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Spoiled by mobsters, Meyer Lansky's daughter recalls family men, not killers

Posted in People on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Spoiled by mobsters, Meyer Lansky's daughter recalls family men, not killers

The daughter sits on the front porch of a little bungalow in Seminole Heights, her new home since her husband died a few months ago down south. She misses him, but she's making do.

At 76, she has her health, and friends. And her son, Gary. And she has the memories.

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Actor Assante energizes indie film industry in Tampa

Posted in People on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Actor Assante energizes indie film industry in Tampa

Many know Assante as the Emmy Award-winning, four-time Golden Globe-nominated actor from Hollywood hits such as “The Mambo Kings,” “American Gangster” and “1492: Conquest of Paradise.”

Assante is also much sought-after in the world of independent film.

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Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side!

Posted in People on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Written by Paul Guzzo

Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side!

Sandra Lansky was 13 when she first learned her father was notorious.

She thought he was a jukebox salesman until she stopped at a newsstand in Central Park in 1951 and saw him on a magazine cover. The story described Meyer Lansky as the accountant for the mob, a man who helped build casino empires in Las Vegas and Cuba–and ordered the murders of his enemies.

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Abispo Verdi- The Green Mosquito

Posted in People on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Written by Jack Fernandez

Abispo Verdi- The Green Mosquito

During the 1940s, Tampa roiled in political corruption. With the aid of a few close friends Albert Knapp began publishing an underground newspaper. The mimeographed paper featured open letters mysteriously signed “Abispo Verdi” in a squiggly hand. Using a green stamp pad, Knapp certified each letter as “official” with the impression of an anopheles mosquito poised to strike.

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A Treasure in Our Midst

Posted in People on Friday, December 06, 2013. Written by Peter Kayafas

The Great Circus Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier

A Treasure in Our Midst

The cultural treasure left to us by American photographer Frederick W. Glasier (1866-1950) provides a rare and privileged view of what the circus looked liked during its heyday at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Glasier’s photographic oeuvre also provides us with a remarkable example of what it is that truly makes a great photographer, and reveals to us how certain institutions can play an essential role in preserving such important work for future audiences. 

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Marti’s Historic Pistol is Just Out of History’s Reach

Posted in People on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Written by Paul Guzzo

Marti’s Historic Pistol is Just Out of History’s Reach

I have found Jose Marti’s famed Ybor City pistol … well, kind of.

My July 7 history column raised questions about whether a gun once carried by Jose Marti in Tampa made its way back to Cuba and was used in the 1951 suicide of Cuban revolutionary Eduardo Chibas–an event some historians believe inspired Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution.

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