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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


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


    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....

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


    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....

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


    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....

    CaCee Cobb used to be Jessica Simpson's personal assistant. With a godmother like Jess, Wilder will never go hungry for platform pumps.
  4. Bobby Brown clarifies statement on Bobbi Kristina's condition


    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.”...

  5. Waka Flocka Flame is running for president


    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.
  6. 'Dr. Oz’ to critics: Watch my show to hear my retort


    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....

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


    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?”...

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


    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....

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


    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.”...

  10. Kimora Lee Simmons welcomes baby not named Phat


    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....

  11. Rita Wilson undergoes double mastectomy


    Actress Rita Wilson has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

    In a lengthy statement to People, Wilson said she’s “getting better every day” and is expected to make a full recovery. The illness and surgery prompted her to take leave from Larry David’s Fish in the Dark on Broadway....

  12. Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel welcome baby boy Silas


    Cry Me a River, lovers of Justin Timberlake. The singer and wife Jessica Biel have officially welcomed their firstborn, a baby boy named Silas Randall Timberlake.

    According to People, reps for the couple say mom and baby are doing well and dad is “ecstatic.”...

  13. Nelly arrested on felony drug charges


    Here’s a tip: Just say no to Ride Wit Me, because Nelly was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop Saturday morning.

    Tennessee troopers pulled over the rapper’s bus and searched the vehicle after smelling marijuana. Inside, they found five rocks that tested positive for meth, some pot and drug paraphernalia, plus a number of handguns, according to the Associated Press....

  14. The Common People hate Gwyneth Paltrow's food stamp challenge


    $29. That’s how much Gwyneth Paltrow is planning to spend on food this week, not as part of some fancy new cleanse, but as part of Mario Batali’s “Food Bank Challenge,” in which people limit their family’s budget to about $1.38 per meal to fight and raise awareness about food stamp cuts.

    “This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store — what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week,” Paltrow tweeted along with a photo of what she bought. “We’re walking in their shoes to see how far we get,” she added....

    Seven. Limes.
  15. What to pack for your beach vacation


    27 days. That’s how long I’m going to be dreaming about my annual trek to Captiva Island — and that’s how long I’m going to be obsessing over my getaway garb, because for me that’s approximately 60 percent of the fun....