How much does it cost to get from Wynnewood to Trenton?

An exec with the Trenton War Memorial, where Patti LaBelle performed April 14, noticed a charge for $5,650 for "ground transportation" and asked the entertainer's tour manager for an itemized breakdown.

The tour manager's reply, according to an e-mail sent to other members of the Consortium of Eastern Regional Theaters: "As always, the more favors that we try and do, the more you B-market promoters try to screw us. I do not know what perfume you generally wear, but the fragrance of [not a nice word] is not becoming to you!"

The War Memorial exec, who didn't return my call for further comment, said in her e-mail commentary that she planned to deduct $200 for new towels she said had gone missing.

LaBelle's personal manager, Damascene Pierre Paul, who says he knows of the dispute, says that "any comments that were alleged to have been made by her tour manager would reflect his personal opinions and not Ms. LaBelle's or her management company's."

On nudestands Friday. . .

For its health issue, Philadelphia Magazine decided to put a nude woman on May's cover. "Tasteful but different," editor

Larry Platt

says. He wanted a "name," but after three choices demurred, he found

Issa Dixon

. She's 31, wife of photog

Trevor Dixon

, a mother and a cancer survivor - so, he says, she fits the issue's ethos.


Fox29 traffic reporter

Dorothy Krysiuk

, sidelined for a month with back pain, is due back tomorrow on

Good Day Philadelphia

. She also is expected at Thursday's "High Heels With High Hopes" benefit for the National Kidney Foundation at the Radisson in King of Prussia.

Pat Ciarrocchi will be honored for her 25 years on KYW (Channel 3) tomorrow by both her station (with a story at noon and 4 p.m.) and her alma mater, Rosemont College (with the school's Cresset Award).

Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn probably won't get called when Alex Trebek retires. Gunn hosted the 13th annual "Police Athletic League Challenge," a brain game. A few times, Gunn read the question instead of the answer.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Peace of Mind Project have landed Martin Sheen as master of ceremonies for an awards dinner June 15 at the Loews.

Audiences at How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying this spring at St. Joe's Prep will hear Merrill Reese as the narrator. Reese recorded his part and voiced an ad for the show, which premieres May 10. Prep drama students collected money for his pet charity, Ashley's Fund, benefiting Ashley Zauflick, the Pennsbury High student injured in a school bus accident.

Livin' on a prayer


Alycia Lane

tails rocker

Jon Bon Jovi

for a special,

One Soul at a Time

(7 p.m. tomorrow), about the work that he and Philadelphia Soul co-owner

Craig Spencer

are doing with

Sister Mary Scullion

and Project HOME at a housing project in North Philly. The nun and the rock star are getting on famously. "She's the only nun I know that curses and spits," he told Lane. When the quote was repeated to Scullion, she scoffed: "I don't spit!"

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