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Salinas Officially Exits Telemundo

mirthala.jpegOctober 1 came and went yesterday and so did Mirthala Salinas‘ job at Telemundo.

The television newscaster, whose highly publicized affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led to a two month suspension from Telemundo’s KVEA TV, failed to report back to work on Monday.

Her absence then led the network to release a statement that she would not be returning…ever. Salinas was due to report to her new gig in the Inland Empire which was a reassignment from her previous post in LA – something she was apparently unhappy about, reports the LA Times.

Of course, Salinas herself could not be reached for comment and the Mayor’s office handed down a big “no comment.”

- CHRIS GARDNER

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FBLA Goes to the Party: The Advocate’s 40th

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The Advocate celebrated 40 years with an splashy cover and a much splashier party last night at Republic.

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Ann Cooper, Kimberly Pierce, T Cooper, and Felicia Limas posed for the camera.

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Perez Hilton might think about dyeing the chin rug to match the drapes.

We looked around for Rex Lee, but no luck. And conspicuous by her absence was Margaret Cho–is she no longer gay-friendly?

Arts editor Corey Scholibo was easy to spot in an easily-spotted white suit. God we miss disco. Ashley Jones didn’t get our reference.
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Jane Lynch told us about her VH1 pilot, her dogs, and her new film with Eric McCormick.

Greg Hernandez chatted with Marcellos Reynolds about evil Dick winning Big Brother. Or maybe an evil dick? Not sure.
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Writer Deborah Behrens discussed the changes at Whole Life Times and we agreed that Abigail Lewis is sorely missed.

Katherine Heigl, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, editor Anne Stockwell and TR Knight were all suitable festive. Knight was like Prom King all night.
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And TMZ got suckered by a Lance Ito lookalike.

(Photos from JPI Studios and Wireimage. Thanks!)

Advocate Celebrates 40 Years

ellen.jpegAfter covering milestones in the gay, lesbian and transgendered community for years, it’s time for The Advocate to turn the page on a milestone of its own.

The weekly mag has turned 40 and will celebrate its anniversary tonight in West Hollywood with a bash at Republic on La Cienega.

Some famous faces will help the mag toast their big night including a host committee that includes Ellen DeGeneres, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sgt. Eric Alva, Bill Maher, T.R. Knight, John Stamos, Jane Lyncy, Julian McMahon, Heather Matarazzo, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Congrats to the editors and all the gays who have helped keep The Advocate informed. For a survey of exactly how far they’ve come, the 40th anniversary edition is on newsstands now.

- CHRIS GARDNER

LAT in 90 Seconds

31435173.jpgComic-Con Coverage: Is relegated to a weird, catch-all blog that features poorly produced video segments of — from what we can tell — nothing.

bigolsmiel.jpgSilence Is Golden: Nondisclosure agreements aren’t just for nannies anymore. The LAT reports that in our gossipy age, celebs — and many non-celebs — are requiring everyone from plumber and gardeners to delivery people to promise to keep their mouths shut.

31430594.jpgThings Just Got Interestinger: While Telemundo considers the fate of Mirthala Salinas, the reporter who had an affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Telemundo’s corporate parent, NBC Universal will be leaning on the mayor to help pass a massive $3-billion development plan. A little tat for, um, tit?

ERSnews.com: Salina’s Affair Nothing New. And Telemundo Knew It

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Telemundo and NBC brass allegedly knew about reporter Mirthala Salinas’s relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Not only did they do virtually nothing about it. They may have tried to use it to their advantage.

ERSnews.com reports:

Multiple sources close to Telemundo and NBC tell ERSNews exclusively that on numerous occasions during Salina’s tenure with the station, that her personal relationships with the politicians she dated while covering and reporting on them as a journalist, were brought to station management’s attention. According to those same sources, who fear retaliation for revealing and exposing management’s involvement in the case, their concerns were dismissed repeatedly by management.

A source close the case even went as far to tell ERSNews.com that Salinas ‘special relationship’ with the mayor was utilized by station management to garner access to the mayor when it was beneficial for the station to do so.

To which we have thing to say to the reporter’s management: Ewwww.

David Zahniser Moves to LA Times–Look Out, Mr. Mayor!

The LA Weekly loses David Zahniser to the LA Times. The veteran City Hall reporter will be covering Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Kevin Roderick at LA Observed observes:

I don’t know what it means for Duke Helfand, who has been on the Antonio beat for the Times, but the hire should mean sharper, deeper and less friendly coverage of the mayor.

Zahniser’s story on the murk surrounding the death of Miguel Contreras pissed off Harold Meyerson so much, Meyerson left the Weekly. His recent story on smart growth pissed off Curbed LA readers. Obviously, he’s doing something right.

Zahniser joined the Weekly in 2006, coming from the Copley News Service. He received a Journalist of the Year award by the LA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in 2006.