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Published Dec. 7, 2006

Time to break out the sweaters again. And maybe the kites, too.

A front arriving this afternoon will bring the coldest temperatures so far this fall, pushing lows in the Tampa Bay area into the mid 40s Friday morning and the low 40s Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Ruskin.

Friday highs will reach the low 60s. Throw 10- to 20-mph winds into the mix, and Saturday morning will feel like the high 30s, said meteorologist Russell Henes.

Temperatures should return to a seasonally normal high of about 70 by Saturday afternoon, with lows for the rest of the weekend in the 50s.


E. coli sickens Spring Hill twins

Health investigators are trying to track down the E. coli that hospitalized two Spring Hill 9-year-olds.

Kim Lapi, mother of the twins, told WTSP-Ch.10 in St. Petersburg that her daughter spent five days in a hospital, and her son's kidneys nearly failed.

The Hernando County Health Department confirmed the E. coli infections Nov. 15, said spokeswoman Ann-Gayl Ellis. It appears to be an isolated case, she said.

It's the same E. coli strain linked to Taco Bell restaurants.

So far, health investigators found no link between the twins' illness and the Taco Bell outbreak.


Descendant of Pinellas pioneer family dies

Daniel Guy McMullen Jr., local entrepreneur, civic leader, state legislator and a descendant of the McMullen pioneer family of Pinellas County, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) of cancer at his home in Port Richey. He was 72.

Mr. McMullen was involved with the planning and growth of Pinellas County. In 1956, he founded McMullen Real Estate and over the years developed a diverse palette of businesses, restaurants and other commercial entities in Pinellas and Pasco counties.


150-foot resort tower to bring extra parking

Work has begun on the much-anticipated Hyatt project, a mega resort that is expected to help fill two voids on the beach: available rooms and parking spaces.

Crews last week began laying the groundwork for what will become the 150-foot-tall tower of the Aqualea Resort and Residences, a $140-million project.

The overall project is expected to be finished in 27 months. But, city leaders say, a much-needed parking garage that is part of the development could be ready within a year.