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WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

WESLEY CHAPEL — Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, a former star with World Wrestling Entertainment who was known for his maniacal laugh, long goatee beard and powerhouse moves, died on Monday. He was 63.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Mr. Neidhart fel...
Published: 08/13/18
Epilogue: Former Clearwater police chief left a mark here and across the state

Epilogue: Former Clearwater police chief left a mark here and across the state

CLEARWATER — Once you met Willis Booth, you had a friend and a mentor for life. Tim Moore remembers meeting Mr. Booth briefly at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He was a "nobody" and yet after their brief encounter, Mr. Booth sat him down ...
Published: 08/08/18
Neighborhood liaison Carla Lewis, one of City Hall’s ‘all-time favorites,’ dies at 56

Neighborhood liaison Carla Lewis, one of City Hall’s ‘all-time favorites,’ dies at 56

TAMPA — On her LinkedIn page, Carla Lewis calls herself "two faced."Her "professional face," she wrote, is dynamic and motivated, and her "fun face" loves to dance.But those who knew Lewis, the longtime neighborhood liaison for the city of Tampa, say...
Updated one month ago
Navy’s first female admiral has died

Navy’s first female admiral has died

ORLANDO, Fla. — Rear Admiral Alene Duerk, the Navy’s first female admiral, who became a trailblazer as the Navy opened up more opportunities for women, has died. She was 98 years old.Duerk died on July 21, according to a news release last week from t...
Updated one month ago
Sergio Marchionne, auto executive who brought Chrysler back from the brink, dies at 66

Sergio Marchionne, auto executive who brought Chrysler back from the brink, dies at 66

Sergio Marchionne, the master negotiator who engineered one of the most brazen automotive deals in history when he convinced the U.S. government to sell bankrupt automaker Chrysler to Itay’s Fiat, and turned the combined Fiat Chrysler into one of the...
Updated one month ago
Epilogue: Al Schiff engineered career to put family first

Epilogue: Al Schiff engineered career to put family first

TAMPA — In a lifetime of remarkable accomplishments, executive engineer Alfred "Al" Schiff considered his family life to be the greatest accomplishment of all.A pioneer of the industrial controls industry, Mr. Schiff integrated the expertise of an en...
Updated one month ago
Epilogue: Carolyn Nelson is remembered for her big heart, a love for education and a gift for guidance

Epilogue: Carolyn Nelson is remembered for her big heart, a love for education and a gift for guidance

For years as a guidance counselor at St. Petersburg High, Carolyn Harris Nelson helped scores of students navigate their way toward their next steps in life.One of them was Ryan Halstead, now an assistant principal at the school, who recalls that Mrs...
Updated one month ago
A victim of vile abuse at Florida reform school, he spent his life fighting for justice

A victim of vile abuse at Florida reform school, he spent his life fighting for justice

Robert W. Straley, who turned the horror of childhood rape and torture into an unfinished quest for truth and reconciliation — as well as the reform of Florida’s long-troubled juvenile justice system — has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.Mr. Str...
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West Tampa loses John LaBarbera, one of the last Spaghetti Benders

West Tampa loses John LaBarbera, one of the last Spaghetti Benders

Known as the "Spaghetti Benders," they were a group of Latin men who from the 1950s through early 1990s hosted pasta dinners that drew massive crowds of Tampa residents to parks throughout the year for the benefit of charities and political candidate...
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Epilogue: Johnny Green, a living rock ’n’ roll Rolodex

Epilogue: Johnny Green, a living rock ’n’ roll Rolodex

As dozens passed through the veterans hospital in Bay Pines to visit John "Johnny" Green, nurses wondered: Who is this guy?"He’s sort of a local rock star," Lyn Orns, a longtime friend, told them.It was true.Mr. Green spent his 40-year career promoti...
Updated one month ago