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December 26, 2001

Tampa Bay: December 26, 2001
Driver hospitalized as truck hops curb, rams house
[Times photo: Fred Victorin]
Witnesses say the driver looked angry and appeared to keep accelerating just before crashing into the block house.
South Pinellas County news
Fired up for First Night
This is the ninth year for the alcohol-free celebration in downtown St. Petersburg. Organizers are expecting as many as 20,000 spectators.

Funds okayed to clean up waterways
Swiftmud gives a go-ahead for nearly $3.1-million in funding to improve the water quality of polluted Lake Seminole and the Cross Bayou Canal.

Welcome on board
A shuffleboard club with deep roots in the city's past hopes the boom downtown will bring newcomers.

A champion comes to Pinellas Park
Marta Renilla used to be afraid of horses. Now the 18-year-old Spaniard is a champion dressage rider and teaching others her craft at a local stable.

Pinellas Park council shuns county confab
The chief reason given for rejecting an invitation to smooth relationships between the cities, county and unincorporated areas: Largo's participation in the group.

Loyal listener finds a new frequency
I switched radio stations recently.

Kids' holiday feast takes wings
A Pinellas Park restaurant hosts about 200 underprivileged children, including a Tampa Housing Authority contingent.

Engineers to reinforce Skyway bridge piers
ST. PETERSBURG -- Engineers have come up with a way to solve the problem of corrosion on the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

Small-scale condos in works for downtown
The project, called Spanish Palms, would be two stories on top of a parking area.

Cafe, bakery will open in February on Central
ST. PETERSBURG -- A French cafe and bakery will open in the Central Avenue spot where the Tamarind Tree recently closed.

Chamber buying, selling, moving
The chamber almost doubles its space with its pending move into the vacant Florida Power building at 125 Fifth St. S.

Interior designer moves her showroom
Judy McAllister has moved her interior design and home retail business from Orlando to North Redington Beach. Creative Interiors is now located at the site of the former Patchington in Ermees Plaza, 16701 Gulf Blvd. McAllister decided to move her showroom from Central Florida after she purchased a home in Pinellas County.

Learning and living
The Dixie Hollins football player has endured four rounds of chemotherapy to fight Hodgkin's disease. Through the pain and nausea, a trusted teacher has helped him keep up with his schoolwork.

Street musician's tunes again echo downtown
Eddie Maultsby Jr. still loves to play and sing, but he says a tough financial situation is the real reason he decided to return.

New SPC center benefits teachers and students
SEMINOLE -- When St. Petersburg College students return to the Seminole campus Jan. 7, they might be pleasantly surprised to find the Technology Learning Center a lot roomier, particularly in the Information Commons area.

Avoid burnout: Have fun during the holidays
Mountain bikers, Pinellas Trail sport enthusiasts, USA Cycling racers, and triathletes always join together at this time of the season.

Tennis community loses legendary 'Pro' Luffler
Teaching professional William C. Lufler, known respectively and affectionately as "Pro," passed away Friday at the age of 92.

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