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LeBron James Controversy: The King Disses Boca Baker's Gold-Covered Birthday Cake!

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Passion for Pastry's Alethea Hickman with LeBron James' cake (click on the Mike Jachles photo for more)

A tale of two cakes at Miami Heat superstar LeBron James27th birthday party is stirring up controversy.

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The cake that got all the publicity, by Miami's Divine Delicacies (Click on the photo for more)

Passion for Pastry owner Alethea Hickman, a well-known Boca Raton baker, is downright pissed off!

The $3,000-birthday cake she was asked to deliver to James’ New Year’s Eve party at the Shelborne South Beach hotel in Miami Beach — free of charge as part of a “sponsorship deal” — supposedly wasn’t fit for the king!

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“It was a great cake,” Hickman said. “I could’ve blown it off because I had so much work with the holidays, but I came through at the last minute. I don’t even known what they did with it at this point. They have no respect.”

Two days before the Miami Beach fiesta for 50-plus that included Heat teammates Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Juwan Howard, Hickman tells me she received a frantic, all-in-caps email from Samantha Rosen, the Shelborne‘s marketing director.

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“URGENT!,” the email read. “NEED CAKE FOR LEBRON JAMES BIRTHDAY THAT WILL BE HOSTED AT THE SHELBORNE HOTEL BY DWADE, GAB UNION AND HEAT TEAMMATES.” (more…)

LeBron James' Birthday Present: A Wife!

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Miami Heat star LeBron James pops the question to high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson (Via Twitter)

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James took advantage of a gathering of about 50 people for his 27th birthday party last night in Miami Beach to ask his longtime galpal and mother of his two boys to marry him!

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James with Brinson (Splash News)

Several of  King James’ Heat teammates, Chris Bosh (with his new wife Adrienne), Dwyane Wade (with actress Gabrielle Union) and Juwan Howard (with his wife Jenine) watched the moment, at the Shelborne South Beach hotel.

The good thing, outside of the romance of it all: James didn’t have ESPN produce a one-hour special to tell us where he was going to take his “talents!” He asked simply, with a pear-shaped sparkler.

James and Brinson, who were high school sweethearts and were dating for 8 years, have two children: 7-year-old LeBron Jr. and 4-year-old Bryce.

Congratulations poured in all night, and included a tweet from Miami Heat owner Micky Arison: “Congrats to Lebron. @KingJames and Savannah so happy 4 u guys.”

Los Angeles Clippers point-guard Chris Paul added, also on Twitter: “Happy for my brother @KingJames and sis @SavannahRB on their engagement!!! Extremely happy for them and the good times to come.” (more…)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Young Friends of The Red Cross Kick Off New Year Celebrations in Palm Beach

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Nina Grey (left) and Jacqueline Cooke celebrate New Year two days ahead of schedule Thursday at the Young Friends of the American Red Cross bash (Click on the Mike Jachles photo for more)

Young Palm Beach celebrated 2012 early at the traditional beach bash of the Young Friends of the American Red Cross!

Click here to view all the photos of the event

A record-breaking 500-plus people, most wearing the ultimate Palm Beach pastel-colored outfits of Lilly Pulitzer, gathered Thursday night at the Beach Club on the north side of the island for the pool-side shindig.

This year, it had a spicy New Orleans flavor with Mardi Gras party favors and craw-fish on the menu and the riffs of Cajun music.

In his second year at the helm, gala Chairman Bobby Leidy did a bang-up job luring people from as far as Chicago! (more…)

PHOTOS: Celebs Descend on South Florida For New Year Weekend

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Tom Felton, aka Harry Potter's Malfoy, poses with tourists in Miami Beach (Click on the photo for more celebs in town)

Whether it’s Modern Family hottie Sofia Vergara tweeting “Best sushi in Florida” from Sushi Simon in Boynton Beach, or Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton posing for photos with tourists in Miami Beach (above), or 1960s heartthrob Frankie Avalon checking out the scene at the new PB Catch fish restaurant in Palm Beach (below), SoFla remains a New Year destination for celebrities.

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While Barbados beaches are the places to be with the recent arrivals of A-listers like R&B superstar Rihanna and The X-Factor‘s Simon Cowell, very young celebrities especially are flocking to our area. Check out the exclusive Gossip Extra photo gallery with the likes of High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens, The O.C.‘s Misha Barton, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Nurse Jackie‘s Edie Falco.

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Frankie Avalon, with Palm Beacher Ed Zielinski at PB Catch (Click on the photo for visiting celebs)

Tiger Woods' No. 1 Mistress Knocked up; Tiger's Not The Daddy!

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The photos that ex-Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel twittered last night (via Twitter)

The part-time Palm Beacher who sparked the Tiger Woods scandal when her affair with the then-married golf superstar is 5-month pregnant, she announced last night!

Rachel Uchitel, who famously spent the aftermaths of the 2009 scandal clubbing and frolicking in skimpy bikinis in Palm Beach, twittered bathroom photos of her bump and new hubby Matt Hahn.

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Uchitel in Palm Beach in 2010 (Splash News)

“We’re expecting big things for 2012,” she added underneath her pix in a body-hugging dress. “Five down, four months to go.”

Uchitel, 36, was hitched to 26-year-old former Penn State football player Hahn in October, saying at the time that they’d making babies.

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Nightclub VIP hostess Uchitel, who recently studied to obtain a private eye license, was married for months to a Wall Street broker in 2004. She became one of the faces of 9-11 when her then-fiancee, Andy O’Grady, died in the terrorist attacks.

Uchitel is the granddaughter of deceased Cleveland banker Warren Bishop, who moved to Palm Beach in the mid-1990s with a woman half his age. (more…)

Tiger Woods' No. 1 Mistress Knocked up; Tiger's Not The Daddy!

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The photos that ex-Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel twittered last night (via Twitter)

The part-time Palm Beacher who sparked the Tiger Woods scandal when her affair with the then-married golf superstar is 5-month pregnant, she announced last night!

Rachel Uchitel, who famously spent the aftermaths of the 2009 scandal clubbing and frolicking in skimpy bikinis in Palm Beach, twittered bathroom photos of her bump and new hubby Matt Hahn.

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Uchitel in Palm Beach in 2010 (Splash News)

“We’re expecting big things for 2012,” she added underneath her pix in a body-hugging dress. “Five down, four months to go.”

Uchitel, 36, was hitched to 26-year-old former Penn State football player Hahn in October, saying at the time that they’d making babies.

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Nightclub VIP hostess Uchitel, who recently studied to obtain a private eye license, was married for months to a Wall Street broker in 2004. She became one of the faces of 9-11 when her then-fiancee, Andy O’Grady, died in the terrorist attacks.

Uchitel is the granddaughter of deceased Cleveland banker Warren Bishop, who moved to Palm Beach in the mid-1990s with a woman half his age. (more…)