Sunday, February 25, 2018
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At Naval Academy, Obama condemns sexual assaults

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — President Barack Obama used a commencement speech before Naval Academy graduates Friday to urge them to follow their "inner compass" and to warn that rising numbers of sexual assaults in the military threatened to erode America's faith in the armed forces.

The president praised the military as the nation's "most trusted institution" but took note of the recent cases in which service members have been charged with sexual assault. He said those people "threaten the trust and discipline which makes our military strong."

"We need your honor, that inner compass that guides you," the president said, essentially using the platform at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to scold those who have strayed from that direction recently. "Even more than physical courage, we need your moral courage — the strength to do what's right, even when it's unpopular."

In his four years in office, Obama has presided over a military that has often convulsed with change. He pushed for the end to "don't ask, don't tell" so that gay men and lesbians could serve openly. He has sought to bring an end to both major overseas wars. And he has watched as the armed forces have grown more diverse. Of the 1,047 graduates Friday, 206 were women — the most in the history of the academy.

It was the second time Obama had addressed the graduates of the academy, most of whom will receive commissions in the Navy, the Marine Corps or the Air Force, and he was welcomed with enthusiastic cheers as he congratulated them on becoming the military's latest officers. He echoed his remarks from a day earlier, telling the graduates that they enter the services at a time of transition in the war against terrorism.

Every spring, the president has spoken at the graduation of one of the service academies, as well as other colleges or universities. He addressed the Naval Academy in 2009, West Point in 2010, the Coast Guard Academy in 2011 and the Air Force Academy in 2012.

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One man stabbed to death during Saturday incident in Plant City

PLANT CITY — A man stabbed another man to death Saturday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The two men, neither of whom were identified, got into "an altercation," deputies said, about 10:15 p.m. at 4308 James L Redman Park...
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Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

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Published: 02/24/18
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

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Published: 02/24/18

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Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

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Published: 02/24/18

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

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Published: 02/24/18
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

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Published: 02/24/18

Published: 02/24/18
Call her more than just a survivor

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Published: 02/24/18
Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
Published: 02/24/18