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Store clerk accused of selling marijuana

Deputies charged a Ruskin convenience store clerk Wednesday with selling marijuana over the counter to customers, sheriff's reports said.

Several people had complained to authorities that Mohammed Odeh, 23, of 8700 N 50th St. in Tampa, sold marijuana from the Save and Go convenience store where he worked in Ruskin, reports said.

Undercover detectives who went to the store at 601 N U.S. 41 arrested Odeh after he sold them drugs, reports said. They also found a 9mm Ruger pistol, $1,800 in cash and 6 ounces of marijuana in Odeh's 1994 Chevrolet truck, the report said.

Odeh is charged with possession and delivery of marijuana, reports said.

_ ROB NELSON

Shoes symbolize handgun violence

Dozens of shoes will be on display in a tent outside the Tampa Children's Hospital today in honor of the Silent March, a national grassroots campaign to raise awareness to gun violence.

The shoes, 204 pairs, will represent the number of children under 20 who were killed by guns in Florida in 1995, the latest year statistics are available.

"We are trying to visualize the problem of gun violence by displaying these shoes," said Sady Mosquera-Rego, state coordinator for the project. "We want people to see that gun violence is a problem in our society."

The first Silent March, in 1994 in Washington, D.C., displayed nearly 40,000 shoes on the steps of the capital to represent the number of gunshot victims in the United States.

The shoes will be exhibited from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tampa Children's Hospital at St. Joseph's Hospital, 3003 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

_ SUSAN CLARY

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