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July 13, 2001

Tampa Bay: July 13, 2001
Small gator gives big scare to two kids
[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]
The girl told her mother the alligator lunged so close "she felt his breath" as she reached near the water.
North Pinellas County news

Fountain must go, Clearwater commissioners say
The city votes to reconfigure the roundabout to improve its safety, including knocking down the fountain at its center.

Parasail deaths renew rules talk
Operators say they're safe, but the industry has no official guidelines
Graphic: How a parasail works

City officials take a hard line on library plans
The mayor urges commissioners to insist on changes to the design to improve accessibility.

Sheriff investigating Ridgecrest center
An audit showing financial irregularities and deteriorating programs prompts the probe at the family center.

High-tech center's first in, first out
Nova Precision Components owes the county $175,000 in rent as it becomes the first tenant in the STAR Center to shut down.

Fugitive accused of bilking roommate
He is suspected of siphoning more than $12,000 from the disabled man's bank account.

Stuck at the dock, gambling boat taking on debt
Employees of the Victori haven't been paid, nor has a gambler owed $10,000.

Lutz man accused of groping 10-year-old
Authorities say the man approached the boy in Wal-Mart and pawed him. The boy's father intervened.

Library plan should incorporate Spanish influence
I am concerned about the architecture of Clearwater's proposed new library. As a student of architecture for some years, I am sensitive to the elements of architecture needed for a building to become an intrinsic part of an area's topography, climate and history.

Driver cited in death of bus passenger
CLEARWATER -- An elderly woman whose car hit and killed a passenger getting off a bus last month has been cited for careless driving.

Hayden rolls with revived PBA's tour
Imagine winning nearly $30,000 in less than a week, then asking yourself, "Do I really want to do this for a living?"

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