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Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh recently professed his love for Miami, saying: “I’m in Miami for the rest of my career. I plan to be there. I plan to retire there. I plan to win hopefully a lot more championships there. So that’s where home is.”

But as Bosh prepares for tonight’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals, his words could eventually come back to haunt him!

Allison Mathis

In August, Bosh told an Orlando judge trying to determine Bosh’s residency in connection with child support payments to a baby mama that his native Texas, not Florida, would always be his home.

Saying he found Bosh to be credible when he told him he always intended to remain a Texan, the judge ruled in December that the ball player shouldn’t legally be considered one of us — never mind that Bosh lives on North Bay Road in Miami Beach.

Why was it even in question?

Baby mama Allison Mathis  sued Bosh to force him to pay higher Florida child support rates, about $30,000-a-month instead of the $2,600-a-month that a court in Texas told Bosh to pay.

Orlando Judge Robert Evans ruled in favor of Bosh — but with the case now in appeals court, Mathis’ lawyer says she’ll use Bosh’s new-found love for Miami to show how Bosh lied to Evans.

“Chris Bosh’s testimony in court about his being a Florida resident is exactly opposite of what he recently told the media,” said attorney Jane Carey. “He now says he intends to retire here after playing for the Heat.

“You can’t be a resident of Texas and retire in Florida.

“Chris Bosh fooled the trial judge, but we believe that the Appellate Court will reverse the lower court decision.”

Chris Bosh

Bosh’s peeps aren’t talking.

Bosh, who has one child with wife Adrienne with another on the way, had little Trinity, who’s four, with Mathis through fertility treatment.

(Gossip Extra, José Lambiet)

FLaConnection, Arnoldo Varona, Editor 

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“Speak English!” Diaz-Balart heckled at tea party rally

From BuzzFeed’s report on the big tea party rally in Washington today:

…Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican working on a House immigration bill, spoke briefly in Spanish and was heckled by one of the Tea Party protestors who yelled “learn English!”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers holds a press conference across the street from the Tea Party rally with Hispanic faith leaders.

King had wanted the Tea Party show up, and show up they did. They were mad: at Boehner, at Congress, at the Senate’s ‘Gang of 8’, at the media, and especially at Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
“Throw them both out, Go home” said Jessica Hayes of Boehner and Rubio. Hayes had come to Washington from West Virginia to protest the Senate bill and throw her support behind King.

“If I break the law I go to jail. We need to enforce the laws that are on the books, send the people that are here illegally home and don’t let them back in.”

Cheryl Griffin drove up from St. Lucie Florida, armed with a sign that said “Marco: Early advocate of Muslim Brotherhood takeover.” She had campaigned for Rubio in 2010, and wore two buttons: one with ‘Rubio 2010’ x-ed out, and another that pictured Rubio in a sombrero with devil horns.

“Today I would vote for Charlie Crist, at least I know who he is,” she said. “He used us. We did not send him here to do this. He’s here to say no and stop it.”…  Full story here    (TBT/Smith)

FLaConnection, Arnoldo Varona, Editor 

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Gov. Rick Scott pushes food stamp work requirements in D.C.

Gov. Rick Scott is urging House Speaker John Boehner to support a measure by Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, that would force food stamp recipients to demonstrate they are looking for work.

“I write to express and urge support for the ‘Providing Relief to Individuals Desiring Employment (PRIDE) Act,’ which Will be offered by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland as an amendment to the Farm Bill,” Scott wrote Wednesday to Boehner. “The PRIDE Act will allow governors to apply for a federal waiver to implement work, education, and training requirements in their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).” …  Full Story (TBT/Leary)

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Florida, la vida locaL

The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders channeled pop star Taylor Swift in Samana, Dominican Republic, last week for the squad’s new video, obtained this afternoon by Gossip Extra and posted below.

Traditionally, the ladies end their week of posing in exotic locales for the upcoming calendar by producing a music video filmed by the Fins’ excellent multimedia crew.

This year, they lip-synched to Swift’s 22 — and looked damn good doing it!

Last year’s video of the Dolphins prettiest employees moving to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Call me Maybewent viral and garnered a whopping 21 million viewers on YouTube!

Incidentally, the New Orleans Saints cheerleaders did the same thing in their swamp (below) — but making music videos to silly songs is one facet of the game where the Dolphins definitely trash the bayou dwellers!

