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Auto dealers: Obama didn’t keep promises ‘Cash for clunkers’ car sellers say they’ve gotten zilch from gov’t Why we love a good advert page 10 This is what The we have for Word the kids? page 12

Hundreds of New York auto dealerships are rebelling against President Barack Obama’s “cash for clunkers” program saying that they’ve done their job and sold cars at a steep discount, but haven’t gotten a dime from the government. “He’s driving us out of business right now,” said Joseph Manfredi. We laid out a lot of money for this program. He’s not paying the bills and he’s not backing up

what he said. I should be paid by now.” Manfredi estimated the government owes him $1.2 million for the cars his seven Staten Island dealerships have sold through the program. Before too long, he may stop taking “clunkers” for a $4,500 discount. Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association President Mark Schienberg said half of the group’s 425 members have dropped out of the program. He

435,102 Number of cars sold to date under the “clunkers” program with more than $2 billion in discounts given out.

told The Associated Press that just 2 percent of “clunker” sales have been reimbursed. The Department of Transportation program promised

dealers reimbursement within a week to ten days on $4,500 discounts given to customers who traded in a qualifying gas guzzler. The stampede on cars caught the government and dealers off guard. Officials said they will announce a deadline to the $3 billion program soon. “I know dealers are frustrated,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said yesterday. “They’re going to get their money.” METRO

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TV. When “Project Runway” debuted in 2004 it was a reality television game-changer, bringing serious competition — fledgling fashion designers attempt to outstyle each other — to the genre. After a 10-month hiatus and legal battle that moved the series from Bravo to Lifetime (and from New York to Los Angeles), METRO the series attempts to “carry on” as the fiercest contest on TV with tonight’s Season 6 premiere. READ MORE ON PAGE 11

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Cop arrested Officer Simone Smith was charged yesterday with attempting to steal $7,692 in Section 8 rental subsidies. Smith, 31, of Queens, allegedly submitted forged pay stubs and faces welfare fraud charges. METRO/AZ

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Two N.J. assemblymen want to turn Giants Stadium into a parkand-ride on non-game days. Arena officials worry about interference with events. METRO/AZ

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BRONX. Police arrested a 17-year-old in the Bronx yesterday after he allegedly attacked his three siblings with a knife in their living room while babysitting. His 6-year-old brother is in critical condition police said. Another brother, Miguel Santos, 9, and sister, Ashley Santos, 13, had minor injuries.

Some members of the 1969 Miracle Mets, including Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Ed Kranepool, and Joe Pignatano, are expected in Brooklyn today to help Habitat for Humanity build homes in Brownsville. METRO

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Cops seek serial robber on subways NEW YORK. Police are looking for a man suspected of 14 armed robberies in the subway since January. The man, thought to be in his early 20s, has struck in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx on the A, C, B, D, 1, 2, 3, F and J lines. He has displayed either a knife or mimicked carrying a gun. On June 7, he cut a 40-year-old woman’s face after she refused to hand over her money. He last struck on Friday afternoon on the F train, robbing a 35-yearold man. METRO

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North Carolina prosecutors have dismissed an assault charge against former NBA Nets star Jayson Williams, according to reports yesterday. Williams was accused of punching a man in the face outside a bar in Raleigh in May. The charges prompted a failed bid by prosecutors in New Jersey to revoke his bail. Williams faces a retrial on reckless manslaughter charges for the shooting death of limo driver Costas Christofi in 2002.

Suspected of serial robbery

Lack of progress at the World Trade Center site has led to calls for the Port Authority and Larry Silverstein to reach an accord.

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Weeks from the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the bickering continues between the Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein over who’s on the hook to pay for the office towers. “It remains to us, unconscionable and incomprehensible that nearly eight years after the tragic event, not one of the planned developments … other than 7

Balancing act WHAT THE PORT AUTHORITY WANTS:

WHAT SILVERSTEIN PROPERTIES WANTS:

 For Silverstein to find $500 to $600 million in private financing. Ward says he does not want to “expose the public sector to significant risk.”

 For the Port Authority to use its “balance sheets as a guarantor so we can get private financing.”

WTC … has been completed,” City Councilman Alan Gerson said at a hearing yesterday. After racking up $124 million in late fines, the Port Authority will turn over the land Silverstein

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needs to build his three towers “in the next few days,” PA’s director Chris Ward said. At that point the Port can end its $300,000-aday penalty for missing deadlines written into Silverstein’s lease and a clock

will start running on his obligation to build the towers. Silverstein’s construction will still be stuck. He lacks financing and wants the Port Authority’s help. The two sides are in arbitration. “If we were to accept the offer made by Silverstein Properties — to fully subsidize both of his towers — we would be choosing private office space over public transportation projects,” Ward said. Janno Lieber, of Silverstein Properties, said the developer was “not looking for a handout.”

Report: Dems gave Espada $350K Senate Democrats allocated $350,000 to their prodigal colleague Pedro Espada, when he returned to their fold in July. Espada, DBronx, joined the GOP — and was given a leadership position by the party — this summer, creating a dead-

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locked chamber. The Dems gave him a chairmanship when he returned. They also gave money to hire friends and give raises to his staff, the Albany Times Union reported. Several hires come from a health clinic Espada runs.

