OPINION — Florida Pols Should Quit Whining About Cuba Opening . . . State Has Everything to Win, Nothing to Lose!

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Gossip Extra publisher Jose Lambiet traveled twice to Cuba over the past 15 years to report on changes on the island PALM BEACH -- Since President Barack Obama announced the normalization of American-Cuban relations this morning, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and other local pols want us to believe that the thawing of the cross-Caribbean cold war is the worst thing since Elian Gonzalez was seized by Janet Reno's armed "henchmen" and shipped back to … [Read more...]

PHOTOS — Big 105.9 Morning Jocks Paul and Young Ron: Meatballs And Martinis 2014

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FORT LAUDERDALE -- Big 105.9 and Real Radio 94.3 morning superstars jocks Paul Castronovo and Young Ron Brewer welcomed more than 200 of their friends at their annual Meatballs and Martinis Christmas fundraiser at Anthony's Runway 84 in Fort Lauderdale. They expected to raise about $60,000 for several charities at the Monday night shindig. Lining up for the Italian buffet and glasses of Castronovo Italian wines: Miami Dolphins star receiver … [Read more...]

PHOTOS — Jingle Ball Kicks Off in Philly . . . Hits SoFla Dec. 21

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PHILADELPHIA -- An All-Star cast performed in the first of nine Jingle Ball concerts on the East Coast last night in Philadelphia, slightly more than a week before the yearly Christmas time multi-performer tour is set to play South Florida. Boca Raton pop star Ariana Grande (Break Free), in a sexy snow-white cat outfit, led the four-hour Top-40 parade, which also included Iggy Azalea (Fancy), Rita Ora (I Will Never Let Your Down), Jessie J … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — Retired Mob Hit Man Who Bullied Residents in Broward County Assisted Living Dead at 89!

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SUNRISE -- A Mafia hit man suspected in at least 20 killings who served nearly 50 years in prison before being released to a Sunrise assisted living facility where he famously bullied other residents has died. He was 89 and died of natural causes. Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg passed away Nov. 23 and was quietly buried at the Star of David Memorial Gardens near Fort Lauderdale cemetery, according to media in Konigsberg's native New … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — CBS 4 Sports Anchor Kim Bokamper: I’m Through With The Boob Tube!

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MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins legend Kim Bokamper is retiring from his sportscaster's gig, the 60-year-old tells Gossip Extra. Bokamper, who led a stingy Fins defense known as The Killer Bs in the early 1980s, says he realized over the past few months that he's been packing way too much work into his daily schedule. In addition to anchoring sports on CBS4 for 14 years, he's been running a restaurant chain named after him. Bokamper's Sports … [Read more...]

PHOTOS — The Rock, The Miami Dolphins, The Hottie: A South Florida Celebrity Thanksgiving!

South Florida Thanksgiving 2014: It was a working holiday for Dwayne The Rock Johnson (Splash News photo)

MIAMI -- Not all celebrities in South Florida got stuffed on Thanksgiving. For some, like Dwayne The Rock Johnson, it was a time to work. Johnson's filming the first season of Ballers, a series for HBO that explores, Entourage-style, the lives in Miami of current and former football players. For others, it was a time to serve meals for the less fortunate. Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake and the rest of the Miami Dolphins served more … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — Starlet Lindsay Lohan’s Dad Hitched in Hillsboro Beach!

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HILLSBORO BEACH -- Michael Lohan, the father of troubled movie starlet Lindsay Lohan, finally made it official -- and Gossip Extra's got the marriage license! Michael Lohan, 54, married his troubled baby mama and former Star magazine reporter Kate Major in an intimate ceremony and party held without Lindsay and most of his five children. Michael Lohan's seventh child, and second with 32-year-old former jailbird Major, is on the … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — CBS4 Personality Michele Gillen Reappears at Work Four Months After Walking Out!

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MIAMI -- It took four months for WFOR-Channel 4 investigative reporter Michele Gillen to repair her bruised ego. Insiders at the ratings-challenged station are reporting that 20-year CBS4 veteran Gillen materialized in the newsroom this week for the first time since a public blowout between her and fellow investigative newsman Jim DeFede. A spywitness described how Gillen walked in Monday like she hadn't missed one third of the work year, … [Read more...]

PHOTOS — Broward Kid Bella Thorne: My Bikini Bottom Small Enough For You?

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MIAMI BEACH -- Pembroke Pines actress Bella Thorne, Zendaya's best friend in the Disney Channel hit Shake it Up, is spending some time at home in Broward suburbia -- but it's on the beach that she's making news. The 17-year-old actress and singer showed up in Miami Beach with a mismatched bikini that turned heads, especially the bottom. The flame-haired actress, who is in five movies scheduled to be released next year, hung out for a … [Read more...]

VIDEO — Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Performs in South Florida Rehab Center

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SUNRISE -- Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is used to drug rehab centers as a patient. This week, he entered a Sunrise drying tank as a performer! Tyler visited the drugs and booze abuse Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center to hang with its clients and share some stories of his lifelong battle with substance abuse. It was a fitting place for the 66-year-old rock star: The center emphasizes music as medicine and allows recovering abusers … [Read more...]

PHOTOS — Jason Alexander’s a Lucky Stiff at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival!

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FORT LAUDERDALE -- Jason Alexander channeled Seinfeld's George Costanza over the weekend at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The guy didn't have a date -- so he brought his 94-year-old mom Ruth all the way from Coconut Creek! Alexander, 55, was there to push his new indie movie, Lucky Stiff, at the festival premiere. Funny enough: The showing at the Broward Center for The Performing Arts was sponsored by a funeral home … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — Ex-WSVN’s Derek Hayward: I’m a Radio Star Now!

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Memba Derek Hayward? The flamboyant British-accented former WSVN-Channel 7 star who resigned his street-reporting job unexpectedly after 22 years is about to be recycled into a talk radio host! Hayward starts his new gig at 6 a.m. Monday on Fort Lauderdale’s WFTL-850 AM. Hayward is moving into the drive time slot left open with Gerard Campbell’s departure. He’ll be paired up with Karen Curtis on a news-talk program … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — Florida Pot Amendment up in Smoke . . . Supporters Vow to Push on

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TALLAHASSEE -- Floridians overwhelmingly supported a constitutional amendment that would've legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but it fell just short of passing. Early this morning, 58 percent of the ballots counted statewide were in favor of the initiative. It needed 60 percent to pass! Still, supporters pointed out that medical marijuana received more support than most individual candidates on the ballot, including … [Read more...]