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Store safety standards examined

ST. PETERSBURG _ City Council member Dean Staples says he will ask the Police Department to recommend whether the council should take action to protect convenience store workers from robbers. Staples said he wants to prevent incidents such as those in Hillsborough County, where four convenience store clerks have been killed in two and a half years. "Robberies are increasing," Staples said Monday. "We need to take some initiative in that area (of security). I don't see the businesses doing it. Hopefully we can do somethingbefore we have any casualties."Thieves take short joy rides

BRANDON _ Phillip Poor looked into the parking lot of the Best Western motel Sunday and saw pavement where a $200,000 race van had been earlier. The van, which carried a sprint race car and engines, belongs to Stoops Racing Team of Anderson, Ind., said Hillsborough sheriff's Lt. Craig Latimer. Authorities later found the van nearby at Interstate 4 and U.S. 301, Latimer said. All that was lost was a pool cue and camera, said Poor, chief mechanic for the racing team. Thieves also stole three other vehicles from various locations, including a 1984 Chevrolet van that was driven 30 feet across a parking lot, sheriff's officials said. All the vehicles were recovered.

Minority recruitment plan considered

TAMPA _ A panel will propose to the Hillsborough County School Board tonight that it spend $80,000 next school year recruiting minority teachers and administrators, an effort that would include hiring a full-time recruiter. A 1971 court order calls for blacks to make up 21 percent of the faculty. Last school year, about 14.7 percent of county teachers were black, the panel said. The group also recommended developing partnerships with businesses to provide financial perks, such as moving expenses, guaranteed summer employment and free passes to local tourist attractions to new minority teachers.

Drinkers might be warned

TAMPA _ Signs warning of the harmful effects of drinking will be required in all places selling alcohol if the Hillsborough County Commission approves a proposed ordinance Wednesday. The commission voted unanimously in September to have the ordinance drawn up. Supporters say the signs help increase public awareness, but some people in the restaurant and alcoholic beverage industries say the signs won't do any good. "It might put in their mind a little bit of caution," said Don Krause of Stingers nightclub. "Maybe they won't have the 20th one." Citrus County adopted the sign requirement last year.

Hillsborough drinkers might be warned

TAMPA _ Signs warning of the harmful effects of drinking could be required in all places selling alcohol if the Hillsborough County Commission approves a proposed ordinance Wednesday. The commission voted unanimously in September to have the ordinance drawn up. Supporters say the signs help increase public awareness, but some people in the restaurant and alcoholic beverage industries say the signs won't do any good. "It might put in their mind a little bit of caution," said Don Krause of Stingers nightclub. "Maybe they won't have the 20th one." Lake and Citrus counties have adopted sign requirements.

Third woman sentenced in attack

INVERNESS _ Della Cuellar received a 30-month prison sentence Monday for her role in the beating of Frank DeFranco Jr., who was hit by a truck as he ran away from Cuellar and two other women. He died a short time later. Cuellar, 22, and the other women were charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Another woman in the case, Delores Giglio of Citrus County, received two years of probation and a teen-age girl was sentenced to an indefinite term in a juvenile training center, followed by community control. A dramatization of the crime appeared Thursday on the television show Hard Copy.

_ Compiled by JAY PITTS from staff reports

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