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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 4:50 PM

Jason Miller recently posted up a Craigslist ad saying that he was taking the best offer to cut his 27-inch long "virgin" hair that has never "been dyed, permed, or chemically altered." It caught the eye of South Jersey's own Kelly Ripa and her co-hosting bud, Michael Strahan, who will pay Miller $700 to get his hair cut and styled by "Live with Kelly and Michael" hairstylist Diane D’Agostino on tomorrow show.

Turns out, Miller is from Philly (he reportedly looked to Craiglist to widen his search). The 33-year-old is a creative construction consultant who hasn't cut his hair in three years (ugh, so jealous of those locks).

Miller's lock will go to help Wigs for Kids, an organization that provides hair pieces from children suffering from the effects of alopecia, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other conditions that cause hair loss.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 3:53 PM
Kathy Orr at Talk Radio's 1210's 4th Annual Christmas Season & Broadcast on Dec. 17, 2012. (AL FOR / Philly.com)

CBS3 meteorologist Kathy Orr has been chosen to guest-host CBS' "The Talk," Tuesday, June 4 at 2 p.m. She'll join regular hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, (my personal fave) Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood.

She'll bring her "Orr at the Shore" segment, where she broadcast the downashore temps, to "The Talk," as well with a West Coast addition on Monday, June 3 during the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. editions of "Eyewitness News."

Orr isn't the only one given "The Talk" honors. Kate Bilo announced that she was pregnant with her second child during her guest-hosting stint.Of course, later Bilo told me about her maternity leave activities.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 3:42 PM

Here's a Thursday pick me up for ya: Rita and Dave recently celebrated their 90th birthday parties and 70th wedding anniversary at McGillin's Olde Alehouse, the country's oldest continuously operating tavern.

Everybody now: Awwww!

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 10:42 AM
Krissi Biaseillo is a finalist on Fox's "MasterChef."

Fox's "MasterChef" will have two finalists from the Philly area on their upcoming fourth season.

Krissi Biaseillo, a 34-year-old paralegal from Philly, and Bri Kozior, at 22-year-old theater assistant from Doylestown, have both made it through to the next round. Catch their next challenege -- a team challenge where they are tasked with making a healthy lunch for 300 schoolchildren -- next Wednesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

"MasterChef," hosted by Fox's resident angry cook Gordon Ramsay, seeks to find the best amateur in the country. The winner gets a cookbook deal and $250,000.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 10:03 AM

I've exclusively learned that Rosemary Connors has been promoted to weekend anchor at NBC10, replacing Lori Wilson who left the station for her homestate of Indiana earlier this month. Word is she starts on Saturday.

Connors has been with the station since 2009, covering the 2012 presidential race and the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. In addition to her duties at NBC, Connors is also a part time law student at Temple. She'll graduate May. Neal Zoren of the Delaware County Times named her the 2012 MVP.

Fun fact about Connors: The Penn graduate is the third generation of women in her family to report the news in Philly, including her mom, Mary Flannery, a Daily News alum. Her cousin is "The Office's" Kate Flannery, who will make her Philly stage debut next month.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 1:41 PM
New CBS3 reporter Cleve Bryan.

CBS3 announced today that they are adding Cleve Bryan to their Eyewitness News roster as a New Jersey reporter. Bryan has deep Jersey roots. Hailing from Turnersville, Bryan is a graduate of Washington Township High School and spent five summers training lifeguards in Ocean City. Shore folk might remember Bryan from his time at WMGM-TV in Atlantic City, where he began his career in 2005 as a photographer/reporter. He returned to station from 2007 until 2009 as a reporter and back-up morning news anchor.

Bryan, who was recently an anchor at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Va., and wife, Nicole, have a newborn son, Joshua. Bryan starts in Philly July 1.

In other CBS news, I reported that Ben Simmoneau left the station last week but had no words on where's he going. Turns out, Simmoneau will be only two hours to the north. Simmoneau will be the new co-anchor of “Good Day Wakeup,” holding down the 4:30 to 7 a.m. shift on Fox affiliate WNYW.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 2:11 PM
Rob Jennings joined the station in 1977.

Longtime weekend anchor Rob Jennings is retiring from 6abc after 36 years at the starion.

His last newscast is scheduled for July 31.

Jennings said that he and his wife Karen, a former news anchor herself, wanted to retire to their home in southwest Florida while they still had time to enjoy it.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6:03 PM
2009 file photo: John Bolaris at the opening of Union Trust restaurant. ( Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer )

The South Beach club operator who orchestrated the "bar girls" scheme that fleeced former Philadelphia weatherman John Bolaris out of $43,000 and eventually cost him his job was sentenced to 12 years in prison today.

According the MIami Herald, operator Albert Takhalov cried as he was sentenced.

Also sentenced today were Isaac Feldman, an investor in two of the clubs implicated in the "bar girls" ring, who received eight years, and Stanislav Pavlenko, will be sentenced later this month.

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