Among them is a woman who pleaded guilty in 2004 to redirecting AIDS funds to his election campaign. Espada’s son stepped away from a $120,00 Senate job after the attorney general announced an investigation into his hiring. METRO

Park, Queens, was killed Monday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense confirmed yesterday. Lance Cpl. Leopold Damas, 26, of Floral Park, was in Helmand province a Taliban stronghold. METRO/AZ NEW YORK. Playground injuries

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L.I. tanning bed ban? Officials in Suffolk County on Long Island are ruminating over a ban on minors using tanning beds. In neighboring Nassau County, kids 16 to 18 years old can use tanning beds with a note from their parents. METRO

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YORK. The city’s tourism arm, NYC & Company, is partnering with American Airlines to offer discount fares in the hopes of attracting cashcarrying visitors, but New Yorkers can take advantage too. Tourism in the city has dropped 5 percent since last year. Nationally, the outlook is worse, with the tourism

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American Airlines hopes to benefit too. Nearly every airline has seen a decline in passengers at New York area airports since last year, according to data compiled by Crain’s New York Business. Only Delta, which is in the midst of increasing its presence at LaGuardia has grown its number of passengers here. METRO

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 59.7% of Newark flights arrive on time. Even counting the improvements the airport has made in arrival delays over the last year, it’s still the worst.  70.8% of JFK flights arrived on time. The airport has gotten worse in this category over the last year, but still has the best record of the three.

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Biggest carriers 1. Continental  19.5 million passengers 2. JetBlue  13.6 million 3. American  12.1 million 4. Delta  11.7 million 5.Continental Express  3.4 million

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Stay home with flu Businesses should encourage employees to stay home sick at the first symptom of swine flu and should drop requirements for doctor’s excuses during flu season, U.S. officials said yesterday. REUTERS

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At least that’s the buzz on Twitter, where airlines are finding that fuming passengers who have been stranded, delayed or just plain piqued are increasingly letting their undiluted rage fly around the Internet, often from the confines of their cramped airplane seat. Twitter and other fastgrowing social networking Web sites like Facebook

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Indignant letters, e-mails and phone calls can still get results for unhappy airline travelers, but more are finding that if you really want to vent your frustrations, you can now be loud and fast and public. Twitter is turning into a nightmare for airlines and airports.

and YouTube have sprung up as yet another front in beleaguered airlines public relations battle. Although such sites have practical uses for airlines — say, publicizing fare sales and flight information — experts said the technology has put carriers on the de-

fensive as they race to tame Twitter furies every day. “It’s almost an underground rage factory,” said Terry Trippler, at Tripplersview.com, a travel opinion Web site. “Rarely, I see Twitter messages praising an airline. It’s usually attacking an airline.” REUTERS

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Frustrated flyers have new weapon: Twitter The tweets of travelers ... JFK AIRPORT straightjackit JFK just became my most hated airport since Houston International. LAGUARDIA bonnerpaddock What major airport doesn’t have a TV or a bar w a TV to watch the PGA Champ? LaGuardia and I am stuck here for another hour. NEWARK fsaechou Newark airport is a freaking goat rodeo. PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT kefuoe I have nothing positive to say about the Philadelphia

airport. My record of never having a positive experience here remains unchallenged. karl_bucus I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Philadelphia International Airport is completely fubared. Absolute patronage viper’s nest.

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LOGAN AIRPORT toreyadler Logan airport: more organized than spaghetti. Slightly. CathyGellis RT @jmspool Apparently, Boston Logan Airport has won Best Airport in Boston. Sounds like the competition was fierce.

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Hitler comparison angers lawmaker DARTMOUTH, MASS.

Congressman Barney Frank refused to have his town hall meeting taken over Tuesday by health reform foes comparing comparing President Barack Obama to Nazi Furor Adolf Hitler, who ordered the death of some 11 million civilians.

“For the record, then: It was Nazis who shoved sand down a boy’s throat until he died ... who threw babies from a hospital window and competed to see how many of those ‘little Jews’ could be caught on a bayonet, who injected a cement-like fluid into women’s uteruses to see what would happen, who stomped a pregnant woman to death, who once snatched a woman’s baby from her arms and, in the words of an eyewitness, ‘tore him as one would tear a rag.’” Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts

Hurricane Bill may threaten Canada MIAMI. Powerful Hurricane Bill, a dangerous Category 4 storm with 135 mph winds, raged across the open Atlantic yesterday, days from land but on a path that could menace Canada’s eastern provinces next week. Sweeping past the Caribbean islands and posing no threat to U.S. oil and gas installations in the Gulf of Mexico, the first hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season was expected to charge between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda, well offshore. REUTERS

“Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.” Rep. Barney Frank

A columnist says:

A widow is selling her husband’s burial spot directly above film legend Marilyn Monroe so that she can pay off her mortgage. The burial plot is currently occupied by the late Richard Poncher, who bought two tombs from baseball player Joe DiMaggio, Monroe’s ex-husband, as the pair were divorcing in 1954. Bidding for the plot opened at $500,000 and had reached $4.5 million by last night. REUTERS

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Colored squares decorate Lombard Street as kids play the world’s largest game of Candyland yesterday in San Francisco. Lombard Street, the city’s most crooked street, was transformed to honor the 60th birthday of the popular children’s board game.

