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Lydia Harvey, Times Staff Writer

Lydia Harvey is a sports editor, copy editor and page designer at tbt*. She writes The Juice* blog, and her work has appeared in the Perspective section of the Tampa Bay Times. Lydia hearts fashion, politics and everything 1950s. Not to mention the heartbreaking pro teams of Tampa Bay, where she was born and raised. Lyd joined the Times in 2011 and made the move to tbt* in 2012. She lives in Tarpon Springs with her hilarious mini-hers and their maniacal Irish terrier, Teddy.

Phone: (727) 892-2939

E-mail: lharvey@tampabay.com

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  1. Country singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman come out as gay

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    Thursday was a huge day for the country-loving LGBT community as singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out as gay.

    In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Herndon, who has been married twice, said, “Traditionally in country music, we don’t see a lot of support for the LGBT community, but that’s changing so much. Nashville is changing so much. I mean my goodness… Kacey Musgraves won Song of the Year for [the lyrics] 'follow your arrow, wherever it points’ and two amazing songwriters that happened to be gay wrote that song.”...

    Ty Herndon, left, and Billy Gilman came out within hours of one another.
  2. Report: Kathy Griffin to replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'

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    It’s true! The heavens have opened up and angels are singing, or some such fairytale, because Kathy Griffin really IS replacing Joan Rivers on Fashion Police — if a new TMZ report is to be believed.

    Griffin, one of Rivers’ BFFs, will join co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic, as well as Melissa Rivers. As for George Kotsiopoulos, nobody seems to know what’s going to happen to him....

  3. Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury

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    Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury more than five months after his limo was hit my a Wal-Mart semi.

    According to the Associated Press, lawyer Benedict Morelli says it’s anyone’s guess if the comedian will ever be “the Tracy Morgan he once was.”

    “He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better,” Morelli said. “We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury’s out.”...

  4. Chris Hemsworth most lusted-after breathing male of 2014

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    Dear, everyone: Your new Sexiest Man Alive isn’t Ryan Gosling. We know… We. Know. He isn’t Neil Patrick Harris, either. He isn’t even Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, though that would have been a pretty close guess. Nope. All that eye candy was passed over (sort of — we’ll get to that later) for Chris Hemsorth, whom you may know from such hits as having pecs for days as well as that irresistible accent the Australians are lucky enough to develop....

  5. Bono arm injury serious, to the tune of a shattered elbow piercing his skin

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    UPDATE: Just for you, we have some gruesome details about Bono's bandmate-described "cycling spill." Turns out the U2 frontman was in a “high-energy” wreck while trying to avoid another cyclist on Sunday, orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich — who, by association, is a total rockstar now — told the Associated Press. The result: Bono fractured his left eye socket, his left shoulder blade in three places and his left elbow, leaving the bone in six pieces and protruding from the skin. Bono’s surgery lasted five hours and left him with three metal plates and 18 screws. The singer had another surgery Monday to repair a fractured pinky. ...

  6. Bow down Beyonce: Solange the star of her New Orleans nuptials

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    Every girl whose big sister is a superstar knows that Solange Knowles’ struggle is real. She’s the Anna to Beyonce’s Elsa, the Kit to her Dottie. But for one glorious day — Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 — Queen Bey played a secondary role as her singer-songwriter sister married video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans.

    Solange’s reputation as That Violent Elevator Lady almost could be forgotten while perusing Vogue’s eye candy-filled album of the artist’s funky, boho celebration....

    Bow down, Beys.
  7. Katy Perry’s boyfriend Diplo welcomes son with ex Kathryn Lockhart

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    Diplo took a break from throwing shade at Taylor Swift and Lorde for a second to welcome his second son with ex Kathryn Lockhart.

    The DJ and music producer fittingly named his kid Lazer, because that’s what his music sounds like — you know, if lasers made a sound. Also, Major Lazer is an electronic music project Diplo created, so now he’s dipped into that well two too many times....

  8. Reality that exists: Tila Tequila is a mom

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    Tila Tequila has a real “shot at love.” The model and TV personality has welcomed her first child, and, guess what: She didn’t name her anything crazy! In fact, baby girl Isabella Monroe Nguyen has one of the best names ever, we do declare.

    “I am so in love with her,” the MTV star told Us Weekly. “She’s so perfect and beautiful.”...

  9. 'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro charged with drunken driving

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    Walking in a straight line is a piece of cake, right? Not so much for the star of TLC’s Cake Boss. Buddy Valastro was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with DWI.

    Police told NBC New York the 37-year-old was “driving erratically,” his yellow 2014 Corvette weaving in and out of lanes in Manhattan around 1 a.m. The reality star flunked a number of field sobriety tests, and, according to prosecutors, shouted, “You can’t arrest me! I’m the Cake Boss!”...

    Lay off the rum cake, Buddy.
  10. Attention, everyone: Robin Wright is single

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    It’s over for Robin Wright and Ben Foster. The House of Cards actress has called off her 10-month engagement to the Lone Survivor actor, Us Weekly reports. E! News confirms the couple have split completely.

    “She got swept up in the engagement last Christmas, but then their schedules got crazy and she realized it wasn’t the right decision,” an insider tells Us. The summer was tough on the pair. Wright, 48, spent her time filming the Netflix hit and visiting her kids with ex-husband Sean PennDylan, 23, and Hopper Jack, 21 — while Foster, 34, was working on A Streetcar Named Desire in London....

  11. Casey Wilson is expecting first child

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    Marry Me star Casey Wilson already took care of the marriage part. Now she’s moving onto the carriage. Wilson and husband David Caspe are expecting their first child together, Us Weekly reports.

    The couple wed just months ago on May 25, but no one noticed because that’s the same day the powers of Kimye legally combined. Wilson and her Happy Endings creator husband met on the set of the TV show in 2011 and got engaged two years later....

  12. 'Duck Dynasty' is going to become a musical

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    Duck Dynasty is being adapted into a  musical. Yes, as if you hadn't seen enough of the Robertsons, soon you can pay good money to see actors portray the Louisiana family in a 90-minute tale of their path to fame.

    According to the New York Times, Jersey Boys producer Michael David is developing the show based on the 2012 book The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, penned by Willie and Korie Robertson. The goal is to open in February at the Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas....

  13. Kelly Rowland is a mom

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    Weird baby name alert: Kelly Rowland has welcomed her first child with new husband Tim Weatherspoon, and the couple has continued the storied Hollywood tradition of choosing a name that makes friends and family force a fake smile and pretend it’s not the worst.

    Born at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, son Titan Jewell (yes, like Saturn’s moon + Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park bomber) weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces....

  14. Marc Anthony engaged to on-again, off-again girlfriend Shannon de Lima

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    Jennifer Lopez is all about the single life these days, but her ex-husband Marc Anthony is ready to give marriage another shot. A source tells Us Weekly the singer is engaged to his on-again, off-again girlfriend, model Shannon de Lima.

    Apparently, the hush-hush duo have been planning their wedding since March and are set to tie the knot in the Dominican Republic later this month. The couple have been dating on and off since 2012....

  15. It’s true: Beyonce releasing new music

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    Who runs the world? Beyonce, obvi.

    The Drunk in Love singer — fresh off her On the Run tour with hubby Jay-Z and 11 months removed from her secret, straight-to-iTunes self-titled album release — is already putting out new music.

    The Internet started going crazy over weekend after a photo of what looked like a Word document anyone easily could have whipped up started making its rounds. On the screenshot: details of a new album, Beyonce Volume 2, to be released by Queen Bey....