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Auto club program fights vehicle thefts

Beginning today, AAA Auto Club South will help area law enforcement agencies promote the Combat Auto Theft program and kick off Auto Theft Prevention Month. The organization will unite with Pinellas and Hillsborough law enforcement agencies for the first time in an effort to register new program members. In the CAT program, motorists register their vehicles with local law enforcement agencies, then attach special stickers to the left side of rear windows. If a car registered in the program is seen on the road between 1 and 5 a.m., which are prime auto theft hours, law enforcement officials can stop the vehicle and question its occupants.

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STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM PLANT SHUTDOWN. Students at several Pinellas County schools are benefiting from the scheduled shutdown of a Largo plant that makes nuclear weapons components. "It's kind of like the verse in the Bible about turning swords into plowshares," said Jim Ford, science department chairman at Clearwater High School. Clearwater High is receiving 45 personal computers and printers from the Department of Energy-Martin Marietta Specialty Components plant in Largo. A federal program is allowing the plant to give the schools personal computers and printers it no longer needs because of cutbacks at the plant, which is scheduled to close later this year. Pinellas Park, Countryside and Osceola high schools and the Pinellas Technical Education Center also will share the bounty.

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