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Water pipe fixed; residents off alert

The water pipe that supplies Pinellas County with more than half its drinking water was fixed Sunday, about 52 hours after it burst.

That means Pinellas and Pasco county residents can wash their cars and water their lawns following the standard water restrictions.

"We're back to business as usual," said Michelle Klase, spokeswoman for the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority.

The pipe broke about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, spewing more than 5-million gallons before the valve could be closed. The repairs were finished about a day ahead of schedule.

Tampa woman shot in

eye Saturday morning

TAMPA _ A 36-year-old woman was shot in the left eye after four men forced their way into her car when she tried to buy drugs early Saturday morning, Tampa police said.

Liza Jean Minault of North Tampa was listed in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital Saturday.

Minault acknowledged driving to N 10th Street and E Lotus Avenue to buy drugs in the wee hours of Saturday morning, according to a news release by Lt. J.M. Marks.

She was talking with a dealer when he pulled out a small caliber handgun and entered her car. Three other men, who appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, also jumped into the car in the back seat, the release stated.

About 2 a.m., Minault reached the intersection of N Brooks and E Yukon streets. She put her car in park and started to get out when one of the men shot her in the face, the release said.

The men left her behind and fled in her car. Her car was found 90 minutes later near Linebaugh Avenue and N 15th Street abandoned. Tampa police had made no arrests in the case Saturday.

USAirways passengers injured in turbulent flight

Two passengers were injured Friday night when a USAirways Express plane en route to Tampa from Jacksonville hit unexpected turbulence, officials said.

Flight 3034 encountered turbulence shortly after it lifted off from Jacksonville International Airport about 8:30 p.m., said USAirways spokesman David Castelveter. The captain headed back to Jacksonville, where emergency crews were waiting, Castelveter said. The two passengers were taken to Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville. One has since been released and the other was listed in stable condition Saturday afternoon with a possible leg injury.

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