Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Download queen Cindy Margolis

LOS ANGELES - She's been heralded for years as the most downloaded person on the Internet, which means ... aw, heck, you know what it means. People love looking at Cindy Margolis.

What it hasn't meant, all these years, though, as all those millions of lookers know, is seeing even one picture of this 21st-century pinup queen without at least a little something covering her.

seen in NYC .....madonna

MADONNA'S kids picking out Halloween costumes at Ricky's on West 72nd, with Lourdes choosing a hippie costume, bell-bottoms and flowered top with a wig and makeup, and Rocco selecting a Ninja outfit . . .


FORGET the Lance Armstrong rumors - Ivanka Trump spent Saturday night with her new man, "That '70s Show" star Topher Grace. The well-upholstered heiress celebrated her 25th birthday in Las Vegas, where spies say Grace was Trump's date. They canoodled on the balcony during dinner at Social House with a group including Grace's former co-star Wilmer Valderrama. Then, at nightclub Pure, they closed the curtains around their private table for a half-hour. The couple "never left each other's sides," said our source.
charles barlkey at Trump International Hotel , NYC


Headless Horseman Returning to Sleepy Hollow

The Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane have returned to Sleepy Hollow for Halloween, and this time they won't be disappearing afterward into the mists of legend. Just in time to frighten young trick-or-treaters, an 18-foot-high steel sculpture of the Horseman and his gangly patsy arrived Tuesday morning on a flatbed truck.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Apple's Macs most popular choice among US students

Apple seems set to rebound on US campuses, with a higher-than-industry-average market share.

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World's Largest Pumpkin Comes to Grand Central

Alexandra Summa, her eyes wide, her mouth open, stared at the 1,502-pound pumpkin in disbelief.

"Is it real?" the 8-year-old asked her mother, Adrian Summa, as they stood in Grand Central Terminal on Sunday afternoon.

It was. In fact, the pumpkin is the world's heaviest, according to organizers of Halloweekend, a public event at the midtown Manhattan transit hub, where the pumpkin reigned over 1,500 other much smaller pumpkins.

The smaller pumpkins were sold to the public for $5 or $10 each, with proceeds going to the Food Bank For New York City, which feeds the hungry, said Karen Weber, a spokeswoman for Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central, which brought the pumpkins in for the event, bought the big pumpkin from a Rhode Island man for an amount Weber declined to share. The pumpkin was to be donated to the Ulster County Food Bank after the Halloweekend event, she said.

Alexandra's question — "Is it real?" — seemed to be on everyone's mind.

Board of Health Holding Trans Fat Hearing

New York's Board of Health is holding its first public hearing Monday on a plan to make the city the first in the US to ban restaurants from serving food containing artificial tFast-food companies use the substance to prepare french fries, muffins and doughnuts, and the city's proposal has many eateries scrambling for ways to get the artery-clogging substance out of their food.

There are indications that Kentucky Fried Chicken may make a change. The company says it's planning a "major announcement'' in New York Monday morning about a change coming to all 5,500 of its U.S. restaurants. Franchise owners told several newspapers and magazines that KFC would stop using partially hydrogenated vegetable oil -- the primary source of artificial trans fats.
rans fats.


SOFIA Coppola looking very very pregnant as she shopped with a girlfriend at the Organice market in Paris .

WE HEAR . . .WE HEAR . . .

THAT Seventeen magazine wouldn't put Paris Hilton on their December cover unless she agreed to appear in a full-page public service ad against drunken driving . . .

Friday, October 27, 2006

Refurb MacBook Pros hit $1,449 shipped for 2GHz model

As listed at dealmac.com, The Apple Store is selling refurb MacBook Pros starting at $1,449 with free shipping for the 2GHz 15" model. 2.16GHz models, in 15" and 17" configs, are $1,599 and $2,199 shipped, too. Also, at dealmac, it looks like Amazon.com offers new 2GHz models for $1,600 after rebate. Too bad I just bought a Core 2 Duo model.

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MacBooks becoming crackBooks?

Here's a disturbing new one: MacBooks with exteriors starting to crack and distort the chassis under normal usage conditions

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MacBook Pros shipping with secret draft-N cards

So it looks like Apple's engineers decided to throw another little treat into the latest generation of MacBook Pros along with those zippy new Core 2 Duo processors -- just like the recently spec-bumped iMacs, these Merom-powered MBPs also feature a dormant 802.11n wireless card.

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Apple prepping 8 CORE Mac Pro!

"Apple Computer is prepping a lavish new version of the Mac Pro that will boast nearly twice the brawn of existing models and form the centerpiece of the company's high-performance professional desktop line, AppleInsider has learned..."

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JANE Fonda, looking great for 70, downstairs at '21' waiting for her guests and reading The Post . . . METS third baseman David Wright, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Jerry Bruckheimer watching football at Hawaiian Tropic Zone amidst a bevy of beauties in bikinis.


There was a "Garden party" on Sixth Avenue last night when ex-Knick great Walt "Clyde" Frazierjoined an arena's worth of stars celebrating the upcoming TV series "50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden," which debuts on the MSG Network Tuesday. The luminaries who descended on the IFC Center included another ex-Knick, John Starks, actors Billy Baldwin, Matthew Modine and Chaz Palminteri, Sports Illustrated model Fernanda Motto, NHL Stanley Cup winner Glenn Anderson and boxing writer Burt Sugar.


