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 Tampa Bay: August 23, 2000 South Pinellas County news

Teen driver of stolen car dies
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
"It was a terrible thing," says a paramedic of the crash that injured two other girls when the speeding car hit a dump truck.
Lealman Fire Board rushes to choose tax method
The board has no time to hire an expert to recommend a course of action, if it wants the issue on the November ballot.

Police officer resigns amid investigation
The Pinellas Park sergeant faced allegations that officers found marijuana in his home.

Critics question city hall costs
St. Pete Beach continues negotiating the project's costs, and some residents are still seeking details.

Neighbors, city mired in canal debate
Northeast Park residents blame a city storm drainage project and plan a petition to seek dredging.

Pinellas sailing team takes top honors
Three Lakewood High students win the Sears Cup, distinguishing themselves as three of the top young sailors in the country.

Other needs supersede Pinellas Trail
I pass by the Park Street-Tyrone/Bay Pines Boulevard intersection twice a day, five days a week. I observe the construction of the Pinellas Trail. Every time I pass, I ask myself the same question:

The braids that bind them
A salon/boutique run by two sisters features master braiders and authentic African merchandise.

Former Gateway Mall sells for $21-million
ST. PETERSBURG -- Gateway Market Center on Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) Street N has been sold to a real estate investment trust that buys shopping centers throughout the Southeast. The price was $21-million. Inland Retail Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. bought the center, the former Gateway Mall, as an investment, according to Jim Michalak, director of the financial services group Cushman & Wakefield in Tampa. Michalak represented the seller, Branch Capital Partners of Atlanta, in the July 18 closing. An Inland official said the change in ownership should have no noticeable effect on shoppers. The former Gateway Mall completed a $20-million makeover that turned it from a near-empty strip mall into a big shopping center that stretches from 77th to 83rd avenues N with clusters of stores.

City halts construction on townhome project
ST. PETERSBURG -- City officials have pulled the plug on a five-unit North Shore townhome project that had generated neighborhood complaints about its size and workmanship.

Tiny triplet boys make an early debut
The father is in the Keys, so the family teenager grabs the keys to help usher three baby boys into the world.

Wife won't soon forget this little birthday present
Birthdays are something many don't relish, but if one is to be celebrated, Alexander Astrack has the right idea about methodology.

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Preachers' dispute brings down tent revival
A quarrel between preachers prompts one of them to fold up his 1,000-seat tent and end a St. Petersburg revival.

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