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 Tampa Bay: July 2, 2000 South Pinellas County news
Subsidy props up an aging venue
City officials seek ways to curb the waterfront complex's rising dependence on St. Petersburg taxpayers.

Fast friends

-- One in a series of articles about St. Petersburg's youth track clubs.

Towering designs for center lauded
A distinctive tower will mark all city buildings in Treasure Island, including a dramatic entrance for the Community Center.

Thanks from the heart
While two Navy veterans in a party of eight share their experiences in and after World War II, an anonymous couple pick up the four couples' $170 dinner tab to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by the war's heroes.

United Way bails out cracked day care
Insurance wouldn't pay for foundation damage caused by drought, so the agency steps in with $60,000.

Housing panel's fairness at issue
Critics say members of the city's Housing Roundtable have recommended grants for groups with which they have ties.

Return of the curfew
Pinellas Park begins enforcing its juvenile curfew after a nearly two-year break. But few teens are found out after midnight.

Keep the 28th Street Drive-in open
Re: Drive-in theater to close, June 18.

Accused and humiliated over $7
Clara Woodard is a soft-spoken 55-year-old housekeeper who is proud of her reputation as a trustworthy employee and good citizen. But she says being arrested, handcuffed and jailed after being accused of stealing a $7 umbrella from a St. Petersburg Winn-Dixie has left her scarred.

Decorated vet's last wish: Vietnam
The Medal of Honor winner, who helped fellow GIs in war and peace, wanted to go back.

Businesses are offered drug-free solutions
A St. Petersburg foundation will help those with 100 or fewer employees set up programs.

Learning center expands to Pinellas
The University of Phoenix, a national proprietary school, offers degrees in e-business, nursing, health care management and technology.

Commissioners, merchants brainstorm city's makeover
In Treasure Island, landscape architects have a get-together to discuss ideas for downtown.

Meetings to be cast on cable in late fall
Treasure Island officials have contacted Time Warner Communications to get the $17,000 venture off the ground. The city hopes cablecasting will lead to more informed voting by residents.

Briefs: Man injured riding his new personal watercraft
SEMINOLE -- A Safety Harbor man was injured on his newly purchased personal watercraft Saturday evening after taking off from Bay Pines boat ramp and hitting a channel marker, authorities said.

Unpopular firefighter criticizes colleagues
He says he is a Jehovah's Witness and co-workers are intolerant. The city says he's incompetent and should be fired.

Stretch, bend, flex for a healthy, active life
Dorothy Carlson, 87, can do one thing many her age cannot: touch her toes. She credits aerobics for her health.

Stovalls' Landing plan still a hot topic
ST. PETERSBURG -- The red-lettered signs along Monterey Boulevard NE read "NO RESORT." Some residents of Snell Isle voiced that same sentiment at a meeting last week that was called in hopes of resolving differences between them and the British company that has bought Stovalls' Landing.

Journey takes toll on appetite for a delicacy
Today's column is not about social events. It is about lobsters.

Ulmerton's Miracle Mile leaves motorists muttering
Boy, did our complaints about traffic conditions on the Miracle Mile of Ulmerton Road ever bring out the best in our sharp-eyed readers. It seems a lot of you are as befuddled about the design of that section of highway as we are.

More cheap or free things to do indoors this summer
Summer is rolling along quickly and (you may have even noticed this yourself), it's hot. Very hot.

Marine program for kids nets gift
ST. PETERSBURG -- An underwater video company has donated $1,000 to an after-school marine science program in the city's Challenge area.

Rocket Man is ready to raise the boom on 4th
An occasional article about activity on south Pinellas County's Tampa Bay waterfront.

12-year-old carrying his weight in youth scratch league
CLEARWATER -- Anthony Velardocchia may be outweighed in the Junior Scratch Classic League at Countryside Lanes, but he's not outclassed.

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