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April 11, 2001

Tampa Bay: April 11, 2001 Ernest Hooper
A Red Dog, a cheerleader, and a star named Blackjack
I was the NFL writer, enjoying a drink after work and trying to impress an editor with my knowledge of issues beyond the locker room. Spouting thoughts influenced by my 13 years as a local resident, my words somehow must have made sense to the editor.

Hillsborough County news
Police brace for retirement wave
Agencies are scrambling to replace scores of senior officers retiring under the DROP program that starts in spring 2003.

Guardians say teen charged with felony spurned pregnant girl
But the boy and his family say he visited her until the guardians obtained an injunction.

PC buying power on schools' horizon
TAMPA -- The Hillsborough County School Board is ready to sign a $50-million agreement with Compaq Computer next week that will allow parents, teachers and students to buy new and used computers for personal use at discounted rates.

Testing of pupils faulted at forum
TAMPA -- Hoping to send a message to Washington, a group of residents expressed concerns to U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, D-Tampa, Tuesday night about the standardized testing of elementary and middle school students.

Man sentenced in housing scam
The home rehabber sold rundown houses to low-income buyers and arranged fake mortgages.

Expulsion not an option in all bomb threats
School Board members are advised by their attorney that federal law says that some students may not be expelled.

Military news
Diego Negron joined the Army Reserve under the Delayed Training Program and will report to Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., for basic training. He is the son of Pura N. and Jose N. Negron, Tampa, and is a 1998 graduate of Tampa Bay Technical High School, Tampa.

Business briefs
The Westshore Midday Business & Professional Women will meet Thursday at noon at the Centre Club, 123 S West Shore Blvd. in Tampa. A program on workplace legal issues will be presented by lawyer Catherine Real. The cost is $20. Call Donna Carrillo at (813) 930-9005.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Lyons, not wife, sought divorce
  • For Catholics, a year to reflect
  • Mayor copes with relatives' decade-old fraud case
  • Tumor fails to dim mission zeal
  • Wife says Strawberry needs help, compassion -- not prison
  • City, Bayfront settle suit
  • Tampa Bay briefs

  • Pinellas headlines
  • Plan would shift cost of renourishing beac
  • State may relax its control of beaches
  • Real color of discrimination is green
  • TradeWinds names director of conventions, catering
  • Boat slips available for rent at marina in Treasure Island
  • Fire station plan clears hurdle
  • Relay for Life events planned
  • Focus on volunteers
  • Loyalty, levity reign at Suncoasters ball
  • Old is new
  • Band takes home more than just a suntan
  • Mazzaro's to offer more of a good thing
  • Top achievers
  • Festival of States winners
  • Jungle sparkled as 1925 hotel boom's crown gem
  • Captain, police part
  • Gulfport plans spring festival Saturday
  • Pinellas Trail users to overcome traffic
  • The art of the big picture
  • Neighborhood digest
  • Boats head north after Suncoast Raceweek
  • Lower seeds lift Feather Sound to title
  • 100-year birthdays
  • For the record
  • Several take aim at Speight in West Coast championship
  • Mansion leaves celebrity hands
  • Clearwater digest
  • Phone may bring call to conserve
  • Prank doesn't cost man job
  • County wants to toughen water rules
  • That's no typo: Lotto numbers are a match
  • Hearing set for voyeur Web site
  • City votes to rezone Holiday campsite
  • County to buy 35 acres of waterfront for park
  • Seminole principal faces demotion
  • Largo health notes
  • Events this week remember Greek fight for freedom
  • Bereavement survivor support group begins

  • News of Florida
  • Legislative leaders ordered into court
  • Rally decries budgets for Everglades
  • Bills would make much more private
  • Panel approves billboard bill
  • Bill pushes higher scores to qualify for Bright Futures
  • Two higher education bills survive
  • Father's goal: safer elevators
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