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Tom Bustin's ins and outs since 1975

Pictured here is Tom Bustin as he appeared in 1975 when Clearwater city commissioners hired the 39-year-old as the city's first full-time attorney and in a more recent photo taken while he served as Pasco County attorney until quitting under fire last week.

Bustin stayed in the Clearwater job for 9{ years. He was a major author of a city ordinance dealing with charitable solicitations, which grew out of hearings on Scientology. Just this month, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider Clearwater's appeal of a lower-court decision that gutted much of the ordinance enacted a decade ago.

Bustin moved from Clearwater to Gainesville where he was the Alachua County attorney until taking the Pasco job three years ago. Bustin had been taking heat recently from Pasco County commissioners. He told them last week he has "serious" health problems, but did not elaborate and could not be reached for comment.

Family seeks community aid

Here's a chance to help two sisters help a third one.

Jane Alger, who lived in Palm Harbor for 16 years with her husband, Ray, and family until moving to Binghamton, N.Y. two years ago, will be undergoing a kidney transplant.

Donating a kidney will be Jane's sister, Valerie Negri of Clearwater. A third sister, Elaine Zimmerman of Clearwater, will go to Syracuse to help take care of Jane and Valerie after the operation.

Health insurance policies don't pay for travel and related expenses, so relatives and friends are putting on a big rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Palm Harbor Church of Christ, 1000 16th St., where many of the family members belong.

The church is off Nebraska Avenue between U.S. 19 and Alt. 19. Watch for the signs.

Contributions for the Jane Alger fund may be sent to Church of Christ, 1000 16th St., Palm Harbor, FL 34683.

Teacher is a lesson in courage

Kathy Mullins' fifth-grade students at Largo Central Elementary School have been speculating about why their teacher has missed a few days of work and used a wheelchair several times this week, principal Lillie McGarrah said, but they didn't find out until Friday what's going on.

And they found out from Kathy herself, not a Hospice counselor invited by Mrs. McGarrah in case Kathy needed help.

Kathy told the children that she has cancer, but the doctors here aren't sure how to treat it. So she and her husband, Brian, are flying to Houston on Sunday and will meet with doctors at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

"She was so strong and beautiful," Mrs. McGarrah said of Kathy, 38, who has been at Largo Central for nine years. "She told them exactly what's happening. She is a real trouper."

Kathy's cancer was discovered in various parts of her body several months ago, and she has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. But doctors have been unable to determine where the cancer originated, her husband said, and therefore aren't sure of the most effective treatment. That's why they're going to Houston.

Instead of packing Thursday night, she was concerned about getting her report cards done, Brian said, "like there's nothing else to worry about."

Brian's parents are flying in from Mississippi today to stay with the children _ Erin, 10; Michael, 12; and Donald, 15. The family lives in Largo.

Kathy sings in the choir and has been a youth leader at Christ Presbyterian Church in Largo. Brian is the scout master for Boy Scout Troop 412 at the church and Kathy works with him. She also is involved with Girl Scouts and formerly was a Cub Scout den mother.

To help with expenses not covered by insurance, an account has been opened and contributions may be sent to:

Friends of Kathy Mullins

c/o Pinellas County Teachers Credit Union

P.O. Box 2650

Largo, FL 34649-2650

Lari White to sing

Country music star Lari White of Dunedin, as reported here Wednesday, will be singing the national anthem before Sunday's 4 p.m.Bucs-Vikings game. But she also will meet fans and sign autographs from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the Buc Bash in Parking Lot E just south of Tampa Stadium.

Other special guests at the free Bash will be former Buc Dave Reavis and former Viking Chuck Foreman.