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To some Julie Murphy is a freedom fighter, to others a symbol of lawlessness. To Maria Fife, she's a 7 year-old with a lot of whims. Selling lemonade happened to be one them. "She's over it now," says Fife, Julie's mom, who spoke with Yahoo! Shine Tuesday. What do you do when you're daughter becomes the center of a heated national discourse? Stop making lemonade.
It's been about a month since the whole thing started. "It was actually my first day of orientation as a nurse, and after work I told Julie she could set up a lemonade stand," the soft-spoken Fife remembers. They ventured into the city, away from their quiet suburban Oregon neighborhood and set up shop at a craft fair in Portland.
"We just happened to set the stand up next to a group of anarchists and that's why we got attention. "
The attention came, and keeps coming, when local health inspectors asked the mother-daughter team to shut down their venture or face a $500 fine. Like 99 percent of all lemonade-selling kids,
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This photo is all that remains of Matt Cawley's engagement ring. (Photo: Matt Cawley)Here's a tip for anyone planning to propose. Do it on solid ground. Matt Cawley learned that lesson the hard way when he popped the question with a $9000 ring attached to a sand dollar on a jetty in Cape Cod. When girlfriend Stacey Scanlon picked up the shell, the ring fell into the water and disappeared. "It was the worst feeling in the world," Cawley said in an interview with TodayShow.com. At least, he's in good company. Actress Megan Fox also lost her 2-carat engagement ring on a beach after boyfriend Brian Austin Green proposed. Despite sending her minions to comb the shore, she never retrieved it. Ocean: 2. Finger: 0.Read More »from Marriage Proposals That Went Awry
• Full circus: Unbelievable proposal caught on tape
But staying inland isn't the only guarantee of a smooth proposal. One outdoorsy type proposed to his girlfriend on a rugged hike in Maryland. In her excitement, she slipped, fell off a cliff and had to be rescued by helicopter. Reed Harris' proposal also ended with a trip to the emergency room. He thought to
How do you know when you're turning into your mother? When you fantasize about the same people she did, in 1981. Jackson Browne is one of a handful of singer/songwriters I used to block out with a Walkman as a kid in the backseat of my parents car. Now in his 60's he's back on tour this summer and all I can think of how to get backstage. I came around to 70's emo singers a few years back--thanks to the delicate confluence of insomnia, heartbreak and a particularly moving Time/Life collection infomercial. But only recently, have I embraced the fact that I want to harvest their children, the old-fashioned way.
I don't care that they sing about making slow and steady love, that their music makes mom's do the Bar Mitzvah dance, that their song titles are projected in commercials in front of the same footage used in adds for Mt. Airy Lodge. There's just something about a sensitive 70's singer-songwriter who's not afraid to cheapen his music by showing a little chest hair on his albumRead More »from 16 Soft Rockers I'd Make Love To
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Aug 10, 2010 8:09 PM EDT
Levi did it: he landed himself a reality show. Or at least a reality pitch. After a rumored "newlywed" project with his ex Bristol Palin, he settled on show called "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office", about running to be the mayor of Wasila, Alaska. Who in the world could have talked him into that?
That's be David Weintraub, one of the show's creators, professional reality show cameo actor, and Hollywood d-bag of the century. You may recognize him from the short-lived series "Sons of Hollywood", a real life entourage featuring himself alongside the great Randy Spelling. No? How about "Date my Ex: Joe and Slade", where he appeared as a studly suitor, out-d-bagging Slade Smiley in an attempt to charm a former "Real Housewife." Trust me, it was a show. Well you must know about "Sober House", Dr. Drew's spin-off series that keeps following famous addicts until they manage to catch the caboose of a freight train in the middle of the night. Weintraub showed up as porn star MaryRead More »from Levi's New Mentor: David Weintraub, Hollywood's Biggest Playa
Fashionista Larry King surrounded by doting women (Magnus Unnar/Harpers Bazaar)
And you thought he was all about suspenders. Harper's Bazaar turned the mic on the talk show host to find out his fashion secret. No really, they found out his fashion secret.
"I like leather," says King who also compliments the style savvy of Lady Gaga and Ryan Seacrest in the interview. Know what else he likes? "I love those new sneakers, Skechers [sic], that give a lift inside."
Oh dear. A 77 year-old man dressed in calf-enhancing sneakers designed for 14 year-old girls and unspecified leather gear? I'm pretty sure that's illegal. Well maybe he's just talking about wearing a black leather jacket. That wouldn't be so bad.
"I've got a bright-red Bijan jacket...I'm not afraid to wear bright things. This one looks like Michael Jackson."
