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March 21, 2001

Tampa Bay: March 21, 2001
Doughnut fans with glazed look to perk up
[Times files]
Krispy Kreme is expected to build next to Outback Steakhouse at Fourth Street N and 19th Avenue.
South Pinellas County news

Pipes, water supply drive Ford's campaign
Unlike her rival, mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford relishes the details of infrastructure.

Baker campaign sign planted in chief's yard
ST. PETERSBURG -- Police Chief Goliath Davis III says he is not endorsing a candidate for mayor.

Change vs. status quo
While Kathleen Ford wants to take the city administration in a new direction, Rick Baker wants to build upon the successes of the current mayor.

Question the candidates
As the March 27 general election approaches, the Times will ask questions designed to help voters learn where the mayoral candidates stand on important issues facing the city. Candidates are asked to keep their responses to fewer than 300 words. Answers are edited only if they exceed that length.

Views of economic development differ
Two men want to serve the remainder of a four-year term to represent the southern tip of the city.

Rivals seek development south of Central
Men of different styles and temperaments, Dwight "Chimurenga" Waller and Earnest Williams, are competing for District 6.

Littrell, Eaton play up their backgrounds
Virginia Littrell says she's the best choice for City Council because of her civic experience. Chris Eaton says he's an outsider and brings a "different perspective."

Native, newcomer battle for council seat
The two candidates focus on growth, quality of life and water management issues.

Appointee, challenger vie in District 1
Richard D. Kriseman was appointed to the council seat in December. Dennis Homol Sr. says he is uniquely suited to the job.

10 city charter amendments on ballot
Some key changes are proposed, including moving the election cycle from winter to fall with the statewide election and adding a ninth council member.

Schools want to lease city land
Voters are being asked to approve leasing city owned property to two schools looking for recreational space.

Big primary margin major factor in duel
ST. PETERSBURG -- Earnest Williams tromped Dwight "Chimurenga" Waller in last month's City Council primary in District 6, winning 64 percent of the vote in the five-way race.

Public talks to shape city 20 years hence
The six forums of Vision 2020 will try to make a mark on all aspects of St. Petersburg.

Fisher unseats Olsen in Ward 2
Activist Dawn Fisher ousts a five-term incumbent in a runoff election. "I'm kind of dumbfounded," she says.

Hands-on hoopla at Sunken Gardens
Great Explorations will settle into the center of Sunken Gardens after a 14-year search for a permanent home.

Pinellas Park chief guts volunteer police program
Pinellas Park police Chief Dorene Thomas cuts the staff in half and changes the focus from enforcement to support.

A street tells state why it can't wait
A group representing a once-thriving black business district makes its case for economic aid now, not later.

Police chief turns down captain's resignation
Once a stalwart in the Pinellas Park Police Department, Capt. Robert Hempel is under investigation.

Parents can help kids get fit, stay fit
Parents, the physical well-being of a high percentage of America's elementary school children needs improvement urgently. Studies on childhood obesity and its associated illnesses have brought the problem to the national forefront.

Old church needs massive renovation
I am writing to disagree with the letters published March 14 opposing the request of St. Peter's Cathedral to demolish the sanctuary of the former First Baptist Church.

Military news
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Bobby Hollingsworth, 16, son of Stephanie O'Reilly of Palm Harbor and Robert Hollingsworth of St. Petersburg, has received the Earhart Award from the Bayside Bridge Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

Focus on volunteers
Gulf Coast Community Care's Permanency Support Program matches volunteers with children between the ages of 3 and 11 who live in state foster homes because of abuse and neglect. They are in need of people to spend up to four hours each week with a child. The goal is for the adult to build trust and provide support through social interaction. For information, call Gulf Coast Community Care at 538-7460.

For half a century, streetcars were king
From the early years of the 1900s until buses took over in 1949, trolleys were a major part of the St. Petersburg scene.

Museum toasts to green -- and purple and red ...
For the rest of the free world, Saturday was St. Patrick's Day, awash in green beer, corned beef and cabbage (along with green milk and mashed potatoes, according to Bonnie Freeman, whom I ran into at the grocery store and who planned to tint everything green for her family dinner that night).

Beach briefs
Isle of Palms plans garage sale March 31

Seafood for sale
When they started a business in 1979, the Trappmans envisioned semi-retirement. Today, their store is thriving.

Hamilton Disston teacher wins 'Time' prize
Sheree Rensel, a K-12 art teacher at Hamilton Disston School, is the grand prize winner of the Time for Kids/Chevrolet Malibu Teaching Excellence Awards contest. She received a check for $2,000 and the keys to a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu in a Tuesday ceremony at the school, 5125 11th Ave. S in Gulfport.

School briefs
Middle school band fest is Thursday to Saturday

Teachers draw on expertise of speakers
The Pinellas district has a Speakers Bureau that welcomes visitors who help enhance students' learning.

Not your everyday pets
Melrose Elementary students get acquainted with a tarantula, pet an iguana and lift 14 feet of Burmese python.

Officer appeals one-day suspension
The Pinellas Park police officer, accused of being sarcastic and disruptive, wants lost pay and an investigation.

Police cancer walk teams to hold yard sale Saturday
PINELLAS PARK -- If you're looking for that undiscovered treasure, the police have just the thing. The department's "Relay for Life" cancer walk teams will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pinellas Park/Mid-County Chamber of Commerce, 5851 Park Blvd. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Neighborhood briefs
USF to host forum on the Cold War

Largo merchants push for changes across downtown
About two dozen expressed concern about the slow pace of redevelopment in the city.

New office to provide cancer information
Veterans will have access to resources and services, including a new prostate cancer support group, at the American Cancer Society's Bay Pines satellite office.

Bicycle club is preparing for its Spring Classic
St. Petersburg Bicycle Club members Patrick McNulty and Pat Ruta have started the spring touring season by making the rounds at bay area bike shops the last few weeks.

Treasure Island ekes out league title
It was neck-and-neck for Feather Sound Country Club and Treasure Island Recreation in the South Pinellas Ladies Doubles League.

Seminole Lake team moves atop standings
Seminole Lake won last week's Pinellas Interclub match at Crescent Oaks and moved into first place in the standings with just three matches to go.

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