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New U.S. life expectancy, which is the highest it has ever been, according to government statistics released yesterday. Both men and women gained, but women still live on average more than five years longer than men, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Death rates also fell, with the age-adjusted death rate dropping to 760.3 deaths per 100,000 people. REUTERS

‘60 Minutes’ creator Hewitt dies NEW YORK. Don

Hewitt, creator of CBS News’ groundbreaking “60 Minutes” program and one of the most influential behind-thescenes figures in U.S. television journalism, died of pancreatic cancer yesterday, CBS News said. He was 86. Hewitt worked as producer or director for CBS legends Edward R. Murrow, Douglas Edwards and

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Walter Cronkite, but his greatest legacy was the television news magazine format on “60 Minutes” start-

ing in 1968. “60 Minutes” featured minidocumentary segments based on investigative reporting by seasoned journalists like Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, Morley Safer and Harry Reasoner. “60 Minutes” proved to be a profitable and steady ratings winner for CBS and the magazine format was widely copied by other networks. REUTERS

Suspended for not driving atheist bus An Iowa bus driver has been suspended following a refusal to operate her bus — because the vehicle was sporting an ad encouraging communion among atheists. Angela Shiel, 41, said the ad’s message — “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone” — went against her faith. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority had removed the ads earlier this month after rider complaints, but was forced to return them after even more complaints. METRO

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 Swiss to hand over accounts Switzerland has agreed to hand over details of about 4,450 UBS AG bank accounts to U.S. authorities to settle a tax dispute that challenged Swiss banking secrecy and now threatens to spill over to other banks. REUTERS

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Iraq accepts blame for security failures

Baghdad blasts claims nearly 100 lives, wound hundreds

Six Americans were killed in a bombing in Afghanistan on the eve of the nation’s much-anticipated election. The U.S. military announced the deaths yesterday, adding to a rising death toll this month that makes August one of the deadliest since the start of the war on terror in 2001. Current Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to win the election handily over 36 other candidates in the race. METRO

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN.

At least six blasts struck near government ministries and other targets at the heart of Iraq’s Shiite-led administration, weeks after U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban centers in June, thrusting Iraq’s security forces into the lead role. “We must face the facts. We must admit our mistakes, just as we celebrate our victories,” Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Mohammed alAskari told a group of U.S.

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An Iraqi man checks his car damaged in a massive explosion in front of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry next to the Green Zone yesterday in Baghdad.

and Iraqi military officials yesterday through an interpreter. His comments echoed earlier remarks by Bagh-

dad’s security spokesman, Major General Qassim alMoussawi. “This operation shows negligence and is consid-

ered a security breach for which Iraqi forces must take most of the blame,” Moussawi told Iraqiya state television. REUTERS

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Afghan authorities are on high alert for the election.

A series of explosions in Baghdad killed 95 people and wounded 536 in Iraq’s bloodiest day this year, prompting a rare admission of culpability from Iraqi security forces struggling to cope without U.S. help.

TEHRAN. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was expected yesterday to nominate a relative novice as oil minister and seek to bring women into the cabinet for the first time — but he may face a hard fight to win approval from parliament. The outcome will be a further signal as to how secure Ahmadinejad’s grip is on power. REUTERS


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Mint is not a drug A Florida man is suing the local police department after a false arrest over mints kept him locked up for months. Donald May was locked away by the Kissimmee Police Department after an officer confused the mints he was eating for crack cocaine. METRO

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This is your war on drugs Arms expert warns that the military is looking at mind-altering chemicals A leading expert on chemical and biological arms control called yesterday for urgent efforts to stop new mind-altering drugs developed for medical purposes from being adopted by the military for use in warfare.

Jasmine Fiore was found dead in a trash bin.

Reality star sought in model’s murder LOS ANGELES. Reality TV per-

sonality Ryan Jenkins is wanted for questioning over the apparent murder of former swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore. Jenkins, who appeared on “Megan Wants a Millionaire” and was briefly married to Fiore, reported the model missing on Saturday night. METRO

News in brief LONDON. Britain’s Thorpe Park has banned thrill seekers from lifting their arms while riding roller coasters due to worries over offensive body odor, UPI reports. METRO

“Modern warfare has changed from predominantly large-scale clashes of armies to messy civil strife,” wrote British academic Malcolm Dando, where mind-altering drugs could turn the tide.

