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Hillsborough bus drops off boy at wrong stop

TAMPA

Boy dropped off at wrong stop

A Hillsborough County school bus driver who dropped off a 6-year-old at the wrong W Hillsborough Avenue bus stop Friday is no longer driving buses for the district.

Pending an investigation, Belinda Carter, 51, may be allowed to drive again, said spokeswoman Linda Cobbe. Although Carter was not the regular bus driver for that route, letting kindergarteners off the bus without an adult present is against system rules.

The child, from Oak Grove Elementary School, is fine, Cobbe said. The child's parents, she said, were upset about the mistake.

CLEARWATER

Sinkhole jams beach traffic

A semitrailer truck got stuck in a sinkhole on a main route from the beach Monday, backing up traffic all the way to the Causeway Boulevard roundabout.

The trucker was going east on Chestnut Street near Myrtle Avenue when the semi's front wheel got lodged in the hole about 2 p.m.

The hole was caused by the collapse of an underground clay pipe, a Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.

TAMPA BAY AREA

Protests to mark war's 5th year

The Iraq war reaches a milestone Wednesday and local activists in the Tampa Bay region will mark the five-year anniversary with a mix of protest and tribute.

A handful of events are planned — from Brooksville to St. Petersburg — as part of a broader day of action where tens of thousands of demonstrators across the nation will demand an end to the war and for fellow Americans to honor the fallen soldiers.

Among them:

Brooksville: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., outside Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite's office, 20 N Main St. organized by 5yearsofwar.com.

Tampa: 4 to 6 p.m. outside Sen. Bill Nelson's office at the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse, 801 N Florida Ave., organized by 5yearsofwar.com. Candlelight vigil, 6 p.m., Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse, organized by MoveOn.org.

St. Petersburg: 5 p.m., outside Rep. C.W. Bill Young's office, 360 Central Ave., candlelight vigil organized by MoveOn.org.

Indian Rocks Beach: 6 p.m., 401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach, candlelight vigil organized by MoveOn.org.

Hillsborough bus drops off boy at wrong stop 03/17/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:56am]
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