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Lydia Harvey, Times Staff Writer

Lydia Harvey is a staff writer, sports editor, copy editor and page designer for tbt* and the Tampa Bay Times. She's a Deal Diva who also writes The Juice* blog, and her work has appeared in the Perspective section of the Times. Lydia joined Times Publishing in 2011. She lives in Tarpon Springs with her rambunctious mini-hers and their maniacal Irish terrier, Teddy.

Phone: (727) 892-2939

E-mail: lharvey@tampabay.com

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  1. It’s hot and we deserve to wear shorts at the office

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    Once upon a time there was a sale on shorts at Old Navy and one Deal Diva who shall remain named Lydia declared:

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    Like this look from Sonia Rykiel's Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week.
  2. Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are married

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    Well, that took approximately five seconds. Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are husband and wife.

    The 36-year-old Vampire Diaries actor and 26-year-old Twilight actress said “I do” on Sunday, nine months after they started dating and four months after getting engaged. The couple wed in Santa Monica, just hours after Somerhalder tweeted, “most beautiful morning ever…”...

  3. Life imitates art for newlywed 'Castle' star Stana Katic

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    Stana Katic just added a whole bunch of consonants to her name, assuming she takes that of new husband Kris Brkljak. Katic, whose character got married on the last season of Castle, privately tied the knot with the businessman over the weekend.

    The 37-year-old Canadian-born actress wed her longtime love at “a private family monastery on the Dalmation Coast of Croatia,” her rep tells Us Weekly. And that’s about all we know, because that’s the way Katic-Brkljak likes it....

  4. Finally, Stephen Hawking breaks his silence on Zayn Malik

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    Remember that time all the little girls wept? It was right around the time Zayn Malik left One Direction. Well, now theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking is weighing in on the decision that pulverized the heart of tweens ’round the galaxy.

    During a Q&A event at Sydney Opera House, one brave fan dared Hawking — who was present in hologram form, beamed in from his home in Cambridge — to address the tension in the room and break his silence on the topic of Zayn....

  5. Lifetime is creating an unofficial, tell-all 'Full House' movie

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    Like that overhyped, underwhelming Unauthorized Saved By the Bell movie, did you? Well, then you’ll be happy to read that Lifetime is dipping into the same overplayed well of nostalgia to create the Unauthorized Full House Story (working title).

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Full House Story will detail the rise of the cast — love of my life John Stamos, and also Bob Saget and the Olsen twins — telling the story of how they balanced all that on-screen happiness with their off-screen realities. And naturally, the story would be nothing without delving into the super-strong, family-like bond that the cast developed and will never stop talking about, ever. Ever....

  6. 'Super Troopers 2' is a go, thanks to crowdfunding success

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    UPDATE: Meow, lookie here! It would seem Super Troopers 2 is a go, thanks to Broken Lizard fans' hard-earned and donated money. To make the film a reality, the comedy troupe asked via Indiegogo and received -- $4.4 million, to be exact, far surpassing their goal of $2 million, which it reached in 24 hours. The sequel to the 2001 cult comedy will begin filming this summer and is now the second-largest crowdfunded film, behind only Veronica Mars’ record $5.7 million Kickstarter effort, according to Variety....

  7. Lil Wayne’s tour bus takes on gunfire in Atlanta

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    Nothing good happens at 3:30 in the morning. Case in point: Lil Wayne’s tour bus was shot up around that time on Sunday.

    The rapper had just finished a performance at Compound nightclub in Atlanta, and when his two tour buses pulled away from the club, one took on gunfire, according to TMZ. The gossip site says Weezy and a few other Young Money artists were on one of the buses, but it’s unclear if it was the bus that was shot at....

  8. Donald Faison, CaCee Cobb name Jessica Simpson godmother of new baby

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    Scrubs star Donald Faison was back in a sterile setting on Friday as he and wife CaCee Cobb welcomed their second child together.

    “Meet the newest love of our life, Wilder Frances Faison,” Cobb captioned an Instagram photo of the little one.

    Wilder joins big brother Rocco, 20 months, who announced the pregnancy in October via a big brother T-shirt also posted to the ’gram....

    The happy, likely exhausted couple.
  9. Bobby Brown clarifies statement on Bobbi Kristina's condition

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    Bobby Brown has clarified his remark that daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is “awake” after spending months in a coma.

    The 46-year-old R&B singer released a statement through his lawyer, Christopher Brown, saying that doctors have indicated his 22-year-old daughter with Whitney Houston “will have a long life.”

    “However,” the statement went on, “Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”...

  10. Waka Flocka Flame is running for president

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    This is not a drill. Waka Flocka Flame, who tweeted in 2012 that he would run for President of the United States in 2016, has come through on his campaign promise and announced his candidacy.

    The rapper revealed his plans (and his selection of DJ Whoo Kid as running mate) in a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone on Monday — 4/20. On Tuesday, the Atlanta native was seen shaking hands and greeting babies in New York City while seeking signatures on a petition to get him on the ballot in 2016....

    A little star-spangled foreshadowing at Waka Flocka Flame's Coachella performance on Saturday.
  11. 'Dr. Oz’ to critics: Watch my show to hear my retort

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    After ten physicians sent a letter to Columbia University last week suggesting that the school cut ties with Mehmet Oz, the Dr. Oz Show host plans to address his detractors some time this week — on TV, of course.

    The group of physicians say Oz doesn’t deserve to be associated with the Ivy League university because he promotes suspect treatments like green coffee bean extract and raspberry ketones....

  12. Ben Affleck censors his slave-owning ancestry on PBS show

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    So, about those thousands of Sony emails that hit WikiLeaks last week: Somebody’s been poring over them, and the latest revelation involves Ben Affleck’s push to ensure that his slave-owning ancestor would not be a part of the PBS documentary series Finding Your Roots.

    “Here’s my dilemma: confidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves,” reads an email from show host Henry Louis Gates to Sony chief executive Michael Lynton. “Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”...

  13. With E-Ink heels, the future of interchangeable shoes is now

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    Interchangeable shoes have been around for a hot minute. From kicks that offer swappable accessories to heels that transform from chunks to pumps, you’ll have no want for variety when hunting for a shoe that can be reworked as often as you change your clothes.

    There are OneSoles, the "original" interchangeables showcased on Shark Tank....

  14. Billy Joel puts the 'old’ in dear old dad

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    There’s a little piano baby on the way. Billy Joel, a whopping 65, is expecting a child with girlfriend Alex Roderick, 33. The pair have been dating since 2009, and this will be their first child together. Joel is already pops to singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, 29.

    A rep for Billy and Alex said they plan to “keep any further details of her pregnancy under wraps until their new addition makes an official debut.”...

  15. Kimora Lee Simmons welcomes baby not named Phat

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    Baby Phat CEO and former fashion model Kimora Lee Simmons has welcomed her first child with entrepreneur husband Tim Leissner. They did not name the baby Phat, which disappoints us. They did, however, name him Wolfe.

    “We are filled with joy, adoration and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our song,” the couple said in a statement to People....