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Week in review

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 24, 2000


A look back at the week’s top stories

SUSPECT HELD: Kenneth A. DiFranco, 44, of Dunnellon, also known as Kenneth Perez and sometimes "Animal DiFranco," was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Court records also show that DiFranco is considered a suspect in a Sept. 30 shooting at the Happi Tyme Bar off County Road 495 just north of Crystal River.

GIRL VISITS MANATEES: Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, Colleen McCoy, 12, of Medford, Ore., visited Crystal River and swam with manatees. The foundation grants the wishes of children who face life-threatening illnesses. Colleen has an autoimmune illness known as Goodpasture Syndrome, a disease that attacks the kidneys and lungs. After receiving a kidney three years ago from her mother, Karen, Colleen's doctors say the disease is now in remission and not likely to return.

INVERNESS MIDDLE CONTROVERSY: School Board member Carol Snyder and some citizens complained when the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club at Inverness Middle School met during school hours and ministers aggressively delivered their message to students.

SCHOOLS IDENTIFY POSSIBLE FINANCE CHIEF: School Superintendent David Hickey is expected to recommend that Sam Hurst, the school finance director in Madison County in north Florida, take over the same position in Citrus.

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