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Paula Deen restaurant closes

A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House announced the closure Thursday on its Facebook page, The Savannah Morning News and WSAV television reported.

“Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s is now closed,” the Facebook message said.

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Teen who stole Guy Fieri's Lamborghini gets life in prison

A Northern California man convicted of a series of crimes, including attempted murder and the theft of celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 21 years and four months.

Max Wade, 19, had been found guilty in October of attempted murder, vehicle theft, and other crimes, the Marin Independent Journal reported. He was charged in Marin County Superior Court as an adult even though he was under 18 at the time the crimes were committed, the paper said.

Among Wade’s crimes was a drive-by shooting that occurred on April 13, 2012, in Mill Valley.

Wade was convicted of firing at a truck occupied by two acquaintances — Landon Wahstrom, 18, and Eva Dedier, 17, of San Rafael.

Prosecutors alleged that Wade desired Dedier and was jealous that she was with Wahlstrom.

The investigation of the shooting led detectives to Wade’s storage locker, where he was keeping the $200,000 sports car stolen from Fieri, known for his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The Lamborghini was taken in 2011 while it was at a San Francisco dealership. It was stolen by a burglar who rappelled from a high window, authorities said.

Giada De Laurentiis cuts her finger during Food Network Thanksgiving special -- PHOTO

Saturday’s Thanksgiving Live special on the Food Network ended up serving as a public service announcement: Try not to cut your finger while cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Giada De Laurentiis accidentally sliced her finger during the live special, and she posted the gnarly evidence on Instagram:
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Guy Fieri testifies during trial of teen accused of stealing his Lamborghini -- VIDEO

A celebrity chef has taken the stand in the trial of a Northern California teenager accused of stealing his Lamborghini.

Guy Fieri testified for only a few minutes Monday in a Marin County courtroom saying that he does not know defendant Max Wade nor did he give Wade permission to take his $200,000 car out of a San Francisco dealership in March 2011.

The 19-year-old Wade is charged with not only theft but also the attempted murder of two teens.

Prosecutors say Wade shot at a former high school classmate and his girlfriend in Mill Valley in April 2012. That investigation led authorities to Wade’s storage container in Richmond, where they found the Food Network star’s stolen yellow Lamborghini.

Fieri told reporters he thought the theft was a “bad joke.”
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Paula Deen lawsuit: Race-based claims thrown out

A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.

Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, last year saying she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked at their restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. But U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue them for race discrimination.

The ruling leaves intact Jackson’s sexual harassment claims.

The Food Network and other business partners dropped Deen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past during questioning by Jackson’s lawyers.

Paula Deen dumps legal team after admitting slurs

Paula Deen has replaced her lead legal team, the latest fallout from her admission she used racial slurs in the past.

Deen announced last week she had cut ties with her longtime agent who helped make her a Food Network star and start a media and merchandising empire that has largely collapsed.

Grace Speights, an attorney for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has been retained as the new lead counsel for Paula Deen Enterprises Inc. and other defendants in an employment discrimination lawsuit, according to Jennifer Costa, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based firm.

The lawsuit was filed by Lisa Jackson, who once worked as a manager at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, which Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers. Jackson says she was sexually harassed and worked in an environment rife with racial slurs and innuendo.

Asked in a deposition if she had ever used the N-word, Deen replied: “Yes, of course.” But she also insisted “it’s been a very long time.”
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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Paula Deen can be 'redeemed'

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s agreed to help celebrity chef Paula Deen try to make amends for her past use of a racial slur, saying she shouldn’t become a “sacrificial lamb” over the issue of racial intolerance.

Jackson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Deen called him this week, and they discussed how she might recover.

Jackson says if Deen is willing to acknowledge mistakes and make changes, “she should be reclaimed rather than destroyed.”

Jackson says he’s more troubled by racial disparities in jobs, lending, health care, business opportunities and the criminal justice system.
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Paula Deen dropped as Smithfield spokeswoman

Paula Deen lost another part of her empire on Monday: Smithfield Foods said it was dropping her as a spokeswoman.

The announcement came days after the Food Network said it would not renew the celebrity cook’s contract in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.

Smithfield sold Paula Deen-branded hams in addition to using her as a spokeswoman. In a statement, the company said it “condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen.”
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Food Network host Marc Summers injures face in car accident

Food Network host Marc Summers was injured in a car accident last week in Philadelphia, People reports. Summers, 60, was dealt several broken bones in his face when his taxi hydroplaned, causing him to fly into the vehicle’s plastic partition.

According to TMZ, the Unwrapped host underwent emergency plastic surgery following the incident. Summers tweeted, “Thanks for all the kind words. Hanging in there.”

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