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Mowers and weeders can win fame and glory

ST. PETERSBURG - Suburbanites, take heart. Here's a chance to mow and weed your way to fame and glory. Just show up at Vinoy Park on Sunday at 9 a.m., where the American Landscape Maintenance Association is sponsoring a lawn-mowing competition and exhibition. Contestants will run an obstacle course three times with a big mower, a weed eater and a backpack blower. The best time wins a 5-foot trophy. The competition and exhibition are free and open to the public. Low-income families may have money coming Low-income families who may be eligible for a refund from the federal

government can call a toll-free number to determine eligibility. Many of the families don't file income tax returns because they owe no tax, yet they could qualify for a check of up to $910 by filing a return.

The effort to encourage people to file returns and claim their refunds is being coordinated by a non-profit group based in Washington, D.C., called the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. To determine eligibility for the program, call 1-800-424-1040.

Treasure Island workers ratify first union contract TREASURE ISLAND - Treasure Island's clerical and blue-collar employees this week ratified their first union contract by a 35-25 vote. The employees voted last March to be represented by the Communication Workers of America and began negotiations in July. The three-year contract provides for, among other things, a 4 percent annual raise and one-time bonuses for ratifying the contract.