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Local dancer wins Vixen of the Year workout contest


Tampa’s WTSP-TV anchor Charles Billi received some serious cable cred on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show Monday night, as per Billi’s Facebook page. During the Meet the Knockers segment on the odd trend of hoods knocking out strangers on the street “for fun,” host Jon Stewart flashed a clip of the former WSVN anchor reporting on students “butt slapping” each other. “I went national on Jon Stewart with one my off-the-chain, smart ass remarks,” Billi wrote. “They froze my picture at the anchor desk.”

Girl power

Congrats to Miami’s Mitze Pinon, who won ex-Miami-Heat-dancer-turned-workout-guru Janet Jones’ Vixen of the Year contest because “of her passion and charisma.”

Pinon won a photo shoot with Alain Martinez and swag from Cover Girl, but most of all, a new outlook on life. “I gained confidence I had lost long ago,” Pinon said. “The workout is all about women empowering women.”

It helped that actor Vincent Castellanos also declared Pinon on his Facebook page as his “girl crush of the day.”

NYC politics

If serving on President Barack Obama’s national finance committee for both of his presidential campaigns wasn’t enough, Miami/New York developer Don Peebles just snagged the appointment to serve on New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s celebrity-studded inaugural committee.

Spike it up

Spike TV and FremantleMedia North America, in association with Random House Television Productions and Castle Rock Entertainment, have joined forces to develop a script for an original series based on Carl Hiaasen’s bestselling novel Basket Case. Rob Reiner is set to direct and develop the script.

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