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

    Humaninterest

    subject label here hed will go here style is lede digest xyxyx About 5 inches of text will go here. subject label here hed will go here style is lede digest xyxyx …

  2. 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.”
  3. 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. …

    Obituary
  4. 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.” …

  5. Colbert writes Jeb's obituary over 'act of love' comment

    The Buzz

    Colbert on Jeb Bush's "act of love": On a more serious note, the Wall Street Journal editorial page likes Bush's message.

  6. Obituaries

    Incoming

    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. …

  7. USF suspends two weakside linebackers for two games

    Colleges

    TAMPA — From a game-experience perspective, USF's weakside linebacker spot will be especially weak at the season's outset. …

    South Florida Bulls linebacker Tashon Whitehurst (51) tackles UCF Knights wide receiver Jackie Williams (3) during the game between South Florida Bulls and UCF Knights at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Friday, November 28, 2014.
  8. Obituaries

    News

    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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    Obituaries

    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. …

  10. Obituaries

    Obituaries

    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.
  11. Obituaries

    Obituaries

    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." …

  12. Obituaries

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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. …

  13. Obituaries

    News

    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. …

  14. Obituaries

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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. …

  15. Obituaries also draw on life experience of the writer

    Perspective

    The extinguished torch. The anchor with a broken chain; the black-bordered condolence note or funeral invitation: just a few of the myriad ways we have marked death over time. They are all symbols trying to get at something. …

    MATT DECKER   |   Times
  16. The Hit really wasn't

    Perspective

    When Hall-of-Fame football player and former NFL broadcaster Frank Gifford died last Sunday at the age of 84, many of the obituaries mentioned "the Hit," an infamous tackle that gave Gifford a concussion, which supposedly knocked him temporarily out of pro football. Except the story as frequently told isn't quite true. …

    Frank Gifford lies unconscious on the icy field after his head slammed into the ground following a tackle by Chuck Bednarik (60).
  17. Obituaries

    Incoming

    Budd Schulberg, 95, who exposed the dark side of American ambition in his acclaimed Hollywood novel What Makes Sammy Run? and won an Academy Award for his screenplay depicting the mob-controlled longshoremen's union in the film classic On the Waterfront, died of natural causes Wednesday on Long Island, N.Y. …

  18. An obituary for bipartisanship in Washington

    The Buzz

    Depressing as it may be, it's worth considering the words of two veterans of the U.S. Senate: …

  19. An obituary for bipartisanship in Washington

    Stateroundup

    Depressing as it may be, it's worth considering the words of two veterans of the U.S. Senate: …

  20. After detour through St. Petersburg thrift store, cremated remains bound for family

    Bizarre

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sorting through piles of incoming donations a few weeks ago, workers at the PARC Thrift Store came upon a box they knew would never be slapped with a price tag.  …

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