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 Tampa Bay: June 14, 2000 South Pinellas County news
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
Earth Mission uplifts with arts
The performing arts company, which exposes disadvantaged children to cultural activities, grew out of a minister's vision.

Nursing home may face penalty for death
A resident at a Pinellas nursing home choked and died. Federal authorities say workers handled the situation poorly.

Law enforcement center not needed, agency says
ST. PETERSBURG -- U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young put $500,000 in the nation's budget last year to study the need for a federal law enforcement center in downtown St. Petersburg.

Troubles found in Madeira firehouse
A consultant finds lapses in inspections, deep morale problems and inadequate management.

Saxon grant fight enters 2nd round
Madeira Beach seeks an injunction to prohibit Tom Saxon from accepting DCA grant money, claiming the former commissioner abused his position to get the grant.

Armory to get face lift at age 42
Tucked just off U.S. 19 at 3601 38th Ave. S, the National Guard Armory will receive a $1-million renovation. That should please emergency personnel and those who use it as a community center.

Higher cost estimates may stop firehouse expansion
The Pinellas Park City Council is faced with a $726,500 price tag, nearly $350,000 more than it budgeted last year for upgrading the 24-year-old facility.

Plan misses aim of bicyclist safety
Re: At race course's abrupt end, near-misses abound, Ask Dr. Delay, by Jean Heller, June 4.

Driver in hospital after steel hits car
A St. Petersburg man who was struck by a steel object while driving his convertible in Manatee County was in critical condition Tuesday at Manatee Memorial Hospital, officials said.

Graduates urged to leave legacy of honor
Five homeschooled students graduate through the Heritage Private School.

Gulfport resident to run for state House
GULFPORT -- A real estate agent active in Gulfport politics has announced her intention to run for the state House seat being vacated by Lars Hafner.

[Times photo: Kevin Sullivan]
Sign supervisor Nathan Bewey, left, installs a 35 mph sign underneath a new pole-mounted radar unit with the help of traffic technician Jerrell Murray Monday morning in the 1700 block of Pinellas Point Drive S. Click for more 
11-home compound on the block
The property has a price tag of $999,999 and comprises eight buildings downtown.

Tia's adds Tex-Mex to food court at Tyrone
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tia's Tex-Mex opened Tuesday in Tyrone Square Mall.

Black Chamber picks chief
ST. PETERSBURG -- Mitchell Bryant, former Hope VI Coordinator for Jordan Park, is the new executive director of the St. Petersburg Area Black Chamber of Commerce.

Health forum, screening for minority women
The American Cancer Society will hold a free health forum and cancer screening for minority women from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg.

Foes pack meeting to fight drugstore rezoning
ST. PETERSBURG -- About 150 North Shore residents Tuesday night made it clear they don't want a national chain drugstore built in their historic neighborhood.

Years late, widows have bat mitzvah ceremony
The nursing home residents celebrate a rite usually associated with adolescence.

Campaign touts disaster prevention
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is launching a new disaster prevention campaign designed to encourage Americans to talk about ways to prevent damage from natural disasters in their communities.

Old-fashioned love
One couple's secret to weathering 70 years of ups and downs? Love, respect . . . and a woman's finely honed domestic skills.

Lealman Fire Board has a seat to be filled
LEALMAN -- With the resignation of Sharon McManus, the Lealman Fire Board is looking for a new member.

Conductor orchestrated a musical downtown
Joseph Lefter was "the sort Norman Rockwell would have painted as a small-town bandleader," the Times wrote.

After-school program on the move, growing
Agape will double the number of kids it can serve and add a marine science program.

A 'thump' in the night
It was a dark and stormy night. An old tree lost a limb. A big one. A family had no choice but notice.

No problem at Clermont as sprint triathlon draws 900
CLERMONT -- Internet chat room postings about drownings and record-low water levels in Lake Minneola did not keep 900 triathletes from lining up on Clermont's beach to compete in Sunday's first sprint triathlon of the summer.

State's top juniors prepare for key tournament
Junior competitors are in their final days of on-court tuneups and mental preparations for the USTA Florida Section Closed Junior Championships.

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