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 Tampa Bay: December 20, 2000
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Laura Youmans carries a doll and is followed by Johnathan Synhorst and Vanessa Rushing as they part the sea of parents Wednesday to make their entrance during the First United Methodist Church preschool Christmas play.
South Pinellas County news
Pinellas Park mourns firefighter
He is remembered for the lives he saved working for departments in Florida and most recently, North Carolina.

Turmoil pursuing building of new City Hall
The latest upset is the resignation of an architect assigned to help protect the city's interests.

$85,000 approved for park upgrades
Freedom Lake Park gets the lion's share for a pedestrian bridge, a walking trail around the lake, shelters and tables.

Who decides which one is the thief?
Re: Two kinds of homeless people, Dec. 13.

Five injured in brawl at sports bar
Police say a tussle from one bar moved to another and exploded during Monday Night Football.

A city divided delays its City Hall
St. Pete Beach deals with the architect resigning, state inquiries and frustrated builders.

Neighborhoods atop candidate's list
ST. PETERSBURG -- Abdul Karim Ali has decided to try again for the seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.

Old hotel to reopen as, er, ah, new hotel
The Pennsylvania Hotel, built in 1925, is undergoing a $2-million renovation and will re-open next summer as a specialty inn.

Restaurant to boost shrimpy parking
The owner of the Fourth Street Shrimp Store has bought two neighboring buildings to raze them and add 19 parking spaces.

2 diners open at BayWalk
Two restaurants have opened this week at BayWalk Shopping Center.

City recreation fees spur discussion
Many residents of unincorporated areas use cities' recreation facilities. But they do so at a cost.

A global spin
Through dances and essays, 136 foreign-born students share the ways they celebrate -- or exercise moderation in -- the winter season.

Holiday closings
Christmas schedule

Peers, parents point out district's terrific teachers
In-class judging for Teacher of the Year is next month and the winner is to be announced in mid-February.

Grant lets poor come in from cold
The $15,000 from the city will allow the hungry to be fed inside, rather than at outdoor sites.

Dann blazed local trails in business, political life
He died in 1933 at age 44, but Herman A. Dann already had earned respect as a hard worker and confident politician.

Focus on volunteers
Volunteers are needed for St. Petersburg's First Night Celebration downtown Dec. 31. Helpers are needed to check and sell buttons at venues, distribute information and assist with activities. For information, call the Volunteer Action Center at 550-4045.

34th St. boosters complain of loss
The area's community police officer for about four years was transferred. Some think politics played a role.

Citizen cops issue $382,000 in tickets
Most of the citations, worth $356,556, went to motorists who parked in zones reserved for handicapped drivers.

Fire damages vacant home; electrical problem blamed
ST. PETERSBURG -- A vacant Granada Terrace house scheduled for a buyer's closing in a few days was damaged by an early morning fire Tuesday that brought about 25 firefighters to the scene.

A grand place for worship
Congregation B'nai Israel unveils a multimillion-dollar home at 300 58th St. N.

Championships complete league's fall season
St. Petersburg's 20-year-old city tennis league wrapped up its fall session of men's and women's singles and doubles this month.

CGA players take different course to victory
Players who need the fewest putts usually win.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Traveling for holidays: start early
  • Santa breaks rule, makes deal
  • Scientologist to buy downtown Largo site
  • District tightens water limits
  • Man gets life sentence in stabbing
  • Mercy runs out for drunken driver
  • Tampa Bay briefs
  • Possible elections violations spur inquiry
  • Courthouse scandal judge merely laments news leak
  • Detective testifies in Aisenberg case

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Swimmer is back with a vengeance
  • Apartment complex sued over woman's 1999 slaying
  • With doubts, city okays $100,000 more for expert
  • Sword-wielding man charged in threat
  • Phillies to get new stadium, new deal
  • Hospital wins approval to build up and not out
  • Pick up or pay up, Tarpon Springs tells pet owners
  • No deal for three to retire early
  • Fire kills handyman in Largo
  • Largo police chief search shifts gears
  • Manufactured artwork inspires showroom
  • Linebaugh extension into Pinellas should help
  • 'New' water poses a new problem
  • HUD grant aids independent elderly
  • Clearwater digest
  • Headlines through the years
  • Durica helps revive classic Ensign fleet
  • In sickness and in health
  • Seminole digest

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Size of health care reserve eyed
  • Business briefs

  • News of Florida
  • TaxWatch polishes image as government watchdog
  • Democrats may lose agriculture post
  • Offical begins effort to oust 'liberal' justices
  • Around the state
  • News organizations continue ballot review, Gore gains votes
  • Business group urges civil service overhaul
  • Repayment drives expected HUD head

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