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The Costly Return of JT LeRoy

MEDIA • A court ordered Laura Albert, a.k.a. JT LeRoy, to pay a film production company $350,000 for legal fees connected to her fraud case. [NYT] • The ABC News intern who posed nude for Playboy: Lace Rose Allenius. She works on the weekend edition of Good Morning America. [Mediabistro] • Manhattan Media, the owner of several weekly newspapers, bought New York Press and plans to merge it with Our Town Downtown, which covers lower Manhattan. [NYT]

Bad Days at ABC, NBC

MEDIA • Eric Wishnie, an NBC News producer who was fired in 2006 for substance-abuse problems, fell to his death from his West Village rooftop. [NYDN] • Good Morning America's Robin Roberts announced that she has breast cancer. [ABC News] • Condé Nast is expanding in India and expected to launch editions of Glamour, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and Wired. Vogue will launch in September. [FT]

Former Milberg Weiss Lawyer Was El Mirage's Landlord

LAW • Paul Young, a former partner at Milberg Weiss, owned the building that housed the El Mirage bathhouse and did nothing to curtail its activities. [Legal Pad/Fortune] • General counsels are on the up-and-up: Rosemary Berkery and Kenneth Frazier, the GCs at Merrill and Merck, both just got promotions to top leadership positions at their respective firms. [Law Blog/WSJ] • Some lawyers are salivating at their chance to put "hard-hitting" ads back on the air. [New York Law Journal]

End Is Nigh for Whole Foods Chief

FINANCE • Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has been asked to resign following the discovery of anonymous postings he authored on investment message boards. [NYP] • Leon Black, the secretive founder of Apollo Management, will be worth more than $3 billion when he sells part of the firm. [NYP] • Merrill Lynch CEO Stan O'Neal promoted one of his top aids, Rosemary Berkery, to the position of vice-chairman and general counsel, making her a likely successor. [MarketBeat/WSJ]

Facebook Hires YouTube's Moneyman

FINANCE • YouTube's former finance chief joins Facebook as CFO. Sales drums bang louder. [WSJ] • Mark Lenowitz, a stock picker for Chelsey Capital and Q Capital Investment, admitted to insider trading. [Reuters via DealBook/NYT] • James O'Shaughnessy, a Bear Stearns exec once called "the father of strategy indexing," will leave the bank to start his own firm. [MarketBeat/WSJ]

Steve Jobs Has Nothing on Armani

FASHION • Over the iPhone? Get the Armani phone this October. [Fashionista] • Need something to wear with that wrap dress? DVF is launching a shoe collection this fall. [British Vogue] • Thom Browne has put together a 25-piece womenswear collection available this fall at Barneys, Bergdorf, Jeffrey, and Colette. [WWD]

Does That Polo Pocket Look Like Levi's?

FASHION • Levi Strauss & Co. is suing Polo Ralph Lauren for supposedly copying the brand's trademark pocket stitching. [WWD via British Vogue] • Sass & Bide has canceled their New York Fashion Week show after one of the designers required further chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. [Fashion Week Daily] • Women ages 40 to 55 get their own Izod line. [NYP]

So Who Will Run Viacom?

MEDIA • Sumner Redstone is feuding with his daughter, leaving the future of Viacom in doubt. [WSJ] • Forbes is putting its historic Greenwich Village building on the block. [NYP] • Countdown With Keith Olbermann referred to a Louisiana senator's wife as a ho. Imus again? [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

Mariane Pearl Sues Al Qaeda

MEDIA • Mariane Pearl filed a lawsuit in federal court against Al Qaeda and a major Pakistan bank to uncover more information about her husband's murder. [NYS] • The NFL passed a rule ordering press photographers to wear red vests with Canon and Reebok logos on them. [NPPA News via Mediabistro] • If Portfolio's second issue flops, editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman may be out of a job. [NYP]

Dow Jones, Mediabistro Play ‘Let's Make a Deal’

MEDIA • The Dow Jones board approved Murdoch's bid, but two of the four Bancrofts on the board refused to take part. The family is expected to meet Monday to begin deliberations. [NYT] • Jupitermedia bought Mediabistro.com for $23 million, causing critics to smell a tech bubble. [NYT] • The new issue of Portfolio will be out soon, and rumor has it that editor Joanne Lipman is ignoring Condé protocol by poaching other books' staff. [WWD]

Who Will Catch the ‘Redbook’ Traitor?

