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Deputies seek witnesses to fatal hit and run

Deputies were searching for a motorist who struck and killed a bicyclist early Thursday on the Corey Causeway. Brian Bluhm, 25, of 6560 10th Ter. S in South Pasadena died while being flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center after he was hit by a vehicle near the drawbridge at 12:39 a.m., said Sgt. Greg Tita, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Department spokesman. Bluhm was riding his bicycle east in the outside lane of the bridge when he was struck, Tita said. Deputies are searching for a blue car, possibly a Camaro, Firebird or Trans Am, Tita said. The car has a "Challenger" license tag, he said. Tita said the car probably has a damaged front end or windshield. Anyone with information about the accident or car should call the Sheriff's Office at 587-6200.USF still interviewing

for a St. Petersburg dean

ST. PETERSBURG _ The search for a new campus dean for the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida (USF) has been broadened after the recent withdrawal of one of three finalists, said USF spokeswoman Deborah Kurelik. In April, university officials had pared the list to three: James W. Carey of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Shirley J. Paolini of Barry University in Miami Shores and Anthony T. Bryan of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. But Carey recently withdrew from the running. Now, university officials are conducting personal interviews with at least two other applicants for the post. In town this week for interviews is William W. Eidson, the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University in New Orleans, now on educational leave. Philip M. Allen, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Frostburg State University in Maryland, will be coming for interviews June 17 and 18, Kurelik said.

Pinellas Park utilities

to stop Saturday hours

PINELLAS PARK _ The city of Pinellas Park will discontinue Saturday utility billing customer service hours at Pinellas Park Library beginning Saturday. The utility billing office at City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N, will extend its customer service hours to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday beginning next week.

Gibbs' newest grads

From left, Rosemary deFreitas, Catherine Protomaster, Lori Koble and Samantha Abeln celebrate their graduation from Gibbs High School Thursday. More graduation coverage, Section B.