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April 4, 2001
Warming up for the festival
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
Trombone player Eric Bjerva stands at attention while rehearsing with the Grand Rapids (Minn.) High School bands on St. Pete Beach a few hours after arriving Tuesday for the Festival of States. It was 28 degrees when they left Grand Rapids. They are one of two out-of-state high school bands that will perform in Saturday's parade.
Howard Troxler
Government in secret needs a swift kick
In which the narrator offers to let himself be kicked in the seat of the pants by the presiding officers of the state Legislature.

Top stories
Strawberry used drugs on spree
A friend told police that the former baseball star phoned and said he had been taken to Orlando against his will.

'I thought that they would help him'
The widow of a man shot to death by police questions her decision to call them and the tactics they used.

Smoke billows over traffic, threatens I-4
Detours could resume as a wildfire consumes muck that was hit by 3 inches of rain last weekend.

Favorite won't seek county's top post
Gay Lancaster, 54, said her life was getting out of balance while she worked as Pinellas' interim county administrator.

College's new head praised as right fit
Colleagues say Donald R. Eastman's fundraising record and pro-faculty stance will benefit Eckerd College.

Tampa Bay briefs
Woman who jumped from Skyway identified

South Pinellas headlines
  • Redington discusses switching to sheriff
  • Two sides resolute on gala deficit
  • Pick on signs other than billboards
  • Pinellas Park police captain blocks release of documents
  • Tampa lawyer named new city attorney
  • What's up? Here's the deal on 4th Street
  • Townhomes get one last reprieve
  • Black chamber touts new attitude
  • Eighth-grader qualifies for state geography bee
  • A celebration of music
  • Cinderella for a night
  • From snow to show: band warms up
  • Festival schedule
  • Divine morsels, setting blend for a good cause
  • When it comes to illegal parking, camera doesn't lie
  • Eight bystanders act when lives hang in the balance
  • All official meetings to appear on cable
  • Breast, cervical cancer screenings available
  • Local Masters top 34 teams in swim meet
  • Central Avenue renews business district revival
  • Focus on volunteers
  • Florida is runner-up in intersectional doubles
  • Area athletes train near Switzerland
  • For the record
  • Rain washes out Sunshine
  • Officials to meet with residents over Eckerd College traffic signal

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Building of school surprises neighbors
  • Fear of arsenic shuts playground
  • Belleair sides with kids, not predator
  • Police dog to retire after 5 years on force
  • Preserve to come with a beach
  • Cruelty suspect's bail reduced
  • Out-of-control car stops short of house
  • North Pinellas digest
  • Mayor vows repairs on worn rail crossing
  • Largo Library serves many, deserves more space
  • Court bailiffs told not to fear disease outbreak
  • Bay area athletes train with Jackson near Switzerland

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Kleman's fate on docket today
  • Deadheads find their muse in Ratdog
  • Relentless teenager honored for work
  • Biker: Murders, extortion typified Outlaws
  • UT student regrets friends are suspended
  • School Board wrestles with bomb threat policy
  • Business briefs

  • News of Florida
  • Senate relaxing stand on tax cuts
  • Racial profiling bill splits legislators
  • Legislators ignore judge's order on labor talks
  • The Legislature in brief
  • Around the state
  • Other counts continue
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