In an article in the journal Nature, British academic Malcolm Dando said civilian researchers in many countries seemed largely unaware of the danger and urged quick action to adapt a key arms pact to head it off. Chemical agents and even gene therapy being developed in civilian life science laboratories “are particularly suited to this style of warfare,” he declared. Dando, professor of International Security at Britain’s Bradford University, said attention should be focused on changing the 1993 glob-

“It is not hard to find people in the military world who think [these drugs] would be useful.” Dando al Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Currently the CWC bans all chemical weapons but excludes those used for law enforce-

ment and riot control. Fentanyl, a stong painkiller, Dando said, was deployed in a still unrevealed mixture by Russian special forces in 2002 to subdue Chechen militants who had seized a Moscow theatre. Other agents being developed, said Dando, include oxytocin, dubbed the “love and cuddle” chemical which induces trust. REUTERS

Report: Boomers get high WASHINGTON. Baby boomers, now well into middle age, are still turning on to illegal drugs, doubling the rates of illicit drug use for the older generation, according to government statistics released yesterday. “These findings show that many in the Woodstock generation continue to use illicit drugs as they

Pill poppin’ pops The rates of people aged 50 to 59 who admit to using illicit drugs in the past year nearly doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007.

age,” SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick said. REUTERS

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IPHONE. Apple is investigating media reports that one or more of its iPhones have exploded in Europe. Apple said it was aware of a case in which a teenager in France said he was slightly injured when his iPhone made a hissing noise and shattered. REUTERS

GAMING. Sony Corp. will launch a slimmer, cheaper version of

its PlayStation 3 game console next month, hoping to jumpstart sales. Starting in September, the latest, less bulky version of the PS3 will be rolled out at $299. REUTERS

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I WANT MY ADVERTISING New documentary explores the power of a really good commercial PHOTOS: THE ONE CLUB

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ative to reach that level of public awareness for the products they’re selling. Given the massive impact that these ads can have, director Doug Pray set out to meet the powerful people behind them. Pray’s film, “Art & Copy,” is named after the merge of art and copy departments in the early

’60s — the first time the two came together to create advertising that went beyond a logo and a slogan. From Clairol’s “It lets me be me” campaign, which is said to have defined the “me” generation, to Nike’s “Just Do It,” which motivated millions to do what was once unthinkable to them — leave husbands, lose weight, ask a girl out — the

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 Hilton off the hook Paris Hilton will not have to pay $8.3 million in damages claimed by the receiver for a defunct entertainment firm who said she failed to promote a movie flop called “Pledge This!” REUTERS

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‘Police Women of Broward County’ REALITY. Andrea stops a

woman who claims wind blew marijuana into her bra, which, just a teensy bit, sounds like the kind of excuse coming from someone who may already be high. 9 p.m., TLC

‘Royal Pains’ COMEDY. While Hank’s in New York, the Gardner family attempts to strip the doc of his medical license. Well, at least he’ll always have the Hamptons. 10 p.m., USA

‘Ace of Cakes’ REALITY. The team takes the

Shakespeare quote “if music be the food of love, play on” to heart, creating a cake in the shape of a bass guitar. 10 p.m., Food Network AMBER RAY/METRO

1 Michael’ Moore’s ‘SiCKO’ 2 ‘John Q.’ starring Denzel Washington, left 3 ‘Bloodletting: Life, Death, Healthcare’

Make it work, Lifetime ‘Project Runway’ is back — finally! But will a new network change the show? Project Runway returns tonight with three-and-ahalf hours of television on Lifetime: A two-hour, $100,000 all-star competition followed by the sixthseason’s debut and a new half-hour series that follows the designers’ models backstage. It’s a big return for a show that’s been off the air for 10 months, and with it

comes a new network (Lifetime; Bravo lost the show in a legal battle), a new day (Thursdays), a new location (Los Angeles replaces New York), and new producers (Bunim/Murray replaces Magical Elves). That has led to anxiety among viewers who wonder if the show that defined an entire sub-genre of reality TV will ever be the same. No one has seen an

WHAT TO WATCH FOR The model life The new spin-off series “Models of the Runway” will immediately follow every episode, and will introduce us to the models’ previously off-camera lives as they’re mentored by Heidi Klum, interact in a loft and wait anxiously to see whose designer gets sent home. New backdrops Besides moving to Lifetime from Bravo, the show moves from

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“We love the show as it is.” Cha episode of Project Runway 6 yet, but executive producer Sara Rea promises it’s “the same show that viewers loved for the previous five seasons. It’s a great show with a great format, and [Lifetime] didn’t buy it because it was broken.” Executive producer Jane Cha, who has produced the show since its conception, says, “We don’t want to change what we’ve spent five seasons creating.” The only real change, both producers say, is the L.A. location, so look for famous locations and people. But the show is mostly about the cast, and Cha promises a “really talented group of designers” who bring “a lot of drama on the runway.” Andy Dehnart is a TV critic and editor of RealityBlurred.com.

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JT task force Police have been called in to help hunt down computer hackers who leaked a track by Leona Lewis and Justin Timberlake on the Internet. The song, “Don’t Let Me Down,” is considered the first single from Lewis’ next album. REUTERS

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Gosselin cares about the kids TheWord dorothy.robinson@metro.us

It looks like Jon Gosselin is trying to revamp his

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tarnished image — Us Magazine.com reports that he was in New York yesterday visiting kids with cancer at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. “Jon is trying to get involved with more kids charities,” a source tells Us. Gosselin “He is very into

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kids and being a dad is very sympathetic to the plight of less fortunate children.” Yes, it’s very nice that Gosselin took time out of his hectic work schedule (cough, cough) to help out a bit, but you can’t help but feel bad for those poor kids. While they used to get professional athletes and talented musicians to spend time with them, thanks to the reality TV show craze, they now just get a guy who is famous for siring a bunch of kids and then leaving them for his pot-smoking neighbor.

