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FOSTER LEADS FORD 3-TO-1 IN FIRST FUNDRAISING PERIOD

ST. PETERSBURG

Mayoral hopeful Bill Foster raised more than three times as much as his rival Kathleen Ford during the first fundraising period of the general election, according to campaign reports filed Friday.

Foster, 46, raised $26,835 in the two weeks following the Sept. 1 primary, including $500 each from Mayor Rick Baker and his wife, Joyce. Foster, who is endorsed by the city's two police unions, also picked up $3,500 from various law enforcement agencies.

"Getting the message out is the most important emphasis," said Foster, a lawyer. "Certainly finances help you do that, but you don't buy City Hall, you earn it."

Ford, 52, raised $8,055 in monetary donations.

Ford, who has consistently raised less than most of her opponents while gaining supporters, said she would continue her grass roots campaign.

"My message of open, affordable and accountable government resonates with everyone," she said.

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CLEARWATER

Hulk agrees to hand over money, Harley-Davidson

The latest skirmish between Linda Bollea and her ex-husband, wrestling star Hulk Hogan, has been settled, her attorney said Friday.

Hogan, also known as Terry Bollea, has complied with the terms of the divorce settlement that required him to relinquish a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and $225,000 in funds that were promised to Linda in the agreement, her attorney, Raymond Rafool, said in an e-mail. Because of that, Rafool said, Linda Bollea withdrew her motion of enforcement.

After nearly two years of bitter divorce proceedings, the Bolleas' divorce was finalized at the end of July with a confidential settlement.

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