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Tamara Lush has 73 articles published.

Nowhere left to run away to: The final days of the circus

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Goodbye to death-defying feats — daring young men (and women) on the flying trapeze, whip-wielding lion tamers, human cannonballs. Goodbye to the scent of peanuts and popcorn, the thrill of three rings, the jaunty bum-bum-dadadada of circus music. Send out the clowns. The Big Top is coming down — for good. On Saturday, officials of the company that owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it will close in May, ending a 146-year run that dates…

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With the loss of its celebrities, Gen X ponders mortality

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Princess Leia was our first girl movie heroine, and we made our moms braid brunette yarn so we’d have earmuff buns for Halloween. Carol Brady of “The Brady Bunch” was the ideal mother we probably didn’t have, because our moms had to work and left us latchkey kids home alone, with TV and processed food our only companions. Carrie Fisher and Florence Henderson — and other icons of Generation X’s youth — are now gone, stolen by the cruel thief…

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A rose for family of U.S. plantation owner executed by Fidel Castro

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One of Miami’s oldest cemeteries is so close to the Fidel Castro death celebrations at Café Versailles in Little Havana that its marble angels echo with conga-line cheers from Calle Ocho. Most of the people interred at Caballero Woodlawn Cemetery-North on Southwest Eighth Street — the many Cubans buried there, for sure — hoped to live long enough to hear the celebrations. There’s Jorge Mas Canosa, a Bay of Pigs veteran and founder of the Cuban American National Foundation, resting…

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Ex-Gov. Charlie Crist aims for political comeback in House

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It’s a sunny fall day at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg, and Charlie Crist is in his element. “What’s your name?,” he purrs to a woman in a wheelchair, taking her hand. He beams a white smile that matches his snow-white hair, contrasting with his tan face. “May I get a picture?” he asks, bending down on one knee. The woman giggles. Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, is a former governor, former state attorney general and was on the short list…

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Mosaic hopes to plug giant sinkhole by spring

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A massive sinkhole at a fertilizer plant should be plugged by spring, months after contaminated water and waste began flowing into Florida’s main drinking water aquifer, the company said Friday. In an email to The Associated Press, Mosaic spokeswoman Callie Neslund said the company recently finished a survey of the sinkhole cavity. “Based on the survey results, the company now has a better understanding of the sinkhole dimensions – which is a critical step in remediating the sinkhole,” she wrote. Neslund said…

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Love Disney’s ‘Dory’ fish? Soon, you could get your own

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Someday soon, you might be able to find Disney’s beloved “Dory” in your own aquarium – and the beautiful blue tang fish will be bred in Florida, not the Pacific Ocean. After six years of study, a team of researchers at the University of Florida, along with the Rising Tide Conservation, have figured out how to breed the saltwater fish in tanks for the first time. This could be a potential boon to Florida’s $27 million aquaculture industry, which breeds…

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Charlie Crist waits for winner of David Jolly v. Mark Bircher GOP primary

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He’s been Florida’s Republican governor, was considered a potential vice presidential candidate and almost became a U.S. Senator. But Charlie Crist is aiming a bit lower for his political comeback in 2016, running for the U.S. House after switching his party to Democrat. The always smiling, always suntanned Crist is running against U.S. Rep. David Jolly in a redrawn district including his hometown of St. Petersburg, following a redistricting process widely seen as eroding advantages of incumbents and possibly allowing…

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