JERI Ryan says her co-stars can't keep their eyes off her ample chest. "It's a good thing that I'm not one of those prissy girls," the buxom blonde, who stars in "Shark" with James Woods, tells the December FHM. "Within 30 seconds of meeting Jimmy, he began commenting on the 'The Girls,' as I refer to my boobs. In fact, 'The Girls' have become a constant topic of conversation on the set." Asked if she and William Shatner discussed "Star Trek" when they worked together on "Boston Legal," she quipped: "Not really. He mainly talked about 'The Girls.'


KATIE Couric, after starting Sept. 5 at the top of the network evening news ratings, has settled in at third place. The perky newscaster - who left the "Today" show to take over the anchor chair of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather at CBS - is getting beaten by both Charlie Gibson at ABC and Brian Williams at NBC. "She hasn't hurt CBS; she hasn't helped," said Mediaweek's Marc Berman. "Bottom line, she wasn't worth the investment." Couric is getting paid $45 million over three years. CBS spokesman Gil Schwartz said, "We're proud of the newscast. We're right on track. We're the only ones up in ratings over the past year. The other guys are down." The ratings for the evening newscasts from Sept. 18 through Oct. 20 show CBS up 8 percent over a year ago with 7.4 million viewers, NBC down 8 percent at 8.5 million, and ABC down 5 percent with 7.9 million. "She's not that far behind," said Berman.


IVANKA Trump loves her last name, but it doesn't mean she's just another daddy's girl. The Donald's beautiful daughter told ABC in a yet-to-air interview she will always go by the last name Trump, even after she marries, because it makes sense professionally, The Post's Dan Mangan reports. And when Ivanka does get hitched, she wants to have a bunch of little Trumps romping around her luxury apartment. Just don't suggest that anyone other that Ivanka paid for that pad. She gripes to ABC that she was peeved to read two years ago in The Post that her dad laid out the cash for her digs at Trump Park Avenue, when in fact she says she footed the $1.5 mil after haggling with him.


SEN. Hillary Clinton is milking her opponent John Spencer's reported comment that she's spent millions to fix her face for all it's worth. Addressing gay leaders at the Upper East Side home of Sally Minard the other night, Clinton cracked, "I am so glad to have been able to make the time in my busy schedule to meet with you today - I had to cancel an appointment with my plastic surgeon, but I'd much rather be here with you." Gay City News reported Clinton promised to support Eliot Spitzer's efforts to enact same-sex marriage laws in New York. "I believe in full equality of benefits, nothing left out," she said.


NEW YORK -- An off-duty police sergeant was shot Thursday evening and a teenager was killed in an exchange of gunfire, authorities said.
Sgt. James Rector was shot in a leg about 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, police said.

It wasn't clear what triggered the shootout, but apparently Rector stumbled upon 17-year-old Eric Hines as he pointed a gun at a man who was pleading for his life, police said.

Gunfire erupted, and Rector was hit at least once. In the chaos, a wounded Rector was able to return fire, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

``Despite already being hit, Sergeant Rector displayed incredible clarity of mind and a coolness literally under fire that few of us could ever hope to muster,'' the mayor said during a hospital news conference.

Hines was killed, and the other man, whose identity wasn't revealed, was wounded in a leg and was hospitalized.

``My baby's gone,'' Hines' father, Eric Pitt, said. ``My baby's gone, man.''

Rector had apparently just gotten off work and was in plainclothes when he confronted Hines.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A 50-inch Apple monitor?

Now that the "when are MacBook Pros going Core 2 Duo" question is solved, let's move on to an even larger rumor: a 50-inch Apple monitor.

A source tells someone's cousin who told her guitar instructor that a monitor refresh is coming in 2007, most likely being tied to Apple's iTV. Why sell just the computer, the router, and the video streamer when you can sell the TV/monitor too?

Another bit of iPhone news comes from an employee saying Apple's placed a hiring freeze, preemptively making room for the big rush of telecom managers it plans to hire for the launch.

Our rumor likelihood meter scores the hiring freeze/iPhone launch as an 8, and the 50-inch monitor as a 2.


HORROR-movie vet Debbie Rochon is furious at Stuff magazine over its list of Hollywood's hottest scream queens - because she didn't make it. While Paris Hilton and Naomi Watts are included, Rochon, who's been sliced and diced in more than 100 fright flicks like "Screech of the Decapitated," is conspicuously absent. She tells Steppin' Out's Chaunce Hayden: "I mean, come on . . . I'm the Julia Roberts of the horror world!" A Stuff rep said, "Debbie definitely has an impressive resume. Who can forget her turn . . . in the 2001 seminal horror classic 'Scrotal Vengeance?' We regret the oversight."


ST. LOUIS - Alex Rodriguez does not need to have a summit with Joe Torre. He is not in need of any additional support from Derek Jeter. All A-Rod needs, his agent Scott Boras insists, is time.

"Alex doesn't view Jeter or Torre as a problem," Boras said yesterday by phone.

Kenny Rogers and Jeff Weaver also are Boras clients, and formerly those players were considered horrible postseason performers. But both have acquitted themselves well this October, specifically Rogers. And Boras deduces all they needed were more chances. So he thinks a player as talented as Rodriguez will flourish with additional playoff games. Boras says a conversation with GM Brian Cashman left him thinking the Yankees "believe in the long run he is going to have great postseasons."

Boras reiterated those postseasons would be with the Yankees "without a doubt. That is from the team perspective and his perspective."

Cashman has stated several times that he has no intentions of dealing Rodriguez, and A-Rod has said he has no plans to waive his no-trade clause. But, to stay, there has been a belief that a better working relationship needs to be formed between Rodriguez and the Yankees manager and captain. Boras dismisses that concept.

