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Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

TAMPA — Friends and family have a saying about Lee Thornton Davis Jr. Once you met him, even for just a moment, you knew him forever."He was the most outgoing person I’d ever met," Dick Greco said, which is something coming from Tampa’s gregarious, 8...
Published: 02/23/18
Billy Graham found his calling as a Bible college student in Tampa

Billy Graham found his calling as a Bible college student in Tampa

TAMPA — It is a story as old as the Old Testament itself: the righteous man who comes out of a corrupt and sinful place.Noah rode out the flood.Moses led his people out of Egypt.And Billy Graham emerged as a young evangelist from Tampa, a city of rac...
Published: 02/21/18
Evangelist Billy Graham, preacher to presidents, dies at age 99

Evangelist Billy Graham, preacher to presidents, dies at age 99

MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99. Graham, who l...
Published: 02/21/18
Epilogue: Tourism community remembers Paradise founder Cedar Hames

Epilogue: Tourism community remembers Paradise founder Cedar Hames

When Cedar Hames spoke, you listened.He was a natural storyteller, always dressed sharp to match his wit and natural elegance. He grew a two-person business in St. Petersburg into a leading tourism, advertising and marketing agency over an esteemed 3...
Published: 02/19/18
Updated: 02/20/18
Popular crooner Vic Damone dies in Florida at age 89

Popular crooner Vic Damone dies in Florida at age 89

MIAMI — Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as "the best pipes in the business," has died in Florida at the age of 89, his daughter said. Victoria Damone told the Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that h...
Published: 02/12/18
Reg E. Cathey, actor on ‘House of Cards,’ ‘The Wire,’ dies at 59

Reg E. Cathey, actor on ‘House of Cards,’ ‘The Wire,’ dies at 59

Reg E. Cathey, whose distinctive baritone and memorable roles on hugely popular television shows like House of Cards and The Wire won him legions of fans and an Emmy Award, died Friday at his home in New York City. He was 59.His death was announced b...
Published: 02/10/18
John Mahoney, who played cranky dad on ‘Frasier,’ dies at 77

John Mahoney, who played cranky dad on ‘Frasier,’ dies at 77

LOS ANGELES — John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad in Frasier" played counterpoint to pompous sons Frasier and Niles, has died. Mahoney was 77. The actor died Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalization, Paul Martino, his manager for ...
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Nazi past followed Ikea founder to his death

Nazi past followed Ikea founder to his death

In 1943, Ingvar Kamprad was a 17-year-old budding entrepreneur selling udder balm, picture frames and other small-town wares from his home in rural Sweden. That year, he founded a mail-order company called Ikea, initials taken after his name and that...
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Naomi Parker Fraley, the real Rosie the Riveter, dies at 96

Naomi Parker Fraley, the real Rosie the Riveter, dies at 96

Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley.Over the years, a welter of American women have been identified as the model for Rosie, the war worker of 1940s popular culture who became a femi...
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Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, dies at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, dies at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Irish rock band the Cranberries, died Monday in London. She was 46.Her death was announced by her publicist, who did not specify the cause."Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in Lo...
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