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 Tampa Bay: August 25, 2000 North Pinellas County news

Man's first visitor when he opens shop: a gator
[Times photo: John Pendygraft]
After being initially startled, the man grew attached to it, he says. A crowd gathered to watch as a Fish and Game officer carried the reptile away.
Largo Middle won't get drug dog after all
Despite support from the school and residents, Largo officials quashed the idea.

SWAT team shooting a mistake, sheriff says
The incident involving an unarmed suspect happened as the special squad was serving a warrant in a drug case.

City firefighters to earn big pay raise
The new contract calls for the city's safety force to receive an average 28 percent increase over three years.

Fire guts Tarpon Springs mobile home
No one was hurt in the Thursday afternoon fire, which officials say caused $40,000 in damage.

Don't sink taxes into replacing usable bridge
I sure hope Clearwater lawyer Pat Maguire is successful in convincing Judge James Case that borrowing money to build a multimillion-dollar bridge to Clearwater Beach violates the city charter.

Joel rolls like old pro at Sunshine
Defending champ Bonnie Joel of Tampa called on her past pro tour experience to capture her second straight Florida All-Star Match-Play Ladies Championship recently at Sunshine Bowl.

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  • South Pinellas headlines
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  • Hillsborough headlines
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  • Younger Coe puts on new campaign pin
  • Growing enrollment brings dorm building boom
  • Chased away from shopping center, vintage car show goes on
  • Violation may displace home
  • Quiet suburbs dread noisy development
  • Despite loss, couple fought for what was right
  • Nightclub ends deal with Buccaneer's Alstott
  • New varieties provide adventure to gardening
  • Man thought to be a 'Lutz Boy' charged in slashing at keg party
  • Dedicating 'my body to Bettie'
  • Price of east-west route goes less than expected
  • A tragic crossing

  • News of Florida
  • Haunted, victim's mother keeps vigil to watch killer die
  • Kidnapper accepts plea, may face life
  • Political groups take advantage of loophole
  • Ethics panel clears lobbyist in computer deal
  • State briefs
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