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June 14, 1940: Hairstyling injury leads to lawsuit for $3,000

Mrs. Ida M. Shearer, plaintiff in a suit for $3,000 damages against Webb's Cut Rate Drug Company, testified in circuit court this morning that she suffered severe head burns while receiving a permanent wave at Webb's Beauty Shop.

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The permanent wave machine from which the alleged injuries were received was brought to the courthouse for examination by a jury. The trial is continuing.

June 1, 1943

Pilots ordered not to fly low

CLEARWATER — Acting in response to formal complaints filed by Mayor George R. Seavy, commanding officers of Army Air Force units in Tampa informed Clearwater's city administration last night that orders had been issued to all pilots forbidding low flying and stunting over this community and Clearwater Beach.

The mayor filed his protest after bathers and beach residents were badly frightened a week ago by a squadron of Army pursuit planes that zoomed low over the resort after dropping out of the skies in a mass power drive.

It marked the second time within a year that high-ranking Army officers have been compelled to crack down on the exuberant youngsters who fly the Army's fastest planes.

June 17, 1943

Clearwater may protest planes

CLEARWATER — Aroused by the midair collision of two Army pursuit planes on the outskirts of Dunedin yesterday morning with the loss of the lives of two pilots, city officials last night pondered renewing their protests to War Department executives concerning low flying over the metropolitan Clearwater area.

The two Army pilots met instant death when their planes crashed together during a six-plane combat maneuver. Less than half an hour before the tragedy, witnesses said the planes were observed stunting over Clearwater's downtown section.

The collision yesterday was the second of its kind in a little more than a year.

Early last July, two pursuit ships tangled high above this city, killing both pilots and showering the business and residential sections with parts of motors, propellers and planes. A section of one motor struck a corner of a cafe near the mainland approach to Memorial Causeway.

City officials said last night that they realized Army pursuit plane pilots stationed in the Tampa Bay section are here for combat flight training. But they believed such flying could be conducted over the gulf and bay waters not only as a safety factor for the pilots, but to avoid the possibility of killing or injuring civilians.

June 14, 1943

Soldier killed in traffic accident

CLEARWATER — Civil and military authorities this morning were conducting a joint investigation of the death of a young Army signal corps soldier who was fatally injured before 10 o'clock last night when he was struck by a taxicab while walking along Clearwater-Largo highway.

According to Magistrate R.L. Baker, who directed the civilian inquiry at the scene, the victim, accompanied by a fellow soldier, was walking north toward Clearwater with the taxicab proceeding south.

The driver of the cab told officers he was driving at a moderate rate of speed because of the dim-out.

As the car approached the two soldiers, the accident victim, apparently confused, jumped directly in front of the machine. He was hurled backward, his head striking the concrete pavement with a terrific force.

He was rushed to the hospital in an Army ambulance and died a few minutes after reaching the operating room.

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