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By Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 23, 2000

9:45 p.m. Tuesday Florida Supreme Court votes 9-0 to order acceptance of hand-counted ballots, but sets deadline of 5 p.m. Sunday for final vote tallies to be completed. Gore camp exults; Bush camp protests vehemently.

4:30 a.m. Wednesday Vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney suffers chest and shoulder pain. He enters the hospital under his own power in Washington.

8:30 a.m. Doctors begin two-hour procedure to place a "stent" to force open an artery in Cheney's heart that was 95 percent closed.

9 a.m. Miami-Dade County canvassing board votes to an accelerated hand count of disputed ballots only. Republicans protest vehemently.

10 a.m. Palm Beach officials testify in challenge to the county's plan to count "dimpled" ballots. Judge promises ruling later in day.

12:15 p.m. Bush says Cheney did not suffer heart attack; charges Florida Supreme Court with "over-reaching" in key Tuesday ruling.

1 p.m. Miami-Dade canvassing board abandons recount, saying the Sunday deadline leaves inadequate time for proper count; Gore team protests, saying that could cost many votes, including 157 Gore votes already identified in Tuesday hand counting.

2:30 p.m. Doctors at George Washington Hospital reveal Cheney's surgery publicly for the first time, but downplay the severity of his condition. They do not call this event a "heart attack." Doctor predicts Cheney will return to a normal schedule within days.

2:45 p.m. Bush authorizes appeal of the Florida Supreme Court ruling to U.S. Supreme Court, charging the Florida justices usurped legislative responsibilities when they ordered Secretary of State Katherine Harris to consider the hand-count votes.

3 p.m. Bush attorneys file lawsuit in Leon County asking reinstatement of hundreds of rejected military ballots.

4:33 p.m. A judge in Palm Beach County rules the canvassing board may consider "dimpled" ballots.

4:58 p.m. Hospital officials say Cheney's tests had revealed a minor heart attack -- his fourth. It was his first since undergoing 1988 bypass surgery. Doctors reveal tests showing Cheney's heart strength is 40 percent (normal is 65 percent).

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