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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. Jon Hamm completes rehab stint for alcohol addiction

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    How quaint. Jon Hamm’s life is imitating art.

    Turns out the 44-year-old actor, who plays the role of Mad Men’s anti-hero, Don Draper, has been facing his own demons off the set.

    Hamm just completed a 30-day rehab stint for alcohol addiction, which wrapped just days before the premiere of the AMC drama’s final season premiere. According to TMZ, the actor spent the last month at the deluxe Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn....

    Jon Hamm, just chillin’ with his silhouette on The Draper Bench, a semi-permanent art installation on the Avenue of the Americas outside the Time & Life Building in NYC, home of the series’ Sterling Cooper & Partners Advertising Agency.
  2. 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson fired

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    The BBC said Wednesday it will not renew the contract of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after he physically and verbally attacked a producer while filming on location, according to BBC Director-General Tony Hall. The show, however, has been renewed.

    Clarkson was the face of the incredibly popular program whose fans have been begging for his return since he attacked Oisin Tymon, leaving the producer with a bloody lip. Hall said he understands Clarkson’s dismissal “will divide opinion,” but said that a line had been crossed and it didn’t matter that Clarkson is a superstar....

  3. Fox confirms 'X-Files' is coming back

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    It’s not a weird sci-fi dream you’re having. The X-Files really is returning.

    Fox announced Tuesday that it will air six new episodes, with shooting beginning this summer. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully, so it looks like this thing is shaping up to be pretty legit.

    Show creator Chris Carter said he thinks of the franchise’s absence as a “13-year commerical break,” adding that “the good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger.”...

  4. David Crosby hits jogger with car

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    Rock legend David Crosby hit a jogger Sunday while driving 55 mph near his home in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.

    The pedestrian was airlifted to a Santa Barbara hospital, KEYT television reports, after suffering multiple fractures, abrasions and lacerations.

    According to a California Highway Patrol report, Crosby was going the posted speed of 55 in his 2015 Tesla when he was blinded by the sun and hit the man on a highway. The injuries suffered by Jose Jimenez, 46, were not life-threatening, and the boy he was with was not hit. Crosby suffered no injuries....

  5. Broken Lizard wants you to fund 'Super Troopers' sequel

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    $2 million.

    That’s how much Broken Lizard is asking you to pitch in to make a Super Troopers sequel a reality.

    My, desperation is a stinky cologne.

    The comedy troupe has launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to get the follow-up to the 2001 shenanigans-filled cop flick produced. Fox Searchlight will distribute the sequel in North America if Broken Lizard and you can make the financing happen....

  6. Vin Diesel names baby girl after Paul Walker

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    Ask and from Vin Diesel you shall receive.

    The Furious 7 star, who you may have read welcomed his third child with girlfriend Paloma Jimenez last week, has revealed the baby name the Twitterverse has been clamoring for.

    On Monday, the 47-year-old told Natalie Morales of Today that he named the newborn after his late Fast and Furious co-star, Paul Walker. Only it’s a girl, so her name is Pauline, which happens to be my middle name, so bonus points for that....

  7. Holly Madison considered killing herself at Playboy Mansion

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    Who knew living with a bunch of Playmates and one entitled old man might make you want to off yourself?

    (Raises hand.)

    Said theory has just been confirmed by Holly Madison, who has written a tell-all memoir that takes readers, get this, Down the Rabbit Hole. The official mouthful of a title: Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny....

  8. Bethenny Frankel splits with boyfriend, faces legal action from extranged husband

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    What pairs best with Skinnygirl wine? Skinnygirl tears, of course.

    We assume that’s the combo Bethanny Frankel is lapping up right now after her appearance Sunday on Watch What Happens Live detailed her recent split from boyfriend Mac Cerussi and prompted potential legal action courtesy of estranged husband Jason Hoppy.

    Frankel, 44, revealed on the show that she and Cerussi broke up a few weeks ago....

  9. T-Swift buys domain name taylorswift.porn

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    Taylor Swift knew these domain names were trouble.

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is about to make a bunch of new web address suffixes available. That means that in addition to .com or .org or .whathaveyou, the Internet is about to play host to .porn and .adult, among others.

    Fortunately for public figures and companies, they’re being given a window of time during which to purchase theirname.whatever, and Swift jumped all over it, buying up taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult....

  10. Jason Aldean weds former mistress Brittany Kerr

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    Country megastar Jason Aldean just made a stepmom out of his former mistress, Brittany Kerr. The couple wed in Mexico on Saturday evening, Us Weekly reports.

    “This is the best day ever — I’ve got my girl here, my friends, my family — it’s the best day ever!” Aldean told the mag....

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  11. 'Mad Men' star Jessica Pare is a mom

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    Someone’s trying to be just like Beyonce. Jessica Pare has welcomed her first child, a son named Blues Anthony.

    Mmhhmm. We see what she did there.

    Blues Anthony Pare Kastner was born to the Mad Men star and her musician boyfriend, John Kastner, on Thursday, a source tells People....

  12. Suge Knight rushed from court to hospital again

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    It’s starting to feel like Groundhog Day. Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was rushed from a Los Angeles courtroom to a hospital on Friday for the fourth time since he was charged with hit-and-run, murder and attempted murder in February.

    According to the Associated Press, the 49-year-old Death Row Records co-founder collapsed after a judge set his bail at $25 million....

  13. Chris Brown’s finally off probation for Rihanna attack

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    Look out for celebratory gunfire; Chris Brown is officially off probation, more than six years after he attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna just hours before the 2009 Grammys.

    “IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!!” Brown tweeted, then deleted, after his hearing Friday. “Thank the Lord!!!!!!”

    “I couldn’t be more delighted,” attorney Mark Geragos told the Associated Press after the hearing. “He is in a spot right now and a place right now that I couldn’t be prouder of him,” Geragos said of Brown, 25, adding that Friday’s hearing was “a monumental feat for him.”...

  14. Secret revealed: Which days are best to shop online

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    T-minus three days! Yes, I am in fact counting down to a completely typical Tuesday. Why? Because I recently became stronger in the ways of discount shopping. 

    Let me explain.

    I have long lived and died by power hours and doorbusters and buzzer beaters, oh my. But never before did I think to bring my department-store thinking into the world of online shopping. ...

  15. Egging victims sue Justin Bieber

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    The feud continues.

    Justin Bieber’s former neighbors are suing the singer for assault and battery, according to the Associated Press. Jeffrey Schwartz and his wife Suzanne — whose home sustained $80,000 in damage when JB turned it into egg salad last year — are seeking $25,000 in damages, claiming Bieber spit on Jeffrey Schwartz during an argument over the Biebs’ speeding habit and threatened to "f---ing kill" the plaintiff....