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December 21, 2000

Swinging into vacation
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
On his first day off from school for winter break, Justin Dacosta, 10, soars aloft in Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg
Mary Jo Melone
The other casualty in the tragedy of Sabrina
The other day an 18-wheeler passed me in downtown Tampa. One rear panel of the truck carried a picture of Sabrina Aisenberg and a message listing an 800 number for anyone who knows her whereabouts to call.

Top stories
USF expansion depends heavily on funds, letter warns senator
If state lawmakers provide the money, the University of South Florida will hire 32 new professors for its St. Petersburg campus, greatly increasing the number of degrees that can be offered there.

Spoiling the fun at Busch Gardens
A late rush to renew the popular Busch Gardens Fun Pass is causing headaches for the theme park phone operators.

Deputies' methods assailed in Aisenberg investigation
The defense says officers misrepresented findings to continue bugging the Aisenbergs.

Alzheimer's vaccine passes test
Scientists are encouraged by studies that show the vaccine works even in mice genetically engineered to get the disease.

Family dogs attack girl, 17
Four Rottweilers bite Tanya West more than 100 times. Her winter clothing may have saved her life.

Tampa Bay briefs
Postal worker gets 2 years in abduction and assault

Global audience can virtually relish Gasparilla
Ye Mystic Krewe teams up with a high-tech entrepreneur for a first.

33 compete for four Times scholarships
The 33 semifinalists will be pared to 10 to 12. Four winners will be announced in mid-March.

South Pinellas headlines
  • Mayoral hopeful plans fundraiser with Gov. Bush
  • One to run on incumbency
  • Candidate seeks slow pace
  • Man gets 2 years in assault on woman

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Charities benefit from leftover campaign cash
  • Signs near roundabout to see more changes
  • Marionette show on stage tonight
  • Tarpon Springs attracts new Walgreens
  • Oldsmar debates ethics, equines
  • Reaction mixed to plan for church
  • 'Crowbar Robber' on a roll
  • North Pinellas in brief
  • Drivers are trapped in traffic of their own making
  • Phillies to get new stadium, new deal
  • Clearwater notebook
  • Unable to reopen, nightclub sues
  • Holiday lights
  • Schedule keeps many on the run
  • House fire kills neighborhood handyman
  • Program puts pets, seniors together
  • Tarpon decides pet owners should pick up -- or pay up

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Panel delays rise in health care tax
  • The court bailiff merry-go-round
  • Holloway denies trying to sway fellow judge
  • Teen driver who killed mother may face felony
  • Congress approves housing grant
  • Bulletin board

  • News of Florida
  • Governor touts Brogan for U.S. education post
  • Retailers fired up over pricing of gas
  • Palm Beach ballots make trip home
  • Around the state
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