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QUALIFTY OF LIFE INDEX // Our times as told by statistics

Decrease, in percent, in sales at shoe repair shops in Hillsborough County, 1994 to 1995: -26

Increase, in percent, in sales of new shoes in Hillsborough, same year: +16

Tuberculosis cases in Hillsborough County, 1994: 113

Tuberculosis cases in Hillsborough County, 1995: 96

Decrease, in percent, in the number of passengers on domestic flights passing through Tampa International Airport, 1994 to 1995: -5.8

Increase, in percent, in the number of passengers on international flights going through TIA the same year: +3.5

Increase, in percent, in the number of military operations using Tampa International, 1994 to 1995: +37.8

Tons of telephone books recycled in Tampa last year: 240

Pairs of boxer shorts stolen from Hillsborough State Attorney Harry Lee Coe's car in early February: 20

Rank of Bern's Steak House on the Wine Spectator's list of the top 10 steakhouses in the United States that also offer excellent wine selections: 1

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON with contributions from BARBARA HIJEK.

Quality of life sources

OLD SHOES VS. NEW SHOES: Florida Department of Revenue, consolidated tax receipt data for 1994 and 1995. Shoe repair shops saw their gross sales drop from $2.68-million in 1994 to $1.97-million in 1995. By comparison, shoe stores had sales of $39.2-million in 1994 and $45.4-million in 1995.

TB CASES: "The Florida AIDS, STD and TB Monthly Surveillance Report," February 1996, published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, State Health Office, Office of Disease Intervention.

TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Monthly Activity Report for Tampa International Airport, December 1995. From 1994 to 1995, the number of domestic passengers dropped from 11.4-million to 10.8-million. The number of international passengers rose from 602,965 to 623,738. That same year, the number of military operations rose from 1,531 to 2,109.

TELEPHONE BOOK RECYCLING: City of Tampa Recommended Annual Budget for the year ending Sept. 30, 1996.

HARRY LEE COE'S BOXER SHORTS: Mary Jo Melone column of March 19.

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