(José Lambiet’s Gossip Extra)

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Famous People From Florida


Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida, the daughter of Grace April (née Smith), a housewife, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., a career non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. She is of Scots-Irish, English, and German descent. She attended the University of FloridaFlorida State University, and Boston University, but graduated from the University of Florida in theater. In 1962, Dunaway joined the American National Theater and Academy.


Dunaway appeared on Broadway in 1962 as the daughter of Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons. Her first screen role was in 1967 in The Happening. In 1967, she was in Hurry Sundown; that same year, she gained the leading female role in Bonnie and Clyde opposite Warren Beatty, which earned her an Oscar nomination. She also starred in 1968 with Steve McQueen in the caper film The Thomas Crown Affair (and had a small role in the 1999 remake with the same title with Pierce Brosnan).

Dunaway at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

In the 1970s, she starred in such films as Three Days of the CondorLittle Big ManChinatownThe Three/Four MusketeersEyes of Laura Mars, and Network, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress as the scheming TV executive Diana Christensen. She worked with such leading men as Dustin Hoffman,Charlton HestonPaul NewmanRobert RedfordTommy Lee JonesJack Nicholson, and Robert Duvall.

In the 1980s, although her performances did not waver, the parts grew less compelling.[citation needed] Dunaway would later blame Mommie Dearest (1981) for ruining her career as a leading lady.[citation needed] She received a Razzie Award for Worst Actress, and the critics despised the film, although it grossed a moderate $19 million in its first release and was one of the top 30 grossing films of the year. In 1987, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Barfly with Mickey Rourke. In the 1980s, Dunaway worked alongside legendary actress Bette Davis. During a 1988 appearance on The Johnny Carson Show, the latter emphatically stated that she would never work with Dunaway again. In a later movie, Don Juan DeMarco(1995), Dunaway co-starred with Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando.

Dunaway starred in the 1986 made-for-television movie Beverly Hills Madam opposite Melody AndersonDonna DixonTerry Farrell and Robin Givens. She had earlier turned down the role of Sable Colby onThe Colbys, the Aaron Spelling spin-off of the nighttime soap Dynasty. In 1993, Dunaway briefly starred in a sitcom with Robert UrichIt Had to Be You. She also starred in Arizona Dream in 1993. Dunaway won an Emmy for a 1994 role as a murderer in “It’s All in the Game,” an episode of the long-running mystery series Columbo.

In 1996, she toured nationally with the stage play Master Class. The story about opera singer Maria Callas was well received. Dunaway bought the rights to the Terrence McNally play for possible film development.

In 2000, she turned down Requiem for a Dream[9] and appeared in The Yards. In 2006, Dunaway played a character named Lois O’Neill in season six, episode 13 of the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, titled “Kiss-Kiss, Bye-Bye“. She served as a judge on the 2005 reality show The Starlet, which sought, American Idol-style, to find the next young actress with the potential to become a major star. In the spring of 2007, the direct-to-DVD movie release of Rain, based on the novel by V. C. Andrews and starring Dunaway, was released. In 2009, Dunaway starred in the film The Bait, by Polish film director and producer Dariusz Zawiślak. The Bait is a contemporary version of a drama Balladyna, by Polish 19th – century poet Juliusz Słowacki.

On October 2, 1996, Dunaway was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal life

Dunaway at Fashion for Relief 2007

Dunaway has been married twice, from 1974 to 1979 to Peter Wolf, the lead singer of the rock group The J. Geils Band, and from 1984 to 1987 to Terry O’Neill, a British photographer. She and O’Neill have one child, Liam O’Neill (born 1980). In 2003, despite Dunaway’s earlier claims that she had given birth to Liam, Terry claims that Liam was adopted.

Dunaway is an adult convert to Roman Catholicism.

In August, 2011, Dunaway was sued for eviction by the landlord of her rent stabilized apartment on East 78th Street in Manhattan. The suit alleged that she was not actually residing in the apartment but rather lived in California. Rent stabilization rules require tenants to live in the apartment they are renting as a primary residence, not as a second home. If Dunaway were to leave the apartment, rented by her on August 1, 1994, the landlord could receive more than double the $1,048.72 per month rent paid by Dunaway. In a voice message to the New York Times, Dunaway said that she had not been evicted, but had chosen to leave the apartment because of its condition and that she had been spending less time in New York.


