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The Tribune, Tampa, FL, 7/11/84

Monday, October 1, 1984

Earl Ward, a 64-year-old Tampa, Fla., liquor store clerk, flatly refused when a knife-wielding robber entered the store and demanded money. Enraged, the would-be thief stabbed Ward four times. But the injured cashier drew a gun from under the counter and shot the assailant in the throat and abdomen. Ward was in serious condition; his attacker's condition was listed as critical.

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