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December 20, 2000

Santa breaks rule, makes deal
[Times photo: Andrea Bruce Woodall]
After years of trying, a Clearwater High School senior is allowed to dress as the jolly old elf for a morning.
Howard Troxler
Elections scandal no stranger to Tampa Bay
Pound for pound, the 2000 election mess was nothing compared to the granddaddy of voting-related investigations, the Shoup Voting Machine Scandal, a probe of national scope focused on Tampa in the early 1970s.

Top stories
Traveling for holidays: start early
By land, air or rail, holiday travelers must expect delays and be prepared for inconveniences.

Scientologist to buy downtown Largo site
A church building would be converted into a Scientology mission with classes and a bookstore.

District tightens water limits
Forced to act by exceptional drought conditions, Swiftmud cuts by 75 percent the limits imposed last fall.

Man gets life sentence in stabbing
The judge had no choice for leniency in the case because of the defendant's past record.

Mercy runs out for drunken driver
A mother who once urged leniency for the driver who killed her son helps send the woman away after probation violations.

Tampa Bay briefs
City to build Phillies plush stadium

Possible elections violations spur inquiry
TAMPA -- The Hillsborough State Attorney's Office will investigate possible election law violations detailed in a Monday St. Petersburg Times story about political activists who helped voters fill out their absentee ballots.

Courthouse scandal judge merely laments news leak
TAMPA -- The likely suspects sat before Pinellas-Pasco Chief Judge Susan Schaeffer:

Detective testifies in Aisenberg case
Linda Sue Burton says she has suspected Sabrina's parents from the start.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Pinellas Park mourns firefighter
  • Turmoil pursuing building of new City Hall
  • $85,000 approved for park upgrades
  • Who decides which one is the thief?
  • Five injured in brawl at sports bar
  • A city divided delays its City Hall
  • Neighborhoods atop candidate's list
  • Old hotel to reopen as, er, ah, new hotel
  • Restaurant to boost shrimpy parking
  • 2 diners open at BayWalk
  • City recreation fees spur discussion
  • A global spin
  • Holiday closings
  • Peers, parents point out district's terrific teachers
  • Grant lets poor come in from cold
  • Dann blazed local trails in business, political life
  • Focus on volunteers
  • 34th St. boosters complain of loss
  • Citizen cops issue $382,000 in tickets
  • Fire damages vacant home; electrical problem blamed
  • A grand place for worship
  • Championships complete league's fall season
  • CGA players take different course to victory

  • 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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