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  1. Music Planner: Busch Gardens gets wistful with Jason Isbell, John Hiatt; Obituary comes home

    Music

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    Casting Crowns, a Christian contemporary group, will perform at the USF Sun Dome on Saturday, March 18.
  2. Sports in brief

    Sports

    SWIMMING 'IRON LADY' ELECTRIFIES HOMETOWN FANS BUDAPEST, Hungary — With Katie Ledecky getting the night off, Hungary's Iron Lady seized the moment Monday at the world championships. …

    Katinka “Iron Lady” Hosszu of Hungary wins the 200-meter individual medley in her home country.
  3. Obituary says Richmond woman chose death over voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump

    Nation

    Mary Anne Noland's obituary certainly seems to be a slam against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It reads: "Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God." …

    Mary Anne Noland, 68, died Sunday. Her obituary says, ""Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God." Her husband, Jim, explains it wasn't really a slam against the candidates, but rather a joke among her family. [Billey Funeral Home]
  4. Couple blame heroin overdose in teen daughter's obituary

    Nation

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Confronted with the sudden death of their 18-year-old daughter, Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake made a defiant decision: they would not worry about any finger-pointing, whispers or family stigma.  …

    A high school graduation picture of Alison Shuemake, center, and her parents Fred Shuemake, left, and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake, rests on a table at her parents' home, in Middletown, Ohio. Dorothy and Fred Shuemake are drawing attention to the deadly heroin problem by citing the drug in their daughter's obituary. Alison Shuemake, 18, died Aug. 26, after a suspected heroin overdose.  [Associated Press]
  5. Sports in brief

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    CYCLING Froome keeps lead despite broken wheel LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France — Chris Froome fought back from a bike breakdown to cling onto his race leader's yellow jersey in Stage 15 of the Tour de France, won Sunday with a solo breakaway by Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands.  …

  6. Obituary's Donald Tardy talks Florida Metal Fest: 'We just want Tampa to have a great festival'

    Sound Check

    A dozen years ago, John and Donald Tardy bought the website FloridaMetalFest.com. They weren’t staging a festival or anything. All they knew was that someday, somehow, they eventually would. …

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  7. Florida Metal Fest: Schedule, set times for Obituary, Deicide, Corrosion of Conformity and more

    Sound Check

    We're long overdue for a death metal festival in Tampa. Thankfully, next weekend brings the Florida Metal Fest, featuring two of the city's own death metal heroes, Obituary and Deicide, as well as out-of-towners like Corrosion of Conformity (above), Trouble, Madball and more. …

  8. Woman's request in obituary: Don't vote for Hillary Clinton

    Humaninterest

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  9. Florida Metal Fest: Obituary, Deicide, more coming to Cuban Club in Tampa

    Sound Check

    Could it be? Is this the all-encompassing Tampa death metal festival fans have been waiting for their whole lives? Two of Tampa's "big four" of death metal bands, Obituary, above, and Deicide, are slated to headline the inaugural Florida Metal Fest, Jan. 30 at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. …

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  10. Funeral service today for legendary Hillsborough football coach Billy Turner

    Obituaries

    A funeral Mass will be held this morning for former Chamberlain High School football coach Billy Turner, who died June 9 at age 79 after a long bout with cancer. The Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5225 N Himes Avenue in Tampa. …

    The winningest football coach in Hillsborough County history, Billy Turner died Friday morning after a half-decade bout with cancer. He was 79. (Times file)
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    Allan R. Sandage, 84, who spent his life measuring the universe, becoming the most influential astronomer of his generation, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 13 in San Gabriel, Calif. Over more than six decades, he wrote more than 500 papers, ranging across the cosmos, covering the evolution and behavior of stars, the birth of the Milky Way galaxy, the age of the universe and the discovery of the first quasar, not to mention the Hubble constant, a famously contested number that measures the rate of expansion of the universe. …

