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Judge sides with Emeril producer in fight with Florida House

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida judge says a television producer for one of Emeril Lagasse’s cooking shows does not have to turn over tax returns and detailed financial records to the Florida House. The Florida House last month subpoenaed years of records detailing how the show “Emeril’s Florida” spent millions it received from the state’s tourism agency. Some records have been handed over, but producer Pat Roberts refused to turn over everything House Republicans wanted. Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled Wednesday that the records being sought by the House were not pertinent to the investigation and that handing them over would violate privacy rights guaranteed by Florida’s constitution. House Speaker Richard Corcoran called the decision “terrible” and vowed to appeal it. Tim Jansen, a lawyer for Roberts, praised the ruling and said “the rule of law overrides politics.” Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More Click to Hide …

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Kept out: Loophole in law for the poor spurs gentrification

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jonathan Jacobs had almost no savings, a modest income and a credit report marred by a disputed cellphone bill. But he easily bought a newly renovated row house in Point Breeze, a South Philadelphia neighborhood that’s historically African American. “It took about 15 minutes” to fill out the paperwork, the career counselor said. “Now I pay less to own a house than I did to rent an apartment. That’s the American dream.” Jacobs, who is white, got a special home loan from New Jersey-based TD Bank that is designed to help low-income people an…

Porn star says she feels free to discuss Trump encounter

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NEW YORK (AP) - Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom Donald Trump’s attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with the man who is now president, her manager told The Associated Press. At the same time, developments in the bizarre case fueled questions about whether such a payment could violate federal campaign finance laws. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, invalidated a non-disclosure agreement after two news stories were published…

Jimmy Buffet almost wasted away in ‘Austin, Texasville’

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Jimmy Buffett strikes a relaxed pose in the Marquis Theatre lobby. His “Escape to Margaritaville” begins previews Friday.Tamara Beckwith It took Jimmy Buffett just six minutes to write the song on which he built an empire — and a Broadway musical. He was in Austin, Texas, some 40 years ago, visiting a woman he was dating, and “there was the potential for a breakup,” he recalls. After a couple of margaritas and a few tears, she drove him to the airport so he could catch a plane back home to Key West, Fla. At the gate, he got out his guitar and found the hook and the chorus for a new song. “…

Oscar funnyman to show: play up envelope mess, not harassers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Put comedy writer Bruce Vilanch on the spot by asking if he has a political gag suitable for the Oscars, and he makes a game try. “There’s probably a joke in Trump buying three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Vilanch said, “because that’s all he does is publicize himself. So it seems to me you have a nice, clean shot on the ninth hole.” He doesn’t have to sweat polishing the riff on best-picture nominee “Three Billboards.” While he’s crafted one-liners for hosts and presenters for 23 Oscar shows, he’ll b…

Weinstein Company Fires David Glasser, Its President

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The Weinstein Company’s board of directors announced Friday night that they had unanimously voted to fire the company’s president and chief operating officer, David Glasser, for cause. The one-sentence statement did not specify what the cause was. Still, the move represents yet another twist in an ongoing saga that has engulfed the embattled company. It comes at an urgent moment for the company, which has been trying to avoid bankruptcy since October, when reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker revealed decades of sexual harassment allegations against one of its founders, Harvey Wein…