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Howard Altman

Times Staff Writer
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Tampa WW2 veteran honored by French with Legion of Honor

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Leonard Stevens was the pilot of a wooden glider that crash- landed near the town of Marseille.

Restrepo director Junger, in Tampa Thursday, talks war and journalism

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Author and documentarian Sebastian Junger has covered human conflict around the world, wrote the sea thriller A Perfect Storm and directed Restrepo, about soldiers in a remote Afghanistan outpost.

Fore! MacDill dismantling its iconic ‘Golf Ball’ satellite

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TAMPA — Technically, it was called the AN/GSC-39C satellite antenna at Building 1750 on MacDill Air Force Base. But to those who live and work at MacDill, the structure was known as the Golf Ball.

New commander for 927th Air Refueling Wing at Tampa’s MacDill AFB

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The 927th Air Refueling Wing, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, has a new commander.

What it’s like to be aboard a NOAA Hurricane Hunter as it flies into Hermine

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As Hermine spins slowly northeast, weather scientists sort through computer data aboard a plane that shudders through savage blasts from the storm.

Pat Frank wins nomination in contentious Hillsborough clerk race

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TAMPA — Incumbent Pat Frank won a resounding victory over challenger Kevin Beckner Tuesday night in a costly, contentious Democratic primary for Hillsborough County clerk.

Misuse of Florida’s driver database is often personal

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After relations with his girlfriend grew cold last year, Ryan Elliott Butler stalked her and set fires along the way, torching her car and damaging the home of her friend, prosecutors say.

Altman: Silah, retired Navy captain and champion for wounded, dies at 80

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Short and crusty, retired Navy Capt. Bob Silah was like a boiled lobster — hard shell on the outside, sweetness inside.

New Cuba talks may speed work of Tampa-based storm trackers

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TAMPA — Storm trackers dash by plane from Tampa to measure the track and intensity of tropical activity, but their work often is slowed by the red tape required to fly over Cuba.

Summit consensus: Saving MacDill means chasing other states’ bases

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ST. PETERSBURG — In Florida, which has 20 military bases, the defense industry accounts for about 10 percent of the economy and brings in about $80 billion a year.

Aerial tankers headed to Tampa airport during MacDill repaving

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When we first reported the pending closure of the 11,421-foot runway at MacDill Air Force Base for two months to allow much-needed resurfacing, it was unclear just where the aircraft stationed there would go.

House panel slams Central Command for painting 'rosy' picture of ISIS threat

- Intelligence assessments approved by senior leaders at CentCom exaggerated the progress of anti-terrorism efforts against ISIS, a House task force said. An initial report detailed what was described as "persistent problems"...