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Why, it happens to be new father-to-be Jude Law arriving for a matinee performance of “Hamlet” in London yesterday. We’re betting that although it’s probably not as hot in London as it is here, he doesn’t really need that wool cap. METRO

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Despite all the rumors about him dating co-star Kristen Stewart, “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson insists he is single — and not for lack of trying. “I don’t have a girlfriend. I don’t know why,” the 23-yearold British actor tells the Daily Mirror. “You always think you’re going to get more girls after you’ve made a movie and it never happens. You sit there and you’re like, ‘I’m a big movie

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Some loose-fitting clothing and what looks like a protruding belly are prompting rumors that Colin Farrell’s Polish girlfriend, Alicja Bachleda, is pregnant, according to Hollyscoop. Farrell’s reps had no comment.

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Spike Lee is planning a big party for Michael Jackson on the late singer’s 51st birthday, and everyone’s invited. The director felt it important to memorialize Jackson, he explained to the Washington Post. “We’re of the same era,” Lee said. “I wanted my afro to be perfectly round like Michael’s.” The celebration, free and open to the public, will take place Aug. 29 in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park.

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Alicia Silverstone swears by gardening in the buff. Her habit of taking off all her clothes “probably started when I was doing my garden the first time,” the actress tells Health magazine. “I’d be out there, and it would be scorching hot, so I would take off all of my clothes and garden. And then I would jump in the pool and swim — and I always get in the pool naked.” NED EHRBAR/METRO

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 ‘Twilight’ hits the road Summit Entertainment, producer of the “Twilight” movies, has partnered with Creation Entertainment to produce a series of “Twilight” fan conventions, which will take place over the next three years. The weekend events begin Aug. 28 at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, N.J. REUTERS

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Going Out COCKTAIL K OF THE WEE Strawberry Limoncello What’s in it:  4 whole strawberries  2 lemon wedges, quartered  simple syrup  3 oz. citrus vodka  1.5 oz limoncello  1 scoop ice How to make it: Muddle strawberries, lemon wedges and a splash of simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add vodka, limoncello and ice and shake. Where to drink it:

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Gin, with a twist How a classic cocktail is getting a makeover DOROTHY ROBINSON dorothy.robinson@metro.us

You’d be hard pressed to find a more classic cocktail than a gin and tonic. The perfect ease of the drink (gin, tonic, ice, and a lime) and the refreshing taste has made it a mainstay of drinkers for generations. And although Tanqueray respects their heritage and standing in the realm of spirits, that doesn’t mean they want to be antiquated. “Sometimes people don’t realize that gin is something you can twist and personalize and lift to something even better,” says Angus Winchester, the Tanqueray global brand ambassador. “Vodka is a great spirit to make cocktails out of because it’s a blank canvas on which bartenders can

paint all of these great col- — we can do better than that,’ and remind people ors. But with that gin is in,” Winchesgreat alcohol, ter says. like gin, what you need to do is add a new frame around the masterpiece.” So Tanqueray is encouraging drinkers to try a “twist” on the cocktail with new recipes (available at Tanqueray.com) and has recently held a contest among barThe Cuban tenders in T&T was the winn major cities ing cocktail in New York — to create it’s “twist” is mud new gin dling three sprigs of m drinks. int at “We want the bottom with a dash of fresh lime jui to encource. age a lot of bars to say, ‘Wait

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Making your head ‘Spina’ Chef Roberto Patriarca knows pasta. The New York City-born Patriarca grew up near Naples and is now helming the kitchen of the newly opened fresh pasta house Spina, where workers dutifully make Hot fresh pasta of all shapes C hef while you eat.

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What is your favorite item on Spina’s new menu?

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All of the pastas. I love making the pastas and the sauces — all of them.

Do you find it hard to run a new restaurant and also date?

But say it’s a life and death situation and you have to pick just one. Which do you lean towards?

I guess the rabbit ragu, the orecchiette. It’s not too heavy like some ragus. But I also like the maccheroncini, the pasta served with the saffron and shrimp.

No. Not really. I was out last night. What do you like most about Spina’s East Village location?

