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Past articles by Steve:

Happy 111th: How to mail a birthday card to the oldest living WWII veteran

Traditionally, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans throws him a birthday bash, but that's not possible in the middle of a pandemic. That's where you come in! → Read More

Utah woman breaks flag pole to fend off attacker, police repace it

73-year-old Lejune Timmerman said she had no other choice as she used her American flag and its pole to fend off an unknown attacker. → Read More

Universal Orlando begins new Florida resident offer

The theme park says if Florida residents buy a one-day, park to park ticket they can access the parks every day through Christmas Eve for free. → Read More

Pinellas School Resource Officer denies child abuse allegations

In their Petitions for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence filed in July about one week apart, Deputy Crane was accused of abusing drugs, alcohol, and his young child. → Read More

Senate approves expanding list of illnesses tied to Agent Orange

By a 94-6 vote, senators decided to add bladder cancer, Parkinson’s like symptoms, and hypothyroidism to the 14 ailments already on the VA’s list. → Read More

Veterans sue VA to force benefits and coverage for herbicide exposure

Tired of what they call second-class treatment, a veterans advocacy group is dragging the Department of Veterans Affairs back into federal court, suing to force coverage of herbicide exposure for veterans who served on Guam, American Samoa and Johnston Atoll. → Read More

House adopts bill to make DC 51st state; Senate GOP opposes

D.C.'s population is larger than those of Wyoming and Vermont, and the new state would be one of seven with populations under one million, she said. The city's $15.5 billion annual budget is larger than those of 12 states, and D.C.’s triple-A bond rating is higher than those of 35 states, Norton said. → Read More

House Democrats pass sweeping police overhaul, Senate stalls

Democrats in the House have approved a far-reaching policing overhaul. It's a vote heavy with emotion and symbolism as they seek to address the global outcry over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans. But Congress is divided and chances for it becoming law are dim. A Senate Republican effort collapsed this week. President Donald Trump's administration says he will veto the… → Read More

Veterans exposed to herbicides in Thailand receive glimmer of hope

For the last five years, all Air Force Veteran Dan Tolly heard from the VA was – claim denied. → Read More

Company releases world’s first nicotine style ‘match patch’

(CNN) – A company is rolling out a new product to help those who are trying to give up meat. Take a look at the “meat patch.” It’s a nicotine-style patch. Strong Roots, the creator of the product says they’re supposed to be worn on the arm, like you see in the video player above. […] → Read More

Help for veterans with Blue Water Navy Vietnam VA claims comes to Tampa Bay

After dozens of 8 On Your Side reports over a four-year period, Congress passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, opening a door the VA closed shut on these veterans nearly two decades ago. → Read More

Deadly dental mistakes may cost New Port Richey doctor her license

Five and a half years ago, 39-year-old Tommy Myers' heart stopped beating minutes after his dentist, Dr. Veronica Thompson, administered what the state says was too much anesthesia, too fast. → Read More

Super Nintendo World will be part of new Universal Orlando theme park

When answering a question during the call, a Comcast executive said Super Nintendo Land will be part of the "fourth-gate" in Florida. → Read More

Watch: SpaceX intentionally blows up rocket in safety test

SpaceX intentionally blows up rocket Sunday morning in important safety test. → Read More

Woman says US Bank fired her after helping man on Christmas Eve

She met the customer at a gas station and gave him $20. But James said she was fired on New Year’s Eve for the incident. → Read More

Royal Caribbean says grandfather knew window was open when he dropped toddler

18-month-old Chloe Wiegand fell to her death from deck 11 of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July 2019. → Read More

Officials: California inmate kills prisoner serving life sentence for child sexual assault

The prison houses more than 5,400 inmates and specializes in substance abuse treatment. → Read More

California mother acting as surrogate for another family dies while giving birth

She went on to explain how the couple wanted to help another family who couldn’t have kids of their own. This was Michelle’s second time acting as a surrogate for them. → Read More

104-year-old veteran asking for Valentine’s Day cards: ‘I’ll save every one’

Among his many medals is the one he’s most proud of -- his Purple Heart. It is a badge of honor for surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima. → Read More

Benefits stripped away by VA now restored for Navy veterans

Mike is the Secretary of Military Veterans Advocacy, which led the way to restore benefits for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. → Read More