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WOMAN FIGHTS OFF ATTACKER, POLICE SAY

Tampa

Officers were searching Monday for a man they said attempted to rape a woman outside a laundry. About 2 a.m. Monday, the woman was smoking a cigarette outside the Tampa Coin Laundromat when a man wearing no pants and a ski mask approached her from behind a nearby trash bin, Tampa police said. When the woman went back inside the laundry, at 5814 N 40th St., the man tackled her from behind and tried to assault her. The woman told police she believed the man was armed with a sharp weapon but she was able to fight him off. He then ran. Police initiated an extensive search on the ground and from the air. Police also had surveillance video of the man trying to hide behind the trash bin. Anyone who has information about this crime was asked to call the police at (813) 231-6130.

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St. Petersburg

Third civic activist in City Council run

Carolyn Fries has announced her candidacy for the District 4 City Council seat, which already has two candidates in the race. Fries, 45, a past Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association president, will be running against civic activist Darden Rice and neurosurgeon Dr. David McKalip. They will be vying for a seat being vacated by council member Leslie Curran, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits. "There's a lot of division in the city right now, so I'd really like to bring everyone together again," Fries said Monday.

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