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  1. From creepy masks to the closing circus, it's a hard time to be a clown


    When the clowns found out the circus was closing, they turned their red noses to each other for support.

    Clown Alley of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Courtesy of Ringling Bros.
  2. Trump calls 'over-rated' Streep a 'Hillary flunky' in answering her Golden Globes comments


    Meryl Streep's acceptance speech after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes turned out to be the opening volley in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump.

    This image released by NBC shows Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. [Paul Drinkwater | NBC via AP]
  3. Star-studded weekend shows Tampa Bay knows how to party

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    It wasn't the Super Bowl. We didn't have Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan flitting from party to party across Tampa, like we did in 2009.

    Visitors weather the cold to see Cold War Kids perform at the Playoff Playlist Live event at the Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, January 7, 2017. 

Part of the lead up to the national football championship game, this free outdoor concert series features a variety of national recording artists who performed in the waterfront park. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]

  4. Mariah Carey's sabotage claims during shaky New Year's Eve performance 'absurd' (w/video)


    NEW YORK — Dick Clark Productions is hitting back against Mariah Carey's claim it sabotaged her live performance on its "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special.

    Mariah Carey performs at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in New York.[Greg Allen | Invision/AP]
  5. With a poem on Reddit, Serena Williams announces engagement to Alexis Ohanian


    Tennis great Serena Williams is tying the knot.

    Tennis star Serena Williams announced on Reddit on Thursday that she was engaged to the site's co-founder Alexis Ohanian. [Associated Press]
  6. Debbie Reynolds, 'Singin' in the Rain' star, dies one day after daughter Carrie Fisher


    LOS ANGELES - Debbie Reynolds, an actress who sang and danced her way into film history opposite Gene Kelly in the classic 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain," a movie that helped turn her into a sweetheart of American film, has died. She was 84.

    Debbie Reynolds, winner of the Screen Actors Guild lifetime award, left, and Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. [Photo by Jordan Strauss | Invision via AP]
  7. Debbie Reynolds hospitalized in Los Angeles


    LOS ANGELES — One day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds was taken to the hospital Wednesday after suffering a medical emergency in Los Angeles, multiple media outlets are reporting.

  8. The delightful legacy of Gary, Carrie Fisher's beloved French bulldog


    Over the last several years, wherever you found Carrie Fisher, you could find Gary.

    Carrie Fisher's dog Gary was often seen on the red carpet with her. Here he lies down before the screening of the film "Agassi (The Handmaiden - Mademoiselle)" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, in May. [Valery Hache | AFP via Getty Images]
  9. 10 Tampa Bay artists who died in 2016

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    The art world lost international icons in 2016 including David Bowie and Prince. But Tampa Bay also felt the sting of death among its creative communities. Here are some of the local artists we lost.

    Musician George “Buster” Cooper, 87, died May 13.
  10. From Prince to Bowie to Carrie Fisher, death came for dozens of pop culture icons in 2016 (w/video)

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    Jane Wiedlin couldn't handle it. Couldn't swallow the pain of losing her idol, David Bowie, last January.

    Our music and pop culture critic Jay Cridlin asks artists how they've coped with the many celebrity deaths of 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) NY705