Experts: Bones Found at WTC Site in Good Condition

The human bones recently unearthed from the World Trade Center site are so well-preserved that experts are hopeful that new identifications can be made.

The nearly 200 body parts were found after utility workers doing routine work last week opened up an inactive manhole that had been paved over and forgotten.

Bradley Adams, the city's lead forensic anthropologist on site, told The Associated Press that he's hopeful there will be some new identifications of victims.

Lynn Castrianno, whose brother, Leonard, was killed and whose remains haven't been found, said she wants to know if they find something, but added that "it just opens it all back up again.''

Jane Pauley Sues NY Times Over Supplement Ad

Broadcast news personality Jane Pauley has sued The New York Times, saying she was misled to believe she was being interviewed for a mental health news article when she actually was being featured in an advertising supplement.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Pauley seeks unspecified damages and to stop use of her name and image for advertising purposes.

The former co-host of NBC's "Today'' show and "Dateline NBC'' named The New York Times Co. and DeWitt Publishing as defendants, saying they published a full-page photograph of her on the cover of an advertising supplement in October 2005.

Pauley, who in September 2004 made public her fight against biopolar disorder, said in the lawsuit that she was duped into believing she was being interviewed by a Times reporter for a news article about mental health issues.

Instead, the lawsuit said, she was being interviewed by telephone by a DeWitt employee for an advertising supplement for manufacturers of psychotherapeutic drugs.

Small Plane Gets Caught in Barrier at Teterboro

A small jet carrying seven people went off a runway while taxiing at Teterboro Airport Wednesday night and was stopped by a safety barrier installed just last week. No one was injured, authorities said.

The plane, which had taken off from St. Louis, landed safely around 9 p.m. and was headed toward the area where passengers disembark when the unidentified pilot made the wrong turn, said Marc LaVorgna, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.

The plane then went about 10 to 15 feet off the runway, winding up on an arrestor bed that had been installed at the airport last week. Arrestor beds are made of specially designed aerated cement blocks that crumble under the weight of an aircraft in order to stop a plane safely if it overshoots a runway.

The arrestor beds were initially due to be installed at Teterboro early next year, LaVorgna said. However, officials decided to accelerate the process and had the barriers installed earlier.

Further details, including information about the plane and its owner, were not immediately available.

The barriers were ordered after two planes have skidded off runways at Teterboro last year. In the worst accident, a corporate jet carrying 11 people failed to take off on Feb. 2 and crossed six lanes of Route 46, striking cars and plowing into a warehouse. No one was killed, but 20 people were injured.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Some Muslims Up In Arms Over Apple's New York Store

A Muslim group says the Fifth Avenue store is an insult because it resembles an Islamic holy structure, but an Apple spokesman says no resemblance was intended and the company has never referred to the site as "Mecca."Apple is defending itself against claims by a group saying that some Muslims called its Fifth Avenue store blasphemous.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which translates statements from Arabic Web sites and news outlets, announced this week that an unspecified Islamic Web site claims the store is an insult to Islam. Apple denies the claims. A company spokesperson said Wednesday that the company respects all religions and did not intend for its store to look anything like the sacred building.

Muslim groups have criticized MEMRI for seeking and disseminating the most extreme statements from the Muslim world.

According to MEMRI, an Islamic Web site states that the cube-shaped entrance to the underground store resembles the sacred Ka'ba in Mecca and has been called "Apple Mecca." MEMRI did not specify the name of the Islamic Web site it was referring to.

An English translation of the Koran states that the Ka'ba is the "first house built for mankind to bless and guide all worlds." Its corners align with compass points, and Muslims face the structure when praying. It is covered by a black cloth.

The Apple Store, a glass structure, lines up with Fifth Avenue, between 58th and 59th streets, in New York City. It was covered in black when it was under construction. Like the Ka'ba, it is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The Islamic Web site posted an entry Tuesday, saying that the structure is a "blatant insult to Islam" and urges Muslims to spread an alert in an attempt to "stop the project," according to MEMRI's translation.

Apple's Web site states that the store opened May 19. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said Wednesday that the entrance to the Apple Store is not meant to resemble the holy structure and the company has never referred to the site as "Mecca."

"New Yorkers have given our store on Fifth Avenue a resoundingly positive reception," he said. "A couple of blogs referred to it as 'Mecca,' and others observed that, during construction it looked like the Ka'ba. Apple has never referred to our store as Mecca, and the entrance is not an attempt to look like the Ka'ba. We respect all people's religions and regret that the comments of these independent bloggers have offended anyone."

Richard Wachtel, who answered the phone at MEMRI's Washington offices, said in an e-mail Wednesday that the material was translated directly from the source and that MEMRI's mission is "to present material that would otherwise go unreported, including discussions on Islamist Web sites -- as it is written and read in the Arab world."

Wachtel requested that questions be put in an e-mail but did not respond to questions about the source of the "Apple Mecca" posting or MEMRI's position on the issue.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Apple finalizes plans for third Manhattan retail store

Apple Computer will open its third Manhattan retail store at SL Green Realty Corp.'s r"The team had to negotiate more than six separate transactions and explore the outer reaches of the New York City building code with help of several consultants," Andrew Mathias, SL Green's chief investment officer, is reported as saying during a third-quarter conference call with analysts on Tuesday.

According to the report, the deal for the Apple Store west of Fifth Avenue began with discussions of a 50-by-100 square-foot floor plan but the store will end up being 50 to 75 feet by 100 feet.

