Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Prince Harry's wartime role grabs media attention

Prince Harry's admission that he killed Taliban fighters while working as a helicopter gunner in Afghanistan drew intense coverage in the British media on Tuesday and sparked concerns about possible reprisals.

The 28-year-old prince spoke in a pooled interview published late Monday after he was safely out of Afghanistan. He had spent the past 20 weeks deployed as a co-pilot and gunner in a heavily armed Apache attack helicopter.

Asked whether he had killed from the cockpit, the third-in-line to the British throne said: "Yeah, so, lots of people have."

The response was immediate Tuesday: The Daily Mirror tabloid ran a page-one headline "Royal Sensation Harry: I Killed Taliban" along with a photo of a macho-looking Harry in combat gear and designer shades.

Other papers ran similar gung-ho stories. "Harry: I Have Killed" was the story in the Daily Mail. Video shot during the prince's deployment was shown dozens of times on Britain's major news networks.

In Parliament on Tuesday, Defense Minister Mark Francois praised Harry, saying the prince should be commended for his bravery. He "has done well for his country," Francois said, offering kind words for a prince who has occasionally embarrassed the royal family, most recently by being photographed naked as he played strip billiards at a Las Vegas hotel.

Not everyone was applauding the soldier-prince. Former officer Charles Heyman, who edits a yearbook on British forces, said his words may raise the already high threat level against him.

"The royal family are all targets, and he now probably becomes the prime target, royal family-wise," Heyman said. "But he can live with that. He's a soldier, he knows what he's doing."

Comments
All Eyes gallery: Lara Cerri’s favorite photos of 2017

All Eyes gallery: Lara Cerri’s favorite photos of 2017

Elizabeth Hasbrouck, 30, talks with her sister about packing up to leave their home in the city's evacuation zone A in northeast St. Petersburg Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Hasbrouck and her husband, along with their kids Tannon (left), 3, and Madeline, ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning face Blues in showdown between NHL’s top two teams

Lightning face Blues in showdown between NHL’s top two teams

The Lightning's west coast trip will start with a bang tonight in St. Louis.Tonight's game will pit the top two teams in the NHL, with Tampa Bay (21-6-2) atop the Eastern Conference, the Blues (21-8-2) the No. 1 team in the West.Fittingly, an NBCSN-a...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Jimmy Patronis leads Cabinet candidates in dash for cash

Jimmy Patronis leads Cabinet candidates in dash for cash

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, appointed in June by Gov. Rick Scott, pulled in nearly $650,000 during his first month running to capture a full term in the Cabinet post.Patronis, who could be challenged next year for the Republican n...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Holiday hoops tournaments for Tampa Bay

Holiday hoops tournaments for Tampa Bay

Once winter break rolls around, basketball tourneys and shootouts amp up. Here are the locals ones coming up throughout Tampa Bay. Are we missing your tournament? Email details to [email protected] basketballCDS Holiday TournamentWhere: Car...
Updated: 4 hours ago
After Irma, what happened to all those complaints about scams?

After Irma, what happened to all those complaints about scams?

In the weeks after Hurricane Irma forced the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history, thousands of angry consumers swamped Attorney General Pam Bondi with complaints of price gouging by hotels, gas stations, retailers and restaurants.Total complaints...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Is Andrew Gillum for real? The polls say one thing. The fundraising numbers, another

Is Andrew Gillum for real? The polls say one thing. The fundraising numbers, another

The buttoned-up Oxford Exchange coffee shop in downtown Tampa may seem like a place better suited for a fundraiser than a community event. Portraits of Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy line the wall up the stai...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa Bay Rays make another small deal, acquiring INF Ryan Schimpf

Tampa Bay Rays make another small deal, acquiring INF Ryan Schimpf

The Rays made another small move to add infield depth on Tuesday, acquiring Ryan Schimpf from the Padres for minor league infielder Deion Tansel.Schimpf, 29, has played parts of the last two seasons in the majors, posting just a .195 average but with...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Philip Levine touts celeb big shot business people donating to campaign

Philip Levine touts celeb big shot business people donating to campaign

The Philip Levine Democratic gubernatorial campaign highlighted some of the notable names on his latest fundraising reports. From a release:Sheryl Sandberg, a native Floridian, is an American technology executive, activist, and author. She is the...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Scott, Rubio, Bush, Corcoran … What top Florida Republicans say about Roy Moore

Scott, Rubio, Bush, Corcoran … What top Florida Republicans say about Roy Moore

It's all about Alabama today as the U.S. Senate race comes to a dramatic conclusion.Here's what some prominent Florida Republicans had to say about Roy Moore, who would have easily won the race against Democrat Doug Jones had sexual misconduct allega...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rep. Kathy Castor, only Florida on tax conference, calls for a do-over

Rep. Kathy Castor, only Florida on tax conference, calls for a do-over

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, the only Florida member on the tax conference committee, will have little say in the final product but the Democrat is making her concerns known, from an elimination of a deduction for student loan interest to tax credits for ...
Updated: 3 hours ago