We get everyone in here — families, young people, old people, everyone is here. And, luckily, they seem to love it. METRO/DR

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What’s the connection? The last one’s a dead giveaway, huh? Yes, it’s an obscure documentary by Lorna Green, but it just shows that while the common thread of these films is in the news a lot right now, there aren’t many movies about health care. METRO

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Arts & Culture  Downtown Alliance presents ‘Re:Construction’ Ongoing, Various Downtown locations, FREE Downtown Alliance has developed and carried out the idea of urban art, while revamping the street barriers and scaffolding that comprise the future of lower Manhattan. Take a stroll and see the bright fabric of Rachel Hayes’ “Rainbow Conversation” around Louise Nevelson Plaza, and Ellen Berkenblit’s “Poster Project” at 50 Trinity. —Nora Oppenheim

 In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series Tonight, 8, Happy Ending, 302 Broome St., FREE Tonight’s installment of the long-running monthly erotica reading series features tales of the mile high club alongside a kooky underground art star — all set, as always, in former massage parlor. Penthouse editor and host Rachel Kramer Bussel welcomes LES sweetheart

Sample king Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) sweats it out Sunday at Jelly’s Pool Party. Rev. Jen Miller, who reads from her latest, “Live Nude Elf.” —Nora Oppenheim

 Abbey Braden: ‘Punk Photo’ Tomorrow through Sept. 19, Opens tomorrow, 6 p.m., Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus, FREE Up-and-coming Gowanus spot Littlefield hosts this exhibition of New York local Abbey Braden’s rock photography. In a time when anyone with a digital camera can claim to be a

photographer, Braden stands out with work emphasizing sweaty close-ups and action shots that capture rockers at their most dynamic and glamorous. —Matt McGovern

Music  Dub War Summer Session feat. Mike Slott, FaltyDL, Ripley, Kotchy and Incyde Tomorrow, 10 p.m., Love, 179 MacDougal St., $15 / $10 before midnight

Irishman Mike Slott returns to Love, bringing soulful vibes, broken hip-hop beats, and laser synth lines. FaltyDL reps for NYC with his post-garage shuffle, while resident Incyde holds things down, rattling the bins for a session that’s sure to set the summer night ablaze. —Axel Anderson

gressive guitar-riffing and drumming, they also aren’t afraid to sweeten their sound with catchy choruses. Just be aware: This group is loud. Earplugs are strongly recommended. —Matt McGovern

 Girl Talk w/ Max Tundra and Wiz Khalifa

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Sunday, 3 p.m., East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, FREE Be ready to dance, sweat and probably wait in a considerable line for this show. Headlining is the manic master of Creative Commons, Girl Talk. Top-40 hiphopper Wiz Khalifa may seem like an awkward opener, until you recall that fellow Pittsburgher Girl Talk used Khalifa’s “Say Yeah” on his album “Feed the Animals.”—Leah Taylor

Tonight, 6:30 p.m., The Arsenal, Central Park at E. 64th St. & Fifth Ave., FREE Get a good dose of fresh air with your verse, as the Academy of American Poets lends some of its impressive talent to the roof garden of the Arsenal. Laynie Brown, winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series Award, reads, as well as 2008 Burda Poetry Prize-winner Valzhyna Mort. —Nora Oppenheim

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This expansive, four-day festival criss-crosses modern dance with other artistic fields such as theatre, film and visual arts. The program includes Jessica Gaynor Dance, Bryon Carr Dance and Mixed Media, and the ever-inspired Ten Directions. —Jason Jude Chan

Film  Yesterday’s Angel: Natalie Wood Through Tuesday, daily, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, $11 Film icon Natalie Wood made a career playing innocent leading ladies with a bit of a bad-girl flair that endeared her to millions of fans. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), and “West Side Story” (1961) all appear in this fitting tribute to the fallen star. —Chris Kompanek

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Montreal’s summer deals This season, Montreal’s annual Summer Sweet Deal has a twist: Its (new) Sweeter Deal offers either the second night 50 percent off or third night free at more than 25 hotels. Go to www.tourisme-montreal.org for more information. METRO

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Marlon Brando’s French Polynesian atoll, Tetiaroa, will open to the public for the first time when a new eco-resort called The Brando is completed in 2011, reports the Los Angeles Times. It will feature 47 bungalow villas, a spa, fitness center and a pool. METRO

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, which is walking distance of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is offering rooms for $99 a night from Sept. 1 to Sept. 9. Call 800-227-1500 for information. METRO

Boating basics, baby South Africa’s Bushmans Kloof is socially responsible.

Companies rewarded for doing social good NEWS. Most holidays tend to be self-indulgent affairs but the places you stay at need not be, with travel magazine Conde Naste Traveler awarding hotels, airlines and travel companies for being socially responsible. The World Savers Awards honor companies for their efforts in five areas: poverty alleviation, cultural or environmental preservation, education, wildlife conservation, and health initiatives. Puntacana Resort & Club, in the Dominican Republic, won the overall education award for building schools for its workers and their children, as well as the award for the most socially responsible large resort. South African safari lodge Bushmans Kloof, the winner of the small resorts category, also bagged the award for wildlife conservation while French hotel chain Accor, which educates and tests its staff in Africa for HIV/AIDS, was awarded for best health initiative. “Corporate social responsibility is as important as ever,” Conde Naste Traveler’s editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska said in a statement. REUTERS

The ABCs of cruising with an infant or toddler From adjusting your baby to new schedules and cribs while on the road to figuring out how to pack all the baby gear, a new parent can be intimidated by the idea of cruising. Here are some things to keep in mind:

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While verandahs cost more, they are well worth it if you have a baby or toddler who naps daily. While your little one is napping, you can sit on the balcony and catch some sea breezes and sunshine. This beats being stuck inside a dark cabin on a glorious day at sea.

