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Officers fired in stealing of tires

TAMPA _ Two Tampa Police officers have been fired for stealing batteries and tires from the city garage, authorities said Thursday. An internal affairs investigation also showed that the two traffic accident investigators, Glen Holton, 35, and Jimmy Caplinger, 37, were steering towing business to two Tampa companies in return for gifts. The investigation showed that in return for giving Olivieri's Body Shop and Mitchell's Wrecker Service extra business, the two officers received, among other things, used cars, engines, radios and, in one case, a paint job for one of the officer's boats. Neither Holton nor Caplinger could be reached Thursday to comment on whether they would appeal their dismissals to the Civil Service Board. The decision to fire the officers was made Wednesday by Chief A.C. McLane and announced Thursday.Cuban exiles to demonstrate

TAMPA _ Tampa's Cuban exiles will hold a demonstration Saturday in Ybor City to support Cuba's political prisoners and to demand democracy on the island. Sponsored by the World Federation of Former Cuban Political Prisoners, the rally will begin at 1 p.m. at Marti Park. Cuban poet and former political prisoner Angel Quadra will address the group. The event will coincide with similar rallies around the world. "It's a coordinated human chain effort to show solidarity with people in Cuba," said Elio Muller, a Tampa lawyer.

McCartney mania

Robert Spencer waits to buy tickets for the April 12 Paul McCartney concert at Tampa Stadium. Spencer, 19, got in line at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. He is seventh in line. Ticket sales begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Spencer has a television, videocassette recorder, food and drink as well as Beatles music.