CONTEST: Email Your Best Halloween Photo

Halloween kicks off tonight in these parts with the Devil's Night party at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach (We'll have exclusive video and photo coverage), so it's time for Gossip Extra's first photo contest: You're competing for two tickets to Think Pink Rocks, a $100 value. The event is at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in Boca Raton's Mizner Park  Amphitheater. It's a hip-hop festival that doubles up as a major fundraiser for breast … [Read more...]

OPINION: Making Political Hay Out of Dangerous Criminals

When incidents involving middle-of-the-night attacks on unsuspecting motorists started occurring with increasing frequency in May, authorities used the media to tell citizens to be on the look-out. And the media played the game. It always does. TV stations and the newspapers dutifully put out every details about the crime wave, on the schedule of law enforcement authorities. If you’re bumped from behind by another car between midnight and 6 … [Read more...]

Drudge Report’s Matt Drudge Pays $1.45 Million Cash For New Miami Digs


It sure pays to be the Right's water-carrier, kids! Matt Drudge, the owner of the popular conservative news website Drudge Report, just bought a new house in south Miami-Dade County. He snagged the ranch-like place in Redland, an unincorporated farming area known for its organic strawberries, for $1.45 million cash. -- Click here for more photos of the house It's the 45-year-old Drudge's second big home purchase in the county. According to … [Read more...]

VIDEO: The Gentlemen of The Garden’s Halloween, Devil’s Night 2011

(Click on the Mike Jachles photo for more)

The Gentlemen of the Garden yearly Halloween bash, Devil's Night 2011, kicked off at the outdoors Ann Norton Sculpture Garden Friday night at the same time as an epic, flood-causing rain storm. -- Click here to sign up for the Gossip Extra dirt alerts No matter! Organizers Kevin Clark, Dack Patriarca and the rest of the Gentlemen had the party moved inside to the VIP room, and 250 or so beautiful people had the time of the life in their … [Read more...]

Jupiter Author Creates a Buzz With Thinly-Veiled Fiction


A self-published book by Jupiter first-time author Carri Summers is creating a stir locally. The novel, Alter Ego in Chanel, is The Devil Wears Prada meets Great Expectations, north county-style. The characters, however, sound true-to-life. Summers tells the story of a young college grad who ends up working as personal assistant "for the beautiful, self-proclaimed Palm Beach County socialite Adelle, the owner of a successful footwear … [Read more...]

The Palm Beach Post Serves up More Internal Turmoil

More fear and loathing on South Dixie! Two weeks after kicking out 20-plus people in budget cuts, The Palm Beach Post's Atlanta-based parent company is squeezing harder for profits as it announced today another reorganization that could send more jobs out of West Palm Beach. According to memos obtained exclusively by Gossip Extra, the privately-owned Atlanta-based Cox Media Group is centralizing routine functions that, so far, were handled … [Read more...]

Paul Michael Merhige Given Seven Life Sentences

Paul Merhige, who killed 6-year-old Makayla Sitton and three others at a Thanksgiving feast in Jupiter in 2009, will be rotting behind bars until he dies! Palm Beach Circuit Judge Joseph Marx handed down seven life sentences to Merhige, 37, after an emotional plea hearing. -- Click here to subscribe to Gossip Extra alerts Marx sentenced Merhige over the objections of Makayla's parents, Jim and Muriel Sitton. Holding a lock of Makayla's hair … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano’s House; It’s Priced to Sell!


Tony Sparano, coach of the win-less Miami Dolphins, has been testing the real estate market with the mansion he bought in quiet Davie in 2008 for $1.7 million. -- Click here for the tour According to MLS records Sparano, 50, first put the five-bedroomer on the market in January for $1.75 million then de-listed it in early March after two price cuts. He tried it again in late March, then pulled it off again in September. Up it went Oct. … [Read more...]

Makayla’s Dad: I Work on My Statement to The Judge at Lunchtime!

Jim Sitton at Makayla's gravesite (via Facebook)

While the fate of alleged Thanksgiving killer Paul Michael Merhige could be decided shortly after 12:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County courthouse in West Palm Beach, the father of the 6-year-old girl shot to death along with three relatives says he was so blind-sided by the scheduling of today's plea hearing that he barely had any time to work on a statement to the judge. Jim Sitton, a WPTV-Channel 5 cameraman, wants Merhige to die for … [Read more...]

Ex-Football Star Michael Irvin’s Mom Hit With Giant Tax Bill — For Living With Him!

Irvin with mom Stella (Courtesy Dallas Morning News)

Oh, no, they didn't! Broward County officials have slapped a lien on the home of WQAM-560 AM host and retired Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin’s momma! The nerve! The Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office claims Stella Irvin owes $49,852.79 in unpaid taxes and penalties for unjustly claiming homestead exemption since 2001. Say what? Mama Irvin, who raised Michael and 16 other kids, is believed to be living at Michael’s $300,000 … [Read more...]

Clear Channel Guillotine Expected to Fall on Radioland


Right on time for Halloween, the buzz in radioland is that another corporate-mandated job massacre is expected at Clear Channel, the area's largest radio broadcaster. Although officials are playing it close to the vest, the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast market is supposed to feel the pain of a national round of cuts with dozens of personalities expected to step to the guillotine. Dave Denver, Clear Channel's local boss, isn't returning … [Read more...]

POLL: Should Paul Merhige die?


As Gossip Extra first revealed, Paul Michael Merhige will plead guilty to murder on Thursday. Because of a deal worked out with the office of Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe, Merhige will escape the death penalty. He will remain in prison for the rest of his life. Merhige killed four family members in Jupiter at Thanksgiving 2009. OK, Palm Beach County. This is your chance to send a message loud and clear to your elected … [Read more...]

No Death Penalty For Thanksgiving Killer!

Merhige's booking photo

Paul Michael Merhige, who allegedly killed 6-year-old Makayla Sitton and three other relatives in Jupiter on Thanksgiving night 2009, is set to plead guilty to murder Thursday in a Palm Beach court, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively. Merhige, who fled to the Keys after the bloodbath, worked out a deal that'll keep him off death row, a source who asked to remain anonymous told me. In exchange for his plea, the office of State Attorney … [Read more...]