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AllTwitter: Can we really say the Queen of England sent her first tweet when someone else wrote it for her? And more importantly, do we care?

TVSpy: NY1 with easily the best advice of the day — “If you came across some strange mucus, or feces or something out there on the subway, the street or anywhere else, you know, don’t eat it.”

TVNewser: Governor Andrew Cuomo considers giving Chris Cuomo a noogie.

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FGI Night of Stars Honors Fashion’s Protagonists, Including Oscar de la Renta

Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen and Diane Clehane

Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen and Diane Clehane

Last night, a stylish group of entertainment and media personalities gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for The Fashion Group International’s 31st Annual Night of Stars event, honoring the creative contributions of about a dozen fashion designers and executives. This year’s theme was “The Protagonists: Those who play the leading roles in their own lives,” which could certainly describe the life of the late Oscar de la Renta. Among the evening’s highlights was a touching tribute to de la Renta by Superstar Award winner Diane von Furstenberg. Upon receiving her award, the designer recalled a tradition she had with her good friend:

Every Saturday night, Oscar would come to my house to have Saturday night chicken… And then we would watch a movie… Two Saturdays ago, it was getting harder and harder for him to do it, and that day he had driven from Connecticut, to come to the hospital here and get a blood transfusion. And he went back, and [his wife] Annette said, ‘You know, we can’t come.’ But he wanted to come. And he did come, and when he sat down on the sofa, he said, ‘I’m so glad I made it again.’

John Molner, Diane Clehane and Matt Lauer

John Molner, Diane Clehane and Matt Lauer

The Fashion Star awards went to Joseph Altuzarra, Sarah Burton, Peter Copping and Brunello Cucinelli. And the night’s other honorees were Elie Tahari, Roger Schmid, William Sofield, Carol Hamilton, Caroline McCall, Tom Kennedy, Lisa Paulsen and Glenda Bailey.

Also in attendance was Katie Couric and her husband John Molner, Matt Lauer as well as our own Lunch columnist, Diane Clehane, who’s been on the event’s planning committee for the past 20 years.

Teachers, Watchdog Give Time Cover an ‘F’

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) wants Time to apologize for this November 3 issue cover, on newsstands Monday.

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From the AFT’s petition:

The cover is particularly disappointing because the articles inside the magazine present a much more balanced view of the issue. But for millions of Americans, all they’ll see is the cover and a misleading attack on teachers.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

lateshowHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Letterman Cue-Card Holder Details Sudden, Sorry Exit

2) No One Trusts BuzzFeed

3) NY Times Ethicist Answers an Unusual Robin Williams Question

4) Another NY Times Front Page Error

5) CNN Vet Alan Duke Jumps to Radar Online

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Keanu Reeves Makes Ghostly Headlines

It’s been quite the week of celebrity throwback recollections on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

On Tuesday’s program, Bill Murray recalled his days as a Little Caesars pizza slinger and impoverished raw-dough eater, working alongside another employee in Evanston, Illinois who would go on to become a celebrity chef. On Wednesday, it was Keanu Reeves‘ turn to remember how he and his nanny Renata, when he was around six or seven, witnessed a jacket floating mysteriously into the doorway of a New York City apartment bedroom.

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The Daily Mail wins for best Keanu headline: “He’s Seen Dead People…” And the New York Post gets our vote for savviest SEO redeployment, having dropped the John Wick star into the middle of today’s 36-photo slide show “The Creepiest Celebrity Ghost Stories.”

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All the Bible News That Was Fit to Print

NYTStreetscapesLogoThis weekend’s New York Times ”Streetscapes” article about an early Manhattan skyscraper built in 1892 and demolished in 1920 leads off with some wacky NYC newspaper history:

In 1888, when Cyrus Field sold the Mail and Express to Elliott F. Shepard, the newspaper was losing money, a failing amalgam of other papers. But Shepard didn’t care; he had other things in mind. In the same year, Shepard, a Presbyterian, bought control of the Fifth Avenue stage line to stop it from running on Sunday and violating the Sabbath.

Shepard altered the Mail and Express into a religious enterprise, unusual for a mass-market newspaper, with a biblical text on the front page every day, and what the Chicago Daily Tribune said were editorials that were “free from wickedness.”

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Men’s Journal Publisher Out After One Year

The New York Post reports that Vincent Krsulich is out as publisher of Men’s Journal after only one year in the role. Krsulich had been with the magazine since 2008. He served as associate publisher for five years before being promoted.

Krsulich’s departure means yet another publisher for Men’s Journal, which has seen quite a few over the past six years.

Since 2008, Men’s Journal has had five different people fill that role: Fran Farrell (2008-2009), Matt Mastrangelo (2009-2010), Michael Wolfe (2010-2012), Chris McLoughlin (Jan. 2012-Aug. 2013) and Kruslich.

The next person offered the job might want to consider that history first.

SNL Intern Lawsuit Ends with Resounding Lawyer Punchline

OuttenGoldenLogoOutten & Golden sounds like the name of Saturday Night Live skit law firm. But it is in fact a real outfit headed by Wayne N. Outten and Anne Golden, with offices in New York, LA and San Francisco.

This week, the news from the class-action front for this company is indeed golden. From Dominic Patten‘s Deadline report:

If everything is approved, the plaintiffs’ lawyers at labor-issues firm Outten & Golden will get $1.184 million from the settlement. Unsurprisingly, that’s a lot more than the plaintiffs will see. “Class Counsel will move for Court approval of the Service Payments of $10,000 to Plaintiff Monet Eliastam, $5,000 to Plaintiffs Alexander Vainer and Rheanna Behuniak, and $2,000 to Opt-In Plaintiffs Samantha Kurlander, Nicole Klepper and Jamaal Brown,” the filing of October 22 states. The rest of the cash will go to thousands of others who interned at NBCU starting on July 3, 2007 in New York and on February 10, 2010 in California. Those interns should expect to get about $500 each if they accept the settlement.

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NY Post and Daily News Discussed Merger

The New York Post and the New York Daily News, two seemingly bitter rivals, recently discussed merging. That makes us feel… Funny. Yet according to Capital New York, it happened. The tabloids had discussed deals — like News Corp. buying the Daily News outright — that would lead to them joining forces.

One option on the table was the Post using the Daily News’ printing press in New Jersey. Another talking point was whether both papers would go digital-only or just one. To that end, the Daily News is apparently well on its way. “The discussions are not about if, they’re about when,” a source told Capital, regarding the Daily News going digital-only.

The talks of a merger between the Post and the Daily News obviously stalled. And it’s a good thing. What would New York be without two tabloids constantly bickering with each other? We don’t even want to think about that.

NY Post and Daily News Show Restraint with Ebola Covers

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A doctor in New York has Ebola, which would seem like open season for The New York Post and The New York Daily News. But take a look at their front pages this morning — there’s not much fear-mongering! In fact, you could say the tabloids exercised some restraint.

At least the the Daily News made sure to note that the doctor had used the trains and went bowling. That should get at least a few people unnecessarily worried. But c’mon! The papers missed a great chance to scare the hell out of New Yorkers.

Really, the fact that the Post and Daily News covers are so tame might be the scariest thing of all.

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