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Wednesday, December 19, 2001
MIDDAY UPDATE
Economic indicators could signal end of downturn
A key gauge of U.S. economic activity rose for the second consecutive month in November, suggesting that the worst of the economic downturn is over, a private research firm said today.
Other Midday Update headlines
• Captured fighters make escape attempt in Pakistan

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Mayor Rick Baker says police Chief Mack Vines' description of a black man's actions reopened divisions in St. Petersburg. Story
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Mayor Rick Baker, left, announces his decision Tuesday at City Hall to remove police Chief Mack Vines and replace him with Chuck Harmon, standing behind the mayor.
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Coverage:
New police chief faces skeptics
City split on Vines decision
The Vines Chapter
Comment:
Howard Troxler: The trouble with Vines went beyond his remark
Adam C. Smith: Baker's no-win action is decisive, politically astute

HOT POLL: Did St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker make the right decision in firing police Chief Mack Vines?
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Updates from the wire:
Audio update
  • Bush Challenges Allies to Defend Turkey
  • Iraq Approves U-2 Surveillance Flights
  • NASA IDs Debris As Part of Left Wing
  • Ill. Islamic Charity Leader Pleads Guilty
  • Energy Costs Soar With Cold, Iraq Threat
  • Dow Closes Up 56, Nasdaq Gains 14
  • Penguins Trade Kovalev Back to Rangers

  • Marines set up Afghan prison
    The first 15 detainees arrive at Kandahar airport, where they will be interrogated by the FBI. Story
    WORLD&NATION
    Discord over health insurance for jobless holds up deal on economic stimulus package
    WASHINGTON -- Discord over how to deliver health insurance coverage to the unemployed has led to an impasse between Republicans and Democrats on an economic stimulus bill. House GOP leaders promised a new package of their own unless an 11th-hour deal is struck. Story
    Florida couple slain on Cuban highway
    The Hialeah Gardens couple are found dead on the side of the road with their daughter, grandson and a friend. Story

    WORLD&NATION
  • Florida couple slain on Cuban highway
  • Marines set up Afghan prison
  • Discord over health insurance for jobless holds up deal on economic stimulus package

  • TAMPA BAY
  • A title made in sand
  • USF trustees to hear report on Al-Arian
  • New police chief faces skeptics
  • Beer here? Perhaps not in bottles
  • Angry residents play a role in capturing carjack suspect
  • Baker fires Vines for rousing distrust

  • BUSINESS
  • Business digest
  • Retailers' holiday reduced to a sprint
  • Fallout of Enron's collapse
  • Ford settles class-action bias lawsuit
  • Housing market rebounds
  • Fallout of Enron's collapse

  • SPORTS
  • State contraction probe stopped
  • Too Good
  • Orlando says Hill done for season
  • The plan? Same as it ever was

  • STATE
  • New state yardstick to measure schools
  • Children need tests for harm from arsenic, scientists say

  • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT
  • Side show
  • DJ Ron Diaz pleads no contest in 2000 DUI case
  • Calendar
  • In the news
  • Britney's on a sugar high

  • PASCO
  • Standing on principle, voter convicted on law
  • Teacher describes her life in Bahrain

  • HERNANDO
  • Employee could be punished for tickets
  • Profanity earns McIntosh reprimand

  • CITRUS
  • Donors replace stolen presents
  • Inverness pipe break leaves threat of contaminated water

  • OPINION
    Editorial: Diamonds for terrorism
    Editorial: Mission of Mercy is deserving
    Editorial: Rebuilding trust
    Editorial: Israel deserves continuing aid from Washington
    Robert Trigaux: Consumers losing the brand-name/generic drug battle
    Howard Troxler: The trouble with Vines went beyond his remark
    Adam C. Smith: Baker's no-win action is decisive, politically astute
    Gary Shelton: The truth? Um, sure, it's all true. Every bit
    Ernest Hooper: Taking the measure of a judge, general and quilter

    TASTE
    good morning, Christmas   Keep it simple by doing most of the work in advance. Then enjoy the day, even as you serve family and friends a sweet and savory mid morning meal. Story

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    TAMPA BAY
    Beer here? Perhaps not in bottles
    Boorish fans in other cities prompt the sports authority to wonder if beer should be served in cups at Bucs games. Story
    Angry residents play a role in capturing carjack suspect
    Police say community outrage helped capture a suspect in the knifepoint carjacking that injured an 83-year-old grandmother. Story
    Britney's on a sugar high
    photo
    The world's most famous pop tart delivered a verbatim 90-minute set featuring all the busy choreography, countless costume changes and -- yep -- lip synching that seem to dazzle her fans.
    Review
    SPORTS
    Too Good
    Jeff Lacy's biggest problem as a professional is finding opponents brave enough to face him. Story
    State contraction probe stopped
    Because of antitrust exemption, Florida attorney general can't demand to see reports on Rays, Marlins. Story
    Bucs plan? Same as it ever was
    Coaches refuse to pin team's offensive woes on its predictable nature. Story
    STATE
    New state yardstick to measure schools
    The new grading system toughens standards for students and rewards schools for improving student scores. Story
    Children need tests for harm from arsenic, scientists say
    TALLAHASSEE -- A national panel of scientists says the government should test children to see if they have been exposed to dangerous levels of arsenic while playing on pressure-treated wooden playgrounds and decks. Story
    BUSINESS
    Retailers' holiday reduced to a sprint
    Businesses are counting on a last-minute rush of shoppers to save their season. Analysts' forecasts are divided. Story
    Fallout of Enron's collapse
    • FLORIDA FIRES FIRM: The state says Alliance Capital's decision to keep buying Enron shares contributed to a $306-million loss. Story
    • TEARFUL TESTIMONY: Former workers tell a Senate committee tales of losses. Story
    Housing market rebounds
    Housing starts jump 8.2 percent in November, the biggest percentage gain since January. Story



     
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