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  1. in other news
    Brad Pitt Makes Derek Jeter Weak in the StirrupsOMG! Brad Pitt and his magical face went to see the Yankees play last night! And they totally won! Pitt and his son Maddox, 5, sat in Mayor Bloomberg’s box. At one point, Derek Jeter came over and actually gave Maddox a bat and a ball. “He loved it,” the normally reserved Pitt told the press happily about his son. But then, as usual, the Post had to make it personal — asking where Angelina Jolie was that night. “Hey, we got three other kids!” Pitt shot back. Wait, really? We had no idea… Pitt ‘Pops’ up in Bronx [NYP]
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    Vox Populi: The Boerum Hill BreakupAs the end of the day nears, it’s time we assessed the people’s reaction to New York’s biggest news of the holiday weekend, the breakup of Brooklyn Über-couple Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. We have our own opinions on the matter (read a couple that never, ever looks happy might actually not be), but on this we’ll turn to the experts – the commenters on the Us Weekly blog, which broke the news. Their words of wisdom after the jump, God bless ‘em.
  3. party town
    Alek Wek: Still Smiling, TryingGlamour Fashion Gives Back. Aglow Studios, 421 Broome St., nr. Crosby St., 8 p.m. Scheduled guests include Amanda Peet, Emily Mortimer, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Quite a collection of actressing talent… you could probably get a one-hour family drama picked up on a major network based entirely on footage of conversations that take place tonight in the women’s bathroom.
  4. Ron Burkle’s Village Woes Just BeginningBillionaire Ron Burkle’s gotta be regretting buying Sky Studios, the spectacular Village penthouse that was formerly a glamorous event space. A judge just ruled that brides-to-be who had previously reserved it for weddings can still use the multi-tiered apartment (which has a rooftop pool) for their nuptials — even though Burkle now owns the space and is presumably itching to move in (or make it nice and sell it). The Post reported that he plans to make it a residential palace. But we’re thinking that Burkle will have other reasons to regret the purchase. Last time Daily Intel was there, managers told us that the reason it was turned into an event space instead of a private home was that leakage, heating, and structural problems (not to mention unfabulous service-elevator access) made it virtually unlivable. Though, frankly, for our own rooftop pool in the summer, we’d live in a yurt for the rest of the year. Wedded Diss to Bliss [NYP]
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    ‘Times’ Wants College Students to Turn Down That Damned MusicNewspapers face all sorts of problems, not insignificant among them that younger people don’t so much read the paper. Then today we saw the cover story of the “Metro” section, “Welcome, Students. Now Watch It,” geared toward the college students — and, we should think, potential new Times readers — newly arrived in the city. It includes such useful tips as “Don’t fall asleep on the subway,” “Don’t play chess for money with the hustlers in Washington Square Park,” and “Don’t drink too much beer and use the street as a toilet.” Plus, this gem, from the end of the “Don’t light up in a bar” tip: “And besides, if you’re not 21, you shouldn’t be in a bar anyway.” We have no idea why “Make sure to clean your room” and “Just say no” weren’t included as tips, but, yeah, we think we understand why kids don’t read the paper. Welcome, Students. Now Watch It [NYT]