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 Tampa Bay: July 30, 2000 South Pinellas County news
Marchers support police chief, take aim at mall
Black leaders also demand the resignation of City Council members who have clashed with police Chief Goliath Davis.

Parrot's words set off squawking
Bubba can whistle, sing and, it seems, curse. Or so his neighbors say. They want him silenced by moving him indoors.

Volunteer group feels pushed on City Hall
A citizens panel says the city is rushing them on decisions for a new City Hall and hints at a mass resignation. The mayor says not so.

City's taxpayers deserve a break
All the stories I read about development in the city of St. Petersburg indicate progress is being made and all of it is being paid for by the taxpayers. Most recently there was the article in the Neighborhood Times section regarding the BayWalk complex and how parking will be handled in the garage, which was paid for by the city. The concern was for how moviegoers will be treated.

Lightning strikes hospital roof
ST. PETERSBURG -- Firefighters believe lightning struck an air-conditioning unit on the roof of St. Petersburg General Hospital and caused a small electrical fire Saturday night.

Slain man found on sidewalk
ST. PETERSBURG -- A 47-year-old machinist was found shot to death on a sidewalk Saturday morning after neighbors heard gunshots in the middle of the night.

Fire won't idle motorcycle store
Barney's, on Gandy Boulevard, has been tested before.

Charming trend
At least 15 bed-and-breakfasts dot the area, with half a dozen recent arrivals. All compete with hotels and depend on the Internet.

B&Bs try to court business travelers
Bed and breakfast inns are becoming more attractive to business men and women -- if inn owners supply the right amenities.

Officer who targets abuse receives honor
A well-regarded Pinellas Park officer is one of four to receive the Governor's Peace at Home Award.

Treasure Island chooses manager to oversee projects
The local contractor will overhaul the police and fire stations, the Community Center and the former Chamber of Commerce building.

Albertson's to remodel Seville Square store
The supermarket will add a Starbucks Coffee and a new liquor store, as well as change the floor plan.

Fossil Park will add field, convert one into park use
ST. PETERSBURG -- Years of tension between a neighborhood association and a youth baseball organization have given way to a tentative compromise in Fossil Park.

A man of many battles
More than a decade after conquering his cocaine habits, Darryl Rouson has brought his mission of helping others home. Such battles have brought him praise. His critics, however, have pegged him a troublemaker who likes publicity.

Woman's labor brings a baby and a business
The grand opening of Linda Davis' children's clothing shop comes the same day she gives birth to her third child.

Members venture outside box in Art Center's 'Cubed'
What fun to peruse the annual Members Show at the Arts Center and see names next to works by people I know in their other lives, not as artists.

Choosy moms ignore ads that induce guilt
Maybe I gave the magazine ad an extra glance because I'm such a Rice Krispies treats fiend. The picture of the dessert made my mouth water, but then the message made my blood boil.

Police exit interviews reveal problems
PINELLAS PARK -- City officials had ample warning that there were problems in the Pinellas Park Police Department.

Wear a helmet or not? Seems clear-cut to us
So Jessie and I are driving through downtown last week and stop at a light, waiting to make a left turn. A man pulls up next to us on a motorcycle.

Helping students a continent away
A St. Petersburg High student, the granddaughter of a liberal South African politician, is a glimmer of hope for a primitive "shack school" in a poverty- stricken township.

Morale long an issue in Police Department
In Pinellas Park, employees have complained of high turnover and biased promotions for at least the past five years.

Police superior's gesture: Was it friendly or hostile?
An officer calls it battery. An in-house inquiry has been ordered, but the officer sees that as retaliation for his grievance.

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