Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Q&A: Opera singer Michael Amante's wife died at 47, leaving 3 small children

'I sing my way through this' loss

At a concert held recently at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Michael Amante announced to the audience that his beloved wife had passed away a few weeks earlier. He is now a widower with three children under the age of 9. Do you know what she died from and her age? I believe she was a physician. Also, does he plan to continue touring?

Opera tenor Michael Amante's wife died unexpectedly on Dec. 28. Dr. Seema Ramcharitar-Amante, 47, was the victim of a hemorrhage. Amante said she had been on blood thinners due to clotting issues.

Ramcharitar-Amante was a podiatrist practicing in New York City. She and her husband have two daughters, Giana and Grace, and a son, Luca. "I have three young children," Amante said in an interview, "and now I am more aware of how important my role as a parent is, it's humbling."

Amante, who performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 18, is in the midst of a tour that continues through June 19. "I sing my way through this, because that is what I do," Amante said. "I sang to her before, and I sing to her now. I know she'd want me to continue doing this."

Amante has been called "the people's tenor" and the "prince of high C's" for his ability to hit and maintain the high notes. The legendary Tony Bennett refers to him as "the next Mario Lanza."

According to his website (, Amante has a four-octave range and can sing in a variety of languages, including English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Latin and Polish.

L.A. 'built for film and television'

I believe that most one-hour situation TV shows are shot in Hollywood. Would that be true of Good Wife (set in Chicago), Mentalist (Sacramento), NCIS (Washington, D.C)., CSI (Las Vegas), and so forth?

Most television shows are filmed in Los Angeles, with set designers and location staffers doing their best to mimic the location where the series is supposed to be. Why? Because that's where most of the sets and production workers are.

"L.A. was built for film and television — it is like Detroit for cars," Ilene S. Landress, an executive producer of The Sopranos and a co-executive producer of Girls, told the New York Times.

Of the shows you list, NCIS, Mentalist and CSI are shot primarily in and around the Los Angeles area. The Good Wife is not; it is filmed in New York.

Other prominent shows shot in the Los Angeles area, though set elsewhere: Mad Men (New York), Grey's Anatomy (Seattle), Glee (Lima, Ohio), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Philadelphia), House (New Jersey) and How I Met Your Mother (New York).

Interestingly, in a role reversal for a show about a role reversal, Drop Dead Diva is set in Los Angeles but filmed in Peachtree City, Ga.

Forecast: Tampa Bayís bitter cold snap is finally over

Forecast: Tampa Bayís bitter cold snap is finally over

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Updated: 7 minutes ago

Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK ó A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by a car just before 10 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.Police were still investigating the crash in the 8700 block of 49th Street N late Saturday morning.Police shut down northbound 49th Street...
Updated: 23 minutes ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Clearwater man in critical condition after medical episode while driving

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. A Largo police off...
Updated: 1 hour ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Floridaís dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Romano: If UCF is national champion, then Iím a Hollywood stud

Romano: If UCF is national champion, then Iím a Hollywood stud

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said people were entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.Clearly, Moynihan never dealt with Florida legislators.Because around Tallahassee, facts are fungible. They arenít just up for debate, they...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON ó The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trumpís inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Updated: 11 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

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Published: 01/19/18

Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA ó It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Published: 01/19/18
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bayís local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bayís local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Published: 01/19/18