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 Tampa Bay: July 26, 2000 South Pinellas County news
Car wash turns into shootout
Shots are exchanged between a husband and a man who tries to take his wife's purse at a St. Petersburg self-service car wash.

Curtain rises on BayWalk parking
For 90 days, parking will be free after 5 p.m. and weekends in the garage. Think twice about just parking in the neighborhood.

Past might force couple from home
A Seminole trailer park has asked the couple to leave because of the wife's past problems with drugs. They're refusing.

Boardwalk opens beach to disabled
"It's a triple A-plus," says one advocate for the disabled, whose wheelchairs get stuck in the sand. The county expects the Gulfport Beach walkway to be finished in August.

Slighted couple give up on yacht club
TREASURE ISLAND -- Manit Sukhasam and his wife Vanida were looking for a spot to celebrate her newly acquired American citizenship.

Delinquent PODS go on auction block
The announcement that their possessions would be sold caught some renters by surprise.

Young drivers: A life is in your hands
Several months ago my 16-year-old grandson, who lives in Pittsburgh, passed his driver's test.

This woman stands out, crisis or not
Re: Hero didn't hesitate to jump into rescue, July 18.

School tax rate might drop a little
The proposed Pinellas School Board budget also seeks to raise teacher salaries and enrich some academic programs.

Alligator seen in Boca Ciega
MADEIRA BEACH -- For the second time this summer, an alligator has been discovered lurking in saltwater near a Pinellas residential neighborhood.

Pinellas Park theater to close
PINELLAS PARK -- It will be more than the end of a movie when the last wave of The Perfect Storm dies away early Friday morning. As the credits roll, they will signal the end of the Movies at Pinellas Park, 7901 U.S. 19 N, as well as the end of the film.

Giddiness breaks out as Pinellas breaks away
St. Petersburg leads a 24-year fight against Hillsborough; North Pinellas is promised the county seat. In 1911, the tide finally turns.

Consultant to examine police department
After officers file complaints of discrimination and harassment, the Pinellas Park police department brings in a Tallahassee consultant to conduct a "climate survey."

Huge oak crashes down in back yard during storm
The casualty of Friday's wind and rain can't be saved. Such trees are usually old or disease-stricken, a city forester says.

Disabled people, computers to click at the main library
Capabilities of two new work stations will be demonstrated today for people with visual, mobility or reading impairments.

Police chief's memo takes issue with bias complaint
Acting Chief Bob Hempel denies a male sergeant called a female officer's shoe size a "physical deformity" or "birth defect."

Save-A-Lot may take the place of Publix
A spokesman says the discount grocery is definitely considering the area in Coquina Key. Meanwhile, a petition effort is trying to keep Publix.

Lightning Bolts snap back
Motherhood distracted the coach for a year -- she even forgot a meet. But now the club boasts nine state champions and has more members than ever.

Protests over Publix closing strengthen
ST. PETERSBURG -- Protesters of Publix's decision to close its Coquina Key Plaza store say they have gathered about 2,200 signatures from city residents asking the company to reconsider.

Treasure Island seeks to staff beach center
City officials, who received complaints about lack of supervision at the new complex, will use city workers temporarily.

Next victory for Armstrong might be in Sydney
ST. PETERSBURG- Vacationing Americans in Paris pulled out their red, white and blue flags last weekend and lined up along the Tour de France course, which belonged to Lance Armstrong.

Personnel missives
PINELLAS PARK -- City Manager Jerry Mudd told City Council members that he is very concerned about issues raised during the past "year or so" concerning the treatment of employees in the Pinellas Park Police Department. Mudd prepared a time line of "some of the alleged issues and events that I am aware of." This is Mudd's time line.

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