The Mac maker's quest for its third Manhattan hot spot has been met with its share of road bumps. Almost a year ago to the day, it abandoned plans for a glass enclosed two-story retail store in Manhattan's Flatiron District after being unable to come to terms with a local landmarks preservation commission.

Apple returned to the drawing board and in Dec. of 2005 was reported to have net-leased an entire 30,000-foot five-story building opposite the Empire State Building at 21 W. 34th St from Jeff Sutton of Wharton Realty and his partner, SL Green Realty Trust. A back-and-forth process then ensued, with Apple reportedly testing the limits of Manhattan's building code before recently finalizing plans to proceed with renovations.
etail joint venture at West 34th Street,

'Jobs couldn't have done it without me' - Woz

Steve Wozniak discusses who should take the credit for the success of Apple.

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Apple releases Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros

Apple today announced that its entire MacBook Pro line of notebooks now includes the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor and delivers performance that is up to 39 percent faster than the previous generation.

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Second Ave. subway plan picks up speed

Breaking ground on the Second Avenue subway - a dream for generations - is just months away, transit officials said yesterday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority hopes to award a contract to build a new tunnel for the East Side subway line by year's end, Mysore Nagaraja, president of the MTA's Capital Construction Co., said.

A giant underground boring machine will be used to drill through the rock below Second Avenue between 92nd and 63rd Sts., making progress at an estimated 40 to 50 feet a day, officials said.

Before the tunneling begins, possibly as early as next summer, the MTA will excavate a launch site for the boring machine. That work - and other preparations - could start in late December or early next year, Nagaraja said.

"After 60 years of planning, we are now building," Nagaraja said.

The first leg of the project will feature stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Sts., and new entrances to the existing 63rd St. station on the Broadway line.

Trains would switch over to the Broadway line at 63rd St.

The $3.8 billion first phase of the Second Avenue subway is scheduled to be completed in 2013; it will carry about 200,000 riders a day.


GIVE Donald Trump a wand and a sorting hat - Barnes & Noble says he's as hot as everybody's favorite wizard. "To book sellers, you are the 'Harry Potter' of business books," company CEO Len Riggio gushed to The Donald in a letter about the success of his "Why We Want You to be Rich: Two Men - One Message," co-authored with Robert T. Kiyosaki. "If we had a few more authors like you, I'd be able to work on my dreaded short game."


MEMBERS of Sean Combs' entourage have been busy bowing to the king of hip-hop lately. Two reports have come in to Page Six detailing the high-maintenance rapper mogul's most recent antics, which were all in the name of promoting his new CD, "Press Play."

Sources say Combs, previously known as Puff Daddy and P. Diddy, threw a "diva fit" at Sirius studios last week while plugging his album at the satellite radio station.

"He was throwing a tantrum," said our spy. "He had his team around him and he was cursing up a storm, dropping F-bombs and throwing around the N-word."


THAT George Clooney, unlike other stars who make a big deal about their charity, quietly went to a nursing home in Dizzasco, Italy, near his villa on Lake Como, where he had visited with the old folks before. But this time, an overzealous security guard turned him away. He zoomed off on his motorcycle just before the mortified manager ran out to stop him . . . THAT Princess Marie Chantal of Greece wears a $200,000 Valentino gown on the cover of Dominique Browning's November issue of House & Garden.


THE underemployed D-list celebs are already trying to get themselves a gig for New Year's Eve. Word on the street is Paris Hilton and Carmen Electra are trying to line up gigs to host celebrations in Miami, New York or Los Angeles - for a pricey sum. Hilton wants $100,000 plus expenses and a private jet for her to host a party, while Electra is cheap - a mere $50,000 and expenses. No jet necessary.

Analysis: iPod at 5 is Still the Top Dog

The iPod has been rocking the digital music world for five years, and it's still going strong. But how much longer can Apple keep up its impressive momentum?
As of today, the iPod has been rocking the digital music world for five years, and it's still going strong, with a market share that's estimated to be anywhere from 70 to 80 percent. From the original mechanical scroll wheel to the current touch-sensitive click wheel, the iPod's interface—as well as its seamless integration with Apple's iTunes software and online music store—has kept it in the top position on most charts. But how much longer can Apple keep up its impressive momentum? The answer may be more sour than Apple's rivals wish.

Monday, October 23, 2006

How much should a web design cost?

"How can you charge THAT? My nephew will make my web page for fifty dollars!" Chris Pearson writes about this sticky, frustrating issue that every web designer faces. "Everybody wants a killer design, especially after seeing one that they lust over. Problem is, nobody wants to pay for it."

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Suspicious Bus Rider Forces Port Authority Closure

A man who caused a brief bomb scare at a bus terminal in one of the city's busiest areas on Monday by carrying a suspicious bag onto a bus and refusing to get off was arrested and was being questioned, police said.

The scare forced the closing of the Port Authority Bus Terminal's south wing, one of two in the sprawling midtown Manhattan terminal, to inbound and outbound buses and pedestrians at around 3 p.m. The terminal reopened about 90 minutes later.

The 28-year-old man boarded a Greyhound bus in Scranton, Pa., refused to get off when it arrived in New York and made some kind of threat, police said.

After taking the man into custody, officers found that his bag contained clothing and food, police said. No charges were immediately filed.

During the scare, streets around the terminal, which is near several multiplex movie theaters, the Madame Tussaud's wax museum and B.B. King's blues club, were closed as police, fire, bomb squad and Emergency Medical Service units swarmed the area.

Cracking Down

New York City is cracking down of film piracy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city will begin using public nuisance laws to go after the owners of buildings where film piracy is organized and movies are sold.

