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 Tampa Bay: June 28, 2000 South Pinellas County news
Board agrees on schools' sizes
Control of charter schools' growth was the final issue for Judge Steven Merryday in the drive to end court-ordered busing.

Worker blames pressure for error
Larry Wade, a firefighter and paramedic, fights for his job after giving an overdose of morphine.

South Pasadena molds a budget
A preliminary plan holds the line on taxes while targeting some capital projects.

Police dog bites tent resident
A homeless man is hurt when officers and their dog search a wooded area and end up with the wrong man.

Court watch needs helpers
The groups monitor selected cases. They hope their presence forces judges to be tough and keep repeat offenders off the street.

'Lord, we need a revival'
A summerlong tent revival will feature women's conferences, guest speakers and plenty of singing.

Many things are just fine at The Pier
Re: Leaders check on Pier subsidy, June 11, and The Pier's management solution, June 15 editorial.

Inhale the atmosphere
Central Cigars will open an 1,800-square-foot cigar bar Thursday.

Ex-employee of VA gets year for fraud
TAMPA -- A former VA claims examiner was sentenced Tuesday to a year in federal prison for helping a co-worker cheat the government out of $40,000.

Legal experts debate death penalty
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe and former Florida Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan agree about one thing involving the death penalty:

Jordan Park suit seeks new housing leadership
Alleging mismanagement, the residents want Housing Authority leader Darrell J. Irions replaced.

Modern boys' toys confound older 'elves'
Volunteers who spruce up toys for needy children at Christmas need a little help with some.

Neighborhood board to debate leader's fate
Support for a CVS drugstore might cost Steve Lange the presidency of the North Shore Neighborhood Association.

Company clears jetty work site
TREASURE ISLAND -- Contractors have removed most of the rocks and dirt from an Isle of Capri site that had been used as a staging area for the John's Pass jetty project.

Man dies in 4-car crash blocking I-275
ST. PETERSBURG -- A car headed south on Interstate 275 veered across the median and slammed head-on into a northbound car Tuesday, setting off a chain reaction that killed an 80-year-old man, wrecked four cars and shut down the interstate's northbound lanes for hours.

Shoplifting charges don't hold up in court
Stecil Ferguson, 74, is one of two women who fought charges of stealing from a downtown Winn-Dixie and won.

Students build a robot that helps build careers
The robot can roll around, pick up balls, place them in a raised rack, raise itself off the ground on the rack and fend off other robots.

Mr. Dunlap, and his work, covered a lot of ground
From 1912 to 1961, a little Southern gentleman with a big pipe churned out columns on all manner of things, from Social Security to rain and liquor stores.

In touch with greatness
A trio of special pianos is available for viewing and, by appointment, playing at a Clearwater music store.

Police and youth workers learn the ways of gangs
Training helps adults decode the signs and symbols of groups such as the Young Bloods and White Crips.

Auction brings $42,000 to police
Morning rain showers kept attendance low and bargains easy to come by at an auction of felons' possessions held by the St. Petersburg Police Department on Saturday.

Camp attendees must think outside the box
Camp Invention is run by the U.S. Patent Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Venerable city league crowns spring champions
The St. Petersburg city tennis league concluded its spring session this month with nine men and four women winning singles championships.

Triathlon spawns a friendship that will extend to Australia
Paxson Communications account executive Denise Wagner stepped up to the plate last April, volunteering to host professional triathlete Joanna Zieger, who flew in from Maryland to compete in St. Anthony's Triathlon.

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