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NYU Votes Coke

A four-year ban has been overturned.

By Alexandra Vallis

Busing Them In

Take a cab to the Village Pourhouse's Upper West Side location and you'll get your cab fare back in drinks.

By Daniel Maurer

Tabloids Will Reportedly Pay $12 Million for Pictures of Brangelina Twins

That's a whole $8 million more than the couple got for Shiloh! Is it because there's two of them or because of inflation? Plus: Citigroup's seven-point plan for saving itself, the Palazzo Chupi triplex goes on sale, and other things that make you go hmmm, in our daily roundup of media, finance, real-estate and law news.

‘Martha Wanted to Wash and Blow-dry the Chickens’

Martha disrupts plans to make her seem like less of a perfectionist, Bear Stearns CEO Jimmy Cayne may face arrest (he'd better hide his stash!), and the FBI is slapping anyone who's ever said the word "mortgage" with criminal charges, in our daily roundup of media, finance, real-estate and law news.

Starbucks Nixes Breakfast Sandwiches; Kenny Shopsin Ready for Mind-Altering Substances

In addition to slowing its expansion (finally), Starbucks will halt “sales of hot breakfast sandwiches because their smell interferes with the aroma of coffee.” [WSJ] If Padma Lakshmi could eat anywhere right now, she’d head to a little taco stand in Mexico for some fish tacos on the beach. [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Chelsea hot spot Stereo, which was closed by police earlier this month, will not be reopening at its current location because the landlord bought out the lease. [NYP]

Thay It Ain't So! Merrill Chief Loses Part of Bonus

FINANCE • The falling market has shaved off a big chunk of Wall Street hottie John Thain's compensation. Don't worry, Thainie-boy, we still love you. [DealBook/NYT] • Wondering what the hell's happening in the markets? Watch one trader lose his life savings in a single day. (NSFW) [Crossing Wall Street] • Ex–Goldman banker becomes underwater gravedigger. Say what? [NYT]

For Blythe Danner, New York Is Wistful, Energetic

Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner still has a love-hate relationship with New York City, where she lived with her husband, Bruce Paltrow (dad of Gwyneth and Jake), until he died in 2002. She's still in mourning, she says. "A poet wrote, 'The edge softens, but it never leaves.'" And there are a lot of memories to contend with. "We met here," she said at a recent benefit for the Williamston Theater at the Puck Building. "I was in a show he produced that lasted two weeks. And we were walking home one night and went to a fortune-teller on a lark in the Fifth Avenue Hotel," she told New York. "And she told us we were going to get married. We weren't even dating." Yet in the end, she says, it's the city that keeps her going. "For a woman who's a widow and pretty much a loner, I can walk out and I'm surrounded by NYU kids. The energy jumps off the sidewalks, and I never feel sad or bored." —Tim Murphy

Gucci Would Prefer a More Flattering Cut

FASHION • The Gucci family is up in arms over Ridley Scott’s biopic. They fear he’ll focus on the family scandals. You know, instead of making a movie about all the boring stuff. [British Vogue] • Helmut Lang is opening a pop-up shop in the meatpacking district. Just what we need, another fabulous place to spend our money while we are drunk. [Fashion Informer] • Kaiser Karl rocked the U.K. with a Chanel fashion show. [WWD]

Molecular Gastronomist Wows Them in Rare New York Appearance

Hervé This, the famous French scientist who coined the term “molecular gastronomy,” yesterday made a rare New York appearance, lecturing first at the Institute of Culinary Education, then at NYU before the Experimental Cuisine Collective, and finally before the Culinary Historians of America at the soon-to-open Astor Center downtown. We were fascinated by This’s PowerPoint presentation, which featured food images, mathematical formulas, Venn diagrams, and images of classical artwork, all accompanied by gnomic, rambling commentary on the nature of things edible. (There seemed to be a lot of stuff about emulsification in there as well.) The truth is that we could make neither head nor tail of the talk, which apparently was totally different at each of the three appearances.