More than 40 percent of the nation's pirated movies illegally sold throughout the world originate in New York City.

Bloomberg says the city will push for state legislation to increase penalties for people who sneak video cameras into theaters and record the films. Bloomberg wants to make the act a misdemeanor for first-timers and a felony for repeat offenders.

Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Dan Glickman said that while a huge chunk of piracy takes place in New York, no other city matches its efforts to combat the crime, which he said is the film industry's greatest thre

Mac OS X Leopard's "Quick Look" Leapfrogs Vista in File-Preview Power

With "Quick Look," Apple is leaping way ahead of Microsoft's Vista in giving users an easy way to preview and interact with files right in the Finder. Quick Look invokes a gorgeous, translucent preview window of amazing flexibility and utility. This article's screen movies and images demo a few of these new Leopard tricks.

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Internet Explorer 7 is better than IE 6, but doesn't beat Firefox

CNET discusses IE 7 and compare it to Firefox.

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RALPH Lauren is hoping to sell more than shorts in the Hamptons next summer. Sources tell The Post's Braden Keil that the fashion mogul is in talks to buy a marina with dining and lodging facilities, which he plans to convert into an exclusive club. The 5-acre waterfront property, East Hampton Point, is owned by builder/developer Ben Krupinski and is on the market for $55 million. The idyllic spread on Three Mile Harbor includes 14 guest cottages, a large nautical-theme restaurant, a full-service marina with 58 boat slips plus a pool and tennis court. Lauren did not return calls, while listing broker Judi Desidario would not comment.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Dean Martin Sings.....his heart out with the rat pack .

Dino sings to the crowd but needs a tan.

Dean Martin Sings his heart out !!!

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"Apple should license the Mac to Dell"

Gartner research in a bold report has stated that Apple should license the Mac to Dell and concentrate on creating software while making use of Dell's production and distribution capabilities. The firm says increasing component costs and pressure to cut its prices mean that Apple's best decision for long-term success is to leave the hardware business, according to Gartner. "Apple should leverage its close relationship with Intel and team up with Intel's closest ally, Dell," the firm wrote. "We recognize that this move would surprise and even shock many. We are aware that Steve Jobs cancelled previous Mac licenses when he took over at Apple and that he guards the Apple brand zealously."

With the right partners, distribution channels, and more affordable pricing, Gartner claims computers running Apple's operating system could eventually account for 20 percent of the total PC market, according to a report from silicon.com. The analyst believes Apple cannot significantly bolster its growth due to increased pricing pressures, however, and predicts that Intel is unlikely to continue subsidizing Apple as it has in the past.

Human Remains Found by Con Edison Workers

Human remains including big bones that appeared to be from World Trade Center victims were found by utility workers in a manhole at the northern edge of the site, a Port Authority official said Thursday.

A Consolidated Edison crew doing excavation of the manhole at street level found the remains, some as big as arm or leg bones, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site.

The location where the bones were found is next to where a podium is erected on Sept. 11 anniversaries for families to read the names of their loved ones.

Con Edison said that at the direction of the Port Authority it entered the lower Manhattan site on Wednesday to remove material from two manholes that had been damaged and abandoned after the 2001 collapse of the twin towers.

3 People Shot in Bronx

Police in the Bronx are looking for the gunman who shot and seriously wounded three people this morning near Van Cortlandt Park.

It happened a little before 8:00 this morning on Broadway and 242nd street.

keep checking back here for updates to this developing story and also listen to 1010 WINS for the latest.

DOW 12K: Wall Street Traders On Cloud 12,000

The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 Thursday.

The index of 30 blue chip stocks closed at 12,011.

The latest record came on the anniversary of Black Monday in 1987, when the Dow plunged 508 points and also suffered its second-biggest percentage drop in history. The Dow finished that day at 1,793.

Trading was erratic today, with the overall market struggling after a pair of reports signaled the Federal Reserve might have a tougher time managing a soft landing of the economy. Disappointing earnings in the technology sector also weighed on stocks.

World Series Dreams Gone

The fans believed and they cheered. They stood faithfully in the rain and prayed for the Mets to defeat the Cardinals and move on to the World Series, but that wasn't enough as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Mets 3-1. St. Louis will now face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.


ELISABETH Hasselbeck just can't get a break. Not only is she continually butting heads on "The View" with Rosie O'Donnell, but there's now a contest to guess when she'll leave the show. "We've all had experiences that have turned disastrous," says Rick Ellis of allyourtv.com. "You're working away, enjoying your life . . . Then, suddenly, you get a new co-worker and it all turns into a relentlessly painful horror . . . While O'Donnell might be doing wonders for the ratings, she's not doing much for young Hasselbeck's blood pressure." Ellis' Web site is offering prizes to whoever guesses the closest date to when Hasselbeck quits.


TO the relief of beleaguered NBC, Madonna has agreed to cut the controversial crucifixion scene from her upcoming network concert special.

The Material Girl - who's been getting crucified by the press over her fast-track adoption of an urchin from Africa - agreed to drop a scene from her special in which she sings "Live to Tell" while hanging from a huge, mirrored "disco cross" and wearing a crown of thorns.

NBC officials said yesterday that the scene, shot during the London stop of Madonna's summer "Confessions" tour, had been "revised," The Post's Don Kaplan reports.

Religious groups and family-value organizations that were upset enough by the mock crucifixion during Madonna's tour were enraged that it would be included in the Nov. 22 show on NBC.

