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 Tampa Bay: April 30, 2000
South Pinellas County news

Group analyzing police efficacy
An accrediting organization is examining the city's police department. Public comment is sought, officials say.

Letter at issue in dispute over estate
The Busch estate's owner argues there is clear evidence the property long was used chiefly for business, not pleasure.

Officials line up to take the blame
A police request for costly new computer gear puts the focus on spending for officers' laptops that remained in the closet.

Pair facing husband's death to lead seminar
ST. PETERSBURG -- Cancer is killing Bill Finlaw, but his life isn't over.

Crime Watch chapter has fun getting results
Programs that revolve around youths have made Lakewood Estates a model for turning things around.

Candidates focus on experience
The winner of South Pasadena's special election will complete the term for Al Edmiston, who died in February.

Katherine Snow Smith/Rookie Mom
Children left in cars: Risky, illegal and quite common
It happens everywhere: the convenience store, the post office, the drugstore and yard sales. Parents dash in for a second and leave their children sitting in the car. No matter how many terrifying news stories we see and hear about children found suffering in scorching cars, they are still left in vehicles all the time.

Mola still in game, and in position to further it
TARPON SPRINGS -- The last thing Tom Mola wanted was to be cut out of anything pertaining to bowling, especially in regards to his wife, Linda, and daughters, Katie and Mary.

Raiders, Strictly Soccer win invitational titles
When the dust had settled and the nearly 150 soccer teams had scattered from the 16th annual Countryside Easter Invitational soccer tournament in Clearwater, the St. Pete Raiders and Strictly Soccer organizations had each earned a team championship.

Ferreira manages a superb finish in Boston Marathon
A marathon can be approached like a management project.

[Times photo: Jonathan Newton]
Ninth Street pipe work an inside job
ST. PETERSBURG -- Sorry Jessie and I had to take off on you last week. It won't happen often. But we learned some interesting things on the brief hiatus.

Officials rethink one-way streets
St. Petersburg looks at the advantages of turning two key streets back into two-way corridors.

Irish pub strives to be the real McCoy
Annie Moore's settled in a tourist haven, yet it particularly lures European-born residents and visitors who appreciate its authenticity.

Choice of threads grows with 2 stores
ST. PETERSBURG -- A clothing chain based in Savannah, Ga., opened three stores in Florida on Friday, two of them here.

Big plans attach to tiny key
Tampa BayWatch will move from its headquarters to a new education center on Cunningham Key. The acquisition may also speed the extension of the Pinellas Trail.

Council, mayor push for salary increases
The move would make their pay about even with other cities Gulfport's size. They will take a final vote on the issue Tuesday.

[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
Good friends of 60 years just now meet
Two women bridge an ocean after a lifetime of letters.

Shuttle bus service to resume in June
The owner of the bus service says the shuttle, which caused a controversy with St. Pete Beach city officials in March, will start with or without their approval.

Symposium to focus on city's founder
Peter Demens, who built the Orange Belt railroad line from Sanford to St. Petersburg, was born 150 years ago Monday.

City set to offer summer programs
Both a 10-week summer camp and a tennis camp will be featured for children this summer. Registration starts soon.

[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
A sense of power
Though he's blind, Earle Harrison is no easy mark. Anyone with bad intentions sneaking up on him would be wise not to.

Condo residents must learn the truth
Re: Annexation.

Housing chief's pay raises questions
The Pinellas County Housing Authority board made a mistake when it gave director Helen Piloneo a 66 percent increase on her $73,839 salary.

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