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September 14, 2001

North of Tampa: September 14, 2001 Ancient faith, new year
The Coptic Orthodox Church, founded by the apostle Mark around 50 A.D., marked the coming of 1717 on its calendar with reflection and prayers at one of the few Coptic churches in the state.

Clinging to what they can fathom
It's real. They're serious.

Pearl Harbor was, of course, tragic, but this attack is far worse
Comparisons of Tuesday's terrorist acts at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with Japan's Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor run rampant. To a point, of course, these comparisons are apt. When struggling to process and make sense of extraordinary events, it is natural to try to view them with some frame of reference.

Out and about
GUMBI ORTIZ & THE LATINO PROJEKT AT SKIPPER'S:

Restaurant changes name, discontinues menu limits
Strict Judaic dietary restrictions are a thing of the past at the newly renamed Streets restaurant/bakery/grocery.

Rivals preparing for district opener
On paper, no one ever saw Gaither football team opening this season 2-0 -- or Chamberlain starting 0-2.

Garden to go
For weddings, an entrepreneur offers an alternative to "crummy plastic flowers" and expensive fresh ones.

Dispute over decorations escalates
Tax district board members vote to sell the controversial holiday decorations. The Christmas tree goes for $50, but the menorah was apparently bought for $1 and donated.

New fire station coming for Meadow Pointe in Pasco County
The fire chief says a response time of seven minutes is too long to get to the neighborhood. A new station is expected to open next summer.

Neighborhood notebook
Vote fills four vacancies on Westchase board

Couple find their calling in divorce ministry
The couple, both previously married, start a DivorceCare support group for people whose marriages are ending.


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