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If you’re cruising to a warm weather destination, you’ll be expecting to take your little one into the ship’s pool. However, most cruise lines do not allow diapers or swim diapers in their pools in accordance with Center for Disease Control’s sanitary codes.

Baby baths Most ships only have bathtubs — the preferred way to bathe an infant or toddler — in their most expensive categories of cabins and suites. Hence, chances are you will have to hold your baby in your arms and have your spouse use the handheld shower nozzle to

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Check in your stateroom closet to see if there is an infant’s or child’s life vest. If not, when the room steward comes by on embarkation day to introduce him/herself, make sure you request an appropriately sized life vest. Go to www.fodors.com for more expert travel tips. Fodor’s. For choice travel experiences.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 Philly Zoo package If you plan on making a trip to visit the Philadelphia Zoo during their 150th birthday, try the Sheraton’s “Wild Adventure at the Philadelphia Zoo” package which offers rooms at $150 a night, four tickets to the zoo and two cab vouchers. To book, call 866-484-5552 the code ZOO150. METRO

We’ll have a gay old time From art to whale watching, visiting Provincetown is a required cultural journey NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

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Provincetown, Mass., is such a concentrated area of summer energy that it feels more like its own island rather than its actual geographical location — the 18-square miles of land at the tip of Cape Cod. There’s also more to the resort town than their famed shops on Commercial Street, which is P-Town’s main drag (drag in the literal sense, as the area is known to attract many a drag queen), and the beaches with water so clear you need to bring a scuba mask.

How to take in the art The best place to start your browsing is the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (460 Commercial St., 508-487-1750). Among

These garage doors painted in the style of Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe are just one small part of Provincetown's thriving arts climate.

the current exhibits is a career survey by Varujan Bohosian, which combines fairytale mythology with jaw-dropping 3-D surrealism. But the biggest surprise is the silent auction in the Charles W. Hawthorne room, which

features four walls of works by 278 local artists. Next to each piece you can learn where the artist displays more work, which guarantees a more informed exploration of the several dozen galleries in town.

What else to see We highly recommend the Whale Watch on any of the boats in the Dolphin Fleet (307 Commercial St., 508487-1709). You also can’t leave a place that boasts the highest concentration of gay men in the Northeast without going to a drag show. We watched Hedda Lettuce perform a flamboyant version of “Mystery Science 3000” to “Mommy Dearest” at the Art House Theatre (214 Commercial St., 508-4879222), where we spotted “Queer Eye” guy Carson Kressley.

Where to eat Two new restaurants captured our hearts (and stomachs). There is something deliciously voyeuristic about eating on the top deck at The Waterford Inn, Cafe & Tavern (386 Commercial St., 508-487-6400)

as you sit above the peoplewatching parade below. But what’s even tastier than watching the tourists is the fresh seafood and ambitious cocktail menu. You won’t be able to watch tourists at Victor’s (175 Bradford St., 508-487-1777), but you will find throngs of locals enjoying delicious dishes.

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Where to stay The White Porch Inn (7 Johnson St., 508-3642549) is nine rooms of sheer felicity, most of which have spa tubs and fireplaces, and all of Hedda Lettuce, one of which have a P-Town’s premier drag queens nightly invitation to enjoy


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Michael Vick has just signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. What the hell were they thinking?

From a purely football perspective, this pick makes perfect sense. The Eagles were able to obtain the best backup quarterback in football at a bargain basement price. While some may overestimate the amount of punch he can add to the Eagles’ rigid pass offense, he’ll be a great insurance policy for Donovan McNabb, who regularly misses games due to injury. This opportunity also allows Vick to learn from McNabb and coach Andy Reid, who can teach him to read defenses and develop discipline in the pocket. If he’s rehabilitated, and I believe he is, the Eagles can trade him at the end of the season for a valuable piece. From a broader social perspective, the signing is a reminder that everyone deserves a second chance. Vick’s behavior was inexcusable, but he has paid his debt to society. Now it’s time to let him return to his chosen profession and earn his keep.

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After hearing you talk, I’m convinced that someone like you could never have a real Ph.D. Did you even attend graduate school?

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Thanks for that awesome question! No, I didn’t say that. And, no, I’m not (quite) that stupid. It would, of course, be unreasonable to suggest that everyone who opposes a black president is racist. From where I sit, however, the only ones offering such a straw argument are those who are unwilling to acknowledge the clear racism that comes from particular pockets of political opposition. I did, however, say that there is a racial undertone to many of the meetings that I’ve seen. In addition to the use of racially coded language, many of the attendees have brought paraphernalia that prominently display the N-word, swastikas and other not-so-subtle symbols of racial hatred. While this doesn’t represent the majority of crowds, it definitely creates an almost palpable sense of racial animus at the events. To ignore this is to covet post-raciality at the expense of reality.

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Kane indicted on lesser charges A grand jury dismissed a felony robbery charge against Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane yesterday. Kane and his cousin, though, were both indicted on third-degree assault and theft of services. METRO

“Isn’t it all about team ... and here comes Brett Favre riding in on his white horse.” Former Vikings QB and Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton on Brett Favre.

