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Parents of Daniel Pearl Grateful for Pakistani Militant’s Arrest

It’s not clear yet what role Qari Abdul Hayee, leader of Pakistan’s sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, played in the 2002 abduction and killing of journalist Daniel Pearl. But his arrest Sunday in Karachi, the city where the Wall Street Journal reporter was taken hostage and later beheaded in 2002, has been welcomed by his parents. From the wire reports:

The journalist’s parents, Judea and Ruth Pearl, who live in the Los Angeles area, hailed the news in a statement issued through the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

“We are gratified with this latest arrest and hope that justice will be served in a timely manner on all those who were involved in the abduction and murder of our son, Danny,” they said.

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Author Michael Levin Pays Tribute to Motivational Guru Zig Ziglar

The death on Wednesday of pioneering motivational author and speaker Zig Ziglar has reverberated far and wide.

Here for example is how LA Times celebrity blogger Christie D’Zurilla initially reacted on Twitter:

Saturday’s memorial service in Plano, Texas will be live-streamed. Leading up to that, one of the very best ways to remember Ziglar is to read an essay published earlier this year by New York Times bestselling author Michael Levin. It begins:

The last time I saw Zig Ziglar, I was one of 17,000 in attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, where he was speaking as part of a program of superstars, including Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Joe Montana. He was onstage accompanied by his daughter, Julie Ziglar Norman, because Zig had suffered a fall a couple of years before that and nobody wanted him to fall again, especially onstage, and especially in front of 17,000 people.

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YouTube Teenage Chef Expands LA-Wisconsin Media Empire

We should all be so lucky as to have had, at age 18, a calling card as impressive as this. Meet Joe Luginbill, CEO of Luginbill Omnimedia.

The Eau Claire, WI native officially unveiled his new enterprise today to expand upon a range of media tentacles crowned by weekly YouTube cooking show Joe’s Kitchen . Luginbill Omnimedia is described as “a diversified media and merchandising company… organized into four business segments: publishing; Internet; broadcasting media platforms; and merchandising product lines.”

Luginbill tells FishbowlLA that he last came to LA to meet with the folks at LAtalkradio.com. Every Monday at 4:30 p.m., the Web outlet broadcasts a call-in radio version of Joe’s Kitchen.

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Charlie Sheen Gets a Comic Book

There’s not much left to laugh at when it comes to Charlie Sheen. Per tonight’s latest “Sheen’s Korner” Internet broadcast, the actor is still – albeit in a more scripted, Teleprompter form – desperately trying to channel the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson.

In lieu of accompanying illustrations from gonzo artist Ralph Steadman, Sheen fans can instead look forward to an upcoming graphic novel from Bluewater Productions. Other media stars given this treatment by the Vancouver, WA company include the much saner quartet of Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbara Walters, and Meredith Vieira, for the title Female Force: Women in Media.

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Glamour Women of the Year Awards: ‘I’d Like to Thank My Mother’

lieveglm.jpgLast night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards ceremony held at Carnegie Hall was a rare thing — interesting and inspiring all at the same time (and how often can you say that?!) We’ve all heard more than once in the last twelve months that regardless of the outcome of this election this year has been all about the woman. And last night’s line-up of recipients, which included Condoleezza Rice, Tyra Banks, Maureen Chiquet (the woman who heads Chanel is from Missouri!), Kara Walker, Nicole Kidman, the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Jane Goodall, Najood Ali (the 10 yr old Yemen girl who convinced the courts to give her a divorce from her adult husband), and Hillary Clinton (two standing ovations) was an excellent representation of just that. Also perhaps a reflection of the magazine’s pull, particularly in these tough times (Condi Rice said she’s been reading since she was twelve). Also, Cindi Leive rocked the most amazing shoes of the night, just saying.

-2.jpgThe star-studded event lived up to its glamour moniker (we joked on our way in that security was so tight it felt like the secret service was in the building…turns out they were!) and most of the recipients attended the packed dinner at the Essex House afterward — we spotted Nicole Kidman front and center with hubby Keith Urban, tiny Kate Bosworth floating about, and Harvey Weinstein “dropping in” on our way out. Later this twitter from Julia Allison turned us almost entirely green with envy. After the jump more highlights from the night as well as some vid of Hillary’s, Condi’s, and Tyra’s speeches (all of them mention their mothers). [UPDATE: The video is now working!]

