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December 13, 2001

Tampa Bay: December 13, 2001
Musical Claus celebre
[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
As the Florida Orchestra entertained with a selection of holiday favorites, Mr. and Mrs. Claus delighted a crowd of at-risk children from throughout the Tampa Bay area Wednesday morning at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Local celebrities also participated in the free 13th annual Children's Holiday Concert, compliments of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner and the Steinbrenner family. In addition to the free concert, the children also received gifts from Santa and his helpers, which included members of local police, fire and sheriff's departments. Here, Shelby Bates, 10, a fifth-grader at Bauder Elementary School, gets a big hug from Santa, William J. Coryell, as she arrives at the concert.
North Pinellas County news
Casino boat could dock in Tarpon
The businessman behind a hotel proposal wants to dock a gambling ship with a restaurant behind Louis Pappas Riverside Restaurant.

Neighbors get preview of plans for new mall
The developer envisions an open-air, 800,000-square-foot center featuring some retailers new to the bay area at the site of Clearwater Mall.

Death stuns woman's family
"I just don't know why anybody would want to do this to her," the victim's sister says.

Designer of boats, including pram, dies
CLEARWATER -- Clark W. "Clarkie" Mills, designer of the Optimist pram, a tiny boat that has given joy to kid sailors around the world, has died at 86.

Power line on car keeps rescuers at bay
Emergency workers are forced to stand by for more than half an hour waiting for a Florida Power crew to arrive. By then it was too late.

Police chief refocuses department priorities
In reactivating the community relations and services unit, attention is directed toward helping the mentally ill and protecting seniors.

Decisive action needed for beach development
The Clearwater City Commission appears in danger of losing its sense of direction on the issue of redeveloping Clearwater Beach, and all because of parking.

Young fundraisers should work, not beg, for money
I was recently stopped on my way into the grocery store by two girls, who gave bright smiles and said very quickly:

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Defense projects in line for boosts
  • Meals on Wheels will keep on rolling
  • Hinesley is now a topic statewide
  • Flailing museum turns to classes
  • Chief apologizes for 'orangutan' remark
  • Judge's house deal probed
  • Crime takes a bite out of dog
  • Neighbors fear marina makeover
  • Year-end show has sun, moon and meteors in cosmic cast
  • Man gets $165,000 in tobacco lawsuit
  • Third Plant City officer is charged in wrongdoing

  • South Pinellas headlines
  • Author: Cheat on the job, not the kids
  • Police have suspect in string of burglaries
  • Plot to rob armored truck is a flop

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Judge to break the color barrier
  • Chatterbox's decades-long run nears end
  • Fire destroys home, holiday gifts
  • Seven more face cocaine charges
  • Man faces fraud, theft charges

  • News of Florida
  • Budget cuts pass the buck to local schools
  • Gore in Florida for fundraiser on anniversary of concession
  • Around the state
  • Two Democrats could vie for attorney general bid
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