Tampa Bay: June 30, 2000
North Pinellas County news
3 schools struggle to grasp drop from A to C
While many other Florida schools improved, state grades for three reputable Pinellas County schools plummeted, making them ineligible for extra funding and possibly stripping some luster from their reputations.
Schools shine with news of A's
Belleair Elementary in Clearwater and Southern Oak in Largo are shocked, but pleased, that they shed their D's.
No flood of medical examiners expected
LARGO -- For the first time since 1982, Pinellas and Pasco leaders are searching for a new medical examiner.
City close to parking garage deal
The first public garage on Clearwater Beach likely will have four stories and accommodate about 670 vehicles.
Old Navy bomber makes its last run at sea
The museum relic is hoisted on a barge headed for the gulf, where the P2V-3 will be part of an artificial reef.
Safford House tours not far off
A $111,250 grant will pay for landscaping and renovations at Tarpon Springs' oldest house. The city hopes to finish early next year.
Attention to reading pays off
Motivated by a near miss last year, Palm Harbor University High regrouped to grab the state's A grade.
Seminole Boulevard to get facelift
With a $150,000 state grant that the city will match, Seminole will landscape medians and put up signs welcoming motorists.
Pinellas organizes to get grip on garbage
A task force of residents and officials will spend the next six months looking at ways to improve trash collection in unincorporated areas.
All this wasteful PR can't change the hard facts
Am I the only one who finds it interesting that the city of Clearwater cannot find money to help fund the Clearwater Homeless Intervention Project program (even after city officials have touted it as a model program for sheltering the homeless), but there is ample money to send all residents glossy, colorful brochures pushing the downtown redevelopment program?
Clearwater doctor faces indictment
A Clearwater physician has been indicted by a Tampa federal grand jury and accused of illegally dispensing narcotics.
Longtime judge faces a fight for last term
County Judge Karl Grube will square off against a Clearwater lawyer in the Sept. 5 election.
Tern nests turn up in unexpected locations
The birds prefer to nest on beaches. But as they migrate, they also seek refuge on roofs, which offer little protection.
12-year-old carrying his weight in scratch league at Countryside
CLEARWATER -- Anthony Velardocchia may be outweighed in the Junior Scratch Classic League at Countryside Lanes, but he's not outclassed.
Celebrating the Fourth
As some communities make way for the usual rockets red glare and cherry bombs bursting in air, others shelve or postpone gleaming, streaming light displays -- opting to highlight Independence Day with patriotic concerts.
Tampa Bay headlines
Long weekend beckons holiday travelers
Garages close doors as emissions testing ends
2 men charged in health scheme
Emissions testing at a glance
Deal limiting charter schools goes to judge
South Pinellas headlines
Body found in park identified as transient
Man blames check forging on loan sharks
Police study crash, possible car chase
Grads laud rebirth of Middleton High
Official: Software audit for defender limited
Bad weather, holiday crowds jam US Airways
Dispute over rave club is ended when lease runs out
News of Florida
Officials withhold test scores
Groups keep scout support
Rainfall offers new freedom for fireworks
Hostage seige at Disney ends peacefully
Offer begins FAMU drive
Florida plans to wow crowd at Olympics
Jury in murder plot trial still out
Panel balks at plans to bolster storm funds
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