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December 13, 2000

Mayor to retire
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
St. Petersburg's mayor will not seek re-election to a fourth term. He calls it "a pretty good exit."
Howard Troxler
Strong on paper, calm through all the storms
David J. Fischer, who has decided not to run for re-election as mayor of St. Petersburg, is decent, responsible and thoughtful. He will go down in the history books as the city's first "strong" mayor in modern times.

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Suspect alleges DUI was a trap
He says he complied with a request to move his car while at a party. His trial is today.

Reno blocks Al-Najjar's release
For the third time this week, hopes for freedom are dashed for the man accused of having terrorist ties but never charged.

Witness says he trusted detectives' evidence
The former prosecutor says applications to extend bugging at the home of Steve and Marlene Aisenberg did not raise any questions.

Prosecutor-to-be finishes public defender role
Mark Ober is ready to become Hillsborough's state attorney after a plea deal completes his last case as a defense attorney.

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  • Weedon Island manager rehired
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  • Neighborhood notebook
  • Vinoy Place will host oohs and ahs in March
  • Military news
  • Paint day brushes up 22nd Street S
  • Vendors are under delicate scrutiny
  • Luxury gulf-front condos set for Redington Beach
  • Sensual swivels for all shapes and sizes
  • City says survey will help with planning
  • Remodeled club is excited about open house
  • Belleair team receives lift from Slattery, 1st win

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Woman charged with leaving accident
  • Food drive brings out pupils' can-do spirit
  • North Pinellas briefs
  • It's lovely weather for a light tour together
  • Next chief may come from ski country
  • Roberto to join private sector
  • Jeweler's designs gain store loyal fans
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  • Floridians brave Colorado cold to try out skis
  • From pie in sky to castles on the sand

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Getting homes for the holidays
  • Sanctions over leaks requested
  • Tampa woman charged with leaving accident
  • Bulletin board
  • Hillsborough business digest

  • News of Florida
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  • In farewell, Nelson lauds Cabinet for collegial spirit
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