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Video: Sgt. Sitton

On June 4, Sgt. Matthew Sitton wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. In it, he explained to the Republican legislator that for weeks his platoon had been mandated to patrol empty fields and compounds strewn with explosives. The missions, he wrote, served no purpose. Soldiers were losing arms and legs every day. He had objected, but no one had listened.

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Video: David Grant's cancer fight

After visiting his doctor at Moffitt Cancer Center Sept. 25, former WFLA-Ch. 8 meteorologist David Grant and his wife Beverly made this video to share their decision to stop further treatment for David's pancreatic cancer, and instead let the disease run its natural course.

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Links from the Times: Holiday couple marks 83 years of marriage today

Happy anniversary, Vickie and Steve Wrubel.

Today marks the 83rd year since they said "I do" in a ceremony in Ubly, Mich. Seven months separate them from the couple that holds the record in the United States for longest marriage — Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall of Lordsburg, N.M.

Read more about Vickie and Steve Wrubel:

Sept. 9, 2009: After 80 years of marriage, she still smiles at his teasing

Sept. 26, 2010: Record or not, Steve and Vickie Wrubel of Holiday have been by each other's side since 1929

Sept. 28, 2011: For Steve and Vickie Wrubel, it's a love 82 years strong

Steve, a retired General Motors worker who turned 103 in July, plans to observe this special day at the Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tarpon Springs, where Vickie, 101, has lived most of the past two years since she broke a hip. Steve has lived in the same house in Holiday since 1978. Now he catches a cab each day to the nursing home.

"She'd like to come home," he said, "but it's better this way. We enjoy our time together."

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Video: Swimming with gators

Alligator Attraction owner Bob Barrett has gotten a lot of media attention for his "gator parties.

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Photos: Historic newsclips discovered

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When Bryan Turner and his wife Richelle ripped up the old floors in their 1929 Pinellas Park home, they found a layer of history they didn't expect to see. Ads and articles from The St. Petersburg Times dating from 1926-1945 were collaged and stuck to the old oak planks.  See photos.

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Photos: Caribbean ports

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The Caribbean cruising season will kick back into full swing as soon a hurricane season dies down and the snow flies up north. We provide a glimpse of some of our favorite ports.  See photos.

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Video: Pasco woodworker

Andrew Gibson has been fashioning lumber and leftovers into furniture and musical instruments for years. When the job market soured in 2008, just as Gibson was graduating from college, he turned to his woodworking skills and found a way to earn an income.

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Romneys' tax return

The candidate released his return for 2011. He and his wife, Ann, paid $1.94 million in federal taxes on last year's income of $13.7 million, for an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent. That's slightly above the 13.9 percent the couple paid in 2010. Most of the 2011 income was from investments. See the return here

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Videos: Attack ads

Web videos are cheap to make, easy to distribute and feed an hungry 24-7 news cycle, revealing the symbiotic relationship between partisans and journalists.

 

 

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Photos: Caribbean slide show

Just hearing the word Caribbean brings to mind aquamarine waters filled with sea life, volcanic rainforests where flora, fauna and waterfalls thrive, and exploring cultures from around the world. With cruise season just around the corner it's time to consider destinations. Here are some of our favorites. See photos here.

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Photo gallery: New Shops at St. Pete

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The Shops at St. Pete has been advertised by developers as a shopping center that will be sleek, with simple elegant touches such as natural stone floors and walls, dining terraces, canopy shading, outdoor lounge seating, illuminated towers and clean lines. View renderings of the new shopping complex.

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Letter: A soldier writes to Rep. Bill Young (with video)

 

Over and over, every time the subject of pulling American troops out of Afghanistan has come up, U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young has voted to stay the course. He opposed resolutions to withdraw, and even a resolution to set a timetable for a full withdrawal. No longer. What changed his mind? A letter from 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Matthew S. Sitton. Young said Sitton predicted his own death, "and what he said would happen happened." He stepped on an improvised explosive device and was killed, leaving behind his wife, Sarah, and their 9-month-old son, Brodey.

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Epilogue audio slideshow: Aileen Chapman

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Aileen Chapman, who co-founded the Pinellas Youth Symphony 54 years ago, dided September 19, 2012 at Westminster Suncoast. She was 104.  See audio slideshow.

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Video, previous coverage of 'Rainmaker' case

On Wednesday, the "Rainmaker" investigation yielded federal tax fraud indictments of two Tampa men. Tampa led the nation in tax refund fraud last year, with thieves duping the IRS out of $468 million. Tampa police estimated that 80 to 90 percent of the tax refund fraud they encounter is committed by people on public assistance. Read more here.

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Video: Sea turtle heads back to sea

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