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Links from the Times for March 6: New Tampa IKEA opening May 6




In the past eight years, three men have died after smashing into the barrier wall of Interstate 375, an elevated 1.2-mile route that veers off the freeway and snakes toward downtown St. Petersburg. | Read: Exit ramp decried as unsafe

New Ikea will open May 6
Mark your calendar. The much-anticipated Ikea store under construction in Tampa will open at 9 a.m. May 6, a bit earlier than expected. The store, a 353,000-square-foot complex near Ybor City, will be the largest Ikea in Florida. | Need work? Ikea is hiring 

Water restrictions get tougher
An Oldsmar woman was arrested, fingerprinted and photographed on Monday at Pinellas County Jail. Her crime? Watering the lawn on the wrong day. She says her water sprinkler malfunctioned, and she got a violation notice -- with a summons line she did not read. When she failed to show up, a warrant was issued. | Water/Don't water: Check restrictions where you live

Another gas voucher company looks to step in
As investigators continue their review of a Pinellas County company's free gas card program, another firm is looking to take its place — one run by a man with his own history of financial schemes, tax troubles and complaints. Troy Warren, 49, of Mesa, Ariz., and his BBZ Resource Management company have been flooding e-mail boxes in Florida and elsewhere with offers for a gas and grocery program much like that of the Largo-Clearwater based Tidewater Marketing Global Consultants. | Backstory: Previous coverage of Tidewater Marketing

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