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  1. Philadelphia Eagles fan gets last laugh with obituary

    Bucs

    PORT REPUBLIC, N.J. — A New Jersey man has taken a parting shot at the Philadelphia Eagles in his obituary. Jeffrey Riegel died last Friday. Before his death, the 56-year-old Port Republic, New Jersey, man promised friends a funny message in his obituary.  …

    In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, a fan wears a paper bag on his head in the stands of Lincoln Financial Field during the second half of an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Bucs in Philadelphia. [AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File]
  2. Music Planner: Busch Gardens gets wistful with Jason Isbell, John Hiatt; Obituary comes home

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    Tampa death metal icons Obituary are performing at the Orpheum on Sunday, March 19.
  3. Tampa man calls neighbor over to car, fatally shoots him, police say

    Crime

    TAMPA — Matthew Downey and his wife were standing in an alley near their home at Westshore Yacht Club on Saturday night when a neighbor called them over to his car. Then, a flash of gunfire. Moments later, the 57-year-old father of three was dead.  …

    Brian Baker has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Matthew J. Downey, both 57, about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
  4. Tampa girl, 4, dies of gunshot reaching for candy

    News

    TAMPA — One day last week, 4-year-old Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse looking for candy, her father says. Instead, she found a gun. She accidently pulled the trigger and was shot in the chest. …

    Nelly Zoller, 4, died Sept. 14 after what was reported to be an accidental gunshot wound. [Family photo]
  5. FSU's Jimbo Fisher understands hurricane disruption

    Sports

    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says his coaches, players, and their families have safely experienced Hurricane Irma, and are moving forward toward getting back into the swing of the season. …

    Jimbo Fisher went through hurricanes Katrina and Rita as an assistant at LSU in 2005.
  6. 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]
  7. SoundBytes: Ookay, Branford Marsalis, Whitechapel and more

    Sound Check

    -- DJ and producer Ookay is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 13, alongside Fox Stevenson. Click here. …

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  8. 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]
  9. 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. …

    Obituary
  10. 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. …

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

    Humaninterest

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  12. 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.
  13. 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. …

  14. 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.”
  15. 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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    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. …

  20. 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. …

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