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TRASH HAULER WON'T LEAVE YOU HANGING

Consider it a garbage bag with a bow on top this holiday season. Waste Management, which said this week that it will cut service outside southwest Pasco County, won't leave customers without service. Though pickups will end north of State Road 52 and east of the Suncoast Parkway on Jan. 1, customers without a new hauler at that time can call the company and keep the service until they find one, Waste Management officials said Friday. Pasco has 11 other haulers. The issue has generated enough sparks that county commissioners will discuss it at their Tuesday meeting in Dade City, said Commissioner Jack Mariano, whose northwest Pasco district includes some of the affected customers.

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Sheriff to review division for Crist

Sheriff Bob White has been named co-chairman of a panel that will review the performance of the state Department of Juvenile Justice on behalf of Gov.-elect Charlie Crist's transition team. The panel is charged with gathering facts and reporting them to Crist, with an eye toward making the agency more effective. White is a volunteer. "He was selected because of his law enforcement and public sector experience," transition team spokeswoman Vivian Myrtetus said in an e-mail. White said he was honored to serve Crist but denied persistent rumors that he might join the new administration. "I made a commitment to the people of Pasco County when they elected me their sheriff," he said, "and I intend to see that commitment through."

Holiday festival continues at park

Main Street Holidays continues in Sims Park today with the Holiday Arts and Crafts Village and Miss Daisy river tours ($5) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; children's art show and music performances from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and visits with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. The River Lights Boat Parade, with more than two dozen decorated watercraft, will take off from Moonlight Bay and float to Sims Park at 6:30 p.m. Afterward, Expressions, the Dance Company, will give a show on the amphitheater stage. Sunday's activities include breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m.; the Holiday Arts and Crafts Village and Miss Daisy river cruises from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Genesis Preparatory School's play, Christmas Around the World, at 3:30 p.m. Food vendors will be open during the festival.

Mormons look forward to Dec. 25

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints likes to make a big deal of Christmas, as two congregations show with their events. Page 5

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