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‘Times’ Gay Mafia Underground Even to its Members

MEDIA • Ben Brantley, identified by Out as part of the Times's "gay mafia," claims he didn't even know some other colleagues listed were gay. The first rule of the gay mafia … [WWD] • Ed Bradley wins a posthumous Peabody Award for his 60 Minutes pieces on the Duke rape case. [Peabody Awards] • Larry King wants to keep going for another ten years and then pass his show along to Ryan Seacrest. At which point it might actually get softer. [NYT]

Giuliani Asks Press to Back Off His Third Wife

MEDIA • Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani asks the media to lay off his wife. Media laughs to itself and continues writing. [WCBS-TV via Mediabistro] • In an effort to make viewers stick around for commercials, Fox will experiment with running short programming clips during the break. [WSJ] • The entire Harper's archive is online, a cornerstone of the magazine's relaunched Website. [Harper's]

Investment Banks Mull New Trading Floors

FINANCE • JP Morgan, Lehman, and Merrill are in talks with developers to build new trading floors in Manhattan. [Bloomberg] • Donald Trump set a new low last night, defeating WWF owner Vince McMahon in a "Battle of the Billionaires." [AP via Yahoo] • The SEC celebrates April Fools' Day with a prank press release about new disclosure rules. [Financial Times via MSNBC]

Law-School Rankings Leaked

LAW • The U.S. News 2008 law-school rankings were somehow leaked. Yale's still No. 1, but Harvard and Stanford swapped this year to be two and three, respectively. [Law School Discussion via Legal Blog Watch] • If you're looking for a good M&A lawyer, wait till they all come back from the Corporate Law Institute at Tulane. [DealBook/NYT via WSJ] • Seyfarth Shaw finally ups associate pay to match other New York firms. As one partner said back in February, "We don't follow all the other firms over the cliff like lemmings. We wait, think about it, discuss, and then jump off the cliff." [Above the Law and Above the Law]

Allegra Versace Seeks Treatment for Anorexia

FASHION • Allegra Versace, daughter of Donatella and heir to the fashion empire, is being treated for anorexia. [NYP] • The ever persistent rumors of Hedi Slimane leaving Dior Homme keep swirling. Slimane has let his contract go unsigned for nearly a year. [WWD via Flypaper] • Kate Moss picked close friend Irina Lazareanu as the face of her new Topshop collection. Lazareanu, incidentally, used to be the drummer of Pete Doherty's band, Baby Shambles. [British Vogue]

Want a Raise? Move to London

FINANCE • Another point for London: U.K. traders average salaries and bonuses 50 percent higher than their U.S. counterparts. [Bloomberg] • Everyone has a theory about why Goldman and J.P. Morgan were shut out of Blackstone Group's IPO, but who's right? [Deal Journal/WSJ] • Ernst & Young was censured and sanctioned by the SEC on Monday for alleged violations of auditor-independence rules. This was the second slap against the accounting firm in nearly three years. [AP via Forbes]

Ad Agencies Better Figure Out the Internet Right Quick

MEDIA • Nike abandons its longtime ad agency Wieden + Kennedy to search for a more digital-savvy firm; Madison Avenue fears its own Internet ignorance. [WSJ] • Has Tribune Co. finally settled on Sam Zell as a buyer? [WSJ] • Sharing a Daytime Emmy with another winner? The National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences is charging $350 for a second statuette. [Variety via Mediabistro] • Life magazine is dead for the third time. Time Inc. announced today that it will discontinue the Life Sunday newspaper supplement on April 20. [Time Inc.]

Aaron Charney Wants Your Story

LAW • Do you know anything about the Aaron Charney case? His lawyers want to hear your story. [Above the Law] • GE's in-house council cuts 44 firms from its preferred provider's list, including Paul, Hastings and Sherman & Sterling. [Corporate Counsel] • Anyone want to buy a giant legal publisher? ALM is up for sale. [Legal Blog Watch]

Sullivan & Cromwell's Silent Partner

LAW • Is Sullivan & Cromwell partner Stephen Kotran the quiet hero in the Charney case? [Above the Law] • Department of Justice e-mails recall high-school girlfriends and Raging Bull. [Radar] • Justice Anthony Kennedy recuses himself from a case involving Credit Suisse because his son is a managing director there. So why didn't that come up last December when Kennedy was involved in the decision to grant review? [Legal Times]

Janice Dickinson Booted From Fashion Week

FASHION • Janice Dickinson's slurred antics get her banned from all IMG fashion events, including New York Fashion Week. [Fashionista] • Leave your dancing shoes at home. The Costume Institute is scaling back this year's gala to just dinner, no after-party. [Fashion Week Daily] • Jil Sander's moving out of the 57th Street flagship store. Moving in? Miu Miu. [The Shophound]

Jim Cramer, Manipulator?

