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The Two Mr. Beams and the Case of the Missing $1 million

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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BLOGFATHER Beam, père Sons and bloggers: The New York Observer's Michael Calderone looks at the Oedipal struggle between IvyGate blogger Chris Beam and his father, Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam.

And the award for topical flakery goes to...: A newspaper's Page Six plugs a Jewish singles' event (featuring sex therapist Dr. Judy Kuriansky, wannabe Sex and the City character-turned-Caitlin Flanagan manqué Amy Sohn, and onetime Michael Jackson BFF, Rabbi Shmuely Boteach: book your tickets now!) and gets in this demi-joke from promoter Scott Pellegrino: "Even Michael Richards could get laid after attending this thing." Zing! And yet another opportunity to plug Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend missed.

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The dream team: It's practically December, which means another hiring for Condé Nast's soon-to-launch business magazine, Portfolio. A newspaper's Keith Kelly reports that Wall Street Journal staffer Laurie P. Cohen will be joining ... everyone, basically.

Pay for no play: Newsweek is reporting that ABC had to pay News Corp. $1 million when it decided not to conduct an interview with O.J. Simpson about his never-to-be-released If I Did It. What's a little blood money between friends, right?

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