(Since 2000)

2000 The Yards Kitty Olchin  
Stanley’s Gig Leila  
Running Mates Meg Gable Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2001 The Yellow Bird Aurora Beavis Short subject – also director
Festival in Cannes Herself Cameo
2002 Mid-Century Blue/Mother  
Changing Hearts Betty Miller  
The Rules of Attraction Mrs. Eve Denton  
Man of Faith Mae West  
2003 Blind Horizon Ms. K  
2004 Last Goodbye Sean Winston  
El Padrino Atty. Gen. Navarro  
Jennifer’s Shadow Mary Ellen Cassi  
2005 Ghosts Never Sleep Kathleen Dolan  
2006 Cut Off Marilyn Burton  
Love Hollywood Style God  
Rain Isabel Hudson  
2007 Cougar Club Edith Birnbaum  
Say It in Russian Jacqueline de Rossy  
The Gene Generation Josephine Hayden  
2008 Flick Lieutenant Annie McKenzie  
La Rabbia Madre  
2009 The Seduction of Dr. Fugazzi Detective Rowland  
Midnight Bayou Odette Lifetime made-for-TV movie
Caroline & The Magic Stone Filomena  
Balladyna Dr Ash USA-Poland co-production
2010 A Family Thanksgiving Gina Hallmark Channel Original Movie

Sources: Wiki/InternetPhotos/FloridaLatinConnection.org

Famous People From Florida: Fay Dunaway/ Florida Latin Connection/ P.Varona, Editor  



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Scott gains ground in new poll, but still trails Crist

Gov. Rick Scott’s poll numbers are showing signs of progress, but he would still lose to former Gov. Charlie Crist by 10 points if the 2014 election were held today, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Still one of America’s least popular governors, Scott trails Crist 47 percent to 37 percent in a face-off between the Republican governor and his possible now-Democratic rival.

But the poll contains a glimmer of hope for Scott: Voters are closely divided in their assessment of his job performance, with 43 percent approving and 44 percent disapproving. That’s a significant improvement over the previous Quinnipiac poll in March, when 36 percent of voters approved of Scott’s performance and 49 percent disapproved.

The percentage of voters who have a favorable view of Scott is up to 40 percent, the highest since he took office nearly two-and-a-half years ago. But he has persistent problems with women, who favor Crist by 51 to 32 percent, and Hispanics favor Crist over Scott, 40-33 percent. Crist’s 13 percent share of Republican crossover votes is slightly higher than Scott’s 8 percent share of Democrats. …  Full Story (TBT/Bousquet)

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Rep. Alan Grayson 2.0: Less fire-breathing, more self-restraint

Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida waited only hours after being sworn in to go on MSNBC, a forum he used to become a national figure during a tumultuous first go-around in Congress, and declare his return.

“As Steven Tyler would say, ‘I’m back in the saddle again,’ ” Grayson smirked during the January appearance. And so he was off, ripping House Speaker John Boehner as “a weak, weak man.”

But six months later, the self-styled “congressman with guts” has managed what seems like an impossible feat of self-restraint.

Gone (largely) are the volcanic floor speeches such as one in 2009 describing the Republican health care plan as “die quickly,” and over-the-top sound bytes, such as referring to a female Federal Reserve adviser as a “K Street whore” or comparing former Vice President Dick Cheney to a vampire.

The antics led to Grayson’s defeat in the 2010 GOP wave, but this comeback is less noisy, focusing on local concerns such as airport closures and housing issues. …   Full Story   (TBT/Leary)

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Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless, the Miami Beacher who played one of television’s greatest police women through the 1980s, just turned 70!

And you have to admit gay rights activist Gless, who played copper Christine Cagney opposite Tyne Daly in Cagney & Lacey through eight seasons, looks pretty darn good on her big b’day.

So we went to Palm Beach society plastic surgeon Douglas Dedo to try to figure out if Gless stayed young by jogging three hours a day — or relying on Dedo’s colleagues.

Said Dedo: “Natural? Are you kidding? At 70, without a facelift, she’d look terrible with a full  neck of muscle, fat and skin. The only way to look good at 65 and beyond is to lie on your back so gravity pulls the skin back.”

Alrighty then! What’d she get done?

“She had a facelift, and upper and lower eyelid surgery. She’s also had pretty good skin care of her face, since it has no sun damage spots. ”

How can Dedo tell?

“She has no turkey wattle deformity (under her neck).  And there is a dimple under her chin with little folds under her jaw that develop when the neck is lifted and tightened.”

Incidentally, Gless had a recurring role in the Miami-based plastic surgeon series Nip/Tuck.   (GossipExtra/ José Lambiet)

FLaConnection, Arnoldo Varona, Editor 


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