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  1. BriWi’s Smooth Election JamsThe ‘Nightly’ host is a Jane’s Addiction man!
  2. best things ever
    Video: Karl Lagerfeld on His Front Porch in Vermont!Karl’s in Vermont shooting the Chanel campaign, and the local TV news crews are all over it.
  3. neighborhood watch
    Brooklyn Parents, ‘Nanny 911’ Wants You and Your Snotface Kids’Whether it’s potty training, bedtime, fighting or all of the above…’
  4. white men without money
    Rupert Murdoch Eyeing Sumner Redstone’s Problems With GleeAfter years of trying to position himself as a rival to Murdoch, Redstone’s getting what he asked for.
  5. Free Food
    Free Krispy Kreme on Election Day!Vote, then elect to get fat.
  6. massive cock-ups
    Utah Theater Chain Bans ‘Zack and Miri,’ Then Shows ‘Sex Drive’ to Unsuspecting Zac Efron FansAn honest mistake? Or did they just think Zac Efron’s sex appeal was even more dangerous than ‘Sex Drive’?
  7. Credit Crisis? What Credit Crisis?A credit company wants to lend us money! Us! Money!
  8. new york fugging city
    Fug Girls: The Biannual Fashion Week AwardsNow that it’s all said and done (and we’ve had some serious naps), we can take a look back at the highlights of a Very Special Week.
  9. model tracker
    Meet the New Girl: Iris StrubeggerThis 25-year-old Austrian beauty took a break from modeling to go back to school, but she hasn’t lost any steam.
  10. The New York Diet
    Actress An Nguyen Loves Her Vietnamese DivesThe star of the upcoming film “Year of the Fish” also loves home cooking.
  11. NewsFeed
    Department of Clarifications: Rouge TomateA few details were lost in translation.
  12. beauty marks
    Bridal Botox Parties Are all the Rage; Bejeweled Contacts Are HereAlso, Aveda’s new makeup collection is inspired by Amazonian tribe rituals, and French braids are hot this summer.
  13. in other news
    Nas and Bill O’Reilly Try to Out-Hyperbolize Each OtherWe recount the beginnings of what will clearly be the most entertaining feud of summer 2008.
  14. apropos of nothing
    ‘Umbrella’ Watch 2008: Is Lloyd’s ‘Girls Around the World’ the Song of the Summer?Not even the coldest-hearted bikini-clad cyborg could resist that falsetto.
  15. body issues
    Those Juice Fasts Are Not Exactly HealthyThese body-cleansing, weight-eliminating cure-alls are all the rage, but you won’t believe what one writer wound up with after she juice fasted for ten days.
  16. dress code
    High Heels for Men Are All the Rage — Thanks Sarko!That’s right! French president Nicolas Sarkozy wears them, and now they’re really catching on.
  17. company town
    George Soros: You Ain’t Seen Nothing YetPublishing musical chairs, bad news on the economy front, and gripes about law-school rankings — all in our daily roundup.
  18. apropos of nothing
    How Would You Like to Be Artie Lange’s New Assistant?Lange’s meltdown on yesterday’s ‘Howard Stern’ offers an instructive look into the life of a celebrity assistant, a job even worse than yours.
  19. run through
    Nude Carla Bruni Photo Fetches $91K at AuctionIn a protracted bidding battle, a New York buyer for a Chinese art collector won the 1993 photo for 22 times what the Christie’s people thought it would fetch.
  20. in other news
    Columbia Students Unimpressed With Obama Girl Lecture … and OutfitObama Girl addressed a class on the American presidency at the Ivy League school yesterday, and some students were a wee bit irked.
  21. Mediavore
    John McCain Likes Pepperoni Slices; Hung’s First PassoverJohn McCain enjoys a slice in Brooklyn, chef Hung Huynh learns a thing or two about matzo, and junk fish get its day in the sun.
  22. gossipmonger
    Naked Pictures of Gisele and Carla Bruni Sell for Big BucksWhich one of these models is worth nearly $100,000 more than the other naked? What recently divorced Romeo is already trying to get his new lady knocked up? And did the tabloids miss out of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s wedding because they couldn’t get pictures? Or are they racist? All this and more in our daily gossip roundup.
  23. loose threads
    H&M’s Marimekko Drops Today; Topshop Sets Opening DateMarimekko’s printed dresses, swimwear, and other summer gear hit racks today; Topshop opens October 10; and the Donald totally disses Ivanka…
  24. early and often
    McCain He IsThe presidential candidate confuses Brooklyn residents by choosing an unlikely location in which to announce his new economic plan.
  25. NewsFeed
    Two Spanish Chefs Drop Into Mercat for a WeekChefs from El Bulli and Can Fabes will cook at Mercat.
  26. the industry
    Natalie Portman Set for New ‘Heights’Plus: Colin Farrell signs on for ‘Triage’ and Jermaine Dupri signs on to run a hilarious new record label.
