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December 5, 2000

Mary Jo Melone
A mother, a father -- and the fear of losing
When I put myself in the place of 4-year-old Sam Johnson's adoptive parents, the anxiety rises in my chest in waves. My breath comes hot and fast. What if that were my child somebody wanted to take?

Top stories
Attorneys lower fees in desegregation case
For years, Rick Escarraz has said his legal work for the plaintiffs in Pinellas County's decades-old desegregation case has been about principle, not about money.

Close aide knew extent of Coe's debt, troubles
The Hillsborough state attorney's turbulent friendship mixed work, politics and money.

Lyons' replacement has outstanding warrants
Church members say they didn't know their new pastor had problems with the law when they elected him 200-49.

Lawyer says child should stay where he is
The attorney argues the 4-year-old in Alabama should not be given to his biological father.

Tampa Bay in brief
Theft charge against psychic thrown out


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