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THE CASTING OF BALLOTS HAS BEGUN

Early voting for the general election started Monday across Florida, and thousands of people in the Tampa Bay area took advantage of the increasingly popular alternative. No major glitches were reported. "It's a great start," said Nancy Whitlock, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office, adding that about 2,000 people cast ballots Monday. "We're very pleased with the response on the first day." The date for casting your ballot the old-fashioned way is Nov. 7, also known as Election Day.

Snipes in no hurry to leave Namibia

Wesley Snipes won't stop filming in Namibia despite a U.S. warrant for his arrest on tax fraud charges filed in Tampa, the producer of Gallowwalker said Monday. Joanne Reay said Snipes was on location in the desert near the town of Swakob and plans to stay until the third week in December. "As far as we understand, Wesley is not going to be arrested in Namibia," she told the Associated Press.

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Kids care, too

The new Voting Times blog lets kids get involved in Election 2006 by voicing their say and views. Parents and educators: Send your kids to blogs.tampabay.com/nhis.

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