Apple Patent For Recording Satellite Radio/WiFi

Apple has filed for a patent to capture AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio and WiFi broadcasts onto an iPod, identify the song artist/title, and give to option to buy it. This is the best indication yet that a Satellite Radio/iPod will happen.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Internet Explorer 7: Less then 24 hours passed an a vulnerability is found

Less than 24 hours have passed and there is already a vulnerability in the Internet Explorer code base.

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Apple's share of U.S. PC market jumps to 6.1 percent

U.S. sales of Apple's Macintosh computers over the past twelve month's have grown faster than any other major PC manufacturer, boosting the company's share of the U.S. PC market to 6.1 percent, according to data released by Gartner on Wednesday.

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Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pro due this November?

Good news for all of you's eyeing those jazzy laptop numbers of Apple's, but still waiting for them to get out of the cro-mag era and entertain some Core 2 Duo processors.

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CONFIRMED: Touchscreen iPod To Come This December

Title says it all.....

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ODD........From Chinese jail to Miss Tibet? A girl's dream

walks during the 'swimwear round' of Miss Tibet open to the public for the first time this year in Dharamsala, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, October 13, 2006. Three years ago, at the tender age of 17, Lhanzey sat in solitary confinement in a pitch dark, filthy and horribly cramped Chinese prison cell in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. This weekend, the nervous 20-year-old is dreaming about being crowned Miss Tibet in a small but controversial beauty pageant held by Tibetan refugees in northern India. Photo taken October 13, 2006.

Woman brings pistol to N.Y. court

A South Korean immigrant who arrived at federal court on Wednesday to become a U.S. citizen took her right to bear arms a little too seriously, authorities said.

Mal Soon Jin, 49, was arrested after an X-ray machine at the entrance of the Brooklyn courthouse revealed she was carrying an unloaded .22-caliber pistol in her handbag, authorities said.

The arrest forced her to miss a swearing-in ceremony in favor of an arraignment in the same court on a charge of knowingly possessing a firearm in a federal facility. She was released on $100,000 bond.

Her brother-in-law Francis Jin said the family was mystified by the incident.

The defendant, who has been in the country 20 years and ran a fruit stand with her husband, "doesn't even know how to shoot a gun," he said. "She's scared about those things."

She could face up to 16 months in prison if convicted.

Thieves steal NY mayor's car

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's car was stolen on Wednesday and his assistant was punched in the face during the carjacking, police said.

Bloomberg was not in the 2001 Lexus, which was stolen while the aide was running an errand in Hackensack, New Jersey, local police said.

About 9 a.m., a woman approached the window of the car and asked Bloomberg's employee for money, Hackensack police said. When he refused, a man opened the car door and began to argue, they said.

"He punches the driver in the face. She reaches into the car and starts grabbing at the driver and at some point ... they wrestle (the driver) out of the car," a Hackensack police spokesman said.

The car was found about two hours later, abandoned by the side of a road in Fair Lawn, N.J. Police said they were still searching for the two suspects.

Eva Longoria....

spoted at Christopher Barr Photoshoot

Mets Beat Cardinals' Ace to Force Game 7

Even before Game 6, the New York Mets were briefed on travel plans to Detroit for the World Series opener. Brimming with confidence and blocking out adversity, John Maine pitched a game to remember, making sure that itinerary would not be thrown away. And now, the NL championship series comes down to a winner-take-all finale.

The rookie dominated St. Louis with the poise of a veteran, Jose Reyes sparked the offense with a leadoff home run and the Mets rocked 'n' rolled at boisterous Shea Stadium to beat the Cardinals 4-2 on Wednesday night and force the NL championship series to a Game 7.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006


October 18, 2006 -- A joint venture led by New York developer Tishman Speyer announced yesterday that it will pay a record $5.4 billion for the giant apartment complex Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village - and promised thousands of tenants that their rent-stabilized apartments are "completely protected."

Tishman and its partner, BlackRock Realty, outbid several competitors - including tenants of the complex's 11,232 apartments, who, according to other bidders, offered $4.9 billion.

Tishman Speyer senior managing director Rob Speyer said the partners would keep the property as rental apartments.

"There is good business in residential," Speyer told The Post. "The opportunity to buy 11,000 units in Manhattan is what you live for."

The sale, expected to close before the end of the year, will be the biggest ever for a single piece of American real estate. Current owner MetLife expects to book a $3 billion profit.


October 18, 2006 -- The ex-girlfriend of cop-slay-suspect "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato pleaded guilty yesterday to DWI, and will have to attend alcohol-abuse counseling sessions and pay a $500 fine.

Stefanie Armento, 21, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor under the vehicle and traffic law that will leave her with no criminal record.

She was busted in March for allegedly engaging in a wild drunken car chase with cops on and off the Sheridan Expressway in The Bronx. Her blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit of .08, authorities said.

"Are you pleading guilty voluntarily?" Judge Troy Webber asked Armento at Bronx Supreme Court.

"Yes," said Armento, who sported a tight black suit and long flowing hair.

Earlier, she winked at her grandmother in the gallery as the deal was being struck at the bench.

Brancato, who co-starred in the movie "A Bronx Tale" and a season of HBO's "The Sopranos," and Armento's father, Steven Armento, are charged with killing a cop in a botched Bronx burglary in December. They've pleaded not guilty and their case is still pending.


THE Rev. Al Sharpton has a new cause. His camp plans to fund a lawsuit on behalf of comic Chris Rock's mother, Rose Rock, against the Southern food chain Cracker Barrel. Mama Rock claims she and her daughter were denied service at the country-style eatery near Myrtle Beach, S.C. Though a spokesperson for Cracker Barrel tells us, "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination," maybe they should have responded to Sharpton sooner. The suit will be announced today during a demonstration outside the eatery.


