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September 23, 2001

North of Tampa: September 23, 2001 At the flagpole, students bond in prayer, songs
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Before dawn extinguishes the Publix sign's green glow, before mosquitoes quit biting, before commuters switch off their headlights, they are there.

Grace and circumstance
A nurse's faith is strengthened after her sister-in-law and childhood friend escapes the New York City tragedy by coincidence.

Apartment developer pays fee to Oldsmar
A discussion of the complex is put off until Oct. 2, while the city waits for a decision from the Pinellas Planning Council.

Calusa Trace fearful of traffic
Residents are apprehensive about what the extensive development looming nearby will mean to their neighborhood.

Diocese plans religious retreat
KEYSTONE -- Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg wants permission to use a 200-acre site north of the Veterans Expressway, west of Dale Mabry Highway, for a religious retreat center.

A tempered watch
In northwest Hillsborough, where horses are abundant, owners keep a wary lookout for signs of the West Nile virus.

Week in review
ANOTHER CONVICTION IN PIZZA MURDER: Two friends hatched the robbery of a Windy City Pizza delivery man last year with a simple goal, prosecutor Curt Allen said in court Monday. They wanted cash, and when they got it, they planned to kill Eduardo Natal, 23, a pizza delivery driver who had moved here from Brazil to make a living. They murdered to eliminate him as a witness, Allen said.

Sticking to kicking
Wharton High placekicker Kyle Bronson resists the temptation to play any other role on the team.

Whaley family is returning to the Carrollwood market
Nine months after the store changed hands, the family has decided to buy back in.

Wharton dominates boys' golf, but others coming on strong
Gaither and Sickles are playing well, too, as the season moves toward the district championships.

Schools roundup
ADAMS MIDDLE: Birthday notices can be placed on the school's marquee for $10. Order forms are available at the office. Birthdays are posted on a first-come, first-posted basis. For information, call (813) 975-7665.

Cell tower to be near Pebble Creek
Permits are pending for the tower, which some residents plan to fight. A furniture store also is envisioned for the site.

Solution to neighborhood grass problem not clearcut
A swath of grass that connects Westchase and Countryway is no longer cared for by a developer. The associations look for answers.

Country Run Park may be home to outdoor skate park
Parks and recreation officials have questions about liability and supervision.

Open & shut
New Tampa

Developer sees suburbia for pasture
The tentative name for 210 acres west of U.S. 41 and north of Asbel Road is Asbel Creek.

Weekly calendar

Accident report
1. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT 131ST AVENUE, SEPT. 7, 12:05 A.M.: An eastbound 1994 Toyota pulled out of private property into the path of a northbound 1996 Nissan. The Toyota driver, a 21-year-old man, was charged with violation of right of way.

Road work
1. INTERSTATE 275, from Busch Boulevard to U.S. 41, will have periodic nighttime lane closures. Also watch for construction at Busch Boulevard and Fowler Avenue near the interstate. Work will continue until two new lanes are complete in fall 2002.

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