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Tampa man dies cutting branches with chainsaw

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A Tampa man died Monday while working with a chainsaw to clear branches after Hurricane Irma crossed through the Bay area.

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Frank Attkisson killed in bicycle-car crash

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Former Osceola County chairman, Florida state representative, and Kissimmee Mayor Frank Attkisson was killed Thursday night when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Attkisson, 61, was riding on Kissimmee Park Road near St. Cloud around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when his bike was struck from behind by a car driven by 26-year-old Kristie Jean Knoebel of St. Cloud, according to the patrol. The crash is being investigated. Attkisson was transported to Osceola…

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If you’re old enough to get married, you’re old enough to have a will

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If you’re old enough to get married, you’re old enough to have a will, but that’s not something the Wedding Planner will tell you. Your parents probably won’t tell you, either; it’s a statistically safe bet that your parents, your grandparents, and your wedding planner don’t have a will of their own. Death is hard. It’s supposed to be hard. But it happens to the best of us, and to the worst. It can come suddenly, shockingly, to someone far…

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Court orders oral arguments in smoking death case

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The state’s highest court has set oral arguments in an appeal of a punitive damages award against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. The Florida Supreme Court, which accepted jurisdiction this May, will hear the case March 8, court filings show. At trial, a jury found smoker James E. Schoeff 25 percent at fault in his death. He had “died from lung cancer caused by his addiction to cigarettes,” according to court documents.  The suit is one of many Engle progeny cases in which the court,…

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Today on Context Florida: Death awaits, sobering answers to ISIS threat and full college graduation

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Today on Context Florida: Death happens to the best of us, and also to the worst. Florence Snyder says that the Grim Reaper is waiting, we just don’t when or where. This Thanksgiving, she suggests to skip the competition for Smartest Guy in the Room and Prettiest Presentation of Green Bean Casserole and focus — really focus — on learning something we didn’t know about someone who shares our holiday table. That’s as close as we can come to cheating death.…

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