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

    Music

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    Tampa death metal icons Obituary are performing at the Orpheum on Sunday, March 19.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.  …

    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]
  4. 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
  5. 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. …

  6. Keselowski wins Las Vegas pole

    Autoracing

    LAS VEGAS — Brad Keselowski will begin his bid for a third victory in the past four NASCAR Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the pole after topping Kobalt 400 qualifying Friday night.  …

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

    Humaninterest

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  8. 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.
  9. Movie Planner: 'The Last Word,' 'Life,' 'CHiPs' and 'Power Rangers'

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    From left, Amanda Seyfried, Shirley MacLaine and AnnJewel Lee Dixon star in The Last Word.
  10. 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.”
  11. Tampa deli owner, adopted at birth, discovers five siblings at age 53

    Humaninterest

    TAMPA Jimmy Nichols walked into his new downtown deli and looked through the lunchtime crowd to find his wife Sally behind the counter. She caught his look, flashed a smile, and tears welled in their eyes. …

    It was Sally Nichols who got the ball rolling December on finally searching for husband Jimmy’s birth family. They soon learned the family had been looking for him, too, and they reunited in New York.
  12. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 19

    Events

    Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Jason Isbell and John Hiatt Trio: The annual festival runs weekends noon to 9 p.m. through April 30 with concerts starting at 7 p.m. You'll find sample size portions of gourmet food, wine and cocktails, horticultural masterpieces and festival related games through out the park. Noon, Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $99, $79 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.  …

    For music planner on 10/13/16: Handout photo of Jason Isbell, who is performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall on 10/19/16. Credit: David McClister.
  13. Reports: Raiders find new Vegas stadium financing

    Bucs

    ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders told the NFL on Monday they have a new partner to finance their proposed stadium in Las Vegas: Bank of America.  …

  14. 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. …

  15. 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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    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.
  19. USF women routed by UConn again in AAC tournament title game

    College

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Katie Lou Samuelson had 40 points and hit all 10 of her 3-pointers to lead top-ranked UConn to a 100-44 rout of USF in the American Athletic Conference tournament final on Monday.  …

    Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson shoots over South Florida's Ariadna Pujol during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) CTJH117
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    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." …

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