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Police say teenager was shot and killed

An 18-year-old man was found dead on a north Tampa street corner early Tuesday, Tampa police said. The teen, whose name was not released pending notification of his parents, had been shot in the upper body and left to die in the 9200 block of N Connechusett Road, police said. He was found by a passer-by just after 4 a.m. At first, authorities thought he was a robbery victim. However, the teen was discovered with a gold medallion and cash so detectives are not certain of the motive. Detectives said the man was murdered. No arrests had been made late Tuesday.

Paradyne may face

class-action suit

TAMPA _ An attorney for six present and former female employees of AT&T Paradyne is seeking class-action status for their claims of gender discrimination.

Attorney David Linesch claims Paradyne management operates as a "men's club that takes care of their own" and denies promotions to women beyond a certain point.

Attorneys for Paradyne note that the plaintiffs are or were powerful managers with salaries averaging close to $90,000, rewards which Linesch said don't adequately recognize their talents. Class-action status could eventually encompass thousands of employees.

The original lawsuit was filed last year, and a federal judge heard argument on the class-action issue Monday. The judge is expected to rule on the question in several weeks.

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