FINANCEMad Money host Jim Cramer (and New York columnist) recalls his good old days of stock manipulation. [YouTube via NYP] • Activist shareholder Evelyn Y. Davis demands that the board of Goldman Sachs stop distributing stock options immediately. [DealBook/NYT] • Wannabe buyer attacks Smith & Wollensky CEO, claiming that accepting another, lower bid would personally benefit Alan Stillman. [Crain's]

Gareth Pugh Dazzles But Doesn't Sell

FASHIONGareth Pugh, the darling of London Fashion Week, has yet to turn his critical acclaim into commercial success — he hasn’t sold one dress. [British Vogue] • Pete Doherty continues his rise from junkie rocker to fashion "It" boy as he graces the cover of this month’s Vogue Homme. [WWD] • St. John's abandons its youth outreach program — sexier, fitted clothing modeled by Angela Jolie — and returns to its conservative, older-woman roots. [LAT]

CBS Sports Understands the Kids and the YouTube

MEDIA • CBS Sports launched an NCAA Tournament channel on YouTube yesterday. Not everyone's afraid of the Web. [MediaWeek via mediabistro.com] • But things aren't as good over at CBS Radio, where CEO Joel Hollander is letting his contract lapse after disagreements with Les Moonves. [NYP] • Starting this weekend, you can add the Sunday Times of London magazine to the pile of things you don't have time to read. [WWD]

Bush-Cousin Judge Won't Be Investigated for Car Crash That Killed New Haven Cop

A federal judge who is George W. Bush's cousin killed a New Haven, Connecticut, police officer in a traffic accident in October, and this afternoon New Haven police decided not to pursue criminal charges. Judge John Mercer Walker Jr., a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is first cousin to former President George H.W. Bush — they share a grandfather, George Herbert Walker — and first cousin once removed to the current president. On October 17, in what a New Haven police spokeswoman termed "difficult weather conditions," the 66-year-old Walker was driving an SUV that struck 38-year-old Officer Daniel Picagli, a seventeen-year veteran of the New Haven police department.

Notes Go Missing in Charney Case

LAW • Gallion & Spielvogel is drawn into Aaron Charney case when notes the firm kept during a settlement conference are destroyed. [Soloway via Above the Law] • State Chief Judge Judith Kaye asks business leaders to lobby for judicial pay raises. [Crain's] • Harvard Law tops the list of 25 leading schools based on the success of its graduates. [Law Dragon via Above the Law]

How Much Is Mike Bloomberg Worth?

FINANCE • Will new accounting rules force a clearer picture of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's net worth? [Breaking Views via WSJ] • Two of the thirteen people recently indicted for insider trading were Long Island football heroes. [Newsday] • Students graduating from the country's leading MBA programs can command starting salaries over $180,000. [Bloomberg]

Giant Bonuses for Former Clerks Make Judges Feel Even Worse

LAW • Associate pay raises are pretty good, but $200,000 signing bonuses for former Supreme Court clerks are even better. [Slate] • Ben Rosenberg starts work today as chief trial counsel for the New York State attorney general's office. His first task is to win back some of Dick Grasso's money from the NYSE. [Law Blog/WSJ] • Lawyers who play Second Life are bringing their real legal expertise to this artificial world. [ABA Journal via Legal Blog Watch]

NYSE President-To-Be Better Watch His Back

FINANCE • In the ongoing war between man and machine at the NYSE, incoming Exchange president says he doesn't want "five guys named Vinnie" completing his trades. [NYP] • Operation Spamalot: SEC suspends trading on 35 stocks promoted in recent spam campaigns. [NYT] • Ivan Boesky slated to appear in the can't-believe-it's-not-out-already sequel to Forrest Gump. [/Film via DealBreaker]