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Services in St. Pete for decorated Marine who stirred outrage

Services in St. Pete for decorated Marine who stirred outrage

TAMPA — The body of Marine Cpl. Rob Richards, a St. Petersburg native and war hero who touched off international outrage through a video showing him and three others urinating on dead Taliban fighters, is coming home later this week.
Published: 08/18/14
Tactics against journalists in Ferguson threaten rights of all

Tactics against journalists in Ferguson threaten rights of all

In Ferguson, Missouri, heavily armed police in heavily armored vehicles were responding to protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teen by firing off tear gas and dragging reporters out of McDonald’s. Meanwhile, on Mount Sinjar n...
Published: 08/18/14

For-profit colleges gouging veterans, U.S. Senate report finds

TAMPA — On the heels of a student veterans group’s warning, a U.S. Senate report reveals the extent to which for-profit universities benefit from the federal G.I. Bill program.
Published: 08/18/14

Congress seeks more information on VA deaths

TAMPA — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald has ordered a review of the VA’s national consult database, an independent review of the consultation process and clarification by a top VA official of his testimony before Congress ...
Published: 08/15/14
MacDill hurricane hunters to get $35 million overhaul

MacDill hurricane hunters to get $35 million overhaul

“Miss Piggy” is getting new wings.
Published: 08/14/14
Tampa Iraq vets offer way forward for Kurds

Tampa Iraq vets offer way forward for Kurds

As the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State rolls across Iraq, capturing cities and beheading some who don’t hew to its hardcore fundamental Islamic ways, Tampa resident Pat Morrison keeps a constant vigil on the man he says is the Iraqi milita...
Published: 08/12/14
Updated: 08/13/14

Florida group meeting on growth strategies for defense industry

In 2012, military spending in the three-county Tampa region accounted for nearly $14 billion in economic output, 141,000 jobs and represented about 7 percent of the economies of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties, according to the Florida Chamb...
Published: 08/12/14
St. Pete vet takes  cancer fight with VA to public

St. Pete vet takes cancer fight with VA to public

SEMINOLE — A veteran in the throes of stage 4 melanoma says he has spent years fighting with the Department of Veterans Affairs for adequate care, and he now wants to make his struggles known.
Published: 08/11/14
Updated: 08/12/14
Sen. Nelson headed to Ukraine; says U.S. should arm Kiev government

Sen. Nelson headed to Ukraine; says U.S. should arm Kiev government

Sen. Bill Nelson, gearing up for a trip this week that will take him to Ukraine, the Baltic states and Turkey, departed from the Obama administration’s more measured approach and called for providing lethal arms to Ukraine’s military, w...
Published: 08/11/14

Center will help former MacDill service members stay in Tampa

Every year about 1,200 to 1,500 service members from MacDill Air Force Base leave the service.
Published: 08/10/14