Friday, November 17, 2017
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Ferdie Pacheco, the ‘Fight Doctor’ and Muhammad Ali’s physician, dead at 89

Ferdie Pacheco, the ‘Fight Doctor’ and Muhammad Ali’s physician, dead at 89

Ferdie Pacheco’s final regret might be that someone else wrote his obituary — someone who didn’t know, as he did, how great he was."He had no self-doubt," his daughter Tina Pacheco said with a laugh. "He will be mad at me."She laments that it will ta...
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Published: 11/13/17

Published: 11/10/17
Parker Thomson, defender of the First Amendment, dies at 85

Parker Thomson, defender of the First Amendment, dies at 85

Prominent First Amendment attorney and Miami arts pioneer Parker Thomson died Friday. He was 85.Before he was a partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, the Harvard-trained attorney teamed up with fellow Harvard grad Dan Paul to form Paul & Thomson. From 1...
Published: 11/06/17
Epilogue: Ray Emmons, early Clearwater police investigator of Scientology, dies at 75

Epilogue: Ray Emmons, early Clearwater police investigator of Scientology, dies at 75

CLEARWATER — Ray Emmons was an experienced vice and intelligence sergeant with the Clearwater Police Department in 1981 when he began the assignment that would become his legacy.By then, the mysterious group that arrived six years earlier and bought ...
Published: 11/02/17
Jan Platt, Hillsborough County’s voice for the environment, dies at 81

Jan Platt, Hillsborough County’s voice for the environment, dies at 81

TAMPA — Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt, for more than 40 years a clear and often solitary voice for the environment, good government and libraries, died Friday evening. She was 81.Mrs. Platt was often known as "Commissioner No" for...
Published: 11/01/17
Updated: 11/06/17

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Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at 89

Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at 89

NEW ORLEANS — Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89.Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jef...
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‘Benson’ and ‘Lion King’ actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

‘Benson’ and ‘Lion King’ actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

NEW YORK — Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms "Soap" and "Benson," has died at age 89. Guillaum...
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Paul Weitz, NASA astronaut and Commander of first flight of space shuttle Challenger, dies at 85

Paul Weitz, NASA astronaut and Commander of first flight of space shuttle Challenger, dies at 85

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85. Weitz died at his retirement home in Flagstaff, Arizona, on M...
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