Doctors have banned

Matt Cord

from driving since he broke a vertebra in a freak one-car crash two weeks ago.

But as one of the busiest guys in show biz - hosting nights on WMMR (93.3) and announcing for the 76ers - he needs to get to work.

He is, thanks to

Alycia Lane


The former CBS3 anchor, who presumably has spare time, has been chauffeuring Cord around town in her white Range Rover. (Cord, Lane and her beau,

Chris Booker

, are longtime friends.) Also providing wheels are Sixers commentator

Todd MacCulloch

, WMMR's

Kathy Romano

, WIP's

Rhea Hughes

and her husband, and his father,

Jack Cord


Cord says he hasn't had to kick in for gas, but he provides perks. When his nephew drove him to a game, he got a game pass. Cord says he'll be driving again in five weeks.



Brianna Taylor

is part of

Real World Hollywood

, and she says tomorrow's season premiere (10 p.m., MTV) also will spell her final appearance as a dancer at Double Visions, a strip bar in Horsham. She's worked there for two years.

"I'm moving on," the 20-year-old Central Bucks East grad said last week. "If I absolutely need the money, which I don't think I will, I'll do a 'call-in.' I'm singing now, busting my [hump]."

Taylor, part of the top 40 performers on

American Idol

in 2005, recently finished an album. She says MTV will help market the music on iTunes.

And she's an almost free woman. On tomorrow's premiere, she tells her six new roommates not only about her stripping - which gets mixed reviews - but about her arrest on Aug. 11. An affidavit filed in Warminster district court says Taylor jumped on her then-boyfriend's back, bit his shoulder, punched him in the face and stomach, hit him in the face with a remote control, and bit his face. This was after he accused her of cheating and he attempted to get her cell phone from her purse so he could check the call log. She pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of harassment last month and got 90 days' probation.

Real World


William Gilbert

calls Taylor "the most entertaining of all the roommates because of her voice and her talent. She keeps it more real than anyone - and she could beat everybody's [behind] in the house." For real.

Briefly noted

A rep of 6ABC's

Action News

says the station got calls after anchor

Rob Jennings

said on Sunday's 11 p.m. news that Sen.

Barack Obama

was born Muslim but converted to Christianity - an old falsehood. WPVI corrected the report yesterday.


"Big Ron" O'Brien

is off the air and is laid up. The station, declining specifics, hopes for his return next month.

The Holy Seat: When

Pope Benedict XVI

celebrates Mass in D.C. on Thursday, he'll be on a stage surrounded by 36 cardinals, all in white and gold chairs from American Furniture Rentals in Pennsauken.

Flyers fever

Welcome to filet-delphia: With the Flyers playing the Washington Capitals in the NHL quarterfinals, the Capital Grille at Broad and Chestnut Streets may be the most unfortunately named steak house in town. Until today, when a banner goes up outside - covering up


and replacing it with


. It's expected to stay up all week.

In an "Eliminate the Caps" promotion, Comcast SportsNet and WIP (610) are asking people to bring new hats to WIP (2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd) starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. Whoever brings in the most wins two tickets in the SportsNet suite for Thursday's game; all caps will go to the Ronald McDonald House.