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December 20, 2001
An escalating need
[Times photo: Jennifer Davis]
The downturn in the economy has forced many more families to seek help this holiday season.

Tampa: A bigger need for holiday giving
The Salvation Army is serving record numbers of families this holiday season and their supplies of food and toys are low.

Mary Jo Melone
With mayor's weak choice, city's racial rift widens
Mack Vines was not brought down by a poorly chosen word.

Top stories
Dismissal sparks wave of criticism
There's support in certain corners, but the most vocal reaction to Mayor Rick Baker's decision to fire police Chief Mack Vines takes an angry tone.

New chief asks: Just give me a chance
On his first full day in his new job, St. Petersburg police Chief Chuck Harmon tries to reassure a divided city.

USF will fire Al-Arian
USF's president ties the firing to breach of contract and insubordination, not academic freedom.

Freedom sought for Al-Najjar
WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for Mazen Al-Najjar on Wednesday challenged the Immigration and Naturalization Service's authority to label him a national security threat and keep him in jail pending the outcome of his deportation case.

Details of judge's misadventures are revealed
Police say Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Charles Cope tried to kiss and touch a woman in California, leading to a misdemeanor battery charge.

NRC has pills for nuclear neighbors
The agency wants to give irradiation tablets to people near nuclear plants, including Crystal River's.

If you're flying, leave the fancy wrapping for when you get there
Some of the ho ho is a no-no this season as security overshadows the merry bustle as off to grandmother's house we go.

Report clears Sabrina detectives
A special prosecutor says the lead investigators and their superiors botched the investigation, but were not criminally negligent.

Tampa Bay briefs
Commissioner hospitalized with chest pains

Schiavo meeting proves fruitless
A meeting between attorneys in the case yields no progress.

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

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • SPC plans to build training complex
  • Students learn the ABCs of saying 'I do'
  • Scientologists buy high-rise in Clearwater
  • Library architect to receive $1.6-million
  • Truck, car crash kills Pinellas Park woman
  • County denies new zoning for businesses
  • Expert: Horses, wetlands don't mix
  • Tarpon Springs would benefit from dog park
  • Other than a few quibbles, Largo satisfied with police
  • Neighbor denied restraining order
  • Pinellas competitors mastering marathon

  • 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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