  12. Joseph M. Joeb, former Hillsborough teacher, beloved curmudgeon, pens his own obituary

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — It would surprise no one who knew Joseph M. Joeb that he wrote his own obituary. Or how he wrote it. …

    Mr. Joeb wrote in his obituary that he was “politically incorrect, curmudgeonly, a fan of shaggy dog stories and elephant jokes.”
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    Marina Semyonova, 102, the Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina during the Soviet era, died in Moscow on Wednesday (June 9, 2010) just a few days after her birthday. She performed with the Bolshoi from 1930 until 1952. Her repertoire included Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, and title characters in Raymonda, Giselle and La Esmeralda. In 1937, her husband, Lev Karakhan, a senior Soviet diplomat, was executed as part of Josef Stalin's purges. …

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    Chris Haney, 59, a former Canadian journalist whose fascination with entertaining, barely useful tidbits of information led him to co-create the bestselling board game Trivial Pursuit, died Monday (May 31, 2010) in Toronto. He had been in poor health the past two years with kidney and circulatory problems, said Scott Abbott, who created the game with Haney more than 30 years ago. Before data hounds had Google, there was Trivial Pursuit, a board game that elevated the acquisition of a wide range of arcane knowledge to a coveted social skill. …

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    Guenter Wendt, 86, a driven and disciplined engineer who ran operations at the launchpad before some of America's most celebrated space missions, died May 3 in Merritt Island. He had congestive heart failure and complications from a stroke. …

    Guenter Wendt, the original pad leader for NASA’s manned space program, coaxes a smile out of astronaut John Glenn after a mission was scrubbed.
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    Herb Ellis, 88, a jazz guitar virtuoso who swung hard behind such jazz luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Stan Getz and was a member of the celebrated Oscar Peterson Trio in the 1950s, died March 28, 2010, at his home in Los Angeles. In a career that spanned six decades, the Texas-born Mr. Ellis was regarded as one of the finest jazz guitar soloists. Innovative guitarist Les Paul said, "If you're not swinging, he's gonna make you swing." …

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    Ella Mae Johnson, 106, a former social worker who attended Barack Obama's inauguration in her wheelchair shortly after her 105th birthday, died Monday (March 22, 2010) in Cleveland. She experienced and overcame racial prejudice in America throughout the last century. She said she saw Obama as sending a message that goes deeper than just setting an example of what blacks can accomplish. "I want my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be able to say, 'She was there,' " she said. …

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    Bob Biniak, 51, whose daring and innovative skateboarding style as one of the original Dogtown Z-Boys helped revitalize the pursuit in the 1970s, died Feb. 25, 2010, in Jacksonville Beach, four days after having a heart attack. As he pioneered vertical skateboarding in the then-new terrain of empty swimming pools, Mr. Biniak's favorite spot in the mid 1970s was a pool behind a Beverly Hills mansion that was called keyhole, for its shape. It was one of dozens the skaters essentially commandeered. "He was very cool and really fun to be with," said Stacy Peralta, a filmmaker and fellow Z-Boy who chronicled their exploits in the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. …

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    Kermit Tyler, 96, an American pilot who dismissed initial reports of what turned out to be the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Jan. 23, 2010, in San Diego. He had suffered two strokes in the past two years. Mr. Tyler was on duty Dec. 7, 1941, when two privates reported a large blip on their radar screen. Mr. Tyler famously responded, "Don't worry about it," thinking it was a flight of U.S. B-17 bombers. Those words haunted him for years, though congressional committees and military inquiries that looked into what happened at Pearl Harbor did not find him at fault. …

  20. Breaking news: Kirk Douglas lives! Obituary was false alarm

    The Juice

    Calm down, Twitter. Kirk Douglas is still alive, so save those #RIPs for another day. After People magazine erroneously published the actor’s obituary, the Internet flipped out, prompting Douglas to tell USA Today, “The announcement of my death is premature. I’m looking forward to turning 98 next week.” …

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