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Sunday, Jul 05, 2015

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Don’t buy the conspiracies about Jade Helm 15

Years ago, the diminutive mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, taught me a few lessons that have outlived him and stayed with me since.
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Postal service honors Vietnam vet's valor with stamp

Postal service honors Vietnam vet's valor with stamp

More than 45 years after a five-day battle where his actions earned him the Medal of Honor, St. Pete Beach's Gary Lee Littrell choked up as he talked about the value of the ultimate sacrifice made by more than 58,000 U.S. service members during the Vietnam conflict.
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Runner finishes tough Key West trek to fight vet suicide

Runner finishes tough Key West trek to fight vet suicide

For Army veteran Alex Estrella, who finally arrived in Key West on Tuesday after a 405-mile trek on foot, the first seven days of his “Run for Jamie” to raise awareness about veteran suicides was bad enough.
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Whistleblower exposes problems with government war contractors

A federal civil trial, opening Monday in the Western District of Virginia, offers an intimate view of the sausage making of war procurement, which over the years has resulted in billions of dollars in waste and fraud.
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Combat wounded Marine sees new horrors in role as child porn hunter

Combat wounded Marine sees new horrors in role as child porn hunter

Sitting in his wheelchair in the cramped but neat cubicle in the headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Justin Gaertner explains the basics of computer forensics to a Clearwater police...
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Officer based at MacDill AFB arrested in teen-sex sting

Officer based at MacDill AFB arrested in teen-sex sting

On May 22, an Air Force captain from Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base traveled to Brevard County thinking he was going to meet up with the father of a 13-year-old girl, according to investigators. The father, investigators said, promised Christo...
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3,000 pay their respects at Bay Pines Memorial Day service

3,000 pay their respects at Bay Pines Memorial Day service

Hailed as the largest Memorial Day service in the bay area, the event attracts thousands of people each year, and this time was no exception.
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Iraq, Iran push back on US defense chief over Ramadi loss

BAGHDAD — Iraq and Iran pushed back Monday against U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s criticisms over the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State group, with an Iranian general going as far as saying America had “no will” to ...
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Islamic State also gaining ground in information war

The recent battlefield successes by Islamic State in Iraq (retaking Ramadi) and Syria (capturing Palmyra) show the jihadi group’s tenacity and resilience.
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When a soldier’s life ends, the job of another soldier begins

When a soldier’s life ends, the job of another soldier begins

Even before Army Master Sgt. Anthony Link could deliver the dreaded knock on the door, he heard a woman inside shout out in despair.
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