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Epilogue: St. Petersburg officer Donald Sigley did ‘community policing’ before it had a name

Epilogue: St. Petersburg officer Donald Sigley did ‘community policing’ before it had a name

ST. PETERSBURG – While most of the city slept, St. Petersburg police officer Donald Sigley kept the streets safe and taught new officers how to gain respect from residents, whether they needed help or handcuffs.During slow periods, Sigley often summo...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Former New Port Richey mayor remembered for community service, friendship

Former New Port Richey mayor remembered for community service, friendship

NEW PORT RICHEY — Frank Parker always wanted to give back, his wife Judy said.The former New Port Richey mayor and councilman cared about his community and worked to make it a better place, she said.Mr. Parker, 72, died early Sunday after a long illn...
Published: 05/24/18
Philip Roth, towering novelist who explored lust, Jewish life and America, dies at 85

Philip Roth, towering novelist who explored lust, Jewish life and America, dies at 85

Philip Roth, whose sexually scandalous comic novel "Portnoy’s Complaint" brought him literary celebrity after its publication in 1969 and who was eventually hailed as one of America’s greatest living authors for the blunt force and controlled fury of...
Published: 05/23/18
Artist Robert Indiana, known for ‘LOVE’ series, dies at 89

Artist Robert Indiana, known for ‘LOVE’ series, dies at 89

PORTLAND, Maine — Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s "LOVE" series, has died at his island home off the coast of Maine. He was 89. Indiana died on Saturday from respiratory failure at his Victorian home in a converted Odd Fellows hal...
Published: 05/22/18
Epilogue: No one could say ‘no’ to Port Richey funeral director, community cheerleader

Epilogue: No one could say ‘no’ to Port Richey funeral director, community cheerleader

NEW PORT RICHEY — It was a sleepy little town when Roger Eugene Michels landed in 1964 as general manager of the Duval Funeral Home.Right off, he got to building a legacy of altruism and civic duty in the New Port Richey community — one that will en...
Published: 05/17/18
Tom Wolfe, apostle of ‘New Journalism’ who captured extravagance of his times, dies at 88

Tom Wolfe, apostle of ‘New Journalism’ who captured extravagance of his times, dies at 88

The birth of the literary movement known as New Journalism can be traced to one coffee-fueled episode in 1963: Tom Wolfe’s all-nighter. He had been sent to California by Esquire magazine to report on a gathering of custom-car designers and casually c...
Published: 05/15/18
Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the ‘Superman’ franchise, dies

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the ‘Superman’ franchise, dies

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died.Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, Montana, posted a notice on its website saying...
Published: 05/14/18
Tampa bakery owner, boxing promoter Phil Alessi Sr. dead at 74

Tampa bakery owner, boxing promoter Phil Alessi Sr. dead at 74

Some may know the Alessi name from the 106-year-old Tampa bakery. Others may recognize Tampa-based Alessi Promotions that produced boxing cards around the world.On Sunday, family patriarch Phil Alessi Sr., the man most responsible for growing the Ale...
Updated one month ago
Developer Bill Bishop created

Developer Bill Bishop created "walkable communities"

Bill Bishop was a developer by definition, but those who know him best considered him to be an artist whose canvas was Hillsborough County.Among the communities he created from scratch are Pebble Creek, Westchase, Waterchase and Highland Park. He als...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Actor Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from ‘Austin Powers’ films, dead at 49

Actor Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from ‘Austin Powers’ films, dead at 49

LOS ANGELES — Actor Verne Troyer from the Austin Powers movie franchise has died. A statement provided by Troyer’s spokesperson that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday. No cause or place of...
Updated one month ago