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

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    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....

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

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    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?”...

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

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    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....

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

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    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.”...

  5. Kimora Lee Simmons welcomes baby not named Phat

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    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....

  6. Rita Wilson undergoes double mastectomy

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    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....

  7. Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel welcome baby boy Silas

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    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.”...

  8. Nelly arrested on felony drug charges

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    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....

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

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    $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.
  10. What to pack for your beach vacation

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    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....

    Just don't go Overboard.
  11. Taylor swift: Mom has cancer

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    Taylor Swift shared some scary personal news with her fans on social media Thursday. The singer’s mom, Andrea Finlay, has cancer.

    Swift, 25, tweeted a letter she wrote on Tumblr, which said that for Christmas she requested that her mother have a health scan, just “to ease some worries of mine” and “get me and my brother off her case.”...

    Get well soon!
  12. Alyssa Milano’s breast milk confiscated

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    Alyssa Milano is not pumped about what just happened to her at Heathrow Airport.

    The Project Runway: All Stars host  — mom to son Milo Thomas, 3, and 7-month-old daughter Elizabeth Dylan — tweeted that 10 ounces of her breast milk had been confiscated.

    “Gone,” she said. “Not okay.”

    And what did airport officials do with it? They threw it away....

  13. Jennie Garth engaged to Dave Abrams

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    Oh, 9021-no she didn’t! Just a few weeks after her Twilight actor ex put a ring on his new lady, Jennie Garth 100 percent stole the spotlight by saying yes to actor boyfriend Dave Abrams.

    Now he gets to move into that sweet Jennie Garth Project house! Lucky.

    The news came a few days after the actress took off to Mexico to celebrate her 43rd birthday with Abrams and her daughters, Luca, 17, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8....

    This photo leaves us pondering what her wedding hair will look like.
  14. Nina Dobrev is leaving 'Vampire Diaries’

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    Bad news, Vampire Diaries fans: Nina Dobrev is about to take her final bow.

    The show’s female star made the announcement in a touching, albeit lengthy, Instagram caption on Monday.

    “I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six-season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime,” Dobrev wrote. “I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger.”...

    This going away party makes us want to go away, too.
  15. DMX and associates accused of robbing man at gas station

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    DMX and his entourage have been accused of robbing a man of thousands of dollars outside a gas station in New Jersey.

    An unnamed 21-year-old man said that a little after midnight on Sunday, he and his friend encountered DMX and his crew outside an Exxon station in Newark, according to the Washington Post. The rapper was in town for a show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Saturday night....