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Shakedown

One of the bidders for The Inquirer just got an ugly lesson in newspapering.

Shakedown

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BurkleOne of the bidders for The Inquirer just got an ugly lesson in newspapering.

A New York Post gossiper is accused of trying to extort Ron Burkle, managing partner of The Yucaipa Cos., to stop unflattering and flat-out-wrong items about him, reports the rival New York Daily News.

Alleged price of doing business: $220,000. Feds have videotape.

Saturday's New York Times has much more - did Stern implicate other celebrities? The LA Times profiles the freelancing Stern, who cut a curious figure around town with his fedora, pocketwatch and taste for rye whiskey. The boldfacer has been suspended, the Washington Post notes. Why am I enjoying this story?

Is it because Stern is Philly-born? Who knew? The Bennington grad has a clothes line called Skull & Bones. His "about" page talks about sharing a Catskills house with his "gal Snoodles; Hanna, a Border Collie; Cruella the cat; and ferrets named Fritz and Raffles."

PLD
Posted 04/07/2006 03:50:21 PM
Daily Newsers must be loving this.
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Daniel Rubin is a columnist and The Inquirer's director of social media. Since joining newspaper as a staff writer in 1988, Daniel Rubin has reported from Mayfair to Macedonia, 27 countries in all. He has been the European Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and for two years he sat at home and wrote Blinq, the paper's first daily blog. Dan began newspaper work in Norfolk and Louisville, Ky., after getting his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. He has lived in all four commonwealths, most recently in Pennsylvania. He teaches urban journalism at the University of Pennsylvania

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