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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. Worry not, for Mark McGrath is still alive

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    Mark McGrath was the unsuspecting beneficiary of the weirdest ego boost ever on Thursday after a press release circulated saying the Sugar Ray frontman had been shot dead by a masked gunman. This resulted in Twitter blowing up with touching tributes along with the hashtag #RIPMarkMcGrath.

    Here’s how it all unfolded in my inbox — aren’t I special?

    10:10 a.m. (which happens to be my grandmother’s favorite time): An email with the subject line “BREAKING NEWS: MARK McGRATH IS DEAD” said the 46-year-old musician was confronted by a masked gunman on the set of entertainment show Hot Package and was shot multiple times. The email claimed that McGrath died in the arms of co-host Derrick Beckle, and also weirdly requested that in lieu of flowers, fans should honor McGrath by posting a “Sugar Ray Selfie,” which is a photo of oneself “holding a packet of sugar over their heart.” The press release ended with the hashtag #RIPMARKMCGRATH....

    This apparent screen grab was included in the second press release.
  2. About that foot in Giuliana Rancic's mouth...

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    By now you’ve heard that Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic made some racially insensitive comments about Zendaya’s flowing dreadlocks after the Oscars red carpet. But, in case you’ve had better things to do than be anywhere near the Internet for the last week, we’ll remind you that the E! personality (if you can call her that) said the K.C. Undercover actress looked like she smelled of weed and patchouli because of her hairstyle....

  3. The science behind #TheDress illusion, plus where you can buy it

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    My world has just been turned upside-down. Why, you ask? #TheDress.

    Oh, the dress. It's a (factually correct) royal blue, lace detail, bodycon number sold on Amazon UK for $77. (Check out the new plethora of hilarious reviews!) She's a beaut, and I want her, and she likely will be mine by week's end....

  4. James Franco sighting in Gainesville

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    They say it’s great to be a Florida Gator, and it pretty much is any time James Franco stops by to talk to a seemingly packed Stephen C. O’Connell Center, as he did on Wednesday night.

    As part of the school’s ACCENT Speakers Bureau, Franco was interviewed by Mike Foley, former Tampa Bay Times executive editor and master lecturer of journalism at UF....

  5. Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey expecting first child

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    Two things that happened on Tuesday: Big Sean dropped his new album, and Big Sean’s relatively recent ex-fiance, Naya Rivera, announced that she’s pregnant.

    Coincidence? The Internet thinks not. But the Internet, it would appear, is wrong.

    The Glee star — who married Ryan Dorsey just two months after her split with Big Sean — announced that she’s expecting on that particular day because, according to Dorsey, OK Magazine was about to spill the beans and tipped off the couple....

  6. 'Furious 7’ premiere canceled over Vin Diesel’s baby news

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    My, Vin Diesel’s unborn child sure is a diva or divo; it’s because of his or her imminent arrival that the Furious 7 premiere in Abu Dhabi has been canceled, another bump in the long road (see what we did there?) to the release of the ridiculous street-racing franchise's next installment.

    The super-private Diesel and longtime love Paloma Jimenez are expecting their third child, an insider tells the Hollywood Reporter, a well-kept secret, seeing as how baby is said to be due around the same time the flick hits theaters April 3. That’s why Universal canceled the March 10 world premiere at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, where part of the film was shot: Because Diesel, the face of the franchise and one of this film’s producers, decided not to go....

    He didn't miss that Vanity Fair Oscar Party, though.
  7. America's Next Top Model contestant Marjina Puhar killed in N.C.

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    A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people found inside a Charlotte, N.C., home, including former America’s Next Top Model contestant Mirjana Puhar, 19.

    Police told local media outlets that Emmanuel Jesus Rangel was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Other victims include Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21....

  8. Robin Thicke performs in courtroom

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    Man, we didn’t realize Robin Thicke was having such a hard time booking gigs.

    The Blurred Lines singer performed his little heart out during his testimony in a copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s family.

    Weird, but for good reason.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Thicke sang, played piano and danced in his seat to prove that several songs sound alike, sheerly by coincidence. It was all in an effort to prove that he, Pharrell Williams and T.I. didn’t rip off Gaye’s 1977 song Got to Give It Up....

    We like to think it was this festive.
  9. Chris Brown denied entry into Canada

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    We thought surely Justin Bieber would be the next celebrity to be denied entry into a North American nation, but nope. Chris Brown tweeted Tuesday that Canada won’t let him in, and his concerts in Montreal and Toronto have been canceled.

    “Good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t allow me entry,” Brown wrote. “I’ll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!”...

    But he already has a fancy coat and everything!
  10. Leonard Nimoy hospitalized with severe chest pains

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    Actor Leonard Nimoy — that’s Captain Spock to us Trekkies — was rushed to the hospital last Thursday with severe chest pains.

    No word on his current condition, but Nimoy, 83, was feeling well/unwell enough to cryptweet this on Monday, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

    Nimoy was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a year ago and has been in and out of the hospital over the past few months, according to TMZ. He blames the illness on his many years of smoking, though he quit 30 years ago....

  11. 'American Horror Story' actor Ben Woolf dies

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    We really didn’t see this coming. Ben Woolf of American Horror Story, who was hit by a car last week, has died. He was 34.

    Woolf died of a stroke while surrounded by family at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday, publicist Zack Teperman told the Associated Press. The diminutive actor had been in critical condition since Thursday after being hit in the head by a passing vehicle’s side mirror near Hollywood Boulevard....

  12. Video: John Travolta tries to redeem Idina Menzel flub, only makes things worse

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    Why can’t John Travolta keep his hands off everyone?

    First, he imposed a pucker upon an unsuspecting Scarlett Johansson’s cheek while grabbing her around the waist on the red carpet outside the Dolby Theater on Sunday. Then came all the face touching.

    Travolta showed up to present an award with Idina Menzel, whose name he infamously pronounced Adele Dazeem during last year’s awards show....

    STAHP.
  13. Video: Lady Gaga's 'Sound of Music' tribute deserves all the Oscars

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    On Sunday night, Lady Gaga caused me to completely forget where I was and what I was doing the moment she descended from the heavens and made sweet love to my eardrums.

    Her tribute to The Sound of Music was so out of control, everyone from @JoeShmoe to the legendary Julie Andrews couldn’t stop raving about it.

    “I was deeply honored by the Academy’s lovely tribute to The Sound of Music, and especially touched by Lady Gaga’s wonderful performance,” the Oscar winner told Access Hollywood....

    Amazing.
  14. The horror! Joan Rivers left out of Oscars 'In Memoriam’ segment (with video)

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    Notice anything super offensive about the “In Memoriam” segment during the Academy Awards on Sunday night? Yeah, it did not include Joan Rivers, who basically invented the red carpet and has, since 1995, reigned as Queen of the Oscars.

    The stand-up comedian, talk show host, documentarian and guest star supreme also worked on a number of films. In case the Academy forgot, Rivers wrote, directed and starred in Rabbit Test, did voice work for Shrek 2 and appeared in The Muppets Take Manhattan, Iron Man 3 and Spaceballs. So there....

    I mean, really?
  15. Billy Bob Thornton marries longtime partner Connie Angland

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    It only took 12 years of dating and months of secret-keeping, but Billy Bob Thornton is once again a married man.

    The Golden Globe winner tied the knot with his Angelina Jolie rebound, Connie Angland — get this — in October. The 59-year-old Fargo star wed his 49-year-old bride “at their home in Los Angeles during a private ceremony before family,” his rep tells People....