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August 26, 2001

Waging war on the 'breeders'
[Times photo: Steve Hasel]
Mosquito Control officers are blanketing the county with pesticides and searching out breeding hot spots in their fight against West Nile virus.
Homosassa man shot to death outside club
His wife is jailed on charges of second-degree murder. "Just take me to prison," she told deputies after they ordered her out of her truck.

Board to discuss expanding center
The Renaissance Center serves chronically disruptive kids. Should it also serve those who are suspended or expelled?

One-size-fits-all rules don't work with kids
Welcome to the strange world of our school district's zero-tolerance policy, where contradictions are both inherent and abundant:

Bedlam at Mini Farms
Homeowners association, holdouts battle over dues

Zero tolerance makes zero sense
Former first lady Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign didn't have much substance, but it made for a good sound-bite. A decade later, the feel-good slogan was replaced by "zero tolerance," a movement that was more substantive and equally well-intentioned, but with a definite political convenience for law-and-order politicos.

Swiftmud sells water; we ration it
Editor: I received a postcard recently from the Southwest Florida Water Management District informing me that a business headed by an influential Miami attorney has been given permission to remove and bottle a quarter-of-a-million gallons a day from the Three Sisters Springs property. This is the same water that has been rationed due to the recent drought.

The outer limits
Paddling along the Weeki Wachee River is a memorable experience, but beware of merciless flies that can leave welts.

The week in review
MISSING WOMAN: Authorities spent last week looking for Linda Marie Howes, a 19-year-old Inverness woman who has been missing since early Aug. 18. She left behind her keys, purse and wallet when she vanished.

Hospice of Citrus County marks 15th anniversary
The not-for-profit health care group provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to about 90 terminally ill patients a day.  

Other North Suncoast news
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  • Official: 3 more schools needed
  • Day care proposal moving forward
  • Televised meetings don't tell whole story
  • Hernando schools would suffer without support staff's work
  • Change for the community
  • Big-time tennis, at what price?
  • With resources available, teachers do an excellent job
  • Barricaded streets won't help traffic, or community
  • Police reports
  • Hudson aiming for another state run
  • Royal Knights anxious to catch rival Cobras
  • An even bigger problem for foes
  • Volleyball dish

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