHAPEL -- A young man, whose name was not available Friday evening, suffered serious head injuries in a two-car accident Friday on State Road 54, rescue workers said.

Religion calendar

Small church will celebrate big milestone
Dade City Free Methodist Church will mark its 50th year Sunday. A large family steeped in its history will be there.  

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  • Hernando digest
  • Mark your calendar
  • St. Patrick's day events
  • Bills advance to benefit local waterways
  • Drought's upside: dredging time
  • Man gets 6 months for sex assault
  • Crystal River to test for arsenic
  • Lively weekend awaits
  • County paces quest for WWII memorial
  • Citrus digest
  • Pastor in Ireland answers call -- a long-distance one
  • Outdoors notebook
  • Consistent warmth is catch
  • Nature coast
  • Pair to foster peace for 3 years in Angola

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