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Eva Longoria Is The Face Of Toys"R"Us Toy Guide For Differently-Abled Kids

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Eva Longoria has had a passion for the disabled her entire life.

Inspired by her own sister Liza, who was born with developmental disabilities, the successful actress created Eva’s Heroes in 2006.

The nonprofit organization based in San Antonio provides an inclusive environment for individuals with special needs to interact and learn with their peers.

In her latest endeavor to support the mentally handicapped, Eva is appearing alongside a 5-year-old boy with Down syndrome on the cover of the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids.

The guide is a resource for parents to find a special selection of everyday toys for kids of all abilities to play with alongside peers in hopes of building critical developmental skills through play.

Click here to learn more about the Guide and here to check out Eva's Hereos!

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Emeril Lagasse Joins Bravo's Top Chef: Texas As Judge

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Bravo's Top Chef: Texas has recruited one of cooking's biggest stars!

Emeril Lagasse is joining the reality competition as a judge alongside Hugh Acheson, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.

Fans of the show should be in for a treat as producers have promised "many surprising twists and turns and never-before-seen challenges and events."

Rumor has it that Pee-Wee Herman was seen around town in San Antonio, one of the three Texas cities the show is being shot in, with the judges.

No specific premiere date, but the latest season of the Bravo show will begin sometime this fall.

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Diet Soda May Be A Diabetes Risk AND Linked To Weight Gain

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Bad news for diet soda lovers.

A study presented at an American Diabetes Association meeting this week showed that diet soda actually RAISED blood sugar in mice prone to diabetes AND led to a larger waistline in humans.

Researchers running the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging collected height, weight, waist circumference and diet soda intake data from 474 elderly people, then followed up with them an average of 9.5 years later.

Those who drank ONE diet soda a day had developed waist circumferences 70% greater than those who did not drink diet soda. People drinking at least TWO diet sodas a day blew up 500% more than those not drinking diet soda.

In a second study, researchers fed aspartame — an artificial sweetener found in diet soda — to diabetes prone mice for three months and found the animals had higher blood glucose levels than those not fed the sweetener.

Yuck!

Although we're not experts, we're leaning toward agreeing with researcher Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., who came to the conclusion:

"Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised. They may be free of calories but not of consequences."

If you're looking to cut calories, why not just cut soda entirely from your diet and replace it with another 0 calorie option — water!

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Celebrities Flock To The Lakers Game

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Tons of celebrities littered the crowd of incoming spectators outside the Staples Center to watch the Los Angeles Lakers take on the top seeded San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

It was a lucky night for the Lakers and the crowd because they beat the Spurs 102 to 93!

Amongst the sea of famous faces arriving at the game were Jason Bateman, Randy Jackson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mario Lopez, Josh Hutcherson, Asher Roth, Maria Shriver, Mario Lopez, Masi Oka, Anthony Kiedis, Andy Garcia, director Penny Marshall and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington!

Wowsa! That's A LOT of celebs and it's not even the playoffs yet!

Check out more pics of all the arrivals below!

We're sure we'll see plenty more celebs lining up outside the Staples Center as their home town El Lay favorite heads into the NBA playoffs.

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Miss San Antonio Dethroned Over Weight Issues

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Pageants can be cruel.

Just ask Domonique Raminrez, winner of the Miss San Antonio contest, who was dethroned, allegedly for being overweight.

But not even overweight — she’s a size 2. But the pageant director didn’t think she was up to snuff.

Said the pageant board's spokeswoman:

"Domonique is not fat, by any stretch of the imagination. She's a beautiful girl, but she wasn't ready for Miss Texas."

If she was dethroned JUST because of her weight then everyone on the board should be fired!

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Eva Longoria Speaks At Rally In San Antonio

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Eva Longoria Speaks At Rally In San Antonio
Eva Longoria Speaks At Rally In San Antonio

Eva Longoria is doing great things with her celebrity!

She spoke at a rally today advocating against Texas budget cuts that would hurt the special needs community.

She tweeted:

With my sister Liza in San Antonio for a Rally against Texas Budget Cuts that severely impact special needs communit…

Me on stage at rally in san antonio to stop budget cuts that will be devastating to developmental disability community!

We hope she’s successful in persuading people to stop the bill! No budget cuts should harm the helpless!

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Spurs’ Teammates Pissed At Tony Parker Over Cheating Scandal

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Spurs Teammates Pissed At Tony Parker Over Cheating Scandal

The Spurs have a reputation as hiring upstanding players, but after Tony Parker cheated on Eva Longoria a with fellow teammate’s wife, that reputation could be permanently tainted.

According to sources, Parker’s teammates are pretty upset with him. And to make matters even worse, Parker just signed a four-year $50 million extension on his contract last week.

"The Spurs staff is very upset and Pop [Spurs head coach Greg Popovich] would trade him if he didn't just sign that big deal," says the source.

Tami Roman of VH1’s Basketball Wives commented on the whole situation:

"I would say at least 75 percent of the men in the NBA are not faithful to their wives, girlfriends, whatever. To be involved with another teammate's wife, that's just like hand's off! That really is disgusting."

Brent Barry, the teammate whose wife, Erin Barry, partook in the the affair with Parker, sadly learned about the news from media reports, and has taken his kids somewhere in the Midwest until the whole thing blows over.

Ugh, this is such a terrible situation. We can’t imagine how Tony and Brent will ever be able to play on the same team after what’s happened!

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