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June 3, 2001

Tampa Bay: June 3, 2001
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Behind the grades are difficult issues involving demographics, morale and how children are taught, to name a few.
South Pinellas County news

Intercity sewer bill to get day in court
A $4-million dispute over service St. Pete Beach received from St. Petersburg will go to a trial this week.

Please don't change a thing about The Pier
Having grown up in St. Petersburg since 1956, I have seen many changes in The Pier over the years. I have been impressed with the conditions of The Pier and management over the last few years, and I would like to see it remain exactly the same.

Shorecrest Preparatory graduates 50 seniors
"Seniors, your education will play an important role in shaping your lives as you face the 21st century," said the school's head, Mary Harden Booker. "The life paths you follow will be divergent and multiple. The only constancy you will face is the constancy of change."

Week ahead

Fine food festival offers morsels for every taste
The Taste of Pinellas, which benefits All Children's Hospital, concludes today. It runs from noon to 7 p.m.

Compromise is sought on beach building line
A group hopes to keep beach construction controls in the hands of local government.

Short-term rental rules to be addressed again
Proposed revisions come at a time when the city is being sued over Stovalls' Landing, at 616 Monterey Blvd. NE.

Junior League, guests enjoy cocktail party
Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, we all can break out our white shoes and linen dresses, and just in time since I, for one, was getting awfully tired of wool blends. Another harbinger of summer was the cocktail party Thursday given by and for sustaining members of the Junior League of St. Petersburg and their guests, a sort of goodbye to the year before many members leave for cooler climes and family vacations.

Rahdert, Steele law firm adds partner
The law firm of Rahdert, Steele & Bryan, formerly known as Rahdert & Steele, announces Penelope T. Bryan as a partner. Bryan has been with the firm since 1997. Bryan, a graduate of Stetson University College of Law, handles commercial, communications, civil rights and First Amendment litigation.

Beaches get a seat on tourism council
It took an act of the Legislature to give beach communities what they have long lobbied for: a prominent place on Tourist Development Council.

Book Nook reaches its final chapter
"A long time ago, a friend gave me some great advice: Sell what you love," Betty Christenson says.

Local man killed on Atlanta visit
Police say the father of five was shot after an argument at a party he attended while visiting relatives.

Camera project captures city's beauty and blight
Volunteers take to the streets, making images of what they like and don't like about the city as part of the Vision 2020 project.

Yearbook return irks some Gibbs seniors
Despite outcries, the principal sends most books back Wednesday to correct a printing error.

I know we look alike, but she's not my daughter
I got an amusing e-mail from a reader, and I thought I'd clear up some confusion.

Con artist preys on sympathy
The man has approached three or four Treasure Island residents. Police alert area hotels.

Friends laugh, cry remembering times with Ross
"He was like a modern-day Tom Sawyer," says a friend describing St. Petersburg High student and baseball player Ross Bender. The teen's wake draws an overflow crowd.

How bad does it have to get to interfere?
The father yanked his son, probably 8 years old, off a chair and shook his whole body hard a few times while screaming in his face. Finally, with clenched jaw, Dad seemed to cool down.

Officials suspect virus killing doves
The county is awaiting the results of a test to determine what is causing the spate of bird deaths above Central Avenue.

County reiterates: We won't pay for Park
The county will put in writing its intention not to help Pinellas Park pay for drainage improvements on the boulevard.

City studies 3 options in code enforcement
The Pinellas Park council will discuss the proposals for changing the department at a workshop Tuesday.

Good for you
Jeff Young from Pinellas County Sunstar paramedic ambulance service is Pinellas County's 2001 emergency medical technician of the year.

Government calendar

Local pair place high in women's art show
Rosalie Peck and Allison Massari do well in the Fairly Lilith Celebration of Women in Arts.

Neighborhood briefs
Summer food program to provide meals for kids

Baseball, basketball squads get national berth
Two area teams in different sports recently qualified for national championships.

Surprise basketball showing highlights Eckerd's year
With its lack of scholarships, its young players and its past history, this was supposed to be another mediocre season for Eckerd College's men's basketball team. Instead, the Tritons started hot and got hotter to record one of its best seasons in recent history.

Beierlein, Walker enter SPBA Hall
Drew Beierlein, for achievement, and Bill Walker, for meritorious service, were inducted into the St. Petersburg Bowling Association Hall of Fame last month during the SPBA's annual delegates meeting in Seminole.

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