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Are there graves under Tropicana Field parking lots? Archaeologists want to find out

Are there graves under Tropicana Field parking lots? Archaeologists want to find out

/St. Petersburg's Oaklawn Cemetery was moved in the mid-20th century, but it has been long rumored that unmarked graves were left behind.ST. PETERSBURG — Thirty years ago, residents stepped forward when the city prepared to pave parking lots 1 and 2 for Tropicana Field.They thought caskets were under those 12 acres on the corner of 16th Street South and spreading from Third Avenue South to Fifth Avenue South.It was once the home to Oaklawn Cemetery, the city was told, and bodies were likely left behind when it was moved in the mid-20th century.Oaklawn was adjacent to two other cemeteries....

July 2, 2020
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First coffin is uncovered at Tampa’s erased Zion Cemetery

First coffin is uncovered at Tampa’s erased Zion Cemetery

/Archaeologists will continue their work to prove people are still buried all over the property. TAMPA — In 1951, a construction crew accidentally unearthed three caskets while building the 200 block of the Robles Park Village’s Moore Court.Back then, city officials told the Tampa Housing Authority that the graves belonged to Zion Cemetery. The all-black, segregation-era burial ground had been moved in the 1920s, the city claimed, and those were likely the only caskets left behind.The Housing Authority continued to build the housing project without further exploration.On Friday, a Zion...

June 26, 2020
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Documentary on the Villages shows it is not a utopia for everyone

Documentary on the Villages shows it is not a utopia for everyone

//‘Some Kind of Heaven’ premieres in theaters on Jan. 8 and on Video On Demand starting Jan. 15.THE VILLAGES — The documentary Some Kind of Heaven provides two life lessons: one on screen for the viewers and another behind the scenes for young filmmakers.The movie about the imperfect life in the Villages retirement community premieres in theaters on Jan. 8 and at home through Video On Demand starting Jan. 15.It is 24-year-old director and producer Lance Oppenheim’s feature documentary debut, but was co-produced by the New York Times and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky of Pi and The Wrestler...

December 23, 2020
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Growing up in Lutz, filmmaker was bored. He made a movie about it.

Growing up in Lutz, filmmaker was bored. He made a movie about it.

//The Tyler Riggs movie “God’s Waiting Room” is now streaming on Amazon Prime.LUTZ — Growing up, Tyler Riggs’ goal was to get out of Lutz.It was too small, too boring, too slow and too humid for him.Three years out of high school, Riggs, now 36, bought a one-way ticket to New York City.There, he launched a prosperous modeling career to fund acting school, moved to Hollywood, wrote a script, secured the financing, co-starred in and directed a movie.When he shot it, Riggs did so in Lutz.“They say to write what you know,” Riggs said. “I wanted to make a portrait of the Florida that I...

Aug 19
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Documentary explores the beauty of Rondo Hatton, Tampa’s disfigured horror icon

Documentary explores the beauty of Rondo Hatton, Tampa’s disfigured horror icon

//Titled “Rondo and Bob,” it screens Saturday at Cinema 6 in Port Richey, part of the Saints and Sinners Film Festival.TAMPA — A facial deformity turned once-handsome Hillsborough High School student Rondo Hatton into a horror film staple of the 1930s and 1940s, but did not prevent him from finding true love.Creative genius is what turned Robert Burns into a sought-after art director within the horror industry in the 1970s. Yet, despite having “normal looks,” the man who helped bring The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to the big screen could not find true love.Though Burns was 2 when Hatton died,...

November 12, 2020
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