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October 23, 2000

Snakes kings for a day in San Antonio
[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
The town's annual fascination with snakes draws the curious and the expert during the 34th Rattlesnake Festival.
Dade City looks at big-ticket items
City employees give the commission what it wanted: a list of big-ticket items the city needs as it moves to the future.

Well-timed bark may have saved girl from snake
When a 3-foot snake catches the 19-month-old by surprise, the family puppy alerts adults.

Fire devours fixer-upper
An unknown source sparks a gasoline fire that consumes the block house a family was remodeling to move into.

Suncoast Parkway nearing finish line
Recovered from previous delays, the road should open as planned in January, officials say.

Program gives back smiles, self-esteem
For women like Carmen Bradley, dental treatment offers a way to heal the scars left by domestic abuse.

Schools could use experts to teach violence prevention
Re: Judge seeks gun safety program, Oct. 19 My organization had high hopes the tragedy at Ridgewood would prompt the school system to adopt a gun violence prevention program. That didn't happen, however. Now that Circuit Judge Craig C. Villanti has stipulated that part of Steven Moschella's sentence will be to address each high school student body about the dangers of guns, the School Board should take advantage of theexposure the students will be receiving on this issue.

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