MEDIA • Will the $10,000 that Jezebel paid for an unretouched Redbook cover be enough to feed the sure-to-be-fired leaker? [WWD] • Houghton Mifflin will acquire Harcourt from rival Reed Elsevier for $4 billion. [NYT] • Rolling Stone publisher Tim Castelli has left the magazine to be New York sales director for Google. [Ad Age]

CEO Accused of Golf Manipulation

FINANCE • Hollywood Country Club is looking into allegations of score altering in a July 4 golf tournament by Bear Stearns CEO Jim Cayne. [CNBC] • The SEC began an investigation into Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's anonymous online postings. [DealBook/NYT] • Morgan Stanley's John Mack is hosting a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton today. He supported George W. Bush in 2004. [Financial Times]

Couric Will Stay at CBS

MEDIA • CBS News president Sean McManus denied that Katie Couric will leave CBS Evening News before the end of her five-year contract. [AP via Fox News] • CNBC and the Financial Times plan to join forces and share content in case Rupert Murdoch's Dow Jones bid goes through. [WSJ] • TV Guide is moving into The New Yorker's old offices on West 43rd Street. [NYP]

Did You Hear the One About the iPhone Nano?

FINANCE • A JP Morgan analyst got canned for writing a report about a fictional Apple product, the iPhone Nano. [Apple 2.0 via DealBreaker] • Using the screen name Rahodeb, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey posted on Yahoo Finance bulletin boards to bash competitor Wild Oats. [Deal Journal/WSJ] • The SEC tries to reclaim authority over hedge funds by writing rules allowing the agency to sue for misleading investors. [Bloomberg]

Paris Cheered by Blackstone Bid

FINANCE • Did Steve Schwarzman's bid for Hilton Hotels help bring Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan back together again? [Gossip Girls via DealBreaker] • She might not be so hot at spotting WMD, but former CIA big shot Jami Miscik is good enough to be the "global head of sovereign risk" at Lehman. [Fortune] • Threatening letters against Goldman Sachs continue to turn up at newspapers; Feds now investigating disgruntled former employees. [NYP]

No Vindication for Jane Pratt

MEDIA • Jane Pratt doesn't feel vindicated that Jane was killed but does feel bad for its employees. [Radar] • Kevin Reilly, the former chief programmer for NBC, was picked up by Fox after losing his job to Ben Silverman. [NYT] • The Nation asks its readers to chip in for "The Great Postal Crisis of 2007." [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

‘Jane,’ So Over

MEDIAJane mag is dead. [Radar] • The Dow Jones board will meet with Ron Burkle today, but an alternative deal to Murdoch's appears unlikely. [NYT] • MTV Networks negotiated its upfront ad sales partly based on commercial ratings. [WSJ]

Goldman Shrugs Off Threat

FINANCE • "Goldman Sachs. Hundreds will die. We are inside. You cannot stop us," say nine letters mailed from Queens to newspapers across the country. The letters were signed "A.Q.U.S.A.," but law enforcement isn't too concerned. [CNN/Money] • UBS CEO Peter Wuffli takes the fall for Dillon Read Capital Management by leaving the bank. Marcel Rohner is the new chief. [NYT] • Lehman wants to hire as many summer analysts as possible in order to avoid those dreadful college-recruiting visits. [Bankers Ball via DealBreaker]

A New Bid for Barneys

FASHION • Jones Apparel is entertaining an unsolicited $900 million bid for Barneys New York. The department store was promised to the government of Dubai last month for $825 million. [Reuters via NYT] • Cathy Horyn's next grand feature will be on LVMH's Sidney Toledano. [Fashion Week Daily] • Claudia Schiffer is Karl Lagerfeld's muse in the new Dom Pérignon ads. [British Vogue]