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Wednesday, March 19, 2003
In a televised address to the nation, President Bush said U.S. forces have launched a military strike against Iraq. Government officials say the attack, with cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs, was aimed at "decapitating" Iraqi leadership. Updates
An irresistible force on two sides of the world girds on its armor to pry him loose.
Story | Q&A | AP updates
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John Pendygraft in Kuwait
Online journal: Waiting and thinking
Audio dispatches Gallery

Bay-area security tightens as war nears
Law enforcement officials say residents shouldn't notice subtle changes. Story
Brandon's brave face
The community is home to two-thirds of the MacDill families. Story
[Times photo: John Pendygraft]
After months of preparation and anticipation, Pfc. Brian Joseph rides north with his unit as American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines saddle up for war with Iraq.
Silence may be first clue
Dispatch from the 101st When the 101st Airborne tears into Iraq, any resistance may be wiped out before it can relay the news to Baghdad. Story

Forced reunions
Foreigners jam the roads out of Baghdad, and few have anything nice to say about the United States Story

Final FourNCAA Tournament coverage
There are plenty of compelling stories among the schools playing their NCAA Tournament openers in Tampa.
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Graham tones down criticism of Bush over war
When war looms for America, partisan fighting tends to give way to rallying around the troops. Story
U.S. warns Iraqis: If you attack, you'll die
Surrender or die, Iraqi troops are being told in U.S. leaflets, radio broadcasts and other messages giving precise instructions on where their tanks had better be pointed when the jets arrive. Story
U.S. lists haste among strategic advantages
The Bush administration portrays war with Iraq as a last resort against a dangerous regime hiding weapons of evil. Story
Closed streets, talk of bullets in Washington
Barricaded streets, helicopters buzzing overhead and heavily armed police officers patrolling federal buildings: This is how the heart of the nation's capital appears on the eve of war with Iraq and a heightened terrorism alert. Story
For many, an all too-familiar exodus
With closed-up shops left behind and traffic jams yet ahead, Iraq's Kurds have been down this road before. Story
Bush, allies have mixed results around world
President Bush's ultimatum to Saddam Hussein reverberated around the world Tuesday. Story

Editorial: Redefining 'harmful'
Editorial: Hot potato
Letters: U.S. should give more thought to world opinion
Ernest Hooper: Planners pitch ideas to liven up downtown
Robert Trigaux: Levitt's message to CFOs: Do the right thing
John Romano: It's time for Rays to cut Vaughn
Susan Taylor Martin: Turks are tea'd off over drink shortage

  • Calendar
  • Lisa Marie Presley makes her singing debut
  • 'Sopranos' dispute winding down

  • Schools chief to depart in 2004
  • Pasco may target rentals not paying tax
  • Key facilities getting increased scrutiny
  • Grubb & Ellis lands airport marketing account
  • Club, museum doll up state's first ladies
  • Betmar man devotes time to teaching

  • Man tails robbery suspect
  • Officials revisit votes on Web idea
  • Hunter's Lake boat ramp reopens
  • State overturns Hernando's rejection of charter school
  • Study will help Brooksville pick areas to annex

  • 2 families, 1 dog tests the wisdom of Solomon
  • With war near, security added at key facilities
  • For sale: 128-bed Seven Rivers hospital

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    photoPantry raid
    All of us have weird leftover holiday ingredients lurking in the dark recesses of our kitchen. Their only destination now doesn't have to be the garbage. Story

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    House debates medical malpractice bill
    A proposal limiting some lawsuit damages in malpractice cases moved closer to passage in the Florida House today as lawmakers tried to check escalating insurance rates. (more)
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    A young, mended heart
    With the quarter-sized holes patched, the 8-year-old is expected to thrive and walk to school, a physician says. Story
    Close vote allows some billboards to remain till '42
    The County Commission decides to settle its case with Clear Channel, Pinellas County's' biggest purveyor of billboards. Story
    Bob Saunders, civil rights activist, dies
    "He dedicated his life to his belief -- fighting for others," said his son, Bob Saunders Jr. Story
    Pinellas schools get grim news
    Officials recommend the cutting of numerous positions, but no teachers, in order to trim nearly $30-million from next year's budget. Story
    Keyshawn rescues Bucs
    The receiver reworks his deal to help the cash-strapped team free about $2.5-million under the salary cap. Story
    Tennis almost a sideline for Serena these days
    It has been one photo shoot and one interview after another for the No. 1 player. Story
    NCAA president: Games will go on
    The NCAA will not postpone the men's and women's basketball tournaments if the United States goes to war with Iraq, the organization's president said Tuesday. Story
    Bonner trashes the stereotypes
    UF forward is many things, including a role-player-turned-star and a cerebral slob who loves loud music. Story
    Charters approved despite rejection
    Their applications were turned down by school boards in Hernando and Lake counties, but they win their appeals to the state. Story
    Seminoles sack chairman James Billie
    Tribal council members come to the painful conclusion their leader lied to the tribe. Story
    Military stocks lotion, frames
    Two Florida defense contractors make sure troops can see out of their gas masks and that they don't sunburn. Story
    Treasury builds markets' security
    For safety reasons, it won't give details, but the Treasury Department says it has worked to protect the financial system from attack. Story

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