The camera loves

Alycia Lane

, and I hear it's a camera that will help her walk out of a New York City courtroom an almost-free woman tomorrow.

The anchor's life and career were shaken Dec. 16 when she was arrested in Manhattan and charged with hitting a police officer after a traffic tiff. Her station, CBS3, fired her two weeks later.

A source says a video that may cast doubt on the initial police report surfaced last month, prompting frank conversations between the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and Lane attorney

David Smith

. At tomorrow's hearing, the People of the State of New York are expected to formally agree to an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Under an ACD, if Lane stays out of trouble for six months, her record will be wiped clean. She will carry neither a guilty plea nor a conviction.

No one surrounding the case - Smith, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney

Mike Greenman

, or Lane - returned calls for comment.

Meanwhile, a civil case that Lane attorney

Paul R. Rosen

filed last month in Common Pleas Court against CBS was moved to federal court at the request of

John Elliott

, the Ambler litigator who reps CBS. Rosen, of Philly's Spector Gadon & Rosen, seeks depositions from CBS3 management in anticipation of what may be a wrongful-termination suit.

At issue is $2.5 million, as Lane had more than 31/2 years remaining on a contract that paid $700,000-plus a year. Rosen says he's trying to get the legal matter returned to Philadelphia.

The Neil Stein watch

A judge has offered a choice to restaurateur

Neil Stein

, and it's not chicken or fish:

Send at least $18,000 to Harrisburg or report to jail this Thursday.

Stein, 66, whose empire collapsed five years ago, was sentenced last year to 111/2 to 23 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to state tax evasion. Dauphin County Judge

Todd Hoover

has granted several delays as Stein arranged to make restitution, but Hoover has issued an order stating it's put-up time. Stein owes more than $155,000, according to court records.


Nino V. Tinari

said Friday that he expected Stein to make restitution and stay out of jail.

The feds got to Stein first, jailing him for about 10 months for defrauding the IRS. Since his release in January 2007, he has been planning to return to the restaurant game, where his openings have included Fish Market (1973), Marabella's (1984), Rock Lobster (1992), Striped Bass (1994) and Rouge (1998). His newest project, Cabaret, is penciled in for the Morris House near Washington Square.

Records show that Stein also is in arrears to the City of Philadelphia for more than $2.6 million.

The actor's life

Philly-bred actor

Robert Prosky

, now in

The Price

at the Walnut, will do a one-man show at 7 p.m. tomorrow as a benefit for the Walnut's education and outreach programs. Prosky will recount his 50-year career, which includes

Hill Street Blues


Veronica's Closet




The Natural


Dead Man Walking


Mrs. Doubtfire


Media activity

After taking early retirement from KYW (1060), South Jersey bureau chief

Ed Kasuba

will go to work for an agency he covered. He'll be director of corporate communications for the Delaware River Port Authority, a post that has been vacant about four years. He'll start March 3; last day at Newsradio will be Friday.

Univision's Philly station, WUVP (Channel 65), on March 10 will launch a half-hour weeknight newcast in Spanish at 6 and 11.

Ilia Garcia

will anchor

Las Noticias Univision

, supported by veteran

Julio César Largo

and new hires

Raul Collazo


Emilia Cordero


Jose Irizarry

is news director.

WUSL (98.9) will receive the very first National Association of Broadcasters' Crystal Heritage Award. Power 99 has accumulated a record five Crystal Radio Awards for community service. The ceremony will be April 15 in Las Vegas.


Jayson Stark

will be a weekly regular on Sports Radio 950's

Morning Show

to talk baseball, starting in early March; the day has not been set.



variety show - once on at 10 a.m. and now at 11 a.m. - will move to 2 p.m. March 3. In the process, the show will be taped each day starting at 10 a.m.

The Phils watch

It'll be Phillies all over the radio dial this preseason. A record 10 shows are scheduled to visit Clearwater, Fla., in coming weeks, including

Ray Koob

of WMGK (102.9);


of WPHI (100.3);

Harry Mayes


Jamie Yannacone

of WPEN (950);

Jody MacDonald

, also of WPEN;

Evans & Andie

of WXTU (92.5);

Michael Smerconish

of WPHT (1210);

Matt Cord

of WMMR (93.3);


of the

Kidd Chris

show on WYSP (94.1);

Nick McIlwain

of WMMR's

Preston & Steve

show; and

Joe Conklin


Joe Weachter


Hugh Douglas

of the morning show on WIP (610).

Lots of balls in the air for

Janita "Applebaum" Styles

, preparing for her first season as a Phillies ball girl. Her regular weekend job is midday disc jockey on WPHI (100.3). She says her boss,

Colby Colb

, has given her a pass when there's a home game so she can shag fouls at the ballpark. Styles, 26, who's married and a mother of a little girl, went to the University of Nevada on a track scholarship.

Jimmy Buffett

and the Coral Reefer Band will return to Citizens Bank Park on June 14 while the Phils are in St. Louis. Tickets will go on sale March 10. In another summer stadium show,

Kenny Chesney

will play Lincoln Financial Field on July 19.

News of his death . . .

Rumor filtered east last week that longtime KYW-TV anchor

Vince Leonard

had died at his home in Las Vegas. CBS3's

Larry Mendte

called Leonard's home and left a message. Leonard himself, 82, called him back. He's fine. He had been on vacation.

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