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109-year-old man dies

Published Aug. 27, 2005

A 109-year-old Cuban-American man, one of the oldest people living in Florida, has died, his family said.

Gaspar Diaz died Sunday at a daughter's house.

Born Jan. 18, 1895, Diaz had been the wealthy owner of a jewelry business in Cuba until the stock market crash in 1929 and later worked as a jack-of-all-trades. In the 1950s he moved to Queens, N.Y. He lived on his own until he was 104 and his three daughters persuaded him to join them in Florida.

Red Tide suspected in rash of dolphin deaths

PANAMA CITY BEACH _ The recent death toll among wild dolphins in the Florida Panhandle climbed to 90 on Wednesday, and two more captive dolphins were sick at Gulf World Marine Park, where a pair of the marine mammals died last week.

Tissue analysis of bottlenose dolphins that died in the wild indicates they were exposed to Red Tide, but more tests are pending to see whether that's what killed them.

Red Tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a naturally occurring algae that can kill fish and other marine life.

_ Wire reports