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Billie Jean Is Not My Talk-Show Host

Billie Jean King says she wouldn't mind taking fellow lesbian Rosie O'Donnell's spot on The View. Socialiterank.com will post no more, but its (still anonymous) founders do have a book deal. Arthur Sulzberger Jr. was marginally insensitive toward deaf people at the New York Times Co. annual meeting. American Idol contestants put on a private performance at Rupert Murdoch's house. Christie's exec John Hays made a quip about Katie Couric at the Children for Children benefit. Cameron Diaz went shopping in Soho, then freaked out when the paparazzi showed up. Kate Winslet likes New York's paparazzi more than London's. A woman obsessed with Sandra Bullock tried to run over Bullock's husband with a car. Hugh Grant was arrested on an assault charge after throwing baked beans at a paparazzo.

Clothing Bargains for Transgender People, Too!

In another small victory for the city's ever-brawnier transgender-rights movement, Loehmann's, that venerable mecca of fashion markdowns, has agreed to let its customers choose fitting rooms and restrooms based on the gender they identify as rather than the one they may look like to the rest of us. The decision came after Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a complaint with the city's human-rights commission because the Seventh Avenue store last year denied Jane Galla, "a transgender woman and regular Loehmann's shopper," as the press release describes her, access to the women's dressing room. Galla took today's news with aplomb. "Like all New Yorkers, I appreciate a good bargain," she said in the release, "but the price is too high if I have to endure discrimination when I go shopping." Agreed. But, well, what if it's a really good bargain? —Tim Murphy

A Bad Day for All Things Trans

• The Board of Health has backed off the much-publicized proposal to let people change the gender on their birth certificates nearly at will, without having necessarily gone under the knife. The ultraprogressive policy would run afoul of new federal regulations, due next year. Once again, being first doesn't pay off. [NYT] • The Reverend Al Sharpton and other black and Latino leaders say they want to stage a pre-Christmas march down Fifth Avenue, from Plaza Hotel to Herald Square, to protest the 50-bullet police shooting of Sean Bell. Bell's relatives will lead the procession. [NYDN] • Broadway's James Barbour (Beauty and the Beast, Urinetown) is hauled in on sexual-assault charges. If nothing else, this easily trumps yesterday's news that a guy with a Law & Order credit was sticking up drugstores. [NYP] • Eagle-eyed MTA budget-watchers noticed an odd expenditure: In the last four years, the authority has spent $102,009 on tailor's bills. The culprit: a weirdly shaped armrest on LIRR and Metro-North trains, prone to ripping passengers' pants. [AP via amNY] • And in what's clearly the Times' grossest "Metro" item of the day, a must-read local-color piece trails undiscriminating diners as they grapple with the Taco Bell E. coli scare. Money quote: "I ordered from the Pizza Hut side of the menu because I can't take any chances." [NYT]