  27. in other news
    The Couric Countdown Has Already BegunAs we learn more about the meetings and discussions behind yesterday’s report that Couric may leave CBS in 2009, it seems like she’s already planning life after the evening news.
  28. tube junkie
    Pitchfork Launches Video Site for Non-Reading Music FansNow that text and still photography have been made all but irrelevant by online video, popular music-review Website Pitchfork, this morning, has launched Pitchfork.tv, the Internet’s first-ever source for music videos.
  29. model tracker
    Is This the Beginning of Deyn’s Downward Spiral?We know Agyness Deyn’s the “next Kate Moss,” but we didn’t know she’s adopted the latter’s affinity for partying.
  30. company town
    Katie Couric and Sean McManus: Chipper at CBS in Spite of It AllMore troubles for Sam Zell, Heather Mills is coming to town, and half of Bear Stearns employees are facing the ax. Click through to read the rest of our news roundup from the fields of media, law, finance and real estate.
  31. in other news
    ‘Out’ Magazine Releases Power List, Underestimates ‘Times’ GaietyThis year’s reckoning of the most powerful homosexuals in America includes the usual suspects, like Ellen DeGeneres, Barney Frank, and Jann Wenner
  32. cult of personality
    Stacy London Is Actually Kind of AwesomeAnyone who talks the kind of ‘Hills’ smack she did is welcome to lunch with us any day.
  33. intel
    Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb: It’s Love!Good-bye, Ann and Natalie! The fourth hour of the Today show is all about Hoda and Kathie Lee. No, seriously, it’s all about them.
  34. NewsFeed
    Calling All Web-Surfing Gourmands: Opinionated About Dining Now in the Book We always wondered why Zagat has a monopoly on restaurant surveys. The same thought seems to have occurred to Steve Plotnicki, the man behind the blog Opinionated About Dining. Don’t be fooled by OAD’s resemblance to the rest of the blogger-with-a-digital-camera food sites. It hosts a very big and very vigorous private forum, whose members will be the backbone of a new book on the top 100 restaurants in America and Europe this March. The OAD members are deep-pocketed diners who eat all over the city, so the book’s core of opinions will be strong.
  35. art candy
    Artist Julien Friedler Sinks His Teeth Into PicassoThis year, MoMA, and just about everyone else in this city, commemorated the 100-year anniversary of the completion of Picasso’s masterpiece, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. 2008 is rapidly approaching, but the celebration isn’t over just yet.
  36. Neighborhood Watch
    Dona Back and Cheaper Than Ever; Bowery Boys Spend Millions on West VillageBensonhurst: L&B Spumoni Gardens wants to cater your Christmas pizza dinner. [Lost City] Dumbo: A liquor store is going in at 102 Jay Street next to Bridge Apothecary. [The Real Deal via Dumbo NYC] Meatpacking District: Pizza Bar has closed just as Pop Burger rises. [Eater] Midtown East: Dona returns at 206 East 58th Street … and it will be cheaper! [Restaurant Girl] West Village: Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson have reportedly purchased the Riverview Hotel for $33 million. [Hotel Chatter via Down by the Hipster]
  37. countdown
    Julie Taymor and Bono’s ‘Spider-Man’ Musical Actually ‘Across the Universe 2’?Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood as Spidey and Mary Jane?
  38. the sports section
    A-Rod Hires Guy Oseary, in Order to Better Entertain UsThere’s a new boss in the house of A-Rod, and sadly it’s not Cynthia Rodriguez. The Yankee third-baseman, who famously just renegotiated a $275 million contract with the Steinbrenners without the help of his longtime agent Scott Boras, has hired talent manager Guy Oseary to help steer his career. “He’s focusing on baseball and needs someone whose interests are aligned,” Oseary told Variety, seeming to imply that he will be A-Rod’s only management. “This is to help him have more control of his image and brand.” Now, we watched 60 Minutes on Saturday and A-Rod definitely said that he would keep Scott Boras onboard (Boras is getting $15 million from the A-Rod’s new contract, even though it was A-Rod’s wife, Cynthia, who coached him through it). “There hasn’t been a lot of talking back and forth” between Boras and A-Rod, the Yankee explained, but it seems like they’re still working together. Which is confusing, considering that Variety says they’re not. But it’s not as confusing as the fact that A-Rod hired Oseary in the first place. Oseary, who co-founded Maverick Records in the eighties, only has entertainment clients like Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, David Blaine, and the show Last Call With Carson Daly. Which we can only guess means that television, music, or magic is somewhere in A-Rod’s near future. We’re hoping for all three. A-Rod Bats for Oseary’s Team [Variety] Earlier: Scott Boras Out, Cynthia Rodriguez In?
