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August 25, 2000

Mrs. Lyons' ordeal ends quietly
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
Deborah Lyons, wife of the fallen minister, is released early from her probation for setting fire to a Tierra Verde home.
Top stories
Man indicted in plane scheme
The Oldsmar resident, who had previously been involved in several bay area sports ventures, took in nearly $300,000 from investors in a fraudulent travel operation, authorities say.

Five charged in celebrity auto thefts
Cars belonging to Warren Sapp, Dwight Gooden and Shaquille O'Neal were stolen from a car audio shop in Tampa, authorities say.

Group disputes coast building line
With $2.8-billion in affected property, a local group questions where the state is drawing a new line to limit building.

Tampa Bay briefs
Memorial service planned for heart surgeon

Son pleads to plot to kill his mother, will get treatment
The bizarre tale of a Clearwater Beach woman who ended up on her son's hit list late last year has ended with a quiet plea agreement in an Iowa courtroom.

Equifax tests: No thallium, some arsenic
ST. PETERSBURG -- The first tests by consultants hired by Equifax Payment Services show no thallium contaminating the soil around the building where at least a dozen employees have suffered a mysterious hair loss, company officials said Thursday.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Monitor to watch himself in new role

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Man's first visitor when he opens shop: a gator
  • Largo Middle won't get drug dog after all
  • SWAT team shooting a mistake, sheriff says
  • City firefighters to earn big pay raise
  • Fire guts Tarpon Springs mobile home
  • Don't sink taxes into replacing usable bridge
  • Joel rolls like old pro at Sunshine

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Laser surgery livens up chamber mixer
  • Candidates: Jobs key to east Tampa revival
  • 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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