Ladies and ladies: the real Larry King. With his on-air tenure coming to a close, expect to see him abandoning his work clothes and embracing his weekend gear. You know, the kind of outfit that's perfect for a stroll in the park, with a shoppingRead More »from Larry King, Style Icon: "I like leather"
Bachelor Pad's Elizabeth has some interesting tactics for keeping a man (ABC)Read More »from Bachelor Pad: Elizabeth's Guide To Love
Last night on the series premiere of the "Bachelor" spin-off a group of rejects from seasons past compete for money, hot tub real estate and chest exposure. It's a little hard to watch. The "Bachelor" series is built on desperation for love and fame. Last night's premiere proved they're also hungry for money. In romantic terms, it's kind of a turn-off.
The only thing that's keeping me going, besides the fact that it's on TV on Monday night, is Elizabeth. She's single-handedly the worst manipulator ever to appear on TV. The newly blond villain from Jake's season of the Bachelor is one of those dyed-in-the-wool reality competitors who fashions herself savvier than she really is. And it's awesome.
I sincerely hope she follows suit of former "Bachelorette" Jen Schefft and writes a "rules" book for love.
Here's how it would read:
Chapter 1: Forehead foreplay
The only way to keep a man is to not kiss him. Until he proposes. This isn't a spiritual quest, this is a tactic for maintaining
Just throwing this out there, Justin Bieber. I don't want to alarm you or your army of fans. But choosing to be the latest Proactiv spokesperson may have consequences.
Consider the evidence:
Exhibit A: Britney Spears. In 2003, the pop star was on top of the world, with a starring role on the big screen, a grammy and a record that sold 10 million copies world wide. Nothing could bring her down, not even a little pimple. That's what she said. On the Proactiv commercial. Months later, she's marrying Jason Alexander in Vegas--the first in a series of public foibles that suggested fame was getting to her still-unshaven head. By the end of that year she's married to K-Fed, pregnant with his child and facing one of the hardest-hitting downward career sprirals in recent history.
Exhibit B: Jessica Simpson. She carried the torch of zit zapper in 2007. It wasn't long after that her movie "Major Movie Star" was released straight to DVD.
Exhibit C: Avril Lavigne. Let's be honest, the Candian
That pig is happy with this tax and with not being smashed with a hammer (Thinkstock Images)Read More »from New Idea: The Happiness Tax
The big story these days is that spending less leads to happiness. The latest comes from The New York Times which profiled a 31 year old couple who abandoned their worldly possessions, quit their jobs and moved across the country for a consumption-free lifestyle.
They're happier now, and debt-free. Their story is one in a long line of recession-related experiments-- wearing the same black dress for a year, forcing your self to own less than 100 items, paring your closet down to five main looks. These are all good ideas.
Here's another: What if we spent more, but better? While binge shopping is addictive, financially dangerous and ultimately unsatisfying. But a little self-prescribed present can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered. It's selfish, but it doesn't have to be.
Consider a new concept I just thought up and have yet to put into practice: The Happiness Tax.
Every time you purchase something indulgent--be it an upscale dinner, a new dress, or a kitchen utensil
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, Aug 9, 2010 3:59 PM EDT
So I'm watching "Mad Men". Alone. And on comes the iPhone FaceTime commercial. Part of that series that stars a thumb, and a monologuist projected from an iPhone. "You know that thing we've been working on for a while now?" says the "real" looking beauty to the thumb's rightful owner. "Well..."
If you've already turned away because they look like they need a moment alone, here's the spoiler: They're pregnant! Who are these people and why are they letting us in on the most personal conversation of their lives? Because they're actors selling us a product. But as we know from watching "Mad Men", they're also a reflection of our time. And our time is about sharing your intimate moments with the world. Especially, the good stuff. From sex tapes to vacation photos on Facebook, we've become a nation of public braggarts. And now advertisers--Apple is always at the cutting edge--is following suit with the most private and gloating of moments.
You know this fictional couple has a solid
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Sat, Aug 7, 2010 2:08 AM EDT
Linda Evangelista famously wouldn't get out of bed for less than $12,000. Naomi Campbell won't get out of bed for war crimes. When did supermodel cruelty go from bitchy to downright evil?
"I didn't want to be here, I was made to be here," she said during her testimony against former Liberian president Charles Taylor, accused of a regime built on child soldiers, brutality and blood diamonds. "I just want to get done with this and get on with my life."
I'm sorry, is this trial bothering you? Did you miss your mid-morning snack of baby hearts? Can I offer you a puppy dog head to gnaw on, while you put a new ice-pack in your temporal lobe?
Supermodels have always leaned towards the side of villains rather than superheros. With a reputation for stealing men (Giselle), being wooden (Cindy) and dismissive (Linda), they were never the kind of celebrity you could relate too. But Naomi isn't a villain, she's Dr. Evil.
Consider the evidence: She treats her minions as disposable, she hits