Smoltz signs John Smoltz, 42, agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday. The right-hander went 2-5 with a 8.33 ERA with Boston this season. METRO

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Jets under center G The Jets took a bit of a gamble letting Brett Favre “retire” in February. The 39-year-old quarterback signed a two-year deal with the Vikings on Tuesday, leaving the Jets to wonder what could have been. Instead, Gang Green now relies on rookie gunslinger Mark Sanchez. Although Favre’s stats weren’t great last season, history says Sanchez won’t eclipse them this season:

Favre 2008 stats PASSING YEAR 2008

CMP% TD 65.7 22

INT RAT 22 81.0

K TOUGH TAS G Only five rookie quarterbacks led their team to the playoffs in the last 10 seasons. If the Jets wanted to play it safe, though, they would’ve begged Favre to come back. They made their choice last winter, that a rookie stud has more potential this season than a 19-year veteran. Time will tell if it was the right move. METRO

There have been 15 rookie quarterbacks in the last 10 seasons to start at least eight games their first year. Just one (Ben Roethlisberger) had a better completion percentage than Favre’s 65.7 last season.

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No rookie quarterback in the last 10 seasons has thrown more touchdowns than Favre’s 22 in ’08.

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Of those 15 rookies, only two (Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan) posted higher passer ratings than Favre’s 81.0 last season.

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Better safe than sorry? Sanchez vs. Favre

The Jets drafted Sanchez, left, with the fifth pick in April’s draft, then released Favre, right, in May.

test will be conducted on South Africa’s Caster Semenya, 18, who won the women’s 800meters at the world championships by a whopping 2.45 seconds. “We entered Caster as a woman and we want to keep it that way,” said Phiwe Mlangeni-Tsholetsane, the South African team manager. “It’s very complex. If it’s a natural thing and the athlete has always thought she’s a woman or been a woman, it’s not exactly cheating,” said IAAF spokesman Nick Davies. METRO

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Examining players going too high or low in drafts Next Thursday ADAM LEVITAN alevitan@metro.us

The early returns are in. Millions of fantasy football geeks (cool kids?) have already drafted and established a baseline for where players are going on the board. Now we can sift through the average draft positions (ADP) according to ESPN.com and see who is being overvalued and who is being undervalued. No time for dancing around like Laurence Maroney in the backfield, draft day is almost here: FANTASY FOOTBALL.

Check out Metro’s full page fantasy football draft preview.

The tight end position is really deep this year, don’t waste an early pick on Gonzo.

push him more and teams are well aware of what he can do now. Thomas Jones, RB, Jets, ADP: 34

Leon Washington is a stud and Shonn Greene is already there to replace Jones. Add in a rookie quarterback and Jones can only disappoint as a fourthround pick this season. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons, ADP: 41

Last season’s fantasy football MVP will be this year’s bust. His schedule is brutal, Jonathan Stewart will

The Falcons are a run-first team so Gonzalez will be asked to block more than he ever was in Kansas City.

If he can stay healthy — and that’s a big if — he’ll be a top five quarterback at worst. Perhaps an established running game with Steve Slaton will keep Schaub upright this season. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Colts, ADP: 82

All-world QB Peyton Manning recently said he can throw to Gonzalez “with his eyes closed.” Daddy likey. Chris Wells, RB, Cardinals, ADP: 85

THE OVERVALUED: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers, ADP: 9

THE UNDERVALUED Matt Schaub, QB, Texans, ADP: 62

Thomas Jones

He’s really fragile and that’s the only reason he’s going this late. But it’s only a sprained ankle for now, he has big upside if/when he gets on the field.

NFL Sleepers Each week leading up to the football season, we’ll identify sleepers to keep on your radar before your draft:

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Peyton Hillis, RB, Broncos — He’s been so impressive at camp that it’s going to be hard to keep him off the field.

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Robert Meachem, WR, Saints — The No. 3 receiver in the Saints’ system has significant value. Meachem just needs consistency.

PS OF THE WEEK TOP MLB PICKUCarlos Marmol, Bobby Parnell, SP, NYM. — He’ll

be a late-season bright spot in the Mets’ misery.

RP, ChC. — Kevin Gregg is out as the Cubs’ closer and the electric Marmol is in.

Matt LaPorta, OF, Cle. —

Brandon Allen, 1B, Arz. —

The power-hitting prospect is back in the bigs and should get at-bats.

Prospect acquired in the Tony Pena deal is ready for a callup.

Ryan Howard’s career batting average in September. His overall career batting average is .277. Expect a big final month from the big man that will carry both the Phillies and fantasy teams into the playoffs.

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Braves punish Parnell, rout Mets MLB. Mets manager Jerry Manuel predicted last night’s game would be a “good test” for Bobby Parnell. The Mets’ hurler, making just his third start, failed that test miserably, as the Braves bashed the Mets, 15-2. Atlanta, which entered the game four games back in the NL wild card, obliterated Parnell for nine runs on nine hits in three innings. They scored eight in the second inning alone and finished with 18 hits. METRO/DENIS GORMAN

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