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December 9, 2001

Tampa Bay: December 9, 2001
Cozy USF campus adds youth, brains and verve
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
ST. PETERSBURG -- The roach that Brian Wood, class of 2005, ate during the previous week's lab was the topic of conversation among USF students waiting for Biology 101 to begin Wednesday afternoon.
South Pinellas County news
Teen charged with attempted murder
On Friday afternoon, 17-year-old Cynthia McKinney was a good student at Northeast High School with an after-school job, her own car and an estranged relationship with her mother and 9-year-old half brother.

A spot of color
The monotube's blue is making officials, drivers and owners of nearby Pinellas Park businesses less so.

March's Pow Wow festival in works
2001 didn't have a festival, but sponsors and volunteers for various committees are needed to bring it back in 2002.

Lost child, faith in kindness return
For those of us who occasionally lose faith in the human spirit, I would like to say that it's alive and well in St. Petersburg. I need to thank so many people who helped me find my 3-year-old son the other night. He wandered off from his brother's soccer practice and went to a BMX track next to the Azalea soccer fields. That's no small trek for a 3-year-old. In my panic, one mother came forward after she heard me call my son's name, Nolan. That was her 1-year-old son's name, too. I think in that moment we clicked.

Building matches tube, but no scheme
A business at the monotube's base says the company color is, by coincidence, light blue, the tube's new hue.

Famous baby doctor to dispense advice
ST. PETERSBURG -- He is the country's most renowned baby doctor. His testimony is sought by Congress, and his many books are read by parents around the world.

Long Kenneth City labor tiff has toll on paychecks
KENNETH CITY -- In a grievance, the police union alleges that Mayor Bill Smith retaliated against officers by refusing to pay insurance benefits that town officials had agreed to cover.

What's up on campus
Eckerd College

Teens to present look at cliques
ST. PETERSBURG -- Some 20 members of the Lakewood Estates Teen Council will perform a one-act play and sing Christmas carols Thursday at St. Petersburg Little Theater.

Ripples of racism probably just that
ST. PETERSBURG -- The National Alliance, a white supremacist, anti-Semitic organization, has spread hate propaganda here several times in the past few weeks.

Heavenly hostesses smiling with Santa
The Boley Angels left their wings at home Tuesday, probably so as not to drag them through the platters of scrambled eggs served at the annual holiday brunch. Instead, many members dressed for the season in reds and greens.

4th Street facelift: A building at a time
A local attorney looks to transform one of the street's vacant spots into a building that would house office suites for small businesses.

Bonus for good grade causes bickering again
ST. PETERSBURG -- When St. Petersburg High School made an A in academics from the state, it earned more than $200,000 to spend however it wanted.

Popular trolleys roll into extended service
ST. PETE BEACH -- The "phenomenal" popularity of the brightly painted blue beach trolleys has led to a major expansion of service to St. Petersburg's BayWalk and the Pier as well as more frequent trolley stops along the beaches.

Cops can't slow down school-zone speeders
You will read more about this topic on these pages soon, but it is an important enough one that Jessie thought you should have a heads-up now. Jessie's instincts about these things are usually good.

Despite ruling, Belleair utility still uncertain
A court decision allowing the town to buy the power company's equipment faces appeal and beyond that, even more questions remain.

Season raises questions among Jewish children
Lights sparkle on rows of houses. Santa is at every mall. "Merry Christmas" comes the greeting. Most children are filled with excitement and anticipation.

Development to close alley on Fourth Street
ST. PETERSBURG -- Despite the strong objections of area residents and its own planning staff, the Environmental Development Commission approved the elimination of a Fourth Street N alley, citing the area's growing commercial character.

Unsigned letter stirs anxiety among police
ST. PETE BEACH -- Another anonymous letter from someone claiming to be a police officer has again caused tension in the ranks at the Police Department, already reeling from an investigation this summer into how the city's top cops manage the agency.

Watching Olympics was a springboard for UF diver Close
After Sarah Close (Dunedin) watched the 1992 Olympics, the 12-year-old decided to give up competitive gymnastics and concentrate on diving.

Preps players roll into state event
The Pinellas County High School League ended its 28th season just in time for this past Saturday's Florida State Tournament at Seminole Lanes.

Delie fulfills longing for first marathon victory
"My running career is complete," Palm Harbor's Jeff Delie, 45, said after rallying to capture the title in the 26-mile, 385-yard Hops Marathon in downtown Tampa.


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