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Wednesday, May 31, 2000
The Valessa Robinson Case
[Times photo: Tony Lopez]

Twenty years in prison, the judge said. "Any questions about that?" he asked Valessa. "No sir," she replied. Story

FLORIDIAN
Welcome to Dike Okeechobee
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Take a dip in the second-largest lake in the United States? Not unless you can scramble over dirt and concrete walls and survive the pesticides. Will we ever be able to undo 30 years of man's meddling? Story

Anne Frank: Lessons in human rights and dignity
Inspiring goodness through activism

A good way to explore human rights is to read biographies. Accounts of the lives of ordinary people, as well as those of famous leaders and activists reflect the universal goal of promoting economic, political and social justice.

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STATE
Bush slashes local projects
Declaring that he did not come to Tallahassee to "be a big-spending liberal," Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday used his veto pen to cut a whopping $313-million from the state's budget. Story

The recipe for rainfall
The Bermuda high makes its Atlantic sojourn, and sea breezes prepare for a collision. At last, nature's rainmakers are slowly grinding into place. Story

TAMPA BAY
Bail set at $100,000 for YMCA employee
The former CEO again defends the man facing sex-related charges: "I would trust Chris with my own children." Story

Museum won't get $1-million
For the second year in a row, funds for the Florida International Museum run afoul of Gov. Bush. Story

SPORTS
O's have game in bag early
ST. PETERSBURG -- Devil Rays officials have lots of decisions to make about ways to salvage something from this disappointing season. Story

A devil of a game
New Jersey confounds expectations with a stunning opening-game victory. Story

WORLD & NATION
Oregon records opened to adopted adults
The documents won't necessarily let them find their birth mothers, but just the possibility has some alarmed. Story

BUSINESS
Bush reverses course, cuts work force programs
The decision reduces Workforce Innovation Act funding by more than 70 percent, surprising lawmakers and lobbyists. Story

DC Air plans to increase TIA flights to Washington
TAMPA -- Florida airports, including Tampa International Airport, would get added service from a spinoff airline that would be created if the purchase of US Airways by United Airlines goes through. Story

COLUMNS
Howard Troxler: Veto hunt may lead to new breed of turkey
Hubert Mizell: And to all, a good Knight

CITRUS
Diligent student wins a dream car
A sophomore claims the grand prize in a program designed to encourage better school attendance. Now she needs a driver's license. Story

HERNANDO
Bush vetoes Hernando fairgrounds aid
Officials are looking for other ways to replace the 1950s-era auditorium that has fallen into disrepair. Story

PASCO
Officials: Indictments target drug family
Authorities say members of the Clemente family moved thousands of pounds of marijuana and methamphetamine. Story


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