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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. ATTN: New Jersey — Steven Tyler is not coming to a strawberry farm near you


    Dream On, patrons of Windsor Farm & Market in West Windsor, N.J. Steven Tyler doesn’t care about you as much as you think he does.

    Police — we repeat: police — have alerted township residents that the Aerosmith frontman is not in fact performing at their U-pick strawberry farm on Saturday morning. The American Idol judge was listed on ReverbNation and Eventful for said show, but it’s not happening, obviously, and neither site has commented on the mistake/prank, the Associated Press reports....

  2. Keira Knightley welcomes new baby with James Righton


    Huzzah, for Keira Knightley’s baby has arrived. No word yet on the gender or any other details of the actress’s newborn, but Us Weekly confirms that she or he has in fact been born.

    The Imitation Game star and her rocker husband, James Righton, have been pretty tight-lipped about their relationship and the pregnancy. They first went public as a couple in 2011 and quietly married in the south of France in 2013....

  3. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson dethrones selfie queen Kim Kardashian


    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just put Kim Kardashian to shame.

    The former wrestler and crazy-smiling actor became lord of the selfies late last week when he broke the Guinness World Record for the most selfies in three minutes. The Furious 7 star achieved the feat by snapping photos with fans at the premiere for his upcoming film San Andreas outside London’s Odeon Leicester Square....

  4. Casey Wilson welcomes baby with producer David Caspe


    It's a new beginning for Happy Endings star Casey Wilson. The actress is finally through with her rocky pregnancy, and now she gets to experience the rocky first months of motherhood.

    The Marry Me alum and show creator David Caspe welcomed their first child, a boy, on Thursday.

    “I felt tired and sick and in a fog, like an extreme hangover, until about week 16,” the 34-year-old told Fit Pregnancy. “I thought, 'Surely, this is the worst part of parenting.’ Then I remembered when I was 15.”...

  5. My Outfit Monday: Fashionable fandom


    The one thing I love as much as fashion is sports. Specifically, bay area sports. So when I had the opportunity this weekend to attend a Stanley Cup Playoff game, I felt it my duty to support my team (Go Bolts!) without wearing the same T-shirt every other woman — and man — was walking around in.


    From top left, like a spiral: Volcom, On Trend, O'Neill, Anne Klein, zeroUV, Viv & Lou
  6. Flavor Flav accused of Vegas DUI


    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....

  7. Family responds to Josh Duggar molestation accusations


    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.
  8. Just for you: 80 Memorial Day sales — with coupon codes to boot


    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....

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


    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....

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


    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:...

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


    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....

  12. Josh Brolin engaged to former assistant Kathryn Boyd


    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)....

  13. Cannes turns away women who wear flats


    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....

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


    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.”...

  15. Sony conjuring up 'The Craft’ remake


    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.