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August 14, 2010 10:45 AM

Summertime and the livin’ is easy … unless, of course, instead of ending up in a beach house you end up behind bars – or just skewered in the news.

From not-so-sunny breakups to having to rock handcuffs, it was a summer of love-hate for these headline-makers. As the season winds down, wants to know: Who do you think took the most heat?

Lindsay Lohan
The roads were safer but the clubs less lively since, for 13 days, Lohan‘s highly-publicized stay-cation was in jail. The actress, 24, is now spending time at the UCLA Medical Center, where she was sentenced to three-months of treatment, although she may be released from the hospital early.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
The Jersey Shore star should lighten up on the tanning – and drinking. After being arrested for disorderly conduct after a day of boozing on the beach, Snooki says she plans to ease up on her party-girl regimen. “It was a good wakeup call for me,” she said at an MTV press event promoting her show. “It definitely embarrassed my family, and that’s just not good.” Photos of Snooki riding a mechanical bull followed.

Mel Gibson
They were the phone calls heard ‘around the world. In a series of eight recordings of Gibson allegedly ranting to his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, the actor showed off his extensive vocabulary with words like “expletive,” “expletive” and, er, “expletive.” Maybe he should chill out with the Plaza Hotel cocktail, which was shaken up and named after him.

Charlie Sheen
Dude, where’s his car – again? Weeks after Sheen’s Mercedes sedan was found at the bottom of a cliff, apparently stolen, the actor was ordered to spend 30 days in rehab after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in his domestic-violence case. But since it was reportedly a fight started over a Train tune and a telescope, everyone suddenly understands, right?

Teresa Giudice
A total of $10.9 million. Nope, that’s not how much money the Jersey housewife dropped on a shopping spree – that’s her debt. With her belongings going up for sale in an auction at the end of the month, this bella is doing some very public spring cleaning – in the summer.

Bristol Palin
It wasn’t exactly a summer fling, but it ended just as quickly. Less than a month after Palin announced her reunion with ex-fiancé Levi Johnston, the summer lovin’ was off. “It’s over. I broke up with him,” Palin told PEOPLE. “I got played.” Meanwhile, he’s just out playing.

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