  39. NewsFeed
    Zak Pelaccio’s Chop Suey to Open Next MonthZak Pelaccio has somehow found time to plan a new restaurant, in between taking over Borough Food and Drink from Jeffrey Chodorow, opening a new Fatty Crab uptown, and perfecting a haute Malaysian restaurant in London. Look for a big new Korean-themed restaurant in the Renaissance called Chop Suey to open (says Pelaccio with optimism) in late January. Last summer, the bearded wonder took a trip to Korea, where he fell in love with the marinated beef belly and other meaty delights he plans to implement in his new menu as consulting chef. At this pace, we predict Ditmas Park and Inwood will be only Pelaccio-free neighborhoods in New York. But if they’re lucky, they’ll get restaurants too. Related: Zak Pelaccio Taking Over Borough Food and Drink From Jeffrey Chodorow
  40. the follow-up
    Countdown to iPhone: In Brooklyn, TooIn this week’s New York, Tom Samiljan listed five places in Manhattan to find a new iPhone — and analyzed your chances of actually being able to get one from each. But there are, after all, four other boroughs, and now the good people at mcbrooklyn offer up six spots in the Borough of Kings for you to buy a shiny new toy. Will they have more stock? Will they have shorter lines? Who knows. Good luck. (No, we have no joke or commentary here. An event this momentous deserves straight-ahead service, don’t you think?) Where to Buy an iPhone in Brooklyn [mcbrooklyn] Related: How to Buy an iPhone [NYM]
  41. Openings
    Restaurant Vets Take Refuge in Chill New East Side Eatery When Nish went under earlier this week, partner Joe Scalice didn’t have to look far for his next home: He simply walked two blocks over and took up residence as general manager at Solace, a one-week-old “American seasonal” restaurant created by David Regueiro of Aureole, Metrazur, and most recently the Water Club. (Given what Salice just went through at the late Nish, and Regueiro’s years under famously demanding taskmasters like Charlie Palmer and Michael “Buzzy” O’Keefe, Solace would seem to be just what the two men are seeking.) “We wanted to create a space where people would feel comfortable, with food they could understand,” the chef says. We can certainly see standards like salt cod and gnocchi ragout, butter braised lobster, and eggplant, goat cheese, and tomato terrine hitting the spot on a quiet night in the garden (open till 11 p.m.), with our own bottle in tow (Solace is still waiting on its liquor license). Solace, 406 E. 64th St., at First Ave.; 212-750-0434. Solace menu Earlier: Nish, Felled by Its Own Best Efforts
  42. The In-box
    Why Won’t Someone Tell Me About Brunch at Robuchon?Dear Grub Street,I am e-mailing you in a last, desperate attempt to find information about brunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The Web boasts scores of reviews on the dinner menu, but I find not one mention of the merit of brunch, a menu, nothing.Cara Gouldey
  43. it just happened
    Mike Bloomberg’s Declaration of IndependenceThis press release just in, and we no longer have any doubt that the dude is running for president: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2007 No. 205 www.nyc.gov STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON PARTY AFFILIATION “I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party. Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our City.
  44. party town
    Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow• Public Theater gala performance of Romeo & Juliet. Delacorte Theater, nr. Central Park W. and 81st St., 6 p.m. Expected guests at tonight’s show (which stars Oscar Isaac and Lauren Ambrose) include Tony Kushner, Mike Nichols, Eric Bogosian, and a bajillion famous actors. In other words, the Romeo & Juliet cast are performing what may be the most famous roles in Western history to a private audience of the world’s most accomplished theater professionals. It’s like distributing loaves and fishes to Jesus.
  45. intel
    Beard Diners Get No Graydon But Several Waverly-Reservation TipsGraydon Carter skipped the dinner his Waverly Inn chef John DeLucie cooked at the James Beard House last night, but that doesn’t mean Beard members won’t get a chance to rub elbows with the Falstaffian editor. After attendees were served seven wines and a five-course dinner that included the restaurant’s luscious Dover sole, Chef DeLucie informed them that they’re all now worthy of a hard-to-come-by tables at Graydon’s clubby Bank Street spot, just a few blocks west of where they were eating; they should simply stop by a day or two in advance to reserve. “Just say ‘James Beard dinner,’” advised sommelier Sammy Kebob, whose name may or may not be spelled that way, as the restaurant answered neither its public nor private phones when we called to check. “Don’t use my name,” he warned the crowd. “It won’t work.” Neither, we suspect, will the “Beard dinner” trick for much longer. —Alexandra Peers
  46. quote machine
    Brad Pitt: The Meat in a Churchill-Roosevelt Sandwich
  47. the weekend read
    Mockingbird
  48. the comics page
    Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘The Salon’
  49. the comics page
    Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘The Salon’
  50. The In-box
    Yes, You Are Too Old, and I Don’t Want You in My KitchenWe recently got a letter from Keith, a 45-year-old reader who hated his job and asked us, “Am I just too old” to become a chef? A number of letters have come in, encouraging the guy in his dream: “On my 62nd birthday,” wrote one, “I retired from a long-time corporate career in risk management to follow my daydream of becoming a cook … and now, three years later, work as a prep cook at Amalia.” But lest Keith get the idea that the cooking world as a whole is filled with love and understanding, here’s a wake-up call from chef Dawn Fornear of Vessel restaurant in Seattle. Fornear writes:
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