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May 24, 2001

Smoke floats in from fiery origin
[Times photo: Carlton Ward Jr.]
The gray cloud, from 150 miles to the north, blankets the bay region, leading many residents to think flames were nearby.
Top stories
Two Tampa men charged in multimillion-dollar fraud
Authorities says the men's boiler room operation brought them $17-million.

Ex-girlfriend was murder suspect's target
Investigators detail the killing of a Clearwater man. A search continues for the suspect, deemed dangerous.

A day of waiting, worrying
At 7:45 a.m., Paul Trexler arrives at Bayfront Medical Center to have a brain tumor removed. Nearly 11 hours later, his wife learns his fate.

United Way merger nearer
The board of the Hillsborough agency agrees. Now it's Pinellas' turn to decide.

Dealerships brace for Ford tire recall
Ford dealers scramble to line up tire supplies -- and extra help -- to replace Firestone tires.

Luck, jackpot grows in second lotto win
TALLAHASSEE -- Eddie Lee Mungin won $67 two weeks ago playing the Florida Lottery.

Scientology is a key player in marijuana case
The defense is bringing the church into the case, saying that the arrest was tied to the church's relentless surveillance of a critic, the defendant.

Tampa Bay briefs
Balky car gets official -- and garage -- in a jam

Despite risk, area pastors say duty is to help troubled
The Clearwater shooting that left one man dead and a church family devastated Tuesday has some area pastors thinking about their own youth evangelism programs and the potential risks of luring troubled teens into the sanctuary.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Pastors clash over rights
  • Veterans hope 'Pearl Harbor' brings new focus to attack

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Blaze consumes hotel on beach
  • Dunedin woman chooses alternative to angioplasty
  • Teacher in video chooses to retire
  • Man in hospital after his leg is shot
  • Officials prepare for the big one
  • School to lose caring heart
  • Electronic balloting wins votes
  • Punishment for students should fit the offense
  • Pinellas wins battle of rival counties
  • Laura Lou Kunnen, 68, '50s tennis icon

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Illness, death no match for dream
  • Phony tickets lead to officer's arrest, charges
  • Work on garage cuts Ybor parking
  • Stop-sign group challenges sentence
  • A woman of God, a champion of children

  • News of Florida
  • Coalition: Ban treated wood
  • Big fish get a giant name
  • With diplomat in governor's race, lawyer bows out
  • Bill on cemetery sizes upsets funeral groups
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