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Johnny Manziel dating young model from Broward

 

College football hotshot Johnny Manziel went to a party in Los Angeles over the weekend — and left with one of ours.

And since then, Johnny Football, who’s entering the NFL draft, and Broward kid Lauren Hanley have been spotted at several L.A. hangouts together.

Love at first sight?

“Not that I’ve been told,” says Hanley’s mom, Fort Lauderdale corporate lawyer Deborah Hanley. “But Lauren’s saying Johnny’s a very nice guy.”

This affair started Sunday night when the Texas A&M quarterback showed up at a pre-BCS Championship party for Florida State University fans in Hollywood, Calif.

Since Hanley, 20, left FSU in June to pursue a modeling career in Tinseltown, she was at the party, too.

And the rest, as they say, could become history.

Hanley, who graduated from the University School in Davie two years ago, and Manziel connected — and, says Mom, they’ve been dating.

Of course, Hanley’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts have shot up in popularity, and the hoopla surrounding her daughter is freaking out Deborah Hanley.

“I didn’t even know who this Manziel person was until I started getting emails about my daughter,” Hanley said. “But she’s apparently having fun, so I just keep my fingers crossed she’ll be OK.”

restaurant wars

It’s Timo vs. Timo’s in a federal trademark infringement lawsuit recently filed in a federal court in Miami.

Timo, the plaintiff, is the 10-year-old award-winning cafe in Sunny Isles Beach.

Timo’s, the defendant, is the relatively new, cheaper joint in the space that once hosted Villa Mayfair in Coconut Grove.

The beef: Diners throughout the area are getting confused.

Some, according to the lawsuit, think that the north sider, co-owned by Chef Tim Andriola, is somehow related to the south sider, owned by investor Timo Kipp.

Some even take coupons from the Coconut Grove eatery to the gourmet Sunny Isles spot, where coupons are considered an insult.

There’s another wrinkle: The first reviews of Timo’s haven't been good. It was handed a half-star by the Herald in a review that described Timo’s as a “raucous” sports bar-like watering hole where Heat fans in backwards baseball caps “guzzle free beer.”

Timo wants the federal court to order Timo’s to stop using the name immediately.

Kipp’s attorney didn’t return calls. But in his response to the complaint, he says there’s no way anyone could mistake Timo for Timo’s: “The two restaurants have completely different concepts and audiences.”

The Grove eatery is named after its owner, but that doesn’t excuse the alleged trademark infringement, said David Friedland, the attorney for the Sunny Isles Beach Timo.

The taxman returneth

For the second year in a row, music superstar Flo Rida got tagged by the taxman.

The IRS just filed a lien against the singer of I Cry and Wild Ones the day after New Year.

The Service claims Flo owes $1,197,655 in income taxes for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Just for 2011, the 34-year-old Carol City singer, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, is asked to pay $844,000, according to records.

In February, Flo wrote a $1 million check to the federal agency to clear a previous lien.

Flo’s lawyer didn’t return calls.

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