October 18, 2006 -- ICE-T and his stripper-wife, Coco, have caused a problem by posing nude in a steamy clinch on the cover of the rap legend's new album - and now stores across the country are demanding it be censored before they stock it.

"Gangsta Rap," Ice-T's first studio album in seven years, shows him lying on his back in bed with his ravishing wife's ample posterior in full view and one of her legs coyly draped over his private parts.

But while the cover just barely steers clear of being pornographic, it's way too suggestive for most retailers, according to Melee Recordings, which is releasing the record on Halloween. "We're getting lots of flak about it. What we're going to have to do is place stickers over parts of the photo to avoid any problems," one rep said.

Not that Ice-T, who stars on "Law & Order" and has appeared in "New Jack City" and "Frankenpenis," is concerned about the uproar. He told Page Six last night, "What can I say, I have been doing these kinds of things for years." Then, in a swaggering boast about his legendary sexual prowess, Ice-T added, "You should see the picture when Coco's leg is not there."

Mets Fall to Cardinals in Game 5 of NLCS

A big swing by Albert Pujols and another playoff gem from a rejuvenated Jeff Weaver put the St. Louis Cardinals on the cusp of the World Series.

Pujols' homer helped the Cardinals get to Tom Glavine at last, and Weaver shut down the New York Mets for a 4-2 victory Tuesday night and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven NL championship series.

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter can close it out Wednesday night in Game 6 at Shea Stadium, which would give St. Louis its second pennant in three years and a date with the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

Rookie right-hander John Maine is on the mound for the Mets, who hope to force a Game 7 at home.

Pujols' homer put St. Louis on the scoreboard and snapped Glavine's 22-inning scoreless streak that dated to his final regular-season start at Washington. Playing on a sore right hamstring, Pujols also went to his knees at first base for Shawn Green's one-hopper in the sixth.

The 40-year-old Glavine threw four-hit ball for seven sharp innings in Game 1, beating Weaver 2-0 on Carlos Beltran's two-run homer. But Weaver got the best of this matchup.

Cast off by the Los Angeles Angels this summer to make roster room for little brother Jered, the St. Louis starter kept Beltran and Carlos Delgado in check, yielding only two runs and six hits in six strong innings.

The Mets put runners at second and third with one out in the eighth, but Randy Flores retired Green on a shallow fly and rookie Adam Wainwright struck out Jose Valentin looking to preserve a two-run lead. Wainwright finished for his second save of the postseason.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

Intel to Launch Quad-Core Chips on November 13

In a race with rival Advanced Micro Devices, Intel will bring its quad-core chips to market in a new line of Hewlett-Packard workstations due to be introduced on November 13.

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Apple to release two iPhone models, one with WiFi

Apple Computer plans to introduce two iPod-based cell phone models in the first quarter of 2007. One model will be a smart phone, including integrated keyboard, video and music capability, while the other model will be a slimmer phone with just music functionality.


Carmen Electra

"this water isn't freezing face," Carmen Electra dazzles on a NEW YORK beach.

Ashley Judd signed autographs for fans in Jersey City.

Tonylimo Celebrity Chauffeur " Daily New York" News: FORMER PLAYMATE TELLS ALL.....

Tonylimo Celebrity Chauffeur " Daily New York" News: FORMER PLAYMATE TELLS ALL.....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Denham


LEONARDO DiCa prio - the environ mental avenger - has no problems preaching about the evils of gas-guzzling cars, but, like his green pal Laurie David, he just can't give up the fossil fuel- chugging pri vate planes. On Thursday, DiCaprio, his mom, his grandmother and girlfriend Bar Rafaeli flew on a private jet from Paris to Rome for a little vacation before the Rome pre miere of "The Departed." The group is keeping a low profile and is trying to go back to Paris for more fun after the premiere. "He asked Warner Bros. to put him up in the Bristol Hotel a little longer, and they said, 'Only if he would do more press,' " said our spy. No word on whether DiCaprio agreed. But nice to see he's pinching pen nies. A rep for DiCa prio was unaware of his itinerary.


October 16, 2006 -- MANY of the horny actors and literary geniuses of 1950s and '60s Greenwich Village were hot and heavy with former Playboy Playmate Alice Denham, who's dishing the sexual dirt on James Dean, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth and others in a new memoir.
MANY of the horny actors and literary geniuses of 1950s and '60s Greenwich Village were hot and heavy with former Playboy Playmate Alice Denham, who's dishing the sexual dirt on James Dean, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth and others in a new memoir.

In "Sleeping With Bad Boys," Denham writes that Dean was a "tender and considerate lover" who instantly fixated on her size 36-DD breasts: "You're so huge for a small girl," he said. "Jimmy was a t - - man, and he loved to nuzzle . . . He was skilled." But the young star also had an Oedipus complex, once asking her, "Are you my mother? You are, I think. You look like her."

Denham also recalls that Mailer, one of her literary heroes, turned out to be a bit weird. At one party, Mailer and his second wife, Adele, stripped and began jumping up and down on a bed, with Adele trying to coax Denham to get naked, too. "Norman was just square, no particular waist or pectoral definition, sturdy legs, large at the knees," and an "ordinary" sex organ.When Hugh Hefner selected Denham as a Playmate, he brought her into his bedroom and, to set the mood, turned on a cheesy stag film called "Switcheroo," featuring a psychedelic orgy that was "about as sexy as a carwash." And while she admits that Hef "had staying power [and was] a good ride . . . I was left with no particular feeling, no personal feeling of connection or uniting."

