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May 16, 2001

Tampa Bay: May 16, 2001
The ultimate gift
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Years after her daughter's liver was donated so that another could live, Linda Duty set out to find the recipient.
South Pinellas County news
Shell Key hangover
As the county shapes an ordinance to protect Shell Key, weekend revelers leave heaps of trash on the beach.

Reality-based tour
With Pinellas Park council member Rick Butler as guide, about 50 people get up close with their city before key decisions are made.

Lealman property values bounce up
Thanks to the 14.1 percent increase, the fire service millage for residents will not have to go up, officials say.

Of garbage enclosures, trucks and ball fields
PINELLAS PARK -- Put 50 people on a couple of trolleys for a tour of the city and the results can be entertaining and educational. Here are several vignettes from Saturday's bus ride.

Pinellas Park made shortsighted decisions
Pinellas Park builds its city on "swampland that drains poorly" and now wants the state and county taxpayers to chip in more than $4-million to correct flooding problems?

Hope, health keys to growing older
When my wife and I contemplated early retirement, there was little doubt that the Tampa Bay area was our first choice in Florida and that Florida was our first choice among the handful of states we contemplated moving to.

Meeting will focus on Lealman's future
LEALMAN -- Residents of a portion of east Lealman will have a chance to talk about the future of their neighborhoods at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lealman United Methodist Church, 4070 58th Ave. N.

Inmate accused of plotting the killing of rape victim, 16
The man is charged with raping the girl. Police say he offered inmates $10,000 to kill her.

A determined black woman blazes a trail
Urged by teachers and her mother to "be somebody," Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke grows up to do just that.

Airport proposes extension
Extending a runway into Tampa Bay, building a new terminal and improving hangars are part of a plan to upgrade Albert Whitted.

Sign up now to enjoy both old and new Ys
As the new building takes shape, a membership office is opening in a trailer at the site.

Business classes to start in early June
The St. Petersburg Employment and Economic Development Corp., the Florida Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, along with Ambassador Business Solutions of Clearwater are offering summer business training programs, courses on business planning as well as workshops for business owners to gain insight into running a more successful company. The business planning class begins on June 5 and runs 11 weeks. The new venture class begins on June 7 and runs nine weeks. Classes will be held at Mount Zion Human Services Inc., 945 20th Street S, St. Petersburg. Before classes begin, there will be a reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Mount Zion Human Services. For information, call Stephanie M. Brown, 530-0074.

District honors students with turnaround awards

Crossing the stage with PRIDE
Pinellas schools recognize 447 fifth- and eighth-graders who have distinguished themselves in certain subjects.

This year's PRIDE award winners
Here is a list of this year's PRIDE award winners and their schools:

Saturday expo to emphasize safe boating
ST. PETERSBURG -- Coast Guard Group St. Petersburg will host a Base Open House and Safe Boating Week Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Neighborhood briefs
Art show to feature French-Canadian painter

Vision 2020 series to include race talks
The series adds an African-American forum on May 30. Tonight it's connectivity and regionalism.

Lunch honors mothers of graduating seniors
High school graduation is a bittersweet experience for parents (I know, having a senior myself), and those conflicting emotions of pride and loss were expected companions to the annual Shorecrest Parent Association Luncheon.

School dampers prom night for one couple
Wesley and Amber have dated for 7 1/2 months. Wesley's a freshman, so Gibbs High School says they can't go to prom.

Golfers hit greens, gavel to help kids pay for college
ST. PETERSBURG -- Close to tee-off time, clouds threatened slightly.

Antarctic crew faces stiff winds, short days
It's pitch dark by 5 p.m. and the seas are high as researchers gather samples from the open ocean.

Beware the Mad Dogs; triathlon to cause Gulf Boulevard jam
MADEIRA BEACH -- Sitting in traffic on Gulf Boulevard?

Volunteers needed for beach concert
TREASURE ISLAND -- The city needs volunteers to assist the neighborhood civic associations with food and beverage concessions at the Sun, Sand and Symphony concert on May 26.

Military news
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Daryl D. James, son of Arlene James of St. Petersburg, has completed a seven-month deployment to Puerto Rico and Honduras. Later this month, he will return to his home port in Gulfport, Miss.

Focus on volunteers
Boyd Hill Nature Park, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, needs volunteers at 10 a.m. Saturday to help with the annual butterfly count that is coordinated by the North American Butterfly Association. This is the fifth year the park will participate in the one-day count that takes place each spring across the continent. For information, call 893-7326.

Government calendar

Neighbors seek solution to beach bridge dilemma
Causeway Isles residents worry how a replacement to the aging bridge to Treasure Island would affect them.

Hearty meal, fun day planned for a good cause
Roast pig, smoked turkey, entertainment and an auction will raise money in the name of a colleague who died unexpectedly.

Postal bike team heads for France
Bike-riding carriers will join the U.S. Postal Service's cycling team Saturday for the group's Tour de France send-off.

Women's squad is in familiar territory
The senior women's 4.0 team at Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club will make its third consecutive appearance in the USTA Florida Section State Championships this weekend.

'Send-off Ride' for Armstrong creates a stir
Many area bicycling fans are hoping to meet two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong at the post office "Send-off Ride" on Saturday morning.

For the record
BASEBALL: Eckerd camp

Sunshine Street Stocks are making a strong run
Several years ago, when Sunshine Speedway began the Enduro class for amateurs, the cars used to slip-slide around the track, banging into each other and the wall.

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