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  1. Actor Johnny Depp introduces a film at the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Thursday, June 22, 2017. [Grant Pollard | Invision/AP]
  2. Looking Back: St. Petersburg does the Calypso with Jacques Cousteau (July 15, 1975)


    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on July 15, 1975. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Weaver Tripp.

    Jacques Cousteau (center), Sen. John T. Ware, R-St. Petersburg (left) and an unidentified man (right) speak to the media about potentially moving the Cousteau Society to the city of St. Petersburg.

TIMES | Weaver Tripp
  3. Coroner: Cocaine, heroin and ecstasy found in Carrie Fisher's system (w/video)


    LOS ANGELES — Carrie Fisher's autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death.

    A coroner's report released Monday, June 19, 2017, shows that Carrie Fisher had cocaine, ecstasy and heroin in her system when she became ill on a 
London to Los Angeles flight in December. The reports states it is difficult to pinpoint when the drugs were taken and their impact on Fisher's Dec. 27, 2016 death, which was caused by sleep apnea and other undetermined factors, Fisher's autopsy report states. [Associated Press]
  4. 'He broke me': A defiant, tearful Kathy Griffin slams attacks by Trump and his family


    A defiant, tearful Kathy Griffin said on Friday that she regretted making a photo of herself holding a mask that looked like President Trump's bloody severed head, but that she wasn't going to stop criticizing the president or fighting for others to do so.

    In this Dec. 7, 2016 file photo, comedian Kathy Griffin poses at The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles. [Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File]
  5. Kathy Griffin says she went way too far when she appeared in a brief video on May 31, 2017, holding what looked like President Donald Trump's bloody, severed head. The comic apologized later for the video image, saying it was "too disturbing" and wasn't funny. [Photo from Twitter]
  6. Why do people even hold hands, anyway?

    Human Interest

    Nothing lit up the internet this week quite like hand holding, or the lack of it.

    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on May 23, 2017. AFP PHOTO / Filippo Monteforte.
  7. Powers Boothe, known for playing villains, dies at 68


    LOS ANGELES — Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his villain roles in TV's "Deadwood," and in the movies "Tombstone," "Sin City" and "The Avengers," has died. He was 68.

    Actor Powers Boothe attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" in Los Angeles. Boothe died Sunday, May 14, 2017. He was 68. [Associated Press]
  8. Back on 'Survivor,' Tampa lawyer Brad Culpepper shakes the bad guy image

    The Feed

    Brad Culpepper sat in his Tampa high-rise office, water view gleaming behind him. He wore a short-sleeved shirt that showed off a striking bicep injury, torn from years on the football field.

    Brad Culpepper, a former NFL player and contestant on the reality show "Survivor," is seen in his law office in downtown Tampa on Monday, May 8, 2017. Culpepper is currently appearing in his second season on the show. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  9. Newest A-lister niche: cute couple next door

    Pop Culture

    So, John Legend is coming to Clearwater.

    This is not exactly breaking news. Yeah, he's an Oscar and Grammy winner, and yeah, he just scored the cover of Time's "Most Influential" issue. But he's also here quite a lot, headlining concerts and charity events like a February luncheon in Tampa addressing …

    Coming to Clearwater: musician John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and their just-a-regular couple vibe.
  10. Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, has died at 73


    Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who observed emphatically American characters with a discerning eye, a social conscience and a rock 'n' roll heart, achieving especially wide acclaim with "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73.

    Jonathan Demme appears at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 24, 2006.  Demme died, Wednesday from complications from esophageal cancer in New York. He was 73. [Associated Press]