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December 20, 2001

Tampa Bay: December 20, 2001
Scientologists buy high-rise in Clearwater
[Times photo: Boyzell Hosey]
The church pays $5-million for the 13-story downtown property, which the church tried and failed to purchase years ago.
North Pinellas County news
SPC plans to build training complex
St. Petersburg College administrative offices and some county offices will move to the center in the middle of the county.

Students learn the ABCs of saying 'I do'
An East Lake High School class plan and participate in a mock wedding. They learn how complicated -- and expensive -- getting married can be.

Library architect to receive $1.6-million
"This is the most expensive project we have ever undertaken in Largo," a commissioner notes. After debate, the fee is unanimously approved.

Truck, car crash kills Pinellas Park woman
The 89-year-old driver dies after her car collides with a rental truck.

County denies new zoning for businesses
Neighbors show up to oppose two Ulmerton Road businesses that already were operating, in violation of county zoning regulations.

Expert: Horses, wetlands don't mix
A county environmental expert tells Oldsmar that horse trails in a wilderness preserve are a bad idea.

Tarpon Springs would benefit from dog park
Re: Dog park in Tarpon Springs should not get public money, letter, Dec. 14.

Other than a few quibbles, Largo satisfied with police
Considering the serious problems that plagued the Largo Police Department in recent years, first-year police Chief Lester Aradi must have been buoyed by the results of a recent citizen survey.

Neighbor denied restraining order
CLEARWATER -- A Largo woman embroiled in a nine-month feud with her neighbor over squawking cockatiels was denied a restraining order Wednesday that sought to displace the bird's owner.

Pinellas competitors mastering marathon
Another Pinellas masters runner has won a marathon this month.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Details of judge's misadventures are revealed
  • An escalating need
  • New chief asks: Just give me a chance
  • NRC has pills for nuclear neighbors
  • A bigger need for holiday giving
  • If you're flying, leave the fancy wrapping for when you get there
  • Freedom sought for Al-Najjar
  • USF will fire Al-Arian
  • Dismissal sparks wave of criticism
  • Report clears Sabrina detectives
  • Tampa Bay briefs
  • Schiavo meeting proves fruitless

  • South Pinellas headlines
  • Times accused of age bias in lawsuit
  • Woman who knew Buffalo Bill dies

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Twice in danger and twice lucky
  • Debt is foundation of roads plan
  • Westchase gets nod for library
  • Mailed powder joke leads to sender's arrest

  • News of Florida
  • Campaign money machine restarts -- on high
  • Tax break for private health clubs proposed
  • State auditors advise: Abolish commission
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