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A Vintage Moment for AP’s Linda Deutsch

The 4 Queens Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas has been in operation since 1966. The queen of AP courtroom reporting, Linda Deutsch, has been with the wire service since 1967. This week, the twain of these two institutions delightfully met.

Per Norm Clarke’s latest column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the LA-based Deutsch was having dinner Wednesday night at hotel restaurant Hugo’s Cellar, forgetting that she was due at that time for a BBC Radio phone interview about O.J. Simpson‘s latest courtroom theatrics. The restaurant was too noisy and there was no time to get back to her own hotel room. So instead, Deutsch gamely did the following:

Hugo’s manager Richard Assalone, who has worked at some of the best restaurants in town, came up with a corker of a solution: He borrowed a chair from a dinner table and gave Deutsch the coolest seat in town — inside Hugo’s 55-degree wine cellar.

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Phil Spector: Women Should be Shot in the Head

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Phil Spector remains his own worse enemy. Linda Deutsch reports that the judge has ruled that jurors may hear from a security guard who says he heard the record producer rant against women and declare they should all be shot in the head.

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said the testimony

tends to show the depth of Mr. Spector’s anger.

To be fair, the security guard booted Spector from a Christmas party given by Joan Rivers, which is so creepy. Was he dating Melissa?

O.J. Simpson Weighs in on Sensationalist News Coverage

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O.J. Simpson complains that celebrity news coverage is worse than ever, says Joe Strupp in Editor & Publisher. Working on a story about the AP reporter, Linda Deutsch, Strupp had called Simpson for a comment about her. He got an earful about the media in general.

Simpson deplores the media circus around Paris Hilton, et al, doesn’t think he’s newsworthy, but revealed this:

Simpson said he recently agreed to a rare interview with Marquez Productions of Orlando, Fla. for a documentary on media coverage because he wanted to discuss what he perceived as inaccuracies and sensationalism.

Oh right.

Breaking: Paris Hilton Back to Jail

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Paris Hilton, screaming and crying out for Mom, was sent back to jail.

She’d been released, due to an unspecified medical condition. Papers outlining that condition as grounds for release were to be sent to the court, but the judge said the papers never arrived. From Linda Deutsch at AP:

Every few minutes, the judge would interrupt proceedings and state the time on the clock and note that the papers still had not arrived. He also noted that he had heard that a private psychiatrist visited Hilton in jail and he wondered if that person played a role in deciding her medical needs.