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The NYT Tightens Its Belt, Adds Bono to the Masthead

NYT annual reportgg-1.jpgLots of New York Times news to discuss today! You may recall, way back in the early days of August before Sarah Palin was even a glimmer in John McCain‘s eye, that we told you how the NYT Co. was under increases pressure to cut its dividends (simply put: “it has to stop paying its shareholders so much money and use some of its finite cash to pay off its bonds”). Bloomberg is now reporting the company is considering doing just that, or perhaps even dropping dividends altogether(!) after “reporting a loss on severance costs and a steeper drop in advertising sales.” Keep in mind that the NYT Co. has a $1.1 billion debt and pays the controlling Ochs-Sulzberger family a $25.1 million a year dividend. Time for some belt-tightening we thinks!

But that is not all, by a long shot. Because if you were the national paper of record, as well as (by far), the best example of how a newspaper should go about transitioning to the online world, and you found yourself struggling, what would you do? Hire a celebrity for your op-ed pages, of course!

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Leibovitz Explains Bono’s Vanity Fair Africa Covers

Annie explains the “monumental task” of pulling together 20 covers:

“The covers are a kind of visual chain letter, spreading the message from person to person to person. These are incredible people of our time who all have a passion for and a connection to Africa. It was important to me to really show the humanity in their faces. In a couple of cases people are actually together, like Condoleezza Rice and George W. Bush and Alicia Keys and Iman, but the reality is that with people’s schedules and availability it was not possible to shoot everyone together. So, these are more photo illustrations than photographs, but the point was to unite people for a common purpose.”

We were wondering how Condoleeza managed to block out Bono‘s death stare.

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  • XM Subscribers Outraged Over Opie And Anthony Suspension

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    Opie And Anthony fans are threatening to cancel their XM subscriptions — some even talking lawsuits — after the satellite radio company suspended the shock jocks for 30 days over comments by a homeless guest about Laura Bush and Condoleezza Rice aired last week on the show.

    For some reason, FishbowlNY has been cc’d on some e-mails fans have been sending to XM and other journalists covering the story. Like this one, for instance:

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    Post-’Hos World: Opie & Anthony Suspended By XM

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    Radio companies — even satellite ones — appear to be tightening up in a post-Imus world. Yesterday, XM suspended shock-jocks Opie & Anthony 30 days for a homeless man’s comments about Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth, aired last week on the show. The suspension follows last week’s cancellation of The Dog House with JV and Elvis show by CBS Radio for a prank phone call to a Chinese restaurant.

    Opie & Anthony’s latest suspension, though, seems to’ve stemmed from comments made during yesterday’s broadcast, which appearently ticked off XM management:

    “Comments made by Opie and Anthony on yesterday’s broadcast put into question whether they appreciate the seriousness of the matter. The management of XM Radio decided to suspend Opie and Anthony to make clear that our on-air talent must take seriously the responsibility that creative freedom requires of them.”

    Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh and his “Barack The Magic Negro” bits soldier on, unscathed.

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  • Condi Loves Harry, Fox | No MSG For Dems In ’08 | I’m With Rolling Stone Tanks | Croc Hunter’s Final Film | A Convenient Book Editor | Time vs. Newsweek | Page Six’s Latest Mastheader

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    • Condoleezza Rice: Likes CBS anchor Harry Smith, loves “Fox guys, I love every single one of them.” [Reuters]

    • Bad Ratings: For Rolling Stone reality show debut. [WWD]
    • Croc Hunter Steve Irwin’s: Final film Jan. 21. [USA Today]
    • Editor Of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth: Gets her own Rodale imprint. [Page Six]
    • Time vs. Newsweek: The Friday argument. [MIN]
    • Changes At the Public Eye: Editor becomes senior political editor for CBSNews.com. [Public Eye]
    • Corynne Steindler: Lands on the Page Six masthead — three months on the job. [Page Six via Jossip]
    • 2008 Democratic National Convention: won’t be at Madison Square Garden — Denver instead. [NYT via Daily Intel]