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Amphitheater plan advances

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HILLSBOROUGH

PLANT CITY _ A proposed $13-million amphitheater for outdoor pop music concerts has cleared another hurdle. The Plant City Commission on Monday night approved a measure that allows the project to reach the design and rezoning stages. The 4-1 vote came after some neighbors of the site expressed concern about noise and traffic. The amphitheater would be built on 113 acres across from Cincinnati Reds Stadium at Park and Coronet roads. It would have permanent seating for 7,000 people and could accommodate up to 20,000 for major concerts, said James H. Shimberg Jr., an attorney working on the project.

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TAMPA _ The Tampa Museum of Art will start charging admission to the gallery beginning March 3 to help the museum get through some tough economic times, gallery officials said. On March 3, admission prices will be $3.50 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $2.50 for students and $2 for children ages 6 to 18. Children under 6 will be admitted free.

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A hero of humble beginnings

ST. PETERSBURG _ Sheena, the dog who helped her owner fight off two would-be robbers last year, is making history. The 4-year-old mixed breed dog was named one of two top winners of the 1991 Dog Hero of the Year award Monday at the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. Officials of the Ken-L Ration dog food company, which sponsors the event, say this was the first time in the show's 38-year history that there was a tie for first place. John Rayner, Sheena's owner, said his dogs are "like my kids. It's like Sheena made the honor roll." The other winner _ Willy, a 9-year-old weimaraner from Los Alamos, N.M. _ saved his owner's life by alerting her to a deadly carbon monoxide leak from her furnace. Rayner said Sheena winning made him look back on the dog's humble beginnings. Rayner found Sheena in his front yard two years ago _ unconscious and badly wounded. He nursed the dog back to health. She, in return, protected him when two men tried to rob him in a supermarket parking lot six months ago. The two have been close friends ever since.

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