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Tuesday, March 18, 2003
The countdown begins.A somber president presses Hussein to flee or face war, tells Iraqis "day of your liberation is near."
Story | Text of speech | Q&A | AP updates

For American troops, darkness will be an ally
Soldiers will be equipped with infrared night-vision goggles and newer devices that show thermal images. Story
When the war starts
A thunderous air assault would open way for ground attack Story
Antiwar groups planning protests
Antiwar activists are designing a wide menu of protest strategies, from provocation to prayer, for the outbreak of a war with Iraq. Story
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Reservists say goodbye as talk turns to action
The clouds of war make more poignant a farewell ceremony for more than 200 soldiers at Legends Field. Story
Lessons evolve with talk of war
The impending war with Iraq gives educators around the area another chance to utilize "teachable moments." Story

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John Pendygraft in Kuwait
Online journal: The buzz of war and a bubble gum pillow
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Ambassadors, journalists leave Iraq as war looms
The United Nations ordered its weapons inspectors out of Iraq Monday, widening the stream of diplomats and foreign journalists heading for the exits before any shooting starts. Story
With a nudge from its military, Turkey may allow in U.S. troops
Turkish leaders said Monday they were ready to press ahead with a measure to allow the U.S. military to use Turkey as a staging area for a war against Iraq. Story
U.N. role on hold until war is over
As diplomacy on Iraq essentially ended, President Bush and America's allies said the United Nations will play an essential, humanitarian role after the guns are silenced. Story
Nation's terror alert elevated back to orange
Worried that war in Iraq could lead to terrorist reprisals at home, the Department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert one level to orange, or "high," Monday night and called for an increase in security measures nationwide. Story
Congress supports troops, if not war
An edgy Congress, confronting the growing prospect of war with Iraq, rallied behind U.S. troops on Monday despite some lawmakers' concerns that President Bush had not built a broader international coalition of allies for the conflict. Story

Editorial: The capital school board
Editorial: Bush's lonely war
Letters: Time has come for America to take a stand
Mary Jo Melone: Searching for faith on a certain path to war
Jan Glidewell: There's only a respite, not a refuge, from reality
Gary Shelton: Capt. Lightning to the rescue

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    photoBidding on racism
    The online sale of black memorabilia has raised heated questions: Should eBay allow racist language in the item descriptions? And should the auction site allow such sales at all? Story

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    Men charged with stealing gators
    Two men were arrested today on charges of stealing young alligators from a moat around a miniature golf course. (more)
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    Florida Seminole council fires Billie
    LSU grad student was victim of serial killer
    Museum adds Columba Bush to first lady doll collection
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    Pool of USF candidates pared down
    The future leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg could be the president of a historically black school in Georgia or a tiny liberal arts college in Illinois. Story
    Tampa Bay toasts new salt-free water source
    A desalination plant opens that will soon add 25-million gallons a day to the region's water supply. Story
    Point taken and lost
    LIGHTNING 3, WILD 3: Tampa Bay loses lead but gets closer to playoff spot. Story
    Schools want players who do it all
    Programs increasingly seek athleticism as they shy from traditional roles. Story
    Leagues patient as war looms
    There are few plans for altering game schedules; TV is another matter. Story
    Byrd puts prayer bill on hold in House
    Speaker Johnnie Byrd says the threat of war and the importance of Israel as an ally make this bad time to debate school prayer. Story
    Aerosonic looks at its books again
    Shares of Aerosonic Corp. slid more than 17 percent Monday after the manufacturer of aircraft instruments issued a cautiously worded release saying it had overstated revenue and inventory by at least $3-million over the past three years. Story
    Holland & Knight to push for profits
    Holland & Knight's new managing partner wants to add profits, not offices. Story

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