Denham, who still lives in the Village, will read from her book Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Cornelia Street Café.

Movin' On Up

ROBERT De Niro has not only closed on the purchase of Harvey Weinstein's ex-wife's apartment on Central Park West, but has also gotten a fancy, gas-guzzling car to park in front of the plush new digs. The Post's Braden Keil reports that De Niro's wife, Grace Hightower, gave him a new $328,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom right after he handed over a $21 million check for the 15-room duplex, which originally had a $25 million price tag. No doubt he'll use the savings on the apartment to keep his tank filled. Neither De Niro nor his broker, G. Laurie Cooper, could be reached for comment.

Subway Turnstile Could Detect Explosives

A company that designs bomb-sniffing scanners used by the MTA is creating a prototype subway turnstile that would spot passengers carrying explosives.

Mark Elliott, a vice president of Smith Detection, says the turnstiles could block a bomb-toting passenger from entering the system.

The company is working with partner Red-X-Defense. They hope to demonstrate the prototype to the MTA next year.

MTA spokesman Tom Kelly says the agency will consider the turnstile and other technologies meant to detect bombs.

Javits Center $1.7B Expansion Project Underway

A crowd of New York leaders swung sledge hammers at a graffiti-covered wall on Monday to ceremonially begin demolition that will make way for a new convention center on Manhattan's West Side by 2010.

The project will eventually expand the Jacob K. Javits Center, which was built 20 years ago and covers five blocks from 34th to 39th streets near the Hudson River.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. George Pataki have repeatedly said the current facility is woefully inadequate and causes New York to lose when competing with other cities for conventions, and the millions of dollars in revenue that they bring.

Bloomberg noted that today's Javits Center could fit twice into Chicago's McCormick Place, a sprawling convention center on the city's Lake Shore Drive.

``We've essentially had one hand tied behind our back,'' Bloomberg said. ``These new and expanded facilities will put New York City back in the running in the intense, nonstop competition to host major conventions.''

The $1.7 billion Javits expansion will increase exhibition and meeting space from 790,000 square feet to more than 1.3 million square feet. The plan also calls for a new hotel and loading facility.


Civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart was sentenced to two years and four months months in prison on a terrorism charge Monday for helping an Egyptian sheik communicate with his followers on the outside. The 67-year old, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, smiled, cried and hugged supporters after the Judge announced he was dramatically reducing the 30-year prison term.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ordonez Powers Tigers Into World Series

All those people who kept doubting the Detroit Tigers, take a week off and think again. Jim Leyland, Magglio Ordonez and the rest of the Tigers will be spending that time getting ready for the World Series.

Written off by the entire baseball world only three years ago, the Tigers made it official Saturday. They're back, and on the prowl.

Ordonez hit his second homer of the game, connecting for a three-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted Leyland's team over the Oakland Athletics 6-3 for a startling four-game sweep of the AL championship series.

"I think early on in spring training we had a lot of good players. We didn't have a good team," Leyland said. "And today I can make the statement that we've got a good team, and that's the thing that I'm proudest of."

With the crowd of 42,967 at Comerica Park in delirium, joined by fans watching from distant downtown buildings and all over Michigan, the Tigers rejoiced after their seventh straight postseason win.

The wild-card Tigers now get to rest up for Game 1, at home next Saturday night against either the New York Mets or St. Louis Cardinals. It will be their first Series appearance since winning it all exactly 22 years ago Saturday on Oct. 14, 1984.

In those days, Sparky Anderson, Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris were among the big names at Tiger Stadium, making history at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

Starting next week, these Tigers get a chance to make their mark at the address of baseball's most surprising story - Woodward and Montcalm.

Mega Millions Jackpot Swells to $55 Million

The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $55 million Saturday.

None of the tickets sold for Friday's $45 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Tuesday.

There were five second-prize winners from Friday night's drawing, matching all five lotto numbers but not the Mega Ball number to win $250,000 each. Also, 28 tickets matched four of the five lotto numbers, plus the Mega Ball number. Those tickets are each worth $10,000.

winning numbers from Friday's drawing were 24, 27, 42, 47 and 50. The Mega Ball number was 8.

Police: Brooklyn Mom Kidnapped Own Daughter

Police are looking for a Brooklyn woman who allegedly kidnapped her own daughter.

Authorities say 22-year old Tiana James does not have legal custody of 4-year old Nevaeh James.

The girl's mother allegedly assaulted the girl's court-ordered guardian Friday night, grabbed the child and fled.

It happened at the Loring Avenue home in East New York where Nevaeh was living.

Police say the little girl was last seen wearing green and white Mickey Mouse pajamas.

Tiana James was last seen wearing a green army fatigue jacket, dark bandana and dark sweatpants.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call police at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Brooklyn Woman Killed Crossing Street

Police say an 80-year-old woman died Saturday after she was hit by a car while crossing the street at Brighton Beach Avenue.

Maya Shegelman, of Brooklyn, died at the scene.

Police say the driver of the Toyota was issued a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Mets Shut out in St. Louis, Trail NLCS 2-1

First, Steve Trachsel was awful. Then, he got hurt.

Now it's up to Oliver Perez, yes, Oliver Perez, to keep the New York Mets in the NL championship series.

Trachsel lasted just three outs and 43 mostly mediocre pitches in the Mets' 5-0 loss Saturday night, which gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven-series. New York's batters were just as brutal, getting only three hits and extending their scoreless streak to 12 innings.

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