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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. Flavor Flav accused of Vegas DUI

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    Here are some things that don’t mix: Speeding — by a lot — and possessing marijuana and an open container of alcohol. Just ask Flavor Flav, who was clocked (See what we did there?) going 73 mph in a 45 mph zone in the wee hours of Thursday in Las Vegas.

    Authorities tell the Associated Press that the 56-year-old was arrested on allegations of driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of pot and having an open container of alcohol in the BMW he was driving. Probably didn’t help that he was driving with a suspended license and registration, either....

  2. Family responds to Josh Duggar molestation accusations

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    Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting is responding to reports that he molested five underage girls several years ago, saying he "would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions."

    Duggar, now 27 but 14 at the time of the incident, joined his wife, Anna, and parents Jim Bob and Michelle in responding to the In Touch report through a statement posted on Facebook....

    Josh Duggar has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council in the wake of the allegations becoming public.
  3. Just for you, 80 Memorial Day sales, with coupon codes to boot

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    It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice fallen military members have made for our country, from the Revolutionary War to present day.

     

    And, to keep it real, it is also a time for lying on the beach and hitting up sales, of which there are so very, very many. Lucky for you, I’ve scoured the Internet and compiled a list of the 80 best fashion scores you can find this weekend, with coupon codes to boot, because you deserve it....

  4. Alfonso Ribeiro named host of 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

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    Fun fact No. 1: America’s Funniest Home Videos, though seemingly taped 20 years ago, is in fact a current television show that puts out new episodes on the regular. Fun fact No. 2: Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince’s Carlton, former Dancing With the Stars champ) is succeeding host extraordinaire Tom Bergeron.

    The news was announced during the DWTS finale on Tuesday night, where Ribeiro performed. The Silver Spoons actor will be the show’s fifth host, following in the footsteps of Bergeron, OG Bob Saget, Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang....

  5. Miley Cyrus gets creative in new dead-pet serenade

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    Oh dear. At first it was funny when Miley Cyrus began singing about her dead blowfish Pablow. And then, well, it devolved into sobbing.

    The Wrecking Ball singer — who famously and tearfully serenaded a gigantic blowup replica of her dead dog Floyd — just released a new video for the Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps homeless, LGBT and other vulnerable youth. In it, she wears a unicorn onesie and sings lyrics along the lines of:...

  6. In PETA ad, Pam Anderson makes feeling guilty look good

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    Pam Anderson’s still got it. Her looks, that is. And her passion for animals. And her ability to make her recent ex wish he wasn’t her recent ex.

    Okay, so we’re making an assumption on that last one. We’d have to fact check with Rick Salomon to be sure. But we digress.

    Here’s the Baywatch babe re-enacting that famous shower scene from Psycho in a new PETA ad that kindly reminds us that eating animals is the worst thing we can do for the planet and the animals and ourselves....

  7. Josh Brolin engaged to former assistant Kathryn Boyd

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    Kathryn Boyd appeared to have fun on Tuesday showing off her latest accessory to the common people, and that would be the engagement ring she just received from Josh Brolin, for whom she used to work as an assistant.

    Just one day after announcing their perfectly timed engagement, Boyd and the Gangster Squad actor, 47, stepped out on the Cannes red carpet for the premiere of Brolin’s new film Sicario (so we know Boyd must have been wearing heels under her ruffled, burnt orange gown)....

  8. Cannes turns away women who wear flats

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    I prefer heels over flats more than any other person on earth. Seriously, my Achilles tendons are likely irreversibly damaged from all the not stretching I’ve doing to them since I was probably 8 years old.

    But Cannes? Cannes has taken its affinity for stilts to an outrageous level. The annual film festival has come under fire after reports emerged that women — some of whom were reportedly older and disabled — were turned away from the premiere of Cate Blanchett’s film Carol because they were wearing flats, not heels, on the red carpet....

  9. Melissa Rivers: Kathy Griffin 's--- all over' Joan Rivers' legacy

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    And the award for Shade Thrower of the Day goes to... Melissa Rivers for this gem:

    “My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of s--- all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving, and I know that was not an intentional reading of it, but that’s how I felt. That was my takeaway, by [her] calling the comedy and the style of it old-fashioned. It’s like, I understand what you’re doing, you’re trying to save yourself, but don’t crap all over my mother to do it.”...

  10. Sony conjuring up 'The Craft’ remake

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    Sixth-grade me is excited. The rest of me, nope.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony is jumping on the remake train to reincarnate 1996 teen thriller The Craft. You know, the one that made all the less-than-mainstream private school girls of the ’90s desperately want to become witches, which mainly entailed burning incense in our bedrooms while wearing black eye liner and playing light as a feather, stiff as a board....

    We feel you, Nancy.
  11. So Jon Gosselin only wants that one kid, apparently

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    Since Jon Gosselin has pretty much lost all battles when it comes to his Jon and Kate Plus 8 family, the former reality star has resorted to asking for full custody of just one of his Plus 8s.

    According to Us Weekly, Gosselin is seeking custody of his 11-year-old daughter Hannah. No word on why it’s just the one child, but we imagine this scenario will play our more and more often as the kids enter their teen years. “Fine! I’ll just go live with dad!”...

    Contrary to popular belief, this photo was not taken a decade ago.
  12. Kim Richards charged after drunken Beverly Hills rampage

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    Looks like there’s room for more than one Real Housewife in the criminal justice system.

    Kim Richards is facing multiple charges after getting far too wasted in Beverly Hills last month. According to TMZ, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member was “distraught” after watching the reunion shows and decided to get hammered at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She was kicked out of a restaurant there and dragged out of a bathroom by police. When they took her to the pokey, she kicked an officer....

  13. Johnny Depp's smuggled dogs sentenced to death

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    Stop the War on Terrier!

    Johnny Depp is a smuggler, Australia says, and as punishment his Yorkshire Terriers, Boo and Pistol, may be put to death.

    Depp and wife Amber Heard are accused of not declaring the pups to customs officials when they arrived in Queensland via private jet in April. If the couple don’t send them back to the states by Saturday, the dogs will be put down. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said it was his understanding plans are in place to send them back to the U.S....

  14. Natalie Portman is too cool to know where her Oscar is

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    Celebrities like to get crazy with their Oscar displays. Russell Crowe’s sits in a chicken coop; Emma Thompson’s in the bathroom. As for 33-year-old Natalie Portman, she has no idea where her golden statue is.

    The actress told the Hollywood Reporter, “I don’t know where it is. I think it’s in the safe or something. I don’t know. I haven’t seen it in a while. I mean, Darren actually said to me something when we were in that whole thing that resonated so deeply. I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols. And this is literally like gold men. This is lit-er-ally worshipping gold idols — if you worship it. That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.”...

  15. Prize is wrong on 'Price Is Right'

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    I am officially a fan of random lady Danielle Perez. When this hilarious woman was chosen as a contestant and made it onto the Price Is Right stage — as is everyone’s dream — she took the cruel, cruel prize she won in stride — or, um, roll.

    Perez won a sauna and a treadmill on her pricing game, which would be awesome and everything, only she uses a wheelchair....