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WWE great Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

WWE great Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

PITTSBURGH — Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling’s "Living Legend" and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82.Family friend and former wrestling announcer Christopher Cruise said Sammartino died Wednesday morning and ...
Published: 04/18/18
Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, who was the wife of one president and the mother of another and whose embrace of her image as America’s warmhearted grandmother belied her influence and mettle, died April 17. She was 92.The office of her husband, former president Georg...
Published: 04/17/18
Epilogue: Muralist Matt Callahan ‘lived 100 percent, 100 percent all the time’

Epilogue: Muralist Matt Callahan ‘lived 100 percent, 100 percent all the time’

With sprawling murals painted on businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area and as far away as Anaheim, Matthew Callahan was known locally as one of the best of his trade. But friends such as Sean Moore cling to smaller pieces with personal significan...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/18/18
R. Lee Ermey, drill sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, drill sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ dies at 74

.LOS ANGELES — R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s "Full Metal Jacket," has died. Ermey’s longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning ...
Published: 04/15/18
WWE’s ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant killed crossing street

WWE’s ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant killed crossing street

PITTSBURGH — Former professional wrestling champion "Luscious" Johnny Valiant has died after being struck crossing a street in a Pittsburgh suburb. The Allegheny County medical examiner says in a statement that 71-year-old Thomas Sullivan died Wednes...
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Epilogue: USF professor was a real life Indiana Jones

Epilogue: USF professor was a real life Indiana Jones

He was Tampa’s own Indiana Jones.James Francis Strange never carried a bullwhip, saved damsels in distress or kept the Nazis from acquiring religious relics that could conquer the world.But like the movie character, he was a biblical archaeologist wh...
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Longtime Pasco Circuit judge with ‘zest for life’ dies at 78

Longtime Pasco Circuit judge with ‘zest for life’ dies at 78

WESLEY CHAPEL — Ray E. "Gene" Ulmer Jr., whose nearly four decades as a Pasco-Pinellas Circuit judge made him a fixture in the court, died March 7. He was 78. Judge Ulmer was known for his practical jokes, the wisdom he dished out in court, and later...
Updated one month ago
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and former wife of Nelson Mandela, dies at 81

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and former wife of Nelson Mandela, dies at 81

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, whose hallowed place in the pantheon of South Africa’s liberators was eroded by scandal over corruption, kidnapping, murder and the adulterous implosion of her fabled marriage to Nelson Mandela, died early Monday in Johanne...
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‘Hill Street Blues’ creator Steven Bochco dies

‘Hill Street Blues’ creator Steven Bochco dies

LOS ANGELES — Steven Bochco, the Emmy-winning television writer-producer who brought Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue to the small screen, died Sunday. He was 74.A family spokesman told the Associated Press that Mr. Bochco died in his sleep ...
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H. Wayne Huizenga, billionaire entrepreneur and Miami sports icon, dies at 80

H. Wayne Huizenga, billionaire entrepreneur and Miami sports icon, dies at 80

H. Wayne Huizenga’s father once offered his boy the kind of sage advice many parents give their children:"You can’t make money working for somebody else."Huizenga, unlike many, listened. And learned.As a result, Huizenga, who died at age 80 in Fort L...
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