The camera loves
, 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
. 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
, 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
, 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.
A judge has offered a choice to restaurateur
, 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
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.
, now in
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
Dead Man Walking
After taking early retirement from KYW (1060), South Jersey bureau chief
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.
Las Noticias Univision
, supported by veteran
Julio César Largo
and new hires
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.
will be a weekly regular on Sports Radio 950's
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.
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
of WMGK (102.9);
of WPHI (100.3);
of WPEN (950);
, also of WPEN;
Evans & Andie
of WXTU (92.5);
of WPHT (1210);
of WMMR (93.3);
show on WYSP (94.1);
Preston & Steve
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,
, 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.
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,
will play Lincoln Financial Field on July 19.
Rumor filtered east last week that longtime KYW-TV anchor
had died at his home in Las Vegas. CBS3's
called Leonard's home and left a message. Leonard himself, 82, called him back. He's fine. He had been on vacation.