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



    Casting Crowns, a Christian contemporary group, will perform at the USF Sun Dome on Saturday, March 18.
  2. Sissons hat trick sends Predators to first Cup final


    NASHVILLE — Colton Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, ensuring the Predators' magical postseason now includes the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup final after eliminating the Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Monday night.  …

    Predators left wing Pontus Aberg, right, has a step on Jakob Silfverberg as they chase the puck during the third period.
  3. Obituary says Richmond woman chose death over voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump


    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. Red Dawn's Powers Boothe passes away at age 68

    Stuck in the '80s

    I don’t know if there’s any character actor I loved more than Powers Boothe. And don’t be dismayed by the tag “character” actor. Boothe made every role he played larger than life. So much so that it’s almost impossible to believe the actor simply passed away Sunday morning from natural causes at age 68. …

  5. Couple blame heroin overdose in teen daughter's obituary


    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.  …

    Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake, mother of Alison Shuemake, is interviewed at her home, in Middletown, Ohio. Alison Shuemake, 18, died Aug. 26, after a suspected heroin overdose when she and her partner were found unresponsive at their home and needles were present nearby. [Associated Press]
  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 They weren’t staging a festival or anything. All they knew was that someday, somehow, they eventually would. …

  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


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  9. Leonard hurt in Spurs' overtime win


    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Danny Green scored seven of his 16 in overtime, and the Spurs overcame a right ankle injury to Kawhi Leonard to beat James Harden and the Rockets 110-107 in overtime on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their second-playoff series.  …

  10. 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. …

    The fantastic logo for the Florida Metal Fest. Please, someone, put this on a T-shirt.
  11. Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, dies at age 73

    The Feed

    NEW YORK — Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and whose Talking Heads documentary “Stop Making Sense” is considered one of the greatest concert films ever, has died. He was 73. …

    Jonathan Demme appears at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 24, 2006.  Demme died, Wednesday from complications from esophageal cancer in New York. He was 73.
  12. Joseph M. Joeb, former Hillsborough teacher, beloved curmudgeon, pens his own obituary


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

    Joseph Martin Joeb was a quirky and curmudgeonly artist, author and educator.
  13. Tampa Bay area Tuskegee Airman deserved name for work he did on the ground


    Willie N. Rogers was never comfortable being the center of attention. That's why for decades, he never talked about his place in the record books — as a member of World War II's legendary, all-black Tuskegee Airmen. …

    Family and friends of Willie Rogers applaud after the Association for the Study of African American Life and History presented Rogers with a 100th birthday pin at the St. Petersburg Museum of History in August 2015. Questions would be raised later, after Rogers' death last November, about whether he really was a member of the Tuskeegee Airmen. [Times file]
  14. Hillsborough detectives release name of third person injured in Plant City shooting


    PLANT CITY — Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies identified the man wounded in a fatal shootout between two brothers. …

    A patrol car blocks a private road off Varn Road on Saturday in Plant City, where brothers Milton and Perry Varn were killed.
  15. Obituaries


    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. …

  16. Obituaries


    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. …

  17. 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. …

  18. 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.” …

  19. 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.
  20. Sports in brief


    Soccer real madrid wins big in semi first leg MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to lead Real Madrid to a commanding 3-0 win over city rival Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday.  …

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