Tampa Bay: September 14, 2001
North Pinellas County news
||Police: Arson destroys home
[Times photo: Krystal Kinnunen]
The $1.2-million home is next door to another house torched by an arsonist nearly two years ago.
Mayor Aungst to seek new term
The election is expected to serve as a referendum on the direction of the city. The mayor's seat, as well as two commission seats, are up for a vote.
Ridgecrest center is closed and in the red
The Greater Ridgecrest Area Neighborhood Family Center will not get a new contract. The Juvenile Welfare Board may give funds to other agencies doing work in that area.
Honored Greek folk musician dies
Nikitas Tsimouris, 77, of Tarpon Springs has been credited with keeping the tradition of the shepherd's instrument alive.
Couple face questioning in boy's injuries
TARPON SPRINGS -- Detectives late Thursday were interviewing a Tarpon Springs man and the mother of a 2-year-old boy after the toddler suffered "very serious" injuries to his head and upper body, police said.
Report: Give EPA monitor freedom
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's national watchdog, who helped change the debate about cleanup plans for the Stauffer Superfund site, should be allowed to operate more independently, according to a new report from the U.S. General Accounting Office.
Hospital needs to care about neighbors' needs
The Largo city staff has suggested that the city build a wall between a neighborhood and Largo Medical Center to try to block noise from the busy hospital.
Start of season bowls 'em over in Pinellas league
A record 46 teams showed up, one player rolled a 299 game and a coach appeared dressed in a tuxedo.
Ammunition discovery shuts down East Bay
LARGO -- A man who found a mortar round in his garage Thursday morning thought someone at the fencing business where he works might be able to tell him what to do with the shell. So 33-year-old Largo resident Lloyd Canney Jr. decided to carry the round, which is about the size of a hubcap, to the bus station, police said.
Pets die in house fire
Flower of youth
A program aims to cultivate young people into future nature lovers in a botanical garden program just for them.
SUNSETS AT PIER 60: Celebrate the end of the day with a festival of arts, crafts and entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pier 60 Pavilion, Clearwater Beach. Tonight, it's the Surfin' Raccoon (rock); Saturday, it's Grin (rock); Sunday, it's D'Aftermath (island sounds). Free.